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The Four Josiah Partridge’s

One would think that proving four generations of Josiah Partridge’s would be relatively simple. But this line of the Partridge family has remained difficult to track for over a century. It starts with Josiah Partridge, son of Nathaniel Partridge and Lydia Wright of Medfield, Massachusetts. Nathaniel was the eldest son of William Partridge and Sarah Colburn of Medfield, Massachusetts. Josiah was the 9th of 13 children born to his parents, and his descent is the easiest to prove of the four!

Listed at the bottom you will find a report of these four generations, but first, I thought I’d explain myself as to how they inner-connect, on the behest that somebody may think these are iron clad reasons (they’re not). In order that we not be too confused, for sake of explanation I will use Josiah (1), Josiah (2), Josiah (3) and Josiah (4) to explain the connections. The numbers in parentheses are mine, and were not used when their names were recorded. They did use Jr. and Sr., but since there was four generations, the Jr. and Sr. only referenced those alive at the time.

Josiah (2) Partridge is reputedly the son of an illegitimate relationship between Josiah (1) Partridge and Keziah Mason. In fact, the birth record for Josiah (1) claims the following:

Josiah, “Reputed” s. Josiah Partridge and Kezia Mason, May 29, 1731. Medfield Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850.

For those not following the conversation, that means that Josiah (1) and Keziah were not married at the time of the birth. In fact, they never married. They both married other people. But Josiah (2), did carry the Partridge name for the rest of his life, and unless a direct male line of descendants is willing to take a DNA test, we’ll never be able to prove that he isn’t a blood connection – or that he is for that matter. Josiah (1) went on to marry Priscilla Rice in 1742, and removed to Brookfield, Massachusetts. Kezia married Joseph Baker in 1736 at Medfield, Massachusetts. It is likely that Josiah (2) was raised by Kezia and Joseph Baker at Sturbridge, which would explain Josiah’s (2) later connection to that town.

Josiah (2) would marry twice, 1st to Sarah Martin, and then to Experience Morse. Josiah and Experience would have three children recorded in Sturbridge from 1773-1777. Soon after that they apparently removed to the Adams and Chester area of Massachusetts, as Josiah (2) can be found in the 1790 census in Adams, and he is listed as coming from Chester in a Cayuga County, New York deed of 1795. Josiah (2) is also recorded as having resided at Brutus, Onondaga, New York in 1796 and Jefferson, Cayuga, New York in 1803.

While residing in the Adams/Chester area of Massachusetts, Josiah and Experience would have at least one more child, this one also named Josiah (3) Partridge. There are no birth records surviving for this birth that I have found. The date I have recorded for Josiah (3) is born abt. 1779, but I show no source for that date. I know that Josiah (2) had a son Josiah (3) from the 1803 deed where Josiah (2), then of Jefferson, Cayuga, New York deeded to Josiah (3) of Jefferson, part of track 72 in Mentz, Cayuga, New York.

Josiah (3) married Puella Higley in 1804 at Mentz, Cayuga, New York. I have record of a child, Josiah (4) Partridge born to this marriage on 6 Dec 1802 in Mentz, Cayuga, New York… but the date of birth occurs well before the marriage. I have no sources recorded for either record, which indicates it came from Vera Partridge Hamilton’s records. Josiah (3) and Puella would have at least one more child, Hiram Ward Partridge, born 19 Feb 1805.

Descendant Report of Josiah Partridge

Captain John Partridge of Navestock, England

Captain John Partridge was first indicated as a POSSIBLE father of the Medfield, Mass. Branch of the Partridge family by the NEGHS back in 1903, and privately printed in 1904 in the Partridge Genealogy, by George H. Partridge:

It may be well, however, for the benefit of those who desire to extend their researches to England, to call attention to the fact that in the Visitation of Essex (Harl. Soc. Pub., xiii., part 1, p. 465), which was made in the year 1634, the children of Captain John Partridge of Navestock, were John, aged about 14 years, William, Jane and Margarett. From information obtained from the vicar of the parish of Navestock, in 1899, by Mr. Frank Harvey Partridge, of New York, it appears that of the foregoing children, William was born in 1622, and Margarett in 1628.

There was then made a comparison of William’s age as stated in his will made in 1692 as “about seventy years” (Suff. Co. Prob. Rec., vol xiii., p. 75), and the will of Margery Stacy, of Medfield, relict widow of Thomas Mason, made in 1695, as “about sixty and seven years.” George then goes on to write that:

These coincidences, while they prove nothing, should, it seems to the writer, be given consideration in clearing up the mystery of the English origin of the Medfield Partridge’s.

Page 465, The Visitation of Essex

Page 465, The Visitation of Essex

The picture here is a copy of the specific page from the 1634 Essex Visitation. Click on the image to see it full sized.

Further fuel to the fire was the reported mention of Capt. John Partridge in the annals of Boston, MA.

At issue with this report are my own findings which indicate that neither William nor Margarett appear in St Thomas’s Navistock Parish Records [FHL film # 1472587] for the years indicated.

1625 19 Apr bp William s/o John Partridge
1629 25 Jan bur William s/o Mr John Partridge
1630 8 Feb bp William s/o Mr John Partridge

So the 1634 visitation referenced initially as a possible source for proving the parentage of John and William Partridge, could not be the William Partridge of Medfield, MA, as he was likely born about 1622… the William in the visitation was only 4 and born in 1630.

