The Four Josiah Partridge’s

One would think that proving four generations of Josiah Partridge’s would be relatively simple. But this line of the Partridge family has remained difficult to track for over a century. It starts with Josiah Partridge, son of Nathaniel Partridge and Lydia Wright of Medfield, Massachusetts. Nathaniel was the eldest son of William Partridge and Sarah Colburn of Medfield, Massachusetts. Josiah was the 9th of 13 children born to his parents, and his descent is the easiest to prove of the four!

Listed at the bottom you will find a report of these four generations, but first, I thought I’d explain myself as to how they inner-connect, on the behest that somebody may think these are iron clad reasons (they’re not). In order that we not be too confused, for sake of explanation I will use Josiah (1), Josiah (2), Josiah (3) and Josiah (4) to explain the connections. The numbers in parentheses are mine, and were not used when their names were recorded. They did use Jr. and Sr., but since there was four generations, the Jr. and Sr. only referenced those alive at the time.

Josiah (2) Partridge is reputedly the son of an illegitimate relationship between Josiah (1) Partridge and Keziah Mason. In fact, the birth record for Josiah (1) claims the following:

Josiah, “Reputed” s. Josiah Partridge and Kezia Mason, May 29, 1731. Medfield Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850.

For those not following the conversation, that means that Josiah (1) and Keziah were not married at the time of the birth. In fact, they never married. They both married other people. But Josiah (2), did carry the Partridge name for the rest of his life, and unless a direct male line of descendants is willing to take a DNA test, we’ll never be able to prove that he isn’t a blood connection – or that he is for that matter. Josiah (1) went on to marry Priscilla Rice in 1742, and removed to Brookfield, Massachusetts. Kezia married Joseph Baker in 1736 at Medfield, Massachusetts. It is likely that Josiah (2) was raised by Kezia and Joseph Baker at Sturbridge, which would explain Josiah’s (2) later connection to that town.

Josiah (2) would marry twice, 1st to Sarah Martin, and then to Experience Morse. Josiah and Experience would have three children recorded in Sturbridge from 1773-1777. Soon after that they apparently removed to the Adams and Chester area of Massachusetts, as Josiah (2) can be found in the 1790 census in Adams, and he is listed as coming from Chester in a Cayuga County, New York deed of 1795. Josiah (2) is also recorded as having resided at Brutus, Onondaga, New York in 1796 and Jefferson, Cayuga, New York in 1803.

While residing in the Adams/Chester area of Massachusetts, Josiah and Experience would have at least one more child, this one also named Josiah (3) Partridge. There are no birth records surviving for this birth that I have found. The date I have recorded for Josiah (3) is born abt. 1779, but I show no source for that date. I know that Josiah (2) had a son Josiah (3) from the 1803 deed where Josiah (2), then of Jefferson, Cayuga, New York deeded to Josiah (3) of Jefferson, part of track 72 in Mentz, Cayuga, New York.

Josiah (3) married Puella Higley in 1804 at Mentz, Cayuga, New York. I have record of a child, Josiah (4) Partridge born to this marriage on 6 Dec 1802 in Mentz, Cayuga, New York… but the date of birth occurs well before the marriage. I have no sources recorded for either record, which indicates it came from Vera Partridge Hamilton’s records. Josiah (3) and Puella would have at least one more child, Hiram Ward Partridge, born 19 Feb 1805.

Descendant Report of Josiah Partridge

Vital Records of Sturbridge, Massachusetts to 1850

The following is an extraction from the manuscript, The Vital Records of Sturbridge, Massachusetts to 1850, published by the New England Genealogical and Historical Society in 1907. Any additions by me to this listing has been added like this: {something here}.


Abigail, d. Malachi and Abigail, Aug 15, 1768.
Abner, s. Josiah and Experance, {Experience} Feb 2, 1777.
Isaac, s. Malachi and Abigail, Nov 26, 1770.
Joseph, s. Josiah and Experance, {Experience}Apr 15, 1775.
Lois Rockwood, d. Eleazer Jr. and Mary, Dec 9, 1813.
Puah, d. Malachi and Abigail, Dec 3, 1774.
Silas, s. Josiah and Experance, {Experience} Aug 27, 1773.
Thankfull, d. Malachi and Abigail, Jul 30, 1764.


PARTRIDGE (Partradge)
Josiah and Sarah Martain [dup. and dup. int. Martin], Jan 30, 1755. [Martin, C.R.1]
Josiah and Experance [dup Experienc] Morse, {Experience} int. Dec 7, 1772.
Maranda of Holland, and Benjamin D. Weld, int. Nov 7, 1828.
Marcy and Ebenezer Rewee, April 7, 1782.
Malachi (Partradge), [dup. Malachi Partridge] of Charlton, and Abigail Jonson [dup. Johnson], int. Nov. 10, 1758.
Phebe S. of Brimfield, and Joseph L. Allen, int. May 7, 1839.
Samantha [of] Holland, and Warren Plimpton, int. Feb 13, 1818.
Silas and Abigail Rowson {Rawson} of Holliston, int. Dec 6, 1762.
Thankfull and Lemuel Mason, Sep 18, 1786.


