Daniel Dodge d 30 April 1740

Daniel Dodge was born 26 April, 1677, in Wenham, MA, son of Richard Dodge and Mary Eaton.  He graduated at Harvard College in 1700, being the first graduate by the name of Dodge in New England.

In 1703, Dec. 1st, his father, Richard, by deed of gift (v, 19 p. 3) conveyed to his son Daniel Dodge of Wenham, clerk, my now dwelling house and the dwelling house standing in the same yard with it, my cyder mill, outhousing, barns, together with my homestead lot in Wenham, being by estimation 50 acres more or less. Also all that 30 acres I bought of Capt. Wm. Dixey of Beverly and all that 12 acres, more or less, of meadow, I bought of brother John Dodge, lying southerly of Long Ham meadow.” Also all my piece of meadow in said Long Ham, bordering on the aforementioned 30 acres and extending in length from the bridge southwest of my house quite to the cross fence as it now standeth, containing 5 acres more or less. Likewise all “the Island” which I purchased of Mr. Robert Bradford of said Beverly, lying north easterly from Long Ham River and bounded on the N. E. by Town Common land of Wenham. Also 30 acres called the “Cow Pasture” in Wenham, which I bought of Nath.Waldern and Goodman Hobbs of said town. “Provided ” only my son Daniel shall allow his brothers. Richard and ” William right of way etc.,through the “Cow Pasture’as the ” path now is and same right to William over a part of the ” homestead. I give said Daniel my common rights of land ” in Common land of Wenham and one Common Right. ‘ bought of Abraham Masters in Town Commonage of “Manchester. Also one-third part of all my marsh, upper ” and lower, and landing marsh which be in Che” bacco in Ipswich, excepting only the marsh bought ” of Capt. Thomas Rayment, and that part of my marsh ” near Wid. Fellows marsh in Hogg Island marshes in ” Chebacco; viz: that part which Richard has occupied for ” divers years past, excepting also 4 acres of marsh in ” Chebacco marshes which I bought of James Burnham in ” Ipswich. Further, I give Daniel 110 trees on my 100 ” acres which by deed of even date I have given to my son ” William Dodge. Likewise I give Daniel my negro boy ” and all cattle, horses, sheep, swine, money, goods and ” chattels not otherwise disposed of.

In January, 1702-3 he was engaged as a teacher at Beverly and again in September 1706.

He married Joanna Burnham, 20 June, 1706. In 1715, he was chosen schoolmaster of Reading for 3 years at 30 pounds per year.

About two years before his death he gave his son, Daniel of Wenham, husbandman, the house “he now lives in” and the “orchard joining to it,” and also another piece of orchard on the westerly side of the river.

Daniel died 30 April 1740 in Wenham. 

His will, dated 28 April, 1740, two days before his death, was very long and elaborate, and as it was witnessed by Rev. John Warren, Samuel Kimball and William Dodge (probably his brother), it was probably written by his pastor, Rev. John Warren. He gave his wife Joanna (Burnham), all personal estate, except farming tools and implements of husbandry and his carpenter’s tools, which he gave to his son David. He gave his wife the use of David’s share till he became of age of 21 years. He prescribed the amount of provisions which should be delivered to her annually by Daniel, and by David after he became of age, so long as she remained his widow, a limitation which probably took effect when she married Samuel Kimball, 30 June, 1741. Daniel’s will gave her the use of the buildings so far as she could use them, and required Daniel, Jr., to pay for her comfortable and honorable support and subsistence. In case she should marry, all the privileges granted were to cease, and in case she resigned her right of dower, Daniel and David were to pay her fifty pounds each.  Joshua was to pay her 40 shillings per annum from the time he became of age.

He gave his son James £150. He gave his son Joshua the house and land in Beverly which had been bought of Benj. Woodberry, Joshua to pay £200 to the executor and 40 shillings per annum to his mother.  He gave his daughter Joanna £5.

He gave Daniel, Jr., the house and lands which the latter had occupied. To David he gave the homestead and divided the remaining lands between them.

To his daughter Mary £100 to be paid by Daniel and David.  The enumeration of the tracts of lands which he gave his sons indicates that he was well to do in respect to real estate, and that he was not much in debt. He was deacon of church. His wife Joanna and son Daniel were his executors.


Samuel Skelton m Susanna Travis 29 April 1619

Samuel Skelton was born 26 February 1592 in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, England, son of William and Sarah Skelton. 

Susanna Travis was born about 11 September 1597, in Horbling, Lincolnshire, England.  Her father’s name was William, but her mother’s name is unknown to me. 

Samuel had received his degree at Cambridge University.  He was rector of the Sempringham church. Lincolnshire, from about 1618 for three or more years. This church is a relic of Norman architecture to which a tower was added in 1425.

