Person:John Waite (24)

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John Waite
d.3 Nov 1769
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Name John Waite
Gender Male
Birth[1] 6 Feb 1701/02 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death[1] 3 Nov 1769
Burial[2] Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United StatesLot F:80

From Willis' History of Portland:

Waite, John, the head of the family which came to the Portland area, was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, February 6, 1702, son of Jonadab Waite, and was captain of a packet which sailed between this place and Boston as early as 1737. He married Sarah Kent, daughter of John Kent, Jr., of Newbury, in 1724. She was born March 7, 1704, and died November 3, 1769. By her he had ten children as follows, viz., Benjamin, born October 15, 1725, married Abigail, daughter of Isaac Ilsley, and had several children; Hannah, February 22, 1727, married, first, Joseph Gooding , second, Moses Shattuck; Sarah, August 9, 1730, married, first, Joshua Bangs, died 1755, second, Gershom Rogers in 1756; John, July, 1732 ; Stephen, November 7, 1734, married Abigail, daughter of Jonathan and Abigail Wheeler, and died July, 1783, aged forty-eight, leaving children . The above five children were born in Newbury. Abigail, born in Falmouth, 1739, married Thomas Minot, November 5, 1765 ; Dr. Deane noticing this event in his Diary, adds, "A splendid wedding." Mary, unmarried, died 1755; Isaac, married Emma Kingsbury, April, 1763; Rebecca, married to John Thurlo, 1761 , and had issue; Emma, 1746, married, first, Lewis, second, Thomas Motley, and died in 1830, leaving several children.
He lived on the road fronting the beach below India street for many years, but in the latter part of his life he took up his residence on Peaks' Island, of part of which he had become the proprietor. He was four years selectman of the town, was a man of singular and eccentric habits, and enjoyed the solitude of his island more than the hum of the village; it is said that he had two fire-places in one room in his house on the island, one for himself and wife, the other for their servant. He died November 3, 1769, in the sixty-eighth year of his age.
References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Waite, John, in Willis, William. The history of Portland, from 1632 to 1864: with a notice of previous settlements, colonial grants, and changes of government in Maine. (Portland, Maine: Bailey & Noyes, 1865)
    p. 850-851, 1865.

    "Waite, John, the head of the family which came to the Portland area, was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, February 6, 1702, son of Jonadab Waite, and was captain of a packet which sailed between this place and Boston as early as 1737. He married Sarah Kent, daughter of John Kent, Jr., of Newbury, in 1724."

  2. Waite, Capt John, in Greater Portland Graves
    Online database, accessed 15-Oct 2013.

    See Greater Portland Graves: [1]