Sylvanus Boardman Hodges m Eliza L Martin 31 Dec 1875

Sylvanus Boardman Hodges was born 4 June 1852 (the year listed in his obituary) or 1853 (the year listed in his naturalization papers.) He was the youngest of nine children of Jonathan and Ruth (Taylor) Hodges of Aylesford, Nova Scotia. He may have been named for Sylvanus Boardman, founder of a Methodist church in Maine.  Later records show that he reversed his name and went by the initials “BS”. His naturalization records indicate that he arrived in Boston on March 30th, 1870, and has resided there ever since. The 1870 census was taken on June 1, and I cannot locate him.

Eliza L Martin was born 25 October 1857 in Nova Scotia. Her parents were Joseph Grant and Amanda Jane (Porter) Martin. In 1870, she was working as a servant in Clinton, MA. In 1871, Eliza travelled from Wolfville NS to Boston MA on the brig Dundee. The following year, the Dundee was damaged when it broke its moorings in Yarmouth and went aground. Boardman and Eliza were married 31 Dec 1875, in Natick, MA. Their only child, Lillian Ruth Hodges, was born in 1877 in Wayland, MA. In 1880, the family of three still lived in Wayland, and he listed his occupation as farmer/laborer.

On 3 November 1882, his naturalization papers were signed. “Respectfully represents Boardman S. Hodges of Wayland in said district, by occupation a piper, an alien, and a free white person, that he was born in Aylesford, Kings County, Nova Scotia, on or about the fourth day of June in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty-three and is now about 29 years of age; that he arrived at Boston on our about the thirtieth day of March in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and seventy, being then a minor under the age of eighteen years….” Patrick Leary and Orlando Ewing, of Wayland were his character witnesses (Unknown who Orlando is – he was born in Nova Scotia, and Ewings were neighbors of, and married into the Hodges family.). A “piper” is an inn keeper. Certificat e118-129, USDC Boston, Mass, Nov 3, 1882

In 1882 BS Hodges took up a claim 5 miles west of Ellendale, ND and his wife and daughter joined him in 1883. He also operated a shoe store in Ellendale. Early in 1882, the Ellendale town site was platted, with the survey bearing the date of May 8, 1882. The plat was filed in the Register’s office on August 22, 1882. The new town was named for Ellen Merrill, the wife of S.S. Merrill, who was the General Manager of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. Ellendale was the first town on a railroad in this entire region, and so it became a great distributing point for settler’s supplies. The permanent location of the county seat was submitted to a vote with Ellendale winning over Keystone 162-62 votes. Homes, businesses, and services flourished in Ellendale. Then, on the windy night of May 9, 1916, came the big fire. Three blocks of businesses, a church, and 21 families were burned out. With characteristic western zeal, Ellendale rebuilt.

The homestead was in Elm Township. Elm Township lies in the southern tier of townships in Dickey County, being township 129, range 64. The Elm River which flows through it from north to south, makes it a fine location for stock-raising as water is abundant and the grazing luxuriant. In its early organization it was the east half of Lorraine Township, but it soon was made a separate civil township.

The 1885 state census for Dickey County lists Boardman 33, Eliza 27, and Lillian 9. Eliza died 25 Oct 1885, her 28th birthday. Her parents had also moved to North Dakota, and young Lillian went to live with them.

In 1877, BS married Abbie Lavinia Banks, daughter of Alexander and Helen (Morse) Banks. She had previously been married to George Edward Nelson, and I do not know if they divorced or if she was widowed.

According to the 1900 census at ND, Dickey County, Ellendale city, Dist 253, he was a shoemaker who arrived in the US in 1869, and is a naturalized citizen. Abbie is with him (no children born). They have a ward, Vernet Laing, male, b Nov 1890 in ND. This is probably the same as William V. Laing born about 1891 in ND, father born Scotland, mother b NS, wife Anna b NY, depot agent for the railroad in Ellendale in 1910. I was not able to locate them later.

It appears that BS and Abbie opened their doors to younger family members. Family lore is that Albert Hodges was invited to go west and work on the Hodges Stock Farm, but because his father Frank (nephew of BS) died, Albert had to turn down this opportunity so that, as eldest son, he could take care of his mother and younger brothers. A letter about this was my first introduction to Boardman, and I actually knew quite a bit about him before I ever identified Frank’s father (Boardman’s brother) as Jonathan.

