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QUERY (07/2007): Hi, looking for information about George Leonard from West Paris Maine who married Ruth Fletcher from Oxford Maine on 6-27-1926. George died in Paris Maine on 6-14-62. His wife Ruth died in Poland Maine on 9-5-1969. Thanks , Norman Leonard rosemariel@verizon.net
QUERY (04/2007): I am looking for any information I can get on Justin DECOSTA. He was born in Hebron sometime in the 1850s or 60s? He made a violin and used to write music. He also had a brother I believe by the name of Dr. John Decosta, and a sister who married Moses Snell. I am the great granddaughter of Lester and Ella Snell Johnson. Any information on dates of birth and death etc. would be helpful. Thank you, Gail Lussier glussier5@yahoo.com
QUERY (09/2006): My name is John D. WASHBURN. My father and mother are both from Maine. We have traced our ancestors back to England. My Dad's name was George Edward Washburn. He was born in Bangor, Maine and played baseball for the New York Yankees, Newark Bears and finally migrated to Baton Rouge playing minor league ball. I was born in New Jersey, while he was playing for Newark but was reared in New Orleans / Baton Rouge. My Dad's father, my grandfather was named Franklin Walter Washburn. He died before I was born. I have no clue if my grandfather had brothers or sisters. His father was Charles Washburn. Charles was born in Hebron, Maine in 1829. I wouldlike to know how to find any information that may be available about a Charles Washburn that was born in Hebron, Maine in 1829. Charles died in Bangor, Maine. I would like to know if he married and what the names of his children were if he had children. If you have any information about the Washburn Family in Hebron, Maine and especially about Charles Washburn, I would appreicate that information or where I might get such information. Thanks, John D. Washburn (Jack) cell phone 276-759-9218 jwashburn@utm.com
QUERY (07/2006): I am looking for any information on Percy Micheal O'BRIEN born in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1875. In 1895 he moved to Maine. He married Alfreda M Tyler and had the following children: Alvah C., Lewis E, Alfreda Marie and Barbara E. His second marriage was to Myrtle S. Swan in 1932. According to the 1920 & 1930 census, Percy was living in Dixfield Oxford Maine. Does anyone have any information on this family as it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Darlene Peters speters@pei.sympatico.ca
QUERY (12/2005): Greetings, I am searching for any old photographs of William Horace PRATT and Sarah BEAL formerly of Hebron, ME. William, I learned (from an obituary of his son Ezra Pratt who died in 1952) was a minister in Portland ME. But he was a carpenter in Hebron when his children were young, and his daughter Ronella worked at a woolen mills in Hebron. I just found out recently that Ezra was the father of my mother Grace, so that makes me a member of the Pratt family. I would love to see any old photos of any of the related Pratts and extended families. I will gladly pay for copy costs and all postage incurred. I have a picture of Gustavas C. Pratt who was an officer in the Civil War. I obtained the photo from the Maine State Archives. I will gladly share it with those who may be interested. I also have many photos of Ezra Pratt and his children I will share. Also if anyone has personal history of William Horace Pratt and Sarah Beal, I would love to hear from them. I am age 63, but they would have been my great grandparents. Ezra was sixty-four when my mother Grace was born in Southport, ME in 1924. Sharon Oliver Knape SNOWBLOCKERS8258@aol.com
QUERY (04/2005): Please help me locate my half-sister. My 85 year old mother recently confided in me that she gave a daughter up for adoption in 1935 or 1936. She said the couple who adopted her lived in South Paris Maine. I registered with the Maine Adoption Ruenion Registry, and they wuld notify us if she ever tried to find us. Un fortunately, she hasn't yet or we would have been notified. This is the only information I have: Adopting parents name: Mr. & Mrs. Downs (he was a professor & she a school teacher) Residence: South Paris, Maine Catholic Faith Adopted daughter's name at the time: Cynthia Thelma Ayotte Born: 9/09/1935 or 36 in SKOWHEAGAN, MAINE. Birth mother: Mary Emily Ayotte residence: Limestone, Maine Any assistance would be whole heartedly appreciated. Thank you and God bless you, Kathy Braidich mbraidich@alink.com
