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MERRILL, John & Belinda 

Looking for information on this couple, they lived in Orono, Maine.  They had a son, Frank, who moved to Massachusetts and married a Hattie WILCOX abt. 1880. 


[30 Dec 2004]


We have researched the genealogy of my great-great-grandmother Zillah (YOUNG) SWAN/COBB.  Her death certificate shows that she was born in Maine in 1810, and that her parents were Ebenezer YOUNG and Ruth YOUNG.  The Maine census records indicate that her father may have been Ebenezer SWAN Jr. of Hampden, Maine, and that her mother may have been Ruth DYER of Eastham, Maine.  The connection is made by noting that this Ebenezer YOUNG is the only man in the 1800/1810 Maine census who is the correct age and that his family added two children between 1800 and 1810.  The census records also indicate that Ebenezer SWAN m. Ruth DYER in Eastham, Maine, in 1795.  This Ebenezer's parents were living in Eastham in the 1800 census.  In addition, we have found marriage intentions for Zillah to Ebenezer YOUNG Jr. at Hampden is strong, but not definitive as we have not found a birth record for Zillah YOUNG.  Therefore we are looking for additional documentation; considering a search of churches in the area for baptismal records.  Can someone help with our search or suggest other approaches.  

Bob Pickett 

[20 Dec 2004]


Seeking info on William C. BAILEY, b. 1836 in Milford.  He was the son of Charles C. BAILEY (1805-1859) and Mary J. RING (1807-1857), who lived in and ran a tavern in Milford.  William's siblings include Catherine "Katie" D. (m. Nathaniel C. DEERING), Lucretia (m. Nathaniel C. DEERING after her sister Catherine's death), Charles R. (d. in the Civil War in Dec 1862 in Chesapeake, Virginia), Mary Eveline, Allen Woodbury (my great-grandfather), and Caroline B.  William was given guardianship over Charles R. BAILEY and Allen Woodbury BAILEY after their father died in 1859.  They would have been 16 and 12 at the time and William would have been 23.  I would love to be able to find out what happened to him and see if there are any living descendants. 

John Bailey

[16 Dec 2004]


Seeking information on William SHAW, b. 31 Dec 1796, son of Caleb.  He d. 1828 in Savannah, Georgia.  Thanks for any response. 


[16 Dec 2004]


My great-grandmother was Alice Augusta CALL, dau. of Robert CALL and Hannah HOUSTIN (or similar spelling) of Bradford, Maine.  Alice m. Charles Henry MAYO abt. 1860, maybe in Massachusetts.  They had a deaf daughter (my grandmother), Lulu Alice, b. 20 Jul 1882 in Salem, Massachusetts.  She m. John Frederick FLYNN (also deaf) abt. 1905 in Bangor, Maine.  Their children were Esther Flynn Murphy, Robert, and Henry (my father).  I would appreciate any information on any of the above with special emphasis on Charles Henry MAYO of whom I now know nothing.  Thanks in advance. 

Henry Mayo Flynn, Jr. 

[07 Dec 2004]


I am searching for info about our French-Canadian family LeCLERC (LeCLAIR or CLAIR) who came to Orono/Old Town/Bangor area during the 1850-1860 period.  Many of them stayed there:  Isaiah (Nazaire), Phillippe, Alexis, Phoebe and Frank.  My great-great-grandfather Joseph m. in Bangor 1 Dec. 1852 Delima GILBERT; returning to Quebec in 1858.

Benoit Leclerc 

[04 Dec 2004]


Looking for parents/ancestors of my 3rd great grandfather, Jonathan CHANEY, said to be b. 22 Jul 1783 in Orrington, Maine.  He m. Elizabeth NICKERSON, dau. of Warren NICKERSON and Anna ALDEN, on 22 Jun 1812 in Orrington, Maine (they were m. by the well-known Methodist preacher, Enoch MUDGE).  Elizabeth is an ALDEN descendant (Mayflower).  She's well documented, but Jonathan is always mentioned as her spouse with no information about him.  My research shows Jonathan to have been an itinerant Methodist preacher on the Penobscot Circuit.  About 1817 he and his family left Maine, with a group of other settlers for Ohio, taking an infant daughter, Martha, with them.  Martha's middle name was LOVEJOY, making me wonder if Jonathan's mother or grandmother was a LOVEJOY, as that was a common practice.  Please contact me if you have further information about this family; it would be very much appreciated.

