Johne WILSON 1590 - 1693
Spouse: Jonat FALL / FELL born 9/21/1600 Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland, married 9/15/1614
Children: Gowen (Gaewan) born 1618 Paisley (Prestonpans), christened 7/26/1618, died 8/6/1686 Falmouth Cumberland Maine; James baptized 7/23/1615 Prestonpans; Robert baptized 11/17/1616 Prestonpans
Gowen WILSON of Exeter & Kittery born 1618 Paisley (Prestonpans) East Lothian Scotland, baptized 7/26/1618 Prestonpans; died before 8/6/1686 Falmouth Cumberland ME; Gowen to court for being attentive to John Andrews wife Joane to the neglect of his own; in Exeter 1647; signed submission of Kittery to MA 1652; land at Goose Cove 1658; died c.1684-6
Spouse: ? married by 1647 Exeter
Children: Deborah married Andrew Haley 1/2/1683-4 Falmouth ME, fisherman from Isles of Shoals; John born 11/1647 may have been physically or mentally disabled; Joseph born 1650-5 Kittery died 1710 Kittery; Rebecca born 1653 married (1) Henry Barnes (2) Henry Bodge 1672 Kittery
Joseph WILSON, Sergeant of Kittery, born circa 1650-5 , died 3/1708-9, surveyor or highways and fences, selectman, sealer of leather, housewright "received military title for his efforts to protect the community against the Indians," estate valued at £620 when died
Spouse: Hannah ENDLE died 1748; married 1683 Kittery, survived Joseph and lived into her 80s "an energetic woman, not living in that quiet manner which might have been expected of a woman of her age and position"
Children: Hannah born 11/29/1683; Joseph born 10/28/1684 married 3 times; William born 8/28/1686 married Hopewell Furbish Hutchins; Ruth born 4/19/1688 married Elihu Parsons of York; Gowen born 1/29/1690 Kittery died 4/1769 Pleasant River ME, carpenter, married Anne "Annie" Shepperd/Shepard 12/25/1712 daughter of John Shepperd, they had a son Gowen died Cherryfield ME; Agnes born 3/1/1692 died before 1748 unmarried; John born 1/13/1694 married Mary Johnson of York; Rebecca born 2/16/1696 married John Norton 1717; Deborah born 4/19/1698 married Capt. John Moore; Mary born 2/25/1700 married Captain John Bucknam from North Yarmouth; Anna born 3/29/1702 unmarried in 1738; Elizabeth born 9/23/1705 married Benjamin Weeks 1728
Hannah WILSON born 11/19/1683
Spouse: Joseph BILLINGS
Children: Elizabeth; John baptized 7/21/1718; Joseph baptized 5/5/1718 married Joanna Norton & Sarah Cox; Benjamin ; Mary married John Hutchins 5/5/1748; Rebecca; Samuel married Sarah Hicks & Hannah Hughes
Information on Johne Wilson/Jonat Fall etc. per JOHuffER@aol.com
Gen Dictionary ME & NH pg 760-1: Gowen Wilson, Exeter, Kittery, by tradition from Paisley, Scotland; Col Banks found the name in Stoke Bruerner, co Northampton in 1604. The Gowen of Boston 1641-3 likely moved on to Ex by 1647, cowherd 1649, with Thomas Cornish bot prop from Thomas Jones in 1650 and sued for it in Oct 1651. Going on to ME he took O.A. at Kit in Nov 1652 "residing further northward"; depos in Apr 1654, ag 36, Goose Cove gr 1658. Constable 1658, 1669; gr j 1672, 1685; selectman 1674, 1675. Excused from training by age in July 1674. Deeded dau Deborah's portion 2 June 1684; d bef 6 Aug 1686. Lists 376b (1650), 282, 286, 298, 28. See also Hutchins(2). In 1657 he was attentive to John Andrews' w Joan to the neglect of his own w and fam. Kn ch: Son b and d at Ex 1647. John, a Spruce Creek wit 1672, List 298. In Aug 1686 he took as his portion from br Joseph 3 a with a ho on it, a cow and a sow, agreeing if Joseph had to care for him, the prop should go back to him. This was rec 7 Feb 1710-1 but adm gr to Nathaniel Keene 24 Feb 1690-1. Rebecca (appar) m 1st Henry Barnes m 2d Henry Bodge. Joseph b +-1655. Deborah m Andrew Haley.
