Friday, May 17, 2019

Louis Robida AKA Rabida AKA Rabideau: 52 Ancestors #76

Louis Robida, my second great-grandfather and #28 in my Ahnentafel, was born on 23 Apr 1850 in Warwick, Arthabaska, Quebec, Canada, the oldest of twelve children of Louis Robida and Marie Deshaies dit St. Cyr. He was baptized when he was five days old at Saint-Norbert-d'Arthabaska Parish, with his uncle Damas [Thomas] Robida as his godfather and Marie Célina Chenard (relationship unknown) as his godmother.1 (An odd coincidence that his godmother had the same forename as Louis's eventual first wife; Célina, while not rare, is not the most common name in Catholic Quebec.)

Baptism of Louis Robida, 28 Apr 1850
The 1851 census for most of the Arthabaska townships is missing, so we don't see Louis until 1861 in Chester, Arthabaska, 11 years old at his next birthday and with two considerably younger siblings, a brother and a sister (age 4 and 2); three other children had been born and presumably died between Louis and the younger children.2

1861 Canada East census, Chester West, Arthabaska, Louis "Rabida" household
By 1869 Louis, 19, had emigrated south to Milan, Coos County, New Hampshire, where on 25 September "Lewis Robadeau" declared intentions of marriage with "Cyntha Criaque" (Marie Célina Cloutier).3

Marriage intentions for "Lewis Robadeau" and "Cyntha Criaque", 25 Sep 1869
Presumably they carried out those intentions, and in June 1870 the census-taker enumerated Lewis and Silena Rabideau, with two-month-old Lewis Jr., in Milan. Louis was a farm laborer, and owned no real estate.4

Lewis Rabideau household, 1870 U.S. Census, Milan, Coos, New Hampshire
Over the next ten years, they had at least three more children (a six-year gap between "Loi" and the next child almost certainly indicates at least one, and possibly two, stillbirths or infant deaths) and moved to Berlin, where Louis was working in the paper pulp mill.5

"Loi" Rabida household, 1880 U.S. Census, Berlin, Coos, New Hampshire
Children of Louis Rabideau and Célina Cloutier:
  1. Peter Louis (AKA Louis/Lewis Jr.) (1870-1946), m. Eva Woodward (my great-grandparents)
  2. Xalia (abt 1875-??), apparently died young
  3. Marie (abt 1878-1960), m. Toussaint "Louis" Croteau
  4. Adeline (abt 1879-1934), m. Thomas Castonguay Jr.
Célina died in 1881, and Louis apparently remarried almost immediately – unsurprising, considering that he had three children under the age of 6. Louis's new wife, Marie Beatrice Croteau, gave him three more sons in the next seven years.6 (Premature twin sons, born in 1884, did not survive.)

Children of Louis Rabideau and Marie Beatrice Croteau:
  1. Thomas Henry (1882-1958), m. (1) Alphonsine Reneau, (2) Josephine Picard
  2. Unnamed twin boys (1884-1884), premature
  3. Francis "Frank" Lewis (1885-1956), m. Albina Dumas
  4. Melvin L. (1888-1908), died unmarried
In 1885 Louis purchased land in Milan from Cyrus Hamlin and Harrison Rogers – from each an "undivided half of Lot. No. (18) eighteen Range five" in the "second division of lots" in Milan.7 An 1892 atlas map of Milan shows property owners L. Rabideau (most likely the lot Louis purchased in 1885) and J. Rabideau8 (Louis's brother Jim, who bought land in 18909).

Detail from 1892 map of Milan, N.H., showing L. Rabideau and J. Rabideau homesteads
By 1900, Louis's three living sons by Beatrice were still at home, while Célina's children were long gone from the household. (One of them, Marie, was in fact married to Marie Beatrice's half-brother Toussaint "Louis" Croteau and had four children of her own. See Marie (Rabideau) Croteau and The Croteau Connection for that story.) Louis was listed as a farmer, owning mortgaged property.10
Lewis Rabideau household, 1900 U.S. Census, Milan, Coos, New Hampshire
Louis's last appearance in the census was in 1910, still on his mortgaged farm in Milan with wife "Bessie," their two older sons, Thomas and Francis, and Francis's new wife.11 (Youngest son Melvin had died of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1908.) Beatrice died in 1914, her death registration indicating she had been a resident of Berlin for the past two years,12 so Louis apparently had given up farming and moved back to Berlin in 1912.

