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  • Name John WAKEFIELD 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Feb 1674  Biddeford, York County, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Maine & New Hampshire Settlers, 1600s-1900s [database online],, 2003:

      WAKEFIELD . . .

      2 JOHN, Wells, Scarboro, Saco, at Marblehead by Jan. 1637, at Wells bef. June 1647 when he helped appraise Mrs. Cole's swine. Selectman 1654, 1657. Form. of W., he sold ho. and land there to Samuel Austin in May 1658, and of Scarb. 3 Apr. 1661 confirmed to John Gooch land sold him 5 or 6 yrs. bef., form. Stephen Batson's. A Saco wit. with dau. Mary 31 May 1664. Tr.j. 1656, 1666; gr.j. 1656, 1661; j. life and death 1666. Abs. from meeting 1669; he and w. abs. in 1670, when he promised to be more careful. Lists 252, 261, 263. Saco wit. 10 Dec. 1673; d. there 15 Feb. 1674. His will, recorded on a folio now missing, but which Historian Folsom must have seen over 100 yrs. ago, named 4 sons, 3 daus., 2 Frost His w. Elizabeth (Littlefield 8, m. by 1661), by his p/a of 9 Aug. 1670, sold Marbleh. land a mo. later. She was a refugee at Salem in 1676, Lists 246, 27. Ch., Folsom's order: John. The Wakefield Gen. says he m. Hester Harbor of Mendon and d. by 1693, leaving a dau. Elizabeth who m. Jonathan Hayward of Mendon by Jan. 1706-7. James, b. approximately 1664. Henry, a Wells wit., Hill to Cross, 30 Mar. 1677. William, m. in Salem 13 Mar. 1698 Rebecca Littlefield(23). York gr. 1702, 2 or 3 a. swamp betw. his own land and John Stover's. Of York 29 Sept. 1705, he sold 100 a. at Cape Neddick. Drowned with (1), 25 Oct. 1707, List 96. Wid. Rebecca was bp. at Wells on prof. of faith 9 May 1708, m. 2d at Salem 19 Sept. 1717 Lt. Wm. King and remov. to Sutton. Her ch. were bp. at Wells 23 July 1710, William, Joseph, Benjamin, Jonathan, all but William locating at Sutton or Dudley. Mary, m. 1st William Frost (15), m. 2d Israel Harding(2). Katherine, named in Littlefield's will 1677. A mistaken idea that she m. Mr. Robert Nanny is attrib. to deed of July 1694 by which N.'s wid. Katherine conv. in part 'all that land lately in poss. of John Wakefield,' betw. John Sanders and Mr. Cole (Y. D. 4: 111). Daughter, unidentified.

      (2) Wakefield, Homer, M.D., Wakefield Memorial, Bloomington, IL: 1897, pp. 117-118:

      1. JOHN1 WAKEFIELD, the progenitor of the Maine family of Wakefields, was born in England. The first American record we have of him is of date January 1, 1637, when at a town meeting held at Salem he was assessed fifteen shillings as an inhabitant of Marblehead, colony of Massachusetts Bay. (Town Records of Salem, 1634-59.)

      This leads us to the decision, that as he probably did not come over in winter he must have come at least as long before as the summer or fall of 1636. At a town meeting held at Salem December 26, 1638, among the several portions of land laid out at Marblehead, on the 14th of the same month, John Wakefield received his first American land grant of four acres "on the Neck," John Endicott and others signing the grant. (Original Book of Grants of Salem, Essex County Inst., vol. ii, p. 74.)

      Owing to the unfortunate incompleteness of the early town records of Salem, Marblehead, Wells, Scarboro, and Saco (Biddleford), we are forever deprived of any record of the date of his birth, the marriage to his wife, Elizabeth Littlefield, the place where it was solemnized, and the same of the birth of their children. In 1657 the house of Joseph Bowles, then town clerk of Wells, Me., was destroyed by fire, and with it the first volume of the town records. Prior to that, as will be seen, we have practically nothing, and even after that time, while the marriages are quite complete, the births and deaths are very meager. Prior to 1641, John Wakefield lived in Salem. (Marblehead was set off as a separate town from Salem in 1648.)

