Author Archives: Barbara Desmarais

About Barbara Desmarais

Writer and amateur historian

Beyond the Grave: Alternative Facts?

Winners, they say, write history. As the heroes of their own narratives, winners are wont to pick and choose information that supports their worldview and flatters their egos. As their stories are told and retold over generations, the narratives change … Continue reading

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Love Well, Love War: Part 3: Lovewell’s War

The latest colonial war raged on several fronts, with battles erupting at the French/English borderlands in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nova Scotia. In Maine, soldiers trekked constantly between the forts in Brunswick and Richmond, both owned by the Pejepscot Proprietors. … Continue reading

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Love Well, Love War: Part 2: Love to War

The English continued their unrelenting northward colonization in Maine, invading Wabanaki territory along the Kennebec and Androscoggin River valleys with settlements and forts. They viewed the French mission in Norridgewock as their main impediment to expansion. The Wabanaki, naturally, were … Continue reading

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Love Well, Love War: Part 1: Love God

When the Pejepscot Proprietors invited Ulster Scot James Woodside to become minister at Brunswick, they expected him to be equal parts community religious leader, cultural monitor, and anti-Catholic Wabanaki missionary. Woodside was to replace Harvard-trained Joseph Baxter, seemingly a fair-to-middling … Continue reading

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Beyond the Grave: A Jury of Her Peers 

As so often happens, my research for the upcoming Love Well, Love War blogs is taking me in unexpected directions. While I find my way, please enjoy meeting one of the colonial women I was reminded of while researching the Location, … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location-Part III

This Land BELONGS to You and Me In the late summer and fall of 1718, the newly arrived Ulster Scots worked hard to settle in before winter snow blanketed Brunswick and Topsham. Mothers and daughters gathered medicinal herbs in the … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location-Part II

This Land WAS Your Land By the early 1700s, the English had been established in the New World for several generations. Still, they needed more inhabitants to grow food, to harvest natural resources for exportation to England, and to protect … Continue reading

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