Showing posts with label Mason Harlan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mason Harlan. Show all posts

Monday, February 13, 2012

Digging Under My Brick Wall (Part 2) - Anna Seavey and Harlan Mason

Anna, born Julia Ann, Seavey was the fourth daughter of Jonathan Seavey (my 2nd Great Grandfather) and Mary Blake, his first wife.* I am a descendant of Jonathan and his second wife.

In an effort to wedge my way under the brick wall of Jonathan Seavey's parentage, I have been researching his offspring. I have come up with more interesting connections and fascinating historical tie-ins.

Anna (1841-1925) was born Julia Ann Seavey in Bridgton, Maine, to Jonathan and Mary Seavey.


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By the 1860 Census, she was among several 18-20 year old females living in Lowell, Mass., and listed as a mill-hand. By that point, she was still going by the name of Julia.**  There were several mills in Bridgton, so perhaps she had some experience in mill work.

On March 1, 1869, she married Harlan Roscoe Mason, a last turner, in North Bridgewater, Massachusetts.*** She had dropped the first name of Julia, and was known as Anna J.

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Harlan Roscoe Mason was born in Buckfield, Maine in 1840. the second son of Samuel and Jeanette Mason. By the 1860 Census, at the age of 20, he was living with his mother and siblings in North Bridgewater, Massachusetts.



He enlisted as a private in the 42nd Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on July 20, 1864. Newly reorganized, the 42nd was mustered into service for 100 days.  It was used for guard and garrison duty during the late summer and fall, in order that the older and more experienced troops which had been performing this duty might be relieved and sent to the front. Harlan Mason, along with the entire regiment, was mustered out of service on November 11, 1864.  His military duties as a guard are mentioned in his obituary, highlighted in a previous post, when he died in 1916 in Brockton, Mass.

A Boston Herald article, with a dateline Brockton, March 13, 1888, listed Mrs. Harlan Mason participating in a "kirmess," or festival, to aid the Universalist Church Society, leading a Hungarian dance.

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They lived in Brockton during the 1900 and 1910 Censuses.  There is evidence she received her late husband's military pension.

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At age 78, a widow, she was living in Boston, according to the 1920 Census. She died in Brockton in 1925 at the age of 84. Like her sister Olive, who had married Sylvanus Stetson, she apparently had no children.  To date, I have not been able to locate their graves in either Massachusetts or Maine.



*    For a timeline of Jonathan's two marriages and his children, see previous post.
**  1860 U.S. Federal Census
***Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915

Monday, January 30, 2012

Digging Under My Brick Wall (Part 1) - Olive Seavey and Sylvanus Stetson

Olive was the daughter of Jonathan Seavey (my 2nd Great Grandfather) and Mary Blake, his first wife.* I am a descendant of Jonathan and his second wife.


In an effort to wedge my way under the brick wall of Jonathan Seavey's parentage, I have been researching his offspring. I have come up with interesting connections and fascinating historical tie-ins.


Olive (1834-1903) was one of the four daughters of Jonathan Seavey and Mary Blake.  She was born in Bridgton, Maine.


Olive married Sylvanus C. Stetson (1829-1899) on November 7,1860 in Lewiston, Maine.**




Ten years earlier, according to the 1850 U.S. Census, the 21 year old Sylvanus was living, with his older brother Bradford, on the south fork of the American River in El Dorado County, California as a gold miner. They would have traveled to California by way of a clipper ship, via the Isthmus of Panama, a voyage taking upwards of 100 days.***







The discovery of gold in El Dorado County along the American in 1848 was the widely publicized event that precipitated the fabulous gold rush to California in 1849. Soon thousands of gold seekers swarmed over the county, and in the 1850's it was one of the most populous areas in the State. (The 1850 U.S. Census was a disaster in California. It was disorganized and many of the records were lost, requiring California to mandate a state census in 1852 to try to gauge the massive increase in population due to the Gold Rush.)


He may have brought back enough riches from California to establish himself as a well-off citizen. Three years after marrying Olive Seavey, in 1863, he was drafted, but was one of many men with means who paid a commutation fee of $300 to avoid combat.****






By the time of the 1870 Census, Olive, Sylvanus, and a daughter Jennie, were living in North Bridgewater, Mass., and his occupation was "Dealer in fish," or fishmonger. In the 1880 Census, they had returned to Maine, to Bowdoin in Sagadahoc County.


Sylvanus C. Stetson died in Monmouth, Maine, in 1899, aged 70. His widow, Olive, returned to Massachusetts, perhaps living with her sister and brother-in-law, Anna (Seavey) and Harlan Roscoe Mason, who were living in Brockton.


Olive Seavey Stetson died in Brockton, Massachusetts, in 1903, aged 68.


They are buried together in Monmouth, Maine.




*   For a timeline of Jonathan's two marriages and his children, see my previous post.
**  Intentions of marriage and marriage records, 1837-1878, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine Vital Records (copy from microfilm viewed at Cincinnati Ohio East Family History Center, Montgomery, Ohio, February, 18, 2012).   
*** For more on the Maine clipper ship industry, see the Penobscot Marine Museum website.
**** History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts, with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men. Philadelphia, 1884. p. 642. The $300 commutation fee was an enormous sum of money for most city laborers or rural farmers. With these draft laws, the Civil War truly began to be known as a rich man's war and a poor man's fight.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Harlan Roscoe Mason

 
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Boston Daily Globe, 25 May 1916


According to Edna Warren Mason, on p.311 of her Descendants of Capt. Hugh Mason in America, (New Haven, Conn.:Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1992):

   "Harlan Roscoe Mason (Capt. Hugh, John, John Jr., Jonas, Ebenezer, Willard, Samuel), son of Samuel and Jennet (Warren) Mason, born Buckfield, Maine, March 19, 1840, died Brockton, Mass., 1921*. Married North Bridgewater, Mass., March 1, 1869, Anna J. Seavey, born Bridgton, Maine, March 3, 1841, died Brockton, August 10, 1925, daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Blake) Seavey.
   Mr. Mason was a last maker, in politics a Republican, in religion a Universalist.
   No children."

Mr. Mason enlisted on July 22, 1864 and was mustered out on November 11th of the same year, according to U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, available on Ancestry.com.

Anna J. Seavey was actually born Julia Anne, the 6th child, and 4th daughter, of my 2nd great grandfather and his first wife. She married Mr. Mason in 1869, after the Civil War had ended
(Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915)

The mystery of his daughter, mentioned in the obituary, is still to be solved.

*Discrepancy in year with Globe article.