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Gideon LOWELL

Male 1672 - 1753  (80 years)


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  • Name Gideon LOWELL 
    Born 3 Sep 1672  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Feb 1753  Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Union Cemetery, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1696, he was a "cordwainer."
      1706 and later, he is called a "mariner" and "coaster."
      He calls himself "yeoman" in his will 1748, and when his will is executed 1753, he is called "captain."
      Jan. 19, 1718, he purchased 53 acres of land of Fawne Clements, in "Almesbury," Mass. It was upland, butting on the Powow and Merrimac rivers.
      In 1719, he sold his land in Newbury and in the deed he is called "coaster of Almesbury," hence about this time he removed with all of his family from Newbury to Amesbury and settled there, at what was called the "Ferry." His house was but recently torn down.
      Tradition says that he opened a street through his land in Amesbury; built a house for each of his seven sons and the street was known as Lowell street.
      He was a sea captain; built, owned and commanded his vessels--one a "sloupe" of 50 or 60 tons burden; sailed widely; took his wife Marian with him often, and probably some of his children were born while on these voyages. It is a familiar tradition that his son John was born in South Carolina while there with his ship.
      In 1728-9, he and his brother Samuel purchased land in Falmouth, (now Portland), Me. He was also at that time voted a freeman in that place, and had the ear-mark of cattle recorded there. He removed there, but transferred his land to his son Abner.
      In 1690 he was a soldier in the 1st expedition to Canada. (Mass.Rec., Vol. 114, p. 178).
      It would seem that he was a very bold and successful voyager, as he amassed a considerable fortune. Traditions make it probable that in his voyages the King's revenue was not always considered, nor did he hesitate to run up aside of and board by force a French or Spanish craft as the opportunity presented. His vessels were staunch and swift, though not showing as fine outlines as some more modern ones might.
      Unfortunately the shipping records of those times were lost when the Custom House at Newbury was burned in 1811
      He owned a wharf near "Ames' wharf," at the mouth of the Powow River, where he landed his cargos of "Rhum" and "Shugar," from the West Indies, or rice, resin and tar from the Carolinas."

      "[1720] Gideon Lowell petitioned for leave to fence in the road over Bailey's hill, and offered to give a piece of land at the mouth of Powow river for a landing-place. The offer was accepted by the town."

      "[1730] Thomas Cottle having purchased the interest of Rice Edwards in the ship-yard near Gideon Lowell's..."

      "[1751] Theodore Hoytt and Thomas Colby petitioned the town to grant them a piece of land near Mr. Giddeon Lowell's wharf for a ship-yard and to set a workshop on."

      He moved to Amesbury about 1719.
      Will dated Nov. 18, 1748.

      “Captain Gideon Lowell, son of Percival Lowell.. was born in Newbury, September 3, 1672; died in Amesbury, before 1753. He was a cordwainer or shoemaker by trade, and also followed the sea, and was called in deeds “mariner” and “coaster”. He bought land in Amesbury, January 19, 1718, of Fawne Clements, and in 1719 sold his land in Newbury. His house was but recently torn down. Tradition says that he opened a street through his land at Amesbury and built a house for each of his seveven sons upon it. He was a sea captain, and his wife often went with him on voyages. It is said that his son John was born in South Carolina while they were in port. In 1728-9 he and his brother Samuel bought land in Falmouth (Portland) Maine, but he did not locate there permanently. He was a soldier in the expedition to Canada in 1690. He owned a whart near Ames’s Wharf, at the mouth of the Powow river, where he landed his cargoes of “rhum” and “shugar” from the West Indies; or rrice, resin and tar from the Carolinas. “It would seem that he was a very bold and successful voyager, as he amassed a considerable fortune. Tradition makes it seem probable that in his voyages the king’s revenue was not always considered, nor did he hesitate to run up aside of and board by force a French or Spanish craft as the opportunity presented.” He married first, in Newbury, July 7, 1692, Miriam (Mary) Swett, born April 10, 1672, died November 27, 1734, aged sixty-three, dauughter of John Swett, who married December 6, 1670, Mary Plummer, daughter of Samuel, granddaughter of Stephen, son of John Swett.. Lowell married second, June 4, 1735, Elizabeth Colby, widow. Children, by the first wife: 1. Mary, born March 1, 1692-3; maried July 9, 1715, Zechriah Philbrook. 2. Lieutenant John, born February 1, 1696-7. 3. Captain Samuel, born about 1698; soldier in French war. 4. Gideon, born about 1700. 5. Stephen, born February 19, 1703; mentioned below. 6. Corporal Moses, born about 1705. 7. Hannah, born April 11, 1707. 8. Joseph, born about 1709. 9. Abner, born November 29, 1711. 10. Jonathan, born March 24, 1714.”

      Will of Gideon Lowell (1748)
      “I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth my wife, 1 cow and 1 chest with a Drawerat ye bottom marked E.L. and also 1 Lenning Wheele which she Generally useth and also all ye provisions that I have of all sorts whatsoever for her to Have to hold free aand cleare forever. I give unto said Elizabeth Ye use and Improvement of 1/3 of my Household goods as followeth viz: 1 bed curtains with the bedstead and ye furniture be longing to said bed which is the bed I generally lodge on in the west room of my dwelling house together with so much of the rest of said household goods as shall make out1/3 part thereof together with ye suller under said house as she shall chose with convenient passing and repassing; and convenience of yard room for laying of wood before ye door and also of Improvement of 1 acre of land and in my field on ye westerly side of ye brook, ye above said cow to be kept winter and summer by my sons that shall enjoy my homestead.”, , , , , , [1, 2, 3, 4]
    Person ID I316  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2015 

    Father Percival LOWELL,   b. 1639/1640, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1709, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 70 years) 
    Mother Mary CHANDLER,   b. Abt 1648, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1708, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 7 Sep 1664  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F109  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Miriam "Mary" SWETT,   b. 10 Apr 1672, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1734, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 7 Jul 1692  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary LOWELL,   b. 1 Mar 1692/1693, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John LOWELL,   b. 1 Feb 1696/1697, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1748  (Age < 50 years)
     3. Samuel G. LOWELL,   b. 1698, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Gideon LOWELL,   b. ? 1700, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 28 Oct 1765  (Age ~ 65 years)
    +5. 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)
     6. Moses LOWELL,   b. ? 1705, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Hannah LOWELL,   b. 11 Apr 1707, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Joseph LOWELL,   b. ? 1709, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. Abner LOWELL,   b. 29 Nov 1711, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1761  (Age 49 years)
     10. Jonathan LOWELL,   b. 24 Mar 1714, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1748  (Age < 33 years)
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F108  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth COLBY 
    Married 4 Jun 1735  Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F129  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Sep 1672 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Jul 1692 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Jun 1735 - Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Feb 1753 - Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Union Cemetery, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S9] Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts., Hoyt, David W., (Providence, R.I., Snow & Farnham, 1897.).

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

    3. [S7] History of Amesbury., Merrill, Joseph., (Haverhill, Press of Franklin P. Stiles, 1880).

    4. [S72] Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts., Cutter, William Richard., (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1908.).