Friday, September 26, 2008
Oh, and by the way, nice socks mom!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The relationships: Isaac Anthony Terrill was a brother of my great-grandfather Jacob William Terrill. Guy Warren Butler was married to Isaac's daughter Gertrude.
Gertrude (Terrill) wa born in Argyle, Maine, 26 Sep 1876, the dau. of Isaac and Henrietta (Foster) Terrill. She died in Old Town, Maine, 11 Jul 1961.
Guy W. Butler was born in Cumberland Center, Maine, 28 Jan 1874, the son of Edward and Etta (merrill) Butler. He died in Old Town, Maine, 5 Nov 1945. Interestingly, his obituary doesn't mention this endeavor, but includes a long list of employment, as follows:
He first started his life work at the age of nine as a telegraph operator for his father, a station agent for the Maine Central Railroad company. He attended Farmington schools and later was a telegraph operator in Old Town for many years. He was also employed as a bookkeeper for the T. R. Savage company in Bangor. He later went to Millinocket during a typhoid fever epidemic where he became assistant bookkeeper for the Great Northern Paper company. After that Mr. Butler was employed in Waterville for the Central Maine Power company, as a bookkeeper and was also an accountant for several different firms. While living in Old Town, Mr. Butler assisted Thomas Clark, a hydraulic engineer, in his work, the study of which became a hobby with Mr. Butler. After his work in Waterville, he became immigrations, customs and naturalization officer and held this position for 16 years. He received his training for this work in Montreal. Part of his work took him into Canada, while the other part was in the United States, and he resided in Vanceboro. Due to ill health he retired from active work and returned to his home in Old Town two years ago last May. Although having lived in Farmington 24 years, he held his residence in Old Town for the past 38 years. Even though his work took him to many places his home and his thoughts were always in Old Town. He had the honor of having worked to the top in the work and position which he held for so many years.
Guy W. & Gertrude (Terrill) Butler are buried in Old Town's Lawndale Cemetery, as are Isaac Anthony & Henrietta (Foster) Terrill.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
First I found The North Adams Transcript of 21 Feb 1899 reporting the following:
Somerville, Mass., Feb. 21. - While temporarily deranged, owing to a severe attack of the grip, Walter Mower of this city shot his wife in the right breast yesterday. The chances are in favor of her recovery. Mower, it is said, has been partly insane for a days [sic] or two, and imagined that there was an attempt being made to send him to an insane hospital. He became more violent yesterday and procured the weapon with which he attempted to kill his wife.
Further surfing brought up an article in the 22 Feb 1899 issue of the Boston Daily Advertiser:
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Trunk of John Mower, Revolutionary War Soldier
Grandfather of Sophia Parker Pullen
Donated by Genevieve Beckwith
Sophia Parker was the daughter of Ireson & Pamelia (Mower) Parker, born in Greene on 2 Dec 1821. She married on 8 Mar 1841 Horace Pullen of Monson.
I'm descended through Pamelia Mower's brother, Martin.
I encourage all of John Mower's descendant's to make the pilgrimage to Monson to see this trunk in real life.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Every year from the beginning of the town's existence liberal provision was made for the poor. For the greater part of the time they were boarded in different families. For instance, in 1833, it was voted "to set up Elisha Gibbs and his wife at auction to the lowest bidder," "After several bids," -- and these are the words of the record, -- "Elisha Gibbs and his wife were struck to Silas Paul for the some of forty-seven dollars and fifty cents for one year, to be maintained free of any expense to the town during said time." Evidently the "high cost of living" was no problem in those days as it is now. For some years the town maintained a poor farm which was on the shore of Sebec Lake near Steadman's Landing.
Of note in this, Silas Paul was their grandson - he was married to two sisters - Roxanna Mansfield and Jane Hosmer Mansfield. Roxanna and Jane were the daughters of Thomas and Hannah (Gibbs) Mansfield, the daughter of Elisha and Silence.
Source: "Historical Sketch of Foxcroft, Maine," Sprague's Journal of Maine History, Vol. V, No. 2 (September 1917): 73.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I'm proud of my loyalist roots and to be a Grant descendant from Southampton, New Brunswick. Grant Gathering 2008 is coming up (unfortunately I won't be able to attend, but want to help spread the word to interested cousins).
The wrap up
Family of the "Southampton New Brunswick Grants". Descendants via male or female line from John Grant and Elizabeth Lockwood. Contact us to discuss if necessary.
A Gathering of the Grants at the Southampton Community Hall. A fee will be required to cover costs of meals and incidental expenses.
August 1 - 2 - 3, 2008
Southampton is in central New Brunswick, between Woodstock and Fredericton on the North side of the Saint John River approx. 10 km. north west of the Hawkshaw Bridge (Exit 231 off Highway 2). There will be a sign posted at the intersection of Route 105 and Campbell Settlement Road.
To salute our ancestors "where they pioneered" and meet and greet relatives we know or have not met yet. (And of course to have a great time).
