Sunday, December 8, 2019

Family Record Page of the Family of Aldridge Cobb Wiley & Maria Maud (Hammond) Wiley of Galesburg, Illinois

Family Record page, recording births and marriages, of the family of Aldridge Cobb Wiley and Maria Maud (Hammond) Wiley, who were born in New York and Ohio respectively and raised their family in Galesburg, Illinois.  Aldridge served as a Justice of the Peace.

Sadly, the page is long removed from any accompanying pages and the Bible that supposedly once contained it.  The entries contain mostly initials but enough clues are present to tease out the family's identity.

Entries:  Additional information found online is shown in italics

  • A. C. Wiley born Dec  - Aldridge Cobb Wiley
  • Maria Wiley born August 13th 1816 - Maria [Hammond] Wiley
  • S. J. Wiley, born May 15, 1837 - Sarah J. Wiley
  • H. M. Wiley, born July 18, 1839 - Helen Maria Wiley
  • W. S. Wiley, born January 29. 1841 - Walter S. Wiley
  • C. J. Wiley, born March 13, 1843 [could be March 18] - Cornelius Joseph Wiley
  • L. H. Wiley, born January 26, 1845 - Lewis Hammond Wiley - the entry appears to show S. H. Wiley
  • M. E. Wiley, born November 29, 1847 - Mary Emerett Wiley
  • H. W. B. Wiley, born May 22, 1850 - Henry Beecher Wiley, perhaps Henry Ward Beecher Wiley
  • W. T. Wiley [not sure of middle initial], born September 2, 1852 - William Theodore Wiley
  • A. M. Wiley, born February 8, 1858 - Ada Maria Wiley
  • C. H. Wiley, born October 12, 1860 - Charles Hurd Wiley
  • A. C. Wiley & Maria Hammond, October 6, 1836 - Aldridge Cobb Wiley & Maria Maud (Hammond) Wiley
  • H. M. Hurlbert & S. J. Wiley, April 2, 1857 - Henry M. Hurlbert & Sarah J. Wiley
  • C. J. Wiley & Angie Robertson, September 10, 1867 - Cornelius Joseph Wiley and Angeline Robertson, "Angie"
  • A. S. Musson & M. E. Wiley, November 3, 1868 - Anson Little Musson and Mary Emerett Wiley
  • L. H. Wiley & V. Williams, September 17, 1869 [or 1868] - Lewis Hammond Wiley and Virginia Williams - again, the entry appears to show S. H. Wiley
  • H. W. B. Wiley & Hattie Williams - Henry Beecher Wiley and Hattie Williams
  • W. T. Wiley & Mattie Rogers, January 27, 1876 - William Theodore Wiley & Martha Fidelia Rogers, "Mattie"
  • Noah Perry & Ada Wiley, May 16, 1877 - Noah Perry & Ada Maria Wiley
  • C. H. Wiley & - left blank - Charles Hurd Wiley & Ora Anna Evaline Roysdon

As noted above, the reverse has no entries.

If you notice errors or have information to share on the Wiley family, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Family Record Page of Family of William Norcross (1807-1888) and Lydia (Forbush) Norcross (1810-1867) of Templeton, Massachusetts

Family Record page of the family of William Norcross (1807-1888) and Lydia (Forbush) Norcross (1810-1867) of Worcester County, Massachusetts.

Note that the dates in the Bible are a bit off from other dates found online.

Some towns where the family might have had connections:
  • Royalston, Massachusetts
  • Winchendon, Massachusetts
  • Templeton, Massachusetts

Sadly, the page was purchased long removed from any companion pages and the Bible that supposedly contained it at one time.  The reverse contains no entries.  If you think that I might misinterpreted a date or other fact, please advise.

  • William Norcross, born February 15, 1807 [or 1804); died September 20 [or 26], 1888 [not sure of date]
  • Lydia F. Norcross [Lydia (Forbush) Norcross], born December 18, 1810; died July 6, 1867

Their children:
  • Lydia Ann Norcross, born March 19, 1830; died January 11, 1897 - Lydia A. Patterson
  • Mary Jane Norcross, born August 15, 1834; died April 25, 1891; Mary Jane Lewis
  • Ellen Elizabeth Norcross, born August 7, 1837; died August 9, 1866. Ellen Elizabeth Martindale
  • Persis Gennett Norcross, born February 22, 1840
  • Leander Newell Norcross, born August 28, 1842
  • Charles William Norcross, born October 11, 1844; died October 10, 1846
  • Charles Heman Norcross, born March 13, 1847
  • Clarence Angelo Norcross, born June 23, 1850; died October 1, 1875

If you have information to share on the family of William Norcross and Lydia (Forbush) Norcross, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Family Record Pages of Benjamin Franklin Cole and Alma Louisa (McKenney) Cole of Sebago, Maine - dates from 1852 to 1911

Family Records pages regarding the family of Benjamin Franklin Cole (1852-1910) and Alma Louisa (McKenney) Cole (1854-1911) of Sebago, Maine.

