New England Genealogist: Surname Saturday Obadiah Bean & Anne "Nancy" Hoyt Of Poplin/Fremont, NH & Lowell, MA
Obadiah Bean, my 4x Great Grandfather, was born about 1779 - 1781 in Brentwood, NH, son of Levi Bean & Patience Gove. He married Anna "Nancy" Hoyt , daughter of John Hoyt & Dorothy Glidden on March 22 1806 in Chester, NH (NHVR). "Nancy" was born on May 13 1784 at Poplin, NH (NHVR) She was baptized on 4 July 1784 at Chester, NH, according to A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families by David Webster Hoyt, or at the Fremont Church in Fremont, NH on the same day according to Bernie Bean The Life & Family of John Bean of Exeter and his Cousins.
Obadiah Bean is found in the administration papers for his father Levi Bean in 1797 #6295 & the corresponding complaint filed by his brother Levi Bean of Deerfield in 1809 at the NH State Archives. Levi's complaint states that the Administrator, Richard Bean has still not completed the administration of the estate for his father Levi Bean of Brentwood. (Richard being the brother of Levi Sr.) More will be included about this next week, but with in that file there are two documents signed by Obadiah & Jeremiah Bean. One is a document from Oct 8 1811 stating that in order to pay the final debts of the estate the land in Kingston set off to the widow (Betty Bean) needs to be sold. At the bottom of this document it reads: "We the subscribers heirs to the said estate request that above said petition may be granted - signed by Obadiah Bean & Jeremiah Bean; granted by Nath'l Rogers. This is the land Obadiah purchased on Deed 196 418
The following Rockingham County Deeds involve Obediah Bean Sr or his wife Nancy:
1807 181-377, John Hoit of Poplin, Husbandman & Hannah my wife, 8.00, to Obadiah Bean of
Poplin, Trader, 2/3 right in land of John Hoit, father, deceased.
1808 Isaac Hunkins 181-378 40 acres of land in Poplin, to Obadiah, Trader,
1810 Jonathan Beedy 194-466 to Obadiah, cooper, 2 acres Poplin
1811 Richard Bean Jr 197 110 – from Richard Jr to Obadiah for a Nail shop in Brentwood that Richard Jr built "on the land of Betty Hanson which was set off to her by order of court as a dower as Levi Bean's widow on the southside of the road opposite the dwelling house the said Levi lived in in his lifetime." 1812 Levi Bean Estate/Richard Bean 196-418– Sale: Estate Feb 18 1812 196-418 to Obadiah Bean from Richard Bean of Brentwood, Husbandman, Admin of the estate of Levi Bean late of Brentwood dec'd interstate; 139.00 pd by Obadiah Bean of Brentwood, all the right sd Levi Bean had at the time of his decease in a certain piece of land lying in Brentwood which was set off to Betty Bean for her dower or thirds of the estate of her late husband Levi Bean aforesaid deceased ; also another piece of land in Kingston which the said Levi Bean bought of Eben'r Chase (deed not found), Obediah being the highest bidder on Nov 28 1811 at Asa Woods in Poplin.
Feb 12 1833 268-153 Nancy Bean of Lowell, MA, widow, 100.00, pd by my son Obediah Bean of Hawke, 2 pieces of land in Poplin, 1st pc 30 acres bounded by the road leading from the house on the premises here by conveyed to Cavil? Mill so called ; land improved by Elisha Poor, Elisha Scribner, road leading to the Rocks bridge so called the above premise now occupied by Isaac Hunkins, and the other pc 20 ac , bounded by rd leading to Chester; Nathaniel Brown, James Bean, assigned to Dorothy Hunkins wife of said Hunkins, late the wife of John Hoit, religuish dower in said Hoit’s realestate & my right to said premises is derived from , “John Hoit, he being my father.”
1807 179-481 Obadiah Bean of Poplin, trader & Nancy his wife to Abel Brown 8 ac in Poplin
1808 188-5 Obadiah Bean of Poplin, trader to Isaac Hunkins
1809 187-334 Obadiah Bean of Poplin, Trader to Theodore Loverin
1812 196-292 Obadiah Bean of Brentwood, cooper, land in Poplin
1812 199-298 Obadiah Bean of Brentwood Husbandman to Nath’l chase
1813 202-101 Obadiah Bean of Brentwood, cooper, to Moses Beede
1814 203-388 Obadiah Bean of Brentwood, yeoman, to David Bartlett
1824 243-163 Obadiah Bean of Poplin & Nancy to Jon’a Dowst
According to Richard Roberts, a descendant of Nancy Hoyt (Bean) Roberts who shared this with me in a correspondence: "The selectmen of Poplin gave "Obediah" Bean liberty to retail spiritous liquor for two months, 7 March 1805; to retail foreign spiritous liquor for six months, 20 May 1805; to retail liquor three months, 6 May 1806; and to retail spirits six months, recorded September 1806. "Obadiah" Bean received permits to retail spiritous liquor and keep tavern 18 March 1807 and to retail spiritous liquor by small innities less than one pint for six months, 14 December 1810.
"Obadiah" Bean was assessed 20 cents in taxes for "making and repairing The publick high-ways and bridges" 21 May 1824, the lowest figure in his district (amounts went as high as $13.25). "
Sometime between the years of 1820 & 1830 the family removed to Lowell, MA where Obadiah likely died between 1830-Feb 1833, although no record has been found of his death & no probate exists for him in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is likely Obadiah on the 1830 Census in Lowell, MA with 14 others in the household, & it is certain he has died by Feb 1833 when Nancy sells land to her son Obadiah.
Nancy died on July 4 1862 at age 78 according to her headstone inscription in Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua, Lot 51, Sec. E. I requested a photo of the grave be taken & it is now on FindaGrave.com. It appears she went by both Anna & Nancy. According to Roberts, after the death of her father, her grandfather, John Hoyt, became the guardian of “Anna” and her siblings on March 19 1800, but in the settlement of her father's estate just a month later she is referred to as Nancy. She was not named in her grandfather's will, but was among those notified of the hearing pertaining to the will. The sheriff, in a document that appears to read "December 2nd 1818", gives her name as "Nancy Bean"; next to her name is "Obadiah Bean". She is documented in the following Lowell Directories:
1833 Bean, Nancy, widow, boarding house between Adams & Fenwick Sts.
1834 Bean, Nancy, widow, bds. at Waldo's, Lowell St.
1835 Bean, Nancy, wid. Wm. Robert's, Lowell corner of Lewis St.
1836 Bean, Nancy, wid. boarding h. 25 carpet block
1837 Bean, Mrs., wid. App. bds at 8
And these Nashua, NH Directories:
1841 Nancy Bean, Water St. ; George G. Hale, Nashua Corp. Textiles
1843 Nancy Bean, wid. ; G. Hale, Nashua -- Walnut St.
Also according to R. Roberts a letter dated December 11 1912 found among the possessions of Addie Mae (Holcomb) Bean, Stephen Spelman Roberts listed the children of Obadiah and Nancy (Hoyt) Bean. At that time, Richard had information on all of them except Adelaide and George. Since then, I have shared the info I had on George & Adelaide with him & the MacBean Clan.
Children of Obadiah Bean and Anna "Nancy" Hoyt:
1. Nancy Hoyt Bean was born on 8 August 1806 at Poplin, NH (NHVR). She married William Watson Roberts, son of John Roberts and Ann Watson March 6 1831 at Lowell, MA. He was born in Nottingham, England. 1850 & 1860 they are in Hartland, CT, 1870 Granville, MA. He died Dec 1, 1871 in Granville, Ma. She died Feb 28 1903 Granville, MA. Update: They are buried in Silver Street Cemetery in Granville, MA & a photo is now posted on FindAGrave
Their children were:
i. Joseph W. Roberts b: a1835 married Margaret C. __? They had: Renford R b: 1855
& Clarence R. 1858
ii. Adelaide Roberts b: a1837
iii. Charles W. Roberts b: a1840
iv. John D. Roberts b: a1842
v. Stephen Spellman Roberts b: a1844
vi. Edward F. Roberts b: a1846
vii. Lemuel B. Roberts b: a1849
2. Obadiah Bean Jr. was born on March 5 1808 at Poplin, NH (NHVR). March 21, 1825 in the New Hampshire Patriot "This may certify that I, Obadiah Bean of Poplin in the county of Rockingham in the state of New Hampshire, do give to my son, Obadiah Bean his time, to act, and trade for himself. Signed Obadiah Bean"
The MacBean website says Obediah married Dorothy Sanborn , daughter of David Sanborn and Dorothy Gilman, on October 6 1828 at Salem, NH, but the marriage record states Dorothy Page, both of Hawke. I have not really researched past this, but it seems to me she might have been married first to John Page of Danville/Hawke, son of Thomas & Mary Page who died Sep 4 1823 age 38y 5m 16d in Danville, NH (NHVR).
Dolly/Dorothy died Apr 9 1872 age 84y & 1mo & is buried in the Kingston, NH Plains Cemetery with Obediah. Her stone states "Dorothy S.P. wife of Obadiah Bean died April 9 1872 aged 84 yrs 1 mo". This makes his wife 20 years older than he was which seems...odd, but that is definitely what the grave says. In censuses their ages are varied: 1830 has them with a 10y difference; 1840 a 20 yr difference; 1850 it has them as the same age, 1860 it has him as 50 & her as 71; 1870 62y & 82y. Obediah Jr & Dorothy can be found in Hawke in 1830 & Kingston, NH on the 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870 Censuses. He married 2nd Alvira A. (Perkins) Richardson a44 on Nov 24 1873 Nashua, NH; second marriage for both; He was born Freemont 1808; father Obadiah b: Brentwood (NHVR). Her parents were Adam H. & Melite M. Perkins. They are in Kingston in 1880. Obediah Jr. died in Kingston Nov 13 1888, record states son of “Obadiah Bean & Nancy H. Cooper” b: 1807 (NHVR) (Cooper must just be an error it seems). His grave marker states he died Nov 12 1888 & was 86y 7mos 7 das. Alvira died Apr 8 1915 in Newton, NH & is also buried in Plains Cemetery Kingston, NH. Photos of these graves can be found on FindaGrave.
Children of Obadiah & Dolly from the 1850 census are below.
It seems there are likely others that are unknown to me.
i. Sarah A. Bean a21 b. 1829 d. Dec 1 1905 in Kingston, NH,
record says dau of Obadiah Bean & Dolly Sanborn
ii. John P. Bean a19 b. 1831 m: Mehitable J. Bartlett on Nov 10 1851
in Kingston, NH (NHVR)
a. Frank P. Bean b. Feb 16 1853 d. Feb 16 1912 a59 in Bradford, MA
b. John W. Bean b. a1855 m. 3rd Martha I (French) Bryant
July 4 1898 in Haverhill, MA (NEHGS); lived in Haverhill,
MA 1900 Census
c. Forest Bean b. a1860 twin
d. Harriet A. Bean b.a1860 twin
3. Polly Bean was born on April 11 1809 in Poplin, NH (NHVR). No parents listed on the record.
4. Levi Bean was born on November 25 1810 in Poplin, NH (NHVR). According to Richard Roberts (noted above) on Jan 17 1827 Levi was apprenticed to Samuel Smith of Bridgewater :
"This indentor witnesseth that Levi Bean, son of Obediah Bean of Poplin in the county of Rockingham State of New Hampshire cooper by and with the consent of his said Father has put himself apprentice to Samuel Smith of Bridgewater in the county of Grafton and State of New Hampshire Husbandman with the said Samuel Smith after the manner of an apprentice to Serve from the Day of the Date Hereafter mentioned for and during the Term of four years nine months and twenty-nine days which Term the said apprentice is to serve his Said Master faithfully in his Service Keep Lawful Company everywhere, and obey; Etc. Etc."
I last found him as a runaway from Samuel Smith: New-Hampshire Statesman and Concord Register, (Concord, NH) Saturday, February 16, 1828; Issue ; col D "Ran away from the subscriber, on the 26th of January last past, an indenturred apprentice boy, to the farming business named Levi Bean. This is to caution all persons from harboring or trusting him on my account, as I shall pay 00 debts of his contacting after the above date. SAMUEL SMITH Bridgewater, Feb 2 1828" (also published Feb 9 1828)
A Levi Bean died in Manchester, NH before Sept 23, 1847 per the Farmer's Cabinet aged 37. It seems this could be him.
5. John Hoyt Bean was born on 11 February 1812 at Brentwood, NH/Exeter, NH. He married Margaret Hyde, daughter of Levi Hyde and Elizabeth Gould, on 11 May 1836 at Marblehead, MA. She was buried on Sept 26, 1859* age 49 with John grave 8. He married 2nd Lucy "Mary" Carter Austin, daughter of James Austin and Lucy Allen, on 5 January 1862 at Lynn, MA. She was born about June 15 1834 and was buried June 24, 1890* age 55, 9d. He died age 89y 9m 1d and was buried on Nov 13, 1901. He is buried in Pinegrove Cemetery Lynn, Ma, Poplar lot 499 right 1/2 grave 8. He died in Fitchburg Nov 12, 1901. His estate was administered by Fred W. Bean (his son) docket# 89393 1901 - I have not seen the original yet, just the summary.
Sept 28, 1827 in the New Hampshire Patriot - "This may certify that I, Obadiah Bean of Poplin in the county of Rockingham in the state of New Hampshire, do give to my son, John H. Bean his time, to act, and trade for himself. Signed Obadiah Bean"
He was a large furniture dealer, Bean & Austin Furniture per 1865 Directory-Lynn, Ma.
