Alexander/Crawford History news

Town News

By John Dudley 

& Cassie Oakes



About twenty years ago ACHS was trying to collect information on immigrants and emigrants, those who came to Alexander from where and to where did they go when they left Alexander.  Marie Harrington from Benton sent her Cooper information that was not shared with readers at that time.  Here is the story of Marie’s Cooper ancestors and how they moved around.

Nathan Yeaton came from New Hampshire to Eastport and then to the East Ridge Road in Cooper.  His wife Hannah Sadler came from Cape Ann in Massachusetts.  She is buried at the East Ridge Cemetery.

Nathan’s neighbor William Sadler also was from Cape Ann, Massachusetts and arrived in Cooper via Eastport.  His wife Hannah Millett followed the same path and ended up at the East Ridge Cemetery.

John Hayward came from Windsor Township, New Brunswick to Cooper (North Union Road), next moved to Wesley and then on to St. Cloud, Minnesota.  His wife Margaret Sheck came from Sussex Corner, New Brunswick.  Their son Henry married Azuba Higgins and both are buried at the Evergreen Cemetery.  Some of their descendants are still found here in Washington County.

Nathan Higgins’ family had arrived on the Mayflower and came to Cooper after a stop at Eden (now Bar Harbor).  Nathan married Anna Leland whose parents came from Providence, Rhode Island.  A stone for J.R. Higgins of Co. F. 6th Maine Infantry is at East Ridge Cemetery.  The family lived north of Cooper Highway on Middle Ridge and an unusual small walled family burial plot in the woods guards all who rests there.

John Dudley’s ancestor Daniel Lane came to North Union Road in Cooper from Calais.  His wife Temperance Pettigrew’s family had moved from Machiasport to the Ledge, New Brunswick (across the St. Croix from part of Calais.  Actually, the ledge was in the river and caused problems for ships).  Dan and Temperance are at the East Ridge Cemetery.  Several of their grandchildren migrated to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.  Some of their descendants are still around Washington County.

When neighbors today speak about new faces in town or comment about how quickly some disappear, John comments, “Nothing has changed but the names and faces.”