Genealogical Notes Of Durham, Maine.
By Everett S. Stackpole.
Published By Vote Of Town.
Lewiston: Press Of Lewiston Journal Company. 1899.
Genealogies - THOMAS to YORK
[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
Humphrey, Moses, Peter and William Thomas were taxed in old Falmouth in 1766. William and Sarah Thomas owned the covenant at the First Parish Church 25 Nov. 1764. It seems that by the first marriage with Sarah ---- William Thomas had children, William, Joseph and Sarah who married Jacob Stanford, all of Cape Elizabeth. William Jr., married 19 Dec 1793, Eunice Robinson and lived in Durham 1798-1804 on lot 100. He was a sea-captain and moved back to Cape Elizabeth.
William Thomas, Senior, married (2) 24 Dec. 1769 Mrs. Abigail (Marriner) Simonton, widow of Capt. Theophilus Simonton, whom she had married 10 Jan. 1765. Her daughter by first marriage married Joshua Miller. After the death of her second husband Mrs. Simonton married, 4 April 1793, William Ray. In her old age she lived in the family of Joshua Miller, Senior, of Durham, and was known as "Granny Ray." It is related that on one occasion there was a husking at Mr. Miller's and the young people were having a social time, when some one in sport offered to give a bushel of corn to Samuel Jordan, familiarly called "Linsey," if he would kiss Granny Ray, who sat quietly knitting in her high-backed chair in the corner. While the old man hesitated and the laugh went round, the old lady exclaimed encouragingly, "come right along, Mr. Jordan, come right along, you can't get a bushel of corn any easier." This turned the tide of merriment in another direction.
William and Abigail (Simonton) Thomas had a son Theophilus Simonton Thomas, born in Cape Elizabeth in 1775. He married, 20 Nov. 1794, Elizabeth, daughter of Josiah and Priscilla Stanford, who was born in Cape Elizabeth in 1779. He was first taxed in Durham in 1809 and died there 2 Mch. 1841. His wife died 13 Mch. 1863.
James Thomas, son of Theophilus, born in Cape Elizabeth 20 Feb. 1799, married, 19 Nov. 1822, Eunice, dau. of Samuel and Catherine (Clark) Robinson.
William Thomas, son of Theophilus, born in Cape Elizabeth 30 May 1802, married 30 Dec. 1828 Harriet Lucy Fennelly, b. 21 Dec. 1806. He died 17 April 1851. His wife died 24 Aug. 1871.
Woodbury Thomas was born in Cape Elizabeth 14 Jan. 1804. He came to Durham with his parents about 1809. They lived at first near Parker Hill, but soon moved to the Brunswick Road, a third of a mile below the Free Baptist Church. After marriage he settled on lot 58, where he resided till his death. He was a man of genial nature and made many friends. His firmness of character made him hold tenaciously to opinions once formed, whether in religion or in politics. When the Whig party disbanded, his transition was easy to the Republican ranks. About 1835 he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church of which he continued a zealous supporter. A large part of the New Testament was stored in his memory, and he made good use of it in public exhortations. He married, Nov. 1832, Pamelia, daughter of James Jordan of Lisbon, who was born 14 April 1810 and died 2 Mch. 1840. His second wife was Lovina N., daughter of Dea. Christopher Tracy, born 18 Sept. 1814, died 27 Mch. 1882. He died 26 Feb. 1875. Children by first marriage:
Children by second marriage.
Rufus Thomas, born 9 Oct. 1817, married (1) Lydia, dau. of Moses Jones, who was born 19 Sept. 1826, and died 8 Nov. 1856; (2) 3 June 1858, Esther Hodgkins of Lewiston, who was born 5 May 1823 and died 28 Sept. 1896. He died 12 Oct. 1880.
Louisa J. Thomas, dau. of Theophilus, married (1) 19 Oct. 1833 John Orr Jordan, who was born in Freeport 3 Dec. 1809, and died 8 Dec. 1842; (2) 28 Dec. 1847 Samuel Wooster Chase, who was born in Yarmouth 12 July 1811 and died 20 May 1869. She died 23 Mch. 1895. Ch. by first marriage.
Ch. by second marriage.
