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that of the Union river. It enters the purchase in No. 24 East Division, in which it proposed to erect a mill if a seat can be found : for which purpose a person is now employed to view the river during the present winter. À communication, by a road, is likewise proposed to be made from this mill seat, when found, to the great road that leads thro' the Pleasant river settlement in No. 12. The distance will perhaps be eight miles. On the Eastern branch of the same river, Machias, it is likewise proposed to erect a mill in No. 19, East Division; by thus having possession of tke two great avenues of the forest a property is preserved far beyond any present estimation. There cannot be a doubt that for years past the inhabitants of Machias have plundered from the lands of the purchase on these two rivers, such quantities of timber, that if the proportion to the proprietors had been fairly accounted for could not be less than from one to two thousand dollars annually.

Meddebumps lake in No. 16, East division, issues a stream called Dennie's river that empties into North Cobscook Bay. On this river in No. 2* Lincoln has mills; and as the shores of this lake abound in excellent timber, it will probably find its way to the mills below; if this should take place, the same measures should be pursued with this river as with the others.

The only avenue by which the forest can be plundered that is left unnoticed, is the Schoodic. This, in a short time must be a large one. Whether it would be best to improve a part of the mill seat in No. 6, which is now occupied by some person of St. Stephens, New Brunswick, or to erect a mill on the rapids in No, 7, or on the Western Branch, betore it comes to the lake, is a subject that had better be left to a future view of the county to determine ; but that some such measure should be pursued there cannot be a doubt.

Jan'y 1798.


Extracts from the Report of “The Committee on the subject of unappropriated lands in the Counties of Cumberland and Lincoln," submitted March 24th, 1786.

“In the course of the preceeding year, seven Townships were laid out between Schoodic, with a number of Islands; and also a Townshipt on the east side of Penobscot river, between No. i and the head of the tide, which closes the survey of the whole coast, from the head of the tide on Penobscot, to the head of the tide on Schoodic River, and up the Schoodic above the head of the tide, about twenty-four miles, making in the whole twenty-eight Townships on the east side of Union River, besides the Islands beforementioned, the survey of which is now completed."

• Now Dennysville.
+ Now Orrington and Brewer




(Contributed by Joseph Williamson, Esq., of Belfast.)




"The story of Penobscot Bar

The equitable bills of H—'glo Should it ever be written

Drawn with fondest science, Would make the gravest Judge conceal That woke the wonder of the Bar, His face behind his mitten.

And petrified his clients. The sainted P-m's' pregnant ya-a Unruffled T—n's13 anecdoteThe end that indicated,

The Governor's14 rebuttingAnd Uncle Peleg's bluff ha, ha,

The quips, the quirks, the quidities That so much mirth created.

Of handsome J -8 C -g; The fragrant jest of waggish Orr3 And Baskahegan H-n's', who That stuck Attorney F- -e,

A hunting of a tail, And jovial Roger'sø postern law

Went cruising round Penobscot Bay That bothered brother Jewett.6

With 4 Z's on his sail. Sire Jacob's mirth-provoking tales, The wit of H-ch' indigenous, That costive juries swallowed,

Who full of fun and fury, And then the operation that

Read every sort of rascal lore Incontinently followed !

In bowels of a jury. The declaration of distress

The poet with the laurel crown," Well drawn by Wn

With police lore replete, The gleam in Allen G-n's eye From ruin who, to save the town, That told how rich the fun!

Picked chips up in the street. Stern G-10 piercing optics strain, The magic flights of J. B. H-1119 Directed stricto jure,

With fun full to the brim, That saw but law in Judge's brain, Who scaled the New Jerusalem But G not in a jury.

And bared the cherubim ! The happy turns of A

The pleasure that we had in Paine20 To loose a legal knot:

Bound as we were to Sew-allaAnd any kind of Evidence

Our sorrow on the day we lost To save a case from pot.

The Judge we called a jewel !" Hon. David Perham. Judge of the Court of Common Pleas from 1822 to 1839. He died May 31, 1815, aged 65.

Peleg Chandler, who resided in Bangor from 1926 until his death, Jan. 18, 1847, aged 73.

