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Patriots Day and Ancestor William Grout

My dad worked as an Engineer, at Honeywell, in Lexington, Massachusetts, and enamored with the area and its history, cherished Patriots Day.  In the 1970’s, whilst much of Boston had plans to attend the Red Sox game or cheer for Boston Marathon runners, we rose Monday morning at 4AM and trekked to Lexington to view the early morning reenactment of the battle on Lexington Green. The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the Revolutionary War, fought within the towns of  Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy [Arlington] and Cambridge.  Although dark, typically cold and sometimes rainy, it was always exciting!

The Colonists wished to run their own affairs and sought their independence from England. In an effort to stop this, the Regulars headed for Concord, on the morning of 19 April 1775, with orders to destroy muskets, powder, cannons and provisions stockpiled at Colonel Barrett’s farm. The Red Coats arrived in Lexington at dawn to find the militia gathered on the Green. The British ordered them to lay down their arms and disperse. Then a shot rang out, “the shot heard around the world”, signifying the start of the American Revolution. When the smoke cleared, two were dead and several wounded.  Women and children ran to their fallen loved ones as the march continued to Concord [a YouTube video of the reenactment, filmed in 2010 can be found here].

Later, we attended the parade, toured historical homes and snacked.

Turns out, my 5th g-grandfather, William Grout, was engaged in the Lexington Alarm! [click on any image for a larger view]



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William Grout was born 25 June 1754 in East Sudbury [now Wayland], Massachusetts to William Grout and Eunice Moore (widow of Samuel Cutting). William was their only known child, as the elder William, age 29, was likely killed in action, during the French & Indian War while part of Captain Dakin’s company in Lake George.  

On 20 July 1758, the Indians attacked a group of ten who were scouting. Others from the fort went out to assist; the Indians shot and killed fourteen, including William. The dead were scalped by the Indians and later buried in a mass grave.


Dr. Ebenezer Roby, jr. who was part of the Alarm List (persons between the age of 16 and 60 ordinarily exempt from military duty) that were called to join the First Foot company in Sudbury on 25 April 1757 during the 4th French and Indian war, kept a journal of his service which documents the elder William Grout’s death:

Thursday, 27  [July, 1758]

 A warm morning.  A smart thunder shower about 11 o’cock, very warm before.  I see William Rice who told me that Captain Dakin, Jones and Lawrence, Lieutenant Curtis, William Grout, Jonathan Paterson was killed.  A shower in the afternoon. Lodged on straw bed.

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William Grout death

The elder William was the grandson of John Grout, the Puritan, born 1616 who immigrated to America in the early 1600’s, and who from 1675 to 1676  saved Sudbury from certain annihilation in King Phillip’s war. Read of him here – “The Original Captain America Save Sudbury”  After his heroics in the King Phillip War, Grout was promoted to captain, equal to knighthood in England.  Grout was not in the employ of the government and was entitled to pay, but he volunteered his service and received no bounty. he died in 1697 age of 81.

According to g-grandsons Walter Franklin & Wilbur Henry Lansil’s SAR applications, the younger William carried forward his family’s patriotic tradition as part of the Minute Company under the command of Captain Nathaniel Cudworth, in Colonel Abijah Pierce’s regiment, at the Lexington Alarm; he was a private in Captain Thadeus Russell’s company in Colonel Jonathon Brewer’s regiment 1775; in Captain Ashiel Wheeler’s company, Colonel Reed’s regiment 1776 at Ticonderoga; in Captain M. Sawyer’s Company, Colonel Dyke’s regiment 1777-1778; in Captain Seth Newton’s Company, at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Colonel Abijah Stern’s regiment and in Captain William Howe’s Company, Colonel John Rand’s Regiment, 1776, thus serving sixteen months in Revolutionary War times.

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Captain Nathaniel Cudworth’s participation in April 1775 is documented in written accounts:

The news spread quickly that men had been killed on the Lexington Green.  In Revolutionary Times, this was known as “the Day of the Lexington Alarm”.  The alert went out to every Middlesex village and farm, and developed a life of its own, reaching Worcester and Hampshire counties, New Hampshire and Maine.  The roads began to fill with minutemen and militiamen, advancing on Concord from many directions.

Sudbury sent several units, one being Captain Nathaniel Cudworth’s, with 40 men, likely one of whom was our William Grout.  There is a strong town tradition that Captain Cudworth’s Sudbury Company was heavily engaged on Brook’s Hill [Hudson, Sudbury, 380] and it is also possible that the other six units from Sudbury joined the ambush at Hardy’s [Brook’s] Hill, about a mile from Meriam’s corner, on Wednesday, March 22, 1775 – the fourth day of the Battle.

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Red dawn at Lexington

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In 1833, when William applied for a pension he wrote:

“I William Grout of Frankfort in Said County of Waldo [Maine], do hereby on oath further certify that from old age and bodily infirmity I cannot recollect the precise times which I enlisted in the War of the Revolution, but as near as I can recollect my first enlistment was on or about the 19th day of April 1775 with Captain Thadeus Russell and that I served eight months, the term for which I enlisted….”


Grout’s signed pension file tells us:

1. He was born in East Sudbury, Massachusetts in 1754.

2. That he believes his age is recorded at East Sudbury.

3. That he was living at East Sudbury when he enlisted and since the Revolutionary War he lived seven years in Hillsborough [New Hampshire], from thence two years in east Sudbury and from thence he removed to Frankfort [Maine] where he now lives.

4. That he volunteered his services.

5. That he recollects Col. Josiah Fuller, that General Putnam commanded on Cambridge Side, Prospect Hill, so called; that Col Patterson commanded a regiment and have up a ____ on Bunker Hill; that he recollects Col Carlton of Ticonderoga, but does not now recollect any other material fact but what is contained in his declaration.

