Histories of the Martin, Wilson, Bloom, & Ahola Families

Amidon, Roger Jr.[1, 2]

Male 1747 - 1825  (78 years)


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  • Name Amidon, Roger  
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 12 May 1747  Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1767 - 1797  Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    We don't know where Roger was living before 1767. His father was living in Douglas in 1765 when Roger, Jr. was 18 and possibly was living at home. However, if he had been apprenticed, he might not have been living in Douglas.

    Roger Amidon, Jr. bought a 30 acre parcel of land in Douglas on 2 Apr 1767 when he was almost 20 years old. He completed many real estate transactions in the 30 years he lived in Douglas. A list can be downloaded under documents, below.

    1790 US Census for Roger Amidown:
    Household:
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 3
    Free White Persons - Females: 5

    On 16 Jan 1797 Roger sold his land in Douglas and moved to Readsboro, Berkshire, Vermont  
    Residence 1797 - 1803  Readsboro, Bennington, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    On 16 Jan 1797 Roger sold his land in Douglas Massachusetts and on 30 Jan 1797 Roger Amidon of Douglas, Worcester County, Massachusetts bought 78 acres of land in Readsboro from Samuel Thayer of Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont.

    Roger apparently followed his brother Samuel to Readsboro. Samuel was in Readsboro by 1794, as shown by a Worcester County deed in which Samuel Amidon of Readsborough, Vermont was among Roger's siblings who sold the property of their "honored Father dec'd" in Douglas.

    He was Readsboro for the 1800 US census
    Household:
    Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1 [Polly?]
    Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1 [Eunice was about 18]
    Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over: 1
    Number of Household Members Under 16: 1
    Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
    Number of Household Members: 4

    The last record we have of Roger in Readsboro is a deed:
    11 Oct 1803
    Rogah Amidon of Readsboro, Bennington, Vermont sold to Caleb Bailey of the same place for $200 a parcel of land (acreage unspecified) in Readsboro.
    Witnesses: Elijah Phelps, Elijah Bailey
    Recorded 13 Oct 1803  
    Residence 1808 - 1825  Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11, 12, 13
    Deed: 26 Mar 1808
    Baldwin Potter of Rowe, Hampshire County, Massachusetts sold to Roger Amidon of Readsborough, Bennington County, Vermont two parcels of land (103 acres and 14 acres 71 rods) in Rowe for $1900.
    Witnesses: Hezekiah Wright and Strong[?] Curtis [?]
    Received for recording 26 Mar 1808

    1810 US Census
    This is almost certainly Roger and Elizabeth as Roger bought land in Rowe in 1808.
    Name: R Amadon [The census taker recorded only the initial of the given name for head of every household]
    Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Rowe, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1
    Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
    Number of Household Members: 2

    1820 US Census
    Household:
    Name: Roger Amidon
    Home in 1820: Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts
    Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
    Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 [Ruth]
    Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 1
    Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
    Total Free White Persons: 2

    Deed: 21 Oct 1824 Roger Amidon of Rowe, Franklin County, Massachusetts sold for $700 to Solomon Reed of the same place a parcel of land in Rowe containing 30 acres.
    Signed by Roger Amidon & Ruth Amidon
    Witnessed by Samuel H. Reed and Joanna Wilcox.  
    Died 30 May 1825  Rowe, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • Best says Roger died in Readsboro, Vermont, but death records show that both Roger and his wife Elizabeth died in Rowe, Massachusetts where they had lived for many years.
    Probate 1825 - 1827  Franklin County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Roger died intestate and his estate was insolvent. His wife Ruth submitted a plea to retain some of the assets as she brought $500 to the marriage and had two young children to raise. She was allowed to retain her wearing apparel and other articles to the amount of $200. She also owned real estate in Rowe independently of Roger. 
    Buried Westridge Cemetery, Charlton, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    • Roger is almost certainly not buried in this cemetery as he died in Rowe, Massachusetts many years before this gravestone was erected. The inscription is doubtless a cenotaph. The inscription is on the back of his son Luther's gravestone.
    Person ID I185  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2020 