3. Benjamin Orr, of Brunswick, probably the ablest advocate who ever resided in Maine. He frequently argued important causes at Bangor. He died Sept. 7, 1828.

4 Erastus Foote, of Wiscasset, Attorney General from 1820 to 1832; died 1836.

ó, Jonathan P. Rogers. A man of remarkable ability. Coming to Bangor in 1827, he remained there about fourteen years. He died at Boston in 1846, at the age of 45.

Albert G. Jewett. In practice at Bangor from 1829 to 1815. For five years, he was County Attorney. Died in Belfasta









Jacob McGaw. He settled in Bangor in 1805, and continued in active practice for thirty years. He died in 1867, aged 88.

William D. Williamson. In practice at Bangor from 1807 until his death in 1846.

9 Allen Gilman. He was the earliest lawyer in Bangor, where he resided from 180) until his death, April 7, 1816.

Probably a continuation of Gilman.

John Appleton. The venerable Ex-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who at the ripe age of 86, continues in good health and strength.

12 Frederick Hobbs. He practised in Bangor from 1836 until his death in 1854, and was a well known equity lawyer.

Thornton McGaw. He died in 1859, aged 60, having resided in Bangor thirty-five years.

14 Edward Kent. Governor of Maine 1838 and 1841. He came to Bangor in 1827, and died there in 1877.

15 Jonas Cutting. Justice of the Supreme Court and a resident of Bangor from 1831 until his death, Aug. 19, 1876.

16 Elijah L. Hamlin. He came to Bangor from Columbia in 1835, and held many positions of public trust until his death in 1872.

Nathaniel Hatch. His admission to the bar was in 1826. In 1869, he resided in Washington, D. C.

Spencer A. Pratt. Judge of the Police Court.

John B. Hill. He resided in Bangor from 1831 until a few years before his death in 1886. He was an erudite lawyer. In a lecture before the Bangor Lyceum he attacked Swedenborgianism with great severity. In another lecture upon “Magic,” he related an anecdote of a conversation between a mother and her child, wbich revealed some physical peculiarities of the cherub, as depicted upon ancient tombstones, to the great amusement of his audience.

Albert W. Paine, who continues in the same active practice which he commenced fifty-three years ago. Except Chief Justice Appleton, he is the only survivor of those referred to in the foregoing lines.

21 George P. Sewall, of Oldtown. He died there in 1882, after a professional life of fifty years.







“The district of Maine, at the time of the charter of William and Mary in the Year 1692, was held under two appellations; that part which lies between Piscataqua river, and Kennebec river, known by the name of the Province of Maine ; that part which lies between St Croix and Kennebec, was called by the ancient French name of Acadia, and both these names were preserved in that charter.'»

-Sullivan's history of Maine, page 12.






A state of the settlement called by the name of New Worcester, commencing at the northermost line of a township known by the name of No. 1, on the east said of Penobscot River and running up sd. river according to the Plan annexed, sd. settlement being laid out in the year 1771, at the expense of the inhabitants. The men's names, the number of acres claimed by each, the time when first settled and by whom, with the bounds, the number of rods on the river, the number of souls in each family, taken by a majority of inhabitants at a regular meeting held in said settlement the seventh day of March, 1785, for the purpose of stating the claims to a committee from the General Court of this Commonwealth.

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Thomas Smith,
Moses Wentworth,
Ephraim Downs,
Asa Downs,
Nathaniel Clark,
Edward Snow,
Henry Cole,
Paul Nickerson,
Eliphalet Nickerson,
Warren Nickerson,
Daniel Nickerson,
Joseph Harding
School Lot,
Oliver Done,
Jesse Atwood,
George Brooks,
Simeon Fowler,
Peter Sangster,
Jesse Rogers,
Nathaniel Pearce,
Samuel Freeman,
Wid. Hannah Earey,
Solomon Swett,
Benjamin Snow,
Edward Smith,
Samuel Wiswell,
Joseph Baker,
James Shirley,
Robert McCurdey,
James McCurdey,
Edward Smith,
David Wiswell,
James Ginn,