Sergt. Joseph Wilson, Kittery (+-48 in 1703) m Hannah Endle. Highw surv 1693-1698; sealer of leathe 1695-6; j 1699; gr j 1694, 1698 (fined for abs), 1699, 1701; selectman 1703-1705. Lists 290, 293, 295, 298, 36. Died Mar 1708-9. In Feb 1714-5 wid Hannah (List 291) sold to Ebenezer Moore 1/4 a Spruce Creek sawmill form her husband s. She d in 1748. In 1754 a div was made betw Thomas Hobbs, Thomas Hammett and John Godsoe, who had bot out several heirs, and Wm and Gowen W. Joseph Billings and Benj Weeks who had not sold. Ch (Y.D. 18:91): Hannah b 19 Nov 1683 m Joseph Billings. Joseph b 28 Oct 1684 m 1st 27 Aug 1707 Elizabeth Chapman, 4 ch. In 1733, a widower, he had liv a yr with Mary Cloff, singlewoman and m 2d 3 Jul 1733 Mary Clear (3 ch.); m 3d 2 Apr 1751 Judith (Weeks) Richardson. Lists 296, 291, 197. See also Hutchins. Will 2 Jan-3 Apr 1758. William b 28 Aug 1686, carpenter, m 25 Apr 1711 Hopewell (Furbish) Hutchins. Lists 291, 298. A widower in Jun 1766, d intest 1770. 5 ch. Ruth b 19 Apr 1688 m Elihu Parsons. Gowen b 29 Jan 1690. List 291 m at Portsm 25 Dec 1712 Anne Shepherd, mov to Falm where she joined the ch in 1739. 7 ch rec or bp in Kit. Agness b 1 Mar 1692 dsp bef Feb 1723-4. John b 13 Jan 1694 List 291, m Mary Johnson. Falm 1739-1746+, ret to Kit d 1757. 1 ch bp at Falm. Rebecca b 16 Feb 1696 m John Norton. Deborah b 19 Apr 1698 m Capt John Morre. Mary b 25 Feb 1700 m 16 Sep 1722 John Bennett both liv 1739. Anne b 29 Mar 1702 unm 1748. Elizabeth b 23 Sep 1705 ag 3 1/2 when fa d, m Benjamin Weeks.
Pioneers of ME & NH: WILSON, GOWEN, Exeter, bought land of Thomas Jones; failing to obtain possession, he brought suit in court 7 (8) 1651. [Norf Court rec] Removed to Kittery; took oath of allegiance to MA govt 11/16/1652. Resided "further northward." Testified in the Gunnison case 4/24/1654 age about 36 years. [Bzx. MSS.] Gave marriage portion 6/2/1684 to daughter Deborah on her union with Andrew Haley.
Genealogical Dictionary of New England: ENDLE RICHARD, approximately 40 in 1674, in 1660 was fishing partn. with Stephen Ford; from 1665 on sold his fish to Mr. Jonathan Wade, acct. was not settled until 1682. In 1679-1681 he had been fishing for Roger Kelly. In 1667 he adm. on estates of Barthol. Priest and Christo. Monke. Lists 302ab, 305c, 298. In 1665 he bot at Spruce Creek and from that time kept his fam. ashore, self and w. bur. there. Adm. to s. Richard, inv. attested 5 Apr. 1694. He m. Agnes Turpin. Ch: Hannah, m. 1683 Joseph Wilson. Their s. Gowen occup. the homestead. Richard, b. ab. 1662, yeoman, had the homestead. Const. 1694-96. Gr.j. 1693, 1694, 1696, 1703. Lists 290, 295-298. W. Jane liv. 1707. D.s.p. 1716.
