Reuben LOWELL

Male 1739 - 1824  (84 years)


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  • Name Reuben LOWELL 
    Born 29 Jun 1739  Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Jun 1824  Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lowell Cemetery, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Marriage Record (1st marriage): The Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts:
      "Lowell
      Ruben, and Pirsilla Bartlet, Dec. 15, 1761

      The Vital Records of Kingston, N.H.: “Lowel: Ruben & Perseler: Persiler, 07 Jun 1764; Reasma, 17 Jul 1762; Sarah, 05 Jan 1767.”

      Farmington VR: “Mr. Reuben Lowell of Farmington and Miss Sally Williams of Chesterville intend Marriage Farmington October1807. Certificate Issued Nov. 6, 1807.”

      Farmington VR: “November 10th 1807 joined in Marriage Mr. Reuben Lowell of Farmington with Miss Sally Williams, of Chesterville.”

      "After marriage he remained some years in Kingston, N.H., and about 1768 removed to Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine. After a short time he returned to Kingston.
      1783, he came as an early pioneer to Sandy River Township, now Farmington, Franklin, Maine.; took up a farm on the western side of the river, river lot No. 15; removed to Chesterville in the early part of the present century.
      'He was distinguished for his general intelligence and knowledge of affairs.'
      He served the town of Farmington in several local offices.
      In 1759, when 18 years of age, he enlisted in Col. Titcomb's Regt. of Newbury, Mass., and served in the expedition against Crown Point, N.Y. He was from Amesbury, Mass., at that time. Moses and Gideon were also with him. (Mass. Rec., Vol 97; p. 417).
      He was in the Rev. War from Kingston, N.H., Sept. 23, 1776. (N.H. Records).
      In 1774, he, a 'cordwainer,' bought land in Brunswick, Cumberland Co., Me.
      1778, he, a 'cordwainer,' deeded land in Kingston, N.H., which runs by land possessed by Moses Lowell.
      1779, he, of Kingston, N.H., bought land in Brunswick."

      From the Daughters of the American Revolution:
      Lowell, Reuben, Anc#A072113
      Service: New Hampshire
      Rank: Patriotic Service
      Birth: 6-29-1739 Amesbury, MA
      Death: 6-1-1824 Chesterville, ME
      Service Source: Batchellor Misc Rev Docs of NH, State Papers, Vol30,p77
      Service Description: Signer of Association Test

      Reuben Lowell came to the Sandy River area in 1784 and settled on the west side of the river just above Jesse Butterfield. p.42

      In 1789 it was decided that the title to the Sandy River Township would vest in the state of Massachusetts. The settlers therefore resolved to attempt to obtain a title to their lands. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, after receiving a petitition from the settlers, caused a full inventory of the lands to be taken. In the resulting inventory, taken by Dummer Sewall on September 10, 1789, Reuben Lowell was shown to have settled on Lot 15 of the front lot area on the west side of the Sandy River, he had a proprietor's mark, he had entered in 1783, had settled in 1784 and had seven acres under improvement. p.47

      1790 Census: Maine, Lincoln, Sandy River, First Twp:
      2 Free White Males 16+
      2 Free White Males Under 16
      2 Free White Females

      1800 Census: Maine, Kennebec, Farmington:
      Reuben Lowell
      1 Free White Male Under 10 years of age,
      2 Free White Males of 16 and Under 26
      1 Free White Male of 45 and upwards
      1 Free White Female of 16 and Under 26
      2 Free White Females of 26 and Under 45
      1 Free White Female of 45 and Upwards

      The official land grant deed to the Sandy River settlers, including Reuben Lowell who is listed as a settler prior to the first day of January 1784, emanated from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives on Feb. 4, 1790. p.51

      During the petitioning process to form Farmington, Reuben 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. Reuben Lowell signed this petition, dated Dec. 26, 1793, and was chosen to forward the petition for incorporation. Nevertheless, 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

      At the first township meeting for Farmington in April 7, 1794, Capt. Elijah Butler and Reuben Lowell were declared "sealers of leather." p.69

      In 1798, Reuben Lowell was an assistant assessor for Farmington 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

      In the returns of the eleventh district made Oct. 1, 1798, Reuben Lowell appears on the list of persons owning dwelling-houses on lots not exceeding two acres in any case, of a greater value than one hundred dollars. p.71


