This query rang a bell...the following from History of
Bristol and Bremen by John Johnston, LLD. (reprinted by the Bremen Library
Assoc., Bremen, Maine 1988).
Chapt. xxviii - "Bristol in the Revolutionary War"
discusses the situation in detail...prices of necessary goods and the "great
depreciation of currency"...
page 351: "The winter of 1780-81,
was a season of deep gloom in all this region. The previous winter had been
unusually severe, both as to the great depth of snow on the ground and the
intense cold. For several days in the month of February people passed on
the ice to and fro between Camden harbor and Biguyduce (Castine), on the
opposite side of the bay. As the winter season again approached, recollections
of the past naturally had the effect to increase the general depression; and the
people knew not which way to turn. At a town meeting, Dec. 7th, 1780, after much
anxious discussion, it was voted to petition the general court for some
'easement' in the collection of their taxes, and also for mroe aid in protecting
the coasts, which were infested with marauders from the provinces east
of them, and tories from among themselves.
Of the latter class was one
Nathaniel Palmer, of Broad Cove, who, about this time, was believed to be the
leader of a small gang of pirates infesting the islands in Muscongus Bay, and
committing their depredations upon vessels falling in their way. Thomas Johnston
and some of his neighbors sent a freight of wood to Boston, and ordered in
return West India and other goods for the use of their families for the winter;
but the vessel on her return was seized and plundered by Palmer and his gang.
The loss at such a time was grevious to be borne; but Johnston's indignation was
increased by the fact that Palmer had been a pupil of his, in the evening
school, only a winter or two before, and had received many a kindness from him.
For this, and probably other similar offences, he was arrested and tried by a
court marshall under General Peleg Wadsworth, who had command of this district;
but made his escape before the sentence pronounced upon him could be executed.
He was handcuffed, but succeeded in removing the manacles by twisting off a
board nail with his teeth. (Footnote:Tradition. Eaton's Annals of Warren, p.185.
It is believed he was sentenced to be hung.) After the war, probably several
years, he returned to Broad Cove, and lived there unmolested but, of course,
thoroughly despised by the community. (Footnote: When the writer was but a
child, Palmer once made a call at his father's, and his appearance is remembered
as if it was only yesterday. Being recieved with rather cool politeness, he
tarried but a little time; and after he left, the gentleman of the house gave a
brief sketch of his history, which excited the indignation of the children
not a little.)
Volume III, "Islands of the
Mid-Maine Coast" by Charles B. McLane has several references to Palmers and to
Nathaniel, and their residence on Bremen Long Island.
Paula McLain Harvard
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Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2001 11:07 AM
Subject: [BroadBayMEGen] "Pirate"
someone out there can help. My brother has done some
research on our family and it turns out we're related to
> one who was
known as "The Pirate of Broad Bay". Can ANYONE provide
> some more
information or sources to check for more information? It
> would be
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