James Dow of New Brunswick was married at Thomaston, Maine in 1806 to Eliza Coombs. At the outbreak of the War of 1812, he removed to St. John, NB with his wife and three young children. Six months later, he abandoned his family and went to Quebec and later parts unknown. His family came back to Thomaston and for eleven years they only heard from him once. In 1823 Eliza petitioned the Maine Legislature for a divorce from James, which was turned down. In 1824, a John Dow came to Thomaston, Maine to visit (possibly with Eliza?) and later returns to his home in St. John, NB.
“Family Search” lists a James Dow born 1772 as s/o Enoch and Mrs. Ruth Dow. Under John Dow, born 1770, he is s/o same. Under Enoch and Ruth Morten Dow family of Canterbury, York, NB, John is listed with 10 siblings but no James.
Is the above James Dow part of this family and what happened to him? Is this the John Dow who visited in Thomaston? Or am I shaking the wrong branch of the tree?
C. William Colby
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