Louis Rabideau household, 1910 U.S. census, Milan, Coos, New Hampshire

On 29 May 1915, Louis Rabideau, of Berlin, sold land in Milan to J. Fred Bell (not the same land he purchased in 1885 – I haven't yet found out what happened to that lot) by warranty deed.13 That is the last record I have found concerning Louis. He was not found in the 1920 census, so presumably he died between 1915 and 1920, but as yet I have been unable to find a death record for him, in either New Hampshire or Vermont (where his sons Thomas and Frank had moved by 1920). If anyone reading this has a death, obituary, or burial source for him, please let me know!

A few notes about the family surname: while Louis was born and baptized as Louis Robida, with few exceptions his name was given as Rabideau in U.S. records – most censuses, deeds and mortgages, and his children's birth records. (His forename was given as Louis or Lewis, pretty much randomly.) This may simply represent the way the name was commonly pronounced and spelled by English-speakers in Coos County: Louis himself was illiterate (his deeds and mortgages were signed by mark), so we have no idea how he may have pronounced it. It's worth noting that the one census when he was living in Berlin, 1880, the name was Robida, and that Beatrice's death record and obituary (also in Berlin) gave the surname as Robida and Rabida, respectively. Some of Louis's children, when they married, gave their names as Rabideau (Peter and Thomas [first marriage] and some as Rabida or Robida (Adeline, Marie, Frank, and Thomas [second marriage]). Peter used the name Rabideau for his entire adult life, while Thomas and Frank exclusively used Rabida after about 1920.

My descent from Louis Rabideau:

  1. Saint-Norbert-d'Arthabaska Parish (Arthabaska, Quebec), parish registers, archive copy, 1850, folio 14v, B.42, baptism of Louis Robidas, 28 Apr 1850; digital images, “Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1900,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 May 2012); citing “Quebec Catholic parish registers. Quebec County Catholic Parishes, Canada”.
  2. 1861 Census of Canada East [Quebec], Arthabaska County, ED 2, Township of Chester West, p. 4 (penned), p. 160 (stamped), lines 24-28, Louis Rabida household; index and digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 4 May 2012).
  3. Milan, Coos County, New Hampshire, Births, marriages, deaths 1854-1881, p. 45, "Lewis Robadeau" and "Cyntha Criaque", 1869; digital images, "New Hampshire, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1636-1947," FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 Jan 2014).
  4. 1870 U.S. census, Coos County, New Hampshire, Milan, p. 17 (penned) 135 (stamped), dwelling 137, family 130, Lewis Rabideau household; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 18 Jan 2014).
  5. 1880 U.S. census, Coos County, New Hampshire, Berlin, ED 29, p. 2-B, dwelling 11, family 16, Loi Rabida household; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 18 Jan 2014).
  6. 1900 U.S. census, Coos County, New Hampshire, Milan, ED 268, sheet 5-A, dwelling 96, family 97, L??is Rabideau household; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 18 Jan 2014). 
  7. Coos County, New Hampshire, Land Records, 1772-1902, Warranty Deeds 38:370-371, Cyrus D. Hamlin to Lewis Rabideau and Harrison W. Rogers to Lewis Rabideau, 1885; images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 May 2019), image 409; imaged from FHL microfilm 8,649,649.
  8. "Shelburne, Coos Co. (with) Milan, Coos Co.," Town and City Atlas of the State of New Hampshire (Boston: D.H. Hurd & Co., 1892), p. 293; digital image, David Rumsey Map Collection ( : accessed 12 May 2019), item 2023270. The map shown above was cropped from the full map.
  9. Coos County, New Hampshire, Land Records, 1772-1902, Warranty Deeds 53:78, Luther F. Kingsbury to James Rabideau, 1890; images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 May 2019), image 409; imaged from FHL microfilm 8,650,435.
  10. 1900 U.S. census, L??is Rabideau household.
  11. 1910 U.S. census, population schedule, New Hampshire, Coos County, Milan, enumeration district (ED) 67, sheet 2A, p. 158 (stamped), dwelling 26, family 28, Louis Rabideau household; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 19 Jan 2014)
  12. "New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947," database and images, Ancestry ( : accessed 4 May 2012); death of Mrs. Beatrix Robida, 1 Jul 1914, Berlin. 
  13. Coos County, New Hampshire, land records, Warranty Deeds 172:99, Louis Rabideau to J. Fred Bell, 1915; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 14 Dec 2014), found in Gallery for Louis Rabideau (1849- ) profile in "Sara Jennings and Rob Spittel" public member tree, managed by Sara Spittel.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Neil McIntyre and Mary Ann McLellan: 52 Ancestors #75

I've decided that when I have relatively little information on a couple in my pedigree chart, it makes more sense to write a single sketch for both of them. One such couple is my maternal great-great-grandparents (#26 and #27 in my Ahnentafel), Neil McIntyre and Mary Ann McLellan of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Neil McIntyre was born 24 Apr 1814 in Barbara Weit, Lot 19, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and was baptized on 8 May 1814 at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church in Rustico.1 He was probably the oldest of six children of Angus McIntyre and Ann "Hanna" Gillis.

