The Ferryman

 

By Fred Lynch in York, Maine

This is Stage Neck in York, Maine, and right here, at the place of this rotting old wooden bridge, is where my 8x great-grandfather William Moore worked as a fisherman and ferryman in the 1600s. I believe William came here in 1851 as an immigrant from southeastern England. In 1653, he married locally-born Dorothy Dixon, and together they raised a large family. 


William wasn’t pleased when the Massachusetts Colony swallowed up the Province of Maine, so he signed a petition against it in 1679. He then signed a letter to the King of England to further object in 1680. Maine was part of Massachusetts until it became its own state in 1820. While I sat and drew at low tide on a clear, warm spring day, I enjoyed having the place to myself. Apparently, William did too, as he fought to win a monopoly on Maine ferrying in 1683. The very next year, he sued to keep it that way. 

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