Thursday, April 24, 2014

1804 I.O.U. Document signed at Gorham, Maine; Joseph Nason; Samuel Estes; George Murch

Handwritten Gorham, Maine, document dated November 3, 1804 where Samuel Estes promised to pay Joseph Nason fifteen dollars within six months with interest.  The transaction was witnessed by George Murch.  The document mentions Gorham and Windham at the bottom.


Gorham, November 3, 1804
For value Received I promise to pay Joseph Nason or order fifteen Dollars Within Six months from the above Date with interest till paid.
As Witness my hand, Samuel Estes
Attest, George Murch

Joseph Nason was presumably the Joseph Nason who was born January 30, 1783, son of Uriah  and Abigail (Knight) Nason.  Joseph married Elizabeth Waterhouse; they had four daughters: Almira, Mehitable, Abigail and Dorcas.  Joseph died April 8, 1860.

I'm not sure which Samuel Estes it was who signed this document.  There was a Samuel Estes who died at Windham, Maine, on May 22, 1817, according to a transcription of cemetery records at the Windham, Maine, Historical Society, though most online trees note that he died in 1818, so I'm not sure if one or the other was a transcription error.  This Samuel Estes was born 8 December 1751 at Berwick, Maine, son of Henry and Mary (Varney) Estes.  He married Eunice Cobb; they had a large family.

George Murch may have been the George Albert Murch who was born 8 February 1767 at Gorham,  Maine, son of John and Anna (Dean) Murch.  That George married Hannah Roberts on January 1, 1791 at Gorham, Maine.

If you have information on any of these men, please leave a comment.  Thanks!

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