A Loyalist. When the troubles broke out he took a decided part with the British. He quitted
Did not bear Arms. Boston with the Troops in 1776. He thought it was necessary to do so because he
applied to the select Men & they would not permit him to stay.
He went to
Halifax & came to London in Aug t 1776. He applied to Gov* & rec d an Allowance
of ^150 a Y r from the 5 th of Jan y 1777 & he continues to receive it. The Treasury
besides gave him 100 which he understood to be to defray the Expences of his
Produces no Certificates.
Loss of Profession Claims for the Loss of his Profession only. He chooses to rate his practice low
600 a Y r . & ne states the profits of his profession at 600 a Y r in the Town of Boston. He had
likewise other practice in the Neighboring places & puts it at 100 a Y r .
He owed no Money in America.
Debts 200. Says a great deal of Money is due to him in America at least 2,000 C. But his
Books being lost he cannot be particular.
Says that his furniture & Plate were saved by the intervention of friends
& therefore he makes no Claim for them.
He is not banished that he knows of & believes that his Name is not in any Act
Sir Will m Pepperell Bar 4 sworn.
Knew D r Perkins for many Y r ". He always understood him to be perfectly
loyal. He was the most eminent Physician in the province but does not know what
he gain d by his practice.
Doct r Jeffries sworn.
Knew D r Perkins. He practis d as a Physician only. He looked upon him to
be the first Physician of the place. And he always thought that he made 6 or ^700
a Y r . The Witness practis d Physic himself & the fee for a Visit to a Patient was
3/. & if another was called in then the fee was 6s. & He says that D r Perkins had
a great deal of that sort of business. He says that D r Perkins did not practise Surgery
but that he sold Medicines.
Memorial of Tho s Stringer ^
TU c* -L 01 II th of Nov r 1784.
I no 8 btrmger the Claimant sworn.
Is a Native of Ireland & went to America in 1772. He was in the mercantile
Line. But he bore arms for Great Britain at Savannah. He never sign d any
Association or took any Oaths to the Rebel Gov 4 . He left Savannah in feb? 1776
went to Halifax then to the West Indies & then to Eng d . He has been principally
concern d in privateering since & since the peace he has been in Eng d . He had
a Partner in trade but he is dead.
1 The Massachusetts Banishment Act, which speaks of William Lee Perkins, physician, and Nathaniel
Perkins, Esq., would seem to have described the latter incorrectly.
( 259 )
Further testimony of the Memorial of Tho s Stringer
^ ~ 3 d of March 1785.
Governor Tryon sworn.
He was Gov r of North Carolina from 1764 to 1771. And during that time he | & jf "*
built the House for the Gov r in the Town of Newbern. He did it under an Act | -c -| ?
of Assembly pass d in 1766 which he produces. And the Assembly voted 5000 C. ^ & <H3 ^
to build it. And the Assembly gave .10000 more in 1768 which compleated it. g g^
The two Acts read by which power was given to him to buy & fix upon any Lots Jj *- a ! >
in any part of the Town of Newbern which he chose. This pass d in 1766 & then M -fl ^ g 3
an Act passed to vest these Lots in the Governor. The second Act states that the -a ~ ^ "*
title to some of these Lots was in persons absent Infants &c & therefore directs a Jury J !! ** g g
to be appointed to value such Lots & assess the Sums to be paid to the persons to c O &* >,
whom such Lots did belong. The Money was accordingly lodged with the Treasurer ^ S, J j -2,
to pay to all those who are entitled. Does not know whether the whole has been ^ * &
paid. Has heard the name of Stringer & has heard of D r Stringer. Can t speak g 45 o ^ " &
with certainty whether the Stringer family ever made any claim for these Lots nor J 5 J "2 g
does he recollect any of the Claims by whom they were made. | g 1 ! jj! ^
Lewis De Rosset Esq sworn.
Remembers the Stringer family & particularly D r Stringer. Believes he died
in 1751 or 1752. Does not know whether he had any of the Lots in the Town of
Newbern. He left two Daughters. Does not know whether he made any Will.
Remembers the Act of Assembly pass d in 1766 to build a Gov fc House & remembers
a second Act pass d to quiet the province in the possession of these Lots. Never
heard of M r Stringers putting in any Claim & he the Witness staid in the province
till 1779. Never heard of any Action brought ag l Gov fc Martin. He says he is
sure that he died in 1751 or 1752 because he succeeded him in his Reg 4 in 1753 or
Rob 4 Palmer sworn.
He went to North Carolina in 1753 when D r Stringer was dead & he saw the
Widow in 1754. Does not know that he made a Will there was one Daughter.
