Fifth Generation
Family of John BASFORD (25) & (?) (BASFORD)
39. Jacob BASFORD (John4, Jacob3, James2, Jacob1). Born on 8 Dec 1771 in Chester, NH. [2, Readfield, ME VRs] Jacob was baptized in Chester, NH, on 17 May 1772. [17] Congregational Church. Jacob died in Augusta, ME, on 20 Apr 1827. [271]

1800 federal census of Augusta, Kennebec Co., ME [272]
Jacob Basford
1 male under 10 (John)
1 male 26-45 (Jacob)
2 females under 10 (Celia, Bethsheba)
1 female 26-45 (Catherine)

He may be the Jacob Basford who was on a list of non-resident owners who owed taxes for property in Chester, NH for the year 1804. [201]

He was of Readfield, ME at the time of his marriage in 1809. [273]

1810 federal census of Readfield, Kennebec Co., ME [196]
Jacob Basford
1 male under 10 (William)
1 male 16-25 (John?)
1 male 26-44 (Jacob)
1 female under 10 (Abigail)
1 female 16-24 (Abigail)

[17], [272], [196], [273], [2], [24], [271], [274]
He first married Catherine NORTON on 23 May 1795 in Readfield, ME. [24] Born on 21 Nov 1774. [2, Readfield, ME VRs] Catherine died in Readfield, ME, on 29 Feb 1804 or 1808. [275]

The edge of the paper for her death record is torn off showing only Feb. 29, 180_. Since February only has 29 days in leap years, this would imply that the year must be 1804 or 1808 given the fact that she must have died after the birth if Abigail in 1803 and Jacob’s second marriage in 1809. [2]

[2], [24]
They had the following children:
92i.
Celia (1795-?)
93ii.
Bethsheba (Never Married) (1798->1870)
94iii.
John (1800-1882)
95iv.
Abigail (1803-)
He second married Abigail PATTERSON on 27 Jul 1809 in Dresden, ME. [273] Congregational Church. Born abt 1787. [274] age 61 at death. Abigail died in Portland, ME, on 14 Sep 1848. [274]

She was of Dresden, ME. [273, p. 109]

[273], [275], [2], [274]
They had the following children:
96i.
William P. (1809-1894)
97ii.
Enos S. (~1819-<1870)


In one set of notes, marriage is transcribed as 27 Jul 1809. [273]

Perhaps had another son Enos? [17]
40. John BASFORD (John4, Jacob3, James2, Jacob1). Born bef 27 Feb 1774 in Chester, NH. [17] John was baptized in Chester, NH, on 27 Feb 1774. [17] Congregational Church. John died ? .

He might be the John Basford who married Mrs. Celia Pitts on 5 Mar 1798 in Readfield, ME. [24] (Intentions 13 Dec 1797, Hampden, ME. [276])

He might be the John Basford listed in the 1800 Federal Census for Chester, Rockingham Co., NH? [191]
Name of head of family: John Basford
1 male 10-16
1 male 16-26
1 female 10-16
1 female over 45

He might be the John Basford who was accepted into membership of the Rising Virtue #10 lodge of the Masons in Bangor, ME on 2 Aug 1803. [277]

He might be the John Basford found in the 1810 federal census of Dixmont, Hancock, ME. [196]
John Basford
1 male under 10
1 male 26-45

The age ranges given for John and Jonathan in the 1800 and 1810 census data would imply that they was born between 1765 and 1774. This would fit with the baptism date of 27 Feb 1774 for John the son of John Basford of Chester, NH, but seem to be a little inconsistent with the baptism data of 28 Apr 1782 for Jonathan. Perhaps these are not the same brothers?

[17], [2]
41. Jonathan BASFORD (John4, Jacob3, James2, Jacob1). Born bef 28 Apr 1782 in Chester, NH. [17] Jonathan was baptized in Chester, NH, on 28 Apr 1782. Congregational Church. Jonathan died in Dixmont, ME, in Jun 1848. [278] age 65.

1810 federal census of Dixmont, Hancock Co., ME, p. 575 [196]
Jonathan Basford
1 male under 10 (?)
1 male 26-44 (Jonathan)
1 female 16-25 (Sally)

He served in Capt. Samuel Butman's Co, Lt. Col. Andrew Grant's Rgt., during the War of 1812, together with his brother Joseph. [279]

1820 federal census of Dixmont, Penobscot Co., ME, p. 78 [280]
Jonathan Barford
2 males under 10 (Benjamin and ?)
1 male 10-15 (?)
1 male 16-25 (?)
1 male 45 and up (Jonathan)
1 female under 10 (Jerusha)
1 female 26-45 (Sally)

The age ranges given for Jonathan in the 1800 and 1810 census data would imply that he was born between 1765 and 1774. This would seem to be a little inconsistent with the baptism data of 28 Apr 1782 for Jonathan the son of John Basford of Chester, NH. Either he was baptized when he was older, or perhaps this is not the same Jonathan?

