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51 "He followed the sea when a boy and was in Gloucester when the War of 1812 broke out. He served three months in the militia. He did not like the service on land and, when the privateer Basilisk, was fitted out, he enlisted and went to sea. After taking some prizes, he and five others were put aboard one of them, but they were captured by a British man-of-war. An Irishman swore that he knew John Puffer as an Irishman. John was asked to pronounce the name Blair. His accent was decided to prove that he was Irish and he was impressed in the British Navy. He had his "protection" and kept it secreted until he reached Halifax, when he appealed to the authorities, and proved that he was an American. He was then made a prisoner of war and later transferred to the war prison at Dartmoor, England. While there he kept a diary, which is now in possession of one of his grandchildren, while another has the "protection box". Another grandson has a chest which John had when he moved to Maine, and a copy of the will of Robert Redman (date 1760), an ancestor of his mother. In 1822 he was living at 29 Pleasant Street, Boston. About 1823 he moved from Boston to Frankfort, Me on the Penobscot River, 13 miles below Bangor, but a year later moved to Columbia, Me., where most of his children lived. He was a carpenter by trade, and a lumberman in the forests of eastern Maine at the time when ship building was a prominent industry in the coast towns. He was living in 1876."

According to the Reed genealogy, ".. and when they were fired upon by the guards, in the prison-yard, a ball grazed his jacket, and killed a fellow prisoner."

His gravestone reads
"I am now at rest weep not for me
From sin and death I now am Free
Transplanted to my home above
I dwell where all is peace and love."

in 1823 moved to Frankfort, ME
in 1824 moved to Columbia, ME

He served in Capt Lemuel Bradford's Co 21st US Inf during War of 1812
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He remained in Dartmoor Prison for 2 years and five months. He came to Columbia in 1825, and bought the betterments of the place at Little River, so called, of Moses Leighton, where his son John and daughters, Taphenus and Arabella now live. He was active in town affairs and took an interest in building up society. "They came from Braintree in 1824 or 1825 and settled at Little River Corner. He built a big farm house up by The Rips (in our pasture and 2nd field where the big rock is)." Elizabeth Roberta Puffer

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ED NOTE: In 1989 I took a trip to Columbia to locate the "diary" and "protection box". After a long and suspenseful search, on my last day there, I learned that the "diary" had been in the possession of Elizabeth Roberta Puffer, a cousin of my grandfather Charles K.W. French. She had died two years prior. The "diary" was given by her to the State of Maine Archives. I drove to Augusta to view the "diary".

I had a chance (about an hour or two) to examine the contents. Its not a "diary" in the strict sense. It doesn't record daily activities. Its a large, burlap covered book with many different types of entries in two distinct sections.The first section contains mostly mathematical questions and solvings. The second section contain some poems (sea shanties?) about the war and some of the sea battles as well as small drawings of ships. One page lists the names of men killed and wounded in the massacre of prisoners that happened at Dartmoor at the close of the war when the Americans were about to be repatriated in a prisoner swap. The conditions at the prison were abominable. Barely one in 10 men survived a year. I postulate that "Dartmoor" John used the "diary" as a textbook to teach fellow prisoners mathematics to pass the time and to keep his sanity. His name is written on the book cover in his own hand. It is a priceless piece of family history and it is too bad that it transferred out of family hands to the State of Maine. It can be viewed at the State Archive in Augusta.

According to a letter from Roberta Puffer "It was there that he continued to keep the journal which we still have. It is in a safety box in a bank. It is getting old. It covers 1820-1870 and is crumbling with age . There are about 70 pages". "John Sr. was put in Dartmoor prison in England as a political prisoner 1812-1814. He was taken off the clipper ship The Basilisk by an English vessel in 1812. They were going to impress him into the British Navy but he had his protection papers which he showed to the authorities in Halifax, where he was declared to be an American citizen from Boston. However the English vessel took him to England and he was put in Dartmoor until the end of the war of 1812." This is a mystery still. The book I saw was not a diary nor did it cover the period stated. Could there be another? Further investigation of Dartmoor Prison records show no John Puffer listed as a prisoner. Another mystery. Did he use an alias?

