This info comes from the old book The History of Brunswick, Tophsham and Harpswell by Wheeler & Wheeler dated 1878.
I thought it might be helpful to some of you researching your Maine Rideout families:
from page 880
under the heading of Apendix I I I,
List of Rev. Soldiers
Brunswick, (Maine) men
Capt. James Curtis' Company:
Date of Enlistment: July 9, 1775
Name: Benjamin Rideout
Time of Service: 6 months 7 days
Capt. William Lithgow's Comp:
Enlistment: March 15, 1776
Name: Benjamin Rideout
Time of Service: 6 months 2 days
Capt. Coomb's Comp.
Col. Mitchell's Regiment:
age 20 yrs.
Stature: 5 feet 7 inches tall
Stephen Rideout (same exact info except age is 18 yrs.)
Page 892: Topsham Men
Capt. Patten's Comp at Bath in Col. Merrills Reg.
Jacob Rideout - Private
Under the heading of
The First Baptist Church and Society or Second And Third Parishes:
It is talking about the the First Baptist Church in Topsham, ME and goes on to say that "The General Court of MA by an act passed in June 1794 incorporated (and it lists several men)...one of them is Thomas Rideout, that were inducted into a "society by the name of the Baptist Religious Society in Topsham." The first meeting of this society was held at the house of Actor Patten on Feb. 9, 1795.
Under the heading of Baptist Societies:
It says, "on June 20, 1794, (and it lists many men, one being) John Ridout (spelled that way), were incorporated by the name of The Baptist Religious Society in Brunswick, Harpswell and Bath. Previous to this time the society had no legal existence.
PAGE 123, 124 & 125:
under the heading of Municipal History of Brunswick:
"At a meeting held April 27, 1775 (several men mentioned),...were chosen a Committee of Correspondence and also a Committee of Supplies to provide ammunition and whatever else was thought necessary for the safety of the town.
"At a subsequent meeting, Rev. John Miller, Benjamin RIDEOUT, and several others mentioned, were added to the Committee of Inspection, as the Committee of Safety was also designated."
At the annual meeting of the town in March 1778, it was voted to allow Mr. Josiah Simpson eight pounds and four shillings for his service in carrying the baggage of twenty two men from Brunswick to Boston the previous year. It was also voted to supply the wives of those men that went for this town into the Continental Army by way of subscription, they to be allowed the market price for said articles that they shall find for said use. Lt. Thomas Berryt, Nicolas RIDEOUT, etc. etc.were elected as Committee of Correspondence etc."
These are all the Rideout's mentioned in this old book, perhaps it will shed some new light for you or give you other places to look for answers.
Hope it's helpful.
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