Nathaniel Edwards went to Buxton, Me., about the date of the opening of the Revolution. He enlisted for three years, Jan., 1777 in capt. Nicholas Blaisdell's Co., Col. Wigglesworth's Regt. In a muster return dated Valley Forge, Feb. 5, 1778, he is mentioned as a Corporal. On Nov. 19, 1778, he is reported as reduced to the ranks at Camp Providence. Later he was transferred to Capt. Pillsbury's Co. of the same Regt. His term of enlistment having expired, he re-enlisted, May 8, 1780, as Sergt. of Capt. Jonathan Andrews' Co., Col. Joseph Prim's Regt. under Brig. Gen. Wardsworth. He was honorably discharged Dec. 31, 1780.
Following his enlistment in the Continental Army, the family appear to have moved from Buxton to Gorham, possibly because his brother Richard was a resident of the latter place. Returning to civil life, he purchased from George Tate of Falmouth, (now Portland) Me., for one hundred pounds one hundred acre lot "number one hundred and two in the Second Division of Lots." A warrantee deed dated Feb. 7, 1780, is on file at Portland, Me. In lieu of cash payment a mortgage of the same date was given in which the following appears: -"That whereas I the said Nathaniel Edwards have this day given to the said George Tate my note for one hundred and twenty three bushels & half a bushel of Indian Corn, fifty four bushels and half a bushel of Rye & twenty three bushels and half a bushel of Wheat to be paid on or before ye first day of January A. D. 1781 & have also this day given to ye said George Tate my note for fifty bushels of Indian Corn, thirty bushels of Rye & twenty bushel of Wheat to be paid on or before ye first day of January A. D. 1782 in full and agreeable to the said two Notes of hand." This mortgage was discharged May 27, 1785.
Soon after the war, Nathaniel and his family moved to Casco, Me. He conveyed fifty acres of land there, Aug. 9, 1803, "being the easterly part of Lot No. 25 in the 13th range."
Sarah and Lucy P. were not married.
Sarah Hunt was a descendant of Edmond Hunt, the immigrant from England, who settled in Duxbury, Mass., taking oath of fidelity there in 1677. Her brothers, Ichabod, Daniel, and George served in the Revolution. Ichabod and Susanna Hunt, parents of Sarah, conveyed land in Falmouth (Portland) Me., Oct. 3, 1760. He was one of the Amesbury (Mass.) branch of the Hunt family.
Nathaniel had one son named William and three of his daughters married men having the Christian name William. The old gentleman once remarked,-"The Devil owes me a grudge and is paying me in counterfeit 'Bills'."
1800 Raymond (Cumberland) ME
2 males 2 females under 10
2 females 10-16
1 male 2 females 16-26
1 male 1 female 45+
1810 Raymond (Cumberland) ME
1 male 1 female 10-16
2 males 16-26
1 male 1 female 45+
1820 Raymond (Cumberland) ME
1 male 1 female 16-26
1 male 26-45
1 male 1 female 45+
1 female 15-20
2 females 30-40
1 female 40-50
1 female 70-80
Nathaniel, Sarah, sons George and John, and John's wife Susanna are all buried in the Mayberry Cemetery at the top of Nichols' Hill in Casco.
found the following power of attorney, an original handwritten
manuscript, at the Maine Historical Society (Portland ME). The document
is signed, and I found it was amazing to hold in my hands a piece of
paper that my great-great-great-great grandfather also held in his
Edwards was the first Edwards in Otisfield and was listed in the census
of 1790 as being the head of a family having two male children under 16
and four females including his wife, and was listed as of Otisfield
Plantation. He lived on the top of the Morse Hill (now Scribner Hill)
where Nathan Morse previously lived....He later lived on Mayberry Hill
Casco, where Fred Nichols since lived and is buried in the cemetery
For more information about the ancestors of Sarah Hunt, see this section of Halpin-Guild Ancestry. Also see this section of Early Northeast U.S. Hunt Families, following the Edward -> Edward-> Ephraim line.
Sarah Hunt's brothers Ichabod, Daniel, and George all
served in the fifth company of Colonel Edmund Phinney's Eighteenth
Continental Regiment in the Revolutionary War. George died March 14,
1776, which may account for Sarah naming her first child George who was
born just a few months later.