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Re: thornton
Posted by: Christopher Dunham (ID *****4934) Date: October 30, 2013 at 10:43:10
In Reply to: thornton by Rebecca Cantrell of 27741

Jeremiah and Cora lived in Gardiner, Maine in 1900, and Jeremiah died there 9 Sept. 1906:

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-17874-82923-48?cc=1803978&wc=MMBF-7GF:808487128

The death record does not give his place of burial. I suspect that Jeremiah was returned to Richmond for burial in a pauper's grave. If you look on page 21 of this 1907 Richmond Town Report, you'll see that there were several expenditures on the town's "Poor Off Farm Account" for Jeremiah in the previous year:

http://library.umaine.edu/townreport/content/richmond/Richmond_1907.pdf

Towns were obligated to care for any paupers who had "settlement" in the town—even if they were living elsewhere. I think it's likely that Jeremiah was buried in Richmond at town expense. (The payment to "Amesbury & Wakefield" was undoubtedly for a casket; the payment to the American Express Co. was probably for the transport of his remains.) Given that he and his wife were indigent, it's quite possible that the grave was left unmarked.

Incidentally, here is Jeremiah's petition for naturalization. It gives his date and place of birth (Durham, Canada), and confirms his service during the Civil War. (You will have to sign in or create a FamilySearch account to view it.)

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18743-8595-42?cc=1877829&wc=M9WG-Q4W:319384208

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18743-8469-29?cc=1877829&wc=M9WG-Q4W:319384208

It's rather faint, but this muster-in roll for Company H, 32nd Maine Infantry, shows that Jeremiah (line 57) enlisted at Augusta:

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-15574-31448-14?cc=1877829&wc=M9WG-7W9:2130674978

And here is Jeremiah's entry in the Civil War index from the Maine State Archives:

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-21942-14156-91?cc=1877829&wc=M9WG-74L:n1555563258


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