Tuesday, July 23, 2013

1837 Booklet "Articles of Faith & Form of Covenant", Churches of Oxford Conference, Oxford County, Maine; has name S. Carsley

1837 booklet containing "Articles of Faith and Form of Covenant Adopted by the Churches of Oxford Conference", printed by W. E. Goodnow of Norway, Maine.

The cover has handwriting: S. Carsley, 233 Washington Street, Boston, 1850.  S. Carsley may have been living at that address or attending an conference there.  I'm wondering if S. Carsley might have been Seth Carsley, who lived at Gorham, Harrison, Bridgton and Otisfield, Maine, and who was involved in the religious community as a Deacon.

Seth Carsley was born at Gorham, Maine, on 18 July 1782, son of John and Mercy (Freeman) Carsley.  In 1809 Seth married Susannah Whitney, daughter of Moses Whitney.  They settled at Harrison, Maine, and raised, I believe, 7 children.  

Other names mentioned in the booklet are Brother Walker, Brother Soule and Charles Frost, Clerk of Oxford County.

If you have a different theory of the identity of the Carsley who wrote on the front cover or additional information on the Carsley, Walker, Soule or Frost families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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Oxford County, Maine [Note: in 1837 Oxford County was larger than what the current boundaries show.  It lost towns to Franklin County in 1838 and to Androscoggin County in 1854.  It gained the town of Otisfield in 1978.]

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