TASKER William[1, 2, 3]

Male 1656 - Bef 1697  (~ 41 years)


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  • Name TASKER William 
    Born CA 1656  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    • (based on deposition signed 7 June 1696, aged about 40.)
    Gender Male 
    _UID 24EB47E58CA448AC8F49EC6EF7E5A5CADCC4 
    Died Bef 5 Nov 1697  [1, 5
    Notes 
    • Settled in Madbury, NH, then part of Dover, in 1675. He was a taxpayer in Cocheco (Dover).

      William Tasker made a deposition, 7 June 1696, aged about 40. He was rated in Dover in 1765. He signed the petition to Oyster River made a township in 1695. He lived at the foot of Moharimet’s hill, within the present bound of Madbury, on the farm now owned by Maj. John DeMeritt. He married Mary, daughter of the first Charles Adams, who gave to her this land in Madbury, which he had as a grant from Dover. Widow Mary Tasker’s estate was administered by Henry Nock, appointed 2 Feb. 1699/1700, “who married with Sarah Adams sister to Mary Tasker.” The following curious paper appears among probate records:
      “to Sertife Avoir Ressev de Mr. hennery Not trante chelein pour Tretememt de M Talquet fait a pisquatog le 16 Oct 1700,” which may be translated thus, “To certify to having received of Mr. Henry Nock thirty shilling for the treatment of Miss Tasker. Done at Pascataqua the 16th of October 1700.” Signed Leblanc. In old records the name is often written Tascet and Tasket. [Marcia Dolley]

      Piscataqua Pioneers: He came to Dover before 1675, as in that year he was taxed here. He married Mary Adams, daughter of Charles Adams, who gave land to his daughter Mary, at the foot of Moharimet's Hill on which William Tasker built a house, near where Major John DeMerritt now (1918) lives. That was the Tasker farm for three generations. At the time of the Adams massacre in 1694, three Indians were sent to attack the house of William Tasker at the foot of Moharimet's Hill early in the morning. An Indian looked into a small window and inquired if it was not time for them to get up. Mr. Tasker replied with a shot from his gun which mortally wounded the Indian, who with bitter screeches was carried off by the other two. The family immediately fled through the woods to the Woodman garrison, where they found better protection. A large crowd had gathered there before them. Mr. Tasker soon after converted his house into a strong garrison. It was taken down about 1820 when the Taskers sold the farm to Ebenezer T. DeMerritt, ancestor of Major John DeMerritt. The ancient Tasker burial ground is on a hill in the rear of Major DeMerritt's house; some of the gravestones bear inscriptions.
    Person ID I431  Tasker Database
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2011 

    Family ADAMS Mary,   b. Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1699 
    Married CA 1680  Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Children 
     1. TASKER Samuel,   d. 1 Jun 1704, Oyster River=>Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. TASKER Mary,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Capt. TASKER John,   b. CA 1680, Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1755  (Age ~ 76 years)
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F99  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S164] Book-Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and, p.1199.

    2. [S199] Correspondence-Email-DOLLEY Marcia, Taskers of Bartlett, NH; 19 April 2010; Paul M. Noyes via Deborah (Tasker) Sena.

    3. [S239] Book-Piscataqua Pioneers 1623-1775, p.175.

    4. [S7] Book-History of Durham, NH, p.353.

    5. [S7] Book-History of Durham, NH, p.354.

    6. [S30] Book-Torrey; NE Marriages Prior to 1700, p.728.