Saturday, July 26, 2008

elisha and silence (harrington) gibbs

Revolutionary War Veteran Elisha Gibbs and his wife Silence are my 4th-great-grandparents. I found this reference in an article entitled "Historical Sketch of Foxcroft, Maine" in Sprague's Journal of Maine History -

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

vacation time

It's true!
A week of NO work, NO genealogy and NO internet!
Here is Dale with the ever-present cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee
enjoying a week at Beech Hill Pond.
The only thing missing here is a book!
Reading for the week was the 1st 3 volumes of
The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles
by Bernard Cornwell

Saturday, July 5, 2008

grant gathering 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).

Craigellachie !!!

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