Humphrey Chabourne’s 1667 probate inventory includes  “five servant men & mades” valued at 40 pounds. 

These almost certainly would have been indentured servants, though the 1688 probate inventory of Lucy Chadbourne’s second husband, Thomas Wills includes a “negro man” valued at 12 pounds (York County Probate vol. I fol. 7).  


Nicholas Shapleigh was Lucy Chadbourne’s uncle and Black Will's owner. Shapleigh lived in present-day Eliot, Maine and was one of the wealthiest merchants in the Piscataqua.  

His 1682 probate inventory includes indentured servants, “Two Irish boys, one to serve about two yeares, & one 3 yeares” valued at 10 pounds.  

It also includes “4 Neagers 3 men one woman & one little Neager” valued together at 90 pounds.  (York Deeds Vol. V, fol. 15-16). 



BLACK WILL born unknown (?) died 1727/28    

NOTE: BLACK Will was Major Nicholas Shapleigh's slave. After Nicholas died (1692) he was eventually given to John Shapleigh of Kittery. John's wife found religion and freed BLACK Will..  John died in 1706. 

NOTE: BLACK Will purchased 100 acres in Kittery in 1696 while still a slave.

    2_William born 1691 mother: Alice HANSCOM born 1671 Kittery, ME d/o Thomas Hanscom & Anne Downing

    2_Elizabeth born 1712 mother: Elizabeth Brooks (possibly born Jan 24 1695 d/o John Brooks 1664-1711 Eleanor Frye 1668)

    2_Joshua (mentioned in will) mother: Mary unknown

    children: Benjamin 1719, Jonathan 1720, Mary 1722, Joshua 1724, Henry 1726,  Sarah 1730, Ammy 1731, Katherine 1734,Thomas 1738, Margery 1739

NOTE: Land grants, Kittery, 1703. BLACK William;  1714, his son Will by Long Bridge;  1718, his son Will by his own land.
In 1708, Will bound his land to protect the town on Charles Frost's freeing Tony Freeman, and allowed him to build on the land. 

NOTE: His will, proved 1727/28, provides that his wife Sarah(?) be supported by his two sons. "and bequeathed to wife Sarah, and in the will of two sons, William and Joshua, To Joshua he willed 3 piggs." According to this will he had a grandson named William.

NOTE: Mary Knight m .Jan. 6, 1708 Samuel Green - Note: Gen. Dic. of ME & NH: Mary was in court July 1702 for having a bastard, possibly that Benoni Knight, laborer, who took Joseph Clark's horse, rode him to BLACK Will's and turned him loose in 1721*.http://helenesgenes.com/Knight.html


WILLIAM BLACK Jr. born Sept 1691 died after Jan 1, 1727

1727 - Wm BLACK (son of BLACK Will) most likely was one of, if not the first, to arrive on Bailey Island

1758 - The son of "BLACK Will", William BLACK assumed "squatters rights" to Newaggin. The ownership is acknowledged in the Act of Incorporation of the town of Harpswell at Harpswell Court in 1758. The island is referred to as "Will's Island".  The channel between Bailey and Orr's Island is named Will's Gut, a gut being an old English word meaning an area of swiftly moving water.

1760 - End of Indian Wars - Throughout the Indian wars there is no record that Will or his family ever had to leave the island despite attacks on many other nearby outposts in the area.

+m_ELIZABETH TURBOT  born 1682-93 

d/o (?) Nicholas Turbot from Bredon, Wiltshire of Wells, and Elizabeth (Spencer) Check, dau. of Thomas and Patience (Chadbourne) Spencer, of Kittery

NOTE: Nicholas, son of Peter Turbat and Sarah* Sanders; of whose paternity there may be resonable doubt. Not ment. in Peter's will, yet in 1687 Peter's wid. Sarah Goodwin calls him 'my eldest son living of the said Peter Tarbett, Sr.' A Naragansett soldier, his dau. Sarah sold his rights to bonus lands to James Pike 1730. He m. by 1693 wid. Elizabeth (Spencer) Chick, selling Spencer land 1693-4. Both abs. from meet. 1696, 1698, 1699, 1703; he in ct. for profane swearing 1707-8. He d. bef. 1715. Ch: Sarah, in ct. for usual cause 1711-2, acc. Valentine Scates 1717, m. 5 Nov. 1722 John Conner. Elizabeth 'lawfully pub. with William Black' otherwise 'black Will' 22 Nov. 1714, liv. with but did not marry him. Haled [sic] into ct. 1718, Elizabeth sr. and Sarah Turbot wit. ag. her, and she was sentenced to be whipped.["Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Surnames" by Sybil Noyes, Charles T. Libby, Walter G. Davis : Baltimore:1996]

