Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
In the year 1066 a Norman follower of William the Conqueror named Thomas Multon, or de Multon, accompanied his chief into England, and after the battle of Hastings was rewarded for his services with large grants of land in Lincolnshire. Here he built castles and religious establishments, maintained a retinue of soldiers, laborers and priests, and lived the life of a feudatory of the king. From this Norman the Moultons of England and America are said to have sprung. Between the time of the first Sir Thomas and the present, twenty-five generations of Moultons have been born; and through nine genearations, from the battle of Hastings, there continued to be some brave knights bearing the name of Sir Thomas, who was ready to respond to the king's call to arms.
Sir Thomas of the fourth generation was sheriff during the ninth and tenth years of King John's dynasty, and in the fifteenth year of his reign, attended the king in his expedition to Poitou. Two years later he was taken in arms with the rebelious barons and imprisoned in the Castle of Corff. This was the Thomas Moulton whose name appears upon Magna Charta as one of the English barons who wrung this great muniment of liberty from an unwilling king.
The fifth Sir Thomas de Moulton, Sir Walter Scott took as a leading character in his dramatic story, "The Talisman." Being a trusted friend of Richard Coeur de Lion, and possessing great physical power, he was the admiration and envy of the knights at the great tournaments of England. In the Holy Land he was a leading crusader and was of all the knights the nearest to the king. Indeed, when Richard's sickness laid him low, Sir Walter Scott claims that in "The Talisman" some parts are fanciful, but that so far as King Richard and Sir Thomas Moulton are concerned, he has followed English history.
From such men as these the American Moultons of this day; and among them are many who are the peers of their ancestors or of their fellow citizens in those qulities of head and heart which make men leaders and trusted companions of other men.
"All branches of the Moulton family had arms with devices somewhat different from each other in minor details, yet alike in the main, viz.: A plain field, either of silver or blue; crossed by three horizontal bars, generally red, sometimes sable. This continued for several hundred years, down to the arms which were granted in 1571 by the record: these are described as follows: Moulton: Argent, three bars (gules) between eight escallop shells, sable; three, two, two, and one. Crest: On a pellet a falcon rising argent, Granted in 1571."
The name appears in various forms, as Multon, Muleton, Moulton, Moleton, Moulson and Moulton.
Three Moultons, Thomas, John and William, supposed to be brothers, settled in Winnacumnett, now Hampton, New Hampshire, and from these all or nearly all the Moultons of northern New England are descendants.
(I) William Moulton, born in Ormsby, Norfolk county, England, about 1617, married Margaret, daughter of Robert and Lucia (Lucy) Page, with whose family he came to New England. His age is given as twenty years in his "examination" before leaving England April 11, 1637. John and William Moulton were examined on the same day, and came either in the ship "John and Dorothy," of Ipswich, William Andrews, master, or in the ship "Rose," of Yarmouth, commanded by a son of the same Andrews, which two ships appear to have come together. They landed probably at Boston, and thence William and the Pages went to Newbury, Mass., where it seems they remained something over a year before joining the new settlement at Winndacunnett, now Hampton, N. H., in 1639. At that place he took up his permanent abode, settling quite near Thomas and John Moulton.
He was three times chosen one of the selectmen of Hampton, 1649-53-59. He died April 18, 1664 [trans note: hard to read that last date...let me know if it's incorrect]. In his will, bearing date March 8, 1663, he declares himself to be at that time "sick and weak of body." It is evident that he was a man of more than ordinary ability and force of character. Coming as he did to a new country before arriving at his majority, presumably bringing little with him and dying at the early age of forty-seven, he left what was, for those times, a large estate - a double mansion in one of the best localities of the new township, with "Orchyd," tillage land, "Medow" and marshes, together with personal estate to no inconsiderable amount. All this he distributed with a curious particularity characteristic of the old country.
William and Margaret, his wife, both lived while in England in the hamlet of Ormsby, "near Great Yarmouth and not far from Norwich, in County Norfolk." The widow Moulton married (second) Lieut. John Sanborn. She died July 13, 1699.
Joseph, Benjamin, Hannah, Mary, Sarah, Ruth, Robert and William.
(II) Robert, third son of William and Margaret (Page) Moulton, was born in Hampton, Nov. 8, 1661, and died Oct. 11, 1732. He married May 29, 1689, Lucy Smith.
William, Robert, Jeremiah, and Jonathan (next mentioned).