Judy Falconer 

[27 Nov 2004]


I am looking for my great-grandfather's brother, Conrad HOFFMAN, who came to this country around 1880 from Germany.  As soon as he landed, he evidently made straight for the west coast, settling in either John Day or Dayville, Oregon, on a cattle ranch.  We're doing a family genealogy and book of reminiscences and would like to include him, but we don't know much.  Anyone out there with any information, please contact me.  Thanks very much. 

Gail Nickerson

[04 Nov 2004]


Looking for info on descendants of my great-grandfather William KING, b. 1834 in Chester, Pennsylvania.  He came to Bangor as engineer on the Boston steamer in 1852.  He m. Frances Haney in 1852, was active in Bangor politics.  Appointed Chief Engineer of the White House in 1886.  He d. 1907 in Bangor.  His children were Edward F., Charles, Anne and Alvin. 

Bill Harding

[17 Oct 2004]


Seeking info on John FISH, b. 2 Feb 1794 in Mason, Vermont (cannot find on map); d. 27 Nov 1877 in Mt. Chase, Maine.  He m. abt 1819 Elizabeth PRATT (b. 3 Apr 1798 in St. George, New Brunswick; d. 13 Oct 1876 in Mt. Chase, Maine), dau. of James PRATT and Ann McKENZIE.  John and Ann had 8 children:  Louisa, David, John, Ira, Amos, Susan, Mary Ann and Margery.  Ira is my line.  He was b. abt 1825 in New Brunswick; m. Hanna TAYLOR abt 1851.  They had Augustus G., William, Albert, George and Edward.  Edward, my grandfather, was b. 15 Jan 1870 in Mt. Chase, Maine; d. 2 Apr 1911 in Litchfield, Maine.  John has become a dead end; any help would certainly be appreciated.  Many thanks. 

Don Fish 

[13 Oct 2004]


Looking for information on William KERSWELL (KASWELL), b. 1804, and Susan J. BRAWN, b. 1815; both in Maine.  Married 9 Sep in Bangor, Maine.  They are in the 1860, 1870, 1880 census in Glenburn, Maine.  Researching one of their children, J. Henry A. (or L.) KERSWELL, b. 1859.  May be my great-great-grandfather that m. Affie E. ANNIS in Bradford, Maine, 19 Oct. 1887; they had one child, Truman W. ANNIS (legal name change), b. on 25 Dec. 1888.  Affie d. in childbirth and the infant was raised by his maternal grandmother; he never met his father.  Any info would be helpful.

Michael Woncha

[13 Oct 2004]


Can you help me with info on my family, the PITCHERs.  The earliest I know is my great-great-grandfather, Frank A. PITCHER, b. 1837.  He m. 1862 Emma ALBERT.  I've been told he was a lumber dealer and lived in Bangor, Maine.  They had 2 children:  George Sawyer PITCHER and Louisa PITCHER (who I think they called Lovie).  George went on to m. Frances RUSSELL and they had 4 children; one of which was my grandmother, Frances Louisa PITCHER WILLIAMS.  I am looking for any information before Frank PITCHER - names, where they came from or an literature written containing this family.  Thank you for your time. 

Lydia Morales 

[09 Sep 2004]


Searching for my CREASY / CREASEY / CRESSEY ancestors from Maine.  Family stories say we are from Bangor, Maine.  Specifically, I am looking for the parents of Tristam CREASY / CRESSEY of Orono, Maine.  The early Penobscot Marriage books show that my great-great-grandparents, Tristam CREASY of Orono and Mary MAYO of Hampden, Maine, were married by Ezekiel ROBINSON on 5 Mar 1836.  They are listed in the 1850 Maine census as Tristram CRESSEY.  Their children's birth records in Maine are listed as Mary Malvina, Sarah Jean, William Neal and Martin Greeley (my great-grandfather).  The MAYO Genealogy records state that Mary MAYO, b. 18 Sep 1809, was the daughter of Howes MAYO and that she married a William or Trustum CREASEY and lived in Wisconsin for a while.  I have found in my search that Mary and Tristam married in Maine, then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1840 census) where their first four children were born prior to moving back to Maine (1850 census) where their fifth child Henry was born.  Then sometime prior to 1860 they moved to Oasis, Wisconsin, where they lived until 1883 when they both died, Mary in May and Tristam in December, where they are both buried in North Dearfield Cemetery.  According to Tristam's headstone and the census records, he was b. Feb 1813.  The 1880 census for Oasis, Wisconsin, says T.T. (Tristam) CREASY's father was born in Maine, and his mother in Scotland.  This is the only lead I have to identify his parents.  Any help in my search for Tristam T. CREASY's parents of Maine will be greatly appreciated.

