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Benjamin Franklin Tarbox

Yesterday, I shared photos of the family of my 3x great grandfather, George Rogers Tarbox. George seems to have remained close to his brother, Benjamin Franklin Tarbox, as family photos take 130 or more years ago have come down through time to me.

George and Ben were the eighth and ninth of eleven children born to William and Judith Haskell Tarbox. They were born in and grew up in New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine. George, born 14 December 1818 was older than Ben, born 29 May 1821, by a little more than two years.  There was definitely a family resemblance between the two men!

Benjamin Franklin and George Rogers Tarbox

Benjamin married Harriet D. Stetson Lowell, Massachusetts on 10 September 1847. Harriet was about 4 years older than her husband, born about 1817 in Maine.

This photo was taken in Lewiston and I think this may be Ben’s wife, Harriet D. Stetson:


Ben died on 6 June 1891 and is buried in Lewiston. Harriet predeceased him by quite a few years, dying on 23 Oct 1874. She is buried with him at Forestdale Cemetery in Lewiston.

They were the parents of seven children: Franklin A., George H., Hattie M., Ellen S.(Nellie), Olive R., Charles S. and Minnie J.  Frank, Hattie and Minnie all died unmarried with no children.

Here is a photo of Hattie M. Tarbox. She was a school teacher:

Hattie M. Tarbox

Nellie married Peter Scott in MA in 1877, but the only Peter Scott in Massachusetts in 1880 who is of the right age is a man listed as a convict in the state prison. Nellie reported in later censuses that she was divorced, so this Peter may well be her husband. It appears they had no children and Nellie never remarried. Olive married Charles B. Edwards and they had only one son, Earl F., born in 1888 and died in 1902 in Malden, MA so they have no descendants.

Benjamin and Harriet left three grandsons and three granddaughters who may have descendants today:

George married Elizabeth Edwards and they removed to Malden, Middlesex, MA. They had three children – Annie, Grace and George W. Tarbox. George Sr. was a widower in the 1900 census as Elizabeth had died only five weeks earlier, on 30 April 1900, also in Malden.

Charles S. Tarbox married Amelia Rachel Smith in 1882 in Boston and settled in Braintree, MA. They had sons Harry Sumner Tarbox and Charles Frederick Tarbox and daughter Adeline Rachel Tarbox.

If I could find them, I would like to give them the original photographs that I have of their ancestors.