Murders at Montville - Chapter 3 - George Wilson Rowell 1836-1879

Murders at Montville - Chapter 3

George Wilson Rowell 1836-1879


Rowell Pedigree

Daniel M. Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah C. Vose 1817-1877

Jonathan Rowell 1771-1861 & Cloddy Shaw 1779-1850+

Jacob Rowell 1730- & Hannah Carlton 1754-

Jacob Rowell 1700-1771 & Mary Wadlin 1704-1739

Jacob Rowell 1652-1700 & Elizabeth Wardwell 1666-


Vose Pedigree

Hannah Vose 1817-1877 & Daniel Rowell 1811-1888

Ebenezer Vose 1774-1829 & Sarah Bridges 1779-1864

Seth Vose 1734-1814 & Rachel Copeland 1750-1812

Jonathan Vose 1704-1760 and Mary Field 1710-1775

Thomas Vose, Jr. 1667-1722 & Hannah Badcock 1675-1732

Thomas Vose 1641-1708 & Waitstill Wyatt 1644-1727

Robert Vose 1599-1683 & Jane Mossock 1602-1675

Thomas Vose 1565-1641 & Margery Burscoe 1565-1608


George Wilson Rowell[1] was born in Montville, Maine, the oldest child of Daniel Merrill Rowell[2] and Hannah C. Vose[3], who were married in Montville on September 13, 1835.


George Wilson Rowell was a direct descendant of John Alden[4] and Priscilla Mullens[5], who arrived in 1620, on the Mayflower.


Daniel and Hannah Rowell had ten children born in Montville: George W. Rowell, Ebenezer E. Rowell [6], Jonathan Alpheus Rowell [7], Ezekiel Prescott Rowell [8], Hellen Maria Rowell [9] (Chapter 5), Sarah Frances Rowell [10], Edward L. Rowell [11] (Chapter 7), Alfred Harry Rowell[12], Adolphus Merrill Rowell [13] and Luella Caroline Rowell[14].


In 1850, George W. Rowell, age 13, lives in Montville with his parents Daniel M. Rowell 37 and Hannah Rowell 33, his siblings, Ebenezar Rowell 12, Johnathan Rowell 10, Ezekiel P. Rowell 8, Helen M. Rowell 5, Sarah F. Rowell 4 and Edward L. Rowell age 0 (6 months old).


As teenagers, George W. Rowell and his brother Ebenezer “Eben” Rowell, went to California during the Gold Rush in the mid-1850's. Their younger cousin, John Gilman Vose[15], followed them, in about 1856. 


George and Eben Rowell appeared to have separated before 1860 in California. That year, during the Census, Ebin (sic) Rowell is 22 years old and living in Cosumnes Township, California, with his cousin John Vose, also 22, known as John Rose [sic]. Ebenezer Rowell died of unknown causes, at the age of 25, in Nevada County, California. Eben may be buried in California, although there is a stone for him in Maine.


In 1860, George Rowell 25, born 1835 Maine, Laborer, is shown on that Census as living in Township 6, Amador County, California.  He is living with the family of Samuel Dent[16] and Martha Jane Hanes[17], who were married on March 27, 1845 in St. Francois, Missouri.


George Rowell's cousin, John G. Vose, married the Dent's only daughter, Annie Dent[18], in 1864. John G. Vose and Annie Dent would have 11 children, including, Newton John Vose (Chapter 10).


For an account of life in 1850’s Amador County, California visit:


There are three records for George W. Rowell, enlistments in the military during the Civil War. Private in Company B, 11th Regiment, Maine Infantry, second Private in Company G of the 22nd Regiment of the Maine Infantry, third Private in the 1st Regiment Company L of the Maine Cavalry. Possible relevance to this George Wilson Rowell.


There are no records for George W. Rowell, born 1835, in Maine, during the 1870 Census. Ezekiel P. Rowell, George’s brother, named one of his sons, George Wilson Rowell[19] and he lives in Maine in 1870. The subsequent records, show him using the name Wilson G. Rowell.


George W. Rowell returned to Montville, after working for many years in California and he soon married the widow, Abigail "Abbie" Frances (Bailey) McFarland, on or about May 4, 1875. 


Abigail “Abbie” Frances Bailey[20] was born in Knox, Maine, the only daughter of Deacon James R. Bailey[21] and his first wife, Abigail Hannah Carlton[22], who were married on January 15, 1837 in LaGrange, Maine. Abbie F. Bailey was born on her brother, Josiah B. Bailey’s 5th birthday.


The oldest son of James R. and Abigail H. Bailey, Josiah Bradley Bailey[23], married Frances Munroe[24], they had 3 children: Allen Shea Bailey[25], Abigail Frances Bailey[26] Penny and Josie M. Bailey[27] Holbrook.


The second son of James R. and Abigail H. Bailey, George W. Bailey[28], married Julia McCorrison[29] on September 29, 1866. Julia was a widow, with three children, with her first husband, Jacob Haskell[30], who was killed during the Civil War. Jacob Haskell, Julia Bailey and George Bailey, share a stone in East Knox Cemetery in Knox Center, Maine.


