Figure 1: Jamesons of Maine Chart
Figure 2: Family Migration Map
Last year I was asked to look into the family tree of William and Martha Jameson of the Jamesons of Maine and as a result I deduced some particulars that will probably bring up more questions then answers. But that’s life isn’t it!? We tend to muddle around in the dark until some fresh new insight is exhibited upon the topic we’re interested in. So many of the trees on ancestry are lacking in sources that I focused on research in this area to help clear up some thoughts.
The question was: Is Alexander Jameson of Appleton, Maine(1) who married Nancy Packard, the son of Alexander and Mercy(Hawthorn) Jameson or of Alexander and Sarah(Blackington) Jameson? In order to decide the relevancy between the two branches I really found myself having to go back into several of the ancestors histories, especially the Blackingtons, Packards, Snows, Bonneys and the Hawthorns. So here are the issues and my determinations:
(1) 1850 ME Census, page 212A, Image 46, Ancestry.com.
• Alexander Jameson, who married Nancy Packard, was born about 1797 and residing in Appleton, Waldo(2), Maine with the following issue-Mercy A, Abner P., Charles & Sarah E. Jameson. The 1860 census is a repeat of the 1850, so the births are consistent as are the dates from the Find A Grave, Maine for both birth and death & locations. As far as I can determine, he was a son of Alexander & Sarah Jameson for the following reasons:
(2) The counties of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln considerably shifted and overlapped during the early colonial days.
• Right away the first thing you notice are the names: John Alexander Jameson and Alexander Jameson. They are distinct. The second thing you see is that their children were born in different locations. The third difference is the naming of the children. Their names reflect mostly the names of relatives on both sides of their respective families.
• Alexander & Sarah Jameson had a number of children you will notice on the Find A Grave records for Tolman Cemetery of Rockland, Maine that record their dates & ages which is also supplemented with the following “a son of Alexander and Sarah Jameson” or “a daughter of Alexander and Sarah Jameson”. I have put in a request of the photographer to see if this is recorded on the stone, in the official records or added on by some unknown person. Based on research I did, and not everyone may agree, I have concluded this couple had the children listed in the following order and all born in Camden, Maine:
Child Jameson, b.c. 1780(3);
Alexander Jameson, b. 1782, d. Aug. 15, 1792; Tolman Cem(4).
Mark Jameson, b. 1784, d. June 24, 1792; Tolman Cem.
Child Jameson, b. 1785,
Barbara Jameson, b. 1786, d. Aug. 1792; Tolman Cem.
Luke Jameson, b. 1788, d. Sept. 7, 1792; Tolman Cem.
Child Jameson, b. betw. 1790-99,
Chloe Jameson, b. 1791, d. Aug. 15, 1792; Tolman Cem.
Sarah Jameson, b.c. 1793, d. 1850;
Alexander Jameson, b.c. 1797, d. April 19, 1864.
• Naming rights: Chloe and Barbara are names on the Blackington side of the family. Mark & Luke are Biblical names and as research has shown not listed in any of the immediate family. Alexander and Sarah after the parents.
(3) Based on the 1790 & 1800 Maine censuses including the number of people in the family group. Indicative for all children listed as “child” with only one overlapping with those of the deceased named children.
(4) There was indeed illnesses that struck the community in 1791-92; influenza, typhoid & throat distemper struck the Jamesons particularly hard at this time.
• Alexander and Mercy(Hawthorn) Jameson’s only child was John Alexander Jameson(5), who married Elizabeth Bonney. Their children were all born in West Isles, New Brunswick, Canada and later in Washington Co., Maine:
Rebecca Jameson, b. 1793;
Jeremiah Jameson, b. 1795;
Mary Jameson, b. 1797;
Sarah Jameson, b. 1800;
John Jameson, b. 1802;
Ruth Snow Jameson, b. 1805;
Charles Jameson, b. 1808;
Moses Jameson, b. 1810;
Martha Jameson, b. 1814;
George A. Jameson, b. 1818.
• Naming rights: Rebecca in the Bartlett line; George, Sarah, Martha, Charles & John in the Jameson line. Ruth, Charles and Moses in the Bonney line.
(5) It is interesting to note that John Alexander Jameson had no children named Alexander.
