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"Our fathers, who were they?' 



/ . 

"I have observ-ed that old people live much in 
the past. As I grow older I find myself turning 
oftener to the days in the old home. I hear the 
patter and the prattle of childish feet and voice ; 
light step of youth and maid; sober footfall and 
serious word of man and matron; the slowing step 
and failing voice of age. ' All, all are gone! I 
alone am left of 

'The dear home faces whereupon 

The fitful firelight paled and shown. 

Hence forward, listen as I will 

The voices of that hearth are still. 

How strange it seems with so much gone 

Of life and love to still live on.'" 

Mrs. Silence J. Soule. 








Two hundred fifty years ago on or near the 
site of the monument perhaps could be seen on a 
clear and pleasant day, the herculean form of the 
man in whose memory the monument is erected, 
with hand shading his brow as he strained his 
vision to see the limits of his vast domain border- 
ing on the most beautiful of the island-gemmed bays 
on the coast of Maine. In the present time there 
are few successive minutes in a day when descend- 
ants of his are not passing over its waters to and 
from his beloved Casco. As they glide over the 
ba}^, if they choose, they can see where or near 
where he stood, and looking also may honor his 
memory with a thought. L,et them think of him as 
Portland's first settler. If to this they object because 
the distinction was by chance, then let them think 
of him as the Deputy President of lyigonia. If this 
does not please them for the reason that the honor 
was but the gift of his fellow men, then let them 
think of him as the George Cleeve who 

"Would be tenant to never a man in 
New England." 



A description of the coat of arms, a cut of which appears on 
page ^4< is 

Shield, sable (black), three garbs, or, (gold). Crest, goat's 
head, or. Wreath in six divided, the two colors of the shield, black 
and gold. Helmet and mantle, or.^ Scroll, sable. In the introduc- 
tion on page 6 it is stated that this coat of arms is not claimed by any 
other than the Brackett family. It is claimed by the Brickett family; 
its right has not been established in any court of heraldry. 

The cut of the coat of arms on page 438, in many particulars, is 
like the coat of arms of the Brockett family, described, 

Shield of gold with cross patonce (three points to each arm of 
the cross, slightly curved), sable. The crest a brock or young 
deer lodged. 

Some of those persons who have representations of the coat of 
arms appearing on page 438 are authority for the statement that 
the cross is gold faintly outlined with red on a shield of black, its 
border blue; the crest a brock, statani. 


Cleeve's Monument, 

Opposite to vii 

Site where Anthony Brackett was killed, . . Opposite to (55 

[A sign was nailed to a tree on Deering avenue, 
Portland, Me., giving the location of the house of 
Aiithony Brackett, where tradition said it stood, and 
where is now a cellar-hole and a tree growing in it, as 
shown in the picture. Anthony Brackett was killed 
near the spot. The locality is about one mile west of 
the city hall, four or five rods east from Deering avenue, 
near the bank under which the Worcester & Nashua 
Branch of the Boston & Maine railroad now (1907) 
runs. It is in the "front field" of the Deering farm 
and back of Deering Park.] 

Map of Falmouth and Casco bay, 

Map of Berwick, ist Parish, 

Plat of First church of Falmouth, 1763, 

Map of Greenland and Rye, 

Coat of Arms, .... 

Coat of Arms (Braintree), 







Chapter I. 
George Cleeve, the Deputy President of Ivigonia, 

Chapter II- 
Anthony Brackett, the Immigrant, of Portsmouth, 

Chapter III. 
Captain Anthony Brackett of Fahnouth, 

Chapter IV. 
Thomas Brackett of Falmouth, . • • • 

Chapter V. 
Anthony Brackett, the Soldier, . ■• 

Chapter VI. 
Zachariah Brackett of Back Cove, 
'' Chapter VII. 

/lieutenant Joshua Brackett of Greenland, . 

I Chapter VIII. 

.^ ;amuel Brackett, the First in Berwick, 

1 Chapter IX. 

S amuel Brackett, Jr., of Berwick, 

Chapter X. 
A .nthony Brackett of Boston, 

\ Chapter XI. 

C. W^ain Richard Brackett of Braintree, 














Division 1. 
John Brackett of Rye, and His Descendants, . . . 122 

Division 2. 
Colonel Thomas Brackett of Bristol, and His Descendants, . 124 

Division 3, 
Abraham Brackett of Falmouth, and His Descendants, . 133 

Division 4. 
Anthony Brackett, Jr., of Stroudwater, and His Descendants, 158 

Division 5. 
Thomas Brackett of Morrill's Corner, and His Descendants, 183 

Division 6. 

Zachariah Brackett, Jr., of Stevens' Plains, and His De- 
scendants, ....... 212 

\ Division 7, 

Lieutenant Joshua Brackett of Presumpscot, and His De- 
scendants, ....... 227 

Division 8. 
John Brackett of Berwick, and His Descendants, . . 253 

Division 9. 
Isaac Brackett of Berwick, and His Descendants, . . 2^ >^ 

Division 10. i 

Samuel Brackett of Berwick, and His Descendants, . . 29j ^ 

Division 11. | 

Deacon James Brackett of Berwick, and His Descendants, . 3l| 1 


Division 12. 
Joshua Brackett of Acton, Me., and His Descendants, . 3-1 


Division 13. I 

Captain Jolm Brackett of Greenland, and His Descendants, 3P^ 



Division 14. 
Samuel Brackett of New Market, and His Descendants, . 384 

Division 15. 
Anthom^ Brackett of Falmouth, and His Descendants, . 410 

Division 16. 
James Brackett, the Peacemaker, and His Descendants, . 436 

/ Division 17. 

Captain Nathaniel Brackett of Greenland, and His De- 
scendants, 477 

Division 18. 
Ebenezer Brackett of Dedham, and His Descendants, . 485 

Division 19. 
John Brackett of Dedham, and His Descendants, . . 519 

Division 20. 
Joseph Brackett of Braintree, and His Descendants, . . 526 

Division 21. 
Nathan Brackett of Braintree, and His Descendants, . . 535 

Appendix .......... 581 

Index 587 


THE PREPARATION of the Brackett Genealogy has been in 
course for over fifty years. One person essayed to compile the 
genealogy of a branch of the family whose progenitor was the 
compiler's great-grandfather; another, in addition to such a task, 
attempted to give a brief account of the immigrant forefathers. 
Many have worked along different lines, each gathered data and 
recorded it which, but for their forethought, would have been lost. 
All these several collections have been utilized in compiling this 
volume; the great assistance they have afforded the writer can hard- 
ly be estimated. 

The busy mind and pen of Mr. Adino Nye Brackett as early as 
1840, were employed in the writing of an account of the lives of some 
of his ancestors, and a genealog}' of the brahch of the family, hi 
wdiich his grandfather was the progenitor. He was born in 1777, 
in Greenland, perhaps within ten miles from where Anthony, the 
selectman, lived and died; he lived there or near there, until he reached 
manhood, but Greenland had not been his home for over forty years 
at the time he wrote; he was then living in Lancaster, N. H., and 
was well advanced in years. He wrote from his recollections of 
what had been told him, and, perhaps, had not recently visited the 
scenes of his childhood to verify and add to his recollections. He 
had talked with a man on the subject of the family history-, viz.: his 
grandfather, who in turn had the opportunity to learn his ancestry in 
America, from one, his father, Joshua Brackett of the third genera- 
tion, who had seen and well remembered the immigrant. 

Yet proof by oral or other tradition that Anthony, the selectman, 
was the immigrant forefather of all the earh^ Maine and New Hamp- 
shire Bracketts is not furnished by Adino Nye Brackett. However, 
through a contemporar}- of his, this and other traditions are ours. A 
Sarah Brackett, the wife of Elias Field of Phillips, Maine, was the 
person. It was her pleasure to attentivel}' listen to the grandsire's 
tales, and being blessed with a retentive memory and a sense of 
their value, she faithfully repeated them to others. From the lips of 
her father, Abraham Brackett, she heard the story of the good old 
man who settled at "the Pascatawa," and of his courageous sons; of 
the sacking and destruction of Falmouth; of the flight to Hampton; 
and of the return to the old farm at Back Cove. She had no chil- 
dren, but near her lived her brother James, who had a family. To 
his children she told the traditions. One of his children born in 
1 80 1, was named Nathaniel Mitton Brackett, named for his grand- 
father's great-uncle. The fact is instanced as showing how faithful- 
ly oral traditions were preserved in this branch of the family. 

A Mr. Luther Brackett about i860 made quite extensive col- 
lections of data relative to the descendants of his grandfather. The 
writer had the benefit of his work, and it is pleasing to state that it 


was found to have been performed with care and accuracy. Also in 
the sixties, Mr. Jeffre}^ Richardson published the names of, and other 
data pertaining to, about six hundred descendants of Captain 
Richard Brackett of Braintree. 

During the next thirt}^ years, though several persons made col- 
lections of material with the designs probabl}^ of constructing a 
genealogical tree limited to the descendants of their respective father 
or grandfather, it is not known that au)^ person endeavored to write 
an extensive historj^ of the family. However, in the decade begin- 
ning with 1890, several persons commenced lines of work more 
extensive in scope than had been theretofore attempted; each had a 
design of his own and worked along lines independent of the others. 
Ransom D. Brackett of Coldwater, Michigan, during a period of 
about six years, conducted a fair-sized correspondence and made 
quite far-reaching investigations. He suspended this pursuit for a 
time with the intention of resuming it when he had the leisure so to 
do. On Christmas day in 1902, he died while attending Cambridge 
University. Through the kindness of his father, Mr. Albert E. 
Brackett, the writer had the benefit of the labors of this talented 
young man. 

Two gentlemen. Judge F. M. Ray and Mr. L,. B. Chapman, 
living in Portland, Me., about the year 1896, in their efforts to 
preser^^e and publish facts of local historical value pertaining to 
persons and events of whom they had a personal knowledge, made 
easy of access many matters of interest relative to Bracketts who had 
lived in Portland and its vicinity. Family records, abstracts from 
ancient deeds and the recollections and statements of aged persons 
of the name, were published in the local papers. Copies of their 
articles were furnished the writer. From Mr. Chapman were also 
received many clippings and original notes, the product of his 
research in musty records and papers, the jottings of conversations 
and memoranda of his own recollections. 

During the same 3'ear, perhaps at an earlier date, Mr. Alpheus 
ly. Brackett of Everett, Mass., commenced collecting data and mak- 
ing researches to a greater extent than any person had done. Asso- 
ciated with him as a helper was Mr. Nathan Goold of Portland. 
The records of Berwick, Me., were made to yield their hidden treas- 
ure; all publications pertaining to the Portsmouth Bracketts were 
carefully searched and the collections of Messrs. Ra^^ and Chapman 
were carefully collated. The result was a new publication, a most 
valuable series of charts in design, appearing in the form of leaflets. 
These Mr. A. E. Brackett distributed gratuitously, and copies can 
now be found in most large libraries. He carried his preparations 
much further towards a still larger publication, collected a large 
amount of both genealogical and historical data at a considerable 
expense, when, because of other matters requiring all his attention, 
he was unable to carr}^ out his original design. In the year 1900 he 
placed all his manuscripts and other material at the disposal of the 

Mrs. Grace Brackett Scott of Newmarket, N. H., has lent her 
aid to quite every person who has attempted the compiling of the 
family histor5\ Favorably gifted and ardentlj' inclined for research, 
and living quite all her life in the field the most promising of results, 


from her childhood daj^s she has improved her opportunities to 
marked advantage and is well equipped with reliable information as 
to the history of the famil}^ in New Hampshire from the period of the 
coming of the immigrant. The writer is indebted to her for data of 
quite all kinds, not only a copy of her well kept notes, but also of 
correspondence, for tradition, for story, for interviews with those 
who would not answer a letter, for the searching of records, for trips 
for discovery of sources of information, and for viewing premises to 
be written about. No request that was made did she fail to respond 
to; many a page in this volume is due to her untiring efforts, and 
unstinted praise she is deserving of. 

The many correspondents of the writer have done quite all that 
was asked of them, and through their doing those things the work 
has been completed. 

Mention should be made of others who have rendered the writer 
most valuable assistance, viz.: Mr. A. R. Stubbs, Hbrarian of the 
Maine Genealogical Society, Mr. Frank V. Loring of Phoenix, Ari- 
zona, Mrs. Marcia F. Hilton of East Andover, N. H., and Mrs. J. 
M. Hilton of Belmont, Mass. The three last named are genealogists 
who appreciate a favor and return two for one received. The writer 
acknowledges that he can never hope to make paj^ment in kind for 
their services to him. 

The writer, in the fall of 1897, set out to compile a history of the 
Brackett familj' in America. Among the. many genealogies in the 
lyibrary of Congress there was not one which contained mention of 
his Brackett ancestry. 

A review of New England local histories disclosed that Bracketts 
were among the first settlers of Boston and Braintree, Mass.; Ports- 
mouth, N. H., and Portland, Maine; also that they had serv-ed in 
the Indian and colonial wars. Whatever may be said to portray the 
fierceness of conflicts with the Indians in any part of our country, 
nowhere else than in Maine was it true that for many years the 
Indians were victorious; there the Whites returned to their homes as 
suppliants. From the commencement of King Philip's war to the 
fall of Quebec, there were over forty years of warfare for the people 
of Maine and New Hampshire. At no point was the conflict hotter, 
nowhere did the contending parties meet oftener and battle longer, 
with such varying success on both sides, as at Falmouth. During 
these bloody struggles, in the front ranks, in command at the most 
crucial places and times were men of our name. The}^ did their 
duty, sacrificed their lives, 

"Fought like brave men long and well," 
as did their comrades in arms, and are as desennng of having the 
story of their lives told to their descendants, as were any of their day. 

The thought occurred that to genealogical data,, it would not be 
amiss, if were added accounts of the lives of our early ancestors in 
America in compiling the family history. Such accounts appear in 
the work. It is hoped that some measure of justice has been meted 
out to those deserving men whom oblivion was fast claiming. Should 
the recounting of their deeds make your pulse to quicken and your 
eyes to brighten, imagine, if you can, the quickness of the pulse and 
the brightness of the eye of your ancestor when a boy as he listened 
to his grandsire's tales of these very deeds, and wonder how it was 
that in your line some one failed to pass down those tales. 


Faithful work has been performed to correctly trace the lineage 
of all of the name mentioned in this volume; however, in a few 
instances, lineage is based only on probability, and in one or two 
instances, on conjecture; in those instances the probabilities and 
conjectures are stated at length in their proper connection. 

It has not been learned from what part of Great Britain, 
Anthon}^ the selectman, came to America. It has been written of 
him, with little or no authoritj', that he was a Welshman; again that 
he was a Scotchman. He probably was an Englishman. It is quite 
generall}" claimed and svipposed that he was closeh^ related to the 
Bracketts who settled in Boston; it is perhaps true that the relation- 
ship was so near that they of that day could trace it, but it is not 
thought that it was so close as first cousins. The name Richard 
even to this 'day occurs but once among the Brackett descendants 
of Anthonj^ and that in comparativel}^ recent 3'ears. The name 
Anthony does not occur among the Brackett descendants of Richard. 
However, as one was an Episcopalian and the other a Puritan it can 
properly be inferred that the}' were not on friendly terms. There is 
nothing to show or to warrant the belief that Anthony and Richard 
were closely related. There is a tradition among the descendants of 
Richard that three brothers b}' the name of Brackett were among the 
earliest immigrants to Massachusetts and the first of the name to 
settle in America. It required no great stretch of imagination to say 
that the number of the brothers was four, and it has been so pub- 
lished. The writer has never heard anything to confirm such publi- 
cation. (See further as to tradition of the three brothers in chapter 
on life of Captain Richard). The fourth brother was stated to be 
Anthony, and among the others one was John who settled in New 
Haven, Conn. The latter was not a Brackett; he was a Brockett. 

A coat of arms, if the famil}' ever had one, would serve to dis- 
close where in England it had its residence. Many of the descend- 
ants of James Brackett, the peacemaker (son of Joshua, son of 
Thomas, son of Anthony'), have in their possession illustrations of a 
coat of arms which some of them contend is the real coat of arms of 
the family. It is understood b}- the writer, though he does not 
affirm it as a fact, that in 1805 a James Brackett brought from Eng- 
land to America, the first illustration of this coat of arms and claimed 
it was the coat of arms of the Bracketts. It is not known that an 
illustration of said coat was possessed by an}' Brackett in x^merica 
prior to his da}'; in fact the early Maine Bracketts, so far as has 
been learned, never had an}' knowledge or traditions of a coat of arms 
of the family. The coat of arms referred to, is the coat of arms of 
the Brockett family. There is some difference in the illustrations pos- 
sessed by the Brocketts and those possessed by the descendants of 
James Brackett, in the particulars of the position of the stag, and 
also in the name appearing in these illustrations, it being Brockett or 
Brackett according to its possessor. It is thought that these differ- 
ences can be accounted for. 

There are no more reasons for believing that the name Brackett 
is a variation of the name Brockett than there is for believing that 
the name Brackett is a variation of any other name ending in e-t-t as 
Breckett or Brickett. There is no cited instance of a person by the 
name of Brackett tracing his ancestry in the direct male line to a 


Brockett, nor vice versa. With the person the name is always 
Brackett; there are instances of confusion in books and other publi- 
cations where Brockett is made to appear Brackett. For instance, 
in the publication of names of men from Connecticut who served in 
the war of the revolution, it appears that ten persons by the name of 
Brackett were in the service of that colony during said war. The 
fact is that not a person by the name of Brackett was in its service; 
all of the ten referred to in the publication were Brocketts and 
undoubtedly so called themselves. Several other instances can be 
cited and also a few where the name Brackett appears as Brockett. 
All this, however, proves nothing relative to origin of the names. 

The assumption that Brockett and Brackett refer to the same 
family in England in comparatively recent times, has been pro- 
ductive of references to men by the name of Brockett who attained 
some distinction at times since the sixteenth century, to prove how 
ancient the family is; hence we read — 

"Among those w^ho held a place in Cambridge College as one of 
its professors, w^as a man by the name of William Brockett (in many 
instances deliberately changed to Brackett) an enlightened instruc- 
tor and a Welshman." 

Also is instanced a reference to a Brockett Castle as Brackett 
Castle, near Strathaven, Scotland. The following settles all doubt 
as to its correct name and to what was and is the castle: 

"Rankin Manse, Strathaven, Scotland," 

April 24, 1906. 
Herbert I. Brackett, Esq., 

Washington, U. S. A. 

Dear Sir : — I was much interested by the receipt of your letter. 
Castle Brockett is now the name of a farm. I have inter\aewed the 
farmer and also his older brother who w^ere both brought up on the 
farm when their father was tenant of it. The}- remember that in 
their young days, that is about forty or fifty years ago, a small por- 
tion of the walls of a ruined tower stood at a corner of the shedding ; 
it was pulled down to make room for a new hay shed. It seems to 
have been one of the mere rude square towers which are not uncom- 
mon in the lowlands of Scotland and may have been occupied in 
ancient days by some retainer of the Douglases who were all power- 
ful in this district in the 14th, 15th and i6th centuries. But there is 
no record of its old inhabitants or any thing connected with it. 

I visited the proprietrix of the farm who lives not far off. She 
inherited it and a neighboring farm from her father ; her maiden 
name was Rowatt, and her family had possessed the land for nearly 
two hundred years. Previous to that it was held by a family called 
Allan, and before them by a family called Craig, who held it in cove- 
nanting times, that is in the latter part of the 17th century. I have 
not been able to trace the ownership any further back. 

The origin of the name, Castle Brocket, I have not been able to 
ascertain. The name Brocket has now disappeared from this par- 
ish. In the neighboring parish of Eesmahagow there are one or two 
people w^ho bear the name, but they cannot trace their descent fur- 
ther back than a couple of generations. In that parish there is also 
a farm called Brockets Brae. So there must have been Brockets 


about at one time, though I have not been able to find any mention 
of the name in the parish records * * * . 

With good wishes. 

Yours sincerel}^ 

T. M. Dey." 

In the writer's letter to Dr. Dey, to which the foregoing is in 
reply, nothing is contained about the Brocketts. It is clear that the 
name Brackett is not known in those parts. 

The writer has heard from different sources that near the boun- 
dary between Scotland and England there were ancient gravestones 
with the name Brackett inscribed upon them. Captain Horace W. 
Brackett wrote, "it was in a grave-yard in North Umberland 
county, England, at the mouth of the Tyne river near the Scottish 
border * * * . It may be possible that the spelling was an 'o'." 

In the chapter on the life of Captain Richard Brackett, there is 
contained such data pertaining to Bracketts (not to Brocketts) and 
tending to show in what part of England the family lived and what 
position it occupied in the social scale one hundred years prior to 
the settlement of America, as the writer has been able to collect. 
Here it will be said that the writer is of the opinion that Anthony 
Brackett came to America from the vicinity of Plymouth, England, 
though he has nothing more on which to base it than that, from there 
a considerable portion of the immigrants came, who settled in Ports- 
mouth, N. H., quite all of whom were Episcopalians. 

The Brackett Family Association at its annual meeting in 1904, 
in Portland, voted its approval of the coat of arms, whose illustration 
appears on the cover of this volume, as having been the one recog- 
nized and claimed by the family in ancient times. A like illustra- 
tion appears in the work of Mr. Jeffrey Richardson, published about 
i860. He gives no account as to its origin, the significance of any 
of the designs or as to how long illustrations of the coat of arms have 
been in the family in America; nor can the writer give any account 
as to these matters. The only reference made to it by Mr. Richardson 
reads, "from the coat of arms it is supposed that he, (Captain Rich- 
ard,) belonged to an agricultural family." Lemuel Brackett, the 
grandfather of Mr. Richardson, was living in i860; he was born in 
1780. It is ventured that if he knew when the original illustration 
of the coat of arms was brought to America, or other particulars of 
interest concerning it, he would have imparted them to Mr. Richard- 
son. But, apparently, these matters were unknown in Lemuel 
Brackett's day; so it is inferred that illustrations of this coat of arms 
were in possession of the Braintree Bracketts from an early date. 
Correspondence with the descendants of Lemuel Brackett yielded 
little in the way of accounting for the advent in America of the first 
illustration. Miss Anna C. Brackett, wrote: 

"I can give you no information as to coat of arms. I know that 
they had one at Quincy, but I fancy it was nonsense. I don't 
believe we ever had a coat of arms." 

Illustrations of this coat of arms have been in the family for 
many years; they are not contained in any work on heraldry or 
armorial bearings to which the writer has had access. It is not, like 
the other, the coat of arms of another family. As it does not appear 


in anj^ work on heraldry, it is highl}^ probable that, if the family 
centuries ago claimed this coat of arms, its right to it was never 
established in anj^ court of heraldry. Our purpose, however, will be 
served should it be proven that the family claimed it four or five or 
more centuries ago, as from the fact would be disclosed the ancient 
seat of the family. Unless it served this or some equally good pur- 
poses, the writer would not concern himself whether or not the fam- 
ily ever had a coat of arms or what was its coat of arms if it did 
have one. 

The name Brackett is not to-day a common one in England; it 
occurs less than one-half dozen times in the directory of L,ondon. 
One name there appearing is William Brackett, the head of the firm 
of Brackett & Sons, auctioneers and estate agents of London and 
Tunbridge Wells. In 1906 occurred the fiftieth anniversary of the 
commencement of his business in Tunbridge Wells. He was born 
in 1832, and is able to trace his line of descent from his great- 
grandfather, born about 1730. He kindly answered the letter sent 
him and made mention of a letter he had received in 1859 from a 
Mr. William Brackett, a lawyer living in Chicago. He appears to 
have an interest in the family history. With his letter came a copj^ 
of "" Tlic Kent and Sussex Couric?-,''' of its issue of August 17, 1906, 
containing an article of one and one-half columns, on Mr. Brackett's 
long and successful business career. The following is an item found 
in its columns of "fashionable and personal" ijiews: "Lord Richard 
Nevill has left Cowes and is on a visit to Brockett Hall, Hatfield." 
The name "Brockett" or "Brocket" is frequently met with in 

One naturally has his concepts of the looks, figure and other traits 
of a Brackett. A limited field of obser\^ation tends to confirm one in 
his opinion in these particulars. Heredity comes through the mother 
as well as the father. In truth, Bracketts are distinguished from all 
other people by name only, and, in fact, we differ in our traits both 
physical and mental, quite as widely as did our parents, and also as 
did their respective fathers and mothers differ from one another. 
And very naturally so. Representatives of widely separate branches 
of the family will find hardly a trait common in one another to prove 
a mutual ancestor, and will disagree as to what are the family traits 
of person and character. Family resemblance perpetuates itself 
along certain lines for generations, even presenting those peculiar 
and interesting instances of atavism, and gradually dwindles in 
remoter generations. But along other lines in which the same family 
name is perpetuated, the looks and traits of a female ancestor are 
most prominent, which, having continued for several generations, 
are apt to be regarded as the true type and traits of the family. 
Hence we have the cause of disagreement as to the type and traits 
of the immigrant. If we could find any marked resemblance in 
face, figure, temperament and other traits of several of the name who 
are distantly related, we could perhaps correctly judge what were 
those of the common ancestor. The fact is that we present all sorts 
and conditions of men in figure, looks and all characteristics as we 
do in business and in commercial standing, a few, perhaps, harking 
back to some common ancestor of theirs of no remote degree, for a 
resemblance in features, and differing in those traits and all other 
prominent traits from their other namesakes. 


To what extent the idea will possess a person, particular!}- one 
who has dwelt a life time in a locality, which for generations has 
been the home of a famil}^ that there are predominating traits, 
mental and phj-sical, common to its members, is shown b}^ the follow- 
ing interesting letter written in the seventies to Walter Folger 
Brackett b}- his great aunt, Mrs. Marston. 

"I am in solemn earnest when I sa}^ to you that I truly feel and 
believe that in our Brackett ancestry we have a noble, a grand 
inheritance, as a race. The}^ were men of the sternest stuff; erect in 
soul; firm on the basis of a good conscience, regardless of public opinion 
honest, proverbiall}- so; rough, exteriorly, with no great refinement 
of feeling; not keen nor shrewd in matters of intelligence or taste. 
But the}- had in themselves and have given to posterit)- a firm basis of 
bone and sinew of character. The name may not give it, for the 
mixture with other streams may, in man)' instances, almost obliterate 
it, but it will crop out again with less and less force for several 
generations, yet. You. 3'ourself, are a marked Brackett, and I feel that 
I am flattering you when I say it. I hope you believe what I say. 
In the record * * * Samuel Brackett, 3d (Samuel, son of Samuel, 
son of Samuel, son of Thomas, son of Anthony,) was my grand- 
father, your father's great-grandfather * * * . His son Samuel 
* * was the man who built this stone house and all the stone walls 
around us, and j-ou will see how old he lived to be. Notice how 
they all cling to the name of Samuel, and how not one record tells 
who their wives were; the}' were to be reckoned Bracketts, no more. 
As I have lain here in bed lately, I have wished that all these people 
mentioned in this record could stand here before me in the costumes 
of their times, and that I could hear their voices. I have seen quite 
a number of them and can recall man}' peculiarities. Ask Linnie to 
tell you about the life, death and funeral of my cousin Nat, known 
as the 'Blue Bird,' the oldest son of Nathaniel Brackett, my uncle in 
Lyman * * * . I do not expect to do much in this world, but I 
hope to be willing and able to work on the other side." 

The Mr. Brackett to whom the letter was addressed, stated that 
all he could learn of "Nathaniel, the eccentric," was that he always 
dressed in a blue surtout coat with bows and a rough beaver hat; 
wore the same coat for twenty years, hence the name "Blue Bird." 
Said Mr. Brackett related the following: 

"There was a Polly Brackett a few years ago, who was engaged 
to be married but for some reason the engagement was broken; she 
was making an elegant wedding dress, stopped instantly, stuck the 
needle into the dress, folded and put it away. She never married. 
I am told the dress is still in existence with the needle just as she 
left it." 

The plan for the arrangement of names of persons in the order 
and generations of their descent from the immigrant ancestors may 
need some explanation. The chapters are devoted to accounts of 
early ancestors. Their descendants are grouped into twenty-one 
divisions by families in the order of generations; references by pum- 
bers from one family to another in the several collateral lines are 
made. A reference to the index gives one the page on Avhich a name 
of a person occurs contained in an account of him or of an ancestor 
of his. 


A progenitor's descendants as they appear in a family as 
arranged, are thus indicated: Children iDy cardinal, grandchildren 
by ordinal, and great-grandchildren by roman numerals; italic let- 
ters are employed to indicate his great-great-grandchildren and small 
letters his descendants of the next remote degree. The maiden 
name of a wife is given in full followed by the statement whose 
daughter she was when known, and also is given her ancestry as far 
back as has been learned. 

The scope of this genealogy is intended to include the descend- 
ants of Anthou}' Brackett of Portsmouth, N. H., and Richard 
Brackett of Braintree, Mass., in direct male lines, and in allied 
families to the third generation; this has not been perfected. There 
are many descendants whose names do not appear; for one reason 
and another efforts have not been successful nor do they give prom- 
ise of success in the near future of learning the ancestry of such 
descendants. In addition to genealogical data will be found accounts 
of the lives of many of our name. If the work meets with the expec- 
tation of the readers the compiler will have good reason to be satis- 
fied with it. 

Washington, D. C, Sept. 25, 1906. 



[Thomas and Anthony Brackett, sons of the immigrant, Anthony of Ports- 
mouth, married granddaughters of George Cleeve. He was born at an earlier 
date than any of our common ancestors of whom we know; it was through him 
that our early forefathers in America acquired title to those large estates which 
they possessed. This man, George Cleeve, therefore, is entitled to prominent 
notice in our genealog}'. However, too many historians, genealogists and biog- 
raphers have gone out of their way to blacken his name, to permit only a 
passing notice in this work of his life. Some, because they cared but little to 
know the truth, others, to whiten the characters of the subjects of their pens, 
have written ill of him. His defense requires but little condemning of his oppo- 
nents. Of his virtues there is written; and the}' compare so favorably with those 
of the subjects of praise of persons who conceived that their duty in praising 
was to condemn George Cleeve, that the reader can but wonder that it was 
necessary to make any defense at all for him. The truth required no defense; 
but for that which is false that has been written concerning him, no defense 
would be offered. — The Author.] 

One of the two earliest permanent settlers upon the mainland with- 
in the present limits of Portland, Me., was George Cleeve (often writ- 
ten Cleeves). He came from Plymouth, England, first established 
himself at the mouth of the Spurwink river, in Cape Elizabeth, Me., 
as early as 1630, and was associated in business with a Mr. Richard 
Tucker, who, it appears, preceded Cleeve as a settler there. The 
land on which they located was contained in a grant under date of 
December i, 1631, by the Ph^mouth, or Northern Companj-, to Mr. 
Robert Trelawney, of quite all of Cape Elizabeth, and a Mr. John 
Winter, acting as his agent, in the year 1632, ejected them. 

Cleeve set up title to two thousand acres of land, including the 
premises at the mouth of the Spurwink, by virtue of a promise for 
that amount of land by Sir Ferdinando Gorges, made to him before 
his departure from England, as a consideration for his coming to 
New England to dwell. Tucker also claimed an estate in the land 
in question by purchase from one, Richard Bradshaw, and had been 
placed in possession of the land by Captain Walter Neal. The lat- 
ter was sent to New England by Gorges and Mason as governor of 
their colony at Portsmouth, N. H. It was also Neal in said capac- 
ity, to whom Winter resorted to oust Cleeve and Tucker from their 
improvements at the mouth of the Spurwink. They had constructed 
a house there and had prepared for cultivation from two to four acres 
of land about it. 

On Richmond island, directly opposite and near to the mouth of 
the Spurwink, Mr. Winter located. As the agent for Trelawney he 
superintended the several industries in which the latter engaged, 
lumbering, fishing, trading with the Indians, ship-building and other 
lines. There were upwards of sixty men employed at the place 
for many years. Much of the correspondence between Messrs. 


Trelawney and Winter is extant, has been published and is known 
as "The Trelawney Papers." Said valuable publication is one of 
the chief sources of information for this article. 

Under date of June i8, 1634, Winter wrote Trelawney: 

"At the maine we have built no house, but our men lives in the 
house that the ould Cleves built, but that we have fitted him some- 
what better and we have built a house for our pigs. We have paled 
into the maine a pece of ground for to set corne in, about four or five 
akers as near as we can judge, of pales 6 fote high, except the pales 
that the ould Cleeve did sett up which is but 4 foote & >^ ; he had 
paled of it about an aker and % before we came their & now it is all 
sett with corne and pumkins." 

Upon being ousted from their place of settlement on the Spur- 
wink, Cleeve and Tucker located iipon what was afterwards known 
as the Neck, now the site of the business portion of the present city 
of Portland, Maine. It is a tongue of land about three miles long 
and three-fourths of a mile wide; it lies between Casco (now Fore) 
river which is much like an arm of the sea, and a part of Casco bay 
known as Back cove; there is a gradual sloping of land from slight 
elevations at its base and point. From its southern side along Casco 
river, at its central portion, the rise is quite gradual to the top of the 
ridge which traversed its length; on the northerly side of the ridge 
it was more precipitate. It was on the southerly side of this tongue 
of land at a point nearly two-thirds the way to its end, near to where 
flowed a runnet of water, which continued to flow until recent j^ears, 
near to the present corner of Hancock and Fore streets, where stood 
the house of the right worth}' and valiant George Cleeve. The 
Indian name for the land was Machigonne — a bad camp. 

Cleeve stated that his title to the tract on the Neck which he 
claimed, was by virtue of a royal proclamation of King James giving 
to every subject of his who would transport himself to the English 
colonies in America, one hundred fifty acres of land and the same 
amount in addition for every other such person thus transported at 
his own expense. 

The man who long relied for pounds, shillings, pence or even 
for acres of wilderness in America upon a promise of the goggle^ 
eyed, rickety James, Rex, "of blessed memory," like the man who 
built upon the sand, would come to grief. Cleeve propped a title to 
a tract on the Neck with the promise of James, until there opened a 
prospect for acquiring a possibly better title to it and more from 
another source. The fact is that the royal promise of James for one 
hundred fifty acres, had served Cleeve better than had the knightly 
promise of Sir Ferdinando Gorges for two thousand acres. In the 
case of the latter it was not in his power at the time to bestow what he 
had promised, and because of this want of power it probably was that 
Cleeve did not, upon being ousted from the tract on the Spurwink, 
select elsewhere another tract of two thousand acres under his war- 
rant from Sir Ferdinando. However this may be, the knight in the 
spring of the year 1635, was granted the territory which he erected 
into his province of New Somosetshire which included the territory 
of the present state of Maine along the coast, from its western 
boundary to the Kennebec river. Cleeve was in a position to ask 
for and Sir Ferdinando now had the right to give him, a deed to two 
thousand or more acres of land. 


Cleeve and Tucker were busy men during those j^ears beginning 
with 1632. The temporary house erected by the voyager, Christopher 
lycverett, some years before on an island in the bay, probably was 
their shelter for the time being; the following year they erected the 
first building on the Neck constructed there b}' white men. The 
unbroken forest to the water's, edge had to be subdued, so much 
thereof as would serve their purposes, and its products furnished 
them with material for houses and other buildings such as they 
needed for their enterprises, trading with the Indians, fishing, and 
perhaps manufacturing lumber and pipe staves. Thus the two men 
were engaged for several years. With the year 1636 their troubles 
commenced which required the presence of Cleeve in England for a 
time. Prior to that 5^ear the government of the planters had been 
little more than an agreement among themselves for conserving the 
peace. But in the year 1636, the sovereignty of his province was 
assumed by Sir Ferdinando and he set up a government for the 
ordering of the people. A court was instituted for the trial of civil 
actions and other matters. Sir Ferdinando had never been granted 
by the crown the sovereignty of the province, hence the government 
he instituted was without authority. His commissioners were large 
land owners of the province, Episcopalians, and quite all enemies of 
Cleeve. They appear to have considered themselves vested with 
genuine authority from some source and proceeded to worry and 
harry Cleeve. He on his part never recognized the government. 
The man who is charged with being litigious, never brought an 
action in the court nor answered a writ or summons it issued to him. 
At the March term of the court he was sued on account and judg- 
ment was rendered against him; at its September term execution 
issued to lev}' on his property. Nothing came thereof. Subse- 
quently when courts were legally established in the province, the 
matter in difference between Cleeve and the plaintiff, was left to 
arbitrators who found a balance due the plaintiff, which Cleeve 
undoubtedly paid. Also at the March term Cleeve was fined five 
pounds for "rash speeches." He, perhaps, had unhesitatingly pro- 
nounced the gentlemen composing the court to be without valid 
authority to their pretension, and in turn they had deemed his 
speech to be "rash." The word, brash, would serve fully as well for 
any legal significance that is conveyed. Right crude was English 
law in those days. The September term of this court was its last; 
there is no record of the exercise by it of any functions at a later 
date. Seemingly it could not survive Cleeve's contempt for it, and, 
possibly, that fine was either remitted or remained unpaid. 

Trelawney, too, was extending his possessions towards the Neck 
in that eventful year of 1636. Sir Ferdinando granted him land 
extending along the coast from the easterlj' boundary of his former 
grant, to the river Casco. In suits with Cleeve, both Trelawney and 
the Reverend Robert Jordan, Winter's son-in-law, claimed that the 
river Casco was the river Presumpscot, which latter river is several 
miles northeasterl}' from the river Casco, with the Neck between 

Notwithstanding that the grant of land to Trelawne}' by Sir 
Ferdinando laj?^ between Trelawne^^'s grant from the Ph'mouth Com- 
pany and Casco river, which ever river it was, the contention of both 


Trelawney and Jordan was, that the Neck was included in the grant 
from the Plymouth Company to Trelawney. In May, of the year 
1636, Winter returned from England, and with him came the news 
of Trelawney's purchase from Sir Ferdinando. It stood Cleeve well 
in hand to inquire as to the limits of Trelawney's grants unless he 
wished to become a tenant to Trelawney. At the time Cleeve was 
ousted from the house on the Spurwink river. Winter remarked to 
him by the way of solace for the loss of his improvements, — and 
took great credit to himself for the quantity of milk of human kind- 
ness he must contain in so remarking — that he could become a 
tenant to Trelawney elsewhere; thereby meaning that Cleeve could 
go to some other locality in Trelawney's grant and settle. Cleeve 
answered that he would be "tenant to never a man in New England," 
so Winter wrote; which reply must have wounded the man of so 
much kindness, seeing he took the pains to record Cleeve 's exact 

There were other matters to take the ould Cleeve across the sea. 
The year is not known when he brought his wife and family to 
America. Prudent man that he was, he would not bring his wife 
and only child to a wilderness for their home until he had found a 
suitable place to dwell, had secured an estate and built a house. He 
had found a desirable locality — none better along the entire coast, 
and had taken possession of a tract of land there; the house he had 
erected would serve immediate purposes. Now to England, for the 
purchase of more land, for wife and daughter and to settle accounts 
with some pretentious gentlemen who, while acting as judges, had 
been harrying him. 

The time of his departure was in August or later; he com- 
menced his return trip in March, 1637. During his short stay in 
England he had but little time to wile away. The one with whom 
he chiefly had business to do was Gorges. Sir Ferdinando was 
hasty to bestow his confidence on and withdraw it from, another, 
was apt to listen too attentively to the last petitioner in his 
presence, and to forget what others had said who had gone before. 
That Cleeve deceived him there is no reason to believe; that by 
his address and discourse he fairly captured him, is not doubted. 
The tact and resources of the man can be fully estimated, when 
are recalled the powerful opposition he had to encounter and the 
difficulties consequent thereon under which he labored to secure 
a hearing of his cause and due consideration of his plans. Winter 
was constantly nagging at him, had lately been in England 
retailing a long list of the causes of complaints he had suffered at 
his hands. Trelawnej^ was at all times in England to berate and 
slander him. In addition, from Gorges' province there came one 
continuous growl from Richard Vines of Saco, Edmund Godfre}- of 
York, and others. The source of this concord of opposition to 
Cleeve on the part of the principal planters, may have been their 
unity of opinion in matters pertaining to religion and politics; their 
views upon these subjects did not accord with Cleeve 's but harmon- 
ized with the views of Gorges upon them. Said persons were by dint 
of dinning, by letters and other means, seeking to further their own.) 
ends at the expense of Cleeve's standing as a man among his fellow- 
planters. What influence did this man possess which caused him to 


be dreaded so badlj-? Was it that he possessed the confidence of 
John Winthrop, then governor of the colony of Massachusetts Bay, 
and of other dignitaries of that colony? Was it that he was pros- 
pering on the Neck? It is hazarded that such was the case; that 
Cleeve had, upon presenting himself to Gorges, letters of recommen- 
dation from men in the Bay colony who commanded the knight's 
respect. Once in his presence and prejudice aside, the way was clear 
for the masterful George Cleeve. Yet the j^ear of 1636 was one of 
terrific political strife and turmoil on questions which the knight and 
gentlemen radically differed; friction there was too between warring 
factions, which did not escape the keen calculator as to how matters 
would adjust themselves in the event that friction wore away king- 
craft until what remained thereof would be supplanted by another 
and a better craft. 

However Cleeve did accomplish his ends, it cannot reasonably be 
presumed that Sir Ferdinando had occasion to rely upon the repre- 
sentations of Cleeve further than they were corroborated by facts 
which he, himself, had knowledge of. It is noticeable that in 1637, 
when he withdrew his support from Cleeve, that he charged Cleeve 
onl}' with having been misinformed as to the progress of some meas- 
ure in Parliament, perhaps a bill to authorize Sir Ferdinando to 
establish a government in his province. When he wrote of Cleeve as 
"being so unworth}' " he referred alone to his conduct in the strife 
between him and the other planters, as to the merits of whose contro- 
vers3' the opinion of no one person is decisive. 

There will be enumerated the things which the ould Cleeve did 
do, of which we know, however he may have succeeded in doing 
them. From Sir Ferdinando for a consideration of one hundred 
pounds, he secured a deed of land along the coast from the river 
Casco to the river Presumpscot, including the Neck; well and good! 
With Sir William Alexander he entered into articles of agreement 
for the planting of lyong island in Casco ba)^ He also was granted 
a protection under the privy seal for exploring lake Champlain and a 
monopoly of trade in beaver about the lake. Quite a man of busi- 
ness was this George Cleeve! As has been stated, there was no 
legally constituted government in the province of New Somesetshire. 
A plan was devised to receive the royal sanction, according to whose 
terms commissioners were to be named, among whom was Cleeve, for 
the governing of the province. 

Cleeve had issued out of the court of Star Chamber, writs to 
Winter, Thomas Purchas, Richard Vines and Edmund Godfrey, to 
answer to his petitions presented against them. The association of 
Purchas with Vines and Godfrey, warrants a surmise that the act 
upon the part of each of the three of which Cleeve complained was, 
respectively, his pretense of authority as a judge to distress Cleeve 
by his writ. Purchas was one of the judges appointed bj' Sir 
Ferdinando in 1636. 

The procurement of these writs was not the only occasion that 
Cleeve had to appear before that much dreaded court. He attended, 
pursuant to its command, and gave his testimony in the presence of 
the king to the integrity and loyalty of John Winthrop, to such pur- 
pose, wrote the bigot, Cotton Mather, that "the king expressed 
himself most highly pleased therewithal, only sorry that so worthy a 


person should be no better accommodated than with the hardships of 

The contract of pecuniar}^ benefit to Cleeve which he made while 
in England, was the purchase of the property mentioned, by far the 
most valuable estate of any in the province. It is not known that 
he took any steps in furtherance of the enterprises of Sir William 
Alexander in the fur trade. Though not resulting in pecuniary ben- 
efit, the assistance he had rendered his friend, John Winthrop, and the 
Bay colony did not go unrewarded. Much did he, himself, stand 
in need of the aid of friends during the year 1637, and the following 
years. The news of his doings while in England raised a storm of 
protest, and from every town in the province went forth an outcry 
against Cleeve which was carried to the ear of the proprietor. The 
Episcopalians living in the province were so maddened at the pros- 
pect of being ruled by a commission of canting Independents that 
it alone was a test of endurance. Trelawney took the lead and being 
in the presence of the good natured knight, won his case. He went 
so far as to accuse Cleeve of having shot his hogs. Winter had writ- 
ten him that the savages or the wolves had killed some of the swine; 
there was nothing more on which to base the accusation. Winter 
was far too discreet to charge Cleeve with having committed an 
offense, without proof. Trelawney was on Ihe other side of the 
ocean and could safely risk the utterance of a slander or two to carry 
his purpose. It was soon after Cleeve's departure for New England, 
about the first of April, 1637, that 'I'relawney, in reply to a letter 
which he had received from Sir Ferdinando, wrote him anything but 
complimentary of Cleeve; he reviewed how tenderly he had been 
when ousting Cleeve from the house at the mouth of the Spurwink, 
who had willfully "sate down in another place and that in the 
middle of the best of my patent;" then continues with that Cleeve 
had killed his hogs, disturbed his plantation and had stirred up the 
Indians against him to gain their trade. That virus-generating loss 
of trade with the Indians so blinded the mayor of Plymouth that he 
could not correctly read Winter's letters; that, or other cause so 
blinded him, or else he told a whopper. The efforts of Trelawney to 
disparage Cleeve in the estimation of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, were to 
subserve his purposes and interests. Trelawney occupied a position 
in the business world which enabled his unsupported word to carry 
great weight. He was a member of Parliament, the ma^'or of Ply- 
mouth, a merchant of wealth and a supporter of King Charles. The 
times were fruitful of events which would operate to draw closely 
together kindred spirits in support or defense of a common cause. 
Hence, it is not surprising that Trelawney was successful in his 
endeavors to supplant the favorable opinion which Sir F'erdinando 
had of Cleeve. 

In July, 1637, Cleeve went to Boston and unfolded to Winthrop 
the plan of government v/hich Sir Ferdinando had approved for his 
province. It provided for the supervision of civil affairs by commis- 
sioners named by him of whom Cleeve was one, Winthrop was 
another, and of the several others, nearly all were dignitaries of the 
colony of Massachusetts Bay, and quite all of them Independents in 
religion. One in particular was Sir Harry Vane, the identical Sir 
Harry from whom Cromwell asked the Lord to deliver him. Gover- 


nor Winthrop had no inclination to burden himself with the affairs 
of roystering strong-headed Episcopalians, the most of whom he well 
knew personally. He would not accept the commission. Under the 
circumstances Cleeve could have had but little inclination to accept 
an appointment, and the others named refused their consent to serve. 
So the establishment of a provincial government was again postponed. 
In fact, in 1637, Sir Ferdinando was not authorized to establish such 

The good opinion which Sir Ferdinando entertained of Cleeve, 
was of short duration; Trelawney soon undermined it. After he had 
once worked the change in the knight's mind respecting Cleeve, it 
was confirmed and fortified by the planters in the province, writing to 
him their complaints of and objections against Cleeve. In a letter 
written in August, 1637, to Winthrop, Vane and others named with 
Cleeve to act as commissioners for governing the province. Sir Ferdi- 
nando begs their pardon for having associated Cleeve with them in 
said capacity, he "being soe unworthy." He mentions as the source 
of information of this unworthiness, several letters written by Vines 
and others whereby he became informed how Cleeve had misrepre- 
sented their conduct towards him. It is quite apparent that the per- 
son to whom the knight last listened, was the one in whose favor he 
decided to act. As no one accepted the appointment of commissioner 
made by him, and he was without power to appoint commissioners, 
Sir Ferdinando could well have waited to learn whether or not the 
gentlemen addressed were in any way huffed by having been associ- 
ated with Cleeve in the capacity mentioned. In the letter, Sir 
Ferdinando authorized those to whom it was addressed to investigate 
Cleeve's conduct towards the other planters. Trelawne}' had done 
his work well indeed! The result of this direction for an investiga- 
tion, if anything, was not detrimental to Cleeve. He continued to 
remain on intimate terms with Winthrop, which is evidence that 
nothing developed to hurt him in that good man's estimation. It is 
quite probable that no investigation was entered upon in the matter. 
Cleeve did not screen from publicity acts of his of interest to the peo- 
ple. He never had an5^thing to fear from the truth becoming known 
as to what he said or did. A contest with him ever meant legal pro- 
ceedings or arbitration. Nothing serv^ed his purposes better than to 
bring a matter in dispute to an issue. He certainly would have 
approval of an investigation of his acts by a committee composed of 
the parties named, and would have enjoyed bouts with his accusers 
before them. 

The extant records fail to disclose the cause of the enmity and 
opposition to Cleeve on the part of the several large landowners in 
Maine. Certain it is that it was not because of an}' personal rela- 
tions or from association as neighbors, for his opponents dwelt all 
along the coast; Godfrey at York; Vines at Saco; Cammack and 
Jocelj-n at Black Point; Winter and Jordan at the mouth of the Spur- 
wink; the two latter were the nearest to Cleeve and the^^ were ten 
miles from him. Their opposition against him perhaps grew out of 
their differing from him in religion and politics, and through their 
prejudice in these matters were easily martialed b)' Winter, as 
Trelawney 's agent, to serve the latter's ends. Grave indeed must 
have been the charges against them and strong the proof to sustain 


the charges, when Sir Ferdinando became so far convinced as to 
their truth as to act in the premises and proceed to organize a new- 
government composed of the canting Independents of the Bay 
colony and George Cleeve as commissioners, and exclude from 
having any share, quite all of the Episcopalians of his own prov- 
ince. It will be remembered that this was done but shortly after 
his commissioners, under the recently defunct government, had fined 
Cleeve for making "rash speeches." Clearly there was political 
contention of a serious nature among the planters, Cleeve standing 
single-handed against the others banded together by religious and 
political ties. Yet this lone Independent goes to England and, in the 
face of the united efforts of the Episcopalian lights of the province, 
procures from their Episcopalian proprietor, so far as he is able to 
give, a commission for a government in which he is named a commis- 
sioner and the}^ are ignored. Hence, the growl in unison from every 
town in the province. 

Against the united protest and charges of the planters no defense 
was allowed Cleeve by Sir Ferdinando. The good knight was prone 
to listen to Trelawne^^ the loyalist M. P., as againstCleeve, the round- 
head. Little is known of Cleeve during the year 1638. At all times 
he was actively engaged in his different business enterprises, was 
alert to his interests and thoroughly conversant with the trend 
of political affairs. The loss he had sustained in the friendship of 
the proprietor not onl}^ grieved him ^but also made uncertain what 
his future course would be. The loss of favor meant the loss of 

In 1639, the king conferred upon Sir Ferdinando the right to 
establish a government in his province; he was given quite dicta- 
torial powers in the matter. He proceeded to set in operation his 
plan of government and to appoint the officers whose duties were 
therein set forth. The name of the province was changed to Maine. 
Cleeve was not recognized, was not appointed to an}- office. The 
legislative and judicial powers were conferred upon commissioners of 
whom there were several. The establishment of a legal tribunal in 
the province was one thing which Cleeve had much desired for many 
years. The commissioners held their first term of court in March, 
1640. Cleeve promptly commenced actions against Winter to recov- 
er the value of the improvements he and Tucker had made at the 
mouth of the Spurwink, and for disturbing his possessions on the 
Neck; that is for claiming that the Neck was within Trelawney's 
grant. In each action judgment was rendered at the September 
term of the court, in favor of Cleeve. The damages in the first men- 
tioned suit were assessed at eighty pounds. Though a majority of 
the commissioners were unfriendly to Cleeve the chief commissioner 
or deputy governor, Thomas Gorges, a kinsman of Sir Ferdinando, 
was a man of probity and learned in the law for his day. He had 
been selected by the proprietor to install the new government. 
While he remained in the province and was permitted to decide suits 
at law in accordance with the facts and legal principles, the large 
interests of Cleeve were secured to him. That he and the other 
commissioners thought well of Cleeve as a citizen, had confidence in 
his principles and entertained a high estimate of his capabilities, are 
shown by the fact that although he was one of the chief litigants 
before the court, he was appointed foreman of the grand jury. 


The ould Cleeve did not let slip anj^ opportunity to collect his 
judgment against Winter who strenuously endeavored to avoid mak- 
ing pa5'ment. With thirty men the marshal of the province strove to 
make a seizure of property at the mouth of the Spurwink and on 
Richmond island. However, the attempt was without success. Win- 
ter's men were too strong for the marshal's force. Exciting time 
that must have been ! Winter was harassed in various other ways, 
so he wrote Trelawney. Also, Winter wrote that if the damages 
were paid to Cleeve, "heare ar divers which ar Cleeve's creditors 
that gape for this mone}- & I know not how it will be gotten back 
again beinge he is so much in debt." 

A ludicrous figure a man cuts, when, while hiding from an ofl&cer 
of the law to evade the collection of a debt by recover}^ upon judg- 
ment, he worries about the debts which his judgment creditor owes. 
Under the conditions, Winter could well consider the payment of 
debts which he himself owed. There was no person w^ho, as creditor, 
was pressing Cleeve at the time, or at any other time, on accounts 
which he did not dispute as to his liability for the amount claimed. 
There has been noted the one suit that was ever brought against him 
on account, where he did not have a good offset. Winter's attorney, 
Edward Godfrey, went to England to appear in the suits against 
himself, Purchas and Vines, brought by Cleeve in the Star Chamber 
court and, in the suit brought against him, secured a judgment 
against Cleeve for twenty pounds costs. The record of the court of 
the province shows that at its September term in the year 1640, there 
was considered the question whether this judgment could be col- 
lected by any proceedings based thereon in said court. Cleeve 
contended that there was no power to make levy in New England on 
a judgment of the Star Chamber court; that he would answer from 
whence the writ was issued. Vines, the future deputy governor, 
much concerned himself about those twenty pounds and wrote 
Winthrop to know whether collection could be made b}^ levy under 
execution issuing out of the local court. More yet a while about 
those twent}' pounds. If there were other creditors pressing Cleeve 
the records do not show it. 

Winter, under date of October 7, 1640, wrote Trelawney without 
mincing matters, that the marshal in attempts to make levy under 
the execution, was prevented from so doing by force; "But our men 
forced them away," is the language then employed. Again under 
date of October 19, less than two weeks later, he wrote in an entirely 
different strain ; that while going in a boat to a ship in Casco bay to 
deliver letters to be carried to England, he was arrested on a war- 
rant, issued by the commissioners, for having resisted by force the 
attempts by the marshal to make levy under the execution; that no 
force was used to prevent the levy — the men doing nothing more 
than putting up a show of fight and bluffing. In the first letter, 
Winter wrote the facts with a view to the approval of his conduct by 
Trelawney. When he wrote the second letter, he was conscious 
under the grip of the law what was the legal purport of the facts and, 
therefore, denied them. It was said of Winter that he was a discreet 
man; such discretion as he showed on this occasion was at the 
expense of his compunction in misrepresenting the truth, which was 
small indeed. 


In the same letter Winter wrote that when he was arrested 
in Casco ba)^ in order to secure his release, he was compelled to give 
bond for his appearance in court; that he dare not meet the marshal, 
any of his deputies or an}- of the constables, as all had some writ to 
harry him with, so persistent was the ould Cleeve. That Winter 
had reason to be on the lookout for officers of the law is certain; in 
February, 1641, he was compelled to go to Boston for carpenters and 
on his return trip was forced to put into the harbor at York where 
resided Thomas Gorges, the chief commissioner. He was arrested 
brought before the chief commissioner, and, as he wrote Trelawney' 
"bound in a band" of one hundred pounds with a surety, to appear 
at the next general term of the court at Saco. It appears that it 
took two "bands" to hold Winter. 

When the court did meet at Saco, the chief commissioner was 
very wroth on Winter for his temerity in defying the officers with a 
show of force, and threatened to make short work with the plantation 
at the mouth of the Spurwink, in case of more opposition of the kind. 
The costs of the marshal were required forthwith in the sum of thirty 
pounds and were furnished to the value in beaver skins. Truly the 
ould Cleeve was making a very good use of the newly established 
government, was making Trelawney 's superiirtendent feel the strong 
arm of the law. 

While the suits brought by Cleeve at most would result as to 
Winter only in annoying him, the outcome of the one for disturbing 
his possessions on the Neck, if the judgment of the court was per- 
mitted to stand, was fatal to the pretension of Trelawney that the 
Neck was included in his patent. It will be seen that Trelawney 
did not propose to abide by the decision of the tribunal established 
b}' Sir Ferdinando in his province; that the latter allowed himself to 
be influenced by the representations of Trelawne}', M. P.; and that, 
kinglike, by the might of his will alone, regardless of the merits of 
the controversy, he would cause to be rendered such judgment 
against Cleeve as would please his powerful opponent. Such was 
the justice which Cleeve would receive if the genius of the man did 
not rise to the emergency. It will be of interest to the descendants 
of Cleeve to know the truth concerning the matter wherein he has 
been charged with treachery to his benefactor; also in justice to the 
memory of Portland's first settler the truth should be written, for 
what is false has been published for more than a century. 

There was no right of appeal to higher authority from a decision 
of the commissioners of the province. The judgment which they 
rendered in favor of Cleeve, in the case involving the title to land on 
the Neck, was final. However, as in England, proceedings for the 
settlement of title to land admitted an appeal from a trial court to 
one of greater jurisdiction, in instances to the House of Lords, the 
proposition was broached in 1641 at the June term of the court held 
at Saco, that the matters in dispute between the litigants be left to a 
board of arbitration of five members. Seemingly, the purpose was 
for the board to serve as a tribunal to review the proceedings, in the 
manner of an appellate court. Bonds were to be given to abide by 
its decision. The proposition was agreed to. When a man has won 
his cause; when he claims has been established to be his by 
law, is in his pc3session; and, of his own volition, he submits his title 


to be passed upon anew and binds himself to abide the result, he 
stakes everything upon the justice of his cause. His opponent risks 
nothing. Such respective!}' were the chances of Messrs. Cleeve and 
Trelawney before the arbitrators. The board decided in favor of 
Cleeve on every point with the single exception of the amount of 
damages which was reduced from eighty to sixty pounds. 

Not for one minute was there an intention on the part of 
Trelawney to abide b}' the arbitration. Shortly after the adjovirn- 
ment of the court, arrived letters under date of June 29, 1641, from 
Trelawney to Winter and also letters from Sir Ferdinando to the 
commissioners. A copy of one of the latter was enclosed in Trelaw- 
ney's. To enable Winter to full}' understand its contents, Trelawney 
wrote "he hath ordered that they (the commissioners) take more 
care for the future, and in another speaks of his owne knowledge of 
Casco river;" then Trelawney adds, "I hope they (the commis- 
sioners) will leave you and all my tenantes in peace and eject Cleaves 
on your new tryall from his dewellinge." This time they would be 
prepared for trial; witnesses would be brought from England; the 
"salvages" would be seen and from them would be learned which 
stream they called Casco river. Winter was cautioned to have a care 
lest Cleeve should corrupt the savages; thus wrote honest Trelawney 
of the Long Parliament. 

In May, 1642, Winter wrote Trelawney that Thomas Gorges, the 
chief commissioner, refused to reopen the case until he heard fur- 
ther from Sir Ferdinando. That the worthier Gorges did hear from 
Sir Ferdinando, is evident; for, under date of July 19, 1642, from Bos- 
ton Winter wrote Trelawney, "Mr. George & the rest of the Justices 
of our province have promised to take a review of Casko about 10 
dales hence. I do purpose, God willinge, to attend them." 

