William Partridge was born likely at London, England [Partridge Cemetery – Woolwich Maine, Nancy I. Fricke] in 1770 [ibid.]. It is unknown as to his English parentage or when exactly he arrived in the United States, but my first record of him appears in 1795 when he married Susannah McCobb Main on Christmas Eve. Susannah was the daughter of Joseph and Beatris (McCobb) Main (Mains). William and Susan went on to have eleven children, many of whose descendants resided at Woolwich, Maine for many generations.

The following information is basically a major census extraction of this line of Partridge/Patridge’s from 1800-1930, though other records were consulted. My main goal was to track the Partridge lines. Maybe as time allows I will be able to go back in and track the female Partridge lines as well.

The descendants of this Partridge family have been traced to the following locations other then Woolwich: Bath, Maine; Brunswick, Maine; Bowdoinham, Maine; Freeport, Maine; Claremont, New Hampshire; Brookline, New Hampshire; New Haven, Connecticut; Montville, Connecticut; Taunton, Massachusetts; and Poughkeepsie, New York.

The Partridge Family Tree has this entire line added. The source images of the census used can be found at the site. You must be registered and approved in order to view the source material.

Research Notes:

The town of Woolwich changed from Lincoln County to Sagahadoc County, Maine in 1854.

In tracking William and his descendants through the census the following variations of Partridge are known to be used: Partridge, Patridge, Partriage, Partrage.

Family of William Partridge

1800 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine
William Partriage


1 male under 10 John
1 male 26-44 William
2 fem under 10 Elizabeth, Mercy
1 fem 16-25
1 fem 26-44 Susannah

There is a female enumerated in this family, age 16-25 whom I am unable to account for. Susannah’s father, Joseph, passed away in 1790, so this could be one of her younger sisters. It could also be an unknown sister of William.

1810 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine
William Patridge


2 male under 10 Joseph, William Jr.
1 male 10-15 John
1 male 26-44 William
3 fem under 10 Mercy, Joanna, Sarah
1 fem 10-15 Elizabeth
1 fem 26-44 Susannah

The 1810 census likely confirms that all members of William’s family were alive in 1810. This is the last census where I can account for John. So either he died and isn’t buried in the Partridge cemetery in Woolwich, or he moved and I cannot account for his whereabouts later in life.

1820 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine
William Partridge


2 male to 10 Horatio, James
2 male 10-16 Joseph, William Jr.
1 male 45+ William
2 fem to 10 Sarah, Anna
1 fem 10-16 Joanna
1 fem 16-26 Mercy
1 fem 45+ Susannah
1 engaged in agriculture

The 1820 census sheds light on this family. The only listing above which was in doubt was the 2 fem to 10. There was a third child who also could have been listed, Margaret. I chose not to list her because nothing further is known of her, while I have spousal names for the other two (indicating they were alive in 1820). It is possible that Margaret is enumerated elsewhere in the 1820 census, but it is more likely that she was deceased before 1820.

There was another daughter of William’s that was known to be alive in 1820, Elizabeth (a. 21) however, she was married in 1819, and likely would have been enumerated with her husband. This can help confirm then, that Mercy was still alive in 1820.

1830 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine
p. 137

William Patridge
1 male 10-15 James
1 male 50-60 William
1 fem 10-15 Anna
1 fem 20-30 prob. Sarah
1 fem 50-60 Susannah

The 1830 census appears to be the most perplexing as I lose 4 of the family and can find then enumerated no where else in 1830. John, who would be 34 in 1830, would likely be on his own, but there is no census found for him in 1830 or above, so he may have died prior to 1830. The similar aged John Patridge of Gorham, and later Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine is from a different branch. Joseph, at age 28, steps off the grid, or is enumerated with another family of a different name. Horatio would be 18 at the time, and like his older brother Joseph, has disappeared.

Concerning the female between the age of 20-30, this is likely Sarah Jane, however I would need the marriage date between her and ??? Soule. Her sister, Joanna, aged 23 in 1830, married Henry Starkey in 1830, the year of the census. Since the census itself carries over into 1831, it would depend on when the enumerator made the actual rounds, whether she would still be living at home.

