Saturday, April 30, 2016

My 64 ~ Researching My 4th Great Grandparents : Andrew Leighton and Mary Weymouth



My 4th great grandfather, Andrew Leighton, was born on June 7, 1762, in Falmouth, Maine, the oldest son of the 13 children born to Joseph Leighton and Mercy Hall. His father was a prosperous land owner in Falmouth and North Yarmouth, and was a Quaker.

The 1790 U.S. Census for North Yarmouth (present-day West Cumberland) lists Andrew, with 2 males under 16, 2 males under 16, and 2 females. Andrew had married Mary Weymouth probably sometime between 1780 and 1790. Mary was the daughter of James and Molly Weymouth of Gray, Maine.

According to "A Leighton Genealogy," Andrew, his father and a Richard Loring, divided up a 100-acre lot in "the Gore," present-day Freeport, in 1790. He was also elected Captain in the provincial militia in 1808, and was a Justice of the Peace in 1817.

As well as being a prosperous lumber trader, marketing timber for the ships' masts of the day, he also "laid out" the road from Falmouth to Portland. And, in 1800, he built and operated what was known as Leighton's Tavern*, at West Cumberland on the Gray Road, along the stage route to Lewiston, Maine.


Leighton's Tavern



Andrew and Mary had twelve children. All but one lived into adulthood. Notably, their two sons, Joseph and Andrew, were lost at sea presumably off the Georges Bank, aboard one of the earliest and most successful privateers and blockade runners during the War of 1812, the "Dash." According to one account, the best young sailors of the vicinity were anxious to serve on the "Dash," so that her crew was the pick of the region. A local poetess, Eliza Dennison King (1846-1928), would later write:
...
She was manned by a crew of gallant lads
As ever a vessel's deck had trod,
A score and a hundred of them all -
And their fate is known to none but God.

They all belonged to the towns around,
They were brothers and cousins and comrades, too,
Full armed and equipped they put to sea,
And the skies were never a softer blue

But weeks and months and years sped on,
And hearts grew hopeless and cheeks grew pale,
And eyes are dim that have watched so long
To catch a glimpse of her home bound sail.
...

 Joseph and Andrew were 25 and 24 years old respectively. Another son, Stephen, who had also gone to sea in his youth, was also lost at sea, a mere 15 years old.



Capt. Andrew and Mary Leighton are buried in the Methodist Cemetery in West Cumberland, Maine.

Capt. Andrew Leighton Grave, West Cumberland, Maine


Mary Weymouth Leighton Grave, West Cumberland, Maine



* In 1971, the tavern was moved to Schooner Rocks, Cumberland Foreside, and restored. -- Phyllis Sturdivant Sweetser, ed., Cumberland, Maine, in Four Centuries [the Town, 1976], 164-5).


Sources:

Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Ancestry.com.

Bennett, Thomas C., "Vital Records of Cumberland, Maine 1701-1892" (2014). Cumberland Books. Book 1.

Leighton, Perley M. A Leighton genealogy: descendants of Thomas Leighton of Dover, New Hampshire. Compiled by Perley M. Leighton based in part on data collected by Julia Leighton Cornman. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical  Society, 1989.)

"The Story of DASH : Freeport's Famous Privateer," Freeport (Me.) Historical Society (http://freeporthistoricalsociety.org/the-story-of-dash)




Saturday, April 23, 2016

My 64 ~ Researching My 4th Great Grandparents : Allison Libby and Sarah Dam



My 4th great grandfather, Allison Libby, was born in Gorham, Maine, on April 6, 1755. He was the 3rd great grandson of John Libby, "The Immigrant," who arrived on the eastern shores from England in the 1630's. 

John Libby (1602-1682) Memorial Stone, Scarborough, Maine


He was the 2nd son of Allison Libby and Sarah Skillings, one of 11 children born to them. At the age of 21, Allison enlisted at Scarborough, for a term of 3 years, in the Revolutionary War, with the rank of Private. He served in Captain Samuel Thoms' Company, in the 15th Massachusetts Regiment, commanded by Col. Benjamin Tupper.  He was discharged on December 13, 1779.