Knows the Ground on which the Gov 4 House was built. Remembers Mackil Vane
who married a Daughter of D r Stringer & that he had a Lot or two contiguous.
Knows nothing of Tho s Stringer.
Memorial of Rob 4 Ferguson Determin d the
12 th of Nov r I78J. 1 2 th of Nov r i784.
Robert Ferguson the Claimant sworn.
Is a Native of Scotland & went first to America in 1750 as Master of a Vessel
to Rhode Island where he settled about the Year 1770 & kept a kind of Store. He A Zealous Loyalist,
was settled there in Newport at the Commencement of the troubles. He absconded Did not bear Arms.
when they were pressing their test upon people & they never tender d the Oaths
to him but he receiv d many insults & incendiary Letters. When Gen 1 Clinton
came to Rhode Island he tender d his Services & render d him every assistance in
his power. He quitted Rhode Island when the troops evacuated it & went to New former Bounty
York & came to Eng d in the latter end of the Year 1779. He had 100 a Y r from 100 a Y r .
( 260 )
present Bounty the beginning of the Year 1780 from the Treasury but it has been since reduced to
80 a Y r . _8o a Y r which is his present Allowance & he has rec d it from Jan? 1783.
Sir James Wallace sworn.
He remembers him very well at Rhode Island. He was a very honest Man
& he lived upon the little which he had saved out of the Guinea Trade. He found
him very loyal & has rec d material Intelligence from him. He believes he quitted
the Island on principles of Loyalty. Thinks he remembers one of his Negroes on
board his Ship & that he died on board. Says he lived comfortably.
Rev d George Bisset sworn.
Has known M r Ferguson for 16 Y rs . When he first knew him He was in the
Guinea Trade but he had retired before the troubles & lived upon his Savings & by
keeping a Store. He is perfectly sure of his Loyalty. He lived very comfortably.
He has seen two or three Horses & he understood that he had some in the Country
which he never saw. He has seen one Negro but thinks he had three. He had
a Sloop which was taken by the Rebels at New London. Believes it was used in
carrying wood & says that he understands that to be a lucrative trade because it
was attended with great risque.
I2 h of Noyr
Determine the Memorial of Robert Nelson
Robert Nelson the Claimant sworn.
A Loyalist. Is a Native of England & went over in 1 774 & went to Halifax in North Carolina .
Did not bear Arms. He went to collect some Debts which were then due to him from a Partnership
Jj "o Ace 1 . He had resided at Halifax many Years & had left it in 1771 to come to Eng d .
fc S |J He went first to America in 1754. He recover d many of his Debts & bought of
g < M r Mountforts Executors a Brig & purchased the Cargo. Her Cargo consisted of
g ^ Pipe Staves & Bees Wax. He sail d the I st of Sept r 1776 for Lisbon. He had no
3 * Clearance only a permit. He was taken by an American Privateer on the 19 th
g -S 2 . & carried into Rhode Island. Which was restored he says because they could not
* "2 Jl prove him to be a Tory. He sail d from Warren with an American Register describing
, him to be a Subject of the United States. On the 7 th of Dec r Sir Peter Parker came
in & seized the Vessel & the Claimant deliver d all the papers. He made a prize
of her. In consequence of which he persuaded Gov r Martin to apply to Sir Peter
Parker for the restoration of the Ship. The letter is produced & read in which he
presses it very strongly. But the Ship was condemn d. When he first went out
of the American Port He gave Security in the Penalty of 5000 that he would return
to the United States with Salt Arms &c. He says he never meant to do this but
he should have resign d her to the British Consul & got her attached to pay a Debt
in Eng d which w d have released his Security. He came to Eng d in 1777 & applied
to the Treasury for a Satisfaction for the Capture of his Ship they did not do that
but they gave him an Allowance of 100 a Y r which he rec d untill it was reduced
by M r Wilmot & M r Coke to 40 a Y r which is the Allowance that he now receives.
He values the Ship & Cargo at 2000 S. He lost a Negro who was on board
& taken at the same time. He lost likewise an Indented Apprentice at Sea. Values
the Negro at about 50.
Certificate produced & read from Gov r Martin in which he speaks well of
M r Nelson s Loyalty. Several other Certificates read to Loyalty.
No other Loss is stated in the Memorial. He says between 1774 & 1776 He
did take opportunities of shewing his Attachment to G fc B n . Being asked whether
he lost this Vessel on ace 4 of his Loyalty He does not go so far as that. But says he
lost it in Consequence of the War.
