Monday, May 17, 2010

Nathanial Dexter, Carpenter, Winthrop ME

Kennebunk ME town hall.

Nathaniel Dexter was born in Kennebunk,York, ME on 14 May 1771 to Isaac and Keziah (Wing) Dexter.  By the 1810 census he was 39 years old, living  in Fairfax, in Kennebec County ME and had a family as listed on the census:

Free White Males Under 10:        3
Free White Males 26 to 44:         1
Free White Females Under 10:    3
Free White Females 10 to 15:     1
Free White Females 26 to 44:     1
Number of Household Members Under 16:     7
Number of Household Members Over 25:       2
Number of Household Members:                   9

Nathaniel married Chloe Washburn, who was born 28 June 1777 in Wayne, ME to Japheth (Revolutionary War Patriot and of the line Ephraim4, Joseph3, John2, John1 of Plymouth, Mass) and Priscella (Coombs) Washburn.  They were married 12 July 1796 in Winthrop ME. (Birth record taken from Town and Vital Records of Wayne, ME, 1800-1891 from FHL microfilm #0012302; marriage record from Town and Vital Records of Winthrop, ME 1772-1890, from FHL microfilm #0012299.)  She was also a descendant of Francis Cook, James Chilton and Mary (Chilton) WInslow, passengers on the Mayflower in 1620 (Ebenezer Washburn, His Ancestors and Descendants by George T Washburn, p.51, 53-55, 105-06).  More on this connection later.

Post Card of Winthrop ME in late 1800s.

Chloe died 9 March 1826 in Dover, Piscataquis, ME. (I've yet to find the proof for this date) and Nathaniel remarried - marrying his son, Lotan's mother-in-law, Annie (Bragg) Fish who was widowed in 1814 when her husband Bolton Fish was killed in action - following is his pension report:

Name:      Bolton Fish
Rank:     Sergeant
County:     Kennebeck CO.
Annual Allowance:     66 00
Sums received:     330 00
Description of service:     9th regiment infantry
Time of decease:     25 Jul 1814
Names of the heirs:     Meribah, Ruby, Hiram, Ephraim, David and Nathaniel Fish
When placed on the pension roll:     23 Nov 1817
Commencement of pension:     17 Feb 1815
Ending of pension:     17 Feb 1820

Nathaniel died after Aug 1850 (the1850 Census shows him living in Dover Piscataquis ME with wife Annie in Aug 1850).

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