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Re: Bradford Mystery in Friendship, Knox County, Maine.
Posted by: Jane Carlson (ID *****4511) Date: December 26, 2010 at 20:26:35
In Reply to: Bradford Mystery in Friendship, Knox County, Maine. by Rebecca Lehr of 27688

Beca,

I believe that Joshua and Hannah Bradford were buried in the cemetery on Garrison Island in Friendship. Garrison Island is a tidal island that is connected to the mainland at the tip of Bradford Point at low tide. The cemetery is at the northern tip of the island and is enclosed by an old stone wall and the shoreline. It is somewhat wooded, although it is getting more open again now because of blow-downs. Supposedly more than one hundred settlers were buried in the cemetery. Unfortunately, only one headstone remains, belonging to Samuel Davis, who died in 1792. There are different legends about what happened to the other headstones. One story says that boys threw the headstones in the harbor as a prank; people have also said that headstones were used for ballast in boats. Several years ago a plaque was placed in the cemetery to commemorate the massacre of 1758; this plaque specifically names Joshua and Hannah, and I believe it contains their birth and death dates. I would be happy to take a picture of the plaque and send it to you. My family bought Garrison Island in 1946 for a summer place. You are also very welcome to visit. Let me know if I can help!


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