Name: George FELT
Birth: BEF 29 JAN 1640 in Charleston, Suffolk, MA
Death: 23 SEP 1676 in Falmouth, Cumberland, ME [killed by Indians]
from a book called "The
Felt Genealogy" compiled by John E Morris, 1893:
In a testimony by George Felt himself, describing himself as 80 years old, testifies "that the town of Charlestown gave him an
house plott of two acres...was given him about forty-eight years since."(about 1632).
His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Prudence Wilkinson. Prudence Wilkinson's will, dated "1655, 11: Mo : 9, day", names her son
John and her daughter Eliza. Felt.
Made freeman in Falmouth in 1660, he owned several islands in Casco Bay. He
died of wounds suffered when he and six other men attempted to rescue sheep
from House Island before retreating from the Indians.
Text: John E. Morris, The Felt Genealogy (Desc, of George Felt of Casco Bay),1893
On the 19 Jan 1639/40, Elizabeth Felt, wife of George, was admitted to the communion of the First Church, and one week later on
26 January, had her three children, Elizabeth, Mary, and George, baptized. Elder John Green listed the three children as Felch,
although he listed her a week earier as Felt. There is no record of George Felt (the father) as a member. Also, the compiler of this
book didn't know if George and Elizabeth were already married when they came to Charlestown, MA, or not. Do you have a record
of this? In 1640, he obtained 300 acres of land in Broad Cove on Casco Bay, ME, and by 1643, became one of the Pioneer settlers
of North Yarmouth, ME. "The advent of George Felt in Broad Cove may be said to be the birthday of North Yarmouth." George died
in 1693 in Malden, MA. Elizabeth died in 1694.
George Felt, Jr
George Felt, Jr was born Nov 26, 1638, in Charlestown.MA. He married on Nov 25, 1662 in Falmouth, ME Philippa
Andrews, the daughter of Samuel and Jane Andrews. She died Sept 19, 1709. He probably went to Falmouth with his
father and he was declared freeman there in 1660. In 1670 he received 100 acres of land from his mother-in-law Jane
Mackworth. His homestead was bounded by Mussel Cove on the south and the marshland of the Presumpscot River on the
northwest. On July 29, 1666 he was a Falmouth juryman. In 1673 he was granted Low Clapboard Island (Sturtevant Island)
by the town of Falmouth. He also held title to Three Brothers and Little Chebeague Islands. In 1676, the Indian wars broke
out and he was killed at Mussel Cove on Sept 26,1676.
George Felt, Jr. was baptized with his two sisters in the First Church of Charlestown, Mass., one week after the admission of their mother to the membership of this church, as witnessed by the following entry from its records. "1638-nth mo: day 26. Elizabeth Felch: George Felch and Mary Felch the son and daughters of Elizabeth were baptized."1 It is probable that at this time he was several years old. He was undoubtedly taken to Casco Bay by his father, and when he returned from there about 1649 carrle with him. It seems probable that he lived in Salem for a time before returning to Casco Bay, for the signature of his son, George Felt 3d, to a petition partly quoted here, would appear to indicate that he was a house proprietor in that place prior to 1661. A meeting was called "at ye dwelling house of Mr. Sam' Goltrite in Salem, in holder, on ye 29th day of June, 1713," of citizens, (and probably of their heirs or representatives.) who were "Legall proprietors of ye Comon and undevided Lands in ye township of Salem, by ye laws of this Province, having Cottages or dwelling places before ye year 1661." He returned to Casco Bay about 1660 (at the same time as his father), and was made freeman in Falmouth in that year. He married, November 25, 1662, Philippa Andrews,
