Maine Genealogy Archives

Deaths in Norridgewock, Canaan and Adjacent Towns Prior to 1850

Source: J. W. Hanson, History of the old towns, Norridgewock and Canaan: comprising Norridgewock, Canaan, Starks, Skowhegan and Bloomfield from their early settlement to the year 1849: including a sketch of the Abnakis Indians (Boston, Mass.: The author, 1849).

Town names are abbreviated as follows: N. (Norridgewock), C. (Canaan), S'ks (Starks), S'n (Skowhegan), B. (Bloomfield), and Cl'n (Clinton).

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A Record of a part of the Deaths of persons, aged 50 years and upwards, in the five towns:

Abraham Adams, June 27, 1843, 74, B.; Mrs. Adams, February, 1830, 91, N.; Mrs. Adams, 1811, 105, N.; Abel Adams, September, 1844, 62, S'n; Amos Adams, March, 1844, 98, N.

Lucy Booker, May 3, 1824, 58, S'n; Lucy Bixby, September 16, 1826, 59, N.; Moses Bickford, October, 1827, 93, S'ks; James Bigelow,* January 27, 1829, 87,** B.; Humphrey Burrill, January 3, 183_, 81, S'n; Ruth Brown, July 25, 1847, 94, S'n; Thankful Blackwell, April 17, 1847, 75, N.; Mary Brown, August 11, 1847, 54, N.; Sarah Brown, September 11, 1843, 59, S'ks; David Bunker, De-


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cember 27, 1844, 79, C.; Stephen Burgess, April 12, 1844, 76, N.; John Boies, March 17, 1833, 72, S'n; Solomon Bixby, September 2, 1835, 72, N.; Mary Burt, May 30, 1839, 76, S'n; Asa Brown, July 5, 1835, 55, S'ks; Wm. Bray, January 7, 1835. 50, B.; Mary Burrill, December 25, 1844, 82, S'n; Ellis Blackwell, July 29, 1848, 55, N.; Mrs. Blackwell, ____ 1838, 75, N.; Jabez Blackwell, ____ 1838, 78, N.; Mrs. Bates, ____ 1834, 69, N.

Ephraim Carson, February 23, 1832, 70, B.; James Clark, March 19, 1832, 61, B.; Mary Crombie, August 19, 1835, 75, N.; Eleazar Coburn, January 9, 1845, 68, B.; Hannah Chamberlain, June 29, 1840, 61, S'n; Isaac Carson, March 4, 1832, 62, C.; Lucy Crosby, April 15, 1839, 60, N.; Joseph Cushing, February 9, 1830, 61, B.; Seth Currier, January 3, 1842, 78., B.; John Clark,* September 3, 1832, 80, N.; John A. Chandler, October 2, 1842, 54, N.; Judith Cayford, January 15, 1842, 87, S'n; Elizabeth Carson, February, 1828, 73, B.; Sally Chandler, September 3, 1836, 58, S'ks; Elizabeth Chase, January, 1848, 87, S'n; Keziah Cushing, September 15, 1847, 76, B.; Robt. Chase, August 29, 1837, 77, S'n; John Connor, May 31, 1849, 70, S'n.

W. W. Dinsmoor, July, 1848, 62, N.; John Davenport, April 12, 1826, 86, N.; Brooks Dascomb,† November 27, 1842, 61, B.; Wigglesworth Dole,** June 16, 1845, 67, B.; Mary Dole, March 7, 1827, 85, B.; Elijah Dutton, Dec. 24, 1835, 70, S'ks; Reuben Dinsmoor, March 30, 1847, 61, N.; Ruth Delano, April, 1844, 89, S'ks; Loomis Dyre, August 14, 1839, 85, S'n.

Joseph Emery, March 18, 1842, 84, B.; Benjamin Eaton, Mar. 24, 1839, 77, S'n; Betsey Emery, May, 1839, 81, B.; Elizabeth Emery, May 26, 1838, 80, B.; John Emery, February 26, 1848, 94, B.; Hawley Emerson, January 6, 1844, 77, N.; Nathaniel Emery, May 7, 1824, 79, S'ks; Betsey Emery, May, 1839, 81, B.