John Hoyt Bean evidently temporarily changed his name to John Hoyt Henry in 1833 for a little while before changing it back to Bean in 1843 at that time he lived in Danvers and was married to Margaret and had children Mary J. & John. He is listed as Henry on the 1840 Census in Danvers, MA. The name change is recorded in the Massachusetts Name Changes, but I have not attempted to see if there is a file that might state what the reason was.
Bernie Bean in The Life & Family of John Bean of Exeter and his Cousins states that among Obadiah & Nancy’s children was a son John P. Bean, born in Fremont, NH. He was married & had a son named John W. Bean who lived in Haverhill, Mass in 1900, but as proven here, I have to disagree with Bernie. While there might have been a John W. Bean who lived in Haverhill, MA in 1900, his father was not the son of this Obadiah, he was his grandson, son of Obediah Jr.
1833 Lowell Directory John Bean, Merrimack St Suffolk Square John is not listed in
1850 Census- Lynn, Ma: John H. Bean 39 cordwainer b: NH; Margaret a40 b: NH;
Mary J. a13 b: MA; John H. Bean Jr. a2 b: NH
1860 Lynn - John H Bean (Geo's bro) is on pg 36 of the census as a furniture dealer
by himself except for an English housekeeper
1870 Census- Lynn, Ma John H. Bean a60 b: NH; Mary C. a39 b: Ma; Charles a7
b: Ma; John a2 b: Ma
1880 Census - Lynn, Ma John H. Bean a67; Mary C. a44; Charles a17; John a12;
Frederick W. a9
1900 Census - Lynn, Ma John H. Bean Sr b: Feb 1812 a 88; Chas A. Bean b: Jan 1863
a37; Fred W. Bean b: Jan 1871 a29; also: JH Bean Jr b: May 1868 a32; Addie
b: May 1870 a30 married 10 y 2/2; John H. 3rd b: Apr 1891 a9; Adelaide
b: May 1895 a5
Children of John & Margaret:
i. Mary J. Bean b: Aug 1837 in NH dau of John H. - married James A. Austin Aug 20,
1855 NEHGS, so of James Austin he is 22, she is 17. He was b: Nov 1833. In 1860
they are in Lynn, Ma. He is a furniture dealer. In 1870 they are in New Ipswich,
NH and he is a shoe manufacturer, 10,000 estate; 1880 they are in Fitchburg, Ma,
He is a farmer....all 5 kids are listed as well as Delia Dent servant & Benjamin Bean
age 55 (b:a1825) RE agent; Mary Bean a55 & Mary Bean a19 (This is John H Sr's
brother); Lucetta Abbot age 4, 1870 this family is in Boston w/ d Lucitella a20
& Mary a 9 also may have had Ben F Jr who died in Roxbury 3y6m20d Nov 12,
1865. 1900 they are still in Fitchburg, Ma She had 5/4lv, Walter & family plus
Ida are with them. James is back to a furniture dealer, Walter also. 1910 they are
still in Fitchburg, Ida is with them still. says 6ch/4lv. They have a furniture
a. James B. Austin b: a1856
b. Ida M. B. Austin b: a1859 d: after 1900 She was a teacher in 1900
c. John W. Austin b: a1863 in Ma
d. Arthur H. Austin b: a1867 in Ma
e. Walter A. Austin b: 1870 in Ma d: after 1900 m: a1897 Elizabeth ____? b: Feb 1861
ii. John William Bean b: about 1841 d: Aug 18, 1844, 3y 2d, measles, s of John H
& Margaret (NEHGS) - cemetery - 3y 2m 0d and was buried on Oct 12, 1858*
iii. Andrew Peabody Bean b: Nov 24, 1845; d: Nov 26, 1845 son of John Bean
(NEHGS) Cemetery says 2d old buried Oct 12, 1858*
iv. John Hoyt Bean b: about Jan 24, 1849 d: Sept 24, 1858 of congestion of brain,
(NEHGS) 9y 9m 0d buried on Sept 26, 1858*
Children of John & Lucy "Mary"
v. Charles A. Bean b: about 1863 d: 66y buried on Dec 23 1929* 1910 census with
Fred; 1920 census in Lynn as a single lodger on south Common St.
vi. John H. Bean Jr. b: May 1868 m: "Addie" M. about 1890. She was b: May 1870. In
1900 in Lynn; 1910 & 1920 they are in East Granby, CT. No marriage found in Ma.
a. John H Bean III b: Apr 1891 d: after 1910
b. Adelaide M. Bean b: May 1895 d: after 1910
vii. Fredrick Weston Bean b: about Jan 16, 1871 d: age 57y 9m 17d buried on Oct 25,
1928* m: Carrie R. Reynolds b: about Mar , 1874 d: 85y 30d buried on Apr 2,
1959* wife of Fred married about 1910 states 1/1 but no child listed on census with
brother Charles as lodger a45; Fred is 38; Carrie is 36. 1930 census she has a 5000
estate & several boarders.
a. Benjamin Franklin Bean d: 1 day old buried on Jan 2, 1907* NEHGS death
record says difficult labor, brain hemorrhage son of Fred & Carrie W.
Reynolds born in Nova Scotia. He was their only child.
*Buried in John H. Bean's plot
6. George W. Bean was born a1814 d: 1850 See previous blog post
7. Dorothy Bean was born on March 6 1817 at Poplin, NH (per Richard Roberts). I couldn't find this record in Poplin records. However, there is a Dorothy Ann Bean who intended to marry George Sargent in Lowell July 5, 1835, this seems like it might be her…and there is also a record for Dorothy Ann G. Bean who might be her, but both are pretty inconclusive at this point. The latter married Capt. Warren Eldridge Austin of Hollis in Nashua, NH Nov 25, 1841, no parents listed (NHVR). The 1850 Census in Hollis lists her as “Martha A.G.” Ch: Laura Ann a7; Warren L. a5; Marietta a3; Nancy Jane a2. The 1860 census in Brookline, NH lists her as Warren E. a46; "Dorothy N. G. Austin" a44; Laura Ann a16; Warren S. a15; Marietta a13; Nancy J. a11; Martha E. a8. The 1870 Census in Pepperell, MA: Warren E. a57; Dorothy A. a54; Mary E. a23; Jennie N. a22; Martha E. a18. 1880 Census in Brookline, NH: Warren E. a64 & Dorathy A. a 62. She died b: 1816 Jan 6 1888 Montague MA, father’s last name Bean, no other info (NEHGS)
8. Maria B. Bean was born on April 1 1818 at Chester, NH. She married Amos Stinson Morse, son of Josiah Morse and Lydia T. Shannon. Check NEHGS & more census records. She died May 9 1874 Lowell, Ma a56 1m 9d of consumption, record states Obadiah & Nancy Bean as her parents (NEHGS).
The 1860 Census in Nashua, NH shows their children, & Maria’s mother Nancy with them, as well as Adelaide’s baby girl Emma R. Morse a5 aka Maria’s niece, Emma R. Fogg.
i. George A. Morse b. a1847
ii. Hiram B. Morse b. a1851
9. Rebecca Carlton Bean was born on March 22 1821. She married George G. Hale, son of Zacheus Hale and Mary Chase, on 23 May 1839 at Nashua, NH. Check NEHGS & more census records. She died Jan 28 1905 Boston, Ma a84 widowed born in Chester 1821; buried Nashua, NH. 1850 Census in Townsend, MA Shows Rebecca’s mother with them.
i. George C. Hale b. a1843
ii. Male Hale b. 1850
10. Hiram K. Bean was born circa 1824. He married Mary A. Campbell, daughter of Matthew M. Campbell and Olive C. Moody, on October 29 1845 at Manchester, NH. They can be found there on the 1850 Census. Farmer's Cabinet on Feb 2 1854 "Hiram K. Bean, aged 30" died. I did not find his wife & daughter in 1860, 1870, or 1880.
i. Alice Bean b. a1846
11. Benjamin Franklin Bean was born on November 30 1824 at Poplin, NH. He married Mary E. Perle Mar 2 1845 in Manchester, NH, no parents listed (NHVR). They lived in Lynn & then Roxbury where he was a provisions dealer, builder & real estate agent. He served in the Civil War and is listed in the Civil War Records and Profiles on Ancestry.com: enlistment date Aug 26, 1862; Corporal, POW; Enlisted in company d, Massachusetts 42nd Inf Regiment on Sept 20, 1862 mustered out on Aug 20, 1863 at Readville, Ma.; b a1824.
Benjamin was a real estate developer. More information on some of the properties can be found on these links:
1850 Census - didn't see him - check again
1850 & 1852 Roxbury Directory Benj f. clerk, h. Ruggles, n. Water
1854 Boston Directory Benj F. 1221 Washington under Provision Dealers
1855 Massachusetts Census Boston: BF Bean a 30; ME Bean a30; Lucetta H. a5;
Nancy E. a2; Lucetta Pearl a33
1858 Roxbury Directory - Benj F. (J.H. & B.F. Bean), provisions, Washington corner
Eustis, house Mall, near Eustis
1860 census - he is in Roxbury: Benj F. Bean 35 Provisions dealer ( probably with John
who says same - Roxbury); Mary Bean 34; Lucetta F. Bean 10; Lucetta Pearl
37 Dressmaker; Augustas E. Bacon 22 (m) clerk; Eliza E. Bacon 18; Catherine Hovey
1861 Boston Directory - Benj F. Provisions, 1207 Wash. h. at Roxbury
1865 Massachusetts Census, Roxbury: Benjamin F a40; Mary E. a40; Lucetta F. a15;
Mary E, a4; Benjamin F. a3
1870 Boston Ward 13: Benjamin 45 Provisions dealer 10,000 estate; Mary 45;
Lucetta Bean 20 School teacher ; Mary L. a9
1878 Boston Directory Benjamin F. real estate h. 16 Cedar, ward 21
1880 they are in Fitchburg, Ma, with his niece, Mary Austin, daughter of John (see above):
Benjamin Bean age 55 (b:a1825) RE agent; Mary Bean a55; Mary Bean a19; Lucetta Abbot
1884 Boston Directory Benjamin f. real estate 121 Dudley; h. 11 Fountain, Roxbury
1890 Boston Directory lists him in real estate 75 warren; 250 do.
Benjamin died May 21 1891 in Boston, 66y5m28d, of pneumonia for 20 days, 200 Warren, Real Estate Dealer, b: Poplin, NH, F: Obadiah M. Nancy H. Hoyt both born Poplin, NH (NEHGS). She died Nov 10, 1898 73y7m28d of a cerebral hemorrhage, b. Farmington, NH, dau of Joseph Pearl & Hannah Howe.
i. Lucetta F. Bean b. Jan 25 1850 in Roxbury, MA (NEHGS) m: Leaner B. Abbott
Jan 19 1874 in Boston (NEHGS) She died Mar 12 1876 under "Lucella" of Peritonitis.
He married 3rd in 1878.
a. Lucetta Abbott b: 22 Feb 1876
ii. Nancy Elizabeth Bean b. Feb 11 1853 in Boston (FS) “Elizabeth N.” d. Mar 22 1860
in Boston, MA 7y1m11d of “nervous fever” (NEHGS)
iii. Mary L. Bean “no name” b. Nov 23 1860 in Lynn, MA. The birth states her father
was Benj F. b. Fremont, NH & her mother was Mary E. b. Barnstead, NH (NEHGS)
m. William Wallis
iv. Benjamin F Bean Jr b: April 23 1862 Roxbury, died in Roxbury 3y6m20d Nov 12,
12. Adalaide Q. Bean. According to her death record she would be the youngest child of Obadiah & Nancy Bean born in Poplin about Dec 1, 1828. Adelaide Q. Bean married William Fogg on Sept 20, 1852. Worcester Vital Records NEHGS vol. 62 pg 257. His residence was Worcester, and hers was Nashua, NH. His occupation at the time was an engineer. Son of William & Esther Fogg. Daughter of Obadiah & Nancy Bean. NEHGS Adelaide Q. Fogg died Jan 15, 1856 recorded in Lowell, Ma, but happened in "Ayers City". She was 27 yrs, 1mo 14?days and died of consumption. It says she was a married housewife and was born in Topsfield, NH to Obadiah & Nancy Bean. NEHGS. William Fogg married second Hannah Ward, both age 30, on June 26, 1856 in Boston, vol. 101 pg 79 NEHGS. I did not find any of them on a census record, but it appears Emma was raised by her Aunt Maria.
There was one birth found for William & Adelaide
i. Emma R. Fogg born June 3, 1855 recorded in Lowell, Ma, but born in Charlestown.
William & Adelaide lived on Sether? St. in Lowell at the time. He was a laborer.
Father's place of birth is sort of illegible, but I think it says Hebron. Mother's place
of birth is Poplin, NH. NEHGS. It appears Emma R. Morse is Adelaide's missing
daughter, Emma R Fogg. Emma shows up on the 1860 census with Adelaide's sister
Maria Morse. There maybe adoption papers somewhere, I have not checked.
There are no births for Amos & Maria for an Emma. Emma marries A. Edwin
Wright on July 11, 1872 in Lowell. He is the son of Calvin & A. Janette Wright
born July 1851 in NC. Her parents are listed as Amos and Maria but on the 1900
census in Boston Emma states she was born June 1855 & her father was born in Me
which matches. It says her mother was born in Ma, although it should be NH. I
cannot find a death between 1900-1910 for Emma or her husband, nor did I find
them on a census past 1900. Emma had 3 children 2 are living in 1900.
Children of A. Edwin Wright & Emma R. Fogg - Morse are:
a. Benjamin F. B. Wright born Oct 1873 d: after 1900
b. Edwin T. Wright Jan 1879 d: after 1900
This year I am grateful to have been blessed by God to share the holidays with my beautiful daughters, and with the kindest most genuine man I have ever known, Romeyn Todd Murphy & his son, Alex. We planned to do a family picture, but it wasn't exactly the smoothest holiday. Although, we were in Connecticut, New Hampshire was having a black out
& cut our time short. :( Even still, it was an excellent day. There is a lot to be grateful for.
