Note of February 2014: See the comments section for information on descendants of Ichabod Boothby.
5 March 1810 letter sent by Samuel Harmon at Livermore, Maine, to Ichabod Boothby at Scarborough, Maine. Approximately 8-1/4" x 7-1/4".
From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]
Both of these men had connections to Scarborough, Maine. They were most likely both born there and at some point went to Livermore, Maine. Ichabod may have been on an extended visit to Scarborough at the time of the letter.
Samuel Harmon proved difficult to research. I found several sources that danced around a Samuel Harmon in Livermore but nothing substantive.
He may have been the Samuel Harmon who was born at Scarborough, Maine, about 1767, the son of John Harmon and third wife Abigail (Hoyt) Harmon, and older brother of Dodavah Harmon, who also moved to Livermore.
Aside from building barns, as implied in the letter, he may have been the Samuel Harmon who had a shoe making business at Livermore. And he may have been the Samuel Harmon found in the 1830 Census of Livermore.
Hopefully a reader will come forth with more information on Samuel Harmon.
Ichabod Boothby, assuming I have the correct one, was born 30 May 1789 at Scarborough, Maine, the son of Nathaniel and Susan (Thompson) Boothby.
His paternal grandparents were Ulster immigrant Samuel Boothby and his wife Esther (possibly Burbank) Boothby. Ichabod's maternal grandparents may have been John and Sarah (Means) Thompson.
Ichabod married twice: 1) Charlotte Knight, with whom he had Levi, Charles, Prudence and David; 2) Rebecca Jones, with whom he had son, Eleazer.
The 1860 Census of Livermore, Maine, in which Ichabod gave his occupation as mechanic, lists the following people:
- Ichabod, age71
- Rebecca, age 61
- Charles, age 39; [likely the son of Ichabod and first wife Charlotte]
- Betsey, age 27; [likely Charles' wife and their children following]
- Frank H. [I think the middle initial is an H], age 8;
- Charles H. [again, I think the middle initial is an H), age 6;
- Fred D., age 4;
- Cora P., age 1