Jacob and Julia Haskell had three sons and one daughter: Walter Scott Haskell[31], Orin Francis “Frank” Haskell[32], daughter Amorena Patch Haskell[33] and Tolman Haskell[34], who died young. George and Julia (McCorrison) Bailey had one child, son: Fred “Freddie” G. Bailey[35].


The oldest son of Jacob and Julia Haskell, Walter Scott Haskell, never married and moved to California, where in 1888 when he is listed as a “lay member” of Christ Church, in Alameda County. On September 14, 1892, also in Alameda County, Walter Scott Haskell, is on the voter registration list. On April 30, 1898 Walter Scott Haskell registers again, now at Diamond Ave Nr Hermitage, still in Alameda County.


Anorena [sic] P. Haskell 49, married widower, William Mottram[36] 64, on September 22, 1910 in Auburn, Maine. He is retired and she was employed as a Dressmaker. William Mottram died in Maine, is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Lewiston, Maine with his first wife, Martha Ann.


In 1900, in Fruitvale Township, Almeda County, California, Walter S. Haskell 45, single, Photographer, is a boarder with Susan Lapham. They would still be living together in 1910 and 1920, until her death.


Walter Scott Haskell was a Photographer by trade, but he had a penchant for writing prose and poetry. Between 1904 and 1936, he had several stories and poems appear in a variety of different publications. Also, his affinity for words, seems to have extended to puzzle-solving.


The February 12, 1904 edition of the Berkeley Daily Gazette, in California, reports that Walter Scott Haskell and a few others, have each won $5 in a puzzle contest.


In August 1905, Green’s Fruit Grower and Home Companion, published a poem by Walter Scott Haskell:


Little Treasures


Little slanting rays of sunbeam,

Little crystal drops of rain;

Make the little flowers to bloom

On the dry and dusty plain.


So, a little smile of gladness

In this dreary world of strife;

Makes the flowers of hope to bloom

On the desert of a life.


In August 1907, Western Field: The Sportsman’s Magazine of the West, Volume 11, published “Primal Love”, a poem about dinosaurs; “Emissaries to the Moon – A Story of Love and Adventure in the Zenith”, in The Texas Magazine, November 1911 to April 1912 edition; “The Blood-stained Violin”, in The Violin World on July 15, 1921.


In 1910, in Berkeley, California, Walter S. Haskell 55, has his own Photography Studio. In 1920, Walter S. Haskell 64, single, still owns a Photography Studio, now in Oakland, Almeda County, California. Susan M. Lapham[37] is still living with him, as a “Servant” and is now 82.


In 1930, Annie (Amorena) Mottrom [sic] 70, lives with her brother, Walter Haskell 75, in Eden, Almeda County, California. He is single and she claims to still be married. In 1940, Walter S. Haskell 85, is still in Eden. Amorena Mottram 79, has been moved to Napa Judicial Township in California, where she is recorded as being a widowed, patient in the Napa State Hospital in 1940. She died there, 6 years later.


Walter S. Haskell has a stone, listing his birth date, in East Knox Cemetery, with his parents, but it is unlikely that he is buried there. No monument exists in Maine, for Amorena Patch (Haskell) Mottram and she is probably buried in California, maybe with her brother Walter.


On October 14, 1886, in Boston, Massachusetts, Orin F. Haskell, 28-year-old, Machinist, married Mary Foster[38] 18. Orin is often known as “Frank” O. Haskell. Orin F. “Frank” and Mary E. Haskell had one child, a daughter, Fannie Mae Haskell[39], who was married to Eugene Clifton Sleeper[40], on September 30, 1908 in Everett, Massachusetts.


Orin F. Haskell, a resident of Norfolk, Massachusetts, died at 38 years and 9 months, in Everett, of Congestive Apoplexy[41]. His parents are listed as Jacob Haskell and Julia M. Corison [sic] (McCorrison). Orin F. Haskell is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, in Everett.


The widow of “Frank” O. Haskell, Mary Elizabeth (Foster) Haskell, a retired Nurse, died at 44 in Walpole, Massachusetts of, Organic Heart Disease. Mary Foster was born in Springfield, Vermont according to this record. Mary’s son-in-law, E. C. Sleeper, reported the death. Mary (Foster) Haskell is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, with her husband.


See the Library of Congress for more Haskell Genealogy:


Some of the descendants of George Bailey and Julia McCorrison, are still inhabiting Montville, to this day (2019).


The 3rd son of James R. and Abigail H. Bailey, James A. Bailey[42], married Carrie V. Foster[43]. They had no children. On June 17, 1880, during the Census in Montville, Carrie V. Bailey 29, husband, James A. Bailey 35, live in the home of her parents, Thomas Foster[44] 70 and Caroline (Sprowl)[45] Foster 58, with several other family members. 


Caroline (Sprowl) Foster had a younger sister, Elmira Sprowl[46], who was the second wife of Marcus Vose[47]. Marcus Vose was the father of Marcus Aurelius Vose (Chapter 6).