1840 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine

Wm Partridge
1 male 5-10
1 male 20-30
1 male 60-70 William
1 fem under 5
1 fem 30-40
1 fem 60-70 Susannah

Taking what we know of William’s family, I can only be certain of William and Susannah. Joseph was enumerated separately in Bath, and I can account for the 6 people enumerated in his family, providing that Susan Olive was born at the time of the enumeration.

1850 Census, Woolwich, Lincoln, Maine
26 Aug 1850
181 223

William Patridge 78 m 500 England
Susannah 71 f Maine
Joseph 48 m Farmer Maine
Nancy 40 f Maine
Malvy 17 m Maine Attended School
Mary 15 f Maine Attended School
Ephraim 13 m Maine Attended School
Susan O 10 f Maine Attended School
Joann 7 f Maine Attended School

This census provides more information on the parents of Joseph, whom were known prior to viewing this record. The age of birth of both parents and the location of birth were not known. The location of England for the birth of William supports my suspicions, as I was never able to track his birth in US.

Problem: The age of Malvy (Mulvey) and Mary are different then what my records show. Specifically, the ages appear to be reversed. This is likely an issue with the census however, as the 1860 census will confirm.

Family of Joseph Patridge

1840 Census Bath, Lincoln, Maine
p. 375a

Joseph Patridge
1 male under 5 Ephraim
1 male 5-10 Mulvey
1 male 30-40 Joseph
1 fem under 5 Susan Olive (b. 1840)
1 fem 5-10 Mary Jane
1 fem 30-40 Nancy

I can account for the 6 people enumerated in this family, providing that Susan Olive was born at the time of the enumeration.

1860 Census Woolwich, Sagahadoc, Maine
27 June 1860
237 239

Joseph M. Partridge 56 m Farmer 1000 246 Maine
Nancy S. 50 f Maine
Mulvy 24 m Farm Laborer 100 Maine
Ephraim 23 m Farm Laborer 100 Maine
Susan O. 20 f Maine
Joann S. 13 f Maine Attended School
Susan 87 f Maine

This census has some issues with the ages of some of the family, most notably Joseph and his mother Susan, and son Mulvy. Between the 1850 and 1860 census, Joseph has only gained 8 years of age. His mother, which assumes that Susannah in the 1850 and Susan in the 1860 are one and the same, has gained 17 years of age. Mulvy, Joseph’s son, has gained only 7 years, but I questioned the age in the 1850 census, and if it was corrected to the appropriate age then, he would have gained 9 years, which is possible since this census was taken 2 months earlier in the year then the 1850 census had been.

1870 Census Woolwich, Sagahadoc, Maine
176 176

Patrage Joseph 67 m w Farmer 1000 255 Maine
Nancy 60 f w Keeping House Maine
Ephraim 32 m w Working Farm Maine
Scolley Julia 14 f w at home Maine Attended School

Julia Scolley is likely some relative of Nancy, as Sculley is her maiden name.

1880 Census Woolwich, Sagahadoc, Maine
1 1

Partridge, Joseph w m 77 Farmer Maine England Maine
Nancy w f 69 Wife Keeping House Maine Maine Maine
Ephraim w m 43 Son Farmer Maine Maine Maine Single

The birth location for Joseph’s father confirms what we have through other sources.

Family of James McCobb Patridge

1850 Census Bath, Lincoln, Maine
929 1106

James Patridge 33 m Raftsman 300 Maine
Nancy 26 f Maine
Annowva 7 f Maine Attended School
Charles W 5 m Maine Attended School
Flora A 3 f Maine Attended School
Frances A Peterson 44 f Maine

The spelling of James eldest child, Annowva, may be incorrect. I am not sure if there is any connection between Frances Peterson and the family of James and Nancy.

1860 Census Bath, Lincoln, Maine
1586 1600

James Patridge 43 m Day Laborer 600 Maine
Nancy M. 34 f Maine
Ann M. 17 f Maine Attended School
Charles E. 10 m Maine Attended School
Frank 7 m Maine Attended School

The 1860 census introduces us to Charles E. and Frank. It also provides a different name from the 1850 census for Ann, though this may just be a nickname she later went by. It is apparent that both Charles W. and Flora A. likely passed away during the 1850’s.