6. That he never received any discharge for they were not generally asked for or given at that time.

7. The he is well known by the Rev Joshua Hall, Archibald Jones, Benjamin Shaw, Nehemiah Rich, esq., W. William Andrews and Tisdale Dean of said Frankfort, all or any of whom will testify to his character for veracity and their belief that he was a soldier of the Revolution.


On 1 April 1779, William Grout married Hannah Jennison, daughter of Robert Jennison/Jenison and Sibbella/Sybil Brintall at Sudbury and worked as a carpenter.

Although my research is “work in progress”, they are said to have had at least seven children: Joel, Amos, William, Mary “Polly”, Nancy, Hannah and Eunice.  Census data indicates there may have also been a fifth daughter.

None of these births are recorded in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, however William does appear on the tax records there from 1781 to 1785, after which he apparently relocated to Maine, where many records did not survive.   Since William was the only “Grout” to reside in Hancock County, Maine in that period, and as he had no siblings, it is likely that all Grouts recorded there are descendants.  His children William and Nancy are documented as residing with he and Hannah in 1822.  Nancy later married Nathanial Grant and his pension file further confirms her parentage.

According to the Lansil’s unsupported SAR applications and family lore, my family descends from William’s son Amos of Frankfort, who married Rachael Couillard of Bucksport.  At that time, SAR did not require documentation.  Walter and Wilbur’s mother, Betsey Turner Grout, likely told her sons that her grandfather had fought in the Revolution.  She had first hand knowledge, unlike today’s requirements, further proof was not a requirement.

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A land deed, dated 8 October 1810, filed in Hancock County transferring land from Amos Grout of Frankfort, Gentleman to William Richmond Marc and Tisdale Dean offers further evidence of the marriage. Rachael Grout signs by mark and Joshua Couillard and Arch. Jones witness to signing of Rachael Couillard. This probable error further implies that Rachael Grout was formerly Rachael Couillard.Rachael signature

William Grout was sued in 1800 in the Court of Common Pleas by Benjamin Thompson and Jesse Wyman who asked that Grout, a carpenter, be imprisoned in gaol (jail) at Castine, for debt of fifty dollars and fifty one cents plus thirteen dollars and thirty eight cents for the cost of the suit.

They filed a second suit for forty four dollars and twenty six cents plus twenty five cents more for this writ plus your fees.

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100 acres of William’s real estate was set off as debt repayment of one hundred and twenty dollars (he still owed seven dollars and seventy six cents).  The land is described in the case file:

land description Grout

In 1802, probable sons Amos and Joel repurchase the same land, William is a witness – Grout deed 17 Aug 1802`


Another land deed dated 1809 seems to further link father William with sons Amos and Joel (note that Amos’ wife Rachael gives up her rights of dower, thus confirming this is likely “our Amos”).

Click here to read – Grout deed 25 Feb 1809

Amos and Rachael’s daughter, my third g-grandmother, was named Betsey Turner Grout [her story here], perhaps after an aunt –  a Hannah Grout, who according to cemetery records, was born in 1791 on Orphan Island, Maine (home of William Grout the 1790 census year), married a Samuel Turner and named a child William Grout Turner.  Amos and this elder Hannah are likely siblings and he choose to give his child the Turner name, perhaps after a child of his sister’s who was deceased.


A granddaughter of Joel Grout, through his son Robert Clark Grout, Elizabeth Sarah “Lizzie” (Grout) Smith (b. 26 Jul 1849 d. abt 1935) left a short family history.  She recalls her grandfather having three siblings.  Aunt Turner, who resided on Isle Au Haut, Maine; Aunt Drake and a brother who had a son Amos.  She further recalls that Aunt Turner’s daughter married Captain Lampher of Searsport.  Copy here: story-grout

A Mary (Turner) Lampher’s death is reported in Everett, Massachusetts in 1910.  She was reported to have been born in Isle Au Haute to  Samuel Turner and Hannah Grout. Hannah’s birth location is said to be Orphan’s Island, Maine (which is where William Grout was enumerated in 1790).

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“Aunt Drake” was likely William’s daughter Mary “Polly” Grout who supposedly married Lemuel Drake (unsourced online trees).  The death certificate of Phoebe (Drake) Perkins, recorded in Winterport in 1905 reports parents as Polly Grout or Grant and Samuel Drake. Samuel and Mary are found in the 1850 census in Newburgh, Maine; an ancestry user reports that Samuel was actually Lemuel.  The 1840 census does include a Lemuel Drake in Newburgh.  In 1820 & 1830 a man of that name was residing in Dixmont, Maine.

In 1850 a Friend Drake was enumerated with this family.  His death, recorded in Winterport, Maine in 1899 names parents as Lemuel and Mary Grout or Grant.  It further reports his mother’s birthplace as Massachusetts. This is possible, given that William Grout’s pension file reports: “he lived seven years in Hillsborough [New Hampshire], from thence two years in east Sudbury and from thence he removed to Frankfort [Maine] where he now lives.”

The “brother” of Joel, who Lizzie names in her history  “had one son named Amos”. My guess it that this brother was Amos, my direct ancestor, son of William Grout, husband of Rachael Couillard, who did have a son Amos.

Lizzie writes: “In the fall of 1859, father sold his Jackson property and we all moved to the old home in Monroe.  Grandfather was dead and uncle Amos (Joel’s son) was living on the place. Sure enough, we find that in Joel’s will, written Nov 1856, he leaves Lizzie’s father, Robert Clark Grout, land in Monroe. Joel’s son Amos is appointed as executor. A copy can be found on here.

