Parkman, Piscataquis County, Maine Genealogy:
Parkman Welcome Sign
Parkman Maine a Frontier Settlement (8 page pdf):
Parkman is a town in Piscataquis County, Maine, United States. The town was named after Samuel Parkman, a proprietor.
Samuel purchased 40,000 acres in Maine and 40,000 acres in Ohio both having the towns as Parkman Ohio and Maine as the centers.
Samuel also commissioned an oil portrait by Gilbert Stuart of George Washington that is on display @ The Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The US $1 Dollar portrait of George Washington is taken from a 1796 Gilbert Stuart portrait.
Samuel gifted an 1801 Paul Revere bell to his Dad the Reverend Ebenezer Parkman of Westborough, Mass. The same bell now rings in the Old South Meeting House in Boston where the Tea Party started.
Samuel Parkman (August 22, 1751 – June 11, 1824) and Sarah Rogers had five children: Elizabeth (1785), Francis (1788), George (1790), Samuel (1791), and Daniel (1794). Samuel Parkman had also had six children by his previous marriage to Sarah Shaw. Samuel Parkman, George’s father and family patriarch, had bought up low-lying lands and income properties in Boston’s West End. He also founded and was part owner of the towns of Parkman, Ohio and Parkman, Maine. His sons from his first marriage oversaw theOhio properties, while his second set of boys were responsible for the Maineparcel. Samuel’s daughters inherited wealth as well. The most notable was George’s sister Elizabeth Willard Parkman, whose spouse Robert Gould Shaw (1776 – 1853), grandfather of Robert Gould Shaw (October 10, 1837 – July 18, 1863, Union Army colonel during the American Civil War), grew his wife’s share of the fortune to become the senior partner in the most powerful commercial house in a city glutted with the proceeds of the China Trade.
The eleven Parkman scions united in marriage with the Beacon Hill families of Blake, Cabot, Mason, Sturgis, Tilden, and Tuckerman. Of his eleven offspring, Samuel chose George as the one to administer the Parkman estate.
Link to Parkman, Maine’s website:
First known as Plantation Number Five, Sixth Range, it was purchased by Samuel Parkman, aBoston Brahmin. In 1822, it was incorporated as a town and named for its proprietor. It was inherited by the proprietor’s son, George Parkman, who visited it annually. Much of the town has excellent soil for farming. In 1837, the wheat crop was 6,018 bushels. In 1859, it was noted for making butter and cheese. By 1886, Parkman had severalsawmills and a gristmill.
George Parkman, Samuel Parkman’s son
KC country store Parkman Maine
I am staying at the guest house in Guilford, Maine, and the area seen in the video is near a pretty large lake, which on the map it is referred to as Hallow’s Pond. There are two huge ponds to the East and West of the house and both I must cross to get into either town, or more like village, of Dexter or Guilford.
Burt Shavitz poses for a photo on his property which was a turkey coop, his motorcycle, dog, guns & Burt’s Bees cofounder Roxanne Quimby in Parkman, Maine. He was living in his turkey coop raising bees and picked up Roxanne Quimby as a hitch hiker.
PARKMAN, Maine—The converted turkey coop that a co-founder of Burt’s Bees once called home in Maine is going to be saved and displayed at the company’s headquarters in North Carolina.
Burt’s Bees has bought the structure where Burt Shavitz once lived and has moved it to Durham, where it’s going on display this fall.
“It’s a legacy project. It’s going to be maintained so that people can see it and appreciate it,” said Trevor Folsom, Shavitz’s former personal assistant, who inherited the structure. “I just felt that it should always be taken care of, no matter what.”
The 300-square-foot shelter with no running water is where Shavitz lived before finding fame through Burt’s Bees. He ended up back there when his house was damaged by fire in February 2015.
Shavitz, who died in July 2015, went from a hippie making a living by selling honey into a corporate icon after a chance encounter with a hitchhiking Roxanne Quimby led to a partnership that became Burt’s Bees. An image of Burt’s face — and his wild beard — was featured on labels.
But fame never suited him. He preferred his reclusive life in Maine, where he returned when their business partnership soured after Quimby moved the company from Maine in 1994.
Quimby used some of the hundreds of millions of dollars she made when she eventually sold the company to purchase land that she donated to become a national monument, a designation granted last month by President Barack Obama.
Burt, meanwhile, cherished his own property in a heavily wooded corner of Maine. All manner of critters traipsed across his land in Parkman — deer, moose, pine martens, fox and coyotes — and he enjoyed passing the time by watching the wildlife while living in quiet solitude.
“The land is everything,” he told The Associated Press in 2014.
Burt’s Bees hopes that opening the humble, cedar-shingled home to the public in November will underscore the importance of nature and simple living to the company’s co-founder.
“The whole purpose of the business is to reconnect people with the wisdom, power and beauty of nature. We think that’s particularly important now as things become more urbanized, tech-driven and hurried,” said Jim Geikie, the company’s general manager.
After his death, Shavitz was buried quickly, in Jewish tradition. Quimby was among those who attended the funeral along with family and friends in Bangor, Maine.
Shavitz eschewed the corporate life, preferring to live simply, and didn’t leave behind a vast fortune.
In his will, the former New York photojournalist left his 1961 BMW motorcycle with sidecar to a local man. Folsom inherited remaining assets including land in Parkman and Abbott, along with Shavitz’s golden retriever and a $35,000 trust fund created for the dog, named Pasha.
These days, his property has a new look. A deck is all that remains from where the turkey coop once stood. His house is also gone, having been torn down after the fire. A barn and Folsom’s home remain.
For Folsom, his time with the quirky and cantankerous Shavitz marked an extraordinary period in his life.
“I certainly miss Burt,” Folsom said. “We had a fantasyland existence that was unlike any other. It certainly wasn’t your average life.”
Beekeeper Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees, died at age 80 on July 5; look back at the life of the “Bee Man”