Joshua Bartlett LOWELL

Male 1769 - 1821  (51 years)


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  • Name Joshua Bartlett LOWELL 
    Born 23 Mar 1769  Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Mar 1821  Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Center Cemetery, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Lists birthdate as Mar. 23, 1766.

      "In early life he was a teacher."

      1790 Census: Maine: Lincoln: Sandy River First Twp:
      Joshua Bartlet Lowell
      1 Free White Male 16+

      "His daughter, Mrs. Julia Anna Williams, in 1896, when 83 years of age, writes of her father and his home as follows--
      'He bought a large tract of land in Kennebeck Co., sold off some of the timber, cleared up some of the land, and built a small cottage in what is now the town of Chesterville. Thither in 1794 he brought his lovely bride. She was a helpmeet above rubies to the young farmer. Thirteen children came to bless their home, a merry happy home, crowned with peace and plenty. Before my memory they built a large and handsome house. My father was one of the largest taxpayers in the town, and always had some town office. He had the right qualities for a pioneer of a town, or a noble nation. I remember when I was six years old, seeing my brothers and the workmen counting the sheep and lambs, and to wash them in the spring before they were driven to the pasture, and remember that there were 300 of them, and all that wool was manufactured by my mother with suitable help. We kept 9 cows, and she made the choicest butter and cheese. * * * He died at the age of 75, when his youngest child was one year old, but he had three good, well stocked farms in readiness for his three oldest boys, and bank stock and town bonds enough to provide a liberal education for the two younger boys, and to pension off the daughters."


      "The next lot north was taken up by Joshua B. Lowell, son of Reuben Lowell, one of the early settlers in Farmington. He opened the first house for the entertainment of travelers, within the limits of the present town, while it was yet a plantation. He was chosen the first clerk, and served the town in that office nine consecutive years. He served also as Selectman and Assessor six years, and was the second Postmaster in the town. A paralytic shock rendered him helpless some four years before his death which took place in March 1821; His age was 55 years. His wife died in November 1822." p.32

      "According to a journal kept by Rev. Jothan Sewall the question of the separation of Maine from Massachusetts was agitated in 1792. Monday the 7th day of May of that year was appointed for the people of Maine to meet and vote on the question. He writes ... "Met in the afternoon at Dummer Sewall's. Nine votes for, and two against separation." The inhabitants of Chester Plantation (see record made by Dummer Sewall) applied to Stephen Titcomb, Esq., to call the first Plantation Meeting of which the writer has been able to find any record. Pursuant to his warrant the meeting was held at Joshua B. Lowell's, Innholder, the 3rd Monday in March, 1799. Dummer Sewall was chosen clerk, Thomas Williams, William Bradbury, and Joshua B. Lowell, Assessors..." p.48

      During the petitioning process to form Farmington, Joshua Bartlett Lowell was one of the signers of an alternative petition, dated May 22, 1793, requesting that the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts form two towns--creating a separate town for the lower part of the Sandy River plantation rather than have it be a part of Farmington, whose creation was petitioned by a separate set of Sandy River settlers in a document dated May 20, 1793. p.61


      As the incorporation process for Farmington continued, a group of residents of the lower Sandy River made one last attempt to have a separate town formed consisting of the lower part of the Sandy River township and the upper part of Chester to be called Parkeford. J. Bartlett Lowell signed this petition, dated Dec. 26, 1793. Neverthess, the original petition served as the basis for the bill that passed the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives on Jan. 28, 1794 and was signed by the Governor on February 1-- p.65

      In 1798, Joshua B. Lowell was an assistant assessor for Chester for the eleventh district of the first division of Massachusetts in order to apportion the district's share of Massachusetts' $260,435.34 (which was part of a direct tax of two million that had been authorized by Congress in 1798). p.70

      "Joshua B. Lowell settled in Chesterville. He was the first clerk of that town, and served in that capacity for nine consecutive years. He was also selectman for six years, was postmaster, and the first innkeeper in the town. He died Mar. 12, 1821 from the effects of a paralytic shock. Mr. Lowell md., Jan. 25, 1795, Elizabeth, dau. of Benjamin Heath, who d. Nov. 20, 1822. Thirteen children, born in Chesterville."

      "Chesterville's first town meeting was held in the dwelling house of Joshua Lowell on Monday, the fifth day of April, 1802." Town Meeting Records, V. 1, p.4; Records of the Town (Meetings) of Chesterville, 1802. 8 vols.

      "The first record of salary voted the town clerk is in the special meeting of April 23, 1804, when the inhabitants 'voted to allow Joshua B. Lowell for Recording Births and deaths up to the 2nd day of April 1804 to the number of fourty two $3.36.'" Town Meeting Records, V. 1, p. 45

      "The vote in the annual town meeting of the following year [1805] is remarkable for the light it throws on the expenses of town government; it allowed 'Joshua B. Lowell for services as Selectmen and Assessor and Town Clerk the year past $8.76 and for providing powder for the militia on muster day $9.45.'" Town Meeting Records, v. 1, p.57, , , , , , , , , , ,

      Mortuary Notice: American Advocate (Hallowell, ME) Vol. XII, Issue 12, Page 3, Saturday, March 31, 1821:
      “Died, In Chesterville, on the 12th inst. Mr. Joshua B. Lowell, aged 52 years. Much lamented by his friends.”

