Book honors black, American Indian patriots

Posted Feb. 22, 2009, at 4:52 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:43 a.m.

As we near the end of Black History Month, it’s time we told you about a very fine book published last year by the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.

“Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War” was edited by Eric Grundset, NSDAR librarian, with researchers Briana L. Diaz, Hollis L. Gentry and Jean D. Strahan.

There is a ton of information in the book — not only lists of names by state, but background information on Revolutionary service in the area and samples of information from documents such as pension records.

Most of the chapters include the note that the inclusion of some of the patriots “may be open to differing interpretation by other researchers as to whether or not they were of African, Indian, European or mixed descent.”

The listings include whether the patriot was African American or American Indian. If American Indian, the information often includes the tribe or nation.

In addition, there is information on what the DAR used for documentation, such as MSS for “Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors,” a set of books you can find at Bangor Public Library and Maine State Library.

MOEM stands for Frederic Kidder’s “Military Operations in Eastern Maine and Nova Scotia during the Revolution.” This is available at BPL, Maine State Library, Fogler Library at UM in Orono, University of Southern Maine, and UMaine libraries at Farmington, Fort Kent and Machias.

The abbreviation SJ6 stands for Sprague’s Journal of Maine History, 6 (Nov.-Dec. 1918-Jan. 1919.) The journal is available at several libraries.

SSME is “Soldiers, Sailors and Patriots of the Revolutionary War: Maine,” by Carlton E. Fisher and Sue G. Fisher, also available at several libraries.

Entries for American Indians in Maine include:

• NEPTON/NEPTUNE, JOHN, Penobscot Indian, SSME, MOEM, SJ6, [DAR established patriot], Indian Island.

• NICHOLA, PIERRE, Maliseet Indian/Passamquoddy, MOEM, no residence given.

• PAUL, PIERRE, Micmac Indian/St. John’s Indian, MSS, SSME, SJ6, no residence given.

Entries for African Americans in Maine include:

• BAILEY, PRINCE, African American, MVBH:371, Monmouth.

• BLACK, SCIPIO, African American, MSS, Wells.

• SAYWARD, PRINCE, African American, MSS, SSME, W27467 [married Dinah June 1, 1780], York.

MVBH stands for “Maine’s Visible Black History: The First Chronicle of Its People,” edited by H.H. Price and Gerald E. Talbot, Tisbury House 2006. It is available at BPL, MSL, the University of Maine at Fort Kent and the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

The number W27467 is for Prince Sayward’s Revolutionary Pension file, seven pages of it reproduced in the book. These include depositions and signatures by Nathaniel Donnell and Olive Harmon of York.

Bibliography is included for each area in “Forgotten Patriots” — Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, the Old Northwest, Miscellaneous Naval and Military Records, Foreign Allies and West Indies.

To see which books were available at BPL, MSL and the University of Maine libraries, I checked the wonderful online catalogue, URSUS, at http://ursus.maine.edu

My copy of “Forgotten Patriots” will go to Bangor Public Library this spring.

You can purchase a copy of the book for $35 plus shipping at the NSDAR Web site, www.dar.org

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Bangor resident Darron Vaughn Jeffries will present “Hidden Black and Native American History” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library. Jeffries will present issues indicating that blacks and Native Americans share more of a common history than is recognized by historians past and present.

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Last week we were pondering some of the Bangoreans who had biographies in the 1882 “History of Penobscot County Maine, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches.” They include:

• Dr. Calvin Seavey, born in Exeter in 1809 to the Rev. Reuben and Polly (Pease) Seavey.

• Noah Woods, born in 1811 in Groton, Mass. He was a teacher, lawyer, legislator and businessman.

• Gen. Samuel Veazie, son of John Veazie and grandson of the Rev. Samuel Veazie. Born in Portland, lived in Topsham, he was owner of “the entire privilege and all the mills at Oldtown falls.” He moved to Bangor in 1832, eventually owned all of the Penobscot Boom.

• Gen. Samuel F. Hersey, born 1812 in Sumner to James and Oliver (Freeman) Hersey. Both grandfathers, James Hersey and Samuel Freeman, were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. He helped raise the Second Maine Regiment and the First Maine Heavy Artillery in the Civil War.

• Thomas N. Egery, born in Hardwick, Mass., principal in Hinckley & Egery Iron Co.

• John Prescott Webber, born at New Portland, land owner and businessman in lumbering, bought a township on Ripogenus Lake.

• Col. Frank D. Pullen, born 1843 in West Waterville to Franklin and Drusilla (Hussey) Pullen. Served in Civil War, ran clothing store in Bangor.

• Flavius O. Beal, son of Samuel and Maria Antoinette (Warren) Beal of Monmouth. Lessee and landlord of the Bangor House.

• Lemuel Nichols Jr., born 1828 in Lisbon, keeper of Franklin House Livery Stable.

• Abel Hunt, Camden native and well-known undertaker.

• Charles D. Bryant, son of Robert and Olive (Davis) Bryant of Hollis, managed the business of the Hersey estate.

• Jones P. Veazie, son of Gen. Samuel Veazie, founded large lumbering business in Ottawa.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to familyti@bangordailynews.net.

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