Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Beans of Carroll County NH


My 6th great grandparents, David Bean (1717-1770) and his wife Mary Judkins (1715-1774) (who were 2nd cousins), came from the very large Bean family of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, which established a strong military history, descending from John MacBean, Scottish prisoner of the English Civil War who was sold into slavery upon arrival in the New World.

David was born in raised in Brentwood, son to John Bean of Exeter, and great grandson to the aforementioned John MacBean.  He and Mary had twelve kids in Brentwood, and moved during the 1760s to Sandwich, in Carroll County (then part of Strafford County).  I wonder what precipitated the move to Sandwich (which was 75 miles north an over 12 hour horse and buggy ride).

When David died in 1770, his children were ranging in ages of 11 to 30.  All seven of his sons fought in the Revolutionary War (James, Samuel, David Jr., Moody, John, Josiah and Benjamin).

After the War, only a few of David's children stayed in Sandwich, and the rest moved to neighboring Moultonboro.  His youngest son David was an early founder of Tuftonboro.  In fact, several Bean Cemeteries are located in these towns, and they are the final resting places to David's many descendants, although I'm not sure where David and his wife Mary are buried at present - likely somewhere in Sandwich.

Below are handy FindAGrave links to the various cemeteries named for the Bean family:

Bean Cemetery, Bean Road, Moultonboro (David's son John and family)
Bean Burial Ground, Sodom Road, Tuftonboro  (David's son Josiah's son Andrew and family)
Bean Graveyard, Tibbetts Road, Tuftonboro (David's youngest son Benjamin and family)

Their son, David, Jr. (1743-1817), was my 5th great grandfather.  He stayed in Sandwich, where his wife Abigail Moody and he had eleven children, including my 4th great grandmother, Sally Bean-Fuller (1781-1840), who moved south to Lowell Massachusetts with her husband John Fuller, descendant of Edward Fuller of the Mayflower, and also including Nicholas Bean, whose wife Lydia Brown may have been related to my Brown family of Moultonboro, and whose daughter Rebecca most likely married into my Elliott family of Sandwich.

Below is a pedigree chart showing descent from John MacBean of these various Bean families of New Hampshire (some people have been omitted for ease of visual):

Monday, December 1, 2014

Was Sally Elliot-Morrill an Ossipee Indian?



This blogpost is a place for my research on the potential Indian ancestry in my family, and my theory that it might lie with my 3rd great grandmother, Sally Elliot-Morrill, born to Benjamin Elliot and Susannah Drew of Sandwich, New Hampshire in 1805, wife of Jonathan Smythe Morrill of Tuftonboro, and later of Portland MaineJonathan and Sally are the forefathers of a large number of Greater Portland Morrills.

As mentioned in an earlier post, if you ask any White American about his ancestry, they will most definitely tell you that they are "part Native American".  I've had fun with these people, trying to get proof for their claims, but the best that most can offer is that Grandma told them there was a Cherokee Indian Princess in there somewhere.  Occasionally someone offers up some DNA proof, and I've even heard of links to Indian census rolls that some folks have established.  It can happen, of course, but not nearly as much as we might wish.

The story I always heard in my family while growing up was that somewhere on my mom's mother's side of the family, we are from the "Blackfoot Tribe".   As a child, it sounded interesting enough to me.  As a moody teenager searching for validation, I began to adopt the idea as fact, and believed myself to be special in some way, given that I already had been told that my dad's side of the family had Mayflower roots (a rumor I was able to prove true with a lot of help from cousins, and digging through many old records).  I found it fascinating to imagine myself as descending both from native people and from those who colonized.

At some point after I began college in NYC, I was at the public library, where I was approached by a very obvious looking American Indian, who told me that I appeared to have some measure of Indian features, and that I should join the YMCA Thunderbirds, who could supposedly help me determine the truth of it all...with the ultimate goal of my being able to apply for government scholarships for college, since American Indians can apply for grants for that purpose, of course depending on how much native blood you can prove to posess.

I never took the kind man up on his offer, and my own independent research later led me to learn that Blackfoot Nation is located in Montana.  Was some ancestor of mine from Montana?  Did they later 'drift' to New England??  Was there even a connection?  Or, more likely, was this all an exotic story that had been passed down many generations?  I didn't know or care enough at the time to pursue it further.  However, while still in college, in one last ditch effort to try and secure government cash for my schooling, I went to my 86 year old Grandma Emily, and asked her, "Hey Gram, what tribe of Indian are we anyway?"


"INDIAN??  I ain't no GAWWWD damned Indian!!" was her reply...and that was that!

Now, this is quite contrary to what she had told my mother growing up.  So, blame it on a bit of senility, or exaggerated family folklore, but I was still left to sit on that for several years, until it became a pet project of mine as a family researcher.

Many have looked at the picture above and have said "How can she deny being part Indian?"  Those tough features, high cheekbones and all...but the woman above was born to parents who were deemed "WHITE" on all available records.  Her father, John Henry Temm, was half German, half Scottish, and I have records backing that up.

Her mother, Hattie Morgan Temm, was, as far as I could tell from my research, purely of English/Welsh stock.  However, she does appear quite dark in the below sepia-tone photo, but that could be easily blamed on photography:


Hattie's father, William Sanford Morgan, looks white (and is clearly the source of my gramma's high cheekbones).  He is proven to be of English and Welsh blood by many dozens of available records:


Hattie's mother (and William's spouse), Emily Morrill, daughter to Sally Elliot, looks white too...but perhaps there's a small amount of something else there?

Hattie's sister, Adelaide Morgan-Simpson, also looks white, but carries that same 'big rough face and high cheekbones' as the other ladies:

Adelaide's only child, Emily Simpson-Pease, actually looks kind of dark (but perhaps it's also the tone of the photo?), when HER father was white and of direct British descent:

I had my mother do a maternal DNA (mtDNA) test.  This would serve to show a link to ancient racial migration patterns, but only to her direct maternal line...which would include all the ladies pictured above.

Her group came up as "Haplogroup X".  Now, A, B, C, D, and X are all associated with migratory Siberian Asian people that settled in the Americas as the first, "Native Americans"...for lack of a better term.  There is some evidence, however, that Haplogroup X also is linked to European people, so the jury isn't out yet.  People whom I've spoken with who are connected to the above people, and also to the specific mtDNA line, have also indicated that they'd heard stories of Indian or "Cherokee" blood in their families...but as established above, it's quite a common legend in many families.

I may just prove one day that there is or isn't, definitively, Indian blood in there...even though I've long ago paid for college!

Now, as discussed above, the oldest picture I have of this bloodline is of Emily Morrill, daughter to Sally Elliot of Portland Maine (who was born in Sandwich, New Hampshire).

My autosomal DNA testing shows me to be 3% Central Asian.  This would indicate to me that one of my 3rd great grandparents was either Middle Eastern or Native American.  If my mother's Haplogroup pans out to be that it's truly linked with Amerindian DNA, and if her to be received results on her autosomal DNA testing comes back with 6% Central Asian, then I will know with much certainty that Emily Morrill (my mother's great grandmother) must have had 50% Central Asian blood, with an Amerindian maternal ancestor, which of course would then mean that Emily's mother Sally Elliot was indeed Native American.

