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Fort Pownal Waste Book, 1772-1777

Source: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 90 (Boston, Mass.: The Society, 1936).

Forenames and surnames have been switched to facilitate searching.

See also Plan of Fort Pownal, Built 1759

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Entries in a "Wast Book," at Fort Pownal, Maine, 1772-1777.—Early in 1759 Gov. Thomas Pownal of Massachusetts urged that a fort be built and maintained on a point commanding the entrance to the Penobscot River in Maine. The General Court of the Province took prompt action, and in a few months this fort was constructed, and adjacent barracks and other buildings, including a truck house, were erected. This fort, named Fort Pownal, was situated on what is known as Fort Point, in the present town of Stockton Springs, and became a well-known trading post. An account of the history of this fort was published in the Register, vol. 14, pp. 4-10.

This "Wast Book," containing entries of purchases at the trading post from 1 Dec. 1772 to 26 Oct. 1777, is in good condition, with the exception of four or five pages which have become loosened and lost. In 1908 the book was in the possession of Miss Faustina Hichborn, who mentioned it in her "Historical Sketches of Stockton Springs, Maine," and it was through her kindness that Miss Edna M. Griffin of Searsport, Maine, made a copy for the contributor of this article.

In this book charges made for various articles purchased were entered, and were later posted in a ledger. The ledger pages were indicated by figures on the left margin of the pages of the "Wast Book," and the charges were entered in pounds, shillings, and pence on the right-hand side of the page. The items listed indicate that the sales had probably been made to meet the ordinary domestic needs of the neighboring settlers and are such as might appear on the books of any country general store.

The persons whose names are given below probably lived in the neighborhood of Fort Pownal, and made periodic visits to the trading-post store in order to supply their needs.

The dates appearing opposite the names indicate separate charges for purchases which are given in detail in the "Wast Book."

33 Edw. Archbold 1773, Jan. 12, June 26, Dec. 15. 1774, Feb. 10, Mar. 28.

2 John Avery Jr. of Boston 1772, Feb. 2. 1773, Apr. 10, Aug. 31, Dec. 15. 1774, Feb. 10. 1777, Oct. 26.

69 Joseph Barteen 1774, Jan. 12, Feb. 25, Mar. 1, Mar. 11, Mar. 16.

3 Joseph Barrell 1772, Dec. 2. 1773, Apr. 10, May 1.

106 John Bernard 1775, Feb. 10.

35 Henry Black 1773, May 20, Jun 23, 26, Aug. 10, Sep. 14, Oct. 7, Nov. 25. 1774, Feb. 10, Mar. 16, 28, May 27, Jul. 1, Sep. 14, Oct. 1, Dec. 26. 1775, Jan. 1, Mar. 10, 22, May 15, Jul. 15, Aug. 12. 1776, Jan. 1. 1777, Oct. 7.

40 Caleb Booden 1773, May 1, Jun. 23, 26, Jul. 5, 15, 29, Aug. 10. 1774, Jan. 12, Feb. 1, 10, Mar. 1, 11, 16, 28, Oct. 1. 1775, Mar. 15.

31 Ebnezer Booden 1773, Jan. 2.

32 John Booden 1773, Jan. 2. 1775, Nov. 21. 1776, Jan. 4.

16 William Booden 1773, Jan. 2, May 1, Jul. 5, 15, Aug. 23, 31, Oct. 7, Dec. 21, 27. 1774, Mar. 11, 16, Apr. 16, 18, May 27, Jul. 1.


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45 Paul Booden 1773, Jun. 13.

66 Samuel Boyes 1773, Dec. 7.

70 John Brown of Belfast 1776, Jan. 19.

70 Capt. Jona. Buck Jr. 1774, Jan. 12, Jan. 20. 1775, Aug. 27, Oct. 15, Nov. 7. 1776, Jan. 19.

71 Capt. Jona Buck 1774, Jan. 20, Sep. 14. 1775, Jan. 1, Jul. 1, Nov. 29.

78 Elijah Burnett 1774, Mar. 11, 16, Apr. 2, 18.

101 Winter Cales of Boston 1775, Jan. 20.

1 Richard Cary Jr. of Boston 1772, Dec. 2. 1773, Apr. 10.

50 Capt. Joseph Chadwick 1773, Jul. 15, 27, Sep. 14, Oct. 7, Dec. 27. 1774, Mar. 1, Apr. 2, 16, Jun. 15, Aug. 15, Sep. 14, Oct. 1, 20, Dec. 26. 1775, Jan. 1, Jan. 24, Feb. 1, 10, Mar. 2.