Tufts Thomas of N.H. married Fannie Bootman and settled in Gorham, Me. His oldest son James was born 7 May 1771 and married (Int. Rec. 25 Aug. 1795) Charlotte, dau. of Joseph and Mary (Hanson) Libby, b. 25 Sept. 1776. They lived in Durham not far from Gerrish's Mill, where he died 1 Oct. 1847. His wife died 2 Sept. 1829.
Benjamin, son of James and Charlotte Thomas, was born in Gorham 25 May 1807 and died in Durham 29 May 1881. He married in 1834 Adaline Favor, who was born in North Yarmouth 20 Feb. 1811 and died in Durham 15 Oct. 1886. Their children were:
The ancestor of the Tracys came from Normandy with William the Conqueror. His coat of arms may be seen in the Roll of Battle Abbey, "Argent, an escallop in the chief point sable, between two bandlets gules." Grace, dau. of Henri de Traci, Lord of Barnstable, married, 1104, John de Studeley, and her second son assumed the name of his maternal ancestor, William de Traci, and had the coat of arms above described, except that the color argent was changed to or. The tenth Sir William Tracy of Toddington had a son, Richard Tracy Esq. of Stanway, whose son Nathaniel was the father of the Lieut. Thomas Tracy, born about 1610, who was enrolled at Salem 23 Feb. 1637. He married in Wethersfield, Conn., 1641, the widow of Edward Nason, and lived in Saybrook fourteen years. He settled in Norwich, Conn., about 1655. He was Deputy or Representative of the town twenty-one semi-annual sessions, and his son Solomon nineteen sessions. He m. (2) 1676 Mrs. Martha Bradford; (3) Mrs. Mary (Foot) (Stoddard) Goodrich. He died in Norwich 7 Nov. 1685.
By first marriage he had seven children, of whom Jonathan was born in 1648. He married 11 July 1672 Mary, dau. of Francis Greswould and settled in that part of Norwich, Conn., which is now Preston. He was Town Clerk, Lieut. in the Training Band, and Justice of the Peace. He died in 1711. He had a son Christopher, who was the father of the Jonathan Tracy who was born in Norwich (or Preston) 29 Dec. 1713. This Jonathan came to old Falmouth, Me., and married in 1743 Abigail, dau. of Jeremiah and Rachel Riggs. (Riggs was a tanner, son of John and Ruth (Wheeler) Riggs of Gloucester, Mass. He came to Falmouth in 1725 and lived near Stroudwater.) Their first four children were baptized at the First Parish Church, of which the parents became members in 1744. They lived in the vicinity of Back Cove, and he was Sergeant of a militia company there in 1757.
In Aug. 1762 Jonathan Tracy moved to Gouldsborough, Me., induced by the proprietors by the free grant of lots of land for himself and sons. His descendants in that town and vicinity are very numerous. In an old family Bible, now in the possession of Wm. H. Thomas, the following children are recorded:
Of these Solomon, Christopher and Samuel settled in Durham. Solomon Tracy married 8 April 1773 in Falmouth Mary Getchell. They lived for a while in Durham, where sons Solomon Jr., Nathaniel, who m. 24 Dec. 1801 Molly Beal, and probably other children (m. 25 Sept. 1803 Wm. Beal and Mary Tracy. m. 5 Dec. 1805 James LeBarron and Rhoda Tracy. m. int. 24 Feb. 1810 Wm. Grant and Peggy Tracy.) were born. They removed to Rome, Me. Solomon Jr. returned to Durham, married Deborah Dunn of Poland and had the following children:
Rev. Christopher Tracy (See Biog., and Revolutionary Record) born in Falmouth 2 Oct. 1758, came to Royalsborough about 1778. He married Anna Getchell in 1780 and settled on lot 79. Tracy's Island still bears his name. His wife was born 14 June 1761 and died 19 Oct. 1835. He died 12 Nov. 1839. The number thirteen did not prove very unlucky in the Tracy family, since he, his father and his brother Samuel had each thirteen children.
Samuel Tracy. born 30 June 1762, married Elizabeth W. Getchell, sister of the wives of his brothers Solomon and Christopher. Lived in Durham.
Dea. Christopher Tracy, son of Rev. Christopher, born 13 July 1788, married 31 Dec. 1809 Margaret Gatchell and lived in Durham. He died 18 Dec. 1864. His wife, born 26 April 1787, died 26 May 1862. Besides four children, who died in infancy, they had.
