Captain Abiel Lovejoy

Abiel Lovejoy (1731 – 1811) At one point I thought Abiel Lovejoy may have been Charles WEBBER Jr’s father-in-law and hence Alex’s 6th Great Grandfather; one of 128 in this generation of the Shaw line.  While that relationship didn’t pan out, I did discover that Abiel daughter Betsy married our ancestor Edward STURGIS’ son David.

Abiel was quite a character with many stories and myths so I’ve kept him in.

“Another old story familiar to Maine Lovejoys runs like this: one dark night as Captain Abiel was piloting his lumber boat down the river on the way to Boston the devil appeared on the water and demanded Captain Abiel’s soul in payment for his sins. The crew was terrified but Abiel took off the round garters which held up his long stockings and tossed them to Satan saying ” that is all you are going to get. Now be off with you.”

Abiel Lovejoy was born on 16 Dec 1731 at Andover, Essex, Mass. His parents were Hezekiah Lovejoy and Hannah Austin. He married Mary Brown on 14 Dec 1758 at Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass. Abiel died on 4 July 1811 at Sidney, Kennebec, Maine, at age 79 years, 6 months and 18 days and is buried in the Lovejoy Cemetery.

Mary Brown was born was born on 29 March 1734 at Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass. Her parents were Nathaniel Brown and Abigail Colesworthy. Mary died on 19 Jan 1812 at Sidney, Kennebec, Maine

Children of Abiel and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Nathaniel Lovejoy 8 Aug 1759 Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass Mary Roberts
17 June 1782 Vassalboro, Maine
15 May 1849
Vassalboro, Maine
2. Polly Lovejoy 30 Apr 1761 Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass Samuel Dinsmore 19 Nov 1780
3. Frances Lovejoy 12 Aug 1762
Pownalborough Maine
David Smiley
Sidney, Kennebec, Maine
Apr 1823
Sidney, Kennebec, Maine
4. Abial Lovejoy Jr. 8 Feb 1764
Pownalborough Maine
Mary (Polly, Molly) Thacher
8 Nov 1788   Yarmouth, Mass.
Elizabeth Gray
16 Aug 1795  Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
3 Nov 1858
Sidney, Maine
5. Thomas Lovejoy 18 Jan 1766
Pownalborough Maine
Nancy Burgess
3 Jun 1787 Vassalborough, Maine
Sidney, Maine
6. Francis Lovejoy 13 Jan 1768
Pownalborough Maine
Betsey Smith
21 Mar 1798 Winslow, Kennebec, Maine
17 Feb 1841 Sidney, Maine
7. Abigail Lovejoy 1 Jan 1770
Pownalborough Maine
William Bacon
1 Dec 1794   Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
1858 Pembroke, Washington, Maine,
8. Sarah Lovejoy 12 Feb 1772
Pownalborough Maine
Matthew Lincoln
27 Jun 1789  Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
Dodivah Townsend
Sidney, Maine
9. Hannah Lovejoy 19 Nov 1773
Pownalborough Maine
Ebenezer Bacon Jr.
28 Nov 1793   Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
 1844 Waterville, Kennebec, Maine
10. Stephen Lovejoy 26 Apr 1776
Pownalborough Maine
Hannah Hastings
14 Jan 1798 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine,
Dec 1860
Milford, Penobscot County, Maine
11. William Lovejoy 4 Aug 1778
Pownalborough Maine
Attai Etta Lovejoy
23 May 1800 Sidney, Maine
6 Jul 1872 Minneapolis, Minnesota
12. Jacob Lovejoy 31 Oct 1780
Pownalborough Maine
Sarah (Sally) Townsend
23 July 1818 Kennebec, Maine.
6 Mar 1871
Charleston, Penobscot, Maine
13. Betsy Lovejoy 23 Apr 1782
Pownalborough Maine
David Sturgis
19 Jun 1800 Vassalboro, Maine
10 Jul 1810
Sidney, Kennebec, Maine
14. Phebe Lovejoy 1 Oct 1785
Vassalborough (now Sidney) Maine
Ebenezer Morse
12 Sep 1803 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
22 Feb 1871
Clinton, Kennebec, Maine

Captain Abiel LOVEJOY
Excerpt from Prouty & Heiken Genealogy

Captain Abiel LOVEJOY was born on 16 Dec 1731 in USA, Massachusetts, Essex Co., Andover.Lovejoy, Abiel, s. Hezekiah and Hannah, Dec. 16, 1731.

