This Old Tree, April 2020

For the first month of social distancing, I have been busy organizing some of my genealogy magazines and papers. I stated in my President’s message that we should try to do some genealogy and sorting of our papers. Well, I have been doing what I have been preaching to spend some of the Covid-19 shutdown to do just that. And I am still working 40 hours a week. But as a distress breaker, I am using genealogy to help with the overload of Coronavirus information via work. This month my research has been on the Dill family out of York, Maine.

Daniel Dill settled in York, Maine in the 1650s. His land is found in the Scotland Parish of York, also called the second parish of York. This is where many of the Scottish prisoners of war from the English Civil War settled after their sentences were completed.

Daniel’s granddaughter, Dorothy, who married Robert Lambert, is my 6th great-grandmother. Dorothy and her brothers and sisters and their first cousin all seem to have moved out of York. But where and when is somewhat a mystery.

Dorothy and Robert’s family had moved to Pownalborough (Wiscasset). As best I can find her brothers, John and James, families moved to the Yarmouth and the Lewiston areas. I have not been able to find much information on Dorothy’s brother, Daniel Dill III. His three surviving sons lived and married, but I can’t find what happened to them. John was a part of the Yarmouth group and had many daughters but two sons. One son went to sea and was lost at sea but was married and had one son and two daughters. This son moved to Massachusetts and his line seems to have died out.

The younger son of John moved to the greater Lewiston area and to that line I have been able to add five more generations of descendants.

Which family to work on next? I am going to see who on the twig has some more leaves. That plan is for the next week or so after Easter. I will keep looking for Daniel Dill III’s family and other family members.

I need to devote more time to seeking the other missing family members of my more remote ancestors in North America starting with the small twigs of Downeast Mainers.