16251.25A1 Alfred Payson, b 30 June 1870 St. Albans; d __ 1951 ; m 22 Oct 1890 Mabel H. Frost; 1 child: Gladys Maud Bigelow, b 20 June 1892 St. Albans, ME.
16251.25A2 Jennie Caroline, b 09 Aug 1874 St. Albans; d 20 June 1890;
16251.25A3 William Melvin, b 24 June
1876; d __ 1939 ; m_____ Katherine Smith (b 16 June 1875
England; d 1971); Res. Pittsfield,, ME.
They are both buried in Saint Albans Village Cemetery; Saint Albans, Somerset co, ME below:
The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Volume II, page 481;
Abbe Genealogy, 1913;
vital records ME.
New Note 2016:
John Paul Beall, the great-great-grandson of John E. Colthurst, sent a letter to me and mentioned that he had seen the same photo on his wall growing up and posed a few questions. He also provided information not previously known to put me into research mode. John Colthurst daughter (Rita in the photo) married Ross Allen Beall, which linked John Beall to this family photo. Now, the woman labeled Mrs. William M. Bigelow in the photo is Katherine Smith and her relative? Margaret Mather Smith was the wife of John Edmund Colthurst, Sr pictured in the back row. The Smith women could not be sisters; Margaret born 04 May 1875 in MA, and Katherine born 16 June 1875 England
This is a picture of John Edmund Colthurst in later years and a short bio:
John Edmund Colthurst, U.S. Navy
A veteran of the Spainish-American War and WWI, Colthurst started a naval tradition in his family. He is remembered by John Paul Beall.
John Edmund Colthurst was born in Chicago November 29, 1871 in the South Loop, just a few blocks away from where the Great Fire had passed a month prior. He joined the Navy at Mare Island in California in 1893 and served as a yeoman on various ships in Admiral George Dewey's Asiatic Squadron. He was in Vladivostok, Russia for the coronation celebration of Tsar Nicholas II. He eventually became Yeoman Second Class on Admiral Dewey's flagship, USS Olympia, serving directly under Captain Charles Gridley. He was with Gridley when the order to open fire on Manila Bay, Philippines was given. He earned the Battle of Manila Bay Medal, also known as the Dewey Medal, for his service in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. After the war ended, he wrote a book, The Dewey Souvenir, about his experiences in the Asiatic Squadron and service under Admiral Dewey, with whom he kept correspondence. He served again in World War I as Paymaster for the Atlantic Fleet out of the Naval Academy at Annapolis.
was also a
newspaperman and lawyer in peacetime and came to be elected Superior
Justice of Solano County, California, accumulating some renown in the
California Bay Area as a jurist. He was also active in Veterans of
and American Legion chapters his entire life. He died in 1933, having
established a naval tradition in the Colthurst and Beall families of
California. His daughter was wife of Lt. Commander Thomas Oberrender,
grandson was Commander Wallace Richardson Colthurst.
Judge John Edmund
From: Find A Grave
Jun. 24, 1930
Veteran of Spanish American War and World War One.
Colthurst served aboard the the USS Olympia as a Yeoman Third Class. He was awarded the Dewey Medal, named after Commodore George Dewey, for action in the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898 during the Spanish American War.
and Margaret Mather Smith Colthurst
Subject: James (7) Bigelow page
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 14:06:39 -0700
From: "David Upham" < email@example.com >
is the link I was trying for when I got your "oops" page.
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