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July, 1885, — June, 1886. 





Adams, Letter from Abigail, wife of John Adams, 215 

Addison, 1'leasant River, 173 

Bangor, Early Settlers and their Lots, 119 

Bangor, First Settlement, 2 

Bangor, relating to, 62 

Bangor, Municipal History, 4 

Bangor, Early Inhabitants, 48 

Bangor House, 16 

Bangor Postmasters, 1801 to 1871, 62 

Bangor Marriages, 198 

Bangor Publishments, 198 

Bath, Ancient Deeds, 84 

Bean Family, Maine Branch, 150 

Billings Family of Deer Isle, &c, 13 

Bingham's Penobscot Purchase, , 33 

Boston Journal, Letter to, 45 

Boyd, Deacon James, of Bangor, 113 

Brewer, Col. John, of Brewer, 131-134 

British in the War of 1812, 64 

Brooks Family of Orrington, 154 

Buck, Col. Jonathan, of Bucksport, 133 

Bucksport History, 65,85, 103 

Blue Hill Families, 93 

Blue Hill Sketches, 148 

Carr Family, Maine, 9 

Castine and Penobscot Names, 57 

C as tine, Patriotism of Bugaduce, 1775, 175 

Castine, Inscriptions in Cemetery, 47 

Campbell , Alexander, of Cherryfield, 52, 79 

Campbell, James, of Harrington, 53 

Cobb, General David , of Gouldsboro, 43 

Cobb, General David, Letter to John Peters 216 

Crawford, Dr. William, of Fort Pownal 144 

Columbia Fall.- , 136 

Congregational Church on Penobscot River, 139 

Copeland Family, of Holden 137 

Crosby Family, bf Hampden and Bangor, 81 

Damn riseotta," A neieut Deeds, 64 

Deer Island Papers, 196 

Deer Island, Incorporation of, 196 

De Lesdernfrr, Lewis of Passamaquoddy, 177 

Delano, Jethro, of Bangor, 1 178 

Early Settlements on Penobscot River— Orono, Milford, Argyle and Bradley, 206 

Eastport, Early Settlers 115 

Eastport Post Office, 63 

Eastport Land Grants. 173 

Eastport Cemetery, Nickels Monument, .- 118 

East Maine Conference Seminary, 1 

Eastern Lutids Surveyor. 198 

Eden, Incorporation of, 191 

Edmuuds, Sketch of. 49 

El well, William, of Islesboro, 61 

First Register of Probate, Hancock County, 102 

Foster, Col. Benjamin, of Machias, 166 

Goldsborough, Incorporation of, 216 

Grand Manan, 178 

Hammond Family, of Bangor, 211 

Holyoke Family, of Brewer, 27 

Islands in Blue Hill Bay, 217 

Islands in Eastern Penobscot Bay,»*wU 213 

Islands in Frenchman's Bay, PJQfed byYjUU^lL. 2 17 

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Islesborough, History of, 167 

Land Grants East of Penobscot River, 88 

Leonard, Oliver, of Orrington, 41 

Lincoln, Town of, 89 

LubecLand Grants, 178 

Maine Central Bail road System, 192 

Marriages by Col. Jona. Eddy, of Eddington, 66 

Marriages by Col. Gabriel Johonnot, of Castine, 108 

Methodist Church History, Penobscot River 22 

Miscellany, 16 

Mount Desert, 179 

Muscongus, Ancient Deeds, 84 

New Worcester Plantation, 14 

Nelson, Hon. Job, of C as tine, 101 

Orland, First Settlement, 64 

Orrington, Early History, 17 

Orrington, Incorporation of, 188 

Orrington, Publishments before Incorporation, 82 

Orrington, Publishments in, 176 

Orrington, Marriages in, 108,186 

Parker, John, of Arrowsic, 68, 126 

Peabody, Stephen and Family, of Bucksport, 214 

Pendleton Family, of Maine, 92 

Penobscot Loyalists, New Brunswick, 97 

Penobscot River Land Grants, 29 

Peters Family, Maine Branch, 199 

Phillips. John, of Arrowsic, 63 

Porter Family , 59 

Post Offices, Eastern Maine, 12 

Reed,Quincy, of Weymouth, Mass., 158 

Representatives to General Court of Massachusetts from Penobscot County, 164 

Revere, Paul, Deposition of, 47 

Shackford, Capt. John, of Eastport, 118 

Sullivan, First Settlers and Lots 146 

Sullivan, Incorporation of, 217 

Sheepscot, Ancient Deeds at, 64,84 

Talbot Family, of East Machias, 78 

Tremont, Incorporation of, 191 

Weston Family, Query 84 

Wholesale Boot and Shoe Business in the United States, 21 

Williamson, The Hon. William D., of Bangor, 124 

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Abbot, 81, 94, 147, 153, an 

Adams, 8, 9, 48, 58, 83, 87, 109, 

158, i77» »82, 3I 4» ai S- 
Allan, 49.174 

Alley, 83, 85, 200 

Allen, 3, s, 8, 36, 37. 4». 83, 84, 

94, 121, 123, 163, 173, 199. *>8 
Ames, 71,86,109,168 

Anson, 213 

Anthony, 16 

Antoine, 51 

Ash, 147 

Appleton, 10, 26 

Archibald, 58 

Arey, 71, 108 

Arnold, 96 

Atwood, 15, 23, 24, 25, 26, 32, 86, 

io£, 108, no, in, 112, 136, 154, 

Atwell, 23, 176 

Atherton, 48 

Attean, 90 

Austin, 205 

Ayer, 23,25,49,51,52,56 

Ayers, 208, 209, 210 









Bean, 29, 40, 147, 150, 159, 217 
Bearse, 25 

Bakeman, 102, 151 

Baker, 15, 23, 24, 32, 63, no, in, 
112, 129, 142, 143, 174, 176, 177, 














8, 165 

39. 47. SI 


58, J 

Bartlett, 24, 31, 57, 61, 112, 154, 

l 5S* 
Bailey, 3, 8, 57, 74, 133, 137, 208 













Bernard , 


Berry, 163 

Bickford, 147 

Bigelow, 175 

Billings, 13, 14, 58, 81,84, 117, 

136, 201,202, 213,217. 


"3. 174, i7S 



ii7, :s 

136, 'OS 

IO6, I89 

31, 115, l82, 183, I84, 










26, in, 170 
93. 133 

39. 44. 5 

Blake, 20, 42, 44, 59, 82, 109, 121 

138. 158. 165, 187, 190. 
Blasdell, 26, 141, 147 

Blood, 106, 108 

Boardman, 169 

Bolton, 24 

Bond, 83 

Boothby, 194 

Bowden, <8, 11 2, 189 

Boyd, 3, 8, 19, 39, 56,83, 113, 114, 

no, iai, 122, 123, 141, 142, 108 
Boylston, 187 

Brackett, 19, 91, 167 

Bradbury, 78, 81, 90, 217 

Bradley, 3, 4, 5, 41, 62, 89, 112, 

176, 205. 
Bragdon, 217, 147 

Brattle, 116, 211 

Brasier, in, no 

Bray, 23, 58, 59, 196 

Brastow, 28, 59, no 

Brewer, 14, 15. 17, 18, 19, 20, 32, 

58, 82, 109, in, 112, 131, 134, 

140, 142, 144, 158, 176, 177. 
Brown, 24, 51, 57, 62, 70, 79, 82, 

83, 86, 02, 94, 100, no, in, 112, 

175, 176, 202, 312, 213. 
Brewster, 104 
Breck, 118 
Bretton, 133, 177 
Breed, 108 
Briggs, 40, 91, 158 
Bridge, 17, 177 
Bridges, 51, 52 
Brooks, 15, 22, 57, 61, 64, no, 

in, 113, 136, 154, 155. 
Bruce, 83, 174 

Buck, 14, 17, 12, 46,65, 69, 70, 71 

72, 85, 86, 88, 103, 107, 133, 134, 

202, 214. 

Bucknam, 136, 137, 173 

Budge, 3,4, 5, 7, 8, 15, 62, 121, 

121, 210, 217. 
Bugbee, no, 176 

Burgess, 3, 40, 62, 119, 120, 198. 
Burr, 28,110,174,175 

Burrill, . 28, 83, 78, 136 

Burton, 57 

Burbat, 51 

Burnham, 94 

Burley, 122 

Burt, 61 

Busfleld, 16 

Burns, 24, 169 

Bussell, 2, 32, 40,57, 62, 121, 122, 

176, 208, 210, 212, 217. 
Butler, 189 
Butterfield, 161, 163 
Butman, 93, 205 

Caldwell, 76, 90 

Calef, 17, 57, 58, 98, 109, 122, 144 

Campbell, 3, 4, 5, 8, ic, 39, 41, 53, 

53. 56, 63, 79, 80, 81 , 109, no, 

112, 114, 119, 122, 135, 136, 150, 

167, 196, 212, 217. 

Candage or Cavendish, 94, 150 

Cane, 195 

Capen, 74, 117 

Cargill, 84 

Card, 147 

Carlton, 37, 59, 94, 96, 150, 199 

Carter, 3, 14, 57, 102, 119, 175 

Carpenter, 90, 91 

Carr, 8, 9, 19, 36, 40, 165, 166 

&«, kg 

Carver, 64, 93 

Carney, 195 

Center, 130 

Chaloner, 76, 77 

Chadwick, 33, 62 

Chandler, 134, 162, 163, 199 

Chambers, 158 

Chamberlain, i9, 69, 112, 307, 309 
Champlain, 179, 180 . 

Chapman, 125 

Chapin, 24 

Chase, 9, 41, 89, 164 

Chilcot, 188 

Chesley, 89, 190 

Cheever, 211 

Chute, 205 

Chipman, 188 

Clapp, 15, 104 

Clark, 3, 8, i<, 28, 32, 39, 40, 41, 

48, 56, 57, 64, 83, 84, 117,118, 

133, 138, 147. 174, »75. 177. 195. 

202, 205,211. 
Clay, 90, 94 

Clements, 25, 71, 86, 87, 90, 158, 

Clewly, 26, 112, 158, 177 

Closson, 14, 195, 196 

Clough, 94 

Coats, 147 

Cobb, 7, 8, 25, 28, 36, 43, 112, 123, 

146, 154, 216. 
Coburn, 60 • 

Colburn, 4, 5, 14, 56, 150, 206, 209 
Cochran, 117, 174 

Cockel, 181 

Coffin, 173 

Coggins, 140, 175 

Cogswell , 57, 1 1 1 , 1 70 

Cole, 14, 25, 109, in, 112, 196 
Collins. 25, 109 

Col cord, 41, 93 

Collier, 163 

Colson, 71, 86, 107 

Conant, 130 

Coner, 58 

Condon, 58, 147 

Cony, 5, 87 

Congdon, 175 

Cook, 26, 32, 56, 57, 58. »i. 147. 

Coombs, 47, 59, 117, 168, 169, 177, 

Cooper, 175 

Copp, 163 

Copeland, 137, 138 

Costin, 58 



3, 57, *o8 




26, 71 


102, 160 

35, 7 X » 105,178 










36, no, 132 


„ a . _.„ ... *47 

Craig, 54, 55, 83, 108, 164, i< 
Cross, 94, 125 

Crocker, 41, 117 

Crosby, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, S, 62, 63, 81, 
82, S3, 84, 106, 119, 120, 121, 
122, 141, 143, H5, 158, 309, 215 
Crombie, 196 

Cromwell, 66 

Crow, 117,17^ 

Croweil, 23, no, 170 

Cunningham, 201 

Cushing, 200 

Dall, 54 

Daniel, 157 

Daniels, 90 

Dana, 37, 174 


Dalton, 132 

Darling, 89, 94, 104, 108, 149, 201 
Davenport, 109 

Davie, 64 

Day, 63, 94, 109, 152 

Davis, 26, 39, 55, 61, 79, 90, 111, 

121, 122, 129, 176, 209 
Delano, 3, 109, 178 

' Deane, 25, 32, 48, 108, 109, 11 1, 

"3, i35» *54» "7* 
Dennet, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 39, 56, 119, 

121, 122, 135, 137 
Dexter, 42 

Devereaux, 58 

Dearborn, » in, 131, 176 

De Gregoire, 180, 181, 182, 183, 

63. »74» 177 

1S4, 185, 187 

)e Lesdernier, 


De La Tombe, 

De Monts, 

De La Cadillac, 

Dinsmore, 38 

Dickinson, 76, 84, 124 

Dillingham, 154 

Doane, 24, 26, in, 112, 158, 176, 

Dobell, 43 

Dole, 23, 112, 177 

Dodge, 18, 26, 93, 13S, 148, 169, 

189, 201 
Dohver, 189 

Donham, 190 

Dority, g± 

Douglas, 40, 58 

Dow, 196 

Downes, 14, 15, 32, 108, in, 112, 

Drew, 24, no 

Drummond, 63, 79, 80, 81, 121, 

122, 126 
Drisko, 173 

Duer, 36 

Dudley, 40, 57, 73, S3 

Duncan, 69 

Duggins, 198, 20b 

Dugan, 3 

Dunning, 2, 3, 32, 62, 119, 121 
Dupee, 109 

Durant, 21 1 

Dutton, 39, 40, 201 

Dwelly, 41 

Dyer, 35, 38, 39, 47, 163, 300, 204 

Eager, 79 

Eames, 36, 108 

Eaton, 14, 134, 1S9, 195, 196, 317 
Eddy, 7, 56, 57, 103, ni, 135, 138, 

140, 178, 306, 210 

Edwards, 90 

Eldridge, 34, 36, 109, no, 158, 

163, 176 
Ellenwood, 40, 109 

Edmunds, 117 

Elliot, 11, 13, 37 

Ellis, 51,06 

Ellicott, 305 

Elwell, 61, 170 

Ely, 36 

Emerson, 3, 8, 39, 69, 103, 130, 

131, 124, 125, 165, 198, 210 
Einerton, 94 

Emery, 4, 33, 39, 90, 109, 166 
Eustis, 130 

Ewins, 123 

Fairfield, 11, 127 

Fall, 40 

Farnham, S, 86, 199, 202 

Farnsworth, 41 
Farrington, 20, 39, 64, lis, 144, 

165, 166 

Farrow, 168, 170 

Farrar, 14, 104 

Farwell, 47, 102 

Farley, 58, 59 

Fay, 201 

Faulkner, 94 

Fearing, 40 

Fenno, 117 

Fessenden, 122 

Fillebrown, 164 

Fifield, 91 

Fields, 28, 47, 59, 90 

Fillmore, 12 

Fish, 93, 90 
Fisher, 93, 94, 1C7, 142, 143, 148, 

15*, 153, '58 

Fmnegau, 23 

Fitzgerald, 147 

Fits, 48 

Flagg, 174 

Fletcher, 4^ 

Flint, 36 

Flowers, 14 

F'loyd, 94 

Fobes, 42 
Folsom, S3, S9, 106, 201 

Forbes, 122 

Ford, 5S 

Fogg, 164 

Fountain, 175 
Foster, 53, 75, T 6 . 78, 149, 162, 

Foss, 147 

Fox, 162 

Foxcrott, 91 

Fowler, 15, 18,23,110,111,138, 

»5 6 » *74, 176, 196, aoS 
Freeman, 19, 24, 27, 59, 109, in, 

112, 135, 166, 176, 177, 1S8 
Freese, 3, 4, 5, 56, 57, 62, 121, 

196, 208, 209 
French, 69, 94 

Frost, 90 

Fullman, 32, 119, 123 

Frunday, 196 

Fuller, 8, 175 

Furnald, 136 

Fry, 70, 83, 144, 158, 199 




15, 58, 78 

Garland, 11,56, 177 

Gates, 90, 104, no 

George, 41 

Gerrish, 1 

Gerry, 33, 53, 134 

Gill, $ 

Gilkey, 93, 103, 168 

Gillet, 143 

Gilley, 189 
Gilman, 113, 133, 133, 131, 133, 

~}y* I74 

Gilmore, 37, 93, 104, 177 

Ginn, 15, 33, 54, 103, 104, 105, 

108, no, 133 
Godfrey, 3, 33, 35, 40, no, in, 


Goding, 163 

Gooding, 49, 87 

Goodwin, 3, 43 

Goodale, 34 

Goddard, 117 

Goodhue, 23, 41 

Goldthwait, 33, 71, 134, 145 

Gordon, 41, 147 

Gorton, 4, 14, 33, 154 

Gott, 189 
Gould, no, in, 113, 136, 163, 176 

Gove, 33, 164, 174 

Gowdy, 117, 175 
Grant, 3, 39, 40, 57, 165, 308 

Graves, 133 

Gray, 58, S3 

Green, 57, 94, 175 

Greenlaw, 195 

Greenleaf, 38, 123, 132 

Greenough, 103 

Gregg, 39 

Griffin, 3, 8, 39, 93, 93, 133 

Grindle, 13, 13, 57, 58, 94 

Grinnell, 170, 195 

Gross, 35, 54, 55, 70 

Grow, 189 

Guild, 75 

Gutch, 84 

Hackett, 117 

Hadley, 188 

Hadlock, 188 

Haggins, 201 

Hale, 1, 39 
Hall, 22, 23, 40, 47, 48, 70, 88, 
1 17*130, 133, 133, H7, i73» '75. 

177, 20< 

Halfowell, 52, 174 

Halliburton, 82, S3, 145 

Halstead, 155 

Hamilton, 177 

Hamor, 188, 190 
Hammond, 3, 8, 39, 75, 83, 84, 

no, 117, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 

135;. H7» 165, 175 

Hamlin, 90 

Hammatt, 11 
Hancock, 6, 14, 33, 53, 54, 55, 58, 

102, 1S2 

Haney, 58 
Harrunan, 26, 40, 54, 55, 70, 71, 

85, 104, 107 

Harper, 49, 198 

Hardy, 105, 196 

Hart, 144 

Harrington, 117, 164, 174 

Hartford, 56 

Handy, 146 

Hatton, 156 
Harding, 14, 23, 26,32, no, 112, 


Harvey, 162 

Harlow, 3, 8, 40, 119, 123 


3y Q£76,2i 7 



«6 3 


135, 314 

40, 137. * ' 






Haskins, 8a, 83 

Hastings, 110, 176 

Hasey, 3, 8, 39, 41, 6a, 83, ih, 

laa, 198 
Hatch, 39, 47, 48, 57. 93, *54» »7* 
Hathaway, 205 

Hathorn, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 40, 56, 57, 

6a, 83, no, in, 1x9, 121, 12a, 

123, 134, 171,208, 317 
Hawes, 59 

Haycock, 51 

Hayes, 91 

Hayden, 59, 79 

Hayward, 164 

Haynes, 8, 40, 109, 119, 121, 125 
Heath, 189 

Herbert, a, 129 

Herman, 189 

Her rick, 94 

Hersey, 50 

Hewes, 14, 64, 10a, 169 

Hewins, 94 

Hibbert, 58 

Hichborn, 3, 5, 6, 119 

Hill, 10, a8, 3a, 76, 83, 147 

Hills, 83 

Hinckley, 83, 94, 201 

Hines, 109 

Hincks, 35 

Higgins, 24, 36, 54, 59, 108, no, 

111, 177, 188 
Hildreth, 40 

Hobart, 49, 51 

Hoben, 28 

Hobbs, 91, 118 

Hodges, 112,136,154 

Hodgdon, 39, 40, 41 

Holbrook, 28, 59, 109, no, 170 
Holdershaw, 109 

Holland, 43, 104, iao, 207 

Holt, 3, 4, 41, 54, 62, 83, 95, 119, 

120, 134, 148, 149, 150, 158, 195 
Holmes, 56, 90 

Holyoke, 15, 27, no, 13a, 133, 

Homan, 117 

Homer, \6 

Hook, 10, 47, 83 

Hooper, 14, 47, 146, 196 

Hopkins, 25, 29, 1C9, m, 135, 

155, '88 
Horton, 57, 94, 135, 144, 150, 200 
Howard, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 14, 40, 59, 

62, 102, in, 114, 121, 196, 198 
Howe, 58 

Howes, 25, 132 

Howland, 64 

Hovey, 77, 102 

Hoxie, 24 

Huckins, 174, 204 

Hull, 12$ 

Hunnewell, 584 82 

Huntress, 91 

Hunt, 23, 6o, 164 

Hurley, 50 

Huse, 37, 153 

Hussey, 163 

Hutchins, 39, 83, 124, 146, 195, 

Hyde, 16, 23 

Indians, 207 

Ingalls, 41, 95, 96, 130, 147 

Ingersoll, 91, 147, 173 

lnman, 4, 56, 123, 198, 209 

Irish, 91 



i ackson, 36, 43, 59, 158, 184, 185 
, acobs, 58 

, ameson, 209 

arvis, 10, 11, 36, 133 

; ayne, 23 

, entries, 40 

I ohnson, 15, 39, 40, 90, 95, 109, 

117, 147, 151, 174, 175, 177 
Jones, 5, 8, 23, 32, 38, 50, 51, 52, 
59, 75, 112, 144, 147, 164, 170, 
176, 177, 183, 184, 185, 204 
Johnston, 32 

' ohonnot, 102, 191 

' ordan, 59, 167, 202 

>y> 174 

, udkins, 91 

] unkins, 95 

Junin, 3, 57 



121, 123 



24, 166, 176 


Kent, n, 12, no, in, 112, 132, 

Kenney, 25, 26, 57, 105, 135, 144, 


Kennedy, 162, 163 

Keyes, 54, 71, 132, 164 

Kilburn, 23, 25 

Kilby, 25,63,115 

Kimball, 58, 79, 91, 201 

King, *4, 37. 53. i« 

Kingsbury, 1 1 1 

Kinsman, 105, 155 

Kingman, 50 

Kinsley, 88, 166 

Kirby, 91 
Knapp, 18, 57, no, in, 135, 142, 

143, 210 

Kneeland, 90 
Knowles, 58, 93, 109, 139, 160, 

173. 188 

Knox, 36, 57, 62, 87, 163 

Kyle, 91 

Ladd, 16, 39, 164 

Lambert, no, 164 

Lampher, 71, 185, 107, 109 

Lafayette, 180 

Lane, 13S 

Lane, Son & Fraser, 185, 186, 

Lancaster, 36, 32, 39, 40, 56, 57, 

, 133,147 

Langdon, 201 

Lapish, 121, 12a, 123 

Laselle, 146, 170 

Lawrence, 47, 57, 72, 102 

Leech, 47 

Leavitt, 59, ljl 

Leavens, 130 
Lee, 22, 23, 54, 55, 58, 81, 88, 105, 


Leland, 175, 178 

Leighton, 175 

Legro, 189 
Leonard, 19, 41, 42, 43, 138, 165, 

Lewis, 25, 26, 50, in, 132, 157, 


Lmscott, 194 

Lincoln, 49, 52, 58,78, no, 118, 


Little, 12, 36, 47,48,0,89, 106, 

T "3. »7» 139. 19°, *» 

Lilly, 195 

Lin, 196 

Littlefield, 59, 195, 198 

Lithgow, 183 

Lisenby, 174 

Livermore, 39, 30, 174, 198, 21 1 















n3, iS» 

10, §3 
46, 76 

83, 202 
3, 4, "3 

Low, 3, 4, 5, 8, 14, 39, 62, 83, 
119, 120, 122, 124, 105, 208 

,37,57,62, 119, 121, 

, 59, 7*. 77, 86, 109, 


61, 71 



Lowder, 2, 3, 

Lowell, 35, « 

146, 163, il 






Magridge, 58 

Mager, 188 

Mahany, c6 

Manchester, 18S 

Mansell, 3, 8, 15, 33, 56, 83 

Manley, 40 

Mansfield, 40 

Mann, 3, 36, 33, 40, 47, 56, 57, 58, 

63, 109, 131, iaa, 158, 176 
Matthews, 41, 57, 59 

Mattocks, 96 

Martin, 37, 147 

84, 107, 143, 145, 188 








Mayo, 35, 33, 59, 63, 109, 1 id, 


Mayhew, 3, 3, 16, 48, 56, 62, S3, 

84, 119, 121, 178 

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3,3, 11,40,84, 124 

59, ioa 



l 5ogle 

133, i73 

I9 £ 
124, 20S 

McLean, 71, 98, 217 

McLellan, 58 

McMahon, 26, 57 

McMann, 109, 1 10 

McNiel, 147 
McPhetres, 3, 4, 5, S, 39, 40, 62, 

83, 121, 123, 209 

Means, 204 

Merchant, 147 

Merrit, 23 
Merrill, 49, 89, 9$, io7, 142, 161 

Merry, 189 

Messer, 95 

Milborne, 199 

Milliken, 39,41,188 

Minot, 57 
Mitchell, 41, 58, 83, 102, 136, 158, 

x 73 

Moody, 41, 112 

Moulton, 47, 104, 107 

Morang, 51, 1 89 

Morey, 138 

Morris, 5S 

Morrill, 210 

Morean, 211 

Morse, 107, 108, 122, 214 

Mowett, 69, 71, 133 

Mowry, 175, 196 
Mudge, 19, 22, 23, 39, 166, 176 

Mudget, 19S 

Mulford, 84 

Murch, 32 

Murphy, 40, 175 

Mynck, 109, 142, 143 

Nason, 82, 196 
Nash, 147, 155, 163, 171, 173 

Neal, 28, 122, 166, 176 

Nelson, 47, ioi 

Newcomb, 109, 158, 174 

Nesraith, 57 

Nevers, 2, 62,81, 141 

Newell, 170 
Nickerson, 15, 19, 23, 24, 25, 32, 

51, 52, 61, 111, 109, 112, 117, 

136, 140, 143, 146, 155, 156, 161, 

176, 177 

Nicholson, 67 

Nichols, 24,80,92,118,176 

Niel, 75 

Nimblock, 174 
Noble, 3, 6, 19, 28, 39, 109, 121, 

139, 140, 190, 206 

Norcross, 40 

Nourse, 20, 106 

North, 81 

Norwood, 1 17, 175, 189 

Norton, 143, 162, 173 

Nowell, 40 

Nutter, 189 

Nye, 23,24,110,177 

Oakes, 40, 84, 95 

O'Brien, 77, 198 

Oliver, 49, 51, 208 

O'Niel, 49, 51 

Orr, 106 
Orcutt, 15, 102, in, 135, 162, 176 

Orono, 207 

Otis, 38, 1 16, 182 

Otto, 180 

Osgood, 83, 95, 109, 14S, 149 

Owen, 174 

Ozmont, 84 

Pace, 174 

Packard, 33, 120, 164 

Padelford, 42, 101 

Page, 26, 57, 71, 85, 109, 209, 210 


Paine, 109, no, 112, 120, 136, 156, 



39. 58, 70 

Parks, 26, 91, 158 

Parker, 5, 28, 31, 40, 59.63,83, 

85» 9*. 95. 96> 102 » Ia6 » M9» l S°* 

151, 152, 153, 165, 167, 170, 202 

Partridge, 83 

Parendon, 109 

Parsons, 136, 198 

Pattee, 23 

Patten, 3, 41, 114, 122, 124, 137, 

142, 165 

Patterson, 83 

Pattishall, 46 

Paul, 75 

Paxton, 157 
Peabody, 70, 88, 104, 105, 106, 

214, 215 

Pease, 41, 161, 162, 163 

Pearson, 12,83 

Pearse, 64 

Pendleton, 14, 61, 91, 92, 167, 

168, 167 

Pepperell, 98 

Perham, 17 
Perkins, 47, 57, 5S, 59, 60, 102, 

Peters, 58, 95, 150, 151, iSij 1S7, 

199, 217 

Perry, 23,83,96, 112 

Perley, 213 

Phipps, 67 

Phillips, 7, 36, 63, 132, 144, 176 

Philbrick, 40, 57, 83, 84, 198 

Philbrook, 60 

Phinney, 117 

Pickard, m 

Pickering, 3, 217 

Pike, 121, 159 

Pitcher, 74 

Pierce, 15, 24, 26, 111,112,143, 

161, 176 

Pilsbury, 105, 106 

Piper, 84 

Pincheon, 27 

Pinkham, 215 

Plympton, 32 

Poor, 10, 77 

Pollard, 58, 121 

Pope, 76, 77, 78 

Pomroy, no, 111, 164 

Pond, 89, 112, 201 

Porter, 32, 45, 59, 92, 109, 156 

Potter, 3, 8, 40, 48, 56, 122, 123, 

Powers, 107, 142, 161 

Pownal, 67 

Pray, 189, 198 

Preble, 2, 31, 57, 58, 68, 147, 162, 


Prescott, 132^ 177 

Preston, 51, 57 

Pressey, 196 

Price, ' 107, 108, 142 

Prince, 91,174,175,217 

Proctor, 51 

Prouty, 158 

Puffer, 74 

Putnam, 34, 36, 144, 196 

Putney, 86, 104 





Rasnell, or Rumell, 









Reed, 16, 21, 22, 36, 45, in, 112, 

158, 18S, 189, 209, 217 
Reedhead, 57 
Remick, 18S 
Renfield, 176 
Revere, 46 
Reynolds, 40, 50, 174 
Requa, 79 
Rice, 14, 125, 212 
Richmond, 205 
Ricker, 23,117,175, 
Richards, 127 
Rich, 25, 58, 75, 78, 109, 112, iSS 
Richardson, 78, 181, 185, 187, 188, 

159, 190, 191 

Ripley, 139 
Rider, 15, 24, 25, 26, 132, 135, 188 

Robbins, in 

Roberts, 40, 205 

Robertson, 159 

Robinson, S3, 132, 142, 144 

Robie, 58, 125 

Robishaw, 56 

Rodick, 18S 
Rooks, 16, 109, in, 112, 135, 176 
Rogers, 24, 28, 58, 109, no, in, 


Rolfe, 198 

Rollins, 3 

Roundy, 148, 149, 150 

Rounds, 95 

Rose, 2 

Ross, 121 

Rouse, 55 

Rowe, 26, 57 

Rowel 1, 3, 32, 56, 57, 176 

Rumney, 174 

Ruggles, 137, 144. 165 

Runnels, 50, 51, c* 

Russell, 12, 40, 59, 163, 185 

Ryder, 111, 112, 142 

Sabine, 93, 115, 







Sanborn, 77, 


Sangster, 15, 16, 109, 

Saunders, 26, 109, 196, 

Sargent, 7S, 83, 102, 127, 188, 

Savage, 41 

Seal land, 

Scott, 4S, 49, 50, 5 1 , 64, 79, 

16, 183 

56, 217 


14, no 




32. "2, 



















Skinner, 27, 39, 41, 

,i3S> 144 
Smart, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 


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136, 176, 177 
106, 11S, 214 

117, 118, 175 


40. 55* 84, 122 

27, 93. 168 



S7, in, i47 


76, 89, in, 


^ 78 

40, 62, 119, 



26, 3*. »o8, i 





Smith, 3, 4, 5, ic, 33, 34, a6, aS, 

43. 5*. 5 a , 74. 81, *», f o8, 109, 

no, in, 112, 135, 136, 174, 176, 

18S, 314, 317 
Snelling, 54 

Snow, 15, 24, a6, 28,32,41,56,91, 

109, 1 10, 111, 112, 136, 143, 176 
Snowman, 202 

Somes, 1S7, 188, 190, 191 

Soper, 26, £4, 71 

Sparhawk, 88, 104 

Spaulding, 41, 143 

Spencer, 5, 56, 57, 6a, 83, 121, 123, 

208, 210 
Spell man, 123 

Spofford, 70, S9, 153, 202 

Spooner, 26 

Sprague, 93, 171 

Stanley, 56, 95, 188 

Stanwood, 188 

Stanton, 156, 157 

Staple, 195, 196 

Staunton, 133 

Starrett, 213 

Stearns, 74, 112, 168 

Stetson, 60, 83, 95, 96, 166 

Stevens, 199 

Steward, 57, 121 

Stevens, 40, 95, 117, 173, 175 

Stockman, 209 

Stockton, 27 

Stone, 62, 63, 83, 138, 171 

Stover, 48, 59, 71, 95 

Strong, 91,37,91,143 

Stubbs, 24, 26, 86, 109, no, 176, 


Sullivan, 9, 37, 65, 124, 147, 183, 


Sumner, 8 

Swan, no, 122 

Swazey, 89 
Swett, 15, 23, 24, 28, 32, 109, 176 

Sweetsir, 109, 130 

Symmes, 130 

Tarr, 188 

Talbot, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77 

Taylor, 23, 59, 83, 112, 161, 212 
Temple, 66 

Tenney, ar 2 

Thayer, 158, 175 

Thaxter, 305 

Thatcher, 75, 124, 152 

Thombs, 32, 50, 105 

Thomas, 46, 64, 92, 102, 164, 167, 

170, 171, 190, 217 
Thompson, 23, 32, 40, 95, 196 
Thorndike, 29, 31 

Thurston, 93 

Thwing, 183 


Tibbetts, 3, 4, 5, 8, 28, 41, 56, 6a, 

83, 84, 122, 135, 173, 198 

Tinker, 190, 195 

Tillick, 26 

Tillson, 41 

Tilton, 83 

Tinney, 137, 173 

Titcomb, 84 

Tobie, 91 

Todd, 215 

Torrey, 195, 196 

Towne, 103, 198, 210 

Tourtillot, 3, 4, 5, 40, 309 

Tozier, 41 

Trafton, 8,41,56,91 

Treadwell, 29 
Treat, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 54, 119, 209 

Trescott, 43, 177 

Trim, 170 

Truesdale, 51 

True, 213 

Tufts, 213, 215 

Tucker, 91, 189, 194 

Turner, 47, 54, 78, no, 171 

Tuttle, 117, 175 

Tweedale, 157 

Twichel, 29 
Tyler, in, 133, 152, 176, 196, 197 


44, S3, 7» 




11, 201 









in, 135, 170 




in, 176 



S4» * 10 


47. 49. S3 











23, 10S, 16a, 




20, 112, 166 



40, 46, 143 
1S9, 169, 182 





188, 189, 190 


59. I o* 



77. i73. 217 
.83, m, 156 


Webster, 2, 3, < 


, 7, 8, 12, 19, 

39. 48, 58,6a 

14, 121, 133, 

124. 133. H2. 

'43, 317 











84.91. '37 

58, 59 



Wheeler, 14, 74, 8a, 98, 163, 174, 

J 75. 209 
Wheelden, 15, 3a, 108, 109, no, 

Wheelwright, 5S 

White, 125, 13a, 20S 

Whitmore, 196 

Whittemore, 59 

Whiting, 28, 64, 205 

Whitney, 137, 163, 173 

Whittier, 162 

Wiggin, 125 

WiR. i 7 3 

Wilde, il 

Wilder, 83, 15S 

Wiley, 26, 19S 

Wilcox, 92 

Willard, 144 

Wilkins, 30, 39, 41, 160 

Willing, 37 

Wilson, 1a, 136, 137, 173 

Willis, 13 1 

Williams, 20, 57, 83, 143, i68, 205 
Williamson, 1, a, 8, 16, 17, 42, 

43, 52, 53. 79. 81, 113, 124, 133, 
*J#* '45. 164. 166. 167 
Witherly, 138 

Winchester, 112, 136, 15S 

Wines, 107 

Wing, 217 

Winslow, 58, 1 16, 163, 208 

Winthrop, " 187 

Wiswell, 1, 15, 23, 28, 32, 138, 

Witt, 64 

Witham, 59, 95 

Wood, 24, 37, 77, 95, 96, 112, 148, 

149. »52, 153, 163, 177, 204 
Woodhouse, 58 

Woolson, 131 

Woodward, 169 

Woodman, 46, 47, 58, no, 177 
Wooster, 173 

Wooderson, in, 136 

Woodbury, 89 

Worcester, 137, 147 

Wortman, 174 

Wyer, 99 

Wyman, 90, 156 

Yeaton, 174 

Vork, in, 149 

Young, 59, 103, no, 137, 144, 147, 
174, 188, 190, 191 

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Vol. I. BANGOR, ME., JULY, 1885. No. I. 

This monthly will be devoted principally to the history of east- 
ern Maine, its early settlers, and their descendants, men and 
women. It is not a new idea, but has long been under contem- 
plation. It is proposed to gather up old papers, memorials, let- 
ters, journals, records of births, deaths, and marriages, and any- 
thing that may bear on the object in view, and print them in a 
form suitable for future reference. Since Judge Williamson's 
History, printed in 1839, the historians, except in a few instances, 
have almost entirely ignored us. 

The editor would distrust his ability to make this monthly suc- 
cessful, if it were not for the fact that he has promise of assist- 
ance from several gentlemen who are able and qualified. The 
first number will necessarily be more local in its character than 
the numbers to follow. 


At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of East Maine Confer- 
ence Seminary, at Bueksport, June 10, 1885, Hon. Eugene Hale, 
U. S. senator, and Andrew P. Wiswdl, Esq., of Ellsworth, Con- 
gregationalists, were elected trustees to fill vacancies caused by 
the resignations of Rev. Theodore Gerrish and another. One of 
these gentlemen, at least, had good old Methodist ancestors, and 
that denomination may be only getting its own. 

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2>\: :•*: .-•: :.V ': : JZctdy*. Settlement of Bangor. 


At the risk of printing some facts not wholly new to many, but 
appropriate to the purposes of this journal, I give some account 
of the first settlers in what is now Bangor.* 

The first permanent white settler in what is now Bangor was 
Jacob Buswell, (now Bussell) son of John, of Salisbury, Mass., 
who came from Castine in 1769, with his wife and eight children. 
In 1770 came Caleb Goodwin, a native of Bowdoinham, from 
Castine with his wife and eight children, and Stephen Bussell 
(son of Jacob) and his wife from Fort Pownal (now Fort Point). 
In 1771 came Joseph Rose and family. Thomas Howard, Simon 
Crosby, Jacob Dennet, Thomas Smart, and their families, John 
and Hugh Smart, and David Rowell, all from Woolwich and vicin- 
ity. In 1772 came the family of David Rowell, Daniel Webster 
and family, from Salisbury, and Silas Hathorn and family from 

Williamson and others say that Solomon Hathorn settled here 
this year, but I do not find that he ever lived in Bangor, but in 
Orrington, Brewer part, and thence up river. At the end of this 
year there were said to be twelve families. 

In 1773 James Dunning and family, from Brunswick, and Jede- 
diah Preble and family, were here. In 1774 Robert Treat and 
family, from Boston, Nath. Mayhew and family, and Dr. John 
Herbert, were here. In 1776 Jonathan Lowder, from Fort Pow- 
nal, came; also Seth 2 Webb, son of Samuel, 1 of Weymouth, 
Mass., and Windham, Me., from Deer Isle. In a year or two he 
removed to Isle au Haut. 

This year the heads of families who were taxed were " Jedediah 
Preble, Esquire, Stephen Bussell, Jacob Bussell, Simon Crosby, 
Abner Crosby, James Dunning, Jacob Dennett, Andrew Grant, 
Thomas Howard, Nath. Mayhew, widow Smart, John Smart, Rob- 
ert Treat, widow Rose, and Andrew Webster." 

In 1780 Elisha Nevers was here. He died October, 1785. 

Also Col. and Dr. Phineas Nevers, a revolutionary soldier, and 

the first physician in Bangor. He died in a few years. 

* This account is derived from the Annals of Bangor, by Hon. William D. William- 
son and Jacob McGaw, Esquire, both in manuscript, and now in the library of the 
Maine Historical Society ; and ajso from old papers in my possession. 

Early Settlement of Bangor. 

In 1784 the tax-payers were Simon Crosby, John Crosby, 
Ebenezer Crosby, Abner Crosby, Jacob Dennett, James Dunning, 
Joseph Potter, John Smart, Jacob Bussell, Isaac Bussell, Andrew 
Mayhew, Thomas Howard, Andrew Webster, Abraham Allen, 
Silas Hathorn, Ashbel Hathorn, Eobert Treat, Archibald McPhe- 
tres, Abraham Tourtellot, from Rhode Island, William Tibbetts, 
from Gouldsborough, Me., whose sons, William J., Daniel, 
George, and Abram, came. In 1785 Thomas Low ; and about 
this time came Capt. James Bridge from across the river. In 
1786 Rev. Seth Noble came. In 1787 Isaac Freese, Philip Love- 
joy, William Holt, Daniel Campbell, Levi Bradley, Reuben Tour- 
tellot, Amos Mann, Peter Burgess, Benjamin Rollins, and Benja- 
min Low, were here. In 1788 Andrew Mayhew/ July 13th, 
1789, Nath. Harlow and family came. McGaw says from Scitu- 
ate ; J. E. Godfrey says from Plymouth. In 1790 Dea. Wil- 
liam Boyd and family, formerly of Worcester, came from Bristol. 
Jethro Delano, Esq., somewhat of a lawyer, and Elijah Smith, 
were here. In 1792 Ichabod Maddocks and Owen Madden, from 
St. George, Me. (Warren). In 1793 Joseph Clark, Jr., Arad 
Mayhew, William Dugan, John Rowell, and Allen McLaughlin, 
were here. In 1794 William Potter, Joseph Potter, Robert Hich- 
born, Jr., from Boston ; Bulkley Emerson, Elisha Mayhew, Aaron 
Clark, Charles Low. In 1795 Lawrence and William Costigan, 
from Kennebec, were here; also William Hammond, Jr., from 
Newton, Mass., and William Plympton. In 1796 Ichabod Clark, 
Aaron Griffin, William Hasey, Joseph Mansell, from Orrington, 
and Samuel Bailey, Sen. In 1798 Theodore Trafton, Jacob 

Lovejoy, Levi Carter, Capt. Jameson, (inn-keeper) Ben- 

ning Pickering. In 1799 William Forbes, from Greenfield, Mass., 
and Amos Patten. 

This comprises about all the names of settlers, except some 
transient persons, who stayed but a short time, and moved on. I 
do not know whether Joseph Junin, the French merchant who 
was killed in his store, — which was at the foot of Exchange 
street — Feb. 18, 1791, could be classed as a settler. He was an 
Indian trader, and was an agent of the British government, and 
had been many years on the Penobscot river. In 1777 he gave 
the United States officers much trouble, by the use of his great 
influence with the Indians against us. 

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Municipal History of Bangor. 

Between 1800 and 1810 many active, enterprising business men 
came in, and the character of the town thereafter was much im- 
proved, from every point of view. 


In the first volume of Bangor Town Records is pasted some 
old records of plantation meetings. The territory embraced in 
those organizations must have included what is now Hampden, 
Bangor, and Orono, as at the time, Simeon Gorton and John 
Emery, Jr., lived in what is now Hampden, and Jeremiah Col- 
burn and Joseph Page lived in what is now Orono. The other 
officers named were residents of Kenduskeag. I give the records : 

"March 27 r 1787. Officers chosen for the town. Voted James 
Bridge, moderator; Andrew Webster, clerk; Jacob Dennet, Isaac 
Freese, Simon Crosby, committee ; James Budge, collector and treas- 
urer; Jacob Bussell, tithingman ; Andrew Webster, John Smart, sur- 
veyors of boards ; William Tibbetts, Jacob Dennet, surveyors of roads ; 
Daniel Campbell, Abner Tibbetts, committee on road to Crosby Meadow 
Brook. Voted that hogs shall run at large, being well yoked. Andrew 
Webster, Phillip Lovejoy, William Holt, hog reaves. Voted that for 
every hog the hog reave yokes he shall have four shillings. Jacob Den- 
net, Silas Hathorn, Nath. Mayhew, fence viewers. Voted to build a 
meeting house, 40 by 36 feet large, built at Condeskeg. James Bridge 
and Mr. Smart agree to give one acre of land to the town to set the 
meeting house on. Voted that the timber for the meeting house shall 
be 12 shillings per 100 or ton, delivered at the spot where the house is 
to be built." 

" Sunbury, Mar. 3, 1788. Officers chosen for the town. Voted Rob- 
ert Treat, moderator ; Andrew Webster, clerk ; Thomas Howard, culler 
of staves ; Jacob Dennet, Isaac Freese, Jeremiah Colburn, Abraham 
Tourtellot, surveyors of roads. This meeting is adjourned to April 10, 
1788. Voted Capt. James Bridge, Silas Harthon, and Archibald Mc- 
Phetres, selectmen ; Abraham Tourtellot and Levi Bradley, collectors ; 
Daniel Campbell, fish committee and church warden ; Silas Harthon, 
same ;. Abraham Tourtellot, same, and hog reave. Voted that hogs is 
to run at large, being well yoked." 

"Penobscot River, west side, Oct. 6, 1788. Voted Capt. James 
Budge, moderator ; Mr. Andrew Webster, clerk ; Mr. Simeon Gorton, 
Thomas Howard, Archibald McPhetres, Abraham Tourtellot, assessors ; 
John Crosby, Robert Treat, Esquires, collectors." 

44 Mar. 2, 1789. Voted Robert Treat, moderator ; Andrew Webster, 
town clerk ; Jacob Dennet, Thomas Howard, Isaac Freese, selectmen ; 
John Smart, Abraham Tourtellot, Simeon Gorton, Thomas Howard, 
Archibald McPhetres, assessors ; Jeremiah Colburn, John Emery, Jr., 
collectors. Capt. Abraham Tourtellot to meet the selectmen of Orring- 


Municipal History of Bangor. 

ton to consult on Mr. Noble's salary. Capt. Jacob Dennet, Capt. James 
Bridge, Abraham Allen, Phillip Love joy, surveyors of highway ; Capt. 
Alex. Tourtellot and Capt. Parker, committee to lay out a road from 
Mr. Colburne's to Mr. Jameson's. John Smart, Andrew Webster, sur- 
veyors of boards ; Thomas Howard, culler of staves ; Jacob Dennet, 
Reuben Tourtellot, Silas Hathorn, fence viewers ; Thomas Low, Joseph 
Low, Joseph Inman, hog reaves. Voted 4 days to be worked on the 
road this year by every man. Voted that every man who don't work on 
the highway is to pay six shillings per day. Voted Simon Crosby, Jere- 
miah Colburn, John Tibbetts, fish committee. This meeting is ad- 
journed to the first day of April." 

44 June 30, 1789, a meeting held at Robert Treat, Esquire's. Voted 
Robert Treat, Esq., moderator. Voted that the money be raised for 
State tax No. 7. Voted that a petition be sent to General Court to 
have former tax taken off. Voted 10 pounds be raised to defray planta- 
tion charges. This meeting desolved." 

In 1787 the following petition was sent to the General Court, 
without results, as far as appears : 

" To the Honourable, the Senate ; and House of Representatives in the 
Common- Wealth of the Massachusetts, in General-Court convened. 
The petion of the subscribers: inhabitants off; and living upon a 
tract of Land in the County of Lincoln, by the name number-two, in 
the second Range of Townships : lying on the Western side of Penob- 
scot River : bounded as follows : viz. Southerly on Number One, East- 
erly on Penobscot-River, and Northerly on Governments Lands, as will 
appear by Cpt. Stones Survey. 

Your petioners beg leave to inform, that honourable Legislative Body ; 
that there is living upon S'd Lands about forty Families : who labour 
under many difficulties for want of being incorporated with Town privi- 
leges ; therefore humbly pray, your honours would consider our difficul- 
ties ; and incorporate us into a Town : by the name of Sunbury ; 
Your petioners as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

his Abner Tibbets, 

Ashbell X Harthorn, Daniel Campbell, 

mark. James Budge, 

Levi Bradley, Daniel Spenser, 

John Jones, Isaac Freese, 

Jacob Bussell, Abraham Freese, 

Robert Treat, Silas Harthorn, 

John Smart, Archibald McPhetres, 

Jacob Dennett, Archibald McPhetres, Jr. 

Thos. Howard, Abraham Allen. 

George Tibbets, 
Sunbury, Sept. 11th, 1787. 
Andrew Webster, Clerk. 
Endorsement on back of Petition : 
To the care of Dr. Cony, Hallowell. 

Sir, please to forward this Petion to the great and general Court, and 
you will oblige your Friends, the Petitioners." 


Municipal History of Bangor. 

In 1790 another petition was sent, as follows : 

To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the Com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts in General Court Assembled. 
The petition of the subscribers, inhabitants of and living upon a 
tract of land in the County of Lincoln by the name of number one, sec- 
ond range, lying on the west side of Penobscot river, bounded as fol- 
lows, viz. : Southerly on number one, easterly on Penobscot river, 
northerly and westerly on Government land, as will appear by Capt. 
Stone's survey. Humbly sheweth that there is living on said land 45 
families and are possessed of about two-thirds of the property of what 
is called Kenduskeag plantation, or the plantation from the Widow 
Wheeler's mills, and upward to the head of the settlement On the west 
side of Penobscot river. We labor under many disadvantages for want 
of being incorporated with town privileges, therefore humbly pray your 
Honors would be pleased to take our difficult circumstances into your 
wise consideration and incorporate us into a town by the name of 
Bangor. We have no Justice of the Peace for 30 miles on this side of 
the river, no grand jurymen, and some people not of the best morals. 
Your Honors know what the consequences must be. We doubt not but 
you will grant us our request and your petitioners as in duty bound will 
ever pray. 

Andrew Webster, Clerk. 
P. S. The inhabitants of said plantation at sundry legal meetings 
for two years past have unanimously voted to be incorporated, without 
which we can have no benefit of our school or ministerial land." 

Rev. Seth Noble was agent to procure the incorporation. In 
his diary he says: "1790. Sailed from Bangor June 21st; 
arrived in Boston June 25th. Attended General Court June 
27th." Upon this petition incorporation was granted. It has 
been said that Mr. Noble changed the name Sunbury for Bangor. 
The writer of this copied the petition, which is in the handwrit- 
ing of Andrew Webster, from the original in the archives of 
Massachusetts. A copy of the act is given, which will be new to 
many : 


In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one. 
An act to incorporate the plantation of Kenduskee into a town by the 

name of Bangor. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General 
Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, that the following 
described tract of land, viz., Beginning at a stake and stones on the 
bank of Penobscot river, on the westerly side thereof, near Simon 
Crosby's, and at the corner of township number one in the first range, 

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Municipal History of Bangor. 

thence running north-west about two hundred rods to a small birch tree, 
then west on the north line of number one first range two miles and an 
half to a poplar tree, then north by number two in the second range six 
miles to a poplar tree, thence east six miles to a large white pine tree 
standing in a great bog, thence south thirty-three degrees east three 
miles and an half to a small • poplar on the bank of Penobscot river, 
then down the said river to the first mentioned bounds, together with 
the inhabitants thereon, be and they are hereby incorporated into a town 
by the name of Bangor, and the said town is hereby invested with all 
the powers, privileges and immunities which other towns in this Com- 
monwealth do or may enjoy by law. 

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that Jonathan 
Eddy, Esq., be and he is hereby empowered and required to issue his 
warrant directed to some suitable inhabitant of the said Bangor, to meet 
at some convenient time and place to chuse all such officers as towns are 
by law required to chuse in the month of March or April annually. 

In the House of Representatives February 24th, 1791. This Bill 
having had three several Readings passed to be Enacted. 

David Cobb, Spk. 

In Senate, February 25c 1791. 
This Bill having had two several readings passed to be Enacted. 

Sam'l Phillips, Presid't. 

John Hancock. 

Col. Eddy issued bis warrant, which I copy from the original 
in my possession, 

44 Hancock ss. To Capt. James Budge of Bangor, in said County, 
Gentleman — Greeting : Whereas, an act passed the General Court, in 
the State of Massachusetts, February the 25th Day, in the year of our 
Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, incorporated into a 
town a certain tract of Land known by the name of Condiskeag planta- 
tion, together with the inhabitants therein, by the name of Bangor ; and 
called on me to issue a warrant to some suitable inhabitant of Bangor, 
to warn a meeting of the inhabitants at some convenient time and place, 
to choose such officers as towns are by law required to choose in the 
months of March and April annually. Therefore, in the Name of the 
Commonwealth you are Bequired to warn the above said inhabitants to 
meet at some convenient time and Place for the aforesaid purposes, and 
this shall be your Sufficient Warrant for so Doing. Given under my 
hand and seal this 25th Day of February, in year 1792. 

Jona. Eddy, Justice of the Peace." 

44 Bangor, March the 12th, 1792. 
In obedience to the within warrant to me Directed, I have warned the 
within named Inhabitants to meet at the Dwelling house of Major Rob- 
ert Treat, on Thursday, the 22d day of March. 

James Budge." 

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Post Office, Bangor, Maine. 

When the organization took place I know not. The first rec- 
ord of any town meeting, now in the city archives, I give in full 
as follows : 

" At a meeting of the male inhabitants of the town of Bangor, April 
4, 1796, at Capt. James Budge's, William Boyd was chosen moderator ; 
William Hammond, Jr., town clerk; James Budge, Nath. Harlow, and 
Daniel Campbell, selectmen ; Archibald McPhetres, collector and con- 
stable ; Silas Harthorn and Charles Low, fence viewers ; Thomas How- 
ard, treasurer ; Daniel Campbell, Aaron Griffin, Samuel Bailey, William 
Hasey, John Smart, and Joseph Mansell, surveyors of highways ; John 
Tibbetts, sealer of leather ; Abraham Allen, Joseph Potter, hog reaves ; 
Aaron Griffin, pound keeper. For Governor : Sam. Adams, 15 votes ; 
Increase Sumner, 10 votes; Moses Gill, 24 votes for Lieut. Governor; 
Isaac Parker, 20 votes for Senator; David Cobb 1, and Alexander 
Campbell 23 ; Silas Hathorn, Jacob Dennet, Timothy Crosby, fish com- 
mittee ; Nathaniel Harlow, Andrew Webster, William Hammond, Jr., 
committee to settle town business with the treasurer and collector, from 
the commencement of the incorporation of the town. Voted 100 dol- 
lars to defray town charges. Voted 66 dollars for the Gospel. Voted 
150 dollars for highways. Voted William Boyd and Nathaniel Harlow 
committee to hire a minister.' , 


Established Jan. 1st, 1801. 

The Postmasters have been as follows : 

Bulkley Emerson, 1st Jan., 1801. 
William Forbes, 1st April, 1804. 
Bulkley Emerson, 1st Oct., 1804. 
Horatio G. Balch, 1st Jan., 1805. 
William D. Williamson, 1st April, 

Royal Clark, 2d July, 1821. 
Mark Trafton, 1st May, 1829. 
Mark Trafton, (reappointed) 9th 

July, 1836 
Charles K. Miller, 21st May, 1839. 
" (reappointed) 

8th Mar., 1844. 

Isaac C. Haynes, 8th Mar., 1848. 
Joshua W. Carr, 7th June, 1849. 
Isaac C. Haynes, 5th April, 1853. 
Leonard Jones, 1st April, 1857. 
Jason Weeks, 4th April, 1861. 
" (reappointed) 7th 

July, 1865. 
Charles K. Miller, 24th August, 

George Fuller, 11th April, 1867. 
Augustus B. Farnham, 25th Feb., 


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The Carr Family. 


George 1 Care, the original emigrant, was of Ipswich, 1633, 
removed to Salisbury, where he died, April 4th, 1682. 

James 2 Carr, son of George, was born in Salisbury, Apr. 28, 
1650; married Mary Sears, Nov. 14, 1677. 

John 3 Carr, son of James, 2 was born in Newbury, August 26, 
1684 ; married Elizabeth Chase. 

James 4 Carr, son of John, 8 born in Newbury, Oct. 10, 1727 ; 
married Sarah, daughter of Francis Follansbee; pub. August 8, 
1749. She was born in Newbury, Feb. 18, 173*. 

Francis 5 Carr, son of James, 4 born in Newbury, 1752. He 
married Mary, daughter of Ephraim Elliot, of Haverhill, 1772. 
Elliot in his will, proved Dec. 7, 1809, names his daughter Mary, 
wife of Francis Carr. Soon after his marriage he removed from 
Newbury to Haverhill, and was engaged in trade there. Francis 
Carr of Haverhill bought land of James Carr and wife Sarah, 
Dec. 25, 1772. Also Aug. 5, 1774, land of same, the deed being 
witnessed by Samuel and Judith Carr. July 1, 1781, he was ap- 
pointed captain of 10th company of 4th regiment of Massachu- 
setts troops. He represented Haverhill in the General Court, in 
1794 and other years. He was appointed a justice of the peace 
by Gov. Samuel Adams, April 13, 1796, and by Governor Caleb 
Strong, Feb. 8, 1803. 

He removed to Orrington (part now Brewer Village) 1804. 
He was moderator of the town meeting, 1805-1806-1807, and 
held other offices. Was representative 1806-1807-1808. In 
1808 he was appointed Justice of the Court of Sessions, by Gov. 
James Sullivan. He was senator from Hancock County, 1809- 
1810. He was elected by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1810, 
a " Supreme Executive Councillor." He removed from Orring- 
ton to Bangor in 1811, and in 1812 was elected a member of Con- 
gress. His wife was admitted to First Church, Bangor, June 10, 
1812, by letter from the church in Haverhill. She died June 25, 
1819, aged 63. He died in Bangor, Friday evening, Oct. 6, 
(town record says Oct. 5) 1821, aged 69. His will, dated Sept. 


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10 The Carr Family. 

18, 1821, proved at the December term of court, 1821, names 
son, Joshua Wingate Carr, as executor, and makes the following 
bequests : 

" To Joseph Carr, one eighth of estate, which is one share. 

To dau. Elizabeth Hill, three fourths of one full share. 

To dau. Nabby Barker, one full' share. 

To dau. Sophia Barker, three fourths of one share. 

To son Francis junior, my sword cane. 

To youngest son, Joshua Wingate, two full shares. 

To grand-children Francis Carr, Leonard Jarvis Carr, and Sarah 
Russell Carr, who are the children of my deceased son James Carr, 
one sixth of one share. 

To grand-children Mary Carr Lee and Josiah Hook, children of my 
daughter Mary Hook, one eighth of a share, equal to one sixty-fourth 
of my estate. 

To each of my grand-children, Robert Long, Francis Carr, John 
Barker, Joseph Carr, and Mary Carr Barker, I give one fourth of a f ull 

The children, who were all born in Haverhill except the oldest, 

were : 

i. Joseph, born Nov. 14, 1773. 

ii. James, b. April, 1776; died in August. 

iu\ James, b. Sept. 9, 1777. 

iv. Mary, b. Nov. 29, 1779 ; married Josiah Hook, Oct. 31, 1799 ; died Oct, 

16, 1834. 
v. Elizabeth, b. March 2, 1782; m. first Robert Long, July, 1802; n>. 

second. Thomas A. Hill; pub* Feb. 28, 1813. Children: Elizabeth 

A., b. Aug. 10, 1814; m. John A. Poor; Jane S., b. July 30, 1816; 

m. Moses L. Appleton. 
vi. Abigail, b. Jan. 10, 1785 ; m. Capt. George Barker, June 5, 1809; died 

Dec, 1875. 
vii. Sophia, b. June 10, 1787; m. John Barker, in Orrington, Jan. 31, 

1805; died Jan. 3, 1873. 
viii. Charlotte, b. Feb. 13, 1790; died Sept. 22, 179&. 
ix. Francis, b. Jan. 17, 1793; died. 
x. Joshua Wingate, b. Dec. 2, 1796; died Aug. 18, 1879. 

Joseph 6 Carr, son of Francis Carr, born Nor. 14, 1773 ; died 
in New York, Oct. 3, 1849. He removed to Orrington, now 
Brewer Village, in 1799, where he was in business with his father 
and brother James, until his removal to Bangor, and after. He 
held many town offices in Orrington and Bangor, and also repre- 
sented both towns in the General Court. He removed to Bangor, 
was inspector of revenue for the port of Bangor, 1816. He was 
a merchant, greatly respected as an honorable and upright man. 
He joined the First Church in Bangor, Aug. 31, 1834. He mar- 
ried Miss Almira Barber, in Worcester, Mass., Oct., 1802. She 

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The Carr Family. 11 

joined the First Church in Bangor, July 8, 1812. Their children 

i. Charlotte, b. March 3, 1804, in Orrington ; died April 27, 1807. 

ii. Ann Frances, b. Oct. 19, 1805; m. Thornton McGaw, Oct. 19, 1826. 

She died Feb. 12, 1847. 
iii. Joseph, b. Sept. 25, 1807; m. Esther J. Hammatt, 1833. She died 

iv. Charlotte, b. Oct. 1, 1809; died Feb. 7, 1848. 
v. Williabi, b. April 5, 1811 ; died Nov. 17, 1813. 

vi. Sarah Foster, b. Dec. 26, 1812; m. Francis H. Upton, Aug. 29, 1836. 
vii. William Barker, b. March 20, 1814; died unmarried, 
viii. Mary Tufts, b. Feb. 20, 1818; died Jan. 3, 1823. 

James 6 Carr, born Sept. 9, 1777. Was educated at Exeter 
and By field academies. He was clerk to Capt. Newman, in the 
U. S. ship Cresoent, sent as a present to the Dey of Algiers, and 
remained there two years as secretary to Consul O'Brien. In 
1806 he went to Orrington, and commenced business with his 
father and brother Joseph. He married Betsey S. Jarvis, sister 
of Leonard, Charles and Edward Jarvis- He was representative 
to the General Court in 1809, collector of the U. S. direct tax, 
and elected representative to Congress in 1816. 

I take from a newspaper of the time the following : 

"Drowned, 24th Aug., 1818, below Louisville, Kentucky, James 
Carr, Esquire, and bis daughter, aged nine years. He was descending 
the Ohio with his wife and family, with an intention to settle in the 
west. His daughter fell overboard, and in his aftempt to save her they 
both sunk to rise no more. Mr. Carr was formerly a member of Con- 
gress from Maine, and more recently a merchant in Baltimore." 

Joshua Wingate 6 Carr, born in Haverhill, Dec. 2, 1796, died 
in Bangor, Aug. 18, 1879. Mr. Carr obtained his education at 
the public schools in Newburyport and Orrington, and at the 
Hampden Academy. He was in Charleston, S. C, 1815-1816, 
about one year, when he returned to Bangor and commenced busi- 
ness with his brother Joseph and Benjamin Garland, under the 
name of Carrs &> Garland. This firm continued until 1819, when 
he and Mr. George Barker commenced as the firm of Barker & 
Carr, which continued for several years. From 1828 to 1837 he 
was a deputy sheriff, when, upon the election of Edward Kent as 
governor, he was appointed sheriff of the County, from which 
office he was removed by Gov. John Fairfield, not altogether on 
the grounds of civil service reform. In 1839 and 1840 he was 
mayor of Bangor ; in 1849 he was appointed postmaster by Presi- 

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12 Early Post Offices in Eastern Maine. 

dent Fillmore. In business, politics and religion, he was honest 
and sincere. He joined the First Church in Bangor, Jan. 3, 
1830, and April 17, 1843, he was dismissed and joined the Epis- 
copal church, to which he was ever after a devoted adherent. 
When the whig party died he became a democrat, in which polit- 
ical faith he continued. He married Hannah Rollins, daughter of 
Capt. John Pearson, in Newburyport, Oct. 9, 1822. She was 
born May 2, 1802, and died in Bangor, Oct. 8, 1878. The chil- 
dren were : 

i. Francis W., b. Aug. 21. 1823; m. Miss Margaret Wyman Webster, 

Feb. 16, 1853, by Rev. Geo. B. Little, 
ii. John Pearson, b. Nov. 5. 1825 ; died Oct. 6, 1838. 
iii. William Pearson, b. at John Pearson's house in Bangor, April 21, 

1828 ; name changed to James Elliot, 
iv. George James, b. April 9, 1830; died June 1, 1842. 
v. Ebenezer French, b. March 12, 1833 ; died same year, Sept. 7. 
vi. James Elliot, b. Sept. 10, 1834; died June 6. 1837. 
vii. Mary Elliot, b. Jan. 31, 1837; m. Franklin A. Wilson, Sept. 21, 

1859; died Feb. 9, 1867. 
viii. Frances Mary Kent, b. July 28, 1839; died Aug. 25, 1849. 


In 1795 the post ^ffice at Wiscasset* (or probably Pownallbor- 
ough, now Dresden, on the Kennebec river) was the most eastern 
post office in the State, to which a mail from Portland was 
brought twice a month. It was the distributing office for the 
eastern part of the State. In 1793 George Russell, of Castine, 
was hired by private individuals to go from Castine to Wiscasset 
to bring letters and newspapers to the several towns on the route. 
He went on foot once a fortnight, and carried his mail at first in a 
yellow silk handkerchief, and afterward in saddle bags, fin 
1799 there were letter mails once a week. John Grindle, of 
Sedgwick, contracted to carry the mail from Passamaquoddy 
(now Eastport) by Machias, Gouldsborough, Sullivan, Trenton 
and Bluehill to Penobscot, (now Castine) and return by the same 
route, once in two weeks, at the rate of $84.50 for every quarter 
of a year. There were no roads at that time, and he carried the 

• History of Thomaston, Vol. 1, Page 201. 
t History of Castine, Page 94. 

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The Billings Family. 13 

mail in a boat along the shore. The first post office established 
east of Wiscasset was at Gouldsborough, 1792. There was no 
post office at Passamaquoddy (Eastport), at the end of John 
Grindle's route, until 1802. He must have been the first route 
agent east of Penobscot river. Offices were established at Thom- 
aston, Camden, Belfast and Prospect, in 1795 ; in Sullivan, 
1794; Bluehill, 1795; Buckstown, 1799; at Castine, Hampden, 
Bangor, Orrington, and Eddington, in 1800. I do not see when 
offices were established at Machias or Trenton. I give what I 
believe was the first advertisement for proposals east of Penob- 
scot river, in 1800 : 

"May 1 to November 1. 

Leave Schodic falls every Wednesday at 2 p. m., arrive at Denneys- 
ville by 6 p. m. Leave Denneysville at 7 p. m., and arrive at Sullivan 
the next Saturday by 6 p. m. Returning, leave Sullivan every Sunday 
at 6 a. m., arrive at Denneysville on Wednesday by 6 a. m. Leave 
Denneysville at 7 a. m., and arrive at Schodic falls by 10 a. m. 
November 1 to May 1. 

Leave Schodic falls every Friday at 6 a. m., and arrive at Sullivan on 
Monday by 10 a. m. Leave Sullivan on Monday at 2 p. m., and arrive 
at Schodic falls on Thursday by 6 p. m. 

7. From Denneysville to Eastport once a week. 

Leave Denneysville every Wednesday at 7 a. m., and arrive at East- 
port at 9 a. m. Leave Eastport at noon, and arrive at Denneysville by 
2 p. m. 

3. From Sullivan, by Trenton, Bluehill, Castine, Buckston, Prospect, 
Belfast and Ducktrap, to Camden once a week. 

Leave Sullivan every Monday at 1 p. m., and arrive at Camden on 
Wednesday by 6 p. m. Leave Camden every Saturday at 6 a. m., and 
arrive at Sullivan on Monday by 10 a. m. 

4. From Buckstown, by Frankfort, Hampden, Bangor, Eddington 
and Orrington, to Buckston, once a week. 

Leave Buckston every Friday at 8 a. m., and arrive at Eddington by 
4 p.m. Leave Eddington ever Saturday at 4 a. m., and arrive at 
Buckston on Monday by 2 p. m. 

5. From Camden, by Thomaston, Warren, Waldoboro, Nobleboro 
and Newcastle, to Wiscasset, twice a week." 


John 4 Billings was the great grand-son of Nathaniel 1 Billings, 
of Concord, Mass. He was born in Lincoln, Mass., Dec. 5, 
1731, and moved from that town to the head of Little Deer Isle 

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14 Petition of the Inhabitants of New Worcester. 

in 1762. In 1767 he moved to Brooksville, where he lived many 
years. He was one of the first (if not the first) settlers on Deer 
Isle, and probably the first settler in that part of Brooksville 
opposite Little Deer Isle. He died just over the line of Brooks- 
ville, in Sedgwick, in 1802. His estate was administered upon 
that year, in Hancock County. He married Hannah Farrar, in 
1752, who was born in Sudbury, Mass, and died in Brooksville. 
Their descendants live in Deer Isle, Sedgwick and Brooksville. 
The children were : 

i. Benjamin, b. in Lincoln, Mass., Dec. 12, 1753. He married Abigail 
Closson, and died March 23, 1826. 

ii. John Jr., b. Lincoln, April 14, 1755; m. Mary Closson. He was 
killed in the revolutionary war, in an engagement with the British 
at Castine, Aug. 29, 1779. 

iii. Abel, b. ; m. Betsey Farrar. He was a revolutionary pen- 
sioner, and died either Oct. 27, 1833, or Dec. 5, 1832, in Brooksville. 

iv. Solomon, b. ; m. Abigail Eaton. He was in Brooksville, in 

1817 ; died there. 

v. Azubah, b. ; m. John Hooper. She died Oct., 1825. 

vi. Timothy, b. Deer Isle, May, 1764 ; said to have been the first white 
child born on that island. He married Hannah Wells, and died Dec. 
6, 1854. 

vii. Hannah, b. Deer Isle ; m. Samuel Howard. She died June 10, 1832. 

viii. Daniel, b. in Brooksville ; m. Catharine Carter. He died August. 29, 

ix. Lucy, b. Brooksville; m. Bartholomew Flowers. She died Jan., 1798. 
He died in Belfast, Dec. 30, 1828. 93. He was father of Cape Wil- 
liam Flowers, of Bangor, by second wife. 

x. Isaac, b. Brooksville ; m. Sally Harding. He died in Sedgwick, Aug. 
29, 1836. 



"To his Excellency John Hancock, Esq., Governor and Commander- 
in-Chief of the Commonwealth of the State of Massachusetts, the 
honorable the Council and House of Representatives of the same, in 
General Court assembled. 

The humble petition of us the subscribers, settlers and inhabitants of 
a tract of land lying on the eastern side of Penobscot river, commenc- 
ing at the end of a Township No. 1, taken up by Col. Jonathan Buck 

• Now Orrington, Brewer, and Holden. 

Note. Other settlers had been here previous. Some had died and some removed. 
Jesse and Henry Cole were here in 1777 ; Elijah Hewes in 1772 ; Major Edward More in 
1770; Ephraim, Noah and Asa Downes in 1773; Simeon Gorton in 1774; Samuel Low 
in 1773; Jeremiah Colburn in 1772; John Salle in 1774; Phineas and James Rice in 
1772; Abraham Preble in 1772; Benjamin Wheeler In 1773; Jonathan Pendleton and 
Josiah Brewer in 1771. J. W. F. 

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Petition of the Inhabitants of New Worcester. 15 

and others, and ending in a cove opposite the bend of the river, on a 
lot of land under improvement of Mr. James Budge, more particularly 
described by the plan annexed, 

Humbly sheweth that your petitioners have been at great expense and 
labor in laying out said lands for a township, and settling the same, and 
that your petitioners have been settling said lands ever since May, 1771, 
which can be made to appear when your Honors may require ; and that 
the said lands were unappropriated and unsettled at the time your peti- 
tioners took possession and laid lands out for a township, and during 
the said time your petitioners was confined to such restrictions, on ac- 
count of the British command being over us, that we could not have 
recourse to your Honors for a grant of the lands, but have done all in 
our power to improve and cultivate our lands, that we may be the better 
entitled to your Honors' grant of the same ; and have taken all regular 
methods to keep up the good order and regularity as a township, that 
the nature of this war and our difficult situation and circumstances 
would admit. 

Therefore your petitioners humbly pray your Excellency and Honors 
would take the same into your wise consideration, and grant to us the 
subscribers the tract of land agreeably to the plan annexed, under such 
restrictions and regulations as you in your great wisdom shall deem 
meet, and your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. 

John Brewer, Eliphalet Nickerson jun. 

John Emery, Jesse Atwood, 

James Budge, Nathaniel Pierce, 

John Holyoke, Ephraim Downes, 

Kenneth McKensie, George Brooks, 

John Mansell, Moses Wentworth, 

Thomas Campbell, sen. Robert McCurdy, 

John Rider, Thomas Smith, 

David Budge, George Gardner, 

John Thorns, Samuel Wiswell, 

Simeon Johnson, Peter Sangster, 

John Mansell, jun. Ebenezer Wheelden, 

Emerson Orcutt, t James Shirley, 

(from Brewer part.) David Wiswell, 

Simeon Fowler, Solomon Swett, 

Joseph Baker, Nathaniel Clark, 

James Ginn, Warren Nickerson, 

Benjamin Snow, (from Orrington part.) 

Eliphalet Nickerson, 
Penobscot River, November 4th, A. D. 1783." 


CLAPP. " Abijah Clapp, of Eastown, cooper, sells land in Penob- 
scot to Thatcher Avery, of Majabigaduce, mariner, that was formerly 
Noah Clapp's, which is now deceased. 

June 23, 1785. Hancock County Reg., vol. 1, page 109. 

See Clapp Memorial, page 115." 

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Bangor House, Miscellany, &c. 


Communicated by Joseph Williamson, Esq. 

