Best I can determine, the painter & stage actor William A. Hildreth was born ca. 1854 in Eastport or Gardiner, Maine, and died 5 September 1914 in Santa Monica, California. He married Jennie B. McFerson, 24 June 1886, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He appears on census lists in Maine until 1910, when he is in Santa Monica, California. He is on an 1896 California voter list but enumerated on the 1900 census in Maine. Perhaps by the 1890s, he had two residences. His parents were Nahum & Cordelia Hildreth. Data mostly from Ancestry.
Ancestry has other William Hildreths, in fact, other William A. Hildreths, but the one born ca. 1854 in Maine and married 1886 to Jennie B. McFerson is our boy.
Dan, Sam Hildreth had a family member named William Hildreth, 1844-1925. By 1870, William was living in Illinois. I'm not sure if he painted .
Re: Re: Re: Samuel Clay Hildreth — Daniel Buck,Sun Jul 18 3:25
Dan,I think the reason you didn't find a family tree on Ancestry for W.A. Hildreth is because the person who posted the tree listed his birth year at 1855.
Robert, many thanks.
Ancestry's software works in mysterious ways: my search for William A. Hildreth, born in Maine ca. 1854 had turned up nothing. The tree is quite helpful, and indicates that ... more
Turned out the search fail was my error, not Ancestry's: I searched for exact first and last name "William A. Hildreth," which failed to match the family tree for "William Albert Hildreth."
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