|Birth: ||Aug., 1736|
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 1799|
He is the ancestor of all Ammidown's buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, except for one single line of Caleb's brother Joseph. Joseph mirgated to New York, but one of his sons named Cyrus stayed behind. Cyrus and a few of his descendants are also buried here.
Caleb was born in Oxford, Mass. the son of Philip and Submit (Bullard) Ammidown. He married Hannah Sabin April 14, 1758 in Dudley, Mass.
From "The Amidon Family" by Frank E. Best:
"At the Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775, he enlisted as Sergeant in the company commanded by Capt. Samuel Curtis. In December, 1776, and January, 1777, he served with the same rank in Capt. Abijah Lamb's company, and again under the same captain as Quartermaster Sergeant in July and August, 1780.
Hon. George Davis in "A Historical Sketch of Sturbridge and Southbridge says 'The writer in the former part of his life recollects very well hearing the elderly men speak of Mr. Ammidown as a man of notoriety and influence, and whose opinion was highly appreciated. More than once we have heard the following anecdote related of him: 'At some period in the earlier part of his life, he was the orderly sergeant of a militia company. It was thought expedient to memorialize the existing government, in some matter deemed important. To whom shall we apply to make the draft of the instrument to be sent was a matter of consultation among the officers of the militia. The captain of the company to which Mr. Ammidown belonged, proposed his orderly sergeant. Some surprise was manifested. It was concluded that Sergeant Ammidown should make the attempt. The object of the proposed memorial was stated to him. Mr. Ammidown, having procured pen, ink and paper, and making his lap, covered with his leather apron, his writing desk, went to work, and soon produced a document which exactly met their views.' This instance is related to show his early aptness as a ready writer. We are informed by our venerable friend, Dea. John Phillips, of Sturbridge, who was well acquainted with Mr. Ammidown, that he was a man of extraordinary abilities. In important questions his judgment was highly valued. He speaks of him as a legislator, having few superiors in correct and comprehensive views. As a ready writer his pen was freely and profitably used in the legislature. Although not a very ready debater, he would frequently baffle those who were more learned, and more gifted in speaking. He was fond of collisions of this sort, as an occasion of pleasantry. A rude attack would receive such a retort as could not be comfortably enjoyed.'
The Hon. E. D. Ammidown has furnished us some additional particulars respecting his grandfather, Caleb Ammidown. As he was extensively known, and influential, although moving in the common walks of life, his business talents, as well as other traits of character, are worthy of remembrance. During the revolutionary struggle he was actively engaged in discharging various important trusts. After the close of the war, he represented the town of Charlton several years. This was one of the trying periods in our history. The state of affairs was such as required the strongest and most discreet men. Mr. Ammidown was one of the men who took an active part in bringing order out of confusion, and adjusting the discordant elements.
He was appointed to survey the confiscated lands, including a large part of Charlton and that section of country. Among his papers were to be seen numerous plans and maps of lands surveyed and lotted out by him.
He was a member of the Court of Sessions, a Court whose jurisdiction embraced many important matters within the limits of Worcester County. The duties of exciseman required an annual inventory of the groceries sold in the county, and the imposition and collection of a specific tax on the same. This was a very laborious office, including, as it did, the whole county of Worcester. It is evident that Mr. Ammidown was a working as well as a calculating man. In summing up the traits of his character, the most prominent were: Firmness, resolution, integrity, perseverance and keen foresight. It was not easy to impose upon him any ingenious pretexts or specious pretensions.
Mr. Ammidown was plain in his dress, in his manners and in conversation, but not vulgar or profane. When such men as Mr. Ammidown are entrusted with public concerns, there is little danger but they will be managed with discretion.'
Hannah Sabin Davis (1741 - 1820)*
John Ammidown (1759 - 1814)*
Luther Ammidown (1761 - 1835)*
Calvin Ammidown (1768 - 1825)*
Oak Ridge Cemetery
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