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Phineas Ames, or more properly, "Phinehas Eames", as it was spelled in
that era, was one of the founding fathers of Bucksport, Maine. Phineas
came from Haverill, Mass. with Jonathan Buck, and was living in "Plantation
1", as it was known in 1775. In the midst of the Revolutionary War, the
British blockaded the Penobscot River, shutting off the settlers from food
and supplies. Massachusetts sent a fleet of 19 armed ships, twenty transports,
and a force of over 1000 men to dislodge the British from Fort George in
nearby Castine. The 21-day battle that followed in the summer of 1779 was
one of the greatest fiascos in US military history. Until Pearl Harbor,
it was the largest naval defeat. A small British force defeated the American
force, that vastly outnumbered it. The patriots of Plantation 1 took to
the woods to escape, with whatever possessions they could carry, and walked
over 200 miles back to Haverhill. The British came ashore and pillaged
and burnt the properties of the departed patriots.
After a treaty was signed with the British in 1783, most of the former townspeople returned from Haverhill and rebuilt the town. In 1789, the townsfolk petitioned the Court to incorporate Plantation 1 as the town of Buckstown, honoring Colonel Jonathan Buck. On 6 September 1792, the first town meeting was held, and Phineas Ames was elected Moderator, and was elected one of two "Surveyor of Highways".
Phineas' earliest known Eames ancestor, and immigrant to America, was Robert Eames, his great grandfather, who came from Boxford England to marry Rebecca Blake and settle in Boxford, Mass. Rebecca Blake Eames later gained some notoriety as a convicted witch at the Salem witch trials, but was eventually pardoned. Descendants from Robert Eames and Rebecca Blake to Phineas Ames are:
Children of Robert Eames and Rebecca Blake are:
Children of Nathaniel Eames and Mary Kimball are:
Children of Jeremiah Eames and Sarah Kimball are:
Children of Phinehas Ames and Mary Cotton are:
Bucksport history is from 200 Years and Counting, the Story of Bucksport 1792 - 1992 from the Bucksport Bicentennial Committee.
Thanks to the many people who have graciously shared information, suggestions and critiques for many years: Beryle Snowman Ames, Cathy Atwood Ames, Doug Ames, James E. Ames, John Ames, Lois Conner Ames, Kip and Carol Ames, Steven P. Ames, Susan E. Ames, Judy Van Schuyver Auer, Sandy Cadwallader, Erin Chowning, Virginia Soper Davis, Jerry Eby, Paul Emerson, Russell Farnham, Fred Fellows, Paul Fulsher, Cindy Gray Hinton, Elizabeth Jones, Sherry Ames Jones, Alan Lundstedt, Pat McElroy, Julie Moes, Stafford-Ames Morse, Michael Boyer O'Leary, Orson Rathburn, Richard Morey Sherman, Regina Snowman Smith, David Swett, and the friendly, helpful librarians and town clerks of Bucksport, Orland, and Orrington, Maine.
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