Founders of Machias
Ninth Generation Woodruffs:
Emmiegrants from Scarborough:
William Hyram Woodruff:
Paternal Grandfather Otis’s Grandparents:
1. Private Jonathan Woodruff b.1720-1735 or 1740 (my opinion fr scarborough
1 September 1775 - 31 March 1776 military service: Machias, Maine, Crewman on the armed Sloop Machias Liberty, formerly the Unity, outfitted with guns captured from Margaretta. Time spent cruising and harrying the British for an extremely large expanse of water. (Machias was very remote, and next armed vessels were out
1 February 1776 - 30 April 1776 military service: machias maine, Seaman, sloop “Machias Liberty,” commanded by Capt. Jeremiah Obrien; engaged Feb. 1, 1776; discharged April 30, 1776; service, 2 mos. 29 days.
19 July 1777 - 24 November 1777 military service: nova scotia, Woodruff, Jonathan. Certificate [date not given] signed by Capt. Jabez West, certifying that Capt. Stephen Smith, Muster Master for Lincoln Co., had paid .said Woodruff and others belonging to Capt. West's co. the bounty allowed them for engaging to serve
Revolutionary soldier at Machias, 1777- Married Widow
Ackley. He sold Stephen Smith of Sandwich, 1-16 of mill at West river, May, 28, 1772
Captain Jabez West, a member of Colonel John Allan's invasion force, used this route to escape to Machias, Maine from advancing British forces in July of 1777.
↑ Maine Historical Magazine Volume 8 - http://books.google.com/books?id=dvc7AAAAIAAJ&dq=james%20w%20woodruff%20machias%20maine&pg=PA85#v=onepage&q=&f=false Jonathan Woodruff: Revolutionary soldier at Machias, 1777- Married Widow Ackley. He sold Stephen Smith of Sandwich, 1-16 of mill at West river, May, 28, 1772
↑ Maine Families 1790 - ii Anna, [b prob Scarborough], m abt 1774-75 (first child b. 3 Nov 1775, per Jackman’s Machias, p. 6) Benajah Ackley (Machias Memorial, p. 166), b 1754-55 (from ae at death) prob son of Benajah & Lurana (Gill) Ackley of Lebanon CT (see discussion below), d. Whiting 16 May 1830, ae 75 y (Eastport Sentinel, p. 106, issue of 2 Jun 1830; his death date listed as 16 May “1829” in Whiting VT). [Benajah Ackley’s parentage is not found in any single document, however a strong case can be built that he was the son of Benajah Ackley of East Haddam CT who m Lebanon CT 21 May 1747 Lurana Bill (Rev. Frederic W. Bailey, Early Connecticut Marriages as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1900, Fifth Book , p. 43). Lurana moved to Cornwallis NS about 1760-61-her husband either dying before or shortly after the move, as Lurana was undoubtedly the “Lawrence” Akley listed as one of the original grantees of land in Cornwallis along with her brother Amos Bill and other members of the Bill family (Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton, The History of Kings County, Nova Scotia , p. 74). Lurana m (2) [prob in NS] Jonathan Woodruff, this being proven by a land conveyance dated 22 May 1765 in which Jonathan and “Laurania” sold land that “was granted to the said Laurania Woodruff (before her marriage with the said Jonathan Woodruff by the name of Laurania Ackley). . .” (FHL film #567, 506, Deeds at Cornwallis, NS, vols. 1 and 2, 1764-1792, p. 20, recorded instrument 18). Jonathan Woodruff and his wife and children moved to Machias by 1769, as evidenced by his signature on a petition of Machias residents (Drisko’s Machias, p. 20). As Benajah is the only Ackley found in Maine before 1790, and with the repetition of the unusual name Benajah, it is likely that he was a son of Lurana (Bill) (Ackley) Woodruff by her 1st marriage. Furthermore, Samuel Holmes, Anna’s father, owned 2 marsh lots situated on Woodruff Cove in Machias, suggesting the Woodruffs lived in Machias near the Holmes’s and Ackley’s (John Cooper, chief appraiser, “Record of Valuations of Houses & Lands in the 2nd District, 1st Division, Massachusetts 1799” [MS, MHS Coll. 1269, Vol 3]).]
↑ MASSACHUSETTS SOLDIERS AND SAILORS IN THE WAR OF THE REVOLUTION, 17 VOLS. vol 17 page 839 - Woodruff, Jonathan.Seaman, sloop “Machias Liberty,” commanded by Capt. Jeremiah Obrien; engaged Feb. 1, 1776; discharged April 30, 1776; service, 2 mos. 29 days.Woodruff, Jonathan. Certificate [date not given] signed by Capt. Jabez West, certifying that Capt. Stephen Smith, Muster Master for Lincoln Co., had paid .said Woodruff and others belonging to Capt. West's co. the bounty allowed them for engaging to serve on the exjjedition against St. Johns; also. Private, Capt. Jabez West's co. ; enlisted July 19, 1777 ; discharged Nov. 24, 1777 ; ser- vice, 4 mos. 5 days ; company raised for expedition against Nova Scotia and continued in service at Machias for its defence.
