April 2013 Blog Posts (8)

James Milee, poet

I am looking for any of the poetry or songs written by James Milee, also known as James Millea (great great grandfather of Edna St. Vincent Millay). James lived from 1755-1816. He came to Maine at the age of 14 and lived in Harpswell and later Bowdoinham. He was well-loved for his verses which took on political as well as personal subject matter, including the "Power of Tyranny" and the "Triumph of Liberty." His songs and jingles were apparently widely sung in Maine and people reportedly…


Added by Peter Bergman on April 26, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Lithobolia, or the Stone-Throwing Devil

I read the book by: The Devil of Great Island, by Emerson W. Baker.  It was a very good account a case of "Witch Craft" or poltergeits activity in the town of Great Island in 1682 and the tavern of George and Alice Walton.  The event was witnessed  Richard Chamberlain, the secretary of the colony of New Hampshire,  was boarding at the Walton tavern.  He kept a journal account of the incedent which he published in 1698. In his account he names the event Lithobolia and calls it…


Added by Barbara Foster on April 24, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Maps of Salem Villiage and Witch Trials, and Links to other information.


Here is a link for maps of Salem Village with property owners name. It is a very good resource. 


This is a link to an online book of the first Massachusetts census taken 1765.  It does not give names of land owner, but it is a very good representation of just how many adult males there were living in Massachusetts.  …


Added by Barbara Foster on April 15, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Thomas Hardy from Piscataqua

I am very interested in the person known as Thomas Hardy form Piscataqua.  He was accused of being a witch in the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria in 1692.  Does any one have any information they would like to share about him or the Salem Which trials. Do you have any stories, links, or facts about the acused of acusers? 

(Joseph Ring v. Susannah Martin and Thomas Hardy)


The deposion of Joseph Ring at Salsbury aged:27: years being sworne sayth That about…


Added by Barbara Foster on April 14, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Response to Alan

Alan, I have the Marriage Registration of Walter but not the birth registration of George, who was my grandfather.  Walter and Katherine Tobin (not Mary) and George moved to Cranston, RI around 1930ish.  George married a RI girl and moved to CT around 1940, which is where we are still.

Added by Mark Joseph Penney on April 13, 2013 at 8:18am — 1 Comment

Benjamin Wheeler first settler of Hampden 1768

Thank you very much Chris for shareing the link to the Bangor Metro article April 2013-Benjamin Wheeler first settler of Hampden 1768 http://www.bangormetro.com/item/620-riverside-beauty

Added by Barbara Foster on April 12, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Benjamin Wheeler first settler in Hampden 1768

There is a nice article in the Bangor Metro April 2013 regarding Benjamin Wheeler its first settler 1768 and how Hampden was renamed from Siuadabscook Plantation, Wheeler's Mill, and Wheelersborough. By: Tom Avila

Added by Barbara Foster on April 11, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Penney's from Maine

Any information on the Penney family would be greatly appreciated.  My great grandfather was Walter Joseph Penney, who was born in Maine and moved to Massachusetts and finally Rhode Island.  His son, George Joseph Sr., moved to Connecticut where the rest of my family ended up.  My father was George Joseph Jr.


From what I have gathered so far, Walter's parents were George and Anna (Webster) Penney which seems to make the line relatively easy to trace back to Thomas Penny.

Added by Mark Joseph Penney on April 10, 2013 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

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