Thomas WORMWOOD

Thomas is my sixth great uncle; we are related through his parents William and Jane (COLE) WORMWOOD.  Thomas was a defendant in a debt case in October 1757 in York County, ME.[1]  Thomas lived on land that he obtained from his father on the western side of the Mousam River.[2]

Thomas WORMWOOD died 1766.  He married Hannah EVANS 17 May 1738/9 in Wells, York, ME.[3]  Intention filed 9 December 1738 in Wells, York, ME.[4]  Hannah is the daughter of Edward and Dorcas (BUSEY) EVANS.

Thomas and Hannah had the following children:

  1. Elizabeth baptized 19 July 1741.
  2. William was born 17 August 1743 in Wells, York, ME.[5] He died 4 Jun 1818.  William is interred at Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk, York, ME.[6]  He married Keziah GOOCH.  She was born 24 February 1748 in Biddeford.  She was the daughter of Jedidiah and Hannah (MOORE) GOOCH.  She died 25 December 1839.  Keziah was interred at Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk, York, ME.[7]
  3. Eli was baptized 10 July 1744. He married Elizabeth MOORE 14 November 1765 in Biddeford, York, ME [they are first cousins]. Elizabeth was born 1740 in Biddeford, York, ME [she is my fifth great grand aunt].  She was the daughter of Wyatt and Elizabeth (WORMWOOD) MOORE [my sixth great grandparents].  Elizabeth died 1830 in Deer Isle, Hancock, ME.
  4. Andrew was baptized 23 April 1749.
  5. Jane was baptized 7 July 1751
  6. Abijah was baptized 8 July 1753. Abijah on 8 May 1775 joined the  Revolutionary Was and was in Capt. Jesse Dorman’s Company, Colonel James Scamman’s 30th Regiment from Wells, York, ME.  Andrew was baptized 25 April 1756
  7. Abner was baptized 1759.

History of Wells and Kennebunk… excerpt about Thomas and son Abner Wormwood[8]

“on the Mousam below was the Larrabee village, consisting on one side of Larrabee’s, Littlefield’s, and Look’s houses, the latter of which was occupied by John Butland, Look having moved to Saco.  Below was the house of Thomas Wormwood, and forty rods further down, on the edge of the highland, that of John Freeze.  Above , near the river, opposite the gravel bed, the house of Samuel Emons.  On the western side of the river was the house of Thomas Wormword, jr., where the late Abner Wormwood lived, and above, at the foot of the pasture of the late Geo. W. Wallingford, Esq., was the house of Edward Evans, the cellar of which is still to be seen.  The houses of John Look and Thomas Wormwood were garrisoned, each of them protected by a wall, twelve fee high, made of large timber, extending to the eaves of the house, and sufficiently far from it to leave an intervening space wide enough for all the out-door work.  Below, on the Great Hill, was the house built by Samuel Sawyer, since occupied by John Burks.  At the eastward of the rive, a little below the Wentworth house, on the opposite side of the road, was the house of John Webber, and beyond, where the Smith house now stands, was a small house of Richard Boothby.

 

Maine State Archives copy of Thomas Wormwood vs. Sir. William Pepperrell[9] [copied as close to the original in spelling and construction]

October 1757

Pepperrell vs. Wormwood No. 42

Sir William Pepperrell of Kittery in said County Baronet the first Juihie named in the Commission for holding said Court pet. of Thomas Wormwood Jr. and Benjamen Wormwood both of Wells in said County yeoman defts.  in a plea of Debt for that the Defs at Kittery aforesaid on the fourth Days of February anno Domini one Thousand Seven hundred and fifty four by their Bond of that Date bound themselves jointly and severally to the pet. in the full and just sum of twenty pounds lawful money of this _____ of the Massachusetts Bay to be paid on Demand yet the Defts tho requested have not paid the same but unjustly detain it to the Damage of the said Sir William Pepperrell as he saith the Sum of twenty pounds.  The Defts altho solemnly called to come into Court did not appear but made Default.

