171. David5 Wallingford (Jonathan4, Nicholas3, Nicholas2, Nicholas1) was born in Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts 25 September 1744.(1365) David died 12 March 1791, in Hollis, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.(1366)
He married Elizabeth Leeman, 6 or 25 March 1767, in Hollis, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.(1367) Their marriage record states that they were both "of Monson" (the former name for the area around Milford/Hollis), but a separate descriptive paragraph on the two (p.215) states that Elizabeth was of "Hollis". The same paragraph also states that they were married March 25th, contradicting itself in the marriage and family records sections. The History of Milford, p.970, also uses this March 25th date.
David was very active during the Revolutionary War. He enlisted April 19, 1775, the day of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, in the company of Hollis minutemen, commanded by Capt. Dow. Most of the men who went from Hollis to the Boston area stayed for several months and were mustered into the Massachusetts regiment commanded by Col. William Prescott, the hero of Bunker Hill.(1370) One source states that he was at the battle of Bunker Hill on 16 June 1775.(1371) There seems to be no direct evidence that he was at the battle, but it seems likely that he was in the area at the time and may very well have been involved in the battle. In a muster roll dated 1 August 1775 he is 2d Lieutenant in Capt. Archelaus Towne's co., Col. Ebenezer Bridge's Massachusetts regt., having been engaged on 25 April 1775 for 3 mos. 14 days. In a petition addressed to the Council, dated Cambridge, Mass. 20 October 1775 and signed by Ebenezer Bridge, Colonel of the 27th regiment, Bridge states that Wallingford and other officers of said regiment had been in the service from May 1775 but had not received commissions, and he asked that they be recommended to General Washington for commissions in the Continental Army. It was subsequently ordered in Council 26 October 1775 that said officers be recommended accordingly, and David Wallingsford was commissioned as 2d Lieurenant in Capt. Archelaus Towne's company.(1372) On 22 March 1777 the N.H. House of Representatives voted that David Wallingford of Hollis be appointed Ensign of Capt. Isaac Frye's Co. in Col. Scammell's regiment in place of Aaron Russell of Mason who had resigned.(1373) In June, 1777, the advancing British army under Burgoyne captured Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York and an alarm went out through the countryside. From Hollis and adjacent towns a company of 58 men under Capt. Daniel Emerson, with David Wallingford as a 2d Lieutenant, organized and marched 65 miles, as far as Walpole, N.H., when they were ordered back, returning home July 4th. On the next day, however, they were ordered out again, and this time marched 100 miles to Cavendish, Vermont, where they met Col. Benjamin Bellows' regiment on the retreat from Ticonderoga. They were ordered home once again and reached Hollis on July 15th. Five days later, on July 20th, David served as 2d Lieutenant and second in command of another company, this time under Capt. John Goss, being the 4th co. of Col. Nichols' Regiment under General John Stark. On 16 August 1777 this army met a large force of Hessians and Tories commanded by the Hessian Lt. Col. Friedrich Baum. They had split off from Burgoyne's force a few days earlier on a foraging mission for cattle and horses. Wallingford's company was in the thick of the action as they handily defeated the invaders, and the action continued later in the day when a relief force under Col. Breyman tried to come to the rescue but was similarly defeated. This action, which took place outside of Bennington Vermont, became known as the Battle of Bennington. According to the History of Hollis, David was reportedly the first to order his men to fire at the Battle of Bennington. Following the battle the company marched as far west as Stillwater, N.Y. before being discharged on September 28th. At the close of the war David was paid off in worthless Continental money, and shortly thereafter had the misfortune to lose his home to fire.(1374)
His name was often spelled Wallingsford. According to the history of Hollis, N.H. David moved from Bradford to Monson in 1765. A map showing the location of his homestead is available on the web at http://www.milfordnh.com/Monson/monson2.htm and another at http://www.hollis.nh.us/windowsonhollispast/placesToVisit/sites/images/DickermansMonsonMap.jpg. His name was first on the Hollis/Milford tax lists in 1770.(1375) (Monson is a town that no longer exists, including parts of both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, much of which is now Milford, N.H.)
On 13 May 1765 David Wallenford of Monson, labourer, sued James Ford of Nottingham West, yeoman, for £40 to collect an overdue note of £2 2p dated at Portsmouth 10 January 1765. The court awarded the £40 to David and attached a hat worth 5s. "David Wallingsford" signed the papers.(1376)
On 25 February 1766 David Wallingford of Monson purchased land in Wilton, N.H. from Ebenezer Blodgett.(1377)
On 1 January 1775 David was taxed as living on the west side of Hollis. The town of Monson ceased to exist in 1770, much of it joining Hollis, so likely this is the same house. His tax was 6s, 6p, which when compared to others in town put him roughly in what today might be called the "upper middle class" of his community.(1380)
On 6 January 1789 David of Hollis, yeoman, gave bond with John Savory, gentleman, of Bradford, Mass. and John Edwards, yeoman, of Haverhill, Mass. to become administrator of the estate of Martha Wallingford of Haverhill, widow, deceased intestate.(1381) This was presumably his mother.
On 23 May 1782 from Amherst, N.H. David Wallingford signed a petition asking the N.H. House of Representatives to restore the old town of Monson.(1382) Monson was never restored to existence so the petition was apparently denied.
All of his children except the first David were apparently living at the time of the 1790 census of Hollis, as there were two adult males, four males under 16, and 6 females in the household.(1383) The family isn't listed in the 1800 census of Hollis under the name Wallingford, presumably because the widow remarried to Nehemiah Barker. However Nehemiah Barker isn't listed in the 1800 census of Hollis, or anywhere else in the existing NH schedules so either missed being enumerated, lived with a relative, or moved out of state. There are no Wallingford marriages in the History of Hollis between 1799 and 1830.
The History of Milford, p.970, gives the names of two of their sons as Daniel rather than David as found in the History of Hollis and other sources. This is repeated in the Wallingford Genealogy by Wallingford and Murrow. Also we know that the second of the two children was named David as an adult. This all needs checking in the original records, but we will assume that they were both named David as the Hollis History states. It also stated that all of their children were born in Milford, while the History of Hollis gives their birth records straight from the Hollis records. This may be due to the fact that from 1746 to 1794 Milford was an unincorporated town and the governing town may have been Hollis. The website maps showing David's homesite mentioned above have his house just over the Milford line in Hollis, so for now we will assume his children were born in Hollis. The family also appears in the 1790 census of Hollis.
David Wallingford and Elizabeth Leeman had the following children:
+ 277 i. Elizabeth6 Wallingford was born 14 September 1768.
+ 278 ii. Jonathan Wallingford was born 10 September 1770.
279 iii. Sarah Wallingford was born in Hollis, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire 5 July 1772.(1384)
+ 280 iv. Martha Wallingford was born 26 March 1774.
+ 282 vi. David Wallingford was born 12 October 1778.
+ 283 vii. Ebenezer Blodgett Wallingford was born 5 October 1780.
+ 284 viii. Benjamin Wallingford was born 24 January 1782.
+ 285 ix. Deacon Joel Wallingford was born 22 January 1784.
287 xi. Mary Wallingford was born in Hollis, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire 29 October 1787.(1389) Her name wasn't listed with her siblings in the History of Hollis, so she may have died young. She may have still been alive at the time of the 1790 census, however, as their were six females in the family at the time and her presence would bring the total to six.
288 xii. Abigail Wallingford was born in Hollis, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire 4 January 1790.(1390)