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51 " A native stone without inscription marks his grave in the cemetery on the hill at Readsboro." "Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree Mass 1639-1915", Charles Nutt, 1915, page 115. PUFFER, Tisdale (I13826)
52 ".. who lived down by the iron bridge on way to Epping Corner." Roberta Puffer PUFFER, Catherine Redman (I37211)
53 "...and, like his father, became a man of influence and substance...during the Indian troubles which accompanied the wars between the English and French powers, his house was strongly fortified and called Varney garrison house, and history states that it frequently afforded safe refuge for the families of the locality against the incursions of marauding Indians..." VARNEY, Ebenezer (I20312)
54 "A curious document was the will of Miss Caroline A. Puffer, which was filed In the office of the Kings County Surrogate yesterday by William L. (Ed: this is William Lord Puffer) Puffer, of No. 333 West Nineteenth St., Manhattan, a grand-nephew. Miss Puffer was a spinster, who died on March 3 at her home in President St. , near Sixth-Ave., Brooklyn. She was eighty-three years old. There is no schedule of the estate filed, but it included a large amount of personal property. Miss Puffer had many relatives, and each one Is remembered by the gift of a silver spoon, a walking stick, Chinese vase or something of that description. The enumeration of these legacies occupies four typewritten pages. Mr. Puffer, the executor of the will, is directed to go to the home of the testator and "turn the face of each picture toward the wall." On the back of each picture, the will says, will be found the name of the person to whom it is to be given.

Miss Puffer directed that all the money found in a certain black bandbox should be divided between St. Martin's Protestant Episcopal Church and the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Davis, rector of the church. It was not stated how much money was in the box.

Instructions are also given as to the burial of Miss Puffer. Among other things she directed that she should be buried in Green-Wood Cemetery beside Captain Holmes. Captain Holmes was the husband of Miss Puffer's favorite sister. Upon the tombstone the executor is ordered to have placed the name and age of the testator and the words, "Entered Into Rest.""

