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Re: Robert U. Strout
Posted by: Marilyn Maxwell Strout Date: October 11, 2000 at 15:37:57
In Reply to: Robert U. Strout by Ken Strout of 274

Hi Ken,
Here's what I've's long, with some controversy.

Robert Upton same dates who married Elizabeth FICKETT 2-19-1851 Harrington. Lost his wife and son in a violent stomr off the coast of Cap Cod 29 Dec 1853. I also have him married on 19 May 1857 in Harrington, ME to a Joanna STROUT 1 Dec 1836-11 Jan 1907. She's the dau. of Ephraim R. II STROUT and Charlotte DORMAN.

1850 Harrington USC fam # 12: Robert lv with Harmon Curtis & his wife Thirza
Strout. Robert listed as age 22, Sea Captain. Lost wife and son in violent
storm off the coast of Cape Code, Dec 29, 1853.
Machias Union August 9, 1853 from a list of vessels:
Harrington: Bark "Elizabeth" Tonnage 300, Master Strout
2 states his middle name was WHEELOCK!

From Marine Intelligence Domestic Ports January 3, 1854:
Holmes Hole, December 14, 1853:
Brk. "Elizabeth"- Strout-Matanzas for Boston has had heavy weather, lost
fore topmast and jib boom- Sailed 26th.
Dec 26, 1853 totally wrecked on Dec 29, 1853.

The Barnstable Patriot Newspaper for January 3, 1854 gives an account
of the storm on Wednesday Night December 28, 1853 and Thursday December 29,
1853 as truly terrific and has caused such an amount of loss of life
and property on this coast as we have never been called to record.

Excerpt from Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Dated Jan 3, 1854....
"The toughest snow storm and gale of wind has been experienced here since
Wed. night December 28, 1853 that has been known for many years, and it is
feared that the loss of life and property has been very great on the coast.
The wind commenced blowing at the N.E. on Wednesday night, December 28, 1853
at about 12 o'clock and continued with little cessation until Thursday PM
(December 29, 1853), a portion of time, the wind blowing a heavy gale. More
snow has fallen than at any previous time for
some years, the roads being blocked up for miles. The tide was unusually
high doing great damage upon our wharves, floating off one or more of the
buildings upon the wharf. Ships were driven onto the shore on all parts of
the cape and at least 20 lives are known to be lost. Parts of wrecks are
drifting on shore, of vessels that must have swamped during the gale
and the crews perished.
There were three dead bodies lying at Holbrooks Hotel in Wellfleet,
Captain wife and child. (Thought to be Elizabeth, Willard and possibly
Robert). The Child perished in the arms of a sailor, before reaching shore
and mother soon after, upon the beach. At Barnstable a Bark of about 300 tons
lies about one mile to the Westward of Sandy Neck Light House, high up on the
beach, with apparently her foremast gone and a portion of her sails hanging
in shreds about her spars".

Provincetown December 30, 1853
"14 vessels are ashore on the back of the Cape between Race Point and High
Land Light House among them, the bark "Elizabeth" of Harrington Maine from
Matanzas, for Boston, will be a total loss, together with her cargo, the
Captain, wife, child and all the crew were lost".

Excerpt from Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Dated January 10, 1854:
"Seven bodies have been indentified. The Wife and Child of Capt.

Excerpt from Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Dated January 17 1854:
"Among the many scenes of destruction, we have witnessed none more horrible
than that near High Land Light, in Truro, and for about two miles between
that place and Provincetown. Five vessels were wrecked upon
that coast and after gale, hundreds of barrels of flour and mackeral, as well
as corn oats, coal, lumber, spars and almost every species of goods were
distributed upon the shore in indiscriminate confusion and destruction. At
least 100 horses were employeed on Tuesday last, in carting these goods over
to the inside of the harbor at Provincetown, to be reshipped for Boston and
other places.

