Susie J Chase – Oak Grove Cemetery, Bangor, Maine


Gravestone Inscription

Susie J. Chase
1839 – 1935


Photos

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Photo by Jon J. Morin

Susie J. Chase was born in 1839, daughter of Alexander Hamilton Chase and Jane Farrar.1 Although I cannot find a civil or religious record of Susie’s birth, her birth year on her gravestone and recorded on census records strongly support Jane Farrar as being her mother and not Lavina Baston (Alexander’s second wife). Alexander Chase married Jane Farrar 18 Nov 1838.2 Jane died 21 Sep 1844, and Susie’s father married Lavinia Baston on 26 Mar 1846.3,4,5 In 1840, Susie and her parents were most likely living with her grandparents, Peter and Susannah Chase.6

In 1850, Susie appears on the US Federal Census in Bangor in her grandparents’ house again. She is eleven years old. Susie’s father Alex and step-mother Lavina Baston live in a separate house on this land or other apartment of the same house, as this family is enumerated separately. Her two full siblings (by Jane Farrar) Marietta and Alex K and her half brother Edward (by Lavina) live with them.7

Susie Chase is twenty one years old in 1860 and her name was given as “Susan” on the 1860 US Census. She was living in Bangor with her father listed as head of household. Grandparents Peter and Susannah are also living with them. She has two more half-siblings at this time, Lavina L. (also known as Annie) and John Colby. Her occupation is listed as “teacher of school”.8 She also living with her parents in the same house on Levant Road in Bangor in 1870. This census year her name was also spelled “Susan J.”9

Susie J. Chase appears on the 1880 US Census, again in her parents’ home in Bangor. She is forty years of age and her occupation is “works in cotton mill”.10 There is no surviving 1890 census data for Maine. In 1900, both her parents are dead and she’s living in the house of her brother John C. Chase on Ohio Street in Bangor. She is sixty years old.11 She’s still in her brother John’s Ohio Street home in 1910, at seventy years old, occupation “seamstress”, and in 1920 at eighty years, occupation “none”.12,13

John Colby Chase died later in 1920, and Susie J. Chase, now ninety years old, is living in the same Ohio Street house in 1930. John’s son Roland is head of household, taking care of his sister Allene, his mother Cora and aunt Susie.14

Susie J. Chase died in 1935 at ninety six years old.15

GPS Coordinates: Latitude 44.8337167 Longitude -68.8105000.

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), Susie J. Chase gravestone, personally photographed by Jon J. Morin, 5 Jun 2015.

2. “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 23 July 2015), Alexander H. Chase and Jane G. Farrar, 18 Nov 1838; citing Civil, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 10,584.

3. Editors, History of Penobscot County, Maine With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches (Cleveland: Williams, Chase & Co., 1882), p. 819.

4. “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 23 July 2015), Alexander H. Chase and Lovina Baston, 21 Mar 1846; citing Civil, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 10,584.

5. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1907 ,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 23 July 2015), Alexander H Chase and Lovinia Boston, 26 Mar 1846, Marriage; citing Maine, United States, State Board of Health, Augusta; FHL microfilm 9,764.

6. 1840 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, p. 55 (stamped), line 20, Peter Chase household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M704, roll 149, FHL film 0009707.

7. 1850 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, p. 101A (stamped), dwelling 1371, family 1449, Peter Chase household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 264.

8. 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.

9. 1870 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, p. 130B (stamped), dwelling 1177, family 1319, Alexander Chase household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 552, FHL film 552051.

10. 1880 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, Enumeration District (ED) 28, p. 194B (penned), dwelling 386, family 424, Alexander H. Chase household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 485, FHL film 1254485.

11. 1900 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, Enumeration District (ED) 77, p. 11B (penned), dwelling 248, family 274, John C. Chase household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 597, FHL film 1240597.

12. 1910 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, Enumeration District (ED) 142, p. 14B (penned), dwelling 314, family 357, John C. Chase household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 544, FHL film 1374557.

13. 1920 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, Enumeration District (ED) 66, p. 11A (penned), dwelling 225, family 247, John C. Chase household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication T625, roll 645.

14. 1930 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, Enumeration District (ED) 11, p. 4A (penned), dwelling 74, family 87, Roland M. Chase household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Jul 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication T626, roll 836.

15. Oak Grove Cemetery, Susie J. Chase gravestone.

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