In 1840, Neil married Mary Ann McLellan at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Indian River, Lot 18.2 Mary Ann was the daughter of Alexander McLellan and Sarah "Sally" McCormick, born on 20 Sep 1817, and baptized on 22 Oct at St. John the Baptist church in Miscouche.3

Neil and Mary Ann had ten children:
  1. Hannah (b. ca 1841-1845, d. 1912), m. Octavius McIsaac
  2. Angus (1842-1914), m. Bridget McPhee
  3. Alexander (1845-??), twin
  4. Leo (1845-??), twin
  5. Sarah Ann (1847-??)
  6. Catherine "Kate" (1849-??)
  7. Mary (1850-??), prob. died young
  8. Mary Ann (1852-??), m. Peter Hickey
  9. John Alfred "Johnny" (1860-??), m. Regina Gillis
  10. Rose Ann (1862-1937), m. Dominic Murphy (my great grandparents)
In 1861, they were still in Indian River, with eight children in the household.4 Rose Ann hadn't been born yet, and there are only three daughters in the 5-16 range, implying that one had died, probably Mary. (It seems somewhat unlikely they would have named two consecutive daughters Mary and Mary Ann unless the first had died. On the other hand, I don't have any definitive information on Sarah or Catherine, either.)

1861 Canada census, Township 18, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Neil McIntyre household
In 1881, the McIntyres lived in Lot 8, PEI, with their two youngest children.5 (Rose Ann's future husband, Dominic Murphy, was in the next household enumerated, though it wasn't actually right next door.)6

1881 Canada census, Township 8, Prince County, PEI, Neil McIntyre and Angus Steele households.

Angus Steele and Neil McIntyre farms, 1880.

Neil died between 1881 and 1891, when the widowed Mary Ann was living in lot 8 with her youngest son, John;7 her youngest daughter, Rose Ann, had married Dominic Murphy 1n 1883. Mary Ann died on 26 Apr 1896 in Hebron, and was buried two days later in St. Mary's Church Cemetery, Brae, Lot 9.8

1891 Canada census, Township 8, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Mary McIntyre household

My descent from Neil McIntyre and Mary Ann McLellan:

  1. Marshall K. Kirk, manuscript research notes, undated; Marshall K. Kirk Research Files; privately held by Kathleen Kirk McCracken, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Abstract of baptismal record for Neil McIntyre, 8 May 1814, citing St. Augustine's Church (Rustico, PEI).
  2. Ibid. Abstract of Neil McIntyre-Mary McLellan marriage, 1840, citing St. Mary's Church (Indian River, PEi).
  3. Ibid. Abstract of baptismal record for "Marie M'clarlem", 22 Oct 1817, citing St. John-the-Baptist Church (Miscouche, PEI), register, 1817-1835.
  4. 1861 census of Canada, Prince Edward Island, district 134, Prince County, Township 18, p. 1, line 7, Neil McIntyre household; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 30 Jan 2014).
  5. 1881 Canada Census, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Township No. 8, pp. 29-30, dwellings 113-114, families 113-114, Neil McIntyre and Angus Steele households; digital images, ( : accessed 19 Feb 2012). 
  6. "Plan of Lot Eight, Prince Co., P.E.I.," Illustrated Historical Atlas Of The Province Of Prince Edward Island (Philadelphia: J.H. Meacham & Co., 1880), p. 42; digital image, David Rumsey Map Collection ( : accessed 10 Dec 2012), item 4475024. The map shown above was cropped from the full lot map.
  7. 1891 census of Canada, Prince Edward Island, district 134, Prince County, Township 8, p. 1, family 5, Mary McIntyre household; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 21 Jan 2017).
  8. St. Mary's church (Brae, Lot 9, PEI), church registers, Book 1, p. 136, burial of "Mary M'intyre widow of Neil M'intyre", 28 Apr 1896; microfilm, Public Archives, Prince Edward Island; transcribed by the author in 1982.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Drowning in DNA Matches

As recently as maybe three or four months ago, I was keeping up pretty well with my new DNA matches. At AncestryDNA, I had 800 or 900 matches at fourth cousin level and closer, and new matches at that level dribbled in at the rate of a half dozen or so a week, and I added them to my database more or less as they showed up. I had no idea how many "distant" matches (5C-8C) I had and didn't care, because I ignored all but the handful which sported shaky-leaf "ancestor hints" or showed up in my DNA Circles.