Now, the Ossipee Nation (one of the 12 tribes of Algonquian/Eastern Abenaki Indians) was located on Lake Winnepesaukee tributary known as the Melvin River.  I suppose that Sally may have been associated with this tribe?  A poem by John Greenleaf Whittier describes the famous Indian Grave by the Lake where they found the bones of a seven foot Indian and placed a memorial stone.

So, the jury is still out for now, but at some point in 2015 I believe I may have more evidence of Sally's heritage, and potential link with the Ossipee Tribe.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Parentage of Catherine Brown-Morrill of Moultonboro

My 4th great grandmother, Catherine Brown, was born in 1769 or 1770 in Moultonboro, New Hampshire, but I've yet to locate a birth record for her (a trip to Moultonboro is imminent).

Census records began in 1790 in Strafford County (which area containing Moultonboro would 50 years later be annexed into a new Carroll County).  Heads of household were the only people named on all census records prior to 1850, and the surname Brown is of course ubiquitous in 18th century New England.

But as always with these blog posts, I will lay forth what I understand about her, and who the potential relatives might be, based on available records and online trees and sources.

Catherine first appears in recorded data as bride to Jotham Morrill of Moultonboro in February 1799:

She and Jotham appear on the 1850 Census, living as paupers under the care of the Kimball family of Tuftonboro, and Catherine is listed as being unable to read or write, at the age of 80:

She appears listed as mother "Katie Brown" to Statira Morrill in a Moultonboro 1890 death record, and from here we learn that Statira was born in Tuftonboro (where Catherine and Jotham had moved soon after the wedding);

According to an email I received from Tuftonboro Town Hall, Catherine, listed as "Mrs. Jonathan Morrill" died in November of 1851.

There are many census records for her husband Jotham, where she appears as the elder female in the household.

Now, it's a worthy attempt to comb through the Brown families of Moultonboro during that period to attempt to learn possible relations for the unfortunately illiterate Katie, so here goes:

1790 Moultonboro Census:  The only census taken prior to Catherine's marriage, is a good starting point for looking at Brown heads of household, and if any of these men were age 35-40 by the time of this census, they would be more the likely:

  • Benjamin Brown (1 male under 16, 2 males over 16, 4 females).  Benjamin appears in many other subsequent censuses, and appears to have lost 2 net females for the 1800 census.  He seems to no longer be accounted for after the 1820 Census, and there appears to be a Benjamin Brown buried in Moultonboro in 1828, who was born in Ipswich, Mass in 1755, and was of appropriate age.
  • Blanchard Brown (1 male under 16, 1 male over 16, 4 females) - Blanchard appears in no other records, but one census backup record appears to indicate that he was born in 1750 for this census.
  • Daniel Brown (1 male under 16, 3 males over 16, 3 females).  Daniel stayed in Moultonborough, and the 1800 census also has three females.  In 1820, he was housing a non-naturalized foreigner, and doesn't appear in any subsequent censuses.  Based on census calculations, he appears to have been born between 1756 and 1765, so he qualifies for parentage.
  • John Brown (1 male under 16, 1 male over 16, 4 females).  John appears to have been born in 1750, and has census records continuing through 1820.  There appears to be a John Brown the 2nd born in 1792, according to burial records.  This could have been John's son, I suppose.  Now, in the next census, 1800, Catherine is living with her new husband Jotham Morrill (next door to his possible brother William Morrill), and John Brown appears to be living very close by, so perhaps this gives John a bit more potential as her father?  Who knows, really. 

In neighboring Tuftonboro, there appear to have been Browns as well:  heads of household with biblical names like Moses and Obediah.  Also, there appear to be Brown Family Cemeteries in neighboring Wolfeboro and Moultonboro.

So, the six men above appear to be possible fathers to Catherine, but Benjamin, Daniel and John being the most likely candidates.

Unfortunately, the 1790 census didn't go into detail about age of females in the house, or else we could have narrowed the list down using subsequent census records.

It's interesting to me to note that a Lydia Brown (1779-1840) of Sandwich married Nicholas Bean of my Sandwich Beans, and had a daughter Rebecca Bean who married John Elliott, of my Sandwich Elliotts.  I wonder if this Lydia may have been related to Catherine?  They were of even age to have been sisters or cousins.

Further, there appear to have been a great number of Brown families in Berwick, Maine, birthplace of Catherine's husband Jotham.  It is entirely possible they were both from Berwick originally.

Catherine and Jotham's son, Jonathan Smythe Morrill (my 3rd great grandfather), married Sally Elliot of neighboring Sandwich, and moved to Portland Maine, where my family is from, as are a large number of Maine Morrills.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

John Sibley and Jane Pochard

John Sibley (1755-1835) and Jane Pochard (1760-1860) were my 5th great grandparents, and one of very few sets of my ancestors who migrated to the US after the Colonial period.

They had eleven children, and have many hundreds of descendants living today, and their arrival in Maine was more by chance than many other New England families.

John Sibley was born in Nova Scotia to Englishman and soap magnate Henry Sibley and Halifax native Sarah Haislup.  When John was only eight years old, his father Henry sailed home to England to settle his father's estate and died at sea.  This left John and his five siblings orphaned in Halifax, which Sarah couldn't handle, so she left her children to be raised by others and moved to England.  While his siblings appear to have stayed in Halifax, John joined the Revolution.

In particular, John became involved with Jonathan Eddy's movement to make Nova Scotia the 14th American Colony, to break ties with England during the American Revolution. Jonathan Eddy made a failed attempt to siege Fort Cumberland in central Nova Scotia, in the fall of 1776, and John Sibley somehow ended up in Maine (then part of Massachusetts) following Eddy's retreat back to his native Massachusetts.

John later fought in the Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey, and also Saratoga with the Continental Army as a private in Captain Smart's company, Colonel Calvin Smith's regiment.  John was also at Valley Forge in 1778 and reported on command at Boston Neck in March and April 1779. He was reported deserted July 12, 1780, which many believe was the reason his pension application was later turned down.

John married Jane Pochard December 8, 1782 at Pownalborough, Maine.  Jane was born in Frankfort, Maine to Abraham Pochard, whose father was a French Huguenot who had arrived in Maine 1751 with his wife and four sons from Chenerbie, Haute-Soane in eastern France near the Swiss border. They arrived in Boston on the ship Pricilla, which sailed from Rotterdam,   Netherlands, and then proceeded directly to Frankfort Plantation (Dresden) in Maine   where they settled. Some of the family moved to Fairfield in 1775 and then to the Pittsfield area around 1814. The inability of the English speaking settlers to spell the Pochard family name correctly resulted in a variety of phonetic variations e.g. Pushard, Pushaw, Pushor, and Pushan.

They lived in Fairfield, Canaan, Warsaw (Pittsfield), and Passadumkeag, Maine.

John applied for a Revolutionary War pension on March 12, 1834, which reveals that he was born in 1755 in Halifax, N.S.  The pension application was denied due to his apparent desertion near the end of the War.

Passadumkeag, Maine incorporated as a town in 1835. When they did their first Town census after incorporation, Jane was listed as widow Jane Sibley.  So we know that John died about 1835.

John and Jane had twelve children, four girls and eight boys, including my 4th great grandmother Margaret Sibley-Burrill, who married Benjamin Burrill of Fairfield, who was 4th great grandson to John Alden of the Mayflower.

Jonathan and Sally Morrill of Portland Maine

My third great grandfather was Jonathan Smythe Morrill (1802-1881), a carpenter, ship builder, stevedore, and laborer born in Tuftonboro, NH to Jotham Morrill and Catherine Brown, both of Moultonboro, NH.

