• carter family,  history

    You are a descendant of William the Conqueror!

    We’ve talked in the past about James Carter, our original Blue Hill ancestor who arrived on Blue Hill Neck in February, 1771. His Granddaughter is Sukey Carter, wife of Thomas Hamilton and progenitor of the Tribe of Tom.

    James’ parents were John Carter, of Scarborough, Maine and Hannah Sands of Biddeford (which is right next door). They were married 27 Jan 1738 in Biddeford.

    Hannah comes from a long line of nobility, including William the Conqueror. He is my generation’s 28th Great Grandfather.

    This is sourced from the Carter Family History, which we’ve posted in the Documents section. It’s a fun read about that branch of our family.

    ~ The Royal Ancestral Lineage of Hannah Sands ~

    Hannah, the daughter of James Sands Jr and Emma Jepson
    He, the son of James Sands Sr and Patience Gibbons
    She, the daughter of James Gibbons II and Dorcas Seeley
    He, the son of James Gibbons I and Judith Lewis
    She, the daughter of Thomas Lewis and Elizabeth Marshall
    She, the daughter of Roger Marshall and Katherine Mitton
    She, the daughter of Edward Harpersfield-Mitton and Anne Skrimshire
    He, the son of John Harpersfield, Esquire and Joyce Mitton
    She, the daughter of John Mitton II, Esquire and Constance de Beaumont
    She, the daughter of Sir Henry de Beaumont III and Lady Eleanor Sutton
    He, the son of Sir Henry de Beaumont II and Lady Joan Herronville
    He, the son of Baron Henry de Beaumont I and Lady Elizabeth Willoughby
    He, the son of Baron John de Beaumont and Lady Catherine Everingham
    He, the son of Baron Henry de Beaumont and Lady Margaret De Vere
    He, the son of Baron John De Beaumont and Countess Eleanor De Lancaster
    She, the daughter of Earl Henry De Lancaster and Lady Maud De Chaworth
    He, the son of Edmond the Crouchback and Blanche De Artios
    (Brother of King Edward I of England)
    He, the son of King Henry III of England and Eleanor Beringer
    He, the son of King John of England and Isabella De Taillefer
    (Brother of King Richard the Lionheart)
    He, the son of King Henry II of England and Eleanor De Anquitaine
    He, the son of Geoffrey V and Matilda the Empress
    She, the daughter of King Henry I of England and Edith of Scotland 
    (Brother of King William II. Edith is the Widow of Holy Roman Emperor Henry V)
    He, the son of King William I of England and Matilda of Flanders
    (aka William the Conqueror)
    He, the son of Duke (King) Robert I of Normandy and Gunnora
    He, the son of Duke (King) Richard II of Normandy and Judith of Brittany
    He, the son of Duke (King) William I of Normandy and Luitgarde of Vermandois
    He, the son of Duke (King) Rollo of Normandy and Poppa of Bayeux 
    (The Viking King who conquered Normandy, France) 

  • carter family,  hamilton family,  hamilton shores,  history,  photos

    Thomas and Sukey Hamilton

    Hi all, been a bit quiet here as I have spent the last 6 weeks on Hamilton Shores. While here I raided my Mother’s basement which has all of Nancy Nivison’s (Aunt Nancy to many of you) records. She saved everything and was active researching our genealogy so lots of great stuff that I am slowly scanning into the Documents area of the website.

    But perhaps the most interesting find were these pictures of Thomas Hamilton and Susan (Sukey) Carter, who together started the Tribe of Tom. Neither Duncan nor I have come across photos of them to date4 so we believe this is the first and only set in existence.

    Both look like photos of pictures hanging on a wall. Anyone recognize them and know where they were (or are)?

    Thomas Hamilton, 1810 – 1891
    Susan (Sukey) Carter, 1806 – 1881
  • history,  photos

    Family Picture, 1949

    Hamilton Family, 1949

    This photo has the entire Nanna Hammie (Frances Fannie Dunham Hamilton) family, with her children seated in the same row as her, in order of birth – Charlotte, Catherine, Donald, Richard and Stewart Dunham (her nephew, who she adopted after the death of his parents, Charles and Mary Dunham).

