1618 - 1675
||Dunstan, , Devonshire, England [1, 2]
||12 Oct 1675
||Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA 
||08 Jan 2009 |
||Arthur Alger, b. 1588, Dunstan, , Devonshire, England , d. 1630 |
||Agnes, b. Abt 1592, Dunstone, , Devonshire, England , d. 1634, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA |
||Dunstan, , Devonshire, England
||Agnes Okeman, b. 1620, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA , d. 1634, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA |
||Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA 
| ||1. John Alger, b. 1641, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USA , d. Jan 1717, Bristol, Bristol Co., Rhode Island, USA |
| ||2. Matthew Alger, b. 1643, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA , d. 1690, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA |
| ||3. Agnes Alger, b. Abt 1643-1655, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA , d. 1670-1680, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA |
| ||4. Elizabeth Alger, b. 1644, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA , d. 21 Aug 1732, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USA |
| ||5. Andrew Alger, b. 1643-1648, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA , d. 21 Sep 1689, Falmouth, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA |
| ||6. Alger, b. Abt 1656, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||7. Johanna Alger, b. 1650, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA , d. 26 Mar 1733|
| ||8. Jane Alger, b. Abt 1657, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA , d. Yes, date unknown|
||11 Mar 2004 |
The following is from "The Alger Family of Maine" by Arthur M. Alger, of Boston, an article in the "New England Historical & Genealogical Register" - vol 29 - p. 270-271
Among the early settlers of the coast of Maine, were two brothers, Andrew and Arthur Alger. they came from England but it is uncertain at what time. Mr. Willis states that their native town was Dunster, in Somersetshire. There are reasons for believing, however, that it was Dunston, in Norfolk, in which county a family of the name has long been settled.
Andrew was living in Saco as early as 1640, and was then styled a surveyor. In 1644 and 1645 he had a company of men on Stratton's Island engaged in the fisheries. In 1651, he with his brother purchased of the Indians a tract of land, lying within the limits of Scarborough, containing about a thousand acres. The terms of the purchase are set forth in the following declaration of one of the Indians concerned:
"19th of September, 1659. The declaration of Jane the Indian of Scarborough concerning lands. This aforesayd Jane alias Uphannum doth declare that her mother namely Nagasqua the wife of Wackawaarawaskee Sagamore and her brother namely Ugagoguskitt and herself namely Uphannum coequally had sould unto Andrew Alger and to his brother Arthur Alger a Tract of Land beginning att the mouth of ye River called blew Poynt River, where the River doth part, and soe bounded up along with the River called Owaseoage in Indian, and soe up three score poole above the falls, on the one side; and on the other side bounded up along with the northermost River that Dreaneth by the great hill Abram Jocelyn's and goeth northward, bounding from the head yt River South West, and soe to the aforesayd bounds, namely three score poole above the Falls. this aforesayd Uphannum doeth declare that her mother and brother and shee hath already in her hand received full satisfaction of the aforesayd Alger for the aforesayd Lands from the beginning of the world to this day, provided on condition that for tyme to come from yeare to yeare yearly the aforesayd Alger shall peacably suffer Uphannum to plant in Andrew Alger's field soe long as Uphan; and her mother Negasqua doe both live, and alsoe one bushel of corn for acknowledgment: every year soe long as they both shall live. Upham: doeth delare thae ye bargan was made in the year 1651 unto which shee doeth subscribe the marke of Uphannum X."
In 1674, the "Indian Jane" made a second acknowledgement of this sale which is thus recorded:
"Note yt this sayle of ye Land Recorded in pa: 114: within expressed, sould to Andrew Alger by these Indians, was sould to ye sd Algers them yr heyrs, executors, administratos and assigns forever, as is owned by Upham: alias Jane, this 27: of May 1674: in pressence of
To this tract of land the brothers gave the name of Dunston, in memory of their home in Old England. And this name is still borne by the flourishing village which has arisen there.
Andrew moved from Saco to his estate in Scarborough in 1654. He was constable and selectman, and in 1668 received the commission of lieutenant.
In the month of October, 1675, an attempt was made by the Indians to destroy their garrison house, they with two of their relatives being in the house at the time collecting their goods to carry for better security to Black Point. The Indians failing to capture the garrison, retired into the woods, after burning the empty houses of Andrew's sons-in-law. But in the attack they had accomplished more than they were aware of, for Andrew was shot dead, and Arthur mortally wounded. The latter died at the house of William Sheldon, in Marblehead on the 14th day of the month. Andrew's family fled to Boston, where his widow married Samuel Walker soon after.
Andrew Alger removed from Saco to his estate in Scarborough, in 1654. He was constable and selectman, and in 1668 received the commission of Lieutenant.
Savage has this to say about Andrew - He called his plantation Dunster, from the town near Minehead, in the N.W. part of Co. Somerset, where he was born. He was constable 1661, and lieutenant. He was killed by the Indians with his brother Arthur, Oct, 1675. The family fled to Boston and his will was probated in Essex 24 Jun 1676. His widow married Samuel Walker.
The homestead.com reference says that Arthur survived the Indian hostilities and because they left him destitute, he relocated with his wife to Newbury, Massachusetts where in 1692, he executed a conveyance of his estate in Cape Porpoise, which he had attained partly by purchase and partly by grant to Joseph Bailey.
The Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire says - Alger, spoken Auger, a west of England surname. Andrew born 1610. The Alger brothers named their Indian purchase in Scarborough, Dunstan for Dunstone in the parish of Yealmpton, Devon. Andrew came with Winter and after his time was out became a fishing master himself, having his house on Prout's Neck. In 1643 he was called "of Stratton's island," a name for Scarborough. He was killed about 10 Oct 1675. His will, made 23 Mar 1669 was proven at Salem 30 Jun 1676 by his widow, Agnes.
Ref: Alger files - Family group record - Andrew Alger
"History of Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Mass." by N. Mitchell - p. 91
Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - email: Alger@alum.mit.edu [2, 3, 5, 6]
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- [S19] Alger files - Web sites, http://www.uftree.com/UFT/WebPages/RonMartin/MARTIN/d0/i0003282.htm.
- [S19] Alger files - Web sites, http://ancestor.homestead.com/files/Andrew_Alger.htm.
- [S19] Alger files - Web sites, http://www.johnpratt.com/gen/7/0/4.ped.html.
- [S35] Alger files - Hervey, Michael, Michael Hervey, Bridgewater, MA - Alger.
- [S198] Alger e-files - Attwood, Ginger, Ginger Attwood, Email from Ginger and Karen Attwood - 16 May 2007.