Washington: Maine Place Names & the
Peopling of Its Towns: The first settlers to Columbia were William
and Noah Mitchell from Falmouth who came about 1750.The marshland at the
mouth of Pleasant River had attracted them as feed for their cattle. they first
constructed rude log cabins and hovels. William built the first frame house in
town; exactly where it was located is not known. Among the heads of families
living in Plantation #13, now Columbia Falls, in 1790 were Allen, Archer,
Bucknam, Black, Cox, Coffin, Calaghan, Crocker, Drisko, Dunbar, Dorr,
Hale, Ingersoll, Kelly, Nash, McKinsey, Merritt, Mansfield, McKaslegen,
Reynolds, Tinny, Tucker, Tibbetts, Whitney, Wilson, Worcester, Wass and
Weymouth. Captain Joseph Wilson of Kittery was one of the first settlers.
He came about 1762; Captain John Bucknam from North Yarmouth, an early comer,
began to build mills, and started lumbering in 1773. He married Mary, the
daughter of Joseph Wilson.
Genealogical History of ME: Gowen Wilson immigrant and the ancestor of a numerous progeny is traditionally reputed as having been from Scotland. Some have said that he came from Paisley but it is impossible to trace this statement back to its source; however, it seems to have been handed down from early times. He was born in 1618 and resided early in Kittery ME. Information about him is very limited and affords very slight ground for any inferences. He had a son and a daughter, who apparently were born between 1650 and 1660. From this it can be reasonably inferred that Gowen was born between 1615 and 1635. He was a member of the town of Kittery in 1647 which sets the date of his birth back before 1625 presumably. So that the indications are that Gowen Wilson settled in Kittery at some time between 1635 and 1647--unless he came over with his father, of which there is no evidence. 1/19/1658 land was alloted by the town to Gowen Wilson; this grant contained 24 acres. Fifteen years later he received a second grant of 21 acres. The record was as follows: "Kittery ye 12th of June 1673--at a leagall town meeting for ye granting of lands in ye lower part of ye river and town of Kittery there was granted unto Gowen Willson and his heires forever an addition to his house lot Joyning to Richard Endles. This is a true copie taken out of the origenall, Aprell 30 1674--as Attest Francis Hook." "Measured and layd out unto Gowen Wilson, his additional grant dated June 12, 1672--between his house lot and Richard Endles house lot a hundred and sixty poles in length North East from Spruce Creek, and one and twenty poles in breadth with Richard Endles sd lot and ye Goose Case on ye South East, and Contains one and twenty acres, I say layd out this 20 of December 1678 per me John Wincoll Survr". This land is situated at the junction of the Norton road with the main road up the creek. Gowen Wilson was one of the men who signed their submission to the government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1652. In June 1674 and in June 1675, he was elected to the board of selectmen of the town. The next mention of him is in 1680 when he and Enoch Hutchins made an inventory of the estate of John Phillips. He signed a deed of gift to his son-in-law, Andrew Haley, 6/2/1684. Gowen Wilson died between 1684 and 1686. On 8/6/1686 one of his sons signed his satisfaction with his portion of his father's estate which shows that Gowen had died some time previously. Nothing is known of the wife of Gowen Wilson--not even her name. The absence of mention of her in the settlement of his estate shows that she was dead at that time. Three children are mentioned: John, Joseph and Deborah as living after the death of their father. // Sergeant Joseph, son of Gowen Wilson was probably born between 1650 and 1665. The first mention of him in any records is dated 3/2/1672 when he and his brother John were witnesses to a deed from Jonathan and Mary Mendum to John Fenwick. It is worthy of note that on this paper Joseph Wilson signed by making his mark, while John Wilson wrote his name. The next mention of Joseph is the following: "Measured and layd out unto Joseph Wilson his grant of 20 acres of land dated June 12 1673--at ye head of the Eastern Creek a hundred and sixty pole in length East North East and twenty pole in breadth North North-west and bounded with Enoch' Hitchens land South South-east, John Wincoll Survr." This was the first land owned by Joseph Wilson in Kittery. Succeeding this there were several grants located in 3 