About James John Stilson, Sr.
James Stilson was born about 1658 in Marblehead, Mass. James Stilson is the 6th great grandfather of Theodore Leland Durgan. He died in 1689 in Muscongus Island Maine. Killed By Indians. During the "Second Indian War", on August 2, 1689, the fort at Pemauid was taken, and James Stilson, then living on Muscongus Island, was killed by the Indians while crossing a stream in a canoe.
JAMES STILSON,son of Vincent I and Grace, born about 1658, died August 2, 1689, married 1675, Margaret Gould, born 1660 (she died ?December 1750 or early 1751 at "about age 92"). She was the oldest daughter of Alexander and Margaret Gould. James took the Oath of Fidelity before the Commissioner of Marblehead December 18, 1677. Margaret joined the First Church of Marblehead April 18, 1686, and their children were baptized May 16, 1686. It was in this year that James sold his land and moved to Pemaquid, Maine. Margaret Gould Stilson had inherited the island of Muscongus and a tract of land on the mainland, (Maine) in all, eight square miles. John Brown, Margaret's maternal grandfather had purchased a large tract of land from the Sagamores for "fifty skins", July 15, 1625, and the deed was acknowledged at Pemaquid July 24, 1626. This is supposed to be the earliest Indian deed on record. Margaret's portion was a part of the original tract owned by her grandfather.
The History of Bristol and Bremen, Maine, Including the Pemaquid Settlement, by John Johnston, 1873 gives a full account of John Brown and a detailed account of the Indian Wars that affected the early population on this coast of Maine. The following information is found in John Brown of New Harbor Maine, and some of his Descendants 1623 - 1670, published in 1920. "John Brown gave the Island of Muscongus, and a large tract upon the mainland to Alexander Gould, the husband of his daughter Margaret, as Margaret's marriage portion. This was by deed dated August 8, 1660; and she 'continued to live upon it long after the death of her husband.' (york Deeds & Lincoln Co. Depositions.)
During the "Second Indian War", on August 2, 1689, the fort at Pemauid was taken, and James Stilson, then living on Muscongus Island, was killed by the redskins while crossing a stream in a canoe. His wife Margaret and their children were taken captive and carried to Canadas where they were sold to the French. The Indians tooke the Stilson infant and burned him to death, before starting the captives on their way. An expedition was formed October 1695 to ransom the Canada captives. Margaret (Gould) was among those brought back, but two of her children, remained in captivity, her daughter Margaret until about 1699, and James, her son, until after 1703. Her daughter Mary remained in Canada and married. The whereabouts of John are unknown. Margaret (Gould) Stilson married as her second husband on March 30, 1696, Thomas Pittman. They had four children, Elizabeth, Thomas, Hannah and John, all who died young. Margaret and Thomas lived in Marblehead until their deaths, Thomas dying April, 1736, and Margaret December, 1750 at age 92.
Children of James and Margaret (Gould) Stilson:
1. John, christened May 16, 1686 in Massachusetts, taken captive. Bertha Taft Keith shows him unaccounted for, possibly died young. However, the same was speculated about his sister, Mary, and according to the records shown below, she survived and married. There is a John who has shown up as an ancestor in the Ontario, Canada line of Stilson. Although, this John would have been too old, it might be interesting to investigate whether one of the descendants of this person, also named John, was the Stilson who establisehed the Canadian line. while records in Quebec show his brother James and sister Mary, John has proved more illusive. the only reference this editor found (without undertaking any in-depth research) as to the fate of young John was a mention in the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire by Syble Noyes, Charles Thorton Libby and Walter Goodwin Davis. It notes on page 662 that John the son of james may have been Jean. (The other family members all adopted French names when they lived in Canada.) It gives no other information except to reference Louis XIV's bounty list November 11, 1702, Parkman MS, Massachusetts Historical Society.