Ongoing Search For the Real Mary B. Morton...
By mitty September 08, 2001 at 06:58:10
This will most likely be one of those Looooong Posts, but perhaps someone out here can help me with this newly discovered situation.
In Nov. 2000, I started my application processes for the Mayflower Society.All went well etc., but after viewing my 3rd grt. grandmother's Mayflower member papers (I had to request them from Plymouth so that I could extend my lineage from her to me), I noticed a conflict in the name of her mother from Everyone in the family had always called her.So...this is where the real fun began.
On my 3rd grts. papers she had her mother's name listed as Mary B. MORTON b. Oct. 26, 1800 Lubec, Washington Co., Maine.
Mary was married to Francis Cook who was born Jan. 22, 1796 in Friendship, Maine.Well this really gathered my interest because we had always called her Mary Bradford, which is what the middle inital "B." stood for we were told.Where did Morton come from?
Upon investigation, I found out that Mary's birth record from Lubec and Eastport could not be located.They did however find her Marriage record to Francis Cook which took place on Jan. 12,1824.
So that was some sort of proof that they had been in the area.
To find Mary's parents was another task all in itself.
I must have posted no less than 10 queries all over the place in hopes of learning her father's name.No luck for a very long time.
Then a nice lady replied and said that Mary's father *Might* be Zenas MORTON as the list for his children included a Mary but no birth date was given. Zenas was born Sept. 1768 which fit perfectly in that this Could be her father. Further investigation revealed that Zenas Morton had married a Sylvia BRADFORD (Ahaaa! I thought...that's where Mary's middle name of Bradford name comes into play).Then one day I received a cemetery plot map for Francis Cook's lot and lo and behold, buried in his family lot was a James C. MORTON and his wife Mehitable.Things were starting to look up.I posted more queries about James and got one back from another nice person who said that Yes Capt. Zenas Morton of Eastport, ME had a son named James C. Morton who married a Mehitable R_____.
They had 3 known children at the time.James was born in 1808 and at last I had some sort of a positive connection to the Possible Parents of Mary B. Morton...Zenas Morton and Sylvia Bradford.Why else would James be buried in the family lot of Francis Cook and Mary B. (Morton) Cook if he were not Mary's Brother?The dates all matched up perfectly, the confirmation of James being a son of Zenas worked with the answer from the lady who told me that Zenas had a daughter named Mary too.The 1860 Census revealed that James was in Rockland, Knox Co., ME and the 1880 Census revealed that he was in Deering, Cumberland Co., Maine which is very near where his sister Mary was living with her husband and family Francis Cook.In the 1880 Census James is 72 yrs. old which equals birth year of 1808. It's a match.Wife Mehitable Morton was 63 yrs. old and was born in Maine and their daughter Ella B. Morton (probably that middle name of Bradford again as it was passed down to my 3rd grt. grandmother too), was 27 yrs. old and single also born in Maine.
I am trying to determine the lineage of Mary Bradford (Morton) Cook.I have documentation to back up my findings thus far, but still would like further confirmation on this. There is Lots more to this sagabut I have written enough for one post.If anyone has any information to substantiate this or can add to it, I would sure appreciate hearing from you.