Samuel and Susanna married 29 April 1619, in Sempringham, Lincolnshire, England.  Samuel and Susanna had a daughter, my ancestor Mary, born 28 Jun 1627, in Tattersall, Lincolnshire, England, and four other children.  Samuel brought his family to Massachusetts Bay in 1629, on the ship “George Bonaventure.” He was the first pastor in Salem MA when that church was organized on 20 July 1629.  Samuel also had a land grant at Salem. 

Susanna died in Salem on 15 March 1630:  “Upon the eighteenth day of March came one from Salem and told us that upon the fifteenth thereof there died Mrs. Skelton, the wife of the other minister there, who, about eighteen or twenty days before, handling cold things in a sharp morning, put herself into a most violent fit of the wind colic and vomiting, which continuing, she at length fell into a fever and so died as before. She was a godly and an helpful woman, and indeed the main pillar of her family, having left behind her an husband and four children, weak and helpless, who can scarce tell how to live without her. She lived desired and died lamented, and well deserves to be honorably remembered”

Samuel died 2 August 1634 in Salem.  His house passed to the ownership of his son-in-law, Nathaniel Felton, and other property was divided up among his children.

Joseph Perham m Abigail Melendy April 1828

Joseph Perham was born 17 September 1802 in Lyndeborough NH, son of Oliver Perham, a Revolutionary War soldier, and his second wife, Anna Pierce.  Abigail Melendy was born 10 December 1803 in Wilton NH, daughter of Joseph and Melendy and Abigail Blanchard. 

Joseph and Abigail were married in April 1828 in Lyndeborough.  They had at least six children: Wiliam, Rodney, Chandler, Abigail, Newton, and Mary Frances.  The family was counted in the 1850 census in Lyndeborough.  He was a farmer, with real estate valued at $2000. 

Abigail died 6 June 1858 in Lyndeborough, and was buried at Perham Corner cemetery.  Six months later, Joseph married Mary Butler Stowell, in Nashua, on 3 December 1858. 

Joseph and Mary were counted in the 1860 census of Lyndeborough.  William was no longer in the household, but Rodney, Abigail, Chandler, Newton, and Francis were in the household.  Charles R Bacon, age 17, and Ellen L Bacon, 9, are also in the household.  Having found Charles R Bacon in the 1850 census in Nashua, with Mary B Bacon, I suspect that Mary Butler Stowell was formerly married to a Mr. Bacon, and these are Joseph’s step-children.

I have not been able to find the family in the 1870 census.  Joseph Perham died 17 January 1879, and Mary died 11 days later, both in Lyndeborough.  Joseph is buried at Perham Corner. 

Perham Corners Cemetery was probably established when this part of Lyndeborough was called “Bevins Corner.”  In 1832 a deed was made between Asa Blanchard and David Perham which gave a parcel of land for the cemetery.  The oldest stone in this yard is that for Eben Blanchard who died in 1798, no age indicated.

Julia LeClair born 27 April 1830

Julia’s birth date and/or baptism date are somewhat in question, but according to her obituary, she was born about 27 April, 1830.  She was listed as the daughter of Pierre (Peter) LaClair and Belle King.  Her cemetery stone lists a birthdate of 27 September 1830.  Her husband’s obituary lists her maiden name as King, but marriage records for her children list her maiden name as LeClair.  These discrepancies indicate that perhaps her parents were not married at the time of her birth.  Both Quebec and Vermont have been given as birth locations for her.  I have been unable to find birth record for her in St-Hyacinthe in any church, 1829-1833.  April was listed as her birth month in the 1900 census.  I have searched under the name Julie and Angelique King, Roy/Roi, and Laclair (variety of spellings). 

About 1846, Julia married Charles Tourville, son of Charles Tourville and Sophie Arpajou.  They were probably married in Ferrisburg VT.

The 1850 census lists Charles, age 22, Julia age 18, Charles age 2, Maranda age 8, and Mary H King, age 60.  Charles and Julia reported they were born in Canada, young Charles in Vermont, Maranda and Mary King born in Canada.  They lived in Ferrisburgh VT, and Charles was a laborer.  The 1850 census does not record the relationships in the family.  I am a little confused by the name of the first child, as I have it that son Henry was born in 1848 (later moved to Wisconsin) while son Charles was born in 1851 (later moved to Colorado.)  Maranda is too old to be a child of Charles and Julia, but perhaps is his sister, Marie-Edesse, who was born in 1839.  Mary King might be Julia’s mother.  According to the census, both Charles and Julia could read and write, while Mary King could not.  Charles was a laborer.

By 1860, the Tourville family had moved to Chateaugay NY.  Charles, age 32, was a farmer, with land valued at $1000 and personal property at $300.  The census records that Charles and Julia were born in Canada, but that their children were all born in NY.  The children named are Henry 11, Charles 9, Elizabeth 7, Lewis 3, and Joseph 1.  Also in the family were Joseph Tourville 14, and farm laborer Henry LeShan.  The 1860 census does not list family relationships, but this older Joseph may be Charles’ brother, who was born in 1846. 