During that Census in 1880, Carrie V. Bailey is listed as being disabled by “Consumption”. Carrie V. (Foster) Bailey would succumb to Tuberculosis, two years later, in Montville, at age 31.  


In January 1885, three years after his first wife Carrie’s death, James A. Bailey married Emma A. Wyman[48]. She died two years later. James A. Bailey, the son of James R. Bailey and Abigail Casleton [sic] (Carleton), died in Montville, at age 60, of a Paralytic Shock.


When Abigail Frances Bailey was about six years old, her mother, Hannah (Carlton) Bailey died. Deacon James R. Bailey married Eliza Jane Briggs[49] on June 5, 1849 and had 3 children survive: Lois Viola Bailey[50], who married Henry Joseph Chaples[51], a Sea Captain, on April 9, 1873 in Belfast, Maine; William Riley Bailey[52] and Benjamin Rogers Bailey[53].


Abigail Bailey first married Henry McFarland[54] on May 9, 1863 in Thorndike, Maine and they had a daughter, Cora E. McFarland[55], born in Montville. At the time, Henry, Abbie and Cora McFarland were living on the farm of Henry’s parents, John McFarland and his wife, Selena. 


John McFarland[56] and Selena C. Beal[57] were married on October 6, 1831 in Montville, by Nathaniel Emery, Justice of the Peace. John and Selena had a daughter and three sons, Henry McFarland was their oldest, destined to inherit their farm. But he chose something else.


Unbelievably, Henry L. McFarland committed suicide, at the age of 33, by tying his feet together and drowning himself in 6" of water, in a meadow behind the McFarland's farm. The rest of the family had gone to Sunday worship and returned to find him there. His death would ultimately set the stage, for an epic tragedy to strike the family.


Henry McFarland, who had been known to be withdrawn and quiet, was depressed at the loss of his older sister Eliza J. McFarland[58] and her baby, some four years earlier, in Montville. Eliza McFarland Gowin died at 36 and her husband, Hollis T. Gowin[59] never remarried.


Henry McFarland left his young widow, Abbie, daughter, Cora and two aging parents to run the farm, that was formerly his responsibility.

John and Selena’s two younger sons, Solomon McFarland[60] and Thomas McFarland[61] have disappeared from records and do not reappear in Maine. There were no sons left to inherit the McFarland homestead.


In 1860, at age 11, Solamon [sic] Mc Farland [sic], lives in Montville with his cousin, Adelia Clement[62] and her husband, Job Clement[63], in the household of John Clement[64], Job’s older brother.


Solomon McFarland 18, enlisted for military service on April 12, 1865 in Montville. He is described as 5’ 8-1/2” tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He is a farmer, born in Bangor in 1847 and now living in Montville. He was mustered in at Belfast, Maine and was honorably discharged from the service, less than a month later on May 10, 1865 at Galloup’s Island in Massachusetts.


Solomon, at the age of 22, is again living with Job and Adelia Clement and their 5 children in 1870. The last record in Maine for Thomas Mc Farland is in 1860, in Montville, age 10, with parents John Mc Farland 49, Scelina [sic] 47 and brother, Henry L. Mc Farland 19.


Solomon McFarland has a marble, upright military stone in Grove Cemetery in Belfast, Maine. The date of his death is not known, but the contract date, from Gross Brothers, for the head stone, is June 9, 1888.


George Wilson Rowell and Abbie Frances Bailey had a daughter, Alice Vose Rowell[65], who was born in Montville, about a year after their marriage.  George, Abbie, Alice Rowell and Cora McFarland continued to live on the McFarland's farm. This is from an eyewitness account:


"Cora and her mother, Abbie McFarland, lived with the parents of Henry McFarland in North Montville, about three miles from Freedom, near Halldale. The old farm house was on one side of the road, while the barn was across the road.


When Cora was ten years old, her mother, Abigail, married a big robust man by the name of George W. Rowell, who came to live in Grampa and Gramma McFarland’s home. George had spent seventeen years in California, allegedly amassing some money for himself. He had returned to his hometown of Montville.


He, at first, helped with the farm work, being quite affable. The next February, George and Abbie had a baby daughter, whom they named Alice. Alice was a joy in the household. Cora willingly tended her baby sister, who was a happy child, and making the days cheery, even for her grandparents.


But, even young Cora noticed a difference in George. He paid a lot of attention to both Cora and baby Alice. It was attention that made Cora uncomfortable at times, and was noticed by her grandparents.


George spent a lot of time away from home, and when he was home, he was sullen, moody and even threatening at times. He often smelled of alcohol, which was offensive to Cora, as her grandparents, and her father did not drink alcoholic beverages. Cora had been taught at church about the evils of alcohol. Cora could sense tenseness in the household, but nothing prepared her for what finally happened."


"Cora told of events in her life, her father’s suicide when she was young, and how, at age twelve, she had been present when her grandparents were murdered. She had been a witness at the informal inquest as to the events that happened on the cold snowy night about 7 pm on Saturday, January 25, 1879.


