James Pease, Sr. (1726 - 1798)

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Birthplace: Edgartown, Dukes, MA, USA
Death: Died in Hope, Knox, ME, USA
Managed by: David Embrey
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About James Pease, Sr.

Added by Elwin C. Nickerson: About my Great grandfather : James Pease- He was involved in the Castine Expedition (or Penobscot Expedition) (1779), part of the Mass achusetts Continental Marine, in the Revolutionary War on the ship General Putnam. The Americans were defeated, and their ships were beached on the western side of the bay, so that many of them retreated the best way they could through the wilderness to the towns on the Kennebec, where American sympathizers lived. James returned to Martha's Vineyard on foot , overland. He and others passed through Appleton and Hope, and, on learning that land was available here, he decided to return here with his family. With both James and Prince. Sr. listed in the 1790 Census, it has been a mystery Shetler James heard of land in Appleton through his cousin, Prince Pease, Sr. who may already have been on Appleton Ridge, or if James was the first to Appleton with his family, inducing his cousin to come to Appleton later. Both James and Prince, Sr. are listed in the 1790 Census, along with Aaron, Prince, Jr . and Shubael as householders with families.

We think the mystery is solved as follows. Ted Brown, with his usual meticulous attention t o detail, found old land records, that Prince Pease, Sr. agreed to the conditions of the Proprietors December 26, 1787, the date recorded by the Proprietors for approving the agreement between them and Prince, Sr.: the agreement included taking personal possession of the land.

We deduce from the dates of the Castine War that the earliest that James could have passed t hrough Appleton, Returning home was 1779-80. The following year marked his return with his family to settle here. Because of the dates of the recorded agreement, we deduce that he came through Appleton before his cousin. He settled in the area that would become Pease town, near the Mill Pond (later name), as his deeds show. ( Hardy, page 9)

He brought up his family in Pease Town, Which was then in Hope, and he is buried with his wife in a family plot in Pease town, near the present home of Dorrie Getchell.

James children all born in Edgar town, Martha's Vineyard.

-------------------- James was a Continental Marine in the Revolutionary War.

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James Pease, Sr.'s Timeline

1726
July 10, 1726
Edgartown, Dukes, MA, USA
1762
April 29, 1762
Age 35
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States
1764
May 6, 1764
Age 37
Edgartown, MA, USA
1765
May 3, 1765
Age 38
Edgartown, Dukes, MA, USA
October 13, 1765
Age 39
1770
June 15, 1770
Age 43
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States
1798
October 6, 1798
Age 72
Hope, Knox, ME, USA
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