Deacon William True was the son of Deacon Benjamin and Judith (Morrill) True and was born in Salisbury, Mass., 1 Aug. 1737 and died in Durham, Me., 1 Nov. 1816. He married (1) 16 Jan. 1764, Miriam, dau. of Aaron Clough of Salisbury, Mass.; (2) 29 Jan. 1778 Mary, dau. of Ezekiel and Mary (Morrill) True, who was born in Salisbury, 16 May 1755. He bought land in Bagley's Gore, Royalsborough in 1785 and 1787, the last being lot 18 of the plan made by Amos Davis, Surveyor. It was the farm now owned by William Miller at Methodist Corner. He evidently moved into Royalsborough about 1785. Jan. 28, 1791 his son Abel bought of him 50 acres of land. His remaining estate was sold after his death to Matthew Duran, Jr. William True was for many years Deacon in the Cong. Church. He united with the Methodist Church at its organization in Durham and was an active member till his death, singing in the choir led by his son-in-law, Daniel Harmon. His family were as follows. By first marriage.
The children of Wm. True, Sen., by second marriage were:
There is room for little doubt that the ancestor of the Turners of Durham came from Hanover or Scituate, Mass. Lemuel Turner and Abigail Starbird
of No. Yarmouth (Freeport) were married 16 Jan. 1755. They were, doubtless, the parents of Isaac and Ezekiel who settled in Durham, and also of Desire, who married Stephen Weston. The home of the Turner family in Freeport was near Mast Landing.
Lemuel Turner was a Revolutionary soldier, as were also his sons Isaac and Starbird. Isaac Turner of Royalsborough married Molly Hanscom of Cape Elizabeth 21 ---- 1788. 7 ch.
Ezekiel Turner married, 12 Jan. 1792, Joanna, dau. of Vincent and Susanna (York) Roberts. He was drowned while mackerel-catching at age of about 55 yrs. Joanna (Roberts) Turner was a woman of remarkable character. She was born 1 Oct. 1773. The date on her tombstone is earlier than this, but it is an error. She had fifteen children. Her home was not far from the Stone Mill. She possessed a deeply religious nature. Her faith is illustrated in her daily prayer for twenty years that her son William, supposed to have been lost at sea, might yet return to her. One day he walked in with thrilling adventures to tell of life among the islands of the sea and of hair-breadth escapes from cannibals, etc. One night, when her husband was away, the wolves surrounded her cabin. The watch-dog became so furious that he had to be released and was torn in pieces by the pack.
Notwithstanding scanty means she was generous in feeding the hungry and caring for orphans. She remembered the prayer-meeting on Hezekiah Gerrish's hill, when she separated from her brother, the Rev. Daniel Roberts, elsewhere mentioned in this History.
She married (2) 2 Sept. 1824, Samuel Sawyer. Her death occurred 27 Mch. 1858. Her children, all by first marriage, who grew up were:
John Tuttle, of Welsh origin, was in Dover, N.H., before 1642; d. 1662. Wife Dorothy. Their son John m. Mary ---- and d. 1720. John 3d, born 1671, m. Judith Otis and was killed by Indians 17 May 1712. Their son Thomas, born 15 March 1699, m. Mary Brackett; d. abt. 1772. They had eleven children, of whom Reuben was born 26 Mch. 1739 m. 26 May 1762 Eliza, dau. of Tobias and Judith (Varney) Hanson, and had eight children born in Barrington, N.H. He moved to Royalsborough in 1780. He was a farmer and blacksmith. While in N.H. the patriots annoyed him by their demands on his skill for the repair of the locks of their muskets, the fitting of bayonets and the making of swords, all of which were in opposition to his convictions against war
and its concomitants, he being a member of the Society of Friends. So he sold out such of his possessions as could not be moved, and embarked with the rest of his family in a coaster. They disembarked at Mast Landing, Freeport. He drove a flock of sheep through the woods to his new abode on Lot 2. He died 20 Jan. 1814. His wife died 28 Jan. 1828.
