286. James Bowdoin7 Fillebrown (Hon. Thomas6, John5, John4, Thomas3, Humpfrey2 Phillibrowne, Robert1 ffilebrowne)(3527) was born in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Massachusetts (now Maine) October 24, 1809.(3528) He was born on the family farm and lived there, except when on sea voyages, for many years. James died February 28, 1886 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at 76 years of age.(3529) The place of death was on Bellevue Street at the home of his son Charles. It was thought that his exposure to the Carrabassett Mills hastened his death. His body was interred circa 1886 in East Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3530) Burial was in the East Winthrop Cemetery in the Thomas Fillebrown family plot near his wife and parents.
James married Almira Butler September 28, 1830 in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3531) Almira was born April 11, 1813.(3532) Almira(3533) was the daughter of Rev. John Butler and Nancy Payne. Almira died January 1, 1892 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at 78 years of age.(3534) Her body was interred circa 1892 in East Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3535) Burial was at East Winthrop Cemetery beside her husband James Bowdoin Fillebrown in the Fillebrown Family Plot.
When Almira was age 18 and James Bowdoin Fillebrown was age 21 they became the parents of Anna Almira Fillebrown June 19, 1831 in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3536) When Almira was age 22 and James Bowdoin Fillebrown was age 26 they became the parents of Dr. Thomas Fillebrown M.D., D.M.D. January 13, 1836 in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3537) About 1839, Almira, a Universalist, was a member of the Winthrop congregation in Winthrop Village, Kennebec County, Maine.(3538) "She united with the Universalist Church ... at its formation ... and remained a loyal and active member so long as resident there."
When Almira was age 29 and James Bowdoin Fillebrown was age 33 they became the parents of Charles Bowdoin Fillebrown December 26, 1842 in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3539) Almira, as James's wife, resided with him in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine circa 1845.(3540) The record isn't clear but it seems that James lived continuously on the family farm, although he and his wife did purchase his father's old home in Hallowell. By 1845 it is clear that James and the family are living on the farm and that it was their home until 1864 when they moved into Winthrop. James Bowdoin Fillebrown wrote in his journal after opening a dental office in Winthrop Village "Dec. 1848 I continued living still on the farm and carrying it on by help of my two boys, Thomas and Charles B., and hired hand, riding up in the morning and back at night, taking my dinner at the hotel."
Almira, as James's wife, resided with him in Winthrop Village, Kennebec County, Maine November 17, 1864.(3541) In his Journal, John Bowdoin Fillebrown said "I sold my farm to Stephen Cartland for $3000 (just $1000 more than his father had paid for it 60 years before), and purchased the (John A.) Pitts lot of 7 acres in Winthrop Village, and after expending some $500, in repairs in addition to the purchase money $1650, making a total of $2150. and nothing done to the outside of the house, we gave up the old house and moved into the new one." The place "on the west side of Bowdoin Street and extending back to the railroad track. The house in which he lived for a dozen years, altered over from the Pitts' house, now (1910) standing at the northwest corner of Bowdoin Street, was at that time the only house on the place, where now (1910) both sides of the new Central Street, appear no less than eighteen or twenty houses."
Almira, Charles Bowdoin Fillebrown's parent, resided with Charles in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts circa 1874.(3542) In 1910 it was stated that "He has resided at Newton, Mass.., since 1874. His house on 'Mount Ida,' has during that time, by successive enlargements, been doubled in dimensions, under the creative genius of Mr. George F. Meacham, architect of CHanning Church and Eliot CHurch, Newton."
Almira moved from a home in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine to Newtonville, MA circa 1886.(3543) At the death of her husband she went to live with her daughter Anna.
Almira moved from a home in Newtonville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Newton, MA circa 1887.(3544) She went to live with her son Charles after the death of his wife.
