Oxton in New England, A History



The Family of

Roy Gordon Oxton and

Elva Atwood Newton

Acknowledgements



Compiled by:

Dennis J. Ahern

298 Central St.

Acton, Massachusetts 01720

(508) 263-4778

<aherngenealogy@yahoo.com>

1 August 1994






Reformatted and Edited by:

Alfred J. Oxton

<oxtonaj@escapees.com>

Last Edit: 10 December, 2012










Family party at home of Susan and Robert Rice in Townsend, bef.1989

Left to Right:
Rear: Robert Rice, Jackie Alger, Scott Kirwan, Pricilla Kirwan, Roy Oxton, David Kirwan, Gordon Oxton, Phyllis Oxton

Front: Susan Rice, Elva Oxton, Mavis Newton, Flora Oxton, Martha Kirwan



CONTENTS


PREFACE to the Edition of 15-August-1994 1

PREFACE to the Edition of 10 December, 2012 2


CHAPTER 2 

OXTON

2.1 Roy Gordon Oxton and Elva Atwood Newton 4

2.2 Alfred Josiah Oxton and Alice Edith Scott 9

2.3 Sanford Laforest Oxton and Mehitable E. Keller 13

2.4 Henry Oxton and his wife Jane Lydia Keene. 15

2.5 Henry Newcombe Oxton and Betsey Cook 16

2.5.1 Oxtons of Unknown Relation 33

2.6 William Oxdon and Mary Newcomb 36

2.6.1 Possible Siblings of William Oxdon 55

2.6.2 Some North Carolina Oxtons 56

2.6.3 Some North Dakota Oxtons 58

2.7 The Oxton Name in England 61

2.8 The Village of Oxton, Nottinghamshire, England 62

PREFACE to the Edition of 15-August-1994

This is a genealogy of the family of Roy Gordon Oxton and Elva Atwood Newton. Much of the text in this document is computer generated; it is derived from a working data base. The data base is always being updated, so the version of the document you now have is NOT a final draft. Instead, it represents the state of knowledge as of 15-August-1994. The genealogy is divided into chapters. Each chapter is organized around a male line of descent and is named according to the surname of that male line. For example, a chapter titled "Hammerfest" describes the family of a person named Hammerfest and the families of that person's father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and so. The following chapter is organized around the male line of the last woman recorded in the previous chapter. For example, if the last marriage recorded in the "Hammerfest" chapter is the marriage of Nedward Hammerfest to Hepzibah Smattering, the next chapter is the "Smattering" chapter. Each chapter is divided into sections, one section for each family. Each section includes:

A paragraph on the father.

A paragraph on the marriage.

A paragraph on the mother.

A list of paragraphs on their descendants in the following format:

o Their children

- Their grandchildren

> Their great-grandchildren

~ Their great-great-grandchildren

A passage giving more detailed information on the family than what is kept directly in the data-base. As the database stores information only on direct ancestors and their siblings, this passage may contain information on cousins, nieces, nephews, and other connections. This passage is the only part of the section written by a human, though it may follow very much the same format as the computer-generated text.

The index contains entries for each person who appears in the data-base, and optionally for those listed in the passage written by the researcher. There is a main entry for each surname, with a sub-entry for each individual. Women are listed by their maiden names; widows who re-marry are listed both by their maiden names and by the surnames of their first husbands. If Alma Trowghastly marries Largo Hiatus and then, after his demise, marries Hubert Dawdle, she is listed under "Trowghastly" and "Hiatus" but not under "Dawdle."

If a surname contains more than one word (for instance, "de la Tante"), the index uses the last word of the name. So Plumi de la Tante is listed under "Tante". This is because people often drop these small prefixes from one generation to the next. However, the chapter title uses the fullest form of the name ("de la Tante"), including all the lowercase words preceding the last word.

The computer includes any hyphens, apostrophes, and interior capitals when looking for the last word in a name. "O'Clockley" comes under O, not C. "Nerve-Fluttering" comes under N, not F. "FitzTightly" comes under F, not T.

PREFACE to the Edition of 10 December, 2012

Numerous notes and references and many new people have been added since the previous edition. This edition has been moved from DEC where Dennis Ahern wrote it on a VAX, to be passed through a text translation and then into Ms.Word v2.0 and on through Ms.Word97 to Ms.Word2000. In the meantime, the OXTON database has undergone considerable expansion. For a complete picture you need to have access to both files.

The bulleting of children is changed in this edition. The new bullets indicate which generation the children are. (In a relative sense so to speak, not in any absolute sense.)

1 Their children

2 Their grandchildren

3 Their great-grandchildren

4 Their great-great-grandchildren



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2CHAPTER 2

OXTON

CHAPTER 2

OXTON

2.1 Roy Gordon Oxton and Elva Atwood Newton

Roy as a babyRoy 15 May 1943Roy Gordon Oxton, the son of Alfred Josiah Oxton and Alice Edith Scott, was born on Sunday, 27 October 1912 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He worked in the Fore River Shipyards in Quincy, Massachusetts during World War II, was Scoutmaster of Troop 2 in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the late 1950s and died at the age of 76 at 3:15 a.m. on Thursday, 13 April 1989 at St. John's Hospital in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The cause of death was a brain stem infarction. He was buried on Saturday, 15 April 1989 in Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Roy Gordon Oxton (aged 27) married Elva Atwood Newton (aged 21) on Monday, 19 February 1940 in Quincy, Massachusetts. They met1 while she was working as a nurse and he came in to the hospital with a case of what she described as walking pneumonia.

Roy about 12OXTON-of Billerica, April 13, 1989. Roy G. Husband of Elva [Newton] Oxton, Father of Alfred J. Oxton of So. Pole, Antarctica, Gordon S. Oxton of No. Billerica, Theodore B. Oxton of Lowell, Glen A. Oxton of Lowell, Susan K. Rice of Nashua, NH. Flora F. Oxton of Billerica, Donna I. Simmons of Billerica, and Ann-Marie L. Iozzo of Nashua, NH. Also survived by 15 grandchildren. Funeral services from Perry-Burns Funeral Home, 354 Boston Rd. BILLERICA [Rte. 3A]. Saturday, April 15 at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders, 1 Kendall Sq. Bldg. 600, Cambridge, Ma. 02139 or the American Diabetes Assoc., 190 No. Main St. Natick, Ma. 01760. Interment Fox Hill Cemetery, Funeral Director Francis P. Burns, Jr.  

Boston Globe, 14 April 1989

Elva Atwood Newton, the daughter of Isadore John Newton and Irene M. Field of 164 Strathmore Road, Boston, was born on Friday, 22 February 1918 at the New England Hospital in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.



Elva N. Oxton ...longtime Billerica resident; 79Elva & Roy
Billerica--Elva N. Oxton, 79, died Thursday, July 17, at Broadway Healthcare Center in Methuen, after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Roy G. Oxton. 
    She was born in Weymouth, on Feb.22, 1918, a daughter of Isadore J. and Irene (Fields) Ne
wton. She was a homemaker and a Billerica resident for 39 years.
    Mrs. Oxton was a lifetime member of the [Order of] Eastern Star, Chapter 212 in Billerica.
   
She is survived by four sons and four daughters, Alfred J. Oxton of the South Pole, Gordon S. Oxton of Billerica, Theodore B. Oxton and Glen A. Oxton, both of Lowell, Susan K. Rice of Nashua, Flora F. Oxton and Donna I. Simmons, both of Billerica and Ann-Marie L. Iozzo of Nashua; two sisters, Mavis Algier and Kathleen Kirwan, both of Weymouth; 15 grandchildren2 and a great-grandchild.     Lowell Sun, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, 19-20 July 1997



OXTON--Of Billerica, July 17, 1997, Elva N. (Newton) Oxton, age 79.
Beloved wife of the late Roy G. Oxton. A funeral service will be held in the BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 354 Boston Road (Rt.3A), Billerica, Monday, July 21, at 10:00 a.m. Relatives & friends invited. Visiting hours Sunday 2-6 p.m. An Eastern Star service will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Elva's name to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, 1 Kendall Sq., Bldg.600, Cambridge MA 02139. Funeral Director, Francis P. Burns, Jr.

Lowell Sun, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, 19-20 July 1997



Their children are:Alfred Oxton in Quartzsite

Gordon Oxton in Army1Alfred John Oxton, born on Thursday, 3 April 1941 in Quincy, Massachusetts. He worked on top of Mt. Washington and in Antarctica for many years and has never married.

1 Gordon Scott Oxton, born on Tuesday, 25 January 1944 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He married Phyllis xxx who had two children by a previous marriage.

1Theodore Oxton in Army Theodore Brooks Oxton, born on Saturday, 7 July 1945 in Quincy, Massachusetts. He married 1st a woman named Georgia, when he was in the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany. He later divorced her and married 2nd Arlene C. Tremblay on Friday, 23 April 1971 in Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She had been born 24 July 1952 in Boston to Arthur J. Tremblay and Anne M. Cheyne. Later he divorced her and married 3rd a woman named Leslie.

Theodore Brooks and Arlene Tremblay had the following children:

2 Cathy Oxton

Theodore Brooks and Leslie had the following children:

2 Jade Oxton, born on 12 August 1974

2 Brandon Oxton, born on 19 ??? 1985

1Glen in Army Glen Alan Oxton, born on Wednesday, 24 December 1947 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He married 1st Susan J. Inman (aged 18) on Sunday, 9 November 1969 in Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She had been born in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Arthur W. Inman and Grace R. Oickle. He married 2nd Judy Rodger, 3rd Rita Ricard, 4th Sandra Giles.

      Glen Alan and Susan Inman had the following children:

2 Kerri Jean Oxton

Glen Alan and Sandra Giles had the following children:

2 G.A. Oxton3, born 10 June 1984 in Lowell Massachusetts.

1Susan & Bob Susan Kathleen Oxton, born on Tuesday, 4 April 1950 at Somerville Hospital, Somerville, Massachusetts. Her parent's residence at the time was given as 390 Washington St. in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She married Robert Melton Rice (age 20) on Saturday, 22 May 1971 in Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He had been born in Cambridge to Victor William Rice and Doris L. Wizard. They had the following children:

2 Lori Joanne Rice, born 13 August 1973. She married Shawn Giltz in Nashua New Hampshire.

2 Bryan Robert Rice, born 7 December 1976. He married Karen Ann Fabiano on 8 April 2000 in Nashua New Hampshire.

1 Flora Frances Oxton, born on Friday, 22 February 1952 in Somerville, Massachusetts. She never married. Named after Aunt Flo of Richmond Virginia.Flora Oxton 1980

1 Donna Isabelle Oxton, born on Friday, 30 March 1956 in Somerville, Massachusetts. She married Danny Parks Simmons, of Arkansas, on 8 January 1977 in Denver Colorado while she was in the Army. He had been born in Hope, Arkansas to Otha Parks Simmons and Rita xxx and had been in the Air Force. Donna and Danny had one son before divorcing. Donna and her son now live with Flora Frances in the family homestead at 55 Lexington Rd. in Billerica.

2 Dennis Wayne Simmons was born on 27 June 1978 in Fort Polk, Louisiana, while Donna was stationed there, and baptized in May 1979 at the First Congregational Church in Billerica, Massachusetts.

1 Ann-Marie Lynette Oxton, born on 31 July 1960 in Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She married Michael Thomas Iozzo on 15 April 1978 in Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He had been born on 21 August 1957 in Waltham, Massachusetts, to Augustus Iozzo and Shirley Ann Luskin. They have the following children:

2 Jessica Michelle Iozzo, born 31 July 1978, in Lowell, Massachusetts.

2 Michael Thomas Iozzo, born a twin 26 June 1981, in Lowell, Massachusetts. He joined the U.S. Army after graduating from Nashua High School in 1999.

2 Amanda Jean Iozzo, born a twin 26 June 1981, in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Ann-Marie August 1999<Ann-Marie August 1999

Ann-Marie Iozzo, Donna Simmons, Flora Oxton, Susan Rice
Ann-Marie Iozzo,      Donna Simmons,      Flora Oxton,       Susan Rice








2.2 Alfred Josiah Oxton and Alice Edith ScottAlfred Josiah Oxton

Alfred Josiah Oxton, the son of Sanford Laforest Oxton and Mehitable E. Keller, was born on Friday, 10 February 1860 in Camden,4 Knox County, Maine. He died at the age of 69 on Wednesday, 6 March 1929 in Pondville Hospital, Wrentham, Massachusetts. The cause of death was carcinoma of the larynx. He was buried on Friday, 8 March 1929 in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.


    Word of the death of Alfred Oxton at the Pondville Hospital this morning has just been received. Mr. Oxton, who was formerly janitor at the N. P. Banks School, had been ill for a long time, having gone to Pondville before Christmas. He was a member of the First Methodist Church. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Flora Rand of Portsmouth, N. H., and a son, Roy Oxton. Mrs. Oxton passed away a short time ago. Notice of the funeral will be made later.
Waltham News-Tribune, 6 March 1929


OXTON: At the Pondville Hospital, Wrentham, Mass., March 6th, Alfred J. Oxton, in his 69th year. Funeral services at Asbury Temple, Friday, March 8th, at 3 o'clock, P. M. Relatives and friends invited to attend.
Waltham News-Tribune, 7 March 1929


oxton stone

Funeral services for Alfred J. Oxton, who died at the Pondville Hospital, were conducted yesterday at Asbury Temple, where Rev. Henry I. Bailey5, the pastor, officiated. Miss Annie L. Little presided at the organ and Russell Wentworth Porter sang two selections, "The Ninety and Nine" and "The Lord is My Shepherd." Many relatives, and friends and associates were present, including delegations from the several organizations with which he was affiliated. The Odd Fellows' ritual was exemplified by Gov. Gore Lodge, Roland Pugsley acting as noble grand and Arthur Payson as chaplain. The bearers were Otis E. VanDemark, Charles H. Blake, Orrin Bagley, Alfred Freeman and Gerald Lincoln, representing the Odd Fellows and the Janitors' Association. A profusion of flowers banked the casket. Burial was in the family lot in Mount Feake Cemetery where Mrs. Oxton, who died on January 20th, is buried. Mr. Oxton, who was born in West Rockport, Maine, February 10th, 1860, had been a resident of Waltham for many years and was employed before his long sillnes [sic] as janitor of the N. P. Banks School, serving also for a short time at the Seth Bemis School. He is survived by a daughter and a son, Mrs. Seth E. Rand of Portsmouth, N. H., and Roy Oxton of Waltham also by a half sister and a half brother, Mrs. Stella Lane of Rockland, Maine, and Ralph Oxton of Worcester, Mass. He was affiliated with the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Waltham Lodge of Moose, Knights of Malta, Good Templars, Sons of Union Veterans and Waltham Janitors' Association. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Freedom Wentworth and Sons.
Waltham News-Tribune, 9 March 1929

Alfred Josiah Oxton married 1st Frances E. "Fanny" Perkins, born 1865 in Warren, Maine, the daughter of Edward W. Perkins of Damirascotta, Maine. She died of a tubal rupture 8 January 18996 at 21 Everett Street, Everett, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, buried in Fairview Cemetery, Warren, Maine.

Their children are:

1 Flora Wakefield Oxton, born on Friday, 29 August 1884 in Warren, Knox County, Maine, buried in Rye Cemetery in Rye, New Hampshire, married 1st Grover C. McQuillen (aged 22) in Waltham, Mass. on Wednesday, 2 July 1906. He had been born in Fairfield, Maine to Isaac McQuillen and Prudence E. Haven. At the time of their marriage, they were both employed in the watchmaking trade; no doubt in Waltham, which was called "Watch City" in those days. They had the following children:

2 Florence E. McQuillen, born and died 1907, buried with her mother in Fairview Cemetery, Warren, Maine.

2 Ethel McQuillen, born 7 November 1908. She married 1st a man named Brown and had Jane Brown. Prob. after Aug 1967 Ethel married 2nd Irving Lee Remick of Eliot Maine

From: E.M. Brown
P.O.Box 304
Rye NH 03870

To: Miss Susan Oxton, Lexington Road, Billerica Mass

Sue,

    I hope you'll forgive me for not writing. My Aunt is with me for a little while. I'm having quite a time between she and my stepmother.
    Enough about me- how are you? Sure hope you are over the effect of the concussion. What ever happened? You must have got a nasty bump. Write when you can. Let me know how it is doing.

Love, Ethel
note postmarked Rye NH, Aug 27, 1968, 03870



Flora W. McQuillen married 2nd Seth E. Rand and lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

1 Albert B. "Bertie" Oxton, born on about 1 January 1886 in Warren, Knox County, Maine, died due to diphtheria after 13 days on Saturday, 22 December 1894 at 45 Bunker Hill St. in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, buried in Fairview Cemetery in Warren, Knox County, Maine. He never married.