William Grout in Later Years

1790 – Orphan Island, Maine [which was part of Massachusetts until 15 March 1820]

The William Grout household in 1790 included seven members:

Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Orphan Island, Hancock, Maine
Free White Persons – Males – Under 16: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 16 and over: 2
Free White Persons – Females: 3
Number of Household Members: 7


Description of Orphan Island, once a shipbuilding village:

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1800 Buckstown [later Bucksport], Maine [which was part of Massachusetts until 15 March 1820]

The 1800 census, having a column “from whence immigrated” further verifies William as the William Grout born in Sudbury. The household included 10 members; the children include three boys and five girls:


Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Buckstown, Hancock, Maine
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 4
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 10

Description of Buckstown [later Bucksport in 1827]

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1810-1830 (and likely until death) Frankfort, Maine [which was part of Massachusetts until 15 March 1820]

In 1810 and 1820, the household included five members:

Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Frankfort, Hancock, Maine
Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over : 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 5
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Frankfort, Hancock, Maine
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over : 1
Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture: 2
Free White Persons – Under 16: 1
Free White Persons – Over 25: 3
Total Free White Persons: 5

And in 1830, just two are listed in the household, likely William and his son William (Hannah likely died between 1824 and 1830 as she does not appear in the 1830 census but is listed on William’s 1822/4 pension application – see below).

Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Frankfort, Oxford, Maine
Free White Persons – Males – 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 70 thru 79: 1
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 2

History of Frankfort can be read here

On March 18, 1818, Congress enacted legislation which provided lifetime pensions to poverty stricken Continental Line and US Navy veterans who had served at least 9 months or until the end of the war.  The benefits provided for $20 per month for qualifying officers and $8 per month for non officers.  So many applications were filed under this Act that the legislation was amended on May 1, 1820 to require applicants to submit certified schedules of income and assets with their applications and empowering the Secretary of War, in his sole discretion, to remove from the pension rolls such beneficiaries as he may determine were not in need of financial assistance. On March 1, 1823, Congress passed legislation which resulted in the restoration of some of the pensions disallowed by the Secretary.

Mr. Arthur Livermore, State Representative for New Hampshire, requested a pension on William’s behalf on 19 January 1820 at the 16th Congress, session 1 (recorded on Journal Page 147).  He was referred to the Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims.


On 24 January 1820, his claim was referred to the Secretary of War (recorded on Journal Page 165).

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On 29 March 1820 the report of the Secretary of War, in regards to his pension. was laid before the house (recorded on Journal Page 350).

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Library of Congress, American Memory, A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 – 1875, , Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States

William’s application for a pension under this act [although the database is labeled land grants?] is found in Hancock County, Maine for his Revolutionary Service. Original documents stored at the Maine State Archives here:Revolutionary war application

He was a carpenter, age 68, who is unable to work due to sickness and great debility. He did not own real estate. His possessions included: 1 hog $4.00, tea kettle & other iron ware $3.00, crockery ware $1.00, chairs, tubs and wooden ware $2.00, sundry small articles $6.00 – total $16.00. He resided with his wife Hannah (66) in Frankfort and two children, Nancy (24) and William (27).

Frankfort vitals

On June 7, 1832, Congress enacted pension legislation extending benefits more universally than under any previous legislation.  This act provided for full pay for life for all officers and enlisted men who served at least 2 years in the Continental Line, the state troops or militia, the navy or marines. Men who served less than 2 years but at least 6 months were granted pensions of less than full pay. Benefits were payable effective March 4, 1831, without regard to financial need or disability and widows or children of were entitled to collect any unpaid benefits due from the last payment to a veteran until his death. William finally was approved to collect under this act.

Payments under this act, which were made available in March and September, began in March 1832 but were retroactive to 4 June 1831. The numbers in the ledger below indicate whether the payment was collected by William (or his representative) in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th quarter.  It also tells us that he likely did not move from Maine in this time frame (usually a notation would indicate a transfer to an alternate pension office).

grout pension final U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Ledgers of Payments, 1818-1872, to U.S. Pensioners Under Acts of 1818 Through 1858 From Records of the Office of the Third Auditor of the Treasury, 1818-1872; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T718, 23 rolls); Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Record Group 217; National Archives, Washington, D.C..

William is listed in the 1835 lists of Pensioners.

pensionroll1835i-002067 U.S., The Pension Roll of 1835 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.Original data:United States Senate.The Pension Roll of 1835.4 vols. 1968 Reprint, with index. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1992.

Final payment

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Based on the date of last pension payment, in the 4th quarter (Oct/Nov/Dec) of 1836, Grout, in his early 80’s likely died late 1836/early 1837.

Alcoholism in the Family

There is alcoholism and mental illness in every branch of my tree.  Betsey Turner (Grout) Lansil’s death certificate, lists her cause of death, as “Dropsy caused by Scirrhus of Liver”.  Although cirrhosis has a number of causes, I immediately pictured  a mean, old, crotchety, drunk.

Betsey Turner (Grout) Lansil, daughter of Amos Grout and Rachael Couillard is my 3rd g-grandmother.


She was born 3 June 1813 in Frankfort, Maine.


On 2 November 1834 she married Asa Paine Lansil, son of Charles V. Lansil/Lansell and Ruth Paine, in Frankfort or Bucksport, Maine.

They had six known children:
– Enoch Howard Lansil (b. 1836, and died young)
– Edwin Lansil (b. 1839 – my 2nd g-grandfather)
– Frances “Fannie” Ellen Lansil (b. 1841)
– Walter “Waddie” Franklin Lansil (b. 1846, a famous marine artist –
– Asa Brainard Lansil (b. 1849)
– Wilbur “Bibber” Henry Lansil (b. 1855, a famous cattle painter)

Enoch, Edwin and Frances were baptized at the Hammond Street Church in Bangor.

From 1843 to 1848, the Lansil family was living on 101 Hammond, a brick tenement in the Bangor neighborhood of Barkerville.  Asa’s brother Charles (wife Louisa and baby) lived at the same address.



In 1850, Betsey and Asa were enumerated  in Bangor with Edwin, Francis E., Walter and Asa B.  Asa was a Cooper with real estate valued at $1,000 . In 1851 the family was on Main St. (likely 101 Hammond was on the corner of Hammond and Main); Asa worked as a Cooper on 61 Broad St., perhaps with his brothers James & Ephraim.