Abigail, w. Malachi, numb palsy, Apr 29, 1808. [Patridge, w. M. P., in 72d y., C.R.1] [Patridge, w. Malachi, a. 73, P.R.1]
Puah, d. Malachi and Abigail, Sep 19, 1778.
Sarah, w. Josiah, Feb 6, 1772.

Vital Records of Brimfield, Massachusetts to 1850

The following is an extraction from the manuscript, The Vital Records of Brimfield, Massachusetts to 1850, published by the New England Genealogical and Historical Society in 1931.


PATRIDGE (Partridge)
Allen, s. David and Miriam Jan. 16, 1806.
Frances Lyman (Partridge), ch. George C., and Sophia H., bp. May 2, 1844. C.R.
Harriot, ch. Frederick and Betsey, bp. Aug. 14, 1803. C.R.
Rachel, ch. Frederick and Betsey, bp. Nov. 29, 1801. C.R.


PATRIDGE (Partridge, Pattridge)
Abigail (Pattridge) and Joseph Wilder, June 10, 1790.* [Partridge. C.R.]
Asa Jr., of Holland and Mary Bates, Mar. 21, 1793, in Holland.*
Fredrick (Patridge) and Betsy Liley, Sept. 18, 1794.* [Lilley. C.R.]
Harriet A. and Harrison Allen of Holland int. Feb. 3, 1840 [m. Mar. 12. C.R.]
Lurana of Holland and Timothy Anderson, Mar. 21, 1793, in Holland.*
Phebe S. and Joseph L. Allen of Sturbridge, int. May 9, 1839. [m. June 11. C.R.]


PARTRIDGE (Patridge)
Bannister, s. Frederick, Sept. ––, 1801. [This entry on interleaved page.]
Betsey, d. Frederick, Sept. 4, 1801 [This entry on interleaved page.]
Cynthia (Patridge), Aug. 1, 1840, a. 56. C.R.  [wid. Dr. Partridge (“who died at Southbridge”), “she died in Brimfield,” a. 55, bur. at Southbridge. P.R.19]
Emeline M., Apr. ––, 1829, a. 15, bur. at Southbridge. P.R.19
Hannah, wid., Jan. 19, 1803. [This entry on interleaved page.]
––––– (Patridge), ch. Widow Patridge, Mar. 14, 1829.

Captain John Partridge of Navestock, England

Captain John Partridge was first indicated as a POSSIBLE father of the Medfield, Mass. Branch of the Partridge family by the NEGHS back in 1903, and privately printed in 1904 in the Partridge Genealogy, by George H. Partridge:

It may be well, however, for the benefit of those who desire to extend their researches to England, to call attention to the fact that in the Visitation of Essex (Harl. Soc. Pub., xiii., part 1, p. 465), which was made in the year 1634, the children of Captain John Partridge of Navestock, were John, aged about 14 years, William, Jane and Margarett. From information obtained from the vicar of the parish of Navestock, in 1899, by Mr. Frank Harvey Partridge, of New York, it appears that of the foregoing children, William was born in 1622, and Margarett in 1628.

There was then made a comparison of William’s age as stated in his will made in 1692 as “about seventy years” (Suff. Co. Prob. Rec., vol xiii., p. 75), and the will of Margery Stacy, of Medfield, relict widow of Thomas Mason, made in 1695, as “about sixty and seven years.” George then goes on to write that:

These coincidences, while they prove nothing, should, it seems to the writer, be given consideration in clearing up the mystery of the English origin of the Medfield Partridge’s.

Page 465, The Visitation of Essex

Page 465, The Visitation of Essex

The picture here is a copy of the specific page from the 1634 Essex Visitation. Click on the image to see it full sized.

Further fuel to the fire was the reported mention of Capt. John Partridge in the annals of Boston, MA.

At issue with this report are my own findings which indicate that neither William nor Margarett appear in St Thomas’s Navistock Parish Records [FHL film # 1472587] for the years indicated.

1625 19 Apr bp William s/o John Partridge
1629 25 Jan bur William s/o Mr John Partridge
1630 8 Feb bp William s/o Mr John Partridge

So the 1634 visitation referenced initially as a possible source for proving the parentage of John and William Partridge, could not be the William Partridge of Medfield, MA, as he was likely born about 1622… the William in the visitation was only 4 and born in 1630.