Elisha, son of Reuben Tuttle, b. 27 Sept. 1767; m. 1792 Sarah, dau. of Caleb and Lydia (Bishop) Estes; d. 21 Dec. 1854. His wife died 15 Jan. 1857, aged 85 yrs. Their children were:
Humphrey Varney was settled in Dover, N.H., in 1659. He married, 2 March 1664, Mrs. Sarah Story, daughter of Edward Starbuck. Their son Ebenezer married Mary Otis. Ebenezer, Jr., was born in Dover, N.H., 31 Mch. 1704, married, 24 Dec. 1729, Elizabeth Hanson, and died 30 Nov. 1776.
Nicholas, son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Hanson) Varney, was born in Dover, N.H., Feb. 21, 1740. He married Nov. 28, 1764 Mary, dau. of Edward and Patience (Carr) Estes. After living a few years in Falmouth he purchased, in 1782, lot No. 17 of Stephen Hart in Royalsborough. Hart's buildings had just been burned and Varney built his house on the hill southwest of John Varney's blacksmith-shop. The house is now occupied by his great-grandson, George E. Varney.
He belonged to the Society of Friends, and their rules prohibited any active part in war. They protested against all taxes, any part of which was to meet war expenses. Since it was impossible to discriminate in tax-bills what portion was for war, some of the Friends refused to pay any taxes at all. When the collector of Royalsborough called on Nicholas Varney, he persistently refused payment of the amount assessed upon him. Consequently the sheriff came and seized a new milch-cow, and sought also to take away her young calf with her. The boys, unterrified by the officer's badge and ignoring the spirit of the Quaker principle of non-resistance, mixed those calves up so that the officer was unable to decide which was the right one; and finding it difficult to catch and impossible to drive any one, he went away with the cow alone. The animal was sold, and the next time the officer came that way he brought the balance of the sale money remaining after the deduction of the tax-bill. Neither husband nor wife would touch the polluted currency, and the officer could relieve himself of the responsibility for the money only by laying it upon the high shelf at a corner of the room. There the money remained untouched for many months. When the next year the officer came round for another collection, his demand was met only by an allusion to what he had done the previous year and the statement that the money he had placed on the shelf then was still there. The officer found it so and withdrawing from it the amount required, returned the balance to its former position. It proved sufficient for the third year also.
The family of Nicholas Varney is here given.
Nicholas Varney Jr. married 7 Mch. 1805 Mary Field. She died 30 Nov. 1871. Their children were:
Children of John and Maria (Hawkes) Varney.
Children of Amos and Lydia (Hawkes) Varney.
Benjamin Vining (see p. 19) m. (1) 22 Oct. 1761, Mehitabel Brooks. She died 9 April 1774, leaving five children; (2) 20 Aug. 1776, Lydia Turner of Hingham, Mass., who had five children; (3) 1789 Bathsheba Davis of Portland. His family was as follows:
John, son of Benjamin Vining, is said to have come from Pepperrellborough (Saco) in 1787. See Military Record. He m. 30 Nov. 1786 Mary Goodwin and died in Durham 27 Oct. 1837. His wife was born 11 April 1765 and died 14 Nov. 1839. He was a farmer and lived on Lot 75. His family is here given.
Benjamin Vining Jr. was born at New Casco 3 Aug. 1764; m. 23 Mch. 1797 Sarah, dau. of Batchelder Ring, who was born in Royalsborough 19 Sept. 1727. They lived for a time in Durham, but moved to Avon where he died 9 Sept. 1833. Their children were:
Bela, son of Benjamin Vining, born 12 Nov. 1766; m. 15 July 1790 Thankful Millbanks of Lewiston. She died in Durham 7 Aug. 1864, aged 92 yrs. 7 mos. He was a farmer and lived on Lot 65. He died 17 Feb. 1846. Their children were:
Reuben, son of John and Mary (Goodwin) Vining, born 20 July 1799, married Mercy Lunt of Brunswick, lived on the homestead, Lot 75, and died 6 Aug. 1857.
David, son of John and Mary (Goodwin) Vining, born 8 April 1801; m. June 1833 Betsey Smith of Lisbon. He died Sept. 1869. Tinsmith and farmer. Lived in Durham till 1849. Then moved to Lewiston, where he died.
Ammi, son of John and Mary (Goodwin) Vining, born 4 Sept. 1806; m. 3 June 1832, Susanna Gerrish. He was a farmer and lived near Gerrish's Mill. He d. 1 May 1868. His wife, born 12 April 1811, died 11 April 1896.