75 Alexander Clark of Belfast 1774, Feb. 10, Jul. 1, Sep. 14, Dec. 26. 1776, Jan. 19.

67 Jacob Clefford 1773, Dec. 12, 27. 1774, Jan. 12, 20, Feb. 1, Mar. 1. 1775, Feb. 1, 15, 20, 25, Mar. 2, 15, 20, 25, Jul. 1, 15.

4 Isaac Clewley 1772, Dec. 1, Feb. 2. 1773, Jul. 15, 29, Aug. 10, Dec. 7, 15, 27. 1774, Jan. 20, Feb. 1, Mar. 8, Aug. 16, Dec. 26. 1775, Jan. 20, Jul. 1, Oct. 15.

__ Oliver Crary 1773, Dec. 21. 1774, Mar. 11. 1775, Jun. 17, Aug. 27.

108 Capt. Samuel Coffin of Newbury 1775, Feb. 15, 20, Mar. 2.

64 Josiah Colson 1773, Dec. 7.

58 Thos. Cooper 1773, Oct. 7. 1775, Feb. 25.

98 Samuel Craige of Eastern Branch 1775, Jan. 1.

__ Mary Crawford 1777, Oct. 26.

47 William Crawford Esq. 1773, Jun. 13, 26, Jul. 5, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 10, 23, 31, Sep. 7, 14, Oct. 15, Nov. 25, Dec. 7, 15, 21, 27. 1774, Jan. 20, Feb. 1, 25, Mar. 16, 28, Apr. 2, 16, 18, May 17, Jun. 15.

90 Wm. Crawford Esq. 1774, Jul. 1, Oct. 1, Dec. 26. 1775, Jan. 1, 10, 20, Mar. 2, 20, 25, Apr. 1, May 1, 15, Jun. 17, Jul. 15, Aug. 12, Nov. 21. 1776, Jan. 4.

115 Wm. Crawford (Estate) 1777, Oct. 7.

103 Wm. Cunningham 1775, Jan. 24, Jun. 1.

15 Nathaniel Cussens 1773, Jan. 12, Jun. 23, Jul. 15. 1775, Jan. 1, 10, 20, 24, Feb. 15, 25, Mar. 15, 20, 25, Apr. 1, Jun. 1, Jul. 1, Aug. 12, Nov. 21. 1776, Jan. 4.

120 Ralph Deaverex 1777, Oct. 26.

37 John Doak 1773, May 1, Jul. 5.

95 William Dolliver 1774, Dec. 26. 1775, Jan. 20.

74 John Doreham 1774, Feb. 25, Apr. 18, Aug. 16. 1775, Jul. 1, 15, Nov. 21.

55 William Eaton 1773, Aug. 31. 1775, Jan. 10.

43 John Emory 1773, May 20, Jul. 19. 1774, Aug. 16. 1775, Jul. 1, 15, Nov. 21.

22 Joshua Eustice 1773, Jan. 2, 12, Mar. 1, Apr. 10, May 1, 20, Jul. 5, 15, Sep. 7, Dec. 7. 1774, May 27, Jun. 15, Oct. 20. 1775, Jan. 24, Mar. 10, 22, 25, May 1, 15, Jun. 1, Jul. 1, Aug. 12, Sep. 1, Oct. 4.

54 Capt. John Fish 1773, Aug. 23, Sep. 7. 1774, Feb. 1, Jan. 20, Aug. 15, Sep. 14.

62 Fishery 1773, Dec. 27. 1774, Jan. 12, Feb. 1, Mar. 28, Apr. 16, 18, May 27, Jul. 1. 1775, Jan. 24, Feb. 1, Feb. 10, Jan. 10 [sic], Jun. 1, 17, Jul. 1, 15, Aug. 12, 27, Sep. 3, Oct. 15, Nov. 7, 21. 1776, May 1.

21 Capt. Thos. Fletcher 1772, Dec. 1, 2. 1773, Jan. 12, May 1, 20, Jun. 13, 26, Jul. 15, Aug. 10, 23, 31, Sep. 14, Oct. 7, 15, Nov. 25, Dec. 1, 15, 27. 1774, Jan. 12, Feb. 1, 10, 25, Mar. 1, 16, 28, Apr. 2, Jun. 15, Jul. 1, Aug. 16, Oct. 1, 20. 1775, Jan. 20, Feb. 15, Mar. 10, Apr. 1, May 1, Jul. 1, Aug. 12, Sep. 1, Oct. 4, 15. 1776, Jan. 4. 1777, Oct. 7.

