Stephen O’Kelley

Stephen O’KELLEY (1718 – ) was Alex’s 7th Great Grandfather; one of 256 in this generation of the Shaw line. Stephen was born 22 Sep 1718 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Stephen O’Kelley was born 22 Sep 1718 in that part of Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass which later became Dennis.  His parents were  Joseph O’KELLEY and Tabitha BAKER. He married Thankful CHASE 20 Feb 1741/42 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Thankful Chase  was born 6 Mar 1720/21 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts.  Her parents were  William CHASE III and Dorcas BAKER.  Thankful died in 1768.

Children of Stephen and Thankful

Name Born Married Departed
1. Temperance O’KELLEY 21 Mar 1742 Yarmouth, Mass David WING
19 March 1761 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass
Harwich, Mass
2. Stephen O’Kelley 26 Jul 1745 Yarmouth Thankful Baker?
c. 1772
Mary Oliver
15 Jan 1783 – Washington or Cumberland, Providence, RI
14 Mar 1840 – Freedom, Waldo, Maine
3. Jeremiah O’Kelley 30 Sep 1748 Yarmouth Zilpha Robbins
1 Oct 1768
4. William O’Killey 15 Apr 1751 Yarmouth
5. Daniel O’Killey 16 Aug 1755 Yarmouth Dorcas Baker
19 Nov 1778
6. Salome Kelley 25 Oct 1759 Yarmouth David Chase Jr
26 Mar 1780 Harwich
24 Feb 1828 Harwich
7. James O’Killey 9 Aug 1765 Dennis, Mass Elizabeth O’Killey (2nd cousin 2x over)
15 Jul 1787
15 Feb 1835 Dennis, Mass

Some sources drop the O’ showing the name Stephen Kelly, certainly, the O’ was gone in his grandchildren’s generation. Many sources show Stephen and Thankful’s birth, but none show their dates of death.


1. Temperance O’KELLEY (See David WING‘s page)

2. Stephen O’Kelley

Many genealogies state Stephen married Thankful Baker. Yarmouth town records show Thankful was born 12 Nov 1750 to David Jones Baker (1719 – 1768) and Thankful Lawrence Twining Baker (1719 – ) Her paternal grandparents were John Baker (1672 – 1760) and Hannah Jones (1675 – ). Her maternal grandparents were our ancestors William BAKER and Mercy LAWRENCE.

Genealogies are less consistent about Thankful’s life. Some say she married Stephen O’Kelley and had nine children, but I can’t find evidence of this list of children beyond the names and birthdates which are repeated in many geneaolgies.

Other geneaologies say Thankful married at age: 18 on 15 Nov 1768 Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass to Reuben Swain (b. 1747 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass. – d. 24 Oct 1792 in Nantucket) Reuben’s parents were Jethro Swain (1710 – 1791) and Dorcas Ryder (1716 – 1788). Ruben and Thankful had at least three children – Betsey Swain (1783 – 1820) – Reuben Swain (1787 – 1859) – Rebecca Swain (1788 – 1825)

Possible Children of Stephen and Thankful:

i. Electa Kelley b, 27 Dec 1773

ii. Samuel Kelley b. 12 Jul 1775

iii. Charles Kelley b. 17 Mar 1777

iv. Silas Kelley b. 12 May 1779

v. Anna Kelley b. 28 Mar 1781

vi. Lucy Kelley b. 28 Mar 1781; d. at age of 10 days

vii. Solomon Kelley b. 7 Aug 1784

viii. Siball Kelley b. 15 Jun 1787

ix. Philander Kelley b. 27 Feb 1791

Stephen’s wife Mary Oliver was born about 1763. Mary died 1847 in Freedom, Waldo, Maine. Children of Stephen and Mary

i. Oliver Kelley b. 27 Jul 1784 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 4 Mar 1863 in Freedom, Waldo, Maine; Burial Kelley Cemetery; m1. 27 Mar 1809 Vassalborough, Kennebec, Maine to Eunice Gould (b. 14 Jun 1787 in Vassalborough – d. 31 Mar 1846 in Freedom, Waldo, Maine); Eunice’s parents were Nehemiah Gould (1752 – 1817) and Molly Kemp (1756 – 1830). Oliver and Eunice had nine children born between 1810 and 1832. m2. 4 Feb 1849 Montville, Waldo, Maine to Jerusha Bradshaw (b. 1804 Montilee, Waldo, Maine)

In the 1850 census, Oliver and Jerusha were farming in Freedom, Waldo, Maine

ii. Freeman O’Kelley b. 10 Mar 1789 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1821; m. 6 Nov 1811 Albion, Kennebec, Maine to Charlotte Hussey.

Freeman’s estate was filed on 18 May 1822 at Monroe County, Illinois. ? Freeman was head of household on the 1820 US Census at Monroe County, Illinois. The household consisted of one male under 10, one male 26 to 44, two females under 10, one female 16 to 25, one female 26 to 44, and one female 45 or older.3 He appeared on the Illinois state census of 1820 at Monroe County. The household consisted of one male 21 or older and six other white persons.4 His estate papers included a note signed by Freeman on 17 November 1821.2

iii. Huldah O’Kelley b. 2 Aug 1791 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 28 Feb 1858 in Freedom, Waldo, Maine; Burial: Kelley Cemetery; m. Josiah Danforth (b. 6 Feb 1789 in Frankfort, Waldo, Maine – d. 28 Oct 1858 in Frankfort, Waldo, Maine; Burial: Kelley Cemetery) Josiah’s parents were Philip Danford (1759 – 1841) and Mary Tibbets (1757 – 1837).

In the 1850 census, Josiah and Hulda were farming in Freedom, Waldo, Maine with five children at home ages 14 to 29.

iv. Temperance O’Kelley b. 9 Feb 1794 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass

v. Susanna O’Kelley b. 5 Jul 1799 in Freedom, Waldo, Maine; d. 23 Jun 1845 in Knox, Waldo, Maine; m. 30 Dec 1815 Freedom, Waldo, Maine to Stephen Danforth (b. 03 Mar 1795 in Frankfort, Waldo Maine – d. 1872 in Verona Island, Hancock, Maine) Stephen’s parents were Phillip Danforth (1759 – 1841) and Mary Tibbetts (1757 – 1837) Susanna and Stephen had eleven children born between 1816 and 1839.

After 1850, Stephen married Sarah [__?__] (b. 1805 Maine). In the 1860 census, Stephen and Sarah were farming in Thorndike, Waldo, Maine.

3. Jeremiah O’Kelley

Jeremiah’s wife Zilpha Robbins was born 2 Nov 1738 in Yarmouth, Mass. Her parents were Richard Robbins and Hannah Berry. Children of Jeremiah and Zilpha

i. Richard Kelley b. 28 Jul 1769 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 8 Nov 1850 or 5 Nov 1856 – Dennis, Mass

ii. Jedidah “Jediah” Kelley b. 27 Nov 1773; d. 26 Jul 1833 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; m. Henry Baker

iii. William Kelley b. 23 Apr 1776 Dennis, Mass; m. ~1798 to Achsah [__?__] (b. ~1777)

iv. Stephen Kelley b. 19 Sep 1779 Dennis, Mass;

v. Jeremiah Kelley b. 23 Mar 1782 Dennis, Mass;

vi. Elijah Kelley b. 25 Aug 1784 Dennis, Mass; d. Feb 1855; m. 13 Jan 1805 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. to Dorcas Nickerson (b. ~1785 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 16 Jun 1840 in Harwich) Elijah and Dorcas had seven children born between 1806 and 1820.

5. Daniel O’Killey

Daniel’s wife Dorcas Baker was his 3rd cousin.   She was born 18 Jun 1752 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Joseph Baker (1715 – 1781) and Elizabeth Berry (1718 – ). Her grandparents were Nathaniel Baker Jr. (1672 – 1757) and Elisabeth Hannah Baker. Her great grandparents were Nathaniel Baker (1642 – 1691) and Desire Gray (1645 – 1691). Her 2nd great grandparents were  Francis BAKER and Isabel TWINING. Children of Daniel and Dorcas:

i. Daniel Kelley (twin) b. 11 Oct 1779 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; m. 28 Feb 1805 – Harwich, Barnstable, Mass, to his 1st cousin once removed and 3rd cousin Anna Chase (b. 10 Aug 1774 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 10 Aug 1863 in Dennis,) Anna’s parents were Daniel Chase (1746 – ) and Hannah Broadbrooks (1748 – ). Her grandparents were Joseph Chase (1718 – ) and Sarah O’Killey (1721 – ) Her great grandparents were Thomas Chase (1679 – 1767 – ) and Sarah Gowell (1684 – ) and Joseph O’KELLEY and Tabitha BAKER . Her 2nd great grandparents were John CHASE and Elizabeth BAKER.

Anna first married 25 Mar 1790 Age: 15 Harwich, Barnstable Co., MA to Eleazer Robbins (b. 9 Jan 1739/40 in Harwich – d. 1798 At Sea)

In the 1850 census, Ana was living with Seth and Mercy Chase in Harwich.

ii. Molly Kelley (twin) b. 11 Oct 1779 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; m. James Marchant; m. 10 Nov 1801 Age: 22 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. to Shubal Crowell (b. 22 May 1780 in Yarmouth) His parents were Shubal Crowell (1754 – 1814) and Abigail Parker. Molly and Shubal had ten children born between 1802 and 1820.

iii. Betsey “Betty” Kelley (twin) b. 12 Sep 1781 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 5 Jan 1860 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. m. 26 Jun 1805 – Yarmouth to her third cousin George Baker (b. 3 Oct 1777 in Yarmouth – d. 06 Apr 1861 in Yarmouth) His parents were Daniel Baker (1733 – ) and Temperance Gage (1718 – ). His grandparents were Jacob Baker (1707 – 1785) and Thankful Chase (1711 – 1751). His great grandparents were Nathaniel Baker (1672 – 1757) and Elizabeth Hannah Baker (1686 – 1770). His 2nd great grandparents [through Elizabeth Hannah Baker] were  Daniel BAKER and Eliabeth CHASE.  Betsey and George had seven children born between 1805 and 1817.

iv. Thankful Kelley (twin) b. 12 Sep 1781 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass;

v. Joseph Kelley b. 27 Jun 1784 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 20 Nov 1852 Harwich; Burial Baptist Church Cemetery, Depot Street;  m. 13 Feb 1805 – Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. to his second cousin Edith “Ede” Chase (5 Jul 1785 in Harwich – d. 8 Mar 1839 Harwich). Edith’s parents were James Chase , Sr. (1761 – 1804) and Mercy Eldredge (1765 – ) Her grandparents were Job Chase (1736 – 1833) and Edith / Ede Bassett (1740 – 1774). Her great grandparents were William CHASE III and Dorcas BAKER.

vi. Dorcas Kelley b. 30 Oct 1786

vii. Anna Kelley b. 11 Jan 1790 Yarmouth; d. 7 Apr 1871 in Yarmouth; m. 23 Jan 1818 Age: 28 Yarmouth to her 3rd cousin once removed Josiah Baker (b. 11 May 1783 in Yarmouth – d. 12 Sep 1838) Josiah’s parents were Moody Baker (1750 – 1816) and Mary [__?__] (1754 – ). His grandparents were Joseph Baker (1715 – 1781) and Elizabeth Berry (1718 – ). His geat grandparents were Nathaniel Baker Jr. (1672 – 1757) and Elisabeth Hannah Baker. His 2nd great grandparents were Nathaniel Baker (1642 – 1691) and Desire Gray (1645 – 1691). His 3rd great grandparents were  Francis BAKER  and Isabel TWINING.

viii. William Kelley b. 10 Apr 1793; m. 1816 – Dennis, Mass to his first cousin once removed Abigail Wixon (b. 25 Oct 1795 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 07 Sep 1883 in Dennis) Abigail’s parents were Barnabas Wixon (1762 – 1849) and Jerusha Chase (1772 – 1861.) Her maternal grandparents were Sylvanus Chase and Charity Chase. Her maternal great grandparents were were  William CHASE III and Dorcas BAKER. After William died, Abigail married in 1825 in Dennis to Benjamin Howland (1780 – 1873).

ix. Levi Kelley b. 4 Nov 1795 Yarmouth; d. 27 Mar 1871 – Yarmouth; In the 1860 census, Levi was a laborer in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.

6. Salome Kelley

Salome’s husband David Chase Jr was born 26 Apr 1759 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. He was Salome’s 2nd cousin two ways. His parents were David Chase (1729 – ) and Susannah Baker (1734 – ). His maternal grandparents were Silas Baker (1674 – 1752) and Deliverance O’Killey (1674 – 1751) His paternal grandparents were Jeremiah Chase (1683 – 1767) and Hannah Baker (1699 – 1731). His paternal great grandparents were John CHASE and Elizabeth BAKER. His maternal great grandparents were Jeremiah O’KELLY and Sarah CHASE. David died 24 Feb 1828 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of Salome and David

i. Jeremiah Chase b. 12 Jan 1782 – Yarmouth

ii. Abigail Chase b. 23 Sep 1781 in Yarmouth; d. 8 May 1813; m. 16 Feb 1800 Age: 18 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass to Rev. Peter Yost (b. 17 Aug 1778 in Barnstable, Massa. – d. 27 Jan 1851 in Goshen, Clermont, Ohio; Burial: Goshen Cemetery ) Peter’s parents were Peter Yost and Mary Smith (1755 – 1836). After Abigail died, he married 24 May 1814 to Eleanor Fults (22 May 1789 in PA, died 31 Dec 1864 in Mediapolis, Des Moines, Iowa). Peter was a minister.

In the 1850 census, Peter and Elanor were farming in Goshen, Clermont, Ohio.

iii. Hiram Chase b. 7 Jan 1786 – Yarmouth; d. 24 Jun 1866 in Middleboro, Mass; m. Cynthia Swift (b. ~1789 in Waquoit (Falmouth), Mass. – d. 1887 in Middleboro, Mass)

Hiram was a veteran of the War of 1812, came to Holmes Hole [now called Vineyard Haven] Martha’s Vineyard from Sandwich by 1816, and is listed in the Tisbury censuses of 1820 and 1840. He is listed as a Tisbury hatter in 1850 and 1865, as well as his 1866 death record.

John Holmes Jr. and Charles A. Luce wrote about the house that was at the site of Ernest Tilton’s / Vineyard Dry Goodsbefore the 1883 fire: “

Mrs. Cynthia Chase House. Widow of Hiram Chase. Was ninety-six years time of fire. Not certain when built, probably early in nineteenth century by Dr. Benjamin Trask, who occupied previous to 1805. About 1810 occupied by Mr. Hanson, Baptist preacher, then by Jennie Godfrey. Jenny Godfrey was a character, very much afraid of the water. Never took but one trip off the Island, that to New Bedford before the times of steam or even decked packets, in open boat of Capt. William Harding. On return, dead calm, captain and mate had to pull every inch of the was, under a broiling sun, arriving home late at night. Jenny always alluded to this passage as a most enjoyable one, since which time long passages, in consequence of calms, have always been referred to as ‘Jennie Godfrey times’. Mr. Chase came here from Sandwich and opened a hat factory. He was one of the early Methodists of the village. He was fond of telling this story.

“At one time when he was about to sit down to dinner he heard a supernatural voice saying to him ‘To the vestry, to the vestry,’ and he dared not disobey. Proceeding to the vestry, he then commenced praying in a Boanerges-like voice. The people in the neighborhood, hearing the outcry, rushed with one accord to the vestry, and the result was the initiation of a great ritual.

“Mr. Chase’s rats caused Capt. William Cottle, whose store was across the street, to complain to Mr. Chase, but his complaints made no impression on the prevailing odor and he took the case into court, but was defeated.”

In April 1821 Dr. Benjamin Trask sold this property for $800 to Tisbury hatter Hiram Chase. Holmes and Luce speculated that Dr. Trask built the house that stood here until the 1883 fire, and this is borne out by the fact that while no house is mentioned in the deed by which Dr. Trask bought the property in 1802, the 1821 sale to Chase refers to the northern boundary of this property as “over the middle of the well and to the center between the two houses till it corner square with first poplar tree and hatters shop in the center, thence to the poplar tree within two feet…” The deed also includes a right-of-way to “the Hatters Shop” and to “the Porch of the dwelling house.”

Chase bought an adjoining lot in the rear of his house lot for $1700 from widow Mrs. Mary C. (West) Carey in September 1840 which extended his property by about fifty-five feet in the back.

In 1833, the first Methodist Church in town was built nearby on Church Street (which later became the Masonic Hall and today is the Playhouse.) According to an article written by Mrs. Howes Norris and quoted in a June 1942 Gazette, “Over the doors and windows were placed fan-like blinds which so distressed Mrs. Cynthia Chase that she saw strange sights. She said, ‘They were little hypocrites and saw little black devils dancing over there every night – and it was wicked and sinful to ornament God’s house in such a manner.'”

Eleanor Mayhew’s book mentions hatter Hiram Chase at this site, and makes reference the “odor emanating from Chase’s dye vats.”

Rev. Warren Luce, in his childhood memories published in a March 1923 Gazette, wrote: “My dear old friend was the hatter, Chase – opposite the Barrow Bros, store of those days. He had an eccentric and yet deeply pious son, who was paralyzed on his left side, incapacitating him for manual labor. So he spent much of his time in visiting the homes of the people, intent on doing some good. Many a time I’ve seen him stop, on some street corner, take a little New Testament from his pocket, and turning its pages consult them for instructions and guidance, as to whom to visit next.”

Hiram and Cynthia’s son Alfred Chase (1809 – 1881) was born in Falmouth. He is listed as an “invalid” in the 1865 Tisbury census, and lived his entire life in the home of his parents. Their other children were Salome K. Chase (who married James M. Coombs and was living in Middleboro by 1866) and Harriet W. Chase (who married Parmenas Parsons and moved to New Bedford by 1866).

