I am very interested in any information you may have on my Tabbot family from Maine. In particular, I am trying to find out as much as I can about my great great grandfather, Capt. James William Tabbot b. abt 1835 in Maine d. 1906 in Brunswick, GA. I also am trying to determine who his biological parents are?? The first documentation that I have of him comes in 1866 when he applied for and received his license to work as a Captain of a Harbor Pilot Boat in Brunswick Harbor, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, USA. Then in 1869 he married Louisa Couper Manoe in Brunswick, GA, USA. The first census that I find him in, for certain, is the 1870 census where he and his wife are living in Brunswick, GA, USA with Capt. Samuel Archibald Brockington and his wife Frances Ann and their young child. Capt. Brockington's wife, Frances Ann, is the sister of my great great grandmother, Louisa Couper Manoe Tabbot (wife of Capt. James William Tabbot). Both women's maiden names were "Manoe." ... By the 1880 census we find him in Brunswick, GA at 1029 Union Street with his wife, children, an elderly woman described as his "mother-in-law" (this is incorrect and I will explain why later) listed by the name of "Lidue B. Moore." Also, two boarders... Melville Moore and Mary E Timmons. ... By the 1900 census he is still in Brunswick, GA with his family. In 1906, Capt. James William Tabbot dies and is buried in Brunswick, GA, USA. ...
My biggest problem is that I can find no definite sign of him from the time of his birth in 1835 in Maine, USA and when I first locate him in 1866 in Brunswick, GA, USA. That is over 30 years of the beginning of his life! ... Where was he all that time? ... Where was he during the years of the Civil War (1861-1865) in America? ... At what point did he move from Maine to Georgia? ... Did he live anywhere else in between? ...
I know he was born in Maine because he was listed as such in each of the censuses that we find him in from 1870-1900. I know that both his father and mother were born in Maine because he indicated that as well in each of the censuses. Though, I do not know the names of his biological parents or siblings (if any).
Now, this brings me back to the "mystery" woman living with him and his family in the 1880 census... They list her as his mother-in-law, but I know this is incorrect because his mother-in-law was Anna Isabella "Nancy" (Palmer) Manoe. Her maiden name being "Palmer" and married name "Manoe." ... They also listed the elderly lady living with them as "Lidue" B. Moore. Her actual name turns out to be Alydia (or Lydia) B. Moore b. abt 1806 in Mount Desert, Maine d. December 8, 1883 in Brunswick, GA. We find her listed as Lydia Moore in the 1850 census in Addison, Maine in what appears to be some type of boarding house because there were many people living there with many different names. She is there with her young baby boy Melville Ennis (both listed as "paupers") and an elderly "blind pauper" by the name of Charles Reynolds. Charles Reynolds is the son of Revolutionary War hero Eliphalet Reynolds and Jemima Tabbutt (note his mother's maiden name is very interesting as it relates to my "Tabbot" family history though I do not know what relation there may or may not be)! Another interesting point to make here is that this home inwhich they were living in is only 5 houses down the street from the David Look family and an unknown "pauper boy" living with the Look family by the name of "William Tabbut." We do not know where he came from or who he belongs to. ... In the 1870 census we find Lydia B. Moore living with her son Melville Ennis at Swans Island, Maine (just 6 miles off the coast of Mount Desert, Maine). ... Then, as I said earlier we find her in the 1880 census living in Brunswick, GA at the home of my great great grandfather, Capt. James William Tabbot. By this time, her "son", Melville Ennis is listed as Melville Moore. We later find that she dies in Brunswick, GA on December 8, 1883. She is buried in the JW Tabbot family plot in Oak Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, GA.
Here's the conclusion... Capt. James William Tabbot considered Alydia B. Moore to be his mother! ... I do not know if she was his biological mother or if he was possibly orphaned and she just took him in and raised him as her own. I do not know for sure, but he clearly considered her to be his mother in some capacity. But I can never find him with her or any other parents for that matter at any time during the years that would have been his childhood. As I said earlier, I cannot find him anywhere on this planet between his birth in 1835 and 1866 when I find him as a Pilot Boat Captain in Brunswick, GA, USA. ...
The inscription on Alydia B. Moore's tombstone reads as follows:
"To The Memory of My Mother ... Alydia B. Moore ... Born In ... Mt. Desert, Maine ... Died In ... Brunswick, GA ... December 8, 1883 ... Having served her generation, by the will of God she fell asleep."
What are your thoughts on all of this? ... Who do you think James William Tabbot from Maine's biological parents were? ... Who were his siblings? etc. ...
You had mentioned that you had found my great great grandfather, James William Tabbot, in the 1860 census. ... I have not been able to find him in the 1860 census. ...
Could you please share with me what you have on James William Tabbot from the 1860 census?
I appreciate any help you may be able to provide. ... Thank you very much for all your assistance and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
William Wallace Tabbot
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