At MyHeritage DNA, I had a few thousand matches with no clear delineation between the "about 4C" and really distant levels, but I had about 250 in my database, having worked down through to about 30 cM, with some more distant cousins included when they triangulated with closer cousins. (Why, oh why, can't they come up with a category intermediate somewhere between "extended family" – which seems to cut off around 90 cM – and so-called "distant relatives"?) Again, new matches were slow in coming, though harder to detect than for Ancestry since there isn't a "not looked at yet" flag.

Then, early this year, it was as if a floodgate opened. Suddenly I was getting a half dozen or more new matches each day at Ancestry, and next thing I knew I had a backlog of 50 or so that I hadn't been able to get into my database. The pace picked up at MyHeritage as well, though not as drastically.

Well, then DNA Painter came along, followed by Genetic Affairs's Auto-Clusters for Ancestry. Ancestry switched from the languishing DNA Circles and ancestor hints only for public trees, to ThruLines and "common ancestors" drawing on public, private, and unlinked trees. MyHeritage introduced their Theory of Family Relativity and an integrated Auto-Cluster tool. Between painting all those MyHeritage matches (and GEDmatch as well) plus their triangulated matches; analyzing clusters; and checking out dozens of proposed ThruLines and Family Relativity relationships, it's become even more difficult to keep up with the onslaught of new matches.

Right now, as of 10 PM on May 9, I have at AncestryDNA 1309 matches of 4C and closer level. (I also have an utterly incredible 55,962 distant matches!) I now have a backlog of 86 4C-and-closer matches to enter into my database.

At MyHeritage DNA, I have a total of 10,552 matches. Of those, 443 match with 25 cM or more, which is probably very roughly equivalent to Ancestry's 20 cM cutoff (Ancestry's reported total cMs are nearly always lower than for the same individuals who have their results at other sites). I seem to have only about 230 of those 443 in my database, however, so clearly I have a lot of catching up to do there, too.

Oh, and these numbers are only for my own test – I also manage my two brothers' tests, and I've never gotten anywhere close to getting all their matches in my database.

Is it any wonder I haven't blogged in three months? I need to back off on my DNA painting and visual phasing and auto-clustering, and get back to my research and writing.

Friday, February 22, 2019

William Murphy (1830-1909): 52 Ancestors #74

William Murphy, my second great-grandfather (#24 in my Ahnentafel), was born 15 May 1830,1 probably in or near Georgetown, Kings County, Prince Edward Island. If that date of birth is reasonably accurate, he was probably the second child of Michael and Magdelen (Morison) Murphy.

About 1853 William married Flora Ann McDonald, possibly in or near Vernon River.2 They had ten children:
  1. Dominic (1854-1914), married Rose Ann McIntyre in Bloomfield, PEI (my great-grandparents)
  2. Lot (ca 1856-1917), married Nora Kelleher in Newburyport, MA
  3. Flora Ann (1856-1923), married John Sanphy in PEI
  4. Mary (1858-1933), married John Cummings in Newburyport
  5. James (1860-?), possibly died young
  6. Martha (1863-1949), married Edward Perkins in Newburyport
  7. Daniel (1865-aft 1920), emigrated to Newburyport
  8. Catherine "Kate" (1868-1922), married Patrick Hart in Newburyport
  9. Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1871-1918), married George Blackwell in Lawrence, MA
  10. William (1873-bef 1881)

1881 Canada census, Georgetown, Kings County, PEI, William Murphy household

Lot 51 in 1880 Atlas; red outlines the area of the detail below

The earliest I can definitely identify William in the census is 1881, when he and his family were enumerated in Georgetown.3 Oddly, the Lot 51 map in Meacham's 1880 Atlas shows a 100-acre lot on Baldwin Road (about 10 miles from Georgetown) labelled "Wm Murphy",4 yet they don't appear in Lot 51 in the census until 18915 – located right among the neighbors expected from the 1880 lot map.

