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MacDonald -- Scovil Mystery
Posted by: Fred Howe (ID *****7664) Date: May 10, 2002 at 15:48:46
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Susan Macdonald was born in Belmont, Maine, in 1826. Her father, Joseph, died in 1835 and her mother, Mary (Wilson), died in 1841. So at the age of 15 Susan was orphaned. In 1848 she had a daughter named Sarah Frances Scovil, born in Rockland. Another daughter appears to have been born around 1851 (obituary notice for Mary Scovil in Rockland in 1866). No father is mentioned in the 1866 obituary for Mary. Family tradition has it that Susan married a sea captain named Scovil who died at sea. Susan eventually married Mager Paine of Newport, Maine, and lived out her life in that town.

I can find no trace of anyone named Scovil in Maine at that time, no captain named Scovil at that time, and no trace of the Macdonald family in Rockland.

My mysteries are where she was between 1841 and 1848, how and why did she get to Rockland, and who is the husband Scovil. I would also wonder how she met up with someone from Newport -- the brother of a friend perhaps? I would guess (hope?) that she probably worked in a boarding house but wouldn't be shown in the census as she wasn't the head of a household.

If anyone has heard or seen these names on records for the Rockland area, please let me know. Even grasping at straws at this point would be an improvement over my previous sucesses on this line.

Thank you.


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