|Birth: ||Dec. 21, 1834|
"THE REPUBLICAN" September, 14, 1916
Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary
Observed by Capt. and Mrs.. O. W. French of Lincolnville Beach.
It will interest the many friends of Capt. Oscar Wyman French and his wife Angela Furbish (Perry) French formerly of Belfast to learn of a recent event which took place at Lincolnville Beach, in their pleasant home built by it's present owner some twenty years ago when he retired permanently from the sea, to overlook; the Penobscot bay and its islands. 'This was the quiet observance, September 6, 1916, of the sixtieth anniversary of their wedding, a cheerful and happy occasion; Capt. French ~ was born at French's Beach in the house now called "The "Fir Wigwam,'' and, occupied as a summer residence by the Hallett family of Somerville, Mass. Soon after his marriage, at which time he had been employed in the Rockland and Thomaston shipyards, Capt. French began to follow the sea, and in 1858 became master of his first vessel, the schooner Velocity of Salem, and later of the schooners Romeo of Belfast and Annie Elizabeth of Bangor, and then the schooner Nellie, which was built for him in Belfast in 1870.
In 1875 he sold his interest in the Nellie, and having moved his family from French's Beach to place his four children in the Belfast schools, he formed a partnership in the hardware and plumbing business with his brother, Allen D. French, now of Waltham, Mass. While a resident of Belfast Capt. French built and occupied the house on Primrose Hill. where William Bray now lives. Soon tiring of the land. however, he took command of the ''schooners Prescott Hazeltine, William Frederick, Penobscot, etc., the last being the schooner Fannie A. Gorham. After having served as master about thirty-six years, and his children having gone to different States, he retired from the sea in 1894 and then returned to his birthplace. In all his seafaring career, which was mostly in southern waters, South America, Mexico and the West Indies, a high sense of honor and sterling integrity of character distinguished him in his dealings. 'Mrs. French, known as the soul of hospitality in Belfast, retains the same spirit of optimism; and good cheer which marked her there as the center of a coterie of young people who found her always companionable. She was born in Northport on the sightly Perry homestead near the shore, the place being later known as the Wright farm, now occupied by the Dissel family as a summer home.
In connection with the proposed Pilgrim tercentenary celebration, in Boston for 1920, which is leading all New Englanders to search their local histories for genealogical facts, the following is of timely interest. Mrs. French's grandfather, John Perry, rendered valiant service in the cause of America independence during the Revolutionary War. The commission which he received as commander the armed boat, "FIy," was signed by John Hancock.This Fly was fitted out with powder and shot. commissioned to "cruise against the enemy and designed to check the trade carried on between the enemy and inhabitants near Penobscot" and it was navigated by 14 men. The history of the town of Vinalhaven, Maine, contains an account of this same John Perry's killing of two British man-'o -wars-men, about 1779. and his own subsequent escape by strategy. His zeal brought such persecutions from the British upon his family that they, were obliged to remove to Rockland; a price was set on his own head, and for the safety his family he was obliged to keep away from home. In one of their vain searches for him the British soldiers burned his Rockland house to the ground and turned his wife and little ones out of doors, Mrs. French's father, Wilder Perry, an infant at the time, was called a little rebel and knocked on the head by the soldiers. Perry Rock, situated not far from, Perry Cove, named in commemoration of John Perry's exploits against the British is one of the landmarks on the island.
Capt. French's ancestors, likewise rendered service during the Revolution, Joseph Drinkwater, as a private in the company of Capt. George Rogers of the 2d Cumberland regiment; and Ebenezer French 1st, Capt. Oscar's' great great grandfather who fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Through the Drinkwaters, his ancestry has also been established through six distinct lines direct to the Mayflower Pilgrims, and to thirteen individuals in the families of that memorable company. There now remain only forty-nine male heads of families who signed the memorable document known as "the Mayflower compact " who have living descendants The six referred to are George Soule; James Chilton, whose daughter Mary is stated by tradition to have been first to make a landing on Forefathers' Rock at Plymouth; William Bradford, who was the second governor of Plymouth Colony, serving as such for thirty-one years; Richard Warren; William Brewster, known as Elder Brewster, who drew up the Mayflower compact; and William Mullins, whose daughter Priscilla married John Alden. Allen D. French, Waltham, Mass. was a special guest for the anniversary, the pleasure of which was enhanced by flowers, gifts, calls and congratulations of neighbors and friends; and with the exception of the eldest daughter, Isabel, now Mrs. Fred N. Fletcher of Reno, Nevada the children were all present for the reunion: Mary Perry French, now Mrs. J Frank Rich, Rockland, Howard French New York City, Robert French, San Francisco.
Abel French (1808 - 1889)
Jane Drinkwater French (1810 - 1844)
Angela Furbish Perry French (1836 - 1919)
Jane Isabel French Fletcher (1859 - 1936)*
Oscar Wyman French (1834 - 1922)
Louisa French (1836 - 1837)*
Charles French (1838 - 1840)*
Edward P French (1847 - 1850)**
Plot: Lot 106, Stone 1
Created by: Mel Fletcher
Record added: Jan 27, 2012
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