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Yl^e Drinkwatei' Fhn,ilY
The family of Drinkwater can trace its
history into the distant past botli in this
country and in Enaland. The present t,'en-
eration can trace its ancestry through two
separate lines, to the passen<rers of the
Mayflower, and before that time the Drink-
water or Derwentwater name was prominent
in England. James IJadcliff is referred to
as the last Earl of Derwentwater, showing
that the family was an old one in his day.
He was born in 1688, in Northumberland,
was educated in France, and on the death
of his father in 1705 he succeeded to the
title and the estates. In 1715 he, with the
Earl of Marr, whose estates were just over
the border in Scotland, headed the rebellion
for the purpose of placing James Edward,
generally known as '"the Pretender'' on the
throne of England. The attemi)t proved a
failure, and Kadcliff was taken prisoner in
battle, condemned on charge of high
treason and beheaded on Tower Plill Feb.
24, 1716, when but 28 years of age. He was
a brave and skillful warrior, a courteous
and amiable gentleman, and his fate was
mourned by the people as a public calamity.
That the family is of even older date
than the time of Radcliff is shown by the
coat of arms granted to Hugh Drink-
water (or Der went water) of Aberdeen,
Scotland, in 1615. Copies of this coat of
arms, finely executed in oil, on parchment,
are in possession of descendants of Joseph
Drinkwater, who died in North Yarmouth,
Me., in 1784.
The Drinkwater family in this section
of Maine can trace its origin to a common
ancestor, Micajah Drinkwater, who came
from North Yarmouth and settled in North-
port on the farm now owned by his grand-
son, Mathew Drinkwater. Micajah's grand-
father, Thomas Drinkwater, was born in
England and came to America when a
young man, settling in Tatmton, Mass. He
married Elizabeth Haskell, a daughter of
John and Patience (Soule) Haskell. Pa-
tience Soule was a daughter of George
Soule who came over in the Mayflower in
1020. Tlu>m;is i)iu.k\\utii cm d in 1710.
His son .luM'jih'niarriid .laiu' Lntliani (or
L<'i^'liton) and was one of tin- farl> hottUrs
of Xorth Yarnioutli.
From 107-') t«» 17l:i all tlu- coast ht-ttle-
ments of Maine sufTt'ii<l from tlu- Indian
wars, and X(»rth Yarmouth %va.>- aMandoncd.
It was ri'Sfttli'd in 1721-2, and .Joseph and
Jane Drinkwater were amou^' th<»8e w1k»
had the courage to setth- there. They
raised a family of nine sons and two
daughters, as fiijlows:
John, nu SiTsail' Staples.
Michael (Micajah) h. l*:. I", t.v (or
Phineas, m. Sweetser.
Samuel, ni. (Barbour. I /
David, m. lilichel $;o(ver.; 7
Daniel, m. Kehecca Fisher.
Sarah, m. Sylvanus Voun^j.
Hannah, m. Caj-t Veter Weare.
Micajah Drinkwater, Kt»n t»f Joseph
and Janet Latham Drinkwater. was b«<rn
January 2'», 17-V.», in the (iarrison lioiise on
the eastern end of Couseus' Island in Cas-
co Bay, then a part of North Yarmouth.
He married Elizabeth (or Betsy) Bradford,
a descendant of William Bradford, the
second Colonial Governor of Massachusetts,
and a fellow passenger on the Mayflower
with Micajah's ancestor, George Soule.
Elizabeth Bradford was a daughter of Wil-
liam Bradford, who was probably a son of
Lieutenant Governor William Bradford,
and a grandson of Governor William Brad-
ford. She was a lady of rare qualities of
both mind and heart, and was familiarly
known among the younger generations as
Micajah Drinkwater died about 1825
or '30, and his wife about the same time.
Their family was as follows:
Ammi, m. Hannah McKenny.
James, b. 1783, m. Miriam Stetson.
Micajah Jr., m. Amy Wymau, d. April 30,
Lemuel, m. Rebecca Veazie, d. December
Josiah, b. November 17, 1770, m. Julia ,
Eunice Wyman, Rachael Parker, d. July
.It'hii. (lii'il uninarriid.
Zenas, It. Novcinhrr U. lTt'»>. m. Cynthia A.
rendletun, d .lamiary 2S. ls.'):j.
Nancy, m. Solonmn Krohock.
William, ni. Liuy Williams.
Betsy, ni. .lolin Kin^ht.