A visit to an ancestor's grave.(3545) Charles Jerry Fillebrown and his wife Sue visited the burial place, in East Winthrop, Maine, of Jerry's 3rd great grandparents Thomas Fillebrown, Elizabeth Cheever, and some of their family on July 13, 1997. The grave was decorated with an American Flag and a plaque identifying him as a Soldier of the American Revolution. Also buried there are: Thomas' 2nd wife Sally Cushing; Emily, George, Henry, and James children of Thomas and Elizabeth; John Fillebrown grandnephew of Thomas Fillebrown; Almira Butler wife of James; and Allie B. Buxton great grandson of Thomas and Elizabeth. The "Genealogy of the Fillebrown Family" by Charles Bowdoin Fillebrown states: "She was the eldest daughter and second child in a family of fourteen, whose births were included in the years 1812 to 1830, and was looked up to by the younger members as the 'little mother' of the family. Her proficiency in her father's school at East Winthrop, ME, is shown by sampler pf needlework at the age of nine, and a map of Asia drawn at the age of eleven. Mrs. Fillebrown was among the first of the women workers for temperance in Maine. For many years she was president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union of Winthrop. At one time she was State Superintendent of the Sunday School temperance work, and at the State convention in Bangor, 1879, made an admirable report. In every department of the work she was deeply interested, well read in its literature, and constant so far as circumstances would permit at all its general gatherings. In the National convention at which Miss Willard was first elected president, she was a delegate from the State of Maine. Mrs. Fillebrown and her daughter and granddaughter became subscribers at the same time to the Women's Christian Temperance Union Temple Fund, and the names of these three generations are now together in the corner stone of the great Chicago temple. Strong in character, devout and earnest in purpose, refined and nobler in all her instincts, of striking personal beauty and intelligence, she is remembered as a helpful friend and as an ideal mother in a happy home."
James Fillebrown's Journal.(3546) Here begins a condensed story of his seven voyages made between 1826 and 1839, "with free quotations from his Journal. The title page is inscribed:" "James Bowdoin Fillebrown of Winthrop, County Kennebec, State of Maine, aged 16 last October, Winthrop 8th April 1826. Left Winthrop for Boston on the day of the above date with the expectation of a voyage to sea." "His first voyage was from Boston 'to New Orleans and from thence to Europe in the ship Brilliant, owned by Boardman & Pope, Henry Walker, master, $8 per month.' Leaving Boston, April 13, he reached New Orleans the last day of May, experiencing about one week of seasickness. After laying twenty-eight days at New Orleans, the Brilliant left June 25, with a cargo of cotton for Havre, France. Arrived August 15, fifty-one days. Sailed from Havre for Boston, September 5. 'On the fifth day out the ship sprung a leak under the foremast on account of lying aground in the dock. The pump now requires from 400 to 700 strokes per hour. We experienced a very heavy gale of wind in the channel from the night of the fifth to the ninth. This day the boats are preparing for leaving the ship and trusting to an open boat. The leak increased so that we were obliged to pump every fifteen minutes. We arrived in Boston harbor the 14th of October after having had hard blows and hard pumping.' From Boston he returned home as far as Hallowell, October 27 (1826)." "On the same day he reshipped in the schooner Globe, Captain Weeks, for Washington, D.C., Alexandria, and Newport News, Va., and returned to Boston December 12. Not liking the smallness of the vessel, and his application for discharge being denied, he 'skipped.' Having heard that the captain threatened 'jail and irons,' on December 28, 1826, 'I consequently took my discharge by dawn of day, leaving my chest for a boatswain's locker."
James Fillebrown's Journal.(3547) Nineteen days after returning from his second voyage. "On January 16, 1827, he 'shipped for his third voyage on board the brig Margaret, Capt. Mayo, bound to Bremen, at $12 per month.' His previous pay had been $8 per month. There was good demand for seamen in those days. After a cold voyage, with much suffering from frozen feet, he reached Brock, fifteen miles below Bremen, on May (April?) 12, 1827, 'there not being water enough for us to go up to the town.' On April 20 the Margaret left Brock 'with a small freight' for Boston, and 'Tuesday night, June 8th, half past one o'clock, anchored off Long Wharf (Boston) 48 days passage.'"
