Saturday, May 31, 2014

52 Ancestors: #22, A Double Tragedy in Etna, Maine

I was tracing the descendants of one of my collateral Sukeforth lines, when I ran across a gravestone photo on Find A Grave1 that looked like it had a sad story to tell. I was right... but it wasn't the story I expected.

George W. Grotton, my second cousin twice removed, is buried with his wife Lilly in Sand Hill Cemetery in Somerville, Maine. Sharing the plot and the gravestone are Frank W. Grotton – George and Lilly's son – and Frank's wife Clara (Dyer). The two-generation burials are not at all unusual, but Frank and Clara both died in 1915, and they were only 22 and 19. I went looking for their death records, fully expecting to find that they had both died in an epidemic of some sort – influenza, perhaps, or diphtheria.

George Grotton family marker, Sand Hill Cemetery, Somerville, Maine
I couldn't have been more wrong.

I found Frank's death record first. He had died on December 16, 1915, apparently only the second death recorded in the town of Etna that year. Far from an epidemic, the cause of death was "Suicide by shooting."2

With a sense of dread I pulled up Clara's death record. Hers was the third death recorded in Etna, also on December 16. And her cause of death: "Killed by gunshot wound. Shot by husband – jealousy."3

Death records of Frank Grotton and Clara (Dyer) Grotton
Well, that certainly sounded like something that would have made the newspapers, so I went digging for more details. The first item I found4 revealed there was even more to this story: Frank had shot not only his wife, but also two brothers, Arthur and Leslie Simonds, one of whom had died the following day. (The article also noted that Frank "Grotto" was using the alias "George Gove.")

"Arthur Symonds Dead," Lewiston Daily Sun, 18 Dec 1915
Since this was clearly the newspaper's followup to an earlier report, I hunted down that earlier article,5 from the very day of the shootings, where Frank was referred to only by the alias of George Gove. It seems that the Simonds brothers had engaged in some flirting with the "attractive" Clara, or maybe Frank had simply perceived them as doing so. Either way, in a jealous rage, he had shot first poor Clara and then the two brothers, and then, in the sensational and wholly insensitive prose of the newspaper headlines, he "blew out his own brains."

"Killed Wife, Shot Simonds Boys," Lewiston Evening Journal, 16 Dec 1915
The luckless Arthur Simonds, who died December 17 from "Hemorrhage caused by gunshot wound by Frank Grotton," was death #1 recorded in Etna that year.6 And his brother Leslie, though he recovered from his own gunshot wound, was not much more fortunate; four months to the day after the shootings, he died of pneumonia.7

I still have some unanswered questions, such as why Frank was using an alias. Also, the Simonds boys' mother's maiden name was Kenney – was there a connection to the Joseph Kenney who is also buried in the Grotton plot, and who was a boarder in George Grotton's home in 1910? These questions will have to wait for a later time.

(Note: This post is in response to Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" challenge at No Story Too Small.)

  1. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 3 Apr 2013), memorial #70038262 for George W. Grotton, with photo of family marker, memorial and digital photo by “West207” (18 May 2011); citing Sand Hill Cemetery (Somerville, Lincoln County, Maine).
  2. "Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922," database and digital images, ( : accessed 4 Apr 2013), Frank Grotton entry, 1915; citing Maine Death Records, 1617-1922, Augusta, Maine: Maine State Archives.
  3. "Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922," ( : accessed 4 Apr 2013), Clara Grotton entry, 1915. 
  4. “Arthur Symonds Dead,” Lewiston (Maine) Daily Sun, 18 Dec 1915, p. 14, col. 3; digital images, Google News Archive ( : accessed 8 Apr 2013).
  5. “Killed Wife, Shot Simonds Boys,” Lewiston (Maine) Evening Journal, 16 Dec 1915, p. 7, col. 4-5; digital images, Google News Archive ( : accessed 8 Apr 2013).
  6. "Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922," ( : accessed 8 Apr 2013), Arthur M. Simonds entry, 1915.
  7. "Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922," ( : accessed 8 Apr 2013), Leslie N. Simonds entry, 1916.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

52 Ancestors: #21, "Great Grand Aunt" Georgianna: Real or "Honorary" Aunt?

In the first fully nominal census, in 1850, my great great grandparents, Jabez and Abigail (Faulkner) Kirk, had five children in their household in Warren, Maine. They ranged in age from 23 (my great grandfather-to-be Silas) through 21 (Eliza J.), 19 (Samuel), and 15 (Harriet F.)... and a 1-year-old baby girl named Georgianna.1 Now Abigail was 42 at the time, so it wasn't impossible that she was the girl's mother; just rather unlikely after a gap of 14 years. Nevertheless, I set out to document this "late" great grand aunt along with her brothers and sisters.