Further evidence disputing the claim was accidentally discovered by Priscilla McElvein on a visit to St. Thomas, Navestock in 1993. A photograph was provided of the floor of St. Thomas Parish:

Grave Marker for John Partridge

Grave Marker for John Partridge

On two markers:
1-John Partridge, gent, dyed 24 mar 1653 at age 34. [b 1619]
John Partridge [WI] son dyed 18 dec 1671 age 23. [b 1648]
2-John Partridge gent late of Drake’s Hill in Navestock, son and heir to
John Partridge Citizen and Cutler of London, who dyed the 25th of Oct 1683
age 29. [b 1654]

The John Partridge mentioned in the visitation was aged about 14 years, or making him born about 1619-1620. The first John listed above was born in 1619 (15 Mar. 1618/1619 at Stepney, St. Dunstan, England) and died at Navestock in 1653.

The will of John Partridge of Navestock was written 1 Oct 1652 and probated 27 Jun 1663 [FHL ]. He mentions wife, Jane; son, John, and daughter, Margaret; and grandchildren Thomas and Jane Lake; son in law John Lake and cousin, John Comber.

I believe that the above information refutes any chance that the above mentioned visitation referenced our John, William and Margery Partridge of Medfield, MA. It further proves that John Partridge and Jane Hogge were not the parents of the Medfield branch of Partridges.

The Parentage of Nora Williams

I learned a new word today: the word was gallimaufry, and it means “a confused jumble or medley of things.” That word will accurately describe my investigation into the parentage of Nora!

I have never identified the parentage of Nora Williams, my 2nd Great Grandmother, and whom my Great Grandmother was named after. Over the past few weeks I decided to try and determine it using Census records and both sets of Vermont Vital Records – one from Ancestry, and the other from Family Search. Nora remains the only Great Grandmother of my father’s side that I had not yet identified the parents, and it was time for that to change!

What I knew of Nora L. Williams (as I have her listed) is not much. I originally retrieved her name from my research into the Rich family of Washington County, Vermont; I was able to deduce her name as Nora L. Williams, and that she was born about 1867 in Vermont. Enumerated with them was the child, Nora O., my great-grandmother. But that was all I had to work with.

The first method of researching people living between 1850-1880 and 1900-1930 for me is to search the federal census records for them. Often, these census will provide clues that can point you in the correct direction, and occasionally by my experience, give you your answer to your question.

Nora Williams - 1880 Census

Nora Williams - 1880 Census

The only census record I could find of Nora as a child (searching for her by name at Ancestry), is the Warren, Washington, VT 1880 census, where at the age of 12, she is residing as a servant in the household of Nahum and Jane Nichols.

Enumerated within Warren, VT was the family of Chester D. Williams – his family appeared on the same page (247A) with Nora, and he is of the correct age to be a possible parent. Also enumerated in the town, was a Ferrin Williams, age 23, who resided with his wife – Lilla, age 15, and Effie, his sister, age 9. The fact that Ferrin, as young as he and his wife were, had a sibling also residing with them cautioned me that there was more to this story. Here we have a 12 year old child living as a servant instead of with her parents. We also have another child living with what appeared to be an elder sibling, all in the same town. This pointed to something possibly having happened to the parents. The very fact that Nora was living so close to Chester, yet listed as a servant in another house, instantly made me think she was likely related to Chester, but not his child. I determined then that I needed to back up 10 years and search within Warren to see if I could find the identity of the parents of the children. The thing I had going for me, was I now had two children names I could use to help pinpoint the right family (Nora and Ferrin, since Effie would not yet have been born in the 1870 census), IF they were of the same family.

A search of the 1870 census for Warren, Washington, VT quickly led me nowhere. Chester D. was there, listed as C. B. Williams this time. There was no mention of any of the children I found in the 1880 census. There was a Dana and Julia Williams residing with their family, but again, no sign of Ferrin, Lilla, or Nora (Effie would not yet have been born.)

When conducting a census search at Ancestry, I rarely try and perform a broad search of the records (unless just starting out on a person or family), but instead concentrate on specific searches. While this does produce more negative results, it also produces better results, as I can fine tune my search. The census at Ancestry were often indexed by people not familiar with the intricacies of English names and instead took a strict approach at identifying the letters and listing them, even when the combination doesn’t make sense. I’ve found that I often need to construct searches based on first names, or ages of the person, to properly identify them. And when that fails, if I’m quite sure they’re in the community or county I’m searching, then I browse the images one by one, just like in the old days.

