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Obediah Wicket
A Soldier of the American Revolution

Last updated 18-Feb-04

The grave stone of Obediah Wicket

Obediah Wicket (sometimes called Obed)was born about 1754 probably in the Plymouth region of Massachusetts. He enlisted for the town of Sandwich MA at the time of the war. He married Bathsheba Hammot at Plymouth MA on 8-Jun-1778 and the record declares they are "Indians of Plimouth". He came to Leeds ME after serving during the Revolution. He died at Leeds on 13-Jun-1819 and is buried next to his good friend, Abiathar Richmond, in the Shaker Cemetery in Leeds, ME.

It appears Obediah is the same person as Abraham Wicket of the 1790 Census and that he may have had some children. It is also possible that Abraham is the name of an adult son by an earlier marriage or a brother acting as the head of the Wicket household. We are not certain of Obediah's tribal affiliation, however, another person using the surname Wicket in the early 1700s is documented as Mashpee Wampanoag. In 1780 Obediah is described as age 26, 5'9", Indian.

A woman named Bathsheba Wicket Jr. may be a daughter of Obediah & Bathsheba. This woman filed marriage intentions in Plymouth, MA on 8-Oct-1803 and was married there on 12-Jan-1804 to Simeon Volentine. They are both referred to as "Indiens of Plymouth"

Odediah's wife, Bathsheba, apparently returned to Massachusetts after his death for we find Bathsheba Wicket in the 1820 Census at Plymouth enumerated alone as a free colored female age 45 and up.

Obediah served from 10-Jun-1778 to 1-Jan-1779 as a private in Capt. Joseph Griffth's company, Col. John Jacobs Regiment. He re-enlisted and served from 11-Jul-1780 to 26-Jan-1781 with Capt. Abner Howard and Major Trescott in the 19th [or 16th?] Division.

Obediah, at age 61, was granted a pension in 1819 and received a little over one year worth of payments (at $96/year) before he died.

Written by: Canyon Wolf for Ne-Do-Ba

Photo Contributed by: Marilyn Burgess of the Leeds Historical Society

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