1850 U.S. census, Warren, Knox Co., Maine, Jabes Kirk household
Except... there weren't any further records of a Georgianna Kirk. Instead, ten years later, the grown children had all left home, leaving 10-year-old Georgianna with Jabez and "Abby"... but now she was listed as Georgianna Oliver.2 What was going on?

1860 U.S. census, Warren, Knox Co., Maine, Jabes Kirk household
While birth records from this era seem to be singularly non-existent in Warren, there is plenty of information to be had in Cyrus Eaton's Annals of the Town of Warren, particularly in the "Genealogical Tables" at the end of the book. And indeed, the tables of the Kirkpatrick/Kirk line partially solved the mystery: Eaton lists Georgianna in Jabez's family as "adopted," and also states that she married Alcander Jepson of Lewiston on 22 Aug 1874.3

Hoping for parents' names, I looked for that marriage record, which has her listed as "Miss Geogianna [sic] Oliver." Unfortunately, the record – one of those labeled "Copied from old records" – wasn't much help. It gave only the names of the bride and groom, their residences (both Lewiston), the date and place of marriage, and the officiating clergyman. Everything else is blank, including the parents' names on the reverse side.4

Well, in the mid 1800s in rural Maine, "adoption" would have been an informal affair, and it's almost certain that the birth parents would be near neighbors and/or relatives of the adoptive parents. So I went looking for Olivers in Warren. Three households before Jabez Kirk in 1850, I found Palmer Oliver, with five children aged 6 to 17 – and no wife.5
1850 U.S. census, Warren, Knox Co., Maine, Palmer Oliver household
That looked promising, so it was back to Eaton's Genealogical Tables, where I found Palmer Oliver, who married Elizabeth Montgomery (his second wife) in 1842, and whose last child was Georgianna, born July 12, 1849, married and residing in Lewiston. Finally, in 1877 Palmer Oliver was residing in Warren "in house he built on road to Andrews's Pt."6 It came as no surprise to find that Jabez Kirk was also "r. W. on road to Andrews's Pt."7

That still left the question of exactly how the Kirks had come to adopt Georgianna – were they actually related to the Olivers, or just close neighbors? The Montgomery name rang a bell with me; Jabez's and Abigail's graves are right next to those of William H. Montgomery and his wife Jane E. Were William and Elizabeth related? And how were William and Jane related to Jabez and Abigail?

All the threads came together when I traced the Montgomery family in Warren.
  • Remember 21-year-old Elisa J. Kirk in the 1850 census? Jabez's daughter's full name was Eliza Jane Kirkpatrick, known variously as Eliza J. or Jane E., and two years after that census, she married William H. Montgomery.8 So the graves next to Jabez and Abigail are their daughter and son-in-law.
  • William Montgomery was the son of Philip Montgomery and Olive Faulkner.9 As far as I can tell, Olive was Abigail (Faulkner) Kirk's sister.10 That makes William and his wife Eliza Jane first cousins in the Faulkner line.
  • Philip Montgomery was the son of John Montgomery and Julia Howard. And... he had a sister named Elizabeth... who married Palmer Oliver... and died July 17, 1849.11 Five days after giving birth to Georgianna. That makes William and Georgianna first cousins in the Montgomery line.
If you're having trouble visualizing this (I know I did!), here's a chart that hopefully clears things up. (Chester Frank Kirk, in the lower right corner, is my paternal grandfather.)