Asa City

In 1854, Asa was in favor of electing a mayor who would vigorously enforced the Maine Law of Suppression of Intemperance (the state of Maine, under the efforts of the merchant Neal Dow, passed a prohibitory statute in 1851 outlawing the manufacture and sale of intoxicants).


Asa’s sister, Mary (Lansil) Dudley died in 1856; and one of her children, Sarah Elizabeth Dudley, joined the family temporarily. Enumerated with the family in 1860, as a domestic servant, was Melissa Paul, age 16 (perhaps a boarder or relative as her family lived next door to Asa’s brother Thomas Lansil in 1850). Edwin, Fannie, Walter, Asa B. and Wilbur were all living at home.

By 1860, Asa’s assets had risen to $3,500 and Edwin was his dad’s only employee. The father and son team produced barrels, buckets, water casks and cisterns. Asa had $200 invested in the business, and annually produced products valued at $1,000. In 1857, they sold to the town a cistern for $25, and horse buckets for $9. In 1861, for $23, they sold a cistern for use at the city stable . They do not appear in the Maine IRS tax lists from1862-6 (only Asa’s brothers Charles V. & George made the list), indicating (perhaps) that neither Edwin or Asa profited much in these years.

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In 1870 only Betsey, Asa, Walter, Asa B. & Wilbur resided at the 101 Hammond St. home. Asa’s net worth had risen to $5,500. Walter had become his dad’s only employee, in a business now netting $1,200 annually.


By the early 1870’s Betsey’s children Edwin and Frances “Fannie” had relocated to Boston. Edwin was not found in the 1870 census but in 1871 he is listed in the Bangor City Directory as living in East Boston. Their brother, Asa B. soon followed.

In 1863 Fannie had married a wealthy lumberman, Carleton Sylvanus Bragg, Jr.  In 1870 the 31 year old’s net worth was $35,000, [about $625,000 in 2014 buying power]. Bragg’s dad Carleton, Sr., was worth $50,000 that same year [about $893,000 in 2014 buying power]. In 1870/1 Betsy’s son Edwin, son-in-law Bragg and a Henry Jones started a lumber business under the name “Jones, Bragg & Lansil” in East Boston. They purchased property for $2,146.37; four parcels totaling 5,625 feet on Maverick and Lamson.

Carlton’s obituary in the Bangor Daily Whig And Courier, Friday, November 05, 1880 /Page-3 summarizes their move:

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In 1871, the town assessed a $700 tax on the Bangor edifice which housed Asa’s business. The road had been widened, thus increasing the value of the property. Perhaps the rent was raised which may have hastened Asa and Betsey’s decision to relocate.

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Asa P. soon put the family horse, sleigh & robes and the house on the market in preparation for the family’s move to Boston.

bragg sale

Asa, Betsey, Walter and Wilbur joined Edwin, Asa B. , Frances and Carleton in East Boston about 1872/3. They initially boarded at 119 Webster (Fannie & Carleton then moved to 39 White, East Boston). Soon Asa Sr. and Edwin purchased a home together for $5,600 on Trenton, at the corner of Putnam (lot 169, sec 3)

Lansil home

Massachusetts Land Deeds – book 1137, pg 179-180, 9 Dec 1872


By 1876 the Braggs joined the family on Trenton.


159 Trenton Street as it looks in 2013 (the big brown one on the right corner)


Directly across the street is a nice park, it likely looked different, but it was there when the Lansil’s were there (and yes, that is my very patient husband sitting near the fountain).

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Betsey, Asa, her 5 living children, her son-in law Carleton and teenage grandchildren Edwin, Fred and Florence Bragg plus a”domestic”, were enumerated in the 1880 East Boston census still residing on 159 Trenton:

Sadly, later in 1880, Betsey’s son-in-law, Fannie’s husband, Carleton passed away suddenly on 1 Nov 1880 after being sick for just two days. The cause was apoplexy (sudden loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion) .

About four months later, on 3 March 1881, Betsey, died of “dropsy caused by scirrhus of the liver”.  At the time of her death she was still living at 159 Trenton Street and was 67 years and 9 months. She was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, State Street, Bangor, Maine; Lot 407CG, which has no grave marker.

betsey death

That’s it….  Nothing more. Impersonal records offering residences, children’s names and husband’s occupation. Not even an obituary found in the local Boston or East Boston papers.

BUT THEN…. I visited Bangor, Maine.  The Hammond Street Church records were preserved.  I let them know in advance I was coming. The folks there and at the Bangor Library (who hold some of the church books in their basement) were wonderful!  I had an amazing visit!

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They had record of Asa and Betsey joining the church in 1842:

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Betsey’s signature when she joined the church:


Baptism and Sunday School records for her children, evidence that Asa and son Edwin were Sunday School teachers, a notice that her son Enoch had died at the age of 6, her husband’s Asa’s death notice…..

And Betsey’s death record:

Died in East Boston March 3, 1881. Mrs. Betsey (Grout) Lansil, aged 68.

Mrs. L. was born in Frankfort, June 3, 1813 [YAY! Her birthday!!] the daughter of Rachael and Amos (Couillard) Grout [YAY! evidence of her parents names]

Married Asa P. Lansil at Frankfort by Archibald Jones, November 2, 1834  [YAY! a marriage date! – Asa’s death notice gives the same date but specifies that they married in Bucksport, Maine].

She was received to membership of this church in profession of faith, with her husband and seventeen others Sep. 4, 1842. Seven of these have since died. The following letter to the one who should officiate at her funeral in Bangor by Rev. S. P. Fay, her former Pastor, expresses well her character.

It was read by Professor Paine at the funeral.  [? perhaps Levi Leonard Paine]

Betsey's death

And there, in the church books – the letter from Betsey’s former pastor  – A eulogy.  Simple but powerful.  She becomes a real person. My image was all wrong, she was a wonderful wife, mother and friend.