In the case of this search, I had already started out at the most specific location and had no match. So I spread my search out further and tried all of Washington County, Vermont instead of limiting myself to just the town of Warren. I already knew by my earlier search that Nora was not listed as Nora Williams (I did conduct a broad search initially, so I searched for her brother Ferrin, which produced the following match:

Eleazer Williams - 1870 Census

Eleazer Williams - 1870 Census

In the 1870 census, residing in Roxbury, Washington, VT was the family of Eleazer and Jane Williams. Residing with the family in that enumeration were 7 children: Ithiel 17, Olive 14, Ferrin 13, Elmer 7, Elwin 4, Ervin 4, and Betsey 2.

This listing of children immediately stood out to me. Ithiel, is not a common name. In fact, there were only 39 Ithiel’s in the whole 1880 census. Why is that important? Because Nora Williams grandson was named Floyd Ithiel Partridge… In fact there are two Ithiel’s related to me. Also, listed in the family of Eleazer and Jane was a daughter named Olive. While Olive was a more common name, the child of Joel and Nora (Williams) Rich was Nora Olive Rich.

Nothing above is conclusive, but it helps paint a picture, and insures me that I am definitely looking in the right direction. But Nora wasn’t mentioned in Eleazer’s family by name. And as already mentioned, I couldn’t find her in Washington County, VT. A more general search outside of the county, also failed to produce a positive match.

This is often the point where genealogists will get frustrated with their search. Everything keeps ending up at dead ends… then again, everything may not appear as it actually is.

To buttress my belief that the parents passed away sometime during the 1870’s I went back to the 1880 census and searched for the children of Eleazer and Jane:

We already know about Ferrin. We found him living at Warren with Lilla and Effie.

I was unable to find anything concerning Ithiel and Olive by simply searching the 1880 census. Both, however were of age during the 1880 census and could have been living elsewhere, or were enumerated in such a manner as to not make them easily searchable. Olive was likely married and had another surname.

Elmer, who was 7 during the 1870 census can be found residing with the family of Melvin and Clarissa Spalding in Roxbury, age 17.

Erwin and Elwin, twins, both 4 during the 1870 census, can be found residing with the family of George and Edna Williams of Roxbury, age 14.

Betsey E. Williams, age 2 in the 1870 census, cannot be found in the 1880 census under her name.

So, the census have provided me with clues to further my research. Namely, who is Betsey E. Williams, age 2 in the 1870 census, and could she be my Nora Williams?

It’s obvious that just using the census isn’t working out, so it’s time to start using the Vital Record searches available for Vermont ancestors.

Let’s start again with Nora, and see what comes up in a search for her name as Nora Williams. I started my search using the databases at FamilySearch first since theirs covered the years before 1900. Using the Vermont Births and Christenings 1765-1908 database I was able to get 1 match for a Nora Williams.

This time I find a Nora Williams, b. in Roxbury, married to Ben Warner. This marriage produced a child named Paul G. Warner, b. 26 Mar 1887 at Moutown, Washington, VT. Moutown is likely a misprint of Moretown. One should keep in mind when using transcriptions, that they’re not always completely accurate, as is this case.

Is this another dead end? I’m getting the feeling I’m painting a picture of a brick wall in this search!

The next search was in the Vermont Death Records 1871-1965. I searched for Nora Williams first and came up with nothing and then tried Nora Rich which again resulted in zilch.

On to the Vermont marriage records! And on this search I again hit pay dirt. This time I find 2 listings…

Nora B. Williams and Joel O. Rich were listed on the marriage certificate as parents of Nora Olive Rich in her marriage to Fred in 1905. Something stood out in this record though that was different from what I knew about Nora… the middle initial. I had Nora L. Williams as taken from the 1900 census (and a second check confirmed that was the way it was entered on the census image) but it appears she also used Nora B. This could be big, because if we go back to the family of Eleazer and Jane, we find that their youngest child in the 1870 census was a Betsey, age 2! So I reopened that census image to check if by chance they had listed a middle initial, and they had… an E. So we have a Betsey E. Williams born the same year as Nora B. (and L.) Williams. While the B could definitely stand for Betsey, I couldn’t make the E. stand for Nora. So back to the records.

The second match for Nora was for a Norah B. Williams, b. 1865 at Roxbury, VT, who married Benjamin Warner in 1883. As previously mentioned they had the child named Paul G. Warner I had found in the birth records. This Norah B. was listed as the child of Elmer and Jane Williams. Eleazer’s wife was named Jane… But I have no indication if Eleazer himself going by Elmer, or if that was his middle name, so there’s no match proven here. Eleazer and Jane did name one of their sons Elmer – coincidentally… Elmer E.

