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Frank/Francis DORIAN  1869 - 1940   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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Frank/Francis DORIAN  1869 - 1940

aka Frank Dorian, Francis Dorian, F. Dorian
nationality
occupation
birth 28 November 1869, Washington DC
baptism
death 14 June 1940, New Brunswick, NJ (New York Times)
burial
marriage married on 11 Oct 1894:
Mary Charlotte CLAYTON

b. .. Nov 1869, Washington DC
d. .. 1959(?), New Brunswick, NJ

children
  • Frank Easton

    b. 9 Aug 1895, Washington DC District of Columbia
    d. 22 May 1984, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA

  • Charlotte

    b. 8 Dec 1898, Paris, FRANCE
    d. 27 Feb 1989, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Donald Clayton

    b. 4 June 1900, Paris, FRANCE
    d. 7 April 1963, ......, Maine


PARENTS

father Thomas Haviland DORIAN (1860) stonecutter

b. 29 Oct 1829, New York
d. 16 Mar 1874, ...........

mother Annie/Ann Swinbourne ROBINSON

b. 19 Jan 1833, .....
d. 2 Sept 1899, .......

children
  • George

    b. 1852, ........
    d. 02/03/1855, New York City

  • Thomas

    b. 20 June 1854, .................
    d. ..............

  • William

    b. ....... 1856, ..................
    d. .......... (probably died at young age)

  • Marion

    b. 17 Dec 1858, Washington DC
    d. 17 July 1932, Washington DC

  • Annie

    b. ........
    d. ..........

  • Eva

    b. ...........
    d. ..........

  • John H.

    b. ...........
    d. ..........

  • Francis

    b. 28 November 1869, Washington DC
    d. 14 June 1940, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Eliza H.

    b. ...........
    d. ..........


LIFE


1860 CENSUS (16 June 1860, Washington DC):
Thos H. DORIAN (31y)
Annie DORIAN (28y)
- Thos (6y)
- Marion (1y)



1880 CENSUS (4 June 1880, Washington DC):
Ann S. DORIAN (46y) dressmaker
- Marion (21y) clerk in law office
- Annie (19y)
- Eva (14y)
- John H. (12y)
- Francis (10y)
- Eliza H. (7y)



1910 CENSUS (21 May 1910, Hackensack Ward 4, Bergen, NJ):
Frank DORIAN (40y) manager phonograph co.
Mary C. (40y)
- Frank (14y)
- Charlotte (11y)
- Donald C. (7y)



1920 CENSUS (2 Jan 1920, Seattle, King, Washington):
Frank DORIAN (50y) Business Manager Graphophone Co. // lodger
Charlotte DORIAN (50y) lodger



1930 Census (7 Apr 1930, Manhattan, New York, NY):
Frank DORIAN (60y) retired president phonograph company
Mary C. DORIAN (60y)


In 1889 joined the COLUMBIA PHONOGRAPH COMPANY as general manager.

From August 1897 represents Columbia Phonograph Co. General in Paris (is supplied via Antwerp)
In 1900 moves to London (acc. to Belgian website)
This is confirmed by:
(1) Passport Application of 1920 (No. 87639):
1 Sept 1897 - 1 July 1900 in Paris FRANCE
1 July 1900 - 21 Aug 1909 in London ENGLAND
(2) According to the 1901 England Census (Ealing, Middlesex) Dorian's wife Mary Charlotte (Head) plus children Charlotte and Donald Clayton live in London.

In 1909 Dorian resigned as Columbia's European General Manager and returned to USA in 1909
source: EMI book, p. 102-103

In 1913 the Dorians live in Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey

Frank Dorian (prob. Junior) Secretary to W.C. Fuhri, President of the Columbia Phonograph Company
(The Life and writing career of Ulysses "Jim" Walsh by Tim Gracyk: abt 1950's)

name on passenger lists:
1903

1904

1905

1907

1909

1913

1920

Trees > OneWorldTree (ANCESTRY)

Writes as Assistant to the President of Columbia Phonograph Company, Inc. “Reminiscences of the Columbia Cylinder Records
(in Phonograph Monthly Review, January 1930; pp. 114-115 ; reproduced at http://www.mainspringpress.com/dorian.html)

PASSPORT APPLICATIONS:
1897 (No. 7706)
1899 (No. 1883)
1903 (No. 1514)
1907 (July) NOT AVAILABLE
1920 (No. 87639)


NOTES


COMPANIES & LABELS



PHOTOS

Frank Dorian (1892)
Frank Dorian (1894)
Frank Dorian (1933)
Announcement of appointment of Frank Dorian as manager of
Columbia USA in France.
From left to right: John, Frank and Marion
Frank Dorian in London Office (1902)
Frank Dorian in London Office (1902)



THANK YOU


Pete Williams