(Rough Draft still)
After “The Province of Maine” was granted by the Council of New England in 1622, David Thompson and crew, friends of Fernando Gorges and members of the Laconia company, were the first to be sent. In the spring of 1623, he built a house at a place known by the natives as Panaway, later called Little Harbor, and Great Island. This area was later changed to Odiorne Point named after John Odiorne.
Much is written about this early location. It’s significance is the earliest year-round residence in the Piscataqua region and the state of New Hampshire. This, along with Plymouth Plantation and Cuper’s Cove, gave Gorges and Mason much hope that people could survive the winters here.
Robert Gorges, son (I thought nephew?) of Ferdinando, was named governor and lieutenant general of New England, and was granted by the Coucil land on the northeast side of Massachusetts Bay, between the Charles River and Nahant, including 10 miles out to sea (the islands). (35)
Robert Gorges, unlike his father, did visit New England. His crew sailed first to Plymouth Plantation where he stayed for two weeks, and then sailed to Panaway which was established by David Thomson earlier that spring. (35)
A few years later, David Thompson left for the Boston area and died shortly after, but many prominent men who were chosen by Mason and Gorges passed through here. Many became founding fathers of the Piscataqua region: Edward Hilton (Dover) , Captain Walter Neal (Portsmouth), Thomas Cammock, Henry Jocelyn, and Edward Godfrey (York), Humphrey Chadbourne (Portsmouth), Robert Gorges, Admiral Francis West, and Captain Christopher Levett (Portland).
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