- Hopefully someone out there can help. My brother has done some
exhaustive 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 greatly appreciated!
- Hello,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.Best,Paula McLain HarvardWoolwich, Maine----- Original Message -----From: <bkpalmer@...>Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2001 11:07 AMSubject: [BroadBayMEGen] "Pirate" info> Hopefully someone out there can help. My brother has done some
> exhaustiveresearch on our family and it turns out we're related to
> one who wasknown as "The Pirate of Broad Bay". Can ANYONE provide
> some moreinformation or sources to check for more information? It
> would begreatly appreciated!
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