Biography of Jonathan Oak

Jonathan, son of Nathaniel and Mary (Holloway-Farrar) Oak, was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts, August 21, 1717, and died between December 2, 1784 and March 12, 1785. He was the first to adopt the spelling Oaks, in his surname. He lived for a few years each, in Westboro, Boston and Storr, and settled on the Oak Hill farm in Harvard, Massachusetts, where he built his home, which was still standing in 1896. From his title of “Captain” on the old records he was probably captain of the training band, may have served in the French and Indian war, and in fact, it is a family tradition that he fought under Wolfe at Quebec. In 1772 he settled finally in Canaan, Maine, his land being part of the site of the present city of Skowhegan, and including an island in the Kennebec river that still bears his name. According to tradition, he had twenty-four children, but he names only sixteen in his will. He married (first) about 1740, Rebecca, daughter of Robert and Rebecca (Osgood) Banard, who was born September 10, 1725 or July 17, 1727, died before 1748. He married (second) (intention dated January 19, 1749) Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Wheeler, who was born February 15, 1727, died November 23, 1750. Her mother was a descendant of Captain Thomas, who led the Concord company in King Philip’s war. He married (third) about 1751, Sarah Wheeler, sister to his second wife, who was born August 23, 1733, died May 22, 1761. He married (fourth). April 23 or 26, 1762, Abigail, daughter of John and Abigail (Whitney) Rand, who was born November 14, 1736, died in Sangerville, Maine, in 1813. Children of record: 1. M-nary, born July 16, 1741, died September 13, 1794; married. March 14, 1758, Jonathan Sampson, a descendant of Captain Miles Standish of the “Mayflower.” 2. Lydia, born June 6, 1743, died January 2 or 4, 1802; married, November 29, 1766 or November 19, 1767, Ebenezer Conant. 3. Elizabeth, baptized November 25, 1752; married, September u, 1770, Nathan Bigelow. 4. A son, died in infancy. 5. Sarah, born January 12, 1752, married. 1771, William Blackden. 6. Jonathan, referred to below. 7. Rebecca, born about 1756. 8. John, born October 22, 1757 or 1758, died June 25, 1842; married about 1780, Abigail Lambert. 9. Daniel, born about 1760 or 1761, died perhaps in 1845; married (first), September 9, 1788, Morning Blin Flagg, (second) before 1787, Susan , and (third) before ,801, Deborah Dorcas (Albee) Fletcher. 10. Lois, baptized October 23, 1763, died May 12, 1815; married about 1793, Dr. William Sears. 11. Levi, baptized October 23, 1763, died in 1831 ; married in 1788, Lydia Brown. 12. Millie, baptized September 11, 1768, died January i6, 1845; married (intention dated July 20, 1787) Sherebiah Lambert. 13. Solomon, born May 9, 1769, died January 24, 1857, married in 1786, Suzanna Clark. 14. Sybil, baptized November 19, 1769, died about 1845; married about 1796, Daniel Homsted. 15. Abel, born April 10, 1771, died December 21, 1856; married, November 23, 1792, Betsy Hamlin. 16. William, born August, 1773 or June 7, 1774, died June 12 or December 28, 1851; married (first) (intention dated September 5, 1793) Susan Orr, and (second) about 1836, Martha Morgridge. 17. Lucy, born December 22 or 27, 1776, died December 27, 1852; married, October 7, 1797, David Douty.


Surnames:
Oak,

Topics:
Biography,

Locations:
Ontario County NY,

Collection:
Milliken, Charles F. The History of Ontario County, New York, and Its People Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York. 1911.

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