The plan of Trelavvne}- and Sir Ferdinando was to nullify the 
judgment of the commissioners; the act would be a revolutionarj' one 
in effect, though the act of the government itself, and thus was an act 
of tyranny. The chief commissioner would not proceed until fully 
advised and had received positive orders direct from Sir Ferdinando 
to pla}' the part of highwayman. There was but one way to foil 
them, viz., to overturn the government itself — a considerable task 
for one man to do. But Cleeve did not stop with half measures. In 
neither old England nor New England was there a man who better 
than he could judge the political situation, or better than he could 
predict what was to follow events as they successively happened. 
Right well, too, did he know the steps about to be taken by his 
opponents. It was time for him to act. The letter which Winter 
wrote to Trelawney under date of July 19, 1642, closed with the 
information that "Cleeves is com for England." 

The ship on which he sailed was the "Eleanor" of Eondon, Mr. 
Jugle, master, was freighted with tobacco and had been blown into 
Boston harbor after having been fourtee^h. da5's at sea. She had lost 
her masts and "stopt heare in MassacKusetts bay to new mast," 
Winter wrote. She was in the harbor from Ma}' 9 to June 4, 1642, 
which latter date was that of the departure \>i Cleeve for England. 
The "Eleanor" sailed the better because o^- her new masts, and 
reached Eondon town in safety. The ould Cjiee^e, then quite three 
score and ten years of age, was in a country whos*. main business 


was overturning governments. All of its people were trjang their 
hands thereat. There were tumultuous and troublesome times in 
that year of 1642, and worse for somebody were to follow. The fair- 
minded, honorable, energetic George Cleeve, gentleman, of Casco 
Bay in Sir Ferdinando Gorges' province of Maine, who had always 
abided his trust in others doing justice between man and man, had 
hit upon another course to defend his possessions, one not so different 
from that which his honorable opponents had resorted to. In I^on- 
don the gentleman was with several ideas of value, and well able to 
cope with Trelawney of the I^ong Parliament and with all comers 
who may have designs upon his thousands of fair acres across the 
wide Atlantic. Well does it stand the gentlemen of the province to 
write what they may know as to his plans; for Winter to advise 
Trelawney of his departure, for Godfrey to call him a "turbulent 
fellow," and for the Reverend Robert Jordan to caution Trelawney, 
that he was sure "Cleaves is wel nigh able to deceave the wisest 

There was no need to employ deception. That Cleeve would 
defend his rights as rigidly as he had daringly jeopardized his 
title to the estates granted him, when the justice of his cause was his 
guarantee for success, he will surely do, howsioever great is the out- 
cry against him. 

What was sometimes known as the Plough patent, which was 
granted as early as 1630, by the Plymouth Company to John Dye and 
others, contained a tract forty miles square extending along the coast 
of Maine from Cape Porpoise to the Kennebec river, and included 
Saco on its western and Casco on its eastern boundaries. It ante- 
dated by several years the patent granted by the Plymouth Company 
to Sir Ferdinando of the same and other tracts which he erected into 
the province of Maine. It was called the Plough patent for the 
probable reason that the emigrants sent by the patentees to settle 
upon the land, came in the ship "Plough." Its proper appellation 
was the Province of IvIGONia. Cleeve was in the province when 
the emigrants arrived in 1630-1, who, however, did not long remain. 
He was, therefore, acquainted with the grant of the province of 
lyigonia and of its legal status and perfection, and knew its value in 
competent hands. And now in the year 1642, with full knowledge 
of the situation, the ould Cleeve had "com for England." 

Mr. William Willis, in his history of Portland, while candid and 
alwa3^s truthful, when he knew the truth, nevertheless, in several 
instances, has done the memory of George Cleeve rank injustice, 
though not intentionally nor with indifference, but from accepting as 
authorit}' the loose statement of those who had written of Cleeve in a 
careless way, and who sought rather to justify their notions as to the 
earl}^ history of Maine, than to make known the facts; he did not 
investigate as carefully as he should nor properly, weigh the matter 
he collected, which had he done, he would at least have been able 
to praise much more and to censure much less than he did praise 
and censure the first settler of Portland. Mr. Willis wrote: — 

"The government seemed now to have been placed on a respect- 
able footing and to have afforded hope of permanency, but in 1642 
the civil war broke out in England, the influence of which extended 
to the colonies and destroyed all that Gorges had so long labored to 


establish. He was a firm Episcopalian and royalist and joined the 
king's party with the same zeal which governed all his former life; 
although he was more than seventy years old he did not hesitate to 
buckle on his armor and trust himself once more to the chances of 
war in the defense of his principles and the person of the king. But 
interested individuals were not idle to take advantage of this state of 
things to aggrandize themselves and to gratify feelings of jealousy 
and hatred against those who were unfriendly to them or stood in 
their way. Among such circumstantial evidence would seem to place 
our first settler, George Cleeve. Early in 1643 we find him in 

It alone remained to Cleeve to go to England. But for the 
change in the source of favors brought about by the revolution ' 'our 
first settler'' would not have had a place in America which he could 
have called his own. Cleeve went to England in June, 1642. Dur- 
ing that and the following year, the king's troops made steady prog- 
ress against the Parliamentarian forces. The prospect was never 
gloomier for the latter than at the time and for months following the 
period when George Cleeve was in London. It is manifest then, that 
he took his chances on the outcome of the war as much as could Sir 
Ferdinando Gorges. In no sense did Cleeve take advantage of the 
ruin of the latter. The man who voluntaril}^ submitted his title to 
the Neck to arbitration, because his opponent had no remedy by 
appeal, as was the method in England, rather than be charged with 
unfairness as he, himself, deemed fairness to be, was not the man to 
take advantage of another when helpless and friendless. He met 
powerful and active adversaries in the flush of victory, and won h s 
cause too, the ould Cleeve did, without a dishonorable act upon his 

With knowledge that Gorges and Trelawney were supporters of 
the king, that hostilities had commenced between the contending 
factions in England, that he was about to be deprived of his estates 
by the might alone of the proprietor of the province of Maine, and 
what was of more avail, with full knowledge that the Plough patent 
antedated the patent to Gorges, this very active lone republican of 
Casco Bay went to London, persuaded Sir Alexander Rigby to pur- 
chase the Plough patent, to appoint him deputy president of the 
province of Ligonia and to confirm in him his title to the land deeded 
to him by Sir Ferdinando. Not so ver}^ bad for one old man to do! 

The person to whom Cleeve resorted for aid to accomplish his 
ends, was Thomas Morton, he of Merry Mount fame. The two were 
associated in a way when Cleeve was in England in 1636-7. Morton 
was then connected with affairs relating to the colonies in America, 
either as an employee of Sir Ferdinando, or of a company in which 
he was interested. During 1637, Sir Ferdinando had him discharged, 
"casheered" he wrote Winthrop, for an alleged deceptive practice. 
When Cleeve again visited England in 1642-3, affairs had so turned 
themselves that Morton was the man above all others to aid in circum- 
venting Sir Ferdinando and Trelawney respecting their dealings with 
Cleeve. Morton was in New England in 1622-3, and while there 
kept the saints mindful that he was to be prayed for. Probably his 
worst offense, to them, was the erection of a maypole at Mount Wal- 
leston, about which he and a few jubilists circled to the left. It was 


the first pleasure resort started on the Western Continent. A form- 
idable expedition was planned against Morton, under the leadership, 
of the redoubtable Miles Standish, which came upon Morton when 
quite all of his men were away among the Indians purchasing beaver 
pelts. Morton sought another clime, his followers scattered and the 
saints turned their attention to the development of the witch indus- 
try. If there were a person whom a Puritan delighted in orally 
excoriating, it was Morton. So extreme was their hatred of the man 
that another having to do with him became a subject of their male- 
dictions. Even by Kdward Winslow, the recollections of the service, 
of Cleeve through the giving of his testimony in behalf of the Bay 
colony to such purpose, in the presence of the king, as has been 
related, were forgotten. Under date of September ii, 1643, he wrote 

"As for Mr. Rigby, if he be so good, honest and hopeful an 
instrument as report passeth on him, he hath hap to light on two of 
the arrantest known knaves that ever trod on New England shore to 
be his agent, east or west, as Cleeve and Morton." The clause fol- 
lowing is devoted to Morton only. Though Cleeve was not spared 
by the writer, he delighted in distinguishing Morton above all other 
knaves. The author of the "New England Canaan" was to a Puri- 
tan, like a red rag to a bull. 

Colonel Rigby, though an Episcopalian, was a warm supporter 
of the cause of Parliament. To interest him in a colonial undertak- 
ing in the tumultuous period of 1642-3, bespeaks the tact, enterprise 
and force of character of George Cleeve. 

The Deputy President of Eigonia arrived in the province in the 
fall of 1643. Trouble enough there was to follow; those ardent, head- 
strong, proud Episcopalian royalists, while the war continued, could be 
compelled by force only to be governed by an independent in religion 
and a republican in politics, one whom they so much feared as they 
did Cleeve. Around Casco bay there were a few planters who were 
grantees of Cleeve, and there were others in his employ; quite all had 
a community of interest with him in protecting their own and his 
estates, and for this reason they would become supporters of the new 
government; so, the Deputy President could proclaim the new govern- 
ment at his home where there would be recognition of it by a consid- 
erable portion of the people. At Casco Bay he announced his 
authority as Deputy President of Eigonia, under its President, Sir 
Alexander Rigby, and appointed his oflEicers for the governing of the 
province. There was no undue haste; the court which served for 
legislative purposes as well as judicial, was not to be held until the 
last of March, 1644. Plenty of time was given to the opposition in 
which to fume, to fret, and to submit. The interval also served the 
Deputy President in which to discover upon what and whom he 
could rely for support. No man he feared; nothing he tried to do and 
failed; nothing of advantage was left undone with available means to 
do it, and no task was attempted but with the best of means at hand 
for the purpose. Right forward he moved with not a backward step; 
most fearfully in earnest was the ould Cleeve. Those rebels must be 
subdued ! The means for so doing by force was the colony of 
Massachusetts Bay, thoroughly republican, if she but chose to act. 
The struggle between the contending parties in England, then at its 


height, did not permit either of them to notice or to consider the pig- 
my settlements strung along the Atlantic coast; they would belong to 
the victor; so no assistance was to be expected from Parliament yet 
awhile. The Deputy President called upon the Bay colony for aid. 
Its authorities declined to employ force, but would write a letter to 
the recalcitrants, as though in the year when victory followed the 
banners of the king, that a letter from them would have any influence 
with a party of Cavaliers, in inducing them to submit to the new 
government. Clearly the colony was prepared to hazard but little 
on the outcome of the war. 

The center of the insurrection was at Saco. There gathered 
Richard Vines, the deputy governor of the remnant of Sir Ferdi- 
nando's province of Maine, and his royalist supporters, Henry Joce- 
h'U, Robert Jordan, Edward Godfrey and quite all the large land 
owners, grantees of Gorges or of the lord's patentees; there they held 
court and defied and threatened Cleeve. It is noticeable that their 
bumps of pugnacit}^ swelled as their hopes were raised for the success 
of the king's cause; that when their hopes were high they contem- 
plated roughshod proceedings, and that when low or despondent were 
they in hopes of his success, they were contented to resort to petty 
annoyances. Not for a day did Cleeve cease to press them, to persist 
in his authority over them, and to endeavor to deprive them of hope 
of assistance from the colony of Massachusett Bay, to whose authori- 
ties they were continually writing for aid. 

The Deputy President never had a cause of action or claimed a 
right, whose justice, or his title to, he would not submit to arbitra- 
tion. Let him but have the chance of winning upon what he 
believed was lawful, and he ever stood ready and willing to take that 
chance. No one could be fairer than he, but his opponent must also 
be fair with him, or over would go board of arbitration, court of law, 
government or anything that stood in the way of the doing of what 
was right and proper. The Deputy President proposed to Vines to 
arbitrate; he secured the consent of all of his adherents to a proposal 
for arbitration, and to an agreement to submit to whichever govern- 
ment, Rigby's or Gorges', the arbitrators should say was the rightful 
one, until the question was determined by higher authority. The 
proposal necessarily carried with it a measure for peace. It was not 
accepted. The arbitrators were to be men of the colony of Massa- 
chusetts Bay. There were no exceptions taken to the parties named 
as arbitrators. Vines represented that he had no authority to submit 
the interests of Gorges to arbitration. An excuse must be offered 
that the neighbors mav not think he was afraid to trust them. It is 
noticeable that in 1646, when the Cavaliers in England had not the 
ghost of a show of winning in the war. that then a proposition to arbi- 
trate was accepted by the Gorges faction with the result that upon the 
hearing, the arbitrators were unable to decide anything of importance 
relative to the rights of the respective claimants. However, in 1644, 
tlie hopes of the king's party were high; then there was no thought 
of arbitrating, could not arbitrate, had nothing to arbitrate. With 
tlie Deputy President, justice was ever the same and eternal, however 
things went with Cromwell; at all times he was willing to arbitrate. 
So, when Mr. Tucker came to Saco as the bearer of the offer for arbi- 
tration, Vines had him arrested and released him only upon giving 


bonds for his appearance at a time named. Of course no good can 
follow, but Vines has special cause for anger at this Tucker who is so 
loyal to the Deputy President and has been so active in securing 
adherents for the government of Rigby. Vines will have to explain 
his course to the authorities of the Bay colony who have been expect- 
ing that he will not resort to harsh measures, until it has been deter- 
mined which government is the legal one. Let Vines, in writing to 
them, premise the account of his proceedings against the bearer of an 
offer to arbitrate, howsoever he will, with complaints of "the evell 
practices of Mr. Cleeves and Mr. Tucker tending to the ruin of the 
province;" finally he must confess in his letter the wherewithal for 
the ould Cleeve to convict him out of his own mouth. The injury 
resulting to the losing cause of the Gorges faction by this rash 
act of the arrest of Tucker, prompts it to the use of threats, until once 
more news is brought of a favorable turn of affairs for the king whose 
plans had been sadly disarranged by the loss of the battle of Marston 
Moor in July, 1644. Parliamentary negotiations with the king with- 
out reckoning with the army, could again give rise to hopes to Cava- 
liers so far distant as Maine, where they once more grow pugnacious. 
Vines, the indiscreet, holds court at Saco in March, 1645, where the 
Rev. Mr. Thomas Jenner of the Puritan persuasion is, and who is at 
outs with Deputy Governor Vines. Right faithfully does the reverend 
gentleman depict to the Puritan authorities of the Massachusetts Bay 
colony as to how Deputy Governor Vines violated his word to "Your 
Worshipfuls" with respect to keeping the peace; how said Deputy 
Governor had issued a warrant for the arrest of the Deputy President 
of Ligonia and his faithful Tucker and by force of arms had arrested 
another adherent of the Deputy President, a Mr. Henry Watts, who 
for the time being, chose to acknowledge the Gorges government, 
rather than pay a fine; how to subdue the Deputy President and the 
Rigbyites, said Vines and Company "have fitted themselves with 
bilbowes and ordained Capt. John Bonython, Colonel General." 
The reverend gentleman has a complaint of his own against Vines, 
whom he charges with having advised some of "My parishoners not 
to pay me stipend." He concludes with — 

"Truly, I thinke verily, that the maine motive which stirs them 
to be so violent against Mr. Righbie's conduct, is their manifold 
debts to the people in the Bay & else wher. Now, so long as they 
have the stafe in their owne hands, they care not. No man scarce 
durst aske for their owne much (less) to sue for it." 

Certainly, with a wrought-up divine on the subject of money 
matters, to depict the doings of Vines and Company to the^Bay peo- 
ple, it was not necessary for the Deputy President to send to them his 
tale of woe; the divine would do the whole business, which he did do; 
so, we hear nothing from the Digonian officials. 

The Deputy President, in a contest, drew to his aid everything 
serving a purpose therein, and made attacks all along the line. As 
his opponents were Episcopalians, it was well to patronize the Inde- 
pendents. The Rev. Mr. Jenner held services at Casco. Directly 
upon his return from England to Casco, the Deputy President encour- 
aged the settlement there of a minister of the Puritan faith. In a 
letter under date of January 27, 1644, in phrases of the pious of those 
days, he advised Winthrop of the Rev. Mr. Jordan's "vile reproach- 


ful terms concerning the church of Christ in this land, " and how "they 
seeing us about to settle ourselves under the ministry, and that we are 
in hopes that the Lord will gather a church amongst us; this causeth 
them and there prelatticall counsellor (Jordan) to raidge, which will 
insite you to assist us so much the rather." Thus in advance the 
ould Cleeve took occasion to spike any guns which Vines et al may 
have across the bay. 

Upon the petition of Cleeve to Parliament in 1642, a commission 
issued to Winthrop, Arthur Macworth (a partisan of Vines) and 
another to take the answer of lawyer Godfrey and Richard Vines, to 
articles of complaint which had been filed against them, presumably by 
Cleeve, and to take the depositions of the witnesses who had been 
named to prove these articles. What Godfrey and Vines were 
charged with has not been learned. Vines stated that if he incurred 
the penalty for what he was accused, he and his family were ruined. 
They certainly had no cause of complaint as to the parties composing 
the commission. Macworth was prejudiced in their favor and they 
had no reason to doubt the probity of John Winthrop. Seemingly 
they had only to fear the truth becoming known; hence their deter- 
mination never to appear before the commission. It is pleasing to 
read how Vines not only carried out this determination, but actually 
tried himself, and in so solemn a manner as to mislead eminent histo- 
rians into the opinion that his accuser, George Cleeve, was tried and 
convicted of forgery. Lawyer Godfrey was not as badly frightened 
as was Vines; how he managed to avoid the proceedings his biogra- 
pher does not relate. 

The Deputy President did not forward the commission to Win- 
throp until February 2, 1644, directly after Tucker's arrest at Saco, 
when he was the bearer of the offer of arbitration. Under the cir- 
cumstances, the information of the issuance of this commission must 
have been a surprise to Messrs. Godfrej^ and Vines. It kept them 
guessing as to what else Cleeve had up his sleeve and busy avoiding 
the proceedings. In those days of unsettled authority, both in the 
colonies and in the mother country, there was favorable opportunity 
to evade legal proceedings, because of the lack of power to enforce 
them in those localities where the strength of the contending factions 
was nearly equal. Such was the condition in Maine. Nothing more 
came of the proceedings than wiggling and squirming to avoid answer- 
ing the articles of complaint. What further was done than to examine 
a few witnesses by ex- parte method, does not appear. The matter 
was moved in but slowly, for in August, 1645, Vines wrote Gov. 
Winthrop complaining that he "had some hard measure in commis- 
sion that came from Parliament;" that means had not been afforded 
him to "vindicate myselfe from ClcA^es his most unjust accusations 
against me to the honorable house of Parliament, which may cause 
the utter mine of myselfe and family." He continues in the letter 
about the sad predicament to which he is reduced; that he dare not 
leave his family to go to Boston because of mischief that might befall 
his family from Cleeve; how Cleeve sent him a daily threat of his 
downfall if he did go to Boston; that if he went there "I would 1)^ 
fast or go home without my leggs." Clearly, Deputy Governor 
Vines did not want to go to Boston. Why he thought there was 
intention of be-legging him, the records do not disclose. It is not 


known for what crimes the Puritans be-legged offenders. Any way. 
Vines was in sad straights. Better sell one's belongings and leave 
the country, than to lose one's legs in Boston in those days. 

In October, 1645, the Gorges faction held a court at Saco; quite 
all the recalcitrants were in attendance, and judging by the records 
of its proceedings, their chief business was to pay their respects to the 
absent Cleeve and prepare a certificate of good character for Vines. 
He, as we have seen, would not appear in Boston before the commis- 
sioners appointed by Parliament, to answer the articles of complaint 
preferred against him by Cleeve; could do better in his own court in 
Saco, where, whatever the result, he would not be be-legged. 
Accordingly he proceeded to try himself. There were filed two affi- 
davits of which one was sworn to by nine persons, including Arthur 
Macworth, one of the commissioners named by Parliament. It reads 
as follows: 

"We whose names are hereunto written do testify upon our oaths 
that we never gave to Mr. George Cleves of Cascoe in the Province of 
Mayne in New England (authority) to prefer any petition or to exhib- 
it any articles in Parliament against Mr. Richard Vines of New Eng- 
land aforesaid. Neither did wee either see or knowe of the said arti- 
cles or petition until the said George Cleaves did last come out of 
England. Neither can we testify any such things as are exhibited in 
the said petition or declared by his articles against Mr. Richard Vines 
by the said Cleaves." 

If the parties were named as witnesses by Cleeve as competent to 
prove the charges he had preferred against Vines, it would have 
looked better in the latter had he adduced their evidence in the 
proper tribunal to show that they were not thus competent. Surely, 
they would not be be-legged if they went to Boston. 

The other affidavit was signed by Mr. Francis Robinson; it reads 
much the same as the foregoing with this additional clause: 

"And I doe more over testify that Mr. Thomas Jenner, Minister 
of God's word, told me he asked Mr. Cleaves why he putt men's 
hands to a petition they never saw & he said his answer was that 
Parliament bid him doe it." 

That is, Parliament bade Cleeve commit forgery! Any way it 
would have been better to have had the oath of the Rev. Mr. Jenner 
who was present, to what he heard Cleeve state, rather than that of a 
person who heard the Rev. Mr. Jenner's say as to the matter. Per- 
haps the judges attached much importance to the testimony of Rob- 
inson, who was courting the Rev. Mr. Jenner's daughter (not with 
the father's consent) and, therefore, thought that Robinson ought to 
know fully as well as the reverend gentleman himself. 

Assuredly the truth is that Cleeve was required to name the wit- 
nesses by whom he could prove the charges he had preferred against 
Vines, and was directed by a committee of Parliament to give their 
names in writing, which then directed that these witnesses be 
sworn before the commissioners. In any event, as the facts were, 
neither Robinson nor other witness stated that his name was affixed 
to any document by Cleeve, meaning thereby that he signed the 
name so as to purport to those to whom the document was to be pre- 
sented, that it was signed by the individual himself. It is to be 
regretted that so eminent a historian, as was Mr. Willis, mistook 


these affidavits and the proceedings in the Saco court as evidence 
that Cleeve was charged with, and tried for, committing forgery, 
though he thought that no great consideration should be attached to 
the outcome, as Cleeve was not permitted to be present to defend 
himself. Had there been a pretense that forgery had been committed, 
how easih' Macworth, who was one of the commissioners appointed 
by Parliament, could have advised with the other commissioners, one 
of whom was John Winthrop, and thus quashed the proceedings 
against Vines through making known the facts. However, as results 
were turning out. Vines became impressed with the belief that the 
Barbadoes had a better climate than had the province of Maine, was 
safer for one's legs; so, with his family and certificate of good char- 
acter he departed thither, and b}^ his going the province lost a most 
excellent magistrate and gentleman. 

The October term of the Saco court in the year 1645, Lawyer 
Godfre}' thought a good opportunity to secure a judgment against 
Cleeve on that old demand for costs in the Star Chamber court pro- 
ceedings. The Deputy President never did constrain himself to 
recognize the judgment of a court conducted by the recalcitrants. 
Hence, lyawyer Godfrey died with this sum owing to him, as he 
believed, — died in a debtor's prison on Ludlow street, London, some 
twenty years later. Worse men have had a better fate, as he, himself, 
was deserving; for he was a man of man}^ sterling qualities. 

During the year 1645 Mr. Winter died. It is not found that he 
was active in opposition to the Deput}^ President; the latter does not 
mention him in any of his letters. Winter had reason to recollect 
that terrible time in 1 640-1 when Cleeve pursued him so vigorously 
on land and water, and, therefore, was not participating in politics in 
these later stormy days. The fact was that the Deputy President 
had effectually squelched all pretensions of Winter and Trelawney 
(who too died that j-ear) to any claim to the Neck. Winter's son- 
in-law, the Rev. Mr. Jordan, was becoming conspicuous, of whom 
the Deputy President will have to take notice and to whom he will 
la}^ down the law, shortly, in matters of religious practice. The ould 
Cleeve makes matters ver)- interesting for all his opponents along the 
man)^ lines afforded him, and keeps them busj' too, as this active 
reverend gentleman will learn at a later day. 

The territory along the coast from the Piscataqua river to Saco, 
remained to Gorges; in extent it was considerabh^ larger than 
Ligonia and had a larger number of inhabitants, quite all of whom 
were bent on the destruction of Rigbj-'s proprietary government of 
Ligonia. Their number, added to the Gorges partisans in Ligonia, 
made quite a formidable showing and far exceeded the followers of 
Cleeve. Said territory constituted Gorges' province of Maj-ne after 
the province of Ligonia was recognized by the English government, 
and it remained to his heir until 1652. 

The Gorges faction Sleeted Henr}'- Jocelyn to succeed Vines as 
Deputy Governor of Ma}-ne. If Vines was indiscreet, Jocelyn was 
next to insane in his method of opposition to the Deputy President of 
Ligonia. Jocelyn was for strong measures. His residence was at 
Black Point, probably fifteen miles from the home of Cleeve, and 
there and at other places he commenced to gather his men whom he 
armed and drilled, to make civil war indeed, if some one as foolish as 


he can be found to war with him. All this is known to the Deputy 
President at Casco who writes it to Winthrop under date of Februar}- 
i8, 1645, in terms as follows: "At which time, they having made a 
party of neare an hundred (as we are informed) to set upon us & 
violently to resist Mr. Rigby's authority & so take us and our partie 
& slay us or deale with us at their pleasure." The Deputy Presi- 
dent requested a few armed men from Massachusetts, for the protec- 
tion of the people, but none were sent. However, nothing deterred 
him from holding court in March at Casco Bay on the Neck. There 
the officers and the people of Ligonia assembled and awaited the 
coming of the bold cavaliers. The Rev. Mr. Jenner tells what hap- 
pened. As was the custom he preached a sermon on the opening of 
the court and made himself indispensable in various ways, as was the 
wont of divines in those days on quite all occasions. Mr. Jocelyn 
came with his company armed with guns and swords. The Deputy 
President and his company were unarmed. After the Rev. Mr. 
Jenner had discoursed, Mr. Jocelyn with his company took a position 
about forty rods from where were assembled the people of Ligonia, 
and the next morning proceeded to read the riot act, enjoining the 
Ligonians to submit to the Gorges government. This much was 
accomplished; that stipulations were entered into for arbitration, as 
had been proposed by the Deputy President a year earlier, with 
Governor Winthrop and others of the Bay colony as arbitrators. 

This also in addition happened,- viz., that the Deputy President 
in no uncertain terms forbade the Rev. Mr. Jordan "to administer 
the scales of the covenant promiscuouslj^ & without due order & 
ordination within the province of lyigonia." 

And still further, continues the Rev. Mr. Jenner: — 

"I must needs acknowledge to their high commendation that 
both Mr. Jocelyn and Mr. Cleeve carried on the interaction very 
friendly like men of wisdom and prudence, not giving one unbehold- 
ing word each together." 

Then this Sphinx, as a worthy historian has spoken of him, 
imperturbably watched the approach of the rebels with Colonel- 
general John Bonython at their head, all armed with bilboes, as they 
crowded on the shore of Casco river and are ferried by the boatload 
to the Neck; unfalteringly, for all of their braggadocio, stood his 
ground at the official building, as they march b}^; never for one 
minute wavered or lost his self-control ; and when the time came, he 
did not forget to give the Rev. Mr. Jordan a lick with the rough side 
of his tongue. We are left to conjecture as to how Colonel-general 
Bon5^thon, Deput)^ Governor Jocelyn and Chief-counsellor Jordan 
accommodated their band of bilboe bearers during those bleak March 
days. However, the Deputy President was a cheerful, hospitable, 
genial host, no doubt, and had stocks of hogs and goats and deer 
and fish by the ton, and cellars of beer by the tun too. Rest assured 
that all were well served and treated and long remembered the day 
when Colonel-general Bon3'thon at the the head of the forces of the 
Province of Mayne led the attack on the people of the Province of 
Ligonia; and how they were, one and all, fairly captivated by the 
ould Cleeve. Well also did they and the people of Ligonia remem- 
ber how the Deputy President, the Deputy Governor, the Colonel- 
general and (of course) the Rev. Messrs. Jenner and Jordan met in the 


court room and there discussed at great length their differences and 
proposals; how in the end they agreed to do the very thing the ould 
Cleeve was always willing and desirious of doing, viz.: to arbitrate 
the question as to which government had a legal existence. After 
two or three days of confab Jocelyn and his forces retired. Gov. 
Winthrop had advised both parties to abide their differences and 
each had acted thereon. Nothing came of the arbitration, as, the 
arbitrators did not find the proofs of either party sufficient for the 
purpose of an award. However, within a few months arrived the 
decision by the Commissioners for the Colonies. It was in favor of 
Rigby, and Cleeve was at once recognized by all factions as Deputy 
President of lyigonia. 

We have ver}- little information as to the composition of the gov- 
ernment of lyigonia. There were a number of assistants who, with 
the Deputy President, constituted the general assembly whose powers 
were legislative and judicial. 

For twelve j^ears George Cleeve was the ruler, the Deputy Presi- 
dent. Not a single incident happened to cast reproach upon his 
administration, and but one to ruffle the calm of peace which the peo- 
ple of Ligonia enjoyed during a period when, in England and her other 
colonies, there were more or less of turmoil and rigid political restraint. 
The sturdy old republican Deputy President suffered no religious 
strife in the province, or other strife. 

Strange it is that there is extant no records of the proceedings of 
the general assembly, save that referable to the estate of John Win- 
ter, in the view that the government of Cleeve was followed by that 
of the government of Massachusetts Ba}- whose duty it was to secure 
and preserve such records. That courts were held and laws were 
enacted under which rights became vested and which, in subsequent 
years, were respected, are evidenced by that title to the Trelawney 
grant in the Jordan heirs, is solely founded upon a judgment of the 
province of L/igonia; yet there exists hardly a scrap either of the judi- 
cial or legislative acts of the general assembl}^ other than as noted. 

Nor have we but little more as to the events happening in the 
province. It is worthy of remark that this gentle calm in civil mat- 
ters followed as chaotic a state of affairs, short of actual warfare, as 
can well be conceived. The happenings of a day, one with another, 
were so much alike, the seasons through, that the story of the lives 
of the people is told in the relation of their manners and customs. 
Never was there a greater plenty of so man}' comforts of life more 
generally enjoyed by the settlers, nor was there ever a longer contin- 
uance of uninterrupted enjoyment of the fruits of labor, when so 
slight effort insured so bountiful a harvest, than was their lot under 
the rule of Cleeve. Wrote John Jocelyn — "Nine miles eastward of 
Black Point lieth scatteringly the town of Casco upon a large bay, 
stored with cattle, sheep, swine, abundance of marsh and arable land, 
a corn-mill or two, and stages for fisherman. * * * They have a 
custom of taking tobacco, sleeping at noon, sitting long at meals, 
sometimes four times a da)' and then drinking a dram of the bottle 
extraordinary. They feed generally upon as good flesh, beef, pork, 
mutton, fowl and fish, as an)' in the world beside. Their servants, 
which are most English, will not work at less than half a crown a 
day, when they are out of their time." 


It is to be regretted that more information has not been preserved 
as to those halc^'on days in I^igonia, when the province was ruled by a 
just and upright man for twelve years, who had completed his three 
score years and ten before he commenced to rule. We could the 
more vividly realize how completely this Arcadia was due to Cleeve's 
own efforts, if we were able to correctly imagine the chaos that 
would have been his opponents, had they been in power, alone due to 
their greed of gain, their spirit for revenge and their desire to humil- 
iate. There is no reason to believe but that at all times his rule was 
as vigorous as it was just. One who could worry a person of the 
character of John Winter, so persistent and stubborn as was he, as 
Cleeve worried him by writs, executions and orders, with constables, 
deputy marshals and marshals, with posse on land and sea, night and 
day, and along the entire coast of the province of Maine have these 
dogs of the law^ ever on the watch; besieged him in house, boat and 
ship, at home and abroad, week in and week out, harried, pursued, 
and finally bound him "in a band;" all this to collect a debt, — such 
a one would not fail to most effectually enforce law and order when it 
became his duty to do so. At no time would his rule be "feeble 

The death of the proprietor. Sir Alexander Rigby, in 1650, was an 
occasion which the chronic recalcitrants could not let slip by without 
some kind of a demonstration, that their hand at the business might not 
lose its cunning. The Deputy President, in lieu of mulcting them 
heavily and committing them to prison, took the milder course of put- 
ting up with their opposition to the proprietary government of Rigby, 
until it became necessary for him as a matter of duty to report the sit- 
uation to Sir Alexander's heir, Mr. Edward Rigby. Cleeve went to 
England in 1652, in which year the new proprietor addressed a letter to 
the several gentlemen of the province of whom complaint had been 
made, in which they were advised in cogent terms to desist in their 
schemes or they would be forced to submission. Cleeve thus struck 
and hit hard; rebellious methods ceased. 

If the Deput}' President, in his official capacity, ever did any thing 
that will not stand the test of criticism, it was his act in allowing the 
property of the estate of Robert Trelawney to be sold to satisfy the 
demand of a few hundred pounds which the estate of John Winter 
had against Trelawne3^ The latter was in prison at the time of his 
death, and quite all of his property in England had been confiscated. 
His heir was his son of the age of eight years, and his large inheri- 
tance in the province of Ligonia was sold to satisfy said demand. 
The Rev. Mr. Jordan, who was the administrator of the estate of 
Winter, had married Winter's daughter and was the purchaser of 
the Trelawney estate. The Deputy President concerned himself in 
the matter no further than as his judicial power was invoked by the 
petitioners in the proceedings. That he could have prevented the 
sale, is probable, and that he did not, is the act that may be criti- 
cised. The Deputy President was not the public officer to permit 
himself to do more for one than for another of the people of the prov- 
ince which he ruled. The ould Cleeve had suffered from the part 
Sir Ferdinando Gorges as proprietor, had taken against him in his 
contest with the child's father. A part like the one pla5'-ed by Sir 
Ferdinando was not to his liking. So, while the sacrifice of the child's 


estate ma}- excite s^-mpath}' of those who read about its having been 
done, there is plenty- of ground for justification of the course of the 
Deputy President in the matter. 

Let it be considered what a grand opportunity was presented to 
the Deputy President, in the course of the legal proceedings that 
were to effect the transfer of title to the Trelawney lands from the 
Trelawne}^ heir to the Rev. Mr. Jordan, in which to exact from 
the latter a deed of release of all claims to land north of Casco or Fore 
river, to which Trelawne}' asserted title under his patent, as one of 
the conditions under which those proceedings would be allowed to 
be consummated as to lands in said grant on the south side of said 
river. Let it further be considered how consonant it would have 
been with the character of Cleeve, had he been the man that worths- 
historians have pictured him to be : — for instance, if, as he has been 
charged with doing, had he profited bj^ the misfortunes which befell 
Gorges on the outcome of the revolution in England, at a time when 
Gorges was his benefactor and was helpless for making a defense — 
how strictly consonant would it have been with such a character to 
have brought the not over-scrupulously reverend gentleman to under- 
stand that the Deput)^ President of Digonia would not permit judg- 
ment to be rendered in a court of the province relative to title to lands 
which the ould Cleeve claimed was in him, unless to confirm title in 
him. But nothing of the kind took place. The Deputy President 
was as honest, just and upright a ruler as the ould Cleeve was man, 
and would know nothing about the latter' s title to land unless the 
ould Cleeve came into court in the regular way. 

Before the departure of the Deputy President for England in 
the year 1652, the colony of Massachusetts Ba}' discovered that its 
patent was quite malleable from little hammering, was much inclined 
of its own power to extend, like a cankerous growth, its boundaries 
that were tractile but not elastic. Upon the death of Governor Win- 
throp the colony became ambitious. About the year 1650 the patent 
began to extend itself around the ba3\ As the colonj^ of New 
Hampshire had been annexed in 1640, the stretching process began 
at the Piscataqua river, at the time the boundar}^ between the Bay 
colon}' and the province of Maine which recognized as its proprietor 
the heir of Sir Ferdinando Gorges. A goodl)- number of the people 
who had settled in the province, were Independents in religion and 
had come from the Bay colony. The Episcopalians, adherents of 
Gorges, whose abilit}' to change their allegiance when to their 
advantage was something admirable, were not constrained by con- 
science to make anj- sacrifice for the sake of their proprietor, at a 
time when England was ruled by the Commonwealth. Their show 
of opposition to the purpose of the colony was the feeblest and the 
cheapest known, that of a protest, in which Law3'er Godfre}^ joined, 
and then accepted office under the usurper. Compared with what 
remained to be done in the stretching line, it was an eas}^ task to 
stretch the patent of the Bay colon}- over the little province of Maine. 
The act Avas completed in 1652. But its power in the line noted was 
simph' wonderful, as shown by the wa}^ in the 3^ear 1672 it extended 
over a part of the Duke of York's province adjoining Ligonia on the 
east. In that year, one, Munjoy, was employed to run a north line 
of the colony's patent, which he did in accordance with the direction 


of its authorities as to their pretension as to its northern limit; he 
then informed the authorities that — 

"If the honored commissioners were pleased to go twenty min- 
utes more northerly in Merrimac river, it would take in all the 
inhabitants and places east along and they seem much to desire it." 
It was accordingly done and said inhabitants were "took in." 

This new departure of the Massachusetts Bay colony meant 
trouble for the Deputy President. So formidable an antagonist as it 
was, for next-door neighbor, and claiming all one possesses, necessa- 
rily meant a conflict. Great as she was, she moved cautiously when 
she laid hold of lyigonian territory. Right keenly did she fear that 
old aggressive, active, energetic Deputy- President. As noted, he 
was in England in the year 1652; he returned in the year 1653. 
Before his return, a portion of the people of Saco recognized the jur- 
isdiction of the Bay colonj^ The other towns in the province, par- 
ticularly those in its eastern part, faithfully supported the Deputy 
President, who successfully maintained his authority until the year 
1658. During this period his efforts were seconded by the Episco- 
palians of the province under the lead of the Rev. Mr. Robert Jordan 
and Henry Jocelyn. These men held office under the Ligonian gov- 
ernment, were assistants, members of the general assembly, and were 
among its staunchest supporters in these days, ' 

It is pleasing to note the difference in the character of the oppo- 
sition by the Deputy President and by the officials of Gorges' prov- 
ince, to the claim of the Bay colony; 'that of the latter was like the 
squeak of a mouse as tabby devours it; of the former to the roar of a 
lion upon hearing an intruder into the solitudes of his retreat. And 
the intruder paused too, for six years did nothing more than pause, 
solicit, implore, — never threatened. 

First, there were inquiries into the title of each by the respective 
claimants, a friendly investiga'tion upon disputed points and the inter- 
change of several letters, all of which took up a great deal of time. 
Finall3^ in the year 1657, the Bay colony felt warranted in issuing 
its mandate for the people of Ligonia to send representatives to meet 
its commissioners at York, a place in the recently sequestrated prov- 
ince of Maine. The mandate was ignored. The commissioners 
sought to make themselves terrible by trumpeting forth that repre- 
sentatives should be sent to meet them in Boston in October, 1657. 
In lieu of the people sending representatives, the aged Deputy Presi- 
dent, whose forte it was to join issue with an opponent, sent a letter 
to the general court with the information of "the resolution of the 
inhabitants to deny submission" to the Bay colony. In the light 
thereof, the general court was unanimous in the opinion that it was 
best for the present to "surcease any further prosecution" of its claim. 

The general court surceased in its brow-beating tactics only; 
such course as it had been pursuing availed but little against the 
indomitable Cleeve. It next adopted a policy of cajolery to seduce 
Cleeve's following, and was successful in its purpose. Cleeve could 
be stranded, but nothing the Bay colony could hold out to him would 
make him unfaithful. In July, 1658, the people of Ligonia submitted 
to the claim of the Bay colony. As has been noted, the people of 
Saco had submitted as early as 1652. In Saco there was a consider- 
able settlement of Independents; others of the same persuasion con- 


stituted a goodly portion of the settlers in the several towns of the 
province. Nearly all of them were immigrants from the Ba}' colony 
and favored its pretension in that the province of Ligonia was a part 
of its territory. These Independents had been partisans of Cleeve in 
his contest with the Gorges faction. The latter were his partisans 
in his contest with the Bay colony; they were quite all Episcopalians, 
as was Rigby. Their leading men readily deserted Cleeve in 1658, 
upon the promise of being honored by office and the exercise of local 
power. Cleeve for years had successfully played off Independent 
against Episcopalian and maintained Rigby's government. When 
both parties left him he was alone, it is true, but he had performed 
his duty; to try and do more in behalf of Rigby would have been 
futile. He himself could have no objections on religious or political 
grounds to the government of the Bay colony, for with its people on 
those matters he was in full accord. In the face of these considera- 
tions and against great odds, he alone had maintained the Rigby pro- 
prietorship by his tact. When he submitted to the rule of the Bay 
colony he did so with honor. He was the soul of honor. 

The province of Eigonia had not been of any pecuniar}^ advan- 
tage to Edward Rigby; perhaps, after his experience with it for eight 
years, with its incumbent strife and worry, he may have considered 
as a bargain the relief which was afforded him when the Bay colony 
discovered that the province belonged to her and took charge of it; 
and, like the man living near Michigan city, who bartered forty 
acres of land for a calf and considered that he had doubled his profits 
by deeding the stranger an eighty in lieu of a forty, Edward Rigby 
would have thrown in b}- the way of lag-gniappe another such prov- 
ince, if he had another, and thus doubled his relief, had the Bay 
colony taken the pains to secure his consent to the transaction. 

Historians writing of Cleeve assume that, at the time of the 
change of government in 1658, he had lost his influence and was run 
down in a financial way. There is nothing to warrant the belief that 
he had lost his political prestige further than that on the organiza- 
tion of the new government he was not appointed one of the associate 
judges. He was not wholly overlooked, for he was appointed one of 
the town commissioners. However, the associate judgeships were, 
it is hazarded, turned over to Jordan, Jocelyn and other Episco- 
palian lights as a part of the bargain between them and the Bay 
colony in return for their submission to its claim; to their tender 
mercies Cleeve was to look for justice. Certain it is that Jordan and 
Jocelyn were appointed associate judges. When these same judges 
in 1662 were plotting against the sovereignty of the Baj' colony, 
to whom did it look to sustain its authority at Casco and the adjoin- 
ing towns? To no other than George Cleeve. In 1663 and 1664 he 
was chosen a member of the general court, which latter year was the 
last during his life that the province of Maine was governed as a part 
of the Bay colony. Nor is there but little to warrant the belief that 
he was in financial straits. Of his large holdings in real estate he 
had retained quite all until 1657, except the tracts which he had 
deeded to different members of his family. In the j-ear 1657, he 
commenced to dispose of his land granted to him by Gorges. Dur- 
ing that year and the next he sold several tracts about the bay prin- 
cipally to parties of the Bay colony. In September, 1659, Cleeve 


sold his homestead, all east of Clay cove, reserving the use of the 
house and cleared lands during his life, and by the end of the follow- 
ing year he sold the remainder (the Hope Allen farm) of the grant 
of Gorges to him. It will be observed that he had disposed of that 
part of his estate claimed by Jordan; that he made no disposition of 
any considerable portion of it until the danger was imminent that the 
Bay colony would acquire the sovereignty of the province by means 
of a deal with the Episcopalian settlers, and then he sold — to whom? 
To Independents of the Bay colony. If Jordan plucked anybody he 
would pluck them. There is no evidence that he had squandered 
what he had received from these sales, and surely he was as well off 
financially with the proceeds of them as he was when he owned the 
land, as he probably got its value. The Rigby grants to him, what- 
ever they were, he still retained. 

In referring to the course of Cleeve while Deputy President, 
when came before the court of which he was a member, the proceed- 
ings whereby the Rev. Mr. Jordan acquired title to the Trelawney 
estate, the editor of the Trelawney Papers (Vol. Ill, Doc. Hist, of 
Me., pp. 382-3, foot note), says: — 

"Whatever may be said of Cleeve it must be admitted that he 
showed magnanimit}^ in his action in this matter. In 1648 when 
this settlement was made, Cleeve 's influence must have been consid- 
erable ; yet he acted in favor of Jordan who had always been inimi- 
cal to him, and after his loss of influence, pursued him piteously and 
that, too, in his old age." 

That Jordan piteously pursued Cleeve, may have been the fact; 
but an account of the pursuit much reminds one of the story of the 
hawk's seizure of the weasel, in the matter of the hawk's willingness 
to cry quits. There were other matters that arose to occasion Cleeve 
anxiety at about the time the Rev. Mr. Jordan took upon himself to 
reward, in his peculiar way, Cleeve for his magnanimity, which will 
be mentioned in their order. It is gratifying to know that Cleeve 
fared ver}- well through it all, — was present when the other fellow 
toed the mark for the last time. 

Under the laws of the colony of Massachusetts Bay, in some 
instances the land in a town which had not been granted upon the 
incorporation of the town, was the subject of grants by the people 
thereof through the townsmen or selectmen. What appears to have 
been an attempt to dispose or take possession of property of Cleeve, 
land which he claimed to own, through the agency of the people to 
grant land and privileges, upon Falmouth becoming incorporated in 
1658, was engineered by Jordan. A proposition was made by him to 
erect a mill upon the Presumpscot river which he called (out loud,- 
probably, for the first time in a dozen years) Casco river; he secured 
the signatures of several of the planters, to a petition, in brief, 
expressing their consent to, and approval of, his scheme to build the 
mill, and setting forth how greatly to the advantage of the people it 
would be to have a mill on that river. The people who thus gave 
their consent and approval, with two exceptions, lived along the 
Presumpscot river or quite ten miles therefrom to the south side of 
Casco river. It is noticeable that all were inhabitants of Falmouth, 
and, with two exceptions, were old time opponents of Cleeve. It is 
quite certain that an attempt was made to grant lands belonging to 


Cleeve, or which he claimed, as the like attempt was made bj^ the 
people residing in other towns in the province to grant the land of 
large land-owners among them respectivel)' . A committee appointed 
by the general court to investigate the complaints of such land- 
owners, reported under date of October 25, 1660, upon the complaint 
of Cleeve, that the evidence to show title in him to the land in ques- 
tion, was not adduced before the committee; that "the townsmen of 
Falmouth be ordered not to dispose of any lands which are within his 
grants or patents until this court takes further orders." So Cleeve 
thus triumphed in this matter. 

In the county court of the county (York), in the year 1659, 
Cleeve was defeated in an action he brought against one Francis 
Small, to recover land, which Cleeve claimed was included in a 
grant to him, probabh' by Rigby. At the same term Thomas 
Elbridge living at Pemaquid, Maine, and Cleeve were parties to sev- 
eral actions. One, in which the latter was plaintiff, was for five hun- 
dred pounds on account. Elbridge made no defense. A person who 
is creditor for so large a sum as this action was brought to recover, 
certainly was not in destitute circumstances. Cleeve was defendant 
in three actions brought by Elbridge, but made no defense. One 
was to recover in debt for fifty pounds ; a second was for "defama- 
tion" in which judgment was given for the plaintiff for the sum of 
fifty pounds ; the third was for assault and batter}'- "for striking of 
him;" judgment was for costs. Cleeve could have felt flattered at 
being mulcted in a fine, when quite ninety years of age, for success- 
fully chastizing a gentleman from the province of the Duke of York. 
Possibl)% too, the defamation of said gentleman consisted in hi's hav- 
ing been trounced b}- a man old enough to have been his grandfather. 
Defamation of character in those days, particularly in regions where 
the science of the law was in so raw a state as it was at that period in 
the province of Maine, consisted of anything said or done by one 
about or to another which displeased him. Elbridge was the son of 
an early settler at Pemaquid. The dealings between Elbridge and 
Cleeve were perhaps in commodities. There is no other information 
than given by the records of these actions concerning their transac- 
tions or difficulties. That relating to the action for defamation, shows 
that the court also directed that Cleeve should make an acknowledge- 
ment of his offense when the court shall appoint, which it ordered to 
be in presence of the court and at Casco the next public town meeting. 
Two of the five judges of the county court, count)^ of York, into 
which was erected the portion of Maine deemed to be a part of Mass- 
achusetts Bay colony, were Robert Jordan and Henry Jocelyn; the 
others were of the Gorges faction. It is quite apparent that Cleeve 
might well expect from the court, the bent of two of whose judges it 
was to humiliate and harry their old time opponent, nothing less than 
the annoyances he put up with. There is no better illustration of 
their determination in this matter, and of the crude notions of law pre- 
vailing, than is afforded by the following incident : At this term of 
court as the record reads — "Mr. George Cleeves presented for deny- 
ing to vote for magistrate and saying that if the people would vote for 
Mis Clark to be a witch he would vote." 

In his biography of Cleeve, Mr. Baxter's version as to the import 
of the foregoing is, that Cleeve declared he would as soon vote for 


Miss Clark to be a witch as to vote for Jordan to be a magistrate. 
And for making this statement Cleeve was indicted. 

Jordan was a judge of the court until sometime in the year 1662. 
It is hardly thought that the animus of this man toward Cleeve, as 
consonant with his character, whether as a judge or in other capacity, 
would only permit him to charge Cleeve or incite others to bring 
charges against him, with or for anything less than he was guilty; at 
most, the court record furnishes nothing worse than that Cleeve 
was charged with assault and battery. Of little purpose is all we 
read in the record of this court to prove that he was turbulent, quar- 
relsome or litigious. We now have twenty-eight years of his life 
before us and by the evidence it furnishes, not only is it disproved 
that he was either turbulent, quarrelsome or litigious, but also it is 
proved per contra. 

The record of this term of court tells us yet another tale; and, at 
this point it is apropos for relating. 

Cleeve promptly brought action against Jordan for disturbing his 
possession on the Neck, for asserting title thereto under the Trelawney 
grant. Of necessity he had to bring the action in the court, of which 
Jordan, himself, was one of the judges, and the result was what was 
to be expected of that tribunal. Also Cleeve was compelled to com- 
mence more than one suit against Jordan, in all of which he was 
defeated. It will serve no purpose to give any further account of the 
proceedings than to relate one or two matters connected therewith of 
particular import. In these several actions brought by Cleeve, judg- 
ment for costs was given for Jordan; execution issued and levy was 
made upon Cleeve's household goods, and possession was taken of 
his house to satisfy the judgment which was for a small amount. It 
may be wondered at that, unless he were in sad straits financially, 
Cleeve would have suffered matters to proceed so far. We have his 
account of the affair which will appear at the proper place. 

It would be a tight corner that George Cleeve could not .squeeze 
out of. Over a quarter of a centur}- prior to the time we are now 
writing of, this same Jordan wrote Trelawney that Cleeve "is wel 
nigh able to deceave the wisest brain." There was no occasion to 
work deception then nor was there any occasion to practice it in 
1660 and later. Straightforward work will most surely confound an 
opponent of the Jordan stamp, which, with a lucky turn of the wheel 
of fortune that always came for the ould Cleeve at the opportune 
time, will occasion the reverend gentleman to have more business 
to attend in Boston and elsewhere than will well serve his present 
purposes. No appeal would lie from the count}- court's judgment. 
Cleeve desired but a hearing before an impartial court; he rightly 
attributed his failure to win his cause to Jordan being one of the 
judges. Though he had no right of appeal he had the right to 
petition for redress the great and holy general court of the colony 
of Massachusetts Bay, and this he did do, on May 24, 1661. Jordan 
did not appear before the committee of the general court appointed 
to investigate the matter. Cleeve again petitioned the general court 
probably in the fall of 1662. That portion of the petition of material 
interest reads : — 

"Thirdly. Mr. Robert Jordan, having recovered the said action 
against me, takes forth the executive against me for it, as also for 


the cost of the court aforesaid, all of which with charges extending 
did amount unto the sum of 17 pounds or thereabouts, as appears by 
the constable's testimony, who levied it on my house and household 
goods and cow. 

Fourthly. Mr. Robert Jordan, having soe recovered and 
extended as aforesaid, notwithstanding did not expel me mj^ house 
nor took possession of it, but took my word and engagement to pay 
him the just sum due to him by virtue of the said judgments, which 
accordingly I did pay unto him. Notwithstanding which I having 
given him under ni}' hand that the house and goods should remain 
as his till the sum were paid. And though I paid it fully, yet at a 
court of Associates (county court) in March last (himself being one 
of the Associates) he sued me again for delivery of m}^ house, goods 
and cow and recovered against me, and hath taken them from me 
and holds them, the house being prized but at 8 pounds which but a 
little before cost me 60 pounds. 

Sixthl)^ At the same court of Associates in March last, having 
again recovered my house, cow, bed and bolster and bed clothes, my 
brewing kettle, pot and other goods, obtains an execution (on another 
judgment) directed to the constable's deputj^ to possess him the said 
Jordan of the said house and goods, and commanded the constable's 
deputy — being his own creature — to throw out all my other goods, 
as apparel, chests, trunks and provisions, out of doors, who so acted to 
the spoiling and breaking of many of my things, and whereby I lost 
much of my goods and writings and apparel of my wife's and many 
other things, to my damage more than one hundred pounds sterling. 
And more to vex and grieve me, he brought with him one of his own 
men to assist the constable's deputy, who was stark drunk, taking 
my kettle and pott being full or worte for beere ready to tun up, and 
threw it about the house and carried away the said kettle and pot 
and detaineth them to this day, being contrary to the law in such 
cases provided. And further to increase my grief he requested his 
drunken man (perhaps John Guy) and deputy constable to go into 
my wife's chamber where she was laid on her bed and very sick, who 
in a barbarous manner pulls her from off her bed and takes her bed 
from under her and the bed clothes and carries all away, m}^ wife 
being no less than four score years and seven years of age ; and all 
this done after a warrant of attachment was served upon the said 
house, goods and cow by said deputy constable under the hand of 
Mr. Edward Rishworth, one of the associates requiring the said 
house and goods to be responsible to answer my action of review to 
be tried at the next court of Associates, where, in truth I have but 
small hopes of good success in my suits against him, he being one of 
them and one that boldly said, let them if they durst, find anything 
against him. My suspicion being the greater for that I proved at the 
last court that I had paid Mr. Jordan twenty pounds towards the two 
executions to purchace my peace for the present, until I might by 
some review or complaint redress mj^ wrong, for all of which I had no 
allowance by any order of court, * * * so that Mr. Jordan detaineth 
from me wrongfully my goods and two cows, being all the cattle I 
had for my subsistence for the present, and hath proffered to sell my 
house to any that would buy it, and all this for the purpose to starve 
and ruin me and my family." 



The foregoing is one of the principal sources of information 
about Cleeve that we have, and many are the deductions that have 
been drawn from his statements contained in this petition. If 
accepted literally, the conclusion is warranted that Cleeve was in 
very straitened conditions financially. But it is nothing more than 
a specimen of very good pleading, wherein the absence of order and 
justice is well kept to the forefront, to invoke the interference in behalf 
of the pleader, the authority of the general court. In the proper 
connection is mentioned all the depredations committed upon him by 
Jordan in the name of the law. Not more of particulars are omitted 
by him in this instance than did Jordan omit to set forth in his 
account against the Trelawney estate, which, among many items, 
included an unpaid legacy of some odd pounds to Winter bequeathed 
to him by Trelawney. Cleeve dwells upon the wanton waste of the 
beer "ready to tun up." The loss of the beer was what sorely 
grieved him ; little did he care for its value, but well did he know 
how the enumeration of such act of mere spoliation at the close of his 
well stated causes of action, coupled with the relation of the outrage 
upon his old, helpless wife, would excite inquiry as to the actual con- 
ditions, and afford him some measure of relief and justice. 

Upon reading that Jordan was successful in the suit with Cleeve, 
the desire arises to know upon what evidence Jordan could have 
relied to show title in himself to land which Cleeve was adjudged 
entitled to by a court of competent jurisdiction nearly twenty years 
before. It will be remembered that Jordan claimed title through 
Trelawney. One of the instruments upon which he relied to give 
color to his pretension that the Neck was included in the Trelawney 
grant, was a certificate by the judges made in 1642 when Cleeve was 
in England, concerning whom Winter wrote Trelawney that they 
were about to view the lands in question and whom he would attend 
"God willinge." It reads: — 

"That which Mr. Cleeves and the jury (trial of Cleeve vs. Win- 
ter, 1640) took for Casco river to be but a creek into which we saw 
but one little brook to run ; but the other (Presumpscot river) which 
Mr. Trelawne}^ takes for Casco river to be the river. It hath its issue 
out of a great pond named Sabadock ; the river is of a reasonable 
depth and breadth ; by relation of the ancient inhabitants and natives 
ever to have been called Casco river." The certificate was signed by 
Thomas Gorges, Henry Jocelyn and Richard Vines, — with what 
reluctance by the first named, we can fairly well imagine. 

In this connection is recalled that Sir Ferdinando had sold the 
land on the Neck to Cleeve in 1636; in 1642 'he testified (by his 
letter to his commissioners), in effect, that the Neck was included in 
the grant to Trelawney (of Cape Elizabeth) by the Plymouth com- 
pany. Yet in 1635 Trelawney had purchased from Sir Ferdinando 
land lying on the coast northerly of said grant and between it and 
Casco river, and it is northerly of the river that the Neck lies. Sir 
Ferdinando and Trelawney had determined the matter to their ends 
and purposes, in England, and the former had issued his orders to 
his commissioners. They reckoned without their opponent. 

If, in the light of the information which the foregoing certificate 
furnishes as to the design of Sir Ferdinando and Robert Trelawney, 
M. P., to deprive Cleeve of his land by a device of a judicial proceed- 


ings to accord with the proprietor's instruction to that end, to his 
commissioners, whatever the facts, there can blame rest upon George 
Cleeve for the course taken by him to circumvent Gorges and 
Trelawney, it will be confessed that no better proof is obtainable of 
his honorability in the matter. Sir Ferdinando had quite dictatorial 
powers conferred upon him b}' charter from the crown for the govern- 
ing of his province of Maine, and in this instance he exercised them 
b}- directing to be set aside a judgment of a court of the province, 
and substituting in lieu of judges his mandatories, and in lieu of law 
his positive commands, to further his own and Robert Trelawnej^'s 
private interests. To the honor of Thomas Gorges, let it be recorded, 
that he refused to act as a mandatory until he received the most 
positive direction; then acted thereupon, and left the province. 

One of the effects consequent upon the failure of Cleeve to win 
his cause of action against Jordan, was to give rise to feelings of 
unrest and disquietude upon the part of the grantees of Cleeve rela- 
tive to the validit}' of their title to the land which they had purchased 
from him; in one or two instances parties secured deeds from Jordan 
to such lands. The grantees of Cleeve in Ma}-, 1660, petitioned the 
general court for some measure of relief. About the same time the 
followers of Jordan forwarded to the general court a protest to the 
selection of Cleeve and another to some representative capacity by 
the general court, in which it was recited that Cleeve had been 
accused of forgerj^ and was on record for breach of oath. This state- 
ment clearly had reference to the proceedings in the court held at 
Saco in 1645 to give Vines a certificate of good character. Mr. 
Willis, the historian, observed that the protest showed on what terms 
Cleeve lived with a part of the settlers. It can but be wondered at 
that Cleeve managed to live with them on any terms. Did the peti- 
tion show the terms on which Jordan lived with the signers thereto? 
The latter were Cleeve's neighbors, settlers on the Neck and on land 
bordering Casco ba3^ It is noticeable that not a person who signed 
the petition, signed the protest of the Jordan faction. Thus there is 
instanced the state of affairs, the fury of factional and personal strife 
which followed the orderly, and peaceful government when the people 
were ruled by the aged Deputy President. Right well does the 
changed condition demonstrate the firmness and justice of George 
Cleeve as a governor and his capabilitj^ and strength of character 
and purpose as a man. 