Further evidence disputing the claim was accidentally discovered by Priscilla McElvein on a visit to St. Thomas, Navestock in 1993. A photograph was provided of the floor of St. Thomas Parish:

Grave Marker for John Partridge

Grave Marker for John Partridge

On two markers:
1-John Partridge, gent, dyed 24 mar 1653 at age 34. [b 1619]
John Partridge [WI] son dyed 18 dec 1671 age 23. [b 1648]
2-John Partridge gent late of Drake’s Hill in Navestock, son and heir to
John Partridge Citizen and Cutler of London, who dyed the 25th of Oct 1683
age 29. [b 1654]

The John Partridge mentioned in the visitation was aged about 14 years, or making him born about 1619-1620. The first John listed above was born in 1619 (15 Mar. 1618/1619 at Stepney, St. Dunstan, England) and died at Navestock in 1653.

The will of John Partridge of Navestock was written 1 Oct 1652 and probated 27 Jun 1663 [FHL ]. He mentions wife, Jane; son, John, and daughter, Margaret; and grandchildren Thomas and Jane Lake; son in law John Lake and cousin, John Comber.

I believe that the above information refutes any chance that the above mentioned visitation referenced our John, William and Margery Partridge of Medfield, MA. It further proves that John Partridge and Jane Hogge were not the parents of the Medfield branch of Partridges.

The Parentage of Nora Williams

I learned a new word today: the word was gallimaufry, and it means “a confused jumble or medley of things.” That word will accurately describe my investigation into the parentage of Nora!

I have never identified the parentage of Nora Williams, my 2nd Great Grandmother, and whom my Great Grandmother was named after. Over the past few weeks I decided to try and determine it using Census records and both sets of Vermont Vital Records – one from Ancestry, and the other from Family Search. Nora remains the only Great Grandmother of my father’s side that I had not yet identified the parents, and it was time for that to change!

What I knew of Nora L. Williams (as I have her listed) is not much. I originally retrieved her name from my research into the Rich family of Washington County, Vermont; I was able to deduce her name as Nora L. Williams, and that she was born about 1867 in Vermont. Enumerated with them was the child, Nora O., my great-grandmother. But that was all I had to work with.

The first method of researching people living between 1850-1880 and 1900-1930 for me is to search the federal census records for them. Often, these census will provide clues that can point you in the correct direction, and occasionally by my experience, give you your answer to your question.

Nora Williams - 1880 Census

Nora Williams - 1880 Census

The only census record I could find of Nora as a child (searching for her by name at Ancestry), is the Warren, Washington, VT 1880 census, where at the age of 12, she is residing as a servant in the household of Nahum and Jane Nichols.

Enumerated within Warren, VT was the family of Chester D. Williams – his family appeared on the same page (247A) with Nora, and he is of the correct age to be a possible parent. Also enumerated in the town, was a Ferrin Williams, age 23, who resided with his wife – Lilla, age 15, and Effie, his sister, age 9. The fact that Ferrin, as young as he and his wife were, had a sibling also residing with them cautioned me that there was more to this story. Here we have a 12 year old child living as a servant instead of with her parents. We also have another child living with what appeared to be an elder sibling, all in the same town. This pointed to something possibly having happened to the parents. The very fact that Nora was living so close to Chester, yet listed as a servant in another house, instantly made me think she was likely related to Chester, but not his child. I determined then that I needed to back up 10 years and search within Warren to see if I could find the identity of the parents of the children. The thing I had going for me, was I now had two children names I could use to help pinpoint the right family (Nora and Ferrin, since Effie would not yet have been born in the 1870 census), IF they were of the same family.

A search of the 1870 census for Warren, Washington, VT quickly led me nowhere. Chester D. was there, listed as C. B. Williams this time. There was no mention of any of the children I found in the 1880 census. There was a Dana and Julia Williams residing with their family, but again, no sign of Ferrin, Lilla, or Nora (Effie would not yet have been born.)

When conducting a census search at Ancestry, I rarely try and perform a broad search of the records (unless just starting out on a person or family), but instead concentrate on specific searches. While this does produce more negative results, it also produces better results, as I can fine tune my search. The census at Ancestry were often indexed by people not familiar with the intricacies of English names and instead took a strict approach at identifying the letters and listing them, even when the combination doesn’t make sense. I’ve found that I often need to construct searches based on first names, or ages of the person, to properly identify them. And when that fails, if I’m quite sure they’re in the community or county I’m searching, then I browse the images one by one, just like in the old days.

In the case of this search, I had already started out at the most specific location and had no match. So I spread my search out further and tried all of Washington County, Vermont instead of limiting myself to just the town of Warren. I already knew by my earlier search that Nora was not listed as Nora Williams (I did conduct a broad search initially, so I searched for her brother Ferrin, which produced the following match:

Eleazer Williams - 1870 Census

Eleazer Williams - 1870 Census

In the 1870 census, residing in Roxbury, Washington, VT was the family of Eleazer and Jane Williams. Residing with the family in that enumeration were 7 children: Ithiel 17, Olive 14, Ferrin 13, Elmer 7, Elwin 4, Ervin 4, and Betsey 2.

This listing of children immediately stood out to me. Ithiel, is not a common name. In fact, there were only 39 Ithiel’s in the whole 1880 census. Why is that important? Because Nora Williams grandson was named Floyd Ithiel Partridge… In fact there are two Ithiel’s related to me. Also, listed in the family of Eleazer and Jane was a daughter named Olive. While Olive was a more common name, the child of Joel and Nora (Williams) Rich was Nora Olive Rich.

Nothing above is conclusive, but it helps paint a picture, and insures me that I am definitely looking in the right direction. But Nora wasn’t mentioned in Eleazer’s family by name. And as already mentioned, I couldn’t find her in Washington County, VT. A more general search outside of the county, also failed to produce a positive match.

This is often the point where genealogists will get frustrated with their search. Everything keeps ending up at dead ends… then again, everything may not appear as it actually is.

To buttress my belief that the parents passed away sometime during the 1870’s I went back to the 1880 census and searched for the children of Eleazer and Jane:

We already know about Ferrin. We found him living at Warren with Lilla and Effie.

I was unable to find anything concerning Ithiel and Olive by simply searching the 1880 census. Both, however were of age during the 1880 census and could have been living elsewhere, or were enumerated in such a manner as to not make them easily searchable. Olive was likely married and had another surname.

Elmer, who was 7 during the 1870 census can be found residing with the family of Melvin and Clarissa Spalding in Roxbury, age 17.

Erwin and Elwin, twins, both 4 during the 1870 census, can be found residing with the family of George and Edna Williams of Roxbury, age 14.

Betsey E. Williams, age 2 in the 1870 census, cannot be found in the 1880 census under her name.

So, the census have provided me with clues to further my research. Namely, who is Betsey E. Williams, age 2 in the 1870 census, and could she be my Nora Williams?

It’s obvious that just using the census isn’t working out, so it’s time to start using the Vital Record searches available for Vermont ancestors.

Let’s start again with Nora, and see what comes up in a search for her name as Nora Williams. I started my search using the databases at FamilySearch first since theirs covered the years before 1900. Using the Vermont Births and Christenings 1765-1908 database I was able to get 1 match for a Nora Williams.

This time I find a Nora Williams, b. in Roxbury, married to Ben Warner. This marriage produced a child named Paul G. Warner, b. 26 Mar 1887 at Moutown, Washington, VT. Moutown is likely a misprint of Moretown. One should keep in mind when using transcriptions, that they’re not always completely accurate, as is this case.

Is this another dead end? I’m getting the feeling I’m painting a picture of a brick wall in this search!

The next search was in the Vermont Death Records 1871-1965. I searched for Nora Williams first and came up with nothing and then tried Nora Rich which again resulted in zilch.

On to the Vermont marriage records! And on this search I again hit pay dirt. This time I find 2 listings…

Nora B. Williams and Joel O. Rich were listed on the marriage certificate as parents of Nora Olive Rich in her marriage to Fred in 1905. Something stood out in this record though that was different from what I knew about Nora… the middle initial. I had Nora L. Williams as taken from the 1900 census (and a second check confirmed that was the way it was entered on the census image) but it appears she also used Nora B. This could be big, because if we go back to the family of Eleazer and Jane, we find that their youngest child in the 1870 census was a Betsey, age 2! So I reopened that census image to check if by chance they had listed a middle initial, and they had… an E. So we have a Betsey E. Williams born the same year as Nora B. (and L.) Williams. While the B could definitely stand for Betsey, I couldn’t make the E. stand for Nora. So back to the records.

The second match for Nora was for a Norah B. Williams, b. 1865 at Roxbury, VT, who married Benjamin Warner in 1883. As previously mentioned they had the child named Paul G. Warner I had found in the birth records. This Norah B. was listed as the child of Elmer and Jane Williams. Eleazer’s wife was named Jane… But I have no indication if Eleazer himself going by Elmer, or if that was his middle name, so there’s no match proven here. Eleazer and Jane did name one of their sons Elmer – coincidentally… Elmer E.

When I conduct searches I often find that information is given in the records for one person, concerning somebody else in the family. So it’s important to search for their names as well. Finding the name of Elmer and Jane listed as parents in the marriage record made me think that I should try a search for the death records of Joel and Nora’s child Nora.Nora O. Partridge Death Certificate

Since they died after 1900 I went and used Ancestry’s search for Vermont Deaths and Burials 1909-2008. I hit pay-dirt, but not the way I had expected! Instead of finding Nora Williams death certificate, I came across her daughters death certificate…

Death Record of Paul G. Rich

Death Record of Paul G. Rich

Nora O. Partridge died on 2 June 1976 at Springfield, Vermont. On her death certificate were listed her parents, Joel Rich and Elnora Williams! Elnora… with an E!!!! I’ve looked at this record several times and I never caught the real name of the mother! Back to Eleazer and Jane… Betsey E. Williams in the 1870 census, same age as Elnora B. Williams in the 1880 census… do you think it’s possible? I do!!!

There’s some loose ends that need to be wrapped up to help support this. The first is to detail something I recently found when conducting a search for the Rich family of Moretown, Vermont. Joel and Nora had one other child listed in the death records as theirs… Paul George Rich, child of Joel and Nora Rich, b. 26 Mar 1887 at Moretown, Washington, Vermont, d. 20 Mar 1940 at Barre, Washington, Vermont. Obviously this Paul G. Rich is the same Paul G. Warner, child of Ben and Norah B. Warner (the dates and birth location match and that’s too much of a coincidence). So if somebody is wondering what ever happened to Paul G. Warner, I think we now know!!!

