16 May 2014

Francis Backhouse (Backus)

From Descendants of Peter Hill of York County, Maine, in the NEHGS:

"John Hill was born in Saco, and there, like his brothers and sisters, received a good common-school education.  In 1686 he entered into partnership with Francis Backhouse [modernized to Backus] in building a sawmill at a place called Backus's Creek, they owning equally.  By the contract, Backus was to furnish timber, and Hill 'to learn how to kilter the saws, and keep them in order.'"


"...his widow became the second wife of Francis Backhouse of Saco."

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