Her step-father, George Rowell, had been away for some time. George told the family that he’d been in Belfast for a bottle of rum for his cold. He was seen driving his horse at a break-neck speed. When he arrived in Belfast, the horse was over-heated with foam at its mouth from the trip. George had spent three nights in Belfast, two nights of which were spent at a relative‘s home, returning home on Friday. Grampa and Gramma were very concerned. That night, Grampa had asked neighbor, Alonzo Raynes[66], to stay the night with them.


Mr. Raynes left in the morning, sending his young hired hand, Fred Bennett[67], back to the McFarland home to spend the day and night. The family was growing increasingly afraid of George. When evening came, he was difficult and surly, saying that he wanted his little girl, Cora, and his “angel baby” Alice in his room.


George grabbed Cora and baby Alice, taking them into the front parlor and closed the door. Fred left the house to get Mr. Raynes. When Grampa and Gramma came into the parlor to get the girls, George knocked both of them to the floor, pounding them with his fists. Cora was frightened, and the baby was crying. George drove the elder couple from the house, then he went upstairs, apparently to get his gun, which was later described to be a “King’s Arm“, with the barrel running the whole length of the gun. While George was out of sight, Cora took the baby and went to the barn across the road.


Cora’s mother, Abbie, had gone down the road to get Oscar Evans[68]. Mr. Raynes, who lived about a quarter mile away, was coming up the road, where he met everyone, who were telling him of their fright. Grampa attempted to go back to the house with Mr. Raynes. George was standing in the doorway with his gun, which he fired toward them. They heard the bullet go by them. Cora came out of the barn with the baby, which Mr. Raynes grabbed, telling Fred Bennett to get Cora down to the Raynes’ house. They all passed the elder McFarlands, who were slower than they, after having been pushed around by George.


They did not realize that George was following them with his gun. He overtook Grampa just a short way from the Raynes’ house, hitting him so hard with his gun that he probably was killed instantly, smashing the gun stock at the time. He then caught up with Gramma, beating her about the head and face with the gun barrel. Grampa and Gramma had been small in stature, no match for the larger George.


Cora was the last one to get into the Raynes’ house. She had heard George beating her grandmother and heard her moan. George arrived at the house, where occupants were shaking with fear. They had armed themselves with sticks of firewood, even though they knew it was no protection from his long-barreled gun. George began beating out the panels of the door with his gun barrel. Thinking that they all would be killed, Mrs. Raynes[69] said, “Get your gun from the bedroom, Alonzo! Shoot him before he kills us all!” With that Mr. Raynes, a small man, shot through the door, shooting low to wound and stop George, who fell backwards into the snow, with his gun barrel by his side.


Fred Bennett came back to the house, telling them that the neighbors were coming down the road. The men tied George up with a rope. They left with a lantern to check on Grampa and Gramma, giving the rope to Cora to hold. She was so scared, but George who was face down in the snow never moved. The Halls came with other neighbors, and discovered Grampa and Gramma McFarland dead in the blood-stained snow.


George’s horse was harnessed, taking the three dead, victims and perpetrator, to the McFarland home, where they were laid out.


On Monday, a reporter from The Republican Journal came out from Belfast on the train to Thorndike. He hired a sleigh and driver, who came down seven miles over what he termed the ‘worst roads in Waldo County’. He spent the night at Mr. and Mrs. Raynes’ home.


The Sheriff and Dr. A. J. Billings[70] came out to perform their official duties. During the next few days, many neighbors and onlookers came on their sleighs to view the site where the carnage had occurred. Thankfully, a snow storm overnight had covered any traces of the beatings.


The bodies of the McFarlands were taken to the Church where they were laid out for their funerals, held on Wednesday forenoon, with Rev. J. Small of the Freewill Baptist Church of North Montville conducting the services. Both Grampa and Gramma looked very peaceful, if no one had known of the tragic night’s events. They had been married forty-seven years, and died together, trying to protect Cora and baby Alice.


The Town Officials took charge of George’s body. They are all buried in the Halldale Cemetery, where Charlie Vose is also buried."


January 28, 1879

The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts - 1

Special Dispatch to The Boston Globe; Belfast, Me., January 27.

“One of the most horrible tragedies that ever occurred in this state was perpetrated in the little village of Montville, some fifteen miles from this city, last Saturday evening; not so brutal, however, as some have been, for the bloody work was the result of an insane man's attack. The lunatic's name is Rowell, and his victims comprise three members of one family, by name McFarland. The husband, John McFarland, was a staid and respectable farmer, much esteemed in the community. His brains and those of his granddaughter were beaten out with a club, while Mrs. McFarland met the slightly less terrible fate of being killed by a bullet. The fiend, proceeding in his murderous career, next attacked a neighbor, who instantly shot and killed him.”



From The New York Times on January 29, 1879






BOSTON, Jan 28—"Additional particulars of the tragedy at Montville, Waldo County, Me., on Saturday evening last, state that the grand-daughter of John McFarland, was not killed.”