It is therefore considered by the court that the said Sir William Pepperrell shall recover agaist the said Thomas Wormwood Jun and Benjamen Wormwood the sum of thirteen pound seven shillings and four pence Money Damage and the sum of two pounds nineteen shilllings Court ____.

Execution issued October 15th 1757 and delivd to the creditor.

 

A copy of the inventory of Thomas’ estate [copied exactly as written in the record]:

“York Ss we the Subscribers being appointed and impowered by the Honble Judge of Probate to prize the estate of Thomas Wormwood Late of Wells Decd and according to a warrant directed to us we have attended to the same as follows ( ) what was shewn to us by William Wormwood admin to said Estate—–

forty two acors of Land in the home state with a barn and half the house thereon………. 42=10=0

thirty acors of land the Eastern Side of mousom River………………………………………….. 23=8=0

fore acors of salt marsh ye Eastern Side…………………………………………………………….. 6=0=0

five acors of medow Land Near James Wakefield att Elwive Brook……………………….. 1=0=0

two acors of medow ye Easted side of mousom Near Samuel Emons……………………… 1=0=0

a pew in the meeting house……………………………………………………………………………… 2=12=0

a Bed & bedding…………………………………………………………………………………………… 1=0=0

Wareing apparrill 30 Six Cheer & one old table…………………………………………………. 1=16=0

old pewter 9 pd 2/6 old Iron 17 pd 2/3…………………………………………………………….. 0=4=9

wooden ware………………………………………………………………………………………………. 0=3=8

two iron pots 7 a trammill 5……………………………………………………………………………. 0=12=0

a old Cest 2/8 a iron bason 2/8……………………………………………………………………….. 0=5=4

a ox a cow 3 a Swine 30……………………………………………………………………………….. 1=13=0

three Loads of Inglish & Salt hay…………………………………………………………………….. 4=10=0

25 Bushells of Corn……………………………………………………………………………………… 3=6=8

50 Bushells of Potatoes…………………………………………………………………………………. 3=0=0

Wels Novembr ye 10 1766………………………………………………………………………….. 93=1=5

Stephen Larabee

James Hubbard

Gideon Wacker”

Inventory of Thomas Wormwood’s Estate

 

Abijah WORMWOOD Military Card records:

Card numbers: 39180558

Scammon’s Regiment, Mass.  appears on list of men, in Capt. Jesse Dorman’s Company in Col. James Scammon’s Regiment, returning.  list dated No. Cambridge, Jan 1 1776.  Town belong Wells, distance of travel 108 miles.

Card numbers: 37374965

Appears on a list of Men Raised in the County of York in the State of Massachusetts Bay for the Perpose of filling up and Compleating the Fifteen Battalions of Continental Troops Directed To be raised for the Term of Nine Months from the Time of their Arrival at Fish Kill agreable to a resolve of Gent Court Past 20th April 1778 (Revolutionary War).  List dated: “Not dated” time of arrival at Fish Kill July 11, 17, Town procured for, Wells.

Wormwood, Abijah, Wells.  List of men raised in York Co. for the term of 9 months from the time of their arrival at Fishkill; residence, Wells; arrive at Fishkill July 11, 1778.

 

Abijah WORMWOOD Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors[10]

Wormwood, Abijah, Wells.  Private, Capt. Jesse Dorman’s co., Col. James Scamman’s (30th) regt.; company return [probably Oct. 1775], including abstract of pay to last of July, 1775; enlisted May 8, 1775.

