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J Botume Jr

Biography

J Botume Jr (1826-1892)

John Botume Jr was born 2 February 1826 to parents John Botume and Sophia Hough in Unadilla, Otsego, New York.

He was a merchant in the Boston area and would later become engaged in the pork-packing and provision business, under the firm of Hart, Baldwin, and Botume.

J Botume Jr would marry Elizabeth Augusta Starr Lord (1832-1903) on 4 October 1854 in Northfield, MA. They would have three children together: John Franklin (1855-1917), Martha Sofia (1858-1925), and Bessie Everett (1863-1945).

After his marriage, in 1859, J Botume Jr built a house in Stoneham MA, that is now known as the John Botume House. It is located at 4 Woodland Road along the shore of Spot Pond. The house was built as a summer home and it is now the last surviving property in this area. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation now owns the property, which was acquired in 1895.

John Botume House

In 1865, J Botume Jr was the Sixth Sergeant of the Artillery Co. and became Eighth Sergeant in 1868. He moved to Melrose MA, in 1865, where he was a provisional dealer.

In 1867, he represented the 23rd Middlesex District in the State Legislature and was the President of the Massachusetts Brick Company. He was also on the Arbitration Committee Boston Board of Trade.

In 1877, he was invited to the Reunion of the Free Soldiers of 1848 and there is a copy of a handwritten confirmation of his acceptance to the invitation.

John Botume Jr Invitation Signature

John Botume Jr died on 9 June 1892, in Melson MA, from complications with diabetes. He was buried with Masonic Honours.

In UPEI's Provenance collection, J Botume Jr's signature can be found in the book Reader! walk up at once (it will soon be too late) and buy at a perfectly ruinous rate A fable for critics, by James Lowell along with the date “January 28/58".


Sources:

Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

1850 Seventh Census of the United States; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook)

1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Roberts, Oliver Ayer. (1895-1901). History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts, now called the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, 1637-1888. Boston : A. Mudge & Son.

Botume Jr., John, “Letter from John Botume, Jr. to Samuel Downer accepting his invitation to the reunion,” Hingham Public Library Local History & Special Collections, accessed February 25, 2018.

John Bottume House. Wikipedia.org.

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