It is quite clear that the petition and protest were but moves on 
the part of Cleeves and Jordan respectively, in their legal contest. 
No change in civil conditions or property rights had taken place as 
the outcome of the decision of the court of associates, or of the peti- 
tion or protest, and thus things stood in ver}' bad state when the 
eventful ^-ear of 1662 runs its course. Charles II is on the throne 
now, and loyal Jocelyn and Jordan imagine a great future in store 
for themselves. During that year an effort is made against the 
authority of the Massachusetts Bay colony. At the head of the 
opposition in the eastern part of the province are the two, and their 
supporters in Casco without exception are the signers of the protest. 
Their purpose was to set up a government under the proprietorship 
of Sir Ferdinando's heir. Thus Fortune plays into the hand of 
George Cleeve. In that year he was elected a commissioner for Fal- 


mouth and his neighbor and fellow-partisan, George Munjo}-, is 
elected judge of the associate court. For the first time since its 
organization that court is not controlled by Jordan and his partisans. 

Trouble ahead there is sure enough for the Massachusetts Bay 
colony, and to whom does it look to maintain its authority in the 
province of Maine — York county as it is called? To whom, but to 
George Cleeve. Past the ninetieth year of his age he is now prob- 
ably, but as active and keen and alert as in the prime of hfe. What 
an interesting time the reverend gentleman will have when Cleeve 
gets his guns into place all along the line! Plenty of time will he 
have to meditate in silence, to calculate the value of "beer ready to 
tun up." Not only disloyalty to Massachusetts Bay colony but also 
slandering its divines, is the reverend gentleman guilty of and must 
answer for. 

Cleeve fully advised the authorities of the Bay colony of the 
movements and plans of the partisans of Gorges. Under date of 
November 24, 1662, he wrote them of the furtherance of their plans 
to such perfection as the issuance of appointment to office of people 
in the several towns, in particular the appointment of John Guy as 
constable, whose commission by accident came into the possession 
of Cleeve; that he, himself, had read to the congregation at Casco, 
the order of the general court and how at other places where the 
partisans of Gorges were in the ascendency, its order had been sup- 
pressed, and in lieu thereof had been read the king's letter to Gorges 
upon which was founded the authority of Joceljm and others to 
organize another government and set up the authority of Gorges as 
proprietor and of themselves as magistrates under his appointment. 
Well does he know the vantage ground of the Bay colony in having 
its authority established and recognized in the province. So, espe- 
cially does he call attention to the necessity of having a full set of 
officers duly sworn, of having the full number of judges of the asso- 
ciate court duh' sworn; that there are two judges in open rebellion; that 
Mr. Munjoy, the new member, has not been sworn, — must be sworn 
for there may be great need of a court, he states. "Now I desire to 
know whether I may not administer the oath unto him," are his 
exact words; and cannot there be two persons appointed as judges in 
lieu of the rebellious two? Certainly Cleeve does not forget the 
reverend gentleman of whom he writes, will probably with Jocelyn, 
"come to our town to see what they can do there, but my care shall 
be to defeate there purposes in what I ma}^" This much only for 
Jordan, for Jocelyn is the active one, is doing and saying many 
things for a purpose. Of his talk worth the relating is that "two 
great friggots' ' are to be sent by the king to compel the colony to 
5'ield the province to Gorges; "but" writes Cleeve, "I believe the 
ships are not yet built." This long letter he closes with another 
a^im concerning Jocelyn; that he "doth trumpet abroad that there 
are many discontented in Boston and to the westward, about the 
king's letter;" that is, Jocelyn seeks to impress the people of the 
province with the view that the people of the Bay colony are much 
divided on the question of retaining possession of the province of 
Maine. Accordingly Cleeve admonishes the authorities to be on 
their guard, as Jocelyn is to "raise a faction amongst us if not 
tymely prevented. * * * Who knoweth how great a flame a littell fire 


may kindell?" Thus he warns the officials of the Bay colony 
against the danger and assures them that he will maintain their 
government in the province. 

The general court at once took steps to squelch the rebellion in 
Maine. Jocelyn and other leaders were arrested for renouncing 
their allegiance to the Bay colony. The Rev. Mr. Jordan was deemed 
guilty of other offenses. He was an Episcopalian clergyman, was 
outspoken in his opposition to the Independent church and denounced 
in unsparing terms the saints, divines, and the civil officials of the 
Bay colou)^ — greater crimes in the estimation of said officials and 
ministers than were his acts of rebellion. At the July term of the 
court in 1662, he was tried on six indictments: for saying that Rev. 
John Cotton (dead for twenty years) was a liar, had died with "a lie 
in his mouth," had gone "to hell with a pack of lies;" for calling 
the governor of the Bay colony a rogue, and others of its officials 
"traitors and rebels against the king;" for "swearing commonly by 
the eternal God;" the fourth charge was for "breach of oath of a free- 
man" and of fidelity taken to the government of the Bay colony, as 
to which offense the record of the court reads — "Mr. Jordan his 
actions make manifest the truth of this charge." Also he was tried 
for being "an usual liar and for raising and fomenting lies," and the 
court record reads — "Proved." Among the witness against him 
were George Cleeve and Anthony Brackett. To Boston was taken the 
reverend gentleman and lodged in jail. The punishment was not new 
to him, for he was confined in the jail at Boston in the year 1654. It 
has not been learned what was his supposed offense or where he had 
committed it; in 1654 he was a citizen of Ligonia. 

With Jordan in jail and Cleeve a member of the general court, 
there was a prospect of the latter securing some measure of relief on 
his petition, from the judgments rendered against him in the county 
court, of which Jordan, at the time, was one of its judges. Fast and 
furious were the blows which the ould Cleeve had struck. Jordan 
had met with about the same success as had other persons in attacks 
on Cleeve. As to what was the relief Cleeve secured on his petition 
there is no certainty; it appears that the matters in difference 
between him and Jordan, were referred by the general court to the 
county court for further proceedings; the records of the county court 
do not disclose their outcome; the records for the July term in 1664, 
held at York, show pending between Cleeve and Jordan two actions; 
one brought by Cleeve for damages, the other by Jordan "for detain- 
ing a hog." In each suit there was default by both parties. It is 
inferred that they had adjusted their difference, perhaps by arbitra- 
tion; that Cleeve secured about all that had been taken from him, had 
recovered damages and one hog in excess. Otherwise the writer is 
unable to account as to how one of Jordan's hogs managed to get on 
the north side of Casco river. No further attempt was made by jK/t 
dan to contest the title of Cleeve to any of his grants; he never s.'* 
ceeded in acquiring possession of any land on the Neck. 

Jordan, Jocelyn and their associates had miscalculated in that 
the province of Maine would be restored to the heir of Gorges. In 
1664, commissioners from the king arrived in Boston, and in 1665, 
they organized a government for Maine independent of the Bay colo- 
ny and Gorges, who were rival claimants as proprietors of the 


province; this government lasted until 1668, when it <; ^llapsed for 
want of partisans to sustain it. In 1665, Cleeve with others living in 
Falmouth signed a petition to the crown setting forth the several rea- 
sons why the government by the Bay colony should be restored over 
the province and continued. Certainly there was no catering upon 
his part for favors; he knew not how to be either deceitful or 
ungrateful. However, he appears to have gotten along fairly well 
with the new government; his purposes were well served by any gov- 
ernment that let him alone and what rightfully belonged to him. 

Cleeve had a servant, Thomas Greensledge by name. Not every 
person about the bay was able to own a servant; hence, it is inferred 
that Cleeve was not so straitened in a financial way as some have 
thought that he was. This Thomas, probably, was a convivial soul, 
dearly loved his aged master and was in turn loved by him; had 
troubles of his own, did this Thomas, which imbroiled him with the 
ofl&cers of the law, as is to be inferred from the following taken from 
the records of the term of court held in July, 1666. "Mr. George 
Cleeves binds himself in a bond of ^20 with our soverign lord, the 
king, to be of good behavior towards all men, especially towards such 
who at any time shall be ordered by authority to inflict punishment 
upon his servant, Thomas Greensledge, for. his disobedience or 

No person who had befriended Cleeve even in his old age, had 
cause to complain, when in trouble, of indifference on his part. 
Cleeve was past the age of ninety years in 1666. It is probable that 
he had shielded Greensledge from arrest on some trivial charge; 
hence, the bond. 

Again we find mention of his name in the records of the Novem- 
ber term of the court, year 1666, as plaintiff in a suit to recover on 
account. No later public record of the time affords further informa- 
tion concerning him. It is thought that he died soon after Novem- 
ber, 1666. 

Cleeve, perhaps, was irascible and quick tempered, and on occa- 
sions used harsh language. It was his lot to become involved in the 
most trying of all affairs connected with business, that of intermina- 
ble litigation, and to have for opponents unscrupulous men of means 
and power. That he should lose his temper and soundly berate them 
and theirs, are nothing to be surprised at. He was inclined to live in 
peace with his neighbors, and he had a very quarrelsome and greedy 
few among them. That he was neither quarrelsome nor litigious, is 
shown by the fact that for the twelve years under Rigby's proprietary 
government he was at peace with all men, and during those years 
there was no person in the province who had more power and influ- 
ence than he. When he had succeeded in establishing the govern- 
ment of Rigby, instead of harrying his opponents, he at once associ- 
ated Jordan and Jocelyn with him in governing the province. Cleeve 
was never justly charged with deserting a friend, nor is it true that 
he was treacherous or ungrateful. On the contrary, he was entirely 
trustworthy and honorable in all his dealings. 

As a specimen of what Cleeve could do in the line of berating, 
the following is submitted: In 1663, one Francis Small was indicted 
for saying "in open court that Mr. George Cleeve was a traitor & 
that he would prove that sd Cleeve sayd that ye king was an Athist, 


a papist anc a dammed wretch in hell, with other uncivil speeches." 
In the record of the court one can read — "It was proved in court 
that Mr. Cleeve so spake." Charles I was "ye king." There is still 
some doubt as to what place he did go. Also the records show that 
in 1641 it was directed that Cleeve should "christianly acknowl- 
edge" his fault for having spoken (some eight years prior) of the 
wife of John Winter as a drunken woman, before the court, and 
"afterward to Mrs. Winter." Action was brought for slander, but 
no damages were assessed. 

W^e know his life full well from the time he came to America, 
and knowing so many good and noble things of him, we can reason- 
ably overlook his faults, such as we have learned of. Of his earlier 
life or of his ancestry, nothing has been discovered. He was prob- 
ably past the age of fifty-five years when he came to America in 1630. 

It can be truthfully said of him that for native ability, no man in 
the province surpassed him; for honorability in his dealings and for 
steadfastness of principle and purpose, no man in the province was 
his peer. 

In 18S3, an elegant granite monument was erected to the mem- 
ory of George Cleeve, on the eastern slope of Munjoy Hill at the 
eastern terminus of Congress street. It is the gift of Payson Tucker, 
Esq., to the city of Portland. 

Two hundred fifty years ago, near its site, perhaps could be seen 
on a clear and pleasant day, the herculean form of the man in whose 
memory the monument is erected, with hand shading his brow as he 
strained his vision to see the limits of his vast domain which bor- 
dered on the most beautiful of all of the island-gemmed bays on the 
coast of Maine. In the present time, there are few successive minutes 
in a day when descendants of his are not passing over its waters to and 
from his beloved Casco. As they glide over the bay, if they choose, 
they can see where, or near to where, he stood and looking, also may 
honor his memory with a thought. Let them think of him as Port- 
land's first settler. If to this they object because the distinction 
was by chance, then let them think of him as the Deputy President 
of lyigonia. If this does not please them for the reason that the hon- 
or was but the gift of his fellow-men, then let them think of him as 
the George Cleeve who "would be tenant to never a man in New 

The Christian name of his wife was Joan. Nothing is known as 
to her ancestry. From a statement made by her husband, it appears 
that she was eighty-seven years old in 1662. Cleeve had one child, 
Elizabeth, who married Michael Mitton about 1637, in which year it 
is thought that he, Cleeve's wife and daughter arrived in America. 
Mitton came from a very ancient and honorable family in England, 
where to-day the name is not uncommon. He found America much 
to his liking; game and fish there were in abundance. Nor did he 
miss the sport of relating a good stor)^ as the following shows: 

"One, Mr. Mitton, relating of a triton or merman which he saw 
in Casco bay. The gentleman is a great fowler and used to go out 
with a small canoe, and fetching a compass about a small island, 
there being many islands in the bay, for the advantage of a shot, he 
encountered with a triton, who laying his hand upon the side of the 


canoe had one of them chopped off with a hatchet by Mr. Mitton, 
which in all respects was like the hand of a man. The triton pres- 
ently sunk, dying the water with his purple blood and was seen no 
more" (see Jocelyn's Voyages). 

This adventure was supposed to have occurred earlier than 1639. 
During that year it was related to the tenderfoot voyager, John 
Jocelyn, brother of Henry Jocelyn of Black Point, with sly nods and 
winks to the others present who, in their turn, were to relate similar 
yarns, each to do his best and make his wonder surpass the others; 
all of which Jocelyn faithfully records and serves to his readers in 
a chapter "On Wonders." Not the least of them is, when, on the 
morning of September 24, 1639, the guest parted with his gentlemen 
friends who had assembled at Richmond island, and sailed for Massa- 
chusetts, thence to England, and Captain Thomas Wonerton of Pis- 
cataqua, "drank to me a pint of kill devil, alias rhum at a draught." 
The gentleman of the triton adventure was not the one to miss the 
bout. He watched the "Fellowship" on which stood Jocelyn waving 
his farewell, until it was lost to his view; then with gun and canoe he 
pursued his way to the mouth of Casco river and up its waters he 
paddled his course to the forest shaded cottage on its bank. 

Mitton was a large land owner. In May, "1650, he became the 
owner of Peaks island under a grant from Alexander Rigby, and in 
January, 1650, of one hundred acres adjoining his dwelling house 
which Mitton "had possessed for ten years." Cleeve deeded to him 
in May, 1658, a tract on the northeast side of Casco river "to begin 
at the now dwelling house of said Mitton" which extended to Back 
cove and included the upper portion of the Neck. These several 
tracts except the one of a hundred acres, were recovered by the Mitton 
heirs, and include the portion of Portland owned by the Bracketts in 
a later day. As early as February, 1651, Cleeve contemplated the 
deeding to Mitton of all his large estate in Falmouth "now in posses- 
sion of me the said Cleeve and other of my tenants;" a part consider- 
ation was that Mitton was to maintain, provide and care for Cleeve 
and his wife. At the time Cleeve had parted with but little of his 
land. His intention was not only to confer upon Mitton all his land, 
but also all his personal property, "cattle as well as cows and calves 
and steers and swine, young and old." Cleeve was well adv^anced in 
years and looked to a life of repose for the remainder of his days. 
However, he changed his plans to good purpose and for just cause it 
is thought; a life of repose he never led. It does not appear that 
Cleeve deeded to Mitton any considerable portion of his estate until 
after Falmouth became a part of the Bay colony, at which time 
Cleeve disposed of quite all of his lands. 

There has been considerable discussion as to where was Mitton's 
place of residence. P'rom what Mr. William Willis wrote, it would 
appear that he always lived on the Neck. Other evidence shows that 
he resided for a time on the southerly side of Casco river, on the 
Widgery farm in Cape Elizabeth. The deed to Mitton by Rigby in 
January, 1650, of land adjoining Mitton's dwelling house which he 
had "occupied for ten years," would indicate that he had lived on 
the southerly side of Casco river for that period. Rigby owned no 
land on the Neck, hence it is thought that Mitton could not have 
dwelt on the Neck during those ten years. The deed of one hundred 



acres which he made to Mitton in January, 1650, was not at Clark's 
point, as has been stated by some writers, but was on the southerly 
side of Casco river. Mitton probably had lived on that side of the river 
on land claimed by the Rev. Mr. Jordan, perhaps a tract granted to 
Mitton by Cleeve as agent for Rigby. In August 1660, Mitton released 
to Jordan all claims to land which he had on the southerly side of the 
river, in consideration of Jordan releasing such title to him as Jordan 
claimed to have in lands on the Neck deeded by Cleeve to Mitton. 
However, it is thought that about 1658, when Cleeve deeded to Mitton 
the large tract on the upper part of the Neck, Mitton removed to 
that tract to reside. By deposition made March 9, 1 731-2, Josiah 
Wallis, then of Gloucester, Mass., formerly of Falmouth, Me., age 
seventy years, stated that about fifty-three or fifty-four years ago he 
"very well remembers a certain dwelling house on Sandy Point on 
the northern side of Fore river in said Falmouth, in which Thomas 
Brackett dwelt, which was said formerlj^ to be the house of Michael 
Mitton, and I was very well acquainted with the bounds of the said 
Michael Mitton's land in Falmouth * * * ." 

Mitton was probably an Episcopalian. Under Gorges' proprie- 
tary government, established in 1639, he was appointed to the ofiice 
of constable for Falmouth. He died between August 25, 1660, and 
October 7, 1661. His widow married a Mr. Harvey of whom little is 
known. She lived for a time in Boston; about 1680 resided with her 
daughter, Elizabeth Clark, and died in 1681. 

Mitton, by his wife, Elizabeth Cleeve, had five daughters and one 
son. Ann, who married Captain Anthony Brackett, was probably 
the oldest; in 163 1, as a witness, she signed a deed made by her 
grandfather, George Cleeve, to her father. Sarah married James 
Andrews, born in Saco in 1635, son of Samuel; he was of I^ondon 
and died in 1638; his widow married Arthur Macworth of Falmouth. 
James survived his wife Sarah, and married a second time; during 
the Indian wars he removed to Boston; his son James married in 
Boston, his cousin, Elinor Brackett, daughter of Capt. Anthony and 
wife Ann Mitton, and died before 1705. Martha Mitton married 
John Grove; he first lived in Kittery, Me.; about 171 2, he removed to 
Rhode Island; was a Quaker. Elizabeth Mitton was born in 1644. 
In 1735, she was living in Boston and made a deposition in which it 
is recited that she was ninety years old. About 1662, she married 
Lieutenant Thaddeus Clark; he had a fair education; held several 
important civil positions and accepted office under Andross; was asso- 
ciated with the Tyng-Davis faction; was killed in May, 1690, while 
gallantly leading a charge on the French and Indians at Falmouth. 
Their daughter, Elizabeth Clark, married Colonel Edward Tyng, a 
member of Andross' council; he was captured by the French, carried 
to France where he died; daughter, Elizabeth Tyng, married a brother 
of Dr. Franklin; other children were Edward, Jonathan and Mary. 
Mary Mitton, who married Thomas Brackett, was perhaps the young- 
est daughter. Nathaniel Mitton, Jr., was killed by the Indians at 
the house of Captain Anthony Brackett, August 11, 1676; he was 



Nearly all persons by the name of Brackett who reside in the 
States of Maine and New Hampshire, and persons residing elsewhere 
whose forefathers of that name lived in either of those States, descend 
from the immigrant, Anthony Brackett of Portsmouth. In 1640, he, 
with several others who lived in the present limits of Portsmouth, or 
in the vicinity, signed a deed for a glebe; he settled in New Hampshire 
several years prior to 1640. There is also mention of a William 
Brackett as a settler near Portsmouth at as early, if not at an earlier, 
time than is known that Anthony Brackett came to America. 
Whether William and Anthony Brackett are identical in person, or 
whether Anthony was son of William, or was any kin to him, are 
matters of speculation and conjecture.- The uncertainty, or lack of 
certainty, upon these subjects, as well as pertaining to the time and 
in what capacity, Anthony Brackett came to America, make of inter- 
est in these connections, the early history of the first settlement in 
New Hampshire, as it sheds all the light we have on these questions; 
also said history is of interest to us, as at the place where the settle- 
ment was made, Anthony Brackett there dwelt all his life from the 
time of his coming to America, a period of over fifty-five years. 

One David Thomson, a Scotchman, in the spring of 1623, made 
the first permanent settlement in New Hampshire, at a place called 
Little Harbor, near the mouth of the Piscataqua river, on its south 
side. In the year 1622, he entered into an agreement with some mer- 
chants of Plymouth, England, who had obtained a lease for a term o 
five years, of a tract at the mouth of the Piscataqua river as a site for 
fisheries, to superintend their enterprise, and during the following 
year, in the bark "Jonathan," came to America with the men in the 
employ of the merchants. At I^ittle Harbor he erected fish-stages 
and built a house; remained there during the term of the lease; then 
removed to the island in Boston harbor, which bears his name, and 
died there in the year 1628. When is considered that there is proof, 
by tradition, that the early immigrant Bracketts were Scotchmen, the 
fact is of moment that the leader of the first colonists to New Hamp- 
shire who settled where Anthony Brackett lived, was himself a 
Scotchman, and gives rise to the conjecture that the first Brackett in 
America came as early as 1623, with Thomson. 

Soon after, or about the time of the departure of Thomson from 
Little Harbor, the enterprise passed into the hands of the Laconia 
Company, an unincorporated association, of which Sir Ferdinand© 
Gorges and Capt. John Mason were members. Its patent from the 
council of the New England company bears date November 17, 1629. 


The company sent to America in the bark "Warwick," which sailed 
from London the last of March, 1630, and arrived at the Piscataqua 
river the first of June following, colonists with Captain Walter Neal 
as governor. They took possession of the works and house at Little 
Harbor. At Strawberry bank, within the limits of the city of Ports- 
mouth, was erected in 1632 a large frame house sometimes referred to as 
the manor house. The enterprise was not a financial success for the 
proprietors; there were charges of bad faith as to the conduct of the 
stewards or superintendents; at the end of the third year the Laconia 
company decided to suspend further operations until Captain Neal 
returned to England and reported the condition of its affairs in Amer- 
ica. Neal left for England in August, 1633. His report to the com- 
pany was followed by proceedings to wind up its affairs, and its 
factor, Ambrose Gibbons, was directed to discharge the hands and 
pay them off in beaver. John Mason appears to have secured the in- 
terests of the Laconia company and the control of the enterprise at 
the mouth of the Piscataqua. In 1634, he sent over more hands. 
The lines of business engaged in were fishing, manufacturing salt, 
potash, kimber and pipe staves. There is mention of Mason having 
sent to the colony in 1634, a saw mill, and one was erected on the 
easterly side of the river in the present limits of Maine. In the house 
at Strawberry bank resided Thomas Wonerton, one of the members 
of the Laconia company and a superintendent for Mason. Edward 
Godfrey, who had charge of the fisheries, occupied the house at 
Little Harbor. It does not appear that any more men were sent to 
the colony by Mason, who died in 1635. His widow sent in 1638, as 
her agent, Francis Norton, but it is not mentioned that additional 
men came with him. 

The plantation did not pay expenses; the estate of Mason was in- 
debted to the servants, laborers and overseers for services; at so low 
an ebb were affairs and so poor were the prospects, that Norton was 
instructed to notify the people to shift for themselves. The employ- 
ees seized upon all the property, divided the cattle and other personal 
effects, each taking in proportion to his claim and what else he 
could; portions of the land were also allotted among them. 

When, in 1634, Mason sent a force of employees to the planta- 
tion, it came in charge of Francis Williams, who w^as appointed gov- 
ernor of the colony; he was chosen by the colonist as their gov- 
ernor when the widow^ of Mason, about 1638, dismissed them from her 

The other settlements in the State at the period, were in the lim- 
its of the then towns of Dover, Hampton and Exeter; each had its 
respective government and were in no way dependent upon or associ- 
ated with one another or with other colony. Separately by its choice, 
each of these colonies submitted to the jurisdiction of the colony of 
Massachusetts Bay, became towns belonging to and a part of that 
colony. The last thus to lose its identity was the Mason colony 
at the mouth of the Piscataqua; its territor^^ included the present 
towns of Rye, New Castle, part of Newdngton, Portsmouth and a 
part of Greenland. 

There is extant a list of names purporting to be of those persons 
whom Mason sent to his plantation as his "stewards and servants." 
There are fifty-one names in the list and one of them is William 


Brackett. They are as follows: Walter Neal, steward; Ambrose 
Gibbons, steward; Thomas Comack, William Raymond, Francis 
Williams, George Vaugli, Thomas Wonerton, steward; Francis Nor- 
ton, steward; Sampson Lane, steward; Henry Jocelyn, steward; 
Reginald Furnald, surgeon; Ralph Gee, Henry Gee, William Cooper, 
WiUiam Chadborn, Ffrancis Matthews, Humphrey Chadborn, Wil- 
liam Chadborn, Jr., Francis Rand, James Johnson, Ant. Ellins, 
Henry Baldwin, Thomas Spencer, Thomas Fural, Tliomas Herd, 
Thomas Chatherton, John Crowther, John Williams, Roger Knight, 
Henry Sherburn, John Goddard, Thomas Furnald, Thomas Withers, 
Thomas Canney, John Symonds, John Penley, William Seavy, Wil- 
liam Berry, Henry Langstaff, Jeremy Walford, James Wall, William 
Brokin, Thomas Walford, Thomas Moor, Joseph Beal, Hugh James, 
Alexander Jones, John Ault, William Bracket, James Newt, eight 
Danes and twenty-two women. 

"Stewards and servants" as used by the author of the list, do 
not mean persons of service, but employees of Mason, his overseers 
and workmen. Nor were all the persons mentioned sent to America 
by Mason. Neal, Joyclyn, Vaughn, Gibbons, Comack, Wonerton, 
Godfrey, Raymond, and the Chadbourns were in the province prior 
to 1633, in the employ of the Laconia company as factors, superin- 
tendents and overseers. At Little Harbor, prior to 1633, were em- 
ployed William Cooper, Roger Knight and wife, Ralph Gee, a boy 
and William Dernit (the latter not mentioned in the list) . Under 
date of July 13, 1633, Gibbons, who resided at Newichawanock 
(Berwick, Me.) on the east side of the river, wrote Captain Mason 
that Wonerton "hath charge of the- house at Pascatawa" (Little 
Harbor) and had with him Williams, Cooper, et al, mentioned above. 
It thus appears that Wonerton assumed the charge of affairs at Little 
Harbor on the departure of Godfrey. In this letter Gibbons gives 
the names of the men employed under him at Newichawanock, none 
of whom appear in the list. It may be not significant of any thing; 
material, but it is noticeable that the first eighteen names of the list, 
with two possible exceptions (Francis Matthews and Henry Gee), are 
of those persons who are known to have been in the province prior to 
1633, and of four persons employed in a capacity other than laborers 
who came later than 1633, viz., Francis Williams, Francis Norton 
and probably Sampson Lane and Reginald Fernald. 

In letter under date of December 5, 1632, members of the 
Laconia company wrote Gibbons, which he did not receive until 
June 7, 1633, — "We desire to have our fisherman increased whereof 
we have written Mr. Godfrey." x\lso, under date of Mays, 1634, 
from Portsmouth, England, Captain Mason wrote Gibbons, "These 
people and provisions which I have now sent with Mr. Jocelyn are to 
sett upp two mills upon my own division of lands lately agreed upon 
betwixt our adventurers." Other men were sent to the plantation in 
1634 with Francis Williams who was appointed by Mason as governor 
of his colony. Query. Are the remaining names (after the first 
eighteen) of the list, of those persons sent over by Mason in 1634? 
If so, then it was in 1634 that William Brackett came to America. 
There is evidence, however, that Thomas Walford, one of the num- 
ber, was not sent to America by Captain Mason; a person by that 
name was in Charlestown, Mass., as early as 1628, and was expelled 



from that town in 1631 "for contempt of authority and confronting 
an ofiScer." Also, some of the persons mentioned in the list left the 
colony prior to the year 1640, in which the deed for a glebe was 
made. Neal left for England in 1633; Jocelyn was in Saco in 1637 
and Comack and Godfrey were located in Maine at as early a date. 
The evidence is certain that the list of names is nothing more, even 
if it purports to be, than of those persons who were in the colony at 
some period as early as 1630 and as late or later than 1638, some of 
whom departed before others came to the colony. The thought 
occurs in this connection, how happens it that though Anthony was 
a signer to the deed for a glebe in 1640, his name does not appear in 
the list. A comparison of the names of the persons who signed the 
deed, with those contained in the list, shows that twelve of the 
twenty of the former are not found among the latter. The inference, 
in the absence of evidence that there were accessions to the colony 
from sources other than from Mason, is, that the list is incomplete as 
to names of persons who were sent by him to the colony. Anthony 
was married about 1635; he was the head of a family in 1640. It 
will be observed from such comparison, that instances occur of the 
same surnames of persons in the list and as signers to the deed, but 
with different Christian names, as Thomas Chatterton in the' list 
Michael Chatterton. signer to the deed; Alexander Jones in the list' 
John and William Jones, signers to the deed; William Brackett 
in the list, Anthony Brackett, signer to the deed. Are we to infer 
that in these instances, particularly as to the uncommon names of 
Chatterton and Brackett, that the bearers, respectively, of these names, 
were no kin to each other? or that errors were made by the author of 
the list, in that he wrote William Brackett when he should have 
written Anthony Brackett — as Anthony was a married man prior to 
1638? Again, if said Bracketts were relatives, and also the Joneses 
and the Chattertons, respectively, were related, are we to conclude 
that those of such names appearing in the list were respectively fath- 
ers whose sons signed the deed, the fathers having died and the sons, 
in 1640 or prior, having become heads of families? It is for the 
reader to decide for himself relative to these matters; he has before 
him all the evidence obtainable bearing on the questions as to about 
when Anthony Brackett came to America and as to his relation to, 
or his identity with, William Brackett, if there were such a person in 
the colony. Respecting the latter all that is known is, that the name, 
Wilham Brackett, is given in the list; no further mention is made of 
him. If he were the father, or a relative, of Anthony, the latter did 
not name any of his children for him. The name does not occur in 
the family until later than 1750. 

The colony of Mason, known as Strawberry Bank colony (not 
called Portsmouth until 1653), came under the jurisdiction of the 
colony of Massachusetts Bay in 164 1. The negotiations to this end 
lasted about a year. Most of the settlers were Episcopalians, and 
were chary of submitting to the rule of the straight-jacket gentry of 
the Bay colony, However, as they were guaranteed the rights of 
freemen and full liberty in matters pertaining to religion, upon these 
terms the union was effected. Francis Williams was governor of the 
colony until the union and thenceforth for several years was one of 
the selectmen of the town. 


Mention has been made of the deed for a glebe; by it were con- 
veyed to the wardens of the Episcopal church for its benefit and the 
benefit of the local clergyman, fifty acres of land in Strawberry Bank 
on which then stood the church building; the land now is part of the 
city of Portsmouth. The signers to the deed were Francis Williams, 
governor, Ambrose Gibbons, assistant, William Jones, Reginald 
Fernald, ' John Crowther, Anthony Bracket, Michael Chatterton, 
John Wall, Robert Pudington, Henry Sherburne, John Langden, 
Henry Taler, John Jones, William Berry, John Pickering, John 
Billings, John Wotten, Nicholas Row, Matthew Coe and John 


Of the early history of the church little is known; at intervals, a 
clergyman for a few years served the people as their pastor. Anthony 
was a' member of the church until his death; none of its records of 
interest to us are extant, and nothing is contained in the meager 
scraps which have been preserved, relative to the history of the col- 
ony antecedent to its union with the Bay colony, that afford us any 
light as to Anthony or his family. Also, the town records of Straw- 
berry Bank (Portsmouth) from 1641 to 1649 are not extant; it is not 
known with certainty in what part of the town he resided prior to 
1649 However, the evidence we have, warrants the belief that he 
lived in the vicinity of I^ittle Harbor and the "Pascatawa" house; its 
site was on a peninsula now called Odiorne's point, formed by Little 
Harbor on the northeast and a creek on the south side; to the west 
was a large tract of salt marsh. It is mentioned that John Berry was 
the first settler within the limits of the present town of Rye, near 
Little Harbor, "followed by Seavey, Rand and Brackett," in 1635. 
It is probable that the persons named were the first to whom as col- 
onists land was allotted. It is ventured that the persons who, prior 
to 1640, located near Little Harbor, by their choice settled there, 
they having been in some capacity connected with the fisheries car- 
ried on at the place, and had their habitation there from the time of 
their coming to America; that upon the discontinuing of the fisher- 
ies they turned their attention to farming and stock raising. From 
16^9 until his death it is known that Anthony lived but a mile or so 
south of the harbor, west of Sandy beach, on or near the stream. 
Saltwater brook, and on Brackett lane, now Brackett road. It is 
traditional that he lived near the ocean. , ,j . 

In the year 1649 at a meeting of the selectmen, held August 13, 
was voted "by common consent" a grant of a lot to "Anthony 
Brakit" lying between the lands belonging to Robert Pudington and 
William' Berry "at the head of the Sandy Beach Fresh Reiver at 
the western branch thereof." , u t 

At a meeting of the inhabitants of the town held January 13, 
i6s2, a grant of thirty acres was voted to "Anthony Brackite." March 
4th following, at a town meeting the selectmen were directed at the 
next fit time^' to lay out the land "unto the people of Sandy Beach, 
vid. unto William Berry, Anthony Brackit, Thomas Sevy, Francis 
Rand and James Johnson." 4.1,^4.0 

Under date of March 17, 1653, the town records read that a 
grant was made of land near Sandy beach, by the people, unto 
James Johnson, of medow 20 ackers; unto Olliver Trimmings, 4 
ackers; unto Thomas Sevy, of medow 8 ackers, and upland 8 ackers; 


unto William Berry, of medow unto his ould hous that is by William 
Sevy's, 6 ackers; unto Anthony Brakit, upland 30 ackers adjoyninge 
unto his hous and of medow 20 ackers more; unto William Berr}^, 
from the littell creek next unto Goodman Brakits as much as shall 
amount unto ten ackers of medow between the sayd creke and the 
creeks mouth upon the south sid thearof, and 4 ackers of ***** 
wheare he hath alredy ploued upon the north sid of the creek; mor 
upland to ajoyn his house upon the necke, 26 ackers; unto James 
Rand, medow 8 ackers, upland 20 akers for a lotte." 

The foregoing discloses who were the near neighbors of Anthonj^ 
Brackett. He was granted by the town at meeting held March 20, 
1656, "50 acres more land than his former grant to join with his 
hous and to lye in such form as it may enclose his hous, so that it be 
not in any man's former grant." Also was granted to him February 
3, 1660, one hundred acres under provision approved by the people 
at town meeting granting such amount of land to each head of a 
family "who had come to dwell in the town." A further provision, 
approved at the same town meeting, was that thirteen acres of land 
should be allowed to each son in a family over the age of twentj'-one, 
to each son under that age, if married, and to each daughter over 
the age of eighteen years. Under this provision Anthonj^ Brackett, 
Jr. was granted thirteen acres and Elinor Brackett thirteen acres. 
They were children of Anthony, the immigrant. In all, our ancestor 
was granted over two hundred acres of land. The town was so 
sparsely settled at the time the grants were made, that the several 
grants to each person could adjoin one another and the whole lay in 
quite compact form. March 31, 1650, Anthony deeded land and 
buildings at Strawberry Bank (Portsmouth) to William Cotton. 
This would warrant a surmise that he had lived in Portsmouth prior 
to 1650, and when granted land in 1649 he sold his property in Ports- 
mouth and removed to Sandy beach in the same town. September 
19, 1678, he purchased land at "Sandie Beach from Henry Sher- 

He has usually been designated as "Anthony, the selectman." 
In the year 1655, at a town meeting held March 8, Anthony, Thomas 
Walford, William Seav3^ James Johnson and John Webster were 
chosen selectmen for one year. On July 10 following, three of said 
selectmen signed a warrant for collection of a tax to pa}^ the salary 
of the local minister, the Rev. Mr. Brown. Thomas Walford signed 
by mark thus, "V;" Anthony "Brakit" signed by mark thus, "A." 
In February, 1656, a meeting of the selectmen was held. Three of 
their number signed records b}- mark, James Johnson signing thus, 
"I." All the selectmen except Thomas Webster lived near Sandy 
beach. The following 3- ear one only of their number was chosen 
selectman, viz., James Johnson. Several 5'ears subsequently Anthony 
was again chosen selectman ; mention of the fact will be made in its 
proper connection. 

The extant town and parish records relative to constable rates 
for collection of taxes to pay the minister's salar}', show his name in 
the lists for the years 1677 and 1688 ; the tax, eighteen shillings, 
which he was assessed for the year 1688, is considerably in excess of 
the average amount of tax paid by other townsmen for the purpose. 
In 1666 he subscribed ^i, ids, for support of the minister. 


An industrious man with the prospect of acquiring a home 
through moderate efforts, of becoming the owner of a productive 
farm situated in a favorable locality near a civilized community, 
would have hopes of enjoying the blessings of life, of rising to some 
considerable degree of affluence and social standing. 

It is safe to venture that the life of Anthony after he settled in 
America, was happy, far happier and easier than the lot of any of 
his ancestors of whom he had knowledge. Right fortunate he could 
consider himself in being the posses.sor and owner of fertile land, part 
in natural meadow, near to the sea and in the midst of a growing 
settlement. Great were the advantages of reaping the full product 
of his labor, not only to himself but to his children whose prospects 
in life would be far better than his own, to whom he had hopes of 
leaving a fair competence. Yet he had his troubles; they began 
when the colony of Strawberry Bank in 1641, became a part of the 
colony of Massachusetts Bay. He considered that the authority of 
the Bay colony over the town, was usurped power ; that its laws were 
contrary to the laws of England. From the year 1641 the new set- 
tlers in the town were chiefly Congregationalists, immigrants from the 
Bay colony. The control of town affairs beginning about 1657, was 
exercised by a few of the wealthier class ; it charged by many of 
the old Episcopalian settlers that these few "5 or 6 of the richest men 
of the parish had ruled, swayed and ordered all offices, civil and 
military, at their pleasure;" that some of the opponents of the few 
"though a loyal subject, and some well acquainted with the laws of 
England, durst make any opposition for fear of great fines and 
imprisonment ;" that they had been under "hard servitude" from the 
few had been denied "our public meetings, the common prayer, 
sacrements and decent burial for the dead;" also had been denied 
the "benefit of freeman ;" that said few had always kept themselves 
in office "for the managing of gifts of land and settling them" where- 
by the opponents of the few "were not only disabled but also dis- 
courao-ed for continuing in the plantation;" that said few had 
"taken the greatest part of their lands in the plantation into their 
own hands' ' and other ' 'men that had been in the town for many 
years have no lands at all given them, and some that had lands given 
them " the few who controlled the town "had disowned the grants 
and laid it out to others." In 1665 when the King's commissioners 
for the settlement of affairs in the colonies, arrived m New Hamp- 
shire, to them was presented a petition signed by sixty-one of the 
settlers setting forth their hardships and grievances, and praying to 
be relieved from Puritan rule. One of the signers was Anthony 
Brackett; his signature is his name — not his mark. Perhaps he 
hadbeen taught to write by his children. _ 

Consequent upon the presenting of the petition or as a result of 
the unity of effort upon the part of its signers, the affairs of the town 
were no longer wholly controlled by the Puritan faction ; it appears 
that the old settlers dared to assert themselves. In the spring ot 
1667 Anthony was again chosen selectman. It is probable that he 
was a courageous, even-tempered, equitable-mmded person, he prop- 
er one for the position in time of strife and turmoil, with public 
pelf and spoil at stake. We are privileged to presume from the fact 
of his election to the office at this eventful period, that he was a man 


of note and standing among his townsmen, forged himself well to the 
front in time of emergency and ever stood ready with others to bear 
the misfortunes that fell to them, or with them share the weal of the 
town. No more protests or petitions do we find to 1680. In that 
year the government of the Bay colony over the province of New 
Hampshire ceased, and a government was organized for it having no 
connection with the government of any other province. The new 
government was composed of a president and council ; also an 
assembly of representatives chosen by the people of the several towns. 
Mr. John Cutts, one of the wealth}- few, whose acts w^ere the subject of 
the grievances of the petitioners of 1665, was appointed president. 
The records of the council for the j^ear 1680 show that Anthony 
Brackett, though one of the recalcitrants of 1665, was named by 
President Cutts as one of the persons of the town of Portsmouth 
qualified to vote for members of the general assembly. 

The union of all faction among the people became necessary, in 
order to preserve in themselves title to the lands which had been 
allotted to them respectively, as against the heirs of Captain Mason 
who set up title to quite all the land in the province. The creation 
of the new government was a step in the scheme of the Mason heirs 
to acquire the lands which they claimed. However, President Cutts 
himself was a large landowner under town grants, and an honorable 
man ; as the executive of the new government he was not an instru- 
ment to subserve the ends of the claimants. Upon his death in 1682, 
New Hampshire was made a royal province and Edward Cranfield 
was appointed its governor. All power vested in him in such 
capacity, he willingly exercised for the purposes of the Mason claim- 
ants. Easily can it be imagined how great a tempest a royal gov- 
ernor could raise in a province consisting of four sparsely settled 
towns, whose purpose was to deprive the far greater portion of the 
people, of their lands. Anthony with quite all the settlers, signed a 
petition to the king, in which was set forth their grievances, for the 
removal of Cranfield as governor. The bearer of this petition was 
Nathaniel Weare of Hampton, who carried it to England in 1688. 

In Portsmouth, at Sandy beach, in 1658, happened an affair of 
interest for the reason that several of Anthony's near neighbors were 
the actors ; its interest to us, however, is that our ancestor, so far as 
is known, had no connection with it — which fact evidences that he 
was a fair-minded, level-headed man, having far more sense than 
some of the deluded wretches who were over him in a civil way. 
One of his neighbors was accused and tried for witchcraft — the only 
case of the kind in the annals of New Hampshire. The name of the 
accused was Jane Walford, at the time the widow of Thomas Wal- 
ford, the courageous smith of Charleslown ; she was a woman of 
considerable means and a great deal of spirit. Her accuser was 
Susannah Trimmings, wife of Oliver Trimmings. The evidence was 
directed to show that Susannah was bewitched ; that Jane was a 
witch and that she bewitched Susannah. All material evidence in 
the case was, of course, pure lies ; those invented by Susannah were, 
perhaps, prompted by her hatred for her neighbor. One is justified 
in the conclusion from what she related, that she was drunk, not 
bewitched, and from what others related as to her having been 
bewitched, that she continued drunk for some time, and deceived her 
husband into the belief that she was bewitched. 


Susannah Trimmings testified : — 

"As I was going home on Sunday night I heard a rustling in 
the woods which I supposed to be occasioned by swine, and presently 
there appeared a woman whom I apprehended to be old Goodwife 
Walford. She asked me to lend her a pound of cotton. I told her 
that I had but two pounds in the house and I would not spare any to 
my mother. She said I better have done it for I was going a great 
journey, but she should never come there. She left me and I was 
struck with a clap of fire on the back, and she vanished toward the 
in my apprehension, in the shape of a cat * * * ." 

Her husband's testimony related to her pretensions as to the 
cause of her condition, her complaints and appearance on her arrival 
at home after her bout, whatever it was ; that he said to her, the 
cause of her condition was her weakness. He probably knew the 
truth of what he said. 

The witness, Eliza Barton, appears to have told the truth so far 
as she knew it, and fairly well described a case of a prolonged drunk. 
Her testimony was : — 

"I saw Susannah Trimmings at the time she was ill; her face 
was colored and spotted." She told deponent her story who said it 
"was nothing but fantasy;" that her eyes lopked as "if they had 
been scalded." 

John Pudington perhaps testified to the truth ; what he related 
may have been true. He testified that : — 

"Three years since Goodwife Walford came to my mother's. She 
said that her own husband called her an old witch, and when she 
came to her cattle, her own husband would bid her begone, for she 
did overlook the cattle, which is as much to say in our country 
'bewitching.' " 

Nicholas Row and Agnes Pudington were the brilliant Ananiases 
of the affair. Nicholas testified, in substance, that : — 

"Jane Walford, shortly after she was accused, came to him in 
bed, in the evening, and put her hand upon his breast so that he 
could not speak, and was in great pain until the next day. By the 
light of the fire in the next room it appeared to be Goody Walford, 
but she did not speak. She repeated her visit about a week after 
and did as before, but said nothing." 

Agnes Pudington deposed in substance as follows : — 

"On the nth of April the wife of W. Evans came to my house 
and lay there all night; a little after sunset the deponent saw a yel- 
low cat and Mrs. Evans said she was followed by a cat wherever she 
went. John came and saw a cat in the garden, took down his gun 
to shoot her; the cat got up a tree and the gun would not take fire; 
afterward the cock would not stand. She afterwards saw three cats; 
the yellow one vanished away on plain ground; she could not tell 
the way it went." 

The magistrates before whom the hearing was held in Ports- 
mouth, were two legal luminaries of the Bay colony. The accused 
was required to give bond for her appearance at the next term of 
court. She gave bond but never was tried. In after years she 
recovered judgment against one of her neighbors for calling her a 


It is to be wondered that any thing in human shape should at 
all seriously consider the evidence or the charge. Perhaps it was 
that credence was accorded to however unnatural a proposition if it 
accorded with one's pretences or served one's purposes; thus such a 
one willingl}^ aided in compassing the death of his neighbor, if he 
were thereby exalted or revenged. In the trials for witchcraft, mag- 
istrates, accusers and witnesses for the prosecution well knew that 
one another were liars and hypocrites of the most damnable sort. 
The barbarous orthodox}' (?) rampant in that da}' and place, quite 
well fitted its votaries for their atrocious hatreds for some of their 
neighbors, and for carrying forth their nefarious schemes to deprive 
persons obnoxious to them, of their lives. Prosecutions for witch- 
craft continued in the Bay colony until the accused pointed the 
accusing finger at their accusers, the magistrates and the witnesses, 
lied as freely, unconsciously and vociferously as any concerned in 
the prosecution, not excepting even Cotton Mather. When the 
danger thus threatened the tormentors, there was unity among them 
in agreeing that they were all liars and each knew the other to have 
been such at all times; thereupon, further prosecutions for witchcraft 

The settlers of New Hampshire were not involved in any wars 
with the Indians prior to 1675. During King Philip's war which 
commenced in that year, the resident tribes of New Hampshire 
remained on peaceful terms with their white neighbors. However, 
in Maine there waged a contest of unabated fury until the Indians 
had achieved a complete victory. Thomas Brackett, a son of 
Anthony, was killed at Falmouth in August, 1676. The children of 
the deceased Avere redeemed from captivity by their grandfather, with 
whom three of them abided for several years. It is traditional that 
the fourth child, Samuel Brackett, was reared by his aunt, Martha 
Grove, who lived in Kittery. Following the treaty of 1678 there was 
a period of peace of ten years, when commenced long and desolating 
wars. To the east of Rye, across the river, were several settlements 
in Maine. So thorough was the devastation wrought by the Indians 
and so complete was their triumph, that bands of Indians roamed at 
will on the east side of the river, from about 1690. This state of 
affairs continued until 1693. Thus that part of the town of Ports- 
mouth where resided Anthony Brackett, became the frontier of that 
section of the country in which the settlers had not taken refuge in 
garrison houses or forts. In the year 1691, war's desolation first 
swept over the settlement at Sandy beach. At Odiorne's point was 
a garrison house; it afforded the people a place of refuge on the occa- 
sion of an alarm of danger. The war had raged for three years but 
no attacks by the Indians had been made on this settlement. To 
make an attack from the most favorable direction, it was necessary 
for the Indians to cross the river in canoes, and row along the coast for 
a considerable distance to a place suitable for landing. So successful 
had been the Indians in the war that they were able to travel for 
many miles through a country, which, prior to the war, had been 
dotted with prosperous and growing settlements, and where, in 1691, 
there was not a white man to stay their progress or to give the alarm 
on their approach. Not a barrier existed between the devoted settle- 
ment at Sandy beach and the victorious red men. 


The blow fell on Tuesday, September 28, 1691. On that day 
were killed Anthony Brackett and his wife; also, on that day were 
made captives two children of his son, John Brackett. 

The Indians effected a landing, perhaps, to the south of I^ittle 
Harbor, and from there directed their attack on the settlers at their 
homes, situated on what was then known as Brackett lane, now 
Brackett road. Fifteen bodies of the slain were found and it was 
thought that at least three persons were consumed in the burning of 
the houses. The Indians killed one or more small children by dash- 
ing out their brains against a large rock which stood on what is now 
Wallis road, near Brackett road. It is traditional that for many 
years the rock bore the stains of the blood of the victims; the rock 
has long since been removed in improving the road. 

The stor}^ of the attack as told by an ancient chronicler is as 
follows : — 

"The sons of Francis Rand went a fishing ; the sons of ould 
Goodman Brackett were in the salt marsh and with no suspicion of 
danger. The settlers went about their usual vocations. Early in 
the afternoon a party of Indians came from, the eastward in canoes, 
landed at Sandy Beach, left the garrison there unmolested, and 
attacked the homes of the defenseless ones, killing and capturing 
twenty-one persons. Among the killed was Francis Rand, one of 
the first settlers. When his sons came in from fishing they followed 
the Indians over to Bracketts, fired upon them and frightened them 
away. The sons of Anthon}^ Brackett who had the guns with them 
ran to the garrison at Odiorne's Point." 

The garrison house was the place to which the people fled for 
safety in the event of an attack by the Indians. The persons referred 
to in the account as the "sons of Anthony Brackett" were John and 
Joshua Brackett, the latter a grandson of Anthony. They were in 
the salt marsh near to the garrison house, and hastened there with 
their arms as directed to do in case of an attack, to defend those ^vho 
had escaped the Indians. The attacking force, estimated at from 
twenty to forty, probably exceeded those of the settlement capable of 
bearing arms. If the garrison house was taken all were lost — con- 
signed to death or captivity ; hence, the precaution of the assembling 
of the armed men at the garrison house to defend it and the aged, the 
women and children who fled there for safety against the attack of 
the remorseless and vigilant foe. 

Fugitives fled to Portsmouth, and Capt. John Pickering with the 
local militia hastened to the scene but did not arrive until after the 
Indians had made their escape with their captives. No less than 
fifteen persons were slain ; their bodies were gathered in one place 
and buried in separate graves. 

Sandy beach, in the town of Rye, is about four miles south of 
the city of Portsmouth. It is now a delightful drive from Portsmouth 
to the beach along a fine country road bordered by profitable farms 
well kept in a good state of cultivation ; there are fine shade trees 
and abundant orchards along the way ; the country thereabouts is 
level and the soil is a rich loam. There is an electric car line 
through Portsmc th. Rye and Hampton. The people of Rye owe a 
large part of thei prosperity to the great number of summer boarders 
who flock there ai ually. Straw's point and Concord point are now 
covered with sumt er cottages. The New Hampshire State boule- 


vard, which is now being built along the coast, will pass along Sandy 
beach on land between the beach and the spot where the remains of 
Anthony, the immigrant, are buried. As to this place, Mrs. Grace 
Brackett Scott, of New Market, thus writes about it : — 

"Next we drove to Rye and found Saltwater brook ; close by it, 
between Brackett road (which was the first road laid out through 
Rye) and the sea, in the salt marsh, is a little piece of higher ground 
covered with bushes ; on parting the bushes we found the rough 
stones which mark the graves of our ancestor, Anthony Brackett, 
and fourteen other victims of the same massacre. The fifteen graves 
entirely cover the little knoll which is entirely surrounded by the 
salt marsh. My brother remarked that Anthony could not have 
chosen a surer resting place forever to lie undisturbed by the hand of 
man. Surely no use will ever be made of that spot unless it becomes 
necessary for the people of Rye to make more land, in which event 
those remains will be covered deeper. 

Saltwater brook is a small stream ; a man can step across it ; two 
narrow planks bridge it for the carriage road ; it is between Concord 
point and Straw's point ; Concord point is the same as Sander's point 
and Straw's point is the same as Jocelyn's neck or Locke's neck." 

Frequently it happens that men in the anticipation of death, or 
of other unforeseen and unexpected direful happening, unknow- 
ingly make preparation for such calamitous event or make manifes- 
tations in some way of their prescience of their fate. But a few days 
before his death, viz., on September ii, 1691, Anthony Brackett 
executed his will. It reads as follows : — 

"In the name of God, amen. Ye nth day of Sept., 1691. 

I, Anthony Brackett sen'^, being in perfict memory doe make 
this my L,ast will & testament, Comiting my soul unto the hands of 
my Redemer, the Lord Jesus Christ & my body to the earth. 

Itim : I give and bequeath to m}' daughter Jane hains, fouer 
acors in part of marsh, being more or Les, which shee formerly made 
use of, and so upward to ye head of ye cove, and to young oxsen, 
Affter my desece. 

Item : I give and bequeath that three acres of marsh mor or 
Les, being at black poynt, to my daughter, Ellener Johnson, which 
marsh I have a deed I do assign over to my daughter, EHenor, and 
she to take it into her possestion Affter my desease. 

Item : I give and bequeath unto my grandaughter kasia bracket 
three cows to be payed at age of Eighteen years or day of marridg. 

I give to my grand daughter Roose Johnson on heffer. 

I give to my grand son samuel bracket one heffer, all the Rest of 
my cattle and sheep I doe give to be Equally devided among the 
Rest of my gran Children of what is Leffe Affter my wiffs deseac. I 
doo here ordain & make my sonn John Bracket, Executor of this my 
Last will & testament and him to pay all my Just debts & togather 
all debts which is Justly dew unto me. my housall goods I Leve 
with my wiff for hur one use. to this I set my hand. 

Anthony Bracket 
Witnesses A 

Nathaniel drack , by his mark 

John Lock present 

r -ajor vaughn 
portsm^^ ye nth of July 1692. JLr. Rich, m arty n 


John Lock came and made oath that hee was present & saw 
Anthony bracket sign & did declare the above wretten to be his Last 
will and Testament & that hee was of a well desposing mind at same 
time ; also testefyeth that Nathanel drack was present & set his hand 
as a witness. John Pickerin, Record''- 

The testator disposed of but little real estate by the will; on 
July 20, 1686, he deeded his farm and buildings at Sandy beach to 
his son John, — "grandson Joshua to be paid a portion" after decease 
of himself and wife. It will be observed that he remembered all his 
several grandchildren in his will though he named but three, perhaps 
his favorites. He lived to a ripe old age; sad was it, indeed, that 
his lot, and that of his aged wife, was not to pass quietly away sur- 
rounded by his children and grandchildren, instead of being mur- 
dered by persons whom he never had harmed, and who, probably, 
would never have harmed him or his, had they known him. Issue : 

1. Anthony, Jr. See chapter III. 

2. Elinor; mar. 26 Dec, 1661, John Johnson. Issue: 
1st. John, b. 2 Nov., 1662. 

2d. Rosamond, b. 10 June, 1665. 
3d. Hannah, b. 7 Feb., 1670. 
4th. James, 13 Nov., 1673. 
5th . Ebenezer, b. in 1676. 

3. .Thomas. See chapter IV. 

4.'^ Jane; mar. (ist) 19 Apr., 1667^ Mathias Haines; (2nd) 28 
Dec, 1671, Isaac Marston, b. 1650, d. 1689. Issue: 
'1st. Samuel, b. 22 Dec, 1674. 
2d. Joshua, b. 3 Apr., 1678. 
3d. Mathias, b. in 1679. 
4th . Jane. 
5. John. See division I. 



It is highly probable that Captain Anthony Brackett, son of 
Anthony, the immigrant (see chap. II), was born in Portsmouth, 
New Hampshire; the year of his birth is not known. On Jnly 14, 
1657, at Kxeter, New Hampshire, an Anthony Brackett took the 
oath of freeman; the date well accords with the time when Captain 
Anthony became twenty-one years old; nothing further is known as 
to his residence in Exeter. With certaint}^ is it known that he was 
past his majority in 1660; in February of that year he was granted 
thirteen acres of land by the selectmen of Portsmouth, under a pro- 
vision of a law of the town authorizing the allowance of that amount 
of land to the sons of settlers who were then twent3'-one years of age. 
In 1662 he was in Casco, Me.; on June 3d of that 3^ear he witnessed 
the deliver}' of possession to Hope x\llen of what was known as the 
Bramhall farm. Until his death twenty-seven years later, he was a 
resident of Casco, or Falmouth, where he achieved prominence in 
public affairs second to no person of the town, and in the extreme 
danger of the dCvStruction of the settlement, was one of the leaders of 
the inhabitants and their choice for captain. 

Direct!}' upon his advent in Casco he became involved in the 
political strife which rent its people in factions. Cleeve was weaving 
a net about the unfortunate Jordan, who at that time was well within 
its meshes and giving vent to invectives against certain learned 
deceased saints of the Bay colony, in particular the Rev. John Cotton, 
then dead some twenty-odd years. His shrieks reached the ears of 
Anthon}' who. Episcopalian though he was. must be a witness against 
the Rev. Robert Jordan on the charge, made by the officers of the 
Bay colony, of sacrilege in denouncing St. Cotton for a liar, etc.; this 
in 1663. The following year he was chosen constable. In the year 
1665 the government of the Bay colony was superseded by one inaug- 
urated by the king's commissioners, which continued until 1668. 
There is no evidence that he held office under the latter government; 
it appears that he was one of the four trial jurors for Falmouth, of the 
court of the justices of the peace of the several towns held at Fal- 
mouth (Casco) in July, 1666. At this term of the court one James 
Robinson, was tried for the murder of Christopher Collins and 
acquitted, the jur}% of which Anthony was one, finding that Collins 
was "slain by misadventure and culpable of his own death." 

There was no party in the province to sustain the government 
of the king's commissioners; upon the return of the commissioners to 
England in 1668, a troop of horse and foot in the service of the Bay 
colony invaded the province, ousted Henry Jocelyn, the judge of the 
court, "from off the bench," the assistants also, imprisoned the officers 
of the militia and threatened quite all who opposed the interests of the 



Bay colony, whose government was reestablished. Would that the 
onld Cleeve had witnessed the performance! Anthony was elected 
one of the commissioners for Falmouth and Scarborough; was per- 
haps continued in the office for several years; the scraps of records of 
the town are meager on quite all matters from the year 1668 to 1675. 

Prior to 1668 Anthony was united in marriage with Ann Mitton; 
in that year a child was born to them; they had five children in 1676. 
She was deeded one hundred acres of land on Back cove in 1652 by 
her grandfather, George Cleeve. Said tract was the nucleus of the 
farni^of four hundred acres occupied by Captain Brackett as his dwell- 
ing place, and in recent years known as the Deering farm. He 
received a grant from the town of four hundred acres lying near the 
shore of Casco river opposite to the Neck, and bordering on Long 
creek. This tract he sold in 1671 to Munjoy. It was the farm on 
Back cove which Captain Brackett improved; its situation was highly 
favorable for farming and stock raising, comprised of natural meadow 
and upland; it was as desirable a tract as any about the bay. 

No settlement in the province was the seat of more intense politi- 
cal strife in time of peace and of more carnage and devastation in 
time of war, than Falmouth; from its first settlement in 1630 for a 
period of one hundred years, with but short intervals— notably when 
George Cleeve was deputv president,— the inhabitants knew not the 
quietude of a thoroughly established government recognized by all 
the people. To 1675 the subject of cofitention and fury of factions, 
was as to which or what government of this or that proprietor should 
be recognized; in that year commenced troubles for the settlers of an 
entirely'^different character from what they had experienced; no worse 
blight could have befallen them. . 