"John Puffer Sr also brought up two other boys, Ira Barney and John Page who did well in life." Roberta Puffer

ED NOTE: 8/24/05

What a great week for discovery this has been. After searching online for years to locate information about Dartmoor John (Puffer) perhaps our most illustrious ancestor, I was able to make contact with a man in England who is an historian on Dartmoor Prison. He provided me with information about Dartmoor John's capture, and subsequent imprisonment.

I had begun to doubt his story of ever being in prison because I was unable to find any outside information to verify the family history (as related in the Puffer Genealogy).

There is no record (that I can find) of any ship by the name of Basilisk during the War of 1812, either American or British. There was no record of his name in the lists of prisoners that I was able to find.

In fact, the ship he was on was the Yorktown, a well-known American privateer. HMS Nimrod took the Yorktown as a prize in 1813 off the coast of Nova Scotia. John Puffer was sent to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he spent some time in prison there, before being shipped to Chatham, Kent, England where he spent almost a year in prison there. Finally he was shipped to Dartmoor Prison where he spent the rest of the war. He survived the 'massacre' there in December of 1814 (a well documented historical event). He was released from Dartmoor in 1815.

One of the frustrations of this search is that his 'diary' has only one brief mention of anything to do with the prison. It is a short list of names of wounded or killed men. Since I now have a source I can check those names against the prison list and see if he's accurate. For a man who spent the better part of 2.5 years in prison you might expect a bit more biographical writings of that experience.

A month ago I doubted his story was true. I even suspected that he fabricated the story based on what he had heard of other prisoners' true-life stories of impressment and imprisonment. Many books of the time were written by former prisoners about this most notorious of English prisons. I thought John Puffer had taken those verbal and written stories and made them his own.

I am relieved to know that he, in fact, was a prisoner, even if some of the facts were wrong in the family history.

Prison number 3431 2 791
By what ship or how taken British Squadron British Squadron
Time when (taken) 26 July 1813 13 July 1813
Place where (taken) Halifax off Halifax
Name of Prize Yorktown Yorktown
Man-o-war/Privateer/ MV Privateer Privateer
Prisoners name John Puffer Jonathan Puffer
Quality (rank) Seaman Seaman
Time received into custody(at Dartmoor) 13 September 1814 7 Jan 1814
From what ship or whence received HMS Niobe from Chatham from Halifax
Place of Nativity (where born) Cantor (Canton, MA) Cantor (Canton, MA)

Age 20 20
Stature (height) 5`6" and a half inch 5`6" and a half inches
Person stout(means muscular) Stout
Visage/ complexion oval/fresh oval /fresh
Hair brown
Eyes brown hazel
Marks or wounds none

Date of supply (bedding etc) Chatham Feb 18 14
Exchanged/Discharged/Died or escaped Discharged Discharged 8 Sept 1814 to Dartmoor by HMS Niobe
Time when 28 May 1815
Whither and by what order Released Boards Order 16 March 1815
end of Dartmoor record

So a short synopsis of his war experience:
He was captured off Halifax, Nova Scotia, and taken to the HMS Niobe, a prison ship or hulks (ships used as prisons in Halifax, NS) on 26 July 1813, he was kept there until he was taken in at the Chatham hulks (County of Kent, England) on 7 Jan 1814. (A period of 5.5 months). He was kept there (Chatham) until 8 Sept 1814 when he was sent to the Dartmoor War Prison. ( A period of 8 months)

He arrived at Dartmoor Depot on the 13 Sept 1814, this was a fast trip of about 250 miles sea voyage to Plymouth, then the last 17 miles was a severe march up to 1500 feet above sea level to the prison carrying his bedding etc. He was not supplied at Dartmoor, but at Chatham, so he carried his bedding up to Dartmoor.
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On June 13, 1873 his wife sold land to John Puffer (her father-in-law) for $ 1500. On Nov 14th, 1863 she bought 34 acres+- of land for $425 from Levi W. Ingersoll. (David M. Caranci has the original deed.)

The 1870 Census shows him as John PUFFIN. He is 76 YO and is a farmer. He lives with his wife Catherine who is 72 years old and a housewife.

"He enlisted in the navy in the war of 1812 and was taken prisoner soon after and lodged in Dartmore prison, where he remained two years and five months. He came to Columbia about the year 1825, and bought the betterments of the place at Little River, so called, of Moses Leighton, where his son John and daughters Taphenus and Arabella now live. He was active in town affairs and took an interest in building up society."