Another map (undated), showing the route of planned railway construction through Lot 51, also shows William Murphy as the landholder. The dates on similar railway maps of other Kings County lots indicate that it is probably from the early 1870s.6

William's daughter Flora had, about 1875, married John Sanphy who farmed a few properties down Baldwin Road from William's lot, so I can speculate that he may have acquired the land by the time the atlas was compiled, intending to move near to the Sanphys, but the farm may have been occupied by a tenant at the time of the census.

William Murphy is also listed in Baldwin's Road in the Fredericks 1889-90 Directory.7 I haven't been able to find a William Murphy who is likely to be "my" William anywhere in earlier available directories ranging from 1864 through 1880.

Detail of Lot 51 map showing Wm Murphy property (red outline added) in Baldwin Road, 1880

1891 Canada census, Lot 51, Kings County, PEI, William Murphy and "Domnic" Murphy households

Sometime around 1905-06, William and Flora emigrated to the United States, settling in Newburyport, Massachusetts,8 where four of William's siblings and at least five of his children had already gone over the years.

On 10 February 1909, William Murphy died of apoplexy and old age in Newburyport.9 His age of 71 on his death certificate is undoubtedly much too young; given that he appears consistently in three censuses as born 1830-31, he must have been 78 or 79.10 The informant was Daniel Murphy, probably his son, who was less likely to know his father's exact age than Flora would have been. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Newburyport.11
William Murphy death cettificate, 10 Feb 1909, Newburyport, Mass.
My descent from William Murphy:

  1. 1901 Canada Census, Kings County, Prince Edward Island, Township 51, p. 5, dwelling 37, family 38, William Murphy household; database and digital images, Library and Archives Canada, ( : accessed 20 Feb 2012).
  2. The year is an estimate based on the Dec 1854 birth of their first child, Dominic. While baptismal records for Dominic and Lot have not been located, their third through seventh children were baptized at St. Joachim's Church in Vernon River, making it a likely location for their marriage as well.
  3. 1881 Canada Census, Kings County, Prince Edward Island, Georgetown Common & Royalty, pp. 3-4, dwelling 11, family 11, William Murphy household; digital images, ( : accessed 19 Feb 2012).
  4. "Plan of Lots 51, 52 & 66, Kings Co., P.E.I.," Illustrated Historical Atlas Of The Province Of Prince Edward Island (Philadelphia: J.H. Meacham & Co., 1880), pp. 107-108; digital image, David Rumsey Map Collection ( : accessed 28 Apr 2014), item 4475060. 
  5. 1891 Canada Census, Kings County, Prince Edward Island, Township 51, p. 10, families 34-35, William Murphy and "Domnic" Murphy households ; digital images, ( : accessed 19 Feb 2012).  
  6. Prince Edward Island Railway, map of the land appropriated by the Railway Commissioners in Lots 38 and 51, undated; digital image, University of Prince Edward Island Robertson Library, Island Imagined ( : accessed 16 Feb 2019). 
  7. Frederick's Prince Edward Island Directory, and Book of Useful Information, for 1889-90 (Charlottetown, P.E. Island: Frederick's Publishing Co., 1889), p. 524, entry for Murphy William, far[mer].
  8. No immigration records have been found, but city directories show a William Murphy arriving in Newburyport around this time. In addition to his children noted in the list above as moving to/marrying in Newburyport, William's brother Daniel and sisters Mary, Catherine, and Elizabeth were also living in Newburyport (or nearby Amesbury) at the time he and Flora emigrated.
  9. "Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915," database and digital images, ( : accessed 14 Mar 2014), William Murphy death certificate #319, registered no. 25, Newburyport, Massachusetts, 10 Feb 1909.  
  10. 1881 Canada Census (note 3), age 50, and 1891 Canada Census (note 5), age 60, both imply birth in 1830-31. 1901 Canada Census (note 1) gives full date of birth as 15 May 1830.
  11.  William Murphy death certificate (note 9).

Friday, February 15, 2019

Nahum Alonzo Rand Sr.: 52 Ancestors #73

Nahum Alonzo Rand, my great-great-grandfather and #22 on my Ahnentafel, was born 29 Nov 1813 in Rye, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He was the second of three children of Joshua and Elizabeth (Rand) Rand.1 (Joshua and Elizabeth were first cousins, giving Nahum only six great-grandparents instead of the usual eight, as illustrated in My Collapsing Pedigree.)

