tS 71 D78 .901 'Opy 1 Tb Drinkwater \ Family. '' <, ^^"■ \ . \, V^ -,-. The Drinkwater f • • Family. o\ E. E. PILLSBURY PRINTING CO, Belfast, Maine. «• • V * c • •• 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 5 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 Eli/aheth) Bradford. Thomas. Phineas, m. Sweetser. Samuel, ni. (Barbour. I / David, m. lilichel $;o(ver.; 7 Daniel, m. Kehecca Fisher. William. 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 6 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 "Grandmother Bradford." 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, 1851. Lemuel, m. Rebecca Veazie, d. December 27, 1849. Josiah, b. November 17, 1770, m. Julia , Eunice Wyman, Rachael Parker, d. July 3, 1858. .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 8 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 9 and others of Portland. The Diinkwaterg here mentioned were probably brotliers of Micajali. 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 10 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 11 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- 12 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. n C\U}\0}\^. 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- lowing officers: 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. 14 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. 15 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- ing : 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 1812. 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.