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Re: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Old Town
Posted by: Josh Caron (ID *****2948) Date: March 10, 2003 at 20:59:34
In Reply to: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Old Town by Sandra Hinzmann of 682

A lot of my family is from Old Town, so I have lots of practice searching for info there.

First, there is a James Dermody buried in St. Joseph's in Old Town, but it may be the father of the James you mention. It says that James Dermody of Monson, ME died at age 50 on March 8, 1887. He was the husband of Margaret Riordan who died at age 56 on February 21, 1889.

Here is the web site from which this information came:

For the rest of the necrology (other letters of the alphabet besides C through G), choose the appropriate links from this page:

Also, Bob Chenard has an extensive website on French-Canadian genealogy in Maine. I'm guessing that Dermody is an Irish name, but as part of his research, Bob has compiled a book of marriages of St. Joseph's church. As far as I can tell, it contains pretty much every marriage that took place there from the early 1860's on. In most cases it lists the parents of the bride and groom. You can email Bob at the address on his website. It's at

If you don't want to pay to buy the book, post your question on the Maine genforum page. Several regulars on that forum have the book and will probably do a lookup for you. Or you can email Nicolas Hawes at the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine in Fort Kent. He has the book in his archives and is really good about doing free look-ups. I think his address is If that doesn't work, just do a google search on "Acadian Archives Maine" or something like that. I'm sure you'll find him.

That being said, I'm not sure that their marriage actually took place in Old Town. The Mormon website (, lists a civil marriage record from the town of Monson between James A. Dermidy and Belle J. Phillipps on 8 September, 1889. The names aren't exact, but it's pretty much got to be them. The website lists the source as "Vital Records 1819-1909 Monson (Maine) Town Clerk".

Finally, if you find any other relatives from Old Town, check for them in the "Nos Histoires de L'Ile" web site which contains hundreds of old photos of various people from Old Town. I found a few pictures of my great great grandparents there. Here's the site:

Good luck.


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