NY Tribune, Saturday, Mar 22, 1902 
PUFFER, Caroline Augusta (I41057)
55 "a sweet Christian character" MILES, Martha Gertrude (I16555)
56 "About 1760 two brothers, Thomas and Samuel Leighton, came from Falmout h, Me., to the Narraguagus river." (Centennial Historical Sketch of the T own of Columbia, by Levi Leighton, Esq.) He was with his father and with him settled first at Gouldsboro. Shortl y after, he was the pioneer settler at Columbia, then No. 12 and 13 During the Revolutionary War, and he was in Capt. Francis Shaw's Co. fo r four months defending the coast; then under Capt. Thomas Parritt in J une 1777; in Capt. Henry Dyer's detachment in Aug. and Sept. 1777, serv ing at Machias; in Capt. John Hall's Co. at Majabagaduce in Aug. 1779 a nd again under Capt. Henry Dyer in 1780 LEIGHTON, Samuel (I18344)
57 "Always as boy and man he has been known to be trustworthy and strictly honest. His word needed no bond. He had worked for various mechanical firms and making their interests his own was popular with employers and his fellow workmen. He also was an amateur farmer and fruit grower and the flowers that greeted you from his lawn showed his and his wife's love for the beautiful. His was a model home. With his devoted wife and two exemplary sons their home life was an ideal object lesson. But just as they were prepared to enjoy the fruits of their toil in comfortable leisure he was stricken with malignant disease. *** Four brother Masons bore him to his last resting place". (newspaper obituary) PUFFER, Henry (I17229)
58 "Bessie was average height, slim, light complexion, a very nice person , liked by all who knew her." She died in the Will Grant house (so called) about half way down Saco Hill on the right according to a letter to Hazel Bradeen from "Bertha" (Roberta Puffer). DORR, Bessie G. (I37555)
59 "By the bark Warwick, we send you a factor to take care of the trade goods; also a soldier for discovery." "This soldier," says Mr Potter, "was doubtless Darby FIeld, ..." -- from "Joy Family Tree" Family F11018
60 "Co. H 39 Reg Iowa Vol; KILLED July 4, 1863; Aged 41 ys 2 ms 15 ds"
Gravesite Details
 George was actually captured on July 7, 1863, at Corinth, Mississippi, and was never heard from again 
NOEL, George W. (I14324)
61 "Cupid Disturbs Slumber Peter S Chronowski Indiana Harbor justice of the peace didn't get much peace last night after retiring A Clarence L Puffer and Roberta A Kelly hauled him out of bed to perform a marriage ceremony" Article of the Hammond Times, Mar 12 1946 KELLY, Roberta Ann (I24890)
62 "Dadone" MANCINI, Dominic (I10240)
63 "FORTUNE PASSENGER" -- Taken by father to Leiden, Holland, shortly after baptism; age 10 sailed to Southampton, England, with stepmother on the Speedwell; sailed on Speedwell (with Mayflower), 1620, for New World, with father (stepmother?), but abandoned voyage when vessel put back 3rd time; arrived at Plymouth, MA, on the Fortune in late November 1621; father returned to England leaving Thomas as ward of Governor Bradford. "He settled in that part of Plymouth now Kingston, and in 1635 was on the Jury. He was appointed successor to Elder Brewster in 1649, continuing in the office until his death, Dec. 11, 1691. More than 43 years. He, for several years, was assistant to the Governor, and went to London five times in the interest of the Colony. He spent the latter part of his life in New Haven, CT where he died. CUSHMAN, Elder Thomas (I16021)
64 "Frankie's life was not easy. Money was always scarce, but after her mother Maggie was widowed she took her in and cared for her even after Maggie had several strokes and was a complete invalid. The led to estrangement between the Puffers and Frankie's family who rightly thought Maude should help, at least financially." Ruth La Bounty Puffer WARREN, Frances (I48436)
65 "Frankish King, Mayor of the Palace, victor at the Battle of Tours in Oct 732, stopping the Saracen invasion of Europe insuring our Western Christian civilization. Plantagenet Ancestry of King Edward III and Queen Philippa by George Andrew Moriarty Mormon Pioneer Genealogical Society SLC 1985 pp 5-220;The Plantagent Ancestry by W.H. Turton DSO Genealogical Publishing Co. Baltimore 1984 pp 8, 171; Royal Ancestors of Some American Families by Michel Call SLC 1989 chart 11201, 11602, 11624, 112 27, 11701;Descents From Antiquity; The Augustan Society Torrance Ca 1986 chart W; Some sources from Paula Evans 1992; Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England between 1623 and 1650, Sixth Edition by Frederick Lewis Weis Genealogical Publishing Co.,Baltimore 1988 line 50-11, 191-11, 198-11; Carolingian Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia; Source: Descents From Antiquity; The Augustan Society, Inc., Torrance, CA,1986; chart W. The Plantagenet Ancestry Of King Edward III And Queen Philippa; by George Andrews Moriarty; Mormon Pioneer Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, 1985; pp5, 220.The Plantagenet Ancestry; by Lt.-Col. W.H. Turton, D.S.O.; Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1984 ; pp 8, 171. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came To New England between 1623 and 1650, Sixth Edition; by Frederick Lewis Weis; Genealogical Publishing Co.,Inc., Baltimore, 1988; line 50-11, 191-11, 198-11. Royal Ancestors Of Some American Families; by Michel L. Call; Salt Lake City, 1989; chart 11601, 11602, 11624, 11627, 11701. Carolingian Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia. Charles "Martel", Mayor of the Palace md (1) Rotrude, Duchess of Austrasia. MARTEL, Charles Mayor Of The Palace Of Austrasia (I2782)
66 "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

According the British Admiralty records, he was a Lt. aboard the privateer Yorktown. This ship was capture
on 8 Jul 1813 at sea by the HMS Maidstone. He was "interned" at Halifax, NS, aboard a prison ship till 19 Nov
1813 (3-4 months). On that date, he was shipped to England aboard HMS Nemesis bound for England.

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


ED NOTE: In 1986 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 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". According to family history, "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 in Devonshire, 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.
(2016) listed below are the names that appear in the "diary" and the injury they suffered.:
Robert Willet left left thigh, amputated
Thomas Finley in the thigh
William Appleby in the arm
George Campbell dead
John Peach in the thigh
Cornelius Garrison head and hand
John Geir left leg amputated
William Lane in the eyes
Pain Perry in the shoulders

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 2791
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.

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."

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. (I35104)
67 "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 (I13911)
68 "He turned out to be meanly and corruptly dispositioned - indolent, dissipated, improvident, 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 dissolve 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 (I20550)
69 "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 (I42089)
70 "He was awakened and converted, it is believed, by a sermon, preached at Worcester, by Rev. George Whitefield." Watertown, Mass Genealogies and Histories, page 251.

