|Death: ||Jun. 3, 1807|
GREAT GREAT GRANDSON OF MAYFLOWER PASSENGER FRANCIS COOKE
REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN, PRIVATE, CAPT. FREEDON CHAMBERLAIN'S CO., COL. BAILEY'S REGIMENT, CONTINENTAL ARMY
INVOLVED IN THE "LEXINGTON ALARM," 19 APR 1775
FIRST SETTLER OF SUMNER, MAINE
A BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES BISBEE, by Laurence Overmire (5th great grandson), Aug. 2008:
Charles Bisbee was born in 1726 in East Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, the son of Moses and Mary (Reed) Bisbee.
He married Beulah Howland, the daughter of Rouse and Ann (Bonney) Howland on Sept. 16, 1756 in Pembroke, Plymouth County. They had nine children: Elisha, Charles, Mary "Polly," Celia, Moses, John, Solomon, Calvin and Rouse.
Charles was a farmer. After his marriage, he moved to Pembroke. He served in the Revolutionary War in the Continental Army and was involved in the Lexington Alarm on April 19, 1775.
In June 1784, he and his family moved to Sumner, Oxford County, Maine. He is recognized as being the first settler of that community. Descendant Axel Reed in his genealogy described how circumstances unfolded:
"At the close of the Revolutionary war, in which the father and two sons, Elisha and Charles, had taken part, there was an extensive emigration from the Old Colony towns in Massachusetts to the wilds of Maine. He bought land of Benjamin Darling, of Hanover, Mass., in a township in Maine then called Sharon, afterwards Butterfield or Sumner. In the summer of 1783 he visited his land and built a cheap tenement for his family to occupy later. He returned to Pembroke to spend the winter and the following spring set sail with his family for the new home. They sailed from Scituate harbor in a packet and landed at Yarmouth, proceeding through the wilderness to Sumner on horseback, arriving on the 5th day of June, 1784, the year in which the town of Sumner was incorporated. Dr. [Wm. B.] Lapham [secretary of the Maine Genealogical Society] says: 'He (Charles Bisbee) selected his land with good judgment, and with the aid of his seven stalwart sons he soon cleared him up a good farm. He suffered all the privations and hardships incident to a pioneer life, lived to see his children comfortably settled around him and enjoy much of the fruit of his toil, and he died June 3, 1807, the 23rd anniversary of the arrival in town. His good wife, Beulah Howland, died September 1, 1813, nine years later, and in her 76th year of age.' "
Charles died in Sumner on June 3, 1807, at the age of 81. He was buried in the Chaffin Cemetery (aka The Bonney Road Cemetery) there.
Beulah Howland Bisbee (1736 - 1813)
Elisha Bisbee (1757 - 1826)*
Celia Bisbee Ford (1764 - 1816)*
Calvin Bisbee (1771 - 1857)*
Created by: Laurence Overmire
Record added: Aug 28, 2008
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