He died on 4 Jul 1811 in USA, Maine, Kennebec Co., Sidney. He appeared in the census.1800 LOVEJOY ABIEL, JUN. Kennebec County ME 1276 31010-20010-00 Federal Population Schedule ME 1800 Federal Census Index MES1a2022064
1781 LOVEJOY ABIEL Kennebec County ME 166 Pittston ME Early Census Index MES1a2022061
1800 LOVEJOY ABIEL Kennebec County ME 1276 00311-11202-20 Federal Population Schedule ME 1800 Federal Census Index MES1a2022058
“As a soldier, as a legislator in the Great and General Court or Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, as a ship-owner, trader, land-owner, mill proprietor and as the leading citizen in Maine, both before and after it was a separate state, Captain Abiel Lovejoy’s long life was crammed full of adventures and achievements.

Records are very clear that he was born in Andover, Mass., on Dec. 16, 1731 and baptized there three days later. His father died when he was about twenty years old and Abiel and his brothers were left dependant entirely upon their own resources. He had no “head start” in life.

Abiel is listed, as early as 1755, in the records of Massachusetts Colonial Soldiers. He first appears as a sergeant on a muster roll of Captain Goodwin’s Company which had been “scouting eastward and guarding stores of Fort Halifax.” This roll was dated at Boston Dec. 27, 1755 and sworn to Dec 31, 1755 in Suffolk County, Boston. In 1756 he is listed twice as a sentinel on “A Muster-roll of the Company in His Majesty’s Service Under the Command of Samuel Goodwin, Capt.” But by 1758 Abiel is listed as a captain. The muster roll of Colonel Nichols’ regiment has the names of the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th men listed on this roll shown as belonging to Captain Lovejoy’s company. In August 1771 a “List of Officers for the first Regiment of Militia in the County of Lincoln” has ” Abiel Lovejoy, captain” of the “2nd Company, in Pownalboro” It is therefore evident he obtained his captains commission before 1758 and held it for at least thirteen years in the Pownalborough company of the regiment assigned to Lincoln County, then in the state of Massachusetts Bay, but now in the state of Maine.

Just before his marriage in 1758 Abiel bought a negro slave called “Boston”. Abiel’s wife, Mary, also received from her father as a wedding present a young negress slave, who afterwards married Boston and who with Boston formed part of many true stories and legends. Mary probably accompanied her young husband on several cruises while he was still a ship captain, sometimes to Annapolis Royal on the Bay of Fundy and other times down the Coast and once or twice even to the West Indies. When in port they lived at Nathaniel Brown’s “Three Cranes Tavern” which stood on the spot now a public park in Charlestown Square.

In 1760 Captain Abiel (then termed “mariner of Charlestown’) purchased on Sept 29 of “Ann Spaulding, spinster” thirty-five acres of land in the newly incorporated town of Pownalborough, Me. formerly called “Frankfort Plantation.” Pownalborough was made the shire town in the new Lincoln County which before 1760 had been the eastern part of York County. The place was a frontier. Only one settlement Cobbisecontee (now Gardiner, Me.) was above Pownalborough on the Kennebec and that was settled only a year previous. In 1754 the entire country was unbroken wilderness between Fort Richmond, opposite Pownalborough, and Canada. In that year Fort Western, now Augusta, and Fort Halifax, now Winslow, Me, were built and occupied as defences and protection from attacks by the Indians who, spurred on by the French in Canada, were becoming more than usually hostile to the English settlers. The hardships, privations and suffering of these pioneers can never be fully understood by their descendants. Not until 1759 was the outlook encouraging for them. The capture of Quebec that year from the French by the Americans was the culmination of the fighting. There were no luxuries of civilization and very few comforts. Most settlers were extremely poor, lived in miserable huts, had no schools, no religious organizations, no ministers, and no teachers.