The interwoven Montgomery/Oliver/Faulkner/Kirkpatrick lines. Click on the image for a larger view.
So Georgianna is not my "real" great grand aunt. She's actually the first cousin of the first cousin (and husband) of my "real" great grand aunt Eliza Jane (Kirkpatrick) Montgomery. That, and her informal adoption by Eliza Jane's parents, I think are enough to make her at least an "honorary" great grand aunt.12

Although Georgianna apparently never used the Kirk surname, she must have had a close bond with her adoptive family. She had three children with Alcander Jepson, and named each of them, in part, for her adoptive parents:
  1. William Jabes Jepson (1875-1949)13
  2. Abbie S. Jepson (1877-1877)
  3. John Kirk Jepson (1878-1957)14
Georgianna ended up outliving two husbands. Alcander died in 1891, and four years later she married a widower, Talbot G. Lawrence,15 who died in 1924. Georgianna died in 1927. Alcander Jepson and Talbot Lawrence are buried together with "their wife, Georgie," in the Herrick Cemetery in Lewiston, Maine.16
Monument for Alcander Jepson, Talbot Lawrence, and "their wife, Georgie," Herrick Cemetery, Lewiston, Maine

(Note: This post is in response to Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" challenge at No Story Too Small.)

  1. 1850 U.S. census, Lincoln County, Maine, Warren, p. 3 (penned upper left), p. 167 (stamped), dwelling 17, family 18, Jabes Kirk household; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 Dec 2010).
  2. 1860 U.S. census, Knox County, Maine, Warren, p. 317 (penned), dwelling 304, family 319, Jabes Kirk household; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 Mar 2012).
  3. Cyrus Eaton, Annals of the Town of Warren, in Knox County, Maine, Second Edition (Hallowell [Maine]: Masters & Livermore, 1877), pp. 567-8; digital images, Google Books ( : accessed 11 Dec 2010).
  4. “Maine, Marriage Records, 1705-1922,” database and digital images, ( : accessed 30 Apr 2012), Alcander B. Jepson-Miss Geogianna [sic] Oliver marriage, 1874.
  5. 1850 U.S. census, Lincoln County, Maine, Warren, pp. 2-3 (penned upper left), dwelling 14, family 15, Palmer Oliver household; digital images, ( : accessed 26 May 2014).
  6. Eaton, p. 595.
  7. Ibid., p. 567.
  8. Ibid., pp. 567, 589.
  9. Ibid., p. 589.
  10. Both Abigail and Olive were from Maitland, Nova Scotia, so I find it hard to believe that the two Faulkner women are unrelated.
  11. Eaton, p. 588.
  12. For a discussion of honorary aunts, see #14 in my 52 Ancestors series, The Not-So-Honorary Aunts.
  13. "United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 May 2014), William "Jabres" Jepson, serial no. 4270, order no. A-4346, South Paris, Oxford County, Maine. The card is typed, and I feel certain that the "r" in his middle name is a typo.
  14. "United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 May 2014), John Kirk Jepson, serial no. [illegible], order no. A-1220, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine.
  15. “Maine, Marriage Records, 1705-1922,” database and digital images, ( : accessed 26 May 2014), Talbot G. Lawrence-Georgia N. Jepson marriage, 1895.
  16. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 26 May 2014), memorial #112607218 for Georgie Oliver Lawrence, memorial and photo by "HaleyCookFromMaine" (20 Jun 2013); citing Herrick Cemetery (Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine).

Friday, May 16, 2014

52 Ancestors: #20, Catherine (Newbert) Sukeforth: Broad Bay Pioneer Daughter

Three months ago I related the tale of my ex-Hessian mercenary four times great grandfather, Andreas Suchfort (Andrew Sukeforth). Andreas provided only part of my one-eighth German heritage; his wife, Catherine Newbert (Neubert, Newbit), was also of German extraction, but by a very different route.

Beginning in 1742, several groups of German immigrants settled in the so-called Waldo Patent in Maine, forming a colony known as Broad Bay (later incorporated as the town of Waldoboro in 1773). The immigrant families who arrived aboard the ship Elizabeth in 1753 included 13-year-old Johannes (John) Neubert (born 1740, Froestockheim, Unterfranken, Bayern [Bavaria], Germany)1 and 8-year-old Maria Elisabetha Benner (born 1744, Herbornseelbach, Hessen-Nassau, Germany)2. About 1761 they married, and had eleven or twelve children.

The third of these was Catherine, born about 1764 in Broad Bay, Lincoln County, Maine.3 Catherine married, about 1778, Andreas Suchfort,4 a Hessian mercenary taken prisoner after the Battles of Saratoga.