QUERY (03/2005): Looking for a source of any old, photographs of the Oxford village area - specifically King Street., Scott Shuster, Oxford, Maine, USAmailto:B3122@adelphia.net
QUERY (12/2004): Looking for information on Solomon Morgan and family. He was b. abt 1784 Oxford, son of Samuel Morgan and Judith Dennen, dau.of Samuel Dennen & Kezia Bray. He m. (1st) 12 Mar 1808 East Oxford , Polly Rowe. They had nine children: Sally; Polly, Zacheus, Rosmond; Hannah, Bethiah, Solomon jr; Judith and Maryann. He m. (2nd) 1824, Hebron, Pollythea Bradman. They had four children: Meribath; Keiza; Jane B.; John Spaulding. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Jeanne Morgan snickers03@earthlink.net
QUERY (10/2004): I am looking for information on Josiah Perkins, born April 4, 1732 in Plympton, MA and married Deborah Soule also of Plympton. He served in the Massachusetts 12th Regiment during the Revolutionary War. At some point they moved to Shepardsfield Plantation or Hebron. I don't know the date of the move. They had 9 children, all born in Plympton, MA. Their oldest son, Joseph also moved to Maine and died in Oxford, ME (I don't have the date). Josiah died March 14, 1811 in Hebron, Maine. He is buried in the old Shepard's Field Burying Ground. I am looking for information about his military service during the Revolutionary War. On his stone it says he was a drummer. I have found him listed as serving under the command of Colonel Moses Little but I can not find any actual information, only a listing of his name. His son Joseph, who died in Oxford, ME had 9 children. He was married to Sarah Cushman, also born in Plympton, MA and they were married their. I don't know when they moved to Maine. Sarah died in Oxford, ME Feb. 28, 1844. He also died in Oxford but I have no death date for him. Any information anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated, Judith Hayesmailto:warmtears@warmtears.com
QUERY (03/2004): I am looking for information on William Barter and his family. The 1880 Census Shows that they live in Oxford, Oxford. His wifws name is Ester and the children's names are John DOB 1866, Mary DOB 1868, Ruth 1870. It shows him as a peddler and his wife worked in a wool mill. William was born in England June 4,1845 and his wife was born in England in 1844. Any information would help in my research. Thankyou: D. Bartermailto:DBarter396@aol.com
QUERY (03/2004): I need information on a Boynton family that lived in Oxford, Oxford Co. Maine. Robert Boynton, born abt. 1817, and his wife Lucy Gillman Boynton, born abt 1821 had at least two daughters, Alice M. born abt 1853 and Josephine L. born abt 1855. They both married in Oxford in 1871 and 1872. Robert died in Oxford in 1884. Lucy is listed on the 1870 Oxford Co. census for the town of Oxford, but have not been able to find it online, even on Ancestry.com. Can anyone help me? sami cantrell myti@citlink.net
QUERY (06/2003): Hello... Need info on Jacob S Smith b c 1807 died 2 Apr 1851 and wife Jane ,b c 1802,died 1843. They are believed to have been residents of Oxford and Norway areas.They are buried at North Paris cemetery.Would like parents,birthdates and places for both. Can anyone help? Appreciate it. Ida Kretschmar famgram@hotmail.com
QUERY (01/2002): Searching for information about my grandparents, Irving Monk and Rena Farris from Hebron. I believe that Irving's father was Ira Monk. Any help would be appreciated, Cheryl Noyes cnoyes@sacoriver.net
QUERY (01/2002): I am looking for any information on a Hannah J. Oliver who married John E. Ordway (Jr.). She was born Nov. 1826 in Maine (Oxford I think). I suspect her father was William Oliver of Oxford, but I can not make the connection. Any information would be very helpful. If anyone is searching the lineage's of Perkins or McAllister's of Oxford I could be of help on those lineage's. You can contact me by email at mailto:peddlers@megalink.netThanks.
QUERY (08/2001): Seeking info on James and Tabitha Bacon Huston, married in Byron on Jan. 30, 1828. Son Laforice Ellis born about 1836 in Roxbury, Joe Knights . jknights@sacoriver.net
QUERY (06/2001): Located on IGA family search James and Tabitha Roberts had a son Eli Roberts born 2-19-1804 in Buckfield, Oxford, Maine. Would like more info on this couple to see if this is the same Eli Roberts who later married Delania Kent and lived in Emanuel County GA. Did James and Tabitha move to Emanuel Cty GA around early 1800's and remain there? Cathy Roberts Pierce cathyp@tampabay.rr.com Researching Roberts, Stavely, Hall, Kent, Bennett, Ogelsby, Phipps, Goddard, Kirby, Robles, Anderton and Pierce.