From a fly leaf of a Bangor Directory for 1834, in the hand- 
writing of William D. Williamson :* 

" This was the first Directory ever published. Bangor House built 
1833 & 1834. In length 108 feet, in depth 44 feet; each wing in 
length 96 feet, in depth 30 feet. In the house 130 rooms, 100 beds, 
100 bells. Cost, house and furniture, May, 1838, $117,000." 


The degree of LL.D. was conferred 
upon Chief Justice John A. Peters 
and Associate Justice Charles W. 
Walton, by Bowdoin College, June 
25, 1885. and upon Hon. Thomas B. 
Reed, by Colby University, July 1, 

Rev. Ammi S. Ladd, of Biddeford, 
assumed the pastoral charge of the 
First Methodist Episcopal church in 
Bangor, May 17th. 

Rev. Theodore E. Buspield, from 
New Haven, commenced his labors as 
pastor of the First Baptist church in 
this city, on Sunday, June 7, 1885. 
He is a graduate of Tufts College, and 
of Rochester, N. Y. University. 

Mr. A. W. Anthony, of Provi- 
dence, has accepted the call to the 
pastorate of the Essex Street Free 
Baptist church in this city. He is a 

graduate of Brown University, and of 
Bates Theological School. 

Mr. Frank W. Cram, of Bangor, 
formerly Superintendent of the late 
European and North American Rail- 
way, assumed the like position on the 
New Brunswick Railways, May 26, 
1885. He is a competent and efficient 
railroad man, and has net yet been 
affected by the profuse puffing which 
such officials receive. 

Rev. DeWitt Hyde, of Patterson, 
N. J., was elected President of Bow- 
doin College, at the recent meeting of 
the Board of Overseers. He gradu- 
ated at Harvard College, 1879, and at 
the Union Theological Seminary 1882. 
He is the youngest man ever elected 
President of the College, and to his 
other qualifications is added the fact 
that he is a splendid base ball player, 
and a proficient at the manly art of 

July 7, 1808. " Ruth Mayhew, of Litchfield, widow, prays the Gen- 
eral Court to grant and relinquish to her the government's right to a 
certain tract of land that her brotber-in-law, Peter Sangster, the last 
husband of her sister, Tabitha Rooks, late of Orrington, entered upon 
before the revolutionary war, and by government granted said Peter." 

Resolve — granted her lot No. 21, in Orrington, with buildings thereon 

* Senator, Representative to Congress, and Governor, and for many years a distin- 
guished citizen of Bangor, and author of Williamson's History of Maine. [En.] 

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Vol. I. BANGOR, ME., AUGUST, 1885. No. II. 


From a letter written by Hon. David Pcrham to Hon. William D. Williamson, now in 
possession of the Maine Historical Society. 

" Brewer, Nov. 20, 1820. 
i. — the settlement before incorporation. 
John Brewer, of Worcester, in Massachusetts, afterwards Colonel 
Brewer, wishing to remove and form a new settlement, where he could 
find a good situation for a mill, came up Penobscot river in the month 
of September, 1770, and landed upon the east side at a cove and 
stream, emptying into the same, called by the natives Segeunkedunk^ 
which have since been known by the names of Brewer's cove and 
stream. After examining the land and streams on both sides of the 
river for a considerable distance, he returned to the place where he first 
landed, went to work, and laid the foundation of a mill-dan*. This was 
the first beginning of a settlement in the township, which was after- 
wards surveyed and laid out, and called the "■ plantation of New Wor- 
cester," after the name of the town which Col. Brewer, the first settler, 
came from. Having made this beginning he went hack in April, 1771, 
to Worcester, and in April following returned with workmen, erected a 
mill, and the house where he now lives ; and being joined by others, in 
all twenty-two, formed a company and run out a township, beginning at 
No- 1, or Buck's Ledge, and extending about twelve miles up the river 
to the head of the tide, including Brewer's settlement. This township 
was called New Worcester, as has been above stated, and was after- 
wards incorporated into a town by the name of Orrington and Brewer. 
This company presented a petition to the government of the province of 
Massachusetts Bay, praying for a grant of this township ; but amidst 
the troubles of the government, which ended in the revolution, this peti- 
tion was overlooked, and remained unacted upon. They also prepared 
a petition to his Majesty, then king of Great Britain, praying for a 
grant of their township, which, together with a plan of the same, were 
presented by Dr. Calf, of Ipswich, who went out to England for that 
and other similar purposes ; and in case of success he was to receive for 

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18 Early History of Orrington and Brewer. 

this service a guinea from each of the grantees. This petition was gra- 
ciously received, and the grant to have been made and executed the next 
day ; but previous to the time appointed, news reached England of the 
commencement of hostilities at Lexington, which frustrated the busi- 
ness, and the Dr. returned to America without having accomplished his 

This company seem to have made no further efforts for a grant, nor 
to have obtained any title to their land, other than possession, till after 
the conclusion of the war ; during which time some of the inhabitants 
remained, occupied their land, and were subject to all the inconven- 
iences and exactions of the enemy, who extended their authority from 
Castine. Others removed with their families, (among whom was Col. 
Brewer) and did not return till peace was restored. But the settlement 
seems at no time to have been broken up, or discontinued. 

In 1784, after the peace, Barnabas Dodge surveyed this township, 
and returned a plan of it, under authority of the government of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This service having been done, and 
before the settlers were made acquainted with what was going on, in 
1785 a company known by the name of Moses Knapp and Associates 
purchased and obtained a grant of this township from government. 
When this was known to the settlers, they by their agents — Col. Brewer 
aforesaid, and Simeon Fowler, esquire — made representation of their 
case to the government, and a negotiation was opened between those 
two companies under the sanction of the government, which ended in a 
mutual agreement between them, by which Brewer and Fowler, and the 
settlers, were to have 10,864 acres, being the front or river lots in said 
township, extending 400 rods back, and running at that distance paral- 
lel with the river, including also a gore at the lower end of said town- 
ship, containing 2,500 acres, called the Bevel. By this agreement ceiv 
tain privileges and reservations were made for the common use and 
benefit of both companies. Brewer & Fowler & Settlers were to reserve 
three convenient landings, or lumber yards, with suitable roads leading 
to the river ; and the privilege pf taking fish was to be common between 
said companies. Knapp and Associates were to reserve and lay out in 
their purchase ' 200 acres for the use of the first settled minister ; 200 
acres for the use of the ministry ; 280 acres for the use of a grammar 
school ; and 200 acres for the future disposition of government.' The 
deed of this township, first given by the committee for the sale of east- 
ern lands, to Moses Knapp and Associates, not having been recorded, 
it was given back by the committee, who in pursuance of the resolve of 
the legislature, and of the agreement between those two companies, 
made a deed (29th June, 1785) to Knapp and Associates, of the resi- 
due of the town, after deducting the 10,864 acres, and likewise a deed 
(25th March, 1786) to Brewer & Fowler & Settlers of their share, who 
became bounden to government in behalf of themselves and others, for 
their proportion of the purchase money, which was £3,000 of the con- 
solidated securities of the Commonwealth. These grants having been 
completed, the settlement progressed, under both of these companies, 
till they were united and ma^e one incorporated town. 

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Early History of Orrington and Brewer. 19 


The plantation of New Worcester, or No. 9, was incorporated Nov. 
21, 1788, into a town by act of the legislature, with the name of 
Orrington. The selection of this name seems accidental. The agent of 
the petitioners for incorporation, while ruminating upon a name, hap- 
pened to open a book, (what book is not recorded) saw the name 
Orrington, and being pleased with it, caused the town to be incorporated 
by that name. * * * The first town meeting was held April 7, 1788. 
Nov. 22, 1788, an additional act was passed exempting Knapp and 
Associates from all town taxes for seven years from that date. There 
were laid out about 12 miles of road, (County) running through the 
town nearly parallel with the Penobscot river, beside town roads. £60 
were raised. Repairs of roads, then, from that up to $2,500. The im- 
provement on the road was gradual, as the river was much used, and 
considered the great highway through the settlements in this part of the 
country, which were principally on the banks of the river. 

In 179S Oliver Leonard was chosen the first representative to the 
General Court from this town. The town has since been represented 
by Joseph Carr, Timothy Freeman, Col. Joshua Chamberlain, and Rev. 
Enoch Mudge. Controversies arose about the fishing privileges ; both 
sets of grantees claimed them ; individuals owning land contiguous 
claimed them as their private property. The General Court (Feb. 6, 
1807) passed an act regulating them The action, Nathan Nickerson, 
treasurer of Orrington, vs. Brackett, the Supreme Judicial Court decided 
that all the fisheries were corporate propertv. Mass. Rep , vol. 10, 
p. 212. 

Soon after the town was incorporated two meeting-houses were built, 
so situated as to be six miles between them, and three miles from each 
end of town. The inhabitants of the lower part were mostly Meth- 
odists, among whom the Rev. Enoch Mudge was located. He continued 
his useful labors among them 20 years, much esteemed and respected 
by his people, when he removed to Lynn. The Methodist church was 
organized 1796. 

In the upper part of the town the inhabitants were generally Congre- 
gationalists, and in 1791 Rev. Seth Noble was installed pastor of Ban- 
gor and this part of Orrington. He was afterward, by mutual agree- 
ment, discharged. Afterward Rev. James Boyd was installed over the 
church of Bangor and Orrington. The inhabitants being divided in 
their religious sentiments, two meeting-houses having been built for the 
accommodation of the respective tlenominatious, and the town being 12 
miles long in extent upon the river, they began to think of dividing the 
town, which was effected by an act of the Legislature, Feb. 22, 1812. 
The act made no provision for division of property or debts. The town 
had much trouble relating thereto. The whole matter was afterward 
amicably adjusted by a committee of both towns. The debts and assets 
were in proportion — Brewer 13*24, Orrington 11 24. 

By act of the Legislature, June 22, 1816, the upper part of Bucks- 
town, adjoining Orrington, with the inhabitants, was set off and on to 

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20 Early History of Orrington and Brewer. 

The first post-office was established in 1800. Col. John Brewer was 
appointed post-master, and held the office 18 years. When the division 
took place, this office was transferred to Brewer. A new post-office was 
established in Orrington in 1813. Benjamin Nourse was appointed 
post-master, which office he now holds (1820). John Wilkins was 
chosen representative, 1813-1814, when he was elected register of deeds. 
This town has since been represented by Rev. Enoch Mudge, Warren 
Ware, and Ben Nourse. Under the new constitution, (1820) Orrington, 
Brewer, Eddington, and adjacent plantations, were classed as a repre- 
sentative district. Benjamin Nourse was the first representative in the 
Maine Legislature. 

In the town are two traders, three saw-mills, two grist-mills. A large 
proportion of the inhabitants are seamen, fishermen, ship carpenters, 
and other mechanics, and few who follow the occupation of agriculture, 
but as a secondary object. In the valuation and enumeration of the 
direct tax of 1816, the town returned 7,952 acres, 103 dwelling-houses, 
104 barns and out-houses. Total valuation, $74,712. 


Was incorporated 1812, Feb. 22, and named for the first settler, Col, 
John Brewer. The first town meeting was held March 12, 1812. la 
May following, John Farrington was chosen representative ; in 1813 
Gen. John Blake; since which the town has not been represented 
(1820). There are seven school districts. A female cent society was, 
formed previous to 1820, and has between 70 and 80 volumes of social 
library. A taste for reading and literature does not generally prevail. 
There is a clergyman, a physician, and a lawyer. In 1812 the town 
raised $80 for the support of the gospel. Rev. Thomas Williams, of 
the Congregational order, was then preaching in this part of the country 
as a missionary, who was requested to preach in this town. He com- 
plied, and the inhabitants were so well pleased with him that they invit- 
ed him to settle with them ; and thinking themselves unable to give him 
a full support, it was agreed that he should settle with them eight 
months in each year, and receive of them a salary of $400 in two semi- 
annual payments Each party, however, reserved the liberty of putting 
an end to the contract by giving the other six months' notice. In Jan- 
uary, 1813, he was ordained over the church and congregation in this 
town, and has continued pastor ever since. The church consists of 59 
members. For the residue of earn year he has been employed as a 
missionary. The inhabitants are so scattered and detached from each 
other that it is inconvenient for them to meet in one place. The relig- 
ious meetings are therefore held in certain proportions, in four different 
places in town. In this town are three traders, one tan-yard, two saw- 
mills, two grist-mills, a clothier's establishment, including machines for 
carding wool, and a nail factory, erected in 1816, but not yet in opera- 
tion. The inhabitants pursue various occupations : a few farmers. In 
1816, for the direct tax, the town returned 23,582 acres, 86 dwelling- 
houses, 85 barns. Valuation, $107,517." 

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The Wholesale Boot and Shoe Trade. 21 



Two Weymouth (Mass.) boys, — Harvey Reed, born Nov. 12, 
1791, and Quincy Reed, born Nov. 11, 1793 — one 18 and the 
other 16, sons of Oapt. Ezra Reed, of Weymouth, (South Parish) 
went to Boston in 1809, and hired of Uriah Cotting store No. 133 
Broad street, and opened therein the first wholesale boot and shoe 
store in Boston, and probably in the United States. They were 
without doubt the founders of the business in this country. They 
had but little capital other than a good name, and the assurance 
of their father " that the boys were all right, and would pay their 
debts." They had no copartnership other than to take the firm 
name of H. & Q. Reed, and an understanding that if they did 
well they should pay their father something for their time. 
When Harvey became of age he paid his father one thousand dol- 
lars. When Quincy was twenty-one he paid three thousand dol- 
lars. At this time they took account of stock, and had on hand 
stock valued at ten thousand dollars. The business grew, and 
was large for the times. Sales were made in all the cities in the 
United States between Boston and New Orleans. Branch houses 
were established in Richmond and New Orleans, where the busi- 
ness up the Mississippi river was immense. They also sold 
largely of certain kinds of goods to the West Indies ; and in re- 
turn made large importations of sugar and molasses. Quincy 
Reed was drafted into the war of 1812, as a citizen of Boston, 
and served out his time. In 1821 they bought a house in Hamil- 
ton street, where some of their children were born. The firm 
continued until 1833, when it was dissolved. 

Mr. Harvey Reed, the senior partner, was a man of remarkable 
ability. He had the care of the outside business of the firm, 
attending to its large interests in the south and elsewhere. I 
think he was one of the original promoters of the Union Bank of 
Weymouth and Braintree, Mass., and of the Weymouth Savings 
Bank. He took large contracts of the government. Having be- 
come largely interested in Maine lands, he removed to Bangor, 

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22 Church Register in Orrington Circuit. 

Me., in 1833, where he earned on for twenty-five years a large 
lumbering business, until his death, Feb. 8, 1859. 

Quincy Reed, the junior partner, on the dissolution of the firm, 
returned to Weymouth, where he now resides, hale and hearty, 
at the ripe old age of ninety-one years. He has in his possession 
all the papers of the old firm of H. & Q. Reed, carefully assorted 
and filed a year or two since by his son, Quincy L. Reed, esquire. 

It may be proper to add that the family were to the manor 
born in the shoe business. John Reed, born in Weymouth, Dec. 
30, 1679, was a cordwainer, and according to an old aecount book 
of his now extant, bought and sold and tanned hides, and was 
also town surveyor of leather. John Reed jr., his son, born June 
22, 1728, was a cordwainer, and town inspector of leather. His 
son, Capt. Ezra Reed, the father of the firm, was a cordwainer. 

J. W. Porter. 



With a short account of the first rise of Methodism in this vicin- 
ity, and a list of all the preachers on this circuit to the present 
year, prefixed. . 

'• Let all things be done decently and in order."— 1 Cor., xiv : 40. 
"The number op the names together was about 120."— Acts, 1:34. 

Extract from an old record in the care of Simeon Gorton, t steward, Hampden. 

In the year of our Lord 1793, the Rev. Jesse Lee came to Penobscot 
River, preaching in various places, and was requested to tarry, or send 
them another preacher. Agreeably to this request the Rev. Joshua Hall 
was sent, who preached with them several months, under whom there 
was some awakening. The Rev. Phillip Wager succeeded him 9 months, 
when the Rev. Enoch MmlgeJ came to the town of Orrington, and 
formed a church according to the Methodist discipline, and administered 

* Copied from the original manuscript by J. W. P. 

t Simeon Gorton, from Conn., settled in Orrington in 1774, on the first lot above the 
ferry, and before 1783 sold his possession to George Brooks, and removed across the 
river to Hampden, where he died, Sept., 182S, aged 79. 

t Of Mr. Mudge, more hereafter. 

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the Lord's supper, Nov. 27, A. D. 1796. In 1806, June 12, a division 
was made of what was formerly called Penobscot circuit. The socie- 
ties on the eastern side of the river, with other societies annexed, com- 
posed the Orrington circuit. As it was impossible to determine, from 
the old minutes, the precise time when all the members were either ad- 
mitted or excluded, it was thought advisable to begin this book with the 
present members in regular standing. 

Names of the Methodist Preachers who have succeeded each other on 
this Circuit* 

1793-4, Jesse Lee 
1795, Joshua Hall 

Phillip Wager , 
Enoch Mudge 
Peter Jayne 
Timothy Merrit 
Joshua Taylor 
John Finnegan 
Daniel Ricker 
John Gove 
Joseph Baker 
Asa Pattee 
Joel Walker 
Samuel Thompson 
William Goodhue 
Daniel Perry 
Levi Walker 






1806, William Hunt, 10 mos. 

1807, Phillip Aver, 9 " 

1808, David Kilburn, 9 " 

1809, \ Joseph Baker, 12 " 

1810, J » "9 " 

1810, Edward Hyde, 3 " 

1811, George Gerry, 12 " 

1813, JohnAtwell, 12 " 

1814, Cyrus Cumings 

1815, Joshua Nye 

1816, Joseph Lull 

1817, Benjamin Jones 

1817, Benjamin Aver 

1818, Sullivan Bray 

1819, Jeremiah Marsh 

1820, Jeremiah Marsh 


A list of the Members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 
~ ' ~ I. D. 1820.* 

Orrington Circuit, A, 


Simeon Fowler jr., leader 
Richard Godfrey 
Mercy Godfrey 
David Wiswell 
Abigail Wiswell 
Lucy Baker 
Lucy Baker 2d 
Mehetabel Smith 
Jemima Swett 
Mehetabel Godfrey 
Mercy Godfrey 2d 
Phebe Young 
Lydia Godfrey 
Patty Smith 
Sophronia Dole 
Benoni Baker 
Phebe Harding 

Benj. Godfrey 
Patty Godfrey 
Joseph C. Jayne, leader 
Susannah Jayne 
William Marsh 
Susan Marsh 
Simeon Fowler 
Melinda Fowler 
Deborah Hopkins 
Jesse Atwood 
John Crowell 
Hannah Crowell 
Daniel Nickerson, leader 
Tryphena Nickerson 
Warren Nickerson 
Martha Nickerson 
Eliphalet Nickerson 

* Admitted to the church between 1796 and 1819, and living In 1819. 

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Sarah Nickerson 
Paul Nickerson 
Molly Nickerson 
Theophilus Nickerson 
Eunice Nickerson 
Zeruiah Nickerson 
Jerusha Nickerson 
Sally Drew- 
Lucy Kempton 
Hannah Brown 
Isaac Peirce, leader 
Rachel Peirce 
Sally Smith 
Jesse Atwood jr. 
Levina Atwood 
Moses Rogers 
Thankful Rogers 
Keziah Higgins 
Statira Snow 
Nancy Nickerson 
Mehetabel Smith 
Hannah Brown 
Sarah Doane 
Sally Nickerson 
Eliza Nickerson 
Betsey Snow 
Sarah Snow 
Betsey Snow 2d 
Desire Cole 
Samuel Bartlett 
Joanna Bartlett 
Tabitha Freeman 
Paul Nye 
Margaret Nye 
Timothy Freeman 
Mary Freeman 
Mehetabel Freeman 
Polly Bartlett 
Ephraim Goodale 
Prudence H. Goodale 
Mary Chapin 
Joseph Rogers 
Salome Rogers 
Mary Bolton 
Amariah Rogers, leader 
Elizabeth Rogers 
Mary Rogers 
Hezekiah Eldridge 
Mary Eldridge 
Joanna Swett 

Prince Higgins 
Ruth Higgins 
Samuel Swett 
Hannah Higgins 
Bethana Rider 
Mercy Freeman 
Mary Swett 

Thomas Freeman, leader 
Timothy Nye 
Keziah Nye 
Sally Nye 
Mary Rich 
Jeremiah Rich 
Jonathan Burns 
Lucy Burns 
Polly Burns 
Mehetabel Baker 
Mehetabel Freeman 
Elihu Hoxie, leader 
Polly Hoxie 
Allen Nickerson 
Amelia Nickerson 
Jerusha Eldridge 
Hannah Eldridge 
Reuben Freeman 2d 
Nath. Peirce 2d 
Sally Rogers 
Polly Freeman 
Azubah Freeman 
Manning Wood, leader 
Sally Wood 
Benjamin Swelt 
Abigail Swett 
Joseph Baker 
Hannah Baker 
Sally Nichols 
Mary King 
Zeruiah Freeman 
John Wentworth 
Judith Veazie 
Samuel Rider jr. 
Azubah Rider 
Keziah Rider 
Nancy Marsh 
Samuel Rider 
Lydia Rider 
Rebecca Rider 
Mary Bartlett 
Olive Smith 
Charlotte Burns 

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Lydia Rider 2d 
Bethiab Nickerson 
Polly Rider 
Nath. Rider 

Huldah Godfrey 
Sally Smith 
Eliza Smith 


Thomas Rich, leader 

Anna Rich 

Tamosin Hinks 

Joanna Rich 

Sylvanus Rich 

Lucy Rich 

Lucy Rich (mar. Atwood) 

Susanna Rich 

Lydia McDaniel 

Ruth Hopkins 

Ruth Nye 

Reuben Freeman 

Stephen Rider 

Joanna Rider 

Benjamin Ballard 

Anna Ballard 

Jonathan Cobb, leader 

Elizabeth Cobb 

James Nichols 

Benjamin Gross 

Mary Gross 

Nath. Lowell 

Sally Lowell 

Solomon Collins 

Jerusha Collins 

Mercy Collins 

Winslow Hinks jr. 

Betsey Hinks 

Elisha Hinks 

Mary Hinks 

Jesse Hinks 

Ruth Hinks 

Eliza Hinks (Goodale) 

George Wharf 

Mehetabel Wharf 

Reuben Stubbs 

Polly Stubbs 

Simeon Bearse 

Phebe Bearse 

Jesse Kilby 

Desire Kilby 

James Deane 

Thankful Deane 

Isaiah Rich 

Elizabeth Reed 

Henry Atwood 
Betsey Atwood 
Sally Rich 
William Ballard 
Polly Ballard 
Elisha D. Eldridge 
Polly Doane 
David Kilburn 
Rebecca Kilburn 
Thomas Kilburn 
Polly Kilburn 
Nehemiah H. Nickerson 
Anna Nickerson 
Joshua Nickerson 
Hannah Nickerson 
Joshua Rich 
Jane Rich 
James Ay re 
Ruth Ay re 
Eliza Ayre 
William Bryant 
Hannah Bryant 
Thankful Ayre 
Susanna Couillard 
Olive Moore 
Hannah Gross 
Betsey Lewis 2d 
Joanna Lowell 
Rachel Dyer 
John Kenney, leader 
Hannah Kenney 
Samuel Stubbs 
Hannah Stubbs 
Hannah Lewis 
Elizabeth Pratt 
John K. Mayo 
Abner Curtis, leader 
Tamsin Curtis 
Zoheth Smith 
Hepzibah Smith 
Abner Clements 
Amy Clements 
Mary Howes 
Sally Howes 
Betsey Lewi% igitizec 


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Lucy Curtis 

Hepzibah Smith 2d 

Mary Nye 

John Curtis, leader 

Henry Little 

Sally Cottle 

Phinehas Eames 

Sarah Eames 

Jeremiah Higgins* leader 

Hannah Higgins 

John Eldridge 

Rebecca Eldridge 

Hannah Wiley 

Isaac Small 

Anna Small 

Paul Page 

Thomas Wiley 

John Tillick 

Bathsheba Snow 

Phinehas Higgind 

Betsey Snow 

Ezekiel Harding 
Bangs Doane, leader 
Priscilla Doane 
Jane Bassett 
Nathan At wood jr 
Olive Snow 
Susanna Carr 
Hannah Page 
Jane Atwood 
Catharine Page 
Sarah Page 
Benj. Atwood 
Nehemiah Bassett 
Ebenezer Smith 
Zulinia (?) Smith 
Susanna Page 
Bethiah Done 
Reuben Snow jr. 
Ebenezer Atwood jr. 
Phebe Tillick 


Mary Harriman 2d 
Desire Blazdel 
Jane Blazdel 
Ebenezer Eldridge 
Tamsin Eldridge 
Clarissa Harriman 
Fanny Stubbs 
Anna Soper 
Polly Eldridge 

Members who joined the Church in 1821. 

Daniel Blazdel, leader 
William Saunders 
Ruth Saunders 
David Dodge 
Mehetabel Dodge 
Elizabeth Soper 
Sally Saunders 
Mary Harriman 
Polly Blazdel 


William Atwood jr. 
Elspy Swett 
Simeon Peirce 

Ruth Rider 
Rebecca Rider 
Elisha Lewis 


Nath. McMahon 
Nancy McMahon 
Nath. McMahon jr. 
Samuel McMahon 
Abiah Spooner 
Allen Crane 
Nancy Cook 
Celia Eddy 
Rebecca Lancaster 

Hannah Kenney 
Temperance Blackman 
Solomon Rowe 
Betsey Appleton 
Dorcas Clewley 
Rebecca Davis 
Susanna Rowe 
Abigail G. Parks 
Dorcas Mann 

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The Holyoke Family. 27 


Edward 1 Holyoke was in Lynn 163 6-7. He Was from Tara- 
worth, county Stafford, on the edge of Warwickshire. Lived 
most of his days in that part of Boston called Eumney Marsh, 
now Chelsea. He was chosen representative for several towns 
between 1639 and 1648. He died May 4th, 1660. His will is in 
N. E. Gen. Register, vol. 9, page 345. He married Prudence, 
daughter of Rev. John Stockton, of Kinholt, Eng, 

Elizur 2 Holyoke, son of Edward 1 Holyoke, lived in Spring- 
field, Mass. ; was a captain, and representative to General Court, 
1656-67-70-73-75. He died Sept., 1676. His first wife was 
daughter of Wm. Pincheon ; married Nov. 20, 1640. She died 
Oct. 26, 1657. He married second, widow Esther Maynard. 

Elizur 3 Holyoke, jr., born 1651. Lived in Boston; repre- 
sentative to General Court, 1704-07. He died Aug. 11, 1711, 
aged 60. Married Mary, daughter of Jacob Elliot, jr., niece of 
Rev. John Elliot, Jan. 2, 1678. She died Feb- 2, 1720-21, 66. 

Jacob 4 Holyoke, son of Elizur, 8 born 1697, died Sept. 19, 
1767 ; merchant. His widow made her will Jan. 28, 1779 ; 
proved Jan. 20, 1784. Names sons, John Skinner, Edward, 
Elizur and John. Daughters, Sarah Skinner, Mary Sherman. 
Phillip Freeman jr., John Skinner, and Edward Holyoke, admin- 
istrators. Jacob Holyoke, of Boston, 1762, sold John Elliot land 
in Boston, on Holyoke street, in rear of Lowder's land. He 
married Susanna Martin, who died 1784. 

John 5 Holyoke, sixth child of Jacob, 4 was born in Boston, 

Aug. 27, 1743. Said to have been one of the "tea party." 

Came to Orrington (Brewer part) about 1777. His lot was near 

the end of the toll bridge. Built the first frame house in what is 

now Brewer, 1788. Was a petitioner in 1783, and a grantee in 

1786. He was the first treasurer of the town of Orrington, 1788, 

selectman 1791, and held other town offices. He was a cooper 

by trade, and was much respected by his townsmen. Died Apr. 

21, 1807, aged 64. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph 

and Mary (Farmer) Treat,* of Boston, 1768. She was born in 

* Her mother's grave-stone is in Brewer cemetery: " Widow Mary Treat, mother of 
Major Robert. Treat and Elizabeth Holyoke, died August, 1797, aged 95," 

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28 The Holyoke Family. 

Boston; baptized May 31, 1745; died in Brewer, Dec. 4, 1830, 

aged 82. Children were : 

i. John, b. Boston, March 10, 1773. 

ii. Caleb Hopkins, b. Boston, Mar. 6, 1775; m. Margaret Neal. Lived 

In Portsmouth, N. H. 
iii. Polly, b. May 13, 1777; m. first Charles Burr, of Brewer, May 24, 

1796, by Rev. Seth Noble, and second, George Wiswell. She died 

iv. Edward, b. in Orrington, Brewer part, Mar. 27, 1779 ; drowned about 

1804, at the age of 25. 
v. Elizabeth, b. Orrington, Brewer part, Mar. 7, 1781; m. Richard 

Hoben, of S. Orrington. 
vl. Jacob, b. Orrington, Brewer part. Mar. 27, 1783 ; died May 2, 1865. 
vii. Sarah Skinner, b. Orrington, Brewer part, April 30, 1785 ; m. Sam- 
uel C. Fields ; published in Bangor, July 18. 1813. 
viii. William, b. Orrington, Brewer part, April 20, 1787 ; married Lucy 

Green leaf. 
ix. Robert Treat, b. Orrington, Brewer part, April 20, 1789; died 

x. Richard, b. Orrington, Brewer part, Oct. 5, 1791 ; of Kingsclear, N. B. 

John 6 Holyoke, jr., of Brewer, born in Boston, Mar. 10, 

1773 ; died in Brewer, Oct. 3, 1831, aged 58. Married Miriam, 

daughter of John and Lydia Tibbetts,* Nov. 27, 1800. She 

was born in Boothbay, June 1, 1779; was baptized and joined 

Brewer church, in 1832 ; died in Brewer, April 20, 1850, aged 

71. The children, all born in Brewer, were : 

i. Eliza, b. April 6, 1801; died Mar. 4, 1827; m. Leonard Hill, Jan. 12, 

ii. Edward, b. Aug. 22, 1802; died in Brewer, May 11, 1861; m. first, 

Dec. 21, 1830, Melinda, daughter of Benjamin, jr., and Nancy 

(Burrill) Snow. She was born Feb. 27, 1808; died in North Yar- 
mouth, September, 1881. 
iii. John, b. Mur. 5, 1804; m. Feb. 17, 1831, Julia Holbrook; m. second, 

April 17, 1843, Harriet Wheeler, 
iv. Mary, b. Nov. 22, 1805; Married first, Whiting Brastow, July 30, 

1829; second, Jacob L. Barker, Aug. 19, 1833. He born Sept. 15, 

1805 ; died in Brewer, 
v. Charles, b. Jan. 18. 1808 ; died in Brewer, June 5, 1885. Married 

first, Nov. 23, 1832,f Sarah Whiting, of Asa; second. Nov. 24, 1836, 

Drucy E. Cobb, of Samuel, b. Aug. 8, 1817; died Mar. 10, 1868. 
vi. Horace, b. Sept. 11, 1809. 
vii. Caleb, b. Mar. 24, 1811 ; m. first, Dec. 9, 1843, Abby L. Parker, who 

died Oct. 29, 1880, aged 58 years and 4 months; m. second, Mrs. 

Rogers. Two sons by first wife — Frank H. and Caleb, 
viii. Robert, b. Sept. 18, 1813 ; died in Portland, Jan. 23, 1874, aged 60 

years and 4 months. Married Priscilla Dver, of Capt. Jesse. She 

died June 30, 1873. 
ix. Joseph, b. Aug. 18, 1815 ; m. Mar. 30, 1846, Ejunice W. Smith, b. June 

23, 1818; died May 23, 1869; m. second, Mrs. Frances A. Smith. 

She born Jan. 31. 1835. 
x. Dr. Thomas, b. Mar. 16, 1818 ; died Feb. 10, 1877, aged 58. Married 

Catharine Clark. 

* I am indebted to Rev. Charles 6. Holyoke for aid in the preparation of this article, 
t Bangor Record says 1831. 

Ancient Land Grants East of Penobscot River. 29 

xi. Margaret Neal, b. July 21, 1820; m. Nov. 15, 1846, Seth C. Dyer, 
xii. Harriet, b. Sept. 2, 1822; died Sept. 24, 1835. 

Jacob 6 Holyoke, of John, born in Brewer, March 27, 1783. 
Died May 2, 1865. Married first, Patty, daughter of Col. John 
Brewer. Published Sept. 30, 1809. She died in 1818, aged 28. 
He married second, Annie Treadwell, sister of Samuel and 
Thomas Treadwell, merchants of Brewer village. She died in 
1824. He married third, Sally, daughter of Nathan Hopkins. 
She born in Orrington, Jan. 16, 1803; living now. The chil- 
dren by first wife: Martha, married Sylvester Gregg; William, 
went South; Sarah, married Bradford Farrington. By the third 
wife : Jacob A., unmarried ; his mother resides with him ; Abby, 
married Nath. Swett ; Henry, married, and resides in Brewer. 


(NO. I.) 

In the year 1762, a few settlers having emigrated to the " east- 
ward of Penobscot river," and there being several petitions for 
grants of lands there, — some of whom were David Bean and 81 
others, for a township " at or about Mt. Desart ;" Moses Twich- 
ell and 180 others, for a township " on the north and west side of 
Mt. Desert;'' Ebenezer Thorndike and 59 others, for a township 
" at a place called Sandy Point, about three miles above Castine's 
river ;" Wait Wads worth and 60 others, for a grant for a town- 
ship "on Penobscot bay or river;" Samuel Livermore and 40 
others, for a grant of a township of land ; and David Marsh and 
352 others, for a " tract of land between the province of Nova 
Scotia and the province of Maine" — the General Court of the 
colony of Massachusetts Bay, in answer to these petitions, and to 
" promote settlements to the eastward," granted twelve townships 
of land^ subject to confirmation by the crown, to consist of the 
quantity of six miles square of the unappropriated lands of this 
province, between the river Penobscot and the river St. Croix ; 
that said townships be no more than six miles on the sea coast, or 
on Penobscot or other rivers, to be located in a regular contigu- 
ous manner. Plans were to be presented to the General Court 
for its acceptance, on or before July 31, 1763 ; sixty protestant 

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30 Ancient Land Grants East of Penobscot River. 

families were to be settled on each township within six years after 
obtaining the king's approbation, and as many houses at least 
eighteen feet square. Three hundred acres of land were to be 
fitted for tillage, a meeting house to be erected, and a minister 
settled (pious and orthodox). 

These grantees, as voluntary associates and tenants in common, 
individually bound themselves in a penal bond of £50 to fulfill all 
these conditions- The surveys were to be under the superintend- 
ence of Samuel Livermore, esquire. The townships were to be 
laid out in two classes. The six of the first class, granted to 
David Marsh and others, were laid out beginning on Penobscot 
river and extending around to what is now Union river. It wag 
quite remarkable that notwithstanding the six-mile limit, the east- 
ern bounds should come just to this river. These townships 

No. One — now Bucksport, incorporated Buckstown, June 27, 1792- 
Name changed to Bucksport June 12., 1817. A small part of the north 
part of the town has been annexed to Orrington. 

No. Two — now Orland, incorporated Feb. 21., 1800. 

No. Three — now Penobscot, incorporated Feb. 23, 1787, including 
Castine, which was set off and incorporated Feb. 10, 17%, and a part 
,set off and included in Brooksville, June 13, 1817. 

No. Four — now Sedgwick, incorporated Jan. 12, 1789 ; a part taken 
off and included in Brooksville, in 1817, and the whole -of Brooklia, 
incorporated June 9, 1849. 

No. Five — now BluehilL, incorporated Jan. 30, 1789. 

No. Six — now Surry, incorporated June 21, 1&04. A part of this 
town included in Ellsworth. 

The six townships of the second class were to be laid out to the 
eastward of those of the first class, — in the vicinity of and adja- 
cent to Mt. Desert — and were : 

No. One — now Trenton, incorporated Feb. 16., 1789. North-west 
part included in Ellsworth in 1800, and a part included in Hancock in 
1828 ; and Lamoine, set off and incorporated Feb.. 11, 1870. 

No. Two — now Sullivan, incorporated Feb. 16, 1789, part included in 
Hancock in 1828. 

No. Three — now Mt. Desert, incorporated Feb. 17, 1789; Eden, set 
off and incorporated Feb. 23, 1796; Tremont, set off and incorporated 
4 as Mansel, June 3, 1848, name afterward changed. 

No. Four — now Steuben, incorporated Feb. 27, 1795. 

No. Five — now Harrington, incorporated June 17, 1791. 

No. Six — now Addison, incorporated Feb. 14, 1797. 

After the surveys had been completed, " Mr. Livermore, find- 

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Ancient Land Grants East of Penobscot River \ 31 

ing the townships to meet on the river (Union) which extended 
up into the country, it was proposed to call it Union river, which, 
after the ceremony of breaking a bottle of rum, was agreed to."* 
As to the name of this river before being thus named. In the 
second volume f of a Geography of the World, — London, 1747 — > 
written by Eman Bowen, geographer to the king, there is a map 
of the province of Nova Scotia, upon which this river seems to 
be designated as " R des Monts desarts." 

The breaking out of the revolutionary war put a stop to the 
emigration which had commenced, and the " country at the east- 
ward," as it was always called, remained unsettled. At the close 
of the war, public attention was now called to the province of 
Maine, or district, as it was now called, and in 1785 the grantees 
and their assigns brought the matter of the grants of 1762 to the 
consideration of the General Court. Enoch Bartlett and others 
prayed for the confirmation of the six of the first class, called 
the David Marsh townships ; Paul Thorndike and others for No. 
1 (Trenton) ; N. Preble and others for No* 2 (Sullivan) ; J. Ber- 
nard for No. 3 (Mt. Desert) ; Edward Small and others for No* 
4 (Steuben) ; Josiah Sawyer and others for No* 5 (Harrington) ; 
and N. Parker and others for No. 6 (Addison). Laws were 
passed giving to the several settlers upon the townships of the 
first class convenient lots of 100 acres, so surveyed as best to in- 
clude their respective improvements, and after reserving 1200 
acres for public uses in each town, the residue was divided among 
the original grantees and their representatives, in proportion to 
their shares in the primary divisions. 

The six townships of the second class were confirmed to the 
original proprietors and their representatives, upon condition that 
those of each town should pay to the government in consolidated 
notes £1200, and within six years build sixty dwelling houses* 
settle as many protestant families, erect a meeting house, and or- 
dain a learned and orthodox minister, and that they should also 
quiet every inhabitant upon a lot of 50 acres, who resided upon 
it before the peace. Subsequently some of these grants were 
changed, and granted to other parties, and the state appointed 
agents to lay out lands to proprietors and settlers, of which more 

* Bluehill Ch. Records. 

t Copy now owned by Hon. Lewis Barker, of Bangor* 

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32 Pvblishmente, <&c. 


By James Genn, plantation clerk, before the incorporation of New Wor- 
cester into a town by the name of Orrington, Mar. 21, 1788. 

James Hill and widow Patience Rowell, both of this settlement, 2d 
day of December, 1785. 

Moses Baker and Miss Rachel Swett, both of this settlement, Dec. 
20, 1785- 

Daniel Mann and Olive Lancaster, both of Penobscot River,* Jan. 
10, 1786. 

William Lancaster and Sally Porter, both of Penobscot River, 11th 
April, 1786. 

Crowell Cook, of New Worcester, and Betsey Jones, of Camden, 
June 7, 1786. 

Jacob Buswellf to widow Sarah Mansell, Aug. 27, 1786. 

Samuel Wiswell and Anna Atwood,J Sept. 4, 1786. 

George Fullman and Nancy McKenzie, Oct. 1, 1786, and married by 
Jona. Buck, Esq. 

James Dunning and Anna Thombs, both of Penobscot River, Oct. 8, 

Nathaniel Mayo and Huldah Harding, April 8, 1787. 

Nathaniel Clark and Lois Downs, both of New Worcester, Apr. 14, 

Joshua Severance and Elizabeth Snow, both of New Worcester, Apr. 
14, 1787. 

William Murch§ and Hannah Thompson, Apr. 29, 1787. 

David Wiswell, of New Worcester, and Abigail Deane, of Wellfleet, 
Mass., May 20, 1787. 

Miller Johnston and Rebecca Wheelden, both of this township, July 
27, 1787. 

Eliphalet Nickerson and Sarah Swett, both of this township, Oct. 13, 

Joseph Plympton and the widow Jane Baston, both of this town, 
Jan. 4, 1788." 

u Thomas Goldthwait, of Fort Pownal, sells to John Brewer, of Penob- 
scot, one fourth part of a saw mill, which he at present owns with him 
and Josiah Brewer, and also one fourth of every thing appertaining to 
©aid mill, agreeable to what I received by purchase of William Craw- 
ford, esquire, for £46 13 shillings, Nov. 12, 1774 

Witness, Joseph Chadwick, Josiah Brewer. 

Rec. Lincoln County Registry, vol. 16, page 136." 

{£3=° The article relating to the wholesale boot and shoe trade 
in the United States was written for a Boston newspaper, but by 
the advice of friends is printed herein. 

* "Penobscot River" meant the unineorporate places on the river. ,. 

t Of Bangor, senior, 

j Grand-parents of the late A mo "Wiswell, of Ellsworth. 

} Of Hampden. 5igitlzedt 





(no. II.) 

bingham's penobscot purchase.* 
At the close of the revolutionary war Massachusetts was in 
debt about $5,000,000, and her proportion of the national debt 
was supposed to be nearly as much. There was no revenue but 
the direct tax, which was oppressive, unpopular, and not easily 
collected. Gov. Hancock called the attention of the General 
Court to the eastern lands, as a source of revenue. The soldiers 
had been discharged without pay, except in paper money, whicl} 
was worth about ten cents on the dollar, and many of them emi-. 
grated to Maine, and settled where they chose, regardless of 
claims or titles. Old British and Indian grants jostled one an-, 
other, while the Indian tribes protested against the encroachment^ 
of the settlers ; but the State had a good title to a large portion 
of the district of Maine. In 1783 a land office Tvas established 
and commissioners appointed to look after the lands, and inquire 
into trespasses and encroachments, and to inquire how far grantees 
have fulfilled their agreements, and to ascertain the claims of the 
Indian tribes. Surveys were ordered of all the unsurveyed lands 
east of the Penobscot, and four on the west side of the Penob- 
scot, above the Waldo grant. 

Lands were offered to actual settlers in lots of 150 acres, for 
one dollar per acre, on any navigable river or bay, and else- 
where free, the grantee to clear sixteen acres in four years. In 

•Authorities: Massachusetts Records: Williamson's History of Maine; Hon. L. A. 
Emery, of Ellsworth, now attorney of the estute, and Hon. Cyrus A. Packard, land 
agent of Maine. 

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34 Ancient Land Grants East of Penobscot River. 

1783-84-85, many townships were surveyed, and the most of the 
islands east of Penobscot bay. But these inducements and offers 
did not replenish the treasury of the State. A land lottery was 
proposed, and after much discussion in the General Court and out 
of it, an act was passed Nov. 9, 1786, entitled "An act to bring 
into the publick treasury the sum of £163,200, in public securi- 
ties, by sale of a part of the eastern lands, and to establish a lot- 
tery for that purpose." The act provided for the selling by lot- 
tery of fifty townships of land, of six miles square each, contain- 
ing in all 1,107,396 acres, situated in what is now Hancock and 
Washington counties, between the Penobscot and St. Croix rivers. 

The tract to be bounded as follows : Beginning at the north west 
corner of township No. 8 in the Middle Division of townships east of 
Penobscot river, from thence running north thirty miles ; then east six 
miles ; then north six miles ; then east thirty miles ; then south six miles ; 
thence east to Schuduc river ; then down the middle of that river thro' 
the Schuduc pond to the south east corner of township No. 7 in the 
East Division (now Bailey vilie) being a heap of stones by a rock maple 
tree, on the west bank of Schuduc river, marked thus j± 1764 ; thence 
south 45 degrees, west two miles and 118 rods to a heap of stones and 
white pine tree, marked on North East side of Meddy Bemps lake or 
pond, so called ; thence southerly through said pond to the outlet there- 
of, or beginning of Dennys river, to a white pine tree on the west bank 
thereof, marked for the north west corner of No. 10 (now Edmunds) in 
said East Division ; thence south 81 degrees west one mile and 100 rods 
to a spruce tree, the north west corner of No. 10 ; thence south nine de- 
grees east seven miles to the north line of No. 12 ; (now Whiting) 
thence south 81 degrees west to the east line of Machias ; thence north 
ten degrees west to the north east corner of Machias ; thence south 80 
degrees west eight miles to the north west corner of Machias ; thence south 
ten degrees east to the north east corner of No. 22, (now Jonesboro) in 
said East Division ; thence South 80 degrees west 6 miles and 150 rods 
to a beach tree the north west corner of No. 22, on the east line of No. 
13 ; tfyen north to tlje north east corner of said No. 13 ; then next on 
the north line of said H$q, 13, (now Columbia Falls) No. 12, (now 
Columbia,) No. 11, (now Cberryfield) No. 9, (now Franklin) and 
No. 8 to the first mentioned Ijouncls. 



These Townships were a^ fQlJ<W8 ; — 


No. 7 contains 21,120 acres, now Bailey ville, Washington Co. 

13 " 23,040 ?* " Marion, " 

14 " 23,040 ." " Unincorporated, "_ 

15 " 24,960 " " Cooper, ^ °^8 

Ancient Land Grants East of Penobscot River. 


No. 16 






Washington Co. 






























lays for 











Centre ville, 



















27 contains 







No. 14 contains 





Hancock Co. 













Unincorporated, " 







Washington Co. 





















Hancock Co. 






Unincor. , 















Washington Co. 





















Hancock Co. 













Unincor. , 








Washington Co. 





















Hancock Co. 




























Washington Co. 














Penobscot Co. 






Unincorporated, Hancock Co. 





















Washington Co 















Grand Falls PL, Penobscot Co. 






Unincorporated, Hancock Co 














Washington Co. 





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36 Ancient Land Grants East of Penobscot River. 

There were in the lottery 1939 tickets which were sold for £60 
each, for which soldiers' notes and all other public securities of 
the State would be received in payment. Every ticket would en- 
title the holder to a prize, the lowest being half a mile square and 
the highest a township. Samuel Phillips, Jr., Leonard Jarvis and 
Rufus Putnam were sworn before Justice Samuel Barrett, Oct. 11, 
1787 "to the faithful performance of their trust as Managers of 
said Lottery." Up to the time of drawing, Oct. 12, 1787, 437 
tickets had been sold to about one hundred different persons, in- 
cluding such buyers as, Harvard College, Rev. John Murry, of 
Newburyport, Rev. Mr. Jona Homer, of Newtown, Justin Ely, of 
West Springfield, and others like them. But the lottery scheme 
did not accomplish what was intended and it was determined to 
sell the lands if a purchaser could be found. A new committee 
was appointed, Messrs. Phillips, Jarvis and John Reed, who, July 
1, 1791, made a contract with Gen. Henry Jackson, of Boston, 
and Royal Flint, of New York, to sell them 2,000,000 acres of 
Maine lands for ten cents per acre; 1,000,000 acres to be at or 
near the head waters of the Kennebec and 1,000,000 acres in what 
is now Hancock and Washington Counties ; to include the unsold 
lottery tracts and other lands in the vicinity to make up the re- 
quired quantity. July 25, 1791, in consideration of ten shillings 
Jackson and Flint assigned their contract to William Duer, of 
New York, and "Henry Knox, Secretary of the Department of 
War." December, 1792, Duer and Knox assigned their interest 
to William Bingham, of Philadelphia, a gentleman of wealth, who 
had contributed largely to the support of the Government in the 
Revolutionary war. January 23, 1793, the Committee in behalf 
of Massachusetts, executed sixteen deeds, conveying in the aggre- 
gate the two million acres named in the contract to Jackson and 
Flint. Mr. Bingham afterward bought up many of the lottery 
tickets, or tracts. 

The late William Allen, of Norridgewock, who was for many 
years a sub-agent for the Bingham Estate, mostly for the Kenne- 
bec purchase, wrote an account of its purchasers, from which I 
take the following extracts : 

Mr. Bingham was required to pay the State twelve and a half cents 

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Ancient Land Grants East of Penobscot River. 37 

an acre, and paid down $311,250, the full price,* and had a deed made, not 
to be delivered unless he caused forty families to be placed on each town- 
ship within seven years. He returned to Philadelphia and appointed 
Gen. David Cobb and John Richards, Esq., as his agents to attend to 
his lands in Maine ; being immensely rich, having valuable land estates 
in Pennsylvania and New York— nearly the whole of Binghamton. His 
only son was setteled in Montreal, one daughter married to Alexander 
Baring, M. P,, and a distinguised statesman, one to Henry Baring, 
Bath, England, one to Robert Gilmore, of Baltimore, one to Charles W. 
Huse, and one to Charles N. Willing — all honorable, wealthy men ; and 
in his declining health he closed up his accounts, retired from business, 
went to London to live with his daughters there, and died at Bath, near 
London honored and respected, in 1803. 

Mr. Bingham gave deeds of one hundred acres to all the settlers on 
the land as provided for in his contract, on the payment of $5.00 by 
those who were on the land prior to 1784, and $25.00 by all who settled 
before 1800. 

The people in Maine generally know but little about the sale to Mr. 
Bingham. As purchasers were generally remiss in making payments, 
it was insinuated by dishonest politicians that Mr. B. was bankrupt, 
and had fled the country to avoid his creditors. 

In the electioneering campaign in 1807, the Federalists had controlled 
the affairs in the General Court, and Gov. Strong had been in office sev- 
eral years. 

The chief complaint was against Gov. Strong for neglecting to order 
possession to be taken of the Bingham lands, and all sorts of slander 
about Mr. B. and the Federal Legislature. No one attempted to con 
tradict them, and many Federalists in Maine believed that Gov. Strong 
had been remiss in his duty, and his opponent by this means were suc- 
cessful and Strong was superceded. James Sullivan was chosen Gov- 
ernor, with a Democratic majority in both branches of the Legislature ; 
and the majority in Maine rejoiced, expecting that now the Bingham 
lands would be restored to the State. Gen. King, when chosen Senator, 
was a leader in the Democracy and slandering Mr. Bingham, he turned 
about and appointed him and his devisees in the Legislature ; his con- 
stituents believed he was bribed. 

When the General Court met, Messrs. Barings, Gilmore, Willing 
and Huse, as devisees, by their agents filed a petition for an extension 
of time to place settlers on their lands, and were joined by a hundred 
other purchasers of townships, of leading statesmen of both parties, 
(but few of whom had made payment in full as Mr. Bingham had) and 
it was seen at once without discussion that Mr. B.'s devisees would be en- 
titled by law to their deed by a bill in equity, and an extension of time 
was granted without opposition, and the devisees proposed to give a 
good and sufficient bond, with a condition to get the settlers on the land 
within the time specfied, and requested, therefor, to have the delivery of 
the deed so that they could make lawful sales to any purchasers, which 
was agreed to, and they filed a bond of $30,000 signed by Wm. King, 
Peleg Tolman, Samuel Dana, Moses Carlton, Jr., Abiel Wood, Jr., 

♦Mr. Allen probably made a mistake in bis figures. 

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38 Ancient Land Grants East of Penobscot Hiver. 

- ~ - — — -— I" I.. 

Benjamin Porter, and others, for the fulfillment of the devisee^ con- 
tract to get settlers on the land. The devisees, wisely, to prevent any 
complaint against the Legislature^ agreed to indemnify these bond men 
from all liability by conveying to them or to six of the most prominent 
members of the Legislature three of the most valuable of the townships ; 
the grantees to be William King, Abel Wood, Jr., and Samuel Dana — 
three noted Democrats^-and Harrison G. Otis, John Richards and 
Stephen Jones, or such others as the Councilmen might agree upon— 
the last three being leading Federalists — so that no one could say a 
party did it. Kingfield and west half of Lexington townships were 
deeded to King and his associates, and he bought them out ; Concord 
and the east half of Lexington was conveyed to Otis, Richards and 
Jones. Mr. Otis took a deed from his associates and assumed their 
portion of the liabilities ; paid the taxes on the land a number of years, 
and paid $3,000 for making the Canada road across Concord. He 
soon became sick of his bargain, for he could make few or no sales and 
few settlers went on. I saw him several times, and he always complain- 
ed of his hard bargain ; he was glad to be discharged from it on receiv- 
ing the money he had paid out without compensation for the time he 

Gen. King had more courage ; paid his off and assumed the responsi- 
bility and found that it was not possible for settlers ever to live on some 
townships composed of barren mountains, and the Legislature resolved 
that the full number might be reckoned if placed on other townships, 
and all who died or went on and moved off, might be counted, as he 
could not preserve the lives of those who died nor compel those to re- 
main whom he placed on the premises, and the time was extended till 
1830 when a census was taken of all the settlers on the Bingham lands 
from the west line of the million acres to Schuduc river and by including 
those who had died and those who had gone off, and a small excess was 
found. I was employed six weeks, assisted by James Dinsmore, Esq. 
We made our report to the Land Agent which was accepted and the 
bond of Gen. King and others discharged, he paying our bills. 

The taxes and bills of expense, and the money paid to Mr. Otis, ex- 
ceeded the value of the three townships ; none of the grantees of the 
devisees ever received a dollar as profits of any sale ; and Gen. King 
spent his whole estate and was harrassed all his life with the ill treatment 
of the settlers found on these townships when conveyed to him, there 
being about thirty families on each town in 1807. All seemed to think 
that he had been a traitor to his constituents when he was Senator ; 
consented to the arrangement with Mr. Bingham's heirs, and was paid 
for his treachery by the land. No explanation of the business was 
probably made in his life. He was perplexed till he became insane, had 
a guardian appointed, who gave up all his unsold lands for a trifle, to 
avoid taxes or to pay his attorney's fees and died insolvent. 

The attorneys and agents for the purchase have been Gen. 
David Cobb, of Taunton, Mass, who removed to Gouldsboro' in 
1796, and associated with him was John Kichards, Esquire. Gen. 

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Cobb lived in Maine for nearly thirty years, and was one of the 
most distinguished citizens Maine ever had ; after he became some- 
what disabled from old age he removed back to Taunton where he 
died. Strange to say, Massachusetts historians almost wholly 
ignore his Maine residence. Col. John Black, of Ellsworth, suc- 
ceeded him and was agent for many years ; and after him his son* 
George N. Black, Eugene Hale and Lucilius A. Emery. The 
estate has been managed with ability, and the thousand of settlers* 
thereon have been, in the main, dealt with honorably and liber- 



1796* June 1, Aaron Griffin to Peggy Webster, both of Bangor. 

Aug. 4,'Wm. Hammond to Susanna Campbell, of Orrington. 
Sept. 15, Wm. McPheters and Miss Esther Ayers, of Colbintoni 

Nov. 8, Ichalod Clark to Mary Lancaster. 
Dec. 15, Benjamin Low to Mary Hutchins. 


180GL,. Dec. 31, Thomas Coffin Norris to Eliza Haines, of Hallo-well.. 
1801,. Feb. 27, Thos. Low and Lydia Johnson, of Orrington. 
April 21, William Bede to Mary Banks.. 


Nov. 12, Daniel Ladd and Elizabeth Dennett. 

1802, April 10, Daniel Webster and Eliza Boyd. 

1803, JaN. 22, Samuel Grant and Hannah Davis. 

Feb. 20, Richard Palmer and Eliza Skinner both of Ohio J Set- 


1864, Jan.. 8, Aaron Hatch and Miss Betsey Wilkins. 

Jan. 8, Simon Tozier and Betsey Milliken, of Ohio, Settlement. 


1805 y Jan. 24, John Hasey and Miss Abigail Hodson, both of a place- 
called Kenduskeag Stream. 

* The writer of this had his homestead on the purchase for twentv years, for fifteen. 
yearn camped on it every winter, and for thirty or forty years has eut logs within its. 

t When the town <is not named the person is supposed to belong in Bangor. 


40 Marriages on Bangor Records* 

1805, March 23, John Thompson to Miss Lydia Grant both of Kendus- 


1806, Oct. 24, John Bragg and Polly Dennet. 


1806, March 19, John Smith Haskell and Miss Sally Murry both of 

Lincolntown Plantation. 

1807, Sept. 19, Hugh Maxwell and Hannah Mitchell. 

1808, Dec. 28, Timothy Manley and Eunice Briggs both of Pushaw. 
Jan. 22, David Potter of Pushaw and Miss Sally Hildreth 2 of 

Blaisdell Town* or Borough. 

June 6, Oliver Hodson of Kenduskeag and Miss Abigail Cole 
Knight of Lincolntown Settlement. 

July 10, Jonathan Hodson and Judith Lancaster both of Ken- 
duskeag Settlement. 

July 10, Joseph Clark and Sarah Blagdon, both of Kenduskeag 

Oct. 15, Jothan Warren and Miss Mary No well both of same. 


1807, Oct. 3, James Murphy and Polly Dudley. 
Oct. 19 f Newell Mansfield and Belief Cowin. 

Oct. 30, Joseph W. Boynton and Remembrance Russell. 
Dec. 27, .William Douglas and Olive Smart. 

u Elijah L. Norcross and Lydia Fall of Orono. 

1808, April 6, Robert Parker and Mary Harlow. 


Aug. 7, Elisha Philbriek and Sarah Oakes 2 both of Hampden. 
Dec. 11, John Webber and Relief Fearing, 


1806, April 17, Silas Hathon 2 Jr. and Isabella McPheters. 

Nov. 20, Ephraim Johnson of Orrington and Mary Hathorn. 
Dec. 25, David McPhetres and Lydia Hathorn. 
Dec. 25, Levi Stevens and Polly Mann. 

1807, May 21 , John Godfrey Fsq. , of Hampden and Miss Sophia Dutton. 
Sept. 10., Newell Bean and Nabby Clark. 

Dec. 29, John Reynolds and Mary Harriman. 

1808, June 19, L. C. Sherburn and Miss Sally Hall of Jacksontown PI. 
July 31, John Howard and Susan Wadlin — Sunday. 

1809, March, Stinson Potter and Freelove Tourtillot. 

May 10, Chas. Longly and Abigail Jefreys both of Orrington. 
June 5, Geo. Barker and Miss Nabby Carr, " " " 

June 18, Silas Sears and Miss Abigail Burgess. 
Sept. 17, Frances Roberts and Ruthy Bussell. 
1811, Dec. 31, James Ellwood (Ellen wooof ?), of Frankfort, and Miss 
Lucy Haynes. 


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1812, June 25, James Babcock of Mattawamkeag and Miss Sally Gor- 
don of Brewer. 

1814, Aug. 3, William Clark and Mehitable Holt both of Jackson Plan- 


1807, Apr. 14, Jona. Lyford and Sally Spaulding of Piscataquis. 

Apr. 29, Alex Boynton of Stetson and Miss Lydia Hasey of 

May 9, Nath. Barker and Sally Pease both of BlaisdelTtown Set- 

June 14, Mark Trafton to Betsy Goodhue of Ohio Settlement. 

1808, Jan. 31, John Savage to Miss Peggy Campbell of Charleston Set- 

Feb. 11, Nathan Ingalls to Miss Sukey George of Stetsontown 

1809, May 23, Joseph Pease 2 and Miss Mary Barker of Blaisdelltown 


June 1, John Farnsworth and Sally Patten both of Stetson Set- 
1806, May 6, Levi Tozier and Sarah Matthews of Stetson Settlement. 

June 22, Samuel Moody of Charleston Settlement and Miss 
Eddy 2 ( ?) Hodsdon of Ohio Settlement. 

Dec. 30, William Gordon to Nancy Gordon, both of Lincoln Set- 

Dec. 25, Joseph Osgood, of Biaisdeli Settlement, and Misa 
Nancy Wilkins of Charleston Settlement 

1808, March 27, John Crocker of Stetson and Miss Rebecca Tibbetts of 

Ohio Plantation. 
April 3, Daniel Wilkins and Polly Bradley both of New Charleston. 

1809, March 10, Enoch Biaisdeli and Miss Betsy Hutchings. 

1809, June 2, Moses Snow and Nancy Colcord, both of Charleston Set- 
July 9, Mason Skinner and Relief Bachelder both of Biaisdeli PI. 
Oct. 21, Wm. Tebbitts and Hannah Patten of Ohio. 
Oct. 26, Jonas Matthews and Suky Milliken of Stetson PL 
Nov. 15, Moses D welly and Jane Patten of Stetson PL 
Nov. 29, Mark Chase of Biaisdeli and Keziah Matthews, of Stet- 
son Settlement. 
Dec, 8, George Tillson and Nancy Barker, both of Stetson Settle- 

was the son of Doctor Jonathan and Eleanor (Campbell) Leonard,* 
of Norton, Mass., where he was born Feb. 3, 1764. He fitted 
for college and entered Brown University, Providence, in 1784, 

•Dr. Leonard was a surgeon in. tl*e revolutionary war, and eminent in his profes- 

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42 Oliver Leonard. 

While there Shay's rebellion broke out, and he joined the Massa- 
chusetts troops, serving as Adjutant during the trouble. He re- 
turned and graduated at Brown University in the class of 1787. 
After graduating he went into commercial business at Norton 
with Col. Thomas Fobes, continuing there a few years. He com- 
menced the study of the law with Stephen Dexter, of Newport, 
and after with Judge Padleford, of Taunton, two eminent lawyers 
of that day. He was admitted to the bar at Taunton, in 1791, 
and practiced law there and at Newport, R. I., for several years. 
About 1796 many men from Norton and vicinity, some of whom 
were relatives, emigrated to Penobscot river, and he soon conclud- 
ed to follow. He settled in that part of Orrington now Brewer, 
Lot No. 53, about one and one-half miles above the bridge ; where 
he built an office, and the largest house in town. He immediately 
commenced the practice of law and had a large practice. He waa 
the only and the first lawyer in what is now Penobscot County, 
doing also much business in Hancock County. In 1811 * the 
lawyers of Hancock County, which then included Penobscot, es- 
tablished Bar Rules and fees. All practicing lawyers signed. Mr. 
Leonard's name heads the list. He held all the town offices in 
Orrington. "May 6, 1799, the town voted unanimously for Oliver 
Leonard, Esquire, to be Representative to General Court the en- 
suing session, and he agreed to serve for one month's pay."f May 
1, 1800, the town passed the same vote* He was a candidate for 
Senator in 1798, 1799 and 1800* one year receiving the unanimous 
vote of his own town. 

He was a man of large frame and portly presence, of fine talents 
and an interesting debater, and as a lawyer stood fairly well with 
his brethren of the Bar. He was extravagant in his style of living, 
as long as money and business lasted. Other lawyers came in 
and divided his business. About 1822, being in somewhat strait- 
ened circumstances, he moved into a house in Bangor nearly oppo- 
site his old home, and afterwards moved a short distance further 
up river. He was one of the first Free Masons on the river, a pe- 
titioner for the incorporation of a Masonic Lodge in Orrington in 

♦Williamson's History of Belfast, page 367. 

fEach town paid its own Representatives at that time. 

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General David Cobb. 43 

May, 1798, and May, 1801, for a lodge in Hampden, which latter 
petition was granted by the Grand Lodge, Sept. 13, 1802, consti- 
tuting a lodge under the name of "Rising Virtue," in the town of 
Hampden, being the same lodge now in Bangor under that name. 
Mr. Leonard, with Gen. John Blake and Park Holland, Esq., all 
old Masons, were admitted Oct. 18, 1802. Mr. Leonard was W. 
M, , afterward. During the last years of his life the Masons gave 
him much assistance, as he was quite infirm. I have grave suspi- 
cions that he was addicted to the too frequent use of intoxicat- 
ing liquors. He died in Bangor, Jan. 3, 1828, aged 64 years. 
While living in Newport, R. I., he married Mrs. Sarah (Dobell) 
Fletcher, widow of Dr. William Fletcher, who was formerly sur- 
geon in the 65th English regiment. The marriage was by Rev. 
William Smith, Rector of Trinity Church, Newport, R. L, Feb. 
8, 1791. During the war of 1812 the property of Mrs. Leonard, 
which was invested in an annuity secured by a mortgage on a plan- 
tation in Jamaica, cfeased to give her any income, and was not finally 
restored until after the death of her husband. She died in Bangor, 
March 7th, 1831, aged 70. 


From a Manuscript of Hon. William D, Williamson.* 

David Cobb, having been for several years a citizen of Maine, f 
deserves a notice as one among her most distinguished men of worth. 
He was a descendant of Henry Cobb, who came to Plymouth colony 
as early as 1629, and settled at Barnstable, where he died in 1679, leav- 
ing seven sons, from whom those of the name in New England sprang. 
The father of David was Thomas Cobb, Esq., and his mother was the 
oldest daughter of Capt. James Leonard, of Raynham, graduating at 
Harvard College in 1 76^. The son selected medicine as a profession, 
and commenced practice as a physician in Taunton, Mass. Bold in 
thought and purpose, at the commencement of hostilities with Great 
Britain, he was among the first to put on armor. The position of 
lieutenant-colonel of the ninth regiment of Massachusetts in the line of 
the army was soon conferred on him. This regiment was command- 
ed by Henry Jackson ; Lemuel Trescott, afterwards of Eastport, being 
its major, and Francis Le Baron Goodwin, subsequently of Frankfort, 

• Contributed by Joseph Williamson, Esq., of Belfast. 

t In some respects, its most eminent citizen. From 1796 to about 1820, he resided in 
Gouldsbo rough. In a future number of this magazine another article will be printed 
relating to him. Editor. 

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44 General David Cobb. 

being surgeon's mate. Of five aids-de-camp to General Washington, 
Lt. Col. Cobb was the second in place and grade, during several years 
of the revolution. 

On his return from the army when peace was declared, he carried 
into society a high reputation for ability and patriotism. To assist him 
with means of support, in addition to his medical practice, Governor 
Hancock appointed him to the bench of the Court of Common Pleas 
for Bristol County, a position which he occupied for about eight years ; 
but he always appeared to the best advantage as a military officer. 
Under the state constitution of 1780 a general law was passed March 3, 
1 78 1, for establishing and reorganizing the militia, which was altered 
and amended in some particulars two years later, and in 1785 so 
changed, that the whole of the troops were classified into only four 
divisions. Additional acts increased the number to nine ; giving the 
District of Maine two, instead of one. Judge Cobb received a commis- 
sion as major general of the fifth division, embracing the counties of 
Plymouth, Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes and Nantucket. This office he 
held nine or ten years. 

In the year of 1789, he was returned a representative from Taunton 
to the General Court, and although a new member, he was elected Speak- 
er of the House. He occupied that position for four years. From 1793 
he was for two years a member of Congress. In 1799, he accepted an 
agency for the proprietors of Gouldsboro, in Maine, and for a consider- 
able part of the subsequent years was a resident of that town. In 1801, 
he was chosen a senator, and for that and the three successive years, 
elected President of the Senate. Two years later he was commisioned 
chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas, an office he filled until 
1809, when he was elected Lieutenant-Governor. On the resignation of 
General Ulmer, as major-general of the tenth division, General Cobb 
was chosen his successor, a position he held till the close of the war, 
when John Blake, of Brewer, took his place. In this last office, he 
manifested no ambition, as he never equipped himself, nor reviewed his 
troops. He was a high Federalist, and his sentiments accorded with 
the politics- of both branches of the Legislature that elected him. In 
1808, he was a member of the Executive Council, and again for five 
years, after ceasing to be Lieutenant-Governor. 

General Cobb died April 17, 1830, aged eighty-two years. He had 
eleven children, among whom was Thomas, who graduated at Brown 
University in 1790 ; a lawyer, who removed to Gouldsboro, in 1799, and 
afterwards to Castine, where he was Clerk of the Courts for Hancock 
County. Upon the establishment of Penobscot County, in 1816, he 
was the first clerk of its courts. Another son, David G. W., settled in 
the practice of law in Taunton. One of General Cobb's daughters 
married Samuel S. Wilde, Judge of the Supreme Judicial Court of 
Massachusetts, and another daughter married Col. John Black, of Ells- 
worth. The honorary degree of Master of Arts was conferred on Gen. 
Cobb by the College of New Jersey, in 1783, and by Brown University 
in 1790. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and 
Sciences, and of the Massachusetts Medical Society. 

Such was the celebrated General David Cobb. The first time I saw 

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An Open Letter. 45 

him was in 1807, on the bench of the Court of Common Pleas at Cas- 
tine. He presided with great dignity, and equal severity. In stature 
he was a large man ; his face was full, and his eye overawing. Hasty 
in temperament, he often expressed himself with much energy, and in 
a most commanding voice. Courtesy and integrity were sure to win 
favor from him, but his frowns and denunciations were like thunder- 
claps. I have heard him order a member of the bar to silence and to 
his seat, with a force of voice and feeling that was truly appaling. Sup- 
posing at one time that an attorney was guilty of a fraudulent act, he ex- 
claimed with great emphasis, in open court, "A dishonest lawyer ! — he is 
worse than the devil, for he violates personal confidence and a sacred 
oath." General Cobb was a very high-minded man of the old school. 
Honor, integrity, patriotism, was as sacred as his soul. When first ad- 
mitted to practice, I was politically a Democrat, a party which he ex- 
ceedingly disliked. He always treated me with much urbanity. His 
costume was that of the revolution brought into society, and continued 
to the last. When he attended court he wore a try-cocked hat, broad- 
backed coat, a single-breasted jacket with pocket-flaps, breeches with 
bands and buckles at the knees, and high white-topped boots. He 
walked with a commanding gait ; the military airs in his manners had 
become second nature to him. He was much respected for his public 
services and worth of character ; otherwise, his popularity in the latter 
years of his life, was not without many abatements. He thought his 
merits entitled him to the gubernatorial chair, but his party could not a 
seccnd time elect him even Lieutenant-Governor. He died poor, but 
left an unblemished reputation. 



In the August number of this magazine I printed an account of 
the wholesale boot and shoe trade in Boston,* in which I claimed 
that Harvey Reed, of South Weymouth and Bangor, deceased, 
and Quincy Reed, of South Weymouth, now living, originated it 
in Boston in 1809. This article was not written from information 
furnished by either of the partners, but was delved out of the pa- 
pers of the old firm, and other records, at a cost of much time. 
During nearly forty years I have paid the Journal more money, 
and read it more, than any other paper, and had much regard for 
it. I was vain enough to think that there might be something of 
interest in the article for the readers of the paper, and therefore 

* See August number, page 21. 

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-46 Deposition of Paid Revere. 

sent an advance copy to a valued friend, one of your editors, who 
gave it out to print, whereupon your news editor rushes out to 
South Weymouth, as I am informed by the Weymouth Gazette of 
Sept. 4th, to "see Mr. Reed and inquire if Mr. Porter's state- 
ments were correct." He proceeds to interview Mr. Reed, a gen- 
tleman 93 years of age, article in hand, asking questions from it, 
and getting answers in my own language ; and in your paper of 
Sept. 5th I found my article hashed up into an interview, with 
some additional matters for garnish. I forbear to characterize 
this method of journalism as it deserves : the mere statement will 
suffice. Fair play is just as much a jewel for the great Boston 
* newspaper as for the humble Bangor Historical Magazine. 



I, Paul Revere, of Boston, in the County of Suffolk, Esquire, of the 
Age of 74 years and upwards, do testify and declare that I well knew 
Mrs. Ann Thomas, formerly of Boston, deceased, who was my mother's 
aunt, and at whose house I have very frequently been, in the early part 
of my life. She was married to John Buck, and after his decease she 
was again married to William Thomas, of Boston, and was always reput- 
ed to be a daughter of Robert Pattishall, of Boston, deceased, who was 
an original proprietor of lands in the counties of York, Cumberland and 
Lincoln, and particularly on Saco river, in the State, and that I have 
often heard and well understood that the said Robert Pattishall was 
killed by the Indians at Pemaquid. He was an Englishman, and I well 
remember to have heard of his investing large sums of money in east- 
ern lands, and I also know that William Thomas, late of Plymouth, and 
County of Plymouth, deceased, was always reputed to be the son of the 
above named William and Ann Thomas, and further saith not. 

Paul Revere. 

Feb. 28, 1809. 

Taken at the request of Joshua Thomas, of Plymouth, by William 
Wetmore and James Allen. 
Boston, Feb. 28, 1809. 
York County Records, book 81, pages 48, 49. 

•A revolutionary patriot, lieutenant-colonel in French and revolutionary wars. Was 
sent by General Warren April 18, 1775, from Boston to Concord, to give notice that 
General Gage was preparing an expedition to destroy the military stores at Concord 
belonging to the colony. " The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" is the title of one of 
Longfellow's poems. 

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DeatliSy from Grave-Stones in Castine Cemetery. 47 


Dea. Mark Hatch, died Aug. 5, 1833, age 87. 

Wife Abigail, died Feb. 7, 181 1, age 68. 

