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Exeter Center, Penobscot, Maine 1
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Nathaniel Oaks (1751 – 1840) of Chelsea, Vermont

Chelsea, Orange, Vermont

Nathaniel Oaks (1751 – 1840) of Chelsea, Vermont

III. CHILDREN OF JOHN' (7) AND SUSANNA ALLEN.

Page 18 Oak – Oaks - Oakes

20. Nathaniel. Chelsea, Vt., hotel-keeper; born Westboro( Westborough, Worcester County), Mass., May 16, 1751 ; married first, Bolton, June 2 (or 20), 1773; married second about 1804; died Exeter, Me., March 15, 1940.

 

First wife, Susanna Hastings, daughter of Capt. Benjamin and Abigail (Sawtell) ; born Bolton, (Worcester County) Mass., February 11, 1748; died Chelsea, (Orange County) Vermont, about 1803. She was a woman for whom her children had an unusually strong affection and reverence; and the name of Hastings has been preserved in many branches of her descendants. She was a good singer, a favorite pupil of Billings, the famous New England teacher and composer; nine children (70-78). Second wife, Elizabeth (widow Gates); no children. After her husband's death she went from Exeter, (Penobscot County) Me. (Maine), to live with relations in Castleton, Vt., and died before 1848.

Nathan iel^ Oak, losing his father when an infant, went with his mother to Shrewsbury, Mass., 1754; but from 1766, when she went to New Hampshire, and perhaps earlier, he lived with his uncle Nathaniel (2) in Boston, perhaps also spending some years in Winchendon with his cousins William (10) and Seth (11). At his marriage in Bolton, 1773, he was recorded as Nathaniel Jr., which at first led to error as to his identity.

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At the Lexington alarm of 1775 he served 12 days in the company of his father-in- law, Capt. Benjamin Hastings. Possibly he may have been the Nathaniel who served later enlistments (see 13-55). If so he sent his wife to Winchester, N. H., to live with his mother and sister, where he soon followed, where most of his children were born, and where in 1777-83 he bought in three lots 176 acres of land for £508. In 1790 he removed with his family to Chelsea, (Orange County) Vt., his home for half a century. There he kept a hotel in a building still standing (1900) the hall of which was long used as county court house, for town meetings, and for meetings of the Congregational church. Later he lived in a cottage, also still standing; served as pound-keeper and sexton; took great pride in his garden ; and worked as a carpenter at odd jobs, being, like all his tribe, "handy with tools." The large number of land transfers in his name would indicate that he indulged somewhat in real estate speculation. There are traditions of considerable wealth and of extreme poverty, both perhaps well founded, but exaggerated and referring to different periods of his life. In later years he spent some winters with his oldest son in Boscawen, N. H.; and in 1839 went to live with a younger son in Exeter, Me (Maine). There on a Sunday in 1840 he died suddenly in church at the age of 89. He was a man of robust physique and of jovial temperament, as befitted a landlord; well-known and liked wherever he lived; in religion an active Methodist, but at home in the meetings of any denomination. His descendants number about 500. Name always "Oak."

SOURC E

"Oak--Oaks --Oakes : family register, Nathaniel Oak of Marlborough, Mass., and three generations of his descendants in both male and female lines" by Henry Lebbeus Oak

  http://archive.org/stream/oakoaksoakesfami00oakh/oakoaksoakesfami00oakh_djvu.txt

  

Men of Bolton Massachusetts: The Marble, Oak, and Hastings Families Connections

  By DeCody Brad Marble of Panama City, Florida

On 5 October 1749, BENJAMIN MARBLE of Lancaster married Martha Goss in Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Between the years 1750 and 1771, Benjamin and Martha (Goss) Marble had eleven children; all the children were born in Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. JOSEPH MARBLE was the second born and first male child born on 23 October 1752. On 28 April 1775, Joseph (age 22) a resident of Templeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts joins the Militia at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Joseph had enlisted 9 days after the Lexington Alarm and after his father, Benjamin (age 50) had marched off with the Bolton Minutemen under CAPTAIN BENJAMIN HASTINGS, within Colonel John Whitcomb's Regiment, Massachusetts Militia. The Lexington alarm of April 19, 1775 is considered the beginning of the Revolutionary War. It started with the ride of Paul Revere and the British attack on Lexington and Concord. State records show that 63 men from Bolton marched on the Revolutionary Road to the relief of Massachusetts Minutemen.

  By 1776, Joseph Marble (age 24) is residing at Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. On 28 September 1777, in Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont, 5 miles North West from Winchester on the state border line, Joseph Marble marries Susannah Elizabeth Butler, daughter of John Butler and Susannah Allen. On 21 September 1837, in the Washington County, Vermont Court House in Montpelier, Susannah E Butler Marble makes a declaration for widow’s pension, Vermont Pension No 26015. Susannah states that the marriage was held in Brattleboro because there was not an available clergyman in Winchester.

