Family Story Inspired By Family Monument

One of the multi-stone monuments that was restacked and cleaned was the McIntosh Family.  I have used Ancestry to piece together the story of the people whose names are on the main stone.

The patriarch of the group was James N. McIntosh, a stone mason, who was born in 1809

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in New Gloucester, Maine.  He married Maria Haskell, a girl with deep family roots in Gloucester, on November 1, 1832.  She was the daughter of Jonathan and Nancy Haskell, and was baptized on December 29, 1814.  James died April 10, 1885 and Maria died December 27, 1880.

Nancy Cunningham was a bit of a mystery at first.  She was born Nancy Bray in 1783 and died on May 20, 1873.  What was the connection to this family?  It turns out that this was Maria’s mother.  She was listed on the 1870 census in the McIntosh household.  After John Haskell died she married Thomas Cunningham on September 18, 1829.

A sad part of the story is about Sarah J. McIntosh Corning.  She was the daughter of James and Maria.  On September 23, 1861 she married Benjamin F. Corning.  He was the son of Peter Corning and Mary Pierce of Beverly, born in 1838.  He served his country as a Private in Co. K, 30th Reg. during the Civil War.  He died in the south of chronic diarrhea.  Sarah was living in Salem in 1870 with a man named Stone.  She took her own life on July 4, 1872. Benjamin’s GAR stone is located close to the McIntosh family monument.

Clark’s Cemetery is the final resting place for so many little ones.  James and Maria’s little grandson is buried in the family plot.  Little Charles was born to Charles and Mary Elizabeth McIntosh on March 7, 1868.  He died on June 18, 1871.


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