(III) Jonathan, fourth and youngest son of Robert and Lucy (Smith) Moulton, was born June 5, 1702, and died May 22, 1735. He married, Dec. 21, 1727, Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Lamprey, a lineal descendant of Rev. Stephen Bachiler, who was the founder of Hampton.
Jonathan, Daniel, Robert and Reuben.
(IV) Captain Daniel, second son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Lamprey) Moulton, was born in 1731, and died Aug. 26, 1809. His father died when he was four years old, and he was apprenticed to a man who treated him harshly. About 1745, at the age of fourteen, he ran away and went to the new settlement in Maine, first to Saco and then to Scarborough, where he settled on the east side of Nonesuch river, near "Rocky Hill," opposite what is now known as the Daniel Carter place.
He was a blacksmith, and became the owner of large tracts of land, holding most of what is now Scarborough Corner School District, and it is said about two miles of Nonesuch meadows. He had a large square house and several large barns. He gave each of his children a farm with a large square house. In later years he paid a considerable sum in settlement for his "time" to the man to whom he had been apprenticed. He is mentioned in "Southgate's History of Scarborough," as one of the prominent men in the town after its second settlement. He was an especial favorite of Charles Pine, the hunger and Indian fighter, whose granddaughter he married, and Pine attempted by will to entail a tract of land upon Daniel and his issue.
He was active in revolutionary times, a captain in the militia and a member of the committees of correspondence and safety for Scarborough and held various town offices.
He married (first) April 25, 1750, Grace, daughter of John and Grace (Pine) Reynolds. Daniel and Grace, his wife, "owned the covenant" in the Second Parish Church, Oct. 29, 1753. She died Dec. 19, 1787, aged fifty-eight. He married (second) Hannah Beck Cotton, of Pepperellborough. She was admitted to the Second Parish church, April 5, 1789, and died Sept. 4, 1814.
Children, al by 1st wife:
Charles Pine, Jonathan, John, Lucy, a child (name unknown), Daniel, a child (name not recorded.)
(V) Charles Pine, eldest child of Daniel and Grace (Reynolds) Moulton, was born in Scarborough, July 15, 1751, and died June 4, 1807, and was buried in the graveyard on his farm. His remains, with those of his wife, were afterward removed to the town cemetery at Dunston. He was a blacksmith, and lived on the western side of Nonesuch river, in Scarborough, near "Rocky Hill."
He married, March 24, 1774, Olive, daughter of Joseph and Mary Fabyan, of Scarborough. She was baptized Oct. 26, 1755, and died Oct. 14, 1840, aged about eighty-five. She married (second) Nov. 13, 1822, Joseph Harmon.
Joshua, Hannah, Elias, John, Daniel, Gracia, Mary Brackett, Lucy (died young), Lucy, Phebe and Olive.
(VI) Captain Joshua, eldest child of Charles Pine and Olive (Fabyan) Moulton, was born Aug. 5, 1775, and died Feb. 11, 1855. He resided on the county road near Scarborough Corner. He was a large land owner, carried on blacksmithing, and kept a tavern, and was also considerably interested in shipping and shipbuilding. He was a man of influence in his town and for years was a captain of militia.
In politics he was a Jeffersonian Democrat. Originally active in the orthodox (Congregational) church, he later became a Universalist.
He was married Oct. 16, 1800, by Rev. Thomas Lancaster, to Lydia, daughter of Solomon and Mary (Harmon) Stone, of Beech Ridge, Scarborough. She was born June 16, 1780, and died July 17, 1872.
Charles, Solomon, Freedom, Joshua, Olive, Ira, Mary and Lydia Jane.
(VII) Freedom, third son of Joshua and Lydia (Stone) Moulton, was born in Scarborough Oct. 31, 1808, and died July 31, 1857. He fitted for college at Gorham Academy, but on account of difficulty with his eyes was obliged to give up his college course. He taught school in Gorham and Scarborough for some years. After the marriage in 1812 he removed to Jay in Franklin county, where he remained eleven years. In 1853 he returned to Scarborough and there purchased the Ezra Carter homestead on the Portland road, near Dunston Corner, where he afterward resided, and continued teaching a part of every year so long as he lived. He was always prominent in educaitonal affairs, and was a member of the superintending school committee in Jay eleven years, and also filled a similar position in the town of Scarborough. He was town clerk at the time of his decease. He was a man of marked ability, of the highest integrity and standing, and was universally esteemed.