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June 12, 2011
Another week of great discovery by my contact with another great grandson of Dartmoor John, Homer Morrison.

He has been able to fill in many (if not all) of the missing pieces regarding how John Puffer came to Dartmoor prison. He has the records of the English Admiralty of his capture and transfer from Halifax, NS to Chatham, England to Dartmoor.

American Prisoners of War Held at Halifax During the War of 1812 by Harrison Scott Baker

Below is Baker's summary for John Puffer, Volume II, p. 327. This was the key:

Puffer, John Prisoner 3619 Rank:Seaman From: Manchester RC, Privateer
Captured: 11 July 1813 at sea by HMS Maidstone Interned: 28 July 1813 Discharged: 09 November 1813
Belongs to Yorktown Privateer. Received from Recruit. Nemesis for England per order of Adml Sir J B Warren.
 
Puffer, John Sr. (I37522)
 
52 "He moved to Bar Mills (ME ca 1915) and had a big farm with pigs and chickens. She (Mary) and her brother Carol were punished by him for feeding the pigs. They had to sit by a big stove in the house." Mary Edith French ( step-grand daughter).
 
Smith, Harvey Holly (I15275)
 
53 "He turned out to be meanly and corruptly dispositioned - indolent, dissipated, inprovident, a whoremonger. So vilely did he behave, and such was the unconscionableness of his neglect of his family, that his wife sought her greatest good in an effort of disolve or dissever the nuptial tie that bound her to him - it was dissolved - they were disunited by decree of divorce." What became of him is unknown, "only that he is said to have gone to Vermont." Puffer, Elisha (I22318)
 
54 "He was a forestry worker in MI, following the lumber industry, moving to new areas as the timber gave out in worked-over forests. They lived back and forth across the border between Ontario, Pennsylvania, and New York State. All 4 children were born in Ontario, but most of their growing up was in Cross Fork, PA, a community no longer in existence. Maude mentioned going to school in Comber, Ontario, so they must have lived there before Cross Fork. The timber gave out, the town caught fire and so the family returned (1910-1911?) to Windsor, where William found employment building the new Ford plant. When that was completed, he worked in the factory till April 12, 1929, he came home from work, sat down and immediately died from a heart attack." Ruth La Bounty Puffer. Warren, William Alexander (I15772)
 
55 "He went to pay for the mortgage on the Ranch when "Grandma Lacy" (Matilda Solomon Lacy) was 12 and never returned.  In the 1940's or 50's they found human bones in the basement of the hotel in Green River, but without any DNA evidence they could never be certain it was him." Solomon, George Delbert (I24201)
 
56 "His life was marked by Christian sympathy, choosing to bear a portion of other's sorrows, courteous in his demeanor, devout in his affections, humble in view of a pardoning Redeemer, given to hospitality ..." Hosmer, Deacon Silas (I35425)
 
57 "His whole life has been spent in Cedar County, (IA) where he as been an enterprising farmer, a worthy citizen, a kind and obliging neighbor. * ** Several years ago he suffered from a very severe attack of inflammatory rheumatism, form which he never fully recovered, the same being complicated with heart disease which finally proved fatal. Mr. Puffer was held in high esteem by those who knew him best. He appreciated the friendship of those who were truly his friends and was most fondly attached to his home and the loved ones there" (newspaper obituary). The funeral was at the Methodist Church and was largely attended. Interment at Mechanicsville cemetery.
 
Puffer, Authernial George Washington (I35975)
 
58 "If Mr. Joseph Hawley, who hath married Lydia my grand child & is now l iving at Northampton, see cause to settle there and build an house, I g ive him Land which lyeth between Elder John Strong's Homelott and my ow n, provided he build on it and liv e there four years, then it shall be to him and his wife and their heir s forever," from the Will of Lt. David Witton, of Northampton, who died 5 F eb. 1677/78, will dated 25 Dec. 1677. Hawley, Joseph (I15343)
 
59 "It was at her house that I walked after the nail in my foot episode to s ee my first auto. She was a teacher." Roberta Puffer. Puffer, Alice H. (I40061)
 
60 "Mrs Abigail Puffer, aged 85 yrs., was buried at his side, was presumably his wife. His will mentions no wife nor children" - Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915 by Charles Nutt, page 66"
 