When I conduct searches I often find that information is given in the records for one person, concerning somebody else in the family. So it’s important to search for their names as well. Finding the name of Elmer and Jane listed as parents in the marriage record made me think that I should try a search for the death records of Joel and Nora’s child Nora.Nora O. Partridge Death Certificate

Since they died after 1900 I went and used Ancestry’s search for Vermont Deaths and Burials 1909-2008. I hit pay-dirt, but not the way I had expected! Instead of finding Nora Williams death certificate, I came across her daughters death certificate…

Death Record of Paul G. Rich

Death Record of Paul G. Rich

Nora O. Partridge died on 2 June 1976 at Springfield, Vermont. On her death certificate were listed her parents, Joel Rich and Elnora Williams! Elnora… with an E!!!! I’ve looked at this record several times and I never caught the real name of the mother! Back to Eleazer and Jane… Betsey E. Williams in the 1870 census, same age as Elnora B. Williams in the 1880 census… do you think it’s possible? I do!!!

There’s some loose ends that need to be wrapped up to help support this. The first is to detail something I recently found when conducting a search for the Rich family of Moretown, Vermont. Joel and Nora had one other child listed in the death records as theirs… Paul George Rich, child of Joel and Nora Rich, b. 26 Mar 1887 at Moretown, Washington, Vermont, d. 20 Mar 1940 at Barre, Washington, Vermont. Obviously this Paul G. Rich is the same Paul G. Warner, child of Ben and Norah B. Warner (the dates and birth location match and that’s too much of a coincidence). So if somebody is wondering what ever happened to Paul G. Warner, I think we now know!!!

We also need to identify that the Elmer Williams is in deed Eleazer. A search of the Vermont Marriages at FamilySearch for Elmer Williams produced matches for Eleazer’s son Elmer E. Elmer married twice, the first marriage to Emma Smith listed his parents as Eleazer M. Williams and Jane. The second marriage, however, listed his parents as E. E. Williams and Nancy Silsbury.

Finding multiple names for his parents made me conduct a search for the marriage records for Eleazer. What I found, instead of his record, were the records of many of his children. Their parents were listed as Eleazer (various spellings) and Jane Williams/Sillsbury (various spellings). One, Ichiel (obviously Ithiel), listed his mother as Mary J. Silsby.

As you can tell by this entire post, the family really enjoyed using a combination of different names when documenting each other. It appeared quite common for an individual to go by their middle name, and even a nickname, and have it used on official documents. But for a diligent study, this nomenclature would have created a gallimaufry of their genealogy. But the dates, locations, family relations, and obvious consistencies paint enough of a picture for me to determine, by the information here in provided, that Elnora Betsey Williams was indeed the child of Eleazer and Jane Williams.

1870 Orland, Hancock County, Maine Census

While searching this census, the enumerator abbreviated names

Year: 1870; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   M593_545; Page:  609A; Image:  170; Family History Library Film:  552044.

Partridge, Thos. F.: 46, m, w, Farm Laborer
Partridge, Nancy S.: 45, f, w, Dress Maker
Partridge, Martha J.: 1, f, w.

Year: 1870; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   M593_545; Page:  613A; Image:  178; Family History Library Film:  552044.

Soper, John R.: 70, m, w, Farmer, 2200, 800, Maine
Soper, Margaret: 71, f, w, Maine
Partridge, John S., 23, m, w, Farm Laborer, Maine
Partridge, Margaret: 17, f, w, Maine
Partridge, Elijah D.: 21, m, w, Mariner, Maine
Soper, John R., Jr.: 48, m, w, Farmer, Maine
Soper, Sophia: 30, f, w, Keeping House, Maine
Soper, Annie M.: 3, f, w, Maine

Year: 1870; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   M593_545; Page:  616B; Image:  185; Family History Library Film:  552044.

Partridge, Geo. M.: 74, m, w, Farmer, 600, 500, Maine
Partridge, Martha S.: 74, f, w, Keeping House, New Hampshire

Year: 1870; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   M593_545; Page:  617B; Image:  187; Family History Library Film:  552044.

Partridge, Elijah: 47, m, w, Farmer, 600, 150, Maine
Partridge, Eliska: 35, f, w, Keeping House, Maine
Partridge, Nellie G.: 6, f, w, Maine
Harriman, Daniel: 80, m, w, Retired Farmer, 1200, 4200
Harriman, Elenor: 40, f, w, House Keeping, Maine

Partridge, Charles: 47, m, w, Farmer, 2000, 1200, Maine
Partridge, Clara A.: 40, f, w, Keeping House, Maine

Partridge, Joseph: 40, m, w, Farmer, 2000, 550, Maine
Partridge, Deborah: 33, f, w, Keeping House, Maine
Partridge, Clarence D.: 3, m, w, Maine
Partridge, Annie M.: 1/12, f, w, Maine

Year: 1870; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   M593_545; Page:  621B; Image:  195; Family History Library Film:  552044.