19 Zethan French 1772, Dec. 1, 2. 1773, May 1, Jun. 13, Jul. 15, 22, Aug. 10, 23, 31, Nov. 25, Dec. 7, 15, 21, 27. 1774. Feb. 1, 10, Mar. 1, 16, 28, Apr. 18, May 17, 27, Jun. 15. 1775, Feb. 20, Apr. 1, May 15, Jun. 1, 17, Jul. 1, 15, Aug. 12, Sep. 1, Oct. 15, Nov. 7. 1776, Apr. 4, Jun. 1, 17, Jul. 1, 15, Aug. 12, Sep. 1, Oct. 15, Nov. 7. 1776, Apr. 4.

79 Capt. James Fullerton 1774, Mar. 28. 1775, May 15.

8 Nathaniel Greenough 1773, Dec. 27. 1775, Feb. 20.


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23 Thos Goldthwait Esq 1772, Dec. 1. 1773, Jan. 2, 12, Mar. 1, May 20, Jun. 13, 23, Jul. 5, 29, Aug. 10, 23, Sep. 7, 14, Oct. 7, 15, Nov. 25, Dec. 15, 21, 27. 1774, Jan. 20, Feb. 1, 10, Mar. 28, Apr. 3, May 17, 27, Jun. 15, Jul. 1, Aug. 16, Sep. 14, Oct. 1. 1775, Jan. 1, 10, 20, 24, Feb. 1, 15, 20, Mar. 2, 10, 25, May 1, Jun. 1, 17, Jul. 1, 15, Aug. 27, Sep. 1, Oct. 4. 1776, Jan. 19. 1777, Oct. 7, 26.

24 Thos. Goldthwaite Jr. 1773, Jan. 2, 12, Mar. 1, Apr. 10, May 1, Jun. 13, 23, Jul. 5, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 10, 23, 31, Sep. 7, Oct. 7, Nov. 25, Dec. 7, 15, 21, 27. 1774, Jan. 20, Feb. 10, 25, Mar. 1, 11, 28, Apr. 3, 16, 18, May 17, 27, Jun. 15, Jul. 1, Aug. 16, Sep. 14, Oct. 1, Dec. 26. 1775, Jan. 1, 10, 20, Feb. 15, Apr. 1, May 1, 15, Jun. 17, Sep. 1. 1776, Jan. 4.

91. ____ Goldthwait Jr. 1775, Feb. 1.

46 John Goldsmith 1773, Jun. 13, Sep. 7. 1774, May 17.

__ Hepsibr. Goldsmith 1777, Oct. 26.

7 Daniel Goodale 1772, Dec. 1. 1773, Jan. 12, Mar. 1, May 1, Jun. 13, 26, Jul. 22. 1774, May 17, Oct. 1. 1775, May 15, Jul. 15.

104 Wm. Sanborn Goodhue 1775. Feb. 1.

114 Samuel Griffin 1776, Jan. 4.

26 Silas Harthorn 1773, Oct. 15. 1774, Feb. 25. 1775, Aug. 12.

25 John Head of Boston 1772, Dec. 2. 1773, Apr. 10, Aug. 31.

44 Eldad Heath 1773, Jun. 13, 23, Jul. 5, 15, Sep. 7.

87 Joseph Hibbert 1774, May 17, Jul. 1, Oct. 20. 1775, Oct. 4, Nov. 21. 1776, Jan. 4, 19. 1777, Oct. 26.

51 Pierce Hurley 1773, Jul. 22, Aug. 10, 25, Oct. 7, Nov. 25.

88 John Hutchinson 1774, May 17, Jul. 1, Aug. 10. 1775, Feb. 1, 20, Mar. 25, Apr. 1, Aug. 27, Sep. 1, Nov. 21.

100 Capt. Sargeant Ingersoll 1775, Aug. 12, Oct. 15.

8 Levi Jennings of Boston 1772, Feb. 2. 1773, Jan. 2, 12, Apr. 10, May 1, Jun. 23, Jul. 22. 1774, Oct. 20.

80 Henderson Juches 1774, Mar. 28. 1777, Oct. 26.

11 Daniel Lancaster 1772, Dec. 1. 1773, May 26, Aug. 10. 1775, Mar. 10, 15, Apr. 1, Jun. 1, Jul. 15, Aug. 12. 1776, May 1.

