Friday, August 10, 2012

1854 Marriage Intention between David K. Foster of Danville, Maine, and Miss Hannah Burns of New Gloucester, Maine

Two 1854 handwritten marriage intentions, one from New Gloucester, Maine, and one from Danville, Maine, both referring to the intention to marry of David K. Foster and Miss Hannah Burns.

See other posts that feature New Gloucester marriage intentions between Winthrop Cobb and Lucy Snowman Fogg and between Sewall N. Martin and Persis T. Nelson

Above, 3 April 1854 handwritten marriage intention, certified by E. H. Moseley, Town Clerk of New Gloucester, Maine, of David K. Foster of Danville, Maine, and Miss Hannah Burns of New Gloucester, Maine.

Nothing on reverse except a number written in pencil, which might be meaningful or might simply be a contemporary collector's  inventory number.


This certifies that the intentions of marriage between Mr. David K. Foster of Danville and Miss Hannah Burns of this town have been entered in the town clerk's office in the town of New Gloucester, County of Cumberland and State of Maine according to law and the parties are duly licensed to be joined in marriage.
Certified at New Gloucester this third day of April, A.D., 1854.
E. H. Mosely, Town Clerk

The second intention was handwritten by C. G. Skinner, Town Clerk of Danville, Maine, on 4 April 1854.

The reverse has the name of D. K. Foster and Hannah Burns and a similar number to the one on the first document.


This may certify that the intention of marriage between David K. Foster of Danville, and County of Androscoggin and Hannah Burns of New Gloucester has been entered in the town clerk's office, in the Town of Danville according to law.
Certified at Danville, April 4th, A.D., 1854.
C. G. Skinner, Town Clerk

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

I found a birth record for a David K. Foster in Maine Births and Christenings 1739-1900, noting that he was born at Danville, Maine, on 17 May 1820.  No parents are shown, at least on the online record.  This is at odds with his marriage record, and his daughter's birth record, which show his birthplace as Essex County, Massachusetts.  Perhaps a reader will come forward with more information.

It's possible he's the David Foster listed in the 1850 Census of Poland, Maine, with parents Joseph and Susan Foster, each age 60.  A woman named Susan, age 80 was living with David and Hannah in the 1870 Census.

From what is available online, it appears that the original New Gloucester records are missing, and duplicates have been made, with scanty information on them.

I found a birth record for a Hannah Burns, born at New Gloucester, Maine, on 1 December 1833.  Her parents are listed as William and Lovisa B. Burns.  Lovisa or Louise may have been Louise Brooks Davis.

If so, her parents were Moses and Deborah (Marble) Burns.  I haven't found anything reliable yet on the parents of William Burns.

If you have corrections to the information above or can fill in any of the blanks, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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.

I believe C. G. Skinner, the Town Clerk of Danville, Maine, was Calvin G. Skinner, born 29 April 1820 at Danville, Maine, or Pejepscot, Maine, son of Samuel and Eleanor (Jordan) Skinner.  

Calvin G. Skinner married Louisa Crockett on 11 February 1844, at Danville, Maine.  Louisa was born 6 September 1821 at Danville, Maine, or Pejepscot, Maine, daughter of David and Esther (Dingley) Crockett.  Calvin and Louisa raised a family of, I believe, eight children at Danville.   Several of their children died young, or fairly young.

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

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