hist. of Durham gives some clues
I have attacked this query again from another angle- by using the 1850,60,70,80 census AND the Durham book I think I have some more info to ponder-
Starting with the 1850 census-
in Phippsburg is of course Thomas Hogan(42) and wife Margaret- 3 girls and his father Nicholas(73)- he is listed as a Farmer.
in Durham is the Plummer family of Henry(53)listed as a Farmer but is really a miller and also a Free Baptist preacher- his 2nd wife Martha and the children of this 2nd marriage- including John(17) and Joseph(15). The children of the 1st marriage have moved on- Edward is making his name in the mill business and his older brother George is a millman living in Lisbon with his wife Almira, next door to the David F.Shea family.(George becames an ordained Free Baptist minister in 1861.)
just 2 doors down ( in Lisbon)is David F. Shea(38), wife Mary and 3 children( Clara does not come along until 1851)
Now for the 1860 census-
in Phippsburg is Thomas Hogan(52), his father Nicholas(84), and his 3 daughter plus Abagail Rairden(66). Thomas is now listed as a Blacksmith.
in Durham we find Joseph(24) living with his older brother John - both still unmarried and Farmers.Henry is nearby with Martha and a few kids left at home - Joseph's older half- brother George is....
in Bath- George(33) and Almira and 2 children( he is listed as a miller)- and next door is the Nathan Shea family-
Nathan Shea(40) and wife Lucy have 5 children and the dau. Clara A. is 8 years old.At first I thought- home run! but wait-
this girl is only 8 and in 1870 she is 18 and still listed with her family, now is Fayette.
now- in the 1860 census for Lisbon there is still the David F. Shea family- David(48) and wife Mary have 5 children, one being Clara- age 9.
The 1870 census-
in Fayette- the Nathan Shea family- don't think this is right Clara
in Durham of course is now Joseph Plummer(35), wife Marcia and Clara Shea(19)- at school, and Thomas Hogan(62) Blacksmith.
Now the census in Durham was taken on 7 of June and the census in Bowdoin was taken on the 21 of July....I think this gives time for Clara to be attending school in Durham , ending the term , and then go home to parents by July to be counted 2 times in the 1870 census!This is just my guess- other ideas welcomed!
In Bowdoin we see listed -
David(58) and 2nd wife Emily(48),Clara(19)- nothing noted for a profession, and her br. Frank, plus Emily's children by earlier marriage.
And finally- the 1880 census-
I could not find any sign of David Shea or his dau. Clara- presume she married- she would be 29. The Nathan Shea family is still in Fayette and that Clara A. is 28, a domestic and still single.
The last entry tonight- in Durham-
Joseph(45) and Marcia(48) Plummer are there and now they have a daughter- Clara A.! age 9, and Thomas Hogan now 72 and he is listed as a Boarder. If you try and find Thomas in the 1880 census his name has been misstyped as Morgan...
I see no direct connection of Thomas Hogan and Clara Shea- I think the common denom. is the Free Baptist Church- it was quite strong in the greater Georgetown area.Could you find Thomas as a church member in Phippsburg? The senior Henry Plummer in Durham was a very kind and generous man( as you can read in his write up from the his. book) and maybe this attitude continued through his sons to take in people for various reasons.
All the pages from the Durham history and the census will be sent over to you - I have to touch base with you anyway about a spring program for GHS!
Lynne A. Jones
Georgetown Historical Society