48 Capt. Zachariah FITCH9, GGG Grandfather. Born on 1 Apr 1734 in Bedford, Massachusetts. Died on 2 Sep 1820.
According to Stearns' Fitch genealogy,9 Zachariah Fitch "is known as Capt. Zachariah Fitch of Groton, and his name is frequently met in the annals of his time. He served in the French and Indian Wars, and was a lieutenant and later a captain in the Revolution, and distinguished in civil affairs." His entry in MSSWR17 reads as follows: "FITCH, ZACHARIAH, Groton. 1st Lieutenant, Capt. Henry Farwell's co. of Minute-men, Col. William Prescott's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 11 days; also, Captain, Col. Samuel Brewer's regt.; engaged Aug. 3, 1776; service, 1 mo. 28 days; also, same regt.; pay abstract for mileage from Ticonderoga home, dated Dec., --, 1776."
Zachariah Fitch held many town offices throughout his life, including keeper of one of the town's bridges over the Nashua River. According to Butler's History of Groton18, in October 1779 the town voted "'That Capt. Fitch, Samuel Hemenway, John Simonds, James Adams, Caleb Blood, and Jacob Gragg, (persons living on the west side of the river,) be excused from any proportion of the highway taxes in this town in future, so long as they shall agree to keep in repair the bridge mentioned in the 12th article.'
"In April, 1803, Capt. Zachariah Fitch proposed to the town, that he would support the bridge and the two highways leading from it on the easterly side of the river the distance of twenty rods, for the sum of thirty dollars per annum, which proposition the town accepted.
"In 1806 a committee was chosen to consider and report [p. 57] what was expedient relating to the support of that bridge, who reported that Capt. Fitch ought in justice to have a grant of thirty dollars, to make present repairs, and in addition to thirty dollars annually, his proportion of the highway tax in future. This report was accepted. Capt. Fitch and his heirs have supported said bridge ever since."
Some of his children settled near Sebago Lake, Maine, on lands he was granted for his Revolutionary service. See this website:
for an account of Fitch's General Store in Sebago: "For 167 years, the Fitch family gave service to East Sebago and the area around this part of the Lakes Region. Fitch's General Store was a store that people depended on for years. Fitch's Store had most everything that you wanted. From bins to nails, Coffee makers to glass. Even keys could be made. Luther Fitch founded the store in 1830. It burnt in 1850. In 1909, Monty Fitch (Luther's Grandson ) bought the store. Just as the business was building up, the store met another disaster. It was struck by lightning in Oct. 3,1919 while Monty was on a vacation. He then moved the business into a converted stable that was attached to the house. He made it into a store and reopened it in 1920. Monty died in 1957. His son Laurence took over the business. Laurence and his English born wife,Vera, both continued to operate the business for the area. Laurence and Vera had a daughter Jill and two sons; Ward and Jack. Robert was Vera's son from another marriage. Laurence died Spring'97. Vera and her son, Jack operated the store until November. The memories are all we have now. The Fitch family gave us (not only a great general store) but, they gave us wonderful memories. Laurence and Vera always had a smile. Always willing to help."
He married Sibyl LAKIN9,19, GGG Grandmother, on 3 Feb 1767.
49 Sibyl LAKIN9,19, GGG Grandmother. Born on 16 Oct 1739. Died on 11 Oct 1806.
50 Josiah DAVIS10, GGG Grandfather. Born on 24 May 1753 in Townsend, Massachusetts. Died in Townsend, Massachusetts, on 31 Dec 1837.
There are several Josiah Davises in MSSWR; this is probably Josiah Davis of Townsend17 who served in Capt. Henry Farwell's company of Col. William Prescott's regiment, but careful work is needed to establish the identity.
He married Sarah SAWTELL10, GGG Grandmother, on 4 Mar 1779 in Townsend, Massachusetts.
51 Sarah SAWTELL10, GGG Grandmother. Born on 7 May 1761 in Townsend, Massachusetts. Died on 12 Mar 1825. Buried in Townsend, Massachusetts.
52 Samuel PRATT7, GGG Grandfather. Born on 15 Oct 1772 in Lancaster, Massachusetts. was baptized on 18 Oct 1772 in Lancaster, Massachusetts.20 Died on 9 Sep 1845. Buried in Chester, Vermont (Brookside Cemetery).
