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John Haskell & Hannah Parsons, New Gloucester, ME

Today’s Haskell family represents the last of the surname in my line, as I am descended from their daughter, Judith. Here is a road map illustrating the double line of descent:

John Haskell was born in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts on 7 January 1744/45 to Nathaniel Haskell and Hannah White. He married Hannah Parsons, his third cousin, on 18 January 1769, also in Gloucester.

Hannah Parsons, too, was from Gloucester and the two families had likely known each other for generations. Hannah was born 29 April 1749, the daughter of Isaac Parsons and Hannah Burnham.

However, unlike their ancestors who resided in Essex County, Massachusetts for the previous four generations, John and Hannah joined a number of their relatives and friends who trekked up to Maine and settled in New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine.

Hannah had to have been a hardy young lady up for the trip because she would have been several months pregnant with her first child when the young couple headed north in the spring of 1769.

New Gloucester was established in 1736, but sparsely populated for several decades. Most of the new inhabitants were from Gloucester, Massachusetts. A few early souls lived there by 1742, but abandoned their village until 1753 because of Indian attacks. Reportedly, only twelve families lived there until 1759 and their house was a garrison and stockade building. The first meeting house wasn’t constructed until 1773 and the town wasn’t incorporated until 1774.

John and his young, pregnant wife truly left an established home and for the wilds of Maine in 1769. By June of that year, Hannah was already five months along, but the move had to have been made in mild weather.

They had many friends and family members who also settled in New Gloucester and they spent the rest of their lives in the pretty little town. I was lucky enough to visit there in 1980 – it truly is beautiful.

New Gloucester gained some fame when the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing -known as the Shakers – settled at Sabbathday Lake Village about 1783.

John Haskell, as far as I can tell, was a farmer. He and Hannah had thirteen children.

Children (All BMD in New Gloucester, unless noted otherwise):

1. Hannah, born 21 October 1769; died 9 April 1857, Hebron, Oxford, Maine; married Asa Loring, 4 November 1790.
2. Lucy, born 29 April 1772; probably died after 1720; married Samuel Merrill, 4 December 1792.
3. John, born 28 February 1774; died c1846, Poland, Cumberland, Maine; married Sally Parsons, 9 May 1802.
4. Jabez, born 8 February 1776; died 17 May 1856; married Abigail Chipman, 30 August 1798.
5. Lydia, born 29 April 1778; died 10 October 1800.
6. Caleb, born 29 April 1778; died 2 February 1869, Dover, Norfolk, Massachusetts; married Judith Collins, 9 January 1800.
7. Judith, born 5 November 1780; died 6 July 1861; married William Tarbox, 25 November 1802.
8. Nathaniel, born 19 July 1782; died 27 January 1861; married Mary Colley, 25 July 1819.
9. Mary, born 3 September 1783; died 2 January 1866; married William Hatch, 12 May 1808.
10. Salome, born 1 August 1785; died 4 July 1836, Cumberland, Cumberland, Maine; married Humphrey Merrill, 21 October 1804.
11. Isaac, born 24 October 1787; died 8 January 1832; married Jane B. Chase, 23 June 1810.
12. Susannah, born 29 September 1789; died after 1850 census; married William Stockman, 9 January 1812.
13. Nathan Parsons, born 10 June 1792; reportedly died c1827; apparently unmarried and no further record.

Unfortunately, Cumberland County, Maine had a fire c1907 and probate records from 1807-1907 were lost.

However, town records survived proving that John Haskell served as a town officer during the American Revolution, which is considered patriotic service.

Last Line: John Haskell, voted as tythingman
New Gloucester Town Records 1:14

John Haskell & Hannah Parsons are my 5X great grandparents. Both lived long lives, with John dying on 4 October 1828 and Hannah on 8 February 1834, both in New Gloucester, Maine. Both are buried in Lower Corner Cemetery and their stones are still legible.

My line of descent from the Haskells from John & Hannah forward:

John Haskell & Hannah Parsons
Judith Haskell & William Tarbox
George Rogers Tarbox & Mary Elizabeth Scripture
Nellie F. Tarbox & Calvin Segee Adams
Charles Edwin Adams & Annie Maude Stewart
Vernon Tarbox Adams & Hazel Ethel Coleman
Doris Priscilla Adams & George Michael Sabo
Linda Anne Sabo Stufflebean – me!


American Patriots John Haskell and Samuel Tarbox

Some years ago, I discovered a reference to John Haskell being a qualified ancestor for membership in the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, but he was not identified as such by DAR.

John Haskell was my 5x great grandfather. He was born 7 January 1744/45 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, the second child of Nathaniel Haskell and Hannah White. He married Hannah Parsons on 18 January 1769 in Gloucester. Hannah was born on 29 April 1749, also in Gloucester, the fifth child and first daughter of Isaac Parsons and Hannah Burnham.

However, very soon after John and Hannah Haskell married, they removed to the newly settle town of New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine, where their first child, daughter Hannah, was born on 21 October 1769. Their other twelve children were also all born in New Gloucester.

I had to do some digging to discover how John Haskell made it on to the patriot rolls of the SAR. I was given a vague reference to New Gloucester town records so I wrote to the town clerk. I was rewarded with one page of the typed transcript of the original town records from 19 March 1776.

New Gloucester Town Meeting Records

There was what I needed on the very last line of the page:

Voted that Messrs. John Warran and John Haskell be the tytheing-men.

Janice A. Brown has such a great description of this job on her Cow Hampshire blog post from 7 April 2007 that I can’t do any better:

It was the tithing man’s duty to detain and arrest Sabbath travelers, unless they were going to or from church, or to visit the sick and do charitable deeds. His job was also to keep the boys from playing in the meeting-house, and to wake up any who might fall asleep during meeting.

In some towns, tithing men were provided with staves, which were sticks that had brass upon one end and feathers upon the other. Called “church sticks” and “tithing sticks,” the brass end was used to hit the sleeping men or restless children, and the feathers were used to brush the faces of sleeping women. Another version (kinder) shows a rabbit’s tail on one end and a fox tail on the other.

Tithing men also collected the taxes mandated for the support of the church and the minister of the gospel (thereby the name, from the worth tithe, ” to pay a portion of one’s income, especially to the church.”). They were expected to report on idle or disorderly persons, profane swearers or cursers and Sabbath breakers.

I guess it wasn’t a job for the fainthearted! However, John’s election to town service is what qualified him as an American patriot, but under civil service, not military, which took place during the American Revolution.

Actually, I was quite elated to get this page because this one and only very same page provided me with a second ancestor giving civil service, Samuel Tarbox.

The sentence second from the bottom stated:

Voted that Messrs. Adam Cotton, Barnabas Winslow and Samuel Tarbox be the wardens.

Near the beginning of the minutes for that town meeting, it also noted:

Voted Mr. Samuel Tarbox moderator for said meeting.

Samuel Tarbox was born 23 May 1731 in Gloucester, Essex, MA, the son of Joseph Tarbox and Susannah Stevens. He married Deborah Sayward on 19 June 1755, also in Gloucester. Deborah was born on 10 April 1737, again in Gloucester, the daughter of Joseph Sayward and Sarah Giddings.

Like John and Hannah Haskell, Samuel and Deborah Tarbox are my 5x great grandparents. Also like the Haskells, the Tarbox family moved not many years after their marriage to New Gloucester, Maine. Their first two children were born in Gloucester, but it appears that the remaining seven children in their family were born in New Gloucester from 1762 onwards.

Both John Haskell and Samuel Tarbox are now documented patriots in both the SAR and DAR databases. As you can see, it is a relatively easy task to obtain documentation for non-military service during the American Revolution.