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|James NESMITH 1800 - 1872||Samuel LEEDS Sr. 1765 - 1845|
|Nancy GILMORE 1773 - 1842||Mary INGERSOL 1773 - 1844|
m. 8 June 1823 Boston, MA 1
James NESMITH 1
Caroline LEEDS 1
|Birth||20 Oct.1800 Dorchester, MA2||Birth||23 June 1804 Dorchester, MA 5|
|Death||13 Jan.1872 3||Death||13 Aug.1888 Brooklyn, NY,|
|Occ.||shipping merchant 4||residence 273, Henry Street 6|
|James Ingersol NESMITH, b.1824 MA, d.8 Oct.1886, m. Sarah Frances CUNNINGHAM,
Caroline NESMITH, b.May 1825, d.May 1867, m. George Washington BAXTER ,
Henry Edwin NESMITH Sr., b.7 July 1828 Brooklyn, NY, m. 4 Mar.1851 Sally Howard MACOMBER,
Benjamin Ingersol NESMITH, b.1830/31, m. 15 May 1856 Lenora Scull PENDLETON,
George NESMITH, b.1832, merchant,
Charlotte NESMITH, b.say 1834, died in infancy,
Notes for James NESMITH
James went to NY about 1827 [births of children 1850c] to establish Nesmith & Leeds, became "prominent and wealthy merchant".
In 1860 census Astoria in Newtown Queens, NY [Series M653, Roll 843, Page 723:] James Nesmith, ae.60 shipping merchant, with wife Caroline ae.55 b.MA, son Benjamin ae.30, his wife Lenora ae.23, b. NY, their children: Grace ae.2, Caroline (Lena) ae.6/12 b. NY,
In 1870c Astoria in Newtown Queens, NY [Series M593, Roll 1080, Page 215:] is the household of James Nesmith ae.70, b.ME, shipping commission merchant, value RE $1,200,000, personal $500,000, with wife Caroline ae.64, b.MA, son James ae.46, shipping commission merchant, b. MA, son Henry ae.42, b. NY, shipping commission merchant, son Benjamin ae.40, b. NY, shipping commission merchant, Sarah ae.34 b. ME (daughter-in-law Sarah Francis Cunningham, wife of James) and their children b. NY: James ae.12, Charlotte ae.10, Sarah ae.6, William ae.4; Leonora (daughter-in-law Leonora Pendleton, wife of Benjamin) ae34, b. ME, and their children: Lena (Caroline Leonora) ae.10, b. NY, and Grace ae.12, b. NY, and numerous servants.
Excerpt of letter from David M. Wilson 22 June 1867, transcribing Letter of Charlotte (Nesmith) Cunningham [a week before] "a week since"; [given to MW by Lael Nesmith Snyder] See Agnes GILMORE for complete letter.
In the The History of Thomaston, Rockland, and South Thomaston, Maine, Vol 2. In 1848 the Ship "Henry Nesmith" was built, 478 (tons) G. Thomas (Builder), b. Kimballs, H. H. Ulmer (Captain). (Owners) Vessels built at Thomaston before its division. This was built when Henry was 20 years old, so was probably built by James for his sons namesake. [MW]
"Index of Ships' Names in Queens of the western ocean; the story of America's mail and passenger sailing lines" by Carl C. Cutler 1961,
see ["The shipping days of old Boothbay : from the Revolution to the World War, with mention of adjacent towns" by George Wharton Rice, Boothbay Harbor, Me.: unknown, 1938, 455 pgs. 150,151:] regarding the bark "Thales" which Nesmith and Sons' had managed.
[Dumbo Historical http://www.placeinhistory.org/Projects/Dumbo/DumboChron2.htm]
Ships in port: http://www.maritimeheritage.org/inport/1849.htm
Notes for Caroline LEEDS
Have located Caroline LEEDS in the 1860 NYC Brooklyn Census, living 2nd District, 3rd Ward Brooklyn NY [NYPL RL film *ZI-108 reel 764, page 651 & 652 Charlotte] with son James Ingersol, his wife Sarah, and their children James and Charlotte. She is listed as being born in Maine, but this is a mistake as she is grouped with her husband, who was indeed born in Maine[Michael Wolfe].
I [Michael Wolfe] have researched any LEEDS from Maine and there just are not any. There is an extensive LEEDS family in NJ but for many reasons this is not where she came from. I have found at the NYGBS (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society) library a family history of Beatrice Fairbanks (by Charles C. Cotter in 1997) with the inclusion of a LEEDS family in MA. In this family I have found a Samuel LEEDS Sr. who married 1793 a Mary INGERSOL. What is very noteworthy is that Caroline named two of her children Benjamin Ingersoll NESMITH and James Ingersol NESMITH. The second piece of evidence is that Caroline is just a few years younger than Samuel Sr.'s son Samuel Jr., b. 11 May 1796 who became a New York City family as did James and Caroline. This bears strong evidence of the family connection [Michael Wolfe]. See also Tom Gede notes at Leonora Scull Pendleon.
On further research at the National Archives 7/13/00, Caroline is indeed found in the 1850 NYC (Brooklyn, 3rd Ward) census as being born in Massachusetts. In this census is listed:
In a search of the 1810 Suffolk Co. MA (Boston) census of Samuel LEEDS [Microfilm series M252, reel 21, p.213] shows only the name of the head of the family, but shows - 2 (males under10 yo), 0 (m.10-16), 0(m.16-26), 1(m.26-45), 0(m. over 45), *1(female under 10, which Caroline would have been), 1(f.10-16), 1(f.16-26), 1(f.26-45), 0(f.over 45), aggregate 7.
*However neither Cotter in the "Fairbanks Ancestry" nor Rick Ingersoll <Rick@Ingersoll.net> with his Ingersol gedcom at Rootsweb lists Caroline's parents.
To complicate things further there was a Clayton Higbee LEEDS but b.2 Jan.1838, Leeds Pt, Atlantic Co, NJ, who m. 9 Jan.1867, Absecon, Atlantic Co, NJ Caroline Risley INGERSOLL, who would be a perfect "patrinomic" match for Caroline LEEDS (b.1803) except for the dates. [MW] These families are of the same connected families except the NJ lines.
Tom Gede, CA, contact
Also from NY County Surrogates Court wills index 1665 -1910 "L"
|1.||3730||History of the City of Belfast (Maine),:||m. 8 June 1822.|
|3.||32||NYC d.cert. #416/1872:||d.13 Jan.1872 Manhattan at 273 Henry St.|
|4.||11||1850 Census USF M252, R 21, P213:||James ae.47, merchant, b. Maine.|
|5.||10677||Ancestry of Donald Macomber||b.23 June 1804 Dorcester, MA.|
|6.||30||New York Times of 14 Aug.1888, p.5:||d.13 Aug.1888 in her 85th year = b.1803.|