|"It is wise for us to recur to the history of our ancestors.Those who do not look upon themselves as a link connecting the Past to the Future, do not perform their duty to the world."|
Our family goes back to some of the earliest settlers and planters of New England, including our Mayflower Ancestors, and Mary (Towne) Esty who was hung as a result of the Salem witch trials in 1692. It has taken many years of research on my families history, but much is left to do. Among our European ancestors are such notables as Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and William I "The Conqueror".
Most of my 20th century relatives were born or come from Maine. In the 1980's, early 1990's my brother Everett discovered a branch of Kaherls in Michigan. They are the descendants of Edward Vinal Kaherl who was the brother of my great grandfather George Greenleaf Kaherl.In July 2000, another cousin Joan Molloy, contacted me, she is a descendant of Carrie Kaherl, who was the sister of the above Edward Vinal Kaherl. We did not know they existed, but now we have reunited. The Maine and Michigan Kaherls and the Massachusetts Molloys and regularly correspond.A lot of our family relatives came from such Maine towns as:Augusta, Belgrade, Belfast, Rockport, Rockland, Wayne, Monmouth, Stockholm, New Sweden, Caribou and Winthrop.
I am indebted to many family members that I contacted or that contacted me over the years to put our family tree and history together, especially, my brother Everett, our cousin Douglas Kaherl, our cousin Joan Molloy and my mother's late cousin Axel Tall. I have a much larger data base with siblings.If anyone wants any information, I will gladly supply same, taking into account privacy issues.I would also enjoy contact with anyone who may have more information or corrected information on people in my family file as published here.
I am looking for any ancestors/descendants/siblings of Thomas Cahel who was in the Philadelphia, PA area in the mid-late 1700's.He was b. circa 1750 and m. Elenor ________ and Mary ________.
His Maine descendants started with a Thomas Cahel (Caheel) first seen in the 1790 census and seemed to have changed their name at some point to Kaherl.
I am looking for any ancestors/descendants/siblings of Joshua Grant, b. 1760-1765, prob. Shapleigh, ME and his first wife Elizabeth (or Betsey)
- Children of Everett & Gladys (Tall) Kaherl (70 KB)
Front row, l-r, Nelson Eugene, Theresa Arline, Irene Lucille, & Emma Ola.Back row, l-r, Ervine Regina, Marlene Martha and John Burton.The only family picture of the children of Everett Kaherl by his first wife, Gladys (Tall). circa 1947 - 1948 at home in Winthrop, Maine.
- Elizabeth Lilla (Garland) Kaherl,1917 - (36 KB)
My stepmother Elizabeth (Betty) is the dau. the late Chester & Sadie (LaChance) (York) Garland.She was my father, Everett Kaherl's, 2nd wife.This picture was taken in 1998 on her 80th birthday.Ma (Betty) has been like a second mother to me since my own mom's death in 1960 when I was in high school.She is a wonderful stepmother and she is loved by all.
- John Nelson Tall, 1871 - 1953 (26 KB)
My grandfather John Tall was born in Sweden, naturalized on Sept. 4, 1900 in Augusta, Maine.This is his wedding portrait.He married Emma L. Stanley on June 16, 1903,in Winthrop, Maine. He was 32 years old in this picture.
- Everett Burton Kaherl, 1909-1958 (279 KB)
My father Everett, was the son of Ervin & Jessie (Hammond) Kaherl.He married (1) Gladys Tall and they had 7 children.He married (2) Elizabeth Garland and they had 5 children.
- Children of Everett & Elizabeth (Garland) (26 KB)
My father's children by his second wife Betty.Top, l-r Roberta Eleanor, Elizabeth Lilla (Ma), Rebecca Sadie.Bottom, l-r, Everett Alfred, Beverly Jane, Bruce Richard.This is the only picture I've ever had of my five youngest brothers and sisters together.It was taken at Ma's 80th birthday party in 1998.
- Emma L. (Stanley) Tall, 1886 - 1913 (28 KB)
My Grandmother Emma was born and died in Winthrop, Maine.She m. John N. Tall on June 16, 1903. She would have been 17 years old in this picture. This is her wedding portrait.
- Albert Henry Frost, Fallen Civil War Hero (35 KB)
Albert is my 2nd cousin 3 times removed. He was killed by the Rebels at Gettysburg. He, like so many of our honorable war casualties in so many wars, was cut down in his youth and never had a chance to grow up and raise a family.He, most certainly, is in the loving care of our Lord. His story appears below in the Section entitled "Related Files"
- Martha S. (Petersdotter) Tall, 1838 - 1918 (17 KB)
My greatgrandmother on my mother's side, Martha was the dau. of Peter Lof and Stina Nilsdotter of Sweden.She was the 2nd wife of Johan Swen Tall.This photo was taken circa 1912 - 1915.She was b. in Sweden and d. in Stockholm, Maine.