Jerry Creasey

[04 Aug 2004]


I'm looking for info on the parents of Lora Geneva RIDEOUT, b. 25 May 1882 (possibly in either Orrington, Maine, or in New Hampshire), d. possibly 1956 in Orrington.  Her mother's surname was BURRILL.  Lora Geneva RIDEOUT m. Arthur Warren SMITH, Jan 1901.  Arthur was b. 26 Nov 1869 in Orrington, Maine, and is buried in Orrington.  Also looking for information on the parents of Arthur Warren SMITH.  His father was Harvey SMITH and his mother was Ellen GEORGE, dates unknown for both.

Judy Pond

[03 Aug 2004]


James OLIVER and Abigial C. COAN were m. 29 Nov 1855.  They lived in Corinna, Maine.  I would love to know where they are buried.  I have info on Abigail's ancestry, but nothing on James, not even a middle name.  Census says he was b. 1825 in England - That's all I know. 


[08 Jul 2004]


I'm trying to find out where my 3rd-great-grandfather is buried.  He was Harrison POMROY and he died in 1898 in Glenburn, Maine.  A lot of the family are buried in Birch Grove Cemetery there, but I did not find him there the last time I was in Maine.  His father was Nailor POMROY and he was b. in Hermon and also spent time in Levant.

Diane Redden

[26 Jun 2004]


Looking for info on Pansy B. HAYWARD b. 25 Feb 1888. 

Calvin Wright

[15 Jun 2004]


I need help!  I'm looking for George & Betsey SEWALL/SEWELL, whose children were George Frederic, Stephan, Rinaldo and Rose.  There appear to be at least two George & Betsey's living in the Bangor area during the mid-1800's who have children with same or similar names and ages.  To make it more puzzling, there is also a George & Elizabeth!  George Frederic m. Louise CALL in Bangor 1861.  At the time he lived in Milford and she lived in Bradley.  By 1880 they were living in Orono.  This is the direct line and I'm sure of it.  Prior to that everything is fuzzy.  Even suggestions on what to try next would be welcome.  (Neither of these is one of the George A. SEWALLs who were apparently prominent attorneys and in state government although the ages are similar.  Thanks in advance for any suggestions. 

Mary Bihn 

[15 Jun 2004]


Searching for the father of Abner MILLETT b. 18 Nov 1822/23 in Wilton, Kennebec Co., Maine.  He m. 17 Apr 1843 Sarah PAGE of Kirkland (now Hudson), Maine.  He d. in Corinth on 9 Oct 1878, and is buried there.  I think his father is Samuel T. or I. MILLETT b. 14 Dec 1778 and his mother is Nancy SMITH b. Nov 1783; but I have no proof of this.  They did share land together and Abner and his wife took care of Nancy and Samuel in their old age.  Does anyone have any further information and also who would Abner's brothers and sisters be?  Also need info on Sarah PAGE's father, who is Richard PAGE b. 5 Apr. 1802 in Orono, Maine and m. to Mary MOREY.  I need his father and mother.  Thanks. 

Judy Clark

[11 June 2004]


I am interested in any history of Horace F. STEVENS who is buried in the Snow's Corner Cemetery in Hermon.  He was a veteran of the Spanish American War and served in Cuba. 

