Resided in Kennebunk, Maine [s36?]; Goosepond Settlement, Belfast, Maine and Swanville, Maine (1820 & 1830 Census) [s135]
Filed intend to marry on 05 March 1812 in Belfast, Maine and was married that day to Meriam by Rev. Alfred Johnson, pastor of the First Congregational Church in Belfast. He divorced her in July, 1837 [s135].
From s135: "I have records showing divorce and remarriage. Meriam apparently found another man shortly after she and John were married. She left John for this guy William Ford. She was found guilty of adultery. The document states
'....even though he has ever since that time behaved toward her as a kind and affectionate husband, yet the said Merriam not regarding her marriage covenants on the first day of September at Monroe in this County (York), deserted your petitioners bed and board, and on the same day at the same Monroe committed the crime of adultery with William Ford of said Monroe yeoman.....' It took John several years to find a new woman, at least it took him a long time to file for divorce. At the time of the divorce, John was working as a yeoman, living in Kennebunk."
In 1830 his household consisted of 3 males under 11, 1 male aged 20-30, 1 male 40-50, 2 females aged 20-30. [Census]
Married Mehitable on 12 March 1839, in Kennebunk [S36]. She: about 1800 - 11 August 1875
A Farmer (Death Certif.- ?- see next item)
Served under Capt. Ebenezer Williams in the War of 1812 alongside his brothers-in-law Daniel & Joseph Batchelder.
He was wounded by a gun shot in Camden, Maine on October 10, 1813 during a battle with the British. This caused him to later suffer vertigo and occasional pain and he filed for disability as he was unable to pursue his vocation as mariner (he was rejected).[s135]. .Perhaps he became a farmer because of this
S36 says he MUST be one of the 4 sons of Sampson TREFETHEN0951; as Sampson was the only elder Trefethen known to be in the area at the time. S129 has him listed as son of John #105
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