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of lawful age, testifies and says that on or about the year 1718 I came first to Boston and in the same vessel with Mr. Andrew McFadden and his wife (who is now a widow), and that soon after we came to Boston we came down together in the same vessel to the eastern country; that the said McFadden and his wife went to live at a place in merry meeting bay called Somersett. This place lies between the rivers called Cathance river and Abagadusett river, and when we first came down this place was called Somersett and retained the same name to this time, and we were told of the place called Somersett aforesaid before Mr. Andrew McFadden and wife and this deponent left Boston to come into the eastern country as aforesaid, and this deponent very well remembers that Mrs. McFadden had a daughter after she lived at Somersett that was named Somersett, and, as this deponent understood in the time of it from the minister that baptized it and from the father, Mr. Andrew McFadden, that the child was called Somersett at the particular desire of their landlord, Col. Winthrop (who, at that time as one of the Pegipscutt Proprietors) claimed those lands.
That on or about the year 1723, the settlements there and in many other places in the eastern country were broken up by the Indians, and that this place called Somersett has had no inhabitants on it till within a few years, and this deponent thinks about four or five. The deponant adds that he has lived in the town of Brunswick constantly ever since the year one thousand seven hundred and eighteen and within ten or fifteen miles of Somersett aforesaid, and never heard till very lately that the Plymouth Company or any under them, claimed any land at or near Somersett.
DAVID DUNNING. Cumberland ss., Brunswick, Oct. 8, 1767. Taken at the request of Benjamin Branch, to be used in the case of Bowdoiu V. Branch, before mentioned. Sworn to before William Woodside, Justice of the Peace. Files of Cumberland and Lincoln. 1770, July 1-35."
- Hon. Josiah H. Drummond. He died Aug. 16, 1793,* in the 88th year of his age, grave stone. Leaving an account says: two sons and four daughters. He married first Mary, daughter of John Farren. Mrs. Mary Consort of Capt. David Dunning, died Aug. 1784, in his 74th year. He married second, so an account says, widow Hunter of Adam Hunter. She was said to have been over 80 years old when this marriage occurred. Her maiden name may have been Lithgow. Children :i. ANDREW, of David, b. Mar. 17, 1736, of Brunswick. Selectman
often Deacon prior to July, 1772. Died July 31, 1800, in his 64. year G. S. He m. Elizabeth daughter of Rev Robert Dunlap, Dec. 29, 1768, published July 9. She was born in Nobleborough, July 16, 1740. She was a member of Brunswick church, July, 1772. She
d. Mar. 4. 1800, in her 61st, year. ii. Johns, of David, b. in the Garrison house, Sept. 19, 1738, of Bronswick. Nore.-David Dunning had estate in Brunswick in 1758 valued over £50. In 1776 David and Andrew Dunning had property from £300 to £400.
Land owner 1757 ; Soldier in Capt. Getchell's company 1757; in Capt.
1. Rachel, b. April 5, 1773; d. Dec. 18, 1786.
19, 1801. She d. Nov. 13, 1808. He was b. in Cobasset,
Treasurer. Resides in Augusta. 4. Rebecca, b. Feb. 20, 1780, m. John Coburn, his second wife,
Mar. 11, 1823. She d. in Topsham, Jan. 3, 1850. He d. there
Dec. 1, 1865, age 80. 5. Aaron, b. Dec. 26, 1782, of Brunswick. He m. Elizabeth
Kilgore. She d. Oct. 16, 1835, age 50. 7 children.
She d. Mar. 30, 1816, leaving one son.
of Brunswick Light Infantry. He d. Feb. 3, 1879, age 89. He
first, Hannah Stanwood Owen. Children :-Rachel Colburn; Francis Edward; John F. b. Aug. 1, 1832, moved
to Piscataquis Co; Phillip Owen. 9. Joseph Nye, b. Jan. 2, 1793. Lived in Burlington, Vt.; m.