(who else is buried there?)

Jonathan married Sarah "Sally" D. Elliot (potentially of Native American descent, and from Sandwich, NH) on 14 Dec 1826, in Tuftonborough, NH (Source:  Early Marriages of Strafford County - thanks to Google Books free previews!).  However, the Mormon FHL has a record of their marrying in nearby Moultonboro, which record states that they were both from Moultonboro.  It's possible that some more research there would be beneficial, to find if perhaps this record is more accurate (there are no Eliots in either the 1810 or 1820 Moultonboro census).

After marriage, they immediately moved to Maine, first living in Westbrook (then part of Deering) (1830 Census).  Next door to them was Benjamin Elliot's family.  See census below (not a great copy, by the way), where I've yellow highlighted the Elliot and Morrill heads of household:

By the 1840 Census, the Morrills had taken up a rental residence in the rear apartment at 62 Washington Avenue in Portland, where Jonathan worked as a pile driver and a bridge builder.  His family was one of the first Morrill families to arrive in Portland.


Jonathan & Sally lived in the East Bayside district of Portland the remainder of their lives, which was quickly becoming a diverse neighborhood, filled with African Americans and Irish, and was then the locale for the Cumberland County Jail on Monroe Street.  In 1854, their son, John HB Morrill, had purchased 62 Washington from Peter Andrews, but in 1861 he deeded the property to his mother Sally (not sure why it didn't go to his father!).  In 1878, they moved around the corner to a rear apartment on 15 Winthrop Street for the remaining few years of Jonathan's life, a place they rented from Irish immigrant family, the Maddens.  The Morrills were not counted here on the 1880 Census, for some reason.  Maybe the census taker failed to look at the rear apartment.  In any case, 1881, just after Jonathan passed away, Sally sold the Washington Street building saw the sale of the building for only $125.00, which would be over $4K today!  I wonder why Sally was taken to the cleaners like that?

For the 1866 City Directory, it appears that 62 Washington (rear) had another interesting dweller, one Smith Morrill, a dock builder living right in the same apartment as Jonathan.  Not a clue who that could be, and the only Smith Morrill I can locate in other records at that time was living in Gardiner Maine. 

Jonathan & Sally had nine children in Portland.  I believe at least three of them died young.  Here is a best copy image of the birth roster from Portland archives, courtesy of the Mormon Library:

Transcribed below, with a brief history:

1. Abigail Morrill (1827 – ) doesn't appear in any later records.  She had died prior to the 1840 Census.

2. Sarah Jane Morrill (1828 – ) was a dressmaker.  She married at age 17 to a 52 year old Portugese sailor named Peter Andros (who Anglicized his name to Andrews, and his descendants were born with that name).  They had four children, and then divorced around 1862.  Sarah Jane remarried to Woodbury Morse in 1864, then had another four children.  She and Woodbury died sometime between the 1900 and 1910 Censuses.

3. Benjamin Morrill (1831 – ) doesn't appear in any later records.  He was definitely dead by the 1840 Census.

4. Statira G. Morrill (1831 – 1862) was named after her aunt Statira Graves of NH.  She lived in Portland for her entire, very short, life.  She worked as a seamstress, and at 17 she married a Samuel Tucker.  A few years later she married a Canadian named Joshua Carey.  They had one child, Naomi Carey, in 1858.  Naomi was only 4 when her mother died, and was therefore raised by her grandparents.  Joshua soon remarried a woman named Amelia, and had six more children.  I'm not sure why Joshua couldn't raise Naomi.  Naomi married Edward Hall, a carriage painter, and son to the British Halls of that neighborhood.  Edward Hall's brother Joseph was later a 2nd husband to Naomi's aunt Emily Morrill. Naomi & Edward had three children.

5. John Henry Brown Morrill (1834 – 1894) fought in the Civil War, and worked as a hair dresser in Portland.  He married Maria Beal from Freeport in 1863, and they had three children of their own:  Frederick, John & Nettie Morrill.  Maria also had three kids from a prior marriage, Ira, Phebe, and Bertha Chase.  Bertha was adopted by John, so she became Bertha Morrill.  This particular family has many descendants.  John was a very popular barber, and he is well mentioned in his former boss, John Todd's 1906 Book, "A sketch of the life of John M. Todd : sixty-two years in a barber shop, and reminiscences of his customers".   One particularly amusing anecdote from that book follows: 

John H.B. Morrill worked for me sixteen years.  He was a character, a man of impulse, not always governed by the highest principles, and also a genius.  After the great fire he moved over to the Cape, now South Portland.  He bought a cow and calf.  He took the cow over the ferry at noon, but the calf he sold to a butcher, who was to take it home at evening.  After the great fire in 1866, I bought a photograph saloon and hauled it upon the sidewalk in front of the post office.  The custom house at that time was in the post office building in the room now occupied by the United States Court.  Mr. Morrill hitched the calf to the wheel of the saloon until the butcher called for it.  Of course, as soon as the mother was taken away, the calf commenced its music, and such bleating and blarting was never heard in front of the post office before nor since.  One of the inspectors of customs came in a great rage and said: “Todd, I want that calf moved at once.” “That is not my property, Mr. Blank,” I replied. “Whose calf is it?” “Mr. Morrill did own it, but has sold it to a butcher.”  “Mr. Morrill, you remove that nuisance at once.” “You don’t like that music, I reckon,” Mr. Morrill replied.  “Mr. Blank, you will blart worse than that when the Federal tit is taken from you.” 

He kept the cow all summer, sold her, I think, to Captain Mareen.  “I see she has but one horn, Mr. Morrill.  She is not breachy, and broke her horn by hooking fences, I hope.” “She never troubled me any that way.”  In a few weeks the captain called on Mr. Morrill.  “Happy to see you, Captain.”  “I don’t know whether you will be happy or not to see me, I have come on business.” Morrill told me afterwards he knew what the business was he came to adjust.” You told me, Mr. Morrill, that cow was not breachy.  I can’t keep her anywhere.  She will toss over her head every fence she comes to.  She would break up a camp meeting.  Now what did you mean by telling me that she was not breachy?” “I never told you so.” “You certainly did, for I asked in particular if she was not and spoke of her horn being broken off.  Don’t you remember that?”  “Yes, I remember your speaking about that, and I told you in plain words, Captain, that she had never troubled me any on that account.  She would come home every night full of herd grass and clover she had got by breaking into the neighbor’s field, but it never troubled me any.  But it did trouble Neighbor Dyer, I have no doubt, some; but it never did me.” The captain burst out laughing, bade him goodby and went home.
In 1858 there was a closely contested election for mayor.  At that time there were no secret ballots and the voting was not as closely watched as now.  Everybody was supposed to be honest then.  Morrill was a great hustler.  He boasted that he could get more floaters to the polls to vote than any man in the city.  He belonged to fire engine number eight, and the company had as lively a set of boys at that time as any company in the city.  One of the boys hailed Morrill and said “We must get every voter out today that is on the voting list, or we shall get left.  I just looked over the list.  There is Patrick Ward’s name there.  He died about two years ago.  You can get someone to vote in his name.  There is a dollar to pay the fellow that you get.” John plants himself upon the sidewalk to look over the longshoremen as they go to dinner.  Mr. Blank was warden at that time.  He was a great politician.  Morrill did not have long to wait before an Irishman, a coal heaver, on his way to dinner, appeared.  John stepped up to him in a most familiar manner, reached out his hand with a “How are you, Mr. Ward?” “And who are ye talking to, young man? My name is not Ward at all, but Mike Flannagan.”  “Never mind that.  I have a dollar for you.”  “What for?”  “I want you to vote for me.”  “Faith, I can’t.  I’m not naturalized.”  “That makes no difference today.”  “Is that so, and how is that?”  “Why, there is a name on the voting list; I want you to vote in that name, and the dollar is yours.  Will you do as I want you to, for obedience is better than sacrifice in this case? Now listen; I want you to walk up to the desk over there, hold up your head, as though you owned the whole shooting match, and say, ‘Pat Ward, sir.  Speak up loud,’ and he will say, ‘What ward?’  Tell him * Ward one.’ “He marched up as big as Billybeblessed.”Mr. Ward, sir.’ He forgot to put in Pat.  Mr. Blank said, “What Ward?” “Ward one, sir.  Vote Mr. Ward.”  One of the Republican checkers said, “He did not understand you, Mr. Blank, when you asked for his given name.” “Well, I did,” said the warden, amid a roar of laughter.

