Joseph Sturtevant (1761-1836)

• Born October 1, 1761 in Wareham, Plymouth, Massachusetts to Joseph and Mary (Gibbs) Sturtevant.

• In Wareham, Joseph enlisted in the 5th Massachusetts Continental Army in April 1781. He was 19 years old. He first served under Captain John Trotter in the regiment commanded by Rufus Putnam at West Point, he was with this group for about six months. Joseph was then served under Captain Joshua Benson for about one year, and finally with Captain John Mills in the regiment commanded by Colonel Hull. [I recently ran across Joseph’s pension records so there is still a lot of work that needs to be done regarding his military service.]

• Mustered out of the Army on January 4, 1784 after three years of service.

• Married Sarah Bessey July 5, 1787.

• Moves to Paris, Oxford, Maine in 1797 with his wife and four children and buys a farm.

• He works that farm until 1820, but was never able to make it successful. He moved to another farm but failing there as well, he finally moved to neighboring Hebron, Oxford, Maine.

• He was known as “one of the nicest of farmers, and careful about many things, but failed to make it [the farm] pay.” (1)

• Joseph died March 20, 1836 in Hebron.

(1) William Berry Lapham and Silas Packard Maxim, History of Paris, Maine from its Settlement to 1880, with a History of the Grants of 1736 & 1771, Together with Personal Sketches, a Copious Genealogical Register, and an Appendix (Paris, Maine: Self Published, 1884) 740.



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