Robert Junkins Homestead Back in the Family

From JFA newsletter no. 6, Summer 1992

Nearly 350 years ago, Robert1 Junkins settled in Scotland, York County, Maine. He built his homestead, a garrison house, on a rise overlooking the York River, where he retained command of his farm lands and orchards for the remainder of his life. His children, Joseph2, Alexander2 and Daniel2 lived in the garrison with their families. Joseph was killed by Indians when he was 39 leaving his wife and one son, born shortly after his death. The homestead passed to his two remaining sons, Alexander and Daniel. They later divided the land, with Alexander retaining the homestead.

The descendants of Alexander lived in the garrison for many generations until 1844 when Alexander5 died. The homestead remained abandoned for over forty years and in 1889 was burned to the ground by vandals.1 The property went through a succession of owners during the next one hundred years, with no attempts to rebuild or put another home at that spot.

In 1989, the homestead property went on the market and Alan and Betty Junkins started negotiations to purchase the original four acres and bring it back into the Junkins family. In April 1992, settlement was made and we are happy to announce that Robert's homestead is once again in the family and we hope that soon it will be occupied by a 10th generation descendant of Robert.

Date Event
Jul 1661 Robert1 Junkins signed petition as resident of York
12 Nov 1667 Court record shows Robert owned land as bondsman
before 1670 Robert married Sarah Smyth of Cape Neddick
1672 Joseph2 Junkins born
1675 Alexander2 Junkins born
24 Mar 1680 20 acres deeded to Robert by Alexander & Annis Maxwell between the way to
Newguvanacke & Bass Cove Brook in York Northwest of homesite and not adjoining
1680 32 acre town grant, "On Northeast side of Highway at head of marsh call Thomas Curtiss Cove
& adjoining the Northwest side of a lott of upland of Micum Mackenteers." Not the homestead lot.
ca. 1680 Daniel2 Junkins born
10 Jun 1681 A parcel of land where now said Junkins orchard is placed & his barn standith.
Adjoining the homesite.
2 Mar 1696 Dated his will.
Nov 1699 Robert1 Junkins died.
2 Jan 1699 Robert's will recorded. Homestead passed to Sarah.
1704 20 acres granted to Joseph, Alexander & Daniel. "All the land between the head of Robert's
lot and Bass Cove Brook."
1 Nov 1710 Alexander3 Junkins born at Garrison
2 Apr 1711 Joseph2 Junkins killed by Indians near Garrison.2
20 Mar 1718 Sarah died at Junkins House. Death recorded at York. Alexander2 oldest
son inherited the Homestead.
9 Feb 1721 First deed record of homestead lot of land when Alexander2 and Daniel2
agree on division of their father's estate.
26 Oct 1732 Alexander3 married Hannah McIntire
21 Feb 1735 Alexander2 willed homestead lot with Dwelling House and Barn to his wife
9 Oct 1735 Alexander4 born at garrison
Jan 1736 Alexander2 died and homestead passed to Catherine.
14 Feb 1757 Catherine died. Homestead passed to Alexander3.
ca. 1775 Hannah (McIntire) Junkins died.
11 Jan 1776 Alexander4 married Abigail Lindsay
1 Jun 1777 Alexander3 married Mary Tanney.
5 Oct 1782 Alexander3 died. Homestead passed to Alexander4.
Mar 1785 Alexander5 born at Garrison
bef 1820 Alexander4 died. Homestead passed to Alexander5.
Jun 1826 Joseph Hilliard6 Junkins born at Garrison.
29 Jul 1838 Hannah (Langdon) Junkins died; buried at Garrison.
12 Dec 1838 Alexander5 married Hannah Bragdon.
2 Jul 1844 Alexander5 died; buried at Garrison; Homestead passed to Hannah (Bragdon)
14 Dec 1866 Hannah deeded Homestead to son Joseph H.6 Junkins
Jun 1889 Garrison house burned.
ca. 1890 Joseph H.6 Junkins died; Homestead passed to sons Hiram A.7 and
Alvin W.7
15 Mar 1892 Homestead lot sold to George E. Grant (10 acres, 123 rods) by Hiram A.7
& Alvin W.7 Junkins
Homestead passed to daughter Mabel P. (Grant) Lewis
Christopher Simonds, warranty deed book 1869, page 452.
30 Oct 1948 John G. & Harriet G. Simonds, warranty deed book 1134, page 200.
12 Jun 1976 Homestead 4 acres to Bronislaw P. and Julia T. Kowalski.
11 Oct 1985 Homestead 4 acres (less 15' X 15' cemetery) to Gary M. and Dale N. Guyette.
22 Apr 1992 Homestead 4 acres (less 15' X 15' cemetery) to Alan D.10 and Betty F. Junkins
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