Wife Mary, died Sept. 2, 1817, age 68. (Widow Brooks of Orrington.)* : 

Wife Avis, died Oct. 20, 1858, age 91. (Veazie.) 

Bradshaw Hall, died Mar. 6, 1826, age 48. 

John Rea, died May 31, 1848, aged 68. 

Wife Mary, died April 23, 1883, age 88 — 11 — 16 — (Coombs.) 

John Rea, died April 6, i87i, age 51 years 6 mo. 

Mary, wife of Thos. Cummings, died Feb. 9, 1855—92 years 9 mo. 

Doty Little, died July 17, 1852, age 85. 

Wife Mary, died Mar. 2, 181 7, age 38 years, 4 mo. 24 days. 

Widow Hannah B., die I Mar. 12, 1865, age 85 years 8 mo. 6 days. 

Rogers Lawrence, died Nov. 23, 1836, age 73. 

Wife Frances, died Dec. 22, 1832, age 65. 

James Perkins, died Sept. 12, 1815, age 38. 

Joseph Perkins, died Aug. 20, 1818, age 73. 

Wife Phebe, died Aug. 2, 1815, age 67. 

Hon. Judge Nelson, died July 2, 1850 — 84. (Job.) 

Widow Margaret Farwell, died 1858 — 77. 

Capt. Josiah Hook, died Sept. 20, 1829—85. 

Wife Sarah, died Oct. 19, 1S11 — 64. 

Dr. Oliver Mann, died July 4, 1832 — 76. 

Wife Lucy, died Oct. 9, 1836 — 73. 

Mehitable, wife of Hosea Coombs, died Aug. 8, 1813 — 54. 

Benj. Coombs, died June 10, 1851 — 60. 

Wife Frances, died Mar. 28, 1848 — 63 — 8 — 17. 

Joshua Moulton, M. D., of Bucksport, died Nov. 3, 1857 — **7* 

Widow Mary F., died Tune 7, 1865, age 93. 

Joshua Hooper, died Oct. 8, 1853, age 76 years 7 mo. 

Wife Sarah T. died June 9, 1843, a £ e 63. 

Thomas Fields Jr., of Thomas Fields, who was drowned before his 

father's door, July 21, 1790. 
George Woodman, died July 6, 1802, age 45. 
Capt. Joshua Woodman, died Sept. 11, 1809, age 47. 
George Vose, died Dec. 11, 1852, age 67. 
Wife Betsey, died April 31, 1841, age 55. 
Ezra Turner, born in Scituate, 1782 — died Nov. 1, 1868, aged 86 years 

3 mos — 10 dys. — (of Orland.) 
Rebecca Steel, died July 9, 1874, age 86 years 3 mo — 10 days. 
Edward Bridge, born Old York, Aug. 10, 1762, died Sept. 14, I851. 
Wife Elizabeth Avery, born Old York, Nov. 12, 1769, died Feb. 16, 

Mrs. Mary Banks, dau, of James Leach, died Nov. 30, 1836 — 75. 
Mary, wife of James Crawford, died Oct. 21, 1836, age 99. 

♦Enclosures not found on grave-stones. 

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Bangor, Book Notices. 

James Crawford, (Jr.) died Feb. 15, 1837, a £ e( * 7 2 * 
James Scott, died Jan. 6, 1848, age 88. 
Widow Huldah, died March 24, 1849, age 89. 
Thomas Adams, died Roxbury, Dec. 31, 1847 — 64. 
Wife Jane R., died Jan. 7, 1831, age 42. 
Elizabeth S., wife of Otis Little, dau. of Bradshaw Hall, died Mar. 6, 

Charles Atherton, born Lancaster, Mass., Mar. 16, 1787, died Oct. 3, 

Ebenezer Fitz, died Mar. 25, 1851, age 71. 

Jonathan Hatch, died Jan. 17, 1852, age 76 years, 4 mo. 20 days. 
Widow Elizabeth Stover, died Aug. 12, 1063, age 87 years, 4 mo. 7 days. 



Bangor was incorporated February 25, 1791. When it was or- 
ganized under the charter we know not, as our first record is 
April 4, 1796. We append two certificates of publishments of in- 
tentions of marriage, but just why the Clerk should persist in 
calling Bangor Condesskeag Plantation, when it was one and the 
same place, is a mystery. 

" This may certifie that Mr. Arad Mayhew of Condesskeag Planta- 
tion, on Penobscot River, and Miss Elizabeth Clark, of the same place, 
has been duly published as the law directs. Bangor, Me. , 2d day Jan- 
uary, 1793. Andrew Webster, 

Town Clerk of Bangor." 

" Bangor, December 23, 1793. 
This may certify that Mr. Joseph Clark Jr., and Mrs. Jane Potter, 
both of Condesskeag Plantation, has been lawfully published. 

By me, Andrew Webster, T. C." 


The New England Historical 
and Genealogical Register, pub- 
lished quarterly, under the direction 
of the New England Historic-Gene- 
alogical Society, at Boston, of which 
John Ward Dean, Esq., is editor, is a 
most valuable publication for the pur- 
poses for which it is intended. Terms 
#3.00 per year, in advance. 

The Maine Historical and Gen- 
ealogical Recorder, published 
quarterly at Portland, by S. M. Wat- 
son, deserves support from all inter- 

ested in the early history of the State. 
Terms $3.00 per annum. Contents of 
Vol. 2, No. 3,— July— were : Col. Alex- 
ander Rigby; Scarborough Church 
Records; Skillings Family; Early 
Settlers of Weld; Letter of Samuel 
Adams to Samuel Freeman, 1777; 
Letter of Henry Knox to Samuel 
Freeman, 1802; Conant Early Rec- 
ords ; Cemetery Inscriptions at Stroud- 
water ; Gleanings from County Files ; 
Capt. John Hill's Company, Berwick, 
1740; Notes and Queries. 

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-A. ^ffO^TTHILiTSr. 

VOL. I. BANGOR, ME., OCTOBER, 1885. No. IV. 



Copied by Peter E. Vose, of Dennysville. 

Sometime in the year 1786 or 1787, Col. Aaron Hobart, of Abington, 
in the County of Plymouth, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, came 
down to Passamaquoddy for the purpose of buying a Township of land. 
He chose to buy Township No. 10, containing 17,700 acres, and gave 
for the same £2,200, lawful money, in State securities. The State 
securities at that time were about five shillings in specie for the pound. 
He found some settlers on the township. James O'Neil and family, the 
first settler. He came here sometime in the year 1774 or 1775. Said 
O'Neil moved off to Magauguadavic, in the year 1793 or 1794. He 
found also widow Oliver and family. She settled here 1785. She died 
in the year 1794, and the family moved to Magauguadavic river. Also 
he found Elijah Aver,* Sen., and family settled at Denny's River. He 
settled here 1785 or 1786. Also his son, Capt. Elijah Ayer, and family, 
settled same time his father did. Both the Ayers and families moved to 
Nova Scotia in 1792. Also another settler by the name of Samuel Scott, 
and his family. He lived on a point by Denny's River, opposite a house 
Gen. Benjamin Lincoln built. He found one saw mill built on the township 
at Cathance Stream, and one building at Denny's River, by Col. John 
AUau| and said Capt. Ayer. Said Aaron quieted the settlers, and 
bought Allan and Ayer out. Richard Harper took up the place where* 
the Ayers lived. First lived there with his family a year or two, then 
sold to Capt. Ayer, and moved to Township No. 2, (now part of Pem- 
broke.) He went to sea, was taken prisoner by the French, and died in 
prison. In the year 1787 Nathaniel Hobart, son of the proprietor, came 

•Moved from Connecticut to Sackville, N. S., then to Township No. 10. Wife Abagail 
Merrill. His property was confiscated by the British Government. 

t Son of William Allan, a British officer, and his wife Isabella, daughter of Sir Eustace 
Maxwell, born in Edenboro Castle, Scotland, Jan., 1746. Took sides with the Ameri- 
cans, fled from Nova Scotia, and was appointed by Congress superintendent of all the 
Indian tribes east of the Connecticut river. 

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50 A Sketch of No. 10, Now Edmunds. 

down and settled in the township No. 10 — bought out Samuel Scott, 
built a house and settled there. He moved off in 1797 to New York 
city. In 1788 Benjamin Shaw and family, moved from Abington and 
settled in said Township. His house and barn burned up in 1790, and 
in 1791 he sold and moved to St. David's, (N. B.) Daniel Smith* 
and family in 1788 moved from Abington and settled in No. 10. He 
lived here about twenty-five years, then moved to Plantation No. 2.f 
His son Daniel lives on the same place still. A man by the name of 
Hurley built a house and settled on what is now called Hurley's Point, 
in 1786 or 1787. Lived there some years, then went off to the British 
side. In 1787, as a man was sawing alone, at Cathance, a mile or more 
from any person, he went out of the mill to roll logs off of a brow. In 
doing it a log rolled after him, caught him by the middle, and pressed 
him to death. He was found some days after, standing up, dead. Some- 
time in 1792, a boy by the name of Edwards, 10 years old, was lost in 
the woods and never seen since. He lived with James O'Neil. Some 
thought O'Neil killed him. In the year 1792, Isaac Hobart, t son 
of the proprietor, came down and settled at a place in Township No. 10, 
called Little Falls. His father came with him, and built the mill at 
Little Falls. He is still living there, (1823) and his family. In 1794, 
James Shaw moved in his family and settled on a place Hosea Smith 
first took up. He still lives on the Plantation, (1823) but on another 
place. In 1792, a young man, a Frenchman, by the name of Peter 
Lewis, who lived with Capt. Ayer, was drowned in Denny's River Pond, 
and buried at the Narrows. In the fall of 1792, Josiah Chubbuck and 
family came to live at Little Falls, and in 1794, as he was turning logs 
in the pond, pitched in, went through the flood-gates, and was drowned, 
and buried at the Narrows, Denny's River. In 1792, Joshua Cushing 
bought Ayer's place, lived there a number of years, then sold to Benj. 
R. Jones, § and he still lives there, (1823.) Moved to Nova Scotia. In 
1796 or 1797, Samuel Runnels and family moved in and settled at a 
place called Little Marshes. His sons, Robert and Samuel, married and 
settled in No. 10. Samuel Runnels, Sen., age now 73, (1823) and 
Robert, live here still, but Samuel Jr. moved to No. 9, in 1816. This 
year (1798) Nathaniel Cox, David Reynolds and Nathaniel Cox, 
Jr., with their families, moved here to settle. Old Mrs. Cox died the 
next year, and was buried at Little Falls. D. Reynolds and Nathaniel 
Cox, Jr., live in the Plantation still (1823), but old Mr. Cox moved 
away and has been dead some years. In 1799, Oct. 4th, the first war- 
rant for taxes was sent to Isaac Hobart, as a principal inhabitant, by 
Col. John Allan, Esq., for the purpose of calling a meeting of the in- 
habitants to organize the township into a plantation, by choosing 
Assessors and Collectors to assess and collect the back taxes on said 
plantation for County expenses. Isaac Hobart, Daniel Smith, and 

♦Wife, Chloe Kingman. 
t.Now Dennjsville and Pembroke. 
J Wife, Joanna Hersey. 

§ Son of Samuel Jones, of Milton, Mass., and one of the early settlers of Eobbinston, 

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A Sketch of JVb. 10, 2Tow Edmunds. 51 

Joshua Cushing were chosen Assessors ; Isaac Hobart, Collector. A 
statement of the tax was as follows: 1791, JE1, 13s, 7 l-2d ; 1793, £2, 
6s, 3d; 1794, £2, 18s; 1796, £6 ; 1798, £1, 16s; 1799, £2, Us. 
Total, £17, 7s, 10 l-2d, or $57.97. The plantation continued organized, 
and paid State and County taxes till 1810. Then, by some cause of 
neglect or omission, the census of said plantation was not taken, so we 
remained not organized till 1821. The number then was 154." 


776, James O'Neil and family. 

785, John Oliver, his mother and family. 

785, Samuel Scott and family. 

785, Richard Harper and family. 

786, Elijah Ayer, Jr., and family. 

787, Elijah Ayer, Sen., and family. 

787, Nathaniel Hobart " 

788, Benj. Shaw " 
788, Daniel Smith " 
785, Wm. Hurley " 
792, Isaac Hobart " 
792, Joshua Cushing " 
793-4, James Shaw " 

797, Samuel Runnels " 

798, Nathaniel Cox " 

798, David Reynolds " 

799, Nath. Cox, Jr. " 
799, Robert Runnels, Jr., married and settled here. 

801, Isaac Bridges and family. 

802, Abraham Bridges and family. 
804, Nathan Proctor " 
804, John Truesdel " 
804, Nathan Preston " 

807, Samuel Runnels, Jr., married and settled here. 
813, Daniel Smith, Jr., married and settled here. 
804, Benj. R. Jones and family. 
813, William Smith " 

813, William Ellis " 

814, Joseph Brown " 
814, Samuel Jones u 
814, John Nickerson " 
810, Francis Antone " 
816, William Morong " 
8 1 4, An thouy Burba t u 
816, Joseph Hallowell " 
816, Gideon Seeley " 
816, Joseph Jones ^ 
820, Salathiel Nickerson u 
822, Robert Little and family. 
822, Thomas Haycock. 
822, Edward Nickerson and family, 

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52 Alexander Campbell. 

1822, Christopher Benner, Jr., and family 
1822, Abraham Bridges and family. 
1819, Nathaniel Jones " 

1822, William Jones " 

1821, John Runnels " 

"Latter part of this summer (1823) was dry. This fall we had a 
destructive fire in the woods, back of the shore and settlement on Cobs- 
cook (Bay), which burnt some fences, some potatoes, some grass. It 
burnt a log dwelling house for William Jones, also a log school house, 
called the South School House. Mr. Jones being burnt out, moved to 
Dennysville. Samuel Jones moved to the north part of the planta- 
tion near Dennys River, on part of Daniel Smith Jr. place. This year 
the North School District built a school house 21x30 feet. Cost about 
$200. We have religious worship in it now. Mr. Heman Niekerson,* 
a Methodist preacher, preaches in it once a month. It is fitted up 
with seats for about 150 to sit." 

[Copied from journal of Col. John Allan, by Peter E. Vose.] 

u Meeting with disappointment in the business carrying on in township 
No. 2, which was conveyed by the locating committee to Gen. Lincoln 
and others, — upon consulting with the General, I agreed in partnership 
with Elijah Ayer, who was a resident in the town, to erect a saw mill 
on No. 10, side of Dennys Eiver. We accordingly joined with General 
Lincoln, and proceeded in buildiug a dam, expecting to have received 
part of said township toward my damage, and wages during the war. 
After the business of the dam was concluded, and preparing to raise 
a mill in Aug., Col. Hobart arrived, having a deed for the whole town- 
ship. In this situation, I was obliged to do my best to secure what I 
had done, and agreed with him, in company with Elijah Ayer, for one- 
half of the township, including the privileges, for the payment of which 
we were to complete a double saw mill, and pay £100 each in two years, 
or £50 in three months. The deed was given to Allan and Ayer jointly. 
It was agreed at the same time, that the deed was not to be registered, 
until the conditions should be fulfilled, etc. Circumstances not permit- 
ing us to complete a double saw mill, a very good substantial single 
mill was finished early in the spring of 1787, and delivered to Mr. 
Nathaniel Hobart, Attorney to the Colonel." 

"I paid £128 to Ayer for 2,800 acres. There is the Little Falls 
privilege, with the timber in the vicinity — the most valuble part of the 
township — with the marshes adjacent, in addition." 


From a manuscript left by the late William D. Williamson.f 

Mr. Campbell was among the first settlers on the Narraguagus river, 

♦His wife was Sarah, daughter of Isaac Hobart. 

t Contributed by Joseph Williamson, Esq., of Belfast. 

James Campbell. 53 

just above the head of the tide, in the present town of Cherryfield. 
Here he purchased mill sites, erected saw mills, and commenced the 
lumbering business before the revolutionary war. On the reorganiza- 
tion of the militia, in 1776, he was elected lieutenant-colonel of the 
sixth Lincoln regiment ; Benjamin Foster, of Machias. being colonel 
commandant. In 1783, he was chosen colonel and afterwards brigadier 
general. General Campbell was a good parade officer, of about middling 
stature, not stout, but athletic. He is mentioned as having in the revo- 
lution, " extensive and well deserved influence, which at all times 
secured the ready obedience of the militia in his section." In 1785, 
he received the appointment of naval officer for the district of French- 
man's Bay. He was chosen a senator in 1791, and had in all eight 
elections. During several of his terms, he was transferred from the 
senate to the council. On the organization of Washington County in 
1789, Governor Hancock commissioned him to the bench of the Court 
of Common Pleas.* In 1798, he was chosen major general of the 
eighth militia division, a position which he held until succeeded by 
Gen. George Ulmer, in 1806. Judge Campbell removed to Steuben 
some years before his death, which occurred in 1808. He was exten- 
sively known and greatly respected. His remains, with those of three 
of his sons, are buried in the graveyard near the meeting-house in 



By the late Hon. William D. Williamson. 

The fourth and most distinguished son of Alexander Campbell, of 
Cherryfield, was James, who settled in Harrington, and resided there until 
his death. He was first appointed by his father when the latter was 
major general, one of his aids, and by repeated promotions became briga- 
dier general of the second brigade. Upon the death of his father in 
1808, the vacancy on the bench of the Court of Common Pleas was 
filled by the son; a position which he held until 1811, when Governor 
Gerry commissioned him as one of the Judges for the third eastern cir- 
cuit. This office he occupied until the reorganization of the courts in 
1822. From 1813 until the separation he was a member of the Senate, 
the constitution of the parent commonwealth allowing what that of 
Maine pronounced incompatible, viz., that a judge could have a seat in 
the legislature. Judge Campbell died in 1826. He was a man of un- 
blemished character and accredited piety. He was also popular, for 
when he, William King and William D. Williamson were candidates for 
the senate on the same ticket, and from the same district, he uniformly 
received the greater number of votes. He was, however, rather good 
than great or active, for he never charged a jury when a judge, nor was 
chairman of a committee when in the General Court. In stature he was 
under the usual height ; plethoric ; a free partaker and lover of his 
meals ; in complexion, dark ; in purpose set, and of affronts received or 
supposed, not forgetful but forgiving. 

♦In 1794, one of original overseers, Bowdoin College. 0©^l( 

54 Settlement of Orland. 


Record of the First Settlement of the Town of Orlando when 

Plantation No, 2, and a part of the Town after it was 


This plantation was granted to proprietors Wm. Dall, Nathaniel 
Snelling, Robert Treat and others, then living in Boston, on condition 
that if said proprietors would have so many actual settlers in the planta- 
tion in so long a time, then they were to have a grant from General 
Court. The first settler of the plantation was Joseph Gross, who moved 
from Fort Pownal, now Fort Point, about three miles from the mouth 
of Eastern River, in the year 1764, and settled on the eastern side of the 
Eastern Penobscot River, and on the same lot that is now owned and 
occupied by Luther Higgins. The next settler was Ebenezer Gross, 
brother to Joseph, who moved from Boston and settled on what is called 
Gross Point, in the year 1765. The next was Joseph Viles, who moved 
from Milton, Mass., and settled on the east side of Eastern River near 
Mr. Gross, in the year 1766, and on the same lot that is called the Perry 
farm. Mr. Viles built the first framed house in the plantation, in the 
year 1777. This house and John Hancock's were used for holding their 
plantation meetings until they built a school-house in 1800. 

Zachariah Gross was the first white male child born on the planta- 
tion, in the year 1766. The first man that died and was buried on the 
plantation was Samuel Cushing, of Scituate, Mass., who was drowned 
in the Eastern River, May 17, 1770, and was buried in what is called the 
"Old Burying Ground." 

Between 1767 and 1780 quite a number moved from Boston and its 
vicinity and took up settlers' lots on the east side of the river. Among 
the most noted were John Hancock, Samuel Keyes, Samuel Craige, 
Samuel Soper, Calvin Turner, Asa Turner, and Humphrey Holt. 

John Hancock and Samuel Craige laid out the first road in the plant- 
ation, in the year 1771. The first saw mill and grist mill was built at 
the lower falls, by Calvin Turner, in the year 1773. Robert Treat was 
appointed agent by the proprietors of this plantation, to run out lots to 
settlers, and he ran out the lots at the upper falls in the year 1774, and 
commenced to build the first saw mill at the upper falls the same year. 
In the year 1781, Ezekiel Harriman, Peter Harriman, and Asa Harri- 
man, moved Irom plantation No. 1, now Bucksport, and each took up 
a settler's lot. 

James Ginn moved from Brewer, and took the mill of Robert Treat 
and carried it on until 1797, and in the mean time he built one brig and 
two schooners at the upper falls, and then moved to Bucksport, where 
he spent the remainder of his days. 

In the year 1797 Robert Treat sold this mill and lot to John Lee, of 
Castine, who built a large saw mill and grist mill, and did a large 
business in the lumber line for a number of years, until about the year 

Settlement of Orland. 55 

1816, Joseph Lee took this mill of his uncle John, and carried it on 
until 1807, and then he rr\oved to Bucksport. 

In the year 1773 an old hunter came from Concord, Mass., by the 
name of Michael Davis, and took up a lot about three miles from any 
settler and built a log house on a ridge of land, and hunted for a living, 
as there was a great quantity of game at that time. He lived alone, 
like an old hermit, until James Smith, Nathan Hancock, John Gross, 
Joshua Gross, and Andrew Craige moved in and took up settlers' lots 
that were run out for settlers in 1780; this land was settled by the sons 
of the first settlers, except James Smith, and was considered the best 
land in the plantation at that time. James Smith took this Mr. Davis 
to support for his place, and there he lived, and died at a great age. 

Jacob Sherburne was hired by the proprietors of this plantation to 
run and lot the same, and he moved down from New Hampshire, and 
took up a lot on what is now called Sherburne's Point, near a stream, in 
the year 1791, and in 1793 he finished running out the plantation. The 
first county road that was laid out through this plantation was in the 
year 1791. The first bridge that was built across the Eastern River was 
built in the year 1793 ; the county furnished sixty pounds and the plant- 
ation raised fifty pounds more. 

The town was incorporated in 1S00, by Joseph Lee, and he called it 
Orland. Joseph Lee was the first town clerk in the town, in 1801. 

The first school-house was built in 1800, and it was used for a meet- 
ing-house and a town house for a number of years. John Lee, of Castine, 
brought the first chaise in the town, in 1811. Thomas Hancock, of 
Orland, now 88 years old, is the only person of the second generation 
that is now living, that moved from Boston. His father, John Hancock, 
helped lay out the first road in the plantation, in 1771. 

I was born at what is called the Upper Falls, in Orland, March 7th, 
1790, where I have lived and spent my days ever since. There has 
been a great change in the town since I was a boy. At that time it was 
a dense wilderness, and the greatest township in the county for all kinds 
of timber, especially pine, and it has about all been taken off and carried 
to market, and no one has got rich out of the operation. 

The first settlers of this plantation must have suffered extremely, 
especially their children, for want of bread, as the only communication 
was by traders that came from Massachusetts at that time. Had it not 
been for the great quantity of salmon, shad and alewives in the rivers, 
this plantation could not have been settled at the time it was. 

I have taken some of the most essential parts of the old record, and 
I hope that our town officers will have the goodness to make a record 
of all, or a part, so that if posterity should like to know from whence 
they sprang, and who they are, they can search the record for informa- 

Daniel Hareiman, 

Orland, Maine. 

October 14, 1870. 

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56 Marriages by Col. Jona. Eddy, of Eddington. 


The dates and names I have copied from Col. Eddy's own list ; 
the places of residence from the clerk's certificates. The town 
clerks of Bangor, for several years after its incorporation, persist- 
ed in calling it Condeeskeag Plantation. 

1791, April 21, John Rowell to Molly Harthorn, both of Penobscot 

1791, Sept. 8, John Mansel to Jenny Mahaney. 

1791, August, Jacob Cook to Molly Hathorn, both of Orrington. 

1792, April 30, Levi Lancaster to Rebecca Mann, both of Edding- 
ton PL 

1793, Dec. 25, Wm. Tibbetts, of Kenduskeag PL, to Mrs. Sarah 
Thombs, of Orrington. 

1793, Dec. 27, Joseph Clark Jr., to Mrs. Jane Potter, both of Con- 
deskeag PL 

1793, Dec. 27, Arad Mayhew to Elizabeth Clark, both of Condes- 
keag PL 

1794, Aug. 31, Robert Hichborn Jr., of Bangor, to Miss Jean Thorns, 
of Orrington. 

1794, Sept. 4, Enoch Eayres to widow Lydia Lovitt, both of Coben- 
ton PL 

1795, July 16, Ben Spencer to Hannah Stanley, both of Edding- 
ton PL 

1795, August 19, Robert Campbell to Betsy Knapp, both of Orr- 

1796, Jan. 26, Edward Garland to Abigail Freeze, both of Coben- 
town PL 

1796, Jan. 28, James Campbell, of Orrington, to Peggy Boyd, of 

1796, Oct. 11, Wm. Spencer to Huldah Page, both of Cobentown PL 
1796, Oct. 18, Joseph Potter to Rhoda Man. 

1796, Nov. 2, Stephen Page to Anna Eayres, both of Cobentown PL 

1797, P ranc i s Robishaw to Phebe Eayres, both of Cobentown PL 

1798, June 11, Joseph Inman Jr., to Lettice Holmes, both of Coben- 
town PL 

1798, August 2, Theodore Trafton to Margaret Dennet, both of 

1798, Oct. 27, Jonathan Snow to Mary Tebbetts, both of Kendus- 
keag PL 

1798, Aug. 16, Edmund Hartford to Hannah Oliver, both of Edding- 
ton PL 

1798, Oct. 31, Wm. Reed, of Cobenton PL, to Jenny Orcutt,of Orr- 

Note. Cobentown Plantation, now Orono, was "Colburnton Plantation, '-* of which 
Jeremiah Colburn was "Clark." Mr. Colburn in his certificates, invariably spelled it 
"Cobentown." No mention is made in the printed account of the Orono Centennial 
Celebration, March 3, 1874, of this Plantation. 

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Castine and Penobscot Names, Etc. 57 

1798, David Rowell to Nancy Grant. 

1799* John Brooks, of Cobenton PL, to Hannah Buzzell, of Sunkhaze. 

1799, Wm. Cook, of Orrington, to Nancy Cogswell, of Eddington PI. 
1799? July 6, Gates Harthon to Hannah Mann, both of Sunkhaze. 
1799, Richard Lancaster to Thankful Clark, of Bangor ; pub. Oct. 5. 

1799, John Brown Jr. of Belfast to widow Sarah Nesmith of Bangor* 

1800, March 20, Nath. McMahon to widow Nancy Clapp, both of 
Eddington PL 

1800, Oct. 27, Moses Spencer, of Plantation No. 4, to Sarah Grant, of 
Eddington PI. 

1800, Dec. 25, Gideon Horton to Miss Temperance Kenney, both 
of Orrington. 

1800, Dec. 26, Joseph Eddy to Elizabeth Rowe,both of Eddington PL 

1800, John Minot of Canaan to Elizabeth Palmer of Bangor. 

1800, David Burton to Elizabeth McMahan, both of Eddington PL 

1800, Dec, William Costigan to Rebecca Eayres, both of Sunkhaze. 

1 801, Gideon Knap to Sarah Mann, both of Orrington. 

1801, Isaac Freeze Jr., of Stillwater, to Rebecca Harthorn, of 

1803, Dec. 11, Elisha Row to Leonah Mann. 

1802, Nov. 20, Samuel Bailey Jr. to Katy Dudley, both of Sunk* 
haze PL 


Copied from the account book of Col. Gabriel Johonnot, of 
Castine, beginning Dec. 25, 1785, and running to 1790, and show- 
ing names, occupations, and places of residence of those with 
whom he had business. 


1786, Jona. Lowder, excise officer, wife Deliverance, and dau. Avis 

and Widow Preble. Whittemore & Preston, merchants, ■ — Whitte- 

more, William Preston. Edward Carter, laborer, and son. Andrew 
Steel and Charles Stewart, laborers. Aaron Banks, yeoman, and 
Aaron, Jr. Joseph Perkins, yeoman and mariner. Turner & Lawrence, 
shipwrights. William Turner, shipwright. Joseph Junin, merchant, 
(the same who was afterward murdered at Bangor, Feb. 18, 1791.) 
John McCullum, tailor. James Smith. Widow Avis Preble. Mark 
Hatch, yeoman, and sons James, John, Mark and Jonathan. Nath. 
Green, laborer. James Douglass and wife. Robert Calef, for writ, 
John Page vs. Job Philbrook. Samuel Matthews, mother Abigail and 
sister Tirzah. John Perkins, yeoman, daughters Betsey and Sally. 
Thomas Williams, laborer. Giles Johnson, William Boynton. Sam- 
uel Bartlett, blacksmith. William Goodrich, laborer. Hudson Bishop, 
mariner. Dorcas Cousins, spinster. Reuben Grindle, yeoman. 
Thomas Knox. Zachariah Lawrence and wife, also of Duck Trap. 

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58 Castine and Penobscot Names, Etc. 

John Lee, merchant and naval officer, succeeding George Billings, 
Esquire, about 1787; had brother Silas, (prob. of Wiscasset;) gave 
order to Isaac Clewley, and paid for qualifying John Brewer, Sept. 21, 
1787, and John Peters, May 6, 1788, as deputy naval officers. Ben- 
jamin Lincoln, sail-maker. Joseph Calef, cooper. Josiah Wardwell, 
yeoman. John McDermot, laborer. Widow Elizabeth Wescott and 
dau.-in-law. Thos. Nutter. Solomon Kimball and daughter. Matthias 
Rich, merchant, wife and "girl Esther." Samuel Rogers, blacksmith, 
goods delivered Charles Ford, Ruth Devereux and Sally Hancock. 
Joseph Perkins, yeoman, Mrs. Phebe, sons James, Joseph and William, 
and his negro girl. Benjamin Lunt, sail-maker. David Howe, silver- 
smith. Archibald Haney, yeoman, aud wife (he seems to have had an 
extensive business with Col. J.) Ephriam Cook, shoemaker, and 
wife. John Bray, mariner. Thomas Boden. John Hancock, house- 
wright. Nath. Palmer, ship carpenter. James Jones, laborer. David 
Moore, carpenter. Seth Gardner, Robert McLellan, Eben Roby. 
Joshua Woodman, innholder. Widow Mary Archibald. Francis Ad- 
ams, laborer. Widow Mary Crawford, son James and Miss Peggy. 
James Crawford, hatter. John Hazleton. James Pollard, laborer, and 
son D. Preble (?) Richard Hunnewell, trader, and negro man Eman- 
uel. Jacob Webber, Ben Courtis, Samuel Magridge, James Barton (?) 
and wife. Winslow & Joy, merchants. Samuel Winslow. Thatcher 
Avery, yeoman and mariner, cr., by three passages frpm Boston to Pe- 
nobscot, Dec. 6, 1786, Mrs. J., Mr. J., and Mrs. Morris, 6s. each, 18 
shillings; also, March 21, 1788, my passage, 6 shillings, and son Jo- 
seph, 4 shillings. Israel Webber. Angus Mclntire, laborer ; also of 
Duck Trap. Hezekiah Pollard, laborer. Wheelwright and Billings, 
merchants. Samuel Wheelwright. William Rouse, baker. Knox & 
Woodman, inn-holders. William Wescott, yeoman, and son Thomas 
William Stone. Daniel Costin, laborer. John Barton. Oliver Mann, 
physician. Thomas Binney, shoemaker. Nathaniel Farley. Eben 
Webster. John Coner, blacksmith. 


Thomas Nutter, Gershom Varnum, and Daniel Perkins, yeoman. 
Joshua Grindle, Joseph Hibbert, Jr., and wife, and Nancy. Joshua 
Gray, Jr., Christopher Gray, and John Gray, yeoman. William 
Grindle. Francis Boden, mariner. Ephraim Lord. John Mitchell, 
yeoman. John Grindle. Samuel Knowles. Samuel Wescott and wife. 
Samuel Veazie and wife. Josiah Jacobs, laborer, "of the Neck." 
Thatcher Avery, for drawing apprentice's indenture to bind his boy, 
William Jipson. Archibald Haney, for taking depositions of John 
Douglas, John Condon and Eliphalet Lowell. 


George Billings, naval officer, 1785-6. [Second who held the office.] 
Widow Alice Connor. John Condon, yeoman. Samuel Mitchell, 
laborer. David Wilson. William Nutter and wife Sarah. Widow 
Mary Perkins, — cr., by keeping my house from 29th May to 29th June, 
28 days, at 6s. per week. Geo. Woodhouse and Jacob 'Webber, 

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A Porter Family. 59 

laborers. William Wescott. Nath. Perkins, yeoman and mariner. 
Thomas Wassoh, yeoman. Seth Blodgett, mariner. John Bray, do. 
Moses Blake, yeoman, and his son-in-law, Luxford Gooding ( ?) Samuel 
Russel, David Haws, Richard and Moses Blaisdell, yeomen. Neal Mc- 
Gee, laborer. Jeremiah Jones. James Taylor & Son. William 
Webber, tanner. Olivia Jordan. Ben Howard, of Carrying Place 
Falls, Ben Howard, Jr., and Samuel, son of Ben, Sr. Peletiah Free- 
man, yeoman, and son Richard. William Presson, shopkeeper. Free- 
man and Binney. Retire Whittemore. Oliver Parker, yeoman. 
Widow Mehetabel Littlefield. John McDermot, laborer. Abraham 
Witham, yeoman. James Douglas, blacksmith. William Reedhead, 
cooper. Josiah Leavitt, physician. Thomas Fields, mariner. 
Widow Mary Stover. William Stover. Richard Whittemore, shoe- 
maker. Polly Haden. William Farley, trader. Samuel and John 
Wasson, yeomen. Daniel Lancaster. Jeremiah Wardwell, Daniel 
Blake and Joseph Lowell, yeomen. Thomas Phillips, merchant. 
William Parker, do. Abagail Matthews and son Sam. Barnabas 
Higgins, carpenter. 

"cape rosea." 
Jesse Holbrook, mariner, son-in-law Fields Coombs, son Prince, Jon- 
athan, Francis, May 10, 1788 — Col. J. bought 1-2 of Holbrook's Mills 
at Goose Falls for £2 10. John Bakeman and son John. Andrew Blake. 
John Courson and Reuben Mayo, yeomen. Michael Dyer and dau. 
Isabella. John Carleton. ^ Joseph Young. 


Joseph 7 Porter, son of Lebbeus and Polly (Brastow) Porter, 
born in Wrentham, Mass., Dec. 19, 1800. When about twenty- 
one" years of age, he went to Weymouth ; in business as carpenter 
and lumber dealer with his brother, Whitcomb Porter ; in 1824 
removed to Milton, where he continued the same business. He 
was an original member and deacon of the Village Church, 
(Orthodox,) at Dorchester Lower Mills; was elected captain of 
Dorchester Rifle Company, March 8, 1830; elected a member of 
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, Aug., 1832; two of 
his ancestors having been members of the same company more 
than two hundred years ago ; elected colonel of the first regiment 
of infantry, in the first brigade and first division of Massachusetts 
militia, Sept. 9, 1833. When President Jackson visited Boston, 
he with his regiment escorted him through Roxbury to Boston 
line. In 1834 he removed to Brewer, Maine, and about 1840 to 

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60 A Porter Family. 

Lowell, Maine. Upon the breaking out of the north-eastern 
boundary troubles, in February, 1839, he raised a company of 
volunteers for the war, and immediately proceeded to the scene of 
action on the Aroostook river. On the 24th of February he was 
appointed colonel of the volunteer troops, consisting of twelve 
companies and nearly one thousand men, which position he 
held until the arrival of the regular militia. He was several 
years a County Commisioner for the County of Penobscot, Maine, 
and a member of the Maine Legislature. He married first, Mary 
Stetson, daughter of Major Amos and Hannah (Hunt) Stetson, of 
Braintree, Mass., Oct. 22, 1823, by Rev. Jonas Perkins. She 
born March 27, 1803 ; died Lowell, Me., June 8, 1866. Married 
second, Mrs. Mary R. Philbrook, of Springfield, Maine. He 
died in Lowell, Maine, Feb. 7, 1878. She died in Springfield, 
June, 1881. Children — first six born in Milton, Mass. : 

i. Joseph Whitcomb, b. July 27, 1824. 

ii. John Barker, b. March 27, 1826. Twice married ; resides Lowell, 
Me. Has had large family of children. 

iii. Mary Stetson, b. Oct. 15, 1827; unmarried. .Resides Burlington, 

iv. Susan Fisher, b. Dec. 19, 1829; unmarried. Resides Burlington, Me. 

v. Thomas Williams, b. May 15, 1832; unmarried. Resides Burling- 
ton, Me. Has been represent to the Legislative several times; 
town officer; and is now postmaster. 

vi. Caroline Elizabeth, b. Feb. 15, 1834; died Lowell, Me., March 26, 

vii. Annah Stetson, b. Brewer, Me., June 15, 1836; died Brewer, Aug. 
15. 1838. 

viii. Elis Burrill. b. Lowell, Me., 1869. 

ix. Richard Lebbeus, b. Lowell, Me., March 21, 1875. 

Joseph W. Porter, son of Joseph Porter, born in Milton, Mass. , 
July 27, 1824. Removed to Brewer, Me., with his father's family, 
in 1834, and to Lowell, Me., 1840. In 1849, he went to Wey- 
mouth, Mass., and in 1851, after first marriage, to Braintree, 
Mass., where he held several town offices. He removed to Wey- 
mouth, Mass., in 1858, and then to Braintree again in 1861. In 
July, 1862, he removed with his family to Burlington. In Aug., 
1881, he removed to Bangor, where he now resides. What edu- 
cation he received was at Milton, Mass., and Brewer, Me., town 
schools, and Day's Academy, Wrentham, Mass. He is a lumber- 
man and farmer; he was appointed aide-de-camp to Governor 
Coburn, in 1863 ; messenger of the electoral vote of Maine to 

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William Elwell. 61 

Washington, 1864; member of Maine House of Representatives, 
1864,-'65,-'68,-72 and 76; of Maine Senate, 1866 and 1867; 
Executive Councillor, 1869, 1870; President of Maine State Re- 
publican Convention, 1872; Presidential Elector, 1876. He was 
appointed chairman of board of inspectors of prison and jails, by 
Governor Daniel F. Davis, Feb., 1880, and re-appointed by Gov. 
Frederick Robie, Feb., 1884, and was also appointed warden of 
Maine State Prison by Gov. Davis, Nov. 5, 1880, which office he 
declined. Married first, Rhoda Keith, daughter of Rev. Jonas 
and Rhoda (Keith) Perkins, of (East) Braintree, Mass., Jan. 5, 
1851, by her father; she was born Nov. 23, 1826; died in Bur- 
lington, Me., Nov. 30, 1875 ; she was a graduate of Mount Hol- 
yoke Female Seminary, 1845, where for the most part of her time 
she was private secretary to Miss Mary Lyon ; taught school in 
Putnam, Ohio, and in Braintree, Mass. Married second, Mrs. 
Rose (Brooks) Nickerson, of Orrington, Me., May 4, 1877, at 
Bangor Me., by Rev. Prof. Wm. M. Barbour, D. D. She was 
widow of Capt. Henry Nickerson, and daughter of James and 
Elizabeth Taylor (Bartlett) Brooks, of Orrington, Me. ; born 
April 22, 1840. Children, all born in Braintree : 

i. Joseph, b. Maivh 29, 1853; died Sept. 19, 1854. 
ii. Rhoda Josepha. b. July 26. 1856. 
iii. Mary Stetson, b. June IS, 1858. 


Dec. 12, 1805, 'made this record of himself and family, on Isles- 
boro, Me., records : 

" I landed with my family on Long Island.* Married Urane Wads- 
worth, Sept. 16, 1767. " Children: [Enclosures in brackets by tbe 

i. Vinson, b. July 14. 1768. [Married Niobe. daughter of Samuel Pen- 
dleton, Dec. 14, 1792. [Probably moved to Northport.] 

ii. Alban, b. June 14, 1769. [Lived "in Northport or Camden.] 

iii. Prudence, b. July 16, 1770. 

iv. Salome, b. Nov. 6, 1773 ; died Oct. 24. 1774. 

v. Darius, b. April 15, 1777; died Sept. 16, 1778, Saturday. 

vi. Geo. Washington, b. April 23, 1780. [Married Abigail Pendleton. 
Lived in Belfast. She died Oct,, 1860. He lost his life at sea, 1812. 

Notr. Wm. Elwell was Selectman 1791. Held other town offices. Moved away, 
probably to Northport. Editor. 

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62 Relating to Bangor. 

They had six children— Abigail, Geo. W., William T., Harriet, 

Maria A., and Benjamin T., born July 18, 1812, who removed from 

Belfast to Patten, Me.] 
vii. Lewis, b. April 18, 1783. Friday. 

viii. William, b. Nov. 15, 1785; died Nov. 23, 1788, Sunday, 
ix. Thomas, b. Sept. 3, 1787, at one o'clock in the morning, on Burton's 

Island. Died Jan. 12, 1789, Monday. 
x # Silvray, b. in Islesboro, Aug. 18, 1790, Wednesday, 
xi. William, b. Jan. 5, 1792, Saturday. 


The territory — which is now the city of Bangor — was origi- 
nally claimed by the Waldo proprietors, who caused a survey to 
be made by Joseph Chadwick, in 1773, and in 1786 another ex- 
ploration by Jonathan Stone was made, by order of Gen. Knox, 
whose wife was one of the Waldo heirs. A part of the report was 
as follows : 

No. 1 in the second range contains twenty-three thousand and eight 
hundred and ninety-five acres, and is bounded as follows, viz : By the 
Penobscot river on the east and southeast, by No. 1 of the first range 
on the south, by No. 2 of the second range on the west, and on the 
commonwealth's land on the north and northeast. This township com- 
prehends the head of navigation on this river at the mouth of the Ken- 
diskeig, is the principal anchorage where is about 2 1-2 fathoms at low 
water. The great falls at the head of the tide afford an excellent shad 
and alewive fishery, and the mouth of the Kendiskeig is the most con- 
venient landing for rafts of lumber which come down, of any place in the 
river. Those advantages, joined to its pleasant situation and the vast 
country above, to which it must serve as a seaport, must make it a 
place of considerable trade in a short time, — but those advantages will 
be the property of a few individuals, if the first settlers who have taken 
up the farms along the river are allowed to hold them. There are some 
tolerable farming lands along the Kendiskeig stream, and towards the 
northerly part ; it has likewise large quantities of open meadows. 

settlers' names. 

Abram Freeze, Isaac Freeze, Archd McPheters, Jonathan Lowder, 
Silas Harthorne, Joseph Page, Robert Treat, Widow Harthorne, Levi 
Bradley, Bryant Bradley, Andrew Webster, Wm. Hasey, Nathaniel 
Mayo, Wm. Tibbets, Thomas Howard, Jacob Russell, Elisha Nevers, 
— Brown, John Smart, James Budge, Widow Dunning, Jacob Dennett, 
Ebenezer Mayo, Simon Crosby. The foregoing settlers were before the 
war — Benjamin Rollins 2 years ; Benjamin Low, 3 years ; Wm. Holt, 
2 years ; Peter Burges, 2 years. New settlers — Daniel Spencer, 

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Deposition of John Phillips, <&c. 63 

James Mayhew, Amos Mann, Geo. Tibbets, Abner Tibbets, Daniel 
Campbell, Timo. Crosby, a possession of 14 years with improvement by 
his father ; has no buildings. 

Dec. 16, 1786. 


John Phillips, of Charlestown, aged 74, testifieth and saith that more 
than sixty years ago the deponent was frequently at the house of John 
Ppker,* when he lived on the westerly side of Sagadahock, on Kenne- 
bec river, known by the name of Arrowsick, and that he the deponent 
knew that the said John Parker had six children — Daniel, James, Sarah, 
Hannah, Elizabeth and Margaret ; and that Daniel, son of John, had 
one son and one daughter — Isaac and Ann ; and that said Daniel and 
his son Isaac both lived at Charlestown and died there ; Isaac was a 
potter ; had sundry children. The widow's name is Grace. And the 
deponent further adds that the aforenamed John Parker and his son 
James were by the Indians driven off from their place at Connebeck 
river, to Casco Bay, where they were both killed at the fort when it 
was taken, and that said James died without any issue. The deponent 
saith that said daughter S,arah married one John Baker, and they had 
for issue John and Sarah ; that said John and Sarah are both dead, but 
the deponent knows not whether they left any issue ; that Elizabeth, 

another daughter, married one Mr. Day ( ?) ; Margaret, the 

other daughter, married Jona. Cary, and had two sons,-— Jonathan 
and James ; and deponent further says that all the lands from Sagada- 
hock river to Casco Bay were commonly called Parker's Land. 


Nov. 7, '1748. 

Recorded York Records, Vol. 35, page 59 — 60. 

Col Shead,t the first postmaster at Eastport, was appointed in 1802, 
but according to Weston's history of our town, a post office was 
established at Passamaquoddy as early as 1794, and Mr. De Lesdenier, 
who was appointed postmaster, kept his office at the Narrows, in that 
part of the plantation which is now Lubec. The mail came once a 
fortnight ; it was necessarily brought on foot, and the carrier's coat 
pocket assumed all the purposes of a modern mail bag. That office was 
discontinued in 1805. The commission of William Kilby, the first 
postmaster at Dennysville, bears the date of February 24th, 1800. For 
over eighty-five years that office has been in the uninterrupted possess- 
ion of his family, the present postmaster being his grandson. 

— W. H. Kilby, in Eastport Sentinel, 

♦Said to be ancestor of late Chief Justice Parker, of Mass. 

Hon. Josiah H. Drummond, of Portland, ajso a descendant, is said to be writing a 
genealogy of this family. Editor. 

tSee Ante, page 12. 

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64 The British in the War of 1812, Ancient Deeds. 


On the day of the battle of Hampden, Sept. 3, 1814, the Brit- 
ish vessels sailed up the Penobscot river, and amused themselves 
by firing at non-combatants on the east side of the river, in 
Orrington. They fired a cannon ball through the house of Wil- 
liam Loud, near the ferry, killing a man named Reed. Going up 
farther, they fired a cannon ball, which came so near the head of 
Mr. James Brooks as to blow his hat off. He had with him ttje 
children and cattle, going for the woods. Going up farther, they 
fired a cannon ball through the meeting house. The Methodist 
quarterly meeting was prevented, according to the record of the 
Orrington quarterly conference : 

u Sept. 3, 1814, the British troops coming up the river, prevented 
Q. M. They shot a cannon ball through the meeting house this day." 


Solomon Hewes, of Wrentham, Mass., innholder, sells to William 
Vaughn, resident at Damariscotta, for £200, land east side of Dama- 
riscotta river, which he bought of Samuel Scott, said claim having 
belonged to Robert Scott, father of said Samuel Scott. Deed dated 
17th April, 1729. Witnessed by Jonathan Whiting and Daniel Far- 
rington. Acknowledged Jan. 13, 1734-5, before Jona. Ware, J. P. 
Recorded York Records, vol. 18, page 38. 

Joseph Pearse, late of Plymouth, now of Rochester, sells to Noah 
Sampson, of Duxborough, now of Plymouth, 200 acres of land at East- 
ward in Broad Bay, Damariscotta, New Harbor, being land which was 
part of Francis Pearse right, which is 5th lot of 2d division, near lot of 
land laid out to Consider Ho wland. Dec. 11, 1731. -Witnesses, Robert 
Carver and Consider Howland. Acknowledged before Nath. Thorns, 
J. P., Plymouth County. York Records, vol. 11, page 104. 

John Burt, of Boston, gunsmith, for £75 sells to Jona. Loring, of 
Boston, 3-8 of land at Sheepscot, which he bought of Mrs. Alice Clark, 
July 5, 1728, the whole tract being 1-8 of all the land which Geo. 
Davie died seized and possessed of, which descended to Alice Clark, 
as only heir at law, with her sister Mary, wife of John Witt, of Marl- 
borough, Sept. 14, 1736. York Records, vol. 18, page 86. 

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In the morning of life we are all inclined to look forward. Bright 
visions of the future are constantly passing before us, and we are ever 
pressing onward, that we may have a clearer view of the scene and enjoy 
it more. But when we come to pass the meridian of life, it is not unfre- 
quently that we turn with pleasure to the past, and in the twilight that 
history and tradition gives us to bygone days, gather up the fragments 
of ancient time, that we may see them in the form they once existed. 
Hence it is that we remove the moss from the grave-stones of our fathers, 
and search among the remains of their habitations, and linger about the 
places that once knew them, as if to converse with their departed spir- 
its, and know what they thought, enjoyed, and did. "Our fathers, 
where are they? The places that once knew them, now know them no 
more forever." Mingling this love of antiquity with the strong attach- 
ment we all have to home, the interest we have in the land of our fathers, 
and the scenes through which they passed, becomes intense. "It is 
pleasant to remember the days of old, and to consider the years of many 
generations." How rapid is the flight of time, and how short the 
period of it allotted to man. Frequent and successive changes crowd 
upon each other, and inquire with eagerness for the past. Less than two 
centuries have passed since this land was inhabited, ruled and enjoyed 
by a race whose laws and habits were wholly different from our own. 
That race is now almost extinct. With the impression that it might be 
acceptable to my children, and possibly of some service to posterity, I 
have attempted to collect some of the facts appertaining to the history 
and settlement of Bucksport, the birthplace of some, and the home of 
us all. 

•NOTJ5. Contribute^ by his daughter, Mr*. Mary Sewall Bradley, of Bucksport. 
Mr. Buck was a gentleman of the highest character, well known in the eastern part of 
the State. He had through a long life special facilities for gathering lacts about the 
early history of his native town and vicinity. He well knew many of the early set- 
tlers, and from their lips obtained much of what he has written. As to events prior to 
the settlement of Bucksport. he consulted Sullivan's and Williamson's histories of 
Maine, and such other authorities as were accessible to him. Mr. Buck died May 12th. 

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In giving a history of Bucksport I have thought proper to take a cur- 
sory view of the first settlements on the Penobscot river. Penobscot is 
the Indian name of this river. It was anciently called by the French 
Pentagoet, or Pentagouet. It is said by Sullivan that the French 
voyagers erected a trading house at Mount Mansel, now called Mt. Des- 
ert, as early as 1603, and in 1604 one was established at some place on 
the Penobscot river, which must have been at Castine, for we find in 
1613 one Samuel Argal came from Virginia and destroyed the block 
house. In 1636 Plymouth colony erected a trading house at Bagaduce 
Point, now Castine, where they carried on a very lucrative trade in furs 
with the Indians. This was three years before their patent for lands on 
the Kennebec, and before they had any claim to these lands, except the 
right of possession, which the Yankees have always considered the best 
title, and while the sovereigns of France and England were contending 
for this country by prior discovery and priority of grants. The Ply- 
mouth people considered preoccupancy as the only title to be relied on. 
In 1635 the French by stratagem rifled the garrison, and took possession 
of all the Penobscot waters, and kept it until 1654. In that year Oliver 
Cromwell, under a pretence of attacking the Dutch at New York, sent 
one major Sedgwick, who turned his fleet this way, took the fort at Pe- 
nobscot, and conquered all the country from thence to Port Eoyal, uow 
Annapolis. Cromwell granted the country to Col. Temple and others, 
who carried on the fur trade at Penobscot till 1667, when the whole prov- 
ince of Maine, lying east of Sagadahoc, by the treaty of peace was 
ceded to the French by Charles the Second. About 1670 Count Castine 
took up his residence at Bagaduce. He had been a colonel in the regi- 
ment of Carignan. Some suppose him to have been a Jesuit. Voltaire 
and the Abbe Raynal considered him a very extraordinary character. 
He was a man of family and fortune, but his own countrymen confess 
that they cannot find any satisfactory motives for his conduct. He was 
an inveterate enemy to the English, and by his influence with the 
Indians, he prevented for years all attempts to settle on the Penobscot. 
By him the Indians were at all times filled with jealousy and revenge, 
which the English could not dissipate. He married the daughter of an 
Indian chief, and lived a savage life, secluded from the world and all 
civilized society. From what the Indians related after the peace to the 
English, there is no doubt that Count Castine was sent out by the court 
of France, for the purpose of supplying and teaching the Indians the use 
of fire-arms. In proof of this large quantities of ammunition and arms 
were found in his fort, when it was destroyed, and three years after this, 
in 1675, the Indians were as expert in the use of the musket as the En- 
glish. After the treaty of Eyswick, and the subjection of the Castine 
Indians, the French contrived to remove a great part of the natives from 
Penobscot to St. Francois, in Canada, where they were afterward known 
as St. Francis Indians. It is not certainly known whether Baron De 
Castine died in this country or in France. His son, called Castine the 
younger, went to Canada, and probably lived and died with the Indians. 
In 1676 the Dutch sent a ship of war to Penobscot, and captured the 
French fortification, and took formal possession of the peninsula. The 
same year the people of Boston sent three vessels to Penobscot, who in 

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a short time took the fort and drove the Dutch therefrom ; but they did 
not remain here, for the next year we find it again in the possession of 
the French and Indians. 

In the year 1690 Sir William Phipps, with an army from Massachu- 
setts, conquered the country from Penobscot to Port Royal, and Castine 
the younger and all his tribe became the professed subjects of the king 
of England. This treaty was made in 1693, but the frequent hostili- 
ties committed by the Penobscot tribe after the treaty, prevented any 
permanent settlement on this river, for a long time. In the year 1704 
Col. Church, with 600 men, with a number of vessels and small boats, 
proceeded to Penobscot, took a daughter of Castine, and several French 
prisoners. He also killed many of the Indians who resided in the fort. 
In 1710 the whole territory of Acadia was subdued by an army under 
the command of Gen. Nicholson, raised by the New England Colonies. 
From this time up to the three years war with the Indians, in 1744, there 
was a cessation of hostilities, but no English settlement was made on the 
Penobscot river. In 1779 we find Castine strongly fortified by the Brit- 
ish This year was the famous Bagaduce defeat, which will be alluded 
to in connection with the first settlers of this town ; and here I would add 
that this place, so memorable in days gone by, will ever attract the atten- 
tion of the historian. For a long period of time it was the scene of war, 
and has been considered of more consequence by different nations than 
any other spot in New England, having never been without a garrison 
from 1626 to 1781. being at different times in possession of French, 
Dutch, English, and Americans. Here are to be seen interesting relics 
of other days. There are still seen distinctive outlines of Castine's fort-r- 
the old French fort — and fort George, built upon the high ground by the 
British, in 1779. There was once gathered whatever contributed to the 
misery and glory of war. Those heights were crowned with cannon, 
whose thunder reverberated across the bay, often sending a thrill of ter- 
tor through the hearts of the scattered inhabitants. There stood the 
watchful sentinel, in summer's heat and winter's cold, his life a forfeit 
if he proved untrue. There the French, Dutch, English and American 
flags have waved in the winds that have swept over those ancient forts 
for generations. 

We now pass to the opposite side of the river, where some of the first 
settlers of this town for a time resided. In the year 1759, during our 
war with France, the British forces having captured the city of Louisburg, 
and strongly fortified the outlet of St. Johns, the Penobscot became the 
only avenue for the French into Canada, and the only route for the 
Indians into that province. At this time the General Court of Massa- 
chusetts, considering it important to secure the river from the enemy, 
determined to establish a military post at some point on its banks, and 
take formal possession of the country. Accordingly on the 3d of May, 
1759, the force, consisting of four oompanies of 100 men each, accom- 
panied by Gov. Pownal, embarked from Boston in two ships of war and 
several transports, for the place of destination. They entered Pe- 
nobscot bay on the 5th, and anchored in a cove now called Prospect 
harbor. The next day, after examining the surrounding country, the 
Governor selected an elevated promontory, now known as Fort Point, 

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as a suitable spot for erecting the proposed fort. Clearing away the 
trees and underwood, preparations were made for erecting the forti- 
fication, about 25 rods from the water's edge, and nearly the same dis- 
tance from the present light-house. A rectangular breastwork was first 
constructed from earth, the gorges being filled with logs and stones, 
each corner terminated in a flanker, or triangular bastion, jutting out 
from the main works so as to command any opposing force. The height 
of walls or breastwork was ten feet, its length 90 feet on each interior 
side, beside the flankers, which were 33 feet on each side. The whole 
was environed by a moat or ditch 15 feet in width at the top and 8 feet 
deep. In the centre were palisades of wood extending through the 
whole, quite around the fort, except at the point occupied by the draw 
bridge, which was on the eastern side. Between this entrance and the 
water were the houses of the officers, and a store house for munitions of 
war. Here also stood a brick chapel. Within this breastwork was 
erected a block house 44 feet square, with flankers corresponding to 
those in the main works. The walls were constructed of pine and hem- 
lock timber, hewn ten inches square. The height was 22 feet, forming 
two stories, the lower being used as barracks, and the upper, which 
jutted over some four feet, being employed for exercising the garrison 
in stormy weather. The roof terminated in a point, where was situated 
a sentry box, or lookout. Cannon were mounted on platforms beneath 
the breastworks, which together with ten or twelve eight-pounders in the 
upper story of the block house, constituted the armament of the fort. 
On the 28th of July the fortress was complete, and the moat flowed with 
water. In honor of the Governor it was called Fort Pownal. The cost 
of its construction was nearly 25,000 dollars, and it was pronounced by 
the General Court the best military post within the province. 100 men 
under Gen. Preble were stationed within its walls, where they remained 
until the close of the year. In 1760 ail fears of French and Indian 
hostilities were removed by a treaty of peace. 

The Indians having signified their intention to enjoy the friendship 
and receive the protection of our forces, a trading house was erected 
near Fort Pownal for their accommodation, and placed under such regu- 
lations as would best secure their good will. A large traffic was carried 
on for several years subsequent to the war, the natives receiving all the 
supplies needed by them in exchange for furs and articles of their own 
production. Col. Treat, who settled at Sandy Point, estimated the 
number of Indians who resorted to Fort Pownal for trade at over 700, 
and related that he had frequently seen one of the flanker rooms as full 
as could be stowed with the best quality of furs — beaver, otter, sable, etc. 

In 1764 the trade with the Indians had become so extensive that a 
large building was erected near the fort to accommodate public worship, 
and shelter the natives in stormy weather. The garrison then consisted 
of a lieutenant, gunner, armorer, chaplain, interpreter, and 34 privates. 
In 1768 the General Court appropriated £4 a month for the chaplain, and 
the governor stated in his message that there was no minister of the 
gospel within a circuit of 100 miles, and that the settlers were too poor 
to support one. 

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menced, Col. Mowatt, with a British ship of war, touched at Fort Pownal 
and completely dismantled it, conveying away all the arms and moveables. 
From this time the carrying trade was broken up which had been so prof- 
itably improved for twenty years. After the British took possession of 
Castine, in 1779, fearing the fort was to be occupied by our troops, they 
burnt the block-house and all its appurtenant buildings. Subsequently 
they reappeared, and labored indefatigably in filling the moat and 
leveling the breastworks, but the outlines of the fort are still perfectly 
distinct. I have thus been particular in giving an account of this fort, 
as the building of which opened the way for a settlement of all the towns 
on this river. It was the nucleus for all the inhabitants, and had it not 
been for this public storehouse of provisions during the famine of 1775, 
the people must have perished from hunger. From Fort Pownal the 
inhabitants gradually moved up the river. Henry Black, James Treat, 
Zethan French, were living at Sandy Point in 1763 ; also some families 
in No. 3, now Penobscot. 

The mind of man is naturally turned to enterprise, so that nothing is 
wanting but some incitement suited to the taste of the age in which he 
lives, to cause him to forsake the sweets of home and undergo all the 
trials and privations of emigration, to obtain the object in pursuit. 
Many of the soldiers employed in the building of Fort Pownal returned 
to Massachusetts, and the report they gave of this goodly land excited at 
once a spirit of emigration. Already there were several settlers on the 
Penobscot river, and on application townships were granted on condi- 
tions.* ***** Township No. One, now Bucksport, was one of six 
towns granted to David Marsh and 352 others. On the 8th day of Aug., 
1762, Jonathan Buck, James Duncan, Richard Emerson, William Dun- 
can, and William Chamberlain, came here from Haverhill, and began 
the survey of this town. 

And now let us in imagination transplant ourselves back 95 years, to 
the morning they landed and commenced the work of laying out a town. 
Standing on the bank of the river, and what do we see ? Not a mark of 
civilization greets the eye. Before us the great Penobscot is silently 
rolling on to the ocean, its mirrored surface giving back a true picture 
of every variety of foliage upon its banks The island, with its varied 
hues of green, is now dressed in its richest attire, and the rays 
of the rising sun are just breaking upon the tops of the tall pines 
like streaks of gold. As we look in the west, there seems to rise a 
vast pyramid of woods, whose branches are reaching down to the water's 
edge. On yonder point a little opening is seen, and two Indian wig- 
wams of conical form, from which the smoke is slowly ascending till it 
vanishes in the thick forest behind. There for a time dwelt the natives 
of the woods. Behind us, all around is one vast primeval forest, which 
has cast a gloom over the earth for centuries. Naught is heard but the 
shrill sound of the Peabody bird and the gentle murmuring of the mill- 
stream. Such was then the view from what is now the beautiful village 
of Bucksport. As yet they knew nothing of the interior of the town. 
Its beautiful meadows, ponds, and streams, they had never seen. Fol- 

* See ante, page 29. 

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lowing the shore down river to the head of the cove, a few rods east of 
the brook which runs through Shubael Brown's farm, they made a stand. 
Here on a poplar tree they inscribed the initials of the names of the 
committee, and the number of the township. From this tree they run 
northerly 60 rods, on what is now the town line, thence westerly one 
mile and 221 rods to the river at High Head. They then run out 60 
city lots from 8 to 16 rods wide, running from the shore back to this 
head line. These lots were probably intended for the 60 proprietors of 
the town, but they were afterward all merged in the large lots. They 
next commenced running from High Head up the river, 100-acre lots, 
numbering 1,2,3,4, etc. So much of the town was surveyed this season 
as to enable the committee to present a plan of survey to the General 
Court the next year ; but it was many years after before the town was 
all surveyed into lots. 

In 1763, one Joseph Gross, who had been a soldier at Fort Pownal, 
came here and built a log house, very near the spot where George 
Harriman now lives. He was the first white inhabitant that lived in 
this town, and he afterward made a permanent settlement in Orland. 
In 1764 Col. Jona. Buck came here from Harverhill, and brought sev- 
eral persons with him, and cleared up a piece of ground and built a saw 
mill. It stood very near where Franklin Spofford's mill now stands. 
This was the first mill built on Penobscot river. The next year he 
built a house, and a small building near the water for a trading house. 
In 1765 several families came and begau to build upon the lots, agree- 
ably to the requirements of the grant. Lauthlin McDonald and his son, 
Roderick, came up from Fort Pownal and settled on what is now called 
the Mack farm. The land he claimed included all this village from 
School street to High Head on the river. McDonald was a native of 
Greenock, Scotland. In 1804 he sold all the land he had left of his orig- 
inal claim to Caleb B. Hall, Asa and Stephen Peabody, and moved to 
Belfast, where many of his descendants live. He died, at the age of 101 
years.* In 1767 and 68 a number of settlers came in from Massachu- 
setts and New Ha mpshire, and took up lots on the river. One major Moor 
built a house on the lower side of what is called the John Buck lot. The 
cellar and well are still visible, and some of the apple trees on the oppo- 
. site side" of the road were planted by said Moore, probably 90 years ago. 
He sold his right of possession to Jona. Buck Jr., and moved to Camden. 
Next came Asael Harriman from Plaistow, N. H. He settled on the 
lot now known as the Pond farm. He was, like many of the first set- 
tlers, a bold adventurous man, and a mighty hunter. He made a terri- 
ble slaughter of the wild animals, often boasting that "he feared a bear 
as little as he did a squirrel." From his great loquacity he received 
the title of Lawyer Harriman. He was one of the few who took the 
oath of allegiance to Great Britian, and remained here during the war. 
His descendants living in this town and Orland now number over 700. 
Ebenezer Buck settled on the lot where William Buck now lives, and 
built a house. Previous to the war Jonathan Fry took up the lot where 

• He was voted an inhabitant of Belfast, 1803 ; died there July 25, 1821.— Williamson's 
History of Belfast, Ed. 

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Rufus Stover now lives, and Amos Buck the Shubael Brown lot. 

In 1775 there were 21 families in No. i,(Bucksport) and 12 in No. 2 
(Orland). The names of those in this town were, Asa Harriman, 
Lauthlin McDonald, Ezra Cottle, John Couilard, Asael Harriman, Jona. 
Buck, Jona. Buck Jr., Ebenezer Buck, Amos Buck, Abner Lowell, 
Benjamin Page, Phineas Ames, James Clements, Stephen Lampher, 
Josiah Colson, James Arey, James Colson, Joshua Couliard, Jonathan 
Fry, and Daniel Harriman. In 1775 the inhabitants suffered extremely 
for want of provisions. The spring was unusually dry, and the whole 
summer so cold no corn and but little grain of any kind was raised in 
the region of the Penobscot river, and there was but little or no sale for 
wood or lumber. So great was the distress that a memorial was sent 
to the third Provincial Congress, then sitting at Watertown, Mass., signed 
by Col. Jonathan Buck and others, representing the distressed condi- 
tion of the inhabitants ; that many families were without bread, and 
that some children had actually died of hunger. The Assembly being 
without means of relief, recommended that two or three hundred bush- 
els of corn be sent to Penobscot, and sold to the inhabitants at a moder- 
ate price, taking wood or lumber tor pay, and Col. Buck was appointed 
as the trustee and almoner of all presents sent to the people. At 
the same time he was appointed by Congress Provincial Agent to take 
charge at fort Pownal, to demand of Capt. Goldthwait the keys, arms, 
ammunition, and whatever remained of the public property in and around 
the fort. 

In 1776 the first company of soldiers was organized in township No. 
One, and there were only 14 privates in the company, being all that were 
liable to do military duty from Buck's Ledge to the lower part of 
Penobscot. The officers were Samuel Keyes, captain ; Asael Harriman, 
1st Lieut. ; ^benezer Buck, 2nd Lieut. ; Samuel Soper, 1st Sergeant; 
Jeremy Stover, 2d Sergeant ; and Daniel Buck, Corporal. These brave 
men were full ot the spirit of liberty, and ready to sacrifice their all for 
the good of their country. After the war commenced the tide of emi- 
gration ceased to flow, and no further advancement was made in the 
settlement of this town, until after the peace in 1783. 

In June, 1779, a British fleet and army arrived at Bagaduce, under 3 
the command of Commodore Mo watt and General McCubb, *Ja Q_ A^ /V t i. 
took possession of the peninsula and strongly fortified the place. A u ' 
large fort was constructed upon the heights called fort George. This 
event produced the greatest terror, especially among the women and 
children, and a number of families fled, some up the river and some to 
Camden. At this time the inhabitants were almost destitute of arms and 
ammunition, and provisions were extremely scarce. A meeting was 
held to determine what should be done, and they decided to send a com- 
mittee to treat with the British commander. This committee, on their 
return, reported that they had the assurance of Commander Mowatt 
that if the inhabitants would mind their business and be peacable, they 
should not be disturbed, nor their property injured ; but these assurances 
were of short continuance, for in a few weeks they compelled the inhab- 
itants to take the oath of allegiance to Great Britain or leave the country. 
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them of their cattle, and whatever they wanted for the use of the army. 
Such conduct on the part of the British officers aroused the spirit of the 
people, and a number of soldiers collected at Camden, under the com- 
mand of Gen. George Ulmer, to defend the inhabitants living on the 
western side of the bay. In July the Penobscot expedition, so called, 
was fitted out at Boston, consisting of 20 armed vessels carrying 330 
guns, and 24 sail of smaller ships and vessels as transports, with 3000 
men, 600 of whom were from Maine, and embarked from Falmouth. 
The fleet was commanded by Com. Saltonstall, and the army by Gen. 
Lovell. This fleet and army were considered amply sufficient to dis- 
lodge the British forces from Bagaduce, where they arrived July 24th. 
The next day they landed a large number of men and commenced forti- 
fying at several points around the peninsula. As soon as it was known 
that our fleet had arrived, Col. Jona. Buck and several others from this 
town hastened to the scene of war, and were actively employed during 
the whole siege, which lasted 21 days. The conduct of our officers 
during all this time has never been satisfactorily explained. 

On the 14th of Augusta number of British armed vessels were seen 
standing up the bay. Immediately all was confusion in our army. As 
speedily as possible our troops were re-embarked, and the vessels set 
sail up the river, being pursued by the British, who chased some of 
these as far as Bangor, and the whole American fleet was either burned 
or blown up and sunk : not one was saved. The transports were run 
on shore at different places on the river, — most of them at Sandy Point — 
where the troops took what little provisions they could and made their es- 
cape. After great suffering and hardship they found their way through 
the woods to the settlements on the Kennebec Some of the ships 
that were destroyed were the pride of the American people. The 
frigate Warren, blown up a little below Bangor, was the first frigate 
built in the United States. So disgraceful was the conduct of the 
officers of this expedition, and so humiliating to the people of New 
England, that no particular history of the affair was ever published* 
in this country ; but a minute account of the whole siege may be found 
in the journal of William Lawrence, who was at that time an orderly 
sergeant in the British army. 

When the retreat commenced, Col. Buck returned home, and after 
providing a conveyance for his family up to Major Treat's, two miles 
above Bangor, he collected his valuable papers, crossed the river, and 
made his escape to Haverhill, where after a few weeks his family joined 
him. Nearly all the houses in this place were now deserted by the in- 
habitants, who fled in every direction where the British soldiers would 
not find them. Some encamped in the woods, and saved a number of 
their cattle. 

*Mr. Lawrence came to this country with the British army a number of years before 
the rupture with Great Britain. He was in the battles of Lexington, Bunker Hill, and 
the principal battles of the Revolution; was at Castine during the siege at Major baga- 
duce. After the peace he went to Halifax, where he received an honorable discharge. 
He came to this town and settled on the lot where his son Charles Lawrence now lives 
(1857). He died 1846, aged 96 years. Possessed of an iron constitution, he could relate 
with accuracy the most trifling incidents that occurred during the battles of the Revo- 
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The traditions which have been handed down in the Talbot 
family,* and which are in some respects authentic, are that Peter 1 
Talbot was born in Lancashire, England. While yet at school 
in Edinburgh, he was taken, with some schoolmates, and carried 
on board a British man-of-war, which was bound for America. 
When near the coast he escaped, and swam ashore at some place 
in Rhode Island. He made his way to Dorchester, where he went 
to work and saved money wherewith to pay his return passage ; 
but the vessel sailed without him. He continued to work in Dor- 
chester, and in the records of that town may be seen the following i 
"Jan. 12, 1677,Teter Talbot and Mary Wadell were married by 
the worshipful Joseph Dudlow, Esquire." The tradition goes on 
to say that after marriage he made a second attempt to 
return to England, which was again frustrated. It is said that 
after this he accepted the situation, and concluded to settle in this 
country, and went to Chelmsford, f where probably all his children 
were born, as none of their births are recorded in Dorchester. 
While at Chelmsford the Indians captured his wife and killed an 
infant child. The other children hid, and thus escaped. The 
eldest son was killed while fighting the Indians. The wife was re- 
captured, and the family returned to Dochester, that part now 
Stoughton." "Nov. 8, 1685, there was a contribution for Peter 
Talbot, at which time was contributed 40s. 10d."J 

Peter Talbot is said to have died about 1704. Nothing further 
is known of his wife, unless she was the daughter of Wm. Wad- 
dell, of Portsmouth, R. I. The children were : 

i. Edward, b. March 31, 1679* 

ii. Dorothy, b. Feb. 20, 1680; in. James Cutting, of Watertown, about 


iii. Mat, b. Jan. 15, 1682. 

iv. Peter, b. June 1, 1684. 

v. George, b. Dec. 28, 1688. 

vi. Sarah, married 

♦New England His.-Gen. Reg., 183o, Page 129. 
fl am in doubt about the Chelmsford residence. 
^History of Dorchester, page 250. 

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vii. Elizabeth, m. Eleazer Puffer, in Dorchester, Nov. 27, 1713. Children : 
Elizabeth, 1714; Matthias, 1716; Benjamin, 1718; James. 1727; Dor- 
othy, 1726; Lazarus, 1729. 

George 2 Talbot, of Peter 1 Talbot, born Dec. 28, 1688. 
Lived in that part of Dorchester now Stoughton, and upon the 
same lot upon which his descendants have lived. Edward Esty 
and wife sold Geo. Talbot, of Dorchester, 160 acres 64th lot, 12th 
division, for £111. This is probably the homestead upon which 
he and his descendants have lived in Stoughton. 