Alfred Josiah Oxton (aged 39) was living at 18 Cleveland Ave. in Everett when he married 2nd Mrs. Jennie M. (Jervauld) Roberts, the widow of George J. Roberts, 30 May 1899 in Everett, Massachusetts. She worked as a nurse and was born in Charlestown, Mass. about 1862 to Denty Jerauld and Mary A. Wright. In 1901 he was working at the Rubber Shoe Company.

Their children were:

1 Henry LeForest Oxton, born on Monday, 9 October 1899 at 1 Bradford Place in Everett, Massachusetts, died due to bronchial croup on Thursday, 16 January 1902 in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, buried in Warren, Knox County, Maine. He never married. Because this child was born less than five months after the marriage, there is a possibility that Jennie's first husband was the father. To determine that, one should look for the date of death of George J. Roberts.

1 Jerauld "Gerald" Clifton Oxton, born on Monday, 24 June 1901 in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, died due to bronchitis on Tuesday, 10 March 1903 in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, buried in Lynnfield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He never married.

In addition, Jennie had three children from her previous marriage: Edwin A. Roberts, born April 1885, Gertrude L. Roberts, born February 1887, and Marion E. Roberts, born August 1892.

Jennie M. died in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 27 June 1901 of eclampsia as a result of giving birth to Jerauld Clifton Oxton. She was buried in Lynnfield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where Jerauld joined her two years later.

Alfred Josiah Oxton (aged 50) married 3rd Alice Edith Scott (aged about 37) on Wednesday, 23 November 1910 at 313 Crescent St., Waltham, Massachusetts. It was his third marriage and her first.

On Thanksgiving eve (23rd), the Rev. Roscoe L. Greene united in marriage Miss Alice Edith Scott and Mr. Alfred Oxton. The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride, 313 Crescent Street in the presence of a few of the immediate relatives and friends. The parlors were prettily decorated in green and white and potted plants. The bride, who was unattended, looked charming in a dainty silk gown and carried a shower bouquet of day break pinks. She was given away by her father. Her going away gown was of navy blue cloth. A collation was served and shortly after the couple left for Rhode Island where they will spend several weeks. Both are prominent members of the Immanuel church. The bride received a number of pretty and useful gifts.
Waltham Daily Free Press & Tribune, 25 November 1910

Alice Edith ScottAlice Edith Scott, the daughter of William McGill Scott and Rebecca Maud Melvin, was born in about 1873 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. She died at the age of about 56 on Sunday, 20 January 1929 in Waltham Hospital Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The cause of death was lobar pneumonia. She was buried on Wednesday, 23 January 1929 in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

    Mrs. Alice Edith Oxton, wife of Alfred J. Oxton, of 12 Charles street avenue, passed away at the Waltham Hospital on Sunday after a brief illness due to pneumonia. She was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, daughter of William McGill and Rebecca Melvin Scott, her mother being a native of Halifax.
    She has made her home in this city for about twenty-nine years and was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church.
    Besides her husband, who is seriously ill at the Pondville Hospital at Wrentham, there survive one son, Roy Oxton, a pupil in the Waltham Senior High School; four sisters, Clara Scott of Salem, Mrs. Susan Wotton of Friendship, Maine, Margaret Scott of Antrim, New Hampshire, and Mrs. Francis Mulhall of Wollaston; and two brothers, William Scott of Hartford, Connecticut, and Robert Scott of Cambridge.
    Mrs. Oxton, who has made a brave fight since her husband's illness, was devoted to her home and family. She was ill only a few days from pneumonia and pleurisy.

Waltham News-Tribune, 22 January 1929

Their children were:

1 Roy Gordon Oxton, born on Sunday, 27 October 1912 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, died in April 1989 in Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married Elva Atwood Newton on Monday, 19 February 1940 in Quincy, Massachusetts.

2.3 Sanford Laforest Oxton and Mehitable E. Keller

Sanford LaForest OxtonMehitable E. KellerSanford Laforest Oxton, the son of Henry Oxton and Jane Lydia Keene, was baptized on Friday, 27 July 1832 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine. He died at the age of 70 yrs. 7 mos. and 22 days on Saturday, 21 March 1903 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine.

He enlisted in the Army 20 September 1864 and mustered in as a private in Company G of the 9th Maine Volunteer Infantry on 27 September 1864, just after they withdrew from the siege of Petersburg on 25 September 1864, and was discharged 30 June 1865 at Raleigh, North Carolina after having been in hospital at Wilmington, North Carolina. He filed for an invalid pension on 15 January 1884.7 During his service, the 9th saw the following action:

In trenches before Petersburg till September 25. Non-veterans left front September 21 and mustered out September 27, 1864. New Market Heights September 28-29. Chaffin's Farm September 29-30. Charles City Cross Roads October 1. Fair Oaks October 27-28. Duty on north side of James till February, 1865. Rejoined Brigade at Fort Fisher, N. C. Cape Fear intrenchments February 11-12. Fort Anderson February 18-20. Capture of Wilmington February 22. Advance on Goldsboro March 6-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 21. Advance on Raleigh April 10-13. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnson and his army. Duty in North Carolina till July. Mustered out July 13, 1865. Regiment lost during service 10 Officers and 172 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 236 Enlisted men by disease. Total 421.
A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer


That while in the War of the Rebellion, on the march from Fort Fisher to Raleigh, N.C. during the month of April 1865, Sanford L. Oxton, being then unable by reason of debility resulting from dyspepsia and diarrhea to keep up with his regiment, was given a pass to fall to the rear, as the rear-guard were ordered to force along all stragglers without a pass. I advised him to keep up with his regiment if he could do so, and late in the evening he came up with the regiment, and returned the pass to me. In his effort to keep up with his regiment, he exhausted his remaining strength, and became so weakened as to occasion faintness from a weak action of the heart. He also suffered from kidney disease. I treated him for the above mentioned diseases from which he suffered to the period of his discharge from the service, and as I believe contracted them in the line of duty in the U. S. service. The march from Fort Fisher to Raleigh, was memorable on account of extreme hardships in rain-storms, without shelter and scarcity of food, connected with much prevailing sickness at Wilmington N. C. was sufficient to try the most robust of men. At one time the regiment was marched four days and three nights in succession. I remember this soldier on account of giving him a pass to the rear. I have no interest herein.
Medical Affidavit in Pension File of Sanford L. Oxton by Dr. Otis P. Rice of Mt. Pleasant, Kansas, late Asst. Surgeon of the 9th Maine Vols., dated 15 October 1884



Sanford Laforest Oxton married 1st Mehitable E. Keller. Mehitable E. Keller, the daughter of Moses Keller and Asenath Tolman, was born on Tuesday, 16 December 1828 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine. She died at the age of 40 on Tuesday, 11 May 1869 in West Camden, Knox County, Maine.

Their children were:

1 Alfred Josiah Oxton, born on Friday, 10 February 1860 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, died due to carcinoma of the larynx on Wednesday, 6 March 1929 in Pondville Hospital, Wrentham, Massachusetts, buried on Friday, 8 March 1929 in Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married 1st Frances E. "Fannie" Perkins, probably in Maine, 2nd Mrs. Jennie M. (Jervauld) Roberts, 30 May 1899 in Everett, Massachusetts, and 3rd Alice Edith Scott on Wednesday, 23 November 1910 at 313 Crescent St., Waltham, Massachusetts.

1 Ivan Oxton, died on Friday, 6 August 1869 in West Camden, Knox County, Maine. He never married.

Sanford Laforest Oxton married 2nd Alice Valara Nash, daughter of David Nash and Olive Thompson, 31 January 1871 in West Camden, Knox County, Maine. She was born in Belmont, Maine about 8 February 1854 and died 16 August 1902 at 2 Mt. Pleasant St. in West Rockport of unspecified tumors.

Their children were:

1 Stella Louise Oxton, born on Thursday, 10 July 1879 in West Camden, Knox County, Maine. She married Mr. Lane after March 1903 and lived in Rockland, Maine.

Seldon Connors
Augusta, Me.

Dear Sir,

    I write to inform you of my father's death. Sanford L. Oxton whose name is on your pension list he passed away Sat. Mar 21, 1903 will forward you the papers after I hear from you. is there any money due us from the pension if so what are the necessary process to adopt to get it as we need it very much.
Hoping to hear from you very soon.

respct yours -

Miss Stella Oxton

Letter in Pension File of Sanford L. Oxton by Miss Stella Oxton of West Rockport, Maine, dated 23 March 1903

1 Ralph Ashbury Oxton, born on Monday, 29 October 1883 in West Camden, Knox County, Maine, lived in Worcester, Massachusetts and removed to Gorham, Maine about two years before he died there on Sunday, 19 March 1933 due to a cerebral hemorrhage. He was buried on Wednesday, 22 March 1933 in West Rockport, Knox County, Maine. He never married.

2.4 Henry Oxton and his wife Jane Lydia Keene.

Henry Oxton, the son of Henry Newcombe Oxton and Betsey Cook, was born on Friday, 22 February 1799 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine. He died at the age of 77 on Friday, 26 May 1876 in Camden, Knox County, Maine. Henry Oxton was a cooper and married a woman named Jane Lydia Keene who was born in about 1801 in Camden, Maine.

Their children were:

1 Lydia Jane Oxton, born on 21 October 1830 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, baptized on Thursday, 21 October 1830 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine.

1 Sanford Laforest Oxton, born in July 1832, baptized on Friday, 27 July 1832 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died on Saturday, 21 March 1903 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine. He married Mehitable E. Keller.

1 Maria Adelia Oxton, born on 22 February 1834 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, baptized on Saturday, 22 February 1834 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine.

2.5 Henry Newcombe Oxton and Betsey Cook

Henry Newcombe Oxton, the son of William Oxden and Mary Newcomb, was born on Saturday, 15 June 1771 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. He died at the age of 72 on Saturday, 9 December 1843 in Camden, Knox County, Maine.

In the following year -1798- a church was organized, consisting of seventeen members. Under date of Feb. 2, 1798, we find a certificate in the town records which not only indicates this fact, but informs us who the principal members were. As a matter of interest we will quote it:- "This may certify all whom it may concern, that Waterman Hewett, John May, Josiah Keen, Nath'l Simmons, Elijah Bradford and Henry Oxton, are hearers and supporters of Elder John Whitney, preacher of the Gospel, of the Free Will Baptist Denomination."
A History of the Town of Camden by John L. Locke, 1859

Henry Newcombe Oxton (aged about 21) married Betsey Cook in about 1793.

Their children were:

1 William Oxton, born on Saturday, 10 October 1795 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died on Monday, 27 November 1826 due to drowning in the St. George River, Maine, buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Appleton, Knox County, Maine. He married Sylvia Fobes Gushee on Thursday, 4 December 1823 in Hope, Knox County, Maine. She was born 18 June 1800 in Hope, Maine and died 27 February 1836 in Union, Maine. They had the following children:

2 Amelia H. Oxton, born 11 September 1824 in Hope, Knox County, Maine, who married Benjamin B. Hills on 29 March 1849 in Union Maine and had a child, Sarah V. Hills who married Frank E. Oxton in Chelsea, Mass. in 1874.

2 William Oxton, born 1 August 1826 in Warren, Maine, died of typhoid fever and heart disease at Boston, Mass. 14 August 1863, buried at Newcomb Cemetery in Warren, Maine.8 He was a carpenter9 and married Rosalthe E. Patterson, daughter of David Patterson and Annie Thomas, on the 4th of July 1855 in Camden, Maine. She was born 9 March 1836 and died 4 December 1909 in Warren of chronic rheumatism, gout, and endocarditis, buried at Newcomb Cemetery in Warren, Maine. In 1900, Rosalthe's sister, Melvina Patterson, born March 1845 in Maine, was living with her in Warren. Rosalthe did not have any children.

William enlisted in the Army at Warren, Maine 10 September 1862 and was a Corporal in the Color Guard of Company B of the 24th Maine Volunteer Militia when he was wounded by a musket ball through the left arm on Wednesday, 27 May 1863 at Port Hudson, Louisiana. His term of service having expired he left for home with his regiment at the end of July 1863, contracted typhoid fever during the passage and, being too weak to proceed to Augusta, was left behind at the Discharged Soldiers Home Boston 6 August 1863, where he died a week later.

1 Mary Oxton, born on Sunday, 12 February 1797 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine.

1 Henry Oxton, born on Friday, 22 February 1799 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died on Friday, 26 May 1876 in Camden, Knox County, Maine. He married Jane Lydia Keene.

1 John Oxton, born on Monday, 12 January 1801 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died on Monday, 27 November 1826 due to drowning in the St. George River, Maine, buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Appleton, Knox County, Maine. He never married.

1 Eliza Oxton, born on Tuesday, 22 March 1803 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died in Camden, Knox County, Maine. She married Archibald C. Ingraham on Tuesday, 17 May 1831. He was the ninth child, born 3 January 1803, of Deacon Job Ingraham and Lucy Tolman.

1 Polly Oxton, born in about 1805 in Camden, Knox County, Maine. She married a Mr. Regan.

1 James Holmes Oxton, born on Saturday, 23 August 1806 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died before 1892. He married Relief Pingree Cleveland on Thursday, 3 November 1831 in Camden, Knox County, Maine. She had been born in Camden 1 March 1812 to Ebenezer Cleveland and Mary Spear Gregory and died 9 July 1892 in Warren, Maine. They had the following children:

2 Rebekah Gregory Oxton, born 18 May 1833 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, married Washington Irving Brewster 4 March 1849 in West Camden, died 19 May 1903 in Rockland, Maine. They had the following children:

3 Willis Franklin Brewster, born 7 December 1849 in Rockland Maine.

3 Milton Cleveland Brewster, born 22 December 1851

3 Edwin Delano Brewster, born 29 September 1853

3 Hannah Relief Brewster, born 30 August 1855

3 Mary Eva Brewster, born 22 June 1858

3 Washington Erving Brewster, born 7 January 1863

3 George Alden Brewster, born 12 May 1866

3 Alanson Walker Brewster, born 15 May 1870

3 Cora Emma Brewster, born 13 May 1872

3 Mariah Rachel Brewster, born 2 June 1874

3 Luke Raymond Brewster, born 16 February 1878

2 William Henry Oxton,10 born 18 July 1834 in West Camden, Knox County, Maine, died 26 May 1915 at Thomaston, Maine of lobar pneumonia. He was a farmer and married Maria R. Tucker (aged 32) of Milton, Mass. 17 September 1867 in Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Timothy and Rachel Tucker, and had been born May 1835 in Massachusetts. In 1900, they were living at Brush Hill Road in Milton, Massachusetts, but he removed to Thomaston, Maine about 1904 and is buried there in the Village Cemetery.

2 Capt. James Edward Oxton,11 born 6 November 1835 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, died 29 December 1909 in Rockport of dilation of the heart, married Susan Aravesta Keene, daughter of Isaac Keene and Susan I. Tolman, in Camden in 1861. He was captain of a vessel for some 20 years before taking up farming. He died in 1909. Susan was born 10 June 1845 in Camden, Maine, died 30 August 1918 in Rockport of valvular disease of the heart. In 1900, they were living on Rockland Street in Rockport, Maine. They had the following children:

3 Isaac Milton Oxton, born 1 June 1862 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died 2 September 1863 at Rockville, Maine.

3 Nelly Arville Oxton, born 12 April 1863

3 Eddie James Oxton, born 2 August 1865, died 24 September 1865 at Rockville, Maine

3 Mabel Emma Oxton, born [a twin?] 1 May 1871, worked as a nurse. In 1920, she was living with her sister Lottie and her husband in Rockland.

3 Ella Maville Oxton, born [a twin?] 3 May 1871, died 17 August 1871

3 Lottie Edna Oxton, born 27 August 1878, worked as a housekeeper and married a brick mason, William W. Gregory. In 1920 they owned their own home at 12 Traverse St. in Rockland, and had the following children:

3 Maria V. Oxton, born March 1887.

4 Helen F. Gregory, born in Maine about 1906.

4 Edna M. Gregory, born in Maine about 1909.

4 Ruth E. Gregory, born in Maine about 1917.

2 Ebenezer Cleveland Oxton, born 15 March 1837 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, died 1 December 1837.

2 Ebenezer Cleveland Oxton, born 17 September 1838 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, married Helen M. Dunbar of Thomaston, Maine 1 January 1863 at Rockland, Knox County, Maine. She had been born about 31 December 1847 to Richard Dunbar and Katherine Copeland, and died of cardiac embolism in Lewiston, Maine 31 May 1930. Ebenezer was a farmer and a schoolteacher and died 27 August 1914 in Rockport of pneumonia. In 1900, they were living on Vinal Street in Rockport, Maine. They had the following children:

3 Addie Maria Oxton, born 17 January 1865, married Alonzo N. Fitzgerald 30 December 1884 in Camden, Knox County, Maine. She was the mother of four children, two of whose names are not known, but all of whom were alive in 1900 when the widow Addie was living with her parents in Rockport. Her children were:

4 Iona M. Fitzgerald, born October 1888 in Maine.

4 Herman L. Fitzgerald, born April 1893 in Maine.

4 Two unknown Fitzgeralds.

3 Fannie Relief Oxton, born 12 March 1867 in Thomaston, Maine, married Lennan B. Brewster 26 June 1885 in Rockland, Knox County, Maine.

