My 6th great grandfather is Jacob Royal of North Yarmouth, Maine. He married Hannah Brown. One of their children, Peter Royall, was baptized 13 April 1777 in North Yarmouth. While searching for someone else in my tree at Find My Past, I saw the name Peter Royal pop up in the search results. I had to look of course.
Here is my transcription of a portion of the article:
Found in Newport Mercury, May 12, 1795 (Tuesday)
Twenty Dollars Reward
DESERTED from the Detachment of
the Corps of Artiller(??) and Engineers, at Goat
Island, on Saturday Evening, (9 May 1795)
PETER ROYAL, Private Soldier,
Eighteen Years of Age, 5 Feet, 4 Inches, black Eyes,
short black curling Hair, — born in the Town of North-
Yarmouth, Province of Maine — A.(??)
According to the article, there is a reward of $10 for Peter and the other $10 for his fellow deserter Henry Starks of Lyons, New Hampshire
Peter was baptized in North Yarmouth in Apr 1777 so he would be 18 at this time.
Next step is to research any other Peter Royals of North Yarmouth of that time.