We also need to identify that the Elmer Williams is in deed Eleazer. A search of the Vermont Marriages at FamilySearch for Elmer Williams produced matches for Eleazer’s son Elmer E. Elmer married twice, the first marriage to Emma Smith listed his parents as Eleazer M. Williams and Jane. The second marriage, however, listed his parents as E. E. Williams and Nancy Silsbury.

Finding multiple names for his parents made me conduct a search for the marriage records for Eleazer. What I found, instead of his record, were the records of many of his children. Their parents were listed as Eleazer (various spellings) and Jane Williams/Sillsbury (various spellings). One, Ichiel (obviously Ithiel), listed his mother as Mary J. Silsby.

As you can tell by this entire post, the family really enjoyed using a combination of different names when documenting each other. It appeared quite common for an individual to go by their middle name, and even a nickname, and have it used on official documents. But for a diligent study, this nomenclature would have created a gallimaufry of their genealogy. But the dates, locations, family relations, and obvious consistencies paint enough of a picture for me to determine, by the information here in provided, that Elnora Betsey Williams was indeed the child of Eleazer and Jane Williams.

The Woolwich, Maine Partridge/Patridge Family

William Partridge was born likely at London, England [Partridge Cemetery – Woolwich Maine, Nancy I. Fricke] in 1770 [ibid.]. It is unknown as to his English parentage or when exactly he arrived in the United States, but my first record of him appears in 1795 when he married Susannah McCobb Main on Christmas Eve. Susannah was the daughter of Joseph and Beatris (McCobb) Main (Mains). William and Susan went on to have eleven children, many of whose descendants resided at Woolwich, Maine for many generations.

The following information is basically a major census extraction of this line of Partridge/Patridge’s from 1800-1930, though other records were consulted. My main goal was to track the Partridge lines. Maybe as time allows I will be able to go back in and track the female Partridge lines as well.

The descendants of this Partridge family have been traced to the following locations other then Woolwich: Bath, Brunswick. Bowdoinham, and Freeport, ME; Claremont and Brookline, NH; New Haven and Montville, CT; Taunton, MA; and Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Partridge Family Tree has this entire line added. The source images of the census used can be found at the site. You must be registered and approved in order to view the source material.

Research Notes:

The town of Woolwich changed from Lincoln County to Sagahadoc County, Maine in 1854.

In tracking William and his descendants through the census the following variations of Partridge are known to be used: Partridge, Patridge, Partriage, Partrage


Begin the family of William Partridge

1800 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine
William Partriage


1 male under 10  John
1 male 26-44  William
2 fem  under 10  Elizabeth, Mercy
1 fem  16-25  
1 fem  26-44  Susannah

There is a female enumerated in this family, age 16-25 whom I am unable to account for. Susannah’s father, Joseph, passed away in 1790, so this could be one of her younger sisters. It could also be an unknown sister of William.

1810 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine
William Patridge


2 male under 10  Joseph, William Jr.
1 male 10-15  John
1 male 26-44  William
3 fem  under 10  Mercy, Joanna, Sarah
1 fem  10-15  Elizabeth
1 fem  26-44  Susannah

The 1810 census likely confirms that all members of William’s family were alive in 1810. This is the last census where I can account for John. So either he died and isn’t buried in the Partridge cemetery in Woolwich, or he moved and I cannot account for his whereabouts later in life.

1820 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine
William Partridge


2 male to 10  Horatio, James
2 male 10-16  Joseph, William Jr.
1 male 45+  William
2 fem  to 10  Sarah, Anna
1 fem  10-16  Joanna
1 fem  16-26  Mercy
1 fem  45+  Susannah
1 engaged in agriculture

The 1820 census sheds light on this family. The only listing above which was in doubt was the 2 fem to 10. There was a third child who also could have been listed, Margaret. I chose not to list her because nothing further is known of her, while I have spousal names for the other two (indicating they were alive in 1820). It is possible that Margaret is enumerated elsewhere in the 1820 census, but it is more likely that she was deceased before 1820.

There was another daughter of William’s that was known to be alive in 1820, Elizabeth (a. 21) however, she was married in 1819, and likely would have been enumerated with her husband. This can help confirm then, that Mercy was still alive in 1820.

1830 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine
p. 137

William Patridge
1 male 10-15  James
1 male 50-60  William
1 fem  10-15  Anna
1 fem  20-30  prob. Sarah
1 fem  50-60  Susannah

The 1830 census appears to be the most perplexing as I lose 4 of the family and can find then enumerated no where else in 1830. John, who would be 34 in 1830, would likely be on his own, but there is no census found for him in 1830 or above, so he may have died prior to 1830. The similar aged John Patridge of Gorham, and later Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine is from a different branch. Joseph, at age 28, steps off the grid, or is enumerated with another family of a different name. Horatio would be 18 at the time, and like his older brother Joseph, has disappeared.

Concerning the female between the age of 20-30, this is likely Sarah Jane, however I would need the marriage date between her and ??? Soule. Her sister, Joanna, aged 23 in 1830, married Henry Starkey in 1830, the year of the census. Since the census itself carries over into 1831, it would depend on when the enumerator made the actual rounds, whether she would still be living at home.

