Hi. I’m a descendant of several sets of grandparents who were among the first settlers in the Sedgwick area (including Brooksville, Brooklin, Castine, etc.) in the mid-1760s.
I think I've read everything that's on-line about that part of Maine's history but I still have lots of questions that haven't been answered from what I've read. An example is David Marsh's Land Grant....I've searched everywhere, trying to find out who David was, his wife's name and who their children married. I wondered if he may be related to my families in some way. I've had almost no luck finding anything about him, on-line. Why was he chosen to receive the grants? Was he related to Jonathan Buck or did he randomly select Jonathan's ship to travel in? Who else came along on that surveying trip?
One author states that land grants were given to soldiers from the French and Indian War but another one states that everyone wanted a piece of the new land that became available when the war ended with no more threats of raids from Indians and the French. I know from reading that there were many petitioners for land and many grants were given but the question each of us has is how (and why) did our own Grandparents end up in eastern Maine at that particular time in the History of the World?
It occurred to me that there must be many other searchers experiencing the same kinds of frustration I'm having....seeing a little bit of the picture but not the entire portrait. For instance, I found out that my Grandfather, Moses Eaton, built the first "mill dam in the river" (the Benjamin River) in Sedgwick. Perhaps your grandfather was his partner or worked at the mill? Perhaps they had known each other back in Massachusetts and were cousins through soandso's marriage. If we can compare notes, our research can not only broaden but perhaps get turned in another direction we would never have dreamed of following.
If your ancestors spent most of their lives in the Sedgwick area, I hope you'll share your family histories on-line with the rest of us. I'm going to post my Sedgwick (area) family histories on Genforum/Ancestry surname boards and on the MEHancock and Maine message boards. Each time I post something, I'll type "Sedgwick Area" before the names of the people I'm researching.
If I can offer any assistance to you, please let me know. The only published sources I have to use are Chatto & Turner's Registry and The Genealogy of the Byard and Sargent Families of Maine by Abbie (Sargent) Neese. Those may be two publications you don’t have so….this may be your lucky day! I hope so.
Please contribute so that I won’t be the only one “airing the family laundry.” I’ve wanted to do a posting like this for a long time and since this is my third-year anniversary of genealogy searching, this is my present to myself. “Happy anniversary to meeeeee.”
Jan (Byard) Saremi
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