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FRENCH : Ruhama (French) Wade (1810-1884)

I am seeking the parents of Ruhama French, born about 1810 (based upon census research). She was probably born in Stoughton, MA, where she was married. Her marriage was 18 Sep 1829 to Ruel Wade, performed by Calvin Park (intention 25 Jul 1829). At that time, the parents were never listed in Stoughton's marriage records. A look through the Stoughton records on microfilm at the LDS church didn't give me anything on Ruhama's birth. I've also checked my Search & ReSearch CDs for the Early Vital Records of Norfolk County, Bristol County, and Plymouth County. Their children's births are also not listed in Stoughton records, yet this family has always resided in Stoughton. They may have been born in Brockton (then North Bridgewater), but I do not see anything in Brockton or Bridgewater records either.

Their children were: 

1. Charlotte Rebeckah, b. 1830, d. 21 Oct 1831

2. Bradford, b. 1832, d. 1908, m. Cordelia Holbrook

3. Charlotte, b. 1834, d. 1903, m. Horace Beals

4. Alonzo, b. 1837, d. 1877, m. Mary (Woodward???)

5. Henry William, b. 1839, d. 1920, m. Esther Benson

(Henry named a son Edgar French Wade, which led me to surmise that Ruhama's maiden name was also French. I found I was correct... He also named a son Harry Ellsworth Wade, and I wonder if Ruhama's mother's maiden name was Ellsworth...).

6. Hannah, b. 1841

7. George, b. 1843-1844, d. 1845-1846

8. Lidora Ann, b. 1845, d. 1859

9. Charles Adelbert, b. 1849, d. 1850

10. Ida Fostina, b. 1854, d. 1854


If anyone has any ideas on Ruhama's parents, I would greatly appreciate it!


Wendy (Wood) Hawksley

Dover AFB, DE


- posted May 23, 2005


HOLMES : Clyde Richardson Holmes (1911-1995)

I would like information on the ancestors of Clyde Richardson Holmes, Sr. 

Born Jan 23, 1911; died Dec 14, 1995. 
Veteran of WWII (Sea Bees)
Last Stoughton residence, 45 Lambert Ave. 
Member of Stoughton Fire Department until 1958. 
Married to Ethel Margaret "Mae" Anderson Holmes Oct 16, 1938. 
Son: Clyde Richardson "Skip" Holmes, Jr.
Daughter:  Karen Elaine Holmes Osborn
If you would like more information regarding Clyde and his family, please contact me. Thank you. 
Karen Elaine Holmes Osborn
605 Woodburn Drive
Fayetteville, NC  28311-1014

- posted May 1, 2005


LEADBETTER: Sarah Jane Leadbetter (b.  1758)

Direct descendant of Sarah Jane Leadbetter, b. Stoughton July 9 1758, daughter of Increase Leadbetter and Katherine Badcock. The family moved to the Fox Islands in Penobscot Bay. She married Jeremiah Philbrick. Also I may have a connection to the Robbins Family of Stoughton. I would appreciate any info on Robbins who moved to the Fox Islands (later North Haven and Vinalhaven, Maine). Was either family Loyalist?

Peg Plummer


- posted November 6, 2006

LEWIS: Patience (Lewis) Gay (b. ca. 1668)

Seeking parents and grandparents of Patience Lewis born 2 Jan 1668 at Lancaster, MA.  She married  15 Sep 1696 Timothy Gay born 15 Sep 1674.  He died 26 May 1719 at Dedham.  Some genealogies say that Patience's father was John Lewis, son of William and Amy (Wells) Lewis.  Was Patience's mother named Hannah


Richard Capen


- posted May 31, 2005


SCOTT: Robert & Mary (Elliott) Scott

Robert Scott (b. 1819 Donegal, Ireland - d. 10 Sep 1863 Baton Rouge, LA).  He married Mary Elliott (b. 10 May 1824 Donegal, Ireland - d. 22 Jul 1897 McDill, portage Cty., WI).  I am unaware of Robert's parents, but Mary's parents were Francis Elliot (b. 1786 Ireland - d. unknown) and Ellen Lytle / Leytle (b. 1790 Ireland - d. bet. 1850 -1855 Stoughton, MA [no record on file]).  Ellen Elliott was on the 1850 Stoughton, MA census with Robert & Mary Scott, but was not on the 1855 or 1860 census (presuming she had died).  Francis was not on any of the censuses (presuming he died before coming to America).
Children of Robert & Mary ScottAnna E. Scott; Eliza Jane Scott; Robert Elliot Scott; William Francis Scott Sr.; Milly Ellen Scott; George Scott; Sarah Emily Scott (my great-great-grandmother) and Mary Elizabeth Scott.  Anna & Eliza Jane were born in Ireland and the rest of the children in Stoughton, Mass.  I have dates and information on all these children.
Children of Francis & Ellen ElliottAnnie Elliott, Mary Elliott (my great-great-great grandmother), Ellen Elliott & Robert Elliott.
Robert & Mary Scott along with their two daughters, Anna & Eliza came to Boston, MA in May of 1849 and they took up residence in Stoughton, MA.  Robert enlisted in the Civil War in August 1862 and died at the Regimental Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA on 10 Sep of 1863.  Robert is buried in the National Cemetery in Baton Rouge.  Mary and her children moved to Portage County, Wisconsin in 1867 and she remarried and raised t he children in the Portage County area.
According to Mary's obituary in 1897 she still had a brother in Massachusetts.  I am still searching for where in Donegal Robert & Mary came from and if there is any other descendants of Mary or Robert's siblings in the Donegal or Massachusetts area.
Nancy J. Roloff
E- Mail:  njroloff@wi.rr.com