The pages were purchased long after removal from the Bible they were presumably in at one time.

The image above records their marriage on November 1, 1879 at Harrison, Maine, by Rev. L. W. Raymond.  It also shows their birth dates: June 27, 1852 at Sebago, Maine, for Benjamin, and September 28, 1854 for Alma.

Two pages for births:

  • Bessie Mabel Cole, born December 19, 1881 at Sebago; died March 21, 1903
  • Arthur Allan Cole, born July 10, 1883 at Sebago, Maine
  • Stella Lisette Cole, born October 8, 1885 at Sebago, Maine
  • Nancy Gertrude Cole, born July 15, 1887 at Sebago, Maine
  • Geneva Agnes Cole, born October 28, 1889 at Sebago, Maine; married September 14, 1908 in Portland, Maine, by Rev. Henry W. Hulbert, to Warren K. Webber of Portland
  • Frank Owen Cole, born April 8, 1891 at Sebago, Maine

One page of deaths:

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1849 Engraving and Article: the Scythe Factory of Reuben Barnes Dunn at Dunnsville, North Wayne, Maine - from The Ladies' Repository

Engraving of the scythe mill owned by Reuben Barnes Dunn (1802-1889) at Dunnsville in North Wayne, Maine.

The engraving was "drawn and engraved expressly for the Ladies' Repository", for the April 1849 issue. See an image of the article page and a transcription farther below.

Dunn had purchased a small scythe factory at the site in 1840 and greatly expanded it over time. Later he would extend his interests into Oakland, Maine, and Waterville, Maine. Interestingly, the North Wayne Tool Company, previously named the Dunn Edge Tool Company, was still producing agricultural tools at Oakland, Maine, as late as 1967, when it closed its doors.

Dunn had many occupations and interests over the course of his life: teacher; country store owner; lumber dealer; manufacturer of agricultural implements; railroad developer; owner of cotton and woolen mills; state legislator; benefactor of the Methodist church, including Maine Wesleyan Seminary at Kents Hill and a term of 1877 to 1889 as a trustee at Wesleyan University at Middletown, Connecticut.

Reuben Barnes Dunn (1802-1889) was born at Poland, Maine, the son of Josiah Dunn and Sarah (Barnes) Dunn. Reuben's first two wives, who were sisters, died not long into their marriages; his third wife survived him. All three marriages produced at least one child.
  1. Emeline Davis (1807-1833)
  2. Eliza Davis (1813-1838), Emeline's sister
  3. Lydia Richardson Ayer (1816-1900)
Reuben's first two wives are buried in the Empire Cemetery at Poland, Maine; he and his third wife Lydia are buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterville, Maine.

The Maine Historical Society has a printed wood-cut portrait of Reuben Barnes Dunn and a broadside, written about the Dunn Scythe, to be sung to the tune of Old Dan Tucker.

Information about Dunn and his family appears in The Centennial History of Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine, Including the Oration, the Historical Address and the Poem Presented at the Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town, June 23d, 1902, compiled by Edwin Carey Whittemore of the Centennial Committee, and published in 1902.

Transcription: - note: sythe is usually spelled as scythe


We offer this well-executed plate, not as a rare scene of beauty, but as a scene of rare interest to every reader, who looks with pleasure on the progress of our country.

Ten years ago, we had just spent four years within two miles of North Wayne, Me., now Dunnsville, where there was then an old mill and two or three old houses, all of them tottering to their fall. Last autumn we saw the spot again, and lo! a fine, thrifty, stirring town had risen up, and, in the the centre of it, an immense suit of buildings, with a score of furnaces belching their black smoke upward, with a score or more of trip-hammers thumping away, as if they intended to pound the world to pieces, and with hot metal sparkling, and water hissing, and grindstones humming, as no one can imagine without seeing them. As this sort of energy is the fittest emblem of our day and generation, and as there is, probably, no example of it superior to the one now given, in any part of the wide world, we take satisfaction in directing to it the attention of our readers. Let it be known then, to the fifty thousand who peruse these pages, that the scene here represented is the spot where stands the largest manufactory of its kind on earth!

We include in our list of patrons the wives and daughters of thousands of the intelligent tillers of the soil. We have before endeavored to serve their interests, by describing the great works at Pittsburg, whence many of the implements of husbandry come to the farmers of the west. We now permit them to look directly upon the chimnied workshops, where more of their sythes are manufactured than at any other place in any quarter of the globe; for this honor really belongs to our country, and to the town of which a partial view is here given.