As it appeared in The Chicago Tribune on February 2, 1879



"Boston, Jan. 28 - Details are received of the tragedy at Montville, Waldo County, Me., on Saturday evening last. The victims were John McFarland and his wife Salina [sic], each about 70 years old, and George Rowell, about 40 years old. The place where the affair occurred is about eighteen miles from Belfast. McFarland and wife and Rowell and wife and two children lived together, Rowell having married a widow of McFarland's son. On Saturday evening Rowell had some words with McFarland, during which he struck him and threatened to take his life. McFarland and his wife and the two children left the house for a neighbor's. As they were leaving they were met by Alonzo Raynes, a neighbor, who was coming to McFarland's house. As he neared the house he was fired upon by Rowell who was in the house, but was not hit.  Turning, Raynes ran back home, passing McFarland and his wife who were walking through the snow. Rowell followed with the empty gun in his hand, and, overtaking the old couple, killed them both in the road with the clubbed gun, breaking Mrs. McFarland's neck and crushing the skulls of both in a horrible manner. Leaving his victims in the road, Rowell hurried on in pursuit of Raynes, who, with the children, had entered his house, closed the doors and armed himself with a double-barreled shot-gun. Rowell burst in the panels of the door and received a charge from Raynes' gun, striking him in the groin and inflicting what proved to be a fatal wound.  Raynes bound Rowell with a rope, and with a lantern hastened to learn the fate of the old couple, finding them both dead a short distance from his door.  On his return to the house Rowell was also dead. Rowell was undoubtedly insane at the time of committing the deed. He had been considered so occasionally for several years, but was a quiet and so-called harmless individual.  He was a large and powerful man, and very dangerous in such a condition.  At the Coroner's Inquest to-day the verdict was that McFarland and his wife came to their death by the hands of George Rowell, and that Raynes killed Rowell in self-defense."


George Wilson Rowell died in Montville, at the age of 42 and was interred in Halldale Cemetery in West Montville, with his parents Daniel and Hannah Rowell. It is the same burial ground as George’s victims, John and Selena McFarland. Henry McFarland and his sister, Eliza Jane (McFarland) Gowin are there, with their parents, in Halldale Cemetery.


After the deaths of her in-laws, John and Selena McFarland and her husband, George W. Rowell, Abbie F. (Bailey) McFarland Rowell remained on the McFarland farm, with her two young daughters.


In 1880, Abbie Rowelli [sic] 38, widowed, lives with her daughters, Cora E. McFarland 14 and Alice B. Rowell 3, in Montville. Abbie has a farmhand, Charles McCorrison[71] 24. Charles is the younger brother of Julia McCorrison, wife of George Bailey, who is Abbie’s older brother.


Mrs. Abbie F. Rowell married Charles S. Mccorrison on April 3, 1881 in Montville. Their only child, a son, Henry Charles (or Chaples) McCorrison[72], was born in Montville, about two years later.


On November 16, 1889, in Montville, Cora E. McFarland married Charles J. Vose[73]. They adopted a son and named him Henry M. Vose[74]. “Charlie” Vose was a Teacher, School Supervisor and served as Town Treasurer and Clerk. Charles “Charlie” J. Vose died in Knox, at 43, of a Lung Affliction. He left his widow, Cora and son, Henry Vose, age 9.


Cora (McFarland) Vose remained a widow for a dozen years, until she remarried on April 23, 1922, to a twice-widowed, John W. Morse[75], who had teenaged children, still at home.


On November 16, 1898, in Montville, Alice V. Rowell 21, married Frank Loren Stewart[76] 22. Frank and Alice Stewart had four children, two sons and two daughters: George Edgar Stewart[77], Pearl Evelyn Stewart[78], Stillborn Son Stewart[79] and Evelyn M. Stewart[80].


Pearl E. Stewart worked as a Nurse, in a hospital in Pennsylvania, when she married John Frank Connolly[81], the hospital’s Dentist. They were married on November 21, 1932 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, had two sons, John F., Jr. and Ronald Connolly, before they were separated.


Evelyn M. Stewart was married to Thomas Stanley Tweedie[82] on November 17, 1921 in Montville. They had 2 daughters born in Maine: Myra Charlotte Tweedie[83] and Arlene May Tweedie[84]. Evelyn M. and Thomas Tweedie moved to Florida, where she died at 86 and he at 81.


In 1900, Charles Mccorrison 45, Abby Mccorrison 56 and Henry Mccorrison 17, are still living in Montville, on the McFarland’s farm. Henry C. McCorrison 24, married 26-year-old, Elizabeth Belle Frye[85] on October 30, 1907, in Montville and they would live with his parents.


In 1910, Charles S. Mccorrison 54, wife Hariet [sic] (Abbie) F. Mccorrison 58 (actual age is 67), their son Henry C. Mccorrison 26, his wife Elizabeth F. Mccorrison 28, all live in Montville together.


There are no records for any family members in 1920, although a WWI Draft Card on September 12, 1918, for Henry Charles Mccorrison, lists that he and wife Elizabeth F. Mccorrison, live in Thorndike, Maine. 


