An amateur genealogist in Dover, New Hampshire, is trying to piece together the history of a ring recently found on a Kittery beach. When Scott Drummey read the June 9 Portsmouth Herald article detailing Berwick resident Carrie Arsenault's discovery of an inscribed gold ring, he got down to the business of solving a family mystery. The only clue when Arsenault found the ring on a private beach near the Lady Pepperrell House on Route 103 was an inscription: "CCD to MAL Dec. 25, 1880."
Arsenault's mother, Kittery deputy town clerk Kathy Pridham, looked through town marriage records and found one match: Kittery residents Charles C. Dixon and Maranda A. Lewis were married May 12, 1881, by the Rev. John A. Goss.
Arsenault and Pridham were unable to find out much more about the mysterious couple, but Drummey, who became interested in genealogy studies after researching his own family history, turned to Ancestry.com and found some interesting facts that may start to clarify the lives of Dixon and Lewis and their possible connection to the ring.
However, the more information found, the deeper the mystery. Details are available in an article in SeacoastOnline.com at http://goo.gl/GbV1Z
Scott Drummey is hoping to find an heir to the ring. "Are (descendants) reading this article? Do you know who they are? Let them know their great-grandmother's engagement ring recently washed up on the beach," he said.
If you can help, you might want to first read the article at http://goo.gl/GbV1Z
If you enjoyed this article, Tweet it, share it on Facebook or on your preferred social network. Republishing of this article in newsletters, blogs, and elsewhere is allowed and encouraged. Details may be found at http://goo.gl/hoHH1.
Of course, if you haven’t done so already, you should join my email newsletter mailing list to stay current on my latest articles and announcements. You can also cancel at any time within seconds. I promise to never, ever send you any unrequested e-mail, other than newsletter updates.