Monday, February 24, 2014


Phillips Road, Sagamore Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The Garden side at TwoWays

 The Beachside at TwoWays

Summer gatherings at 'the cottage'

Betty & Betsy in the center, with Harry Hastings on the right

This is the only one of the 'boating' photos that is marked:
"Fishing Trip on Vineyard Sound - Captain, Mr. Sterling, Albert Rairden"
Names were in a list, so I assume Albert is on the left of the Captain, and is that Betty?  One would assume, as she looks like my Grandmother Frances...

Harry L. Hastings, 2nd from right, and the man in the middle appears in first boating photo above.

This is just great - Harry Hastings center, Palmer James Cook on right.

Harry Leander Hastings, owner of Two-Ways
Harry Leander Hastings

This has puzzled me, as I cannot find out what TERCENTENARY this was for... We searched the date of 1630 to see if Sagamore Beach was celebrating their 300 year anniversary, checked Plymouth, Mass., Sandwich... all the photos say "Tercentenary - 1930 - Sagamore Beach"

Martha-Jim-Betsy - taking part in the 1930 Sagamore Beach Tercentenary.

The Oldest Photographs in the Hastings Archives

A wonderfully "Victorian Era" photograph, but unmarked, so we do not know this little child's identity. This was found in my Grandmother, Frances Watrous Hastings' collection of photographs. Because "Critcherson" was a resident of Worcester, my guess is that this could be Harry Leander Hastings, if a boy; or Bertha Mae Hastings, if a girl.  The fashion of the Victorian era was to outfit males in dresses, so it makes it difficult when unsure of the gender of the child!
Historically, this photograph has great value.  "Critcherson" was an important photograph in the 1800's.
In 1869 John Dunmore and George Critcherson accompanied the marine painter William Bradford (1823–1892) on an expedition to the Arctic. Using the photographs as reference, Bradford later painted scenes of the Arctic wilderness that won great acclaim in America and England.
This is another unidentified person.  Since this series of photographs are pre-1890's, and in Frances Hastings' collections, I surmise that these people might all be connected to the "Lowe" family since Leander Hastings married Lucy Lowe. A few of the following do have some notations, which brings me to this conclusion.

This young lady is Leander Hasting's Niece.  There are pencil notations on the back that I am unable to read, other than the name "Ruggles".  In pen, written by my Grandmother, Frances W. Hastings Cook, is "my Grandfather's niece."  The photography studio is "R.B. Lewis, Hudson, Mass."
Mr. Lewis is listed in "America's Most Productive Photographers during the Carte-de-Visite Period"

It is hard for me to believe that these are the same woman - young and old, since both pictures are in the same condition - but each one has the same name on the back.  On the first one, written in pencil, and in a handwriting that I do not recognize, it states:  "Aunt Lizzie Lowe".  The photography studio stamp is "Warren, 100 Merrimack St., Lowell."
The second photograph also has the same handwriting, in pencil, but is not legible other than the name "Lowe".  The photography studio stamp is "Morrill - Lowell"; and, in my Grandmother, Frances Hastings Cook's handwriting is" "Grandmother Hastings Mother", who would be:
Elizabeth Lucy Pevey Lowe, b:8-30-1801/d:10-28-1882 @ Lowell, Massachusetts.
This would make her my Great, Great, Great Grandmother!

This pretty young woman is unidentified.

This baby is also unidentified, but the photography studio stamp is "A. F. Daniels, 333 Main St., Worcester, Mass." So, again, this could be Harry Leander Hastings.  The photographer, A.F. Daniels, is also listed in "America's Most Productive Photographers During the Carte-de-Visite Period."

Here we have a family photo that was probably done as a "several generations" photo.  The baby is
my Grandmother, Frances Watrous Hastings Cook, although I am not positive... in my own handwriting is a notation that this is Frances, but I am not sure how I came to that conclusion.  If this is a "four generations" Hastings family photo, and the baby is, in fact, my Grandmother Frances Hastings, then it might be Leander Hastings' Mother (Ann E. Parks Hastings), with Leander Hastings on the right, and his son, Harry Leander Hastings, on the left, but in comparing other photos of Harry Hastings, this really does not look like him.   On the other hand, this could be relatives from Margaret Isabelle Smith Watrous Hastings' family, which would make the elderly woman Sarah Howland Shove Smith. Very frustrating that these old photographs of our relatives remain unidentified.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Betty, Betsy and the Rairden-Ramsey Family

Elizabeth Lucy Hastings Rairden, b:8-20-1903/d:10-6-1965
My Great Aunt "Betty"

Elizabeth's daughter:
Elizabeth Lucy Rairden Ramsey Harris, b: 3-28-1925/d:8-07-2001
My Cousin "Betsy"
I believe this is Elizabeth Lucy Hastings (Rairden) at the Sagamore Beach cottage, "Two-Ways".  The man is unidentified - ** Note to Ramsey Cousins - do you think this is your Grandfather, Albert Rairden?
Betty & Betsy at the beach

Betty, Betsy, and is that Albert behind Betty?  Harry Hastings on right. Two women on left unidentified.
Identified: Betty on far right holding a doll; Frances Hastings Cook center, with Martha Cook Stiles in front.
Hey Cousins, now these are exciting finds... maybe you can fill in some blanks!
Written on the back of this photo:
"Fishing trip on Vineyard Sound; Captain, Mr. Sterling, Albert Rairden (names in a list, so is the man on the left your Grandfather?

Unfortunately the following 'boating' photos are unmarked...
 Harry Hastings, second from right, and the man in the middle appears in one of the above photos...

Martha Cook Stiles, Palmer James Cook, Jr., Elizabeth Rairden Ramsey Harris
Two-Ways, Sagamore Beach, MA

Elizabeth "Betsy" Rairden Ramsey Harris

Elizabeth Rairden Ramsey Harris
23 Westland St., Worcester, MA
Notation on the back:  "Harry, Lydia and Albert"
**Note to Ramsey Cousins - is this "Albert" your Grandfather?
Elizabeth "Betty" Hastings Rairden.
Notation on the back:  "Betty & Topsy, Winter Snow 1948"
23 Westland St., Worcester, MA
OK, Ramsey Cousins, this is where you come in...
None of the following photos have any notations, obviously this is your mother and father with their first son

** Note to Ramsey Cousins:
Since we have all reconnected and shared information, I now know that this series of pictures are the "Ramsey Family" because these two had the photography studio stamp on the back:  Goschnick Studios, 300 Riverview, - Port Huron

The middle photo has this notation:
"What a rascal he is"

Photos 3 & 5 - "Three generations - Betty-Betsy-Child"
Aunt Betty, in these photos reminds me of my mother Martha Cook Stiles,
something about the tilt of her head in #5 and the nose looks very familiar!
Photo 4 - Family picture - not sure of the identity of the woman on the right

Notation on the back:
"Taken in the north meadow in front of our house"