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History of Bath, Maine - Donnell's & Gutch
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****3873) Date: July 08, 2007 at 11:16:54
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Found this to be interesting info from a book on Bath, Maine publ. in 1874.
In 1665 the Rev. Robert GUTCH (Gooch??) a Presbyterian minister (Scottish??) purchased land from the Heath plantation from Indian Chief Robinhood.

In 1679 Rev. Robert Gutch drowned crossing the Sagadahoc River in his boat.

1736 Nathaniel DONNELL (my 7th grt. grandfather) of old York, Maine bought of Margaret JOHNSON heiress to Robert GUTCH all of her rights except 500 acres from the Academy north to North St. which she conveyed to Mr. Springer. In 1759 Mr. Donnell had a lawsuit with the Plymouth Company and beat them. This land extended from River to River. (doesn't say which ones)

Prominent men of Bath ~
1665 Rev. Robert GUTCH first Gospel preacher
1718 - Joseph HEATH surveyor of the Lawson title, which title was established by the Pejepscot proprietors. In 1759 Heath lived where Thomas Harward's house is now on a farm comprising 200 acres of land. (is this the Heath Plantation mentioned above that Rev. Robert Gutch purchased?).

1736 - Nathaniel DONNELL (my 7th grt. grandfather) owned this territory, one store built at Long Reach on the point at Sewall's Mill.

1768 - Capt. Benj. Donnell's (my 6th grt. grandfather and son of Capt. Nathaniel Donnell above) house stood where Mrs. Zina Hyde's house now stands. Capt. Donnell raised a large family.

1803 - Jonathan S. DONNELL, member of the Legislature. He was a farmer.

The First Settlers in Bath~
At the time the only thoroughfare was the Sagadahock, New Meadows and Back Rivers. Long Reach was completely walled in on the west by rocky bluffs, creeks and ponds with no bridges and but few people to build them. The first street in Bath was High St. and what settlers there were, were all on that and no way to get to Brunswick, Mill Cover or the New Meadows River where the bulk of the inhabitants resided.
The number of dwelling houses at Long Reach was twelve and on the Kennebec side located as follows:
It lists them one through 12... (the date is 1759)
the Eighth house was where Capt. Nathaniel DONNELL (again my 7th grt. grandfather) lived. This house was then inhabited by his son Capt. Benjamin DONNELL.

In 1804 - John Donnell was with the Fire Engine No. 2 fire station in Bath.
In 1805 - Joshua Donnell ran a blacksmith shop which burned.

In 1827 New Engine No. 3 Fire station was organized with 32 members. William C. DONALD was the director, John DONALD was the sub-director and Samuel Donald the clerk.

In 1785 the School House on the west side of High St. near Capt. Benjamin Donnell's house was built. (I wish I had known that the last time I was in Bath on High St. antiquing I could have searched out the location of my 6th grt. grandfather's house).

1746 Capt. Benj. Donnell with his vessel, was detailed by Gen. Pepperrell to take the troops and supplies from the Kennebec and rendezvous at Boothbay where they met the Massachusetts forces, then sailed for Louisburg and captured Cape Britain(sic- Breton?). On his return he brought back a quanity of French brick. [which were perhaps used in some of the buildings in Bath that you see today].

1792 - from this date untl 1794 the small pox prevailed here to an alarming extent. A hospital was established in the woods near DONNELL's pond but the deaths were not numerous.

1816 - Wood & Donnell were the first to start a packet between Bath and Boston. Capt. Patee schooner Boston.

1825 - The Kennebec Steam Navigation Comp. established. The packet steamer Eastern Star ran to Boston, Commanded by Capt. Samuel T. DONNELL.
That's about it.
Hope this is helpful to others who descend from this branch.
Capt. Benjamin Donnel's daughter Elizabeth is my 5th grt. grandmother. She married James MOODY in Buxton, York Co., Maine in Jan. 1774.

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