When carried into Warren he saved his Ship by saying that he was a Subject
of the United States of America & when taken by the British he endeavours to
save his Ship by saying that he was a Loyalist. When they were proceeding to
condemn his Ship at Warren He shew d them his American Pass & said if they con-
demn d his Ship He should complain to the Rebel Congress. And upon this they
released the Ship.
No Debts due to him in America.
Says the Partnership owed about 700 in this Country.
Memorial of James Cumming Determin d y e
n . , , . 12 th Of Nov r 1784. 12 th of Nov r 1784.
James Cumming the Claimant sworn. g^ ^^ g
He claims 1000 Pipe Staves & 100 & I of Bees & desires it may make a part of ro 3 T!
M r Nelson s Claim & be paid to him. The whole of this is not quite 5 S. <u |
Speaks again to M r Nelson s Case. M f s ~ ^
Says when they came from Halifax they ran a risque of being taken by an English "8 "^.jjf g g ^
Vessel. The Witness receives no Allowance from Gov 4 . ^ ~ -3
Memorial of John Wormington
T2 th rf Nov r T78/1 Determm d the
John Wormington the Claimant sworn. i3 th of Nov r 1784.
Is a Native of Ireland & went first to America in 1769 to settle. He was A Loyalist & Did
settled in 1775 in Philadelphia. He was Tide Waiter & Surveyor appointed by his Duty as an
the Comm rs in America in 1772. In 1774 He was interrupted in his Duty but they J fficer of the
never extorted any Promise from him. He was cruelly beat & had four ribs broke Did no t bear ^. ms>
for doing his Duty in seizing a Vessel. They asked him to join them but he refused
it. In 1 777 He could do his Duty no longer & he join d the British Troops at Staten
Island in June & in order to get to them he was 19 Nights in the Woods. He was
with the Army afterwards to the End of the War & left America in Ap 1 1783. He
has been much injured in his feet by the Cold. His feet were frostbitten & he is
Occasionally lamed with it. He arrived in Eng d in June 1783 & he obtain d an
Allowance of 30 a Y r from the Treasury which he has rec d from the 5 th of Jan? Bounty 30 a Y r .
1783 & he now continues to receive it.
Zachariah Hood sworn.
He was Comptroller of the Customs at Philadelphia at the beginning of the
troubles. M r Wormington was an Officer under him & he knew him as such. He
was the best Tidesman in the Port by which he means the most attached to His
Majesty. In consequence of this He was very obnoxious & beaten several times.
He never swerved from his Duty. His standing Salary was .30 a Y r & whenever he
was put on board a Vessel he had is. 6d. a Day extra. This Man was more employ d
( 262 )
in the extra work than any other because he could be trusted. Knows nothing of
John Smith sworn.
The Witness was the principal Land Waiter at Philadelphia &c. Knew
M r Wormington very well. He was an Officer in the Customs & employ d under
his Eye. He conducted himself very well in the Office & he looked upon him as
the most trusty of Men. He was a determin d Loyalist & much persecuted for it.
He has heard that he has been beat several times. He had a Salary of .30 a
Year. He had besides is. 6d. for extra Work so that he believes in the whole the
Office was about .50 a Y r . He put him upon this extra work as often as he could
because he knew he could trust him.
Determin d the Memorial of Luke Kendall
1 3 th of Nov r 1784. x -th Q f N ov r 1 784.
Luke Kendall the Claimant sworn.
A British Subject. Is a Native of Eng d & went to America first in the latter end of the Year 1779.
He went to recover part of his property which he was possess d of before the troubles.
Did not bear Arms. He sail d the latter end of Nov r 1779 & says he then knew of the Expedition ag*
Charlestown. When he went to Charlestown after the Capture He had only Debts.
He receives no Allowance from Gov*.
Determin d the Memorial of George Rome 1 Esq.
3 d of Dec r 1784. . 15 th of Nov r 1784.
George Rome Esq the Claimant sworn.
An Active Zealous Was born on the Borders of Scotland & went to America in 1761. When the
& meritorious rebellion broke out he was settled at Newport. He was both Merch & Planter
& his Commerce was very extensive. In 1774 & 1775 He took a very active part
Did not bear Arms, for Gov 1 which made him very unpopular & he was frequently mobb d. In 1774
& 1775 when the Agents of Gov* refused to send provisions to the Army He
supplied Sir James Wallace with provisions. He was to be paid for them. When
the American Troops invested Boston He sent a Messenger toGov r Tryon to apprize
him of a design to take him prisoner. For his Loyalty he was frequently attacked
by Day & by night. Christoper Champlin was the Agent who refused to supply
the King s Ships. When Gen 1 Gage wrote to Sir Ja s Wallace to send some fresh
provisions for the Garrison at Boston He exerted himself much to assist Sir James
Wallace which made him very obnoxious & he was in consequence obliged to go on
board the Rose Man of War. Being asked whether he meant to make a profit of
the Articles which he laid in for the Army He evades giving an Answer. He never
did at any period when he laid in Stores apprehend that the Gov 4 of this Country
was in Danger. He did not lose any to any considerable Amount & he never charged
those which he lost. In April 1776 He went to Halifax & from thence to Eng d .
