This strange newspaper notice was published on 18 February 1833, and repeated on 25 February and 4 March in the newspaper titled New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette:
WHEREAS my son, DAVID WILKINSON, has
quit my house without my consent, this is to for-
bid all persons harboring or trusting the said David
Wilkinson on my account as I will pay no debts of his
contracting after this date, and if any shall employ him,
I shall use them as the law directs.
ICHABOD WILKINSON his mark X
Witness – JERE. TOWLE
Eaton, Feb. 4, 1833”
David Wilkinson was born about 4 January 1813 9 calculated from his death record) in Eaton, New Hampshire, son of Ichabod Wilkinson and Nancy Peavey. That would make David about age 20 at the time this notice was published. I don’t know the laws at this time in history, but apparently this young man struck out on his own to seek his fortune, and his father was upset enough to declare himself free of any debts or contracts his son might contract in the future. Has anyone else ever seen a newspaper notice like this when researching family history?
Ichabod Wilkinson died in 1854 in Eaton. David is recorded in the 1840 Hooksett, New Hampshire census, in the Bow census of 1860 and the Alton census of 1870 and 1880 as a farmer. He died on 1 March 1886 in Alton, nearly fifty three years after his father apparently “disinherited” him. I don’t know if David ever returned to Eaton. He married Patience Upton and had at least five children born in Ossipee, Effingham and Alton. It looks like David wandered all over the New Hampshire map, sometimes near to his hometown of Eaton, and sometimes quite far away.
The Ebenezer Wilkinson listed as a witness is his father’s brother. Ebenezer was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and served as town selectman and several other town offices over the years. Ebenezer Wilkinson, Esq. was listed as a Justice of the Peace in 1828, and his sons grew up to be lawyers in Maine.
There must be more to this story! I'm continuing to look at all possible records.
Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo