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Davie of respectable standing about the Kennebec, but I have met with no other
notice of any one in t?iis town. Ingles or as the name is now universally written,
English, resided in Boston, where, or in its vicinity, his posterity continue to live.^
lie was a mariner, and commanded a vessel which coasted between Boston and
the towns in this bay. He died in 1700, leaving a widow, one son and three
daughters, of wliom one, Joanna, married James Grant, Jane, John Smith, and
Elizabeth, Benjamin Eroani. The daughters v.-ere principal legatees of Silvanus

2 One half of this lot Webber sold to John Skillings, 1G85, with half the mill.
Tiie mill was probably situated near the sjjot where a grist-mill now stands ou
Long Creek, on the road from .Stroudwater to Scarborough,

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their building, tliey arc to have them half a crown under i-ricc
currant for provisions. Anthonie Brackctt, George Ingorsoll,
Juo. Wallis, Thaddeus Clarke."

lu IGSO, George and John Ingcrsoll petitioned the General
Court for confirmation of their land ou Capisic river, and for
certain privileges. Tlie court confirmed to them "sixty acres
a piece granted them as expressed in their petition, and refer it
to the President of the province'' to grant accommodation, etc.
Danforth, under the above order, March 3, 1G82, granted "to
George Ingersoll, Jr., and John Ingorsoll, the privelege of the
stream where the old mill stood, for erecting a new saw and
grist-mill and to cut such timber as may be conveniently
brought down that stream, paying to the head proprietor five
pounds per ann. in good merchantable timber." In 1G84 these
persons conveyed all their interest iu the saw-mill on mill river
to Silvanus Davis & Co. ^

Davis for several years iiefore 16TG, had lived in the neigh-
borhood of the Kennebec. He purchased land at Damariscotta
of the Indians as early as June, 1G50. He bought other large
tracts in that country and continued to reside there, having
considerable influence, until tlie attack upon the fort at Arrow-
sic in August, 167G. He then fled with Capt. Lake, but they
were sharply pursued and he escaped with a severe wound,
while Capt. Lake was killed. Early next year he accompanied
the expedition imder Major Waldron, and was left in command
of a garrison on Arrowsic Island ; but the government per-
ceiving little prospect of their rendering service to the country
in this situation, the garrison was soon after recalled.

On the conclusion of peace, Capt. Davis turned his attention
to Falmouth, and finding it possessed great advantages for fisli-
ing, lumbering, and trading, he resolved to aljandon his former
residence and establish himself here. In September, 1G80, ho
received from President Danfortii, a grant of one of the most
eligible spots for trad'j in town, Ijoing on the bay east of India
street, at the head of the town landing. Following up this


acquisition, he prociirod from tlie town, as vrc have already
seen, some of the most vahiahlc mill sites, -with greater jirivi-
leges and accommodations than were ever granted here to any-
other individual. The town had been entirely prostrated under
the most calamitous circumstances, and the returning exiles
were undoubtedly desirous of availing themselves of the enter-
prise and capital of Mr. Davis and the company which lie
represe: ted. And to these advantages may, in a great measure,
be attributed the rapid prosperity of the town, until the period
of its second destruction. The subsequent events in the biog-
raphy of this enterprising man, will be noticed in the progress
of the work.

In 1G81, Mrs. Munjoy, the widow of George, having made
complaints that President Danforth had appropriated her land
without authority, for the settlement of the town, an arrange-
mciit was entered into lietween her and the government on the
10th of June of this year. After reciting that President Dan-
forth, by commission from Massachusetts, had "ordered the
settlement of a town at Casco, erecting fort Loyall thereon,
and disposed of house lots for the furtherance and encourage-
ment of the said settlement," and that said Mary "doth lay
claime to a neck of laud lying about said fort," but had "not
entered vipon any possession or improvement thereof since the
devastation made by the Indian war;" to ciul all differences it
was therefore agreed that said Mary "shall have, retain and
enjoy the easterly end of said Neck of land whereupon her
husband's house formerly stood, bounded by a strait line from
the mouth of a Runnet of water on the easterly side where Mr.
Cleeves' house formerly stood, and so to pass by the old barn
on the top of the hill, and from the barn the shortest line to
the salt water, excepting and reserving to the said township
and fort, for the laying out of house lots, the lands all along
the southerly side of said Xeck of land as far as the mceting-
liouse, to extend twenty polos backwards in lengtli, re-^'rving
only twenty poles front of her own hou'^o lot, adjoining to said

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runiict. Further that the said Mary Munjoy sliall liavc and
enjoy the ish\nd called House Island, whicli her said late hus-
band ibrmei'ly purchased of sundry of the inhabitants there.
And more tlie said President doth yield and grant unto her
two hundred acres of land upon the nearest of the islands that
remain free and undisposed of, by -way of exchange and in full
compensation for the land hereinafter mentioned by her re-
leased." The land released was the remainder of the Neck
cast of Clay Cove, "to be disposed of according to the present
settlement made by said President."