6. Isaac Morrill (1837 – ) doesn't appear in the 1840 or 1850 Census. He must have died as a child.

7. Catharine Morrill (1838 – ) doesn't appear in the 1840 or 1850 Census.  She must have died as a child.

8. Martha W. Morrill (1840 – 1917) married James Hiram Curtis, and had at least 6 children: Charles F., James E., Annie J., Ida E., Florence Louise, and William E.  Martha was widowed by 1910.

9. Emily N. Morrill (1844 – 1900) was my 2nd great grandmother.  She married William Sanford Morgan, a Civil War veteran, on 28 Oct 1865, and had three daughters:  (1) Abbie (who never married), (2) Adelaide (who married George Simpson and later Presbury Dennison, and had one daughter, Emily Simpson-Pease), and (3) my great grandmother, Hattie.  William & Emily divorced (due to his constant drinking) and then both remarried at the end of the 19th Century.  Emily's 2nd husband was neighbor and childhood friend Joseph G. Hall, a carriage painter (and brother to her niece Naomi's husband Edward from the neighborhood).  They married in 1891, and lived on 123 Cumberland Avenue, right around the corner from where her mother (then widowed) was living on 21 Cleeve Street.  Joseph died in 1895, and then Emily died in 1900 of hemiplegia.  Everyone is buried at Forest City Cemetery in South Portland.

(ca 1890)



Below is a pedigree for Emily.

Unfortunately, due to New Hampshire's lack of records, I've yet to go back three generations for her.  She appears to be fully English, but as mentioned elsewhere, there's a slight chance that her maternal grandmother was Native American.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Mysterious Jotham Morrill

Well, he's a mystery to me at least.  I don't know that an overworked farmer in post Revolution New Hampshire could have anything other than a straightforward life.  I'm grateful to have found several records for this 4th great grandfather of mine, but there are many unanswered questions.

Here's what I know about Jotham:
  • Married Catherine Brown (of unknown parentage) in Moultonboro, New Hampshire, Feb. 23, 1799, meaning he was likely born before 1783.
  • Fathered a daughter, Statira Morrill-Graves in March of 1800.
  • Fathered a son, Jonathan Smythe Morrill in 1804.
  • Owned livestock in neighboring Tuftonboro, NH 1804 and 1806, according to the Town Clerk there.
  • August 1800 Census - Moultonboro, lived next door to a William Morrill (who had migrated there from Berwick around 1783).  Household included:  
    • one male aged 16-25 (who?)
    • one male 26-44 (Jotham), this means he was born between September 1755 and September 1773.
    • two females under 10 years old (one was Statira, but who was the other girl?)
    • one female 26-44 (Catherine), this means she was born between September 1755 and September 1773
    • one female 45 and over (who?)
  • August 1810 Census - Tuftonboro, listed here as Jonathan Morrill.  Household included: 
    • one male under 10 (my ancestor, Jonathan)
    • one male 26-44 (Jotham), calculating this with the above, he was born between September 1766 and September 1773.
    • one female under 10 (Statira)
    • one female 26-44 (Catherine), calculating this with the above, she was born between September 1766 and September 1773.
  • 1820 Census - Tuftonboro, destroyed.
  • June 1830 Census - Tuftonboro.  Household included:
    • one male age 50-59 (Jotham), calculating this with the above, he was born between July 1771 and September 1773.
    • one female age 50-59 (Catherine), calculating this with the above, she was born between July 1771 and September 1773
  • 1840 Census - Jotham doesn't appear.  He doesn't appear on either of his children's censuses either.
  • June 1850 Census - Jotham and Catherine are living with the Joseph Kimball household, no apparent relation, given that Joseph's wife's maiden name was Hannah Ellsworth.  
    • Jotham is listed as a pauper farmer, at 78 years old.  This would mean he was born between July 1771 and July 1772.
    • Catherine is listed as 80 years old.  This would mean she was born between July 1769 and July 1770, which is in conflict with the prior census records.
In the April 1813 entries of U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, a Jotham Morrill appears, to be rather close in age, and enlisted in NH.  This Jotham is listed as having black eyes, black hair, and dark complexion, and enlisted at 45 years of age, fighting in the War of 1812.

According to the Remarks section of this entry, he was present for roll call in Feb 16 & 28, 1815. He was sick in quarters on April 30, 1815. Presented sick in Regimental Hospital. William S. Foster's, Co. 5 " U.S. Infantry. Sacred Heart? June 30 1815. Book F Discharged June 14 or 15 1815 at Buffalo, on surgeon's certificate of disability, old age. Book 600 Appears to have served in Lieutenant Hoits, detachment 1st New Hampshire Volunteers prior to enlistment in the regular Army. 4" made 5". 

Given that the name "Jotham Morrill" was so unique, I am quite certain that this is his record, and that '4 made 5' means that he was given credit for his full five years of service, even though he was discharged for being sick.

As for his age, if he truly was 45 at the date of this record, it means that he was born between April 25, 1767 and April 24, 1768, which runs as a conflict against the 1830 and 1850 Census, as shown above, but only a discrepancy of about 3 or 4 years.

As for this Jotham's birthplace, the Town of Berwick Maine is a big clue that he was descended from the John Morrell of Kittery line, as was William Morrill of Moultonboro (who was of close enough age to be a sibling, and the two men were living next door to each other on the 1800 Census!).

My current theory (2014) is that William and Jotham were brothers from Berwick.

I've written a study of the Tuftonboro Morrills, which can be read here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Samuel Morrill Cemetery in Tuftonboro New Hampshire

Samuel Morrill (1779-1849) was born in Eliot Maine to Joel Morrill and Hannah Wilson of Eliot.

At around age 30, in 1810, he met Mary "Polly" Hodgdon of Strafford County New Hampshire, and married her in Tuftonboro, and they remained there for the rest of their lives.  In 1840, the portion of Strafford containing Tuftonboro and surrounding towns was incorporated into new Carroll County.

1810-1849 (OR LATER)

This family directly descends from John Morrell of Kittery (one of the two English founders of Morrill families in New England), and is one of many Morrill families to have moved to Strafford County, New Hampshire.