The 1910 census lists BS and Abbie at #89 Third Street, Ellendale, as proprietor of a shoe store. They were listed twice in the 1915 census, in Ellendale and in Elm, which were probably their town residence and the stock farm residence. In 1920 the census lists them on Third Street, no occupation listed, with lodger Orvis Banks, professor at state school. Orvis is Abbie’s newphew. The “Dakota Decisionmakers” website has an alphabetical listing of individuals who serve or have served in the North Dakota Legislative Assembly or the Dakota Territorial Legislative Assembly or who were delegates to either of the two North Dakota Constitutional Conventions, or who are or were members of the United States Congress. It shows that BS Hodges was in the state legislature 1923-1924.

In 1925, the state census lists 72-year-old Boardman as living in Ellendale. Boardman died there on 28 Feb 1927. Obituary: Boardman S. Hodges (March 10, 1927) Ellendale Leader: B.S. Hodges, a pioneer resident of this city, passed away at his home on Third street about noon Monday, following an illness of about a week’s duration. The immediate cause of death was senile Pneumonia. Boardman Sylvanus Hodges, son of Rev. Jonathan and Ruth Hodges, was born at Aylesford, Nova Scotia, on June 4, 1852, and at the time of his death was 74 years, 8 months, and 24 days of age. He was reared and educated at the place of his birth, and when a young man he went to Boston where he followed the shoemaking trade. At Cochituate, Mass., he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Martin in December, 1875, and here their only child, Lillian, was born. The family came to Dakota Territory, July 6, 1883, and settled on a claim file miles west of Ellendale. Mrs. Hodges parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Jos. G. Martin, came with them and settled on adjoining land. Mrs. Hodge died October 25, 1885. Mr. Hodges re-married in 1887 to a Nova Scotian friend of his younger days, Mrs. Abbie L. Nelson, who has been his constant companion ever since, and who remains to mourn his demise. The deceased was a prominent figure in the life and development of this city. For many years he conducted a shoe business here, served on the city council, and later was mayor of the city. Later he served the county on the board of county commissioners, and while in this capacity, was instrumental in bringing about the erection of the beautiful court house. Four years ago Mr. Hodges served the people of Dickey county in the state legislature. He retired from active work a few years ago, but was always greatly interested in the city and in his farm, which he leased, and made frequent trips to see the progress of the work, and to help a bit now and then. Board, as he was familiarly known to everyone, had a great many friends because he was a wonderful friend; kind hearted, interested in others, with always a cheery word or greeting, and more substantial help when and where it was needed. He was a lover of the great outdoors, and his main diversion was fishing. Every year, in company with some of his old friends, he would go to the lakes and streams in neighboring states to spend a few days, or weeks, fishing and living in the open. Because friendships meant so much to him, Board was a member of several fraternal organizations, among them the Masonic order, the Odd Fellows, Modern Woodsmen and Workmen lodges, representatives from all of which were in attendance at his funeral, which took place Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. Green and Rev. Shoemaker being in charge of the service. The only living relatives of his own family are a brother, Stephen, of Haverhill, Mass., and one sister, Mrs. Wm. McKeown, of Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. The daughter, Lillian, brought up by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin, is now Mrs. Alexander R. Wright of Oakes, N.D., and they, with Mrs. Hodges, and the deceased’s two grandchildren, Edward Wright of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Ruth Wright of Oakes, survive and mourn the loss of one whose place can never be filled. Interment was in the Ellendale cemetery, and the burial service was in the charge of the Masons.

Abbie died in Ellendale on 3 April 1939. Obit: SERVICES TODAY FOR MRS. HODGES (April 6, 1939) Well-Known Ellendale Resident Dies Monday Evening, Following Brief Illness – Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at the Masonic hall for Mrs. Abbie L. Hodges, well known Ellendale resident who died at about 11 oclock Monday evening following an illness of approximately two weeks. O.E.S. ritualistic services will be used and interment will be made in the Ellendale cemetery beside her husband, who died Feb 27, 1927. Abbie L. Banks was born Dec 30, 1852, in Nova Scotia, where she spent her girlhood. Early in 1887, she came to Dickey county and her marriage to Boardman S. Hodges took place in June of that year, following which they lived for several years on a farm five miles west of Ellendale. Later they purchased a home in Ellendale and moved to town where her husband engaged in the shoe business and where they lived until his passing. After the death of her husband she went to Massachusetts where she made her home with relatives for nine years, returning to Ellendale in 1936 to again establish her home among her old friends. For the past three years, she had lived at the home of Mrs. C. P. Crary, but when stricken with her recent affliction she was moved to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Rose because of the illness of Mrs. Crary. Although every care was tendered her, she passed peacefully into the Great Beyond late Monday night. Surviving her passing are her step-daughter, Mrs. A.R. Wright of Oakes, a nephew, O.A. Banks of this city, a sister, Mrs. Hattie Dunham of Haverhill, Mass., and a brother, Burpee Banks of Oakham, Mass.

