Wallingfords of New England: Fourth Generation

92. Capt. Thomas4 Wallingford (Col. Thomas3, John2, Nicholas1) was born probably in Dover, New Hampshire about 1716 to 1718. His birth date is an estimate based on the facts that he was the eldest son and that four of his younger siblings had their births recorded between 1720 and 1726. Thomas died "very suddenly", before 3 October 1792, in Somersworth, Strafford County, New Hampshire, at approximately 75 years of age.(848) (From a newspaper of that date)

He married Abigail Hill, 12 May 1748, in Berwick, York County, Maine.(849) Abigail was born 31 July 1729.(850) Abigail was the daughter of Judge John Hill and Elizabeth Gerrish. Abigail died 10 June 1805, in Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire.(851) Her obituary appears in the 22 June 1805 Dover newspaper.(852) She was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Dover with some of the children of her daughter Abigail Kittredge.(853)

He is often referred to in the records as "Captain" Thomas Wallingford.

The Honorable John Hill of Berwick, in his will dated 23 June 1770 and probated 5 May 1772, left to his daughter Abigail Wallingford, his best looking glass, six silver spoons, and other goods.(854) On 18 July 1772 Sarah Hill of Berwick wrote her will, probated 9 September 1772, and included after a list of her six children, many surnamed Blunt, a bequest to Abigail, wife of Capt. Thomas 'Allingford'. The bequest was for two 'Negroes Jo & Florer', and a stipulation was made that first Thomas must pay 10 pounds to Eunice, wife of Capt. George March, and also to each of the children of Charles Hill, Esq. The relationships amongst these people are presently unknown.(855)

On 15 October 1771 John Sullivan of Durham, who later went on to become a Revolutionary War General, wrote the following letter to "Capt. Wallingford": Sir I hear that there is Some Expression in the Reasons of appeal filed by me in behalf of your mother which give you some offence which I Declare I never meant however great the provocation might be which I Received. The provocation I beg Leave to mention which is as follows Namely when you applied to me at Deacon Leightons & I Refused Your money, I then told you that I would wait on Mrs. Wallingford the Next Day & get her to Consent to what you then Said you Desired which was to Take a Joint Administration with her which I accordingly did & persuaded her to Consent & you not being at Home I Left word with your Lady to Desire you to appear at Portsmo on the Fryday then next which you absolutely refused. all this I did at your Request & she (Mrs. Wallingford) well knows that I neither received fee or Reward for my Trouble and I have received no money from her Even to this Day Except a Trifle to pay the Cost of appealing &c which I told her I did not receive as a fee but would Account with her for it when a I had paid the Charges out of the Same -- now Sir please to Consider whether putting me upon Such an Errand and Leaving me to be Laughd at for Thus being Imposed upon was not a very great affront but Notwithstanding all this I never had any Thought of Returning the affront Nor is there one word in the Reason of Appeal that Looks Like it. Indeed it is there said that you had not Capacity to Transact the Necessary Business in Selling your fathers Estate which cant possibly be understood as want of Natural abilities or Capacity by any person acquainted with the English Language for why do we Ever add the word Natural to the word Capacity. Surely it must be to Convey Some Idea that the word Capacity alone would not as for Instance to Say that a man has not Capacity to do a Certain thing or Transact a Certain piece of Business Implies only an unacquaintedness with it. But if we mean to Reflect upon his natural powers of Mind we say he has not a Natural Capacity for it. I should not take it as an affront if any person was to Say that I had not Capacity to Rule a Nation or Command an Army in Time of Battle Though perhaps some have Acted in both Stations to whom Nature has not been more Liberal in her gifts than She has been to me nor should I look upon it as any Reflection upon my Natural Capacity for not haivng turned my thoughts on Either of those subjects or having practised myself in Either. I cannot well properly be Said to be Capable of Acting in Either but if a person was to say that I had not Natural Capacity to Act in Either Station I would then Reflect on my Natural powers of mind nor can you possibly suppose it as a Reflection if I was to say you have not Capacity to preach a Sermon or plead Law although I well know there are many who do both whose natural powers are not superiour to yours. if you will only Consult Doctor Tillotson You will find he uses the word in the Same Sense as the word Qualified is used & to Convey the Same Idea. Cole in his Latin Dictionary under the word Capax from which the word Capacity is Derived says it means a man's understanding a thing well -- he I suppose understood both Latin & English. So unless there be Some persons who understand English better than the best English writers To Convince me to the Contrary I shall Suppose that the Word there used only Implies that you are not in every Respect Qualified to Settle the Affairs of the Estate without calling in assistance & I doubt not you are well Convinced of that your Self & if the word there used will not bear this Construction I Confess I am Mistaken in my English & have not at present Capacity to Discover where the Error Lies. I hope Sir you will See by what I have said on the Subject that no affront was Intended for Every thing of that Sort was Ever the aversion of Sir your Humble Servant.(856) [Given his later occupation as Revolutionary War General it is interesting to note the example he uses where he states that he would not take offense if someone said that he didn't have the capacity to command an army in time of battle!]