It was to Lot # 11 on the east side of the Kennebec River on a peninsula between Kennebec and Eastern Rivers and later within the limits of the town of Dresden, Me, that Captain Abiel and Mary moved with their two young children in 1761. He devoted himself to agriculture and mercantile pursuits. In May, 1761, he was, by his majesty’s court of General Session for the County of Lincoln, admitted an inn holder and licensed to sell tea and coffee. He bought more land along the Kennebec, and built a large house which was furnished “in a sumptuous manner,” richly and tastefully, with the help of gifts from his father-in-law who was prospering with his Charlestown tavern. Mary received from her father two more Negro slaves, Salem and Venus, and Mary also had as housekeeper and companion, an English woman, Elizabeth Millner.

In March 1762 he was made a selectman of Pownalborough as he continued becoming a leading citizen of the community. He owned Swan Island in the Kennebec, later the town of Perkins, Me., which when first discovered by white men was the home of Sebenoa, the Indian Sachem. In 1763 he was termed “merchant” but more frequently “gentleman.” He operated a ferry across the Kennebec and was regarded as the appropriate citizen to entertain those gentleman travelers who desired accommodations. He was made a selectman again in 1764 and acc. to Lincoln Co. records, was appointed guardian over several children by the probate judge. On Nov. 12, 1764 Captain Abiel and his father-in-law, Nathaniel Brown, purchased half of a saw mill and adjoining land and a half interest in a dam on a small stream eight miles above Fort Western. More and more Abiel began to buy large tracts of neighborhood land and to take first mortgages on parcels. His interests were many. He built a number of river ships which plied between Pownalborough and along the river and coast to Boston. he marketed his manufactured lumber in Boston. He owned several slaves and employed many other laborers as farmers, mill men and saw-men. His house on Lovejoy Landing, managed by his handsome, cultural wife, Mary, was widely known for its genial hospitality. At the time of the Pownalborough census, June 19, 1766, he owned a two-story house with 152 squares of glass, one chimney, three rooms with fire places, supported seven persons under sixteen years, and ten persons above sixteen years and he owned one other house one story high with 44 squares of glass and two fireplaces. The river near Lovejoy Landing was termed Lovejoy’s Narrows, a term still used. Early church services in the town of Pownalborough were held at the Lovejoy mansion, Rev. Jacob Bailey mentioning the fact in his diaries of 1772.

During 1776 Captain Abiel and Mary moved to Vassalborough, settling on the west side of the river on the farm which, when it passed out of Lovejoy hands some decades later, became owned by the Sherman family. They made this move from Pownalborough up the river to Vassalborough by packing their goods, etc. on flat boats and scows which were towed by row boats. One boat, on which was packed all the Lovejoy “best furniture,” was left for the night tied up to the bank but a severe storm of wind and rain before morning sank the boat and the furniture and valuable brocades were irreparably damaged. Captain Abiel sold out all his Pownalborough property to his father-in-law but proceeded to buy new tracts in Vassalborough.