    Names for each as I understand them below. If there are any errors in naming the right person, spelling, naming conventions etc just comment below and we will get it fixed!

    1. Kenneth Harrison Rice, Jr.
    2. Dr. Kenneth Harrison Rice
    3. Walter Crane Gates
    4. Harry Hamilton (Hammy) Gates
    5. Richard (Dick) Gates
    6. Robert Hamilton
    7. Christine DeWolfe Hamilton
    8. Nancy Nivison Hamilton
    9. Julia Maude Simonds (wife of Stewart Dunham)
    10. Stewart P. Dunham Jr. (son of Stewart Dunham)
    11. Charlotte Hamilton Rice
    12. Catherine Hamilton Gates
    13. Frances Dunham Hamilton
    14. Barbara Hamilton Martin
    15. Donald Byard Hamilton
    16. Thomas Byard Hamilton
    17. Richard Andrews Hamilton
    18. Stewart Pratt Dunham
    19. David Hamilton Rice
    20. Rachel Rice Cook
    21. Margaret Hamilton
    22. Frances Hamilton
    23. Douglas Hamilton
  • hamilton shores,  history

    Pretend to at Least

    Duncan submitted this poem which was written by Charlotte Hamilton Rice. Required reading for all of our better halves!

    The superscript numbers refer to the folks at the bottom and their links to our family tree.

    Long, long ago in the dim days of yore
    There lived very close to the Hamilton Shore
    A group of kids called the Tribe of Tom
    And they were the folks that we come from.
    Ruby(1) and Julia(2) and Addie(3) and Sue(4)
    These were the girls in that lively crew.
    Alec(5) and Frederick(6) and Sidney(7) and Ben(8)
    But the nicest boy was the one called Hen(9),
    Our Grandsire from whom we directly descend.
    The Tribe of Thomas did swim in the bay,
    They ran thru the woods and they jumped in the hay.
    They walked on the shore, they dug clams in the sand,
    They loved every inch of this Down-in-Maine land.
    So we, their descendants, have all the same yen
    To get back to Maine just whenever we can.
    And we want all the in-laws to have the same passion
    If you belong to our family, it’s really the fashion.
    Oh, Anita(10) and Ginny(11), Marj(12), Nancy(13) and Ann(14)
    And Penny(15), Ed(16), Albie(17), please see if you can
    Be an actually ardent Down-in-Maine fan.
    So, here’s to Tom’s Tribe and our spot way down East
    And if you can’t like it – pretend to at least.
    Charlotte Hamilton Rice – July 14, 1962

    (1) Rubie Hamilton, 1853-1900, married Charles Gerry.
    (2) Julia Hamilton, 1836-1932, married Freeman Higgins.
    (3) Adelaide Hamilton, 1842-1922, married John Marks.
    (4) Susan Hamilton, 1838-1860, married Geoge Bartlett.
    (5) Alexander Hamilton, 1830-1887, married Naomi Lufkin.
    (6) Frederick Hamilton, 1850-1933, married Adelle Grindle.
    (7) Charles (Sidney, went by Syd) Hamilton, 1847-1937, married Clara Joyce.
    (8) Benjamin Hamilton, 1832-1918, married Sarah Hamilton (yes her maiden name..).
    (9) Our own Henry Hamilton, 1845-1915, married Eva Byard.

    James Hamilton, 1828-1909, and John Hamilton, 1836-1864, aren’t mentioned.

    (10) Anita Tabor, married to Hammy Gates.
    (11) Virginia Ellis, married to Dick Gates.
    (12) Marjorie Jones, married to Ken Rice.
    (13) Nancy Garfield, married to Dave Rice.
    (14) Ann Lang, married to Bob Hamilton.
    (15) Elizabeth Ruggles, married to Doug Hamilton.
    (16) Ed Lodge, married to Frannie Hamilton.
    (17) Albie Smith, married to Peggy Hamilton.

  • history

    Family Tree

    Okay folks I think the HamDun portion of our family tree (meaning the direct descendants of Harry Hamilton and Fannie Dunham) is largely complete.

