He married Lydia Garland, 23 November 1755, in Rochester, New Hampshire.(1392) Lydia was born in 1735.(1393) This date agrees with her baptism in 1817 at the age of 82. Lydia was the daughter of John Garland and Elizabeth Downs.
Lydia died after 8 December 1817, probably in Lebanon, Maine.(1394) She was baptized in Lebanon, Maine on 8 December 1817, aged 82. She probably died soon afterwards, which would explain the late baptism.
All secondary accounts on this family say that the John who married Lydia Garland and moved to Lebanon, Maine to raise a large family was the same John who was born about 1716 in Newington to John and Charity Wallingford, but this seems unlikely. See his purported father's record for discussion of this issue.
John was chosen as field driver in Rochester on 20 May 1754.(1395) His grandfather was still alive at the time but would be an unlikely choice for a field driver at the age of 65.
On 13 April 1757 John Wallingford Jr. of Rochester and his wife Lydia -- who was said in this deed to be the daughter of Elizabeth, the first wife of John Garland, and grand-daughter of Thomas Downs -- sold to Moses Yeaton of Somersworth a share in the estate of Thomas Downs late of Somersworth(1396).
On 23 November 1757 John Wallingford Jr. of Rochester purchased 80 acres of land in Rochester from Thomas Wallingford of Somersworth, it being lot 24 in the second division of Rochester(1397).
On 29 December 1759 John Wallingford Jr. of Rochester sold to Benjamin Cops of Rochester land and buildings in Rochester, being thirty of the 80 acres he previously purchased from Thomas Wallingford(1398).
On 20 January 1763 John and Lydia Wallingford of Rochester sold the remainder of the above 80 acres to David Copp of Rochester(1399). It was probably after this that the family moved to Lebanon, Maine.
Lebanon town meeting minutes have been examined for reference to John Wallingford. These minutes begin in 1769, and there is no mention of him until the 14 March 1774 meeting where he was one of three chosen as warden. The next year he was one of four chosen as warden.(1400) On 17 April 1775 the pews in the meetinghouse were sold by bid. John bought number 19 on the main floor for £7-4, which was the most expensive one of the twenty-seven that were sold with the exception of the one right next to the pulpit. He also purchased number 26 in the gallery for £4-7. The town records include a diagram of the seats in the meeting house.(1401) John wasn't appointed to any town office in 1776, but was again one of two chosen as warden in 1777.(1402) It is for holding this local office, by the way, that he is listed in the book "Soldiers, sailors, and patriots of the Revolutionary War, Maine" compiled by Carleton E. and Sue G. Fisher. No evidence has been found showing that he actually served in the military during the war. John appears in the Lebanon town records one last time, on 10 May 1790, when he was appointed one of two surveyors of highways.(1403)
In his 1873 history of the town of Lebanon Samuel Wingate Jones has this to say: "He came from Berwick and was one of the earliest settlers. It appears he was in town as early as 1760. He made the first settlement on the Easterly side of Cook's Grant. His house stood on a swell of land West of Chadbourne's Marsh. he owned something of a large tract of land around his residence. The place of his settlement has always been known by the name of the "Wallingford Neighborhood", and some of his descendants are now (1873) living there. Wallingford was engaged in lumbering and farming and at the time of his death had what was then called a large farm. He seems to have been ready to aid in sustaining preaching and was the owner of a pew in the first meeting House, both on the ground floor and in the gallery. The one on the ground floor was considered as occupying the most honorable place in the house. The place where Wallingford settled was at the distance of a mile or more from the old highway and in an Easterly direction form it; and is still distant from any public road since made in town. Mr. Wallingford died in 1805, at the age of 72 years and tradition says, was buried on his own land. He left several sons, two of whom settled on the estate left by their father, Aaron and Garland, the latter of whom has descendants living there now.(1404)
Chamberlain in his Lebanon, Maine Genealogies has this to say about him: "John Wallingford, born about 1733, came from Berwick to Lebanon. He settled on the easterly side of Cook's Grant some distance from the main road from South Lebanon to Berwick town line. His lands have been known as 'Wallingford City.' He owned a large tract of land. He died in Lebanon, 11 Dec 1805, ae 72y. In 25 Feb 1768, Rev. Isaac Hasey and Mrs. Hasey 'rode to Wallingfords.'... John Kenison gave a deed to John Wallingford 2 Sept 1778. Abner Young gave John Wallingford a deed 31 Dec 1781. Mary Wallingford gave a deed to John Wallingford 17 Sept 1784. George Young gave a deed to John Wallingford, 23 Dec 1784. George Young gave another deed to John Wallingford, 26 Sept 1785. ...13 Dec 1805 Rev. Isaac Hasey 'preached at ye funeral of John Wallingford.' 20 Mar 1808, Rev. Isaac Hasey wrote 'Laying ye Widow Wallingfords third with Esq. Chamberlain and others.' In 1773 the pews in the First Meeting House were sold and John Wallingford purchased No. 19 on the ground floor and No. 26 in the Gallery."(1405)
Both of these historical accounts state that he came from Berwick, the latter probably merely quoting the former, but it is obvious that he was from Rochester instead.
Today the area once known as "Wallingford City" can be found in along the south border of town next to Berwick in the area of Wallingford Pond. Mostly it is now several hundred acres of thick, uninhabited woods.
