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Harmon Massacre in York 1715
Posted by: Herrick Johnson Date: May 20, 1999 at 08:59:35
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The Harmon Massacre in York, about 1715: (History of York, Me.)
p136 Harmon Geneology A.C. Harmon

The people by the name of Harmon lived at the lower part of the town near the ocean. The men were sea-faring persons and dauntless in disposition. During their absence on a voyage, one or more of the Indians offered insulis to the women of one of the households. On their return from the sea, de-termined on revenge, the Harmons invited the Indians to a "pow wow' on the point of land on the west end of the Barrell mill dam. The Indians accepted the invitation and kept up the debauch till late at night, when being very drunk, the Harmons and their friends killed every one of them.
This massacre happened on a Saturday night and the next Sunday morn-ing the tidings of the affair spread far and wide. Father Samuel Moody, in his discourse alluded to that inhuman butchery in a terribly scathing manner and prophesied that the Harmon name would become extinct and the time would come when not one male by the name of Harmon could be found. It is said by some writers that this prophesy came true as no one by the name of Harmdn has lived in York since 1830, with possibly, a few exceptions. Al-though they did not live in York, the descendants of these Harmons, settled in Sanford, then in Harrison, and later in Brunswick and Portland, where they reside to this day.
The Harmon Massacre occurred not more than 60 rods from the Stacey house, which was said to be the old Harmon garrison house into which the inhabitants escaped from the Indians in the York Massacre, of 1692. The old Stacey house, which formerly stood on the hill, near the southwest end of the Parish Creek bridge, on the east side of the road, had many legends con-nected with it. It was a quaint old wooden structure abounding in projections and sharp angles, with an enormous chimney in the center. This house was built on the declivity of a hill, which made it half basement, and was once occupied by a trader. The crevice between the outer and inner walls was said to have been filled with brick. This house stood at the head of the mill pond, which was navigable for large vessels, until the dam below was built.
As early as 1630 and '40 this building was used as a trading place and was known as a "Clubhouse." Mr. Stacey was a naval officer under John Paul Jones, in 1812, and died a U. S. pensioner at an old age. When the old house was torn down in 1870 a skeleton was found under the hearth, and a very ancient sign board with the inscription, "Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Molasse3, Spices, Rum and Gin, Wine, Brandy, etc." It is thought that the skeleton was one of the Indians killed in the Harmon Massacre. A timber was mark-ed-1634. The remains of a wharf existed in 1875, on the east side of the mill pond, nearly opposite the site of this old house.
The Harmons had seen much of the depredations of the Indians about York in the early days, and hatred and revenge was held strongly in their hearts. Col. Johnson Harmon and his brother, Deacon John Harmon, who as boys, had passed through the scenes of that frightful carnage, at the hands of the Indians, when York was destroyed in 1692. John Harmon, the father of these boys, lived in one of the four best garrison houses in the town, and the inhabitants, who were not killed, escaped into these houses. These Harmons were born fighters and leaders of men, and they became famous for their ser-vices in the early Indian and French wars. In 1711 Capt. Harmon's family garrison at York, with 30 souls, was reviewed by the order of the governor.


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