      Mortuary Notice: Repertory (Boston, MA) Page 4, Thursday, April 5, 1821:
      “Died, In Chesterville, (Me.) Mr. Joshua B. Lowell, aged 52.” [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
    Person ID I309  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2015 

    Father Reuben LOWELL,   b. 29 Jun 1739, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1824, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Priscilla BARTLETT,   b. 22 Mar 1741, Wells, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1807, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 15 Dec 1761  Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    Land Records.  Lowell, Reuben.  Family and Descendants.  Land Records from Franklin County, Maine.
    Land Records. Lowell, Reuben. Family and Descendants. Land Records from Franklin County, Maine.
    Franklin County, Maine Ledger Index to Records, from May 10, 1838 to January 1, 1884, listing all Lowell family entries for land transactions. Contains book and page number data.
    Family ID F105  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth “Betsy” HEATH,   b. 25 Apr 1774, New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1822, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1795 
    Children 
     1. Benjamin LOWELL,   b. 2 Sep 1795, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1809, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
    +2. Sarah "Sally" LOWELL,   b. 28 May 1797, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1886, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +3. Samuel LOWELL, Captain,   b. 5 Mar 1799, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1838, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    +4. Bartlett LOWELL,   b. 17 Dec 1800, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1874  (Age 73 years)
    +5. Reuben LOWELL, Jr.,   b. 12 Sep 1802, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1867, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +6. Elizabeth Heath “Betsey” LOWELL,   b. 20 Jul 1804, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1887, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     7. Hannah LOWELL,   b. 14 Jun 1806, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1829, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     8. James Madison LOWELL,   b. 4 Dec 1808, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1825, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
     9. Benjamin LOWELL,   b. 15 Jan 1811, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1814  (Age 3 years)
    +10. Julia Anna LOWELL,   b. 27 May 1813, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1899, Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     11. Lydia H. LOWELL,   b. Apr 1815, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1815  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +12. Simeon Heath LOWELL,   b. 16 Aug 1816, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1876, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    +13. Prof. Andrew Judson LOWELL,   b. 13 Feb 1819, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1898  (Age 79 years)
    Headstones
    Lowell, Joshua Bartlett and Elizabeth 'Betsy' Heath Lowell
    Lowell, Joshua Bartlett and Elizabeth "Betsy" Heath Lowell
    Sketches by Mitchell Block.
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F104  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Mar 1769 - Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Mar 1821 - Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Center Cemetery, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Lowell, Joshua Bartlett
    Lowell, Joshua Bartlett
    1769-1821

    Documents
    Wills.  Lowell, Joshua Bartlett.  Probate documents.
    Wills. Lowell, Joshua Bartlett. Probate documents.
    Joshua Bartlett Lowell died on 12 March 1821. On 4 July 1821, his wife Elizabeth "Betsy" Heath Lowell was appointed executrix. The probate inventory was accepted on 25 September 1821 in Probate Court.
    Wills.  Lowell, Joshua Bartlett.  Will.
    Wills. Lowell, Joshua Bartlett. Will.
    Joshua Bartlett Lowell died 12 March 1821 in Chesterville, Franklin County, Maine, USA.
    Land Records.  Lowell, Joshua B.  Purchase of second property in Chesterville, 1812.
    Land Records. Lowell, Joshua B. Purchase of second property in Chesterville, 1812.
    On 12 October 1813, Joshua B. Lowell purchases an additional tract of land, 55 acres, from Oliver Bailey of Farmington.
    Land Records.  Lowell, Joshua B.  Purchases Home Farm in Chesterville, 1790.
    Land Records. Lowell, Joshua B. Purchases Home Farm in Chesterville, 1790.
    This purchase by Joshua B. Lowell is the first purchase, by a Lowell, of land in Chesterville, Maine. One hundred and seventy six acres were purchased on 21 June 1790.
    Land Records.  Lowell, Joshua B.  Sells Land in Farmington, Maine, to father, Reuben Lowell, 1795.
    Land Records. Lowell, Joshua B. Sells Land in Farmington, Maine, to father, Reuben Lowell, 1795.
    Lot No. 15 in Farmington was originally deeded to Reuben Lowell by actions of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in February 4, 1790. Reuben apparently sold Lot. 15 to his son Joshua B. sometime after 1790 and before 1805. No deeds have been located reflecting Reuben's sale of Lot No. 15 to Joshua B. Lowell or the purchase date of Lot 14 by Joshua B. Lowell prior to its being sold to Reuben Lowell.
    Land Records.  Lowell, Joshua B.  Sells land to future son-in-law, Jacob Ames, 1813.
    Land Records. Lowell, Joshua B. Sells land to future son-in-law, Jacob Ames, 1813.
    On 28 Feb 1816, Jacob Ames married Joshua B. and Betsey Lowell's oldest daughter, Sarah "Sally" Lowell. They settled as a married couple on the land that Jacob purchased from Joshua B. Lowell in 1813. The land sold to Jacob was part of Joshua B. Lowell's original home farm purchased in Chesterville.

    Albums
    Lowell Land Transactions in Farmington, Maine
    Lowell Land Transactions in Farmington, Maine (8)
    The images in this album depict a variety of land transactions occurring in Farmington, Maine. Transactions occurred between 1790 and 1812.
    Lowell Land Transactions in Chesterville, Maine
    Lowell Land Transactions in Chesterville, Maine (18)
    The images in this album depict a variety of land transactions occurring in Chesterville, Maine. Transactions occurred between 1790-1854.

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] A History of Farmington, Franklin County, Maine, from the Earliest Explorations to the Present Time, 1776-1885., Butler, Francis Gould., (Farmington: Press of Knowlton, McLeary, and Co., 1885.).

    2. [S12] Inventory of Town and City Archives of Maine., United States. Works Progress Administration. Maine., (Chesterville, 1939.).

    3. [S16] Chesterville, Maine Records., (Maine Historical Society, Hallowell, Maine.).

    4. [S4] Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899., Lowell, Delmar R., (Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vt., 1899).

    5. [S5] History of Chesterville, Maine., Sewall, Oliver, (Farmington, J.S. Swift, 1875).