1930 Census in Montville, Charles S. Mccorrison 74, widowed, lives with his son, Henry C. Mccorrison 46, Elizabeth Mccorrison 48, their two children, Stanley F. Mccorrison 12 and Winifred Mccorrison 9.


In 1940, Charles Mccorison [sic] 74, lives with his son Henery [sic] Mccorison [sic] 57, Henry’s wife, Elizabeth F. McCorrison 58, their two children, Stanley F. McCorrison[86] 22 and Winifred E. McCorrison[87] 19. A son of Stanley McCorrison, is the curator of the North Montville Baptist Church (built in 1856) on Halldale Road, near the Halldale Cemetery.


Abigail Frances (Bailey) McCorrison died at the age of 87. She is buried with her third husband, Charles and their son Henry, in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Freedom, Maine. Abbie’s daughters, Cora (McFarland) Vose and Alice (Rowell) Stewart, are both buried in Halldale Cemetery.


George Wilson Rowell was the third victim of the family curse, unless you include his mother, Hannah (Vose) Rowell, who allegedly died of “Insanity”, at age 59, in the State Asylum in Augusta, Maine.


You might argue that George Rowell was not a victim at all, but just the bully doing the victimizing. Was he an abusive alcoholic, whose building rage consumed him to the point of violent madness? Or was it just a matter of time, before his brain completely whittled away, from the effects of using toxic liquid mercury, hydraulic mining in California?


For details of 1850’s mining techniques, including the use of liquid mercury, please see:


Was George Wilson Rowell’s mental deterioration caused by an occupational hazard or a familial predisposition? Was he culpable for his own death and that of John and Selena McFarland? You decide.

[1] George W. Rowell b Jun 15, 1836 d Jan 25, 1879; son of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877

[2] Daniel M. Rowell b Jun 28, 1811 d Sep 14, 1888; son of John Rowell 1771-1860+ & Cloddy Shaw 1779-1850+

[3] Hannah C. Vose b Jul 24, 1817 d Mar 13, 1877; dau of Ebenezer Vose 1774-1829 & Sarah Bridges 1779-1864

[4] John Alden, Sr. b 1598 d Sep 12, 1687; born at Harwich, Tending Dist., Essex, England; died at S. Duxbury, MA

[5] Priscilla Mullins b 1602 d 1685; dau of William Mullins 1572-1621 & Alice Atwood 1575-1621

[6] Ebenezer E. Rowell b Nov 29, 1837 d Aug 5, 1863; son of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877

[7] Jonathan A. Rowell b Sep 6, 1839 d Aug 28, 1862; son of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877

[8] Ezekiel P. Rowell b Apr 12, 1842 d Sep 16, 1920; son of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877

[9] Hellen M. Rowell b Jul 26, 1844 d Apr 12, 1894; dau of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877

[10] Sarah F. Rowell b Jan 11, 1846 d Sep 5, 1920; dau of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877

[11] Edward L. Rowell b Dec 27, 1848 d Jan 16, 1899; son of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877

[12] Alfred H. Rowell b May 29, 1850 d Apr 27, 1852; son of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877

[13] Adolphus M. Rowell b Mar 7, 1855 d Dec 18, 1863; son Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877

[14] Luella "Ella" C. Rowell b Mar 31, 1858 d Jul 9, 1923; dau of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877

[15] John Gilman Vose b Mar 19, 1839 d 1905; son of Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Hannah Rowell 1807-1849

[16] Samuel Dent b 1822 d 1911; son of Mark W. Dent 1777-1837 & Nancy Garrett 1790-1863

[17] Martha Jane Hanes b 1822 d 1903; born in Virginia, dau of Charles F. Hanes & Unknown

[18] Ann Dent b Feb 14, 1846 d Apr 9, 1886; dau of Samuel Dent 1822-1911 & Martha J. Hanes 1822-1903

[19] George Wilson Rowell b Jul 1866 d Nov 5, 1947; son of Ezekiel P. Rowell 1842-1920 & Mary F. Whitten 1845-1927

[20] Abigail Frances Bailey b Feb 14, 1843 d 1929; dau of James Bailey 1813-1879 & Hannah Carlton 1816-1849

[21] Deacon James R. Bailey b Feb 2, 1813 d Dec 29, 1879; son of Josiah Bailey 1788-1859 & Mary Rogers 1784-1814

[22] Abigail H. Carlton b Jul 27, 1816 d Jan 8, 1849; dau of John Guy Carlton 1777-1866 & Hannah Whitten 1775-1853

[23] Josiah B. Bailey b Feb 14, 1838 d Aug 18, 1909; son of James Bailey 1813-1879 & Hannah Carlton 1816-1849

[24] Frances E. Munroe b Jun 16, 1836 d Jan 11, 1910; dau of Royal M. Munroe 1817-1873 & Lydia Ann Thomas 1815-1859

[25] Allen Shea Bailey b 1862 d Feb 16, 1928; son of Josiah B. Bailey 1838-1909 & Frances Monroe 1836-1910