Boardman, Eliza (and her parents) and Abbie are all buried at the Ellendale City Cemetery, northeast of the city. Sharing the lot is Oceana (Porter) Anderson, Eliza Martin’s aunt.


William Hall m Almeda E Waterhouse-Hayes 30 Dec 1849

William Hall was born 13 July 1825 in Hanover, NH, son of William and Charlotte (Chase) Hall.  The 1830 and 1840 censuses of Hanover list  two William Halls.  Since only the heads of households were listed I can’t confirm this, but one of them is probably Williams father.

Almeda E Waterhouse was born 29 June 1832 in Orford, NH, daughter of Benjamin and Fanny (Bartlett) Waterhouse.  She may have been adopted, or merely raised, by Sylvanus and Margaret (Patterson) Hayes.  Birth records for her daughters list her as Almeda Waterhouse. Her marriage record and the death record for daughter Charlotte list her maiden name as Hayes.

William and Almeda were married 30 December, 1849, in Lebanon, NH.  The household in 1850 included William, Almeda, his mother Charlotte, NA Chase, Elizabeth Chase, Daniel Hall, Michael Laughlin, and Abby Pixley.  A son of Dan Fox was brought up by William Hall, was probably aged 14 in 1850 census, called Dan Hall.

By 1860, William and Almeda’s two daughters have been born, named for their two grandmothers, Fanny and Charlotte.  William’s mother is also in the household.  William was a farmer.  His real estate was valued at $3000, and his personal property at $1225.  The 1870 census shows the hall family living near George Hayes, according to the census house numbering.  George is the son of Sylvanus and Margaret Hayes, so Almeda is his adopted sister.  William’s farm property was valued at $5000, and his personal property at $1316. The 1880 census for Hanover shows William and Almeda, with their daughter Fanny and her husband Wright Taylor.  They were five houses from George and his wife Minnie (Blood) Hayes.

George and Minnie were married 21 Nov 1874, and had four children:  a stillborn, Grace, Fredrick who died at age 18 months, and Sadie, born in 1881.  George and Minnie divorced in 1883.  William and Almeda adopted Sadie and renamed her Daisy.

The 1900 census for Lebanon showed William and Almeda Hall with Daisy Hall.  Also in the household are Halls’ widowed daughter Charlotte Kenyon and her son Earl, Edith Fisher, Jenny Puffer, and Ninnie Puffer.  Jenny and Earl married two years later.

By 1910, William and Almeda had moved to Marshfield, MA, and were living with daughter Fannie and her husband Wright Taylor.

William died 30 June 1912 in Lebanon, and Almeda died 4 Jun 1915 in Marshfield MA.  They are buried at the Etna NH cemetery.  Almeda’s recently “discovered” death record is the first place I have seen her birth parents identified.  Her daughter was the person providing the information for the death certificate.

Also on the headstone is Angie Newton Gillis 1865-1915.  I do not know her relationship to the family, but I did find in archived newspapers that she was operating a gas station in Florida, and was murdered.  There should be more to that story!

Thomas Merrill Johnson b 29 Dec 1849

Thomas Merrill Johnson was born 29 December 1849 in Rutland VT, the sixth of ten children of William and Lorette (Proctor) Johnson.  In 1850, the family lived in Sandgate, VT, but shortly thereafter, the family moved west to Illinois, where his father was granted a homestead in 1855. 

In 1860, the family lived In Hahnaman IL.  There is a Thomas M Johnson who served in the Civil War in the 20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, but I do not know if this is the same person.  Thomas was still in Hahnaman in 1870.