different places in the town. Joseph Wilson also possessed a considerable estate now owned by the heirs of the late Colonel Gowen Wilson of Kittery. The first mention of Joseph Wilson in this vicinity is in 1682. In 1685 he obtained 20 acres at this place, 10 of which has been mentioned as granted to him in 1682. The next grant to him was made in 1694 and laid out in 1697. In 1699 he was granted 40 acres more, and in 1703 he had still other grants of 24 and 6 acres. The original 45 acre lot which belonged to Gowen Wilson is marked on a map of that time as "Sergeant Wilson's Home Lot." An inventory taken after the decease of Joseph Wilson credits him with 186 acres of land. Besides these holdings he owned quite extensively in sawmills. At the time of his death he owned 1/2 of a large mill, in partnership with Elihu Gunmison Jr and Andrew Haley. He was also an owner of two other mills. One of these mills was on Spruce creek, one on Goose creek, and the other north of Crocketts Neck at a place now called "the mill dam." Joseph Wilson held various offices in Kittery from time to time. He was chosen surveyor of highway and fences in March 1694 and was reelected yearly until 1699. In 1697 "Sargt. Joseph Wilson was appointed one of a committee of 5 to supervise the construction of a meeting house, probably the first building erected in Kittery expressly for a church." A record of other service to the town is an follows: "At a Legall town Meeting held at Kittery, May 24th 1609 Lt John Shapleigh was Chosen Moderatr for the sd day John Heard Joshua Downing and Joseph Wilson were Chosen to Set with ye Selectmen for to Allow of all grants of Land that be Made this day." Joseph Wilson was elected to the board of selectmen of Kittery in 1703-04-05. The last record of him as an office holder in the town is in 1708 when he was again chosen surveyor of highways and fenses. Joseph Wilson's military title was held in the organization of the people of the town for protection against the Indians. The town recrods contain no references to these matters, but it is known from unofficial papers that throughout the town suitable houses were chosen in which a half dozen or so of the nearby families took refuge in times of trouble with the Indians. An old map shows a building marked "Mr. Wilson's Garrison." and this is good proof that Sergeant Wilson kept such a house. His title did not come from this, however, for his son Joseph maintained a garrison but had no military title, and Sergeant Wilson's widow, Hannah Wilson, also kept a garrison house. Sergeant Wilson died probably in the early part of 1710. He died suddenly, and in such a manner as to require a coroner and a jury as shown in a list of funeral charges, but in what manner he died there is neither record nor tradition. The inventory of Sergeant Wilson's estate shows a proberty valued at £619 15s 8d a very comfortable estate for those times. Of the 241 names on the list of freeholders of kittery in 1711, only 64 had a yearly income of 10 pounds or over. The receipts from Sergeant Wilson's estate are stated to have been 10 founds. In a deed he is described as a "house-wright" or carpenter. Joseph Wilson married Hannah, daughter of Richard Endle, about 1682. He was then about 30 years of age and his wife some years yed at £unger. Children: Hannah, Joseph, William, Ruth, Gowen, Agnes, John, Rebecca, Deborah, Mary, Anna and Elizabeth. Sergeant Wilson's widow Hannah was appointed administratrix of his estate 5t/10/1711. A record of an accounting rendered by her in 1714 is on the probate books of York county. She had set apart for her use about 30 acres of the Goose creek property. There are records from time to time of several sales and purchases by her--partly in connection with her position as administrix of her husband's estate, and partly on her own account. The reason of her being chosen in 1722 to set up a garrison house was probably done because that place was the best situation for a garrison house in the vicinity, and not on account of any special ability on her part as an Indian fighter. These things rather indicate, however, that she was an energetic woman, not living in the quiet inactive manner which, perhaps, might have been expected of a woman in her position. She died in the early part of the year 1748 aged above 80 years. Administration upon her estate was granted to her eldest son, Joseph Wilson. Her appraisement dated 7/1/1748 showed a total of property valued at £212, old tenor.