1840 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine

Wm Partridge
1 male 5-10
1 male 20-30
1 male 60-70  William
1 fem  under 5
1 fem  30-40  
1 fem  60-70  Susannah

Taking what we know of William’s family, I can only be certain of William and Susannah. Joseph was enumerated separately in Bath, and I can account for the 6 people enumerated in his family, providing that Susan Olive was born at the time of the enumeration.

1850 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine
26 Aug 1850
181 223

William Patridge 78 m   500 England 
Susannah   71 f    Maine
Joseph   48 m Farmer   Maine
Nancy   40 f    Maine
Malvy   17 m    Maine Attended School
Mary   15 f    Maine Attended School
Ephraim   13 m    Maine Attended School
Susan O   10 f    Maine Attended School
Joann    7 f    Maine Attended School

This census provides more information on the parents of Joseph, whom were known prior to viewing this record. The age of birth of both parents and the location of birth were not known. The location of England for the birth of William supports my suspicions, as I was never able to track his birth in US.

Problem: The age of Malvy (Mulvey) and Mary are different then what my records show. Specifically, the ages appear to be reversed. This is likely an issue with the census however, as the 1860 census will confirm.

Begin the family of Joseph Patridge

1840 Census Bath, Lincoln, Maine
p. 375a

Joseph Patridge
1 male under 5  Ephraim
1 male 5-10  Mulvey
1 male 30-40  Joseph
1 fem  under 5  Susan Olive (b. 1840)
1 fem  5-10  Mary Jane
1 fem  30-40  Nancy

I can account for the 6 people enumerated in this family, providing that Susan Olive was born at the time of the enumeration.

1860 Census Woolwich, Sagahadoc, Maine
27 June 1860
237 239

Joseph M. Partridge 56 m Farmer  1000 246 Maine
Nancy S.  50 f     Maine
Mulvy   24 m Farm Laborer  100 Maine
Ephraim   23 m Farm Laborer  100 Maine
Susan O.  20 f     Maine
Joann S.  13 f     Maine Attended School
Susan   87 f     Maine

This census has some issues with the ages of some of the family, most notably Joseph and his mother Susan, and son Mulvy. Between the 1850 and 1860 census, Joseph has only gained 8 years of age. His mother, which assumes that Susannah in the 1850 and Susan in the 1860 are one and the same, has gained 17 years of age. Mulvy, Joseph’s son, has gained only 7 years, but I questioned the age in the 1850 census, and if it was corrected to the appropriate age then, he would have gained 9 years, which is possible since this census was taken 2 months earlier in the year then the 1850 census had been.
1870 Census Woolwich, Sagahadoc, Maine
176 176

Patrage Joseph 67 m w Farmer  1000 255 Maine
Nancy  60 f w Keeping House   Maine
Ephraim  32 m w Working Farm   Maine
Scolley Julia 14 f w at home    Maine Attended School

Julia Scolley is likely some relative of Nancy, as Sculley is her maiden name.

1880 Census Woolwich, Sagahadoc, Maine
1 1

Partridge, Joseph w m 77  Farmer   Maine England Maine
 Nancy  w f 69 Wife Keeping House  Maine Maine Maine
 Ephraim  w m 43 Son Farmer   Maine Maine Maine Single

The birth location for Joseph’s father confirms what we have through other sources.

Begin the family of James McCobb Patridge

1850 Census Bath, Lincoln, Maine
929 1106

James Patridge  33 m Raftsman 300 Maine
Nancy   26 f    Maine
Annowva    7 f    Maine Attended School
Charles W   5 m    Maine Attended School
Flora A    3 f    Maine Attended School
Frances A Peterson 44 f    Maine

The spelling of James eldest child, Annowva, may be incorrect. I am not sure if there is any connection between Frances Peterson and the family of James and Nancy.

1860 Census Bath, Lincoln, Maine
1586 1600

James Patridge  43 m Day Laborer 600 Maine
Nancy M.  34 f    Maine
Ann M.   17 f    Maine Attended School
Charles E.  10 m    Maine Attended School
Frank    7 m    Maine Attended School

The 1860 census introduces us to Charles E. and Frank. It also provides a different name from the 1850 census for Ann, though this may just be a nickname she later went by. It is apparent that both Charles W. and Flora A. likely passed away during the 1850’s.

1870 Census Bath, Lincoln, Maine
237 227

Patridge James  51 m w Log Driver  500 Maine
Charles E.  25 m w Log Driver   Maine
Frank   18 m w Log Driver   Maine
Walsh, Ann M.  27 f w Keeping House   Maine
Partridge, William  7 m w     Maine Attended School
Walsh, Charles   5 m w     Maine Attended School
Walsh, Ednor E.       6/12 f w     Maine

The 1870 census has proven to be a treasure trove of information. Most noticably, it mentions Ann M. which is the name of the eldest daughter of James and Nancy, and her age matches as well. Likely this is her daugher, making her married name Walsh, and if we go along with the pattern, her children Charles and Ednor E.

William Partridge, a. 7 is a different story. His birth was in 1863, and the last child born to James and Nancy was in 1846, it is highly unlikely (though not impossible) that this child belongs to some other family.