Thomas moved to Freemont, Nebraska, and on 11 May 1876, married Sarah Catherine “Kate” Dolan, daughter of James and Rose Dolan.  Thomas and Kate had four children: William Wallace, Franklyn Ed, Nettie Louretta, and Charles, born between about 1876 and 1882.

In 1880, the family lived in Elkhorn, Nebraska.  Thomas was a carpenter.  Kate died about 1883 in Nebraska.  Family lore is that the children were given to relatives.  When Thomas remarried, he sought to get his children back but did or could not. On 28 Nov 1883, Thomas married Hattie Ellen Duggan, daughter of Samuel and Mary Matilda (Hetrick) Duggan. Both lied about their ages – Thomas was 34 but claimed to be 27.  Hattie was just over 14 but claimed to be 17.  The Nebraska state census of 1885 shows Thomas in Arlington, Nebraska. His four children, William, Franklyn, Nettie, and Charles are with Thomas and Hattie, as well as Hattie’s first child, Myra, who was born 10 months after they married.  If Thomas gave the children up to Kate’s relatives, it would appear that this happened after the marriage to Hattie.  One can only imagine how hard it was to suddenly be mother to five at the age of sixteen!

The Moline IL city directories list a Thomas Johnson at 624 Railroad avenue, a carpenter, in 1885, 1886, 1887, and 1888.  This may be the same family.

A “cousin” and fellow researcher provided more details of the Thomas and Hattie Johnson family history:  In 1890, they took their four girls – Myra, Eugenia “Jean”, Julia and Ruby Ellen “Nellie” – to Washington state to seek employment.  They took the train and after spending the summer in Washington, decided it was too rainy and wet to live there.  An epidemic of scarlet fever broke out, so they got back on the train and headed home.  The two youngest girls, Julia and Nellie, caught scarlet fever and Julia died on the way home in Wyoming.  Nellie died in Nebraska.   

In 1900, Thomas was recorded in the census in Rock Falls, Whiteside, IL with Hattie and the children.  He was a carpenter.

The family stayed in Nebraska a few more years and had two more girls, Lorette “Laura” and Alice.  They moved to Whiteside county, Illinois, where Thomas’ family (parents and Lilly and her family) were living.  There in Rock Falls, Hattie gave birth to their last three children, Napoleon, Anna “Marie” and Hattie Quintilla.  Family lore is that Thomas was an alcoholic and had a violent temper.  The end of Thomas and Hattie’s marriage came when Thomas shot a gun at Hattie and missed her, but made a hole in the fabric of her dress.  According to the story, all Hattie had to do was show the judge the hole in the dress where Thomas had shot it, and the judge granted her the divorce.  The court record page lists both the divorce and Thomas’ court case for assault.  Thomas spent 5 years in prison for this crime.  They were divorced as of 19 October 1901.

The 1910 census for Uniontown, Fayette Co, Pennsylvania lists Thomas with third wife Jennie Miller and her daughter Bertha Miller.  He was a house carpenter.  They both listed this as their second marriage although actually it was his third.  The census asks for number of years of present marriage, and Thomas and Jennie listed “O” so they must have been newlyweds in 1910. Jennie came from a large family, also, as the 1910 census reports that she had nine children, six still living. The 1910 census is also supposed to document military service, and there is no notation that Thomas served.

In 1920, Thomas was back in Rock Falls, Coloma Twp, Whiteside IL with Jennie and her daughter Bertha Miller (and granddaughter Charlotte Miller).  He was a house carpenter.

Thomas died 3 March 1923 in Sterling, IL. Jennie Johnson is listed as his surviving spouse.  He is buried at the IOOF cemetery in Coloma IL.

John Ditmars Vroom m Catherine Jones 27 December, 1838

John Ditmars Vroom was born in 1811 in Clementsport, Nova Scotia, He was the first son, and one of ten children, of Henry and Abigail (Ditmars) Vroom.  Catherine Jones was born 3 October 1810, also in Clementsport, She was the 11th of 12 children of Nicholas and Catherine (Ditmars) Jones.  The Ditmars and Vroom families were of Dutch descent, Loyalists in the American Revolution, who moved from New York and New Jersey to Nova Scotia. The Jones family was Welsh.