Israel Fox, August 16, 1848, 65, S'n; John E. French, January 8, 1831, 62, S'n; Elizabeth Fairfield, December 30, 1827, 65, N.; John Frizzle, August 4, 1827, 64, S'ks; Potter Fish, September, 1841, 81, B.; William Fletcher, February 8, 1800, 63, B.; Widow Fletcher, January 7, 1849, 98, B.; Nancy Freeman, April 17, 1845, 63, N.; Rebecca Fairbrother, August 20, 1839, 70, S'n; James Fairbrother, March 21, 1847, 80, S'n; Tamar Frizzle, De-


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cember, 1839, 53, S'ks; Joseph Frederick, March, 1822, 80, S'ks.

Joseph Greenleaf, February 24, 1814, 57, S'ks; Peter Gilman,* October 3, 1834,** 82, N.; Moriah Gould,* September 7, 1825, 71, N.; David Graffam, September 2, 1844, 51, S'ks; Lucy Gould, January 3, 1846, 85, N.; Zebulon Gilman, October 17, 1826, 66, N.; Patty Goodridge, April 3, 1849, 50, C.; Sarah Green, December, 1844, 75, S'ks; Mary Goodridge, December 12, 1848. 60, C.; Jeremiah Goodridge, April 27, 1844, 73, C.; David Green, May, 1846, 53, N.; John Greenleaf,* June, 1846, 91, S'ks.

Phebe Heald, June 19, 1829, 79, N.; Elizabeth Hebberd, June 24, 1828, 74, S'ks; Josiah Heald, cJune 10, 1826, 67, N.; John Harlow, June 9, 1824, 54, N.; Benjamin Hilton, March 7, 1802, 62, S'ks; Lucy Heald, Dec. 23, 1846, 87, N.; William Hilton, August 17, 1841, 59, N.; Daniel Herrin, April 24, 1849, 50, S'n; Peter Holbrook,* April 23, 1842, 88, S'ks; Lydia Hartwell, April 1, 1837, 82, B.; Edward Hartwell,‡ March 30, 1844, 96, B.; Jona. Hebberd, Sept. 19, 1838, 85, S'ks; Daniel Homestead, May 11, 1838, 71, S'n; Catharine Heywood, October 12, 1844, 82, B.; Hanson Hight, December 18, 1832, 72, N.; Susannah Hilton, January 14, 1820, 75, S'ks; Peter Heywood, April 3, 1803, 77, B.; Peter Heywood, Jr., July 17, 1822, 71, B.; Oliver Heywood, October 13, 1806, 78, B.; Betsey Herrin, December 5, 1839, 64, S'n; Daniel Herrin, September 9, 1839, 101, Cl'n; Alvan Howes, January 9, 1847, 72, S'ks; Martha Holbrook, December 7, 1842, 81, N.; Betsey Hill, June 17, 1849, 69, N.; Mrs. Hagget, ____ 1836, 80, N.; Mrs. Hight, ____ 1847, 88, N.

Abraham Ireland, April 9, 1816, 79, B.; Meribah Ireland, March 2, 1825, 83, B.; Maximilian Jewett, October 9, 1823, 82, B.; Sarah Jenkins, August 1, 1848, 55, S'n; Fanny Jewell, January 9, 1842, 57, C.; Abagail Jenkins, February 8, 1835, 80, S'n; Jos. Jenkins,* April 26, 1838, 80, S'n; Betsey Johnson, September 10, 1838, 67, C.; Rebecca Jewett, June 5, 1816, 70, B.; Sarah C. Jones, February 28, 1833, 71, N.; Thomas Jones, November 12, 1841, 75, N.; Lucy Jewett, May 14, 1844, 66, N.; Jeremiah Joy, March, 1847, 67, C.; Timothy Jewett, July 1, 1833, 65, S'n; Caleb Jewett, ____ 1835, 55, N.; Nicholas Kimball, June 27, 1827, 63, S'ks.


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Ephraim Lindsay, ____ 1831, 73, N.; Esther Loomis, October 5, 1835, 78, S'n; Rhoda Longley, September 21, 1848, 83, N.; John Laughton,¶ July 25, 1842, 82, N.; Samuel Lewis, February 21, 1842, 76, S'n; Hannah Loring, September 20, 1841, 56, N.; Isaac Littlefield, June 24, 1846, 75, N.; Jemima Longley, January 17, 1814, 82, N.; Zachariah Longley, June 1, 1815, 86, N.; John Laughton, ____ 1786, 60, N.; Elisha Lambert, December, 1844, 85, N.; Samuel Loomis, July 25, 1847, 63, S'n; Pamelia Lambert,** January 16, 1845, 78, S'n; Sarah Littlefield, September, 1845, 78, S'n; Nathaniel Lambard,** June 29, 1837, 80, S'n.