3 Gracia Aravesto Oxton, born 14 August 1869, married Ernest Perry, a dry goods merchant, and was living at 227 Oak St. in Lewiston, Maine in 1920. Her widowed mother was living with them.

3 Maynard Sumner Oxton, born 4 September 1873, worked as a milkman and married Elena M. Smith (age 23) 4 November 1903 in Rockland, Maine. In 1920, Maynard was a shipping clerk in a produce store and they owned their own home at 18 Suffolk St. in Rockland.

2 John Waldron Oxton, born 12 April 1840 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, Private in Company F of the 26th Maine Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, enlisted 10 September 1862, mustered in at Bangor, Maine 11 October 1862, discharged 17 August 1863, lived for a while in Hope, Maine, and died a widower 16 March 1911 in Searsport, Maine of acute dilation of the heart. He married Albina Rosamond Anace Keller 1 July 1865 in Camden. She died 2 February 1885 at West Rockport, Maine. He was a farmer and stone mason.

John W. Oxton, Private. Enlisted at the age of twenty-two years from Camden, Maine; was in the battle of Irish Bend, April 14, 1863; he was sick with chronic diarrhea, chills, and fever, causing heart trouble; was mustered out August 17, 1863, at Bangor. In June 186512, he married Miss Albina Keller of Camden; they have two girls and three boys. His present post office is South Hope, Me.
—"History of the Twenty-Sixth Maine Regiment" by Elden B. Maddocks, pub 1899 in Bangor.

They had the following children:

3 Carrie Adella Oxton, born 31 May 1866, married Mr. Young.

3 Walton Herbert Oxton, born 14 September 1867 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, he worked as a carpenter and married Rosa W. Roseland 30 September 1891 in Rockland, Knox County, Maine. She had been born January 1869 in Sweden or Finland to Johanna Roseland, died in Boston (aged 77y, 1m, 4d) of hypertensive heart disease and uremia 14 February 1946, buried 16 February in Milton, Massachusetts. They were living at 123 West Street in Hyde Park, Norfolk County, Mass. in 1900. They had the following children:

4 Clarence A. Oxton, born August 1892 in Maine. Could this be Clarence Augustus Oxton, born in Rockland who married Anna M. Dawson in Milton, Mass. in 1918 and had a child, Muriel Rose Oxton, born 22 January 1921 in Everett, Massachusetts, and died in Melrose in 1956? Anna was a nurse and had been born about 1899 in New Brunswick. Look for his marriage in Milton 1918 and death in Melrose 1956. Look for Muriel's marriage in Malden 1942.

4 Helen M. Oxton, born January 1895 in Rockland, Knox County, Maine, died 26 March 1902 of meningitis in Boston, Mass.

4 Edith May Oxton, born 7 March 1902 at 48 Idaho St., Boston, Mass.

4 Ernest Walton Oxton, born 5 September 1909 in Mattapan, died February 1985, married Ella Lois Piper13 (aged 18) 26 June 1932 in Boston. She had been born in Boston to Boynton W. Piper and Stella B. York. They had Glenn Arthur Oxton, born 11 December 1939 in Weymouth, Mass., and Lee Ernest Oxton, born 1937 in Weymouth who married Elaine Elizabeth Power (aged 16) 7 December 1957 in Weymouth. She was born in Rockville, Connecticut to Louis R. Piper and Pauline E. Smith. They may have had a child, Lee Ernest Oxton, Jr. the following year in Quincy, Massachusetts, but Elaine and Lee divorced and on 7 September 1962 Lee married Robert Ellis Joy (aged 22) in Rockland, Massachusetts. He had been born in Rockville, Connecticut to Louis R. Joy and Pauline E. Smith.

3 Charles Irving Oxton, born 2 June 1869 in Camden, married Flora May Heaward in Round Pond, Maine. She had been born in Brewer, Maine. They had the following children:

4 Three children whose names and genders are not yet known. Two did not survive their first year, born 1892 and 1901, one stillborn, 1912.

4 Leroy W. Oxton, born in Rockland 3 September 1897, died December 1971 in Ducktrap Lincolnville County Maine, married Gladys Bennet (age 24) 23 March 1934 in Camden. She was born in Searsmont to Loring W. Bennet, a stonecutter who had been born in Hope, Maine, and Ivie L. Evans of Hope.

4 Bernice V. Oxton, 16 July 1899. She married Edward Kobs in 1917 and Stanton Collemer in 1931.

4 Arthur Leslie Oxton, born 25 September 1901 in South Hope, Maine14, worked as an optician and married Eva Lillian Brown (age 27) in Brookline, Mass. on 2 November 1929. She had been born in Lubec, Maine to Leonard Brown and Irene Morang. They divorced. Arthur was working as a clerk in Lincolnville when he married 2nd Irene G. Miller (age 30) on 7 October 1933 in Camden. She was a nurse and had been born in North Attleborough, Mass. to Arthur Miller and Maud Gashire. Arthur Leslie died in March 1983.

4 Raymond W. Oxton, born 1913. He married Myrtle Huntly who was born in 1912.

3 Edward Augustus Oxton, born 1 November 1871 at West Rockport, Knox County, Maine, worked as a carriage painter and lived in North Stoughton, Mass., when he married Tillie May Burkett (aged 23) 1 November 1894 in Thomaston, Maine. She worked as a domestic in Thomaston, Maine, where she had been born in 1867 to Isaac H. Burkett and Fannie E. Kilbour [or Killborn]. In 1920, they owned their own home at 183 West Main St. in Thomaston. Tillie died in 1943 and is buried in the Village Cemetery in Thomaston. They had the following children:

4 Marjorie Cleveland Oxton, born 1 February 1902, died 12 August 1902 in Boston of Cholera Infantum.

4 Ralph Keeler Oxton, born 21 November 1903 at 72 Richmond St., Boston, Mass, died January 1986 in Bradenton, Manatee County Florida.

3 Susan Mary Oxton, born 12 April 1874 at Lincolnville, Maine, married Mr. Hemenway.

John and Albina Oxton lived in Lincolnville, Maine from 1873 to 1880, then moved to Camden. After Albina's death, John W. Oxton married 2nd Lavina B. Curtis 16 August 1891 in Frankfort, Maine. They were living in South Hope, Maine in 1903 and John suffered from chronic diarrhea, contracted while in service at Oppolusas, Louisiana on 15 April 1863.

2 Alvin15 Tolman Oxton, born on Monday, 21 June 1841 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, married Margaret "Agreta" Waitstill Keene, born June 1851 in Maine, on Saturday, 17 November 1866 in Camden. He was a successful miner in California and a prosperous farmer in Rockland, Maine, died 4 September 1915 at 15 Summer Street in Rockland of stomach cancer and appendicitis. They had the following children:

3 Annie Isabel Oxton, born 25 October 1868 in St. George, Maine, married Charlie Osborn Rokes of Rockland 7 November 1888 in Rockland, Knox County, Maine. He was born 1865, died in 1932. She died 14 August 1944, possibly in Thomaston. They are both buried there in the Village Cemetery.

3 Arthur Oxton, born 29 April 1871 in Rockland, died 17 June 1871.

3 Elbert Alvan Oxton, born a twin 25 September 1875 in Rockland, Maine. In 1920, Elbert was working as a milkman. He was still single and living with his widowed mother on a farm on Bog Road in Rockland, next door to his twin brother Elden and his wife.

3 Elden Albert Oxton, born a twin 25 September 1875 in Rockland, Maine, married Beulah May Sylvester16 (aged 33) 1 January 1912 in Rockville, Maine. She was the daughter of Harlan P. Sylvester and Sarah F. Mills. In 1920 they were living on a farm they owned on Bog Road in Rockland, next door to Elden's twin and their widowed mother.

3 A child whose name and gender is not yet known.

2 Harvey Hewitt Oxton, born August 1842 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, married Floretta Aminda Eppard of Madison, Iowa 6 January 1879. They had the following child: Elmer A. Oxton born 1 October 1880.

2 Mary "May" Emily Oxton, born 26 October 1843 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, married Frederick Otice Johnson, a builder, 8 October 1871 in Rockland, Knox County, Maine. They had the following children:

3 Ella Amelia Johnson, born 3 September 1872

3 Alfred Everett Johnson, born 28 June 1874

3 Clarence Elma Johnson, born 29 May 1876

2 George Franklin Oxton, born 11 July 1845 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, married Mary Mariah Johnson of Rockland 25 December 1872 in Rockland, Maine, died 12 November 1883 at Warren, Maine. He was an engineer in Blue Hill, Hancock County, Maine. She was the daughter of Isaac Johnson. They had the following child:

3 Velma Leona Oxton, born 27 December 1873 in Rockland, Knox County, Maine, died 18 November 1902 in Boston of oedema glottidis.17

2 Elizabeth Aldana Oxton, born 31 January 1848 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, died 18 May 1919, buried at Starret Cemetery in Warren, Maine. She married Eugene H. Payson of Warren 25 December 1873 in West Camden. He was born 23 April 1849, died 26 June 1907, buried at Starret Cemetery in Warren, Maine. They had the following children:

3 Alice Oxton Payson, born 20 December 1874

3 Olin A. Payson, born 7 July 1876

3 Virgil T. Payson, born 2 August 1880, died 10 January 1948, buried at Starret Cemetery in Warren, Maine. He married Bertha M. Oxton, born 13 March 1885, died 4 November 1955, buried at Starret Cemetery in Warren, Maine.

3 Elmer A. Oxton, born 1 October 1880

2 Samuel Oxton, born 1852 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, lost overboard from the schooner Pilot's Bride 15 October 1873. He never married.

1 Erastus F. Oxton, born at Rockland, Maine about 1812, died 25 July 1879 at Camden, buried 31 July in Rockland Maine, worked as a cobbler and married Mary B. Barnes, also of Rockland, 14 December 1837 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine. She may be the widow Mary B. Oxton who died (aged 76y 4m) 19 February 1894 in Rockport. She had been born in Camden. They had the following children:

2 Adolphus L. Oxton, born 19 March 1839 at West Camden, Maine, enlisted 29 August 1862 in Co. E of the 20th Maine, discharged 4 June 1865, died, a widower, 28 August 1922 at San Francisco, California, cremated 30 August 1922 at Cypress Lawn Cemetery. The cause of death was gangrene of both legs. He married 1st Abigail L. Packard in June 1858. She died in Belfast, Maine. He went west to California as a blacksmith in 1867, and married 2nd Adelia Murray in San Francisco either January 1868 or 7 May 1869. She died 1879 in San Francisco. He was in Sonoma City California in 1914 at Camp Meeker.

Married
Oxton—Murry—In this city, May 1, by the Rev. J. H. Ruby, Mr. Adolphus Oxton to Miss Adelia Murry, both of this city.

—San Francisco Call 9 May 1869, page 5


They had the following children:18

3 Estella L. Oxton, born 4 August 1869 in San Francisco.

3 Annie M. Oxton, born 23 December 1870 in California, worked as a domestic servant in 1900. Her mother was born in New York.

3 George W. Oxton, born 3 January 1874.

3 Elmara Oxton, born 13 June 1874.

3 Amelia M. Oxton, born 13 June 1876. Is this the daughter, "Millie" who wrote to Washington 16 October 1892 from the Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institution in Berkeley, California pleading that the applied for increase in her father's pension be speedily granted as they were destitute?

While in service, Adolphus was wounded by gunshot in the right hand at the Battle of Antietam, Sharpsburg, Maryland 17 September 1862, and wounded in the right hip at the Battle of the Wilderness 5 May 1864. His pension record does not indicate if he was involved in the heroic stand of the 20th Maine on Little Round Top at Gettysburg.

In 1900 Adolphus and his daughter, Annie, were living next door to his cousin, Sanford Laforest Oxton, on Mt. Pleasant Street in Rockport. He was working then as a cooper of lime casks. He was discharged from the Soldiers Home at Togus, Maine 1 December 1904 and was at Camp Meeker, Sonoma City, California in 1914. It is curious that he went back and forth between Maine and California. Note that his brother, Franklin, was also in San Francisco at that time.

2 Franklin A. Oxton, born 6 November 1840, Private in Company B of the 1st Maine Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War, enlisted at Thomaston, Maine 19 September 1861, disabled 29 June 1862 when his horse fell on him while on picket duty at Front Royal, Virginia, taken prisoner 9 September 1862 while in hospital at Frederick, Maryland, exchanged on parole 1 November 1862, discharged as convalescent 24 February 1863, died 22 December 1903 at West Rockport, Maine. He had been a sailor before the war, and married Addie S. Collamore. She divorced him 8 February 1875 in San Francisco, California and was awarded custody of their minor child, Amos H. Oxton. She died in California about 1878. They had the following children:

3 Amos H. Oxton, born December 1865 in West Camden, Knox County, Maine. It is not known what became of the child, Amos, as he would have been only about 13 when his mother died. Look for him in California records.

Franklin married 2nd Edna Frances (St. Clair) Mitchell, widow of Abner R. Mitchell, 1 January 1880 at Camden, Maine. She had been born to Gilford St. Clair and Lenore Payson on the 4th of July 1852 in Rockland, Maine. Her father was a ship's carpenter, born in East Vinson, and her mother had been born in Hope Corner. She died of carcinoma of the intestines on 6 June 1935 and was buried on 8 June in West Rockport, Maine. They had the following children:

3 Gracie L. Oxton, born 31 January 1881, married a Mr. Keller and, in 1920 was working as an accountant for a moving picture theater and rented a home at 49 Granite St. in Rockland. Gracie's widowed mother, and her daughter, Marion, age four, were living there, but her husband was absent at the time of the census. Gracie lived at 28 Elm Street in Rockland, Maine in 1935 when she received the balance of $8.00 from her mother's Civil War widow's pension. They had the following children:

4 Marion F. Keller, born about 1916.

3 Willie L. Oxton, born 20 October 1885, (Where?) Possibly this is the William S. Oxton who's listed with them on the 1900 census as having been born October 1883 in Maine. A William C. Oxton died (aged 26y, 10d) on 20 October 1908 of a broken neck from a fall while at work as a carpenter in Belfast, Maine. He was single and Franklin and Edna are listed as his parents.

2 Amos B. Oxton, born 10 June, baptized 15 June 1843 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died 20 August 1914 of valvular disease of the heart. He worked as a farmer and married Melinda (Melissa) J. Collamore 20 May 1866 at Searsmont, Waldo County, Maine. She had been born May 1853 in Maine and had five children, only one of whom was alive in 1900 when they were living on Rockland Street in Rockport, Maine. They had the following children:

3 Warren B. Oxton, born 25 August 1866 in Camden, Knox County, Maine, died 23 January 1867 in Camden.

3 Carrie Oxton, died 2 July 1867 in Camden.

3 Caro Oxton, born 9 July 1867 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine.

3 Lizzie F. Oxton, born 15 December 1868 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died 29 April 1875 at West Camden, recorded/buried? 6 May 1875 in Rockland.

3 A child whose name and gender is unknown.

2 Delora Amelia Oxton, born and baptized 24 February 1846 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine.

2 George K. Oxton, born and baptized 6 October 1849 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine.

2 Almond B. Oxton, born 2 April, baptized 22 April 1854 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died 21 August 1912 in Rockport of a cerebral hemorrhage. He worked as a clerk and married Alda Rokes of South Hope, Maine 3 October 1877 at West Camden. In his Civil War pension application, Adolphus states that the civil and/or church records of his birth were destroyed in a fire and that "Almond had family bible as he had old home. Edith [?] doesn't know where it is." Alda had been born February 1851 in South Hope, Maine to Phineas P. Rokes and Mary A. Sidenfisher, and died, a widow, of pulmonary phithis 6 August 1914 (aged 53y, 5m, 11d). In 1878, Almond was a butcher and a painter. By 1900 they were living on Mt. Pleasant Street in Rockport and had the following children:

3 Herbert Leon Oxton, born 2 August 1878 in West Camden, Maine, worked as a teamster and married Elizabeth E. Annis 28 May 1901 in Rockport. In 1920, Herbert was a collector for a furniture store and they had a house with a mortgage at 30 Warren St. in Rockland. They had the following children:

4 Thelma E. B. Oxton, born 23 February 1902 in Rockport.

4 Elmer Chapman Oxton, born about 1907 in Rockland, married Mary Leola Martin (aged 17), daughter of William Martin (b. Scotland) and Hattie Mathews (b. Swan's Island, Maine). Elmer found work as a chauffeur in Northport, Maine, where they had Elizabeth Mary Oxton19, born 13 May 1928. They moved to Belfast where Elmer drove a truck and they had Richard Elmer Oxton, born 29 June 1930, and Carleen Marie Oxton on 18 May 1932. Elmer was unemployed when they had George Franklin Oxton in Augusta, Maine on 27 November 1933. They had Herbert Leon Oxton, born 26 August 1936 in Hallowell, Maine.