NOTE: Elizabeth Spencer born Berwick, ME about 1640 or 26 Mar 1648  married 1st by 12 May 1674 Thomas Chick; married second before 29 June 1687 to Nicholas Turbet. Elizabeth may have been a Quaker, for she and her second husband were presented in court 7 Apr 1696 "We pres' Nich Turbet & Eliz, his wife for not ffrequenting ye publick worship of God upon ye Lords day" "Mary ye wife of Walter Allen, & Nicholas Turbet & his wife presented for not ffrequenting ye public worship of God upon ye Lords day : presenting their Humble petitions to this Court, are acquitted paying fees" "The Widow Martha Taylor, Walter Aliens wife, Nicholas Turbet & his wife Sam" Bracket & his wife & John ffosts wife not apearing at this Court to answer their presentm Exhibited against them ))y y^ Grand Jury for not ffrequenting y* pu1)lic worship of God upon y^ Lords day/ Its ordered by the Court that a speciall Warrant be granted by the Clerk for their appearance at y^ Next Sessions to be held at York to answer for their Contempt as alsoe to answer their s** presentment" "Nicholas Turbut and his wife being brought to this Court for their contempt in not appearing at y^ last Court of Sessions held at Wells July : 1698, to answer their presentment for not frequenting the Public worship of God upon y^ Lords day, as alsoe to answer s*^ presentment s'' Turbet is sentenced to sit in y'' Stocks one houre, and his wife to be Admonished. And they to pay ffees : 2(> and to stand coinitted till done [York Records]. Elizabeth confessed to "abuseing of her Aunt Wells [Lucy Treworgy Chadbourne Wills] by slanderous and groundless accusations" and was ordered to publicly acknowledge her offense twice or be whipped (MPC II:491, 12 May 1674). Children with first husband: Elizabeth, Richard, Thomas, Margaret, Mary. Children with second husband, born circa 1680s: Sarah, Elizabeth.
NOTE: Elizabeth 'lawfully pub. with William Black' otherwise 'black Will' 22 Nov. 1714, liv. with but did not marry him. Haled [sic] into ct. 1718, Elizabeth sr. and Sarah Turbot wit. ag. her, and she was sentenced to be whipped. ["Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Surnames" by Sybil Noyes, Charles T. Libby, Walter G. Davis : Baltimore:1996]
NOTE: Elizabeth was presented for fornication July 5, 1715 (MPC V:166), lived with and was lawfully published to but was not permitted to marry, mulatto WILLIAM BLACK, Nov 22, 1714 (LND, 699) born circa 1691. The Deposition of Valentine Scates and Samuel Allen both of full age Testifyeth & Saith That BLACK Will a Mollatto of Barwick & Elizabeth Turbit of said Barwick, has for some time past dwelt together both in one house & they the Deponents know of know [sic] other person or persons that dwells in the house with them and haveing frequent ocation to be at the house have seen them in bed together & further Saith not taken upon oath the 16th July 1715 (MPC V:171).

    3_Elizabeth born in the winter of 1715 died unknown

    NOTE: "Wee Present Eliza Turbut of Berwick for haveing a bastard Child since Last Sessions"   (dated 3 Jan 1715/16); living and unm, a minor at the time her grandfather BLACK Will named her in his will, which was proved 1 Jan 1727/8 (YP #1199).
    3_William born 1716 - 1720 died unknown

   NOTE: born after winter 1715 (MPC V:174) and before 1721 when his grandfather's will, which called him a minor, was likely written (it is undated)


WILLIAM BLACK III born 1716 - 1721 at Kittery, ME

+married before 1759 to his first cousin (?)MARY BLACK, born Apr 23, 1715 or 2 Jan 1722 Kittery, d/o Joshua (s/o BLACK Will) and Mary (_____) BLACK of Kittery  died after Mar 20, 1763 when she acknowledged a deed.