Mr. Moulton, his wife, and all his children were school teachers.
Freedom Moulton married, June 13, 1842, Shuah Coffin Carter, who was born Dec. 20, 1811, and died June 19, 1905, daughter of Ezra and Sarah (Fabyn) Carter. Ezra Carter (Ezra, Daniel, Ephraim, of South Hampton, New Hampshire), her father, was born March 18, 1773, and came from Concord, N. H., to Scarborough about 1800, and was a tanner. Sarah Fabyan Carter, her mother, was a daughter of Joshua Fabyn, Esq., of Scarborough, a judge of the court of common pleas, born 1743, died June 20, 1799, whose wife, Sarah Brackett Fabyan, was b. April 9, 1740, and died Aug. 29, 1820. Joseph Fabyan, father of Joshua, Esq., ws son of Justice John Fabyan, of Newington, N. H., and Mary Pickering, his wife. Squire Joshua Fabyan was a descendant on his mother's side of George Cleeve, the first settler in Portland, Maine.
Children of Freedom & Shuah C. (Cater) Moulton:
1. Martha Carter, born April 11, 1843, married Oct. 29, 1869, Lewis O. Hills, a merchant of Arlington, Illionois; afterward removed to Louisiana; died July 12, 1889.
2. Sarah Carter, b. Nov. 3, 1846, graduated from the Portland high school, 1869; took a course in the Oswego Normal School, Oswego, New York; was a teacher; is now living in Portland.
3. Augustus F., mentioned below.
4. Lydia Frances, b. May 26, 1851, was educated at Westbrook Seminary and Oswego Normal School, New York; and is first assistant in Jackson grammar school, Portland.
(VIII) Augustus Freedom, only son of Freedom and Shuah C. (Carter) Moulton, was born in Jay, May 1, 1848, and when five years of age moved with his parents to Scarborough, where he resided until 1896. In that year he removed to that part of Portland formerly called Deering, where he now (1908) resides. He attneded the public schools, Gorham Academy, Saco high school, and in 1869 graduated from Westbrook Seminary. In 1873 he graduated from Bowdoin College, the first in rank of his class, was elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society after graduation and was a tutor in the college in 1874. In 1876 he was chosen to deliver the master's oration at commencement and received from his alma mater the degree of A. M.
After leaving college he entered upon the study of law in the office of Judge William L. Putnam, of Portland, where he read two years, and was admitted to the bar of Cumberland county in Oct., 1876. It is now thirty-two years since Mr. Moulton's admission to the bar, and during that time he has labored faithfully at his profession, in which he has attained prominence as a practitioner in both state and federal courts, especially in corporation cases. Among many important cases in which he has been counsel are the Libby and the Chase murder trials, the Aaron McKenney will case, and the Kansas stockholders liability cases.
In politics he was a Democrat until 1894, and since that time has been an active Republican. His interest in public affairs has brought him before the people as a candidate for office several times and he has served as a representative in the state legislature two terms, 1878-79, during both of which he was one of the judiciary committee; he was a member of the school board of Scarborough fifteen years; town solicitor twenty years; mayor of Deering, 1898; and president of the board of aldermen upon annexation of Deering to Portland, 1899-1900. He is a member of the board of trustees of Wesbrook Seminary, and also of Thornton Academy. His course in office has always been marked by rectitude and scrupulous fidelity in the discharge of his duties, and he is trustee of large estates.
Mr. Moulton is a member of the American Bar Association, the Portland Board of Trade. The American Historical Society, the Maine Historical Society, the Maine Genealogical Society, the Society of Colonial Wars, is ex-president of the Maine Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and is president of the Bowdoin Alumni Assocation of Portland.
He occupies a prominent place among the literary people of Maine, and has delivered many lecutres and public addresses on historical and patriotic subjects, among which is his address at Valley Forge at the time of placing there a tablet to the memory of the Maine Soldiers who passed the terrible winter of 1777-78 at that place. Among his published pamphlets are "Some Descendants of John and William Moulton of Hampton," "Trial by Ordeal," "Settlement of Scarborough," "Church and State in New England," "Sir Ferdinando Gorges and His Palatineate of Maine."
Mr. Moulton is a member of the college society, Dela Kappa Epsilon, is a past chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias and one of the trustees of Bramhall Lodge; is also a member of Ancient Landmark Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Mount Vernon Royal Arch Chapter; Portland Council, Royal and Select Masters; Portland Commandery, Knights Templar, of which he has been eminent commander.
