Woodsum Family Papers
Scope and Contents
Collection contains papers of various members of the Woodsum family, especially William Woodsum, his son William Woodsum, Jr., and William's son Nathaniel B. Woodsum. Included are correspondence, deeds and other legal documents as well as account books and ledgers. Genealogies of the Woodsum family compiled by various family members, a folder of papers of the Demeritt family and documents from the Free Will Baptist Church in Peru, Maine, are also found in the collection.
- Woodsum family (Family)
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William Woodsum was born in 1792 in Saco, Maine, the son of John and Sarah Woodsum. In 1814 he married Rosannah Woodman and they settled in Sumner, Maine, later moving to Peru, Maine. Woodsum was ordained in 1823 as a Free Will Baptist, preaching in about 20 Maine towns. He also served in the Maine legislature in 1833 and was a selectman in Peru in 1834 and 1836.
William Woodsum, Jr., a son of William and Rosannah Woodsum, was born in 1826. In 1856 he married Harriet Matilda Demeritt and they had two sons: Ralph Maidson Woodsum and Nathaniel Bragdon Woodsum. Woodsum taught school, had a general store in West Peru, was a justice of the peace, served in the Maine legislature in 1876, and was on the Board of County Commissioners for Oxford County from 1889 to 1894.
1 box (17 folders)
Language of Materials
Collection contains papers of various members of the Woodsum family, especially William Woodsum, his son William Woodsum, Jr., and William's son Nathaniel B. Woodsum of Saco and Peru, Maine. A folder of papers of the Demeritt family and documents from the Free Will Baptist Church in Peru, Maine, are also found in the collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the estate of Harriet Woodsum, Old Town, Maine, in October 2007.
- Baptists -- Maine -- Peru Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Demeritt family
- Free Will Baptists (1780?-1911)
- Peru (Me.) -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Woodsum, Harriet Demeritt
- Woodsum, Nathaniel B.
- Woodsum, William, 1792-
- Woodsum, William, 1826-
- Guide to the Woodsum Family Papers
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- Finding aid written in English.
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