In 1870, the family still lived in Chategay, and the farm was valued at $1000, with personal property at $300.  Charles 42 and Julia 40 reported they were born in Canada, while the children were all born in NY.  Henry is out of the household.  The children are Charles Jr, 19, Lewis 14, Joseph 12, George 10, Louisa 7, Jane 5, and Albert age 5 months. 

I was not able to find Charles and Julia in the 1880 census.  They should have been in Chateaugay, but we know that Charles did go to Colorado for a while.  I have not seen evidence that Julia went with him. 

1900 census lists Charles with birth date of June 1828, and Julia with birthday April 1830.  They have been married 53 years, with ten children, nine still living. Son William had been born in 1872, but only lived about 4 months. Charles lists his occupation as farmer.  The household includes son Albert, age 30 married (but no wife named), and granddaughters Cora Giroux and Martha Tourville. 

The family moved off the farm and into town about 1901.  Julia’s husband Charles died in 1907. 

In 1910, Julia lived with her son Albert and family.  Her granddaughter Cora Geroux was also in the household.  Julia’s age was recorded as 80, with ten children born, nine still living. 

Julia Tourville died 25 September 1917 at her home on East Main Street, age given as 88.  She was described as a woman of kindly instincts, a favorite neighbor and friend and one who always held the high esteem and regard of all.  She is survived by two daughers:  Mrs. J.A. Lombard of Lebanon NH, Mrs. C.P.Gerue of Aetna NH; six sons, Henry of Sparta, Charles of Oklahoma, George of St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec, and Louis, Joseph, and Albert of Chateaugay.  Funeral services were held at her home.

(Above record copied from the Chateaugay Record, Sept 25, 1917)   Charles and Julia are buried at St Patrick’s cemetery, in Chateaugay, NY.

Marie-Célina Martin baptized 26 April 1841

Marie-Célina Martin was baptized 26 April 1841, daughter of André Martin, farmer, and Archange Cloutier. Her godfather was Jean Baptist Gagnon, and her godmother was Marie Genotte.  She was born at Ste-Clair, in Dorchester County, Quebec.  She was the second of eleven children.  Some of her siblings died as infants or small children. 

The 1851 census for Ste-Claire no longer exists.  Celina married Joseph Labarre on 16 October 1855 in Wotton, Quebec in the parish of St-Hippolyte.   According to the record, Celina was a minor.  She was 14 ½. 

Celina’s first child was a son, Joseph, born 24 July 1856.  He died at age six months.  Celina’s next child was a daughter, Marie Delimas, who only lived to the age of 6 weeks.  Celina’s third child, Louis, was born 8 November 1860. 

In 1861, the census shows that Joseph and Celina lived next to her parents in the township of St-Camille in Wolfe county.  Joseph’s occupation was listed as farmer.  They lived in a one-story wooden house, and did not share the house with any other family.  The census reports one person died in the previous year, who would be Delima, and cause of death was jaundice. 

Celina had two more sons, Theophile (Frank T) born 27 March 1863, and Marcel born 24 October, 1865.  Marcel’s baptism record is the last record I have for Celina.  He was baptized on 16 January in Richmond Quebec.  His record does not say that she was “defunct” (dead) at the time of his baptism. 

On 4 August 1870, Celina’s husband remarried, to Lydia Ann Degoosh.  It is highly unlikely that Joseph and Celina divorced, so best guess is that she died between 1865 and 1870, but I have not yet located that record for her.  I have worked my way through on-line church records.  Since family lore is that Joseph became a woods worker and moved around, I expanded my search area.  Some records are hard, or even impossible to read because of faded ink, but I have worked my way through the following records. 

Areas searched for death record:  Druin collection
Sherbrook Congregational 1865-1870
Sherbrook Church of England 1865-1870
Sherbrook Presbyterian 1865-1870
Sherbrook St-Michael 1865-1870
Richmond Ste-Bibiane 1865-1870 (location of Marcel’s Baptism)
Richmond Presbyterian 1870
Richmond Church of England 1868
Windsor – no records – Joseph was “of Windsor” when married to Lydia.
St-Camille (Wolfe) 1868-1870
Brompton (St-Francois-Xavier West Sheffield) 1867, 1869, 1870.
Compton Baptist – 1867-1870
Compton Church of England 1866-1870
Compton Methodist 1865-1870
Not listed as witness for marriage of Thomas Huppe and Melanie LaBarre
Wotton St-Hyppolite 1865-1870
Lennoxville Church of England 1865-1870
Cookshire (St-Camille) 1868 (washed out), 1868-1876
Cookshire Church of England 1866, 1867, 1660
Barnston Baptist 1865-1868
Stanstead (Sacré-Coeur-de-Jésus) 1865-1870
Lacolle St-Bernard 1865-1870
Hichinchbrook St-Patrice 1865-1870
St-Luc De Vincennes 1865-1870
L’Acadie L`Acadie (Ste-Marguerite-de-Blairfindie)  1865-1870
Frenchville, ME  1865-1870
VanBuren, ME  1865-1870
Biddeford ME Catholic church – sent them a letter of inquiry, no response.