200 1772 Moses Wentworth,
100 1772 Moses Wentworth,
150 1770 Mag'r Edmond Moore,
200 1773 Ephraim Downs,
100 1773 Asa Downs,
100 1773 Ephraim Downs,
100 1777 Jesse Cole,
100 1777 Henry Cole,
100 1775 Paul Nickerson,
100 1774 Eliphalet Nickerson,
100 1774 Warren Nickerson,
100 1774 Joseph Earey,
100 1774 Edward Smith
100 1773 Voted by Town,
100 1774 James McCurdey,
150 1774 James McCurdey,
100 1774 Simeon Gorton,
100 1773 Samuel Low,
100 1772 Jeremiah Colburn,
100 1774 Samuel Rogers,
100 1774 John Salley,
100 1774 James Dean,
100 1777 Joseph Earey,
100 1777 Solomon Swett,
100 1772 James Rice,
100 1772 Abraham Preble,
100 1773 Benjamin Wheeler,
200 1771 Jonathan Pendleton,
150 1771 James Shirley,
150 1771 Robert McCurdey,
100 1772 Josiah Brewer,
100 1772 Jonathan Pearce,
100 1772 Phineas Rice,
200 1771 John Brewer, Peter Sangster,

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220 1770 Josiah and John Brewer, 100 3 2 5 10 Josiah Brewer, 220 1770 William Crawford,

100 John Tibbets, 110 1773 Phineas Jones,

70 1 1 4 Josiah Brewer, 100 1773 Josiah Brewer,

40 John Crocker, 100 1773 Benjamin Higgins,

45 1 3 3 7 Isaac Knowles, 100 1773 Benjamin Higgins,

40 John Emery, 200 1773 John Emery,

80 1 1 2 Town Gore, 150 1771 By the Town,

80 Henry Kenney, 100 1772 Henry Kenney,

40 1 3 5 John Michel, 50 1774 Reuben Goodwin,

40 Robert Treat and Gould, 130 1773 Samuel Kenney,

120 John Holyoke, 201 1773 Percy Webb,

80 1 2 7 10 Vacant Lot, 100

40 John Thoms, Jr., 100 1775 Moses Crage,

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1 Thomas Child, 100 1771 Patrick Poor,

40 absent. Simeon Johnson, 100 1772 Andrew Webster,

40 1 1 6 8 John Rider, 100 1773 Samuel Ervin,

40 1 1 9 11 John Thoms, 100 1774 Thomas Howard,

40 1 1 5 7 Elizabeth Murrey, 100 1774 John Thoms,

40 absent. Kenneth Mc'Kinzey, 100 1775 Kenneth McKinzey,

40 2 3 3 8 Thomas Campbell, 100 1773 Caleb Goodwin,

80 2 2 8 12 Abner Tibbets, 100 1773 Jonathan Lowder,

40 1 1 1 3 Emerson Orcutt, 100 1771 Samuel Low,

40 Phillip Spencer, 100 1772 Samuel Wilson,

40 1 1 3 Solomon Harthon, 200 1772 Phillip Black,

80 1 1 9 11 John Mansell, 100 1772 David Rowel,

40 1 1 3 5 Joseph Mansell, 100 1772 Stephen Buzzel,

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2 Emerson Oreutt, 27 1771 John and Joseph Mansell, 110 2 3 70 James Budge, 223 1771 George Gardner,

100 2 2 3 11 George Gardner, 220 1772 James Budge, John Mansell, 100 2

2 John Mansell, decd., 100 1772 George Gardner,

5 Charles Blagdon, 100 1774 George Gardner,

40 1 1 5 7 James Budge, 100 1772 James P. Nale,


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Very little have geneaologists written of the annals of the laboring classes. I make here a new departure. These men named in this article were the typical pioneers on the Upper Penobscot. They were lumbermen, with farming as a small adjunct. Wherever you went on Penobscot waters and heard the sound of the axe, the cross cut saw, the “cant dog,” the “pick hand spike,” and where you saw the ox teams, (horses were not then used in the woods,) there you found these men and their descendants skillful choppers, teamsters, swampers, boat men,

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