1 Record Book of the First Church of Charlestown, Mass., page 206.
daughter of Samuel and Jane Andrews,' who was born in 1632. On this occasion he received from his father a "marriage portion " as shown by the following deed. "Promised by George Felt the elder to his son George Felt the younger to pay him out the Day of his Marriage, which was the 25 day of g'*' 1662, to the full & Intyre Sum of fourty pounds Sterling as also at the Decease and Death of the Said George the Elder there is and ought to Bee Due and paid unto the said George the younger out of the Estate of Said George the Elder, So much as shall make up and Compleat the above Expressed Sum of fourty pounds to be and be made a full hundred pounds Sterling to be from hence fourth proper to the Said George the younger, his heirs, Executors, administrators or assigns, Notwithstanding any Deeds Conveyances or Delegations to be made by the said George the Elder. In witness to this Truth and to confirm the Obligation hereunto I George Felt the Elder this 27 Day of 9b" 1662 have subscribed my name. . . . this above written writing was Entered into the booke of records of Scarborrow and Falmouth."'' In 1670 he received from his mother-in-law, who had married Arthur Mackworth for her second husband and who had been for the second time left a widow, the gift of a homestead, as evidenced by the following deed. "Be it knowne unto all men by these presents, That I Jane Mackworth of y* Towne of ffalmouth alias Casco Bay, widow of Arthur Mackworth Gent* Deceased. For divers good Causes & consideracons me Thereto moving more Especialy for & in considerac5n of a Marriage that hath been betwixt my daughter Phillipe & George Felt, haue given granted &c a quantity of Land adjoyning to his now dwelling house in r Towne of ffalmouth alias Casco, bounded as followeth, with a deep Gutt hard by a parcell of pines at a place commonly called or knowne by y* name of y* Mussle cove alias doco Missick upon ye South West Side of my daughter purchas her land which was given her by my Deceased husband Mr. Arthur Mackworth Deceased & So in breadth to y* bounds of my
1 Samuel Andrews was a citizen of London. He came to America in the ship Increase, April 12, 1635, with his family consisting of his wife Jane, and two daughters. They had a son Samuel, born at Casco Bay. Mr. Andrews died in 1637, and his widow married Arthur Mackworth, one of the most respectable settlers of the Bay. He died in 1657. His widow removed to Boston during the Indian war, in 1675, and died there the year following.
2 Old Norfolk Records, Vol. 4, page 77.
Son James Andrews according to a writing or Deed which he Received of me which lyeth South westerly from y" said George ffelts & So up into y' Country till a hundred acres be Compleat & Ended, allwaies provided that he doe not Entrench neither upon My Son Andrews his land nor my daughter purchas her land, Together likewise with Two parcells of Marsh lying and being in y* aforementioned Towne of Falmouth in y* river which goeth up to poosumskut r one commonly called or knowne by ye name of Morrice his Marsh Together with all woods underwoods profits privledges Commodities Emoluments & Immunities that may or shall thence arise or any way appertain or belong or to any part thereof To have and To Hold &c, &c. Allwaies provided that he y" Said George ffelt his heirs & Successors doe & shall from time to time well & Truly pay or cause to be payd unto me Jane Mackworth my heirs Executors or assigns a due & proportionable part of such anual rents anualy as y* orriginal grant my husband Mr. Arthur Mackworth hath received doeth oblige to pay and make good unto y' Lord proprietor according to y* Tearms & true intent thereof if any such rent shall be by any Lord proprietor Lawfully demanded of me my heirs Executors or adminis", and in Witness of y* truth hereof I Jane Mackworth have hereunto Set my hand & Seale this Seventh Day of February in y* year of our Lord 1669-70.'"
This gift was evidently made in accordance with the desire of her husband expressed upon his death-bed, his informal will being known to us through the testimony of a neighbor, as follows: "This 17th day of August; 1660, I Robert Jordan do ascertajne on my oath, that I Heard Mr. Arthur Makeworth on his death bedd declare that his full will & testament was, that his wife Mis Jane Mackeworth should by her wisedom dispose of his whoole estate aequally as neare as might bee betweene her former husband's children & the Children between them, & In Case any shortnesse was on either side, that itt should rather bee on his owne Childrens side & further sayth not onely the desease of the sd Mr. Arthur Mackeworth was before the submission of these Towns of Sarbrough & Falmouth to the Massatusetts authority vnder my hand & on my oath, by mee Robrt Jordan."1
1 Old Norfolk Records, Vol. 4, page 95.
* York County, Maine, Registry of Deeds, Vol. I, page 155.
