Dixmont book offers 2 centuries of history

Posted April 26, 2009, at 6:19 p.m.

From May to August 1847, three children had perfect attendance of 69 days at Dixmont’s School Register District No. 1: Albert Luce, Minot Luce and Sarrah Luce. Racking up 68 days were Araminda Dodge, Mary R. Kimball, Sarrah Hodge and Everat Genison.

In fact, the whole roster of District No. 1, ages 3 to 16, is listed in “Dixmont Maine 1807-2007,” published by the town’s Dixmont Historical Society Committee.

It’s been two years since Dixmont marked its bicentennial, but you can still purchase a copy of this very nice 449-page history, plus index.

If you stop by the town office in Dixmont, you can pick up a copy for $30.

By mail, the price is $35, sent to Town of Dixmont, P.O. Box 100, Dixmont, ME 04932.

The committee that compiled the book comprised Joan Andren, Michelle Braley, G. Fred Bryant, Judy Cook, Sonia Erskine, Christina Graves, Judy Patterson, Bill Siebert, Deborah Smith, Robert Smith and the late Eleanor Toothaker.

Dr. Elijah Dix of Boston, who owned much of the land in Dixmont, was the grandfather of the well-known Dorothea Dix of Hampden.

Family history in varying amounts is included for:

ä Charles M. Adams, born 1796, Limington, and wife Hannah McDonald.

ä Elihu Alden, born 1775, Middleborough, Mass., and wife Lydia Mitchell. Elihu was a fifth-generation descendant of Mayflower passengers John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

ä Jonathan Basford, born in Chester, N.H., and wife Sally Higgins; Col. Joseph Basford, born 1787, Chester, N.H., and wives Lucy Cary Alden and Lydia Ferguson.

ä Norris H. Bragg and wife Sophia G. Crocker.

ä John Buckman of New Hampshire; John Buckman Jr. and wife Sarah Holbrook.

ä Benjamin Butman, Revolutionary War soldier, and wife Susannah.

ä Elder John Chadbourne, born 1752, Sanford, and wife Elizabeth Grant; Daniel Chadbourne; John Chadbourne.

ä Moses Chick, born 1777, Berwick, and wives Jane Ferguson and Lydia Wallis.

ä William Craig, born 1772, and wife Susannah Grover.

ä Nathaniel Crocker, born 1788, Massachusetts, and wife Nancy Porter.

ä The Rev. Jabez Fletcher, born 1800, Gray, and wife Betsy Tasker.

ä James Garland, born 1752, Hampton, N.H., and wife Sarah; John Garland, born 1783, and wife Dorcas Staples; Joseph Garland; James E. Garland; James E. Garland.

ä Josiah Howe, born 1774, North Brookfield, Mass., and wife Sally Ayer.

ä Moses Littlefield Jr., born 1755, Braintree, Mass., and wives Abigail Bolton and Sarah West.

ä Josiah Morse, born Bradford, Mass., and wife Mehitabel Carlton.

ä Nathaniel Mudgett, born in Brentwood, N.H., and wife Betsy Chase.

ä David Porter, from Boxford, Mass., and wives Nancy Stevens and Phebe Ann K. Stiles.

ä Richard, Samuel, Dorcas and Polly Staples of Limington.

ä Daniel Tasker, New Hampshire, and wife Sally Randall.

ä Larnard Wright, from Franklin, Mass., and wife Sally Gilbert Chase.

ä Thomas York, born 1780, Middleton, N.H., and wife Phoebe Ellis.

There also are articles on Susan (Low) Peabody, 1805-1895; George Simpson, 1810-1893; Henry Craig, 1816-1894; Gov. Jonathan G. Hunton, 1781-1851; John N. Hoit, 1841-1936; Edwin Forbes; Nathaniel J.L. Simpson, 1812-1888; Susan (Durgin) Stevens, 1812-1897; Mary (Simpson) Toothaker, 1815-1905; George Martin Toothaker, 1877-1900; Judge Waldo M. York; Lavina V. (Smith) Simpson, 1845-1923; Llewellyn P. Toothaker, 1850-1927; Laura J. Toothaker, 1852-1937; Nellie Louise (Benson) Gould, Mother of the Year in 1968; Caroline Parmenter; and Eleanor Alice Toothaker, 1911-2006.

Eleanor Toothaker was the town historian. In 1976, she updated the town history her father had written in 1907, and she wrote articles for town reports 1982-2002. She taught school for many years in New Sharon and Pittsfield, and I particularly like this paragraph from the Dixmont book:

Eleanor touched the lives of many pupils, imparting to them, in addition to the subject matter of schools, the lessons that life teaches and a good bit of herself. During the Depression, she bought milk and clothes for children in her classes who could not afford either and made sure each received a Christmas present. Eleanor was fond of sports, children and dogs and was generous with her time and energy.

The treasures in this history are far more than I can enumerate, from military honor rolls to old photos to information about more recent and current residents and wonderful writings by many of them.

I recommend this book, for yourself and for a library.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to familyti@bangordailynews.net.

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