    ?William  born abt 1730 - 1750


In my opinion... there is a high probability that BLACK Will and/or his son and/or grandson knew of the existence of the Harpswell islands: 

"In the year 1659, Francis Small "was employed by Major Nicholas Shapleigh to purchase 

a certain great Island called Sebascoe Diggin, lying against a Necke of land called Merriconeag." 

He built a house there "by order of Major Shapleigh and possessed the Island in his behalf." This was called Small's Island.

 May 10, 1683, Francis Small, senior, aged about fifty-six, and his wife Elizabeth, aged about forty-nine, testified to the above facts. 

They had one child born there, which was the "first white child of English parents" born in that part of Maine.

["Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine" pg 81]

This knowledge of the existence of the islands by Major Shapleigh could have enticed the Blacks to relocate here


From History of Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell: Part II, Chapter 1: Boundaries and Notable Features page 85

George Augustus Wheeler, M.D. and Henry Warren Wheeler 1878:

BAILEY'S ISLAND, situated south of the Neck, is the present name of what was called WILL'S ISLAND in the Act of Incorporation of Harpswell. Captain James Sinnett, now upwards of eighty years of age, who has resided upon the island all his life, gives the following account of the origin of these names. The first settler upon the island was a man named Black, who, with his wife and a boy, moved there from Kittery. They were of mixed breed, having in their veins the blood of the Anglo-Saxon, Indian, and African races. Black and his wife died and were the first persons ever buried upon the island. Their son, Will Black, lived to old age and became generally known. by the name of Uncle Will. The island consequently took its first name from him. Afterwards, Deacon Timothy Bailey, of Hanover, Mass., purchased the island and moved there with his family. The Blacks were squatters, and, having no legal claim to the land, they moved to Orr's Island, and settled on the lot now owned by Mr. Ralph Johnson. Thereafter Will's Island was called Bailey's Island.


NOTE: In 1750, the settlers of Harpswell established their own separate parish, and, eight years later, incorporated as a distinct town

NOTE: Population counts indicate in 1753 included 14 slaves in Harpswell, ME

NOTE:  Marriage record - George Black to Beck (negress) Oct 4, 1751 Kittery, ME

NOTE: SALE - Blake, William to Marshall, Ezekiel - land on Mereconeage Harbour 1762 Bk 2 Pg 44

NOTE: 1800 census index for the State of Maine lists only: BLACK - Joab,  Reuben

NOTE: No persons named "BLACK"  listed in the 1790, 1800 or 1810 census for Harpswell; however, there was a Josiah Black (see below) in Harpswell  

NOTE: Children of a Josiah BLACK and an unknown spouse both born at Harpswell, Cumberland, Maine, were as follows: Betty was born on Oct 6, 1790  Nancy was born on Mar 12, 1803.

NOTE: Betsey (also listed as Betty) Black married Charles Goodrow 15 Aug 1796. {Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907} Elizabeth Black Goodrow married John Mier in Portland, ME Sept 25, 1804  {Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907}

1810 census lists a Betsie Mires

NOTE: Marriage notes:

        Jacob BLACK b abt 1785 m_Abigail Wilson of Harpswell

        Simeone BLACK b abt 1785 m Mary Wilson of Harpswell

        Moses Black s/o Josiah Black and Mary Black, m 05 Mar 1782, Elizabeth Merrill N Yarmouth

        Moses Black was brother to Joab. {Royal River Valley Families)

NOTE: *FROM the History of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell" by Charles Sinnett  "Organized 1858...Orrs Island Freewill Baptist Church... It's original members were... John BLACK..." History of Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell:
NOTE: Some of the 'BLACK family' may have used the name Blake (pre-Civil War era) or perhaps it was just spelt that way on documents. A Brunswick, Maine, marriage is found between Prime Chapley (Shapley) and Mareny Blake on February 13, 1793. It is suspected that Mareny Blake was a descendant of Will BLACK or BLACK Will. NOTE: Prime Chapley (Shapley) - enter Captain John Shapleigh again who had freed Will BLACK or BLACK Will. 

NOTE: There has been some evidence uncovered that Mareny and Lorania/Lorane/Lorene Blake were sisters.