Abigail (I17805)
 
61 "Mrs Abigail Puffer, aged 85 yrs., was buried at his side, was presumably his wife. His will mentions no wife nor children" - Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915 by Charles Nutt, page 66" Abigail (I17805)
 
62 "Mrs. Nutt had lived in Natick for forty years and, for one who seldom c ared to leave her home, she had a wide acquaintance and many friends. S he was absolutely devoted to her family. She was, however, interested i n public matters, especially temperance work and in her younger days be longed to temperance organizations; she was interested in the schools a nd often voted when there were contests for school committee. She too p art in the various forms of work of the loyal women of the North during t he Civil War, making uniforms, sewing for the soldiers, preparing lint a nd bandages for the wounded and gathering other supplies and comforts t o send to the front." - Natick Bulletin Puffer, Abigail Prentice (I20597)
 
63 "Much beloved in life, she was greatly lamented. *** a woman of estimab le qualities of mind, heart and character." Puffer, Lucy Ann (I18071)
 
64 "Puffer Genealogy" book shows marriage date as 10 Aug 1842. This is probably the intention date. Family F8838
 
65 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 58, p. 390: Sarah F arr ow daughter of Benjamin & Leah Farrow was baptised June 19,1726. Farrow, Sarah (I7979)
 
66 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 58, p. 390: Sarah F arr ow daughter of Benjamin & Leah Farrow was baptised June 19,1726. Farrow, Sarah (I7979)
 
67 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 137: Tamar F arr ow daughter of Benjm Farrow was Baptized by ye Rev. Mr. Bourn of th is To wn August 11,1734. Farrow, Tamar (I7981)
 
68 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 309: Christ i an Farrow, a Child of Benj. Farrow, was baptised Aug. 20,1738. Farrow, Christian (I7980)
 
69 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 78: Rachel F arr ow daughter of Benjm was baptized by Mr. Bourn July 18,1731. Farrow, Rachel (I3216)
 
70 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 78: Rachel F arr ow daughter of Benjm was baptized by Mr. Bourn July 18,1731. Farrow, Rachel (I3216)
 
71 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 60, p. 176: membe r s of the church on Nov. 13,1751, Jemima Farrow, wife to Mr. Thomas F. Farrow, Thomas (I4090)
 
72 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR, Vol. 58, p. 267: Leah F arr ow daughter of Benj Farrow & Leah his wife was baptized Nov. 24, 17 23. Farrow, Leah (I413)
 
73 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR, Vol. 58, p. 267: Leah Farrow daughter of Benj Farrow & Leah his wife was baptized Nov. 24, 1723. Farrow, Leah (I413)
 
74 "Records of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 134: Abi ga il Farrow daughter of Benjm & Leah was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Bour n Apr il 23,1732. Farrow, Abigail (I22040)
 
75 "Richard Tucker, "gentleman", came very early to the coast of Maine and New Hampshire; probably lived near Saco. He bought, about 1630, Richard Bradshaw's patent to lands at Spurwink, in Maine; in partnership with George Cleve had a patent for Gorges Jan. 27, 1627, of land in that vicinity; another deed from Alex Rigby, May 23, 1643."

He resided in Portsmouth, NH where he died in 1679 at the age of 85. Through his landed properties, however, he retained an interest in the development of Maine. He was one of the Selectmen of Portsmouth; a Commissioner of the General Court; and while at Casco was one of the Grand Jury. In 1665 he stood strongly for the jurisdiction of MA for the control of Maine and against the Royal Commissioners.

Margaret survived him for several years. She may have been a passenger on the ship "Abigail" which left London 1 Jul 1635. If so, she was born abt. 1612.

A monument in Portland erected by Payson Tucker commemorates the landing of George Cleeves and Richard Tucker. It was unveiled 4 Jul 1883 with Masonic Honors. It is located on the eastern promenade near the spot where they landed. Their landing was on the beach now covered by the "make land" of the Grand Trunk Railway, at a point a little east of the foot of Hancock Street where a small brook made its way into the bay.