New England Genealogist: Friday's Find - Anna I. Moon of Auburn, NY, daughter of Daniel & Maria Moon
Week 4 of Friday's Find! This photo was found in Jewett City, Connecticut
If in one of these Friday's Find blog posts you find your relative, please contact me. I will either give you the item if I have it, or refer you to the person that does have the item to work it out between the two of you (at no profit to me).
There seems to be only one Anna Moon in Auburn, NY:
In 1900 she is on the census with her brother & other siblings on Clark St:
William H. Moon Head b. Aug 1863 NY age 36 Foreman Woodwork
Bertha M. Moon Wife b. Oct 1877 NY age 22
Thomas A. Moon Brother b. Oct 1864 NY age 35 RR Signal Repairer
Walter R. Moon Brother b. Sep 1869 NY age 30 Pattern Maker
Joseph G. Moon Brother b. Sep 1880 NY age 19 Clerk RR ofice
Anna I. Moon Sister b. Aug 1882 NY age 17 At School
The parents of the Moon siblings were born in England & Canada; the brothers appear to own the home jointly
1920 - on Clark St. (also 1910)
Thomas A. Moon Head age 53 Tender Rail Rd
Ed H. Moon Brother age 47 Signal Man Rail Rd
Jos G. Moon Brother age 39 Inspector Rail Rd
Anna I. Moon Sister age 35 None
1930 - on Clark St
Thomas A. Moon age 65
Edward H. Moon Brother age 58
Anna I. Moon Sister age 45
1880 Census shows the siblings are the children of Daniel & Maria Moon of Clark St:
Daniel Moon age 47 Machinist b. England f. England m. England
Maria Moon age 38 b. Canada f. England m. England
Francis G. Moon age 18 Machinist (married Nellie)
William A. Moon age 17
Thomas A. Moon age 16
Walter R. Moon age 11 (married Rose)
Edward A.. Moon age 8
Edith V. Moon age 6
Emma? W. Moon age 2
The family can also be found in Auburn, NY in 1870
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My GG Grandmother Celestia Ann Bean was the daughter of George W. Bean and Mary A. Rand of Lynn, Ma. George was born about 1814 (1815-acc. newspaper death) in Poplin, NH, the son of Obadiah Bean & Nancy Anne Hoyt (see next week's blog). George moved with his parents & siblings to Lowell, MA sometime between 1820- 1830. He can be found in The 1834 Lowell Directory where it lists “Bean, George, Bar-room, Merrimack St Suffolk square.” This is the same address that his brother John Bean was listed at in the 1833 Lowell Directory, before he removed to Danvers, MA. Mary had also moved to Lowell after the death of her mother taking her younger siblings with her. She can be found in The 1836 Female Directory in Lowell, MA where it lists "Rand, Mary, Mer. bds at 18"
It seems by 1838 George has left for Lynn, MA as he is no longer in the Lowell Directory, but he likely lived in a household under another, I did not find him on the 1840 Census. The 1841 Lynn Directory lists “George W Bean, cor. b. Vine st.”. George married Mary Ann Rand on Feb 20, 1842 in Lynn, MA according to the Lynn Vital Record Book. It is said there aren't any original records in Lynn prior to 1850, and the town clerk’s office insists the book has any information that was on the record [Insert eyes rolling here].
Records consistently indicate Mary A. Bean was born about 1816, in Chester, NH. No record of her birth exists in Chester or anywhere else in NH, however due to extensive research that will be discussed in a future post, I have been able to prove her parents were Joseph Rand & Nancy Rand of Gilmanton & Chester, NH.
In the next seven & a half years George and Mary would have 3 children, & were expecting their 4th in Feb of 1850. Life as a cordwainer must not have suited George as on Oct 31, 1849 he sailed out of Boston with 170 others on the ship "Richmond" in search of gold & riches as a 49er. His destination Benicia, California. This information comes from File #0395. Westchester, Chester Co., Penna. Estate of William Webster. Information from entries in a diary of Thomas D. Day of Jefferson, Maine written on a trip around Cape Horn in 1849 (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cascgsi/shiprichmondaj.htm)
On Nov 2, 1849 the Salem Gazette shows the passengers on the ship Richmond, but instead of George it lists his brother "John H. Bean" who also lived in town. Perhaps Johns intended to purchase the ticket for himself & changed his mind, or perhaps he was helping out George and purchased the ticket for him. It is unknown.
The 1850 Census in Lynn, MA lists George and his family with no mention that he is in California: George W Bean 26 NH Cordmaker [Cordwainer/shoemaker - It definitely says he is 26, but he was not]; Mary A 35 NH; Joseph F 8 MA; George W 6 MA; Celeste A 4 MA; Mary A 7mo MA [John H. Bean, George’s brother, and his family are only a couple pages away from George's family on this census]
The 1851 Lynn Directory which was actually printed at the end of 1850 confirms George is the one in California with listing of "George W. Bean 72 Vine (California)" but sadly, George had passed away just about the time this directory was going to print. The Boston Daily Atlas Tuesday, Feb. 11 1851 Issue 190 Column G Death Notices: in San Francisco, Dec 31st, Jacob D. Clark, of Boston, 25; 29th, John Wheeler of Boston, 23; GEORGE W BEAN of Mass.” Also see the Feb 21 1851 issue of the Barre Gazette: Headline: Later from California. Arrival of the Georgia; Article Type: News/Opinion; Volume: XVII; Issue: 38; Page: ; Location: Barre, Massachusetts Death in San Francisco: "George W. Bean, Mass, 35, dysentery".
I've often wondered how Mary survived raising young kids as a widow without any identifiable occupation, and yet certainly not "pauper". I suspect John, George’s brother must have helped her, but speculate when I say…it’s possible John & George had devised a plan for riches together, and when George died out there, it left John with the guilt and responsibility of George's family. There was never a will or administration in Essex County for George.
Mary can be found over the rest of the decade in these records: The 1854 Lynn Directory lists Mary A. Bean, widow, house foot Vine and the 1855 Mass Census in Lynn shows Mary A. Bean a38; Joseph F. Bean a12; George Bean a11; Charlotte A. Heale a3 [no idea who?]; Celestia A. Bean a8; Mary A. Bean a5. 1858 Lynn Directory Mary A. Bean, widow, foot Vine St.
Over the next decade she can be found in these records:
The 1860 Census in Lynn, MA: Mary A Bean a45 (Head) b: NH; Joseph F Bean a18 b: Ma Laborer; George W Bean a16 b: Ma; Celeste A Bean a13 b: Ma; Mary A Bean a10 b: Ma.
The 1860 Lynn Directory shows Mary A. Bean, widow, house at 97 Commercial.
The 1865 Mass Census we find Mary in Lynn which clearly not only confirms Joseph’s name change to Benjamin, but also connects Mary to her sister Jemima: Mary A Bean a48 wd b: NH; Benj F. Bean a21 Musician b: Ma; Geo W. Bean a19 shoemaker; Celestia Bean a17 b: Ma shoefitter; Mary A. Bean a15 b: Ma; Jemima Currier a39 wd b: NH; Jos M Currier a13 boxmaker b: Ma; Melvin P Currier a11; Ella F. Currier a9.
The 1867 Lynn Directory Mary A. Bean, widow, Neptune, corner south ; Geo W [Jr] is on 3 Essex in Lynn [Benj F.isn't listed].
The 1870 Census Mary is in Haverhill, MA with her daughter Celestia Haseltine, but by the 1880 Census she is back in Lynn, MA: Mary Bean age 64 widow NH NH NH & Alice Bean age 28 daug widow MA NH NH. She remained in Lynn for the remainder of her life and can be found on the 1890 Lynn Directory on 305 Summer St.
Mary died Apr 1, 1893 age 77 in Lynn, Ma of consumption. The record states widow of George W. & daughter of Samuel & Mary, although the latter is incorrect (NEHGS). She is buried in Pinegrove Cemetery, Lynn, MA on Fuchia Path lot 56. Her grave is unmarked but she & Mary Alice are buried between Foote and Severance markers. Essex County probate doesn't have a will or admin for her either. I did not find an obit in the Derry News, GenealogyBank.com, or on the external databases with NEHGS.
Children of George W. Bean Sr & Mary A. Rand were:
1. Joseph F. Bean aka Benjamin F. Bean born about Aug 1843-44. I haven't found a record of his birth. “Joseph” is last noted in 1860, age 18. He doesn't appear to have enlisted, but there are other Jos. F Bean's that did. He seems to have completely disappeared after 1860, but it is that he began to use the name Benjamin Franklin Bean as is documented in his marriage record: Benjamin Franklin Bean son of George W. and Mary A Bean born about 1844 who married (a21) Aug 2, 1865 Emma Maria Williams d of Geo W & Hannah E. Williams in Lynn, he is a musician. Emma was born May 29 1845 in Lynn, MA (NEHGS).
He is not on the name change list for Massachusetts Name Changes between 1780-1892. There is no evidence of another child named Benjamin born to George W. & Mary Bean of Lynn. Just in double checking the 1850 & 1860 census there is no Benj Bean b: 1842-1846 in Massachusetts which supports at that time he was known as Joseph F. Bean. Benj/Joseph doesn't seem to have enlisted in the Civil War, only his Uncle Benj F. Bean of Roxbury. No birth is found on NEHGS under Benjamin either.
The following records can be found for him under "B. Frank" or Benjamin F." :
1863 Lynn Directory Benjamin F. heeler b. 96 Broad
1865 Lynn Directory -he resides with his brother George on Prospect St. heeler
1869 Lynn Directory Benj F. musician, h. 11 Lincoln
1870 Census He is listed under "Rean" in Lynn Ward 3 on Ancestry; Benj F. a26
Musician b: MA; Emma a25 Keeping house b. MA; Walter a1 b. MA
1871 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician * salesman, 173 Market h. 9 So Common
Nov 19, 1872 Benjamin F. Bean of Lynn, MA applies for patent# 160298 which is
a new type of necktie supporter. (see pdf)
1873 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician, h. 9 So Common
1875 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician, h. 14 Blossom
1876 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician, house rear 18 Green
1878 & 1880 Directories - He has the same address as his mother: B. Frank, musician,
h. 44 Wheeler
1880 Census they are in San Francisco CA he is a musician with son Walter F. b: 1869
1882 Lynn Directory states B. Frank "removed to California".
1889 San Francisco Directory Frank B. Bean 310 Mason, musician, Morosco's Ampitheatre,
1900 Census San Fran. There is a Frank and Emily M. but birth years are all mixed up
1ch/1lv, says he was born Aug 1850; She was born May 1852; married 30yrs, no Walter
listed; He was b. MA. Parents b. NH & NH; she was b: in MA, parents b. MA & MA,
he is a musician.
1900 he was on the registered voters list in Prec 8 of San Fran - doesn't seem to be after
1910 Census they are in LA with son Walter and her mother, 5ch/1lv. He is a professor
1920 Census He and his wife are gone presumably died, but his son Walter is listed
with a wife – no children.
1930 Census I could not find Walter listed. Children of Benjamin & Emma:
i. Alice Maria Bean b: Dec 21, 1865 d: Dec 30, 1865 in Lynn, Ma (NEHGS)
ii. Walter F. Bean was born to Benj & Emma Dec 8, 1868 in Lynn (NEHGS).
1920 Walter is married to Elsie B. ------ in Los Angeles, California and they
are living on Sunset Blvd in LA
iii. May Bean (triplet) b: Sep 10, 1871 in Lynn, Ma d. Sep 12 1871 (NEHGS)
iv. Ida Bean (triplet) b: Sep 10, 1871 in Lynn, Ma d. Sep 12 1871 (NEHGS)
v. Ada Bean (triplet) b: Sep 10, 1871 in Lynn, Ma d. Sep 12 1871 (NEHGS)
2. George W. Bean Jr. was born July 23 1844-5, (stone 1844). I haven't found a birth record. He married Malvina D. Brackett on Jan 29, 1865 in Lynn, Ma. She was born in Maine about Aug 1845 (stone 1843). He died Nov 20 1916 of chronic heart disease (FS). He was 72y 3m 28d & was buried on Nov 22, 1916 according to Pinegrove Cemetery records. She died 1927 (per stone) age 83y 6m 2d per cemetery. She was buried on Mar 4, 1927 according to Pinegrove Cemetery records. Their burial location is on Oxials Path near Paulowina Ave, lot 51 in Pinegrove Cemetery, Lynn, MA (see photo) Hattie B Smith of Lynn (his daughter) was his Admin. docket # 127523 1917 - have not seen original record, just the summary.
George W Bean Jr. can be located after 1860 in the following records:
1863 Lynn Directory - George, shoemaker, b. 28 Almont
1865 Lynn Directory George, shemaker b. at Prosepect - same address as Benj. F. Bean
1867 Lynn Directory pg 36 shows GW Bean (Jr) Shoefinisher house 3 Essex
1869 Lynn Directory GW shoefinisher 6 Willow h. Essex
1870 Census- Lynn, Ma George W Bean Jr is at a boarding house with Albert Staples
– I think it says he was married but no Melvina to be found.
