Vera May Lord

F, (27 April 1882 - 19 July 1967)
Father-Biological*Herbert Samuel Lord b. 26 Jun 1858, d. 7 Oct 1884
Mother-Biological*Sarah Melissa Mayhew b. 23 Jan 1860, d. 19 Dec 1937
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Earnest F. and Vera May (Lord) Drillen in the 1940's
     Vera May Lord was born on 27 April 1882 at Hermon, Maine.1,2,3,4 She was the daughter of Herbert Samuel Lord and Sarah Melissa Mayhew.

Vera May Lord married Francis William Burnett, son of Frank William Burnett and Calista Ann Prentiss, in 1899.5,1,6 Vera, age 17 years, and Francis, age 39 years, appeared on the US Census of 1900 at 258 North Hampton Street Block L, Holyoke, Massachusetts.1 Vera, age 27 years, and Francis, age 49 years, appeared on the US Census of 1910 at Stafford, Connecticut.7 Vera and Francis were divorced in 1919.5

Vera May Lord, age 40, married Ernest Freeman Drillen, age 43 , son of Henry Drillen and Mary Jane Bailey, on 7 August 1922.5,2,8 Vera, age 47 years, and Ernest, age 51 years, appeared on the US Census of 1930 at 322 Broadway, Bangor, Maine.9 According to the census in 1930, Vera was a laborer working moving buildings.9 Vera, age 57 years, and Ernest, age 61 years, appeared on the US Census of 1940 at 39 South Park Street, Bangor, Maine.10 Vera lived in 1967 at Orange, Massachusetts, She was living on 117 Hayden Street, Orange, Massachusetts, before being admitted to a hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts.4 She died on 19 July 1967 at Northampton, Massachusetts, at age 85.2,11,4 Vera's obituary of 21 July 1967, reads:


NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Mrs. Vera (Lord) Drillen, 85, of 117 Hayden Street, Orange, widow of Ernest F. Drillen, died Wednesday at a Northampton hospital following a long illness. Born at Hermon, Maine, April 27, 1882, she was the daughter of Herbert and Sarah (Mayhew) Lord. She had been a resident of Northampton for several years before moving to Orange. She was a member Of the Episcopal Church at Athol and the Grange at Orange. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. George Brown of Northampton, Mrs. Saville Crabtree of Easthampton, Mrs. Charles Wood of Staten Island, N. Y; two sons, Norman Burnett of Albuquerque, N. M., Raymond Burnett of Fort Ogden, Fla; three sisters, Mrs. Grace Pierce and Mrs. Hazel Storming, both of Hudson, Maine, Mrs. Gladys Ryder of East Corinth, Maine; three brothers, Charles and Lee Alexander, both of Hudson, Maine, Decatur Alexander of Bangor, Maine; 29 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at the Newell-Northampton Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Henry Ramsey, assistant rector of St. Johns Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery.

She was buried on 22 July 1967 at Spring Grove Cemetery, Florence, Massachusetts, in section 6.2,11

Children of Vera May Lord and Francis William Burnett


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  2. Drillen, Linda E.. Drillen Genealogy. N.p.: manuscript, 2008.
  3. Maine State Archives. Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2010.
  4. The Bangor Daily News, "MRS. VERA DRILLEN" Bangor, Maine, 21 July 1967.
  5. Burnett, Robert "F W Burnett Vermont Info." E-mail message from rburnett61 (at) at unknown address. 19 October 2003.
  6. Maine State Archives. Maine, Marriage Index, 1670-1921. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2016.
  7. Census Bureau. 1910 U.S. Federal Census. Lehi, Utah: Operations, 2006.
  8. Maine State Archives. Maine, U.S., Marriage Index, 1892-1996. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2003.
  9. Census Bureau. 1930 U.S. Federal Census. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2002.
  10. Census Bureau. 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2012.
  11. Find-a-Grave. Online