Thank you for responding to my posting re Job Caswell and his wife Mercy Perry.
Are you familiar with the article in TAG (The American Genealogist) in 2001 [vol 76], titled “Revisiting Job (4) and Mercy (Perry) Caswell of Massachusetts and Maine: A Mayflower Line” by Louise Walsh Troop (with appreciation expressed to Robert Wakefield for his assistance)? The article names Job and Mercy (Perry) Caswell’s ten children, along with their marriages, including your Mercy who married James Niles. The compiler of this article suggests that Job Caswell could be the son of Timothy Caswell, who apparently was son of Thomas Caswell; Timothy married Deborah Bowker in Scituate in 1723; but was living in Pembroke in 1755 [per this article] where Timothy and Deborah Caswell were warned out in 1755 and again in 1758 (at least Deborah was in 1758;one record lists a death date for Timothy in 1757—I have not researched this couple). Job and Mercy (Perry) Caswell named their second daughter Deborah (christened 1753 in Pembroke).Their sons were Job (twice), Levi, and John (no Timothy nor Thomas- but they only had three sons who lived). All of their daughters were:Lydia, Deborah,Silvinia (or Melvina or Zervina), Alice, Mercy, and Drusilla CASWELL.
I have not researched the line recently, and do not note any later article listed in PERSI.
Are you familiar with the discrepancies in the birth year for Job Caswell? He was listed as age 90 when he died in 1809;but in 1777 when he joined the Revolutionary army, he listed his age as 45--making him born about 1732. The about 1732 age fits better with the age of his wife who was born in 1733.And as you know, ages at death are often very seriously flawed, and this appears to be one of them; yet it was the best information available earlier and is in some records that way.
We can definitely find our Job and Mercy (Perry) Caswell family in both Hanover, Massachusetts and in Pembroke, MA.His adult baptism in 1758 in Pembroke, MA alerts us that there will not likely be any christening record for him as an infant.(I have not totally figured out what this might tell us.)
This may be of interest to you- from my notes I am quoting from a letter: Anne Borden Harding was employed by New England Historic Gen. Society, in Boston;27 Oct 1972 when she wrote to me: "the only page of Edward A Caswell's genealogy that seems to apply to you.... What information we have about Job Caswell is confusing.It is my opinion that there is another generation between Job 4 son of Ebenezer, and Job who married in Pembroke, Mass., 18 Apr 1751 Mercy Perry.He is called "Job Caswell Jr, of Newport".The intention is not recorded.Three children were baptized in Pembroke in 1758--Alice, Job, and another Job. Job Caswell, "an adult" was baptized 28 May 1758 in the second Church of Christ in Pembroke, Mass, by the Rev. Gad Hitchcock.This church is now in Hanson.Perhaps a letter to the Church Clerk might bring results. In the First Congregational Church in Hanover, we find: Drusilla, daughter of John and Mercy Caswell, baptized 15 May 1778 "in private by reason of sickness."She died 18 May 1778. [She was born in 1776] [Note from ELN: the letter says "John and Mercy Caswell" but that may be a typing error-- it may be Job and Mercy, as the context of the letter seems to indicate.] Levi, John, and Mary, children of Job and Mercy Caswell, baptized 24 May 1778. [Comment from ELN-Levi is my line] Levi Caswell and Alice Clark, Jr, of Hanover [mar.] 17 July 1796. The above is all that I can find in print.Search in deeds and probates is indicates.....” [The pages from the "Genealogy of the Caswells" that she enclosed gives]: "Thomas Caswell was one of the first settlers in Taunton, which was incorporated 1639. Tradition states that he came to that place from Somersetshire, England.His children were: 5 sons: Stephen, Thomas, Peter, John and Samuel[indicates generation 2] 5 daughters:Mary, Hannah, Elizabeth, Abigail, and Hester”[end of excerpt of letter]
It seems to me very logical that the Caswell family may have been French Huguenots – but the Timothy Caswell son of Thomas also seems very possible- and the evidence quite strong in favor of this couple as the parents of Job Caswell b about 1732 who md Mercy Perry in 1751 in Pembroke, MA.
I will be pleased to know of your feelings on the possibility of our Job Caswell being the son of Timothy Caswell and grandson of Thomas – or any other comments that you may have.