OWLS HEAD — The Mussel Ridge Historical Society will be holding a potluck supper followed by a evening with Eleanor and Peter Richardson, who will speak about the history of local families, and their book, The Ingraham Diaries, 1795-1875.
The fall event will be held at the Owls Head Community Building, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.
The Community Building is at 224 Ash Point Road, in Owls Head.
“All are invited to come join to hear about the history of local families of our wonderful community,” said event organizers.
For more information, call 594-4774, or 593-7127.
Joseph Ingraham was born in 1759 in Gloucester, Massachusetts (then a part of Maine). During the Revolution, he captained a fast row boat.
After America’s worst-ever naval defeat, he was harbored by a Thomaston family, fell in love with the daughter, and married her. They took up 200 acres on the south end of what is now Rockland Harbor, which was then just getting established as Thomaston’s shore village.
From 1795 to 1875, Joseph and his son kept a diary. They also paid off General Knox when he claimed to own their strategically-located land, and prospered at the things early settlers did: farming, seamanship, limerock and the like.
They also fathered a lot of today’s Knox County citizens, including Rev. Peter Tufts Richardson.
The Richardsons are the authors of more than a dozen books on diverse subjects from Unitarian-Universalist history to application of Jungian psychology to personal spiritual practice. Several are on local history, but nothing of the dimension of this labor of love by a devoted descendant of the Ingrahams.