Mitton of Maine
Michael Mitton [a], Gent., b abt 1605, England, d Saco, Maine, d bef 1662/63 He md Elizabeth Cleeve abt 1637, Maine, daughter of George Cleeve and Joan/Joanna Price.
Children of Michael Mitton and Elizabeth Cleeve were:
  • Dorcas Mitton b abt 1638.
  • Anne Mitton; md Anthony Brackett.
  • Nathaniel Mitton d Aug 1676, Casco Bay, Maine.
  • Elizabeth Mitton; md Thaddeus Clarke.
  • Mary Mitton d abt 1676; md Thomas Brackett.
  • Martha Mitton; md John Graves
Dorcas Mitton b abt 1638, of Saco, Maine, d bef Aug 1696. She md James Andrews abt 1654, son of Samuel Andrews and Jane.

a. Referred to as Michael Mitton, Gent. in Maine records, he arrived in Maine in 1637, accompanying his future father-in-law, George Cleeve on one of the latter's several trips to and from England, and shortly thereafter married his daughter, Elizabeth Cleeve. He was said to be an "excellent fowler and a teller of tall tales", often providing geese, wild ducks, etc. for the Trelawney colony. A clue as to his origins may come from his father-in-law's association with Maine immigrant Thomas Lewis. Both appear, taxed together as vintners in the 1616/17 Shrewsbury tax roll, and were probably, at least initially, friends in Maine. Thomas Lewis' wife, Elizabeth Marshall was the daughter of Roger Marshall and Katherine Mitton, she of the Mittons and Harpesfields of Weston, Shropshire, England. So, it is compelling to consider that Michael Mitton was likely a member of Katherine Mitton's extended family.
GL: Maine and New Hampshire Settlers, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, pp 59,61,485, ibid, Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623-1660, p 140.
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