Pages 108-115, 121 and 137, including the 1778 muster roll of the company of Captain George White of Topsham, Maine. Members of this company came from mid and south coastal Maine.
The muster roll lists residences and frequent remarks, including deaths, illness, capture and desertion. Many of the deaths, wounds and capture appear to have resulted from the Battle of Hubbardton, Vermont. According to the record, William Willson and other soldiers walked from Beverly, Massachusetts, to Bennington, Vermont, likely just the start of many more miles of walking.
These pages appear in a manuscript genealogy of William Willson (about 1750-1801), also seen as Wilson, and Descendants. 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.
- Pages 1-12 Title Page; Preface; Ancestry - Early Willson Family - Images and Transcription at the end of this post
- Pages 13-22 William Willson (2) & Descendants
- Pages 23-48 Militia and Continental Army; Advance of Burgoyne; Evacuation of Ticonderoga; Battle of Hubbardtown [Battle of Hubbardton]
- Pages 48-65 Captain Enos Stone's Journal - Enos Stone of Lenox, Massachusetts
- Pages 66-92, 114-115 The Penobscot Expedition
- Pages 93-101 William Willson (2); William Wilson (3); Andrew Marshall
- Pages 102-107 1782 militia rosters of Capt. Jotham Doyle's Company of Harpswell, Brunswick and North Yarmouth
- Pages 108-115 1778 Roster of Company of Capt. George White
- Pages 116-122 Alexander Family from Harpswell, Maine; also, Clark & Wilson record
- Pages 122-133 Calendar for 1777; many war entries
- Pages 134-136 Blake Family of Harpswell, Maine
- Pages 140-152 Wilson Family of Harpswell and St. George
- Pages 160-173 Clark Family of Harpswell, Maine
- Pages 174- 178 Journals of Elisha Fisher and Rev. John Wiswall; letters of General Peleg Wadsworth
- Pages 179-201 Josephs Family of Portland, Maine
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.