68 Jacob Lancaster 1773, Dec. 7, 27. 1774, Apr. 16.

59 Nathan Lancaster 1773, Dec. 7, 21. 1774, Jan. 20, Feb. 1, 10, 25, Mar. 1, Jul. 1. 1775, Feb. 10, 15, 25, Mar. 2, 10, 15, Apr. 1, Jul. 15.

96 James Littlefield 1775, Jan. 1, Feb. 1.

9 Stephen Littlefield 1773, May 20.

13 Abner Lowell 1773, Jul. 5, Aug. 31.

6 Johnathan Lowder 1772, Dec. 1. 1773, Jun. 26, Jul. 13, Nov. 25, Dec. 7, 15, 21, 27. 1774, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, 11, 16, Apr. 18, May 27, Dec. 26. 1775, Feb. 20, 25, Mar. 25, Jun. 17, Aug. 12, Sep. 1, Oct. 15. 1776, Jan. 19. 1777, Oct. 26.

52 William Lowder 1773, Aug. 23, 31, Sep. 7, Aug. 27 [sic].

__ James McCurdy 1774, Dec. 26.

36 Lauchlan McDonald 1773, Apr. 10. 1774, Feb. 1, Mar. 11, Apr. 2. 1775, Jan. 10, May 1, 15. 1776, Jan. 4, Oct. 7.

30 James Martin 1774, Jan. 20, Oct. 7.

65 John Marsh 1773, Dec. 7, 21.

113 William Molineaux 1776, Jan. 4, 19.

77 Obediah Moores 1774, Mar. 11, 16, Apr. 16. 1775, Jun. 19, Jul. 1, Aug. 12, 27, Sep. 1, Oct. 4.

107 James Nichols 1775, Feb. 10, May 1, Jun. 17.

72 John Odam 1774, Feb. 10, Mar. 16, Oct. 15, Nov. 7. 1776, Jan. 29.

86 Emmerson Orcut 1774, Apr. 16.

85 Azor Orne 1774, Apr. 16. 1776, Jan. 4.

112 Schooner Polly Owners 1775, Oct. 15.

97 John Partridge 1775, Jan. 1.

105 William Patterson 1775, Feb. 1, 20, May 15, Jul. 15.

109 Wm. Patterson 1775, Mar. 2, 25, Jul. 15, Sep. 1. 1776, Jan. 19.

53 Capt. Jerimiah Pecker 1773, Jul. 29, Aug. 10. 1775, Feb. 25, Aug. 12.

57 Nathan Pendleton 1773, Sep. 14.

49 Peleg Pendleton 1773, Jul. 15, 22, 27, Oct. 7, Nov. 25. 1774, May 17. 1775, Jun. 1.


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73 David Peirce 1775, Jan. 10.

__ Nathan Phillips 1777, Oct. 7.

42 Jno. Pierce 1773, May 20, Jul. 5, 22, 29, Aug. 10, 31, Oct. 7, 15, Nov. 25, Dec. 21. 1774, Feb. 1, 10, 25, Mar. 1, 16, 28, Apr. 18, May 17, Jul. 1, Aug. 16, Sep. 14, Oct. 20, Dec. 26. 1775, Jan. 24, Feb. 20, Mar. 10, Apr. 1, May 1, Jul. 1, 15.