NOTE:  There were "Blakes" living in Harpswell in 1790 - Jacob (1 male adult and 6 females), John (5 males over 16, 3 under 16 and 4 females) and John Jr.(1 adult male, 2 males under 16 and 5 females) 

NOTE: In 1821,  Maine's Legislature prohibited interracial marriage by approving a state law that said any marriage "between any white person and any Negro, Indian or Mulatto shall be absolutely void" 

NOTE: History of Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell, Part II, Chapter 26: Military History of the Three Towns page 686 "... Some time [in 1778] the privateer "Sea Flower", Captain Tracy, sailed from Newburyport and was never heard from. She had among her compliment of men, John Skofield, Captain John Campbell, Eben Stanwood, William Stanwood, David Stanwood, John BLACK, William Reed, William Hunt, David Stanwood, jr, and James Dunning, all of from vicinity".


WILLIAM IV or JOHN BLACK  born circa 1740 - 1750

1762 - In February of 1762, William BLACK (son (or grandson) of "BLACK Will") bought most of the south end of Little Sebascodegan (Orr's) Island consisting of one hundred forty four acres from Joseph Orr for one hundred and seventy two pounds. In September of 1762 he purchased additional acerage for thirty five pounds, nine shillings, four pence. This purchase appears to have been an investment rather than for a place to live and therefore indicates that Will may have had money to spare at that time and was not the destitute pauper history has made him out to be. It is also plausable that he had been paid for his claim to title of Bailey Island and that he was not "driven" away by Timothy and Hannah Bailey. In addition, Deacon Timothy appears as a witness to the February 1762 deed between Joseph Orr and Will BLACK, hardly the work of an enemy.

1777 - In 1777, Wm BLACK purchased, for eighteen pounds, sixteen shillings, six pence, in partnership with Josiah Clark, "...equal parts of the two islands in or near Casco Bay called ...Capt. Parker's Island (now called Ragged Island) and Sagwin Island" (?Seguin Island).

NOTE: Josiah Black in Harpswell, ME children Betty born 06 Oct 1790 and Nancy born 12 Mar 1803... also John Black born 1790 (census)

1795 - In Jan, 1795 William BLACK bought nine and one half acres from John Blake for ten pounds, two shillings, eight pence (Book/23   Page/469). This land bordered on land owned by David Wheeler, Michael Sinnett and William BLACK..  

[1796 - Betsey (also listed as Betty) Black married Charles Goodrow. THEN 1804 - John Mire/Meir married Elizabeth Goodrow - Maine Marriages, 1771-1907]

1805/1807 - Between 1805 and 1807, an Elizabeth Meyer, calling herself the daughter of William BLACK, sold 23 acres on Orr's Island to Stephen Sinnett for one hundred twenty-six dollars and fifty cents, and all interest in an island in Casco Bay called Parker's Island or Ragged Arse Island containing about 70 acres to James Sinnett for fifteen dollars and twenty-five cents. 

1818 -  Another land document dated July 1818 states a land transfer from "Olive BLACK to John BLACK alias Blake". This document raises many questions including if The Black family used the name 'Blake'. 

+married Nov 28, 1773 in Falmouth, ME by Mr. Smith of Falmouth to RUTH WELCH born 1750 at New Portland, Somerset, ME

NOTE: Was Welch her married name? " Edmund Welch married Ruth Annis"?

Rosina Maxwell m Phillip Welsh and resided in New Portland, Maine

Haimah Smith Thompson, b. June 1, 1788; d. June 19, 18G6 (77y., 7m.); m., June 14, 1812, by Rev. Benjamin Titcomb, Daniel Welch, b. Topsham, Me., Feb. 1, 1785; d. Gardiner, Me., May 7, 18C8; son of Samuel Welch; resided in Brunswick and Gardiner, Me. "He died in a patient and beautiful old age at the home of his adopted daughter, Mrs. Maria Holbrook Clark." 

