|Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 7:18 am: |
Hello. I am descended from Samuel WILKINS (~1780-18??) of both Vassalboro/Unity, ME, and Amity, ME. Actually, I am descended from two of his children (out of 5). Samuel was reported to have been born in ME ~1780. Around 1800 he married Electa "Leeta" _____ in or near Unity, ME. They remained there past 1820. By 1830, they were living in Amity, ME, in Aroostook County.
Many people have been trying to find out who his parents were. This week I have decided that William WILKINS in Pittston, ME (also Vassalboro, Pownalboro) is the best candidate for being his father. William WILKINS was a soldier in the Revolutionary War from Maine. I am not finding any information on his wife or children (on-line).
I also am wondering if William WILKINS married in 1770 in Middleton, MA, and moved to Maine soon after his marriage.
The 5 children of Samuel and "Leeta" WILKINS were Samuel, Jr., Almon, (unknown daughter, Elizabeth?), then Mary Jane, and then George Freeman. Mary married J. Calvin KIDDER in 1834. George married Mary NEAL and moved to New Brunswick. In 1869, Joseph KIDDER and Clarissa WILKINS (first cousins) married in Princeton, ME. They were my great-great-grandparents.
(I'd like to know if "Leeta's" surname might have been FREEMAN.)
Betty Fredericks (bbffrrpp)
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|Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 3:59 pm: |
Hello. I just found my query from 6 yrs. ago. There is a little more information since then. Samuel WILKINS is still a brick-wall, but I still think that William and Sarah (BANCROFT) WILKINS from Middleton, MA, were his parents.
Samuel's wife, Electra "Leeta" (UNKNOWN) is also still a brick-wall. I have just found out that they might have spent some time in NH before they went to Unity, ME, just before 1810 with their children. They were there until 1830, and soon after moved north to Amity, ME, in Aroostook Co. Their 4 children went with them. I just found out they had 10 children, but only 5 lived; I don't know what happened to another daughter.
I have just found out that William WILKINS seems to have been a widower in 1785-1795 timeframe, and he didn't own land. So that's why he didn't show up in 1790 census. I have a hunch that his wife, Sarah, died as a result of childbirth ~1780. And since William moved around, it's possible his 8 yr-old-daughter and infant son might have been taken in by another family. That could have been in MA, in "Maine" or in NH.
Samuel lived to after 1860 in Amity, ME, and his 2 oldest sons lived nearby. I believe some descendants might still be in Aroostook Co., possibly in Monticello. The youngest son, George, spent 10-15 yrs. in York Co., New Brunswick. But, after his wife died, he and some children moved back to Maine. He remarried to the mother-in-law of 2 of his daughters.
Calvin and Mary (WILKINS) KIDDER mostly lived in Calais, ME, but in their later years lived in Princeton, ME, where 2 of their sons and a married daughter lived.
Betty (near Lowell, MA)