Ancestor Sketch – Albert S. Bodge

Blanchard-Bodge Line
By Don Taylor

Blanchard-Utterstrom Project – Ancestor #18

List of Grandparents

    • Grandfather: Edward Everett Blanchard
    • 1st Great-grandmother: Minnie M. Bodge(1872-1948)
    • 2nd Great-grandfather: Albert S Bodge (1838-1897)
    • 3rd Great-grandfather: John Bodge

Birth

Albert S. Bodge was born in South Windham, Cumberland County, Maine, on 2 August 1838[i]. He was the youngest of five children of John and Betsy (Mathew) Bodge. His four older siblings were:

    • Mary E Born 1828
    • John P Born 1831
    • Eunice Born 1834
    • Louisa Born 1836

Childhood

1840 Census – John Bodge, Head[ii]
    • Males Under 5 Appears to be Albert, age 1
    • Males 5 thru 9 Appears to be John (Jr.), age 9
    • Males 40 thru 49 John, Age 45
    • Females Under 5 Appears to be Louisa, age 4
    • Females 5 thru 9 Appears to be Eunice, age 6
    • Females 10 thru 14 Appears to be Mary, age 12
    • Females 40 thru 49 Appears to be Betsy, age 41
1850 Census – John Bodge, Head
    • John Bodge               M    55    Maine – Farmer, Real Estate Value: $2,000
    • Betsey Bodge           F     50    Maine
    • Mary E Bodge          F     22    Maine
    • John P Bodge          M     19    Maine     Attending School
    • Eunice Bodge          F     16    Maine     Attending School
    • Louisa Bodge          F     14    Maine     Attending School
    • Albert Bodge          M     11      Maine         Attending School
1860 Census – John Bodge, Head
    • John Bodge M    66    Maine     Farmer – Real Property Value: $3,000, Personal Property value: $500
    • Betsey Bodge        F     62    Maine
    • Eunice C Bodge        F     26    Maine     Teach Com School
    • Louiser Bodge        F     24    Maine     Teach Com School
    • Albert C Bodge        M     21    Maine     Farm Laborer

It is unclear what may have happened to Mary or John, but neither were enumerated here with the John Bodge household. Further research should determine where Mary and John lived.

1863 Civil War

Of the 348 young men who registered for the 14th Sub-District of Cumberland County draft, 107 names were drawn, and Albert Bodge’s name was one of them.  However, the law allowed for individuals to send a substitute in their place. The drafted person gave the substitute $300 (the equivalent of $5,000 today), and the substitute served in their place. Albert’s substitute was William Blake. William Blake of Portland mustered-in in August 1863 and mustered out on 1 September 1866.

After the end of the Civil War (1865) and 1877, Albert moved several times and had several different occupations. It doesn’t appear that marriage affected his trying different places or occupations.

Marriage

After the war, on 2 April 1867, Albert married Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Mayberry. At the time, Albert was living in Portland, and Lizzie was living in Gorham. Shortly after their marriage their first child was born, Bertha.

Adulthood

1870 Census – Albert Bodge, Head

Westbrook, Cumberland County, Maine.

    • Albert S Bodge,     M      31     Maine       Teamster
    • Lizzie M Bodge      F       32     Maine
    • Berta A Bodge         F       1       Maine

By 1872, when daughter Minnie was born, the family had moved to Lewiston. They lived in a house on Bridge Street near Winter. Albert was an operative at the Androscoggin mill (a cotton mill). By 1876, they removed to Gray, Cumberland County, Maine. (He probably worked at the Mayall’s Mills.) He was also in Gray when he sold 200 acres of land he inherited from his father to his brother, John.[iii] He also sold an additional 7 acres to John.

The following year, 1877, Albert and his family moved to Westbrook, where he would live for the next 20 years. He worked for S. D. Warren & Co., a paper mill in Westbrook.

By 1880, the family appears to have broken up. I have not found either Albert’s wife, “Lizzie,” or his daughters, Berta or Minnie, during the 1880 Census. I suspect that “Lizzie” died, and the children were scattered. In 1880, Albert was living in a rooming house near the paper mill. The Census recorded him as single, so it may be that he and “Lizzie” had divorced. I may learn more when I research Lizzie.