On the 30th of August the same year, tlie selectmen of the
town also entered into articles of agreement with Mrs. Munjoy
relative to her outlands, by which she relinquished her claim to
all lands in the town, whether derived from the Indians or
otherwise. In consideration of whicli the town confirmed to
her two hundred acres at Ammoncongan, the plantation at
Long Creek which Mr. Munjoy bought of Anthony Brackett,
also all her marsh at Capisic, and "that long marsh adjoin-
ing to Tliomas Cloice's point of land whicli he bought of Mr.
Munjoy ;" also five hundred acres of upland, to begin next to
Samuel IngersolPs land, to run in breadth on the west side of
Capisic river to the little falls and so into the woods. They
also confirmed to Mary, daughter of George Munjoy, Sen.,
deceased, all that island given her by her grandfather, Mr. J.
Phillips, known by the name of Pond Island or Mr. Munjoy'b

It appears by the foregoing record, that the elder Munjoy
■was now dead. lie died in 1680, at the age of fifty-four. His
last appearance in our records is as one of the associates of the
county court held at Wells, July 4, IGTG.' During the Indian
troubles he probably lived in Boston, wliere his wife's family
resided. In 1G80, Danforth names him as a grantee of land

» After the destruction of the town in August of this year, he was sent with
suppUes for the inliabitauts and troops from Boston.

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on the Neck. He was an intelligent and enterprising man. and
had enjoyed for many years the confidence of the goveniuient
of Massachusetts, and of the people among -vrhoni he lived.
He had a sister who came to this country and married John
Saunders, of Braintree. He left five children, Mary, George,
Josiah, Pelatiah, and Hepzibah ; his eldest son, John, was
killed in the attack upon the town, August 11, IGTG. John left
a widow and one daughter, named Huldali, He was George
Munjoy's eldest son and was born in Boston, April IT, IGoo.
Mary married John Palmer,^ who lived here after the war ; she
left no issue. George, Jr. was born April 21, 165G, and died
in Braintree in 1G98, leaving a son and two daughters ; the son
died without issue, as did also the other sons of the elder George;
his daughter Mary inarried Philip I'hompson, a })]iysician
in Roxbury ; the other, Susanna, a man named Gwynn.
[Josiah vras born in Boston, Ajtril 1, 1058. His daughter Mar-
tha, born in Charlestown, 1710, married John Pulling of
Boston, 1740. His daughter Mary married Capt. James
Hornby of Boston ; he also had a son John.] The name is
extinct in this country, and no monument remains to perpetu-
ate the name of Munjoy, but the hill in this town, on which he
first fixed his residence.- An inventory of his estate was re-
turned in 1G85 by Anthony Brackett and William Bogers,
described and valued as follows : a tract of land at Capisic,

1 There ajipear to have been about this time three persous in Maine bearina' the
name of John Pahaer; one married Ehzabeth. ilie eldest daur^hter of Ai;drew
Alger, and lived in Scarborough in 167G, Another married the eldest daughter of
MmDJoy, and v,-as living in Falmouth between IGSO and 1000 ; the third ^vas com-
missioner in 1680 in the Duke of York's province cast 'of Kennebec, aiid was a
counselor of Gov. Andross. Whether these were throe distinct persons or not, I
am unable to say. It is vciy clear that the coniiaissioner was a difleront pei>on
from cither of the others.

2 This hill wns furnierJy cnHcl Mount J'ly ; tl;e family name was sometimes in
later days written Mouhmov; but ihf true ;<■• invariiibly u<fd by ibr- ],(^i]
of lljo family, who wrote u beantifiil hand, wa- .Mimjoy, wjiith is the jiroper
name of the hill.


thirty pounds ; one tract of land bought of Thomas Brack(?tt,i
twenty pounds ; a tract of hind lying at Long Creek wiih the
marsh to it, one hundred and ten pounds ; an island called
House Island, thirty pounds ; a tract of land at Piscataqua,
forty pounds ; an island called Bastine's Island, twenty pounds;
a tract of land on the other side of Ammoncongan river, twenty
pounds. There was also an inventory of debts amounting to
seventy pounds.

