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Ichabod Clark



Richard Pumory jun'
Benj* York jun'
Btnj'» York
Thomas Tucker
Will" Bucknam
John Hunt
Sam' Crocket
Benj" Davis
James Merrill
James Merrill jun'
Joshua Morrill
Zachariah Fiold



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James Baxton
Richard Pumory



Joseph Wilson
Benj* Blackston jun'^
Tho« Hunaford
George Cutler
John Adams



Gowin Wilson jun'
Jon* Underwood
Jona. Stubs
Joseph Thompson
Nath^ Tompson
Edmund Titcomb jun""
John Merrill
Benjamin Merrill
Benjamin Jilackston

In the House of Representees Sep^" 10, 1753. Read & Ordered
that the Pet" serve the Clerk of the first Parish in Falmouth
with a Copy of this Petition that they shew Cause (if any they
have) on the second Thursday of next sitting of this Court why
the Prayer thereof should not be granted.

Sent up for Concurrence
T. Hubbard Spk^

In Council Sep'^ 11, 1753. Read & Concur'd

Tho« Clarke Dp^y Secry

A True Copy Examined

Tho« Clark Dpty Secry

Committee's report about setting off New Casco Nov 23, 1753

Falmtfi Nov>- 23d i753
The Committee to whom was referred the Consideration of the
Petition of the Inhabitants of New Casco, Report that they are
of the Opinion, that all the Inhabitants on the Easterly Side of
Presumpscut be Set off as a Seperate Parish beginning at North
yarmouth Line Near the the Sea & From thence running up the
Bay to Presumpscut River & thence up sd River as far as the
westerly Side of Mr. James Winslows Sixty acre Lott of Land
on which his now dwelling house Stands, & from thence to run a
North West Line to the heal of the Township Including Maccays
Island, Clapboard Island & Little Jebege and as many of the In-
habitants of the first Parrish in Falmouth as shall see Cause that
Live on the westerly Side of sd Presumpscut River Convenient
to Sd Parrish have Liberty to Joyn with them with their Estates



OLD riRST TAIMMI I)0( IMKNTS. P,\

on which they dwell within twelve months from the above Sd
date

Ja' Fox

Jididiah Preble

Jm" Waito _,

r , ,n Committee

Joso|»li 1 ompson

William nnclcnam

Danforth Phipps

(f.) Petition of Simon Gookin et al. for enlarging
the nieeting-hoiiso, March, 1753. It is accompanied by
a phin of tile house. This is the original autogra[th
copy.

Simon Gookin & others Petition for EnlarL^emcnt of y* Meet-
ing House ^larch 1753.

To the Committee appointed for Calling Meetings in the first
P;u■i^h in The Town of Falmouth

Gt'ii' . . . Whereas Sundry Persons in the first Parish of
Falmouth are destitute of Pews in the Meeting House, and are
thereby they and their Familys very mueh incommoded, there-
fore tliink it nee<lful to have it inserted in the Warning for the
Annual Parish Meeting, to get Liberty of the Parish to have the
s' Meeting House Lengthened 24 Feet. And in Case the s** Par-
ish will agree to it (or of the Old ones in Case every Person now
owning Pews, Choose to keep the same Place) and allow us the
Subscribers the Property of the New Pews, that will be made
by the Alteration afors** . . . We bind and Oblige ourSelves to
perfect and finish the s'' Alteration and to leave the s** Meetin<'
House in as gnod Order as it was when we began s'' Alteration
B. Waite Simon Gookin

Thomas Bracet Joseph Goodin

William Brackett Joseph LigersoU

Joshua Freeman William Bennett

Joshua Freeman Jn*^ Benj* Titcorab
Joseph Ingcrsol for Samuel Hodgkins

Isaac Ilsley Dan' Tucker



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Sign'' Since y^ James Lunt

Meeting Benjniin Lunt

David Patrick Sam^' Cobb Junr

Chipman Cobb Sam" Cobb for Catn ?
Ebenezer Cobb Jordan and MosesYoung

Josi* Noyes Benja Pettengell

Nath^i Coffin one Eben"" Mayo

Will Sweetser Benj" Haskell

James .Gooding and Thomas Moseley

John Millen Step'^ Longfellow
Since the
Meeting Benj* Mussy & Lem" Weeks

This petition is in the handwriting of Stephen
Longfellow.