Until 1675 there had been peace with the Indians of Maine. 
The eastern Indian was certainly made of better stuff than was his 
red brother in Massachusetts. Regardless of whatever fears had the 
former of the prowess of the Mohawks, he had a contempt for the 
fighting qualities of the English settler. The pilgrim or other adven- 
turer who, upon landing in Maine, after the manner of those who 
landed upon Plymouth rock, first stopped to fall upon his knees before 
he fell upon the aborigines, was more apt to take another fall and 
remain prone than he was to rise again. The Enghsh m New Eng- 
land outnumbered the Indians engaged in the war m Maine, forty 
to one; with these Indians a humiliating treaty of peace was made. 
Hostihties were commenced by the Indians. It is not known that 
there was anv Dreconcert on their part with the braves of King Philip, 
in waging wa/; but the settlers of Maine were directed by the authori- 
ties of the Bay colony to pursue that high-handed course towards 
their red neighbors which was its course towards the friendly tribes in 
Massachusetts; hence, the mistake was made in attempting to disarm 
a foe with whom thev were not able to cope. At the northern end of 
Casco bav in September 1675, a small party of Indians were attacked, 
of whom' one was killed and two were wounded; the attacking torce 
was worsted. Forthwith the Indians made assauhs on all outlying 
settlements, and quite generally were successful. Many of the people 
left the province. During the following winter the Indians offered 
terms of peace after having continued in their attacks until the deep 
snow had hemmed them in their villages. At the commencement of 


the year 1676, the people of New England had before them a gloomy 
future; nearly all the neighboring tribes were at war with them; 
therefore, there was little hesitancy in making peace with the victori- 
ous sagamores of the tribes in Maine. It continued until August 
1676, to the day before the great chief, King Philip, was slain, viz. 
Aug. II, when hostilities were renewed by the striking of a blow 
at Falmouth, ever to be remembered by the descendants of Captain 
Brackett and his brother, Thomas. 

The historians of the time have recorded in detail all the inci- 
dents as to the inception of the attack and have interwoven many 
things their fancy or misinformation supplied ; so, we have a mingling 
of fact and romance as to what befell Captain Brackett and his 

During the waning fortunes of King Philip, some of his veteran 
warriors sought refuge in New Hampshire with the friendly Penacook 
tribe, by whom they were surrendered to the English. One of these 
warriors, named Simon, was lodged in the jail at Dover, from which he 
effected his escape and found his way to Falmouth. He had a forged 
passport which was honored there only in a measure, for he was looked 
upon as a suspicious character ; messengers were dispatched to Dover 
where, perhaps, his passport purported to have been issued, to make 
inquiries concerning him. He was placed in charge of Captain 
Brackett during his stay at Falmouth. On August 10, before the 
return of the messengers, a cow belonging to Captain Brackett was 
killed. Simon volunteered to apprehend the Indians who had killed 
the cow, and was allowed to depart from the house for that pretended 
purpose. It should be remembered that the settlers were very careful 
not to give any offense to the Indians, who had so lately proven them- 
selves very formidable antagonists, and that, at the time, the authori- 
ties of the Bay colony and the Indians were treating for a continuance 
of the peace. Under these conditions, it can with reason be accounted 
as to why Captain Brackett permitted Simon to leave his house. On 
August II, 1676, Simon returned with a party of Indians and informed 
Captain Brackett that these Indians were the ones who had killed his 
cow ; they at once seized all the guns in sight and took him, his wife, 
negro servant, and family, prisoners. Nathaniel Mitton, his wife's 
brother, who was in the house and offered some resistance, was 
instanth' shot. Simon asked Captain Brackett if he preferred to go 
wnth the Indians, or to be slain; he answered, 'Tf the case was so, 
he had rather chose to serve them than to be slain by them." (Hub- 
bard's Indian Wars, p. 293.) It is probable that the account con- 
tained in the cited authority as to the colloquy between the Indian, 
Simon and Captain Brackett, is based on the latter' s narrative of the 
same. Upon effecting this capture the Indians divided ; part went to 
the Neck to kill and plunder ; the rest passed around the cove to the 
Presumpscot river, attacking the settlers in their course. The cap- 
tives were conducted to the north side of Casco bay. The Indians 
under Simon, who had the captives in charge, were anxious to share 
in the great spoil from the capture of the settlement on Arrowsick 
island at the mouth of the Kennebec river. This settlement was 
destroyed August 14, 1676. 

The captives consisted of Captain Brackett, his wife and children ; 
also of members of the families of his neighbors who had lived on the 


shores of Back cove. The Indians, in their haste to join their brethren 
who had taken the fort at Arrowsick, sought to disencumber them- 
selves of obstacles that impeded their march. The usual method 
employed by the Indians in disposing of captives who in any way 
proved burdensome or an annoyance, was to murder them. All of 
the five children of Captain Brackett were small, were under the age 
of ten years, and because of their tender age would delay the progress 
of the Indians more than would any of the other captives. On this 
occasion Simon, perhaps showed his appreciation of the kindness he 
had at some time received from Captain Brackett ; for he, his wife, 
children and vServant were left on the shore of the bay, as it is related, 
to follow after their captors. However, as it appears that his wife 
begged for a piece of meat which was' given them, and as it is reason- 
able to suppose that had it been expected they would follow the 
Indians, they would have been provided with food, it is hazarded that 
Captain Brackett, his wife, children and servant were released to 
shift for themselves. Others of their captives, including women and 
children, were retained by the Indians. It thus seems probable that 
the favor shown to Captain Brackett on this occasion, was in recogni- 
tion of some act of his which had won the gratitude of the Indians. 

But few of the houses of the settlers were destro3^ed in the attack 
of August 1 1 . Though the Indians took with them quite all the 
valuables the houses contained, many articles of use remained in and 
about the deserted homes. In one of them Ann Brackett found 
needles and thread; with these she, her husband and the servant 
patched an old birchen canoe until it was sendceable. In this frail 
bark, she, the negro servant and children rowed across Casco bay, 
some eight or nine miles, to Black point where they were taken aboard 
a vessel and carried to "the Pascatawa" (Portsmouth), near to the 
very door of the good old grandfather at Sandy beach. 

The courage of despair made the timid mother a heroine, the 
grief-stricken father to trust his wife and children to the mercies of 
the elements in hopes that they may escape the more certain dangers 
to their lives if they abode longer with him. No storm, not a billow, 
was there to threaten the overloaded canoe; the winds were tem- 
pered, for the breeze but fanned the hot brows of its occupants; they 
disappeared from the gaze of the anxious father still lingering on the 
beach; the stars shed their timely luster to guide them aright; the 
tide gently assisted to speed along the frail craft when the wearied 
fugitives sighed for rest. And, at last, in sight is a sail, — the crew 
answers their signals from afar. Safety and with friends at last! 
Justly can this mother be called "an heroic woman." (See Willis' 
History of Portland). 

The accounts we have as to the escape of the familj^ from the In- 
dians, are indefinite as to whether Captain Brackett went with the fam- 
ily in the canoe. The historians who wrote of the affair, praise the 
courage of his wife for her daring deed in traversing the bay in the 
old leaky canoe. From this is inferred that he did not accompany 
her and the children. He was skilled in woodcraft, was familiar with 
the lay of the country, easily avoided the straggling bands of Indians, 
in time reached the garrison at Black point, and thence proceeded to 
Sandy beach. 


Ann Mitton Brackett did not long survive her escape from cap- 
tivit}'; her death occurred a" Sandy beach about the 3'ear 1677. 
Captain Brackett remarried November 9, 1678. Nothing is known as 
to his mihtary services during the remainder of the war. A peace 
was conckided in April, 1678, by the terms of which the settlers were 
permitted to return and occupy their farms, on the condition of each 
paying a small tribute to the Indians. In 1679, he was at Falmouth 
and during the following year was appointed bj^ the provincial gov- 
ernment, commander of the militia of the town with the rank of 
lieutenant. From the fact of his selection for this position, it is 
inferred that he had won distinction as a soldier during the war. 

While the war with the Indians was going on, a complete change 
had taken place in the civil affairs of the province; a revolution could 
not have effected a more radical one; it not onh'- extended to its form 
of government but also to the titles by which the settlers held their 
lands, in fact, to the estate the}^ had in their lands. 

The colony of Massachusetts Ba}^ claimed, under its grant, as an 
integral part of itself, the territor}- in Maine containing the settle- 
ments around Casco bay and other settlements along the coast to the 
westward and by virtue of its charter, claimed a civil jurisdiction over 
said territor}^ In 1676, it was determined b}- the English govern- 
ment that no part of Maine was included in the grant to the Bay 
colony ; thereupon the colony purchased the grant of said territorj' to 
Sir F'erdinando Gorges, from his heir, and under this purchase 
claimed the territory and the right to govern the same as a proprietor. 
The English government held that the right to govern conferred upon 
Sir Ferdinando Gorges, could not be alienated and that said right 
reverted to the crown upon the transfer of the territor)^ by its proprie- 
tor. When James II became king the charter of, and grant to, the 
Bay colony were annulled, and thereupon it was held that the land 
also reverted to the crown. The foregoing will serve to enable the 
reader to account for the confusion and part}- strife which existed in 
Falmouth from soon after the peace of 1678 to the time when the 
devoted town was destroyed, and how that it was left to its own 
resources to combat a powerful foe. 

The Bay colony in 1680 organized a proprietary' government for 
Maine ; it consisted of a " deput}' president, council and a general 
assembh', the latter composed of representatives from the several 
towns. Falmouth did not send representatives to the general assembly 
in 1680; the town first sent representatives in 1681, one of whom was 
Captain Brackett; he was selected for the office in 1682 and 1683. 
In 16S0 and 1681, he was one of the selectmen of the town. In Sep- 
tember, 1680, the Deput}' President held court at Falmouth; the pur- 
pose was to assign a few acres on the Neck in severalty to each of the 
settlers in the town, on which to dwell, that the}- might the more 
readil}^ assemble for their own protection. The record of approval by 
the selectmen of the assignment of lots, is subscribed thus, "Anthonie 
Brackett record." It appears that the dut}- devolved on him during 
the years 1680 and 1681, of recording the grants of land made by the 
selectmen. Fort Eoyal was erected on the Neck early in 1680, about 
or near to which the lots were laid out. In 1682 a proposition was 
made by the provincial government to "Eeft. Brackett" to assume its 
charge. This offer he probably accepted, as subsequently he was. 
















empowered to impress men to serve under him. At the close of the 
year the selectmen relieved a Henry Harwood of the command of the 
fort, and the position was offered to "Captain Anthony Brackett" for 
the ensuing year. This is the earliest mention of him contained in 
the records, as captain. 

In 1684, the proprietor, the Bay colony, for the purpose of quiet- 
ing title to land and making herself the source from which title to all 
land in the territory of Maine was derived, through its government for 
the province, deeded all lands in the several towns to trustees 
appointed for each town respectively ; among the eight trustees for 
Falmouth was Captain Brackett ; in this connection he was associated 
with the leading and most influential men of the town. The trustees 
in turn made grants to the old settlers, of their former possessions, by 
the terms of which, there were reserved to the proprietor, small quit 
rents ; these rents became the subject of complaints on the part of the 

While the proprietary government of the Bay colony continued, 
Captain Brackett was one of its loyal supporters, and from it and the 
people of the town, he was the recipient of many honors. Said gov- 
ernment was to have been superseded in 1684, -by one devised by the 
English government, under its view that the charter to Sir Ferdinando 
Gorges had reverted to the crown; it was not superseded until 1686, 
and then by a government established- by Sir Edmund Andross, who 
was appointed b}' the crown governor of all New England. He 
ruled Maine with the assistance of a council ; there was no general 
assembly or town organizations. It is not known that Captain 
Brackett held any office under this government. It has been pub- 
lished that when Andross, in 1688, constructed and garrisoned forts at 
different points in the province, in charge of the one at Falmouth he 
placed Captain Brackett. This is an error. It was an Anthony 
Brockholst whom Andross appointed to the position. 

The Bay colony had assumed that title to land in the province, 
was derived only under her grants. Andross asserted that title to all 
land in the province reverted to the crown, through the reversion of 
the rights of Gorges to the crown ; in effect, that the titles of the set- 
tlers to their lands were invalid ; that, therefore, the settlers must pro- 
cure patents to their possessions from the crown. By the process 
which he devised for granting patents, exhorbitant fees were charged 
for every step in the proceedings. The people were unanimous in 
their opposition to the tyrannous course of Andross ; however, division 
among them arose from a few of the wealthy and leading men sub- 
mitting to it and advising others to do the same, notably, Colonel 
Edward Tyng and Captain Sylvanus Davis. The former was a mem- 
ber of Andross' council ; against the latter, it was charged that he had 
profited through advising the people to procure patents of their lands 
and charging fees for his services in securing such patents for them. 
The people smothered their rage towards the two while Andross was 
in power ; upon his downfall the}^ were the subjects of most violent 
opposition by a large faction. 

Such was the state of affairs when in 1688, war commenced with 
the Indians. Andross knew how to protect the people in time of war 
quite as well as he knew how to extort money from them ; he took 
immediate and effective steps for their preservation. At the head of 


seven hundred men, amidst the deep snows of winter, he marched 
along the coast and left an adequate garrison at every fortified post in 
his course. In the spring of 1689 the government of Andross was 
overturned' by the revolutionary party in Boston. The Prince of 
Orange had landed in England, and James II was a fugitive. Upon 
the downfall of Andross, the troops which he had placed in the forts in 
Maine, niutineered, deserted, and at some places made prisoners of 
their officers. In command of the troops left at Falmouth was a Cap- 
tain lyockhart. By some of the people he was charged with having 
traitorous communications with the French and Indians. It is pleas- 
ing to record that, though these unjust charges against Captain Lock- 
hart were made by some of the party of which Captain Brackett was 
a leader, and while he, himself, was one of the most active and bitter 
apponents of Andross and of those who had in any way been con- 
nected with his government in the province, he at once wrote the 
leaders of the insurrection at Boston, that there was no foundation 
for the charges against Captain Lockhart. 

The faction opposed to Colonel Tyng and Captain Davis, bitterly 
denounced their course to the insurrectionists, to whom said faction 
looked, as arbiters of their causes of complaints against the two. The 
leaders of the faction were Robert Lawrence and Captain Brackett. 
Messrs. Tyng and Davis were in command of the local military force 
by appointment of Andross. Under them the opposing faction 
refused to serve ; in May, 1689, they addressed a petition to the insur- 
rectionary leaders at Boston, for the appointment by them of Anthony 
Brackett as captain and Robert Lawrence as lieutenant. The insur- 
rectionists were without authority to make any appointments what- 
ever. They did not inform the petitioners of their want of authority 
to commission officers to command at Falmouth, but by letter 
exhorted the people to bury their differences and unite for their 
defence. Under date of June 12, 1689, the opposing faction, through 
Robert Lawrence, answered the letter to the effect that they would 
serve under Colonel Tyng but would not be commanded by Captain 

The situation at Falmouth was that the town was without the 
protection of a proprietor, or protection from other source, and the 
people were hopelessly divided at a time when they were threatened 
with extermination by their former victorious foe. August 2, the fort 
at Pemaquid across the bay from Falmouth, was taken; the fugitives 
sought safety at Falmouth; it was but a question of time when the 
French and Indians would be before the town. In June 1689, Cap- 
tain Brackett, Robert LawTence and another wrote the insurrection- 
ary leaders for immediate assistance and set forth the wretched condi- 
tion they were in from want of men and munition. Upon the receipt 
of the news of the taking of Pemaquid, the Bay colony saw the need 
of action; several companies were dispatched to protect the towns in 
Maine, and two of these companies commanded by Captain Hall and 
Captain Willard, were destined for Falmouth. In September the ser- 
vices of Major Benjamin Church of the Plymouth colony, were 
secured; he had won renown in King Philip's war, and now raised 
volunteer companies from among his old soldiers, English and 
friendly Indians. The latter force was sent by water and arrived at 
Falmouth on September 20; Captain Hall's company had arrived 


shortly before. It was known that hostile Indians were on Peaks 
island as early as the 17th, that they had received reinforcements 
on the 20th. With the Indians were a few French. Fort lyoyal, where 
the English disembarked, was on the southerly side of the Neck not 
far from where stood the house of George Cleeve. During the night 
of September 20th, the Indians left Peaks Island, rowed in a north- 
easterly course, entered Back cove and landed to the east of Captain 
Brackett's farm. 

The accounts of the skirmish which took place on the morning of 
the 2ist, contained in local histories, are based on Major Church's 
narrative; it gives his personal movements, informs us as to his where- 
abouts and what he did on the day, but contains nothing as to his 
intended plan of operations against the enemy, if he had any. As 
Captain Brackett and his sons took an active part in the skirmish, 
and as it was alone due to his foresight and tact that the approach 
of the Indians was discovered, and their contemplated surprise of the 
English was thwarted, it is believed that an account of the skirmish 
will be of interest to the reader. 

Either for the purpose of concealing his forces from the enemy, . 
upon disembarking after dark, or preparatory to making a movement 
against the enemy, which, if it were his intention so to do, he never 
made it known. Major Church shortly before daylight marched his 
men into the woods about the fort. IMiere they appear to have been 
left with scouts out about them, while the major went to the fort to 
devise a method of fitting a bullet an inch in diameter for use in a 
gun with a bore of one-half inch, the particulars of which he gives 
in full detail. He had taken steps to conceal, as far as possible, the 
number of his troops from the Indians, if they then knew he had 
arrived, and was engaged in getting his ammunition in shape for use. 
Nothing is given as to his intended operations; what followed, after 
his troops prepared for action — were marched to the woods and con- 
cealed — was the unexpected. His movements suggest that he 
expected the Indians would attack the fort by coming direct from 
Peaks island, which was in sight of his position on the Neck, and 
that he had planned to give them a surprise if thej^ ventured to do so. 

A glance at a map of Falmovith and Casco bay, will disclose that 
an attempt by the Indians to surprise the fort by landing on the 
southerty side of Casco river, would be futile; they would be com- 
pelled to make a great detour to effect a landing out of view of the 
fort, and then to march several miles up the river to effect a crossing 
and a like distance on the opposite side of the river to reach the fort; 
the distance was too great to be travelled in a night. An attempt 
to land on the Neck in canoes could easily be prevented by the forces 
there, though it appears that Major Church thought they would make 
such an attempt. For the purpose of a surprise, the Indians took the 
only course there was for them to pursue with any hope of success; 
they succeeded in landing before the break of day within less than 
four miles of the fort, and in their advance to the fort from their place 
of landing their canoes would be in their rear. That they were not 
successful in effecting a surprise, was solely due to the foresight and 
military sagacity of one man of the English. 

Major Church was directed by the insurrectionary leaders at 
Boston to consult on landing at P'almouth, with Captain Sylvanus 




Davis, who was recognized by them as in command of the local forces 
there, under his appointment from Andross. On the morning of 
September 21 (perhaps from as early as the evening of the 20th), Cap- 
tain Brackett was at his farm bordering on Back cove; with him were 
his sons, Anthony and Seth Brackett, and perhaps his nephew, Joshua 
Brackett. He was there on military duty; the danger from attack by 
the Indians was too great for him to have resided on his farm. 
Whether or not he was at the time under the direction of any officer 
in command at Falmouth, is not known. In the report of the losses 
sustained by the English in the battle, made by Major Church, he is 
not mentioned as belonging to Captain Davis' company. Had the 
fact been that he was detailed by Major Church to perform the impor- 
tant service he rendered, Major Church would have fully informed us. 
The probability is that Captain Brackett was at his farm, pursuant to 
his own plan. With certainty it is known that he was at the very 
point with a few men, where should have been placed a detachment to 
guard against surprise. There, at his house, he was killed in a skir- 
mish with the advance of the enemy. His sons and perhaps his 
nephew, Joshua Brackett, hurried to the Neck to Major Church and 
gave the alarm; then the discovery of the eneiAy was mad eknown to 
all the forces on the Neck "by virtue of 12 firings" — presumably 12 
muskets were discharged as the signal agreed upon. The sons made 
their report to Major Church to the effect that the hostile Indians 
"were in their father's orchard." At the time they did not know 
that their father was killed; they said he was captured. After the 
battle. Major Church reported that Captain Brackett was either killed 
or taken. Captain Hall's company was ordered to advance to meet 
the Indians who, themselves, upon their discovery, moved forward cau- 
tiously and slowly, fearing an ambush; and but a short distance, for 
the opposing forces met after Captain Hall's company had forded 
Deering creek. The course pursued by Captain Hall from the fort, 
was diagonally across the Neck in a northeasterly direction to its 
upper portion, to Deering creek which he forded and then formed his 
men along its bank. Closely followed Major Church's force and a por- 
tion of the local company, which did not cross the stream but formed 
along the bank and fired at the Indians over the heads of Captain 
Hall's men. So, the battle was fought within musket shot of the 
stream. Major Church with his Plymouth soldiers, the English 
under Captain Southworth and the Seconit Indians under Captain 
Numposh, set out on a flank movement; he marched up the stream 
three-fourths of a mile to where there was a bridge. He informed 
Captain Hall of his plan, and the enemy too, for he marched in the 
plain view of the Indians, his men well strung along, hallooing to 
make a formidable showing. 

Major Church is under the impression that he is outnumbered 
and his efforts are directed to scare away the enemy. When he 
reaches the bridge he finds that the enemy have been there and ha^^e 
withdrawn (from fear that their line of retreat would be intercepted 
by an advance of Captain Hall). Major Church directs Captain 
Southworth with his company to proceed down the creek along the 
marsh toward Captain Hall's men. With the Seconit Indians, Major 
Church continues on his flank attack; moves slowly at flrst, then gets 
thoroughly bewildered. His scouts inform him that he, himself, is 


being outflanked, that the enemy are making for the bridge; back 
he goes to the bridge, asks the men left to guard it if they had seen 
Indians; they answered that they had seen plenty of Indians (they 
had not seen a hostile Indian) further up stream, crossing through a 
cedar swamp and making for the fort. Double-quick for the fort goes 
Major Benjamin, his braves at his heels, to near Clark's point (where 
Thomas Brackett had lived) where the cattle are feeding quietly. 
These cattle had seen no bad Indians. Round about and back to the 
bridge goes Major Benjamin. At the bridge and while on the return 
trip, the major hears big guns at the fort — or thinks he does. Big 
guns fired at the fort is the signal that the fort is attacked. Of 
course there is where the enemy is! Away goes Captain Numposh's 
company for the fort, and Major Benjamin hastens to where Captain 
Hall is, to follow with the troops there. Captain Hall informs him 
that within less than an hour after he had left to go up the stream 
to the bridge, the Indians withdrew and had not fired another shot. 
Major Church declared that it was the first time the Eastern Indians 
had been put to flight, and that they were made to flee "with shame, 
who never gave one shout at their drawing off." 

The Indians, upon learning that there was a large force on the 
Neck, quietly withdrew and left Major Benjamin to war with his 
phantasies. It was never known that the Indians experienced any 
loss. The English lost ten killed and eleven wounded; the killed 
were among Captain Hall's men and the local company; six friendly 
Indians were wounded. The deposition of one, B. York, made in. 
1759, affords specific information as to the fate of Captain Brackett; it 
reads that deponent remembers that "George Bramhall was shot by 
the Indians * * * over on Captain Brackett' s farm, and said Brackett 
was also killed at the same time at his house at Back cove." The 
house of Captain Brackett stood on a ridge a short distance from the 
Deering mansion site. 

Major Church did not leave Falmouth to return to Plymouth 
until November, 1689. On the 13th of that month, shortly prior to 
his departure, a council of war was held at Falmouth. There were 
present Captains Davis, William Bassett, Simon Willard and Nathan- 
iel Hall ; Eieutenants Thaddeus Clark, Elisha Andrews, George Inger- 
soll and Ambrose Davis ; Messrs. Elihu Gullison, Robert Lawrence, 
John Palmer and others. Absent, Captain Anthonj^ Brackett of Fal- 
mouth, but his absence was accounted for. The man capable of suc- 
cessfully defending Falmouth, was dead. 

The second wife of Captain Brackett was Susannah Drake, b. 
about 1652; mar. (2nd) 30 Oct., 1700, John Taylor of Hampton, and 
d. 4 Nov., 1719; was daughter of Abraham Drake; he was b. about 
1621, resided in Hampton; his wife's Christian name was Jane (she 
died 25 Jan., 1676); was son of Robert Drake; he was b. in 1580, in 
Devon, England, came to New England in 1643, and d. 14 Jan., 1668. 

Shortly after his second marriage Captain Brackett, by deed to a 
trustee, settled upon his wife "by way of jointure" in one-half of his 
lands "and housing which I have in Casco bay * * * and to be and 
to remain to her and her male heirs begotten of her body by me." 

There was a dispute between Zachariah Brackett, son by the 
second marriage, and the children by the first marriage, about the 
title to the farm on Back cove, the latter contending that the land 


belonged to their mother and that their father could not dispose of the 
farm. The matter was amicably settled. 

Though the births of the children by the second marriage are 
recorded in Hampton, they were probably born in Falmouth ; in the 
latter place the family resided. Upon Captain Brackett's death in 
1689, the widow and her children returned to Hampton ; the children 
by the first marriage, except Seth, went to Boston where they married ; 
none of the latter ever returned to Falmouth to reside. 

Issue by wife, Ann Mitton, not in order of birth. 

1. Elinor; mar. (ist) her cousin, James Andrews, son of James, 
Sr. ; (2nd) 6 Dec, 1705, Richard Pulling, a widower, of Boston, b. 
1665; d. 6 Feb., 1721 ; several times he was licensed to sell liquors; 
in 1716 occupied the "Exchange Tavern;" at onetime kept the noted 
"Green Dragon ;" upon his death she was granted license ; same year 
was admitted into First church ; was living in 1731. 

2. Seth, killed by the Indians in May, 1690, at Falmouth. 

3. Mary, unmar. in 1717, and living in Boston; later mar. 
Nathaniel Witcher of Salisbury. 

4. Anthon)^, b. in 1669. See chapter V. 

5. Kezia; mar. (ist) Patterson; (2nd) in 1715, Joseph Maylem, 
a bricklayer of Boston. In 1719 Zachariah Brackett mortgaged the 
farm at Back cove to him and Richard Pulling. In will of Kezia, 
probated in 1732, are named sister 'Elinor Pulling and sister Mary 
Witcher of Salisbur5^ 

By wife, Susannah Drake : 

6. Zipporah, b. 28 Sept., 1680; d. 19 Aug., 1756; mar. i Apr., 
169-, Caleb Towle, b. 14 May, 1678; d. 20 Sept., 1763; resided in 
Hampton. Children were : Philip, Elizabeth, Caleb, Anthon}^ Zach- 
ariah, Mathias, Jeremiah, Francis, Hannah, Nathaniel, Abraham, 

7. Zachariah, b. 20 Jan., 1682. See chapter VI. 

8. Jane, b. 7 Feb., 1684. 

9. Ann, b. 18 June, 1686; d. 10 Feb., 1748; mar. 20 Feb., 1717, 
James Eeavitt, b. 10 Nov., 1652; d. 13 Apr., 1760. 

10. Sarah, b. 16 Mar., 1688; mar. Samuel Proctor; he came to 
Falmouth about 17 13; was son of John and grandson of John, the 
immigrant, who lived in Salem, Mass., and there in 1692, lost his life 
in his efforts to abate prosecutions for witchcraft. She was a member 
of the church in Falmouth in 1736. Children were John, b. 1715; 
Benjamin, b. 1717; Samuel, Jr., b. 1719; Sarah, b. 1723; mar. John 
Cox, son of John, and had Josiah, Mary, Kezia and Keren ; William, 
b. 1724; Kezia, b. 1727; Kerenhappuck, b. 1729; mar. (ist) Joseph 
Hicks; (2nd) Anthony Brackett (see fam. i, div. 15). 

11. Susannah, b. 29 Aug., 1689 ; mar. 30 Jan., 17 18, Jasper Blake ; 
removed to Falmouth where she united with the First church in 1739. 



Thomas Brackett, the second son, and perhaps the third child of 
Anthony Brackett, the immigrant (see chapter II), was probably 
born at Sandy beach, then of the town of Strawberrj^ Bank (Ports- 
mouth), now a part of the present town of R^^e, in New Hampshire, 
about the 3^ear 1635, if not earlier, and removed to Casco, Me., soon 
after 1662. I^ittle is known of him prior to his marriage to Mary 
Mitton, daughter of Michael Mitton. Subsequent to this event he 
became prominent in the town, was one of the selectmen in 1672. 
His wife's mother, Elizabeth Mitton, daughter of George Cleeve, 
married for her second husband, a Mr. Harvey. Mrs. Harvey lived 
with Thomas in 1671; during that year he entered into an agreement 
for her care and maintenance, and in consideration received from her 
a deed of land. The tract was situated on the southerly side of the 
upper part of the Neck; it had been occupied by Michael Mitton for 
several years. The house stood near to where the gas house is in 
Portland. There is no doubt that Thomas prospered in his under- 
takings; how well is shown by his marriage into the Cleeve-Mitton 
family and by his having been chosen as selectman. The office at 
the time was an important one, as the selectmen of the town were 
authorized to make grants of land in the town. While he held the 
ofRce in 1672, his brother Anthony received a grant of four hundred 
acres. As to how long he held the ofhce or as to what other office he 
held, nothing is known, as the records of the town covering the period, 
are not extant. Probably there were few men in Casco who had 
brighter prospects before them or were more happily situated than he, 
when the fateful year, 1676, brought ruin, desolation and death to his 
and him. 

When, on the capture of Captain Anthony Brackett and his fam- 
ily, August II, 1676, the Indians divided, a part passing around Back 
cove and a part onto the Neck, the first house in the course of the 
latter was Thomas Brackett' s, on the southerly side of the Neck. 
Between the houses of the two brothers, was an unbroken forest. The 
accounts relative to their line of march are conflicting. It is thought 
that the Indians went along the northerly side of the Neck until they 
had passed the farm of Thomas Brackett. In their course the}' met 
John, the son of George Munjoy, and another, Isaac Wakely, and 
shot the two. Others who were with or near them, fled down the 
Neck to give the alarm, and thereupon the Indians retreated in 
the direction of Thomas Brackett' s house. That morning three 
men were on their way to Anthony Brackett's farm to han^est grain. 
They probably rowed over the river from Purpooduck point and had left 
their canoe near Thomas Brackett's house. From there they crossed 
the Neck towards Anthony's house, to where they went near enough to 
hjarn of the attack by the Indians on his family; the three hastened 


onto the Neck, perhaps over the course pursued by the Indians, to 
give the alarm. On their way they heard guns fired "whereby it 
seems two men (perhaps Munjoy and Wakely) were killed." There- 
upon the three fled in the direction of Thomas Brackett's house to 
reach their canoe. The Indians reached the farm, nearly at the same 
time as did the men, who saw Thomas Brackett shot down while at 
work in his field. Two of the men succeeded in reaching the canoe; 
the third, not so fleet of foot, hid in the marsh and witnessed the capture 
of Thomas Brackett's wife and children. The three men escaped. 
Among the Indians who were concerned in the killing of Thomas 
Brackett, was Megunnaway, one of the braves of King Philip. All 
of the residents on the Neck, except Thomas Brackett, his family, 
John Munjoy and Isaac Wakely, succeeded in reaching Munjoy' s 
garrison house, which stood on Munjoy's hill at the end of the Neck. 
From there they passed over to Bangs' Island, then called Andrew's 
Island. Among the fugitives were Lieutenant Thaddeus Clark and his 
family. While thus huddled on the island, Clark wrote a letter to 
Mrs. Harvey, then living in Boston. So accurately does it describe the 
horrors of the day and the deplorable situation of the survivors, that 
a copy is here given: 
"Honored mother — 

After my dut}^ and my wife's presented to your selfe these may 
inform you of our present health, being when other of our friends are 
by barberous heathen cut off from having a being in this world. The 
Lord of late hath removed his witnesses against us, and hath dealt 
very bitterly with us in that we are deprived in the Society of our 
nearest friends by the breaking in of the adversare against us. 
Anthony and Thomas Brackett and their whole families were killed 
and taken by the Indians, we know not how ; it is certainly known to 
us that Thomas is slain and his wife and children carried away cap- 
tive ; and of Anthony and his family we have no tidings, and, there- 
fore, think that they might be captivated the night before because of 
their remoteness of their habitation from the neighbourhood * * * 
There are of men slain, 1 1 ; and of women and children 23 killed and 
taken. We that are alive are forced upon Mr. Andrew's, his island to 
secure our own and the lives of our families * * * . Having no more 
at present., but desiring your prayers to God for the preservation of us 
in these times of danger, I am, 

Your dutiful son 
From Casco Bay 14-6-76. Thaddeus Clark." 

Thomas Brackett was about forty years old at the time of his 
death. His wife, we are informed, died during the first year of her 
captivity. During the course of the war, probably after her death, 
the children were redeemed by their grandfather, Anthou}^ Brackett. 

Following futile efforts to negotiate a peace with the Indians, the 
Bay colony sent a force, under the command of Major Waldron and 
Major Frost,, against the Indians at Maquoit bay, where it arrived 
in Feb., 1677 ; there were skirmishes and minor conflicts resulting in 
no particular advantage to either side. One of the purposes of the 
expedition also, was to conclude a treaty of peace. In the latter part 
of February, the Indians met the English at Pemaquid to enter into 
negotiations, as the former pretended ; that neither had any confidence 


in the other is shown by the agreement that each party was to lay 
aside its arms and submit to a mutual search. At the meeting in the 
afternoon of Feb. 26, 1677, "Waldron espying the point of a lance 
under a board, searched further when he found other weapons hidden 
also, and taking one he brandished it toward them exclaiming 'perfide- 
ous wretches you intended to get our goods and then kill us did you ?' 
They were thunder-struck ! Yet one more daring than the rest seized 
the weapon and strove to rest it from Waldron' s hand; a tumult 
ensued in which his life was much endangered. Major Frost laying 
hold of Megunnaway, one of the barberous murderers of Thomas 
Brackett and his neighbors, hurried him into the hold of the vessel 
* * * ; reenforcements arrived from the vessels and the Indians scat- 
tered in all directions * * * Megunnawa^^ grown hoary in crimes, 
was shot." (Williamson's History of Maine, Vol I, p. 547, citing 
Hubbard's Indian Wars.) 

Thomas Brackett had at least four children, all born in Falmouth. 
William Willis, in his Histor}^ of Portland, on the authority of the Rev. 
Mr. Hubbard, author of Hubbard's Indian Wars, mentions three 
children only, viz., Joshua, Sarah and Mary. In Chapman's Descend- 
ants of Leonard Weeks, it is stated that Thomas Brackett had four 
children ; that his wife and three children were carried into captivity, 
which children were redeemed by their grandparents. In Austin's 
One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, we read that Thomas 
Brackett was killed August 1 1 , 1676 ; * 'that his wife died the same year 
shortly after her return from captivity and the children went to Ports- 
mouth, probably to the care of their grandfather. Three children are 
mentioned as captured ; but to this number should be added a fourth, 
doubtless, viz., Samuel, for he could have been the son of none other 
than Thomas, as Anthony Jr., had no son Samuel and John could 
hardly have had children born early enough." 

John, the son of Anthony, himself had a son Samuel. The name 
was not that of any member of the family at the birth of Samuel, the 
son of John, other than of Samuel, the son of Thomas. It is pre- 
sumed, as the latter for a time lived with John at the home of 
Anthony, the immigrant, in Portsmouth, that John named his son 
Samuel for his nephew Samuel. The first mention of Samuel in 
existing records, is that of his marriage in 1694, in Berwick, then a 
part of the town of Kittery. It is believed that from a period in his 
childhood, until about the time of his marrige, he lived with his aunt 
Martha, the wife of John Grove or Graves. Also, one of the daughters 
of Thomas resided in Kittery after her marriage, and, perhaps, for a 
time prior to her marriage. James H. Brackett, the father of the 
writer, was born in 1807. He lived with his grandfather. Deacon 
James Brackett, for seventeen years (in his father's home), until the 
latter's death in 1825, past the age of ninety-eight years; his oppor- 
tunity for information as to his ancestry was excellent, as his grand- 
father. Deacon James Brackett, had lived with his grandfather, the 
said Samuel Brackett, from 1725 until his death in 1753. Whatever 
doubts may arise from lack of record evidence showing that Samuel 
Brackett was a son of Thomas Brackett, they are dispelled by the force of 
the testimony of James H. Brackett upon this point, as competent as 
he was to testify thereon. He stated that Thomas Brackett who was 
killed at Casco, was his ancestor; that Samuel '" ackett of Berwick 


was said Thomas' son. His source of information was his grand- 
father, Deacon James Brackett, who had talked with his grandfather, 
Samuel Brackett of Berwick. No oral tradition could be more cer- 
tain and positive. 

It would be supposed that records of deeds show the relation- 
ship between Joshua of Greenland, and Samuel of Berwick, as the 
former purchased the interests of his mother's heirs in the Mitton 
estate. The record of one deed only, that of Mary Mitchell to Joshua, 
is found. Issue : 

1. Joshua. See chapter VII. 

2. Sarah; mar. John Hill of Portsmouth ; perhaps he was the John 
Hill who served with Joshua in the garrison at Oyster river. 

3. Samuel, b. in 1672. See chapter VIII. 

4. Mary; mar. Christopher Mitchell of Kittery, who d. in 1743; 
she d. before 1694, as he had son b. in that year by a 2nd wife ; had 
dau. Mary who mar. 14 Nov., 17 — , Chas. Brown. In deed dated 
18 Nov., 1709, made by Christopher Mitchell as guardian, is recited 
that he was formerly mar. to Mar}^ Brackett, dau. of Thomas, by 
whom he had dau. Mary, and deed was made to release daughter's 
share in estate of Thomas to Joshua Brackett of Greenland. 




Captain Anthony Brackett was born in Falmouth, Me., in the year 
1669, was the son of Captain Anthony Brackett and wife Ann Mitton. 
The story of his life until he arrived at the age of twenty years, is 
given in chapter III. Upon the death of his father, he and his 
brother Seth continued in Falmouth until the one was killed and the 
other was captured upon the surrender of fort lyoyal in May, 1690. 
Other members of the family at the time were either in Boston or 
Hampton; the two remained to help defend the town. There were in 
Falmouth, upon the departure of Major Church in November 1689, 
a company of soldiers, which, together with the local compan3% if 
ably commanded, would have been sufficient to defend it. However, 
as it transpired, the company of soldiers was absent from Falmouth 
on an expedition, when in May 1690, the French and Indians 
attacked the fort. Lieutenant Thaddeus Clark and a force of thirty 
men of the local company, were ambushed, and he and thirteen of his 
men were killed. His command is mentioned as being composed of the 
"stoutest young men." It is probable that the brothers served under 
Clark, who was husband to their aunt. Four only of the command 
reached the fort, and they were wounded. The siege began on the i6th 
of May, and the fort was surrendered on the 20th. Seth Brackett was 
killed during the siege or at the time Clark's force was ambushed. 
Capt. Brackett was made prisoner on the surrender of the fort. 
Nearly all the prisoners were carried to Canada; he remained with the 
Indians in Maine until September, 1690, when he effected his escape, 
the particulars of which are related as follows: 

In September, 1690, Major Church went on his third expedition 
to Maine; he landed at Maquoit where he left his ships and proceeded 
up the Androscoggin river for forty miles, to where was an Indian 
fort, which he captured with some prisoners. One of them was called 
Great Tom; he effected his escape and found his way to a party of 
Indians that held Captain Brackett a prisoner, to whom (writes one 
historian) Great Tom told such wonderful stories of the famous 
Church that they fled, leaving Capt. Brackett to shift for himself. 
Another historian has it, that on hearing the story from Great Tom, 
of the defeat of his party on the taking of the fort, the Indians "fled 
that region," and during their flight Anthony effected his escape. 
Major Church's account is that Captain Brackett, guided and advised 
by Great Tom, reached the shipping at Maquoit in time to be taken 
on board of one of the ships, which, through the opposition of its cap- 
tain to a plan for an attack by Major Church, had become aground 
and thus was detained until Captain Brackett arrived. Had he 
missed the vessel, he would have been compelled to travel eighty miles 
to the nearest English settlement. Perhaps Great Tom and Captain 


Brackett were acquaintances; after the former escaped from the force 
under the command of Church, in his wanderings he met the latter, 
who had recently escaped from the Indians; the two exchanged infor- 
mation; Captain Brackett directed Great Tom to the band of Indians 
which had held him captive, and Great Tom informed him that the 
vessels of Captain Church were anchored at Maquoit bay. 

Major Church from Maquoit proceeded to Winter Harbor (near 
Saco) where he had a skirmish with the Indians; returned to Casco 
bay and for the night' anchored at Purpooduck point. A portion of his 
men were encamped on the shore in a deserted house. At dawn of 
September 21, 1690, these were attacked by Indians who were driven 
off with some loss; five of the English were killed. After this skir- 
mish Major Church collected and buried the mouldering bones of the 
people who were slain during the siege of fort Loyal. Falmouth was 
the scene of no more engagements during the war. 

The following account is of interest; nothing is vouched for its 
truthfulness. It is from the pen of the "sullen bigot," Cotton 

"The Indians, as the captives inform us, being hungry passed 
through deserted Casco where they spied sev&ral horses in Captain 
Brackett 's orchard. Their famish 'd squa's begged them shoot the 
horses that they might be revived with a little roast meat; but the 
young men were for having a little sport before their supper. 
Driving the horses into a pond they took one of them and furnished 
him with an halter suddenly made with the mane and the tail of the 
animal, which they cut off. A son of the famous Hegon was ambi- 
tious to mount the Pegaseaen steed; but being a pitiful horseman, he 
ordered them, for fear of his falling, to tie his legs fast under the 
horse's belly. No sooner was this 'beggar on horseback' and the 
spark, in his own opinion thoroughly equipt, but the mettlesome 
horse furiously and presently ran with him out of sight. Neither 
horse nor man were ever seen any more; the astonish'd tawnies 
howl'd after one of their nobility disappearing by such an unexpected 
accident. A few days after they found one of his legs, and that was 
all, which they buried in Captain Brackett' s cellar, with abundance 
of lamentation." 

Captain Brackett enlisted in the service of the Bay colony ; was 
appointed lieutenant, and, later, captain. The colony kept four com- 
panies in the western part of Maine from the Piscataqua river to the 
town of Wells. Major Church said of him, "he has proved a good 
pilot and captain for his country." One of the historians of the day 
wrote of him,, "this Mr. Brackett was improved in the service in pur- 
suing those that had been the murderers of his father." 

In October 1694, he was stationed at York. The governor, Wil- 
liam Phipps, had received news of a premeditated attack by the 
French and Indians; he advised Major Francis Hooke at Kittery, and 
through him, the other commanders stationed in Maine. By Major 
Hooke a copy of the governor's letter was forwarded to Lieutenant 
Anthou}^ Brackett and Lieutenant Abraham Preble (at York) with 
direction to forward same to the officers at Wells and Saco. Subse- 
quently, he was promoted to the rank of captain. The post at Wells 
was the most easterly of those continuously occupied by the English 
until the treaty of peace. It was the most liable to be attacked; its 


loss would result in the evacuation of a large section of country and 
perhaps, eventuall^^ of the entire province. There was no person in 
the service better fitted for the command at Wells than Captain 
Brackett, and to the place he had been assigned as early as 1696, as 
the following shows: 

"October 29, 1696, according to order of Rt. Hon. I^t. Gov. for 
detaching four soldiers for release of four at Wells, bearing date 24 
Dec. 1696, in pursuance whereof by my orders Sam'l Norton, John 
Grely, Israel Hoyt and Nath'l Osgood were detached 26 Dec. 1696, 
and sent to Wells to Captain Brackett, under conduct of Mr. Isaac 
Morrell to relieve Jacob Morrell, John Osgood, Sam'l Collins and 
Hezekiah Purrington." (Extract from order book of Captain Henry 
True of Salisbury.) 

In July, 1696, upon the fall of fort William Henry at Pemaquid, 
Me., there were apprehensions that the French and Indians might 
advance to the Piscataqua River ; steps were immediately taken to 
reinforce the troops stationed at Wells and to the westward along the 
coast. The command of the army was given to Major Church. 
With the troops raised in Massachusetts he sailed to the Piscataqua 
river, and at Portsmouth met the companies which had been on duty 
in the towns in Maine ; assigned "to his Captains, Graham, Brackett, 
Hunnewell and Larkin their rank and duty." This was in August, 
1696. From Portsmouth he was to start on an expedition to the Pen- 
obscot river and against the French settlements on the St. Johns river. 
The little army left Portsmouth on August 22, 1696, and in its course 
to the Kennebec, stopped at points on the coast without seeing or 
hearing of any Indians, — so thoroughly had the eastward forces per- 
formed their duty. The voyage was continued to the Penobscot bay 
where the islands were searched and the coasts thoroughly scouted, 
but no Indians were found. The whale boats were left near the 
mouth of the river and the land forces set out on an expedition in 
pursuit of the enemj^. It was reported that about sixty miles up the 
river was a fort. Major Church mentions that he advanced to above 
the falls in the river, and relates the following incident: 

"A mile or two above the falls they discovered a birch canoe 
coming down with two Indians in it. The Major sent word imme- 
diately back to those at the falls, to lie very close and let them pass 
down the falls, and to take them alive that he might have intelligence 
where the enemy were * * *. But a foolish soldier seeing them pass 
by him, shot at them, contrary to orders given, which prevented them 
from going into the ambuscade that was laid for them. Whereupon 
several more of our men being near, shot at them. So that one of 
them could not stand when he got ashore but crept away into the 
brush. The other stepped out of the canoe with his paddle in his 
hand and ran about a rod and threw down his paddle and turned back 
and took up his gun and so escaped. One of our Indians swam over 
the river, fetched the canoe wherein was a considerable quantity of 
blood on the seat that the Indians sat on; the canoe had several holes 
shot in her. They stopped the holes and then Captain Brackett with 
an Indian soldier went over the river and tracked them b}^ the blood 
about half a mile where they found his gun, took it up and seeing the 
blood no further concluded that he had stopped it and so got away." 

Janthony, the soldier 79 

As their discovery prevented a surprise of the fort further up the 
river, at that time, Major Church returned to his boats and vessels, 
and sailed for the St. Johns river. There his army made great havoc 
among the French setdements and took considerable plunder. Not 
wishing to advance fiirther east, his intentions were to return to the 
Penobscot river, to allow his white soldiers from Massachusetts to 
return to their hornet with the ships and, with the "Eastward men" 
and the friendly Indians, to set out on an expedition by land to the 
Indian fort sixty miles- up the river on an island. From there he 
intended to march ove land to the Piscataqua, attacking Norridge- 
wock and other india, settlements and strongholds in his course. 
Pursuant 'to this plan hJ "discoursed with Captain Brackett, Captain 
Hunnewell and Captain L,arkin (with their lyieutenants), commanders 
of the forces belonging to the eastward parts, who were to discourse 
their soldiers about their proceedings when they came to Penobscot." 
He further mentions how he intended to proceed, — "to take that fort 
in the Penobscot river ; " that Captain Brackett informed the "major 
that when the water was low, they could wade over, which was at 
that time the lowest that had >een known in a long time." He had 
commenced his return voyage when he was superseded in command 
by Colonel Hathorn. The expedition again went to St. Johns river 
and after a futile attempt to take i fort from the French, set sail for 
Boston. By the month of November, 16^6, the "Eastward forces" had 
returned to their several station x;7i Captain Brackett to the fort at 

These men from the eastwa^ i were not adventurers after plunder 
and scalp money ; their purpose was to destroy the enemy ; hence, 
they stood ready to follow Church where he should lead them ; and 
not the least forward so to do was Cap^.ain Brackett, his "good pilot," 
and "Captain for his country." 

In 1697, there was an alarm of anc her invasion of the few settle- 
ments in Maine which remained to tu>. English ; a force for their 
protection was sent from Massachusetts ;. before it arrived there were 
desultory attacks at different points by .i-iouting parties of Indians. 
At Wells one of a party at work in a marsh was slain by the Indians ; 
they captured another of the party whom ihey burned at the stake. 
"Captain Brackett pursued them but did but almost over take them." 

One of the comrades in arms of Captain Brackett was Major 
Charles Frost who commanded in Kittery; he was waylaid and killed 
by the Indians on Sunday, July 4, 1697. One, Tbseph Storer, residing 
at Wells, under date of July 16, 1697, wrote |;o Captain Joseph Hill 
at Saco, Maine, giving an account of the deatn of Major Frost, and 
added, "Capt. Brackett went with some of his Company a Monday 
by the way Newichawanock (Berwick) and I went with him," to at- 
tend Major Frost's funeral. This was the Major Frost who captured 

Peace with the Indians was made in 1698; the war had lasted 
ten years. The four companies "to the Eastward" had so well 
patrolled the country, that as early as 1693, the settlers were enabled 
to return to their homes ; from that year, during the remainder of the 
war, though frequently there were attacks and outrages by scouting 
and roving bands of Indians, and people were compelled to huddle in 
garrison and block houses, there happened no massacres and no forti- 


fied places were taken. Prior to the year i6'3, the towns were 
nearly deserted. Captain Brackett rose from tiie ranks to the posi- 
tion of commander of the most easterly post rtiaintained by the Eng- 
lish, in Maine, during the latter part of the war. He had seen ten 
years of continuous service before he attaine^J the thirtieth year of 
his age. It is to be regretted that we know so little of the history of 
this brave and courageous man. However, >,'hen it is considered 
that barely the mention of the name of a person who sacrificed years 
of his life in active service, is all that records contain concerning him, 
is his military history for his descendants ; t. \at no more than a bare 
mention is made concerning hundreds who Q.jught during this and 
other Indian wars, we are very fortunate i? deed to have preserved 
these few meager scraps concerning this gallant soldier. In whatever 
rank he served, whether private, lieutenant or captain, he gained 
distinction; in fact, he was renowned beo»re he had been in the serv- 
ice a year. His was not a service for a few months in this or that 
expedition ; it was for the war. ten 5'ea"''s of hard fighting, and dur- 
ing the entire period he scarcely set ^"'jot in the town where was his 
home — deserted Falmouth. 

When peace was restored Capt^iin Brackett went to Hampton, 
New Hampshire. During the foU't-wing year he was married ; his 
wife's Christian name was Mary, her surname is not known. He 
resided in Hampton but a few ye|rs; about the commencement of 
Queen Anne's war he removed tO !^3Ston ; while there, for a time at 
least, he followed the sea, was a ves.sel owner. He could not refrain 
from lending a helping hand in bf^ialf of the struggling settlers of 
Maine and New Hampshire, hence we read : — 

"Whereas Anthony Brackej^t, master of a sloop has informed his 
honor that he has on board s^jres of war for this province ; ordered 
that Capt. Walton of the for*^'^ William and Mary, receive said stores 
and that Mr. Treasurer pa^^jthe said Anthony Brackett his freight 
out of the Treasury, 21 Noyv, 1710." (Vol. Ill, p. 621, New Hamp- 
shire Prov. P.) ,' 

Perhaps it was failing/C.iealth which prevented the veteran from 
actively participating in 'he long and fiercely contested struggle, 
which closed shortly before his death. From the Old Sexton's Bills 
(Boston Records), is gV^aned that "Anthony Brackett died June 82, 
1716, aged 47 years." Peace and rest which war's alarms will not 
disturb, at last are his for evermore. It is well that his descendants 
should know the storv of his life. Issue : 

1. Mary; d. 30 Jai ., 1702. (Old Sexton's Bills.) 

2. Mary, b. 8 Ma_,, 1704; no further record. 
.3. Anthony, b. 25 Jan., 1708. See chapter X. 



Zachariah Brackett, son of Captain Anthony Brackett (see chap. 
Ill), by his second wife, Susannah Drake, was born January 20, 1682. 
This date is the earliest, showing day, month and year of the birth of 
any of the descendants of Anthony, the immigrant, so complete was 
the destruction of town and parish records wrought by the Indians. 
Zachariah was the great-grandson of George Cleeve ; the first settlers 
of the province and many of their children had passed away, and a 
half century had rolled by from the time when Cleeve settled at 
Casco, before there was made the record of a birth or a marriage 
which remains to us. Nor was this date of the birth of Zachariah 
obtained from the records of a town in Maine ; it is the town records 
of Hampton, N. H., that contain mention of it, where are also 
recorded the dates of the births of his sisters. Until he reached the 
sixth year of his age, his father's family dwelt at intervals of the time 
at Hampton, though his father was quite steadily at Falmouth. The 
family, at the time of the commencement of the war of 1688, or soon 
after, was in Hampton. From that year there was continuous war- 
fare with the Indians, with the exception of two years (1699-1700), 
until the peace of 17 13. During these years repeated attacks were 
made by the Indians on Hampton. What is known as the third 
Indian war (Queen Anne's war) began in 1701, and continued until 
1 7 13. Zachariah ser\'ed as a soldier during the entire war; that is, he 
belonged to a military company and ever stood ready to do the bid- 
ding of his officers. He was frequenth' called upon for service as the 
Indians were persistent and aggressive in their attacks. 

As a result of the war the population of Maine had materially 
decreased ; one hundred miles of its seacoast was without an inhabi- 
tant and nearly all of its towns had been desolated. There was no 
place of safety but within a fort or a garrison house, and there was no 
fort east of Falmouth nor between it and Wells. In Falmouth, not 
on the Neck, but eastward across the ba}^, had been erected a small 
fort, which, though often attacked, was held by the colonists to the 
close of hostilities. At one time it was resolved by the authorities at 
Boston to demolish the fort and abandon Falmouth, but the resolution 
was not carried into effect. This advanced post was maintained until 
peace was declared. In the year 17 15, it was demolished. About the 
fort gathered a few of the homeless people ; on or shortly before the 
destruction of the fort, they passed over to the Neck, and in the midst 
of the ruins of the homes of the former settlers, erected log huts in 
which to dwell. There were few if any among them who had title to 
land there or thereabouts. They were of the class whose stay at any 
place was precarious and had been attracted to Falmouth because it 
was a military post at a point on the coast, which afforded opportuni- 


ties for living b}^ fishing and occupying the deserted farms. In 1713, 
the authorities appointed a committee to examine into and pass upon 
the title of claimants to lands in Maine. It will be remembered that 
for over a quarter of a century the early settlers to the eastward of 
Wells, v»nth the exception of one or two small temporar}^ settlements, 
had been driven from their homes and prevented from returning to 
them by the fear of captivity or death at the hands of the Indians. 
In fact, so hazardous and calamitous were the prospects of returning 
to their homes, that the authorities would not allow an attempt to be 
made without their permission. By 1713, a goodly proportion of the 
heads of families, settlers of the province, had passed away, and claim- 
ants to lands, in many instances, were heirs of persons once entitled 
thereto, long since deceased. Of such was Zachariah Brackett. The 
authorities of the proprietary colony of Massachusetts included Fal- 
mouth among, in fact it was one of the first of, the towns which permis- 
sion was given to settlers to return and claim their deserted farms or 
those of their fathers. In 17 15, he went to Falmouth and took posses- 
sion of his father's farm on Back cove. He and a Benjamin Skillings 
are mentioned as the first having title to land in Falmouth, to settle 
on the deserted farms. At the time there were but few living on the 
Neck and among them a Mr. Ingersol, called by the people "The 
Governor, ' ' from the fact that the house he built there was a frame 
one, the others being made of logs. Soon after there was an influx 
of claimants and others. Of those who had no lands, some at least did 
not refrain from occupying the lands of absent claimants, and there 
was an assumption on the part of the newly organized town govern- 
ment to grant lands to the new settlers, which belonged to or were 
claimed by the heirs of the old settlers. The contests consequent 
thereon relative to the ownership of tracts, based, as were the titles 
of the new settlers in them, upon grants by the new town govern- 
ment, in conjunction with the contests the old settlers passed through 
respecting their acquirement of title to lands under former govern- 
ments, which the new settlers insisted should be reopened and tried 
anew, presented for consideration questions whose intricacies might 
well bewilder the proverbial Philadelphia lawyer. The general court 
was petitioned for relief by heirs of the old settlers, and the names of 
the daughters of Captain Anthony Brackett are affixed to such peti- 
tions ; that body relegated their petitions to its circumlocution 
bureau. No relief was ever granted by the court. The contest con- 
tinued until 1732, when the old and new proprietors of the town came 
to an agreement, by the terms of which the new settlers vacated the 
lands claimed by the old settlers and their heirs. This agreement 
was entered into during the centennial anniversary of the settlement 
of Casco by Cleeve ; the hundred years had been of strife and turmoil 
on the part of the inhabitants among themselves and of dreadful and 
calamitous wars with the Indians. 

Zachariah, who was one of the very first to return to Falmouth 
and occupy the land he claimed, was not involved in the long contest 
between the old and the new settlers. However, he had a little fam- 
ily affair about land, which gave promise of vexatious suits at law. 
Zachariah claimed title to the farm on Back cove as heir of his 
mother to her rights under the deed of jointure made by Captain 
Anthony at the time of his second marriage. His opponents were 


his half-brother and half-sisters who contended that the farm was the 
property of their mother and that their father had no title which he 
could convey to his second wife. There was an amicable settlement. 
Zachariah purchased the interest in the farm of the heirs, and for the 
purpose borrowed money of Joseph Maylem, bricklayer, of Boston, 
his brother-in-law. 

The family of Zachariah did not remove to Falmouth until the 
year 17 19. On August 2nd of that year, the six elder of his children 
were baptized in Hampton. The fact that the family did not go to 
Falmouth until the year 17 19, is shown by the affidavit of Abraham 
Brackett, one of its members, born in 17 14, who thereby testified that 
he was four (five) years of age when he went to Falmouth to live. 

In 1722, commenced the Three Years, or lyOvewell's, war. The 
Indians had patiently waited for the colonists to carry out the treaty 
of 1 7 13 in the particular of erecting and maintaining trading posts 
for the accommodation of the former, and for their protection against 
the extortions of the private traders. Traffic -with the Indians was 
then very profitable. In our day one is well able to imagine from what 
source opposition would arise to the erection of j)ublic trading posts, 
where the Indians could purchase goods at a normal cost and receive 
a fair price for their commodities, and delay their erection as long as 
possible. Rather than carry out the treaty, the authorities at Boston 
chose the hazards of war, or, more correctly speaking, ventured to 
make an attempt to capture the one man above all others, who gave 
them the alternative of performing their treaties of their own accord, 
or submitting to the humiliation of being compelled to do so. The 
man was Father Ralle, the faithful friend of the Indians, who dwelt 
in the village of the Norridgewock tribe. The attempt made to kid- 
nap him in time of peace was thwarted by the alert Indians. This 
act of treachery determined the sagamores ; they resolved upon war. 
Hostilities upon their part at once commenced and continued until 
the authorities at Boston were very anxious, not only to erect trading 
posts, but also to concede quite everything the Indians demanded. 
Again the settlers were huddled in or near forts and garrison houses ; 
there were hostilities from Nova Scotia to the western frontiers of 
Massachusetts. On the Neck in Falmouth, in July, 1722, a man was 
shot ; in April, 1723, a soldier was killed in an attack on one of the 
garrison houses. Though in former wars the greatest loss of life, and 
suffering from captivity and destruction of property, of any settle- 
ment in Maine or New Hampshire were the lot of the people of Fal- 
mouth, in this war the town was the field of little more than forays 
by the Indians in which occasionally there was loss of life, rarely on 
the part of the enemy. So securely did the inhabitants feel, because 
of the protection offered them by the natural advantages on the 
Neck, from attacks by the Indians, that their military discipline was 
of the exceedingly^ indifferent kind. "We walked through the town 
of Falmouth twice in one night" reads the report of a committee 
appointed by the general court to investigate conditions of defense at 
different points in Maine, "without being hailed, though there were 
several military companies in the place." In one of said companies, 
that commanded by Captain Joshua Moody, Zachariah served as a 
private ; the company was organized in 1722 ; his name is found in a 
muster roll of the company made in 1725. 


