Tuesday, May 26, 2020

William Willson (2), William Wilson (3) and Andrew Marshall of Saint George, Maine, in the Manuscript Genealogy of William Willson of Harpswell, Maine, and St. George, Maine

Pages 93-101 relating to William Willson (2)William Wilson (3) and Andrew Marshall  in a manuscript genealogy of William Willson (about 1750-1801), also seen as Wilson, his descendants and related families of Harpswell and Saint George, Maine.

The genealogy was handwritten by Willson's great grandson William Blake Josephs (1854-1918) of Portland, Maine, in 1901 [with later entries by both himself and others].

The manuscript is discussed in installments, as noted below.

The manuscript measures approximately 7-1/2" by 5"and contains 201 numbered pages, with pages 182-183 and 199-200 missing.  William Blake Josephs wrote the vast majority of the information.

Note: most of the entries are unsourced, but information may have come from people with direct knowledge. Take all with a grain of salt, knowing there may be nuggets here not found anywhere else.

Be aware: the compiler used very little punctuation, including periods at the end of sentences, and was not careful about pronoun antecedents and spelling.  All of this makes some of his information difficult to nail down.

Toward the end are a few pages of entries in a more contemporary hand, perhaps entered by Joseph's widow Mary Jane (Blair) Josephs or one of their children. The missing pages are in this section.


Page 3
Having some family records and
wishing to preserve them is what led 
me to prepair this Book the early trad-
itions of the family herein quoted
have been handed down to me and
are Know doubt correct the principle
part of this work is the Military His-
tory of my great grand Father William
Willson his record of service in the Am-
erican Revolution i got from the 
Secretary of the State of Mass. (Maine
Was a part of Mass until 1820) this rec-
ord was taken from the Revolutionary
Archives of the State of Mass. The accou-
nt of the Battles he passed through
Was taken from the best works in pr-
int on the Revolutionary War Viz
Carringtons Battles of the American
Revolution, Lossings Field Book of
The Revolution. Paul Allen's History
of the American Revolution (Published
in 1819). Dr. Thatchers Military Jour-
nal. The part that relates to the 
Penobscot Expedition was taken from 

Page 4
Williamsons History of Maine also
Nathan Goulds History of Col Jona-
than Mitchells Reg. of Cumberland Co
The experience of the Regts to which Will-
iam Willson was attached was also his 
Experience so I have given the Battles
In detail which is very interesting rea-
ding especially that part which has refer-
ence to Cap Enos Stones Journal in
These few extracts it shows what beca-
me of the Prisoners taken by the British
in the Battle of Hubbardton Vermont it
can not be found in any history that
I ever saw. our Ancestor William Willson 
was one of the Prisoners

Chapter I - Ancestry - Early Wilson Familys
Chapter II - William Willson and Descendants
Chapter III - The Militia Co and enlistment into Continental Army
Chapter IV - Advance of Burgoyne
Chapter V - Evacuation of TiconderogaBattle of Hubbardton
Chapter VI - Capt. Enos Stones Journal
Chapter VII - Penobscot Expedition
Maine Historical Soc Safe [ page 174
Additional entries

Page 93

William Wilson of St George Me  [William Wilson (3), son of William Willson (2) of Harpswell, Maine]
his children born of his wife
Mary Teel

1 -   Sarah         Born      Aug 23 1802
2 -   Martha         "          Sept 15 - 1804
3 -   William Jr    "          Jan 20 1807
4 -   Ruth             "          Sep 22 - 1809
5 -   Harriet         "         Apr 24 - 1812
6 -   Martin          "         June 29 - 1814
7 -   Alexander    "          Sep 21 - 1818
8 -   Matilda        "          Apr 11 - 1821
9 -   Leonard       "          May 12 - 1825
10 - Eli M            "         June 3 - 1827

William (2) Sr.     Nov 20 1867 age 85
Mary, his wife     Nov 20  1867 age 87

Sarah            Nov   5 - 1876    74
Martha            "     6 - 1897     93
William Jr        "   25 - 1867    60
Ruth               Sep 6   - 1870    61
Harriet           Oct 3   - 1818      6

Pages 94 and 95

William Wilson of St George Me  [William Wilson (3), son of William Willson (2) of Harpswell]
Andrew Marshall of St. George, Maine

Page 94 - William Wilson of St George Me  [William Wilson (3)]
                         [death date]           Age
Martin               July 11 - 1893        79
Alexander         Sep 5 - 1885           67
Matilda             Jan 6 - 1892           71
Leonard            Nov 6 - 1896          71

There was but one day between the deaths
of William Wilson and his wife Mary
Teel. they were buried in one
Coffin. there is but one of this family
left - Mr. Eli M. Wilson of Port Clyde he
married Nancy Rivers there children
Lozier            Born   Dec 30    1853
Dorenda W      "       Mar 6     1856
Olive D            "       Feb 16   1858
Zadie L.           "       July 4     1861
Lena R             "       Aug 1     1865

