James Edward Mackin, Sr.

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James Edward Mackin, Sr.

Birthplace: New York, United States
Death: May 17, 1939 (80)
Watertown, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Watertown, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of J Mackin
Husband of Sarah Elizabeth Mackin
Father of Jesse May Adams; Allison Mackin; Hyatt F. Mackin; Elsie F. Mackin; EmmyLou Deuel and 3 others

Managed by: Dan Brockman
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About James Edward Mackin, Sr.

The sons changed the spelling on their last name, one using Mackin and the other using Macken.

In the 1892 New York Census for Dutchess County, Amenia, Enumeration District 01. Married, he was a farmer. Children John age 9, Alice, age 7, James S. Junior, age 5, Jessie, age 3 and Brigett, age 1. Wife Sarah age 27. James was age 38.

James was married to Sarah Bloss. James’ estimated dates are 1857 New York-1939 Watertown. Sarah’s estimated dates are 1866 New York-1932 Oakville. Evidently they were in the Amenia and Millerton NY area in 1883 where John B Macken was reportedly born. They were in Watertown, Connecticut in April 1910 for the Census. They stated that they had been married for 27 years in 1910, making their marriage in 1883. That was the same year their son John B Macken was born. At her marriage Sarah Bloss was 17 and James was 25 years old. At the time of the 1910 census they had several children who are discussed below. The youngest was James R. Mackin, age 2; who was the only one born in Connecticut thus establishing their arrival in Connecticut in or before 1908 and after 1897 when Emma was born in New York State. James and Sarah were alive at the time of the May 18, 1930 Census.

A town newspaper reporter note in the Fulton New York History records with a copy of the Pine Plains Register of October 30, 1896 noted that the Mr. and Mrs. James Mackin of Amenia drove through North West Center last week.

Their death dates are under investigation. During a trip to Watertown’s Evergreen Cemetery, Lower side, in May 2008, a tombstone was discovered for James E. Mackin, Sr. with a birth date of July 4, 1858 and a death date of May 17, 1939. This stone is at the bottom of the hill where Rhoda was buried next to her husbands’ Mike Cozy and Bill Becker.

During the period when Rhoda was going to grade school James and Sarah lived next to the Salt Box on Main Street and Strait’s Turnpike in Watertown. Rhoda’s father and mother insisted that Rhoda be fed a balanced meal so she went to her Grandparent’s home each school day on the trolley for lunch when she was in the 6th or 7th grades. The trolley went down Main Street to the switch in front of the Salt Box. This was about 1927.

James was very distinguished looking with a large white mustache. Sarah was a large woman with beautiful white hair. James helped in the care of their many children. . They included John, Hyatt, Allison, Elsie, Emma, William and James who were born in a family with widespread age differences and extreme longevity.

In Sarah Bloss Mackin’s old age when she was very feeble she lived at the Glen in Oakville. Rhoda washed all the dishes and helped out there when she was a teenager. This would have been in the 1932-35 time period.

James Mackin kept Ayrshire cattle. They are a good milk producing species and take little care as contrasted to some breeds. Once they were being unloaded at the switch and there was an accident with some men hurt. He also owned chickens and had a chicken house as well as a garden wherever he lived. He and his wife lived at many locations in and near Watertown. For a time they lived in a 3 family home near where M.J. Cozy’s business was on Watertown Avenue next to Murdoch’s Cleaners. Later, Mike and Rhoda bought this property. Another time they lived in a big yellow farmhouse next to the Catholic Church near Watertown Avenue and Bunker Hill Avenue. In the 1910 Census he is listed as night watchman at a wood working shop. In the 1930 Census he is listed as a farmer with a poultry farm. His two sons James and William and his wife Sarah lived with him in 1930.

Their son John Bird Macken was born in Amenia, 10 miles south of Millerton, New York, in Duchess County, on the Connecticut border, on July 9, 1883. John married Mary Lois Smith. She was born in Watertown, CT on Oct 24, 1883. She died on July 27, 1973 in Middlebury, CT. John was the father of Rhoda Claire and Lois Hallock Macken. In 1912 he was the owner of a butcher shop at 1556 Thomaston Avenue in Waterville, Connecticut. The next year his daughter Lois was born when they lived in Waterville, and in 1916 Rhoda was born when they lived at 146 Bunker Hill Rd. In January 1920 as recorded in the 1920 Census they lived on Bunker Hill Rd. and he worked as a Dairy Farmer. The original farmhouse still stands in 2008. The barns burned in the 1930’s and were replaced. They had a hired hand named William, age 47, who was from Vermont.

In 1930 the family still lived at 146 Bunker Hill Rd. in a house that he owned worth $17,500. In 1940 they moved uphill to another house. John died in 1956 of multiple strokes. He was 73 years old. One of the family’s houses on Bunker Hill Rd. was destroyed in a tornado in the spring of 1962 on the day Scott Carpenter was sent into space. Mary Lois Macken would have been in the house but had gone over to Rhoda’s house to see the launch on TV.

Once James B. Macken noticed some goods missing from his butcher store and decided that someone was stealing stuff at night. He went to the store and stayed all night in the attic attempting to catch whoever was stealing. Sometime during the night the local policeman on the beat came into the store and took some meat from the cooler. No charges were pressed. Another time John was robbed while on his meat route on the back road from Waterville. Evidently someone knew his schedule and during a snowstorm when everyone was home the robber jumped on the front of the car and held a gun to James head and asked him to turn over the money. John knew who the man was but the local priest heard about the robbery and asked John to forgo pressing charges against the man. John B. Macken worked at Waterbury Tool Works during WWII.

At one time he owned a Stutz Bearcat automobile but forgot to add antifreeze and the block froze in the winter.

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James Edward Mackin, Sr.'s Timeline

July 4, 1858
New York, United States
July 9, 1883
Age 25
Millerton, Dutchess, New York, United States
November 20, 1888
Age 30
New York, United States
Age 29
New York, United States
April 26, 1890
Age 31
Amenia, Dutchess County, New York, United States
Age 34
New York, United States
July 8, 1896
Age 38
Amenia, Dutchess County, New York, United States
October 10, 1900
Age 42
New York, United States
February 9, 1908
Age 49
Connecticut, United States
May 17, 1939
Age 80
Watertown, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States