[26] Abigail F. Bailey b Dec 14, 1865 d Oct 24, 1946; dau of Josiah B. Bailey 1838-1909 & Frances Monroe 1836-1910

[27] Josie May Bailey b Dec 7, 1872 d Jul 5, 1952; dau of Josiah B. Bailey 1838-1909 & Frances Monroe 1836-1910

[28] George W. Bailey b Feb 29, 1841 d Mar 1, 1898; son of James Bailey 1813-1879 & Hannah Carlton 1816-1849

[29] Julia McCorrison b Sep 30, 1831 d May 25, 1914; dau of Isaac McCorrison 1823-1862 & Lettice Sawyer 1826-1867

[30] Jacob Haskell b Nov 5, 1828 d Jul 11, 1865; son of Samuel Haskell 1784-1870 & Lydia Tolman 1797-1868

[31] Walter S. Haskell b Mar 5, 1855 d Jun 16, 1941; son of Jacob Haskell 1828-1865 & Julia McCorrison 1831-1914

[32] Orin F. Haskell b Feb 22, 1858 d Nov 20, 1896; son of Jacob Haskell 1828-1865 & Julia McCorrison 1831-1914

[33] Amorena Patch Haskell b Jun 22 or Jul 5, 1860 d Jul 11, 1946; dau of Jacob Haskell 1828-1865 & Julia McCorrison 1831-1914

[34] Tolman Haskell b Jul 27, 186? D Aug 19, 1863; son of Jacob Haskell 1828-1865 & Julia McCorrison 1831-1914

[35] Fred George Bailey b Dec 12, 1867 d 1927; son of George Bailey 1841-1898 & Julia McCorrison 1831-1914

[36] William Mottram b Feb 10, 1846 d Apr 10, 1923; son of George Mottram 1811- & Ann Bradley 1808-1884

[37] Susan M. Steele b Dec 1837 d May 26, 1923; dau of William Steele 1812-1880+ & Amelia D. 1815-1906

[38] Mary Foster b Jun 7/11, 1868 d Nov 27, 1912; dau of Henry Brooks Foster 1846-1901 & Elizabeth M. Weatherbee 1847-1872

[39] Fannie M. Haskell b Jun 14, 1889 d Aug 31, 1973; dau of Orin F. Haskell 1858-1896 & Mary E. Foster 1868-1912

[40] Eugene C. Sleeper b Jan 7, 1879 d May 23, 1959; son of Charles T. Sleeper 1845-1903 & Mary F. Hale 1855-1940

[41] Congestive Apoplexy: sudden loss of consciousness, especially when the victims dies within a matter of seconds

[42] James A. Bailey b Nov 24, 1844 d May 27, 1905; son of James Bailey 1813-1879 & Hannah Carlton 1816-1849

[43] Carrie B. Foster b Dec 17, 1850 d Mar 26, 1882; dau of Thomas Stone Foster 1809-1887 & Caroline A. Sprowl 1821-1900

[44] Thomas Stone Foster b Aug 7, 1809 d Aug 6, 1887; son of Zabud Foster -1831 & Hannah Stone -1859

[45] Caroline A. Sprowl b Nov 18, 1821 d Mar 1, 1900; dau of John Sprowl 1794-1869 & Abigail Thompson 1801-1883

[46] Elmira Sprowl b Jan 7, 1823 d Oct 16, 1911; dau of John Sprowl 1794-1869 & Abigail Thompson 1801-1883

[47] Marcus Vose b Nov 11, 1803 d Dec 2, 1878; son of Ebenezer Vose 1774-1829 & Nancy Lermond 1781-1811

[48] Emma A. Wyman b 1861 d Jul 26, 1887; dau of Ambrose H. Wyman Sr. 1819-1898 & Nancy H. Tobey 1819-1900

[49] Eliza J. Briggs b May 17, 1827 d Aug 8, 1897; dau of Bernard Briggs -1827 & Jane Elizabeth Batchelder 1807-1879

[50] Lois Viola Bailey b Jun 17, 1850 d Jul 1, 1915; dau of James R. Bailey 1813-1879 & Eliza J. Briggs 1827-1897

[51] Henry J. Chaples b Sep 13, 1847 d Apr 4, 1910; son of William Chaples 1805-1894 & Sarah McCorrison 1811-1889

[52] William R. Bailey b Jun 1852 d Oct 17, 1930/2; son of James R. Bailey 1813-1879 & Eliza J. Briggs 1827-1897

[53] Benjamin R. Bailey b 1858/9 d Apr 21, 1934; son of James R. Bailey 1813-1879 & Eliza J. Briggs 1827-1897

[54] Henry L. McFarland b Mar 30, 1841 d Jun 14, 1874; son of John McFarland 1810-1879 & Selena Beal 1814-1879

[55] Cora McFarland b May 27, 1866 d Dec 31, 1960; dau of Henry McFarland 1841-1874 & Abigail Bailey 1843-1929

[56] John McFarland, Jr. b Jan 3, 1810 d Jan 25, 1879; son of John McFarland 1784-1865 & Nancy Cochran 1789-1868

