The History of Otisfield
"It is said that the first night they spent in Otisfield, they camped beside a large stone near the road. (A portion of that stone has since been moved to Spurr's Corner and a memorial tablet placed upon it.) He is buried in the yard south of Spurr's Corner. Through a mistake of the stonecutters the name is spelled Spyrr, instead of Spurr. They had nine children living, all born in Dorchester, and all came to Maine unmarried. They came to Windham in an oxcart and were the fourth family in town."
Here is a picture of the stone and a close up of the plaque.
|Spurr's Corner Monument - April 21, 2016|
SEPT. 3, 1779
JOSEPH SPURR AND HIS FAMILY
SPENT THEIR FIRST NIGHT IN THE FIELD BESIDE THIS
STONE AND BUILT THEIR CAMPFIRE UPON IT
|Plaque, April 21, 2016|
Joseph & Miriam (Lyon) Spurr - came to Otisfield in 1779
Mary Frances (Stanley) Carter
Edward Mellen Carter
Thomas Richard Carter - my grandfather
Moving in an Oxcart
Spurr, William Samuel. A History of Otisfield: Cumberland County, Maine from the Original Grant to the Close of the Year 1944 by William Samuel Spurr. Otisfield, Me.: Published by the Otisfield Historical Society, 1994. PDF.