Catherine and Andreas apparently had at least eight children:
  1. John Suckforth, b. 1783, married Hannah P. Maddocks
  2. Robert Suckforth, b. ca 1780-88, married 1) Mary "Polly" Miller, 2) Jane _____
  3. Sally Suckforth, b. ca 1789, never married
  4. Margaret Suckforth, b. 1792, married Waterman T. Newbert
  5. Philip Suckforth, b. 1793, married Thankful Robinson
  6. Love Suckforth, b. 1804, married Alden T. Newbert
  7. Henry Suckforth,5 b. ca 1806-07, married 1) Hepsibah C. Ripley, 2) Mary C. Seavey
  8. Ebenezer Suckforth,6 b. ca 1812-13, married Elizabeth "Betsey" Rokes
Catherine never appeared by name in a U.S. census, but we can infer her presence in Andrew's household from 1790 to 1830 and, probably, in son Philip's household in 1840:
  • 1790, Barrettstown: one of two females in the household7
  • 1800, Barrettstown Plantation: one female age 26-44 (Catherine would be 36)8
  • 1810, Hope: one female 45 & up (Catherine would be 46)9
  • 1820, Hope: one female 45 & up (Catherine would be 56)10
  • 1830, Hope: one female 60-69 (Catherine would be 66)11
  • 1840, Hope: one female 70-79 (Catherine would be 76)12
Catherine does not appear in the 1850 census (nor does Andreas), so we can assume ahe died between 1840 and 1850. She was probably buried in Hope but there is no record of the location.

My descent from Catherine Newbert:

(Note: This post is in response to Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" challenge at No Story Too Small.)

  1. Wilford W. Whitaker and Gary T. Horlacher, Broad Bay Pioneers (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1998), p. 489.
  2. Ibid., p. 354.
  3. Ibid., p. 490.
  4. Ibid., p. 603. I'm suspicious of Whitaker & Horlacher's marriage date estimate of 1778, because (a) Catherine would have been only 14 (assuming that her birth year is correct), and (b) they also claim that Andreas came to Waldoboro "after 1778" (my emphasis). The date may have been chosen to accommodate the questionable 1780 birthdate for Robert. A birthdate of 1785 for him is more compatible with the census records, and would mean John was the oldest child, born 1783, allowing a marriage in 1782 at a more reasonable age of 18.
  5. The assignment of Henry as Andreas's son is tentative. (The family did include a son of about this age, but it could conceivably be an Andrew Jr., ca 1808-1836, currently assigned to Robert's family.) In the 1840 census, Henry's household included one male 80-89, probably Andreas (who would have been about 85) who was no longer a head of household. This, in tandem with additional evidence provided by land deeds, seems a likely indication of a father-son relationship.
  6. It seems highly questionable that Ebenezer could be Catherine's son, as she would have been at least 48 at his birth. Whitaker & Horlacher give Ebenezer's birth as 1802, but no source is indicated, and the available census records and his gravestone all point to 1812-13.
  7. 1790 U.S. Census, Maine, Barrettstown, p. 107, Andrass Suchfort household; database and digital images, ( : accessed 12 Dec 2012).
  8. 1800 U.S. Census, Maine, Barrettstown Plantation, p. 662, unnumbered 4th line, Andrew Sukforth [sic] household; digital images, ProQuest, HeritageQuest Online (access through participating libraries : accessed 14 Apr 2012).
  9. 1810 U.S. Census, Maine, Hope, unnumbered 9th line, Andrew Suchfort household; digital image, ProQuest, HeritageQuest Online (access through participating libraries : accessed 14 Apr 2012).
  10. 1820 U.S. Census, Maine, Hope, p. 279 (penned), col. 1, unnumbered line 19, Andw Suckforth household; digital image, ProQuest, HeritageQuest Online (access through participating libraries : accessed 14 Apr 2012).
  11. 1830 U.S. Census, Maine, Hope, p. 508 (penned), unnumbered line 4, Andrew Suckforth household; digital image, ( : accessed 8 Jun 2012).
  12. 1840 U.S. Census, Waldo County, Maine, Hope, p. 316 (stamped), unnumbered line 27, Philip Suckforth household; digital image, ( : accessed 8 Jun 2012).

Monday, May 12, 2014

52 Ancestors: #19, Mother's Day Special: Kathleen Marie (Murphy) Kirk

Kathleen Murphy, ca 1942
What better time to profile my most recent ancestor – my mother – than Mother's Day?1

Kathleen Marie Murphy was born in December 1921, in Berlin, New Hampshire, to William George Murphy and Glenna Marie Rabideau, and was baptized five weeks later at St. Kieran's Roman Catholic Church in Berlin.2 She had no recollection of Berlin, because by May 1923 her parents had moved to Lewiston, Maine, where her sister Theresa was born.