"George Talbot and wife admitted Milton church, April 4, 

"Nov. 12, 1717, Bro. Talbot and wife, Bro. Samuel Pitcher, 
Bro. Peter Lyon, Bro. Richard Smith and wife, had their dis- 
missal to ye church in Dorchester New Village,* June 25, 1718." 
(Milton church records.) He died July 31, 1760, aged 72. 
(Gravestone, Stoughton. ) 

He married 1st Mary Turell, in Milton, by Rev. Peter Thacher, 
Feb. 18, 1706-7. He married 2d, Elizabeth. Widow Elizabeth, 
of George Talbot, died April 30, 1774, aged 74. (Gravestone, 

Children, all born in Stoughton and baptized at Milton : 

i. Mary, b. Mar. 24, 1708; bap. March 28. 

ii. Daniel, b. March 9, 1709-10; bap. March 12; m. Martha Stearns, of 
Lexington, 1734; lived in Stoughton. In 1754 he petitioned Gen- 
eral Court for services of one of his sons in the army. Had Amariah, 
1737; Daniel, 1740; Martha, 1742, Isaac, 1744; George, 1746; Sarah 
and Benjamin, 1751, Benjamin, 1753. 

iii. Hannah, b. May 1, 1712; bap. May 4. 

iv. George, b. Oct. 24, 1714; bap. Oct. 24. Moved to Freeport, Me., and 
was the ancestor of the family there. 

v. Peter, b. 1717; bap. March 3, 1717. 

vi. Sarah, b. Aug. 23, 1719 ; bap. Aug. 30. 

vii. Jerusha, b. Oct. 6, 1721, bap. Oct. 8; m. Jona. Capen, Jr., of Dor- 
chester, Nov. 20, 1746, who after marriage moved to Stoughton, and 
was a large land owner, and before the revolution agent for the Punk- 
apog Indians. Their son Theophilus graduated at Harvard College, 
1782. and died in Chittenden, Vt., 1842, aged 82. 

viii. Ebenezer, b. Dec. 24, 1723 ; married. Eight children. 

ix. Experience, b. Feb. 20, 1725. 

Peter 3 Talbot, of George 2 Talbot, born 1717. Lived and 
died in Stoughton, on the old homestead, "Oct. 18, 1793, aged 77." 
(Gravestone.) Married 1st, Abigail Wheeler, Dec. 5, 1744. 
She died Nov, 3, 1750. Married 2d, Mary Bailey, Jan. 8, 1752. 

♦Now Canton church. 

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The Talbot Family. 

She died 17th May, 1782, aged 58. (Gravestone.) Childn 

i. Peter Jr., b. Nov. 6, 1745. Settled East Machias, Me. 

ii. Samuel, b. Feb. 24, 1747; m. Mary Sept. 5, 1769. Capt. Sam- 
uel Talbot died Nov. 29, 1821, aged 75. (Gravestone.) Widow 
Mary died Dec. 20, 1821, aged 75. (Gravestone, Stoughton.) 

iii. Abigail, b. ; m. Ebenezer Paul, of Dedham. 

iv. Jabez, b. April 20, 1753; m. Susanah Guild, Nov. 22, 1784. He died 
Dec. 8, 1816, aged 64. (Gravestone.) She died Marcb 29, 1790, 
aged 39. (Gravestone.) They had son Peter, who married Ke- 
ziah, daughter of Simeon Keith, of North Bridge water, 1812, and 
moved to Winslow, Me., and Jabez, b. Aug. 25, 1788, who lived 
in the old homestead and had Jabez, Jr., b. Sept. 17, 1818 ; who had 
son Jabez E., b. June 30. 1844, of Stoughton. 

v. Richard, b. ; married and had childreu. 

vi. Anna, b. 1763. kk Ye daughter of Capt. Peter and Mary Talbot, died 
Jan. 24, 1778, in ye 15th year of her age." (Gravestone.) 

Peter 4 Talbot Jr., of Peter 3 Talbot, born in Stoughton, Mass., 
Nov. 6, 1745. He married and moved to East Machias, in 1771. 
He was, as was his father, a man of large stature, and of corres- 
ponding mental and physical ability. Of inflexible honesty and 
integrity, he had the respect of all who knew him. He held 
official positions in his own town, and was representative to the 
General Court of Massachusetts, about the year 1800, and rode 
horseback from East Machias to Boston, to attend the Court. The 
epitaph on his gravestone at East Machias, is as follows : "Peter 
Talbot, Esquire, born in Stoughton, Nov. 15, 1745. Married in 
Brookline, June 4, 1771. Arrived at East Machias, June 12, 
1771. Built the house in which he died, April 28, 1836." 

He married Lucy, daughter of Daniel and Lucy (Jones) Ham- 
mond, of Brookline, Mass., June 4, 1771. (She was own cousin 
of Capt. William Hammond, sen., who moved from Newton to 
Bangor, and died here March 13, 1814, aged 75.) She was born 
July 25, 1752, and died at East Machias, June 10, 1831, aged 80 
years. (Gravestone.) Their children, all born at East Machias, 
were : 

i. Apphia, b. April 6, 1772; m. Abijah Foster, 1790. 

ii. Lucy, b. Jan. 18, 1775; m. Josiah Harris. 

iii. Stephen, b. Feb. 7. 1781; unmarried; died April 29, 1811, aged 30. 

iv. Peter, b. March 29, 1783 ; ra. twice. 
v. John Coffin, b. Oct. 13, 1784; m. Mary Foster. 
vi. Micah Jones, b. May 18, 1787; m. Betsey Kich. 
vii. Sally Jones, b. Feb. 24, 1792; m. Caleb Cary. She died Nov. 29, 

1856, aged 64; he died Dec. 30, 1848, aged 60. (Gravestone, East 

Machias cemetery.) 

Apphia 5 Talbot, of Peter 4 Talbot, born East Machias, April 6, 

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76 The Talbot Family. 

1772 ; married Abijah Foster, 1790 ; resided in East Machias. 

She died Oct. 13, 1860, aged 88 years 6 months. (Gravestone.) 

He died March 4, 1823, aged 63. (Gravestone.) Children, all 

born in East Machias : 

i. Abigail Talbot, b. March 5. 1791 ; died April 9, 1812. (Gravestone.) 
ii. Lucy Hammond, b. Aug. 3, 1793; unmarried; died 1876, aged 83. 

iii. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 7, 1795; ra. Jeremiah Foster, of E. Machias, 1818. 
iv. Harriet, b. Feb. 27, 1797; died March 2. 1824. 
v. Apphia, b. Oct. 25. 1799 ; died unmarried, 1883. 
vi. Charlotte, b. Oct. 16, 1802 ; died Jan. 2, 1809. 
vii. Mary Coffin, b. Aug. 7, 1804; in. Phineas Foster, 1828, of Marion, 

viii. Frederick William, b. Feb, 24, 1809 ; died Jan. 9, 1819. 
ix. Stephen Talbot, b. June 16, 1812; unmarried, 

Lucy 5 Talbot, of Peter 4 Talbot, born at East Machias, Jan. 
18, 1775; married Josiah Harris, of Boston. Merchant, in East 
Machias, where he died June 17, 1845, aged 75. (Gravestone.) 
Widow Lucy died Dec. 27, 1861, aged 87. (Gravestone.) 
Children, all born at East Machias, were : 

i. John Fairbanks, b. Oct. 18, 1797. He married Drusilla W. Foster, 
and lived at E. Machias. Had five children. He was senator from 
Washington county in 1859. He died Sept., 1877. (Gravestone.) 
She died Oct. 22, 1870, aged 68. (Gravestone.) 

ii. Stephen Talbot, b. Sept. 9. 1800 ; m. Cynthia Foster. He died at 
East Machias, Jan. 30. 1879, aged 78 yrs., 4 mos., and 21 days. 
(Gravestone.) Parents of Gen. Benj. F. Harris, of Augusta. 

iii. George, b. March 18, 1801. He m. tirst. Lucy Chaloner. of Elisha. 
She died April 23, 1831, aged 34. M. second, Mary Ann. daughter of 
Robinson Palmer, of Perry. HA gravestone says 1802-1876. 

iv. Lucy, b. Dec. 2, 1803 ; died young. 

v. Sarah Bowles, b. July 25, 1S05 ; died unmarried, in old age. 

vi. Lucy Talbot, b. June 4. 1807 ; m. Jeremiah Foster. He b. Sept. 16. 
1803. He died Feb. 16, 1878. His widow now resides at East Ma- 
chias with her daughter, Mrs. Martha, wife of Gen. John C. Cald- 
well. He was a member of the Maine Legislature. 

vii. Peter Talbot, b. 1808-1809; m. Deborah, daughter of Jacob 
Longfellow, of Machias. She b. Dec. 27, 1809. He died Oct. 4, 
1855, aged 47. (Gravestone.) Children: Austin, merchant. East 
Machias ; has been senator and representative ; m. Miss Emily F. 
Pope. Herbert, graduated at Bowdoin College. 1872. 

viii. Betsey Talbot, b. July 24. 1810; m. Hiram Hill, of Machias, 1832. 
She died 1833; no children. 

ix. Samuel, b. June 14, 1814. Graduated at Bowdoin College, 1833.* 
Principal of Limerick and Washington Academy (East Machias.) 
Graduated at Andover Theological Seminary, 1838. Pastor of 
church iff Conway, Mass., 1841. After ten years, called to pastorate 
of church in Pittsficld, Mass. From 1855 to 1867, Professor in Ban- 
gor Theological Seminary. In 1867 elected President of Bowdoin 
College. In 1871 Professor in Yale College. Received the degree of 
Doctor of Divinity from Williams College in 1855, and of LL.D. 
from Bowdoin College. Married lirst, Miss Deborah Dickinson, and 
second, Mrs. Skinner. No children. 

> History Bowdoin College, page 443. 

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The Talbot Family. 77 

Peter 5 Talbot, Jr., of Peter Talbot, born East Machias, Mar. 
29, 1783. Died there ( J785) > He was an original Abolitionist, 
Married first, Eliza Chaloner, of Eu\ Wm. Chaloner, of Machias. 
Born 1785 ; died 1831. (Gravestone.) Married second, Rebecca 
O'Brien, of Gideon O'Brien, of Machias. Born 1791 ; died 1863. 
(Gravestone.) Children, all born East Machias : 

i. William Chaloner. b. Feb. 28. 1815, or Feb. 20, 1816. He was one 
of the pioneers in Washington Territory and Puget Sound, aud was 
the founder of the Puget mill company. 

ii. Mary Eliza, b May 13, 1817 ; m. Charles P. Hovey. She is a widow ; 
residence Providence, R. I. ; one son in California, one son and two 
daughters in Providence. 

iii. Frederick b. Feb. 26. 1819 ; m. first. Hannah Sanborn, and second, 
Susan Sanborn. Resides in Providence. R. I; has one son in Cali- 
fornia, and three in Providence. 

iv. Emily Foster, b. Oct. 13. 1820; m. Andrew J. Pope, He died in 
1881. Mrs. Pope lives in California with her sons and daughters. 

v. Charles Hammond, b. Sept. 25, 1833. Representative from East 
Machias 1862. Married Miss Mary Sanborn. Died in Providence, 
R. I., 1880. His widow resides there; has one son in Providence 
and one in California. 

John Coffin Talbot, of Peter Talbot, born in East Machias, 
Oct. 13, 1784, and lived there. Was a member of the legisla- 
ture. Died at East Machias, Dec. 18, 1861, aged 78. (Grave- 
stone.) Married Mary, of John Foster, Oct. . 27, 1809. She 
died May 31, 1858, aged 69. (Gravestone.) Children : 

i. Stephen Peter, b. Oct. 23 1811. He graduated at Bowdoin College,* 
1831. Studied law with Hon. Joshua A. Lowell, at East Machias. 
While on a visit to Boston Mie met his class-mate. John G. O'Brien, 
of Machias. Thev took passage together on board a vessel bound to 
Eastport; the vessel was run on to Seal Islands, a cluster of rocks 
lying south-east of Machias Bay. by her drunken captain, aud both 
perished. Their bodies were recovered and buried. 

ii. William Henry, b. Sept. 20. 1813; m. Martha Poor. He resides in 
Andover. Me., 1885. a widower; has several children; is a fanner. 

iii. John Coffin, b. Nov. 3, 181G. Graduated at Bowdoin College 1839. t 
Studied law with John A. Lowell, of Machias. and Joseph A. Wood, 
of Ellsworth. Admitted to bar and settled in Luboc, where he prac- 
ticed his profession until 18G2. when he returned to his native town. 
Many years a representative to Legislature. Speaker of the house 
1853. Has held many official positions in his native town and county. 
He is a very able and rather pronounced gentleman of Democratic 
politics ; has been twice the democratic candidate for governor, but 
each time failed for want of votes. He married first. Miss Clara A. 
Wass, of Addison, and second Miss Esther frtta ti of Addi son. By- 
first wife three sons and three daughters ; one of the sons having 

iv. George Foster, b. Jan. 16, 1819. Graduated at Bowdoin College 
1837. X Studied law with Hon. Joshua A. Lowell, of Machias, and 

•History Bowdoin College, pages 420, 433. 
tlbid, page 536. 
tlbid, page 512. 

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78 The Talbot Family. 

Hon. J. W. Bradbury, of Augusta. Admitted to Kennebec bar and 
commenced practice of law at Skowhegan, in 1840. In 1841, he re- 
moved to East Machias, where and at Machias he practiced, with ex- 
ception of a short time at Columbia, until he returned to Portland, 
in 1864. He was for some years County Attorney for Washing- 
ton County, and also U. S. District Attorney for Maine, and has 
held many other official positions. He is a man of marked ability. 
Was an original Abolitionist; was a Republican during the years 
of the formation of that party. He married first, Elizabeth 
Leavitt, daughter of John G. Niel, of Skowhegan, 1844, by whom he 
had two daughters. He married second, Elizabeth Baylis, daughter 
of Theodore Lincoln, jr., of Dennysville, 1851. By this marriage he 
had four daughters and three sons. 

v. Emma Caroline, married Joseph P, Keller. She is now a widow, 
and resides in Boston. 

vi. Thos. Hammond, b. July 30, 1823. Graduated Bowdoin College, 
1846.* Studied law at East Machias and Harvard College law school, 
1848. Practiced law in Portland from 1850 to 1862, and since 1872, 
in Boston. In the war of the Rebellion, he was Lieut.-Col. of 18th 
Maine Volunteers, and in the civil service at Washington until 1871. 
He married Miss Mary L. Powers, daughter of Dr. Erastus Richard- 
son, of Eastport, Me.*, 1862. 

vii. Susan Hovey. b. Oct., 1825; unmarried; resides Boston. 

viii. Mary E., b. 1827; unmarried; resides Boston. 

Micah Jones Talbot, of Peter Talbot, born at East Machias. 
He died Jan. 17, 1869, aged 83 years 4 months. (Gravestone.) 
Married Betsey Eich, Oct. 15, 1809, daughter of Samuel Rich, of 
Machias. She died March 11, 1873, aged 89 years 5 days. 
( Gravestone . ) ' Children : 

i. Samuel Hammond, b. Sept. 19, 1810; m. 

ii. Joseph Harris, b. Sept. 9, 1812; in. Eliza Foster, of East Machias. 
Both deceased. He in. second. His son Charles in Maiden, Mass.; 
and sons Frank and Walter in Chicago. 

in. Peter Stephen Jones, b. Sept. 29, 1814; of East Machias; now of 
Maiden, Mass. Senator from Washington county. Married Debo- 
rah, daughter of Silas Turner; and second, Mrs. Sargent, of 

Farmington, Me. 

iv. Betsey Jones, b. Nov. 16, 1816; m. Samuel W. Pope, merchant, of 
Machias. He died Feb. 1. 1862, aged 46. The widow resides in Bos- 
ton. Children: William J.. Betsey, May, Emily Frances, married 
Austin Harris ; Edna and Alice. 

v. James Rich, b. Feb. 7,1819; merchant, of East Machias; senator 
and representative to the Legislature. Married tirsi. Caroline Fos- 
ter; m. second, Elizabeth Burrell. Children, James R. and Marion. 

vi. Micah Jones, b. Oct. 25, 1821. Methodist clergyman; in. lirst, Miss 
Eliza Slade, of Somerset, R. I., and second. Miss Martha Gardner, 
of Providence. Children : Emory, of Cambridge, Mass., Anna M., 
and Park Benjamin. 

vii. Frances Loring, b. Feb. 29, 1824; graduated at Bowdoin College in 
1843 ;t merchant, of East Machias ; senator and representative to the 
Legislature; overseer of Bowdoin College, <fcc. Died Nov. 10, 1880, 
leaving a memory much respected and beloved. He married Mary 
C, daughter of Nathaniel Badger, of Brunswick. Children : Caro- 
line Kent, Egbert, Frank, Emily and Henry. 

♦History Bowdoin College, page 627. 
tHistory Bowdoin College, page 690. 

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Alexander Campbell. 79 

viii. Henry Laurens, b. ; graduated at Bowdoin College, (?) Ban- 
gor Theological Seminary; pastor of Congregational church in Dur- 
ham, N". H. ; unmarried. 

Samuel Hammond Talbot,* of Micah J. Talbot, born at East 
Machias, Sept. 19, 1810. Merchant of high character and re- 
spectability ; has been a member of the Legislature, and occupied 

other official stations. Married Mary F. Scott, daughter of 

Sept. 16, 1832. She born April 3, 1814. Children : 

i. Lucy Hammond, b. East Machias, July 5, 1833 ; m. Andrew A. Kim- 
ball, of Providence. R. I. ' 

ii. Stephen, b. April 22, 1839, at East Machias ; unmarried ; resides at 
Brooklyn, N. Y- ; member of the firm of Chase, Talbot & Co., 30 
South street, New York. 

iii. Mary Helen, b. Trescott. Me., May 19, 1837; m. Edward R. Eager, 
of Canton, Mass., Oct. 16, 1862. 

iv. Edward Jerome, b.' Trescott, Me., Feb. 13, 1839; m. Fannie, daugh- 
ter of Charles H. Hayden, of Pembroke, Dec. 3, 1863. He was 
drowned at sea, Jan. 8, 1866. 

v. Lowell, b. Trescott, Me., June 30, 1840; m. Mary Caroline, daughter 
of Charles H. Hayden, of Pembroke, Jan. 16, 1864; resides in 
Brooklyn, N. Y. ; member of the firm of Chase, Talbot & Co., 30 
South street, New York. 

vi. Clara Scott, b. East Machias, June 6, 1842 ; died in Brooklyn, N. 
Y., Feb. 15. 1870. 

vii. Frederic Oscar, b. East Machias. March 18, 1844; m. Catharine 
Waide, of Machias Port, Jan. 6, 1872; resides in Alma, N. B. 

viii. Sam Hammond, b. East Machias, April 2, 1846; m. Alice G. Brown, 
Dec. 6, 1S74; merchant, Ease Machias. 

ix. Griggs, b. East Machias. Oct. 23, 1847; m. Clarine, daughter of N. 
P. Requa, of New York. Nov. 3, 1869; resides in New York city. 

x. Elmira Scott, b. East Machias. Feb. 4, 1850; in. Rev. Edgar F. 
Davis. June 25. 1874. He is now pastor of the Congregational 
church in Hamilton, Mass. 



Mr. Editor: — 

I desire to add something to the notes of Mr. Williamson in re- 
lation to the Campbells, published in the last number of your valu- 
able magazine. 

Alexander Campbell, the father of the Cherryfield Alexander, 

*I am indebted to Hon. S. H. Talbot, for valuable assistance in the preparation of 
this article. Editor. 

fAnte, page 52. 

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80 Alexander Campbell. 

came to Georgetown from the north of Ireland, in 1729. His 
wife was Frances Drummond, daughter of Alexander Drummond, 
who came at the same time with his two sons, his son-in-law, — 
Campbell — and a widowed daughter, with their respective families. 
They were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, and originally came from 
Scotland, or were of Scottish parentage. 

The Campbells had four children before they reached this coun- 
try, one of w T hom had then died, and one other died the next year. 
A son born in Ireland died at the age of 19. They had in all ten 
children, four and probably five of whom died unmarried. 

Their family Bible, containing their family record, is still pre- 
served by one of their descendants, to whose courtesy I am in- 
debted for an examination of it and a copy of the record. Alex- 
ander was born September 16, 1731, — their first child after they 
reached this country, their second son, and their oldest who 
reached manhood. He married Elizabeth Nichols,* about Janu- 
ary 1, 1759, they being " published" December 11, 1758. Some 
time after his marriage he moved to Cherryfield. 

So much is beyond doubt. The tradition is that he had four 
children born in Georgetown before his removal, viz : James, Alex- 
ander, Hannah and Elizabeth, and five others in Cherryfield. The 
names of his children, however, are given to me in an order which 
indicates that the foregoing tradition is not reliable, to wit : 
James, William, Alexander, Samuel, Elizabeth, Frances, Marga- 
ret, Polly and Hannah, all of whom except Elizabeth are said to 
have married and had families. I have not yet investigated this, 
but hope with the aid of which I have promise, to reach a result 
satisfactorily certain. 

I have a full account of all the children of the original family, 
except that the account of one of them is not quite satisfactory. 
There was a son James, born September 29, 1737, and there is 
one tradition that he too moved to Cherryfield, but I can find no 
evidence to sustain it. Another tradition is that he died young 
and unmarried, and so far as my investigation shows, this tradi- 
tion seems to have a better foundation. The late deacon Alexan- 
der Drummond, of Bangor, over thirty years ago, gave me a 

•Now Nickels by part of the family.— Ed. 

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John Crosby, of Hampden. 81 

manuscript containing the genealogy of the earlier descendants of 
Alexander Drummond, first above named. He derived his inform- 
ation from his grand-mother, who died in 1825, in her 85th year. 
She was the cousin of this James Campbell, only two years younger 
than he, and she said he died single. Deacon Drummond com- 
mitted to writing the information which she gave him in her life- 
time, and it seems to me that it is reliable. At any rate he would 
have been too old to have been the James spoken of by Mr. William- 
son. The statement of Mr. Williamson, that James was the fourth 
son of Alexander, conflicts with what I have learned of the family, 
as he is invariably spoken of as the oldest. 

I speak of this to call attention to the matter, and if any one 
has any information concerning the family, I shall be very glad to 
get it, and will in due time give it to the public* 


From a manuscript of the late Hon. William D. Williamson. t 

John Crosby, of Hampden, was born at Woolwich in 1757, and in 
1773 removed with his father, Simon Crosby, and family, to Bangor. 
Nicholas, his older brother,- an intelligent and trustworthy man, was 
appointed in 1779 "Naval Officer" for Penobscot. At that time all the 
port, maritime and revenue duties devolved upon him, as there were no 
collectors of customs until the adoption of the federal constitution. 
Nicholas Crosby, however, previously lived at Bangor only a part of 
the time. He was first succeeded as Naval Officer by George Billings, 
and next by John Lee. The other children of Simon Crosby were, (2d) 
Rachel, who married General Henry Sewall of Augusta ; (3d) John, 
first above named ; (4th) Stephen, who died unmarried in the West 
Indies ; (5th) Mary, who first married John Smith, of York, and second 
Mr. Barrington, of New Hampshire ; (6th) Ebenezer, who settled in 
Hampden, where he died in 1838, aged 79; (7th) Timothy, of Bangor, 
who married Hannah Nevers, and died in 1825. He was captain of 

♦Notes. Alexander Campbell, in consideration of thirty years' residence, obtained 
100 acres of land at Long Reach, now Bath, 1759. (History ot Augusta, page 68.) 

Alexander Campbell, sergeant in Capt. Thomas Phillips' Co. of rangers, scouting 
to eastward from June 19 to Nov. 20, 1755. (Annals of Warren, page 103. ) Alexander 
Campbell whs in Capt. Jabez Bradley's Company, at Fort St. George, in 1757, at 28 
shillings per month. (Annals of Warren, page 106.) 

In the list of settlers in St. George upper town, by Capt. John North, is Alexander 
Campbell, 1757. (Annals of Warren, page 120.) Editor. 

•(-Contributed by Joseph Williamson, Esq., of Belfast. 

82 John Crosby, of Hampden. 

the Bangor militia company, and major of the regiment, and a very 
worthy man. He died in 1825, leaving a widow and several children. 
John, his son, graduated at Bowdoin College in 1823, and settled in the 
ministry at Castine ; (8th) Nancy, married George Halliburton, of 
Frankfort ; (9th) Sally, whose first husband's name was Nason, and 
who afterwards married a Brown, settled in Belfast, where she died of 
small-pox; (10th) Reuben, died unmarried. 

Of Captain Nicholas Crosby, something more may be said. He 
married Elizabeth Smith, of Salem, and entered into copartnership 
with her brother Benjamin Smith, of that town. The firm transacted 
business in lumber and merchandise, both in Salem and Bangor at the 
same time, till 1799, when a dissolution took place. Two years afterwards 
he died, being Naval Officer at the time. His children were four, viz. : 
1, Elizabeth, the wife of David Sewall, of Bath ; 2, Stephen S., a mer- 
chant, and deacon of the first church in Bangor, and a very pious and 
excellent man ; 3, Benjamin S., who died in Hampden, unmarried ; 4, 
Margaret, the wife of Major Jonathan Haskins, of Hampden. 

John Crosby, the particular subject of this sketch, married the daugh- 
ter of Benjamin Wheeler, the first settler of Hampden, who lived at 
the mouth of the Sowadabscook. In a course of years he entered largely 
into lumbering, ship building and trade, and in 1806 was the most dis- 
tinguished merchant on the Penobscot waters. When the Penobscot 
Bank, with a capital of $150,000, was put in operation under its charter 
of March 14, 1806, he was chosen its president. It was located at 
Bucksport, and was the first bank on the river, or east of Wiscasset. 
The directors loaned money so largely on real estate, and into weak 
hands, that in a few years the corporation became unable to redeem its 
bills, and therefore made an assignment to William Gray, of Boston, 
who engaged to redeem them, and to pay its debts, in consideration of 
a bond executed by the president and cashier, with sureties that the 
amount in circulation did not exceed what the books exhibited. Jaha- 
ziah Shaw was cashier — a careless man ; and in some way through his 
improvidence, Mr. Gray redeemed over $40,000 beyond what was said 
to have been issued ; and consequently Mr. Crosby had to pay $20,000 
or more — the penal turn of his bond. This loss and some others would 
have taken from him all his property, had not Mr. Gray, in compassion 
for his afflictions, and in conviction of his perfect honesty, generously 
resigned to him his homestead, without price or payment. 

General Crosby's military career was rapid and elevated. On the 
resignation of Col John Brewer, and Lt.-Col. Benjamin Shute, in 1797? 
when John Blake took command of the regiment, he was chosen major. 
He was an officer of good stature, commanding countenance, and fine 
appearance. On the resignation of Richard Hunnewell, the brigadier, 
in 1800, he succeeded him ; being elected over all the colonels. He 
held the position until 1807. 

For several years Gen. Crosby was the federal candidate for senator, 
but was never elected, as the democrats had a majority in his district. 
He possessed handsome abilities. His character was not merely unblem- 
ished : he was a man of piety. He loved pure religion, and what is 
uncommon, he and his son were deacons of the same church at the 

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Marriages in Bangor, 1811 to 1818. 83 

same time. His mother (whom I have seen) was a remarkably sedate, 
sensible and Godly woman. Gen. Crosby had several children. John, 
his eldest son, the brigade quartermaster, married the only daughter 
of Hon. Simeon Stetson. His eldest daughter Sally, was the wife of 
Elias Dudley, Esq., of Hampden, a member of the executive council in 
1841. Another daughter married Rev. David M. Mitchell, of Waldo- 
borough. Gen. Crosby died at Hampden, in August, 1843, at the 
advanced age of eighty-six years. 



181 1, Nov. 28, Hollis Bond and Peggy Adams, both of Orrington. 

181 2, March 15, Daniel Lord and Betsy Hathorn. 
181 2, Sept. 13, Josiah Clark and Mary Low. 

1812, Nov. 4, Alpheus Robinson and Lydia Tibbetts, both of Brewer. 
1812, Nov. 17, Ebenezer Weston and JaneBoyd. 

181 2, Nov. 20, John Williams and Hannah Clark. 

1813, Jan. n, William Bruce and Susan Wilder. 

1813, Feb. 20, Robert McPheters and Mary C. Partridge. 
1813, March 18, Thos. A. Hill and Eliza Long. 
1813, April 14, Elijah Osgood and Cynthias Perry. 
181 3, April 26, Amos Taylor and Mary Randall. 
1813, May 19, David Dudley and Eliza Watson. 

18 13, Nov. 25, George Savage and Mary Holt. 

1814, Feb. 17, Josiah Hook and Harriet R. Burrill. 

1814, March 15, Oliver Frye and Lydia Craig, of Jackson settlement. 

1814, March 27, Josiah Stone to Olive Spencer. 

1815, Jan. 9, Stephen S. Crosby and Martha Allen. 
1815, June 25, James Tilton and Frances Burrill. 
1815, Nov. 8, John Abbott and Mary Hammond. 
1815, Nov. 30, Peter Folsom and Abigail Philbrick. 
1815, Nov. 30, Joseph R. Lumbert and Eliza P. Alley. 

1815, Dec. 28, Andrew Mayhew and Esther Hasey. 

1815, Budd Pearson and Mary Hinkley, of Orono. 

I815, Elias Dudley and Sally Crosby, in Hampden. 

1810, May 12, Robert Boyd to Edna Patterson. 

1816, May 19, Ashbel Hathorn, Jr., lo Sally Hutchings. 
1816, May 23, Jona. Haskins to Margaret Crosby. 

1816, July 21, Chase Parker to Polly Crosby, of Hampden. 

1816, Aug. 17, Lemuel H. Hasey to Eliza Atkins. 

1816, Oct. 24, George W. Brown to Sophia Hammond. 

1816, Nov. 11, James Crosby to Charlotte Hills. 

1816, Nov. 20, Joseph Clark to Thankful Clark, in Hermon. 

1816, Dec. 11, William Holt to Susanna Mansell, in Jackson. 
181 7 Feb. 15, Geo. Halliburton, of Frankfort, to Nancy Crosby. 

181 7, Sept. 1, Michael Sargent to Maria Edes. 
1817, Nov. 4, Samuel A. Adams to Margaret Hasey. 

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84 Ancient Deeds at Sheepscot, Muscongus and Bath ; Queries. 

1818, Jan. i, Benjamin Crosby to Sally Sewall Crosby, in Hamp- 

1818, May 17, Paul Tibbetts to Betsy B. Oakes. 
1818, June 4, Joshua J. Dickinson, to Martha McGaw. 
1818, June 7, Caleb C. Billings to Elizabeth Hammond. 
1818, Nov. 17, Win, B. Titcomb to Abigail Sherburne. 
181 8, Dec. 17, Timothy Colby to Mary May hew. 
18I8, Dec. 27, Daniel Oakes to Elis J. Philbrick. 


Samuel Allen, yeoman, and Rebecca Allen, widow of Chilmark, ex- 
ecutors of estate of Ebenezer Allen, of Chilmark aforesaid, sell to 
-James Clark, Oct. 26, 1676, 1-2 of 1-30 of land in eastern part of New 
England, at a certain place called and known by the name of Muscon- 
gus. * * * Said tract of land being fully described in the patent 
of a grant from the council of Plymouth, Devon, dated 13th March, 

York Records, vol. 18, page 87. 

William Ozmont,* of Cambridge, makes his brother, John Ozmont, 
coaster, of Manchester, Oct. 4, 1734, attorney to sell land at Long 
Reach, on westerly side of Kennebec river, which formerly belonged to 
our grandfather, Robert Gutch, which tract of land lyeth in the county 
of Maine. 

York Records, vol. 18, page 69. 

Elias Mulford, of Easthampton, island of Nassau, N. Y., and wife 
Mary, formerly Mary Mason, daughter of James Mason, formerly of 
Easthampton, which James Mason was only son and heir to John 
Mason, formerly of a place called New Dartmouth (Sheepscot), in the 
county of Cornwall, sells July 6, 1736, to D. Cargill, of Newcastle, a 
neck of land on Sheepscot river, bought of the Indians by said John 

York Records, vol. 18, page 69. 


Information is desired concerning the descendants of Jonas 
Weston, son of John and Azuba [Piper] Weston, of Bloomfield, 

Me. He was born in Bloomfield, Dec. 16, 1790 ; married ■ 

. Lived at one time in Corinna, Me. Had five children, 

names unknown. 

Also information is wanted of the descendants of Rev. Jonas 

Weston, son of Abrarn and [ ] Weston, of Livermore, 

Me. He married Catherine Barton ; resided at one time in Cor- 
inth, Me.— A. C. P. 

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The next day after the defeat the British ship Nautilus anchored 
in the eddy, and the men were ordered to land and burn all the 
buildings and vessels and boats, also to take all the cattle and 
stock they could find. They first burned McDonald's house and 
barn, then all the buildings belonging to Col. Buck, viz., one saw 
mill, two barns, his dwelling house and fish house, also his sloop, 
called the Hannah. They then burned Mr. Eben Buck's house, and 
after two days search for plunder they left the place and returned to 
Bagaduce. During the remainder of the war for five years this town 
remained very much as the inhabitants left it. Benjamin Page, Stephen 
Lampher, Laughlin McDonald, William Weaver, Asael Harriman, and 
a few others remained, improving the summer season in collecting iron 
and copper from the wrecks of vessels that were accessible at low water 
in many places on the river, and in the winter what game they took in 
hunting was disposed of to gcod advantage at Bagaduce, where they 
obtained the principal food for their families. 

In 1783 a treaty of peace was concluded, and in 1784 many of the 
former inhabitants returned to this town and commenced rebuilding, 
some on the same spot where they had formerly lived, Mr. Ebenezer 
Buck built the first house. It was a large, commodious house for the 
times, and owing to the great hospitality of its owner it was ever a place 
of pleasant resort ; and many persons now living love to speak of the 
happy hours they spent in that old house. It accidentally took fire and 
burned down in 1845. The same year Capt. Daniel Buck built a house, 
known in later years as the Daniel Harriman house. It is still standing, 
and is now owned and occupied by James B. Parker, 2nd. The next 
year Col. Buck rebuilt the saw mill, also his dwelling house. This 
house is said to be in form precisely like the first, which was burned by 
the British. It was the fashion of houses built in Haverhill at that 
day. It is now owned and occupied by Robert Alley. After the saw 
mill was put in operation, lumber was easily obtained, and houses an<! 

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86 A History of Buckxport, up to 1857. 

barns began to multiply ; but the people were very poor at the close of 
the war, and no expensive buildings were erected- In 1789 the General 
Court established the county of Hancock. In 1792 the General Court 
incorporated the town into the town of Buckstown. From 1784 till 
1792 the inhabitants met annually in March, and chose a committee, 
who acted as assessors, and also in the capacity that our selectmen do 
now. They were the government of the town. But as no record is to 
be found of their doings, all we know of them is traditionary. 

By the act of incorporation, Jona. Buck was duly authorized to call 
the first town meeting. He therefore issued his warrant to Capt. Dan- 
iel Buck. 4t By virtue of an act of the great General Court of this 
commonwealth, they commissioned me to issue my warrant to some 
principal inhabitant of Buckstown, and require him to warn said in- 
habitants to meet at some suitable place for the purpose of choosing 
town officers, and you are hereby required to notify the inhabitants of 
said Buckstown, being free holders, to meet at some convenient time 
and place in said town, to choose all such town officers as any incorpor- 
ated town is required to choose, in the month of March or April, 

Dated at Buckstown, Aug. 18, 1792." 

We have no record of the return of this warrant, but the first town 
meeting was held Sept. 6th, and the following officers chosen : 

1st — Chose Phineas Ames (or Eames) moderater. 

2d — Chose Abner Curtis town clerk. 

3d — Chose James Clements, Daniel Buck and Theophilus Brown, 
selectmen and assessors. 

4 and 5 — Chose Ebenezer Colson and Benjamin Farnham constables 
and collectors. 

6th — Chose Abner Curtis treasurer. 

7th — Chose James Clements, Phineas Ames, and Benjamin Buck, 
surveyors of highways. 

8th — Chose Benjamin Farnham, Ephraim Stubbs, and Nathan At- 
wood, fish committee. 

9th — Chose Jona. Putney, * A bner Clements, and Nathaniel Lowell, 
hog reaves. 

10th — Voted that all swine should run at large yoked, as the law di- 

nth — Voted that hog reaves shall take hogs into their custody, and 
proceed in the same manner as pound keepers are by law directed. 

1 2th — Voted that taxes assessed for clearing roads shall be collected. 

13th — Voted that the selectmen shall be a committee to take care 01 
the town's public lots, and prevent any strip or waste on the same. 

14th — Voted the town clerk shall take money out of the town treas- 
ury and purchase a book for town records. 

A true record of said meeting. 

Abner Curtis, Town Clerk." 

Up to this time there were few roads, for in November following they 
had another meeting, and voted to open a road from Jonathan Buck's 
mill to Lauthlin McDonald's hou§e. This house stood nearly oppo- 

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site the house now owned by Mr. Knox. In 1793, the town voted to 
raise .£24 for repairing roads, the price of labor to be four shillings 
per day for each man, and the same for oxen. They also voted to raise 
.£18 for the support of the gospel; also £12 2s. 40*. for the treasurer 
of the county of Lincoln ; also .£5 17s. 8d. to defray other charges of 
the town, making the whole sum £60, in labor and money. 

This year a circular was sent out by the town of Portland, requesting 
that delegates might be sent to confer on a separation of the five east- 
ern counties, and set them off into a new independent government. 
The people decided at ouce that Portland had no right to call such a 
meeting, and voted not to send delegates. In 1794 the first money, £30, 
was raised for the support of schools, and the selectmen were a commit- 
tee to see it properly expended. 

Our fathers were not quite so democratic in their views of what 
constituted a freeman, to vote in town affairs, as we are in this enlight- 
ened age, for we find several warrants issued against individuals for 
attempt to settle in the town without consent of the same. John Simp- 
son, of plantation No. 2, laborer, with his wife and family, were warned 
out in 15 days, and others not having the town's consent to settle here. 

In 1795 the town raised £18 for schools, and also voted that the 
selectmen divide the town into as many districts as they think proper. 
The county tax this year was six pounds. Voted to pay James Clements 
36 shillings, which he engaged to pay Francis Gooding Esquire, for 
presenting a petition to General Court for abatement of taxes, and 36 
shillings more if he got the tax abated. The collector reported all the 
taxes collected except 6 shillings 4 pence, which were on polls that had 
run away and could not be found. The town also voted not to license 
any person to sell intoxicating liquors, not an inhabitant of this town. 
This is the first record we find of any restriction in the sale of ardent 
spirits, and does not appear to have been passed to prevent selling, 
but as a kind of protective act, giving the profits to our own towns- 
men. In April, 1795, the first vote was given for State officers. Sam- 
uel Adams Esq. had 20 votes for Governor; Daniel Cony 21 votes for 
Senator, and Jona. Buck Esq. 22 votes for County Treasurer. 

In 1796 the town voted to build a meeting house on the parsonage 
lot, 28 by 32 feet, one story, with a hip roof, but at the next meeting the 
whole subject was dismissed. At this meeting the vote for separation 
from Massachusetts was 26 against and 4 in favor. In 1797 the town 
voted not to raise any money for preaching. In 1798, $100 was raised 
for schools, also to pay Josiah Colson six shillings a day for the useof 
his house for town business during the year. In 1799 th:> town voted to 
petition the General Court for liberty to join with No. 2, now Orland, in 
choice of a Representative. Also voted to divide the town into school 
districts, and that each district build its own school house. 

Buckstown had now become a place of considerable trade, and was 
considered by the wisest men as the central point for the shire town of 
the county. In 1800 the town voted to petition the General Court for a 
removal of the courts, and stated in their petition that the whole county 
would be better accommodated by holding the courts at Buck&town. A 
committee was chosen to correspond with the other towns, in order to 

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effect the object, but Belfast and Frankfort remonstrated so strongly 
that the petition failed. In 1813 another attempt was made for the same 
petition, which also failed. There was then no log-rolling in Massachu- 
setts Legislature. Every act was passed in clear daylight.* 

In 1 801 Martin Kinsley, esquire, of Hampden, was employed to take 
the valuation of all the towns in the county of Hancock. Bangor was 
then the smallest town, and Frankfort the largest. Buckstown had 133 
polls, 94 dwelling houses, 7 shops, 38 horses, 107 oxen, and 284 cows. 
In 1803 the town raised $300 for the support of preaching, which was 
the first since 1797. In 1804 Stephen Peabody, Esq. commenced lay- 
ing out and straightening the roads in the village, and to him are we 
largely indebted for the order and regularity of our village lots. He 
met with the strongest opposition in making the road as it is now trav- 
eled from School street to Orland town line, but finally succeeded in 
carrying it through, and the town raised $65 to pay the damage allowed 
to individuals owning the land through which the road passed. Before 
this the only road was on the bank of the river, and as crooked as the 
shoie is now. After the new road was made, public sentiment changed 
wonderfully, and Esquire Peabody was to remain in town. 

In 1804 Jonathan Buck Esq. was chosen the first Representative to 
the Great General Court, he receiving 17 votes and Thomas Sparhawk, 
Esq., 9 votes. In 1805 Thomas Sparhawk was chosen; in 1806-7, 
Caleb B. Hall ; in 1808-9, Stephen Peabody ; in 1810, J. Lee ; in 181 1- 
12-13, Jona. Buck and Joseph Lee; in 1814 J. Lee; in 1815 the town 
voted not to send. In 1816-1 7, Joseph Lee. This year the name of the 
town was changed to Bucksport, it being significant of its locality as a 
Port of Entry for ships, and the name of Buck was retained. 

In 1809 tne inhabitants feeling that they were sorely oppressed by the 
Embargo Act, at a large meeting of the freeholders qualified to vote, 
chose a committee of seven to forward to the Legislature, then sitting 
in Boston, certain resolutions expressing in strong language their views 
of its injustice. The distress which this act of the administration 
brought upon our merchants induced a zealous opposition to the meas- 
ures of the government, and although the conduct of certain individnals, 
who sent their vessels to sea in spite of the efforts of the government to 
prevent them, has been often condemned by the opposite party, yet much 
may be said in palliation of their acts, and few men of any political 
party at the present clay would quietly submit to see their dearest inter- 
ests taken from them, either by foreign or domestic power. 

Sept. 1st, 1814, a British fleet consisting of three seventy-fours, two 
frigates, two sloops of war, one schooner, and several transport ships, 
arrived at Castine, and the same day landed and took possession of the 
town. Our force stationed there was not sufficient to make any formid- 
able resistance, and after firing a few guns, they blew up the fort and 
made a rapid retreat off the Neck, arriving here the same night. On the 
third a large body of British troops marched up here from Castine, and 
quartered themselves upon the inhabitants, but on hearing of the success 
of their arms at Hampden, the next day they all marched back again. 
Their glittering armour, red coats, and tall feathers, gave such a war- 
like appearance that our citizens were not anxious to retain them as 

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Notes of Lincoln, Me. -89 

visitors, but on the contrary seemed to breathe more freely when they 
left. There was no opposing force here, and no fighting. 

The inhabitants of this town suffered in common with others, in the 
loss of their vessels and the mortification of being under British power 
for the space of eight months, and when they saw that the general 
government made no attempt to dislodge the British from Castine, like 
true Yankees they improved every opportunity to regain their loss and 
make the most of their unpleasant situation. There was quite a rush 
to Castine for trade. During the winter the merchant bought goods at 
a cheap rate, and the farmer disposed of his produce at a large price, 
receiving gold or silver in payment. The winter was uncommonly se- 
vere, and many of the soldiers in attempting to desert, perished with 
the cold. In the spring of 1815 came the grateful news of peace, and 
all persons of every political name seemed to participate in the general 
joy. The British left Castine, and our citizens began to assume their 
former occupations with new zeal and vigor, and although they have 
not been remarkable for having started any great enterprise, yet they 
have steadily pursued the common business of life with as much success 
and credit to themselves, at home and abroad, as any town on the river. 

In looking over the names of those men who were instrumental in 
building up and advancing the interests and prosperity of this town 
since 1806, we see among the professional, Samuel Little, Esq., Hon. 
Samuel M. Pond ; and among our enterprising merchants, Dea. Bliss 
Blodget, Daniel Spofford, Asa Lufkin, Solomon Skinner, Col. John 
Swazey, Joseph R. Folsom, Dea. Henry Darling, Joseph Bradley, and 
Enoch Barnard, 



Lincoln, January 10th, 1873. 
Friend Porter: — 

Your favor has just come to my table. I do not rise without writing 
an answer, etc. In the first place, some 8 or 10 years since I wrote an 
account of the early settlers of this town. I lent this account and lost 
it. Now, therefore, I must write from memory, rather in a weak state. 
Just had a fever. Aaron Woodbury was the first permanent settler, in 
1822, from Orrington. He settled on the uppermost lot next to Winn, 
Me., with his boys, his wife not coming until afterwards, in A. D. 1822. 
He built a large log house, afterwards tore it down and built the house 
Michael Foley now lives in. I helped Mr. Woodbury get hay in A.D. 
1825. His son Tyler Woodbury now lives in Minnesota. Mr. Benjamin 
Chesley moved here from Paris, in the spring of 1823, with his family. 
He lotted out the township No. 3, and was one of our best selectmen 
in 1829, the year we were incorporated. Humphrey Merrill moved 
here in the winter of 1824 and 1825, with his family, from Paris, Ox- 
ford County. Deacon Stephen Chase moved here with his family of 
boys in February, 1825, from Woodstock, Oxford County. He preached 

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90 Notes of Lincoln, Me. 

and attended funerals, and was the means of doing much good by keep- 
ing up morality in a new settlement. John Carpenter moved here with 
his family in the winter of 1823, from Paris, Oxford County. Alfred 
Gates, Esq., of Paris, moved here in the spring of 1824, and was burnt 
out in February, 1827. He had two daughters burnt to death in the 
attic. A very high wind at the time for three days. The township 
No. 3 was sold at auction in 1823, by Massachusetts, to Simeon Cum- 
mins, of Paris. He took in six partners to the purchase, viz. : Enoch 
Lincoln, Cyrus Hamlin,* James Daniels, Jr., Jacob Jackson, Moses 
Hammond and Caleb Cushman, all of Paris, whose names are all on 
my deed. Dr. Hamlin, Enoch Lincoln, Ezekiel Holmes, were here 
exploring in A. D. 1824. They visited Gov. John Atteen, who lived 
at that time at Mattawamkeag Point. 

In 1825 occurred the great fire which did so much damage in Meri- 
michi and elsewhere. The smoke was so thick here that we could 
not see the sun in the middle of the day. This year many families 
moved into the Mattanawcook settlement. Some of them moved away 
again to other places. I will give the names of some of the persons 
who moved here about this time, viz. : John Davis, to the upper end of 
the town ; Deacon Josiah Smith, from Parkman ; Reuben E. Carpenter, 
from Paris; William Wyman, from Woodstock, afterwards moved to 
California ; Moses Bagley, from Troy, Me. Solon Gates now lives 
here, and Edward Chesley, son of aforementioned Benjamin Chesley, 
now lives on the same lot he first took up, under his father's agency. 
Asa Kneeland, from Harrison, who left one son, Sylvanus Kneeland, 
who now lives here ; Nehemiah Kneeland, who afterwards moved to 
No. 8, now Topsfield, which he named, as he formerly lived in Tops- 
field, Mass. Nehemiah Emery, from Howland ; Wesley Caldwell, 
from Norway, who afterwards moved to No. 3, or Sherman, who left 
sons three ; Hiram Bradbury filled up a variety store before 1830, in 
upper Lincoln, from Foxcroft. 

Some or the first settlers of township No. 2, or south end of Licolnn ; 
Jonathan Clay, who left sons ; Daniel Clay, who lives on the old farm, 
and Luther Clay ; Azariah Edwards, who left his son Henry Edwards, 
on the old farm ; Andrew Edwards, who left his son George W. Ed- 
wards, who moved to Wisconsin, and came back and settled in Aroos- 
took ; David Low, from Buckfield ; Cyrus Johnson, of Jackson ; 
Richard Davis, Hezekiah Lumbert, Joseph Lumbert, Winthrop Frost, 
who died in Bradford, who used to preach free will. John C. Clem- 
ments, who afterward moved to Kenduskeag ; Mark G. Weymouth, 
who afterward moved to No. 3, south of Springfield ; Doctor Daniel 
Forbes was our first physician, who died in the army of sickness. He 
was raised and educated in Bangor. Mr. Aaron W. Huntress came 
from Parkman in 1827. 

Our first lawyer was Henry C. Fields, of Belfast, who died here. 

•His son, Hannibal Hamlin, opened his first law office in Lincoln, and after moved to 

Notes. The venerable writer died August 9, 1881. He was a man of integrity, and 
held many offices in Lincoln. He married Deborah Wheeler, of Greene, Me., and had 
twelve children. Editor. 

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His sons went off. The census was taken in 1830, here, by Gen. Mark 
Trafton ; in 1840 by Col. Gorham Parks, up to Fish river ; in 1850, by 
Aaron W. Huntress ; in i860, by David Kirby ; in 1870, by Samuel 
Tobie. Ira Fish came here in September, 1825, with seventeen men 
from Wakefield, N. H., to build a saw mill in this \illage. They got 
the mill up the first of the winter, but they used two puncheons and 
one barrel of N. E. rum, and had not enough to raise the mill accord- 
ing to their imagination. The double saw mill below was framed by 
Robert Kimball, who afterwards died at Mattamiscontis. Left a son 
John T. Kimball, who now lives in South Lincoln. Said mill was 
built in summer of 1826. The first blacksmith set up here was Isaac 
Junkins, of New Hampshire. First inn-keeper was Chesley Hayes, 
from Wakefield. Ira Fish bought the half township as agent for Wen- 
dall, for nine thousand dollars, of Joseph E. Foxcroft, of New Gloucester, 
and lnmbered largely. One year they cut three million and two hun- 
dred thousand feet of pine logs. Fish afterward moved to No. 4, now 
Patten, and built mills there ; lived there until eighty years old. In 
the year 1824 Col. Joshua Carpenter, and Dennis his brother, kept a 
large store at the mouth of the Piscataquis river in Howland. The Col. 
Carpenter was agent on the State road in Endfleld and Lincoln, for 
three years. Mr. Prince, of Monmouth, was afterwards chosen State's 
agent on the same road. Paid no attention to Carpenter's crooked 
work, but built the road all over again. Carpenter was out in the 
war of 181 2 ; afterwards Col. of the militia at Portland, at the time of 
the expected invasion by the British. Was afterwards Collector of 
Castine, and Sheriff of Penobscot, and Indian agent in Missouri, and 
died in Houlton by a tree falling on him. 

I will say that I was born in Rowley, Mass., March 16, 1801. My 
parents lived and died in Waterford, Me. I took up the lot of land 
that I now reside on, in 1824, in June, therefore have had much time 
to see the fortunes and misfortunes of the place. I taught the first 
school in the settlement, in the winters of 1824 and 1825, three and 
four months each. Said school house was built near Joseph Snow's in 
No, 4, now Winn. The scholars were from three townships. No. 4 
had four families in 1824, viz. : Joseph Snow, Sam'l Briggs, Ephraim 
Kyle, from Great Works, now Bradley, and Elijah Brackett, from Yar- 
mouth. The town of Chester had at that time two families, viz. : 
Moses Babcock and John Weston, from Paris. At the time I came 
here there were no inhabitants below my lot until I arrived at David 
Bryant's, in Enfield. Hammond Strong, of Howland, fell the first trees 
in the present town of Lee, for Ingersoll the proprietor. Mr. Parker, 
John Tucker, Jeremiah Fifield, of Medford, and Isaac Hobbs, of Max- 
field, moved there from Long Ridge in March, 1826, on the crust with 
hand sleds, being the first settlers on the old State's road, so called. 
The proprietors of No. 3, Lincoln township, set the price of their set- 
tling land at one dollar per acre, front and back lots the same. The 
State set their price in township No. 2, at twenty cents for the first ten 
settlers, second ten forty cents, and so rose in price until they had forty 
settlers. Gen. James Irish, of Gorham, was land agent. He set the 
price of the front lots at one dollar per acre. 


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92 The Pendleton Family. 



Capt. Peleg Pendleton, son of James Pendleton, was born 
in Stonington, Conn., Feb. 12, 1732. He was a mariner, and 
followed that business until his removal to that part of Prospect 
now Searsport, in 1783. It is safe to say that his sons who came 
here, and his grandsons, have all been master mariners, and the 
sails of their ships have whitened every sea known to commerce. 
Capt. Peleg Pendleton died July 12, 1810. He married in Ston- 
ington, Ann Park, Sept. 7, 1758. She was a woman fit to be 
the wife of an emigrant to a new country. She died March 20th, 
1817. Children, all born in Stonington : 

i. Peleg jr., b. June 22, 1760 ; lost at sea about 1781. 

li. Ann, b. June 4, 1762. Did not come to Maine. 

iii. Abigail, b. Dec. 2, 1764. Died Dec. 7, 1764. 

iv. Thomas, b. June 4, 1767. No record of marriage. Died June 8, 1801. 

v. William, b. July, 1769. Lived in Islesboro and Searsport. Married 
Nancy Pendleton, of Islesboro, published Jan. 9, 1796. He died in 
Searsport, March, 1824. His children born iu Islesboro were Nancy, 
b. April 27, 1797. Probably married Tim Porter, of Prospect. 
Lois, b. April 12, 1799; Peleg, b. Mav 8, 1801 ; m. Betsy Brown, of 
Lincolnville ; Joseph, b. April 11, 1803; and other children, born in 

vi. Joseph, twin of William. Lived and died in Islesboro. 

vii. Abigail, b. Aug 11, 1771; m. Eben Griffin, of Searsport. She died 
1815. Had a large family. 

viii. Ltdia, twin sister of Abigail; m. Wilcox, of Stonington. 

Did not come to Maine. 

ix. Greene, b. June 21, 1774. Lived in Prospect, (Searsport.) Married 
Nancy Park. He died April 24, 1863. They had nine children, all 
deceased except one son, Capt. James H. Pendleton. 
x. Prudence, b. Oct. 5, 1777 ; m. Alexander Nichols, of Searsport. He 
died March 6, 1824; she died Nov. 24, 1854. They had many children, 
all now deceased ; but many grand-children living, 
xi. Phinkas, b. Sept. 26, 1780, of Searsport. 

Capt. Joseph Pendleton, of Peleg Pendleton, born in Ston- 
ington, July, 1769. He settled in Islesboro, on east side, about 
two miles above Dark Harbor. Was very prominent in town 
affairs. He died August 21, 1858, aged 89. (Gravestone.) He 
married Wealthy, daughter of Benjamin Thomas, probably the 
first settler on Long Island, Nov 16, 1794. She died Aug. 21, 
1843, aged 67. (Gravestone.) Children, all born in Islesboro : 

i. Nancy, b. Aug. 8, 1796. 

ii. Wealthy, b. Jan. 19, 1798. 

iii. Priscilla, b. March 7, 1800; died March 13. 

iv. Polly, b. Nov. 22, 1801. 

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v. Suky, b. Jan. 29, 1803 ; m. Willis Fish, of Hope, Dec. 30, 1822, 

vi. Joseph, b. Nov. 20, 1805 ; m. Emily Knowles or Richards. He 

died July 20, 1853, in Islesboro. 

vii. Sophronie, b. Sept. 12, 1808; m. Capt. Amasa Hatch of Islesboro, 
(his first wife,) Dec. 22, 1832. 

viii. Peleg, b. Feb. 25, 1811 ; m. Sybil Sherman, 1837. 

ix. Lydia, b. Jan. 29,1814; m. Solomon Sprague, of Islesboro, Oct. 5, 
1834, and second John Bachelder. 

x. Nelson, b. Nov. 25, 1816, of Islesboro ; m. Angeline Gilkey, of Isles- 
boro, Mar. 25. 1838. 

xi. Ephraim, b. Mar, 21, 1819; m. Ann Gilkey, of Islesboro, Feb. 10, 
1846. Living in Searsport, 1885. 

xii. Emeline, b. June 21, 1821 ; m. Capt. Amasa Hatch— his second wife. 

Capt. Phineas Pendleton, of Peleg Pendleton, born Stoning- 

ton, Conn., Sept. 26, 1780. Settled in Searsport, where he lived, 

and died Feb. 26, 1873. He married Nancy Gilmore, March 28, 

1805. She died May 7, 1871. Children, all born in Searsport i 

i. Phineas, b. Aug. 29, 1806; m. Wealthy Carver, Sept. 11, 1828. 

ii. Nathan, b. Dec. 2, 180S; m. Lydia, of Philip Gilkey, Feb. 18, 1831* 

She born in Islesboro, April 15, 1815. He died Sept. 24, 1857. 
ill. Mary, b. Feb. 23, 1811 ; m. Woodman Carrer, of Searsport, July 24, 

iv. Margaret, b. Nov. 28, 1813; m. William Butman, Feb. 17, 1835. She 

died July 9, 1850. 
v. Jonathan, b. July 22, 1816 ; died Nov, 12. 1825. 
vi. Nancy, b. March 11, 1819 ; m. John P. Colcord, of Searsport, Feb. 2, 

vii. James G., b> May 17, 1821, of Searsport. Ship owner, Executive 

Councillor. Married first, Margaret G. Gilmore, Feb. 26, 1851. She 

died Dec. 25, 1876. He married second, Mrs. Hannah, widow of 

Capt. Freeman McGilvery, and daughter of Rev. Stephen Thurston, 

of Searsport, Oct. 10, 1883 ; b. Sept. 9, 1837. 
viii. Esther H., b. July 10, 1823. Married James H. Pendleton, Dec. 12, 

ix. Maria E., b. Sept. 24, 1825. Married Wm. H. Park, Dec. 27, 1846. 
x. John G., b. Nov. 8, 1828 ; m. Sarah E. Blanchard, Sept. 20, 1856. 
xi. Benjamin F., b. Nov. 28, 1829; m. Rachel M. McGlathery, Nov. 11, 

1852, of Searsport. 
xii. Prudence, b. May 20, 1832 ; ra. Phineas A. Griffin, of Searsport, Aug. 

28, 1852. He died Dec. 21, 1875. She married second, Isaac Park, 

April, 1877. 


Contributed by E. G. W. Dodge, Esq., of Bluehill. 

" List of families in Bluehill, on the first day of January, 1807, w ^ tn 
the number of souls, male and female, pertaining to each, by careful 

* Graduated at Harvard College, 1702; first minister of Bluehill; ordained July 28, 
1796; dismissed Oct. 24, 1887; died Sept. 22, 1847, aged 79. Editor. 

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A List of Families in BluehiU, Me., 1807 m 

enumeration ; including two families on Long Island, within the juris- 
diction of Bluehill : 


Amos and Joanna Allen, 
Samuel and Sally Abbot, 
Samuel and Ruth Brown, 
Benjamin and Prudence Bunker* 
Simeon and Mary Burnham, 
James and Hannah Candage, 
John and Charity Candage, 
Joseph and Abigail Candage, 
Moses and Mary Carlton, 
James and Lydia Carter, 
Isaac and Sylvia Carter, 
John and Grace Carter, 
James and Mercy Carter, 
David and Abigail Carter, 
Jonathan and Mary Clay, 
John and Lydia Clay, 
Benjamin and Relief Clay, 
John and Sally Clough, 
Asa and Abigail Clough, 
Sam and Molly Coggin, 
Thos. and Susannah Cross, 
Nath'l and Betsy Cushing, 
Nath'l and Phebe Dresser, 
Jona. and Hannah Darling, 
Jona. and Miriam Darling, 
Jona. and Elis Day, 
James and Nancy Day, 
Henrv and Hepsibah Dority, 
28 Families. 

Reuben and Sally Dodge, 
Elisha and Lydia Dodge, 
Joseph and Charity Emerton, 
Dan'l and Mehitable Faulkner, 
Jona. and Dolly Fisher, 
Eben and Susannah Floyd, 
Benjamin and Martha French, 
Lewis and Molly Green, 
Francis and Judith Grindle, 
Seth and Katharine Hewins, 
Philip and Lucy Hewins, 
Nathan and Polly Herrick, 
Nehemiah and Edith Hinckley, 
Eben and Elis Hinckley, 
Isaiah and Anna Hinckley, 
Nicholas and Molly Holt, 





























































































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Jedediah and Sarah Holt, 



Joshua and Anna Horton, 



Joshua and Susannah Horton, 



Isaac and Mary Ingalls, 



Isaac and Eunice Ingalls, 



Obed and Joanna Johnson, 



Leonard and Sarah Judkins, 



Seth and Molly Kimball, 



Sam and Elis Morse, 



Caleb and Patty Merrill, 



Stephen and Mary Messer, 



Atherton and Elis Oakes, 



Jona. and Bethany Oakes, 



Ezekiel and Mary Osgood, 



Daniel and Sarah Osgood, 



Phineas and Molly Osgood, 



Chris, and Esther Osgood, 



John and Judith Osgood, 



Isaac and Sally Osgood, 



Jacob and Susannah Osgood, 



Joseph and Hannah Osgood, 



38 Familes. 

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Robert and Ruth Parker, 



Ezra and Loisa Parker, 



Marble and Hannah Parker, 



Joshua and Elis Parker, 



John and Mary Peters, 



James and Sally Peters, 



Peter and Sarah Parker, 



John and Polly Rounds, 



George and Dorcas Stevens, 



Samuel and Phebe Stetson, 



Theodore and Dorcas Stevens, 



Benj. and Nabby Stanley, 



Jere and Abigail Stover, 



Andrew and Molly Witham, 



Samuel and Bethany Thompson, 



Joseph and Ruth Wood, 



Samuel and Fanny Wood, 



Andrew and Hannah Wood, 



Edward and Mary Sinclair, 



19 Families, 



29 Families, 



38 Families, 



86 Couples, 



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96 A List of Families in BluehiH, Me., 1807. 


Jacob Ingals, widower, 1 5 

Nathan Parker, widower, 2 3 

Peter Parker, widower, 2 3 

Molly Parker, widow, 2 1 

Phebe Wood, widow, 4 4 

Mary Wood, widow, 3 4 

Joseph Wood, widower, 5 2 

Stetson, widow, 3 2 

Samuel Parker, widower, 2 

24 24 

9 Families, 
86 " 

95 " 


Elizabeth Arnold, 5 1 

Nathan Ellis, widower, 4 1 

Perry, 1 1 

Oliver Mattak, 1 

William Carlton, 1 

12 12 

Males, 311 24 24 

Females, 286 275 260 

597 311 286 

Families at the time of settlement, July 13, 1796, including two on 
Long Island, 63 
Jan. 1, 1807, 95 

Increase, 32 

Number of souls at the same time including as above, 350 

January 1, 1807, 597 

Increase, 247 

Births for 11 years past, 240; sons, 140; daughters, 100. Deaths 

for 11 years past, 54 ; males 32, females 22 ; widowers 11 ; widows 11. 

Marriages since July 13, 1796, in the town, where one at least of the 

parties was a resident in town. By Rev. J. Fisher, 27 ; by justice of 
the peace, 11. Total 28. 

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The Loyalists at JPenobscot. 97 


Whole number of names subscribed to the church confession and 

covenant, 111 

Males, 48 

Females, 68 

Deceased, 14 

Curso, 97 

Under sentence of excommunication. 4 

Withdrawn to Bapt.* 36 


Residing out of town, 8 

Resident communicants, 49 

Rec'd to this day as compensation for service exclusive of minister's 
lot (300 acres) and settlement, ($400.) 

The amount of, 2,255 

Presents, 1,252 

Land — say, 

when rec'd 




Pastor of the church in Bluehill, Jan. 

1, 1807, 


The history of the loyalists, or those who adhered to England 
in the revolutionary war, in Penobscot (Castine) and vicinity, has 
not been written. Many remained, and were good citizens of the 
republic. Many who came during and near the close of the war, 
believing that the Penobscot river would be the western bound- 
ary between the United States and the British provinces, removed 
to the eastward. Just how many of these loyalists were here cau 

• Baptists. 

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98 The Loyalists at Penobscot. 

not be ascertained. Dr. John Calef,* who was living heref when 
the British forces took possession in 1779, was a rank loyalist, and 
at once volunteered his service as a surgeon during the siege which 
followed. He kept a journal of events, which he printed in Lon- 
don, and which may be found in Dr. George A. Wheeler's history 
of Castine, in full. In his journal of July 19, 1779, % he says, 
"The inspector of the inhabitants begs leave of the General to call 
in the people to assist in carrying on the work, which being granted, 
about 100 inhabitants came in with their captain at their head as 
volunteers, and having worked three days gratis, cleared the land 
of wood in front of the fort, to the satisfaction of the General, who 
returned them thanks." July 23, "The inspector calls in a great 
number of the inhabitants to work who are employed in felling 
trees." In the postscript to Dr. Calefs journal, § he says, "that 
he has travelled eight times through the country of the Penobscot, 
and made himself acquainted with the most respectable persons in 
each town, * * * and that the inhabitants are generally loyal (to 
the king) except those of Machias. * * * In October of 1772, 
there were in this District 42 towns and 2638 families, as appears 
by a list taken by a respectable person. * * * To this new coun- 
try the loyalists resort with their families * * * from the New 
England provinces, to find an asylum from the tyranny of congress 
and their tax gatherers." Gen. McLean in his proclamation || at 
Penobscot, June 15, 1779, says : "It hath been represented to him 
that a great majority of the inhabitants on the river Penobscot 
and the several islands are well affected to his majesty." What 
then became of all these loyalists ? 

About 1778-79, Dr. Calef was again sent to England to pro- 
cure grants of land from the crown. After remaining there about 

♦Dr. John Calef was born in Ipswich, Mass.. 1725. He was educated a physician, 
and was a surgeon in the attack of Pepperell on Louisburg, N. S., 1745, afterward prac- 
tising his profession in Massachusetts. Ho was much in eastern Maine from 1760 to 
1770, and was sent to England during that time to obtain the consent of the crown to 
grants made by the province of Massachusetts Bay, to settlers in several places. He 
probably moved to Castine about 1772-73, and built a house there. He practised his 

Erofession in the settlements adjacent. He went to England again anout 1778, and after 
is return removed to St. Andrews, with others, where he died in 1812, aged 87 years. 
t Wheeler's History of Castine, page 219. 
% History of Castine, pages 291, 292. 
§ History of Castine, pages 311, 312, 313. 
|| History of Castine, page 305. 

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The Loyalists at Penobscot. 99 

two years, he called one day upon Lord North, and after some 
conversation in relation to the subject, "His Lordship said Dr., 
Dr., we cannot make the Penobscot the boundary, the pressure is 
too strong." Dr. Calef returned to Penobscot, and soon after he 
with others removed to the province of Nova Scotia, now New 
Brunswick, and settled on the east bank of the St. Croix river. 
Mr. Sabine* says, "At this time where are now the towns and 
cities of New Brunswick, was a mere forest, and without a habi- 
tation." Soon after their arrival they obtained a grant from the 
crown of the land where they had settled, embracing the territory 
several miles in width, on the St, Croix river, from St. Andrews to 
St. Stephens, including both of those places. This grant was 
called the Penobscot Association Grant. 

I give the names of the grantees, who were the first settlers 
there, sent me by a gentleman who is authority on historical mat- 
ters, in the Province of New Brunswick — Edward Jack esquire, 
of Fredericton. His grandfather, Thomas Wyer, was an officer of 
the customs at Falmouth, now Portland, and a loyalist. He went 
to Penobscot in the belief that he should be in British territory, 
but afterward finding that it was not so, removed to St. Andrews, 
where he was one of these grantees. 



Commonly called the Penobscot Association Grant. 

Adams, Jane 

Arnolt, (or Arnold) David 
Andrews, Israel 
Anstruther, William* 
Andrews, John* 
Balding, John 
Bradford, Benjamin 
Bragg, Jacob 
Bowlar, John 
Bell, Thomas 
Brown, Thomas 
Bean, John 
Bernard, Moses 
Brown, Daniel 
Bailey, Nathaniel 
Brown, James 

Bulkley, Frederick 

Butler, Alfred 

Boyce, Isabella 

Collins, James 

Cummings, Silas 

Chaney, (or Chancy) William 

Callahorn, (or Calhorn) Patrick 

Chaytor, (or Chayten) John 

Crookshanks, Joseph 

Cookson, William 

Campbell, Colin* 

Curry, John 

Crocker, Robinson 

Campbell, Colin Jr.* 

Carlow, John 

Chaffey, James 

* History of American Loyalists, page 51. 

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Calf John, (probably Calef)* 

Crawford, John 

Carelow, Martin 

Curry, William Jr. 

Dailey, David 

Davis, Honor 

Dowling, John 

Dogherty Edmund 

Davis, John 

Dogget, John 

Douty, James 

Dawson, George 

Duphnack, Charles 

Dunn, John 

Dixon, John 

Eastman, David 

Eldridge, Rebecca 

Frost, James 

Fogo, E)avid 

Farman, (or Farnan) Ephraim 

Fetchis, (or Tucker) John 

Fraser, John 

Grant, £>aniel 

Greenlow, Jonathan 

Greenlow, Alexander 

Greenlow, Ebenezer 

Gammon, William 

Gallop, William 

Gerrish, Moses 

Gammon, William Jr. 

Gun, (or Gann) George 

Gillis, John 

Hailey, Thomas 

Hailey, Thomas Jr. 

Hammond, Zebedee 

Hinley, Morrice 

Henry, John 

Hitchings, Amos 

Hill, David 

Hannah, James 

Hall, John 

Hildebrand, Ludovick 

Hailey, Nathaniel 

Jonas, (or Jones) John* 

Joyce, James 

Kenney, Sarah 

Kelley, Samuel 

Louther, William 

Linsey, William 

Limeburner, Matthew 

Linkliter, (or Linsliter) Alex. 2d. 

Linniken, Zebedee 

Lilley, John 

Leman, Daniel 

Lemmy, Hugh 

Little, John Peter 

Little, John Thomas 

Little. Samuel 

Long, John 

Marks, Nehemiah (St. Stephens) 

Mellowney, James 

Martin, Andrew 

Malcolm, Finley 

Muncive, Robert 7 

Millekin, Benjamin Jr. 

Moore, William 

Mowatt, David 

Major, Richard 

Morris, William 

Morris, Thomas 

Murphy, Archibald 

Morrison, Alexander 

Mullowney, John 

Morris, Charles Jr 

McCurdy, Lachlan 

McNichol, John 

Mcintosh, John 

McCachran, Duncan 

McLean, Donald 

McArthur, Robert 

McLeod, Hugh 

McMasters, Daniel 

McAshlong, Humphrey 

Nason, John 

Nicholson, James 

Pomeroy, Richard 

Parr, Harriot 

Patten, Andrew 

Peters, Andrew 

Pomeroy, Benjamin 

Phillips, Nathan 

Pote, Jeremiah 

Phillips, Thomas 

Pagan, John 

Pagan, William 

Pagan, Robert 

Phillips, James 

Parker, John Sightens 

Parr, William 

Pagan, Thomas 

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Hon. Job Nelson, of Castine. 


Pagan, Robert Jun. 

Quantum, John 

Roberts, Stephen 

Roax, Timothy 

Roax, John 

Rigby, John 

Russell, James 

Roax, Timothy Jr. 

Ryan, Michael 

Ross, Edward 

Redhead, William 

Ross, Henry 

Riter, Hieronemus 

Ross, Thomas 

Sowers, John Andrew 

Spencer, William 

Simmons, James 

Sprague, Moses 

Shields, David 

Smith, Joseph 

Steward, (or Stewart) James 

Shields, David 

Solomon, John 

Stinson, James 

Stikely, Baltshaser 

Stewart, William 

Swain, William 

Smoose, George 

Scallion, Matthew 

Sims, Robert 

The above are the names of the Penobscot Associated Loyalists, to 
whom land was granted on the St. Croix river, after they had found 
that the Penobscot could not be made the boundary between the United 
States and the British Provinces. Many of the people above named 
accordingly moved from the Penobscot river to the St. Croix, about the 
year 1783. These names were copied by me from the Book of Abstracts 
of Grants, in the crown Land office of the Province of New Brunswick. 

Fredericton, 9th Nov., 1885." 

Stewart, Stinson (or Stinzon) 

Scott, James 

Shipton, Francis 

Shields, John 

Terner, (or Turner) James 

Trott, Samuel 

Thompson, James 

Thompson, Dugald 

Towers, William 

Thornton, Matthew 

Turner, Samuel 

Taylor, Ralph 

Tearton, (or Yarten) John 

Taylor, Gallam 

Tucker, (or Fitchis) John 

Twiner, Nicholas 

Taylor, John 

Turner, Thomas 

Trott, John 

Vial, William 

Varden, Robert* 

Welch, Francis 

Wisely, George 

Wyer, Thomas 

Wyer, David 

Wardell, James 

Wallett, Peter 

Young, Jacob 

Yearton, (or Tearton) John 


"Born in,Middleboro, Mass., Sept. 6, 1765 ; son of Thomas, who was 
son of Thomas, who was son of Thomas, born in Middleboro, 1675 ; 
whose wife was a Higgins, born May 16, 1675. He graduated at Brown 
University, 1790; studied law with Judge Padelford, of Taunton; ad- 
mitted to the Bar there, 1794 ; settled in Penobscot, now Castine, May, 

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102 Marriages; First Register of Probate, Hancock Co. 

