Thursday, April 15, 2010

Daniel Bolton of Windham, Westbrook and Portland, Cumberland Co Maine

1906 Postcard of Harbor,  Portland, Maine; my collection

My great X 3 grandfather was DANIEL BOLTON who was born about 1794 in probably Maine, and died between 1851 and 1860 in Portland, Cumberland Co, Maine.

DANIEL BOLTON was a ship's carpenter and a joiner by trade.  He was conscripted during the war of 1812 in Capt Nathan Goold's regiment from Windham, ME,  from Sept 10, 1814 to Sept 24 1814, mustered at Portland, ME; regiment was only mustered for a very short time, was never under fire and saw no casualties.

On March 6, 1817,  DANIEL BOLTON of Windham married THANKFUL MORTON of Standish, ME. They lived in Windham  from 1817 until the 1840 census.  By 1846 DANIEL BOLTON had moved his family to Portland,  ME.  He is listed in an 1846 Portland directory, occupation joiner.   Then the family is listed in the 1850 Cumberland Co ME census, living in Westbrook. An 1851 Portland directory shows DANIEL BOLTON as a ship's carpenter "on the Westbrook side, Deering Bridge".

By 1860 census THANKFUL (MORTON) BOLTON was listed as a widow with children in Portland, Cumberland Co ME.  In 1870 she was living in the household her son-in-law, JEDEDIAH GRAFFAM.
She must have died sometime between 1870 and 1880.

I have not yet been able to find documentation showing the  parents of DANIEL BOLTON b abt 1794.  He does not seem to be related to the family of Thomas Bolton  & Mary McClellan Craig who settled in Windham, but I have not ruled that out entirely. I suspect he may be the son of DANIEL BOLTON who fought in the Revolutionary War in Hallowell, Lincoln Co ME, possible mother  RELIANCE (PRATT) HOVEY.  This would connect my DANIEL with the immigrant William Bolton family of Middlesex Co MA.  But as yet I have no definitive proof.

As always, your comments appreciated! Have a great day!


1 comment:

Barbara Poole said...

What a beautiful post card. These cards are one thing I don't have. Never saved them, and neither did anybody else in the family. Yours looks brand new. Thanks for sharing.