It reads:

Service in Bangor at the house of Edward P Lansil, a brother of Asa P. Sabath ____, March 4 [?], 1881

Pardon me for saying a word to you of the deceased, whose funeral you will be asked to attend. I should have been glad to have gone down and spoken of her whom I knew so well to the dear friends of Hammond St. church who will be at her funeral.  I should have been glad from my quite intimate acquaintance with her for now nearly fifteen years to have borne testimony touching her love to her family, – pure, tender and wise as it was her faithfulness to her husband and her fidelity to her faith in Christ.

Her sickness was long, and very painful, but she never complained in it all. She never felt that God was dealing hardly with her.  Death had lost its sting to her.  Among her last utterances, she  repeated the 23d Psalm and then said, – “I should love to remain with you all, but I am not afraid to go”, and again, – “it is better I should go.”

She was cheerful in sickness, hopeful in adversity and leaned upon the promises of God with childlike affection. Such was her faith in Christ, that she could look death in the face  without fear.

May god give right words of comfort and instruction to speak to the husband and children that  loved her with pure and sincere affection.

I shall remember her as one of the purest and most faithful of the many dear souls I have buried of the Hammond Street Church.

___ in Christ, signed S. P. Fay

Mr. Fay conducted a service at East Boston,  churchs [?] before the removal of the remains to Bangor.

Bearers at the funeral in Bangor. Deacs Dusen [?] & Webster, S. F. Jones and John P. Davis. 


About Rev. S. P. Fay:

It appears that Fay was her former pastor at the Hammond Street Church, he was enumerated in Bangor in 1880, but relocated to a church in Dorchester, Massachusetts later in 1880. This explains how he was able to be at her bedside and hold a funeral service for Betsey in East Boston and why he would write a letter back to his former parish speaking of the many he buried there.

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Fay burial

Using Maps to locate the Lansil homestead

There exist a variety of reasons for genealogist to consult maps.

An article in the Learning Center summarizes genealogical map uses:

Let’s begin with Charles V. Lansil (Lansill, Lansel, Lansell, Lanselle, Lancle, Lancil, Lancel to name a few variations), a Mariner, my immigrant ancestor who was my paternal grandmother’s mother’s father’s grandfather  or more simply, my 4th g-grandfather.

me -> my dad -> my grandmother->Edith Bernice (Lansil) Haines ->Edwin Lansil -> Asa Paine Lansil -> Charles V. Lansil


“The History of Penobscot County, Maine: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches”, published by Williams, Chase & Company, 1882 ( describes the life of Charles through the eyes of two of his living children.  Son James was born about 1816, he would have been about age 66 when the biography was written, while Charles Jr. born about 1808 would have been age 74 (he died a year after the publication was written).

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In summary, Charles, was possibly born about 1768 in Bordeaux or Havre, France. He immigrated around the age of 18 (about 1786) and became a sailor on Cape Cod where he resided for about 24 years.  He married Ruth C. Paine, of Truro (a descendant of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins). Although no records have been located, their fourth child may have been born in Chatham, Massachusetts in 1808 (implying perhaps the first three were born there as well). To date, I have only found a potential record for Betsey (child #3) in the Chatham vitals, born 1806 but recorded February 1808:

betsey Lansil birth

The family then moved around 1810 to Buckstown, Maine (later renamed Bucksport).  They have not been located in the 1810 census. There seem to be a large number of Cape Codders who relocated to Buckstown so it is possible that they were in transit or with another family.

It is likely their fifth child, Asa Paine Lansil (my 3rd g-grandfather) was born there in 1812 (according to his death record at the Hammond Street Church in Bangor, Maine). The family moved to Sunkhaze (later renamed Milford, Maine) where no children were apparently born and then to Bangor by 1816 when James, the sixth child, was born.

in 1820 Charles Lancell is listed in the federal census in Bangor with 10 family members ( This matches closely with what is known of the family.  Son George wasn’t born until 1821 and there seems to be an additional female under 10 who perhaps died (no record of birth/death found) or was a niece or other relative.

1820 Bangor census

Males – Under 10:

3 – Asa Paine b. 1812; James P. b. 1816, Ephraim P. b. 1819

Males – 10 thru 15:

1 – Charles V. b. 1808

Males – 16 thru 25:

1 – Thomas P. born about 1800

Males – 45 and over:

1 – Charles V.

Free White Persons – Females – Under 10:

1 – unknown child

Females – 10 thru 15:

1 – Betsey born about 1805

Females – 16 thru 25:

1 – Mary P. born about 1804

Females – 26 thru 44:

1 – Ruth

Persons – Engaged in Manufactures:


Total All Persons –


The census doesn’t tell us where they resided, however a map in this same book (“The History of Penobscot County pg 590-1), dated 1820, lists C.V. Lansil as living at a location numbered 110.

Lansil map

A current map of the area is found in Google Maps.

google map

By overlaying these two maps in Photoshop (easy since they lived by the river and stream) and reducing the opacity of the 1820 map,  the street as it is called today, can be identified.

Bangor map overlay

This area, now named Front Street, is a beautiful city park with walking paths along the river. I visited just yesterday and snapped these photos:

Bangor photos

Imagine what the Lansil view must have been like during this time period when Bangor  prospered as a lumber port; the era when it was known as “the lumber capital of the world”.  Between 1832 and 1888, Bangor shipped out 8.7 billion board feet of lumber. In downtown Bangor where Kenduskeag Stream joins the Penobscot,  two times a day, the flood tides of Penobscot Bay and the Atlantic Ocean cause the water to rise twelve feet.  Bangor’s lumber (and related industries) created a bustling metropolis and boom town.  Population grew in just 4 years from 2,808 in 1830 to 8,000 people by 1834.  Millions of logs traveled down the Penobscot River to be converted in Bangor’s over 300 mills, and by 1850 Bangor was the world’s leading lumber port.   In 1860, Bangor shipped 250 million board feet of lumber on more than 200 ships a day that sailed downriver; that year, there were 3,376 vessel arrivals in Bangor. In 1872, close to 2300 coastal vessels loaded lumber in Bangor-filled their holds and piled it five or six feet deep on deck-and departed for ports all over the world.

