Abijah WORMWOOD

Abijah WORMWOOD is my first cousin, seven times removed.  He is the grandson of my seventh great grandparents, Thomas and Jane (COLE) WORMWOOD.  He was born 8 July 1753 to Thomas and Hannah (EVANS) WORMWOOD, probably in Wells, York, Maine.  He joined Col. James Scamman’s [Scammon’s] Regiment, under Capt. Jesse Dorman’s Company on 8 May 1775.[1]  There is little information on his enlistment that has been found thus far.  One record stated that he appears on a list of men raised in the county of York in the state of Massachusetts, for the purpose of filling up and completing the fifteen Battalions of Continental troops directed to be raised for the term of nine months from the time of their arrival at Fishkill.  There are a few cards stating dates with his name on them, but none state his birth, or parent’s names.  In the book History of York County, there is some information stating that “the people of the area were driven to the utmost extremes to provide for enlistments, the quotas required drawing largely on the population.  The bounties demanded exhausted their money and some were driven to sell the feathers from their beds in Boston to afford the bounty”.  There is also quoted in a few different sources from a letter he wrote to some friends talking about the hardships, and that he was briefly captured by Indians.    Due to the stress of this war on the area, very few joined the War of 1812; nearly all were in opposition to it.  There are no more mentions of him after the Revolutionary War, what happened to him?  I do believe he survived the war as no records of his death are listed with others from the area.  I can find no land bounties, or other records of trying to collect money from the government after the war; no civil actions nor deeds.  I truly would be grateful to anyone who does have more information on this cousin.


[1] Edward E Bourne, “The History of Wells and Kennebunk: from the earliest settlement to the year 1820, at which time Kennebunk was set off, and incorporated,” (Portland; B. Thurston & Company, 1875), 508; digital image, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : 2013); locate through database of same title.   “U. S. Compiled Revolutionary War Military Service Records, 1775-1783,” digital images, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : 2013), entry for Abijah Wormwood, p. 1966-1968; citing National Archives microfilm publication M881, 1096 rolls.   “U.S. Compiled Revolutionary War Military Service Records, 1775-1783,” digital images, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : 2013), entry for Abijah Wormwood, pages 379-380; citing, National Archives microfilm publication M880, 4 rolls.    Secretary of the Commonwealth, “Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War (images online),”(Boston, MA, USA: Wright & Potter Printing, 1896-1908), vol. 17, page 891; digital image, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : 2013), locate through database of the same title.   W. Woodford Clayton, “History of York County, Maine: with illustrations and biographical sketches of it’s prominent men and pioneers,” (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1880), 397; digital image, Google Books (books.google.com : 2013) locate through database of same title.   Daniel Remich, “History of Kennebunk from it’s Earliest Settlement to 1890: including biographical sketches,” (Carrie E. Remich and Walter L. Dale, Trustees: 1911), 151; digital image, Google Books (books.google.com : 2013) locate through database of same title.   Wm. E. Barry, “A Stroll by a Familiar River,” (Enterprise Press 1911), 47-8; digital image, Archive.org (archive.org : 2013); locate through database of same title.

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