__ Simeon Poston 1779, Oct. 7.

110 William Pratt 1775, Mar. 15, Apr. 1, Jul. 15, Nov. 21. 1776, Jan. 19.

56 Erza Pratt 1773, Sep. 14, Oct. 15, Dec. 27. 1774, Aug. 15, Oct. 1. 1775, Feb. 10, 15.

38 Jedidiah Preble 1773, May 1, Jun. 23. 1775, Feb. 20, 25, May 1, Aug. 27, Sep. 1. 1776, Jan. 19.

94 Israel Rodgers 1774, Aug. 16.

84 Capt. David Rodgers 1774, Apr. 16. 1775, Feb. 25, Mar. 15.

48 Peleg Rodgers 1776, Jun. 26.

__ Daniel Sergeant of Glocester 1774, Oct. 20.

__ William Sheburne 1777, Oct. 26.

92 Acros Sheffield 1774, Sep. 14. 1775, Jan. 10.

12 Benjamen Shute 1773, Jan. 12, Mar. 1, May 1, 29, Jun. 23, 26, Aug. 31, Sep. 14, Oct. 7, 15, Nov. 25, Dec. 7, 15, 21, 27. 1774, Feb. 10, Mar. 1, 11, 16, 28, Apr. 2, May 17, 27, Jun. 15, Jul. 1, Aug. 16, Sep. 14, Oct. 1, 20. 1775, Jan. 20, 24, Feb. 10, 25, Mar. 10, Apr. 1, May 15, Jun. 1, Jul. 1, 15, Aug. 27, Sep. 1, Oct. 4, Nov. 7, 21.

111 Shoemaker's Stock 1775, Mar. 15, May 1.

63 Charles Sigourney 1777 Oct. 26.

82 Thomas Smart 1774, Apr. 2, Jun. 15, May 15.

__ Edw. Smithe 1777, Oct. 7.

__ Capt. Edw. Smithe 1777, Oct. 7.

81 David Stanwood 1774, Mar. 28, Jun. 15, Dec. 26. 1775, Jan. 24, Mar. 25, Aug. 12, Oct. 4, 15.

39 John Staples 1773, May 1, Jul. 29, Aug. 23, Oct. 15, Nov. 25, Dec. 15, 27. 1774, Feb. 1, Apr. 2, 18, Jul. 15, Aug. 12.

61 Johan Staples 1773, Nov. 25, Dec. 7. 1774, May 17, Jul. 15, Sept. 1.

14 Miles Staples 1772, Dec. 1, 2. 1773, Aug. 10, Oct. 10, Nov. 25. 1775, Jun. 1, Jul. 1, 15.

83 Richard Stimpson 1774, Apr. 16, 18, May 17, Aug. 16, Oct. 20. 1775, Jan. 1, 24, Feb. 1, May 1, Jun. 17, Jul. 15, Aug. 27, Sep. 1, Nov. 27. 1776, Apr. 1.

89 Abra Stover 1774, Jun. 15.

41 Jeremiah Stover 1773, May 1, Jun. 26, Jul. 5, 29, Sep. 14. 1774, Jan. 12, Feb. 1, 10, Jun. 15, Jul. 1. 1775, Mar. 15.

20 John Sweetser 1772, Dec. 1, 2. 1773, Jun. 13. 1774, Feb. 10, 25, Mar. 16, May 17, Dec. 26. 1775, Jan. 10, 20, Feb. 15, 20, 25, Mar. 10, Apr. 1, May 15, Jun. 17, Jul. 1, 15, Oct. 4, 15. 1776, Jan. 4, 19.

5 Jeremiah Thompson 1772, Dec. 2. 1773, Jan. 2, 12, Mar. 1, Apr. 10, Jun. 26, Jul. 15, Oct. 7, 15, Dec. 27. 1774, Jan. 12, Feb. 1, Mar. 11, Mar. 28.

17 Joshua Treat 1772, Dec. 1. 1773, May 1, Jun. 13, 26, Jul. 29, Aug. 10, 31, Sep. 14, Oct. 7, 15, Nov. 25, Dec. 21, 27. 1774, Jan. 20, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, 16, 28, Apr. 2, 16, 18, Jul. 1, Oct. 20. 1775, Jan. 10.

60 Joshua Treat 1773, Nov. 25. 1774, Jan. 12.

102 Joshua Treat 1775, Mar. 25, Aug. 27, Sep. 1, Oct. 4. 1776, May 1.

18 Robert Treat 1773, Mar. 1, Jul. 29, Nov. 25, Dec. 21. 1774, May 15, Oct. 26.

76 Moses Veasy 1773, Dec. 21. 1774, Mar. 11, 16, Apr. 2.

26 Sarah Waldo 1773, Jan. 12. 1775, Feb. 15.

__ Daniel Warsow 1777, Oct. 7.

34 Andrew Webster 1774, Mar. 28.

29 Benjamen Wheeler 1773, Jan. 12. 1775, Feb. 15.

75 Capt. Joshua Wing 1774, Mar. 11, Apr. 2, May 27.

10 Joseph York 1774, Dec. 26. 1775, Jan. 1, 10, 20, Feb. 15, 25, Mar. 2, 15, Apr. 1, Oct. 4.

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