Trees were cut in the late fall and winter, when it was easier to move them on snow to the nearest river. In spring, using rivers swelled by snowmelt and rain, loggers floated logs downstream to places like Bangor and Ellsworth. There sawmills cut logs into long lumber called deals for beams, planks, and boards, or into small lumber for shingles,clapboards, laths, and fence posts.

Once navigation opened, the spring rivers brought winter cut lumber down river, where a fleet of vessels carried it to the expanding cities of the U.S. eastern seaboard, the Caribbean, and South America. Steam tugs, introduced on the river sometime before 1850, could, for a fee, make the passage up and down the river much faster. Many sailing captains, however, chose to save towing charges. The larger schooners of the 1870s helped more lumber reach a bigger market.

774637075Lansil view

Neighbors of the Lansil’s in 1820 included:  T. Dennett (52), T. Trafton (160), L. Smith (148), B. Blodgett (149), B. Emerson (59), P. Junin, murdered (99) and J. Budge (18).

Wait! Murdered?!?! Yes, there is a story: – interesting that this murdered Lansil neighbor was from France, born in La Rochelle – coincidence or could they be cousins? Bangor was not a typical migration path for the French).

Junin’s residence is described as being near the Railroad in the History of Penobscot County (written 1882) pg 535:

Junin home

The article mentions a Jacob Dennett living nearby (he had a son T Dennett, perhaps the Lansil neighbor in 1820):

Dennett  home

Dennett’s residence near the railroad is mentioned in the Maine Historical Magazine, vol 5 written 1890:

Dennett  home location

An 1875 map from, confirms that in that time period, the railroad was located in the area now know as Front Street, thus confirming our assumptions of the location of the Lansil homestead:


Two additional 1820 neighbors are listed on an 1801 map in the same vicinity – Trafton and Emerson on lots 3 & 5 (the Dennett’s are also listed on lots 8 & 9):

Bangor 1801

Since the census enumerator was “efficient” and added all of the Bangor families in alphabetical order instead of order in which they were enumerated, we can’t confirm the remaining “Lansil neighbors” using the 1820 census.  By 1830,  the neighboring names were different.  Were they still at this address?

Charles drowned in 1831 in some type of tragedy near Mount Desert Island, Maine. His probate record of inventory mentions  “rights in the homestead or lot and house in Bangor which deceased occupied at time of his decease”, no entries for Charles were found in the grantor/grantee indexes in Penobscot County from 1816 or later (prior to 1816, Bangor was part of Hancock County) – the pre-1816 deeds are online ( but older ones can only be searched by book/page. I submitted a request to the Family History Library for a copy of the old Lansil grantor/grantee indexes. I live 2 hours away from a center and thus am eligible for this free  (wonderful) service! Requests usually are fulfilled (via email) in a few weeks – – unfortunately they responded that there was no variation of Lansil found.

will homestead

probate CV

A few years later, widow Ruth is listed on Fore Street in the 1834 city directory. There is no Fore Street in Bangor today.  Fore is listed on the 1820 map as area “n”, but “n” does not seem to appear on the 1820 map. The next city directory published was in 1843, after Ruth’s death. The definition of “fore” is “situated or placed in front” so perhaps Fore Street became Front Street?

1834 city directory


A land deed from that same year, Bangor, Book 48 pgs 129 & 130 dated 17 April 1834,  indicates all of Charles V. Lansil’s (deceased “labourer”) heirs and children together buy a lot of land near the Penobscot River for the price of $325 from three merchants named William Emerson, Wiggins Hill and James McLaughlin (Dionysia Hill, wife of Wiggins releases her dower). Lansil children/heirs listed include: Mary P. Dudley, Betsy McKenney, Charles, Thomas P., Asa P., James P., Ephraim P. and George W. – Interesting that they purchased as “heirs” and not on their own behalf.  The land office wasn’t even sure why the purchase was written this way.  As of 1821, married women in Maine, were allowed to own and manage property in their own name in case their spouse became incapacitated which explains Mary & Betsey being included in the transaction and not their spouses (

land deed

This is the same land deeded by Tristam and Sally Warren to Hill & McLaughlin on 13 Aug 1827 (book 16, page 265). –

The deed describes the land (and mentions a beach), but doesn’t assist in finding the location on today’s map:


Book 20, page 255 in Hancock County Deeds further describes the land as in township 5 in the 7th range in the County of Hancock, lot 2 & 3 in the 9th range….


Lots 2 & 3, found on the map of “first settlers” appears to be very close (a bit downstream) to the area found on the 2013 map of Front Street:

first settlers

first settlers map

Lot 2 and 3

Perhaps when Charles suddenly drowned his children all pitched in to buy the property together to allow Ruth to stay in her home (or perhaps move to a new home). More research is needed. The “first settlers” map was not easily overlaid on to a 2013 Google Map however it appears that the second property falls around Main Street not on Front or Fore (several of the Lansil’s lived on Main Street throughout the 1800’s).

Off to trace forward (and backward) all of the Penobscot County Lansil deeds! Stay tuned!

Lot’s of Lansil Penobscot County deeds from 1814 to 1889, this might take awhile!

