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Samuel TRASK

Male 1703 - 1789  (86 years)


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  • Name Samuel TRASK 
    Born 1703  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aug 1789  Edgecomb, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Appears to be the earliest “Samuel Trask” born in Massachusetts who moves to Maine.

      lists birthdate as Aug. 14, 1671.

      “Samuel Trask was kidnapped by the Indians as a child and taken to the Penobscot region where his skill as a huntsman brought him to the notice of Joseph Debadis de Castine. During a season of great scarcity, while Trask and the Indians were gathering cranberries, a flock of wild geese alighted nearby. Trasks success in capturing some of the birds so commended him to Castin's favor that he purchased him from the Indians. Castine held Trask captive until he [Castine] was captured by English "freebooters" on 9 July 1725. It has be stated, that the "freebooters" in turn transferred him to a vessel commanded by the celebrated Captain William Kidd. But, Captain Kidd [b: about 1645, Greenock, Renfrew Scotland] was hanged in London, England sometime after his trial on May 23, 1701. Utimately, Samuel Trask was set free, built a home and raised a family with his wife, Hannah Steward, in Edgecomb, Maine. Edgecomb, Maine is on the east bank of the Sheepscot, east and south east from Wiscasset (Pownalborough until 1802), which was incorporated in 1774. In the early days it was called Freetown. He later died there in 1789 at an advanced age.”


      “Samuel(4) Elias(3) John(2) William Traske(1)
      On 31 May 1784 Samuel Trask made this deposition before a Judge; "I, Samuel Trask, aged more than 80 years, have lived in Sheepscot River more than 48 years and in my first settlement there I was well acquainted with the Indians and well understood their language, as in my younger days I was captivated by them and lived among them and frequently went up and down said river in canoes, rafts, and vessels. The Indians at that time used frequently to be and lodge at my house in numbers."

      He was captured by the Indians sometime in 1711 and taken to the Penobscot region. Joseph Debadis de Castine purchased him from the Indians early in 1725 and held Samuel until at least July of 1725. Samuel retured to Salem and married Hannah Steward [sometimes recorded as Stewart] on December 28th 1730. Hannah was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Steward from Rowley, MA. They lived in Salem, MA during their first year, moved to Rowley by 1732 and finally settled in what was Freeetown now Edgecomb by 1744. He was an early settler on the Sheepscot "Where in years gone by, he had ofted visited and made a clearing on the east side of the river, near Folly Island. Trask, having lived a long time among the Indians of the Penobscot tribe, became quiet skilled as a physician, and when he came among the early settlers of Freetown he was known as Dr. Trask." He is also said to have initiated the story that Captain Kidd buried a pot of gold on Folly Island (F. Chase, Wiscasset in Pownalborough, p. 438 (note V. Chase's article indicates Capt. Kidd died before Samuel Trask was born!). Samuel died in Edgecomb on August of 1789. Hannah died there nine months later.”, , [1, 2]
    Person ID I7798  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2014 

    Father Elias TRASK,   b. 13 Jul 1679, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1741, Essex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Hannah MARSTON,   b. 1677, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 17 May 1712, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 35 years) 
    Married 23 Oct 1701  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2783  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth LINDSEY,   b. Abt 1706,   d. Aft 4 Dec 1729  (Age ~ 23 years) 
    Married 23 Mar 1727  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 12 May 2019 
    Family ID F2881  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hannah STEWART,   b. 22 Apr 1705, Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1790, Edgecomb, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 28 Dec 1730 
    Children 
     1. Betsy TRASK,   b. 1730/1731
    +2. Samuel TRASK,   b. 24 Oct 1731, Edgecomb, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. David S. TRASK,   b. 29 Dec 1734, Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1793, Edgecomb, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     4. Hannah Eastman TRASK,   b. Abt 1735, Edgecomb, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1812, Edgecomb, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
    +5. Thomas TRASK,   b. 7 Nov 1737, Lincoln Co., Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1823, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. Solomon TRASK,   b. 1741, Freedom, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1823, Edgecomb, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +7. Joseph TRASK,   b. 1736, Readfield, Kennebec, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1823, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     8. Jonathan TRASK,   b. Aft 1741, Edgecomb, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Jefferson TRASK
    +10. Abigail TRASK,   b. 26 Jul 1745, Freedom, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +11. John TRASK,   b. 24 Mar 1750, Freedom, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 12 May 2019 
    Family ID F2776  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1703 - Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Mar 1727 - Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Aug 1789 - Edgecomb, Lincoln, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S37] A history of the town of Industry, Franklin County, Maine; from the earliest settlement in 1787 down to the present time., Hatch, William Collins, (Farmington, ME: Press of Knowlton Mcleary & Co., 1893.).

    2. [S38] R. W. Trask Family Home Page., R. W. Trask.