One of the vessals wrecked here was the Schr. "Elizabeth" whose Captain with
his wife and child were lost. The mate of this vessel now lies dangerously
ill at Truro, unable to be moved to the Hospital having been severely frozen
in his attempt to save the Captain's wife by giving her his cap and wercoat,
in order to save here from freezing, after she reached the beach. But his
generous and self sacrificing devotion to save her life was noavail. Should
he live, however, it must ever to him be the
highest satisfaction to know that he did all in his power to save the fated
victim of shipwreck and storm. Such deeds are by no means uncommon
among our seamen and when we contrast them with the supreme selfishness which
directs the conduct of others, we honor and reverence the spirit of the true
sailor and say from out inmost heart----God bless the Mariner."
The mates name was James Savage.

Excerpt from Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Dated January 24 1854:
"The men who were very badly frozen during the storm, I am told are doing
very well, and few joints if any will be finally lost. The mate of the bark
"Elizabeth", Mr James Savage, was brought from Truro on Saturday
last, to the hospital in this town. He was the most severely frozen of any
who survived, but is now in hopes of getting off in time, with a tolerable
pair of hands and feet."

Excerpt from Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Dated January 31 1854:
"The editor of the Boston Post is receiving contributions for the benefit of
Mr. Timothy Daggett, of Holmes Hole, the pilot of the bark "Elizabeth"
wrecked on Truro Beach, who was so badly frozen in his efforts to save the
life of Mrs. Strout the Captains wife. No man is more deserving and we hope
out citizens will not fail to do something in aid
of this noble hearted sailor."

Cemetery stone scription "Strout Cemetery" Route 1A Harrington:
"In memory of Elizabeth wife of Capt. Robert U. Strout Al 21 Yrs. 9 Mos.

"She died from exposure to the cold and tempest, on the night of December 29,
1853, in the arms of her husband, after reaching the shore from the wreck of
the Barque "Elizabeth" which was on passage from Matanzas to Boston, and was
wrecked on Cape Cod on that memorable night.
Also, Willard, their son perished with his mother, Al 1 Yr. 8 Mons."

"And yet why mourn that deep repose
Shall never more be broke by pain
Those lips no more in sighs unclose
Those eyes shall never weep again"

It appears that by January 12, 1854 Robert U. Strout was again at sea
on Sch "Jere Preble". (Jeremiah Preble"s Sch.) Robert's Uncle's ship.

All records, other than the newspaper articles from Barnstable, indicate
that Robert U. Strout survived the wreck and went on to marry Joanna Strout
on March 24, 1856.

No other records can be found at this time (November 29, 1992) after
March of 1856............

This Information was researched by Gloria and Brenda Hayward
Columbia Falls, Maine
Provincetown December 30, 1853
"14 vessels are ashore on the back of the Cape between Race Point and High
Land Light House among them, the bark "Elizabeth" of Harrington Maine from
Matanzas, for Boston, will be a total loss, together with her cargo, the
Captain, wife, child and all the crew were lost".
Notes for Joanna STROUT
7 Jul 1860 Harrington USC, fam # 496-553: Joanna age 23; Harvey C. age 3 & Elmira Strout,
age 16, (sister). From rebate records on Robert U. Strout's estate.
Typed by Brenda E. Layman To the Honorable Judge of Probate for the County of Washington.

Joanna Strout of Harrington, in said county, Respectfully represents, that Robert U. Strout, late
of said Harrington, died in the year 1859, seized and possessed of real estate, goods and
chattels, rights and credits which ought to be administered according to law. That she is the
widow of said deceased. Wherefore your Petitioner prays that the administration of said estate
may be granted to her.
Joanna Strout.

At a Court of Probate held at Cherryfield within and for said County, on the ninth day of
November A. D. 1859. Upon the foregoing petition, the facts therein stated appearing to be
true, I do decree that administration of said estate be granted to the said Joanna Strout, she
first giving bond with sufficient sureties in the sum of thirteen thousand dollars.

Jotham Lippincott, Judge

State of Maine.
Washington, S.S. To Harmon Curtis, Paul Curtis, and Charles W. Ray, of Harrington, in said
County, Greeting: You are hereby appointed and empowered to take an inventory of all the real
estate, goods and chattels, rights and credits, of which Robert U. Strout, late of Harrington, in
the county of Washington aforesaid, died seized or possessed in said county, and according to
your best skill and judgment, truly and justly to appraise the same in dollars and cents,
according to the present value thereof; And when you shall have completed the said inventory,
you are to deliver the same, together with this warrant, to the administratrix, of said estate who
is to return the same into the Probate Office of said county, within three months from the date

Given under my hand and seal official at a Court of Probate to be held at Cherryfield, in said
county, on the ninth day of November, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty nine.