He is a member of the State Street Congregational Church of Portland, and of the Lincoln Club, the Deering Club, the Portland Club, the Cumerland Club and the distinguished literary society known as the Fraternity Club.
(For ancestral history, see preceding sketch).
Thomas Moulton, who was probably the immigrant ancestor of this branch of the Moulton family, was born in Ormsby, Norfolk, England, about 1614. He was one of the first grantees and settlers of Winnadunnett, now Hampton, New Hampshire, where he lived about fifteen years or more. He was in Newbury, Mass., 1637; Hampton, N. H., 1639; and York, Maine, 1654.
His wife's baptismal name was Martha.
1. Thomas, baptized Nov. 24, 1639, in Hampton.
2. Daniel, baptized Feb. 12, 1641, in Hampton.
3. Hannah, born June 19, 1845, married Samuel Tilton, of Hampton.
4. Mary, born Jan. 25, 1651, married Samuel Braglon Sr., York, Maine.
6. Joseph, must have been born prior to 1660 and probably died about 1720. He took the oath of office in 1681. Removed to Portsmouth, N. H.
(II) Joseph, probably the yougest child of Thomas and Martha Moulton, was probably born in York, about 1660, as he took the oath of allegiance in 1681. But little is known about him, as he was killed at an early age by the Indians. He may have been murdered in the massacre of York, June 25, 1692, but something in the records indicates that he was taken a captive and may have perished in the wilderness, perhaps of torture. The facts in this matter are ulikely to be discovered.
He was a member of the grand jury and was a most promising citizen. The records of York deeds show the inventory of his estate taken in part Oct. 12, 1692, and a part Aug. 29, 1693. His life was dearly paid for by the Indians in later years, as his youngest son was among their most implacable pursuers. He lived in the age when "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" was the rigid rule among civilized as well as uncivilized. No record can be found of his marriage, but the probate records settle beyond doubt the names of his four sons: John, Joseph, Daniel and Jeremiah.
(III) Colonel Jeremiah, youngest son of Joseph Moulton, was born about 1688 in York, and was one of the most eminent citizens of that town and of the entire eastern province, occupying many positions of public trust and high responsibility. His public career began at a comparatively early age and ended with his death. He was a famous scout and Indian fighter, possessed with considerable military ability and was ever ready to serve the colony and his king. He was also of an eminently judicial temperament and served his times well in many civil capacities. He was born in anxious times and narrowly escaped his father's fate when York was destroyed by the Indians. He was taken captive and with other young children and some elderly women was soon released. He was brought up by his uncle, Jeremiah Moulton, and the latter's account is on record, showing the charge of 29 pounds 15 shillings "To bringing up Jeremiah, the Son of Said Deceased, in meat, Drink, Clothing, etc. till he was Seven Years old; to witt four year & 1 Quarter."
In 1772 Jeremiah Moulton was a sergeant on scout duty and before the close of the year was promoted to lieutenant. He was in the first expedition at the capture of Norridgewock in Jan., 1722, and one of four captains to lead the second expedition against that place, which they captured and destroyed Aug. 12, 1724. On this occasion the able and much hated French Jesiut priest, Sebastian Ralo, was slain with many of his Indian followers. This victory was regarded as of the greatest importance since the death of King Philip, and was celebrated with great rejoicing. Shortly after the Lovewell fight at Fryeburg, in 1725, Capt. Moulton went on scout to the battlefield and returned to Falmouth on June 15 of that year. He was subsequently colonel of the third Massachusetts regiment and was third in command of the expedition led by General Pepperell against Louisburg, which capitulated to the colonial forces June 17, 1745. He was colonel of the first York county regiment of militia in 1757. From 1735 to 1751 he was continuously councillor, and represented York at the general court for several terms. He was also county treasurer and was appointed judge of the court of common pleas of York county, Dec. 15, 1732. He continuously held this position until his death and also filled the office of judge of probate from Dec. 20, 1745, a period of twenty years. He was appointed justice of the peace in 1724, 1728 and 1731 and colonel in 1734; he was also register of deeds, and his first signature in that capacity bears the date April 5, 1734, and the last April 8, 1741. He was town clerk from 1732 to 1744, was also constable and often selectman. He was treasurer and clerk of the first parish of York, holding the latter office until March 26, 1745, and resigning the former two years later. Besides the various military titles above mentioned, he appears in the records as ensign and major and had the civic titles of "Esquire" and "Honorable."
