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Generation Five: Caleb Niles

Caleb Niles (Ebenezer4, Ebenezer3, Nathaniel2, John1)

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 Curtis:

  • William, born about 1755, died 1813 in Thurman, Warren (then Washington) Co. NY1.
  • 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, unmarried1.2
  • Caleb, born about 1764-69, lived in Maine, then moved to Otsego Co. NY about 18131.
  • Gideon, born ca. 1764; died January 14, 1822 in Otsego, Otsego Co., NY; married Hannah Wheeler.
  • Massey, born ca. 1764; married David Ginkins August 14, 1784.
  • 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 ME1.3
  • Elizabeth, born 1765; married Jonathan Stockman December 5, 1783 in Topsham, Maine.
  • Ruth, born ca. 1770; died ca. 1819 in Gardiner, Maine.
  • John Kenyon, born ca. 1775 in RI; alive in 1860 in Richmond ME; marriage intentions September 26, 1801, Salley Cleaves in Pittston, ME1.3
  • Possibly a girl who died Nov. 28, 18641.


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.

Last Update: January 14, 2015

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