(g.) The petition of the inhabitants of Stroud-
"water, Capisic and Sacarapa and Stroudwater Falls, to
be set off as a separate parish in 1757. It is signed
by Samuel Waldo and 30 others and is the original
autograph copy.

Petition of the Inhabitants of Stroudwater etc., July 1757

To the Inhabitants of the 1^* Pai'is
in Falmouth
The Petition of the Inhabitants of Stroudwater
Capisick Sacarapy and Stroudwater falls in said Parish
Humbly Sheweth

That haveing for many Years past laboured under
great Difficultys in attending the publick Worship of God, and
being willing and desirous of having a Gospell Minister Setled
amongst our Selves, humbly pray we may be set off as a Sepe-
rate Parish and that the dividing Lines may be between the Par-
ishes as follows viz : begining at the little Bridge at the Narrow
of the Neck, thence riming North 26 degrees West to Presum-
scut River, thence Northwest to the head line of Falmouth
Courses to the Second Parish line in Said Town and to Joyn to



OLI> FIRST r.VIUSn DOCUMENTS.



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the S'' Second Parish as the line is now Run and . .
Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall Ever Pray
Falmouth y« 16^" (?) of July, 1757

Geo Tate Samuel Conaut

David Patrick James Frost



Your



his

iJicIi'' Nason

mark

Zebulun Trick Charles Gerrish
David Small
Nathaiel Knight

Solomon Haskell



Sam Waldo juii'-



Joanna Frost
John Johnson
James Johnson
Robert Johnson
Jeremiah Riorors



Joseph Ri^ys

Edw^ Chapman

Thomas Pennell

Chipman Cobb

Anthony Bracket jur

Thomas Haskell



John Wilson

Nich' Smith

Edward Gilman

Nathan Starl)ird

Aaron Goole

James Johnson Ju"" (?) Benjamin Godfrey

John Johnson Ju"" ]>enjamin Haskcli

(This petition is probaljly in the handwriting of
George Tate. It is referred to as the petition of Lt.
Waldo et al., but no copy appears in the Parish Rec-
ord Book.)

(h.) The petition of James Johnson and 49 others,
freehohlers and inhabitants of Fahnouth, to be setoff
as a fourth parish. This is the original autograph
cop}'. The date is March, 1764.

Petition for the Fourth Tarish in Falmouth.

To the Freeholders and oth<'r Inhabitants of the first Parish
in Falmouth assembled at their Annual MeetiniLj in March 17(54.

The Petition of a Number of the Freeholders and Others of
the said Parish humbly sheweth

That they live at a great Distance from the Place
of publick Worship there, and have by means thereof with great
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Difficulty for many years past attended the snme, and being as
they imagine able to build a Meeting House & support a Minis-
ter among themselves ; Humbly request said I^arish to set thera
off by the Name of the fourth Parish in Falmouth, and that the
dividing Lines may be as fallows, viz* to begin at Martins Point,
and thence to run Southerly adjoining Presnmpscut River to
back Cove, thence to continue round B ck Cove to Land late
belonging to William Pote deceas'd, thence Northwesterly ad-
joining said Land to the Head thereof and thence Southerly on
the Head of said Land & Isaac Skillin's, and thence Southerly
to the fore River so as to include John Thomas's L-md, thence
over said River to intersect the Line of the Second Parish in said
Town, on the westerly Bank of said River thence Westerly ad-
joining the Line of said Second Parisli to the Head thereof, and
that all the Lands (and Inhabitants that are so inclined) between
the Lines herein before mentioned, and the Line of the third
Parish in Falmouth & Head of the Township, be set off and
remain for a fourth Parish in said Town, and your Petitioners as
in Duty bound will ever pray.