Partridge, Henry: 47, m, w, Farmer, 1700, 500, Maine
Partridge, Elisabeth: 45, f, w, Keeping House, New Hampshire
Partridge, Arthur E.: 21, m, w, Mariner, Maine
Partridge, Leverett F.: 18, m, w, Mariner, Maine
Partridge, Harrie K.: 9, m, w, Maine
Partridge, James F.: 7, m, w, Maine
Kidder, Betsy: 75, f, w, Massachusetts

Partridge, Ellison L.: 38, m, w, Farmer + Stable Keeper, 2000, 800, Maine
Partridge, Sarah A.: 34, f, w, Keeping House, Maine
Partridge, Sarah E.: 13, f, w, at Home, Maine
Partridge, Washington I.: 11, m, w, Maine
Partridge, Harriet L.: 9, f, w, Maine
Partridge, Washington, 67, m, w, Gentleman, Maine
Partridge, Lasselle E.: 7, m, w, Maine

Year: 1870; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   M593_545; Page:  627B; Image:  207; Family History Library Film:  552044.

Osgood, Robt T.: 56, m, w, Dentist, 3000, 500, Maine
Osgood, Esther: 50, Keeping House, Maine
Partridge, Geo. H.: 23, m, w, Works on Railroad, Maine
Partridge, Martha, F.: f, w, Keeping House, Maine
Partridge, Varnum S.: 10/12, m, w, Maine

Year: 1870; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   M593_545; Page:  628A; Image:  208; Family History Library Film:  552044.

Crosby, Abigail: 72, f, w, Maine
Partridge, Leander: 36, m, w, Mariner, Maine
Partridge, Ellen M.: 35, f, w, Keeping House, Maine
Partridge, Lollie P.: 11, f, w, at School, Maine
Partridge, Willie A.: 6, m, w, Maine
Partridge, Herbert L.: 4, m, w, Maine
Emerson, Austin: 29, m, w, House Carpenter, Maine

Year: 1870; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   M593_545; Page:  628B; Image:  209; Family History Library Film:  552044.

Partridge, Isaac: 50, m, w, Farmer, 4000, 5000, Maine
Partridge, Fanny M.: 42, f, w, Keeping House, Maine
Partridge, Frankie M.: 19, f, w, at School, Maine

Year: 1870; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   M593_545; Page:  629A; Image:  210; Family History Library Film:  552044.

Partridge, Charles: 24, m, w, Works on Rail Road, 0, 150, Maine
Partridge, Clara A.: 23, f, w, Keeping House, Maine

The Shooting of Herbert Partridge

Today I stumbled on a series of newspaper articles concerning the shooting of Herbert Partridge of Brooklyn, New York. I cannot identify this Herbert as yet, so provide this merely as fodder for your enjoyment.

The Washington times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, October 03, 1906, Last Edition, Page 8


Knife and Revolver Weapons of Death in Midnight Fight
Between Widow’s Alleged Brother and Suitor for Her Hand

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 – Like a fight in medieval times, where two knight fight for the favor of milady was the duel to the death today between two men, one armed with a long knife, the other with a revolver. The duel was fought in the home of the woman for whom one man will die and the other stand trial for murder.

Mrs. Jennie Smith, an attractive brunette, said to be in business near Wall street, lived with her two children in their apartments in Bradhurst avenue. Her husband is dead. Herbert Partridge, an accountant in a Wall street firm, has been renting rooms in the house for several months. He was constantly with the widow.

However, there was another suitor for her hand. This was Charles Jahn, an athlete of New Rochelle. The two men had quarreled several times.

Last evening Jahn called on Mrs. Smith. As he was about to leave at midnight, Partridge entered. he had been drinking. The men quarreled and finally Partridge drew the knife.

Jahn drew a revolver and fired three times just as Partridge was upon him with the knife. One bullet lodged in his head, another in his cheek and another in his arm. He fell to the floor dying. Jahn left the house.

When the neighbors rushed in they found Mrs. Smith kneeling beside the dying man, her two children cowering in the corner.

At the police station Mrs. Smith said Partridge was her brother. She would tell nothing more. As Jahn had a good reputation. It is expected that he will give himself up to the police today.

The sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, October 04, 1906, Page 7


Partridge Didn’t Want Jahns About and started at Him With a Knife

Herbert Partridge, a bookkeeper in the employ of a Wall street auditing company was shot three times early yesterday by Charles Jahns, a stenographer, in the apartments of Mrs. Jennie Smith, at 18 Bradhurst avenue. Partridge, who is 34 years old, was known to the other tenants in the house as the womans brother.

Jahns escaped and Partridge was taken to the Washington Heights hospital in a dying condition.