Thomas A. Stevens

[31 May 2004]


Looking for info on my 4th great grandfather, Amos GREGORY, son of Josiah GREGORY and Meletiah PAYSON.  Amos GREGORY married a woman by the first name of Susan.  Amos was listed in the 1820 Bangor, Maine, census, by 1830 he is listed in Corinth, Maine, census, where the father also lived.  In 1840 his wife Susan is listed as head with several children in Corinth.  After that I cannot locate Susan or Amos.  The had children:  Amos GREGORY Jr., b. 1817, lived in Charleston, Maine; twins Susan Clark GREGORY and Sally Chick GREGORY, b. 1818; Edward Hopkins GREGORY, b. 1820, lived in Bangor, m. Maria E. MAYO; Charlotte Hannah GREGORY, b. 1822; Wealthy L. GREGORY, b. 1824 (my 3rd great grandmother), married Isaac N. MAYO and lived in Hampden, Maine; and Mary Ann Williams GREGORY, b. 1827.  The children's births were all recorded in Corinth town records.  Also looking for info on an Otis H. GREGORY who married a Hannah MESSINGER and lived in Charleston, Maine.  He lived next door to Amos GREGORY, Jr., and was the right age to possibly be another son of Amos Sr. and Susan, but I don't know how he fits in yet.  Any help in finding info on Amos Jr., Susan and their children, as well as Otis H. GREGORY would be greatly appreciated. 

Linda Jemmett  

[31 May 2004]


Trying to locate info on my great-great-grandfather Daniel HOLMES who moved to Bangor area after his wife died (not sure of that date and I have no info as to when he died).  Any info on him or suggestions on the best places to look for information would be appreciated. 

Mark Holmes

[30 May 2004]


Trying to confirm if my great-grandfather, Alphonso G. SMITH, was the son of Dominick and Hannah SMITH who lived in Hampden, Maine.  Alphonso was born 25 Dec 1848 in East Hampshire, Maine.  Trying to find out if anyone from Dominick's family came to Minnesota sometime before 1874 when he married Ida Ellen STOUT. 

Charlotte Mapes 

[23 May 2004]


Looking for any info on Frank PAGE, born in Italy, married Louisa SANBORN.  There are my great-great-grandparents.  Frank PAGE served in the Civil War.  Known child is Warren B. PAGE.  Towns included are Hartland, Newport and Newburgh. 


[19 May 2004]


Judson Wentworth COREY, son of Gilbert Lafayette COREY (b. 29 Oct 1839 in Bangor, Maine) and Margaret REED (b. 1846 in Carleton Co., New Brunswick).  Looking for Judson's birthplace-birth date is listed as 14 Nov 1870.  Unable to locate record of his birth, quite possibly it was in Penobscot County, Maine.  Any record of this family living there around 1870 would be appreciated. 

Patricia Corey  

[14 May 2004]




I am looking for Edward BLANCHARD, his parents or progeny.  He was b. in Canada ca 1852.  He immigrated ca 1868 and m. Mary Elizabeth GIFFORD / GREFFARD in 1872.  He lived mainly in the Greenbush / Old Town/Bradley area.  His sons include Edward Jr., Lewis, Joseph and John Bernard.  Joseph m. Adelaid NADEAU and John m. Arlene NADEAU (not sure if the ladies were directly related).  Joseph and Lewis d. in the 1920s and John d. 1968 in Florida.  If you have any info on this family, living or dead, I would be grateful. 

Scott Blanchard

[05 May 2004]




My great grandfather was Orrington Tarbox BOWMAN.  I am trying to locate any of his family that is buried in Orrington, Maine.  His mother was a full blooded American Indian from Orrington-I assume of the TARBOX name.  Any assistance or suggestions on where to research would be very appreciated. 

Marion Spaulding

[05 May 2004]




Trying to find this person, mentioned in the 1880 census for Winn, Penobscot Co., Maine. Jacob JACOBSEN: male, bp Sweden, age 43, occ Works in Tannery, Single, White, father's bp Sweden, mother's bp Sweden.  Listed in household of John B. Brown, relationship: other. He came from Sweden probably in 1878.  He is not found in the 1900 census for Winn.  He is said to have moved on to Minnesota.  What can I do?  Any help would be appreciated! 

