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Re: Portraits of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Cutts, ca.1796-1801, Saco, Maine
Posted by: David Petrie (ID *****5498) Date: April 22, 2011 at 07:13:18
In Reply to: Re: Portraits of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Cutts, ca.1796-1801, Saco, Maine by Susan Fischer of 430

Hello Susan,

I will send the portraits of Thomas Cutts and Elizabeth (Scammon) Cutts direct to the email you have in your profile here.

Colonel Thomas Cutts, Esq. b. 5 Apr 1736 Cutts Island, Kittery, County of York (Maine) & Province of the Massachusetts Bay, New England m. Elizabeth Scammon 24 Aug 1762 Saco, County of York (Maine) & Province of the Massachusetts Bay, New England d. 10 Jan 1821 (age 85 yrs) Saco, York County, Maine (“Colonel Cutts died January 10, 1821. His remains and those of his wife have been removed from his tomb and buried on the lot of his grandson, Hon. Joseph T. Nye, on Pine Avenue, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco, and stones to their memory have been erected by Mrs. Caroline Augusta (Thornton) Batchelder, his granddaughter.”

Elizabeth (Scammon)Cutts: b. 11 Jan 1744 (or 11 Mar 1745) Saco, County of York (Maine) & Province of the Massachusetts Bay, New England d. 11 Jan 1803 Saco, York County , Maine Residence: “of Saco, Maine” Parents: Dominicus Scammon (b. 22 May 1719 Biddeford, County of York (Maine) & Province of the Massachusetts Bay, New England1 m. 17411 d. 1745) and Rebecca Smith (b. 12 OCT 1724 Biddeford, County of York (Maine) & Province of the Massachusetts Bay, New England d. 1745) Note: “Elizabeth “[Elizabeth] (Scammon) Cutts traced her Scammon line back to Humphrey SCAMMON who was born 1640 “Of Kittery Point, York County, Maine” and died 1 Jan 1727 Saco, York County, Maine. He may be buried in Saco, Maine.” [David Petrie – dapwyn@aol.com]

“August 24, 1762, he [Col. Thomas Cutts] was married by Rev. Mr. Moses Morrill to Elizabeth, (daughter of Dominicus Scammon. She was born in March, 1745, and died Jan. 10, 1803. As there were no carriages in those days, Mr. Cutt and his lady rode horseback to the parson's, the lady on a pillion behind him, and they returned in the same manner. But to return to the bride whom we left unceremoniously on her wedding day. She is described as a tall, well proportioned lady, with a strong face but not handsome. A full length panel picture of her and one of the Colonel are in York Institute. Her riding hood of black satin, lined with white satin is also in the Institute. Mrs. Cutts was kind to the worthy poor and was widely loved by them. She was reserved and dignified, but very ladylike. In the painting she holds a snuff-box in her hand.” [COLONEL THOMAS CUTTS - BY GEORGE ADDISON EMERY; Read before the Maine Historical Society November 20, 1912 - http://www.archive.org/stream/colonelthomascut00emer/colonelthomascut00emer_djvu.txt]

"In 1810 Saco's Daniel Cleaves and John Scammon signed articles of agreement for a partnership that included not only 'the Art or Trade of Merchandize' but the 'manufacturing [of leaf tobacco] into Pigtail and Fig tobacco and Segars.' The agreement noted that they owned 'two tobacco Presses and all their apparatus for carrying on the Manufactory of tobacco.' While these tobacco products were probably made for local consumption, as were shoes, hats, bricks and other necessary items, by the mid-1820s such locally made goods were exported from Portland to island ports like the Swedish-held West Indian island of 'St. Bartholomew's.'" [Agreeable Situations: Society, Commerce, and Art in Southern Maine, 1780-1830, Laura Fecych Sprague, The Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine (1987), p.31] [Notes: Old Kittery and Her Families; Author: Everett S. Stackpole; Publication: Somersworth, NH: New England History Press, 1981 (Reprint: A facsimile of the 1903 edition); Media: Book; Page: Page: p. 712]

“Cutts Elizabeth wife of Thomas Cutts Esq. died Jan 11, 1803.” [First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco. Portland, Me.: TheThurston Print, Portland, Maine (1896)]

“The Colonel was fortunate in having a good wife, and their children in having an affectionate mother. If the Academy had been chartered and the admirable
public school system we have today in Saco had been established, I have no doubt that the Colonel, using the same good judgment he showed all through his life, would have educated his children at home. But there were no such schools in the (Colonel's day. Indeed, as late as 1809, the Kennebunk Gazette has a standing advertisement, ‘Teacher wanted,’ etc., showing that it was difficult to secure an instructor. So the Colonel and his wife sent their boys to Andover Academy, and his son Richard (afterwards Member of Congress) then went to Harvard College, and their daughters were educated in Boston. Among Mr. Benjamin N. Goodale's treasures is a letter from Mrs. Cutts to her son Thomas [at school] which is as follows: July. I5, 1785. Dear Thos. I am favored with an opportunity to write you, by Mr. Gray. I wish you to write me particularly on Mr. Gray's return. Your papa, brothers, sisters & all friends here are well. I hope you, your brother & all acquaintances at Andover are the same. You may enquire of Mr. Gray, the particulars respecting an addition of a new elder brother who has taken your second sister and is to carry her soon to Berwick to reside where you will call and put up as you come home in your vacation. Bring us accounts of how it fareth with them — in the mean time improve your- mind by a careful attention to your studies — and dare to excel in Learning that when your papa and I do see you we may have the comfort to behold part of a promising offspring. My respects to your Preceptor, regards to Mr. & Mrs. Abbott. Love to you, well wishes to all. I remain Your tender & affectionate mama, Elizibeth Cutts.” [COLONEL THOMAS CUTTS - BY GEORGE ADDISON EMERY; Read before the Maine Historical Society November 20, 1912 - http://www.archive.org/stream/colonelthomascut00emer/colonelthomascut00emer_djvu.txt]

The following museums and books contain descriptions of many possessions of Thomas Cutts and his wife, Elizabeth (Scammon) Cutts - "Agreeable Situations: Society, Commerce, and Art in Southern Maine, 1780-1830," Laura Fecych Sprague, The Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine (1987), p.31; York Institute.

If you can add to or correct any of the above information it would be very much appreciated. I would also appreciate any additional information you might have on the Cutt(s) family of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine or on Elizabeth Scammon and her parents.

I have much more information on Thomas and Elizabeth (Scammon) Cutts and their descendents. Let me know if you are interested.

David Petrie
Arden Hills, Minnesota


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