1871 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 21 Johnson (274 Essex)
1873 Lynn Directory George W. brds. 6 Lloyd
1875 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 4 Lloyd
1876 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 349 Boston
1878 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 349 Boston
1880 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 77 Lynnfield
1880 Census George W Jr. a35 MA NH NH; Malvina D. a35 ME ME ME;
Florence M a14 ME MA ME; Hattie a4 MA MA ME; Mary C. a2 MA MA ME
1882 Lynn Directory - He is listed but I don't have details at the moment
1890 Directory George W Bean is listed as a shoemaker 143 Lynnfield St,
1900 Census- 143 Lynnfield St Lynn, Ma: Geo W Bean Jr a55 b. July 1845 m 35yrs;
Malvina D. a55 b. Aug 1845 3ch/2liv; Hattie G. dau b. Nov 1875; George Shirley
Duntley Bean grndson b. June 1889 (son of Florence)
1910 Census Geo W. Bean Jr a65 m45y Malvina a65 3ch/2lv
George W. Bean Jr. & Malvina had:
i. Florence M. Bean born in 1865 (per stone), Naples, ME married Joseph Duntley,
son of George S & Ellen Duntley. Florence died Apr 7,1894 of consumption
age 28. She is buried with her parents.
a. George Shirley Duntley born June 5, 1889. Married Lillian Francis
Davis dau of Charles M. Davis & Mabel E. Mills on Feb 20 1909
in Prov RI. He died 1919 (per stone) He is buried with his
grandparents & mother.
b. Florence Duntley born Jan 1 1888 died Jan 8 1888 of Asplexia
ii. Hattie G Bean born Nov 1875. She married Sep 9 1908 Thomas M. Smith son
of Richard P. Smith and Isabella D. McDougal. In Lynn 1910 (Nextdoor to
George & Melvina) & 1920.
iii. Mary C Bean born about 1878 married on Sep 7 1897 Elmer French son of
John C & Matilda French
3. Celestia Ann Bean b: Sept 2, 1846 in Lynn, Ma See previous blog post
4. Mary “Alice” Bean born Feb 28, 1850 on Vine St. in Lynn, Ma - Alice’s birth record Feb 28, 1850 states Mary was born in Chester and Geo was born in Poplin. Alice married Joseph N. Chase son of Joseph R. Chase & Jane M. Hoyt b: a1844 in NH/MA on Jun 12 1869 in Lynn, MA (FS). She died Mar 22 1888 in Lynn, MA of peritonitis, a 34y3m. It states she is married, but they appear to have been separated. She is buried with her mother but unmarked. According to her death record, she was born Dec 24 1853, but this is incorrect. Joseph & Mary Alice did not seem to have children.
1869 Lynn Directory - Joseph, channeller, rear 65 Union
1871 Lynn Directory - Joseph N. channeller, brds 1 Tremont
1873 - no Joseph
1875 - no Joseph
1870 Census- Lynn, Ma: Joseph N. Chase a26 shoemaker born Ma; Alice M. Chase
a20 shoe stitcher born Ma
1876 Lynn Directory Joseph N. Chase, clerk 15 Central ave rooms 53 do
1878 Lynn Directory - Not listed
1880 Census-Lynn, Ma: Mary Bean a64 NH NH NH; Alice Bean a28 dau
MA NH NH
1880 Census - Epping, NH? Joseph N. Chase, b: a1840 in NH (doesn't say for parents)
married, shoemaker, (no wife listed) boarding w/ Mary E. Cass/Carr a46, William E. a18
1885 Lynn Directory - Joseph N. Chase, shoemaker, brds 133 Western Ave
1886 Lynn Directory - not listed
1888 Lynn Directory- not listed
1889 Lynn Directory - not listed
1890 Lynn Directory 2 "Joseph N." Ins agent, boards 6 Putnam place & the other
boards 19 Lander
Veterans Home in Maine: Joseph N. Chase in military Civil war records from
Newburyport, Ma & Lynn, Ma in - states he was single, Enlistment Aug 22, 1862 in
Newburyport, MA, prvt, Co A Reg 8 Disc Aug 7, 1863 to NH; reason for discharge
end of term; disability rheumination & heart disease - contracted June 1, 1863 in
Roanoke, CA, Born Newburyport, Ma hgt 5'4" drk complx; brn eyes; drk hair,
Occ - agent; Res. after discharge Lynn, Ma First admitted June 6, 1896 a54 Date
of death March 5, 1917 Cardiac Hypotrophy and dialation, Buried at Home Cemetery
grave 3511 (Veteran's Home) Sect K Row 6 #1 Charles M. Chase of Lynn, Ma is his
brother rec'd cash from estate 11.05; Next of kin: Mrs John H. Cook – niece, Seth N.
Chase, Jos R. Chase, Symon[?] Billard, all of Lynn, Ma [?]
Week 3 of Friday's Find - Because every photo for sale in a fleamarket breaks my heart!
I bought this photo for 1.00 at a fleamarket in Jewett City, Connecticut.
If in one of these Friday's Find blog posts you find your relative, please contact me. I will either give you the item if I have it, or refer you to the person that does have the item to work it out between the two of you (at no profit to me).
They are the couple on the 1920 & 1930 Census in Ironton, Sauk, Wisconsin:
Guy Wheeler age 29
Blanche Wheeler age 26
Dorothy Wheeler age 2
Blakesley Wheeler age 1
They own their home, all 4 were born in Wisconsin; His parents born in Ohio & New York; both her parents born in Wisconsin; He's a farmer
Guy Wheeler age 39 Married at 25; Farmer all birth notations say Wisconsin
Blanche a36 Married at 22
They are buried in Green Wood Cemetery (Ancestry.com/FindaGrave) burial/cremation: Reedsburg, Sauk, Wisconsin. Grave markers read:
Guy Wheeler b. Sep 14 1890 d. Jul 5 1955
Blanche Harriet Wheeler (Dorow - has been added) b. Aug 26 1893 d. Dec 8 1976
Child: Blakeslee Guy Wheeler b. Dec 18 1918 d. Aug 24 2006
Those Places Thursday - Are You Interested in Leasing a Piece of History, or in Purchasing & Preserving a Historical Property? Windham, NH's 1868 Campbell Farmhouse Offers An Opportunity for Non-Profit Organizations & More
The historical home built in 1868 & located on Kendall Pond Rd. was purchased by the Town of Windham, NH in July 2014 in an effort to preserve its place within the town, but the final out come of the historical homestead is still up for discussion. It is undecided as to whether or not the homestead will be parceled off from the majority of farm land & sold, or if it is an opportunity to lease it as a residence, small home-based business, non-profit organization, etc.
Anyone interested in purchasing or leasing the homestead should be aware that historical preservation restrictions, & covenants would be required, residential zoning applies, & the majority of the 65 acre farm land surrounding the homestead will be used for an undetermined type of public recreation.
If those are concepts which are acceptable and you are interested in discussing your ideas or proposals for the homestead with the Campbell Farm Subcommittee, please submit them to CKing@WindhamNewHampshire.com or by US Post to C. King at Windham Conservation Commission, 3N. Lowell Rd, Windham, NH 03087. All ideas & proposals will be discussed in a public meeting. All interested parties are advised to attend.
More information on this ongoing topic can be found in the local weekly paper:
Windham Printing & Publishing Inc.
233 Range Rd
Windham, NH 03087
Newspapers are available by subscription,
or at most convenience establishments within town.
c1923 Rev Ernest Christopher Murphy born Apr 12 1869 in Highwood, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, son of Rev John M. Murphy & Mary Beckett, married his wife Clara J. (Vinton), who was born Apr 4 1864 in Detroit, Michigan, dau of Warren G. Vinton & Jane E. Putnam on Jun 15 1905 in Detroit, Michigan. This photo was obtained from their passport application which is available on Ancestry.com.
“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”
My 3G grandmother Elizabeth McMurtry was the daughter of James McMurtry and Sarah Steele of Belfast, Ireland & Brighton, MA. James & Sarah were both were born in Ireland about 1812-13 and likely came to America with most of their children in 1849-1851. Although I have not yet been able to locate their border record or find them on the 1850 census, their youngest son William's birth is recorded as Sept 30, 1851 in Brighton, MA so we know they had arrived by then.
According to James death record he was the son of Alexander McMurtry (b. a1780?) & Betty, probably near Belfast Ireland. Sarah Steele was most likely the sister of Ann (Steele) Marshall, daughters of Robert Steele & Elizabeth Simpson of Ireland. We know this because Ann is buried with Sarah & James in Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton, MA: Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker: Ann Marshall died June 21 1894 Aged 79 years; Death Record: June 21 1894 in Brighton, MA, Ann (Steal) Marshall (widow of James; mn Steal) pneumonia 24 Shepard St [b. 1815 Ireland] Dau of Robert Steal & Elizabeth Simpson both b. Ireland; Marriage Record: Ann Steele b. 1823 m: Jul 19 1856 in Brighton, MA Parents: Robert Steele & Betty, James Marshall, son of James & Margaret Marshall. In 1860 James & Ann Marshall are in Brighton with no children.
James & Sarah McMurtry are found in the following:
· The 1855 Massachusetts Census in Brighton, MA lists them as “McMurtaugh”: James a43 Laborer b. Ire; Sarah a43 b. Ire; Samuel a13 b. Ire; Sarah J. a12 b. Ire; Margaret a9 b: Ire; William J. a4 b: Ma.
· The 1860 US Census for Brighton, MA lists them as “Mc Merty”: James a48, Butcher, 2000 estate; Sarah a48; Robert a22, tanner; Samuel a18, peddler; Margaret a14; William a8.
· The 1865 Massachusetts Census in Brighton lists James w/ his son Alexander – no Sarah
· The 1870 US Census in Brighton, MA lists Alexander McMurtry a 35; Jane a33; Albert I a5; George H. a3; Fred a1. Nearby is Robert a30; Margaret a30; Sarah J. a7; Robert H. a4 – [notice no father James – not sure where he is, but he shows back up in 1880]
· 1875 Boston Directory - email@example.com: Alexander McMurtrie, laborer, h. Shepard, Brighton
· 1878 Boston Directory: Alexander contractor, Shepard, Brighton; James, Laborer, Shepard, Brighton; Wm J. Plasterer, Shepard, Brighton; Robert Cattledealer N.Beacon Brighton
· 1880 US Census for Shepard St Brighton, MA –taken June 29 under Boston Ward 25; District 785 lists: Alex a42 road contractor Ire Ire Ire; Jane a42; Albert a15; George H. a13; Frederick a11; Marietta a9; James (Alex’s father) a70, widowed.
· 1882 Boston Directory: Alexander contractor, Shepard, Brighton; James, Laborer, Shepard, Brighton; Wm J. Plasterer, Shepard, Brighton
· 1883 Boston Directory: James is no longer listed – so it fits that he died; Alex & Wm J are still in the 1883 directory plus these: David McMurtrie Salesman 477 Washington, bds; Ezekiel M “ 3001 Washington; James A. “Wardmaster City Hosp.; John McMutry clerk, 92 court rms 100 Myrtle
From US Census records 1860-1880, & the Mass State census for 1865, we can determine James & Sarah married about 1830 in Ireland, Sarah died between 1860-65 & James died after 1880. There is a death record found for James McMurtry born about 1810 who died May 21, 1882 age 72 on Shepard St in Brighton, MA. Although on the original, it looks like it could be 42 and therefore has been transcribed on the index as if he was 42, not 72. The record further states he was a "Butler", died of Alcoholism/Dis of the brain, and that he was the son of Alexander & Betty.
Evergreen Cemetery confirms both James & Sarah McMurtry are buried there in lot 150 Weston Path (see below for more). The cemetery's records are not particularly organized, so don’t be shocked if they can’t find it right away, if at all. Other records & unmarked graves for this surname may or may not exist, be prepared with date of death for whoever you are looking for.
James & Sarah's children were:
1. Elizabeth McMurtry b Mar 1833-36 in Ireland – Click here to see McElveen/ McIlvaine
2. Alexander McMurtry b July 15, 1836 Belfast, Ireland married Jane Thompson about 1863. A McMurtry family member, also named Samuel McMurtry shared the following with me in Oct 2011: Alexander McMurtry of Brighton, labourer, born Belfast, Ireland on 15 July 1836, now 21 years of age, arrived at Portland Maine on 9 June 1849 (did not find on ancestry). Alexander McMurtry became a citizen, 25 Sep 1854. [1854-1836 = 18 years of age] Jane died Jan 12 1918 in Boston (FS) Alexander died after 1920 as he is listed at age 83 with his daughter & son in-law Michael Frank Murphy at that time and is a widower.
See above records under his father James for more on his Census & Directory listings, as well as the following: Evergreen Cemetery Records: McMurtry, Alexander, Lot 150 Grave No 11 Western Path Proprietor Alexander McMurtry 84y 0m 0 d Died: Sep 8 1921 in Brighton, MA Buried Sep 10 1921 Undertaker J.F. Sullivan Cement vault; McMurtry, Jane Lot 150 Grave 12 Western Path Proprietor Alex McMurtry a82y0m0d Died: Jan 12 1918 in Brighton, MA Buried Jan 15 1918 Interment No. 1881 Undertaker J.F. Sullivan; Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker: Alexander McMurtry 1837-1921 & Jane Thompson McMurtry 1836-1919 (Front)
· 1884 Boston Directory: Only lists David, Alex and Wm J.
· The 1885 map of Brighton shows a big piece of land on Shepard St. near Washington
St., and it is owned by Alex McMurtry.
