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Bridgewater Nathaniel BRADSTREET m Sarah?/Cecilia? PARKHURST
Posted by: Krystal Kelley (ID *****4386) Date: June 13, 2012 at 15:35:48
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O.K. Things have gotten clear as mud for me in researching the PARKHURST BRADSTREET lines. According to Maine Families in 1790, Volume 2, p 25, it says that Nathaniel Bradstreet, b 29 Mar 1784: d 21 Oct 1859: m Sally Parkhurst (daughter of George PARKHURST). They lived in North Palermo on a farm that once belonged to his brother in law, Joseph Carlisle. Then, in 1827 moved to Bridgewater, Aroostook County, Maine. Then, in the IGI, I learned that Nathan Parkhurst married Sarah PARKHURST in Unity, Maine on October 13, 1805. Now, I see where Sally and Sarah are often used interchangeably, but the plot gets thicker.

In researching the census for Nathaniel BRADSTREET, I come across the 1850 census and find the following.

Page 75a
CENSUS YR: 1850 STATE or TERRITORY: ME COUNTY: Aroostook DIVISION: Bridgewater Academy Grant REEL NO: M432-248 PAGE NO: 75a
REFERENCE: Enumerated the 23rd of Aug 1850 by John F.H. Hall (p.75a)

22 20 20 Bradstreet Nathaniel 66 M Farmer 1,000 Alna, Me.
23 20 20 Bradstreet Sicila P. 65 F Surry, Mass.
24 20 20 Bradstreet Nath'l P. 22 M Farmer 400 Palermo, Me.
25 20 20 Bradstreet Ferdinand C.19 M Farmer Bridgewater A.Gt., Me.
26 20 20 Bradstreet Mahala 35 F Province of N.B.

Taken from:

Notice, her name is Cecilia. I have a birth record for a child of George PARKHURST and Cecilia DOLPH who was born on Feb 23, 1785 in Surrey named Cecilia PARKHURST. (According to Parkhurst Increasings for Nine Generations, by Peter G Parkhurst. This fits the date of birth and birthplace in the 1850 census.

Now, look at the 1860 census. This was the census after Nathaniel BRADSTREET had passed away. His wife is living with her daughter Diana and her husband, Sumner WHITNEY. Here is the transcription

1860, Presque Isle, Aroostook Co., ME:

553 554 Sumner Whitney 51 M - Farmer $7000 $1200 Maine
Diana " 40 F - "
George " 19 M - " Attended school
Mary " 13 F - " Attended school
Franklin " 17 M - " Attended school
Oscar " 15 M - " Attended school
Eugene " 6 M - "
Sarah Broadstreet 75 F - "

Now look! The mom's name is listed as Sarah! Could George PARKHURST's daughters Sarah and Cecilia be one in the same? The fact that the 1850 lists her as Cecilia as the correct age and birth place as the birth record is a little too strong to ignore. The marriage record plainly says Sarah and the 1860 census does as well. Could she have been named Cecilia Sarah PARKHURST or Sarah Cecilia PARKHURST? Has anyone else delved into this line? I would love to know someone elses take on this. Thank you.

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