[57] Selena C. Beal b Oct 17, 1814 d Jan 25, 1879; dau of Henry Beal 1783-1872 & Anna Sawyer 1791-1857

[58] Eliza Jane McFarland b Apr 27, 1833 d Mar 3, 1870; dau of John McFarland 1810-1879 & Selena Beal 1814-1879

[59] Hollis T. Gowin b Dec 24, 1829 d Apr 17, 1902; son of Benjamin Gowen 1802-1885 & Sarah A. Messer 1806-1857

[60] Solomon McFarland b 1848 d 1870+; son of John McFarland 1810-1879 & Selena Beal 1814-1879

[61] Thomas McFarland b 1850 d 1860+; son of John McFarland 1810-1879 & Selena Beal 1814-1879

[62] Adelia McFarland b Sep 28, 1834 d May 23, 1901; dau of Solomon McFarland 1810-1844+ & Emeline Braddock 1814-1844+

[63] Job Clement b Oct 14, 1831 d Oct 7, 1909; son of Job Clement 1785-1832 & Martha Foster 1789-1878

[64] John True Clement b May 8, 1824 d Dec 5, 1885; son of Job Clement 1785-1832 & Martha Foster 1789-1878

[65] Alice Rowell b Oct 1876 or Feb 1877 d 1937; dau of George W. Rowell 1836-1879 & Abigail Bailey 1843-1929

[66] Alonzo Fogg Raynes b Feb 1846 d 1923; son of Samuel Raynes 1787-1863 & Patience Parsons 1796-1877

[67] Frederick E. Bennett b Oct 1860 d Oct 29, 1929; son of Dexter W. Bennett 1841-1897 & Eunice Jane Edwards 1840-1922

[68] Oscar B. Evans b Dec 18, 1834 d Jun 9, 1900; son of John G. Evans 1797-1886 & Mehitable Vose 1799-1864

[69] Etta D. Wyman b Mar 23, 1847 d Aug 6, 1936; dau of Ambrose H. Wyman 1819-1898 & Nancy Tobey 1819-1900

[70] Adoniram Judson Billings b Dec 2, 1825 d Feb 6, 1900; son of John Billings 1779-1866 & Jane Gray 1780-1843

[71] Charles Selden McCorrison b Nov 9, 1855 d 1944; son of Isaac McCorrison 1823-1862 & Lettice Sawyer 1826-1867

[72] Henry C. McCorrison b Jul 23, 1883 d Jan 30, 1979; son of Charles McCorrison 1855-1944 & Abigail Bailey 1843-1929

[73] Charles James Vose b Aug 22, 1867 d Dec 27, 1910; son of James H. Vose 1837-1923 & Sarah Ingraham 1848-1926

[74] Henry M. Vose b Mar 14, 1901 d Aug 3, 1985; son of Charles Vose 1867-1910 & Cora McFarland 1866-1951

[75] John Wilbur Morse b Oct 23, 1872 d Sep 30, 1951; son of Moses Morse 1824-1902 & Susan M. Shea 1836-1924

[76] Frank L. Stewart b Jan 1, 1877 d 1930+; son of Loren Stewart 1840-1920 & Virginia Simmons 1843-1912

[77] George E. Stewart b Sep 30, 1899 d Jun 29, 1985; son of Frank Stewart 1877-1930+ & Alice Rowell 1876-1937

[78] Pearl Evelyn Stewart b Jun 3, 1901 d 1940+; dau of Frank Stewart 1877-1930+ & Alice Rowell 1876-1937

[79] Stillborn Son Stewart b Dec 5, 1902 d Dec 5, 1902; son of Frank Stewart 1877-1930+ & Alice Rowell 1876-1937

[80] Evelyn M. Stewart b Apr 5, 1906 d Apr 3, 1993; dau of Frank Stewart 1877-1930+ & Alice Rowell 1876-1937

[81] John F. Connolly b Dec 2, 1891 d Sep 29, 1961; son of John Edward Connolly & Catherine E. Keeley 1868-1930+

[82] Thomas Tweedie b Sep 22, 1899 d May 31, 1981; son of James Tweedie 1846-1935 & Wilhelmina Searles 1860-1936

[83] Myra Tweedie b Jul 9, 1922 d Apr 24, 1999; dau of Thomas Tweedie 1899-1981 & Evelyn M. Stewart 1906-1993

[84] Arlene M. Tweedie b Jun 16, 1925 d Apr 4, 1996; dau of Thomas Tweedie 1899-1981 & Evelyn M. Stewart 1906-1993

[85] Elizabeth B. Frye b Sep 11, 1881 d May 10, 1974; dau of George L. Frye 1847-1930 & Venora E. Cross 1849-1937

[86] Stanley Frye McCorrison b Nov 11, 1917 d Sep 20, 2000; son of Henry McCorrison 1883-1979 & Elizabeth Frye 1881-1974

[87] Winifred Ella McCorrison b May 21, 1920 d Apr 13, 2016; dau of Henry McCorrison 1883-1979 & Elizabeth Frye 1881-1974

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