Genealogical and Family History
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[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


Philip Tabor, immigrant ancestor, was born in England about 1610 and settled first in this country in Watertown ,Mass., where he was admitted a freeman May 14, 1634. The name was spelled both Tabor and Taber. He was one of the contributors of plank for the building of the fort at Boston, April 1, 1634. He was proprietor of five lots of land at Watertown, which he sold to John Wolcott.
He married Lydia, daughter of John Masters, of Watertown. While still a member of the Watertown church and residing at Yarmouth he had a son John baptized at Yarmouth, Nov. 8, 1640.
He was a proprietor of Yarmouth, Jan. 7, 1638-39. He must have been at that time a man of mature years and high character, for he represented his town in the earliest assembly of the Plymouth Colony in 1639-40. He was afterward at the Vineyard, and thence went in 1651 to New London, where some of his descendants remained. In 1656 he was among the freemen of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and not long afterward at Providence, R. I., of which he was a representative in the legislature in 1661. He lived later at Tiverton, R.I.
He was a teacher, a scholarly man, well educated and influential in every community in which he resided.
1. John, baptized at Barnstable church Nov. 8, 1640.
2. Philip.
3. Thomas, born Feb., 1646, at Yarmouth, married a daughter of John Cook, of Dartmouth, the last male survivor of the "Mayflower" immigrants; married (second) Mary Tomson, June, 1672; children: i. Thomas, b. Oct. 22, 1668; d. July 14, 1748; ii. Esther, b. April 17, 1671; iii. Lydia, b. Aug. 8, 1673; iv. Sarah, b. Jan. 28, 1675; v. Mary, b. March 8, 1677; vi. Joseph, b. March 7, 1679, married Elizabeth Spooner; vii. John, b. Feb. 22, 1681, married Phebe Spooner; viii. Jacob, b. July 26, 1683; ix. Jonathan, b. Sept. 22, 1684; x. Bethia, b. Sept. 3, 1687; xi. Philip, b. Feb. 7, 1689; xii. Abigail, b. May 3, 1693.
4. Joseph.

(II) Philip (2), son of Philip (1) Tabor, was born at Yarmouth. He was a farmer and resided at Dartmouth, where his children were born.
1. Mary, born Jan .28, 1670.
2. Sarah, born March 26, 1671.
3. Lydia, born Sept. 28, 1673.
4. Philip, born Feb. 29, 1676.
5. Abigail, born Oct. 27, 1678.
6. Esther, born Feb. 23, 1681.
7. John, born July 18, 1684.
8. Bethia, born April 18, 1689.

(II) Joseph, son of Philip (1) Tabor, is the ancestor of the Tiverton family. In some places his name has been spelled Job. The following of Tiverton were doubtless his children, though some of them may possibly be children of his brothers:
1. John, mentioned below.
2. Ebenezer, born about 1690.
3. Mary, married Feb. 4, 1725, Richard Hart Jr.
4. Susannah, married in 1732.
5. Philip, settled in Dartmouth, Mass.

(III) John, son of Joseph Tabor (2), was born 1690-1700 and settled in Tiverton, R. I. He married (intention dated Jan. 13, 1726-27) Mary Sisson, of Dartmouth. He may have lived for a time in Dartmouth, where his brother settled.
Joseph, mentioned below.

(IV) Joseph (2), son of John Tabor, was born about 1727 at Tiverton or Dartmouth. He married, at Tiverton, June 1, 1749, Hannah Church (marriage performed by Richard Billings).
1. Lemuel, born Sept. 24, 1749 (family record), mentioned below.
2. Church, born about 1755, settled in Washington, New Hampshire, and called brother of Lemuel and David.
3. David, born about 1756, settled two miles south of East Washington, N. H., on the highlands; died there April 1, 1847, aged eighty-two years; married Hannah Murray, who died May 24, 1850, aged eighty-three years; his eldest son was named Joseph. Probably others.