Hiram Chase died in 1866, and the estate, valued at less than $1500, was inherited by his widow Cynthia. Following his death, or perhaps in his retirement, the Chase’s evidently sold the front portion of the property, which apparently contained his hatter’s shop (see below). They retained a narrow right-of-way from Main street to their home and property in the rear.

In September 1878, Cynthia Chase deeded this lot and buildings to her daughters Salome K. Coombs and Harriet W. Parsons “provided, that in the event of my son, Alfred, coming to want, he shall the privilege of residing in said building while he remains in that condition.” The elderly widow, perhaps illiterate or handicapped, signed this document with an ‘X’. The 1880 Tisbury Census lists “Cynthy Chase,” age 92, keeping house with her son Alfred Chase, age 70. Alfred died in January 1881 of “retention of urine.” He was listed as an unemployed widower.

In Apr 1882, Cynthia Chase again deeded her L-shaped lot (“the homestead of Hiram Chase”) to her children Salome K Brown and Harriet W. Parsons for $400 “with a privilage of a way to pass and repass to the Shop and to the Porch of the Dwelling house standing on said premises.”

Chase’s house was among the first to catch fire on the night of the great fire in August 1883. Her uninsured dwelling was valued at $800. The 95-year old widow was listed in the newspapers among those families “left nearly destitute.” Cynthia Chase died in May 1887, at the age of about ninety-eight.

In the 1850 census, Hiram and Cynthia were living in Tisbury, Dukes, Mass. (Martha’s Vineyard) where Hiram was a hatter. In the 1860 census, he was a merchant.

iv. Esther Chase b. 27 Oct 1788 in Harwich; d. 1 Jul 1872 in , Barnstable, Mass; m. 6 Jul 1810 Age: 21 to Abner Linnell (b. 18 Apr 1780 in , Barnstable, Mass. – d. 29 Nov 1837) Abner’s parents were Jonathan Linnell and Bathsheba Freeman or James Linnell (b: ~1736 in Centerville, Mass) and Anna Childs (b: ~1740). Esther and Abner had seven children born between 1811 and 1830.

David Chase, Abner, James and John Linnell were dismissed from the East Parish church 2 Jan. 1808 to organize a new church. But by 1815 Abner was a member of the Methodist Chruch in Barnstable. In his enthusiasm for Methodism, he would name a son John Wesley.

v. Isaiah Chase b. 11 Sep 1788 – Harwich, m. ~1815 to Tabitha Doane (b. 02 Mar 1795 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 28 Feb 1877 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.) Tabitha’s parents were

Samuel Doane (1751 – 1827) and Mariah Eldredge (1750 – 1830).

vi. Salome Chase b. 15 Sep 1792 in Harwich; m. ~1812 to Robert Luscomb (b. ~1792 Harwich)

vii. Arnold Chase b. 7 Oct 1795 in Harwich d. 24 Sep 1858 in Nantucket, Mass; m. 20 Apr 1816 Falmouth, Barnstable, Mass. to Pamelia Butler (b. 8 Jul 1798 in Falmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 2 Feb 1882 in Nantucket, Mass) Pamelia’s parents were Benjamin Butler (1744 – 1795) and Phebe Gage (1767 – 1837). Arnold and Pamelia had three children born between 1818 and 1823.

viii. David Chase b. 4 Oct 1797 in Harwich

ix. Betsey Chase b. 10 Nov 1800 in Harwich; m. 4 Dec 1821 – Barnstable, Massa to Reuben Hillman (b. ~1800 in Harwich) His parents were Reuben Hillman (1775 – ) and Elizabeth Beard

x. Susan Chase b. 15 Jan 1802 in Harwich; m. 22 Mar 1822 – Harwich to George Washington Kelley (b. ~1802 Harwich – d. 1829 At Sea)

7. James O’Killey

James’ wife Elizabeth O’Killey was his 2nd cousin at least two times over.  She was born 14 Mar 1770 in Dennis, Mass. Her parents were Eleazer OKilley (1728 – 1803) and Hannah Baker (1728 – ) Her paternal grandparents were Eleazer O’Killey (1697 – 1775) and Sarah Browning (1694 – 1741). Her paternal great grandparents were Jeremiah O’KELLY and Sarah CHASE.  Her maternal grandparents were Silas Baker (1674 – 1752) and Deliverance O’Killey (1674 – 1751) Her maternal great grandparents were also Jeremiah O’KELLY and Sarah CHASE.. Elizabeth died 20 Mar 1825 in Dennis, Mass Children of James and Elizabeth:

i. Anthony Kelley b. 10 Apr 1788 in Dennis, Mass.; d. Aft. 1870; m. Anna Butler “Lizzie” Look (b. 1793 in Addison, Washington, Maine – d. 1832) Lizzie’s parents were George Look (1764 – 1839) and Elizabeth Holbrook Stevens (1740 – 1824) In the 1870 census, Anthony was living with Richard and Marth Orn in Hermon, Penobscot, Maine. Anthony had moved to Hermon before 1820.

ii. Betsey Kelley b. 26 Sep 1790 in Dennis, Mass.; d. 21 Dec 1877 – Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; m. 30 Oct 1811 to Joseph Eldridge (b. 11 Dec 1790 in Harwich – d. 10 Feb 1855 in Harwich) Joseph’s parents were Ebenezer Eldridge (1755 – 1844) and Sarah Chase (1754 – 1850); m2. 26 Jul 1865 Dennis to Eldridge Sears (b. 25 Sep 1790 in Dennis – d. 9 Jul 1875 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass)

iii. Bathsheba Kelley b. 20 Nov 1794 in Dennis, Mass.; d. 1 Oct 1875 – Dennis; m. 1813 – Dennis to Hiram Whittamore (b. 1788 in Dennis – d. 7 Jul 1853 in Dennis; Burial: Ancient Cemetery South Dennis) Hiram’s parents were Edward Lloyd Whittemore (1746 – 1821) and Priscilla Bunker (1749 – 1776). Bathsheba and Hiram had seven children born between 1813 and 1827. After Hiram died, Bathsheba married 14 Dec 1856 to Amos Cook.

In the 1850 census, Hiram and Abashba were farming in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.

iv. James Kelly b. 25 Apr 1797 in Dennis, Mass.; d. 17 Oct 1876 Yarmouth; m. Marriage Bann 12 Jan 1821 Yarmouth to Elizabeth Baker (b. 21 Jan 1798 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island – d. 6 Jul 1876) Elizabeth’s parents were Levi Baker (1757 – ) and Elizabeth Jenkins. James and Elizabeth had five children born between 1822 and 1836.

In the 1850 census, James and Elizabeth were living in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. where James was a sailor.

v. Hannah Kelley b. 6 May 1800 in Dennis, Mass.; d. 5 Jan 1869 Dennis, Mass; m. Apr 1818 in Dennisport, Mass to William Kelly Nickerson (b. 31 Dec 1796 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 22 Oct 1871 in Dennisport, Mass.) William’s parents were Isaac Nickerson (1746 – ) and Mary Kelly (1768 – ) Hannah and William had ten children born between 1818 and 1843.

vi. Sarah Kelley b. 30 Sep 1802 in Dennis, Mass.; m. 24 Oct 1824 to Reuben Hopkins Alternatively, Sarah married ~1822 to her second cousin Sylvester Chase (b.13 Oct 1798 in Harwich) Sylvester’s parents were James Chase (1761 – 1804) and Mercy Eldredge (1764 – 1839) His grandparents were Job Chase (1736 – 1833) and Edith / Ede Bassett (1740 – 1774) and his great grandparents were William CHASE III and Dorcas BAKER.

vii. Polly Kelley b. 11 Jun 1805 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 18 May 1889; m. Henry Terry (b. 1800 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass or Connecticut- d. 7 Mar 1876)

In the 1860 census, Henry and Polly were farming in South Dennis with three children at home ages 12 to 19.

viii. Delisha Kelley b. 14 Apr 1817 in Dennis, Mass.; d. 1834


David O’Killia, the immigrant of Old Yarmouth, Massachusetts with his descendants and allied families, 1651-1962. Darmouth, Mass.?: E.K. Randall, 1962

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Isaac Hawes

Isaac HAWES (1765 – 1840) was Alex’s 5th Great Grandfather; one of 64 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Issac Hawes was born at Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, on 14 May 1765. His parents Thomas HAWES II and Desire HAWES who were second cousins.  He married Tamzin WING at Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, on 9 Mar 1794. The family lived in Vassalboro, Maine in the 1800, 1820 and 1830 census.   Isaac died at Vassalboro, Maine, on 16 May 1840.  His body was interred at Vassalboro, at Riverside Grove Cemetery.

Tamzin Wing  was born in 1772 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.    Her parents were David WING and Temperance O’KELLY.   Tamzin died on 17 Oct 1844.  Her body is interred at Vassalboro.

Children of Isaac Hawes and Tamzin Wing

Name Born Married Departed
1. David Hawes 20 Jan 1795 Vassalboro Maine Eliza C. Prescott
4 Apr 1821 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass
Adaline Hastings Baxter
20 Jun 1853 Bristol, Maine
Mrs. Ann Carter Porter
17 Apr 1862 Bristol, Maine
1873 at Bristol, Maine
2. John Hawes 18 Sep 1796 Vassalboro Eliza (Mary) Tobey 23 May 1839 – Vassalboro 1862 Interred at Vassalboro, Died at Augusta, Maine
3. Temperance Hawes 27 Jul 1798 Vassalboro Samuel Cross
3 Dec 1818 Vassalboro
1 Aug 1880 Vassalboro
4. Abigail HAWES 7 May 1800 Vassalboro Oliver A. WEBBER Vassalboro, ME 1845 Vassalboro, ME
5. Betsey Wing Hawes 26 Feb 1802 Vassalboro Randlett Ness (John Randlet Lisherness) 18 Feb 1819 Vassalboro . Nathan Nye 15 Dec 1886 Searsmont, Waldo County, Maine
6. Lucinda Hawes 15 Jan 1804 Vassalboro Ambrose Gardner 1830 Hallowell, Kennebec 11 Jan 1861 Chelsea, Maine
7. Joshua Hawes 14 Aug 1806 Vassalboro Diana Parker
1 Jan 1836 Waldo, ME
Mrs. Harriet M Baker
1876 Corinth, Maine
8. Joseph Hawes 14 Aug 1806 Vassalboro Mrs. Ellen Maria (Boody) Pride
7 Oct 1845
12 Jun 1885 Deering, Maine
9. Patience Hawes 1807 Died young
10. Martin Hawes 11 Jul 1808 Vassalboro or Yarmouth, Barnstable Mass Mary Ann Quimby
25 May 1834
13 Jul 1855
Stroudwater, Maine
11. Otis Hawes 30 Jun 1810 Vassalboro or Yarmouth, Barnstable Mass. Almira S. Kendall 1876
12. Almira Hawes 23 Nov 1813 William Palmer
c 1837
1882 Albion, Maine
13. Abram Hawes 1815

Tamzin is a short form of Thomasina (Aramaic) “twin”.  This family had six sets of twins:

  • Isaac and Tamzin had twins: Joshua and Joseph
  • Isaac’s son Joseph had twins; Henry and Mary
  • Isaac’s son John had twins, Hadley and Henry.
  • Isaac’s daughter Abigail had twins Ellen and Emma. Ellen is our ancestor. (See Guilford Dudley COLEMAN‘s page)
  • Isaac’s daughter Lucinda had twins Henry and Harrison
  • Isaac’s daughter Almira’ had twins, Sumner and Attie (Abbe).

John Wing of Sandwich Mass and his Descendants 1881

TAMSIN, a daughter of David and Temperance Kelly Wing  married Isaac Hawes in 1792, and removed to Vassalborough, Kennebec county, Maine, where Isaac built a house on his father’s land, which is still standing and in the possession of the family. They had eleven children, all of whom lived to maturity, the first one who died being forty-five years old. Mr. Hawes died in 1840, aged seventy-five, and his wife in 1844, aged seventy-two. Besides their children, they lived to see around them fifty-seven grandchildren and about eighty great-grandchildren.

Children: [Note one source of this account was written about 1877]

Among these grandsons, ten or eleven have been in the military or naval service, viz: John’s sons, Hadley and Henry – ; Abigail’s sons Richmond, Gustavus, Virgil and Herman, Betsey’s son Charles; one or two of Lucinda’s sons, and  Joshua’s sons Walter and Granville -.

1. David Hawes

David’s first wife Eliza Currier Prescott was born 21 Nov 1800 in Deerfield, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Her parents were Jesse Prescott (1757 – 1833) and Judith Johnson (1758 – 1844). Eliza died 4 Nov 1846 in Vassalboro, Maine.

David’s second wife Adaline Hastings Baxter was born 8 Jul 1812 in Maine. Adaline died 8 Apr 1861 in Bristol, Lincoln, Maine.

David’s third wife Mrs. Ann Carter Porter was born Abt 1808 in Maine. Ann died 5 Sep 1890 in Bristol, Maine.

David, who married Miss Prescott, then Miss Baxter and finally Mrs. Carter, who was still living in 1877. He lived in Bristol, Lincoln county, Maine, had no children that grew to adulthood, and died in 1873, aged 79.

In the 1870 census, David and Ann were farming in Bristol, Lincoln, Maine. Edgar Redonnett age 16 was living with them and attending school.

Child of David and Adaline:

i.  Edgar Hawes b. 1854 in Maine,

2. John Hawes

John’s wife Eliza (Mary) Tobey was born 3 Mar 1807 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. Her parents were Nymphas Tobey (1778 – 1853) and Anna Gardner (1778 – 1850). Eliza died 16 Apr 1889. In the 1870 census, Mary was living with her son Hadley and daughter-in-law Laura in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

In the 1850 and 1860 census, John and Mary were farming in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine. John married Miss Tobey, who was still living in 1877. He lived in Augusta, Maine, where he died in 1862, aged 66. They had four children, viz: Edwin, who died at sea, Mary (Mrs. Ingraham), who has three children, Hadley , who lived in Hallowell, Maine, in 1877 and has one child, and Henry, who died at Baton. Rouge, La., in 1863. The two last were twins. Children of John and Mary:

i.  Edwin Hawes b. 1831, Maine;  died at sea before 1877

An Edwin Hawes returned to Fort Popham, Maine. Nov 1864 and Nov 1865

ii. Mary Ann Hawes, b. 1836 Main; m. bef. 1862 to Henry B. Ingraham (11 Nov 1827 in Rockland, Knox, Maine – d.  21 May 1914 in Rockland) Actually, Henry married Jane B. Hawes (b. 1832 Maine) before the 1850 census. Henry and Jane were together in the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses.

iii. Hadley O. Hawes b. 26 Jan 1847 in Hallowell, Kennebec, Maine; d. 9 Dec 1902; m. 26 Dec 1869   Hallowell, Kennebec, Maine to Laura A. Lamson (11 Feb 1846 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine

– 1917) In the 1900 census, Hadley and Nora were living in Hallowell, Kennebec, Maine where Hadley was a laborer

Henry’s twin.

Laura A. Lamson (1846 – 1917)

Hadley was drafted to Company G, Maine 3rd Infantry Regiment on 29 Aug 1863, two months after Gettysburg where the regiment lost 113 men. Transferred on 28 Jun 1864 to Company K, Maine 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment.  Mustered out on 01 Sep 1866.

On June 18, 1864, just 10 days before Hadley joined, the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment  suffered more casualties in an ill-fated charge during the Siege of Petersburg  than any Union regiment lost in a single day of combat throughout the war.

iv. Henry W. Hawes b. 26 Jan 1847 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; d. 09 Apr 1863

Hadley’s twin.

Enlisted as a Private on 13 October 1862 at the age of 18.

Enlisted in Company E, 21st Infantry Regiment Maine on 13 Oct 1862.  Killed Company E, 21st Infantry Regiment Maine on 9 Apr 1863 during preparations for the Siege of Port Hudson.

Siege of Port Hudson occurred from May 22 to July 9, 1863, when Union Army troops assaulted and then surrounded the Mississippi River town of Port Hudson, Louisiana, during the American Civil War. In cooperation with Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s offensive against Vicksburg, Mississippi, Union Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks’s army moved against the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson. On July 9, 1863, after hearing of the fall of Vicksburg, the Confederate garrison of Port Hudson surrendered, opening the Mississippi River to Union navigation from its source to the Gulf of Mexico.[

3. Temperance Hawes

Temperance’s husband Samuel Cross was born 4 May 1797 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. His parents were Jonathan Cross (1778 Maine – ) and Lois Herd (1780 New Hampshire – ).  His grandparents were our ancestors William CROSS and Judith [__?__]. Samuel died 1884 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

In the 1880 census, Samuel and Temperance were in their 80’s living in Vassalboro. In the 1850 census, Samuel was a miller in Norridgewock, Somerset, Maine. Temperance, who married Samuel Cross and was still living, at the age of 82, with her husband, though both are very infirm and she is entirely blind.

They have eight children, viz: Cynthia (Mrs. Richardson), who had nine children in 1877; Olive (Mrs. Tobey), who died in 1877 in Vassalborough, having had twelve children; Elbridge, who lives in Quincy, Mass., and has one child; Martin,who lives in East Boston, and has three children; and four others who died very young. Children of Temperance and Samuel:

i.  Olive Cross b. 9 Oct 1819 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 6 Jun 1878 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. 9 Jul 1843 Vassalboro,Kennebec, Maine to Francis Bernard Tobey (b. 5 Jul 1812 Vassalboro, Maine – d. 8 Oct 1892 Vassalboro) Francis had 12 children. In the 1870 census, Francis and Olive were farming in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine with five children at home.