    5_John BLACK born 1790



grave of John BLACK

JOHN BLACK born 1790 Harpswell, ME died Feb 6, 1849 (Orrs Island Cemetery)

1820 census - John Black Jr & John Black

1840 census - John Black

Black, Charles.JPG (35719 bytes) 1850 census  (click on thumbnail)

+married 1814 to MARY GOODWIN or GOODREAU/GOODROW born 1792 died Feb 9, 1840 (Bailey Island Cemetery)

(stone inscription) Dearest mother thou hast left us, Here thy loss we deply[sic] feel: 

But 'tis God that has bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal. Footstone - M B

NOTE: 1840 census John, aged 60, living with son Charles and wife, Mary Doughty Black

    6_Martha Ann BLACK born Feb 19, 1815 died Apr 13, 1870 (Orrs Island Cemetery)

   +married _1831 to John Henry Green born 1809 died

    Black, Martha.JPG (67160 bytes) 1850 census  (click on thumbnail)

        children: Henry Nov 15, 1839 - Oct 11, 1842 Inscription: Death has been here! And borne away a brother

        from our site Just in the morning this day As young as we, he died (Orrs Island cemetery)

        George W 1832, Charles G 1834, Mary G 1836, Lucinda L 1837, James L 1838, Arthur A 1841, John W 1843, Joseph B 1845, Elijah R 1848 

    6_Mary BLACK born May 23, 1816 died Sep 19, 1889 (Orrs Island Cemetery)

    [4 line epitaph, partly legible - "We miss thee in the morning"]

    +married _to James A LINSCOTT born 1808 died Oct 12, 1866 (Orrs Island Cemetery)

    children James 1839. Lucinda 1841, Moses 1842, Mary E 1844, John 1846

    6_Charles BLACK born May 11, 1818  died Aug 28, 1905

    Black, Charles.JPG (35719 bytes) 1850 census  (click on thumbnail)

    6_Lucinda BLACK born Oct 1, 1820 died Dec 10, 1839 (unverified)

    6_Joseph BLACK born Sept 23, 1824 died Dec 24, 1856

    +m_Philena unknown born 1828

    Joseph Black.JPG (36257 bytes) 1850 Harpswell census (click on thumbnail)

        7_George E BLACK 1848

        +m_Rosina PERRY born 1852 d/o Joseph & Almira Griffin Perry and lived in Phippsburg, ME - G.R.59. - gravestone record, Joseph Perry Burying Ground, on Charles Morris Farm, Sebasco/G.R.62. - gravestone record, Perry Farm, Basin District

        G.R.70. - gravestone record, Old Perry Farm, at Sam Day Woods, Wood Road

        7_Octavious BLACK 1849

    6_Mahala BLACK born Aug 15, 1826

    +married to Ebenezer DOUGHTY born Jan 23, 1826 Chebeague Island. Cumberland, ME

        7_Francis Ellen DOUGHTY 08 NOV 1847

        7_Stephen Augustus DOUGHTY Aug 3, 1848 (Bailey Island) died 1922 Cumberland, ME

        7_Josephine DOUGHTY Dec 1850 died Feb 24, 1875

        +m_John Black LINSCOTT b 1845 d 1919

        had 3 children - George, William, Alice

        7_Amelia Ann DOUGHTY 1852(?)

        7_Sarah Francis DOUGHTY Aug 30, 1856 died Oct 1919

        +m_William Henry LINSCOTT

        7_Joseph(also seen as George) E DOUGHTY born March 1859

        +m_Abbie E ROBINSON had 2 children

        +m_Mary Emma HUNTINGTON had 1 child

        7_Eben DOUGHTY DEC 1862

        7_Olonzo DOUGHTY About 1864 

    6_John Jr BLACK  born Apr 15, 1827 died Feb 17, 1848

    +m_1858 to Mercy JOHNSON died 1846

    6_Rosilla BLACK born Oct 5, 1829 died Sept 25, 1846 (Bailey Island Cemetery)

    inscription: Her soul has now taken its flight To mansions of glory above;

    To mingle with angel's of light And dwell in the kingdom of love.

    6_Levina BLACK born Sept 1,1832 died 1845


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Capt. CHARLES SYLVESTER BLACK born May 11, 1818 (1880 census states 1812) died Aug 28, 1905 

On his gravestone - (Orrs Island Cemetery)

 "A faithful one from us has gone 

A voice we loved is stilled 

A place is vacant in our home 

Which never can be filled" 

+married Dec 30, 1847 to MARY DOUGHTY Long Island, Portland, ME born 1826 (1880 census states 1829) died  Apr 3, 1887

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On her gravestone - (Orrs Island Cemetery)

"O let us think of all she said 

And all the kind advice she gave 

And let us do it now she's dead 

And sleeping in her lonely grave


    7_(?)Samuel born 1845

    7_Junietta BLACK

    7_Edmund Franklin BLACK born Dec 10, 1854 at Maine.

