Hey Richard -
You emailed me a while ago about the photo of James I have on my web site, The Northern Bard. I've been doing research ever since and have discovered some new info for you, but since the email I had isn't correct any more, I'm just going to hope you still come here....
Sally Mendivil came up with a bible among her possessions that has James and Susan's marriage as being April 27, 1870. It also lists the children in order of birth: Charles Herbert, June 25, 1871; Fredora (no middle name), June 14, 1873, and Ella May, June 10, 1875. James's death is listed as February 25, 1876.
Through various resources at the Portland Public Library and the Maine Historical Society Library, I've found Susan listed as James's widow in the 1880 census of Palermo. She listed herself as 22 years old (she should have been 27, but you know how we women are about our ages) and has the children as Charles, male, 8; Fredora, female, 6; and Nellie M., female, 5. I found this odd, as the tin prints I have of the kids confirm names, Ella May's nickname, and birthdates, but Fredora appears to be a boy....
I've also found that Susan remarried after James - a gentleman from Ohio named Daniel T. Jones with whom she had no children - and is buried in the East Vassalboro Methodist Cemetery. Daniel is buried in another cemetery in an unmarked grave, but I strongly suspect James is buried there beside Susan - also unmarked. I have a few people in Vassalboro trying to find out who has the records on who is buried where in that cemetery, so if you find this message, please email me for an update. If you want to see Susan's tombstone, I've added it to the virtual cemetery here.
Thanks for getting me started on the genealogy thing again just by pointing out that "The Book of Dow" had an error in it, as I'm feeling closer and closer to the Dow clan with each little discovery or set back - which was the purpose of digging through "The Book" right after Dad died. I just hope this message will reach you so we can BOTH feel closer to our ancestors....*grin*
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