Francis first married Margaret Robbins on 14 Nov 1837 in Civil, Hallowell, Kennebec, Maine. Margaret died on 28 Jun 1841 of Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine and was buried in Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

Francis next married Olive Cross on 9 Jul 1843 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. Olive was born about 1820 of Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine, died on 6 Jun 1878 of Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine about age 58, and was buried in Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

After Olive died, Francis married her first cousin Celissa B. Gardner, (b. 1832 Maine – d. 5 Jul 1915 and was buried in Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. (See below)

ii. Cynthia Cross b. 29 Apr 1821 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 22 Nov 1910 in Maine; m. 2 Aug 1843 Attleboro, Bristol, John Richardson (b. 7 Sep 1813 Vasalboro – d. 22 Aug 1884 Vassalboro)

His parents were Seth RICHARDSON III and Susanna A. BALCOM. John first married Oct 1837 to Hannah G. Sanborn.

In the 1860 census, John was farming in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

Oliver WEBBER‘s son Gustavus married Cynthia and John’s daughter Mary on 20 May 1860 in Waterville, Kennebec, Maine. In the 1860 census, Gustavus and his bride were living with his father-in-law’s large family in Vassalboro.

Gustavus enlisted as a Private on 14 August 1862 at the age of 28. in Co E -16th Maine and was wounded at Gettysburg. See Oliver’s page for his story.

iii. Martin H Cross b. 4 May 1824 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m1. 23 Oct 1851 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts to Mary A. Prescott (1825 – 1855); m2. 5 Aug 1858 Boston, Suffolk, Mass. to Rebecca York (1837 – 1880)

In the 1870 census, Martin was a clerk on the wharf in East Boston, Mass.

iv. Sophrona Cross b. Mar 1827 in Vassalboro; d. 12 Feb 1833

v. Julia A Cross b. 29 Oct 1829 in Vassalboro d. 25 Mar 1856

vi. Lucinda Cross b. 4 Apr 1831 in Vassalboro; d. Aft. 1850 census

vii. Eldridge Cross b. Sep 1833 in Vassalboro; d.Aft. 1900 census Quincy, Mass. ; m. 1860 to Ann F. F. [__?__] (b. Jul 1844 Maine – d. aft. 1900) In the 1880 census, Eldridge was a house carpenter in Quincy, Mass.

viii. Vesta Cross b. 11 Jan 1840 in Vassalboro; d. 13 Oct 1859 Boston, Mass. of lung fever

4. Abigail Hawes  (See Oliver WEBBER‘s page)

5. Betsey Hawes

Betsey’s husband Randlett Ness was born 14 Sep 1783 in Pittston, Kennebec, Maine. His parents were Marc Antoine La Pierre La Jeunesse and Sarah Randlett. Randlett died in 25 Apr 1861.

In the 1860 census, Randlet and Betsey were living with their son Samuel and Lavina Ness in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine

Betsey, who married Randlett Ness, lives in Searsmont, Waldo county. Maine, at the age of 78, and has nine children, viz; Sarah (Mrs. Hazen), who lived in California in 1877 with three children; Ann (Mrs.Greenwood), who died in 1858, leaving one child; Charles, who lived in Searsmont in 1877 and had one daughter; Celissa (Mrs. Farrar), who lives at Appleton, Knox County, Maine, and has three children; Randlett. who lives in Searsmont and has three children; and Locksley, who also lives in Searsmont and has two children. Three others died some years since, but we have no account of them. Children of Betsey and Randlett:

i.  Watson F. H. Ness b. 22 Feb 1820 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 2 Jun 1887 in Maine; m1. 28 Oct 1848 Belfast, Waldo, Maine to Helen Maria Wing (1827 – 1865); m2. 26 Jul 1862 Thomaston, Knox, Maine to Anna F. Ness (1844 – )

In the 1880 census, Watson was a carriage painter in Camden, Knox, Maine

ii. John Ranlet Ness b. 19 May 1823 in Vassalboro;  d. 2 Mar 1844 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine

iii. Charles Isaac Ness b. abt 1824 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; d. 17 Nov 1905 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; m1. 4 Sep 1858 Rockport, Knox, Maine to Elizabeth McLellan (1830 – 1864); m2. 1864 to Jane Emily Perkins (b.  1841 in Ontario, (now Canada)

Charles enlisted in Company F, Maine 26th Infantry Regiment on 11 Oct 1862. He participated in the Siege of Port Hudson where his cousin Henry Hawes was killed. On July 9, 1863, after hearing of the fall of Vicksburg, the Confederate garrison of Port Hudson surrendered, opening the Mississippi River to Union navigation from its source to the Gulf of Mexico. Mustered out on 17 Aug 1863 at Bangor, ME.

In the 1870 census, Charles was farming in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine. He had remarried to Jennie [__?__] b. 1841 in East Canada. Three young children and his mother were also living in the household.

iv. Sarah Ramsey Ness b. 10 May 1828 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; d. 1910 in Fortuna, California; m1. 28 May 1846 in Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine to Edmond Hazen (1813 – 1881); m2. 21 Feb 1870 San Francisco, California to John Hemsley (1828 in England – )

Edmund deserted the family after 1852. Sarah obtained a divorce 19 Apr 1868 in Alta, California.

In the 1870 census, John was a quartz miner in San Francisco with Sarah and her three daughters from her previous marriage.

v. Eliza Ann Ness b. 22 May 1830 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; d. 19 March 1866 in Attica, Fountain, Indiana; m. 29 Sep 1851 Kennebec, Maine to Alfred Alanson Greenwood (25 Feb 1827 in Bethel, Oxford, Maine– 16 Jan 1903 in Attica City, Fountain, Indiana) His parents were Nathaniel Greenwood and Huldah Howe. After Eliza died, he married 1 Oct 1867 to Amelia E McCormick (b. 22 Nov 1838 in Indiana).

In the 1870 census, Alanson was a grist miller in Logan, Fountain, Indiana.

vi. Randlett Satchel Ness b. 24 Apr 1832 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; d. 24 Apr 1906 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; m. 17 Aug 1861 Searsmont, Waldo, Maine to Martha Ellen Plummer (1842 – 1905)

In the 1880 census, Randlett was a blacksmith in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine.

vii. Amasa Ness b.3 Mar 1833 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; m. 1857 to Lisa (Eliza?) L. Lucas (1837 – )

viii. Celissa Brown Ness b. 2 Feb 1834 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; d. 23 Feb 1913 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass.; m. 5 Dec 1855 Searsmont, Waldo, Maine to William T. Farrar (1824 – 1915)

In the 1900 census, Celissa was living with her sister Sarah Hemsley in Rohnerville, Humboldt, California

ix. Samuel Ness b. 24 Nov 1838 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; d. 6 Apr 1841 in Searsmont

x. Lovina D. Ness b. abt 1838 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; Aft. 1910 census Medford, Mass.; m. 1857 to Samuel Baldwin Morse (26 Oct 1834 Fayette, Kennebec, Maine – Aft 1910 census)

In the 1860 census, Lavina and Samuel were living in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine with Lavina’s parents.

In 1877, Samuel received a passport to travel to Greece, Turkey and Palestine.

xi. Locksley (Loxly) Thistle Ness b. 30 Jun 1842 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; d. 27 Nov 1909 in Searsmont, Waldo, Maine; m. 12 Oct 1861 Searsmont, Waldo, Maine to Lucy Maria Jordan (5 Jan 1839 Maine – 13 May 1922 Montville, Waldo, Maine)

In 1869 Locksley was living in Franklin, Sacramento, California, and Lucy stayed at home with her mother in Maine working as a vest maker, but by the 1880 census he had returned to Searsmount, Maine working as a carriage painter. Their 17 year old daughter Anna H. was working as a school teacher.

xii. Rosella Ness b. Searsmont, Waldo, Maine

6. Lucinda Hawes

Lucinda’s husband Ambrose Gardner was born about 1804 in Maine. His parents were Joel Gardner (b.1778 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass – d, 27 Mar 1875 buried Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine) and Mary Mathews (b: 1779 in Mass – d. 21 Aug 1853 buried Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine) Ambrose died 14 Dec 1886 and is buried in Chase Cemetery, Chelsea

Kennebec County, Maine.

In the 1880 census, Ambrose was a retired widower living alone, next to his son Alonzo in Chelsea, Kennebec, Maine. Ambrose’s father Joel came from Vassalboro to Chelsea, Maine where he operated a sawmill which Ambrose later ran until 1854.

Lucinda, who married Ambrose Gardner, lived in Chelsea, Maine, where she died in 1861, at the age of 57, leaving six children, viz: Lucinda, who resided at Warren, Mass. in 1877; Celissa, who lived in Lynn, Mass.; Henry, who lived in Chelsea, Maine, and has one child; Harrison, a twin with the preceding, who died young; Alonzo, who lived at Chelsea, Maine, and has one child; and Elmira (Mrs. Norton), who lives at Lynn,Mass.

In the 1850 census, Ambrose was farming in Hallowell, Kennebec, Maine

Children of Lucinda and Ambrose:

i. Celissa B. Gardner, b. 1832 Maine who lives in Lynn, Mass.; d. 5 Jul 1915 and was buried in Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. after 1878 Francis Barnard Tobey (b. 5 Jul 1812 in Vassalboro – d. 8 Oct 1892 of Vassalboro)

Francis first married Margaret Robbins on 14 Nov 1837 in Civil, Hallowell, Kennebec, Maine. Margaret died on 28 Jun 1841 of Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine and was buried in Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

Francis next married Celissa’s first cousin Olive Cross (See above) on 9 Jul 1843 in Civil, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. Olive was born about 1820 of Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine, died on 6 Jun 1878 of Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine about age 58, and was buried in Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

In the 1880 census, Francis and Celissa were farming in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine, but Francis was paralyzed.

ii. Henry W. Gardner, b. 1835 Maine who lives in Chelsea, Maine, and has one child; d. After 1860 census

Served in Civil War

iii. Harrison Gardner, b. 1835 Maine a twin with the preceding; d. 30 Jan 1870 burial: Chase Cemetery, Chelsea, Kennebec, Maine

iv. Lucinda Gardner b. 1837; Maine who resides at Warren, Mass.;

v. Alonzo Garnder b. Jul 1838, who lives at Chelsea, Maine; Aft 1900 census Chelsea, Kennebec, Maine; m. 1857 to Francis M. Pike (b. Nov 1840 – d. aft 1900 census) Her parents were Jacob Pike and Amanda [__?__]; Alonzo spent five years in California

Since 1864 he kept a homestead in Maine. He was a farmer and owned a livery stable. In the 1880 census, Alonzo and Fannie were farming in Chelsea, Kennebec, Maine

vi. Elmira (Almira) P. Gardner b. 1844 Maine; m. 7 Jul 1867 to Charles Edward Norris , who lived at Lynn, Mass.

In the 1880 census Charles and Almira were living in Lynn, Essex, Mass. where Charles was a carpenter.

7. Joshua Hawes

Twin of Joseph

Joshua was a farmer and Justice in East Corinth, Maine. Joshua’s first wife Diana Parker was born in 1814 in Maine.

In the 1850 census, Diana was living with Joshua and two sons Granville  and Walter in Corinth, Penobscot, Maine. Joshua’s second wife Mrs. Harriet M Baker was born in 1824 in Maine.

In the 1880 census, Harriett was a widow living in Corinth, Penobscot, Maine with her 19 year old son Albert and a couple of boarders.

Joshua, who married first Diana Parker and had two sons, viz: Granville, who was a judge in New York City and had one child, and Walter, who lives at St. Paul, Minn.;, and secondly Mrs. Baker, by whom he had one son, Albeit. Joshua lived in Corinth, Penobscot county, Maine, His  house was famous through the countryside for its ample proportions and generous hospitality; he held for many years the offices of Justice of the Peace, and Deacon. Children of Joshua and Diane:

i. Granville Parker Hawes b: 03 Jul 1838 East Corinth, Maine; d. 29 Dec 1893 in New York, New York; m. 1870 Euphemia Anderson Vose (1841 NYC – 1907 NYC)

Commissioned a 1st Lt in Company A, New York 128th Infantry Regiment on 14 Aug 1862. Appointed as Captain of Commissary Nov 3, 1862 Promoted to Full Captain on 18 Mar 1863 by order of Major General Banks. Transfered out out on 18 Mar 1863 at New Orleans, LA. Promoted to Full Captain on 26 Nov 1862. Commissioned an officer in the U.S. Volunteers Commissary Dept Infantry Regiment on 26 Nov 1862. Mustered out on 23 Nov 1864.

William Emory served as a brigade commander in the Army of the Potomac in 1862, and was transferred to the Western Theater. He later commanded a division in the Port Hudson campaign. He subsequently returned to the East as the commander of the Nineteenth Corps, serving in all the major battles in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864, especially at the Battle of Cedar Creek, where Emory’s actions helped save the Union army from a devastating defeat until Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s arrival.

Granville graduated from Bowdoin College in 1860. Subsequently he became professor of rhetoric and English literature in the State College of Maryland. He was also a graduate of the Columbia College Law School, and started in the practice of the law shortly after leaving the institution.  He was for four years in the military service, going all through our civil war, being on the staff of Major- Gen. William H. Emory, commanding the Nineteenth Army Corps.

His success at the Bar led to his nomination, in 1879. for the old Marine Court judgeship. After a very exciting election he was elected judge of that court, being the only Republican elected on the entire city and county ticket.  Here is a NY Times article about the party politics around his nomination for the 21st Assembly District in 1874.

Granville Parker Hawes Memorial From: Association of the Bar of the City of New York Year Book 1895

Granville Parker Hawes Bowdoin College Obituary

Granville’s son Emory Hawes (31 Jan 1875 NYC – 14 Nov 1904 NYC) was a graduate of Yale ’96 and a lawyer, but died at 29 of chronic heart trouble.

A son of Granville Parker Hawes, Bowdoin, ’60, and Euphemia Anderson Vose, who were married March 15th, 1870, at New York City, and had two other sons, James Anderson Hawes,Yale ’94, and one who died before maturity. Euphemia Anderson (Vose) Hawes (b. July 12th, 1841, at New York City) is the daughter of Charles L. Vose, a merchant and foreign shipper, and Sarah Anthony Anderson, both of New York City.

Hawes prepared at Cutler’s School in New York City. He served as Treasurer of the Freshman Union, took a College Prize of the First Grade in English Composition in Sophomore year, and, as one of the speakers at the Junior Exhibition, received a Second Ten Eyck Prize. In Sophomore year he was offered an editorship on the “Courant,” which he declined, and later he declined a nomination for an editorship on the “Lit.” He was a member of the University Club, D. K. E., and Chi Delta Theta. He was unmarried.

In the fall of 1896 Hawes began the study of the law, at first in the New York Law School, where he remained for about two years, and later in the offices of Messrs. Butler, Notman, Joline & Mynderse, and of Messrs. Curtis, Mallet-Prevost & Colt. He was admitted to the Bar in due course and up to 1902 had an office with the Hon. Theron G. Strong; but owing to a severe illness which left him in delicate health, he never engaged actively in the practice of his profession.

This illness also necessitated his withdrawal from Squadron A of New York, in which he had enlisted at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. Besides Squadron A, he was a member of the Union League Club, the St. Nicholas Society, the Yale Club, the Society of Colonial Wars, and the Society of Mayflower Descendants.

The last two years of his life were spent chiefly in travel and in literary work. He was unable, however, to conquer his malady, and on November 14th, 1904, he died of heart trouble, in New York City. Hawes was a sensitive, reserved sort of man, who never knew many of us intimately, and who avoided, more often than he sought, companionship, so that the news of his death and of the painful struggle which preceded it, came to the Class as a surprise. . . .

“It may interest you to know,” wrote his brother, “that one of the last things he asked for, the day before he died, was to have his Yale class flag brought down to the room he was lying in and hung over his bed.”

ii. Walter W. Hawes   b. 1845 in Corinth, Penobscot, Maine; m. 1879 to Mary [__?__] (b. Mar 1852 Pennsylvania – );

Served in the US Navy during the Civil War

Lived at St. Paul, Minn.;  In the 1900 census, Walter and Mary were farming in Lakeland, Washington, Minnesota  Walter and Mary lived in Minneapolis from 1909 – 1919, moving to Yakima, Washington before 1922 where they were in 1928.

Children of Joshua and Harriett:

i.  Albert L. Hawes b. Jul 1860 Corinth, Penobscot, Maine; d. after 1920 census when he was still farming in Corinth; m. 1887 Corinth, Penobscot, Maine to Emma Scribner (b. 1866 Charleston, Penobscot, Maine – )  

8. Joseph Hawes

Twin of Joshua

Joseph’s wife Mrs. Ellen Maria Boody was born 22 May 1813, Cumberland, Maine. She first married William E. Pride (b. 1818 Maine) and had two children including Jane Partridge Pride, b. 1841, Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine. Ellen was still alive in the 1900 censusat the age of 87 when she was living with her daughter Mary and son-in-law Abner Lovell in Portland Maine.

Joseph lived in Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine Joseph, a twin with the preceding, who married Mrs Pride, lives at the age of 74 in Deering, Maine.

In the 1860 census, Joseph was farming in Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine

Children of Joseph and Ellen:

i.  Charles B. Hawes b. 16 Jul 1846, Maine; d. 3 Dec 1919 Portland, Maine; m. 23 Dec 1873 to Josephine M. Knight (b. 1854 – d. Aft 1940 census 125 Allen Ave, Portland Maine

In the 1900 census, Charles and Josephine were living in Portland, Cumberland, Maine where Charles was an electric light inspector. Their daughter Martha (age 25) was a music teacher.

ii. Henry H. B. Hawes; (Twin of Mary)  b. 1853 Maine; d. Aft 1930 census, Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine; m. 1883 Maine to Ella C. Quinby (b. May 1854 Maine – d. Aft. 1930 census)

Henry H. B. Hawes of Deering
Ella C. Quimby of Westbrook
Published Oct. 2, 1883
Cert. issued Oct. 6, 1883.
The town of Deering was set off from Westbrook on Mar. 21, 1871. It was incorporated as a city in 1889, and annexed to Portland in 1899.