    That said, we know there will be mistakes.We know there will be omissions. None of it is intentional and we are hugely sensitive to tripping any sensitivities. So we need your help – if you see any of the above, just let us know and we shall correct the record.

    Particularly focused on missing dates and full (often adding middle) names and locations. You can access the tree at www.hamdun.org/tree and, once registering (it is a different registration from this website) we can give you access to make edits directly, or we’re happy to do it for you.

    Based on current count, it looks like:

    • Gen 1, 2 people (Harry Hamilton and Fannie Dunham)
    • Gen 2, 4 (Charlotte, Catherine, Donald and Richard)
    • Gen 3, 11
    • Gen 4, 25
    • Gen 5, 41
    • Gen 6, 10

    Don’t worry Gen 6. We know youre still in process and we have faith!

    Also adding the Family Tree below in case easier to review this way.


  • events

    June Birthdays

    Now that our Family Tree (well, at least the HamDun portion) is largely complete, we can list upcoming birthdays..

    • June 2 Cassie Daley
    • June 9 Joan Hamilton
    • June 9 Caitlin Hamilton
    • June 10 Moy Gates
    • June 10 Patrick Daley
    • June 12 Joshua Castor
    • June 18 Eli Maxwell
    • June 22 Christina Gates
    • June 29 Tobias Castor

    Happy birthday to all!

    And happy 32nd (!) anniversary to Mark and Anne Engel on June 18!

    If I missed anyone or have anything wrong let me know!

  • carter family,  history

    James Carter, Sr.

    James Carter, Sukey Carter‘s Grandfather, was our first ancestor to settle on Blue Hill Neck, and was one of its first (other than Native American) settlers of the region, arriving in 1770 or 1771. He arrived from Freetown (now Edgecomb, near Boothbay Harbor).

    James was born on 11 Feb 1740 and inherited his father’s blacksmith tools at the age of 15, and supported his extended family through that trade. He married Lydia Day on 4 Jan 1764, and they went on to have 12 children, including John Carter, Sukey’s father. He closed his books in Freetown in September 1770 and opened them at Blue Hill, then called Newport, in February 1771.

    James settled first upon Blue Hill Neck from which place he and two of his sons James Carter, Jr. and David Carter, left about 1796 for Long Island in Blue Hill Bay on which they settled near what is now known as Sand Point or Carter’s Point. (His brothers, Thomas and Henry Carter, also both settled on Salt Pond in Blue Hill).

    Incidentally, we have not been able to find the original land deed for James. He is not listed as one of the original grantees of settlers’ lots on Blue Hill Neck, although there are a few lots unaccounted for. He was clearly one of its earliest settlers so perhaps received one of those grants.

    There is an extensive genealogical record of the family captured in “The Carter Families of Hancock County, Maine” by Walter A. Snow. Wasn’t able to find a copy of that book, either physically or digitally, but last year I was fortunate enough to connect with a Carter descendant who is working on updating that book, and while not yet published, he was kind enough to share a work in process with me. While I was asked to not share the document in full publicly, I’ve included some relevant passages below. And if anyone would like to see a copy privately, just let me know.

    Also, recorded, documented and TREASURED are letters written and exchanged between John Pierce Carter of Sedgwick (See 1-4), and his nephew (Cousin), Calvin (Snow) Carter. We are all indebted to John Pierce Carter for the precious information contained in his letters. Reference to these letters will be made which are pertinent to our direct lineage to JOHN CARTER of Scarborough. 

    Sedgwick, Maine September 21, 1884

    To Mr. Carter (Calvin S. Carter)

    Dear Sir,

    I received your letter asking information concerning the Carter Family. I was much pleased to hear from one of my (Great) Uncle Ephraim’s descendants of whom I have never seen, only heard of them but I am well acquainted with all of his brothers and sister except Uncle Ephraim and know who they all married, Our great Grandfather (John Carter, Sr) married HANNAH SANDS they had six children, four boys and two girls.

    Yours Truly,

    John P. Carter (John Pierce Carter)

    Sedgwick, Maine September 29, 1884

    Dear Sir:

    I received your letter asking many questions of which I would willingly answer if I could but I can not, such as the name of my Great-Great Grandfather, I think it must have been James or John but I am not certain of it. Where he was from in England I do not know, nor his death, nor where, nor when he came here. 

