Page 3 - Records of Meduncook Plantation and Friendship Maine 1762-1899 by Melville Bradford Cook
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1892 page 120
John Bickmore 1731-1778/1730-1780, Maine
Ref: Records of Meduncook Plantation and Friendship, Maine, 1762-1899
Details the "Oath Not to Do Business" with Great Britain, which was signed July 14, 1774, by John Bickmore and his wife Anna, among many others. This pledge resulted from the rebellion against British rule and taxation in the colonies and the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
John Bickmore Revolutionary War 1776-- NOT DIRECT ANCESTOR. THIS JOHN BICKMORE IS JOANN'S 3GGU
John joined military in January 1776 in Capt. Fuller's Co. He served until discharged because of sickness. He was awarded a soldier's pension on April 28, 1818. In his Revolutionary War pension application he stated he was born in Friendship, now residing in Unity Maine.
Revolutionary War pension #S37590. he was discharged at Mt Independence, Lake Champlain, New York but was unable to return to Friendship until 1777 due to poor health. His wife, Esther, her son Daniel Mcfarland and grandson Samuel lived with him.
From Maine Families in 1790, Vol 3 p 23. Add'l sources: Priscilla Jones collection: Stephen Phillips Memorial Library.
found on ancestry.com
Early Bickmore History
In 1743 a small settlement was made at Medumcook (which is the Indian plantation name for Friendship, Maine) by English people, who had come from Plymouth and western parts of Massachusetts. A fort was erected in southern part of town, which served as a protection from the Indians. Many people from Dorchester and Boston went to Medumcook. There were about twenty-two families residing there in 1754. Among them was * John and George Bickmore. This confirms the family tradition that the family lived there on the coast of Maine. It is probable that the elder George Bickmore lived there with his two sons, as in 1774, when the petition to the general court of Boston was signed, Elizabeth Bickmore, the mother's name, appears. The Petition follows:
"This being a day pitched upon by the general courts of Boston, under the advice of the Governor for a day of fasting and prayer throughout the Province, on account of our present dangerous situation with regard to our liberties. We of the inhabitants of Meduncook, met at the minister's house and after our religious services, the following covenant, composed at Boston and sent to us, was signed, as follows, viz:
"We the people of Medumcook, having taken into consideration the precarious state of the liberties of New England and more especially the present disturbed condition of this Province, do, in the presence of God, solemnly and in good faith, covenant and engage with each other; that: From henceforth we will suspend all commercial intercourse with the said Island of Great Britain until the said act for blocking up said harbor be repealed. We will not buy, purchase, or consume or suffer anyone else to do so, any goods, wares, or merchandise that shall arrive from Great Britain from and after the last day of August 1774. We agree to break off all commerce, etc., with all persons who continue to import goods from Great Britain or shall purchase from those who do import. We, further, agree to purchase no article from those who have not signed this covenant.
"I, _____________, of __________________ in the company of _____________ do solemnly swear that the goods on hand have not been imported from Great Britain since August 1774, and will not import or purchase of any persons importing any goods, as aforesaid until the harbor of Boston shall be opened and we are fully restored to the free use of our constitutional rights and charter, and lastly, we agree that after this or a similar covenant has been offered to any person and they refuse to sign it or produce the oath, above said, we will consider them as contumacious importers and withdraw all commercial relations with them, so far as not to purchase of them any articles whatsoever, and publish their names to the world."
Signed - July 14, 1774
Witness our Hand"
John Bickmore and wife, Anna
(These names were included in the list of people who constituted the town of Meduncook, Maine (Friendship).
Any descendants of John Bickmore and Anna, his wife, or of Elizabeth, his mother, is eligible to the Society of the Daughters of American Revolution (or sons of American Revolution, if male descendants).
Medoncook or Meduncook was incorporated into the present town of Friendship, Maine on February 27, 1807. It is now a town of wealth and importance.
Reference for covenant signed by John, Ann and Elizabeth Bickmore was taken from the history of Friendship, Maine.
John, son of Elizabeth Bickmore, was born March 25, 1731, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He went to Medumcook, Maine, with his friends and parents about 1750. His name appears there among the list of early settlers in 1754. In 1774 with his wife Ann, he signed the petition of protest against Great Britain. In 1790 his name appears on the census roll of Maine as a resident of Medomcook. He married Ann February 1756. Children: 1. John, born May 13, 1758; 2. Marcha, born January 20, 1763; 3. Sedate, born October 3, 1766; 4. *David, born December 18, 1768; 5. Samuel born July 13, 1771; 6. Elisha, born June 18, 1774; 7. Solomon, born June 1775; 8 Abraham, born September 1, 1778.
No record of the date or place of John and Ann Bickmore's deaths. Her maiden name is also missing. Indian fires and wars prevented the keeping of Bible and town records.
Early Bickmore History found in Book of Remebrance of Beth Schow Stagge