Ella’s parents were Capt. Isaac Franklin Quinby and Catherine G. Brown. Isaac was Commissioned a Captain in Company E, Maine 13th Infantry Regiment on 10 Dec 1861.  Mustered out on 23 Aug 1862..

In the 1900 census, Henry was an insurance agent in Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine.  He was Treasurer of Cumberland County, Maine.

In 1943, Henry and Ella were living at 67 Mechanic St, Portland, Maine

iii. Mary H. B. Hawes (Twin of Henry)   b. 1853 Maine; d. Aft. 1920 census Portland, Maine;  m. 9 Dec 1884 Maine to Abner Lowell (b, Jan 1840 Maine – Aft. 1920 census) No children

In the 1900 census, Abner was farming in Portland, Cumberland, Maine

9. Martin Hawes

Martin’s wife Mary Ann Quinby was born in Mar 1812 in Maine.  Her parents were Moses Quinby and Ann Titcomb. Mary died in 12 Jun 1885 and is buried in Stroudwater Cemetery, Stroudwater, Maine.

Moses Quinby was born 19 April, 1786 at Stroudwater, Maine. He fitted for College at Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated there in the class of 1799. He then entered Bowdoin College and was one of the first class to graduate. They were seven in number, and included his future wife’s uncle, Rev. Benjamin Titcomb. The commencement at Bowdoin College took place 3 Sept. 1806, and Moses took part in the graduating exercises, delivering number seven on the program, “A Disquisition on the Solar System” Thereafter he entered assiduously upon a course of legal study with Mr. Stephen Longfellow, in the office in the ancient brick Longfellow mansion still standing at Portland. Several musty old lawbooks inscribed by the poet’s father to young Moses are still preserved.

Martin Hawes came first to Portland in a fishing smack; found a place as a clerk, and remained long enough to get a first-class recommendation “to whom it may concern.” He then entered the employ of David & Dexter Brewer (see pp. 27, 34) as a clerk : and when Dexter Brewer removed to Stroudwater about 1829 Martin Hawes came with him and subsequently bought out his employer. The dwelling he had built in Stroudwater was the only brick house there.

Stroudwater is located in the southwest corner of Portland, Stroudwater is home to a number of historic structures, including the oldest standing building in Portland, the Tate House and Museum, which was built in 1755. The Stroudwater Historic District is also located here. It is home to the mouth of the Stroudwater River.

He married Miss Quinby and lived in Westbrook (now Deering), where he died in 1854, aged 46. He had five children, of whom only one, Andrew, is living, and resides in Deering. The names of the others were Henrietta, Edmund, Horace and Moses.

Children of Martin and Mary Ann:

i.  Henrietta Hawes b. 20 Jul 1834 in Maine; d. 16 Sep 1843 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine

ii. Andrew Hawes b. 22 Jun 1836 in Maine; d. 1928 in Maine; m. 2 Jan 1889 Stroudwater, Maine to Annie Maria Libby (1851 – 1920)

They had no children but adopted a daughter Mary.

In the 1900 census, Andrew was a grocery dealer in Portland, Maine.

Hon. Andrew Hawes was selectman of Westbrook in 1870, the year before its division, and of Deering 1873, the first three years after its incorporation. He was a member of the School Committee eight years; he was elected a member of the House of Representatives of the State of Maine for three terms — 1873, 1875 s”tl 1891. He was elected State Senator and served as such in 1879 and 1880. He was Postmaster at Stroudwater for many years. He is a man of wide culture and extensive reading and is much interested in family history as appears from the fact that he is a member of the Elaine Historical Society, the Maine Genealogical Society and the Society of Colonial Wars.

iii. Edward Hawes b. 20 Sep 1838 in Maine; d. 17 Jun 1842 at 3 Years, 9 Months

iv. Hortatio Hawes b. 21 Nov 1840 in Maine; d. 20 Feb 1850 Drowned Stroudwater River Age 9 Years, 3 Months

v. Moses Quinby Hawes b. Nov 1842 in Maine; d. 29 Jun 1859 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, fell from boat and drowned, Stroudwater River Age 16 Years, 7 Months, of Stroudwater (now Portland), Cumberland, Maine

10. Otis Hawes

Otis’ wife Almira Kendall was born about 1812 in New Hampshire. Her parents were born in New Hampshire. Almira was still alive in the 1880 census when she was a widowed housekeeper in Vassalboro.

Otis, who married Almira Kendall and lived all his life in his father’s house He had two children, Ella and Howard, and died in 1876. aged 66.

Children of Otis and Almira:

i.  Sarah Ella Hawes b. 1849 Maine; d. Aft. 1870 census;

ii. Henry Howard Hawes b. 1852 Maine; d. after 1920 census; m. 1878 to Ida J [__?__] (b. Sep 1858 Maine – d. After 1920 census )

11. Almira Hawes

Almira’s husband William Henry Palmer was born 5 Jan 1800 in Hallowell, Kenebec, Maine. His parents were Willaim Palmer (1776 – ) and Anna Bullen (1774 – 1840). William died in 1854 in Albion, Kennebec, Maine.

Almira, who married William Palmer of Albion, Kennebec county, Maine, where she still lives at the age of 68. They have had seven children, viz: George of Albion, William of Biddeford, Horace, who died in infancy; Emily,who died Nov., 1862, aged eleven; Annie (Mrs. Shaw), who lives at Revere, Suffolk county, Mass., and has two children; Sumner, who lives with his parents; and Attie, a twin with the preceding, who died in 1862, aged 8 years.

In the 1880 census, William, Almira and their sons George (35) and William (26) were farming in Albion, Kennebec, Maine

Children of Almira and William:

i.  George Palmer b. 10 Sep 1844 in Albion, Kennebec, Maine of Albion

ii. William L Palmer b. 2 Feb 1846 in Albion, Kennebec, Maine of Biddeford,

iii. Horace Palmer b. 26 Mar 1848 in Albion, Kennebec, Maine; d. 8 Apr 1850 in Albion

iv. Emily M Palmer b. 5 Jan 1850 in Albion, Kennebec, Maine; d. 16 Oct 1863 in Albion

v. Annie Francis Palmer b. 1 Jan 1852 in Albion, Kennebec, Maine; d. Aft. 1930 census, Washington, DC; m. Lorenzo D Shaw (b. 26 Feb 1841 Exeter, Penobscot, Maine – d. 28 Jul 1912 Washington DC) lived at Revere, Suffolk county, Mass., and had two children His parents were Timothy R Shaw and Betsey Butters.

In the 1880 census Lorenzo and Annie lived in Revere, Suffolk, Massachusetts where Lorenzo was a photographer.

In the 1910 census, Lorenzo and Annie were living in Washington, DC where he was proprietor of Glen Echo Park, Maryland.

Glen Echo Park

Washington Post, Monday, July 29, 1912
Was Pioneer in Amusements and Built Glen Echo Park.
Lorenzo D. Shaw, one of the pioneer amusement men of this country, inventor of the famous “dip,” and the man who first built a toboggan slide at Coney Island, died last evening at his residence, 1365 Park Road Northwest, after a lingering illness of six months. Death was due to vesical calculi. Mr. Shaw was 70 years of age.

In the summer of 1882 Mr. Shaw owned, built, and operated a toboggan at Coney Island. This created quite a sensation, and was imitated in amusement parks all over the civilized world. Mr. Shaw also built several amusement devices at Revere Beach, near Boston, but for twenty years, both winter and summer, made his home at Coney Island.

Mr. Shaw came to Washington later and built the devices and buildings at Glen Echo Park. He was the first to conceive the idea of the thrill in mechanical amusement devices, and as a result his world famous “dips” are installed in parks all over the country.

Mr. Shaw was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trade, and took an active part in celebrations of a civic nature.

He is survived by his children: Walter P. Shaw, Mrs. Annie Young, Mrs. W. H. Carroll, and Mrs. Lillian Thwing, and his wife, Mrs. Alonzo Shaw.

Funeral services will be at the family home tomorrow at 2PM. Interment will be at Glenwood Cemetery.

vi. Sumner C Palmer b. 10 Feb 1854; d. After 1930 census; By 1910, Sumner was divorced

Attie’s twin

viii. Attie (Abby H) Palmer 10 Feb 1854; d. 21 Jun 1863

Sumner’s twin


Henry Cole Quinby. New England family history .. (Volume 2). (page 13 of 15)

Wng Family of America – Isaac Hawes

Wing Family of America – Tamzin Wing

Granville Parker Hawes Bio From: Association of the Bar of the City of New York Year Book – Twenty-fifth Annual Report 1895

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Oliver Webber

Oliver WEBBER (1797 – 1862) was Alex’s 4th Great Grandfather; one of 32 in this generation.

Oliver A. Webber Esq.’s birthdate of 1797 is estimated from the 1850 census.  His parents were Charles WEBBER Jr. and Ruth THATCHER.   He married Abigail HAWES on 17 Mar 1821 at Vassalboro Kennebec Maine.   After Abigail died, he married Sarah H. Bryant 22 Jan 1849.    He died 15 Jan 1862 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

Oliver Webber Home Vassalboro, Maine in 1915

Abigail Hawes was born on 7 May 1800 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.  Her parents were Isaac HAWES and Tamzin WING. Abigail died 14 Jan 1846 in Vassalboro and is also buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Sarah H Bryant) Webber  Sarah was born about 1809 or 1810 in Massachusetts. Her parents were Nathaniel Bryant (b. 1777 Mass. – ) and Mary [__?__] (b. 1778 Mass – ). She lived in the household in the 1850 and 1860 census.  In the 1850 census, Nathaniel and Mary lived in Gardiner, Kennebec, Maine.  Sarah’s mother, Mary Bryant (1778 – 1874) , age 81, lived in the household in 1860.

Children of Oliver and Abigail:
Name Born Married Departed
1. Esther H Webber 21 Apr 1822 Maine Levi M. Webber 16 Aug 1888 Vassalboro
2. Amanda Melvina Webber ca. 1824
Michael Kennedy Jr
7 Apr 1851 Vassalboro
After 1880
Troy VT?
3. Ira H. Webber ca. 1826 27 Aug 1872 California, buried in Vassalboro
4. Lucinda H. Webber ca. 1828 George Andrew Hobbs 27 Mar 1872 Clinton, Kennebec, Maine
5. Leigh Richmond Webber 5 Dec 1830 Vassalboro Did not marry, but did go to Colby College 5 Jan 1866, consumption, at Insane Hospital, Augusta ME
6. Gustavus Vacy Webber c. 1833
Mary Frances Richardson
20 May 1860 Waterville, Kennebec, Maine
Elizabeth M. Jones
4 Sep 1870 China, Kennebec, Maine
20 Jan 1917 Lakeview Cemetery, China, Kennebec, Maine
7. Ellen Celeste WEBBER 3 Aug 1835 Guilford Dudley COLEMAN
9 Oct 1855 Vassalboro, Maine
31 Oct 1881 Anoka, MN
8. Emma A. Webber 3 Aug 1835 Jacob Melvin Prescott
bef. 1863
Between 1895-1900 Tama, Iowa
9. Virgil H Webber c. 1836 in Maine 1 Jul 1862 Gettysburg PA
10. Herman Webber Oct 1839
10 Aug 1862v New York from wounds suffered at Fair Oaks VA

Both Prentiss Glazier and E.P. Webber lists Oliver A Webber but does not give parents. A According to Concerning the Cortright and Webber families in America 1925, Oliver had 84 first cousins and, so far, I’ve been able to identify 42 of  them.  See the page of his grandfather Charles B. WEBBER page for details about his cousins.

Oliver A. Webber was a Selectman in Vassalboro in 1841 and 1842.  He was a Justice of the Peace as well as a farmer and was sometimes titled Deacon.

John Wing of Sandwich Mass and his Descendants  1881

Abigail, who married Oliver Webber, lived in Vassalborough and died in 1845, aged 45. They had ten children, viz:Esther (Mrs. Levi Webber), who lives in Vassalborough and has no children; Amanda (Mrs.Kennedy), who lives in Troy, Vermont, and has four children ;Ira, who died in California in 1874; Lucinda (Mrs. Hobbs), who died in Clinton, Me., having had seven children; Richmond, who died in Augusta in 1866; Gustavus, who lives in Vassalborough and has seven children; Ellen (Mrs. Coleman), who lives in Anoka, Minn., and has four children; Emma (Mrs. Prescott), who lives in Illinois and has seven children. These last two are twins; Virgil, who died at Gettysburgh in 1863; and Herman, who died at New York in 1862.

My grandmother wrote:

I wish I remembereed more about Oliver Webber.  He had merchant ships, my mother referred to him as “merchant prince” wich was a typical Maine expression.  He was of Dutch descent and his family were early citizens of Manhattan Island when it was Dutch.  The Webber family throughout the country had a long and involved lawsuit over property in that area.  My Uncle Dana Coleman gave money to that for years (Unsuccessful)  [See my Thomas Webber page for details of this Webber family myth]

It is interesting to note that the first immigrant Webber in our line was in fact a Sea Captain.  Thomas  Webber (1639 – 1686)  was a fisherman and a sea captain. He was a mariner of Boston as early as 1644 if not sooner, and the master of the sloop “Mayflower”, while still resident in England in 1652.   By 1660 there were approximately 8 known ships bearing the name ‘Mayflower.’ His ship is not the same ‘Mayflower’ of 1620 .  In 1652 he sold about a quarter of this vessel of two hundred tons, and removed to Maine.

In the 1830 census,  Guildford Dudley COLEMAN’s grandfather Joseph COLEMAN  is recorded right next to Oliver Webber.  Samuel Sturgis is recorded on the other side. Maybe GD first met Ellen when he visited his grandfather.

In the 1840 census, Oliver was a farmer in Vassalboro with 13 people living in his household.  Dudley COLEMAN, his brother Charles Coleman and his father Joseph COLEMAN were all close neighbors.

Oliver was a farmer. In the 1850 census, his farm was valued at $1,800.   In  the 1860 census, his farm was 100 improved acres, 40 unimproved acres and was valued at $2,800.  He had 4 horses, 3 milch cows, 4 working oxen, 5 other cattle.  The livestock was valued at $530.  He had 110 bushels of indian corn and 17 bushels of oats.

Oliver A. Webber was appointed guardian of Mary Webber, Susan B. Webber (later Susan B. Lowell), Sarah H. Webber, all minors, when Dorothy Webber of Hallowell died (probate records dated 4 Apr 1852. Dorothy was  the widow of Horatio Nelson WEBBER, who died 25 Dec 1839.  Charles E. Webber was “heir of age.”


1. Esther Webber

Esther’s husband Levi Webber was born in May 1815 in Vassalboro, Maine.  He was her fourth cousin,  His parents were Ephraim Webber (b. 27 Sep 1794 China, Maine – d. 28 Feb 1865, China, Maine) and Mary Esther Chadwick (1794 – 1865)  His grandparents were Lewis Webber and Keziah Hatch. His great grandparents were Joseph Webber Jr. and Sarah Sedgeley . His 2nd great grandparents were Joseph Webber Sr. and Mary Lewis.  He shared his third great grandparents Samuel WEBBER and Deborah LITTLEFIELD with Esther.  Levi died 15 Feb 1899 in Vassalboro.

They farmed in Vassalboro in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses.

Child of Esther and Levi:

i.  Henry W. B. Webber (May 1855 in Vassalboro, Maine – aft 1920 in Massachusetts); m. 17 Apr 1888 in Augusta, Maine to Leona E Hale (Sep 1861 in Vienna, Kennebec, Maine – Aft. 1930 census Reading, Middlesex, Mass)

In the 1900 census, Henry was a carpenter in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1920, he was a carpenter with a cabinet shop in Reading, Mass.


2. Amanda Webber

Amanda’s husband Michael Kennedy was born about  1824 in Troy, Orleans, Vermont . His parents were Michael Kennedy (b. 1799 Ireland) and Anne Holden (b. Vermont.)

 In the 1850 census, Michael was living with his father Michael, his father’s second wife Frances  (b 1803 Vermont) and half? brother Charles in Troy, Orleans, Vermont.

In the 1870 census, Michael and Amanda were farming in Troy, Orleans, Vermont.

Children of Amanda and Michael Kennedy:

i. James Kennedy (1852 – After 1870 Census)

I’m not certain if this is our James, but he meets all the criteria (year and state of birth, father from Vermont, mother from Maine) In the 1920 census James C Kennedy was working as a civil engineer in general practice in Yerington, Lyon, Nevada. His wife Emma [__?__] was born about 1866 in Michigan. Their granddaughter Patricia Porter (age 5) was living with them.

Working backwards, in the 1910 census, James was a mining engineer for the department of state engineering in Rhyolite, Nevada. This time his wife was listed as Emogene and he had been married for five years. This time his date of birth is listed as 1856 which could mean he is a differnt James Kennedy. . Emogene has a daughter from a previous marriage named Ruth M. Hall (b. 1890 Indiana). James’ daughter Edith was born in Colorado in 1891. James daughter Elizabeth was born about 1892 in Florida. Their mother was also born in Florida.

Rhyolite is a ghost town in Nye County Nevada. It is located in the Bullfrog Hills, about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, near the eastern edge of Death Valley. The town began in early 1905 as one of several mining camps that sprang up after a prospecting discovery in the surrounding hills. During an ensuing gold rush, thousands of gold-seekers, developers, miners, and service providers flocked to the Bullfrog Mining District. By 1907, Rhyolite had electric lights, water mains, telephones, newspapers, a hospital, a school, an opera house, and a stock exchange. Scholarly sources generally place it in a range between 3,500 and 5,000 in 1907–08.

Ruins of Cook Bank Building in Rhyolite Nevada

Rhyolite declined almost as rapidly as it rose. After the richest ore was exhausted, production fell. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the financial panic of 1907 made it more difficult to raise development capital. In 1908, investors in the Montgomery Shoshone Mine, concerned that it was overvalued, ordered an independent study. When the study’s findings proved unfavorable, the company’s stock value crashed, further restricting funding. By the end of 1910, the mine was operating at a loss, and it closed in 1911. By this time, many out-of-work miners had moved elsewhere, and Rhyolite’s population dropped well below 1,000. By 1920, it was close to zero.