Grantee (buyer) Grantor (seller) Vol Pg Type deed date
John Barker Thomas P Lansil 38 169 Mort 25 Jul 1833
John Barker Charles V Lansil 38 171 Mort 25 Jul 1833
Alexander Savage Asa P Lansil al 38 306 Mort 25 Jul 1833
Alexander Savage Charles V Lansil al 38 306 Mort 25 Jul 1833
Asa P Lansil al William Emerson al 48 129 Qtc 17 Apr 1834
Charles V Lansil (heirs of) William Emerson al 48 129 Qtc 17 Apr 1834
Charles V Lansil al William Emerson al 48 129 Qtc 17 Apr 1834
Ephraim P Lansil William Emerson al 48 129 Qtc 17 Apr 1834
George W Lansil William Emerson al 48 129 Qtc 17 Apr 1834
James P Lansil William Emerson al 48 129 Qtc 17 Apr 1834
Thomas P Lansil al William Emerson al 48 129 Qtc 17 Apr 1834
Charles V Lansil JH Dudley 49 53 War 3 Aug 1834
Asa P Lansil al Alexander Savage 58 441 War 25 Jul 1833
Charles V Lansil al Alexander Savage 58 441 War 25 Jul 1833
Charles V Lansil John Barker 58 473 War 25 Jul 1833
Thomas P Lansil John Barker 74 501 War 25 Jul 1833
Thomas P Lansil CV Lansil 74 502 War 28 Mar 1836
TP Lansil Charles V Lansil 74 502 War 26 Mar 1836
Charles V Lansil TP Lansil 76 390 War 25 Mar 1836
CV Lansil Thomas P Lansil 76 390 War 25 Mar 1836
GW Tasker Charles V Lansil 108 259 War 8 Aug 1839
GW Tasker Charles V Lansil 108 260 War 8 Aug 1839
AP Lansil Charles Lansil 137 195 Qtc 11 Jan 1841
Charles V Lansil GW Tasker 137 196 Qtc 29 Oct 1842
Charles V Lansil G W Tasker 137 197 Qtc 29 Oct 1842
Amos Grout Asa P Lansil 146 345 Mort 3 Aug 1844
Wiggins Hill Ephraim P Lansil al 150 485 Qtc 16 Sep 1844
Wiggins Hill James P Lansil al 150 485 Qtc 16 Sep 1844
Wiggins Hill Ephraim P Lansil 150 486 Mort 16 Sep 1844
Wiggins Hill Martha Lansil 150 487 Mort 16 Sep 1844
Martha Lansil Wiggins Hill 150 554 Qtc 16 Sep 1844
Moses Patten Charles V Lansil 157 116 Mort 14 Jun 1845
Charles V Lansil Moses Patten 157 117 War 14 Jun 1845
Wiggins Hill James P Lansil 175 128 Mort 15 May 1847
Wiggins Hill George W Lansil 179 97 War 4 Aug 1847
Charles V Lansil EP Lansil 179 535 Mort 15 Sept 1847
CV Lansil Ephraim P Lansil 179 535 Mort 15 Sept 1847
MP Dudley Charles V Lansil 183 192 Qtc 3 Sep 1834
Ephraim P Lansil Wiggins Hill 191 378 Qtc 16 Sep 1844
Wiggins Hill Asa P Lansil 192 304 Mort 15 Dec 1848
Asa P Lansil Wiggins Hill 192 375 War 15 Dec 1848
GG Hathaway Charles V Lansil 192 499 Mort 1 Jan 1849
Susan Patten Charles V Lansil 194 322 War 28 Feb 1849
Ezekiel Andrews Asa P Lansil 201 499 War 24 Dec 1849
Asa P Lansil Ezekiel Andrews 201 500 Mort 24 Dec 1849
Asa P Lansil JP Lansil al 212 140 War 28 Jan 1851
AP Lansil James P Lansil al 212 140 War 28 Jan 1851
AP Lansil Martha Lansil al 212 140 War 28 Jan 1851
Asa P Lansil Ezekiel Andrews 212 215 War 15 Feb 1851
Anna Andrews Asa P Lansil 212 216 War 15 Feb 1851
Robert Long Charles V Lansil 218 63 Mort 23 Sep 1851
Charles V Lansil Heirs of James Carr 218 87 War 18 Aug 1851
LD Andrews Charles V Lansil 222 248 War 20 Feb 1852
GW Savage Charles V Lansil 222 351 Mort 20 Mar 1852
Charles V Lansil GW Savage 222 353 War 20 Mar 1852
Charles V Lansil LD Andrews 222 354 Mort 20 Feb 1852
Ephraim P Lansil Hiram Draper 222 537 Qtc 19 Mar 1852
Wiggins Hill Asa P Lansil 223 551 Mort 1 May 1852
George W Lansil Wiggins Hill 225 417 War 1 Jul 1852
Wiggins Hill George W Lansil 225 418 Mort 1 Jul 1852
Joshua Miller Asa P Lansil 231 341 War 24 Feb 1853
Asa P Lansil Joshua Miller 231 344 Mort 24 Feb 1853
Wiggins Hill Asa P Lansil 232 485 Asst 15 Apr 1853
James P Lansil Wiggins Hill 240 201 War 15 May 1847
MJ Cummings James P Lansil 240 203 War 18 Nov 1853
Asa P Lansil Wiggins Hill 248 470 War 1 May 1852
Luther Dana James P Lansil al 256 387 Mort 6 Oct 1851
Luther Dana Martha Lansil al 256 387 Mort 6 Oct 1851
Martha Lansil Luther Dana 256 389 Qtc 6 Oct 1851
Jesse McKee Ephraim P Lansil 261 536 Qtc 1 Oct 1855
Henry Harrison Thomas P Lansil 270 170 War 5 Aug 1856
Wiggins Hill Charles V Lansil 281 471 Tax 28 Nov 1855
Theodore Thompson Ephraim P Lansil 286 148 Mort 13 May 1858
Emily P Lansil JS Bennoch 288 202 War 22 Jul 1858
Charles V Lansil DC Oakes 289 78 Qtc 21 Sept 1858
RK Stetson Asa P Lansil 297 549 Mort 8 Oct 1859