The Vassalborough town records there show that Captain Abiel was on the Committee of Safety and Correspondence in 1776; a highway surveyor in 1776 and again in 1777; a grand juryman; in 1779 on a committee to settle with the women on account of supplies ordered to the soldiers families by the General Court; in 1780 moderator of town meetings; in 1781 town treasurer; in 1779-80 a selectman; in July 1779 a delegate to the Convention at Concord; in 1781 a delegate to the county convention at Wiscasset; in 1782 town collector, and surveyor of lumber; in 1787 and 1790 a selectman, in 1790 member of committee to divide the town into districts. After Sidney was set off from Vassalborough in 1792, Captain Abiel on May 7, 1792 was on a committee to settle with Vassalborough regarding the township of Sidney; in 1794 field driver, member of fish committee and collecting agent, also on committee to build a pound, in 1798 member of school committee for second district, also member of fish committee; in Sept 1777 he signed a petition to the Honorable Council and House of Representatives of the State of Massachusetts to abate the taxes of the inhabitants of Vassalborough. In 1777 he was one of three petitioners to the Massachusetts Government to extend the postal service to Thomaston and he was one of a committee of three authorized to agree with some suitable person to arrange for the postal service. The records of the Court of Common Pleas show he was plaintiff in a number of suits brought against men who owed him for goods from his Pownalborough store.

In 1781 he was appointed Justice of the Peace for the first time and solemnized a number of marriages thereafter. Henceforth he became known as Esquire or Squire. He assisted in building another saw mill at Vassalborough on the east side of the river and owned about 800 acres of land on both sides.

Captain Abiel Lovejoy was accused in 1781-2 by a handful of Sidney citizens, over whom he had probably triumphed in business and land transactions, of being “inimical” to the government, and his election was unsuccessfully contested. Captain Abiel had been elected year after year to the Great and General Court of the State of Massachusetts Bay but in 1781 – 1782 these elections were contested by some of his townsmen on the grounds that illegal votes were received, and also, that Lovejoy “was not friendly to the cause of America.” It was voted that the election of Abiel Lovejoy was not proved to be illegal and a trial as to his character would be held next session. Abial “settled” the affair with the principal petitioners, by agreeing that “he would not attempt to sit in the honorable House again.” No further proceedings took place. It will be noted that he was clearly and plainly elected and seated each of these years. The allegations were evidently not regarded in the House as of any great importance and they probably emanated from some business competitors or rival land owners. Moreover, the war had been in progress for more than six years, since 1775, and Captain Abiel, although an ex-soldier, might only have been expressing his hopes for an early peace instead of being outright “inimical.”

The true record throughout, shows him beyond question, to be a fiery American patriot. In 1774 the Church of England people and their missionary rector at Pownalborough were abused and annoyed by neighboring inhabitants over the matter of continuing allegiance to the British crown. In a letter in Oct. 1774, Rev. Jacob Bailey wrote of the “furious mobs” of American patriots who at the instigation of Captain Abiel Lovejoy directed their rage at several English loyalists including Parson Bailey because the British sympathizers opposed the colonies.

In Sept 1775 Benedict Arnold’s army passed up the Kennebec River on its perilous and ill-fated expedition to Canada. Many Lovejoys are familiar with the tradition that, when Arnold’s soldiers were at Pownalborough, Captain Abiel Lovejoy exchanged sums of “hard money” with a great number of them for the Continental paper money which would be of no value as currency when the soldiers reached Canada. He also changed a large sum of money for Colonel Arnold and other officers and was induced to accommodate these soldiers “first, because his patriotism was at flood tide at this period and, secondly, by the fact that the paper money was variously discounted to him.” Two years later it required $30 in these Continental paper money bills to equal one in “hard money” specie. It is, of course, an historical fact that the provincial government was not able to redeem this currency and the possessors were the losers. Captain Abiel Lovejoy lost some $30,000 this way and afterwards papered a room in the Lovejoy homestead with this “worthless money.”