Albert’s Second Marriage

By 1885, Albert and Emily Leighton got together. I am yet to find a marriage record for them; however, in 1886, they had a daughter, Hattie Louise Bodge.

Two of Albert’s Children Marry

On 12 June 1886, Albert’s oldest child, Bertha, married Charles A. Blanchard in Deering[iv], Maine.

On 14 December 1886, Albert’s middle child, Minnie Mabel, married Frederick W. Blanchard. Frederick’s older brother, Charles A Blanchard, is probably the same Charles that Bertha married. So, it appears to be another case of two sisters marrying two brothers.

Albert’s Third Marriage

Emily and Albert separated (or divorced). On 28 October 1894, Albert married Hattie Simpson.

Historical Event – Flood of Westbrook

S.D. Warren Mill following 1896 Flood – Photo Courtesy Walker Memorial Library via Maine Memory Network

In March 1896, Westbrook experienced a major flood. Melting snow caused the Presumpscot river to rise rapidly. Two bridges washed away, followed by the Westbrook electric light station washed away, causing Westbrook to lose lighting and power. The gatehouse at S. D. Warren (where Albert worked) and other damage threw 2500 people out of work. Other bridges and infrastructure were destroyed as well, including bridges in Gorham and Saco.

Death

Albert S. Bodge died at the age of 59 on 10 August 1897 in Westbrook, Cumberland County, Maine, of valvular heart disease. His funeral was held on 23 August 1987 at the Advent Church in Westbrook.

Event’s after Albert’s Death

Albert’s youngest daughter, Hattie, married on 9 May 1916, 19 years after Albert’s death. Hattie’s mother had also passed before Hattie’s marriage to Harry Eugene Maxim.

Events by Location

Albert is known to have lived in five locations, all within 35 miles of each other.

Location                                             Potential Residence Years[v].

    • Maine, Androscoggin, Lewiston        1870-1876
    • Maine, Cumberland, Gray                    1872-1877
    • Maine, Cumberland, Portland            1863-1870
    • Maine, Cumberland, Westbrook        1867-1872 & 1876-1897
    • Maine, Cumberland, Windham          1838-1767

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Research where Mary and John Bodge (Albert’s siblings) were during the 1860 Census.
  • The 1880 Census recorded Albert as single. It may be that he and “Lizzie” had divorced. Research Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bodge.
  • Research Emily Leighton, Albert’s 2nd wife and their daughter Hattie Louise Bodge.
  • Research Hattie Simpson, Albert’s 3rd wife
  • Perform a 2nd level research of Albert S. Bodge.

Sources

1840 Census
1840 Census, Various, John Bodge – Windham, Cumberland, Maine.

1850 Census [Source includes media item(s)]
1850 Census, Family Search, John Bodge, Head – Maine, Cumberland, Windham. United States Census, 1850. https://(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/ 61903/1:1:M6JL-SLK.

1860 Census
1860 Census, Family Search, John Bodge. “United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch : 18 February 2021), John Bodge, 1860. https:// familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDHJ-FT4.

1870 Census
1870 Census, Albert S Bodge, Head, Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine . “United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:M6DF-CTZ : 29 May 2021), Albert S Bodge, 1870.

1880 Census
1880 Census, Albert S Bodge – Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine. “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/ 61903/1:1:MF3V-YQT : 19 February 2021), Albert S Bodge in household of Mary A Berry, Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district ED 64, sheet 529D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,478.

Cumberland County Register of Deeds Internet
Cumberland County Register of Deeds, Internet, Deed – Doc# 3143 – Albert S Bodge to John I Bodge – 27 June 1876.
Cumberland County Register of Deeds, Internet, Deed – Doc# 3143 – Albert S Bodge to John J Bodge – 12 June 1876.

Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Family Search, Birth – Minnie M Bodge – 24 March 1972. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HVQ-8PJ.
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Family Search, Death – Albert S Bodge – 1897. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https:// familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZ38-DTH : 2 March 2021), Albert S Bodge, 19 August 1897; citing Westbrook, , Maine, United States, multiple sources, Maine; FHL microfilm.

Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996
Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996, Family Search, Albert S Bodge – Hattie Simpson – No Image – 28 October 1894. Maine State Archives, Augusta, via Family Search. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCJN-TCJ.

Maine, U.S., Marriage Records, 1713-1922
Maine, U.S., Marriage Records, 1713-1922, Ancestry, Albert Bodge & Lizzie
Maybury . Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll Number: 10.

Portland Daily Press
Portland Daily Press (Portland, Maine, ), Genealogy Bank, 1863-08-14 – Albert S. Bodge.
Portland Daily Press (Portland, Maine, ), Genealogy Bank, 1897-08-24 – Westbrook – Funeral of Albert Bodge.

Portland Weekly Advertiser
Portland Weekly Advertiser (Portland, ME), Genealogy Bank, 1863-07-25 – The Draft – Windham.

U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry, Lewiston, Maine – 1872 – Page 24 – Albert Bodge.

U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976
U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976, Ancestry, Page 23 – Windham – Albert S. Bodge.

U.S., Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865
U.S., Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865, Ancestry, Albert S Bodge


Endnotes

[i] Some records, such as his death recording,  indicate that Albert was born in Westbrook, however, earlier records indicate he was born in South Windham. Additionally, the Bodge family farm (over 200 acres) was in Windham.

[ii] Additional information regarding Albert Bodge & the 1840 Census was posted previously.

[iii] See: The Deed of Albert S Bodge to John J Bodge – 12 June 1876

[iv] Deering was a town in Cumberland County, incorporated 1871. Before 1871 it was a part of Saccarappa. In 1899, the town was annexed by the City of Portland and is today a neighborhood of Portland. (Ref: Wikipedia – Deering, Maine)

[v] Potential Residence Year begin in the year Albert is known to have lived before the location and ends the year Albert is known to have lived after the location. These are the years Albert could be found in the location described.

Albert S. Bodge in the News – Death, Draft, and life in Westbrook

In the News
Blanchard Project
Blanchard-Bodge
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.“In the News” is my reporting of discovered newspapers articles and advertising regarding ancestors I am researching. Albert S. Bodge is a 2nd great-grandfather in my Blanchard-Utterstrom Project. The information found in newspapers invariably provides fresh texture to understanding the life of an ancestor.

This week I look at five articles I found through the website Genealogy Bank.


The Portland Daily Press (Portland, Maine) dated 24 Aug 1897, page 5.

WESTBROOK

The Funeral of Albert S. Bodge was held at the Advent church yesterday afternoon. Mr. Bodge had been an employe of S. D. Warren & Co. for the past twenty years. His age was 59 years. He leaves a widow and three daughters.

What I learned:

    • Albert died before 24 Aug 1897
    • Albert worked for S. D. Warren & Co. 1877-1897 and (probably lived in Westbrook during that time.
    • Albert was (probably) an Adventist.
    • It was confirmed that Albert was born about 1838.
    • It was confirmed that Albert left a widow (Emily ?) & three daughters; Berta, Minnie, & Hattie. 

The Portland Weekly Advertiser (Portland, Maine) dated 25 Jul 1863, page 4.

The Draft
14th Sub-District—Brighton and Naples.
358 Enrolled—107 drawn.
Windham

…Albert S Bodge… 

What I learned:

    • The clipping confirmed that Albert lived in Windham in 1863 and was drafted in the Windham draft.

Portland Daily Press (Portland, Maine) Dated 14 Aug 1863, Page 4.

List of persons who furnished substitutes:

… Albert S Bodge,…

 

What I learned:

    • The article confirmed that Albert paid a substitute in the Civil War.

Portland Daily Press (Portland, Maine) Dated 30 Apr 1866, Page 2.

Letters Remaining Unclaimed

In the Post Office at Portland, State of Maine, 30th day of April 1866.