Two years ago Partridge boarded in the Smith home, when the woman was still living with her husband. Mrs Smith has two daughters, Grace, 6 year old, and Gladys, a year younger. Her husband left her and she came to this city with her two children. She held a position with a brokerage firm in the Wall Street district. Partridge went down town with her every day and returned with her at night.

About eight months ago Mrs Smith met Jahns, who is 24 yean old and employed by by the Adams Express Company. He is six feet tall, weighs 176 pounds and is of athletic build. He lives in New Rochelle with with his widowed mother. Partridge came home one night several weeks ago and found Jahns in the parlor talking wlth Mrs. Smith. He ordered Jahns out, and rather than have any trouble Jahns left.

Partridge told Mrs. Smith, she says, that that he did not want Johns coming around, and if she did not keep him away there would be trouble. Mrs Smith said the man was not doing any harm and that he ought not to get so mad over his calling. Jahns called on Mrs. Smith Tuesday night and remained until late. Partridge came home at 1 o’clock yesterday morning and found Jahns in the parlor.

Partridge said: “I thought I told you to stay away from here. You know you are not wanted here, and if you don’t keep away there will be trouble.”

“I see no reason why I should not be permitted to call as long on Mrs Smith cares said Jahns.

“Well, we’ll see about this,” replied Partridge. He ran Into the kitchen and returned a moment later with a long carving knife. Jahns was cool and told him to put the knife down. He tried to argue with Partridge.

“I’ll either finish you or you will put me out of business,” said Partridge as he made a rush for Jahns. There was a small table in the parlor, which Jahns used to keep Partridge away from him, but when he saw that it was to be a duel to the finish he told Partridge to drop the knife or some thing would happen.

The two children were awakened by the commotion and the tenants on the floors below were aroused. Johns pulled a revolver from his pocket and as Partridge came for him Jahns fired three times. The first bullet struck him in the centre of the forehead going into the brain the second hit him in the right forearm and the third went through his right cheek.

Mrs. Smith fainted. When she came to Jahns had left. The two children said Jahns picked Mrs. Smith up, put her on the sofa and went out.

Partridges chances for recovery are about even. Mrs Smith was arraigned in the Harlem court yesterday and sent to to the House of Detention as a witness. The two children were sent to the Gerry society.

New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, October 08, 1906, Page 14


Coroner Harburger was called to the Washington Heights Hospital yesterday to take a statement from Herbert Partridge who was shot in the head at 184 Bradhurst avenue last Wednesday morning in a quarrel over a woman. Charles Johns, a stenographer, is charged with the shooting. Partridge could not talk. He nodded in the affirmative when asked if Johns shot him. If he recovers he will not be able to talk, the physicians declaring his power of speech was paralyzed by the bullet.

1880 Orland, Hancock County, Maine Census

The following families were enumerated within the 1880 Orland, Hancock County, Maine census. I extracted these by hand on 7 August 2010 by browsing the entire Orland 1880 census.

My research into this branch of the Partridge family tree begins again as I try and determine over the next couple of weeks, where the descendants migrated to. The oldest person enumerated below is George Moulton Partridge, and many of the others are children, grand-children and gr-grand-children of George.

Year: 1880; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   480; Family History Film:  1254480; Page:  72D; Enumeration District:  141; Image:  0145.

Partridge, Henry:  w. m. 57 Farmer
Partridge, Lizzie: w. f. 54   wife
Partridge, Harry K.: w. m. 20 son, sailor
Partridge, Fred J.: w. m. 17, son, farmer

Year: 1880; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   480; Family History Film:  1254480; Page:  75A; Enumeration District:  141; Image:  0150.

Partridge, Elijah: w. m. 57, Farmer
Partridge, Eliska?: w. f. 45, wife
Partridge, Nellie G.: w. f. 15, daughter
Harriman, Elenor H.: w. f. 48, sister in law

Year: 1880; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   480; Family History Film:  1254480; Page:  75B; Enumeration District:  141; Image:  0151.

Partridge, Joseph: w. m. 59, Farmer
Partridge, Deborah W.: w. f. 44, wife
Partridge, Clarence D.: w. m. 13, son, At School
Partridge, Annie M.: w. f. 10, daughter, At School

Partridge, Charles: w. m. 57, Farmer
Partridge, Clara A.: w. f. 50
Partridge, Fannie M.: w. f. 8, At School

Year: 1880; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   480; Family History Film:  1254480; Page:  76C; Enumeration District:  141; Image:  0152.

Continued 193-225
Partridge, George M.: w. m. 85, Father, Farmer

Year: 1880; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   480; Family History Film:  1254480; Page:  78D; Enumeration District:  141; Image:  0157.