, ni. .Itilin Clark.
, ni. Chase.
Tlu' towns of Noithjiort an<l Lintoln-
ville were formerly knt>wn as the I'laiita-
tions tif Diu'ktrajt and Canaan, and wtrt*
settled alunit 17S0. Mieajah Drinkwali-r.
his st)ns and sons-in-law settle<l on the
farms ah»n<j the shore hetween Saturday
Cove and Lincolnville Beaeh. Norlhport
was incorojtrated June 18. \1W, an<l Lin-
Cidnville in 1S02. Prior to 1T'.»S all thin sec-
tion was in Lincidn Ci»unty : in that year
Hancock County was fornuMl, ami in 1827.
Waldo County was set olT. Thus the
Drinkwater homestead has hem in three
counties; was first in a itroj»riftory jdan-
tation. and is now in (»ne of tlu- ohU-ht
towns in the State. Whrn Dticktrap was
first settled it was a i>art of thi- Wahh» Tal-
ent, and was »»wned hy General Samuel
Waldo. In 17i»2 it l>erame the i»r»»i>erty of
General Heury Knox, and in 1802 of Thorn-
dike, Sears and Prescott. From these
various owners Micajah and his earlier de-
scendants bought their farms.
In the year 1800 the Governments of
the United States and France made a
treaty, one clause of which was that France
should pay to the United States the value
of all property of the United States or its
citizens which had been destroyed or taken
by French privatiers prior to that date.
The claims were all paid into the United
States Treasury soon after, but it was not
until 80 years later that our government
paid the amounts due to our own citizens.
These were known as the French Spoliation
claims. One of these claims, presented in
1819 by Jane Gardiner, administratrix, was
on account of the brig Ca Ira, taken by a
French privatier in 1797. The vessel was
owned by Joseph Drinkwater, and com-
manded by Captain Allen Drinkwater,
both of North Yarmouth. The full amount
allowed was $6,344, of which $3,434 was to
Joseph Drinkwater; $2,210 to Elisha Gard-
iner, another owner, and the remainder in
lots of $100 or $200 to the underwriters
and others of Portland. The Diinkwaterg
here mentioned were probably brotliers of
It i« rehited of the nine sons of .Josepli
Drinkwater, the son of Thomas, that all
were masters of vessels, and all chanced Ut
arrive in Uostou the same day. The otH-
cer in command of the fort, learning that
so many vessels had ])assed in, all in com-
mand of men of the same name, feared
that some mischief was brewing aud went
up to the city to investigate the matter.
He was surprised to find that it was true,
and that the men were all brothers. He
invited them to supper with him, and the
event was long held in remembrance as
having been in "Good old P^nglish style."
West Drinkwater and Elizabeth Elwell
were married September 22, 1814, and the
next morning, after the bridegroom had
gone to his work, his young wife saw two
barges tilled with armed British soldiers
approaching the shore. She notitied tht-
first man she could li n d, Zachariali
Lawrence, and he went to the shore with
his musket and secreted himself. When
the boats ajtproached he began giving
orders as to a force of i^oldiers, and to
increase the deception dodged from tree to
tree and fired at the boats from different
points. The boats withdrew for re-inforce-
ments, and while they were gone West
Drinkwater, Alban Elweil, Solomon
Frohock and David Alden collected a force
and prepared to meet them. The party
soon returned with re-inforcements, and
by use of a swivel gun on one of the boats
drove the defenders back. The British
plundered the store of Jones Shaw and
several houses, taking, among other things,
the dresses and other finery worn by th^
ladies at the wedding the night before.
Capt. Amos Pendleton afterwards went to
Castine and recovered some of the property.
During the latter part of October, the
same year, a crew consisting of West
Drinkwater, Kingsbury Duncan, Jonathan
Clark, Samuel Duncan and John Duncan,
under command of Major Noah Miller,
went on a cruise in Penobscot bay for the
purpose of preventing supplies being car-
ried to Castine for the British. Nov. 1st,
they overhauled the British sloop Mary,
near Turtle Head, and after a chase and
some trouble with lior crew, succeedetl in
capturing her. She had on board a valu-
able cargo consisting priucii«ally of satins,
laces, shawls, clothing, bales of cloth, etc.
for the British officers and their taniilies at
Castine. The sloop and cargo were sold
in Portland, the net proceeds being
>;66,426.34. One-half was paid into the
treasury of the United States and the other
half was divided among the men who made
the capture. Major Miller and Collector
Hook of the custom house each claimed
and received $14,100.58, and the men re-
ceived but 61000 each. The injustice thus
done the crew was remedied in 18o0, by
Congress voting to give to Drinkwater,
Clark and the three Duncans the half for-
merly taken by the Government, and the
amount, $22,213.17, was e(iually divided
among them or their heirs.