James Kennedy lived on Esmeralda Street in Rhyolite, Nevada

In the 1900 census, James was a mining engineer in Election District 13, Carbon, Wyoming living with five other men. He is listed as widowed.

ii. Alden Kennedy (1854 – Between 1860 – 1870 Census)

iii. Frank Olin Kennedy (1858 Troy, VT – After 1920); m. Augusta Melvina Crafts (30 Sep 1858 Lowell, Vermont – )

In the 1910 census, Frank was a farmer in Bradford, Orange, Vermont. In the 1920 census, Frank was retired in Bradford, Orange, Vermont.

iv. Mary E. Kennedy (1864 – After 1880 Census)


3.  Ira Webber  was a sailor in the 1850 census.


4. Lucinda Webber

Lucinda’s husband George Harrison Hobbs Jr. was born 21 Apr 1822 in Canaan, Somerset, Maine. His parents were George H Hobbs (1794 – 1880) and Elizabeth (Betsey) Lunt (1792 – 1874). George died 20 Nov 1900 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Some sources state that Lucinda married Elbridge I. Wyman on 12 Mar 1859 – Penobscot, Maine and they had at least one son: Frederick Lincoln Wyman (15 Jul 1861 in Hampden, Maine – Jan 1907)

However, that conflicts with the dates of Lucinda’s and George Hobbs marriage and their children born from 1852 to 1866.

Clinton Land Ownership Map for G H Hobbs

In the 1880 census, George was divorced and taking care of five children ages 4 to 20 while farming in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine.

The divorce is curious because Lucinda died in 1872, just two years after the 1870 census when she was still with George, however, the letter “d” is very clear in the marital status column on the census form. It looks like George had another wife. In his daughter Della’s marriage record, her mother is shown as Ada. Della was born about 1875.

In 1883 George married Ruth P. Gerald (Oct 1833 Canaan, Somerset, Maine – ). She first married 5 Feb 1853 – Somerset, Maine to David A Ramsdell (1832 – 1874)

Children of George and Lucinda many of which were named for Lucinda’s siblings:

i. George E Hobbs (May 1852 in Maine – 30 Apr 1903 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine); m. Hattie M. Norton (1853 Maine – Bef. 1900)

In the 1880 census, George and Hattie were living with Hattie’s daughter from a previous marriage Ruby Sears (b. 1875

In the 1900 census, George was widowed and living with his father and Ruth in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine.

ii. Eda E Hobbs (abt 1852 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – 7 Nov 1876 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine

iii. Oliver A Hobbs (abt 1854 in Canaan, Somerset, Maine – 19 May 1886)

iv. Lamont Montague Hobbs (abt 1857 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – 18 Jul 1879 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine) Lamont was a farmer. Cause of death drowning

v. Ashla Hobbs (1859 –

vi. Herman Webber Hobbs (Jul 1860 in Maine – 31 Mar 1927 in Anoka, Minnesota); Herman’s namesake uncle died of Civil War wounds in 1862. m. 1890 to Delia A Starkey (Dec 1870 in Minnesota – 10 Apr 1941 Anoka, Minnesota)

In the 1900 census, Herman was living with his father-in-law and working as a hostler in a livery stable in Anoka, Minnesota. In the 1910 census, Herman was a teamster for a bus line in Anoka and had his wife, four children and his mother-in-law at home.

Delia was the seventh child of eight born to John Marvin Starkey [1827 NY - 1907 MN] and Adelia Ann Gay [1829 NY - 1913 MN]. She married Herman Hobbs in about 1890. They had five children: Gladys Marie [Peterson], Herman F., Harlan Clyde, Edna Mae, and Maurice M.

vii. Virgil Webber Hobbs (15 Jul 1862 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – 1 Oct 1943 Mattawamkeag, Penobscot, Maine) Virgil’s namesake uncle was killed at Gettysburg a year after he was born. m. 1890 to Rosine Gelou (15 Jan 1869 in French Canada – 1956)

In the 1900 census, Virgil was a station agent in Mattawamkeag, Maine.

In 1889 the International Railway of Maine was completed between Megantic, Quebec, Canada to Mattawamkeag, where it interchanged with the Maine Central. The parent company of the International Railway, Canadian Pacific, obtained running rights from Maine Central for Mattawamkeag to Vanceboro where it regained CPR trackage in New Brunswick. This placed Mattawamkeag on the transcontinental mainline of the Canadian Pacific, running from Saint John to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Railroad Street in Mattawamkeag from a 1910 postcard

viii. Ellsworth E Hobbs (abt 1865 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – 24 Nov 1888 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine)

ix. Laforest Hobbs (Aug 1866 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – 28 Aug 1937 Jay, Maine); m. 01 Mar 1898 in Jay, Maine to Nina Maude Bean (24 Apr 1880 in Maine – 31 Oct 1968 in North Jay, Franklin, Maine)

In the 1910 census Laforest was a millwright in a sawmill in Jay, Franklin, Maine. There were a lot of Maude’s living nearby and Bean’s Corner is a local landmark.

The township was then granted by the Massachusetts General Court to Captain Joseph Phipps and 63 others for their services in the French and Indian War. Called Phipps-Canada, the plantation was not settled until after the Revolutionary War. On February 26, 1795, Phipps-Canada was incorporated as Jay for John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Jay had a population of 1,490 in 1870. The following years would see papermaking develop into the town’s predominant industry. In 1888, industrialist Hugh J. Chisholm built at southern Jay the Otis Falls Pulp & Paper Company mill, then the 3rd largest paper mill in the country. Nearby developed the mill town village of Chisholm. In 1898, it became one of the founding mills of International Paper.

LaForest Hobbs Obit – The Lewiston Daily Sun – Aug 30, 1937

x. Della Hobbs (1876 – Aft 1930 census Mattawamkeag, Penobscot, Maine ) m. 4 Jun 1898 – Clinton, Maine to Wilbur R. Wyman (b. 1866 Maine – d. bef. 1930 census). In the marriage record, Della’s mother is shown as Ada.

Since Lucinda died in 1872, George was listed as divorced in 1800 ad George married Ruth in 1883, it looks like George married and divorced Ada in between.

In the 1920 census, Wyman was running a grocery store in Mattawamkeag, Penobscot, Maine.


5. Leigh Richmond Webber

While a few of our illustrious ancestors attended Oxford or Cambridge before emigrating in the Great Migartion, Oliver’s son Leigh Richmond Webber was the first I could find who attended college in the United States.  These notes came from a Colby alumni record from the 1880’s Leigh Richmond had Vassalboro as  legal residence during his course at Colby College. He prosecuted preparatory and Freshman studies chiefly, it is believed, at Vassalboro’ Academy, under several successive teachers.

1852, Sept. Entered Colby Sophomore class. In scholarship, one of the best of a superior class.

1855-56. Taught in New Portland, Me.

1856-57. Taught in Troy, Orleans Co., Vermont.

1858, April. Removed to Lawrence, Kansas, and engaged for three years in teaching and farming.

Lawrence, Kansas was founded in 1854 for the New England Emigrant Aid Company by Charles Robinson.  The New England Emigrant Aid Company was a transportation company created to transport immigrants to the Kansas Territory to shift the balance of power so that Kansas would enter the United States as a free state rather than a slave state. Created by Eli Thayer in the wake of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which allowed the population of Kansas Territory to choose whether slavery would be legal, the Company is noted less for its direct impact than for the psychological impact it had on proslavery and antislavery elements.  The exact number of people who left for Kansas is unknown. James Rawley puts the numbers somewhere around 2000, of whom about a third returned home, while The Kansas Historical Society puts the number around 900 who left for Kansas in 1855 alone.

William Crutchfield, son Samuel CRUTCHFIELD Sr. removed from Jamestown, Quebec to Lawrence in   8 Mar 1856 and spent the rest of his life there dying 21 Mar 1917 in Lawrence KS

In the Bleeding Kansas era, Lawrence was a center of anti-slavery sentiment. On May 21, 1856, a pro-slavery posse led by Sheriff Samuel J. Jones burned the Free-State Hotel, destroyed the equipment of two anti-slavery newspapers, and looted several other businesses in an attack known as the sack of Lawrence; one man was killed, struck dead by a stone falling from the burning hotel. Abolitionist John Brown‘s nearby Pottawatomie Massacre is believed to have been a reaction to this event. On August 21, 1863, during the American Civil War, Confederate guerrillas led by William Quantrill burned most of the houses and commercial buildings in Lawrence and killed 150 to 200 of the men they found in the Lawrence Massacre.

3 June 1861 – Enlisted as a Private in Company D, 1st Infantry Regiment Kansas.

10 Aug 1861 – Wounded in action Wilson’s Creek, Mo.

16 Jun 1864 – Mustered Out Company D, 1st Infantry Regiment Kansas

1864, July. Returned to Maine, broken down In health by hardships of military life.1865,

Oct. 11. Committed to Hospital for the Insane, at Augusta. Died, Jan. 5,1866, of consumption, at Insane Hospital, Augusta. He did not marry.

Leigh Webber was wounded at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek – Painting by Kurz and Allison

The Battle of Wilson’s Creek, also known as the Battle of Oak Hills, was fought on August 10, 1861, near Springfield, Missouri, between Union forces and the Missouri State Guard, early in the American Civil War. It was the first major battle of the war west of the Mississippi River and is sometimes called the “Bull Run of the West.” Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon’s Army of the West was camped at Springfield, Missouri, with Confederate troops under the commands of Brig. Gen. Benjamin McCulloch approaching. On August 9, both sides formulated plans to attack the other. At about 5:00 a.m. on August 10, Lyon, in two columns commanded by himself and Col. Franz Sigel, attacked the Confederates on Wilson’s Creekabout 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Springfield. Rebel cavalry received the first blow and fell back away from Bloody Hill. Confederate forces soon rushed up and stabilized their positions.

The Confederates attacked the Union forces three times that day but failed to break through the Union line. When General Lyon was killed during the battle and General Sweeny wounded, Major Samuel D. Sturgis assumed command. Meanwhile, the Confederates had routed Sigel’s column, south of Skegg’s Branch. Following the third Confederate attack, which ended at 11:00 a.m., the Confederates withdrew. Sturgis realized, however, that his men were exhausted and his ammunition was low, so he ordered a retreat to Springfield. The Confederates were too disorganized and ill-equipped to pursue. This Confederate victory buoyed southern sympathizers in Missouri and served as a springboard for a bold thrust north that carried Price and his Missouri State Guard as far as Lexington. In late October, a rump convention, convened by Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson, met in Neosho and passed out an ordinance of secession. Wilson’s Creek, the most significant 1861 battle in Missouri, gave the Confederates control of southwestern Missouri.

6. Gustavus Webber

Gustavus’  first wife Mary Francis Richardson was born 18 Nov 1841 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.  Her parents were John Richardson (1813 – 1884) and Hannah G. Sanborn (1819 – 1843)  Her grandparents were  our ancestor Seth RICHARDSON III and Susannah A. BALCOM .  Mary died 6 Jun 1870 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

Gustavus’ second wife Elizabeth “Lizzie” M. Jones was born 9 Dec 1848 in China, Kennebec, Maine.  Her parents were John Jones (1825 – ) and Lydia Runnells (1826 – ) Lizzie died 27 Aug 1901 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

In the 1850 census, Gustavus was one of nine young “shoemakers” living with Betsey Freeman (age 29) and David Austin (age 52) in Vassalboro.  Gustavus married 20 May 1860 in Waterville, Maine to Mary Frances Richardson  and was living with Mary’s father and second wife Cynthia Cross,  in the 1860 census.

Gustavus V Webber, wife Mary, daughter Alice, Photo taken about 1865 or 1866 as Alice was born in 1865. Mary died in 1870.

Gustavus enlisted as a Private on 14 August 1862 at the age of 28. in Co E -16th Maine -Wounded at Gettysburg, see below.   Pension records state date of birth as 16 Aug 1832.    Gus Webber was dicharged 16 Dec 1863 with disability from leg wound received 1 July 1863 Gettysburg, PA (where he was captured and paroled 3 July 1863).

Pvt. Gustavus Vacy Webber Co E 16th Maine Volunteers. Photo taken about the time of his enlistment Jul. 1862

Three months after Mary died, Gustavus married 4 Sep 1870 in China, Maine to Elizabeth “Lizzie” M. Jones.

Gustavus V Webber – Photo May 1907. Co E 16th Maine. GAR button on lapel

Gustavus Webber – Lakeview Cemetery China, Kennebec, Maine

Children of Gustavus and Mary Frances Richardson (1841 – 1870)

i. Alice H. Webber (Jan 1865 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine – 22 Aug 1919 in Hennepin, Minnesota. ) m.  1889 Richard Jude (13 Mar 1857 in Buffalo, Wright, Minnesota – 26 Aug 1932 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota) Richard’s parents were from Ireland.

In the 1900 census, Richard was a butcher in Ramsey, Anoka, Minnesota. In 1910, he was a general farmer in Ramsey.

Alice (Webber) Jude ca. 1885, Anoka, MN

ii. Oliver Austin Webber (16 May 1867 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – After 1940 census) m. 6 Aug 1889 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine to Annie L. Hall (Oct 1872 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – After 1940 census)

In the 1910 census, Oliver was a mechanic at a carriage maker in China, Kennebec, Maine. In 1920, he was a machinist at Bath Iron Works. Since its founding in 1884, Bath Iron Works has built private, commercial and military vessels, most of which have been ordered by the United States Navy.

Children of Gustavus and Elizabeth M. Jones (1848 –  1901)

iii. Mary Frances Webber (June 1871 in Maine – 3 Oct 1882) Buried in Lakeview Cemetery, China, Kennebec, Maine

iv. Delbert W. Webber (Jun 1873 in Maine – 24 Dec 1891) Buried in Lakeview Cemetery, China, Kennebec, Maine, cause of death drowned

v. Ellen C. Webber (1876 – After 1930 census); m. Frank Emery Wood (15 Apr 1877 in Palermo, Waldo, Maine – After 1930 census)

In the 1930, Frank was doing odd jobs in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.

vi. Bertha L. Webber (Nov 1880 in China, Kennebec, Maine – After 1940 census); m. 12 Jun 1913 in Wrentham, Massachusetts to Wesley G. Dibblee (10 Jan 1878 in New Brunswick, Canada – Nov 1969 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts)

Wesley had been previously married in 1903 to Sadie Alice Mitchell (1881 – 1911) Wesley became a naturalized citizen 1 Sep 1906. In the 1930 census, Wesley was a foreman in an ice company in Wrentham, Massachusetts.

vii. Ethyl Eliza Webber (May 1888 in Maine – Aft 1940 census); m. 23 Feb 1908 in Maine to Harry E. Scott (28 Aug 1889 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine – Jul 1968 in Biddeford, York, Maine)

Harry had already moved to Schuylkill Pennsylvania and was working as a chemist at the Atlas powder company according to his 1917 draft registration. In the 1920 census, the family had broken apart. Ethyl was living with her sister Bertha Dibble, her son Gustavus (age 11) was living with his grandfather Albert A Scott in Vassalboro, Harry was living with a new wife Lulu and daughter Anna (age 19 months) at his new father-in-law George Moyer in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania. By the 1930 census, Ethyl was divorced from Harry and working as a servant with the Warren R Gilmore family in Wrentham, Massachusetts


7. Emma Webber (Ellen’s twin)

Emma’s husband Jacob Melvin Prescott was born 13 Jul 1839 in Maine.  His parents were Jacob Prescott and Mary Chadbourne.  Jacob died 22 Feb 1924 in Jackson, Oregon.

Emma was a student at Maine State Seminary Students  (Bates College, a liberal arts college located in Lewiston, Maine.  Emma appears in  this 1858 list of students is from the Bates College (Maine State Seminary) Catalogue from 1858.

Before 1863, Emma married Jacob Melvin Prescott.  Emma was six years older than her husband. In the 1880 census Jacob was a laborer in Montour, Tama, Iowa and their two oldest sons were working in a machine shop. Emma died between 1895 when she was recorded in an Iowa census and 1900 when Jacob was living alone in Montour and working as a jeweller. By 1910, Jacob had moved in with his son Herbert in Grant’s Pass, Oregon.

Montour was founded near the villages of Indian Village and Butlerville on the east side of Indian Creek upon the elevated bench on the south side of the Iowa River around 1864. Dr. Doe, (probably the first physician of Indiantown), built a seven-by-nine dry goods store in Indiantown. When the railroad came near, he moved his store to it and thus started the first business in Montour (at this time called Orford). Daniel Hempy built the first residence in the new village,and several houses from Indiantown were brought in following it, rolled in upon wheels. When C. J. STEVENS moved his lumber trade and agricultural machinery to Orford (or Montour) in the spring of 1865, the town had a total of seven houses. In April, trains did not stop without flaggings, the train men throwing off the mail, as it passed through.

Montour grew to be a thriving community with churches, a high school, hotels, general stores, gas stations and even at one point a car dealership. In the past 30 years, most of these have faded away. The high school was incorporated into the Tama County School system in the ’50s, became an elementary school in the 80s and, with dwindling attendance, closed its doors completely in 2003.

Children of Emma and Jacob Melvin Prescott

i. Llewellyn Prescott (1863, China, Maine – 1 Jan 1938, Jackson, Oregon)

In the 1900 census, Llewellyn (37), Clarence (36) and Alfred (24) were boarding together in Omaha, Nebraska. Llewellyn was working as an electrician, Clarence as a mechanical engineer and Alfred as a journalist. In 1910, Llewellyn was living with his sister Mabel and her husband Putnam in Oakland, California and working as a machinist in a planing mill where Putnam was the foreman. In the 1930 census, Llewellyn had a plumbing shop in Ashland, Jackson, Oregon and was living next to his brother’s widow Anne Prescott.

ii. Clarence Prescott (Feb 1864 in China, Kennebec, Maine – 23 Dec 1919 in Jackson, Oregon); m. Anna T Austin (abt 1874 in Iowa – 4 Sep 1958 in Ashland, Jackson, Oregon) Anna’s parents were from Norway.