Catherine and Ditmars, as he was known, were married 27 December 1838, in Clementsport.  While many Vroom families stayed in the Clemensport area, Henry’s family moved up the Annapolis Valley to the areas of Wilmot and Middleton.  Catherine and Ditmars’ first daughter Abigail was baptized 9 March 1840, in Wilmot.  Their second daughter Henrietta Jane Vroom was born 21 Jan, 1846, also in Wilmot. 

Ditmars died at age 36, on 12 June 1847, in Middleton.  His sister, Jane Vroom Wheelock, whose diary survives, wrote:  p. 21 –  1847 – Death has again entered our family and taken our brother Ditmars, a great sufferer he has been the last three years of his life, he died Saturday, June the 12th was burried Monday 14th  Mr. Barratt preached his funeral sermon from Rev. 2, 10…

I have not found a formal record of Ditmars’ funeral.  However, Jane recorded that 28 July, 1857, her sister Harriet died of breast cancer, and she was laid to rest by the side of her Father and Brother at Wilmot.  Their father Henry Vroom is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery.  His daughter Harriet is buried near him.  She shares a marker with her husband Calvin Wheelock, and Jane, the author of the diary, who married Calvin Wheelock after her sister Harriet died. Two Vroom brothers predeceased Harriet – Adophus Wesley Vroom who is buried in Old St. Edwards, Clementsport, and John Ditmars Vroom.  He is probably the “brother” buried with Henry and Harriet, at Pine Grove.  There are unmarked spaces between Henry and the Wheelock lot, which probably hold Abigail and her son John Ditmars Vroom.

On 12 December 1854, Catherine married widower Thomas A Roland, a farmer of Factorydale (by Morristown). This is to certify that Thomas Rowland of the Township of Wilmot, County of Annapolis, and Province of Nova Scotia, widower, and Catherine Vroom, of the Township, County, and Province aforesaid, widow, by the authorization of banns, this twelvth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and fifty four, by me, C. Lockhart, Wesleyan Minister. In the presence of Arvard Vrome, Jane Vroom.

Thomas had a young son with his first wife, and Catherine had Abigail and Henrietta to raise. Their home was just below the Baptist Church and old cemetery.  The property surrounded the old cemetery on three sides (the road serving as the south side.) 

The 1871 census lists Catherine with Thomas, and his mother Olivia.  The location is given as South Aylesford but this probably is Factorydale.  The household includes Adelia Roland (not known to me) and Thomas’ 88-year-old mother Olivia. 

Catherine is in the 1881 census with Thomas.  After Jonathan Hodges died in Massachusetts, his widow, Catherine’s daughter Henrietta (and children) came back to Nova Scotia to live with Catherine, and they are in the census as well.   

Catherine died 2 December, 1882, and is buried at the old Morristown cemetery.  Thomas married twice more, but is buried with his mother and Catherine in Morristown. His son and grandson developed high-bush blueberry fields and apple orchards that are still adjacent to the cemetery. His great granddaughter Hazel wrote history books and articles, including a history of Morristown.

William Johnson b 26 December 1820

William Johnson was born 26 December 1820 in Rockingham, VT.  I have not identified his parents.  In 1820, there were five Johnson households in Rockingham:  Betsey, Joshua, Philanthropy, Robert A, and Robert A Johnson Junior.  If the traditionally believed date and location are correct, his parents should be in one of the above–listed households.

William would likely have been with his parents in the 1830 and 1840 census. William married Lorette Proctor, daughter of Philip and Dorcas (Dimmick) Proctor in Rutland VT on 7 February 1844.  By 1850, the family, which now included five children, was living in Sandgate, VT.  William’s farm was valued at $600.

About 1853, William and Lorette moved west, and in 1855 had a land grant in near Morrison in Whiteside County IL.  Whiteside County was established on January 16, 1836 and named for Samuel Whiteside, a Colonel of the Territorial militia, Representative in the First General Assembly, and Brigadier General of the militia during the Black Hawk War. Whiteside’s boundaries have changed during the State’s history.

In 1860, the family was making its home in Lyndon, IL.  His real estate was valued at $1280 and his personal property at $225.  In 1862, he was a town supervisor in Hahnaman, IL and the family is listed in the 1865 state census there, with livestock valued at $560 and grain products valued at $250.  He was listed there in 1870 with a farm valued at $2500 and personal property at $1050. 

