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Subject: Saco Valley Settlements
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 23:25:47 -0400
Saco Valley Settlements and Families
Ridlon, G.T., Sr. Saco Valley Settlements and Families. This book list the
most important events in the towns on the Saco River, from their plantation
to 1895, with memorials of the families and individuals instrumental in
their settlement, advancement and prosperity. Bibliographic Information:
Ridlon, G. T., Sr. Portland, Maine, 1895
THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE TOWNS ON THE SACO RIVER, FROM THEIR
PLANTATION TO THE PRESENT, WITH MEMORIALS OF THE FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS
INSTRUMENTAL IN THEIR SETTLEMENT, ADVANCEMENT AND PROSPERITY.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN PREPARATION
BY G. T. RIDLON, SR.,
AUTHOR OF "EARLY SETTLERS OF HARRISON, ME," "BURBANK GENEALOGY," "HISTORY OF
ANCIENT RYEDALES," AND "RAMBLES IN SCOTLAND."
BEAUTIFULLY EMBELLISHED WITH PORTRAITS, VIEWS OF FAMILY SEATS AND OTHER
"How dear to my heart are the scenes of my childhood,
When fond recollection presents them to view;
The orchard, the meadow, the deep tangled wild-wood,
And every loved spot which my infancy knew."
PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR.
"This work contains 1,200 pages composed of more than 600,000 words, and in
which are the names of rising 15,000 persons. The book comprises 209 topical
sections and genealogies of 105 families. It contains 56 portraits and 12
plate views. For the common edition of 1,200 copies, more than two tons of
paper were required."
FOUNDERS OF BARTLETT.
Joseph Pitman descended from one of Britain's ennobled families; was born in
London in 1759, and came to New England prior to the Revolution. He espoused
the cause of the colonists and served as a privateer. Having married Alice
Pendexter, sister of Hon. John, he settled, before the organization of the
town of Bartlett, in Hart's Location. He was one of the foremost pioneers,
and was active in town affairs during life; filled many town offices. He
left more descendants who have filled honorable positions than any of the
first settlers. (NOTE: unfortunately, this book does not list these
descendants ... Bev)
PENDEXTERS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.
John Pendexter,1 b. Aug. 21, 1752; m. Martha Jackson (b. Jan. 16, 1753, d.
Aug. 11, 1846). He d. Nov. 17, 1835. These were among the earliest settlers
of Lower Bartlett; they came from Portsmouth in the winter of 1775-6. It has
been said that she rode through the woods on an old horse with a feather-bed
under her for a saddle, and a child in her arms; that her husband walked by
the side of the horse drawing their stores on a large handsled. He built his
first house and barn on the intervale. He was taught a practical lesson --
in a class with many others -- by a sudden swelling of the Saco, and went to
higher ground, where he built what became the nucleus of the spacious
residence now known as the Pendexter mansion. Here he and his good wife
spent the remainder of their long lives. He was chosen selectman at the
first town-meeting. He afterwards held several municipal offices and, in
1820, was justice of the Court of Sessions. He was a carpenter by trade; was
self-reliant, independent, and industrious; a strict observer of the
Sabbath; an earnest Christian. Children:
1. ALICE,2 b. May 28, 1776; m. Mar. 31, 1797, Col. Jonathan Meserve; d. Apr.
2. NANCY,2 b. May 18, 1778; d., unmarried, Mar. 30, 1798.
3. SALLY,2 b. June 18, 1780; m. Benjamin PITMAN.
4. SUSANNA,2 b. Aug. 16, 1782; m. Stephen Rodgers; d. Sept. 27, 1828.
5. JOHN,2 b. July 29, 1784; m. Susan Eastman, Oct. 8, 1806, and d. May 21,
1840; wife b. May 17, 1786, and d. May 29, 1844.
6. JOSEPH,2 b. Sept. 23, 1786; m. Lydia Dinsmore, and d. Mar. 29, 1855; wife
d. Nov. 22, 1856
7. BETSEY,2 b. Jan. 14, 1789; m. Daniel Meserve, Nov. 18, 1804; d. Feb.7,
8. GEORGE,2 b. Apr. 18, 1790; d. May 27, 1797.
9. MARTHA,2 b. Oct. 28, 1792; m. William Stilphen.
10. SAMUEL,2 b. July 18, 1794; m. Lydia T., dau. of Silas Meserve, and d.
Mar. 6, 1883; she b. Feb. 27, 1800, and d. July 13, 1868.
LARRABEES OF SCARBOROUGH, ME.