 

Abijah WORMWOOD: History or York County

War of the Revolution

During the Revolutionary war which followed [Indian Wars], Wells contributed largely to the army.  At times it is believed, at least one-third of the able-bodied men were in the service; no other town furnished great number of officers. …

Sometimes the people were driven to the utmost extremities to proved for enlistments, the quotas required drawing largely on the population.  The bounties demanded exhausted their pecuniary ability, so that some were obliged to take the feathers from their beds, send them to Boston and sell them, to meet their proportion of these public burdens. …

The following persons belonging to Wells enlisted in the company of Capt. Jesse Dorman, of Arundel: Ezekiel Wakefield, sergeant; John Fisk, John Hubbard, James Smith, Abijah Wormwood, Daniel Meader, Moses Drown, Edmund Littlefield, Moses Blaisdell.

… This service was one of great hardship and expose.  They marched to New York; thence to Albany, Lake Champlain, St. John’s Montreal; thence up the Cedars sixty miles; thence back to St. John’s, where most of them had the smallpox; thence to Ticonderoga and Albany, Newton and Trenton, where they were discharged.

In the War of 1812 few or non enlisted, the feeling of nearly all the people being opposition to it.[11]

 

Abijah WORMWOOD History of Kennebunk

Capt. Jesse Dorman of Arundel, commanded a company in Col. Scamman’s regiment at Cambridge in 1776.  Ezekiel Wakefield, sergeant, John Hubbard and Abijah Wormwood, privates, were among those who enlisted with him and it is believed were residents in the Second Parish.  Bradbury says of Dorman: “He was not without perils in war or in peace.  In 1793 a violent tornado unroofed his house, and he was with hs bed and bedding was blown several rods from it.  Three of his sons were in the army.  He was a liutenant in the old French war and wounded in the battle Lake George in 1758.”

 

Abijah WORMWOOD Excerpt from a letter written:[12]

“And Ah friend, you little realize the fortitude of ye yeomanry of this and other families of our town in those, and the later time when they sought to establish independence from the King–for did not Abijah Wormwood write to his friends here at home in 1776 from Mt. Independence, Ticonderoga, that he had suffered everything but death in the service– from want of provisions. He had also experienced defeat, and had been captured by the savages, but yet he blessed God that his life was spared when many of his soldier comrades had fallen about him.”

[1] Maine Department of the Secrectary of State, “Maine Court Records, 1696-1854,” database online, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : online 24 February 2015), Thomas Wormwood Jr, et AL; vol/page 14-358-9581-YORK; location 125-60.

[2] 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), 402; online images, Google, Google Books (books.google.com : online 24 February 2015; Thomas Wormwood, Jr., Abner Wormwood.

[3] Maine Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, “Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907,” online index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : online 24 February 2015), Thomas Wormwood Jr and Hannah Evans; FHL microfilm 12622.

[4] Maine Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, “Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907,” online index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : online 24 February 2015), Thomas Wormwood; FHL microfilm 12622.

[5] George Shawn Stewart, “Records of the First Church of Wells, ME.,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 75 (1921), online archieves, American Ancestors (www.americanancestors.org : online 18 March 2014), William Wormwood 27 May 1742/3.

[6] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, online images (www.findagrave.com : online 25 February 2015), William Wormwood; memorial 109157424.

[7] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, online images (www.findagrave.com : online 25 February 2015), Keziah Gooch Wormwood; memorial 109157459.

[8] 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), 402; online images, Google, Google Books (books.google.com : online 24 February 2015; Thomas Wormwood, Jr., Abner Wormwood.

[9] Maine State Archives, “Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957,” digital images, Family Search, Family Search (www.familysearch.org : online 24 February 2015), Thomas Wormwood, Benjamin Wormwood and Sir William Pepperell; citing Court of Common Pleas; vol. 14 1753-1759, page 358; October 1757; Pepperrell vs Wormwood No. 42.

[10] 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), .

[11] W. Woodford Clayton, History of York County, Maine: with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent ment and pioneers (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1880), ; image online, Google, Google Books (books.google.com : accessed .

[12] W. Woodford Clayton, History of York County, Maine: with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent ment and pioneers (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1880), ; image online, Google, Google Books (books.google.com : accessed .

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