DEXTER, ALLEN in 1700's
- Hello. I don't remember whether I already mentioned my ancestors *
who did come from Rhode Island. There were 3 DEXTER brothers who
were in the Providence area in the mid-1700's. They moved up to
Killingly, CT, around 1790 and settled there. Joseph DEXTER and
Mary ALLEN were one of the couples. One of ther sons was Marvin
DEXTER who also married a Mary ALLEN, but she was from a CT family.
I don't have time to add more information this morning, but you can
find a lot of information in the archives of the CT and CT Windham
CT Lists at www.rootsweb.com (and possibly the archives of the RI
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
* I don't know if John DEXTER and Mary Anna CLARK were my ancestors.
They left Killingly, CT, (the DEXTER Farm) around 1885 and moved to
Melrose, MA. In 1892, as an older couple, they adopted a little
girl, Age 3. Her birth name was Daisy WATROUS (was a foundling in
Boston), but they changed her name to Mary Anna Clark DEXTER. "May"
was only with them until 1898 or 1899- when Mrs. DEXTER died and Mr.
DEXTER got ill. So, she was re-orphaned and went to an orphanage in
Boston. Around Age 13 she went to "The Temporary Home for Women and
Children" in Boston, and she remained there until she was Age 19.
The little girl was my grandmother. My "educated guess" is that the
married daughter of the DEXTER's - back in Killingly, CT, had
an "unwanted pregnancy" in the summer of 1888. And, Mrs. Clara YOUNG
arranged for the baby to become a foundling in Boston.
(This is a very long, complicated story which might eventually become
worthy of an "historical novel.")