|1770-1783 Joseph Baker's landing and |
log cabin were in the vicinity of what
we now know as Readfield town beach.
I knew that when he lived in Readfield 1770-1783 he served his community, church and country as a responsible, energetic and ambitious man. I knew that in addition to helping establish Readfield (then part of Winthrop), he moved his family to Moscow, ME - the first to settle there. I knew the people of Moscow named a mountain after him. But that was about all I knew.
In researching Joseph for my Readfield 1791 project I uncovered a story that deserves more telling than a short paragraph. He lived more than eight decades - a pioneer, Revolutionary War Veteran, Methodist preacher, adventurer, husband and father. He deserves to be remembered as more than “the man who died living in a cage”. I think you will agree after you read his story.
Within these 31 pages you will also learn about life on Martha's Vineyard and the trip from there to the Kennebec River and on to Readfield; how the settlers cleared their land and constructed their cabins - with pictures of the interior of a typical cabin; the environment they endured to do so; other family members (the Smiths) who joined Joseph Baker and where they settled; the worst winter in the 18th century and the spring freshet that followed; the invasion of the army worms; Joseph Baker's son who was responsible for starting the Aroostook War; and much more!