Sunday, May 15, 2016

William R. Ordway, Presumably Maine - His Copy of Autobiography of Elder Henry Kendall, Printed in 1853

Small book entitled "Autobiography of Elder Henry Kendall", by Professor J. T. Champlin and printed in Portland, Maine in 1853 by Brown Thurston.

The book, which can be read in its entirely here, recounts Henry's harsh childhood and life as a Baptist minister and revivalist in New Hampshire and Maine.

Click on an image to enlarge it.

Two end papers show the name of the owner, William R. Ordway.

I recently purchased this book in Maine not far from where a William Rackliff Ordway lived from 1827 to 1901. Whether this William was the owner of this book, I cannot say, but it's plausible.

From brief online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions requested]

William Rackliff Ordway was born on April 6, 1827 at Detroit, Maine, the son of Jonathan Burbank Ordway and Clarissa (Cross) Ordway, who were born at Unity, Maine, and Exeter, New Hampshire, respectively.

On February 24, 1856 at North Haven, Maine, William married Lydia Clara Wooster. She was born in 1826, daughter of David Wooster and Lydia Brown (Crockett) Wooster. William and Lydia had at least four children, I believe.

William, who had worked as a shoemaker and farmer, died of typhoid fever at Camden, Maine, on April 27, 1901. Lydia died at Camden in 1909. They're buried in the Mountain View Cemetery at at Camden.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

North Haven island is just to the southeast of Camden.

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