Asa Harriman, my three-time 6th GGF, was a remarkable man. He was born on March 5, 1737 to Stephen and Patience (Roberts) Harriman--their seventh child and fourth son. was born in Haverhill, March 5, 1737. Prior to the Revolutionary War he was a member of that famous band of Indian fighters called "Roger's Rangers. He had 5 sons by first wife Elizabeth Todd. " 1764, Asa Harriman and his family were "warned out" of Plaistow, New Hampshire, after having resided there about eight weeks. Warning away was a practice enforced by towns to prevent the immigration of persons considered undesirable in some way--such as indigence, criminality, differing political or religious opinions.
In Jan 1762, a petition had been signed by about three hundred and fifty persons, one of whom was Asa Harriman, asking the general court of Mass. that six townships be laid out on the Penobscot river (in Maine) for settlers. This petiton was approved March 2, 1762. In the spring of 1768, probably, he moved to Bucksport, Maine, where he got a new start. In 1775 he is mentioned as one of the twenty families of the town.
Asa made the most of his fresh start. He served as a lieutenant In the Penobscot Expedition, which covered the attack and defeat at Castine, Maine ( Capt. Ebenezer Buck's company of Volunteers, Col. Josiah Brewer's regiment, Gen. Lovell's brigade). Son Asa Jr, by his first wife also enlisted as a private in the same company.
After the war he was a lumber surveyor. He fathered another 4 sons by second wife Abial Goodell Perkins. He was described as a tall, powerful man, straight as an arrow and of pleasing manner. He died in Prospect, Nov. 29, 1823. He is buried on private land just west of Fort Knox in Bucksport, Maine. From the bluffs overlooking the Penobscot River (near his grave) one can almost see the property across the Penobscot River, where my 5th GGF, William Lawrence is buried...
William Lawrence came as a British soldier. He fell in love with the United States and apparently a woman named Lydia, and rebuilt a life here. His grave is on private property within walking distance of my mother's house.
The Bangor Whig of Feb. 10, 1845 has the following obituary: "In Bucksport, 3d, Mr. William Lawrence, a native of Scotland, aged 97. Mr. L. was orderly sergeant in the Royal Artillery and came to this country with the British Army some time before the rupture with Great Britain. He was in the skirmishes of Lexington and Concord, at Bunker Hill and most of the important battles of the Revolution; he was afterwards stationed at Bagaduce, (now Castine) and on the declaration of peace, after receiving an honorable discharge, came to this place, where he has ever since resided. His reminiscences of the past, and particularly the thrilling scenes of the Revolution, were so remarkably vivid, as ever to give to his narrative an interest that is seldom surpassed." Sergeant Lawrence left a journal of the siege of Castine, which is re-printed in Wheeler's History, and also an orderly book."