52 Ancestors 2018 #3: Longevity

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”.

Isabella Dyer (1729 – 1828) 7th great-grandmother
John Allen Robbarts (1779 – 1859) son of Ephraim Roberts
John Allen Roberts (1802 – 1905) son of John Allen Robbarts
Hiram Hills Roberts (1827 – 1863) son of John Allen Roberts
John Milton Roberts (1858 – 1939) son of Hiram Hills Roberts
Hazel Pearl Roberts (1900 – 1990) daughter of John Milton Roberts
Helen Adalaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003)  (my maternal grandmother) daughter of Hazel Pearl Roberts 

About T.K. Eldridge

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2 Responses to 52 Ancestors 2018 #3: Longevity

  1. missdannie says:

    Hi! I believe we are probably related! I am Dannie McGill Quinn, granddaughter of Horace Willley WIlder, who lived in Dennysville, Maine, and I think might have been born there around the turn of the 20th century. (My mother, Mavis Priscilla Wilder McGill, his daughter, was born in 1932, in Bangor). In August, 2018, I will be in Maine in the Dennysville area, and really want to take a look around. I’m just beginning to research the family history so we will know what to look for when we get there. It looks like you have put a lot of effort and love into this blog. I’ve enjoyed reading some of your entries!

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