In the 1910 census, Clarence had a carpentry shop in East Ashland, Oregon, In the 1930 census, Anna was living with her daughter Marie, a 24 year old school teacher and her son Glen, a 19 year old newspaper typsetter.

iii. Herbert S Prescott (Jun 1867 in China, Maine – 13 Nov 1928 in Salem, Oregon); m. 1897 Alice M. Peck (Mar 1864 in Cedar Falls, Iowa – 9 Dec 1940 in Salem, Marion, Oregon)

In the 1900 census, Herbert was working as a mechanic in Waterloo, Iowa. In the 1910 census, Herbert was a newspaper editor in Grants Pass, Oregon. Strangely, Herbert is listed twice in the 1920 census, as a newspaper reporter living with Alice in Salem, Oregon and as a laborer living with his sister Mabel Smith in Atascadero, California.

iv. Justine Prescott (1869 in China, Kennebec, Maine –  After 1895 Iowa Census)

v. Mabel Prescott (1 Mar 1872 in Montour, Tama, Iowa – 5 Jan 1956 in Los Angeles, California); m. Putnam David Smith (11 Aug 1857 Grant County, Wisconsin – 27 Nov 1933, Monfort, Grant, Wisconsin) Putnam was 15 years older than Mabel. In the 1910 census, Mabel was an artist (picture painter) in Brooklyn Township, Oakland, Calfornia. In the 1920 census, Putnam was now the artist living in Atascadero, California. By the 1930 census, Putnam and Mabel were retired in Los Angeles. After Putnam died, Mabel married a man named Liddle.

Putnam David Smith

Putnam David Smith was born in Grant County, WI on Aug. 11, 1856. Smith settled in Los Angeles in 1910. He died there on Nov. 27, 1933. He was known for portrait painting Source: Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940″

Not much is known of the American Beauty Doll Company, who began making composition dolls during World War I (1914-1918), when German dolls became scarce, due to the war. It was a family run business of hand made artist dolls by Mr. Putnam David Smith, his wife Mabel Smith and their young daughter Margaret.

Dolls were sold on the west coast of California, each composition doll was hand made and unique. Most of the dolls have cloth stuffed bodies, but others used a ball jointed, German style all composition body. Very few of these artist dolls have survived, as it proved to be unprofitable to make the dolls and due to the short duration of the company.

Below are four beautiful rare composition dolls, all courtesy of doll collector, M Perkins.

American Beauty Doll – ca. 1913 Girl Doll, 22″ tall, composition shoulder head, mohair wig, cloth stuffed body, one stroke painted eyebrows, glass flirty eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, open smiling red painted mouth with teeth.

ca. 1913 Boy Doll

American Beauty Doll 3

American Beauty Doll 4

vi. Alfred Webber Prescott (10 Nov 1875 in Mantana, Tama, Iowa – 9 Dec 1949 in Los Angeles, California); m. Martha Estellemille Barker (b. 26 Jan 1874 Missouri – d. 9 Feb 1956 Los Angeles)

In the 1920 census, Alfred was living in Los Angeles and working as a carpenter. Martha’s four children (ages 18 to 23) were all named Miller and their father was born in Ireland so they came from a previous marriage. In the 1930 census, Alfred was living with his sister Mabel and working as a bookkeeper in Los Angeles.


8. Her twin, Ellen Celeste Webber COLEMAN was educated in a New England “Female Seminary” and wrote beautifully and expressed herself elegantly. Since her family disapproved of her marrying Oliver Webber, they eloped and emigrated to Minnesota. He was young and poor. In Minnesota he was a farmer and a blacksmith.

9. Virgil S. Webber

Virgil was killed 1 Jul 1863  at the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.  While further research revealed that Virgil served in the 16th Maine Regiment at Gettysburg. before I had to delve further, it was romantic to imagine that Virgil was part of the famous  20th Maine Regiment. The 20th Maine’s decisive defense of Little Round Top on July 2, 1863, where it was stationed on  at the extreme left of the Union line was a turning point in the battle. This action is a central part of the movie Gettysburg.

Pvt Virgil H. Webber (1836 - 1862)

Pvt Virgil H. Webber (1836 – 1862)
Courtesy: Chuck Russell Find A Grave Memorial# 106003505

In real life, Virgil and his brother 6. Gustavus (also wounded in this action) were in Company E, 16th Maine Regiment. which arrived around 11: 30 on the morning of July 1, 1863, as part of two divisions of the 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac arrived to join a fight that had been raging all morning, as the Confederates advanced on Gettysburg from the west and from the north. Among them was the 16th Maine. The regiment, along with the rest of the army, had been marching since June 12 up from Virginia.  16th Maine fought bitterly for approximately three hours in the fields north of the Chambersburg Pike; but by mid-afternoon, it was evident that, even with the addition of the rest of the 1st Corps and the entire 11th Corps, the position of the Union forces could not be held. They began to fall back toward the town of Gettysburg.

The 16th Maine was then ordered to withdraw to a new position to the east of where they had been fighting. “Take that position and hold it at any cost!” was the command. This meant that those of the 275 officers and men of the regiment who had not already become casualties had to sacrifice themselves to allow some 16,000 other men to retreat. This they valiantly did, but they were soon overwhelmed and forced to surrender to the Confederates.

As the Southern troops bore down upon them, the men of the 16th Maine spontaneously began to tear up into little pieces their “colors.” Like other Union regiments, the 16th Maine carried an American flag and a regimental flag, known collectively as “the colors.” “For a few last moments our little regiment defended angrily its hopeless challenge, but it was useless to fight longer,” Abner Small of the 16th Maine wrote after the battle. “We looked at our colors, and our faces burned. We must not surrender those symbols of our pride and our faith.” The regiment’s color bearers “appealed to the colonel,” Small wrote, “and with his consent they tore the flags from the staves and ripped the silk into shreds; and our officers and men that were near took each a shred.” Each man hid his fragment of the flags inside his shirt or in a pocket. The Confederates were thus deprived of the chance to capture the flags as battle trophies.   Most of the 16th Maine survivors treasured these remnants for the rest of their lives and bequeathed them to their descendents, some of whom still possess them as family heirlooms to this day.

By sunset on July 1, 11 officers and men of the 16th Maine had been killed, 62 had been wounded, and 159 had been taken prisoner.  Company E suffered heavy losses 3 killed, 8 wounded including Capt,William A. Stevens and Lt. Aubrey  Leavitt and 14 taken prisoner including Capt. Leavitt.  Only 38 men of the Regiment managed to evade being captured and report for duty at 1st Corps headquarters. But the 16th Maine had bought precious time for the Union Army. Those whose retreat they had covered were able to establish a very strong position just east and south of the center of the town of Gettysburg along Cemetery Ridge. During the night and into July 2 the 1st and 11th Corps were reinforced by the rest of the Army of the Potomac. For the next two days they would withstand successive assaults by the Confederates until the final repulse of Pickett’s Charge, on 3 Jul.

1,907 men served in the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment at one point or another during its service. It lost 181 enlisted men killed in action or died of wounds. 578 members of the regiment were wounded in action, 259 died of disease, and 76 died in Confederate prisons for a total of 511 fatalities from all causes.


10.  Herman S. Webber

Herman enlisted in Company B, Maine 3rd Infantry Regiment on 04 Jun 1861. He died and was mustered out on 30 Jun 1862.

The 3rd Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment was mustered in at Augusta, Maine for three year’s service on June 4, 1861 and were mustered out on June 28, 1864. Veterans who had re-enlisted and those recruits still liable to serve were transferred to 17th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

During Herman’s enlistment, the 3rd  participated in the First Battle of Bull Run and  the Peninsula Campaign

The 3rd Maine enrolled 1,586 men during its existence. It lost 10 officers and 124 enlisted men killed in action or died of wounds received in battle and an additional 1 officer and 148 enlisted men died of disease.   33 men died in Confederate prisons. Total fatalities for the regiment were 316.  (20%)

Pvt Herman S. Webber

Pvt Herman S. Webber (1839 -1862) Co. B, 3rd Maine Infantry, 1861 Courtesy Chuck Russell Find A Grave Memorial# 105998579

Herman was wounded at Fair Oaks, 4 June 1862, and died 10 Aug 1862.  The Battle of Fair Oaks, also known as the Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks Station  took place on May 31 and June 1, 1862, in Henrico County, Virginia, as part of the Peninsula Campaign. The battle was frequently remembered by the Union soldiers as the Battle of Fair Oaks Station because that is where they did their best fighting, whereas the Confederates, for the same reason, called it Seven Pines.

The Battle of Fair Oaks, Va. by Currier and Ives (1862)

The Battle of Fair Oaks, Va. by Currier and Ives (1862)

It was the culmination of an offensive up the Virginia Peninsula by Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, in which the Army of the Potomac reached the outskirts of Richmond.  Both sides claimed victory with roughly equal casualties, but neither side’s accomplishment was impressive. George B. McClellan’s advance on Richmond was halted and the Army of Northern Virginia fell back into the Richmond defensive works. Union casualties were 5,031 (790 killed, 3,594 wounded, 647 captured or missing), Confederate 6,134 (980 killed, 4,749 wounded, 405 captured or missing)

Wounded at Battle of Fair Oaks (Peninsular Campaign) 1 Jun 1862. Admitted to General Hospital, Davids Island, New York Harbor 8 Jun 1862. Amputation of arm. Died 30 Jun 1862 (tetanic convulsions). Burial: Cypress Hill, 30 Jun 1862, grave number 143

Sources: – Webber Generations

Wing Family of America – Tamzin Wing

Wing Family of America – Isaac Hawes

Maine Gettysburg Commission – Maine at Gettysburg -Google Books

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Joseph Webber Sr.

Joseph WEBBER Sr. (1697 – 1744) was Alex’s 7th Great Grandfather; one of 256 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Joseph Webber Sr. was born in 1697 in Gloucester, Mass. His parents were Samuel WEBBER and Deborah LITTLEFIELD.  He married Mary LEWIS on 13 Apr 1726 in York Maine.   Joseph died in 1744.

Mary Lewis was born 29 Jan 1705. Her parents were Andrew LEWIS and Mary HUTCHINS.  After Joseph died, she married Elias Weare  on 29 Jun 1753.  Elias was Joseph Webber’s step-nephew, but there was no blood relation.

An Elias Weare & Mary Webber had three sons:- John Weare b.1760. Joseph Weare. James Weare b.23  Nov 1766, but

Elias Weare was born 10 Jan 1699 in York, York, Maine. His parents were Elias Weare and Magdeline Hilton.  After her first two husbands were killed in Indian attacks, Magdeline married as her third husband Joseph’s older brother John Webber in 1709.  She first married Elias died 29 Jun 1788 Wells, York, Maine.

Children of  Joseph and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Joseph Webber Jr. 24 Jul 1727 York, Maine Sarah Sedgeley
10 Jan 1754 York, Maine
1796 ? Maine
2. Charles B. WEBBER Jan 1741 Old York, Maine Hannah CALL
Sarah Smiley 1782?
20 Nov 1819 Vassalboro, ME
3. Matthias Webber Jun 1744 Unknown Wife 12 Nov 1815

Joseph was mentioned in his mother’s 1737 will, but died before May 19, 1753, when “widow Mary” (presumably his) recorded intentions to marry Elias Weare. Joseph, was given lands by his mother, 3 Jan 1726; bought land of his brother John and sold it to Aaron Banks, July 6, 1730; sold land to Andrew Westcott, July 22, 1730;

There were several men named Elias Weare who intermarried with the Webbers. Very confusing, so I’ll try to sort it out.

1. Elias Weare was born 5 Apr 1672 in York, York, Maine. He married Magdeline Hilton He was killed by Indians 10 Aug 1707 in York, York, Maine. Later, Magdeline, as her third husband, married [this Joseph Webber Sr.'s brother] John Webber .

2. Elias Wear was born 10 Jan 1699 in York, York, Maine. His parents were Elias Weare1, Magdalene Hilton. He married 27 Dec 1722 – Gloucester, Essex, Mass. to Elizabeth Sayward.  Many sites state that he on this same date, he married the same Mary Webber that married his brother Joseph.  Maybe he really married late in life to Mary Lewis Webber on 19 May 1753.    Elias2 did not have any children of the same name. Elias2 died 29 Jun 1788 – Wells, York, Maine.

3. Elias Wear was born  6 Mar 1731 in York, York, Maine.  His parents were Joseph Weare, Mary Webber.  His maternal grandparents were Samuel Webber Jr. and Elizabeth Young and his maternal great grandparents were Samuel Webber Sr. and Deborah Littlefield. Some say it was this Elias that married Mary Webber in 1754 before he married Ruth.  He married Ruth Banks Apr 1760 – York, York, Maine,  Elias3 died 23 Feb 1809 in Clements, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada.


1. Joseph Webber Jr. (See his page)

2. Charles B. WEBBER (See his page)

3. Matthias Webber

In the 1790 census, a Matthias Webber was living in York, York, Maine head of a household of 4, 2 males over sixteen and 2 females.  In the 1800 census,and 1810 census a Mathias Webber was still living in York.


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Isaac Willey I

Isaac WILEY I (1614 – 1685) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation.

Issac Willey Coat of Arms

Isaac Willey was born in 1614 in Wiltshire, England.  His parents were Alan WILLEY and Alice MASON. He married  Joanna LUTTEN about 1636, possibly in Boston.  He was in Boston, Mass., as early as 1640, and removed to Charlestown, Mass., before 1644.  After Joanna died, he married Hannah Brooks, widow of Edward Lester on 23 Apr 1672 in New London.   Isaac died in 1685, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Joanna Lutten (Luttin) was born about 1618 in Camden Town, now London, England. Her parents were William LUTTIN and Jane WADDEL. She was a serving woman in Boston when she married Isaac.  Joanna died about 1670, New London, CT.

Hannah Brooks was born 1628 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Henry Brooks and [__?__]. She first married 13 Dec 1647 in Concord, Mass. to Thomas Fox (24 Oct 1619 in England – d. 14 Apr 1658 in Concord, Mass.) and had six children with Thomas. She next married 1661 in New London, CT. to Andrew Lester (b. 1618 in England – d. 7 Jun 1669 in New London, CT) and had two more children. Finally, she married 24 Apr 1672 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass to Isaac Willey. Hannah died in 1692.

Children of Isaac and Joanna :

Name Born Married Departed
1. Joanna Willey 1638 Robert Hempstead
Andrew Lester
New London
2. Isaac Willey Jr. Baptized 2 Aug 1640 Frances BURCHAM
(Our ancestor from her later marriage to Clement MINER)
8 Jun 1660
Aug 1662
New London
3. Hannah Willey Baptized 6 Mar 1641/42 Thomas Hungerford
New London
Peter Blatchford
New London
ca. 1663
Samuel Spencer
About 1681
4. Sarah Willey 19 Jun 1644
Charlestown, Mass
John Terrell (Tyrrel)
New London
7 Mar 1711/12
5. Mary Willey ca. 1646 Samuel Tubbs after 1725
6. John WILLEY ca. 1648 Miriam MOORE
18 Mar 1669/70
New London, CT.
2 May 1688
Haddam CT
7. Abraham Willey 1650 Elizabeth Mortimer 1692

Isaac Willey was of Boston, Mass., as early as 1640, and removed to Charlestown, Mass., before 1644.   All that is known about him there are the records of his children given by Savage and in the Boston Record of births, etc.  He had wife Joanna, who died in New London, Connecticut., where he married after 1670 Anna, widow of Edward Lester.  She died in 1692.  In 1645 he went with John Winthrop, Jr., to New London. What is known about him there is given in Miss Caulkins’s History of New London.  Her notice is as follows:

” Willey’e houselot was on Mill brook, at the base of Post Hill. He was an agriculturist, and soon removed to a farm at the head of Nahantic River, which was confirmed to ‘ old Goodman Willie ‘ in 1664. It is probable that both he and his wife Joanna had passed the bounds of middle age, and that all their children were born before they came to the banks of the, Pequot.  Isaac Willey, Jr., was a married man at the time of his death in 1682. John Willey was one who wrought on the mill-dam in 1657 ; Abraham had married and settled in Haddam before his father’s decease. No other sons are known. Hannah, wife of Peter Blatchford, is the only daughter expressly named as such, but inferential testimony leads us to enroll among the members of this family Joanna, wife of Robert Hempstead, and afterward of Andrew Lester ; Mary, wife of Samuel Tubbs ; and Sarah, wife of John Terrall.

” Isaac Willey married second, after 1670, Anna, relict of Andrew Lester, who survived him. The Willey farm was sold to Abel Moore and Chr. Christophers. John Willey married in 1670 Miriam, daughter of Miles Moore. He lived beyond the head of Nahantic, and when the bounds between New London and Lyme were determined, his farm was split by the line, leaving twenty acres, on which stood his house, in New London.  “Abraham Willey, , married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Mortimer, of New London.”

1645- Isaac  went with John Winthrop, Jr., to New London. What is known about him there is given in Miss Caulkins’s History of New London.

1645 – Isaac Willey and John Stebbins mowed the meadows of the Upper Mamacook.

25 Feb 1647 – John  was chosen, with John Winthrop, Robert Herapsteed, Samuel Lothroup and Thomas MINER , ” to act in all Toune affaires; ” and at the meeting he was granted ” to have a planting lot at the other side of the cove, near Mr. deane winthrops lot.” The house lots originally numbered 38, but the number was reduced to 36. The first grantee was John Winthrop, Esq., and Isaac Willey was the fifth after him, ” his homestead lying north west of Mr. Winthrop’s on the upper part of what are now Williams street and Main street.”  [Today, Williams Street is in downtown New London, but Main Street does not exist.]

