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At 3:48pm on March 9, 2012, Ben York said…

Another potential site for obituaries SVWEEKLY

At 11:02pm on February 21, 2012, Curtis Dalrymple said…

At 10:59pm on February 21, 2012, Curtis DalrympleCurtis Dalrymplesaid…

HI Cris,Thank you very much for the information. I have most of the information but now I am looking for any information on Jacobs Dalrymple's father and mother? Would you have any information on him? Thank you again! Curtis

At 7:06pm on November 24, 2011, Franz Martin said…

The Hodsdon/Penney marriage certificate does not state the place of the ceremony, but the minister signs as George Boynton, North Yarmouth, so quite possibly the marriage took place there. 

I became aware of the link between Sarah Grant and the Jim Ring place once you identified her by maiden name, and that helped me understand how the paper got to me.  Sorry, Chris, but you've expressed just enough interest in this to entice me to tell the whole (abbreviated) story.  I am a Ring descendant too, which I believe you already know. 

Earlier this year, Ken Ring (son of Keith, grandson of James Ring) gave me a bag full of old letters and documents which, he said, his father had salvaged from the Portland home of our great aunt Iva Ring Packard after her death in 1969.  I could pretty quickly sort the material into two piles -- one pertaining to the family of Iva's husband, Arthur Ward Packard of Somerset County, the other pertaining to the family of Iva's aunt Martha Spalding, who married Francis Milliken of Portland.  (By the way, if you have anything in your files about these Millikens or Spaldings, I'm interested.) 

Then there was this marriage certificate, which didn't seem to fit with either of the above mentioned piles.  I knew there were Hodsdons around Greenwood, but couldn't see any link to Packards, Millikens or Spaldings.  It didn't make sense that these documents would be commingled as they were.  Your comments allowed me to make an educated guess as to what's going on here. 

The Hodsdon/Penney marriage certificate was, I believe, never in Aunt Iva's Portland house.  It was probably preserved by Sarah Penney's sister Harriet after Sarah's death.  From Harriet Grant (Herrick) it went down to daughter Mabel Herrick (Farrington), then to daughter Ruth Farrington (Ring), and thus to Keith Ring who probably threw it into the same bag with the papers he rescued from Portland.  Keith's son, Ken, didn't know there had been any mixing of sources here and so told me all the papers came from the Portland house.  

So, Chris, thanks again for a satisfying conclusion to this episode. Now I just have to locate someone who might like to have the certificate.  I'm determined that it shall not end up in the trash.

PS:  Do you know of any historical societies in the Skowhegan area who might take the Arthur Ward Packard papers?

At 5:39pm on November 24, 2011, Franz Martin said…

Chris -- You may jump into any conversation of mine whenever you like!  You are, as always, a fountain of information.  Thank you.  In case you want to add to your database -- the marriage of Jesse D. Hodsdon and Sarah J. Penney is not merely plausible, it's a fact.  I hold in my hand their original marriage certificate, in very good condition.  It is dated 1 Feb 1872.  Says both parties are "of Pownal".  I've been trying to find out enough about them to offer the certificate to a living descendant.  Now I realize that while Jesse and Sarah had no children, I can certainly find descendants of Jesse, still living in the Greenwood area.  How this document came to me is a convoluted, fascinating genealogical story in itself.  Just know that you have solved more than one mystery with the information you shared.  Thanks.

At 12:40am on September 14, 2011, Alan H. Hawkins said…


Am thoroughly enjoying this site. Have worked my way through the albums and have added two of my own. A very valuable resource that I hope becomes more active with time.

At 11:45am on September 3, 2011, Alyson True said…

According to Lincoln County Probate records, mariner William Jackson of Newcastle, ME died in  Jan 1796 with James and Benjamin Jackson as sureties.  Then, James Jackson of Pownalborough, died in Sept 1796 with widow Rebecca Jackson as administrator of estate. 