1796. Appointed Justice of the Peace, Feb. 11, 1801. Judge of Pro- 
bate for Hancock Co., Jan. 25, 1804, which office he held until 1820, 
after which he was reappointed, and held the office until he was 70 years 
of age, Constitutional limit then interposing (1835). In religion a Bap- 
tist in sentiment, in politics a Whig on principle. Married Margaret, 
daughter of Ebenezer Farwell, of Vassalborough, Jan. 3,1802. His 
second son graduated at Bowdoiu College, 1826." 

Thus far I give his own words, adding that he moved to Boston 
in 1836, soon after returning to Castine, and a few years later 
removed to Orland, where he died July 2, 1850, aged 84. His 
widow died in 1858, aged 77. Their gravestones are in Castine 



1787, Dec. 


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1788, Jan. 


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" May 
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" Dec. 


Taken from his day book by J. W. P. 

Paoli Hewes to Pamelia Cottrel. 

Christopher Mitchell Gray to Margaret Howard. 

Neal McGee to Susannah Howard. 

Simeon Parker to Mary Perkins. 

Charles Turner Thomas to Mary Gilkey, (of Islesboro.) 

Malachi Orcutt to Sarah Hovey. 

Wm. Moore to Christian Courson. 

John Bakeman, Jr. to Sarah Young. 

Robert McGee to Sarah Webber. 

Thomas Slack to Mary Marks. 

Rogers Lawrence to Fanny Hancock. 

Thomas Wasson to Polly Carter. 



Col. Jonathan Eddy, of Eddington, Me., was appointed the 
first Register of Probate for Hancock County, June 19, 1790, by 
Gov. John Hancock. The first 89 pages of the first volume of 
records of that county are in his handwriting, and strange to say, 
that from first to last in the volume neither his name nor signature 
appears, the attestations all having been made f>y the judge, Col. 
Paul Dudley Sargent. J. W. P. 

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The principal business of the first settlers was fishing. But little 
attention was paid to farming, and the amount received for lumber was 
small, being chiefly confined to rift lumber, such as staves, shingles, 
etc. Cord wood and bark were of little value in those days. The 
river abounded with salmon, shad and bass, and all the small streams ♦ 
with alewives. They were first taken by spearing and nets, and then 
by what was called half-tide weirs. These were built from point to 
point across deep coves, and great numbers of shad and bass were 
taken in them. The bass were salted, dry cured, and sent to Boston 
for market. In 1811, one Hawley Emerson came here from Phips^ 
burg, and built the first three-pound weir, at the mouth of Marsh river, 
on Treat's Flats. Emerson claimed to be the inventor of such weirs, 
and first built them on the Kennebec river. Some improvement wa$ 
made on his plan, and in a few years twine was used instead of brush, 
making them lighter and more deceptive to the fish. From this time 
the fishing interest became one of the most important sourses of income 
to the iahabitants, amounting at one time in 1820, to rising $30,000. 

Since 1800, the building of vessels has been the most important 
branch of business carried on in this village. In J 77a, Col. Jona t 
Buck built the first vessel in this town, and probably the first on Penob? 
scot river. She was built very near the spot where Samuel Farnham's 
blacksmith shop now stands, sloop-rigged, of about 6a tons, and named 

Hannah. In 1798, Greenough came here from Newburyport, 

and built a vessel on McDonald's point, rising iop tons. In 1801, Capt. 
James Ginn built a schooner called the Favorite. In 1802, Benjamin 
Buck built a brig called the Bee. In 1803, Samuel G. Towne built a 
brig of 200 tons. Up to 1810, there had been built three ships, two 
barques, thirteen brigs, 70 schooners, and one sloop. The accurate 

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104 A History of Bucksport, up to 1857. 

amount of tonnage of these vessels is not known. In 1852, three brigs, 
eight schooners and one sloop were built, making 1 740 tons. A large 
portion of the wealth of this village is vested in navigation. Besides 
the foreign and coasting trade, 2000 tons are employed in Bank fishing, 
and the number is yearly increasing. On board of these fishing vessels 
a host of young men are educated to make intelligent, active seamen, 
and many of them rise to the quarter deck of our best ships. 

The first child born in this town was named Benjamin Buck Harri- 
man, son of Asa and Elizabeth Harriman, born Nov. 4, i768. The 
first death was a young man who came from Harverhill, in i773* He 
accidentally stuck a pen knife into his knee, and died in a few days of 
the lockjaw. He was the first person buried in the old Buck bury- 
ing ground. 

The first school consisted of six boys and three girls. This school 
was taught by Mr. Eliakim Darling, in the winter of 1787, in a log 
house which stood near the town line, where Capt. Charles Brewster 
now lives. The tuition was 2s. 6 pence per week. Seven years after, 
in 1794, a Mrs. Putney, wife of Jonathan Putney, taught school in a 
small building which stood near the river, on land now owned by 
Joshua H. Ginn. She had fourteen scholars, and these included nearly 
all the children in what is now the first school district. 

In 1795, the first guide-post was set up in town. In 1797, first valu- 
ation of property was taken. The same year collection of taxes was 
sold at auction, and bid off by Jonathan Buck, Esq., at Is 6 pence on 
the pound. In 1793, Nathan Atwood was drawn first juryman. In 
1795, there were but two pair of cart wheels and three horses owned 
in town. 

In 1797, a post office was established and Benjamin Buck, Esq., 
appointed postmaster. Previous to this date, the people went to Sandy 
Point, in Prospect, for all their papers and letters. The mail came 
once in two weeks from Boston, and was for a long time carried by a 
man on foot through this town to Castine and Bluehill. 

In 1805, William W. Clapp came here from Boston, and issued the 
first newspaper, July 25th, called the Maine Gazette, This paper was 
well conducted for the times, and received a liberal support for six years. 
In 181 1, Clapp sold out to one Anthony Holland, who continued the 
paper about a year, when he packed up his types and moved to New 
Brunswick. This was the first paper printed on the Penobscot river. 

The first physician who settled in Buckstown was Dr. John Webster. 
He came from Hamstead, N. H., and in 1791 he built the house 
owned by the late Judge Peabody. One Nathan Peabody, a shoemaker, 
from Boxford, occupied this house, and Dr. Webster being a bachelor, 
boarded with said Peabody. He is spoken of as being a very worthy 
man, and highly esteemed as a physician. He died of a fever, in May? 
1795. In July, 1795, Dr. Jonathan Moulton came here from York, 
(Maine). In 1802, he married Mary Farrar, of Hanover, N. H., by 
whom he had two sons and two daughters. His early advantages 
were small, only such as the, town school of York then gave, and they 
were inferior to our schools of the present day. He first studied medi- 
cine with Dr. Gates, of WelJs, but finished his course with Dr. Gilman, 

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of York. For a number of years his practice here was very small, 
although it extended to all the adjoining towns. The inhabitants were 
few and far apart, and it was often with the greatest exertions he could 
reach them by land or water. He has been in constant practice for 
more than 60 years, and few men can be found in this country who 
have performed so much labor, and with such uniform success, in the 
practice of medicine. Dr. Manly Hardy came here from New Salem, 
N. H., in the fall of 1805. He was a man of strong native talent, a 
good civilian, and held various town offices for a number of years. He 
was chosen town clerk eight years in succession. In 1843, he moved 
to Bangor, where he died in 1850, aged 72. 

The first lawyer who settled here was Thomas S. Sparhawk, He 
came from Templeton, Mass., in the year 1796; was a graduate of 
Dartmouth. He married Mary Kinsman, of Hanover, N. H. ; had 
three sons and two daughters. Mr. Sparhawk died June 4, 1807, 
aged 37. He was a brother of Mrs. Joseph Lee and Mx. Noah Spar- 
hawk, still living in this village. 

Capt. James Ginn came to Orrington, from Maryland, in 1775, 
In 1 79 1, he moved to Orland, and built two vessels at the falls. In 
May, 1800, he moved to this town, built a wharf and store, which are 
still remaining. In 1803 ne built a large house, the same now occu- 
pied by Roger . He built a number of vessels, and was the first 

importer of foreign goods into this town. He married Anne Riggs, 
of Gloucester, Mass., by whom he had six sons and six daughters. The 
only surviving child is William R. Ginn, who is extensively known as 
the best ship-builder on the river. 

The first meeting-house was built in 1799. It was two stories high, 
with a gallery. The inside was never finished. It belonged to the 
Methodist denomination, and the Rev. John Kenny preached in the 
house for a number of years. In 18 19, it was taken down and a new 
house erected on the same spot, which is now occupied by the Metho- 
dist Society in the upper part of the town, near Couliard's ferry. This 
house was built by Capt. Joseph Buck. 

The first district meeting was held Jan. 25, 1802, at the house of Jona. 
Buck, Esq. Thos. S. Sparhawk was chosen clerk, and they voted to 
have the sum of $370.00 to build a school house. Asa Peabody, Jona. 
Buck, and James Ginn, were chosen a building committee, and on the 
following spring they commenced building the house. It was finally 
finished and painted, in 1804, and the whole cost was $675.00. It was 
34 feet square, hip roofed, and had two square pews, one on the east 
and one on the west side. In 1808 a porch was added to the house, 
the chimney taken down, aud 16 pews were built upon the north side, 
mrking it quite a commodious place of worship for the number of in- 
habitants. These pews were sold at auction yearly, and the money 
appropriated for repairs on the house and fuel for the Lord's day. This 
house accidentally took fire and burned down in July, 181 1. Nothing 
was saved but the large Bible, the same that is now used in the Elm 
street chapel. The centre school house stands a little back of where 
the first house stood, and was built in 1816. 

The first Congregational meeting-house was raised in the fall of 

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106 A History of Bucksport, up to 1857. 

1811, but it was not finished and dedicated till Jan., 1813. This house 
stood on the same spot where the Methodist Seminary now stands. 
For 24 years it was occupied by the Congregational Society, and 
although it stood so remote from the dwellings of a great portion of the 
parishioners, yet the average attendance upon the Sabbath would far 
exceed that of the present. In 1836 the people becoming weary of as- 
cending Zion's Hill, determined to abandon the old house and descend 
into the valley. Accordingly in 1837 tne soc i etv erected the present 
house of worship on Elm street. This house, after receiving various 
modifications, was enlarged in 1856, so as to afford ample accommoda- 
tions to the Society, and is now considered the handsomest public 
building in the village. For a long time the lofty old house was left 
solitary, peering above every other building, but in 1846 the town 
voted to purchase it, and it was removed to its present site on Franklin 
street. The lower story is used as a town house, and the upper story 
is known as Lyceum Hall, and is owned by proprietors. The Method- 
ist meeting-house in this village was dedicated Nov. 13, 1839. This 
house stands on Franklin street, fronting the south, and with its clock 
and lofty spire, is truly an ornament to the village. The East Maine 
Conference Seminary buildings were built in 1851. 

In 1806 some of the leading men of this town feeling the importance 
of advancing the intellectual and moral condition of all classes, resolved 
to purchase a library. In a short time a liberal sum was subscribed 
for this object, amounting to ninety-five dollars and fifty cents, and the 
act incorporating the Buckstown Social Library was passed March 8, 
1806. -A meeting of the proprietors was held in October following, at 
which Stephen Peabody was chosen moderator, Moody Pilsbury, 
clerk, and the Rev. Mighill Blood, treasurer and librarian. The com- 
mittee chosen to purchase the books were Thomas S. Sparhawk, 
Stephen Peabody, Samuel Little, John Lovering, and Rev. M. 
Blood. The first books were bought of Thomas & Whipple, of New- 
buryport. These books were selected with great care, and were 
eagerly sought after on library days, and well read for fifty years. This 
library has been an object of deep interest to the people of this village, 
and is still in a flourishing condition, containing at the present time 
about twelve hundred volumes 

From i8o4 up to 1809, the business of thistown was remarkably brisk, 
and those engaged in trade and commerce acquired wealth rapidly. 
Among the names of the principal business men here during this period 
might be named Stephen and Asa Peabody, John Benson, Winthrop 
G. Orr, Brown and Pillsbury, John Lovering. John Cutting, and 
Eliphalet Parker. In June, 1806, the Penobscot Bank went into opera- 
tion, and was kept in the east wing of the dwelling house of the late 
Joseph R Folsom. Its capital stock was $150,000.00. John Crosby, 
of Hampden, was President, and Jahaziah Shaw was chosen Cashier. 
Many of the stock-holders of this bank were men of wealth. Some of 
them resided in Boston, others in various towns in Maine. After they 
began to discount freely, money was so plenty in Buckstown that few 
men could be found without money in their pockets. But this 
golden age did not long continue, and proved in the result highly dis- 

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astrous to the growth and prosperity of this town. It was said by some 
of the wisest men of that day, that the directors of this bank were 
wholly incompetent to manage such an institution. However that 
may be, there was a great loss to the stockholders, never accounted for 
by the officers of the bank. 'In Oct. 1810, the bank failed, and with it 
nearly all the business men of the village. 


It will be seen by the grant of the six townships that provision was 
made for the encouragement and support of a Protestant ministry, and 
in most of the first settled towns the inhabitants were not backward. 
We find as early as 1772, a church consisting of 14 members, was 
formed in Plantation No. 5, now Bluehill, and in 1786 they built a 
meeting house. In 1778 Rev. Peter Powers was ordained over the 
Congregational church and society at Deer Isle. In 1791 Elder Daniel 
Merrill was settled in Sedgwick. In 1798 Rev. William Mason was 
settled in Castine. In 1798 Rev. Jonathan Powers was settled in Penob- 
scot; ordained December 31, 1795, and died Nov. 8, 1807. Mr. 
Powers was from Haverhill, N. H., a graduate of Dartmouth, a man 
of eminent piety, a faithful pastor, whose labors were blest in the ad- 
vancement of pure religion, not only in Penobscot but in several adjoin- 
ing towns where he labored. A number of persons from this town were 
in the habit of attending meeting at Penobscot, previous to the settle- 
ment of Mr. Blood. In 1796 Rev. Jonathan Fisher was settled in Blue- 
hill, and the same year Rev. Ebenezer Price at Belfast. 

At the second town meeting after the incorporation of this town, in 
1793, it was voted to raise £18 for the support of the gospel, and at a 
subsequent meeting Benjamin Buck and Stephen Lanpher were chosen 
a committee to hire the Rev. Abraham Cummings to preach the gospel 
in the town of Buckstown. Mr. Cummings was very eccentric in his 
manner, but a man of ardent piety and great learning ; a Baptist in 
sentiment, but in communion open to all who love our Lord in sincerity. 
How long he continued to preach in this town is not stated. He was 
employed by the Mass. Missionary Society for many years afterwards, 
to labor upon the sea coast of Maine and upon the islands in Penobscot 
Bay, always passing from place to place in a boat, being passionately 
fond of this mode of traveling. In 1794 the town voted to raise £20, 
and in 1795 £18, for the support of the gospel. From this time up to 
1803 we find no vote was taken npon the subject. Rev. Jonathan Sewall, 
Abijah Wines, and several other missionaries occasionally preached 
here as they were passing through the country. In 1803 the town voted 
to give a call to Rev. Mighill Blood to become their minister, also to 
raise 8300 for his support. A council was called and a church formed," 
May 12th, 1803. The church consisted of six members, viz: Rev. 
Mighill Blood, Jona. Buck, Daniel Buck, Josiah Colson, Jonathan 
Moulton, and Lydia Harriman. 

The clergymen invited to assist in ordaining Rev. M. Blood were 
Rev. Dr. Morse, of Charlestown ; Mr. Sparhawk, of Templeton ; Mr. 
Lee, of Royalston ; Mr. Cummings of Sullivan ; Mr. Merrill, of Sedg- 
wick ; Mr. Fisher, of Bluehill ; Mr. Powers, of Penobscot ; Mr. Mason, 

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of Castine ; and Mr. Price, of Belfast. The services were performed 
in a large house then building by Capt. James Ginn, when a temporary 
pulpit and seats were fitted up for the occasion, which is spoken of as 
one of very deep interest to the people, and so great was the number in 
attendance from the adjoining towns that it was with difficulty they 
could find places to lodge in the village. Mr. Blood's parish was then 
the whole town, and for a number of years he preached alternately at 
Mr. James S. Higgins' house, in the upper part of the town, at the 
school-house in the Buck settlement, and in the schoolhouse in this vil- 
lage. Mr. Blood was born in Hollis, N. H., graduated at Dartmouth 
college, and studied divinity with Dr, Morse, of Charlestown. Although 
not a brilliant preacher, he was sound in his theology, strong in argu- 
ment, wise in council, and highly esteemed by his people, and it may 
be truly said of him that he was a man of peace. He was dismissed 
Sept. 24, 1840, but continued to receive the affections and principal 
support from his parish until he died, April 2d, 1852, aged 75 years. 
Rev. William J. Breed was the next pastor, and was installed Dec. 9, 
1840. The connection of Mr. Breed with the society was one of great 
harmony and prosperity, but in a few years he became uneasy, and 
anxious to engage in a larger field, and at his request he was dismissed, 
Nov. 6, 1845. Rev. J. B. R. Walker was ordained Oct. 27, 1847, and 
was dismissed by mutual consent of all parties, July nth, 1853. Rev. 
Henry R. Craig, the present pastor, was ordained Jan. 24, 1855. 

I have written of some of the men who were the pioneers in the set- 
tlement of this town, but have said but little of the wives, who bore 
their children, and generously shared in their joys, their sufferings, and 
their dangers, without murmuring or complaining. Much might be 
said of this noble race of women that would be well for wives of the 
present day to imitate, and if they did not possess those blandishments 
and graces that are now taught in our modern schools of fashion, they 
were ardently devoted to their husbands, and united in the cause of 
freedom, willing to make any sacrifice, and suffer great privations, to 
advance the public walfare and the prosperity of our country* 


A record of marriages of first settlers in Orrington, which in- 
cludes what is now Brewer and Holden, up to 1808. Obtained 
from town records and other sources. 

1 771, Nov. 5, Jesse Atwood sen. to Hannah Dean* of Thomas, in 

1788. June 15, Phineas Eames to widow Hannah Arey, of Bucksport* 

May 7, Nath. Ward, of Wheelersboro, to Betty Small, of same. 

Jan. 10, James Shirley to Susannah Lowe. 

Dec. 18, Asa Downs of Eph., to Mary Dean of Boston. 

Oct. 2, Thomas Smith to Ann Wheelden, of Ebenezer. 

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Nov, 25, David Mann to widow Sarah Osgood, of Pen. River,* 
Dec. 4, Joseph Wheelden of Eben, to Dinah Smith of Simeon. 
1787. Nov. 8, Miller Johnston to Rebecca Johnson. 

June 15, Solomon Blake to Betsey Dupee, both of Orrington. 
Nov. 8, Eliphaiet Johnson to Sarah Swett, both of Orrington. 
Nov. 8, James Mayo of Hampden, to Mary Nickerson of Orring- 

1789. Jan. 24, John Sweetsir of Sandy Point, published to Fannie Dav- 

Aug. 6, Wm. Wentworth to Patty Calf, of Buckstown. 
Oct. 22, Shebna Swett of Solomon, to Joanna, of Eliphaiet 

Oct. 22, James Freeman, of Samuel, to Molly, of Timothy 

Aug. 6, Joseph Roaks jr., of Eastern River, f to Tabitha, widow 

of Peter Sangster. 
Feb. 11, James Stubbs to Sarah Wheelden of Ebenezer. 

1790. May 6, Amasa Snow, of Ben, to Sarah, of Henry Cole. 

Sept. 30, Wm. Saunders of Eastern River, to Ruth of Amasa 

Snow, jr. 
Nov. 8, Joseph Porter to Eunice Whittam. 
Nov. 25, Joseph Holdershaw to Rachel Cole. 
Dec. 5, James Emery to Ruhannah Rich. 
June 20, Ephraim Stubbs to Abigail Myrick, both of Wheelers- 


1 791. Sept. 28, Stephen Man and Susan McMan. 
f 79 2 ' J an - J 5i John Rogers to Betsey, of John Brewer. 

July 8, Thomas Dean to widow Mary (Freeman) Knowles. 

Sept. 13, Benjamin Stubbs of Buckstown to Mehetabel Swett. 

Dec. 21, Thomas Campbell jr., to Sabra Knapp. 
1 791 . May 5 , Tona. Nickerson and Priscilla Hopkins, both of Hampden. 

May 26, Jesse Smith and Delilah Snow, both of Orrington. 

Sept, 26, Wm. Haines to Jane Lowell, both of Buckstown. 

Oct. 24, Johu Collins of Frankfort, and Polly Lampher of 

Nov. 3, Paul Sears Eldridge to Mary Page of Buckstown. 

Nov. 8, Nath. Hines to Sarah Boston, both of Frankfort. 

Nov. 17, Jeremiah Higgins to widow Betsey Paine, both of 

Dec. 7, Joshua Eldridge to Polly Parenden, (?) of Buckstown. 
I 79 2 * J u ty J 9i Ralph Ellingwood of Frankfort, and Delilah Holder- 
shaw of Frankfort. 

Aug. 5, Zebulon Smith to Lydia Day, both of Frankfort. 
1793. April 11, Rev. Seth Noble and Mrs. Ruhama Emery, both of 

May 23, Daniel Holbrook to Mehetable Newcomb of Hampden. 

Aug. 8, Eliashib Delano, to Azubah Knowles, both of Hampden. 

*" Penobscot River," ail unincorporated territory on the river, 
t Orland. 

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Aug. i, Stillman Kent to Elis Eldridge, both of Buckstown. 
Oct. 17, Jere Lincoln to Lucy Wheelden, both of Orrington. 
Oct. 13, Daniel Snow, of Hampden, and Betsey Brooks, of 

Oct. 27, Tona. Barnes to Polly Wentworth. both of Orrington. 
Dec. 11, John Pomroy to Betsey Harding, both of Hampden. 

ian. 16, Enoch Mayo to Peggy Holbrook, both of Frankfort, 
larch 16, Josiah Brewer 2d and Anna Ginn. 
Aug. 17, John Crowell and Hannah Atwood. 

1794. March 25, John Sally to Peggy Whalen, both of Penobscot 


May 22, John Swan to Abigail Gould ; he of Hampden, she of 

July 9, Asaph Gates to Betsey Hathorn, both of Orrington. 

Sept. 11, Hawes Mayo of Hampden to Polly Fowler of Orring- 

Sept. 13, Elisha Crane to Elis Campbell, both of Orrington. 

Nov. 22, Solomon Swett Hinckley to Jerusha Holbrook, of 

Dec. 14, Samuel Turner and Miss Joana McMan, both of Or- 

Nov. 2, Elisha Mayo of Hampden and Ruth Smith of Frank- 

Feb. 12, Jeremiah Swett to Betsey Gould, both of Orrington, 

Published July 19, Francis Drew to Hannah Viles, of Eastern 

1795. Aug. 8, Robert Campbell and Betsey Knapp. 
May 12, Thaddeus Adams and Peggy Orcutt. 

April 30, Reuben Newcomb and Bethia Young, both of Hamp- 

May 12, Simeon Smith, of Hampden, and Ruth Stubbs, of 

July 9, Abner Knowles, of Hampden, and Dorcas Godfrey, of 

July 12, James Hastings and Abigail Bigbee, both of Orrington. 

Nov. 26, Phineas E. Ames and Mary Rogers, both of Orring- 

April 18, Ben Snow sen. and widow Betsey Paine, both of 

1796. Sept. 15, Major Thomas Brastow and Priscilla Brown, both 

of Orrington. 
May 29, John Woodman, of Frankfort, and Keziah Higgins, of 

July 17, Silas Nye to Lucy Lincoln, both of Orrington.* 
Sept. 15, Jos. Baker jr. to Hannah Fowler, both of Orrington. 
Nov. 13, Eben Wheelden jr, to Elis Nye, both of Orrington. 
Nov. 17, Jesse Rogers to Hannah Freeman, both of Orrington. 
Feb. 9, Nathan Baker to Lucy Baker, both of Orrington. 
April 30, Charles Burr to Polly Holyoke, both of Orrington. 
July 2, Wm. Hammond jr. to Susanna Campbell, he of Bangor. 

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Sept* 2, Lot Rider to Hepsibah Skinner. 

Oct. 22, Wm. Eddy of Eddington, to Rachel Knapp. 

Nov. 5, Jesse Rogers to Hannah Freeman. 

1797, June 27, Samuel Veazie and Judith Wentworth. 
July 11, David Orcutt and Betsey Davis. 

July 29, Bangs Doane of Buckstown, to Priscilla Nickerson. 
July 2g, Richard Eldridge of Buckstown, to Temperance 

Aug. 14, Eben Hathorn and Hannah Nichols, of Penobscot 

May 7, Francis Brewer to Peggy, of John Lewis of Buckstown. 
Oct. 25, Isaac Davis, of Hampden, to Sallie Swett. 
May 4, Jacob Dearborn ot Hampden, to Hannah Rooks, 1799- 

1798, Jan. 27, Asahel Skinner of Ohio PI. to Phebe Gould. 
Jan. 31, Bradley Bryant to Sarah Neal of Salem, Mass. 
March 24, Joseph Rooks to Tamosin Snow of Buckstown. 
Jan. 3, Seth Kempton of Frankfort, to Lucy Brown. 
Sept. 1, Wm. Reed of Colbinton PI., to Jane Orcutt. 

1799, Sept. 8, Ebenezer Tyler of Hampden, to Lovina Brewer. 
Feb. 3, Jos. Pomroy of Hampden, to Temperance Brown. 

Mar. 1, Wm. Cook, of — to Mary Cogswell, of Eddington. 

Sept. 25, Samuel Freeman to Naomi Higgins. 

March 4, Nathan Smith to Sallie Stubbs, of Buckstown. 
Feb. 1, Nathan Hopkins to Deborah Atwood, of Orrington. 

1800, April 26, Jona. Vickey of Hampden, to Ruhama Gould. 
May 31, Isaac Peirfce to Rachel Fowler, of Orrington. 
June 9, Cyprian Snow to Sally Baker of Orrington. 

Aug. 28, Bradley Blackmail of Eddington, to Hepsibah Knapp. 

1801, Nov. 12, Cyprian Snow to Sallie, of Jos. Baker, of Orrington. 
Dec. 14, Joseph Brazier to Hannah Brown, both of Orrington. 
Jan. 1, John Brooks to Sallie, of A. Dean, both of Orrington. 
Jan. 1, Jere Simpson of Hampden, and Joanna Brooks. 

Feb. 12, Cleophaz Baker to Ruth, of Herman Smith, both of 

May 13, Isaac Watson to Sukey Johnson. 

1802, Nov. 16, Emmons Kingsbury to Hannah Ryder, of John. 
Dec. 2, James Godfrey to Mehetable Swett, both of Orrington. 

Dec. 31, Benjamin Downs of Frankfort, to Eunice Freeman of 

Oct. 11, Samuel Jones, of Orrington, to Sukey Howard, of 

Nov. 18, Jona. Pickard, of Hampden, to Eunice Cole, of Orr- 

Dec. 2, John York to Rebecca Perkins, both of Orrington. 

Dec. 30, Ben Godfrey to Patty Gould. 

1804. March 29, Isaac Perry to Dorcas Fowler, of Simeon, Esq. 

1805, Mar. 4, Edmund Smith to widow Katie Wooderson, both of 

1804. July 23, John Dean to Rachel Kent, both of Orrington. 

Sept. 6, George Rollins to Jenny Baker, both of Orrington. 

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Nov. 22, Joseph Snow to Rebecca Paine, both of Orrington. 
Sept. 6, Joshua Moody to Polly Peirce, of Nathan. 
Nov. 2, Amaziah Rogers to Elis Wentworth, both of Orr- 
Jan. 5, Jesse Atwood jr. to Lovina Nickerson, both of Orrington. 
March io, Allen Hodges to Abigail Brooks, both of Orrington. 
March 17, Daniel Smith to Miriam Smith, of John. 
April 29, Phineas Downs to Dorcas Gould. 
Dec. 5, John Smith to Peggie Campbell. 
Sept 12, Reuben Severance to Sallie Severance, of Joshua. 
Sept. 30> Samuel Severance to Hannah Godfrey, both of Orr- 

1806, Feb. 20> Joseph Smith to Polly Baker, of Joseph* 
Oct. 20, Allen Gilman to Molly Brewer. 

Aug. 2i, Joseph Rooks to Sarah Rogers, third wife. 

March 17, Reuben Freeman and Sally Wenthworth, both of 

Feb. 2, Ephraim Doane and Nancy Baker, of Moses. 

Feb. 19, Doane Badershal to Roxana Harding, of Joseph. 

June 16, Manning Wood, of Buckstown, to Sally Snow, of 

June 20, Isaiah Baker to Susanna Cole, of Peter. 

Oct. 15, Job Chamberlain to Mrs. Abigail Rogers, both of 

Oct. 17, Abial Perry to Sallie Doane of Oliver, both of Orring- 

Oct. 30, Christopher Taylor to Betsey Severance, both of Orr- 

Nov. 16, Jonas Dean, of Ephraim, to Susan Doane, of Oliver. 

June 3, Nathan Pierce jr. and Ruth, daughter of Harding 
Ryder, of Chatham. 

1807, Jan. 25, Isaac Nickerson and Bethiah Ryder, of Samuel. 
Feb. 8, Samuel Ryder jr. to Azubah Freeman, of Timothy. 
Feb. 15, Isaac Bates and Ursula Jones, daughter of Elijah. 
April 26, Samuel Cobb and Achsah Winchester, of Silas. 
April 26, Wm. Kent to Sallie King, both of Orrington. 
Jan. 24, Henry Reed to Dolly Bradley. 

April 11, Warren Ware to Lucy Bowden. 

March 1, Zenas Smith to Abigail Harding, of Joseph. 

July 27, Nathan S. Ryder to Bethiah Sterns, both of Orrington. 

May 30) Frederick Badershall to Eliza Smith, of Herman. 

Sept. 6, Nathan Gould jr. to Rebecca Harding, of Joseph. 

1808, May 8, Hanson Calef to Thankful Baker, sen. 
May 8, George Blake to Sylvia Farrington, of John. 

May 20, Eiihu Dole of Amos, to Lydia Pierce, of Nathaniel. 
May 23, Abia Pond to Cynthia Clewly, daughter of Isaac. 
June 4, Jeremiah Rich to Joanna Bartlett, of Samuel. 
Oct. 9, Elisha Doane to widow Rachel Brown, of Elijah. 
Oct. 27, Joseph Rogers to Salome Nickerson, of Warren. 

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Deacon William Boyd, of Bangor •* 113 



Contributed by Joseph Williamson, Esq., of Belfast. 

William Boyd, born in Worcester, Mass., July 30, 1745, was a 
shipwright* and farmer, as suited his interest. After 1763 his res- 
idence was in Bristol, Maine. He married at Newcastle, a very 
worthy girl of Irish extraction, named Hannah Little. He Was a 
man of good abilities, of considerable reading and reflection, and of 
some education. But his distinguishing characteristic Was his 
piety. He was converted in early life, and at Bristol became a 
member of the Congregational church, adorning his profession by 
a well-ordered life and pious conversation. In 1790-1, he re- 
moved with a large family to Bangor, where he pursued ship- 
building, and, as it was supposed, acquired a good estate. But by 
a turn of times, it proved small. Indeed, the destiny of Bangor 
has been to pass through uncommon changes in the value of prop- 
erty. The town was first settled in 1770. Its soil was regarded 
as specially valuable, first, after the revolution ; second, after in- 
corporation in 1791 ; third, after the assignment of the lots to 
settlers, under the resolve of March 5, 1801, particularly in 
1805-6 ; fourth, after the last war ; and most of all in 1834-5. 
During these last mentioned years, lots of land and house-lots, 
which were sold, a fourth part paid down, and mortgaged for the 
remainder, reverted to the grantors for the balance of the pur- 
chase money. 

After the inflation of 1805 Deacon Boyd built a house, became 
involved, and under the restrictive system, which commenced in 
December, 1807, found himself unable to pay. For ten years 
before his death, which occurred March 24, 1829, at the age of 
eighty-three, he became entirely dependent on his son Robert for 
support. But though destitute of earthly substance, he was rich 
in faith, and in the hopes of blessedness through the gospel. He 
was a professor of religion more than a half century. Of a quick 
temper, he always commanded it well; he was ready of speech, 
and had rather a melodious voice. He was gifted in prayer, and 
seemed to have near access at the throne of grace. At periods 
when the town was destitute of a minister, before the settlement 
of Mr. Loomis, in 1811, Deacon Boyd frequently led religious 
meetings on the Sabbath, and occasionally offered prayers at 
funerals. He was of middling stature, and had dark complex- 

* According to one writer, he built the first vessel ever launched on the Penobscot 
river, above the bay. 

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114 Deacon William Boyd, of Bangor. 

ion, with a square face of goodly form and feature. In the latter 
part of his life, his hair was white as milk, and his face became 
wrinkled. His attention was first awakened to the subject of re- 
ligion under the preaching of Rev. John Murray, of Boothbay, 
and afterwards of Newburyport. After his removal to Bangor, 
he and Mr. Thomas Howard were the only men in town who 
prayed with their families. In 1800 a Congregational church was 
embodied; consisting of members in Orrington, (Brewer,) Hamp- 
den, and Bangor, of which he was chosen a deacon. On the 
settlement of Mr. Loomis in the ministry at Bangor, in 1811, the 
members of the old church there formed a new church, and he 
was re-elected deacon — a position he held until his death. 

In the " Bangor Register" of April 14, 1829, there is an obituary 
of Deacon Boyd which states thus: " He built his hope of salva- 
tion solely on the atonement made by Christ, and rejoiced in the 
universal government of God. His piety was deep, ardent, cheer- 
ful and uniform. He lived to bury nine children, with their 
mother, and six survive him." 

The Christian Mirror of April 16, 1829, has a notice of him, 
which says that " he was of Scotch descent, resided in the north 
of Ireland several generations, where his father was born. He 
was himself greatly beloved and revered. The church venerated 
him as an undoubted child of God, and heir of heaven." The 
writer of this sketch new him well; having been a neighbor and 
fellow communicant with him at the Lord's table, more than 
twenty years, and fully attests the truth of the above. 

Deacon Boyd had four brothers older than himself, viz., Sam- 
uel, John, Andrew and James; and two younger, Thomas and 
Joseph. Thomas was of Bristol; a coroner and magistrate. Of 
his fifteen children, three died in infancy. Of the twelve others, 

i. Mary died at the age of twenty-four years, unmarried, 
ii. James, a shipwright, died in 1799, aged 25. 
iii. Margaret married James Campbell, of Kilmarnock, 
iv. William, twin brother of Joseph, an infant, was sea-captain ; mar- 
ried, and died in Wiscasset, aged 53, leaving no children, 
v. Elizabeth, married Daniel Webster,' of Bangor, 
vi. Henry, died of consumption, 
vii. John, was always lame. 

viii. Hannah, married Capt. Samuel Miller, Wiscasset. 
ix. Jane, married Ebenezer Webster, Esq., of Bangor. 
x. Alexander, a shipmaster, died in Ireland, aged 25 years, married, 
xi. Samuel, died of consumption in 1812, at Wiscasset. 
xii. Robert, married Elna Patten, Bangor. 

Deacon Boyd held no civil or military commissions ; but was 
often a referee ; and was moderator and selectman of Bangoi 
several years after the incorporation of the town. 

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Contributed by William H. Kilby, Esq., of Boston. 

Our town was once a possession of France. The first British 
subject who owned it was Sir Francis Bernard, one of the govern- 
ors of Massachusetts, who obtained a grant of 100,000 acres on 
the waters of Passamaquoddy, of which " Moose Island " was a 
part. The northern limit of this grant was, as I conclude, the 
bluff headland in the St. Croix which is now known as the 
" Devil's Head." Sir Francis adhering to the crown in the revo- 
lutionary controversy, which indeed commenced with him and his 
administration, lost these hundred thousand acres, and the island 
of Mount Desert, under the confiscation act of Massachusetts, and 
the hopes which he had cherished of providing for his family 
failed. John, one of his sons, however, was a whig, and one half 
of Mount Desert was restored to him after the revolution. Yet 
he seems to have attempted to settle on the lands which his father 
possessed in this vicinity. It is known that he went to " Pleasant 
Point," built a hut of logs, and that he lived there some months 
with no companion but a dog. The fortunes of the young man 
were at the lowest ebb. His father dead, his brothers Francis and 
Thomas were ruined and in exile, and the mis-fortunes of his 
famity had saddened, perhaps deranged his mind. He had been 
educated in affluence and in ease, and had mingled in the most 
refined society when he came to fc * Moose Island," and passed 
hence to the main land in Perry. The only family here had never 
seen a horse, and did not know whether that animal had horns or 
was without them ; while the only persons north of the island, 
were a few men at the head of the tide waters of the St. Croix, 
who were building a mill. Young Bernard cut down a small 
number of trees, became discouraged and departed. 

He lived at Boston awhile, but finally abandoned the country. 
Ho was Sir Francis' second son. Francis, the oldest, owned lands 
on the Penobscot, which were confiscated, and died 1 believe with- 
out inheriting the title. But John, the settler at fcfc Pleasant Point," 
became Sir John Bernard, barouet, held offices under the British 
crown in Barbadoes and St. Vincent, and died in 1809. His 
brother Thomas graduated at Harvard, in 1767, and who 
married a lady of fortune in England, succeeded to the baronetcy 

* Hon. Lorenzo Sabine was one of the most distinguished citizens of Eastport, author 
of History of American Loyalists, and a voluminous writer upon other historical mat- 
ters. Late in life he moved to Massachusetts, where he died, April 14, 1877, aged 74. 
His remains were interred in Eastport cemetery. 

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and died in 1818. Sir Thomas was a gentleman of great benevo- 
lence, and did much good. I need pursue the fortunes of the Ber- 
nards no further. My notice of them shows that " Moose Island " 
was originally the property of a " tory," and that it passed to 
Massachusetts, our old usurping, ambitious mother, under the 
confiscation act, which divested all the absentee adherents of 
the crown in the revolutionary strife of their possessions. 

Though DeMontB explored the St. Croix, and passed the winter 
on an island opposite " Red Beach," Robbinston, sixteen years 
before the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth, I find no 
account of any inhabitants of European origin at " Moose Island " 
prior to the year 1688. At that period as appears by a paper preserv- 
ed in the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, there 
lived in Passamaquoddy and St. Croix, the following Frenchmen 
and their families, namely : St. Robin, his wife and son ; one 
Letrell ; John Mirins, his wife and four children ; one Lambert ; 
Jolly Clive and his servant ; one Torza, and one Lena and his 
servant. It is highly probable that the number was subsequently 
increased, since in 1704, Messieurs Gourdou and Sharkee, two 
French officers, seem to have been here and engaged in building a 
fort. The celebrated Col. Church was here the same year, and 
made prisoners of a French woman and her children, and tiie 
officers named, their families and domestics. He also seized Moses 
Lutsell and his family, who lived on the main land, and was prob- 
ably the same mentioned as among the inhabitants in 1688. It 
would seem, too, that Gourdon and Sharkee resided somewhere on 
the main, and above the mouth of the St. Croix, iuasmuch as 
Church, after ascending that river, had an affray with these 
gentlemen, and persons serving under them, and fired upon and 
killed and wounded several. Gourdon may have been a man of 
consideration and property ; Church certainly robbed him of some 
articles of value. 

When in 1713, France made a final cession of the possessions 
which now form the colonies of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, 
the French undoubtedly abandoned " Moose Island, 9 ' and it re- 
mained uninhabited for a considerable period. Governor Belcher, 
of Massachusetts, explored our waters in 1734 ; Richard Hazen 
made a survey of our coast in 1750 ; and William Brattle, John 
Winslow and James Otis came here in 1762, charged with the 
duty of ascertaining " Which is the true St. Croix ?" and as 
already stated, Sir Francis Bernard obtained a grant which in- 
cluded one island in 1765 ; but no account of a single person of 
the Saxon race is to be met with at either of these dates, as far as 
I can find ; and I conclude that the island was inhabited ior the 


Early Settlers of Eastport. 117 

first time after the French abandoned it, by fishermen from the 
fishing towns of Massachusetts, at the close of the revolution. 

At the commencement of the year 1784, the late Samuel Tuttle* 
Esq., and the late Capt. John Shackford, and five other persons, 
with families, whom they found here, comprised the whole popula- 
tion of the island. In 1789 the number of families had increased 
to twenty-two, perhaps to twenty-four. I have been able to ascer- 
tain these names, and the lots which they occupied, with some de- 
gree of accuracy, and as follows : Robert Bell, father of William 
Bell, Esq., of Trescott, on the land since Prince's and the salt 
works ; James Cochran, a native of Ireland, on the lot afterward 
owned by Capt. Wm. Billings and others, including Prince's cove ; 
Samuel Tuttle, a native of Lynn, Mass., on lot afterward owned 
by Capt. John H. McLarren and others ; John Shackford, born in 
Newburyport, Mass., on the lot between Shackford's cove and Key 
street ; Caleb Boynton, also born in Newburyport, on the lot be- 
tween Key street and the aqueduct wharf property; William 
Clark, a native of Ireland, on the lot north of Boynton's, and in- 
cluding Little's cove ; John McGune, a Scotchman at Todd's 
Head ; Joseph Clark, bom at Great Island, near Portsmouth, N. 
H., on the lot divided between his heirs, Joseph and William, and 
to Carpenter Homan and others ; William Gowdy, who also came 
from Great Island, on the lot occupied in part by heirs of William 
Harris and others, and including Gowdy's Point; Henry Bowen, 

on lot afterwards occupied by Alexander Capen and others ; 

Fenno, from Boston, on lot afterwards Samuel Stevens', Elijah 
Harrington's, and others ; William Ricker, an emigrant from Steu- 
ben, Maine, on lot afterwards N. Phinney's, Nickerson's, and oth- 
ers ; Stephen Fountain, a tory or loyalist, who came here from 
New Brunswick, on lot afterwards owned by Jeremiah Edmunds 
and others, including Holmes' Hill ; William Hammond, of Mar- 
blehead, a fisherman to the Grand Banks, on the lot afterwards 
Paul and Thomas Johnson's, Wm. Taylor's and others ; Paul 
Johnson, of Rowley, whose lot descended to his heirs; Derney, a 
native of Ireland, who soon after sold his lot to the late Moses 
Norwood senior, a fisherman from Cape Ann ; Joseph Beaman, a 
tory from New York, who lived on part of Fenno's lot ; Solomon 
Mabee, also a loyalist from New York, on lot near Fenno's ; Rich- 
ard Hall, a droll fellow who went by the name of " Crocker 
Hall ;" Samuel Coombs ; Alexander Hackett, a Scotchman, who 
lived at Bowen's Cove, and whose widow was long known as 
4 * Granny Hackett ;" and one Crow, a tory, who I suppose came 
from New York. 

Besides these persons, with families, several young unmarried 
men were residents of the island in 1789 ; but James Carter, an 
Englishman, who lived with Capt. Shackford, Nathaniel Goddard, 

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118 Inscription on a Monument; Capt. John Shackford. 

Esq., of Boston, and Capt. Jacob Lincoln,* our well known citi- 
zen, who is upward of eighty years of age, are all who are remem- 
bered by my informant. Few, married or single, designed to 
remain for life. Several were old fishermen ; all depended upon 
fishing for support ; and some had homes elsewhere, to which, 
after a short sojourn here with their wives and children, they in 
tended to return. But various circumstances combined to pro- 
long their stay from year to year, and the saying that " all who 
after landing drank first of the water from Paddy Clark's spring 
will live and die on Moose Island," owes its origin to the difficul- 
ties which they encountered whenever they designed to remove, 
since in pleasantry they attributed their continuance upon the 
island, half against their will, to a spell cast upon themselves, and 
all others who frequented and tasted of that spring. Whatever 
was the charm or power which controlled their destiny, most of 
them, though at times much discontented, never changed their 
abode ; and when in 1791, the island was surveyed by order 
of the General Court of Massachusetts, nearly all of them received 
grants of the lots which at first they occupied without title. 
Bell, Cochran*, Joseph and William Clark, Goudy Hacket, Ricker, 
Johnson, Hammond, Norwood, Boynton and Shackford, died in 
this town; McGuire at St. Andrews; Bowen at Perry, Beaman at 
Deer Island ; Mabee at Campobello, and Tuttle at St. Stephen. 
Fenno, Denny, Hall and Crow removed, and their fate is not known. 



"Margaret Nickels died April 26, 1817, aged 87. Daughter of Sam- 
uel Breck, of Boston, and Relict of William Nickels, of Narraguagus, 
who was lost at sea, as was his grandson, George W. Shaw, on Grand 
Menan Island, where they were buried, Dec. 18, 1785. This monument 
erected by Robert G. Shaw, of Boston, grandson to the deceased, 
through the agency of George Hobbs, Esquire." 


Went from Newbury, Mass. , to Passamaquoddy , (Lubec ?) 1768 ; 
settled on Moose Island, now Eastport, 1783. He was one of the 
first inhabitants there of which we have record. He died Dec. 25, 
1840, aged 87. 

• Capt. Jacob Lincoln, a native of Hingham, Mass., and the last survivor of the orig. 
anal settlers and grantees, died at Eastport, soon after these notes were written. 

W. H. K. 

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The original settlers in Bangor were squatters. The State 
owned the township, but in a compromise with the Waldo proprie- 
tors, gave actual settlers prior to Feb. 17, 1798, one hundred acres 
each, and the balance to the Waldo proprietors. In 1795 a peti- 
tion was sent to General Court, a copy of which I give : 

"To the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives in Gen- 
eral Court assembled. 

The petition of the inhabitants and of the settlers of the town of Bangor, 
in the County of Hancock, humbly sheweth that your petitioners are now 
residing on land in the aforesaid township, belonging to the Common- 
wealth, and that our improvements was actually taken up and settled on, 
before January, in the year of our Lord 1784, and that the interest of 
your petitioners depends on our improvement and possessions. Your 
petitioners humbly pray that one hundred acres of land may be granted 
to each of your petitioners, as is set forth in the following plan, surveyed 
and made by Mr. Elisha Warner, to which this is annexed. Your peti- 
tioners pray that a committee may be appointed, and where application^ 
may be made for deeds, by paying the moneys assigned for each 10Q 
acres of land, and as in duty bound will ever pray. Bangor, Nov. 23, 

Robert Treat, William Boyd, 

Robert Hichborn, Jr. Levi Carter, 

Silas Harthorn, Catharine Haynes, 

Nath. Harlow, John Smart, 

James Dunning, Jacob Dennet, 

Charles Low, John Dennet, 

Peter Burgess, Daniel Campbell, 

Jona. Lowder, Thomas Low Sen., 

William Holt, Simon Crosby, 

Wm. Hammond, Jr. Timothy Crosby, 

George X Fullmap, Elisha Mayhew. 


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120 The First Settlers in Bangor, and their Lots, 

Capt. William Hammond, of Newtown, Mass., who moved to 
Bangor in 1811, was appointed an agent by the town to present the 
petition to the General Court, and obtain the grants, but it was 
not until March 5, 1801, that a resolve was passed by the General 
Court, whereby all settlers or their legal representatives who 
settled before Jan. 1, 1784, were entitled to a deed of their re- 
spective lots of 100 acres each, by paying into the treasury of the 
Commonwealth $8.75 each. And all those who actually settled 
on their respective lots since Jan. 1, 1784, and before Feb. 17, 
1798, were entitled to a deed of their respective lots of 100 acres 
each by paying into the treasury 100 dollars. The resolve also 
directed the committee on public lands to cause all of said lots 
to be laid out by metes and bounds. Park Holland was appoint- 
ed to run out their lots, and return his plans to the Massachusetts 
land office the same year. Certificates* were issued to the set- 
tlers, or their heirs or assigns, and when their certificates were 
surrendered deeds were given. 

I give a schedule of these deeds, copied from Massachusetts rec- 
ords by Hon. C. A. Packard, Land Agent of Maine. This list 
shows nearly every actual settler prior to Feb. 17, 1798, and nearly 
where they located and lived, with few exceptions. The lots be- 
gan on Hampden line, and bounding on Penobscot river, run up to 
Orono line to No. 40 inclusive, and on west side of the Kendus- 
keag, beginning near the mouth, at No. 70, City Hall lot so called, 
and running up stream 111, 102, 71, to 78, 102, 106, 7 9, 46 to 
42, inclusive. On east side of Kenduskeag, lying near mouth, 
No. 68, and running up, bounding on the stream to 47 inclusive. 
The other lots are back from the Penobscot and the Kenduskeag 


1— Timothy Crosby, 

2 — Heirs of Simon* Crosby, 

3— Theodore Trafton, 

4 — Peter Burgess, 

5 — Bulklev Emerson, ass. of 

Wm. Hblt, 
6— Chas. and Thos. Low, 


To whom D 
was given 

Timothy Crosby, 

No. of To whom Certificate To whom Deed Date. 

Lot. was granted. was given. 

Bulkley Emerson, 
Chas and Thos. Low, 

Jan. 7, 1806. 

Jan. 16, 1806. 
Jan. 7, 1806. 

Jan. 5, 1805. 
Jan. 4, 1806. 

• These certificates were dug out of a waste paper closet in the Massachusetts State 
House, a few years since, by Albert W. Paine, esquire, of Bangor, and are now in the 
Maine Land Office. 

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The First Settlers in Bangor, and their Lots. 121 

No. of To whom Certificate 

To whom Deed 


Lot. was granted. 

was given. 

7— William Hammond, 

Same as assignee of Benj. Rol- 


Mar. 11, 1802. 

8 — Jacob Denett, 

Jacob Dennet, 

June 25, 1802. 

10 — Heirs of James Dunning, 
11— Robert Lapish and als, 

Heirs of James Dunning, 

Nov. 11, 1802, 

assignees of James Budge, 
12 — Catharine Haynes, adm. 

Lapish and als, 

Mar. 2, 1802* 

John Haynes, 

Catharine Haynes, 

Mar. 3, 1802. 

13 — William Boyd, assignee 

of Jacob Buswell, 

Wm. Boyd, 

Richard Pike, ass. of Kelsa, 

Jan. 4, 1800. 

14 — Heirs of John Kelsa, 

Sept. 29, 1803. 

15— Seth Noble, 

Seth Noble, 

Jan. 4, 1803. 

16— Thos. Howard, 

Thos. Howard, 

Aug. 1, 1803* 

17 — Robert Treat assignee of 

Wm. Tibbetts, 


Aug. 1,1803. 

18 — Robert Hichborn, Jr. 

Assignee to Nath. Mayhew, 

Feb. 15, 1803. 

19— Daniel and Richard Web- 


Daniel Webster, 

Jan. 5, 1806. 

20 — Robert Treat, assignee of 

Joseph Ross, 


Aug. 1, 1803. 

21 — Robert Treat, assignee 

of Carleton, 


Aug. 1, 1803. 

22 — James Dmmmond, as- 

signee of Ashbel Hathorn, 


Dec. 16, 1805. 

23— Abram Allen, 

Abram Allen, 

Feb. 6, 1805. 

24 — John Crosby, assignee of 

Ashbel Hathorn, or Tim- 

othy Blake, 

Timothy Blake, 

Sept. 25, 1806. 

25 — Robert Treat, assignee of 

Silas Hathorn, 


Jan. 14, 1806. 

26 — Robert Treat, assignee of 

Solomon Hathorn, 


Aug. 1, 1803. 

27 — Robert Treat, assignee 

of Joseph Page, 


Aug. 1, 1803. 

28— Robert Treat, assignee of 

Silas Hathorn, 


Aug. 1, 1803. 

29— Jona. Lowder, 


Jan. 22, 1805. 

30— Archibald McPheters, 


Feb. 6, 1805. 

31 — Robert Treat, assignee of 

Jedediah Preble, 


Aug. 1, 1803. 

32 — Robert Treat, assignee of 

Stewart and Webb, 


Aug. 1, 1803. 

33 — Robert Treat, assignee 

of Isaac Freeze, 


Aug. 1, 1B03. 

34 — Robert Treat, assignee of 

Abram Freese, 


Aug. 1, 1803. 

35 — Bulkley Emerson, ass. of 

John Freese, 


July 13, 1803. 

3 7 — Robert Treat, assignee of 

Dan Spencer, 


Mai-. 18, 1307. 

48 — Wm. Davis, assignee of 

Thos. Howard Jr. 


Jan. 2, 1804. 

49 — Wm. Davis, assignee of 

Daniel Maun, 


Jan. 2, 1804. 

50— Wm. Hasey, assignee of 

Robert Mann, 


Feb. 5, 1807. 

51 — Wm. Hasey. assignee of 

Pollard and Webber, 


1 Feb. 5, 1807. 

1 City Point lot. 

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122 The First Settlers in Bangor, and their Lots. 

No. of To whom Certificate 

Lot. was granted. 

52 — Robert Lapish, assignee 

of Amos Mann, 
53 — Robert Lapish, assignee 

of Wm. Davis, 
54 — Samuel Sherburn, 

61 — Joseph Potter. 
62 — Robert Lapish, 
63 — Wm. Hammond, 

66 — Widow and Heirs of Jos. 

67— John Smart, 
70 — Wm. Hammond, 

71— Heirs of James Dunning. 
72— Daniel Campbell, 
73— Daniel Campbell, 

74 — Wm. Hammond, 

75— Wm. Hammond, 

76— Wm. Hammond, 

79 — Robert Lapish, 

80 — Robert Lapish, 

83— Heirs of Thos.Ho ward, Jr 

86— Robert Lapish, 

87— Wm. Tibbetts and Robert 

88 — Fessenden and J. Bus- 
90— Wm. Boyd, assignee of 

Wm. Hase'y, 
96 — Daniel Neal, assignee of 

Wm. Holt. 
99— Wm. Forbes. 
107 — Ashbel Hathorn, 
108— David Harthorn. 
109 — Andrew Morse, assignee 

of Silas Hathorn. 
110— Joseph Treat, assignee 
of Ashbel Hathorn and 
Joseph Burley, 
111 — Amos Patten & 3 other 

112— No certificate, 
114 — Thos. and Chas. Low, 

To whom Deed 
was given. 



Sherburn. assignee of Thos. 

Howard Jr., 
Hammond, assignee of James 

May hew, 

Wm. Hasey, assignee, 


Wm. Hammond, assignee of 

Robert Hicbborn. 
Heirs of James Dunning, 
Daniel Campbell, 
Daniel Campbell, assignee of 

Thos. Campbell. 
Hammond, assignee of Geo. 

Hammond, assignee of Abner 

Hammond, assignee of Oliver 

Lapish, assignee of John 

Robert Lapish and John Smart 

assignees of Gusty Swan, 
Heirs of Thos. Howard Jr.. 
Lapish, ass. Eben McKeuzie, 

Tibbetts and Lapish, 

Fessenden and Bussell, 

Wm. Boyd, 

Daniel Neal, 

Forbes, ass. of Sol. Hathorn, 





Amos Patten and als., 

J no. Webster, 

Thos. and Chas. Low, 



Allen Gilman and als., 

9 — John Dennett, 
36— Robert Treat, assignee of 
Daniel Spencer, Jr. 


Mar. 3, 1802. 

Mar. 3, 1802. 

Mar. 3. 1802. 
Aug. 10, 1805. 
Mar. 3, 1802. 

Nov. 24, 1803. 

Dec. 28, 1805. 
Oct. 6, 1804. 

Mar. 11, 1802. 
Mar. 3. 1807. 
July 28, 1802. 

July 28, 1802. 

Nov. 24, 1803. 

Nov. 24. 1803. 

Mar. 11, 1802. 

Mar. 3, 1802. 

Mar. 3, 1802. 
Aug. 1. 1803. 
Mar. 3, 1802. 

Mar. 3, 1802. 

April 19, 1803. 

Jan. 4, 1806. 

April 7. 1802. 
July 28, 1806. 
Jan. 2, 1804. 
Jan. 2, 1804. 

Nov. 27, 1804. 

Dec. 16, 1805. 

Mar. 3, 1807, 

June 16, 1820. 

1 Sep. 22, 1803. 

17, 1798.1 

Jan. 17, 1805. 
Oct. 18, 1832. 

* History of Penobscot County, page 544, says Bussey. 

t Many of those taking up lots between tjiose dates were sons of settlers. 

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The First Settlers in Bangor, and their Lots. 


No. of To whom Certificate 

Lot. was granted. 

38— Timothy Crosby, 

39 — Robert Treat, assignee of 

Aaron Griffin. 
40 — Robert Treat, assignee of 

Jos. Iuman Jr. 
41 — Richard Webster, ass. of 

Dan. Spencer, Jr. 
42 — Gen. John Crosby. 
43 — Daniel Webster and Ard 

Godfrey,assignees of Geo. 

44 — Samuel Greenleaf , ass. of 

Geo. Fullman. 
45— Samuel Greenleaf, ass. of 

John McKenzie, 
46— James A. Gardner, as- 
signee of Kenith McKenzie, 
47— Aaron Griffin, 
55 — Wm. Lancaster, 
66 — Aaron Clark, 
57— Geo. Fullman, 

58 — Robert Lapish, 

59— Stinson Potter, 

60— Robert Lapish, 

64 — Robert Lapish, 

65 — Robert Lapish, 

68— Nath. Harlow, 
77— Wm. Hammond, 

78 — Amos aud Moses Patten, 
assignees of Daniel Budge, 
81 — Heirs of John Kelsa, 
82 — Heirs of James Boyd, 
84— E wing and Haynes, as- 
signees of Abram Allen, 
85 — Robert Lapish, 

89 — Robert Lapish, assignee 
of James Budge, 

91 — Daniel Webster, assignee 
of David Hathorn, 

92 — Jonathan Morse, ass. of 
Ash bel Hathorn, 

93— Prob. Patrick Campbell, 

94— Patrick Campbell, 

95— James Drummond, as- 
signee of Samuel Bailey, 

97— John Harlow, 

98 — James Drummond, as- 
signee of Francis Lovett, 
100 — Joseph Treat, assignee of 
Philip Lovejoy, 

To whom Deed 
was given. 

Timothy Grosby, 


Josiah and Silas McPheters, 


Webster and Godfrey, 
Moses Hodsdon Jr., assignee, 
Moses Hodsdon Jr. , assignee, 

Kenith McKenzie, 

John Rowell, assignee, 

Wm. Lancaster, 

Aaron Clark, 

Staunton and Spellman, as- 
signees of Jos. Clark Jr. 
and Geo. Fullman, settled 
by Jos. Clark, 

Lapish, assignee of Geo. Full- 


R. Lapish, assignee of Joseph 

R. Lapish, assignee of Wm. 

R. Lapish, assignee of Dennett 

and others, 
Hammond, assignee of Crowel 



Heirs of John Kelsa, 

Heirs of James Boyd, 

Abram Allen, 

Staunton and Spellman, as- 

R. Lapish, 

D. Webster, 

Thos. Cobb, assignee, 
Allen Gilman, 

J. Drummond, 
J. Harlow, 




Jan. 18, 1806, 

Mar. 18, 1807. 

Dec. 26, 1832. 

Mar. 3, 1807. 
Jan. 18, 1806. 

Oct. 26, 1804. 

Mar. 30, 1803. 

.Mar. 30, 1803. 

Nov. 24, 1806. 
Oct. 6, 1806. 
Jan. 23, 1806. 
Mar. 3, 1807. 

Mar. 25. 1813. 

Jan. 10, 1804. 
Feb. 16-, 1807. 

Jan. 10, 1804. 

Jan. 10, 1804. 

Jan. 10, 1804. 
Jan. 13, 1806. 

Jan. 22, 1807. 

June 25, 1802. 
Jan. 4, 1806. 
Apr. 29, 1806. 

Jan. 26, 1805. 

Mar. 25, 1813. 

Aug. 13, 1802. 

Jan. 14, 1806. 

Jan. 28, 1806. 
Dec. 18, 1830. 
Feb. 11, 1807. 

July 23, 1805. 
July 4, 1806. 

Dec. 16, 1805. 

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124 Hon. William D. Williamson, of Bangor, Me. 

No. of 

To whom Certificate 
was granted. 

101— Robert Treat, assignee of 

Allen McLaughlin, 
102r-Amos Patten and others, 
103— Bulkley Emerson, 
104— Robert Treat, 
105— Jona. Lowder, am 

Solomon Hathorn, 
106— William Hammond, 

113— John Hutching Jr., 


To whom Deed 
was given. 

Ebenezer Webster, 
Amos Patten and others, 
B. Emerson, 
Jos. Treat and als. 

Solomon Hathorn, 
Hammond, assignee of Chas. 

John Hutchins, 


Jane 29, 1824. 
Mar. 2, 1806. 
Jan. 5, 1805. 
July 15, 1824. 

Jan. 22, 1805. 

July 28, 1802. 
Feb. 26, 1807. 


William D. Williamson was the son of George* and Mary Wil- 
liamson, born in Canterbury, Conn., July 31, 1779. He entered 
Amherst College, but from some cause left and went to Brown Uni- 
versity, where he graduated with the highest honors, 1804* He 
studied law with the Hon* SamuelF. Dickinson, of Amherst, Mass., 
Hon. Samuel Thatcher, of Warren, Me., and Jacob McGaw Esqtrire, 
of Bangor. Was admitted to the Bar at Castine, Nov., 1807, and 
settled in the practice of his profession at Bangor. In 1808 he was 
appointed by Gov. Sullivan attorney for Hancock County, and 
reappointed by Gov. Gerry, in 1811, and held the office until 
Penobscot County was organized in 1816. In politics he was a 
Democrat, of the school of that day, and as such was elected Sen- 
ator to the General Court of Mass., 1817, 1818, 1819. In 1820 
Maine became a State, and he was elected Senator from Penobscot 
County, and by resignation of John Chandler, he was elected Pres- 
ident of the Senate, and became acting Governor. He was post- 
master of Bangor from 1809 to 1821. In 1821 he was elected 
Representative to Congress, where he served one term* He was 
Judge of Probate from 1824 to 1840, and Bank Commissioner from 
1834 to 1839. He was an original member of the Maine Histori- 
cal Society, and a member of many other learned societies. He 
took much interest in every thing which promoted the interest of 
his adopted town. His greatest work, and the one by which he 

* George Williamson died in Bangor, October, 1822. His wife Mary was admitted to 
the firnt church in Bangor, by letter from the church in Woodstock. Tt., May 26s 1822* 
She died Jan. 27, 1832. ^ T 

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Hon. William D+ WUliamaon, of Bangor, Ms. 125 

will be longest remembered, is his History of Maine, in two large 
volumes, began in 1816 and finished in 1832. It is a work con- 
taining an immense amount of labor and research. His acquaint- 
ance was large, and his facilities and opportunities large, and much 
that he has recorded would have been lost to the history of Maine, 
had he not so faithfully entered the field as a gleaner. 

He was one of the original members of the first Congregational 
Church in Bangor, which was organized Nov. 27, 1811* Admitted 
by letter from the church in Amherst, Mass. He died in Bangor, 
May 27, 1846, aged 66. At the ensuing term of court, Hon. 
Samuel H. Blake presented resolutions, which said that "in all 
the relations of society, in all the places of honor and trust, in 
public or private life, which he ever held, he discharged the du- 
ties incumbent on him with integrity and fidelity." 

He married firsts at Amherst, Mass., June 10, 1806, Miss 
Jemima Montague, daughter of Josiah Rice Esquire, of Montague, 
Mass. She was admitted to the First Church in Bangor by profes- 
sion, Nov. 22, 1815, and died June 22, (23) 1822. He married 
second, Susan E., daughter of Judge Phineas White, of Putney, 
Vt., June 3, 1823. She was admitted to the first church in Ban- 
gor by letter from the church in Putney, Vt,, July 20, 1823, 
She died Mar. 9, 1824, aged 21. He married third, Mrs. Clarissa 
E. Wiggin, daughter of Edward Emerson, of York, Jan. 27, 
1825. She was admitted to first church in Bangor by letter from 
the church in Old York, Nov. 21, 1825, She died Oct. 18, 1881. 
Children, all by first wife, were : — 

i. Caroline J., b. June 5, 1809; m. Nath. Haynes, Esq. Aug. 28, 1828, 

and second, John Chapman, Nov., 1340. 
ii, Harriet Hannah, b. July 24, 1811 ; m. Paul R. Hazeltine, of Belfast, 

July 10, 1838*, she died Dec. 11, 1884. 
iii. William Foster, b. Sept. 19, 1814; died Sept. 6, 1832. He was a 

student in Bowdoin college. 
tv. Mart C, b. Feb. Ii, 1819; m. Richard W. Shapleigh, of Boston, 

June 15, 1842, and second Livingston Livingston, Esquire, of New 

York, I860* 
v. Frances Augusta, b, June 8, 1821 ; nu Mayo Hazeltine, of Boston, 

July 8, 1841 ; she died March 31st, 1847. 

Published in Bangor, Oct. 10, 1828, Tappan Robie, of Gorham, 
(father of Gov. Robie,) and Mrs. Eliza Cross. 

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126 John 2 Parker, of Parker's Island, Kennebec. 



I am not a descendant of the John Parker* referred to in the 
deposition of John Phillips, f published in your October number, 
nor am I writing a genealogy of that particular Parker family. I 
am preparing a genealogy of the Drummond family which settled 
in Georgetown, in 1729, from which the "Bangor Drummonds" 
are descended. Some of these are descended from Parkers who 
intermarried with the Drummonds, but those Parkers were not 
descended from the John mentioned in the deposition, but prob- 
ably were descended from the father of John, through his brother 

The original John Parker, for whom Parker's Island was named, 
was the father of the John mentioned in the deposition. Finding 
that no genealogy of the father has ever been published, I have 
collected a quantity of materials to trace his genealogy far enough 
to connect him with the Parkers who intermarried with the Drum- 
monds. I find it a difficult matter, and have not yet accomplished 
my purpose. It was easy to trace the children of the sons through 
the Eegistry of Deeds, but I found a gap of two generations to 
connect them with my Parkers. I have recently traced one gener- 
ation through the unpublished records of Boston, and I think I 
have the other generation, but am not yet able to establish it. 

There is little doubt that Phillips was in error in giving the 
John Parker of whom he speaks the three daughters — Sarah, 
Hannah, and Margaret. The writer of the article in the New 
England Historical Eegister, Vol. 6, pp. 375 and 376, in relation 
to the Parkers, has made a similar error. There were two John 
Parkers, after the death of the original John, and both Phillips 
and the writer referred to, have confounded them. It is not strange 
that Phillips should do so, as his deposition was given in 1748, 
some eighty years after the time of which he speaks. It is quite 
well settled from statements in ancient deeds, that the original 

• See Note, vol. 4, page 63. 

t See Deposition, vol. 4, page 63. 

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John 2 Parker, of Parker's Island, Kennebec. 127 

John Parker, and Mary his wife, came from Biddeford in England. 
They were at Saco in 1636, but soon after moved to Georgetown. 
They had three children — Thomas 2 , Mary 2 , and John 2 , — the latter 
said to have been born in Saco. John 1 purchased Parker's Island 
of the Indians, in 1650. It has been supposed that he also had 
one hundred acres on Arrowsic Island, for John Kichards when he 
sold that Island, August 5, 1654, excepts "one hundred acres for- 
merly sold to John Parker,* upon which he hath erected a dwelling 
house and other buildings." But this is an erroneous supposition, 
for John Parker of Kennebec, seaman, conveyed to Clarke and 
Lake his house on Richard's (Arrowsic) Island, by deed dated 
August 30, 1657, but acknowledged June 17, 1667, and recorded 
in Suffolk Registry of Deeds, September 10, 1667 ; and John 1 
Parker was a fisherman, and had been dead at least six years when 
that deed was acknowledged. The precise date of the death of 
John 1 is not known ; but it was before July, 1661, as on June 28, 
1661, his widow Mary conveys some of his real estate to their son 
Thomas. In some of the old deeds it is stated that he bequeathed 
by will all his property to his widow. I can find no evidence of 
any written will ; but there was some direction, oral or written, 
which prevented his oldest son from having a double share in his 
estate, according to the law then existing, (as recently shown by 
William M. Sargent, Esq.) 

I have not as yet traced the family of Thomas 2 , but hope to do 
so at an early day. Mary 2 married Thomas Webber, and Mr. 
Sargent informs me that he has fully traced their family, consist- 
ing of five sons and one daughter. J^hn 2 married in Boston, Aug. 
20, 1660, Mary, daughter of Daniel Fairfield, according to the 
Boston records. They had two children born in Boston, viz : 
Mary 3 , born May 20, 1661, and Elizabeth 3 , born August 14, 1663. 
They also had James 3 and Daniel 3 , probably born in Georgetown ; 
the former about 1665, and the latter in 1667. Mary 3 died in 
infancy; Elizabeth 3 , in 1700, administered on her father's estate, 
being then single, and the descent of the property shows that she 
died leaving no children. James 3 was killed with his father at 
the capture of Fort Loyal, leaving no children. John 2 is said to 

•I think this John Parker may have been son of James 1 Parker, of Dorchester, Wey- 
mouth, Mass., or Portsmouth, N. H., for reasons to be hereafter given. Editor. 

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128 John* Parker, of Parker's Island, Kennebec. 

have purchased of the Indians the territory which comprises the 
present town of Phipsburg, and part of West Bath. Other parties 
claimed it under other titles, and on July 15, 1684, Richard Whar- 
ton confirmed to him a part or all the land by a deed in which it 
is recited that "the said John Parker hath for upwards of twenty- 
six years been possessed thereof, and was the first of the English 
nation that began to subdue the said tract." He was more than 
once driven off by the Indians, and in 1676 was "relieved" by the 
Selectmen of Charlestown. He was there with a part of his fam- 
ily, and propably the whole, Oct, 21, 1689. He and his sou 
James returned to Georgetown and again fled on account of the 
Indians to Falmouth, where they were both killed at the capture 
of Fort Loyal, June 1, 1690, N. S. John T. Hull* has recently so 
fully told the story of the capture and their death, that I need only 
refer to his account, just published. 

Daniel 8 , the only surviving son of John 8 , moved to Charles- 
town, and married Anna Errington, before his father's death. 
He died there Oct. 16, 1694, at the age of twenty-seven. His 
children were : 

U Anna, b. Nov. 4, 1687 ; in. Robert Ingols. 
ii. John, bap. Feb'y 23, 1691, N. S* 
iii. Isaac, bap. Dec. 4, 1692. 

Before tracing the children of Daniel 8 , I will give my reasons 
for saying that the three daughters which Phillips gives to John 2 , 
were the children of another John Parker. The writer in the 

Genealogical Register says John 2 married Margaret>- , 

and had James 8 , Daniel 8 , and four daughters. He ignores the 
marriage with Mary Fairfield. John 2 Parker and Thomas Web- 
ber, on September 17, 1G64, "with the consent of our mother, 
brother and sister," conveyed land on Parker's Island to Thomas 
Onion. The deed is signed by John Parker, Thomas Webber, 
"Mary Parker, the elder," (widow of John) > Mary Webber and 
Mary Parker, wife of John. Without further specifying, it is 
sufficient to say that there are several deeds of the real estate left 
by John 1 Parker, executed by his son John, whose wife Mary 
executes the deed with him. 

On the other hand, "John Parker of Sagadahoc, fisherman," 

• In "The Siege and Capture of Fort Loyal," Ac., pages 81, J^ ed , 

John 2 Parker, of Parkers Island, Kennebec. 129 

by deed dated December 17, 1661, with consent of his wife, Mar- 
garet, conveyed land on west side of the Sagadahoc river to John 
Verrin- There are other similar deeds, but I will only mention 
two. In June, 1661, and in November, 1684, John Parker, with 
the consent of his wife Margaret, by deed of those dates, conveys 
land on Kennebec river to Silvanus Davis. We thus find that 
during a period of over twenty years, John Parker and his wife 
Mary were conveying land descended from John 1 Parker, and dur- 
ing the same time John Parker and his wife Margaret were con- 
veying land on the west side of Sagadahoc river. 

Phillips, in his deposition, says that " Sarah married one John 
Baker." Now John Parker and his wife Margaret, by deed dated 
January, 1684, (York Registry, Book 14, p. 37,) signed by both, 
"in consideration of love for our daughter Sarah, wife of William 
Baker, of Kennebec, house carpenter," conveyed to her "as a 
marriage portion," land bounded southerly by land of Silvanus 
Davis. As the deeds of the property of John 2 , after his death, 
assume that the children of his son Daniel were his only heirs, I 
am satisfied that Sarah, Hannah and Margaret, mentioned by 
Phillips, were the daughters of John and Margaret Parker, and, 
on the strength of the deed last mentioned, that the Sarah who 
married William Baker was the one Phillips had in mind. 

