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  • ID: I3789
  • Name: Henry Tallman
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 2 Aug 1806 in Bath, Maine 1
  • Death: 4 May 1885 in Bath, Maine 2
  • Census: 1880 Bath, Maine 1
  • Event: Alt Birth 2 Aug 1808 Bath, Maine 3
  • Education: Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts 3
  • Occupation: lawyer, judge Bath, Maine 3
  • Note:
    Henry was educated at Harvard, and was Maine Attorney General, 1849-1852.

    JUDGE HENRY TALLMAN, when his father died, probably was the most envied young man in the State. He certainly was the most fortunate. Favored son of the richest man in Maine, destined heir to the income of a large portion of his father's estate, well-bred, well-educated, gifted with a fine mind, an engaging personality, and a kindly and judicial temperament-there were few of his contemporaries in Bath whose natural endowments or material advantages bore comparison. Turning his talents to good service he lived a long and useful life, though buffeted by misfortune, and died possessed of the friendly regard and high respect of the community.

    Ninth child and fourth surviving son of Captain Peleg Tallman, he was born in Bath August 2, 1806. He was a contemporary of two Maine celebrities, natives of Portland, whose writings were to mean much to him in later years, Nathaniel Parker Willis, his senior by about six months, and Longfellow, his junior by an almost equal period. Of the more famous of the pair Henry Tallman was destined to become a college associate, and during his faithful membership in the Winter Street Congregational Church he must often have received solace from the religious poems of Willis, for which every orthodox family in that era made a place on the parlor table.

    At the time of Henry's birth the family circle included six other children, three brothers and three sisters. The eldest of the group, Scott Tallman, was then eleven, and the brothers Benjamin and James were six and two years respectively. The sister Maria Theresa was seven years of age, and the twins, Eliza and Caroline, were about four. Little Henry was only three when the youngest child in the family, the second Caroline, named for the sister who met death by a burning accident, was born.

    Father: Peleg Tallman b: 24 Jul 1764 in Tiverton, Rhode Island
    Mother: Eleanor Clarke b: 24 Mar 1774 in Boston, Massachusetts

    Marriage 1 Sarah Fitts b: 1808 in Bath, Maine
    • Married: 15 Aug 1833 in Bath, Maine 5
    • Note:
      VI. JUDGE HENRY2 TALLMAN (Peleg1), sixth son of Peleg and Eleanor (Clarke) Tallman, was born in Bath Aug. 2, 1806, and died there May 4, 1885, in his seventy-ninth year. He married (I) Aug. 15, 1833, Sarah Fitts, born in Bath in 1808, died there July 26, 1856, daughter of Ephraim and Lydia (Hunt) Fitts of Bath; (2) 1856 or 1857, Mrs. Elizabeth Clementine (Brown) Wilkinson, born in Hallowell, Maine, June 5, 1824 (family Bible record), died in Dorchester, Mass., Oct. 28, 1918, daughter of Major John and Hannah Cottle (West) Brown of Gardiner, Maine, and former wife of William Trumbull Wilkinson of Gardiner.

      Successful and popular, and regarded as having "prospects," it can well be imagined that [Henry] was considered by doting mammas and ambitious maidens one of the most eligible bachelors in town. It is a family tradition tliat altliough Henry's affections were centered on a certain lady, his father told him if he would marry Sarah Fitts he would leave him half a million dollars. And marry Sarah Fitts he did. Daughter of Ephraim and Lydia (Hunt) Fitts, she came of a fine old Bath family. The ceremony was performed on August 15, 1833, by Rev. John W. Ellingwood, D.D., pastor of the North Church, subsequently the Winter Street Congregational, where both families attended.

      High St, Bath:
      No. 982. "The Henry Tallman House" 1840, is an outstanding Greek Revival structure. Note the columned porch extending on three sides and the square cupola. The triple motif at the entrance doorway and the side lights is repeated in the windows and in the cupola. - Bath historic tour
    • Event: d by Rev. John W. Ellingwood of the North Congregational Society of Bath wedding 15 Aug 1833 in Bath, Maine
    • Note: Henry Tallman, Esq. to Miss Sarah Fitts, both of Bath 6 7
    1. Has Children Peleg Tallman b: 18 Apr 1836 in Bath, Maine
    2. Has No Children James Henry Tallman b: 2 Feb 1838 in Bath, Maine
    3. Has Children Georgianna Sarah Tallman b: 23 Apr 1841 in Bath, Maine

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth Clementine Brown b: 5 Jun 1824 in Hallowell, Maine
    • Married:
    • Note:
      1880 Bath, wards 5 & 6 census:
      Henry Tallman, self, married, age 73, lawyer, self and parents b Maine;
      Elizabeth C. Tallman, wife, married, 53, keeping house, self and parents b Maine;
      Katie W. Tallman, daughter, single, 21, at home, all Maine;
      Henry F. Tallman, son, 18, single, laborer, all Maine;
      Annie E. Tallman, sister [actually dau-law], widowed, 42, all Maine
    1. Has No Children Catherine West Tallman b: 8 Oct 1859 in Bath, Maine
    2. Has No Children Henry F. Tallman b: Jul 1861 in Bath, Maine

    1. Title: 1880 United States Census - FamilySearch
      partial transcriptions

        Page: FHL Film 1254488; National Archives Film T9-0488; Page 58B
      • Title: Ancestors of Esther Phoebe Betts
        Author: Joan Sickles
        Publication: Oct 2002.
        e-mail with several generations of our ancestors. Her references are:
        Eddy, Debra. Family of Reuben Wilson,, 27 Apr 1997.
        Edward Oliver, baptismal record, 1797, "Copy of original baptismal records of the First Presbyterian Church of Broadalbin, Broadalbin, NY" page 31.
        Ward, Andrew Henshaw. Rice Family. pages 61, 107-108.
        Oliver, Henry K. Genealogy of Thomas Oliver of Bristol England and Boston. 1868.
      • Title: The Life and Times of Samuel Gorton: the founders and the founding of the Republic...
        Author: Adelos Gorton
        Publication: Philadelphia, unknown publisher. 1907
        Date: Dec 2001
        Page: p 418
      • Title: Honorable Peleg Tallman, 1764-1841: his ancestry and descendants
        Author: William M Emery
        Publication: unknown. privately printed. 1935
        Date: Dec 2001
      • Title: Marriage Notices from the 'Maine Farmer'
        Author: Elizabeth Keene Young and Benjamin Lewis Keene
        Publication: 1995. Bowie MD: Heritage Books
        Page: 7 Sept 1833
      • Title: Downeast Ancestry
        Page: vol. 8, Nos. 4 and 5
      • Title: Marriage returns of Lincoln County, Maine to 1866
        Author: Judith Holbrook Kelley and Clayton Rand Adams
        Publication: 2002. Rockport ME: Picton Press, Maine Genealogical Society special #39
        Page: 47
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