· 1885 Boston Directory via firstname.lastname@example.org lists J. Alexander McMurtrie supervisor
at city Hospital; Albert J. teamster bds a A. McMurtry’s Brighton; also lists Alex and
· 1890 – AJ and GH own additional land on Shepard. Now includes corner lot on
Washington previously owned by Ed Foster [via Judith Berger former resident of
· 1899-Map – Jane owns corner of Shepard & Washington; Alex owns adjacent two
lots and also a lot on Winship St closer to Washington end. [via Judith Berger
former resident of McMurtry home]
· 1900 Census – Shepard St.: Alexander Mcmutry July 28, 1835 65yrs. married
38yrs, imm 1850, NA, contractor, can’t read or write speaks Eng Owns house free
of debt; Jane May 18 1836 64y married 38yrs 4ch-4liv 84mo in school can read,
write and speak Eng.; George H Feb 10 or 20 1867, 33yrs single born MA contractor
96mo in school can read, write & speak; Mary E. Jan 8, 1873 27y single 96 mo school
also can read, write & speak English; Julia Barry servant Oct 27, 1875 sing born Ire
imm 1898, 60 mo school can read, write and speak Eng
· April 2 1903, Boston Globe- Burglars get 225. from home of Alex McMurtry, 16
shepard St; money was kept in a large old fashioned safe in the front room of the
McMurtry home. Robbery committed between midnight Sat and breakfast Sunday.
Stable is beside home and McMurtry had been up all night with a sick horse. Capt
Warren declined to discuss with reporter. Boston Public ibrary/Proquest/ Boston
· 1904 11 Henshaw st. Permit to build Oct 19, 1904 Jane McMurtry of 16 shepard St.
G.Albert J. McMurtry ; Eugne clark architect, builder ???, one family dwelling
Approved Oct 21, 1904 – house completed July 20 1905. cost estimate to build
· 1904 Directory: via Boston City Directory/http://bcd.lib.tufts.edu : McMurtry Albert J.
(A J & GH McMurtry) 16 Shepard Br h 23 Henshaw do; McMurtry, Alexander, h 16
Shepard, Br.; McMurtry A. J. & G. H. contraCTORS 16 Shepard, Br, (pg. 2550);
McMurtry Frederick foreman, 16 Shepard Br. Bdsdo; McMurtry George H. (AJ &
GH McMurtry) 16 Shepard Br, h 17 Henshaw do
· 1905 Directory via City Directory-bcd.lib.tufts.edu : McMurtry, Albert J., (AJ &
GH McMurtry) 16 Shepard Br., h 23 Henshaw; McMurtry, Alexander, H, 16
Shepard, Brighthon, AJ & GH McMurtry contractors 16 Shepard St.; McMurtry,
Frederick, foreman 16 Shepard Brighton bdsdo; McMurtry, George H., 16 Shepard
Br, h. 17 Henshaw, do
· 1909 Map -- 12 Brighton Center. Jane McMurtry owns 14 Winship Street,
6 through 16 Shepard, (formerly listed under Alexander in 1899). ; 12 Brighton
Center, Ward 25, From right to left -- Susan Fisk, Alex and Jane McMurtry 2 lots
-5355, 9979, Jane McMurtry-5879, A&J McMurtry-5440. Across Menlo Street
owned by Chas. Five Cents Savings Bank bahistory.org/1909
· 1916 Map -- 12 Brighton Center, Ward 25 and 26, St. Elizabeth's on the map, From
right to left -- Susan Fisk, Fred K. McMurtry, next three lots-A & J McMurtry,
other side of Menlo-Alice Keenan. Brighton Center. Jane McMurtry still holds 14
Winship Street, 6 through 16 Shepard. via bahistory.org/1916
Alexander & Jane’s Children:
i. Albert J. McMurtry b “Male” Dec 31 1864 in Brighton, MA (NEHGS) m Elizabeth
A. Lynch Oct 29 1896 in Boston (NEHGS) AJ & GH McMurtry Contractors.
“Elizbeth A. McMurtry deceased on October 28, 1929. 58 years old , residing 23 Henshaw
Street and died there, housewife, gastric carcinoma, Dennis O'Brien and Hannah Mahoney
parents. Buried Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden” via www.masslandrecords.com ,Death
certificate, City of Boston. “Elizabeth A. McMurtry wife of Albert dies October 28,
1929, carcinoma gastric, age 58” http://masslandrecords.com Evergreen Cemetery
Records: McMurtry, Albert J. (Liner) Lot 150 Grave no 7 Western Path
Proprietor Alexander McMurtry a81y11m Died Dec 3 1946 in Albany, NY
Buried Dec 6 1946 Interment No 6025 Undertaker Muldoon Fun. Ser. Cause:
Carcinoma of Neck, Not deep enough for two; No marker
Children of Albert & Elizabeth:
a. Florence M. McMurtry b. a1902
b. Alexander G. McMurtry b. a1904
c. Albert J. McMurtry b. a1906
d. Elizabeth McMurtry b. a 1908
· 1910 Census-T624, Roll 625, Page 281, Thirteenth Census, Precinct 7, Suffolk,
Supervisor 114, Enumeration District 1657, Ward 25, sheet 2, April 15, 1910, 23
Henshaw Street, Albert J. McMurtry, Head, 42, Married one, 13 years married,
born in Mass. , parents from Ireland, Contractor, Stone Quarry, owns, free of
mortgage, house; Elizabeth A, wife, 38, Married, mother of 4, 4 living, born in
Mass, parents from Ireland, no profession, Florence M. daughter 8, Alexander,
Son, 6, Albert Jr., Son, 4, Elizabeth, daughter, 2, all born in Mass. Norah
Hallisey, Servant, 30 yo, single, immigrated from Ireland 1885, can read &
· Boston Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, December 6, 1918:
Albert J. McMurtry, Brighton contractor, testified in the Superior Court before
Judge Keating and a jury in the trial of a suit brought against him by Harris
Gruber for $25,000 damages for alleged alienation of the affections of his former
wife, Frances H. Gruber (formerly Miss Handler). McMurtry testifies he paid
$6,000 Blackmail. "Why was your name in the divorce libel..." "Because he
thought he could get money if my name were there. He's been after it for the
last five years and he's got some of it too", McMurtry said. Mr. Patron, in
opening the defense, characterized the case as a badger game. He charged it
was a conspiracy to extort money from the defendant, who he said, was a
married man with children and has at times one a great many foolish things.
· Boston Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, December 10, 1918:
James Handler, brother of Mrs. Gruber testifies. Witness testifies that Gruber
made a remark he had a scheme by which he could get $10,000. Witness said he
never saw McMurtry with his sister except at his father's home in Malden. At
the time of the trial Gruber living with his wife Sophie Gordon whom he
married on July 19, 1917. McMurtry accused of going to a New York Hotel
with Mrs. Gruber and signing in as Mr. and Mrs. Brewer. After that point
$2500 was secured from him. Another time Gruber accuses he entered his house
at 486 Blue Hill avenue and saw his wife partly dressed and McMurtry
hurrying down the street.
· Boston Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, December 11, 1918: Suit
given to the jury today. James R. Wood, head of a detective agency, said
Gruber spoke to him about shadowing his wife and they went to New York
to do so. Gruber told Wood he man's name was Miller even though he knew
it was McMurtry. Other testimoney placed Mrs. Gruber at the Hotel Lenox
with McMurtry by the elevators. Witness (Wood) said McMurtry told him
there was nothing wrong between him and Mrs. Gruber, that he had told
Gruber what he thought of his wife and that they had been friends a long time.
· Boston Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, December 12, 1918 Jury
deliberated all day and had not reached a verdict.
· Boston Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, December 13, 1918 Jury
Disagrees in Gruber alienation Suit. Unable to agree. It is understood that
11 jurors were in favor of McMurtry
· 1920 Census 23 Henshaw Street, Albert J. McMurtry, 53, Contractor, Elizabeth
A., 48, no occupation, Florence M., 18, Alexander G., 16, Albert J. Jr., 14,
ii. George Henry McMurtry b Feb 10 1867 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS) m: Margaret
Elizabeth Coleman, dau of William Coleman & Julia Drscoll on Oct 22 1902 in
Watertown, MA (FS) He died Apr 24 1916 (FS) “George H. McMurtry, prominent
contractor and member of the firm of A.J. and G. H. McMurtry died at St. Eve's
April 24, 1916 following an operation for appendicitis. Born in Brighton Feb. 10,
1869. Funeral at his home-17 Henshaw St. His wife and 3 children survive. Boston
Public Library/Proquest/Boston Daily Globe, April 25, 1916
Children of George & Margaret:
a. Robert A. McMurtry b. 1904
b. George H. McMurtry b. 1906
c. Alice M. McMurtry b. 1910
· 1910 Census 17 Henshaw Street, George H. McMurtry, 41, married once,
6 years, born in Mass., parents from Ireland, contractor, stone quarry, owns,
free of mortgage, house, Margaret, 32, wife, married 6 years, 3 children,
3 living children, born in Mass., parents from Ireland, Robert A. , 6, George
H. Jr. 4, Alice M., 4 months, Cassie Bellfontaine, Servant, French Canadien,
year of immigration 1909, servant, private family
· 1920 Census 17 Henshaw Street, Margaret McMurtry, 44, widowed, no
occupation, Robert A., 16, teamster, contractor private business,
George H., 14, Alice M., 10
iii. Fred McMurtry b May 20 1869 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS) married Mary E.
Leavitt Holt Mar 28 1905 (FS). She was b. Newton, dau of William P. Leavitt
b. Chichester, NH & Elizabeth A. Adams born in Boston, MA. She died Jan 4
1910, 38y11m16d of Apoplexy. She is buried in Mt Auburn Crematory (NEHGS).
It doesn’t appear they had any children.He married Olivia 2nd. Evergreen
Cemetery Records: McMurtry, Frederick, Lot No. 150, Grave No. 9 & 10,
Western Path, Proprietor Alexander McMurtry (heir) 59y 0mo 0d Died: Feb 24
1935 of Brighton, MA Buried Feb 26 1935 Interment No 4034 Undertaker J.F.
Sullivan Cement vault ; McMurtry, Olive G. H.P. Liner for one only
Lot 150 Grave No 8 Western Path Proprietor John W. McMurtrry 65y11m
Died: Feb 27 1953 in Boston Buried Mar 2 1953 Undertaker T.F. McCarthy
Cause Heart disease; Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker: Frederick McMurtry
1870-1935 (Back) Olive G. McMurtry 1887-1953 (Back)
Children of Fred & Olivia:
a. John McMurtry b. 1917
· 1910 Census 11 Henshaw Street, Frederick McMurtry, 39, head, not sure if
widowed or never married, born in Mass, both parents from Ireland,
contractor, stone quarry, employee, owned, free of mortgage, house Sarah M.
Leavitt, servant, 56, single (maybe census taker switched infor with
Frederick??), born in Mass, father from New Hampshire, mother from Mass.
· 1920 Census, 11 Henshaw Street, Frederick, Own, Free of Mortgage, 48,
Contractor, private business, Olivia G, Wife, 33yo, father born Ireland,
Mother Ma, no occupation,John, son, 3, born in Mass
iv. Marietta/Mary Etta McMurtry born about 1871 m: Michael Frank Murphy on
Sept 18 1901 in Boston (FS) 1901 Permit to build Mary Etta McMurtry, Eugene
Clark architect, James Muldoon builder, one family dwelling15 Henshaw st.
http://www.cityofboston.gov/isd/building Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker:
Marietta M. Murphy 1871 – 1947 (Back); 1874 Michael F. Murphy 1958 (Back)
Michael & Marietta children:
a. Francis A. Murphy b. a1903 Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker:
1902 Francis A. Murphy 1973 (Murphy Stone) 1908 Dorothy G. Murphy
1985 (Murphy Stone)
b. Jennie T. Murphy b. 1905
c. Frederick Murphy b. 1907
· 1910 Census 15 Henshaw, Frank M. Murphy, 36 yo, married 8 years, born in
Mass, parents from Ireland, retail merchant liquor employee, owned, free of
mortgage, house, Mary E. Murphy, 36 yo, married 8 years, 3 children born,
3 children living, born in Mass, parents from Ireland, Francis A., 7, Jennie T. 5,
Frederick, 3, all born in Mass, parents from Mass., Norah T. Cady, Servant., 23
yo, born in Ireland, parents from Ireland, Immigrated 1896
· 1920 Census 15 Henshaw Street, Frank M. Murphy, Own, Free of Mortgage, 43,
Manager, Mary E., 43, no occupation, Francis A., 17, Jennie T., 15, Frederick, 13,
Alexander McMurtry, fatherin law, 83, widowed, imigrated 1848, Naturalized in
1855, contractor, private business
3. Robert McMurtry b Mar 1839 in Derry, Ireland married Margaret Ross Feb 2 1862 in Brighton, MA, both a22, of Brighton, he was b. Ireland & she was b. Glasgow Scotland, son of James & Sarah (Steele) (NEHGS). Looks like in 1880 they were in Topeka, Kansas. Robert died after 1910, he is not clearly marked in the Evergreen Cemetery but is probably there. There is a Robert marked there: Robert ? McMurtry (Sep Stone Front of Berty’s stone – illegible) but it seems to me because it is so worn that it is not this Robert but maybe another child that passed away young. It seems to me if he was marked there he would be marked on the same stone as Margaret but he is not. Margaret (Ross) McMurtry d. May 13 1912 in Boston (FS), dau of George Ross & Jane Bishop. Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker: Margaret McMurtry 1838-1912 (Sep Stone)
A McMurtry family member, also named Samuel McMurtry shared the following with me in Oct 2011: Tues Oct 1850, Robert McMurtry of Brighton, Middlesex Co, born Co Derry, Ireland 1839, now 21 years of age, arrived at Boston, Sep 1850, age 11 (did not find on ancestry) ever since arrival at Boston he has resided at Brighton. October Term, Nov 1860. We, Alexander McMurtry of Brighton, Middlesex Co, John Lawlers of Brighton, Middlesex Co, labourer, have known Robert McMurtry for 5 years, resided at Brighton, behaved as a man of good moral character. I, Robert McMurtry do solemnly swear that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiances and fidelity for every foreign prince, potentate, state and sovereignty whatever, especially to Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, so help me God. Nov 2, 1860. 1865 Massachuestts Census Brighton, MA; 1910 Census Boston, MA
Robert & Margaret's Children:
i. Sarah Jane McMurtry born “McMurtagh” Mar 5 1863 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS)
ii. Robert Henry McMurtry b Oct 3 1865 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS) d: Henry Robert
McMurtrie Dec 15 1951 in San Diego, CA via the California Death Index
iii. Herbert Stanley McMurtry b. Aug 6 1872 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS) Evergreen
Cemetery Grave Marker: Our Darling Berty died Jan 8 1876 Aged 3 yrs 3mos
27 days (Sep Stone Back)
4. Samuel McMurtry b Apr 14, 1842 in Derry, Ireland. A McMurtry family member, also named Samuel McMurtry shared the following with me in Oct 2011: Samuel McMurtry, of Brighton, Middlesex Co, born in Co Derry, Ireland, 14 April 1842, 22 years old, arrived Portland, Maine, Oct 1849. The Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906 on Ancestryy.com shows “M256 McMurtry, Samuel of Brighton, 97 – Vol 3 Yr 1864 Superior Civil Ct Suffolk Boston, MA, country of birth or allegiance is Great Britain, b. Apr 14 1842, Date of Naturalization Nov 3 1864.