4 Laura May Oxton, born 12 May 1921 in Rockland.

3 Nellie E. Oxton, born January 1880 in Maine.

3 Cassie E. M. Oxton, born August 1881 in Maine.

3 Katie A. C. Oxton, born February 1889 in Maine.

1 Robert Oxton, born on Monday, 17 April 1809 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died 18 April 1884 at West Camden. He married 1st Lydia Ingraham, born 1816 in West Camden, Maine and lived in Montville, Maine in 1850. They had the following children:

2 Joseph A. Oxton20, born 29 December 1834 at West Rockport, Maine, Private in Company F of the 26th Maine Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, enlisted 10 September 1862, mustered in at Bangor, Maine 11 October 1862, discharged 29 April 1863, died 29 March 1917 at 92 Pleasant St., Rockland, Maine, buried 31 March 1917 at Achorn Cemetery in Rockland, Maine. The cause of death was chronic asthma and Bright's disease.

While in the service, on the last day of October 1862, Joseph was severely injured by an insane soldier whom he had been detailed to take care of at Arlington Heights, Virginia. Before the war, he had been a farmer.

Joseph A. Oxton married Emeline "Emma" Charity Thompson 29 September 1861 at Camden, Maine. She was born 26 February 1844 at West Rockport, Maine, the daughter of Hughey Thompson and Melathiah Andrews. In 1927 she was living at 92 Pleasant St., Rockland, Maine and died there on 14 April 1932. They had the following children:

3 Joseph Wilbur "William" Oxton, born 7 September 1862 at Rockport, Knox County, Maine, married Emma F. Palmer 17 October 1889 in Rockland, Knox County, Maine, died 10 June 1944 in Stoughton, Massachusetts of chronic myocarditis and arthritis. She had been born about 1860 in Thomaston, Maine to Benjamin F. Palmer and Harriet Sterling, died (age 71y, 1m, 3d) in Stoughton, Mass. of chronic myocarditis 10 May 1936, buried 13 May at Evergreen Cemetery, Stoughton. In 1900, he was working as a painter and they lived at 84 Broad Street in Rockland, Maine. In April of 1917, they were living at 637 Warren Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts, but they moved to Stoughton about 1927. At the time of his death, he was the proprietor of a variety store. They had the following children:

4 Percy Raymond "Pressey" Oxton, born 14 October 1889, died 15 March 1890 at Rockland, Maine.

4 Mildred B. Oxton, born 5 October 1893.

3 Ada Louisa Oxton, born 18 March 1866 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine.

2 Olive T. Oxton, born 20 January 1837 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine.

2 Melvin R. Oxton, born 10 October, baptized 29 October 1840 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine, died 18 September 1884 in Rockport, buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Montville, Maine. He may have been the father of the Sidney Oxton who was a candy maker.

2 John Wesley Oxton, born 2 December 1844 in West Camden, baptized 22 December in Rockport, died (married) 28 December 1916 in West Rockport of cancer of the bowel, buried in West Rockport Cemetery. He was a merchant and had lived in West Rockport for 50 years. He married 1st Sadie Estelle "Sarah" Day, and had two children. After she died, he married 2nd Ina Izora Leeman with whom he had three children. See section 2.5.1.

2 Alice V. Oxton, baptized 19 December 1847 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine.

2 A child whose name and gender is not yet known.

There is a bit of a mystery in that the death certificate of Frank E. Oxton, who died in Massachusetts in 1910, lists his parents as Robert Oxton and Lydia Ingraham, but his age at death, if accurate, suggests he was born six years after Lydia died. This family should be located in the 1850 and 1860 census. The following information is given on Frank.

Frank Egar Oxton, of Montville, Maine, who married Harriet "Hattie" Belle Felker, of Searsmont, Maine, either 3 October 1875 at Montville, or 13 October 1875 at Searsmont, Waldo County, Maine. She had been born in Pittston, Maine, the daughter of Isaiah C. Felker and Amanda M. King, died of arteriosclerosis (aged 82y 11m 2d) 5 September 1938 in Boylston, Mass., buried 7 September in Pine Grove Cemetery, Boylston. They had lived in Boylston since 1910. They had a son, Augustus H. Oxton, who died (aged 15) of traumatic tetanus 13 July 1896 at the S. Gen. Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He had been born in Maine, but the family was living in North Andover, Mass. at the time21. Frank died 19 October 1910 in Brookfield, Mass. of cerebral apoplexy. He was married at the time and his age was given as 52 years, 7 months, and 25 days.

Lydia Ingraham Oxton died 24 April 1852 (aged 35y 4m 22d), buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Montville, Maine.

Robert Oxton married 2nd Hannah Morton [or Moulton?] (1823-1903) on Sunday, 21 August 1853 in Waldo County, Maine. She had been born in Bristol, Maine, and they had six children, of whom we know the following:

2 William Thomas Oxton, born about 1861 in Montville, a farmer who married 1st Ida May Pierce. She was born about 15 June 1872 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Joseph A. Pierce of Bangor, Maine and Abigail Grant of Palermo, Maine. They had the following children:

3 Nellie May Oxton, born 12 December 1887 in Montville, Maine. The birth record states that A. G. Oxton, uncle, gave oath that he remembered this birth. Nellie May (aged 27) married Charles Henry Hawks (aged 29) 18 March 1915 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a millwright and had been born in Walpole, New Hampshire to Charles S. and Jennie A. Clemons. At the time of her mother's death, Nellie May was living at 103 Alden Street in Springfield.

3 Myrtis C. Oxton (female), born 5 April 1890 in Montville. In 1900 she was boarded with David [or Daniel] Baker and his wife Mary C. in Liberty, Waldo County, Maine. Also boarding there was Olive V. Oxton, born June 1891. Was she a sister of Myrtis?

3 Elmer H. Oxton, born about 1906 in Maine. In 1920, he was living with his father and stepmother and their four children in Searsmont, Waldo County where his father worked as a laborer.

William and Ida divorced and she died of senility and arteriosclerosis 19 June 1946 in Springfield, Massachusetts, buried there in Oak Grove Cemetery on 22 June.

William Thomas Oxton (aged 47) married 2nd Cora M. Thompson (aged 21) 2 August 1908 in Caribou, Maine. She had been born 1886 in either Lewiston, or Limestone, Maine to Russell Thompson (b. Kennebec, Maine) and Maggie E. Blake (b. Penobscot, Maine). She died in 1923. They had the following children:

3 Omer C. Oxton, born 13 August 1909 in Warren, Maine, died 2 September 1909 of cholera infantum in Limestone, Maine.

3 Arthur L. Oxton, born 15 July 1911 in Searsmont, Maine. Is this the same as Arthur Leslie Oxton? An Arthur L. Oxton married Jennie Evelyn Ames 3 August 1942 in Belfast. If this Arthur L. was Arthur Leslie Oxton, it would be his third marriage. See section on unconnected Oxtons for expansion.

3 Unknown child, died before 1920.

3 Hattie M. Oxton, born 5 March 1913 in Thorndike, Maine.

3 Phineas William Oxton, born 5 February 1915 in Thorndike, Maine, married Evelyn M. Thomas in Beverly, Mass. in 1949. She had been born about 1932 in Concord, Vermont. They had the following children:

4 Linda Sue Oxton, born 16 October 1951 in Beverly, Mass.

4 Bruce Rainey Oxton, born 10 February 1953 in Beverly, Mass.

4 Edward Arthur Oxton, born 15 April 1954 in Beverly, Mass.

4 Peter David Oxton, born 19 June 1955 in Beverly, Mass.

4 Ann Marie Oxton, born 14 July 1956 in Beverly, Mass.

4 Possibly Brenda Lee Oxton, born 1957 in Beverly, Mass.

3 Ralph Edward Oxton, born 26 August 1917 in Thorndike, Maine.

3 Unknown child

3 Richard Myrol Oxton, born 31 October 1921 in Montville, Maine.

3 Myrtle A. Oxton, born 25 March 1928 in Belfast, died the next day.

2 Charles Bean Oxton, born 26 October 1866 in Montville, Waldo County, Maine, married Allena Hannah (Richards) George, 17 April 1905, and died (aged 40) of an intestinal obstruction and peritionitis 14 May 1907 in Montville. They had the following child:

3 Ruth Maud Oxton, born 14 September 1906, in Montville Maine, died 25 November 1988, in Waterville Maine.

2 Alvin Gersham22, or, Gershorn A., Oxton, born Montville, Maine, is the sixth child of Robert Oxton. He married Myra V. Sheldon, born Montville, and had four children before Carrie E. Oxton, born 22 April 1907 in Montville, and Blanche Edna Oxton, born 25 February 1912 in Montville. In 1920, they owned their own home with a mortgage in Montville and Gershorn was a farmer. Their oldest child was Frank Adriel Oxton, born in Montville, who died of lobar pneumonia and tuberculosis (aged 72) 15 November 1966 in Boylston, Mass., buried 19 November in Greenwood Cemetery, Montville. Frank Adriel married Helen Doucette23 and had at least one child.

According to a letter inserted below from Sadie Esther Stover Oxton, Edmund Vesper Oxton is of the first marriage of Robert Oxton. Edmund's birth date would imply there must be a generation between him and Robert.

3 Edmund Vesper "Edward" Oxton, born August 1875 in Warren, Maine, married 1st Evaline R. Hills, born June 1873 in Warren, Maine. He worked as a carpenter and was living at 11 Tufts Ave. in Everett, Mass. in 1900. Evelyn died before 1924, possibly as early as 1905. They had a son, Lloyd Wright Oxton, born 10 March 1901 in Union, Maine who worked as a farm laborer in Warren in 1920 and married Beulah Beatrice Coggin (age 18) on 8 March 1924 in Rockland. She was the daughter of William A. Coggin, a watchman from Union, Maine, and Fostera Austin of Appleton, Maine. On 2 July 1924, Beulah gave birth to a girl child in Rockland. They had Philip Joel Oxton 13 October 1926 in Thomaston.

3 Edmund Vesper Oxton married 2nd Susan Mary Averell of Warren Maine. In 1920 they were renting a house at 14 Rockland St. in Rockport and had the following children:

4 Alden W. Oxton, born about August 1906 in Rockland, died of pneumonia 12 February 1908 in Warren.

4 Ella A. Oxton, born 13 February 1908 in Warren.

4 Alfred Edmund Oxton, born 1 December 1909 in Warren, married Florence N. Packard (aged 19) 28 November 1933 in Warren, Maine. He was working in aviation. She was a student, born in Warren to Loring C. Packard and Rosalie F. Butler. Alfred's middle name was given as Edward in the marriage record, but Edmund at the birth of their daughter. Their child, Avis May Oxton, was born 22 April 1934 in Rockland, Maine. Alfred's occupation was then listed as laborer. Perhaps the deepening depression cost him his job in aviation. Things did not go well for them. Avis took sick and spent two years and four months in the Boston Children's Hospital with a brain tumor. She died there 29 April 1941 and was buried 1 May 1941 in the Packard family plot at the Riverview Cemetery in Warren, Maine. At the time of Avis' death, Florence gave her name as Lane, residing at 509 Cumberland Ave., Portland, Maine. Had she divorced Alfred and remarried by this time? In 1959 an Alfred E. and Sadie Oxton were living at 232 Middle St. in Bath, Maine and he was working in the paint department at Bath Iron Works.

According to a letter from Sadie Esther Oxton, 232 Middle Street, Bath, Maine 04530, dated 5 August 1996 Sadie Esther Stover married Alfred Edmund Oxton on 12 December 1939 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. They met while he was flying passengers around the Boothbay Area in 1938. They lived at 42 Union Street. Alfred Edmund worked at Bath Iron Works in Bath. Their first son, Sherwood Lee Oxton was born 5 March 1942 in Boothbay Harbor. They lived at 655 Middle Street until July of 1946. Alfred Edmund went into Airfreight at Rockland where their second son, Kenneth Allan Oxton, was born on 23 September 1946. Alfred Edmund returned to B.I.W's Paint Department in 1950 as finish painter Leadman. He retired in the spring of 1972 and died 8 February 1990. His parents were Susan Mary Avenill of Thomaston and Edmund Vesper Oxton of Warren. He was one of 10 children and a half brother Lloyd Oxton now deceased.

The letter goes on to say: "An early Robert Oxton had two wives and six children with each. My husband's branch was by the first; Gersham [poss. Gershorn. -ajo] was by the second wife. [It is more likely the other way round from the looks of the dates or else there is another generation to be inserted. -ajo]

"Edmund called Gersh half Uncle, Gersh had a son LeRoy [by his] wife Florence. LeRoy had two sons I know, Robert, & Burleigh. Robert is in Wiscassat, Burleigh is in Bath School Dept."

4 Marion L. Oxton (female), born 25 February 1912 in Belfast.

4 Carl E. Oxton, born 28 July 1913 in Thomaston. At the time, the family was living in Northport and Edmund was working as a laborer.

4 Thelma Bernice Oxton, born 9 July 1915 in Morrell, Maine, died in childbirth.

4 David Winfield Oxton, born 14 September 1917 in Rockville. Is this the David Oxton of Waldoboro whose number was amongst the first 2,000 pulled from the fishbowl in Washington when the first draft was held just before W.W.II? Is this the David Oxton who wed Charlotte Johnson? She was from Thomaston, the daughter of Mason Johnson and Clara Kendall.

4 Lee B. Oxton (male), born about October 1918.

4 Elizabeth Oxton, born 14 March 1921 in Warren.

4 Paul Ashley Oxton, born 2 June 1923

? Leroy M. Oxton, born in 1898 in Montville, Maine, to Gersham Oxton of Robert Oxton's second wife. He married Ardelle Florence Harriman and lived in Beverly, Mass. in 1920. She had been born about 1902 in either Montville, or Liberty, Maine. They had Robert Leroy Oxton, born 23 April 1921 in Beverly, Massachusetts. In 1922, they were in Montville where Leroy was working as a milkman when their daughter Evelyn Flora Oxton was born 20 August 1922. They had Alfred Burleigh Oxton 13 September 1926 in Liberty Maine. A Burleigh A. and Arlene L. Oxton lived at 301 Centre St. in Bath in 1959. Robert L. and Belma S. Oxton24 lived at 228 Centre St. in Bath [next door to Burleigh?] Robert worked as an auto mechanic at 37 Washington St. Belma worked as a waitress at Lund's Grove, 228 Centre St. [hmm, same address as residence?]



2.5.1 Oxtons of Unknown Relation

The following people have not been connected yet.

? Arthur L. Oxton. Is this the same as Arthur Leslie Oxton? An Arthur L. Oxton married Jennie E. Ames 3 August 1942 in Belfast. If this were Arthur Leslie Oxton, it would be his third marriage. There was also an Arthur L. Oxton (aged 17) boarding with Berton Andrews on State St. in Presque Isle, Aroostook County, Maine in 1920. He was working as a salesman in the Branch store and living next door were a Rufus and Martha Kallock.

? Arthur L. R. Oxton who married Geneva M. Gray and had Frances A. Oxton, born about 1949 in Vinalhaven, Maine who married Carl F. Philbrook (aged 24) 1 March 1968 in Boston. He was born in Vinalhaven to William Philbrook and Ethel L. Nelson.

? Maynard Oxton who married Emma Palmer of Thomaston? She was the daughter of Benjamin and Harriet Palmer. This appears to be the same Emma Palmer who married Joseph Wilbur "William" Oxton.

? John W. Oxton, born 2 December 1844 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine to Robert Oxton and Lydia Ingraham as John Wesley Oxton (supra). May have married a Sadie E. "Sarah" Day who had a daughter, Laura Estelle Oxton who married Frank H. Lord 24 June 1903 in Lawrence, Mass., and died 25 March 1881 at West Camden, Maine, buried [or recorded?] 31 March 1881 at Rockland. This Laura Estelle Oxton's marriage record gives her age as 24 and that she was born in West Rockport, Maine, which, if correct, means she is not the same person as Estella L. Oxton, born 4 August 1869 in San Francisco to Adolphus Oxton and Adelia Murry. Could this John Wesley Oxton be the same as the John W. below?

? Could "Sarah" Day be the same person as the Sarah E. Collins of Union, Maine who married a John W. Oxton of Camden 25 June 1876 at Camden?