At about the time of George Felt's return to Maine the people of Casco Bay had become restive by reason of the uncertainty of their government. Though now under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Colony, many of the settlers objected to the rule of the magistrates appointed by the General Court, claiming that their appointment had been obtained through fraudulent misrepresentation, and undoubtedly there was a feeling that Massachusetts had gotten outside of the limits covered by her own patent. At this juncture a petition was presented to the General Court signed by a number of the dwellers at Casco Bay, George Felt, Jr., among them, as follows:
"1660.—To the Hon. Gen. Court of the Mass. or whom els it shall or may concern, the humble petition of divers inhabitants and freemen of Plymouth, humbly sheweth. That whereas there hath been a sad contention in these parts concerning government, Your petitioners most of them living upon their labor, and desirous rather to live in peace and learne to be obedient and submit to what government it shall please the Lord and our sovereign to appoint over us, than to contend or determine who our governors shall be, yet there hath latclie certaine men appeared in our names att y* Hon. Gen. Court, and as we are informed presented a petition which was without our consents or knowledge, for had r government been settled and that we could have acted with freedom of spirit wee would never have dishonored the Hon. Gen. Court, with men of such lives and conversations, as are first, George Cleeves, who is upon record for breach of oath and accused of forgery. Mr. Phippen not many days before his departure was beating and drawing of y* blood of his Majesties subjects and stands upon record for slandering r deputie governor and was always a man of contention and strife since he came in our parts. John Phillips hath acknowledged himself guilty of keeping a woman which is none of his wife this 14 years. These men cam in your names and exercise authorite over us with many soare threatenings wherefore our humble request is, that if itt please the Lord to continue us still under your government you would be pleased to grant us the liberty that other of his Majesties subjects have, and you by Article granted, yi is freedom to vote for our officers and not such men imposed upon us, and we shall ever pray &c."
In 1663 matters appear to have been but little better, and another declaration, with George Felt among the signers, was forwarded to the Court at York, as follows:
"1663, 4 July. A Declaration of r Townes of Scarborrow & ffalmouth, Black Point & Casco, to be Presented to y* Hond Court att York.—Wee y* subscribers according to a petition presented by some of vs to y* Hond Generall Court of r Massachusetts doe hereby Declare that we are not willing to contend or Determine who shall be our Gou era ours butt that to suhmitt to whom itt shall please y* Lord & our Soucraing to appoint ouer vs. Neither to resist any power whereby any man shall be legallie cast in any Civill action Capital) or Criminall, Yett wee are nott willing to subject or submit ourselves to y* claims of either Authorities in this province or Countie for fear of bringing ourselues into further trouble till itt shall bee Determined by his Maiestie our Soueraing Lord y* King to whom we properlie belong, but if itt shall so please ye Claimes of both Authorities to act according to y* agreement alls wel, wee shall willinglie and Chearfulli Submit thereto Till we haue a definite resolution from our Souerings.
"Wee doe Likewise Declare our griefe of Spiritt for y* hard and viciull cariagc & vsage wch not Long since exercised vpon an Antient officer amongst vs who acted in his Majesties Name and for ought we know by Authorite Deriued from him, and y* Daylic threatenings which are Daylie putt forth concerning them y' joyned with him in acting & those y' obayed in submitting and as wee concieue in Confidence wee are bound to Doe the vtmost of ovr endeauors for y* presentation of any from amongst vs to be vsed in y* Like manner by reason wee are fullie perswaded y' y* Hon"1 Court neur gaue any order forSvch actings and y1 some of vs haue often heard him and others declare y' if ye Hd General Court had ought to say against them they would be willing to goe if they sent but y* Least officer for them.
"Subscribed vs fourth day of Juli 1663."
In 1665, three Commissioners were appointed by the King, into whose hands was given command of the province. A few years later, Massachusetts again claimed jurisdiction, and finally, 'in 1677, settled the vexed question by purchasing of Ferdinando Gorges, the grandson and heir of Sir Ferdinando, the original patentee, for the sum of 1250 pounds sterling, all rights in the Province of Maine, expressly "excepting all leases, grants and conveyances made by the original Proprietor, or his agents engaged in planting the Province."