Stephen Taylor m Tamson Morton 25 April 1807

Stephen Taylor was born 28 February 1785, in Digby, Nova Scotia, the son of James Taylor and Rebecca Smith.  James was a Loyalist who moved to Nova Scotia from Connecticut.  Stephen was a popular family name, as James was son of Stephen born 1708 who was son of Stephen born 1665 who was son of Stephen born about 1639. 

Tamson (Thomasine) Morton was born 2 February 1788 in Wilmot, daughter of Joseph Morton and Eleanor Blood. 

Stephen moved about 1806 to Wilmot in Annapolis County, and on 25 April, 1807 at about age 22, he married 19-year-old Tamson in Wilmot.  Stephen and Tamson’s first child, Ruth, was born 10 May 1808.  The second daughter, Rebecca (probably named for Stephen’s mother) was born 6 December 1809 in Aylesford.  Their third child, Joseph Morton Taylor was born 11 Aug 1811, and was named for Tamson’s father.  So who was Ruth named for?  Ruth later married Jonathan Hodges, and they carried on the family names with children named Rebecca, Stephen Taylor, Tamson.

 Tamson died 30 April 1816 in Wilmot. 

After Tamson died, Stephen age 31 married Sarah Wood age 30, daughter of Daniel, on 28 September 1816.  Sarah was born 24 January 1786, and died 14 February 1827 in Wilmot.  I have no records of children for Sarah.

The 1827 census lists a Stephen Taylor, Baptist, farmer, of Wilmot, 4 males, 3 females, no servants, and 1 birth in the family in the year ending 1 October 1827.  There may have been extended family members in the household, as the numbers for his immediate family do not add up.   

After Sarah died, Stephen, 42, married Sarah’s younger sister Olive, 31, on 14 June 1827.  Olive was born 17 April 1796 and died 1 May 1831, and I have no record of children for Olive.

After Olive died, Steven now 46, married on Sept 1, 1831 to Lavinia Morse age 30.  She was born August 14, 1801, daughter of Obadiah Samuel Morse and Hannah Chute.  Stephen and Lavinia had two children, Obadiah Morse Taylor born 4 September 1832, and Hannah Lavinia Taylor born 8 March 1835 (but died at age 2.)  Again, we see the tradition of handing down names.  Again, we find that Mrs. Stephen Taylor died young, on Oct 19, 1838.

After Lavinia died, Stephen age 56, married Esther Potter age 54, daughter of Joseph Potter and Mary Farnsworth.  Esther was born 16 March 1787, and was the widow of a Mr. Armstrong.  Esther died 26 March 1851.

After Esther’s death, Stephen age 66 married 44-year-old Frances A Gabel, who was born 11 September 1807. Their marriage was recorded in the Wilmot book, and dated 9 Oct 1851.  Frances was from Bridgetown.  A witness to the marriage bond was Ja. M Taylor – perhaps Stephen’s brother. Frances and Stephen had a daughter they named Sarah Fanny Louisa Taylor, born about 1852.  Frances outlived Stephen, and as a widow, later married Silas Bishop. 

I was not able to find Stephen and Fanny in the 1851 census.  There was one Stephen listed in Kings County, but the oldest male in the family was in the 30-40 age range – too young to be this Stephen.   

Stephen was a farmer, and a deacon in the Baptist church.   

Stephen wrote his will on 23 June 1854, and continued to make codicils until just a couple months before he died, on 23 September 1859, in Wilmot.

In the Name of God Amen

I Stephen Taylor of the Township of Wilmot in the County of Annapolis and province of Nova Scotia. Being at the present time by the Grace of God of sound mind, memory and understanding (thanks be unto God for the same) Do make, publish, ordain and declare this to be my last will and Testament in manner and form as follows (viz)

First I will order and direct that all my just debts and Funeral charges by fully paid.

Secondly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Fanny Taylor during her natural life, while she shall remain my widow and no longer the sum of eighteen pounds, to be paid yearly by my son Obadiah, as follows, Twelve pounds in cash and six pounds in such produce as the aforesaid Fanny Taylor may require at cash price, also the _____  of _____ goods to be properly and sufficiently kept and fed winter and summer by my son Obadiah. He to drive or cause to be driven said cow to and from the pasturage morning and evening. I also give to my aforesaid beloved wife Fanny Taylor the use of my half dwelling House with such portion of my household furniture as shall be necessary and sufficient to furnish it, also the necessary use of a Horse, Carriage, Sleigh, Furs and Harness which I leave in the hands of my son Obadiah for his and her joint use he to keep them or some other equally good in good order for the aforesaid purposes. Also eight cords of good wood to be furnished by my son Obadiah and which he is to cut or cause to be cut up suitable for her fires and piled at her door, also the use of the garden spot now occupied by me.

