Census Sunday Blanchard Project Blanchard-Bodge-Mayberry Line
By Don Taylor
Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Mayberry Bodge died October 10, 1882, at 45, suggesting she was born in 1837 or 1838. Her marker indicates she was the “Dau. of Edward & Frances Mayberry.”[i] She married Albert Bodge in March 1867[ii] and divorced in 1880.
With that in mind, I expect to find Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie (Mayberry) Bodge in the census records between 1840 and 1880.
The Edward Mayberry household in 1850 consisted of the following:
Real Estate Value
All were born in Maine.
In 1840, I would expect Lizzie’s Family to consist of Edward Mayberry, Age 32, his wife Frances, age 29, and Lizzie, age 2. Lizzie was born in Windham, so I’d expect the family might be there. I found:
Females < 5 2 Probably Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie”, & an unknown
Females 20 to 29 1 Probably Frances
Employed in Agriculture 2
This family unit fulfills all my expectations; however, it includes two unknown people. The male 15 to 19 is too old to be a child of Edward or Frances. The second female under 5 is possibly a second daughter of Frances, that is otherwise unknown and who died before 1850.
Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” lived with her parents during the 1840 and 1850 Censuses.
I have not found her in the 1860 Census. She would have been about 22 years old and single.
She was with her husband, Albert S Bodge, during the 1870 Census.
She lived with her widowed mother during the 1880 Census.
Perform a review of the neighbors of Edward Mayberry in the 1850 and 1870 Censuses and try to find Edward, Frances, Mary, and George Mayberry in the 1860 Census.
Review the Bodge family in the 1870 Census. Are they related to the Charles W Lane family?
[i] Find a Grave, Find A Grave, Lizzie Mayberry Bodge (1838-1882). Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/116062268/elizabeth-bodge: accessed 21 July 2022), memorial page for Elizabeth “Lizzie” Mayberry Bodge (1838–10 Oct 1882), Find a Grave Memorial ID 116062268, citing Gray Village Cemetery, Gray, Cumberland County, Maine, USA; Maintained by Debi C (contributor 46830109). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/116062268/elizabeth-bodge.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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
[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.
[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.
By Don Taylor
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.
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
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.
[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.”