Aside from a brief family sojourn in Texas circa 1926, Kathleen grew up in Lewiston, attending the oddly-named Jordan Platoon School,3 where at age 13 she was the highest-ranking student in her graduating class. She had an artistic bent, apparent in a series of pencil sketches she made as a teenager – mostly of assorted movie stars, but also one of her father and another that I believe is a self-portrait. She graduated in 1939 from Lewiston High School with a commercial track diploma and went to work, first as a clerk for the "NYA" (probably the National Youth Administration), then as a bookkeeper at the Bates Street Cigar & Confectionary Co.

Theresa (left) and Kathleen Murphy, Edinburgh, Texas, ca 1926
Kathleen's sketch of her father, Bill Murphy     Self-portrait by Kathleen Murphy
Meanwhile, a young man named Roger Kirk was also growing up in Lewiston. He also attended Jordan Grammar School (in 1931-32) and graduated from Lewiston High School, in 1936, three years before Kathleen. I don't know just when their paths first crossed4 – the earliest photos I have of them together are dated 1941 – but cross they did, and while their engagement was not officially announced until February 16, 1943, I feel certain that they must have had an "understanding" before Roger enlisted in the Army in August 1942.

First known photo of Roger Kirk
and Kathleen Murphy together, 1941
     Locket found in my mother's jewelry box.
The vignettes were cut from a photo dated 21 Sep 1942.
In July of 1943, Roger managed to get a pass to come home just long enough for them to get married on July 20. No time for a honeymoon: he immediately headed back to his base and found a furnished room so his new bride could join him. While her husband served Uncle Sam as a military policeman and later a mechanic – thankfully, he was never sent overseas – Kathleen got a job in the Ordnance Department at Fort Banks. Roger was discharged in February 1946, and the happy couple could finally go home to Lewiston and, in May, enjoy a well-overdue honeymoon on the Maine coast. Then Roger went back to his pre-Army job as an auto mechanic; they rented an apartment in Auburn; and the following April, Kathleen had her first child, a son.

Kathleen (Murphy) and Roger Kirk on their wedding day, 20 July 1943, Lewiston, Maine
Soon they were thinking about adding to their family, and a year and a half of raising their first son in an apartment no doubt was influential in their decision to buy a house with a VA loan. In September 1948, they found their home, on a quiet dead-end street in the nearby town of Mechanic Falls.

The Kirk family home, Mechanic Falls, Maine, September 1948
There, Kathleen and Roger would live out their lives and raise their family:
  1. [Living] Kirk, b. 1947
  2. Kathleen "Kathy" Kirk, b. 19515
  3. Marshall Kenneth Kirk, 1957-20056
  4. [Living] Kirk (twin), b. 1962
  5. William Kirk (twin), b. and d. 1962
Kathleen Kirk holding the future Down East
Genealogist, then six months old (Aug 1951)
My mother was a member of that once-common and now-rare breed: a stay-at-home mother and housewife. But although she never took on paid employment while I was growing up, she put her bookkeeping expertise to good use when Daddy opened his own Sunoco gas station and garage in 1957. While he pumped gas, repaired cars, and dealt with employees, she did all the bookkeeping, bill-paying, and banking for the business for the next ten years. When he closed Kirk's Sunoco and opened a new garage/gas station/tire dealership in 1968 with a partner, she continued as the unpaid bookkeeper for the new business, until it closed in 1979 shortly before my father's death.

Kathleen Kirk, ca 1986
When she wasn't wrangling us kids or keeping the books, Mama found time to sew most of her clothes and mine, volunteer in the Ground Observer Corps, do paint-by-number sets, ride with Daddy when he took up motorcycle-riding in the late 1970s (when they were both in their mid-50s), adopt a cat, and most of all, read voraciously. She always had a pile of at least a dozen books from the three libraries where she held cards, was a member of a couple of book-of-the-month clubs, bought paperback mysteries by the handful, subscribed to maybe two dozen magazines, and had both the morning and evening Lewiston newspapers delivered. In her later years, she worked occasionally at the local library, substituting for absent staff members. And she passed on to me her life-long love of reading.

