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Mabelle Martin's casket, Bangor, 1899

Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum
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Mabelle Martin's casket, Bangor, 1899
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Mabelle Martin (1866-1899), the third daughter and youngest child of John and Clara Martin of Bangor, died of typhoid fever on March 25, 1899.

Her brother Frank died shortly after birth in 1862, brother Elmer died in 1870, and sister Annie Martin Snow died in 1889. Only two children, Ada (1851-1923) and John Jr. (1857-1929) outlived their parents.

John Martin drew this illustration of the scene of Mabelle's coffin in the parlor of the family home and included it in the Scrap and Sketch Book he wrote starting in 1888 in which he recounted his activities and recalled some of his history. The illustration is on page 154.

Mabelle Martin had been a teacher and her father reported that teachers arranged the flowers for the casket and funeral.

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