John Wyman Thomas P Lansil 298 246 Tax 7 Oct 1857
Thankfull S Lansil HN McFarland 302 136 War 15 May 1860
JP Davis 2nd Asa P Lansil 311 58 Mort 2 Apr 1861
Edwin Lansil Asa P Lansil 319 165 Mort 3 Mar 1862
Edwin Lansil AP Lansil 319 165 Mort 3 Mar 1862
Edward P Lansil Market Bank (Bangor) 329 525 Qtc 27 Aug 1863
CV Lansil Edward P Lansil 333 383 Mort 1 Jan 1864
Charles V Lansil EP Lansil 333 383 Mort 1 Jan 1864
EA Upton Edward P Lansil 334 206 Qtc 15 Jan 1864
EP Lansil Charles V Lansil 334 249 War 1 Jan 1864
Edward P Lansil CV Lansil 334 249 War 1 Jan 1864
bangor Savings bank Charles V Lansil 338 471 Mort 5 May 1864
Charles V Lansil HB Williams 338 474 War 30 May 1864
Edwin Lansil Asa P Lansil 342 511 Mort 3 Oct 1864
Edwin Lansil AP Lansil 342 511 Mort 3 Oct 1864
ZT Dillingham Charles V Lansil 357 481 War 28 Apr 1866
Charles Webb Cornelia Lansil al 362 550 Mort 5 Jan 1867
Charles Webb Ephraim P Lansil al 362 550 Mort 5 Jan 1867
CM Newmarch Ephraim P Lansil 365 99 Qtc 2 Feb 1867
GA Stone Asa P Lansil 366 488 War 6 Apr 1867
Asa P Lansil SF Martin al 367 542 War 30 Apr 1867
Wm Lansel al Emily P Lansil 372 330 Cond Qtc 30 Oct 1867
Wm Lansel al Thomas P Lansil (wife of) 372 330 Cond Qtc 30 Oct 1867
William Lansil al EP Lansil 372 330 Cond Qtc 30 Oct 1867
Zilpher Lansil al EP Lansil 372 330 Cond Qtc 30 Oct 1867
JP Davis 2nd Edward P Lansil 373 535 Mort 27 Dec 1867
Charles Davis Edward P Lansil 375 50 Mort 27 Jan 1868
EP Lansil William Lansil al 378 384 Rel 27 Feb 1868
EP Lansil Zilpher Lansil al 378 384 Rel 27 Feb 1868
Emily P Lansil William Lansil al 378 384 Rel 27 Feb 1868
Thomas P Lansil (wife of) William Lansil al 378 384 Rel 27 Feb 1868
bangor Savings bank Edward P Lansil 387 334 Mort 26 Feb 1869
AR Lansel Emily P Lansil 390 82 War 5 May 1869
AR Lansel Thomas P Lansil (wife of) 390 82 War 5 May 1869
Amos R Lansil EP Lansil 390 82 War 5 May 1869
Charles V Lansil ZT Dillingham 395 41 Mort 28 Apr 1866
Edwin Lansil Asa P Lansil 402 511 Mort 1 Sep 1870
Edwin Lansil AP Lansil 402 511 Mort 1 Sep 1870
William Marcho Amos R Lansil 408 321 Qtc 7 Mar 1871
George Lansil James P Lansil 413 150 Qtc 23 Aug 1871
George Lansil JP Lansil al 413 150 Qtc 23 Aug 1871
bangor Savings bank Edward P Lansil 417 189 Mort 27 Dec 1871
AP Lansil Edwin Lansil 423 157 Dis 27 Jul 1872
Asa P Lansil Edwin Lansil 423 157 Dis 27 Jul 1872
John Goodell Jr Asa P Lansil 423 158 War 6 Aug 1872
Asa P Lansil John Goodell Jr 424 232 Mort 6 Aug 1872
bangor Savings bank Asa P Lansil 424 272 Asst 8 Aug 1872
GW Savage Charles V Lansil 442 464 Mort 2 Jun 1874
Charles V Lansil Bangor Savings Bank 443 358 Qtc 1 Jun 1874
FH Duffy Edward P Lansil 443 469 War 22 Jun 1874
Edward P Lansil Edwin Drew 443 473 War 22 Jun 1874
Edwin Drew Edward P Lansil 443 480 Mort 22 Jun 1874
Edward P Lansil George Lansil 464 294 War 1876
Edward P Lansil George Lansil 464 294 War 1876
Eliza B Nash George Lansil 467 38 War 1876
Cornelia Lansil Carrie Newmarch 472 407 Rel 1876
Samuel C Newhall Thankful S Lansil 477 494 Rel 1877
Samuel B Morison Thankful S Lansil 510 387 Rel 1880
AP Lansil Mount Hop Cemetery 521 119 Deed 1881
Warren N Pierce Louisa Lansil (gon) 531 318 Deed 1882
Charles V Lansil Warren Pierce 531 318 Deed 1882
AP Lansil Mount Hop Cemetery 533 215 Deed 1882
Charles V Lansil Mount Hop Cemetery 533 215 Deed 1882
AP Lansil Charles V Lansil 534 6 Deed 1882
Charles V Lansil Asa P Lansil 534 6 Deed 1882
AP Lansil Charles V Lansil 534 7 Deed 1882
Charles V Lansil Asa P Lansil 534 7 Deed 1882
Oscar Patten Ella Lansil 549 240 Mort 1884
Oscar Patten George Lansil 549 240 Mort 1884
Ella Lansil Oscar Patten 549 449 Deed 1884
Mount Hope Cemetery Thankful S Lansil 562 171 Deed 1885
AP Lansil Daniel Fernald 573 457 Deed 1887
Charles Chalmers Ella Lansil 584 409 Deed 1888
Malinda J Ellis James P Lansil 592 201 Deed 1889
Thankful S Lansil (Admr) James P Lansil 593 3 Deed 1889
James P Lansil Thankful S Lansil (Admr) 593 3 Deed 1889
Malinda J Ellis James P Lansil 594 144 Mort 1889
Charles V Lansil Henry Payne 595 229 Deed 1889
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