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Re: Thomas Simonton
Posted by: Jim Pearson (ID *****8581) Date: December 21, 2002 at 10:24:24
In Reply to: Thomas Simonton by scott margot of 599

Below are 2 sketches researched and published by Clayton Adams, President of the Maine Genealogy Society, clearly proving the two Thomas Simonton's are two different people.

Simonton, Thomas       13b       1-0-2-0-0
Cape Elizabeth Town, Cumberland County, Maine

THOMAS SIMONTON, d Portland Mar 1824 (Portland Deaths 4:167; see the comment below): m Cape Elizabeth 26 June 1786 MARY ALDEN (MHGR 3:188), b c1766 (from age at death) dau David and Elizabeth (Thorndike) Alden (Maine Families 2:1,2): d Portland 6 Mar 1825 ae 59y (William B. Jordan, Jr., Burial Records 1717-1962 of the Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Maine [1987], hereafter Eastern Cem., p. 125). The identity and the profession of Thomas have not been found. There is a dearth of information in public records involving Thomas, his marriage record, the 1790 census record and the births of his children in Portland vital records being the principal records that definitely identify him. A search of Cum Co land records reveals no deeds in which he participated either as a grantor or as a grantee.

[Thomas’ date of death stated above is regarded with skepticism. His name does not appear on Mary’s gravestone where she is called the widow of Thomas, yet the names of her son, Thomas, and a Parker grandchild do appear on that stone. The death dates of both Thomas and Mary along with the dates of their daughter, Sarah, and her family all appear on one page in the record or Portland deaths, apparently all written at one time. It is suspected that the entry for Thomas may actually pertain to that of Thomas, son of Thomas and Mary, with the year of death being incorrectly recorded. It seems possible that Thomas may have died before 1800. No head of household named Thomas Simonton in either Portland or Cape Elizabeth in the 1800 or 1810 census appears to be this Thomas and no Thomas Simonton was enumerated in either town in 1820. There was no head of household name Mary Simonton enumerated in either locality in any of this census.]

Children: birth dates from Portland vital Records (“Portland, Maine vital Records” [TS, typed by Hazel W. McGoff, MHS, 1951], p. 137)

1 Sarah/Sally, b Portland 15 Aug 1792: d Portland 10 Aug 1827 ae 36y (Eastern Cem., p. 103): m int Portland 31 Dec 1809 (Portland Intentions of Marriage 3:148): m Portland, both of Portland, between 1 Jan 1808 and 23 (?) April 1810 William Parker (Portland Marriages 3:159): died Portland 4 Mar 1841 ae 58y (Eastern Cem., p. 103). William m (2) int Portland 8 Mar 1826 Aurelia Lambert (Portland Intentions of marriage 4:141). Sarah’s gravestone set immediately beside her mother’s stone. William Parker was administrator of his mother-in-law’s estate (Cum Co deed 148:242).

2 Mary, b Portland 9 April 1794: d Gray 9 July 1865 (Charles T. Libby, The Libby Family in America 1602-1881 [1882], hereafter Libby Fam., p. 474): m Portland 23 Sept 1823 Joseph Libby (ibid.; Portland marriages 4:32), b Gray 5 Feb 1794 son of William and Jane (McCarfrey) Libby (Libby Fam., p. 230): d Gray 29 April 1866 (ibid., p. 474). Joseph was a farmer at Gray (ibid.) Mary’s parents were reported by one of Maine’s noted genealogists to have been ____ and ____ (Alden) Simonton of Bristol (ibid.).

3 Benjamin, b Portland 3 June 1795: d Wiota IA 9 Jan 1883 ae 87y (need cite 1): m Dorchester NB 22 July 1819 Anne Buck (need cite 2), b 15 Sept 1800 dau Edward and Phoebe (Tower) Buck (need cite 3): d Wiota IA 8 April 1883 ae 82y (need cite 4). Benjamin evidently departed from Canada about six years after marriage and came to Portland from whence he bough a tract in Gray (Cum Co deed 106:376). He was in Gray in the 1840 census and in Portland in the 1850 census. In 1853 he appointed one Joseph H. Perley as his lawful attorney (Cum Co deed 243:195) and in 1856 he was of Cambridge, Henry County IL (Cum Co deed 270:356). He was a War of 1812 soldier, pension # SC-22825 (Virgil D. White, Index to War of 1812 pension Files [1989], p. 1591).

4 Thomas, b Portland 30 April 1797: d Portland 6 Mar 1823 ae 26y. His death is recorded on his mother’s gravestone and the date was originally engraved as 6 Mar 1813 (Eastern Cem., p. 103); however a close inspection of the year of death reveals that the numeral between the 8 and the 3 has been altered by adding, with engraving shallower than the original 1, a head and a tail at each end of the 1 to make it a 2. The inscription calls him Captain Thomas, suggesting that he was a mariner.

