Captain Joseph Jellison

Captain Joseph JELLISON is my fifth great grandfather; he is the second of eleven children born to Benjamin and Agnes (PATTEN) JELLISON.  He was baptized along with his brother, 22 September 1754 in Biddeford, Maine[1], he was most likely born after 21 Jan 1753, the baptism of his older brother William, it is likely he and Benjamin were twins, there is also a three year age gap between William and sister Elizabeth, making twins more likely.  He served in the Revolutionary War (see below).[2]  He married Maria JORDAN about 1780 in Maine.  Although Maria has the surname Jordan, I can find no connection to my Jordan ancestors at this time.  Joseph and Maria had three children:  Joseph H., Sally and Sylvanus.  Joseph died 17 July 1827 in Mariaville, Maine and was buried on the family farm in Waltham, Maine.


There is some question as to the correct Joseph Jellison when it comes to Revolutionary War records.  There are two Joseph’s listed in the Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War:

Vol. 8:739: Jellerson, Joseph, Biddeford.  Capt. Samuel Leighton’s co., Col. Ebenezer Francis’s regt.; return of officers to be commissioned, dated Sept. 23, 1776; reported not joined; company made up from Col. Frost’s, Col. Sawyer’s, and Col. Jordan’s regts., Brig. Moulton’s brigade.

Vol. 8:740:  Jellison, Joseph.  Private, in a detachment from Capt. George Haslen’s co., Col. Benjamin Foster’s (Lincoln Co.) regt.; service, 17 days; detachment marched to Machias three different times and served in Capt. Daniel Sullivan’s co.  Roll sworn to Feb. 28, 1778.


I believe the first to be the correct Joseph as that is where he lived; he never lived in Lincoln county from any records I can find.  Until I can find a complete listing of the units made up by local or who was in each unit, looking for siblings and neighbors, I need to believe that he is one of these two Joseph’s.

[1] John D. Beatty, Vital Records of Biddeford, Maine: Prior to 185 (Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1998), 70.

[2] Secretary of the Commonwealth, prepared and published, Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War: prepared in accordance with Chapter 100, Resolves of 1891, 17 (Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Co., State Printers, 1901), 8:739, 8:740.  Unkown, “Benjamin Jellison and Family,” The Maine Historical Magazine, 9 (1894-1895), online archives, Google Books ( : printed 28 August 2013), Joseph Jellison.


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