Bo Nordenfors 

[25 Mar 2004]


I am looking for the ancestry of John TUCKER, b. 8 Feb 1761 in possibly Kittery, Maine and d. 1847 in Dexter, Maine.  He was a Revolutionary War soldier and married Phebe HEARD/HURD in 1781 in Dover, New Hampshire.  She was b. 10 May 1761.  He was the second settler of the town of Dexter about 1802.  They had 14 children, whose births are recorded in Dexter vital records (1782-1804).  The HEARD/HURD Genealogy lists 2 Phebe HEARDS b. in 1761 and I'm unsure which Phebe married John TUCKER. 

Peter Smith

[17 Mar 2004]


I am going on really sketchy info currentyl, but found out that my 3rd great grandparents were from Maine.  My aunt remembers the family always saying they were from Corinna.  I was able to read a letter sent to whom I believe is the grandmother of my my great-grandmother, it is signed S. J. BURRILL.  The letter gives condolences to her on the loss of her son and congratulations on the birth of her second son William.  I believe the letter was written by Emilie, and they mention the first son as being John.  William BURRILL who is on the 1920 and 1930 census stated that his father was from Maine.  John S. BURRILL and Ida K. BATES were my 2nd great grandparents, both born in Pennsylvania to my knowledge. 

Patty Frandsen 

[15 Mar 2004]


Looking for any and all information on the MALLORY, MALLERY, or MALLARY families in Maine (all same line).  I am particularly interested in the descendants of Alvah MALLORY, who married at age 80 to a 20 year old and had Alvah T. MALLORY of Brewer, Maine.  The senior MALLORY was an evangelist minister after having been a sea captain from Mallorytown, Ontario, and died just before his son was born in Nov 1886 in Prince Edward Island. 


[06 Mar 2004]


I am the family genealogist and am researching Earl Prince BRADBURY, b. 1886 in Brewer area.  He was married to Angeline RICHARDSON, and they had at least three children:  Harry Edwin (my grandfather), Bertha and Francis.  I also know that he was a hunting and fishing guide and eventually the police chief of Brewer in the 1940s (maybe).  I am looking for any information about this family and/or his parents. 

Elizabeth Bradbury Jeffers

[01 Mar 2004]


Looking for the owner of a sampler I found in my grandmother's belongings.  She was born and raised in Brewer, Maine, named Elizabeth FARRINGTON.  The name on the sampler is Nancy GREENWOOD.  My guess is Nancy is an ancestor of Elizabeth, b. 1911 in Brewer.  Any knowledge of GREENWOOD family in the Brewer, Eddington or Holden area appreciated. 


[20 Feb 2004]


Looking for information on David CUNNINGHAM who d. in Bangor, 1862.  He is buried at Mt. Hope Cemtery, I do not know who his parents were.  His wife was Margeret HURD CUNNINGHAM.  They had a son Roland Frank CUNNINGHAM and a 2-month-old infant daughter listed in the 1860 census.  Margaret remarried Calvin SEAVEY of Exeter and Roland lived with them; the infant daughter does not show up again and I have not been able to find a death record for her (there was no name listed on th3e 1860 census).  Roland Frank CUNNINGHAM is listed as a SEAVEY and also a CUNNINGHAM, but he did not keep the CUNNINGHAM name.  Would like to find info on David CUNNINGHAM, Roland Frank CUNNINGHAM (lived in Exeter last I have) or perhaps the mystery infant. 

Terri Cormier

[19 Feb 2004]


James OLIVER b. 1825 in England married Abigail C. COAN 29 Nov 1855.  I'd like to know where they and their children are buried.  I have little info on James OLIVER, so any info on him and his parentage would be appreciated.  He was born in England according to census.  Their sons, Alva (Albert) and Menzer were living in Corinna at one point, as were James and Abigail.  I have an obituary that says Menzer was buried in the tomb at Union Cemetery.  Does anyone know where this cemetery is or if it has undergone a name change? 

Beth Mierzejewski

[13 Feb 2004]


Seeking info on Elizabeth Fitzgibbon DAVIS, who married Percy Allie DAVIS on 4 July 1881 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  Percy DAVIS is the son of Charles and Sarah DAVIS of Garland, Maine. 

Stephen Schreiter

[05 Feb 2004]


I am researching the McCLAY, MACKIE and SHANNON families of the 1800s, all Irish immigrants, possibly through New Brunswick. 