Clayton R. Adams, 6 Laurel Road, Brunswick ME 04011-3420

Simonton, Thomas       13a       1-3-2-0-0
Cape Elizabeth Town, Cumberland County, Maine

THOMAS SIMONTON, b Cape Elizabeth 17 Nov 1762 son of Thomas and Mary (Jordan) Simonton (Eleanor A. Murray, “Cape Elizabeth, Maine Deaths and Births, 1745 – 1895 intentions of marriages, 1765 – 1895” [TS, MHS, 1935] hereafter “Cape Eliz. DB&M,” p. 50) [see        MARY (JORDAN) SIMONTON family in this volume]: d Oct 1816 (White’s Rev War Pension Abstracts, p. 3141, citing pension #W24962): m Cape Elizabeth 29 Dec 1782 Mary Hatch (MHGR 3:187): d 20 June 1850 ae 86y (White’s Rev War Pension Abstracts, p. 3141; William B. Jordan, Jr., Burial Records 1717-1962 of the Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Maine [1987], hereafter Eastern Cem., p. 125). Thomas was a Rev War soldier and pensioner and a mariner (White’s Rev War Pension Abstracts, p. 3141: Cum Co deed 53:257). On 7 Sep 1827, the living heirs of Thomas’s father, Thomas Simonton Sr., quitclaimed land in Cape Elizabeth to one Samuel Willard (Cum Co deed 111:15-16). While Thomas Jr. was deceased at that time, the deed mentions his widow Mary Simonton of Portland, his son James Simonton of Portland, shipwright, his son Timothy Simonton of Cape Elizabeth, mariner, his dau Hannah Sawyer of Portland, widow, his dau Mary Simonton “Jr.,” singlewoman, his dau Eliza Staples, wife of Cyrus Staples of Portland, blacksmith, and his dau Caroline Simonton of Portland, singlewoman.

[It has been observed that there was another Thomas Simonton, probably of about the same age as the above Thomas Simonton, who married Cape Elizabeth 26 June 1787 Mary Alden (MHGR 3:188). This Mary (Alden) Simonton d Portland 6 Mar 1825 (Eastern Cem., p. 125). Some genealogists have appropriated the above Thomas Simonton, b Cape Elizabeth 17 Nov 1762, as the Thomas who married Mary Alden. Cum Co deed 111:15 cited above has all the heirs of Thomas and Mary (Jordan) Simonton, including children of Thomas and Mary (Hatch) Simonton, selling the property that the elder Thomas purchased in 1763 (Cum Co deed 2:284). Similarly by Cum Co deed 109:288 dated 7 June 1827 James Simonton, son of Thomas and Mary (Hatch) Simonton, sold property in Cape Elizabeth that his grandfather, Thomas Simonton, purchased in 1764 (Cum Co deeds 4:335 and 4:336). The identity of Thomas Simonton who married Mary Alden has not yet been found.

Children: Birth dates, where available, are from “Cape Eliz DB&M,” p. 58; the birth date of Caroline has not been found and her position in the order below is assumed from her position in the order of signatures of Cum Co deed 111:15, described above.

1 Thomas, b 2 March 1783: d bef 7 Sep 1827 when he was not named as one of his father’s heirs (Cum Co deed 111:15); 11/15/1819 m Hannah Lee.

2 William, b 6 Oct 1785: d bef 7 Sep 1827 when not named as one his father’s heirs (Cum Co deed 111:15)

3 Hannah, b 6 Feb 1788: d 9 Mar 1865 (Eleanor Grace Sawyer, Sawyer Families of New England [1995], p. 402): m 5 July 1812 John Sawyer (ibid.), b 29 Aug 1791 son of Peter and Margaret (Fairbanks) Sawyer (ibid., pp. 382, 402): d before Sept 1827 when his wife was described as a widow (ibid., p. 402; Cum Co deed 111:15)

4 James, b 29 June 1790: d 24 Nov 1877 ae 87y (Eastern Cem., p. 125): m Portland 19 Nov 1812 Lucy Haskell (Portland marriages, 4:3), b c 1793 (from age at death): d 11 July 1883 ae 90y (Eastern Cem., p. 125). James was a shipwright (Cum Co deed 109:214)

5 Mary, b 6 Aug 1795: d 17 Aug 1876 ae 81y (Eastern Cem., p. 125) unm.

6 Timothy, b 6 Jan 1799: m Mary A.___ (Cum Co deed 132:176). Timothy was a mariner (Cum Co deed 111:15)

7 Elize, b 5 Mar 1802: d 24 April 1871 ae 89y (William B. Jordan, Jr., Burial Records 1811 – 1980 of the Western Cemetery in Portland, Maine [1987], hereafter Western Cem., p. 126) m Portland 15 Sept 1825 Cyrus Staples (Portland marriages 4:31; Cem Co deed 111:15) b c 1803 (from age at death): d 17 July 1874 ae 71y (Western Cem., p. 126)

8 Caroline, b c 1803 (from age at death): m Portland 24 Oct 1842 Jonathan Treadwell (Portland marriages 4:84; White’s Rev War Pension Abstracts, p 3141). Because of the late date of the marriage and the fact that the name Jonathan Treadwell seldom appears in any public record in Cum Co, it is suspected that this Jonathan was the Jonathan Treadwell of Westbrook combmaker who m (1) Cape Elizabeth 23 Nov 1834 Elizabeth Parrott of Cape Elizabeth (Cum Co deed 163:430; “Cape Elizabeth DB&M,” p. 139)

Clayton R. Adams, 6 Laurel Road, Brunswick ME 04011-3420

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