Monday, January 11, 2021

Two Undated 19th Century Cornish documents in Same Handwriting: partial copy of a Will; copy of 2 Descriptions of Lots of Land

Two undated 19th Century Cornish, Maine, documents written in the same hand, perhaps copies or first drafts of official documents. They may have been written by a Cornish lawyer or scribe.

The document above is the description of two lots of land, perhaps owned by the writer.  Several names are mentioned; see a list of names and a transcription farther below. Any help with errors and omissions in the transcription would be greatly appreciated.

The second document appears to have been a copy of the last will and testament of Timothy Guptill (1782-1868) of Cornish. The document ends abruptly on the overleaf; it may have been a first draft. Note: the FindaGrave memorial gives his name as Guptail, but Guptill shows in the photograph of the stone attached to the memorial.

Names mentioned in the will of Timothy Guptill

Transcription of the copy of the will of Timothy Guptill (1782-1868) of Cornish - corrections welcome!

Will of Timothy Guptill of Cornish, Maine
I, Timothy Guptill of Cornish in the County of York and state of Maine, being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, viz:
First, I give and bequeath to my daughter Huldah Harmon, wife of Simon Harmon of Cornish, the sum of Fifty dollars.
Second, I give and bequeath to my son Isaiah Guptill of Limerick, the sum of Five Hundred dollars.
Third, I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Watson, wife of Samuel H. Watson of Limerick, the sum of Two Hundred dollars:
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Sawyer, wife of Henry Sawyer of Cornish, the sum of Fifty dollars:
Fifth, I give and bequeath to my grandson Francis Sawyer, the sum of Fifty dollars
Sixth, I give and bequeath to my three granddaughters Ann Watson, Emiline Watson and Mary Watson the sum of Twenty-five dollars each:
Lastly, as to all the residue and remainder of my personal estate of every description whatsoever, after the payment of all my past debts, I give and bequeath the same to my son James Guptill.
and I do hereby appoint my son Isaiah Guptill of Limerick to be the sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking, annulling and declaring void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

Signed, published and declared, by said Timothy Guptill to be his last will an [trails off]

Names in the land document shown at the top of this post: (some mentioned more than once)

Transcription of the copy of the land document, shown at the top of this post - corrections welcome!

Home Place bounded - Northerly ? Pendexter; easterly by land of Edmund Trafton & others - Southerly by land of Edmund Hammond & others - and Westerly by land of Freedom Berry - containing one hundred acres more or less with the building thereon.

Also one other lot of land situated in said Cornish and bounded Northerly by land of Harrison Guptill - Easterly by land of J & L. Pendexter - Southerly by the road leading to East Parsonsfield & the Dwelling house of Said Guptill - and Westerly by land of said Harrison Guptill - being the same lot of land as I bought of J. Alley and Bennett Pike.

? of this said A. ? shall during the natural life of said J. S. [?] ___ supports and main the said J. S. and provide him with ___ cloths, food, drink, medicine and nursing and all other things necessary, in the house of said A. T. (or in such other place as said J. S. may choose). ___ This obligation shall be void, otherwise the same shall remain in full force.

If you have information to share on any of the people mentioned in these documents, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

1862 Certificate that Charles O. Emerson be Appointed Justice of the Peace for York County, Maine

1862 document certifying that Charles O. Emerson be appointed a Justice of the Peace for York County, Maine. Signed by Caleb B. Lord, Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court of York County.  

The form also bears the signature of Charles F. Potter, Pension Agent, and it seems, from text at the top of the form, that Charles O. Emerson would be working as a magistrate on pension matters.

Charles O. Emerson - presumably Charles Octavius Emerson (1799-1863) of York, Maine - who was not long into this term as Justice of the Peace when he died; his FindaGrave memorial contains a short biography and linked relatives

Caleb B. Lord - presumably Caleb B. Lord (1819-1885) of Alfred, Maine 

Charles F. PotterCharles Fox Potter (1821-1867) of Augusta, Maine - Page 54 of A history of that part of the Fox family descended from Thomas Fox of Cambridge, Mass. : with genealogical records notes that Charles was removed from his position as pension agent by Andrew Johnson in 1866 - would love to get to the bottom of that story...