 
Tucker, Richardus (I7713)
 
76 "Sister of Mary, wife of Dwight W. Ellis, .. She was modest and unobjectionable in appearance and demeanor, marked with unostentatiousness in every lineament and movement; evidently of placid, serene temper and disposition, and apparantely fashioned precisely to suit her husband, not improbably from a rib of his. Pity all could not be as well coupled." Family Records of Wales, MA Puffer, Abigail (I15548)
 
77 "St. John's Burying Ground used to occupy the space which is now James J. Walker Park, between Leroy, Hudson and Clarkson Streets. In a sense it still does since the old stones were buried in place and few of the 10,000 occupants were moved. The only stone remaining is one dedicated to three firemen who gave their lives in the line of duty over 150 years ago." As the centaph states, Cornelia and her infant son are still interred in that place. Stagg, Cornelia Depeyster (I20269)
 
78 "that after being burnt out in Maine by the Indians three times, he mov ed first to Clark's Island in Boston Harbor, and next to Rochester, Mas sachusetts, where he changed land with Samuel Hammond, and that his hou se was about two miles north of Mattapoisette Village." Killed and scal ped by Indians after 1713 at Dyers Neck, MA. Bolles, Samuel (I8307)
 
79 "The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660" by Peter Wilson Coldham, 198 8 lists, "Examinations of those intending to embark in the ship "John a nd Dorothy" of Ipswich Eng, Mr William Andrewes, and the ship "Rose" of Y armouth Eng, Mr William Andrewes, for New England:among those listed ar e Michill Metcalfe of Norwich, dornix weaver aged 45 and his wife Sarra h aged 39, and 8 children Michill, Thomas, Marey, Sarrah, Elizabeth, Ma rtha, Joane and Rebeca;
and his servant Thomas Comberbach aged 16 to Boston to inhabit (PRO:E15 7/21)"

"I was persecuted ", he writes " in the land of my fathers sepulchres, f or not bowing at the name of Jesus, and observing other religious cerem onies, forced upon me at the instance of Bishop Wren of Norwich and his C hancellor Dr. Corbet, whose violent measures troubled me in the Bishops C ourt, and returned me to the High Commissioners Court. Suffering many t imes for the cause of religion, I was forced for the sake of liberty of m y conscience to flee from my wife and my children, to go to New England , taking the ship voyage at London, 17th of Sept. 1636, being by tempes ts, tossed up and down the seas til the Christmas following, then veeri ng about to Plymouth in Old England, in which time I met with many sore a fflictions. Leaving with the ship I went down to Yarmouth, in Norfolk c ounty, whence I shipped myself and my family, to come to New England; s ailed 15 April 1637, and arrived 3 days before midsummer, with my wife n ine children and a servant. ". The name of the servant seems to have be en Thomas Comherbach, aged 16. [Manuscript of Hen. Tames Savage] The ab ove extracts were taken from a from a copy of a letter written in Plymo uth Eng. Jan 13 1636, on his voyage hither; directed, " To all true Pro fessors in Christ's Gospel within the City of Norwich". In a postscrip t he remarks, "my enemies conspired against me to take my life, and som etimes to avoid their hands, my wife did hide me in the roof of the hou se, covering me with straw."

History informs us, that one of the charges brought against Bishop Wren , by a committee of Parliament, was, that during the term of two years, f our months, while he held the See of Norwich, " 300 of his Majesties su bjects, many of whom use trafes, spinning, weaving, knitting, making cl oth stuff, stockings and other manufactures of wool, some of them setti ng one hundred poor people at work." " transported themselves to Hollan d and other parts beyond the sea " in consequence of his " superstition a nd tyranny" [See appendix to Dr. Lamson's Historical Discourses]

When he was hauled before the Ecclesiastical Court he expertly quoted a gainst the judges, their own theologians and the Bible itself,but to hi s disgust, "their learned and invincible arguments to refute their asse rtions were these: Blockhead, old heretic, the devil made you, I will s end you to the Devil." Frustration gave way to fear. " Having become a m arked man he had no choice but to flee to America. He counseled with le ss known fellow Puritans to remain in Norwich if they possibly could, a dvising them not to be discouraged --- be chearly --- have patience --- abidith the will of God who worketh all things best for you." A " lovin g brother in exile persecuted for Christ's verity." Michael Metcalf wou ld go out alone and unwilling to the savage land of MA. He w ent with his eyes on England. not America: " O Norwich, The beauty of m y native country, what shall I say to thee". Taken from A New England T own by Kenneth A. Lockridge W.W. Norton and Co 1985 
Metcalf, Michael (I1961)
 
80 "They lived in half way to Columbia Falls in the 1st house after the R. R. track down in the woods towards the river." Hazel Smith Bradeen

"Served in the war of the rebellion and was promoted from captain to ma jor for meritorious service."