Col. Drinkwater, the English historian,
published a '' History of the Siege of Gib-
raltar," and in 1785, established the "Gar-
rison library " with 45,000 volumes and an
excellent reading room at Gibraltar.
One of the most i)opular authors ol
books for girls, Mrs. Jennie Maria Drink-
water Conk 1 ill, died April 30, 1901. She
was born iu Portland in 1841, and was
married in 1880 to Rev. Nathaniel Conklin.
Among- her published works are "Tessa
Wadsworth's Discipline," "Miss Pru-
dence," " Fairfax Girls," and others.
Ill the latter part of Aui^ust, 1898, a
party met in a cottage at Xortlii)ort ( ainp-
groiiud, and one of the number remarked
tliat all present were of Drinkwater descent.
This led to arrangements for a reunion,
which was held on the Micajah Drinkwater
farm in Xorthport, September 2nd, the
same year. Notice was sent to such as
could be conveniently reached, and about
fifty i)eisons attended the meeting. A
clam bake was held and a very enjoyable
day was spent by all. It was then decided
to hold a reunion and form an association
the next year.
The second reunion was held at Tem-
l>le Heights, in Northport, August 25, 1809.
An Association was formed with the fol-
President, Ansel Wadsworth. Vice
Presideuts, Mathew Drinkwater, North-
port; Allen L. Drinkwater, Northport; Mrs.
Aurlia S. Pendleton, Waltham, Mass.;
Mrs. Fannie E. Sylvester, Belfast; Arm* VV.
Knight, Lincolnville ; Emery O. Pendleton.
Belfast; Mrs. Mary E. Ingalls, Belfast; Mrs.
Cordelia Drinkwater, Nortliport ; Mrs-
Orilla McGilvery Bean, Hallowell.
Secretary, John S. Fernald, Belfast.
Treasurer, Alban F. Elvvell, Northport.
The roll-book showed 94 persons
present and joining the Association.
The third reunion was held at Temple
Heights, August 7, 1900. The attendance
was larger than at the previous meeting,
but many were kept away by their duties
at home, it being in "Old Home Week."
Several members ^rere present from ^lass-
achusettsand otherStates. The otficers of
the previous 3'^ear were re-elected with the
exception of a few changes in the Vice
Presidents, which are as follows: Mathew
Drinkwater, Northport; Allen L. Drink-
water, Northport ; Mrs. Aurelia S. Pendleton
VTaltham, Mass. : Mrs*. Fannie E. Sylvester,
Belfast; Arno W. Knight, Lincolnville ;
Emery O. Pendleton, Belfast ; Thomas O.
D. Urquhart, Manchester, Mass.; Mrs.
Cordelia Drinkwater, Northport; Mrs.
Chas. T. Knight, Northport; Capt. John
W. McGlivery, Searsport.
TO AM- DKINKWATKi: DKSCKN I> V VT> :
At the second reunion ut tlu- Drink-
water family, in 1S«M), I l)i'ij::ui Td .-■•lliM-t
data for a family history, thinking I iniLrht
have it in form to i)ul>lish in ten years or
less. I now have records, mon- or h-ss
complete of 2 05 families, indudinn oJmI
persons descendant of Mioajali Drinkwater,
but still lack a large amount of data.
This little ])amphlet is put fo\th in tlu-
hope o f awakening a renewi-d intrrest
among the descendants, by showing brietly
a few of the interesting points in relation
to our ancestry.
I would ask each one who is the head
of a family to furnish me with the follow-
Names of grandparents on Drink water
side; names of i>arents; nanu- of huslian«l
or wife ; names of children.
With date of birth ; to whom each wixn
married; date of death of each m«'mber;
so far as known.
Also the names of all who served in the
army or navy in any of the wars «»f the
United States, especially the Kevolutioii or
This will cost you but 2 cents in pi»>tauc
and a little troulde. a n d will materiall\
hasten the ])ublication of the lii.^tory.
.TOHX S KKKN'.VLl).
Aug. ;n, litOl. Belfa.-t. Maine.