http://www.columbiafallsmerecord.org/History_Snippets.php#lost_nation, Town of Columbia Falls Part 4: On April 4, 1796 citizens of what is now our town of Columbia Falls gathered together with the rest of the citizens of the town of Columbia at Gowin Wilson’s home, just across the river from our Historic Town Hall, in the very first town meeting and transacted the following business. Capt. Nathan Whitney was voted moderator, Joseph Patten was chosen town clerk, David Wass, Thomas Ruggles and William Wass were elected selectmen, Obidiah Allen was chosen constable, and Elisha Coffin treasurer. The same men chosen as selectmen were also appointed assessors and William Ingersoll was voted tax collector. They appointed men as surveyors of highways, of lumber, of shingles and in charge of fences. They also elected three men to be in charge of hogs and decided “hogs may go at large by being well yoked. /P/ A second town meeting was held on May 2, 1796 to raise “160 dollars to defray town charges 100 of which for schools” and “240 dollars for highway repair”. The fish committee was empowered to control “the taking of fish” and a committee was formed to make financial settlement with No. 6 [Addison] which had been a part of the total Pleasant River settlement prior to the incorporation of the Town of Columbia. Thus it was that town government, in much the same form as we have today, came to our settlement surrounding Pleasant River in the spring of 1796. The river still flows in our midst and we are still her people living in and carrying on this historic community founded so long ago. When we meet at our next Annual Town Meeting in March of 2012 we will be meeting for the 216th time such a meeting has been held in our village. For two hundred and sixteen years our citizens have been meeting yearly to elect our representatives to carry on town government for us and to carry out our wishes as expressed by our votes in that meeting......By the 1790's Columbia Fall's village was well established with substantial homes having been built by Joseph Wilson (18 Church Hill Circle and torn down a few years ago)....and Gowen Wilson Sr. (located near the river across Tibbettstown Road from 180 Main Street (Wilson's house has been gone for many, many years.) - John Allen Tibbetts.
Gravestone Inscription Cherryfield: Gowen Wilson, died Aug. 29, 1847, aged 72.
The Will of Joseph Willson: In the Name of God Amen. The Second Day of Ianuary Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty eight, I Ioseph Willson of Kittery in the County of York & Province of the Massats Bay in New England Housewright, being aged & weak in Body but of perfect Mind & Memory, Thanks be given unto God. Therefore calling unto mind the Mortality of my Body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die Do make and ordain this my last Will & Testamt That is to Say : principally and first of all, I give & recommend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it, and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Manner at ye Discrition of my Executors hereafter named, Nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I Shall receive ye Same again by the Mighty Power of God. And as touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give demise & dispose of the Same in ye following Maner & form. // Impr My Will is that my just Debts & funeral Charges be raised & paid out of my Estate as Soon as may be conveniently after my Decease by my Executrs hereafter named. // Item. I give & bequeath unto Iudith my dearly beloved Wife ye Use & Improvemt of one third part of my real Estate in Manner as the Law directs in Case of Intestate Estates. // Item. I give & bequeath unto my Well beloved Son Ioseph Willson his Heirs & Assigns part of my Land as follows Vizt one part thereof beginning at a Bunch of pair Trees about Six Rods Eastwardly from my Barn on ye Northerly Side of a Lane that Leads from my Barn, on ye Northerly Side of my Orchard twoards Thomas Hutchins Land, and to run from Said Pear Trees Northerly Straight to two Small Elmn Trees mark'd, and then continuing the Same Course to the Cart Path that leads from my Barn to the head of my Mowing Ground and then to run Northeasterly as the Path goes to the Head of my Mowing Ground at the Bars in the Stone Wall; And then running Southwardly as the Wall runs next the Pasture to the Corner thereof; And then running South westerly by the Wall and Fence to the turn of the Lane and then running as ye Lane Runs to the beginning : And also give to my Son Joseph Liberty to pasture three Cows eight Sheep & two Calves in my Pasture Land during his Life; and also give unto my said son Joseph Six Bushels of Winter Apples, and Six Barrells of Cyder per year during