We know that marriage intentions of years gone by are not proof that a couple were married, and yet, too often, we don’t follow through with plans to actually dig up that proof.
Glenn D. Nasman, a mechanical engineer who has written several articles for The Maine Genealogist, the quarterly journal of the Maine Genealogical Society, has come up with another excellent piece for the journal’s February 2014 issue, “Mary Bickford of Gouldsboro and Vinalhaven, Maine, Case Study: A Marriage Intention Does Not Prove a Marriage.”
The town of Gouldsboro recorded marriage intentions for Richard Dodge and Mary M. Bickford on Sept. 14, 1847. A marriage certificate was issued, but no marriage was performed. A marriage record for Richard Dodge and Angeline Smith was filed on Nov. 26, 1848.
Muriel Johnson’s “Early Families of Gouldsboro” listed both as marriages for Richard Dodge, but Nasman’s research indicates that only the second marriage actually took place.
Rather, Nasman found that Mary Bickford moved to Vinalhaven and lived with older sister Sarah J. Bickford and her second husband, Josiah Coombs, who had married in 1846. Mary, in fact, was married in 1848 to Josiah’s brother, Benjamin Coombs. Further, Mary’s age in subsequent census records matches with the age she would have been, given her birth in early 1830.
Other articles contained in this issue of The Maine Genealogist include, “The Identity of Thankful (Smith) Taylor of Wells, Maine,” by Frederick M. Boyle; “The Hatch and Peare Families of Greene, Maine, and Their Migrations,” by Edward G. Hubbard; and “Nineteenth-Century Records of the First and Second Congregational Churches of Wells, Maine,” submitted by Priscilla Eaton.
Membership in the Maine Genealogical Society, including the quarterly journal and quarterly newsletter, is $25 a year, sent to MGS, Box 221, Farmington, ME 04938. Add $5 if you want everything mailed first class. Membership outside the United States is $39.
Discover your roots at Bangor Family History Day.The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a Family History Fair, open to all ages, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Connect with your family -– past, present and future — at this free event located at the Bangor LDS meetinghouse, 639 Grandview Ave., Bangor.
The program will include a keynote session and four hours of classes with a choice from six classes each hour. Most of the classes will be videos downloaded from the RootsTech 2014 conference held in Salt Lake City in February. However, there also will be at least one live session for each class hour.
This unique opportunity to seek out your ancestors and build your family tree is provided by the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as FamilySearch. This nonprofit, volunteer-driven group is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people across the globe, members and nonmembers of the church, make use of the group’s records and services to discover and share their family history.
Come to the fair and learn more about your ancestors, categorize and organize members of your family tree, and share and chronicle stories from relatives. The computers at the Family History Center are very user-friendly.
Register for the fair at https://www.lds.org/topics/family-history/host-a-family-history-fair/signup?stake-unit-num=518247. Enter your name and email address and respond to an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to complete your registration. If you don’t get the email, check your junk/spam/trash folders and/or add that email address to your contact list — at least until registration is complete.
For information, call Judyth B. Reitze, director of the Bangor Maine Family History Center, at 447-5849 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email email@example.com.