On 26 Nov 1821, the Selectmen of Dixmont petitioned that a guardian be appointed for Jonathan Basford. [281] On 8 Jan 1822, the Penobscot County Probate Court declared that Jonathan “is a distracted person, and incapable of taking care of himself,” and granted guardianship of Jonathan and his estate to Larnard Wright, Esq., of Dixmont. [282] An inventory of his estate was taken on 21 Jan 1822. [281]

There is a man of the right age listed with Larnard Wright in the 1830 census of Dixmont, so perhaps he went to live with his gaurdian?
1830 Dixmont, Penobscot Co. ME, p. 495 [283]
Larnard Wright
1 male 15-19
1 male 40-49 (could be Jonathan Basford?)
1 male 50-59 (prob. Larnard)
1 female 10-14
1 female 20-29
1 female 50-59


On 31 Dec 1844, Larnard Wright asked to be disharged from his duties as guardian for Jonathan. On 23 Aug 1845, an inventory of the estate of Jonathan Basford, “an insane person,” was presented to the Penobscot Co. Probate Court. The value of the estate was $400 (consisting of a piece of property: Lot 49 in Dixmont, containing 70 acres). On 15 Mar 1846, Jonathan’s guardian, Benjamin P. Rollins, petitioned for permission to sell this piece of property. [281]

He is probably the Jona Basford, age 65, who died in Dixmont, ME in Jun 1848. [278]

[17], [272], [196], [24], [276], [282], [281], [279], [278], [284]
He married Sally HIGGINS abt 10 Aug 1807 in Hampden, ME. [276], [284] intentions. Born on 2 Jun 1786 in Maine. [2], [284] Sally died in Hampden, ME, on 29 Nov 1857. [276], [284] age 71 years 5 months 27 days. Buried in Locust Grove Cemetery, Hampden, ME. [276] aka: Sarah. [285], [284], [286] intentions recorded on 10 Aug 1807 at Hampden, ME. [276]

On 5 Jul 1823 she filed a petition asking for additional assistance from her husband’s estate. She indicated that Jonathan had “for a number of years been in a state of derangement and one year ago last November a Mr. Larnard Wright of s’d Dixmont was appointed a guardian to her s’d husband, and she with her three children separated from him.” (It is not clear which three children this would refer to. Presumably it would be the youngest three. Perhaps the older ones were too old to be counted as dependents?) During 1822-1824, she received funds from the guardian of her husband Jonathan for various expense for herself, and her sons William and James. On 1 Jan 1824, the records indicate that she received funds to cover the cost of a move from Hampden to Dixmont. However, she must have moved back to Hampden at some point because she is living there in the 1840 census. [281]

Sarah and son Benjamin are listed in the 1837 special census of Hampden, ME. This census was taken to supply data for the distribution of surplus revenue. The data for this was from small slips of paper found in the town vault in 1978. [284]

1840 census for Hampden, Penobscot Co., ME, p. 189 [285]
Sarah Basford
1 male 15-19 (James?)
2 males 20-29 (Benjamin and William?)
1 female 50-59 (Sally)

On 27 Feb 1849, she was named Administratrix of her son John F. Basford’s estate. [276]

1850 federal census for Hampdon, Penobscot Co., ME, p. 265 [287]
Sally Basford, female, age 54, b. ME
Benj'n F., male, age 35, b. ME, farmer

[287], [285], [2], [24], [276], [281], [284], [286]
They had the following children:
98i.
Jerusha (1811-1891)
99ii.
Benjamin F. (~1815-1895)
100iii.
John F. (No Children) (~1818-1849)
101iv.
William (?-?)
102v.
James H. (Never Married) (~1823-1848)


[17] gives marriage intentions as 17 Aug 1810.
42. Mary BASFORD (John4, Jacob3, James2, Jacob1). Born bef 24 Oct 1784 in Chester, NH. [17] Mary was baptized in Chester, NH, on 24 Oct 1784. [17] Congregational Church. Mary died ? . aka: Polly.

She is probably the Polly Basford who married John Dergan on 19 Nov 1805, Hampden, ME. [276]

[17], [276], [288]
She married John B. DURGIN, son of Joseph DURGIN (?-?) & Elizabeth COTTON, on 19 Nov 1805 in Hampden, ME. [276] Born ? . John B. died ? .

