A New Year New Discoveries
19th Century School Master
Of course, this is not a photograph of The Timothy Galvin. As far as I know, to date, no photographs exist. However, Leonard Bond Chapman, editor and publisher of the Deering News (1894 - 1904), provided some marvelous images of the man that I want to share so as to add to the story of the souls interred at the East Deering/Grand Trunk Cemetery.
You may remember my writing about Leonard Bond Chapman in previous posts as the 'unofficial' caretaker of the ancient cemeteries in Portland until his death in 1915, but he was so much more. LB Chapman was a prolific writer and invaluable caretaker of the history of Deering which is preserved in Grampa's Scrapebook. In November, in my last post, I mentioned that our friend, Herb Adams loaned me his copy of the reformatted and indexed book, by Thomas Shaw Henley, particularly for the article about Tim Galvin.
Since that time, 'Santa' brought me my own copy and it has provided many genealogical tidbits. I recommend this book to those of you doing your own genealogical detecting; no doubt you will find it helpful.
William David Barry and Patricia McGraw Anderson in their book Deering: A Social and Architectural History , p. 111, said this:
....the News' great impact (was the) minute coverage of events, political spiceand peerless historical and genealogical columns, providing Deering
with a relevant and useful written legacy.
From the book: Deering, p.69
A very early photo of LB Chapman
LB Chapman devoted an entire article to Timothy Galvin on page 21 of Grampa's Scrapebook. Although I'm unsure of the date it was published, he references:
Ninety years ago and later, the name of Timothy Galvin was a household word hereabouts. He was an Irishman, born in Ireland, February 2, 1766 married, March 12, 1793, Joanna Ilsley. The Ilsley's lived where Hawkin's shoe factory is located on Ocean Street.In my earlier post about Timothy Galvin, I listed the year of his birth as 1776 taken from the Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, vol. IV which contained the inscription from his tombstone. I also listed his marriage to Joanna Ilsley as having taken place in the year 1795, the year he arrived in Maine from Ireland, not as Chapman indicated as 1793. If the year of Timothy Galvin's birth is accurate, then he was three years older than Joanna and not, as I had written, nineteen at the time of their marriage and she, six years older. He would have been twenty-nine which seems more in keeping with the 1810 census I included in the earlier post. Much more interesting and intriguing to me and, I hope to you, is Chapman's description of the man known as Master Galvin. He write:
He was short in stature, quick in motion, an excitable temper, full of wit, slight brogue, stood high as a mathematician, a surveyor of land, shopkeeper and schoolmaster. His name, however, is seldom found in historical research.
In 1810, the two story schoolhouse was commenced that was located on the site of the present one at Stroudwater, and Master Galvin was notified that when finished, another teacher would be employed as he did not understand grammar sufficiently well to teach it, whereupon he obtained a grammar and went to work on it. When the schoolhouse was ready, he was also ready to teach grammar as well as other branches of study.