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ewbury company in the Essex regiment, he joined the ill-fated expedition of Sir William Phipps against Quebec, which on its return encountered a severe storm in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. One of the ships was wrecked on the island of Anticosti, and William Longfellow, with nine of his comrades, was drowned.
He left five children.
The fourth of these, Stephen (1), left to shift for himself, became a blacksmith.
He married Abigail, daughter of Rev. Edward Tompson, of Newbury, afterward of Marshfield.
Their fifth child, Stephen (2), born in 1723, being a bright boy, was sent to Harvard College, where he took his first degree in 1742, and his second in 1745.
In this latter year (after having meanwhile taught a school in York) he went to Portland in Maine (then Falmouth), to be the schoolmaster of the town.
This was the letter from the minister of the town inviting him:—
Falmouth, November 15, 1744.
Sir,—We need a school-master.
Mr. Plaisted advises of your being at liberty.