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Week 28: Road Trip: Aaron Bourne

on July 10, 2015

Amy Johnson Crow at the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge offers the theme “Road Trip” for week 28.  A possible takes on the theme is ancestors who you would like to take a road trip to research further.  Aaron Bourne is one of the many ancestors I’d like to take the trip to research further.  I chose him for the focus of this blog because Maine is a day trip road trip for me and achievable in the near future.

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In Week 15, I wrote about my 3rd great grandfather, Benjamin Aaron Bourne.  In that post, I introduced the possibility of Benjamin’s father being Aaron Bourn.  Since the time of that post, I have found the church register of the marriage of Benjamin to Sarah.  That record gives the father’s names of the couple, and confirmed that Aaron is the father of Benjamin.  I’d like to learn more about Aaron Bourn and siblings of Benjamin.  What I have found suggests Aaron and Esther had eight children.

Benjamin Bourne was born c. 1820 in Wells, York Co, Maine. He married Sarah Maria Smith, in 1845 in New York. He, and his wife and child, is enumerated in the 1850 US census in Wells, York Co, Maine in the household of James Mariner, his wife, Mary (Bourne) Mariner, their children and Asa Bourne[1]. The 1850 census does not provide relationship information.  Is Benjamin the brother of Mary and Asa?

Benjamin died in 1894 in Newtown, Queens, NY- his place of birth is listed as Wells, Maine. There are no names given in the parent section- just location- Wells, Maine for his birth as well as that of his parents[2].

Mary Bourne, born c. 1813, married James Mariner. Mary Mariner in addition to the 1850 census, she is listed with James and daughters Clarinda and Georgianna in the 1860 US Census[3]. After James’ death, Mary remarried to Charles Hubbard.  Mary died in 1901. She is buried at Oceanview Cemetery in Wells, York, Maine[4]. Mary’s maiden name was found in the marriage record of her daughter Clarinda Marriner[5], and the death record of her daughter Georgianna[6]. A death record for Mary shows her parents names as Benjamin Bourne and Esther Coverton.[7]

Asa Bourne, born c. 1822, married Christine Jordan, and died in 1894 in Waltham, Middlesex Co, MA. Asa’s death record lists his parents as Aaron and Esther (no maiden given) Bourne, similarly the marriage record lists Aaron and Hester Bourn[8].  He is buried in Wells at the Oceanview Cemetery.

A family genealogy was found by a volunteer researcher in the Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit Historical Society Family Binder. (undated- author is unknown). This document lists the children of Aaron Bourn (1777-1845) and Esther Coverdale as:

  1. Joseph
  2. Moses
  3. Aaron
  4. Capt Asa H b. 1822
  5. Benjamin
  6. Mary b.1864/5 [this is clearly in error as it gives marriage to James 1840.]
  7. Harriet
  8. Eliza Jane

[Fact checking of this genealogy is ongoing. Certain details have been found to be in error- eg Asa death place is incorrectly provided as Wells, though the date is correct. The source of the information for Aaron’s family is undocumented. Much of the information of the generations prior to Aaron can also be found in the sourced family genealogy: “The Family of Captain John Bourne of Wells and Kennebunk, Maine: Ships and Shipwrights”[9]]

I’ve found a death record for Eliza J Bourne Brown, widow of Joseph A Brown, that lists her parents as Joseph Bourne of Wells ME, and Esther Coverdale of MD.[10]

I am hoping a road trip to Wells, Maine, possibly this summer, may provide more clues and answers.


References:

[1]1850 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Ancestry.com, Year: 1850; Census Place: Wells, York, Maine; Roll: M432_274; Page: 162A; Image: 323. Record for Mary Marriner.

[2] New York, New York, Death Index, 1862-1948 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014), Ancestry.com, Record for Benjamin Bourne.

[3] 1860 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Ancestry.com, Year: 1860; Census Place: Wells, York, Maine; Roll: M653_449; Page: 1035; Image: 465; Family History Library Film: 803449. Record for Mary Marince.

[4] New England Historic Genealogical Register, “Inscriptions at Wells, ME” Vol. 92; p338. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.). Mary, wife of James, died Jan 24, 1901, aged 88 yrs, 11 mos. http://www.americanancestors.org/databases/new-england-historical-and-genealogical-register/image/?volumeId=11625&pageName=339&rId=237475275.

[5] Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Ancestry.com, Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll #: 25. Record for Clarinda K Marriner.

[6] Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013), Ancestry.com, Record for Georgiana Mariner.

[7]  York,ME, death record no. 9 (1901), Mary Hubbard; Maine State Archives, Augusta.

[8] Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013), Ancestry.com, Waltham, Middlesex, MA. Deaths reported in 1888. Line number 284. Record for Asa H Bourne.

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011). Marriages reported in 1854.  Page 228, entry 318, Asa Bourn and Christiana Jordan.

[9] Eaton, Priscilla, CG “The Family of Captain John Bourne of Wells and Kennebunk, Maine: Ships and Shipwrights” published in the Maine Genealogist, beginning Vol. 31, p 25. Available on New England Historic Genealocial Society website http://www.americanancestors.org.

[10] Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Deaths reported in 1900, entry 1131, Eliza J Bourne Brown.

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