Betsey McLellan, March 10, 1835, 69, B.; Bryce McLellan, September 29, 1836, 74, B.; Lydia McIntyre, November 14, 1844, 84, B.; Martha Miller, September 23, 1837, 73, N.; Phineas McIntyre,* March 4, 1838, 86, N.; Margaret Murray, May 1, 1839, 80, C.; Patty Moor, July 9, 1839, 69, S'n; Benj. Moor,* May 15, 1826, 71, N.; M. McPhearson, March 13, 1842, 80, N.; Hannah Mason, April, 1842, 76, B.; Daniel Malbon, April 30, 1827, 52, S'n; Betsey Malbon, May 22, 1842, 50, S'n; Sally Malbon, March 8, 1815, 67, S'n; Thomas McKechnie, October 9, 1842, 80, N.; Jabez Morton, April 11, 1824, 83, N.; Eunice Moor,†† November 8, 1822, 87, B.; Lucy McIntyre, Jan. 19, 1809, 76, B.; James Malbon, July 25, 1847, 65, S'n; Aphia Moore, August 2, 1843, 85, S'n; Nathaniel Malbon, June 3, 1847, 70, S'n; James Malbon, April 20, 1808, 68, S'n; Tilly Mason, June 8, 1847, 87, B.; Mordecai Moore, August, 1840, 103, Clinton.

Abijah Nutting, October 26, 1827, 50, N.; Benjamin Nutting, May, 1843, 62, S'n; William Nason, April 3, 1842, 64, C.; Mark Nuth, January 17, 1847, 77, B.; Daniel Nelson,** February 27, 1837, 75, C.; Elisabeth Nuth, July 16, 1840, 73, B.; Mrs. Nay, October, 1846, 60, S'n.

Abagail Pratt, September 24, 1825, 58, B.; John W. Page, February 2, 1846, 66, C.; Lucy Parlin, December 12, 1837, 76, N.; Jonas Parlin, December 9, 1838, 80, N.; Polly Pratt, July 19, 1834, 55, B.; Lydia Pratt, July 14, 1840, 78, B.; Elam Pratt, April 18, 1836, 84, B.; Edmund Parker,* November 18, 1836, 75, N.; Jesse Parlin, May, 1843, 50, N.; Adam Powers, September 3, 1841, 61, C.; Margaret Parker, March 4, 1844, 88, N.; Susan Palmer,


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September 9, 1827, 78, N.; Daniel Parkman,* November 4, 1824, 82, S'n; John L. Prescott, Dec. 26, 1826, 60, N.; Hannah Parker, March, 1826, 62, S'n; John Parlin, March 26, 1806, 88, N.; Susan Perkins, September 21, 1836, 66, S'n; Mary Pratt, January 27, 1827, 76, B.; Micah Pratt, October 8, 1826, 67, B.; Ruth Prentiss, December 6, 1840, 89, B.; Thaddeus Prentiss, June 1, 1816, 66, B.; John Pooler, April 12, 1840, 62, S'n; Isabella Pomeroy, May 10, 1844, 60, N.; Elder Francis Powers, December 13, 1843, 72, N.; Mrs. Pratt, September 1846, 61, B.; Jane Oliver, April 13, 1846, 76, S'ks; Micah Pratt, August 24, 1839, 64, S'n; James B. Oliver, April 20, 1846, 81, S'ks; William Palmer, 1829, 76, N.; Nathan Parlin, 1833, 78, N.

Sarah Reid, July, 1842, 68, C.; Hannah Reid, April 3, 1827, 63, S'n; Mary Raymond, September 26, 1842, 62, S'n; Temperance Richardson, September 6, 1841, 61, C.; William Rogers, April, 1842, 61, B.; Thomas Robinson,** April 22, 1839,* 84, S'n; Mary Robinson, September 6, 1848, 88, S'n; Nathan Rogers,§ April 23, 1829, 83, N.; Jona. Robbins, December, 1824, 76, N.; Lydia Ricker, April 28, 1842, 70, C.

