Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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

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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Depression Marriage

The Wedding of My Paternal Grandparents 
January 30, 1930

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Chestnut Street Methodist Church*

Chestnut Street Parish House

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  "The marriage of Miss Mattie L. Leighton of Deering Street to Howard C. Seavey of Brackett Street will be solemnized at 8:30 o'clock this morning in the parish house of the Chestnut Street Methodist Church.  The Rev. Ralph Stoody will use the double ring service and the couple will be unattended.
  Miss Leighton's gown will be of independence blue crepe with hat and shoes in harmony. She will wear a corsage of Ophelia roses and pink and orchid sweet peas.
  Miss Leighton, who has made her home with her aunt, Miss Pauline M. Lovell of Deering Street, was graduated from the Portland public schools and is employed by the New England Telephone & Telegraph Company.
  Mr. Seavey was graduated from the public schools of Bridgton and is employed at the postoffice (sic).
  Following a wedding trip to New York, Mr. and Mrs. Seavey will make their home at 271 Brackett Street."

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Marriage Solemnized

   "Mr. and Mrs. Howard C. Seavey (Miss Mattie L. Leighton) were married Thursday morning in the Chestnut Street Methodist Church parish house** by the Rev. Ralph Stoody.***"

*  Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. No longer a place of worship, but the home of Restaurant Grace.
**At that time, Rev. Ralph Stoody's Chestnut Street Church had a large and affluent congregation. To be married in the church may have been beyond Howard and Mattie's means.
*** Stoody later became quite prominent in the United Methodist Church in the area of church public relations (the Stoody-West Fellowship for Graduate Study in Journalism is named for him and Arthur West.)