Munjoy's youngest children, Pelatiah and Ilepzibah, in 1GS6
nominated guardians for themselves ; Pelatiah selected his
brother-in-law, John Palmer, and Hepzibah her father-in-law,
Robert Lawrence ; she afterward married a Mortimore. The
widow married Rol)ert Lawrence, and after his death, in 1G90,
Stephen Cross, of Boston ; she died at that place in 1705.

Lawrence improved the farm at Ammoncongan for several
years until the second war. The following extract from an
ancient deposition will explain the manner of conducting tlie
business. '"The deponent-' further saith that he also remem-
bers the said George and Mary Munjoy having a house and
some improvements on the south-west side of Ammoncongan,
in the great river Presumpscot, where the said Munjoy and his
servants used to go in planting and reaping times, and often at
other times, where they usually tarried about a week at a time ;
and this deponent further saith that the house last mentioned
was opposite to part of the said Munjoy's planting ground on
the north-east side of the river Ammoncongan, where this de
poncnt saith the said Munjoy had a very large tract, which
said Munjoy, to this deponent's certain knowledge, improved
many years, sowing peas and wheat without interruption, and
this deponent heard his right esteemed by all old proprietors,

' This -was fifty acres extending from Deerini^'s bridge up the soutli side of the
creek toward thf> ahns-house,. whiclj was conveyed to Brackett byliis mother-in-
law Mitton in K;';7.

2Llisha Coruey, of Gloucester, 171:.', "aged upwards of To."


a very good one. lie Iras often seen Munjoy's servants at work.
and said Munjoy's oxen plougliing on said tract on tlie norllw
east side of Ammoncongan, and he never heard of any body
else improving on the north-cast side until after Munjoy's dealli;
after which, Mr. Lawrence improved for several years the land
on the north-east side, and lived on the south-west side in the
manner Mr. Munjoy did, and said Lawrence rebuilt the house on
the south-west side after it was burnt by the Indians, and he has
often seen said Lawrence audi his servants ploughing and sow-
ing the laud on the north-east side of Ammoncongan, and
making more improvements than Mr. Munjoy had done, and
he made considerable improvements before and at the time Pres-
ident Danforth resettled the town and some years after, until
bis being drove off by the Indians.''*

[George Munjoy was the son of John Munjoy or Mountjoy of
Abbottsham in the county of Devon, and was l.)orn in 162G. At
the age of twentj'-one, in llUT, he was admitted freeman in
Massachusetts, and in four or five years after he married Mary
daughter of deacon John Phillips of Boston. He had a sister
Mary who married John Saunders of Braintree. The family
still exists in Devonshire, England, but uniformly spell the
name Mountjoy.]

In September, 1681, Richard Seacomb was licensed to keep
an ordinary in Falmouth. The order of court is as follows :
"In answer to the desire of the selectmen of Casco in Mr. Sea-
comb's behalf for license to keep an ordinary tliere, the court
considering the necessity thereto do grant a liberty and license
to be granted unto said Seacomb to keep a public house of en-
tertainment for said town for the year ensuing ; he providing

* [Amrnoncoiigan, Amoncongin, Araiaosco:^<Tin, Amonconjron, now uuiversally
called Congiii, was applied to a portion of Presiuupscot river around the falls
next below Sracearappa. Mr. Ballard and Dr. Potter both agree in its interpreta-
tion a,s "A fish place,'' or 'Fi-^h drying place," or "Kigli fish jflace," as Dr.
Potter says, from Xarnaas, fi^b, Ke^s, high, ^uke. place, It was probably the re-
6ort of alcwi^o-^ and pcilutps ialuiou.]


j'.r it as tlic place requires by suitable accoirimoclations for
.••{ra niters or others, of drink, victuals, and keeping good order
jisid rule by his retailing strong drinks, to ye performance
v-licreof Wra. Rogers with said Seacomb stand equally bound
ill a bond of twenty shillings."

Tliis is the earliest notice that we find relating to the estab-
lir-hment of a public house here, and it is probably the first of
the kind that was opened. Munjoy, nearly twenty years before
liad been licensed to retail strong liquors, but that doubtless
was as a trader. The intercourse with the town before this
period was so limited and the habitations so scattered, that a
tavern was neither needed nor could be supported.