Jotham Lippincott, Judge.

Washington, S.S. The above named Harmon Curtis, Paul Curtis & Charles W. Ray personally
appeared before me, and made oath that they would faithfully and impartially perform the
service to which they are appointed by the above warrant.

Harmon Curtis, Justice.

Recorded by M. N. Wilder Register

[signature hard to read, middle initital could have been a U. Also, unsure of last name spelling]

An inventory of the estate of Robert Strout, late of Harrington, in the County of Washington,
deceased, taken in pursuance of a warrant hereto annexed, the ninth day of November 1859.

Real Estate.
Homestead Farm, containing about 12 acres. 120.00
House & Barn on the Homestead Farm 1800.00
1/3 of Dyke Marsh and upland adjoining. 333.00
3 Shares of the Benj. Strout Home Lot
with the widows incumberance on the same. 450.00
One sixth of a Lot of Land in Milbridge,
about twenty five acres, (unimproved.) 50.00

Personal Property
1/16 of Brig "Joseph W. Sawyer". 600.00
1/16 " " "Wm. R. Sawyer". 344.00
1/16 " Schr. "Constitution". 350.00
1/16 " Brig "Betrice". 200.00
1 Colt 80.00
2 Cows 50.00

One Thousand Dollars to be collected of
the New England Ins. Company Boston 1000.00
Cash on hand 350.00
Notes, principal & interest 936.00
Stock & Trade 532.00

Furniture 200.00
One Gold Watch 150.00
Nautical Instruments 61.00

Harmon Curtis
Charles W. Ray. Appraisers.
Paul Curtis.
Joanna Strout, Administratrix.

At a Court of Probate held in Cherryfield, within and for the County of Washington, on the
thirteenth day of June A.D. 1860 Joanna Strout, administratrix of the estate of Robert U. Strout,
late of Cherryfield in said County, deceased, personally appeared before me, and made oath
that the above is a true and perfect inventory of all the estate of said deceased which has come
to her hands or knowledge, and should she be possessed of any thing further, she will give it
into the Probate Office to be of record herewith.
Jotham Lippincott, Judge.

The first account of Joanna Strout, Administratrix of the goods and estate of Robert U. Strout,
late of Harrington, deceased. Said accountant charges herself with $4853.00 personal property
as per. inventory. Amount rec'd on account of Brig W. R. Sawyer $27.25. Amount received on
account of Schr. Constitution $12.50.

Amount as per inventory $4853.00
" on account of Brig "W. R. Sawyer". 27.25
" " " Schr. "Constitution". 12.50
And prays allowance of the following charges.

To paid Wm. Freeman Jr's. Bill 6.00
" " Appraisers " 2.00
To paid Machias Republican ck.1859 1.00
" " att. P. Court, Cherryfield (Sept. 1859) 3.00

" " " " " Machias (Jan. 1860) 7.00
" " " " " Cherryfield (June 1860) 3.00
To 3 per ct. Commission on $4892.75 = 146.78

Joanna Strout.

At a Court of Probate held at Cherryfield, within and for the County of Washington on the
thirteenth day of June in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty. The said Joanna
Strout personally appeared before me
and made oath to the truth of the above account, notice having been given pursuant to the order
of Court, and no objections made, I do thereupon Decree the allowance of the same and order it
to be recorded.

Jotham Lippincott, Judge.

(Typed by Brenda E. Layman, 7 April, 1995. All spelling, punctuation, etc. as close to original
document as could be ascertained. Original document at the Register of Probate office,
Machias, ME. Probate Records, Vol. I, original paging: 559 - 562)

Information collected at Salem, MA 31 March, 1995 and 2 April, 1995 by Kenneth Ira Strout,
Lynda Strout, his wife, and Brenda E. Layman. [Note: Not all years of Salem Directories were
available, either not owned by Salem Public Library, or were in use elsewhere.]