Thomas received property from the estate of his father in the three divisions of the estate made on 10 September 1772, 10 October 1772 (Maine lands), and 8 December 1779. As the eldest son he always received a double share. He received the farm in Somersworth where he was then living containing about 155 acres. Also one third of the original right of Timothy Robinson, John Rawlings and Samuel Courson in the Third and Fourth Divisions of land in Rochester.(857) In Maine he received 26 acres of the Great Farm at Salmon Falls, with house and barn. Also about 37 acres purchased of Thomas Worster next to Salmon Falls River. Also 100 acres in Berwick Commons (Lot 6, 6th Range above Little River). Also 50 acres in the same commons (Lot 2 Range 11 below Little River). Also a right in Lebanon purchased of Tobias Leighton and 27 acres laid out by a grant and purchased of Stagpoloe, near Keys Marsh Brook.(858) In the 1779 division he received his two full shares or 2/13 parts, including one lot of land in Ossipee Gore so called being lot #14 containing 400 acres. Also a first division lot in Meredith with the Commons lot drawn to his father. Also one whole right of land in Middleton being one of the 15 rights that Grantees of Middleton relinquished to the Grantors as a consideration for prolonging the time for fulfilling the charter. Also 30 acres in the 2nd division lot in Sanbornton, and half of lot number 12 in Ossipee Gore containing about 200 acres.(859)

On 15 December 1779 Thomas Wallingford signed a petition headed by Dover town clerk Paul Gerrish protesting to the Governor, Council and General Assembly that much of the data regarding land grants in the Dover town books was fraudulent. The Legislature formed a committee to investigate and they produced a listing of 54 items from the town books that were apparently fraudulent.(860)

He apparently owned land in Lebanon, Maine as well, because at the 1784 Lebanon Town Meeting a committee was chosen "to Settle with Capt. Thomas Wallingford the Line between the school Lot in the Fifth Division & his Land in the Third Division(861)."

It is probably this Thomas Wallingford whose family is enumerated in the 1790 census of Somersworth, N.H. as having four males 16 or over, one male under sixteen, four females, and one slave.(862) As his son Thomas isn't enumerated in the same census they may have been living together.

Thomas died intestate. On 23 October 1792 his widow Abigail asked to relinquish administration of her late husband's estate to her son Thomas, and this was granted on 3 November following.(863) The estate's inventory was taken on 8 November and mentions a mansion house and other buildings with 138 acres of land in Somersworth. Also the "reversion" of 2 1/2 thirteenths of the farm and buildings by the river where his father lived, and 2 1/2 thirteenths in reversion of the back river farm so called, and 2 1/2 thirteenths in reversion of the house, land and so forth at Portsmouth.(864)

Their family record is included in the "Diary" of Somersworth schoolmaster Joseph Tate.(865)

Capt. Thomas Wallingford and Abigail Hill had the following children:

child + 184 i. Margaret5 Wallingford was born about 1749.

child + 185 ii. Mary Wallingford was born 29 December 1750.

child + 186 iii. Elizabeth Wallingford was born 28 February 1753.

child + 187 iv. Thomas Wallingford was born 11 December 1757.

child + 188 v. John Wallingford was born 2 January 1765.

child + 189 vi. Abigail Wallingford was born 16 March 1767.

child 190 vii. Andrew Wallingford was born probably in Somersworth, New Hampshire 27 April 1770.(866) Andrew died 8 April 1776, probably in Somersworth, New Hampshire, at nearly 6 years of age. From Master Tate's Record: "Aprl 8. 1776. Capt. Thos. Wallingfords of Somersth Son Andrew Dy'd."(867)

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