Died 1807 at age 62
Greetings from Portland. Sweater weather is here. Every day this month I’m telling a story that bridges the gap between this world, and the next. I’m resurrecting the memory of Portlanders who’ve crossed over to the other side by posting one video each day, relating the tale of one, interesting “permanent Portlander.”
The packet schooner Charles, making its way to Portland on July 12, 1807, struck a ledge off Richmond Island, near the mouth of Portland Harbor. On board were Mary Stonehouse, her daughter Elizabeth and 10-month-old grandson, Robert.
The ship sank and all three were drowned. Stonehouse’s body washed ashore a few days later in Cape Elizabeth.
She was reunited with her family when all three were laid to rest, side-by-side, in the Eastern Cemetery.
Today’s story is brought to you with the help of Spirits Alive, the volunteer group that looks after the Eastern Cemetery and leads guided tours.
Disclaimer: I’m not a historian. I owe everything I know to the dedicated research of those who have come before me. These character sketches are assembled from multiple (often antique) sources and sprinkled with my own conjecture. I’m happy to be set straight or to learn more.