? Or could she be the Sarah E. Spear of Thomaston who married a John W. Oxton of West Camden 19 January 1868 at West Camden?

? Or could she be the Sarah R. Bryant of Camden who married a John W. Oxton of Camden 22 May 1870 at Camden?

? John W. Oxton who married an Ina S. Lesuar, born April 1871 in Liberty, Maine, about 1890. In 1900, he owned a general store and they lived on Rockland Street in Rockport. He probably had been married before as Ina was listed as the mother of two children, both of whom were alive, and Lena was born before their marriage. They, or at least John, had the following children:

2 Lena B. Oxton, born October 1878 in Maine, worked as a saleswoman, probably in her father's general store in 1900.

2 A Westley Leman Oxton, born 21 November 1893 in Rockport, Maine is recorded as being the first child of John and Ina. He married Leola E. Barrows on 16 September 1919 in Rockville, Maine. She was the daughter of Charles and Ida Barrows and was born about 1902 in Rockport. In 1920, Westley (or Wesley) worked as a farmer, and they were living at 61 Rockland St. in Rockport, next door to the widow Ina Oxton who was the proprietor of a grocery store.

2 ? Olive V. Oxton, born June 1891, who was boarding with David [or Daniel] Baker and his wife Mary C. in Liberty, Waldo County, Maine in 1900. Also boarding was Myrtis C. Oxton (female), daughter of William Thomas Oxton and Ida May Pierce. Were they sisters? Is this after William and Ida were divorced?

? Marguerite Oxton, born 20 June 1898 in Rockport Maine, died in West Rockport of influenza and bronchial pneumonia 14 February 1920 (aged 20y 7m 24d). Mother's name appears to be Ina I. Seman, rather than Ina S. Lesaur. Father's name given as Henry W. Oxton on birth record.

? Robert I. Oxton, born about 1907. Could this be the John W. Oxton of South Hope, Maine who married a Zelinda Robbins of Lincolnville at Lincolnville 7 August 1887?

? John Oxton who died 18 March 1935 in Pittston, Maine, buried 21 March 1935 in Hallowell, Maine. He had been born in Russia and was married when he died of nephritis at the age of 56.

? George Oxten, born December 1874 in Russia, who was boarding at 251 Canal Street in Lawrence, Mass. in 1900.

? Edward Oxten of Camden who wed Margaret Keene of Camden 17 September 1861 at Camden, Maine.

? Mary M. Oxton, born November 1852 in Maine who was servant to Elijah Walker at 15 Pleasant Avenue, Somerville, Mass. in 1900.

? Sidney Oxton, born May 1881 in Maine, who was servant to William M. Shaw in Greenville, Maine in 1900. His parents were Melvin Oxton, born in Montville, and Lizzie Thomas, born in Warren. He became a candymaker in Rockland, Maine and married Alice McKay (aged 24) on 8 April 1903 in Union, Maine. She was the daughter of Hugh McKay, a harness maker of Eureka, Nova Scotia and Elizabeth Frazer. Alice grew very stout from eating all the "reject" chocolates. They had a son, Sidney Oxton.

The Chisolms also operated a candy store at 438 Main Street, which was famous as a Christmas candy shop for many years. Its ribbon candy, handmade every year by Sidney and Alice Oxton, is remembered today by many satisfied customers. Mr. and Mrs. Oxton also made candy for the firm St. Clair and Allen. Mr. Oxton worked about twenty years at this company which was started in 1865 in the Crockett Block.
Shore Village Story: An Informal History of Rockland, Maine -1976



? Mrs. Lizzie Oxton of Warren who married Elden Jones of Warren 26 March 1889 at Union, Maine.

? Mrs. A. R. Oxton who died 2 February 1885 at West Camden, Maine was aged 37 yrs, 2 mos, and 9 days. She would have been born about 1848 but quite likely not as an Oxton.

? James Oxton who died 24 May 1889 at West Camden. Possibly James Holmes Oxton.

? Emma L. Oxton of Rockland, Maine who married Fred A. Thorndike of Rockland 27 September 1879 at Rockville, Maine.

? Ebenezer Cleveland Oxton, born about 1810, who died in West Camden, Knox County, Maine.

? Charles P. [or B?] Oxton who married Carrie E. Cooper 20 July 1890 in Montville, Waldo County, Maine. They had the following children:

? Clara Oxton, born 6 February 1895 at 74 Mount Vernon Street in Lawrence, Mass.

? Bertha Oxton, born 9 September 1897 at 84 Mount Vernon Street in Lawrence, Mass.

? Charles L. Oxton, born about 1900 in Montville, Maine, married Marcia Moody (aged 18) 9 May 1920 in Unity, Maine. She was born in Appleton, Maine to Frank and Edna Moody. They had Linwood Cicel Oxton, born 25 May 1922 in Liberty, Maine.

? Was this the Charles Oxton who was the father of Simon who was living in Lawrence when he married in 1896? Was this the Charles Oxton who died, a widower, (aged 38?) 17 April 1905 in Liberty, Maine?

? Simon Oxton (aged 28) who married Wladeslawa Razwilaiczinne (aged 23) 8 August 1896 in Boston. He lived in Lawrence, Mass. and had been born in Russia to Charles and Eva Oxton. She had been born in Russia to Charles and Gudwig Razwilaiczinne.

? Ella A. Oxton of Montville, Maine, who married Charles E. Thompson of Taunton, Mass. 3 June 1874 at Searsmont, Waldo County, Maine.

? Michael Oxton, born in Poland, who was married to Katie Krusch, also of Poland, and had a son, John Oxton born 2 August 1901 in at 47 Union Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Could the reference to Poland mean Poland, Maine?

2.6 William Oxdon and Mary Newcomb

William Oxdon is said to have been one of two brothers who came from England and settled in Gloucester, Essex County Massachusetts about 1766. According to Coldham,25 a William Oxen [sic] was sentenced for transportation to the colonies at the County of Middlesex, England, Quarter Sessions Court in February 1766 and transported to America on the ship Ann, Christopher Reed, Master, from London in April 1766.26 The following information has been gleaned from documents at the Greater London Public Records Office:

William Oxen, Middlesex, Transported.
Sessions Book No. 1214

General Session of the Peace of our Sovereign Lord the King holden for the County of Middlesex at Hick's Hall in St. John Street in the County aforesaid on Monday the Seventeenth day of February in the Sixth Year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third King of Great Britain.
General Session of the Peace, February 1766, James Waller Esq. Clerk of the Peace.

Calender of Indictments February Session 1766 page 64

Oxen William- 10 pt [or pl may stand for pleads] N.P.27 William Oxen Ind now (10) pelas pu so Jury &f [and found] Guilty. To be Transported.
Calender of Indictments February Session 1766 page 50

Be it remembered that Jeremy Hergest White Chapel Middx, Linen Draper acknowledgeth to owe to our Lord the King, the Sum of £.50; Solomon Barugh, Shoemakers Row, London, Butcher . . . £.25; Aarons Aarons Same . . . £.25;
Upon Condition that they do personally appear at the next General Session of the Peace, to be holden for the said County and then and there give evidence upon a Bill of Indictment to be proferred by the said Jeremy Hergest against William Oxen Charles Hind and John Clark for feloniously Stealing Several Red and White Silk Handkerchiefs of the value of ten pence the property of the said Jeremy Hergest and if the Bill be found in Case they give Evidence upon the Tryal of the said William Oxen Charles Hind and John Clark for the said offence And do not depart the Court without Leave: Then this Recognizance to be void, or else to remain in full Force.
Taken and acknowledged this 31st Day of January 1766 before [signature]28

Middlesex Quarter session records indictment Exhibit. 44., 17 Feb 1766

The following information has been gleaned from documents at the Public Records Office at Kew, Richmond in Surrey:

Treasury Bons List showing #60William Oxen was prisoner #60 on a list of 81 from the County of Middlesex who were transported in the Ann:

    I do humbly certify that John Stewart of London Merchant hath contracted for the effectual Transportation of the above named Eighty one persons convicted in the county of Middlesex And that the Securities for the performance of said Contract are now in the custody of the Clerk of the peace for said County.
    Given under my Hand this fourteenth day of April One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy six.
    Tho Benson Clerk of the Gaol Delivery for the County of Middlesex
    I do humbly Certify that the above List Contains the names of the Convicts from the County of Middlesex which have been Shipt on board the Ann of which Ship I am Master in order to their being immediately and effectually Transported to some of His Majestys Colonies or Plantations in America.
    London April the 17th: 1766
    Christopher Reed

Treasury Bond Papers T1 449, pages 345-352

Also on board the Ann were 32 persons convicted in London. Of the total of 113 convicts from Middlesex and London, 23 where women. Later were boarded another 42 convicts from the home counties of which three were women and 3 from Surrey, 5 from Berkshire and 4 from Buckinghampshire. William Oxen was transported to Maryland, arriving at the port of Annapolis on 15th July 1766.

Annapolis July 17. Monday laft arrived29 in Severn, after a long Paffage from London, the Ship Anne, Capt. Chriftopher Reed, with upwards of a Hundred of his Majefty's Seven Year Passengers.
—Maryland Gazette, Thursday July 17 1766



When Ship Ann departs, October 3 1766, bound for London with "437 Hogshead of Tobacco [and] 26 Tons of Iron" among other things, there is no indication of convicts aboard.

It is not known as of this writing (23rd November 1997) who purchased his indentures or to which colony or plantation he may have been sent but it is possible that he is the William Oxden or Oxdon who appears in Gloucester, Massachusetts five years later.

William Oxdon was a Private30 in Capt. John Lane's company defending Cape Ann from 10 January 1776 to 15 February 1776. He then served from 15 February to 31 May 1776 in Capt. Daniel Giddings company, stationed at Gloucester for the defense of the port, and again in the same company from 1 to 10 June 1776.

Aug. 11 1775—Upon report of a committee appointed by the General Court to confer with General Washington with respect to supplying the town of Gloucester with men and ammunition, the Committee of Supplies were directed to deliver 300 lbs. of powder, 300 shot of nine pounds, for a swivel gun of small size, and 100 lbs. of grape shot to Capt. Joseph Foster for defense of said town; and it was ordered that the Honorable Council order the company raised by Capt. John Lane (part of which is now at Cambridge) to march immediately to Gloucester and there to remain for the defense of that town, to be under the direction and command of the Committee of Correspondence of that town.


Sept. 27 1775—General Court appropriates £140 to Capt. Joseph Foster, to pay Capt. John Lane, his two lieutenants, and forty-nine men, who have not received their advance pay. Capt. John Lane, who was of Buxton, Me., was soon appointed a captain in the American army, and was succeeded in his command here by Daniel Giddings.

Dec. 2 1775—Considering the importance of the harbor of Gloucester and the exposedness of the same to the enemy, General Court resolves to raise two companies of 50 men each to continue in service till April 1, unless sooner discharged.

Dec. 30 1775—For four companies at Gloucester the General Court chose Joseph Foster, colonel. . . . 2nd company John Lane, Capt.; Jabez Lane, 1st Lt.; Moses Atkinson, 2d Lt.

March 16 1776—Difficulty has arisen with regard to rank of officers at Gloucester, whereupon the General Court vote that they shall be ranked in the following manner: Daniel Warner, First Captain; Bradbury Sanders, Second Captain; William Pearson, Third Captain; Daniel Giddings, Fourth Captain.

Notes and Additions to the History of Gloucester
Second Series by John J. Babson, 1891

Leaving Capt. Giddings' company the end of May, William Oxdon then went to Salem on 17 June 1776 and signed on as a seaman or marine on the sloop Tyrannicide commanded by Capt. John Fisk, and served in successive enlistments as a seaman until his discharge 17 February 1777. The Tyrannicide was still being built at Salisbury, Mass. by a Mr. Derby and Capt. Batchelder when Capt. Fisk was appointed to command by the Mass. House of Representatives on Thursday, April 18, 1776. The Tyrannicide, a brig of 14 guns with a crew of 100 men, captured the armed ship Glasgow with 30 prisoners in July 1776, and in August captured the brig St. John. The following logbook entries, beginning the day after William Oxden signed on, are from the journal of Capt. Fisk.

Rem'ks on Tuesday 18th of June 1776
At 9 in the morning Capt. Derby gave me notice of a ship to the southward of Marblehead standing up towards Boston went on board weigh'd anchor stood to the Southward saw the ship toward Boston gave Chaise after her at 3 in the after noon fired Again for her to bare down saw the continental schooners Coming out of Boston at half past 3 fired a shot at the ship the schooners & A Brigg from Boston fired at the ship we fired the second shot at her
Down came her Coulers31 Sent the first Leuit. and six men on board she is the ship Lord How. Robert Park Master from Glasco one hundred officers and soldiers on board belonging to the seventy first Regiment. spake with Capt Tucker in one of the Continental schooners got a pilot out of him to Carry us in to Boston he ran the sloop on shore twice but she received no Damadge thus Ends this day

Rem'ks on Friday 21st of June 1776
At 6 in the morning caught sum codfish calm at 12 wind breez'd up to the southward bore away for Cape Ann Harbour at 6 came to Ankor in the Harbour Let the Cape people go on shore to get their Clothing fair pleasant weather

Rem'ks on Saturday 22nd of June 1776
At 6 in the Morning sent the first Leiut. on shore to gits the people on board at noon the people all on board in boat came to sails at 3 came in thick of fogg came to Ankor at 4 came to sails fair weather Stood to the Eastward at 5 saw Eleven sails of top sails Vesels barring East 3 Leagus distance standing SW for Boston tack ship stood for Salem Ankor in Salem Harbour at 11 at night sent An Exupry [?] to General Ward.

Rem'ks on Saturday 13th of July 1776
Saw a schooner barring ESE gave her chaise Came up with the chaise she fired 2 shots at us and then her hole broad side we engaged her 1 1/2 hour then she struck to the American Arms we found her to be the Dispatch from Halifax bound to New York Capt. Goodridge that commanded her was killed the master Midshipman and 7 others wounded 1 man killed the schooner much shatter in the Ingagement we had one man killed 2 wounded our Riggin much hurts our Master Boatswain & 15 men Repairing the schooner Riggin Fair weather

Rem'ks on Saturday 20th of July 1776
Pleasant weather Landed our prisoners let most of our people go on shore on liberty.

Rem'ks on Wednesday 31st of July 1776
Saw a sail to the Southward gave Chaise Jib'd in Chaise of a ship

Rem'ks on Thursday 1st of August 1776
Came up fast with the ship she shortened sail for we found she was a man of war tack ship she gave us chaise and fir'd a gun to the Leward and signals for us but we outsail him and get away safe.

Rem'ks on Friday 2nd of August 1776
Light airs of wind pleasant weather up All Hammocks and Clear'd out the hole


Journal of J. Fisk, Captain of a Privateer, 1776-1777 unpublished manuscript,
American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts

The Tyrannicide returned to port at Salem on Thursday the 13th of September. No doubt, William Oxden had some shore leave during the refit and probably went home to Gloucester while the ship was provisioned and prepared for a winter cruise to the West Indies to look for prizes amongst the British shipping there. They left on this voyage on the 1st of November.

Rem'ks on Friday the 8th of November 1776
Fresh gale of wind with rain Very hard gale bore away before the wind ahull. Shipped a great quantity of water. I am afraid we shall damage our bread our vessel leaks very much

Rem'ks on 10 Nov. 1776
Strong gale of wind heavy sea from westward Handed the close reef't foretopsail Layby under Mainsail and Mainstaysail vessel leaks very much oblig'd to fend under bare poles keep one pump going

Rem'ks on 21 Nov. 1776
All hands on Deck swearing them that never past the Tropicks 37 in number Latt 22D 57M North

Rem'ks on Wednesday the 11th of December 1776
Squally rain this day my people came to me & demanded to go home told me that there time was almost out. I answered we had not provision to go home then.

Rem'ks on Thursday the 12th of December 1776
Added one quarter pound Beef to the people's allowance they complain they could not live on their allowance Fresh breeze and fair weather

Rem'ks on Sunday the 29th of December 1776
At 4 AM saw the island of Martinais [Martinique] bearing south distance 3 leagues At 10 AM came to Anchor in the road of St. Veens & Martinais Pleasant Weather

Rem'ks on Monday the 30th of December 1776
Pleasant weather employ'd in fixing our vessel part of my Crew demanded their discharge. I told them it was not in my power to discharge them in a foreign port. They told me they would desert. I acquainted them that if they did I should do all in my power to catch them & confine them until I was ready to leave the port & then take them on board. They apply'd to the Continental Agent to enter on board his schooner privateer. He refus'd them. They then apply'd to the Intandant he told them they were subject to their Capt'n. & none else and that there Capt. was not Subject to any body but the Council of the State of Massachusetts Bay. Therefore he advised them to repair on board & do their duty. They told me that they would not do their duty that they had no officers & they were very troublesome and made much uneasiness on board.