Paul McClay

[01 Feb 2004]


Seeking info on my great uncle, Denis McMAHON of, I believe, East Millinocket, born 24 July 1876 in Bartibogue, New Brunswick, Canada; m. Julia Elizabeth SHEEHAN, 20 Aug 1907, in New Brunswick.  Julia McMAHON d. 19 Dec 1965 at age 94 as per Maine State records.  They had a daughter Madeline who was organist at the Roman Catholic Church.  Madeline never married.  Assuming Denis was employed in the wood industry-known for his carpentry skills as was his father.  Denis had a younger brother, Ambrose, b. June 1883, who, it seems, lived in the Boston area.  Any and all information on any member of this family would be very greatly appreciated. 

Pat Tozer

[01 Feb 2004]


Seeking burial places of William ROBINSON, b. Ireland ca. 1800, and wife Lorania (Larania) KIMBALL, b. Hermon, Maine.  Son is William ROBINSON, b. 1820 Carmel, Maine; d. 1908, buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Bangor.  Also wish to locate book "History of the Robinson Family," by Lewis ROBINSON of Carmel, Maine. 

Veronica Robinson

[28 Jan 2004]


We are trying to locate information on the father of Arthur AMES.  The father is believed to have lived in the Bangor area and served as a drummer during the Civil War.  He married a lady, given name Mary, from Pennsylvania after the war and lived in New York City.  We would appreciate any information that can be given.  According to the 1910 census Arthur was born about 1889 and his siblings were Alice (b. 1880) and Mary (b. 1883). 

Dale & Linda Bennett

[18 Jan 2004]


I am researching the Hezekiah B. HARRIS family of Orono, Maine.  He was killed in the Civil War, as was his on Hezekiah F. (Franklin?).  His wife was Phebe Ann GRINDLE?, DAVIS? or CHURCHILL?, b. 1809 in Castine or West Brooksville and said to have been at least part Indian.  Would be happy to have any scrap of information regarding this family. 


[17 Jan 2004]


Looking for info on Benjamin CARTER, b. 1824 and married Amanda Jane CARTER.  He d. 1851.  They had two children:  Alphonson (b. 1851) and Elizabeth Charlotte (b. 1853) 


[14 Jan 2004]


My great-great-grandfather Calvin COWING, d. in Glenburn 18 Oct 1865, at the age of 84 (this was recorded in the top margin of a page in the town records, so I surmise it was entered at a later date).  His wife, Deborah (COOMBS) COWING subsequently lived with their son Benjamin COWAN/COWING and apparently died sometime between the census of 1870 and 1880, but I did not find a record of death in town records.  The daughter-in-law, Matilda COWAN/COWING d. 1852 and granddaughter Rachel COWING d. 1864, both buried in Lake View Cemetery, Glenburn, but I have been unable to find any gravestone or cemetery record for either Calvin or Deborah COWING.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I might find a record of Deborah's death or both of their burial places?  For example, would there be any church or funeral home records for the Glenburn area in the 1865-1880 timeframe? 

Leigh Cowing

[01 Jan 2004]


My wife's grandfather was Alphonso Wilson HORNE/HORN, b. 29 Mar 1849 in Old Town, Maine.  We have been unable to locate his birth certificate.  He may have been the son of Henry and Mahitable HORN.  They had a daughter, Marietta, and a son, Alphonso.  According to our info, Marietta was b. 24 Apr 1855.  Alphonso married at least 3 times: their names being Genjuard JOHNSTON, Nancy (Last Name Unknown), and Georgia Alma LITTLEFIELD.  He married Georgia in Somerville, Massachusetts.  In Maine, Alphonso was a cooper.  He moved to the state of Washington where he became a steamboat captain.  We have most of the family information from his marriage to Georgia, but would appreciate any confirmation of his ancestry. 

Ed Stoermer

[01 Jan 2004]


Looking for info on my ancestor Lindley M. THAYER.  I am trying to tie him to Spencer THAYER in the Maxfield, Maine, area.  I am hoping they are father and son (Spencer being the father).  I cannot locate wills for either, and cannot locate Lindley's death certificate. 

Judy Nelson

[01 Jan 2004]



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