Though I’m based in New York City, if you have been reading my blog you will have noticed many posts about ancestors in Maine. Late summer in Maine is lovely, with an average temperature around 72. I try to visit once a year during that time both to relax and recharge and to conduct some research on family who lived there.
Research this year took me to the Pemaquid peninsula, where several ancestors settled after the American Revolution, moving from Massachusetts to Maine before Maine was a separate state. I already knew that Hannah Simmons, of my Mayflower line, married William Richards in Duxbury, MA and both later moved to the town of Bristol on the Pemaquid peninsula. They died and were buried in the village of Round Pond at Maple Grove Cemetery.
Before leaving for Maine I contacted the Old Bristol Historical Society (OBHS) to see if they had anything in their collections that might be helpful. They had a handwritten genealogy from the Richards family and we made an appointment for me to come down and look at it. The OBHS did not have a public exhibit or archives, but invited me to meet them at the McKinley School, a former one-room schoolhouse that belongs to the society.
It was a beautiful sunny day when I drove from Damariscotta down to Bristol. The schoolhouse is small, but has been kept in pretty good shape.
The genealogy was written by Mary Helen (Morton) Richards. Her husband was also a descendent of William Richards and Hannah Simmons through their son William and grandson Joseph. I’m descended through their son William but their grandson Lemuel. The first page shows the Mayflower lineage of her husband from John Alden and Priscilla Mullens, the second page has a newspaper clipping of a coat of arms pasted on it and the third starts a history of the Richards family at their arrival in America.
After visiting the OBHS, I then went back to Damariscotta to visit the genealogist at the Skidompha library. She showed me several maps of the Pemaquid area and I was able to find Richards around the Round Pond area and a record of another ancestor, Joel Sibley, southwards close to the end of the point. One map hangs on the wall of the Genealogy/Local History section and is dated 1857.