Saturday, August 11, 2012

1859 Marriage Intention Between John Whitman and Clara M. Nevins of New Gloucester, Maine

Marriage intention of John Whitman and Clara M. Nevins of New Gloucester, handwritten in 1859 by Elisha H. Moseley, Town Clerk of New Gloucester, Maine.

This certifies that the intentions of marriage between Mr. John Whitman and Miss Clara M. Nevins both of this town were 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 twelfth day of May in the year of our Lord 1859.
Elisha H. Moseley, Town Clerk

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:
Reverse of the document shown above:

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome]

John Whitman was born June 2, 1825 at New Gloucester, Maine, son of Obadiah and Susannah (Parsons) Whitman, who were born at Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and New Gloucester, Maine, respectively.

On October 10, 1850, John married Mary Caroline Eveleth, daughter of David and Asenath (Roberts) Eveleth. Mary was born March 12, 1829 at New Gloucester; she died November 16, 1852.

On May 12, 1859, John married Clara M. Nevins, or Clara M. Nevens. Clara was born November 21, 1827, daughter of Joel and Jemima D. (Haskell) Nevens. Clara died in 1909. John died November 27, 1915.

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.

Elisha H. Moseley married Sophia or Sophronia A. L. Sampson on May 15, 1847 at New Gloucester. They had at least three children, I believe. Elisha died November 11, 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 October 27, 1811 at Minot, Maine. Again, I haven't yet found a record linking the two Elishas; perhaps a reader will weigh in.

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

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