149. Jeremiah4 Wallingford (James3, James2, Nicholas1) was born in Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts 11 October 1740.(1283) Jeremiah died by 1783.(1284) In 1783 a deed given by his wife confirmed an assumption that he was dead, having long been away. [Rockingham Deeds, 114:513?]
He married Abigail White, 1 September 1765, in Kittery, York County, Maine. They were married by the Rev. Benjamin Stevens of Kittery.(1285) They were both living in Kittery when they filed their intention to marry there on 4 July 1765.(1286)
Abigail was the daughter of Joshua White. Shackford says her father was from New Castle, N.H., but when he wrote his will on 22 June 1776 (probated 18 March 1777) Joshua White was of Kittery, Maine. He left a bequest to his daughter Abigail Wallingford.(1287) There is no birth record for an Abigail White in the published Kittery vital records. In 1758 (probably) Jeremiah was a soldier in Col. Jonathan Bagley's regiment, Capt. George's company, during the French and Indian War. This may have been during the unsuccessful attack on Fort Ticonderoga in July of 1758. This information comes from a petition by his father James Wallingford to the Massachusetts government asking for reimbursement of his expenses in bringing his sick son home. It is undated but is amongst other documents dated in 1759 in the Massachusetts Archives Collection. James states that "last summer" during his time as a soldier in the said regiment his son Jeremiah was "taken Sick as he was Returning home and was not able to Travel but Stoped at Worcester at One Mr. Browns that Your Petitioner Went to Sd Worcester to fetch him home and brought him as far as Westbury and he was not able to come any further and I left him at one Mr. Howards in Sd Westbury and Returnd home that in december last I hired a chare [obsolete term for a cart or wagon] and went to Westbury and fetched him home Very weak and Ill: And that Your Petitioner was at Three pounds Charge for Time and Expence in fetching him home And one pound two shilling Charge for Doctor and Nursing after he came home As may appear by the Accts herewith Exhibited. Your Petitioner Therefore (being a Poor man and having a Great Family) Humbly prays that he may be Reimbursted and Paid the sd four pounds two shillings." James signed the petition. No answer to this petition has been found.(1288)
Jeremiah was left only 20 pounds in his father's will.(1289) As the eldest son you'd think he would receive more, as well as the father's land, so this may be evidence to support the premise that he had moved away to Kittery, Maine.
Parish records of the First Church and Society of Kittery, Maine contain references to a Jeremiah and Abigail Wallingford. On 6 July 1766 they renewed their baptismal covenant.(1290) Shackford is uncertain about the parentage of the Jeremiah who married Abigail White, so more research is necessary to prove a link here.
The Massachusetts tax valuation taken in 1771 shows Jeremiah Wallingford in Kittery with only 1 rateable poll (meaning one adult male), half a house, and a tax of 4 shillings annually. No livestock or farmland are accounted for.(1291)
The 1790 census of Kittery shows an Abigail Wallingford as head of a family that contains four females.(1292) It is likely that they had more children than the one recorded here.
Jeremiah Wallingford and Abigail White had the following child:
256 i. Hannah5 Wallingford was born probably in Kittery, Maine by October 1766. She was baptized in October 1766 in Kittery.(1293) Hannah died of old age, 1 February 1857, in Kittery, York County, Maine.(1294) Hannah Wallingford was living alone in 1850 in Kittery, age 85, born in Mass. Next door was a large Cutts family headed by Oliver, age 44, with five Cutts children aged 21 through 11, a Hannah Cutts aged 65 and a Julia Cutts aged 30. On 27 February 1791 Hannah Wallingford renewed her baptismal covenant at the First Church and Society of Kittery, Maine.(1295) She is probably the Hannah Wallingford, age 85, born in Mass. who is living alone in the 1850 census of Kittery. Next door was the family of Oliver Cutts that may or may not be related somehow.(1296)