444. Stephen7 Wallingford (Aaron6, John5, John4, John3, John2, Nicholas1) was born about 1809. (He was 40 in the 1850 census, 52 in the 1860 census and 60 in the 1870 census of Lebanon.) His parentage is not proven, and is only conjecture by Shackford.
He married Mercy Wallingford, after 29 November 1833 (date of marriage intention), probably in Lebanon, Maine.(2549) This was the date of their marriage intention in Lebanon. They were both living in Lebanon at the time.
Mercy was born 15 March 1803?, in Maine.(2550) Her parentage is unknown. Birth date is from the Wallingford genealogy yet in the 1850 census her age was given as 40, implying birth about 1810. The Wallingford genealogy presumably got the date from an age at death. I haven't examined this death record yet. The 1860 census still says she was 40 years old, so clearly there is no consensus on her age at any given time. In the 1870 census she was 61, implying 1809.
Mercy died 20 March 1904.(2551)
The birth dates of their first two children currently predate their parents' marriage. Almyra's date comes from an unreliable source so may very well be wrong, but Alvah's approximate date of birth comes from two Civil War enlistment records which would appear to be reliable, and the 1850 and 1860 censuses agree with the date. An 18-year old Charlotte Wallingford appears at the end of the family in the 1850 census, and given the placement in the census record and the fact that her birth would predate her parents' marriage by two or three years, it seems likely that she is either an adopted child or a child of a relative. Is it possible that Alvah and Almyra also belong to other Wallingford families or were adopted by Stephen and Mercy?
In 1850 the family was living in Lebanon, Maine. Stephen was a farmer on a small plot of land worth $100(2552). In 1860 they were still in the "Wallingford City" area of Lebanon, and Stephen was a farmer on a piece of land now worth $200, with personal belongings worth $60.(2553) In 1870 they were still in the same area, and Stephen was a farmer on a piece of land still worth $200, and personal property worth $100.(2554)
Stephen Wallingford and Mercy Wallingford had the following children:
593 i. Almyra8 Wallingford was born about 1828. (Based on age of 69 on gravestone, but this would have her being born before her parents were married. If she is the Almira Wallingford, age 22, living in the household of her in-laws in 1850, this would be additional confirmation of a birth about 1828. It may be that she belongs with a different set of parents.) Almyra died 19 February 1899.(2555) She was buried in a private cemetery on the north side of Blaisdell's Corner Road in Berwick, Maine. She isn't listed with her purported parents in the 1850 census of Lebanon, Maine, which would be correct if she had married in that year, but she does appear to be listed in the household of her father-in-law Jonathan Wallingford in Berwick.(2556) She married her first or second cousin George Wallingford, son of Jonathan and Rachel (Knox) Wallingford. See his record for a continuation of her line.
+ 594 ii. Alvah C. Wallingford was born about 1833.
595 iii. Levina Wallingford was born probably in Lebanon, Maine about 1836-39. (She was 14 in the 1850 census and 21 in the 1860 census of Lebanon.) She married James Goodwin, (intention) 3 September 1859, in Somersworth, Strafford County, New Hampshire.(2557) She was "of Lebanon" and he was "of Wells", Maine.
Her parentage comes from the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Lebanon, Maine. The statement that she married James Goodwin is based on pure guesswork and needs much more research. The evidence, flimsy as it is, is based on the presence of James and Lovina Goodwin in the 1860 census of Farmington, N.H.(2558). Lovina is 23 in that census, which is the correct age, but there is also a Eunice Wallingford, age 20, living with them, and Eunice is the correct age to be the Lebanon Levina's sister. Both were born in Maine according to the census. The fact that they were recorded in the 1860 census of both Lebanon and Farmington is irrelevant. That often happened when the informant for a census record was a non-family member who might not have realized that two of the daughters had moved away recently. She was no longer with her parents in the 1870 census of Lebanon. Her husband James Goodwin was probably married once before, as in the 1860 census he has two apparent children living with him: William[NI: 230:NI]1H., age 9 born in N.H., and Caroline [NI:2302:NI]E., age 5, born in Mass. These two were born before he married Lovina so are probably from a first wife, assuming they are actually his children and not just younger siblings, a niece and nephew, or other relation.
596 iv. Eunice Wallingford was born probably in Lebanon, Maine about 1840. (She was 10 in the 1850 census and 19 in the 1860 census of Lebanon.) She may be the Eunice Wallingford, aged 20, born in Maine living with the family of James and Lovina Goodwin in the 1860 census of Farmington, N.H., with Lovina likely being her sister. More research is necessary.(2559) She would have had to be entered in both the 1860 censuses of Lebanon and Farmington for this to be true, but that kind of thing isn't unheard of. Eunice was no longer with her parents in the 1870 census of Lebanon.
597 v. Betsey Wallingford was born probably in Lebanon, Maine about 1843. (She was 17 in the 1860 census of Lebanon.) She doesn't appear with her parents in the 1850 census of Lebanon, but is there in 1860 as a 17-year old. She was no longer with her parents in the 1870 census.
598 vi. Ellen Wallingford was born in 1843.(2560) She is not listed in the family of Stephen and Mercy Wallingford in either the 1850 or 1860 censuses of Lebanon, yet is placed here by the Wallingford Genealogy. On what authority is unknown.
599 vii. Tappin Wallingford was born probably in Lebanon, Maine about 1845-48. He was 4 in the 1850 census, yet in the 1860 census he was 13 and younger than his brother Giles. One censustaker apparently had them confused. Chamberlain's "Lebanon Genealogies"(2561) says that Tappin was born 12 October 1845, which is surely based on information taken from the account book of Dr. Samuel W. Jones of Lebanon, which contained records of 100 births in town. It records the birth of a child of Stephen Wallingford on that date.(2562) Chamberlain apparently only consulted the 1850 census for his work, so seeing that Tappin was 4 in that census assumed that he must be the child born on that date. He never saw the reversal of their ages in the 1860 census, so in reality this birth date could apply to either Tappin or to Giles. Further research is needed. He was 4 in the 1850 census and 13 in the 1860 census of Lebanon, Maine. The 1860 census spelled his name Tappen. He was no longer with his parents in the 1870 census.
600 viii. Giles Wallingford was born probably in Lebanon, Maine about 1845-48. He was 2 in the 1850 census, yet in the 1860 census he was 15 and older than his brother Tappin. One censustaker apparently had them confused. Chamberlain's "Lebanon Genealogies"(2563) says that his brother Tappin was born 12 October 1845, which is surely based on information taken from the account book of Dr. Samuel W. Jones of Lebanon, which contained records of 100 births in town. It records the birth of a child of Stephen Wallingford on that date.(2564) Chamberlain apparently only consulted the 1850 census for his work, so seeing that Tappin was 4 in that census assumed that he must be the child born on that date. He never saw the reversal of their ages in the 1860 census, so in reality this birth date could apply to either Tappin or to Giles. Further research is needed. He may be the Giles Wallingford, age 18, a resident of Somersworth, N.H. who enlisted during the Civil War on 21 October 1861, and was mustered into the 7th N.H. Regiment, Co. D, on November 6th as a private. This Giles deserted on 1 November 1862.(2565) If he is one in the same then he likely lied about his age on his military enlistment application, which may explain his later desertion. He wasn't living with his parents in the 1870 census.
+ 603 xi. William L. Wallingford was born 25 September 1857.
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