It required some daring to come and settle in Scarborough at that time, for it had been settled many years before, only to be abandoned in 1690 during King William's War. The town of Falmouth (now Portland) was attacked and destroyed by the French and Indians, and the settlers in Scarborough and other surrounding areas fled. The whole area had lain deserted for the next twelve years.
Even now as Charles Pine and others came to resettle the area, Queen Anne's War was beginning, and hostilities with the Indians continued. The settlers lived in garrison houses for protection, and about a year after they arrived, the small group was beseiged by a large group of Indians. From what I can understand from "The Settlement of Scarborough: Charles Pine, Hunter and Indian Fighter" by Augustus Moulton, the Indians got into an area protected from the gunfire of the settlers, and were digging to undermine the garrison when a violent rainstorm caused the Indians to abandon their effort.
There are other stories about Charles and his encounters with the Indians. How much truth there is in the legends it is impossible to tell, but one story says he went alone one evening with two muskets to a deserted house about three miles from the garrison. It was known that the Indians often met here, and when they arrived that night, Charles fired at them killing two. The rest did not wait to find out what was happening, but quickly disappeared into the darkness.
Charles Pine became known as a hero for his part in settling Scarborough, ME, and the area where he originally settled became known as Pine Point. It was not named for the many pine trees in this area as I had always assumed.
Charles Pine married a young woman named Grace, and they had 5 children, Charles Jr., George, Isaac, Mary and Grace. Charles Jr. seems to have disappeared, or gone away and his family never heard from him again. In his father's will, it says "I give unto my son Charles Pine, (if living) the sum of five shillings." Again a legend grew out of this occurrence. The story is that Charles Sr. came from a wealthy family in England, and that sums of money were sent to him each year, and that this explains why he became so prosperous. It is also said that Charles Jr. went to England to accept the large inheritance that his father had rejected, but never returned.
The lives of three of the other five children also came to early or tragic ends. George died only a couple years after he married, and Isaac drowned when still a youth. The daughter Mary came to a very tragic end. She married William Deering in 1732. In 1749, just a couple months after the birth of their last child, she was murdered by her husband who struck her on the head with an ax. William was sentenced to be hanged, but escaped from the gaol in York and was not recaptured. It is said that Charles Pine refused to help in bringing William to justice, saying, "It will not bring Mary back again, and will break up the family of children."
From a letter to the sheriff at York which shows William Deering was held at the old Gaol in York, ME, which is still standing today:
We command you therefore that on Thursday the third Day of
August next, between the Hours of one and five of the Clock in
the afternoon, you cause the said William Dearing to be carried
from our Goal in York aforesd (where he is now under your
custody) to the usual place of Execution in our said County, and
there be hanged up by the Neck until his body be dead:...at
Boston the seventh Day of July in the twenty third year...1749
|Boston Independent Advertiser, July 17, 1749|
|The gaol at York, ME. The original structure was smaller, the stone part. The wooden part was added later.|
Charles Pine's fifth child, a daughter Grace named after her mother, is my 7th great grandmother. She married John Runnels (or Reynolds, the name is spelled many different ways in different records). They had eight children, including a daughter Hannah who married Daniel Merrill. The Merrill line comes down to my 3rd great grandmother Betsey Merrill who married Lemuel Coolbroth.
Charles died in 1753, and is buried alone near Broadturn Road where it crosses the Nonesuch River. There were two marker rocks but no inscriptions. I wonder if the grave is still there, marked in any way, or if development has overtaken the spot. Something I will have to look for soon. His wife Grace was the first burial in the Dunstan Cemetery.