Nancy doesn’t appear in this census enumeration, and has likely passed away. The 1880 census confirms that James has a new wife, by the name of Ellen.

1880 Census Bath, Lincoln, Maine
359 475

Partridge, Jas.  w m 60  Laborer  10 Rheumatism Cannot Read Cannot Write Maine England Maine
Ellen   w f 45 Wife Wash Woman   Cannot Read Cannot Write Ireland Ireland Ireland

While the age of James doesn’t match up with his actual age in 1880, I am quite sure that this is James McCobb Partridge. The location matches up, as does the parents birth location, once again confirming William’s birth as having occurred in England.

James has a new wife… Ellen.


Begin the Line of Horatio Nelson Patridge

1850 Census Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine
453 492

Horatio Patridge 39 m Tailor  300 Maine
Rebecca   46 f    Maine
George H  11 m    Maine Attended School
Horatio N   8 m    Maine Attended School
Charles O   6 m    Maine Attended School


Begin the Family of Mulvy Partridge

1900 Census Bowdoinham, Sagahadoc, Maine
82 82

Partridge, Mulvey Head w m July 1835 64 m 30 – – Maine Maine Maine Farmer
Susan W.  Wife w f June 1839 60 m 30 2 2 Maine Maine Maine

This confirms that only 2 children were born to the marriage of Susan and Mulvey.


Begin the Family of Frederick E. Partridge

1900 Census, Claremont, Sullivan, New Hampshire
6 127 208
6 127 209
6 Bond Street

Andrews, George A Head w m Apr  1838 62 m 19  Mass NH Mass Machine (Shoe Shop)
Andrews, Roxie  Wife w f Feb  1835 65 m 19 0 0 NH NH NH
Partridge, Frederick E Board w m Sept 1873 26 m  0  Maine Maine Maine Superintendent Water Works
Partridge, Minnie Wife w f May  1880 20 m  0 0 0 NY NH Scotl

Rossiter, Albert Head w m May  1843 57 m 23  NH NH VT Landlord
Rossiter, Hattie A Wife w f Feb  1845 55 m 23 0 0 NH NH NH
Sleeper, Alice M s-in-l w f Mar  1843 57 m  1 4 3 NH NH NH

We find Frederick E. Partridge residing as a boarder at 6 Bond Street, Claremont, Sullivan County, NH. He has married just that year, to Minnie. There is an initial given with Minnie in this census but I am unable to read it.

1910 Brookline, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
47 47
Mason Road

Partridge, Frederick E Head m w 36   m2 5  Maine Mass Maine  Painter House
Edith M   Wife f w 22   m1 5 3 1 Eng Eng Eng 1903 
Gladys H  Dau f w 13   s  Mass Maine Can Eng  
Eveline F  Dau f w  8   s  Mass Maine Can Eng  
Mildred F  Dau f w 4/12 s  Mass Maine Eng  

This census brings all kinds of new material to this family. It is apparent that the first wife of Frederick, Minnie, passed away before 1905. He remarried abt 1905 to Edith. Before Minnie had passed away, she and Frederick had two daughters, Gladys and Eveline. Frederick and Edith also had three children, of whom only Mildred was living in 1910.

1920 Census Montville, New London, Connecticut
93 112

Patridge, Frederick C Head m w 45 m  Farmer
Edith M   Wife f w 34 m 1903 Ns 1904
Mildred F  Dau f w 10 s
Arthur F  Son m w  3 s

The 1920 census introduces to us Arthur F. Partridge. And get a good look too… because I couldn’t find him in the 1930 census.

Begin the Family of Herbert L. Partridge

1900 Census, Claremont, Sullivan, New Hampshire
229 318

Partridge, Herbert L. Head w m Feb  1872 28 m 1  Maine Maine Maine Engineer, Stationary
Partridge, Maud  Wife w f Nov  1878 21 m 1 0 0 Maine Maine Maine
Barnes, Emily  m-in-l w f Aug  1849 50 wd  6 1 Maine Maine Maine
Main, Romeo  Board w m Sept 1878 21 s  Maine Maine Maine

The 1900 census of Herbert introduces us to his wife Maud, and provides the clue to her maiden name by including Herbert’s mother-in-law Emily Barnes. An interesting boarder in this family is Romeo Main, as Main is Herbert’s great-granmother’s maiden name.

1910 Census Freeport, Cumberland, Maine
256 297

Partridge, Herbert L. Head m w 37 m 11 Maine Maine Maine Carpenter
Maud E.   Wife f w 31 m 11 0 0 Maine Maine Maine
Mulvey   Father m w 74 wd Maine Maine Maine

We find in the 1910 census Mulvey, Herbert’s father residing with Herbert and Maud. It is likely that Mulvey’s wife Susan passed away before 1910.

There are two pages to this enumeration.

1920 Census Freeport, Cumberland, Maine
Pleasant Hill Road
102 105

Partridge, Herbert L. Head m w 47 m Maine Maine Maine Carpenter
Maud E.   Wife f w 41 m Maine Maine Maine

1930 Census Freeport, Cumberland, Maine
Pleasant Hill Road
249 263

Partridge, Herbert L. Head m w 58 m 27 Maine Maine Maine Egg Poultry
Partridge, Maud E. Wife f w 51 m 20 Maine Maine Maine

There are two pages to this enumeration.