He died July 20, 1765, aged about seventy-seven years.
His first wife, Hannah (surname unknown) died Oct. 26, 1760, aged sixty-six years, according to the town records. The gravestone gives the year as 1761. The headstones for the graves of Colonel Moulton and his wife in the yard at York village are elaborately carved and bear the winged cherubim's head. The inscription on the stone of the wife pays this tribute to her character: "a Gentlewoman Eminent for her Piery and for Christian and Social Virtue, Judiciously Esteemed when Living and Greatly Lamented on her Death."
Jeremiah, Daniel (died young), Daniel, Hannah, Thomas, Abigail, Dorcas and Lucy.
(IV) Jeremiah (2), eldest child of Jeremiah (1) and Hannah Moulton, was born Jan. 27, 1714, in York, and was a prominent citizen of the town, in every way a credit to his illustrious sire. He received successive appointments as justice of the peace in 1761, 1765 and 1771, evidently reappointments, the term being four years. He appears in a list of men of the Blue Troop of Horse in York county in 1757 and was commissioned lieutenant colonel in the York county militia March 10, 1762. He was named by Sir William Pepperell as an executor of his will in which he refers to him as "my good Friend, Jeremiah Moulton, Jr., esquire, sherriff of this county of York." This was afterward revoked by a codicil, "As he lives at a distance & the business might be troublesome to him."
He died July 16, 1777.
On Nov. 14, 1742, he took up sett;ers' lots numbered nine, twenty-one and twenty-two. At the time of his death in 1777, he owned two hundred and thirty-five acres of land in Sanford, and one-half of Chadbourne's saw mill, valued in all at one hundred pounds ten shillings.
He was married Dec. 20, 1737, to Hannah, daughter of John Sayword, of York.
Thomas (died young), Thomas, Theodore (died ten years old), Jotham, Abigail, Mary, Jeremiah, Joel, Theodore, Hannah and Lucy.
(V) Brigadier Jotham, fourth son of Jeremiah (2) and Hannah (Sayword) Moulton, was born Feb. 12, 1743, in York, Maine. He became an extensive owner of land in Sanford, helping to build and owning a part of the Iron Works at the Corner, and built the first bridge across the river. He served with honor in the revolution, being chosen brigadier in 1776 by the provincial congress. He died suddenly at York between May 8 and 14, 1777, while at home on a furlough. He had made arrangements to remove to Sanford and had built a large house at South Sanford for a residence. This structure afterwards moved to the corner, was known as the Nasson House. Brigadier Moulton's widow married Major Samuel Nasson and occupied it.
Brigadier Moulton married, June 10, 1765, Joanna Tilden, his cousin.
1. Jeremiah, see foward.
2. George, born Nov. 12, 1767.
3. Jonathan, born July 8, 1769.
4. Jotham, see forward.
5. Abigail Ruck, born Oct. 13, 1773, married a Pillsbury.
6. Rufus, born Oct. 15, 1775.
(VI) Jeremiah (3), eldest child of Brigadier Jotham and Joanna (Tilden) Moulton, was born in York, March 7, 1766, died Feb. 2, 1849. He came to Sanford when a boy, was a famer [farmer??] and also manufactured cloth in a mill on the site of the present Sanford Mills as early as 1810. He became one of the most prominent citizens of the town and one of its largest land owners.
He married (first) Marth Friend, who died Jan. 10, 1815.
Jotham, Rufus, Hannah, George, Nancy, Abigail and Jeremiah.
He married (second) Feb. 1, 1816, Mrs. Hannah (Friend) Hobbs, a sister of his first wie, born 1778, died Nov. 25, 1869.
Mary, married a Hatch.
Martha, married Dr. Albert Day.
(VI) Dr. Jotham (2), fourth son of Brigadier Jotham (1) and Joanna (Tilden) Moulton, was born in York, Jan. 15, 1771, and died in Bucksport Nov. 2, 1857. He came to Sanford with his mother and step-father (Major Samuel Nasson) when he was about eight years of age. During his early manhood, he was sick with consumption and apparently near the end of his life. One night he dreamed that he went to Mrs. Batchelder's house across the river, and that she accompanied him out into the pasture to find a certain weed which he had dreamed of seeing and which would cure him. Seizing upon the dream as an omen of health and life, the invalid went next day to see Mrs. Batchelder, told his dream, and together they sought the weed in the pasture. They found and gathered some, and returning to his home, steeped it and drank the extract, and recovered his health. The weed was afterwards known as "Jotham's weed."