July 29, 1666, George Felt appears as a juryman at a Court held at Casco, which tried James Robinson of Black Point for the murder of Christopher Collins of the same place, of which charge he was acquitted,
In 1672, in conjunction with Jenkin Williams and Francis Neale, he bought a large tract of land of the Indians, as witnessed by the following deed.'
"This indenture or covenant made this 14th day of August in the yeare of our Lord 1672, betwixt Nanaadconit, Wavaad Button, Indian Sagamores, of the one part, and Francis Neale, George Fealt & Jenkin Williams, planters, of the other party Witnesseth, that Wee Nanaadconit, & Wavaad Button, for and in consideration of a certaine sum of money or moneys worth to us paid in hand before the sealing and signing of these presents, wherewith we acknowledge
i Essex Land Records, \ ol. 8, page 181.
ourselves fully sattisfied paid and contented: have given, granted, bargained and sold & by these presents doe absolutely give, grant, sell, aliene, enfoefe & confirm unto Francis Neale, George Fealt and Jenkin Williams, their heires & Assigns forever, a quantity or parcell of land, lying and being near Casco Bay & up the river called Psumpskitt river & bounded as followeth, viz: On y* Northeast Side of the river, and to begin where Mr. Geo. Munioy according to his deede which about five or six years since he had from us, endeth, upon the same side of the river, and So to run downe by the Side of the river to the falls & Soe along the Side of the river within four score poles of John Waklies now dwelling house, and six miles up in y* country: together with all lands, marshes, wood, timber, trees, underwoods, with y* privilidges of the river and falls and all other profits and privilidges of What nature Soever is or may be contained within the above mentioned bounds: alwayes excepted, that if any of the aforesaid land be within the now claime of title of the Massachusetts Colony or Jurisdiction we do not presume to dispose of itt. To have
& to hold &c, &c And in witness of y* truth hereof. Wee, Nanaad
conit and Wavaad Button, have hereunto Sett our hands and Seals this fourth of August 1672."
Other Indians afterward claimed this land on the plea that those who had disposed of it had no right to do so. George Felt's share of this tract was in 1690 conveyed by his son George to David Phippen of Salem, the other two proprietors having already deeded him their portion.
In 1673 the town of Falmouth granted to George Felt Lower Clapboard Island, lying in the bay about a mile off his house,1
"Att a meeting of Select Men of this Towne of Falmouth this 23 January 1673, Granted to George Felt Junr the Lower Claboard Island with the priviledges thereunto belonging Excepting Liberty for any Inhabitants of the Towne to fetch Stones from thence or for Fowling, all Towne right in it's granted to him. . . this writing was entered into the records of Scarbar row and falmouth."
He also possessed the Three Brothers and the Little Chebeague Islands in Casco Bay.1
We find also another piece of property deeded to him, the record of which is as follows:
"This is to certifie Whom soever it may Concern that I Marjary Hayneshave set and let to George Felt of Casco Bay a Tract or parcell of Marsh formerly belonging to my former husband Nicholas White Dec'd lying at the North East End of Mericancague Neck, all and euery part of the Same lying in two parts with a point of upland running between and being on the Eastern Side of the
1 Old Norfolk Land Records, Vol. 4, page 78. 'Essex Land Records, Vol. 32, page 138.
Creek of Mayne Gutt, all upon the value and Consideration of two pairs of Shoos paid in hand and are rec'd, and also for the building of the Small house frame Sixteen feet long and twelve foott wide Crevesed posts and Logged panes Closed and well lined and Three pairs of Couples upon it all within the Space of the two years after the Date hereof During which time the said George Felt and upon these Terms Shall and May Cutt Sett and Lett the said Marsh, given under my hand this 15th day of A prill 75. . this writing was Entered into the book of Records of Scarborrow & Falmouth." 1
The day following the execution of the above deed, William Haynes, schoolmaster, the husband of Marjery, conveyed to George Felt,
"My right and Intrest of my Plantation at a place Comonly called pine point according to his bill of Sale, together with a piece of Marsh at a place Called Little river where upon I doe grant him Legall possession as really as tho I weare personally there." 3
In the beginning of the year 1675 the prosperity of Falmouth stood at a high point, the town was occupied by energetic and enterprising people and mills had been established upon various streams in the vicinity. When, in June of this year, King Philip's War broke out in the Plymouth Colony, George Felt, Jr., was peacefully enjoying his home at Mussel Cove, about two miles eastward from the "Neck," or the "Machigone" of the natives, the present city of Portland.