In fact, other families made the move from York County Maine to Strafford County as well:
  • Hanson Libbey family, which moved from Berwick, Maine around 1800
  • Ichabod Libby family, which also moved from Berwick to Tuftonboro at that time
  • William Copp family, which moved from Lebanon, Maine around 1795 (even though his father was born in nearby Dover, NH).
  • Edward Grant family, which also moved from Lebanon Maine sometime between 1808 and 1840.
  • Robert Haley family, which moved from Saco Maine around 1805. Robert was killed on the railroad.  Perhaps the railroad was what brought people from York County Maine to Carroll County NH?

My interest in this Morrill family, although only a likely group of cousins to my own Tuftonboro Morrills, comes from a desire to find some kind of rationale, if any exists, for these various Maine families to move west.  Strafford County wasn't known for much outside of sheep and cattle farming and a couple old grist mills.  Maine was where all the industrial shipping work was to be found.  The Embargo Act of 1807, however, effectively bankrupted many families in Maine, and was the death knell for much of Maine's timber industry.  Perhaps Samuel's move (and others') to rural NH was a reaction to the Act?  Perhaps cheap farm land was the way to go?

The old red house sits on a 23 acre lot, but just south of the house, on a separate 2 acre lot (containing no house) sits a modest little graveyard surrounded by a stone wall and many maple trees, and contains 11 gravesites with very well kept head and footstones.  As is often the case with old New England towns, there were no public cemeteries until mid 19th century in Tuftonboro, and no churches, so people resorted to backyard burials.  There are 47 such family graveyards in the Town, according to Tuftonboro New Hampshire:  Cemeteries, Graveyard and Burial Sites 1800-1995, copyright 1997 by The Tuftonboro Association.

I've profiled everyone resting in Samuel's backyard on Find A Grave, but here is a summary of its inhabitants:


Samuel died in 1849 at home, and Polly died in 1876 in neighboring Rochester (perhaps the house was already sold by then?).

As for their eight children, three died as babies, and the other five died between ages 20 and 50:

-Sally Morrill-Foss (1810-1854) was Samuel's eldest.  She married John Foss (1797-1859) and they ran a small farm in neighboring Moultonboro with their five children, most of whom appear to be buried at Lee Cemetery in Moultonboro.

-Joel Morrill (1815-1867) was clearly named after Samuel's father.  He married Almira Piper and ran a large farm in Newport, Maine with their three children.  None of this family is buried here.

-Hannah and Almira Morrill appear in no records after their births, so it's possible they were stillborn or might be buried in unmarked graves here in the backyard.


-William Morrill (1819-1819) lived only six months, and he has his own gravesite next to his father.  This is what leads me to believe the two older girls were stillborn.



-Mary Jane Morrill-Mallard (1822-1861) married an attorney named John D. Mallard and moved to Brookline, Massachusetts with their young daughter, Carrie (who died at age 8).  When Mary Jane's sister, Sally Foss, and her husband both died, their young daughter Sally moved in with them until she married and moved up to Epsom, NH.  John may have remarried after Mary Jane died, since I cannot seem to locate his burial place.


-Elizabeth Morrill-Smith (1828-1866) married a John G. Smith, whom I cannot locate a single record for (perhaps the commonality of the name is to blame). 

-Julia Morrill-Leavitt (1830-1853) was the youngest of Samuel's children.  She married Woodbury Leavitt (1827-1863), son to Samuel Leavitt and Jemima Piper, and grandson to adjutant John Leavitt,  and they had one child, Samuel C. Leavitt (1849-1870) also buried here.  After Julia died, Woodbury worked as a farm laborer and then died during the Civil War from chronic diarrhea.

Also buried in the backyard is a Willie Hodgdon Smith (1861-1866), son to Elizabeth Morrill.


I believe that once Samuel died in 1849, his house and land must have been sold immediately, since everyone scattered to other places afterwards.  At least the new owner was kind enough to allow the subsequent burials to take place here.  I'd like to find out when the land was sold.  I believe the house is kept up nicely and is used as some kind of museum or meeting house, judging from my visit there in November 2011 (when I took these photographs).  It would be nice if a member of this family living today would stumble upon this post, and maybe have more info to share to help fill in the blanks.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower

Mayflower passengers Thomas Rogers (1571-1621) and his son Joseph Rogers (1603-1677) are my 11th and 10th great grandfathers, respectively.

Thomas and his family were Leiden separatists originally from Watford England, who had moved to Holland in protest of the Anglican Church.

While Thomas died that first winter in Plymouth (as did over half the passengers), his son Joseph lived on and was a founding member of Eastham and Barnstable, Massachusetts.

The Mayflower Families Through Five Generations volumes show that a Patience Phinney, fifth generation descendant of Thomas Rogers, married an Ebenezer Holmes.  This Ebenezer Holmes is accepted by the Mayflower Society to be the same that lived in Plymouth and who fathered Jeremiah Holmes (1729-1790).  Jeremiah's son, Jeremiah Holmes, Jr., moved north to Winterport Maine (then part of Frankfort) with wife Nancy Robinson, and were early settlers of Hancock County Maine.  Their granddaughter, Harriet Holmes-Morgan, was my 3rd great grandmother and her family can be read about in more detail here.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

History of Stroudwater Burying Ground

My favorite cemetery sits at the end of Westbrook Street in Portland, just over the Westbrook line (where the same road is called Stroudwater Street), and near to where I was raised.  While I enjoy all old cemeteries, in all their spooky yet tranquil glory, this one has a beautiful amount of tree cover, yet is very friendly and walkable to the public, and located along the Stroudwater River, and the land's nearly 500 gravesites are still relatively unscarred by vandals.  A "Patriot's Day wind storm" apparently damaged quite a few of the stones.

I would like to use this post as a way to collect some research, share family and local histories, and create a place online where other researchers and historians can comment and contribute, since I see no evidence of it yet on the Net.

First, a bit of historical timeline about placenames in this vexingly labeled area of Southern Maine:

-1658 - The Town of Falmouth is formed, named for Falmouth England.  The neighborhood containing this cemetery (later known as Stroudwater Village), located at the spot where the Stroudwater River empties into the larger Fore River, is a part of Falmouth at this point.

-1676 - The area was destroyed by Wampanoag Indians during King Philip's War.  While it's unclear if any English settlers yet lived in the Stroudwater Village area at this time, the massive rebuild of Falmouth extended to the area.  Numerous other later attacks and fires occurring at Falmouth Neck (now Portland) left this area intact, and therefore many historic Stroudwater houses remained.

-1727 - Stroudwater Village is formed as a hamlet located within Falmouth.  It is believed that the name of the Village (and the river flowing through it) stems from the town of Stroud of Gloucestershire, England.  Burials began on this hill, yet no reliable burial records were kept until 1739.  The Village gradually becomes an important producer of timber for the production of masts for the ships of the English Royal Navy.  Colonel Thomas Westbrook and Samuel Waldo are important figures in organizing the Village around this new industry.  Westbrook purchased the large 1 acre plot of land for the graveyard.

-1744 - Colonel Westbrook died penniless, and all his holdings (including the burial ground) are deeded to Samuel Waldo.

-1755 - The Tate House is built, and today enjoys the distinction of now being one of Portland's oldest standing houses. Its owner, English born George Tate, was a former Royal Navy captain sent to live in the area in order to oversee the burgeoning industry of ship mast building in Stroudwater Village.

