Humphrey Scammon, Sr. (1640 - 1727)

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Birthplace: Kittery Point, York, ME, USA
Death: Died in Saco, York, ME, USA
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About Humphrey Scammon, Sr.

Humphrey was most probably the son of John although he may have been the son of Richard. He lived at Kittery Point in 1677 and then moved to Wells where he bought land from N. Fryer. He then moved to Cape Porpoise where he had a town grant in 1679 and was constable in 1678/9. Humphrey then moved to Saco where he bought the Henry Waddock farm three miles below the falls on the eastern side of the river 4 Dec. 1679 and was given town privaleges and a ferry license in June 1680.(1)

His was a most important ferry for which his predecessor had been ordered to provide a good, sufficient boat, large enough to carry over three horses at one time. Scammon received "nine pence for the ferrage of a horse and man". Early ferrage charges were 2d cash and 3d on account for each person.(2)

Humphrey had also been "allowed to keepe a publique house of Intertaynmt" from 1680 until 1686 and was in charge of taking the tax lists to York in 1682. He was also in charge of seeing the minister's cellar dug and stoned in 1686 and was a deputy in the same year. He had a sawmill at Blackman's Falls on the Dunstan River and was a culler of fish in 1695/6. In 1699 he was on the grand jury.

During the Indian Wars he moved back to Kittery. Upon his return to Saco on 10 Aug. 1703 he, his wife and sons Humphrey and Samuel were taken captive. The story of the capture is based upon the tale of Samuel's granddaughter. As the story goes Samuel was sent by his mother with a mug of beer for his father and brother who were working in a marsh by the lower ferry. Seeing Indians in the distance the child hurried back to his mother. She, fearing death if they showed signs of resistance would not allow him to shut the door or windows. The Indians came and asked for her sanap (husband). She refused to answer. They threatened to carry her off alone "but promised if she would discover where he was to take them together without harm". After smashing much of the furniture and emptying the beds to get the sacks they went to the marsh and took the two Humphreys.

They were subjected to great cruelty at Peckwogett, the war council deciding to kill them but, the chief remembering the promise the captives were kept although with "harm".

At the Black Point garrison in August "a captive" was sent by the Indians with a flag of truce to the garrison. They sent "Elizabeth Scammon... but the officer well knowing their intreague slighted the message, secured the captive and suffered no messenger approach any nearer than what the muzzles of his guns have license for". Elizabeth was rescued.

The rest of the family was then taken to Canada where they were detained until the next year and when they returned they found their house exactly as it had been left, supposedly even the beer mug was on the table!(3)

"In the name of God Amen I Homphery Scamon of Kittery in the County of Yourk in the Province of the Masitutas Bay in New england Planter... macke this my Last will and testement...

I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife all my moveable estate with in dores & with out During hur Life for hur seport & maintenance & what is Left after hur Deses to my two Sons to be Equally Devided betwen them.

I Give and bequeath to my two Sons humphry & Samuel Scamon All that tract of land and marsh at Sacow & I ( ) fare ye marshes to be Equally Devied betwen them: the upland I give humphry forty ackers more then Samuel: humphry to have his part Lowermost by the River side: as for my Land at Donston I give It Equily betwen them to be devided as thay Shall See fit...

I give and bequeath unto my three Dafters Elizibeth haly Mary Paidinton Rebacka billing fiveten pound A pece to be Payed them by my two Sons...

I constitute macke & ordaine my two Sons afour Sad with my wife to be Executers & Executrix of this my Last will and testement...

I Do desier & apint my beloved friends Liftnt Rodger Duiring & Richard Cutt Sinr to se this my will Performd

In wittness wherof I have here unto Set my hand & Seal this twelveth Daye of march Anno Domi one thousand Seven hundered & thurtiene fourtein.

Signed Seled & delivered in the presence of us Robt Elliot the marke X Scamen Richard Cutt of humphry Richard Cutt Juner"(4) Humphrey Scammon's Will

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I. Humphrey- b. 10 May 1677 Kittery, ME, m. Elizabeth Jordan, d. 31 May 1734 II. Samuel- b.c.1689, m. 1. 1712 Margery Deering (d. 10 Oct. 1740), 2. int. 5 Sept. 1741 Elizabeth Stinson, d. May 1752 4III. ELIZABETH- m. 15 July 1698 ANDREW (2) HALEY IV. Mary- m.1. Hezekiah Purington, 2. Jonathan Paine V. Rebecca- m. John Billing (Living During the Indian Wars he moved back to Kittery. Upon his return to Saco on 10 Aug. 1703 he, his wife and sons Humphrey and Samuel were taken captive. The story of the capture is based upon the tale of Samuel's granddaughter. As the story goes Samuel ; 1677 (Age: About 36-37) -- Kittery, Maine Living 1679 (Age: About 38-39) -- Saco Plantation)

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Humphrey Scammon, Sr.'s Timeline

1640
1640
Kittery Point, York, ME, USA
1673
1673
Age 33
Kittery, York, Maine, United States
1674
1674
Age 34
Kittery, York, ME, USA
1677
May 10, 1677
Age 37
Kittery, ME, USA
1679
1679
Age 39
Kittery, ME, USA
1682
1682
Age 42
Kittery, York, Maine, USA
1689
1689
Age 49
Saco, York, Maine, United States
1727
January 1, 1727
Age 87
Saco, York, ME, USA
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