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Aug 16, Petition of Jeremiah Colburn and Joshua Eayre, of Penobscot river. [1776-09-16] [S5-V2-p0729] [Document Details][Complete Volume]

Aug 16, Petition of Jeremiah Colburn and Joshua Eayre, of Penobscot river

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To the honourable the Council and House of Representatives of the State, the Colony MASSACHUSETTS-BAY, in General Court assembled at WATERTOWN:

The Petition of JEREMIAH COLBURN and JOSHUA EAYRE, of PENOBSCOT RIVER, humbly showeth:

That your petitioners have been settlers on Penobscot River for a number of years, and that your petitioners was obliged to quit their settlements after making great improvements on their lands, by order of proprietors, or persons pretending to own or claim the land, to their great damage, and had no place to go to. Your petitioners went farther up the river and settled on wild and unimproved lands, five miles above any settlement, where they thought no person could claim to turn them off, there built two dwelling-houses, one half a saw-mill, cleared a road to a meadow six miles, cleared another road to the inhabitants five miles, and cleared and improved a considerable tract of land, and built the other half of the mill, by being assisted by other people. Your petitioners began to build said dwelling-houses and mill in July, 1774. and in October following, moved our family upon the land, and there continued until May following; in the mean time the Indians of the Penobscot tribe were continually at our house, and we were always ready to assist them in any thing they requested, and were always welcomed to any provisions they desired, which your petitioners has given them to the value of thirty pounds, lawful money, at least, and were always kindly treated by us. And in May, 1775, your petitioners, being apprehensive of some danger from reports that the Canadian Indians intended to assist the people of Great Britain that might come across the country and destroy us, thought it most safe to move in to the inhabitants. Your petitioners moved their families and effects, and remained from May to August following, and one of us from May, 1775, to June, 1776. All this while your petitioners was urged by the Indians to return to our settlements, and promised we should enjoy our possessions, and they would protect and support us in the same; but since being acquainted that they had a promise of the lands from the Massachusetts Congress in June, 1775, we would not move again until they gave us their words that we should enjoy peaceably our possessions. In dependence of the same, we moved our families up, the time above mentioned, and since have heard they have resolved, in council amongst themselves, that every family shall be removed above the line that was settled by the Congress in June, 1775. They say they have a promise when the General Court next sits, that there will be an order to turn us off, in consequence of which they have told all the inhabitants within their limits, to get in readiness to move off when they gather their harvests.

Your petitioners are always ready to comply with any rule, order, or regulation, as your Honours shall direct. Your petitioners would inform your Honours that we have spent all our substance in this settlement, and which renders us so poor, we are not able to move our families away. Your petitioners most humbly pray your Honours to take their difficult circumstances into your wise consideration, and grant them such relief as you in your great wisdom shall see meet. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, shall ever pray.



Penobscot River, 16th August, 1776.

September 5, 1776. — The Committee to whom was referred the consideration of the above Petition, have attended that service, and beg leave to report that the petitioners have leave to withdraw the same.


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