Edward Gilman
John wilson
Jeremiah Hobs
John Crockit
Joseph Small
William Webb
W" Lamb



James Therell
Daniel Small
Nathaniel (?)
Samuel Cole
Samuel Conant
Richard Nason
Isaac Nason
James Babb
John Starbird
David Smnll
Geo. Tate



James Johnston
John Johnson
Joseph Kiggs
John Warren
Thomas Haskell
Solomon Haskell
Benj"* Haskell
John Haskell
John Sanborn
Peter Babb



(This petition is in the handwriting of George Tate.)

(i.) A list of forty-three names in autograph, of
those who wish to be considered as belonging to the
fourth parish. It bears the date of August 17, 1764.



OLD FIRST rARISII DOCUMENTS.



35



(T.ist of Names given in 31 irrh 17"' 176o, by Jos. Kiggs
viz' Hoiiry Knight tt others 43 in all to be of y*^' 4"' Parish, Re-
cord'' in y" Parish Records Page 83 pr Step" Longfellow
Par** Clerk. Jos. Riggs gave them into the Gierke '21^^ March
17G5. Just before y*^ opening the Parish Meeting.)

falniouth (August) y* 17 : 17G4 wee whose Names are under
written (with our) Estates Living Eastward of the Line of (the)
fourth parrish which was sett of as a (fourth) parrish by the
first parrish Last march do Now (Return) our Names & Estates
to Joyn to the fourth (parrish) in building a meeting liouse at
y"^ north Side of Sacarapey Road (Join) y'' County Road &
Seetle a gospell (mi)nister with tliem Tlierefore desier Mr Steven
(Longfe)llor the first parrish Clark to Record the above S** and
Likewise our Names under written in the first parrish Book as it
was Voted l»y the first parrish Last march



Henry Knight
Hugh Barlow
Andrew Gibbs
George Houstoun
James Bryant
Moses Knight
Paul Huston
Nathaniel Wilson
James Merrill
Joseph Conant



Anthony ^lors
Zechariah Brackett
thomas Douty
Joseph Hall
Joshua Swett
Stephen Swett
Joseph Conant Jur
John Weeb
Joshua Brackett Juner
Thomas Brackett
John Barber Juner IMark Kniglit
Richard Knight Henery Knight Jun
Nathan ^Merrill
William Gil.l)s
W^illiam Procter
John Procter



Josiah Baker
John Jenks
John Bayley Jun*^
John Barber
Samuel Knight
Joseph Pride
William Pride
Georire Walker



Josliua Knight
Isaac Hardy
Barth" Conant
Nchles Tomson
Isaac Skilling
Lemuel Hicks



James Douty
(The parts in parentheses above were torn from the



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original and supplied by the Parish Record Book,,
The text is in the handwriting of Henry Knight.)

(j.) Petition of James Hope of nine others that a
clause be inserted in the warrant for the next parish
meeting to consider exempting the people Avho belong
to the church of England from the support of the Rev.
Samuel Deane. This is the original autograph copy
and bears no date. (It was written in 1765.)

Petition of Churchmen for exemption from taxes in 1745.)

To the Committee chosen for Calling Parish Meetings in the
First Parish in the town of Falmouth- We the Subscribers live-
ing in the First Parish Aforesaid, Desire you would Insert a
Clause in the Next Warrant for Calling a Parish Meeting to See
whether the Parish will Excuse the People who belong to the
Church of England from paying towards the Settlement and
Sallary of the Rev'^ Mr. Dean —

James Plope
J. Waite J-"
Robert M^Lellan
Bcnj. Waite
; Jon'' Craft

Tho Child
John Motley
Chris, per Kelly
John Bradbury
B. Wallis

(There is no date on the paper itself, and it proba-
bly exists in no other form, for neither the names nor
the petition is recorded in the First Parish Record
Book, but this is the original petition with the auto-
graph signatures.)



]!LOfK AND GARRISON HOUSES OF ANCIENT FALMOUTH. 'M



BLOCK AND GARRISON HOUSES OF
ANCIENT FALMOUTH.

HV LKoNAIil) H. C'lIArMAN.

Read he/ore the yfaine Historical Society, May 3, 1894.