I wonder if this Benjamin is a son of Benjamin (1707-1771), from Portsmouth (son of Benjamin and Mary Ball) who was married to Abigail Fickett (1710-1776) in 1733.  He might have been born approx 1742 and been an older brother to Samuel and Joseph...


From other pieces of information from vital records I have imagined the following possibility-

                                                 Benjamin Jackson and Abigail Fickett

                                                          William  1734 - 1796

                                                           Thomas 1740


                                                            Isaac     1748

                                                            Joseph   1752

                                                             Samuel  1754

At 3:02pm on July 19, 2011, Pamela Carter said…
Chris, Thanks so much for the quick response with information on Rev. Edward Whittle and the wife of Francis Llewellyn Cotton. I can't believe how quickly you can find the information I need. I have a bit of a puzzle I posted earlier regarding the surname Philbrick. My grandmother and her siblings (all unfortunately deceased) referred to a Grammy Philbrick. They were the children of Ray Everett Cotton and Annie Florilla Gibbs. I can find a Philbrick connection but it's back in the early 18th century - certainly not close enough for my grandmother to have known. There is some idea that her first name may have been Lizzie and that she wasn't married very long. One of my cousins has the enlistment paper of a Benjamin P. Philbrick for the Civil War. I haven't seen the paper so I don't know what else it says on it. I can only find one Benjamin Philbrick in Maine who enlisted and he's a Benjamin F. from Mount Vernon. If you can unravel this mystery, I will be truly impressed. I am immensely grateful for the help you've given me so far.
At 8:24am on February 22, 2011, Esko Nevalainen said…
hello chris and thaks from info ! iknow that Antti nevalainen has worked in copper mine in houghton michigan 1909-1918 but after then all is open ! he maybe married, maybe have children or have  movied to kanada or russia? Inte copper mining he have name Andrew Nevalainen and later Andrew Nevala In Census 1910 he work as copper miner and live as boarder.
At 8:27am on February 7, 2011, Skip Bryant said…
Hi Chris, I'm a new member. Have enjoyed the MEGENWEB for a long time though. I'm specifically trying to get more on the Bryants that were in Biddeford and were members of Paul Coffin's church in Buxton.In the 1830's our branch of the Bryants left Maine and went to Kirtland Ohio. I am a direct paternal descendant of Jerahmeel(jerathamell) Bryant b1735/6 died Buxton 1796.The difficulty is my distance from Maine here in N. Michigan.
At 9:27pm on January 17, 2011, Eleanor Ann Bennett Collins said…
40 years and still trying to find ancestors.  Harvey G Bennett born Sept 30, 1841 (or 1842) married Amy (or Sarah Amy b 1852 per census) according to census.  Amy who we don't know. Where she died, we do not know but she must have died before John H marriage to Ada Maude Johnson (or Seavey-Armstrong). Bethel research has it Sarah A Bennett.  Harvey died 1918 buried in Annis Rd cemetery in back.  On his death certificate his father was listed as Johnathan of Magalloway with no mother listed.  So many Bennetts in that area.  My father was farmed out.  His father was John X (H) Bennett.  Annie Heath was reported by my father as related and also Abby Swan.  Have looked and looked for links that are more concrete.  Do you have any ideas?  Have extensively looked around.  Yes, have been in touch with Randall Bennett who is a very busy man.  Other Bennett relatives were John's sisters Mary, Addie Louise,  Jessee, brothers Ferdinand, Samuel R.  all born around the 1870's.  So hard to follow this family.  Do you have any ideas?  I have spoken to Sylvia Dougherty and her mother left no clues either.  Please provide any help you can.  If any.  Thanking you.
At 10:02pm on October 27, 2010, Jim Stevens said…
I am a descendant of Asa Thurlow who is buried in the Curtis Hill Cemetery, Woodstock, where you have taken 37 headstone pictures (just last year). I would like to submit all of these pictures to with memorials for the 36 individuals if you dont mind. I would be happy to note your name and the date of the photograph with each picture that I submit. What do you think? With a few of these people, I can add quite a bit of family information.
At 10:32pm on September 23, 2010, Nora Hembree said…
I like your theory Chris! It sounds like it would fit... Maybe she didn't want to marry him because she'd have to take the last name "Tubbs"? :-) kidding... I'm going to post your theory and in the next day her so get in touch with her daughter, who as far as I can tell is still alive. I'd love to track down a photo of her or Frederick. Maybe someone in her family could help me with that. Thanks again for all your input-- it must be nice having a super large genealogy brain!
At 6:57pm on September 23, 2010, Nora Hembree said…
Chris! Thanks for catching that, I don't know HOW I missed it. It is F.E.T.! AHHH so exciting to me!
At 4:09pm on September 23, 2010, Nora Hembree said…
Sure thing Chris.
Just don't tease me for lack of content! I just finished the first post of my first blog, and you're in it...
At 11:10am on September 23, 2010, Nora Hembree said…
Also, would you mind if I republished your photos of her parents' gravestones on my blog? (or what I am guessing are most likely her parents' gravestones...)
At 11:08am on September 23, 2010, Nora Hembree said…
Do you think it could have been from a woman? Is it easy for you to tell is anyone had those initials? I'm so new to this genealogy detective work!
At 3:50pm on September 21, 2010, Nora Hembree said…
P.S. I'd like to assume that he wanted to be more than friends :-) But who knows...
At 3:49pm on September 21, 2010, Nora Hembree said…
Given the nature of the romantic photo on the front of the card, my guess is male. No clue on who he is, except that is was sent from West Paris. I was able to decode it, it was pretty basic. The message on the card reads:
"Received your letter Feb. 2. Am yet alive-- don't care about being much longer your friend."
The last three symbols or letters would make out FEW, FEX or FEZ. FEW fits best from what I could guess with the pattern the code followed, however. Maybe it's a nickname. Or initials? It's so interesting!
At 10:33am on September 21, 2010, Nora Hembree said…
Hey Chris,
Recently, I purchased a pretty framed postcard at a yard sale in South Carolina for $3. I didn't think much of it except that the photo on the postcard (of two young lovers on a hammock) was sweet. However, I recently went to have it re framed and there is a coded message on the back of the postcard. I thought it was morse code at first but my dad said he thought it was a private code. I have been, of course, intrigued with it since. I can tell that it was sent from West Paris, Maine to Bethel, Maine on Feb. 3, 1911 at 9 a.m. The stamp was one cent. It is addressed like this:

Miss Marjorie Cushman

From just a rough search on Maine genealogy network I found a couple Marjorie Cushmans. Only one fitting this time period. Her name was spelled different but she would have been 21 when the postcard was sent so it fits, I believe. Here is the info from that search:

Name: Margery A Cushman
Residence: Bethel village, Oxford, Maine
Birth Date: Jun 1890
Birthplace: Maine
Rel. to Head-of-Household: Daughter
Father Name: Iseac A Cushman
Father Birthplace: Maine
Mother Name: Lily O Cushman
Mother Birthplace: Maine
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name: Iseac A Cushman
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Enumeration District: 0179
Sheet Number and Letter: 12B
Household ID: 305
Reference Number: 60
GSU Film Number: 1240596
Image Number: 00258

I saw the photos you posted of Issac Cushman and Lillian Cushman’s gravesites and believe that they might be this woman’s parents. I was wondering if you had any additional information on the Cushman surname and their family. I don’t know who the letter was sent from in West Paris either. It is initialed in code FEW. I actually decoded the message last night and it is very interesting. I love to find out whatever I can and would greatly appreciate any help you may be able to offer. Thanks again.
At 11:02am on August 25, 2010, Jay D. Hanscom said…
Thanks Chris! By the way, thanks to your knowledge on Ann Tapley, we were able to complete our Ames Cemetery Website. You can view it here: . It isn't completely polished, but I will say that it is 100% student created content, which is pretty cool.

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