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Abraham Somes, (March 14 1732-December 17 1831) was the primary founder of English settlements on the scenic Mount Desert Island, which is now part of Acadia National Park in present-day Maine. In 1761, Somes, a cooper by trade, brought his wife and family from Gloucester, Massachusetts to the island, along with James Richardson and Richardson's family. Somes obtained the land for development on grants from Francis Bernard, the governor of Massachusetts; who, in 1761, still maintained an interest in securing the property for Great Britain.
Somes chose to establish a village at the North end of the fjord which cuts through the center of the island. It would later be named after him as Somes Sound , and it is the only natural fjord in the continental United States. Abraham named his settlement Somesville and it would develop into an important trading location that largely allowed for the rest of the island to be permanently colonized in the years following the American Revolutionary War.
During the American Revolution, Abraham Somes served his native land and was a 1st Lieutenant in Ezra Young 's 7 Co., 6 Lincoln Co., regiment of the MA Militia. He also served in a the Capt. Daniel Sullivan's Co. of Volunteers in 1779.
After fulfilling his duty in the military, Abraham returned to Somesville where he lived out his days. He had 13 children.
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