Edwin R. Vining, son of Reuben and Mary (Lunt) Vining, born in Durham 22 Feb. 1850, married, 1 Jan. 1873 Ada L. Morse, who was born in Bangor 22 Jan. 1854. They live in Auburn. The following children were born in Durham:
William Wagg married 24 Feb. 1780 Dorcas Strout in Cape Elizabeth and was the first settler on the River Road in old Pejepscot or Danville. His descendant of the same name still holds the old homestead. He died 31 Mch. 1845, aged 91 yrs. William Wagg, Jr., was born 23 Oct. 1792 and died in Durham 14 Oct. 1820. He married Elizabeth Miller. Their children were:
William Wagg, 3d, born 25 July 1816 in Danville, married 17 May 1840 Sarah Yeaton Bowie, who was born in Cape Elizabeth 8 June 1821. Residence, Lisbon, Me. All but the last of their children were born in Durham.
James Warren, a native of Berwick, Scotland, was settled at South Berwick, Me., as early as 1656. His wife was Margaret ---- a native of Ireland. Their children were Gilbert, who left no male issue; Margaret, who married James Stackpole before 1680; Jane; James; and Grizel, who married Richard Otis of Dover, N.H., and was captured by Indians and carried to Canada. James married Mary ---- and had children, Mary, Margaret, James b. 8 June 1698; Rachel; Gilbert b. 30 April 1703; and John b. 16 Dec. 1705. Gilbert's will is dated 21 Feb. 1755 and he mentions wife Abigail and children Gideon, Alden, Gilbert, Abigail, Rachel and Lucy. Of these Gideon lived at South Berwick. He married 12 Jan. 1748 Hannah Morrill, and had children, Adriel, Kesiah, Peltiah, Peace, Phineas, Ruth, Asa, Charlotte and John Morrill.
The last (John Morrill) was born 28 May 1774. He married in N. Yarmouth, Anna True. Their children were:
Israel True Warren married 11 Sept. 1836 Rebecca Fulton of Lisbon. She was born Sept. 1816 and died 4 Feb. 1890. He lived many years at S. W. Bend. Their children were:
John Warren, grandson of the emigrant James, born 16 Dec. 1705, married Mary, daughter of Moses and Abigail (Taylor) Goodwin in So. Berwick. His will was probated Jan. 1769. It mentions children John, Tristram, Nathaniel, Ichabod, Pelatiah, Kesiah, Margaret, and Mary. John, born 5 Mch. 1731, married 25 Dec. 1755 Jane Johnson and was the ancestor of the Warrens of Westbrook. Ichabod Warren b. 14 Mch. 1736, married Hannah (Gilman?) who was born in York 1 Dec. 1734. He moved to Fryeburg about 1780. His children were
Ebenezer Warren, above named, was born in Berwick, Me. He came to Royalsborough in 1787 on foot with an axe on his shoulder. He bought, 13 July 1789, fifty-six acres of John Cushing's 500 acre lot and built a log house on the ridge of land south of where the old Warren farm buildings now stand. He married 11 Jan. 1788, in Berwick, Hannah Reed and brought her to his home and also a cow from Berwick. He was a prominent man in town affairs and was Captain of Militia. He died 18 Sept. 1852. His wife died 3 June 1848, aged 84 yrs. 7 mos. Their children, besides two named Ebenezer, who died young, were:
Ivory Warren married 26 Sept. 1818 Lusannah Curtis Strout, who was born 2 Aug. 1796 and died 26 Nov. 1872. He was a prominent business man at South West Bend. Died 10 Aug. 1849.
Emery S. Warren, born 18 Nov. 1819, entered into partnership in trade with his father at South West Bend in 1840, and continued to do business at the old stand for fifty-four years, till his death, 17 Aug. 1894. His business integrity was never questioned. He was held in high esteem by his fellow-citizens. He was Postmaster and Town Clerk many years. He also served as Selectman, Representative to the Legislature and County Commissioner. The last office was held the first year in the history of Androscoggin County. For some time he acted as Treasurer of Acacia Lodge of Free Masons. His portrait is presented as a worthy representative of the Warren family, that has had many good and useful men. He married (1) 31 Dec. 1849, Elizabeth M., daughter of Samuel Miller. She was born in Gorham 20 Aug. 1818, and died in Durham 25 Aug. 1869. He married, (2) 1 June 1871, Louisa A. Whitney, born 9 Feb. 1831. By first marriage there were two children.
