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Harvey C. Strout

  • Birth 30 Mar 1857 Harrington, Washington County, Maine, USA
  • Death 21 May 1922 Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 67290766

Little History of Harvey's Mom and Dad

Cemetery stone inscription "Strout Cemetery" Route 1A Harrington, Maine:

"In memory of Elizabeth wife of Capt. Robert U. Strout Al 21 Yrs. 9 Mos.

"She died from exposure to the cold and tempest, on the night of December 29, 1853, in the arms of her husband, after reaching the shore from the wreck of the Barque "Elizabeth" which was on passage from Matanzas to Boston, and was wrecked on Cape Cod on that memorable night.
Also, Willard, their son perished with his mother, Al 1 Yr. 8 Mons."

"And yet why mourn that deep repose
Shall never more be broke by pain
Those lips no more in sighs unclose
Those eyes shall never weep again"

The painful story portrayed by this inscripture intrigued and induced the motivation to further analyze the complete story, events and direct descendants of Robert U. Strout following this tragic event.

Our research then took us to Cape Cod for possible newspaper articles relating to this incident. The horror of that fateful night began to unfold:

▸ The Barnstable Patriot Newspaper for January 3,1854 gives an account of the storm on Wednesday Night December 28, 1853 and Thursday, December 29,1853 as truly terrific and has caused such an amount of loss of life and property on this coast as we have never been called torecord.

▸ Excerpt from Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Dated Jan 3, 1854....

"The toughest snow storm and gale of wind has been experienced here since Wed. night December 28, 1853 that has been known for many years,and it is feared that the loss of life and property has been very great on the
coast. The wind commenced blowing at the N.E. on Wednesday night,December 28, 1853 at about 12 o'clock and continued with little cessation until Thursday PM (December 29, 1853), a portion of time, the wind blowing a heavy gale. More snow has fallen than at any previous time for some years, the roads being blocked up for miles. The tide was unusually high doing great damage upon our wharves, floating off one or more of the buildings upon the wharf. Ships were driven onto the shore on all parts ofthe cape and at least 20 lives are known to be lost. Parts of wrecks are drifting on shore, of vessels that must have swamped during the gale and the crews perished. There were three dead bodies lying at Holbrooks Hotel in Wellfleet, Captain wife and child. (Thought to be Elizabeth,Willard and possibly Robert). The Child perished in the arms of a sailor,before reaching shore and mother soon after, upon the beach. At Barnstable a Bark of about 300 tons lies about one mile to the Westward of Sandy Neck Light House, high up on the beach, with apparently her
foremast gone and a portion of her sails hanging in shreds about her spars".

▸ Provincetown December 30, 1853
"14 vessels are ashore on the back of the Cape between Race Point and High Land Light House among them, the Bark Elizabeth" of Harrington, Maine from Matanzas, for Boston, will be a total loss, together with her cargo, the Captain, wife, child and all the crew were lost".

▸ Excerpt from Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Dated January 10, 1854:
"Seven bodies have been identified. The Wife and Child of Capt.Strout......"

▸ Excerpt from Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Dated January 17 1854:
"Among the many scenes of destruction, we have witnessed none more horrible than that near High Land Light, in Truro, and for about two miles between that place and Provincetown. Five vessels were wrecked upon that coast and after gale, hundreds of barrels of flour and mackerel, as
well as corn oats, coal, lumber, spars and almost every species of goods were distributed upon the shore in indiscriminate confusion and destruction. At least 100 horses were employed on Tuesday last, in carting these goods over to the inside of the harbor at Provincetown, to be reshipped for Boston and other places.

One of the vessels wrecked here was the Schr. "Elizabeth" whose Captain with his wife and child were lost. The mate of this vessel now lies dangerously ill at Truro, unable to be moved to the Hospital having been severely frozen in his attempt to save the Captain's wife by giving her his cap and over coat, in order to save her from freezing, after she reached the beach. But his generous and self sacrificing devotion to save her life was noavail. Should he live, however, it must ever to him be the highest satisfaction to know that he did all in his power to save the fated victim of shipwreck and storm. Such deeds are by no means uncommon among our seamen and when we contrast them with the supreme selfishness which directs the conduct of others, we honor and reverence the spirit of the true sailor and say from out inmost heart----God bless the
Mariner." The mates name was James Savage.

The story continues........

▸ Robert U. Strout survived that fateful night and married Joanna Strout on April 24, 1856, about two years after the shipwreck. Robert U. And Joanna had a baby boy born on March 30, 1857. His name was Harvey C. Strout.

▸ 1859: Probate records from Machias, Maine indicate that Robert U. Strout died that year. We can only assume he died at sea as to this date we have been unable to find any other information relating to him.

▸ 1869: Joanna and Harvey relocate from Harrington, Maine to Salem.Salem directory records show Joanna running a boarding house at 29 Charter Street in Salem.

▸ 1871: Joanna marries John W. Strout. John W. Strout is Robert U's brother. They reside at 22 Linden Street, Salem. John and Joanna have one child,Robert W. Strout, born March 19, 1878.

▸ Harvey C. Strout, Robert U. Strout's son, grew up to be a very prominent business man in the Salem/Peabody area. Other researches believe he was involved in the selling traffic lights in the Boston Area.

▸ John W. Strout, Joanna's second husband, died in Salem on October 5, 1885.He is buried at Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, on Pink Path.Joanna died January 11, 1907 in Salem. She is buried at Harmony Grove Cemetery, beside John.

Harvey C. Strout the direct descendent of Robert U. Strout died May 21,1922 at Gloucester and is buried at Harmony Grove Cemetery with his mother Joanna. He was married to Loesta Dodge on July 3, 1882.

Many thanks to researchers Gloria Hayward and Brenda Laymen for the many hours spent looking with me for the above records including travel time throughout New England. We have since identified living relatives of Robert Strout.

The story began with the inscription found on a stone located in Harrington, Maine Flat Bay Cemetery. For those interested in this family's story please visit the Obelisk Stone found in the Flat Bay Cemetery.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harvey C. Strout (30 Mar 1857–21 May 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67290766, citing Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by KIS (contributor 46497883) .