Thursday, August 9, 2012

1851 Handwritten Marriage Intention of Winthrop Cobb and Miss Lucy S. Fogg of New Gloucester, Maine

Marriage intention of Winthrop Cobb and Lucy S. Fogg, handwritten in 1851 by Elisha H. Moseley, Town Clerk of New Gloucester, Maine.

This certifies that the intentions of marriage between Mr. Winthrop Cobb and Miss Lucy S. Fogg both of this town have been entered in the town clerk's office and published in the town of New Gloucester according to law. Certified at New Gloucester this twenty sixth day of April, A.D. 1851.
Elisha H. Moseley, Town Clerk

This is one of several New Gloucester marriage intentions written by Elisha Moseley, thankfully in a very legible hand, that I'll be featuring. They include intentions between Sewall N. Martin and Persis T. Nelson and between David K. Foster and Miss Hannah Burns, and others.

Reverse of the marriage intention of Winthrop Cobb and Lucy S. Fogg.

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

Winthrop Cobb was born December 20, 1804 at New Gloucester, Maine, son of Sylvanus and second wife Mary (Oakes) Cobb. Winthrop's paternal grandparents were Ebenezer and Jerusha (Cushman) Cobb. His maternal grandparents were Nathan and Amy (Wyman) Oakes.

Winthrop was a farmer and church deacon at New Gloucester. His first wife, Marcia Grosvenor (Lyon) Cobb, with whom he had at least six children, died in January 1850.

Lucy Snowman Fogg, daughter of Daniel and Priscilla (Raymond) Fogg, was born April 30, 1813 in New Gloucester.  I'm not sure how many children Winthrop and Lucy had together, perhaps only a daughter, named Marcia Grosvenor Cobb after Winthrop's first wife, as was the custom.

Marcia, or Marsha, married Seth Franklin Sweetser and raised a family of at least three children at New Gloucester and at Portland, Maine. Seth worked as a cattle dealer and later as a milk producer.

Winthrop Cobb died May 21, 1865. Lucy died August 3, 1906.

As for the town clerk, Elisha H. Moseley, who was also a postmaster at New Gloucester, he was born about 1813 in Maine, possibly the son of Rev. Elisha and Nancy (Lobdell) Moseley, but I haven't found proof of that.

Elisha H. Moseley married Sophia or Sophronia A. L. Sampson on May 15, 1847 at New Gloucester. They had at least three children, I believe. Elisha died November 11, 1862.

Elisha's possible father, Rev. Elisha Moseley, ministered at New Gloucester, Maine, from 1802 to 1826. He married Nancy Lobdell, daughter of Isaac and Polly (Stetson) Lobdell, on October 27, 1811 at Minot, Maine. Again, I haven't yet found a record linking the two Elishas; perhaps a reader will step in.

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

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