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Revolutionary War soldier’s signature in genealogy journal

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

If you’re related to Revolutionary War soldier Ebenezer Besse, you might be interested in having his signature, which is reprinted from Revolutionary War pension files in the November issue of The Maine Genealogist.

The signature is part of a very nice article, “Lucy Besse: To Maine and Back?” by Michael F. Dwyer, in TMG, which is the quarterly journal of the Maine Genealogical Society.

The daughter of Ebenezer and Betsy (Doten-Doty) Besse married Prince Manter and had 10 children. Dwyer sorts out the various people named Lucy Besse from the time.

Also in this issue of The Maine Genealogist are:

• “Nancy Clark, Wife of Roland Smith of Hallowell, Maine,” by Priscilla Blount.

• “Hatherly Foster through Four Generations,” by Glenn D. Nasman.

• Oliver Mayberry Bible Record with family summary contributed by Leslie D. Sanders. Oliver married Betsey Haskell of Gorham.

• “The Maxwell Family of Scotch Hill, Ogunquit, and Wells, Maine (concluded),” by Priscilla Eaton.

• “Portland, Maine, Marriage Intentions,” Vol. 4, 1814-1837, concluded, by Joseph C. Anderson II.

The footnotes to these articles in themselves are a resource.

At $20, a new or renewed membership to the Maine Genealogical Society, with The Maine Genealogist and the MGS Newsletter, would make a great gift for your favorite genealogist, and certainly for yourself. Add $5 if you would like publications sent first-class.

Send orders to Maine Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 221, Farmington 04938.

Subscriptions to Canada are $29, and outside the U.S. and Canada, $34, first-class mailing included.


What a great idea for a historical calendar.

The Oakfield Historical Society’s 2011 Heritage Calendar features nearly 100 photos of Bangor & Aroostook Railroad retirees from Maine and beyond.

“We’ve Been Working on the Railroad … Too” is the 24th edition of the society’s annual calendar.

You’ll want to “read it through” when you get it, then study each month’s photos as you turn the pages throughout 2011.

Calendars are $10.50, plus $2 for postage and handling. Order by sending check to Oakfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 176, Oakfield 04763.

An order blank is available at www.oakfieldmuseum.org.

The calendar project is the primary fundraising endeavor for the OHS.

The Oakfield Railroad Museum continues to be called one of the finest railroad museums in New England. The museum is operated completely by volunteers and is open 1-4 p.m. weekends, Memorial Day through Labor Day, or by special request.

The museum is a wood-frame station on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of its photographs are more than a century old. There also are vintage signs and advertising pieces, signal lanterns, original railroad maps, telegraph equipment, newspapers, a hand car and a motor car, restored mail carts, the C-66 caboose and a weathervane that came from the top of the old water tower, which was demolished in 1982.

A trip next summer to Oakfield, which is in Aroostook County between Island Falls in Houlton, would be lovely.


“Genealogy for Kids” will be presented by the Penobscot County Genealogical Society at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

Children ages 8 to 14 are invited to learn about genealogy resources at the library and have a tour of the Bangor History Room. Register at the Children’s Desk or call 947-8337, ext. 111.

Youngsters who have taken the session previously are welcome to bring what they have learned about their family.

Send queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail familyti@bangordailynews.com

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