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The People of the EyeDeaf Ethnicity and Ancestry$
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Harlan Lane, Richard C. Pillard, and Ulf Hedberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759293.001.0001

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Migration from Martha’s Vineyard to Maine

Migration from Martha’s Vineyard to Maine

(p.123) 8 Migration from Martha’s Vineyard to Maine
The People of the Eye

Harlan Lane (Contributor Webpage)

Richard C. Pillard

Ulf Hedberg (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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