Says since he came to Eng d he has frequently given material Information to the
Administration & particularly in Dec r 1777. He gave his sentiments in writing to
M r W m Eden. 2 He ran a risque of his Life by supplying the Kings Ships.
1 See Additional Notes, p. 280.
2 b. 1744, d. 1814. First Baron Auckland. Is in Diet, of Nat. Biography*
( 263 )
Certificates read to Zeal & loyalty by Sir James Wallace Gen 1 Gage Gen 1
Clinton & Lord Percy.
He has rec d no temporary Support from Gov 1 . When the Refugees appointed
Agents here He was chosen Agent for the Colony of Rhode Island.
Charles Dudley sworn.
Late Collector of the Customs for Rhode Island. Has known the Claimant
M r Rome 15 or 16 Y rs . The Witness was in Rhode Island at the Commencement
of the Rebellion. He was a Loyalist from principle. Remembers his purchasing
some Articles of provision which he thought would be necessary for the Army at
Boston. There was an Embargo laid by the rebel Assembly that no Ships * Not
withstanding which M r Rome applied to him & he did do it & says it was attended
with risque. Afterwards he says that he never did send any but that he express d
a wish to do so & consulted the Witness upon it. Says that M r Rome did everything
in his power to promote the Cause of Gov 4 . He is acquainted with his Landed
Estates & can speak very particularly to some of them.
Recollects his clearing out a Ship in 1775. She went to the West Indies with
a Cargo. She was a Mts Vessel. Thinks he hasten d the Departure of the Vessel
on Ace 4 of the troubles. Heard that the Ship was taken by an American Privateer.
Remembers M r Rome on board Sir James Wallace & that he was useful to Sir James
Wallace in getting fresh provisions for the Army at Boston. Knew the Agent for
Gov 4 & says that he refused to provide the Quantity for the King s Troops when
called upon by Sir James Wallace & that M r Rome did it at great risque & says he had
no doubt but he had a Merchants Profit. Upon the whole he thinks that M r Rome
did real service to the Cause of Gov 4 whilst he remain d in the Island & that he was
always ready to do more. Says that he thinks that he might be worth .10000. He
says he has heard that he made ^1500 a Y r by the Spermaceti but thinks it the best
part of his trade. Thinks he had merit in serving the Kings Ship. Says he was
always understood to be a Man of large fortune & that he had large Concerns in
Sir James Wallace Bar 4 sworn. i gth of N v r !7 8 4-
Knew M r Rome before the rebellion began. He was a Merch 4 at Rhode Island
& He did a piece of Service when the Contractors refused to serve the Kings Army.
He employ d M r Rome to do it & he did it at some risque. Sir James says that he
does not know that no other person in the Island would have done it but M r Rome.
He applied to M r Rome as the most likely person in the Island. He says he was one
of the foremost to serve the Cause of G 4 Bri n & lost his property by so doing. He
offended the people & they rose to pull down his Stores. Sir James cannot go so
far as to say that he was the only Man on the Island that would have done this for
the Cause of Gov 4 because he applied to no others & to say that would be to say that
there was but one loyal Man in the Island. He says he was thought one of the most
considerable Mercht 3 there & believes he was a Man of Substance. Supposes as a
Merch 4 that he would have made a profit by it. He was present with him one
Evening when he was very near being tarr d & feather d. Says he was an eminent
Merch 1 at Rhode Island that he stepp d forward to serve the Cause of Gov &
1 Sic in Text. ? Add should export merchandise .
( 264 )
did it with great zeal. Remembers the Brig he fitted her out for him & gave her
a passport to the West Indies. Conceives the object was to remove as much of
his property as he could & he did get safe to the West Indies. He sent a great
number of Spermaceti Candles. Has heard that she was taken.
Determin d the Memorial of Tho s Goldthwaite * Esq.