Rem'ks from Decem 30.1776 to Jan 7.1777
Employ'd getting our Vessel fit for sea. Sunday Jan 5 sails from St. Peen Monday Anchored in Grosetat in the Island of St. Lucie weigh'd Anchor in the afternoon spake a sloop from Plymouth Thomas Robbins Master 35 days out we beating to windward between Martinais and St. Lucie fresh breeze of wind & pleasant weather. Tuesday beating to windward between Martianis & St. Lucie

Rem'ks on Wednesday the 8th of January 1777
Pleasant weather fresh breeze of wind At 8 PM the East end of Martinais bore west 3 leagues distance from which I take my departure Martinais Latt 14d 43m North Long 59d 54m West

Rem'ks on Monday the 13th of January 1777
Fresh breeze and sqaully weather. We have a boy taken sick on board.
Rem'ks on Saturday the 18th of January 1777
In chaise of the sail at 3 pm made the Island of Barbadoes bearing west 9 leagues. At 6 gave the chase a shot she struck to the American Arms the Brig Three Brothers Arthur Holme Master from London for Barbadoes 8 weeks out sent a prize master & men on board gave the people the longboat to go to Barbadoes. At 6 the Island of Barbadoes bore West 5 leagues distance. Stood to the Northward with the prize in company.

Rem'ks on Sunday the 19th of January 1777
Moderate breeze and pleasant weather the prize in company. Hoisted out the boat and went on board the prize.

Rem'ks on Monday the 20th of January 1777
Clear pleasant weather moderate breeze of wind. light wind fair weather my crew petition'd to go home observed that there time was out, thought hard to be kept any longer. Hoisted out the boat went on board the prize and bent new sails the prize Master taken sick. Sent the 2d Lieut. on board as prizemaster

Rem'ks on Tuesday the 21st of January 1777
Moderate breeze of wind our boat came on board we gave our prize three cheers and parted took ship at 4 p.m. the people assembled at the cabin door and demanded what I was going to do & whether I was going home my answer was I was not accountable to them. they told me that there was not provision to stay any longer. I answered I should not come to them to know how long I should stay. They then told me that there time was out & that they would not do any duty. I ordered them away. They insulted me with their language. I struck two of them. they all went forward calling on one another to sign a paper or Round Robin as they called it not to obey any Command or do any duty unless I would go home, gave me and the Master much ill Language which I was oblig'd to pass by for I was afraid that if I went to punish them what the consequences might be. This is the substance of what passed between Capt. Fisk & some of the crew to the best of our knowledge on board the Tyrannicide Jan 21.1777

Jona Haraden
Ivory Hovey
Benjm Moses


Journal of J. Fisk, Captain of a Privateer, 1776-7 unpublished manuscript,
American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts

The logbook of the Tyrannicide under Capt. Fisk ends with the entry for 21 January 1777, but we can assume they set sail for home as William Oxden was discharged on the 17th of February. After five blank pages, Capt. Fisk's journal picks up again with him in command of the State Brig Massachusetts off Cape Ann on Monday the 24th of March 1777. In the log of that voyage it is frequently mentioned that they were sailing in company with Tyrannicide possibly under the Jonathan Haraden who served under Capt. Fisk and may have been a grandfather of the Catharine Haradan who married William Oxden, Jr. in 1834. The Tyrannicide was scuttled and burnt in the Battle of Castine on 15 August 1779, a battle in which several of the Kelloch family took part as soldiers.

It is not yet known what part William Oxden may have played in the near-mutiny aboard the Tyrannicide or what he did after leaving that ship. Presumably, he signed on to one of the several privateers sailing out of Gloucester. Perhaps the hogshead of sugar, with which he is supposed to have purchased the house at 10 Pine Street in Gloucester, was booty from a captured prize on one of these voyages. He must have established his skills and reputation as a seaman, for in December of 1781 he signed on as 1st Mate of the privateer Tempest under Captain Somes.

Ship Tempest — This vessel was built by a company, and fitted out for the West Indies as a letter of marque. The day of her sailing is not known; but it is supposed to have been in 1782. Her captain was Isaac Somes. William Oxden was first mate; and Nathaniel Low, second mate. . . . She had a large crew, of which the greater part probably belonged to Gloucester.

History of the Town of Gloucester by John J. Babson, 1860



    Captain Somes stood at the head of Gloucester's privateersmen—first in Union, then in Fair Play, then Sky Rocket, Wasp and Favorite—and he had been back at Cape Ann just long enough to empbrace his wife and inquire of his children how their lessons were going when a company, members now unknown, offerred him a new privateer ship, just then completing her fit-out.
    That the name of his new vessel was Tempest, and that a wild-looking figurehead of Jupiter glared out from under the bowsprit, and flashes of lightning streaked across the trailboards . . . these flirtations with fate bothered Isaac Somes not in the least. But they affected Gloucester most direfully, and there was much shaking of heads.
    The religious feeling of the people was greatly shocked at the name given to this ship; and, whn they saw the appropriate emblems and devices with which her bow and stern were adorned, they indulged the most melancholy forebodings concerning the punishment that might overtake what they deemed a daring defiance of the power of Him who rides upon the whirlwind and directs the storm.
    Well, the Someses were Universalists . . .
    Someone dubbed the privateer Terrible Tempest, which caught Gloucester's morbid fancy and perhaps did not make it any easier to recruit a crew. On November 25 Parson Fuller took ominous note with his usual economy of ink: "A Man of War & a Transport burnt by lightening in our Bay." Next day: "A sloop taken by privateers and brought into our Harbour loaded with fish & train oil. A violent storm of snow." On November 29 Isaac Somes received his commission as commander of the ship Tempest, twelve guns, crew of forty, most of them from Cape Ann.
    If Ignatious Webber's memory can be trusted, Tempest sailed on New Year's Day, 1782, for the West Indies in company with Webber himself in a prize brig he and one William Morgan had bought at auction; his father, Captain Ignatius, Sr., in the privateer ship Mars, fourteen guns; and two other privateers, one of which was probably the brig Favorite, under her new master, Captain Elias Davis of Gloucester, the other without a doubt the good ship Polly, off again for a sunnier clime in the command of that rejuvenated old sea dog, Captain Joseph Foster.
    If Foster family tradition is to be credited, on the other hand, the West India fleet left Gloucester a week earlier, on Christmas Day of 1781, "when it was so warm that everyone had their windows open, and the ladies wore their summer dresses. The next morning there was a foot of snow on the ground."
    Old friends—the masters of Tempest and Polly—and as the historian [Babson] relates, "they kept company till they got into the Gulf Stream, where they encountered a strong gale, attended with the most terrific thunder and lightning. During one brief flash, by which several men on board the Polly were stunned, the Tempest was seen by Capt. Foster, a short distance off; but, when the next flash enabled him to discern distant objects, she was missed, and never seen again. Capt. Foster supposed that she was taken aback and went down stern foremost . . .
    "And when, not many weeks after she sailed, tidings were received of her foundering at sea, with all on board, in a violent tempest, the sufferers were looked upon as men who had devoted themselves to destruction by embarking on board of a doomed ship, rather than such as had perished in the ordinary providence of God."
    Mars
was captured by an enemy frigate and carried into Jamaica, where the senior Captain Webber for the second time in the war tried the hospitality of a British prison. But fate had not yet quite finished with that other pagan craft, nor Tempest with fate. Her Jovian jinx flashed forth once more before Babson laid it to rest:
    "It was a singular circumstance, that the builder of the ship was killed by lightning the next year after she was lost."


Guns off Gloucester by Joseph E. Garland, 1975

William Oxdon married Mary Newcomb on Tuesday, 9 April 1771 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. On the marriage, William's name is spelled Oxden, but on the intentions of marriage, his name is spelled Oxton. Mary's name is given as Newcombe at the marriage, but at her birth, she is listed as Newcomb. Mary Newcomb, the daughter of Henry Newcomb and Mary Coas, was born on Friday, 5 June 1750 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Their children were:

1 Henry Newcombe Oxton, born on Saturday, 15 June 1771 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, died on Saturday, 9 December 1843 in Camden, Knox County, Maine. He married Betsey Cook on Friday, 6 December 1793 in Thomaston, Knox County, Maine before Justice of the Peace Samuel Evans. See Section 2.5 for their children.

1 Polly Oxton who married John Briar on about 27 June 1798 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts.

1 William Oxden, born possibly 1782 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, died about October 1839 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Gloucester.

[William Oxdon (the elder) having been lost at sea, in 1782, his widow, Mary Oxdon married Daniel Emmons 31 August 1788 in Gloucester.]

A William Oxton, and a William Oxton, Jr. are recorded as having served in the War of 1812 at Camden, which was then still part of Massachusetts, as follows:

    Oxton, William and Oxton William, Jr. served from Sept. 2 to Sept. 9, 1814 at Camden in Capt. S. Tolman's Company, Lieut. Col. E. Foot's Regiment
    Oxton, William served from June 22-23, September 21-23, and November 2-7, 1814 at Camden in Capt. S. Tolman's Company, Lieut. Col. E. Foot's Regiment
    Oxton, William served from August 8-19, 1814 at Camden in Liet. E. Hanford's Detachment, Lieut. Col. E. Foot's Regiment
    Oxton, William served from October 11 to November 19, 1814 at Camden in Capt. C. Curtis' Detached Company, Lieut. Col. E. Foot's Regiment


Massachusetts Volunteer Militia in the War of 1812

It is possible that William Oxton and William Oxton, Jr. are actually the same person recorded differently since the William, Jr. who was born in 1807 is too young to have served. The following incident took place while William Oxton was serving in Capt. Curtis' detachment.

    At this time, Capt. Curtis with several others went upon the mountain to see if everything was ready, and prepared for action. He found only one man, (Jona. Leighton,) was at his post,—and he was ASLEEP; while his comrades were absent at a husking. The sleeper was soon aroused, shortly after which the remainder of the guard returned, and were reprimanded for not being in their places.

A History of the Town of Camden by John L. Locke, 1859

William Oxton married Abigail "Nabby" Grant (aged about 25) 12 October 1805 in Gloucester. She died of dropsy, 9 December 1849, age 67 yrs. Her tombstone in Oak Grove Cemetery in Gloucester says she was born in 1782. They had the following children:

2 Betsey Winchester Oxden, born in Gloucester, baptized 27 July 1806 at First Parish Church.

2 William Oxden, Jr., baptized 27 September 1807 at First Parish in Gloucester, died of old age in Gloucester 17 February 1882. He was a fireman at the time of the great Gloucester fire of 1830, having been appointed to Engine Co. #2 on April 24, 1829 and re-appointed April 23, 1830. He was a cooper and married Catharine Haradan 18 December 1834 at Free and Independent Church Universalist, Gloucester. She was born about 13 June 1813 and died in Gloucester 21 February 1879 of general debility.

In 1860 William was listed in a Gloucester City directory at Winter St. in Gloucester, but it is not clear if this is a business address for his cooperage as a later obituary states that the Oxtons had lived in a house on Pine St. for three generations.

    Mr. William Oxton, a lifelong and well-known resident of this city died on Friday, after a two weeks' illness, in the seventy-sixth year of his age. He was a cooper by trade, and half a century ago, when the Bay mackereling fleet carried their coopers, sailed two seasons in the old Manchester, under command of Capt. Sawyer. Through his long life he enjoyed excellent health, and never had occasion to employ the services of a physician, for himself, or to use any drugs or medicine, until his last illness. He leaves a brother, Mr. John M. Oxton of The Boston Herald, a sister, the wife of Capt. William Tucker, and a son, Mr. Charles H. Oxton.
    Mr. Oxton was a grandson of William Oxton, a native of England, who was first mate of the ship Tempest, a Gloucester privateer ship lost in the Gulf Stream in 1782. The other officers of the ship were Isaac Somes, captain, and Nathaniel Low, second mate. The Tempest sailed from this port in company with the ship Polly, Capt. Joseph Foster, keeping company with that vessel until they reached the Gulf Stream, where she went down with all on board in a severe gale, having probably been struck by lightning. Those were the days of superstition, and ill-luck was predicted for the Tempest because her name was held to be a daring defiance of God, and because she carried the emblems of a tempest, a thunder bolt, etc. graven on her stern.
    The old Oxton house, in which three generations of the family have been born, is still standing on Pine Street. Tradition affirms that the house was originally purchased for a hogshead32 of sugar.

Cape Ann Weekly Advertiser 24 February 1882

Note: See page 83 of the 1850 census33.

William Oxden Jr. and Catharine Haradan had the following children:

3 Unnamed child of William, burial 13 September 1835, age 6 months Free and Independent Universalist Church, Gloucester.

3 William Oxton Jr. died as an infant, buried 28 November 1836, Universalist Church, Gloucester.

3 George Atkins Oxton, born on Christmas Day 1837, died 27 June 1862 of pneumonia in the Civil War.

A letter from Capt. Cook, received in town this week, stated that he was at Vicksburg with 83 men, only one of whom was sick. The balance, 18 in number, were left at hospitals in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, sick, but most of them were convalescent.

Gloucester Telegraph 16 July 1862


George A. Oxton, of the 30th regiment is reported as having died, June 27, of pneumonia, on board the steamer Iberville, opposite Vicksburg. The letter of the company was not given, but he probably belonged to Gloucester. He was 24 years of age.

Gloucester Telegraph 16 July 1862


From a private letter received from Capt. J. R. Cook, Co. K, 30th Reg. Mass. Vols., dated opposite Vicksburg, Mississippi River, July 4, we make the following extracts:

    "We are on a point of land opposite to and about three miles distant from Vicksburg, digging a canal to turn the river's course. We have some five hundred negroes at work; while our own force, with Nims' and Everett's batteries is about five thousand. The undertaking is a great one, but we have the men that will accomplish it. Time will tell whether it answers the intended purpose.
    "We find ourselves in one of the most unhealthy places on the river—a camp covered with stagnat water—no tents, ground of course, somewhat damp, and musquitoes [sic] large and plenty. You can imagine how refreshed we are to turn out at half-past four in the morning to go into the ditches.
    "One of my men, George A. Oxton, has died very suddenly. The following are on the sick list; Levi T. Bailey, Chas. E. Horton, George S. Coburn, Thomas J. Burgess, Horace S. Carley, Solomon F. Downs, James Andrews, Patrick Allen, John J. Tarr, David Lufkin, Jr., John B. Norwood, Geo. W. Allen, W. W. Clapp, Chas. H. Wheeler, M. N. Andrieu, N. W. Griswold, Samuel T. Friend, (2nd Sergeant,) Edwin Merchant, John Williams, Joseph Hodgkins.
    "Our Colonel is the first in every movement. We were in Baton Rouge fifteen days, but that was a long time for the 30th Mass. to remain in one place. We have been constantly on the tramp, and not only are we a hard-working regiment, but our name is a terror to all secesh34 hereabouts. If they hear "the 30th Mass. is coming"—they skedaddle at once. The enemy's force is supposed to be about 30,000, but we mind our own business and pay no attention to the shells they throw among us now and then.
    "In one of our expeditionary forced marches, Lieut. Tremaine broke down, and has been quite sick-dangerously, but he is now recovering."


Gloucester Telegraph 19 July 1862

On 12 Jul 98 Dennis Ahern wrote:

George A. Oxton of Gloucester, who served with the 30th Mass. Vol. Infantry in the Civil War, died June 27, 1862 on the steamer Iberville, which was moored at the landing place of the 30th regiment, on the Louisiana side of the Mississippi River five miles below Vicksburg, Mississippi. This from his service record which I looked at Friday at the Mass. Military Archives in Worcester. A search of various burial places of Union dead failed to turn up his place of interment. I would like to figure out where he is buried but no luck so far.

                                                                        -30-

3 Unnamed son of William and Catharine, born 2 April 1846, died of consumption, 13 August 1846 in Gloucester.

3 Unnamed male child, of Mrs. Oxden, died August 1847.

3 Charles Henry Oxton, born 6 March 1848 in Gloucester, worked as a clerk and bookkeeper, and married Mary Abbie Thompson (aged 25), daughter of Joseph and Susan, 23 June 1869 on Nantucket. He died of alcoholism 23 March 1893 in Gloucester.

