I am looking for any information about Eli Gerry b. abt. 1820 in Maine. His first wife was Nancy Keazer <Keisor?>. She passed away in Old Town, Penobscot, Maine, in 1860. Eli moved to the Hersey/Daton Plantation area in the early 1860's. He should be showing up there with his children <at the least 3 of them>. My mother and I have spent so many hours for years trying to track this family down. We are trying to figure out where he met and married my gggGrandmother Emily J House, his 2nd or third wife. Did he marry her on his way up Maine? Did he know her while residing in Old Town? We are uncertain if "House/Howes/Howe" is her surname or married name. When they lived in Lincoln, Penobscot, Maine <1870 - 1880> Some of Eli's kids are back in the household with him?? This family is not locatable in the 1860's census. Their wife/mother "Nancy Keazer/Keisor Gerry" died from St Vitus Dance <that lasted 5 years> and is listed in the 1860 Mortality Census as still being married. Why is Eli not showing up in Old Town if he was still married to Nancy? Was he already with Emily? Some people have him married to a "Mary" living in Chester in 1860. If this is him - where are his kids? There are a gaggle of kids in the household - but none match the name or age of what Eli had for children while he was living with Nancy in 1850 or what is showing up in the 1870/1880 census. Any ideas or help on this would be appreciated!
p.s. Eli's son Eli William Gerry Jr. went to Pennsylvania about 1885/86 - he meets and marries a woman by the name of Estella J Comstock from Franklin, Bradford County, Pa. They have one child in Pa. named Robert Gerry and then they move back to Maine - and have more children by 1890. What are the chances Eli and Emily move to Pa??? I can find no death record in Maine for either of them.
Also, Eli's daughter from his first marriage - Margaret A Gerry married a William Noyes in Hersey Maine - they move to Massachusetts - not sure what year - but William Noyes dies in Massachusetts in 1907. No sign of Eli and Emily here - but, keeping all avenues open!
Hope someone can give us some fresh ideas! Short of turning this families bedsheets inside out - I can not come up with any other ideas!