One by one her children grew up, went to college, married, and scattered to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York. When my father died in 1979, my youngest brother was still in high school, and he remained at home for a number of years before marrying and buying a house only a few blocks away. He came by every day or two to see his mother and do little chores around the house that she wasn't up to doing.

On a snowy March 6th in 1993, he dropped by after work with his pickup truck to plow the driveway, and on the back porch found that the newspaper had not been brought in. Our mother had had a stroke and passed away in the wee hours of the morning. Five days later, her children gathered and laid their mother to rest, next to their father, in Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn.

How I miss you, Mama.

Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn, Maine

(Note: This post is in response to Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" challenge at No Story Too Small.)

  1. OK, it's a day late. As usual, it took much longer than expected to pull together. Not to mention that when it was nearly complete, I tried to "undo" something and Blogger summarily erased the entire post, which I had to recreate from a draft. My mother would understand.
  2. For once, I'm going to dispense with formal source citations. Suffice it to say that my information comes from personal knowledge; family photos, memorabilia, and lore; and in a few cases, city directories for Lewiston and Auburn, Maine, found on
  3. I have no idea why the Jordan Grammar School was commonly known as Jordan Platoon School, but that's how it was referred to in newspaper articles, for example.
  4. It's entirely possible that they met through another connection that had nothing to do with growing up in Lewiston and attending the same schools. Roger had a half-uncle, Walter Rand, who lived in Milan, New Hampshire, from about 1906 until his death in 1946, and was the proprietor of Rand's Cabins, a "tourist camp" in Milan, from about the 1920s through 1946. Kathleen's mother, Glenna Rabideau, had grown up in Milan, and her parents were living in Dummer (only a stone's throw away from Milan) in the early 1930s (they moved to Norway, Maine in 1934). Glenna's parents, Peter and Eva (Woodward) Rabideau (b. 1870 and 1871), were close contemporaries of Walter and Ellen (Adley) Rand (b. 1875 and 1873), so it would be surprising if the families hadn't known each other (Milan is a very small town). And I can easily envision the Murphys visiting the Rabideaus at the same time the Kirks happened to be visiting the Rands.
  5. AKA The Down East Genealogist. Also still living, last time I checked.
  6. Marshall was the real genealogist in the family; he worked nearly ten years as a research librarian for the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, and authored a number of articles for genealogical journals. I am deeply in his debt for his painstaking research on our family tree, which he bequeathed to me.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

52 Ancestors: #18, Abigail (Greene) Hodsdon

Abigail Greene, my great-great-grandmother, was born 26 Jun 1814 in Wilton, Franklin County, Maine, one of six children of Guy Greene and Hannah R. Gould.1 On 30 Dec 1834, she married Isaac Hodsdon in Hollis, York County, Maine.2 They moved to Byron, Oxford County, Maine, where Isaac, like most of his neighbors, was a farmer.

Abigail and Isaac had nine children:
  1. Jacob H. Hodsdon, b. 1836, married Lydia Merrill
  2. Mary Abigail Hodsdon, b. 1837, married Charles Cole
  3. Luther Merrill Hodsdon, b. 1840, d. 1859 unmarried
  4. Isaac Winfield Hodsdon, b. 1843, married Octavia Merrill
  5. Francis Ireland Hodsdon, b. 1844, married Emma Ireland
  6. Silas Marchant Hillman Hodsdon, b. 1847, married Kate Rand
  7. Matilda Ann Hodsdon, b. 1849, married Alvarado Reed
  8. Sarah Arabelle Hodsdon, b. 1851, d. 1855
  9. Charles L. Hodsdon, b. 1853, married Mary Gilcrease

Isaac Hodsdon family monument, Byron Village Cemetery, Byron, Oxford Co., Maine
Abigail died in 1878 and is buried in the Byron Village Cemetery with her husband and their two children who died young, Luther and Sarah.3

My descent from Abigail Greene:
  • Abigail Greene and Isaac Hodsdon
  • Silas Marchant Hillman Hodsdon and Kate Maria Rand
  • Mary Milliken Hodsdon and Chester Frank Kirk (my paternal grandparents)

(Note: This post is in response to Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" challenge at No Story Too Small.)

  1. “Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 May 2014), Abigail Green birth, 1814.
  2. “Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 May 2014), Isaac Hodsdon and Abigail Greene, 1834.
  3. Byron Village Cemetery (Byron, Oxford County, Maine), Isaac Hodsdon family monument, read and photographed by the author, 13 Oct 2013.