1876 Kittery, Maine, Document where George H. R. Marden is Requesting a Load of Refuse Wood of Mr. Gerrish

December 13, 1876 Kittery, Maine, document where George H. R. Marden states that he entirely out of wood and is requesting a load of refuse wood from Mr. Gerrish, specifically the refuse wood that is by the swamp on the way to the island.

Marden states that he will supply a team toward the effort, and he says that Mr. Mitchell can oversee. 

Mitchell may be the L. D. M. mentioned on the reverse; perhaps Lorenzo D. Mitchell (1820-1896).
George H. R. Marden may have been George H. Marden (1822-1881), a New Hampshire native, living at Kittery Point, Maine during the time frame of the document. Mr. Gerrish was perhaps businessman Robert Follett Gerrish (1815-1882) or a member of his family.

If you have information on the names in this document, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

1793 Payment to York County, Maine, Grand Jurors Dummer Mitchell & William Smith; William Jefferds & County Treasurer William Frost

1793 document showing payment made to York County, Maine, grand jurors Dummer Mitchell and William Smith for their service in 1792.

The money was transferred to William Jeffords by County Treasurer William Frost, for distribution to the two men.

If you have information on any of these men, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Presumably the town of York, Maine, was where County business and courts were located in 1792 and 1793. Alfred, Maine, would not become shiretown until 1806.

1802 Wells, Maine & Kennebunk, Maine Military Document: Peabody [2]; Taylor [2]; Larrabee; Walker; Keezer; Drown

Military document that serves two purposes over a period of 3 years; an 1802 notice to meet at Wells, Maine; an 1805 fine for not appearing, Kennebunk, Maine. 

The latter perhaps was taking advantage of an unused portion of the original.  Names on the paper include: [dates have not been verified]

The image at top shows the front of a notices for men to appear, dated October 1802 at Wells, Maine, where clerk Timothy Kezer is notifying Sgt. Isaac Peabody to warn the district commanded by Capt. John Taylor to meet at the corner of the road between Deacon Stephen Larrabee and John Walker.  

That notice is repeated in the bottom half of the image, below.

The other half of the reverse, shown in the image below, is a fine levied in 1805 by James Peabody on Solomon Drown for failure to appear with the gathering men of Capt. Joseph Taylor's district. 

Wells, Maine, in the early 1800s was much larger than it is today. Kennebunk was formed out of Wells in 1820 and Ogunquit in 1980. Since Kennebunk is mentioned in the document, however, it must have existed as a village of that name as early as 1805.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Inventory of the Estate of Olive (Gilpatrick) Downing (abt 1803-1876), widow of John Downing (abt 1797-1872) of Kennebunk, Maine

Top half of front

1876 Inventory of the Estate of Olive (Gilpatrick) Downing (abt 1803-1876), widow of ship carpenter John Downing, who had predeceased her in 1872.

Other names mentioned:

Perhaps documents relating to John Downing and Olive (Gilpatrick) Downing appear in the John Downing collection of papers held at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, Maine.

If you have information on any of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.
Bottom half of front

According to a Family Bible mentioned here, Olive (Gilpatrick) Downing was born 4 March 1803, daughter of Samuel Gilpatrick and Hannah (Wormwood) Gilpatrick.  About 1840, Olive married John Downing.

Written on an interior sheet
One orientation of the reverse
Another orientation of the reverse

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Photograph of Eleanor H. McCormick; by the Gough studio of York, Maine


Photograph by the Gough studio of York Beach, Maine, of "Eleanor H. McCormick, with love for Claire".

Whether she was a Maine resident or just visiting, I don't know. If you have a theory as to the identify of Eleanor H. McCormick, please leave a comment or contact me directly.