    I will send you some records of one family which may be of help to you. I would like you to return them to me. James Carter, Jr. (the son of James Carter, Sr; the son of John & Hannah Carter) is my father and was born Oct. 31, 1764, died in 1834 age 70, married Hannah Bartlett March 16, 1792, they had one son named David then his wife died and he married Mercy Cain, my mother, and they had 12 children. My half-brother David age 21 and my own brother James age 19 were drowned at Great Cove at Long Island on Oct 22, 1813.

    You will find the record of my father’s family as I send. Our Great-Great Grandfather came over from England during the Reign of Queen Anne. Ephraim Carter was my Great Uncle. I have received the books from Captain Candage (husband of his Great-Great Aunt Abigail Carter-Candage) which I told you about but think he can give you some information as he is a relative of ours. I will write about my grandfather’s family another time. I want you to come and see me if possible this fall as I can tell you more in one hour than I can write in many.

    Yours Truly,

    John P. Carter

    p.s. It was Cape Elizabeth, Maine where (Great) Grandfather (John Carter, Sr) was born. Our (Unknown Great-Great) grandfather came over from England in the Reign of Queen Anne.

    Sedgwick, Maine October 1, 1884

    Dear Sir:

    I received your last letter and the records. I was glad to hear from you but would be more pleased to see you and become acquainted, hope I may before many weeks. We have an Old Relic, a pair of Gold Sleeve Buttons which was brought over from England by HANNAH SANDS’ mother 200 years ago. They have been kept in our line of the Carters and handed down until the present time. I gave them to my youngest son and he is the fifth generation, they have never been injured in the least. If I could see you I could tell you many things I cannot write about, explain to you many things about our relatives and plainer than I can write. So hoping to see you very soon.

    Respectfully Yours,

    John P. Carter

    p.s. You can come to Sedgwick to Portland by Sail Gc.

    Another note concerning the letters. Copied from notes of Calvin S. Carter, found among old letters written to him in 1884 before the Carter Reunion at Woburn, James Carter, Sr went to Blue Hill from Freetown (now Edgecomb). He was a Blacksmith. He closed his books at Freetown in September 1770 and opened them at Blue Hill, then called Newport, in February 1771.

    Author’s comment on the Calvin S. Carter and John Pierce Carter and other various Carter Letters written in 1884-85. The first Carter Reunion on record was held at Woburn, Mass. on June 11, 1884, there were 600 Carters registered at the Reunion. The main topic of the convention was genealogy and family history. No doubt this sparked many or inspired many to be genealogical minded as the aforesaid letters that were preserved are dated starting in April l884 just before the Reunion, probably inviting the family members to the Reunion and seeking their family records, these letters continued until the early part of 1885, when no doubt as the letters indicated the records were sparse, the interest died out. The ones from our line attending the Reunion were; Calvin S. Carter from Boston and Henry A. Carter from Belfast, Maine. No doubt others of our family attended but the author has been unable to pinpoint them at this time.

    Basically, we have established the foundation of our 2nd Generation Ancestor in America, JOHN CARTER of Scarborough. It was indicated before that he and his family might have lived in Damariscotta. Maine for a while, whether this is true or not we do not know. If he did, he returned to Scarborough before 1753, the date of which his Final Will was written. 

    However, his son James Carter, Sr. either stayed in Damariscotta or returned there as records show that he was married and his first son, James Carter, Jr. was born 31 Oct 1764 in Damariscotta. They evidently moved soon after that date as we find the next four children born in Edgecomb, Maine from October 1765 to January 1770 when they moved to the Blue Hill area.

    In the list of Proprietors of Blue Hill (Lawton Register, Blue Hill, Page 90) are to be found four Carters who are the sons & daughter of JOHN and HANNAH CARTER. This being some years after Joseph Hood and John Roundy made the first settlement in 1762:

    James Carter, Sr.             who settled there in 1771

    Thomas Carter             who settled there in 1776

    Abigail Carter            who settled there by 1777*

    Henry Carter                 who settled there in 1783

    *She likely came to Blue Hill with her brother Thomas or James as she married Joseph Candage, Sr in 1777 in Blue Hill.