By 1880, only the youngest daughter was still at home.  The household included a servant who worked on the farm.  They were listed at the same location in the 1885 state census.  Lorette died in 1885, and is buried at Coloma cemetery.

William lived with various children, and was in the 1900 census, living in Rock Falls, Illinois, with daughter Lilly Gay Johnson Thome and her family. That was the last census William was alive.  William and Lorette are buried in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Albert Warren Smith m Lucinda Priscilla Stone 25 December 1867

Albert  Warren Smith was born 2 September 1843, the second son of Joseph and Harriet (Newell) Smith, in Ipswich MA.  Joseph was a cordwainer, which is a shoemaker.  The index lists his middle name as Marion, but I believe this was a transcription error from Warren.  The 1850 census says “Warren”.  Joseph had a brother Warren who died as an infant. and Josie Smith’s first son was Albert Warren Hodges. 

Albert is in the 1860 census at home with his parents, occupation is brick mason. Civil war records list three Albert Smiths, and I don’t know if he served in the military. 

Some time before 1867, Albert moved to Lynn MA, where he met and married Lucinda Priscilla Stone, daughter of William and Mary (Hodges Lewis) Stone.  Since our Hodges family came from Ireland, and didn’t start moving to Massachusetts until later than this, I do not believe we are related to this branch of Hodges family – at least back to Europe. 

By the 1880 census, Albert and Lucinda were living on Stephen Street. Albert and Lucinda did not have children of their own.  However, sometime after the 1880 census, Albert’s niece Josie (daughter of George) came to live with them, and was raised as his daughter. In 1886 and 1887, they lived at #1 Stone place.  Lucinda died 28 September 1887, and is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn.

On 5 September 1888, Albert married Mary E Breed, and they lived at 5 Stone Place.   They were there through 1890, but by 1893, were living at 119 Holyoke.  The 1894 Lynn city directory lists Albert Smith as a trustee at the South-Street Methodist Church – his adopted daughter Josie’s husband (Frank Hodges) was later trustee at that same church.  Frank and family lived in the adjacent house.  The 1900 census, and Lynn city directories continue to list Albert W Smith, mason, at 119 Holyoke, through the 1906 edition, which documented his death on 3 August 1905.    Albert was also buried at Pine Grove Cemetery. 

Albert’s widow Mary moved to 25 Walnut street, and was listed in the city directory as late as 1919.

John Joseph Mullenax b 24 December 1882

John Mullenax was born 24 December, 1882, the only child of George A and Mary A (Funk) Mullenax, in Cherryvale, Kansas.  He was listed with his family in the 1895 Kansas state census.  In 1900, he was living in Flathead County, Montana with his parents.  He married Eugenia Pearl Johnson on 1 Dec 1904.  John’s first daughter Nellie was born in July in Somers, near Kalispell.  The family moved to Colorado, and his second daughter Frances was born in 1907 in Del Norte.  By 1910, the family was living in Brownlee, ID.  John and his father were always listed as farmers or ranchers.  They homesteaded in the Sweet, ID area. 

John’s father died in 1912 in Sweet, and John became the head of the household, which included his mother, wife, and the two daughters. 

In papers filed October 7, 1914, in Walla Walla, Eugenia alleged that soon after Florence was born John “willfully deserted this plaintiff, went to the state of Georgia . . .and has ever since willfully failed and neglected to make suitable or any provision for his said family.”  At that point, Eugenia stated that she had been a resident of Walla Walla for about four years.  John was served the papers in Boise County, Idaho.  He made no appearance and did not answer the summons for action for divorce, and Eugenia was granted a divorce, with sole custody and care of the daughters.  Neither was allowed to marry for six months, according to the decree, which was filed December 4, 1914, in Walla Walla.

John did wait the required six months, then on 31 August, 1915, he married Lucy Marion Fawcett in Boise ID.  The next year, John was issued his land patent for 140 acres.  Just a year later, John and Lucy, and his mother Mary, sold their properties near Sweet to Alonzo Figart. 

John’s son John James was born 8 July 1916 in Sweet, ID.  The family moved from southern Idaho to northern Idaho.  A second son, George E, was born 14 Mar 1917 at Mica Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene.  In 1918, John registered for the draft.  John and Lucy’s daughter Virgina May was born 5 October 1919 at the ranch the family owned at Mica Bay.   

