Thursday, August 9, 2012

1854 Handwritten Marriage Intention of Sewall N. Martin and Persis T. Nelson, New Gloucester, Maine

Marriage intention of Sewall N. Martin and Persis T. Nelson, handwritten in 1854 by Elisha H. Moselely, Town Clerk of New Gloucester, Maine.

This is one of several marriage intentions written by Elisha Moseley, thankfully in a very legible hand, that I'll be featuring over the next few posts.  They include intentions between Winthrop Cobb and Lucy S. Fogg and between David K. Foster and Miss Hannah Burns.

Below, the reverse of the document shown above.


This certifies that Notice of the intentions of marriage between Mr. Sewall N. Martin and Miss Persis T. Nelson both of this town has been entered in the town clerk's office in the town of New Gloucester, County of Cumberland & State of Maine, according to law.  Certified at New Gloucester this twentieth day of February in the year of our Lord 1854.
Elisha H. Moseley, Town Clerk

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Sewall N. Martin was born 14 June 1826 at New Gloucester, Maine, son of William and Rebecca (Winslow) Martin, who were born at Bakerstown, Maine, near New Gloucester, and New Gloucester, respectively.

Sewall's paternal grandparents were Ezekiel and Mary Polly Martin.  His maternal grandparents were Barnabas and Deborah (Bradford) Winslow.

Persis Temple Nelson was born 28 October 1833 at Minot, Maine, daughter of Otis Crosby Nelson and Lois Graffam (Raymond) Nelson.

Persis' paternal grandparents were David and Elizabeth Thayer (Hunting) Nelson.  Her maternal grandparents were Lemuel and Abigail (Haskell) Raymond.

Sewall and Persis farmed at New Gloucester, Maine, and had at least three children.

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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