Lieutenant Governor Dummer's peace, concluded in 1725, was 
hailed with rejoicing by the settlers of Maine. It was ratified July 
30, at Falmouth, where the victorious sagamores had kept in wait- 
ing for two weeks, many state dignitaries and a "fine train of young 
gentlemen" as a guard. So thoroughly harassed had been the 
Whites that for the first time were their authorities inclined to be in 
earnest in their promises to the Indians. Immediate steps were 
taken to carry into effect the terms of the treaty, and thereupon fol- 
lowed as many 3'ears of continuous peace as the colonists were des- 
tined to enjoy during the time from King Philip's war to the fall of 
Quebec, a period of eighty-five years. 

Again, people could dwell in safety and unmolested outside of 
forts, garrison and block houses. Zachariah with his family could 
leave the Neck and return to the old farm at Back cove. It is prob- 
able that he never took part in any conflict with the Indians sub- 
sequent to the treaty of 1725. Prior to or during King George's 
war, which commenced in 1744, he had moved to Ipswich, Mass. 
He sold the farm at Back cove shortly before. In Ipswich he passed 
the remainder of his days. He died in 1751 ; estate administered in 
October 1755 ; consisted in part of house and lands in Ipswich. 

The question as to who was the first wife of Zachariah is prob- 
lematical. Her Christian name was Hannah. Among the unpub- 
lished writings of Mr. Willis, is a memorandum, reading, in sub- 
stance, that Zachariah Brackett was a son of Captain Anthony by his 
second wife; that "Dr. Brackett informed me his first wife was a 
Drake ; by her he had his children ; his second wife was an Irish 

The Dr. Brackett referred to, was Dr. James Brackett of L,ee, 
N. H. A careful research has disclosed that there was no Hannah 
Drake whom Zachariah could have married. The relater probably 
was confused as to the spouse of the Drake who married a Brackett, 
or confused the wives of Anthony and Zachariah, and thus misin- 
formed the historian. lyittle did the doctor think that less than 
three-quarters of a century would pass before there would be pub- 
lished that his wife was an Elizabeth Nye, sister of Adino Nye. 
The truth probably is that the first wife of Zachariah Brackett was 
his cousin, Hannah Libby, daughter of Anthony, who was his fifth 
child. He had four daughters, viz., Sarah, who married June 18, 
1701, Israel Smith; Mary, who married Mar. 7, 1709, John Lane; 
Hannah; Jane, b. Aug. 5, 1700, who married in 1720, Deacon 
Abraham Moulton. In his will, dated Feb. 17, 171 8, Anthony Libby 
bequeathed to his daughters whom he named thus — 

"4th. To my beloved daughter Sarah, 6£. 

5th. To my beloved daughter, Mary, 6£. 

6th. To my beloved daughter, Hannah, 20s. 

7th. To my beloved daughter, Jane," cattle on her marriage 

It will be observed that daughters, Sarah and Mary, were 
married when the will was made ; that their husbands' names are 
not given in the will, hence their names are derived from other 
sources. Further, the name of the husband of Hannah is not con- 
tained in the Libb)^ genealogy. This speculation is ventured, that 
in 1 718, when Anthony Libby made his will, Zachariah Brackett had 


acquired possession of his father's valuable farm at Back cove, 
hence, the small bequest to his daughter Hannah, the wife of 
Zachariah. Anthony Libby was born in 1649, in Scarboro; was a 
carpenter; removed to Falmouth in 1682; married August 20, 1775, 
Sarah Drake, sister of Susannah, and daughter of Abraham Drake 
and wife Jane, of Hampton; removed to Hampton in 1685, where he 
died in 1718 ; was son of John; he was born in England about 1602, 
came to America in 1631, in the eniplo}' of John Winter at Richmond 
island; settled in 1640, at Black point, Scarboro; died in 1682; name 
of first wife is unknown ; name of second wife was Mary. 

Zachariah Brackett married (2nd), intention published Feb. 16, 
1 741. Mary Ross; she was probably daughter of the Ross mentioned 
by Abraham Brackett in his afl&davit as the Ross "then lately (1740) 
come from Scotland." Dr. Brackett related that because of the 
trouble she made in the family, Zachariah sold the farm and removed 
to Ipswich. There probably was opposition on the part of the chil- 
dren to their father's second marriage ; the wife was many years his 
junior. Her estate was administered in 1793, probably shortly after 
her death. Issue: 

1. Sarah, b. i Mar., 1709; mar. (ist), Isa-ac Sawyer, b. about 
1707 or 8, in Gloucester, Mass., was son of Isaac; he was b. in 1684, 

in Gloucester, mar. in 1706, Martha , removed to Falmouth in 

1725, d. in 1772, was son of James; he was a weaver in Gloucester, 
mar. Sarah Bra^-, dau. of Thomas of Gloucester; James may have 
been son of William v/ho came to New England about 1640. An 
Isaac Sav/yer was one of the organizing members of First Parish 
church in Falmouth, in 1727. Mar. (2nd), subsequently to 1752, 
Jonathan Morse ; he united with the First church in Falmouth in 
1737, having been dismissed from the church in Newbury, Mass. 
Issue by Isaac Sawyer: 

1st. Zachariah, bapt. 10 June, 1732. 

2nd. Zachariah, b. 27 Aug., 1733; mar. in 1754, Sarah Knight; 
mar. (2nd) 13 May, 1784, Mrs. Susannah (Watson) Shillings; resided 
in Falmouth until his second marriage when he removed to Gorham. 
Children: Hannah, b. in 1755 ; Nathan, who mar. Tabitha Skillings ; 
Jonathan; Isaac; Zachariah; Brackett, b. 19 Mar., 1775, mar. Eliz- 
abeth Webb, d. 21 Apr., 1851 ; Amos, lost at sea; Eevi, b. 13 May, 

3d. Anthony, bapt. in 1735; d. 21 June, 1805; mar. Susanna 
Marston. Children: Ephraim ; child; Daniel; Asa; Joseph; Rob- 
ert, and six others. 

4th. Anne. 5th, Hannah Brackett, b. in 1739. 

6th. A child. 7th, Thomas. 8th, Benjamin. 9th, Isaac. 

10th. Sarah, who mar. her cousin, Peter Brackett (see fam. 
4, div. 5). 

11th. Obediah. 

2. Jane, b. 13 Jan., 1711; mar. Daniel Moslier, son of James 
and grandson of Hugh; resided in Gorham. Issue: 

1st. Hannah Brackett b. in 1734; mar. Moses Akers. Issue: 

I. Jenny Mosher, b. 13 Aug., 1756; int. of mar. 20 Mar., 1784, 
with Thomas Brackett; mar. 17 Mar., 1785, James Brackett of Fal- 
mouth (see fam. 4, div. 7). 

II. Daniel Mosher. 


III. John. 

IV. Hannah Baker. 

V. Rebecca. 

VI. Susannah Baker, b. 17 Oct., 1775. 
2nd. Catherine, who mar. Joseph Watson. 

3d. James, bapt. in 1737; mar. in 1758, Abigail Frost who d. 
2 Oct., 1834, aged 99 years. 

3. Anthony, b. 25 Aug., 1712. See division 4. ^^^ 

4. Abraham, b. 3 July, 17 14. See division 3. 

5. Zachariah, Jr., b. 30 Nov., 1716. See division 6. 

6. Thomas, b. in 17 18. See division 5. 

7. Susannah, b. 13 Feb., 1720; mar. John Baker who came 
from Boston. Children were Josiah, bapt. in 1741 ; John; and Susan. 

8. Joshua, b. 7 Jan., 1723. See division 7, 

9. Abigail, b. 21 Aug., 1727; mar. James Merrill of Falmouth. 
Children by wife, Mary Ross: 

10. Mary, bapt. in 1742. 

11. Ann, bapt. in 1745. 



Joshua Brackett, the son of Thomas Brackett (see chapter IV), 
and grandson of Anthony Brackett, the immigrant, was born in Fal- 
mouth. The year of his birth is not known; he, himself, probably 
did not know with certainty his age, for all town and parish records 
were destroyed and both of his parents died during his childhood, 
his father having been killed by the Indians and his mother having 
succumbed to the hardships of captivity while in the hands of the 
same foe. With his mother, his brother and sisters, Joshua was 
taken captive on that fateful day, August ii, 1676. With the 
Indians he remained until he was -redeemed by his grandfather 
Anthony Brackett, in whose family he resided for several years. We 
have nothing certain as to his captivity, either as to its length or 
where he was confined. Probably not until the close of the war did 
he reach his grandfather's house at Sandy beach. His mother had 
passed away ; ail the personal effects of his father had been destroyed ; 
the farm and large tracts on the Neck alone remained to him, and 
when he arrived at an age to be able to cultivate and improve them, 
war commenced with the Indians, which, but for a short interval of 
peace, lasted for twenty-five years. From this condition of privation 
and destitution he arose to become one of the richest men in the prov- 
ince, in his day. 

By his grandfather he was reared. He became sufficiently 
skilled in the English language to write with ease and to express 
himself in good diction. We have no better, and want no better, 
evidence of the excellent qualities and aspirations of Anthony 
Brackett, the immigrant, than is afforded by the degree of culture 
attained by his children and grandchildren who were his charges, 
principally through the advantages he bestowed upon them. During 
the nine years which followed the peace of 1679, the boy was in good 
hands, was being well instructed and carefully trained by his aged 
Episcopalian grandparents, and petted and comforted by aunts, 
uncles and cousins. Then commenced the war of 1688, and Falmouth 
was in danger. The emergency of the times called him to Falmouth 
where was the gallant Anthony Brackett, his uncle. Imagine him 
shirking duty, if you can, permitting others to defend the town where 
he was born, where was the home of his father, all that he owned, 
and he remaining at Sandy beach. He went to Falmouth and 
becam.e a partisan follower of his uncle on those questions over which 
the conflict waxed strong and split in twain the settlers of the de- 
voted town. At the time, the contest between the parties was over 


the appointment of their military ofl&cers. A petition dated May 2, 
1689, to which Joshua was a signer, was presented to the insurrec- 
tionary authorities at Boston, opposing the continuation in command 
of their local military force, of Colonel Tyng and Captain Sylvanus 
Davis. The opposition to these officers was not so much on the 
account that they had been appointed by Sir Edmund Andross, as on 
the account that they had profited, as beneficiaries of his harsh civil 
government in Falmouth, at the expense of its people. The conflict 
of the parties had taken successively the form of contests over 
different questions, and at this critical juncture the contest in the 
matter of appointing officers was deplorably virulent and untimely. 
Joshua was probably past the age of twenty-one when he signed the 
petition. It is not thought that boys who had not attained their 
majority would have been permitted, in those days, to petition the 
officials of the Bay colony on so grave a subject. How long he 
remained in Falmouth is not known, probably until after the danger 
had passed; was with his uncle when he fell and thereupon hastened, 
on that frosty morning in September, to the Neck, to give the alarm 
on the approach of the Indians ; took part in the battle ; attended 
the funeral of his uncle, and then returned to Sandy beach. With 
the arrival of spring came the news of the fall of fort lyoyal at Fal- 
mouth, and of the death and captivit}^ of relatives. Let us not again 
draw the pall of that terrible last Tuesday of September, 1691 ; for, 
to write of it once, even at this date, is sickening. Young Joshua 
was there; "The sons of auld goodman Brackett were in the salt 
marsh and with no suspicion of danger," reads the old chronicle. 
The sparse and meager accounts we have of those stirring times, 
hardly afford us a glimpse of young Joshua. But this we have, show- 
ing that he was doing his part, stationed at the most exposed point, 
at the height of the conflict: 

"April I, 1697, Thes may inform Howe it may conceren that 
these fouer men hear named, William pumeri, John Hill, Richard 
place and Joshua bracket sarved thair majisty Shoulders in garrison 
at Oister Riew'" (Durham) in the provens of new Hampshire in the 
yer 1696. Richard pomri, five weekes, the other thre fouer weekes a 
pece ; thay Hev Had former debenters for the sam time but Lost. 
John Woodman, Captain." 

About the year 1698, he was married ; his oldest child was born 
in 1700. He continued to live in Greenland until his death in 1749, 
was a resident of the town for nearl}^ seventy years. At times during 
the war commencing in 1701 and ending in 1715, he did some sol- 
diering ; was chosen lieutenant of a local military company, and 
hence, we find him spoken of as Lieutenant Joshua Brackett. Dur- 
ing twenty-eight years of the first forty-five years of his life, there 
was continuous war with the Indians. The horrifying accounts of 
the bloody conflicts in night and da^^, during all seasons of the year; 
of murder, rapine, torture and bloody reprisals; of the most shameful 
treachery on the part of the English as well as on the part of their 
determined foe, — the reading them two hundred years after the 
scenes they depict, took place, gives one the nightmare. There was 
not a man in the province on whom blows fell faster and harder, and 
produced deeper heart pangs, who had cause to cry louder for 
revenge, than Joshua Brackett. Of those slain whom he had to 


mourn were his father, grandfather, grandmother, uncle Captain 
Anthony Brackett, uncle Nathaniel Mitton, uncle Lieutenant Thad- 
deus Clark and cousin Seth Brackett ; of his relatives who were made 
captives were his mother, who died while a prisoner, his brother, two 
sisters, the children of his uncle John Brackett, one of whom never 
returned to the province to live, and the children of his uncle 
Anthony Brackett. Who of his relatives were maimed and wounded, 
have not been learned. 

There is evidence that he was engaged in the coast trade, 
whether as merchant or transporter it is not known ; certain it is that 
he was the owner of vessels; was also a manufacturer of lumber, 
owned a saw mill or two, owned one at Wadleigh's Falls in Strafford 
county. So with some reason it can be presumed that the product 
of his mills, he shipped to Boston. Whatever was his line of business, 
he prospered, accumulated wealth. Early in his business life he 
purchased land, farms from their respective owners adjoining one 
another and bordering for miles along the southern shore of the Great 

"These lands around the bay were far the best in town 
And here the prudent Bracketts came and settled down." 

Commencing with a tract over the line in Stratham, now owned 
by the heirs of Mr. Dudley lyittlefield, the farm extended into the 
present town of Greenland, the southern shore of the bay being its 
northern limit ; it is probably one of the most beautifully situated 
tracts of land in the state. 

"The lands along the bay 
Were in the Dover grant and things were mixed that way. 
'Twas called 'Cottrell's Delight.' This place round Littlefield's 
Was owned by men in Exeter. From them it yields 
Itself some way to Brackett." 

The long Indian war came to an end in 1713. Two years later 
the settlers commenced to return to deserted Falmouth. The con- 
test over land between the old and the new settlers arose. The heirs 
of Michael Mitton were petitioning the general court for their rights 
as proprietors of Falmouth, but the name of Joshua Brackett does 
not appear among those of the petitioners. We have no evidence that 
he took steps to secure his property in Falmouth until the year 1726, 
when he applied for administration on his father's estate, quite fifty 
years after his father's death. Two years later his sons, Joshua and 
Anthony, took possession of the old farm. About this period Lieu- 
tenant Joshua became interested in Peak's island and other landed 
property of the Mitton estate. In Boston lived his second cousin, 
Anthony Brackett, son of Captain Anthony, "the good pilot and 
captain for his country," son of the gallant Captain Anthony of Fal- 
mouth, the husband of Ann Mitton, daughter of Michael Mitton. 
This Anthony, the fourth, had purchased the interests of some heirs of 
Michael Mitton, children of all the daughters of Mitton except one, 
Mary, the mother of Joshua, and Joshua himself purchased the 
interests of his brother and sisters. The two, Joshua and Anthony, 
by these purchases became the owners of Peak's island and other 
large tracts of land in Falmouth. 

Quite a lively contest will have the Rev. Thomas Smith et al, 
who have been purchasing wild-cat claims to these same lands, as no 


time does this Anthony of Boston propose to lose in bringing suit to 
test the title to lands in question which the reverend gentleman sets 
up. Anthony and lyieutenant Joshua are in communication by letter, 
and when the wind is favorable, this Anthony takes a sail to Ports- 
mouth to talk over the business in hand with the prosperous mer- 
chant, landowner, manufacturer and veteran soldier, Lieutenant 
Joshua. Well the two know with whom they have to deal ; know 
that the Rev. Thomas Smith of Falmouth, has such an eye to busi- 
ness that he disdains not to put a few pounds sterling into stock of a 
scalp-hunting company, whose profit is the government bounty of 
some hundred pounds paid for the scalps of every Indian, squaw 
and papoose taken by the men hired and equipped by his company. 

Fortunately a few letters which passed between the cousins are 
extant. Mrs. Grace Brackett Scott of New Market, a descendant of 
Joshua, often thought that in the house, which was her grandfather's, 
built by this same Joshua, there must be documents of value in a his- 
torical way. When the house became the property of her brother 
John, in recent years, sure enough there were found in an old secre- 
tary, letters whose contents are sources of authority on what follows 
concerning the plans of the two cousins to recover the Falmouth 

Anthony of Boston, was many years the junior of his cousin 
Joshua ; it is noticeable that he addressed him with a deal of respect 
and consideration, introducing each paragraph of his letters to him 
with "Sir," and deferring to his judgment in all important matters. 
Anthony was much the more of the two on the speculative order and 
finds occasion to remind Joshua that, through oversight, steps are not 
being taken as hastily as they may be, in the matter of acquiring 
possession of the Mitton estate, while Joshua seemingly pays more 
attention to his shipping interests than he does to the legal matter in 
hand, — to ancient claims to real estate through grandfather Mitton. 
Thinks he did not get enough for his sloop which Anthony sold for 
him, by some odd pounds, does Joshua. He is not fully aware as to 
how keen, "active and well informed a partner he has in this Anthony 
until he is taken to task, in a very deferential way, for not executing 
and forwarding certain documents which Anthony must have for 
their lawyer's use. They leave no stone unturned to secure posses- 
sion of the Mitton property; do get it all but two-ninths of Peak's 
Island, and Joshua purchases Anthony's interest. The Rev. Thomas 
Smith gets nothing, will have to content himself with tithes and 
scalp money for a time. 

However, long before he secured the Mitton estate he was well 
off in a worldly way. In spiritual matters he made a change to 
accord with the views of his neighbors. Both of his grandfathers 
were Episcopalians ; probably his mother was of that faith and his 
father also. The Congregationalists had pretty much everything 
their way in Portsmouth. But it was not until Joshua was well 
passed the middle age that he acknowledged the covenant, and soon 
after he united with the church; his eight children were baptized, all 
on the same day. 

It is interesting to see how faithfully he selected family names 
for nearly all of his children. His first son he named John, for his 
uncle John, with whom he had soldiered for a score of years; the 


second, Joshua, he named for himself; the third, Thomas, for his 
father; the fourth, Samuel, for his brother; the fifth, Anthony, for 
his grandfather; the sixth, James; the name is not one that was 
borne by any member of either the father's or the mother's family; 
the seventh, Nathaniel, for his uncle Nathaniel Mitton. Two 
daughters he named Mary, for his wife and his mother ; one of the 
daughters died in infancy ; the next, Abigail, he named for his 
cousin, daughter of his uncle John ; the next, Elinor, for his aunt, 
his father's sister; the next, Kezia, for another daughter of his 
uncle John ; the youngest, Margaret, whose name is not a family one. 

To all the sons he made legacies and bequests sufiicient to place 
each in good financial condition. The youngest child, Nathaniel, 
was given the home farm with its mansion house, lying partly in 
Stratham. About two hundred acres adjoining the home farm on the 
east with its mansion house, were devised to James. As many acres 
lying to the east of the latter farm with its mansion, were devised to 
John. It is traditional that the frames of the three houses were 
raised on the same day, and that when the houses were finished they 
were taken possession of by the sons in the lifetime of their father. 
Sons Joshua and Anthony were given the lands in Falmouth ; to 
Samuel were given a farm in New Market and a half interest in the 
sawmill at Wadleigh's Falls; to son James, the other half of said 
mill. Son Thomas died in the lifetime of his father, leaving an 
estate which inventoried 5,000 pounds. 

It has been written that Joshua acquired these farms about the 
bay from his grandfather Anthony. The statement is not the truth ; 
there is no foundation for it whatever. Anthony never owned land 
about the bay, did not mention Joshua's name in his will. 

The grave of Joshua is on the home farm. On the tombstone, 
marking his last resting-place, is' the following inscription : 

"Here Lies Mr. Joshua 

Brackett Who Died 

June 19: D: y. 1749. Aged 77 

The wife of Joshua Brackett was Mary Weeks; she was born 
19 July, 1676; d. in 1740; was daughter of Leonard Weeks ; he mar. 
Mary Haines ; she was dau. of Samuel Haines ; he was b. about 
1611, in England, and d. in 1686; his wife was Elinor Neate. 
Issue : 

1. John, b. about 1700. See division 13. 

2. Joshua, b, about 1701, in Greenland ; mar. Abigail ; lived 

in Falmouth from prior to 1728, to his death in March, 1794. The 
account of his life is given in connection with that of his brother 
Anthony (see div. 15). Issue: 

1st. Abigail, b. 14 Sept., 1728; mar. (ist), intention published 
8 Oct., 1749, Job Lunt; (2nd) Anthony Brackett (see issue, div. 
4); d. I Feb., 1805. Issue by first husband : 

I. Michael Lunt, who mar. his cousin, Sarah Skillings; Parson 
Dean refused to perform the ceremony; Joshua deeded to him a tract 
of land in Portland. Issue : 

a. Sarah, b. 19 Dec, 1775. 

b. Job, b. 22 Feb., 1778. 


c. Mary, b. 25 July, 1784. 

d. Michael Mitton, ) , . , ^ * 

e. Abigail, '[twins, b. 23 Sept., 1792. 

f. Isaac Skillings, b. 16 June, 1794. 

Names of other children, if any, of Abigail and husband, Job 
lyunt, not known. 

2nd. Mary, bapt. in 1732, in Falmouth; mar. 18 Dec, 1752, 
Isaac Skillings. Issue : 

I. Sarah, who mar. Michael Lunt. 

II. Mary, who mar. William Malone. 

III. Benjamin, who mar. Mary Pride. 

IV. Eleanor, who mar. William Cleaves. 

3d. Sarah Weeks; bapt. in 1734, in Falmouth; mar. (intention 
published 13 March, 1756), Daniel Wood; mar. (2nd) 27 Oct., 1776, 
Daniel Green; her father deeded to her a tract of land in Falmouth. 
Issue, by husband, Daniel Green: 

I. Daniel Wood, b. 15 Nov., 1778. 

II. Nabby, b. 19 Mar., 1780. 

4th. Nelly ; in 1789 her father deeded her land adjoining property 
of Daniel Green; was then unmarried. 

5th. Thankful, bapt. in 1737, in Falmouth; mar. (intention pub- 
lished 20 Aug., 1761), Benjamin Trott, b. in 1737, son of John and 
wife Lydia; to them were deeded by Joshua, his part of Peak's 
island, where they resided. Issue : 

I. Joshua, who mar. in 1799, Elizabeth Bartlett; had children, 
William; Daniel; George; Jane; Polly; and Sally. 

II. Elizabeth, who mar. in 1807, Daniel Bartlett of Freeport. 

III. Abigail, who mar. Samuel Woodbury; had children, Ben- 
jamin; William; James; Eliza J.; and James F. 

IV. Thankful, b. i Jan., 1769. 

V. Benjamin, b. 30 Dec, 1770; mar. in 1799, Susannah Bartlett; 
had children, Samuel; Benjamin; Thomas B.; Betsey, Sarah A.; and 

VI. Mary, b. 21 Nov., 1773; mar. Samuel Rand. 

3. Thomas, b. about 1703; mar. Martha Wiggin, dau. of Thomas; 
lived in Greenland ; estate inventoried in July, 1753; no issue known. 

4. Samuel, b. about 1705. See division 14. 

5. Anthony, b. 25 Jan., 1708. See division 15. 

6. Mary, b. about 1709; d. young; name not mentioned in will. 

7. Abigail, b. in 17 10; d. young; name not mentioned in will. 

8. Eleanor, b. in 1712; mar. Folsom and had six children. 

9. James, b. about 1714. See division 16. 

10. Mary, b. about 1716; d. i May, 1800; mar. 24 May, 1739, 
Joseph Fabyan, b. i Apr., 1707, d. 15 May, 1789; he and his 
brother John, were the first of the name in Scarboro, in which town 
they lived until their deaths. Issue: 

1st. Joshua, b. in March, 1742; mar. Sarah Brackett; d. 20 June, 
1799. Issue (see div. 15, fam. i.) 

2nd. Mary, bapt. 2 Feb., 1746; mar. (ist) John Brackett (see 
div. 15, fam. 2) ; (2nd) Pelatiah March. 

3d. Elizabeth, bapt. 19 June; 1748; mar. William Haggett. 

4th. Phebe, bapt. i July, 1750; mar. 2 Dec, 1767, Nicholas 


5th. Mehitable, bapt. 28 June, 1752 ; mar. James Brackett (see 
div. 15, fam. 4); d. i July, 1832. 

6th. Olive, b. 23 Oct., 1755; mar. Charles Moulton. 

11. Keziah, b. i Nov., 1717; d. in 1765; mar. 13 Dec, 1738, 
Henry Clark, b. 23 Apr., 171 7; son of Henry and wife, Elizabeth 
Greenleaf, of Newberry, Mass.; removed from Greenland, N. H., to 
Candia, N. H., in 1765. Issue: 

1st. Nathaniel, b. 19 Mar., 1744. 

2nd. John, b., 20 May, 1760; d. 21 Dec, 1831; mar. 22 Dec, 
1785, Lydia Deavitt, b. 3 Dec, 1759; dau. of Joseph of Exeter; a Con- 
tinental soldier; settled in Campton, N. H. 

Six other children whose names have not been learned. 

12. Margaret, b. in 1719 ; d. in 1749. 

13. Nathaniel, b. in 1721. See division 17. 



Samuel Brackett, the son of Thomas (see chap. IV) and wife 
Mary Mitton, and grandson of Anthony Brackett, the immigrant, 
was bore at Falmouth, Me., about 1672. In some genealogical pub- 
lications his birthday is given as April 27th, a statement based 
wholly upon another, viz., that he was eighty years of age at the 
time of his death, which occurred on April 27, 1752. There is no 
reliable authoritj^ for the day and month of his birth; he, himself, 
perhaps did not know them. Both of his parents were dead before 
he completed the sixth year of his age, and town and other records 
had been destroyed ; thus he was deprived of the sources from which 
he could learn his age. At the time his father was killed he was 
taken captive by the Indians. It is traditional that upon his 
redemption b)'' his grandfather from captivity, he went to live with 
his aunt Martha in Kittery, Me. Her husband, John Grove, was a 
ver}^ worthy man ; he united with the Quakers and thereby became 
useful in developing the spleen of God's chosen people of the daj^ 
in that localitj^ whose delight, next to a trial for witchcraft, then 
was to worry a Quaker. Grove, who had enough sense to shake the 
dust of the place from his feet, went to Crompton, R. I., to live, 
where probably he died. Before his departure from Berwick he 
instilled into young Samuel's head, something besides the fanaticism 
of the day; later on, though we shall find that Samuel was con- 
nected with the saints in a religious way, as he was obliged to be in 
order to dwell in peace, we shall also find that he was not a model 
saint after the heart of Cotton Mather. 

Samuel Brackett married November 25, 1694, Elizabeth Botts, the 
Rev. Edward Thompson, minister of Berwick, officiating. She was 
an inhabitant of Berwick, was one year younger than her husband, 
and a daughter of Isaac Botts. He was killed October 15, 1675, by 
the Indians in an attack on Salmon Falls in Berwick ; on that da}'- 
they had killed one Richard Tozier at his home not far from the 
garrison house of Lieutenant Roger Plaisted. A party of nine men 
were sent out to reconnoiter ; it was ambushed and Isaac Botts was 
one of three who were killed. In a letter under date of October 16, 
1675, Lieutenant Plaisted gave an account of the affair and the 
names of the men who were slain, whom he said, were his best men. 
On the same day Plaisted, himself, was killed in an attempt to 
recover the bodies of those who lost their lives the day before. Near 
to where he fell he was buried, and a monument has been erected at 
his grave. It is supposed that close to the place was buried the body 
of Isaac Botts. His home was near to the center of the settlement 
at Salmon Falls, but a few rods from the mill ; his land bordered on 
Salmon Falls brook. His wife's Christian name was Elizabeth. In 


July, 1679, she married Moses Spencer, b. about 1642, d. about 1719; 
their children were Moses Spencer, Jr., b. about 1680, mar. Elizabeth 
C. Abbott, d. in 1746; Isaac, b. about 1682, mar. Elizabeth Emery, 
d. in 1736. ISIary, b. about 1684, mar. Joseph Jones. 

Elizabeth Botts, daughter of Isaac, was about a year old when 
her father was killed ; upon her mother's remarriage she became a 
member of the family of Moses Spencer, and was one of its members 
at the time of her marriage with Samuel Brackett. Certainly she 
and young Samuel could relate doleful tales of harrowing times. 
Indian wars meant sorrow and affliction for them ; they meant to 
them in their married life, not death nor captivity it is true, but the 
living in block and garrison houses in times of peril, and a narrow 
escape from death by the young husband on one occasion, owing to 
his being fleet of foot. He could name a score of relatives who had 
been killed or captured by the Indians. He had reached the six- 
teenth year of his age when war with the Indians commenced in 1688, 
which continued for over ten years. So he early in life became a 
soldier, was ever ready for duty, was a minute-man of the time. 
From 1688 to 1693 there were dreadful times in Berwick. The 
inhabitants of Maine were hard pressed to maintain their frontier 
post in the town of Wells. In March, 1690, thirty-four people were 
killed and fifty-four were taken captive bj' the Indians in an attack 
on the settlements of South Berwick., Several outrages were com- 
mitted in the town in July, 1691, and there were frequent attacks 
during the years 1692 and 1693. In the neighboring towns frightful 
massacres occurred. 

As a result of the successes of the Indians, Berwick was deso- 
lated for three years ; the settlers had abandoned their homes and the 
town. In 1693, there were negotiations with the Indians for a peace, 
and there were promises to that end. For nearly six years longer, 
hostilities were carried on in a desultory way in Berwick, and there 
were one or two attacks on the settlers in the town. The settlers 
began to return to their homes in the year 1693, and through the 
vigilance and active service of the four companies of troops stationed 
in the several towns "to the Eastward," some degree of safety was 
secured to the people of Berwick. Another Indian war commenced 
in 1703, and continued to 1713. During this war the settlers did not 
desert the town ; however, many of them were compelled to forsake 
their homes and dwell in block and garrison houses, and attacks 
by the Indians were not infrequent. In one of the^e wars, Samuel 
Brackett was wounded, received a long knife cut in his abdomen, 
which let out his intestines; these he hastil}^ gathered in their place 
and with his hands tightl}^ pressed over the wound, lie ran for the 
garrison house, which he reached without further accident. This 
incident the writer has heard his father relate, to whom it was told 
by his grandfather, Deacon James Brackett, who lived near or with 
Samuel Brackett for twenty-eight years. It is probable that Samuel 
Brackett served as a soldier in one or more of the several expeditions 
against the French, though nothing is known as to his having so 

During these long weary years of war, when danger to life was 
imminent at all times, and ever}^ day brought its prospect of destruc- 
tion of property and of combat with a most determined foe; with 


houses burned, stock destroyed, farms deserted and members of fam- 
ilies maimed or in captivity ; in this land of desolation, rapine, woe 
and want, the Puritan church official forgot not to prowl on a heresy 
hunt. If no better game than a delinquent, one who did not pay his. 
tax for the support of the divine or who did not frequent the place 
of worship where said divine preached his stern doctrine, was 
brought to bay, it was bagged, ^though said official much preferred to 
see a Quaker whipped or a defenseless old woman in jail on a charge 
of witchcraft. Young Samuel was bagged early in his married 
life, — needed special care did young Samuel, as he had been reared 
by a Quaker. In June, 1696, he was charged with the crime of "not 
frequenting the public worship of God on the Lord's day;" later 
he and his wife were charged with a similar offense ; he was fined 
five shillings and she was admonished. Imagine, if you can, the 
state of mind of Samuel and of his pretty young wife, after listening 
to censure for their neglect to support a church for which they 
had no affection, — she with all the meekness of a gentle, loving 
woman, and he, the soul of honor and manhood. The picture of her 
in modest mien, her babe in her arms, listening to the tirade, is pres- 
ent as these words are written. The solace of a poverty-stricken, 
war-desolated home far excelled the consolation which that church 
could afford, though its minister lived to preach for a century the 
promises to come. 

Samuel Brackett was a near neighbor of Moses Spencer; he lived 
at Pound hill, less than one-half mile south of the Country road to 
Rocky hills. His other neighbors were Deacon Nathan Lord, 
James Warren, James Emery, Captain James Grant, and Richard 
Heard, He possessed several tracts of land at one time and another. 
June ID, 1703, from the town of Kittery, of which Berwick was 
then a part, he received a grant of fifty acres. In 1709, he~sold fifty 
acres. In 17 10, he sold eighteen acres of his wife's land which was 
purchased by her father in 1671. Then w^e have this entry bearing 
date May 10, 1715: "Measured and laid out to Samuel Brackett 
sixty acres of land by virtue of a grant' to Isaac Botts by the parish 
of Unity in the town of Kittery, April 13, 1671, which Brackett is 
husband to said Botts, his daughter, and it lies at the head of Ser- 
geant Tozier's land at Salmon Falls." 

The site of the house of Samuel Brackett is still pointed out ; 
a small pond which was near the house may be seen by visitors ; 
there remains a well with its rugged rock walls, which tradition says, 
he dug. Where he built his house, he lived his remaining days, 
raised his family, and died. Before the administration of his estate 
was completeli, his good wife died at the age of eight}' years. The 
following is a list of his personal property, as shown by the inventory 
made by his administrator, Samuel Brackett, Jr. Cash ^8 New 
Hampshire mone}-, or ^5, S15., our province (Massachusetts). 
"His wife de'c, her wearing apparel," 7 gowns, 3 silk crepe ones, 
8 petticoats, 3 under-vests, 2 silk hoods, i riding hood, i pair of 
stays, black gauze handkerchief, black fan, i pr. of sleeve buttons, 
3 pr. of cotton gloves, muslin and linen aprons, considerable number 
of other articles. Also i cow, ;^2o; 2 ewes and 2 lambs, ^8; i 
heifer, coming in, four months, ;^i8; heifer's calf, ^3; one heifer, 
coming in, in 3 months, ^18; large breeding sow and shoat, ^11; 



books SI I ; 2 pewter platters ; looking glass ; i woolen wheel ; i 
great chair; 4 old small ones ; number of other articles of furniture. 
Issue, not in order of birth: 

1. Samuel, b. 6 Sept. 1695. See chapter IX. 

2 Mary, bapt. an adult, 20 Dec, 1719 ; d. 28 I-eb. 1773; 
mar Thomas Tuttle of Dover. This family were Quakers ; children 
were Mary; Hope; Sarah; Elisha ; Samuel; Thomas; Abigail; 
Ebenezer; Reuben; Bathsheba. 

3. Bathsheba, mar. Jonathan Abbott; d. Feb. 21, 1802. 

4 Elizabeth, bapt. an adult, 20 Dec, 1719; mar. Samuel Abbott. 

5. Hannah, mar. Samuel Thompson; bapt. 24 Dec, 1719- 

6. Dorothy, bapt. 21 Jan., 1728. 



Samuel Brackett, Jr., the son of Samuel Bracket! (see chapter 
VIII) and wife Elizabeth Botts, was born September 6, 1695, in 
Berwick, Maine. He had reached the eighteenth year of his age in 
1 7 13, when ended the Indian war which commenced in 1703; it is 
probable that he rendered military service in that war. During 
IvOvewell's war, from 1723 to 1725, there were some disturbances — 
forays by the Indians — in the town. In those days there were few 
delinquents in the performance of military duty, hence there is little 
doubt that Samuel, Jr., was a soldier in Love'well's war. The town 
of Berwick was organized in 17 13. Even in the long Indian wars 
which ended during that year the population had rapidly increased, 
owing not so much to immigration as' to the large families of the set- 
tlers. In instruments by which he conveyed land, he is described as 
"turner" though it is well known that during his entire life, after he 
reached maturity, he was engaged in farming. The Second church 
of Berwick was organized in 1755; he and his wife Abigail were 
charter members; he was chosen deacon June 12, 1755, and elder 
July 21, 1768; he managed to live on fairly good terms with the 
parson, was not fined for absenting himself from church on the 
Eord's day, nor was his wife "admonished." Also he was honored 
in a political way, was chosen one of the selectmen of the town in 
1749, again in 1750, and probably held minor town offices from time 
to time. The farm he cleared is owned by one of his descendants ; 
it has passed from father to son through five generations. On the 
farm is a family burying ground where are the graves of Samuel 
Brackett, Jr., and of his wives. At his grave is a well preserved 
headstone. In the yard are graves unmarked by stones, and these 
are thought to be the graves of Samuel, Sr., and of his wife, Elizabeth 

The house of Samuel, Jr., was about three and one-half miles 
south from the house of his father, on the westerlj^ slope of Black- 
berry hill, quite one-half mile from the top of the hill, two and 
one-half miles east of Berwick village, three miles north of South 
Berwick village and four and one-half miles west of North Berwick 
village ; it is now (1906) the property of Mr. Benjamin Brackett and 
forms (at least a part of it) the ell of his residence. 

The first wife of Samuel Brackett, Jr., was Sarah Emery. To 
her he was married Aug. 11, 1720. She was one of a family of four- 
teen, was born in Kittery (Berwick) Feb. 4, 1700. d. Dec. 20, 1742, 

was dau. of Job Emer3^ He was b. , d. later than 1737, mar. 

Apr. 6, 1696, Charit}^ Nason, was son of James Emery. He came to 
America with his father in the ship "James," was b. in Eng. in 

L Of C. 


i6-;o mar. Elizabeth , who died subsequently to 1687 ; he was in 

Berwick in 17 13. removed there from Dedham, had grants m Kittery, 
1653 was selectman of the town for several years, elected represent- 
ative to the general court in 1693-4-5 ; was a large man weighed 
over three hundred and fifty pounds ; it is related of him that when 
he went to Boston his conveyance was an ox-cart on which w^as 
placed a chair ; there was not a carriage in Kittery large or strong 
enough to hold him ; died later than 17 14, was son of Anthony. He 
was born in Romsey, Hants, England, landed m Boston June 3, 
163s was in Kittery, Me., in 1649, removed m 1660 to Rhode Island; 
mar.' Frances , was perhaps second son of John Emery and wife 

^"charity Nason, the wife of Job Emery, was daughter of Jona- 
than Nason. He was in Kittery in 1670, was probably killed m an 
accident- in 1691, married Sarah Jenkins; was son of Richard. He 
was livino- at Pipestave landing in Kittery in 1639; m 1665, he was 
accused of blasphemy; the general court "did not judge him guilty 
of that fact, as that by our laws he ought to die," but required him 
to o-ive a bond for his good behavior; he gave the bond, and as his 
behavior had always been so good, the people of Kittery elected him 
representative to the general court ; that body would have none of 
him refused to permit him to take his seat. In 1655, he was pre- 
sented (indicted) for not attending meeting. That he was a thor- 
oucrhly bad man from a Puritan point of view of the day, is shown by 
the' record of his conviction, in 1659, of the crime of entertaining 
Quakers for which he was fined five pounds. His wife's name was 
probably Sarah Baker. There is authority for saying that he came to 
America from Stratford-on-Avon, where, at the time he left, there 
were manv persons of his name, and where Nasons are still found; a 
Richard Nason was there baptized August 3, 1606, son of John 
Nason who married October 28, 1600, Elizabeth Rogers. 

Sarah Jenkins, who married Jonathan Nason, was daughter of 
Re-^^inald Jenkins, born 1608; he was in the employ of John Winter at 
RicTimond island; his wdfe's Christian name was Ann; they probably 

were Quakers. a 1 • -i 

Samuel Brackett, Jr., married second September 12, 1743, Abigail 
Cass- she was the widow of Thomas Cass of Portsmouth and daugh- 
ter of Jonathan Banfill of Portsmouth. In 1757, administration on 
his estate was granted to her second husband. What is supposed to 
be in her handwriting, is a list of the names, with dates of birth, of the 
children of Samuel, Jr.; it is the oldest family record of any of our 
name, and its contents have made comparatively easy the compiling 
of the genealogy of his descendants. She died in September, 1789. 
His death occurred December 31, 1786. He lived to see his numer- 
ous grandsons come marching home victorious m a war, which had 
ushered into life a nation. It was not until after his death that there 
was any exodus of Bracketts from Berwick. At the time of his 
death, four of his sons were residents of the town. Issue: 

1. 'john, b. 29 June, 1720. See division 8. 

2. Isaac, b. 7 Oct., 1722. See division 9. 

3. Samuel, b. 5 Aug., 1724. See division 10. 

4. James, b. 22 Apr., 1726. See division 11. 

5. Joshua, b. 9 July, 1728. See division 12. 


6. Mary, b. 2 Oct., 1730; mar. John Woodsum, bapt. 16 Apr., 
1732, son of Joseph and wife Abigail Abbott. They were received 
into the Second church in Berwick in 1755; she d. 16 May, 1798; had 
son, Matthew, b. in 1749. 

7. Elizabeth, b. 20 Feb., 1733; mar. 30 Sept., 1756, John Kil- 
gore; she d. in 1821; had son, Samuel, b. in 1777, who mar. Sally 
Hastings of Eastport and had ten children. 

Sarah, b. 8 June, 1736; bapt. 13 June, 1736; d. 15 June, 1739. 
Jacob, b. 8 Nov., 1737; bapt. 20 Nov., 1737; d. 18 Nov., 1739. 

Joseph, b. 7 Apr., 1739; bapt. 22 Apr., 1739; d. 7 Oct., 1742. 

Sarah, b. 15 Nov., 1742; bapt. 26 Nov., 1742; mar. 21 June, 
Zebulon Eibby; she d. 4 Mar., 1825. Children were John; 

Susannah; Hannah; E^^dia; Mary; Eevi; Ira. 

Bathsheba, b. 19 June, 1744; mar. Pray; d. 27 Apr., 1806, 

Joseph, b. 22 Oct., 1746; d. 8 Feb., 1755. 

Olive, b. 6 Sept., 1750; d. 13 Oct., 1751. 



Anthony Brackett was the son of Captain Anthony Brackett and 
wife Mary (see chapter V). He was born, probably in Boston, Janu- 
ary 25, 1708; mention of his birth is contained in the town records of 
Hampton, New Hampshire. He was the only son his father had. 
The authority for this statement is not a family record, but a deposi- 
tion made in court by Jasper Blake in June, 1763, — an instrument of 
evidence relative to the ownership of land in Falmouth; the deponent 
at the time was sixty-nine years old and was the husband of Susan- 
nah Brackett, an aunt of Anthony of Boston, his father's half sister; 
he removed from Hampton to Falmouth in 1733. Said deposition 
reads as follows: 

"I alwa5^s heard and understood that Captain Anthon}^ Brackett 
of Falmouth, whose first wife was Ann Mitton, dwelt on a large farm 
in said Falmouth at a place called and known as Back cove. I have 
also heard that said Captain Anthony Brackett had sundry children 
by said Ann Mitton, whose names were as follows: Anthony, Seth, 
Mar}', Elinor and Keziah. Anthony was the eldest son of said Ann 
and dwelt in Falmouth, from where he moved to Boston, and that he 
followed coasting business in the latter part of his days. And I 
always heard and understood that Anthony Brackett of Boston, rope 
maker, was the only son of said Captain Anthony Brackett last men- 
tioned, and wife Marj^ * * *." 

Although Anthony of Boston is mentioned in the deposition as 
following the trade of rope-maker and is described in instruments of 
conve5'ance as "rope maker," if he ever followed that occupation it 
was in his younger days; he was an innkeeper in Boston, where he 
lived all his life. Perhaps, first married Jan. i, 1729, in Boston 
Alithea Drown; he married second in Boston, February 8, 1735, 
Elizabeth Majdem, the Rev. Thomas Prince officiating; she died 
June 27. 1768; will dated May 9, 1768. proven July 15, 1768. 

About 1733, or earlier, Anthon}' commenced proceedings to 
recover Peak's island. It will be remembered that three of his aunts, 
sisters of his father, resided in Boston; from these he purchased their 
respective interests in Michael Mitton's estate. One of them, Elinor, 
married a Richard Pulling (PuUin) of Boston; she was a widow in 
1 73 1, and in that 3'ear she deeded lands in Casco to Anthony. The 
other Mitton heirs were the descendants of the sisters of his grand- 
mother, Ann Mitton Brackett; one of these was Mary Mitton, who 
married Thomas Brackett. One of the children of Mary Mitton 
Brackett was Joshua Brackett who lived in Greenland, New Hamp- 
shire, who purchased the interests of his mother's other children in 
the Mitton estate. Other heirs were descendants of Mitton's daugh- 


ters, Elizabeth who married Lieutenant Thaddeiis Clark, Sarah who 
married John Andrews, and Martha who married John Grove. With 
Anthony was associated a Mr. Smith of Boston; they perhaps pur- 
chased the interests of some of the last mentioned parties, and the 
two in conjunction with Joshua Brackett were the prime movers in 
plans to recover the Mitton estate. The portion which was the sub- 
ject of great contention, was Peaks island. Michael Mitton pur- 
chased it from Sir Ferdinando Gorges, whose agent in the business 
was, perhaps, his nepew, Thomas Gorges. Upon the death of 
Mitton in about 1660, his widow conveyed the island to John Phillips 
and to his son-in-law, George Munjoy, husband of his daughter Mary. 
Munjoy's daughter Mary married John Palmer; the heirs of Mary 
Munjoy Palmer were among the parties from whom the Mitton heirs 
souglat to recover Peak's island. 

Under date of March 7, 1733, from Boston, Anthony wrote his 
cousin Joshua of Greenland — 

"As to the affair of the island Mr. Maylem and I expected to 
have heard from you before now about the matter. I think that we 
should not be thus easy about the matter as we are. I think it will 
be best for 3'ou to go down to the island when }'OU are there (Fal- 
mouth) and if 3'ou find anything there built of Munford (as the word 
appears — original, nearly illegible) or anj^ under him, to cut it down — 
and then let him sue us, — and to take witnesses with you and warn 
them off in our name and yours and we will stand by you in the 
matter. Sir, we would have sent you money before now if you 
would have let us have known what would (not deciphered), and we 
expect that you will be active in the affair and we will assist." 

However, it was not until 1741, that there was au}^ trial in 
actions commenced between the parties. In that year there was a 
suit tried at York, involving title to four thousand acres of land. 
The Rev. Thomas Smith of Portland, was a party to the suit, opposed 
to the Mitton heirs, and in his journal under date of June 23, 1741, 
wrote "Our great case came on this morning and was not finished 
till between nine and ten at night." The next day he wrote "The 
jury brought in against us." 

Peak's island, as is generally understood, was involved in the 
suit tried in 1641; there is, possibly, some doubt that it was, for in 
1742, said Rev. Thomas Smith claimed to own one-third of the 
island. As will be seen, the two Bracketts and the Mr. Smith of 
Boston were very active in their efforts to acquire possession of it in 
1643, and did so; also that in 1643, action for the recovery of the 
island was commenced by the Palmer heirs. It is thought that the 
letter written by Anthony to Joshua on June 27, 1743, throws a great 
deal of light upon the status of the legal proceedings and the contro- 
versy, perhaps, is of local historical importance, and, therefore, its 
contents are here set forth. It is indorsed "To Mr. Joshua Brackett 
at Greenland near to Portsmouth in Piscataqua, to be left at Mr. 
Clark's tavern at Greenland." The absence of the deference paid 
by the writer to Ivieutenant Joshua, in his earlier correspondence, 
and the repleteness of directions the following contains, suggest that 
though addressed to Lieutenant Joshua, the letter was intended for 
Joshua Jr. of Falmouth. 


"Boston, June 27, 1743. 
Mr. Joshua Brackett. 

I received a letter from you dated April the first and I wrote 
you an answer to that letter and enclosed in it a lease or acknowl- 
edgement from William Davis that he holds possession of Peak's 
Island in the right of Michael Mitton heirs and is tennant to them. 
I have since received another letter from you wherein you write that 
5'ou have received my letter and the writing under William Davis' 
hand, which I desire you to keep very safe, which may be of great 
benefit to us. I suppose 3'ou was in haste when you wrote j^our let- 
ter to me for you do not write fully of the particulars of the case. I 
wish you had and that you had sent me a copy of the writ against 
Mr. Davis, that I and Mr. Smith might have asked advice of the 
lawyer here, which would be of advantage to you as well as others 
of the Mitton heirs; but now Mr. Smith and I are at a great loss 
what to do. You write that the case is to be tried at York in July. 
I pray that you will inform Mr. Parker and Mr. lyivermore fully of 
our case; it will be needful for you to get an attested copy of George 
Cleaves and Thomas George's deed to Michael Mitton and the 
assignment that Mitton's widow made of it to George Phillips or 
George Munjoy, by which it will appear that the widow Mitton had 
no right or power to dispose of the island, and Mr. Parker and 
Livermore will know how to act properly in the case. I earnestly 
desire that 5'ou will give Mr. Parker and Mr. I^ivermore good fees 
and pay them the money and desire them to do the best they can for 
our interests; and then I believe they will do all that may be needful 
for us. I think that we shall lose the case at the inferior court, 
which I shall not be sorry for; it may be of advantages to us for then 
we can appeal to the superior court; and if we are cast at the inferior 
court I desire that 3'ou will give bond to prosecute the appeal at 
the superior court. Ask advice of Mr. Parker and Mr. Livermore 
about it and do all that is needful that we may have the case tried at 
the superior court, and then bring all our strength and title by which 
it will appear that the island doth belong to the Mitton heirs; and 
I hope we shall overcome our enemies that try to take it from us. I 
desire that you will be very kind and generous to Mr. Davis and 
make him easie, and then he will be true to our interests and do the 
best he can for us when the case is tryed at York, whether we are 
cast or not I desire that j^ou will get an attested copj^ from the clerk 
of the inferior court of the writt against Mr. Davis and all the other 
papers that may be put into court relating to the case and send them 
to me as soon as may be. I desire that you will be very careful that 
all things maj^ be done according to law. Let nothing be wanting 
on your part that may be done and I and Mr. Smith will pay our 
proportion of the money for the charges and assist 3'ou to the utmost 
of our power. Time will not admit to enlarge, but I earnestly desire 
you will do the best j^ou can and write iuWy to me about the case, 
and we will write to you again in little time. Mr. Smith and I 
intend to appear at the superior court with all the papers and hope 
we shall recover the island which is our just due. I have not time 
to enlarge, but money nor our assistance shall not be wanting. 
Show this letter to Mr. Parker and Mr. Livermore. Enclosed is 


attested copy of Cleaves and Georges deed to Mitton and the widow 
Mitton's assignment to John Phillips. I am, your 

humble servant, 

Anthony Brackett." 

The title to the island was the subject of litigation as late as 
1763; in 1762, a suit was tried in the inferior court, and in the supe- 
rior court in 1763; the party then opposed to the Mitton claimants, 
was a Capt. John Waite, a Palmer heir, and two-ninths of the island 
was aw^arded to him. The Rev. Thomas Smith entered in his diary, 
"Capt. Waite recovered against the Bracketts two-ninths, i e one- 
ninth he purchased of PuUen and wife, which some years before I 
had purchased of them and the deed recorded; whether that may not 
be considered my possession ?" He never got it. 

It is generall}' accepted by those who have written as to this 
contest, that Captain Waite recovered two-ninths under the Palmer 
title; it may be that he did, but it is thought that he recovered as 
a purchaser from some of the Mitton heirs; that "PuUen and wife" 
were Richard Pulling and wife Elinor Brackett of Boston; it is not 
understood how, if as an heir. Captain Waite recovered, that either 
the Mitton title or the Palmer title was considered good to the entire 
island, as one of them must have been. "The Bracketts" referred 
to in Parson Smith's diary were Anthony Brackett and Joshua 
Brackett, brothers, of Portland, sons oi Joshua of Greenland, N. H., 
and possibly Anthony of Boston, though it is probable that the latter 
had conveyed his interest to the brothers before 1763. 

As before said, Anthony was an innkeeper; for nineteen years, 
from 1 74 1 to 1760, he was the proprietor of Cromwell's Head inn 
on School street, Boston; after his death his widow kept the inn until 
her death, when his son Joshua conducted the business. Mr. Jeffrey 
Richardson says in his genealogy of the Bracketts (descendants of 
Captain Richard) — "In the Boston Directory of this year (1789), 
I find 'Joshua Brackett, inn-holder, Cromwell's Head, South Ivatin 
street' * * *. An Anthony Brackett kept the tavern in 1760 and 
probably died in 1764; after his decease, I learn that his wadow 
carried on the tavern a few years, and that in front of the door was 
suspended a swing sign with a shipwreck painted on it, and under 
it this inscription — 

'I am compassed with sorrows round 
Please lend a hand my ship's aground.' 

The tavern at this time was quite a resort for seamen and stood 
opposite the Universalist church where is now (1857) Palmer's 
drug store." 

Mr. Albert S. Pratt, (died December 9, 1902), who resided on 
Brookline street, Boston, a descendant of Anthony, was of the opinion 
that the tavern wdth the sign of the shipwreck was not the one w^hich 
was kept by his ancestors. Under date of March 9, 1901, he wrote — 

"George Cleeve was the agent of Alexander Rigby, when Crom- 
well became Lord Protector and deputy-governor of the province 
then called Ligonia — Rigby's province. This would indicate where 
our Anthonj' got the name for his inn, 'Cromwell's Head.' * * *_ 
I do not think Mr. Jeffrey Richardson's account of the inn — its exact 
location or character, is strictly accurate. Cromwell's Head Inn was 
a little further down School street. The sign was a head of Crom- 


well — of which I have an imprint. It was a gentleman's inn as 
distinctive from the lower class of inns of sailors, mechanics, appren- 
tices, etc. It is said that, during the occupation of Boston by the 
British troops, the sign was ordered taken down bj' the military 
officers, as it hung very low over the walk and people had to stoop in 
passing under it. The 'ship-in-distress tavern' was in the vicinity 
of North square, not in School street." 

The Cromwell's Head inn was a wooden building; in 1802, it 
was advertised for sale. It is said that Colonel George Washington 
was a guest at the tavern, when a young man. 

Anthon}' died in 1764; his will was probated during that 3^ear; 
items in the inventory were tracts of real estate in F'almouth and 
Gorham; a pew in Dr. Sewall's church, and among other effects a 
Negro bo3% value, ^46-13-4. In his will he mentioned that his two 
sons Anthony, and Maylem, went "beyond seas and never heard 
from," and called his son Joshua, "supposed eldest son." Issue: 

1. Anthony; a sailor; probably perished at sea. 

2. Maylem; a sailor; 'probably perished at sea. 

3. Joshua, b. in 1738; mar. 6 Oct., 1763, Abigail Pond of 
Dedham, Mass.; d. at the age of 56 years; estate was administered in 
1794; was proprietor of Cromwell's Head inn from 1768 to time of 
his death; had one dau., Abigail, b. in 1780, who mar. 13 Apr., 1796, 
Major Erastus L>'man of Northampton, Mass.; she died, leaving sur- 
viving one child, Abigail Brackett. Major I^j^man removed from 
Northhampton to Vermont. During the War of the Revolution 
Joshua served on committees of safety and correspondence. 

4. Elizabeth, b. 15 Jan., 1741; mar. in 1760, Ebenezer Simpson, b. 
21 Mar., 1741, d. 11 Dec, 1796; shed. 12 Feb., 1831. Issue: 

1st. Joshua B. 2nd. Abigail B. 3d. Elizabeth B. 4th. Sarah. 
5th. Mar}^ R.; all of whom died under the age of six years. 

6th. Sally, b. 5 Nov., 1776; mar. 5 Sept., 1802, John Pratt of 
Boston, who d. at Cohasset, Mass., 6 May, 1834; she d. in Boston, 
13 Apr., 1849. Issue: 

I. John, b. 29 June, 1803; mar. 31 July, 1825, Mar}- Eambord of 
Boston, where she d. 22 Sept., 1886; he d. in Boston 21 Nov., 1884. 
Issue: All b. in Boston. 

a. Sarah E., b. 14 May, 1827; mar. 3 Jan., 1850, Samuel W. 
Ripley; d. 28 Jan., 1853, in Boston. Issue: 

a. Charles T., b. i Dec, 1850; mar. 28 Apr., 1875, Mary P. 
Ropes of Salem; reside in Dorchester, Mass.; had son, Walter B., b. 
2 Aug., 1881, in Boston. 

b. Charles H., b. 21 Aug., 1829; mar. 6 Feb., 1855, Rachel M. 
Williams, b. 6 Aug., 1834; he d. at Chelsea, Mass., 20 June, 1888. 

a. Sarah E., b. 11 Jan., 1856, in Boston; d. 5 Sept., 1857. 

b. Alice M., b. 20 Nov., 1857, in Boston; mar. 22 Oct., 1878, 
George W. Chicken; had Helen M., b. 8 Apr., 1881, and George 
H., b. 22 Mar., 1885; d. 31 Mar.. 1885. 

c Mary E., b. 11 May, i860, in Boston; mar. 20 Nov., 1875, 
Preston J. Calley; had Bertha M., b. 2 Mar., 1877; Gladys L., b. 22 
Jan., 1889; Charles T., b. i Jan., 1893; Norman Brackett, b. 11 
Dec, 1897. 


d. Helen G., b. i6 June, 1865, in Boston; mar. 24 June, 1888, 
George W. McBride; had Marion Pratt, b. 3 Jan., 1890, Winthrop, 
b. 19 Nov., 1894. 

e. John, b. 18 Oct., 1867; d. 22 Nov., 1872. 

f. Charles H., b. 26 Oct., 1869; d. 7 Nov., 1870. 

g. Charles A., b. 26 June, 1874, at Chelsea. 

c. Albert Stevens, b. 24 Maj^ 1833, in the rear of Christ's church, 
Boston, Mass. His father, John Pratt, was v^^ell known as secretar}^ 
of the overseers of the poor of Boston for many years. His mother, 
Mary I^ambord, was a lineal descendant of Richard P'loyd of Chelsea, 
who was one of the historic tea-party, which dressed as Indians, threw 
the cargo of tea into Boston harbor. After leaving school he went 
to work for the dry goods firm of Lamb and Hanson on Bath street, 
and later became book-keeper for Champne}^ Bros., located at corner 
of Milk and Devonshire streets of which firm he was admitted a 
member. In i860, he was appointed sole agent for New England for 
Clark's O. N. T. spool cotton and was connected with the company 
until his death 9, Dec. 1902. Was a member of the Vowel Club, 
and also served as president of the Eliot School association. Repre- 
sented old ward i in 1864, in the common council; also from 1867 to 
1870 inclusive, represented the ward in the board of aldermen; as 
chairman of committee on clocks and bells, had the first clock put 
in the steeple of the old Christ church on Salem street; was the 
originator of the order of the board of aldermen to widen Hanover 
street to sixt^^ feet from Court street to Chelsea ferry. Was a mem- 
ber of the First Corps of Cadets at the time of the Cooper street riots 
and did service in front of Read's gun-store in Fanueil Hall square 
and at the State House; married 7 Dec, 1858, Julia, dau. of Benja- 
min Dodd. Issue: 

a. Julia Marion, mar. in 1890, Albert Wiley. 

b. Carrie Maud, b. 7 Oct., 1862; mar. 24 May, 1894, Charles 
Edward Kelsey; reside Montvale road, Newton Center, Mass.; chil- 
dren are Robert Pratt, b. 17 July, 1896, and Marion, b. 17 Aug., 

d. William, b. 18 Aug., 1834; d. 20 June, 1888, in Chelsea. 