      On Dec. 10, 1798, Reuben Lowell signed, with other Federalists, a protest deriding the tactics of the republicans who had met Dec. 13 protesting the tax assessments. These local disagreements centered on two factions in the town, one aligned around the early settlers from Dunstable, Massachusetts, and the other around the early settlers from Martha's vineyard. The Dunstable group tended to be Universalists and the Martha's vineyard group tended to be Baptists. Reuben Lowell was associated with the Dunstable group. p.73

      At a Farmington town meeting on May 22, 1794, Reuben Lowell, along with nine others, was appointed to report the number and define the boundaries of the several school districts in town. The group recommended that the town be divided into ten school districts. p.93

      In 1803, Reuben Lowell, Enoch Craig, and Elijah Norton were Selectmen for Farmington. p.332

      "The religious belief of a large portion of the earliest settlers in Farmington was that of the Universalist faith, nearly all the Dunstable party belonging to that order...In 1811, a petition signed by inhabitants of Farmington and adjoining towns.. was sent to the General Court [of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts] praying to be incorporated as a religious society." Reuben Lowell, along with his sons John and Reuben, Jr. [note the absence of Joshua Bartlett, if it means anything] were signers of this petition. The petition was granted and the Universalist Society of Farmington was formed on Sept. 2, 1811-- Reuben Lowell was chosen as one of the three assessors of the group and was one of three individuals appointed to be delegates to represent the Society at its general convention to be held in Freeport, the second Wednesday of September, 1811-- "Immediate measures were taken to raise the funds necessary for the support of preaching, and an assessment of $100 was levied upon the estates of the society. The Universalists were, for the most part, residents of the lower part of the town, and had but a small interest in the Center Meeting-House. Their services were usually held in the old meeting-house at the Falls and in school-houses..." p.156

      "Reuben Lowell was born in Kingston, N.H., June 29, 1739. There he married and remained some years, but moved to Brunswick about 1768. He lived there but a short time, and returned to Kingston. In 1783 he came to the Sandy River township, and took up a farm on the western side of the river, river-lot No. 15. Becoming interested in the settlement of Chesterville, he removed thither early in the present century, and there died, June, 1824. Mr. Lowell was distinguished among the eararly settlers for his general intelligence and knowledge of affairs. He served the town of Farmington as constable and tax-collector. He was twice married-- Dec. 15, 1761 to Priscilla Bartlett, who became the mother of his children, and died in 1807; Nov. 10, 1807 to Sally Williams of Chesterville. Eight children."

      “Reuben (6) Lowell (Stephen (5) Capt. Gideon (4) Percival (3) Richard (2) Percival (1) b. June 29 1739 m. Dec. 15, 1761, Priscilla (11) b. Mar. 1, 1741, dau. of Joshua (10) and Priscilla (Jacobs) Bartlett of Kingston N.H. In 1768 they moved to Brunswick Me. but the unrest of the period caused them to return to Kingston where Reuben signed the N.H. Association Test and saw active service in the Rev. War. In 1779 the family again moved to Maine,--first, Brunswick, later among the pioneers of the Sandy River Township. Joshua Bartlett, Mrs. Lowell’s father, also signed the N.H. Association Test.

      Cemetery stone indicates death date as: 6-1824 age 85y

      From Farmington, Maine VR: “Record of Marks of Sheep and Cattle, 1795”: Reuben Lowell marks his sheep & cattle with a crop off of the right eare & a slit underside of the left eare.”, , , , , , , , , , , , , , [1, 2, 3]
    Person ID I311  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2015 

    Father Stephen LOWELL,   b. 19 Feb 1703, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1776  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Miriam COLLINS,   b. 23 May 1706, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1767, Essex, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1727  Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F107  Group Sheet

