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CAPT. JOHN HARVELL "A Recent Arrival from Amherst.."
Posted by: Kathleen Martin (ID *****9479) Date: August 10, 2007 at 06:37:02
In Reply to: Re: JOSEPH & GERSHOM HARVELL, Madison, ME Cemetery Inscriptions by Charles Harvell of 1013

Charles: Couldn't agree more. Here are a few end of the book notes from Chapter Five of "Liberty Men and Great Proprietors," page 334.
"For Captain John Harvell, a recent arrival from Amherst, New Hampshire, see Daniel F. Secomb, "History of the Town of Amherst, Hills. Co., NH (Concord, NH, 1883), 268, 430, 619-620; Carleton E. Fisher and Sue G.Fisher, "Soldiers and Sailors, etc., 1982" (often in error), p. 346."
(The notes make it clear that Rev.Alexander MacLean was in the Bernardstown area around 1800-1804. That was the period when John Harvell headed up the petition to incorporate (occurred in 1804), at which time it became known as Madison.)
Pinned to the back of the petition paper (w/John Harvell and 49 other names) was notification that there had been a mistake and "Palmyra" had been used as the town's name instead of Madison. The name Madison was to be inserted wherever the name Palmyra was used. This makes a difference when using the censuses.
NOTE: James McLaughlin's name is included on the petition, and since he married John's daughter Rebecca Harvell that may be a reason why Capt. John came up for a spell to get things organized. William H., also, came up to settle.
The grant of 1803 was given to "quieten" the settlers, who were up in arms over their treatment and used religion to express their anger. Another missionary, Rev. Coffin, visited the Weston home in 1803 (our old home in Skowhegan) to have refreshment, and family memoirs refer to the religious (Antinomian) discussions that took place.
Mercy (Martin) Harvell was the daughter of Nathaniel Martin, born in Derryfield in 1756, son of Capt. Nathaniel Martin and Marcy Goffe (Capt. John Goffe). Nathaniel was at Breed's Hill under Starks and joined the Arnold Expedition in the fall of 1775 under Dearborn, was emprisoned at Quebec, fought throughout the war (with service for Norridgewock), and returned to Maine to live. Our line descends from Capt. Nathaniel Martin's children who went to Vermont.
Today we will check the deeds and probate, etc. Kathleen

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