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John B Armstrong, Civil War Veteran or Not?

I am unsure any of ancestors fought in the Civil War.  Which seems strange, since many of my ancestors resided in the United States during the war.  I have uncovered evidence that two of my relatives took part in the Civil War Battle of Portland, Maine which I blogged about in a previous post.  I don't believe either of those relatives were active military.However, I have reason to believe that my…See More
Sep 19, 2013
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Maritime Careers of the Fullers of Portland, Maine

David and Mary Cary Fuller removed from Nova Scotia and arrived in Portland, Maine between 1840-1849 (they first appear in Portland in the 1850 US Census). It is unclear that they followed their sons to Portland or the sons followed them, but their six sons made Portland their home.  I have several other posts regarding David and Mary Fuller in "Can a Published Genealogy be Wrong?".David and Mary's…See More
Feb 1, 2012
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The Death of a Sailor - James Henry Fuller

One of my first blog posts was about the "Loves of a Sailor - James Henry Fuller".   James H. Fuller was my great-great grandfather and I have tried to uncover as much as I can about him.I know he was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia on Sept 12, 1827, but I really struggled to find out when he died.  I know he didn't live forever, so where did he die?  It wasn't in Maine, Maine has very extensive…See More
Oct 17, 2011
Chris Harvey posted a blog post

Armstrong Family Land Division - 1897

My recent trip to Portland, Maine paid additional dividends.  I was able to go to the Portland courthouse which keeps the land records for Cumberland County, Maine.  I wish I could have spent more time there, but I was able to obtain records of how John Armstrong and Betsey Woodbury Dyer Armstrong's family land was divided and distributed.Family lore indicates that land was granted to the Armstrong family in 1757 for South Portland, which is now Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  This land had been kept…See More
Aug 22, 2011
Wayne Brooking commented on Chris Harvey's blog post 'The Armstrongs and Woodburys of Cape Elizabeth'
"Not sure yet, haven't got that far, I'll keep you posted"
Aug 21, 2011
Chris Harvey commented on Chris Harvey's blog post 'The Armstrongs and Woodburys of Cape Elizabeth'
"Hi Wayne,   Not sure.  My Woodbury family routes come to Maine from Beverly, Mass.  Do you trace them back to Mass?"
Aug 21, 2011
Wayne Brooking commented on Chris Harvey's blog post 'The Armstrongs and Woodburys of Cape Elizabeth'
"Hi Chris,   Are your Woodburys related to the woodburys on Peaks Island?"
Aug 19, 2011
Chris Harvey posted a blog post

The Armstrongs and Woodburys of Cape Elizabeth

I live in Florida, but was recently visiting New England to visit family.  I was lucky enough to spend a few hours in Portland and Cape Elizabeth, Maine (the long-time home of many of my Armstrong and Woodbury ancestors).I had contacted Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in S. Portland, before my visit.  The caretaker was able to direct me to many of the graves of my ancestors.  Here are the ones I was able to capture.…See More
Aug 19, 2011
Chris Harvey commented on Chris Harvey's blog post 'A Love of Obituaries - Maine State Library'
"Good luck!  They are very helpful and should get back to you in a few days from your request."
Jul 8, 2011
Amanda Bennett commented on Chris Harvey's blog post 'A Love of Obituaries - Maine State Library'
"Thanks a lot--I am going to contact the Maine State Library right now!  Wish me luck!"
Jul 8, 2011
Chris Harvey replied to Mel Fletcher's discussion 'Curtis Library'
"Have you tried the Maine State Library?  You can email them and they will print and copy and mail it to you.  However, they do charge $5 per obituary.  Here is the link:  http://www.maine.gov/msl/services/obituary.htm"
Jul 4, 2011
Chris Harvey posted a blog post

Fanning the Flames of The American Revolution - The Burning of Falmouth in 1775

We are all familiar with the Boston Tea Party, Lexington and Concord, and Battle of Bunker Hill, but a lesser known event probably had an important role in fanning the flames of patriotic feeling that galvanized the colonials to fight for freedom from England.The event was the Burning of Falmouth (now Portland) Maine on October 18, 1775.Maine, then a part of Massachusetts, was not the hotbed of revolution that Boston was, but did have some limited mob actions and riots in reaction to taxation…See More
Jul 4, 2011
Chris Harvey posted a blog post

