Christian Remick was born about 1631 likely in Holland or England. His birth year is based on later records: In 1698/9 he is said to be about 67; in 1710 about age 80. His is my 9th great-grandfather on my grandmother Milly (Booth) Rollins’ side of the family.
He came to America as a young man; he was living in Kittery, York County (now Maine but then part of Massachusetts) in 1651 where he lived until his death in 1710. The part of Kittery he lived in later became the town of Eliot. He was a Kittery freeman in 1652.
Christian was one of the proprietors of Kittery and was prominent in town, serving as surveyor, selectman, and treasurer. He also was a representative to the legislature. He was granted a great deal of land over time in what are now the towns of Kittery, Eliot and South Berwick, amounting to about 500 acres. His first land grant in 1651 was where he made his home. It was on Eliot Neck, near the Piscatiqua River, not far from the Remick family burial ground.
I descend from two of their daughters: Hannah who married Richard Gowell of Kittery and Sarah who married Barnabas Wixon of Cape Cod. I wrote about Hannah and Richard here and Sarah and Barnabas here..
Christian received some education as he signed his name, drafted letters/papers, and served in important offices. His four sons also had some education as they could write and served their communities in a variety of roles.
Hannah and Christian’s great-grandson Christian Remick was an artist who was a sea captain, privateer, and a Naval officer in the Revolution. NEHGS in Boston owns one of his paintings of the British blockade in Boston Harbor. He also worked with Paul Revere, adding the color to the famous image of the Boston Massacre that Revere engraved.
Hannah died after 1703.
Christian died circa 1710 in his 80th year. He and Hannah are likely buried in the family burial ground on Pleasant Street in Eliot, Maine. A descendant erected a monument for Christian and his son Joshua.
The inscription reads:
B 1631 D
A PROPRIETOR OF KITTERY ELIOT AND THE
BERWICKS SELECTMAN SURVEYOR AND PLANTER
FIRST OWNER OF THIS LAND LIVED HERE
OVER 60 YEARS AND WAS BURIED HERE
JACOB REMICK HIS SON
B NOV 05 1660 D JUNE 1745
PROPRIETOR SELECTMAN TOWN TREASURER
Charles Thornton Libby and Sybil Noyes, The Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, 1928
Oliver Philbrick Remick, Remick Genealogy, NEHGR October 1893 (vol 47), p. 473-7y
Everett S. Stackpole, Old Kittery and Her Families, 1903