It occurs to me that possibly historians have confounded the 
two John Parkers, and that the John Parker who bought Phips- 
burg of the Indians, was not John 2 Parker, as has been assumed, 
but John Parker, "the fisherman," husband of Margaret. His 
conveying so much land on the west side of the river, apparently 
within the limits of that purchase, I have not yet been able to 
explain to my own satisfaction. This joining of his wife in his 
deeds in the manner in which he does, suggests the inquiry 
whether she did not own the lands, or claim to own them, by 
descent. The origin of their title is well worth investigation, 
especially as the failure of historians to notice that there were, 
from 1657 to 1690, two John Parkers in Georgetown, conveying 
real estate, has led them into errors, but how many or how exten- 
sive is unknown* 

In passing, I note an error in "Charlestown Estates aDd Gene- 
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130 John 2 Parker, of Parke? 8 Island, Kennebec. 

alogies," in which it is said that John 2 " married Anne — ', 

who survived him. Issue, i, Daniel; ii, Elizabeth; adm. on J. 
P., of Falmouth, to dau. Elizabeth Parker, Nov. 14, 1700." It 
is possible that Mary, wife of John 2 , died in his lifetime, and 

that he married Ann * ; but it is certain that Daniel and 

Elizabeth were the issue of John and Mary, and I believe that the 
Mary Parker who died May 2, 1697, was the widow of John 2 . 

Returning to the descendants of John 3 , Anna 4 Ingolls conveyed, 
July 1, 1719, by quit-claim deed to Isaac Parker, land between 
Cook's high head and Winnegance Creek, " which were formerly 
the lands of John Parker, late of Kennebec, deceased, and arrived 
to me, said Anna Ingolls, by inheritance." 

Some authorities say that John 4 died young; but in the 
"Charlestown Estates and Genealogies," it is said that he married 
Mary Cutler, January 12, 1714, and had Hannah, who married 
William Sweetser and had Stephen, born Dec. 22, 1727. I doubt 
if this was John 4 . Isaac 4 married Grace Hall, May 24, 1715, 
and died November 7, 1742, leaving a large family : 

i. Grace, b. June 21, 1716; m. Zachariah Symmes. 

ii. Anne, bap. Aug. 10, 1718; d. June 21, 1719. 

iii. Isaac, b. Feb'y 29, 1720. 

iv. John, b. Sept. 24, 1721 ; d. Sept. 24, 1723. 

v. Anne, b. Aug. 24, 1723; d. Mar. 31, 1745. 

vi. John, b, July 18, 1725. 

vit. Daniel, b. Nov. 20. 1726. 

viii.MARY, b. Aug. 25, 1728; d. Aug. 18, 1733. 

ix. Sarah, b. Nov. 23, 1730; m. Thomas Austin. 

x. Mary, b. Nov. 5, 1733; m. John Welch. 

xi. Stephen, b. Jan'y 10, 1739; d. Mar. 19, 1739. 

Isaac 6 married, but died young, leaving one daughter. John 5 
married Abigail Center, and died at the age of forty, leaving a 
widow and large family of children. Daniel 5 married Margaret 
Jarvis and had : 

i. Daniel, an officer in the Revolution. 

ii. Mary, m. Conant. 

iii. Elias, d. young. 

iv. Margaret, ra. Abraham Eustis, father of Gen. Eustis. 

v. Isaac, } 

vi. John, J- probably all died young. 

vii. Stephen, J 

viii. Sarah, never married. 

ix. Edward, lived and died in New York. 

x. Isaac, b. June 17, 1768. 

xi. John, died in New York. 

xii. Jacob, died at age of seventeen. 

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Col. John Brewer, of Brewer, and Family. 131 

Isaac 6 graduated at Harvard College in 1786 ; studied law and 
was admitted to the bar in 1789, when he moved to Castine,, 
being the first lawyer who settled in Maine east of Wiscasset. 
He took a high position in his profession and in the confidence of 
the people. In 1791, 1793, 1794 and 1795, he represented his 
town in the Legislature. He was elected to Congress in 1796, to 
succeed Gen. Dearborn, serving one term. He declined a re- 
election, and in 1799, he was appointed United States Marshal 
for Maine, and at once moved to Portland, continuing his practice 
notwithstanding the office he held. In 1803, he was removed 
from office, and then devoted himself exclusively to his profession, 
until January, 1806, when he was appointed Judge of the Supreme 
Court. On the death of Chief Justice Sewall, in 1814, he was 
appointed Chief Justice, and held the office till his death in 1830. 
In the latter part of his life, he moved to Massachusetts, where 
his family settled. I take the condensed account of Chief Justice 
Parker from Willis, because while he was not a native of Maine 
and none of his descendants, so far as I know, live in Maine, he 
had such a part in the history of the State that our people should 
be reminded of it. 

I hope that my claim, that there are errors in the accounts of 
the Parkers heretofore published, will lead others to examine the* 
matter, as I propose to do myself, if I can spare the time. 


John 6 Brewer was the son of Josiah 4 and Hannah (Woolson) 
Brewer, of Weston, Mass.,* where he was born May 26 or 27, 
1743. Soon after his marriage, in 1769, he moved to Worcester, 
Mass., where he lived until he removed to "Penobscot River,"f 
now Brewer Village. He died July 31, 1825, aged 83. (Head- 
stone, Brewer cemetery.) His will of July 2, 1825, proved Sept. 
27, 1825, appoints son-in-law Allen Gilman, executor; gives to 
wife Abigail use of J of his estate. Son Josiah had received his, 

* History of Watertown, Mass., page 92. 
t Ante, vol. I, pages 17 to 20. 

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132 Col. John Brewer, of Brewer, and Family. 

proportion. To daughter Eleanor, wife of Allen Oilman, 1-5 ; to 
daughter Lavinia, wife of Bradshaw Hall, 1-5 ; Louisa Howes, 
Martha, Otis A., John, Margaret, Frances Feraald, Elizabeth L., 
and Julia Ann, children of my late son Francis, 1-10 ; to Belinda 
B., Almeda, Albert, Jerome and Ellen, children of my late son 
Cyrus Brewer, 1-5 ; to John, Leonard, and Margaret, children of 
my late daughter Elizabeth Rogers, 1-10 ; to Martha B., William, 
and Sarah, children of my deceased daughter Martha Holyoke, 1-5. 
He and his first wife were original members of the first church 
in Brewer. He married first at Weston, Mass., Martha, daughter 
of Ezra Graves, of Sudbury, Mass*, June 1, 1769. Born May 
19, 1745. She was the mother of all his children. She died 
July 15, 1808, aged 64. He married second, widow Buth Pres- 
cott, of Augusta; published in Brewer, Aug. 3, 1810. He mar- 
ried third, Mrs* Abigail White, of Bucksport, July 13, 1819. 
Children were; 

i. Josiah, born Worcester, May 11, 1770; mar. Anna, dau* of Gapt. 
James ttinn; pub. Mar. .16, 1793. Children, born in Orrington, 
{Brewer,) were; 

1. David, b. Oct. 22, 1793; mar. Tamosin Greenleaf, 1823, He 
died April 30, 1829. 

2. Anna, b. Jane 7, 1795 ; mar. Wm. Rider, of Brewer, 1814. She 
died Mar. 1, 1849; he died in Holden, Dec. 19, 1867. aged 81. 

.3. Susan, b. Nov. 17, 1797; mar. Stillman Kent, July 2. 
4. Melinda, b. April 18, 1800; died 1817. 

£. David, b. Mar. 10, 1802; mar. Mary Daltoa. His widow died 
at Norwood, Mass., Apr. 29, 1884, aged 80 years 4 mo. 

6. Betsey, b. Feb. 10, 1804; mar. John F. Chambers, 1822. 

7. George, b. June 10, 1806; died Aug. 3, 1808. 

8. Lucretia, b. Feb. 8, 1869; mar. Alfred S. Phillips, 1833. 

9. George, b. Mar. 20, 1811 ; mar. Rachel H. Crane, 1835. He 
died 1840, aged 29. 

10. Charlotte, b. Oct. 7, 1813 ; married first Keyea, second Rob- 
inson, third Blanchard. 

ii. Betsey, born Worcester, Oct. 1, 1772 ; m. John Rogers, of Brewer, 
Jan. 15, 1792. She died July 30, 1803, aged 30 years. 

iiL Eleanor, born Worcester. Aug. 5, 1774; married Hon. Allen Gil man* 
of Bangor, Oct. 20, 1806, his second wife. He was the first Mayor 
of Bangor* He died April 7. 1846. Their children were; Charles, 
b. 1S07; Joseph, 1809; Samuel Allen, 1811; Wm. Abbott, 1813; 
Elizabeth, 1815; Henry, 1817; and Emeline Hunt, 1820. 

iv. Francis, born Worcester, April 15, 1776. Lived in Brewer; married 
Peggy, daughter of John Lewis, of Buckstown. Wife died June 21, 
1815, aged 40. He died April 11, 1822. Children were : 

1. Eleanor, b. April 11, 1800; died 1820. 

2. Louisa, b. Jan. 26, 1802 ; married Howes* 

3. Patty, b. Feb. 7, 1804 ; Died 

4. Patty, b- Feb. 11, 1806; died June 12, 1835- 

5. Otis Augustus, b. Oct. 19, 1808. 

6. John Lewis, b. Feb, 13, 1811 ; mar. Mary G. Howes, 183L 

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7. Peggy, b. Mar. 18, 1813, and died July 17, 1815. 

8. Peggy, b, May 22, 1815. 

9. Francis F.. b. Mar. 9, 1818. 

10. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 17, 1819. 

11. Julia Ann, b. Dec. 17, 1820. 

v. Lavinia, b. Worcester, Nov. 23, 1778 ; married Ebenezer Tyler, of 
Hampden; pub. Sept. 8. 1799. In the Brewer cemetery is a 
headstone on which is the following inscription : u Ebenezer Ty- 
ler, son of Col. Ebenezer Tyler, of Attleboro, Mass., was unfor- 
tunately drowned in the Peuobscot river, May 13, 1800, at 25 years 
of age." They had one child, Lucinda Tyler, born Brewer, June 
4, 1800, who married Elijah Webster, of Bangor and Orono, 1818. 
She died Orono, July 20, 1871. Mr. Webster died there June 28, 

The widow Lavinia Tyler married second Bradshaw Hall,* Esq., 
of Castine, in 1818, for many years register of deeds of Hancock 
County. After the death of Mr. Hall, his widow went to live 
with her daughter at Orono, where she died. The children of 
Bradshaw ana Lavinia Hall were Martha Brewer Hall, born Oct. 
10, 1820, and Margaret Ware Hall, born May 10, 1822. 

vi. Cyrus, born East Sudbury, April 15, 1781 ; died April 18. 

vii. Cyrus, born East Sudbury, July, 1782. Lived in Brewer ; married 
Belinda Bretton, of Raynhain. Mass.; pub. in Orrington, Sept. 1, 
1810. He died Feb. 22, 1825; his widow died Feb. 15, 1864, aged 
75 years, 6 m os. and 22 days. (Headstone.) Children were : Be- 
linda B.. b. Sept. 9, 1811 ; Almeda L., born Julv 20, 1813 ; married 
Geo. B. Brastow, 1834; Cyrus, b. April 24, 1815 ; Wealthy E., b. 
Aug. 29, 1817; Galen J., born Dec. 28, 1819. 

viii. Martha, born New Worcester Plantation, (Orrington), now Brewer 
Village, Dec. 3, 1785, and died Dec. 14. 

ix. Martha, born Orrington, now Brewer Village, May 6, 1789; married 
Capt. Jacob Holyoke,t 1809. She died Oct., 1818. 



Contributed by Joseph Williamson, Esq., of Belfast. 

Jonathan Buck emigrated from Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1764, 
and with a few others, commenced the first settlement at the village, 
and within the town, which has since received, out of respect to him, 
the corporate name of Bucksport. Only a saw-mill and a few houses 
were built that year, and the growth of the plantation was slow. Mr. 
Buck was a zealous whig, and after Mowatt dismantled Fort Pownall, 
in 1775, the men of his settlement, and of the townsh'p below, now Or- 
land, formed themselves into a military company and elected him their 
commander. They then sent a memorial to the Provincial Congress, 
stating their destitution of provisions, fire-arms, and ammunition, and 
their inability to procure them, or to continue their coasting trade, 
through fear of the enemy. Captain Buck, having public confidence, 

•Mr. Hall married first, Miss Mary Ann Jarvis, Sept. 25, 1806. She died Castine, 
Aug. 23, 1816, aged 28. 
t Ante, No. II, page 29. 

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134 Col. John Brewer, of Brewer. 

as well as popular esteem, was appointed the trustee and almoner of 
donations, if such were made, and also the Provincial agent to take 
from Goldthwait, the keeper of Fort Pownall, the keys, the arms, and 
whatever else Mowatt had left. All this served to render him an ob- 
ject of hatred to the enemy, and in 1779, after the defeat of the Penob- 
scot Expedition, they burned his house, and otherwise ill treated him, 
so that he returned to Massachusetts, and remained until the termin- 
ation of hostilities. The plantation was revived in 1784; and the next 
year, under a warrant issued to him by order of the General Court, 
Belfast was reorganized, and the municipal rights of the inhabitants 
were resumed. After an administration under the Provincial charter 
took effect in 1775, Captain Buck received a commission as Justice of 
the Peace at "Penobscot," and it is believed he was the first magistrate 
appointed on the waters of that river or bay. He was also colonel ot 
the fifth militia regiment of Lincoln County, Nicholas Holt being his 
lieutenant-colonel, and William Eaton and Jonathan Buck Jr., his first 
and second majors. Under the old charter, the governor of Massachu- 
setts appointed all military officers above the rank of sergeant. In a 
new organization of the militia, he resigned his command, and was suc- 
ceeded by Col. Brewer. Col. Buck was born in Woburn, Feb. 20, 
1 719, and died in Bucksport, March 18, 1795. He was a man of 
strong mind, of retentive memory, and of steadfast purpose. In 
person he was well proportioned, not large ; his complexion was 
dark ; his countenance sedate and expressive of sense, and his manners 
commanding. He was distinguished for his piety, and much respected 
for the excellent qualities that give character to the righteous man. 



Contributed by Joseph Williamson Esq., of Belfast. 

John Brewer was the first settler in the township subsequently incor- 
porated by his name, in compliment to him. In the summer of 1770, 
he commenced building a saw-mill there at the mouth of Segeunkedunk 
river, three miles below Bangor, on the easterly side of the Penobscot. 
He was from Worcester, Massachusetts, and consequently the planta- 
tion was at first called New Worcester. Through fears of a war with 
the mother country, its growth was retarded, and after the destruction 
of the American fleet in the Penobscot by the British, in 1779, and the 
occupation of Bigyduce, (Castine Neck,) the enemy became so menac- 
ing and insolent, that Mr. Brewer, a decided whig, found it indispensa- 
ble to his safety to retire with his family and effects to his former abode. 
Upon the declaration of peace, however, he returned to his eastern 
habitation, and re-commenced improvements. In 1783, he was ap- 

* Ante, No. II, page 17. 

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Marriages in Orrington^ Maine. 135 

pointed a deputy sheriff, being the first person who held that office on 
the Penobscot waters. He commanded the first military company in 
the plantation, and upon the organization of the militia in 1785, he was 
elected Colonel of the first regiment in the second brigade of the eighth 
division. His lieutenant colonel was Benjamin Shute, of Prospect. 
Robert Treat, of Bangor, was major. That year, all the lots in the 
township which bounded upon the river, were conveyed to him and 
Simon Fowler, in trust for others. Upon the establishment of a post- 
office, in i8co, he was the first post-master. He had several children, 
Josiah, his oldest son, was several years a deputy sheriff, and crier of 
the courts. Cyrus was a trader, and often town clerk, and two others 
were farmers of fair mind, and less distinguished. Of the colonel's 
daughters, Eleanor, the oldest, and a very excellent woman, married 
Hon. Allen Gilman, the first mayor of Bangor ; and another daughter 
married for her second husband, Bradshaw Hall, register of deeds of 
Hancock county. 

Col. Brewer was a man whose stature was of usual height, straight, 
and well formed. His countenance was sedate rather than brilliant, 
and his mind well-balanced and sound, rather than aspiring. I knew 
him for many years before his death, which occurred in I826, at the 
age of 74- It was manifest, that as a citizen, he aimed to do good, and 
as a professing Christian, to deal justly, to love mercy, and to walk 
humbly before God. 



[Continued from No. 7, page 112, with additions and corrections.] 

1792. April 26, John Rider and Catherine Dennett. 

1793. Jan. 15, Thos. Campbell, Jr., and Subara Knapp ; pub. Dec. 

21, 1792. 
1795. Sept. 6, Edward Smith, Jr., and Hannah Dean. 

1794. Oct. 13, Joseph Rooks and widow Tabitha Sangster. 

1795. May 27, Thaddeus Adams and Peggy Orcutt, pub. May 12. 
Aug. 19, Robert Campbell and Betsey Knapp ; pub. Aug. 8. 

1796. May 24, Chas. Burr and Polly Holyoke, pub. April 30. 

Aug. 4, Wm. Hammond and Susannah Campbell ; pub. July 2. 
Oct. 31, Wm. Reed, of Colburn PI., and Jane Orcutt; pub. 

Sept. 1. 
Nov. 1, Lot Rider and Hepsibah Skinner; pub. Sept. 2. 
Nov. 17, Wm. Eddy and Rachel Knapp; pub. Oct. 22. 
Nov. 17, Jesse Rogers and Hannah Freeman; pub. Nov. 5. 

1798. Aug. 24, Samuel Veazie and Judith Wentworth. 

Dec. 25, Gideon Horton and Temperance Kinney. 

1799. Nathan Hopkins and Deborah Atwood. 

1800. Nov. 27, John Holyoke and Miriam Tibbets. 

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136 The Town of Columbia Falls. 

1804. Nov. 22, Joseph Snow and Rebecca Paine. 

1805. Dec. 5, John Smith and Peggy Campbejl. 
Mar. 10, Allen Hodges and Abigail Brooks. 
Jan. 5, Jesse Atwood and Lovina Nickerson. 
April 29, Phineas Downs and Dorcas Gould. 

Nov. 2, Amariah Rogers and Elizabeth Wentworth. 
Mar. 4, Edward Smith and widow Katy Wooderson. 
Sept. 12, Reuben Severance and Sally Severance. 
Sept. 20. Samuel Severance and Hannah Godfrey. 
1807. May 27, Ben Winchester and Ruth Leavens. 
Mar. 5, Ben. Snow Jr. and Nancy Burrill. 


Contributed by Samuel Bucknaui, Esquire. 

The town of Columbia Falls was originally township No. 13, 
which, with township No. 12, was incorporated into the town of 
Columbia in 1796. In 1863 Columbia Falls was set off and in- 
corporated under its present name. The first settlers were Wil- 
liam and Noah Mitchell, who came here from Falmouth* (now 
Portland) or its vicinity, about 1750. William Mitchell built the 
first frame house which stood on the site of the present village. 
The Mitchells left here probably about 1788, as I find a deed of 
that date from Mr. Mitchell of his house and land. About 1765 
Capt. John Bucknam, from North Yarmouth, settled here and built 
mills and commenced lumbering. In 1773 he married Mary, daugh- 
ter of Joseph Wilson. He died in 1792, aged 46 years, leaving a 
family of seven sons and two daughters. He was one of the orig- 
inal board of trustees of Washington Academy, at East Machias. 
About the same date Joseph Wilson, f from Kittery, came here 
with his family, and settled and built mills, and commenced manu- 
facturing lumber. The Wilson family settled in Kittery as early 
as 1652, as shown by the records of that town. They were of 

* Probably North Yarmouth. Editor. 

fHe was of the same family of the following: "John Dennet, John Fern aid, and 
Joseph Weeks, referees between Hannah Wilson, relict, widow of Joseph Wilson, of 
Kittery, deceased, nnd Joseph Wilson, William Wilson, Gowen Wilson, John Wilson. 
Joseph Billings and wife Hannah, Elihu Parsons and wife Ruth, John Weston and 
wife Rebecca, John Bennet and wife Mary, Deborah Wilson, Anne Wilson, and Elis 
Wilson, children of said deceased. Reference Jan. 4, 1724. Report Feb. 9, 1724. York 
reeords, vol. 18, page 91. Editor. 

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Scotch descent. Mr. Wilson left a family of six sons and daugh- 
ters, who all married and left families. 

Nathan and Matthias Whitney, Nath'l Cox, Geo. Tinney, Gowin 
Wilson, Moses Worcester and William Ingersoll, were settled here 
prior to 1775. They came from the vicinity of what was then 
called "Old York." They have many descendants in this and ad- 
joining towns. Gowin Wilson was a nephew of Joseph. Matthias 
Whitney was said to have been the first man to board the English 
vessel Margaritta, at her capture at Machias during the revolution. 
Joseph Patten, a blacksmith from Wells, settled here about 1792, 
and married Phebe, daughter of Joseph Wilson, 1793. He carried 
on shipbuilding for a number of years, and in 1812 moved to 
Pennsylvania. About 1797 Thos. Euggles, from Rochester, Mass., 
settled here and commenced trading. He left a family, of which 
one son and one daughter are now living. James Bailey, from 
Wells, settled here about 1802, and established himself as a fuller 
and dresser of cloth. He was grandfather of Charles A. Bailey, 
Esq., of Bangor. 

The first resident minister was Elder Joshua Young, Baptist, 
who settled here about 1798, and returned to Massachusetts in the 
fall of 1800. Dr. Caleb Haskell, from Massachusetts was the first 
regular physician to settle here, in 1799. He returned to Massa- 
chusetts in 1812. He set up the first wool carding machine here. 
Jonathan Weston, Esq., was the first lawyer to settle here. He 
came in 1802-3, and removed two or three years after to Eastport, 
where he lived the remainder of his life. 

Shipbuilding has always been a business carried on here from an 
early date, till within a few years. The first vessel built here was 
the schooner Columbia, in 1799, by Mrs. Mary Bucknam and others. 


William Copeland was born in Mansfield, Mass., Oct. 18, 
1778. He was in poor health, and determined to try the climate 
of Maine. He came on to Penobscot river, and worked for his 
board the first summer. He returned to Massachusetts in about one 

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138 Tlie Incorporation of Orrington, Me. 

year, and soon came back with George Morey, and took up farms 

in the wilderness of what is now Holden, (formerly Brewer and 

Orrington) Wiswell settlement. His brother-in-law, Geo. Wiswell, 

and his cousins Joseph and Lemuel Cope land, soon came and took 

up lots there. He died Feb. 10, 1847, aged 70 years 4 months. 

He married Silence Lane,* at Mansfield, March 7, 1802. She 

was born March 26, 1781, and died Aug. 28, 1853, aged 72 years 

5 months. Children : 

i. Hannah, b. Feb. 21, 1803; m. Timothy Stone. May G. 182". 
ii. Silence Lane. b. June 14. 1804; in. Geo. Wiswell Jr.. 1S23. 
iii. William, b. Feb. 6. 1806; m. Sally B. Leonard. July 4, 1832; «lied 

Sept. 12. 1833. Widow resides in Bangor, 
iv. Sophronia, b. Nov. 23. 1807; m. Chas. Blako. Nov. 30. 1837. 
v. Eliza Ann, b. Nov. 23, 1807 ; ra. Harvey D. Clark, 1833 ; she died May 

23, 1854. 
vi. Rev. Adoniram Judson, b. March 10, 1814; died in Geneseo, 111., 

Aug. 3, 1855. 


"An act for incorporating the plantation of New Worcester, so called, 
or No. 9, in the county of Lincoln, into a town by the name of Orrington. f 

Whereas the inhabitants of New Worcester have represented to the 
General Court that they labor under many inconveniences in their present 
unincorporated state, and are desirous of being incorporated into a town, 
be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General 
Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, that the plantation 
called New Worcester, and inclosed wiihin the boundaries hereafter de- 
scribed, together with the inhabitants thereof, be and they are hereby 
incorporated into a town by the name of Orrington, beginning on the 
east side of Penobscot river, at the north-west corner of No. 1, or Bucks- 
town ; thence running on the north lines of said No. 1 and of township 
No. 8, north 70 degrees, east five miles and 184 rods ; thence south 48 
degress east three miles ; thence north 42 degrees east six miles ; thence 
north 48 degrees west six miles on the south line of No. 10, to Penob- 
scot river ; thence down the said river to the bounds first mentioned, 
containing 37,307 acres, agreeably to a plan taken by Mr. Barnabas 
Dodge ; reserving, however, three acres at the north-west corner of 
the tract included in the above lines, which since the survey has been 
set off to No. 10, or Colonel Eddy's township, for a landing place. 
And the said town is hereby vested with all the powers, privileges and 
immunities, which other towns in this commonwealth by law do or may 

Simeon Fowler, Esquire, of the said place, was authorized to 
issue his warrant calling the first meeting. 

* Her mother's name was Silence Witherly. 
fNow comprises Orrington, Hrewer, and Holden. 

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VOL. I. BANGOR, ME., MARCH, 1886. NO. IX. 


Dr. John Herbert,* a Calvinist, who came here in 1774, 
although not a minister, preached and held meetings in what is 
now Bangor and vicinity until he removed in 1779. Rev. Mr. 
Knowles,f from Cape Cod — (probably Isaac Knowles, who grad- 
uated from Harvard College in 1768,) was the first stated 
preacher on the river. How long he remained is not known. 
Rev. Oliver Noble, :f a graduate of Yale College., 1757, was a 
missionary to the Eastward for several years. He organized a 
church at Deer Isle in 1773. Rev. Daniel Little§ of Wells, was 
appointed "Missionary to the Eastward by the Trustees for 
the Eastern Mission," in 1772. He was ordained minister at 
Wells, now first church (Unitarian) in Kennebunk Mar. 27, 1751. 
He was a man of ability— of a roving disposition, and for nearly 
fifty years he continued to act as Minister, at Wells, and Mis- 
sionary, and Agent of the State to the Penobscot Indians. He 
died Dec. 5, 1801, aged 87. A Rev. Mr. Ripley, Calvinist, 
was also a Missionary here, Williamson in his Annals says,— 
but it must have been so between 1798 and 1800. I can find 
no such name here except Rev. Lincoln Ripley — who graduated 
at Dartmouth College 1796, settled atWaterford and Albany Me. 

In the summer of 1786, through the exertions of Col. Jona. 

♦ Williamson's Annals. 

fGreenleafs Ecclesiastical Sketches, page 218. 

% Noble Genealogy, page 641. 

§ History of Wells and Kennetjunk, page 708 to 723. 

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140 First Congregational Church on Penobscot River. 

Eddy and Col. ElishaNevers : — Rev. Seth Noble, a Revolutionary 
soldier, was employed by a committee to preach on "Penobscot 
River." He was ordained a "minister of the people" Sept. 10, 
1786. I give an extract from the diary of Rev. Daniel Little, 
furnished me by Rev. C. C. Viall, minister of the Unitarian church 
in Kennebunk and a successor of Mr. Little. 

"Sept. 6, 1786, rode to Mr. Treat's in order to attend Mr. 
Noble's installment; spent the evening at Mr. Noble's. Sept. 9, 
Mr. Noble came to see me and said that Mr. Powers* could not 
come but advised the installation to go on. Sept. 10, Mr. Noble 
has in the orchard a long platform suspended on barrels and a 
large number of shading oaks. The church in private gave Mr. 
Noble a call to the pastoral office, and voted that considering the 
great trouble and expense of convening a council, that I should 
induct him into the office, which I did in presence of a large assem- 
bly ; gave him a pastoral charge and the right hand of fellowship. 
The people are satisfied without offering any objections. Returned 
to Mr. Noble's to lodge." Mr. Noble preached the sermon on the 
occasion. He seems to have preaehed in all the new settlements 
to the eastward. He travelled in a birch canoe. In his diary he 
says "April 8, 1794, fixed my canoe." 

He had some kind of a church organization according to Mr. 
Little, but its records have not been saved. The members of his 
church as far as known, were : Col. John Brewer and wife, 
Simon Crosby and wife, Wm. Boyd and wife, Andrew Webster 
and wife, Mrs. Jonathan Eddy, Simeon Fowler and wife, and 
perhaps others. The people were poor, as is the case in all new 
settlements, and Mr. Noble had to collect his own salary. I give 
a copy of a letter which he addressed to the committee in 1790. 

"Penobscot River, Aug. 21st, 1790. 
Gentlemen : Sundry attempts have been made for a settlement 
between the People and myself ; but all to no effect. When I settled 
here, I consented to accept of 20 pounds less than what was really 
necessary to support my family, because the People said they were 
poor ; still, to release them of the burden, I have been at the expense 
to collect great part of what has been collected. Very little thanks 
have I had for the trouble I have been at. I was desired to draw a 

* Minister of Deer Isle. 

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First Congregational Church on Penobscot River. 141 

Bond for the People to sign for my support, which was rejected and 
another drawn (unbeknown to me) which hath deprived me of one 
half of the sum proposed. I am willing to do in this and ail cases as I 
I wonld be done by ; but necessity constrains me to say, I must have 
m y P a y- 1 must further tell you I shall look to no other persons for a 
settlement but that Committee which covenanted with me on June 7, 
178G, to give me seventy pounds annual salary ; what you then did is 
as binding as a note of hand. I am sorry to take any coercive meas- 
ures ; but I tell you again I must have my pay immediately. I am, 
Gentleman, with due respect, 
To the Committee. Your most obedient 

humble servant 
Superscribed. Seth Noble. 

To Col. Jonathan Eddy, Maj. Robert Treat, Capt. John Crosby, Mr. 
Elisha Nevers ; and the rest of the Committee chosen to make pro- 
posals to settle the Gospel on Penobscot River June 7, 1 786." 

Mr. Noble continued to preach until 1797; making occasionally 
visits to the sea coast and to Massachusetts. The people remained 
poor, and what he received did not support his family. He con- 
cluded to leave, and October 22, preached his farewell sermon, 
and November 9, asked his dismission from the committee, which 
was granted without formality. He afterwards preached in New 
Market,* N. H., and vicinity, in Montgomery, Mass., where he 
was ordained Nov. 4, 1801. He removed to Ohio, in 1806, where 
he preached in various places. He died in Franklinton, Sept. 
15, 1807. 

In the summer of 1800, Rev. James Boyd came and was employed 
to preach in this region ; he had formerly been a Methodist preacher, 
but falling into disfavor he became a Congregationalist. He 
preached for a time in New Gloucester, but in 1798, was refused 
an ordination there by several councils, and afterward came East. 
He commenced preaching here with the consent and approval of 
the towns of Orrington and Bangor. In September, 1800, a 
church was organized composed of members from Orrington, 
Bangor, Hampden, Eddington and perhaps other places. It is 
said to have been called both the Orrington church and the 
Bangor church ; but its membership increased largely on the east 
side of the river, and its name became "the Orrington church," 
until the incorporation of the town of Brewer in 1812, when it 

* Noble Genealogy, pages 202-212* 

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142 First Congregational Church on Penobscot River. 

became the Brewer church, by which name it is now known* At 
the time of its organization in 1800, its members were : 

Dea. Wm. Boyd and wife Hannah, of Bangor. 

Dea. Isaac Robinson and wife Elizabeth, of Orrington.* 

Elisha Skinner, of Orrington. 

Elijah Jones and wife Patience, of Orrington. 

Colonel John Brewer and wife Martha, of Orrington. 

Mrs. Bethiah, wife of Thos. Nickerson,f of Orrington. 

Miss Randall Knapp, of Eddington. 

Mrs. Hepsibah, wife of Lot Ryder, of Orrington. 

Moses Baker and wife, of Orrington. 

Daniel Webster and wife, of Bangor. 

Mr. Boyd seems to have been unministerial in his habits, and 
trouble came* A special Town Meeting was called in Orrington, 
September 10, 1801, " To see if the Town will any longer admit 
Mr. Boyd to the upper Meeting House} as a teacher of Religion 
and Morality ;" the meeting after a short, sharp discussion voted 
" that Capt. John Rider take the key of the upper meeting house, 
and take charge of said house." November 4, 1801, an Eclesi- 
astical and Town Council was held in Bangor, which dismissed 

The council was composed of Rev. Daniel Merrill, pastor, and 
David Thurston, Ji\, delegates from the church in Sedgwick ; Rev. 
Jona. Powers, pastor, and Deacon David Haines, delegates from 
the church in Penobscot ; Rev. Jona. Fisher, pastor, and Deacon 
Robert Wood, delegates from the church in BluehilL Rev* 
Ebenezer Price, pastor, and Deacon John Gilman, delegates from 
the church in Belfast. They made short work of the matter, 
and suggested to Mr. Boyd repentance, etc., etc. 

Mr. Amos Patten, Town Clerk of Bangor, made a record 
of the proceedings. As to the charges against Mr. Boyd he says, 
"Decency might blush to record them." Mr. Boyd stoutly 
asserted his innocence, but public opinion, stronger than law, wa$ 
almost unanimously against him, and he left. From this time 
until 1812, the church had no settled minister. An occasional 
visiting minister or missionary were its only preachers. 

* Which included Brewer and Holden. 

t Parents of Mrs. Wm. Mann, of Bangor, and Mrs. Darius Aldeu, of Augusta. 

X The two meeting-houses were owned by the town. 

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First Congregational Church on Penobscot Hiver. 143 

In the spring of 1812, Rev. Thos. Williams was sent to the 
upper part of Orrington as a missionary. 

Mr. Williams was a native of Weymouth, Mass., South 
Parish ; Son of the Rev. Simeon Williams ; The son was a gradu- 
ate of Brown University, 1809. After preaching some time to 
general satisfaction, the church voted Dec* 2, 1812, to settle him 
in the Gospel Ministry. Deacon Elisha Skinner and Capt. Zenas 
Rogers were appointed a committee, to meet a committee of the 
Town of Brewer, it having been incorporated Feb. 22, of the 
Bame year. At a joint meeting of church and Town Committees 
an ordinary council was chosen, consisting of 

Rev. Simeon Williams, of South Parish, Weymouth, Mass. 

Rev. Jacob Norton, of North Parish. " " 

Rev. Jona. Strong, of Randolph, Mass. 

Rev. Eliphalet Gillet, of Hallowell, Me. 

Rev. William Mason of Castine, Me* 

Rev. Jona Fisher, of Bluehill, Me. 

Rev. Phillip Spaulding, of Penobscot, Me. 

Rev. Silas Warren, of Jackson, Me. 

Rev. Mighill Blood, of Buckstown, Me. 

Rev. Harvey Loomis, of Bangor, Me. 

Rev. John Sawyer, of Garland, Me. 

Rev. William May, of Brownville, Me. 

A major part of whom, ordained Mr. Williams January 13, 1813. 

He continued to preach in Brewer until August 7, 1822, when he 

was dismissed and afterwards died in Poland, Me., November 24, 

1846, aged 59. At the time of his ordination the church was 

said to have been composed of the following persons : 

" Nathan'1 Myrich and wife, of Hampden, Me. 

Bathsheba Crosby, of Hampden, Me. 

Sophia, wife of John Godfrey, Esq., of Hampden Me. 

Thomas Nickerson and wife, of Mt. Vernon, Me. She joined the 

Rachael Crosby, residing at Augusta.* 
Rachael Knapp, of Eddington, joined the Methodist. 
Widow Nickerson, connection removed to Garland. 
Mrs. Kent, wife of Capt. Kent of Orrington. 
Amasa Snow, of Orrington. 
Nath. Peirce. 
Widow Lucy Baker, of Joseph. | 

* Wife of Gen. Henry Sewall, of Augusta, and daughter of Simon Crosby. 

t She died in Orrington, April, 1838, aged 87, having been an exemplary member of 
the church for many years. 

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144 Dr. William Crawford, of Fort Pownd. 

Widow Molly, of Levi Young. 
Mrs. Sally Phillips, wife of Capt. John Phillips. 
Widow Thankful Calef. (The last seven of Orrington.) 
Dea. Isaac Robinson, of Brewer. 
Dea. Elisha Skinner and wife Martha. 
Col. John Brewer. 

John Farrington, Esquire, and wife Cynthia. 
Ebenezer Fisher, and wife Sarah. 
Hepsibah, wife of Lot Ryder. 
Mary, wife of Henry Kenney. 
Capt. Zenas Rogers and wife Sarah. 
Widow Patience Jones, of Elijah. 
Mrs. Temperance, wife of Gideon Horton. 
Abagail, wife of Deacon Job Chamberlain. 
Mrs. Jerusha, wife of Jacob Hart. 

Mary, wife of Daniel Robinson ; these resided in the town at the 
commencement of the vear 1813." 


William Crawford was the son of Dr. Robert* and Mary Craw- 
ford, born in Worcester, Mass*, August, 1730. Of his early 
education but little is known. He graduated at the College of 
New Jersey, (Princeton,) October 10, 1755, his diploma is now 
in possession of his grandson Mr. James B. Crawford of Castine. 
A degree, (probably A. M.) was conferred upon him by Harvard 
College in 1761. He served in the French War 1757 — 1760. He 
was Chaplain to Col. Frye's Regiment, and at Fort Edward, Aug. 
9, 1757, according to Gen. Rufus Putman's diary ;*f "Mr. 
Crawford, Chaplain to our Regiment, preached from I Samuel 
14 : 6." This was the same day that Fort William Henry, four- 
teen miles distant, surrendered to Montcalm and the French Army. 
The text will be found suggestive* He was attached to Col. 

Abijah Willurd's regiment as Chaplain, and to Gen. — Rug- 

gles's regiment as Surgeon. Lincoln's History of Worcester J says, 
" Mr. Crawford served in the French war as a surgeon and chap- 

* Dr. Robert Crawford was the first regular physician of Worcester, whither he came 
from Ireland in 1718. The Hon. William H. Crawford, of Georgia, Secretary of tho 
XJ. S. Treasury from 1817 to 1826, was probably his grandson* 

f Page 40. 

J Page 213. 

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Dr. William Crawford, of Fort Pownal. 145 

lain, he was in Nova Scotia and on the Northern Frontier." He 
appears to have been in Worcester after the war until he was 
appointed 1768, surgeon at Fort Pownal, then under command of 
Col. Thos. Goldthwait. He was also appointed chaplain at the 
Fort, and for several years served in this capacity in the brick 
chapel there. " He was a man of strong passions and at one time 
had a serious quarrel with Col. Goldthwait; the Sabbath follow- 
ing he preached from the text, Prov. 15 : 19 : * Better is a dinner 
of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.' 
The effect upon the Colonel was so happy that he invited the 
preacher home to dine with him and they were friends ever after- 
wards."* I do not find that he received any Medical or Theologi- 
cal degree. He is represented to have been a most kind hearted 
and worthy man. He deserves a place in our record. He died 
at Fort Pownal, June 15, 1776, aged 46 years. He married Mary 
daughter of Josiah and Hannah Woolson, Brewer, of West Town, 

Mass., — published in Worcester, Mass., — 1763. She was 

born Nov. 17, 1736, and was a sister to Col. John Brewer, the 
founder of Brewer and Orrington. She died in Castine, Me., 
Feb. 21, 1836. The following obituary notice of her was written 
by her minister, Kev. William Mason, of Castine, Feb. 21, 1836. 

"Died in Castine, at the residence of her son, Mrs. Mary Crawford, 
at the advanced age of one hundred years and five months, relict of Dr. 
William Crawford, who was surgeon and chaplain in the army of Gen. 
Wolfe, and was attached to his staff at the time of his death at Quebec. 
This remarkable lady was born at Worcester, Mass., and moved into 
this country betore the Revolutionary War and resided at Fort Pownal, 
now Fort Point, near Prospect, where her husband was stationed and 
died. The late Col. Brewer, the former proprietor of the Town of 
Brewer, from whom the place took his name, and one of the earliest 
settlers was her brother Mrs. Crawford lived a rational christian, and 
died in full possession of her intellectual faculties with composure and 
perfect resignation." 

The children were : 

i. James Crawford, born in Worcester, Mass., Thursday, Sept., 13, 
1764; die<! in Castine unmarried. Feb. 15, 1837, aged 73. 

ii. William Crawford, born in *• Penobscot," on Monday, Dec. 22, 
176G; died young. 

iii. Josiah Crawford, born in " Penobscot." on Saturday, Aug. 5. 1769. 

iv. Mary, b. Penobscot, Monday, April 22, 1771; married Geo. Hallibur- 
ton, of Frankfort, and died there; children Mary Ann, George mar- 
ried Crosby of Hampden, Margaret and William. 

* Joseph Williamson, Esquire. 

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146 Sullivan^ Maine. 

v. Margaret, b. Penobscot. Saturday Sept. 5, 1773; married Joshua 
Woodman, of Castine. He died there Sept. 11, 1809, aged 47; she 
died 1815. 

vi. William Crawford, b. Penobscot, Monday, Jan. 3, 1775. "Not 
known what became of him/' 

Josiah 8 Crawford, of Dr. William 2 Crawford, born in Penob- 
scot, probably at FortPownal, Aug. 5, 1769. Lived inCastine 
and Brewer. He married Lydia Vowdy, Nov. 20, 1794. He 
died 1850 ; his wife died Sept. 1, 1837. Children : 

i. Nelson Crawford, b. in Penobscot, now Castine, Nov. 4, 1795. 
Was lost on his passage to Boston in a vessel about Oct. 29, 1818 ; 
the vessel was never heard from. 

ii. Margaret Crawford, b. in Prospect, Dec. 9, 1796; married Silas 
H. Martin, June 25, 1820; she died in Wilmington, N. C, Jan. 14, 

iii. William Crawford, born in Prospect Aug. 27. 798, lost at sea 
from Brig Retrieve, Ellison Lassell. master. May 1, 1818. 

iv. Mary W. Crawford, born in Prospect, July 11, 1800; married Hon. 
Charles Lowell, of Ellsworth, July 1, 1832; she died in Castine, 
June 19. 1866. He died. 

v. Lydia Crawford, b. in Prospect, July 2, 1S02; died in Brewer, 
Aug. 10, 1806. 

vi. H arriet Crawford, born in Orrington, what is now Brewer Village, 
Aug. 14, 1805 ; married Alfred Cheney, of Boston ; 9he died there 
Oct. 23, 1869. 

vii. James B. Crawford, b. Brewer Village, Aug. 12, 1807. Resides 
Castine; married Miriam P., daughter of Dr. Eben and Hannah 
Handy of Steuben, Jan. 22, 1832. She born Feb. 17, 1810; died Cas- 
tine, April 17, 1881. Children, Ellison Lassell. born Jan. 21st, 1833. 
married Lucina H. Hooper, of Castine. in San Francisco, Sept. 1st. 
1856. She died and he married second. 6 children--John H.. bom 
Dec. 1"), 1837, unmarried; Daniel J., born Mar. 8th. 1847, died Castine 
Nov. 30th, 1881. He married Lucy Hutchings, of Steuben. Three 

viii. Cornelia, b. Brewer Oct. 31st, 1809; married Jeremiah Upham, Oct. 
27. 1832; She died in Castine, Aug. 30, 1865. 

ix. Calista, b. Brewer, Aug. 19, 1812; unmarried. 

x. Benjamin S„ b. Brewer, March 1, 1815; married Emma Nickerson, of 
Brewer March 11. 1837; married twice more and died in West Town- 
send. Mass., April 23. 1875. 

xi. Sarah T.. b. Brewer, July 11, 1818; died Aug. 3. 1826. 

xii. Amanda E.. b. June 1, 1821; married Capt. Eben Hooper, of Salem, 
in Ellsworth, 1842. 


Agreeably to a resolve of the General Court, passed March 4, 
1803, Gen. David Cobb, of Gouldsboro, Me., was appointed 
agent to survey said town and assign settlers their lots therein. 
March 8, 1804, he made his report to General Court, that he had 
assigned lots to the following parties : 

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Sullivan, Maine. 



To the heirs of Nath. Preble, deceased 200 acres. 

" " Josiah Simpson, " 200 •• 

4t " John Bean, " 200 " 

Samuel Bean, 200 " 

Joseph Bragdon, 200 " 


James Bean, 

Moses Bragdon, 

Nath. Preble, 

Paul Uran, 

Jabez Simpson, 

Wm. Ingalls, 

Heirs of Dan Sullivan, 

Heirs of Wm. Gadcurn, 

Heirs of Thos. Moor, ? 

Heirs of John Cook, 

Heirs of Stephen Young, 

Abner Blaisdell, 

Wiley Hall, 

Ebenezer Bean, 

Ephraim Dyer, 

Samuel Hill. 

John White, 

John Bean, 

John Uran, 

Samuel Ingersoll, 

Richard Downey, 

Benj. York, 

Joseph Lancaster, 

OliverWorcester, Sen. & Son, 

William Worster, 

Nathan Jones, 

Benjamin Ash, Jr., 

Nathaniel Nash, 

200 acres. 

Heirs of John Simpson, 


Paul Simpson, Jr., 
Samuel Simpson, 



Reuben Abbot, Sen., 


Moses Abbot, 


Amos Abbot, 


Samuel Preble, 


Ben Welch, 


John Preble, 


James Simpson, 


Francis Salter, 


John Gordon, 


Wm. Crabtree, 


Agreen Crabtree, 
Edward Pettingell, 



Thomas Foss, 


Stephen Clark, Jr., 


James Miller, 


Joseph Miller, 


Morice McGrath, 


Benj. Johnson, 


Stephen Johnson, 


Heirs of Nath. Johnson, 


Eben Bragdon, Sen., 


Eben Bragdon, Jr., 


Stephen Card, 

Edward Hammond, 



Enoch Hill, 
Henry Grant, 
Morgan Jones, 
Samuel Ball, 
Isaac Bickford, 
Charles Coats, 
David Worster, 

1795 TO 1804. 

John Preble. Jr., 

100 acres, 

Richard Clark, 


Wm. McNiel, 


Geo. Crabtree. 


Robert Mercer. 


Reuben Abbott, Jr 



Joseph Moor. 


Heirs of Stephen Merchant 

, 100 


Benj. Condon. 
Phillip Martin, 

100 acres. 


John Abbot. 


Morice Fitsgerald, 


Nath'l Ash, 


Wm. Foss. 


Edward Hammond, 
Robert Gordon, 
Christopher Moore, 
John Bulkley, 
Paul Blaisdell, 

200 acres- 


























100 acres. 



Total si mount of settlers ip the town. 

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148 Sketches of BluehilL 


Four lots for public uses, 300 acres each - 1200 

Five original proprietor's lots, 200 acres each 1000 

Allother settlers 9060 

Unlocated land 8700 


All settlers, heirs and assigns prior to 1784 and 1795, to pay 
twenty dollars, and all after 1795 to pay thirty dollars for every 
100 acres, and in the same proportion for a greater or less quan- 
tity. The four lots for public uses were disposed of as follows : 
One for the first settled minister in town ; one for the use of the 
ministry ; one for the use of schools in said town ; and one for 
Harvard College. Provision was made for other settlers who 
may not have received lots ; after these were satisfied, the balance 
was to be divided equally between Williams College and Bowdoin 


From the Journal of Rev. Jonathan Fisher, Minister of the Church in Blue hill, from 
1796 to 1837. Written in 1810. 


1762, April 7, Joseph Wood, aged 42, and John Roundy, aged 36, 
both from Beverly, landed at what is now Bluehill, and went to work 
at getting out staves near Fore Falls, so calied, where Bluehill Bay 
communicates with a long salt pond extending some way into No. 4. 
Sedgwick. Here they began to make preparations for the settlement 
of ti.eir families. At this time the township was in a wilderness state, 
no white families being settled in it. 1763, April, Mr. Wood's family 
arrived and the November following, Mr. Roundy's family arrived. Mr. 
Wood had then six children living, and Mr. Roundy six. These were 
the first families which made a settlement in the town, which it appears 
was first called East Andover. I find it so called in a journal kept by 
Mr. Jona. Darling as late as April 15, 1765. Mr. Wood and wife, and 
Mr. Roundy's wife are now living. (Feb. 28, 1810.) These three with 
two others, widow Lois Holt 86, widow May Osgood S5, Mr. Wood 
90, Mrs. Wood 89, Mrs. Roundy 82, are the five oldest persons in 
town. Capt. Wood has four children, forty-three grandchildren, twenty- 
four great grandchildren, seventy-one in all now living and inhabitants 
of the town. Mrs. Roundy has five children, twenty grandchildren, 
six great grandchildren, thirty-one in all now inhabitants of the town, 

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Sketches of Bluehill. 149 

together with a number in other towns. Four or five years after 
their arrival Mr. Wood said to Mr. Roundy, " I hope we may live to 
see ploughing in this town yet." Mr. Roundy replied, u I shall not 
wish to live any longer than till that time." This reply shows in a 
measure how discouraging the prospect before him then appeared. 
Mr. Roundy lived till Aug. 20, 1799. Many fields had then been for a 
number of years under good cultivation. 

The third family in town was formed by the marriage of Col. 
Nathan Parker from Andover, with Mary, eldest daughter of Capt. 
Joseph Wood, Dec. 24, 1764, he being twenty-five. A number of years 
he bore a Colonel's commission ; he now lives in the center of the town, 
is a very respectable inhabitant, but his wife and six of his children, 
including all of his sons and two of his daughters are deceased. Col. 
Parker was one of the provincial troops at the demolishing of Louis- 
burg. On his return he was driven with many others to the West 
Indies where a number died with the fever about the close of 1761. 

The fourth family was Mr. Sam Foster's from Andover, which 
arrived May, 1765. This family made but a short stay. 

The fifth family was Lieut. Nicholas Holt from Andover, afterward 
Colonel Holt. He came with his family May 27, 1765. His two sons and 
two daughters with their families now reside in Bluehill. (1810.) Mr. 
Holt was for many years a Justice of the Peace. He died March 
16, 1798. His posterity are not numerous. 

The sixth family was Mr. Jona. Darling from Andover. His wife 
with one child arrived May 27, 1765, with her father Col. Holt. Mr. 
Darling's second son Jonathan, was the first English child born in this 
town, Oct. 17, 1765. 

The seventh family was Benjamin York, which made but a short stay 
in the place. 

The eighth family was Ezekiel Osgood from Andover, Nov. 6, 1765 ; 
he died Jan. 25, 1798. His posterity residing in town are : five children, 
forty-two grandchildren, fifteen grandchildren, in all 62. A number 
deceased, some in other towns. 

The ninth family was Thomas Coggins from Beverly, Dec. 27, 1765. 


The first town record kept in Bluehill commenced with the beginning 
of the year 1767. They are introduced with the following notification : 

" NUMBER 5> FEB. 20, 1 767. 

This is to notify the freeholders in said township that are qualified 
for voting, to meet the first of March next ensuing, at 2 of the clock in 
the afternoon, at the house of Mr. Joseph Wood, to acton several articles 
in said notification, viz : 

i . To choose a moderator for said meeting. 

2. To choose a clerk for the year ensuing. 

3. To see if they will agree to work one day in fencing in a burying 
ground ; and to act on any other affairs that may be thought proper. 


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The meeting pursuant to this notification is dated Newport, Mareh 
2, 1767. At this meeting John Roundy was chosen Clerk, a committee 
chosen to call meetings year ensuing. It was voted the town should be 
called Newport, and if any one cut timber on another's lot he should 
lose labor and stuff. 

At the second meeting it was voted to put their lots on record and the 
time of settling. 

At the third meeting dated at Newport, March 7, 1768, John Roundy, 
Nathan Parker and Jona. Darling were chosen Selectmen. It was 
voted to raise money to hire a person to preach the gospel and to pay 
hi 8 board ; also to clear a road to Penobscot. 

At the seventh meeting John Peters was chosen Town Clerk, John 
Peters, Jeremiah Colburn and Benjamin York, Selectmen, and Capt* 
Joshua Horton, Treasurer ; voted to raise 150 (dollars probably) to 
defray the charge of preaching, and £6 13s 4CL to repair the old meeting 

At the eighth meeting voted to clear a road half way to No. 6 (now 
Surry.) Nov. 1, 1769, part of the Neck so called was laid out into 80 
acre lots.* No. 1, in possession of Benjamin York. No. 2, assigned 
to John Roundy. No. 3 assigned to Jona. Day, Jr. No. 4 and 5, assigned 
to James Cavendish, now Candage- No. 6 assigned Ebenezer Hinckley. 
No. 7, assigned James Day. No. 8, assigned John York. 

At the ninth meeting, March 5, 1770, voted to defray the charge of 
preaching by subscription ; to keep open a fish course at the Mill En- 
deavor; to join with No. 4 to hire a minister. 

Twelfth meeting, May 4, 1772, voted * that no fish be taken at 
Carlton's stream on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday \ that no 
beaver be taken within this township six months from the date thereof; 
a committee to consult Capt. Campbellf by what method to procure a 
title to these lands 

Thirteenth meeting* March 1, 1773, John Roundy chosen TownCkrk ; 
voted to send a petition to get the town incorporated. 

Fifteenth meeting March 7, 1774, voted to have the gospel preached 
among us. 

Twentieth meeting, John Peters chosen Town Clerk, March 6, 1775* 
Twenty-first meeting, a committee chosen to treat with No. 4 concern- 
ing having a minister. Adjourned to May 2, Monday. The disturbances 
between Great Britain and America prevented the meeting according to 

Twenty-second meeting, Newport T July 17th, 1775. Voted to send 
Delegates to meet Delegates of other towns and Islands and districts, 
at the house of Mr. John Bean, of Frenchman's Bay, 20th inst. Voted 
Lieutenant N. Holt, Joshua Horton and John Peters< Delegates-. 

To Joseph Wood. 
Agreeable to a resolve of the Great and General Court of the Colony of 

• The laying out of the eight lots above mentioned was probably the first survey 
made by John Peters alter he arrived here. E. G. W. D. 

t Of Narraguagua. J. w. P, 

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r.i niiiiinniwi Tirr- mraiiiifUMi ■ i hum i. — -, n .mmjmi 

Massachusetts Bay* held at Watertown, Feb. 5, 1776, this is to order and direct 
you to warn a meeting of the inhabitants of Blue Hill Bay to meet at the house 
of Joseph Wood aforesaid, on Thursday, March 28, at one o'clock in the after- 
noon, then and there to choose a committee of inspection, correspondence and 
safety, agreeable to said resolve. 

Given under my hand and seal at Majabiguiduce this ninth day of March, 
Anno Domini, 1776. 

John Bakeman, 

Justice Peace. 
"N. B. It is expected by the General Court, that no person will be chosen 
into office but such as have been real friends to the United States." 

March 28, 1776, chose a Committee of Correspondence , a commit- 
tee of safety. Voted also for a Committee of Inspection ; voted also to 
accept the equal proportion of money voted to the Eastern County by 
the General Court. 

Blue Hill Bay, March 3, 1777. John Peters, Town Clerk, Capt. 
Joseph Wood, Capt* Peter Parker and Lieutenant John Roundy, Com- 
mittee of Safety. 

Blue Hill Bay 5 March 2, 1778. Voted a Committee of Safety ; voted 
to hire a Minister this season. 

Blue Hill Bay, March 1, 1779. Capt. Joseph Wood and John 
Peters, Zedekiah Shattuck, Selectmen and Committee of Safety. 

Bluehill Bay, March 1, 1779. Town meetings suspended from 
this time till 1784, on account of the war between Great Britain and 
the United States. 

Bluehill Bay, March 1,1784. John Peters, Town Clerk; Joseph 
Wood, John Peters and Robert Parker, Selectmen. 

Bluehill Bay, or No* 5, March 7th, 1785. Voted unanimously to 
semi for Simeon Miller* to preach with us this summer. 

Bluehill, or No. 5, March 6, 1786* Voted, that we would work 
on the Meeting House the 1st and 2d Monday in May. 

Bluehill, Oct. 9, 1788. Voted, to send a petition to Court to see if 
they will remit our taxes ; voted to desire the Court to call this town 
when incorporated, Bluehill.f 

Bluehill, April 5, 1790. Eben Floyd, Town Clerk, Col. Joseph 
Wood, Jr., Phineas Osgood, Eben Floyd, Selectmen and Assessors. 
Votes for Governor, John Hancock, 34; James Bowdoin, 1 ; Lieuten- 
ant Gov., Samuel Adams, 34. Voted that the meeting house should 
be on the end of Mr. Obed Johnson's lot on the Main road, the school 
house near the same; voted to assess £50 for clearing and repairing 
roads, etc. Voted that the Selectmen procure a minister to preach the 
Gospel to the town. 

Bluehill, May 3, 1790. Voted that £115 iSs. 9d., assessed on the 
town for their proportion of tax No. 5, and which the General Court in 
their resolve of Feb. 22 last ordered to be laid out for the support of a 

• Graduated Yale College, 1762. 

f Incorporated Blue Hill, Jan. 30, 1789. Editor. 

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minister and school master, should be appropriated in manner follow- 

For schooling, etc » £ 9 17s. 5d. 

Preaching this summer 20 12 

Clearing on the Parsonage Lot 57 7 

kl " School Lot 45 11 11 

Schooling this season 22 10 

155 18 9 

Labor to be at the rate of 5s. per day. 

Bluehill, May 10, 1790, voted, instead of sending a representative 
to General Court, to represent to them our grievances in a petition to be 
sent by Mr. George Tyler, of Deer Island. 

Bluehill, Oct. 4, 1790, voted for Representative to Congress, Geo. 
Thatcher, Esq., 21 votes. Voted not to procure any material for build- 
ing a meeting house. 

Bluehill, March 7, 1791. The inhabitants of Bluehill and No. 6 met 
at Mr. Phineas Osgood's to provide jurymen. Andrew Flood, of No. 
6, drawn petit juryman for the Court of Common Pleas for county of 

Bluehill, April 4, 1791. At this meeting a code of by-laws of seven- 
teen articles, for the regulation of town meetings, was adopted. Voted 
for Register of deeds, Col. Wm. Webber, 36; for County Treasurer, 
John Peters, 34 ; Col. William Webber, 4 ; voted that a minister be 
hired for three months, June, July and August. 

Bluehill,April»25, 1791. Voted, that the vote of April 5, 1790, where 
the meeting house should stand, be reconsidered. Voted that the meet- 
ing House stand near John Gibson's. Voted, that the Meeting House 
be 50 feet long and 40 feet wide. Voted, that <£ioo be raised for build- 
ing the Meeting House. 

Bluehill, May 23, 1791. Voted, that the^Meeting House stand about 
20 rods South West of the dwelling house of Colonel Nathan Parker. 

Bluehill Jan. 16, 1792* Voted, to engage Mr. (Abiel) Abbott* or 
some other minister for three months. Voted, to accept the report of 
the committee for procuring materials for the Meeting House. 

Bluehill, April 9, 1792. The town assembled by virtue of a warrant 
of Mr. Holt, Justice of the Peace. Voted, that the Meeting House 
stand at or near the place where the timber hauled for it lies. (This 
was 15 or 20 rods further up the hill than the place before assigned, 
and here it was finally placed, perhaps in the most eligible spot that 
could be chosen.) Voted, that Geo. Tyler be paid $10.00 for services 
at Gen. Court. Voted, that the town be divided into classes for carry- 
ing on the work of building the Meeting House. Voted, against the 
separation of Maine from Massachusetts, 22 ; for the separation, none. 
Voted, not to have two porches for the Meeting House. Voted, that 
there be a porch at the east end of the Meeting House. A numberof per- 
sons having subscribed timber to build a porch on the west side. Voted, 
to build it in the manner of the one voted for at the east end. Voted, 

* Graduated Harvard College, 1787. 

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that an entertainment be made for the raising of the Meeting House at 
the town's expense. 

Bluehill, Aug. 27, 1792. Voted, a committee to look out a road to 
No. 6 and to Penobscot. Voted £5 to board and shingle Meeting 

Bluehill, Sept. 6, 1792. Voted,that the road leading to No. 6 and to 
Penobscot be cleared next Monday, if the weather be fair, if not, the 
next fair day. Voted, that the Rye raised on the public lots be not 
sold under 5s per bushel. 

Bluehill, April 1, 1793. Voted, to assess £25 for preaching the en- 
suing year. Voted, that the body of the Meeting House be painted 
yellow stone color, the roof of Spanish brown. 

Bluehill, July 18, 1793. Voted to accept an acre ot land offered by 
Capt. Joseph Wood, Jr. and others for the benefit of the town : this 
land so situated as to make the road passing in front of the Meeting 
Honse for a certain distance eight rods wide. 

Bluehill. Sept. 9, 1793. Voted, a committee to meet with other com- 
mittees within the County of Hancock, and take measures to obtain 
relief from the County of Lincoln taxes, ordered by the General Court 
to be paid into treasury of County of Lincoln. Voted that the selectmen 
invite Mr. Huse* to preach with us four months next season ; Voted, £31 
4s for preaching and board of the minister. Voted that the Meeting 
House be glazed and the material for the inside secured. 

Bluehill, Nov. 3, 1794. Voted, that the selectmen agree with some 
person to take a plan of the town, agreeable to resolve of the General 
Court. Voted, that the selectmen invite Rev, Mr. Fisher to preach 
four months next summer. 

Bluehill, April 6, 1795. Voted, that a committee be appointed to 
procure 100 acres of land convenient to the Meeting House, by purchase 
or by exchange. 

Bluehill, May 6,1795. Voted for a revision of the constitution of 
this Commonwealth, 22 against 2. 

Bluehill, Sept. 4, 1795. Voted John Peters, Robert Parker, and Col. 
Nathan Parker,a committee to apply to Mr. Jona. Fisherf" and see if he 
will settle as a minister to this town, etc. 

Bluehill, Oct. 12, 1795. Voted a committee to draught proposals 

to be offered to Mr. Fisher. Oct. 16, voted proposals to Mr. Fisher. 

Bluehill, Oct. 22, 1795. Voted that, this town accept Mr. Fisher's 

answers of this day, and agree to his proposal, settlement and salary, 

and that said answer be recorded. 

Bluehill, Jan. 4, 1796. .Voted, that there be ten acres chopped down 
for Mr. Fisher by the 10th of May next. Voted, that the barn to be 
built for Mr. Fisher be put up at this meet ng to the lowest bidder. 
Jan. 9. Voted,that Daniel Spofford be allowed $147 for building a barn 
for Mr. Fisher. 

*Rev Jonathan Huse graduated Dartmouth College, 1788. Ordained at Warren, 
Me., Oct. 28, 1795. Died there July 3, 1866, aged 86. Editor. 

t See number VI, page 93. Graduated Harvard College, 1792 ; ordained July 23, 1796 : 
dismissed Oct. 24, 1837; died Sept. 22, 1847, aged 79. Editor. 

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George Brooks was born in Bradford, England, 1754. In 1771, 
his father being dead, he came to Newfoundland, where he remained 
one year when he commenced whaling with Capt. Doane, of Cape 
Cod. He settled at Wellfleet, Mass. ,where he married March 4, 1776, 
widow Mary At wood Thompson, of John Thompson,* daughter 
of Richard and Mary Atwood. She was born August 16, 1749. 
He removed to Orrington in 1776, and bought out the possession 
of Simeon Gorton, who removed to Hampden. Mr. Brooks was 
a petitioner to the General Court for grant of land in 1783, and a 
grantee, 1786 ; his lot being the one north of the ferry, a part of 
which is now owned by his grandson George Brooks. He built 
the first grist mill in what is now Orrington. He was a town 
officer from 1789 to 1803. He died Dec. 5, 1807. His widow 
married third, Deacon Mark Hatch, of Castine, July, 1814. She 
was a woman of great personal beauty. She died at Castine, 
Sept. 2, 1817, aged 68. Children, all born in Orrington: 

i. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 14, 1777; mar. Capt. Daniel Snow, of Orrington, 

Oct. 13, 1793. 
ii. John Thompson, b. Dec. 14, 1778 ; Settled Cincinnati, 
iii. Martha., b. Dec. 4, 1780 ; married Henry Dillingham of Hampden , 

Dec. 30, 17!)8. 
iv. Joanna, b. March 3. 1783; married Capt. Jeremiah Simpson, of 

Hampden, June 1, 1801. 
v. Abigail, b. April 10, 1787; married Allen Hodges, March 10, 1805. of 

Orrington (Brewer) from Norton, Mass., b. Sept. 29, 1775. died Jan. 24, 

1826. His widow died March 21, 1864; children Emily. 1805; Thomas, 

1808; Daniel, 1810; Mary, 1817; Joanna. 1814; Geo. Tisdale, 1823. 
vi. Deborah Atwood, b. April 10, 1787; married Thomas Snow Esq., of 

vii. James, b. Feb. 14. 1789; Lived in Orrington. 
viii. Thomas, b. April 1791 ; died. 1793. 
ix. Lucy, b. April 1793; died 1794. 

John T. Brooks, born in Orrington, Dec. 4, 1778 ; He was a 
shipwright, and one of the most enterprising men ever born on 
Penobscot river. He married Sallie, daughter of Archelaus Dean 
of Orrington, pub. Dec. 9, 1800; She born Nov. 18, 1782. In 
1814 with his wife and five children he emigrated to Ohio, and 
settled in Cincinnati. Here he commenced operations at his 

'♦The children of John and Mary Thompson were : Hannah, who married William 
Murch, of Hampden, grandparents of T. H. Mureh, ex-M. C. from Rockland; Nancy, 
who married Ezekiel Cobb, of Hampden ; Mary, who married Nath. Harding and Levi 
Young, of Hampden. 

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trade with vigor. In 1814-15 he built the brig Cincinnati^ which 
was loaded with ears of corn, and sailed for Boston,via New Orleans* 
arriving in safety. Many families in Orrington had some of 
these ears of corn. In 1815-16 he built the first steamboat ever 
built in Cincinnati, which was the first that run on the Ohio river* 
He invested money largely in real estate the title to which was, 
somewhat uncertain. He became involved in lawsuits with Nich- 
olas Long worth, in which Mr. Longworth by his wealth and 
influence succeeded in depriving Mr. Brooks of about all his es- 
tate. Mr. Brooks died about 1822. His widow died many years, 
after, on the passage down the Mississippi Eiver — and was buried 
by the side of her husband, in Cincinnati. Children were : 

i. Sally Brooks, b. in Orrington Jan. 9,1802; married first, Samuei 
Boroff, and second, Joseph Johnson, of New Albany Ind. Two children by 
first husband; Maria and Samuel. 

ii. Maria Brooks, b. Orrington Sept. 14, 1803 ; married John Kin man or 
Kinsman of Philadelphia. 

iii. John Thompson Brooks, b. Aug. 29, 1806 ; settled in New Albany 
Ind., man of great ability. Steamboat captain, Civil and Mechanical! 
Engineer, had much to do with Louisville and Chicago Rail Road. 
Died in New Albany. Married twice, and had two children by first wife, 
Harriet and Maria, 
iv. Anna H. Brooks, b. Orrington May 14, 1808 ; married David Hal- 
stead of Cincinatti. Children, Albert and David. 
v. James Brooks, b. Orrington Aug. 7 1810. 
vi. William Dean Brooks, b. Orrington Oct. 30, 1813 ; settled in New 

Albany Ind., married and died there, 
vii. Solomon Brooks, b. married in Louisville died young man. 

James 2 Brooks of George 1 Brooks, born Orrington, Feb. 14, 
178^ Farmer, lived on the old homestead in Orrington. He 
was a most estimable, upright citizen, who had the confidence of all 
»vho knew him. He died March 16, 1868 aged 80. He married 
Elizabeth Taylor, daughter of Capt. Samuel and Joanna (Taylor) 
Bartlett* of Orrington, Aug. 18, 1814. She was born in Orring- 
ton, Nov. 24, 1794, and died there Nov, 20, 1874. Children were : 

i. George Brooks, b. June 21. 1815; Farmer and manufacturer. Re- 
sides in Orrington. Married first, Corrilla Nickerson, Oct. 13, 1842; She 
died Aug. 19, 1843 ; aged 27. He married second Mrs. Lydia B. Hopkins, 
Jan. 22, 1845 : She died Oct. 20, 1856 aged 41 ; he married third Coroline J. 
Nickerson of Orrington, May 18, 1858 ; She died Nov. 14, 1860 ; aged, 
31 ; He married fourth Miss Priscilla Nash, of Addison, March* 5, 1862. 
Children, Geo. H. b. Nov. 14, 1860; died Nov. 25. Geo. W. b. Jan. 3, 

* Samuel Bartlett was son of William and Mary (Bartlett) Bartlett, of Plymouth, 
Mass., born there July 24, 1757; died in Orrington, March 24, 1836, aged 78 years andS 
months. His wife, Joanna Taylor, born in Plymouth, Mass., daughter of Jacob and 
Jemima (Sampson) Taylor, born Aug. 11, 1761; died in Orrington, Oct. 4, 1844, aged 83 

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1863, died -1876; Edward A. b. July 30, 1865; died Sept. 8; Harrison 
Nash b. Sept. 10, 1867; James, b. Feb. 13, 1872; Bartlett, b. 1874. 

ii. Joanna Bartlett, b. Mju\ 31, 1817; died June 19, 1834. 

iii. Mart Hatch, b. Aug. 11. 1819; married Capt. Atkins R. Nickerson 
of Orrington, Oct. 29, 1839. He died. 

iv. Elizabeth Taylor, b. Oct. 29, 1821 ; married Capt. Simeon E. Fow- 
ler of Orrington. July 14, 1845 ; He died July 10, 1847 ; She married sec- 
ond Dr. Lewis Watson, of Bangor. June 23, 1857. 

v. Susan Bartlett. b. Dec. 1, 1823; married Capt. Albert B. Wyman 
of Orrington and Brooklyn,N. Y. Jan. 6, 1848; He died Brooklyn, N. Y., 
1877; She died. Children, Boss A. and Brooks. 

vi. Caroline Smith, b. Aug. 15, 1825, married E. Newton Fowler of 
Orrington, Dec. 31, 1848. Children. Edward L. b. March 19, 1851, Charles 
N. b. Aug. 15, 1856; and George B. b. March 11, 1854. 

vii. Hannah Jane. b. Jan. 19, 1839; married first Robert Hatton, of 
Hampden. Dec. 22, 1846; He died on his way to California in 1849; She 
married second Jeremiah S. Paine of Brewer, April 21. 1853; one dau. 
Mary E. Hatton b. April 8. 1849; dau. Rose B. Paine b. July 29, 1857. 

viii. Edward James, b. Dec. 27, 1830; married Belle M. Sachett of New 
Albany, Ind. June 8, 1869 ; Resides there. One son ; died young. 

ix. Emily Prudence, b. Nov. 25,1832; married JoseplTH. Kaler, of 
Belfast, Nov. 23, 1854; children. Henry E. b. Feb. 12, 1856, Marcella, b. 
Aug. 5, 1860; Annie K. b. Oct. 10. 1864. 

x. Alonzo Scudder, b. Feb. 7. 1835 ; married Mary C. Wilson, of 
Bardstown, Ky. June 20. 1861; He died there in 1866. Children, James 
B., Richard T.. Margaret M., William W. 

sL Samuel Bartlett, b. Nov. 19, 1837 ; unmarried, resides New York 
City. Manufacturer. 

3ii. Joanna Bartlett. b. Nov. 19, 1837; died Jan. 3, 1838. 

xiii. Rose Abbt. b. April 22. 1840; manied Capt. Henry B. Nickerson of 
Orrington, at Chelsea Mass., July 16, 1865 ; Ship Master, lost at sea on 
coast of South America. She married feecond, Joseph W. Porter now of 
Bangor^May 5.1 877,by Prof. Wm. W. Barbonr,nowof Yale College, New 

James 3 Brooks, son of John T. Brooks,born in Orrington, Me., 
Aug. 7, 1810 ; settled after arriving at manhood, in New Albany, 
Indiana. He was a man of great business activity and the pi'o- 
moter of every enterprise intended to build up the city o^ t . - 
adoption. The projection and completion of the New Albair *•: • 
Salem Eailroad, afterwards the Louisville and Chicago Railro. * 
was in the main due to his energy and was recognized all over the 
West, as a monument of indefatigable perseverance such as 
but few railroad men at that time could claim. He was a great 
merchant and his business relations to this city and its 
vicinity, his conspicuous example in a business career of 
nearly forty years, was worthy of all praise. In 1862 Secretary 
of War Edwin M. Stanton, applied to the City Council of New 
Albany, Indiana, to name a competent and reliable man to pur- 
chase and fit up the necessary boats and take charge of the Gov- 
ernment Transportation on the Mississippi Eiver. The Council 
advised the appointment of Mr. Brooks. He was consequently 

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Brooks Family^ Orrington* 157 

appointed Assistant Quarter Master of Volunteers with the rank 
of Captain, April 2, 1862. He was in fact the close and confiden- 
tial agent of Mr. Stanton in all matters connected with the United 
States Ram fleet and Mississippi Marine Brigade. His headquar- 
ters were at New Albany, Ind., except that occasionly by the 
direction of Mr. Stanton he visited the scene of operations for 
some special purpose. He bought steamers and made the neces- 
sary alterations for their special service, built gun boats, bought 
supplies of coal for gun boats, and transports. His disbursements 
frequently amounted to more than one million dollars per month 
during the years he was in the service, not unfrequently advancing 
thousands of dollars out of his own funds, against the protest of 
his friends. He said it was right to do it and he did it. At one 
time he had nearly 400,000 dollars charged against him at the 
War Department for things done contrary to the letter of the Army 
Regulations. He was complimented by the War Department 
"with having saved the Government large sums by his 
course. " March 20, 1866, he was mustered out of the service of 
the United States. Few men knew that this quiet man was the 
virtual business Superintendent of the Government operations on 
the upper Mississippi River all through the war. His accounts 
were not all settled until after his death — when the Government 
sent an officer to New Albany for the papers and every- 
**iiii^ •• as found right and settled. He died Dec. 10, 1867. He 
-..;*< u man of great dignity of character, kind hearted and un- 
a suming in all his business and social relations. In early life he 
joined the First Presbyterian church in New Albany, Indiana, 
and was chosen Ruling Elder. He was an honored and useful 
member through life. 