      Our first record of John Wakefield, in Maine, is of date 1641, when he, with his brother-in-law, John Littlefield, was granted, under the authority of the Ligonia patent, what is now known as the "Great Hill farm." The hill at that time extended much farther into the sea that it now does and with the projecting land at the eastern end, was called "The Great Neck." Neither of the mentioned grantees took possession of this grant, perhaps owing to uncertainty as to its being located within the bounds of the said grant.

      John Wakefield settled in the town of Wells, where he attained considerable prominence. We have records of his services as commissioner and selectman in 1648, 1654, and 1657. The name of his father-in-law, Edmund Littlefield, occurs in the same capacity with his in each instance.

      John Wakefield purchased Drake's Island, of Stephen Batson in 1652, where he removed in that year and resided there for two or three years. He then removed to Scarboro where he purchased land and resided for several years. From Scarboro he removed to that part of Biddleford, which is now Saco, where he continued until his death. He was in Wells July 2, 1657, when he witnessed a grant to John Barretts. On the 3d day of April 1661, John Wakefield, then of Scarboro, but previously of Wells, sold to Mr. John Gooch, of his estate in Wells, one track of marsh land lying on the north side of the harbor, and butting upon the sea southeast, upon the Mussell Ridge west, and joining to a tract of upland on the north side, which he also sold to Mr. Gooch, with the marsh lying on the west side of John Cross's upland, and is bounded by an old fence. The marsh was by estimation about ten acres and the upland about two acres and a half. (York Deeds, book 1, folio 107.)

      On September 2, 1661, John Wakefield witnessed a deed by John Smyth, of Dunsta, to Jas. Gibbins, of Saco. May 31, 1664, John Wakefield and his daughter Mary witnessed a deed by Mogg Hegone, of Sacoe River, to Maj. Wm. Phillips, of Saco, and in July 1666, he was on a "jury of trials," at Wells, from Saco. (See York Deeds, book 1, folio 123, and book 2, folio 46.) (Maine Historical Society Collection, vol. i.)

      On September 10, 1670, Elizabeth, wife and attorney of John Wakefield, "late of Marblehead but now of Saco," "alias Winter Harbor," planter, and being by him constituted his lawful attorney, and empowered by one instrument or letter bearing date August 9, 1670, sold for a consideration of ten pounds, to John Meager, of Boston, in New England, merchant, a piece or parcel of land, "situate, lying, and being in the township of Marblehead, in New England, upon ye neck of land that lyeth on the south side of the great harbor, containing four acres, or more or less, as it was laid out to my said husband by the select townsmen of Marblehead, and allotted by a grant of the town of Salem." Acknowledged September 10, 1670; recorded October 17, 1749. (Essex County Registry of Deeds, vol. xciv, p. 18.)

      On September 22, 1666, at a general town meeting at Biddleford, the order of seating in the meeting house was voted on, and "Goodwife Wakefield" was assigned section six. The tax list of Biddleford for June 25, 1672, mentions John Wakefield five shillings, perhaps a church rate.

      John Wakefield married Elizabeth, daughter of Edmund and Annis Littlefield, of Wells, whose death is not recorded. He died February 15, 1674, and is buried at Biddleford, Me.


      2.-1. JOHN, born (____); married Hester Harbor, who married, secondly, William Hayward; he died before January, 1706-7.
      3.-2. JAMES, born (____); married Rebecca Gibbons; he was drowned October 25, 1707.
      4.-3. HENRY, born (____); died unmarried, later than March 39, 1677.
      5.-4. WILLIAM, born (____); married March 13, 1698, Rebecca Littlefield; he was drowned October 25, 1707.
      6.-5. MARY, born (____); married to William Frost.
      7.-6. KATHERINE, born (____); married, between 1677 and 1694, to Robert Nanny.
    Person ID I3006  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Family Elizabeth LITTLEFIELD,   b. Bef 22 Jul 1627, Tichfield, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Mary WAKEFIELD  [natural]
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