  NATHANIEL OAK

On 22 December 1837, Nathaniel Oak (age 86) of Chelsea, Orange County, Vermont, Revolutionary Pensioner of the United States, testifies that Susannah Butler Marble is his half-sister and that he and Joseph’s brother, Benjamin were witnesses to the marriage performed in Brattleboro, Vermont. Indeed, SUSANNAH ALLEN OAK was a widow of JOHN OAK (1714 – 1752) of Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts when on 19 May 1754, she married JOHN BUTLER (1732 - 1819) in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

Nathaniel Oak, the youngest son and child of John Oak and Susannah Allen, was born on 16 May 1751 in Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts. On 2 June 1773, in Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Nathaniel married SUSANNA HASTINGS, the daughter of BENJAMIN HASTINGS and ABIGAIL SAU(W)TELL. On 19 April 1775, during the Lexington Alarm, Private Nathaniel Oak, (Nath Oakes), marched from Bolton with Private Benjamin Marble to Cambridge, both under the Company Commander, Captain Benjamin Hastings, father – in – law to Nathaniel Oak. On 21 August 1832 in Chelsea, Orange County, Vermont made his declaration and stated he was a resident of Winchester, Cheshire County, Vermont in April 1775, when he joined the Bolton Minutemen under Captain Benjamin Hastings.

 

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"Nathaniel was a great reader, considering his opportunities, and in Boscawen took an active part with the Webster family in building up the schools. His hotel in Boscawen was on the Merrimac River, two miles above Fisherville, now Pennacook. In 1894 the hotel building was a private dwelling but had been used as a boarding house for many years for the Elmwood Academy. The nearest neighbors, Ezekiel Webster and family, a brother of the famous Daniel Webster, lived a little above and across the road. One of the Websters still lives there and remembers the times of our grandfather, when, as he writes, "Capt. Oak, as he was known, was a noted performer on the fife, and also a good player of the violin. When he was married he sold his violin to buy a cow." SOURCE: FindAGrave.Com Memorial

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=66492777

Created by: Cheri Record added: Mar 04, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 66492777

Note: According to Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collectios--Capt. Nathaniel (ak (1751-1840) is buried in Crowell Cemetery, Exeter, ME {researcher is Peg Stewart}

OTHER SOURCES

Raymond H. Fogler Library, The University of Maine, Special Collections: Guide to the Nathaniel Oaks Papers

http://www.library.umaine.edu/speccoll/FindingAids/OaksNathanielpapers.htm

 

OAKES, Nathaniel of Bolton. (1) Private, Capt. Benjamin Hasting's Co.; Col. John Whitcomb's regt.; which marched to Cambridge on alarm of Apr. 19, 1775; service 18 days. SOURCE: [37] Revolutionary Records of Descendants of Nathaniel Oak, Marlboro, Mass. Sprague's Journal of Maine History; Vol. VI, Nov. Dec. 1918, Jan. 1919, No. 3; page 112-117.

Nathaniel Oak’s Declaration for Pension # S18534

Chelsea, Orange County, Vermont

State of Vermont, Orange County SS.

   At Chelsea in said County on this 21st day of August A. D. 1832, personally appeared in open Court, before Hon. Tetuis Hatchings Duncil Cable & Fleaing Jones Justices of the County Court of said Orange County, now setting, being a Court of Record Nathaniel Oak a resident of Chelsea in the County of Orange and State of Vermont, aged 81 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832, that he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as known States, that in the year 1775 he resided in Winchester in the county of Cheshire & State of New Hampshire, that on the 19th of April of that year being the day of the Lexington Battle. He volunteered in the service of the United States to march forth with to Cambridge in a State that he entered the Company of Massachusetts Militia commanded by Capt. Benjamin Hastings & Lieut. Haughton in the Regt. Under Commanded by Col. John Whitcomb & Lieut. Col. Asa Whitcomb & Major Sawyer, that his Company which called Minute Men, and had for a year previous stood securely to march off a massants warning, and had been called out on alarms several times once to Cambridge & once to Watertown, that he marched with his company (cousin Jerry Forthwith) hurry forth with to Cambridge Massachusetts and arrived there on the 20th the day after Lexington battle & sur___ them on guard & on fatigue and continued in P service about six weeks according to his best recollection & was ____ discharged at Cambridge as the expiration of the P six weeks.

Also that sometime in the month of June he thinks about the first of the month 1776 he again volunteered in the service of the United States in the New Hampshire Militia in the Company commanded by Capt. William Humphrey in the Regiment commanded by Col. Wingate & Lieut. Col. Connor, that immediately on enlistment on volunteering this march from Winchester to Keene & then to Charleston & then drew _______ his regiment then proceeded over the County to Otten Creeks – Strunk the Lake between Crown Jarint & Fiardesages & pass through to Mount Serdephesis. Col. Wymans Regiment joines them from Keene New Hampshire and that several Regiments were station there & in that vicinity & he thinks Gen Sullivan had the Chief Command, that he was detached to cut and open a Road from Manert. Foulsfiferdense to Habbluston a distance of about 25 miles, that two companies, were to detached & he then returns to this Manut and continued then on guard & on _____ till his time of five months expired which was the from part of November 1776, that he enlisted or volunteered __ __ and was discharged for vive months & then his discharge was verbal. That he has on documentary evidence to prove his services and that he knows of an person whom testifies many he can ___ who can testify to his service except what he has fracurn

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever, to a pension or annuity, except the present, and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the agency of any State. To my knowledge, Sworn to and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid. Nattl Oak

Laughlen, Clerk

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