He married Miss Phebe Ann Paxton,* daughter of Col. Paxton, 
at Albany Indiana, Feb. 2, 1831 ; She was born in Philadelphia 
Nov. 9, 1812 ; children all born in New Albany, were : 

i. Charles Paxson. b. Nov. 9, 1831; died Oct 1. 1832. 
ii. Emily Maria, b. Oct. 28, 1833; married Wm. H. Daniel, at New 
Albany. Sept. 15, 1849; She died Oct. 8, 1852. 

* Mrs. Brooks married second, Hon. Jo>eph J. Lewis, of West Chester Penn., 1871. 
Mr. Lewis was a distinguished lawyer, appointed by President Lincoln the first Com- 
missioner of Internal Revenue, 1863. He was a warm personal friend of President 
Lincoln, and was with him when he, died. Judge Lewis died April 5, 1883, aged 82. 
Mrs. Lewis now resides in West Chester, Penn. 

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158 Marriages on Bangor Records; Obituary. 

iii. Wright Smith, b. May 1, 183G; died Dec. 25. 18m 

iv. Anna Louisa, b. Feb. 2, 1840; died Augf. 16, 1841. 

v. James Croxall, b. March 26, 1843. Served in the late war as Cap- 
tain and Commissary, afterward in the service in Mississippi Marine Brig- 
ade one year, at the seige of Vicksburg, and at Memphis. Now merchant 
in Philadelphia. Married Miss Marj r C. Twedale at West Chester, Penn. 
Jan. 25, 1872 ; children Mary, born Dec. 28, 1872 ; and Frances Annette, 
born May 30, 1874. 

vi. Sarah Catharine, b. Nov. 27, 1846 ; died Dec. 9, 1850. 

vii. Frances Annette, b. April 30, 1847 ; died Jan. 18, 1869. 

viii. William Darlington, b. Sept. 7, 1850; died July 8, 1852. 



1821, March 14. In Hampden, Rev. David M. Mitchell to Miss Me- 

linda Crosby. 
Jan. 6, Briggs to Eliza Wilder, of Pushaw. 

1822, Jan. 1, Elias Blake and Sophia Winchester, both of Brewer. 
June 2, John F. Chambers and Betsey Brewer, both of Brewer. 

1823, Jan. 5, Seth Eldridge and Sally N. Fisher, " " « 
March 26, Roswell Silsby and Eunice Mann, of Brewer. 

1824, Jan. 1, Archelaus Jackson and Eleanor Potter, of Brewer. 


1823, Dec. 31, Robert Treat, of Frankfort, and Joan Crosby, of 


1824, July 13, Edward Clements, of Frankfort, and Jane Crosby, of 


1825, April 15, Millet Doane, of Brewer, and Lydia Prouty, of 

April 25, Jonas Holt, of Andover, Mass., and Pamelia P. Frye, 

of No. 8. 
Nov. 24, Addison Adams and Adelia Thayer, both of Hampdc. 
1829, Sept. 29, by Gorham Parks, Justice Peace, Hezekiah Newco 

and Joanna Sebury, both of Newburg. 


Died in South Weymouth, Mass., April 15, 1886, Quincy Reed, aged 
92 years and 5 months. Mr. Reed and his brother, Harvey Reed, who 
died in Bangor Feb. 8, 1859, were the founders of the wholesale boot 
and shoe business in this country, established in Boston in 1809. (See 
ante, number 2, page 21.) 

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VOL. L BANGOR, ME., APRIL, 1886. No. X. 



John 1 Bean, Sen., came from Scotland about 1660, and settled 
in Exeter, N. H. He took the oath of allegiance before Major 
Robert Pike, at Exeter, November 30, 1677. His first wife died 
on the passage over, and after his arrival he soon married a daugh- 
ter of one of the passengers on the same vessel. Children were : 


i. Samuel. 

ii. John, born October 13, 1668. 

v. Margaret. 

v. James. 

vi. Jeremy, born April 30, 1675. 

vii. Elizabeth. 

John 2 Bean, Jr., of John 1 Bean, born April 30, 1675, married, 
lived and died in that part of Exeter, now Brentwood, N. H. ; he 
had son Joshua.^ 

Joshua 8 Bean, of John 2 Bean, Jr., born in Brentwood, 1713, 
where be lived until 1780, when he moved to Gilmanton, where 
four sons and one daughter had already settled. When he moved 
he took his wife and twenty-first child on horseback, and thus 
journeyed from civilization to the frontier that then was. He died 
in 1787. He married first Hannah Robertson, who died 1757 ; 

*Mr. Bean is preparing a genealogy of the Bean family. 

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160 The Bean Family. 

he married second, Lydia Brown, about 1758 ; she died January 
31, 1823. Children by first'were : 

i. Hannah, b. June 9, 1739; married Benjamin Mudgett, Dec. 

21, 1763. She died in Meredith, N. H., July 9, 1834. 
ii. Joshua Jr., b. May 2, 1741. Went to Maine, 
iii. Simeon, b. March, 1743; married Joanna Young. He died 

1819. His son Joshua graduated at Dartmouth College 1804. 
iv. Sarah, b. October 1754; married Thomas Chace. 
v. John, b. September, 1746; married Nabby Fowler. 
vi. Mehetable, b. February, 1748; married Samuel Prescott. 
vii. Lydia, b. March, 1750; married Jona. Dow. 
viii. Gideon, b. March, 1752; married Peggy Folsom. 
ix. Deborah. 
x. Rachael. 
xi. Infant. 


xii. Deborah, b. April 17, 1759; died 1762. 

xiii. Mary, b. May, 1761 ; married twice; died 1850. 

xiv. Peter, b. October, 1762 ; unmarried. Died, 1824. 

xv. Elizabeth, b. September, 1764; married Jona. H. Brown; 
died, 1815. 

xvi. Caleb, b. January, 1767; married Betsy Morrill and Betsy 
Wills, and died, 1806. 

xvii. Esther, b. March, 1769; married Elijah Peasley. 

xviii. Richard, b. January, 1771 ; died young. 

xix. Stephen, b. April, 1772 ; graduated at Dartmouth College, 
1798. Settled in Boston. Lawyer. Married Susan, daugh- 
ter of Thomas Hubbart, of Boston, May 4, 1808, hy Rev. 
Wm. Emerson. He died in Boston, December 10, 1825, 
leaving no children ; widow died March 6, 1828. 

xx. Ruth, b. June, 1774; married Thomas Raymond. She died 

xxi. Aaron, b. February, 1779; graduated at Dartmouth College, 
[804. Taught school in Boston and Philadelphia. Settled 
in Boston ; merchant. Married Miss Sarah, daughter of 
William Gooch, of Boston, November 6, 1S06, by Rev. John 
Elliot, D. D. He died April 4, 1820; the widow died July 
6, 1834. Children: William Gooch Bean, and Aaron 
Hayward Bean, now President of Hamilton National Bank 
of Boston. 

Joshua 4 Bean, Jr., of Joshua 3 Bean, born May 2, 1741. Set- 
tled in Gilmanton, N. H., 1763 : he built the first grist mill in 
town, and in his mill the first fulling mill in town was put in by 
John Lougee, Jr. In 1769, the town voted to have three schools, 
one of which was to be held in his mill. He was probably a 
Quaker. He bought a tract of land now a part of the city of 

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Hallowell, December 2, 1780, a part of the Kennebec purchase, 
lot No. 21, 3200 acres for 3800 Spanish milled dollars. In 1781 
he bought land in Winthrop, now Readfield, and moved his family 
and goods there with an ox team, in 1783, occupying three weeks 
in the journey. He held town offices in Winthrop. Kepresenta- 
tive to General Court in 1787. Was a delegate to Massachusetts 
convention, February 6, 1788, which adopted the constitution of 
the United States. Winthrop was divided and Readfield in- 
corporated March 11, 1791, and Mr. Bean's homestead was in the 
new town. It was situated on the North West shore of Lake 
Maranacook. He was a large land owner in Readfield, Jay, Ches- 
terfield and Wilton. He gave each of his sons land for a farm, 
and his daughters a sum of money equal in value. At his death 
he ordered that every grandchild named Joshua or Mary, should 
be given a cow from his flock. He died April 15, 1814, aged 73. 
His estate was settled by his sons Elisha and Reuben, and was 
appraised at $10,720.71. He married his cousin Mary Bean, Nov. 
27, 1763. She died October 8, 1822, aged 79 years. Children: 
the first twelve born in Gilmanton and the last two in Readfield, 
were : — 

1. Elisha Bean, of Joshua Bean, born September 10, 1765. Settled in 
Keadfield, iVle., near his father. A farmer, worthy and influential ; 
he died Aug. 20. 1820. He married Olive Shepard of Epping, N. H. 
She died Jan. 12, 1821. Children were: 

i. Greenlief, b. about 1790. settled in Jay. Farmer and lumberman. He 
married Sally, daughter of Samuel and Eunice (Ryder) Taylor, of 
Chatham. M/iss. He died in Linneus, Me. about 1859. His children 
were Elisha. born 1808, died 1820; Oliver, b. 1810, died 1830; Olive 
Shepard, born January 2,1812; married Calvin Pease, of Wilton; 
she died January 10,1853; Oliver Taylor, born 1815. marred first, 
Thankful Powers, and second, Julia Morse ; he died 1857 ; Bathsheba, 
born 1817 ; married Charles Butterfield. Lived in Aroostook Coun- 
ty. Susannah, born 1819; married Alanson Powers; settled in 
Aroostook County. 

ii. Sophia Bean, born February 18, 1792 ; married John H. Smith of Read- 
field; settled in Wilton. He died 1834; She died October 17, 1858. 
seven children. 

iii. Joshua Beau, born about 1794. married Abigail Peirce and settled in 
Chelsea. Mass. 

iv. Oliver, born 179S. Farmer, Readfield; married Patience Nickerson, 
from Barnstable; three children. Judge Emery O. Bean is one of 
his sons. 

v. John Shepard, born 1790; settled in Searsmont where some of his 
children reside. 

vi. Sally . born 1802 ; married Levi B. Merrill, of Leeds. Lived in Greene. 

vii. Col. Shepard, born November 17, 1804; lived in Readfield until 1837, 

♦In the History of Penobscot County, printed 1882, is an account of the town of Lee, 
but no account nor hardly mention of Colonel Bean, the first and most prominent citizen 
for fifty years. 

162 The Bean Family. 

when he moved to Lee, Me. Col. of the regiment. Representative 
to Legislature 1862. Taught school twenty-five winters. Town Clerk, 
Treasurer and School Committee many years. Justice of the Peace, 
twenty-eight. Trustee of Lee Normal Academy forty years, and 
Secretary of the Board thirty years. He married first Pauline, 
daughter of Charles and Anna Dyer from Barnstable at Readfield, 
November, 1827. She died in Lee, January 16, 1867 ; he married 
second Mrs. Orcutt; children: Gustavus S.. born April 26, 1828. 
Merchant in Lee and Bangor. Deputy Sheriff twenty-two years; 
appointed Warden of Maine State Prison, December 1, 1880, and 
reappointed December 1. 1884; married Lucia A. Haskell, of Lee, 
May 13, 1852; Arabella A. born June 5, 1834; died October 24, 1846; 
Joshua F., born April 26,1842; married and resides in Augusta; 
Anna A., born December 5, 1846; married George H. Fox, of Bur- 
lington, now of Bangor, November 19, 1884. 
viii. Urania, born 1806 ; married Asa Pease of Wilton* Died November 5 r 

2. Mehetable Bean, of Joshua, born January 13, 1766; married first, 

Henry Chandler of Farmington; married 3econd, John Harvill, of 
Winthrop. She died April 1, 1814. Children by first marriage: 
Sophia, Polly, Eliza, Hubbard, a Free Baptist Minister, Nancy, 
Rodney H. 

3. An infant died. 

4. Joel Bean of Joshua Bean, born June 20, 1768. Settled in Readfield; 

Farmer, mechanic and mill owner. Married Sally Norton of Read- 
field. Children r Milton, married : Franklin, married Sally Macomber ; 
Reuben, married; Polly, married; Sally, married; Joel Jr., of Read- 
field ; Ruth, married ; Stephen, of Chesterville ; Joshua died young ; 
John, died young; Harriet, married; Philo, married: John, died 

5. John Bean of Joshua, born June 17, 1770, settled in Chesterville. Large 

farmer; Town Clerk; Selectman. Died ou the farm which he first 

took up, March 5, 1885. He married Relief Whittier of Chesterville; 

she died May 22, 1850. Children : 
i. Lyman, b. Oct. 26, 1793 ; married and went West, 
ii. Anna, b. Dec. 2. 1795; died unmarried 1880. 

ill. Mary, b. 1796, died young. 

iv. Hannah, b. Aug. 5. 1798 ; married E. Whittier of Chesterville. 

v. Pollv, b. Feb. 7. 1800; married Sam Gould; went west* 

vi. Betsy, b. Sept. 1801 ; died at the age of 18. 

vii. Ruth, b. Sept. 1803; married B. Lowell, Chesterville. 

viii. Asa, b. July 26. 1805 ; settled in Montieello, Me. 

ix. Mary. b. May, 1807 ; married B. F. Walker, went South. 

x. Hitty. b. Oct. 10. 1808 ; died unmarried 1880. 

xi. Mason, b. Jnly 9, 1810; married — Cleveland, Ohio. 

xii. Relief, b. Feb. 11, 1812; married John Foster— Cleveland, Ohio. 

xiii. Hanson, b. Dec. 16, 1813. Chesterville. 

xiv. Cynthia, b, Feb. 27, 1816; married Levi F. Preble; resides Presque 

Isle, Me. 
xv. Dersey? b. Aug. 10, 1818; married Sam II. Foster; resides in Winn. 

6. Ruth Bean, of Joshua, b. June 5, 1770; married John Harvey. She 

died Jan. 17; 1801. Children :— Joshua B„ who lived at one time in 
Lowell, Me ; Shepard died at age of twenty-two ; Ruth, who married 
Joel Bean, jr. 

7. Reuben Bean, of Joshua, b. June 13, 1774. settled in Jay, Me., Bead's 

Corner. Farmer. Had much expeiience in Town, County and Pro- 
bate matters : He married first Bathsheba, daughter of Samuel and 
Eunice (Ryder) Taylor, of Chatham, Mass. He married second, 
Mrs. Phebe Couch Kennedy, of Readfield. He died Sept 10, 1861. 
Children: Sally T.. b. Aug. 9, 1806, married Rev. Levi Eldridge; 
Samuel b. Mar 22, 1809; married first Rosilla Bean, and second, Mrs 

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Sally Bean; Joshua, b. Jan. 16, 1812; married first, Lucinda Taylor, 
and second, Adaline Chandler ; Ellas* b. 1814 ; married first, Louisa 
Taylor and second, Sarah Smith ; Sophia, b. 1816, died unmarried 
at the age of twenty-two : Leonard O., b. 1819, for many years a 
merchant in Boston, now resides in Portland ; married first, Miss 
Harriet Hardy and second, Mrs Dianthe Clement, 1885. 

8. Betsey Bean, of Joshua, b. Feb. 23, 1776, married John Locke, of 
Rome and settled in Chesterville ; she died 1814. Children : Mary, 
Who married Ebenezer Collier, of Jay ; Betsey, who married Stephen 
Bean, of Readfield; Nancy, who married Elijah Hussy, of Readfield. 

9* Asa Bean, of Joshua, b. April 13, 1778. Graduated at Dartmouth Col- 
lege, 1805. Catalogue of College says, u Merchant, died 1811, aged 
31." Lived at Montville and Frankfort; went to sea as a Supercargo 
in his uncle Aaron Bean's vessel and was never heard from ; married 
Gilman, who married second, Copp, of Montville. Children : Susan 
H. and Alexander H. 

10. James Bean, of Joshua Bean, b. March 17. 1780. He settled in what 

is now Bean's Corner in Jay. He was a Captain in the war of 1812. 
Farmer. He married Eunice, daughter of Samuel and Eunice (Rvder) 
Taylor, of Chatham, Mass., May 24, 1800; he died Nov. 27, 1862"; the 
widow died July 11, 1874. Children all born in Jay were; 

i. Dearborn, b. May 17, 1803. Settled in Jay; married Lovina, daughter 
of Isaac and Polly (Pease) Butterfield, of Wilton, June 26, 1828. He 
died October 21, 1839. Children were Isaac B., b. Oct. 30, 1829: mar- 
ried Mary E. Goding April 4, 1855 ; Dearborn Gorham, b. March 24, 
1834, now of East Wilton, (Inspector of prisons and jails*) who mar- 
ried Rose A. Winslow, May 16, 1858; Lucinda M., b. Feb. 8, 1839; 
married Benjamin F. Butterfield, now of Bangor, Oct. 1, 1860. 

ii. Warren, b. Sept. 26, 1806; lived in Jay. Married first, Julia Wheeler, 
and second, the widow of his brother Dearborn, He died Aug. 11, 
1879; she died Aug. 30, 1880. 

in. Sumner, b. Sept. 26, 1806 ; married Sally Knox. Went West. 

iv* Lewis, b. Aug. 9, 1808. Lived in Jay; married five times. 

v. Eunice, b. June 4, 1810; married fir6t, Rodney Harvill, and second 
Calvin Pease of Wilton. 

vi. Rosilla, b. Dec. 10, 1812; married Samuel Bean and Henry Rack- 
liffe, of Jay. 

vii. Melinda, b. March 4, 1815 ; married J. Kennedy, who lived in Jay. 

viii. Susan B., b. May 26, 1817 ; married Asa Pease of Wilton, who moved 
to Iowa. 

ix. James M. b. Nov. 20, 1819 ; married first Ruth Nash, of Jay, and second 
_________ _________ of Watertown ^Xass 

x. Calista N.. b. Feb. 8, 1822; married E. M. Wood, of Cleveland, Ohio. 

xi. Amanda M.. b. Nov. 26, 1824; married Phineas Whitnrj*, of Jay. 

xii. Sebastian S., b. March 11, 1828; married Betsy R. Beau; lived in Jay. 

xiii. Sevilla D., b. June 5, 1830; married A. P. Fuller, who removed to 

11. Jeremy Bean, of Joshua Bean, b. June 8, 1782. Settled at Bean's 

Corner. Jay. Farmer and mechanic; married Miriam Currier, of 

Deerfield. N. H., Aug., 1803. He died Jan. 6, 1835; She died Oct. 14, 

1858. Children all born in Jay : 
i. John Currier, b. June 21, 1804; married Olive Berry, of Leeds $ moved 

ii. Betsey, b. Jan. 26, 1806; married Samuel B. Russell, of Pittston. 
iii. Salome, b. April 28, 1808; married Jackson Allen, of Canton, Me. 
iv. Mary, b. May 11, 1810; married E. B. Foster, of Jay. She now resides 

with a daughter in Monticello. 
v. George W., b. Feb. 13, 1813; married Laura Berry* of Leeds; lived in 


* Editor. 

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164 Representatives to the General Court. 

vi. Lyman, b. Oct. 8, 1817 ; married Sally Pomroy, of Jay. 
vii. Jeremy P., b. Aug. 11, 1820; died young, 
viii. Lucinda, b. Dec., 1824 ; died young. 

ix. Harriet C M b. May 4, 1828 : married first, Addison Chase, and second, 
Phineas N. Keyes. 

12. Shepard Bean, of Joshua Bean, b. July 16, 1784 ; lived on old home- 

stead, in Readfield ; married Jerusha Hay ward, of Eastern, Mass. He 
died Aug. 31, 1847 ; she died at her daughter's, in Lincoln, March 21, 
1876. Children born in Readfield were : 

i. Selina, b. June. 1810 ; married first, Jona. Gove, of Readfield, and had 
three children. Second, she married Elias Hunt, of Lincoln, Me. 

ii. Charles, b. June 9. 1812; married Ruth A. Fogg, of Readfield; resided 
in Skowhegan, Illinois, and Florida where he now resides. Occasion- 
ally a Free Baptist preacher. Four children. 

iii. George W., b. Feb. 8, 1819. Graduated at College ; Free Bap- 
tist minister. Was connected With Maine Central Institute for many 
years. Preached in Augusta; now located in Lewiston; married 
Perfenda? Fogg, of Readfield. 

iv. Lucy A., b. May 20,1823; married Barzillai Harrington, China, Me. 
Eight children. He built the Lowell, Me., tannery. 

v. Alvin S., b. August 31, 1825; married Phebe W. Jones, of China. Four 

13. Hannah Bean, of Joshua Bean, b. in Readfield, Me., July 13, 1787; 

married James Fillebrown. merchant of Readfield. He accumulated 
a large property,' and died July 1, 1850; the widow died July 1. 1876. 
Children born in Readfield: 

i. Mary Jane, b. July 8, 1813; married and resided in Boston. 

ii. Joshua, b. Dee. 15, 1815; drowned in Maranacook Lake, Dec. 2, 1838. 

iii. Marinda, b. Aug. 22, 1817 ; married J. Lambert, Readfield. 

iv. John Bean, b. June 21. 1820; settled New Gloucester. 

v. Hannah E.. b. September 10, 1822; married. Lived in Readfield. 

vi. Arabella, b. Jan. 10, 1825 ; died Sept. 5. 

vii. James S., b. Aug. 7, 1828; married Anna S. Ladd, of Farmington. 

viii. George M., b. May 20, 1830; married M. A. Craig, of Readfield. 

14. Manly Bean, of Joshua Bean, b. Readfield. July 31, 1790; married 

Sylvia Packard, of Readfield ; settled in Milo, Piscataquis County. 
Children : Lyman, Alden and Mary. 

Note. — This family has been at the front as pioneern in new settlements iu New 
Hampshire and Maine ; bore the burden of such a life and profited by it. The health 
record has been such as few families can show; from generation to generation can be 
seen the broad shouldered, full breasted, muscular family. The average height of the 
old families was six feet, many of them weighing two hundred pounds and more. About 
one hundr- d of the family were soldiers in the war of the Rebellion. 

Joshua Bean had 21 children, 15 of whom married and had 89 children. Joshua Bean. 
Jr., had 14 children, of whom 13 married and had 96 children. James Bean had 13 
children, all of whom married and had 67 children. 


[From the Manuscript of William D. Williamson.] 



1806-8, James Thomas. He was a merchant ; a very honorable man ; 

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Representatives to the General Court. 165 

his manners a little too homely to be prepossessing ; stern to his foes, 
faithful to his friends. He commanded the first troop in town, and in 
the war of 1812, recruited a company of cavalry, which he command- 
ed. He was then promoted to be Deputy Adjutant General in the 
regular army, northern district, which office, with the rank of Colonel, 
he held until peace was declared. He lost his papers, and had some 
difficulty in settling with the government. He afterwards traded in 
New York. 

1807, Horatio G. Balch. A physician ; married a sister of S. E. 
Dutton. He was the third postmaster here. In 18 10, he removed to 
Lubec, and represented that town in the legislature of 1 818. 

1809-10-11-12, James Carr. Mr. Carr was a merchant; a tall, slender, 
straight, quick-spoken man, of good manners and handsome talents. He 
was the second son of Francis Carr, elected a member of Congress in 
18 15, being a high-toned democrat. He was drowned on the Ohio 
river, while going with his family to Missouri. 

1813-14, Charles Hammond. A merchant; land surveyor; a Fed- 
eralist. He was captain of the artillery ; possessed talents. 

1815, Amos Patten. Patten, a merchant, was elected by a division 
of the Federalists, united with the Democrats. He was a man of good 
sense and education, and was afterwards in the Council of Maine. 

1816, Robert Parker. 

1817-18, Joseph Treat. His father, Major Robert Treat, a trader, 
lived a mile or more above the village. Joseph went as captain into 
the army ot 18 12 ; was very wrongfully dismissed by Gov. Brown, as 
the trial fully evinced. After his return home, he was a Brigadier 
General in the militia ; a very popular man. He was a member of the 
Constitutional Convention in 1820 

1819, William Emerson. A merchant; came to Bangor in 1807, 
from Durham, N. H. ; a man of sterling sense, slow of speech, always 
guarded and always influential. He was in the first Council of Maine, 
and afterwards in the senate. 


18 1 2, John Farrington. 

1813, John Blake. General Blake was a lieutenant in the revolution- 
ary army, called " Blackjack" — a man of more than middling stature, 
quick-spoken, of a military turn ; was colonel, brigadier and major 
general of the militia while he resided in Brewer. In the skirmish at 
Hampden with the British, in September, 18 14, he was charged with 
misconduct, tried at Bangor by a court of inquiry and acquitted. He 
then put Col. Grant, of Hampden, and Major Joshua Chamberlain, of 
Brewer, under military arrest, and they were tried by a court martial 
that sat more than a week at the court house at Bangor, when Grant 
was cashiered and Chamberlain honorably acquitted. Gen. Blake died 
January 25, 1842, aged eighty-eight. 

George Leonard. He was a member of the Constitutional Con- 


Abel Ruggles, a member of the Constitutional Convention. 

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166 Benjamin Foster, of Machias. 


David Wilkins, a member of the Constitutional Convention. 


1800-5, Daniel Neal. Major Neal was a farmer of good estate ; a 
bachelor; acquainted extensively with books; a worthy man. In 
stature he was of middling size. 

1801-3-6, Martin Kinsley. He was a man whom the people delighted 
to honor. He graduated at Harvard College in 1778, and settled in 
Hardwick, Mass., which he represented in the legislature ; became em- 
barassed by the Georgia land speculations, and moved to Hampden 
about 1799. He was Circuit Judge of Court of Common Pleas ; mem- 
ber of the Council, Senate, and of Congress, and Judge of Probate for 
Penobscot County. The maiden name of his wife was Bellows, of 
New Hampshire. They had several children ; lost all young but Mary, 
who married Mr. Gardner, of Roxbury, where Judge Kinsley died. 

1807-8-9-10-11, Seth Kempton. 

1812-13-15, Jonathan Knowles. 

1 814, John Emery, jr. 

1816-17-18, Elijah R. Sabin. A minister of the gospel ; a Methodist; 
a man of study. He published a book " Charles Observator," busy 
scenes of common life. 

i8i9,Simeon Stetson. Mr. Stetson was a member of the Council in 
Maine, and of the Constitutional Convention of 1820. Hon. Charles 
Stetson is his son. 


1 798-9- 1 800- 1 -2, Oliver Leonard. 
1802, Joshua Carr. 
1805, Timothy Freeman. 
1S07-8. Francis Carr. 

1809, John Farrington. 

18 10, Joshua Chamberlain, 
1811-14-16, Enoch Mudge. 

181 2-i3, John Wilkins; also a member of Constitutional Convention. 

1 815, Warren Ware. 

18 19, Benjamin Nourse. 

[From a Manuscript of the late William D. Williamson.] 


Mr. Foster projected the first settlement on East Machias river, and 
laid its foundation in 1765, by erecting that year a double saw mill 
against its western shore, one hundred rods above the head of the tide. 
He and others who were his neighbors emigrated from Scarboro. He 
was an officer in the first military company formed in the plantation, 

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Long Island — Islesboro. 167 

and was always brave and considerate. He conceived the bold purpose 
of seizing the Margaretta, a British armed vessel, which ventured up 
the West Branch, in 1775, and took the lead in making her a prize. The 
exploit won him and his companions much credit. Afterwards, while 
in command of a coaster, he captured a British schooner. For his cour- 
age and good conduct in these transactions, the Provincial Congress 
bestowed upon him a tribute of public thanks. He was one of the first 
Justices of the Peace commissioned in the eastern section of the dis- 
trict, being appointed early in the revolution. Upon the organization of 
the militia in 1776, Mr. Foster was appointed under the Provincial 
Charter, Colonel commandant of the sixth and remotest eastern regi- 
ment, on its original establishment ; his Lieutenant-Colonel being 
Alexander Campbell, afterwards Major General of the division. He 
continued as such until within a year or two of his death, which is 
supposed to have occurred in 1787 or 1788, at the age of sixty years. 
Too much can scarcely be said in praise of such men, for they are the 
worthy adventurers who first change a wilderness into cultivation, and 
give the primary imprint to the character of a people. 


I find this island named Longue Island on the map of Eman 
Bowen, "Geographer to the king of England," in 1747. As to 
the first settler, the claims are somewhat conflicting, Mighill 
Parker, Esq., wrote Gov. Williamson in 1821, that "Benjamin 
Thomas, from Cape Elizabeth, was the first settler.' He came 
probably in the spring of 1769, with his wife and one child, hav- 
ing been at Long Island the year before, to get the lay of the 
land. I give him the credit of being the first man who brought 
his family on to the island. " Benjamin Thomas, of Long Island, 
in Penob3eot bay, married Mary, daughter of Robert Jordan, of 
Brunswick."* "Dec. 24, 1767, married in Falmouth (Cape Eliz- 
abeth), Benjamin Thomas and Mary Jordan, he of Boothbay."f 

The second settler was probably Capt. William Pendleton, from 
Stonington, Conn., who came in September, 1769, with his fam- 
ily, and sons John, Job, Harry, Jonathan, and Oliver. They all 
settled on the extreme southerly end of the island except Job, 
who settled on Billy Job's Island, near by. The property which 
was Capt. Pendleton's is now owned by Mr. Jeffrey R. Brackett, 

* Jordan Genealogy, page 335. 

t Maine His. and Gen. Recorder, vol. 3, page 102. 

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168 Long Island — Islesboro. 

of Quincy, Mass. No more beautiful situation can be found on 
the coast of Maine. 

Shubael Williams, from Connecticut, came with his family in 

1769. He had been here previously. His sons Samuel, Amos, 
Joseph and Benjamin, came with him. He settled on the lot 
above Bounty Cove, or the Narrows. His lot extended from the 
east to the west bay. In 1786 he conveyed his lot to his unmar- 
ried son Samuel, through whom it descended to the other mem- 
bers of the family. 

Elder Thomas Ames came from Marshfield, Mass., in 1770, 
with his son Jabez. They settled on the beautiful point of land 
on the west above Ames' Cove, now owned by Capt. John Pendle- 
ton Farrow. Mr. Ames was the first settled minister on the 
island. He moved off from the island. 

Thomas Pendleton, senior, from Stonington, Conn., came about 

1770, with his sons Thomas, Dea. Samuel, Gideon, Joshua, Na- 
thaniel and Stephen. He settled on the east side, below what is 
now known as Hewes* Point. Much of his lot is now owned by 
his great-grandson, Capt. Mark Pendleton, and his enterprising 
sons. Thomas Pendleton, senior, was cousin to William Pendle- 
ton, senior. Hon. George H. Pendleton, U. S. Minister to Ber- 
lin, is said to be a grandson of Thomas Pendleton, senior. 

Capt. John Gilkey came about 1772, probably from Cape Cod. 
He settled on the west side, at what is now known as Gilkey's 

Valentine Sherman and his son Robert came about 1772, prol>- 
ably from Connecticut. He settled on the south-west side of the 
island, near and above Elder Ames'. He sold his lot to his son, 
Aug. 1, 1791. 

Capt. Peter Coombs, senior, came in 1784 or 1785, from Bruns- 
wick. He settled at Sabbath Day Harbor, on the lot now occu- 
pied by the hotel and other buildings. He sold out to Mighill 
Parker in 1791, and returned to Brunswick. 

Capt. Anthony Coombs, senior, came about 1782, from New 
Meadows, with his sons Anthony, Jesse, Robert and Ephraim. 
He settled on the lot next northerly of Shubael Williams', being 
the lot where the meeting house now stands. His sons settled on 
the north-east side of the island, above Sabbath Day Harbor. 

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Long Island — Islesboro. 169 

Hosea and Fields Coombs, brothers, said to have been nephews 
of Capt. Anthony, came about the same time. Hosea settled 
northerly of Capt. Anthony Coombs, on the lot now occupied by 
his grandson, Capt. Solomon Page Coombs, and summer cottages 
of Sanborn, Bragg, Garland, Burr, Spratt, Milliken and Porter. 
Fields settled at the head of Sabbath Day Harbor. 

Joseph and Peter Woodward, brothers, came about 1784, prob- 
ably from Hingham, Mass. They settled on north-easterly side 
of the island. In a few years both moved away. 

Sylvester Cottrel came about 1786. Settled on or near what is 
now Hewes' Point. He sold part of his lot July 1, 1790, to Sam- 
uel Jackson, of Boston. The deed was the first deed recorded on 
Hancock County Records. Mr. Cottrel is said to have died in 

Elihu Hewes came about the same time, and probably settled on 
Cottrel's lot, on the point now Hewes' Point. He died January 14, 
1808, aged 81. 

Joseph Boardman, came here 1774, from Boston ; he married 
here that year. He settled on the southerly part of the island. 
He is said to have been one of the innumerable number who threw 
the tea overboard in Boston harbor. 

Ben Marshall was here early. The town records say, " Old 
Mr. Ben Marshall came to town meeting, July 5, 1793." He was 
probably the father of Thomas Marshall, who settled on the 
northerly end of the island. 

Simeon Dodge, Sen., came about 1785, from Block Island, R. 
I., with his sons Simon, Noah, Rathburn, Mark, Israel, Solomon 
and Joshua. He settled on the east side below Mr. Thomas Pen- 
dleton, near what is now known as "The Gully." His sons settled 
on various parts of the island, some at the north-west side. 

William Burns came before 1794, from Bristol. 

Joseph Pendleton,* son of Peleg, came about 1790, from Ston. 
nington. Settled on the south-east side of the island above Dark 

Samuel Warren came before 1790, probably from Bristol. His 

♦See ante, No. VI, page 92. 

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170 Long Island — Islesboro. 

oldest son John was a Quaker preacher, and at one time visited 

Charles Newell was here in 1789. 

Samuel Veazie, Jr., came from Harpswell, or Brunswick, about 
1790. He was son of Rev. Samuel Veazie, of Harpswell, Hull, 
Massachusetts, and Duxbury, Massachusetts, who graduated at 
Harvard College, 1767. Samuel, Jr., settled on the northerly end 
of the island, east side, near where his descendants now live. 

Ellison Laselle first settled on LaselFs Island, and afterwards 
returned to the extreme north end of the island. His lot included 
Turtle Head. He was a relative of the founder of Lassell Female 

Rev. Charles Turner Thomas was here and married Mary Gilkey, 
in 1788 ; may have been a son of Ben Thomas, senior. 

William Grinnell came before 1791, from Block Island, R. I. 
He was selectman that year. He settled on the west side of the 
island, below Sprague's Cove, and northerly of Anthony Coombs, 
He sold out to Joshua Moody and moved to Belfast, when be died 
December 5, 1842, aged 79. 

Josiah Farrow came about 1790, from Bristol. He was a Revo- 
lutionary soldier. 

John Farrow came about 1795, from Bristol, probably a nephew 
of Josiah. 

Godfrey Trim came before 1792 with his sons Godfrey, James 
and Robert ; settled at north end, on east side. 

Jonathan Parker came about 1795, from Groton, Massachusetts ; 
settled on northerly end, east side, next north of Samuel Veazie. 

Simon Parker was here in 1791 ; bought lot of Benj. Coombs 
and John Sprague. 

Mighill Parker came about 1790; bought out Captain Peter 
Coombs at Sabbath Day Harbor. Lot afterwards owned by 

Prime Holbrook here in 1790. 

Joseph Jones here in 1791. 

William Elwell came here in 1789 from Burton's Island, St. 
George ; removed to Northport. 

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Long Mand^-Mesboro. 171 

-— »-. .. — — .. 

David Thomas came before 1786 ; settled on north end'of 700- 
Acre Island. The names of the children have an "Old Colony n 

Adam Turner was here early. 

John Sprague came before 1794. His lot was near Sprague's 
Cove, west side. 

Widow Lydia Sprague, of Jonathan, brother of John, came 
about 1800 with her sons Simon, Solomon, and Rathburn, and 
settled on west side near Sprague's Cove. 

Elisha Nash came 1791 ; bought a lot August 18, of Simon 
Dodge, Jr., near Paoli Hewes, below the narrows. 

Jeremiah Hatch, Jr-, came here about 1780 from Marshfield, 
Massachusetts ; settled on south-west side, where his grandson now 
lives 4 

Benjamin Thomas, Ji\, came 1790 from Marshfield, Massachu- 
setts ; settled on north end of 700-Acre Island. 

The inhabitants had a plantation organization under the general 
law. No records are to be found. In 1788 the inhabitants 
appointed a committee to petition the General Court for a survey 
of the island and for incorporation as a town. I give a copy : — - 

* fc To the Honorable the Senate and the Honorable the House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in General Court 
assembled : 

Humbly shews the committee appointed by the Inhabitants of Long 
Island Plantation in the County of Lincoln, That there has been several 
surveys of the said Island, from the Report of which we have always 
understood that no part of the center of said Island lay within three 
miles of the Main, except from the Report of Capt. Stone, who made 
the last survey, who says that the said island was within three miles of 
the Main ; But your Petitioners humbly beg leave to observe that they 
conceive Capt. Stone may be mistaken, as they have understood that in 
his calculations he governed himself by Grant's survey and plan, which 
survey by said Grant is deemed very erroneous. It appears by the re- 
solve of the Honorable General Court, confirming the grant of 30 miles 
to the heirs of the late Brigadier General Waldo, that all islands whose 
center is within three miles of the Main shall be considered and included 
within this Grant. Your Petitioners conceive that the true meaning of 
the word Center is by a line running through the center of said Island, 
and not confined to any point or neck of land jutting out of the body of 
said Island. 

Since the survey and Report made by Capt. Stone your Petitioners 
have had an accurate survey of the distance of said Island from the 
Main by an able surveyor, who assures your Petitioners that no part of 

172 Long Island — Mesboro. 

said Island is within three miles of the Main, and chain men were duly 
sworn to faithfully and truly execute the duty of their several stations. 
Your Petitioners therefore humbly entreat the Honorable General Court 
that some disinterested Principle Inhabitant in the vicinity, may be im- 
powered as well in behalf of the Inhabitants as of the Commonwealth, to 
employ and inspect such persons as he may think capable of taking an 
accurate survey of the true distance of said island from the Main, and 
make Report thereof to the Hon. the General Court for their determina- 
tion, and your Petitioners will defray the expense attending such survey. 
Your Petitioners also intreat the Hon. Gen. Court that all tax bills 
forwarded to be assessed on said plantation and its Inhabitants may be 
stayed, and the assessing and collecting the same may be suspended 
until the lands are meted out and confirmed to the settlers ; and a legal 
valuation can be presented. And as the different plantations in this 
part of the County of Lincoln are to be incorporated, your Petitioners 
pray that Long Island Plantation with the islands contiguous may be 
incorporated into a town by the name of Winchester,* that the inhab- 
itants may be in the enjoyment of those privileges which are annexed to 
towns corporate, there being more than sixty families settled and resid- 
ing therein, and as in duty bound will ever pray. 
Long Island, Oct. 22, 1788. 

JOHN GILKEY, j Commjttee - 



" An act for incorporating Long Island Plantation with the islands 
adjacent, in the County of Lincoln, into a town by the name of Isles- 

Sec. I. Be it enacted, etc., * * * that the tracts of land described as 
follows, viz. : Long Island, Seven-Hundred-Acre Island, Job's Island, 
and the Lime Islands, situated in Penobscot Bay, in the County of Lin- 
coln with the inhabitants thereon, be and they hereby are incorporated 
into a town by the name of Islesborough. * * *" 

Col. Gabriel Johonnot of Castine, was authorized to call the first meet- 
ing. His warrant was directed to Shubael Williams, one of the princi- 
pal inhabitants, notifying them to meet at his house, April 6, 1789, at 9 
o'clock A. M., to choose officers, etc. 

The following were chosen : Mr. Thomas Ames, Moderator ; Fields 
Coombs, Town Clerk ; Capt. William Pendleton, Valentine Sherman 
and Fields Coombs, Selectmen ; Capt. John Pendleton, Treasurer ; Mr. 
Hosea Coombs and Mr. John Gilkey, Constables ; Capt. Peter Coombs 
and Mr. Harry Pendleton, tythingmen ; Capt. Anthony Coombs, Sur- 
veyor of wood and lumber ; Noah Dodge and Joshua Pendleton, hog 
reeves and fence viewers. 

►Name changed to Islesborough. 

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"The number of inhabitants in Pleasant River — men, women and 
children, — April 27, 1778. The whole number is 213 (8) souls; and 
those in want. 

David Wass, 


William McCausland, 


Joseph Tibbetts, jr., 


Obadiah Allen, 


Joseph Tibbetts, sen., 


Noah Mitchell, 


Margaret Nash, 


Nathaniel Cox, 


Wilmot Wass, 


William Mitchell, 


Wilmot Wass, jr., 


Nehemiah Small, 


Widow Knowles, 


Joseph Nash, jr., 


William Engersoll, 


Joseph Nash, 


Edmund Stevens, 


George Tinney, 


Seth Norton, 


Samuel Nash, 


John Hall, 


Isaiah Nash, 


Daniel (Tinney,) 

Richard Coffin, 


Go wen Wilson, 


Joseph Drisko, 


John Bucknam, 


Joseph Drisko, jr., 


Joseph Wilson, 


Moses Plummer, 


Owen McKensie, 


David Will, 


Moses Wooster, 


Daniel Look," 


Nathan Whitney, 



Eastport was settled about 1760, and incorporated Feb. 24, 
1798. It included Moose Island, Dudley's or Allan's Island, 
Frederick or Rice Island, Burnt and Patmos Islands, and town- 
ship No. 8, on the Bay of Fundy. Lubec was taken from it and 
incorporated into a town, June 21, 1811, and took from Eastport 
all except Moose Island, and perhaps one or two smaller islands. 
A commission was appointed by the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts, to assign the lots to original settlers. The deeds were 
dated from 1802 to 1808. A very large proportion of the early 

*In Want.— This paper was probably a census of the inhabitants, and showed who 
wauted assistance from the General Court. 

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Land Grants in Eastport and Lvbec. 

settlers appear to have first settled on the main land, many of 
them afterward going over to Moose Island, or Eastport. 


Mark Allan, 

William Allan, 

Col. John Allan, 

John Allan, jr., 

Geo. Washington Allan, 

James Aver}', 

James Basley, 

Perez Burr, 

Oman (?) Berry, 

Phineas Bruce, 

Samuel Baker, jr., 

David Bassett, 

Jacob Gove, 

David Gilman, 

Aaron Hayden, 

Joseph Hallowell, 

Rufus Hallowell, 

David Hallowell, 

Clement Huckins, 

Joseph Huckins, 

Nathaniel Huckins, 

James Cochran, 

Solomon Cushing, 

William Clark, sen., 

William Clark, jr., 

Jacob Clark, 

Joseph Clark, jr., 

Nath. Denbow, 

Thomas Dexter, 

Lewis Fred De Lesdernier, 

Gideon De Lesdernier, 

Josiah Dana, 

Heirs of Josiah Flag, 

Enoch Fowler, 

Andrew Harrington, assignee of 

Wm. Crow, 
Daniel Joy, 
James Johnson, 
Noah Johnson, 
Thomas Johnson, 
Luke Kelly, 

Joseph Livermore, 
Harriet Leighton, 
Jonathan Leavitt, 
Sherman Leland, 

bhn Lisenby, 

bhn Pace, sen., 

bhn Pace, jr., 

osiah Phelps, 
Benjamin D. Prince, 
Ebenezer Ramsdell, 
Isaac Ramsdell, 
Daniel Ramsdell, 
William Ramsdell, 
William Ramsdell, jr., 
James Ramsdell, 
William Rumery, 
Dominicus Rumery, 
John Reynolds, 
William Reynolds, 
John Young, 
Jason Mack, 
Peter Morang, 
Alex. Morang, 
Joseph Morang, 
John McDonald, sen., 
John McDonald, jr., 
Heirs of James Miller, 
Matthias Nutter, 
Nath. Nimblock, 
John Newcomb, 
John Morgan Owen, 
Oliver Shead, 
Daniel Small, 
John Smith, 
Lemuel Prescott, 
Daniel Putnam Upton, 
Henry Wade, 
John Wortman, 
Samuel Wheeler, 
Hopley Yeaton, 
Samuel Yeaton. 

* This list copied from the records of the Land Office of Massachusetts, by Charles A. 
House, of Augusta. 

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Patriotism of the Inhabitants of Bagaduce, 1775. 175 


Caleb Boynton, sen., 
Caleb Boynton, jr., 
Robert Bell, 
Henry Bowen, 
Stephen Fountain, 
Wm. Hammond, 
Richard Hall, 
Paul Johnson, 
Jacob Lincoln, 
James Murphy, 
Solomon Mabee,* 
John McGuire, 

James Carter, 
Joseph Clark, 
William Clark, 
Nath. Clark, sen., 
Wm. Goudy, 
John Green, 
Moses Norwood, 
Wm. Ricker, 
Reuben Ricker, 
John Shackford,* 
Samuel Tuttle. 


Rev. Jonathan Bigelow,| 
Andrew Brown, 
Heirs of Elisha Bates, 
Perez Burr, 
Moses Fuller, 
Abel Stevens, 
Solomon Thayer, 
John Cooper, 

Wm. Coggins, 
Catherine Congdon, 
Elijah D. Green, 
Hatevil Leighton, 
Jabez Mowry, 
Samuel Wheeler, 
Rev. Hosea Wheeler. 

(CASTINE) 1775. 

[Contributed by Joseph Williamson, Esq.] 

The following paragraph taken from the Pennsylvania Journal, 
of August 23, 1775, in the library of the New York Historical 
Society, indicates that the people of Bagaduce were not all loyal 
to Great Britain, at least during the first year of the Revolution : 

'"Providence, R. I., Aug. 12, 1775. 
A gentleman from Goldsborough, at the eastward, informs, that 
about the middle of July, two armed vessels, one of 8, the other of 4 
carriage guns, were sent by Admiral Greaves, on a piratical cruise to 
the eastern parts of Massachusetts, and venturing too far up the 
Machias river, the inhabitants of the place attacked them in a sloop 
they had fitted for the purpose, and took them both without losing a 
man. The Machias people have now three armed vessels which they 

* And also in No. 8, on main land. 

t Bey. Jonathan Bigelow, the first settled minister in Lubec, received a deed of one 
half of the minister's lot, while the heirs of Rev. Hosea Wheeler, the first settled min- 
ister in Eastport, received a deed of the other half. 

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176 Publishments in Orrington. 

took from the enemy. The largest of them is supposed to be worth 
£800 sterling. About the same time, five sloops that had been sent by 
Gen. Gage for wood, were taken by the inhabitants of Major-Bagga- 
doose, a small new settlement not far from Fort Pownal ; and as there 
was some reason to fear that the Fort, which stood at the head of 
Penobscot bay, might be taken by the King's troops, and made use of 
against the country, the people in the neighborhood dismantled it, burnt 
the block house, and all the wooden work to the ground. The prisoners 
taken at Machias and at Major- Baggadoose, about forty in number, 
were on their way to Cambridge when the gentleman who brings this 
account came away ; among them is Capt. Ichabod Jones, an infamous 
Tory, who went down in the first armed vessel that was some time ago 
taken at Machias." 

BREWER, 1787 to 1812* 

1787, Nov. 8, James Mayo f of Hampden, and Sarah Nickerson. 
1789, Feb. 8, Thomas Dean Jr. and Susanna Freeman. 
1 791, July 26, James Hastings and Abigail Bugbee. 

March 25, John Rowell and Lucy Bussell. 
1793, Aug. 17, John Crowell and Hannah Atwood. 

11797, July 11, David Orcntt and Betsey Davis. 
June 29, Bangs Doane and Priscilla Nickerson. 

July 28, Richard Eldridge and Temperance Wheelden, 
Aug. 14, Eber Hathorn and Hannah Nichols. 
May 7, Francis Brewer and Peggy Lewis, of Buckstown. 
Oct. 25, Isaac Davis, of Hampden, and Sally Swett. 
May 4, Jacob Dearborn and Hannah Rooks. 

11798, Jan. 31, Bryant Bradley and Sarah Neal. 

Jan. 3, Seth Kempton, of Frankfort, and Lucy Brown. 
March 24, Joseph Rook and Tamosin Snow, of Buckstown. 

1799, March 1, William Cook and Mary Cogswell, of Eddington. 
March 4, Nathan Smith and Sally Stubbs, of Buckstown. 
Sept 8, Ebenezer Tyler, of Hampden, and Lovina Brewer. 
Sept. 25, Samuel Freeman, Jr. and Naomi Higgins. 

1800, June 9, Cyprian Snow and Sally Baker. 
May 31, Isaac Pierce and Rachel Fowler. 
Aug. 30, James Mudge and Ruth Atwell. 

April 26, Jona. Vickery, of Hampden, and Ruhama Gould. 

1801, March 10, Gideon Knapp aad Sarah Mann. 

Aug. 28, Bradly Blackman, of Eddington, and Heps i bah Knapp. 
1803, Oct. 15, Nathan Phillips and Rebecca Renfield. 
1805, March 17, Daniel Smith and Miriam Smith. 

Aug. 27, Daniel Robinson and Mary Kenney. 
1810, May 21, Ben Atwood and Mary D. Eldridge, 

♦Corrected from page 112. 

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Lewis F. Delesdemier. 177 

1810, June 18, Samuel Stone and Haunah W. Painter. 

Aug. 3, Col. John Brewer and widow Ruth Prescott, of Augusta. 

Aug. 18, Jona. Wood and Betsey Baker, of Hampden. 

Sept. 1, Cyrus Brewer and Belinda Brettun, of Raynham, Mass. 

Sept. 1, Theophilus Nickers© n and Eunice Hamilton. 

Sept. 15, Thaniel Garland, of No. 2, and Polly Dole- 

Oct. 7, Thomas Freeman, and Mehitable Nye. 

Oct. 15, Zaccheus Hall and Sally Adams, of Bangor. 
181-1, Jan. 7, Noah Clark and Jane Smith. 

Feb. 9, Luther Jones and Lucy T. Nye, of Hampden. 

Feb. 9, Wm. Johnson, of Eddington, and Sally Clewly. 

April 20, Josiah Rogers and Lucy Severance. 

June 22, David Gilmoie and Sallie Coombs. 

June 24, Wm. Woodman, of Frankfort, and Deborah Higgins. 

Aug. 10, Benjamin Nickerson and Eliza Higgins. 
1S12., Feb. 1, William M. Verrill, of North Yarmouth, and Anna 


{From a Manuscript of the late William D. Williamson.] 

Lewis Frederick Belesdernier, a Swiss patriot, came to this 
country during the revolution, and became a lieutenant in the 
army under Captain Preble. After peace our government was 
disposed to do something in reward for his services, and therefore 
in 1785, it appointed him "naval officer" for Passamaquoddy. 
He immediately became a resident of Moose Island, now East- 
port. In 1787 sheriff Bridge gave him a commission as deputy 
sheriff — the first one to any person in that section of Maine. 
Upon the formation of the Constitution, his official character was 
changed to that of collector of the customs for the eastern dis- 
trict — a position which he held until 1811, being succeeded by 
Lemuel Trescott. 

Mr. Delesdemier was a man of good mind and accommodating 
manners. Toward the close of his life, his intellect became occa- 
sionally impaired. He died at Calais, in 1831. William, of 
Calais, his only son, is a man of medium stature ; thick set ; in 
manners of an animated turn ; in expression apt, and always an 
agreeable companion. He has been sheriff and representative to 
the legislature. (Note. — He died January 16, 1842, aged 49.) 

tizea by*^nv7\^/V l\^ 

178 Jethro Delano; Grand Manan. 


This name stands as endorser on more writs than any other on 
"Penobscot River" above Bucksport, from 1786 to 1796. He 
came from Bristol County in 1786, and first set down at Frank- 
fort, then Orrington, which town voted, June 30, 1788, "that 
Jethro Delano be on an equal footing concerning that he hath 
bought as any man hath in town." He moved to Bangor some 
time after. He was a good writer, and had a fair education, and 
appeared as " Att'y for Plff" in most of the cases brought before 
the early Justices. Where he died, or whither he went, I know 
not. He turned his attention to other things besides making 
writs for a living. I give copies of two bills now before me : 

44 Nathaniel Mayhew (of Bangor) 1792. 

To Jethro Delano, Dr. 

To Digging your Seller, £1- 0-0 

To Walling up do £2-17-5 

Errors excepted* 

Jethro Delano." 

" Thomas Couilliard to Jethro Delano, Dr. 

Sept. 20. To 1 saddle, 24 | -, Writ against Marsh, 4 14, £1- 8-4 
To 1 Letter to Littlefield, 2 [ , Writ vs. Mad- 
docks 9 | , 0-11-0 
Sheriff's fees and ditto, 16 | , 0-16-0 
June 6. To travel and attendance at Justice Court, viz. 

Esquire Shute, of Prospect, 0-14-0 

£3- 9-4 
Errors excepted. 

Jethro Delano." 


Petition of Jonathan Eddy and others for the purchasing the 
island of Grand Manan, containing in all 50,000 acres. This 
petition placed on file. Massachusetts General Court Records, 
January, 1784. 

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VOL. I. BANGOR, ME., MAY, 1886. No. XL 


In 1494, the Kings of Spain and Portugal, having authority 
from Pope Alexander VI, agreed to divide the New World between 
themselves, but England and France refused to acquiesce in this 
partition, and began to assert their right of making discoveries — 
by sending adventurers to the American coast, to which the Span- 
iards and Portuguese demurred. The Abbe Raynal* says, that 
Francis, King of France, said that "the King of Spain and the King 
of Portugal were quietly dividing the whole continent of America 
between them, without allowing me to come in for a brother's 
share ; I should be glad to see the clause in Adam's will which 
makes that continent their inheritance exclusively." The French 
and English held their ground. 

The French established themselves to the east of the Penobscot 
river, and this became Acadia. The English settled west, and 
that was called New England. 

After a lapse of time, in 1603, Henry IV. of France, granted 
the whole territory between the 40th and 46th degrees of North 
latitude to Pierre de Gast, Sieure de Monts, and appointed him 
Governor of Canada and Acadia. De Monts sailed for America 
March 7, 1604, having with him as pilot, the distinguished ex- 
plorer, Samuel Champlain. A stand was made in May, and a settle- 
ment began on what is now the Island of St. Croix, in the St. 
Croix river. This proving disastrous, De Monts decided to send 

♦Sullivan'!} History of Maine, page 54. 

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180 Mount Desert Island. 

Champlain* to make discoveries along the coast from the St. Croix 

to the Penobscot ; the river not at that time having been named. 

Champlain started on his voyage in September, 1604. He says in 

his account : 

u September 5th, we passed also, near to an Island about four or five 
leagues long, in the neighborhood of which we just escaped being lost 
on a little rock on a level with the water, which made an opening in oar 
barque near the keel. From this island to the main land on the north, 
the distance is less than a hundred paces. It is very high, and notched 
in places so that there is an appearance to one at sea, as of seven or 
eight mountains extending along near each other. The summit of the 
most of them is destitute of trees, as there are only rocks on them. The 
woods consist of pines, firs and birches only. I named it Isle des Monts 
Deserts. The latitude is 44° 30\" 

This is the first clear description we have of Mount Desert Island. 
De Monts soon after returned to France, and his patent was re- 

In 1688, Louis XIV, King of France, made a grant of land in 
Acadia, to M. De La Motte Cadillac. It was said to have been 
on Frenchman's Bay, but previous to that, Frenchman's Bay in- 
cluded the Bay of Fundy ; however the limits of the patent were 
very uncertain. M. Cadillac tried to retain it, but in 1713 was 
obliged to surrender it, as by the treaty of Utrecht the whole of 
Acadia was ceded to England. The heirs of Cadellac are said to 
have tried to reclaim this grant of the British Government, on the 
east side of the bay, where very probably, it was originally in- 
tended but without success.f 

In 1786, M. Bartholomy De Gregoire and Maria Theresa, his 
wife, the grand daughter of Cadillafe^appeared before the General 
Court at Boston and claimed the Island of Mount Desert under 
the old grant to Cadillac. They brought letters from General 
Lafayette and M. Otto, the French minister to the United States. 
Good feeling towards France prevailed. Lands at the eastward 
were of little value, and log rolling was a science, as much so as 
it is at this day. Therefore " without nice scrutiny," says Mr. 

♦See Translation of his occount of the voyage by the Prince Society of Boston, 1880. 
Vol. 2, pages 38 to 40. 
tSullivan's History of Maine, page 68. 

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Sullivan, and without " the slightest claim on the state" says 
another historian,* the General Court, July 6, 1787 gave these 
claimants " All such parts of the Island of Mount Desert and 
tracts of land described in the former grant or patent * * * which 
now remain the property of this Common wealth."! 

And as aliens could not hold real estate at that time, an enab- 
ling Act was passed by the General CourtNovember 2, 1787, under 
which De Gregoire, his wife and children Pierre, Nicholas, and 
Maria were naturalized. 

In 1762, the General Court granted Francis Bernard, Esquire, 
then Governor of the province of Massachusetts Bay, the Island 
of Mount Desert, " for extraordinary services," but really to 
secure his influence in confirming the grants of twelve townships 
of land to the eastward of Penobscot river. Bernard's grant was 
confirmed by the Crown, but not without difficulty, owing it was 
said at the time, to the fact "that some of the King's ministers 
desired that that territory should become a part of Nova Scotia." 
Governor Bernard was at Penobscot, October, 1762, and it is 
said that ne went to Mount Desert at the same time and made 
plans for the settlement of the Island. Later he erected houses 
at South West Harbor. In 1785, John Cockel, Esquire, of Mount 
Desert, petitioned the General Court to confirm or change a grant 
he had from Bernard twelve years before, and asks that his land 
may be laid out " at the head of South West Harbor, commenc- 
ing south of the Old Houses erected before by Sir Francis Bernard." 

He also made preparations to build a mill. John Peters in his 
survey of the Island, in 1789, says : " Now we begin a lot for 
James Richardson : beginning at a Cove about eighty rods to the 
eastward of an Old Mill Dam formerly built by Governor Ber- 
nard, we run first north eighty degrees, east 124 rods ; then north 
10 degrees, west 70 rods ; then south 80 degrees west to the shore, 
following the shore to the first mentioned bounds. This Mill Dam 
is supposed to have been situated near the head of Somes Sound. 

*Dr. Johnston, in History of Bristol. 
fHtmeock Registry, Vol. 1, page 518. 

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182 Mount Desert Island. 

The Revolutionary War interfered with the plans of Gov. Ber- 
nard. He was a native of England and a graduate of Oxford ; 
studied law for a profession, was appointed Governor of New 
Jersey, and after two years there, at the age of forty-six he was 
appointed Governor of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, and arrived 
in Boston, Aug. 3, 1760. He bought an elegant estate in Roxbury, 
on the southwest side of Jamaica Pond, where he resided. He was a 
zealous champion of British authority. Upon every question that 
arose he was the uncompromising friend of the Crown as against 
the people ; his controversies related to the Custom House ; the 
Writ of Assistance ; the establishment of new towns, and the pecu- 
niary affairs of the Province. His conduct, when the Stamp Act 
riot occurred in 1765, and the seizure of John Hancock's Sloop, 
Liberty, in 1768, for an alleged infraction of the revenue laws, at 
last aroused the people. A meeting was held in the Old South 
Meeting house in Boston, June 14, 1768, and a committee of 
twenty-one appointed to wait upon him and protest against his 
measures. On this committee were Hancock, Otis, Warren, Sam 
Adams, Josiah Quincy, and others. June 15, they proceeded to 
Jamaica Plain in eleven chaises, and called upon the Governor 
who received them courteously, treated them to wine and made 
promises which he did not keep. Soon after he ordered the Brit- 
ish Regiments to Boston, and continued to pursue the same course 
in all public matters until 1769, when the House of Representa- 
tives humbly petitioned the King to remove him from the Govern- 
ment of the Province. His recall came suddenly, and he left 
Roxbury July 3, 1769, and the next day embarked from the 
Castle for England. As he departed the bells were rung, cantion 
were fired from the wharves, the Liberty Tree made gay with 
flags, and at night immense bonfires were kindled on Fort Hill. 
He was an upright courteous gentleman, without tact, or the 
command of his temper, and mean and parsimonious in his habits. 
He was a liberal benefactor to Harvard College. He generally 
attended divine service at Brookline, because the sermons were 
shorter than at Roxbury. On his return to England he was 
knighted. He died June, 1779 ; in his will of September 23, 
1778, he devised the Island of Mount Desert to trustees, for the 

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use of his oldest son, John Bernard, for the term of his natural 
life. In the meantime his estate in this country had been confis- 
cated. John Bernard, it seems, attempted to take possession of - 
his father's grant by settling down at Moose Island,* now East- 
port ; he afterward removed to Pleasant Point, now Perry, where 
his only companion was a dog. Here he built a log hut and fell 
some trees ; how long he remained is unknown. 

In 1785, he appears as of Bath, and sends a petition to the Gen- 
eral Court " praying for permission to take possession of the 
Island of Mt. Desert;" this petition was accompanied by a certificate 
" signed by many respectable persons, subjects of this Common- 
wealth, stating that said Bernard had conducted himself during 
the late war unexceptionally, in his political and moral conduct ;" 
on this account and for other good and sufficient reasons, the 
General Court, June 23, 1785, passed a resolve in his favor 
as follows : 

41 Resolved that one moiety or half part of the Island of Mount Des- 
ert, be and hereby is granted, and from the passing of this resolvfe shall 
enure to the said John Bernard, his heirs and assigns forever, to hold 
in fee simple ; provided always that said John shall convey to each 
person now in possesion of lands, which may by a division of the 
aforesaid Island be assigned to said John, such quantity thereof and 
upon such terms as the Committee appointed by a Resolve of the General 
Court passed October 28, 1783, shall direct within 18 months from the 
passing of this Resolve/' 

From June 23, 1785, the date of John Bernard's grant, and 
July 6, 1787, the date of De Gregoire's grant, the Island was 
owned in common and undivided. kX the term of the Supreme 
Court held in Boston the third Tuesday of June, 1788, De 
Gregoire and wife presented a petition to have " their part or 
moiety of the Island called Mount Desert set off from John Ber- 
nard." At this time Bernard had been in England more than 
twelve months, and "his Attorney James Sullivan, Barrister at 
law," answered to the petition. The Court appointed William 
Lithgow, Jr., of Georgetown, Nathaniel Thwing, of Woolwich, 
and Stephen Jones, of Machias, to make partition. Messrs. Lith- 

*On the authority of the late Hon. Lorenzo Sabine, of East port; also see Ante., page 

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gow and Thwing declined to act, and July 4th, the Court appointed 
Nathan Jones, of Gouldsborough, and Thomas Richardson of Mt. 
Desert, to fill the vacancies. 

After much delay the Committee made their report : — 

4% We, Stephen Jones, Nathan Jones, and Thomas Richardson, in 
pursuance to the foregoing warrant, to us directed, have set off to De 
G>egoire and wife the moiety of said Island, which is bounded as fol- 
lows : beginning above Mr James Richarnson's at a stake and stone at 
the head of the tide, at the northern extremity of Mount Desert Sound, 
and from thence running north 38 degrees, west to a stake and stone 
upon the edge of the bank of high water mark upon the northern side of 
said Island ; thence easterly along the high water mark to and around 
said Island ; thence westerly by the shore to said Mount Desert Sound ; 
thence northerly by the shore up said Sound to the first mentioned 
bounds ; and that the whole of that part of said Island to the westward 
of said Sound, and of said northerly line from the head of said Sound 
to the northerly shore to be the moiety or share of John Bernard, Esq. 

Stephen Jones, 
Nathan Jones, 
Thomas Richardson." 
The report was entered at February Term of Court in Boston, 
and finally accepted at a term of the Court June 14, 1794.* 

De Gregoire with his wife and family, immediately took up his 
abode on the Island near Hull's Cove. He interested himself 
in farming and the erection of a mill. He was often straitened 
for money. November 28, 1794, he mortgaged two-fifths of his 
divided moiety to Perez Morton for £137, 6s, 8d, and to Sieur 
Joseph De La Tombe, French Consul at Boston, for £65, 10s, 
8d ; " Kindly and benevolently advanced at our request." Mon- 
sieur Vernuiel had an attachment on the property for a debt due 
him. I find forty-four deeds on record from him to settlers, for 
which he received according to the terms of his grant, five "Spanish 
milled dollars " each ; there were probably a few others who re- 
corded their deeds later, while some have never been recorded. 

August 4, 1792, De Gregoire and wife conveyed to Henry 
Jacksonf for £1247, 16s, " a tract of land on the main * * * 
and also our divided moiety of the Mount Desert Island, [except 
settlers, grants and lots contracted for prior to June 1, 1791 ; and 

♦Hancock Records, Vol. 2, pages 486— 4g7. 
fHancock Registry of Deeds, Vol. 1, page 518. 

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Mount Desert Island. 185 

our farm of 100 acres, as the same is now improved and possessed 
by us ; and another lot at the south west corner of Nicholas 
Thomas' lot, running south 54 degrees west, 64 rods then north, 
48 west to the shore, and up the creek to the first bounds, and also 
one square acre at end of mill dam, and also the mill erected 
there ; also town lot of 450 acres.] Bartlett's Island, 1414 acres, 
Great Cranberry Island 490 acres, Little Cranberry Island 73 acres, 
Sutton Island 174 acres, Baker's Island 123 acres, Bear Island 9 
acres, Thomas' Island 64 acres, Green Island west side of nar- 
rows, two small islands near Bartlett's, Great Duck Island 182 
acres, excepting thereat 100 acres for Col. Jones as a settler, and 
Little Duck Island 59 acres." 

After 1792, I find nothing of De Gregoire and his family, ex- 
cept that they lived on the Island and died there previous to 1810. 
Their children are said to have returned to France. 

July 9, 1796, Henry Jackson conveyed the remaining lands 
unsold, for £100 to William Bingham, of Philadelphia.* 

John Bernard left this country in 1786, and returned to Eng- 
land. He afterward became Sir John Bernard, Baronet, and held 
office under the Crown in Barbadoes and St. Vincent. He died in 
1809. July 6, 1786, f he mortgaged to Thomas Russell, of Boston, 
" one undivided moiety or half part of the Island of Mount 
Desert in said County of Lincoln." Same granted him by State 
of Massachusetts, to secure the payment of three bonds, viz. : one 
for £1480, Is, 4d ; one for £579, 9s, 9d ; and one for £50. There 
is no record in Lincoln or Hancock County of any assignment, 
foreclosure or discharge of this mortgage. It seems that Russell 
was the holder of this mortgage for the London firm of Lane, Son 
& Fraser, who loaned large sums of money in this country. 

From 1786 to 1803, this Bernard grant lay unclaimed. In the 
last year the following petition was presented to the General 

" To the Honorable the Senate, and the Honorable House of Represen- 
tatives, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in General Court 

♦Hancock Records, Vol. 4. paare 74. 

t Lincoln Register of Deeds, Vol. 19, Folio 88—89. 

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186 Mount Desert Island. 

Humbly shews JohD L. Sullivan, Administrator de bonis non of the 
estate of the Hon'ble Thomas Russell, Esq., late of Boston, deceased. 
That in thelifetime of the said Russell, John Lane, and Thomas Fraser 
both of London, in the Kingdom of Great Britain merchants, being in- 
debted to the said Russell in large sums of money, and having occasion by 
the purchase of lands within this State, to secure to them the pay merit of 
debts due to them in this country ; and by reason of their being Aliens 
could not take to themselves deeds directly, had them made to the said 
Russell which served as a security for the debts they owed him ; and 
which when paid, would render it equitable that he should apply the 
remainder of the proceeds of the lands to their use and benefit. 

That the lands and debt remained in this situation until the said 
Russell's decease. 

That there was a Resolve to the Legislature, empowering the Hon'ble 
John Lowell, Esq., former Administrator on the same Estate, to convey 
the same Lands to any person, who should be authorized to receive the 
same in Trust for the said Lane & Fraser, or whoever might represent 
them, but no such conveyance was made. 

The Petitioner being desirous to have equity done as well to the said 
Russell's heirs, as to the said Lane & Fraser, (who have been declared 
Bankrupts,) or any one who represents them, prays your Honors to 
empower him in his said capacity to make such conveyance of the same 
Lands, and he will ever pray. 

Jno. L. Sullivan. 

Boston, Feb'y 16th, 1803." 

The prayer of the petition was granted, and the following Re- 
solve passed : — 

44 Resolve on the petition of John L. Sullivan, administrator de 
bonis non of Thomas Russell, Esq , deceased. JFeb. 26, 1803. 

UPON the petition of John L. Sullivan, adminstrator de bonis non 
of Thomas Russell, deceased, stating that John Lowell, Esq., the former 
administrator, had been authorized to convey certain real estate, but 
had died before the same was completed : 

RESOLVED, that the said John L. Sullivan, administrator de bonis 
non on Thomas Russell, Esq , late of Boston, deceased, be, and he 
hereby is authorized and empowered to convey by deed or deeds duly 
executed, all such real estate within this commonwealth as the said 
Russell held in trust for John Lane and Thomas Fraser, and all such 
as he held as security for debts due to him from said Lane and Fraser, 
unto any person or persons to whom the said Lane and Fraser or the 
survivor of their assigns shall direct the same to be conveyed." 

September 18, 1803, John L. Sullivan, administrator de bonis 

non of the estate of Thomas Russell, of Boston, deceased, by 
virtue of a Resolve of the General Court, passed February 26, 

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Mount Desert Island. 187 

1803, sells* for one dollar without any warranty whatever, " one 
undivided moiety of the Island of Mount Desert, which was 
granted to Sir John Bernard, June 14, 1785," to George W. 
Irving, of Boston, but now resident of London, England. 

Mr. Irving, by his attorney made few sales of land outside of 
the original settlers, who were entitled to deeds by virtue of 
General Resolve. 

March 26, 1822, George W. Irving sold to Ward Nicholas Boyl- 
ston, " That part of the Island of Mount Desert, originally granted 
John Bernard, and by him conveyed to Thomas Russell, deceased,, 
and by his administrator to me, excepting hereunto all lands here- 
tofore conveved by Thomas W. Winthrop, my attorney, the estate 
having been originally conveyed by mortgage to said Thomas Rus- 
sell, to secure a debt in part due to the house of Lane, SonandFraser, 
of London, who were in consequence, equitably entitled to re- 
ceive the proceeds of said estate, and said estate was afterwards 
taken possession of under said mortgage and the equity of redemp- 
tion foreclosed by long possession: the said Ward N. Boylston, 
as Administrator of the estate of his uncle, Thomas Boylston, de- 
ceased, is now equitably entitled to said estate as representative 
of the house of Lane, Son & Fraser, of which Boylston was de- 
clared a partner, and to whom all the estate was to go after the 
payment of the debts of said firm." 

The first English settler on the Island was Captain Abra- 
ham Somes, from Gloucester, Mass., who probably came in 
1762, and settled near the head of Mount Desert Sound (now 
Somes Sound) where he built a mill. James Richardson and 
Stephen Richardson, brothers, came probably in 176*3. 

After the first few settlers came, the eastern part of the Island 
seems to have been settled more largely than the western. 

Settlers on the eastern part of Mount Desert Island, on De 

Gregoire Grant prior to June 1, 1791. From John Peters' Field 

Notes, De Gregoire deeds and other sources : — 

Josiah Black, I Eliphaz Cousins, 

John Cousins, | John Bunker, 

♦Hancock Regtotry of Deeds, Vol. 18, Folio 467—458. 

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Mount Desert Island. 