Young Moulton read medicine with Dr. Job Lyman, of York, and in 1795, with a little box of medicine six inches square, journeyed eastward into the wilderness of Maine. He reached Buckstown (now Bucksport), where he settled and continued practice during the remainder of his life. But few people dwelt along the river when he first located, so he went up and down the Penobscot in a birch canoe for many years, answering the calls of the sparsely settled country. He was a man of great integrity and benevolence and a true Christian.
He married Oct. 16, 1802, Mary Farrar, of Hanover, N. H.
Lucy, George, Jotham, Tilden and Mary.
(V) Joel, sixth son of Jeremiah (2) and Hannah (Sayword) Moulton, was born April 9, 1751, in York, where he probably passed his life. Very little record of him can be found, but it is known that his wife's baptismal name was Eunice and they had a son, Jeremiah.
(VI) Captain Jeremiah (4), son of Joel and Eunice Moulton, was born in Sanford, Dec. 9, 1786, and died May 5, 1860. He married (first) Patty Harmon, of York, Maine; (second) Hannah, daughter of Rev. Moses Sweat.
Benjamin, Moses S., Silas Moody, James F., Charles J. B., George and Harriet N.
(VII) Silas Moody, third son of Capt. Jeremiah (4) and Hannah (Sweat) Moulton, was born in Sanford, Maine, Jan. 6, 1821, died July 1, 1904. He followed the occupation of farming throughout the active years of his life.
Married Olive A. Witham, born in Sanford, died 1901.
Moses Sweat, Laura J., Benjamin Irving and Arthur.
(VIII) Moses Sweat, eldest child of Silas Moody and Olive A. (Witham) Moulton, was born in Sanford, June 8, 1863. He was educated in the schools of his native town and learned the carpenter's trade. Later he became a contactor and builder. He formed a partnership in 1900 with Judge George W. Hanson, in the wood and coal business, operating under the nam of the Sanford Coal Company. This has been continued up to the present day, and they are also extensive dealers in lumber, and engaged in contracting and building.
Mr. Moulton supports the Republican party and has been an active factor in its councils. He served as constable for a period of fourteen years, and was deputy sheriff for a time, resigning this latter office in order to give his undivided attention to his business affairs. He has also served as a member of the board of health, and is affiliated with the following organizations: Member of Preble Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Sanford; White Rose Royal Arch Chapter; Friendship Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Springvale; Morak Encampment of Sanford; past chancellor of Riverside Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Sanford; and member of the Grange at Springvale.
He married, Sept. 4, 1893, Ella Mercy Anna Bennett (Fletcher), daughter of Horace and Sally (Colby) Haslam, of Sanford. Mrs. Moulton had one child by a previous marriage: Alice May Fletcher, born March 18, 1881, who married Eugene Whitcomb, deceased.
Arthur Elias Whitcomb, born June 24, 1899, who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Moulton, and is now in the Longfellow school.
(For first generation see preceding sketch).
(II) Jeremiah, third son of Thomas and Martha Moulton, was born about 1657, probably in York. He took the oath of allegiance in 1681 and was representative in 1692. Savage states that he was a councilor, but this is probably an error, as his name does not appear in the Mass. civil list for the Colonial and Provincial periods, 1630 to 1674.
He died Dec. 26, 1731, as shown by the town records.
He appears to have possessed a somewhat peppery temper in early manhood, as the records show that he was fined ten pounds Oct. 3, 1693, and put under bonds to the amount of fifty pounds to keep the peace, for threatening with a gun in his hands to shoot a constable and justice of the peace. Despite his shortcomings, which included that of selling strong drink without a licence, he was a useful and trusted citizen. He often served on the grand jury, was selectman and held other town offices, besides serving as representative to the town court. The town records generally refer to him with the respectful title of Mister, which was not in common use in those days. After his nephew, Jeremiah Moulton, came to maturity, he was sometimes distinguished as senior.
His will shows that he had at the time of its execution only a son and a daughter. His first wife, Mary (Young) Moulton, daughter of Rowland and Joanna (Knight) Young, of York, died June 24, 1722. She was the mother of his children. He married (second) Alice (Chadbourne) Donnell, widow of Hon. Samuel Donnell, who was the councillor and judge of the York county court.
Children of 1st wife:
Joseph and Mary.
