Category Archives: Brunswick History

Sharing the stories of those who came before us, because history, like politics, is personal!

TWICE ON SUNDAY: PART 1

TWO BOOKS by Brunswick authors inspired me to take a different for this particular blog. The first book, The Eastern by Deborah Gould, is a fictionalized account of five real families who settled along the Eastern River in Pittston in … Continue reading

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Competent Inhabitants

  Brunswick was the place to be in the 1730s. Ulster Scots named Giveen, Malcolm, Simpson, Stanwood, and Campbell joined early settlers Woodside, Dunning, and McFarland. The Gatchells arrived, claiming Welch ancestry. Old guard English families like Hinkley, Minot, and … Continue reading

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The French Connection

The 1730s brought new families to the Pejepscot area. Two of these were the Larrabees and Coombs, who settled just northeast of Harpswell in that part of Brunswick called New Meadows. Some Larrabees had left Massachusetts for southern Maine in … Continue reading

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David Dunning’s Net Worth

When Ulster Scots came to Maine in the early 1700s, the harsh conditions here in many ways echoed those they had left in Northern Ireland. Some resources in the American colonies were more abundant, some less, but one was completely … Continue reading

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A Slave to Money

During Lovewell’s War, some families left the Brunswick area for safer communities. Many, though, chose to stay and take their chances. Those who remained found that, over all, the wins of life at Pejepscot seemed to outnumber the losses. During … Continue reading

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Winners and Losers: Part 2-The Rest of the Story

When the British won new territory at the end of Lovewell’s War, they lauded and rewarded three key players who rid the British of two enemies, Wabanaki leader Obomsawin and Frenchman Father Sebastien Rale. Two of the heroes were Captains … Continue reading

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Pine Grove Cemetery Civil War Tour

  It’s summer in Maine and that means it’s time for Pejepscot Historical Society’s Summer Walking Tours. I hope you’ll join me Sunday, Aug. 13th, at 10 am for African Americans, Abolitionists, and Southern Ship Masters, a Civil War tour … Continue reading

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