A little over a year later, on February 15, 1781, in Scarborough, Allison took Sarah Dam as his bride. Sarah was born in Gorham on December 12, 1760, the daughter of John Dam and Abigail Libby. As described in The Libby Family in America,":

"After the war, he became one of the first settlers of the northern part of Gorham. The removal took place in February. There was no road from Scarborough to Gorham Corner, nor to Saccarappa. His only route was by Stroudwater Village. From Stroudwater he went back to Saccarappa, thence by a logging road into Windham, crossed the river on the ice at Horse-beef falls, and then by another logging road, with all his possessions loaded upon an ox-sled, reached his lonely home." 

Together, Allison and Sarah Libby had 13 children, the first three in Scarborough, and the rest in Gorham. Following Allison's death, in 1825, Sarah married for the second time widower Daniel Small, another veteran of the Revolutionary War. He is buried in what is now an apple orchard on the Shaving Hill Road, in Limington, Maine.

Allison and Sarah Libby are buried in the North Street Cemetery, in Gorham, Maine.


Allison Libby's Grave, North Street Cemetery, Gorham, Maine


Sarah Libby's Grave, North Street Cemetery, Gorham, Maine

Most Maine Libby descendants pride themselves on knowing their "Libby number." This number is based on a numbering system devised by the author of "The Libby Family in America," Charles T. Libby. His explanation reads thus:



Following this system, my own number is 10-5-4-2-4-2-5-5-1-1.

John the Immigrant
David - 10th child of John
John - 5th child of David
Allison I - 4th child of John
Allison II - 2nd child of Allison (1733-1813)
Allison III - 4th child of Allison (1755-1816)
Harriet - 2nd child of Allison (1787-1869)
Clarence - 5th child of Harriet
Howard - 5th child of Clarence
Richard - 1st child of Howard
Me - 1st child of Richard

Allison Libby is a Patriot in the DAR's Genealogical Research System (GRS), Ancestor #A070199. Now that I am a Daughter, I plan to add him as one of my supplementals.

Sources:

Ancestry.com, Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Ancestry.com, Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll #: 66

Ancestry.com, Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Applications, 1835-36 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000), Ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Ancestry.com

Libby, Charles Thornton. The Libby Family in America, 1602-1881 (Portland, B. Thurston and Co., 1881), p. 167.

"Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918", index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KXQ8-QQZ : accessed 14 Aug 2014), Allison Libby, 1806.

“Revolutionary War Service Records,” database and images, Fold3 (www.fold3.com/image/17719508/ : accessed 13 April 2016); service of Allison Libby (Capt. Samuel Thoms’ Co., in the 15th Battalion of Massachusetts Bay Forces commanded by Col. Benjamin Tupper, Revolutionary War); citing Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War, compiled 1894 - ca. 1912, documenting the period 1775 - 1784, Record Group 93, National Archives, Washington, D.C.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

My 64 ~ Researching My 4th Great Grandparents : Daniel Miller and Patience Stevens of Limington, Denmark and Bridgton, Maine



Daniel Miller, my 4th great grandfather, was born about 1788, according to his gravestone in the West Bridgton Cemetery, stating he was 74 years old when he died.  The Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection record (available on familysearch.org) was dated July 1989. By the time the Bridgton Historical Society added his memorial to findagrave.com, in 2012, the gravestone had sunk further into the ground, and it was more difficult to read. They therefore recorded his birthdate as 1798.

The earliest census record that records his birthplace, the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Bridgton, Maine, only records it as Maine. I have no information on his parents.

On October 4, 1812, Daniel and a young woman named Patience Stevens indicated their intention to marry, in Limington Maine.


On November 26th, they were married by an "Elder in the Baptist corporation in Limington and Limerick."


By the time Daniel and Patience were married, they were already parents to the first of eleven children. Son William had been born in January of 1812 in Limerick, Maine. It is William's death record, in 1906, which gives a hint as to his mother's origins. There, Patience's birthplace is recorded as Berwick, Maine.