The birth order of their children is uncertain, and varies depending on the secondary source that is consulted. The order presented here is taken largely from Maine Families in 1790. All but William are listed in the division of the estate of their father, York Co. Probate, 21:276-7. The 1790 census record ascribed to this family states that there were two males aged 16 and over, one under 16, and one female, so apparently most of their children had left home by 1790.(1406)
Lebanon, Maine vital records record an unnamed son of John Wallingford, probably this John, who was "killed by the kick of a colt" on 21 June 1789(1407). Chamberlain has " 'John Wallingford requested prayers on ye death of a son, killed by the kick of a colt' 21 or 28 June 1789", this is from a record made by the Rev. Isaac Hasey.(1408) The identity of this child is presently unknown.
John Wallingford and Lydia Garland had the following children:
+ 289 i. Joshua6 Wallingford was born about 1759.
290 ii. William Wallingford was born in Lebanon, York County, Maine.(1409) William died before 17 November 1776, in Lebanon, York County, Maine.(1410) On that date "John Wallingford requested prayers for ye sanctification of ye death of his son William." This is from records kept by Rev. Isaac Hasey.(1411)
+ 291 iii. Joanna Wallingford was born October 1768.
292 iv. Susanna Wallingford. She married Eliphalet Young, 9 April 1784, in Lebanon, York County, Maine.(1412) Eliphalet died in Lebanon, York County, Maine. A history of Lebanon has this to say about Eliphalet: "He was among the 1st settlers and first settled the farm now (1873) owned by Jesse Furbush. After living here for a number of years he moved and built a cabin about 1/2 mile to the east from Furbush, where he ended his days at an advanced age. He was always poor.(1413) They apparently had children since in the 1790 census of Lebanon the family is listed with one male over 16, one under 16, and two females. On 19 May 1803 Lebanon's Rev. Isaac Hasey "preached at ye funeral of Young's child." On 1 October 1798 his assessment in the Federal tax was 24 acres. He drew school money in District #1, South Lebanon, in 1812, but wasn't taxed in town in 1825(1414). They had a twin stillborn 18 May 1803.(1415)
+ 293 v. Garland Wallingford was born about 1770.
+ 294 vi. Tobias Wallingford was born in 1770.
295 vii. Moses Wallingford. Moses died 29 March 1847, in Lebanon, York County, Maine.(1416) He married Susannah Corson, 17 June 1790, in Lebanon, York County, Maine.(1417) Susannah was born probably in Lebanon, Maine. Chamberlain says she was daughter of Samuel and Mary Corson of West Lebanon, Maine.(1418) The mother's name of Elizabeth Rollins comes from email correspondence with a Corson researcher and has yet to be verified. Susannah was the daughter of Samuel Corson and Elizabeth Rollins?.
Moses Wallingford Jr. was chosen one of 25 surveyors of highways at the 2 April 1798 Lebanon, Maine Town Meeting.(1419) Why he is referred to here as "Jr." is unknown at present, as there is no other known Moses Wallingford in the area. However several of his nephews are unknown so perhaps he had a nephew named Moses and this record actually pertains to the nephew. Moses Wallingford (no Jr.) was again chosen as a surveyor of highways at subsequent meetings in 1805 and 1812.(1420) He was apparently a member of the local Baptist Society because in August or September 1820 an undated list of the names of the Society that had filed certificates in the Lebanon Town Clerk's Office appears in the town records. Moses is on that list, as are Aaron, Garland and Levi Wallingford, presumably his brothers.(1421)
Moses was assessed in the Federal tax 1 October 1798 on 40 acres of land in Lebanon, Maine. He drew school money in District No. 2, West Lebanon, in 1812. He paid a tax of $48.92 in the western section of Lebanon in June 1825. He paid a poll, a tax on a house and barn and 71 acres, $50.20 in August 1829. He lived on the place in West Lebanon on the main road to South Lebanon on what was later known as the "Carr Place". After he died his property passed to Charles Carr.(1422)
In the 1850 census of Somersworth, N.H. a CharlesCarr is found living with an 82 year-old Susan Wallingford, who is probably Susannah (Corson) Wallingford, wife of Moses.(1423) Perhaps Charles Carr married a daughter of Moses?
In the 1790 census of Lebanon Moses is living with one male under 16 and one female(1424) , so they apparently had at least one child by that time, unless the boy is a younger relation of either Moses or Susannah.
+ 296 viii. Lydia Wallingford.
297 ix. Levi Wallingford. He married Lydia Critchet, 24 November 1811, in Lebanon, York County, Maine.(1425) Lydia was the daughter of John Critchet. Lydia may have died shortly before 19 August 1865.(1426) There was a funeral in Lebanon, Maine for a Mrs. Lydia J. Wallingford on that date, found in the records of funerals attended by Elder William Quint of North Berwick. It could be someone else entirely, however. He was apparently a member of the local Baptist Society because in August or September 1820 an undated list of the names of the Society that had filed certificates in the Lebanon Town Clerk's Office appears in the town records. Levi is on that list, as are Aaron, Garland and Moses Wallingford, presumably his brothers.(1427)
+ 298 x. Aaron Wallingford was born about 1775-78.