(V) Lemuel, son of Joseph (2) Tabor, was born in Tiverton, R. I. Sept. 24, 1749. He had a cousin of two or three degrees, born in Tiverton, Dec. 30, 1748, son of Joseph and Abigail (Sawyer) Tabor, who were married there Nov. 1, 1743, but that Lemuel married, lived and died in Tiverton. The Lemuel of this lineage removed with two brothers mentioned to Washington, N. H., and in 1778 he was town clerk there. The brothers stayed, but he soon moved on. He was said to be the first settler of the town of Topsham, Orange county, Vermont. He came in 1784. He built in 1787 the first sawmill in the town. It stood on the site still occupied for the same purpose in East Topsham. He was in Cornish, N. H. for a few years before locating permanently in Topsham.
He was elected in 1790 the first town clerk of Topsham and held office by successive re-election until 1824, except in 1792. He died Oct. 4, 1824, leaving a large family. He was a soldier in the revolution, a private in Capt. Jonathan Brockway's company, Col. Enoch Hale's regiment of Washington, N. H., in 1777. According to the census of 1790 he was the only head of family of the name. He then had two males over sixteen, besides himself, four under sixteen, and five females in his family - probably consisting of his wife and ten children.
Petro and others.

(VI) Petro, son of Lemuel Tabor, was born in Topsham, Vermont, lived there and was a farmer.
Calvin (mentioned below), Luther, John, Petro, Belinda, Rosetta.

(VII) Calvin, son of Petro Tabor, was born in Topsham 1828, died in 1875. He was educated in the district schools, and worked in early youth on his father's farm. While still but a boy he went to Massachusetts and lived in Lowell and Lawrence, where he also attended school. He became a mller by trade and followed that calling all his life.
In politics Mr. Tabor was a Democrat. He was a member of Tuscan Lodge of Free Masons; of Lawrence Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Lawrence, and of the Lawrence Lodge of Odd Fellows of Lawrence, and also of the Rebekah Lodge of that city.
He married, June 12, 1855, Sybil M. Hilliker, born in Saxton, Vermont, 1831, died in 1887.
1. James Atwood, mentioned below.
2. John T., in business in Fanueil Hall market, Boston.

(VIII) Dr. James Atwood, son of Calvin Tabor, was born in Burke, New York, Oct. 22, 1858. He was educated in the public schools and graduated from the Lowell high school. He studied his profession in the Eclectic Medical Institute at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was graduated with the degree of M. D. in 1879. He then took a course in Boston University School of Medicine, graduating in 1883. He began the practice of medicine, however, in 1879 at Lawrence, Mass. In 1890 he located in Corinna, Maine, where he has practiced since. He has a large and growing practice in Corinna and vicinity and stands high in the medical fraternity.
He is a member of the Mass. Eclectic Medical Society, the National Eclectic Medical Society, and of the Mass. Homeopathic Society.
He joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Lawrence, but is now (1908) a member of Stone Ezel Lodge of Corinna; also of the Rebekah Lodge of that town and of the Lawrence Encampment. He is also a member of Parian Lodge of Free Masons of Corinna, and of the United Order of Golden Cross, the Modern Woodmen, the New England Order of Protection and the Maccabees. He is a Republican in politics and has been elected to represent his district in the state convention and other nominating conventions of his party. He attends the Christian church.
He married Jan. 26, 1887, Sararh E., born July 24, 1862, daughter of Justin E. and Elizabeth (McNaughton) Gleason, of Lawrence, Mass. Her father was born in Andover, Mass. in 1812, and died in 1884; was a stationary engineer; son of Jonathan Gleason, b. in Andover, a farmer. Jonathan Gleason married Sarah Foster, of Billerica, Mass.; children: Amanda, Justina, Lavinia, Sarah.
The only living child of Dr. & Mrs. Tabor is James Atwood Jr., born in Lawrence, Jan. 28, 1890, educated in the public schools, at Corinna Academy and Dummer Academy. The first born child, John C., b. April 28, 1888, died March 15, 1889.

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