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Benjamin Edes, Boston Printer, Recipient of Yankee Quill Journalism Award

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Re: Benjamin Edes, Boston Printer, Recipient of Yankee Quill Journalism Award

Posted: 8 Apr 2009 6:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Apr 2009 9:15AM GMT
Surnames: Edes, Gage, Lovell, Leach, Sargent
Hi Paula, sorry about the delay, I was aware of the Edes up in Maine, my part of the family from Peter, son of Benjamin the Boston Printer, then travelled to Baltimore and then to Washington D.C. Peter Edes is quite famous in Bangor and also Augusta, being at one stage the printer of the Kennebec Intelligencer, if my memory serves me correctly.

I have included a biography about Peter and his connection to Maine, especially Bangor.

The following is a biography about Peter and his career taken from Edited Appletons Encyclopedia, Copyright © 2001 VirtualologyTM


Peter Edes, born in Boston, 17 December 1756; died in Bangor, Maine, 30 March 1840, was educated at the Boston Latin school. Two days after the battle of Bunker Hill, when in his nineteenth year, he was arrested by General Gage on the charge of "having firearms concealed in his house," and confined in Boston jail one hundred and seven days, in the same room with " Master" James Lovell of the Latin school and "Master" John Leach. Mr. Edes was afterward in business in Boston, and Newport, R. I., but removed in 1796 to Augusta, Maine, where in 1797 he published the "Kennebeck Intelligencer." He afterward lived in Hallowell, Maine, and finally settled in Bangor, Maine, where he died. He published an edition of the "Fifth of March Orations," with a preface addressed to the people of Boston (1785), and an oration on Washington (Hallowell, Maine, 1800). His journal, kept during his imprisonment, containing a list of the prisoners taken at Bunker Hill, was published by one of his descendants (Bangor, Maine, 1837). An interesting letter from Mr. Edes to his grandson about the "Boston Tea Party" appears in the "Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society" (December 1871).

Obituary.
Bangor Daily Whig and Courier.
Tuesday, March 31, 1840.

"In this city on Sunday evening Peter Edes, Esq. aged 83 years. He was probably the oldest printer in the United States, and through a long life sustained a good reputation and was generally respected and beloved as an honest and worthy man. His funeral will take place this afternoon from the residence of Michael Sargent on Ohio Street at three o'clock and all friends are invited to attend"

The remains of Mr. Edes were interred in the Sargent lot, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor, and a plain marble headstone has this inscription,
"Peter Edes
Died
March 29, 1840
Age 83 yrs. 3 mos.
Thou shalt come to thy grave
in a full age, like as a shock
of corn cometh in in his season".

In the same lote are interred the remains of his two daughters; Martha, who died July 18, 1845 aged fifty-seven years, six months; and Mrs. Maria Sargent, wife of Michael Sargent, who died October 27, 1875, aged eighty-six years, two months.

I look forward to hearing from you in the future

Ben
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