II. Charles of Cohasset, Mass. III. Caleb S. of Boston. IV. 
William H., married twice; all deceased. V. Elizabeth Brackett, 
spinster, is deceased. VI. Sarah S., spinster. VII. Mary S., mar. 
E. B. Studley; reside in Cohasset. 

7th. Polly, b. 12 May, 1780; d. 30 May, 1862; mar. 5 Feb.; 1804, 
John Stevens. Issue: All b. in Boston. 

I. Elizabeth Brackett, b. 13 Nov., 1804; d. 5 Sept., 1890; mar. i 
•Oct., 1833, Thomas W. Seavers, b. 17 June, 1803. Issue: 

a. John Stevens, b. 8 July, 1834; d. same day. 

b. Thomas W., Jr., b. 5 Oct., 1835; mar. 6 Nov., 1867, Deborah 
Jane Norton nee Parker of Kalamazoo, Mich. Issue: 

a. John A., b. 12 Oct., 1868; is married. 

b. Clarence P., b. 3 Oct., 1871; mar. Ada W. Burgess. 

c. Mary R., b. 31 Nov., 1839. 

II. Emily C, b. 26 July, 1806; d. 16 Dec, 1889. III. John, Jr., 
b. 21 Dec, 1807; d. 13 Aug., 1851. IV. Albert, b. 17 July, 1810; 
d. 23 Dec, 1831. V. Cordelia M., b. 21 June, 1812; mar. 7 Apr., 
1836, Josiah Fuller; shed. 10 Jan., 1892. Issue: 


a. John S., b. i8 Nov., 1838; mar. Mary A. Wetherbee; reside at 
Welle sley, Mass. 

b. William E., b. 8 Mar., 1841; d. 26 Aug., 1890; mar. Lucy J. 
Wetherbee, who d. 16 Dec., 1899. Issue: 

a. Marion E., b. 27 June, 1863; mar. Richard A. Oldrieve; she d. 
12 Aug., 1888. 

b. Walter C, b. 28 Mar., 1866; mar. i Sept., 1886, May M. 
Marston; reside at Waltham; had Gertrude M., b. 20 Dec, 1889, 
and Gladys M., b. 20 Dec, 1892; d. in Sept., 1893. 

c William E., b. 16 Nov., 1867; mar. Delia Pole}'. 

d. Arthur S., b. 2 Ma)-, 1872; mar. Eva May White; reside in 
Westboro, Mass.; had Marion S., b. 19 June, 1895, and William, b. 
17 July, 1898. 

e. Alfred S., b. 30 Dec, 1875; mar. Amy Sauers; reside in West 
Newton; had Dorothy S., b. 7 Apr., 1898. 

f. Grace E., b. 11 Mar., 1881. 

g. Chester Brackett, b. 25 Mar., 1885. 

c. George G., b. 6 May, 1845; mar. Abba S. York of Freeport, 
Me.; d. 29 Mar., 1899. Issue: 

a. Herman D., b. 4 Apr., 1880. 

V. Mary Augusta, b. 2 Aug., 1815; resided in 1901 at 22 Hoi-- 
3^oke St., Boston. 

VI. Harriette S., b. 23 Aug., 1819; d. 27 Aug., 1819. 

5. Thomas, b. about 1742. See division 2. 

6. Mary, b. about 1743; d. 17 Aug., 1748; age, 5 yr. and 8 mo. 

7. Benjamin, b. about 1745, was a mariner; mar. 19 July, 1791, 
Hannah Davis; served as private in Capt. Isaac Martin's company, 
Col. Ezra Woods' regiment, Maj. Gen. Spencer's brigade; marched 
17, Apr. 1777, to Rhode Island; served 23 days. Roll sworn to at 
Boston. Died without issue in 1794. Deeds of surviving brothers 
and sisters to his property are not signed by the brothers "who went 
bej'ond seas," indicating that thej^ had not returned. 

8. Mary, who mar. 14 Jan., 1767, Aaron Willard of Lancaster, 

9. Nathaniel; was a soldier in the patriot armj'^ during the War of 
the Revolution. No further record. 




Captain Richard Brackett was one of the first of the name in 
America. With certainty is it known that he was in the colony of 
Massachusetts Ba}- as early as 1630 ; he probably came with Winthrop 
in 1629. With his descendants the tradition is as general, as is the 
tradition of a flood among the different peoples of the earth, that three 
brothers by the name of Brackett were among the first colonists in 
New England. Other Bracketts in the Bay colony at an early date 
were Peter Brackett of Boston, and Thomas Brackett of Salem. 

In 1629, the year he came to America, Richard Brackett was 
only seventeen years old. There is his own statement on oath tend- 
ing to show that the year of his birth was 161 2; he testified by 
affidavit, on July 2, 1668, that he was filty-six years old. However, 
on his tombstone is inscribed that he died in March, 1690, and was 
then eighty years old; if true, he was born as early as 1610. His 
exact age is of interest, bearing, as it does, on the question whether 
or not* he was accompanied by a guardian when he came to America. 
That he was so accompanied, it is reasonable to presume, as it also is 
that the guardian was Peter Brackett, who probably was his elder 

Captain Richard Brackett enjoyed the confidence and patronage 
of the ruling powers of the colony from an early age in his life; on 
quite all matters pretaining to religion and politics his views harmo- 
nized fully with theirs, and it is not known that he was at variance 
with them at any time on either question. He took a decided stand 
against a large majority of the people of Braintree, on an important 
matter involving their pecuniary interests, which will be related in its 
proper connection. His life can be cited as typical in quite all partic- 
ulars pertaining to his conduct as a man and a religionist, as strictly 
puritanical. The mundane rewards which were his to enjoy, seem to 
have been quite all the honors and favors which fall to one who seeks 
rather to follow than to lead, and to follow closely upon the heels of 
those who do lead. He seems to have gotten a fair share of those 
things the colonists had to divide among themselves, to have been 
fairly successful in his undertakings, and to have possessed a good 
estate at the time of his death. 

On August 27, 1630, he was among the colonists with whom 
Governor Winthrop organized the First church of Boston; the instru- 
ment is dated at Charlestown. Mr. Jeffrey Richardson wrote that the 
church structure ' 'was at first a low thatched-roofed building which 
was soon removed, and one was built where Brazier's building is on 
State street." With this church he remained for twelve years, when 
he removed to Braintree. Under date of September 8, 1635, one can 


read in the church records that "Ahce wife of our brother Richard 
Brockett signed the Covenant." 

He was but twenty-three years of age in 1635, and had probably 
been married but a short time when his wife joined the church. 
Where the marriage took place or what was his wife's maiden name, 
has not been learned. He was admitted freeman in Boston, Ma}^ 25, 
1636, and on November 23, 1636, he became a member of the Ancient 
and Honorable Artillery Company. Shortly prior, viz., March 21, 
1636, he was granted a lot upon which to build; his choice was 
limited to lots "not being built upon (and) is free to be otherwise 
disposed of." He made selection of a lot now on Washington street, 
nearly midway between the present West and Boylston streets; 
he erected a house, about which was his garden, and there resided 
until about November 20, 1637, when he was appointed by the gen- 
eral court, keeper of the prison. His salary and perquisites were 
^13, 6s, i8d (increased to i^20. June 6, 1639), and the use of a dwell- 
ing house. The following year he sold his property on Washington 
street. In Vol. I, p. 25, of Boston Town Proceedings is recorded: — 

"Granted to our Brother Richard Brackett to sell his howse and 
yarding June 11, 1638." 

The propert}^ was sold to a Mr. Joseph I^eger. 

The Town Proceedings give some information as to his occupa- 
tion prior to his removal to Braintree; under date of February 12, 
1639, it is recorded that leave was granted "to our Bro. Rich. Brackett 
to mowe the Marsh lying in the Newfield which he hath usually 
mowen, for this next summertime." It is clear that he had some- 
thing to do in addition to his duties as jailer, had an eye open for 
municipal windfalls, and 2i penchant for agriculture. 

So strong within him was the desire to lead the life of a husband- 
man, — in preference to that other calling so many of his fellow com- 
patriots followed, viz., fishing, at which not a few acquired a deal of 
wealth for the day, — that he decided to turn his attention quite 
wholly to farming. Necessarily, to carry out his intention, he must 
leave Boston. 

In relating the period of his life when he is about to change his 
place of residence, to leave Boston, it is proper to mention the refer- 
ence to. Richard Brackett, by S. G. Drake in his Historj-- and 
Antiquities of Boston. It occurs in his picture of Spring Lane, at 
its conclusion, as he recalls the first settlers visiting the spring, and in 
these words: — 

"And grim Richard Brackett, the jailer, may have laid down his 
halberd to quaff a morning draught." 

Its briefness tells how pressed for data pertaining to those early 
settlers, was the author, when it is known that these few words 
present the information he had relative to grim Richard. 

The writer has heard it stated that the jailer described in Haw- 
thorne's Scarlet Letter, was grim Richard. It is hardly thought 
that said description is of the individual, that the author had in mind 
any particular person when he A^Tote. 

Mr. Jeffrey Richardson mentions that Captain Richard Brackett 
was jailer for many 3'ears. It is certain that he held the position to 
the time of his removal to Braintree. Whether he held it subse- 
quently to his removal, there is nothing to show. 


The "luairsh lying in the Newfield which he hath usually mowen," 
and which grim Richard was granted leave to mow February 12, 1639, 
w^as at Mt. Wollaston in Braintree, at the time a part of the town of 
Boston. It was at the same mount where, some seventeen 3^ears or 
more prior, Thomas Morton and his men set up in business, much 
to the annoyance of the Plymouth colony. Their Maypole exercises 
were of the merriest kind, and these and other doings brought the 
merry-makers in such ill repute that they were driven out of the country 
by the outraged saints. Braintree was incorporated in 1640. Captain 
Richard was not only one of the early settlers of the town, but also was 
associated with its incorporation. He removed to Braintree, perhaps, 
about 1641 or 1642. The time is fixed by the date of his dismissal by 
the church in Boston, concerning which there is uncertainty; in some 
publications the date of dismissal is given as December 5, 1641; in 
others. May 8, 1642. Under the latter date, the records of the First 
church of Boston read: — 

"Our Bro. Richard Bracket! was granted by the church to be 
Dismissed to ye church at Braintree at theer desire with ye Office of 
Deacon amongst you." 

The lights of the First church of Boston entertained a high 
opinion of the integrity of the young deacon, and this opinion was 
shared by the Boston town authorities, as will be seen. The church 
in Boston appears to have exercised -a. parental care over the new 
church in Braintree, and insured its well being by patronizing it with 
one of its model members as a deacon. He was ordained deacon 
July 21, 1642. This ofhce in the church at Braintree, grim Richa/u 
filled to the da\^ of his death. 

There were tracts of land in Braintree that were owned or claimed 
by the town of Boston; it appointed Captain Richard to oversee these 
tracts as its agent, as the following shows: — 

"Agreed with Captain Richard Brackett of Braintree that he 
should, in the town's behalf, take care that noe v/ast or strip of w^ood 
or timber be in the land belonginge to this town lyinge neere theier 
towne; but do his utmost to prevent it, or give information to the 
Selectmen. In consideration whereof he hath libertie to cutt out of 
the wood already fallen to the value of 40 cord. 25 Dec. 1676." 

Another time Captain Richard was granted by the town of 
Boston: — 

"lyibertie to cut soe much Tymber upon the Common land of 
Braintree as may serve for ye buildinge of a ^ pte of a vessel of 25 
Tun, in consideration of his care of the timber lands." 

Vol. 6, p. 237, Suffolk County Deeds, reads: — 

"Richard Brackett of Braintree, husbandman, sells 30 acres of 
woodland in township of Braintree but belonging to Boston, and abt 
25 years past by sd town of Boston gtd and laid out to other men as 
b}' record of said town appeareth. 25 Oct. 1660." 

Clearly, grim Richard was a trusted agent of the town of Boston. 

There was another tract of considerable extent in Braintree, 
which the town of Boston claimed. Quite all or a large part of the 
tract, the town of Braintree purchased from an Indian chief. It was 
the desire of a great portion of the people to commence action for the 
recovery of the tract from Boston. This was opposed by a few of the 
town, notabl}^ b)^ Richard Brackett and Edmund Quinc}^ They and 


a Mr. Samuel Thompson, in March, 1682, were appointed a com- 
mittee to treat with the town of Boston. The contest was a prolonged 
one; as late as 1687, he was opposing the institution of proceedings 
by Braintree against Boston, for the recovery of the land. Ultimately, 
a committee of which he was a member, secured for Braintree, by set- 
tlement, what is known as the six-hundred-acre lot. 

He early became one of the town's officials; was its first town 
clerk and held the office for some years. In 1652, he was chosen 
selectman, and again in 1670 and 1672. The highest office his towns- 
men could bestow upon him was that of deputy to the general court. 
He was first selected to this position in 1643; next, in 1655; again, in 
1665; in the latter year the colony had need of the services of its ablest 
men in its contest over the province of Maine with the heir of Gorges. 
It required the counsel of such men as grim Richard to successfully 
steer the ship of state amidst the shoals and breakers, which were in 
her course during the stormy period of the restoration. 

Again, in 1667, grim Richard was Braintree' s deputy to the gen- 
eral court. Also, commencing with 167 1, in said capacity he served 
for four consecutive years, when there was a long interlude before he 
went again as deputy. The reason was that there was sore need of 
his services in another capacit3^ In the year 1675 commenced King 
Philip's war, which continued until the latter part of the following 
year. Before it closed, hostilities commenced in Maine, and no last- 
ing peace was secured with the Indians until 1679. Until such peace 
had commenced, grim Richard did not represent Braintree in the gen- 
<. -^1 court, where he again took his seat, and for the last time, in 1680. 

As intimated, he served his people in a militarj' as well as in a 
civil and a religious way. He was chosen sergeant on the organiza- 
tion of the train-band in Braintree, and held the rank for a few years 
until he was promoted to that of lieutenant; was the second to hold 
that office in the company. About 1654, he was appointed captain of 
the company, the third to be so honored. For promotion to this office 
it was necessary that the approval of the candidate should be made by 
the general court — which was prompth^ done in his case. The fol- 
lowing 5'ear he, him.self, was also a member of the general cottrt. 

Judging from the promptitude he exercised in his own and the 
town's affairs, and the regularity he observed in quite all his business 
transactions, it is ventured that there was not a better drilled and 
more thoroughh- capable train-band in the province than the one com- 
manded by grim Richard. Though Braintree was near to Boston, as 
secure from attack by the Indians as any of the towns, it did not 
escape unscathed during King Philip's war. There was hardly a 
town that did not suffer at the hands of the able chieftain. On Feb- 
ruary 25, 1675, the Indians made a raid on Braintree and killed four 
persons; in March, 1676, another person was killed. On the occasion 
of these and other alarms, grim Richard's men promptly assembled at 
the garrison houses where were collected the women and children; 
scouts were despatched to ascertain the course and doings of the enemy; 
messengers were sent to neighboring towns to give warning and sum- 
mon aid, and an energetic pursuit was organized. I^ikewise, when 
raids were made by the Indians in the neighboring towns to Braintree, 
as frequently happened, messengers from these towns brought the 
news of these attacks to its people, and grim Richard and his train- 


band were soon in motion. It is regretted that hardly a scrap has 
been preser\'ed of the part taken in King PhiHp's war, by Captain 
Brackett and his company. Almost nothing has come down to us, 
except the following, which probably is of some interest: 

The raids by the Indians caused the colony to establish a garri- 
son on or near the line between the towns of Braintree and Bridge- 
water. The military committee of the general court appointed a Mr. 
Richard Thayre to take charge thereof. This Thayre was ambitious 
to earn his wages and a name for vigilance. He raised an alarm on 
the most meager of rumors, stalked all the phantoms of the wilder- 
ness, and stampeded at the approach of a horse or a cow of any color. 
Night and day he had the people of Braintree afright at an immediate 
prospect of being swooped down upon by the able chieftain and a 
thousand of his braves; had grim Richard stirred up and his anger 
thoroughl}^ aroused; his men worn out by keeping constant ward and 
watch because of Thayre 's numerous scares and bugaboos. At last, 
one day happened what Thayre prayed Dame Fortune to take place. 
One of King Philip's men, John George, a poor half-starved wretch, 
on his hand and knees went through the snow to the garrison house 
and surrendered, — he was too weak to walk. He was the only 
Indian that was seen by Thayre and his garrison during their cam- 
paign. He proceeded to make the most of his luck; his achievement 
in the capture of John George, was laudh^ proclaimed as an instance 
of his vigilance and as evidence that real Indians were in the countr}^. 
He kept John George in the garrison house for five weeks "'at the 
expense of the towne," — was desirous of getting the Indian in good 
physical condition as an exhibit. What with being constantly on the 
alert for weeks, marching and countermarching at all seasons, night 
and day; with being continually prepared for attacks that were never 
made; with one false alarm but passing away before another was cur- 
rent, grim Richard's patience was sorely strained. He had to put up 
with it all, for Thayre was the general court's man. However, when 
Thayre got a live Indian whom he kept in the garrison house at the 
expense of the town, an opportunity was presented to do something. 
The old jailer thought the jailwas a good enough place for John 
George. Grim Richard was not the man to play at see-saw when he 
had the means wherewith to do something effectual. He went with a 
detail to the garrison house where Thayre was boarding John George, 
took him away from his keeper and carried him forthwith to Boston. 
It was Thayre who did the protesting and petitioning; said that he 
had a grievance and that all his bills were not paid by the town. 
Grim Richard had ready the evidence of his men in support of the 
course he had taken, which was approved by those in authority. 

The general court, in its might, took upon itself to banish the 
poor Indian from the country, so its records read; that is, he was sold 
into slavery. It is to be regretted that grim Richard did not turn the 
Indian loose. 

In Braintree, during his life. Captain Richard was among the 
first in its church, military and civil affairs. He was held in high 
esteem in Boston and other adjoining towns to Braintree, as he also 
was in the surrounding towns. In all of these towns he had an 
extensive acquaii^tftice with men of prominence, residents thereof; by 
some of them he was nor^' "^ in their wills to administer their 


estates, and was nominated by the court to administer the estates of 
others, upon the petition of members of their respective famihes; his 
name is frequently met with in such capacities. His selection for 
such trusts attests his high standing for integrity in the families of 
the decedents. 

There is another position he filled, of which mention should be 
made, viz., that of school master. Mr. Jeffrey Richardson is author- 
ity that Captain Brackett was one who taught the vSchool in Braintree. 

As he advanced in 3^ears he sought, but not too hastily, to dis- 
burden himself of offices whose duties were cumbersome and brought 
him little or no returns, and to look after positions where pa}^ was 
attached for ser\dces performed. He could disclaim all sinister 
motives for his course, as he had freely devoted the best j^ears of his 
life to the common cause. 

The records of the general -court, under date of October 15, 1684, 
read: — 

"On request of Captain Richard Brackett being 73 years of age 
and the infirmities of age upon him: having formerly desired, and 
now again to-da3^ to lay down his place as chief military commander 
in Braintree, the court granted the request and appointed lyieut. 
Edmund Quincy to succeed him." 

At the time he had been connected with the company for upwards 
of forty-three years, and for thirty years was its captain. 

On the petition of the inhabitants of Braintree, he was appointed 
October 15, 1679, to marr}^ and to take oaths in civil cases. 

In Braintree his pursuit was farming; in deeds and other instru- 
ments of record he is described as a husbandman. He had his choice 
of the best land in the town and acquired a considerable estate. 
When the town of Billerica, Mass., was incorporated, he became a 
freeholder there, and two of his sons and two daughters settled in 
Billerica. His years following his advent in Braintree, until he was 
well past middle life, were devoted to the breaking and clearing of his 
farm. Once done, he had time for other pursuits, such as teaching 
school, administering estates and performing other services of a semi- 
clerical and professional kind. At whatever age, he was busy, had 
his daily duties in one or another capacity. At all times he w^as a 
highly honored and respected personage in Braintree, and reached, 
along all lines, religious, military and civil, such positions as he could 
have had a laudable ambition to attain. 

His wife was his lifelong companion from the time of their mar- 
riage. Her death occurred in 1689. No stone marks the place of 
her burial, but it is supposed that it is near his grave. He died 
on March 5, 1690, "after an eminently useful, active and pious life," 
wrote his descendant, Mr. Jeffrey Richardson, Jr. He is buried in the 
north precinct of Braintree, now Quincy. On the stone which marks 
his last resting place one can read: — 

"Here lyeth buried 

ye body of 

Captain Richard Brackett 


Aged 80 years 

Deceased Mp — h 5 




A silver cup inscribed r & a wsed in the Unitarian church in 
Braintree (which in early days was Congregational), at communion 
service, is the gift of Richard Brackett and his wife to the church. 

His will reads:— 

"January 29, 1689. 

In the name of God, amen. 

I, Richard Brackett of Braintree in New England, being mindful 
of my mortallyty and being of memory and of a disposing mind a 
trusting in God though Jesus Christ, my only savior for eternal life 
salvation, revoking and making null all former wills by me made, do 
make and ordain this my last will and testament as followeth. 

My will is that all my just debts, if any be, be first paid, and 
funeral charges be defraj^ed 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Allice 
Brackett, all my estate in housing, orchards, lands, and meadows in 
Braintr}^ for her comfortable subsistance during her natural life, as 
also the income of my estate at Billerica. 

Item. I give to the children of my son John Brackett one- 
fourth part of all my land and meadows and housing in Billerica, as it 
shall fall by equal division, to be equally divided to them and their 
heirs. My meaning is the children that he had b}^ his wife, Hannah 

Item. I give and bequeath the remaining three parts of my 
housing, and lands, and meadows in . Billerica to my son Peter 
Brackett, and son-in-law, Simon Crosby, and son-in-law, Joseph 
Thompson, and to their heirs, to be equally divided between them. 

Item. I give to my son Peter Brackett five pounds in current 
pay, to be paid by my executors. 

Item. My will is that the division of my lands in Billerica, as 
above disposed, shall be made b}^ indifferent men, the persons con- 
cerned in each fourth part to choose one man. 

Item. My will is that the children of my son John, and Peter 
Brackett, Simon Crosby and Joseph Thompson, shall pay unto the 
two daughters of my son Joseph, deceased, Elizabeth and Sarah, 
twenty pounds a piece in good pay when they shall attain the age of 
twenty years respectively; and in want of the payment of said forty 
pounds, they, the said Elizabeth and Sarah, shall have one-half of the 
land above mentioned, to them and to their heirs, to be equally 
divided to them. And in case either of said Elizabeth or Sarah shall 
die without issue, the legacies to her given shall be to the survivor. I 
give to the said Sarah, the daughter of my son Josiah, five pounds in 
current pay, and the feather bed her mother carryed awa3^ 

Item. I give to my son James all of my now dwelling house, 
barn, orchard, land and meadows, lying and being in Braintry afore- 
said, next and immediately after my wife's decease (excepting what 
ma)^ be necessarily expended for her maintenance during her life) to 
him and to his heirs forever. 

Item. I give to my son-in-law Joseph Crosby ten pounds in 
good pay which ten pounds, with the five pounds given to my son 
Peter Brackett as above, is to be paid within two years after myne 
and my wife's decease. 


Item. I give unto my daughter Hannah Brackett twenty- 
shillings in good pay. I give my great bible to my daughter 
Rachel Crosby for her use during her life, and at her decease to be 
to my grandchild Abigail Thompson. 

Item. I give to Hannah Brackett, daughter of nty son John, 
the feather bed which she lyeth on, and bolster what belonged to it 
and my bedsted at Billerica, with as much movable goods as shall 
amount to twenty pounds. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Allice Brackett, 
all the rest of my movables for her comfortable sustenance while she 
lives, and to be disposed of by her to whom she please at her death. 

Item. I appoint and nominate my son James Brackett to be 
sole executor to this my last will and testament, and in testimony that 
this is my last will and testament, I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal the day and year above written. 

Signed, sealed and published in presence of us, John Ruggles, 
Senr. and John Ruggles, Jr. 

(Signed) John Parmenter. 

Whereas I have given to my grandchild Sarah Brackett, the 
daughter of my son Josiah Brackett, deceased, five pounds, my will 
is that it shall be null and void and of none effect; as also the ten 
pounds given to Joseph Crosby, I give to his daughter Anna Crosby. 

(Signed) Christopher Webb. #^% 

Richard Brackett #seal# 
Boston, December 19, 1690. W.%^ 

Approved John Ruggles, sen. 

John Ruggles, Jr. , both at Braintree appearing at Probate." 

Peter Brackett, a near relative, probablj^ a brother of Richard, 
was in Boston as early as 1630. In 1640, he owned land in Braintree, 
adjoining the land of Richard Brackett; mention is made in the town 
records of there being in his family twelve persons who had come that 
year to the town to reside. He was admitted freeman in 1643; elected 
a member of the general court in 1644, and several times in subse- 
quent years; joined, in 1648, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery 
Company; remained a resident of Braintree for several years, when 
he returned to Boston where he died; buried July 24, 1688. Was one 
of the founders of the Old South church in 1669. 

He was twice, if not three times, married; if he had but two 
wives the Christian name of the first was Priscilla; if he had three 
wives the name of the first is unknown. Priscilla was the mother of 
many, if not of all of his children; she died between 1663 and 1666. 
In the latter 5^ear he married Mary, the widow of Nathaniel Williams; 
she was the mother of five children by her first husband, and, per- 
haps, was well stricken in 3^ears at the time of her marriage with 
Peter Brackett. In her will, made in 1679, it is mentioned that she 
had the permission of her husband to dispose of her estate. 

No evidence has been found of the disposition, by will or by 
other process, of the estate of Peter Brackett. If it is true that he 
had ten children in 1640, he had a ver>^ large family, as of the thir- 
teen children whose names follow, but five were, perhaps, born before 
1640. So far as has been learued his children were (not in order of 


1. Peter, no further record. 

2. Martha, mar. 23 May, 1655, Robert Twelves. 

3. Daughter, mar. before Feb., 1666, to Upham. 

4. Daughter, mar. before Feb., 1666, to Cooke. 

5. Priscilla, mar. before Feb., 1666, Nathaniel Reynolds. ^ 

6. John, b. 30 Sept., 1641; mar. 2 Aug., 1662, Sarah Steadman, 
dau. of John of Cambridge; d. 12 Dec., 1666. Estate inventoried 
over ;(^ 1, 000. In will is mentioned "sister Upham" (perhaps then a 
widow), "Brother Cooke," "Brother Twelves," "Brother Reynolds," 
"Brother Nathaniel Brackett" and "sister Sarah Brackett." Widow 
mar. (2nd) Dr. Alcock of Boston; (3d) Hon. Thomas Graves; (4th) 
Col. John Phillips of Charlestown. Issue: 

1st. Sarah, bapt. 5 June, 1664; d. 19 Sept., 1665. 
2nd. John (posthumous), b. 21 Apr., 1667; mentioned in will; no 
further record. 

7. Joseph, b. 13 Oct., 1642; d. 24 Jan., 1662. 

8. Sarah, living in 1666. 

9. Nathaniel, b. about 1648, perhaps earlier; was a witness in 
1662, to a deed of land by an Indian to Peter Brackett. A Nathaniel 
Brackett lived in Salem, where he d. in 1710" aged 62 years. No 
further record. 

10. Hannah, b. 14 Aug., 1656; perhaps mar. Shaw. 

11. Ruth, b. 23 Nov., 1660; dau. of "Peter Brackett and wife 
Prescilla," the record reads. 

12. Mary, b. and d. in 1661. 

13. Mary, living in 1679. 

A Thomas Brackett settled in Salem, Mass. In 1658, he was 
punished for attending Quaker meetings; his estate was inventoried 
in 1668. The Christian name of his wife was, perhaps, Alice. The 
probate records of Essex county show will of Alse Brackett of Salem, 
dated June 20, 1688; proved November 25, 1690. She willed her 
estate to her grandson, Thomas Ward, a minor, "who hath lived with 
me and been helpfull unto me in my old age; but if said Thomas 
shall secure ye Eegacy ordained by ye general court of his father's 
estate, deed, which is fifty pounds, then the said Thomas shall pay to 
his brothers and sister £<>, pounds each." Issue: 

1. Thomas, bapt. 7 Dec, 1645; d. at age of 22 years. 

2. Mary, bapt. 4 Feb., 1649; perhaps mar. Ward, and had chil- 
dren, Thomas, Samuel, John and Eydia; all living in 1688. 

3. Joseph, bapt. 15 June, 165 1; d. young. 

4. I^ydia, d. young. 

As there is a tradition that three brothers by the name of Brackett 
were among the first colonists in Massachusetts, and it is found that 
Richard, Peter and Thomas Brackett were in Massachusetts at an 
early date, the inference is strong that they are the ones to whom the 
tradition relates. In this connection should be mentioned that with 
the brothers, perhaps, came a sister; of her nothing more is known 
than that in the work of Mr. Jeffrey Richardson one can read: — ■ 

"1641 June 26, (Richard Brackett) was with wife Alice and his 
sister dismissed from First church in Boston with letter to church con- 
nected therewith at the Mount." 


As meager as is the evidence of relationship between Richard, 
Peter and Thomas Brackett, equally so is the evidence which has 
been obtained pertaining to their ancestry and the place in England 
from whence the}^ came. The only scrap that has been found which 
sheds any light on these questions, has reference to a Richard 
Brackett' s entrance into Cambridge University, England, and reads: — 

"Brackett, Richard, of Wreningham, Norfolk, son of Richard 
Brackett mediocris fortunce, deceased. School, Norwich, four years; 
at Corpus Christi College, six months. Age 21. Admitted pensioner, 
May 13, 1574." 

The foregoing is an extract from the matriculation or admission 
book of Gonville and Cains College, Cambridge, England, as it 
appears in "The East Anglian Magazine, or Notes and Queries on 
Subjects connected with the Counties of Suffolk, Cambridge, Essex 
and Norfolk" (New Series, Note i, pp. 1 7-1 17 — 1885-6). 

While there is no certainty that the Richard, schoolmaster of 
Braintree, Mass., was connected with the Richards of Wreningham 
parish, though there is sufficient to warrant belief that he was their 
relative, there are these certainties, viz., that said persons of Wren- 
ingham were Bracketts, not Brocketts, had attained considerable dis- 
tinction as earl}" as the year 1550, and that the name is one of an old 
English family, such as may and, perhaps, did have its coat of arms. 
Not knowing anything as to these matters more than has been related, 
they are submitted to the consideration of the reader, in the belief 
that the future will make known the secrets of the past pertaining to 

1. Hannah, bapt. 4 June, 1634, in Boston; mar. (ist) Samuel 
Kinsley, who d. 21 May, 1662, in Billerica, Mass.; he was son of 
Elder Stephen, who d. in Milton, Mass., 4 June, 1673, and wife, 
Elizabeth, who d. 10 Jan., 1668; mar. (2nd) Deacon John Blanchard 
(Blancher), who d. in Dunstable in 1693; resided in Charlestown 
from 1653 to 1659, in Chelmsford, Mass., from 1662 to 1680, when he 
removed to Dunstable, Mass. (now Nashua, N. H.). She survived 
her husband, and was killed by the Indians in Dunstable, 3 July, 
1706. Issue, by ist husband, Samuel Kinsley: 

1st. Hannah, b. 27 Juh^ 1656, in Braintree. 

2nd. Elizabeth, b. 22 Nov., 1657, in Braintree; mar. John Cum- 
mings, and had dau. Hannah, b. 20 Ma5% 1693. 

3d. Samuel, b. 23 Nov., 1660; d. 19 Jaji., 1661. 

Issue by 2nd husband, John Blanchard: Joseph; Josiah; Benjamin; 
James; Joseph; Nathaniel; Thomas; Martha; John; Sarah; Mary. 

2. John, bapt. 7 May, 1637; mar. (ist) 6 Sept., 1661, Hannah 
French, who d. 9 May, 1674; (2nd) 31 May, 1675, Ruth Ellice 
(Ellis), widow of Joseph, nee Morse, b. in Dedham, Mass., 3 June, 
1637, d. 25 Sept., 1692, in Dedham, dau. of John, (b. in 161 1, d. in 
1657, ii^ Boston,) and wife, Annis Chickering, who d. in Dedham, 
I Sept., 1693. John Brackett lived in Billerica, Mass.; was allotted 
land there in 1660, which adjoined the land allotted to his brother 
Peter; took the oath of freeman in 1670; d. 18 Mar., 1687. After his 
death his widow, with the four younger children, went to Dedham to 
live. Issue: 

1st. Hannah, b. i Dec, 1662; mar. Joseph Bass. 
2nd. Elizabeth, b. 7 Jun^. 1664; mar. 16 Nov., 1691, Daniel 


3d. Mary, b. 12 Feb., 1665; mar. in 1683, Edward Spalding. 
4th. Sarah, b. 11 Dec, 1667. 
5th. Rachael, b. 30 Sept., 1669. 

6th. Abigail, b, 31 Dec, 1770; d. 11 Jan., 

7th. Bathsheba, b. 10 Mar., 1672; d. 24 Apr., 1673. 

8th. Samuel, b. 4 Mar., 1673; no further record. 

9th. Sarah, b. 9 May, 1674, the day of her mother's death. 

10th. John, b. 9 June, 1676; d. young. 

11th. Ebenezer, b. 19 Oct., 1677. See division 18. 

12th. John, b. 10 Dec, 1680. See division 19. 

13th. Bethia, b. 25 May, 1682. 

3. Peter, bapt. 7 May, 1637, in Boston; was twin with John; mar. 
7 Aug., 1661^ Elizabeth Bosworth, who d. 30 Nov., 1686; mar. (2nd) 
30 Mar., 1687, Sarah Foster, nee Parker, sister of Joseph, of Roxbury 
and Cambridge; she d. 8 Apr., 171 8; Peter lived in Billerica, took 
the oath of freeman there, 30 Oct., 1680; was a farmer. Issue: 

1st. Elizabeth, b. 21 Feb., 1662; d. 27 Feb., 1663. 
2nd. Jonathan, b. 2 July, 1668; d. 11 Mar., 1671. 
3d. Elizabeth, b. 3 Apr., 1671; no further record. 
4th. Bethia, b. 16 Apr., 1674; d. 25 Mar., 1675. 
5th. Mary, b, 10 Feb., 1680; mar. 16 May, 1704, Jonathan Hull 
of Billerica. 

4. Rachel, bapt. 3 Nov., 1639, in' Boston; mar. 15 Juh% 1659, 
Simon Crosby of Billerica; had children, Simon, who mar. Hannah 

; Thomas, b. 10 Mar., 1666; Joseph, b. 5 July, 1669, mar. 

6 May, 1691, Sarah French of Billerica; Anna, b. 30 Mar., 1673; 
Nathan, b. 9 Feb., 1675, mar. Mar}^ Shed, d. 11 Apr., 1749, in 
Billerica; Josiah, b. 11 Mar., 1677, mar. Mary Manning, d. 2 Nov., 
1703, in Billerica; Mar}-, b. 23 Nov., 1680, mar. 7 Aug., 1701, in 
Billerica, John Blanchard, b. 3 July, 1677, in Charlestown, Mass.; 
she d. 7 May, 1748, in Billerica, and he, 10 Apr., 1750, in Boston. 

5. Mary, b. 12 May, 1641; mar. i Feb., 1662, Joseph Thompson, 
b. I May, 1640; d. 13 Oct., 1732, son of Rev. Mr. Wm. Thompson of 
Braintree, b. in England, 1598, d. 10 Dec, 1666; she d. 23 Mar. 
1671; had children, Mary, b. 18 Nov., 1663; Joseph, b. 8 Apr., 1666; 
Abigail, b. 16 Apr., 1668, mar. 16 Dec, 1701, John Watkins of 
Charlestown; William B., b. 3 Oct., 1670, d. 22 Dec, 1694; Deborah, 
b. 29 Sept., 1676. 

6. James, b. about 1645, in Braintree; mar. about 1674, Sarah 
Marsh, b. 22 Dec, 1649, in Hingham, Mass., d. 6 Oct., 1727, dan. 
of Thomas; he was b. in England, in 16 18, d. 2 Sept., 1659, mar. in 
Hingham. Mass., Sarah Beal, was son of George; he and wife, Eliza- 
beth, came to America in 1635, and settled in Hingham. Sarah Beal 
was b. in 1624, in England, was daughter of John and wife, Nazareth 
Hobart; Sarah mar. (2nd) in Braintree, 7 Juh^ 1662, Edmund 
Sheffield, d. in Nov., 17 10, aged about 86 years. Soon after his mar- 
riage, James deeded land in Hingham, his wife's property, which she 
inherited from her father. In these instruments of conveyance he is 
described as ' 'cooper. " It is probable that in early life he followed the 
trade in Boston, to which city he removed in 1673, or earlier; the 
records of the First church of Braintree read: — "James Brackett, a 
child of this church dismissed to the Third church in Boston 9 Febru- 
ary 1673," and in the records of the Third (Old South) church in Bos- 


ton, it is chronicled that he was admitted a member 2 Mar., 1673, The 
time of his return from Boston to Braintree, is shown by his readmis- 
sion 19 March, 1682, into the First church there, he having been 
"dismissed to us from the Third church in Boston." His wife 
became a member of the church in Braintree 11 Aug., 1694. It is 
probable that he did not marry until he removed to Boston. Nor is 
it certain that he resided continuously in Boston from 1673 to his 
return to Braintree in 1683; there is evidence that for a time he 
resided in Beverly; a James Brackett took the oath of freeman there in 
1673; he was admitted a freeman in Boston 12 May, 1675. In 1695, 
he was sergeant of the military company in Braintree; was select- 
man in 1 70 1 and 1703; clerk in 1689 and 1694; appointed in 1700, to 
run the line between Braintree and Weymouth. By his will, dated 
5 Apr., 1 7 18, he bequeathed to son Joseph, all lands and meadows 
south of the highway, about seven acres, "and 4 acres in the 600 
acres;" it recites that he had already given son Nathan, one hundred 
and fifteen pounds, "and in addition thereto I give him 4 acres of my 
meeting house lot; " also a lot of woodland, about twenty-four acres, 
"hnng beyond the sawmill of Edward I^ittleiield." To wife, Sarah, 
during her life, house, barn and improvements of land; sons Joseph 
and Nathan are .to provide for her and their unmarried sisters and 
have property upon death of their mother. Mentions daughters, 
Sarah, Mary, and Hannah Brackett, Deborah Baxter, and son-in-law, 
Richard Faxon. 

On the tombstone at his grave can be read: — 

"Here Ij^es 

Ye body of 

Mr. James Brackett 

Who died ye 8 day of April 


In ye 73 year 

of his age." 

(Old burial ground, Quincy, Mass.) 


1st. Joseph, b. 5 Nov., 1675. See division 20. 

2nd. Nathan, b. 23 Sept., 1678. See division 21. 

3d. Sarah, b. 22 Oct., 1680; unmarried at time of her father's 
death; probably mar. 5 Feb., 1728, Edward Adams of Milton. 

4th. Mary, b. 30 Aug., 1782; unmarried at time of her father's 
death; no further record. 

5th. Deborah, b. 15 Aug., 1685, in Braintree; mar. 13 Jan., 
1713, Samuel Baxter of Braintree; had children, Samuel, b, 11 Juty, 
1715; Charles, b. 25 Apr., 1717; Deborah, b. 30 Aug., 1722; twins, 
son and dau., b. and d. last week in Nov., 1723. 

6th. Anne (Hannah), b. 18 Juh^, 1687, in Braintree; mar. 
30 Dec, 1709, Richard Faxon of Braintree, b. 4 Sept., 1686, son of 
Thomas and wife, Mary; had children, Thomas, b. 29 Oct., 17 10; 
Mary, b. 8 Mar., 1713; Abigail, b. 25 July, 1715; Richard, b. 2 Nov., 
1 71 8; James, b. 7 Nov., 1721; Sarah, b. 12 Apr., 1724; Anna, b. 
3 June, 1726, and Azariah, b. 23 Mar., 1728. 


7th, Abigail, bapt. 20 Oct., 1689, in Braintree; mar. 6 Aug., 
1 7 19, Gregory Belcher, Jr., of Braintree, b. 19 June, 1691, son of 
Deacon Gregory. 

7. Sarah, mar. i June, 1675, Joseph Crosby, who d. 26 Nov., 
1695; had children, Sarah, b. 29 Oct., 1677; Thomas and Simon, 

twins, b. 16 Jan., 1689; Thomas, mar. Mary , and had Josiah, 

b. 20 Jan., 1720; Jonathan, b. 9 Dec, 1722; Thomas, b. 23 Sept., 
1725; John, b. 25 Jan., 1727. 

8. Josiah, bapt. 8 May, 1652, in Braintree; mar. 4 Feb., 1673, 
Elizabeth Waldo, dau. of Cornelius; resided in Chelmsford, Mass., 
where he d. before 1690; was deacon in the church at Chelmsford. 
Had children, Sarah and Elizabeth, the latter b. 16 Feb., 1678; these 
daughters of Josiah united with the church in Roxbury, in 1695. 





From Chapter II. Descent: Anthony, John. 

John Brackett was the 3'oungest of his father's family and the 
only male member of the family who died a natural death; none of 
his name lost more near relatives than did he. There is frequent 
mention of him in the records of the town of Newcastle, of which the 
greater portion of Rye was a part to about 1726, principally as a 
petitioner with regard to town and parish matters. When his home 
was attacked by the Indians in September, 1691, nearly his entire 
family was killed or taken captive, including his aged parents. 
Nothing particular is known as to his military service though it is 
probable that he did his dut3^ It is to be regretted that so little is 
known concerning him. Married (ist) Martha Philbrick, b. Sep- 
tember 26, 165 1, daughter of John (son of Thomas, the immigrant, 
and wife, Elizabeth) and wife Ann Palmer of Hampton. John Phil- 
brick and wife, Ann, parents of Martha, were lost at sea, October 20, 
1657, with one child and five other persons, while sailing from Hamp- 
ton to Boston. John Brackett married (2nd) November 24, 1698, 
Dinah Marston, widow of James (d. 1693) of Hampton, and daugh- 
ter of John Sanborn. Estate administered in 1726; widow survdved 
him several years. Issue, not in order of birth: 

1. Abigail, was captured b}' the Indians 28 Sept., 1691, and car- 
ried to Canada where she married a Frenchman. Upon her father's 
death in 1727, she returned to New Hampshire and claimed her share 
of his estate, a portion of which was land, seven acres. Jonathan 
Eocke lived on it; then Richard Eang and later Samuel H. Tre- 
fethen. One of the Bracketts made several verses of poetrj^ upon 
the subject of the return of the Frenchwoman and her claiming her 
property. In list of taxpaj^ers of Portsmouth, year 1727, appears the 
name "Frenchman Brackett." Nothing further is known concern- 
ing her; probably she returned to Canada. 

2. Keziah, was captured b}^ the Indians 28 Sept., 1691. Among 
the captives redeemed at Quebec in 1695 w^as "Cisia Brackett of 
Oj'ster river." With the Indians quite every person captured in 
New Hampshire belonged to Oyster river settlement (New Durham). 
No further record concerning her. 

3. Samuel. See family 2. 

4. Thomas. With Samuel and John Brackett, he petitioned in 
the year 1721 for a new church district in the town; no further 
record concerning him. 




From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, John, Samuel. 

Samuel Brackett was born in New Castle, near where resided his 
grandfather; was administrator of his father's estate; when the town 
of Rye was created (1721) he was one of a committee to settle with 
the old town; was chosen selectman of the town; married January 

23, 1713, Lydia ; died Oct. 25, 1766; was probably nearly 

eighty years of age at time of his death. Always lived in Rye; 
estate valued at ^^780, si 7. Issue, all born in New Castle (Rye): 

1. John, b. 8 Feb., 1714; never married; never worked on farm or 
went to school; wrote only on birch bark. Was the last who bore 
the name in Kye. 

2. Mary, b. 27 May, 17 16. 

3. Phebe, b. 7 Dec, 1718; never married; d. about 1796. 

4. Samuel, Jr., b. 13 Nov., 1721. See family 3. 

5. Ann, b. 11 Jan., 1725; never married. 

6. lyove, b. 18 Apr., 1727; mar. 3 Mar., 174B, Joseph Knowles, b. 
13 Dec, 1727. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, John, Samuel, Samuel. 

Samuel Brackett, Jr., was born November 13, 1721, in Rye; 
inherited his father's farm and lived on it all his days; the farm was 
the one settled on b}' his ancestor, Anthony, the immigrant; he was 
the last of the name to own it; died about 1769, in which j^ear his 
estate was administered; value ;^935-s4-o; married Eleanor Dow; 
she married (2nd) September 8, 1770, Jeremiah Berry, b. in 1724. 
Issue, one child only. 

1. Love, b. 9 Aug., 1758; d. 17 Jan., 1795; mar. 10 Nov., 1774, 
William Berry, b. 12 Apr., 1752-3, son of Jeremiah and wife, Hannah 
lyocke; mar. (2nd) Elizabeth Wendell, by whom he had four chil- 
dren. Issue: 

1st. Lydia, b. in 1775; d. 20 June, 1820; mar. Wm. Trefethen. 

2nd. Samuel Brackett, b. 14 Apr.. 1777; mar. Abigail Webster. 

3rd. Hannah, b. 25 Mar., 1781; mar. Josiah Marden. 

4th. Jeremiah, b. 16 Dec, 1783; mar. Sally Foss. 

5th. Eleanor, b. 25 Apr., 1786; mar. 18 Feb., 1808, James 
lyOcke. Issue: 

I. William, d. 1815. II. Adaline, b. 10 June, 1813, d. 13 Aug., 
1870; mar. Joel N. Foss. III. Elinor, b. in 1813. IV. James 
M., d. in 1819. V. Martha S., b. 5 Apr., 1819; d. 19 Nov., 1890, in 
Rye; mar. Aaron L,. Riggs, blacksmith; no children. VI. Ellen 
H., b. 22 Apr., 1830; mar. 25 Aug., 1851, Charles F. Eocke, b. 25 
Aug., 1826; d. 25 Dec, 1895; was a mason in Portsmouth. 

6th. Eove, b. 10 Nov., 1788; mar. 26 June, 1806, Eben Mar- 
den; d. 1876. 

7th. William, born 10 Nov., 1790. 






From Chapter X. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas. 

Thomas Brackett was born in Boston, where he resided until 
about 1774, when he removed to Bristol, Me., From a deed, to 
which he was a party, it appears that he was still a resident in Bos- 
ton, April I, 1774. By an address, sent by the town of Bristol to the 
"Provincial Congress," held at Watertown, Mass., in which he is 
called the "town's attorney," his residence is given as in Bristol. 
When a young man, he was associated with a fire company in Bos- 
ton, serving engine No. 7, and later was transferred to engine No. 2. 
In 1769, William Sutton of engine No. 2, "presented Nicholas Deer- 
ing, as a suitable person for his engine company, in lieu of Thomas 
Brackett who left town." In 1770, he was "approved as a taverner 
in the house on the neck (Boston), called the King's Arms, formerly 
the George Tavern, lately kept by Mr. Bowdine." (Selectmen's 

Rev. Mr. Adams recorded in his journal — 

"Oct. 4, 1 77 1. Voted that the perambulation between Roxbury 
and this town be on Tuesday at 10 o'clock before noon, and that a 
letter be wrote to the selectmen as usual and a dinner provided by 
the clerk at Mr. Brackett's on the neck." 

Colonel Brackett severed his connections with this tavern in 
1773. In that year his name appears in "alarm list" of Captain 
John Haskin's company, Col. John Erving's regiment. 

Prior to making Bristol his home, viz., on June 10, 1767, he pur- 
chased a tract of about thirty acres in that town on the side of the 
Pemaquid river, on which was situated the estate of his wife's father, 
James Sproul, who settled there in 1729. James Sproul was born in 
Ireland probably near Belfast, and came to Boston in 1727. He had 
eight children, of whom Margaret was married to Col. Brackett 
about 1767-8. Mr. Sproul was a helpless invalid for several years 
prior to his death, which happened before the close of the eighteenth 
century. His lands on the west side of the Pemaquid river, are now 
in the possession of one of his numerous progeny, Eugene Sproul. 
Col. Brackett's homestead was on the east side of the Pemaquid. 
May 2, 1775, but shortly after his arrival in Bristol, at a town meet- 
ing, it was voted to send him as agent for the town "to Congress to 
represent the difficulty of the town for the want of ammunition" and 
"other stores." One, Miles Thompson, was hired by the town at 
$8.00 per month to carry on Col. Brackett's farm during his absence. 
By his efforts one-half barrel of gunpowder was secured, which he 


was to pay for, and which was distributed among the three militia com- 
panies of the town. Also, at the meeting an address to the Provin- 
cial Congress was agreed upon, which Col. Brackett probably took 
with him, and which is still on file in the state house at Boston. , He 
was allowed by the town ^38 O. T. for his expenses. 

Thomas Brackett was an officer in the Continental army, was 
captain in the 5th (ist Bristol) company, 3d Lincoln county regi- 
ment; commissioned May 8, 1776; also, captain of the 5th company, 
Col. Joseph North's (Lincoln county) regiment. By his descendants 
he is referred to as Colonel Thomas Brackett. He was, in 1787, a 
member of the board of selectmen; was accorded the rank of esquire 
and gentleman, which, at least, signified political and social distinc- 
tion. During a partial famine in Bristol, he, with his vessel, went to 
Boston and returned with a cargo of grain and merchandise; this he 
sold on trust to the people in need, with the result that he lost heav- 
ily and brought upon himself financial ruin. In December, 1784, he 
made an assignment for the benefit of his creditors, scattered from 
Nova Scotia to Massachusetts; the one to whom his largest debt was 
owing was John Hancock, — he of the famous. signature. This act 
was purely voluntary on his part and attests his integrity, as does his 
concern for his famishing townsmen attest his benevolence. Like his 
father in Boston, and his great-grandfather in Falmouth, he was a 
slave owner. Among his slaves was, probably, one called "Boston 
Brackett," descendants of whom now reside in Bristol. A Boston 
Brackett (mulatto), in 1880, lived in Bristol, and then was eighty 
years old. His father was born in Massachusetts and his mother was 
born in Maine. Mr. Jeffrey Richardson, Jr., in his Genealogy of the 
Bracketts mentions a negro in Boston, called "Boston." It is 
probable that Colonel Brackett was his owner in that city. The story 
is often told in Bristol, by the descendants of Colonel Brackett, that 
he, his son, Thomas, Jr., and slave went aboard the father's vessel 
lying in the river, and while the father was engaged at some work' 
below deck, the son fell overboard and was rescued by this slave, 
who plunged in the river after the boy, all unknown to the father 
until the lad was safe. For this act of courage, the grateful father 
ever loved the negro and treated him as one of the family. 

The following incident illustrates the public spirit of this enter- 
prising man. In September, 1775, one Andrew Oilman, having 
under his care two Indians, who were to appear at the general court 
of the province, was obliged to apply to the committee for Bristol for 
assistance, to convey them to Watertown; Oilman received the nec- 
essary aid in money from Thomas Brackett and Thomas Boyd, "two 
of the committee." The general court refused to pay the bill and 
the two patriotic citizens of Bristol probably never received the 
money so justly due them. 

Colonel Brackett died May 7, 1788, aged 46 years, and was 
buried from the home of his brother Joshua, at Cromwell's Head inn, 
on School street in Boston. Issue: 

1. Thomas. See family 2. 

2. Elizabeth, mar. 9 Nov., 1801, Jacob Partridge. 

3. Mary, who married Michael Jones. 

4. Margaret (Peggy), who mar. 24 May, 1798, Joseph Reed, 
blacksmith, of Bristol. 




From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas. 

Captain Thomas Brackett, the son of Colonel Thomas and wife, \ 
Margaret Sproul, married Polly Giddings; he was born about 1769; 
died July 21, 1833, aged 64 years; was a farmer and mariner, always 
lived in Bristol, Me. Issue: 

1. Thomas. See family 3. 

2. Charlotte. 

3. Joshua. See family 4. 

4. Joseph, b. 29 Sept., 1799; never mar.; was master of a vessel 
at the age of 21 years; d. before he reached the age of 22 years, either 
in New Orleans or Mobile. 

5. Mary, mar. 4 Apr., 1824, Rowland Hatch. 

6. William, b. about 1805. See family 5. 

7. John, b. in April, 1807. See family 6. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas. 

Thomas Brackett was born about 1794, in Bristol, Me.; married 
in 1817, Mary G. Gadshall, died in Lynn, Mass., of old age, was 
daughter of William and wife, Dorcas Mansfield. Mr. Brackett died 
in Charlestown, Mass., in 1820, from dropsy of the brain. His only 
child — living in 1906 — wrote concerning him: "By occupation he 
was a ship-master, was called the best navigator in Boston; when in 
port he taught navigation to ship-masters. I have heard he was an 
extraordinary good navigator and an exceptional^ intelligent man." 

1. Joseph, b. 14 Feb., 1819. See family 7. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, Joshua. 

Joshua Brackett was born in Bristol, Me.; married Eliza Sher- 
man of Boston. He, with another from Hingham, Mass. , was captured 
by pirates and marooned on Sandy key, one of the West India islands. 
Captain Albert Brackett of New Harbor, Me., has a knife which was 
left by the pirates with Joshua Brackett; its blade is sixteen inches 
in length and one and three-quarter inches wide. 

His children were Thomas and Joshua; have no information 
concerning them, except that they lived in Boston. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, William. 
William Brackett was born about 1805 in Bristol, Me., where he 
always resided. He married January 31, 1831, Hannah Bowly or 
Bowlie. Issue: 

1. Mary Augusta, b. 9 Apr., 1832; mar. 29 Nov., 1850, George 
W. Hatch, blacksmith, b. 18 Feb., 1826, d. i July, 1865, son of 
James and wife Nancy Hall; she d. 28 Jan., 1878, in Springfield, 
Mass. Issue: 

1st. Nellie, b. 24 May, 185 1, in Bristol; mar. 14 Sept., 1870, 
George Edwin Barr, b. 12 Dec, 1850, d. i Dec, 1891, son of Edwin 
C, and wife Adeline F. Stone of Springfield, Mass.; was a hotel 
keeper, resided in Oldham and Springfield. Issue: 

I. Catherine S., b. in Erie, Pa., 24 July, 1873; mar. 17 May, 
1899, Dr. Henry Everton Hosley, b. in Clinton, Mass., 10 Apr., 
1872, son of Henry Harrison and wife Julia Etta Wheeler of Fitch- 
burg, Mass.; reside at 283 Union street, Springfield. 

II. William Geo. Barr, b. in Springfield, Mass., i Oct., 1874; 
is a mechanic 

III. James A., b. in Springfield, 14 Mar., 1878; business, a 

IV. Gracie A., b. in Springfield, Mass., 11 Apr., 1879; d. in 
Springfield, Mass., 25 Aug., 1879. 

V. Madeline, b. 7 May, 1883; d. in Springfield, 29 Dec, 1888. 

VI. Marvin H., b. 8 Nov.,\884; d. 24 Dec, 1888. 

2nd. Wilbur G., b. in Bristol, Me., in Sept., 1856; died there 
24 Mar., 1863. 

2. Elizabeth Ann, b. 17 June, 1836; mar. in Damariscotta, Me., 
6 Aug., 1857, Edward Barstow, sea-captain, b. 27 Jan., 1833, d. 4 
Nov., 1898, son of Edward (son of Col. John) and wife. Amy Bailey, 
of Hanover, Mass. Issue. 

1st. Lizzie Estelle, b. 28 Feb., 1863; resides in Hanover, Mass. 
2nd. George Ellen, b. 3 July, 1867; resides in Hanover, Mass. 

3. William T., b. 6 Mar., 1834. See family 8. 

4. Albert F., b. 2 Sept., 1838. See family 9. 

5. Francis A., b. 29 Mar., 1840. See family 10. 

6. Robert. See family 11. 

7. Nancy Jane, b. in 1842; mar. Ambrose Eewis; is dec. 

8. Charlotte H., mar. (ist), Woodbury; (2nd), George H. 
Hanscome; home in Denver. 

9. Margaret M., b. about 1848; mar. George H. Davis; home in 
Springfield, Mass. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, John. 

John Brackett was born in April, 1807, in Bristol, Me.; married 
Thankful Richards, born August 27, 1809, living in 1902, daughter of 
Benjamin and wife, Joan Woodbury, of Bristol. Mr. Brackett died in 
January, 1845, three months prior to the birth of his son, John H.; 
his grave is beside that of his father on the farm owned by the latter. 


For a livelihood lie followed the sea, made several trips to the Grand 
Banks. Issue: 

1. William, b. 30 Mar., 1830. See family 12. 

2. Joseph T., d. 13 Aug., 1853. 

3. Elbridge, d. 20 Nov., 1855. 

4. Alex H., b. 3 Nov., 1837. See family 13. 

6. Emeline, b. 30 June, 1839; mar. 8 Apr., 1855, Elbridge Wal- 
lace, b. 30 Sept., 1830, son of Josiah and wife, Sarah Curtis, of 
Bristol; home in New Harbor, Me. Issue: 

1st. Gussie S., b. 24 Feb., 1856; mar. 11 June, 1878, Granville 
Burns. Issue: 

I. D. Castner, b. 12 Nov., 1879. II. Mildred E., b. 30 
July, 1881. III. Flora E., b. 4 Nov., 1883. IV. M. Gordon, b. 
26 July, 1886. 

2nd. Eizzie H., b. 2 Feb., 1858; mar. i Jan., 1877, Capt. Chas. 
Blaisdell; had Granville, b. 30 Apr., 1879. 

3d. John J., b. 23 Sept., i860; mar. in 1885, Abbie I. McClain, 
had Eillian, b. 14 Mar., 1886. 

4th. Sidney E., b. 19 Dec, 1861; mar. in Nov., 1885, Floral 

5th. Elzina M., b. 25 Sept., 1863; mar. 25 Dec, 1881, John P. 
Munro; d. 3 Apr., 1890. Issue: 

I. Jennie, b. 28 Nov., 1883. II. Annie, b. 18 Mar., 1885. 

6th. Emma E., b. 16 Mar., 1867; mar. 5 Mar., 1883, Eincoln 
J. Partridge. Issue: 

I. Sadie, b. 16 Sept., 1884. II. James W., b. 14 Aug., 
1888. III. Elzina M., b. 24 May, 1891. IV. Wallace J = , b. 30 
Aug., 1899. V. Dorris E., b. 14 June, 1901. 