In the Gloucester Street Directories:
    in 1886 Charles H. Oxton listed as Tinsmith, boarding at 39 Pearl St.
    1882-3 Charles H. Oxton house at 13 Dike St.
    1880 house at 10 Pine St. listed Charles H. Oxton, Accountant and William Oxton, Cooper
    1879 William and Charles listed at 28 School St.
    1875 both in house on Liberty St.
    1873 both in house on Exchange St.
    1869 William Oxton, cooper at Wm. H. Seccles [sp?] House, Charles H. (Boston), house Belmont, Belmont [seems to indicate Charles is working in Boston and living in Belmont. I'll have to check Belmont directory for that year. I think I looked already and found that year is not available]


-dja [from a letter to ajo dated 28 July 1996]

Charles H. Oxton, who has been occupying a room off of Clark's Hall on Western Ave. the past winter, died suddenly last evening. He had been ill several days, and Mr. D. P. Clark notified the police of his condition. Officers T. F. Burns and Brown went to the room in a hack, but found him too ill to remove, and so reported to Capt. McKenny of the night watch, who summoned City Physician Morrow and the pair visited the room. Dr. Morrow, administered stimulants, but the unfortunate man was beyond all earthly help, expiring shortly before ten o'clock. Undertaker Lloyd was notifed and took charge of the remains.
    Mr. Oxton was well known in this city where he was born and had lived most of his life. He was a man of most excellent abilities, being an excellent book-keeper and fine penman, but like many others was the victim of strong drink, which he could not overcome, and it weighed him down and prevented his filling the position in life for which his talents fitted him.
    He was married July 2, 1869, to Miss Mary Abbie Thompson of Nantucket, but she left him after about three years of married life on account of his dissipated habits.
    He belonged to an old Gloucester family, being a great-grandson of William Oxton, an Englishman, who was first mate of the Gloucester privateer ship Tempest, Capt. Isaac Somes, which went down in the Gulf Stream with all on board in 1782, having probably been struck by lightning. Nathaniel Low was second mate. She was last seen by the sch. Polly, Capt. Joseph Foster, which sailed with her from Gloucester and kept her company until the thunder storm came up. She was seen a short distance off by one flash of lightning, which stunned severeal of the Polly's crew, and when the next flash came the ship had disappeared. The religious feeling of the day had been greatly shocked by the naming of the ship, and the emblematic devices on her bow and stern, which were thought to invite disaster, and it is a singular fact that her builder was killed by lightning the next year after she was lost.
    Mr. Oxton's father, William, died Feb. 17, 1882, in his seventy-sixth year. He was a cooper, who when the Bay Chaleur mackerel fleet carried coopers sailed two seasons in the famous old schooner Manchester, under command of Capt. Sawyer. He was a man of probity, who throughout his long life enjoyed excellent health, and never had occasion, until his last illness, to employ the services of a physician or use any drugs or medicines. The old Oxton house, in which three generations of the family were born, is still standing on Pine street, but will probably soon give way to the march of improvement. Tradition affirms that it was originally purchased for a hogshead of sugar.


Gloucester Daily Times 24 March 1893



3 Unnamed male child, stillborn 26 May 1857 in Gloucester.

2 Samuel E. Oxton, born about May 1811 in Gloucester, died in Chelsea, Massachusetts 21 November 1889 of asthma. He was a cooper, living at 158 Shawmut St. in Chelsea and married Sarah T. Parsons 29 November 1838. She was the daughter of Nehemiah Parsons and had been born in Gloucester about 11 July 1817, died 5 September 1898 of senile marasmus at 94 Chester Ave. in Chelsea, buried in Gloucester. They had the following children:

3 William H. Oxton, born 1842 in Boston, died 7 July 1900 in Danvers, Essex County, Mass. of general paralysis, buried in Boston. He had worked as a jeweler and was married and residing in Boston at the time of his death, but his wife's name is not yet known. Although his residence is listed as Boston at the time of death, he is listed in the 1900 census at the Danvers Insane Hospital as an employee.

3 Charles F. Oxton, born about October 1844 in Boston, worked as a plumber and married Mary E. "May" Betton (aged 22) on Christmas Day 1871 in Chelsea. She had been born January 1844 in Chelsea, Massachusetts to John Betton and Hannah C. Rheime, and died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Chelsea 22 March 1915, buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. They were living at 321 Spruce Street in Chelsea in 1900.

3 Frank E. Oxton, born September 1846 in Boston, worked as a jeweler and married Sarah V. Hills (aged 24) of Warren, Maine 26 November 1874 in Chelsea. She had been born in Warren to Benjamin B. Hills and Amelia H. Oxton. In 1900, he was living with his cousin, Margaret J. Manson at 28 Lynn Street in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He may have died in Chelsea or Somerville in 1923.

2 Mary Oxton, born 20 January 1819 in Gloucester, married Capt. William Tucker, mariner, 22 December 1841 in Gloucester. They had the following children:

3 Mary F. Tucker, born 5 September 1842 in Gloucester.

3 William Henry Tucker, born 11 September 1846 in Gloucester, died 17 October 1848 in Gloucester, buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

2 John M. Oxton, born in Gloucester, Essex County, on Tuesday November 14, 1826, died of acute indigestion and heart failure on Saturday, October 12, 1907 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Mr. John M. Oxton, for more than fifty years a member of The Boston Herald news staff, died at his home, 4 Warren Avenue, Chelsea, late Saturday night, aged eighty-three. He was one of the very last of the old-time newspaper reporters of Boston.
    Mr. Oxton was born in Gloucester Nov. 14, 1826, and in 1838 came to Boston. In 1842 he became a member of the Washington Engine Company, which had a hand engine housed on Salem street. At that time Boston's fire apparatus consisted of twenty hand engines and two ladder trucks.
    In 1846 he was appointed inspector of elections and served at the election of Josiah Prince as mayor. In 1848 he was clerk of the Boston police force, under Chief Taylor. In those days Mr. Oxton was a member of the North End Sons of Liberty Society, the Columbian Association, the Continental Club and the Revere Signal Club, and was a memebr of the Committee on Public Safety, appointed in the troublous days of the Know-Nothing agitation.
    His newspaper connections began in 1844, when he was employed as "boy" in the office of the Daily Eagle, a small sheet founded by an organization of political printers. The Evening Herald was founded in 1846 by men interested in the Eagle, and was printed at the Eagle office. A few years after the Herald became a morning paper and the Eagle died. Mr. Oxton became a permanent member of the Herald staff in 1856.
    At the great fair and exhibition of the United States Agricultural Society in this city in 1854 Mr. Oxton was given the position of general manager of the press department. In the winter of 1846, when Boston harbor was frozen solid and a six-mile channel was cut to permit the sailing of the steamship Brittania, Mr. Oxton secured a number of important news "beats" by skating from the Boston wharves to Boston Light, to there board incoming vessels, with their wealth of foreign intelligence.
    Mr. Oxton was married in 1849 to Miss Lucy A. Norwood of Gloucester. Mrs. Oxton survives her husband and he leaves one son.
    The funeral services will be held at Mr. Oxton's home in Chelsea at one o'clock Wednesday afternoon.


Boston Evening Transcript 14 October 1907

John M. Oxton married Lucy A. Norwood in 1849. She was born on Friday, February 9, 1827 in Gloucester to James Norwood and Sally Sweat35. She was living at 4 Warren Avenue in Chelsea when she died of catarrhal pneumonia on Wednesday, January 19, 1916. They had the following children:

3 Frederick Mitchell Oxton, born 8 March 1857 at 95 Decatur Street in East Boston, died possibly in Chelsea in 1929, married Florence Amelia Pratt (aged 20) 5 January 1898 in Stoughton, Massachusetts. He was, at the time, a banker living in Chelsea. She lived in Stoughton and had been born 6 May 1877 in Chelsea, Mass. to George W. Pratt and Clara Isabelle "Carrie" Pierce. She died in Waltham, Mass. of arteriosclerosis 19 November 1961, buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett 21 November. They had the following children:

4 Mildred Florence Oxton, born 13 January 1902 in Stoughton, Massachusetts, married Alfred R. Hoxie (aged 34) 23 March 1935 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He was born in Malden, Mass. to Frederick E. Hoxie and Laura M. Everett.

4 Norwood Pratt Oxton, born 1909 in Bridgewater, Mass., worked as a newspaperman and married Julia Arsenault (age 22) in Cambridge, Mass. 19 December 1930. She was born about 1905 in Prince Edward Island to Patrick Arsenault and Mary Gaudette. They had a child, Norwood Joseph Oxton, born 1 October 1932 in Cambridge, died July 1984 in Boston.

4 Roland Pierce Oxton, born 13 September 1911 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, died, a widower, of respiratory failure resulting from chronic pulmonary disease 10 October 1984 in Lynn, Massachusetts, buried 13 October 1984 in Greenlawn Cemetery in Nahant, Massachusetts.

Roland Oxton, 73, who for more than 30 years distinguished himself as one of the most productive and popular news photographers in New England, died last night at Lynn Hospital after a lengthy illness.
    Rollie was affectionately known by his colleagues as "Captain Midnight," and was a legend on the Boston newspaper scene long before he retired in 1979 after prowling the city on the `lobster' shift for the Boston Record American and later for the Herald American.
    To those who were fortunate enough to know and work with him, Rollie was not just an ordinary newsman. Although he considered it just another night's work he consistently made dramatic, often spectacular news pictures which touched the hearts of millions.
    His work was so unique he was honored by the Boston Press Photographers Association an unprecedented five times for what were considered by a panel of expert judges to be the best news photographs of the year.
    He had a roomfull of plaques and citations from the Boston Police and Fire Department, and other agencies as well, in recognition of his outstanding contributions.
    Not only did he win the Edwin Ramsdell Trophy for excellence five times, he was also named News Photographer of the Year by the Boston Press Association in 1974, New England Press Photographer of the Year in 1975, and shared the 1979 Pulitzer Prize won by the entire photo staff of the Boston Herald American for coverage of the blizzard of 1978.
    Oxton was made an honorary member of the Boston Firefighters Union Local 718 for his photographs depicting the work of firefighters over the years.
    Born in Chelsea, Oxton was a resident of Nahant for the past 30 years.
    He was a member of the Nahant Village Church.
    He is survived by two daughters, Louise Franzosa of Marshfield and Beverly Hutton of Topsfield; three sons, Ronald of Nahant, Kenneth of Center Harbor, N. H., and David of Salem; two sisters, Priscilla of Maine and Muriel of Boston; a brother Norwood of Cambridge and five grandchildren.
    A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Village Church, Nahant. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Lynn. Arrangements are by the Goodrich Funeral Home, Nahant.


Boston Herald 11 October 1984

Roland Pierce Oxton married Marion R. Murray of Somerville. They had a daughter, Marion Louise Oxton, born 1944 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts who married Robert Franzosa (age 25) 25 July 1966 at Saint Agnes' church in Arlington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He had been born in Cambridge to Frank Franzosa and Violet F. Giorgio. Roland and Marion also had Beverly Ann Oxton, born 21 October 1949 in Boston, and Ronald Paul Oxton, born at Cambridge City Hospital 6 December 1946. At that time, the family was living at 71 Perry St. in Brookline. David Keith Oxton was born 25 May 1956 in Lynn, Mass. while the family was living at 44 Willow Road in Nahant. Beverly Ann Oxton married Thomas T. Hutton (aged 21) 20 December 1970 in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was born in Lynn to Reginald Hutton and Gertrude Buckingham.

4 Muriel Estella Oxton, born 22 May 1914 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, married in Brookline, Mass. in 1945.

4 Priscilla Oxton, born 25 July 1916 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, worked as a waitress and married Dr. Eivind Roy Moss (aged 30) 8 October 1939 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He had been born in Everett, Mass. to Ivar B. Moss and Thora Phorstensen. They later lived in Maine.

2 Abba F. Oxden, born in Gloucester, at the age of 24 married John McKinnon (aged 35) 16 July 1853 in Gloucester. He was a shipwright and had been born in Newburyport, Mass. to John and Elizabeth McKinnon. The marriage record states that Abba was the daughter of William and Abigail. This would have been possible, though Abigail (Grant) Oxton would have been about 47 when Abba was born.

2.6.1 Possible Siblings of William Oxdon

According to Eaton36, the two brothers who came from England were Henry and William. However, a John Oxden, whose son William was baptized 23 January 1780 at First Parish Church in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, may actually be the immigrant brother. This may mean that, in addition to the William Oxton, son of William Oxden and brother of Henry, there may have been a cousin named William, as well.

A John Oxton served 1-31 January 1776 in Capt. Elisha Benedict's Co., 2nd Reg. New York at Chambly Fort under Col. Goose Van Schaick. Could this be the John, immigrant brother of William who was transported? Did he leave Gloucester and go to New York during the Revolutionary War? Could he be an ancestor of the Oxtons from North Carolina, cited below? In searching court records at the London Public Records Office, the following information has been gleaned:

    Dis. 30 [index] John Oxton from New Prison commited by [name]&[name] Esq. on oath of Thomas Howe bound for stealing a Hat a Waistcoat or [order] dated July 24, 1771.
    Middlesex To wit: Thomas Howe of Queen Street, Sadler — Acknowledges himself to be indebted to our Sovereign Lord the King in the Sum of £.40 [and] Percival Philips of King Street, Cheapside, Constable — Acknowledges . . . £.40 Upon condition that they do personally appear at the next general Session of the peace to be held for the County of Middlesex, at Hick's-Hall, in St. John's Street, then and there the said Thomas Howe to prosecute the law with effect, and the said Percival Philips to give evidence in his Majesty's behalf against John Oxton for feloniously taking and carrying away a Hat a Waiscoat and a Neckcloth the property of the said Thomas Howe.
    And if the Bill be found a true Bill and returned so by the Grand Jury, that then [blank] appear the next session of Goal [sic] Delivery of Newgate, held for the County of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the Old Baily, then and there to prosecute and give evidence upon that Indictment. And do not depart the Court without license. Then this Recognizance to be void, or else to remain in full Force.
    Taken and acknowledged the 24th day of July 1771 Before [signature]


A Perfect Calendar of all the prisoners committed to His Majesty's Gaol of Newgate from the 10th day of July 1771 to the [blank] day of September 1771

2.6.2 Some North Carolina Oxtons

Extracting vital records of the Oxton surname in Massachusetts for the years 1850-1900 at the state archives has uncovered a connection to Hillsborough, North Carolina. It is not yet clear how this family ties in with the Oxtons in Massachusetts and Maine, but what is known is given as follows.

Ernest A. Oxton (age 20) married Annie Elizabeth O'Neil (age 22) 18 January 1892 in Boston. He was born to Helen and Henry Oxton in Hillsborough, North Carolina, worked as a plumber and lived in Boston37. She was born to Annie and Edward James O'Neil in Sydney, Nova Scotia, worked as a waitress and lived in Boston. This Annie O'Neil died at the birth of her daughter Annie Elizabeth. Subsequently her father, Edward James O'Neil, married his deceased wife's sister. For some reason, Annie O'Neil's name is given as Annie James upon her death, but Annie O'Neill at her marriage; possibly because of the practice of passing information such as "daughter of Edward James and Annie O'Neil". The marriage record should be revisited to check for errors.

Their children were:

1 Nellie Constance Oxton, born 19 July 1892 at 5 Pembroke St. in Boston, lived in Rockport, Mass. where she owned and operated the Turk's Head Inn and the Hotel Edward. She celebrated her 101st birthday at her home on Penzance Rd. in Rockport, Massachusetts, and died there 3 April 1994.

1 Ernest Nathaniel Oxton, born 18 June 1894 at 5 LaGrange Place in Boston, died 10 September 1983 at Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. He married Eulie D. Sheehan and had a son:

2 Ernest Gregory Oxton, born 27 December 1920 in San Antonio (Bexar) Texas who married Frances Helena Barclay (aged 19) 28 January 1945 in Newton, Massachusetts. She had been born in Newtonville Massachusetts to Harold G. Barclay and Mabel H. Barton. They had the following children:

3 Glen Theodore Oxton,38 born on 27 September 1945, in Waltham Massachusetts. He married Susan Power Johnston, born on 14 June 1955 in Marietta Georgia.

3 Janice M. Oxton, born on 27 June 1947, in Nagoya Japan, who married Michael S. Morgan (aged 23) on 23 May 1970 in Falmouth, Massachusetts. He had been born in Charlottesville, Virginia to Richard H. Morgan and Mary Sears. They have a son Tadd Morgan.

3 Gregory Phillip Oxton, born on 10 July 1950, in Colorado Springs Colorado, married Jean Gammertsfelder in about 1970. Their children are Kelly Jean Oxton, born about 1976; and Andrew Oxton, born about 1979.

3 Carole Anne Oxton, born on 25 March 1955, in Port Lyautey (now Kenitra--1993) Morocco, married, 25 July 1987, Mark A. Mathews of McMinnville Oregon.

1 Marion Elsie Oxton, born 20 December 1895 in Hull, Mass., where her father had listed his occupation as painter. She worked as a stenographer and married Robert G. Knowles (aged 22) 23 August 1913 in Boston. He was an installer for New England Telephone and had been born in Lowell, Mass. to Edwin G. Knowles and Sarah J. Greenwood.

