Amended Sketch of Moses Cushing Maling

3. Moses Cushing3 Maling (Thomas2, John1) was born in Maine on 19 November 1819.[1] He died on 6 October 1893[2] and was buried at Hope Cemetery, Kennebunk Village[3]He married at Kennebunkport, on 5 July 1847 Olive Porter Chadbourne, daughter of Elisha Chadbourne and Susannah Lord.[4]Olive was born at Kennebunk, on 17 March 1824, and she died at Kennebunk, on 20 December 1878.[5] She was buried at Hope Cemetery, Kennebunk Village.[6] Moses married second, on 11 October 1886, Lucia Wells (Nason) Folsom, daughter of Benjamin and Olive (–) Nason.[7] Lucia was born on 14 March 1834 at South Berwick, York County, Maine,[8] and she died at York, Maine, on 9 October 1920.[9]


1, 2, 3, Moses Maling’s gravestone. Photograph, Taken 29 November 2002, Photographed by G. C. C. Maling, The Author (Seattle, King Co., Washington).

4, Marriage publication date of 13 June 1847 from Chadbourne genealogy. The Kennebunkport Historical Society materials state 5 July 1849 for the marriage date, which is after Mary Abby’s birth in May 1849. Elaine Chadbourne Bacon, compiler, The Chadbourne Family in America: A Genealogy (North Waterboro, Maine: Chadbourne Family Association, 1994), 157; Maling family in Kennebunkport area, family information file, October 1995 Kennebunkport Historical Society.

5, 6, see note 1.

7, Maine Marriages, 1771–1907, database online,

8, 9, Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, database online,

See also: Maling Family Resources for more materials on Moses.

Review: Genealogy of the Burbank Family by George Burbank Sedgley

Sedgley, George Burbank. Genealogy of the Burbank Family and the Families of Bray, Wellcome, Sedgley (Sedgeley) and Welch. Farmington, Me.: Printed by the Knowlton & McLeary Co., 1928.

Sedgley goes far deeper into the Burbank fmily than I do in my paper of ten years ago, John Burbank of Rowley, Massachusetts and Some of His Descendants.

His research into the family’s early generations is exceptional, covering original records such as deeds and town papers. Extensive extracts and transcriptions are given as well as discussions of their content. While few explicit sources are listed in Sedgley, he provides enough hints for the reader to start tracking them down in their respective repositories. I, on the other hand, relied more on published sources which are open to error and are possibly less reliable.

One of the primary differences between Sedgley’s book and my paper is that Sedgley accepts as given fact the marriage of Lydia Burbank, who was born on 7 April 1644, to Abraham Foster about 1655. I noted that the whole family group is suspect because of the age differences between the two individuals.

Another difference is the discussion of Mary Burbank’s family in Arundel, Maine. Mary was born about 1733 and married John Fairfield in 1751. Sedgley orders the children in a different manner than as laid out in my listing. I agree with Sedgley’s statement that good records on Arundel families are hard to find. My own family has origins there, so knowing where to look is important.

Overall, I see this genealogy as a good starting point in the research of the Burbank family. It is well written and explains a great number of sources.


Descendants of Nicholas Wyeth, 1600-1680

The paper, 35 pages with sources and commentary, is a work in progress. It is fairly complete as to the main descent to Newell Converse Wyeth and his family.

Updates to the Wyeth Family Project

One of my current projects is to document the Wyeth family of New England through the 1600s to the 1900s. The progenitor of the family was Nicholas Wyeth, born in England and emigrated to Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts during the early part of the Great Migration. He died in 1680. He was my 10th great-grandfather.

The genealogy itself, while only partly documented, is coming along nicely. I’ve been touching it off and on for several years now. Parts of this genealogy I’ve lifted off of the Internet. I’ve been looking for documents to back up the assertions made in that version. Some of the undocumented materials seem to be based on personal knowledge and recent events, so there should be documents online.

The genealogy as it exists right now is about 25 8.5” x 11” inch pages with footnotes. It is in a fairly strict NEHGS Register style. I plan to post it somewhere in the future, but not just yet since there is unfinished business with the more recent family sketches. Since it is a fairly short document, perhaps growing to 50 or so pages, I’ll probably not publish it on Amazon or Lulu, where my other publications are available.

One of the more interesting parts I’ve found is: Ruth Shepard, who married William Wyeth (1657-1703), was not the daughter of Thomas Shepard, born say 1635-1637 and died at Milton, Massachusetts 26 September 1719, and Hannah Ensign, born probably at Scituate, Massachusetts circa 1638 (baptized at Hingham, Massachusetts 6 July 1640) and died at Malden, Massachusetts 14 March 1697/8. [Robert E. Bowman, “Ensigns Revisited,” The American Genealogist, 73 (October 1998), 249.] Who she was seems to remain a mystery.

Some of the families covered, in particular the New England families, I’ve fairly completely documented, but trailing the others will be a challenge. Since they seem to have dispersed across the country, some to Washington state and some to the western states, I’ve got my work cut out for me.

Notes on Ancestris 10 – Formerly GenealogyJ

I’ve been looking at Ancestris, a free (GPL’d) genealogy program written in Java. It runs on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems.

There is very little documentation with the program and it takes a bit of working with to figure out some of the features included. For instance, when I ran the GEDCOM compliance checks it came out with a categorized list of items in one pane and a linked editor in another pane.

There are three editor panes to choose from. One fairly simple, one fairly complex, and one for directly editing the GEDCOM.

The GEDCOM check feature goes beyond just compliance with the standard and includes some plain old sanity checks. Some of these checks are for settable values and ranges so you can tighten or loosen them at will.

Lifelines, another free genealogy program, has a more robust set of sanity checks. Checking compliance at GED-Inline is also a better, albeit more terse, option.

The general reporting capabilities are lacking, compared to other free and commercial genealogy programs. There is only the option to output to a website, for instance. The styling of the report is fairly simple.

Ancestris is available on the web at It is updated often as it is a work in progress.