QUERY (12/2000): Looking for info on EDWINA WHYTE (married name possibly Parrott) of Oxford, Maine. Edwina was the daughter of Robert Allan Whyte of Boston, MA. Robert was born in Renfrew, Scottland. Edwina may have been born in Whitestone, New York. Mother unknown. Any help will be appreciated, Elaine Caron. mailto:elainefromma@webtv.net
QUERY (9/2000): Looking for information on any RAMSDELL'S in Oxford County. Winslow Ramsdell married to Hannah W. Knight in Windham, ME in 1836 and came to Oxford (in Paris and Norway supposidely). Any help would be appreciated, Barbara mailto:britnic@pacbell.net
QUERY (9/2000): Looking for information on JOHN S. RICH b. 1803, married to Sarah. They are listed in the 1850 Census for Oxford. Any help appreciated, Spencer spence@ime.net
QUERY (9/2000): I am researching the DUDLEYs of Oxford Co Maine. Seth benson Dudley and his family ancestors and decendents. Any help welcome, Mary Schwab marygschwab@yahoo.com
QUERY (9/2000): Please help me in my search for my great grandfather. His name is Edward Rosen EMERSON. He was born in Oxford Co. Main in 31 Oct. 1855. I have been told that the town was called Paris in Oxford Co. I do not have any information about Edwards' father, other then his name is Rosen Emerson. My father told me this information. If anyone can help my with my quest it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Verne Schwartz https://sites.rootsweb.com/~mecoxfor/kaischwartz@earthlink.net
QUERY (8/2000): Hi! I am researching my MOREY line, which resided in Oxford County, Me., and, at times, in the town of Oxford. I would appreciate any info re. Oxford County Moreys, specifically: Thomas, Laura (Mellon), Francis/Frank, Marie (Burns), Herbert J., Eliza Jane (Martin), Alice Bertha, Herman Daniel, Herbert Lyman, Clarence Eldon, & Chester Arthur. I believe that most of these individuals resided in the area in the mid to late 1800s. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you! My e-mail: KSKidder@tallysys.com
QUERY: I am looking for information about ALBERT H. IRVING, specifically, and about any of his ancestors, generally. He was born in Oxford, Maine, probably about 1855 - 1860. He married, probably about 1875, near or in Otisfield or Oxford, Flora Belle (or some variation of this spelling) Scribner, b. Otisfield, Me. February 14, 1859 to Andrew Jackson Scribner and Ruth Cobb, who were married in Otisfield August 28,1852. It is my understanding that Albert lived and worked in Oxford his entire life, working at the Oxford Woolen Mills as a supervising weaver. He and his wife divorced shortly after their daughter, Flora Etta, was born in 1876. Flora Belle remarried to a Lincoln, although I don't know when. Albert may or may not have remarried. He was listed in the 1906 census for Oxford, but not listed as a guest in his granddaughter's newspaper wedding article in 1921 - this may or may not be relevant to his death date.
My grandmother, Flora Etta's daughter, remembered that Albert had been killed as a result of injuries sustained after being thrown from a horse. There are Irving's all over Maine/Nova Scotia/Canada, but I have found no leads whatsoever as to Albert's life or parentage. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone?
Thanks, Mary Winslow emwinslow@worldnet.att.net
QUERY: Looking for information about JAMES M. SOUTHBURN, listed in the 1860 Federal Census Index, Twp. Denmark, Oxford Co., ME, p. 265. Emma Southburn married Henry Smith, and they had a son in Chicago in 1870. Emma (nee Southburn) Smith could be the daughter of or related somehow to James M. Southburn.
Any help sure would be appreciated, Betty jimstv@maqs.net
QUERY: Researching SMITH's in the Oxford area. They are a tough bunch and I need help with the following: Samuel Smith m Eva E Smith, dau. of Franklin Smith and Harriet Blake of Oxford ,abt 1883. They resided at Oxford,Otisfield and Buckfield and had Lucella b 1884, Eben b 1886, a girl b 1888, Samuel Ralph b 1890 and Eva b 1891. Samuel worked as brakeman for the Buckfield-Rumford Falls RR at his death in1891. The mother Eva died in 1893 and the children were split up. Lucella went to the Merrill Brackett's at Oxford,became their heir and took the name Brackett at age eighteen. Eben went to the Oxford Poor Farm for 10 years until entering US Navy just before 17th bithday. The middle girl went to Mrs Annie Chaplin, who may have given her the name Annie and probably adopted her. Mrs Chaplin became Mrss Knights and after her death in 1903 the girl Annie is believed to have lived or been adopted by a Bonney family. She used Bonney as her maiden name as an adult. Samuel Ralph was raised in the home of Fredrick H York of Hartford,Turner and Jay. Nothing is known abt the baby Eva. Love to exchange info if any one has knowledge of this family. Also needed is info on burial of Franklin Smith.,who was son of Henry Smith and Dolly McAllister, b New Vineyard 1828, m Harriet Blake 1848 Portland, a Civil War veteran who lived at Oxford and died there 4 Mar 1901. Have been unable to find his gravesite. Harriet Blake,w/o Franklin Smith, res Oxford when she signed a deed in 1875 for prop in Oxford. No further records for her have been found and Franklin married as a 2nd wife Arvilla Robinson at Oxford. What happened to Harriet? Did she die? When? Where? Or did she and Franklin divorce? Any records? Neither Harriett nor her 13 year old daughter EVA appear in the Oxford 1880 census or in nearby towns. Would greatly appreciate any help or clues. Ida Kretschmar Rt 1 Box 155A52 Paige, TX 78659-4000. famgram@hotmail.com

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