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Program to show links of early Greenville families

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

Her full name was Deborah (Haskell) Walden Young, and she was the first white woman in Greenville. But when Greenville historian Linda Hubbard McBrierty talked about her, she was just “Deborah,” such was her importance to local history.

If you go to the cemetery in town, you’ll find Deborah buried between her father and her second husband. Her stone is inscribed “Deborah, wife of Oliver Young, died Sept. 6, 1880, ae 87 yrs & 5 m’s”

On the right is her father, “Nathaniel Haskell, died Nov. 29, 1843, ae 80 yrs”

On the left is her husband, “Oliver Young, died Apr. 9, 1884, ae 83 yrs”

The three are among the 26 males and 21 females enumerated in the 1830 census for Haskell Plantation, as Greenville was then known. The young widow Deborah had brought her children by the late Nathan Walden with her in 1827 to the place her father had settled, then had more children with new husband Oliver Young.

Descendants of early settler William Comins, also found in the 1830 census, married into the Waldens at least twice, and of course the Varneys were Haskell descendants, too.

We’ll sort it all out during my program on “My Greenville Cousins” for Moosehead Roots at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Center for Moosehead History, formerly the Community House, on Pritham Avenue in Greenville.

Handouts will include a transcription of a Cummings family record that belonged to the late Paul E. Bennett of Freeport and a chart showing an example of one of my “once removed” cousinships.

Jon Johanson will give a talk on “New England Shipwrecks” for the Searsport Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Curtis Hall on Church Street.

It is an interesting story, considering the coves, cliffs, harbors, capes, points, islands, rivers and streams that enter the Atlantic Ocean from Connecticut in the south all the way north to Down East Maine, plus the abhorrent storms that sometimes struck the area uninvited.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

The annual Thomas Shorey Reunion will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Ammadamast Grange Hall in Enfield. Those attending are asked to bring a salad, covered dish or dessert. Bean-hole beans will be supplied.

The Lincoln County Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Knights of Columbus Council 1423 of North Whitefield will sponsor “The Irish Picnic” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at St. Denis Church grounds, Route 126, North Whitefield.

The event will present the Irish culture through song, dance and festivities. There will be Irish music, white elephant tables, dancing, games, a chicken barbecue and Irish stew.

A Remembrance Ceremony of the 1777 “Battle of the Rim” will be sponsored by Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Machias Historical Society at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Machias Boat Landing at the dike at Machias.

The ceremony will take place on the 234th anniversary of the Siege of Machias, when the British came to Machias with orders to destroy the “hot bed of rebels at Machias.” After three days of skirmishes, the British were repelled — in part, by the action of Passamaquoddy Chief France Joseph Neptune, who shot a British officer standing in a barge near what is now the Machias boat landing.

The shot caused confusion in the ranks of the British and they retreated down the Machias River, then returned to their base at Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The summer meeting of the Washington County Historic and Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the new Jonesport Historical Society building in the former Sawyer-Worcester building, Sawyer Square, Jonesport.

After the business meeting, members of the Jonesport Historical Society will make a special presentation on their computerized historical and genealogical program of Jonesport history and its families.

The genealogical group that has begun meeting in Skowhegan will gather at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Skowhegan Public Library on Elm Street.

Bob Chenard of Waterville, who has spent many years researching Franco-American records, will give instruction on finding Canadian ancestors. He will answer questions afterward.

“On the Home Front” is the caption on the photo gracing the cover of the 2012 Millinocket Historical Society calendar. On Patriot’s Day 1943, the Millinocket Chapter of the Navy Mothers Service Club presented a service flag to the town of Millinocket. The flag was flown over Penobscot Avenue near the Millinocket Trust Co.

The society’s fifth annual calendar includes a variety of photos depicting people, places and scenes around Millinocket from the earliest days to more recent. Sales of the calendars benefit the society’s current museum and will assist in the ongoing project of the purchase and renovation of a new home for the museum.

The calendars are $9 each. For mail orders, include $2.75 shipping and handling. Mail checks to Millinocket Historical Society, P.O. Box 11, Millinocket 04462. Also available are “Millinocket” by David Duplisea, $20 plus shipping and handling; and Dorothy Laverty’s “Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness,” $25 plus shipping and handling.

The Millinocket Historical Society museum, located in the Municipal Building, is open 1-3 p.m. Thursdays.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; or email queries to familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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