James Fillebrown's Journal.(3548) On July 17, 1827, 39 days after returning from his 3rd trip, John Bowdoin Fillebrown, "shipped on board the brig Gazelle, Williams commanding, $12 per month, bound for Rio Janerio. 'Eighteenth to twenty-first crossed the Gulf Stream Southeast by East.' 'Aug. 5th, spoke ship Mary Ann from Bengal bound to London; passengers on board. Aug. 25th, crossed the equator, the old practice of Neptune shavings done away.' 'Aug. 31, Capt. Williams found sale for part of his cargo at Pernambuco, but was not so fortunate at San Salvador a fortnight later.' September 16, 'Spoke the U.S. Sloop of War Peacock, homeward bound from a three years' cruise.' September 30, 'Boarded by a Brazilian frigate.' October 2, Rio Harbor 'finding the U.S. frigate Macedonia on her station.' October 28, 1827, 'Left Rio Janerio for Santos with a cargo of coffee.' October 30, 'We were discovered by a Buenos Ayres privateer. He ordered our boat to board him. It was then blowing fresh; we were under double reefed topsails. He detained us three hours pulling back and forth a number of times, there being much sea on rendered it difficult.' They however escaped being made a prize of. November 8, 'Arrived in Santos, took in sugar and sailed 15th for Malta.' January 24, 1828, 'Arrived at Gibraltar, anchored off the town to take in water and provisions. 'It is reported? here that the brig Cherub was robbed by the pirates in the Archipelago. Likewise the Turkish fleet, consisting of 195 sail, have been destroyed by the combination of a Prussian, French, and English Admiral. All burnt or sunk except about 20.' February 4, 'Twenty days from Gibraltar, 6 P.M. Judging ourselves up with the Isle of Malta we hove to under close reefed main top sail and fore topmast staysail, blowing very heavy. February 5, at daylight saw the land, 5 P.M. Night following blew tremendously, obliged to let go our stern port and swing to anchor. Roy yards aloft. Feb. 7, down foretopmast and sent up a new one. Reached Malta harbor February 7. February 12, hauled round into the Grand Harbor.' Feb. 17th, 'This day on shore. Myself in company with four shipmates visited St. Paul's Church, together with his cave in the town of Vecchia, nine miles distant from Valetta. This church is the most elegant edifice I ever saw, the pillars being composed of different kinds of stone, alabaster and every kind of marble beautifully polished. Massive candlesticks of solid silver. The walls are painted with beautiful colors, the canopy is overspread with Seraphic beings, the whole scene was grand and interesting. Next we visited St. Paul's Cave. Accompanied by a Friar and two guides we entered a smaller church where lighted our candles; we then descended about 20 feet by a flight of stone steps, at the foot of which were three iron gates, one of which the Friar opened, and we entered the cave, which was about 20 feet across, and 10 feet high. In the midst of this was erected a marble statue of St. Paul, under the left arm of which I wrote my name. The cave is hewn out of solid rock; it is said the this was his residence during the three months that he was on the Island after being cast away.' 'We next made our way to the Catacombs. This is a wonderful display of ancient art. Our guides brought us to an aperture of about 3 ft. wide and 4 high; were obliged to leave our hats with one of the attendants, and (preceded by the Friar) we entered one by one almost on our knees for fifty fathoms through arches and alleys until we arrived at the centre where there was an open space higher than the other part, which was made use of as a church by the inhabitants during the invasion by the Turks. Fountains of water, mills for grinding grain, making oil, kneading bread, the ruins of all were to be seen. It is impossible to tell how far is its extent, it being dark and passing through so many different avenues it was difficult to find our way throughout this subterranean cavern. From this there is an underground passage to Valetta. We emerged from this, took to our coach, and returned to Valetta in time to attend the Grand Masquerade Ball at the house of Blazes. Thus ended a day's exercise.' March 11. left Malta, 11 days to Leghorn. April 1, 'I received $10 of the Captain and went on shore in the P.M. a shopping. I shall here give a lost of the things that I bought.' In this list was a pair of marble candlesticks, 85 cents; one marble clock, 75 cents; two dictionaries and one grammer, $2.40; one watch, $2.40. There marble 'alabaster clock and candlesticks' are still (1910) preserved. The dictionary and grammer, also preserved, were for his study of Italian. April 8, sailed from Leghorn for Taragonia, arriving April 16, and May 7 set sail for Boston with a 'cargo of wine'. Spoke on the 12th Brig Congress, the Constitution in Gibraltar 28th. 'Portuguese man of war in quest of privateers.' 29th, Brig Congress again, and exchanged bread for beef. June 1, Brig Arion. 8th, Brig Amazon, and 'boarded her to get some coffee and sugar.' June 18, 'We are now reduced to bread and water, with one-half pint of wine in lieu of tea and coffee, being out of small stores entirely.' June 23, 'Spoke the ship James Perkins, Liverpool, for Boston, and from her obtained a very little coffee.' June 27, 8 A.M., 'Boarded a Cape Cod fisherman, and got some mackerel. Half past ten, the joyful exclamation "Land ho!" sounded from the mast head!' 28th, 'Came to' at quarantine, Boston Harbor, at half past nine o'clock. July 2, 'Received balance of pay $85.17. July 8th, left Boston for home in Winthrop, Me. Arrived the 10th, just in time to see an affectionate brother [Henry, 21 yrs. old] laid upon a deathbed. He departed this life on the 23rd of July 1828 at half past six o'clock P.M. I returned to Boston on the 2d of August to get my chest and clothes, and arrived at Winthrop on the 10th.' Thus are the covers of this book, instead of containing a journal of sea voyages, converted to that of a farmer's scribbling. 'The dreariness of my farming life need not be particularized, suffice it is to say that nought but a sense of duty to my aged parent could possibly induce me to renounce the sea-faring life for that of a farmer. But I content myself with the assurance that all is for the best.' Thus ended his fourth and last foreign voyage."
