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Col. Ezekiel Cushing

Male 1698 - 1765  (67 years)


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  • Name Ezekiel Cushing 
    Prefix Col. 
    Born 27 April 1698  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation merchant 
    Died 7 May 1765  Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Cape Elizabeth burying ground Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Ezekiel first married Hannah Doane, second Mary (Jordan) Parker, widow of Jacob Parker.

      From The Genealogy of the Cushing Family, pages 39–41:
      Ezekiel lived in Provincetown until 1738, after which he removed to Cape Elizabeth (then Falmouth), Me. He was coroner in 1727 and 1729. The house in which he lived at Cushing’s Point, now in South Portland, was still standing in 1760. He owned Cushing’s Island in Portland Harbor, and sold it to Joshua Bangs, 14 Sep 1760, by whose name is was known until 1859, when it was purchased by Lemuel Cushing, of Montreal, Can., who gave it its present name. He also owned the greater part of Long Island with Marsh and Overset Islands in Portland Harbor, and he bequeathed them in his will to his children. He was a merchant and was extensively engaged in the fisheries and the West India trade, owning many schooners and sloops. His large mercantile establishment was on the point bearing his name, a few rods east of the breakwater and at the western extremity of the sandy cove west of Fort Preble. It is authoritatively stated that during his time, there was more commercial business carried on the Cape Elizabeth shore than on the Falmouth side. He was active and prominent in the affairs of the settlement, and became one of the most respected as well as distinguished men in Portland neighborhood. He commanded the regiment of the county, then the highest office in Maine, and in 1757 ws able to furnish 50 men from his regiment to defend the inhabitants form the Indians and afterwards provide 100 to protect the Commissioners when arranging terms of peace with them. He was selectman of the town nine years, and justice of the peace 1756, 1760, and 176; Justice of the Court of Common Pleas 1760 to 1763, and filled other important offices. Gov. Shirley dined at Col. Cushing’s 23 Jul 1754. He took a prominent part in the religious dissensions which broke out in the Church there, and in 1756 was a leader of the opposition to the installation of the Rev. Ephraim Clark over the Church. After the installation he was set off to the first parish where he afterwards attended, though just previous to his death he petitioned the General Court and was restored to his own precinct.

      From the History and Genealogy of the Briggs Family:
      About 1719 Ezekiel went to Provincetown with his brother Jeremiah, where they engaged in the fishing and whaling industry. Ezekiel was Commander of teh County Regimetn at that time, the highest office in Maine, and in 1757 was able to furnish 50 men from his regiment to defend the inhabitants against the Indians, and one hundred to protect the Commissioners while there were arranging the terms of peace.

      Mount Pleasant Cemetery, South Portland,Cumberland County, Maine
      also called the Cape Elizabeth burying ground
      Ezekiel Cushing, d. 7 Jun 1742. Plot: B-37  [2, 3]
    Person ID I998  Schirado
    Last Modified 31 May 2013 

    Father Rev. Jeremiah Cushing,   b. 3 July 1654, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 March 1705/6, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Hannah Loring,   b. 9 August 1664, Hull, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1710, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 5 June 1685  Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F245  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Hannah Doane,   b. 1 December 1703, Provincetown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 June 1742, Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 5 November 1719  Truro, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Ezekiel CUSHING and Hannah DOANE both of Cape Codd were married at Cape Codd ye 5th of November 1719 by Mr. John Avery pastor of the church in Truroe
    Children 
    +1. Loring Cushing,   b. 10 August 1721, Provincetown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 October 1777, Saratoga, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    +2. Ezekiel Cushing,   b. 3 June 1724, Provincetown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1783  (Age < 58 years)
    +3. Jeremiah Cushing,   b. 7 October 1729, Provincetown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before May 1784  (Age < 54 years)
     4. Hannah Cushing,   b. 9 February 1732, Provincetown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Lucy Cushing,   b. 13 July 1734, Provincetown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 October 1734 or 1735  (Age 0 years)
    +6. Lucy Cushing,   b. 27 December 1735, Provincetown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 June 1816, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +7. Phebe Cushing,   b. 15 April 1738, Provincetown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 March 1805, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     8. Nicholas Cushing,   b. 1740,   d. 15 September 1745, Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
    Family ID F537  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Mary Jordan,   b. about 1709, Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1 April 1746  Portland, Cumberland County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Nathaniel Cushing,   b. about 1747, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1769, Casco Bay, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years)
     2. John Cushing,   b. 1751, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 2 December 1819  (Age > 68 years)
     3. Thomas Nichols Cushing,   b. about 1754,   d. about May 1778, at sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years)
    Family ID F791  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] (NEHGS, Boston, 1909).

    2. [S16] James S. Cushing, (Perrault, Montreal, 1905).

    3. [S3] L. Vernon Briggs, (1938).

    4. [S12] George Lincoln, et al., (published by the Town of Hingham, 1893).

    5. [S230] (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants).


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