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Subject: [NHROCKIN] ABRAHAM CLARK family of Epping NH
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 18:18:37 -0000
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"History of the City of Belfast in the State of Maine From Its First Settlement In 1770 to 1785" by Joseph Williamson, Portland, Loring Short Harmon, 1877 gives an account of the family of Abraham Clark and his four sons, Abraham JR., Elizha, Ichabod and Isaac. He states that Abraham and his sons came to Belfast from Londonderry NH shortly after the Revolutionary War. However, 1800 census entries for son Isaac in Northport and sons Elisha and Ichabod in Belfast all state they came from Epping, not Londonderry. Son Abraham Jr. in Belfast has no entry for where he came from, but in 1880, his son Thomas, of Vassalboro, ME, states his parents both born NH
Abraham died Belfast ME 1789. His wife died there 1791.
Abraham Jr. had known children Thomas, b. 3 Apr 1791, Holley, b. 19 May 1798, and Joseph b. 13 July 1806, d. 8 May 1810 of lockjaw. Abraham Jr. died prior to 1841. His widow, Anna, died Feb 1841 age 80. In 1820 "Hannah" Clark, age 45 and upward, is head of household with 1 male 16-26 and one female 26-45; perhaps son Holley and his wife?); son Thomas was head of his own household, Hannah appears again by herself in 1830, age 70-80. Abraham appears on the Belfast 1790, 1800 and 1810 census; was 45 and upward in 1800 and 1810, so was born 1755 or earlier. He does not appear after 1810, must have died 1810-1820, when his wife appears as head of her own household.
Elisha Clark, brother of Abraham Jr. arrived Belfast ME c. 1786, d. 1828, age 83 (b. c. 1745) He appears on Belfast census for the years 1790-1820.
Ichabod, brother of Abraham and Elisha, came here with them. He was the first tailor in town, removed to Northport, where he died. (Ichabod appears on the Northport 1820 census, must have died before 1830.) Children, all listed in Belfast births: Jacob, Abraham, Joseph, Nancy(b. 25 Oct 1812) Sally, John. These children are listed in VR Belfast ME, ch of "Ichabod and Polly", all without dates of birth. Daughter Nancy m. at Belfast 24 July 1831, Walter Coffin, b. 22 May 1811, s. Nicholas Coffin and Lydia Lemon. They lived 1 yr Enfield, Me, removed to Lee, Maine, in 1832, where they raised a large family. By census detail, Ichabod was born 1755-1765.
Isaac, brother of Ichabod, removed to Northport before 1800. Isaac was age 26-45 in 1800, thus would have been born 1755 - 1775 , and 1810 census age 45 and upwards, reduces that to 1755-1765.
To summarize, this family consists of Abraham Clark (? - 1789) of Epping NH and Belfast ME with wife Sarah, (?-1791), and 4 sons Elisha (1745-1828); Abraham (b. 1755 or earlier, d. 1810-1820) had wife Hannah or Anna; Ichabod (b. c.1756-1765) - d. 1820-1830, had wife Mary or "Polly"; and Isaac (b. 1865 or earlier, d. 1820-1830). I have not located marriage records for any of the four son, so I assume that they married in NH before they came to Belfast c. 1786. There may be other family who stayed behind in New Hampshire, or who migrated with husbands in a separate household.
In addition to the above 4 sons, there are two more possible sons. Maine Probate Abstracts lists Hancock County 1/76. estate of Thomas Clark of Belfast, died 28 Sep 1793, administrator Ichabod Clark. Costs include "Caring for the widow of of Abraham Clark, mother of Thomas Clark who with Elisha Clark were by an agreemenet bound to maintain said widow." It seems that Thomas was also a son of Abraham and Sarah, who by the time this estate was probated had died. Most likely Thomas and Elisha were the two eldest sons, and made an agreement at the time their father died in 1789 for the support of their mother. This probate suggests that Thomas stilled owed some portion of his share of that cost. We can tentatively place Thomas as an additional son between Elisha and Abraham Jr.
Vital Records of Belfast Maine to 1892, Volume 2 Deaths p513 "Clark, Jacob, s. Abraham, June 20, 1802, a. 15, C. R. 2" This would make him b. c. 1787. Although it is more likely that he is the son of Abraham JR, and grandson of Abraham Sr., I include him here as a remote possibility.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has knowledge of this family, especially of Ichabod, who is my direct ancestor, and not to be confused with the Ichabod Clark who married Mary Lancaster in Bangor ME 1796.
Diane in Indiana
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