Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson - partially identified

Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson was born about 1771 based on her age at admission the the Home for Aged Women and her age at death. She died 6 May 1861 aged 89 years and was buried at Eastern Cemetery.

At the time of her admission to the Home for Aged Women she had one living son who was not able to make a home for her. He has not been conclusively identified.

David Colby Young's preliminary draft Portland Early Families (29 Mar 2007), in the USGenWeb Maine archives, lists a Thomas Thompson who died 1 Jan 1847 aged 87 and is buried in Portland's Eastern Cemetery and his wife Elizabeth Hanes, whom he married 11 Sep 1787 in Portland. Portland marriage records (delayed returns), however, give the date as 22 Jun 1786 (with the intention recorded as 23 Jun 1787), her name is given as Elizabeth Hance. The record indicated that they were married by Samuel, Esq., Justice of the Peace. Thomas' death was also published in the 6 Jan 1846 issue of the Portland Advertiser.

In the 1790 census Thomas Thompson's household included one male 16 or over, one male under 16, and one female.

The 1840 census of Portland has only one Thompson family with a female aged 60-69 (Elizabeth would have been 69 that year). The family of Thomas Thompson had 4 people: 1 male 30-39, 1 male 70-79, 1 female 30-39 and 1 female 60-69. One of those people was employed in navigation of the ocean. Perhaps the son and his wife were living with them that year.

Elizabett was enumerated in the 1850 census in Ward 1, in a separate household of a two-unit dwelling. She was born in Maine and had neither an occupation listed nor any real estate. She may be the same Elizabeth Thompson, widow, listed in the 1851 Portland City Directory as living near Old Fort Sumner. In the other household was Joanna Jordan, aged 72, also listed in the 1851 Directory at the same place.

The parents or Thomas Thompson and of his wife Elizabeth Hance or Hanes have not yet been identified, nor has the unnamed son or any other children the couple may have had.

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