Thursday, August 9, 2012

1851 Handwritten Marriage Intention of Winthrop Cobb and Miss Lucy S. Fogg of New Gloucester, Maine


Marriage intention of Winthrop Cobb and Lucy S. Fogg, handwritten in 1851 by Elisha H. Moseley, Town Clerk of New Gloucester, Maine.

This is one of several New Gloucester marriage intentions written by Elisha Moseley, thankfully in a very legible hand, that I'll be featuring.  They include intentions between Sewall N. Martin and Persis T. Nelson and between David K. Foster and Miss Hannah Burns.

Below, the reverse of the marriage intention of Winthrop Cobb and Lucy S. Fogg.




Transcript:

This certifies that the intentions of marriage between Mr. Winthrop Cobb and Miss Lucy S. Fogg both of this town have been entered in the town clerk's office and published in the town of New Gloucester according to law.  Certified at New Gloucester this twenty sixth day of April, A.D. 1851.
Elisha H. Moseley, Town Clerk

From online research only, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Winthrop Cobb was born 20 December 1804 at New Gloucester, Maine, son of Sylvanus and second wife Mary (Oakes) Cobb.  Winthrop's paternal grandparents were Ebenezer and Jerusha (Cushman) Cobb.  His maternal grandparents were Nathan and Amy (Wyman) Oakes.

Winthrop was a farmer and church deacon at New Gloucester.  His first wife, Marcia Grosvenor (Lyon) Cobb, with whom he had at least six children, died in January 1850.

On 12 April 1851 at New Gloucester, Maine, Winthrop married Lucy Snowman Fogg, daughter of Daniel and Priscilla (Raymond) Fogg.  She was born 30 April 1813 in New Gloucester.

I'm not sure how many children Winthrop and Lucy had together, perhaps only a daughter, named Marcia Grosvenor Cobb after Winthrop's first wife, as was the custom.

Marcia, or Marsha, married Seth Franklin Sweetser and raised a family of at least three children at New Gloucester and at Portland, Maine.  Seth worked as a cattle dealer and later as a milk producer.

Winthrop Cobb died 21 May 1865.  Lucy died 3 August 1906.


As for the town clerk, Elisha H. Moseley, who was also a postmaster at New Gloucester, he was born about 1813 in Maine, possibly the son of Rev. Elisha and Nancy (Lobdell) Moseley, but I haven't found proof of that.   

Most of the online vital records for New Gloucester appear to have been constructed at a later time and contain little information.

Elisha H. Moseley married Sophia or Sophronia A. L. Sampson on 15 May 1847 at New Gloucester.  They had at least three children, I believe.  Elisha died 11 November 1862.

Elisha's possible father, Rev. Elisha Moseley, ministered at New Gloucester, Maine, from 1802 to 1826.  He married Nancy Lobdell, daughter of Isaac and Polly (Stetson) Lobdell, on 27 October 1811 at Minot, Maine.  Again, I haven't yet found a record linking the two Elishas; perhaps a reader will step in.

If you have any corrections or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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