Page 95 - Andrew Marshall of St George Me  [Husband of Martha Willson, daughter of William Willson (2) of Harpswell]

his children born of his wife Martha 
Wilson daughter of William Wilson of
Harpswell Maine

1 - Abigail
She married a Fannon - Michael  [Michael Fannon]

2 - Margaret
She married a Hart - Samuel   [Samuel Hart]

3 - Lydia
She married John Graves 

4 - Martha
She married Barnard Hall   

5 - Jane
She married a Wall - Abram   [Abram Wall]

6 - William
he married a Wheeler - Sally    [Sally Wheeler]

7 - Jacob
he married a Smaley - Keturah  [Keturah Smalley]
2d  Susan Alley

Page 96

Andrew Marshall of St George Me

8 - Leander
he married a Hooper - Margaret   [Margaret Hooper]

9 - Simon
he married a Wall - Jane   [Jane Wall]

(2) William Willson sold this land to Daniel Randall for £60 May 18th 1785  [William Willson (2)]

William and Barstow Sylvester

Page 97

William Willson

William Willson bought of John and John
Bray Jr. 30 acres of Land more or less Sit
uate and being upon an Island known by
the name of New Cape Newaggin Island in
Harpswell (now called Baileys Island) bound
ed as follows beginning at the head of a Cove
called Mackerel Cove from thence running
Eastward to the land of Samuel Alexander
then running southerly upon said Alexanders 
Land to the land of the widow Hannah
Baileys turning then westerly upon the
Land of said Hannah Bailey and runs
to Mackerel Cove aforesaid or however oth
erwise bounded or reputed to be bounded (2)

This was taken from Book 12 - page 431 (1)
the deed is dated March 29 - 1784
price 76 £ 15S English money

Rev Samuel Eaton                 Josiah X Clark
           William Sylvester, Justice of P.

(1)  Cumberland County Reg of Deeds
(2)  See page 96  [the facing page]

Vintage photograph of Mackerel Cove

Pages 98 and 99 - William Willson  [William Willson (2)]

Page 98 

William Willson  [William Willson (2)]
William Wilson bought March 30 - 1784
of John and John Bray Jr. an Island Known
as Lorings Island (now Jacquiths Island).
The price paid was £8. this Island lies South
about 60 rods from the southerly point of an
Island called New Cape Newaggin Island
in Harpswell contains 6 acres more or less

Rev. Samuel Eaton            Hugh Alexander

William Willson sold Lorings Island to
Samuel Haley of Kittery Me Aug 1 - 1794
for £8 he is spoken of in this deed as Wm
Willson cordwainer of Cushing (now St George)
in the County of Lincoln he acknowledged
this deed in Kittery before Richard Cutts
Justice of P. Sep 4 - 1794 it was not record
ed until Feb 9 - 1802

This can also be found in Book 12 page 444
 Cumberland County Reg of Deeds

Page 99 - William Willson    [William Willson (2)]

The following is a copy of a certificate of
the Revolutionary war service of William
Willson the original i received from the
Sec of State of Mass Nov 2 - 1900

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Office of the Secretary

Revolutionary War Service
William Wilson

William Willson - Appears with rank of Private on
Continental Army Pay Accounts
of Capt Whites Co Col Tupper's
Regt for service from Jan 13 - 1777
to July 7, 1777 Credited to town of
Harpswell Residence Harpswell
Vol 11 Part I page 167

Pages 100 and 101

William Willson

William Wilson - Appears in a Return of men enlisted 
into the Continental Army from
Capt Nehemiah Curtis's co dated
Dec 15, 1777 Town belonged to Harpswell
Town enlisted for Harpswell Term
3 yrs Joined Capt White s Co Return
made to Col Nath'l Purrinton
Vol 48 page 75

William Willson - appears with grade of Private on
a Muster Return of Capt George
Whites Co Col Benjamin Tupper's 
regt dated Jan 1778 Town belonged
to Harpswell. Town enlisted for
Harpswell Mustered by Col Varrick
Reported Taken July 7, 1777
Vol 11 page 80

William Wilson - Appears with rank of Private on
Muster and Pay Roll of Captain
Nehemiah Curtis's Co. Col. Jonathan
Mitchell's regt Service 2 mos 8 days

on expedition to Penobscot between
July 7, 1779 and Sep 25, 1779 Roll 
dated at Harpswell
Vol 40 page 120

Boston November 2 - 1900

I certify the foregoing to be true abstracts
from the Record Index to the Revolution
ary War Archives deposited in this Office

                  Witness Seal of the Commonwealth
 Seal          Wm M Olin

If you have corrections to the information above or information on any of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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