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Gideon Wing (1744 - 1821)

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Gideon Wing
Born in Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married 25 Feb 1767 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Kennebec County, Maine, USAmap
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The owl, Volumes 18-21 By Wing Family of America ; page 1634 GIDEON WING (611), son of William and Mary (Ailing) Wing (Joseph, John, Daniel, Rev. John, Matthew), was born in Rochester, according to the town records, May 11, 1744. Gideon's father lived in Falmouth, and in his will made in 1772, he gave his quadrant, books and instruments of navigation to his son Gideon, from which we infer that in early life, Gideon followed the sea. He lived in Duxbury, and at the commencement of the Revolutionary War was on a voyage to England. He contrived, however, to find his way back to America. The U. S. Pension office records states that Gideon Wing, born in Falmouth, Mass., enlisted for three years as a private in Captain Curtis' company of Colonel Harrison's regiment of the Virginia line, in December, 1776, or January, 1777; that he was at the battle of Monmouth; that he applied for a pension, March 31, 1810 when he was 74 years old and was then living at Fairfield, Maine. His son Allen was a witness to his claim, which was granted. It is also known that Gideon was a prisoner of war for some years. At the close of his term of enlistment in 1780 or soon after. Gideon settled, first at Hallowell (now Augusta), Maine, and afterwards, (in 1782) at Vassalbourgh, twelve miles up the Kennebec River, He with his son Allen, and Allen's father-in law, were among the original members incorporated as the First Baptist church of Vassalbourgh. Gideon's older brother William, also settled in Vassalbourgh. Gideon died Feb. 21, 1821. He married, Feb. 25, 1767, Abigail Ripley, of Duxbury, who survived him, received a pension, and died July 2, 1831, aged 87 years, 8 months and 19 days. The U. S. Census of 1790 reports Gideon living at Vassalbourgh. The children of Gideon and Abigail (Ripley) Wing were:

  • (1351) 1. William, born July 18, 1768
  • (1552) 2. Allen, born Aug 27, 1770
  • (1553) 3. Abigail, born Nov 20, 1772
  • (1554) 4. Joseph, born Nov 14, 1780
  • (1555) 5. Hannah, born Jan 22. 1783.

Maine Genealogist, Nov 2005, Issue 4 WING FAMLY BIBLE

  • Gideon Wing born in Falmouth Mass May 11th of [i.e., Old Style or Julian: AD 1744 Abigail his wife born in Duxbury October 2 of 1749, Married February 25th NS [i.e., New Style or Gregorian] AD 1757
  • David Lancaster born in Albion Maine February 15th 1806 Harriet his wife born in Albion Maine August 30th 1809, Married June 20th 1829 [Another page marked Births]
  • Wm Wing was born July 11th AD 1768 Allen Wing was born August 27th 1770 Abigail born Nov 20th 1772
  • Joseph born Nov 14th 1780
  • Hannah born January 22 1783 [Another page marked Deaths]
  • Gideon Wing died Feb' 27th 1821 in the 77th year of his age Abigail Wing died July 2d 1837 in the 88th year of her age [On opposite side of the same page]
  • Stephen Bragg died December 21 1863 in the 80 first year of his age Hannah Bragg died February the 19 1870 aged 87 years and 28 days *Stephen Bragg Jr died Mayl2th aged 54 years 1 month 28 days

[Research notes/Leslie Dow Sanders (P.O. Box 13, Marblehead MA 01945-0013) is a Contributing Editor of The Maine Genealogist.:
Gideon Wing's birth on 11 May 1744, as the son of William and Mary (Allen) Wing, is recorded at Rochester, Mass. His marriage on 25 Feb. 1767 to Abigail Ripley of Duxbury, Mass., is recorded at Duxbury.2
Abigail, b. at Duxbury, 2 Oct. 1749, was a daughter of Abner and Abigail (Robbins) Ripley.3
Gideon and Abigail apparently lived first in Duxbury, as the births of their first two children, William and Allen (the dates agreeing with those in the Bible record above) are recorded in Duxbury.4
The births of the next two children are not recorded in Duxbury and have not been independently corroborated; however, the birth of the last child, Hannah, in 1. Vital Records of Rochester, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850, 2 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1914), 1:310; his parents' marriage intentions on 2 Oct. 1736 reĀ¬corded in ibid., 2:328. 2. Vital Records of Duxbury, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911), hereafter Duxbury VRs, p. 334. 3. Duxbury VRs, p. 133; her parents' marriage on 14 March 1746 recorded in ibid., p. 294. 4. Duxbury VRs, p. 197. 1783, is recorded in the records of Vassalborough, Maine, the date also agreeing with the Bible record 5
Gideon was a Revolutionary War soldier and pensioner.6

According to a Wing genealogy, after the close of the Revolutionary War, Gideon settled first in Hallowell and moved to Vassalborough in 1782, where he was among the original members of the First Baptist Church of Vassalborough. He d. 27 Feb 1821, age 76 years 9 months 16 days, and his wife Abigail d. 2 July 1837, age 87 years 9 months 19 days.7

  • Gideon 's eldest son, William, m. (int.) New Bedford, Mass., 21 Aug. 1807, Mercy Chase, both of New Bedford.8 He and Mercy moved to Albion, Maine, where several children are recorded, including a son named Joseph Chase Wing.9 Marriages for the other children are recorded in Vassalborough:
  • Allen Wing and Ardra Robinson, m. 24 May 1796
  • Shubal Bragg and Abigail Wing, m. 22 Dec. 1791
  • Joseph Wing and Chloe Robinson, m. 7 Jan. 1802
  • Stephen Bragg and Hannah Wing, m. 28 March 1805

Stephen and Hannah Bragg had a daughter, Harriet, b. Albion, 10 Aug. 1809.11
The deaths of Stephen Bragg, Hannah (Wing) Bragg, and their son Stephen Bragg Jr. are also recorded in the Albion records, the dates agreeing with those in the Bible..'
2 Harriet Bragg and David Lancaster filed marriage intentions at Albion on 30 May 1829.
3 The actual marriage is not recorded in Albion, but is given in the Bible record as 20 June 1829. David and Harriet had ten children whose births are recorded in Albion.
4 In the 1850 census, the David Lancaster family was enumerated in Albion two households away from Stephen and Hannah Bragg and three households away from the family of Stephen Bragg Jr.
5 It would appear the Gideon Wing Bible was passed to his daughter Hannah (Wing) Bragg and then to her daughter Harriet (Bragg) Lancaster. 5. Angela M. Foster, comp., Vital Records of Vassalboro, Maine (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 2003), hereafter Vassalboro VRs, p. 31. 6. Revolutionary War Pension Application, #W26020. 7. Conway P. Wing, A Historical and Genealogical Register of John Wing, of Sandwich, Mass., and His Descendants, 1632-1888 (New York: De Vinne Press, 1888), pp. 119-20. 8. Vital Records of New Bedford, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850, 3 vols. (Boston: New Eng-land Historic Genealogical Society, 1932-41), 2:605. 9. Elizabeth M. Mosher, transc., Vital Records of Albion, Maine, Prior to 1892 (Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1989), hereafter Albion VRs, pp. 55, 59, 60. 10. Vassalboro VRs, pp. 3, 5, 7, 9. 11. Albion VRs, p. 31. 12. Albion VRs, p. 216. 13. Albion VRs, p. 104. 14. Albion VRs, p. 138. 15. 1850 U.S. Census, Albion, Kennebec Co., Maine, p. 267, #s 188/192, 189/193, 191/195.


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