Great GrandMother Frances (Prest) Hanscom, to the left Marilyn (Hanscom) Petropoulos, to the right Betty Lou (Artz) Kettelhut, Front is Mommy LuAnn (Kettelhut) Petropoulos and of course the Baby Cristina Marie Petropoulos.
Posted on Mothers Day 2011
Here is a photograph of my Petropoulos Grand Parents on their Wedding Day Feb. 20, 1920. John Petropoulos and Penelope Tzeouvalis. They had seven children 6 girls and one boy. The boy being the last child was my Father born in 1932. My Grand Mother came here by herself at the age of 13 in 1905 to live with her Sister Anastasia who had been here a while and was established and had a family. Compared to the way they lived in Greece at the time, they did very good for themselves in this country. My Grand Father lived in a house made of rocks, which still stands today. It looks more like a stable for animals than a home for human beings. Needless to say I am very Proud of them and I will always love them!
This is a picture of myself Philip Petropoulos at the grave site of my 3rd Great Grand Father Frederick Henry Bowditch.I had been searching his family for a long time and had been searching for his grave site for ever. A friend of mine asked me to come along to the Veterans Hospital at Togus, Maine and on the way back I just got a feeling he was there. Searching the Hospital burials I found his name and grave site a few days later and then made a trip up with my wife, it was very emotional for me. As I had spent so much time researching him. He is a Civil War Veteran and before Togus was a Veterans Hospital it was the Eastern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. It was the first home, there were more established throughout the country. Frederick contracted Malarial Poisoning while fighting with the 42nd Mass, Volunteer Infantry Regiment in New Orleans. You have to remember there was no medication for these diseases during that time. Frederick died in 1912.
This is a picture of Carrie Luella Faulkingham, Carrie was married to Charles Orlando Hanscom my maternal Great Grandparents. This is probably from the late 30's to early 40's
My Grandfather John Petropoulos came to the USA from Hatzi, Greece on the ship Canopic at age 19 in 1905 my Grandmother Penelope Tzeouvalis came from Kalamata, Greece to the USA at age 13 by herself in 1907. They had 7 children 6 girls and one boy my Father who was the last child born. Needless to say I miss them very much. During that time the mills were the biggest employers and there are still many of the old building left, being used for various enterprises.
As one can see by the Bass drum, this is the Machias Maine Band. Organized in 1902 it has three Hanscom Brothers in it. They are Sons of Morris Hanscom who also appears here in Ancient Faces.
My 2nd Great Grand parents, Morris Hanscom and Sarah Jane Andrews.
My 2nd Great GrandMother Lucy (Lowell) Faulkingham. A hard working Woman in Washington County Maine!