-1786 - Heirs to Samuel Waldo deed the burial ground to Stroudwater Parish (which church was then only 22 years old).

-1790 - The first national census occurs, and the Village is featured.

-14 Feb 1814 - this area was annexed from the greater settlement of Falmouth, and was named the City of Stroudwater, which then also included the boundaries of (a) the current town of Westbrook and (b) the Deering section of current Portland.

-1815 - The City of Stroudwater was renamed Saccarappa, after Saccarappa Falls, located in downtown Westbrook Village (then known as Cumberland Mills).

-1871 - Saccarappa was split into two towns, Westbrook and Deering.  The Cemetery of Stroudwater Village was located in Town of Deering, but just under a quarter mile away from the Westbrook border.

-1898 - The Town of Deering (which contains the cemetery) was annexed into today's Portland.

-1931 - The first flight took place at Stroudwater Field (now Portland International Jetport), a half mile from the cemetery.

-1973 - The Stroudwater District was added to the Register of Historic Places.

In 1790, the First U.S. Census features Stroudwater Village:

While most of the old Stroudwater families are buried in their homes' backyards (as was the custom of the time) many of the families listed above are buried at Stroudwater Burying Ground, and the below is a modest history of a few of them (some photo credit goes to IHRP & Family, aka Stone Finders):

Captain Jesse Partridge (1742-1795)

Jesse Partridge was born in Holliston, Massachusetts to Preserved Partridge and Katherine Strong of Holliston.  His 2nd great grandfather John Partridge was an early settler of Jamestowne Colony.

At some point in the early 1750's young Jesse (along with his parents and his ten siblings) moved to the Gorham area (then part of Falmouth).

In 1786, after fighting in the Revolutionary War, Jesse moved to Stroudwater Village, with his wife Rebecca and his sister Rhoda, while the remainder of his siblings remained in Gorham.  According to the Census, he appears to have had one son and two daughters, but I'm unable at this point to find out more about them.

Jesse worked in timber, particularly for the masts built for Royal Navy ships, and was a contemporary of English born George Tate, also spending time working as a shopkeeper in Tate's store.  He built his house which is adjacent to the cemetery, and the house is still standing today and in great condition, and cared for by folks who enjoy the history of this house and the cemetery next door.   The house itself has four bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath, an unusually large living room, dining room, office and a sitting room. Historic features include Indian shutters, wide pine floors, original pine molding, six fireplaces (and a bread oven) off one center chimney, and two fireplaces off the ell chimney:


Jesse and his family are buried at Stroudwater (when he died, his wife Rebecca married Andrew Titcomb from across the road, and later moved back into the Partridge House).  Louisa Titcomb (1823-1905) and Almira Quinby (1828-1909) inhabited the house during the Civil War, during which they worked as nurses.  The Titcombs held the house until 1930.



Rhoda Partridge (1755-1834)

Jesse's sister Rhoda was the only child of Preserved Partridge to die unmarried.  She was once betrothed to Daniel Dole, Jr., but Daniel married Rhoda's niece Katherine instead, which caused quite a stir in the community.  Rhoda persevered through the family drama, and became the first female schoolteacher in the area, building her own house on 1741 Congress Street, right around the corner from the graveyard.


(once betrothed to Daniel Dole, Jr., who married her young niece Katherine instead).

Daniel Dole (1716-1803)




Capt. Daniel Dole, originally from Newbury, Mass, fought in the Revolution, and around 1770 purchased 218 acres of Stroudwater Village (the largest landowner at one point), and started a family farm on Westbrook Street, across the street from the Jesse Partridge House.  His house was, at its construction, the largest in Falmouth Neck, and is still standing today as one of Portland's oldest buildings.  It is quite lovingly historically archived at another blog post.  Daniel was town Selectman for three years.  Daniel and his wife Sarah, along with their many descendants, are also buried here.  There are 14 members of the Dole family buried here at Stroudwater Burying Ground.

SOURCE:  New England Family History, Henry Cole Quinby 1894


The Doles owned a slave (then known as a bondman) named London, who died in 1812, and no record of his burial is kept here, but he is likely buried here too.

Daniel's son, Daniel Dole, Jr. and his young wife Katherine Partridge are also buried in the Dole lot.   As mentioned above, Katherine's aunt, schoolteacher Rhoda Partridge (Jesse's sister), was formally engaged to Daniel Jr., at one time, but was a bit older than him. Apparently there was some drama surrounding Daniel's change of mind in choice of bride, according to Tate House Museum.  Daniel Jr. died ten years into his marriage of an accident, leaving Katherine a young widow.

Captain George Tate  (1700-1794)

George Tate was born in England, and senior mast agent for King George III as to the province of Maine, and his home below is a national landmark, and one of the oldest houses in Portland.  He was appointed by Peter the Great of Russia to buy spars for the Russian Navy, according to some sources.


George's wife Mary was killed by a shotgun booby trap in their storehouse set up by her son William in order to catch thieves. William was convicted of her murder but was later pardoned by George III.  William is buried in England, and his brother George is buried in Russia.  According to some sources, William (along with his brothers George and Samuel) is buried in Eastern Cemetery, but their records don't reflect this.  Samuel's first wife Elizabeth is also buried at Stroudwater.

George's son, Captain Robert Tate (1751-1804), his wife Martha (1751-1822), and daughter Catherine are buried at Stroudwater.  Robert died in Berbice, Guyana. It's quite possible that these are only "in memoriam" stones, since Tate House Museum states that Robert was buried in Guyana.


There are an additional 11 known Tate gravesites, but it's not clear to me yet what their relation is to Captain George, including one Eleanor Tate (1710-1770).  The rest are of younger generations.

Capt. John Quinby (1758-1806)

John Quinby was a young soldier in the Revolution and later a church treasurer.  He practiced Puritanism (although his son Moses was more liberal).  He grew up in Portland near the waterfront, but his family moved to Gorham after the Mowatt bombing of 1775.  In 1782, he married Eunice Freeman, a descendant of Mayflower pilgrim William Brewster, and had six children.  In 1783, he owned the land adjacent to, and to the south of, Capt. George Tate.  His house there, however, was moved to the corner of State Street and Pine Street in the West End.  I wonder if it's one of the old houses on that corner today?

In 1790, Capt. Quinby suffered a great loss.  His wife died in early September (possibly during childbirth), his young son drowned in late September, and his infant son died in December.  He never remarried, and it's presumed that his four surviving children were raised by housekeepers.

In 1802, Quinby was one of the incorporators of the Fore River Bridge just down the street.  During that same year, he contracted consumption (like so many others), and died four years later, at age 48.



Captain James Means (1753-1832)

James Means was Captain in Washington's army, serving at Valley Forge and Bunker Hill.  Upon moving to Stroudwater after the War, he worked as a shopkeeper in George Tate's store, taking over from Jesse Partridge around 1786, just after marrying Mary Cox.  James and Mary lived above the store for a time.

The Means House was built in 1797 (just a few years after George Tate died) on the triangle of land that was the former site of Colonel Westbrook's mast yard.  According to Tate House Museum, the Tate and Quinby families were not happy about this new house being built, because it ruined their view of the river and bridge in front of their houses.  They had wanted to keep this land going as a village green.  When James died (a year after his wife Mary), the house went to James' daughter, also named Mary.  When Mary passed, the house went to Mary's sister Sophie Means-Mason.  Sophie's son Frank sold the house out of the family in the 1900s.