The latter became the wife of Johnson Harmon, of York.
(III) Joseph, only son of Jeremiah and Mary (Young) Moulton, was born Jan. 14, 1680, and resided in York, where he was still living April 22, 1724. No record appears to show his death. In one record he is given the tiel of lieutenant, which was probably his rank in the town militia.
He was married Dec. 30, 1697, to Mary Pulman, daughter of Jasper Pulman, of York.
Abel, Abigail, Jeremiah, Mary, Miriam and Elizabeth.
(IV) Captain Abel, eldest child of Joseph and Mary (Pulman) Moulton, and twin of their dau. Abigial, was born May 10, 1701, in York, and died March 3, 1784, as the town records say, "in the Night." The Second Parish Church records make it March 4, so it is quite probable that he died after midnight. He was a captain in the First York County Regiment, commanded by Col. Eben Sayers, as appears of record June 25, 1776. He was promoted to major, Sept. 31, 1779, and probably participated in the revolutionary war.
He married (first) Eleanor Bane, daughter of Louis Bane of York. She died in Jan., 1748, and he married (second) Mrs. Judith Gowan, their intentions being published Dec. 30, 1794. [trans note: this date can't be accurate; above they say he died in 1784].
Children of 1st wife:
John and Sarah.
Children of 2d wife:
Mercy, Dorcas, John, Daniel and Mary.
(V) Daniel, third son of Abel Moulton and fourth child of his second wife, Judith, was born March 31, 1755, in York. Like most of his townsmen of that time, he was a farmer, and was an alert and public-spirited man. He was captain of a company of state militia and a soldier in the ranks of the colonial forces during the revolutionary war. He died at the age of eighty-four years.
He married (first) Feb. 8, 1776, Dorcas Holt.
1. Noah, baptized May 8, 1777, lost at sea.
2. Dorcas, baptized Aug. 4, 1778, died young.
3. Josiah, baptized June 9, 1782, married Olive Lowe.
4. Henry, baptized Sept. 19, 1784, died young.
5. George, see forward.
6. Hannah, born March 25, 1790, married Ebenezer Grant.
7. Dorcas, born Nov. 16, 1792, married Abel Matthews.
He married (second) Abigail Young.
(VI) George, fourth son and fifth child of Daniel and Dorcas (Holt) Moulton, was baptized Oct. 14, 1787, died March, 1859. He was a progressive farmer and large land owner. In addition to the part of his father's farm which came to him by inheritance, he purchased other property, including an extensive river farm.
He married (first) Nancy, who died in July, 1822, daughter of Ebenezer Moulton.
1. Jonathan, died young.
2. Daniel, died in infancy.
3. Catharine, born July 24, 1811, married Sept., 1834, Thomas Witham; died March 1854.
4. William G., see forward.
5. Dorcas, born Jan. 10, 1816, married John Simpson; died Nov., 1871.
6. Mary, born May 28, 1818, married May 6, 1835, David, son of David Moulton.
7. Jonathan, born July 18, 1820, died Sept. 12, 1880.
8. Nancy, born July 20, 1822, became the second wife of T. Witham.
George Moulton married (second) March 12, 1823, Sally Myrick.
9. George D., born Feb. 29, 1824, married Nancy Young.
10. David, died in infancy.
11. Sarah A., who had a twin sister who died; married Benjamin F. Donnell.
12. Joanna, married S. G. Donnell.
13. Eben, died unmarried in 1860.
(VII) William Gardner, second son and fourth child of George and Nancy (Moulton) Moulton, born in York, Maine, Jan. 12, 1814, died Dec. 13, 1906. When quite young he learned the ship carpentering trade, and also became an expert as a wood worker. For ten years he held the position of foreman of the boat shop at the navy yard. For many years he was employed as a millwright, building mills and putting in wooden water wheels and similar contrivances. He built the first paper mill in Lowell, Mass., and the mills in Newton, Lower and Upper Falls, and at Franklin, N. H. When the machinery of these mills was displaced by modern devices he erected a carriage shop and engaged in the manufacutre of heavy wagons, and in the repair work on all sorts of vehicles. He attended regularly to his business until more than four score years of age, and also managed a fine farm which he owned. His residence was built by himself in 1843, and is a neat and substantial dwelling, while the barn and other farm building are convenient and commodious.
He upheld Whig principles until the organization of the Republican party, of which he was a member until his death. He was a member of the Order of the Golden Cross, a deacon in the Christian church from 1854 until his death, and for many years chairman of the prudential committee.
