Julia Maria Adams died 25 July 1935

Julia Maria Adams was born 27 July 1842. Her parents were Joseph Adams and Dorothy “Dolly” Adams.  The family lived at Mill Row in Chelmsford, and her father was a miller.  She has used both names, Julia and Maria (pronounced Mariah) in various records. 

In 1850, Julia and her older brother John Joseph were living with their grandparents, Ephraim and Tabitha Adams, in Chelmsford.  The 1855 Massachusetts state census lists Julia and John still with her grandparents.  I do not know why they were not with their parents. 

The 1860 federal census shows Maria Adams, student, boarding with Mary Ann Cragin, in Milford, NH. 

Julia returned to Chelmsford and there on 25 December 1863, she married Newton Perham, son of Joseph Perham and Abigail Melendy.  He was her first cousin once removed, born in, and resident of Lyndeboro NH.   This was the first marriage for both, and performed by Rev. H W. Morse, pastor of Union Parish in Chelmsford.  They moved to New Hampshire, and raised their family there.   

In 1870, Newton and Maria lived in Milton, where Newton worked as a farm laborer.  He did not own real estate and their personal property was valued at $500.  The family included two daughters, Lizzie M and Kazia.  I have had some problems sorting out Julia’s first children.  I believe that she had twin daughters born in 1867.  One was still-born, and her birth/death record did not have a first name.  The other, Lilia Lizzie, died in 1874 of scarlet fever.  One thing that led to confusion was that the index card reporting Lizzie’s death said that she died at age 6 months, 5 days.  This card was copied from the original records and I believe it was copied incorrectly, that she died at age 6 years and 5 months, as reported in the “Farmer’s Cabinet”, the newspaper published in nearby Amherst.

By 1880, Maria J Perham was living in Amherst, with her husband, and three surviving children.  Besides Kazia, the children were Joseph Scott and Mary-Grace Lillian Perham.  Newton was now working as a granite quarrier.  Maria took in a boarder, George Pearson.  Their last child, Perley, was born in 1882.  Son Joseph Scott died in 1892 of la grippe (an old name for influenza.)

The 1900 census lists Maria J’s family living on Amherst Street in Milford.  Newton was a granite quarryman.  Kazia was no longer in the household.  Lillian (Mary Grace) was working as a milliner.  Perley was at school.  Maria’s mother in law, Dolly Perham, was also in the household. 

Julia’s husband Newton died in 1909 and is buried at West Street Cemetery.  In 1910, Maria lived at 19 High Street in Milford.  She was recorded as a companion to an older woman.  The Milford city directory shows that by 1913, she moved next door to 21 High, where she worked as a housekeeper.   In 1917, she lived at 4 High and worked as a housekeeper.

The 1920 census lists Maria J at 4 High Street.  She had two boarders.  One was Doris Martin, who worked for a domestic for a private family.  The other was Maria’s granddaughter, Lillian Richardson, age 14 (daughter of Mary Grace and Will Richardson). 

Julia’s daughter Kazia had married Hiram Porter Chase in 1905 and was living in Massachusetts, where she worked as a music teacher.  Kazia died between 1920 and 1930.  In 1930, Maria was living with Hiram on Oxford Street in Cambridge, MA. 

Julia moved to Wilton NH in about 1931, and died there 25 July 1935, at age 92.  Cause of death was pulmonary edema and acute myocarditis caused by arterial sclerosis.  Her death record (index card) recorded her name as Myra J, but has the correct mother and husband’s names.  She was buried at West Street Cemetery with other family members, and is listed on FindAGrave. 

She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, as Mrs. Maria J Perham, claiming her great great grandfather Lieut. Col. Moses Parker as her Revolutionary War ancestor.  Moses Parker had served in the early wars, was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 27th regiment of Minutemen, 1775. He was wounded at Bunker Hill, taken captive, and carried to Boston. After the amputation of his leg he died in prison, 1775.

In later years, she was also called Nanny Perham. Maria bequeathed about $5000 to various family members, as shown below: 

I, Maria J. Perham of Cambridge in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of  Massachusetts, being of lawful age and of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, publish, and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all former wills by me ever made.

FIRST:  I direct my Executor, hereinafter named, to pay out of my estate all my just debts, funeral expenses, and charges of administration.

SECOND:  I give and bequeath to my son, Perley W. Perham, the sum of Three Thousand Dollars ($3000.)

THIRD:  I give and bequeath to my son in law, Hiram Porter Chase, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.

FOURTH:  I give and bequeath to my following named grand-children the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Dollars each, vis:  Lillian A. Hodges, Mary Christine Whittemore, William Scott Richardson, Olive June Richardson, Ruth Maria Richardson, John Newton Perham.

FIFTH:  I give and bequeath to my niece, Ella J. Adams, the sum of Two Hundred Dollars.

SIXTH:  I give and bequeath to my nieces, Hattie B. Clark, Abby F. Clark, and Mrs. Mabel Emerson the sum of Twenty-five Dollars each.

SEVENTH:    I give and bequeath to my nieces and nephew, Etta F. Badge, Nora Chandler, Gertrude Schallenger, Emma Bills and Willis Chandler, the sum of Fifteen Dollars each.

EIGHTH:  I give and bequeath to my son in law, Will F. Richardson, the sum of Fifty Dollars.

NINTH:  I give and bequeath by my Great-Grand-Daughters, Ruth L. Hodges, Evelyn Hodges, and Bessie Whittemore, the sum of Ten Dollars each.

TENTH:   I give and bequeath to the Town of Milford, New Hampshire, the sum of One Hundred Dollars in Trust for the perpetual care of the family lot in Cemetery No. 3.

ELEVENTH:  I give and bequeath to the Unitarian Church of Milford, New Hampshire, the sum of One Hundred Dollars.

TWELFTH:  All the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal, of whatever kind or nature and wherever situated, I give and bequeath and devise unto Perley W. Perham, Ella J. Adams, and Hiram P. Chase, share and share alike.

THIRTEENTH:    I name, constitute, and appoint William Emerson of Wilton, New Hampshire, as Executor of this my last will and testament, consisting of two sheets of paper.

                        IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-fourth day of January A.D. 1930

                                                                        Maria J. Perham    

            Signed, sealed and published by the above named Maria J. Perham as her last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

                                                                        Harold D. Cheever                  of Wilton NH

                                                                        Edwin A. French                     of Wilton NH

                                                                        Fred W. Clark                         of Wilton NH








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