Eleazar Spaulding, ____ ____, 8_, N.; Phebe Spaulding, April 13, 1843, 84, N.; Levi Sampson, December 20, 1813, 67, N.; Willard Sears, December, 1831, 86, S'n; Philomelia Stoddard, October 29, 1842, 68, S'n; Sally Steward, April 6, 1836, 80, B.; Solomon Steward, December 20, 1843, 81, B.; Betsey Steward, August 1, 1846, 81, B.; Ephraim Swan, December 7, 1836, 72, B.; Hannah Savage, August 26, 1840, 76, B.; Mary Smith, March 16, 1846, 68, B.; Nancy Steward, March 1, 1846, 66, B.; Richard Sawtelle, December 23, 1838, 70, N.; Sally H. Steward, April 29, 1847, 81, B.; Daniel Steward,** September 16, 1840, 82, S'n; Rachel Steward, October 18, 1839, 78, S'n; John Smith, October 28, 1846, 67, B.; Lemuel Smith, October 1, 1831, 66, B.; Mary Sawyer, April 13, 1840, 84, B.; Joseph Sawyer, January 26, 1832, 81, B.; Lucy Steward, July 19, 1843, 76, B.; Luke Sawyer, July 6, 1841, 81, S'ks; Fanny S. Sturgess, Aug. 26, 1844, 60, N.; Betsey Sheafe, January 17, 1840, 80, N.; Wm. Spaulding, December 6, 1844, 86, N.; Sarah Spaulding, October 4, 1843, 82, N.; David Sterry,* April, 1843, 88, S'ks; Olive Steward, March 12, 1848, 76, B.; Mary Saw-


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yer, April 13, 1840, 84, S'n; Thomas Steward, December, 1839, 74, B.; Mary Steward, April 29, 1847, 81, S'n; Wm. Spaulding,* December 6, 1844, 86, N.; Rhoda Squire, November 19, 1847, 75, S'n; Jonathan Steward, July 31, 1848, 79, B.; Otis Spaulding, December 8, 1848, 57, N.; Mary Sylvester, ____ 1847, 87, N.; Daniel Smith, November, 1829, 80, B.; William Sylvester, September 28, 1826, 60, N.; Benj. Steward, February 7, 1820, 59, B.; Mary Steward, January 30, 1818, 79, B.; Prudence Sampson, October 12, 1844, 82, B.; John Smith, May, 1849, 67, B.

Joseph Tarbell,* August 20, 1826, 70, N.; Asa Turner, August 25, 1821, 78, N.; Abagail Turner, April 16, 1823, 72, N.; David S. Trask, November 4, 1823, 57, N.; Benj. Thompson, August, 1825, 78, N.; Mary Thompson, April 19, 1842, 56, N.; Asaph Thompson, March 28, 1844, 62, N.; Mary Tozier, May 17, 1838, 60, N.; Achsah Tinkham, August 4, 1847, 53, N.; Mercy Trench, April 10, 1849, 93, N.; Sally Tilton, February 5, 1835, 50, B.; Stephen Tuckerman, February 27, 1833, 50, N.; Dr. Jesse Taylor, March 25, 1844, 50, N.; Abagail Tilton, April 16, 1844, 83, N.; Mary Tozier, May, 1838, 50, N.; Rev. John Thompson, May 17, 1836, 71, S'ks; Betsey Thompson, Mar. 7, 1846, 70, S'ks; Moses True, October, 31, 1841, 62, S'ks.

Mary Vickere, February, 1838, 67, N.; Joseph Vickere, September 3, 1838, 67, N.; Eliphalet Varney, January 20, 1840, 72, B.

Lucy Wood, June 3, 1834, 69, N.; Anna Whitcomb, June 1, 1823, 82, N.; Thomas Whitcomb, January 21, 1824, 88, N.; Nathaniel Withee, December, 1825, 60, N.; James Waugh,** December 17, 1825, 77, S'ks; Jona. Williamson, March 24, 1826, 92, S'ks; James Waugh, January 17, 1826, 77; Henry Weeks, May, 1826, 63, B.; Mary Witherell, September 8, 1827, 61, N.; Azubah Weston, January 6, 1829, 70, B.; Thomas Whitcomb, June 11, 1829, 60, N.; Nathan Wood, March 26, 1830, 80,N.; Thomas Waugh, September, 1830, 79, S'ks; Thomas Williamson, July 5, 1848, 62, S'ks; John Weston, November 12, 1842, 84, B.; James Weston, November 18, 1842, 54, B.; Mary Wyman, April 1, 1843, 54, N.; Aaron Wadsworth, May, 1843, 73, S'n; Bathsheba Waugh, June 26, 1841, 90, S'ks; Thomas Waugh, Feb. 19, 1843, 61, S'ks; Martha Waugh, September 26, 1843,