(Note: George Whitefield was a great revivalist preacher and, among Jonathan Edwards, Gilbert Tennent and Samuel Davies, led what is called the "1st Great Awakening" in the US. during the 1730s and 1740s, when passion for personal faith had grown stale. DMC 11/17/19) 
GODDARD, Daniel Sr. (I47131)
71 "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 (I22339)
72 "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 (I33153)
73 "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 (I33659)
74 "I only know Naomi had two children Betty and Emma Bowers. Each were married to Eugene Baldwin and Edwin Clauser. Each had adopted children. Richard Puffer was Naomi second husband. Richard lost his arm in WWII and his occupation was RE appraiser in the LA area. Naomi I think was from the South. The reason the girls did not have natural children was they were afraid they may be black. There is some black history in either Naomi or Fred Bower, her first husband. It was just part of their generation thinking." (From Ancestry member berg775) BEDDOW, Naomi Elizabeth (I15018)
75 "If Mr. Joseph Hawley, who hath married Lydia my grand child & is now living at Northampton, see cause to settle there and build an house, I give him Land which lyeth between Elder John Strong's Homelott and my own, provided he build on it and live there four years, then it shall be to him and his wife and their heirs forever," from the Will of Lt. David Witton, of Northampton, who died 5 Feb. 1677/78, will dated 25 Dec. 1677. HAWLEY, Joseph (I13978)
76 "In memory of Richard Puffer son of Mr. Richard Puffer & Mrs Jemima his wife Deceased Novbr 20 1756 Aged 2 yrs 11ms & 24 days." PUFFER, Richard (I20636)
77 "It was at her house that I walked after the nail in my foot episode to see my first auto. She was a teacher." Roberta Puffer. PUFFER, Alice H. (I37465)
78 "Mr. Sunday School" to the Southern Baptist Convention KILBRETH, Leon Raymond (I43171)
79 "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 (I16296)
80 "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 (I18952)
81 "Much beloved in life, she was greatly lamented. *** a woman of estimab le qualities of mind, heart and character." PUFFER, Lucy Ann (I16550)
82 "On Wednesday last a sorrowful accident happened at Stoughton, as a number of persons were raising the spire of the meeting-house there, some of the tackling gave way, when one Mr. Isaac Fenno, jun'r fell to the ground, and was killed in an instant. He has left a widow and 4 children." FENNO, Isaac (I43232)
83 "Phebe was killed by indians while returning from worship July 4 1697 and John was wounded" [Pike's Journal]. The pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660; a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns, churches, courts and other contemporary sources (1908) by Charles Henry Pope p. 92  LITTLEFIELD, Phebe (I49070)
84 "Puffer Genealogy" book shows marriage date as 10 Aug 1842. This is probably the intention date. Family F8250
85 "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 (I7105)
86 "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 (I7107)
87 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 309: Christian Farrow, a Child of Benj. Farrow, was baptised Aug. 20,1738. FARROW, Christian (I7106)
88 "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 (I2866)
89 "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 (I3642)
90 "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 (I376)
91 "Records of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 134: Abigail Farrow daughter of Benjm & Leah was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Bourn April 23, 1732. FARROW, Abigail (I20293)
92 "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 (I6882)
93 "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 (I14172)
94 "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 (I18649)
95 "that after being burnt out in Maine by the Indians three times, he moved first to Clark's Island in Boston Harbor, and next to Rochester, Massachusetts, where he changed land with Samuel Hammond, and that his house was about two miles north of Mattapoisette Village." Killed and scalped by Indians after 1713 at Dyers Neck, MA. BOLLES, Samuel (I7409)
96 "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 (I1735)
97 "The descendents of Elias Clark say Robert drowned while crossing the Neosho River on ice & that was somewhere near Parsons, Kansas . But an old letter from Garrett Reasoner Jr.'s Granddaughter, Mary Rachel said it was a town up near St. Joseph, Missouri" CLARK, Robert Perry (I42616)
98 "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 major for meritorious service." Co. H., 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment. Wounded 18 Jun 1864 during a charge in the 2nd Battle of Petersburg in the head and arm.

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 (I18421)
99 "Uncle John" in California. We visited him on our way back from Japan in 1961. CARANCI, John Anthony (I23468)
100 "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 (I33296)

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