7th. George P., b. 27 Sept., 1873; mar. 15 Jan, 1892, Eaura 
Poole; had Erville, b. 30 May, 1894. 

6. Sylvinia, d. 30 June, 1844. 

7. John Harvey, d. 25 May, 1847. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Joseph. 
Joseph Brackett was born February 14, 1819; married (ist) Mary 
Jane Hobart; (2nd) Margaret Porter, who died Feb. 18, 1884; (3d) 
Sarah E. Calby; Mr. Brackett is living (1906) with his daughter, 
Mrs. Newth in Eynn, Mass.; is afflicted with locomotor ataxia. Issue: 

1. Eben T., b. 23 Feb., 1846. See family 14. 

2. Mary Hobart, b. 9 Sept., 1873, in Warren, N. H.; mar. 2 July, 
1892, Charles H. Newth, b. 20 Sept., 1869. son of James T. and wife, 
Mary Ann McWilliams; James T. was born in England; went to 
Nova Scotia where he was married, and in 1878, removed to Eynn. 
Mr. Chas. H. also lives in Eynn; is engaged in the shoe business. 

1st. Walter Hobart, b. 8 Feb., 1893. 
2nd. Frank Forrest, b. 9 Oct., 1895. 
3d. Alice Marian, b. 17 Sept., 1898. 

3. Marian, married Worthley; home in Cambridge. 



From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Anthonj^ Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, William, William T. 

William Thomas Brackett was born in New Harbor, Maine, 
March 6, 1834; married December 6, 1857, Esther E. Palmer, born 
October 18, 1839, daughter of Nathaniel and wife, Catherine Mink, 
of Bremen, Me; resides in New Harbor, Me.; is a fisherman. Issue: 

1. William F., b. 3 Dec, 1858; mar. 25 Sept., 1881, Eouisaetta 
Blaisdell; he d. 11 July, 1900. 

2. Arthur B., b. 2 Oct., i860; resides in New Harbor, Me. 

3. lyizzie I., b. 14 Jan., 1862; mar. Frederick Kaj^ton. 

4. Edna F., b. 20 Oct., 1865; mar. 4 Mar., 1883, Frank Richard- 
son; she d. 25 Aug., 1891. 

5. Eouretta, b. twin with Edna F.; d. 21 Oct., 1866. 

6. Edith M., b. 13 Sept., 1867; mar. Eouis Gammage. 

7. Thomas N., b. 2 Oct., 1871; mar. May McFarland. 

8. Melvin A., b. 29 Aug., 1874; mar. Eola McFarland. 

9. Susie Mav, b. 13 July, 1877; d. 14 Jan., 1.877. 

10. Elmer A., b. 29 Nov., 1880. 

11. Fred E., b. 20 Aug., 1884. All were born in New Harbor, 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, William, Albert F. 

Albert Franklin Brackett was born September 2, 1838; mar- 
ried May 4, 1862, Elnora S. Davis, born October 2, 1842; daughter 
of George W. and wife, Catherine Starling, of Monhegan island. Me.; 
resides in New Harbor, Me.; is a fisherman. Issue: 

1. Edward F., b. 12 Oct., 1862; mar. Ethel Russell. 

2. Flora B., b. 10 Apr., 1868; d. 22 Nov., 1880. 

3. George F., b. 10 Oct., 1870; mar. Katie E. Davis; resides on 
Monhegan island. 

4. Ernest A., b. 21 July, 1874; mar. Nellie S. Hanna. 

5. Katie Belle, b. 27 Apr., 1885. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, William, Francis A. 

Francis A. Brackett was born March 29, 1840; married Decem- 
ber 22, 1865, Carrie L. Stevens, born June 20, 1848, daughter of 
Sylvanus and wife, Clara Bates, of New Haven, Conn.; resides in 
New Harbor, Me.; is a blacksmith; served as a private in co. E., 
20th Maine volunteers infantry, from August 29, 1862 to July 16, 
1865. Issue: 

1. Clara F., b. 2 Nov., 1866; mar. i Jan., 1891, A. H. Dole. 

2. Clarence A., b. 30 Oct., 1873; mar. 25 Dec, 1898, Julia 

3. Inez May, b. 14 May, 1876; mar. John Day. 



From Famil}^ No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthon}^ An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, William, Robert. 

Robert Brackett was born about 1838; is a fisherman, a resident 
of New Harbor, Me. Married Louisa H. A'^an Horn, born about 
1849. Issue: 

1. Elzina, b. about 1867. 

2. Ambrose A., b. about 1869. 

3. Jerome, b. about 1872. 

4. Wilbur G., b. about 1873. 
6. De Forrest, b. about 1875. 
6. George W. 


From Family No 10. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthonj^, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, John, William. 

William Brackett was born in Bristol, Me., March 30, 1830; mar- 
ried Dec. 30, 1850, Narcissa S. Churchill, born February 5, 1828; 
died July 27, 1900, daughter of Ezra of Montville, Me.; resides in 
New Harbor; is a sailor. Issue: 

1. Phoebe T., b. 15 Mar., 1851; mar. 18 Oct., 1878, Samuel 
Hastings, teamster, b. 22 Sept., 1853, son of William" and wife, 
Nancy Murray, of Bristol, Me.; resides at 53 Addison St., Chelsea, 
Mass. Issue: 

1st. Donald Murray, b. i Feb., 1880. 
2nd. Lottie Belle, b. 14 May, 1887. 

2. Nellie M., b. 30 Nov., 1853; mar. 30 Nov., 1873, George E. 
Little, b. II Mar., 1851, son of James and wife, Mary A. Hutchins, 
of Bristol, Me.; resides in New Harbor, Me. Issue: 

1st. Dilmar B., b. 26 Oct., 1874; mar. in Nov. 1896, Edith 
Davis. Issue: 

I. Ava Estelle, b. 26 0ct., 1897. II. Bertrell. III. Laura. 
2nd. Zilpha B., b. 2 July, 1876; mar. 10 Apr., 1895, Warren M. 
Munse}^ Issue: 

I. Donald W., b. 18 Mar., 1896. II. George Keith, b. 13 
Sept., 1897. 

3d. George Virgil, b. 14 Oct., 1888. 
4th. Glenn M., b. 12 Nov., 1894. 

3. Joseph W., b. 2 Feb., 1856; mar. 22 Sept., 1878, Faustina 
McClain; has son Oscar. 

4. Emma F., b. 19 Mar., 1858; mar. 13 Nov., 1882, Joseph H. 
Russell; residence New Harbor, Me. 

5. Orrington A., b. 26 Jan., i860; mar. 6 Nov., 1882, Delia M. 
Russell; residence New Harbor, Me. 

6. Ida B., b. 13 Aug., 1863; mar. 20 Aug., 1900, Thomas Murra5^ 

7. Loring L., b. 4 May, 1865; d. 20 Apr., 1873. 

8. Lottie, b. 2 Apr., 1868, in Bristol, Me.; mar. 11 Oct., 1893, 
Samuel B. Smith, b. 27 Aug., 1868, son of Charles E. and wife, Ara- 
bella Dow, of Exeter, N. H.; is a traveling salesman — furnaces and 
ranges; home in Newton Center, Mass., formerly lived in Exeter. 


1st. Earl Brackett, b. ii Jul}^, 1894. 
2iid. Carlton Brooks, b. 19 Feb., 1898. 

9. Oscar M., b. 25 Dec, 1870; d. 27 Apr., 1873. 

10. Oscar L,., b. 12 Apr., 1873. All reside in New Harbor, ex- 
cept as otherwise noted. 


From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthon)', Anthony, An- 
thony, Thomas, Thomas, John, Alex H. 

Alex H. Brackett was born November 3, 1837; married August 
31, 1863, Sarah J. McLain, born December 24, 1844; daughter of 
William G. and wife, Lettie Janet Meservey, of Bristol, Me.; resides 
in New Harbor; he is a merchant, and prior to 1881, was postmaster 
for several years. Issue: 

1. John H., b., 31 Mar., 1864; d. 12 Oct., 1865. 

2. Ada M., b. 21 July, 1865; mar. Fred A. Partridge; resides at 
Pemaquid Beach, Me. 

3. John \V., b. 27 Aug., 1867; mar. 21 July, 1896, Martha M. 
Tibbetts, b. 21 Mar., 1872, dau. of Charles T. and wife, Lizzie S. 
McFarland, of Bristol, Me.; is a lawj'er; was town auditor for three 
years; supervisior of schools for a short term, resigning to accept po- 
sition as teacher (in Bristol); and county attorney for a term; now 
resides in Boothbaj-, Maine. Issue: 

1st. Gail M., b. 27 Jan., 1898. 

4. Deona C, b. 6 June, 1869; d. 6 June, 1872. 

6. Infant son, b. 29 Mar., 1872; d. 12 Apr., 1872. 

6. lycona E., b. 4 July, 1873; married Erville B. Hanna. 



PVom Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, 
Anthony, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Joseph, Eben T. 

Eben Thorndike Brackett was born February 23, 1846, in 
Charlestown, Mass; for a time lived in Swampscott; resides in Eynn, 
Mass.; deputy sheriff in 1904-5. Served as private in nth unat- 
tached compan)^ from April, 1865; private in company I, 8th regi- 
ment Mass. militia; 2nd lieutenant, April 24th, 1882; captain, April 
17, 1883; lieutenant-colonel of 8th Mass. militia infantry, October 8, 
1893; placed on retired list August 6, 1895. Married January 14, 
1869, Emily Davis Frederick, born October 23, 1849, daughter of 
John and wife, Asenath Howe of Paxton, 111. Issue: 

1. Eben T., b. 30 Aug., 1870; mar. in 1893, Mabel Sisson; re- 
sides in Eynn, Mass.; ser\^ed in co. I., 8th inf., Mass. militia. 

1st. Raymond T., b. 9 Feb., 1894. 
2nd. Florence R., b. 18 Dec, 1896. 
3d. John F., b. 9 Apr., 1899. 

2. James F., b. Sept. 9, 1871; mar. 7 June, 1899, Alice P. Fay; 
resides in Arlington, Mass.; hospt. stew, in 8th inf., Mass. militia. 


1st. Fay, (dau.) b. 14 Aug., 1900. 

3. George W., b. 23 Oct., 1873; d. 9 Nov., 1891. 

4. Mabel L., b. 24 Feb., ; mar. 24 June, 1896, Ralph L. Lov- 

ell; home in Quincy, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Frederick Harris, b. i Aug., 1904. 

5. Olive Edna, b. 9 June, 1880; mar. 19 July, 1899, Halvor H. 
Halvorson; home in Lynn, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Paul Brackett, b. 4 May, 1900. 

6. E. Josephine, b. 19 Nov., 1885. 

7. Bernice G., b. 6 July, 1891; d. 28 June, 1892. 







From Chapter 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, Abra- 

Abraham Brackett was born in Hampton, New Hampshire, July 
3, 1 7 14. There are pubhshed statements that all of the children of 
Zachariah Brackett, younger than Abraham, were born in Falmouth. 
There is nothing to warrant these statements more than that in the 
year 17 15, Zachariah went to Falmouth and took possession of his 
father's farm. Whatever the truth may be as to the place of birth of 
the children younger than Abraham, the following particulars are 
submitted as relative thereto. At Hampton on August 21, 17 19, 
were baptized the six elder children of Zachariah. In 1806, Abraham 
Brackett testified that he came to Falmouth to live in 17 18, "and was 
then four years old." The other children of Zachariah, except 
Susannah, were baptized in Falmouth though when they were born 
there was no church in the town. These facts indicate, assuming 
that Abraham was mistaken as to the year in which he went to Fal- 
mouth to live, that the family of Zachariah did not remove to 
Falmouth before the year 17 19. In the affidavit referred to, which 
was made as evidence relative to a mill privilege, Abraham fixes a 
matter of moment in the proceedings in which he was testifying, by 
the time when he "became free" viz., in 1735. That year was the 
one in which he attained his majority. It suggests that he had been 
apprenticed — at what trade is not known. Nor is there anything to 
show that he was engaged at farming; there were but few living on 
the Neck who followed farming in his day. No mention of him is 
contained in anj^ source of information, now extant, for many 3^ears 
subsequently to 1745; nor is there mention of the name of any mem- 
ber of his family contained in any printed document of a genealogical 
character relative to the people living in Falmouth. It does not 
appear that he was a member of any militar}^ organization in Fal- 
mouth during the French and Indian wars. The first mention of him 
subsequently to 1745 is that in 1777 he was a taxpayer in Falmouth. 
The belief would be warranted that, for several years following his 
marriage, he resided elsewhere than in Falmouth, but for his own 
statement. In his affidavit made in 1806, he testified relative to the 
possession of a certain ten-acre lot near to Captain Anthony Brackett's 
farm on which he was raised; that the land in question was occupied 
by William Knight, and fixed the time of Knight's occupanc}^ thereof to 
have been "soon after the three years' war, about 1725-6," when he 
lived on Brackett's farm at Back cove; that Knight held possession 
of said ten acres until one Co}^ came and lived in the house thereon, 


who lived in it "about six or ten years" and sold it to his brothers, 
John Baker (who married Abraham's sister, Susannah) and Zacha- 
riah Brackett, and they "exchanged it with Stephen Jones;" that his 
brother Baker lived in the house "and his son Josiah (bapt. 1741) 
was born there;" that Jones held it until one, Ross (probably John), 
"then first arrived from Scotland came and occupied the same;" that 
his age at time of making the affidavit was ninety-two years. 

The aged witness might well remember the fact he relates as to 
Ross, as it probabl}^ was Ross' daughter, Mary, who was his father's 
second wife and was so good a hand at making trouble in the family. 
Dr. Brackett of lyce, said she was an Irish woman; she was perhaps 

It is certain that he lived in Falmouth continuously from 17 19 to 
1745; King George's war commenced in 1744, and it is ventured that 
he did not fail to do his duty to his country in this war with the 
French and Indians, nor in the war beginning in 1757. When a boy, 
in 1725, he witnessed the imposing proceedings on the part of the 
colonial official in negotiating the treaty of peace of that year with 
the Indian sagamores at Falmouth; once more he could stir without 
fear outside of the confines of a garrison house. Then in 1732, he saw 
the Indians come boldly to Falmouth flaunting a French flag at the 
head of their column, to confirm the treaty anew. He lived to see 
the day when he hailed with joy the sight of a French flag. 

He married (intention published December 13, 1743) Joanna 
Springer; she hailed from Georgetown, Me., was the daughter of James 
Springer who died there intestate about the year 1772. In the year 
1745, Abraham and his wife united with the church in Falmouth, 
were admitted to full communion. During the preceding year their 
oldest daughter, Hannah, was born; she was baptized in Falmouth. 
They had fifteen other children of whose baptisms no record has been 
found. The wife died before May i, 1782, on which date an order 
was made in the administration of her father's estate assigning their 
respective shares to his children, in which she is mentioned as 
deceased. The absence of all baptismal, church, town and military 
records pertaining to Abraham Brackett or to any member of his fam- 
ily, from 1745 to 1777, is strongly indicative that during all his mar- 
ried life Abraham Brackett did not dwell in Falmouth. Perhaps 
upon the death of his wife, Abraham returned to Falmouth; the cen- 
suses of 1790 and 1800 show him a resident of the town and a mem- 
ber of the family of Abraham, Jr. 

For many 3'ears prior to 1800, there was a military road running 
from Falmouth to fort Halifax at the junction of the Sebasticook and 
Kennebec rivers. About year 1803, he accompanied his son Abra- 
ham, who that 3^ear removed from Falmouth to Sidney, one of the 
towns not far from the site of fort Halifax. It was while living in 
Sidney in May, 1806, that he signed the affidavit, to which reference 
has been made. He died August 10, 1806, at the age of ninety-two 

The names and dates of births of his children are given on very 
good genealogical authority, that of a family record of the same. The 
original may be extant; the copies which have been inspected contain 
the names of fifteen children. The child Mary is given on the auth- 
ority of the record of the order assigning the estate of James Springer, 



grandfather of the children; at the time the order was made, his 
daughter, the mother of the children, was dead, hence her share of 
his estate was assigned to them; in this order, as one of the children 
and with the names of the other children, is mentioned Mary Hodg- 
kins, all of the children being mentioned in the order, except those 
who died young. Issue: 

1. Hannah, b. 4 Sept., 1744; married James Springer. 

2. Mary, who married Hodgkins. 

3. Abigail, b. 7 Feb., 1747; died young. 

4. Susannah, b. 7 Oct., 1748; married James Jewell. 

5. Eunice, b. 20 Dec, 1750; married Simeon Paine. 

6. Elizabeth, b. 4 Mar., 1752; married George Andrews. 

7. Abraham, b. 8 Aug., 1753; died young. 

8. Joanna, b. 19 Mar., 1755; died young. 

9. Nathaniel, b. 4 Sept., 1756; resided in Georgetown; was living 
in 1782; was private in Captain Jonathan Nowell's company, Colone 
James Scammon's regiment; muster roll dated i Aug., 1775; enlisted 
3 May, 1775, served three months and six days; received order for 
bounty coat or its equivalent in mone}^ date Cambridge, '6 Nov., 
1775. No further record. 

10. Joanna, b. 4 Sept., 1760; mar. Philip Norcross. 

11. Abigail, b. 2 Apr., 1762; probably deceased before 1782. 

12. James, b. 5 May, 1764. See family 2. 

13. Abraham, b. 26 Aug., 1765. See family 3. 

14. Sarah, b. 7 Mar., 1767; she was the family historian; learned 
from her father the family traditions and faithfully preserved them; 
married Elias Field; resided in Phillips, Me.; died 19 Nov., 1838. 
No issue. 

15. Anthon5^ b. 30 Mar., 1769. See family 4. 

16. Samuel, b. 5 Nov., 1770. See family 5. 



From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, James. 

James Brackett was born May 5, 1764; he was in the twelfth 
year of his age the first 3-ear of the War of the Revolution; had hardly 
completed his eleventh year when was fought the battle of I^exington. 
On becoming fourteen years old, parental authority could no longer 
restrain his ardent patriotism; he ran away from home and became a 
privateer. After some months of service of varying success and fail- 
ure, the little vessel on which he served was disabled in battle, and 
the crew barely escaped with their lives to the nearest shore, then 
within the British lines; secreting themselves by day and foraging by 
night they finally made their escape. In after years, during the war, 
and while a soldier, when men were detailed from his company to 
man a sloop of war, those fitted for such service were selected; they 
were men who could serve a double part at war, fight equally as well 
on the sea as on the land; among the number thus selected was 
James Brackett. When making his claim for pension, over forty 


years later, he did not mention his naval ser\'ice aboard the privateer. 
Not that he had forgotten it, for his children knew, and his grand- 
children know, the story of the cruise of the ill-fated little vessel, from 
his relating it. Probably it was that the adventure was not pursuant 
to any contract with the government, continental or state, for service, 
and hard service as it was, it would not entitle him to pension. But 
pension was not his object in those days; hence service, such as a 
recruiting officer would not be required to pass upon his ability to 
perform, or other officer inquire as to whether he had his parents' 
consent to enter into, suited his case exactly, and this service he 
engaged in, and in his old days, delighted to relate about. In 1832, 
he applied for pension; set forth that he was then sixty-eight 3^ears 
old, a resident of Berlin, Me; that he serv^ed in Captain Solomon 
Walker's company. Colonel Prime's regiment; enlisted in April 1780, 
for eight months. Relative to this term of service the records of the 
War Department show that "James Bracket" was a private in 
Captain Solomon Walker's company. Colonel Joseph Prime's regi- 
ment; under command of General Wadsworth; enlisted April 30, 

1780, discharged December 26, 1780, ser\^ed "7 months and 27 daj^s 
at Eastward." 

He further stated that he again enlisted in April 1781, for nine 
months in Captain Benjamin Lemont's company, Samuel McCobb's 
regiment; was discharged January 2, 1782, at Bath, Me.; that part of 
the time he was on board of the sloop of war "Defense." 

Relative to said term of service, the records in the War Depart- 
ment show that "James Bracket" was a private in Captain Benjamin 
IvCmont's company. Colonel McCobb's regiment; enlisted May 10, 

1 78 1, discharged Dec. i, 1781, "serv^ed 6 month and 20 days near 
Penobscot river;" that on board of marine sloop, "Defense," com- 
manded b}^ Captain James Nivens, he ser\^ed one month and twenty- 
four days, "was engaged 2 Aug., 1781, discharged 26 Sept., 1781." 

Also published records show that he gave receipt dated "Cox- 
head 8 June 1781," to Captain Benj. Lemont, for musket, etc. 

Abraham Brackett of Sidney, Kennebec count}^ Maine, testified 
under date of September 20, 1832, that — "I well recollect that my 
brother James, within named, enlisted and went into the service at 
both the times by him mentioned." 

The claim was allowed and he was paid pension to the date of 
his death. 

For several ^^ears after the close of the war he followed the sea; 
later he became a shipper and horse dealer; bought horses, shipped 
them from New Orleans to the West Indies and other places, and 
once lost a cargo of horses b}^ a storm on the Gulf of Mexico. Shortly 
before his marriage, he had ceased his wandering and adventurous 
life; he settled in Sidney, Me., where he became engaged in the man- 
ufacture and sale of lumber. Here he prospered for several years, was 
on the road to wealth, when, at a time he had reached the age of fifty 
years, and had a famih' of eight children, in one night all he had, 
mills and lumber, were swept away by a flood. With propert}^ gone 
and indebtedness of his own to meet, his hard lot was made still hard- 
er by an obligation he had entered into by a pledge of his credit 
for the accommodation of another who lost his all b}^ the same flood. 
This disaster came upon him when he was well advanced in years, 


when his prospects were the brightest, and when he could reasonably 
look forward to a life of ease and pleasure. A few years were spent 
in Sidney in adjusting his affairs and then he went to the wilds of 
Oxford county to begin life anew in a business way on a farm. De- 
termination of purpose overcomes obstacles. Land was purchased, 
cleared, tilled to an advantage, and from the profits of this farm the 
last of his debts were paid. It is gratifying to record that this was 
accomplished, with the pleasures of life which are the lot of a pros- 
perous farmer. 

A personal description of him is, that he was about five feet, ten 
inches in height, had a clean cut face, a sharp nose and was easy and 
quick in his movements. Also was, at times, given to making decid- 
edly pointed and pithy remarks. 

His farm in Oxford county was in the town called at the time he 
settled there, Berhn, subsequently Phillips, in that part which is 
West PhilHps; it is now owned (1906) by his grandson WiUi am 
Brackett. On the farm is an orchard which he planted and in which 
he took great pride. On this farm he settled about 1819, and passed 
the remainder of his days. He died March 22, 1845. One of his 
neighbors was his sister Sarah, who married SiL^s Field. The graves 
of the four, of himself, his wife, his sister Sarah, and her husband, 
are in the little graveyard in the Levi Field place; there, side by side, 
rest their remains. 

He married Januarv 31 < 1798, Marv Lunt. Of her. Rev. Dr. 
Nathan Brackett of Harper's Ferry, W.. V., wrote— "If grandmother 
now and then smoked a long-stemmed, clean clay pipe, she did it 
with such exquisite neatness that none of her many granddaughters 
would have blushed to have seen her. Nobody could bind a stone- 
bruised bare foot or a whittled finger quite as nicely as grandmother. 
I wish I had one of those pretty lace caps she used to wear, or, better 
still, a real picture of her at spinning fiax on a little wheel, as I can 
now see her." 

She was born May 19, 1779, died July 8, 1849, was daughter of 
Benjamin Lunt. He was born August 15, 1747, died in January, 
1822, married January 7, 1768, Mercy Brackett; was son of James. 
He was son of the 2d Henry, who was born June 23, 1698, in New- 
berrv, Mass., and wife Hannah, daughter of Joseph Noyes. Mercy 
Brackett was daughter of Joshua and wife Esther Cox (see div. 7, 
fam. I). Issue: 

1. Eunice, b. i Aug., 1798; mar. WiUiam Butler; no issue. 

2. Hannah, b. 25 Jan., 1800; mar. 29 Dec, 1827, Joseph Hoar. 


1st. Eunice Butler, b. 13 May, 1829; mar. Wilham Haley, 
farmer, b. in 1825, d. in 1894; residence in Greenvale, Me. Issue: 

I. Mary E., b. in 1848; mar. (ist) in 1863, J. D. Quimby; 
(2nd) George Oaks; residence in Rangeley, Me. Issue: 

a. Willie Quimby; is a trader in Rangeley. 

II. Lois E., b. in 1849; mar. George Oaks; d. in 1869. No 


III. WiUiam A., b. in 1853; mar. in 1869. Children are 

Mertie; Lena; Alice and Florence. 

IV. Cenath J., b. in 1858; mar. in 1874, George H. Snow- 
man; resides in Rangeley; have dau. Einnie. 


V. Esther A., b. in 1862; d. in 1864. 

VI. James G., b. in 1862; an adopted child, nephew of Mrs. 
Haley; is a farmer in Rangeley. 

VII. Chauncey, b. in 1873; lives with his mother. 

2d. lyois Brackett, b. i Dec., 1830, in Rangele^^; mar. 24 Oct.', 
1858, Thomas Frazier, b. 14 Jan. 1833, d. in June, 1891, son of 
Joseph and wife, Rlioda Butterfield, of Rangeley; was a farmer. In 
1869, he removed from Maine to Minnesota; in 1881, removed to 
North Dakota. Mrs. Frazier resides at Hoople in that state. She 
relates a story told by her grandfather Brackett. It is that his 
grandfather, who was living with one of his sons, heard the tinkle 
of a bell which was worn by an ox. Supposing the ox was in 
mischief, he started to drive it out of the corn. The bell was rung 
by Indians who killed the grandfather on his approach. Issue: 

I. Addie M., b. in July, 1859; mar. 15 Dec, 1887, Thomas 
Wadge; resides at Park River, N. D. Issue: 

a. Earl F.. b. 15 July, 1889. 

II. Fred E., b. in Jan., 1861; mar. 21 June, 1893, Maggie E. 
Turner; home in Charlevoix, Mich. Issue: 

a. Eois M., b. 19 Jan., 1895. 

III. Frank F., b. in Apr., 1863. 

IV. Marcia N., b. in Nov., 1865. 

V. Will T., b. in Feb., 1867; d. i Apr., 1900. 

VI. Mamie H., b. in May, 1872; d. 21 Sept., 1882. 

VII. Lynn J., b. in Dec, 1874; attended, as student, the 
University of North Dakota. 

3d. Joseph J., b. 7 Aug., 1832, in Dallas plantation. Me.; 
mar. i Apr., 1858, Nancy A. Haines, b. 13 Oct., 1838, dan. of Eyman 
and wife, Sally C. James, of Rangeley, Me. He resides in Rowley, 
Mass.; is a mail carrier. His name was changed to "Nile," by an 
act of a state legislature. Issue: 

I. Blanch E., b. 11 June, 1859, mar. in Jan., 1875, Gorham 
R. Hardy; residence, Rowley, Mass. Issue: 

a. Lottie May, b. 27 Aug., 1876. 

b. Joseph Hale, b. i June, 1878. 

c. Frederick Roscoe, b. 19 Mar., 1880. 

d. Harris B., b. 9 Jan., 1882. 

e. Bertie E., b. 22 June, 1883. 

f. Ruth E., b. 13 July, 1894. 

g. Gracie F., b. 15 Jan., 1896. 

II. Nellie N., is deceased. 

III. Nettie N., b. 17 Jan., 1870; mar. (ist) 2 June, 1887, 
Sumner McKeshnie; (2nd) 30 Oct., 1890, Nahum G. Bubier; resides 
in Rowley, Mass. Issue, by first husband: . 

a. Prudie May. ^-t.^ila i^i l^'^^^AA' 

By second husband. 


b. Perry E., 10 Apr., 1892. 

c. Nellie N., 27 Sept., 1893. 

d. Joseph N., 16 Mar., 1896. 

e. Nora E., 16 Dec, 1897. 

4th. Hannah J., b. 12 Aug., 1834, in Rangeley, Me.; mar. 
25 Nov., 1858, Matthias Haines, b. 13 Oct., 1835, son of Lyman and 
wife, Sally C. James of Rangeley, Me., formerly of Campton, N. H.; 
was a farmer in Rangeley; now in Mexico, Me. Issue: 


I. Eva B., b. 7 Aug., 1859; mar. 7 Aug., 1879, Laforest 
Beedy; home in Ridlonville, Me. Issue: Bessie A., b. 3 Aug., 1880; 
Carson L., b. 8 Mar.. 1882; Freelan F., b. 15 July 1884; Flossie E., 
b. 25 May, 1887; RettaM., b. 10 Aug., 1893; Milfred F., b. 21 June, 
1 90 1. 

II. Josephine C, b. 29 Dec, i860; mar. 17 July, 1881, Joel 
Hoar; home in Rangeley. Issue: Carl, b. 28 Apr., 1882; Everett 
M., b. 28 Apr., 1888. 

III. Hannah B., b. 18 Jan., 1862; mar. 10 Nov., 1891, Ira 
T. Wing; home in East Madrid, Me. Issue: Elsie M., b. 25 Mar., 
1893; Milo M., b. 26 July, 1896; Huldah B., b. 15 Nov., 1898. 

IV. Joseph M., b. 21 Apr., 1865; mar. 6 Apr., 1887, Sarah 
T. Wilber; home in Phillips, Me. Issue: Oman J., b. 14 Mar., 
1890; Sarah M., b. 29 Dec., 1898. 

V. Amy G., b. 22 Jan., 1867; mar. 7 July, 1886, Fred 
Dresser; home in Georgetown, Mass. Issue: Merton G., b. 7 Mar., 

VI. Angie S., b. 4 Mar., 1870; mar. 25 Oct., 1885, Melvin 
J. Doyen; home in Ridlonville, Me. Issue: Bertie A., b. 17 June, 
1886; Bernard M., b. 10 Sept., 1887; Pearl A., b. 8 Feb., 1890; 
Mertie A., b. 4 Oct., 1896. 

VII. Lyman L., b. 19 Oct., 1872. 

VIII. Eeon F., b. 16 Nov., 1876; mar. 6 July, 1899, Mertie 
Iv. Davenport; home in Rangele}^ Me. 

IX. Harvey J., b. 11 Sept., 1880. 

5th. Eutlier, b. 4 Dec, 1837; mar. (ist) Belle P. Abbot, is 
dec; (2nd) Josephine Winship; is dec; resided in Farmington, Me. 
No further record. 

(3th. Esther M., b. 18 May, 1841; mar. 29 Nov., i860, John R. 
Toothaker, b. 8 Jan., 1839, son of Abner and wife, Phoebe Wilber 
of Phillips, Me.; is a farmer and lumberman; home in Rangeley. 

I. Ermon L,., b. 8 Nov., 1861; mar. 28 Apr., 1882, Ella 
Hinkley; home in Rangeley, Me. Issue: Inza B., b. 28 Feb., 1883; 
Cora, b., i Sept., 1886; d. 24 May, 1887; Linwood, b. 3 May, 1888; 
Lero, b. 30 July, 1890; Fen, b. 23 Dec, 1895; Cherry, b. 12 Jan., 

II. Minnie E., b. i Feb., 1864; mar. 27 Aug., 1880, George 
Pillsbury; home in Rangeley. Issue: Vei^n G., b. 12 Nov., 1881; 
Mary E., b. 18 Jan., 1883; Lena B., b. 18 Nov., 1884; Earl S., b. 
26 Sept., 1886; John R., b. 22 Jan., 1888; Phil O., b. 20 Oct., 1890; 
Eulene A., b. 24 May, 1892; Rolla T., b. 27 Aug., 1894; Don M., b. 
28 July, 1898; Ralph A., b. 26 Jan., 1900. 

III. Bertha E., b. 10 Feb., 1867; d. 30 May, 1867. 

IV. Lincoln A., b. 18 Apr., 1869; mar. 4 July, 1890, Ida 
Keith; home in Rangeley. Issue: Ruby E., b. 18 Apr., 1891; 
Shirley L., b. 10 May, 1893; Van W., b. 20 June, 1895. 

V. Archie R., b. 20 Aug., 1872; mar. 14 Nov., 1891, Addie 
Lamb; home in Rangeley. Issue: Coe E., b. 7 Apr., 1892; Hazel 
U., b. 28 Mar., 1893. 

VI. Elsie, b., 28 June, 1874; d. 28 Dec, 1874. 

VII. Rolla, b. 13 Feb., 1878; lives in Rangeley. 


Tth. James H., b. 5 June, 1843, ^^ Rangele^-, Me.; mar. 2 Apr., 
1871, Isabella M. Marsh, b. i Feb., 1852, dau. of Isaiah and wife, 
Jerusha Lewis of Waukegan, 111.; is a fruit grower; resides in Fern- 
ley, California. He, and also his brother Luther, had their surname 
changed to Nile by an act of the state legislature. Issue: 

I. Ella M., b. 8 Jan., 1872; mar. 17 Nov., 1895, Guy V. 
Robinson; home in Fernley. Issue: 

a. Guy Nile, b. 6 Mar., 1897. 

l>. Aris Isabella, b. 16 Dec, 1898. 

II. Jessie, b. 27 Oct., 1875; mar. 5 Maj', 1897, Wm. E. John- 
ston; home in Nevada City, Cal. Issue: 

a. James Carlyton, b. 13 Feb., 1898. 

b. Zelda, b. 14 June, 1899. 

III. Cora B., b. 9 May, 1877. 

IV. Herbert J., b. 5 May, 1882. 

3. Lois, b. I Dec, 1801; mar. in 1827, John Hoar of Rangeley, 
son of Luther and wife, Eunice Lakeman; d. in June, 1846. Issue: 

1st. Mary B., b. 3 Feb., 1829; mar. Joseph R. Harris. 

2nd. Dolly B., b. 6 Aug., 1830; is dec; mar. Jerr)^ B. Ellis, 
is dec. Children: William; Amos; Joshua; Nathaniel; three daugh- 

3d, JamesB., b. 12 Nov., 1831; surname changed to Nile; mar. 
5 Apr., 1854, Samantha Hinkley, b. 5 Feb., 1828, d. 10 Sept., 1896, 

dau. of Oliver and wife, Sarah of Gardiner, Me.; is a farmer; 

home in Rangeley. Issue: 

I. James O., b. 11 Feb., 1855; mar. Lizzie Steward; d. 20 
Feb., 1898. Children: Nellie A.; Robert; Samantha O.; Melvin; 
Bradford; Belle; Velma; Louis, b. 14 Feb., 1898. 

II. Anna A., b. 17 Feb., 1857; mar. (ist) 24 Sept., 1883, 
Jesse Ross; (2nd) 9 Mar., 1893, Alexis E. Blodgett; home in 

III. Infant boy, b. 2 Jan., 1859; d. 3 May, 1859. 

IV. Zelier, b. 25 Dec, 1859; mar. in 1893, Clista Thomas. 
No issue. 

V. Sarah E.. b. 22 Feb., 1861; d. in May, 1861. 

VI. Charles E., b. 6 May, 1863; mar. in Sept., 1889, Flora 
Taylor; home in Rangeley. Children: James; John; Jessie R.; Louis; 
Addie; Hattie. 

VII. Benjamin F., b. 9 Jan., 1865; mar. in Oct., 1890, Nellie 
Withie; home in Rangeley. Children, Anna; Naomi; May; Dolly; 
Frank, b. 8 Jan., 1898. 

VIII. Daniel L., b. 15 June, 1868; mar. Naomi E. Moody. 

IX. Calvin Daws, b. 19 Dec, 187 1. 

4th. John L., b. 12 Aug., 1834; mar. 15 Mar., 1855, Dorcas 
Hale}^ b. 12 Aug., 1836, dau. of John and wife, Polly Lowell of 
Rangeley; is a farmer; had his surname changed to Nile. Issue: 

I. John F., b. 16 Jan., 1856; mar. i Jan., 1886, Marj^ A. 
Collins. Children: Otto T., b. 25 Nov., 1892; Orrin T., b. 9 Aug., 

II. Gunear G., b. 23 Dec, 1858; mar. 6 Feb., 1876, John L. 
Huntoon. Children: Austin L., b. 9 Nov., 1879; Harr}^ b. 16 June, 
1888; Mildred G., b. 29 Nov., 1897. 


III. Isaac E., b. 5 Dec, 1861; mar. 14 Oct., 1883, lyillie A. 
Hoar. Children: Lloyd, b. 20 Mar., 1884; Dean, b. 5 Jan., 1886; 
Alton, b. 20 Oct., 1887; Ethel, b. 30 Apr., 1889. 

IV. Dennis, b. 31 July, 1864; mar. 2 Nov., 1893, Lillie Moore. 
Children: Roberta, b. 6 Jan., 1897; Colon H., b. 4 Jan., 1900. 

V. Eucy A., b. 28 July, 1871; mar. Bert Herrick. 

VI. Milton C, b. 7 Oct., 1873. All live in Rangeley. 

5th. Benjamin F., b. in 1838, in Rangeley; mar. 7 May, 1863, 
Virginia S. Chichester, b. about 1848, dau. of Elias and wife, Nancy 
Knox of California; is a farmer; home in Healdsburg, Sonoma co., 
Cal. Issue: 

I. Addie, b. in 1865; mar. in 1882, James McDowell, is dec. 
Children: James E.; Franklin B.; Pearl M.; William A.; Harry E., 
Hazel E. II. Benjamin F., b. in 1868. III. Charles A., b. in 
1870; mar. in 1900, Emma Hamlin. IV. Mary E., b. in 1871; 
mar. in 1896, Stephen T. Hare. V. Harry H., b. in 1880. 
VI. Jennie S., b. in 1882. 

6th. Jane B., who mar. Samuel Eane. Children: Ollie; Stella; 
son, dec. 

7th. Hannah B.; is dec. 

8th. Amos; is dec. 

9th. Nathaniel B., b. 22 May, 1841; mar. 3 Apr., 1867, H. 
Elizabeth Lamb, b. 24 Mar., 1848, darf. of Joseph and wife, Mercy 
A. Dill of Rangeley; served in 7th Me. vol. inf. from 17 Aug., 1861, 
to Jan., 1862; in co. F, 2nd Me. vol. cav. from 17 Feb., 1862, to 16 
Dec, 1865; surname was changed to Nile; resides in Bloomfield, 
Cal. Issue: 

I. Jennie M., b. 19 May, 1869; d. 11 June, 1869. 

II. Inza E., b. 23 July, 1871; mar. Eeroy S. Shanes, who 
d. in 1898. 

10th. Eois E., b. 24 Dec, 1846; mar. Calvin Moore; home in 

4. Jane; never mar.; d. in 1843. 

5. Nathaniel M., b. i Aug., 1803. See family 6. 

6. Dolly, b. II Jan., 1807: mar. William P. Cook, b. 5 Aug., 
1809, d. 10 Sept., 1871, of Phillips, Me.; she d. 22 Jan., 1887. 

1st. Benjamin E-, b. 27 Feb., 1840; mar. 7 Oct., 1868, Beulah 
Taj'lor, b. 2 Oct., 1850, dau. of Jonathan and wife, Rebecca Mc- 
Pherson of Salem, New Jersey; is a groceryman in Salem. Issue: 

I. Ella M., b. 13 Sept., 1870; mar. 11 Mar., 1890, Wilbert 
G. Clark. Issue: Jesse, b. 20 Apr., 1894; Beulah, b. 13 Feb., 1897; 
Norman, b. 24 Feb., 1899. 

II. Jennie T., b. 4 Sept., 1875; mar. 28 June, 1899, John A. 

III. Frank Brackett, b, 30 Sept., 1877. 

IV. Alice Rebecca, b. 22 Julj^ 1883. 

V. William Phillips, b. 8 Aug., 1888. 

2nd. Jane B., who mar. Henr}^ Bates; is dec. No issue. 
3d. Sarah F., who mar. M. Glenn; d. in 1877. No issue. 
4th. Maria, mar. Eevi Bates; d. about 1876. No issue. 

5th. Mary, d. 10 Aug., , age 7 years. 

6th. Hannah, d. 11 Aug., , same year, age 5 years. 


7. Anthony, b. in 1809; d. in infanc3^ 

8. James L,-, b. 4 Mar. 18 10. See family 7. 

9. Joshua, b. 19 Mar., 1812. See family 8. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Abraham. 

Abraham Brackett, the thirteenth child of Abraham and wife, 
Joanna Springer, was born August 26, 1765, in Falmouth, Me., 
where he resided until he removed to Sidnej', Me., prior to 1804. 
The census of 1790 shows him a resident of Falmouth, as does the 
census of 1800. In Sidney he was engaged in farming until his 
death, November 19, 1838. In his deposition made in his brother 
James' claim for pension, he testified that he well remembered both 
occasions when his brother enlisted for service in the Continental 
army. Married, October 16., 1786, Hannah Lunt of Brunswick, 
Me., who died April 19, 1845. Issue: 

1. Polly, b. 14 Feb., 1788; mar. 25 Feb., 1806, Oliver Springer; 
lived in Sidne3^ She d. 27 Dec, 1829. 

2. Mercy, b. i May, 1789; never mar.; d. 13 Dec, 1851. 

3. Joan, b. 2 Dec, 1790; mar. 3 Sept., 1809, Robert Packard. 
She d. I Dec, 1857. 

4. Esther, b. 13 Oct. 1792; mar. 31 Dec, 181 1, Levi Moore; 
lived in Sidney-. She d. 28 July, 1862. Issue: 

1st. Sarah Merrill, b. 25 Oct., 1812; mar. in Mar., 1843, 
Franklin L. Spearin of Clinton, Me. She d. 12 Dec, 1887. Issue: 

I. Mary Esther, b. 2 July, 1845; mar. Fred Brown of Ben- 
ton, Me. 

II. William Leva, b. 6 Jan., 1847; mar. Helen Bean of 
Hallowell, Me. He d. 21 Oct., 1894. 

III. Eucy Ann, b. ; d. in infanc3^ 

IV. Hannah Moore, b. 18 Nov., 1851; mar. George Sim- 
mons of Hallowell, Me. 

V. Katie Moore, b. 30 Aug., 1853; mar. Eeslie Brown of 
Benton, Me. 

2nd. Hannah Brackett, b. 21 Dec, 1815; d. 17 Oct., 1863. 

3d. Mercy Ann, b. 16 Nov., 1818; never mar.; d. 28 Aug., 

4th. Abraham Brackett, b. 7 Aug., 1821; is dec; mar. 21 Feb., 
1850, in Waterviile, Me., Eliza Ann Rej-nolds of Sidney, Me., the 
Rev. Mr. Charles Gardiner officiating. Issue: 

I. Fred Eeslie, b. 20 Apr., 1851; never mar.; d. 11 Nov., 

II. Frank Calvin, b. 6 Nov., 1853; mar. 11 June, 1886, in 
Jamaica Plain, Mass., Mary Weston Merrill of Sidney, Me., the Rev. 
Mr. Geo. S. Butters officiating. 

III. Enos Eowe, b. 25 Apr., 1859. 

IV. Mary Caroline, b. 24 June, 1861. 

V. Alice Martha, b. 12 Aug., 1864. 

VI. Antoinette R., b. 20 July, 1868. 

6th. Poll)^ Springer, b. 29 May, 1823; never mar; d. 10 July, 


6th. Enos Lowe, b. ii Apr., 1825; never mar; d. 31 Dec, 
1857, in California. 

5. Abigail, b. 26 Aug., 1794; mar. in Nov., 1812, Collins Moore. 

6. Sarah F., b. 30 July, 1796; mar. in Nov., 1822, Daniel Jacobs; 
resided in Sidney, Me. 

7. Benjamin, b. 20 June, 1798; d. 11 Feb., 1799. 

8. Betsey, b. 5 June, 1800; never mar.; d. 18 Mar., 1822. 

9. Maria, b. 17 June, 1802; mar. 3 Sept., 1829, Paul T. Stevens 
of Sidney, Me. She d. 14 Oct., 1843. 

10. Abraham D., b. 11 July, 1803. See family 9. 

11. Ruth S., b. 3 Nov., 1805; mar. 23 Dec, 1828, Thomas Avery; 
resided in Sidney, Me. She d. 12 July, 1882. 

12. Amos Iv., b. 22 Jan., 1808; mar. in Nov., 1838, Eliza M. 
Hodgkins. He d. 29 May, 1857." No issue. 

13. Enos D., b. 20 Aug., 1809. See family 10. 

14. Stephen B., b. 29 Nov., 181 1. See family 11. 

15. Benjamin F., b. 19 Feb., 1814. See family' 12. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Antlion}^ Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony. 

Anthony Brackett was born March 30, 1769, in Falmouth, Me., 
where he continued to reside until about the time of his marriage. 
The census of 1800 shows him living in Augusta, Me., with a family 
of four sons and a daughter. He married Deborah Shaw born about 
1771, died May 2, 1857. Was a farmer; held the offices of selectman 
and of road commissioner in Sidney, Me., in which town he died in 
June, 1 82 1. Issue, not named in order of birth: 

1. Martha, never mar.; lived in Augusta, Me. 

2. Abraham, b. about 1795. See famil)^ 13. 

3. Samuel, never mar.; lived in Augusta, Me.; was drowned in 
the Kennebec river. 

4. George, never mar.; lived in Boston where he d. at an ad- 
vanced age. 

5. Anthony, b. in Sept. 1800. See family 14. 

6. John, mar. Daura Aiken; lived in Augusta. No further 

7. Deborah, never mar.; lived in Boston; she went south sub- 
sequently to the death of her brother Ruel, to look after his estate 
and was never heard from. 

8. Lucy, mar. Elijah Howard; lived in Boston. Children: Ellen; 
Mary; Orlando. 

9. James S., b. 20 June, 1810. See family 15. 

10. Ruel, never mar.; lived in Boston; went south where he 
died before the civil war. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Samuel. 

Samuel Brackett was born November 5, 1770, in Falmouth, Me., 
where he resided during his life; was a physician and practiced in 


Portland. He was the only male member of his father's family who 

spent his days in Old Falmouth. Married Thresa , and died 

in Portland. Issue, not in order of birth: 

1. Cornelius F. S., who mar. 6 June, 1828, Marj^ Ann Reid; he 
was a physician; no further record. 

2. Joan, who married Elvator Elder. 

3. Charles W. F.; went to Boston. No further record. 

4. F'^rances, who married William Sears of Charleston, Mass. 

5. Mary R., b. . 

The last three named children were minors in 1842; in that year 
their guardian, Simon Elder, convej^ed their interest in the following- 
described property, subject to their mother's dower in the same. 
Begin at Piscataqua bridge, thence down river to Jere Hall's land; 
thence by Hall's land to Gallison's land; thence bj'- Gallison's land 
to road; thence by road to beginning. On the above described tract 
probably was situated the residence of Dr. Samuel Brackett. The 
heirs conve3'ed no other tract. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, James, Nathaniel M. 

Nathaniel Mitton Brackett was born August i, 1803; married 
October 25, 1837, Sally Worthley, born October 25, 1808, died Octo- 
ber 6, 1856, daughter of Asa and wife, Jane Storer, of Avon, Me. 
Mr. Brackett was a farmer; he died in California, September 7, 1893. 

1. Jacob H., b. 17 Dec, 1838. See family 16. 

2. Mary J., b. 18 Sept., 1840, in Madrid, Me.; mar. 3 Mar., 1869, 
Richard H. McKenney, b. 12 June, 1832, son of Richard and wife 
Betsey Barter of Phillips, Me. Mr. McKenney is a farmer in Phillips. 

1st. Charles H., b. 7 Aug., 1871; mar. 7 Aug., 1899, Retta 
Phillips; residence, Phillips, Me. Issue: 
I. Arlon P., b. 18 Sept., 1901. 

2d. Lillian, b. 31 July, 1879; mar. 3 Jan., 1898, Frank Calden; 
residence, Phillips, Me. Issue: 

I. Richard I, b. 10 June, 1899, in Phillips. 

II. Herbert S., b. 7 Mar., 1901, in Phillips. 

3. Ansel, b. 25 Dec, 1842; d. 27 Sept. 1864. 

4. Asa Worthley, b. 18 June, 1845; married Ella Whitmore; d. 
28 Sept., 1884. No issue. 

5. William Francis, b. 22 Mar., 1848; residence, Phillips, Me., 
on the farm that was owned by his grandfather Brackett, now his 

6. George Worthley, b. 21 Sept., 1855; residence, Santa Rosa, 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, James, James L,. 

James L. Brackett was born March 4, 1810; married March 28, 
1838, Nancy T. Bubier, b. September 20, 1821, died April 17, 1893, 
daughter of Mark and wife Betsey Shepard, of Dallas plantation, 
Me. Mr. Brackett was a farmer and resided in Dallas plantation; 
he died March 6, 1868. Issue: 

1. Elias F., b. 2 Sept., 1839. See family 17. 

2. Sarah J., b. i May, 1842; d. 2 Apr., 1899; mar. 30 June, 1861, 
William H. Smith, d. 8 June, 1896, son of John and wife, Silence 
Mitchell; resided in Phillips, Me. Issue: 

1st. Evalina, b. 27 Dec, 1862; married Jerry Eowell. 

2nd. Tryphena H., who married Charles Neal. 

3d. Lillian M., who married Arthur W. Soule. Issue: 

I. Silence J., b. 13 Jan., 1883. II. Edna M. b. 30 Oct., 
1896. III. Eunette. IV. Baby boy. 
4th. Clara M., b. i July, 1872. 

3. Melissa, b. 25 Feb., 1844; mar. 26 Dec.: 1863, Reuben Ross, 

son of Elbridge G. and wife Sarah of Rangeley, Me. She d, 

in Nov., 1880. Issue: 

. 1st. Ernest, who married Cora M". Eowell. Issue: 

I. Mary M. II. Eisle J. III. Annie B. IV. Willis. 
V. Susan M. 

2d. Herbert, who married Esther Gile. Issue: 
I. Ilda. 

3d. Nancy, who married Henry Robish. Issue: 

Three boys who were drowned in 1899 while fishing in a boat. 

4th. Elbridge, who married Josie Taylor. 

5th. Abram, who married Myra Wilbur. 

6th. Joseph J. 

4. Clarissa, b. 3 Sept., 1847; mar. 8 Nov., 1865, Isaac R. Bubier, 
b. 31 Dec, 1842, son of Alfred and wife, Nancy Withey, of Dallas 
plantation. Me. Isaac R. and wife, reside in Phillips, Me. Issue: 

1st. Joshua S., b. 29 July, 1867; d. 30 Mar., 1872. 

2d. George E., b. 28 Apr., 1869; d. 14 July, 1869. 

3d. Eois A., b. 16 Apr., 1870; mar. 22 Sept., 1890, Freeman 
Perry. Issue: 

I. Olive G., b. 3 Mar., 1893. 

4th. David N., b. 22 Apr., 1872; d. 9 Jan., 1893. 

5th. Jane M., b. 6 Apr., 1875; mar. 11 Sept., 1893, Walter 
Perry. Issue: 

I. Belle, b. 4 Dec, 1896. 

6th. James O., b. 8 Nov., 1878; d. 3 Mar., 1883. 

7th. Carlton F., b. 24 Jan., 1880. 

8th. Clarissa, b. 25 June, 1882; d. 3 Aug., 1883. 

9th. Isaac K., b. 27 Apr., 1886. 

10th. Nancy W., b. 4 July, 1888; d. 24 Mar., 1889. 

11th. Veard, b., 7 Feb., 1890; d. 3 Dec, 1892. 

5. Joseph J., b. 12 Dec, 1850; unmarried; a farmer in Rangeley, 

6. James N., b. 10 July, 1853; unmarried; a farmer in Rangeley, 


7. Eunice A., b. i Sept., 1855; mar. 23 Oct., 1870, Robert Crosby. 
She d. 12 June, 1875. Issue: 

1st. Villetta, who mar. Nathan Alber. 
2nd. Emma, who mar. Fred Raymond. 

8. Nancy E., b. 10 Jan., 1857; resides in Rangeley, Me. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, James, Joshua. 

Joshua Brackett was born March 19, 1812; married November 30, 
1834, Mary Cook, b. in 18 14, in Madrid, Me., living in 1905, daugh- 
ter of Abel Cook and wife, Olive Plummer. Joshua Brackett was 
seven years old when his father removed from Sidney to Oxford 
county; he lived on the home farm, now in West Phillips, Me., for 
forty-five years; sold it to the sons of his brother, Nathaniel M., and 
moved nearer to the village; was a prosperous farmer and lumber- 
man; died in November, 1893. Issue: 

Nathan C, b. 28 July, 1836. See family 18. 

2. Olive A., b. 17 Sept., 1838; mar. D. C. lycavitt; she d. in : 
1897. No issue. 

3. James S., b. 23 June, 1841; mar. Ella Roysell. Issue: 

1st. Sarah M., who mar. 14 Feb., 1900, Louis Bartlett Costello, 
b. 14 Sept., 1876, in Wells, Me., son of Nicholas of Prince Edwards 
island and Anna Hill of Wells, Me. Issue: 
I. Louis, b. 27 Ma}', 1902. 

4. Laura N., b. 6 May, 1850; mar. 28 Sept., 1901, George Will- 
ard Wood, b. 21 Aug., 1854, in Lewiston, Me., son of James and 
Elizabeth Blackwell; he is editor of the Lewiston Dail}^ Sun. 

5. Lura E., b. twin with Laura N.; mar. 7 June, 1884, Scott 
Lightner, b. 23 Nov., 1847, son of Henry and wife, Mary Stuart, of 
Perr}^ co., Penn.; is cashier of Bank of Harper's Ferry, W. Va. 
She began work in Storer college in 1870, as an assistant teacher, with 
which institution she has since been connected, except a few months 
in 1872; is a graduate of Western State normal school at Farmington, 
Me. Her work in Storer college has been in its normal department. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthonj^ Zachariah, 
Abraham, Abraham, Abraham D. 

Abraham D. Brackett was born in Sidne}^ Me., July 11, 
1803; in his infancy, his father moved to Augusta, Me. He married 
July 8, 1830, Elizabeth Longley, who died FebruarN' 15, 1884, 
daughter of Obediah and wife, Elizabeth Woodcock, of Sidney, Me. 
Mr. Brackett was a farmer; he resided in Clinton and later in Sid- 
ney, Me., where he died April 19, 1850. Issue: 

1. Hannah Elizabeth, b. in 1832; mar. Charles H. Ellis. She 
d. 7 Mar., 1895. 

2. Annette A., b. in 1834; d. 8 Apr., 1853. 

,3. Esther, b. in 1837; mar. Sewall Woodcock. 
4. Andrew T., b. 30 Aug., 1839. See family 19. 

6. Benjamin F., b. 10 Jan., 1841. See family 20. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Abraham, Enos L,. 

Enos L,. Brackett was born in Sidney, Me., August 20, 1809; 
married June 10, 1833, (ist) Miranda C. Brackett, born in 1818, 
daughter of Zachariah and wife, Mary Cleaves, of New Gloucester, 
Me. (see div. 5, fam, 13); she is deceased; married (2nd) in 
December, 1839, Nancy Robinson. In 1850, Mr. Brackett lived in 
Waterville, Me.; he died May 21, 1853. Issue: 

1. Orrin, b. about 1836; probably married Ellen ; had son 

Frank, b. 1859; lived in Waterville in i860, and d. in 186-. 

2. Miranda, b. about 1841; no further record. 

3. Nancy, b. about 1843; no further record. 

4. Josephine, b. about 1846; no further record. 

5. Sarah, b. about 1848; no further record. 

6. William, b. about 1850; no further record. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Abraham, Stephen B. 

Stephen B. Brackett was born November 29, 181 1, in Sidney, 
Me. He married December 31, 1840, I^ouisa M. lyUnt, born Febru- 
ary 14, 1818, in Brunswick, Me., died March 19, 1894, in Deering, 
Me. Mr. Brackett was a school teacher; died August 17, 1864, in 
Deering, Me. Issue: 

1. Joseph Henry, b. 23 Nov., 1841; d. 29 Aug., 1880. 

2. Elura, b. 3 June, 1843; d. 19 May, 1870. 

3. Mary Addia, b. 25 Sept., 1846. 

4. Charles E., b. 18 Dec, 1848; d. 25 Apr., 1865. 

5. lyouisa Ellen, b. 29 Dec, 1851; d. 15 Apr., 1874. 

6. Hannah Frances, b. 16 May, 1853; mar. W. E. Watson, of 
Deering, Me.; resides in Deering. Mr. Watson is treasurer of the 
Brackett Family association. 

7. Lizzie, b. 23 Sept., 1856; mar. Albert E. Emerson, a car- 
penter; lived in Biddeford, Me. She d. 24 May, 1889. Issue: 

1st. Delcena Olive, mar. Albert Berry; children are Ralph; 
Elura; Everett, dec; Alice Winifred. 

2nd. Mildred Anna, married Rev. Mr. Chas. H. Garland; chil- 
dren, Ruth; Dorothy E.; Esther; Roger; Phillip. 

3d. Bernice Eouise, mar. Guy Goldthwaite. Child, Weston. 

4th. Winifred, d. in infancy. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Abraham, Benjamin F. 

Benjamin F. Brackett was born February 19, 18 14; in Sidney, 
Me.; married February 3, 1837, Mary Snow of Canton, Mass., born 
about 1 81 7. The census of 1850 shows Mr. Brackett a resident of 
Augusta, Me. He was captain of a steamboat; died January 11, 
1852. Issue: 

1. Abraham, b. about 1839; no further record. 

2. Mary E., b. about 1849; no further record. 



From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, Abraham. 

Abraham Brackett was born about 1795, in Augusta, Me.; mar- 
ried Delane Wade, born about 1795. Dates of the death of himself 
and wife have not been learned. In 1850, as the census of that year 
shows, he lived in Augusta, Me.; his family then consisted of daugh- 
ters, Caroline, Augusta, Lucretia, Elvira, and son William F. Issue: 

1. Caroline Goldwaite, b. 10 Oct., 1818; never married; d. in 
Augusta, Me. 

2. Melvin Abraham, b. 20 Mar., 1821. See family 21. 

3. Abigail Wade, b. 6 May, 1823; mar. (ist) Martin Arris of 
Lisbon, Me.; mar. (2nd) Bronson. No issue: 

4. Ehzabeth G., b. 8 Feb., 1825, in Augusta, Me.; mar. 22 Apr., 
1852, Reuben G. Freeman, b. 19 Jan., 1824, son of Elisha and wife, 
Maria Covell, of Nova Scotia. Mr. Freeman is a dealer in shoes; 
has lived in Nova Scotia and in the state of Massachusetts; now 
resides in Minneapolis, Minn. Issue: 

1st. Orlando Howard, b. 7 Dec, 1855; mar. 16 Dec, 1885, 
Marian F. Hoffman; residence, Minneapolis, Minn. Issue: 

I. Howard H., b. in Dec, 1887. 

II. Theadore W., b. in Dec, 1890. 

2d. Henry Wilson, b. 15 July, 1858; mar. in Nov., 1894, Mary 
Poole; residence, Minneapolis, Minn. 

