Edward STURGIS (1737 – c. 1810) was Alex’s 6th Great Grandfather; one of 128 in this generation of the Shaw line.
Edward Sturgis was born 27 Jul 1737 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Edward STURGIS IV and Thankful HEDGE. He married Mary BASSETT 28 Jan 1767 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Edward died between 1810 and Bet. 1820 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.
Mary Bassett was born 20 Jan 1743/44 in Yarmouth, Mass. Her parents were Joseph BASSETT Jr. and Mary WHELDON. Mary died in Kennebec, Maine.
Children of Edward and Mary:
|1.||Mary Sturgis||12 Dec 1767 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass||Charles WEBBER Jr.|
|2.||Abigail (Nabby) Sturgis||1 Jan 1770 Yarmouth, Mass||Moses Ingraham
31 Mar 1796 Vassalboro, Maine
|28 Feb 1852|
|3.||Samuel Sturgis||15 Apr 1772 Yarmouth, Mass.|
|4.||Thankful Sturgis||12 Apr 1774 Yarmouth, Mass||12 Jun 1774 Yarmouth, Mass.|
|5.||James Sturgis||6 Oct 1775 Yarmouth, Mass.||Hannah Faught
9 Jan 1799 Vassalboro, Maine.
Nancy A. Packard
23 Jan 1814 Vassalboro, Maine
|bef. 16 Nov 1839 Vassalboro, Maine|
|6.||David Sturgis||10 Jan 1779 Yarmouth, Mass.||Betsey Lovejoy
19 Jun 1800 Vassalboro, Maine
|10 Sep 1854 Norridgewock, Maine or 6 Dec 1882 – Vassalboro, ME|
|7.||Olive Sturgis||13 Dec 1780 Yarmouth, Mass||Bemiah Packard
6 Dec 1800
|09 Oct 1858 Union Cem. in Vassalboro, ME|
|8.||Jonathan Sturgis||26 Nov 1782 Yarmouth, Mass||Melinda Hartwell Perkins
4 May 1806 Vassalboro, Maine
24 Jul 1844 Vassalboro, Maine
|betw 1844 – 1850 Vassalboro, Maine|
|9.||Leucey Sturgis||5 Aug 1786 Yarmouth, Mass||Barnabas Hawes 25 Dec 1811 Vassalboro, Maine|
|10.||Herman Sturgis||9 Nov 1789 Yarmouth, Mass.||Sophia Faught 6 Jan 1811 Vassalboro, Maine|
This poetical name applies to the southwest portion of the town, embracing one of the prettiest farming districts of the county. In allusion to Benjamin Brown, the first postmaster and a prominent citizen, the community and post office was long known as Brown’s Corners. The early settlers on the river front lots from the Augusta line to Isaiah Hawes’ present residence were: William Brown, Jeremiah and William Farwell, Charles WEBBER (who came in 1765 and whose daughter, Sarah, was the first white child born in town), Benjamin Brown, Jacob Faught, Thaddeus and William Snell, Mr. Fallonsbee, James, Jonathan and Heman Sturgis and their father, Edward, from Barnstable, Mass., about 1780; James Thatcher, from Cape Cod, and Isaiah Hawes, also from the Cape. These people lived on the river road and from south to north in substantially this order, beginning with William Brown on lot 51 of the first range,
In 1795, Edward and Mary and their four sons James, David, Jonathan and Herman moved from Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass to Vassalboro Maine. On the grounds they settled on were many Indian graves and often, even to this day , Indian implements are turned up by the plough.
1. Mary Sturgis (See Charles WEBBER Jr.‘s page)
2. Abigail Sturgis
Children of Abigail and Moses
i. Samuel I. Ingraham b. 15 Dec 1796 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; d. 27 Sep 1872 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; m1. 30 Nov 1820 Hallowell, Kennebec, ME to Abigail Fletcher (b. 19 Oct 1794 in Hallowell, Kennebec, ME – d. 14 Feb 1834 in Seattle, WA); m2. 14 Dec 1834 Augusta, Kennebec, ME to Almira Spinney Davenport (b. 25 Feb 1810 in Hallowell, Kennebec, ME – d. 20 Mar 1884 in Seattle, WA) Samuel Ingraham was a master mariner, whose service was chiefly in packet ships which sailed from the Kennebec River and conducted a general passenger and freight business along the coast to the West Indies. In the 1860 census, Samuel and Elmira were farming in Albion, Kennebec, Maine, Andrew was a 37 year old sailor and Edward was eight years old.
Their son Edward Sturgis Ingraham (wiki) (April ?, 1852–August 16?, 1926) was the first superintendent of the Seattle Public Schools, a noted mountaineer who climbed Mount Rainier 13 times, and a leader in the effort to establish Mount Rainier National Park. Seattle’s Ingraham High School is named in his honor, as is the Ingraham Glacier on Mount Rainier.