Ancient Faliuouth included within her territorial
bounds the present towns of Fahnoutli, Cape Elizal)eth,
and the cities of Portland, Deorinj^ and Westbrook. At
the time of adoption of a iuunici[)al government in
1718, a heavy growth of wood covered the entire re-
gion, excepting the parts covered by water, and the
few small places where clearings had been made by
prior attempts at settlement. Indented by tide water,
crossed bv Presumpscot River, its tributaries, and
Stroudwater River, it was, unquestionably, a region
abounding in game and fish, to all of which the Indian
was strongly attached, as the many evidences of his
reluctance to vacate plainly show.

Protection a^'ainst molestalion fi'oni tlie native sav-
age was naturally one of the first considerations of the
European settler upon the primeval soil; but to-day is
so remote and the records made at time of occur-
rences so few and dillicult to find, all that transpired
during early occupancy can never be known.

August 17. 17J7. Col. Thomas Westbrook of Ports-
mouth, New Hampshire, was admitted a citizen of the
town. The autumn of the same year Gen. Samuel
Waldo of Boston, Massachusetts, purchased part of the
fresh-water mill privilege located on the westerly side



38 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

of Fore River, and in connection with Col. Westbrook
commenced the erection of sawmills, since which time
the locality has been known by the name of Stroud-
water. Then not a single habitation was there of
which a record can be found. A settlement had been
commenced about fifty years before, and a mill was
built; but at the time of the advent of Waldo and
Westbrook the whole region was a forest, with the
exceptions here named, through which the beast
and the Indian roamed unmolested by the white
man.

Of all places within the limits of ancient Falmouth
none could have been more picturesque and charming,
hence attractive, than the region of the location of
Stroudwater, which at this late day furnishes some ev-
idences of the natural attractions of the distant past.
The mast-pine towered above all other trees of the
forest. Fish sought the pure water of the Capisic,
and Stroudwater River afforded easy means of convey-
ance from the inland for logs and lumber.

At the conflaence of the Stroudwater with the tide
water of Fore River, Col. Westbrook, in company
with Waldo, constructed not only sawmills and a paper
mill, but his last worldly abiding place, which he pro-
tected by a stockade, giving the building the name of
Harrow House, to distinguish it, I presume, from other
places where he abided, The sphere of Waldo and
Westbrook as mill builders was not confined wholly to
the locality of Stroudwater. The town, though young
as a municipalit}^, was in debt, and it voted to sell so
much of the public domain as would pay the indebt-



BLOCK AND OARRISON HOUSES OF ANCIENT FALMOUTH. 39

erlness; and in accordance witli u liich vote a lot of two
liimilred rods wide and six Iiiindi'cd ;iiid forty rods
lon<^, containing eight iuindred acres, was sold to
Waldo and Westbrook,' located abont a mile west-
erly of Saccarappa village, now within the city of
Westbrook, throngh the northeasterly corner of which
Strondwater River passed, the waterfalls there afford-
ing an excellent mill privilege, which was immediately
improved, and the locality given the name of Strond-
water Falls. Very soon after this transaction the mill
privilege at Presumpscot Falls was pnrchascd by the
same parties.

Whether the dignitary of the town or a sawmill was
the first object to be provided with security against
the lighted torch and scalping-knife of the crafty In-
dian is a question answered by conjectnre. Rev.
Thomas Smith, the first minister of the last settlement
of Falmouth, records the fact that on the fifteenth day
of February, 1734, a town meeting was called "about
building me a garrison;" on the twenty-eighth of the
same month "• I had about fifty persons assisting in
raising my garrison; " on the twenty-fifth of June
" had the gates to my garrison hung ; " and Septem-
ber 11, IToG, he says: "The front of my garrison was
done up," and on the thirteenth " we have a great
deal of thought and talk about war."

He lived on Congress, then called Back Street, oppo-
site the head of India, then known as King Street,
and his journal shows what was done to protect him,
and the dates are stated therein, as I have just shown ;

' Proprietora Records, page 2-25.



40 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

but to other sources of information the student of his-
tory must look to ascertain what was done to protect
others against Indian assault.