Seacomb's house was near the town landing-|>lace, a few
rods east of India street. In May, 1082, he was fined fifty
shillings for selling liquors to the Indians. Seacomb came from
the west of England and settled at Lynn as early as 1060 ; his
children were Noah, Richard, and Susannah. There was also
licre at the same time a John Seacomb, who joined Richard,
in 10S3, in a conveyance of land near Barberry Creek. Rich-
ard was constable in 1084, and was sometime a selectman : he
purchased of George Lewis's children the land at Back Cove
which had belonged to their father, on which he subsequently
lived ; the neck extending down to Back Cove bridge, was
called from him Seacomb's Xeck, which name it still retains ;
he died in 1091.' His son Richard lived in Portsmouth, R. L,
in 1715.

John and Isaac Jones, of Charlestown, probaljly came here
in 1081 ; in November of that year, Tliomas Cloice and Susan-
nah, his wife, sold to them a tract of land on tlie Presumpscot
river, formerly conveyed to them Ijy their fatlicr, John Cloice,
*'with the new dwelling-house and barn." This was the home-
stead of John Cloice before tlie John Jones lived on tlic
Neck west side of India street.

'Tl;r> name Sc-ac-finil/s Nfck Js not in rrpnoral ii^p, l»ut it is not filisolote; il is
m'^jitioned in the act incoriiorating the iiroj>rietor« of Back Covo bridge in IT'JJ.


We fmd this year a conveyance in Wells from Thomas Mill^
to his sons-in-la\v, John and Xathauicl Cloice ; Peter Cloico
Tvas living there before ; these persons vrere probably the sons
of Jolni Cloiee, formerly of this town, and it may be inferred
that after the flight from Fahnouth, they established themselves
in that place.

In 1082, died Elizabeth Harvey, the only danghter of George
Cleeves. She came from England with her father probably in
1637, and was either then or soon after married to Michael
Mitton. She was the last survivor of the first settler, and
had been through scenes of great suffering and sorrow. She
had buried two husbands and three adult children, one of
whom, her only son, was killed l^y the Indians, and the lives of
two of her daughters, the wives of the Bracketts, were proba-
bly shortened by their captivity. Two daughters only survived
her, Elizabeth, the wife of Thaddeus Clark, and Martha, the
wife of John Graves,* neither of whom, that we are aware of,
has posterity now residing here. The descendants of her
daughter Mary, the wife of Thomas Bracket t, are numerous
among us. Mrs. Harvey had seen the town which on her first
visit was an entangled forest, inhabited by wild beasts and
savages, become the seat of civilization and prosperity, and
holding forth the promises of future greatness.

About the same time died also George Lewis of Back Cove.
In July, 1683, the following deposition relating to him and his
family was given : "Nathaniel Wallis' aged fifty-two or there-
abouts testifies that sometime before the first Indian war began,
I being at George Lewis's house, said Lewis showed me his will
and this deponent heard said Lewis's will read and tliere was in
the will that his two sons sliould have twelve pence apiece,
but for liis land he had given it to his three youngest daugh-

* [Graves was living in Kittoiy in IIVZ, aged about sixty-seven, lie moved to
Little, Compton, II. I., where lie died, leaving one ^...n and two daiuihreis]

I Nathaniel Wallis was the nearest neighbor of L -wis; he boni^ht ul' Juiui Lewis
the adjoining farm.



tcrs and all his goods, and said Wallis asked said Lewis why he
<:a\-q. his land to his daiiglitcrs, said Lewis replied he had
given his sons enough already — before Anto. Brackett com'r."

Lewis's sons were John and Philip ; he had four daughters,
Ann married to James Ross, a shoemaker ; Susannah to Thomas
Cloice ; ^lary, first, to Thomas Skillings, seeond, Jotham Lew-
is, and third, to Wilkins ; she was born at Falmouth, 1654,
and was living in Salem, 1732; the fourth daughter Hannah,
married James Darling. John sold one hundred acres in Back
Cove to Nathaniel Wallis, in 1674 : he continued to live here
until the commencement of the Indian war, but we do not
find him mentioned afterward ; his wife's name was EUinor.
George, as we have before intimated, was probably the son of
George Lewis, freeman in Scituate, Plymouth colony, 1636.

George Burroughs returned to the ministry here in 1683.
The first notice of his return that we find, is in June of that
year, when at the request of the town he relinquished one hun-
dred and seventy acres of land which had been granted to him
previous to the war. In their application for this purpose they
offered to give him one hundred acres "further off," for the
quantity relinquished, but Burroughs replied "as for the land
already taken away, we were welcome to it, and if twenty acres
of the fifty above expressed would pleasure us, he freely gave
it to us, not desiring any land any where else, nor any thing
else in consideration thereof.*

This disinterestness places the character of Mr. Burroughs
in a very amiable light, which nothing can be found during the

* [I find on a tax list rescued from tlie destruction of the town in ICOO, the
followinor items of tov.n charj^es.

