by Cheryl Willis Patten
While preparing for two speaking engagements in the summer of 2019 I saw two gravestones that were “Erected by George Bacon”. One was a stone for Emily Bacon in Richardson Cemetery in Jay and one was a stone for George Baker in Madison Bridge Cemetery in Madison. At the bottom of George’s stone is carved, “Erected by Himself 1873”. After seeing those two stones I remembered that in 2016 Emily Quint and I were in Dinsmore Cemetery in Anson and saw another stone “Erected by George Bacon”. My question was then – what’s the story?
According to the History of Winthrop with Genealogical Notes by Everett S. Stackpole, George Bacon’s father was Josiah Bacon who was born in Attleboro, MA about 1761 and who came to Winthrop before 1790. In about 1792 he married Eunice Mitchell and they are recorded as the parents of the following children:
- Betsey b. 15 June 1793; d. 11 May 1840
- Josiah b. 18 March 1795; d. 16 October 1865
- Warren b. 31 October 1796; d. 28 June 1876
- Joseph b. 22 November 1800; d. 25 July 1826
- Joel b. 21 June 1803; d. 1 April 1835
- Ebenezer b. 29 March 1809; d. 9 September 1834
- George b. 17 July 1811
- Emily b. 5 June 1815; d. 5 Oct. 1832
- Polly b. 17 Oct. 1818; d. 20 August 1834 
A search of the U.S Federal Census records does not show George listed until 1850. It is likely he lived with other members of his family during the years prior to 1850 since the records through the time of his death in 1891 do not at any time list him as head of household. In 1850 and 1860 George is listed as a peddler living in Madison the household of his brother, Warren.   In 1870 and 1880 George is listed in the household of Peter Ellis. In 1870 his occupation is “laborer”  and in 1880 “servant” “farmer”. 
On 19 September 1871 an order was placed in Skowhegan at the shop of Baker and Judkins for a single gravestone for George’s mother Eunice and his brother Joseph. The stone cost $37 and the freight was paid for the stone to be delivered to Winthrop “on cars” [railroad]. This stone for Eunice and Joseph can be seen in Winthrop’s Glenside Cemetery. At the same time a stone was ordered for Josiah and four of his children Polly, Ebenezer, Joel, and Betsey. This second stone was to be delivered and set in the “yard near Arthur Dinsmore” [in Anson] and cost $50. Both stones were to have carved on the face the words “Erected by George Bacon”. 
Ten days later, on 29 September 1871, an order was placed for a stone for Emily Bacon and was to be picked up “at shop”. George Bacon was to be charged $24 for this stone and on the face were to be carved the words “Erected by George Bacon”. 
In 1873, on the 8th of May, George Bacon paid $62 for his own stone which was to be set in Madison Bridge yard. This stone was to have carved at the bottom “Erected by Himself 1873”.  According to his stone George died on 7 January 1891.
In June of 1866 Hannah Baker ordered a stone for her husband Josiah, who died on 16 October 1865 at 70 yrs. The stone cost $29 and was to be set in Village [Ireland] Cemetery in Hartland.
George’s brother Warren paid for several stones to be set in Madison Bridge Cemetery [Warren, his wife Patience, and four of their children]. In May of 1882 those stones were removed and were replaced by a single obelisk to be paid [$115] for by W. F. Bacon of Skowhegan.
Thus the story ends – Josiah, Eunice and their nine children all have grave stones marking their final resting places.
1. Everett S. Stackpole, History of Winthrop, Maine With Genealogical Notes (Auburn, Maine: Merrill & Webber Company, no date), 261.
2. Year: 1850; Census Place: Madison, Somerset, Maine; Roll: M432_269; Page: 52B; Image: 108.
3. Year: 1860; Census Place: Madison, Somerset, Maine; Roll: M653_452; Page: 239; Family History Library Film: 803452.
4. Year: 1870; Census Place: Madison, Somerset, Maine; Roll: M593_558; Page: 225A; Family History Library Film: 552057.
5. Year: 1880; Census Place: Madison, Somerset, Maine; Roll: 487; Page: 386B; Enumeration District: 165.
6. Maine Old Cemetery Association, The Marble Records, “Eunice, Joseph, Josiah, Polly, Ebenezer, Joel, and Betsey Bacon“ (No place, privately published, 2006). Volume 11, Page 143.
7. Maine Old Cemetery Association, The Marble Records, “Emily Bacon” (no place, privately published, 2006). Volume11, Page 146.
8. Maine Old Cemetery Association, The Marble Records, “George Bacon” (no place, privately published, 2006). Volume 13, Page 51.
9. Maine Old Cemetery Association, The Marble Records, “Josiah Bacon” (no place, privately published, 2006). Volume 8, Page 67.
10. Maine Old Cemetery Association, The Marble Records, “Warren, Patience, Eunice, Joseph, Joel, Josiah” (no place, privately published, 2006). Volume 24, Page 114.