Member Query: BABCOCK

MGS member, Katherine Adamo recently sent us the following information and related query:

I am specifically looking for any documentation that can support a connection between father or mother (Samuel Babcock III & Mehitable Pierce) to their son Calvin Babcock. I have a death record for Calvin which states his fathers name as Lemuel Babcock and mother as M. Pierce. I also have census records but no name for Calvin just ages in household that fit with place and time. After extensive and exhaustive research, I have been unable to locate any Lemuel Babcocks in the entire state of Maine. Only one Lemuel Babcock in MA but wife is totally different. I found sister, Susan Pierce death record which states father as Sam’l Babcock, and mother as M. Pierce (maiden name). Pertinent information:There are 3 Samuel Babcocks in Augusta Maine during this time period. Listed as Samuel Babcock Sr. or just Samuel Babcock, Samuel Babcock Jr or II, and Samuel Babcock III. After Samuel Babcock Sr died, Samuel Babcock III became known as Samuel Babcock Jr or II. All mentioned in Martha Ballard’s Diary. Martha died prior to the birth of Calvin.

His sister was Sarah Babcock DOB c 1814 Augusta ME, and no sadly I do not have the documentation to support the connection, who first married John Wright, then later a Pierce.  The death record is Sarah Pierce.  It was on her daughter Dolly’s death record that she mentions her mother’s maiden name Babcock, and supported by Sarah Pierce’s DR with parents.  I did place Sarah in the household as well with her mother Mehitable, and two brothers Alexander and Stephen, both of whom are named in land deeds.  By this time Calvin was already out of the home, married and living in either Orono ME or Newburg.  Interesting though is that an Asa W Babcock, whom I believe is the son of Calvin’s grandfather’s brother Jeremiah Babcock.  They were both in Orono ME and living very close to each other, and interestingly enough he was again in the census in Bangor ME where Calvin lived.  So this would have been a 2nd cousin of his, but Asa W. Babcock was also born in Augusta ME but at an earlier time, and became a very wealthy businessman.  However, after searching through so many records, I again could not find any connection to Calvin.  I have taken the time to contact the United Methodist church in Orono ME, that has been established since early 1820 for any further information on marriage records and  any family connection, however they have not replied to my multiple attempts. The Babcock families are listed in the Maine Families of 1790, Vol 4, 6 and 8, which actually inspired me to purchase the entire set of volumes for my library.  This family is also mentioned in Martha Ballard’s Diary, as I mentioned, however Martha passed away prior to Calvin’s birth.  I will keep on looking, but at this point I think I’ve done all I can do from Florida and online searching.  What is needed now is feet on the ground digging and any assistance, or direction to point to whom might help would be so very very welcome.  Thank you again for your reply and if I do solve this problem I will most certainly consider publishing the article.

Samuel Babcock III, born about 1775 Augusta ME; death October 1898 Augusta, Kennebec Co ME
Mehitable born abt. 1776; death after 1850 Augusta Kennebec Co Me.
Calvin born about 1817 Augusta, Kennebec Co Me; Married Sarah Miller abt 1840 in Orono Penobscot ME;  death 1893 Bangor Penobscot Co Maine 

From tracing the census records, Calvin Babcock left the family home around the age of 23 to go to Orono ME.  I found a land deed record for Mehitable Babcock, naming two older sons, Alexander Babcock, and Stephen Babcock.  According to the Geni, they are not accepting the fact that LEmuel, is SAmuel (note 2 letter difference), with only an initial for mother Mehitable Pierce and are requesting another connection to the generation.

I have been researching land deed records, but so far have been unable to make any connections.

If you can help Katherine find additional information about her she can be reached via email at flrn@comcast.net 

Query: Peter PARKS

One of our members is looking for help…

I am trying to find information on my great(x4) grandfather, Peter Parks.  I can prove back to his son Peter Parks Jr who died a POW at Salisbury NC.  What I “know” from his death record (8 July 1867, Saugus, Massachusetts) is that he was born in 1799 (approx.) in Scotland.

What I can’t find is record of his arrival in the US prior to 1829 when he married Mrs. Susan Wood Hooker in Saugus, Massachusetts.

Suggestions for how I would proceed.  I have exhausted all the common online resources at this point.
Please contact  maggieraye@gmail.com if you can help with this query.

Query: Redford Dennis TALLMAN

Philip Smith is hoping someone can help:
Looking for some evidence that might be acceptable to Mayflower Society that Redford Dennis Tallman, born Oct. 17, 1800, was the son of Holder Tallman (1766-1830) and Drusilla Taber Tallman (1767 – 1852).
If you have some information that may help Philip, email him at  pfsmith66@att.net

Query: John OWEN and Polly WATSON

The following query came in from one of our members:

I’m a descendant of John Owen b. 19 MAR 1759 Cumberland, ME d. 1844 Litchfield, ME.  married Polly Watson  1769-1837  John Jr. is son of John Sr. of b. Falmouth 1723 – d 1787 Topsham, Me

Any assistance on family records, deeds, trying to document family group.  Have looked at Cumberland Co. Deeds online.