His name occurs as one of sixteen who had cattle marks before 1650.

May 1649 – At a General Court ” certain individuals at Pequot,” viz., Robert Bedell, Gary Latham and Isaac Willey, charged with resisting a constable and letting go an Indian committed to their charge, were summoned to appear at Hartford and answer for their conduct.

About 1652 – Two necks of land, one of them called ” a pyne neck,” with a broad cove between them, east of Pequot River, were granted to him, and sold by him to Amos Richardson. The Nahantic farm is described as ” rounding the head of the river.”

20 Sep 1657 – Referring to rate bills of that date Miss Caulkins says: ” After enumerating house and houselot, meadow, marsh and upland, the planter had from two to four cows; half a dozen calves, yearlings and two years old; a litter of swine and two or three sheep, or perhaps a share in two or three sheep. This was all the ratable property of even some of the oldest settlers, as Willey.”

1669 – His name is 15th in the list of 21 freemen.. [Conn. Colon. Rec., ii, p. 523.]

29 Nov. 1669 – The town appointed Wm. Hough, John Stebbins, Clement MINOR and Isaac Willey ” to lay out the King’s highway between New London and the head of Niantick river.”

12 Mar 1672 – He appears to have been a participant in the affray in Aug. 1671, arising out of the disputed lands between New London and Lyme, now East Lyme, as he was among those arraigned at Hartford, ” for attempts by violence to drive Mr. Mathew Griswold and Lieut. Wm. Waller off their lands, and resistance to authority and assault.” [Conn. Colonial Rec., ii, p. 558.]

Many sites state that [our ancestor] Francis GRISWOLD immigrated with his brother Matthew, but I’m thinking Matthew belonged to a different family.    It looks like Francis lived in Cambridge, Mass and brothers Matthew and Edward Griswold immigrated to Connecticut, and are associated with Saybrook, Norwich and  Killingworth, Connecticut, called then “Kenilworth,” in honor of the Griswold’s native place in England.

9 Jul 1663 – He took probate of the will of his son-in-law, Thomas Hungerford, at Hartford, [Goodwin, p. 201.]

1667 – Goodwife Willey was presented before the court ” for not attending public worship and bringing her children thither,” and fined 5 shillings. [Miss Caulkins, p. 250.]

Genealogical and family history of western New York: a record of …, Volume 2 edited by William Richard Cutter

Isaac Willey, immigrant ancestor, was in Boston, Massachusetts, as early as 1640.

Before 1644 he removed to Charlestown, Massachusetts, where the records of his children are found, in addition to those records in the Boston record of births. In 1645 he went with John Winthrop Jr. to New London, Connecticut, where he died about 1685. His house lot was on Mill brook, at the foot of Post hill. He was a farmer, and in a short time moved to a farm at the head of Nahantic river, which in 1664 was confirmed to “old Goodman Willie.” Their children were doubtless all born before they moved here. In 1645 he and John Stebbins mowed the meadows of the Upper Mamacook. He was chosen at a meeting, February 25, 1647. with John Winthrop, Robert Hempsteed, Samuel Lothroup and Thomas Minor, “to act in all Toune affairs,” and at the same time he was granted a planting lot near the cove. He was one of sixteen who had cattle marks before 1650. In May, 1649, he was before the general court with two others, charged with resisting a constable and letting go an Indian committed to their charge, and they were summoned to appear at Hartford to answer for their conduct. About 1652 he received two grants of land east of Pequot river, and he sold them to Amos Richardson. In 1669 his name was on a list of twenty-one freemen. On November 29, 1669, he was on a committee for laying out the King’s highway between New London and the head of the Niantic river. On March 12, 1671-72, he was among those arraigned at Hartford “for attempts by violence to drive Mr. Mathew Griswold and Lieut. Wm. Waller off their lands, and resistance to authority and assault.” This shows that he was among those who participated in the affray in August, 1671, because of disputed lands between New London and Lyme. In 1667 Goodwife Willey was brought before court and fined five shillings “for not attending public worship and bringing her children thither.”

He married (first) Joanna , who died in New London. He married (second) after 1670, Anna, widow of Edward Lester, and she died in 1692. Children, by first wife: Joanna, birth not recorded; (Savage doubts her existence; Miss Caulkins says she was second wife of Robert Hempstead, who died at New London in June, 1655, after which she married Andrew Lester); Isaac, baptized on his mother’s right at Boston, August 2, 1640; Hannah, baptized in Boston, March 6, 1641-42; Sarah, born at Charlestown, June 19, 1644; Mary, born about 1646;John, mentioned below; Abraham, at New London, perhaps about 1650.


1. Joanna Willey

Wife of Robert Hempstead, mother of Mary, the first child born in the new town of Pequot, later New London.

Many have given her the maiden name of Willey; actually there is no foundation in the historical record for this claim, and THE DIARY OF JOSHUA HEMPSTEAD offers no encouragement for such conjecture. The 1999 version correctly lists her as “Joane” in the introduction.

It’s also noteworthy that Joshua (1678-1758) the Diarist never refers to a Willey as “Uncle, Aunt or Cousin;” or in any other relational capacity.

Joanna’s first husband Robert Hempstead was born 1613 in Steeple Bumstead, Essex, England. His parents were William Hempstead and [__?__]. Robert died Jun 1654 in New London, New London, CT.

from the “Diary of Joshua Hempstead” – “Robert Hempstead was one of the 36 grantees of original house lots in New London. is more probable that Robert Hempstead was from Hempstead, Long Island, rather than with Winthrop’s men”

Frances Manwaring Caulkins says of Robert Hempstead (in her HISTORY OF NEW LONDON): “The name of Robert Hempstead has not been traced in New England previous to its appearance on our records. It is probable that when he came to Pequot with Winthrop in 1645, he had recently arrived in the country and was a young, unmarried man…”

“That Robert (and wife Joane) are buried in the Ancient Burial Place there is little doubt. Pursuing our investigations we might make a long list of the fathers of the town whose graves have not been found, but whom we suppose to have been gathered into this congregation of the dead…-Where were interred, if not here, Robert Hempstead…?”

Joanna’s second husband Andrew Lester was born 1618 in England. After Joanna died, he married 1661 in New London, New London, CT to Hannah Brooks and had two more children. Andrew died 7 Jun 1669 in New London, New London, CT. After Andrew died, Hannah married 24 Apr 1672 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass to Joanna’s father Isaac WILLEY. Hannah died in 1692.

2. Isaac Willey Jr.

Issac’s wife Frances BURCHAM  was born c. 1644 in Lynn MA.  Her parents were Edward BURCHAM of Lynn, Mass and Katherine MASON.   She first married 8 Jun 1660 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass to Isaac Willey Jr. We are descendants from Frances’ second marriage.  Isaac died soon after the marriage and she married second 26 Nov 1662  to Clement MINER   Frances died on 6 Dec 1672 shortly after the birth of Ann.

3. Hannah Willey

Hannah’s first husband Thomas Hungerford was born 1602 in Farley Hungerford, Somerset, England. His parents were cousins Anthony Hungerford and Lucy Hungerford, daughter of Sir Walter Hungerford. He was married once before Hannah, but his first wife’s name is not known. Thomas died in Mar 1663 in New London, New London, CT.

Hannah’s second husband Peter Blatchford was born 1640 in New London, New London, CT. Peter died 1 Sep 1671 in New London, New London, CT.

Hannah’s third husband Samuel Spencer was born 1650 in Lynn, Essex, Mass. His parents were Gerard Spencer and Hannah Hills. After Hannah died, he married  in 1689 to  Merriam MOORE, the widow of his brother-in-law, John WILLEY.  Samuel died 7 Aug 1705 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

HUNGERFORD: is an ancient English surname, derived originally from the name of a locality. Sir Thomas Hungerford, the first of the name of any historical prominence, is said to have begun life in the humble situation of register of Wyvie, Bishop of Salsbury; first speaker (1377) of the House of Commons; Farley Castle, the home of Sir Thomas (the first Sir Thomas) was at Blark Bounton, County Oxford, and his monument there shows that he died in 1398; the Farley estate remained in the Hungerford family until 1711, when the last of the direct male line died.; the name is extinct in England, but branches of the family survive in Ireland, it is said, as well as in America;

Thomas Hangerford, died 1663.
Estate, £100. Children, three — “Thomas, aged about fifteen; Sarah, nine; Hannah, four years old, this first of May, 1663.” The relict of Thomas Hungerford, married Samuel Spencer, of East Haddam ;one of the daughters married Lewis Hughes, of Lyme.

On the road leading from New London to the Nahantick bar, (Rope Ferry) nearly in the parallel of Bruen’s Neck, is a large single rock of granite, that in former times was popularly known as Hungerford’s Fort. It is also mentioned on the proprietary records in describing the pathway to Bruen’s Neck, as “the great rock called Hungerfort’s Fort.” We must refer to tradition for the origin of the name. It is said that a young daughter of the Hungerford family (Hannah?) being alone on this road, on her way to school, found herself watched and pursued by a hungry wolf. He made his approaches cautiously, and she had time to secure some weapon of defense, and to retreat to this rock before ho actually made his attack. And here she succeeded in beating him off, though he made several leaps up the rock, and his fearful bark almost bewildered her senses, till assistance came. We can not account for the name and the tradition, without allowing that some strange incident occurred in connection with the rock, and that a wolf and a member of the Hungerford family were involved in it ; but the above account may not be a correct version of the story.

Thomas Hungerford, 2d, had a grant of land in 1673, “four miles f1om town,” and his name occurs, as an inhabitant, for ten or twelve years, though he was afterward of Lyme. The heroine of the rock is more likely to have been a member of his family, than of that of his father, whose residence was in the town plot, on the bank.

4. Sarah Willey

Sarah’s husband John Terrell (Tyrrel) was born Aug 1644 in Milford, New Haven, CT. His parents were Roger Terrell and Abigail Ufford. John died 27 Feb 1712 in Milford, New Haven, CT.

John was a taxpayer as early as 1664 and was one of the grantees of New London, Connecticut. John married Sarah, daughter of Isaac Wiley, and died February 27, 1712, the death of his wife occurring March 7 of that same year. No children are mentioned in her will, but it is thought that he had children by a first wife, for the chruch records mention two children, William and Mary, baptized May 7, 1761.

5. Mary Willey

Mary’s husband Samuel Tubbs was born 1638 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were William Tubbs and Mercy Sprague. Samuel died in 1696 in New London, New London, CT.

Samuel was a member of the Connecticut volunteers in King Philip’s War and in 1696 was granted land in Voluntown, CT for his service. (See Great Swamp Fight – Aftermath for details)

6. John WILLEY (See his page)

7. Abraham Willey

Abraham’s wife Elizabeth Mortimer was born 1655 in New London, New London, CT. Her parents were Thomas Mortimer and Elizabeth [__?_]. Elizabeth died in 1692 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT.


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John Willey I

John WILLEY I (ca. 1649 – 1688) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation.

John Willey was born ca. 1649, New London, New London, CT. John’s parents were Isaac WILLEY and Joanna LUTTEN .  He married Merriam MOORE on 18 Mar 1669/70 in New London, CT.  John died 2 May 1688, in Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Merriam Moore as born 8 Nov 1647 in New London CT.  Her parents were Miles MOORE and Isabell JOYNER .  She married second to  Samuel Spencer in 1689.  Miriam died in 1706, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Samuel Spencer was born 1650 in Lynn, Essex, Mass. His parents were Gerard Spencer and Hannah Hills.  He first married in 1673 to John’s older sister, Hannah Willey as her third husband.  After Hannah died, he married  in 1689 to  Merriam MOORE.  Samuel died 7 Aug 1705 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Children of John and Miriam:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Isaac WILLEY 18 Jan 1669/70
New London, CT
14 DEC 1697
Lyme, CT
after 1751
Lyme, CT
2. Isabel Willey 21 Oct 1673
New London, CT
John Griffee
1690 in New London, CT
Caleb Bennett (Rose’s brothers and son of Henry BENNETT)
Lyme, CT
3. John WILLEY II 24 Feb 1675/76
New London, CT
Elizabeth HARVEY
16 Oct 1698 in New London, CT
19 Jun 1754
New London, CT
4. Miriam Willey 1 Nov 1677
New London, CT
Thomas Harris
Lyme, CT
Dutchess, NY
5. Allyn Willey 25 Jan 1680
New London, CT
Matitable [_?_]
6. Abel Willey 3 Mar 1682/83
New London, CT
Hannah Bray
17 JUL 1703
New London, CT
Martha Miner
Aft. 1733
2 OCT 1752
East Haddam, CT
7. Mary Willey 10 DEC 1685
New London, CT
John Holmes
11 FEB 1706/07
New London, CT
Samuel Andrews
1 Jun 1736 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT
29 MAY 1734
New London, CT

There is a difference of opinion among genealogists which son, Isaac or John was John WILLEY III’s father.  These are alternative, not double ancestors.

John was one of those who wrought at the mill-dam in 1651. He lived beyond the Head of Nahautick.

23 Sep 1652 – The land in Lyme was confirmed to him by the town, being described аз follows :

At the head of Nehantuck River, twenty acres of upland be it more or less : bounded easterly with New London bounds, and every way else with the Commons, at the South East Corner at a white oak tree, at the North East Corner at a white oak tree being a little without the fence now standing, af the North West Corner by a Keed oake tree, at the South West Corner with a stake.”

Swamp -- Nehantic State Forest -- Lyme CT.

17 Feb 1693 – The same land, with some in New London, was sold by his sons, John and Isaac Willey (either son could be our ancestor, see John Wiley II for details ) to Capt. Edward Palmer. They both subscribed by a mark, and were described as sons of John Willey, late of Haddam, deceased.

Three purchases of land, made by Isaac and John Willey in 1692 and 1709 and later, from Amos and Samuel Tinker, in the N. W. part of Lyme, with a considerable tract adjoining in East Haddam, remained the home of the Willey family for nearly a century, until it had been divided among successive generations into very small parcels.

2 May 1688 – The inventory of John’s estate, amounting to £169 13 00, was presented at Hartford, Nov. 6. 16S9, by his widow, who was appointed to administer the estate, with Alexander Eolio and Thomas Hungerford to assist her and to oversee her and her children..

1696 – John Willey( deceased)  granted lands in Voluntown, Conn., in 1696, for their services in the Connecticut volunteers in King Philip’s War[Narragansett Hist. Beg., 1882, p. 146.] (See Great Swamp Fight – Aftermath for details)

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John, son of Isaac Willey, was born at New London about 1648. He was one of those who made the mill dam. He lived beyond the head of Nahantic; when the bounds between New London and Lyme were settled, his farm was split by the line, leaving twenty acres with his house in New London. On September 23, 1682, land was confirmed to him in Lyme, and this land with some in New London was sold February 17, 1692-93. There are records of other land bought by him. He died at Haddam, Connecticut, May 2, 1688, and his wife was administratrix of his estate. He married, at New London, March 18, 1668-69, Miriam, daughter of Miles and Isabel (Joyner) Moore, and she married (second) in 1689, Samuel Spencer. Children, born at New London: Isaac, January 18, 1670-71; Isabel, October 21, 1673; John,mentioned below; Miriam, November 1, 1677; Allen, June 25, 1680; Abel, March 3, 1682-83; Mary, December 10, 1685.


1. Isaac WILLEY (See his page) Some sources say John WILLEY III‘s parents were Isaac Willey and Rose Bennett, others say John Willey Jr. and Elizabeth Harvey

2. Isabel Willey

Isabel’s first husband John Griffee was born 1666 in CT. John died 1697 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Isabel’s second husband Caleb Bennett was born 11 Oct 1675 in Lyme, New London, CT. His parents were Henry BENNETT and Sarah CHAMPION. He first married Rebecca Mack. Caleb died 12 Nov 1732 in Lyme, New London, CT.

3. John WILLEY II (See his page) Some sources say John WILLEY III‘s parents were John Willey Jr. and Elizabeth Harvey, others say Isaac Willey and Rose Bennett.

4. Miriam Willey

Miriam’s husband Thomas Harris was born 22 Mar 1677 in Block Island, Rhode Island. His parents were William Harris and Elizabeth [__?__]. Thomas died 22 Feb 1726 in Dutchess, New York.

5. Allyn Willey. T

Allyn’s wife Matitable [_?_] was born about 1710.

6. Abel Willey

Abel’s first wife Hannah Bray was born 1680 in New London, CT. Her parents were xx. 1733 in New London, CT.

Abel’s second wife Martha Miner was born 20 Jun 1699 in New London, New London, CT. Her parents were Clement Miner and Martha Mould. Her grandparents were our ancestors Clement MINER and Francis BURCHAM. Martha died in 1746.

Martha Miner joined the church at East Haddam Nov 6, 1737 and that of New London on Aug 23, 1767 by letter. She is mentioned in Abel’s will Apr 17, 1746, proved Oct 2, 1752 of which Abel’s son Abel Jr. was named executor and who accepted the trust Nov 2, 1752. The inventory amounted to several hundred pounds.

7. Mary Willey

Mary’s husband John Holmes was born 11 Mar 1687 in New London, New London, CT. His parents were Thomas Holmes and Lucretia Dudley. John died 29 May 1734 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Mary’s second husband Samuel Andrews was born in 1683 in Middletown, Middlesex, CT. Samuel died 14 Dec 1758 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.


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John Willey III

John WILLEY III (1699 – 1743) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Miner line.

John Willey was born 24 May 1699 in East Haddam CT.  Some say his parents were Isaac WILLEY II and Rose BENNETT. But it is more likely that they were John WILLEY II and Elizabeth HARVEY.  Isaac and John were brothers.  He married Sarah SAUNDERS on 5 Apr 1722 in East Haddam.   John died on 13 Nov 1743 in East Haddam, CT.

