Peter Chase – Oak Grove Cemetery, Bangor, Maine


Gravestone Inscription

(front)
John Colby Chase
1856 – 1920
Cora A. Gilman His Wife
1859 – 1939
Allene C. Selzer
1897 – 1980
(back)
Peter Chase
1781 – 1863
Susan Royal His Wife
1788 – 1862
Alex H. Chase
1814 – 1898
Lavina Baston His Wife
1814 – 1899


Photos

Peter Chase gravestone thumbnail

Photo by Jon J. Morin

Chase family stone back side thumbnail

Peter Chase was born 23 Jan 1781 in Danville, Maine, son of Jonathan Chase and Hannah Merril1,2. Danville was at that time an unincorporated part of the Pjepscot Purchase. It was in 1802 set aside as the plantation of Pjepscot, then incorporated into the township of Danville in 1819. Originally part of Cumberland County, it was annexed to Auburn in 18673. Auburn is now part of Androscoggin County. Jonathan Chase was one of the original settlers of the area. He came from Newberry, Essex, Massachusetts4.

Peter Chase married Susannah Royal of Pjepscot on 30 Nov 1809 in Danville. Susannah, born on 20 Jul 1786, was daughter of William and Susannah Royal5,6. William was another of the original settlers of the area7. The Royal River is named after him. They had the following known children. There could have been others unaccounted for or who died young.

    • Sylvanus Chase, born 2 Oct 1810 in Minot, Cumberland County, Maine
    • Jonathan Chase, born 16 Jul 1812 in Minot
    • Alexander Hamilton Chase, born 1 Sep 1814 in Minot
    • Rebecca Chase, born 9 May 1824
    • Matilda Jane Chase, born 15 Feb 1829
    • Susannah Chase, born about 1829

 

The 1810 US Federal Census of Pejepscot, Cumberland County, Maine has one Peter Chase8, aged between 26 and 44, living with one female aged between 16 and 25. Peter would have been twenty nine years old and Susannah twenty four.

Peter Chace (as spelled by the enumerator) also appears on the 1820 US Census in Minot, Cumberland County, Maine9, which was an adjacent community, part of which was also annexed to Auburn and today is exists near Auburn in Androscoggin County. Living in the household were one male over 25 years of age, four males under 10 years, 1 male between 10 and 15, one male between 16 and 25, one female between 10 and 15, and one female between 26 and 44. Not all the people in the household can be explained as Peter’s children, as some would have had to have been born before he and Susannah were married, but perhaps he had other relatives living with him.

In 1830, Peter was counted on the US Census in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine10. He had in his household one male between 40 and 49 years of age (Peter), one male between 10 and 14 years, three males between 15 and 19, one male between 20 and 29, one female between 40 and 49 (Susannah), one female between 5 and 9, and one female between 15 and 19.

Peter Chase appeared on the 1840 US Census, again in Bangor11. In his household were one male between 50 and 59 years old (Peter), one male between 10 and 14 years, two males between 20 and 29, one female between 40 and 49 (Susannah), one female between 5 and 9, two females 10 to 14, one female 15 to 19, and one female 20 to 29.

The 1850 US Census, the first that counted all household members separately, has Peter Chase’s family living in Bangor12. In the house are Peter and Susannah, their daughter Susannah, son Alexander and his wife Lavina, and their children Marianille, Alex, and Edward. Peter gave his occupation as “farmer”.

Peter and Susannah Chase were living in the household of their son, Alex, and his family in 1860, according to the 1860 US Census13. Peter was seventy eight years old and gave his occupation as “farmer”.

Susannah died in 1862, and Peter Chase died the following year in 1863 in Bangor14.

GPS Coordinates: Latitude 44.8337944 Longitude 68.8105472.

Graveyard Information: The Oak Grove Cemetery is located on Finson Road in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine at Latitude: 44.83488 | Longitude: -68.812204. It is a non-denominational cemetery.

Sources

1. Oak Grove Cemetery (Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine), Peter Chase gravestone, personally photographed by Jon J. Morin, 5 Jun 2015.

2. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 21 July 2015), Peter Chase, 23 Jan 1781; citing civil, Danville, Androscoggin, Maine; FHL microfilm 10,822.

3. Charles M. Starbird, “Danville Section of Auburn Was Incorporated 150 Years Ago,” Lewiston Evening Journal, 5 Apr 1952, online archives (https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=aYkpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PmcFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5988%2C8205461 : 22 Jul 2015); citing original p. 3-A, column 1.

4. Charles M. Starbird, “Danville Section of Auburn Was Incorporated 150 Years Ago,”, p. 3-A, col. 5.

5. “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 21 July 2015), Peter Chase and Susannah Royal, 30 Nov 1809; citing Danville, Androscoggin, Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 10,822.

6. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1907 ,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 21 July 2015), Peter Chase and Susannah Royall, 30 Nov 1809, Marriage; citing Pejepscot, , Maine, United States, State Board of Health, Augusta; FHL microfilm 1,002,392.

7. Charles M. Starbird, “Danville Section of Auburn Was Incorporated 150 Years Ago,”, p. 3-A, col. 3.

8. 1810 U.S. Census, Cumberland County, Maine, population schedule, Pjepscot, p. 234 (penned), line 4, Peter Chase household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M252, roll 11, FHL film 0218682.

9. 1820 U.S. Census, Cumberland County, Maine, population schedule, Minot, p. 299 (stamped), line 1, Peter Chase, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M33, roll 33.

10. 1830 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, p. 364 (penned), line 12, Peter Chase, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M19, roll 51, FHL film 0497947.

11. 1840 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, p. 55 (stamped), line 20, Peter Chase, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M704, roll 149, FHL film 0009707.

12. 1850 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, p. 101A (stamped), dwelling 1371, family 1449, Peter Chase, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 264.

13. 1860 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, Ward 4, p. 165 (penned), dwelling 1179, family 1255, Alex Chase household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 447, FHL film 803447.

14. Oak Grove Cemetery, Peter Chase gravestone.

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