Sunday, December 1, 2013
WILLIAM RUSSELL LIGHTBODY
This is the very handsome William Russell LIGHTBODY. The photo was found in an antique shop in Glens Falls NY.
On the front of the matte there is a studio mark so faint it is almost unreadable. It may say "Edgar H Horton Co." Much more easily made out is the location "Providence R.I." The back is labeled "William R. Lightbody".
Through some research, I was able to determine that this is William Russell Lightbody. Born in New Hampshire on May 12, 1882 to parents James G. LIGHTBODY and Alice FOLSOM.
The 1900 Census shows he was 18 and living at home in Manchester NH with his parents and sister Elizabeth "Bessie" who was 5 years younger.
He graduated from Brown University (Providence RI) in 1906 and worked as a physician.
At some point he was elected the City Physician for Manchester New Hampshire.
The 1930 Census shows he was living at the home of his widowed father in Manchester at that time.
His death certificate states that he died August 12, 1944 at the Veteran's Hospital in West Roxbury Massachusetts, indicating that he must have had a military career, presumably in World War I. His ashes are interred at Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester NH.