Although the Falmouth Indians evinced no other than a peaceable disposition towards the English, it was thought best on the part of the authorities to deprive them of their weapons; but upon attempting to carry this measure into' effect, collisions naturally occurred and the fear and jealousy of the Indians were aroused. They forgot all the former kindnesses they had received, and open hostilities between them and the settlers became the signal for mutual extermination.
The Indians began by gratifying their revenge upon those whom they deemed unfriendly, but, through the influence of the disaffected Narragansett Indians, the war ended in the indiscriminate slaughter of the settlers. An early and severe winter put a stop to hostilities, but not until some 50 settlers and over 9o Indians had been slain. In the summer of 1676 the war again broke out with renewed fury and with greater loss of life and property than
1 Old Norfolk Land Records, Vol. 4, page 75. ! Old Norfolk Land Records, Vol. 4, page 74, on the previous year, and George Felt was numbered among its victims. So furious and persistent were the Indian attacks upon the people of Falmouth, that they fled for safety to a garrison upon James Andrew's Island, now known as Cushing's Island.
The Rev. William Hubbard, Minister of Ipswich, published in 1677, a History of the Indian Wars in New England and in the quaint and interesting language of this narrative we give the closing scenes in the life of George Felt, Jr.
"The day after, one George Felt suspecting the worst by reason of a smoak he saw on the opposite side of the Town, took his wife and Children into a Canoo to see what the matter was but when he came near a point of Land not far off, he found several of his Neighbors goods, which made him conclude their Owners were killed, which was a sufficient warning to him likewise to fly for his Life which he did to the same Island. . . . Within a while after, or much about the same time, another sad Accident befel six or seven of them that belonged to Casco. For upon the twenty third of September some Persons that belonged to a Sloop and a Shallop that were pressed into the service, . . . were over desirous to save some of their Provision, to which end they first made their Address to Captain Hathorne (Under whom they were ordered to serve) desiring they might be released: the Captain told them he could not do it, but desired them to have patience for a while, they told him, that they must and would go, else their Families must starve at Home; the Captain told them further of the danger, and bid them not stir at their peril: However they would go, and soon after went to Mount-joyes Island to fetch Sheep, where they landed seven men; but the Indians presently set upon them, they presently betook themselves to the Ruines of a Stone House where they defended themselves as long as they could; but at last they were all destroyed either with Stones cast in upon them, or else with the Enemies shot, except one, who, though at first it was hoped that his wounds were not mortal, yet soon after dyed thereof; Amongst them was one George Felt, much lamented, who had been more active than any man in those parts against the Indians, but at last he lost his own life amongst them, in this too desperate an Adventure."
The "Mount-joyes" (Munjoy) Island, here named, is now known as House Island.
Phillipa, the widow of George Felt, removed, probably at this time, to Salem, and married there, Dec. 19, 1682, Samuel Piatt, an early settler of Rowley, Mass , as his second wife. He died and she married again, April 9, 1690, Thomas Nelson, as his third wife. He was the town clerk or recorder of Rowley, from 1694 to 1697. He died April 5, 1712. She died Sept. 29, 1709. The children of George Felt removed finally to Salem about 1690.
Father: George FELT b: 28 FEB 1601 in Reach, Leighton Buzzard, Bedford, England
Mother: Elizabeth WILKINSON b: 1601 in Charleston, Suff, Mass
Philippa ANDREWS b: 1632 in Falmouth, Cumberland, ME
25 NOV 1662
in Casco Bay, Cumberland, ME
- Mary FELT b: 5 SEP 1664 in Falmouth, Cumberland, ME