STROUT, John W. captain, boards 33 Summer: 1861 & 1864 Salem Directory.
Not listed for the year 1866 in the Salem Directory.
House, 73 Mill: 1872 Salem Directory.
House, 269 Washington: 1874 & 1876 Salem Directory.
House, 22 Linden, cor. Park av.: 1881 & 1884 Salem Directory.
Died Oct. 5, 1885: 1886 Salem Directory.

STROUT, Robert U. Mrs. boarding house, 29 Charter: 1869 Salem Directory.
Joanna, widow of John W. h. 22 Linden: 1886, 1888-1889 & 1901-1902 Salem Directory.
[House listed as 21 Linden in 1886 Salem Dir., possibly a mistake.]
STROUT, Harvey C. boards 259 Washington: 1876 Salem Directory.
Wholesale provisions, 9 1/2 Front, boards, 22 Linden, cor. Park Avenue: 1881 Salem
Business same, house 28 Williams: 1884 Salem Directory.
Business same, house 18 [Front?]: 1886 Salem Directory.
Removed to Peabody: 1888-1889 Salem Directory.
Removed to Newburyport: 1893-1894 Salem Directory.
STROUT, Robert W. draughtsman (Peabody), b. 22 Linden: 1901-1902 Salem Directory.
Removed to New York City: 1907 Salem Directory ?

1870 Census, Salem, MA

STROUT, Joanna: age 33, Keeps boarding house, born: Maine
STROUT, Harvey: age 13, attends school, born: Maine
STROUT, Almira: age 26, Laborwoman, born: Maine
STROUT, John W.: age 39, Master Mariner, born: Maine

1880 Census, Salem MA Linden St.
page 20, end of reel

STROUT, John W.: age 47. Sailor.
Joanna: age 43, Keeping house.
Mary [F, S or T ?]: age 23, daughter, single, b. Mass.
Harvey C.: age 23, bookdealer.
Robert W.: age 2, b. Mass.
Harriet A.: age 36, sister-in-law, at home, b. Maine.
Homes [?], Bridget: age 24, servant, b. Ireland.

Information collected at City Clerk's Office, Salem, MA 31 March, 1995.
Harvey C. 1882 vol. 13 p.237
Samuel A. 1883 vol. 13 p.273
Henry M. 1886 vol. 17 p.47
Hannah M. 1889 vol. 17 p.112
George M. 1893 vol. 19 p.20
Sarah R. 1895 vol. 19 p.54

Alice K. 1883 vol. 16 p.10
Marcia A. 1883 vol. 16 p.13
1884 vol. 16 p.25
Bertha F. 1886 vol. 16 p.55
Charles T.1890 vol. 16 p.122
Mary E. 1890 vol. 16 p.125
George H. 1892 vol. 16 p.174
Chester A.1885 vol. 20 p.50
1897 vol. 20 p.99
Mary 1897 vol. 20 p.96
1898 vol. 20 p.138
Elinor 1898 vol. 20 p.118

1884 vol. 15 p.139
Marcia A. 1884 vol. 15 p.129
John W. 1885 vol. 15 p.149
Samuel 1886 vol. 15 p.163
Ebenezer B. 1890 vol. 18 p.45
1897 vol. 21 p.5
Mary 1897 vol. 21 p.4
Carrie A. 1898 vol. 21 p.17
Catherine 1899 vol. 21 p.41
[NOTE: Where blank, likely no name given at birth or death.]

John W. [Wallace] Strout, died October 5, 1885, age 54 years, 2 months & 17 days, cause:
uraemia [kidney disease]. Parents: Sally (Upton) b. Cavendish, Vermont.
Wives: Lydia L. Townsend, Joanna Strout. Physician, A. Kimble, Undertaker, J.H. Allen.
Buried, October 7, 1885 at Harmony Grove Cemetery, lot of H. Dunbar.

Joanna Strout, died January 11, 1907, female, widowed, 70 years old,
cause: apoplexy [stroke], resided at 22 Linden St.,
born Harrington, Maine. Parents: Ephriam S. Strout and Charlotte Dorman
[both buried Forest Hill Cemetery, Harrington, Maine.] Joanna buried at
Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Mass.


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