He married, Oct. 29, 1840, Judith, born Dec. 2, 1816, died March 30, 1904, daughter of David Moulton.
1. Mary H., born July 25, 1843.
2. Judith A., born Sept. 30, 1845, married James O. Leavitt; died Aug. 22, 1891.
3. Willis G., born May 3, 1848, married Etta, daughter of Henry P. Abbott.
4. Allen C.
(VIII) Allen Curtis, youngest child of William Gardner and Judith (Moulton) Moulton, was born in that part of the town of York known as Cider Hill, Oct. 10, 1853. His education was acquired in the district schools near his home, South Berwick Academy and Kent's Hill Seminary. For a short time he worked for his father in the carraige shop, then taught school for six winters, then engaged in trade with his brother, opening a grocery store at York Corner. After five years of successful business they sold the store to C. H. Junkins, and Allen C. went to work as a carpenter. Later he took up the study of architecture, and for a number of years has managed successfully a business as architect and contractor, erecting some of the finest buildings in the vicinity. Specimens of his work are: The Christian church, which he erected in 1890; Mrs. Putnam's handsome cottage; and the fine summer residences of a number of others. His plans are laid with a view to convenience as well as beauty, his work is always satisfactory and the general effect is artistic and in excellent taste.
His political support is given to the Republican party, and he has served as town agent, and has filled the office of town clerk since 1894. While at York Corner he served as postmaster under the administration of President Grant.
He is a member of the Christian church, has served on the prudential committee and as assessor. He belongs to St. Aspinquid Lode, No. 198, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and is a past master; Knights of Pythias; has been through all the chairs of the Order of the Golden Cross; and a member of the Grand Commandery of the State of Maine. He has been president of the York County Sunday School Association, and a member of the executive committee of the Maine State Sunday School Association.
He married, June 10, 1880, Ann Elizabeth, daughter of David and Mary C. (Eldridge) Sewall. The Sewalls were among the first families who settled in York.
Mr. & Mrs. Moulton had an adopted child, Judith P., who died in her second year.
Mrs. Moulton is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
(For ancestry see preceding sketch).
(VII) George D., eldest child of George and Sally (Myrick) Moulton, was born Feb. 29, 1824, died in Alfred, Maine, Jan. 10, 1907. His early years were spent on the farm of his father, and he learned the trade of carpentering and also house painting, following the latter occupation until within a few years of his death, when ill health compelled him to abandon active labors. He removed to Alfred when a young man and spent the remainder of his life in that town.
His religious affiliations were with the Christian church of York, and he was a member of the Republican party.
He married Nancy Frost Young, of York, now living in Alfred, born March, 1826.
Elizabeth, Nettie, Julia, Addie and Charles G.
(VIII) Charles G., only son and fifth and youngest child of George D. and Nancy Frost (Young) Moulton, was born in Alfred, Maine, May 30, 1864. His education was acquired in the public and high schools of Alfred. At the age of eighteen years he went into the office of the register of deeds as clerk under Asa L. Ricker and later under Justin M. Leavitt, was employed there several years. He superintended the naming of the ledger index for the register of deeds for York county, and installed the present system of continuous indexing in use in that office. He went to Limerick, Maine, in 1889, to take the place for six weeks of Cashier William W. Mason, of the Limerick National Bank, and has been identified with the bank since that time. During the first year he acted as an accountant, and was soon elected cashier, and continues in that office; he is also one of the directors of the bank. Since he became identified with the bank its assets have increased from about $150,000 to more than $830,000, and is the largest country national bank in the county or state. He is also identified with other enterprises, being treasurer and director of Limerick Mills (manufacturere of worsted yarns) and treasurer and a director of Limerick Water & Electric Company, having been one of the incorporators of both corporations. He is also a trustee of Limerick Academy and of Parsonfield Seminary.
Mr. Moulton gives his political support to the Republican party, and is a member of Fraternal Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Alfred.
He married, Jan. 7, 1900, Frances Estella Mason, a woman of exceptional executive ability. She was educated in the Limerick schools and Limerick Academy, and was elected to succeed her father as president of the Limerick National Bank, of which she is also a director, being the first woman to serve as president of a National bank in the New England states. Her father was Jeremiah Mason, who was for many years and up to his death president of the Limerick Nat'l Bank.
Olga Frances, born Nov. 11, 1900, who now attends the public schools of Limerick.