Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Dexters from Maine - Kennebec County
Lotan Dexter was born 30 Jan 1801 in Albion, Kennebec, Maine. He married Ruby Fish in Kennebec Maine abt 1825-6 and in 1853, with their five children moved westward to Illinois. They settled at Toulon IL in 1854 with brother-in-law, Oran Maxfield, moved to Goshen in 1855, and established his permanent home at Toulon in 1856.
Children were Bethana, born in 1827 and settling in Newton KS; Walter Marshall who moved to Idaho in the 1880s; George F, who settled in Goshen; Henry, who served in the Thirty-seventh Illinois Infantry, was wounded at Pea Ridge, and died from those wounds in 1873; and James W, who settled in Galva.
Ruby Fish was born 2 Nov 1891 in Dover, Piscataquis, ME (a large county in North Central Maine) to Bolton and Annie Bragg Fish. Bolton Fish was a Revolutionary War Patriot and is listed in the United States Senate. Report from the Secretary of War, in Obedience to Resolutions of the Senate of the 5th and 30th of June, 1834, and the 3d of March, 1835, In Relation to the Pension Establishment of the United States. [Maine Section]. Washington, D.C.: Duff Green, 1835. He was a Sergeant in the 9th Regiment Infantry in Kennebec Co ME and died 25 July 1814. His heirs were listed as: Meribah, Ruby, Hiram, Ephraim, David and Nathaniel Fish. Bolton's widow, Annie Bragg Fish, remarried - to Lotan's widowed father, Nathaniel Dexter. They had both passed away before the Lotan Dexter family moved westward to Illinois.
The Lotan Dexters (along with the Maxfields) drove from "Dover Piscataquis, Me. Sept. 17, 1835 to Bangor twenty eight miles; Sept. 18th drove eighteen miles to Newburg; Sept. 19th twenty nine miles to China; Sept. 22nd twenty six miles to Augusta bridge" and so, mile after mile, from Maine to Toulon, Illinois, where they were pioneers in Stark County.
(Nebraska & Midwest Genealogical Record, Published by the Nebraska Genealogical Society,January 1923 through October 1944; vol 7, pg 66)