Tombstone Tuesday: John and Rebecca Johnson


John Johnston
June 11, 1813
Aet. 71 yrs. 11 mos.

His Wife
July 19, 1831
Aet. 75 yrs. 11 mos.

This headstone is interesting in that it should say “Johnson” rather than “Johnston.”  I’m not sure why the T crept in there, but every other reference to this family, including many more stones in this cemetery, spells it “Johnson.”  This photo in the Pownalborough Court House cemetery was taken in 2007.  A later photo found on John’s memorial page indicates that the headstone is now lying on the ground.

Rebecca Goodwin Johnson was the youngest daughter of Major Samuel Goodwin and Elizabeth Willard.  She was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, probably November 8, 1755, if her sister Mercy’s family notebook is to be believed.  Other sources give October 9 as her birthday.  She married John Johnson on January 2, 1777, in Pownalborough.  Not much is known about him or his parentage, but his brother Thomas married Rebecca’s older sister, Abigail.

John and Rebecca’s immediate family information can be found in Volume 7 of Maine Families in 1790 edited by Joseph Crook Anderson, II.  It was mainly their descendants who occupied the Pownalborough Court House throughout the 19th and into the 20th century.



Tombstone Tuesday: Abigail G. Twycross


Abigail G.
Dau. of
Capt. Stephen &
Lydia Twycross
July 29, 1895
Aet. 90 ys. 5 ms.

Abigail Goodwin Twycross was born Feb. 22, 1805, as recorded in the Dresden, Maine, town records.  She is the daughter of Stephen Twycross and Lydia Johnson, who were first cousins.  Their mothers, Lydia Goodwin Twycross and Rebecca Goodwin Johnson, were both daughters of Major Samuel Goodwin.  She never married and passed away July 29, 1895, from inflammation  or “meningis” of the brain.  She is buried in the Court House Cemetery.

There is a transcription of the Dresden town records prepared by Georgianna Hewins Lilly which records Abigail’s death as being in 1832.  That gave me no end of trouble at one point until I realized I had this photo of Abigail’s headstone sitting in my files which led me to her death certificate, which can be accessed through the link below.

“Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907 ,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 Jun 2013), Abbie Twycross, 1895.

Tombstone Tuesday: Josephine Abigail Goodwin


Josephine A.
Dau. of
David S. & Lydia
July 7, 1895
Aet. 59 ys. 10 ms.

According to the Dresden Town Records, Josephine was born September 8, 1835, the eldest daughter of David Speare Goodwin and Lydia Twycross Goodwin.  She descends from Major Samuel Goodwin through both her father (David Speare, Samuel T., Samuel Jr., Samuel) and her mother (Lydia Twycross, Stephen Nymphas Twycross, Lydia Goodwin, Samuel) and again through her mother (Lydia Twycross, Lydia Johnson, Rebecca Goodwin, Samuel).  She never married and died July 7, 1895, of consumption.  She is buried in the Pownalborough Court House cemetery.