"Richard Powsland for money lent the town to go for Jlr Burroughs >

20 or 30 shillings in good pay ] £1.10.

Anthony Brackett to pay part of Mr Burroughs' passage 5.

Passage and boards and nails for ye minister's house and workmen 5.05.

To George Ingorsoll and .John Ingersoll for lOUO boards to lloor >

the meeting-house >, 1.10.

This document is dated October 7, 1080]


■whole course of his ministry here to impair. The Large quan-
tity of laud whicli he relinquished was situated upon the Xeck,
which was then daily becoming more Taluablc by the location
of the town upon it. All tliis, except thirty acres, he freely
returned without acce|iling the consideration offered by the

The unhappy catastrophe, which terminated the life and
usefulness of Mr. Burroughs, has cast a shade upon many facts
relating to him, which it would be interesting to us to know.
AYe have no means of ascertaining whether he was regularly
settled, and had gathered a church here or not ; we have how-
ever sufficient authority for asserting that he preached to our
predecessors a longer period than any other person prior to the
Rev. Mr. Smith. We must be understood to except from this
remark the Eev. Robert Jordan, wlio lived in town, occasionally
preaching and administering the ordinances under the episco-
pal form, for thirty-six years, except when "silenced" by the
government of Massachusetts.

Tliere has nothing survived Mr. Burroughs, either in liis
living or dying, that casts any reproach upon his character,
and although he died the victim of a fanaticism as wicked and
stupid as any which has ever been countenanced in civilized
society, and which for a time prejudiced his memory, yet his
reputation stands redeemed in a more enlightened age from
any blemish.

In Novemljer, 1G80, he was employed to preach in Salem
village, now Danvcrs, on a salary of sixty pounds a year, one-
third in money, and two-thirds in provisions at the following
rates, viz : rye, barley, and malt at three shillings a bushel ;
corn, two shillings ; beef, one and a half pence a pound ; pork,
two pence, and butter six pence. ^ He continued there probably
until 1683, wlien in ^lay, Mr. Lawson was invited to preach to
them ; from Salem, it may ho supposed that he came directly here,

' Annals of So.leni, i>. 2G8.


A work entitled "European settlements in Ameriea," in speak-
iiiL' of Mr. Burroughs as a victim of the Salem witchcraft says,
"tliat lie Avas a gentleman who had formerly been minister of
.'^;il«:'in ; but upon some of the religious disputes wliich divided
the country he dilTered from his flock and left them." Mather
ill liis "Wonders of the invisible World," countenances this
idea ; he says, "he had removed from Salem village in ill terms
.some years before."

He was tried for witchcraft in Salem, May 8, 1G92, and con-
d<?mned upon testimony which nothing but the most higlily
wrought infatuation could for a moment have endured. His
great strength and activity for which he had been remarkable
from his youth, were enlisted against him, as having been
derived from the prince of evil; it was in evidence that he had
lifted a barrel of molasses by putting his fingers in the bung-
liole, and' carried it round him, that he had held a gun more
tlian seven feet long, at arms length with one hand,' and per-
formed other surprising feats above the power of humanity.
Some evidence was also exliibited against liis moral cliaractcr,
in relation to his treatment of his wives and children, but the
source from which it proceeded renders it unworthy of credit.
He was executed on the 19th of August, 1G92. The writer
before quoted, on this case says, "Yet by those jiuiges, upon
that evidence, and the verdict founded upon it, this minister, a
man of most unexceptionable character, was sentenced to die,
and accordingly hanged." He had been three times married,
liis third Avife was the daughter of Thomas Ruck, who survived
him. His children were Cliarles, George, who lived in Ipswich,
Jeremiah, who was insane, Ilebecca married a Tolman of Bos-
ton, Hannah married one Fox and lived near Barton's Point,
in Boston, Elizabeth married Peter Thomas of Boston, and
Mary married to a man in Attleborougli. George and Tliomas

1 Tliis gun is Kaid now to lie in tlie museum of Fryeburg Acadoniy, Imt ujion
wliat evidence we do not Imow. For furtlier particulars of this intercitint;,
Calef-s "Salem witclicrulV ;aid tSuliivan".'-; lii-itorv mav bo con^uli'-il.


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