A Love of Obituaries - Maine State Library

I still remember my grandmother getting the paper and the first thing she turned to was the obituary page.  She wanted to see if it contained anyone she knew.I use obituaries in a similar way, to learn more about the family members that I wished I had known.For my family research, obituaries have been invaluable.  I use a wide variety of documents such as: census records, passenger lists, birth certificates, naturalization records, etc. in my research.  Perhaps none are better than…See More
Jun 21, 2011
Chris Harvey added a discussion to the group Seafaring Ancestors
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Tales of Sea Serpents

I uncovered that my ancestor was a mate on the Portland schooner, Thomas Waite, in the late 1800's.  There was a fascinating article in the New York Times with the Thomas Waite's encounter with a Sea Serpent. Check out the story at http://familypilgrimage.blogspot.com/2011/06/tales-of-sea-serpents.html The Maine Maritime Museum was a great help to me in tracking down which ships my ancestor had served on.See More
Jun 18, 2011
Chris Harvey posted a blog post

Tales of Sea Serpents

 We all know that Sea Serpents don't really exist. Just like we know there are no dragons, no mermaids, and no monsters.  But 120 years ago, things may have been a lot less certain.It is said that when you are at sea that your mind can play tricks on you…how else can you explain sailors thinking that manatees, so homely they border on being cute, being confused for mermaids.However, when the men of the schooner Edward Waite of Portland, Maine sailing back from Cardenas, Cuba with a cargo of…See More
Jun 18, 2011
Chris Harvey posted a blog post

New England Naturalization Records Resource - The National Archives

I thought I knew where my 2nd Great-grandfather, James H Fuller, had been born and I wanted to see if I could find a record that definitively named his parents.  So, I decided to see if I could get a copy of his naturalization records.Naturalization records (petitions for our ancestors to become citizens) are one of the best resources to find the birthplace of an ancestor and when they arrived in the US, but they can also be difficult to obtain.  Ancestry.com has numerous naturalization…See More
Jun 13, 2011

Profile Information

What Maine surnames are you researching?
Armstrong, Fuller, Woodbury
What locations in Maine are you researching?
Portland, Cape Elizabeth
If you have a website, what is the URL?
http://familypilgrimage.blogspot.com/

Chris Harvey's Blog

John B Armstrong, Civil War Veteran or Not?

I am unsure any of ancestors fought in the Civil War.  Which seems strange, since many of my ancestors resided in the United States during the war.  I have uncovered evidence that two of my relatives took part in the Civil War Battle of Portland, Maine which I blogged about in a previous post.  I don't believe either of those relatives were active…

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Posted on September 19, 2013 at 9:56am

Maritime Careers of the Fullers of Portland, Maine

David and Mary Cary Fuller removed from Nova Scotia and arrived in Portland, Maine between 1840-1849 (they first appear in Portland in the 1850 US Census). It is unclear that they followed their sons to Portland or the sons followed them, but their six sons made Portland their home.  I have several other posts regarding David and Mary Fuller in "Can a Published Genealogy be…

Continue

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 11:16am

The Death of a Sailor - James Henry Fuller

One of my first blog posts was about the "Loves of a Sailor - James Henry Fuller".   James H. Fuller was my great-great grandfather and I have tried to uncover as much as I can about him.



I know he was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia on Sept 12, 1827, but I really struggled to find out when he died.  I know he didn't live forever, so where did he die?  It wasn't in Maine, Maine has very…

Continue

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 12:32pm

Armstrong Family Land Division - 1897

My recent trip to Portland, Maine paid additional dividends.  I was able to go to the Portland courthouse which keeps the land records for Cumberland County, Maine.  I wish I could have spent more time there, but I was able to obtain records of how John Armstrong and Betsey Woodbury Dyer Armstrong's family land was divided and distributed.



Family lore indicates that land was granted to the Armstrong family in 1757 for South Portland, which is now Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  This land…

Continue

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 11:22am

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