Migration from Martha’s Vineyard to Maine

Harlan Lane, Richard C. Pillard and Ulf Hedberg

in The People of the Eye

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199759293
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863372 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

Migration from Martha’s Vineyard to Maine

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In the period after the American Revolution several of the families on Martha's Vineyard with Deaf descendants migrated to south-eastern Maine. Six Deaf families illustrate the migration from the Vineyard to the Sandy River Valley., viz. The Smith-Parkhurst Clan; The Davis Clan; The Newcomb Clan; The Sebec Lovejoys clan; The Smith-Hinckley Clan. Mercy Smith was the ancestor of a large number of Deaf families, viz.: Newcombs, Dillinghams, Fessendens, Lovejoys and Allens. Samuel Allen and his wife of Kentish origins, were ancestors of five Deaf Allen siblings of Turner, Me.: RebekahD, SallyD and MaryD Allen and their two Deaf brothers who died young. Their parents were Benjamin Allen and Sarah Jennings. Rebekah had fifteen Deaf relatives: two brothers, two sisters, and eleven others, including cousins Newcomb and Dillingham; she married a Deaf man.

Keywords: Migration; Martha's Vineyard; Sandy River Valley; Smith-Parkhurst; Davis; Newcomb; Smith-Hinckley; Lovejoys; Allen

Chapter.  3395 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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