John Calderwood

John Calderwood

Londonderry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Death 1808 (aged 82–83)
Vinalhaven, Knox County, Maine, USA
Burial Vinalhaven, Knox County, Maine, USA
Memorial ID 71876824 · View Source
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Son of James Calderwood (1700 – 1750) and Margaret (1698 - After 1727).

Petition of 1785

A meeting was held in
March, 1785, when it was voted by the inhabitants to
petition the General Court praying to be quieted in full
possession of the lots they occupied. It was also voted
that if the prayer of their petition was answered favorably
each man should stand by his buts and bounds, and no
landmarks should be removed. Following is a copy of the
petition and response thereto:


To the Honorable Senate and His representative of the General

Court assembled : —

The petition of the inhabitants of Fox Islands, in the
County of Lincoln, Humbly Sheweth that your Petitioners
of their Ancestors, did about twenty years since, settle on
the small Island known by the name of the Fox Islands,
which was then in the State of Nature, and not claimed by
any Power, Potentate or Individual, in any other way than
the Crown of England laid claim to the whole Common-
wealth. That your Petitioners removed with their families
to the said Islands, which they divided into lots and have
cleared the Land in part. That when the British Troops
took possession of Bagaduce, the inhabitants of said Islands,
(not choosing to be under the tyrany of the British King)
removed with their families, within the Protection of the
Commonwealth, and did serve during the Expeditions to
the Penobscot, bearing arms against the enemy ; but upon
the defeat of the Troops of this Commonwealth, the greatest
part of your Petitioners were obliged to abandon their
possessions to the Mercy of the enemy who came on to the
Island and burnt their houses, plundered them of all the
substance that they were obliged to leave upon the Islands,
and many of the inhabitants they (out of revenge) took
from their families and obliged them to work upon their
Fortifications at Bagaduce, and cruelly treated those who
slowed any reluctance at it.

Your Petitioners are now peaceably resettled upon the
said Islands, have erected huts, until they can rebuild their
houses, and are determined, soon as circumstances will
admit, to erect a building for Public Worship, and to settle
a minister of the Gospel among them, and also to found a
Public School for the education of their children. The
Petitioners now entreat your Honors to take into your wise
consideration their peculiar circumstances and sufferings,
and quiet them in full possession of the said Islands that
they now enjoy privilege and Immunity with the rest of
their fellow citizens in the Commonwealth, and under that
government they ardently wish to be supported in their
person and property. They therefore pray that your
Honors would relinquish any claims that this Commonwealth
may have to the said Islands, to all the inhabitants and
their Heirs and Assigns forever, and your Petitioners as in
duty bound will ever Pray.

(Signed) George White, i Attorneys for

John Calderwood, S t/tc Inhabitants.

whose names are as follows :

John Calderwood, William Vinal, James Stinson, James
Calderwood, Increase Leadbetter, Job Philbrook, James
Jewell, John Leadbetter, Anthony Coombs, Joseph Green,
James Douglas, Thos. Brown, May Coombs (widow),
Reuben Brown, Jeremiah Philbrooks, John Burgess, Increase
Leadbetter, Jr., Isaac Arey, John Smith, John Hambleton,
Israel Carver, Thaddeus Carver, Caleb Carver, Jona.
Foster, Sam'l Calderwood, Penelope Winslow (widow),
Isachar Lane, Wm. Cooper, John Burgess, Jr., James
Cooper, Jr., Ephraim Perry, Benjamin Bobbins, James
Beveridge, Thomas Cooper, Mark Eames, William Bassick,
Cnshen Thomas (a minor), Thomas Beveridge, Joseph
Woster, Jr., James Cooper, James Heard, Joseph
Waterman, James Dunham, Anthony Dyer, John Perry,
Wm. Dyer, James Wlialing, Stephen Carver, Wm. Perry,
Justus Eames, Benjamin Kent, Archibald McMullen,
Nathl Woster, Jona. Bobbins, Benjamin Carr, Sam'l
Thomas, Thomas Gray, Sam'l Thomas, Jr., Joseph Woster,
Joel Philbrooks, Ebenezer Crabtree, Luther Leadbetter,
Matthew Beveridge (a minor), William Calderwood (a

John Calderwood and Elizabeth McCurdy had the following children: Thomas Calderwood (1752 – 1840),John Calderwood Jr (1753 – 1844), Elizabeth McCurdy Calderwood (1754 – 1825), Martha Calderwood (1757 – 1839), Margaret Calderwood (1759), Mary Calderwood (1760 – 1839), Samuel Calderwood (1761 – 1842), James Calderwood (1763 – 1825), William Calderwood (1765 – 1807), Sarah Calderwood (1767 – 1799), Mark Calderwood (1767 – 1799), Jonathan "Jona" Calderwood (1770 – 1865) and Jesse Calderwood (1773 – 1858).

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John Calderwood, born Feb 15, 1725. AE 83 yrs.

Gravesite Details Born Londonderry, Antrim, Ireland
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