Gen. Samuel Waldo was not only a merchant
prince of Boston, but he was a land king of the east-
ern province of Massachusetts. He was loyal to the
general government, and he was also loyal to himself.
Records show that his own interests were well guarded
in all business transactions. Against his Stroudwater
partner in business he obtained two judgments in suits
at law, first in 1737, second in 1743. From the return
made by the sheriff upon the writ recorded in the
office of Register of Deeds, York County (Book xxiY,
folio 3), I will here quote : —

A triangular piece of land on south side of Stroudwater river,
bounded on north by said river, on west by land called John
Welding's claim, on South by claim of George Ingersoll heirs,
beginning at a stake by the side of Fore river a little below the
entrance by Stroudwater river, thence running South 63° West
ranging with a large white oak stump 42 rods to a white oak
standing in the field next behind the said Westbrooks present
dwelling house, etc., within which bounds is included the dwell-
ing house called Harrow House and out houses near adjoining
there to and a garrison round said Harrow House and outhouses.

To ascertain the size of Harrow House and what it
contained at time of death of its occupant, I refer to
the inventory of his estate (Probate Court records at
Alfred), which shows that Harrow House was a one-
story building of two rooms, with kitchen and store-
room. Several recorded deeds of land and records of
highway locations mark the place the building occu-
pied, to but one of which I will here refer, namely,



BLOCK AND GARRISON HOUSES OF ANCIENT FALMOUTH, 41

deed of .Ton;ith.iii Fickett to his son Suiiuu'l, in 1705,
lor ;i consideration of three hunih'ed dolhirs : —

One acre of l;vnil whereon the garrison house, so calleil, now
stands, coinnifiicin^ hoiimlH whore llie roads intersect, running
soutlicrly adjoining the road Iea<ling to J^ong Creek twelve rods
and two-tliirds, westerly adjoining the other road, holding the
breadth of twelve rods and two-thirds till one acre is made up.

At tliat time Col. West))rook's last place of worldly
•abode was pulled down and the two-story dwelling
now occupying the site was erected, the hounds of the
acre remaining now as they were then placed, ninety-
nine years ago. The sheriff's record of property seized
sliows also that there was a blockhouse hjcated at
Presumpscot Falls, but careful and protracted research
fails to disclose its location, size or incidents connected
therewith.

October 10, 17-^"), a jnry convened by the sheriff
laid out a highway from the bridge below the paper
mill at Stroudwater to North Yarmouth, tlie record of
which contains several genealogical and historical facts
of [)ul)lie interest. Following is a copy: —

We the Subscribers being a Jury Suminone<l by Joseph Tl.un-
mond jun"' a Deputy Sheriff and Sworn to lay out a highway
from Stroudwater in Falmouth tn North Yarm° acconling to the
best of our Skill & Judgment with most conveniency to the pub-
lick S: least i)rejudice or Damage to any particular person have
accordingly proceeded to lay out said way as foUoweth viz' Be-
ginning at the Bridge by the Paper ^lill at Stroudwater afore-
said, and from thence to run as the way now goes over the great
Bridge that is over Casco fore I liver so called to a Point of Land
now in Possession of Thomas Haskell, and so a thwart sai<l Point
of Land on the Smoothest Ground to a Creek near the Mouth of
said Creek, and so over said Creek straigiit as couveuieutly may



42 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETr.

be to the way that now leads from Falmouth to Pesumpscot
Falls then along said way as it now goes along by the Houses of
Hugh Barber's & Thomas Dowty's athwart their Land till we
come within about one Hundred Rods of Col° Thomas West-
brooks House at Pesumpscot (only leaving out some Small Turns
or Crooks to Straighten said way and from thence as straight as
may be with conveniency to Pesumpscot River, about Ten or
Twelve Rod above the Head of the Falls above the new Mill on
Pesumpscot River, and so over said River straight as may be to
about Fifty or Sixty Rods above the head of Squithegusset Creek
& from thence as straight as conveniently may be about Twenty
Rods above James Buckstons Mill, and from thence straight as
may be to the way that leads to North Yarmouth near said Buck-
stons House then as said way now goes to the Bounds of the
Town of North Yarmouth ; all said way to be four Rods wide
at least ; Witness our Hand & Seals Oct" 10. 1735

Joseph Swett (^f^,) Nath^ Wheelwright (g^^j) James Libby (j,^^,)

Abraham Tyler (g|^j) Benj^ Ingersol (g|-^j) Robert Patterson(g^^,)

Daniel Smith (g|) h;«, „ John Morrell („^A

^^^""^^ James Dunnavan N («*,) ■^^^^'

Ichabod Good win (s^aj mark ^^^

John Meserve ( sta) John Brooks)( (seai)

mark

Recorded from the Originals & Compared

P Jn« Frost Clerk
Alfred January 6- 1891
A true copy from Records
Court Gen. Sessions
Vol. 10. Page 87.
Attest : James E. Hewey, Clerk.