This is a bit of history.(3549) On April 28, 1882 James, an American Seaman was certified as an American citizen by the Collector for the District of Boston and Charlestown.
When James was age 21 and Almira Butler was age 18 they became the parents of Anna Almira Fillebrown June 19, 1831 in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3550) James Fillebrown's Journal.(3551) "I left Hallowell for Boston to take a voyage from there for the winter. Arrived a T Wharf, Boston, Nov. 25. Dec. 2, 1831 I shipped on board the Brig Triumph bound to Charleston, S.C. $115 per month, Capt. Eldridge, Mate Anderson, 2d Mate Eldridge. Reached Charleston Dec. 14th after a wet uncomfortable voyage. I have no chance to keep a journal, the weather is so rough and cold days made anchor at Holmes Hole, and sailed thence on Jan. 5th with a fleet of 20 or more vessels, which had been storm stayed for from fifteen to thirty days. Jan. 6, 1832. Made Boston through ice and intense cold."
James Fillebrown's Journal.(3552) "After ten days trying to get a voyage he shipped as first mate on schooner Elvira, Captain Horton, a heavy drinker, for Fredericksburg, Va., with plaster and sugar. The Journal record of this voyage is more detailed than that of any other, occupying about thirty 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch interesting pages. Was delayed eleven days, by snow and frozen harbor, from sailing until the 30th. '29th, Sunday Evening. Here I sit in the cabin all alone, no one to molest or make afraid, thinking of home, and the sweet partner of my bosom (God bless her) and that little beauty tut [Anna]. May the God of all grace and mercy preserve us till in due time we shall meet again, either in this or a happier state of existence, and may our hearts unitedly bless and praise his holy name for the many blessings with which we are favored.' A six days' comparatively pleasant run brought them to Cape Henry. Fifteen days more were occupied with three or four trips to mainland on either side of the river in search of a pilot upon the plantations, fogs prevailing most of the time. Reaching Fredericksburg, March 14, 1832, 43 days from Boston, the Elvira reloaded with corn and flour. 'Fredericksburg, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1832. Lying in the River opposite to the landing place. At two and a half P.M. I went up to town, having heard that General Jackson was to be there to lay the corner stone of a monument in memory of the mother of Washington. I was in hopes to have Brother Thomas there, but I found that it was all put off in consequence of the General at headquarters. It was late ere I could return, and being obliged to come down by land several miles I was afraid to come without being armed, on account of the numberless dogs which the planters keep to guard their houses, in consequence of which I bought me a pair of pistols for pocket pieces, ammunition &c. which cost me $4.50. I was beset several times by these infernal whelps, and was obliged to produce my syringe to them to keep them off. Friday, 23rd, I turned out and went up about three miles into the country to Mr. Yerby's to take account of corn, by whom I was treated very genteely. I stayed there all night. In the morn took account of the run of his corn. I took breakfast, after which Mr. Yerby called for the servant to bring a couple of horses, one of which he tendered me, and we rode down to the vessel; a servant came to take my horse back. We took in the remainder of corn and hauled off to our anchor, and the Captain and Pilot went up in the boat to town, and it is now getting along in the evening and they have not returned. -Selah.' 'March 1, 1832. Mouth of the River Rappahannock. We have at last got to where we can see out of the River. Nothing of particular importance has taken place in the course of our getting down the River. I find that my captain is a great hand at running down everybody behind their back, for no sooner had the Pilot got 20 yds. from the vessel on his way ashore than he began to call him everything but a good pilot, although to his face he praised him mightily. Now it that is not a low lived trick, then I am no judge of Cape Cod men. We got pretty much out of small stores up to town, but the old man said he would get some on the River. He got 3 lbs. coffee at Leedstown. Our pilot said if he would go on shore at his house he would supply him with butter, fresh meat &c. but he could not stop, would stop at the mouth of the River and get a supply. Now here