It still stands today and is the home of the offices of the Tate House Museum.


William Slemons (1866-1930)

Slemons (born to farmer George and Lydia Slemons, of Spring Street Westbrook - who are also buried at Stroudwater) was a carpenter in Stroudwater.  He lived on County Road in Westbrook/Scarborough at the end of his life.

His grandfather, named William Slemons, Jr., was business manager for the Means and other families, and charged $1 per day.  He also sold hay and land to various members of Stroudwater.  According to the Means of Maine, he handled the real property transfers of the Means house and possibly others,



Dr. Jeremiah Barker (1752-1835)

Dr. Barker, of Barnstable Massachusetts, was a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland.  He fought in the Revolution, where he served as a surgeon.  Afterwards, he relocated to Gorham by 1780 (becoming the Town's second Town Doctor), but relocated to Stroudwater Village by 1790, and returned to Gorham by the 1830s, having sold his business to competitor Jacob Hunt.   (p. 96, A History of Gorham, published 1862, Foster & Cushing).

He was a noted research physician and authored the book "Account of Febrile Diseases, as they have appeared in County of Cumberland, District of Maine," published in 1802, and other medical publications (according to p. 93 of Bibliography of the State of Maine, from the Earliest Period to 1891, Volume 1 published 1896, The Thurston Print).

According to Worth Point:
"Dr. Barker's chief service to medical history consists in a large number of interesting accounts of epidemics of scarlatina, malignant fever, measles and putrid sore throat occurring in Maine between 1790 and 1810. He also published meteorological sketches of great value to the historian.  At one time he planned a history of epidemics in Maine, and strove to interest his fellow physicians in his scheme, but no printed material or even manuscript remains to prove that his work was ever given to the public.  He was one of the famous "sixty-niners" of the year 1818, with which title he goes down into Maine liquor law history, meaning that he was one of the sixty-nine persons who attended in the Friends' Chapel in Portland the first temperance meeting ever held in Maine, the purpose of which was to prohibit the drinking of rum sold on the premises." 
Dr. Barker and his three wives are buried at Stroudwater Cemetery.  According to Tate House Museum, he unsuccessfully tried to save each of them by using 'lime water' as a curative.

Reverend Thomas Browne (1733-1797)

Reverend Browne's life was colored by rebellion and scandal. Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (the son of Reverend John Brown and Joanna Cotton), he attended Harvard, where he was routinely in trouble for skipping church on the Sabbath, stealing bottles of wine and for singing along to lewd lyrics over hymns in church, along with his buddy Langdon (a man after my own heart).  His actions didn't cause his expulsion (to the dismay of some in the church), but he did lose his scholarship, and it took him some time to regain his reputation.  Once he turned 26, he was forming the First Church of Marshfield, Mass., which was a hotbed for Loyalists at the time.  It's unclear if he was considered to be one of them, but the Tate House Museum states that his thesis for his Master's degree at Harvard argued that frequent war did more to promote public safety than frequent peace.  During his work at the Church, he succeeded in relaxing a law requiring church membership candidates declare a public reason for their conversion (perhaps due to his own wild youth).  A few years later, in 1763, he again was under public scrutiny when the Church investigated his morals (it's not stated what he supposedly did).  Browne was so disgusted by the inquiries he left the Church, and in that same year married Lydia Howard of Duxbury.

In 1764, he was invited to preach at Stroudwater.  Apparently he was ill received by his fellow clergymen Smith and Deane from the 1st Parish in Falmouth (now Gorham) as he was "first refused shelter on a bitter winter night and given inadequate supper and breakfast of pea porridge and johnnycake without butter".

In 1765, Browne was officially called to the new 4th Parish of Falmouth (located in Stroudwater), which was founded as a house of worship for 13 ousted members of the 1st Parish (likely all rebels in one way or other, just like Browne).  His installation to this new church was seen unfavorably by Smith and Deane, and their flock, and none of them showed for Browne's installation.

Even after his installation to the 4th Parish, ill will followed Browne.  He leased the Samuel Waldo home in Cape Elizabeth and commuted to work, and refused to pay taxes in Cape Elizabeth, which caused the Town of Cape Elizabeth to petition the Mass General Court in 1771 for his taxability.  This caused some kind of consternation amongst the people, but apparently that all died down, since he served as head clergy at the Stroudwater Parish for 32 years until his death at age 64, and his clergy meetings were usually held at his second home in Woodfords.  Browne was succeeded by Dr. Caleb Bradley.

During his tenure at Stroudwater, Browne always told new ordained ministers that the church had no control over them.

The original 4th Parish building from 1764 was a simple one story church, 40'x30', with no pews, only simple benches.  They expanded in 1784 to accommodate a growing flock.  It contained two stories and two rows of windows, and a high vestibule.

According to the Tate House Museum, the 4th Parish stood on the later home of Eunice Frye.  Eunice built a new home in the Rosemont District on Capisic Street in 1903 and the structure is now used as a convent.  I wonder where the Stroudwater Parish location was?



Thomas and Lydia Browne had eight children, who each 'married well'.  Their eldest daughter, Abigail (nicknamed "Nabby"), married the wealthy Hugh McLellan, shipping magnate and first owner of the historically preserved McLellan Sweat House on High Street in Portland, now home to Portland Museum of Art.

Their 2nd daughter Elizabeth Lewis is their only child buried at Stroudwater.

Elizabeth was one of three wives of Archelaus Lewis, more on him below...

Lieutenant Archelaus Lewis (1753-1834)

Archelaus Lewis settled in Saccarappa in 1774 and opened a tailor shop in Stroudwater.  In 1776 he entered Continental Army and served five years.  He fought with Washington's Army at Valley Forge and earned rank of Lieutenant.

His uncle, Francis Lewis, was a signer of Declaration of Independence

Source: History of Cumberland Co., p 384

The following is from the Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books (Miss Margaret Blaine Reynolds, DAR ID Number 38325):

"Archelaus Lewis, (1753-1834), enlisted 1775 under Capt. John Brackett and served until the British evacuated Boston. He was ensign 1776 in Capt. Wentworth Stewart's company and was at Ticonderoga. In 1777 was lieutenant under Capt. George W. Smith, Col. Joseph Vose's regiment. His pension in 1832 was allowed for two years actual service as lieutenant, Massachusetts militia. He was born in Berwick; died in Westbrook, Maine. Also Nos. 3085, 7821, 14053, 34174, 35673."

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 39 page 119.

All three of Lewis' wives are buried at Stroudwater alongside him and two of his young boys.

Lewis partnered with John Quinby for the land to the south of George Tate, and then subdivided, Lewis' home being to the south east of Tate's.



Polly Porterfield (1780-1854)

Polly was an old spinster who lived on the corner of Westbrook Street and Congress Street.  She and her sister Peggy ran a gift shop called "West India Company".  According to Tate House Museum, Polly would offer neighborhood boys some peppermint sticks if they would pick up twigs in her yard and bring them to her.


Thaddeus Broad (1745-1824)

Thaddeus Broad was from Natick, Massachusetts, one of 16 children born to Thadeus Broad, and after the Revolutionary War, like many others, he migrated north to Stroudwater Village.  He and his wife Lucy had at least ten kids (Thaddeus Jr., Silas, Lucy, Thomas, William, Ephraim, Eunice, Joseph, Daniel and Amos), eight of whom are buried at Stroudwater with he and his wife.  A total of 18 Broad family members are buried together at Stroudwater.

