The legislature, then Massachusetts Bay Colony, assessed the value of what was lost by inhabitants. Nathaniel’s home, land and belongings were valued at 30 pounds according to the book “A History of Portland” by William Willis. Nathaniel, it is believed was allowed a land grant of 100 acres to rebuild. The new home had to be built from the virgin forest and the family could not use the giant pine trees as they were essential for ship masts for the King’s Naval Fleet.
So it came to pass that Nathaniel and his wife Mary, survive the Bombing of Falmouth at the beginning of the Revolutionary war.
Nathaniel did not join the Revolution as a soldier, as his life was dedicated to the refugee survival of wife Mary and their infant children. Later children, another Nathaniel (my 4th great grandfather), George, Sarah, Anna and Phoebe lived in that home made by Nathaniel of Oak trees from his own land in the town of Westbrook, along Duck Pond Rd., near Prides Corner. It was a “Way Station” for some 100 years caring for Teamster Wagons and Horses. It still stands today in testament of Nathaniel’s carpentry skills and the strength of the mighty Oak trees he used to build it.
Genealogical and Historical Epilogue: The burning of Falmouth is well documented on the internet by several sources. In the beginning, we read of Nathaniel Hale, my 5th great grandfather (who later married Mary Lawrence in Portland, daughter of Joshua and Sarah (Pollow) Lawrence) was born to John Hale of Newbury, Ma., whose great grandmother was a Lowell) and Mary (Noyes) Hale, Nathaniel’s mother of Nicholas Noyes fame. John Hale’s first wife was Patience “Dole”Hale who died. Some of the Dole family made it to Hawaii and “Dole Pineapple”was born. The daughter of John and Patience (Dole) Hale, was Patience Hale and married to Dr. Nathaniel Coffin Sr. who graduated Harvard Medical and a great grandson to Tristram Coffin of Newbury (my 10th Great Grandfather too). Great Grandpa Tristram was a signatory in the purchase of Pentucket from Indian chiefs, Passaquo and Saggahew, later to become Haverhill, Ma. And well documented by George Windgate Chase in his Haverhill Book. Tristram later with several others purchased the little Island of Nantucket from Indians for 30 pounds and two beaver hats and lived there happily till death (a true story for another time)
In words of my friend Paul Harvey, “So now you know the rest of the story!” Your Genealogical past awaits you and I hope yours is as rewarding as mine. Till next time.
The End © 2013
(Editor’s Note: Ed Hale resides in Plaistow, with his family. He is a lifelong genealogy enthusiast. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org).