Pelatiah Warren, son of John of Berwick and uncle of Ebenezer Warren of Durham, married, 18 June 1777, Sarah Parker and settled in Royalsborough. He was a blacksmith and farmer. Lived on the Northeast end of lot 36. Revolutionary soldier. Moved to Monmouth in 1797. Ch.
Thomas Waterhouse, son of Theophilus and Hannah Waterhouse, was born in Scarborough 17 Dec. 1751. He married 23 Nov. 1774 Hannah, dau. of Thomas and Susannah (Downing) Goodwin of Wells, who was born 18 Oct. 1754. They had nine children, Mary, THOMAS William, Theophilus, Asa, Theophilus
2d, Susannah, Ai and Hannah.
Of these the oldest son, THOMAS was born in Scarborough 23 March 1777, came to Durham in 1804; married Ruth Ayer 16 Jan. 1806. She was born 23 April 1784, and was daughter of Thomas and Esther Ayer of New Gloucester. They settled in the northwestern part of Durham, on Lot 157. Rufus Waterhouse, their grandson, still lives on the old homestead. Thomas Waterhouse died 24 July 1851; his wife died 9 May 1856. They had nine children.
Ai Waterhouse spent his life on the old homestead as a successful farmer. He was also a Justice of the Peace and Pension Agent. He married (1) 31 Dec. 1840 Catherine C. Gording of Livermore. She was born 10 Feb. 1821 and died 14 Oct. 1843. He married (2) 5 Dec. 1844, Caroline W. Dawes, who was born in New Gloucester 6 Aug. 1826 and died 30 Jan. 1896. He died 17 Oct. 1895. By first marriage there was one son.
By second marriage there were:
The Webbers came from Holland in the seventeenth century. Thomas Webber was living on the northern part of Parker's Island, at the mouth of the Kennebec river in 1649. He married Mary, daughter of John Parker, Senr. In 1660 he bought of Indian chiefs land stretching four miles from Winnegance south and reaching from the Kennebec river to Casco Bay. He had a daughter and five sons, John, Joseph, SAMUEL, James and Nathaniel.
Samuel Webber was granted a mill privilege in old Falmouth in 1681, and built the first mill at Stroudwater, sawing boards at the halves. He moved to Gloucester, Mass., and thence to York, Me., where he died in 1716. His wife's name was Deborah. They had ten children at least, of whom Waitstill, also called Waitt, was born in Gloucester, Mass., in 1698. He settled in Harpswell in 1738. His son, Daniel Webber was born in York, 27 Dec. 1736. He was a marine in the French and Indian War of 1755 and was at the capture of Quebec. His second wife was Mrs. Anna (Bibber) Woodworth, dau. of James Bibber, who came to America from the Isle of Jersey in 1725. They had six children, of whom Waitstill (see p. 126) was the oldest, born in Harpswell 17 Sept. 1779. He m. (1) 22 April 1801 Miriam, dau. of James Booker of Harpswell, b. 26 Mch. 1783, d. 11 April 1825; m. (2) 30 Nov. 1826 Peace, dau. of John Collins of Durham. 6 ch. by first marriage; 3 by second.
James Webster was admitted to citizenship in Cape Elizabeth 17 Aug. 1727. He probably came from Gloucester, Mass. Died about 1765. His wife's name was Isabel. They had children:
Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Dorcas Weeks, was born in Cape Elizabeth 17 March 1771. He married in Scarboro 20 June 1790 Sally Libby. Lived a few years in Gorham and moved to Durham 1808, settling near the stone mill. He died 25 Nov. 1850. His wife died 1 June 1858, aged 89 yrs. 11 mos. 15 dys. Their children were:
Joseph Weetnan was the son of Valentine Weeman of Cape Elizabeth. Tradition in Durham says that he was a native of Holland. He married 10 April 1774,
in Cape Elizabeth, Mary, dau. of James and Mary (Flagg) Richards, who was born in Newton, Mass., 13 Oct. 1755. She was a sister to the Catharine Richards, who married Ebenezer Newell. Joseph Weeman settled in Royalsborough on lot 102, before 1782.