• The Bonney’s The Bonney’s came out of Plymouth, MA having come to the new colony in the 1600s. They were adventurers and explorers not settling down in any one place for very long. Joel William Bonney, born in Plymouth, MA left Cornwall, CT where his parents had settled and moved north to Scarborough, Maine where he married Lydia Kinney. Bonney was given the opportunity to moved north to Machias, Washington county, Maine up by the Canadian border in 1763(6) from Scarborough. He went with the original 16 Associates who made up the founding settlement and because he was a millwright, he was quite valuable and added as an Associate and given seven acres of land as well.
(6) Town of Machias, Maine, Memorial of the Centennial Anniversary of the Settlement, Machias, Town of, 1863, pages 20-23.
• The Snow Family led by an earlier member of the family from Middlesex County, MA to Nottingham, Rockingham County, NH in the early 1700s left there and a great great grandson, Benjamin Snow, removed to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia prior to 1784, when his first son, Henry was born, and then he finally settled in at Plymouth, Grafton County, NH, in 1787. With his death in 1817, the family moved northeast to Atkinson, Piscataquis county, Maine led by his son, Henry Holland Snow, who married Sarah, daughter of Alexander and Sarah(Blackington) Jameson. By 1836, the family was in Ohio.
• The Camden Jamesons spearheaded by Alexander & Sarah Jameson resided in Camden, Maine in 1810 and some time between 1810 and 1820 moved up to Charleston in Penobscot county, Maine, where presumably they died. The two remaining children of this couple, Sarah, who married Henry Holland Snow, moved on to Atkinson, Maine, and Alexander, who married Nancy Packard, remained in Knox County at Appleton. Their children, Mercy, Abner, Charles and Sarah Jameson all moved out to Minnesota with their mother, Nancy, around 1870, and after their father’s death.
• The Friendship Jamesons led by Samuel Jameson left Falmouth in 1743, to settle in Friendship, Knox County, Maine with his first wife, Sarah Smith. She gave him three children: Jane, Alexander and William Jameson. In an ironic twist of fate, William removed to Bridgewater, MA and married Eunice Packard, who was a living relative of Nancy Packard, several times removed. Jane, Samuel’s first child by Smith, was born in 1740-41 in Arundel, Maine. Mrs. Jameson may have had an additional child after Jane since she had none other until 1744, when Alexander was born and son, William, two years later, who were both born in Friendship.
Playing devil’s advocate, one could say that the Packard family plays a dominant role in so far as the tendency goes for family relatives to marry family relatives in a more immediate sense. Here, not is there only a distance in localities but in time as well. One can also say, as has been the case in the past, that it seems odd that Alexander and Nancy Jameson would name a child, Mercy, despite the fact no Mercy exists in this branch of the family, so it would be easy to conclude that her father, Alexander, must be the son of Alexander and Mercy(Hawthorn) Jameson. Yet John Alexander Jameson and his wife do not name any of their children after either grandparents or themselves with the exception of the Christian name, John. So, what does that tell us? Well, like many parents around the world and throughout all the ages, they named their children in whatever way felt familiar and by whatever method they used. My wife and I, as an example, decided to list children’s names we each liked. We found overlapping names from which we chose what fitted us emotionally and what we allowed based on our experienced opinions.
“I liked the name, Brian. It’s strong, goes well with Brindle and is the name of my favorite football player.”
“Well, I like Payton. It’s my grandfather’s first name and I associate all sorts of positive things with it.”
“August’s a nice name and it’s the month he was born in.”
“Maybe, but how about naming him George Washington Brindle?”
“What!? Are you crazy!” And on and on it goes. We have our reasons for doing what we do. For the most part those reasons are generally good and healthy just as the bloodlines we mix with.
The above document is based on fact and circumstances, however, not all sources are included, nor are there a lot of sources to go around in digging up our early past. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this article or make your comments known
(C) 2016 The Jameson Perspective(TJP/SMJ)
Sarah 1, 3
Joel William 3
Abner P. 2
Charles 2, 3
George A. 3
John Alexander 2
Mercy A. 2
Ruth Snow 2
Sarah E. 2
Nancy 1, 3
Henry Holland 3