Begin the Family of Ephraim Partridge

1900 Census Freeport, Cumberland, Maine
521 552

Patridge, Efriam Head w m May  1837 63 S Maine Maine Maine Farmer
Scollay, Emma L  Niece w f Apr  1856 44 D Maine Maine Maine none

Ephraim never married. It appears that his niece, Emma, after her divorce, moved in, as she appears with Ephraim in both the 1900 and 1910 census. I am unsure as to the identity of Emma in her relation as a nience of Ephraim. Will have to do some work on the Scully/Scollay family to find it. Ephraim’s mother was a Scully.

1910 Census Freeport, Cumberland, Maine
32 34

Partridge, Ephraim A Head m w 73 S Maine Maine Maine Own income
Scollay, Emma A  Niece f w 56 S Maine Maine Maine none

Again, showing that his niece Emma resided with him.

Begin the Family of Horatio Nelson Partridge

1860 Census Bath, Sagahadoc, Maine
1008 1036
2 pages

B. F. Bicknall  49 m Carriage Maker 1200 300 MA
A. G.   46 f     ME
Charles F.  20 m     ME
Abbie   18 f Music Teacher   ME
Horatio N. Patridge 17 m Apprentice   ME

Horatio has taken up residence with a carriage maker in town. He will use this apprenticeship to provide himself the ability to do carpentry work for the rest of his life.

1870 Census Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts
272 424

Partridge, Rebecca 63 f w Keeping House   RI
Horatio N.  27 m w  House Carpenter   ME

We find Horatio residing with the family of Joseph and Sarah Henry. Because I see no connection of this family, other then Horatio and his mother boardering with them, I have chosen not to include them here.

1880 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
133 Spring Street
157 257

Partridge, Horatio w m 36  Emp. Car Shop (RR) Maine Maine RI
Ella   w f 30 Wife Keeping House  NH NH NH
Charles   w m  1 Son    CT Maine NH
Rebecca   w f 75 Mother at Home   RI RI RI

The 1880 census is the first census which introduces us to the family of Horatio Nelson and Ella Partridge. We are also introduced for the first time to Charles Partridge. Rebecca, Horatio’s mother remains in the household.

1900 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
59 Hurlburt Street
98 142

Partridge, Horatio Head w m Aug  1843 56 m 22  Maine Maine Maine
Ella   Wife w f Nov  1849 50 m 22 5 4 CT CT CT
Charles   Son w m Dec  1879 20 s  CT ME CT
Francis   Son w m Mar  1881 19 s  CT ME CT
Harry   Son w m Feb  1885 15 s  CT ME CT
Mabel   Dau w f Jany 1890 10 s  CT ME CT

With the 1900 census we are introduced to 4 additional children of Horatio and Ella. We are told that one of those children (unnamed) had died by the 1900 census. The other 3 new children were Francis, Harry, and Mabel. Rebecca appears to have passed away, but I would need to do a thorough search of the 1900 census to cofirm this. If she was alive, she would have been about 95.

1910 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
59 Hurlburt Street
57 86

Partridge, Horatio N. Head m w 69 m1 33  ME ME ME
Ella M.   Wife f w 60 m1 33 5 4 NH NH MA
Charles W.  Son m w 31 S  CT ME NH
Frank S.  Son m w 29 S  CT ME NH
Mabel I.  Dau f w 20 S  CT ME NH

The 1910 census confirms that Horatio and Ella only had 5 children, of which 4 were still living. This means we should find Harry residing elsewhere in the 1910 census. All other children are still residing with family and are still single.

1920 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
59 Hurlburt Street
251 367

Partridge, Horatio N. Head m w 77 m ME ME ME
Ella M.   Wife f w 70 m NH NH NH
Charles W.  Son m w 41 S CT ME NH
Mabel I.  Dau f w 30 S CT ME NH

1930 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
59 Hurlburt Street
138 243
Partridge, Charles W. Head m w 51 S CT ME NH
Ella M.   Mother f w 81 wd NH NH NH
Mabel I.  sister f w 38 S CT ME NH

We cannot find Horatio in the 1930 census indicating that he likely passed away between 1920 and 1930. We still find the rest of the family intact, and both Charles and Mabel listed as single.

Begin the Family of Harry A. Partridge

1910 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
33 Bishop Street ? (unsure of street name)

Partridge, Harry A. Head m w 25 m1 5 CT ME NH
Gertrude  Wife f w 28 m1 5 1 1 CT NY NY
Harriet   Dau f w  3 s CT CT CT
Shore, Mary C.  m-in-l f w 49 wd   3 3 NY NY NY
Edward H.  b-in-l m w 19 s NY NY NY

This census helps us identify the wife of Harry, including her maiden name. It also introduces us to her mother and brother, and Harry and Gertrude child, Harriet. Mary will go on to reside with the family at least another 20 years.

1920 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
14 Padu Street
192 241

Partridge, Harry A. Head m w 34 M CT CT CT
Gertrude K.  Wife f w 36 M CT NY NY
Harriet A.  Dau f w 13 S CT CT CT
Julia M.  Dau f w 2 1/2 S CT CT CT
Shore, Mary C.  m-in-l f w 59 wd NY NY NY

This census introduces us to the only other child living by 1920 of Harry and Gertrude, Julia.

