Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Note dated 1804 at Windham, Maine, from Edmund Pray to William Hanson; witness Robert Plumer

Note dated October 1804 at Windham, Maine, written by Edmund Pray [or Edmond Pray] to William Hanson, and witnessed by Robert Plumer [Plummer].

The handwritten names were not the easiest to decipher, but crowdsourcing input from around the globe was a definite help.  


Windham, October 1st 1804
For Value Received I Promise to pay to William Hanson Sixteen Dollars Ninety three cents on Demand with Interest as witness my Hand.                                             Edmund Pray
Attest: Robert Plumer 

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

There was a William Hanson, born 18 January 1762, who died at Windham, Maine, on 29 October 1814.  He and his wife Matilda (Elder) had, I think, eleven children.

Edmund Pray was mentioned in an 1808 Act to create a Methodist Society in Gray and Windham:

There's a Maine Death Record for an Edmund Pray who was born about 1774 and died at age 82 on 31 May 1856, but the record doesn't list the place of death.  He may have been the son of Joshua and Sarah (Roberts) Pray.  I found several early 1800s marriage records for an Edmund/Edmond Pray, which might have referred to successive marriages of the same Edmund Pray or to different Edmund Prays.

Robert Plumer or Robert Plummer may be the Robert Plumer/Plummer born 3 June 1762 at Cape Elizabeth, son of Daniel and Joanna Plummer.  He married Ruth Hatch at South Portland, Maine, on 26 November 1788 and they lived at Windham, Maine.  There's a Robert Plumer/Plummer listed in the 1810 Census of Windham, Maine.

If you have information on William Hanson, Robert Plumer and/or Edmund Pray, please leave a comment or contact me directly. Thanks!

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