On 20 December, 1919, John was in Coeur d’Alene, buying Christmas presents.  Lucy felt that her mother-in-law was bewitching her children and turning them against her.  She attacked Mary with a potato masher, and Mary suffered significant head injuries.  Lucy took the children, and dropped them into the cistern, where they all drowned.  Lucy then walked to the lake and tried to jump off the dock, but was stopped by a neighbor.  When they found out what had happened at the ranch house, Lucy was arrested.  She was later committed to the mental hospital in Orofino, Idaho. [See previous postings about Mary (Funk) Mullenax and Lucy (Fawcett) Mullenax for more details.]

John and his mother Mary continued to live at the ranch at Mica Bay.   A 19 June 1921 recording of deed indicates that John J. and Lucy M Mullenax sold the Mica property to Helen C Brown, for a mortgage of $2500.  The deed says that John “came personally” but doesn’t mention Lucy. After just a couple years at the asylum, Lucy was released to John’s custody.  They moved to southern California, by 1922.  Voter registration lists their home as 441 E 23rd street, and he was a dairyman.  John died 1 Nov 1922 in Los Angeles, from of complications after surgery for appendicitis.

John’s body was returned to Idaho and he was buried with his children at Forest Cemetery.

Oliver Perham d 23 Dec 1853

Oliver Perham was born 4 July 1788 in Lyndeborough NH, the first son of Oliver and Anna (Pierce) Perham.  (The father was a Revolutionary war soldier, his pension records were the first I had seen, as another researching cousin made copies for me before the days of Internet sites such as HeritageQuest.)   Oliver is my 4th great grandfather, and his brother Joseph Perham is my 3rd great grandfather, which makes their parents, Oliver and Anna, both my 4th and 5th great grandparents.   This is why I have to use a computer – to keep these relationships sorted out.

In the 1810 census, the family was in Lyndeborough.  It appears that Oliver was still living with his parents.  Oliver married Patty Holt on 22 November, 1810, in Packersfield, NH. 

By 1820, Oliver had moved his family to Wilton.  The household included two persons over 25 (probably Oliver and Patty), a male and a female between 16 and 25, and 5 children under 16. Oliver served three years as a town selectman, 1829-1831.  In 1830, he was on the committee to purchase a farm on which to support the poor.

In 1830, the family was still in Wilton.  The census lists (without naming, of course) 8 persons under 20, and 2 ages 20-49. 

In 1840, the census taker recorded 1 person in each category – male 10-14, male 20-29, male 50-59, female 10-14, female 15-19, female 40-49.  Two were employed in agriculture, and two were in schools.

In 1850, Oliver lived in Wilton NH with Patty, daughter Sarah, and son Joel.  He resided on lot No. 20, first range. He was a farmer, and his real estate was valued at $2000. 1850 is the first year that listed all household members by name rather than just listing the head of the household.  The older children are presumably married and on their own.  There is an Oliver Perham Jr living a few houses away, age 31, so he is probably one of the unnamed children from the earlier census.

Oliver d 23 Dec 1853 in Lyndeborough NH, and is buried at Perham Corner cemetery. 

A story in the Nashua Telegraph from 1949 reports that property tax records dating to 1830 had been located at a residence and turned over to the town clerk.  The records mention the names of the selectmen, including Oliver Perham, and mentions that they still have descendants living in town.

Drucilla Smith born 22 December 1850

Drucilla (or Drusilla) was born 22 December 1850, in Ipswich MA, the fourth of five children to Joseph and Harriett (Newell) Smith.  But I didn’t know that at first.

I “inherited” a news clipping that told about the 60th wedding anniversary of Drucilla and Edward Perkins.  There was a notation that they were “relatives” of Josie Smith but it took a while to figure out how they fit into the family. I suspected that researching the Smiths in Ipswich, not far from Boston, might be complicated because of the common name. I had learned that Josie’s father was George Smith, and that she was raised by her uncle Albert Smith, so I searched the Ipswich census records and eventually found a family that included siblings Albert, George, and as luck would have it, Drucilla.  Finding that combination of three names convinced me that this was the right family to be Josie’s father and grandparents.  George and Albert were common names, but Drucilla was much less common. 

The news article reported the birthdates for Mr. and Mrs. Perkins, including their marriage date of 29 March, 1877.  I have not found their death dates, but know that they both reached the year 1937. 