Jesse Weeman, born 20 Aug. 1785, married 19 July 1811, Tyla Pope, who was born in Stoughton, Mass., 4 June 1787. He died 8 June 1855
The Westons were descended from John Weston, who came from Buckinghamshire to Salem in 1644 at age of 13 and m. Sarah Fitch in 1653.
Stephen Weston was born 21 Feb. 1752. He married 28 Nov. 1776 Desire Turner of North Yarmouth who was born 22 Oct. 1758. He purchased his farm in Durham 10 Dec. 1776 and built his horse on "Weston Hill," County Road. The house is still standing. The first nine children were born in Durham; the last two at Crotch Island. He died in Freeport about 1820.
John and Thirza (Strout) Weston died, leaving three young daughters who were brought up by Jonathan Strout, viz.
John Wilbur is said to have come from Conn. to Scarborough. He married, 28 Mch. 1761 Elizabeth Larrabee. Nathaniel Wilbur, probably his son, married, 12 Jan. 1800, Eunice Libby, and settled on lot 133. He died 5 June 1848, aged 72 yrs. His wife died 24 Sept. 1843, aged 67 yrs. Their children were Hanson, Addison, Samuel, Eben, Ethan, Nathaniel, Jr., Orin, David (m. 8 April 1819 Charlotte Kelley?) Jane, (m. 19 Aug. 1832 Joseph S. Tarbox) and Huldah.
Hanson Wilbur married, 24 Nov. 1825, Abigail Thoits and settled on the homestead. He died 9 Dec. 1886, aged 86 yrs. His wife died 27 March 1881, aged 83 yrs. Their children were Joseph, William, Nathaniel, Eben, John and Eunice. Joseph married Wealthy Jones and settled on the homestead, having children Villa, Frank and Albert.
John Wilbur, brother of Nathaniel, Senior, married, 14 Oct. 1784, Mary Jones in Scarborough. They had twelve children, none of whom remained long in Durham.
Thomas Williams came from England, Feb. 18, 1717, "when gooseberries were in blow," and reached Boston, April 17, 1717, "when the snow was very deep." He was employed in teaching Latin in Boston, and subsequently removed to the part of Georgetown that is now Bath. It is said that he was a physician, and that he often expressed his regrets at having ever left England.
The above is cited from Wheeler's History of Brunswick, p. 757. "Thomas Williams lived at Winnegance in 1729, and remaining there became the first permanent settler of Bath." So says Reed's Hist. of Bath, p. 23. He seems to have had sons Thomas, who married in 1746 Margaret Drummond; George, who signed a petition for a new parish in Georgetown in 1753, which parish was afterwards Bath; and SAMUEL. Perhaps there were others. A daughter married James Hunter of Topsham. Thomas Williams was Lieut. of Georgetown Militia in 1757.
Samuel Williams married (Int. Rec. 14 Sept. 1754) Mercy, dau. of Anthony Coombs who lived on lot 28 in Brunswick. This was probably the Anthony Coombs who married in 1722 Mercy Hodgkins in Gloucester, Mass. He migrated to Falmouth and thence to New Meadows, Brunswick in 1739. Samuel Williams bought, in 1761, parts of lots 20 and 7 on Sebascodigan or Great Island, Harpswell. He was living at "Duck Cove" in 1799. It seems that he died soon after. He had children, Samuel, Jr., who lived on the Island; Benjamin, Daniel and Peter, who all moved to Thomaston; and GEORGE, who settled in Durham. There were also several daughters. Mercy Williams, wife of Samuel, Senr., died in Thomaston Sept. 1824, aged 94 yrs. Samuel Williams was a private in Capt. James Curtis' Co., enlisting 10 June 1775 and serving two months and four days. He reenlisted 9 Aug. 1775 and served five months and five days. A Samuel Williams of Harpswell was Sergeant in Capt. Nathaniel Larrabee's Co., enlisting 9 July 1775 and serving six months and seven days. These were probably father and son.
