Joshua Cashen Carlisle, Buried 18 Years After Death

I’ve had so much luck at reviewing old research that I decided to delve into my Carlisle family once again. I’m descended from Loyalist Robert Carlisle and his wife, Catherine, through two of their daughters, Abigail and Catherine.

Today’s subject, Joshua Cashen Carlisle, isn’t my direct line, as he is the son of John Carlisle, brother of Abigail and Catherine, but Joshua died at a fairly young age – in his 40s – and his date of burial is odd, as it is 18 years after he died.

Joshua was the son of John Carlisle and his wife, Elizabeth Cashen (sometimes found as Cushing in the records). Although Robert was a Loyalist, he and many of his adult children came back into the United States from Canada through Maine by about 1820.

Joshua Cashen was born about February 1813 (or 1818, in some records)  in New Brunswick, Canada. The family was living in Sussex, Kings County at the time so it is very likely he was born in that village.

He married Almira Pottle, c1853, possibly in Maine, although no record has been found, or possibly across the river in New Brunswick, Canada.

At the time of the 1850 census, Joshua was enumerated as a laborer, aged 32, living as the head of household consisting of himself and the family of Daniel and Nancy Watson, who don’t appear to be related.

There is a land deed filed in Washington County, Maine dated 18 October 1855, but recorded a year later on 17 October 1856.

By 1860, his father, John, and mother, Lizzie, had moved form Charlotte, Washington County, Maine to Ward 7 in Bangor, Penobscot, Maine. Joshua, wife Almira, and there three young sons were living with them in a blended family that also included Almira (apparent) sister, Hannah, plus Hannah Wheeler and her three children. Hannah Wheeler was not a Carlisle sibling of Joshua, as far as I can determine.

Almira was born about 1830, probably in Hallowell, Kennebec County, Maine; died between the 1870 and 1880 censuses, probably Brewer, Penobscot, Maine.


  1. Everett L., born 23 March 1854, Perry, Washington, Maine; died 20 November 1916, Brewer, Penobscot, Maine; unmarried.
  2. Frederick Gardiner, born c1856, probably Bangor, Penobscot, Maine; died 1937, probably Brewer, Penobscot, Maine; married Mary Agnes Gould, c1885. They had two daughters, Ethel May and Orilla Gould, and a son, Frederick Lester. All married. Agnes was born 1856; died 1925.
  3. Frank H., born March 1860, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine; died after 1930, when he was living in Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts; married Ida F. Leonard, 25 May 1896, Hampden, Penobscot, Maine. Ida was born c1872, Canada; died after 1930, when she and Frank were at home in Quincy, MA. They had a son, Everett, and a daughter, Louise. Everett married, but had no children. Louise did not marry.
  4. Mariah H., born 3 December 1865, Maine; married Charles R. Baker in 1900, probably Brewer, Maine. They had no children. This is a moot point since Mariah had no children, but if Joshua died in 1861, then Mariah wasn’t his daughter in spite of what her birth record indicates. She is enumerated in the household of “Elmira Cadile” in Brewer in 1870, along with the three boys. In 1880, Everett is head of household with Fred and Frank living there, along with their aunt, Mary J. Pottle. On the top of the following page is “Mariah,” aged 14 and her name is crossed out.

Of Frederick’s and Agnes’s children, Ethel May married Arthur William Brown on 18 June 1917 in Brewer, Penobscot, Maine. Ethel died in 1947, Arthur in 1963. They had three sons, Frederick, Robert and Norman and a daughter, Esther.

Orilla Gould married Guy Carlton Morris on 19 June 1912, also in Brewer. Sadly, Guy apparently died by the end of 1912. Orilla passed away in 1957 and both are buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Brewer. It appears they had no children.

“Lester Frederick”  married Alice Frances Smith on 1 July 1921, in Brewer, Maine. Both died after 1930, when they were living in Brewer. They had a son, Lester, and a daughter, Ruth.

Now, what about Joshua being buried 18 years after his death? I think he must have been interred somewhere else soon after he died on 10 September 1861. I wonder, too, if he might have died in the Civil War. He would have been 48 years old when he passed away, which I think is a bit old for a man living in Maine to be on active duty in the war.

Mount Hope Cemetery has this record about his burial:

Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, ME

I have found very few Carlisle cousins. If you are part of this family, please leave a comment. I’d love to meet you.

2 thoughts on “Joshua Cashen Carlisle, Buried 18 Years After Death”

  1. Sometimes a person is reburied (either to be next to a family member who more recently died or as part of a new plot or new cemetery, etc). This happened with one of my ancestors. It was a different situation with another ancestor, whose stone was erected more than a year later and THAT date wound up on the stone instead of the actual death date. I wonder if something similar to these situations happened with your Joshua Carlisle?

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