John Morse (born 12 Feb 1769 Stoughton) and his wife Mary "Polly" Castle (married 12 Feb 1789 Stoughton) left Stoughton in 1790 when John's oxen were poisoned because he had voted for Stoughton to be a separate town. Apparently feelings ran very high in the community against it. John's father, John Sr, and his grandfather, Henry, were both soldiers in the local militia during the Revolutionary War. They participated in the siege of Boston and were at Dorchester Heights when the British evacuated Boston. At the time John left Stoughton, Grand Manan Island was claimed by both the British and the Americans so it was considered part of Massachusetts. The Massachusetts legislature was encouraging people to move north to the "Eastern Lands", as Maine was then called, to settle the lands. I know that John's daughter Mary married John Sprague and they settled in Milbridge. Her mother, Mary, lived with them and died sometime after the 1850 census. I assume that John Morse died on Whitehead or Grand Manan Island. John and Polly are my husband's 3rd great grandparents. If anyone knows Mary (Polly's) death date, please let me know. I have the record of that line going back to the 1500s in England and have John Morse's mother's line going back to medieval times -- mostly all sourced with reliable genealogical sources such as journals and vital records and town histories.