1870 Census Bath, Lincoln, Maine
237 227

Patridge James 51 m w Log Driver 500 Maine
Charles E. 25 m w Log Driver Maine
Frank 18 m w Log Driver Maine
Walsh, Ann M. 27 f w Keeping House Maine
Partridge, William 7 m w Maine Attended School
Walsh, Charles 5 m w Maine Attended School
Walsh, Ednor E. 6/12 f w Maine

The 1870 census has proven to be a treasure trove of information. Most noticably, it mentions Ann M. which is the name of the eldest daughter of James and Nancy, and her age matches as well. Likely this is her daugher, making her married name Walsh, and if we go along with the pattern, her children Charles and Ednor E.

William Partridge, a. 7 is a different story. His birth was in 1863, and the last child born to James and Nancy was in 1846, it is highly unlikely (though not impossible) that this child belongs to some other family.

Nancy doesn’t appear in this census enumeration, and has likely passed away. The 1880 census confirms that James has a new wife, by the name of Ellen.

1880 Census Bath, Lincoln, Maine
359 475

Partridge, Jas. w m 60 Laborer 10 Rheumatism Cannot Read Cannot Write Maine England Maine
Ellen w f 45 Wife Wash Woman Cannot Read Cannot Write Ireland Ireland Ireland

While the age of James doesn’t match up with his actual age in 1880, I am quite sure that this is James McCobb Partridge. The location matches up, as does the parents birth location, once again confirming William’s birth as having occurred in England.

James has a new wife… Ellen.

Family of Horatio Nelson Patridge

1850 Census Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine
453 492

Horatio Patridge 39 m Tailor 300 Maine
Rebecca 46 f Maine
George H 11 m Maine Attended School
Horatio N 8 m Maine Attended School
Charles O 6 m Maine Attended School

Family of Mulvy Partridge

1900 Census Bowdoinham, Sagahadoc, Maine
82 82

Partridge, Mulvey Head w m July 1835 64 m 30 – – Maine Maine Maine Farmer
Susan W. Wife w f June 1839 60 m 30 2 2 Maine Maine Maine

This confirms that only 2 children were born to the marriage of Susan and Mulvey.

Family of Frederick E. Partridge

1900 Census, Claremont, Sullivan, New Hampshire
6 127 208
6 127 209
6 Bond Street

Andrews, George A Head w m Apr 1838 62 m 19 Mass NH Mass Machine (Shoe Shop)
Andrews, Roxie Wife w f Feb 1835 65 m 19 0 0 NH NH NH
Partridge, Frederick E Board w m Sept 1873 26 m 0 Maine Maine Maine Superintendent Water Works
Partridge, Minnie Wife w f May 1880 20 m 0 0 0 NY NH Scotl

Rossiter, Albert Head w m May 1843 57 m 23 NH NH VT Landlord
Rossiter, Hattie A Wife w f Feb 1845 55 m 23 0 0 NH NH NH
Sleeper, Alice M s-in-l w f Mar 1843 57 m 1 4 3 NH NH NH

We find Frederick E. Partridge residing as a boarder at 6 Bond Street, Claremont, Sullivan County, NH. He has married just that year, to Minnie. There is an initial given with Minnie in this census but I am unable to read it.

1910 Brookline, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
47 47
Mason Road

Partridge, Frederick E Head m w 36 m2 5 Maine Mass Maine Painter House
Edith M Wife f w 22 m1 5 3 1 Eng Eng Eng 1903
Gladys H Dau f w 13 s Mass Maine Can Eng
Eveline F Dau f w 8 s Mass Maine Can Eng
Mildred F Dau f w 4/12 s Mass Maine Eng

This census brings all kinds of new material to this family. It is apparent that the first wife of Frederick, Minnie, passed away before 1905. He remarried abt 1905 to Edith. Before Minnie had passed away, she and Frederick had two daughters, Gladys and Eveline. Frederick and Edith also had three children, of whom only Mildred was living in 1910.

