Note N8634 Index
George and Lydia moved to Muscatine County, Iowa, in 1855 and, in 1872, to Fillmore County, Nebraska. He is listed in the 1885 Nebraska State Census, living in Bryant Precinct, Fillmore County (E.D. 286).
Note N8654 Index
William was employed by the Scribner Publishing Company for many years. In the 1870 Census of Chicago, he lists his occupation as "Agent for Publishing House." In 1880, he was "Writing Books." In the 1900 Census (before which he had retired), he claims to be a "Capitalist." He and Iza lived at 5338 Washington Avenue in Chicago.
The search for William Marshall Scribner's life story has raised more questions than answers. To begin with, his birth (March 1824 in Waterborough, Maine) is not recorded anywhere. The only known historical documents that attest to his birthplace is his Death Certificate [op.cit.] and the 1900 Census of Chicago [op.cit.].
The second seemingly unanswerable question is "Who were his parents?" There are only two real possibilities. The first is Rowell and Ruth Coffin Scribner, who were married 2 May 1819 in Waterborough (Waterborough Vital Records, Vol. 1, 1787-1925 [op.cit.], 3). The second is Samuel and Sarah Powers Scribner, who were married 12 March 1822 in Bridgton (Bridgton Vital Records, Record of Marriages 1794-1865, Book 1 [op.cit.], 9).
In letters that he wrote around 1900 to relatives in Maine, William speaks of his "own grandmother" (referring to Sarah Marshall Scribner [wife of John], the mother of both Rowell and Samuel), and his great-grandmother Scribner (referring to Sarah Bucknell Scribner [wife of Samuel Scribner, Sr.] the paternal grandmother of both Rowell and Samuel). This information, and other references to the Scribner family of Waterborough, leads us to the unmistakable conclusion that William was, indeed, the grandson of John and Sarah Marshall Scribner, and the great-grandson of Samuel and Sarah Bucknell Scribner. But, was he the son of Rowell, or Samuel?
Further complicating the matter is the fact that Samuel and Sarah Harmon Scribner had five children, all of whom died young. Two died at age 1, two died at age 6, and one (daughter Sarah) lived only to age 9. Is it reasonable to assume that they could have had one child survive to adulthood, when all of their other children died so young?
Turning to Rowell and Ruth, we find that they had one daughter (Sarah, born 1819) and two sons (Porter, born 1821, and Perry, born in October 1823). It's not possible for William to have been born of Ruth, only five months after the birth of Perry. However, since Ruth divorced Rowell sometime before 1830, could the reason for that divorce have been the illegitimate birth of William Marshall Scribner (a birth that was never recorded, for obvious reasons)?
Because of these questions and complications, we hesitatingly "assign" William to Samuel and Sarah Harmon Scribner.
William is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Chicago. Iza outlived William, and died sometime after 1910.
Note N8669 Index
Vicki worked 22 years for the Cianbro Corporation of Maine as an administrative assistant. She also was employed by Golden Pond Wealth Management of Waterville. She was devoted to her family, most of all.
Note N8682 Index
William worked as a blacksmith when he and the family lived in Monroe County, Iowa, from 1883 into the early 1900's. In 1910, they were living in Centralia Township, Marion Conty, Illinois (T624, Roll 307, E.D. 134, Page 23B). By 1920, they had moved to Long Beach, California (T625, Roll 104, E.D. 90, Page 69B). After William died, Eva moved to Fayette County, Illinois, and lived with son Lewis and his family.
Note N8686 Index
Newton was a fruit farmer in Chino, California.
Note N8688 Index
George was a farmer in Monroe County, Iowa.
Note N8712 Index
Linda operates a successful real estate agency in Bradenton, Florida. She advertises herself as "The Matchmaker."
Note N8770 Index
Charles was educated at Maine Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland. He retired in December, 2002, after working 32 years for the Verizon Telephone company.
Constance is an educational technician at the China, Maine, school.