For more information, visit http://gg08.tripod.com/index.html.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
A boy fourteen years of age, oldest son of Mr. Stephen Vickery of Glenburn, was drowned at Pushaw Pond on Monday evening. He was going to attend a singing school when several men who wished to get across the pond met him and as he had his skates with him they requested him, to haul them cross. This he attempted to do but fell into a hole in the ice and could not be recovered. Two of the men fell in but were taken out.
SOURCE: Bangor Daily Whig & Courier (Bangor, Maine), 21 Dec 1853
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
There is very little excuse now for farmers being ignorant of any of the essential scientific or practical information regarding their great art. They have only to attend to the current reading of the day, as to matters respecting agriculture to keep up with the improvements that are made. The press is teeming with matter of the deepest importance to farmers, and much of it a genuine practical character., unfolding in an easy manner the principles of science adapted to the culture of the earth, and making familiar the great laws of nature having relations to the agricultural art. Among these publications is a beautiful volume published by Messrs. LEONARD SCOTT & Co., of New York, which contains the lectures delivered before the New York State Agricultural Society and the mebers [sic] of the Legislature of New York during the last winter. The subjects of which they treat are the relations to practical agriculture of physical geography, geology and minerology [sic] , meterology [sic] and chemistry, with the means by which general scientific knowledge may be diffused and made available for the improvement of agriculture and the general elevation of the agricultural classes. They were received with great favor at the time of each delivery, and are now collected into a volume with the view of subserving the interests both of agriculture and science. They present in a lucid manner the results of recent scientific investigation, and throw much light on the rationale of many of the operations of husbandry.
These enterprising publishers are now issuing that great work, to which we have repeatedly called attention, "The Farmer's Guide to Scientific and Practical Agriculture," by Henry Stephens of England, and John P. Norton, Professor of Scientific Agriculture in Yale College.
The Working Farmer, a monthly publication by Professor Mapes, is a work of great merit, particularly upon the all important subject of manures and the cooking of manures, a matter which is not sufficiently understood and attended to even by those who can appreciate the value of manures in farming.
In the remarks of Capt. Martin Mower of this city, at the Penobscot Agricultural Show, there was a great fund of valuable practical information upon this subject of cooking manures, which we fear was not fully understood and appreciated. The speaker endeavored to give the why and the how and in this order. It would have been better in a popular audience, such as was there assembled, to have given distinctly and consecutively the how and have left the why for another occasion, or for a brief suming [sic] up. One fact he stated of much interest, that by his method of cooking manure he had no difficulty in reducing bones in one year to an impalpable powder, thoroughly mixed with his compost or held in his liquid manure. There can be no doubt, we think, that even with his imperfect and somewhat clumsy manner of treating his compost manure, he derives very great advantage in his soil. We have seen full evidence of this in an examination of his fields and his crops. He has the true idea about the necessity of cooking manures, and he will be able to by and by, with his improvements, to bring the labor of the processes into better shape. The compost heap made of muck, leaves, saw dust, stable manure, offal and other organic matters, should be frequently saturated with a liquid of lime slacked with salt water, plaster, soot, ashes, charcoal dust, night soil, urine, soap suds, and all the wast liquid made in a dwelling, spent lye of soap, &e. This liquid passing through the heap, not only imparts virtue to the materials in the heap, but insures entire decomposition of the whole. The compost thus made and frequently turned over, becomes fit food or plants and performs the double office of decomposing other substances in the soil and rendering them useful, which otherwise would remain for a long time inert without such treatment.
But we cannot pursue this subject further now, and have only thrown out these hints and suggestions to call attention to some of the matters which should engage the earnest attention of all who would be successful farmers.
SOURCE: Bangor Daily Whig & Courier, Bangor, Maine, 22 Oct 1850
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Uncle Earl's ashes will be interred in Pleasant View Cemetery, Glenburn, on Saturday, May 17th at 2:00. He will be buried in the Terrill lot, joining his parents, George Wentworth and Daisy Lucinda (Grant) Terrill, his baby brother Jacob Leonard Terrill and his sister Effie Elizabeth (Terrill) McDonald.
Monday, March 10, 2008
GLENBURN - Earl Owen Terrill, 92, died March 9, 2008, at home, after a long illness. He was born Sept. 24, 1915, in Houlton, the son of George and Daisy (Grant) Terrill.
Earl spent most of his life in Glenburn. He was a World War II veteran, having served as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps, 1942-1945. Earl worked mainly as a carpenter for several contractors and as a farmer throughout his life.
He is survived by two sisters, Hilda McGann of Pittsfield, and Avis Mower and husband, Frank, of Bangor; a brother, Chester Terrill and wife, Annie, of Hermon; a special nephew, Kenneth Terrill of Glenburn; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Effie MacDonald; brothers, J. Leonard Terrill, Harry Terrill and wife, Elsie, Albert Terrill and wife, Marguerite; and a brother-in-law, James McGann.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. Randall Chretien, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Bangor, officiating. Spring interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Glenburn.
Gifts in his memory may be sent to Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, 885 Union St., Suite 220, Bangor, ME 04401.
Published in the Bangor Daily News on 3/10/2008.