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Reuben Wing (1771 - 1862)

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Reuben Wing
Born in Harwich, Barnstable, Province of Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 12 Sep 1810 in Livermore, Oxford, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Died in Livermore, Androscoggin, Maine, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 2 Jan 2020 | Created 1 Mar 2011
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Reuben Wing was born in 1771, at Harwich, Massachusetts, the son of Samuel Wing and Hannah (Sears) Wing.[1][2]


Reuben Wing came with his parents to Winthrop, Maine, in 1774,[2] and then as a teeanager moved to Livermore, Maine, (both towns were then in Massachusetts), where he lived for the rest of his long life. The 2010 Livermore history says he was there as early as 1785, and settled in the area known as "Tollawalla," on the east side of the Androscoggin River, and that he established and kept the first ferry in the town.[3] The 1928 history says he did not come to Livermore until 1790,[2] but he was listed among the 17 heads of families at Livermore in 1789,[4] and at the first town meeting in 1795, he was chosen as one of the surveyors of roads.[5] The 1790 census shows him living alone in Livermore.[6]


  • Year: 1850; Census Place: Livermore, Oxford, Maine; [7]
  • Year: 1860; Census Place: Livermore, Androscoggin, Maine; [8]


  1. Reuben Wing married Hannah Smith.[1] They were first cousins, both grandchildren of Elnathan Wing and Hannah (Allen) Wing. An unsourced Ancestry profile gives the marriage date as 7 Jan 1792 and says that they were married at Livermore, Maine (then in Massachusetts).[9] (The earliest marriage records in the FHL film of the Livermore vital records date from 1797.) Their first child was born at Livermore on 4 Jul 1792.[10]
  2. Reuben Wing of Livermore, Maine, and Lucy Weld of Green, Maine (both towns then in Massachusetts) published their intention to marry at Livermore on 10 Sep 1810,[11] and they married there two days later.[12] Their first known child was Walter Weld Wing, born (from the age at death in his death record on 5 Sep 1811.[13]


Reuben Wing died in 1862 at Livermore, Maine.[1] A modern memorial marks the site of his burial at the North Livermore Cemetery.[14]

Research Notes

  • In the FHL film of the vital records of Livermore, Maine, the children of Reuben Wing and his first wife, Hannah, appear on page 51 (image 54) of the first volume, "Livermore Vital Records, 1786-1840." But the film shows that the records of another family have apparently been pasted over the Wings' record, and only their first two children (Polly and Allen) and visible. There is clearly at least one more entry, but it is mostly obscured. A later copy of the family's births appears in the second volume on the FHL film, "Livermore Vital Records, 1762-1810," at image 279 with children through 1797.
  • An unsourced Ancestry profile gives Reuben and Hannah two more children, born in 1798 and 1799,[9] but these do not appear in the records in either place on the FHL film. A 1920 publication says that Walter Weld Wing, born about 1811, was Reuben's eighth child,[15] but only five older children are listed in the FHL film's records.
  • The records cited above show that only two days elapsed between the publication of the impending marriage between Reuben Wing and Lucy Weld and the date of their marriage. The law required publication at least 14 days before the marriage and, in fact, the intention includes the certification from the town that the intention of Reuben and Lucy "hath been entered with me fourteen day [sic] prior to the date hearof [sic] and hath been published in Livermore as the law directs." The most likely explanation is that the marriage had been announced and published earlier and that the date in the record is when the town clerk got around to entering it into the record.
  • Walter Wing does not appear on the list of Reuben and Lucy's children shown on their gravestone.[14] It may be that the list includes only children buried with their parents at the North Livermore Cemetery and that Walter was buried elsewhere.
(Bloom-1124 17:55, 22 September 2019 (UTC))
  • The Reuben Wing of this profile should not be confused with another resident of Livermore, Maine, also named Reuben Wing (1745-1835), who lived briefly at Livermore in the 1780s or 1790s. The two men were not related. (Bloom-1124 12:17, 10 October 2019 (UTC))


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 George Drew Merrill, editor, History of Androscoggin, Maine (Boston, 1891), page 846
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ira Thompson Monroe, History of the Town of Livermore, Androscoggin County Maine; From Its Inception in 1735 and Its Grant of Land in 1772 to Its Organization in 1795 Up to the Present Time 1928 (Lewiston, Me., 1928), page 232
  3. Reginald H. Sturtevant, A History of Livermore, Maine, Second Edition (Trafford Publishing, n.p., 2010) , pages 87 & 89
  4. Israel Washburn, Notes, Historical, Descriptive, and Personal of Livermore, in Androscoggin (Formerly in Oxford) County, Maine (Portland, Me., 1874), page 9
  5. Reginald H. Sturtevant, A History of Livermore, Maine, Second Edition (Trafford Publishing, n.p., 2010) , page101
  6. United States Census, 1790, database with images, FamilySearch, Maine > Lincoln > Rockmeeko > image 1 of 1; citing NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. Roll: M432_262; Page: 255; Image: 493
  8. Roll: M653_432; Page: 0; Image: 499
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ancestry Profile of Hannah Smith
  10. Vital Records of Livermore, Maine; Vital and town records, 1797-1910; "Livermore Vital Records, 1786-1840," page 51; FHL Microfilm 11332, Image 54 of 718
  11. Vital Records of Livermore, Maine; Vital and town records, 1797-1910;"Livermore Vital Records, 1762-1810," unpaginated; FHL Microfilm 11332, Image 305 of 718
  12. Vital Records of Livermore, Maine; Vital and town records, 1797-1910;"Livermore Vital Records, 1762-1810," unpaginated; FHL Microfilm 11332, Image 306 of 718
  13. Transcription of death record of Walter Weld Wing, who died at Auburn, Maine, on 22 Feb 1897, with his age reported as 82 years, 5 months, and 17 days, in Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, database with images, FamilySearch, Vital records 1892-1907 > Wills-Wiswell > image 2508 of 4115; Division of Vital Statistics. State Board of Health, Augusta.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Photo of memorial of Reuben Wing, Lucy (Weld) Wing, and their children (Find A Grave: Memorial #40044937)
  15. Memoir regarding Walter Weld Wing, The Owl, A Genealogical Quarterly Magazine (Wing Family of America, Kewaunee, Wisconsin), volume 21, No. 4 (September 1920)


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