1 Mary Devlin Oxton, born 17 February 1899 at 85 West Canton St. in Boston. This may be the same child as the Mildred E. Oxton, daughter of Ernest and Annie, whose death from malnutrition at the age of 5 months, 15 days was recorded 2 August 1899 in Boston. The birth record should be double-checked for a twin.

1 Ethel May Oxton, born 25 June 1900 at 86 West Canton St. in Boston, died of marasmus 30 August 1900 in Boston. Ernest had by now returned to working as a travelling salesman.

1 Alfred Theodore Oxton born 28 August 1901 at 55 Newland St. in Boston. Alfred Theodore Oxton (aged 25) married Hannah Katherine Brett (aged 28) 9 April 1926 in Boston, and died 14 November 1991, in Phoenix, Arizona. Hannah's date of birth was 29 August 1893, which does not agree with her age at marriage. She died 7 August 1983 in Sun City, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. Her parents were given on the marriage record as John Q. A. Brett and Mary R. Barker and she was born in New York City.

Added to this mystery is the death record of a Nellie (Turner) Oxton, the wife of a William H. Oxton, who died 28 September 1894 (age 42) at Boston City Hospital of exhaustion following an operation for a tubular ovarian abscess. She had been born to a John Turner and Mary Cooper in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and her residence at the time of her death was 5 LaGrange Place in Boston, which is where Ernest and Annie Oxton lived at the time. How were they related? Was her husband, William H. Oxton, a brother of Ernest? His death should be looked for after 1900 in Massachusetts's vital records.

North Carolina records should be searched to find how this family is connected. The names used are a clear indication that they are of the same family as the Oxtons who descended from William Oxden who came to Gloucester, Mass. about 1766 from England. For example, the name count so far, including this family is Henry 6, Nellie 2, Glen 2, Theodore 3, Mary 7, Ethel 2, William 8, and Alfred 3. What is remarkable is that this is from fewer than one hundred names. There must be a family connection here somewhere.

A search of North Carolina census records show a farmer, John Oxdon, age 56, in Mills River Township, Henderson County. He was born in South Carolina, as was his wife, Polly, also 56, and their six oldest children, Martha J., 29, James M., 23, Louisa, 21, W.S. (male), 19, Mary E., 15 and Sarah A., 10. Their two youngest children, James M., 2, and Mary C., 6 months, were born in North Carolina, which suggests that they came from South Carolina after the Civil War. The gap in ages also suggests that John may have been off serving the cause of the Confederacy during that period. It is also worth noting that two children were named Mary.

2.6.3 Some North Dakota Oxtons

In September of 1993, Alfred Oxton talked on the telephone with a Mrs. Catherine Oxton, of Glendale, Arizona. She was the wife of Alf Ernest Oxton (mother was Norwegian), and said her husbands father and brother were from North Dakota. The brother, named Sam, comes to Mesa in the winter. Census information suggests that these Oxtons are descended from a John Oxton who was born in England in November of 1832 and immigrated to the United States in 1853. This means that they are not closely related to the Oxtons descended from the William Oxen who was transported in 1766.

The following family group is based on data from Nicole L. Martin and conjecture from the 1900 census for Eastern, Sherbrooke, and Westfield townships in North Dakota.

John Oxton, born on 12 November 1832 in Oxton Hill, Birkenhead, Chelshire, England to John Oxton and Jane Halewood Mutch, immigrated to the United States in 1853 and became a naturalized citizen. He married, possibly in Wisconsin, Isabel Bennett on 12 November 1858, who had been born in County Downs Ireland to Scottish parents in April of 1831. In 1900, they were living with their widowed son, Samuel, on a farm in Eastern Township, North Dakota. They had the following children:

1 Sarah Jane Oxton, born about September 1859, married Oscar Cummings on 27 November 1884. They had the following children:

2 Frankie Ella Cummings

2 Marvin Richard Cummings

1 John Bennett Oxton, born November 1860 in Wisconsin, married Belle Myrtle Drakely in 1889. Belle had been born in Wisconsin in August of 1867. In 1900 they had a farm in Westfield Township, North Dakota, and had the following children:

2 Pearl Mae Oxton, born on 23 January 1890 in North Dakota. Died 26 February 1979. She married, perhaps before 1913, John Walters who had been born on 27 November 1880. They had:

3 Kenneth Albert Walters, born on 15 May 1913 in Blabon North Dakota, died 7 April 1963 in Waterloo Iowa. He married 1st, before 1941, Neva Ann Worm, born 13 September 1914 in Waterloo Iowa, died 5 September 1955 in Waterloo Iowa. They had the following children:

4 Kay Ann Walters, born 21 August 1941 in Waterloo Iowa. She married Richard E. Martin on 15 September 1962 in San Francisco California, now divorced. Their children are: Laurie Jean Martin, born 4 November 1963 (m. 14 Aug 1981, children: Aubrey Leigh, Zachary Edward, and Molly Michelle); David Brian Martin, born 23 August 1965; and Nicole Leigh Martin, born 11 April 1968.

4 Phyllis Elaine Walters, born 18 June 1946.

4 Richard Bennett Walters, born 26 February 1948.

Kenneth married 2nd Mildred Hein on 7 November 1957 in Des Moines Iowa.

3 Ferne Adalaide Walters

2 Adelaide Isabel Oxton, born on Thursday 4 June 1891 in North Dakota.

2 Grace Effie Oxton, born 13 January 1893 in North Dakota.

2 Frank Abiram Oxton, born 5 January 1896 in North Dakota. Died 2 August 1963.

2 John Oxton, born 18 November 1897 in North Dakota. (?) Died 7 December 1974 near Fargo ND. His wife's name is Mable and as of 13th August 1996 she was still living in Fargo North Dakota. One of their sons, Rodney, is the father of David, who manages Oxton's Super Valu grocery store in Melville, North Dakota. This John Oxton is the great-great-grandfather of Sara C. Oxton of UMN.

2 Ruth Belle Oxton, born 22 November 1899 in North Dakota.

1 Mary Marie Oxton, born August 1862, married Herbert Horner. They had the following children:

2 Herbert Frank Horner, adopted.

2 Effie Isabel Oxton, adopted from William Halewood Oxton.

1 William Halewood Oxton, born July 1863 in Wisconsin, married 1st Effie Drakely in about 1893. She died in childbirth and their daughter Effie Isabel Oxton was adopted by Mary Marie [Oxton] Horner. William married 2nd Jessie Drakely39 in 1896. She had been born February 1876 in Minnesota. They lived on a farm in Sherbrooke Township, North Dakota and had the following children:

2 Marion [male] Oxton, born September 1896 in North Dakota.

2 Jennie Oxton, born February 1898 in North Dakota.

2 Frances Oxton, born April 1899 in North Dakota.

2 William Oxton

1 Samuel Oxton, born December 1865 in Illinois, married first on 21 January 1899 Mildred Anderson. She died on 15 May 1900. He was living at the farm in Eastern Township, North Dakota that he shared with his parents in 1900. On 5 July 1906, Samuel married 2nd Jennie Windness. They had the following children:

2 John Howard Oxton, born after 1906.

2 Alph Ernest Oxton who married the Catherine noted at the beginning of this chapter.

2 Phillip Russel Oxton, born 22 November 1910, died 27 November 1910.

2 Jane Irene Oxton

2 Samuel Robert Oxton, born 25 Nov ????

2.7 The Oxton Name in England

The following are references to the name Oxton in England:

Hugh of Oxston 1236-7 FFY [Feet of Fines Yorkshire];

John de Oxton 1382 IpmNt [Calendar of Inquisitiones post mortem (in progress) Nottinghamshire];

Thomas Oxton' 1398 KB (L) [Select Cases in the Court of the King's Bench (Lincolnshire)].

From Oxton (Ch [Cheshire], Nt, WRY [Wiltshire, Rutland, Yorkshire]).

A Dictionary of English Surnames, P. H. Reaney & R. M. Wilson


OXTON: township parish Woodchurch Ches pop 234 parish 1564 Nottinghamshire 5 miles sw Southwell, pop 778 peculiar jurisdiction of Chapter of Collegiate Church of Southwell Wesleyan Methodists township parish Tadcaster East Riding York pop 60

A Genealogical Gazetteer of England, by Frank Smith, Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore


Oxton: Local, of 'Oxton' parishes in doics. Chester and Southwell, and spots elsewhere. One more instance in which the oak-trees figure in local names.

Richard de Okeston, co. Devon, 1273. A.

Alexander de Ockeston, co. Devon, ibid.

Johannes de Oxton, 1379: P.T. Yorks. p.145

1663 Thomas Oxton and Ann Rutlish: Marriage Alleg. (Canterbury)

1681 Married— Netor Oxston and Eliz Gillford: St Jas. Clerkenwell

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames July 1691


Order for respiting40 the recognizances41 to prosecute of all persons indicted for recusancy42 until the next General Quarter session. The names are as follows:—William Baily, of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, barber; Thomas Goodwin of the same, joiner; Alexander Oxton, of the same, Schoolmaster; [...plus 49 others including Lord Abergaveny, Lady Heneadge, and Lord Clifford] the said persons having behaved themselves quietly to their majesties and their government.

Middlesex County Records-Calendar of the Session Books 1689-1709


19 June 1421 Foreign attachment in an action of debt by Bertram Cleyhorst and John Ryng, merchants, against Godfrey de Foy, merchant of Dinant, valued by oath of Thomas Piryton, William Oxton, Thomas Clerk and John Bammeland, braziers, for 48 large pans, 160 small pans [and various other utensils].

Calendar of Plea and Memoranda Rolls, Corporation of London, Guildhall 1413-1437

2.8 The Village of Oxton, Nottinghamshire, England

Located northeast of Nottingham, on the edge of Sherwood Forest, within a few yards northeast of the junction of A6097 and B6386. The village of Oxton of some 549 inhabitants, mentioned in the Domesday Book [AD 1086] as "Ostone", was within the Royal Forest of Sherwood and subject to strict forest laws until 1231, when it was established that the claims of the King [Henry III] had no foundation and the boundary was redrawn. The church is built mainly of Mansfield stone. Records and evidence in the form of stonework indicate that there has been a church on this site for over 1000 years. The Saxon building which preceeded the present church was about the same size as the nave today. The present Norman chancel dates from the early 12th century . . . with major extensions during the 13th and 14th centuries. The tower has a ring of six bells.
Brochure of The Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Oxton, Nottinghamshire
Vicar Michael Brock

Oral tradition within the family of Roy Gordon Oxton allowed as how his ancestors came from a place called Oxton Forest, near to Sherwood Forest in England. This is the closest known use of the place-name Oxton to Sherwood Forest. Most of the dwellings are of brick. There are high brick walls connecting and enclosing most yards with lots of trees and shrubs round about. In the centre of the village is a small shop with included post office. Round the corner is the Green Dragon Pub. Just down the main street the other way is a stone church.

The stone church appeared very old and had graves in the churchyard. The doors were of heavy wood, not locked, and opened on creaky hinges. Inside was cool and dim but not gloomy. There were decorations on all the walls, flags and plaques, and in the floor were brass plates indicating family vaults. The box pews date from the nineteenth century and contain colourful cushions for sitting and kneeling.

No Oxton was mentioned in any of the plaques or lists hanging in the church and a casual inspection of the gravestones found no Oxton interred.



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1At that time he was living on his own, having earlier moved out of Muhhall's (Walter Mulhaw?) where he had been living-boarding since his parents died.—Unsupported anecdote from the private journals of Alfred John Oxton.

2The count of grandchildren includes two each for Gordon's wife and Glen's fourth wife by each wife's previous marrige. These children are not included in the database.

3 Glen said: —I named my son G.A. so he could call himself anything he wanted when he was grown up.

4The part of Camden known as West Camden became the town of Rockport in 1891. Previously, a portion of Camden called Goose River became Rockport in 1852.

5First letter is unclear. Name could be Dailey, or perhaps Pailey.

6Date should be checked. Tombstone says 1865-1898.

7Application #504.050, Certificate #290.661, Maine.

8Death record states he is the son of Henry and Sylvia Oxton. Perhaps, his father having drowned when William was only a few months old, his Uncle Henry helped bring him up.

9A William Oxton (aged 23) is shown in the 1850 census with the Coggan family in Union, Maine.

10Marriage record states he is the son of Thomas and Relief Oxton. Death record says son of James H. and Relief.

11This birth date is too close to the previous child. If the previous were January it could fit. DJA writes

--I have it as 6 November 1834. Maybe William Henry was adopted or something. Perhaps he was the son of another Oxton whose parents died or were somehow removed.

12One of these dates is from someone's personnel recollection as recorded in a book many years later. The other is from a civil record. The wedding may have taken place in late June and not get recorded at the town clerk's office until 1 July. I'd stick with the 1 July date. -dja

13 See the database for her obituary.

14 May have died in March of 1983 in Machias, Maine, but all I have is the SS# death record. His SS# was 004-34-0312. His death can be confirmed with the Machias town clerk. --dja

15 Sometimes called Albion. It's possible that Albion was his true name but he used Alvin as being more common. Or it could be the other way around. --dja

16 Oxton, Beulah Sylvester, 1879-1924.

Poems of beauty and spirit, by Beulah Sylvester Oxton.

[Lewiston, Me., Lewiston Journal Printshop, c1927] 140 p. front. (port.) 20 cm.

17Death records states daughter of John M. Oxton and Mary M. Johnson, both of Rockland.

18Birthdates are too close together. Information taken from pension records of Adolphus L. Oxton at Nat. Archives. My notes show 1st wife died 1879 in San Francisco, but this is assumed to be in error as she was supposedly buried in Maine. It is possible that 2nd marriage was bigamous and that Adolphus was having children by two different wives in California. The pension record should be revisited.

19 See the database for information on her three husbands.

20Middle initial may be H.

21 See the database for information in Lawrence city directory for 1888-91.

22 See the database for city directory showing Alvin G. boarding in Lawrence MA., 1890-91

23 See the database for her obituary.

24 See the database for her obituary.

25Coldham, Peter Wilson, Bonded Passengers to America, Vol. II, Middlesex. There is also a record of a Richard Oxen reprieved for transportation from Middlesex County, England, to America in July of 1686.

26See #449, Treasury Bond Papers, #50/92 Money Books, both at Public Records Office, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England

27New Prison, later called Newgate Prison

28Sessions Roll in its original form before cleaning and pressing. A number of recognizances on this roll bear the signature of Sir John Fielding, the blind magistrate, who with his brother Henry, organized the Bow Street Runners, the first professional police.

--note found typed on paper, inserted inside vellum cover sheet wrapped around quarter sessions indictments indcluding that of William Oxen

29 A List of all Ships and Veffels which have entered INWARDS in the Port of Annapolis in Maryland.

15 July 1766; Ship Ann; Mafter's Name, Christopher Reed; Tons, 236; Guns, _; Men, 15; Where and when built, G Britian 1752; Where and when regiftered, London 3 April 1762; Owner Richard Sollit(sp?), Package Sundry European Goods...; Contents, 109 Convicts; From whence, London; Where and when Bond given, London 14th April 1766. (microfilm M1002, Maryland state archives in Annapolis)

See C:Family\Data\ShipAnn2.txt for more.

30 See further: Appendix Error: Reference source not found

31Coulers--Colours--Flag

32 a large cask, esp. one containing from 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters).

33 1850 Census Gloucester:

449 William Oxton 41 m Cooper

Catharine Oxton 37 f

George A " 13 m

Charles H " 2 m

34Secessionists.

35Lucy Norwood had four brothers, Benjamin, James, Fitz, and Israel. All except Israel were lost at sea on George's Bank.

36Eaton, Cyrus, Annals of The Town of Warren pub. 1877

37 In the Boston MA Directory for 1890 he is listed with the occupation of "wood and coal" at "41 W. Dedham".

38A.B., Dartmouth College, 1967; J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1973; Admitted to the New York Bar, 1973; Member, American Bar Association and Maritime Law Association of the United States; Lt. USNR Active Duty 1967-70 - Corporate law; corporate and ship financing; charter parties; arbitration; general litigation.

39 Jessie Drakely, Effie Drakely, Belle Myrtle Drakely are sisters.

40respiting 3. to relieve temporarily, esp. from anything distressing or trying.

4. to grant delay in the carrying out of (a punishment, obligation, etc.); postpone.

41re-cog-ni-zance (ri kog'nuh zuhns, -kon'uh-) n. 1. Law. a. a bond or obligation of record entered into before a court of record or a magistrate, usu. binding a person to appear for trial or forfeit a specified amount of money.

42rec-u-sant (rek'yuh zuhnt, ri kyue'zuhnt) n. 1. (in 16th to 18th century England) a person, esp. a Roman Catholic, who refused to attend the services of the Church of England. 2. a person who refuses to submit, comply, etc.