5. Sarah “Jane” McMurtry born about Nov 26 1835 in Ireland (calculated from death) – m: Robert Kirkland, a22 Tanner m. “Jane McMurtagh” a21, both b. Ireland, son of John & dau of James on Nov 1 1855, both of Brookline (NEHGS) She died Dec 16 1907 at 24 Shepard St Boston, MA age 72y 20d of Tuberculosis & Exhaustion. Her death record confirms she is the daughter of James McMurtry & Sarah Steele. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery Brighton, MA (NEHGS).
6. Margaret McMurtry b about 1846 in Ireland, last found on 1855 Massachusetts Census with her parents – no idea what happened to her;
7. William J. McMurtry b. “male” Sept 30, 1851 in Brighton, Ma (NEHGS) married Mary E. or H. Power, dau of Patrick Power & Mary O’Neill (FS-2nd marriage). He died June 12 1887, 35y Suicide by arsenic on Shepard St., Boston (NEHGS). He was a mason/plasterer. She remarried Henry T. Donovan on Dec 6 1892 in Cambridge, MA (FS) Evergreen Cemetery Records: McMurtry, William J. Lot 150 Grave 1 Proprietor Alex & Robert McMurtry a35y died: Jun 13 1887 Undertaker J.F. Sullivan Evergreen Cemetery Grave Marker: Wm J. McMurtry died June 9 1887 aged 34 years (Sep Stone)
Children of William & Mary:
i. Sylvia McMurtry “McMurtrie” b. July 1875 in Boston, MA (NEHGS)
ii. Percival William McMurtry b. Mar 15 1877 in Boston, MA (FS)
iii. Frederick Lewis McMurtry b. Mar 12 1879 in Boston (FS)
iv. Samuel Richard McMurtry b. Mar 29 1881 in Boston (FS) He died Aug
9 1882 1y 4m 11d on Shepard St Brighton (NEHGS) Evergreen Cemetery Records:
McMurtry, Samuel R. Evergreen, Lot 150, Proprietor Alexander McMurtry
Location: Western Path Died Aug 10 1882 a1y4m11d Undertaker J. Billings;
v. Mary Ellen McMurtry “McMurtrie” b. Oct 25 1883 in Boston, MA (NEHGS)
vi. Alice Catherine McMurtry b. Jul 5 1886 in Boston (NEHGS) m. Joseph McDermott
Mar 3 1907 in Boston (FS)
Also see: The MacMurtrie Society at:
Week 2 of Friday's Find! This photo was found in Hollis, NH
If in one of these Friday's Find blog posts you find your relative, please contact me. I will either give you the item if I have it, or refer you to the person that does have the item to work it out between the two of you (at no profit to me). Visit last week's Friday's Find here to see a photo of the family of Lucy A. "Belle" Peabody & her husband James D. Landers. I got this one at the same time as that one.
Marriage Record Jun 6 1900 in Salem, Massachusetts: Lewis Adolphus Durkee, age 26 born in Nova Scotia son of Joseph A. Durkee & Alva R. Perry to Nellie Celia Peabody, age 22, daughter of Isaiah Peabody & Elizabeth Freeman, born in Middleton, MA; both of Peabody, MA. He worked in a lumber mill and she was "At home"; first marriage for both, married by Alexander J. McNeill, Clergyman, Salem.
From the censuses & birth records of their children we can determine the following:
He was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia & Immigrated in 1885;
1900 they are both living with his parents in Peabody, MA. She was b. Apr 1878. He was b. Feb 1875 - I couldn't seem to locate a birth for her or any earlier records. I assume she is probably somehow related to "Belle" but not sure how.
1910 & 1920 they are in Peabody, MA with the following 3 sons:
Harold Louis Durkee age 2 & 12
Donald Leslie Durkee age 5 & 15
Roger Alexander Durkee age 8 & 18
All 3 of these birth records are available on FamilySearch.org
Joseph A. Durkee, the father, may be in Peabody in 1870 as a single man age 22. Probably returned to Nova Scotia, Canada & them immigrated back later. It is unclear in my opinion who these other men are. I suspect it could Joseph, his son Lewis & two other unknown brothers born in Canada, but I am not sure as in 1900 Lewis is the only son listed with Joseph and I did not look into Canadian records.
The age of the photo lends me to think that rather than Lewis with his 3 sons, Harold Louis, Donald Leslie & Roger Alexander, simply because in that case this photo would need to have been taken about 1930, and to me the photo seems closer to the turn of the century.
Thriller Thursday The Murder of Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy "Yours in the cause of the slave, till death or victory"
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 1837 Paper: Philanthropist (Cincinnati, OH) Volume: II Issue: 36 Page: 3
"We call attention to the following letter from our much persecuted brother, Rev. E. P. Lovejoy Alton, Oct 7 1837
To the Editor of the Philanthropist.
My dear brother, - I should perhaps before now, have sent you an account of the second destruction of my press in this city, and I would have done it but that I have been from home most of the time, and otherwise had my time completely engrossed.
I was not myself in the city at the time. But the following is a brief history of the affair. My brother landed with the press from your city on Thursday the 21st day of September, about sundown. It had been openly given out here by several individuals, that they would meet the press on the landing and throw it into the river. Induced by these threats, a number of our friends were ready to protect it. Accordingly, it was immediately taken guarded by a number of individuals, into the store of Messrs. Gerry & Weller, on Second street. About 11 o'clock the store was assailed by twenty or thirty individuals, masked and disguised, the doors broken open, the press taken out, broken up and thrown into river. The Mayor of the city was on the ground, soon after the work of destruction commenced. He entreated them to desist; they told him they would as soon as they had finished their work. He left them to procure a constable, and on his return they had completed their work and quietly disperseed! Thus you see that mob law reigns triumphant in Alton. Our municipal court is now in session, but I venture to predict that there will not be a single conviction for either of the outrages upon my press. Public sentiment protects, nay, applauds, the perpetrators. But the Lord reigns, this I know; and I know, too, that the people of alton cannot dethrone Him; and therfore I know further, that the cause they are so exceedingly mad against will yet triumph. They do but "imagine a vain thing"
I send you herewith enclosed, a short account of the outrage to which I was subjected in st Charles, on Sabbath evening last. I have written a more detailed account to the "Empancipator" I would only add, that in additions to the particulars herewith sent, the mob toreout the bosom of my shirt and nearly destroyed my pantaloons in their efforts to drag me from the room. One of them struck me with his fist several times.
Our convention assembles on the last Thursday in the month. We should be exceedingly glad to see some of our Ohio friends here. I have full confidence that Illinois in less than two years, will not be whit behind a single sister state, in her zeal for the cause of humanity and of our common country.
Yours in the cause of the slave, till death or victory,
Elijah P. Lovejoy
The following is the account of the assault on Mr. Lovejoy's person, at St. Charles. After reading it, let any candid man say, of how much value is the "Union" to abolitionists-to those who have the courage to defend to doctrines of the Declaration of Independence. En-Phil.
Mob at St Charles, MO
To the publisher of the Telegraph
Gentleman - As I know by experience that a thousand rumors and exaggerations will immediately set afloat in the community respecting the recent outrage at St. Charles, I must ask of you the favor to insert in your columns a brief narrative of the particulars of the case. I will confine myself entirely to a simple statement of the facts, leaving every reader to make his own comments and reflections.
On Wednesday last (the 27th ult) I went over to St Charles for the purpose of bringing home my wife, who, in ill health, and with a sick child, had been spending a few weeks at her mother's who resides in St. Charles. It was my intention to have returned the next day, in the stage, but finding my wife's health unable to endure the journey, I concluded to wait till the next stage (Monday) Accordingly I did so. On Sabbath, at the request of the Rev. Mr. Cambell, the Presbyterian minister of St. Charles, I preached for him in the forenoon and at night, he himself preaching in the afternoon. --Just previous to my leaving the Church, after the service were over at night, the following note was sliped into my hand: "Mr Lovejoy, Be watchful as you come from Church to night. A Friend"
I showed the note to Rev. Mr. Campbell, who asked me to go home with him; I declined, however, and walked to my mother-in-law's in company with Mr. Campbell, and Mr. Copes, a deacon of the church. It was but a short distance, and nothing occurred to excite any alarm. Mr. Campbell went in with me. This was about nine o'clock. Brother Cambell and myself sat conversing together till near ten o'clock, when a knocking was heard at the foot of the stairs - the room in which the family lived being in the second story. I took a candle and went to the door at the head of the stairs, to ascertain who was there; when the inquiry was made, "Is Mr. Lovejoy in?" I answered "Yes" "We want to see him, was the rejoinder; and immediately a man by the name of Little and another from Mississippi, whose name I did not learn, rushed through the door where I stood, and seized me, each by the coat collar, while the platform at the head of the stairs was filled by the mobites.
The only individuals in the house were the Rev. Mr. Cambell, my wife, her mother and sister, and myself. They doubtless expected to find only myself and the three females in the house. My wife, ho was lying down in another room, hearing the knocking, came also to the head of the stairs, just as it was filled by assailants. She had to rush thruogh them to get into the room where I was, which she did, and succeeded in reaching me, not, however, until the fellow from Mississippi had drawn his dirk upon her. Her only reply was to strike him in the face with her hand - a blow which more than one of the mobites received in their attempts to force me from the room - she meanwhile clinging to me, or throwing herself before me, among the infuriated assailants, with a self-abandoning fortitude and devotion which a woman and a wife only can feel. Induced, principally, by her efforts, the mob let me go and left the room. As soon as the door was shut upon them, Mrs. L. fainted. I carried her immediately into another room and laid her on the bed. She recovered only to relapse into alarming hysteric fits, and while in this condition, I was endeavoring to soothe her fears, the mob returned with augmented numbers and fury. Regardless of her heart-rendering shricks, they laid hold of me to drag me from the room, and would have done so had not W.M. Campbell Esq. come to my rescue, and assistetd me in freeing myself again from their grasp.
This state of things continued nearly two hours, the mob retired for a few moments to the grog shop, and then returning to the assault, with redoublled fury. It was their expressed determination to take my life, or as one of them, with horrid oaths, expressed it, they "wanted my blood, and would have it." At length one of them, David Knott, came up into the room, with a written demand that I should leave town by ten o'clock next morning. I sent them a reply that I should leave in the morning before nine. This pacified them for a time. But having received their potations of whiskey, they again returned. By this time, their drunken madness had reached such a height, that my friends despaired of defending me. Yielding, therefore, to their soliciatations, and especially to the entreaties of my wife, though much against my own inclinations, I left the house, at a moment when the vigilance of the watching mob was relaxed, and thanks to a Guardian Providence, escaped unharmed. Elijah P. Lovejoy.
A few short weeks later ... an account of his murder is published....
An American Citizen Murdered the Pres Destroyed the Spirit of Slavery Triumphant
Date: Saturday, November 25, 1837 Paper: Colored American (New York, NY) Volume: I Issue: 47 Page: 2
"An American Citizen murdered!! The Press destroyed!!! The Spirit of Slavery triumphant!!!
Elijah P. Lovejoy that fearless advocate of the press, has fallen a victim to the fury of a mob, thirsting for his blood, because he dared to lift up his voice against the oppression of the poor slave.
The facts are briefly these; Mr Lovejoy first established his press at St. Louis, but owing to the fierce opposition of those opposed to his abolition sentiments, he moved his press to Alton, Ill judging in a free state, boasting of her loyalty to the Constitution, that he might securely advocate the principals of American Liberty. But, alas her boasts proved hollow mockery; she pro-trated herself before the genius of slavery, and trampled law and order under foot. Twice did a reckless mob seize upon and destroy the press - and not satiated with this wanton destruction of property, they hunted him down like blood hounds!
But the hon heart of Lovejoy quailed not before the brutal force that met him. He saw that here the battle must be fought; to abandon this post was equivalent to saying to the mob, "only foam out your shame and blasphemy, and we will retire and leave you to take care of those fundamental principals, the support and protection of which can alone secure good order." With a deep sense of the responsibilities resting upon him, owing to the situation that circumstances had placed him in, he declared, "I will never abandon the enterprise so long as I live, and until success has crowned it. If I am to die, it cannot be in a better cause!"