"SAMUEL, 15 Oct 1772, Lancaster, Ma., s/o James b. 1752 and Zerviah (Rugg). Fa d. 1784; Worc. Co. Prob. #47767 is guard. pet'n for Samuel, minor Lancaster. M. there 5 May 1799 Mary HENRY. Two chn in nearby Sterling VR for Samuel and Mary. Other chn in B#536 wh. ind. they also res. Antrim (Hillsboro) NH. On p. 349 Worc. Co., Ma. 1800: 10010-00010. Rem. w/bro James Jr. to Windham Co., Vt. IGI lists chn of Samuel, w. unnamed, at Barnard (Windsor) Vt.; some of them in VR for Samuel and Mary. Ind. p. 476 there 1810. He d. 9 Sept 1845, age 73. Widow Mary d. 12 May 1852, age 78; bur. at Chester Cem'y."
Rupp gives his birthdate as 19 Oct 1772 and his birthplace as Barre, Massachusetts.11
The children Martha, Rosella, and Alanda are not listed by Rupp, who says the seven children she does record were "all b. in Sterling, Mass."11
He married Mary HENRY7,11, GGG Grandmother, on 5 May 1799 in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
53 Mary HENRY7,11, GGG Grandmother. Born on 5 Aug 1774 in Leicester, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.11 Died on 12 May 1852.21,7 Buried in Chester, Vermont (Brookside Cemetery).
The ancestry of Mary Henry now given here is based on Rupp's chapter in the Henry Genealogy, although some chronological details of the earliest branches may have been subject to romantic embellishment.11
54 John SLEEPER12,13, GGG Grandfather. Born on 26 Oct 1786. Died in Francestown, New Hampshire, on 25 Mar 1853. Of Francestown, New Hampshire.
"He lived upon the place first owned by his father, where he died, Mch. 25, 1853, aged 66."12
The site search.labs.familysearch.org gives their date of marriage as 25 July 1809.22
He married Lydia DODGE13, GGG Grandmother, on 20 Jul 1809.12
55 Lydia DODGE13, GGG Grandmother. Born on 16 Feb 1790. Died on 25 Jan 1862.
According to the Dodge Genealogy,13 Lydia Dodge was "b. 16 February, 1790; d. 25 January, 1862, aged 72. She m. John Sleeper, b. 26 October, 1786, a successful farmer in Francestown, N. H. Of eleven children only two survived in 1880." A list of their children follows.
56 Isaac WOODS2,8, GGG Grandfather. Born on 24 May 1800 in Dunstable, Massachusetts. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 29 Oct 1841.
Skeate8 lists nine children for Isaac Woods and Eliza Shattuck: Louiza, Otis, Isaac Newton, George Washington, Sumner, Augusta Keene, Albert, Caroline, and Catherine. May's list2 differs slightly: she spells the first child's name Louisa, she identifies the sixth child as Augustus Keen (male) rather than Augusta Keene, and after Albert she identifies an additional child, Harriet, b. Groton 17 Apr 1838, d. 13 Feb 1878. May was also unclear about the twins Caroline and Catherine: she lists Catherine with the note "Her name may have been Caroline. We can find nothing about her." May provides full details on the family of Augustus Keen (who m. Fannie Elizabeth Gilson), so Skeate's identification of this child as female must be incorrect. May notes that Louisa's name was "pronounced the old-fashioned-way-Louisa" which may account for the difference in spelling. May also provides full details on the child Harriet (she m. Samuel Chase as his 2nd wife), so it seems likely that Skeate missed this child in her account.
He married Eliza SHATTUCK23,2,8, GGG Grandmother, on 26 Mar 1821 in Groton, Massachusetts.
61 Harriett Newel BURGESS16, GGG Grandmother. Born on 24 Sep 1820 in Boxboro, Massachusetts. Died aft 1860.
62 Thomas CUMMINGS15, GGG Grandfather. Born in 1782 or 1783 in Deerfield, New York. Died on 22 Feb 1865.
According to Mooar's Descendants of Isaac Cummings15, "418. THOMAS CUMMINGS (Thomas7, Thomas6, Thomas5, John4, John3, John2, Isaac1) married, Sept. 14, 1815, Lucinda, daughter of Reuben and Sarah (Read) Wright, born in 1797. She died July 30, 1851. He removed from Deerfield, N.Y., to Westford, Mass., and had a grist mill at the bridge, below Sargent's works, at Graniteville. His house was burnt and the first three children burned with it, May 28, 1819. He removed to Tyngsboro, Mass. He died Feb. 22, 1865."
Note that the birthdates given by Mooar for the third and fourth children (Thomas and Walter Hildreth) are too close together for them both to be correct. Westford Days26 provides further information on the family of Walter Hildreth Cummings but does not mention the possible confusion regarding his birthdate.
He married Lucinda WRIGHT15, GGG Grandmother, on 14 Sep 1815 in Westford, Massachusetts.
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