Partridge, Thomas: w. m. 56, Farmer
Partridge, Nancy S.: w. f. 56
Partridge, Martha S.: w. f. 11, daughter, at School
Partridge, George H.: w. m. 33, son, Sailor
Partridge, Vernum S.: w. m. 11, grand-child, at School
Partridge, Waldrem F.: w. m. 10, grand-child, at School

Year: 1880; Census Place:  OrlandHancockMaine; Roll   480; Family History Film:  1254480; Page:  80C; Enumeration District:  141; Image:  0160.

Partridge, Isaac: w. m. 59, Farmer
Jordan, Andrew J.: w. m. 36, son-in-law, druggist
Jordan, Frank M.: w. f. 29, daughter
Marks, Louisa C.: w. f. 29, House Keeper

Partridge, Ellison L.: w. m. 48, Farmer
Partridge, Sarah A.: w. f. 44, wife
Partridge, Wash: w. m. 21, son
Partridge, Hattie L.: w. f. 18, daughter, at School
Partridge, Lassell E.: w. m. 17, son, at School
Webster, Charlotte M.: w. f. 35, sister-in-law, Boarder
Webster, Marion S.: w. f. 11, niece, at School
Webster, Robert A.: w. m. 2, nephew

Obituary of Dr. Randy Philip Partridge

Dr. Randy Philip Partridge, 57, died May 13, 2010, at Prairie Sunset Home, Pretty Prairie. He was born Dec. 18, 1952, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the son of Robert Philip “R.P.” and Norma Maxine Young Partridge. He was baptized at First Baptist Church, Hutchinson. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1971 and then served with the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1976. Later he earned his BA from Evergreen State University, Olympia, Wash., in 1978, and then received his Masters and PhD in 1991 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Randy was a registered psychologist specializing in learning disabilities. He was a fellow at John Hopkins School of Medicine, and he taught at Columbia College in Chicago, Ill., Friends University and Hutchinson Community College. He was also an expert consultant to the State Bar Association of California until 2007.

Dr. Randy Philip Partridge

Dr. Randy Philip Partridge

Randy was also an avid photographer and owner of Barking Quail Fine Art Photos. His other passion was distance biking, which took him to Gettysburg, the Cattskills and the Appalachian Mountains.

He is survived by his mother, Norma Partridge of Hutchinson; sister, Terri Wilson of Little Elm, Texas; two nieces, Emily Escamilla of Little Elm, Texas, and her husband Anthony (U.S. Army, Afghanistan) and Kathryn Wilson of Lewisville, Texas; two great nieces, Ella and Audrey Escamilla; aunt, Jackie Carson of Lovington, N.M.; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, R.P. Partridge, and his grandparents, C.K. and Frances Partridge and Norman and Dessie Young.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 17, 2010, in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, with Pastor Stephen Taylor presiding. Military honors will be conducted by McConnell Air Force Honor Guard. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, with the family to receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. Memorials may be made to CASA in care of the mortuary. Please visit to leave a personal message for the family. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Prairie Sunset Home for its care.

Lizzie A. Lane Correspondence

The following is a transcription of a letter written by a Mrs. Lizzie A. Lane of Stockton Springs, Maine to Vera Partridge Hamilton. Lizzie was born 17 Nov 1871 to Matthew and Elizabeth Ann (Berry) Partridge.  She married as her second husband, Fred Amos Lane.

Apr. 21, 1935

Have been hoping to get and to look up more about the questions you ask but have been unable to as yet. Haven’t licensed our car yet as the roads are just getting bare and the mud drying up so can do better a little later. I can’t write much more then I did before. There are two of the Harriman descendants now living in Prospect, Me. Mrs. Helen Harriman and Howard Harriman, their addresses are both Stockton Springs, Me. R. F. D. #1.

Mr. C. H. Partridge can tell you the middle names of the Benjamin family if any one can, and also about Samuel as he has the family record. I have been unable to go over there as yet.

His address is Stockton Springs, Me. R. F. D. #2-

The man from Augusta, whom I spoke of was Raymond Partridge. I don’t know his address only that he came from Augusta, Me.

Miss Addie Partridge of Stockton, Me. died in the past year. I think the Thomas you have was a brother to my grandfather. In your letter you said Leora Partridge (Josiah’s granddaughter) said her ancestor’s name was David so if he was her great grandfather, he was mine as Josiah and Amos were brothers and their mother was Sarah Shute, daughter of Benjamin Shute.

I think the Partridges here are another branch of Partridges from the ones in Mass., and N. H. as we have always been told that our ancestors came direct from england. I will try as soon as I can to look up more about it. Am sorry I can’t tell you more now.

P.S. The Addie Partridge spoken of was a relative and as I said before I think her
Grandfather, Thomas and my
Grandfather, Amos were brothers

But I am not sure about that. I can find out as soon as I can go to Sandy Point, where their home was.