Waldo County, Maine Gen Web Site
Joseph Plumb Martin
|"Joseph P[lumb] Martin
was one of the original settlers. He was the son of a
minister of Berkshire County, Mass. He was born November
21, 1760. He died May 2, 1850 and is buried at the Sandy
Point Cemetery. At the age of sixteen, he enlisted in the
Revolutionary army, in 1776, and served until the close
of the war. He was present at the surrender of
Cornwallis. He was listed as a settler in the Wast Book
in 1774, but old records say that he built his cabin in
1784 on the land now owned by Harold McKenney. Mr. Martin
served for twenty-five years as town clerk of Prospect.
He was a poet, a writer, and an artist. He wrote the
book, Life of a Revolutionary Soldier, also
several poems and songs. In September 1836, The Light
Infantry marched from Belfast to Buckstown on an
excursion. In passing through Prospect, now Stockton
Springs, they honored Mr. Martin, hero of the Revolution,
by firing a salute in front of his house."1
1 Ellis, Alice. The Story of Stockton Springs, Maine. p21.
|"The future was less kind to Joseph
Plumb Martin. Having served in the army through
the entire war, Martin took up land in Maine near the
mouth of the Penobscot River in what became the town of
Prospect. By 1818, at age fifty-nine, Martin was
destitute, his total property assessed at fifty-two
dollars. Age and infirmities left him barely able to
support himself, his sickly wife, and five children.
Martin scraped out an existence from his veteran's
pension of ninety-six dollars a year and from whatever
else he could earn as a town official and an occasional
2 Leamon, James E. Revolution Downeast: the War for American Independence in Maine. Amherst, the University of Massachusetts Press, c1993, p192.
Cites the following sources:
Gross, The Minutemen and Their World, pp. 177-179.
Taylor, "Liberty-Men and White Indians," pp. 46-52.
Joseph Plumb Martin, Private Yankee Doodle: Being a Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier, ed. George E. Scheer (Boston: Little, Brown, 1962), pp. xii-xv.
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