Joseph Bunker, , 
Isaac Bunker, 
George Chilcot, 
Seth Done, 
Reuben Freeman, 
Reuben Freeman, Jr., 
Simeon Hadly, 
Samuel Hadlock, 
William Hopkins, 
Sterling Hopkins, 
Joseph Hopkins, 
Israel Higgins, B. H.,* 
David Higgins, 
Solomon Higgins, 
Stephen Higgins, 
Eleazer Higgins, 
Levi Higgins, 
Jesse Higgins, 
Nehemiah Higgins, 
John Hamor, Sen., 
John Hamor, Jr., 
Widow Mary Hamor, 
David Hamor, 
Daniel Hamor, 
Henry Knowleb, 
Ebenezer Leland, 
Ezra Leland, 
Amaziah Leland, 
William Lynan, 
John Manchester, Jr., 
John Manchester, 

William Mason, 

Timothy Mason, 

Joseph Mayo, 

Samuel Milliken, 

Richard Major, 

Widow Sarah Paine, 

James Richardson, 

James Richardson, Jr., 

Daniel Richardson, 

Daniel Rodick, B. H.,* 

Solomon Rider, 

Samuel Reed, 

Jonathan Rich, 

Elkanah Remick, 

Ebenezer Salisbury, 

Stephen Salisbury, 

Timothy Smallidge, 

Stephen Sargent, 

John Stanley, 

Margaret Stanley, 

Stephen Scott, 

John Smith, 

Humphrey Stanwood, B. H., 1 

Benjamin Stanwood, B. H., 

Davis Wasgatt, 

Thomas Wasgatt, B H., 

Thomas Wasgatt, Jr., B. H. 

William Wasgatt, 

Ezra Young, B. H., 

Robert Young, B. H. 

Elkanah Young. 

Settlers on the western part of mount desert, on the Ber- 

John Chipman, easterly of Clark's Cove. 

James Richardson, nearly at head of Somes Sound. 

Abraham Somes, northerly side of Somes pond and stream. 

Samuel Reed, southerly side of Somes pond and stream. 

Daniel Somes, on the point southeast of Reed. 

Davis Wasgatt, west of Dealing's pond. 

Andrew Tarr, northerly of Norwood's Cove. 

♦Bar Harbor. 

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William Gilley, Norwood's Cove. 

Tyler Reed, Norwood's Cove. 

George Herman, Norwood's Cove. 

Ebenezer Eaton, 270 acres northerly of S. W. Harbor. 

Joseph Legro, southwest side S. W. Harbor. 

Peter Doliver, " " 

Augustus Rasnell or Rumill, southwest side S. W. Harbor. 

Andrew Tucker, southwest side S. W. Harbor. 

Samuel Bowden, " " 

Benjamin Ward, " " 

Joshua Mayo, " " 

William Grow, " " 

John Rute, " " 

Nicholas Tucker, " " 

Joshua Norwood, east side Bass Harbor. 

Abraham Richardson, " " 

Thomas Richardson, " " 

Peter Gott, " " 

Thomas Richardson, Jr., Bass Harbor Head. 

Daniel Gott, west side Bass Harbor. 

Stephen Richardson, west side Bass Harboi. 

Benjamin Benson, " " 

Daniel Merry's Heirs, Lopers Point. 

Enoch Wentworth,west side Duck Cove Head. 

William Nutter, between Duck Cove and Goose Cove. 

Ezra H. Dodge, at Dodge's Point. 

William Heath, at Seal Cove. 

George Butler, north side of Seal Cove. 

James Reed, " " 

Ephraim Pray, Jr, Pretty Marsh. 

Widow Eaton, " " 

Ephraim Pray, " " 

Reuben and George Freeman, Pretty Marsh. 


Representatives from Mount Desert: — Davis Wasgatt, 1805, 
1807, 1809,1811, 1813; William Heath, 1806; none, 1808, 

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190 Mount Desert Island. 

David Richardson, 1810; John Somes, 1812, 1817; George 
Harman, 1814; none, 1815, 1816, 1818, 1819; David Richard- 
son was first Representative to Maine Legislature 1820. 

The first sermon preached on the Island in 1773, by Rev. 
Oliver Noble. First marriage Davis Wasgatt and Rachael Rich- 
ardson, August 9, 1774, by Rev. Daniel Little, of Kennebunk. 
First Orthodox church at Mt. Desert formed 1792 with nine 
members. First Baptist church at Mt. Desert, formed Sept. 20, 
1816, with eighteen members. 

Post Office established at Mount Desert January, 1821. First 
child born, George Richardson, August, 1763. First vessel built 
in Eden by David and John Hamor. First mill built in Eden by 
Ezra Young, from Cape Cod. 


A meeting of the inhabitants of Mt. Desert, Cranberry Isle and 
Placentia Isle, was held at the house of Stephen Richardson's at 
Bass Harbor, March 30, 1776, to organize a Plantation under the 
General Law of February 16, 1776. 

I. Joseph Black was chosen Moderator. 

II. James Richardson, Clerk and Treasurer. 

III. Ezra Young, Levi Higgins, Stephen Richardson, Isaac 
Bunker and Thomas Richardson, were chosen a committee of 
Correspondence, Safety and Inspection. 

IV. Ezra Young, John. Thomas and Abraham Somes, were 
chosen a committee to bring in the order of the day. 

V. John Tinker and Thomas Wasgatt, chosen committee to 
look after the meadows. 

VI. Voted to procure a book for Record. 

VII. Voted that the committee call on John Tinker and 
Amariah Scalland, for an account of hay. 

VIII. Voted to raise a Militia Company, and elected Ezra 
Young, Captain ; Abraham Somes, First Lieutenant, and Levi 
Higgins, Second Lieutenant. 


" An act for incorporating the plantation of Mount Desert, so called 
in the County of Lincoln, into a Town by the name of Mount Desert. 

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Mount Desert Island. 191 

Sect. 1. Be it enacted &c, * # That the plantation called 
Mount Desert, together with the Islands called the Cranberry Islands, 
Bartlett's Island, Robertson's Island and Beech Island, together with 
the inhabitants thereof, be, and they hereby are incorporated into a 
Town by the name of Mount Desert." 

Gabiiel Johonnot, of Castine, was authorized to call the first 
meeting, which was held April 6, 1789, when over one hundred 
persons signed the Oath of Allegiance. The officers chosen, were 
Ezra Young, moderator ; James Richardson, clerk; Levi Hig- 
gins, Abraham Somes, Stephen Richardson, Thomas Richardson, 
and Ezra Young, selectmen. 


" An act dividing the Town of Mount Desert, in County of Hancock, 
into two distinct Towns, and for incorporating the northerly part of 
said Town into a separate Town by the name of Eden. 

Sect. 1. Be it enacted etc., » # » That the town of Mount Desert 
in the County of Hancock, be divided into two towns, and the northerly 
part of said town, bounded southerly by a line beginning at the point 
north of Goosemarsh Falls, so called ; thence running an easterly course 
to the top of the tide at the head of the sound ; and thence easterly a 
straight course to the top of the tide at Otter Creek, so called, being 
the easterly bounds of said town, and containing all that part of the 
town of Mount Desert, north of the line aforesaid, together with the 
inhabitants thereon, be, and hereby are incorporated into a separate 
town by the name of Eden." 

Col. Paul Dudley Sargent was authorized to call the first meet- 
ing, which was held at Salisbury's Cove. 


" Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legis- 
lature assembled, as follows : 

Sect. 1. All that part of the town of Mt. Desert, in the County of 
Hancock, lying, South of a line commencing at Andrew Fernald's North 
line on Somes' Sound ; thence across the mountain to the head of Dem- 
ing's Pond ; thence continuing the same course to Great Pond ; thence 
across said pond to the Southeast corner of lot number one hundred 
and fourteen, on a plan of said town by John S. Dodge ; thence West- 
erly on the South line of said lot number one hundred and fourteen, to 
Seal Cove Pond, and continuing the same course to the middle of said 
pond ; thence Northerly up the middle of Upper Seal Cove Pond to the 
head thereof, and continuing the same course to the South line of lot 
marked " Reuben Noble," on said plan ; thence Westerly on the South 
line of said last named lot to the sea shore, together with Moose Island, 
Gott's Island, and Langley's Island, with the inhabitants thereon, is 
hereby set off from said town of Mount Desert, and incorporated into 

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192 The Maine Central Railroad Company. 

a separate town of Mansel, and vested with all the powers, privliges and 
immunities, and subject to all the duties and liabilities of other incor- 
porated towns, agreeable to the Constitution and Laws of this State." 

Name changed by Act of the Legislature, Aug. 8, 1848, to 



No history of Maine would be complete without an account of 
the Maine Central Railroad Company, and its roads. 

I. The Androscoggin and Kennebec Railroad Company was 
incorporated March 28, 1845, to build a road from Danville Junc- 
tion to Waterville — 55 miles ; the road was completed Nov. 27th, 
and opened for business Dec. 23, 1849. 

II. The Penobscot and Kennebec Railroad Company was incor- 
porated April 7, 1845 to build a road from Waterville to Bangor 
— 56 miles; the road was completed Sept. 1, 1855, and opened 
for business the same month. Nov. 1, 1856, the road was leased 
to the Androscoggin and Kennebec Railroad Company, and under 
an act of the Legislature passed April, 1862, these two roads were 
consolidated, and a Company organized Oct. 28, 1862 called 
the Maine Central Railroad Company. The extension of this 
westerly from Danville Junction to Cumberland Junction, connect- 
ing there with the other line, was opened Nov. 13, 1871. 

III. The Kennebec and Portland Railroad Company was incor- 
porated April 1, 1836 to build a road between Portland and Au- 
gusta — 62| miles, and by act of July 16, 1846, a branch from 
Brunswick to Bath. The first train run from Yarmouth Junction 
to Bath was July 4, 1849, and from the Junction to Portland, Dec. 
15, 1851, the road being completed to Augusta in Dec, 1851. 
The first regular train left Augusta Dec. 30, 1851. A mortgage 
upon the property of this company was foreclosed and the holders 
of the bonds secured by the mortgage reorganized as the Portland 
and Kennebec Railroad Company May 20, 1862. 

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The Maine Central Railroad Company. 193 

IV. The Somerset and Kennebec Railroad Company was 
incorporated Aug. 10, 1848, its road was built from Skowhegan 
to Augusta — 37$ miles, and opened for business Jan. 1857. This 
road was leased to the Portland and Kennebec Railroad Company 
Jan. 1, 1864. May 12, 1870, the Portland and Kennebec Rail- 
road Company leased their line to the Maine Central Railroad 

V. The Androscoggin Railroad Company was incorporated 
Aug. 10, 1848, its road was completed from Leeds Junction to 
West Farmington, and opened June 20, 1859, and afterwards to 
Farmington Sept. 15, 1870, miles. By acts of the Legisla- 
ture of Feb. 15, 1860 and Feb. 7, 1861, the company was author- 
ized to extend its road from Leeds Junction to Brunswick — 27| 
miles, with a branch to Lewiston, 5 miles. This part was com- 
pleted , and opened for business in Oct. 1861. That 
part of the road between Leeds Junction and Farmington was 
mortgaged separately ; the conditions of the mortgage having been 
broken, it was foreclosed, and a new corporation formed May 11, 
1865, called the Leeds and Farmington Railroad Company, which 
leased its road to the Androscoggin Railroad Company June 1 , 
1867. This last company leased its line to the Maine Central 
Railroad Company June 29, 1871, and assigned its lease of the 
Leeds and Farmington Railroad to the same company. An act of 
Legislature passed Feb. 26, 1873 authorized the consolidation of 
the Portland and Kennebec, Somerset and Kennebec, Androscog- 
gin, and Leeds and Farmington Railroad Companies if they so 
elected to consolidate with the Maine Central Railroad Company, 
which was perfected Aug. 25, 1873, with the exception of the 
Androscoggin Railroad which is operated by the Maine Central 
Company under the lease for 999 years. 

VI. The Dexter and Newport Railroad Company was incor- 
porated March 30, 1853, to build a road from Newport to Dexter 
— 14 miles. This road was opened for business Nov. 26, 1868, 
and the same year was leased to the Maine Central Railroad Com- 
pany for thirty years from Feb. 24, 1869. 

VII. The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad Company was 
incorporated Feb. 28, 1867. A road was built between Belfast 

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194 Tlie Maine Central Railroad Company. 

and Burnham 33 J miles, which was opened for business Dec. 23, 
1870. This road was leased to the Maine Central Railroad Com- 
pany for fifty years from May, 1871. 

VIII. The European and North American Railway Company 
was incorporated Aug. 20, 1850. Their road from Bangor to 
Vanceboro — 114 miles was completed and opened with great cer- 
emony Oct. 17, 1871, President U.S. Grant and many other 
dignitaries being present. After many mortgages and vicissitudes, 
it was leased to the Maine Central Railroad Company, which took 
possession Oct. 1, 1882. 

IX. The Penobscot and Union River Railroad Company was 
incorporated March 1, 1870, and its name changed to the Bucks- 
port and Bangor Railroad Company Feb. 1, 1873. A road was 
built from Bucksport to Bangor — 18 miles, which was completed 
and commenced business Dec. 12, 1874. After the usual vicissi- 
tudes, the mortgagees foreclosed the mortgage and took posses- 
sion in March, 1879, and formed a new corporation, called the 
Eastern Maine Railroad Company. Their road was leased to the 
Maine Central Railroad Company , who took possesion 
in 1883. 

X. The Maine Shore Line Railroad Company or otherwise 
however known was incorporated March 4, 1881, to build a road 
at the eastward. A part of the road was completed from Bangor 
to Mt. Desert Ferry — 40 miles in 1884 ; this was leased to the 
Maine Central Railroad Company in the spring of 1884, and was 
opened for business in June of that year. 

The interests of this company are managed with remarkable 
ability as its large and rapidly increasing business testifies. Its 
general officers for 1886, are, President, Arthur Sewall, of Bath; 
Vice President and General Manager, Payson Tucker, of Port- 
land ; Treasurer, J. A. Linscott, of Portland ; General Passen- 
ger and Ticket Agent, F. E. Boothby, of Portland. 

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Deer Island Papers. 195 



" Province of the Massachusetts Bay, to his Excellency Francis Ber- 
nard, Esq., Captain, General and Governor in Chief of the said Prov- 
ince, the Hon'ble His Majesty's Council and the Hon'ble House of 
Representatives in General Court assembled, Aug. 4, 1762. 

The subscribers humbly show that sixteen of them have been at con- 
siderable expense at transporting themselves to a certain Island at the 
eastward, within this Province, situated on the southwest of Egemogen 
Reach, known by the name of Deer Island, which at high water seems 
to be separated into two, tho' at low water appears to be one Intire 
Island, have built themselves Houses, and are with the rest of your 
Petitioners willing to bring forward a settlement there, Pray this Court 
for the Incouragement of so good a work, to make them a grant of the 
whole of said Island, or at least that end of it, settled upon as aforesaid ; 
which is accounted to be about six or seven miles in length, and two 
or three in breadth in the widest part thereof; tho* in some places not 
half a mile. Or otherwise to dispose of the whole of said Island to 
them, or only the southeast end aforesaid, as this Court in their Wis- 
dom shall think fit for such sum or sums of money as may be judged 
reasonable, and your Petitioners beg leave further to add that they are 
not Petitioners included in the twelve townships already granted.* 

Daniel Wardwell, George Lilly, 

Jeremiah Wardwell, John Winn, 

Dan'l Clark, John Staple, 
Dan'l Clark, in behalf of Edward Ebenezer Low, 

Jones, Samuel Low, 

Jno. Stone, Nathan Closson, 

Moses Sewall, David Torrey, 

Daniel Holt, Joseph Thorns, 

Stephen Littlefield, Michael Camay, 

William Grinnell, John Tinker, 

Jonathan Greenlaw, William Eaton, 

Ebenezer Greenlaw, Elakim Eaton, 

Charles Greenlaw, John Cane, 

Alex. Greenlaw, Enoch Hutchins, 

William Greenlaw, Nathaniel Webber." 


" Resolve on the petition of the inhabitants of Deer-Island, granting 
and confirming one hundred acres of land to each of said settlers, on 
condition. March 22, 1786. 

•Massachusetts Archives, Vol. 46, page 488. 

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196 Deer Island Papers. 

Whereas it appears to this Court from a survey and plan of a certain 
island, lying within the county of Lincoln, called Deer-Island, taken by 
Rufus Putnam, Esq.; in the year 1785, together with a small island 
lying near the west shore of the said Deer-Island, called Sheep-Island, 
that the said islands contain in the whole, sixteen thousand eight hun- 
dred and seventy-six acres, whereon were eighty settlers, before the 
first day of January, 1784; and whereas Joseph Tyler and others, 
settlers on the said islands, have petitioned this Court for a grant of the 
same, to them, their heirs and assigns : Therefore 

Resolved, That there be, and there is hereby granted and confirmed 
to the said Joseph Tyler, and the other settlers, who settled thereon 
and made a separate improvement before the first day of January, 1784, 
their heirs and assigns, one hundred acres each, to hold in severalty, to 
be laid out so as to include their respective improvements, as a com- 
pensation for settlement; on condition, that the aforesaid 
settlers pay into the treasury of this Commonwealth, within one 
year from the date thereof, for the survey, and other charges, one hun- 
dred and twenty pounds, in specie, with interest until paid ; provided 
that where any original settler has sold, or otherwise disposed of his 
improvements, the purchaser of such improvements, his heirs and 
assigns, shall hold the same lands which such original settler would 
have held by virtue of this resolve, if there had been no such sale or 

And be it further Resolved, That the remainder of the said Deer- 
Island, with all the privileges and appurtenances to the same belong- 
ing, be, and is hereby granted and confirmed to the said Joseph Tyler, 
and Mark Haskell, Joseph Colby, John Campbell, Charles Pressey, 
Ignatius Haskell, Thomas Saunders, Edward Haskell, Joshua Haskell, 
Thomas Haskell, Jonathan Eaton, Ezekiel Marshall, George Tyler, 
Thomas Stinson, Jun., Belcher Tyler, Nathan Dow, John Pressey, 
Thomas Stinson, Nathan Closson, Elijah Donham, Theophilus Eaton, 
Levi Carman, Ezra Howard, Ambrose Colby, Nathaniel Bray, Robert 
Nason, Benjamin Cole, Ezekiel Moory, John Hooper, Lot Curtis, Chase 
Pressey, Thomas Saunders, Samuel Frunday, John Raynes, Samuel 
Raynes, Thomas Smalley, Job Smalley, Charles Sellers, Josiah Crocket, 
Thomas Robbins, William Babbage, Joseph Whitmore, William 
Greenlaw, George Frees, Cortney Babbage, John Frees, Peter Hardy, 
Jeremiah Eaton, William Eaton, John Closson, Thomas Thompson, 
Robert Lin, Marcy Staples, Charles Greenlaw, Simon Fowler, David 
Torry, Jonathan Torry, Samuel Crombie, Joseph Donham, their heirs 
and assigns ; on condition, that they appropriate three hundred acres 
of land for the use of the ministry, and three hundred acres for the use 
of a grammar school, and that they pay into the treasury of this Com- 
monwealth, within one year from the time of passing this resolve, one 
thousand two hundred and forty-one pounds, eight shillings, in con- 
solidated securities of this Common Arealth, with interest." 


"An Act for incorporating Deer Island Plantation, Little Deer 

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Island and the Isles of Holt, in the County of Lincoln, into a town by 
the name of Deer Isle. 

Sect. i. Be it enacted etc., m m * That the tracts of land described 
and bounded as follows, viz. : Deer Island Plantation so called, Little 
Deer Island, and the Isles of Holt, situated in the County of Lincoln, 
with the inhabitants thereon, be, and they hereby are incorporated into 
a town by the name of Deer Isle." 


u Know all men by these Presents, That we whose names are under- 
signed and seals affixed, appointed agents by the General Court of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to make and execute conveyances 
agreably to a resolve of said Court passed the fifteenth day of March, 
eighteen hundred and five, and by virtue of other powers vested in us 
by the same and other resolves, and pursuant to resolves of said Court 
passed the twenty-second day of March, seventeen hundred and eighty- 
six, twenty-fourth day of March, seventeen hundred and eighty-eight, 
and the twenty- second day of February, seventeen hundred and ninty- 
six. For and in consideration of sixteen hundred and sixty-six dollars 
and sixty-six cents, (per agreement made with the grantees by the 
committee, for the sale of eastern lands, dated the thirtieth day of 
September, 1796,) paid to the treasurer of said Commonwealth, the 
twenty-first day of November, seventeen hundred and ninety-six, as per 
receipt will appear, we do by these presents in behalf of said Common- 
wealth, give, grant, relinquish and quitclaim unto Joseph Tyler, of 
Deer Island, in the County of Hancock and Commonwealth aforesaid, 
and fifty-eight others named in the said resolve of fhe twenty-second 
day of March, 1786, their heirs and assigns forever, all the right, title 
and interest of the said Commonwealth, in and unto the residue of Deer 
and Sheep Islands in the county of Hancock aforesaid, which remains 
after quieting the settlers on said islands in one hundred acres each, who 
settled before the first day of January, seventeen hundred and eighty-four 
agreeably to said resolve of the twenty-seventh day of February, seven- 
teen hundred and ninety-six, and also reserving to the heirs and assigns 
of Nathaniel Kent, a certain tract conveyed to him by Jonathan Green- 
law and others, which land was granted by said resolve of the twenty- 
fourth day of March, seventeen hundred and eighty-eight, in consider- 
ation of said Kent's extraordinary expenses in promoting the settle- 
ment of said Islands which was granted to them to hold and enjoy 
forever, and also serving three hundred acres for the use of the ministry 
and three hundred acres or the use of schools on said Island, the said 
ministry and school lands to average in situation and quality with the 
other lands on said Islands. 

To have and to hold the aforegranted premises, with the reservations 
aforesaid, to the said Joseph Tyler and fifty-eight others, named as 
aforesaid, their heirs and assigns forever. 

In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 
twentieth day of February, eighteen hundred and ten. 

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198 Publishments in Bangor; Surveyor of Eastern Lands. 

Signed, sealed and delivered 
in presence of 

Geo. W. Coffin, John Read, [L. S.] 

Salem Town, Wm. Smith, [L. S.] 

Suffolk ss. Boston, 20th Feby., 1810. Acknowledged before Salem 
Town, Justice of the Peace throughout the Commonwealth of Massa- 


1819, June 13, Ebenezer Hasey and Fanny Harper. 
Sept. 19, George Patterson and Hannah Lancaster. 
Nov. 11, Daniel Pray and Sophronia Rolfe. 

Nov. 21, Amos Emerson and Sally Baker. 
Dec. 15, Joseph Sterns and Jane Craig. 

1820, Feb. 15, William Coombs and Sophia Howard. 
April 1, Samuel Moore and Mary E. Saunders, 
April 13, Eben Ring and Rebecca Spencer. 
June 4, Michael O'Brien and Lucy Philbrook. 
June 24, John S. Bennett and Lucy Tibbetts. 
Nov. 18, John Hutchins, Jr., and Lucy V. Coombs. 
Dec. 3, Samuel Wiley and Polly Clark. 

James N. Littlefield and Sophronia Mudgett. 
Dec. 31, Isaac Bennett and Deborah Boyd. 

1 82 1, Jan. 9, Lewis Burgess and Sarah Emerson. 
Feb. 9, John Stearns and Mary Marshall. 
Mar. 17, Wm, Dugginsand Mary Parsons. 
June 9, Elias McKenney and Charlotte Inman. 


[From Journal of Massachusetts House of Representatives.] 

" The two Houses, pursuant to agreement, proceeded to the choice of 
a person to inspect the Surveyors in laying out the several townships 
granted the last session eastward of Penobscot river, when Samuel 
Livermore, esquire, was chosen by a major part of the votes of the two 

Consented to by the Governor. 
April 17, 1762." 

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VOL. I. BANGOR, ME., JUNE, 1886. No. XII. 



Andrew Peters, of Boston, a distiller, married Mary, widow of 

Michael Milborne, and daughter of William Beamsby ; removed 

to Ipswich, 1665, thence to Andover, Mass., about 1688. He 

was an eminent citizen and enjoyed the confidence of the church 

and town. He died aged 77. 

i. Andrews married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas* Farhham, Feb. 8, 

16?6, and was killed by Indians Aug. 14, 1689. 

ii. John, killed by Indians Aug. 14, 1689. 

lit. Mercy, married John Allen, May, 22 t 1686. ' 

iv. Mary, married Thomas Chandler, May 22, 1686. 

v. Elizabeth, married James Johnson, April 26, 1692. 

vi. William, probably killed by Indians, Aug. 13, 1696. .. * 

vii. Sahuel,* married Phebe Fry, daughter of Samuel, Dec,, 15,' 1696, 

Samuel Peters, 2 son of Andrew Peters, 1 born probably m 
Ipswich — —1675. Lived in Andoter ; married Phebe, daughter 
of Samuel Ffye ; had son John, 8 born November 6, 1705. 

John Peters, 8 son of Samuel Peters, 2 . born in Andover, Nov. 

6, 1705, probably died 1793; married first, Phebe Carton, (or 

Carlton;) she born 1700; died Nov. 31, 1752. Married 

second, widow Sarah Stevens, Aug. 7, 1759. She died Sept. 26, 

1808. Children :— 

i. John, b. June 10, 1735 ; died June 23. 1738. 

ii. Sarah, b. December 19, 1736 ; died June 29, 1738. 

iii. Phebe, b. May 11, 1738 ; died July 3, 1738. 

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200 The Peters Family. 

iv. John, b. Aug 7, (18} 1741, of Blue Hill. 

v. Andrew, b. November (or March 26, 1744.) Lived in Andover; mar- 
ried Hannah Kimball, Oct. 18, 1768. She died March 14, 1822, aged 
78: he died 1825, aged 81. 

John Peters, 4 of Blue Hill, was the son of John Peters, 3 of 
Andover, Mass., born there August 7, 1741. He received such 
education as Andover then afforded. He emigrated to Blue Hill 
about 1765. He was a fanner and land surveyor. For many 
years he was in the employment of the agents of the Bingham 
estate, and surveyed many townships in the Penobscot Purchase, 
in Hancock and Washington Counties. He will be remembered 
for generations, as his surveys are the foundations for a large 
majority of the deeds of lands in those counties. He was promi- 
nent in all matters of town and church. He was a strong leading 
man in the community, and had the confidence and respect of the 
great number of people who knew him in business and social ways. 
He presented a bell to the Congregational Meeting House, in Blue 
Hill, which was first rung on his eightieth birth day, and first tolled 
after at his funeral. He died August 20, 1821. 

He married widow Mary (Dyer) Cushing at Blue Hill, July 1, 
1770. She was born at Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, November 19, 
1750. In 1768 she went to visit her sister, Mrs. Joshua Horton, 
at Blue Hill. John Peters fell in love with her, and it is said 
that she would have married him, but Mrs. Horton objected on 
the ground that she was engaged to another. She returned to 
Cape Elizabeth and married Nathaniel Cushing, son of Col. Ezekiel 
Cushing, of Falmouth, December 25, 1768. The next year 1769, 
Cushing while engaged in fishing in Casco Bay was killed or 
drowned. In 1770, Mrs. Ousting and her infant son Nathaniel,* 
again went to Bluehill. Peters again proposed and they were 

♦Nathaniel Cushing, b. Cape Elizabeth, May 4, 1769 ; lived in Bluehill, married Betsey 
Alley, December 17, 1801 ; children :— 

i. John Cushing, b. March 17, 1802. 

ii. LoiSA, b. Aug. 18, 1804. 

iii. Nathaniel, b. April 20, 1807. 

iv. Leander, b. Sept. 24, 1809. 

v. Lemuel, b. Aug. 31, 1812. 

vi. Betsey, b. Oct. 17, 1816. 

vii. Andrew Peters, b. Nov. 6, 1820. 

viii. Frank, . 

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The Honorable Bushrod W. Hinckley, in his fourth of July 
oration at Bluehill, described her as a " woman of marvellous 
beauty. " She died July 23, 1826, after rearing a family of twelve 
children, eleven of whom grew up, married and had large families. 
The children all born in Bluehill were : — 

i. John, Jr., b. July 28, 1771. Merchant in Boston and New York, and 
other places ; died in New York, July 30, 1843. He married first, 
Miss Charlotte Langdon, of Wiscasset ; second, married Mrs. Mary 
Haggins, of Kittery.? Children by first wife — Charlotte, John, 
Hamilton, Harriet, Alexander, Eloise Paine, and by second wife, 
Mary and ThomaR. 

ii. Phebe, b. March 18, 1773; married Daniel Spofford. 

iii. William, b. May 4, 1774 ; died May 5, 1774. 

iv. James, b. May 14, 1775; lived in Blue Hill; married Sally Cunning- 
ham, May 23, 1801. He died Oct. 23, 1814; had six children, one of 
whom, Apphia, married Samuel Dutton, of Ellsworth. Widow Sally 
Peters married Ebenezer Hinckley, Jr., of Bluehill, and died Oct. 
20, 1857. 

v. Molly, b. March 13, 1778 ; married Seth Kimball, of Bluehill, Oct. 11, 
1795. his second wite. She died Jan. 26, 1810. Children— Phebe P., 
1796 ; Affie, 1798 ; Polly, 1799, now living ; Betsey, 1801 ; Ruby, 1804 ; 
Seth, 1807. 

vi. Sally, b. Feb. 2, 1780; married Reuben Dodge, of Bluehill, Jan. 16, 
1799. He died Dec. 30, 1830. His widow died Sept. 19, 1850. They 
had two sons and nine daughters and perhaps two more, making in 

all thirteen children. Mr. R. G. W. Dodge, who died 1886, 

was a gentleman who had taken much interest in the early history of 
Bluehill, and in the genealogies of the Peters and Dodge families. 

vii. Charlotte, b. Jan. 1. 1^82; married SabinPond, of Boston, Aug. 11, 
1805. He was son of Eli Pond, of Medway, Mass., born there Jan. 
14, 1775. He resided in Boston and Ellsworth. He died in Orono, 
whither he had gone on business. May 16, 1846 ; his wife died Sept. 
19, 1833. Children were— Sabin, b. Ellsworth, Dec. 15, 1809 ; mar- 
ried Miss Caroline P. Fay, of Boston, Aug. 15, 1833. He died in 
Ellsworth Oct. 4, 1856. Mrs. Pond resides in Bangor. (Their daughter 
married Dr. Eugene F. Sanger of Bangor, Dec. 9, 1857,) and Char- 
lotte Hill Pond, born Dec. 29, 1812. 

viii. Andrew, b. Feb. 7, 1784, of Ellsworth. 

ix. Dyer, b. Nov. 14, 1785, of Boston. 

x. Afpee, b. March 17, 1778 ; married Elias Upton, of Bluehill, May 3. 
1808 ; He born Feb. 16, 1773. He was a schoolmaster and represented 
Bluehill several years in the General Court. He removed to Bucks- 
port about and died there June 16, 1857, aged 84; his 

widow died March 5, 1862, aged 74. They had four children— Apphia 
P., who died in Bangor, Nov. 26, 1868, aged 55; Harriet, who mar- 
ried A. D. Darling. March 1, 1832, and died in Bucksport, April 12, 
1846, aged 37, he died Feb. 10, 1864, aged 55; Elias A., merchant of 
Bangor, died June 1, 1874. aged 57 ; married Charlotte W. Folsom, 
of Bucksport, June 10, 1843. 

xi. Lemuel, b. April 3, 1790, lived on old homestead in Bluehill; repre- 
sentative 1847 ; married Betsey Wood, Feb. 7, 1813 ; she born Feb. 
2, 1794, died Oct. 28, 1871, aged 77. He died Oct. 28, 1870. Children- 
Pearl, Elmira, Samuel, Paris, Clarrissa, Augusta, Charles and Will- 

xii. Daniel, b. Feb. 15, 1792, of Bluehill ; married Phebe Billings of Sedg- - 
wick, Oct. 9, 1817. He died March 20, 1878. She died March 17, 

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1877, aged 82. Children all born in Bluehill :— 

1. Rufus B., b. May 7, 1818 ; married Mary J. Clark, Jan. 31, 1855— four 


2. Daniel, b. Jan. 28, 1820 ; married Abigail Billings, May 17, 1845. He 

died Aug. 1864— two children. 

3. Sabin P./b. Jan. 14. 1822 ; died July 3, 1850. 

4. Phebe B., b. Aug. 22, 1823, died May 4, 1850. 

5. Dudley B., b. May 28, 1825 ; died Dec. 24, 1834. 

6. Moses P. b. March 25, 1827 ; married Salome Brown. 

7. Thomas H., born 182—. 

8. Ephraim D., b. Sept. 21, 1831 ; died Nov. 5, 1832. 

9. Frances L., b. Oct. 30, 1834. 

10. Julia A., b. Dec. 13, 1836; married Otis L. Farnham, Dec. 16, 1863. 

11. Caroline, b. June 12, 1843 ; married Sewall P. Snowman, Dec. 9, 1862. 


Phebe Peters, 6 Daughter of John Peters, 4 born March 18, 1773. 
Married Daniel Spofford, of Bluehill, August 10, 1793, he born 
February 18, 1766 : removed to Bucksport in 1803, where he 
died October 10, 1852. His wife died May 15, 1839. Children, 
the first four born in Bluehill, the others in Bucksport : — 

1. Parker, b. Sept. 23, 1796; died Gambia, Africa, Jan. 26, 1836. 

2. Frederick, b. Feb. 28, 1798, of Bucksport; married Augusta Parker. 

Nov. 19, 1839 ; she born at Billerica, Mass., died Sept. l5, 1885. aged 
71 years, 8 months and 11 days. He died Nov. 20, 1885. Children— 
Phebe Ann, born Sept. 19, 1840, and Parker, born July 12, 1842, re- 
sides in Bucksport, Civil Engineer ; has been Representative. 

3. Franklin, b. Nov. 6, 1799; died Dec. 24, 1868. 

4. Ruby, b. March 28, 1802 ; married Ephriam P. Lord, of Bucksport, 

Dec. 14, 1825 ; he died Dec. 18, 1867 ; she died April 11, 1883. 

5. Fisher Ames, b. June 20, 1808; died March 29, 1877. 

6. Charlotte, b. July 7, 1812 ; married Richard P. Buck, of Bucksport, 

and Brooklyn, N. Y. He died July 10, 1884. 

7. Emeline, b. Oct. 7, 1816. 


Andrew Peters, 6 son of John Peters, 4 bora Bluehill, Febru- 
ary 7, 1784. He went to Ellsworth about 1808. He married 

Sally, daughter of Colonel Melatiah Jordan, of Ellsworth, 

1812. She was born August 28, 1789, and died March 13, 1878. 
After a long, honorable and useful life, he died February 15, 1864. 
I give here some account of him from the pen of Rev. Sewall Ten- 
ney, D. D., who was his minister for many years. 

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" In your brief announcement in your last issue, of the death of An- 
drew Peters Esq. r you expressed the expectation and the wish, for a 
more extended notice of his life and character. Will you permit one 
who has known him long, and who has loved him much, to attempt the 
grateful service? Mr. Peters was born in Bluehill on the 7th of Febru- 
ary, 1786, and consequently was eighty years and eight days old at the 
time of his death. He came to this place more than fifty years ago to 
engage in mercantile pursuits. Soon after, he married the daughter of 
the late Col. Jordan of this town, who still survives him — a union which 
resulted in much domestic happiness. As a man of business, he was 
intelligent, energetic, enterprising and successful. He became largely 
engaged in navigation both as a ship-builder and owner and became ex- 
tensively known and universally respected as a man of scrupulous integ- 
rity, high-minded and honorable in all his business relations. He gave 
his active attention to business down to the very close of life. But Mr. 
Peters did not confine his attention exclusively to his private affairs. 
He took a deep habitual interest in public affairs, and felt a general in- 
terest in all that concerned the welfare of the community to which he 
belonged, and was ever ready to co-operate with others in all efforts to 
promote the common welfare. He was a true patriot — he loved his 
country, its institutions, its government and its constitution — he had no 
tolerance for traitors. In the conflicts of opinion and in the antagonisms 
of parties, he was never neutral. He never tired of political discussion. 
The excitement of a contested election was always genial to him, and 
to the last years of his life he carried into these contests all the fire and 
enthusiasm of his early manhood. He was no politician in the bad 
sense of that term, for he had no selfish objects to secure. He never 
sought an office for himself — he was ambitious, only for the cause he 
believed to be right and for the friends whose interests he wished to 
promote. His temperament was ardent and impulsive, but these polit- 
ical contests left no scar and no resentments. He had hoped to live 
long enongh to see the rebellion against the the government he loved 
subdued, and died in the firm faith that honor and right would speedily 
and gloriously triumph. 

Mr. Peters was a man of quick and generous sensibilities — strong 
and enduring in his friendships, and liberal in his charities. His house 
was the home of a cheerful and abundant hospitality. He was simple 
as a child in his tastes, habits and manners, and temperate in all things. 
Whoever might be censorious and uncharitable or malignant, he lent 
no willing ear to the tale of slander. He always sought to allay resent- 
ments, to promote charity and good feeling, and was never happier 
than in making others happy. 

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Mr. Peters never seemed to grow old — save as his hair became more 
white and his head more bald, — but his heart was young to the last. 
The long confinement of his last sickness, he bore with cheerful patience 
and declared his last days to be his best days. Mr. Peters was also a 
man of decided religious convictions. — There was no scepticism in his 
nature — the vital doctrines of Christianity he believed without a cavil or 
a doubt. There were many times in his life when his personal interest 
in these truths were deep and strong. Though he never made a pub- 
lic profession of his faith in Christ, yet it is believed that his religious 
convictions had a modifying and controling influence over his life and 
character. He was constant in his attendance upon public worship and 
liberal in his support of religious institutions, and manifested deep inter- 
est in the prosperity of the religious society of which from the first he 
was a member. 

But the fathers where are they ? and the prophets, do they live forever? 
One of the last links which bound us to a former generation has been 
broken. The active man of business, the public spirited citizen, the 
genial friend, the fond husband, the devoted father, has been taken from 
us. He has gone from us in the fullness of his age. in the maturity of 
his powers, with his eye scarcely dimmed or his natural force abated, 
and his heart still warm and loving ; and we deeply mourn his loss. 

According to our human standard of judging, his life has been a suc- 
cessful one, fortunate in his outward conditions, respected and honored 
in society, blessed in no common measure in his friends and in his 
family. We are ready to say, "Well done good and faithful servant," 
but it is due to truth that we put on record his own deliberate estimate 
of himself. To his cleared vision in the closing hours of his life, he 
seemed to himself to have been a most unprofitable servant. With 
passionate earnestness, he songht for forgiveness and with humble joy 
he received the assurance of pardon through our Lord Jesus Christ, and 
so he died with audible thanksgiving to God for his unspeakable gifts. 
—Com " 

Children all born in Ellsworth : — 

i. Charles, b. Nov. 23, 1812, merchant of Ellsworth and New York ; 

married first, Miss Phebe Dyer, of Castine. , and second, 

Miss Aravesta, daughter of John Huckins, of Bangor, June 3, 1869. 
Six children by first wife, one of whom, Phebe, married Frank P. 
Wood, of Bangor. 

ii. Sally, b. Oct. 9, 1814; died Nov. 3, 1814. 

iii. Mart E., b. Feb. 23; married George Nixon Black, of Ellsworth, 
Nov. 10, 1836. He removed to Boston, where he died Oct. 2, 1880. 
Children— George Nixon, Jr., Marianne, and Agnes; the last two 
deceased . 

iv. Sally, b. Jan. 12, 1818 ; died Sept. 4, 1818. 

v. Ann Maria, b. April 3, 1819 ; married John Winthrop Jones, of Ells- 
worth, Sept. 22, 1848 ; he born Feb. 14, 1817 ; died . Child- 
ren — Anna M., Charles Dudley and Arthur Wilkinson. 

vi. Caroline, b. Dec. 20, 1820; married Frederick S. Means, of Ells- 
worth, March 28. 1849; be died Nov. 3, 1870; she died March 26, 
1873.— Three children. 

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vii. John Andrew, b. Ellsworth. Oct. 9. 1822. Attended Gorham Acad- 
emy. Graduated Yale College 1842. Studied law and admitted to 
the Bar in 1844. and settled in Bangor. Was a member of Maine 
Senate. 1862, 1863; Representative. 1864; Attorney General, 1864 
to 1867; Representative to Congress three terms. 1867 to 1873. 
Appointed Judge of Supreme Court, 1873, and Chief Justice. 1883. 
The degree of L. L. D. conferred upon him by Colby University in 
1884, and by Bowdoin College in 1885. He married first, Miss Mary 
Ann, daughter of Hon. Joshua W. Hathaway, of Bangor. Sept. 2, 

1846, she died 1847, aged 21; married second. Miss Fanny E.. 
daughter of Hon. Amos M.. and Mrs. Charlotte (Rich) Roberts. Sept. 
23, 1857. by Rev. S. L. Caldwell. Son by first wife, John Hatha- 
way, died 1848, aged 14 months: and by second wife, two 
daughters, Fannie R., and Annie C. 

viii. Sarah, b. June 17, 1824; married Arno Wisweil, Attorney at Law, 
Ellsworth, Aug. 5, 1850. He was a good lawyer and a man of ability. 
He died Nov. 6. 1877. His son, Andrew Peters Wisweil, born Julv 
11, 1852, graduated at Bowdoin College, 1873, and is a lawyer at 

ix. George Stevens, b. June 2. 1826. Graduated at Bowdoin College, 

1847. Lawyer; settled in Ellsworth where he died Oct. 6, 1881. He 
married Miss Charlotte A. Clark, of Hallowell. 1848; two children. 

x. Harriet U., b. Nov. 11, 1828; married Charles O. Butman, of Dix- 

mont, June 24. 1852. He died May, 3, 1871, leaving one son. 
xi. Edward J., b. March 28, 1831 ; merchant in New York; married and 

has two children, 
xii. William Bourne, b. Aug. 23. 1833 ; resides in Ellsworth ; married, 

Elizabeth Chute, May 6, 1863, and wife died June 24, 1868; three 

children, one son John A. 


Dyer Peters, 6 son of John Peters, bom November 14, 1785. 
He prefixed the name of Edward to his name after arriving at 
manhood. He was a distinguished merchant of fine position for 
his life time, in Boston, where he died October 21, 1856. He 
married Miss Lucretia McClure, of Boston, May 26, 1817 ; she 
died September 11, 1862 ; children all born in Boston : — 

i. Edward D.. b. March 17, 1818. Merchant of Boston ; married Miss 
Jane Gould ; four children. 

ii. Lucretia, b. Oct. 15, 1819; married J. P. Ellicott, merchant of Bos- 
f ton; no children. 

iii. Thomas McClure, b. June 26, 1821 ; Episcopal Clergyman ; Doctor 
of Divinity ; Rector of St. Michael's Church, New York City. Mar- 
ried Miss Alice Clarrissa Richmond, of New York, June 29, 1847; 
fourteen children. 

iv. George H.. b,. June — , 1823. Boston merchant; married Miss M. 
A. Williams, of Boston, Oct. 24, 1847. and has children. 

v. Henry H., b. May 23, 1825. Died in Boston 1875 ; married first, Miss 
Susan Thaxter, and second Miss Emily Bradley ; five children. 

vi. Andrew J., b. Feb. 9, 1829; married Miss Mary Whitney, of Rox- 
bury ; one son. 

vii. Mary Ann, b. June 12, 1830; married B. W. Hall, of Hartford, Conn. 
She died Dec. 4, 1879; he died Sept. 26, 1885; three children, 

viii. Francis A., b. Feb. 2, 1833 ; married Mary Austin, of Sheffield, Conn., 
Oct.7, 1857; five children. 

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206 Early Settlements on Penobscot River. 


Soon after the Revolutionary War, controversies arose between 
the *Tarratine Indians and Massachusetts. The Government had 
promised them protection and the enjoyment of their lands for 
their loyalty, and strictly forbidden all wastes and trespasses 
upon lands six miles in width, extending from the head of the 
tide on Penobscot river, as far up as the tribe claimed. March, 
1785, Thomas Rice, Rufus Putnam and Benjamin Lincoln, were 
appointed a commission to negotiate with the chiefs of the Penob- 
scot Tribe, and fix the boundaries of their lands. A treaty f was 
entered into 28th of August, 1786, when General Lincoln called 
upon four persons present as witnesses, who were received and 
accepted by the Indians, viz. : Rev. Daniel Little, Rev. Seth 
Noble, Col. Jona. Eddy and Capt. Jeremiah Colburn. The treaty 
was ratified Oct. 11, 1786, and was as follows : — 

" Know all men by these presents, that we, the subscribers, heads 
and chiefs of the Penobscot tribe of Indians, in consideration that the 
Commonwealth of the Massachusetts have, by an act of their Legis- 
lature bearing date the eleventh of October, seventeen hundred and 
seventy-six, conveyed to us, the said tribe to hold and enjoy in fee, two 
islands in the bay called and known by the names of White Island and 
Black Island, near Naskeeg point,! an d have by said act declared that 
the lands on the West side of the river Penobscot, to ye head of all the 
water thereof above the river Pasquataquis and the land on the east 
side of the river to all the water thereof above the river Metauamkeag, 
shall lye as hunting ground for us the said Indians, and for the farther 
considaration that the said commonwealth have granted and delivered 
to us three hundred and fifty blankets, two hundred pounds of powder, 
and with a proportion of shot and flints we say that in consideration 
hereof we do for ourselves and in behalf of the said tribe, remise, re- 
lease and forever quit our claim to all the land on the West side of 
Penobscot river, from the head of the tide up to the river Pasquataquis, 
being about forty-three miles, as also to all the lands on the east side of 
the river from the head of the tide aforesaid up to the river Metawan- 
keag, being about eighty-five miles, reserving only to ourselves the 

♦See Williamson's History of Maine, Vol. ii, pages 517-571. 
tMaine Historical Society, Vol. vii, page 8.— John E. Godfrey, Esq. 
^Opposite Sedgwick. 

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Island on which our old town stands, about ten miles above the head of 
the tide, and those Islands on which we now have actual improvements 
in the said river lying from Sunkhaze river, about three miles above 
the said old town of Passadumkee island inclusively, on which island 
our new town so called now stands. To have and to hold the said 
granted and bargained premises to the said Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts, so that neither we nor our heirs shall have any right to the 
same or any part thereof, but from all right thereto and interest therein, 
we and they shall by force and virtue of these presents be utterly 
excluded and debarred forever. 

In consideration of this treaty, the Government agreed that the 
lands on the waters of the Penobscot river, above those specified 
in the treaty, " should lie as hunting grounds for the Indians, and 
should not be laid out or settled by the State or engrossed by 
individuals. " 

In 1795-6, the settlers began to encroach or " engross" upon 
the lands. New controversies arose. In the face of the plain 
treaty of 1786, the Government claimed that the tribe had nothing 
left but the islands in the river ; while the chiefs insisted that the 
territory from the head of the tide, six miles in width, was theirs. 
A new commission was appointed, William Sheperd, of Westfield, 
Nathan Dane, of Beverly, and Daniel Davis, of Portland, met 
the chiefs at Bangor, August 1st, 1796, and concluded a new 
treaty which was signed by Joseph Orono, Squire Osson, Nictum 
Bawit, Joseph Pease, Wiarro Nuggasset and Sabbatis Neptune, 
and was acknowledged before Jonathan Eddy, Esquire. 

By this treaty the Indians agreed to resign all their rights to 
lands from Nichols' Rock in Eddington, thirty miles up the river, 
excepting Old Town Island, and those in the river above it. The 
territory relinquished by the treaty, was in 1797 surveyed under 
the direction of Hon. Salem Towne into nine townships, contain- 
ing 189,426 acres, by *Park Holland, John Chamberlain and 
Jonathan Maynard, as surveyors. This was called the old Indian 
Purchase, and comprises what is now Orono, (Old Town,) Brad- 
ley, Miltord, Greenbush, Argyle, Passadumkeag, Edinburg, How- 

•I think these three gentlemen, were all Revolutionary Soldiers, and have been mem- 
bers of the General Court of Mass. 

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208 Early Settlers on Penobscot River. 

land, and Lagrange. Marsh Island, containing 5,000 acres, was 
confirmed by the Government to John Marsh, the first settler for a 
small consideration, he exhibiting a pretended purchase from the 

Through the kindness of Hon. Noah Barker, well known as a 
Land surveyor, I am able to give some extracts from the surveys 
in 1797, which shews the actual settlers at that time and their 


" Here follows an account of persons who have begun settlements on 
the tract of land purchased by the Indians, and settled since August, 
1796. (In what is now Milford.) On the east side of the river, 
Stephen Bussell has chopped about three acres. The next below, is 
Laurence and William Costigan, (at Costigan Brook.) Next below, 
is Samuel Bailey, (Sen.,) who has a small house and has cleared about 
two acres. Next, Capt. Joseph Mansel, a log house and six acres 
cleared. Next, Solomon Harthorn, a small house and nine acres 
cleared, four of which is corn : good land. This is above the mouth 
of Sunkhaze. Ichabod Mattocks, two acres cleared and a small house, 
and is against Oldtown Island. Benjamin Stanley has one and a half 
acres chopped, and no house. Jacob Oliver cut down a few trees. 
Peter Robishaw, at the head of Old Town Falls, has a house partly 
built and two acres cleared. Daniel Spenser has fell a few trees. On 
the west side of the river, (now Argyle) Capt. Moses White has 
chopped eight acres which is opposite Hemlock Island. Next below, 
is John Spencer, who chopped three acres and sold Richard Winslow 
for eleven dollars. Joshua Ayers chopped three acres and sold Mr. 
Low for twenty dollars. Next down river, Levi Low has about six 
acres and a log house. Next, William Fowler has only made a begin- 
ning. Next, Daniel Spencer, on a good spot of land, has chopped two 
acres. Next, Mr. John Frees two acres cleared, one of which is corn, 
and a small hut. Next, William Ayers, one and a half acres of corn 
and potatoes, and a poor camp. Next William Dugins, two acres of 
corn and potatoes, and a log house. Next, Daniel Harthorn, ten acres 
of corn and potatoes, and a log house. Next, Ashbel Harthon, ten acres 
chopped and a log house. Next, Samuel Grant, one acre chopped. 
Next Isaac Bussell, a camp ; no other work done. Next, Allen Mc- 
Laughlin, three and a half acres chopped, some planted ; a log house. 
Next, Abraham Allen, four acres chopped ; one is cleared and planted. 
Next, Mr. Silas Harthorn, three acres chopped. These settlers twenty- 
nine in number (eleven in Milford and eighteen in Argyle) have begun 
on the river above Old Town since the land was purchased of the 

N. B. These are exclusive of those settled on Marsh Island. 


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Early Settlers on Penobscot River. 209 


%4 Survey made on west side of Penobscot river, on squatter lands. 
(In what is now Orono.) 

I. Rufus Inman. 

II. William Lunt began 1795 two lots, (above Jameson Falls,) two 
poor houses on the lots ; small improvements, poor land. 

III. Capt. Jemison, (Daniel) began 1775? 100 rods south of Lunt's 
line ; small new house opposite Jameson's Falls, so called in Penobscot 

IV. Daniel Stockman began 1775; small improvements, small 
house and barn first began by White. 

V. Simon Wheeler began I791 — 50 rods on river. 

VI. Major Crosby's lot, south of Wheelers, purchased of Whitte- 
more in 1789; improvements. 

VII. Abram Frees — 100 rods by 45 ; good new house, log house 
and barn; some good land on river; settled 1790. 

VIII. John Frees, Jr. — 50 by 30 ; poor house, small improvements ; 
settled 1790. 

IX. Capt. Colburn, (Jeremiah) and son, 100 rods by 60; two con- 
siderable houses, good barns, good improvements; began October, 

X. Capt. Reed, (David) — 120 by 50; large new house, large barn, 
saw mill, one grist mill. Land poor, settled 1793, formerly owned by 
Capt. Colburn. 

XI. Joshua Ayers, 130 rods by 100; old barn, log house, poor 
land. The woman knows not when they came there, where she is 
going to, etc. ; after, find it was settled 1774. 

XII. On west side of river, below Ayers, Capt. Reed owns two 
lots, 50 rods each, viz. : William and George Reed, then to Davis lot 
south of Reed, two acres cleared ; the remains of an old log house. 

XIII. Major Treat, 50 rods on the river, bought of Nath. Spencer ; 
4 acres improved. 

XIV. Thense down to Joseph Page's lot, 40 rods on river, been 
improved fourteen years ; eighteen acres cleared. He appeared to be 
a good husbandman ; house and barn, and is all the land he has ever 
taken up and improved. He fled from Bagaduce at the siege, to this 

Thence to Mr. Joseph Inman's, 75 rods on river ; 50 acres. Improve- 
ments began June, 1783 ; good house and barn. 

XVI. Archibald McPhetres, 25 rods on river, began 1783. 

XVII. Thense Joseph Page, Jr., 50 rods on river; 11 acres im- 
proved ; settled in spring of 1 785 ; log house and good barn. 

XVIII. Thence William McPheters' lot, 50 rods front ; 10 acres 
improved ; settled eight years ; log barn and frame house. 

XIX. William Tourtiliot, 50 rods on the river ; 30 acres improve- 
ments, frame house and barn ; settled 1 784. 

XX. Reuben Tourtiliot, 50 rods front ; 15 acres improved, frame 
house and barn ; settled 1784. 

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210 Early Settlers on Penobscot River. 

XXI. Isaac Bussell, 50 rods front ; 10 acres improvements ; settled 

1784, which brings us within 100 rods of Bangor line ; the two last lots 

sold by Major Treat to Vaughn. Between William McPheters and 

Joseph Page's lots is a gove of 16 acres of land, over and above the 

several lots." 

"October 19. Proceed down river to Capt. Colburns, take break- 
fast, go over east side of river to survey squatter lands. (What is now 

I. Began Isaac Page,* on the river — 50 rods on the river ; small 
house, small improvements, settled 10 years. 

II. Southerly to Nathaniel Spencer, Jr., 50 rods on river.log house, 
considerable improvements, some apple trees. 

III. Thence to Nathaniel Spencer, old man, 50 rods on river, good 
improvements, log house; settled 1774. 

IV. Thence to Enoch Ayers, 50 rods on river, small improvements; 
settled 10 years. 

V. Thence Daniel Spencers, 50 rods on river, small improvements; 
settled by some other Spencers 1774, and purchased by Moses Spencer. 
This brought us down to Esquire Maynard's line, second range of last 

VI. Philip Spencer, 50 rods on river, log house, small improve- 
ments ; settled 10 years. 

VII. Daniel Spencer, 50 rods on river ; log house, now sold John 
Spencer ; settled 1 2 years. 

October 19. Proceed down the river to Col. Eddy's,f and tarry all 
night. Esq. Maynard, and Mr. Ryder and men not got in. Holland 
(Park) came in the evening. Friday, October 20, General Town sent 
me and Holland down to Capt. James Budge's to begin our plan. Sat- 
urday, October 21, go up the river to Col. Eddy's, found all our men 
come in, Esq. Maynard wounded on the back of his hand. Sunday, 
October 22. And after naming a fine boy born in Col. Eddy's house, 
fourth in descent from the Col. ; General Town proclaims and says, 
" name the boy Salem Town Eddy snd I give one dollar." Esq. May- 
nard proclaims "two dollars for the name of Jonathan Maynard Eddy .J" 
It was agreed to, and child named and money paid. Proceeded down 
the river to Emerson's, (Bulkiey.) Tarry at Capt Budge's." 

•Isaac Page's lot was third below Nichols or Blackman brook. Another Spencer 
and one Branch, had clearings between Page's and the brook, and Joshua Ayers had 
one above thebrooK where Moses Knapp lived. 

fin what is now Eddington, about one mile above the Bend. 

X Jonathan Maynard Eddy was born in Eddington, Oct. 22, 1797; was son of William 
Eddy, jr., grandson of Col. Jonathan Eddy. He married Eliza Morrill, of Cornville, 
April 3, 1826. He died in Corinth, Aug. 5, 1875, where he had lived along, honorable, 
and useful life. 

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Hammond Family. 211 


Capt. William Hammond, 6 was the son of Joshua 6 and Eliza- 
beth (Prentice) Hammond, of Newton, Mass., born there July 15, 
1740. At the age of seventeen he was drafted into the French 
War, but from some cause did not go. I copy from an old paper 
before me : " Newton, March 9, 1757. This may certify that 
Joshua Hammond, of my district, hired one Thomas Durant to 
enlist into His Majesty's service, in his son, William Hammond's 
room, in the expedition now coming on under the command of 
His Excellency the Right Honorable, the Earl of Loudon, and he, 
the said Durant, was accepted and passed muster by Col. Brattle, 
and put under Capt. Thomas Cheevers, Jr. 

Thos. Clark, Capt." 

In the Revolutionary War he was a Captain and Commissary, 
his commission being signed by John Hancock. He furnished 
large quantities of supplies for the troops in and around Boston. 
After the war he was a merchant and large dealer in cattle, a 
conspicuous citizen of his native town, holding many honorable 
positions. About 1798, he was appointed agent for the town of 
Bangor, to procure of the General Court grants of land for the 
settlers. He continued to act in that capacity for three or four 
years, when he successfully completed his object. He moved to 
Bangor in 1811, and died here May 30, 1814, aged 75. He mar- 
ried flrst, Mary, daughter of Lieut. Elisha Livermore, of Wal- 
tham, Mass., April 18, 1770. She was born October 23, 1747, 
and died in Newton in 1775, at the age of 28. He married second, 
Relief, daughter of Henry Baldwin, of Shrewsbury, November 12, 
1778. She died in Bangor, November 1, 1818. Children : — 

i. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 29, 1770 : married Joshua Morean. 
11. William. Jr., b. Jan. 27, 1772 ; settled in Bangor. 
* iii. Joshua, b. Nov. 2. 1773 ; married Elis Kendrick. of Newton, 
iv. Charles, b. Sept. 1779 ; settled in Bangor, 
v. Elisha, b. April 14. 1781 ; married Relief . I find him and wife 

admitted to first church in Bangor from Newton church, Dec. 7, 

1814. He died In 1818. She died Sept. 29. 1829. 
vi. Mary. b. Oct. 11, 1782; married Dr. John Abbot, of Hampden. She 

died Nov. 18. 1841, aged 59. He died Nov. 24, 1861, aged 86. 

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212 Hammond Family. 

vii. Nancy, b. May 29, 1784; married Abner Taylor, 
viii. Harriet, b. March 3, 1786 ; married Abner Taylor, 
ix. Belief, b. Nov. 1787 ; died July 22, 1816. 
x. Melinda, married Charles Rice, 
xi. Sophia, married Geo. W. Brown. 

William Hammond, Jr., was born in Newton, January 27, 
1772. He came to Bangor, about 1794. He was chosen Town 
Clerk of Bangor, April 4, 1796, and continued to hold that office for 
several years. With the assistance of his father he built the first 
saw mill on Kenduskeag Stream, about 1796. 

He married Susanna, daughter of Capt. Thomas Campbell, of 
Orrington, (Brewer.) August 4, 1796. 

William Hammond, of Corinth, sold to Chas. Hammond, of 
Bangor, April 9, 1814, lot of land No. 10, Range 1, in Corinth, 
110 acres for $500. 

Widow Susanna Hammond declined to administer on estate of her 
late husband, William Hammond, of Bangor, and recommends 
that her son Elisha L. Hammond, of Atkinson, be appointed. 
Probate records for Penobscot County, April 29, 1835. Children 
were : — 

Elisiia, of Atkinson. 

daughter married Bean. 

Charles Hammond, son of Capt. William Hammond, born in 
Newton, September 6, 1779. He first commenced business in 
Concord, Mass., when in 1806, his brother William having pre- 
ceded him, he moved to Bangor. He began business on the 
corner now known as Abner Taylor's, or Wheelwright & Clark's 
corner, and continued there until his death. He identified him- 
self fully with the business and prospects of this city. He was a 
large purchaser of Real Estate in Bangor and vicinity. He bought 

lot No. , Holland's plan of Buzzell ; this lot included West 

Market Square, which he laid out and presented to the town, and 
also the City Hall, Couit House and Jail Lots, in fact nearly all 
the territory above Wood, Bishop & Co's., store, and so in the 
direction of Hammond street which was named for him. He sold 
the City Hall lot to an association of citizens for the purpose of 
errecting a building for a Court House and a place of public wor- 
ship, retaining a large interest himself and assisting with pecuniary 
aid the project. The City Hall stood nearer Hammond street and 

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Islands in Eastern Penobscot. 213 

fronted on what is now Main street. He was Representative to 
the General Court for 1813 and 1814. Captain of the Bangor 
Artillery Company, and behaved with valor and discretion at the 
Battle of Hampden. He died April 12, 1815, aged 36. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Brown, of Concord, Mass., 1806. After his death 
the widow married Caleb C. Billings, Esq, merchant of Bangor, 
June 7, 1918. The children of Charles and Elizabeth Hammond 
were : — 

i. Eliza Ann, married George Starrett, Esq. She died Jan. 3, 1828. 

aged 21. 
ii. Charles Henry, married Helen M. Perley, of Orono, Sept. 10, 1833. 

He settled in Hampden and went west to California, where he died, 
iii. Mary Brown, b. Feb. 4, 1812: married John True, of Bangor, Aug. 

22, 1838. 
iv. Harriet H., b. April 23,1814; married Geo. Anson, merchant of 

Bangor. Published Feb. 23, 1834— both deceased. 


Dr. Cotton Tufts, of Weymouth, Mass., bought February 7, 
1787, of the State of Massachusetts for £67, 16s, the following 
Islands lying in Eastern Penobscot Bay : — 

Hog Island, 47 acres ; Pond Island, 32 acres ; Western Island, 
16 acres ; Beach Island, 64 acres ; Little Hog Island, 27 acres ; 
Horse Head Island, — acres ; Little Spruce Head Island, 40 
acres ; two other Islands, lying one between Hog Island and 
Beach Island, the other near to and almost adjoining Pond Island. 
Dr. Tufts sold these Islands to Richard Hunnewell, of Penobscot, 
January 3, 1790. Deed recorded Hancock Register, Vol. 1, page 

John Lee, of Penobscot, bought of the State 1787, Butter 
Island, 240 acres, Fling Island. Sloop Island, and two small 
Islands lying south of Sloop Island, and several other smaller 
adjacent, for £89. 

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214 Hon. Stephen Peabody, of Bucksport. 


Stephen Peabody, Jr., was son of Rev. Stephen and Polly (Haz- 
letine) Peabody, of Atkinson, N. H., born there October 6, 1773. 
[The father graduated at Harvard College, 1763, and was the 
first settled minister of Atkinson ; he married first, Polly Hazel- 
tine, Jan. 19, 1773, and second, widow Elizabeth Shaw, widow 
of Rev. John Shaw, of Harverhill, Mass., and daughter of Rev. 
William Smith,* of Weymouth, Mass., sister of Abigail, wife of 
President John Adams. She died April 9, 1815, aged 65. He 
died May 23, 1819, aged 77.] 

The son was graduated at Harvard College, 1794. I do not 
find that he studied any profession. He settled at Bucksport; 
merchant. In this pursuit he prospered until the war of 1812, 
when his reverses stripped him of everything but his real estate. 
He was a Captain in the Militia; was appointed by Governor 
Gore, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Hancock County, 
in 1810. Representative to the General Court from Bucksport, 
1808 and 1809. He returned to Atkinson, N. H., 1817, and 
remained there until 1827, when he returned to Bucksport, where 
he died April 12, 1851. Judge Peabody was a highly respected 
citizen, taking a great interest in everything tending to promote 
the welfare of Bucksport. He fought the good fight for laying 
out and straightning roads there from 1804 to 1808,* against the 
opposition of many, and in so doing begot a violent opposition, so 
much so, that at one time he contemplated Jeaving the town. 

He married Miss Nancy Leonard Smith, April 10, 1810. She 
was born in Taunton, Mass., August 30, 1785, and died in Ban- 
gor, March 26, 1856. Children were : — 

i. Stephen, Jr., b. Bucksport, Dec. 14, 1810; died there Oct. 2, 1830; 

student at Bowdoin College, 
ii. George Augustus, b. Bucksport. Dec. 1, 1812; resides in Eastport; 

married first. Miss Emma R. Morse, of Machias, Sept. 15,1840. She died 

*Mr. Smith was settled first minister over Frst Parish, Weymouth, Mass, Dec. 4, 
1734, and remained minister there until his death, Sept. 17, 1783. 
tSee Ante. Vol. vi, page 88. Hon. Rufus Buck. 

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A Letter from Mrs. Abigail Adams. 215 

in Eastport, June 26, 1842, aged 27 years 10 months. He married 
second* Miss Margaret Finkham, of Portland, Oct. 5, 1846;? had one 
daughter, Mary Emma, born Eastport, July 8, 1841, and died in 
Shusan, N. Y., May 28, 1870. 

iii. Barney Smith, b. Bucksport, Dec. 17, 1815; died Atkinson, N. H., 
Aug. 16, 1817. 

iv. William Smith Shaw, b. at Atkinson, N. H., Dec. 24, 1818 ; mer- 
chant at Bangor and Bucksport, where he died July 10, 1877. He 
married Charlotte C, daughter of James Crosby of Bangor, 1844; 
she born June 8, (9) 1822, and died Nov. 18, 1844. 

v. Leonard, b. Atkinson, N. H., Feb. 22, 1821. Merchant at Eastport 
and Princeton, where he died June 5, 1886 ; a most worthy and 
estimable gentleman. He married Miss Mary H., daughter of Hon. 
William Todd, of St. Stephen, N. B., Feb. 4, 1852. Had children. 


President John Adams, to her sister Mrs. Elizabeth Peabody, 
at Atkinson, N. H. Franked, " Free John Adams." By way 
of Eastport. 

"Quincy, July, 15. 1814. 
My Dear Sister: — 

I took a ride to Weymouth on Tuesday, and carried the letter 
received from Atkinson to the Dr., in return he gave me the one en- 
colsed. I found him in better health and spirits than for some time 
past ; but old age gallops upon us with rapid strides, and a small in- 
disposition takes us down without the youthful powers of renovation, 
we are soon laid prostrate. This I see in my dear partner and feel in 
myself. Heaven grant that we may so number our days as to apply 
our hearts to wisdom. By a friendly invitation from Mr. and Mrs. 
Dexter, to take a family dinner with them in Boston, we were prevailed 
upon to go to town and dine with them. The President has not been 
in town before for six months, he last year resigned his office as Presi- 
dent of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Agricultural So- 
ciety, and all other public offices. I had formerly objected, when he 
talked of it, but now I did not, for I think it a mark of wisdom to re- 
tire from the world before you are wish't out of it, it is greatly wise to 
know our own infirmities, and submit with dignity to them rJefore we 
are only tolerated. I bless Heaven for the few faculties we yet retain, 
one of which is our hearing, and our delight in social pleasures, to 
which you would contribute if you could make it convenient to visit us 
this season. 

Your Affectionate 

Sister, Abigail Adams." 

♦Dr. and Hon. Cotton Tufts, of Weymouth, he was cousin of Mrs. Adams and Mrs . 
Peabody, and also the Adams Family Physician. He was a gentleman high in his profes- 
sion and in public matters. He bought several Islands in Penobscot Bay, of the State, in 
j 786. He died Dec. 8, 1815, aged 8i, a few months after the date of this letter. 

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216 A Letter from Gen. D. Cobb. Town of Goldsborough. 



"Boston, March 26, 1796. 
My Dear Sir: — 

My concerns here will prevent my coming into your part of the 
Country so soon as I could have wished, perhaps not until the middle 
of May,* and as wish (want) to have the Township No. i7f at the 
Great Falls of Narragaugus run out into half mile squares as soon as 
the season will possibly permit. I must take this mode by letter to 
request your attention to this business, and whenever the weather is 
such as to admit of it, for you to begin without delay, to run the lines 
and finish it with all expedition. You know I shall always pay you well 
for your services, but I wish at the same time not to do it extravagantly, 
it would hurt you if I did. In running the lines of this Township, 
you will be careful to note the general direction of the river or its 
branches, where the lines cross it, and where the Great or any other 
Falls are situated upon it ; if there is any choice in the Lots or any 
part of the Township as to goodness of soil, )'ou may note it. 

With compliments to Mrs. Peters and Family, and a remembrance 
to all our Friends at Bluehill, I am dear Sir, your friend and obedient 
servant, D. C. 

Mr. Jno. Peters, Blue Hill, in Maine." 



"An act for incorporating the plantation of Goldsborough, so called, 
in the county of* Lincoln, into a town by the name of Goldsborough. 

Section, i. Be it enacted etc. * * * That the plantation of Golds- 
borough included within the boundaries hereafter described, beginning 
at Frenchman's Bay at the bound mark between Goldsborough and 
township number two ; thence running easterly by the south lines of 
townships number two and number seven, to Goldsborongh Harbour, 
then easterly, southerly and westerly by the bay to the bounds begun at, 
including Stave Island, Jordan's Island, Ironbound Island, the Porcu- 
pine Island, (so called) Horn Island, Turtle Island and Scooduc Island 
together with the inhabitants thereof, be, and hereby are incorporated 
into a town by the name of Goldsborough, » » *. 

Alexander Campbell Esq. was empowered to issue his warrant call- 
ing the first meeting. 

♦Gen. David Cobb, was the first agent for the Bingham proprietors in Maine. He 
moved from Taunton, Mass., to Gouldsborough, Maine, in May, 1796, and was taxed 
there that year. 

tNow the town of Deblois. 

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Sullivan, Islands in Frenchman's Bay, and Bluehill Bay. 217 


u An act for incorporating the plantation number two, on the east 
side of Union River into a town by the name of Sullivan. 

Section i. Be it enacted, etc., * » *. That the Plantation No. 
2, on the east side of Union River, and included within the boundaries 
hereafter described, beginning on Frenchman's Bay at the southeast 
corner of Township No. i, and bounded on the west by said Township 
No. 1, on the north by Townships No. 8 and No. 9, on the east by 
Township No. 7, and on the south by Goldsborough and Frenchman's 
Bay, to the bounds begun at, including Island A., Bean Island, D ram 
Island, Preble Island, Bragdon Island, Burnt Island, Black Island and 
Soward Island, together with the inhabitants thereof, be and they 
hereby are incorporated into a town by the name of Sullivan." 

Alexander Campbell, Esq., was authorized to issue his warraut to 
call the first meeting. 


Joseph Bragdon, of No. 2, bought of the State, Bragdon's Island, 
86 acres, for £17, June 15, 1786. 

John Bean, of Frenchman's Bay, bought of the State, Bean 
Island, 28 acres for £8, 8s, June 16, 1786. 


John Reed, of Roxbury, bought of the State December 4, 1786, 
live Islands in Blue Hill Bay for £814, viz : — 

Long Island, 4265 acres ; Little Deer Isle, 1264 acres ; Pick- 
ering Island, 206 acres ; Bradbury Island, 142 acres ; Great Spruce 
Head Island, 240 acres. Total, 6477 acres. 

Reed agreed to give settlers deeds as follows : — Ben Reed and 
Eliachim Eaton, on Little Deer Isle, Samuel Pickering, on Picker- 
ing Island, and Mr. Blagdon or Blaston, on Great Spruce Head 

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For Bridge, read Budge 4, 5 

Elizabeth C.L. Hill died Dec. 28, 1839 10 

John Billings was of Concord, afterward Lincoln, fifth generation 

from Nath. Billings 13 

Alex Campbell was Senator 1794 to 1800 52 

For Russell read Bussell 62 

For Thorns read Thomas 64 

For McCobb read McLean 71 

For 1800 in line 12 read 1812 75 

Add George Harris, jr., graduated Amherst College, Minister Provi- 
dence ; Professor at Andover 76 

Strike out 1785 in second line 77 

For Esther Nash read Esther Wass 77 

For Bradley read Bradbury 81 

ForEbenezer Weston read Ebenezer Webster 83 

For Eben Hathorn readEber Hathern Ill 

For Herman Smith read Heman Smith Ill 

For Sallie King readSallie Wing 112 

For Belfast in line lOread Bucksport 134 

For Ordinary in 11th line read Ordaining 143 

For Sachett read Sackett 156 

For returned in line 10 read removed 170 

For Prime in line 4 from bottom read Prinee 170 

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I. East Maine Conference Seminary 1 

II. Early Settlement of Bangor, 2 

m. The Municipal History of Bangor, 4 

IV. Post Masters of Bangor from 1801 to 1871, 8 

Y. The Carr Family, 9 

VI. Early Post Offices in Eastern Maine, 12 

VII. The Billings Family, 13 

VIII. Copy of a Petition of the Inhabitants of New Worcester, 14 

IX. Sketch Relating to the Bangor House, 16 

X. Miscellany, 16 

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II. The Wholesale Boot and Shoe Trade in the United States, 21 

m. History op the Methodist Church, Orrington Circuit, 22 

IV. The Hol yoke Family, op Brewer, 27 

Y. Ancient Land Grants East op Penobscot River, 29 


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IV. General David Cobb, 43 

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n. Representatives to General Court from Penobscot County, 164 

m. Col. Benjamin Foster, of Machias, 166 

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