is a fine place to get such things, all a forest on both sides. He went on shore since we came here this afternoon and found somewhere 2 lbs. of butter, all crumbled up and dirty as you please. By the way, we have not had a morsel of fresh meat on board since I first saw the vessel. And all the reason that he did not get his small stores up to town was because he does not intend to get them at all. I have never found fault with my provisions in a forecastle when it was sweet and wholesome, because I did not expect anything better, but when I came into this end of the ship I had reason to expect something a little better than what I expected to find in the forecastle.' From the following entry in his log it would appear that the captain missed his reckoning in bright moonlight, the night before making Boston: 'Capt. Horton said he must have been deceived in his observations, but his observations would have been well enough if he had had any longitude. He said my longitude was not high enough, but he has found a second time that he is wrong and I right, and he is as mad and cross as the devil is wicked, but I care not for him, and he knows it.' The Elvira reached Boston, March 9, and her first mate his home in Winthrop about the first of April. Thus ended the sixth voyage."
James was employed at his farm as a farmer in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine April 1832.(3553) He continued there until 1833.
When James was age 26 and Almira Butler was age 22 they became the parents of Dr. Thomas Fillebrown M.D., D.M.D. January 13, 1836 in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3554) James Fillebrown's Journal.(3555) "After a farming interval of upwards of five years the Journal is resumed. 'October 25, 1837. Left home bound to Boston and a winter's cruise. Worked my passage to Boston with Capt. Benjamin L. Hinkley, Schooner Clarissa of Hallowell. After looking in vain for an opportunity to go by the run or work my passage, I have by the advice and assistance3 of my friends, particularly of Edward Turner, concluded to take passage to Mobile, $12. paid, and find myself steerage passage. Nov. 9th at sea. Ship Hercules. We left Boston on Saturday, the 4th of November, and anchored in Mobile Bay nine o'clock P.M. Nov. 21, 1837.' Under date of November 9 'at sea' from a seat on his own sea-chest he wrote with pen and ink on a footscap sheet with a careful but very unsteady hand to his wife: '12 o'clock. Having got clear of the Cat Key and the Rider Back (confound it all, I have just picked myself up off my back, out of the lee waist - the vessel rolls like fury) which lay to the West, we kept on for the Tortugas Islands, which we hope to make before dark. She rolls so like Jim Hill that I will quit.' These temperate ejaculations never ceased to adorn his vocabulary, but were as fresh at 75 as in '37. After three or four days' search for work he 'shipped on board the boat Commerce - bound up the Alabama River.' Returning December 13 he 'received of clerk $15. Sent home $10. Bought a pair of boots for $3.50.' January 1, 1838, on the boat Commerce going to Wetumpka, 'This is a fine morning. I wish dear wife and children a happy new year, made more so by my timely return to them. May God bless them and me in sight of that day. Hope Father, Mother and all friends will enjoy the same blessing.' January 7, received of boat Commerce $15. 'One U.S. $5. bill I sent home enclosed in a newspaper. Received another $5. making $85.' The boat was now in command of First Mate Edward Clark of Portland, Me., Mate Daniel Dummer of Hallowell, and John M. Foss of Portland, Second Ensign. January 18, 1838, 'Yesterday morning arrived back at Mobile with 962 bales of cotton.' At this time he suffered exceedingly from his old enemy rheumatism, so that the failure for three months to get his letters from home made homesickness evident and excusable. On March 2, and following, seated as usual upon his sea-chest, while his hand, like the boat, 'trembles and shakes about as bad as the old wagon,' in the course of a journal letter, which disclosed the temper of his mind and surroundings, he wrote: 'My dear wife! You joke of me being homesick. If you knew what kind of company I have to keep, without ever an opportunity for an hour's reflection, without having had since I left Boston, an opportunity of hearing even a limitarian discourse, without having heard the name of our Heavenly Father or of his Christ, except it were accompanied with an oath - you would not wonder that I should sigh for the land of Christendom, of love and friendship.' March 18, Sunday, Mobile. 