On New Year’s Day, 1776, Parson Bailey wrote that men and boys at Pownalborough erected a liberty pole to express their defiance to the King and affront the parson and that Captain Lovejoy tried to insist that Parson Bailey, the British sympathizer, be forced to consecrate the pole by prayer. Hence, ample evidence is found to refute the allegations that Captain Abiel Lovejoy was “inimical”.
The housekeeper-companion, Elizabeth Millner, died in 1784, leaving her possessions for the most part to Captain Abiel and making him sole heir and executor. To Abiel’s children she bequeathed 13 pounds, to Nathaniel Lovejoy, 40 pounds for Stephen Lovejoy’s education; and to Sarah Lovejoy, she gave “my Green Damask Gown and Petticoat and red quilted Petticoat, and one pair of staves…” Captain Abiel erected a stone over her resting place on the farm that stood for many years.
That part of Vassalborough in the west side of the Kennebec was incorporated as Sidney in 1792 including his home farm, the saw mill and much of his timber land.

He was always described as a man of strong will with much determination and decision of character except that he used liberally intoxicating liquors as was the custom of the times in which he lived. Once he consulted physicians in Boston about his failing eyesight which rendered him blind about 1796 or 97 and he was admonished by them to abstain from anything more than a “very moderate use” of stimulants. It is related that not long afterward Captain Abiel poured out a glass of brandy one memorable day and holding it out at arm’s length and looking at it said “Good-bye, eyes” and drank it all.

On January 20, 1803 his sons, Nathaniel, Abiel, Thomas, Stephen, Jacob, William and his eldest daughter, Fanny Smiley, petitioned the judge of probate for Kennebec Co. to appoint a guardian for their father, giving as a reason for their request that “he was distracted in his mind or non-compose and incapable of taking care of himself or his property.” The selectmen were ordered to examine into his mental condition and, following their report, the judge appointed Abiel’ son-in-law, Samuel Dinsmore, as his guardian. In July, 1806, the guardian petitioned the judge to be relieved from the guardianship as he said “Mr. Lovejoy was restored to his reason and capable of taking care of his property.” The selectmen of Sidney were of the same opinion and the guardianship was removed.

In Aug. 1806 Captain Abiel deeded shares in two of his saw mills and 100 acres to his sons, Stephen and William, who were to care for Captain Abiel and his wife, Mary, alternatively, which arrangement continued as long as the parents lived. In 1808 Abiel and Mary deeded Lot #40 in Sidney to their son, Francis.

The exact date of Captain Abiel’s death is not definitely known but probably was 1811. It is thus described: – “One hot day in July he would sit out in the little entry where the wind blew on him and it was thought he might have taken a sudden cold the next day. All at once he was discovered to be breathing very hard. Some one went immediately to him but he was not conscious and was dead on July 4th.

Captain Abiel and Mary were buried on a plot on their farm in Sidney on the slope down to the Kennebec River, common field stones first being placed to mark the spot. An infant child, born and died 1784, was buried there and also their negro slaves, Boston and Venus, who died before them and Salem who died later. As similar stones marked the burial place of the negroes, it is impossible to know which are the graves of the master and mistress and which are the graves of their servants.
Many family stories and legends are told about Abiel Lovejoy. There is a familiar tradition that when a young man Abiel lived with the Indians for two or three years, hunting and trapping. After a time the Indians became suspicious that he was “over-reaching” them in their business transactions. They became jealous because he obtained more furs than they, and resolved to take his life. One old squaw, who had taken a fancy to Abiel, because she had lost a son about his own age, told Abiel they intended killing him when they were hunting together the following day but if no opportunity presented itself while hunting they intended to murder him that night while he was sleeping. Abiel consequently feigned illness the next morning, did not join the hunting party and started with all speed for the nearest white settlement. At nightfall he climbed a high tree concealing himself in the branches. The Indians, returning early from the hunt, started in pursuit, arrived at the foot of the same tree where he was hiding and they danced and yelled about all night, throwing their tomahawks at the tree and telling what they would do to him when they got him, all ignorant of the fact that he was over their heads. Later by another route he reached the white settlement and was safe.

