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Footmans of Maine
Posted by: Tim (ID *****0703) Date: May 10, 2007 at 11:25:23
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Hi,

I have reason to believe that a James Footman married Betsey Moore 31 July 1800 in Goffstown, NH and shortly afterward moved the family to Maine. James Footman is the only Footman head of household listed in Maine in 1810, 1820 and 1840 (none appear in 1830); he is listed in East Pond, Newport, and St. Albans Maine (all the same general area).

Thomas Footman (b c 1804 in Maine), Charlotte Footman (b c 1803 in Maine), James Footman (b c 1816 in Maine) and Orren Footman (b c 1812 in Maine) are all listed in the 1850 census. As is Betsey Footman (b c 1781) who is living with Charlotte a couple of entries away from Thomas Footman.

The 1810 census listed James with one non-adult male and 6 non-adult females. The 1820 census lists the non-adult male that appeared in 1810 along with 2 new non-adult males. And, a bunch (eight) of females under 26.

All this is consistent with Thomas, James and Orren being James's only three sons. The oldest child for the three sons listed in 1850 was born after the 1840 census, so it is reasonable that none of them became a head of household in time for the 1840 census.

But, I have no firm proof that Thomas, James or Orren was James's son. And, I have no idea what became of any of his daughters (except Charlotte who appears never to have married).

I've found one daughter for Thomas, but lose her before 1870. James has three children, one daughter (whose trail I lose early) and two sons both of whom marry and have children, but apparently no grandchildren.

Orren is a bit more interesting. In 1860 he is living with six of his children (two more apparently died young). In 1870 all but two had disappeared: Orin has one child and dies when he is 31; and Fred who (at 14) is living with another family and then is never heard from again.

Orren apparently remarried (a woman 25 years his junior) and had one more child, Fred Albert, in 1871. Fred Albert ends up in Lewiston, has a large family and has a number of descendants still in the Lewiston area.

Orin's descendants lived primarily in Brewer, Maine. There are still a number of Footmans living in that area, all, I think, descendants (or married to descendants) of Orin.

Sorry for the very long post, but I figure too long is better than too short. The St. Albans town records were lost in a fire, so I expect I'm going to have to get real lucky if any of this is to become connected.

Any information will be gratefully accepted. But, I am particularly interested in:

1) connecting James Footman to a New Hampshire family;
2) confirming that James, Orren and Thomas are James's children;
3) identifying the other daughters of James Footman; and
4) finding out what happened to make Orren's family disappear.

Tim


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