    +married Paulina THOMAS, b. Aug. 9, 1857; resides Bailey's Island. Me, Dec 17, 1878 in Portland, ME

           8_Mary Isabel BLACK, b. Sept. 25, 1879; rm.. Jan. 29. 1899. Walter E. JOHNSON, b. Bailey's Island. Me. 

           8_Jennie Emeline BLACK, b. March 9. 1880; m., Oct. 6. 1903. Willie Waterman JOHNSON

           8_William Thomas BLACK, b. Sept. 11. 1883 m Jan. 1903. Susie E. BENNETT born 1884

        children Dorothy E born 1904, Edmund E born 1905, Lenora P born 1907, Wilena born 1909

           8_Charles Percy BLACK, b. May 23. 1885: d. Nov. 14. 1902 (17y.) 

           8_Margaret Sinnett BLACK, b. July 4. 1887 

           8_Hannah Bailey BLACK, b. Aug. 7. 1890

    7_(?)Harvey C BLACK born 1860 died 1947

    +married Hattie W. (Alfred A Dunning), father born 1863 died 1932

            8_(?)Albert W BLACK born 1888 died 1971

            +married (?)Iona born 1890 died 1948

                9_(?)Ralph BLACK

                +married Dorothy

                    10_(?)living male

                    +married (?)living female (divorced)

                        11_(?)living female

                        +married living female (divorced)

                        11_(?)living male (adopted)

    7_Sylvester Goodwin BLACK born 1864 - buried Orrs Island Cemetery

    7_George H BLACK 1866 died (drowned) 1893 - buried Orrs Island Cemetery

NOTE: In 1896, Sylvester bought the house of his brother George from his father, Charles

NOTE: 1880 census lists name as "Block". 



Sylvester Alice


SYLVESTER GOODWIN BLACK born 1863 died 1951 (Orrs Island Cemetery)

+married Dec 15, 1886 at Portsmouth, NH to Alice Mahala ROSE born Oct 29, 1867 died 1933 (buried Orrs Island Cemetery) 

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Sylvester (called Ves) and Alice

Sylvester with his grandson, Ron 1947


    8_Arthur BLACK born 1888

    8_Helen R. BLACK 1893-1926

   +married YORK

    8_Charles BLACK 1905-1966

NOTE: Sylvester BLACK is  a Great Uncle to Charles on his mother's side. His mother was Mertelle Goodwin, her mother Mabel Rose, the sister of Alice.



Arthur Ruby


ARTHUR AARON BLACK born Oct 28, 1888 at Orrs Island, ME died Mar 1968, Florida


    9_Eleanor BLACK

    9_Ruby BLACK

    9_Lydia BLACK

    9_Emily BLACK

    9_Arthur BLACK, Jr.

    9_Kenneth BLACK (twin)

    9_Ernest BLACK (twin)


Left picture - Arthur and Ruby   

Right picture:

Arthur (2nd from right)

with partners & employees of their Portland Fish Market



KENNETH DINSMORE BLACK born May 10, 1911 Newton, MA died Nov 18, 1992 (buried Orrs Island Cemetery)

+married Oct 19, 1936 to MARJORIE OLIVE MURCH born Aug 24, 1915 (see Murch genealogy)

    10_Karl Arthur BLACK born Aug 17, 1937

    +married (1)Sara Andersen (divorced)

        11_Karen Louise BLACK born August 8, 1960
        +married Robert Daniel Plamondon born April 11, 1959
            12_Daniel Ambrose born May 29, 1991
            12_Karl Arthur born March 29, 1994
        11_Ellen Maria born Jan 15, 1962

        +married John Noel

        11_Nathan Edward born March 30, 1967

    +married(2) Demaris Moore born Jan 30, 1943

    10_Robert Sylvester BLACK born Nov 4, 1940 died Nov 10, 2011

    +married Janet Metesh born March 14, 1960

        11_Brian Allen BLACK born Aug 11, 1962

        +married Apr 18, 1997 to Claire Hill of England

            12_Kieran Lysander BLACK born June, 2001

            12_Analise Filisia BLACK born June 8, 2003

        11_Theresa Ann BLACK born Feb 8, 1964

        +married  (divorced)

        +married(2) Al Stevens born April 17, 1953

        11_Kathleen Marie BLACK born Nov 3, 1965 died June 18, 1973

    10_Timothy Allen BLACK

NOTE: Ken BLACK and his brother Ernie were record setting runners for the University of Maine, Orono, Maine track team.