Thaddeus was known for building the Broad Tavern in 1766 in Stroudwater Village, a famous hostelry.  Artist Herbert Milton Sylvester painted "Painting of Broad Tavern, Stroudwater, 1892"


Lillian Ames-Stevens (1844-1914)



Lillian Stevens is probably the most noteworthy of Stroudwater's inhabitants, due to her role in Maine Prohibition. Upon her death, flags across Maine were lowered, the first such State tribute to a woman.

According to her memorial on FindaGrave:

She entered the profession of teaching, following her father’s footsteps, at about the age of 16. Within a few years she abandoned her career to marry Michael Stevens, a Portland businessman. Later, with school-age daughter in tow, she eagerly traveled to Old Orchard Beach when she learned that Frances Willard would speak at a temperance rally. In 1875 she helped organize the Maine Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, and would later assume its presidency for 36 years. She was a member of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union for nearly four decades, proudly wearing its white ribbon badge, and becoming its president in 1898. She collaborated with Portland’s Neal Dow in the successful drive to add a prohibition amendment to the Maine Constitution. She was a tireless worker for social reform, helping to advance the Maine Industrial School for Girls, Portland’s temporary home for women and children, and to obtain a matron for Portland’s women prisoners. She was selected to represent Maine in the World’s Congress of Representative Women, held at the 1893 Columbia Exposition at Chicago.
Lillian's home still stands today, to the right of the George Tate House, but I wonder who owned the house originally, since it appears to be of similar age to many of those in the Village:


Lillian's housekeeper, Nora Durgin (originally from Rockingham County, NH), is also buried near the Stevens plot.  Lillian named Nora in her will and gave her a small portion of the land to the west of the Stevens' house, upon which sat her servant's quarters, at 1288 Westbrook Street.  To add to Nora's fortune at the time, Lillian's husband, Michael Titcomb Stevens (1833-1915) he had additional land he had inherited from his father, which he also deeded to Nora, on the other side of Congress Street. 

Lillian's husband Michael survived her by and was bequeathed the house and land, and willed it to his daughter Gertrude and her husband William Leavitt.  Interestingly enough, Michael had deeded his half of the estate to Lillian in 1900, land and house which he had purchased in a bankruptcy sale from the Estate of real estate baron John Stidworthy in 1877.  It's clear that Lillian was an interesting character, and a strong woman of her time.  It appears that Michael was very supportive of her until the end.

Shadrach Chapman (1764-1812)

Shadrach Chapman was a Revolutionary War Patriot from Newmarket, NH.  He was, according to some sources, with General Washington at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-1778 but that would have meant he was 13 years old at the time (so perhaps the birthdate is off).  After the War he married Lydia Starbird and moved to Stroudwater Village, where had one daughter, Nancy.  This family, along with Nancy's husband and their three children (Michael is buried with his wife Lillian, as noted above) are buried together at Stroudwater Burying Ground.  Upon Shadrach's passing, Lydia's application for Widow's Pension was rejected because he hadn't served the minimum six months.

Asa Fickett (1769-1835)

Asa Fickett was born in Cape Elizabeth to Jonathan and Bette Fickett.  He married Dorcas Plummer in 1792 and moved to Stroudwater Village.  When Dorcas passed, he married Eliza Edwards.  The three are buried together at the Burying Ground.

Nahum Fickett (1809-1866)

Asa's son Nahum was a ship carpenter, and later a milk farmer, born in Stroudwater Village, He's buried near to Asa and other Ficketts.  He and his wife Elizabeth had at least five children, but only one, Franklin, appears to be buried here.

Charles Fickett (1845-1919)

Son to Martin and Sarah Fickett of Cape Elizabeth, Charles was likely a grandnephew or grandson of Asa.  He and his wife, Mary Libby, lived at 126 Westbrook Street, Stroudwater Village.

Several other Ficketts are buried here, but I'm having trouble linking them.

The Cummings Children

Many children were born to the Cummings family, and apparently they all died very young.  Such was the case with many families at the time.  Eight infants and one teenager are buried here, three born in the 1810s (possibly due to meningitis), and six born in the 1830s (potentially from the cholera epidemic), with a stone commemorating five of them.  I believe these were children of Methodist minister Reverend Cyrus Cummings (who was also Westbrook town Selectman), originally of Grafton, NH, who had many other children who survived to adulthood.  Cyrus, who died of typhoid, is buried with his wife Elizabeth and some of his other children at Western Cemetery in Portland.  I cannot verify this connection yet, because all online trees appear to omit these babies, yet the birth/death dates of the babies fit well into his list of children, and his published list of children includes Andrew Jackson Cummings, born a few years after the baby memorialized in the above photo had died.  Cyrus did have one famous son, Joseph Cummings, who was president of Wesleyan and Northwestern Universities.


Samuel Dalton (1777-1827)

Samuel Dalton and his two wives, Mary and Hulda, are buried here.  This may be the same Dalton family that lived in Parsonsfield Maine, and for which Dalton's Corner there is named.


Captain Dexter Brewer (1795-1860)

Dexter Brewer was originally from Framingham, Massachusetts.  He and his wife Jane moved to Stroudwater Village just before 1830.  In 1833 his wife Jane died, and he remarried to a Mary.


From the Portland City Directory of 1848:
February 11:  The dwelling house of Dexter Brewer, near Stroudwater Village, took fire this evening, and was with difficulty extinguished.
Dexter died in 1860, and I have yet to locate a stone for him.  His children are buried in other cemeteries in Portland and Wiscasset.

Caleb Bartlett (1755-1820)

Caleb Bartlett was born in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, one of eleven children born to Robert & Rebecca Bartlett.  At age 22, Caleb enlisted in Capt. Thomas MAYHEW's Plymouth company for the Rev. War, 1775, for a period of 3 mos. and 8 days.  At some point between 1776 and 1790, he and his wife, Elizabeth Holmes, moved to Stroudwater Village and had at least seven children.  They lived near the cemetery as well, and I'm not sure if Caleb also worked in timber.  A few of Caleb's siblings moved to the Norway, Maine area, but it appears the bulk of this family stayed behind in Plymouth.  Caleb's dad remarried twice after the death of his first wife, and ultimately settled in Maine himself.  Caleb, his wife, and several of their children and grandchildren are buried together at Stroudwater; at least 24 members of this family can be found here.


Isaac Libby (1818-1885)

Carriage maker Isaac Libby of the Scarborough Libbys (son to Lemuel) fought in the Civil War, and later lived in Stroudwater during the time when it was renamed as part of Deering.  He and his wife Mahala are buried at Stroudwater Cemetery

Almon Libby (1816-1895)

Reverend Almon Libby, originally from Minot, and ordained in Poland, Maine, was a very distant cousin of Isaac's, and is also buried here with his wife and their sons Charles and Almon Jr. and daughter Annie Hawes.  Almon never lived in Stroudwater, however.

10 other Libbys, all younger than the two patriarchs above, are also buried at Stroudwater, including another of their distant cousins, Charles Libby (1804-1944) and his wife Ella Slemons.

All these Libbys are descended from initial Libby immigrant John Libby (1602-1682), and are well traced in the Libby Family in America family genealogy book.


As a reward for those readers having made it to the end of this writing, here is a Stroudwater Tax Map annotated with the names of some of the historical residents as to each of their lots (click to enlarge).