In August, 1875, Edward came to Seattle, where his half-brother, Andrew Ingraham (b. 1823) (who emigrated west in 1849), then resided. Ten days after arriving, E. S. Ingraham was offered the position of principal of the central school and to assume charge of the schools of the city, which then numbered three buildings, six teachers and about 200 pupils. He continued as principal of the dental school for thirteen years, and saw the number of teachers of the city schools increase to twenty-nine and the average attendance to 1,700 pupils. Ingraham was elected by the Republican party as Superintendent of King County Schools in 1876, and re-elected, in 1878 and 1880, serving six years continuously. In 1883, he was appointed Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, and held the office five years.
ii. Elijah Ingraham b. 20 Mar 1798 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; d. 6 Apr 1858 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; m. Delia [__?__] (b. 1801 Maine – d. Aft 1860 census; In the 1850 census, Elijah and Delia were farming in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.
iii. Hartwell Ingraham b. 3 Sep 1800 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; d. 6 Feb 1881; m. Caroline Getchell ( b. abt 1810 in Maine – d. Apr 1880 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine) In the 1860 census, Hartwell and Caroline were farming in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.
iv. Olive Packard Ingraham b. 19 Mar 1802 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; The Olive Ingraham that married 23 Jan 1823 to Asa Andrews was born 25 Apr 1802 in Hebron, Tolland, CT.
v. Celina Ingraham b. 20 Mar 1804 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine
vi. Beriah P. Ingraham b. 5 Apr 1806 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; d. 22 Aug 1848 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine
vii. Nabby Ingraham b. 23 Sep 1809 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine
viii. Theodore S. Ingraham b. 23 Jun 1810 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; d. Aft. 1880 census; m. Nancy [__?__] (b. 1812 Maine – aft. 1880 census) In the 1850 census, Theodore and Nancy were farming in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine. Theodore’s mother Abigail was living with the family.
5. James Sturgis
James’ first wife Hannah Faught was born 9 Dec 1776 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Hannah died 13 Mar 1811 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
James second wife Nancy A. Packard was born 27 Apr 1794 in Union, Maine. Her parents were Marlborough Packard and [__?__]. Nancy died 18 Sep 1873 in Vassalboro, Maine.
Children of James and Hannah
i. John S Sturgis b. 17 Oct 1799; d. 25 Jan 1883; m. 31 Jan 1829 to Caroline Packard (b. 15 Jan 1807 in Union, Maine – d. 13 Oct 1884) In the 1860 census, John and Caroline were farming in Vassalboro, Maine. Their farm was appraised at $10,000, a high amount for those days.
ii. Samuel Sturges b. 2 Jun 1807 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 12 Apr 1843 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. 6 Mar 1829 Lewiston, Maine to Lois Danforth Colman (b. 26 Apr 1800 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 5 Sep 1883 in Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine). Her parents were our ancestors Joseph COLEMAN and Mercy CROSS.
After Samuel died, Lois raised a large family as a single mother. In the 1850 census, seven years after Samuel had died, she had six children ages 8 to 19 at home.
All six of her children were still at home ten years later in 1860.
iii. Ambrose Sturgis b. 1809; d. 03 Aug 1879; m. 14 Sep 1848 to Fannie Wass Tibbetts; In the 1860 census Ambrose and Fanny were living in Cherryfield, Washington, Maine where Ambrose had a livery stable.
iv. James Sturges b. 07 May 1810 Vassalboro, Maine; d. 24 Sep 1867; m. 8 Jun 1848 to Nancy Dudley (b. 4 Dec 1823 in Presque Isle, Aroostook, Maine) In the 1860 census, James and Nancy were farming in Vassalboro.
Children of George and Nancy:
v. Ira Daggett Sturgis b. 20 Nov 1814 Maine; d. 28 Dec 1891; m. 3 Oct 1836 to Rebecca Russell Goodenow; In the 1850 census, Ira and Rebecca were living in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine where Ira worked as a lumberman. Ira’s mother Nancy lived with the family as well as his half brother James and sister Emeline. In 1880 Ira was a lumber manufacturer. He was the owner of the Ira D. Sturgis and the Kennebec Land and Lumber Company.
vi. Nancy Ann Sturgis b. 27 Sep 1817 Maine; d. 29 Nov 1898; m. 8 Oct 1840 to Cornelius Hersey (b. 1802 Mass – d. Aft 1880 census) In the 1850 census, Nancy and Cornelius were living in Boston where Cornelius was a lumber merchant.
vii. Hannah E Sturgis b. 10 Nov 1818 Maine; d. Aft 1900 census Vassalboro; m. 1844 to William N Springer (d. bef. 1850 census); In the 1870 census, Hannah was a widow in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine living with her mother Nancy Sturgess and two daughters Anna and Emma in their twenties.
viii. Caroline Matilda Sturgis b. 27 Aug 1822 in Maine; d. 8 Jul 1893 in Augusta; m. 16 Oct 1845 to George LeBarron Randall (b. 1815 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine – d. 21 Oct 1894 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine) In the 1860 census, George and Matilda lived in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine where George was a physician.
ix. Emeline P. Rachel Sturgis b. 15 Apr 1825 Maine; d. 26 May 1898 Waterville, Kennebec, Maine; m. 19 Nov 1856 Vassalboro to Gilbert Herman Carpenter (b. 10 Jan 1822 in VT); In the 1880 census, Gilbert and Emeline were living in Waterville, Kennebec, Maine where Gilbert was a music dealer.
x. Harriet Angelia Sturgis b. 10 Apr 1832; d. 3 Jun 1917 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; m. 21 Jun 1855 Portland, Maine to Merrill S. Lee (b. 1832 – d. 31 Dec 1873) His parents were John Lee and Martha Dunton. In the 1860 census, Morril and Harriet were living in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine where Merrill was a seaman (river boatman).
xi. Esther Kendall Sturgis b. 18 Dec 1836 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 15 Feb 1853 Vassalboro
6. David Sturgis
It’s possible that the David Sturgis that married Betsey Lovejoy was the son of Jonathan Sturgis and Temperance [__?__], was born 10 Jan 1779 in Gorham, Cumberland, Maine. and died 10 Sep 1854 Norridgewock, Maine
Children of David and Betsey:
i. Laurana Sturgis b. 1800 –
ii. Olive Sturgis b. 1802 –
iii. Mary Sturgis b. 1804 –
iv. Beniah Sturgis b. 1806 – History of Penobscot County – Beniah Sturgis, brother of hotel keeper E. G. Sturgis traded in 1833-34 and seems to have been the first merchant in Mattawamkeag, Penobscot County, Maine. Asa Smith while connected with the hotel was also in trade
v. Edward G.? Sturgis b. 1806 – In 1834 Joseph L. Kelsey surveyed and lotted Mattawamkeag, leaving a mile square along that river for a village. He bought much of the desirable land, including that where the hotel stood, and having enlarged the buildings, let his brother-in-law, Edward G. Sturgis, keep the hotel until 1835, when Kelsey sold the hotel and land to Asa Smith, who moved there from the forks of the Mattawamkeag, since called Haynesville, thirty miles nearer Houlton, where he had been keeping hotel for five years. In 1835 Kelsey and Sturgis left town, and only two other families alone remained.
vi. Betsey Sturgis b. 1808 –
7. Olive Sturgis
Olive’s first husband Benaiah Packard was born 21 Sep 1769 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were Nathan Packard and Martha Perkins. Alternatively, his parents were Micah Packard and Keziah Lane Bemiah died 20 May 1824 in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine and is buried in Union Cemetery in Vassalboro, Maine on the Old Federal Road. Also buried in the same lot is Marlboro, his wife Mary A., Almon, and Martha Packard. Jonathan Laiten, Jr is buried there, too. Martha’s stone says “wife of Jonathan Laiten, Jr”.
Olive’s second husband Benjamin Perkins died before the 1850 census.
In the 1850 census, Olive was living in Vassalboro with her daughter Martha and son-in-law Jonathan Laiten Jr.
Children of Olive and Benaiah:
i. Almon Packard b. 29 Sep 1807; d. 18 Dec 1834 at 27 yrs 2mos 9 days
ii. Martha Packard b. 28 Oct 1815 Maine; d. 22 Mar 1905 Union Cemetery, Kennebec, Maine; m. Jonathan Laiten (Leighton) (b. 9 Feb 1817 in Maine – d. 21 Mar 1876 in Kennebec, Maine). In the 1850 census, Jonathan and Martha were farming in Alna, Lincoln, Maine
8. Jonathan Sturgis
Jonathan’s first wife Melinda Hartwell Perkins was born 1783 in Augusta, Maine. Her parents were [__?__] Perkins and Tilly Williams. Melinda died in 1844 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.
Jonathan’s second wife Mary Foss was born
Children of Jonathan and Melinda
i. Eliza A. Sturgis b: 1809 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME; m. 30 Jan 1840 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME to Josiah Berry Wentworth b: 11 Jan 1812 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME In the 1880 census, Eliza and Josiah were farming in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.
ii. Nathan P. Sturgis b: 1815 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME; d. 13 Aug 1865 – Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; m. Abt. 2 Oct 1836 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME to Charlotte C. Abbot (b: 1815 in Vassalboro) In the 1860 census Nathan and Charlotte were living in Augusta, Maine and Nathan was working as a sea captain.
