In 1825, Jonathan Clifford cleared a farm, which he lived on for many years. A few families had settled in Number 11 (now Cary), the smoke from their cooking fires could be seen from the ridge he settled on. In the summer, there was no road to visit the neighbors, but seeing smoke of families from the ridge must have been of some comfort to the lonely pioneers.
In 1826, Edmund Cone began a farm on a lot near the Clifford's farm. He had come to Houlton in 1815 and worked as a teamster until he was able to buy the lot in Amity. Just before coming to Amity he married Barbara Shepard of Richmond, N.B. Together they faced the hardships of clearing a forest to fields and building a home. It is said,