In one newspaper article (May 10, 1935) they are described by their coach as "The flying BLACKs ... the mainsprings of the Big Seven" They were stars in the quarter, half, mile and two mile events. At least one of their records still stands and plaques depicting their winning times still line the walls of the UMO track and field house. Also on display is the infamous baton. During a rely, one of the runners dropped the baton causing the team to be dead last. When Ken BLACK, the anchor, was handed off the baton, he not only caught up, he won the race for his team.

Bill Cole, Ernie BLACK,                                     Ernie BLACK - seated left

    Coach Jenkins   Ken BLACK   Joel Marsh                           Ken BLACK - seated right                  ,


Ken & Marge   Ken



Tim_rv.JPG (90112 bytes) click on photo for larger photo

TIMOTHY ALLEN BLACK born June 30, 1953

        11_Tiffany Anne BLACK born Feb 16, 1984

        11_Elisabeth Ashley BLACK born Nov 4, 1985



Bride Town       PORTLAND

Bride State       ME
Groom Name       BROOKS, ALONZO
Groom Town       BOSTON
Groom State       MA
Month of Marriage       3
Day of Marriage       18
Year of Marriage       1810
More Info?       N
Place       PORTLAND
Comment       INTENTION FILED 3/8/1810

The following records copied at the York County Courthouse in Alfred, ME.

BLACK Will's emancipation papers Book VI, Fol. 88 dated Feb 13, 1700/Mar 21, 1700/Apr 2, 1701,

Sale of land (100 acres) to BLACK Will  Book VI, Fol. 43,

Sale of land by Wm Negro jun in Berwick, ME March 23, 1719/20 Book XII, Fol. 12

Last will and testament of BLACK Will


Recommended Links

A story on BLACK WILL Researched and Written by Mario de Valdes y Cocom.


The First African-American Settler of Auburn, Maine by Douglas A Hall (with a mention of Will BLACK)


From THE BRUNSWICK RECORD, Brunswick, ME., June 17, 1965, article by Dale S. Davis: "Until 1809 Bailey people were buried mostly on nearby Orr's Island or across Merriconeag Sound on Harpswell." That year the 18 year old son of David Johnson drowned off the island. David buried him near his home, "diagonally across the present Route 24 and invited his friends to use adjacent land in a similar manner, thus establishing the cemetery. Later the Merriman, Stover, and Orr families gave additional lots for the same purpose. At the time they made one interesting stipulation: only natives could be buried there. They defined a native as one whose grandfather had been born on Bailey."


click above picture for article


Slaves began arriving in Maine with their white owners in the 1600s. 

Maine slaves predominately worked as household help.


Triangular trade supported the economy of the New England Colonies. 

They made boats and sent food and lumber down to the West Indies (Barbados, Martinique, and Jamaica), 

and they brought back molasses for making rum. 

The rum was sent to colonies in Africa and traded for slaves. 

The slaves were then transported to the West Indies to work on sugar plantations. 

In return for the slaves, more molasses was sent to New England.


There were eight principal areas used by Europeans to buy and ship slaves to the Western Hemisphere:

West Central Africa (Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola): 39.4%

Bight of Benin (Togo, Benin and Nigeria west of the Niger Delta): 20.2%

Bight of Biafra (Nigeria east of the Niger Delta, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon): 14.6%

Gold Coast (Ghana): 10.4%

Senegambia (Senegal and The Gambia): 4.8%

Southeastern Africa (Mozambique and Madagascar): 4.7%

Upper Guinea (Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone): 4.1%

Windward Coast (Liberia and Cote d' Ivoire): 1.8%

Bight of Biafra from the Gold Coast were prominent in the northern colonies, 

especially New England, because the slave traders of Rhode Island concentrated their activities there, 

accounting for the enforced immigration of some 7,000 people, or 30 percent of the total arriving there. 

Senegambians were also prominent among African immigrants in the northern colonies, 

accounting for about 28 percent of arrivals, or over 7,000 people.