Marriner Family Genealogy Forum
This is one of those mornings where I really don't know my own name. I'm posting a followup to my own posting. Isn't it strange how we accept facts, until one day, when something just doesn't fit.
I was recently asked about a possible daughter of Naler and Ruth (Higgins) Mariner. I looked at what I have, and something just doesn't seem right. I'm quite convinced that Naler Mariner is the J. Nalor [or Naler] Mariner in the 1790 Census in Bath [now Maine]. I have a rubbing and photos of his gravestone in the Union [also known as Millertown] Cemetery in Lincolnville, where I have five generations of ancestorys buried. Also, deeds, a Bible record of his son Joseph, giving Nalor and Ruth's death record. It has been generally conceded that Nalor's wife Ruth, is Ruth Higgins, making her the wife of John Mariner in Underhill's 1910 'Descendants of Edward Small'. BUT, in those records there are their first two supposed children, Samuel Woodward Mariner born 21 July 1767,who married 19 Feb. 1798 in Brunswick, [now Maine] to Margaret Mosley, and a daughter, Sarah, born 11 June 1769, who supposedly married 14 Dec. 1788 in Brunswick by Rev. John Miller to John Simons Gatchel. [This Sarah and John are not in the 1790 Census.] If Samuel and Sarah were children of J. Naler and Ruth (Higgins) Mariner, they did not migrate to New Canaan, which became Lincolnville, Maine when the parents and older children did, but rather stayed in the Bath-Brunswick area. And what did happen to Sarah and John Simons Gatchel? The question has just arisen, is Sarah Mariner, born 4 Feb. 1789 in Bath, Me., and died 4 Aug. 1875, aged 86 yrs., and is buried in the East Searsmont [also called Marriner] Cemetery, who married David Wyman, born 16 Dec. 1788, a daughter of Naler and Ruth (Higgins) Mariner. This was newly-settled country, and this Sarah only seems to fit into Naler's family. She would have been born the same year that the first Sarah married Gatchel. It is not impossible, but seem improbable. If she had died shortly after marriage, her parents may have named a second daughter Sarah, but again, there is a 25-year span between the first supposed child of Nalor and Ruth, and the last child, my ancestor, Joseph Mariner. Philip, who may be Sarah's brother, also settled in what is now Searsmont, Me. After years of searching, I finally have proofs that Thankful Mariner, who married Charles Thomas, was a daughter of Naler Mariner. Charles had two wives, was much older than Thankful, who had had an illigitimate child, had twenty children by his two wives.
Isn't this a fascinating, though frustrating hobby? May God richly bless.
Isabel Morse Maresh