|Death: ||Sep. 1, 1813|
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A BIOGRAPHY OF BEULAH HOWLAND BISBEE, by Larry Overmire (5th great grandson), Aug. 2008:
Beulah Howland was born in 1736 in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, the daughter of Rouse and Ann (Bonney) Howland.
She married Charles Bisbee, the son of Moses and Mary (Reed) Bisbee, on Sept. 16, 1756 in Pembroke. 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, the family moved to Sumner, Oxford County, Maine. Charles 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 on June 3, 1807, at the age of 81. Beulah died on Sept. 1, 1813, at the age of 77. Both are buried in The Bonney Road Cemetery in Sumner.
Charles Bisbee (1726 - 1807)*
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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