Thursday, December 25, 2014

52 Ancestors: #51, Charles Sukeforth, Christmas Day Child

On Christmas Day in 1818, my great-great-great-grandmother, Polly Miller, presented her husband Robert with a bouncing baby boy, my great-great-granduncle Charles.1 Born in Washington, Maine, Charles was the eighth of the ten children I believe belong to this family.

Marriage of Charles Sukeforth and Elizabeth Fitch, 1850

Charles married Elizabeth Fitch on 29 November 1850 in Jefferson, Maine.2 It appears, however, that they had "gone to housekeeping" sometime earlier, as on 29 August they were enumerated as a household in Washington in the 1850 census.3

1850 U.S. census, Lincoln County, Maine, Washington, Charles Suckforth household
Charles and Elizabeth had two children:
  1. Etta L., b. 1851, married Hiram Chaplin
  2. John A., b. 1856, married Melissa Overlock

Charles lived his entire life in Washington, first as a cooper (in the 1850 census), then as a farmer (later censuses). He died of apoplexy on 4 March 1902,4 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Washington with his wife, who died in 1911.5

Charles and Elizabeth Sukeforth monument, Maple Grove Cemetery, Washington, Knox County, Maine

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

  1. Maple Grove Cemetery (Washington, Knox County, Maine), Charles and Elizabeth Sukeforth monument, read and photographed by the author, 14 Aug 2012.
  2. "Washington, Knox County, Maine, Marriages, 1811-1869," Original Records of Maine Towns and Cities: Town of Washington, digital images (pdf), CD-ROM, (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 2005), p. 32, Mr Charles Sukeforth and Miss Elizabeth Fitch, 29 Nov 1850.
  3. 1850 U.S. Census, Lincoln County, Maine, Washington, p. 575/37 (penned), p. 288 (stamped), dwelling 269, family 269, Charles Suckforth household; digital image, ( : accessed 15 Jun 2012).
  4. “Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922,” database and digital images, ( : accessed 8 Jun 2012), Charles Sukeforth, 4 Mar 1902.
  5. Maple Grove Cemetery, Charles and Elizabeth Sukeforth monument.

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