This post is in response to the challenge of posting about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks by Amy Johnson Crow
My 4th great grandfather Ebenezer Hutchinson was the 2nd son born to Solomon (1721-1815) and Hannah (Putnam) Hutchinson who had a total of 5 children, three boys and two girls, all of whom lived to adulthood. Ebenezer was born March 22, 1753 in Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts which was originally called Salem Village located just on the northwestern outskirts of Salem. As an aside, his great grandfather and 2x great grandfather (both named Joseph) took part in the Salem Witch Trials. By late in 1759 the family had moved to Amherst, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire and remained there for a number of years.
Ebenezer and the family were in Amherst at the time of the Revolutionary War and several members took part in it. In late June and early July, 1777 Ebenezer was with Captain Peabody’s company of volunteers who marched toward Fort Ticonderoga as it was under siege. (from Secomb, Daniel R.) Before they arrived the fort had fallen. His older brother Solomon took part in the Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777. I have no documentation of any other battles in which he or Solomon may have been involved.
Ebenezer married Hannah Littlefield probably prior to 1774 and their first child, Hannah, was born in 1774 in Amherst. Their ninth child, Robert, was born in 1791 in Amherst and their tenth, Samuel, in 1795 in Fayette, Kennebec County, Maine. Ebenezer, his brothers Solomon and Asa and his father Solomon all moved to the area of Fayette, probably in the early to mid 1790s. Solomon, Solomon and Asa apparently lived in or around Fayette until their deaths as did other Hutchinsons, all of whom descended from my 9th great grandfather Richard and wife Alice (Bosworth) Hutchinson.
While most of the family stayed around Fayette, Ebenezer (and at least two of his sons) moved to the area of Paris and Woodstock, about 25-30 miles from Fayette. Ebenezer’s son-in-law Abraham Walton was already in the area. Latham states on p. 467, “In the sketches of mills, it is stated that Ebenezer Hutchinson built a grist mill on Moose Pond stream about the beginning of the present century. In the list of early purchasers of land, on page seventy-six, it is stated “April 2, 1799, Ebenezer Hutchinson of Walton’s Plantation, bought of Stephen Robinson of Paris, the southerly part of lot numbered 27-28 in the 6th range.” Walton’s Plantation now constitutes a part of the town of Woodstock, and consisted of a few lots run out on the south end of what was afterwards the grant to Gorham Academy, and know as “Smith’s Survey”. Several Walton families were among the first settlers here, and hence the name. Hutchinson came to this section from Fayette, and he, the Waltons and several other neighboring families emigrated to Ohio. This emigration occurred about the year 1812.” In 1802 Ebenezer signed a petition to divide the town of Paris into two entities because a river ran through it and it was difficult to operate as if it were one entity. In 1809 his son Abraham was a Paris town officer and in 1810 his son Ebenezer was one.
Despite what Latham says, the emigration probably took place in 1814 as I have previously described. I’m not sure what other families besides the Hutchinsons and Waltons took part in the move but it may have been several. I really wish I knew why they decided to move west! The part of Maine they were in was certainly rugged and sparsely populated, as was the area to which they went. Many sources say that Ebenezer Hutchinson died in 1828 in Ohio and some say 1838 in Ohio. He may have died in 1838 but I don’t believe it was in Ohio. The 1830 US Census for Lancaster Township, Jefferson County, Indiana shows a 70-80 year old Ebenezer Hutchinson living next to a 40-50 year old Abraham Hutchinson. In 1830 Ebenezer would have been 77 years old and his son Abraham 48. I doubt that eight years later Ebenezer would have traveled to Ohio to die, although I have found no evidence of his death or grave in Indiana.
Secomb, Daniel R.; “History of the Town of Amherst, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire; with Genealogies of Amherst Families; Evans, Sleeper & Woodbury; Concond, N.H.;1883”
Volume: 184; SAR Membership Number: 36750. Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine; Little, George T., ed.; vol 2; Lewis Historical Publishing Company; New York; 1909; pp. 1526-1528
Lapham, William Berry and Silas Packard Maxim; History of Paris, Maine, from it’s Settlement to 1880: with a History of the Grants of 1736 & 1771: Together with Personal Sketches, a Copious Genealogical Register and an Appendix; Paris, Maine; Printed for the Authors; 1884
Lapham, William Berry; History of Woodstock, ME, with Family Sketches and an Appendix; Stephen Berry Printer; Portland; 1882
1830 US Census; Census Place: , Jefferson, Indiana; Page: 105; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 28; Family History Film: 0007717.