I came across a burial record in the Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection (available on familysearch.org) which may indicate a connection.


The above Patience (Brown) Stevens was the wife of a Jacob Stevens, and she apparently came from Berwick. She was born around 1778, and could be my 5th great grandmother, given her age (20 years older than my Patience), and having the same first name. Further research, including finding this Stevens Plot, during my next trip to Maine, is definitely in order.

Map of Stevens Plot, courtesy of Steve Dow


1856 Map of Limingon, Maine


All tolled, Daniel and Patience had the following children:

William, b. 1812 in Limerick, d. 1906
Stephen, b. 1814 in Limington, d. ?
Mary, b. 1816 in Limington, d. 1819

 with the following all born in Denmark, Maine

Eunice, b. 1820, d. 1886
Daniel, b. 1823, d. 1882
*Patience S., b. 1825, d. 1887
Lyona, b. 1827, d. 1853
Thomas, b. 1829, d. 1909
David, b. 1830, d. 1831
James O., b. 1832, d. 1916
Mary Jane, b. 1834, d. 1876

*my 3rd great grandmother


Daniel Miller died July 21, 1862, in Bridgton, Maine. His wife Patience passed away on June 6, 1881. They are buried side by side in West Bridgton Cemetery (sometimes referred to as Sawyer Cemetery) on No. High Street, in Bridgton, Maine.







Sources:

1850 U.S. Census; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M432_251; Page: 277A; Image: 251.

1860 U.S. Census; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M653_437; Page: 2; Image: 691; Family History Library Film: 803437.

Ancestry.com. Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Daniel Miller tombstone,  West Bridgton Cemetery, Bridgton (Cumberland County), Maine; photographed by Pamela Schaffner on 7 July 2013.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed  2 March 2016), memorial page for Daniel Miller (1798-1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98175991, citing West Bridgton Cemetery, Bridgton, Cumberland County, Maine.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed  2 March 2016), memorial page for Patience Stevens Miller (1782-1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98176822, citing West Bridgton Cemetery, Bridgton, Cumberland County, Maine.

Lewis Stevens, Vital records of Bridgton, Maine:  (Rockland, Maine:  Picton Press, 2007), pp.118-119.

"Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-40626-6774-75?cc=2242151 : accessed 13 January 2016), Miller - Moor > image 92 of 3425; Maine State Library, Augusta.

"Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-40627-40428-58?cc=2241461 : accessed 2 March 2016), Stevens, Micajah-Stinson, John F > image 93 of 1531; Maine State Library, Augusta.

"Maine Marriages, 1771-1907," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F46L-Y93 : accessed 14 February 2016), Daniel Miller and Patience Stevens, 04 Oct 1812; citing Limington, York, Maine, reference IN 215 p33; FHL microfilm 11,533.

"Maine Marriages, 1771-1907," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F46L-Y97 : accessed 14 February 2016), Daniel Miller and Patience Stevens, 26 Nov 1812; citing Limington, York, Maine, reference IN 219 p 41; FHL microfilm 11,533.

Map of York County, Maine (https://www.loc.gov/item/2011588007/)

Patience Miller tombstone,  West Bridgton Cemetery, Bridgton (Cumberland County), Maine; photographed by Pamela Schaffner on 7 July 2013.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

My 64 ~ Researching My 4th Great Grandparents : Thomas Cross, Lucy Hovey, and My Gorham Roots



My 4th great grandfather, Thomas Cross, was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and was baptized there on December 20, 1741. He was raised in the village of Bradford (present-day Haverhill) by his mother and father, Thomas Cross and and Sarah Bordman.

He married Lucy Hovey, daughter of Joseph Hovey and Rebecca Stickney, in Bradford, Massachusetts, in November of 1767. Beginning the following year, they began their large family, which numbered 10 children by the time they moved to Gorham, Maine.

Thomas farmed land which was part of Captain Phinney's first settlement in Gorham, and kept a store adjacent to the homestead. Besides farming and running his store, Thomas was appointed a deacon of the First Parish Church in the village, and continued in that capacity until his death. He was also a member of Gorham's Committee to Hire Soldiers during the Revolutionary War, and, as such, is a DAR Patriot (A028166).