Unlike his father and younger brother (the elder brother died young), Nahum didn't stay in Rye. I don't know just when he moved to Roxbury, Massachusetts – he's not a head of household either in Rye or Roxbury in 1840 – but that was his residence on 16 January 1842, when marriage intentions were published between "Mr. Nahum Rand and Miss Dolly Bristor both of Roxbury." They were married on 11 February 1842 at the Free Will Baptist Church of Christ.2

Marriage intentions (top) and marriage record for Nahum Rand and Dolly Bristor, 1842, Roxbury, Mass.

The Rands lived in Roxbury, where their first four children were born, until about 1849, when they moved to Andover, Oxford County, Maine. This was a homecoming for Dolly, who was born in nearby Byron, and whose parents and married sister Jerusha now lived in Rumford. In Andover they had four more children.

Children of Dolly Brister and Nahum Rand:
  1. Nahum Alonzo Rand Jr. (1842-1920), married Lois Minerva Cutting
  2. Sarah Elizabeth Rand (1845-aft 1908), married Edward Rhodes
  3. Ezra D. Rand (1846-1847)
  4. Ezra Davis Rand (1848-1922), married (1) Mary A. Crutchley Homan, (2) Augusta A. (Pulsifer) Buker, (3) Margaret Amber
  5. Asenath Matilda Rand (1851-1871), unmarried
  6. Kate Maria Rand (1855-1940), married Silas Marchant Hillman Hodsdon (my great-grandparents)
  7. Samuel P. Rand (1857-1940), unmarried
  8. Annie Grace Rand (1860-1925), married Frank Roberts

Nahum Rand death certificate, 1884, Philadelphia, Pa.
Nahum Rand died of "cardiac dropsy" on 4 Jan 1884 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It appears that he must have been visiting his eldest son, Nahum Jr., at the time; the residence of the deceased is given as "No. 56 Wister St" – probably a slight error on the part of the undertaker as the Philadelphia city directory in 1882 and 1884 gives Nahum Rand's address as 58 Wister.3 Two oddities in the undertaker's certificate are the occupation ("Gentleman") and place of birth ("England") of the deceased. Nahum Rand Sr. was listed as a farmer in the 1850 and 1860 censuses, and as a stone mason in 1870 and 1880.4 Perhaps "gentleman" was meant to convey that he was retired? As for his birthplace, I can conjecture that the Philadelphia undertaker misunderstood a statement that the man had been born in "New England."

Nahum was buried in the Northwood Cemetery in Philadelphia,5 probably in a family lot – his son is also buried there.6 I don't know if he has a marker there (there isn't one on Find A Grave), but he does have a cenotaph in the Rand lot in Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover, Maine, on a stone shared with his son Samuel. Below the years of his birth and death is the inscription "Buried in Philadelphia."7

Nahum A. Rand cenotaph/Samuel P. Rand gravestone, Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, Maine

My descent from Nahum Alonzo Rand:

  1. Langdon Brown Parsons, History of the town of Rye, New Hampshire: from its discovery and settlement to December 31, 1903 (Concord, N.H.: Rumford Printing Company, 1905), p. 504.
  2. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," database and digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 6 Jul 2016) > Roxbury > Roxbury Marriages Publishments, 1785-1864 > images 231-232 of 277; marriage intentions (image 231) and marriage (image 232) for Nahum Rand and Dolly Bristor, 1842.
  3. "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915," database and digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 Mar 2014) > 004010284 > image 700 of 1324; Nahum Rand death certificate, 4 Jan 1884. 
  4. 1850 U.S. Census, Oxford County, Maine, Andover, p. 397 (penned), p. 199 (stamped), dwelling 94, family 101, Nahum Rand household; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 Mar 2012). Also 1860 U.S. Census, Oxford County, Maine, Andover, p. 67, dwelling 492, family 491, “Naam” Rand household. Also, 1870 U.S. Census, Oxford County, Maine, Andover, p. 11, dwelling 66, family 69, Naham Rand household. Also, 1880 U.S. Census, Oxford County, Maine, Andover, ED 116, p. 4D, dwelling 36, family 40, Naham Rand household. 1860-1880 censuses, digital images, ProQuest, HeritageQuest Online (access through participating libraries : accessed 12 Mar 2012).
  5. Nahum Rand death certificate (note 3).
  6. Find A Grave, database (  : accessed 23 Feb 2014), memorial 116452444 for Corp Nahum Rand (1842-1920), by "Eugene Glenn Stackhouse" (2 Sep 2013); citing Northwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. 
  7. Woodlawn Cemetery (Andover, Oxford County, Maine), Nahum A. Rand cenotaph, read and photographed by the author, 15 Aug 2012.