|Caleb Niles (Ebenezer4,
Born: 1732/33, probably in South Kingstown, RI.
Died: About October 1819, at Richmond, Washington Co., RI.
Married: Abigail Curtis on May 21, 1754 at the First Congregational
Church in Stonington, CT.
Children of Caleb Niles and Abigail Curtis1:
- William, born about 1755, died 1813 in Thurman, Warren (then
Washington) Co. NY.
- Robert Hazard, born 1759, South Kingston, RI. Served from Richmond,
R.l. in Rev. War. Moved to Maine in 1782. In 1793 move to Penn.
and died in Virginia, unmarried.2
- Caleb, born about 1764-69, lived
in Maine, then moved to Otsego Co. NY about 1813.
- Anne, born circa 1765 in RI; died after 1855 in Richmond, ME;
married Young Booker, October, 1783 in Bowdoin, ME. Resided Wales
(1790) and Richmond ME.3
- John Kenyon, born circa 1775 in RI; alive in 1860 in Richmond
ME; marriage intentions September 26, 1801, Salley Cleaves in
- Possibly a girl who died Nov. 28, 1864.
Census 1790, Pittston township, Kennebec Co., Maine:
Caleb Niles: 3-1-2
Robert Niles: 1-0-0
Maine Census Notes, as researched by Allen D. Niles:
Caleb 5, Young & Anne (Niles)Booker, David & Mercy
(Niles) Jackings/Jenkins, and Robert [Helms] Niles (son of Robert
5 Niles) were all residing as neighbors at Wales Pln ME at the time
of the 1790 US census. Mercy was the widow of Robert 5 Niles. The
Robert Niles living next door to her was her son. Caleb 5 had a
wife & dau (name unknown) at home, and three males residing
with him, probably his sons, Caleb Niles, Jr., & Robert Hazard
Niles (both over age 16) & John Kenyon Niles (under age 16).
Important: As of date there is some controversy as to whether all
of the children above are actually Caleb's. I would welcome any
comments on this!
After his father’s suicide death, Caleb chose Col Thomas
Hazard as his guardian Jul 1751/52 [S. Kingstown RI Probate &
Council Records, 4: pp. 202 & 220]. Caleb being over 14 got
to choose his own guardian.3
Caleb served in the militia for RI & CT from 1754 to 1762.
Following this period he and his brother Robert are named in the
town records for Richmond, Charlestown, Exeter, and Scituate RI
up to the war years.
Some time around 1787 Caleb moved to Maine, being counted in the
1790 census in Monmouth (then enumerated as part of Wales Plantation),
Lincoln Co., ME (now part of Kennebec Co.).
Caleb probably returned to Richmond, Washington Co., RI after the
1790 US census in Maine. This is based on finding a Caleb Niles
there who witnessed the will of Eunice Pendleton az Westerly RI
in 1799. A Caleb Niles also witnessed the will of Benidict Kinyon
(now spelled Kenyon) made at Richmond RI on April 26, 1806 [Richmond
TCP, v.3, p.23; LDS microfilm # 930,847].3
Caleb 5 Niles died about October 1819 at Richmond, Washington Co.,
RI. Expenses for taking care of him in his last illness are described
in the magazine Rhode Island Roots, Journal of the Rhode Island
Genealogy Society, vol. 29. No. 2, June 2003. He was being cared
for by Hoxsie & Kenyon kin.3
1 From notes Gerald J.
Parsons, Fellow of American Society of Genealogists, Syracuse N.Y.
supplied to my grandmother in 1958.
2 Robert's full name is
cited in the Hopkinton, RI Town Records, v.2, 1778-1791, p. 156,
Town Council Meeting of March 28, 1785 when he was voted 2s. for
carrying the chains 2 days to lay a highway. He is referred to as
Robt. H. Niles in another entry in these same records (research
from Allen D. Niles)
3 Allen D. Niles.