To obtain any of these letters, the applicant must call for “Advertised Letters,” give the date on this list and pay ONE CENT for advertising. If not called for within ONE MONTH, they will be sent to the Dead Letter Office….

GENTLEMEN’S LIST.

…Bodge Albert…

What I learned:

    • Albert lived in Windham in 1863, during the draft, and lived in Portland in April 1867 when he married Lizzie Maybury. In 1866 his residence may have been fluid as he apparently received mail in Portland but wasn’t picking it up.

Portland Daily Press (Portland, Maine) Dated 30 Jun 1896, Page 3.

WESTBROOK

DUCK POND

… Mrs. Albert Bodge and daughter Hattie from Cumberland Mills, are visiting at Mr. Wm. Smith’s;…

What I learned:

    • The Bodge’s were living in Cumberland Mills in June 1896.

Cumberland Mills was a neighborhood in Westbrook, Maine. Duck Pond was a village about five miles north of Cumberland Mills, still within the township.

Deed of Albert S Bodge to John J Bodge – 27 June 1876

Amanuensis[i] Monday
Blanchard Project
Blanchard-Bodge
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Continuing to understand the life of Albert S. Bodge, I found a second deed that continues to show key elements of his life.

Document Image

Deed – Albert S Bodge to John I Bodge 27 Jun 1876

Transcription

I, Albert S Bodge of Gray in the County of Cumberland and State of Maine in consideration of thirty five dollars paid by John I. Bodge of Windham in the County and State aforesaid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby remise, release, bargain, sell and convey, and forever quit-claim unto the said John I, Bodge his heirs and assigns forever all my right, title nd interest in and to one undivided fifth part of a certain piece or parcel of land situated in Windham containing seven acres more or less and being the same piece of land of which Betsey Bodge late of Windham died seized and possessed and adjoining the old homestead of the late John Bodge. Meaning hereby to convey all my interest as son and heir at lat of the said Betsey Bodge to all real estate owned by her in Windham.

To have and hold the same, together with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging, to the said John I Bodge and his heirs and assigns forever.

In witness whereof, I the said Albert S. Bodge and Lizzie M. Bodge wife of the said Albert S. in testimony her relinquishment of her right of dower and all claims in the above described premises, have hereunto set our hands and seals this twenty seventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.

Witness: Jacob Clark                           Albert S Bodge (Seal)                                                                   Lizzie M. Bodge (Seal)

Jacob Clark, Justice of the Peace,

[Received August 9th, 1876 at 8 o’clock A.M. and recorded according to the original.

Attest Henry [?] Houston, Register

New Facts

  • Albert lived in Gray in 1876.
  • Albert’s wife, Lizzie Bodge was living 27 June 1876.
  • Albert’s mother, Betsey Bodge, died before 27 June 1876.
  • Albert’s mother, Betsey Bodge, had 7 acres, adjoining the John Bodge homestead in Windham.
  • There was a John I. Bodge living in Windham in 1876 who purchased a 1/5 share of the land from Albert for $35.

Note: Albert had a brother, John P. Bodge who was eight years older than Albert. This may have been Albert selling his share of the inherited property to his brother. The difference between “P” or “J” to be an “I” might be attributed to penmanship.

Alternately, it may have been a sale to another heretofore unknown Bodge, but I suspect it was Albert’s brother John.

Source:

Internet:  Maine landrecords.com – Real Property Official Records Search. https://i2a.uslandrecords.com/ME/ 


Endnotes

[i] John Newmark started the “Amanuensis Monday” category in 2009 on his Blog,  Transylvanian Dutch  and many bloggers have followed suit using the tag. Google provides the following meaning for amanuensis: “A literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.”

 

Deed of Albert S Bodge to John J Bodge – 12 June 1876

Amanuensis[i] Monday
Blanchard Project
Blanchard-Bodge
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.As I begin looking more closely at the life of Albert S. Bodge, I find his life seems to have fallen apart sometime between 1872 and 1880. Looking at his property transactions might shed light upon this period in his life.

