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Re: Walter Blackmore - Portland, Cumberland County, Maine
Posted by: Scott (ID *****2128) Date: March 10, 2009 at 10:13:05
In Reply to: Walter Blackmore - Portland, Cumberland County, Maine by Dave Blackmore of 809


It looks like others have provided you more information on Walter. Though Walter did register for the WWI and WWII drafts, I couldn’t say if he served or not. The 1930 census does ask whether the person is a veteran, and Walter’s entry is “no.” Per the WWII register, he was missing the first joint of his middle finger on his left hand.

I did find some information on his first wife Edith as she, apparently, remarried.


Persons sailing aboard the ‘Canada’ from Liverpool to Halifax, Nova Scotia on November 19, 1920:

Line 1: Blackmore, Edith [age not readable]; married; residence: Oldham, England; nearest relative is sister Mrs. Cassidy, Portland, ME; lived in Portland for 11 years; height 5’-3”; born in Oldham, England.

Line 2: Blackmore, Harry Leslie, child, residence Oldham, England; relative is Aunt named Mrs. Cassidy in Portland, ME; lived in Portland, ME for 3 years; born in Portland, ME.

These names are struck out with the note “Lines 1-2 didn’t appear for exam. Understand to have [?] aboard ship to Portland, Me.”

Another record for same vessel shows them landing in Portland, Maine:

Blackmore, Edith, age 36, married, last residence Oldham, England; nearest relative in home country is father J[ohn, Jake?] Newton, #5 Moore Street, Oldham, Eng.; final destination Portland, ME; she paid for her passage to US; lived in Portland, ME for 11 years or from 1910 to 1920 [sic]; coming to US to join husb[and] Walter – [sister Mrs. Charles Cassidy of #30 Manners, Ave. in Portland is struck out]; born in Oldham, England.

Blackmore, Harry Leslie, age 5, child; last residence Portland, ME; lived in Portland, ME for 3 years or 1915-1919; coming to US to join Father Walter [Aunt Mrs. Charles Cassidy is struck out]; born in Portland, ME.

Maine marriage records:
Bride: Edith Blackmore
Residence: Portland, ME
Groom: George E. Pearson
Residence: Portland, ME
Marriage date: 12 May 1923

1930 Census
Cumberland County, ME
#16 Gillman Street, Portland
ED 5, pg 1

Pearson, George H., age 35, first married at age 28, born Massachusetts, father born in Maine, mother born in England
-, Edith, wife, age 45, first married at age 24, born England, parents born in England; immigrated 1920 [sic], alien not naturalized
Blackmore, Marion, step-daughter, 18, born Maine, father born Mass[achusetts] though “Maine” is struck out, mother born in England
-, Harry L., step-son, 14, born Maine, father Mass. [Maine struck out], mother England


Maine Marriage Records
Harry L. Blackmore (Portland, ME) to Lucy B. Oulton (Portland, ME) 10 June 1939
Harry L. Blackmore (Portland, ME) to Gladys E. Cole (South Portland, ME) 6 Dec 1941
Richard H. Moody (Portland, ME) to Marion Blackmore (Portland, ME) 24 Dec 1930
Fred B. Waterman (Buxton, ME) to Marion Blackmore (Portland, ME) 30 Sep 1949


Social Security Death Index
Name: Marion B. Waterman
Last Residence: West Buxton, York County, Maine
Born: 4 July 1911
Died: 22 July 2003
Harry L. Blackmore, born 1915, enlisted Portland, ME in US Army 4 Apr 1942

Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, ME

Harry L. Blackmore
28 May 1915
15 May 2005
Section H, Row 11, Site 7

Gladys E Blackmore
24 Mar 1915
14 Sep 1996
Wife of Blackmore, Harry L
Section H, Row 11, Site 7


You should ask if anyone on here has the subscription to the UK immigration database as there were several 'hits' for an Edith, Harry and Marion Blackmore arriving in the UK.


Obituary in The Kennebec Journal of May 18, 2005

Harry L. Blackmore, 89

WESTBROOK – Harry L. Blackmore, 89, of Prides Corner, a summer resident of Wards Cove on Sebago Lake, died May 15, 2005 in Freeport.

He was born in Portland, a son of Walter and Edith Newton Blackmore. Harry graduated from Portland High School in 1933 where he was a member of the football team. After graduating, he attended Northeastern Business College.

He married Gladys E. Cole on Dec. 6, 1941 and they resided in Portland. In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1947 as Captain.

Throughout the years, he held various positions in different fields which included his work as a stenographer for U.S. Government. He owned and operated Sani-Sweep Company in Portland, a sweeping compound manufacturer. He and his late wife wintered in Boynton Beach, Florida for 27 years. He coached little league earlier in life and was a member of the American Legion.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Gladys E. Cole Blackmore, in 1996, and by a sister, Marion Waterman.

He is survived by three sons, Don Blackmore and his wife Joyce of Standish, Bob Blackmore and his wife Kate of Skowhegan, Jerry Blackmore and his wife Joanne of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Nancy Fournier and her husband Wayne of Frye Island. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday at Jones Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. The Rev, Jacob Watson will officiate. Burial will be held a later date at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.

Those who wish to leave memorial tributes may do so at

The family would like to acknowledge the staff at the Hawthorne House for their compassion and exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, donation in his memory may be made to:
Hawthorne House
6 Old Country Rd.
Freeport, Maine 04032


Good luck, hope this is of some help to you.


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