Thomas Larrabee,2 whose name heads this branch pedigree, was another son of
Stephen Larrabee,1 who evidently went from Malden to North Yarmouth, and one
of the seven brothers called "loving kinsmen" in the will of William
Larrabee,1 of Malden, dated 1692. Thomas is said to have been born in 1660,
and in 1681 was a land owner in Scarborough, but at the time of the Indian
war of 1686 he retired to Kittery or Portsmouth,(*) where some of his
children were born and married. I have record of the marriage of William and
Elizabeth Adams, of date Mar. 30, 1706. We know that William of Scarborough
had a wife Elizabeth, but from date of birth of his son hereinafter named
there must have been an earlier marriage. Mr. Larrabee returned to his
plantation in 1721, and on April 19, 1723, while at work in the field some
distance from his house was, with his son Anthony, killed by the Indians.
This fatal attack occurred on the "ten-acre home lot" where he lived, and
his body was buried on the west side of the Black Point road, now a part of
the Storer Libby homestead. The old Larrabee house stood near the junction
of the Fogg road, where there is now an orchard. A record of the death of
Thomas and his son stands on the town book as follows: "The deth of Thomas
Lereby and his son Anthony Lereby who was killed by the Ingons April 19,
1723." Mr. Larrabee was a worthy man who experienced during the trying times
many vicissitudes, and his loss was deeply lamented by the towns-people. No
authentic list of his children has been found, but the seven whose names
follow were probably his issue:
1. ANTHONY,3 killed by Indians, April 19, 1723.
2. ELENOR,3 m. Dec. 1, 1715, to Christopher Mitchell, of Kittery.
3. THOMAS,3 m. Abigail Pitman, of Portsmouth, N. H., in that town, May 7,
1715. He was "of Portsmouth" in 1728, and "of Scarborough" in 1731, where
the proprietors had granted him land in 1720. Several children were baptized
in Scarborough supposed to have been all born to him, but there are families
of the name who claim to be descended from ancestors born in
Scarborough--and the pension records sustain the assumption--whose names
have not been found in either the town or church registers.
4. JANE,3 "spinster" in 1731.
5. HANNAH,3 "spinster" in 1731; m. Benjamin Richards, of Scarborough, Feb.
6. JOHN,3 m. Mary Ingersoll, of Kittery, Jan. 13, 1726, by whom he had a
numerous family, as will appear.
7. BENJAMIN,3 m. Sarah, dau. of Samuel and Abigail Johnson, of Kittery, Dec.
4, 1724, and lived on "Pleasant hill" in Scarborough.+ The inscription on
his gravestone in the Black Point Cemetery is as follows: "Mr. Benjamin
Larrabee died Dec. 17, 1763, in the 63d year of his age. Also Mrs. Sarah,
his wife, died Dec. 26, 1789, in the 86th year of her age."
BOOTHBYS OF CONWAY, N. H.
Dea. Henry Boothby, b. Jan. 5, 1769; m. Anna Rumery, of Little Falls
plantation, afterwards Phillipsburgh, now Hollis, Me., Nov. 12, 1790. She
was b. Apr. 26, 1771. I have not learned whose son he was; could not find
his name in the records of Scarborough or Saco, but assume that he was one
of that branch family. His descendants cannot give any information about his
relatives. He settled in Parsonsfield, Me., where the births of his nine
children were recorded; removed to Conway, N. H., when son Robert was nine
years old (1825) and remained there, keeping a regular "ministers' tavern";
a home from which the poor and needy were never turned away hungry. He d.
Jan. 7, 1852; his wife d. Dec. 20, 1857. Children and descendants as
1. CHARITY, b. Mar. 3, 1792; m. Abraham White and settled in Vermont.
2. ANNA, b. Dec. 30, 1794.
3. SALLY, b. Oct. 7, 1798; never married.
4. CLARISSA, b. July 4, 1800; m. Stephen Hazelton, of Conway, N. H.
5. BETSEY, b. Mar. 23, 1803; m. Ebenezer Hazelton, of Conway, in
Parsonsfield, Sept. 21, 1819.
6. POLLY, b. Nov. 8, 1805.
7. RUTH, b. July 14, 1808; m. Daniel Dutch, of Parsonsfield, and settled in
8. HENRY, b. Nov. 9, 1813; d. young.
9. ROBERT, b. Apr. 4, 1816; m. Evelyn B. Quimby, and lived on the homestead
with his parents. He was long well known as a teamster. He d. Oct. 20, 1870.
I. EMMA, m. Horace Berry, of Conway, N. H.
II. RUTH D., m. Joseph PITMAN, of Conway, N. H.
III. LUCY M., m. Benjamin F. Carter, and lived in Vassalboro, Me.
IV. HENRY J., m. Maria Morton, and lives in Conway, N. H.
V. NATHAN S. m. Almeda Miller, of Conway, N. H.
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