first bread they had tasted for two months. When collecting the plunder,
the men told them they should have whatever they claimed as belonging
to them. This was more than they expected. After plundering the ship
and stripping the dead, they sailed. Then she saw the last of the terrible
place. In a short time, they arrived in New Harbor. Their new friends
then announced plans to sell them as servants to satisfy themselves for
their trouble in saving their lives. This was a trial most insupportable.
But to their great comfort, a man came on board who was from the
same place in Scotland from which they had come. He was kind and
pitiful and endeavored to comfort them. He took them to his house and
there bid them to be of good cheer, for he would not suffer such rough
men to take advantage of them. This gentleman gave them every consolation in his power and conversed with them in a very Christian manner, which was affecting and comforting.
They tarried with him, until they had so far recovered as to be able
to work for their living. The gentleman wrote to their father in Pennsylvania, informing him of the situation, and did all he could to forward
the letter as soon as possible. This was about the last of December 1741.
In the meantime he provided good places for them. Sarah’s sister was
sent to live with a friend of his, at Boothbay and was very happily situated. Soon after she went there, a revival of religion took place among
the people. Sarah tarried at New Harbor through the winter. The next
spring she came to where we live now, in the Sheepscot Bay, and was
employed in a family on Georgetown Island. There she enjoyed the privileges of religion as well as very kind treatment. Both the man and his
wife were teachers and were greatly animated by the good work that was
going on in the place. At the time, there was manifest a general attention
to religion. Having no minister, the people met together every Sabbath,
and frequently on other days, for the purpose of worshipping God in the
Sarah had an offer of marriage from a man named Robert Howland,
who lived on nearby Howland Island, and her situation seemed to urge
After plundering the ship and stripping the dead, they
sailed. Then she saw the last of the terrible place.