10* of Dec* 1784. Tno s Goldthwaite Esq the Claimant sworn. gth of Noyr 7^4-
A Zealous & active Is a Native of Boston. He was settled long before the troubles at Penobscot
Loyalist & did his as Capt n of Fort Pownal & Colonel of the District. It is 250 Miles from Boston.
uty as oy of jjj g p a p ers were a j} Jestroy d & therefore he does not produce his Commission. It
rort JrOWnaii. -111 c< T* T\ ini i /- n-n TV/T-T r* i
was sign d by bir rra s Bernard & dated in 1763. ihis was a Military Command
Bore Arms. & he consider d it as for life if he behaved well. When the troubles commenced
He lived with his family at fort Pownal & he dates the Commencement of the
troubles from the Lexington Battle. He immediately took an active part for Gov*.
He looked upon himself as an Officer of the Crown & he had in Pay & Perquisites
above ^530 a Y r . The Assembly took away the Office of Truckmaster in 1774 on
Ace* of his Loyalty. In 1775 Gen 1 Gage dismantled the fort & he remain d there
afterwards. He was then frequently insulted by the Mob & he apprehends that
his Life was frequently in real Danger. He remain d in that Country till 1779
& submitted to every Insult. He never did in those four Years do anything to induce
them to think that he was with them. He had considerable Offers from them.
He came to Eng d in 1780. Between 1779 & 1780 He was at New York in the hopes
Bounty 100 a Y r . of raising a Corps. He arrived in Eng d in feb^ 1 780. And he applied to the Treasury
& rec d an Allowance of ^100 a Y r which is now continued to him.
The Office of Commandant of Fort Pownal to which he was appointed in 1764
& he says he understands it to be so far a place for Life that he never knew an instance
Loss of office of a person being dismiss d but for bad Conduct. His own Pay was 3 S. per Month.
36 a Y r . He was allowed 9 per Month for six Servants. He values the Loss of the whole
Office at ^530 a Y r . He had rations for all his Serv ts . By employing the Soldiers in
the farm he gain d 200 a Y r . An annual present of Rum & Sugar which he estimates
Truck Master. at 30 a Y r . He was appointed by the Province Truck Master the Election was
Disallowed. annual. They did turn him out in 1769. He values this Office at 230 a Y r .
1 b. 1717, d. 1799 in England. Fort Pownall was an important frontier post commanding the entrance
to the Penobscot River and offered the advantage also of a rich trade with Indians. Goldthwaite s
explanation of his conduct in delivering the fort with its arms to a British officer was : I went into
the fort and got the Governor s letter to me, and it was read to them. I then informed them that this
was the king s fort and built at his expense ; that the Governor was commander-in-chief of it and that
I could not refuse to obey his orders (Stark, op. cit., p. 357). In 1775, however, Goldthwaite had
appealed to the Massachusetts Assembly for arrears of pay (Force, Am. Archives, 4th series, vol. iii,
p. 1476). There is frequent mention of Goldthwaite in Hutchinson s and Curwen s journals.
Colonel Goldthwaite deserves a word of more extended notice on account of the important part he
took in settling and developing the Penobscot Valley. While in command of Fort Pownall, he was appointed
agent for a vast tract of land belonging to the Waldo heirs in that region. Later, in conjunction with
Sir Francis Bernard ... he purchased a part of the Waldo patent from General Jebediah Preble, and appears
to have been chiefly instrumental in settling the Penobscot country with a population which he estimated
at more than 2,400 able men (Siebert, The Exodus of the Loyalists from Penobscot to Passamaquoddy,
Columbus, Ohio, 1914, p. 7).
( 265 )
He was Collector of the Customs at Penobscot in the Y r 1 769. He was appointed
by the Comm" of the Customs at Boston & he was in that Office when the rebellion Fees 50 a Y r .
commenced. He had no Salary with it but he was allowed all the fees. They
amounted to about .80 a Y r . He was appointed by a Commission in writing.
Capt n Mowatt sworn.
He was the Commander by Sea at the siege of Penobscot. 1 Knew Col 1 Gold-
thwaite. He has been on that Coast for ten Years. He has always heard him
spoken of as a very loyal Man & a very good Gov r . He saw all his Buildings burnt
in 1779 by the rebels in their retreat. Has no doubt but they did it on Acc fc of his
Loyalty. Does not know the Value of the Houses burnt. His Dwelling House
was a decent House. He thinks the House must cost more than 120. Supposes
from the decency of the family that the charge is moderate. Can t speak to the
Clothes of the family but says they were well dress d. Has seen Boards &c on the
shore & has heard that they belonged to him. Has seen several Horses but they were
small & not very valuable. He does not know how much the Office.
Tho s Bernard Esq sworn.
Knew M r Goldthwaite & was with his father when he & M r Goldthwaite
purchased some Land at Penobscot. They purchased 2700 Acres of Brig r Prebble.
They gave ^360 S. Does not recollect anything of any Agreement between him
& his father but says about a Y r ago the Witness agreed with him that he should