Rev. M. Springer, formerly editor of the Maine Wesleyan Journal, after a recent visit to these mammoth works, gives an accurate description of them. We copy from his account the following particulars: "The system of division of labor has here been successfully adopted. First the welders mark and cut the bars of iron and steel in portions of suitable length for each sythe. A portion of iron about five inches or more in length is folded over another of steel, when both are heated and drawn to the proper length for a sythe. It then passes into the hands of the pointer, whose business is to harden, draw, and break a small portion of the point, to see that the steel has not been overheated - that the iron has not been drawn over the steel, and to examine the whole process thus far. The plater then spreads the rod to a proper width, leaving the full thickness at the back. It then passes a process of fitting for the machine hammer, when the finisher turns the back and gives its general shape. One fashions and finishes the point, another turns and finishes the heel, when it passes the hardening process by a different hand, from whom it is taken to the tempering forger, and then into the hands of the grinders.

"An experienced workman does nothing but carefully examine each sythe, and test the correctness of each process thus far, and every imperfect article is laid aside.

"The proprietor has been at great pains to manufacture a superior article, and no sythe is permitted to go into the market till it has passed the ordeal of two experienced and careful workmen, besides the examination of the general superintendent, whose inspection extends to every part of the establishment. This care has given to these sythes a celebrity which secures a ready sale for all that can be furnished. Extensive orders are now received from all western states, Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. So great, indeed, is the demand, that the proprietor has not been able, thus far, to supply his orders. A silver medal was awarded him by the American Institute, for the most perfect specimens of his art, and he has received the first premium from the New York and other state fairs; never, in any case, having failed to received the first premium when his sythes have been exhibited.

"The establishment is now more than double the extent of any other in the world! It has rapidly grown to its present gigantic size by the indomitable enterprise and energy of its present proprietor, who, from small beginnings, has attained to wealth and deserved distinction as a public benefactor."

Time was when Mr. Dun was not worth a dollar. When we last saw him, he was sole proprietor of this vast establishment. So much for one man's energy!

If you have information to share on Reuben Barnes Dunn and/or his scythe works and other endeavors, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

1857 Receipt, Bucksport, Maine: Schooner Rattle Snake, James B. Parker, Charles Snowman, Ames Co.

Receipt dated October 16, 1857 at Bucksport, Maine, in regard to the Schooner Rattle Snake.  Nothing on reverse.

Which Schooner Rattle Snake or Rattlesnake this was, I don't know, but a Schooner Rattlesnake was active during the American Revolution.

Rec'd of Charles Snowman Nine dollars in full for Sch Rattle Snake.  Bill charg'd to Ames. Co.  James B. Parker

Charles Parker was presumably the Charles Parker (1818-1897), who gave his occupation as caulker in censuses of Bucksport, Maine.

James B. Parker, who had very nice handwriting, was possibly James Butler Parker (about 1794-1865), a ship carpenter at Bucksport, Maine, or another James B. Parker in the area, possibly James Ginn Butler Parker, a shipwright born about 1818.

The Ames Co. may have been the enterprise of merchant Joseph P. Ames (1820-1892) of Bucksport, Maine.

If you have information on the Schooner Rattle Snake or Rattlesnake or Charles Snowman, James B. Parker or the Ames Company, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

J. Low Elkins, possibly Dr. Joseph Low Elkins of Newmarket, New Hampshire

Photograph, long removed from an unknown publication, of J. Low Elkins, "a cousin of Sarah M. Page".

He may have been Dr. Joseph Low Elkins, whose necrology appears in Volume 26 of the New Hampshire State Magazine, 1899. The necrology notes that Dr. Elkins was born 19 November 1834 at Newmarket, New Hampshire, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College for undergraduate and medical training, where he graduated in 1859, with following courses at Harvard Medical School. He practiced medicine in Newmarket, New Hampshire.

According to his death certificate, Dr. Elkins was the son of Joseph Elkins and Lucy (Low) Elkins, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and Deer Isle, Maine, respectively. Dr. Elkins married Francena Dearborn, also a native of Newmarket, New Hampshire, in 1863. They had at least one child, George A. Elkins, born in 1868, who died of croup in 1871.

I'm guessing that Joseph Elkins Low (1847-1885) , buried in Deer Isle, Maine, was a cousin to Dr. Joseph Low Elkins. I'm not sure if Dr. Elkins' mother Lucy was born in Boxford, Massachusetts, or after her parents had relocated the family to Deer Isle. Her father, Nathan Low, Jr. (1765-1857), was a major in the Massachusetts Militia in the War of 1812, during which period Maine was not yet a State.

If you recognize the man in the photograph as Dr. Joseph Low Elkins or another person or can connect a J. Low Elkins to a Sarah M. Page, with Page being either a birth or married surname, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sumner, Maine, in the 1820 Census

Sumner, Maine, in the 1820 Census.

Note: the 1820 Census lists the names of heads of households only; see the original sheets for a tally of everyone in each household by age range and gender.