Provided, nevertheless, should my Beloved wife Fanny Taylor remarry she is to relinquish and give up entirely the afore said dower and all claim from my Estate of every kind whatsoever except one bed and bedding complete which she is to reserve to herself.

Thirdly, I direct and appoint my beloved wife Fanny Taylor to be the guardian of my beloved daughter Sarah Fanny Louisa Taylor and should my wife remarry she shall continue to receive the aforesaid sum of twelve pounds currency. Yearly for the expenses and education of my aforesaid daughter until she shall arrive at the age of eighteen years and no longer, and should my beloved wife Fanny Taylor die before my daughter Sarah Fanny Louisa Taylor and should my said wife remarry she shall continue to receive the aforesaid sum of twelve pounds currency. Yearly for the expenses and education of my aforesaid daughter until she shall arrive at the age of eighteen years and no longer, and should my beloved wife Fanny Taylor die before my daughter Sarah Fanny Louisa shall attain to the age of eighteen years I wish and direct my Executors to use and appropriate the aforesaid sum of twelve pounds currency annually, to the expenses and education of my aforesaid Daughter until she shall arrive at the age of    (18?) years and no longer. I also give and bequeath to my said Daughter Sarah Fanny Louisa, when she attain to the age of eighteen years the sum of twenty—five pounds currency, and one good bed and bedding complete.

I also direct that at the death or remarriage of my beloved wife all the household furniture of which she had the use shall be given to my daughter Sarah Fanny Louisa.

Fourthly, I further direct that at my decease after having furnished the half of my dwelling House for the use of my Beloved wife whatever Household furniture may shall be equally divided between my two daughters Ruth Hodges and Rebecca Foster with the Exception of the bureau and secretary which I give and bequeath to my son Obadiah.

I also give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Ruth Hodges the sum of twenty—five pounds currency.

Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Rebecca Foster twenty—five pounds currency.

Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my beloved son Joseph Morton Taylor the blacksmith tools now in his possession.

Seventh—To my grandson Peoli Foster the sum of ten pounds currency- the sum being for his services while he was living with me-to be paid him immediately after my death.

Eighthly-I also direct that my son Obadiah do put up a good and respectable tomb stone at my grave-with an appropriate inscription thereon.

I also give and bequeath to my beloved son Obadiah Taylor all the rest residue and remainder of my real estate and personal property of every kind whatsoever and whosoever situate his heirs and assigns forever provided He the said Obadiah shall well and truly perform all the herein before named requisitions and directions of this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same.

Should my beloved daughter Sarah Fanny Louisa die before she shall attain to the age of eighteen years, I give and bequeath the share of her so dying to my beloved son Obadiah.

It is also my desire that my beloved wife Fanny Taylor shall enjoy free and unrestricted use of a seat in the pews owned by me at my death in the different places of worship.

Should my son Obadiah fail to perform the requisitions contained in this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same. I hereby direct in case of such failure or neglect that my Executrix and Executor shall appropriate such portion of my real or personal property as shall from time to time or sufficient to meet such delinquency or delinquencies.

Be it understood that the twelve pounds to be paid by my son Obadiah to my beloved wife Fanny Taylor in________ will be______ one half from interest on one hundred pounds which Obadiah is to pay for a piece of land in the rear of the lot and the other half from interest on one hundred pound of outstanding debts. Nevertheless should I find it necessary during my life to make use of any or in any way appropriate the sum of one hundred pounds such appropriation shall not be considered as affecting or in way altering requisitions hereinbefore contained.

And I do here constitute and appoint my beloved wife Fanny Taylor, Executrix, and my son Obadiah Taylor and Doctor Jonathan Woodbury both of the Township of Wilmot on the County of Annapolis to be Executors of this my last will and testament.

And I do hereby further will authorize and direct that my Executors Obadiah Taylor and Doctor Jonathan Woodbury their executors or administrators be empowered to carry out my wishes as expressed in this my last will and testament.

Signed sealed published and declared this to be my last will and testament in presence of these three subscribing witnesses who in my presence and in the presence of each other have each subscribed his name on this the twenty-third day of June in the

Written before signing:


_________________________ Morton

Jonathan G. Woodbury

I hereby order and direct that my beloved wife Fanny Taylor shall have occupy and make free use of the east half of the lower flat of my dwelling House with choice bedroom in the chamber and sufficient privileges in the cellar with a sufficient garden spot on the east side of the said dwelling House unless some other garden spot be mutually agreed on by my said wife and my son Obadiah – all which aforesaid privileges she is to enjoy during her natural life and that this be considered a codicil as more particularly explanatory to my will.

Signed this 24 day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five.