View of East Haddam. Connecticut and Goodspeed's Landing Connecticut River 1880

View of East Haddam. Connecticut and Goodspeed’s Landing Connecticut River 1880

Sarah Saunders was born in 1705 in East Haddam.  It is not know what branch of the Saunders family she is from. She died in 1791 in East Haddam. (The record of the 1st ch. in East Haddam in a list of deaths in 1791, has Widow Willey, aged 86.)

Children of John and Sarah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Keziah WILLEY 26 Mar 1723
East Haddam
Elihu MINER Sr.
21 Mar 1745  East Haddam
29 Mar 1807 Millington, Middlesex, Connecticut.
2. David Willey 19 Apr 1725
East Haddam
m1. Abigail Cone
m2. Rachel Spencer
20 Aug 1752 East Haddam
m3. Rachel Church
6 Mar 1806 Goshen, NH
3. Nathan Willey 1 Mar 1734
East Haddam
Bef. Feb 1756
4. Jonathan Willey 10 Jul 1737
East Haddam
Mary Bates
4 May 1758
East Haddam
26 Dec 1805
Middletown, CT
5. Asa Willey 6 Sep 1740
East Haddam
22 Oct 1743
East Haddam

Isaac Willey of New London Connecticut and His Descendants states that John Willey’s parents were John Willey Jr.  and Elizabeth Harvey   instead of Isaac Willey and Rose Bennett.  John and Isaac were brothers.  According to the source, a gravestone in East Haddam cemetery, with the inscription ” I. W., D. Sep. 6, 1728,” perhaps records the death of the John Willey who was the son of Isaac.  John’s birth date is adjusted to be May 24, 1699 which fits him in as the first born before Allen who was born Sept. 29, 1700.  If these revisions are true, we have the following alternative ancestors
John Willey Jr. (1675 -1754)  and Elizabeth Harvey (1680 – )
John Harvey ( 1647 – 1705)  and Elizabeth Willey ( 1650 -1705)
Thomas Harvey (1615 –   and Elizabeth Andrews ( 1614 – 1717)

The following ancestors would be incorrect
Isaac Willey II
Henry Bennett Jr.
Henry Bennett Sr.
Henry Champion

23 Jan 1728 – John  is described in a deed as a miller,

5 Jun 1724 – John bought land in Lyme, with a grist-mill and saw-mill thereon, from John Pelton, which, with 158 acres of land, he sold to his brother Allen Willey for £200.

1739 – John’s grist-mill is mentioned in a deed of Abel Willey to Zachariah Willey

11 Nov 1743 – Will is dated and proved Dec. 26, 1743, he gave the saw-mill to his daughter Keziah, but if David would pay £40, he was to have the mill.  John’s brother Allen was executor. The inventory amounted to £514 14 14 which was a tidy sum in those days.


1. Keziah WILLEY (See Elihu MINER Sr. ‘s page)

2. David Willey

David’s first wife Abigail Cone was born about 1726, baptized 11 May 1729  in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. Her parents were David Cone (1704 – 1754) and Molly [__?__] ( – 1754).

David’s second wife was Rachel Spencer was born 6 Mar 1728 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. Her parents were Sgt. Micajah Spencer (1693 – 1753) and Sarah Booge (1704 – 1744). Sarah died about 1775 in East Haddam.

Some genealogies say David’s second wife was Rachel Dutton, but Rachel Dutton married David’s uncle Benajah Willey (1713 – 1752). Rachel Dutton was born 6 Nov 1727 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. Her parents were Samuel Dutton (1706 – 1790) and Rachel Cone (1708 – 1718) Rachel died 1793 in Millington, CT.

Some genealogies say that the John Willey who married Elizabeth Marshall was David’s son, but it seems more likely that he was the son of Benajah Willey and Rachel Dutton.

John Willey, b. ~ 1741; d. 28 Jun 1818 Litchfield, Middlesex Co., CT; m.  30 Apr 1767 in Litchfield, CT to Elizabeth Marshall ( b. 9 Feb 1741 in Freetown, Mass. – d.  3 Jun 1817 in Litchfield, CT, at the age of 76.) Elizabeth’s parents were John Marshall and Elizabeth Winslow.   John and Elizabeth had seven children born between 1767 and 1782.

John had an illegimate son with Mindwell Scoville, John Willey Jr. ( b. 2 Jan 1789 – d. 21 Oct 1879) After the birth of this child he ran away, and was gone several years. When he returned he lived with his  eldest daughter Abigail till his death.

David’s third wife Rachel Church was born 5 Sep 1732 Millington, Middlesex, CT.  Her parents were John Church (b. 1682) and   Elizabeth Olmstead (b: 1688 in Hartford, Hartford, CT). She first married 14 Nov 1751 to Hezekiah Mack( b. 20 Jan 1728 in Lyme, New London, CT – d. Oct 1755 at Lake George in his 28th year) and had two children John Mack (b. 1752) and Hezekiah Mack (b. 1754).  Rachel died 10 Jul 1801 in her 69th year in Millington.

Child of David and Abigail Cone:

i. Abigail Cone Willey bapt. 22 Jul 1753 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 1 May 1792 Avon Livingston, New York; m. 4 Jun 1761 in East Haddam to William Markham (b. 14 Sep 1738 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT – d. 1 May 1792 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT)  William’s parents were William Markham (1706 – 1752) and Esther Arnold (1705 – 1746). Abigail and William had eight children born between 1762 and 1778.

The only way Abigail’s 1753 baptism date matches up with her 1761 marriage and 1762 first child is that she was born several years earlier.

In the French and American War in 1759, William was in Capt. Joseph Spencer’s company. Col. Nathan Whiting’s 2nd Connecticutt Regiment.

In 1761, William was in Capt. Giles Wolcott’s Company, Col. Phineas Lyman‘s 1st Connecticut Regiment.

Lyman earned a reputation as the most experienced colonial American officer during French and Indian War. In 1759  he was with Lord Amherst at the capture of Crown Point and Ticonderoga and in 1760 took part in the expeditions to Oswego and Montreal. In 1762 he commanded the colonial contingent of Lord Albemarle‘s army in the capture of Havana. (See my post Battle of Havana – 1762)

Abigail last know to be in Genesee Co., NY.

ii. David Willey, Jr., b. 10 Feb 1748 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 16 Mar 1819 Lempster, Sullivan Co., NH, at the age of 71, and buried East Lemster Cemetery Lempster, NH.

It’s possible David’s parents were Benajah Willey and Rachel Dutton.

David was living in Lempster, Sullivan, New Hampshire in the 1776 state census.

In the 1790 census, David was living in Lempster, Cheshire, New Hampshire with a wife and a son under 16

Children of David and Rachel Spencer:

iv. Ahimaaz Willey, bapt. 31 Aug 1755 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. CT 25 Apr 1831 – Wilbraham, Hampden, Mass; m. Jerusha Russell (b. 21 Jun 1751 in Ellington, Tolland, CT – d. 3 Nov 1817 in Windsor, Berkshire, Mass) Jerusha’s parents were Ebenezer Russell (1714 – 1791) and his cousin Susannah Russell (1719 – 1779)

Wilbraham, Hampden, Mass

Wilbraham, Hampden, Mass

Ahimaaz settled in Wilbraham, Hampden, Mass. , where he was one of the petitioners in 1805 to the Legislature, for the incorporation of the M.E. parish in W. Ludlow, and Springfield.

Wilbraham was first settled in 1730 by Nathaniel Hitchcock along with what is now Hampden, Massachusetts as the Fourth District of Springfield. It was also known as the Outward Commons, Mountains or Springfield Mountain. Hitchcock built a log hut along what is now Main St. Hunting and logging occurred in the late 17th century.

The Wilbraham town center is among the largest designated historical areas in the country, with fine examples of colonial and Victorian homes from as early as the 1730s along the historical areas of main street. The oldest Methodist meeting house in New England is located in the town’s center, as is the campus of Wilbraham & Monson Academy, founded in 1804.

Ahimaaz  was son and successor of Zadok in the office of high priest (1 Chronicles 6:8, 53). On the occasion of the revolt of Absalom he remained faithful to David, and was of service to him in conveying to him tidings of the proceedings of Absalom in Jerusalem (2 Sam. 15:24-37; 17:15-21).

v. Elizabeth Willey b. 1756 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 30 Apr 1835 Marion, Wayne, New York; Burial: Upper Corners Cemetery; m. 1775 East Haddam to Abel Brockway (b. 1755 in Waterbury, New Haven, CT – d. 28 Sep 1838 in Marion, Wayne, New York; Burial: Upper Corners Cemetery) Abel’s parents were Samuel Brockway (1717 – 1806) and Margaret Smith (1725 – 1757). Elizabeth and Abel had nine children born between 1775 and 1800.

Townships of Wayne County New York

Townships of Wayne County New York

Marion is an interior town near the center of the county, about 20 miles east of Rochester, New York and 50 miles west of Syracuse, New York.   Marion was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase.  The area was first settled around 1795.

vi. Jeremiah Willey, bapt. 27 Aug 1758 East Haddem, Middlesex Co., CT, last know in 1794 to be in East Haddem, Middlesex Co., CT, and was buried in East Haddem, CT.

vii. Rachel Willey, bapt. 14 Dec 1760 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

viii. Lovina Willey, bapt, 24 Apr 1763 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; m. 25 Jun 1789 – Lempster, New Hampshire to Eleazer Cary (b. 23 Apr 1757 in Windham, New London, CT – d. 15 May 1790 in Lempster, Sullivan, New Hampshire) Eleazer’s sister Eunice married Lovina’s brother Nathan. Their parents were William Cary (1729 – 1808) and Eunice Webb (1733 – 1809).

Eleazer and Eunice Cary’s father, William was Captain of the first company in Col. Benjamin Bellow’s 16th New Hampshire Militia Regiment in 1776. William was Captain of the 8th company in the same regiment in Sep and Oct 1777 which reinforced the army of Gen. Gates at Saratoga.

The regiment was called up at Walpole, New Hampshire, on September 21, 1777, as reinforcements for the Continental Army during the Saratoga Campaign. The regiment marched quickly to join the gathering forces of Gen. Horatio Gates as he faced British Gen. John Burgoyne in northern New York. The regiment served in Gen. William Whipple’s brigade of New Hampshire militia. With the surrender of Burgoyne’s Army on October 17 the regiment was disbanded on October 27, 1777.

ix. Nathan Willey, b. 1765 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 15 Jun 1826 Goshen, Sullivan, New Hampshire and was buried  in Four Corners Cemetery, Goshen, Sullivan Co.; m. 1 Oct 1789  Lempster, Sillivan, NH to Eunice Cary (b. 4 Jan 1767 in Windham, CT – d. 1807 in West Greece, New York) Eunice’s brother Eleazer married Nathan’s sister Lovina. Their parents were William Cary (1729 – 1808) and Eunice Webb (1734 – 1809) Nathan and Eunice had ten children between 1790 and 1805.

Eunice was a triplet. Born at the same time as Eunice were James Cary (1767 – 1767) and William Cary (1767 – 1815)

x. Deacon Reuben Willey, bapt. 12 Jul 1767 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT;  d. 6 Jan 1846 Goshen, Sullivan, NH buried in Four Corners Cem, Goshen, Sullivan Co.; m. ~ 1796 East Haddam to Sarah Hall ( b ~1777 – d. 9 Nov 1835 in Goshen, Sullivan, NH buried in Four Corner Cemetery)  Reuben and Sarah had six children born between 1797 and 1814.

Reuben settled ion Goshen, Sullivan, New Hampshire

Reuben settled in Goshen, Sullivan, New Hampshire

Incorporated in 1791, Goshen was first settled in 1768 as a part of Saville (now Sunapee). The name Goshen may have been taken from Goshen, Connecticut, where many residents had relatives.

xi. Olive Willey, bapt. 1 Jul 1770 in East Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT.

Children of David and Rachel Church:

xii. Jeremiah Willey, b. 28 Jul 1777 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; bapt. as an adult in St. Stephens, East Haddam 20 Jul 1794; d. 14 May 1865 Hamilton, Madison, NY at the age of 87; m. 1797 to Hannah Staples (b.  27 Dec 1778 in Colchester, New London, CT – d. 29 Dec 1869 in Hamilton, NY, at the age of 91) Hannah’s parents were Elijah Staples (1752 – ) and Hannah Bigelow (1759 – ) Jeremiah and Hannah had eleven children born between 1798 and 1821.

Typical scenery of the Hamilton area in the fall season.  Hamilton township is the home of Colgate University.

Typical scenery of the Hamilton area in the fall season.
Hamilton township is the home of Colgate University founded in 1817.

In the 1860 census, Jeremiah and Hannah were living with their youngest son Omri in Hamilton, Madison, New York

xiii. Sarah Willey b. ~1776; bapt. as an adult 12 Oct 1794 in St. Stephens, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; m. 12 Oct 1794 in East Haddam to John Osborne (b. CT )

4. Jonathan Willey

Jonathan’s wife Mary Bates was born 21 Aug 1735 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. Her parents were Clement Bates (1706 – 1784) and Mary Strobridge (1706 -).

Children of Jonathan and Mary

i. Susannah Willey, b. 23 Nov 1758 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

ii. Mary Willey, b. 5 Mar 1761 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

iii. Jonathan Willey b.    2 Jun 1763 in East Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT; d. bef. 1845 in Rock Creek, Morgan, Ashtabula, OH; m1. Mary [__?__]; m2. 2  Oct 1828 Torrington, Litchfield, CT to  Irena Warner (b. Waterbury, CT – last known to be in Rock Creek, OH)  Irena first married Elisha Hayden. ( – 1812 Wolcotville, CT)

Jonathan was a private in the Connecticut Continental Army.  He was placed on the pension roll 14 Sep 1833 with an annual benefit of $80.00. His pension date was 4 Mar 1831 sums received $240.00
Sums received: 240 00. In 1854 Irena applied for a widow’s pension, bounty land warrant.

Jonathan and Mary’s daughter married Elisha and Irena’s son Augustus in Ohio;  Augustus died after 1888 in Cortland, OH.

Jonathan removed to Morgan, now Rock Creek, bt. 1832, his
wife surviving him in 1845.

iv. Clements Bates Willey b. 19 Apr 1765 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 25 May 1841 Rock Creek Morgan Township, Ashtabula, Ohio; m1. 29 Mar 1791 – Barkhamstead, Litchfield, CT to Sarah Hart (b. 1767 – d. 1794 Barkhamstead);  Clement and Sarah had one son Rodney Bates (b. 1790);  m2. 1795 in CT to Candace Merrills (b. 12 Feb 1773 in Canton, Hartford, CT – d. 14 Apr 1846 in Rock Creek, Ohio) Candace’s parents were William Merrill (1732 – 1806) and Sarah Kellogg (1735 – 1801) Clements and Candace had  fourchildren born between 1796 and 1801.

Clement removed about 1808 from Barkhamstead, CT  to Rock Creek, Morgan, Ashtabula, OH.

In the 1820 census, Clement had a household of nine in Tiffin, Adams, Ohio, a few miles north of the Ohio River, 75 miles east of Cincinnati

v.  Azubah Willey, b. 24 May 1767 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. aft. 1804 Marcellus, NY; m.  Humphrey Baker (b. 1772 in W. Simsbury, CT – d. 1832 in Marcellus, NY) Humphrey’s parents were Bildad Baker and Lois Humphrey.

vi. Elles “Alice” Willey, b.  30 Apr 1769 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 2 Sep 1836 – Castile, Wyoming, New York; m. 11 Jan 1791 – East Haddam to Green Hungerford (b. 20 Aug 1765 East Haddam – d. 1 Jul 1840 in Castile, Wyoming, New York) Green’s parents were Lemuel Hungerford (1733 – 1786) and Sarah Stewart (1732 – 1817) Alice and Green had one child Edmund Hungerford (1791 – 1851)

Green is a common first name in the Hungerford family.

In the Revolution, Green was a private in the Connecticut Militia. He was placed on the pension roll in Genesee County New York on 26 Jul 1833 with an annual allowance of $40.00. His pension commenced 4 Mar 1831 with $100.00 received.

In the 1800 census, Green was living in Canandaigua, Ontario, New York with a household of 5. The town was first settled around 1789. Canandaigua officially became a town in 1791.

vii. Hannah Willey b. 23 Apr 1771 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. ~1825 Barkhamsted, Litchfield, CT Alternatively, Hannah died about 1841 in East Haddam; m. 20 Jan 1795 Barkhamsted to David Bristol (b. 29 Jan 1776 Barkhamsted – d. 5 May 1856? Stoughton, Dane, Wisconsin). NOTE: I’m not sure this is the same David Bristol because the gravestone reads “AE 64 yrs & 6 ms.” There were two David Bristols in the 1830 census, one living in Barkhamsted, Litchfield, CT with a household of 8 and another living in Vienna, Oneida, New York with a household of 7.

David’s parents were David Bristol Sr. (1742 – 1820) and Lois Hart (1743 – 1825).  Hannah and David had seven children born between 1795 and 1818. After Hannah died, Daniel married Mary Robinson (b. 1805 in Connecticut – d. Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin)

David Bristol Sr. bought 400 acres in Ohio as a member of the Scioto company and was a signer of the articles of agreement  executed Dec 14 1802 in Granby Mass. They paid $1.25 per acre to GeneralJonathan Dayton of Elizabeth Town NJ and Dr. Jonas Stanberry of New York City. David Sr. died in 1820 in Ohio.

The Scioto Company was a French institution whose option on 4,000,000 acres expired in 1790 and sold  worthless deeds in the Northwest Territory, later Ohio, to French colonists. The French settlers  arrived in 1791 and later bought their land again at Gallipolis, from the Ohio Company,  for the same $1.25 per acre that Bristol paid.  The US government also granted to them 24,000 acres  in the southern part of what is now Scioto County, Ohio in 1795,  known as the First French Grant.

David Bristol (1776 - 1856)

David Bristol (1776 – 1856)

viii. Keziah Willey, b. 28 Sep 1773 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 11 Mar 1813 CT


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