Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Joseph Bailey - scalped

Cape Porpoise, ME * Old Garrison House Built 1722

The Old Garrison House now stands in Cape Porpoise at the site of the earlier Major’s Garrison. White-haired Mr. Joseph Baily was scalped and killed by Indians there in October of 1723. During the same month, two men from Huff’s Garrison, Fitz Henry and Bartow, being on Vaughn’s Island for wood, were surprised and wounded by three Indians. The Indians tortured the two men, trying to get them to reveal the number of men at the garrison. The Indians killed them and threw their bodies into a creek on the island which still bears the name Fitz Henry’s Ditch. Also in 1723, Thirty women and children were sheltered at Harding’s Garrison when Chief WaWa of Great Hill, and his men unsuccessfully attacked.

Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine, Volume 4 By Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs
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(I) John Bailey was a resident of Salisbury, Massachusetts, whither he came from Chippenham, in Wiltshire, England, sailing in the ship “Angel Gabriel,” which left England in April, 1635. He was cast away at Pemaquid (now Bristol, Maine), in the great storm of August 15, 1635. He was not accompanied by his wife, but several children, among whom was son John, came with him. He was a weaver by trade, and was living in Salisbury in 1650, removing thence to Newbury in the spring of 1651. He died there November 2, 1651, being called “Old John Bailey.” In his will he mentioned “My brother John Emery,
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Junior, of Newbury, overseer,” His homestead in Salisbury he bequeathed to his son John. [His wife Eleanor KNIGHT never came to the new world.] His children born in England were: John, Robert and two daughters, who were living in England when he made his will.

(II) John (2), eldest child of John (1) Bailey, was born in 1613, in England, and was a weaver in early life; after settling in New England he became a husbandman. He remained in Salisbury until 1643, when he moved to Newbury and there passed the remainder of his life. He was a selectman in 1664, and a freeman in 1669. In that year and the following, his wife was engaged in the practice of midwifery. He died in March, 1691. He married about 1640, Eleanor Emery, and she remained his widow until her death, which occurred previous to September 23, 1700, when administration was granted upon her estate. Their children were: Rebecca, John, Sarah, Joseph, James, Joshua, Rachel and Judith.

(III) Joseph, second son of John (2) and Eleanor (Emery) Bailey, was born in Newbury, april 4, 1648. He took the oath of allegiance and fidelity at Newbury, February, 1669. About 1700 he removed to Arundel or Kennebunk Maine, where he remained until 1703, when he left probably on account of Indians. He returned in 1714, and was killed by Indians in October, 1723, at the age of seventy-five. He bought land in “Cape Porpoise,” Arundel or Kennebunkport, in 1692 and 1700, and was at Casco Fort, March, 1704; he was selectman of Arundel, 1719. He married (first) Priscilla Putnum, daughter of John, of Salem Village, Danvers, who died November 6, 1704 [They moved away from Maine and Priscilla PUTNAM BAILEY died. Joseph then married Sarah POORE SAWYER and moved back to Maine.]; (second) Sarah Poore, daughter of John Poore, and widow of John Sawyer. His children were; Rebecca, Priscilla, John, Joseph, Hannah, Daniel, Mary, Judith, Lydia and Sarah.

Ancestor chain: 12 Great grandfather John BAILEY 1635 Immigrant b.1585 / John II BAILEY 1635 Immigrant b.1613 / Joseph BAILEY b.1648 / Lydia BAILEY b.1695 / John JEFFORDS b.1724 / John JEFFORDS b.1746 / Lucretia JEFFORDS b.1766 / Amariah RAWSON b.1787 / Adaline RAWSON b.1811 /Mary DUNN b.1833 / Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859 / George Ensign SMITH b.1898 / Camilla SMITH b.1926 / Lark / JR


Robin's Egg Bleu said...

Nice to see the Garrison House! This was my family's home from the mid 1800's until 1969, when my father's cousin sold it to the man next door.

Anonymous said...

Robin's Egg Bleu - it was my great grandparents, Doc & Ruth Thurston, owned the house. The estate sold the house. I was just there this weekend the house is looking lovely. What was your father's name? Do you know if he was a cousin on the Leach or the Thurston side?

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

So sorry to get back to you so late. I just accidentally came across this again this evening. The family history that I have is that Morris (Maurice) Leach and Ida Booth Leach had the house, that it had come into the Leach family via a maternal line. Not sure exactly how.

Morris and Ida had 4 or 5 children, Donald Millett Leach, Paul Judson Leach (my grandfather), Marjorie Leach, and Ruth Leach. I am presuming that Ruth Thurston is Ruth Leach, my grandfather's sister.

All I know for certain is that the property was sold to Mr. Huff, who has by this time likely passed on but had a lengthy family history in the area. My great grandparents Morris and Ida utilized the Garrison House as a vacation rental of sorts, and my father Dick and his siblings Bob, Beverly and Judson recalled never being permitted on the second floor of the building where the guests stayed. The grandkids spent summers there and slept on antique four poster beds in the barn loft. And that "Nana" Leach was not exactly the 'grandmotherly' sort. If you have any family memories to share, about your great grandmother Ruth I would love to hear it! robinseggbleu@yahoo.com

Rob Robinson said...

Hi cousin, Thanks for posting. We share the line through Lucretia and Abner Rawson. The Ancestry DNA test has provided me with a surprising number of cousins through this line. The scalping incident is shocking, but makes these people much more real than just names on a page.