Descendants of Swan's Island's Joshua Trask

This summary has been derived from information in Dr. H. W. Small's 'History of Swan's Island' published in 1898.
Joshua S. Trask came to Swan's Island from Stillwater, Maine about the year 1825, and married Mary Staples. He then went to Long Island where he traded for several years, doing quite a business. Although the island was small and the inhabitants few, yet this was a resort for many fishing vessels, it being near the fishing grounds, and furnishing a good harbor. It was from these vessels principally that he received his custom. He afterwards came here and settled near the end off the point of land formerly owned by Washington Staples, now called Trask's Point, where he built a house.

He was a man of liberal education, and possessed a wonderful memory. His favorite study was history, French history being his favorite. He was a great admirer of Napoleon, after whom he named one of his sons. For several years he taught school here with good success. He was an active man in town affairs, and for many years was justice of the peace. Mr. Trask was lost in the Bay of Chaleur during the great Gale of October 3, 1851. He was in the schooner 'Henry Clay', commanded by John Walls. The vessel foundered in the gale and all hands were lost. Mrs. Trask afterwards became the wife of Phillip Moore, of Gott's Island, by whom she had three children, none of whom reached adult age.

For the Swan's Island Education Society
Stephen C. Joyce
5616 Purnell Rd.
Wake Forest, NC 27587

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