'Smart frost last night. This P.M. been on shore, picked some violets, which I place in this book and dedicate to my affectionate Almira.' One of these violets remains in the Journal today, 1909. On April 1, 1838, he left the Commerce after two months of hard work in handling cotton. 'Apr. 2, saw Capt. West of the Elisha Denison. Said he would take me to Boston for $20. in cabin, if I would stand watch with one of the mates and turn in and out with them. To this I agreed. Apr. 21, arrived in Boston at Commercial Wharf about 7 o'clock P.M. Apr. 25, took passage in the steamer New England for Gardiner. Thursday, April 26th, arrived at home, found all my family and friends in good health. Everlasting thanks to our common Father.' Thus the intervals of sea-faring life, for which he had such a passion, covered a period of twelve years, from 1826 to 1838, began at the age of 16, closed at age of 29. Again at old farm and fireside with two children in his quiver."
Circa 1839, James, a Universalist, was a member of the Universalist Church in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3556) "The Universalists had occasional preaching in school houses before 1818. At that date the Union Society was formed ..... In 1837 the Universalists organized a church in Winthrop alone and were served by the Rev. George W. Quimby. They erected a house of worship in 1838, opposite the Methodist Chapel, as it was called." The names of early Universalists included "James Bowdoin Fillebrown and wife."
When James was age 33 and Almira Butler was age 29 they became the parents of Charles Bowdoin Fillebrown December 26, 1842 in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3557) He was listed as a beneficiary in Hon. Thomas Fillebrown's will circa 1844 in Hallowell, Kennebec County, Maine.(3558) "In his estate, which was appraised in 1844 at $3091.44, exclusive of the homestead in Winthrop, were inventoried one pew in the 'meeting house' at Hallowell, appraised at $27.50, and three in the Baptist Church at East Winthrop, appraised at $40. He had, in 1843, deeded his Hallowell homestead on Second Street and a business lot lying opposite, between Second Street and Water Street, now (1910) numbered 167-171, to his son James Bowdoin Fillebrown, taking therefore his note for $1666.66. This note was cancelled by bequest in his will."
James resided in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine circa 1845.(3559) The record isn't clear but it seems that James lived continuously on the family farm, although he and his wife did purchase his father's old home in Hallowell. By 1845 it is clear that James and the family are living on the farm and that it was their home until 1864 when they moved into Winthrop. James Bowdoin Fillebrown wrote in his journal after opening a dental office in Winthrop Village "Dec. 1848 I continued living still on the farm and carrying it on by help of my two boys, Thomas and Charles B., and hired hand, riding up in the morning and back at night, taking my dinner at the hotel."
James was employed at the family farm as a farmer in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine before 1847.(3560) "Until 1847, except for his voyage, James Fillebrown worked hard and fruitlessly upon the farm, when not prevented by frequent and long intervals of painful rheumatism."
James was employed at for his own establishment as a dentist in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine circa 1847.(3561) "In that year he learned dentistry of his brother-in-law, Dr. John Butler, and worked at it for a year in a room in the farmhouse." His training with Dr. Butler was at the Dr.'s practice in Freeport, ME.
James was employed at his own business as a dentist in Winthrop Village, Kennebec County, Maine circa December 1848.(3562) He "opened an office at Winthrop Village, meeting with very good encouragement." He continued to practice here until 1877.
James Fillebrown's Journal.(3563) "Having on 10th of May 1852 removed all the family remains from the burying ground on the farm to the public cemetery at East Winthrop, I caused to be erected a granite monument; a broad slab covered all the graves, upon which the monument was placed, at a cost of one hundred dollars, one half of which was paid by my brother Thomas, the other half by myself." The remains moved included his father Thomas Fillebrown, his mother Elizabeth Cheever, and his siblings Emily, George, and Henry.
