The Penobscot, Maine Malings

Can you help William Maling with his family history? Please email him at drumsir at aol dot com if you would like to collaborate!  (Note:  William’s great grandmother, Joanna Augusta (White) Maling, is the sister of my 3rd great grandmother, Caroline (White) Stanwood).

EUGENE’S ANCESTORS
By William Maling

I traced our branch of the Maling family back to Nova Scotia (NS), Canada in the 1800s. I was unable to find out how and when the earliest ancestors (William and Ellen) got there or when they were born, married or died; in spite of my hiring a genealogy consultant in Halifax, NS for that specific task. No immigration records were kept until 1880 in Nova Scotia, and passenger manifests on incoming ships were far from being specific as to names or ages. Here is a summary chart, Descendants of William and Ellen Maling.

Maling descendants

Descendants of William Maling and Ellen his wife

Although I have much more information on these Maling descendants in pedigree chart form, I do not include in this history the many lines of all the “cousins.” I have an unpublished Descendants of William H. Maling genealogy on, who I call, our Penobscot County Maine Malings done in classic written form by Nathan P. Maling. Nathan lives in Seattle Washington and is a descendant of the apparently unrelated Cumberland County Maine Maling family. Nathan and I have exchanged information over the years about our respective Maling families.

Preceding my grandfather Eugene, I could only identify two generations of Malings; William and Ellen Maling (great-great grandparents) and then William H. and Joanna A. (White) Maling (great grandparents). They are described below with all their siblings in each generation, who were ancestors of some of the Malings I contacted in my research.

  • Our earliest known ancestor, William Maling, my great-great grandfather was born in Scotland, probably in 1790 or so and lived in Halifax, NS. He was a blacksmith. His wife, Ellen, was probably from the same geographic area in England. They had six children:
  • John Maling, b. 1820 Windsor, NS, a farmer, five children from first two wives.
  • Susan Maling, 1822-1885, married Charles Lathrop, six children
  • William H. Maling 1825-1894 (our ancestor, my great-grandfather)
  • James Maling, killed in our Civil War, no children
  • George Maling, b. 1830, 1st wife Sarah, four children, m. Susan Ward in 1842.
  • Andrew Maling, b. 1835, m. Julia Daily, farmer, nine children

Except for William H. Maling, most of these children of William and Ellen stayed in NS or other parts of Canada, many being farmers. I have most of their descendants in chart form, Nova Scotia Malings, as part of my effort to find “cousins” who might have family information.

William H. Maling was born May 7, 1825 in Nova Scotia, Canada and died in 1894 in Brewer, Maine. He married Joanna Augusta White who was born February 7, 1835 in Maine and died in 1923 in Brewer. She was the daughter of John and Mary [Scott] White. John was born in Maine in 1805 and Mary in New Brunswick, Canada 1810. John and Mary both died in [Northfield,] Minnesota, 1885 and 1893 respectively.

Joanna Augusta (White) Maling, dau. of John and Mary (Scott) White

Joanna Augusta (White) Maling, dau. of John and Mary (Scott) White, c1920

William went into the lumber business at age 16. By age 22, he had moved with the lumbering business down the Penobscot River, arriving in Penobscot County [Maine] in 1847. He settled in Brewer in 1862 at age 37, his family address was 20 Union Street. He helped found the Milford Land and Lumber Company, which cut and processed timber and produced products like shingles, lath, clapboard and pickets for fencing.

According to the History of Penobscot County, Maine – “He (William) has probably explored and located as much timberland as any other man on the Penobscot (River).”  In those days Penobscot County was a major lumber area and sailing ships filled the huge Penobscot Bay waiting their turn to load.

  • William H. and Joanna Augusta Maling had eight children (below), plus 4 more that did not live to adulthood. He was 26 when their first child was born, she was 16.
  • George W. Maling, 1851-1896, m. Rebecca M. Kempt, one child, railroad brakeman.
  • Melvin E. Maling, 1855-1946, m. 1874 to Georgia Hannah Gilmore b. 1856, 10 children.
  • Jerome S. Maling, 1858-1914, m. Agnes Brew, born on Isle of Man, Jerome  lumberman.
  • John B. Maling, b. 1861 ME, died sometime after 1920.
  • Lillian A. Maling, b. 1865, m. George Croswell Cressey in 1888.
  • Charles Henry Maling, 1870-1939, 2nd wife Annie Smith b. 1868, two children.
  • Eleanor Augusta Maling, 1876-1940, m. 1899 Charles Park Ware, three children.
  • Eugene Vernon Maling, 1882-1933 (my grandfather)
Circa 1872, William H. Maling, age 47 and Joanna A. Maling, age 37 (back row center) with their oldest five children at the Maling family home in Brewer, ME. Back row at left: George W. age 21, on right Melvin E. age 17. Front row from left; Jerome S. age 14, Lillian A. age 7 and John B. age 11.

Circa 1872, William H. Maling, age 47 and Joanna A. Maling, age 37 (back row center) with their oldest five children at the Maling family home in Brewer, ME. Back row at left: George W. age 21, on right Melvin E. age 17. Front row from left; Jerome S. age 14, Lillian A. age 7 and John B. age 11.

William & Joanna are both buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Brewer, along with 12 other Maling family members.

Gravestone of William and Joanna A. (White) Maling

Gravestone of William and Joanna A. (White) Maling

I have many of their descendants in chart form. Of these children, Melvin sired 10 children and produced a large, well-known Maling sub-branch. His son, Bertrand Essex Maling (1888-1942) started worked as a travel agent for a railroad in Maine, and was later very successful in the food/cannery business in Oregon.

Please email William Maling at drumsir at aol dot com if you would like additional information on the Malings or if you have information to share.


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