Arrangements were made, and a new press was obtained and brought to the city of Alton. On Monday night, the 8th instant, in the dead of the night, that every thing consistent with the requirements of duty might be done to avoid the sensitiveness of the "baser sort" the press was landed and conveyed to the warehouse of Messrs. Godfrey, Gilman & Co. But unwearied watchfulness of the sentinels of slavery soon gave the alarm, and forth rushed the myrmedous of hell.
Lovejoy and his friends believed it hustifiable to defend by physical force their rights, and consequently prepared to do so. Fifteen or twenty citizens, among whom (according to the Mayor's account) were some of the most worthy and enterprising, with about 36 stand of arms, besides small arms, shut themselves up in the building with the press.
At about 10 o'clock at night, the mob made their onset demanding the press. They were told by those who had it in care that it would not by given up, that it would be defended, and to avoid serious consequences they had better desist. The mob then commemenced an attack by throwing stones, and soon began to fire balls; after this a gun was fired, by consent of all within, from the building, and one among the rabble fell. The mob gave way for a moment, but soon returned with an increase in numbers, and resolved to burn the building without permitting those inside to escape. When this was known a deputation was sent out to prevent it, if possible, and at the head was the devoted Lovejoy. Upon his arrival in the street, he was deliberately singled out, fired upon, and fell a corpse in a few seconds; two others were wounded, one of whom (Mr. Roff) has since died.
The doors then were thrown open, and while those within retreated, they were fired upon by this hellish crew. The press was then taken possession of by the mob and destroyed.
Such is a brief history of the Alton outrage. How horrible to contemplate, and how fearfully pregnant with danger to the safety of every institution in our country.
Whither shall we turn our aching eyes? Where shall we look for a redeeming spirit? To the Press? Gracious Heaven! how has it spoken? Read the New York Gazette, the Courier & Enquirer, the Star and the Sun, and then let us hang our hearts in shame. To the pulpit? It is recreant to its trust. With a few noble and splendid exceptions the Pulpit and the Press have virnally by their silence and actual committal, esponsed the side of the oppressor. Truly, "on the side of the oppressor there is power."
Who are guilty in this matter? Is it the poor ignorant, sunken, and abandoned wretches who consumate the work planned out by "gentlemen of property and standing?" No! They know not what they do. But the Press which from the commencement of the Anti-Slavery controversy has kept alive by base misrepresentation. the worst passions of the human heart, and pointed at abolitionists as fit subjects for assassin's dagger - the press- Political and Religions, by baptising itself in all manner of abominations, in order to oppose the progress of pure principles, is guilty of this crime."
Elijah Parish Lovejoy was born November 5, 1802 the oldest of nine children born to Rev. David Lovejoy & Elizabeth Pattee. He was the grandson of Hezekiah Lovejoy & Hannah Austin, my 7th great grandparents. He married Celia Ann French & had two chiildren.
He was well educated and attended a couple private academies before attending what is now known as Colby College. While attending Colby, he was headmaster of a local high school. Lovejoy developed a plan to move west to preach after first residing, working & saving money in Boston, but after having a difficult time finding work, he set off on foot to Illinois. He stopped along the way in New York where he worked as a peddler for the Saturday Evening Gazette. Desperate for help Lovejoy wrote to Rev Jeremiah Chaplin the President of Colby who financially assisted him in getting to Illinois, but he found that it didn't call to him & he headed to St. Louis.
He became editor of the St Louis Observer, as well as being employed as a headmaster of a private school.
Inspired by abolitionist David Nelson, he decided to attend Princeton & become a preacher & abolitionist himself. He briefly preached & was ordained in Philadelphia and later returned to St Louis where he set up a Presbyterian Church and returned to the St Louis Observer.
Missouri was a slave state and tensions over the anti-slavery movement & Lovejoy's desire to speak out and make a difference were being heightened on a regular basis. Lovejoy found himself & his press as a target on numerous occassions; the above being just the last two times out of several attacks against him. He no doubt thought perhaps a move to a free slave state would be a better choice for him & his family. He removed his family to Alton, IL and founded the Alton Observer. As we have seen, safety eluded him there as well. Reverend Elijah Parish Lovejoy was buried in Alton, Il in an unmarked grave.
The district attorney of Alton attempted to prosecute for Lovejoy's murder but in the end no one was held responsible. Thankfully his work would continue on by his brother Owen became the leader of the Illinois abolitionist movement, and many other brave souls, both before and after, ensuring the eventual freedom of all slaves.
The Town of Plaistow
in honor of those who served in
1917 The World War 1919
*Samuel H. Clifton
Mahlan H. Anderson
Phineas L. Beede
George W. Bodwell
Russell J. Burnup
Edward Castle Jr
Jerry J. Castle
Stephen J. Castle
Robert Y. Clark
Charles M. Crockett
George S. Currie
Howard P. Davis
C. Earl Denoncour
Hector A. Fecteau
Oscar Z. Fecteau
Theodore N. Fecteau
Richard G. Fortin
Edmond J. Goodreau
Harold G. Gosselin
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Charles D. Harriman
Calvin M. Heileman
Harvey C. Holt
William F. Kelly
Martin H. Kimball
Arthur F. Martin
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Cornelius J. Murnane
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Newman T. Sleeper
Clinton A. Smith
Guy A. Smith
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Allen D. Tozier
Frank W. Veroneau
James E. Watts
Jacob W. Witherell
"These sought not glory but their country's good"
In Memory of the Sons of Plaistow
who died to preserve the Union
Congressional Medal of Honor
Daniel G. George
1840 - 1916
Seaman U.S. Navy
Son of Plaistow
Presented to the town of
Arthur G. Pollard
A D 1908
Citizens of Plaistow who Served in
The Civil War
Capt Richard Welch
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Lieut. Charles A. Dow
Lieut George Berdie
Sergt Frank M. Shannon
Sergt George E. Shannon
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Garland E. Caldwell
James A. Caldwell
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Hiram M. Carleton
Charles W. Cass
Isaac N. Cass
Randall F. Cass
Nicholas W. Chandler
Charles K. Chew
Isaac B. Clifford
Greenleaf R. Cummings
Engrim J. Cummings
Daniel N. Davis
Henry A. Dow
James W. Drew
Fred P. Eaton
Albert N. Edwards
Benjamin G. Flanders
Greenleaf C. George
Benjamin W. Godkin
Charles H. Godkin
Stephen F. Godkin
Charles H. Hall
Isaac H. Hall
Jesse E. Harriman
cyrus A. Hutchinson
William H. Johnson
George W. Kelley
William F. Kimball
John W. Manning
Charles D. Robinson
Frank D. Roberts
Edwin D. Robertson
Herbert N. Sargent
Edward A. Sleeper
Frederick W. SLeeper
Charles F. Sprague
Jacob F. Stevens
Nathan B. Thompson
Elbridge G. Tucker
James H. Valentine
George M. Wilson
Town of Hampstead, NH
A Tribute To Our Patriots
who served in the
1914 World War 1919
Capt Walter A. Allen
Corp. Cluaude E. Buckland
Corp. Gilman L. Buckland
William R. Brickett
Walter E. Clough
Ernest L. Baker
William P. Clark
Frank E. Clark
James W. Donovan
George H. Emerson
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Lieut. Elmer E. Lake
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"That this nation, under God, shall have have a new birth of freedom and that governmnent of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the Earth."
Post Vietnam Conflicts
El Salvador, Grenada, Lebanon, Libya, Persian Gulf,
Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan
Dedicated to all Hampstead Veterans who served, fought and died during post-Vietnam conflicts through operations enduring and
Doal M. Bartlett
+ Matthew L. Bertolino
Kelly W. Bolen
Kyle P. Bracken
Jeremy A. Clague
Benjamin R Davine
David J. Dube
Joseph L. Dube
Jason A. Grassbaugh
+ Jonathan D. Grassbaugh
Daniel C. Howard
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Danny S. Steadman
Walter T. Allard II
William J. Casey III
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Bonnie A. Noyes
John R. Noyes
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John Lane III
Roderick Burdette II
Gary H. Chase
Sarah V. J. Delcore
Brian P. Gendreau
Daniel J. Gendreau
James A. Carideo
+ Killed in action
Monument installed as an Eagle Scout Project by Brett Hamel of Troop 163 May 25, 2009
1950 - 1954
Dedicated to all Hampstead
Korean Era Veterans
who served, fought and
died from 1950 to 1954
the first war in American history
where we repelled aggression as part of
a United Nations Force
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Butterick, Ronald H.
Clark, Kenneth H.
Collins, Melvin P.
Collins, Robert E.
Curry, Rudolph E.
Georg, Leslie E.
Kenney, Douglas C.
Knox, Robert F.
Lapham, Stanley M.
Letoile, Robert L.
Letoile, William J. Jr.
Murphy, Mary K.
Oliver, John T. Sr
Palmer, Charles J.
Randall, Paul H.
Randall, Maurice I. Jr
Sullivan, Warren R.
Tosshach, Leroy E.
Webster, Robert C.
White, Earl H.
White, Robert B.
Whitley, Brainard A.
Worthen, Maurice G.
Wright, Earl S.
1961 – 1975
Dedicated to all Hampstead
Vietnam Era Veterans
Who served, fought and
died from 1961 – 1975
The first helicopter
assault war and America’s
longest conflict in
the cause of freedom
Acres, Chester S. Jr.
Ashford, Cynthia, L.
Beaudoin, Richard A.
Benton, Albion D.
Brown, Dennis C.
Brown, Donald B.
Brown, William H.
Butler, Perley N.
Butterick, Robert E.
Butterick, Ronald H.
Clark, Richard A.
Collins, Melvin P.
Collins, Robert E.
David, John E.
Delisle, Alfred J.
Demeritt, Norman K.
Fink, Harold D.
Fink, Richard A.
Dixon, Douglas R.
Doquette, Raymond J. Jr.
Grover, John S.
Johnson, John A.
Kelley, James E. Jr
Knox, Bruce C.
Oliver, John T. Sr
Orcutt, Ronald R.
Robbins, John M. Jr.
Tarlton, Bruce P.
Watson, John A.
Watson, William E.
Whitley, John A.
Worthen, Maurice G. Jr
Butler, Robert B.
This monument erected by the tow of Hampstead in Honor of the men
Who enlisted from Hampstead in the war of 1861-65.
Henry A. Noyes
Simeon D. Hinds
Marquis J. Brewster
Walter G. Brown
Josiah C. Eastman
James T. Hall
David B. Hinds
William R. Cowell
Nathaniel H. Bushby
George W. Connor
Charles K. Johnson
Thomas W. Morse
George W. Whittier
George R. Dow
Thomas M. Arnold
Thomas D. Barter
George W. Bickford
Albert C. Brickett
Frank S. Eastman
Charles E. Frost
Charles H. Grover
Caleb J. Hoyt
George W. Keezer
John C. Kimball
Frank H. Little
Henry G. Little
Linus H. Little
Allen B. Martin
George H. Mc Duffee
Charles M. Newbegin
Daniel L. Sawyer
Horace R. Sawyer
Charles H. Shannon
Henry B. Thorn
Joseph J. Calef
Benjamin G. Currier
Aaron H. davis
William H. Davis
David L. N. Hoyt
Hazen L. Hoyt
William H. Johnson
Warren A. Kimball
Lucian M. Nichols
Osa D. Nichols
William L.S. Tabor
Elbridge G. Wood
John F. Johnson
Charles W. Williams
Daniel J. Wilson
James F. Blake
Jones E. Collins
William H. Minot
Charles E. Atwood
Albert H. Ayer
Alba N. Batchelder
William H.H. Burrill
Simeon S. Clayton
William H. Clayton
Silas M. Marshall
Adin T. Little
Frederick P. Shannon
George W. Woodsum
George B. Griffin
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Bean, Edwin A.
Brackett, Harry Jr
Brown , Floyd
Rowe, Kenneth G.
Clark, Gerald F.
Clark, Kenneth G.
Clark, Walter Jr.
Collins, Wesley E.
Duston, Gene T.
Duston, Virginia F.
Emerson, James B.
Franklyn, Howard N.
Franklyn, Russell N.
Garland, Charles E.
Houston, Edward N.
Hutton, John A. Jr
Ingraham, Elmer Clark Jr.
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Littlefield, Charles 3rd
Lake, Albert C.
Ladd, Ruth P.
Lord, Robert L.
Martel, Arthur E.
Martel, George R.
Mason, Edwin W.
Mclaughlin, George A.
McLaughlin, John J.
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Murphy, David I.
Otis, David W.
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Palmer, Norman K.
Palmer, Phillip E.
Pelletier, Girard G.
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Phillips, Earl F.
Root, Dorothy M.
Russell, Donald P.
Ryan, John J.
Shaw, Walter O.
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Spencer, Sherwood W.
Tabor, Reginald I.
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Webster, Locero Norris
Webster, Ruel C.
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Surname Saturday: Alexander McElveen / McIlvaine (1830-1863) & Eliza McMurtry (1833-1902) of Ireland & Abington, MA
Additional spellings include: Mackervine , McIlveen, McIlvin, McIlvane, MacIlvaine, McAlvine, MacElwaine, McAlveen, McElveen, McElvane, and likely many other creative variations….I am really not clear if it was pronounced "Mc-L-vin" ; "Mc-L-veen" or "Mc-L-vane" and I'm sure they would sound even more different in an Irish accent.
Alexander McElveen was born in Ireland about 1830-32, son of John McElveen and Margarette (per his marriage record). [rootsireland.ie Has a baptism for a Alexander Anderson McIlveen 1830 Co Down, with parents John & Margaret - need to purchase to get more details - there also appears to be a marriage for John & Margaret between 1820-1830 – no idea at this point if this is the same Alexander & parents. Alexander Mcilveen also seems to be a very popular name in Belfast, Ireland]. I suspect but cannot prove that Alexander maybe related to David of Chelsea, MA on the 1850 Census who is with [wife] Mary & [daughter] Margaret. Margaret was b. June 18 1849 in Chelsea, MA. This David seems to have died in Abington Feb 3 1860 of consumption, no parents listed, b: 1822. Ireland.
