Christiana SIMONTON

Christiana SIMONTON is my fifth great grandmother.  She was born 9 April 1747 in Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Maine to Andrew and Elizabeth (COBB) SIMONTON.[1]  She married Solomon I. JORDAN, 3 December 1767 in Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Maine.[2]  She had the following children: Walter Simonton, Matthew, Hannah, Mary (Polly), Elizabeth (Betsey), Asa, Christiana, Benjamin, John Green, Abigail (Nabby) and Sarah Hardison (Sally).  She died 8 June 1800 in Trenton, Hancock, Maine or 9 July 1792.  Of her eleven children nine survived her, which in that time period was pretty good odds.  If the 1792 date is correct then she died giving birth, otherwise, the June date would be an altogether different cause of death.  Asa died in April of 1792, and Sally was born in 1792, so it was a good and bad year for the family.  Polly has no record of her life after her daughter was born in 1800; I am unsure what happened with her life.  Solomon, her husband, was a farmer, thus it was a rather hard life.  He did join the Revolutionary War in 1775, making life for her just a little harder, having to keep the farm running and income coming in while he was away.  At the time of his enlistment they had 3 children, none of them old enough to be much help on the farm.  Christiana and Solomon had at least 85 grandchildren; all of her children stayed in the same general area as their birth, within the same county, thus, the family was able to celebrate events together.


[1] Godfrey Memorial Library, comp., American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 1999;)

[2] Charles Burleigh, esq., “Marriages in Falmouth (Cape Elizabeth) Solomized by Rev. Ephraim Clark, Pastor 2nd Parish,” Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : 2013), p. 103, available through satxfaust family tree.

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