Biography of Ebenezer Sweet
Farmington Franklin County, Maine Biographies





EBENEZER SWEET was born in Attleborough, Mass., Jan. 18, 1741. He came to the settlement in 1782, and succeeded Reuben Page as the owner of front lot No. 27, east side, where he resided during his long life. His farm became valuable by reason of the growth of the Center Village. He was a tanner by trade, and in 1785 erected the first tannery in the township, and the only one nearer than Winthrop. This tannery was situated on the first elevation of land above the interval, near the steam mill of J. F. Prescott and Co. Mr. Sweet was a man of industrious habits, and acquired a pecuniary independence. His first wife, who was Naoma Daggett, died in June, 1776. His second wife, Desire Daggett, was born in Attleborough, Sept. 17, 1745, and died in Farmington, Oct. 4, 1839. He died Nov. 4, 1838, at the advanced age of ninety seven years and ten months. Seven children, natives of Attleborough: Calvin, born March I, 1765; Arnold, born March 3, 1767; Elizabeth, born Oct. 2, 1768; Ellis, born Nov. 20, 1770; Abel, born Sept. 20, 1772; Ebenezer, born July 20, 1774; Naoma, born June 4, 1776. Col. Ellis Sweet, who became the owner of his father's farm about 1822, had previously lived in Wayne, where he had owned and operated mills which were burned, thus entailing a heavy loss upon their proprietor. During the War of 1812 he commanded a regiment of militia, and was stationed at Bath and vicinity from Sept. 12 to 28, 1814. He married Mary Fuller, who was born in 1780, and died Jan. 2, 1854. His death occurred May 7, 1848. Col. Sweet was the father of Loring and Lorilla Sweet, who were former residents of the town, and are well remembered by the older citizens.

From:
A History of Farmington, Franklin County, Maine
From the warliest explorations to the present time,
1776-1885
By: Francis G. Butler
Member of the Maine Historical Society
Press of Knowlton, McLeary and Co.
1885.


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