    Father Amidon, Roger Sr.,   b. 6 Feb 1702, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 9 Apr 1794, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Mother Hunkins, Elizabeth,   b. Prob by 1715,   d. Bef 28 Feb 1757  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married 27 Oct 1731  Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Family ID F73  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Shepard [Shepherd], Elizabeth,   b. 1738,   d. 24 Jan 1819, Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1766  Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Amidon, John,   b. 26 Nov 1766, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Amidon, Rachel,   b. 31 Jul 1768, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Amidon, Sarah,   b. 26 Jun 1770, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Amidon, Ralph,   b. 3 May 1772, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Amidon, Lucy,   b. 28 Mar 1774, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Amidon, Solomon Sr.,   b. 27 Feb 1778, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Amidon, Eunice,   b. 1782, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1849, Hastings, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     8. Amidon, Polly
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F72  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Eddy, Ruth,   d. 19 Aug 1860, Charlton, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 9 Feb 1820  Whitingham, Windham, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage record says: Residence of Groom Rowe, Mass.
    Children 
     1. Amidon, Edmund Eddy,   b. 1 Sep 1821, Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Amidon, Luther Wilson,   b. 6 Jun 1823, Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F892  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 May 1747 - Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Apr 1766 - Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - We don't know where Roger was living before 1767. His father was living in Douglas in 1765 when Roger, Jr. was 18 and possibly was living at home. However, if he had been apprenticed, he might not have been living in Douglas. Roger Amidon, Jr. bought a 30 acre parcel of land in Douglas on 2 Apr 1767 when he was almost 20 years old. He completed many real estate transactions in the 30 years he lived in Douglas. A list can be downloaded under documents, below. 1790 US Census for Roger Amidown: Household: Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 1 Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 3 Free White Persons - Females: 5 On 16 Jan 1797 Roger sold his land in Douglas and moved to Readsboro, Berkshire, Vermont - 1767 - 1797 - Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - On 16 Jan 1797 Roger sold his land in Douglas Massachusetts and on 30 Jan 1797 Roger Amidon of Douglas, Worcester County, Massachusetts bought 78 acres of land in Readsboro from Samuel Thayer of Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont. Roger apparently followed his brother Samuel to Readsboro. Samuel was in Readsboro by 1794, as shown by a Worcester County deed in which Samuel Amidon of Readsborough, Vermont was among Roger's siblings who sold the property of their "honored Father dec'd" in Douglas. He was Readsboro for the 1800 US census Household: Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1 Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1 [Polly?] Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1 [Eunice was about 18] Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over: 1 Number of Household Members Under 16: 1 Number of Household Members Over 25: 2 Number of Household Members: 4 The last record we have of Roger in Readsboro is a deed: 11 Oct 1803 Rogah Amidon of Readsboro, Bennington, Vermont sold to Caleb Bailey of the same place for $200 a parcel of land (acreage unspecified) in Readsboro. Witnesses: Elijah Phelps, Elijah Bailey Recorded 13 Oct 1803 - 1797 - 1803 - Readsboro, Bennington, Vermont Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Feb 1820 - Whitingham, Windham, Vermont Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Deed: 26 Mar 1808 Baldwin Potter of Rowe, Hampshire County, Massachusetts sold to Roger Amidon of Readsborough, Bennington County, Vermont two parcels of land (103 acres and 14 acres 71 rods) in Rowe for $1900. Witnesses: Hezekiah Wright and Strong[?] Curtis [?] Received for recording 26 Mar 1808 1810 US Census This is almost certainly Roger and Elizabeth as Roger bought land in Rowe in 1808. Name: R Amadon [The census taker recorded only the initial of the given name for head of every household] Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Rowe, Hampshire, Massachusetts Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1 Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1 Number of Household Members Over 25: 2 Number of Household Members: 2 1820 US Census Household: Name: Roger Amidon Home in 1820: Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820 Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1 Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 [Ruth] Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 1 Free White Persons - Over 25: 2 Total Free White Persons: 2 Deed: 21 Oct 1824 Roger Amidon of Rowe, Franklin County, Massachusetts sold for $700 to Solomon Reed of the same place a parcel of land in Rowe containing 30 acres. Signed by Roger Amidon & Ruth Amidon Witnessed by Samuel H. Reed and Joanna Wilcox. - 1808 - 1825 - Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 May 1825 - Rowe, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Westridge Cemetery, Charlton, Worcester, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Rowe, Massachusetts Birth Records for Edmund Eddy Amidon and Luther Wilson Amidon and Death Records for Roger and Elizabeth Amidon
    Rowe, Massachusetts Birth Records for Edmund Eddy Amidon and Luther Wilson Amidon and Death Records for Roger and Elizabeth Amidon
    Records are in lower right corner of image. Image from ancestry.com. No volume or page number provided.
    Roger Amidon, Jr.'s Land Transactions in Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts (pdf)
    Roger Amidon, Jr.'s Land Transactions in Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts (pdf)
    Roger Amidon, Jr.'s Land Transactions in Readsboro, Bennington County, Vermont (pdf)
    Roger Amidon, Jr.'s Land Transactions in Readsboro, Bennington County, Vermont (pdf)
    Roger Amidon, Jr.'s Land Transactions in Douglas, Worcester County, Massachusetts (pdf)
    Roger Amidon, Jr.'s Land Transactions in Douglas, Worcester County, Massachusetts (pdf)
    These deeds provide the names of Roger's living siblings and most of their spouses. They also provide the names of his wife Elizabeth's siblings and most of their spouses.