A clipping from an old Sidney newspaper relates the story which is as follows: though the practice of keeping slaves was not generally prevalent in the early development of the Kennebec Valley, at least one settler, Abiel Lovejoy, owned a number of negroes and it is told that when he received word that Massachusetts had passed an act freeing the slaves he called two of the oldest, Salem and Venus, and offered them their liberty. They refused to leave and Salem’s answer to the Squire was “You’ve had all de meat, now pick de bones.”

Still another story is that Captain Abiel once went into the fields where his slaves and employees were cutting hay and carried a jug of liquor which was thought in those days to be quite indispensable. Criticizing the work, he demanded “Who mowed this swath?” Anxious to escape any censure some employees replied, “Boston” meaning the old negro slave. Captain Abiel demanded who mowed this and that and each reply was “Boston.” “Very well,” old Abiel said, “as Boston has done all the work, he shall have all the grog.”

Another Lovejoy slave once was attacked by wolves while driving a yoke of oxen and a load of hay. When they found the dead man, they also found the carcasses of seven wolves killed by his pitchfork showing how desperately the poor slave had fought for his life.


1. Nathaniel Lovejoy

Nathaniel’s wife Mary Roberts was born 1763 in Charlestown, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were William Robert and Mary (Polly) Webber.

Nathaniel was sent to Charlestown to be educated and later maintained the Lovejoy Ferry established by his father on the Kennebec at Sidney, Maine

2. Polly Lovejoy

Polly’s husband Samuel Dinsmore was born 30 Jul 1759 in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine. His parents were Thomas Dinsmore and Mary Merrill. Samuel died 18 Nov 1836 in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine.

3. Frances Lovejoy

Frances’ husband David Smiley was born 6 Jul 1756 in Pownalborough, Cumberland, Maine. His parents were Hugh Smiley and Mary Park. David died 1 Apr 1823 in Sidney, Maine.

4. Abial Lovejoy Jr.

Abial’s first wife Mary (Polly, Molly) Thacher was born 28 Oct 1766 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Joseph Thacher and Susannah Wheldon. Mary died 5 Jan 1795.
Abial’s second wife Elizabeth Gray was born 1765 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Thacher and Abigail Thacher Gray. She was a cousin of Abial’s first wife. Elizabeth died 29 Mar 1845 in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine.

5. Thomas Lovejoy

Thomas’ wife Nancy Burgess was born 1769 in Tisbury, Mass. Her parents were Robert Burgess and Ruth Weeks. Nancy died 27 Sep 1854 in New Portland, Maine.

6. Francis Lovejoy

Francis’ wife Betsey Smith was born 1778 in Waterville, Kennebec, Maine. Her parents were Eliab Smith and Abigail Lewis. Betsey died 16 Jan 1860 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

7. Abigail Lovejoy

Abigail’s husband William Bacon was born 9 Mar 1768 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. His parents were Ebenizer Bacon and Abigail Farwell Richardson. William died Charleston, Penobscot, Maine.

8. Sarah Lovejoy

Sarah’s first husband Matthew Lincoln was born 28 Jul 1764 in Hingham, Mass. His parents were Matthew Lincoln and Susanna Gill. Sarah and Matthew divorced. Matthew died 18 Jan 1837 in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine.

Sarah’s second husband Dodivah Townsend was born 1768. His parents were Daniel Townsend and
Hannah Bibber. Dodivah had first married Sarah Hastings, daughter of Matthew Hastings and Mary Battle. Dodivah died 1 Apr 1833 in Kennebec, Maine.

9. Hannah Lovejoy

Hannah’s husband Ebenezer Bacon Jr was born 13 Sep 1765 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. His parents were Ebenezer Bacon and Abigail Farwell. He was the brother of William in 7 above. Ebenezer died 1847 in Fairfield Mass.

10. Stephen Lovejoy

Stephen’s wife Hannah Hastings was born 1780 in Maine. Her parents were Moses Hastings and Hannah March. Hannah died 1850 in Milford, Penobscot, Maine.