McLellan, Hugh Davis, History of Gorham, Maine (Smith & Sale, 1903), p. 173.

All of the Cross sons settled in Portland, Maine, and two of their daughters found husbands there.

Their eldest son, Joseph, married Betsey Duston. They are buried in Eastern Cemetery, Portland, as are sons Thomas, Leonard and Amos Hovey. Leonard and Amos Hovey were part of Captain A.W. Atherton's Company, Lieutenant Colonel Martin Nichols' Regiment of the Massachusetts Militia (District of Maine), which was raised in Portland during the War of 1812.


Daughter Betsey married Captain Jonathan Stevens. They are buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in present-day Falmouth, Maine.

Daughter Sally married Captain Enoch Preble. One of their sons was Real Admiral George Henry Preble of the U.S. Navy, fondly known as "The Father of the American Flag." The Prebles were originally interred in Eastern Cemetery, Portland, but, as space required, and as the attraction of Evergreen Cemetery (on Stevens Avenue) grew, their remains were moved and reinterred in Evergreen.

Daughter Lucy married James Phinney (1741-1834) of Gorham. They are both buried in Eastern Cemetery in Gorham.

Daughter Lois, my 3rd great grandmother, married Allison Libby III, and they are both buried in North Street Cemetery, in Gorham.



Son William married Eliza Stevens, and was a sea captain. In a sad twist of fate, he passed away on the day before his father died, and, as McLellan writes in his History of Gorham, "father and son were borne to the grave on the same hearse." 

Thus were my 4th great grandfather, Thomas Cross, and my 3rd great grand uncle laid to rest in Gorham Cemetery:



Inscription

Here lies
Deac. Thomas Cross
born in Ipswich,
Ms. Nov. 18, 1741.
died Feb. 15, 1819;
having been a Deac. of this
Church 15 years.
Also in the same grave his son,
Capt. William Cross;
born Aug. 21, 1779,
died Feb. 14, 1819.
Remaining verse:
No passing mortals and surviving friends
Regard....eloquence of death
Who more than...angelic tongue


My 4th great grandmother, Lucy Hovey Cross, lived two more years, and is buried beside her husband, and with her two daughters, Rebekah (age 19) and Harriet (age 8).



Inscription

Here lies
Mrs. Lucy Cross
wife of Deac. Thomas Cross
born at Boxford, Ms. Mar. 16,
1748. Died May 21, 1821.
By her side lie their children
Rebekah Cross,
born Jan. 20, 1774,
died Apl. 11, 1794.
And Harriet Cross,
born Oct. 20, 1790,
died Mar. 14, 1798


***


Postscript: From 1978 to 1980, I was the Town Librarian in Gorham, Maine. I attended services and taught Sunday School at First Parish Church, and walked past the Gorham Cemetery on South Street every day on my way to work. Little did I know at the time that my 4th great grandparents were resting just over the wall...



Sources:

Ancestry.com. Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Daniel Hovey Association, The Hovey book, describing the English ancestry and American descendants of Daniel Hovey of Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1914.

Daughters of the American Revolution. "GRC National Index." Database. DAR Library. (http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search_adb/default.cfm)

Deac. Thomas Cross and William Cross tombstone,  Gorham Cemetery, Gorham (Cumberland County), Maine; photographed by Pamela  Schaffner on 5 July 2012.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed  16 Feb 2016), memorial page for Joseph Cross (1768-1819), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101640076, citing Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed  16 Feb 2016), memorial page for Betsey Cross (unknown-1829), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101640062, citing Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

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Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed  16 Feb 2016), memorial page for Betsey Stevens (1772-1838), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99202084, citing Pine Grove Cemetery, Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed  16 Feb 2016), memorial page for Sally Cross Preble (unknown-1848), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99202084, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

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Mrs. Lucy Cross, Rebekah Cross, and Harriet Cross tombstone, Gorham Cemetery, Gorham (Cumberland County), Maine; photographed by Pamela  Schaffner on 5 July 2012.

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