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Re: Fenlason - 1685 to present
Posted by: Betty Fredericks (ID *****7001) Date: July 17, 2002 at 04:43:31
In Reply to: Re: Fenlason - 1685 to present by Jon Cole of 24

Hi Jon, Your name sounds familiar, so we might have corresponded before.

My main research is KIDDER, and they are centered around Calais, Amity, and Princeton, Maine.

For many years .. many researchers .. have been trying to find out who Calvin Kidder (1765-1799) married. He seems to have been a Sympathizer .. who traveled with other southern NH families to Canada in 1783 or 1784 (at Age 18).

Just last summer .. someone finally found out that Calvin had married in St. Andrews, NB, in July 1798. According to the church records, he married Miss or Mrs. Mary Mercy GREENLAW (not sure because of handwriting). Around Jan. 29, 1799, they had their son, J. Calvin Kidder, in what is now St. Stephen, NB. Not 3 weeks later, Calvin, the father, was killed in a boating accident.

Calvin's widow, Mrs. Mary KIDDER, seems to have "disappeared into thin air." .. The next we hear from this family, a Legal Document is found mentioning a Calvin Kidder in 1817, which would have been when the son, Calvin Kidder, was turning 18 .. Another name on the document is Robert HITCHINGS .. also from St. Stephen, NB.

The baby, Calvin Kidder, was baptized in St. Andrews. And, we have .. no clue.. as to whether Mrs. Kidder and the baby moved back to St. Andrews to live with her family, .. or whether she remained in her late husband's home .. and raised her son in St. Stephen. (Supposedly, her husband had many friends in St. Stephen, having been there since 1783/84.)

One guess of mine .. is that she re-married .. about a year after she was widowed, and she might have used her maiden (or former)* name, Mary GREENLAW.

One of my pen-pals is Justine Gengras, and she has information .. that a Mary GREENLAW ..b1780 St. Andrews .. married in 1803 in Alexander, Maine .. Nathaniel D. FENLASON (or FINLAYSON).. who was born in 1775 in Machias, Maine. (son of Wallis and Susannah)
(Children: Harriet and Jedediah)

I was wondering if you had any thoughts .. as to whether Nathaniel's wife .. could have been the former .. Mrs. Kidder.

*Someone thought that Miss or Mrs. Mary Greenlaw could have been a widow .. when she married Calvin Kidder.

(I have a copy of a street map of Princeton, ME, from the late 1800's .. so I know the FENLASON's were living in Princeton at different times. ... And, Calvin Kidder's grandsons .. ended up living in Princeton, ME, I think .. after 1850.)






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