Bessie Louise McKinney

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Marriage to Oliver Radcliff Hamlin

He was born about 1901/04/05 until 1970/09/10. Son of Joseph (29 Jul 1922 [Maine] - 1961/01/10 [Maine]) and Albura (Ellma) Hamlin (1875/08 [Maine] - 1958 [Maine]). Married 29 Jul 1922 in Scarborough.

SSN 705-16-9055
Last Residence: 04361 Weeks Mills, Maine, United States of America

Name: Oliver R. Hamlin
Serial Number: 1230374
Birth Place: Rockland, Maine
Age: 18 years
Residence: Rockland
Comment: Enl: NG Rockland, July 20/17. Reported for Federal Serv: July 25/17. Pvt; Pvt 1st cl May 1/18; Pvt June 3/18; Bglr June 3/18. Org: Btry F 1 Hv FA Me NG to Feb. 13/18; Co G 56 Pion Inf to disch. Eng: Meuse-Argonne; Defensive Sector. Overseas: Sept. 4/18 to June 22/19. Hon disch on demob: June 24, 1919.

Marriage to Samuel Theodore Jackson

She married Samuel Jackson. Some records show her name as Bessie Hamlin. 1934/08/11

Name: Samuel T Jackson
Gender: M (Male)
Residence Year: 1937
Street Address: 60 Crescent
Residence Place: Rockland; Camden; Rockport; Thomaston Union; Warren, Maine
Occupation: Clerk
Spouse: Bessie Jackson
Publication Title: Rockland, Maine, City Directory, 1937

Mr Jackson was a heavy drinker. He would be gone weeks, months or even a year or two at a time. He would go into South Portland or wherever to work, and instead of coming back would just stay for whatever reason. Bessie would struggle to make ends meet. When Oliver died in the military, Bessie received a $45 monthly stipend and so his death supported the family. They did not have running water, but had a well with a bucket that they would lower, then transfer the water to another bucket to bring into the house. However, they did have electricity and a telephone. There were only about a dozen or so families in the area and they all shared a line. Each family had a unique sequence of three buzzes -- for the Jacksons, it was something like long-long-short. Other families might have long-short-long or something like that. However, when an operator phoned in from out of town there was a different sound to the automated ring. It was much more curt -- more like lng-lng-shrt instead of a hand-cranked loong-loong-short. People could tell that an out-of-towner was calling -- and why were they calling the Jacksons anyhow? The neighbors would listen in on the interesting conversation.


Charles Demond Hamlin

Golf course designer. His daughter looks just like Stella. Charles D. Hamlin, of Rockland, Maine, has a long history of military experience. In 1942, at the age of 15, he left his home and small town to join the U.S. Army. He was assigned to Radio School and Gunnery School, and successfully completed both. In 1944 alone, he flew 35 missions in the 8th Army Air Corps, mostly as a ball turret gunner. He celebrated his 17th birthday on a mission to Germany. His military career included nine years of U.S. embassy duty with service in Mexico, India, and Egypt, along with four years in NATO service in Turkey. Married to a former Miss Egypt and movie personality from Cairo, Mona, Charles has enjoyed 55 years of wedded bliss so far. They currently live in Houston and have two children, Joseph and Jaqueline, and five grandchildren.

Anne Jackson and Ted Johnson

Had a horse farm where John Clancy broke his arm while playing with Sue, he was climbing down a ladder in the bard while attending a family reuinion about 1965. He slipped and his arm was stuck in the rungs.

Norma Louise Jackson and Merton Sawyer

ROCKLAND Norma L. Sawyer, 75, went home to be with her Lord, Friday, May 7, 2010, with her family at her side. Born in Rockland, February 14, 1935, she was the eldest daughter of Samuel and Bessie McKinney Jackson. She attended school in Appleton, graduating with the class of 1953. She then attended Barrrington Bible College, Barrington, Rhode Island, earning a degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Sawyer later did her student teaching at the University of Maine, Orono, and Wake Forest University in North Carolina. In the late 1950s, she traveled in northern Maine as a teacher with Child Evangelism Fellowship. On October 7, 1962, she married Merton Sawyer, Jr. at the First Baptist Church in Rockland. The couple made their first home in South Hope for two years, before moving to Rockland where they have since resided. Mrs. Sawyer worked for several years at North Atlantic Seafoods. For many years she was an active member of South Hope Community Church and taught Kindergarten at South Hope Christian School. More recently she attended Appleton Baptist Church. Her foremost concern was that all would hear the saving message of Jesus Christ. She always made her home open to anyone. Her children recalled that she always denied herself so that she could give to others. Predeceased by her husband, Merton November 12, 2007, siblings, Oliver Hamlin, Edwin Coogie Hamlin, Richard Dicky Hamlin, Neil Jackson, Estelle Barlow and Nathalie Hall; Mrs. Sawyer is survived by her son, Merton R. Sawyer, III and his wife Kimberly of Corinth; two daughters, Rebecca Pennington and her husband Douglass, Jr. of Appleton, Stephanie Koutsikos and her husband Pano of Lewiston; four brothers, Malcolm Mack Jackson and his wife Dorothy of South Thomaston, Charles Hamlin and his wife Mona of Houston, TX, William Jackson and his wife Carolyn of Rockland, Paul Putnam and his wife Helen of Rockport; five sisters, Jean Adolphson and her husband Arthur of Hope, Flora Sawyer of Warren, Lenora Bunker and her husband Buddy of Whitefield, Lucille Bartlett and her husband Donald of Appleton, Anne Johnson and her husband Ted of Appleton; eleven grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah, Douglass, Cody, Aubrey, Sydney, Jeraimie, Leah, Brendon, Darcy, Alexis and one great-grandchild, Sawyer, as well as her grand-dog William. Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, Wednesday, May 12th at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m, Thursday, May 13th at South Hope Community Church, Route 17, Hope. Pastor Mark Adolphson will officiate. Interment will follow at Achorn Cemetery, Rockland. Memorial donations may be made to Christian Youth in Action, c/o Appleton Baptist Church, 108 Searsmont Road, Appleton, ME 04862.