- [Samuel] was impressed on board of an English man-of-war during the Revolution, and was never heard from. The mother of this family, Mrs. Mercy Staples, afterwards married a Mr. Hutchinson, of Sedgwick, by whom she had two sons and one daughter. The sons were Rev. David Hutchinson, a presiding elder in the Methodist Episcopal church in the western part of the State, and Timothy Hutchinson, who lived and died on Little Deer Isle. The daughter, Susan, was the wife of Capt. Benjamin Gray, of Penobscot.
Samuel Staples removed his family from Deer Isle to Swans Island in 1764. While fishing with others from Swans Island during the American Revolution, Samuel Staples was impressed into service by a British frigate. He was never heard from again, nor have any records of his whereabouts or fate been uncovered. According to the Bangor Historical Magazine, volume 5, when the British evacuated Bagaduce Maine, he was seized and carried off on a "Man of War" vessel and utilized as a pilot. Once the Penobscot Bay was cleared, it is presumed that he was shot and thrown overboard.
The occupant of the land adjoining that of Mr. Thompson on the southeast was a man named Staples. His widow, Mrs. Mercy Staples, with Joshua and Moses Staples, seems to have been here very early, not far from 1764. In all probability the sons above named were then quite young. There was another brother, who must at that time have arrived at manhood, who was the father of Mr. Samuel Staples, who died at Green's Landing, in 1841, aged seventy-three years.
Samuel had one brother younger, named William, and two sisters, one, the wife of Mr. Stephen Babbidge, the other, that of Mr. Timothy Saunders. Their father was impressed on board of an English ship-of-war during the Revolution, when that iniquity was practiced. He was never heard of after that, and probably died while in the service.
Afterward Mrs. Staples married a Mr. Hutchinson, of Sedgwick, by whom she had two sons and one daughter. The sons were Rev. David Hutchinson, a presiding elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church, in the western part of the State, and Mr. Timothy Hutchinson, who lived here many years and died on Little Deer Island; and the daughter was Susan, the wife of Captain Benjamin Gray, of Penobscot.
Mr. Staples moved to Swan's Island, where he died in 1845, aged over ninety years. The other son, Joshua, in whose name the lot appears on the plan, married the daughter of Mr. John Raynes, Sr., who had one daughter, Jane Staples, who married Mr. Elias Morey, Jr., who lived and died on Swan's Island.
The mother, Mercy Staples, also had a settler's right, and it was known as the "Granny Lot," as she was known as "Granny Staples." She had a deed from the Tylers, 'and it passed from her to her son-in-law, Mr. Thomas Conary, by whom it was conveyed to the late Pearl Spofford, Esq., and is now held by his heirs. The lot set off to Joshua Staples afterward became the property of Major Nathan Low, and is now held by his heirs., [4, 5]