    Family 1 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 
    Children 
    +1. Rossamus LOWELL,   b. 17 Jul 1762, Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1829, Thomaston, Knox, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +2. Persis LOWELL,   b. 7 Jun 1764, Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1839, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +3. Sarah B. “Sally” LOWELL,   b. 5 Jan 1767, Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1794, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
    +4. Joshua Bartlett LOWELL,   b. 23 Mar 1769, Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1821, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     5. Hannah LOWELL,   b. 9 May 1771, Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1789  (Age 18 years)
    +6. Reuben LOWELL, Jr.,   b. 16 Sep 1773, Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1841, Abbot, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +7. Samuel L. LOWELL,   b. 4 Jan 1776, Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1862, Abbot, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +8. John LOWELL,   b. 22 Aug 1778, Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1868, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    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.
    Last Modified 8 May 2017 
    Family ID F105  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Sarah “Sally” WILLIAMS,   b. Abt 1764,   d. 13 Jun 1835  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 10 Nov 1807  Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 8 May 2017 
    Family ID F106  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Jun 1739 - Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Dec 1761 - Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Nov 1807 - Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Jun 1824 - Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Lowell Cemetery, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Land Records.  Eames, Samuel. Sells two tracts of land in Farmington to father-in-law, Reuben Lowell, 1795.
    Land Records. Eames, Samuel. Sells two tracts of land in Farmington to father-in-law, Reuben Lowell, 1795.
    Samuel Eames, husband of Reuben Lowell's daughter, Sally, sells portions of Lot 13 in Farmington to his father-in-law, Reuben Lowell.
    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, Reuben and Samuel L. Lowell.  Donate land to the Town of Farmington for a Cemetery, 1812.
    Land Records. Lowell, Reuben and Samuel L. Lowell. Donate land to the Town of Farmington for a Cemetery, 1812.
    Father Reuben Lowell and son Samuel L. Lowell donate a small portion of land from each of their respective home farms in Farmington to serve as a burial ground for the town of Farmington. The cemetery that was created on this land is now called "Lowell Cemetery, Farmington".
    Land Records.  Lowell, Reuben.  Purchases property in Chesterville, 1813.
    Land Records. Lowell, Reuben. Purchases property in Chesterville, 1813.
    Reuben Lowell purchases land from Moses Williams on 9 October 1813 for his home farm in Chesterville, and leaves his original home farm, located in Farmington.
    Land Records.  Lowell, Reuben.  Sells Land in Farmington to son John Lowell, 1805.
    Land Records. Lowell, Reuben. Sells Land in Farmington to son John Lowell, 1805.
    Reuben Lowell sells portions of his home farm on Lot 14 and Lot 15 to son John Lowell. These two tracts of land become John Lowell's home farm in Farmington.
    Land Records.  Lowell, Reuben.  Sells Portion of his Farmington Home Farm to Samuel L. Lowell, 1805.
    Land Records. Lowell, Reuben. Sells Portion of his Farmington Home Farm to Samuel L. Lowell, 1805.
    Reuben Lowell sells a major portion of Lot 15 to his son Samuel L. Lowell.
    Land Records.  Lowell, Reuben. Sells Land in Farmington to Reuben Lowell, Jr., 1805.
    Land Records. Lowell, Reuben. Sells Land in Farmington to Reuben Lowell, Jr., 1805.
    Reuben Lowell sells portions of Lot 13 and Lot 14 in Farmington, Maine, to son, Reuben Lowell, Jr. These two tracts of land will become Reuben Lowell, Jr.'s home farm in Farmington.
    Land Records.  Lowell, Samuel L.  Sells land in Farmington to father, Reuben Lowell, 1808.
    Land Records. Lowell, Samuel L. Sells land in Farmington to father, Reuben Lowell, 1808.
    Son Samuel L. Lowell sells to father, Reuben Lowell, land that was owned three years earlier by Reuben Lowell, and sold at that time to Samuel L. Lowell.
    Land Records.  Lowell, Reuben.  Land Title for Lot 15, Farmington, Maine.
    Land Records. Lowell, Reuben. Land Title for Lot 15, Farmington, Maine.
    Original title to Reuben Lowell's property emanated from this Senate Resolution, passed by the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, February 4, 1790. Included here are pages 96, 97, and 98 from "Resolves of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Respecting the Sale of Eastern Lands; with the Reports of the Committees Appointed to Sell Said Lands; From March 1, 1781 to March 5, 1792." Boston: Printed by Young and Minns, Printers to the State. 1803.

    Headstones
    Lowell, Reuben
    Lowell, Reuben
    Headstone sketch by Mitchell Block.

    Histories
    Correspondence. Lowell, Gerald R.  Letter to Doug and Beth Allen.
    Correspondence. Lowell, Gerald R. Letter to Doug and Beth Allen.
    Written on April 4, 1992, this letter provided a brief family history and house history to Doug and Beth Allen, the new owners of the Lowell homestead in Farmington, Maine. Doug and Beth were the first individuals who occupied the house who were not Lowell descendants. Their hard work saved the Lowell house, which had fallen into serious disrepair.
    Stories.  Reuben Lowell Homestead in Farmington Falls, Maine
    Stories. Reuben Lowell Homestead in Farmington Falls, Maine

    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. [S14] Old Foxcroft Maine: Traditions and Memories with Family Records., Mary Chandler Lowell, M.D., J.M..

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