Alex married Eliza McMurtry on October 19, 1853 in Brighton, Ma, dau of James McMurtry and Sarah Steele. Eliza resided in Brighton at the time of marriage and Alex resided in Chelsea (NEHGS). She was born about Mar 1833-1836 in or near Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland according to the McMurtrie family research which will be blogged about next week. She may have arrived in Boston from Liverpool England on the ship Living Age, Aug 27 1849, per Boston Passenger & Crew Lists on Ancestry.com indexed as “Eliza McMurty”. “Alex McAlveen” probably arrived in Boston Oct 29, 1851 b: a1831 from Liverpool Eng on the ship Staffordshire per Boston Passenger & Crew Lists on Ancestry.com.
After their marriage they lived in Chelsea during 1854 where the birth of their 1st son John is recorded. This son passed away July 18, 1855 in Brighton, MA & they are found there on the 1855 Massachusetts Census under “McElvine”. By Feb 15 1856 they had likely settled in the Abington/Rockland area where he is found on record as having bought alcohol from an unauthorized dealer per the NEHGS Plymouth Court Records 1686-1859. This event was within a week of when I believe his daughter Margaret “Annie” was born, perhaps he was celebrating the birth of his daughter. The 1860 Census also places them in Abington indexed under the name “McElveigh”, shoe stitcher, both he and his wife “Eliza” were born in Ireland and can read.
Alex clearly passed away between 1862-1863, but three records for a death of Alex in Abington exist. None of the deaths state parents, and yet no evidence for another Alex about the same age exist which leads me to believe all the records are for the same Alex. Unfortunately, no will was found for him to aid in determining the date. I realize this seems weird but these are the records….
Either of these two seem the most accurate as far as a date given a 2nd Sarah was born in Apr 1863 he would have likely died in Nov 1862 or Jan 1863 while Eliza was expecting.
· Alexander Mclllvain Vol.157: Pg.328 : Died Nov (no date) 1862 Consumption, no marital status, no parents or any other info –
· Alexander Mclllveen Vol.166: Pg.268: Jan 3 1863, married, age 31 Consumption, stitcher, b: Ireland; no parents listed but born Ireland
· Alexander Mclllveene Vol.157: Pg.324: Jan 29 1862 a33 consumption b: Ireland, no parents listed; just below him is Sarah a3months Jan 30, 1862 can't really tell what she died of, dau of Alex & Eliz. NOTE: On this page the deaths do not go in order by date and were clearly compiled after the fact.
Alexander McElveen/McIlvaine & Eliza McMurtry had:
1. John McIlvaine born May 8, 1854 in Chelsea, Ma and died July 18, 1855 14m10d in Brighton.
2. Margaret A. “Annie” M. McIlvaine born Feb 1856 most likely in Brighton, but no record found- See Arthur Cole and Annie M. McIlvaine:
http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2014/01/surname-saturday-arthur-e-cole-margaret-annie-mcelveen.html and her Proof Summary here
3. John A. McIlvaine born May 25, 1857 Webster St Abington, Ma; He is with his mother in Abington 1865, and his step father & mother in 1870 in Abington, MA. I did not find him in 1880. "John McIlvaine", son of Alex & Eliza b: Rockland a28 Hoslter, married in Cambridge Mary A. Moran, dau of John & Catherine b: Chelsea, on Apr 18 1886. 1900 Census Boston on Endicott St [?] John McElveen & Mary Ann married 15 years he born 1860 She 1866 no months, 0/0, Forman, Born Abington? Both parents born Ireland. 1910 Census he & his wife Mary A. are now on Shepard St. which was his grandparents James & Sarah (Steel) McMurtry’s address prior to this, but his middle initial is listed as "W.", married 22 yrs (a1888) ; 0/0; salesman in horse market. "John A. McElveen" d: Oct 14, 1913 a56, at 5 Shepard St in Boston, born in Rockland, MA, Horse Dealer. His obitutary in the Boston Herald on Oct 16 1913 states: “McElveen – In Brighton, Oct 14 John A. beloved husband of Mary McElveen (nee Moran)” In 1920 Mary, his widow, is in Boston Precinct & has her brother William P. Moran with her on Shepard St. In the 1920-1933 Boston Directories Mary McElveen, widow of John A. continues to be listed at 5 Shepard St [1934 = 21 Shepard].
4. Sarah Jane McIlvaine born Nov 29 1861 in Abington, MA, daughter of Alexander & Eliza, shoemaker, both parents born in Ireland (NEHGS- “Mc Elvine”). Sarah Jane Mc Ilveene, daughter of Alex & Eliza, died Jan 30 1862 in Abington, MA, age 3mo and he father is listed above her, however all the deaths on the page are out of order and clearly documented after the fact (NEHGS).
5. Sarah J. McIlvaine born Apr 3 [1863? the date on the top of the page is chopped off but it is indexed on NEHGS as 1863] to Alexander & Elisa (McMurtry), stitcher, in Abington, both parents born in Ireland. It does not say Alexander is deceased. She probably died or was separated from her mother between 1865-1870 as she is not on the census. No death record has been found for her.
On the 1865 Massachusetts Census Eliza & her children are listed in Abington, but are not easy to find. They are indexed on FamilySearch as “McStevens” & on Ancestry as “McIllverne”. Elizabeth married Henry S. Perkins July 1, 1868 in Abington, MA, also recorded in Weymouth, MA. The record states Eliza McIlveen, age 28 & Henry Perkins, age 29 [b.1837]. It says both are first marriages but can’t be. It says she is the daughter of James and Sarah, no last name, McIlveen implied. He is the son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth. He is likely on the 1850 & 1860 Censuses with his father, Nathaniel & step-mother Hannah (Weston) in Newburyport, MA. His mother having died of Typhoid Fever Oct 21 1847 in Newburyport, MA. Henry was a Civil War Soldier enlisting as a Private at the age of 23 on Aug 12 1862. His occupation at the time was an Engineer. He served in Co E 8th Infantry of Massachusetts, was promoted to full corporal. Reenlisted in Co D, 59th Regiment, transferred to the 57th Regiment & was finally mustered out Jul 30 1865 at Delaney House, Washington DC.
Henry & Eliza had at least one daughter:
Hattie E. Perkins born May 22, 1869, dau of Henry b. Newburyport & Eliza [no birth location], Engineer (NEHGS). She probably died Feb 8 1871 in Brighton, MA “Hettie Perkins” [NEHGS is indexed to incorrect image, click forward two pages], age “unk”, of Croup, nothing else is listed on record, but it seems probable given the cause and Eliza’s connection with Brighton that this is likely her Hattie.
They are listed on the 1870 Census in Abington with her 2 previous children Margarett & John A. , as well as their daughter Hattie E. Perkins. Margarett & John are also listed with the last name of Perkins. By 1876 they are likely divorced as he is in a US National Home for Disabled Soldiers in Maine, and there is no mention of her as his next of kin. It lists his father as his relative & address as Newburyport, MA. It seems he could be in Boston in 1880 as a boarder with Clarks, a41, engineer, widow [not quite]. He died Jun 13 1894 in Chelsea, MA at a “Sold. home”, a55 3m 28d congestion of brain due to meningitis, no parents listed (NEHGS). He could be buried in Riverview Cemetery, Birch Ave, Groveland, MA, but I haven’t visited there & I don’t have a source for that.
Eliza Perkins born Ireland a1833, married, might be in Cambridge, MA as a servant in 1880. This fits her and the fact that her daughter “Annie” lived in Cambridge at the time, and her son John married in Cambridge in 1886, both help support this.
On May 8 1899 in Wayland, MA Eliza marries Alexander S. Spear b. Jun 1832 in Ireland, Imm 1849 [1900 Census]. Their marriage records list her as Eliza Perkins (McMurtry), a62, daughter of James & Serra (Steal) & his parents as David & Elizabeth McNealy. It states she was a housekeeper & that this was her second marriage but that is clearly incorrect. They are listed on the 1900 Census in Wayland, MA. That census states she was born Mar 1836 in Ireland, 3ch/3lv [?], both parents born in Ireland, Immigrated in 1844. Alexander Spear had previously been married to Elizabeth Maria Pratt on Jan 22 1856 in Brighton, MA. He was the son of David & Isabella Spear, she was the daughter of Mervin & Vernetta Pratt. His first wife died Aug 17 1897 aged 63 yrs in Wayland.
Alexander Spear & Elizabeth Pratt had:
Emiley “Emma” M. Spear b. Aug 2 1856 in Brookline; m: John A. Kirkland d. Apr 1 1945
William J. Spear b. a1859; m: 1st Lizzie & had Henry; m2nd Matilda & had Anne who
died at 15y
Elizabeth Susan Spear b. Jan 10 1874 in Boston; d. Dec 15 1955
1860 Brookline;1865 Brighton; 1870 Brighton, MA; 1880 Wayland & William is next door.
Our Eliza died Mar 18 1902 in Wayland, MA of Apoplexy. This record has an image error on NEHGS but can be seen on ancestry.com. Her record states she was b. a1831, buried in Brighton, MA, birth place & parents unknown. Alexander S. Spear died in Boston Sep 20 1908 and his record states was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton, MA (NEHGS).
Evergreen Cemetery confirms both Alex & Eliza Spear are buried there in lot 166 Weston Path, but their records are a jumble mess, so don’t be shocked if they can’t find it right away, if at all. Other records & unmarked graves may or may not exist, but this is what was found.
Spear, Eliza Lot 166 a65 Mar 18 1902 of Wayland Buried Mar 21 1902 Weston Path;
Spear, Alexander Lot 166 a77 y 3m buried: Sep 23 1908; d. Sep 20 1908 of Somerville, Weston Path.
Spear, Elizabeth S. (vault) Lot 166 Grave 8 Western Path Proprietor same a81y11m5d d. Dec 15 1955 Interment# 7636 Untertaker F.M. Wlison Cerebral Hemorrhage
Spear, Matilda (Ashes) Grave 165 Western Ave* a82y b. 1873 d. May 13 1955 in Philadelphia Buried Jun 8 1955 Undertaker Eastman Fun Ser. Cause not stated
Spear, Anne Grave 166 Western Ave* Prop Matilda Spear, buried Oct 3 1908 d. Sept 30 1908 in Boston Age 15 Undertaker JF Sullivan
* I think these are in another plot as Western Ave is a different road entirely & I have
no idea who else is marked there
Grave Marker on “Western Path”:
Eliza wife of Alex. Spear died Mar 18 1902 aged 71 years
Elizabeth S. Spear b. Jan 10 1874 d. Dec 15 1955
Alexander Spear b. Jun 1 1832 d. Sept 20 1908
Elizabeth M. wife of Alex Spear died Aug 17 1897 aged 63 yrs
Andrew C. Carson 1855-1940 his wife Annie E. 1876-1960
John A. Kirkland b. June 18 1856 d. May 6 1939 his wife Emily M. b. Aug 2 1856 d. Apr 1 1945
I'm often heart broken at fleamarkets & antique shops to see piles of family pictures, letters & various papers strewn about as if they have been tossed aside by some unsentimental family member as unimportant irrelevant trash. These are no doubt treasures to someone! It kills me as a Genealogist & Family Historian. So, in an effort to make a little dent in this problem I've decided to at least pick up what I can in a hope to reunite items to family members that care & will appreciate the treasure of finding something on the brink of being lost forever or worse yet, auctioned on ebay for WAY too much money.
Now, I can't afford to buy everything I see, and unfortunately this stopped me recently from being able to share an original marriage record with photos from 1861. :( It wasn't until I walked away complaining about the price that it dawned on me that I could have at least been a "go between" to get the item out into genealogy land. So, if in one of these posts you find your relative, please contact me. I will either give you the item if I have it, or refer you to the person that does have the item to work it out between the two of you (at no profit to me).
Here begins post No. 1 of Friday's Find! While there is no guarantee I have traced this perfectly as I'm going only by the hints on the photo...I'm pretty darn sure in this case :) I have this original photo in my possession & found it at the Hollis, NH Fleamarket.
Next week I'll be posting another photo that I think might be somehow related to this family, but I'm not sure exactly how yet....the surname on that will be Durkee
1880 Census Middleton, MA: Henry Peabody with with Harriet E. & children: Ella L age 19; Samuel L. age 16; Willis E. age 13; Edward C. age 13; Martha R. age 11; Ernest E. age 6; Lucy A. age 3
Marriage Record: July 23 1898 in Lynn, MA James D Landers age 26 Coachman b. NS son of Benj & Elizabeth Moses & Belle Peabody age 22 b. Middleton dau of Henry Peabody & Harriett (Young), both of Swampscott, both first, by Tillman B. Johnson, Lynn
1900 Census Brockton, MA James E. Landers age 28 b. Feb 1872 Nova Scotia; Lucy A. Landers age 24 b. Aug 1876 MA, married two years
1910 Census Lynn, MA James D. Landers b. Nova Scotia; Lucy A. Landers age 31 b. MA; Tillman B. Landers age 7; Eva W. age 3; Amy L. Allen age 33 Nova Scotia
1920 Census Lynn, MA James D. Landers age 45 b Canada; Lucy A. age 41 b. MA; Tillman B. Landers age 17; Walter W. age 1
I believe they are:
James D. Landers & Lucy A. "Belle" (Peabody) Landers with their younger son Walter b. 1919 (I highly suspect this because it appears to me they are in their 40's, and the style of the photo & fashion)
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
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