Ozias Bridgham, pictured above and
again in the reprint of the blog post, was born on 1 July 1860 in
Beddington, Maine, the son of Wilmot and Hannah (Schoppee)
Bridgham. His paternal grandparents were Joseph and Margaret
His maternal grandparents were John
and Elsie (Weston) Schoppee. John's father was Hessian
soldier Anthony Schoppee, who was one of about 5000 Hessians to
stay in North America after the American Revolution.
In 1891 Ozias Bridgham married Bertha
Farnsworth, who was born 28 February 1866 in Jonesboro, Maine, the
daughter of Ephraim Farnsworth and his wife Mary (possibly Hatch).
Bertha's paternal grandparents were Cyrus and Mary P.
(Schoppee) Farnsworth. I don't yet have information on
Bertha's maternal grandparents.
Bertha's maternal grandmother Mary P.
(Schoppee) Farnsworth was a daughter of Hessian Anthony
The name "Jim" threw me at first, but
with some digging, I found that their son Alfred Harris Bridgham
was nicknamed "Jim". Their other two sons were Earl Lawrence
Bridgham and Waldo Ephraim Bridgham.
Below are a reprint of a post at the
blog Heirlooms Reunited on the family
history of Ozias Bridgham and family trees for Ozias and his wife
Bridgham, Ship Captain, born Beddington, Maine, died at sea
Photograph of Ozias Bridgham, who was
born 1 July 1860, in Beddington, Maine, the son of Wilmot and
Hannah Schoppee Bridgham. He died 26 October 1917, at
sea. This photograph was taken by the Wurst studio, 180 Sixth
Avenue, New York.
As you can see, above, there is a date of
November 16, 1916. At first I thought this was the date of
death, but after researching online, I think it's more likely that
this was the date the photograph was made or the date when the
photograph was presented to someone. I felt overruled by the
many instances online giving his death as 26 October 1917.
The identification gives the first name
as Osiah, but that is probably the way the writer heard it. I
looked online for a person named Osiah Bridgham but didn't find
one. It would be a terrible coincidence for two men of such
similar names to die at sea - at least I would hope.
The writer also stated that Ozias was
Grandma Bridgham's youngest son. However, he actually had a
younger brother, Leander, who died at just over a year in age.
Ozias' father, Wilmot Bridgham, was born
12 November 1817, in Charleston, Maine, the son of Joseph H. and
Margaret Campbell (Bradley) Bridgham. Ozias' mother, Hannah
Schoppee, was born 1 December 1820, in Jonesboro, Maine, the
daughter of John and Elsie (Weston) Schoppee.
Interesting that Hannah goes back to
Hannah Weston, a Revolutionary War heroine, and Anthony Schoppee, a
Ozias Bridgham married Bertha Farnsworth
in 1891. I believe Bertha's parents were Ephraim and Mary
(Hatch) Farnsworth, but I'm not sure. Ephraim's mother, Mary
Polly Schoppee, was a daughter of Anthony Schoppee, and thus a
sister to the John Schoppee mentioned above, Ozias' maternal
Ozias and Bertha had three children that
I know of: sons Earle Lawrence, Waldo Ephraim and Alfred Harris.
Hopefully you will find this heirloom
meaningful. If you have information on the Bridgham,
Schoppee, Farnsworth or Hatch families, I would most appreciate
hearing from you, particularly if some of the information presented
in this post is incorrect.
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