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Nathaniel Bodwell

Responses from students in Mr. Koscuiszka's class can be viewed below:

Brent Pelkey
"Research your topic and summarize the ‘who, what, when, and where’ in the form of a few paragraphs"

Nathaniel Bodwell was a drummer boy in the army. He was born in 1800, and died in 1874, in Lincoln, Maine. He named his son Nathaniel Bodwell, Jr. Nathaniel Bodwell had 8 children: Lovina, born Sep. 28, 1824; Nancy Jane, born Jan. 15,1826; Nathaniel Jr., born Mar. 21, 1829; Andrew Jackson, born Oct. 10, 1833; Bailey, born Mar. 14, 1835; and Martin Van Buren, born Mar. 15, 1858.

Nathaniel Bodwell was a drummer boy in the army at the age of 12 years old in the War of 1812. The drum was in the family until it was stolen. Bodwell came to Lincoln by way of Sebec with his wife, Polly. Polly was probably born in Exeter. They married on April 1, 1824. Nathaniel Bodwell came to Lincoln as early as 1830 to run a carding mill. He ran the mill until 1855. A carding mill is where the clothing is made, and Bodwell’s mill was the first carding mill in Lincoln.

Cash Recanzone
"Create a statement and prove or disprove it with evidence from your research"

Statement: Nathaniel Bodwell was a great man and had a great life.

For example he was a drummer boy, at the age of twelve. Playing a instrument is a very big deal and very respectful. The drum that he used in the war was passed down throughout his family until stolen.

He was born in the early 1800s, either in New Hampshire or Norway, Maine. He was married April 1, 1824. He and his wife, Polly, raised eight children. He was a great man because he went through war playing the drums and then taking care of his wife and eight children. He came to Lincoln in the 1830 to run the first carding mill. Carding mills have to brush or card the wool before it can be spun into yarn for knitting or weaving into cloth. That must have helped the local community by providing a easy way for people to spin their wool. Nathaniel Bodwell died in 1874.

Emily Gray
"Describe your feelings, or the feelings of someone living at that time when a certain event happened"

Nathaniel Bodwell was a drummer boy, at the age of 12, in the War of 1812. The actual drum that Nathaniel Bodwell used was in the family for years until it was stolen.

I can't imagine sending my very own son to go off to war. To me, anything that has to do with war is unreasonable and doesn't need to happen. I would be so scared knowing that he was only there to beat on his little drum, the only thing he knew to do in a war and was not able to be protected with his own weapon. Picturing that day when you know that your little boy was going to become a man and see things that you hoped he would never have to see, just doesn't seem real.

There would be no sleep, no relaxing until he would come home. Nothing anyone could do would make me stop thinking about what could possibly happen to him. No war is safe, what makes this one different? Why should I just stop thinking about it now? I won't, not until I see his face again.

Sylvia Crocker
"Come up with a simile or metaphor for your topic and explain in detail how the two things are alike"

Nathaniel Bodwell was like a fruitful tree. He had eight children and was only married once on April 1, 1824, to Polly. The children’s names were: Lovina, who was born September 28, 1824; Nancy Jane, who was born January 15, 1826; Nathaniel Jr., who was born March 21, 1829; Andrew Jackson, who was born October 10,1833; Bailey, who was born March 14, 1835; Martin Van Buren, who was born November 24, 1840; Mary A., who was born January 28, 1842; and Mary Rosalinda, who was born March 15, 1858. These children are his fruit; like a tree having apples, the apples are the tree’s babies.

Works Cited

Fellows, Dana. History of the Town of Lincoln. Lewiston ME: The Dingley Press, Inc., 279-435. Print.

Goodwin, Kathryn. Personal Glimpses Of The Early Settlers Of Lincoln, Maine. Lincoln, Maine: 1970. 40. Print.