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50, S'ks; Susannah Wood, June 25, 1844, 83, S'ks; Silas Wood,* December 17, 1834, 81, N.; Mary Wheeler, March 13, 1846, 52, N.; Solomon Whidden, October 4, 1841, 87, S'n; Mary White, October, 1841, 76, S'n; Obadiah Witherell,* 1847, 99, N.; Joseph Weston,* March 22, 1838, 81, B.; Luke Withee,* April 26, 1844, 84, N.; Charles Witherell,** July 16, 1833, 68, N.; Ruth Wines, March 16, 1838, 69, B.; Isaac Weston, November 12, 1810, 59, B.; Sally Willamson, August 3, 1836, 76, S'ks; Stephen Weston, May 31, 1847, 77, S'n; William Wilson, July 13, 1831, 80, S'ks; Samuel Weston, April 21, 1838, 51, S'n; Anna Weston, December 24, 1845, 84, B.; Stephen Williamson, November 13, 1840, 79, S'ks; Asa Weston, September 5, 1842, 54, B.; Mary Weston, January 26, 1840, 77, B.; Eli Weston, October 14, 1846, 86, B.; Nancy White, October 6, 1845, 84, B.; Solomon White, April 21, 1837, 76, B.; Susan Wyman, May 1, 1833, 50, S'n; Sarah Warren, April 13, 1840, 58, C.; James L. Wood, December 17, 1818, 62, S'ks; Oliver Wood, July 1, 1816, 86, N.; William Weston,** December 19, 1840, 77, B.; Elisa Webb, January 22, 1826, 80, B.; Lucy Walker, February, 1838, 51, S'n; Lucy Wood, June, 1814,69, N.; John White, January 20, 1815, 87, B.; Mary White, September 15, 1793, 65, B.; Sarah Weston, May 25, 1829, 70, B.; Sarah Warren, 1833, 83, N.; Prudence Willard, May 27, 1847, 64, B.; ______ Webb, September, 1840, 90, S'n; Mrs. Webb, November, 1848, 80, B.; Mrs. Weeks, 1847, 80, N.; Phineas Whitney, 1832, 80, N.

Samuel Young, December 31, 1844, 80, S'n; William Young,* July, 1842, 89, S'ks; James Young, May, 1846, 59, S'ks; William Youland,* July, 1838, 95, B.

Most of the foregoing names are taken from the Somerset Journal, People's Press and Democratic Sentinel, and Clarion. They are responsible for the correctness of many of the dates.

* The names in the foregoing list marked with an asterisk, were engaged in the Revolution.

† Mr. Dascomb was an honored and respected citizen, and held the office of selectman a quarter of a century.

‡ Edward Hartwell attained the age of 96, and many others


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in the towns have reached almost that age. Hartwell was born in Lunenburg, and moved to Canaan, in 1780. Rev. Josiah Peet stated, in a funeral sermon preached at the funeral of Mrs. Mercy Trench, as a result of about thirty years of observation, that the proportion of longevity has been as follows: in Norridgewock, 1 in 45 lives to the age of 70; 1 in 200 to the age of 80; and 1 in 1000 to the age of 100 years. It will be seen from the above list, that the average length of life, after the age of 50, is about 72 years.

§ Mr. Rogers was Judge of Probate for Rockingham County, N. H., and Marshal of the Slate, and was paying a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Jotham Fairfield, when he was taken sick and died.—Hon. John S. Tenney.

¶ John Laughton removed with his father and family to Norridgewock, when he was ten years old.

** Daniel Steward was born in Lunenburg, Mass., and settled in Skowhegan, in 1784; James Bigelow was born in Weston, Mass., Jan. 28, 1742; Dea. Wigglesworth Dole was born in Newburyport, Nov. 17, 1779; William Weston was born in Concord, Mass., in 1763; James Waugh was Town Clerk 28 years; Charles Witherell was born Oct. 8, 1764; Pamelia Lambert had been midwife at the birth of 1400 children in Canaan and vicinity. Nathaniel Lambard was born in Gorham, Maine, in 1757, and came to Canaan in 1783. Thomas Robinson was a lieutenant in the American Revolution, and did good service for his country. The widow of Peter Gilman, Mrs. Martha G., celebrated her one hundredth birth-day, in Norridgewock, July 12, 1849. She was born in Kingston, July 12, 1749, married Peter Gilman, April 5, 1775, moved to Norridgewock in 1792, and when she was one century old had had 9 children, 76 grandchildren, and 140 great-grandchildren. She possessed good health and fine spirits.

†† Mrs. Eunice Moor was wife of Colonel John Moor, whom she married when widow of Joseph Weston. She was the second white woman who ever penetrated Somerset County, and she left 222 descendants.