[288]
They had one child:
103i.
Monroe (1827-?)
43. Joseph BASFORD (John4, Jacob3, James2, Jacob1). Born abt 19 Apr 1787 in Chester, NH. [197] age 77 years 7 days at death. Joseph was baptized in Chester, NH, on 8 Jun 1787. [17] Congregational Church. Joseph died in Bangor, ME, on 26 Apr 1864. [289], [290], [291] Buried in Dixmont Corner Cemetery, Dixmont, ME. [197]

He served in Capt. Samuel Butman's Co, Lt. Col. Andrew Grant's Rgt., during the War of 1812, together with his brother Jonathan. [279] He was one of a relatively few men who served both in federal and state service during the war. [292] Private Joseph Basford of Dixmont, ME, age 26, b. Chester, NH, was enlisted at Dixmont, ME for a term of one year by Ensign James Warren on 4 Aug 1813. [293], [294], [295] He served in Capt. Samuel Butman's Company, from 31 Aug 1814 to 3 Sep 1814, and was at the Battle of Hampden. [296]

1820 federal census of Dixmont, Penobscot Co., ME, p. 75 [280]
Joseph Basford
2 males under 10 (Henry and Summer)
1 male 26-44 (Joseph)
2 females under 10 (Malinda and Louise)
1 female 16-25 (Lucy)

1830 federal census of Dixmont, Penobscot Co., ME, p. 494 [283]
Joseph Basford
1 male under 5 (Henry)
1 male 5-9 (Philander)
1 male 10-14 (Summer)
1 male 20-29 (?)
1 male 40-49 (Joseph)
2 females 15-19 (Malinda, Louise)
1 female 30-39 (Lucy)

1840 federal census for Dixmont, Penobscot Co., ME, p. 236 [285]
Joseph Basford
1 male 5-9 (Charles?)
2 males 15-19 (Philander and Henry?)
1 male 20-29 (Summer)
2 males 40-49 (Joseph and perhaps Jonathan?)
1 female under 5 (Malinda)
1 female 20-29 (?)
1 female 40-49 (Lydia)

1850 federal census for Dixmont, Penobscot Co., ME [287]
Joseph, male, age 63, b. NH
Lydia, female, age 34, b. ME
Melinda, female, age 10, b. ME
Sarah H., female, age 8, b. ME
Howard, male, age 6, b. ME (one transcription gave this entry as Hannah)
Caroline, female, age 4, b. ME (or Arroline)

1860 federal census for Dixmont, Hancock Co., ME [297]
Joseph, male, age 73, b. NH, farmer
Lydia, female, age 44, b. ME
Sarah H., female, age 18, b. ME
Hannah M., female, age 16, b. ME (This is probably Howard)
Aroline, female, age 14, b. ME
John, male, age 9, b. ME
Harrison D. Rollins, male, age 21, b. ME, farm laborer

Will dated 5 Mar 1861, proved May 1864, mentions wife Lydia, and children Howard M., John, Sarah H., Arline M., Louise M. Boynton, Philander P., Charles Franklin, Henry F. and Summer. In Jun 1864, Lydia, together with Daniel E. Fergusen and Theodore Chick were appointed as administrators of his will. After Lydia’s death, his daughter Sarah H. Basford was named as an administrator on 25 Apr 1866. [298], [289]

[17], [287], [297], [283], [197], [299, p. 121], [300, p. 98], [2], [301], [276], [298], [289], [279], [302], [303], [290], [304], [305], [291], [306], [293], [292], [294], [295], [296], [307]
He first married Lucy Carey ALDEN, daughter of Elihu ALDEN (1775-1832) & Lydia MITCHELL (1777-1864), bef 1813. birth of Malinda. Born on 9 Apr 1797 in Dixmont, ME. [301] Lucy Carey died in Dixmont, ME, on 17 Sep 1838. [291] Buried in Dixmont Corner Cemetery, Dixmont, ME. [197]

One set of notes gave surname as Gary. [2]

[291] gives birth as 28 Jan 1979.

[197], [299, p. 121], [300, p. 98], [2], [301], [304], [305], [291], [306], [307]
They had the following children:
104i.
Malinda (Never Married) (1813-1838)
105ii.
Louise M. (1815-1908)
106iii.
Summer (~1817-1895)
107iv.
Henry (Died as Child) (1820-1822)
108v.
Philander Randolph (1822-1873)
109vi.
Almira (Died as Child) (1824-1826)
110vii.
Henry T. (1826-1897)
111viii.
He second married Lydia FERGUSON on 2 Dec 1838 in Penobscot Co., ME. [24], [302] Born abt 1 Mar 1816 in Maine. [197] age 50 years 9 days at death. Lydia died in Bangor, ME, on 10 Mar 1866. [308], [309] Buried in Dixmont Corner Cemetery, Dixmont, ME. [197] aka: Lidia. [309]

She was named administratrix of her husband’s will. [298]

Her son Howard M. Basford was granted administration of her estate, which was valued at about $1482. [308]

[287], [297], [197], [2], [24], [276], [308], [298], [302], [309]
They had the following children:
112i.
Malinda E. (Died as Child) (~1840-?)
113ii.
Sarah H. (Never Married) (1842-1924)
114iii.
Howard M. (Never Married) (~1844-1924)
115iv.
Aroline M. (Never Married) (1846-1908)
116v.
John F. (~1851-1892)
117vi.
Julia Harris (Died as Child) (~1856-1856)
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