|Helen Chandler WILLIS at 22 mo.|
Research finds that the photos were taken about Nov 1892. The photographer was F.E. Willis studio, Middletown CT. The elder girl is identified as Margaret Gordon Willis at age 3 1/2.. The younger girl is Helen Chandler Willis at 22 months. The photographer is their father.
1900 Census, Middletown Connecticut.
WILLIS, Frank E., 40, born Nov 1859 in NH, occupation Photographer
WILLIS, Alice N., 30, born Nov 1860 in VT
WILLIS, Margaret, 12, born Mar 1888 in VT
WILLIS, Helen C., 10, born Jan 1890 in VT
WILLIS, Martha O., 5, born Nov 1894 in CT
In the 1910 Census, Frank is not listed in the household. Alice is given as the head of the house, but marital status is given as "married." So I am not sure where Frank was. All three daughters are present, and all three are shown as born in Connecticut. Eldest daughter, "G. Marguerite" at age 22 is employed as a teacher.
From the book "Leading Businessmen in Middletown, Portland, Durham and Middlefield"
|Margaret Gordon WILLIS at 3 1/2 yrs|
Vermont Vital Records show that Frank E. Willis and Alice Frost Newman were married in Windsor VT on 27 Apr 1887. His father was George W. Willis, and his mother was Mary M. Chandler. Frank was born in Winchester NH.
Margaret Gordon Willis is listed as a Junior at Middletown High School in 1904.
She married Burton Leroy Mallory and moved to Cook County, Illinois. She had two children; Burton L Mallory Jr (who died in The Philippines in 1945) and Louise Beckett Mallory (b. 1922).
Helen Chandler Willis, born Jan 5, 1890 in Windsor VT, to parents Frank Willis and Alice Frost.
She is listed in the 1912 Yearbook for Wesleyan University, Middletown CT as a member of the class of '12, and winner of the Olin Prize. She was also listed among Honors students.
The Wesleyan Yearbook of 1921 lists her among Alumni with following entry:
At age 44 (still using name Willis) was listed on the ship's manifest, S.S. Tegucigalpa, from Vera Cruz Mexico to New Orleans , LA.
Youngest daughter Martha Olcott Willis (of whom I have no image) was born 1 Nov 1894 according to church baptism records.