11. William Lovejoy

William’s wife Attai Etta Lovejoy was born 8 Oct 1780 in Amherst, New Hampshire. Her parents were lt. John Lovejoy and Martha O’Dell. Attai died 19 Apr 1859 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

12. Jacob Lovejoy

Jacob’s wife Sarah “Sally” Townsend was born 9 Jan 1797 in Sidney, Kennebec Co., Maine. Her parents were Dodivah Townsend and Sarah Hastings. Dodivah would later marry Jacob’s siter Sarah. Sally died 22 Feb 1879 in Charleston, Penobscot Maine.

Sarah and Jacob appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Charleston, Penobscot, Maine, enumerated 12 August 1850. Jacob was listed as a shoemaker. Their children, Loriston Hale, Abial and Laura Ann were listed as living with them.

13. Betsy Lovejoy

Betsy’s husband David Sturgis was born 10 Jan 1779 Yarmouth, Mass. His parents were Edward STURGIS and Mary BASSETT. David died 10 Sep 1854 Norridgewock, Maine or 6 Dec 1882 – Vassalboro, Maine.

Children of Betsy and David:

i. Laurana Sturgis b. 1800 –

ii. Olive Sturgis b. 1802 –

iii. Mary Sturgis b. 1804 –

iv. Beniah Sturgis b. 1806 – History of Penobscot County – Beniah Sturgis, brother of hotel keeper E. G. Sturgis traded in 1833-34 and seems to have been the first merchant in Mattawamkeag, Penobscot County, Maine. Asa Smith while connected with the hotel was also in trade

v. Edward G.? Sturgis b. 1806 – In 1834 Joseph L. Kelsey surveyed and lotted Mattawamkeag, leaving a mile square along that river for a village. He bought much of the desirable land, includ-

ing that where the hotel stood, and having enlarged the buildings, let his brother-in-law, Edward G. Sturgis, keep the hotel until 1835, when Kelsey sold the hotel and land to Asa Smith, who moved there from the forks of the Mattawamkeag, since called Haynesville, thirty miles nearer Houlton, where he had been keeping hotel for five years. In 1835 Kelsey and Sturgis left town, and only two other families alone remained.

vi. Betsey Sturgis b. 1808 –

14. Phebe Lovejoy

Phebe’s husband Ebenezer Morse was born xx. His parents were Samuel Morse and Betsy Gibbs.


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  4. Ann Taylor says:

    Hello, I would love to find a copy of the Abiel Lovejoy paintings. (The source copy was not as good as yours.) Can you give me tell me where to find this good copy? One member of my DAR chapter is a descendant and we are putting out her story on Abiel – and would love to cite either you or the place where you picked up this great picture! Ann

  5. Daniel T Moran says:

    I am one of many direct descendants of Abiel Lovejoy. His father-in-law, Nathaniel Brown and mother-in-law Abigail Colesworthy, owned the legendary Three Cranes Tavern in Charlestown, MA. It had originally been the home of Gov. John Winthrop. During the battle of Bunker Hill, it was burned down by the British. There is much on the internet about it. Abiel was also a great uncle of the great abolitionists Elijah Parish Lovejoy and Owen Lovejoy. Owen was a very close friend of Abraham Lincoln, that according to Lincoln himself.

  6. Linda Scott says:

    Henry Almon Lovejoy was my great great grandfather, son of Nathaniel. One of his girls married a Stanley who was a relative of the Frances Stanley who developed the “Stanley Steamer”, Museum in Kingfield, ME. Another had a grandaughter,Joyce Buter, who married the astronaut Robert Rushworth for whom the Madison, Me. High school gym was named

  7. Linda Scott says:

    Where can one find photos of the ancestors? Had my great aunt’s (99 years old) DNA done and 1.9% north african. After reading Abiel’s history, wondering which one carried these genes? She is Henry Lovejoy’s grandaughter. Her mother, Blanche Lovejoy Wacome has eleven children.

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