↑ Maine Historical Magazine, vol. 4 (Bangor, Me.: J. W. Porter, 1888). - REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS TO THE EASTWARD. A list of men mustered by Stephen Smith, Muster Master, on the 24th day of July, 1777, in Col. McCobb's Regimen—t.In Brigadier General Warner's Brigade, 212 : ‡ Joseph Averill, James O'Brien, Bartholomew Bryant, Josiah Libbee, Jona Woodruff, James Dillaway, John Young, John Berry, Jr., Nathaniel Cox, Nehemiah Small, Noah Mitchell, Mathias Whitney, Daniel Merritt, Abraham Allen, William Kelly, Nathan Andrews, David Libbee, Joseph Getchell, William Mills, Peter Colbrooth, Henry Dillaway, (Fifer) James Foster, Benj. Foster, William Mitchel, Daniel Small, George Tinney, Joseph Libbee, Shubal Hinckley, Samuel Reynolds, John Gardner. ‡These men belonged in Machias or vicinity.
2. Wife: Lurania Bill (Widow Ackley)
3. Daniel Brown
4. Ruth Morill: Brother father:
Paternal Grandmother Sally Meservey’s
5. Private and Seaman Daniel Meservey b. b 1739
↑ Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the revolutionary war, Volume 10 - http://www.archive.org/stream/massachusettssollmopmass#page/694/mode/2up/search/meserv Meservee, Daniel. Private, Capt. Stephen Smith's co.. Col. Benjamin Foster's regt. ; service between Dec. 4, 1778, and Jan. 4, 1779, 3 days, at Machias. Meservey, Daniel. Private, Capt. Stephen Smith's co., Col. Foster's (Lincoln Co.) regt.; service, 2 mos. ; company served at Machias from July 16 , to Oct. 10 , when British ships lay in that liarbor; «^.so, Lieut. John Scott's detach- ment from 6th Lincoln Co. regt. ; service, 7 days ; detachment served from Aug. 31, 1779, to Nov. 20, 1779, at Machias; roll endorsed " Service at Penobscot."
6. Susanna Smaill: Bro/Fa B. 1740
7. Tomas Burnham: b. 1730
8. Mary Seavey b.
At the boarding of the margaretta per Driskolls Machias
Campaigns Machias Men & Women Served in:
1775 : Col Samuel McCobb ordered to join American Army
1776: From Cambridge to Rhode Island
1779: Attack on Castine
Samuel McCobb (b. November 20, 1744, d. July 30, 1791)Samuel McCobb (son of James MCCobb and Beatrice Rodgers)5001, 5002, 5003, 5004 was born November 20, 1744 in Georgetown, Sagadahoc, Maine5005, 5006, 5007, and died July 30, 1791 in Georgetown, Sagadahoc, Maine5008, 5009, 5010. He married Rachel Denny on February 18, 1768 in Georgetown, Sagadahoc, Maine5011, 5012, 5013, daughter of Samuel Denny and Rachel Loring.
Notes for Samuel McCobb:1 16 May 2005
Descendants of Samuel McCobb
Generation No. 1
1. GEN. SAMUEL1 MCCOBB1,2. He married (1) RACHAEL DENNY3,4, daughter of SAMUEL DENNY and RACHEL (--?-
-). She died 18 Sep 1825 in Phipsburg, ME4. He married (2) UNKNOWN WIFE (--?--).
Notes for GEN. SAMUEL MCCOBB:
According to Owen, History of Bath, ME, p. 528. Samuel McCobb was the representative of the 'lower parish' of
Georgetown, Maine to the Provincial Congress of 1775, was the Clerk of the town from 1773-1776, and was the
According to Levi P. Lemont, 1400 Historical Dates of the Town and City of Bath, and Town of Georgetown,
From 1604 to 1874 (1874) pp. 29, in 1775, Col. Samuel McCobb of Georgetown, commanded the regiment that
was detached from this brigade, with orders to join the American army, then under General Waghington at
Cambridge. Dummer Sewall of Bath, Lieut. Col., and Maj. White of Topsham. From Cambridge, 1776, the
regiment was ordered to Rhode Island.
The same volume reports at p. 29 that in 1779 we again find Col. McCobb at the head of his regiment, for the
attack on Castine.
General McCobb led the Maine Regiment in which Dr. Samuel Duncan served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary
More About GEN. SAMUEL MCCOBB:
Elected 1: Bet. 1773 - 1776, Clerk, Georgetown, ME5
Elected 2: Bet. 1778 - 1780, Treasurer, Georgetown, ME
Children of SAMUEL MCCOBB and RACHAEL DENNY are:
2. i. GEN. DENNY2 MCCOBB, b. 13 Feb 1770, Georgetown, ME.
ii. BETTRICE MCCOBB6, b. 01 Oct 1772, Georgetown, ME6.
iii. RACHAEL MCCOBB6, b. 24 Jun 1774, Georgetown, ME6.
iv. NANCY MCCOBB6, b. 01 Feb 1777, Georgetown, ME6; m. NICHOLAS L. MITCHELL7, 17 Aug 1797,