24. Ezekiel3 Wallingford (Unconnected2 Families, Unconnected1 Wallingfords) birth date unknown. Ezekiel was killed by Indians, 17 August 1746, in Payquage Plantation (now Athol), Worcester County, Massachusetts.(224) Different sources state that he was buried in the Highland Cemetery or the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Athol, Mass. These may be two names for the same cemetery.
He married Lydia Brown, 21 February 1737/8, in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.(225) He was of Lancaster and she was of Concord at the time of their marriage. Their intention was filed in Lancaster on 18 January 1737/8.(226) Shackford(227) speculates that Ezekiel was born about 1717, son of Nicholas Wallingford (John, Nicholas), but I can find no justification for this. He seems to base this on the fact that Ezekiel apparently once lived in Dover, N.H. before moving to Massachusetts. On 6 February 1732/3 Ezekiel Wolonford was one of a large number of people from Dover who petitioned for a new township grant where "there is a considerable Tract of land very commodious for Settlement lying nigh Winnepissocay Pond" and we "not having a competency of land to afford us a comfortable Subsistance". This petition was "Order'd to lye for consideration" on March 3d.(228) What, if anything, was done about it in the future is unknown by this writer at present.
This petition shows that Ezekiel was a poor individual living in Dover, and was willing to move to the hinterlands to acquire land in the area of Lake Winnipesaukee. Ezekiel of Lancaster later sold land he owned in Gilmanton, which town is in the area of Winnipesaukee, so they are likely one and the same. Also, there is no other Ezekiel currently accounted for. The fact that he named a daughter Lucy may indicate that he is related to another Dover-area Wallingford "orphan", the Lucy Wallingford who married Meturin Ricker. Both were contemporaries so may be brother and sister. My best guess is that they were either children of Nicholas Wallingford, as Shackford speculates in regards to Ezekiel, or unaccounted for children of John Wallingford and Mary Tuttle. But neither appears provable. If he were a son of John Wallingford and Mary Tuttle one might wonder why his "brother" Ebenezer, in his 1721 will, would have left all of his wearing apparel to be equally divided between his "beloved Brothers" John Wallingford, Thomas Wallingford and James Clements but nothing to Ezekiel.(229) But Ezekiel would likely have been a very young man at the time, and not fit for adult clothing.
Ezekiel settled in "Payquage" plantation, now Athol, Mass., in 1734. He was on a list of the first settlers of that town dated 26 June 1734. His lot was on the west side of the river, and the west side of the highway, and may have been lot number ten but the number was difficult to read(230). The settlement of the new town didn't proceed very well. On 26 May 1740 Ezekiel was one of eight men who signed a petition complaining that only 16 families currently lived in town, despite the promise by the government to settle sixty. "We Labour under great Difficulty's & Discouragements being less able to Carry on the Publick affaires, or to defend our selves in Case of an Indian War", wrote the petitioners.(231) Only a little more than four years later Ezekiel would be killed during just such an Indian War.
Ezekiel fulfilled his duties of proprietorship by settling the land and building a house. On 23 March 1750 proprietor's clerk Abner Lee wrote that "Ezekiel Wallingford fully Complied with the Duty and was Killed by the Indians".(232)
On 9 March 1736 Ezekiel Wallingford of Lancaster sold land in Gilmanton, N.H. to Thomas Poor of Andover, Mass.(233) How did he acquire this Gilmanton land? It may be a clue to his parentage.
A fairly recent (1953) history of the town of Athol relates the events surrounding Ezekiel's death in some detail: "It was during these perilous times [King George's War] that Ezekiel Wallingford was killed by the Indians near his 78-acre farm on West Hill. That evening of August 17, 1746 in the west fort, Wallingford heard sounds like bears in his nearby cornfield, and ventured out to drive them away. The noise had been made by the Indians to lure him to sure death. Fully armed, a group of Wallingford's neighbors laid his body the next day in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, while a band of savages trooped northward to claim the reward paid for an English scalp." "Jason Babcock, a friend of the Wallingfords, immediately offered assistance to the widow Lidia Wallingford and her five [sic] children. It is easily understood why she made plans to return to Concord, Massachusetts. Within a few weeks Babcock drove the farm stock to Concord, a distance of some 60 miles as the roads were then traveled, and for his services received the sum of £4, o.t. The said stock was comprised of the following described viz: 'One farrow cow, valued at £11; one red heifer coming 3, at £9; one red steer, coming 3 at £7.10.0; one red steer, coming 2 at £5; one red cow, at £10'." "The records infer that Babcock made a second trip to Concord to accompany the family as there is an added charge of £20, not itemized. On the 10th of the following October the widow Lidia and the children were in Concord with all her belongings including 'Mr. Wallingford's personal wardrobe, bed and bedding, kitchen utensils, etc.' No mention is made of horses or farming tools of any kind..." Babcock himself was soon after killed by the Indians.(234)
Why the above says there were five children is unknown. Only three are presently accounted for. There is other evidence that they had more than three children, however. On 4 December 1752 Ezekiel's widow Lydia and her new husband Ebenezer Harris petitioned the government for permission to sell lands to pay debts, with any assets remaining to be used for raising the children. It stated that "there was 3 young children left" for Lydia to bring up, "one of which she hath since buried."(235) Given that the three daughters that are presently accounted for in the Lancaster vital records all grew up to be married, there must have been at least one additional child, meaning the Athol History reference to five children may be correct. Ezekiel and Lydia married in 1738 and had their first three children in 1739, 1741 and 1743. There would be time for two more children to be born or conceived before Ezekiel's death at the hands of the Indians in August 1746.
Ezekiel Wallingford and Lydia Brown had the following children:
+ 109 i. Lydia4 Wallingford was born 15 January 1738/9.
+ 110 ii. Lucy Wallingford was born 1 August 1741.
+ 111 iii. Mary Wallingford was born 26 June 1743.