George Williams, born in Harpswell 3 Aug. 1777, married Mabel, dau. of Noah Litchfield of South Lewiston. Noah Litchfield was born in Scituate, Mass. 24 Jan. 1753. He married 9 July 1778 Mabel Wade of Scituate, born 9 June 1758. He was the first Town Clerk of Lewiston and died 17 Nov. 1827. His wife died 12 July 1838. Mabel (Litchfield) Williams was born in Scituate, Mass., 29 Feb. 1780 and died in Durham 1 Nov. 1853. George Williams lived for a few years in Durham, where his first three children were born. He moved to Lewiston, returned to Durham about 1825 and settled on lot 86, where he died 8 Feb. 1867. He was a carpenter and farmer. His children were as follows:
Barnard Williams, named above, has spent his life as a farmer on the homestead in Durham, and is still living at the age of 91 years. His wife was Elizabeth Augusta Herrick, granddaughter of the Rev. Jacob Herrick. (See Herrick Family.) He has been a man of irreproachable character, and a good citizen. His family is here given.
Two families of this name appear on the old Town Records. James Wilson married 20 March 1788 Elizabeth McGray. Their children were:
MARY b. 10 Dec. 1788; LEMUEL b. 15 Oa 1790; SARAH b. 20 Jan. 1793, m. Simeon Snow; MERCY b. 17 Mch. 1795; and TIMOTHY HORN b. 4 Aug. 1797.
William Wilson married 8 Dec. 1796 Dorcas Parker. Their children were:
JAMES b. 10 May 1797; MARY REED b. 12 Feb. 1800, m. in Campbell Co., Ky., 24 Nov. 1816 Benjamin Jewett Ricker, d. 26 Dec. 1859; WILLIAM JR. b. 30 Mch. 1802.
Ebenezer Woodbury was born in Salem, N.H., 20 Sept. 1760. His father was lost at sea. After serving in the Revolutionary Army Ebenezer came to Freeport and worked one season at boiling salt. He married, 18 April 1780, Rebecca Pomroy, a widow, and said to have been a sister to John Parker of Durham. She was born 28 Feb. 1755 and died in Durham in 1828. By her first marriage she had a daughter, Sally Pomroy, born 29 Nov. 1773,
who married; 4 Sept. 1794, John Blethen of Little River.
He settled in Royalsborough about 1782 on or near lot 75. The farm was lately owned by Charles Trufant. Here he died in 1835. 7 ch.
James, son of Ebenezer Woodbury, married 20 Oct. 1814 Rebecca Sydleman. In March 1825 he moved to Dover, Me., on ox-sleds, leading two cows behind. There were eight children, six of whom were born in Durham.
Richard York was in Dover, N.H. (now Durham) in 1648. He made his will in 1672 and mentioned wife Elizabeth and several children, of whom Samuel, born 1645 married Hannah ---- and died 18 Mch. 1718. He purchased land in Topsham in 1670 and lived there some years five miles below the falls. He thence moved to Falmouth, and thence to Gloucester, Mass. His son Benjamin, born 1680, married 7 Dec. 1704 Mary Giddings. Their son
Samuel, born 13 Oct. 1715, married, 23 Dec. 1736, Joanna Skillings in Falmouth and had children, JOANNA b. 12 Dec. 1737; SAMUEL of Durham;
SARAH m. Daniel Harmon; JOSEPH of Durham; SUSANNA m. Vincent Roberts; DEBORAH m. George Copson Roberts of Cape Elizabeth.
Samuel York, Jr., and Hannah Hoyt were married in Cape Elizabeth 26 Aug. 1766. He came to Royalsborough as early as 1774. Joseph York was his brother. The Yorks lived at first at "York's Corner," on the back road to Brunswick. Samuel York, Senior, and wife lived to very old age in the family of Daniel Harmon. He died about 1808, aged 90 yrs. His wife died later at age of 98 yrs. Samuel, Jr., died in 1798. His family consisted, as nearly as can be judged, of the following persons:
Joseph York and Abigail Flint were married, as Durham Records say in Oct. 1765, but the Rev. Samuel Deane of Portland, in his Journal, says that he attended their wedding 8 Aug. 1774, and this date is undoubtedly correct. She was born in Falmouth 10 Mch. 1747 and died in Durham 17 June 1779. Joseph York was born in Cape Elizabeth 10 Jan. 1749. The Records of Cape Elizabeth say that he married (2) 4 Nov. 1779 Margaret Roberts. He was last taxed in Durham in 1794. His children are recorded in Durham as follows: