This article came to our hands as a clipping from a newspaper.
The full name of the newspaper is missing.
The only heading which appears is ".... Times, February 3, 1926" Perhaps it is the Bar Harbor Times.
It is apparently from a series of articles about the Gott family, since, though it is titled "Daniel Gott", not one word in it mentions him.
Some words in the copy were obscured; at first I filled them in as best I could, by my own words. But later (March 2014) I found the original article online here:
Mount Desert Island Pioneer
His ancestors and descendants
by William Otis Sawtelle
Philip and Esther Gott Langley
Esther, the third child of Nataniel and Elizabeth Richardson Gott, of Gott's Island, was born Nov. 17, 1790; married Philip Langley, Sept. 18, 1818 his second wife. Philip's first wife was Margaret Welch Moore, widow of Samuel Moore, the founder of the Moore family of Southwest Harbor. Samuel Moore was lost at sea before 1790 and Philip made a good step-father to his four sons. When Bartholemy and Mary Therese de Cadillac de Gregoire came to live on Mount Desert Island, Langley served as a sort of confidential agent and business manager for Mme. de Gregoire; made two trips on foot to Quebec across country on important missions for that lady; signed many papers as a witness, including many of the Cadillac de Gregoire deeds.
Philip and Esther dwelt happily together for many years on their island farm and although they had no children of their own they gave a good home to a boy and a girl whom they adopted. Later, when Lucinda Gott Stanley, sister of Esther, died a few days after her son William Blunt Stanley was born, Esther, on her return from the funeral at Little Cranberry Isle brought her tiny nephew back with her to Langley's Island, where he grew to maturity. To the Moore boys, sons of his first wife, Philip was a second father, and descendants of Joseph, Samuel and Welch Moore owe to him a large debt of gratitude for the paternal interest which he took in his step-sons.
When Philip Langley died, sometime in the early [eighteen] thirties, his widow, Esther Gott, unable to dwell alone on the island, sent for her brother Nathaniel and her younger sister Jane. Nathaniel and his wife, Hulda Hadlock, lived in a house which Nathaniel built, while Jane stayed with Esther in the farm house. Nathaniel's stay was not a long one and when he departed Esther and Jane looked about for some on [sic] who could run the farm for them.
James Grenan and Jane Gott
It was about the year 1835 that James Grenan, a native of Ireland, found his way from Halifax to Southwest Harbor where he obtained employment with Henry Clark, of Clark's Point. One day Henry suggested to James that as Esther was on the lookout for a good steady man to run her farm for her, he better apply for the job, slyly adding that Jane Gott was a fine woman who would make any man a good wife, and that the fellow who got her would probably inherit Langley's Island somtime.
Grenan was not slow to act, and borrowing a skiff he rowed the short distance which separated him from the Langley farm, presented himself at the door, stated his errand and was hired on the spot. Esther and Jane need not leave the island now, for the farm would be in good hands. That sunny, jovial, capable James did not put all of his time on farming is shown by an entry in the Mount Desert Town Records to the effect that on July 5, 1837, James "Grinnin'" was published to Jane Gott; that on the 21st of the same month, "a certificate of said Publishment was returned" to the Town Clerk.
It was a grand wedding and the folks came from all over the region; from Gott's Island and Beach Hill, Bass Harbor and the Cranberry Isles, Gotts and Gotts-in-law arrived by the boat load, while the innumerable sisters of the bride made quite a good sized party by themselves. Though the groom, veritable character that he was, had no relatives in these parts, his droll humor, dry Irish wit and cheery good nature had won to him a host of friends, all of whom were among those present and, thus, surrounded by this merry company, Jim Grinnin', as everybody called him, - the reason is apparent - and Jane Gott were made man and wife.
James had no children by Jane, but a son by a former marriage had been left in Halifax after the death of James' first wife. In 1839 this son, Richard by name, was brought to Langley's Island by James who made a trip to Nova Scotia for the purpose of bringing the boy, who was then about ten years old back with him. Richard was not a strong lad and his father worked industriously to acquire a competence for him; but the boy died suddenly at the age of eighteen years.
Jane Gott Grenan died in 1857 and James inherited her share of the island. Early in the year of 1863 James purchased of William Blunt Stanley, Esther Gott Langley's foster son, his share of the island which Esther had deeded to William some years previous. Thus was Henry Clark's prophecy fulfilled, for Grenan now owned the whole of Langley's Island.
James Grenan married a second [sic] time and had three children; one who died in infancy, a daughter Cora, who married, January 12, 1882, William H. Bracy of Mount Desert, and a daughter Nettie M., who married, March 13, 1884, Otis L. Mills of North Haven who later removed to Southwest Harbor.
On the first coast chart of Mount Desert Island, published in 1875, Grenan's appears as Greening's, a form which still obtains, though for historical reasons, it must be conceded that Langley's Island would be a more appropriate name.
Not only was Philip Langley allied by marriage to two early pioneer families but he himself was a land owner at Southwest Harbor before 1783. This property was later made over to his step daughter-in-law, Nancy Rich Moore, who, after her husband, Joseph Moore, was drowned, married Joseph Lancaster and with him and her children removed, in 1806, to Sutton's Island, the first settlers there.
The deed for Somes Island, as it was then called, given to Langley in 1788, in payment for the work which he did for Marie Therese Cadillac de Gregoire, was, with the possible exception of the Mayo deed for land at the Narrows, the first Cadillac de Gregoire deed executed on Mount Desert Island, and it antedates Daniel Gott's deed of Little Placentia from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by a year or more. Langley settled at Southwest Harbor almost fifty years before James Grenan appeared on the scene, and for near half a century until death took him, he was a highly respected, well beloved citizen, whose fondness for children was proverbial.
It is to be regretted that the name of Langley is not now on the map of Mount Desert.
Other Gott Records
There was an Eliab Gott who, with his family, lived on Outer Long Island. He was a useful and industrious citizen, but there is nothing in the Mount Desert records to show his connection with the Gott families of Mount Desert. Eliab Gott m. Aug. 22, 1814, Sarah Ladd. Sarah was the dau. of Jacob and Hannah Lurvey, b. June 22, 1786, at Newbury, Mass., bpt. at Mt. Desert, Aug. 30, 1789. She m. 1st. Dec. 30, 1802, Moses Ladd, "a sojourner," and settled in Newbury, Vt. Moses served in War of 1812 and d. in camp at Platsburg, N.Y. His widow with her children returned to her father at Mt. Desert where she soon m. Eliab Gott. Children of Eliab and Sarah:
1. Martha, b. April 30, 1816; m. William Burns, April 10, 1832. Res. Eden.
2. Mary, b. April 30, 1816; m. Ezekiel Moore, son of Samuel and Sarah Peach Moore. Res. Cranberry Isles.
By the death of Sarah Lurvey Gott, May 20, 1816, not only were her twin daughters, Mary and Martha, left motherless but her five children by her first husband, Moses Ladd, became orphans.
Thomas and Mary Hadlock Manchester who lived on Great Cranberry Isle, took Irene and Hiram Ladd and their half sister, Mary Gott, the latter's birth being recorded in the Cranberry Isles Town Records under Thomas Manchester's record. Irene Ladd is sometimes referred to as Urilla or Lorilla which was not her name. Miss Carroll tells me that when the Manchesters took Sarah Lurvey's children that Aunt Mary Manchester gave Irene the pet name of "Rilla" and that it is a mistake to speak of her as Lorilla or Urilla which are but derivations of a nickname.
Eliab Gott m. 2nd, July 17, 1817, Sarah, dau. of Davis and Sarah Hadlock Wasgatt, b. March 18, 1800; d. before 1829. Children by Sarah:
3. Rachel Wl., b. Oct. 20, 1819.
4. Sally, b. Aug. 12, 1821.
5. Comfort, b. Nov. 12, 1822.
6. Malinda, b. May 4, 1824.
Eliab m. 3rd., July 16, 1830, Tryphosa Ober, widow of John Ober who was one of the nineteen men lost off the Schooner Minerva, Capt. Samuel Hadlock, Jr., master. The vessel was lost with all on board while on a sealing voyage to the Artic [sic], March, 1829.
Eliab Gott d. 1846, on Outer Long Island and is there buried. It is said that he had children by his 3rd. wife, Sarah [sic], but as yet I have found no record of them.
From Town Records
Charles McDermon m. Eliza Gott, April 4, 1808.
Joseph Daws m. Mary Gott, July 5, 1825.
From Church Records
Sally Gott admitted June 8, 1826; d. Feb. 23, 1828.
Peggy Gott, admitted July 19, 1828; d. Aug. 12, 1831.
Joanna Gott, admitted Aug. 17, 1828; d. May 2, 1850.
Mary Gott, admitted Feb. 18, 1833; d. Dec. 22, 1844.
Lydia Gott, admitted June 13, 1833; d. June 1883.