Jessie L. MacDonald
Troy, 1893


This photo was "rescued" by Shelley Cardiel. Even though Shelley is not related to the subject, she kindly did enough research to determine who the subject was. Shelley writes that this photo of Miss Jessie L. MacDonald was taken at the Shroder Studio at 308 River Street in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. The photograph is dated 14 June 1893. In addition to the subject's name and the date, it appears that Jessie also wrote "To Maude with love, from" on the back of the photograph. Below the photograph, we present the census entries that Shelley found for Jessie. Shelley adds, "I am hoping to locate someone from Jessie's family so that this beautiful old photograph can be returned to its rightful place with family. If you are a member of this family, or if you know someone who might be, please contact me."

Miss Jessie L. MacDonald


Census entries for Jessie L. MacDonald:

1880 US Census of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY:
SD 5 ED 133 Page 75/156A lines 44-50 dwelling 490 family 791, 68 Federal Street:
MCDONALD Mary, age 41, born NY, Keeping House, parents born Scotland/Ireland, single
MCDONALD Margaret, sister, age 31, born NY, Teacher, parents born Scotland/Ireland, single
MCDONALD Theresa, sister, age 29, born NY, Teacher, parents born Scotland/Ireland, single
MCDONALD William J., brother, age 28, born NY, Insurance Agent, parents born Scotland/Ireland, single
MCDONALD Jessie L., niece, age 10, born NY, At School, parents born NY, single
MCDONALD Kittie A., niece, age 7, born NY, At School, parents born NY, single
MCDONALD Lovina V., niece, age 5, born NY, parents born NY single
SD 5 ED 133 Page 76/[156B] lines 1-2 still dwelling 490 still family 791, still 68 Federal Street:
MCDONALD Henry, nephew, age 3, born NY, parents born NY, single
KIGNEY Clara, servant, age 17, born NY, parents born Ireland, single.

1900 US Census of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY:
4th Ward, Second District, SD 4 ED 72 Sheet 2A/114A lines 7-11 dwelling 17 family 28, 606 Federal [Street]:
MACDONALD Mary, head, age 59, born Nov 1840 NY, occupation not stated, parents born Scotland/Ireland, single
MACDONALD Margaret, sister, age 50, born Jany 1850 NY, School Teacher, parents born Scotland/Ireland, single
MACDONALD Jessie, niece, age 30, born Apr 1870 NY, occupation not stated, parents born NY/Russia, single
MACDONALD Adelaide, niece, age 27, born Dec 1872 NY, occupation not stated, parents born NY/Russia, single
MACDONALD Louise, niece, age 25, born Oct 1874 NY, Bookkeeper, parents born NY/Russia, single.

1910 US Census of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY:
Ward 5, SD 6 ED 49 Sheet 4B lines 53-55 dwelling 59 family 76, 4 Sheldon Ave.:
MACDONALD Margaret A., head, age 60, born NY, Public School Teacher, parents born Scotland/Ireland, single
MACDONALD Jesse L., niece, age 40, born NY, Music Teacher, parents born NY/Russia, single
MACDONALD Adelaide, niece, age 37, born NY, occupation "None", parents born NY/Russia, single.

1920 US Census of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY:
Ward 5 Election Dist. 2, SD 10 ED 58 Sheet 16A/281A lines 18-19 dwelling 99 family 126:
MACDONALD Jessie L., niece [sic], age 49, born NY, Music Teacher, parents born NY/Russia, single
COOPER Alice C., niece, age 29, born NY, occupation "None", parents born NY, single.

1930 US Census of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY:
Ward 5, SD 5 ED 42-65 Sheet 9B line 56 dwelling 182 family 344, 17 Lansing Avenue:
MACDONALD Jessie, head, age 58, born NY, Music Teacher at a Conservatory, parents born Scotland, single.



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