Changes since 1820: parts of Plantation 2 were annexed in 1838; 1844 and 1863; land set off to Buckfield in 1856.

Enumerated population of Sumner in the 1820 Census: 1048 inhabitants, with 310 engaged in agriculture

Enumerator: Russell Hubbard

The enumeration of Sumner consists of all or parts of Sheets 2 to 11; use the arrow at top left of each image to page forward.

The enumerator used phonetic spellings; be prepared to check over the entire list for the person you're researching, as different spellings may have affected alphabetization.  If you find errors or have information to share on any of the people listed below, please leave a comment.

Heads of Households; Sheet Number

Daniel Abbot8
John Allen6
Solomon Allen8
William Allen6
James Barnes2
John Barrett2
Simeon Barrett4
Simeon Barrett, Jr.4
Cyrus Bates2
Jacob Bates, Jr.2
Samuel Beard8
Leonard Benson2
Nathan Benson2
Calvin Bisbee6
Daniel Bisbee6
Eliab Bisbee10
Elisha Bisbee6
Elisha Bisbee, Jr.4
John Bisbee8
Slomon Bisbee10
Asa Bonny4
Isaac Bonny6
John Bonny8
Thomas Bonny6
William Bosworth6
Zadoc Bosworth6
Benjamin Bradford2
Ebenezer Briggs6
George Briggs6
John Briggs6
John Briggs Jr4
Nathaniel Briggs6
Samuel Briggs2
Moses Buck2
Moses Buck, Jr.2
John Butterfield4
Moses Butterfield4
Bethuel Cary6
Stephen Chandler2
Andrew Churchill4
Ezra Churchill8
Samuel Churchill8
Cutting Clark4
Stephen Cobb4
Timothy Cobb4
Hannah Coburn2
Peter Coburn2
Samuel Coburn2
Silas Coburn2
Nathan Conant2
Benjamin Cox4
John Cox10
John Creesey2
Joseph Crockett2
John Crockett, Jr.4
Oliver Cummings10
Isaiah Cushman6
Levi Cushman6
Solomon Davy2
John DeCoster4
Thomas DeCoster4
Abraham Doble4
Elijah Doble4
Mary Doble4
William Doble4
Ephraim Drake4
John Drake4
David Dutton8
Moses Elliot8
Stephen Ellis6
Gilbert Evans4
Obadiah Field8
Benjamin Fletcher10
John Fletcher8
Thomas Fletcher10
Joshua Ford10
Joshua Ford, Jr.10
Obediah Ford10
Seth Ford8
Nathaniel Foster8
Benjamin Frye8
James Frye8
Jonathan Frye8
Artemas Fuller2
Nathaniel Gerrish8
James Glover6
Charles Gowell4
Joseph Gowell8
Enoch Hall4
Calvin Harding10
Perry Harding6
Martin Harris4
Abraham Heath8
Benjamin Heald4
Benjamin Heald, Jr.8
Israel Heald8
James Hersey2
James Hersey, Jr.2
Reuben Hersey4
Samuel Hersey2
Simeon Hersey4
Joseph Higgins8
Joseph Holmes2
Jeremiah Howe2
Jesse Howe4
Andrew Keen4
Cyrus Keen2
Daniel Keen6
Francis Keen2
James Keen2
James Keen, Jr.4
Judah Keen2
Judah Keen, Jr.2
Lemuel Keen6
Meshich Keen8
Meskech Keen6
Shadrach Keen2
Zadock Keen2
Phebe Livermore8
John Marston4
Philip C. Mason2
John Matthews6
Samuel Matthews6
Valentine Matthews2
Valentine Matthews, Jr.2
William Moor2
David Morrell8
Enoch Morrell8
Levi Newell8
Daniel Oldham8
Thaddeus Oldham8
Joseph Palmer6
Almon Parlin8
Ira Parlin8
Simon Parlin8
Samuel Pennell8
James Pillsby8
Reuben Proctor2
Oliver Robbins8
Increase Robinson6
Joseph Robinson6
Joseph Robinson, Jr.6
Asa Robison6
Hannah Rowe4
Howell Ryerson4
Jacob Sampson8
Samuel Sewall4
Stephen Spaulding6
Ellis Standish10
Abel Stetson2
Ephraim Stetson8
Hezekiah Stetson6
Hezekiah Stetson, Jr.6
Zenas Stetson8
Lydia Stevens6
Silvanus Stevens6
Earl P Sturtevant4
Eliab Sturtevant6
Isaac Sturtevant6
Seth Sturtevant6
Joseph Swift, Jr.2
Ammsil Thompson - not sure of given name4
Thaddeus Thompson4
Amasa Tucker6
Anna Tucker6
Gilbert Tuell4
John Varney10
William Woodsum8

Sumner, Maine, in 2020