Document Image

Deed of Albert S Bodge to John J Bodge – 12 Jun 1876

Transcription

I Albert S Bodge of Gray in the County of Cumberland and State of Maine

In consideration of two hundred dollars paid by John J. Bodge of Windham in the County and State aforesaid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby remise, release, bargain, sell and convey, and forever quit-claim unto the said John J. Bodge and his heirs and assigns forever all my right, title and interest in and to a certain piece or parcel of land with the buildings therein situated in Windham and being the homestead farm formerly owned and occupied by John Bodge late of said Windham deceased containing about sixty acres more or less. Meaning and intending hereby to convey all my right, title and interest as an heir at law to the homestead farm formerly owned and occupied by the late John Bodge and to all the real estate of which he died seized and possessed in said town of Windham.

To have and to hold the same, together with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging, to the said John J. Bodge and his heirs and assigns forever.

In witness whereof, I the said Albert S. Bodge and Lizzie M. Bodge wife of the said Albert S in testimony her relinquishment of her right of dower and all claims in the above described premises, have hereunto set our hands and seals this ninth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.

Witness: Jacob Clark                            Albert S Bodge (Seal)
L M. Webb to A. S. B.                          Lizzie M. Bodge (Seal)

Jacob Clark, Justice of the Peace,
Henry (?) Houston, Register

New Facts

    • Albert lived in Gray in 1876.
    • Lizzie was alive in 1876.
    • Albert’s father, John Bodge, died before June 1876.
    • Albert’s father, John Bodge, had a 60-acre homestead in Windham, plus buildings.
    • There was a John J. Bodge living in Windham in 1876 who purchased the land for $200.

Albert had a brother, John P. Bodge who was eight years older than Albert. This may have been Albert selling his share of the inherited property to his brother. The difference between “P” and “J” might be attributed to penmanship.

Alternately, it may have been a sale to another heretofore unknown Bodge.

Source:

Internet:  Maine landrecords.com – Real Property Official Records Search. https://i2a.uslandrecords.com/ME/ 


Endnotes

[i] John Newmark started the “Amanuensis Monday” category in 2009 on his Blog,  Transylvanian Dutch  and many bloggers have followed suit using the tag. Google provides the following meaning for amanuensis: “A literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.”

Albert Bodge & the 1840 Census

Census Sunday
Blanchard Project
Blanchard-Bodge
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.One of my first process activities in reviewing an ancestor’s life is to follow the individual through all of the available census records. Often this can be difficult, but in the case of Albert Bodge, it was pretty easy.

Albert was born 2 Aug 1838 and died 19 Aug 1897 at the age of 58. The 1890 Census isn’t available, and I found him in the 1880 and 1870 Censuses living in Westbrook. During the 1860 and 1850 Censuses, he lived with his parents, John and Betsey Bodge, in Windham. Other records have indicated he had four siblings, a brother and three sisters.

Searching for the John Bodge family in the 1840 Census was quick and easy.

Censuses

1840 Census – John Bodge, Head[i]

    • Males Under 5             Apparently[ii] Albert, age 1
    • Males 5 thru 9             Apparently John (Jr.), age 9
    • Males 40 thru 49        John, Age 45
    • Females Under 5         Apparently Louisa, age 4
    • Females 5 thru 9         Apparently Eunice, age 6
    • Females 10 thru 14     Apparently Mary, age 12
    • Females 40 thru 49     Apparently Betsy, age 41

So, the 1840 Census enumerated all of John and Betsy’s children.

Of interest, there were eight Bodge households in Windham, Cumberland County, Maine, during the 1840 Census – Andrew, two Johns, two Thomas’, Josiah, Olive, and William.

John A. Bodge was a single, white male, age 20 to 29, who was apparently married to a female 20 to 29. It will be essential to note the second John Bodge to avoid confusion in future research.


Endnotes:

[i] “United States Census, 1840,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHT6-498 : 8 December 2020), John Bodge, Windham, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing p. 447, NARA microfilm publication , (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll ; FHL microfilm .

[ii] Because the 1840 Census does not provide relationship information, the relationships identified here are tentative and only “apparent” based upon age and household.