If you can help, comment here, or email sandrafisher@msn.com

Headstone of Mrs. Mary PLAISTED

One of our members sent in this query.  Can you help???

Headstone of Mrs. Mary, wife of Andrew Plaisted, died Nov 6 1839 age 79 years  & 9 months
– It was removed from a construction site several years ago by someone working for a Monmouth electrical contractor
– Was this a discarded headstone or was it saved from destruction?
– It’s in a barn in Caribou and needs to find it’s rightful home back to Southern Maine if missing.

email us at mainegenealogicalsociety@gmail.com if you have info you think could help get this stone get back to its rightful place.


Query: Eli LITTLEFIELD

New MGS Member Tim Harriman just sent us the following query.  If you have information you can share with Tim, email him at roadapple658@gmail.com:


Searching for information on Eli Littlefield of Wells (b.1790), who eventually settled in Brooks and supposedly died there in 1873.  Eli served to extend the Littlefield line to Waldo County and his son Joshua C. Littlefield is buried in the South Brooks Cemetery.  Eli’s parents were Ebenezer Littlefield & Betsey Clark of Wells and Lebanon.   I would like to locate Eli’s resting place to complete my research.

Query: Family of Aaron DAY

We recently received the following query from one of our members:


I am researching the family of Aaron Day, b. in Ipswich, MA on 2 July 1783 to John Day and Sarah Day, and d. in or around Medford, Maine on 16 Feb 1862.  His wife Martha was b. about 1778, and d. in Maine 16 Feb 1844.  They are bur. in the Upper Ferry Cemetery in Medford.  Aaron and Martha had the following children:

Nathaniel, b. in Starks, ME 30 Nov 1807, d. in Plymouth, MN 7 Jan 1867
John, b. in Starks, ME 24 Feb 1809 d. 14 Apr 1884 in Medford, ME
Sarah, b. in Starks, ME 31 Dec 1810
Harriet L., b. possibly in Industry, ME 31 Dec 1812, d. in Manchester, ME bet 1887 to 21 Aug 1888.
Cynthia, b. possibly in Industry or Readfield, ME between Feb 1814, d. in Sherburne County, MN 13 May 1874
Joseph Warren, b. about 1817 in Maine, d. in 1891 in Washington

Questions:
1)  What happened to Sarah?  Did she marry, and if so, to whom?  Where did she die?
2)  Where were Cynthia and Harriet born?

If you can help, please email laurieanddogs@gmail.com

Query: Hannah CHELLIS

I am looking to help with a brick wall….

Hannah CHELLIS, wife of Samuel BOOTHBY (16 Dec 1794 in Limerick, York, Maine – 20 Dec 1860 in Limington, York, Maine), and mother of Charles, Asa, Sophia, John, and George.  I believe she is the daughter of David CHELLIS and spent most, if not all of her life, in the area of Limerick, Maine.

Info should be sent to Seema Kenney: cmakny@hotmail.com

Query: SCANLIN/SCANLAN/SCANLON

Searching for ancestors/descendants of Patrick SCANLIN b. 1819 (1822?), Dannygal or Sligo Co. Ireland, d. after 1871, Parish of St. James, Charlotte Co., New Brunswick, Canada.  His wife Anna MEREDITH/MERDITH b. 1826, _, Scotland, d. between 1865 and 1870, Parish of St. James, Charlotte Co, New Brunswick, Canada.

Email: Foxscan@aol.com with any additional info

MILLER query

Query from a new member, Jaci Hall:

Looking for the parents of Simeon Miller born in Hampden, ME 1825, married to
Harriet Barrows 1849 and died in Bangor 1900. He is buried in the Lakeview Cemetery
in West Hampden amid all the Millers and Barrows to whom I know he is related. Any
help greatly appreciated.


To help Jaci: bjng@fairpoint.net

Calling All CRESSEY Researchers

MGS Member Roger Cressey recently sent us this request:
I wish to be in contact with anybody doing the Cressey genealogy. 
Daniel was born ? in the Balltown area around 1760  He had a son Daavid B. b. 7 Oct 1801. m. 13 Oct 1824 to a Martha Jane Brazier. He died 13 Jan 1853 Boothbay.  He was a powder boy in the war of 1812 Fort Popham. 
Please contact me by e-mail or tel 703-243-8518, 300 N Fairfax Dr. apt 102, Arlington, Va. 22203-1758.
Thank you, Roger W Cressey
Mr. Cressey’s email is cress19281@verizon.net