Hi Richard - In May I will be nearer my written material but will give you an idea - Evans eventually changed our surname to DOW. Richard Evans was first to this country............ eventually there was a direct line of Joseph Evans, Stoughton MA, (Re. War soldier) married Ama/and various spellings of her first name - Payson, her last name. Their son Joseph Evans married Mary Jane/Jean Johnson/Johnston in China Maine on 14 Feb.1799. Mary J.J. Evans is buried in the Village Cemetery in St. Albans Maine. One of Joseph and Mary J.J. Evans sons was born as Benjamin Dow Evans and about 1855 he changed his name to Charles Benjamin Dow. Really.
Benjamin Dow Evans hoped to inherit from rich Uncle Cornelius - this is from family written material. He married first Sarah Haskell (Goodwin). They are both buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Bangor ME. Only their last child and son, Charles WYman Dow carried on the Dow name from this first marriage. He was my gt. grandfather and is buried at Achorn Cemetery in Rockland ME. Sarah died and he married second - Elizabeth J. (Wadleigh)Lancaster, whose husband had died in the Civil War, leaving several children. Charles Benjamin Dow and Elizabeth J. (Wadleigh)Lancaster had two children - Sarah, who died as a baby and is also buried with Charles in Bangor, and a son named Fred Dow, Winterport ME, your line. I think Elizabeth is buried in Lincoln ME - maybe with her first husband but he has no stone. I think it was Fred who had a son Clyde Wadligh Dow. They moved to Massachusetts. Details in May.
Do not believe the entry in the big Book of Dow - was it page 636? Can't really say for sure. It is so mixed up it is useless. I have sources for my material above.
My line lived in Rockport Maine for my grandparents Dow, then my Dad married Mom and moved to Rockland ME where I was born in 1942.
Write to me directly if you want. I'm interested in your age? I felt your father was near my age. Wadleighs came from NH. I have not traced her but someone on the west coast who traced Lancasters extensively could not find her Wadleigh connection. Enough for today? I will not forget you - Becky Thanks for writing.
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