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160. Alson A.5 Wallingford (George William4, Giles3, Lebanon2 Wallingfords, Unconnected1) was born in Canton, Oxford County, Maine in November 1884.(776) Allie died 17 May 1946, in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut.(777)


Allie Wallingford in naval uniform about 1910

He married Lena M. Grace, 11 October 1911, in East Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine.(778) Lena was born about 1890, in Maine. (She was age 29 in the January 9, 1920 census)

Lena died in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine.(779)

When the 1900 census was taken Allie, as he was then called, was living as a boarder in the home of William Allen in East Livermore, Maine. He was employed as a day laborer.(780) When the 1910 census was taken on April 15th, Alson was a sailor on the U.S.S. Vermont. He was single at the time.(781) The website of the Naval Historical Center has this to say about the early history of the U.S.S. Vermont:

"USS Vermont, a 16,000-ton Connecticut class battleship, was built at Quincy, Massachusetts. Commissioned in March 1907, she spent most of the rest of that year on trials, "shake down" operations and fleet maneuvers. With other Atlantic Fleet battleships, she left Hampton Roads, Virginia, in December 1907 to begin the era's most important demonstration of Naval mobility, the World cruise of the "Great White Fleet". Over the next fifteen months, Vermont steamed around South America to the U.S. west coast, crossed the Pacific and Indian Oceans, transited the Suez Canal and returned to Hampton Roads via the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Modernized after this trip, Vermont received two "cage" masts and other new features. After completion of this work in June 1909, she spent most of the following eight years taking part in fleet operations along the U.S. east coast and in the Caribbean. In 1910-11 and again in 1913, the battleship crossed the Atlantic to visit European ports. She also participated in the Vera Cruz intervention during April-October 1914 and supported U.S. Marines in Haiti in 1916-(782) 17."

It is presently unknown exactly how long Alson served on the Vermont.

Ten years later he was living in a rented house on Walnut St. in Bridgewater, Mass. with his wife and two children. Living with them were his brother George, his wife's sister May C. Grace, and an aunt named Annie J. Burns.(783) The exact relationship of this Annie is unknown at present. She was a 43-year-old widow whose parents were both said to have been born in Ireland, which would indicate that she isn't the sister of either of Allie's parents. She may be a sister of one of his wife Lena's parents.

If their daughter Louise was really 10 in the 9 January 1920 census, then she would have been born before her parents married. She may, therefore, be the daughter of one, but not both, of her parents, or perhaps an adopted daughter.

Alson A. Wallingford and Lena M. Grace had the following children:

child 274 i. Louise6 Wallingford was born in Maine about 1909. She was age 10 in the 9 January 1920 census of Bridgewater, Mass. If this is true, then she would have been born before her parents married. She may, therefore, be the daughter of one, but not both, of her parents, or else may be adopted. Nothing further is known about her at present.

child + 275 ii. John Albert Wallingford was born 9 January 1912.

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