Isabella Dyer, my 7th great-grandmother, was born on July 10, 1729, in Truro, Barnstable County, Massachusetts to William Junisimus Dyer and Hannah Strout. She was the tenth child born of thirteen and the youngest of the three daughters.
At some point, part of the Dyer family relocated to Maine (between 1735-1744) when she married Vinson Robarts on March 16, 1744 in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine. Vinson was the son of Ebenezer Robarts and Sarah Elwell and had been born in Falmouth, Maine on June 8, 1727.
Isabella gave him sons Ephraim in February 1745 and Vinson Jr in December 1745, then a daughter, Susannah in August of 1747 – whom Vinson Sr never met as he was killed on February 25, 1747 in Annapolis, Nova Scotia during King George’s War.
On December 13, 1749, Isabella married John Fickett in Falmouth, Maine. She gave him seven children – John in 1752, Hannah in 1756, Isaac in 1759, Benjamin in 1759, Nathaniel in 1761, Sarah in 1763 and William in 1766. John died in 1823, leaving Isabella widowed a second time.
Isabella died on February 9, 1828, just shy of her 99th birthday, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Many of my ancestors lived into their late 90’s, but without a way to sort through and determine who really lived the longest, I chose to write about Isabella as I’d not covered her story before.
She is the granddaughter of William Dyer, M.D. – who was also the great-grandfather of her son Ephraim’s wife, Joanna Dyer. Joannah was the granddaughter of her Uncle Henry – her father’s brother.
They are all also descendants of Mary Barrett (1612-1660) who married William Dyer (1609-1672) who was hanged for being a Quaker “rebel”.