1930 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Family 114

Partridge, Harrie A. Head m w 44 m 20 CT ME ME
Gertrude K.  Wife f w 46 m 22 CT NY NY
Harriet A.  Dau f w 23 s CT CT CT
Julia M.  Dau f w 12 s CT CT CT
Shore, Mary C.  m-in-l f w 70 wd 19 NY NY NY

The family remains intact in the 1930 census with no changes other then age. Note Harry’s mispelled given name in this census.

Begin the Family of Frank S. Partridge

1920 Census Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York
33 Lent Street
15 28

Partridge, Frank S. Head m w 38 m CT ME NH
Anna B.   Wife f w 35 m CT Germany Germany
William F  Son m w  6 s CA CT CT

The 1920 census introduces us to the family of Frank S. Partridge. Anna B. his wife and William F. his son are new to me.

1930 Census Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York
148 North Clurtose Street ???
176 248

Partridge, Frank S. Head m w 49 m 29 CT CT CT
Anna B.   Wife f w 45 m 26 CT Germany Germany
William F.  Son m w 16 s CA CT CT

The family remains intact in 1930 and only the ages have changed.

The Pleasant Grove, Minnesota Partridge Family

Abel Partridge was born to Joseph and Sarah (Warren) Partridge in Chesterfield, NH, on Sunday, 17 May 1795. This is the Partridge line that often spelled their last name Pattridge; with Abel and his family, I find the Partridge/Patridge/Pattridge variations. I lose track of Abel through his childhood, until I find him in a marriage record to Sylvia Mansfield. This marriage took place in Chittenden County, VT on 18 Jul 1827.

It appears that for a short time after the wedding, Abel and Sylvia may have settled down in Essex, VT as their first child, Prescott, was born there on Friday, 2 Oct 1829. Not soon after that birth, or perhaps, even before the birth, we find Abel residing at Highgate, VT. He was enumerated there as Abel Patridge in the taking of the federal census in 1830. Note the varian spelling of the last name, as he will appear using that name in official census records, yet his gravestone shows the proper spelling again.

The 1830 census clearly shows Abel Partridge, along with 2 females, aged 20-29, and three young boys, all under the age of 5. At present I can account for only 4 of the 6 members in the household:

Abel – age 35
Sylvia – age 28
Prescott – age 2
Albert – age under 1 year

A more careful study of the siblings of Abel and Sylvia would have to be conducted for one to surmise about the names of the other two residents in the household.

This family was again enumerated in the 1840 census of Highgate, VT, with Abel Patridge listed as head of household:

1 male 40-50
2 males 10-15
1 male 5-10

1 female 30-40
1 female 5-10
1 female under 5

I can account for all 7 members of the household, and take notice that the other female and child is now missing from the house.

Abel – Age 45
Prescott – Age 12
Albert – Age 11
Sarah – Age 9
Curtis – Age 6
Adelia – Age 2

It is apparent that the 1840 census was taken before the birth of Sylvia in Oct 1840.

In 1850 we begin to get additional details about the family, most especially, the names of all households. In this enumeration, it is apparent that the census taker, Oliver Robinson, erred in the spelling of Abel’s last name, however, spelled it properly for Catherine when she appeared on the following page:

112 114
Abel Patrdige 55m Farmer 2500 b. NH
Silvah 48f b. VT
Curtis 16m Farmer b. VT Attended School
Delia 12f b. VT Attended School
Jane 10f b. VT Attended School
Henry 8m b. VT Attended School
Catherine Patridge 5f b. VT Attended School

Abel’s real estate was valued at $2500 in the 1850 census, making him one of the larger and more prominent land owners in the community at that time. Sarah P. Partridge passed away 5 Jul 1850 at Highgate, and would not be listed on any census during that year. I find in 1850 that Albert Partridge, age 21, was residing in an apartment in Lowell, Middlesex, MA employed as an operative in a factory.

In 1854, Abel sold his property in Highgate, and prepared to move his family out west, he having settled on Jackson Co., Iowa. However, after returning from a trip to Iowa, and before moving his family away, Abel passed on 19 Apr 1854. Before the 1860 census his family had removed out of Highgate, Vermont, shortly settling in Iowa, before Sylva moved the family to Pleasant Grove, Olmstead County, MN. In the 1860 census I can find both Prescott and Curtis Partridge, single, residing at Long Barn, Yuba County, California, the gold rush having bitten them. Albert Partridge and his mother, Silva Patridge, were both enumerated at Olmstead, Minnesota along with their families:

917 902
Sylva Patridge 58f 2500 300 b. VT
Jane 18f b. VT
Henry 17m b. VT
Caroline 14f b. VT

918 903
Albert Patridge 30m Farmer 1500 200 b. VT
Unice 24f b. VT
Otis 6m b. IO
Henry 5m b. MN
Helen 3f b. MN

Plesant Grove would become the new family home for this branch of the Partridge family under the watchful eye of the matriarch Sylva. Both Curtis and Prescott would return from California, and reside here along with Albert and Silva. Albert Jr. would later in life move to Tracy, Lyon County, MN. Henry Harrison Partridge would reside at Rochester, Olmsted, MN. Abel’s widow, Sylva, passed from this life on 17 Feb 1886. In her obituary she was remembered for her courage and ability in moving so far out west away from friends and family. She was distinguished for her energy, industry, honesty and frugality