1920 Census Montville, New London, Connecticut
93 112

Patridge, Frederick C Head m w 45 m Farmer
Edith M Wife f w 34 m 1903 Ns 1904
Mildred F Dau f w 10 s
Arthur F Son m w 3 s

The 1920 census introduces to us Arthur F. Partridge. And get a good look too… because I couldn’t find him in the 1930 census.

Family of Herbert L. Partridge

1900 Census, Claremont, Sullivan, New Hampshire
229 318

Partridge, Herbert L. Head w m Feb 1872 28 m 1 Maine Maine Maine Engineer, Stationary
Partridge, Maud Wife w f Nov 1878 21 m 1 0 0 Maine Maine Maine
Barnes, Emily m-in-l w f Aug 1849 50 wd 6 1 Maine Maine Maine
Main, Romeo Board w m Sept 1878 21 s Maine Maine Maine

The 1900 census of Herbert introduces us to his wife Maud, and provides the clue to her maiden name by including Herbert’s mother-in-law Emily Barnes. An interesting boarder in this family is Romeo Main, as Main is Herbert’s great-granmother’s maiden name.

1910 Census Freeport, Cumberland, Maine
256 297

Partridge, Herbert L. Head m w 37 m 11 Maine Maine Maine Carpenter
Maud E. Wife f w 31 m 11 0 0 Maine Maine Maine
Mulvey Father m w 74 wd Maine Maine Maine

We find in the 1910 census Mulvey, Herbert’s father residing with Herbert and Maud. It is likely that Mulvey’s wife Susan passed away before 1910.

There are two pages to this enumeration.

1920 Census Freeport, Cumberland, Maine
Pleasant Hill Road
102 105

Partridge, Herbert L. Head m w 47 m Maine Maine Maine Carpenter
Maud E. Wife f w 41 m Maine Maine Maine

1930 Census Freeport, Cumberland, Maine
Pleasant Hill Road
249 263

Partridge, Herbert L. Head m w 58 m 27 Maine Maine Maine Egg Poultry
Partridge, Maud E. Wife f w 51 m 20 Maine Maine Maine

There are two pages to this enumeration.

Family of Ephraim Partridge

1900 Census Freeport, Cumberland, Maine
521 552

Patridge, Efriam Head w m May 1837 63 S Maine Maine Maine Farmer
Scollay, Emma L Niece w f Apr 1856 44 D Maine Maine Maine none

Ephraim never married. It appears that his niece, Emma, after her divorce, moved in, as she appears with Ephraim in both the 1900 and 1910 census. I am unsure as to the identity of Emma in her relation as a niece of Ephraim. Will have to do some work on the Scully/Scollay family to find it. Ephraim’s mother was a Scully.

1910 Census Freeport, Cumberland, Maine
32 34

Partridge, Ephraim A Head m w 73 S Maine Maine Maine Own income
Scollay, Emma A Niece f w 56 S Maine Maine Maine none

Again, showing that his niece Emma resided with him.

Family of Horatio Nelson Partridge

1860 Census Bath, Sagahadoc, Maine
1008 1036
2 pages

B. F. Bicknall 49 m Carriage Maker 1200 300 MA
A. G. 46 f ME
Charles F. 20 m ME
Abbie 18 f Music Teacher ME
Horatio N. Patridge 17 m Apprentice ME

Horatio has taken up residence with a carriage maker in town. He will use this apprenticeship to provide himself the ability to do carpentry work for the rest of his life.

1870 Census Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts
272 424

Partridge, Rebecca 63 f w Keeping House RI
Horatio N. 27 m w House Carpenter ME

We find Horatio residing with the family of Joseph and Sarah Henry. Because I see no connection of this family, other then Horatio and his mother boardering with them, I have chosen not to include them here.

1880 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
133 Spring Street
157 257

Partridge, Horatio w m 36 Emp. Car Shop (RR) Maine Maine RI
Ella w f 30 Wife Keeping House NH NH NH
Charles w m 1 Son CT Maine NH
Rebecca w f 75 Mother at Home RI RI RI

The 1880 census is the first census which introduces us to the family of Horatio Nelson and Ella Partridge. We are also introduced for the first time to Charles Partridge. Rebecca, Horatio’s mother remains in the household.