  • Sources 
    1. [S20] Dewitt and Elma Ottman Family, Viktor Ottman Wilson, (Privately Published, 1988, Printed by the Johnson Company, Rochester, MN 55901), p 17.

    2. [S334] The Amidon Family, Frank E. Best, (Self published, Chicago, Illinois,1904), pp. 8, 9, 15.

    3. [S315] Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850, Oxford, Vol. 1, Births, p. 10-11.

    4. [S164] Deed, Worcester County , Book 62, p. 250. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89ZH-V88W?cc=2106411&wc=MCBL-ZNP%3A361612201%2C361725601.

    5. [S126] 1790 US Census, (National Archives and Records Administration), Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts; Series: M637; Roll: 4; Page: 174; Image: 203; Family History Library Film: 0568144.

    6. [S164] Deed, Worcester County , Book 126, p. 546. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89ZH-251B?cc=2106411&wc=MCBG-Q68%3A361612201%2C361861401.

    7. [S273] Deed Book, Town of Readsboro, Bennington, Vermont, Town Clerk, Book 1, p. 170.

    8. [S86] 1800 US Census, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), Readsboro, Bennington, Vermont; Series: M32; Roll: 51; Page: 141; Image: 87; Family History Library Film: 218688.

    9. [S273] Deed Book, Town of Readsboro, Bennington, Vermont, Town Clerk, Book 1, p. 12.

    10. [S164] Deed, Franklin County Book 25, p. 313, Link to image https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99Z8-5WRD?cc=2106411&wc=MCBG-9PD%3A361612501%2C361851101.

    11. [S182] 1810 US Census, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), Rowe, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll: 19; Page: 211; Image: 00223; Family History Library Film: 0205627.
      Rowe was in Hampshire County until Franklin County was established 24 Jun 1811.

    12. [S132] 1820 US Census, National Archives and Records Administration, n.d., (ancestry.com), Rowe, Franklin, Massachusetts; Page: 53; NARA Roll: M33_50; Image: 63.

    13. [S164] Deed, Franklin County Book 57, p. 337, Link to image https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89Z8-TRSZ?cc=2106411&wc=MCBG-HWG%3A361612501%2C361885801.

    14. [S271] Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, (Ancestry.com, Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011), Rowe, Births and Deaths, 1744 - 1848.
      Mr. Roger Amidon Died May 30th 1825 AE 78
      See Image.

    15. [S341] Franklin County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1812-1910 Online database., Case number 106 (45 Images). https://www.americanancestors.org/DB2764/rd/55190/106-co1/1424621844.

    16. [S202] findagrave.com, Memorial # 21521848.

    17. [S315] Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850, Oxford, Vol. 1, Marriages, p. 127.
      Amidown, Roger and Elizabeth Hunkins, 27 Oct. 1731