Adelia C. Randall

Johnathan Woodbury Stephen Taylor

I furthermore direct that my son Obadiah shall will and sufficiently keep, free of charge, three good sheep for the exclusive use and benefit of my beloved wife Fanny Taylor during her life proceeds of which to be used and appropriated by her from time to time as she may think proper.

I also direct that my said wife shall have full and free access to the orchard and fruit of every kind in such quantity____ at such times as shall be necessary for her own use free of_____ directly of indirectly.

and that this also be considered a codicil to my will.

Signed this 12th day of April 1858A.D.

Witness: Jonathan Woodbury Mary E. Woodbury

Stephen Taylor

Further order and direct that my beloved son Obadiah will pay to my beloved wife Fanny Taylor the herein before named of twelve pounds yearly in quarterly installment that is to _______ within three months one fourth in six month one fourth in twelve months of directly or indirectly and that this also be codicil to my will.

Signed this 12th day of April 1858 A.D.

Witness: Jonathan Woodbury

Mary E. Woodbury      Stephen Taylor

I furthermore order & direct that my beloved son Obediah shall pay to my beloved wife Fanny Taylor the herein_______ sum of twelve pounds yearly in quarterly installment that is one fourth in three months one fourth in six months one fourth in nine months and the remaining fourth in twelve months of each and every year. and I further direct that in case of the death or marriage of my beloved wife, Fanny Taylor, that my beloved daughter Sarah Fanny Louisa, shall after having attained the age of eighteen years be paid by my son Obediah Taylor the sum of six pounds_________ yearly and every year until her marriage or death whichever she happen and no longer the said six pounds to be in addition to the __________before directed?

I also direct that my aforesaid beloved wife Fanny Taylor and my beloved daughter Sarah Fanny Louisa shall enjoy the free use of my pews on the different places of worship whenever—and seats therein for there transcient friends as they may acquire and that this also be considered a codicil to my will.

Signed this eleventh day of July 1859 A.D.

Witness: Mary E. Woodbury

Jonathan Woodbury   Stephen Taylor

Stephen’s passing was reported in the Christian Messenger, Wednesday, Nov 23, 1859: 23 Sept at Wilmot NS Stephen Taylor – born in Digby in 1795, Mar 6 times:  1. dau of Deacon Morton; 2 dau of Mrs. Wood of Cornwallis; 3 sis of second wife;  4 Lavinia daughter of Obadiah Morse of Nictaux; 5.  Mrs. Armstrong, widow, of Wolfville; 6 Fanny, d/o the late John Gable of New Brunswick.  By first, 1 son 2 dau; by 4th 1 so 1 dau; by last 1 dau.  Buried in Nictaux.

Note that the will instructed son Obadiah to erect a suitable headstone for his father.  Both Nictaux and Nictaux Falls cemeteries are indexed, but I could not find Stephen Taylor nor any of his widows.

Cora Mellisa Labor m Herman Olney Moulton 24 April 1909

Cora Labor was born 14 July 1891 in Barton VT, the fourth of seven children of Louis Labor and Viola Ella Downing.  She was counted in the 1900 census with her parents and siblings. 

Herman Olney Moulton was born 17 March 1881 in West Burke, VT, the son of Albert J Moulton and Mary Jane Gaylor.  Cora and Herman were married 24 April 1909 in Burke.  He was a farmer.

Herman and Cora were counted in the 1910 census in Sutton VT.  Starting in 1910, they had the first of their eight children, the last one being born in 1923. Cara died from pneumonia as an infant, 10-year-old Bertha died of appendicitis, and six-year old Donald also died of appendicitis. 

In 1920, the Moultons lived in Burke. 

Cora died 19 March 1926 in Burke.  Cause of death was pernicious anemia due to pregnancy.  I was not able to find the rest of the family in the 1930 census. In 1940, Herman lived in Burke.  Herman died 28 September 1955 in Brighton VT.  Cause of death was coronary thrombosis.

James A Parker m Henrietta Sophia Burbridge 23 April 1877

James Parker was born 11 August 1855 at Lake George, Nova Scotia, the son of Church Morse Parker and Lydia Marie Porter.  He was counted in the 1871 census in south Aylesford, and at the age of 16, was listed with occupation of farmer. 

Henrietta Burbridge was born 22 January 1858, daughter of John Burbridge and Susan Fairn.  She and James were married 23 April 1877 in Cornwallis, NS. 

In 1881, the family was listed in South Aylesford.  By now, James and Henrietta had a daughter, Bertha.  James’ parents, Church and Lydia, lived with the family.  A second daughter, Millie, was born in 1884.

In the 1891, James and Henrietta and the girls lived in Millville.  His parents lived next door.  In 1901, the family was still in Millville.  James’ father had died in 1896, but his mother was with this family.  Lydia died in 1903 at James’ house. 

Daughter Bertha married Guilford Bezanson in 1908.  In 1911, James and Henrietta, and daughter Millie lived in Aylesford. 