He was a Pensioner of the state of Maine Certificate Number 88,674 for " chr. diarr." (chronic diarreha?) $5.00 per month.

The 1860 Federal Census lists his occupation as a Master mason. 
Smith, Maj. Harrison Gray Otis (I20037)
 
81 "Uncle John" in California. We visited him on our way back from Japan i n 1961. Caranci, John Anthony (I25411)
 
82 "used to come down from Boston to visit his mother's grave. He was a j eweler from Boston. He wore a tall silk hat and carried a gold headed c ane. He also wore a diamond necktie pin." Roberta Puffer to Charles K .W. French Benjamin Alonzo Shute acquired his education in the public schools of B oston, and began his business career as clerk in a cutlery establishmen t. By capable and faithful service he gradually worked his way upward u ntil he became the head of the establishment, which he managed successf ully until his retirement from active pursuits in 1870. In 1887 he purc hased a residence in Malden, the home of some of his early ancestors, a nd has since resided here, a respected citizen. On September 12, 1852, M r. Shute married Sophia Drisko, of Addison, Me., a daughter of Haskell a nd Hannah (Cole) Drisko. Mr. and Mrs. Shute have three children — Mary H elen, .Sophia, and Martha Anna. Sophia is the wife of Alfred J. Thompso n, and has three children — Marion, Leonard, and Gordon. Martha Anna ma rried Frederick Drisko, and they have one son, Stanwood Drisko. Shute, Benjamin Alonzo (I35582)
 
83 "William Ingersoll, the first Ingersoll settler, known as Governor Inge rsoll, came to Columbia in 1779 from Yarmouth, Me. He married Elizabet h Knowles; built a house in Epping, then so called, but in the town of C olumbia, a little southeast of the corner on what has been known as the I ngersoll farm. ... He with others built a mill which was burnedm, and t he place where it was located is now known as the "Burnt Mill Rips." was listed in a census He was living there with his daughter Rebecca (Ingersoll) Drisko and he r family in 1784 SOUR: @S62@ PAGE: p. 257 SOUR: @S310@ PAGE: p. 129, 141 Ingersoll, Gov. William (I2246)
 
84 (1,875 items) is comprised of business letters, personal letters, legal documents, and financial records related to an extended family with business and agricultural interests in Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, and South Carolina Source (S1514)
 
85 (Bible records from Sidney W. Puffer, Saxtons River, VT.) Puffer, Sally (I25656)
 
86 (ED NOTE: A twin?) He was a partner in the Land Bank in 1740. He was l iving in Wrentham in 1745. He sold land at Dudley for 25 pounds, Feb 12, 1745, to Nathaniel Mann of Needham. He was also proprietor of Upper Ashuelot, Keene, NH and was one of the committee that visited there in 1734. He or his son William was one of the proprietors of Livermore, ME, which was granted to the soldiers at Port Royal. He met with other proprietors Jan 28 1737, at the house of Isaac Baldwin, Weston. He did not settle at Livermore.
 
Puffer, William (I17359)
 
87 (Ed Note: According to family history, Colonel James Merritt was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. I can find no mention of this man in any history of Bunker Hill or the Revolutionary War. You'd think a Col. in the Continental Army who was killed at the most famous battle of the Revolution would be mentioned somewhere? The "History of the town of Bernardston, MA" lists a James Merrett as being a 'six month man' (enlisted for 6 months). DMC ) Merrett\ Merritt, Col. James (I10200)
 
88 (Ed Note: According to family history, Colonel James Merritt was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. I can find NO mention of this man in any history of Bunker Hill or the Revolutionary War. You'd think a Col. in the Continental Army who was killed at the most famous battle would be mentioned somewhere? The "History of the town of Bernardston, MA" lists a James Merrett as being a 'six month man' (enlisted for 6 months). DMC )
 
Merrett\ Merritt, Col. James (I10200)
 
89 (Ed Note: Interesting to note that the 1880 Federal Census shows Theodora living with her mother and her future husband John J. Roche, who is only 7 years older than her mother.) Puffer, Theodora Pray (I38802)
 