iii. David Sturgis b: 1817 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME; m. Abt. Oct 1843 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME to Louisa Totman (b: 17 Oct 1818 in in Abingtion, Plymouth, Mass.) Her parents were Thomas Vining Totman (1782 – 1835) and Rhoda Snow Whitman (1779 – 1871) In the 1850 census, David and Louisa were farming in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine, Louisa’s mother was living with the family.
iv. Mary Ann Sturgis b: abt. 1821 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME; d. Aft 1870 census; m. 28 Mar 1849 in China, Kennebec, ME to Sewall Owen (b: 15 Jan 1801 in Leeds, Androscoggin, ME – d. bef. 1860 census) In the 1850 census, Sewall and Mary Ann were living in China, Kennebec, Maine where Sewall was a trader
v. Julia Sturgis b: abt. 1821 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME d: Aft 1880 census in Bethel, Oxford, ME; m. to Horace Hosea Ripley (b: 20 Aug 1821 in Rumford, Oxford, Maine – d: 1887 in Bethel, Oxford, Maine) In the 1860 census, Horace and Julia were living in Bethel, Oxford, Maine where Horace was a house carpenter. Julia’s brother Edward was living with the family.
vi. Olive P. Sturgis b: 1823 in of Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME; d. 2 Feb 1892 Fairfield, Somerset, Maine; m. 21 Mar 1844 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME to Cyrus Freacc Bryant (b: 25 Apr 1818 Fairfield, Somerset, Maine – d. Aft 1900 census in Fairfield, Somerset, Maine) In the 1870 census, Cyrus and Olive were farming in Fairfield, Somerset, Maine.
vii. Ellen M. Sturgis b: 1825 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME; m. Abt. Dec 1847 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME to Franklin Libey (b: 1827 in Vassalboro – d. 26 Jul 1897 Princeton, Mille Lacs, Minnesota) In the 1860 census, Franklin and Ellen were farming in Princeton, Benton, Minnesota.
viii. Marcia C. Sturgis b: 1831 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME In the 1860 census, Marcia was living with her sister Mary Ann Owen.
ix. Edward G. Sturgis b: 1833 in Vassalboro; d: 3 May 1863 in KIA, Battle of Chancellorsville. In the 1850 census, Edward was living in Vassalboro with his eldest sister Eliza and brother-in-law Josiah Wentworth.
William B. Lapham, History of Bethel, Maine, (1981), 279, Edward G. Sturgis was mustered into Company I, Fifth Maine Regiment, November 13, 1961, and was killed in battle, May 3, 1863.
The Battle of Chancellorsville was fought from April 30 to May 6, 1863, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near the village of Chancellorsville. Two related battles were fought nearby on May 3 in the vicinity of Fredericksburg. The campaign pitted Union Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac against an army less than half its size, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Chancellorsville is known as Lee’s “perfect battle” because his risky decision to divide his army in the presence of a much larger enemy force resulted in a significant Confederate victory. The victory, a product of Lee’s audacity and Hooker’s timid decision making, was tempered by heavy casualties and the mortal wounding ofLt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson to friendly fire, a loss that Lee likened to “losing my right arm.”
9. Lucy Sturgis
Leucey’s husband Barnabas Hawes was born in 1778. His parents were Barnabas Hawes and [__?__]. His grandparents were Thomas HAWES and Desire HAWES.
10. Herman Sturgis
Herman’s wife Sophia Faught was born in 1791 in Maine. m: Abt. January 06, 1811 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME
Children of Herman and Sophia
i. Freeman Sturgis b: 1811
One other place and kind of worship will not be forgotten so long as the links of tradition can touch each other the church and teachings of Charles WEBBER, who resided on the river road near Riverside, in the house now occupied by Wallace W. Gilbert. Across the road, on what is known as the James S. Emery place, Mr. Webber erected a small edifice in the last few years of the last century. Here he had preaching of his own, and constituted himself the pastor. What was more conspicuous in this arrangement was the fact that said Webber could not read, and depended upon his wife for that important attribute. He could readily grasp the scripture reading of his wife and give wholesome explanation thereon; and only once was his knowledge clouded, when his wife read “log” for “lodge” in the wilderness. His manner of announcing a text was: ” If Polly tells me aright you will find my text, etc.” He urged sinners to repent, often saying that it was as impossible for one to enter heaven as it was for a shad to climb a tree. His eccentricities and goodness survive him, as does the old church, which, on another site, is the residence of Freeman Sturgis.
ii. Alden B. Sturgis b: 1814 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME; m. Abt. January 1845 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME to Eunice Turner (b. 1825 in of Palermo, Maine)
iii. Artemas Sturgis b: 1818 In the 1850 census, Artemas was living with his parents.
iv. Marcia Sturgis b. 1825 Maine; In the 1870 Marcia was living with her parents.
Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families by Amos Otis and revised by C.F.Swift published by The Patriot Press vol. I