James served in the military circa 1862 in Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine.(3564) "He enlisted and organized the Winthrop Company G., 24th Maine Infantry Volunteers, and, but for his age, would have been its first Captain."
James served in the military circa 1864 in Washington, District of Columbia.(3565) "He volunteered his services for a period in the army hospitals where his aptitude for surgery came into play, until 'his back gave out,' as it was in the habit of doing."
James resided in Winthrop Village, Kennebec County, Maine November 17, 1864.(3566) In his Journal, John Bowdoin Fillebrown said "I sold my farm to Stephen Cartland for $3000 (just $1000 more than his father had paid for it 60 years before), and purchased the (John A.) Pitts lot of 7 acres in Winthrop Village, and after expending some $500, in repairs in addition to the purchase money $1650, making a total of $2150. and nothing done to the outside of the house, we gave up the old house and moved into the new one." The place "on the west side of Bowdoin Street and extending back to the railroad track. The house in which he lived for a dozen years, altered over from the Pitts' house, now (1910) standing at the northwest corner of Bowdoin Street, was at that time the only house on the place, where now (1910) both sides of the new Central Street, appear no less than eighteen or twenty houses."
James was employed at the office of his son, Dr. Thomas Fillebrown, as a dentist in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine circa 1877.(3567) He was there until 1884.
James resided in North Anson, Somerset County, Maine circa 1884.(3568) He resided near his daughter Mrs. Nathaniel B. Buxton until his death.
James was employed at Carrabassett Mills as manager in North Anson, Somerset County, Maine circa 1884.(3569) He succeeded his son-in-law in the operation of the Mill. In 1910 it was the site of the American Pulp, Paper and Lumber Company.
This is a bit of history.(3570) "In 1896 Mr. Fillebrown installed in his native town of Winthrop, Maine, in memory of his father, a dozen substantial granite watering troughs."
This is a gift to a museum.(3571) "His flint-lock, 'The old King's Arms,' which, upon the death of his son James Bowdoin Fillebrown, was handed down to his grandson, Henry F. Heywood, conditioned upon a Fourth of July annual discharge, was by him contributed for safe keeping to the collection of the Bostonian Society, in the old State House in Boston, where it may now (1910) be found together with the watch which he carried."
A visit to an ancestor's grave.(3572) Charles Jerry Fillebrown and his wife Sue visited the burial place, in East Winthrop, Maine, of Jerry's 3rd great grandparents Thomas Fillebrown, Elizabeth Cheever, and some of their family on July 13, 1997. The grave was decorated with an American Flag and a plaque identifying him as a Soldier of the American Revolution. Also buried there are: Thomas' 2nd wife Sally Cushing; Emily, George, Henry, and James children of Thomas and Elizabeth; John Fillebrown grandnephew of Thomas Fillebrown; Almira Butler wife of James; and Allie B. Buxton great grandson of Thomas and Elizabeth. The "Genealogy of the Fillebrown Family" by Charles Bowdoin Fillebrown states that James "got his education at the district school, of which he had many stories to tell, and where he must have been a fairly apt and diligent pupil, for he was an excellent reader, good at figures and penmanship, having at thirty-five or forty years taken lessons of the famous teacher John Perley. At sea he studied Bowditch's navigation, and was fond of making the observations, and helping to 'work the ship.' He had an ingenious hand and mind, and was in turn sailor, farmer, blacksmith, carpenter, and dentist. He had on the farm a carpenter shop and outfit in which he built the first horse-rakes used in his region. At sixteen he made voyages to the Mediterranean and South America, but reluctantly gave up the following ot the sea as an occupation to stay at home on the farm, although during the period of twelve years between 1826 and 1839 he made in all seven voyages to foreign and domestic ports, including two winters spent in 'boating' on the Alabama River between Mobile and Wetumpka, 455 miles distant at the head of navigation, of which he kept an interesting journal."
James Bowdoin Fillebrown and Almira Butler had the following children:
+ 552 i. Anna Almira8 Fillebrown was born June 19, 1831.
+ 553 ii. Dr. Thomas Fillebrown M.D., D.M.D. was born January 13, 1836.
+ 554 iii. Charles Bowdoin Fillebrown was born December 26, 1842.
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