I forgot to pass along a few last tid bits, before I take a trip to visit family.
Many of you may already be aware of it but, I discovered on a map the Town of LARRABEE in Machiasport, Maine. It is in the northern corner of the State, and is one of three towns of Machiasport.I've been told that the town Starboard has some fantastic views.Also, a bit of history is that Machiasport was where the first naval Revolutionary War battle took place. The land and sea battle was victorious for the Patriots, in their taking of the British schooner "Margaretta", by the Patriots sloop "Unity".There is also a historic "Larrabee Church" - 1878, in town.
**As a side note, while searching zipcodes, a came across our own familyzip in LARRABEE, Iowa (51029). Can anyone shed some light on the family connection in Iowa?
Well, that should pretty much cover the bases. I've enjoyed the genealogical detective work these past couple of months, but did not anticipate the ammount of time and effort required.*FYI that I innitiated my project specifically to only find information on James William Leatherbee (DOB: 25 Dec 1797, Wakefield, MA; D: 9 Aug 1873; married to Harriet Wiley, DOB: 1 Mar 1803, Reading MA, D: 28 Dec 1889, Woburn, MA). My father (his name sake gave me his bust oil painting-painted in 1856, Boston, by Thomas Badger).I had it professinaly restored and wanted some ancestral information to accompany it.Thats when I caught the genealogy bug and wanted to trace the entire family line.There is also an anniversary walking cane with a gold top and inscrptions from his seven children.
Oh, some last bit of information I found among the Larrabee record of participation in American wars (Revolutionary, War of 1812, Civil War, etc), is that the grandson of immigrant Stephen (killed by Indians on Jewell Island, ME) that I described in my previous message, exacted some revenge on the Indians. A Sergeant Stephen Larrabee killed the Indian Chief "Agawam" in 1737 alond a stream bed, and was singled out for praise by the authorities for his overall service in: "To him we are indebted in great degree for the preservation of the (Kennebunk" settlement".The hardships I'm sure were many, not with standing the Indian wars and massacres that accompanied them.
I'm hoping to make a "pilgrimage" to North Yarmouth, ME, Jewell Island, Machiasport some time in the near future. **If anyone can give me any information on the location of the old cemeteries & tombstones (especially Stephen D: 1676), it would be greatly appreciated.