90 (Ed. Note - G.S. reads "Died Sept 15, 1850 Aged 17 Yrs." this would ma ke her birth 1833.) Puffer, Julia Seville (I21010)
 
91 (Ed. Note) This is the real father of Charles Kimball Worcester French. He raped Mamie French then refused to acknowledge the child. As payback, Mamie named him after his father so everyone would know whose son he was. Worcester, Charles Kimball (I39725)
 
92 (Ed. Note: He wrote a letter of condolences to CKW French on the death o f his mother. Ansel was living at 124 Denver St., Pawtucket, RI at the t ime. CKW French was living at Bar Mills, ME at the time- DMC) Allen, Ansel W. (I40071)
 
93 (Ed. Note: I visited with Leslie in the mid 1980s when I visited Colum bia to do some research. She was very helpful and kind. Her husband a llowed me to look at and copy many very old Columbia records of some of m y ancestors - DMC) Smith, Leslie E. (I39830)
 
94 (Ed. Note: I visited with Leslie in the mid 1980s when I visited Columbia to do some research. She was very helpful and kind. Her husband allowed me to look at and copy many very old Columbia records of some of my ancestors - DMC)
(Ed Note: The Columbia Town was burned to the ground and all the old records kept there were lost.)
 
Smith, Leah Elvira (I6461)
 
95 (Ed. Note: It is supposed she is a daughter of George, but no proof exists)

"JONATHAN BLISS (1626-1687) was the son of Thomas and Dorothy (Wheatlie) Bliss of Braintree and Rehoboth, Mass. The oft-repeated claim that his wife was MIRIAM HARMON is false. She was, in fact, neither a Miriam nor a Harmon; there is no record of a Miriam Harmon in New England during this period. Jonathan Bliss's wife was almost certainly a daughter of George PUFFER of Braintree, Mass., probably named RACHEL. For a complete discussion of the factors that led to this misidentification and the evidence supporting its correction, see NEHGR 151(1997):32-37." 
Puffer, Rachel (I1527)
 
96 (Ed. Note: It is supposed she is a daughter of George, but no proof exists)

"JONATHAN BLISS (1626-1687) was the son of Thomas and Dorothy (Wheatlie) Bliss of Braintree and Rehoboth, Mass. The oft-repeated claim that his wife was MIRIAM HARMON is false. She was, in fact, neither a Miriam nor a Harmon; there is no record of a Miriam Harmon in New England during this period. Jonathan Bliss's wife was almost certainly a daughter of George PUFFER of Braintree, Mass., probably named RACHEL. For a complete discussion of the factors that led to this misidentification and the evidence supporting its correction, see NEHGR 151(1997):32-37." 
Puffer, Rachel (I1527)
 
97 (Ed. Note: page 1660 of the N.J. Civil War Record listing "Officers of t he United States Navy During the War Period. Appointed from New Jersey ." shows an Alfred E. Puffer with the rank of "Landsman" enrolled Sep 1 7, 1864 and mustered out the same date. He had an enlistment for 2 yrs a nd shows he deserted June 30, 1865, from a U.S. Receiving Ship at New Y ork. A Landsman was the lowest rank in the US Navy reserved for unskil led labor. After 2 years service a Landsman could be promoted to Seama n. Is this the Alfred E. Puffer?) Puffer, Alfred Edgar (I17965)
 
98 (Ed. Note: It is believed that this is the "Timothy" son of Timothy & Elizabeth Cady Puffer found in the Puffer Genealogy book, page 77. As no records exist for a Timothy and he is not mentioned in his father's will I believe he is Elias Timothy too.) Accordingly, he is buried at a small farm cemetery in Cranesville, NY, near Amsterdam. Puffer, Elias (Timothy) (I24545)
 
99 (Ed. Note: It is not known who this person really is. There is no record of a Bathsheba with a maiden name of French marrying a Puffer. A Bathsheba French did marry Matthias Puffer but I suspect she was married previously. DMC)
 
Hill, Bathsheba (I12711)
 
100 (Ed. Note: she is put in this family because it is the only Puffer family that fits both dates and places. No record of her birth/parentage can be found.) DMC 08/23/17 Puffer, Lucy Ann (I45402)
 

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