- Gladys Martha Tall, 1904 - 1960 (5 KB)
My mother's coming out picture (or graduation from finishing school).Taken in Winthrop, Maine in 1917 or 1918.
- The Five Tall Immigrant Siblings (100 KB)
l-r, Front: John G., Josefina, Alfred.Back: Swen and John N.They migrated to Maine in the late 1800's with my great grandmother Martha (Petersdotter) Tall.John G. was born Johan Gustav, Alfred's real name was Peter Alfred and John N. was born Nils Johan Tall.They were all born in Sweden. John G. was the son of Johan Tall by his 1st wife Stina Nilsdotter.Alfred, Josefina, Swen and John N. were the children of Johan Tall by his 2nd wife, Martha Sara (Petersdotter) Tall.
- The Molloy Girls (108 KB)
These 5 girls are the children of the late Charlotte (LaPorte) and Michael Molloy. Charlotte (LaPorte) (Tenney) Molloy was the dau. of Chester & Carrie (Kaherl) LaPorte. Joan Molloy contacted me last year in pursuit of her ancestry, and they are now an integral part of our family.They are my 2nd cousins, once removed. They are all grown up now with children and grandchildren.They are top to bottom, l-r Theresa Joan, b. 1947; Barbara Jean, b. 1946; Jacqueline Lee, b. 1948; Kathleen Ann, b. 1950 and Karen Lorraine, b. 1951.
- Aunt Hilder Five Generational Picture (48 KB)
This appeared in the Gardner, Mass. newspaper in Sept. 1982. It was captioned: "THE FIFTH DIMENSION - A Greater Gardner family recently added a fifth generation to its clan. Seated are Hildur Oberg of Gardner, holding her great, great grandson Jason Ross LeBlanc, and her daughter, Regina Knowlton of Otter River. Standing behind Regina is her daughter, April Ann LeBlanc, and standing beside April is her daughter and Jason's mother, Mrs. Jennifer LeBlanc. The five family members range in age from 78 years to two weeks old."Aunt Hilder was my mother, Gladys (Tall) Kaherl's 1st cousin.My mothers father, John Nelson Tall, and Hildur's father, Peter Alfred Tall, were brothers.
- Jessie Ora (Hammond) Kaherl, 1888 - 1936 (40 KB)
My grandmother Jessie was the dau. of Hiram and Aurora (Magner) Hammond.The wife of Ervine Eugene Kaherl.This picture was taken during the depression years in Winthrop, Maine.Grammy Jessie had a gas powered washing machine that sounded like an outboard motor, she use to take in laundry.At one time she was a bootlegger (during prohibition).She worked hard to raise her family during the great depression.I never knew her, but she must have been a colorful woman.
- Alton Wyman and Jennie (Varnum) (Wyman) Tall (80 KB)
Alton Wyman and his mother, Jennie.Alton was my mother's step-brother, the son of Grammy Jennie (Varnum) (Wyman) Tall.Jennie was the 3rd wife of my grandfather, John Tall,and the widow of Lincoln Wyman, Alton's father. This picture was taken at the Tall homestead on Summer Street in Winthrop, Maine in the 1920's or 1930's.
- John Burton Kaherl - Three years old (31 KB)
This portrait was taken in 1944.It was a black&white, colorized.I have no idea of the colorization process back in 1944, but I think that it is fascinating that they could do that then.It was done by a local photographer and family friend in Winthrop, Maine, Erlon Blake.
- Ervin Eugene Kaherl, 1883 - 1974 (38 KB)
Grandpa Kaherl was the son of George Greenleaf (Duke) Kaherl and Lydia Frances (Tibbetts) Kaherl.He was the husband of Jessie (Hammond) Kaherl.We called him Pa.Pa worked for many years at a grain supply company in Winthrop, Maine for one of his father's cousins.This was a boon to the family during the depression years.His job supplied foodstuff for his family and even the grain sacks were made of cotton with printed patterns, which were turned into blouses and dresses by the women in the family.
- John Kaherl & Theresa (Kaherl) Pearson (10 KB)
Taken December 24, 1996 at my niece Patt (Stanley) Conroy's, this is me with my sister Theresa.
- Gladys Martha (Tall) Kaherl, 1904 - 1960 (38 KB)
My mother was the dau. of John Tall and Emma (Stanley) Tall.She was the first wife of my father Everett B. Kaherl.This picture was taken in 1958, two years before she walked with God.