Saturday, February 27, 2010

Surname Saturday - Dow

On my maternal grandmother's side, we find the Dow surname.

Her mother, my great-grandmother was Leilia Elva Dow. Leilia was born January 11, 1881 in Danforth, Washington, Maine.  In the 1900 census her occupation was listed as music teacher.  I guess that helps explain her daughter Beatrice's  (my grandmother) amazing musical talent.  She could play any song she had heard.  My mom has found memories of her playing songs they had heard on the radio.  But back to Leilia.  She was the second wife of Allen Hall who she married on November 30, 1904 in Bradford, Penobscot, Maine.  Tragically, she died shortly after giving birth to a second daughter Ruby Virgie. Leilia died April 24, 1912.  The baby died May 18, 1912.  They are buried next to each other in Peter's Cove Cemetery, Orient, Maine

Leilia Dow Hall

Leila's father was Isaiah Lincoln Dow who was born June 3, 1839 in Danforth, Washington, Maine. He was a carpenter, building more than half the houses in Danforth during his 40 years residence there.  He married first Sarah Maxwell about 1865.  They had a son Willard Jefferson Dow.  Sarah died and Isaiah married her sister Emily Judson Maxwell.  They were married on December 22, 1871.  Isaiah died on April 7, 1918 in Danforth.  He is buried in Maple Cemetery, Danforth, Maine. 

Oliver Buffum Dow was born December 27, 1802 in Vassalborough, Maine  He was a millwright, constructing and maintaining mills and their equipment.  He and his family moved about the mill towns along the Maine and Canadian border. Oliver married Elizabeth Milburn on October 6, 1831 in Hopewell, New Brunswick, Canada.  He died June 13, 1974 in Milltown, Washington, Maine and is buried in Calais Cemetery, Calais, Maine.

Oliver's father was John Dow who was born June 4, 1771 in Berwick, York, Maine.   He married Zilpha Lincoln on February 22, 1797 in Vassalborough, Maine.  John and Zilpha were members of the Quaker monthly meetings in Vassalborough.  In March 1803 they requested a removal certificate as they moved on.  The 1820 census shows them in Harlem, Kennebec, Maine.  The 1830 census puts them in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine.  The family finally settled at Branch Mills, pioneers of the town, a hamlet made by clearing the forest.  There was a 30 mile horseback trail to Augusta, marked by blazing the trees, and for some years it was the only way to civilization.  John and Zilpha had ten children.

Moses Dow was born January 7, 1733/34.  He married Hannah Gove on December 8, 1756 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.  He was admitted to the Quaker Meeting of Dover on December 2, 1759.  He later moved to Berwick, Maine.  Moses died October 31, 1816 in Berwick, Maine. 

Moses was the son of John Dow born about 1698.  He married Patience Swett on April 20, 1731 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.  He died about 1767.

John Dow was born December 12 1665 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  He married Hannah Page on November 27, 1696 in Hampton.  John died November 28, 1744 in Kingston, Massachusetts.

Joseph Dow was born1638 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.  He was the first Dow born in America.  He was a quaker, a farmer, a trapper and a surveyor.  He married Mary Sanborn on December 17, 1662 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  He was appointed to survey the Exeter-Hampton (NH) line in February 1669.  He also led the rebuilding of the municipal sawmill in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire in 1680.  Joseph died April 4, 1703 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

Henry Dow, the immigrant ancestor, was born October 6, 1605 in Ormsby, Norfolk, England.  He married Joan Nudd on February 11, 1630 in Ormsby.  In 1637, Henry and Joan came from England to American. Henry died April 21, 1659 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

1 comment:

  1. Kathy, Do you know of a Jasper Leeland Bockus who m. Laura Katie Dow of Bridgetown Maine before 1909 and died in Lynn Massachusetts in November of 1927? I thought of you with the Dow and Maine connections.