In 1870, Drucilla was a teacher.  By 1880, her first child John was born, and two daughters, Caroline and Alice followed. I was eventually able to match them to spouses, and identify their children, using Internet and census searches and comparing my findings to the news clipping that listed the guests at the anniversary party.  I did notice that Josie Smith Hodges was not listed as a guest at her aunt’s party.

Drucilla Perkins lived at #2 Green, in Ipswich.  There is a sign that identifies the house as the Perkins House, although since it was built recently (1860s) it is not considered one of the more historic houses of Ipswich.  One year, Mr. and Mrs. Perkins had their photograph taken in front of their house, then used the photo as a Christmas card.  On my first visit to Ipswich, we found the house, right near the town green and the library.  We could match the doorway in the photo to the doorway on the house.  Harriet (my third great grandmother) lived with the Perkins family at this home after her husband died.

Anne M Laclair m Edward Lavigne 21 Dec 1876

Anne M Laclair was born 22 June 1862, the second of four children of Barnabus and Sarah Ann (Hawkins) Laclair.  I have not found a birth record for her.  While family lore is that she was born in Quebec, the 1871 Canada census indicates that she was born in the US.  If so, she was probably born in North Conway.   

Anne married Edward Lavigne (aka LaVine aka Edgar Langue) on 21 Dec 1876.  She claimed that she was 16 years old, but was really just 14 ½ years old. Her birthplace is listed as Conway NH. Edward was 36, a laborer, born in Burlington VT according to the marriage record, or in Canada, according to other records.  This was recorded as the first marriage for both people.

In 1880, the couple lived in Barton, where he was a farm laborer.  The 1883-1884 Gazetteer and Business Directory for Lamoille/Orleans County, Town of Barton, outside of corporation, lists Lavigne, Edward (Barton) r 36, farmer.  Family lore is that Edward was institutionalized.  Daughter Elvie’s birth record in 1886 says the father was in a hospital, insane. 

I found a death record for Edward Lavine, showing 21 May 1888, at Brattleboro VT, with a birth year that matches Anne’s husband.  This was the location of a mental hospital, and is probably the correct person.

After her first husband died,  the five children were given up for adoption.  The oldest was ten, the baby was 3 ½.  However, it was probably what we would call “open adoption” as all five children were listed as survivors in Anne’s obituary.  Taking different last names has made them hard to trace.  I have seven children listed for her, so probably have a couple whose records could be merged. 

After Edward’s death, Anne married James Albert Hyland on 11 June 1892, in Troy VT.  I have not found that they had any children together. 

In 1900, Anne and James lived in Barton.  She listed June 1864 as date of birth, married to James Hyland for 9 years, 5 children born, 5 surviving, but none living with Anne.   It is possible that she made her age younger because James was eight years younger than her.  In 1910, she moved her birth year back to 1863.  In 1920, she lists her father born in France (Quebec, really) and her mother born in NH.  In 1930, Anne and James lived at 88 East Street in Barton.  One niece remembers her as fat, jolly, and loveable. 

Anne died 21 February 1937 in Barton.  Her obituary:  Mrs. Ann Hyland, a familiar figure is missing from our village since the passing of Mrs. Ann Hyland to whom death came on Sunday, February 21, at her home.  Although Mrs. Hyland had been in poor health she had rallied from a long illness some years ago and had been for the past year, though still feeble, able to take her accustomed interest in local affairs.  She suffered a shock February 14 from which she never recovered.  Funeral services with Rev. L. C. Dibbiel officiating, were held from the Methodist church February 23 and she was laid to rest in Pleasant View cemetery.  Ann LeClair was the daughter of Barney and Sarah Ann Hawkins LeClair born June 22, 1862, in North Conway, NH.  She was twice married, to Edgar Langue in 1877, and to James A. Hyland in 1891.  Surviving relatives are her husband, James A. Hyland, and the five children of her first marriage:  Mrs. May Drew of Glover, Mrs. Florence Kinsey of Springfield Mass, Ed Langue Royer of West Charlestown, Mrs. Elvie Denette of Ausable Forks, NY, Mrs. Vinnie Colburn of Newport, eighteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Hyland was for many years a member and as long as health and strength permitted a constant attendant of the Methodist church.  She was a kind neighbor and the many good deeds which she had to her credit will long be remembered.

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