1900 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
59 Hurlburt Street
98 142

Partridge, Horatio Head w m Aug 1843 56 m 22 Maine Maine Maine
Ella Wife w f Nov 1849 50 m 22 5 4 CT CT CT
Charles Son w m Dec 1879 20 s CT ME CT
Francis Son w m Mar 1881 19 s CT ME CT
Harry Son w m Feb 1885 15 s CT ME CT
Mabel Dau w f Jany 1890 10 s CT ME CT

With the 1900 census we are introduced to 4 additional children of Horatio and Ella. We are told that one of those children (unnamed) had died by the 1900 census. The other 3 new children were Francis, Harry, and Mabel. Rebecca appears to have passed away, but I would need to do a thorough search of the 1900 census to cofirm this. If she was alive, she would have been about 95.

1910 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
59 Hurlburt Street
57 86

Partridge, Horatio N. Head m w 69 m1 33 ME ME ME
Ella M. Wife f w 60 m1 33 5 4 NH NH MA
Charles W. Son m w 31 S CT ME NH
Frank S. Son m w 29 S CT ME NH
Mabel I. Dau f w 20 S CT ME NH

The 1910 census confirms that Horatio and Ella only had 5 children, of which 4 were still living. This means we should find Harry residing elsewhere in the 1910 census. All other children are still residing with family and are still single.

1920 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
59 Hurlburt Street
251 367

Partridge, Horatio N. Head m w 77 m ME ME ME
Ella M. Wife f w 70 m NH NH NH
Charles W. Son m w 41 S CT ME NH
Mabel I. Dau f w 30 S CT ME NH

1930 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
59 Hurlburt Street
138 243
Partridge, Charles W. Head m w 51 S CT ME NH
Ella M. Mother f w 81 wd NH NH NH
Mabel I. sister f w 38 S CT ME NH

We cannot find Horatio in the 1930 census indicating that he likely passed away between 1920 and 1930. We still find the rest of the family intact, and both Charles and Mabel listed as single.

Family of Harry A. Partridge

1910 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
33 Bishop Street ? (unsure of street name)

Partridge, Harry A. Head m w 25 m1 5 CT ME NH
Gertrude Wife f w 28 m1 5 1 1 CT NY NY
Harriet Dau f w 3 s CT CT CT
Shore, Mary C. m-in-l f w 49 wd 3 3 NY NY NY
Edward H. b-in-l m w 19 s NY NY NY

This census helps us identify the wife of Harry, including her maiden name. It also introduces us to her mother and brother, and Harry and Gertrude child, Harriet. Mary will go on to reside with the family at least another 20 years.

1920 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
14 Padu Street
192 241

Partridge, Harry A. Head m w 34 M CT CT CT
Gertrude K. Wife f w 36 M CT NY NY
Harriet A. Dau f w 13 S CT CT CT
Julia M. Dau f w 2 1/2 S CT CT CT
Shore, Mary C. m-in-l f w 59 wd NY NY NY

This census introduces us to the only other child living by 1920 of Harry and Gertrude, Julia.

1930 Census New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Family 114

Partridge, Harrie A. Head m w 44 m 20 CT ME ME
Gertrude K. Wife f w 46 m 22 CT NY NY
Harriet A. Dau f w 23 s CT CT CT
Julia M. Dau f w 12 s CT CT CT
Shore, Mary C. m-in-l f w 70 wd 19 NY NY NY

The family remains intact in the 1930 census with no changes other then age. Note Harry’s mispelled given name in this census.

Family of Frank S. Partridge

1920 Census Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York
33 Lent Street
15 28

Partridge, Frank S. Head m w 38 m CT ME NH
Anna B. Wife f w 35 m CT Germany Germany
William F Son m w 6 s CA CT CT

The 1920 census introduces us to the family of Frank S. Partridge. Anna B. his wife and William F. his son are new to me.

1930 Census Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York
148 North Clurtose Street ???
176 248

Partridge, Frank S. Head m w 49 m 29 CT CT CT
Anna B. Wife f w 45 m 26 CT Germany Germany
William F. Son m w 16 s CA CT CT

The family remains intact in 1930 and only the ages have changed.