Nathaniel Knight was the first person to whom a
sale was made from the eight hundred acre land pur-
chase which was in 1735. He was a nephew of Col.
Westbrook, and a stirring, honorable citizen.^ His

' His sister Sarah became the wife of Anthony Brackett, who lived in Portland,
near foot of Brackett Street, and they were married February 14, 1733. There were
eight children in this Knight tamily.



BLOCK AND OARHISON HOUSES OF ANCIENT FALMOUTH. 13

name is ft»unil in the list of corporate members of the
Strondwater paiisli. in 1704. From a mortgage deed
(Book xxvii, folio L'j4, York Deeds) made in 1718 the
fact is gleaned, and here presented, that pi'ior to the
making of the iiistrmnent there stood ten rods from
the northeasterly corner of Knight's hnndred-acre
liomestead lot a blockhonse, and in several records of
land titles snbseqnently made tlie fact is also noticed.
The site of the place provided for refnge is now
plainly marked, for the cellar hole has never been
filled. Around it the grass grows taller and is greener
than elsewhere. Near a hundred years have passed
since the disappearance of the last mill. In the inven-
tory of the estate of Nathaniel Knight, son of the
original, made just one hundred years ago, a half of
it was appraised at seven pounds, while the pew in
Strondwater meeting-house was set down at twelve
pounds.

Edward Chapman, who lived alone for several years
and in semiseelusion, dejiarted this life nearly a year
atro ui)ou the old Kui<_rht farm, now the rcu'ion of
Strondwater Falls, which presents to the beholder a
lifeless scene, with scarcely an eviilenee of ownership,
but leaves behind an interesting, unwritten story.

April 22, 1726, Cornelius Hall received a town grant
of an acre of land for a house lot located on Congress
Street, Portland, southerly ^ide thereof, between Cen-
ter and Brown Streets (old Falmouth Town Records,
page 170, city clerk's office, Portland).

In 1736. h-^.', and wife Klizabeth, both of Falmouth,
husbandman, for a consideration of three hundred



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pounds conveyed to Jasper Blake of Hampton, New
Hampshire : —

A parole of laud with ray house and Garrison thereon standing,
and my part of fence enclosing the Same, whereon I now dwell
at a place called Back Cove, and being part of the land I had of
my father Ebenezer Hall, and my part of what land Thomas
Emerson and myself purchased of Caleb Walls of Salem, mar-
iner, excepting what Emerson and I sold to Ebenezer Hall Jr.
(Book XIX, 19, folio 33, York Deeds).

This garrison lot was located at East Deering on
the southerly side of the road leading from Lunt's
Corner to Presumpscot Lower Bridge, and is now owned
and improved by Mr. John H. Blake, a descendant of
JasjDcr, but he, nor the oldest citizen of the neighbor-
hood, knows anything of the history of the garrison.

During the year 1729, and a short time subsequent
thereto, it seems there was a mania for mill privileges.

The compiler of Smith and Deane's Journals, on page
seventy-one, says: — "December 2, 1729, Saccarappa
Falls were granted to Benjamin Ingersoll, Joshua Bay-
ley and Benjamin Larrabee Ju. & Co., for a sawmill,"
and local tradition says Joseph Conant was the first to
build a mill there.

The compiler and tradition are both wrong. The
privilege was granted to Benjamin Ingalls, Robert
Pierce, Benjamin Larrby and John Bailey, and sur-
veyed by Phineas Jones, January 10, 1729, and Joseph
Conant did not attempt to build a mill there till 1739,
Conant obtaining a sort of squatter right to locate



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