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Where Abraham settled... Place names from the Soffee book
Posted by: Linda Rideout (ID *****7666) Date: August 23, 2004 at 23:38:42
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I have been searching and searching to find some real idea of the places that Abraham and his earliest children called home once arriving in the colonies. I also have wanted to try to find the graves or burial places of Nicolas or Abraham. The Soffee book is perhaps the best at giving a clue. I think she is in the ball park, but not totally accurate. Some place names that she mentions are Falmouth, Back Cove, Small Point, Sagadoe (Scituate) and Mill Pond or Mill Pool.

Living in Massachusetts, not far from Scituate, I was curious as to the history of Scituate, so did some research. I've found no early name of Sagadoe in reference to Scituate. However, and see below, there is a Sagadahoc county in Maine, where Back River, Small Point and Mill Pond are part of or close to.

For the longest while, I thought simply it must have been in the Portland (then Falmouth) area, where Back Cove can be found to this day. I have an early map of Falmouth (called 'Ancient Falmouth'), and it clearly shows land plots around Back Cove in the late 1600s. There are several Ingersoll plots in that area. As we know, Nicolas married Mary Hunt Ingersoll. I'm thinking that possibly, Abraham was familiar with the Ingersoll family while in England, or possibly that he may have worked for him upon arriving here. In regard to the shipbuilding on Back Cove, I've been unable to find any older maps that show any Rideout shipyards or wharfs.

Anyway, let me move on to other possible places. Golda mentions Back Cove, Mill Pond (Pool) and Small Point. I don't think she is correct with her Back Cove reference, as there is a Back River that runs by Small Point, in the Bath/Georgetown/Arrowsic area. That, combined with the reasons below, I think Back Cove is really Back River.

If you have read my recent post about a deed for land purchase by Nicolas Rideout that I've come across, there are several names associated with this area that I've found. McCobb (one of the land sellers to Nicolas) family members were from Georgetown, which is where Nicolas was purcasing land on the coast, near the Great Salt Marsh (as the deed states). I came across a website that says that the same McCobb planted a tree at the Congregational Church that still stands on it's grounds. The tree is a European species. This McCobb is buried in this area.

Anyway, moving on. The person who signed the deed, a Mr. Samuell Denny, a town official, was from that area as well.

So, I'm inclined to believe that the place names mentioned in Golda Soffee's book may not be entirely accurate. For example - Back Cove - was actually Back River (or a cove thereon). Small Point, although accurate, is near this Back River, not Back Cove. Mill Pond, name is accurate, but it is not at Back Cove, it is near Back River. Sagadoe is not a name for Scituate, MA as she states, it is truly Sagadahoc in the same parts of ME as above.

Here is a link to a map from the 1800s that has these same place names:

So, if anyone, like me, wants to know where they actually settled down and ran their shipping business, we have to look further north from old Falmouth. Or am I just now turning on a light bulb that everyone else has already been burning?


Hope this info is helpful.

Linda Rideout

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