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Richardson Family of Gott's Island

Four Richardsons married Gotts, both parties of whom came from Gloucester, as we have before noticed.

I. James Richardson married Rachel Gott, and settled at Somesville. Their children were: Polly, who married Ezra Gott, and settled at Seal Cove, Tremont; Judith, who married John Somes, of Somesville; Rhoda was the wife of Reuben Freeman, of Pretty Marsh; Tamezin, born in 1772, married George Freeman, of Prety Marsh; Rachel married David Wasgatt; George, born August, 1763, was twice married; his second wife was Mrs. Betsy (Martin) Simons; James, jr., married a Miss Sargent; after her death he married Hannah Gilpatrick; Daniel married Sarah Cousins; Elijah left home when young, and never returned. The above George Richardson was the first child born to settlers on Mount Desert. The marriage of Rachel and David Wasgatt was the first solemnized on Mount Desert; it was on August 9, 1774; the ceremony was performed by Rev. Daniel Little, of Kennebunk.

II. Stephen Richardson married Elizabeth Gott. Their children were: Stephen, jr., who married Margaret Webster; John, who married Sarah Gamage; after her death he married Hannah (Wasgatt) Day; Deborah married, in 1785, Daniel Gott, jr., of Gott's Island; Hannah married Daniel Hamblen; William married Lucy Hudlock.

III. Thomas Richardson married Margaret Gott. Their children were: Thomas, who married Amy Rich; Abram, who married Mercy Wormell; Puah, wife of Peter Gott, jr.; Enoch (no record); Cornelius, who married Margaret Richardson.

This is a complete record of the Gott family that came from Gloucester for three generations after their settlement.

Daniel Hamblen came to Gott's Island from Deer Isle, where he had previously lived. His wife was Hannah Richardson, They were the parents of nine children: Sarah married Stephen Richardson, and settled at Mount Desert; Elizabeth was the wife of Richard Carpenter, who settled on Swan's Island; after his death she became the wife of Ephraim Emerson, of Bucksport, and after his death she became the wife of Charles Wheeler, of Carmel; Daniel, jr., married Rhoda Gott; they lived at Placentia, and later moved to Deer Isle; Walter died at the age of four years; Hannah was the wife of Alfred Babbidge, who settled on Swan's Island; later they moved to Rockland; Mary C. was the wife of Joseph S. Babbidge, of Swan Island; Walter Butler married Margaret Gott, of Gott's Island; after her death he married Elizabeth Thurston, of Deer Isle; John and Susan were twins; John was lost at sea at the age of nineteen years: Susan was the wife of Augustus R. Staples, of Swan's Island.


Source: A History of Swan's Island, Maine, by H.W. Small, MD, Ellsworth Me, Hancock County Publishing Company, Printers, 1808



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