Maria Moulton was born 30 March 1852 in Maine, the daughter of William R. and Marie Louise (Bunker) Moulton.
Maria's paternal grandparents were Jeremiah and Rachael (Sawyer) Moulton, born in New Hampshire and Maine (possibly Durham) respectively.
Her maternal grandparents were William and Ruth (Miller) Bunker, both Piscataquis County natives.
Maria's father, William R. Moulton, her sister Nellie (Ellen) and several Bunker, Bennett and Allen relatives of Maine, New York and Pennsylvania signed pages in her album.
Prentiss Vale, Pennsylvania was founded by Arthur Prentiss of Maine. He was born in 1808 at Paris, Maine, and moved to Pennsylvania at the urging of friend Hermon Strong to engage in the lumber business.
I'd love to know what drew the Allens, Bennetts and Bunkers came to that area. Perhaps Arthur Prentiss publicized the availability of work in Maine newspapers.
On 31 October 1889 at Dover or Foxcroft, Maine, Maria married Elmer A. Bolton. I've seen his name also spelled as Elma. He was born 23 July 1859 in Maine, the son of Charles Vaughan Bolton and his wife Ruby, whose maiden name I haven't yet determined. Hopefully a reader will have information on Ruby.
Elmer A. Bolton's paternal grandparents were Oliver and Mary A. (Ward) Bolton.
Old Sturbridge Village has an archive of letters written by Oliver Bolton, his father Nathaniel and other family members, viewable online here. Some of them are grim in their news of death.
Elmer and Maria settled at Foxcroft, Maine, where they raised at least one child, a son Charles.
Folded in the autograph album was this certification of membership in the Kineo Lodge, Odd Fellows, of Dover, Maine, of Charles Bolton.
I found a tidbit online that ties the Moulton family to a John Greenleaf Whittier poem.
For Bomazeen from Tacconock
Has sent his runners to Norrigewock,
With tidings that Moulton and Harmon of York.
Far up the river have come :
They have left their boats, — they have entered the wood,
And filled the depths of the solitude
With the sound of the ranger's drum.
"Ha Bomazeen ! — In God's name say,
What mean these sounds of bloody fray?"
Silent, the Indian points his hand
To where across the echoing glen
Sweep Harmon's dreaded ranger-band,
And Moulton with his men.
"Where are thy warriors, Bomazeen ?
Where are De Rouville and Castine,
And where the braves of Sawga's queen?
"Let my father find the winter snow
Which the sun drank up long moons ago !
Under the fall of Tacconock,
The wolves are eating the Norridgewock ;
Castine with his wifes lies closely hid
Like a fox in the woods of Pemaquid !
On Sawga's banks the man of war
Sits in his wigwam like a squaw, —
Squando has fled, and Mogg Megone,
Struck by the knife of Sagamore John,
Lies stiff and stark and cold as a stone."
Alphabetical list of signers in Maria's autograph album:
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