Monday, October 22, 2018

1852 Warrant for Road Upkeep at Rome, Maine: Surnames Worster, Foster, Martin, Tracy, Knight

1852 Warrant from Rome, Maine, from Assessors Nathan P. Martin and Thomas Tracy to Lemuel Worster for his portion of road upkeep, beginning at the Mercer Road on the cross road near the Hersom Schoolhouse so called Eastardly on said Road to Stephen P. Knight Bars opposite of his Barn to which you are to observe and conform yourself."

Listed on the Warrant as contributing to this upkeep:
Lemuel Worster
Lemuel Worster, Jr.
Harding Foster
George Worster
Elias Foster
Stephen Worster

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

Lemuel Worster was presumably the Lemuel Worster born in 1789 at Berwick, Maine and who died at Rome, Maine, at the age of 87 in February 1876, as shown on a record in Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980.

He married Nancy Marson [or Mason or Marston ?] on November 11, 1815 at Gardiner, Maine - Maine Marriages, 1771-1907.  They had several children, including the following three, whose names also appear on the Warrant:
  • Lemuel Worster (1822-1902); Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921; presumably the Lemuel Worster who married Mary Ann Nickerson, daughter of Eben Nickerson and Hannah (Stain) Nickerson, at Rome, Maine, on April 20, 1844 - Maine Marriages, 1771-1907
  • George Worster (b. abt. 1826); possibly the George Worcester who married Emma A. Fletcher on February 21, 1852 at Mercer, Maine; living at Augusta, Maine, at the time of the 1880 Census, with wife Emma and brother Stephen; working as a stable keeper; possibly the George Worster who died in 1888 at Augusta, Maine and buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery there; served in the Civil War - Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918
  • Stephen Worster (abt 1829-); married Susan Hodges Caswell on February 18, 1863 at Mercer, Maine, on April 20, 1844.

As for Harding Foster and Elias Foster, also mentioned on the Warrant:
The Assessors:
The Stephen P. Knight mentioned in the description of the area that Lemuel Worster was assigned to upkeep was presumably the Stephen P. Knight who was born in 1796 and died in 1871.  He married Reliance Higgins on December 1, 1824 at Rome, Maine - Maine Marriages, 1771-1907.

The Rome annual report of 1930 includes a question of whether to sell the Hersom schoolhouse to the highest bidder, but its name appears again in a 1936 town report so the building was either reprieved or replaced by another building given the same name.

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

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