No children. 10. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 27, 1796, d. March, 1. 11. Nathaniel, b. Mar. 12, 1797. Lived in Durham, m. first,
Isabella M. Gross, she d. Jan. 11, 1827; married second Mrs.
Merrill. iii. Mary of David?, b. Oct. 22. 1740, probably m. Phillip Owen, of Fal
mouth, pub. Oct. 16, 1764; did he died July 31,1799, aged 617 iv. ELIZABETH of David”, b. Nov. 29, 1742.
MARGARETof Davidla, h. Feb. 11, 1715; m. David Reed of Topsham; published Dec. 23, 1758. Removed to Oropo.
1. John Reed, selectman of Orono 1805; in. and had children.
2. George, in Orono; m. and had children. vi. David, Jr., of David, b. Sept. 29, 1746; d. Oct. 22. vii. JEANETTE of David, b. Jan. 29, 1748-9; m. Capt. John Dunlap*, of
Brunswick, published Jan. 8, 1774; she d. March 11, 1786.
He m. Lois, widow of John Portert, of Freeport, and daughter of Apollos R. Cushing Sept. 27, 1821. He d. July 14, 1842; she d. in Hollis in 1882, aged 91. Their daughter Frances Dunlap m. James Russell Lowell of Boston; Minister to Eng.and. She d. in London, Feb. 1885.
* Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Vol. 4, page 75.
+ 1 apt. John Porter, b. Freeport, Me., Nov. 27, 1792. Lost in the “Dash." Priyateer in the War of 1812.
2. Robert Dunlap, b. March 16, 1776; d. May 8, 1784.
coln, 1820. viii. ELIZABETH, of David, b. Sept. 7, (9) 1757 ; m. John Stackpole; pub.
July 11, 1775.
The Dunning names below I have not been able to locate or connect.
Robert (D.) or B. Dunning, died in Brunswick, Feb. 20, 1839
He married Mary of Capt. John O'Brien, formerly of Machias. She died Oct, 29, 1853, age 71. He was an overseer of Bowdoin College, 1805. He was a representative, 1808-9-10 11-12-14-16. His house was occupied by his sisters, Margaret and Susan and uncle John.
William Dunning bought 200 acres of land in Brunswick, May 21, 1742, for £40. He is said to have had lots 26 and 27, in Brunswick, 1739.
Capt. William Dunning published to Jennet Stanwood in Brunswick, Jan. 8, 1774. He joined the church there April 20, 1783.
William Dunning, selectman in Brunswick, from 1809 to 1811, died March 20, 1840, age 70. His wife Abigail died June 21, 1841 age 70.
Wait Herrick, of Nobletown, published to Martha Dunning in Brunswick, Mar 17, 1759. David Stanwood, married Sarah Dunning, Mar. 25, 1759. William Rideout married Jenny Dunning April 18, 1795. John Dunning Jr., married Rebecca Spear, published Jan. 18, 1782. John Dunning, married Lois Hinckly, published Dec. 27, 1770. Hannah Stanwood, wife of William Dunning Sept. 21, 1785. Ebenezer, of Robert and Sally Dunning
died Feb. 13, 1816, age 16 dys. Andrew Dunning, died Brunswick May 23, 1804, age 52. Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Melcher, died Feb. 1804, age 27. Robert Dunning, was Post Master Brunswick 1801-4. Stanwood Dunning, moderator, Brunswick, 1790.
. Deacon Andrew Dunning, died in Brunswick, Sept. 17, 1861, age 81 years, 10 mos. and 14 days. His wife died, Oct. 16, 1835, age 50. Grave stone. John S. Cushing of Augusta, says he was not son of John and not in that line.
James Dunning married Deborah of Jeremiab Rogers, of Freeport published March, 1819, she b. Mar. 2, 1798. Robert Dunning married Mary Rogers, sister of above about Dec. 15, 1815. She born Aug. 14, 1792.
Issac Dunning, died Brewer, Aug. 14, 1873, age 65 years 11 months. His wife, Almira W. July 27, 1862, age 52 years, 2 months and 7 days.
AN ACCOUNT OF BUCKSPORT, IN 1827, BY HENRY
COMMUNICATED BY JOSEPH WILLIAMSON, ESQUIRE,
Bucksport, formerly Buckstown, a post town in the County of Hancock, on the east bank of the Penobscot River, one hundred miles northeast of Portland, 50 east of Hallowell and Augusta ; 17 south of Bangor, 17 north of Castine; and 17 northeast of Belfast. Population in 1820, 1658.
Strangers of distinction have pronounced the village very handsome and the most pleasantly situated of any in the State. It stands on a fine declivity, rising from the water's edge to an elevated and sightly eminence. Two principal streets lead through the village, parallel with the river, intersected at right angles by streets which ascend the high ground to the back streets. The houses are generally two story and painted white, giving the whole village a very lively and neat appearance. On its southern margin runs a valuable stream of water on which are mills and various kinds of machinery. The harbor is spacious and safe and protected from all winds with sufficient depth of water for the largest ships. Here is the southermost ferry on the Penobscot, which does not freeze so low down as this place. The tide rises here on an average thirteen feet. The town is bounded by Orrington on the north, No. 8 on the east and Orland on the southeast.
The following facts are extracted principally from the town records : Plantation No. I was granted to David Marsh and others of Haverhill, Mass., by the legislature of the province of Massachusetts, (or by the King of Great Britain,) in the year 1762. The first settlement was made in said township by Col. Jonathan Buck, Senior of Haverhill who brought with him several families, who built a saw-nill and two dwelling houses in 1764.
On the declaration of war in 1775, the inhabitants of said township and plantation No. 2 (now called Orland,) formed themselves into a militia company, chose a committee of inspection and safety to govern them in civil matters : and such committees were annually chosen untii the year 1779, when the British fleet and army arrived at Major Bagaduce (now called Castine). The arıny commanded by General McLean, the fleet by Capt. Barclay. Soon after their arrival at Bagaduce, a company came near where the village now stands and burnt Col. Buck's dwelling house, saw mill, vessel and two barns also the houses of Major Moore, Mr. Pecker, Laughlin McDonald and Stephen Lampher, and destroyed and plundered much other property.
Col. B. and the greater part of said township No. I made their escape up the Penobscot and across the wilderness to the Kennebec piloted by Indians, and were in a state of starvation before they arrived. From the Kennebec they went to Haverhill and other places in its vicinity for the time being. Those inhabitants who continued on their farms suffered many hardships and privations by reason of the war and the tyranny and exactions of the British officers whose headquarters were at Bagaduce, to which place many were carried and for a time obliged to submit to hard labor. In March, 1784 after the close of the Revolution, assembled agreeably to notice and chose a clerk and assessors, &c.
In 1786, the General Court of Commonwealth of Massachusetts in answer to the petition of Enoch Bartlett and others confirmed the grant formerly made to David Marsh and others in 1762 upon certain conditions.
In 1792 the plantation was incorporated into a town by the name of Buckstown, which name was given it by Col. Buck.
There does not appear to have been any Indian name for this place. Eastern River, which empties into the Penobscot, (in Orland), which forms a part of the eastern boundary of this town was called by the Indians, Alamasook." They seldom named any lands excepting mountains. They had names for all rivers and large streams.
In 1817, the name of the town was changed from Buckstown, to Bucksport. The same year a part of the town was annexed to Orrington, viz:
Beginning at the river seventy five rods south of the old boundary, thence easterly in a circuitous direction to Brewer's pond, thence by the west side of the pond to the old dividing line which tract contains about twenty-seven hundred acres and includes the farm of Ephraim Goodale, Esq., and others. The Penobscot washes the western shore of the town for ten and one half miles. From the river the town runs back six and a half miles and the back part of the town is five miles wide. About one third is wild or wood land; the rest is cleared and settled. The soil is generally a gravelly loam, and back from the river is very good. On a part of the front the soil is a plain loam,