Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Benjamin Treadwell, died 1815, Wells (now Kennebunk), Maine

 This tombstone was photographed at the Webhannet Burial Ground in Wells, Maine. 

Here lies the body
Benjamin Treadwell
He was born Nov. 2, 1786
and died Aug. 8th 1815
Aged 29 Years
Beneath this stone death's prisoner lies
The stone shall move, the prisoner rise
(the rest of the epitaph is below the vegetation) 

As I was wandering this little burial ground in Wells, Maine, to photograph my ancestor Josiah Littlefield, I found this gravestone to Benjamin Treadwell.  I am a descendant of Thomas Treadwell of Ipswich, Massachusetts, so I thought that perhaps there might be a cousin connection.  So we snapped this photograph.  It turns out that Benjamin Treadwell is my third cousin, six generations removed. 

Benjamin Treadwell was born 2 November 1786 in Wells, Maine, the son of Captain James Treadwell and Shuah Littlefield (another cousin connection!).  Captain Treadwell was a veteran of the Revolutionary War.  Benjamin died very young at age 29, but I could find no clues in the vital records or town history to his early demise.  He married Eleanor Kimball (another cousin connection!) on 30 November 1809 in Wells.  

Benjamin's descent is from James Treadwell (1749 - 1811), Samuel Treadwell (1720 - 1803), Samuel Treadwell (b. 1687 in Ipswich), Nathaniel (1637 - 1726 - also my 8th great grandfather), and Thomas Treadwell (about 1603 - 1671 - the immigrant from England to Ipswich and also my 9th great grandfather).  

For the truly curious:

My TREADWELL lineage: 




A recent blog post about Josiah Littlefield, buried in this same cemetery:



To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Benjamin Treadwell, died 1815, Wells (now Kennebunk), Maine", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 26, 2022, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2022/07/benjamin-treadwell-died-1815-wells-now.html: accessed [access date]). 

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