The Berwick Register reported:  Deacon James A Parker  Aylesford  19 Feb 1928 age 75 years b. Lake George; resided Morristown later Aylesford where he bought Parker homestead; survived by wife and 2 daughters; funeral 21 March; buried Aylesford Baptist Cemetery. 

Henrietta died 7 June 1928.  The cemetery stone records his dates as 1864-1928 with Henrietta Sophia 1848-1928 and daughter Millie V. as 1884 – 1982.

Marshal Labor m Jennie Clara Hale 22 April 1891

Marcel Labor was born 24 October 1865.  Some records say he was born in Biddeford Maine.  He was baptized 16 January at St-Bibiane, in Richmond, Quebec.

“Le seize janvier mil huit cent soixante-six, nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Marcel, né le vingt-quatre octobre dernier, du légitime mariage de Joseph Labarre, journalier, et Célina Martin, de Windsor. Parrain, nous soussigné, marraine Virginie Marchand, qui ainsi que le père n’a pu signer.”

              Patrick Quinn, prêtre.

This sixteenth of January one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, we undersigned priest have baptised Marcel, born last October twenty-fourth, of the legitimate marriage of Joseph Labarre, labourer, and of Celina Martin, of Windsor. Godfather, we undersigned, and godmother Virginie Marchand, who, with the father, could not sign.

Patrick Quinn, priest.

Windsor is near Sherbrooke; at the time, not all neighboring parishes were opened yet so Richmond had a very large territory for a while. The fact that the godmother and father could not sign does not mean they could not write, it more likely means that the priest copied this act out of a notebook when he got back to his home and to the register since the book cannot leave the premises… The old register are full of these “could not sign”. When people could not write, the wording in the act was rather that the person “declared” that he or she could not sign.  Of note, the parish priest was the godfather. Father Quinn was pastor here for 50 years, from 1864 to 1914.

Marcel’s mother died when he was young, and his father remarried Lydia Ann DeGoosh in 1970.  Marcel’s older brothers, Louis and Theophile, lived with their grandmother in 1871, but I have not located Marcel for that census.  He was not with Joseph and Lydia.

Eventually Marcel moved to the Barton VT area.  His name was Anglicized to Marshall.  The 1887 Barton tax records show him with his brothers.  He paid poll tax only.

Jennie Clara Hale was born 16 February 1873 in Barton, daughter of Cicero Hale and Mary Ella Downing.  She was usually called Carrie.  Her aunt Viola Downing married Marshall’s brother Louis/Lewis.

Marshal married Carrie on 22 April 1891 in Morristown, VT.  The marriage index lists his father as Joseph, and his mother as Nancy M.  These index cards are not the original town marriage license or certificate, but rather index cards created from the records.  It is possible that the card was not transcribed accurately.  Carrie was 18, Marshall was 26, and this was the first marriage for both.  Marshal and Carrie had six children, but two died as infants.

In 1900, Marshal and Carrie lived in Wolcott, VT.  Marshal was a farmer.  Carrie reported four children born, two still living.

The 1910 census shows Marshall living in Waterbury, VT.  Marshal was a laborer on a dairy farm.  Both he and Carrie could read and write. The 1910 census confirms six children born, four still living.

The family moved to Chester VT.  Carrie died there on 13 February, 1913, of tuberculosis and exhaustion.  She was originally entombed, then later buried at Pleasant View cemetery later in the spring.  In 1996, a grandson had a headstone placed for her.

In 1920, Marshal and his daughters lived in Randolph, VT.  The household included a housekeeper, Mary C Kenney, and her daughter Phyllis.

Marshal moved to Lexington, MA, and was listed there in the city directory in 1925, 1926, 1928 and 1930. The 1926 directory lists Mr. and Mrs. Marshal Labor, but the 1928 census lists Mrs. Marie Kenney.  They lived at #17 Pleasant, possibly in East Lexington.

The 1930 census lists Marshall Laber at #17 in Lexington.  Housekeeper Marie Kenney and daughter Phyllis were still in the household.  Marshal was a laborer for the town.

By the time of the 1932 Lexington directory, someone else is living at #17 Pleasant, and there is no Laber in the “L” section and no “Kenney” in the K section.  The next Lexington directory on line was 1942, and also had no Labor or Kenney.  However, the 1935 Arlington MA city directory lists Marshall Laber living at 71 Mystic, employed as a dynamite blaster.  Mrs. Marie H Kinney also lived at that address.

A grandson of Marshall remembers a telegram coming when his grandfather died.  He thought it would have been about 1941 or 1942, but he didn’t know where Marshall died.  The 1940 census shows that Marshal is still living, still with the housekeeper, Marie Kenney. I have not yet located his death record.

UPDATE:  When Ancestry released more vital records from Masssachusetts, I found Marshall in the index.  I sent for his death certificate, and found that he died 9 February 1944 at Ring’s Hospital in Medford MA.  This is probably the same as Ring’s Sanatorium and Hospital, and the building looks like a very large house.  It was probably a nursing home.  He was there for about 4 1/2 months before dying of cancer of the rectum.  The source for the information on the certificate was the Bureau of Old Age Assistance records in his home town of Arlington which is adjacent to Medford.  Marshall’s occupation was driller, retired.  His age was given as 81, although he was actually 78.  His parents were listed as Joseph Labor and Mary Martin, birth towns unknown, but from Vermont.  Marshall was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington, and now has a Find-A-Grave memorial linking him to other family members.  I don’t know if he has a headstone.

John Gilbert Tourville b 21 April 1879

John Gilbert Tourville was born 21 April, 1879, Chateaugay, NY, the third of eight children of Charles Tourville and Maria Angeline Langevin.  He was baptized 5 May 1879 in Hitchinbrooke, Quebec.  His godfather was Gilbert Gireau. They were counted in the 1880 census in New York.

Probably the next year, Charles moved the family to Colorado.  They were counted in the 1885 state census in Eagle County.  The family lived in and near the mining town of Leadville. This would have made them neighbors, more or less, of Margaret Tobin who married James Brown.  Interestingly, in the movie, she called her husband “Johnny” not James.  And while she went by Maggie in real life, the movie was called “Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

In 1900, the Tourville family lived in the town of Lakes. 

The 1902 Leadville city directory lists John Tourville as a driver for F.E Brown and Co, living in rooms at 309 East 8th.  (As of May 2006, that building no longer exists.) 

About 1907, John married Elsie Stapleton Patch from Nebraska.  They had two children – Chester, born in Colorado, and Thelma born in Nebraska.  In 1910, the family was in Lakes with his parents.  In 1913, John bought a bakery.  He also received a divorce from Elsie, in Eagle County, on 3 October 1913. 

The 1920 census from Salida, Chaffee, CO lists John G. Tourville, age 41, as running a boarding house.  There is no wife listed, but he has a son (possibly Chester age 11) and daughter, Thelma A, age 8.  He is listed as divorced. John G Tourville rented his home at 118 ½ F street.

The family also lived in Idaho at some time.  On 18 August 1926, the Canadian Immigration Service recorded John and daughter Thelma crossing from the US into Canada at the Port of Kingsgate, BC.  Thelma’s birthplace is listed as Stella, Nebraska.  John was listed as a US citizen of French descent.  His home town looks like “Slaby City” NY.  Do you suppose that is “Chateaugay”?  John’s occupation was farming, and his destination was Edmonton, Alberta.   They were listed as “from Idaho” and Kingsgate port of entry is on the ID/BC border. 

I have not located the family in the 1930 census, but according to the obituary of his father Charles, John was living in Glenwood Springs.  He bought property in Mitchell Creek for “one dollar and other valuable considerations”.  The family also lived in Idaho at some time, according to another descendant.

John married Mary Alice Messer about 1935. Some Internet sites list Mary Alice Mosser as his children’s mother.  However, since the date of divorce from Elsie is after they were born, and  since Allie Tourville is the one who arranged his funeral – she should be his second wife, not first.  Allie was actually Mary Alice Wyatt, widow of Andrew Jackson Messer, and mother of about a dozen children, all of whom were adults by the time she married John. 

His mother’s obituary in 1939, and his brother Williams’ in 1942 both list him as a resident of Glenwood Springs.  John moved to Rangely, CO about 1946. 

John’s niece Loretta wrote of John in 1974:   “John went to Idaho and acquired property and was a plumber, and carpenter.  He married and had a boy and a girl, I do not know the girl’s name, the boy was Chester.  After William left grandad’s farm at Glenwood, his brother John sold out in Idaho and came with his son Chester and his family to run the fruit farm.  He inherited the whole thing when Granddad died.  Uncle John died in the 1950’s at Rangely, Colorado where he had finally settled after selling the property at Glenwood.  When my father (William) died, Uncle John came to his funeral.  He seemed like a nice man and this is the only time we ever saw him.    At that time he asked us to go to the Orphanage in Denver and visit three of his grand children and see how they were being treated.” 

[After the divorce of John’s son Chester, the children were adopted out, in about 1944.]

John died 15 November 1949 in Rangely.  His wife Allie arranged the funeral through Burdge mortuary, and secured the costs by his estate.  His father’s funeral costs had been paid mostly with firewood, berries, apples, and rabbits.  I don’t know if Allie used similar methods.  John was listed as a carpenter.  He was buried at Rosebud Cemetery in Colorado Springs. 

Glenwood Post Thursday Nov 17, 1949 Vo 60, No 46, front page: 


John Tourville of Rangely passed away there Wednesday morning.  He has lived in Rangely for the past three years and prior to that time he made his home in Glenwood.  His body will be sent here for funeral services and burial.  The services will be held Sunday afternoon at the Burdge Mortuary with the Rev. J. D. Hargis reading the service.  Burial will be made at Rosebud cemetery.

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