    James Carter, Sr., son of John & Hannah Carter, settled first upon Blue Hill Neck from which place he and two of his sons James Carter, Jr. and David Carter, left about 1796 for Long Island in Blue Hill Bay on which they settled near what is now known as Sand Point or Carter’s Point. (His brothers, Thomas and Henry Carter, also both settled on Salt Pond in Blue Hill)

    The Lawton Register of Sedgwick (Pg 35) says Joseph Carter settled not far from John Eaton (a Deer Isle Embryo) on the slope of the Ridge before the War of 1812. He served in the Militia that March and was wounded by a ball through the hip while on duty near Castine. His father (Ephraim) came to this region with two brothers (John, Jr. and James, Sr.) from “Old York”. John Carter was the son of another of the brothers settled at what is now District No. 9 in Sedgwick.

    As records indicate, our early Carters were Blacksmiths, Fishermen, Farmers and just plain Explorers always anxious to “move on“ and put their roots down in new places. They were all religious and I think all of the people in those days were more or less religious and put their trust in God, more than they do today. It is interesting to note that outside of the tiny village of Damariscotta, Maine there is a heap of shells over six feet high, the accumulation of centuries of Indian Clambakes. No one knows for sure how long the mound has been there except that is was begun by Indians who came to the coast every summer to fish, at least a thousand years ago. Fishing was a very important and necessary industry at this time and a source of wealth for the early New Englanders. Many of the early Carter families were found living on the shores of Maine waters, such as Cape Elizabeth, Edgecomb, Damariscotta, (Bristol), Blue Hill, Surry, Sedgwick, and the Penobscot River.

    At this point the author of this Genealogical Record feels that we should hesitate, reconcile, review and document our genealogy that is compiled thus far. Back-tracking we find that the first CARTER on our Line whose given name and the name of his wife are unknown at this time, but it has been documented that he did come over from England during the Reign of Queen Anne (l702-1713) and settled on Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, (York County at that time). Massachusetts Bay Province, where our first Progenitor, born in America JOHN CARTER was born in 1714, later he was to be called, JOHN CARTER of SCARBOROUGH. A deed and description of his property was listed on the preceding pages of this record and also recorded in Maine Deeds at Portland, Cumberland County, Maine Book 9 Page 388. He was a Blacksmith by profession. Records of his children’s descendants indicate that their Great Grandfather came over from England as stated above.

    It is documented in the Sands Genealogy and in the Will of JOHN CARTER of SCARBOROUGH that his wife was HANNAH SANDS of Biddeford, Maine who he married on 27 January 1737 and had eight children born from 1738 to 1754.

    Their son James Carter, Sr at the age of 15 did inherit by his Father’s Will, his father’s Blacksmith Shop and tools and which profession he engaged in and helped his Mother and his brothers and sisters by supporting them from the Blacksmith Trade. He married Lydia Day of Gloucester, Mass. on 4 January 1764, moving to Damariscotta, Maine where their first child, James Carter, Jr. was born 31 October 1764. They moved back to Edgecomb, Maine by 1765 where the next four children were born, then to Blue Hill by 1771 where three more children were born and to Sedgwick, Maine by 1775 where their son John Carter was born 31 March 1775, back to Blue Hill by 1778 where three more children were born.

    Keep in mind that Sedgwick and Bluehill at this time were only tiny settlements adjoining each other. James as a Blacksmith no doubt served all these tiny communities on scheduled trips. Besides the twelve children born to James and Lydia Carter, they adopted three more as listed with the family.

    (End of Fred Burton Carter Document)

  • carter family,  dunham family,  hamilton family,  history

    Family Library

    There have been a number of genealogical works over the years which have referenced branches of our family, and in particular the Dunham Family which goes back to Deacon John Dunham, a resident of Plymouth (but not a passenger on the Mayflower, which had long been rumored but has since been debunked).

    We’ve started to compile both first edition books where we can find them, which we will keep up at HamDun Lodge, as well as a virtual library you can access via the Family History menu.

    We would love to add to both the physical and virtual versions of this library so if you have other notable works please let us know.