his Life to be made out of the Orchard on my Lands during his Life; And also the Priviledge of living in & improving that part of the House he now lives in, And the Same Priviledge in the Barn he now improves. // Item. I confirm unto my well beloved Son Moses Willson what I have already conveyed to him by Deeds which is for his full Portion of my Estate. // Item. I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Sons David Willson & Gowen Willson all the remaining part of my Lands & Buildings whatsoever & wheresoever the Same is or may be found to them their Heirs & Assigns forever to be divided between them in equal Shares. // Item. I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter Hannah Willson Thirteen pounds Six Shillings & eight pence lawful Money or the Value thereof out of my Stock of Creatures, And also Six pounds thirteen Shillings and four pence or the Value thereof out of my Household Goods all at the then Currt price as Such things go at. / And further my Will is that if my Said Son Joseph Shall have need to Sell or dispose of the Land or any part thereof that I have given him he Shall Sell it to one of his Brothers, if they See Cause to purchase and will give as much as another person. And all the remaining part of my personal Estate I give unto Iudith my Wife, whom I make & ordain my Executx and David my aforesd Son whom I make & ordain my Executor with his Mother of this my last Will and Testament to pay my Debts & funeral Charges. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disannull all & every other former Testaments Wills Legacys & Bequests & Executors by me any ways before named willed & bequeathed ratifying & confirming this & no other to be my last Will & Testamt. / In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand & Seal the Day & Year above written after ye Words (David Willson and Gowen Willson) were interlined, Memo that ye Words (to pay my Debts & funeral Charges) were interlined before Signing & Sealing. // Ioseph Willson (Seal) // Signed Sealed & published pronounced & declared by the Said Joseph Willson as his last Will & Testamt in the presence of us the Subscribers, // Thomas Hutchins Ioseph Weeks Andrew Lewis 3d his mark John Godsoe. // Probated 3 April 1758. Inventory returned 20 March 1758, at £396: 15: 1, by Thomas Cutt, Samuel Haley and James Fernald, appraisers // [Source: Maine Wills, 1640-1760(Portland, Me., 1887), p. 816, citing Probate Office, 9, 263.]
Washington: Maine Place Names & the Peopling of Its Towns: The First settlers to Columbia were William and Noah Mitchell from Falmouth who came about 1750. The marshland at the mouth of Pleasant River had attracted them as feed for their cattle. They first constructed rude log cabins and hovels. William built the first frame house in town; exactly where it was located is not known. // Among the heads of families living in Plantation #13, now Columbia Falls, in 1790 were Allen, Archer, Bucknam, Black, Cox, Coffin, Calaghan, Crocker, Drisko, Dunbar, Dorr, Hale, Ingersoll, Kelly, Nash, McKinsey, Merritt, Mansfield, McKaslegen, Reynolds, Tinny, Tucke, Tibbetts, Whitney, Captain Joseph Wilson of Kittery was one of the first settlers. He came about 1762; Captain John Bucknam from North Yarmouth, an early comer, began to build mills, and started lumbering in 1773. He married Mary, the daughter of Joseph Wilson. // The Bangor Historical Magazine gives the following inhabitants of Addison on 4/27/1778: David, Wilmot & Wilmot Wass, Jr.; Joseph & Joseph Tibbetts Jr.; Joseph, Samuel, Margaret, Isaiah & Joseph Nash, Jr.; Widow Knowles; Wm. Ingerson; Edmund Stevens; Seth Norton; John Hall; Daniel & George Tenney; Gowen & Joseph Wilson; John Bucknam; Owen McKenzie; Moses Wooster; Nathan Whitney; Wm. McCausland; Obadiah Allen; Noah & Wm. Mitchell; Nathaniel Cox; Nehemiah Small; Richard Coffin; Joseph Drisko & Joseph Drisko, Jr.; Moses Plummer; David Wilson; Daniel Look. Edmunds: When Colonel Hobart came to view his purchase in 1786, he found the earliest comers already located in the area. Among these were an Irishman, James Neil, a deserter from the British Army, who had built his log house here in 1775; the Widow Oliver and her family; Samuel Scott & Richard Harper, all of whom had arrived in 1785; Elijah Ayer, Sr; and his son Elijah, Jr. who with their families were living on Denny's River. /P/ In addition to those already mentioned, early settlers were James Shaw, Samuel Runnels, Daniel Smith, Wm. Hurley, Joshua Cushing, Hosea Smith, Nathaniel Cox, David Reynolds and Nathaniel Cox, Jr. All were in the township before 1799. Of the 5 or 6 settlers living there when Colonel Hobart purchased the township in 1786, none remained.
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