- posted July 1, 2005


SMITH : DRY POND AREA OF STOUGHTON:  I am researching my Smith ancestors who went to Maine in the early 1800's.  They resided in Stoughton, MA, Bay Road/Dry Pond areas.  I am seeking info on Jesse Smith, Sr. who was married to Sarah Briggs and  father of Mace Smith (born in 1789 in Stoughton) and Jesse Smith, Jr..  According to 1820 Census for Maine, they were residing in the Livermore area of Maine (Moose Hill).  Jesse is buried in Moose Hill Cemetery as are Mace and Jesse, Jr. and wives.  I am also seeking info on Philip Smith, born about 1770, who married Ruth Hayward (Howard).  She was previously married to a John Wadsworth. Other members of the Smith family of which I am interested are William Smith who married Catherine Withington; Nathaniel Smith who married Anna Holmes; Joseph Smith who married Mary Hawes; Richard Smith who married Mercy Redman and came to Stoughton from Milton, MA and died there and descendents of these Smith.  Thanks for any help you can provide.    


Ruth A. Warren


- posted May 17, 2005


SMITH : Susanna (----) Smith, wife of Benjamin Smith of Stoughton : I am seeking to uncover the surname and parentage of Susanna (--) wife of Benjamin Smith of Stoughton. Little is known about her, other than she was likely born circa 1696/1700, was married no later than 1721, and died before 26 Mar 1747, as this is the marriage date of Benjamin to his second wife, Martha Perrin. A Susanna Smith joined the First Church of Canton [Stoughton], MA on 25 Mar 1744, and it seems likely that this could be the Susanna Smith in question.

Benjamin Smith was b. in Taunton 4 Feb 1695/96 in Taunton, son of Andrew and Mary (Bundy) Smith and he died 23 September 1769 in Stoughton. Mary Bundy is a descendant of Mayflower passenger James Chilton. Benjamin "owned the covenant" on 2 Dec 1722 at the First Church of Canton, MA. Benjamin and Susanna (--) Smith were the parents of six children all born in Canton/Stoughton, MA: Ephraim Smith, bapt. 2 Dec 1722; Benjamin, Jr. b. 23 Mar 1724; Ephraim, b. 13 Sept 1726; Tabitha, b. 20 Apr 1729; Nathan, b. 24 Jul 1731 and Isaac, b. Feb 1736.

I am descended from Tabitha, who m. Elijah Pitcher. Any information welcome!

David Pettee, 4 Howley Ave., Newton, MA 02459, Tel: 617-969-2463 dapettee@aol.com

- posted August 23, 2005


SMITH / PITCHER: Tabitha (Smith) Belcher: Seeking the death place and date of Tabitha (Smith) Pitcher, wife of Elijah Pitcher, who was the daughter of Benjamin and Susanna (--) Smith of Stoughton. Tabitha was born 20 April 1729, and baptz. at the First Church of Canton, MA on 4 May 1729. She married Elijah Pitcher in Stoughton on 29 October 1747. Elijah Pitcher was b. in Stoughton on 31 May 1726, son of Edward and Jane (Lyon) Pitcher.

Tabitha is mentioned in a Stoughton land deed with her husband Elijah dated 16 August 1749, and both were “added to the church” in Stoughton, MA on 17 March 1754. The last known Stoughton Church reference to Elijah Pitcher was when he was “dismissed” per his request from the church on 31 May 1767 to the First Church in Norwich, CT. About a year later, on May 22, 1768, Elijah Pitcher and an unnamed wife were admitted to the First Congregational Church of Norwich, CT.

There are many children attributed to Elijah, with little primary source evidence, except for the five children as follows. The first three can be accounted for with firm confidence as children of Tabitha, all b. in Stoughton, MA: Jemima, b. 1 May 1750; Jerusha and Elijah, Jr. both baptized on 4 Nov 1753. Daughter Chloe, baptized 6 April 1755 and son David, baptized 14 May 1758 are presumed to be the children of Tabitha in the absence of any death record and/or marriage record of Elijah to Jemima (--). There is a reference in the First Church of Canton, MA records that a gift was given in the name of Elijah Pitcher in 1759 on "account of sickness." Could this be a reference to Tabitha? Elijah married second Jemima (--) , who died in Westfield, MA in 1797, aged 59. The date and place of this wedding are unknown.

I descend from dtr. Chloe who married Samuel Capen in Stoughtonham on 22 Aug 1775.

All assistance welcomed!

David Pettee, 4 Howley Ave., Newton, MA 02459, Tel: 617-969-2463 dapettee@aol.com- posted August 23, 2005

-  posted August 23, 2005

WINSLOW: Sally (Winslow) Gay (1782-1857)

I have been searching for many years to find the parents of my great-great grandmother Sally Winslow.  According to her death certificate she was born in Wiscasset, Maine in Jun 1782.  Her parents names are not mentioned.  I have been to Wiscasset and reviewed the town records to no avail. She married Otis Gay of Stoughton on May 25, 1806 in Boston by Rev John Eliot, DD of the New North Church (5th Congregational Church). As far as I can tell, she spent the rest of her life in Stoughton - she died there on September 30 /October 1, 1857.  She is buried in Dry Pond along with her husband and son. Her daughter Letitia is buried at Dry Pond in the Jones  section with her husband  Jefferson Jones.  Otis Gay died in 1810 leaving the widow Sally with two minor children. Her son  died in 1823 and her only surviving child was Letitia (Gay) Jones. In the 1850 census Sally  is shown living with Jefferson and Letitia Jones in Stoughton.


Richard Capen


- posted May 31, 2005



Researching Joseph Young b. abt 1814 in Boston, m. Lucy Gammons in 1849 in Stoughton/Randolph area. Lived in that area until his death in 1871 (suicide). His parents Edward and Mary (Oliver) Young from Boston.


Ernest Young


- posted July 27, 2005


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