3d. Jessie Helen, b. 27 Apr., i860; mar. 6 Nov., 1883, Arthur 
A. Pomeroy; residence, Philadelphia. Issue: 

I. Helen L., b. in May, . 

II. George O., b. in Oct., 1888. 

III. Chester, b. in Oct., 1895. 

4th. Bertha Adelia, b. 7 Nov., 1861; mar. 8 Jan., 1884, Frank 
Iv. Jackson; residence, Minneapolis. Issue: 

I. Charles F., b. in Jan., 1886. 

II. Ruth E., b. in August, 1889. 

5th. Ena Porter, b. 6 May, 1863; mar. 24 Dec, 1885, Willard 
J. Hield; residence, Minneapolis. Issue: 

I. CHfford, b. in July, 1888. 

II. Willard F., b. in Dec, 1895; d. 8 Apr., 1898. 

5. Rachael Augusta, b. 20 June, 1827; mar. Daniel Orcutt of 
Boston. She d. in Georgia. Issue: 

I. Augusta. II. Laura. 

6. Delane Wade, b. 18 Apr., 1829; d. 18 Feb., 1834, in Welling- 
ton, Me. 

7. George Washington, b. 20 Feb., 1831; d. 12 Feb., 1834. 

8. Lucretia Ann, b. 22 Apr., 1833; mar. 22 Apr., 1853, David T. 
Whitehouse of Boston, who d. in July, 1900; resided in Dorchester, 
Mass. She died in 1900 in Berwick, Me. Issue: 1st. Alonzo. 
2nd. Harrison C. 3d. Charles H. 4th. Willie A. 5th. LiHie 
M. 6th. Etta J. 7th. Elizabeth. 8th. Bertha E. 

9. Elvira Howard, b. 6 Jan., 1835, in Augusta, Me., mar. 28 
August, 1852, Anthony Smith, b. 17 Apr., 1829, son of EHab and 
wife, Sarah Robinson, of Sidney, Me. Mr. Smith is a farmer; resi- 
dence. East Waldoboro, Me.; has also resided in Augusta and Sid- 
ney, Me. Issue: 


1st. Frederick R., b. 15 Mar., 1855; d. 5 Oct., 1862. 

2nd. Emma A., b. 26 Oct., 1858; mar. 26 Mar., 1884, George 
W. Studley. She d. 23 May, 1898. 

3d. Jennie E., b. 17 Sept., 1862; mar. 2 July, 1882, George R. 
Conant; residence, East Waldoboro, Me. 

4th. Alice May, b. 17 Jan., 1866. 

5th. Mary E./b. 13 Mar., 1868. 

6th. Nettie F., b. 18 Oct., 1871. 

10. William Franklin, b. 2 Jan., 1839; mar. Maria Sennott of 
Boston; resided in Eynn. He d. 13 July, 1901. Issue: 

1st. Florence, is deceased. 

11. Samuel, who d. in infancy. 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, Anthony. 

Anthony Brackett was born in September, 1800, in Sidney, Me. 
He married Hannah Eambert Wilson, born in 1802, in Eisbon, Me., 
and died September 16, 1885, in New York city. He was a real 
estate broker in Cambridge, Mass.; died December 28, 1864. Issue: 

1. Martha Eucretia, who d. in infancy. 

2. Eucretia Martha, who d. in infancy. 

3. Anthony, b. 9 July, 1830; d. 6 Sept., 1833. 

4. Samuel A., b. in 1833; was married; is deceased. No issue. 

5. Charles Ej^sander, b. 7 Mar., 1835. See family 22. 

C. Hannah Cornelia, b. 9 June, 1838, in Cambridge, Mass.; mar. 
16 June, 1859, Henry Gershom Eaughton. She died 25 May, 1880. 

7. Orestes Rodman, b. 28 Feb., 184 1, in Dorchester, Mass.; mar. 
Julia Parker. He d. in Nov., 1881. Issue, one daughter. 

8. Alonzo Clifford, b. 24 May, 1844. See family 23. 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, James S. 

James Shaw Brackett was born June 20, 18 10, in Sidney, Me.; 
married in 1833, Eunice Dinsmore, born October 8, 1812, died March 
28, 1882, daughter of Thomas and wife, Harriet Moore, of Anson, Me. 
Mr. Brackett was a farmer; resided in Sidne5^ Augusta, Anson, 
Augusta, Madison and Stark, Me., in the order named. He died 
July 9, 1877. Issue, not given in order of births: 

1. Anthony, b. 27 April, 1834. See famity 24. 

2. Thomas D., b. in 1836. See family 25.. 

3. James N., b. 21 iVug., 1839. See family 26. 

4. Franklin W., b. 27 Apr., 1843. See family 27. 

5. Abbie F., b. 9 Dec, 1844, in Stark, Me.; mar. 16 Sept., 1861, 
Stephen S. Woodcock, b. 14 Aug., 1843, .son of George F., and wife, 
Emeline Oilman, of Stark, Me.; is a farmer; residence. South Nor- 
ridgewock. Me. Issue: 

1st. Hattie B., b.'ii Dec., 1862; mar. 31 May, 1884, Walter A. 
Rogers. Issue: 


I. Edith M., b. 30 May, 1885. 

II. Abbie F., b. 19 Jan., 1887. 

III. Mary N,, b. 13 Dec, 1889. 

IV. Olive W., b. 16 Aug., 1892. 

V. Bessie C, b. 29 Nov., 1896. 
2d. James B., b. 15 Apr., 1864. 

3d. George F., b. 15 Sept., 1867; d. 15 Aug., 1869. 
4th. OHve S., b. 25 Aug., 1869; mar. 26 Jan., 1896, Charles B. 

5tli. Everett D., b. 17 July, 1872; d. 5 Apr., 1893. 
6th. Bessie M., b. 3 Aug., 1877. 
7th. Charles E., b. 31 Oct., 1884. 

6. Lydia S., b. i Jan., 1847, in Stark, Me.; mar. (ist) 3 Apr., 
1866, Oliver Porter, b. 26 May, 1827, d. 23 Dec, 1882, son of Tyler 
and wife, Mary Quarles, of Hamilton, Mass. He was a drover and 
butcher; lived in Hamilton, Mass., and Norridgewock, Me. She 
mar. (2nd) Selden Buswell. Issue: 

1st. George, b. 3 Feb., 1867; resides in South Norridgewock, 

2nd. Benjamin F., b. 21 Dec, 1868; mar. 6 July, 1889, Harriet 
F. Hilton; he is a house-painter and paper-hanger; resides in Anson, 
Me. Issue: 

I. Oliver J., b. 3 Aug., 1890. 

3d. Thomas, b. 17 Nov., 1870; mar. Ida Tuttle; lives in 
Farmington, Me. Issue, four children. 

'4th. Harry, b. 24 Oct., 1872; residence. New Haven, Conn. 

6th. Oliver B., b. 3 Apr., 1877; mar. Esther Oilman; resi- 
dence, Skowhegan, Me. Issue: Hazel. 

6th. Grace B., b. 6 Mar., 1881; mar. Dexter Kempton; resi- 
dence, Phillips, Me. Issue, one child, a girl. 

7. George O., who mar. in 1862, Jane Pennell; residence, not 
known; no issue. 

8. Samuel, b. 10 Sept., 1849. See family 28. 

9. Orlando H., b. 21 Mar., 1851. See family 29. 

10. Harriet, who d. 18 June, 1858. 



From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, James, Nathaniel M., Jacob H. 

Jacob H. Brackett was born December 17, 1838; he married 
October 23, 1866, Joanna Gregory, born February 12, 1849, daughter 
of John and wife, Sarah J. Carter, of California. Mr. Brackett is a 
farmer; removed, in 1861, from Maine to California; resides in Santa 
Rosa. Issue: 

1. Lillian May, b. 27 Oct., 1868; d. 14 Aug., 1879. 

2. William H., b. 2 Nov., 1870. 

3. Hardy N., b. 25 Sept., 1880. 

4. Asa M., b. 19 Oct., 1884. 

6. Raymond, b. 11 Oct., 1889. All reside in Santa Rosa. 



From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, James, James h., Elias F. 

Elias F. Brackett was born September 2, 1838; he married June 
30, 1 86 1, in Dallas, Me., Hannah Oaks, born September 26, 1843, 
Rev. Mr. E. Toothaker ofl&ciating. Mr. Brackett is a farmer; resi- 
dence, Rangeley, Me. Issue: 

1. Ellen, b. 14 Apr., 1863; mar. (ist) Clarence Hinkley; (2nd) 
in 1899, Frank Oaks. Issue, by first husband: 1st. Cynthia. 
2nd. Arvilla. 3d. Andy. 4th. Evert. By second husband: 5th. 
Montfred. 6th. Otis. 

2. Ella, b. twin with Ellen; mar. (ist) Charles Wynian; (2nd) 
in 1880, Alonzo Dill. Issue: 1st. Lena Dill. 2nd. Georde Dill. 

3. Walter A., b. 12 Sept., 1864; mar. in 1891, Edith Lamb. 

4. Alfred, b. 22 Oct., 1865; mar. (ist) Mina Ellis; (2nd) in 1899, 
Hannah Hoar. 

5. Roderick, b. 31 Oct., 1867; mar. in 1895, Agnes Ross. Issue: 
1st. Owis. 

6. James E., b. 24 June, 1869; mar. in 1890, Minnie Tibbetts. 

1st. Inez. 

7. Wealthy, b. 19 Aug., 187 1; ntar. in 1889, Horace Loomis. 
Issue: 1st. Randle. 2nd. Armenia. 

8. Emily M., b. 24 Mar., 1873; mar. in 1890, Irving Oaks. 
Issue: 1st. Gertrude E. 

9. Julia A., b. 3 July, 1875; mar. in 1895, Fred Lamb. Issue: 

1st. Lewis. 

10. Sylvester, b. 6 Mar., 1877. 

11. Rue}^ T., b. 25 Maj', 1879; mar. in 1899, Fred Ellis. 

12. Sanson, b. 22 Mar., 1881. 

13. Gertrude A., b. 31 Jan., 1884. 

14. Mandy V., b. 16 Sept., 1886. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthonj', Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, James, Joshua, Nathan C. 

Nathan Cook Brackett was born in Phillips, Me., July 28, 1836; 
entered Maine state seminar}^ at its opening in 1857; graduated 
from Dartmouth college in 1864; in 1883, the degree of Ph. D. was 
conferred upon him b}^ Bates college; in August, 1864, was ordained 
to the ministry and sent by the U. S. Christian commission to the 
army. In October, 1865, he was appointed, by the Free Baptist 
Home Mission society, superintendent of a mission to the negroes. 
In 1867, at the organization of Storer college, at Harper's Ferr}^, 
W. Va., organized mainly through his efforts, he was made its prin- 
cipal and treasurer; the latter office he still holds; resigned the 
former after thirty 3'ears' service. The education of the negro along 
the lines he is capable of making advancement, viz., industrial pur- 
suits, has been Mr. Brackett's work, to which he has devoted the 
efforts of soul and heart. Has been active in the business and politi- 
cal affairs of the community; in 1870 and 1871, was county superin- 


teiident of schools, and has served several terms as member of the ■ 
town council; is director of Bank of Harper's Ferry; also is presi- 1 
dent of the board of regents of Bluefield institute, a state school for 
colored pupils. Home is in Harper's Ferry. Married October i6, 
1865, lyouise Wood, born June 10, 1842, daughter of James and wife, 
Elizabeth Blackwell, of Lewiston, Me.; she graduated in i860, from 
Maine state seminary, which became Bates college; was a teacher 
in Storer college until 1891, when poor health compelled her to lay 
aside all work for several years. Was one of the first to advocate 
industrial training for the negroes; as early as 1865, gave lessons in 
sewing to the girls, and continued to give instructions in sewing 
when a teacher in Storer normal school. She and her husband have 
devoted their lives to the uplifting of the colored race, and have 
achieved a degree of success far greater than one would expect could 
be attained. Issue: 

1. James Wood, b. 30 June, 1867. See family 30. 
, 2. Mary, b. 13 Nov., 1868; mar. 29 June, 1897, Thomas K. 

Robertson, son of Thomas J. W., and wife, Jane Matilda , 

parents b. in England, is a patent attorney; residence, Chevy Chase, 
Md. Issue: 

1st. Thomas Brackett, b. 16 July, 1898. 

2nd. Nathan Wood, b. 4 July, 1902. 

3d. Louis Robertson, b. 10 June, 1905. 

3. Celeste Elizabeth, b. 12 June, 1871; mar. 24 April, 1894, Rev. 
Mr. John Curtain Newcomer; residence, Centreville, Michigan. 

1st. Mar}^ Eouise, b. 4 Aug., 1896. 
2nd. Daniel Brackett, b. 18 Aug., 1898. 
3d. Lionel Eastman, b. 4 Jan., 1903. 

4. Ledru Joshua, b. 29 Mar., 1873. See family 31. 

5. Virginia Edith, b. 22 May, 1878; d. 18 July, 1879. 


From Family No. 9. Descent: Anthony, Anthou}', Zachariah, 
Abraham, Abraham, Abraham D., Andrew T. 

Andrew T. Brackett was born August 30, 1839, in Sidney, Me.; 
married August 21, 1877, Annie Forsyth, born May 3, 1851; died 
December 6, 1887, daughter of James and wife, Margarette Russell, 
of the province of New Brunswick. Mr. Brackett is an engineer; 
served for three months during the civil war, .stationed at fort 
Warren. His residence is in Lawrence, Mass.; formerly resided in 
Sidney, Me., and North Andover, Mass. Issue: 

1. James L., b. 7 Aug., 1878; resides in Lawrence, Mass. 

2. Wallace W., b. 7 June, 1881; resides in Lawrence, Mass. 

3. Walter S., b. 3 Oct., 1883; resides in Sidney, Me. 

4. Annie F., b. 5 Dec, 1887; resides in Lawrence, Mass. 


From Family No. 9. Descent: Antho^3^ Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Abraham, Abraham D., Benjamin F. 

Benjamin Franklin Brackett was born January 10, 1841, in Sid- 
ney, Me.; married December 9, 1873, Julia S. Tillson, born May 7, 


1849, daughter of Anson B., and wife, Rhoda Sawtelle, of Sidney, 
Me. Is a farmer in Sidne5^ Issue: 
1. Anson B., b. 9 Mar., 1876. 


From Family No. 13. Descent: Anthonj^ Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, Abraham, Melvin A. 

Melvin Abraham Brackett was born March 20, 1821; is deceased; 
married Mary Webb of Boston. Children reside in Boston and are, 
Melvin D.; Henry; Helen A.; Edward; Carrie. 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, Anthony, Charles D. 

Charles Lysander Brackett was born March 7, 1835, in Dedham, 
Mass.; married May — , 1864, Frances Jane Smith, born April 16, 
•I 841, in Bridgeport, Conn. He died May 20-, 1884, in Brooklyn. 

1. Robert Lambert, b. 10 Mar., 1865. See family 32. 

2. Charles Joseph, b. 4 vSept., 1867.' See family 33. 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, Anthony, Alonzo C. 

Alonzo Clifford Brackett was born May 24, 1844; he married 
(ist) Emma E. Lyon. No further record. Issue: 

1. Alonzo Clifford. 

2. Belle W. 


From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, James S., Anthony. 

Anthou}^ Brackett was born April 27, 1834, in Anson, Me.; 
married (ist) September 26, 1854, Elizabeth A. Eawry, born No- 
vember 26, 1836; died September 24, 1864, daughter of William and 
wife, Elizabeth Thing; (2nd) October 6, 1866, Sylvia E. Young, 
born March 2, 1844; died July 4, 1873; (3d) November 26, 1878, 
Sophia E. Young, born September 30, 1857; died October 5, 1882, 
daughter of Eevi and wife, Mercy Collins, of Stark, Me. Mr. 
Brackett was a blacksmith; resided in Stark, Eewiston, and Anson, 
Me. He died April i, 1905. Issue: 

1. Charles A., b. 12 Feb., 1856. See family 34. 

2. Eugene A., b. 7 Jan., i860; mar. 4 Nov., 1885, Sarah H. 
Hubbard; is in California. 

3. Susan A., b. 14 Feb., 1864; d. 20 Sept., 1864. 

4. Herbert E., b. 15 Nov., 1871. See family 35. 



From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, James S., Thomas D. 

Thomas D. Brackett was born about 1836; married (ist) Abbie 
Danforth, born about 1842, in Massachusetts; (2nd) Susan Bean. 
The census of 1880 shows Thomas D. Brackett living in Stark, Me.; 
occupation, a carpenter; he resides at Farmington, Me. Issue, as 
shown by census of 1880: 

1. Hattie E., b. about 1862. 

2. O. R., b. about 1865; a son. 

3. O. P., b. about 1868; a son. 

4. E. C, b. about 1872; a son. 

5. W. A., b. about 1878; a daughter. 


From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthonj^, James S., James N. 

James N. Brackett was born August 21, 1839, in Augusta, Me.; 
married October 31, 1866, Earissa J. Whittier, born October 6, 1841, 
daughter of John and wife, Eydia Mitchell, of Madison, Me. Was a 
ranchman; he resided in the following places in the order named: 
Augusta, Madison, and Stark, Me.; in Humboldt co., California; 
Dayville, Canyon City, Rock Creek, and Mitchell, Oregon. He 
'died August 21, 1887. Issue: 

1. George E., b. 2 June, 1869; d. 19 July, 1883. 

2. Annie V., b. 24 Feb., 1872; residence, Madison, Me. 

3. Fannie S., b. 14 Apr., 1873; mar. 31 Oct., 1889, Allen C. 
McEachern; residence, Mitchell, Wheeler co., Oregon. Issue: 

1st. Charles, b. 5 Sept., 1890. 

4. Gard W., b. 9 Oct., 1875; d. 8 Sept., 1877. 

6. James N., b. 25 Nov., 1877; lives in Mitchell, Oregon. 

6. John W., b. 16 Apr., 1880; lives in Mitchell, Oregon. 

7. Ernest E., b. 10 Feb., 1883; lives in Madison, Me. 

8. Eeon G., b. 17 Jan., 1886; lives in Madison, Me. 


From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, James S., Franklin W. 

Franklin W. Brackett was born April 27, 1843, in Madison, Me.; 
married February 22, 1866, Flora Woodcock, born March 3, 1846, 
daughter of Mark and wife, Emeline Oilman, of Stark, Me. Is a 
farmer in Madison, Me.; has resided in Stark, Me., and in the state 
of California. During the Aroostook boundary trouble he was major 
in the militia. Issue: 

1. Augusta, b. 27 Aug., 1867; mar. Frank Smith; residence, 
West Mills, Me. Issue: 

1st. Ellen. 

2. Fred H., b. 15 Sept., 1872. See family 36. 

3. E3'dia, b. 15 Feb., 1874; mar. Gard Wills; residence, Anson, 
Me. Issue: 

1st. Hazel. 


4. Frances M., b. 25 Jan., 1871; mar. Harrison Daggett; resides 
in Madison, Me. Issue: 1st. Clifford. 2nd. Ruby. 3d. Merton. 

5. Em, b. 17 Sept., 1876; mar. Fred Smith; resides in West's 
Mills, Me. Issue: 1st. Carol. 2nd. Flora. 

6. lyou, b. 25 Mar., 1878; mar. Allan Copp; resides in Madison, 
Me. Issue: 

1st. Clyde. 

7. Evie, b. I June, 1880; mar. Sherman Williams; resides in 
Anson, Me. Issue: 

1st. Elton. 

8. Frank Iv., b. 3 Oct., 1881; mar. Sadie Spear; resides in Madi- 
son, Me. Issue: 

1st. Leon. 

9. Agnes M., b. 3 June, 1884. 


From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, James S., Samuel,. 

Samuel Brackett was born September 10, 1849, in Stark, Me.; 
married August 14, 1875, Tina Oilman, born October 6, 1856, daughter 
of John and wife, Mary Ingalls, of An^on, Me. Mr. Brackett is an 
electrician; resides in Anson, Me. Issue: 

1. Eunice M., b. 2 Dec, 1876; mar. 12 Sept., 1900, Evan N. 
Adams; resides in Anson, Me. 

2. Elmer F., b. 11 Apr., 1881. 


From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, James S., Orlando H. 

Orlando H. Brackett was born in Stark, Me., on March 21, 1851; 
married September 29, 1879, Kate S. Bryant, b. November 24, 1856, 
daughter of James and wife, Belinda W. True, of Moultonboro, New 
Hampshire. Is a farmer in Wests Mills, Me. Issue: 

1. Grace E., b. 2 June, 1880. 

2. Eeroy E., b. 20 Sept., 1897. 



From Family No. 18. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, James, Joshua, Nathan C, James W. 

James Wood Brackett was born June 30, 1867; married August 7, 
1889, Eucy Estelle Bean. He is editor and publisher of The Maine 
Woods, an entertaining sportsman's paper. Resides in Phillips, 
Me. Issue: 

1. Miriam Edna, b, 11 Aug., 1890. 

2. James Scott, b. 10 June, 1892. 




From Famil}^ No. i8. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, James, Joshua, Nathan C, L. Joshua. 

Ledru Joshua Brackett was born March 29, 1873, in Harper's 
Ferr^^, West Virginia; married December 22, 1897, Anna Cordelia 
Hicks, daughter of Truman Band and wife, Augusta Maria Beers, of 
Cheyenne, Wyoming; a publisher; is connected with Current His- 
tory and Modern Culture, a monthly publication of Boston. Issue: 

1. Anthony Hicks, b. 18 Nov., 1898. 

2. Nathan Cook, b. 16 Apr., 1900. 

3. Truman, b. 4 Feb., 1906. 


From Family No. 22. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, Anthony, Charles L,., Robert ly. 

Robert L. Brackett was born March 10, 1865, in Brooklyn, New 
York; married June 4, 1891, Caroline Thomas White, born October 3, 
1867, in New York citj^ daughter of Dr. William T. White. Died 
in September, 1902; was a bank clerk; his avocation was genealogi- 
cal research. Issue: 

1. Anthony, b. 25 March, 1892, in Bensonhurst, N. Y. 

2. Robert White, b. 17 Nov., 1893, in Bensonhurst, N. Y. 


From Family No. 22. Descent: Anthony, Anthonj^ Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, Anthony, Charles h., Charles J. 

Charles Joseph Brackett was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., Septem- 
ber 4, 1867; is an attorney-at-law, in Helena, Montana; married (ist) 
April I, 1867, Frances Allaire Smith, born April i, 1867, died Decem- 
ber 18, 1899, daughter of Charles H. and wife, Frances A. Duncan, 
of Brookljai; married (2nd) Bertha Anderson, born Maj^ 4, 1870, 
daughter of Andrew and wife, Sophia Anderson, of Eau Claire, Wis., 
later of Helena. Issue: 

1. Anna Sibj-l, b. in Helena, 19 Jan., 1892. 

2. Frances Allaire, b. in Helena, 9 Aug., 1894. 

3. Grace Tlielma, b. in Helena, 29 Oct., 1896. 


From Family No. 24. Descent: Anthony, Anthon5% Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, James S., Anthony, Charles A. 

Charles A. Brackett was born February 12, 1856; married 
September 9, 1880, lyizzie J. Piper; resides in Anson, Me. Issue: 

1. Susan A., b. 7 Dec, 1882. 

2. Viola M., b. 17 Mar., 1884. 

3. Mabel F., b. 21 Sept., 1885. 

4. Eugene A., b. 13 Oct., 1886. 

5. George E., b. 16 Jul}^ 1890. 

6. Gladj^s A., b. 30 Sept., 1893. 

7. Eizzie J., b. 3 Mar., 1898. 

8. Carl v., b. 26 Jan., 1900. 



From Family No. 24. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, James S., Anthony, Herbert h. 

Herbert h- Brackett was born November 15, 1871; married 
December 21, 1889, Josie L. Piper; he died March 27, 1896. Issue: 

1. Burton H., b. 29 May, 1891. 

2. Irene, b. 2 Oct., 1895, 


From Family No. 27. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Abraham, Anthony, James S., Franklin W., Fred H. 

Fred H. Brackett was born September 15, 1872, in Stark, Me.; 
married March 10, 1893, Delia Greenleaf, born December 7, 1871, 
died May 20, 1898, daughter of Wakefield and wife, Ellen Chapman, 
of Stark, Me. Is a farmer in Stark, Me. Issue: 

1. Harold, b. 25 Aug., 1894. 

2. Maud, b. 24 Apr., 1896, 






From Chapter 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, An- 
thony, Jr. 

Anthony Brackett, Jr., was born August 25, 1712, in Hampton, 
N. H. In the records of the First church in Hampton, is recorded his 
baptism on August 2, 17 19. In about the seventh year of his age his 
father with his family, removed to Falmouth and settled on the farm 
bordering on Back cove. This farm had been the residence of Cap- 
tain Anthony Brackett, the grandfather of Anthony, Jr., and on it the 
latter spent his boyhood da^-s. He was too young to have sensed in 
Eovewell's war but he serv^ed during the Indian war of 1744-8, though 
it is not known of what military company he was a member. During 
the last Indian war in Maine, which commenced in 1756, he served in 
Captain Samuel Skilling's Stroudwater company; his name appears 
in a list of its members bearing date August 11, 1757. 

He settled in the Stroudwater parish at an early date, several 
years before his first marriage. 

It was the misfortune of mau}^ of the Bracketts of old Falmouth 
to be pestered through life with lawsuits, seemingly without a termi- 
nation. If one did not inherit trouble of the kind, it was his fate to 
become involved in vexatious disputes about title to land through 
purchase. When about the age of twenty-four years, Anthony, Jr., 
bought forty-six acres of land located on the northerly side of Congress 
street, Portland, its westerly line being about where is Stevens Plains 
avenue. On this property he built a two-story house, end to the 
highway, in the midst of the forest and near a brook and spring; it 
was located on the easterly side of Stevens Plains avenue, Bradley's 
corner district. He purchased the land of Colonel Thomas West- 
brook who, in 1734, bought one hundred acres, including the tract, 
from Benjamin Ingalls of North Yarmouth. The title to this land in 
Ingalls commenced with the Indian grant of July 27, 1657, to Francis 
Small. However, as early as 1680, directly after the resettlement of 
Falmouth following its abandonment during the Indian war from 
1675 to 1678, the proprietary colony of Massachusetts Ba^^ through 
its commissioners, appropriated and assumed to grant land, in some 
instances regardless of the claims of persons thereto whose title would 
have been indisputable in a court of law. When Falmouth was reset- 
tled in 1 7 15, after the second flight, a period of over twenty-five years 
had elapsed, of Indian occupation. The assumption on the part of 
the proprietary colony to grant lands, though rightfully claimed by 
persons under title of prior grants to them or to others from whom 


they derived title, was again exercised, though generally confined to 
lands where title was derived from the Indians. 

The greater part of the forty-six acres purchased by Anthony 
was a tract, which was claimed by the town as public lands. It had 
been the subject of a dispute between George Cleeve and Francis 
Small, the one claiming under a grant by Rigby, it is believed by the 
writer, and the other under an Indian deed; the court sustained the 
Indian title, and thus there was of record a title to the land in Small 
and his grantees. Anthony, Jr.'s fate it was to run his neck into a 
noose of the proprietor, by his purchase of said forty-six acres, and 
in it he struggled for nearly the remainder of his life. On November 
25, 1728, the proprietors of the "common and undivided lands of Fal- 
mouth" granted forty acres "for the ministerial (parish) lots" to the 
town; this grant included about twenty-five and one-half acres of the 
land purchased by Anthony. It will serve our purpose to only men- 
tion the legal proceedings to which Anthony was a party, involving 
parts of his purchase of forty-six acres, and the result of each, respec- 
tively. In 1764, a writ of ejectment was brought by Jeremiah Riggs Anthony, and a recovery of one and on^-half acres was made 
by him. In 1769, Anthony was indicted by the town of Falmouth for 
fencing a strip of the forty-six acres "in the road," and was fined six 
shillings; on his appeal for a jury trial, the verdict was sustained. The 
parish brought suit to recover twenty-five and one-half acres, the 
Rev. Mr. Samuel Dean and the Rev. Mr. Thomas Smith appearing 
for the parish. Anthou}-, Jr., had no Patrick Henry to plead his 
cause so, in this instance, the clergy won. However, the same Rev. 
Mr. Thomas Smith, a few years earlier in his career, had a legal tilt 
with another AnthoTiy Brackett, of Boston, in which the jury forgot 
about considering the cloth, — not being specialh^ interested in the 
result of the suit, which involved the title to Peak's Island. Later 
Anthony, Jr., was sued in trespass by the same party for entering on 
the land between July, 1769, and March 21, 1770, and cutting twenty 
cords of maple, birch, and oak wood, value sixty pounds. The 
parish was successful in the lower court and Anthon)^ Jr., entered an 
appeal from the judgment, with what result has not been learned. 
Fifteen years after the death of Anthony, Jr., his three sons deeded 
their undivided four-fifths of the nine and one-half acres which 
remained to their father, for seventy-six pounds consideration, and on 
December 25, 1795, seven years later, their sister, Abigail, spinster, 
deeded the remaining one-fifth. These sons, two of whom were vet- 
eran soldiers, located in Westbrook. 

Little do we know of the characteristics of Anthony, Jr., in addi- 
tion to those disclosed by the record of his acts. It is safe to venture 
that determination of purpose was one. He was gifted with broad 
and liberal views as to sense of duty imposed by one's relation in a 
professional capacitj^ though the performance of the duty was at his 
expense. His suits with the parish deprived him of the earnings of 
his lifetime, yet he was not alienated from his pastor, whose duty it 
was to commence actions at law against him. Under date of Decem- 
ber 9, 1774, Rev. Mr. Dean recorded in his journal, "I prayed with 
Anthony Brackett at Joshua Brackett' s." So, he died at the home 
of his father-in-law on December 9, 1774. He was of deep religious 
conviction, which found expression by word and deed. In 1760, he 


was one of several who proposed to a committee of the First parish, to 
enlarge the church building on condition that they be allowed the 
pews added b}^ the alteration. The parish tax he paid, which was in 
excess of twenty shillings, shows that his house was a building of two 
stories. He married October 17, 1751, Abigail Chapman; she was 
several years younger than her husband but did not survive him; died 
in December, 1762, when her youngest son. Captain John Brackett, 
was in the second year of his age; was daughter of Edward. He was 
born in Kittery, Me., April 14, 1725, removed to near Saco Falls in 
Biddeford where he purchased a farm; here died his wife Mrs. Abi- 
gail Broughton, of Portsmouth, whom he married October 20, 1725; 
he again married, and on August 19, 1746, removed to Falmouth and 
dwelt near where the Union depot now stands; later he went on a 
farm near the Buxton road, two miles westerly of Stroudwater. B}^ 
his will, made in the j^ear 1751, he bequeathed to his daughter, Abi- 
gail, wife of Anthony Brackett; was son of Nathaniel. He married 
when about the age of forty years, in Ipswich, Mass., December 
30, 1674, Mary Wilborn; several children were born in Ipswich, when 
he removed to Kittery; was son of Edward. He was in Ipswich in 
1643, and died there April 18, 1678. Anthony married August 29, 
1764, Abigail Brackett, daughter of Joshua (Joshua, Thomas, An- 
thony) who at the time was the widow of Job Lunt; she survived her 
second husband over thirty years and remained his widow; died Feb- 
ruary I, 1805; her grave is in the Eastern cemetery in Portland. 

1. Jeremiah, b. 6 Feb., 1754. See family 2. 

2. Daniel, b. 27 Apr., 1728; never mar.; was living in 1815. 

3. John, b. II Apr., 1761. See family 3. 

4. Abigail, b. — Feb., 1766; mar. in 1797, Daniel Green of Port- 
land; d. 12 Jan., 1835. Issue: 

1st. Sarah, b. 28 July, 1799. 

2nd. A child, b. 3 Jan., 1802. 

3d. Abigail Brackett, b. 12 Oct., 1809. 



From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah. 

Jeremiah Brackett was born in Falmouth, Me., February 6, 1754: 
was baptized in 1755, at the First church. He was reared on his 
father's farm, the subject of so many legal battles. In the twenty- 
second year of his age he was married. May 17, 1775, to Sarah Good- 
ing. He probably dwelt in Falmouth until the close of the War of 
the Revolution, as he enlisted from that town. In 1791, he resided on 
his farm in North Yarmouth in that part which, in 1825, was included 
in the present town of Cumberland. The censuses of 1790, 1800, 
1 8 10, and 1820 show that he was a resident of North Yarmouth. 
His name is not found in the census of 1830; he probably died before 
that year. All of his family, five sons and three daughters, with the 
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until his death. None of his daughters were married, and one of his 
sons remained single. This son, John, and the daughter, Mary or 
Moll^^ continued to live in Cumberland on the farm of Jeremiah until 
their decease. The farm is in the center of the northerly part of 
Cumberland, not far from the town line. The grave of Jeremiah and 
that of his wife are in the Methodist churchyard of that region. 

Jeremiah Brackett served as a private in Captan John Brackett's 
company. Colonel Edmund Phinney's regiment; name on billeting rolls 
from date of enhstment. May 12, 1775, to July 5, 1775. date of march- 
ing to headquarters; marched from Falmouth; received order dated 
October 24, 1775, at fort No. 2, Cambridge, for bounty coat or its 
equivalent in money; name appears on company returns, dated Sep- 
tember 29, 1775; probable tetm of service, nearly six months. Sen-ed 
as a private in Captain Tobias Lord's compan}-; enlisted April i, 
1776, discharged November 25, 1776, seven months and twenty-five 
days, stationed at Falmouth. Ser^^ed in Captain Jesse Partridge's 
compan3% Colonel Greaton's regiment; enlisted April i, 1778, dis- 
charged November 30, 1778, eight months at North river with Fal- 
mouth volunteers. Served in Captain Peter Warren's company, 
Colonel Jonathan Mitchel's regiment; detached July 7, 1779, dis- 
charged September 25, 1779, two months and eighteen da3'S, marched 
on expedition against Penobscot. Also served as corporal in Cap- 
tain Joseph Pride's compan^^ joined October i, 1779, discharged 
October 23, 1779, at Eastward, detachment from Cumberland count)'- 
militia under command of Nathaniel Jordan, Esq. Issue: 

1. Reuben, b. 28 Sept., 1779. See family 4. 

2. John, b. 14 June, 1781; never married; d. 11 Aug., 1863. 

3. Abigail, b. 13 Oct., 1782; never married. 

4. William, b. 22 Feb., 1785. See family 5. 

5. Anna, b. twin with William. 

6. Molly, b. 26 Aug., 1790; never married; d. 22 Mar., 1874. 

7. Anthony, b. 9 Dec, 1796. See family 6. 

8. Nathaniel, b. 30 June, 1798. See family 7. 

9. Susan, b. 10 Apr., 1802; never married. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., John. 

Captain John Brackett, the youngest son of Anthony-, Jr., and 
wife, Abigail Chapman, was born in Falmouth, Me., April 11, 1761. 
He was thirteen years old when his father died, and had but shorth^ 
completed his fourteenth year when the battle of Lexington was 
fought. With his brother in the army, this orphan boy did not allow 
an opportunity to pass which would place him in the ranks where so 
many of his kindred were nobly doing their dutj', without availing him- 
self of it. When he arrived at military age, he at once enlisted. It was 
not alone the need of aid on the part of the united colonies to which 
he responded; the contest had been practically won by them when he 
enlisted; it was patriotic ferv^or which prompted him to proffer his 
services to retain what had been gained. He enlisted in Captain 
Daniel Lunt's company. Colonel Benjamin Tupper's regiment, of the 
Continental Regulars, the Tenth Massachusetts of the Line, Jan- 


iiary i, 1781, was transferred to Capt. William's company, Col. 
Joseph Vose's regiment, and was discharged at West Point, December 
25, 1783. He was in the field when the "last armed foe" had left our 

In 1787, he and his brothers sold their shares of the portion of 
their father's farm which they inherited, and subsequently he pur- 
chased another farm in that town. He continued to reside in Fal- 
mouth until 181 1, when he traded his farm to John Lowell for another 
in the town of Harrison, Me., where he resided the remainder of his 
da_vs. At the time of the trade the value of the farm in Harrison was 
stated to be $2,500, and it contained nearly- twice as many acres as 
did the farm in Falmouth. 

In a letter under date of February 28, 1888, Rev. Mr. Silas 
Brackett, now deceased, then residing in Chicago, 111., who was a 
grandson of John Brackett, stated— 

"The last time I saw the house from which my grandparents 
removed to the town of Harrison, it was then in good repair; it stood 
in the present town of Westbrook and in it all of their children were 
born. When they lived there the farm was in Falmouth. Imme- 
diately after the Revolutionary war, John Brackett was commis- 
sioned captain of a company of militia and ever after was called Cap- 
tain Brackett." 

The Rev. Mr. Silas Brackett wrote further concerning his grand- 
father — 

"He died shouting 'victory over, death;' that through Christ 
Jesus he was a conquerer, and saying, 'Yes, I shall see him; then I 
will not be lame and grav; I will be voung as when a worldly soldier 

John Brackett was a pensioner. In his statement made in 1820, 
in his claim for pension, art set forth particulars of interest to his 
descendants. Here is found a fair description of his farm in Harrison. 
He set forth that he owned one hundred acres, cold, wet and not 
good for agricultural purposes, small house and barn on same; five 
cows, four steers, four yearlings, fourteen sheep, one horse, two pigs 
and some farming tools; that he was unable to pursue his occupation 
because of disability from a verj- lame and broken leg; that his wife 
was fifty-five years old, was very feeble, and had been for twenty 
years; that with him resided his daughter Elizabeth, aged twenty- 
one years, lame and feeble; his son John, aged fifteen years, who was 
able to work; and his son Chapman, aged twelve years, who was able to 
work ver}' little. When he made this application for pension, he was 
fifty-nine years old. He wrote at that age a very fair, legible hand. 
The claim was made under the act of 181 8, whose benefits were limited 
to soldiers or their widows who had but little of this world's goods; 
hence, the statement in the claim as to his possessions and as to the 
number dependent upon him. The claim was rejected upon the 
ground, in effect that he was not so poor as to have title to pension 
under the act. In later years, he filed an application for pension 
under the more liberal act of 1831, under whose provisions he was 
allowed pension. It was paid to him in Portland where he went to 
receive it. He lived about thirty-seven miles from the city and could 
not make the journey in less than two days; while making it he 
would spend the night in Portland at the home of his half-sister, 
Abigail, who married Daniel Green, and whom he called Nabby. 


The censuses of 1790, 1800, and 1810 show John Brackett a resi- 
dent of Falmouth; the census of 1820 places him in Harrison. His 
name does not appear in the censuses of 1830 and 1840, as he probably- 
lived with his son, Walker Brackett, from prior to 1830, and was 
enumerated as a member of his family. In censuses before 1850, the 
name of only one person of all residing in a house is given — that of the 
owner of the house or the head of the family. He died February 22, 
1844, in Harrison. Married Mary Walker; she was born August 11, 
1765, died September 18, 1843, was a daughter of George Walker 
who resided between Pride's bridge and Duck pond in Westbrook. 

1. George, b. 26 Sept., 1787; d. unmar. 21 Oct., 1814. 

2. William, b. 25 Aug., 1789. See famiU^ 8. 

3. Abigail, b-. 12 Sept., 1791; mar. Alex. Lowell. Shed. 18 Jan., 

4. Enoch, b. 27 Jul3^ 1793. See family 9. M 

5. Walker, b. 7 Apr., 1796. See family 10. 

6. Elizabeth, b. 2 Dec, 1799; mar. 27 Jan., 1824, John P. Eowell 
of Harrison, Me. She died in 1885. 

7. John, Jr., b. 2 June, 1804; See family 11. 

8. Chapman, b. 21 Aug., 1808. See family 12. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Reuben. 

Reuben Brackett was born September 28, 1779, in that part of 
the present town of Cumberland, Me., which to 1825 was a part of the 
town of North Yarmouth, and there passed his boyhood. About the 
time of his marriage he removed to Westbrook, Me., was living there 
as early as 18 10 and there dwelt the remainder of his life. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Morrill, and came into possession of her father's farm 
in Westbrook on which he resided; the farm is on the road from Sac- 
carappa to Piscataqua near the Falmouth town line, not far from the 
Presumpscot river. The house was burned during recent years; it 
stood at the easterly end of the barn; at the time it was burned the 
farm was owned by Mr. Eionel O. Brackett who built a house at the 
easterly end of the barn. The censuses from 1810 to 1840 inclusive 
show Reuben Brackett a resident of Westbrook, in which town he died 
June 21, 1848. His wife died June 2, i860, in the seventy-ninth year 
of her age, was a daughter of Thomas Morrill and wife, Margaret 
Huston, of Westbrook. Issue, all born in Westbrook: 

1. Alma Maria, b. 23 Sept., 1805; mar. in April, 1833, Joi\as 
Jordan, son of Samuel and wife, Rachel Humphre}-, of Raymond, 
Me. He was b. 11 Nov., 1804, and d. in Jul^^ 1875; business was 
lumbering and farming; lived in Poland. She d. in Apr., 1879, in 
the 74th year of her age. Issue: 

1st. Samuel, b. 23 Feb., 1836; d. 23 Aug., 1865; a graduate of 
Bowdoin college, class of 1861; assistant payma.ster in the United 
States Navv at the time of his death. 


2nd. Reuben B., b. 20 Mar., 1837, mar. in 1869, Fannie Hig- 
gins; d. 24 Feb., 1899. Was a physician. Issue: 

I. Susie May. 

II. Reuben Morrill. 

3d. Eliza B., b. 19 Dec, 1838; d. 9 May, 1849. 

4th. Sarah W., b. 3 Dec, 1840; mar. 3 Dec, 1868, John McLel- 
lan who served as a captain in the civil war, 186 1-5. He was 
b. 2 June, 1839, a son of William and wife, Margaret Davis, of Ray- 
mond, Me.; his business, corn packing; residence. South Windham, 
Me. Their adopted children: 

I. Ivizzie R., b. 7 Mar., 1870; mar. C. O. lyibby and resides 
in Boston, 

II. William J., b. 9 Feb., 1872; resides in Boston. 

III. Margaret W., b. 14 Apr., 1875; mar.. R. S. Williams 
and resides in Philadelphia. 

5th. Margaret M., b. 9 Nov., 1842; mar. in 1870, Charles 
Sawyer, and resides in Auburn, Me. Issue: 
I. Alma Sawyer. 

6th. "Susan M., b. .5 Aug., 1844; mar. in 1887, J. J. Grant. 
She is a graduate of Salem Normal school and for 15 years taught 
school in New York city. RcvSidence, East Steuben, Me. 

2. William P., b. 27 Feb., 1808. See family 13. 

3. Jeremiah C, b. 10 Sept., 1809. See familj^ 14. 

4. Jacob Morrill, b. ; he died young. 

5. Stephen M., b. 3 Dec, 1812. See famil)^ 15. 

6. Margaret Elizabeth, b. 28 Dec, 1816; mar. Jeremiah Webber, 
son of Joseph and wife, Paulina Blaisdell, of Sidney, Me.; he was b, 
25 Jan., 1809, and d. 22 Feb., 1893. ' She d. 28 July, 1861. Issue: 

1st. Jacob B., b. 23 Aug., 1836; d. 9 Sept., 1863. 
. 2nd. Asa W., b. 2 Sept., 1838; d. 8 May, 1864. 

3d. Margaret E., b. 11 Aug., 1845; mar. 5 Mar., 1868, Perez 
Gray Drinkwater, a son of Rotheus and wife, Eucy Eane, of Yar- 
mouth, Me.; he was b. 15 July, 1842, and d. 13 Feb., 1888; he was a 
mariner. Mrs. Drinkwater resides in Boston. Issue: 

I. Alice H., b. 8 June, 1869; mar. 5 Apr., 1893, W. A. 
Merow; residence. East Eexington, Mass. 

II. Francis N., b. 13 Nov., 1872; d. 11 Dec, 1894. 

III. Rotheus G., h.\i Feb., 1875. 

IV. Harry W., b. 16 Apr., 1881. 

4th. Reuben B., b. 20 Sept., 1850; resides in Rockland, Me. 

5th. Jerry, b. 12 May, 1852; resides in Seabright, N. J. 

6th. Alice B., b. id Dec, 1854; mar. William A. Winslow; 
they reside in East North Yarmouth, Me. 

7th. Ezra T., b. 29 May, 1858; mar. 8 Oct., 1881, Mary M. 
Clark, dau. of Emory D., and wife, Emma F. Gray, of North Vas- 
salboro. Me.; she was b. 11 Dec, 1864. He wasb. in Freeport, Me., 
and has lived in North Vassalboro, Me.; Providence, R. I.; Haver- 
hill, Mass.; Bath, Me.; now resides in North Vassalboro and is a 
machinist. Issue: 

I. Ezra Gray, b. 7 Apr., 1888. 

II. George Hawes, b. 21 Sept., 1897. 

The data as to family of Margaret E. Webber, was supplied by 
Mrs. Drinkwater. 


7. Sarah J., b. in 1818; mar. Ezra Thombs of Gorham, Me. She 
is dec. Issue: 

1st. Samuel B., a physician in Portland, Me. 
2nd. Uewelh-n T., of Gorham. Me. 

8. Samuel M., b. 2 Mar., 1820. See family 16. 

9. Reuben G., b. twin with Samuel M.; mar. in Westbrook, Me., 
24 Mar., 1842, Ar\nlla Leighton; no further record. 

10. Esther Plummer, b. 1821; lived with her brother Jeremiah, 
and never married. Shed. 2 June, 1885. 

11. Mary A., b. , 1823; lived with her brother Jeremiah, and 

never married; d. 2 Oct., 1884. 

12. Lionel O., b. 24 Dec, 1827; resided on his father's farm in 
Westbrook, Me., until his death which occurred 19 Jan., 1902. Dur- 
ing the last 3^ears of his life he was afflicted with paralysis. He mar- 
ried 16 Jan., 1870, Adrianna F. Sherman, dau. of Joseph and wife, 
Julia Q. Hutchings. She was born 15 Jan., 1848. Issue: 

1st. Grace Leona, b. 22 Feb., 1872. 


From Famih^ No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthon}-, Zachariah, 
Anthon}% Jr., Jeremiah, William. 

William Brackett was born February 22, 1785, in that part of 
North Yarmouth now a part of the town of Cumberland; removed to 
Harrison, Me., prior to 1830, on a farm where he lived continuously 
until his death in September, 1856; married in August, 1825, Hannah 
Morse, born in August, 1784, died in July. 1879, daughter of Joseph 
Morse of Harrison.. Issue: 

1. Jeremiah, b. ig Mar., 1826; is a farmer in Harrison; mar. i 
June, 1861, Evic}' Oliver, who d. 9 Aug., 1863, dau. of William and 
wife, Martha Keene, of Oxford, Me. No issue. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthon^^ Jr., Jeremiah, Anthony. 

Anthon)- Brackett was born December 9. 1796, in that part of the 
town of North Yarmouth which, in 1825, was incorporated within the 
limits of the present town of Cumberland. He continued to reside 
there until about the time of his marriage when he removed to 
Sebago Eake on a farm, where he lived until his death Febrviary 20, 
1877; married November 24, 1824, Eunice Estes, born September 5, 
1793, died March 4, 1878, daughter of Robert and wife, Dorcas Ches- 
ley. Issue: 

1. Daniel G., b. 9 Feb., 1826. See family 17. 

2. Albert, b. 9 May. 1829; d. unmar. 28 Oct., 1854. 

3. Abigail, b. 14 Jan., 1833; d. 2 Oct., 1834. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Nathaniel. 

Nathaniel Brackett was born June 30, 1798, in that part of North 
Yarmouth which, in 1825, was incorporated within the limits of the 


present town of Cumberland, Me., where he continued to reside with 
his father until his marriage. From there he went to Sebago Lake 
where he lived for the remainder of his days engaged in farming. 
He, like his four brothers, was born, raised, lived and died in Cum- 
berland county, as did their ancestors for over a hundred years prior 
to their day. He married Maria Mabry of Windham, daughter of 
Thomas and wife, Catharine Goodwin, iDorn in May, 1804, and died 
July 17, 1862. He died August 31, 1863, in the sixty-sixth yearof 
his age. Issue: 

1. Elbridge, b. 26 Mar., 1824; never mar.; d. in 1901. 

2. John, b. 30 Dec, 1825. See family 18. 

3. Catherine, b. 26 Oct., 1827; never mar.; she d. 20 Apr., 1863. 

4. Lendal S., b. 20 Aug., 1831. See family 19. 

6. Sarah J., b. 30 May, 1836; never mar.; d. 3 Feb., 1904. 
6. Charles, b. 11 Feb., 1838. See family 20. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthonj^ Jr., Captain John, William. 

William Brackett was born August 25, 1789, in Westbrook, Me., 
then a part of the town of Falmouth. With his father he went to the 
town of Harrison, Me., where he resided for many years. The 
several censuses from 1820 to i860, inclusive, show him continuously 
a resident of that town, and engaged in farming and shoe making. 
He married October i. iSii, Sarah Hobbs, a daughter of Jonathan 
Hobbs; she was born July 6, 1792, and died July 31, 1856. After 
his wife's death, William Brackett returned to Westbrook and resided 
with his daughter, Lucretia, the wife of Moses Cobb. He served in 
the war of 181 2 for a short time. His death occurred February 7, 
1865. Issue: 

1. Daniel H., b. 3 June, 1813. See family 21. 

2. Mary, b. 5 July, 18 14; mar. James Fogg; they lived in Gor- 
ham. Me.; shed. 28 Mar., 1878. Issue: 

1st. Francena. 

2nd. Bertha. All are dead. 

3. Sibyl S., b. 23 July, 1816; mar. George Parsons; they lived 
in Harrison; she d. 7 Sept., 1868. • 

4. George W., b. 6 May, 1818. See family 22. 

5. Louis P., b. 26 Nov., 1819; mar. William Perley of Harrison; 
she d. 10 Nov., 1897. Issue: 

1st. George, b. in Sept., 1844; resides in Blaine, Washington. 
2nd. Charles, b. in 1846; resides in Blaine, Washington. 

6. Jonathan Hobbs, b. 19 Feb., 1821; resides in North Yar- 
mouth, Me., and has resided in Harrison, Norway, and Yarmouth, 
Me.; is a farmer and mechanic; mar. 14 Sept., 1843, Elizabeth Ann 
Bennett, b. 7 Apr., 1822; d. 9 Apr., 1884; she was a dau. of William 
and wife, Hannah Day, of Freeport, Me. No children. 

7. Sarah, b. 14 Apr., 1822; mar. Artemas Mason, of West Bethel, 
Me.; she d. in 1895. Issue: 

1st. Delia, mar. Charles C. Merrill. 

2nd. Cora, mar. Bean; resides in South Paris, Me. 

3d. Oscar, resides in Bethel, Me. 


8. Ann M., b. 26 Sept., 1823, in Harrison, Me.; d. 26 Sept., 
1904; mar. 10 Apr., 1853, Woodsom Mason, b. 20 Dec, 1818, d. 14 
Mar., 1897, son of Silvanus and wife, Lydia Scribner; was a farmer; 
mar. in Bethel, where they lived until 187-; removed to Westbrook, 
and in 1887 to Pomona, Cal., where both are buried. Issue: 

1st. Sadie, b. 19 Nov., 1855; mar. 30 July, 1881, Dr. Frank B. 
Tuell; resides in Bethel. Issue: 

I. Ella Mildred, b. 11 Sept., 1883. 

II. Gilbert Woodsum, b. 9 Aug., 1884. 

III. Charles, b. 27 Oct., 1893. 

2nd. Annie, b. 5 June, 1857; mar. 4 June, 1881, Charles S. 
Johnson; home, in Pomona, Cal. 

3d. Winnefred, b. 22 Sept., 1858; mar. 30 July, 1881, William 
H. Thomas; home, in Providence, R. I. Issue: 
I. George Thomas, b. 20 Dec, 1883. 

4th. Herbert, b. 3 Oct., 1859; d. in infancy. 

5th. Freddy, b. 6 Feb., 1861; d. in infancy. 

6th. Charles, b. 29 Mar., 1865; mar. 24 Nov., 1898, Alma 
Weber; home, in Los Angeles, Cal. Issue: 

I. Curtis Woodsum, b. 10 Aug., 1899. 

II. George Malcolm, b. 22 July, 1901. 

III. Donald Robert, b. 22 Jul)^, 1903. 

IV. Bessie Ellen, b. 5 Jan., 1906. 

7th. Bessie, b. 13 Nov., 1870; home, in Pomona, Cal. 

9. Eucretia, b. 7 Apr., 1826; mar. Moses Knight Cobb of West- 
brook, Me.; he has lived in Westbrook on a farm for 50 years; was 
b. 10 Aug., 1822, son of James and wife, Dorcas Knight. She d. 
16 Apr., 1882. Issue: 

1st. William Brackett, of Cleveland, Ohio, b. 29 Mar., 1859, in 
Westbrook, Me.; has resided in Boston, and Providence, R. I.; is 
proprietor of a machine shop at Nos. 51 and 53 Vermont St., Cleve- 
land; mar. 12 Mar., 1890, Annie Denius, b. 6 Oct., 1867, dau. of 
William H. and wife, Thurza Webber, of Devonshire, Eng. Issue: 
I. Eugene Webber Cobb, b. 7 Feb., 1891. 

2nd. George Moses, b. 11 May, i860; mar. Jennie Little; 
resides in Westbrook, Me. Issue: 

I. George. 

II. Mildred. , 

3d. Leander Barker, b. 2 Feb., 1863; mar. Julia S. Little. 
Business address, 380 Atlantic Ave., Boston; resides in Melrose 

10. Ellen D., b. 20 Feb., 1830; mar. Leander Barker of West- 
brook, who for over 20 years was town clerk; she d. 16 Sept., 1891. 
No issue. 

11. C. Emeline, b. 22 Dec, 1833; mar. Samuel Dunn of Bethel. 
During her later years she resided in Washington, D. C; she d. 
26 Oct., 1899. No issue. 

From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Captain John, Enoch. 
Enoch Brackett lived from an early date in his life until his 
death, in Harrison, Me. He was a farmer and accumulated a large 


propert)'; his farm was near Bolster's mill at a place known as 
Brackett's corner. He was somewhat eccentric in habits; a good 
business manager; could reckon interest bj^ a method of counting his 
fingers, as quickly as most persons can by the common process, 
although he was a poor hand at reading and other elementary 
branches. Was born July 27, 1793, in Westbrook, then a part of 
Falmouth. Married September 21, 1818, Armintha Caswell, of Har- 
rison; died October 16, 1871. Issue: 

1. Eliza, b. 27 Dec, 1819; is dec; mar. Amos Small. 

2. Edna; is dec; mar. David Sawyer. 

3. Joseph L., b. i Nov., 1821. See family 23. 

4. Fannie L., b. 28 Jan., 1823; mar. David Sawyer of West- 
brook, b. 24 Nov., 1816; lived in Westbrook. Issue: 1st. David E., 
b. 21 Nov., 1841. 2nd. George E. 3d. Elizabeth. 4th. Sarah D. 
6th. Mary D. 6th. Millard. 7th. John R., who lives on the farm 
which was his father's. 8th. Angelia, b. 16 Jan., 1863. 

5. Eev^is G., b. in Nov., 1833. See family 24.. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthon}-, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthon5^ Jr., Captain John, Walker. 

Walker Brackett was born April 7, 1796, in that part of West- 
brook formerly a part of Falmouth, Me. He moved with his father, 
in 181 1, to Harrison, Me., and lived on his father's farm in that town. 
In 1850, he was a farmer, a resident of Mason, then in Oxford 
county, Me. He married Calesta Wight, born October 26, 1794, 
died February 19, 1875, daughter of Joseph, son of Jonathan, son of 
Jonathan, son of Henry, son of Thomas Wight, the immigrant; her 
mother's maiden name was Olive Mann of Otisfield (see Wight 
Genealogy). Walker Brackett died October 16, 1871. Issue, all 
born in Maine: 

1. Silas B., b. II Nov., 1818. See family 25. 

2. Polly Walker, b. 15 Aug., 1820; mar. 23 May, 1844, Seth 
Pike, of Norway; she d. in June, 1895. 

3. Nancy Caldwell, b. 19 Nov., 1822; mar. 7 Nov., 1844, Alfred 

4. Walker, Jr., b. 24 Nov., 1824. See family 26. 

5. Roxy Ann, b. 27 Feb., 1827; d. 30 June, 1842. 

6. Harriet Wight, b. 11 June, 1829; mar. 8 Nov., 1849, Tristam 
Noyes of Harrison, 

7. Elbridge O., b. 4 Oct., 1830. See family 27. 

8. Betsey Walker, b. 20 May, 1833; mar. O'Niel R. Mills of 

9. Charles Henry, b. 24 Feb., 1836. See family 28. 

10. Sophrona Spurr, b. 23 May, 1840; mar. (ist) Robert S. 
Eamb; (2nd) George Shad of Norway, Me. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthon}', Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, John, Jr. 

John Brackett, Jr., was born June 2, 1804, in that part of Fal- 
mouth now part of Westbrook, Me. When he was seven years of 


age his father moved to Harrison, Me., where he lived, at Caswell's 
corners, the remainder of his life. He married (ist) January 13, 1828, 
Martha Ann lyowell. born March 3, i8og, died June 29, 1841; she 
w^as a daughter of Edward and wife, Martha Lamb, of Harrison, Me. 
Married (2nd) April 25, 1842, Rebecca L. Sanborn, born November 
23, 1825, died January 18, 1854, daughter of Stephen, of Standish, 
and wife. Sally Longley; (3d) February 12, 1856, Mary Maria 
Stevens, born May 22, 1829; is living; daughter of John and wife, 
lyydia Hustin, of Windham, Me. Mr. Brackett's business was farm- 
ing. He died August 4, 1885. Children, b}' wife Martha Ann 

1. Amos, b. 15 Dec, 1838. See family 29. 
By wife Rebecca L. Sanborn: 

2. Martha Ann, b. 26 Mar., 1843; d. 6 Oct., 1848. 

3. Horace Nelson, b. i Aug., 1844. See family 30. 

4. William Merrill, b. 24 Aug., 1846; mar. Hattie Wardell, dau.- 1 
of Amos and wife, Julia; she was b. in 1848. Mr. Brackett is a 
retailer and resides in Oxford, Me. No issue. 

5. Llewellyn Kendall, b. 21 June, 1847. See family 31. 

6. George Waterhouse, b. 14 Aug., 1848; d. 12 Sept., 1848. 
B}^ wife Mary M. Stevens: 

7. Arolin Emma, b. 30 June, 1859, in Harrison, Me.; mar. 20 
Jan., 1879, William O. Emmons, b. 5 Jan., 1857, son of Joseph F., 
and wife, Hannah A. Emmons, of Kennebunk, Me. He is a black- 
smith and carpenter. Places of residence in their order are Harrison 
and Portland, Me.; Lynn, Mass.; Greenwood, Me. Mrs. Emmons 
supplied data for family 11. Issue: 

1st. Maud Elena, b. 6 Sept., 1880; mar. 31 Jan., 1897, Ross 
D. Coburn; reside in Greenwood, Me. Issue: 

I. Elcie Elena, b. 12 Oct., 1898. 

II. Winnifred Mildred, b. 12 Apr., 1900; d. 18 June, 1900. 

III. Bertrice Elmena, b. 6 May, 1901. 

2nd. Mildred Frances, b. 15 May, 1883; mar. 18 June, 1899, 
Allen E. Cole; resides in Greenwood, Me. Issue: 

I. Hazel Inez, b. 16 June, 1900. 

II. Bertha Mildred, b. 9 Mar., 1902. 
3d. Llewellyn Brackett, b. 28 May, 1889. 

4th. Hugh Fesington, b. 7 Dec, 1897; d. 11 Dec, 1897. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthon}^ Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Chapman. 

Chapman Brackett was born August 21, 1808, in that part of 
the present city of Westbrook which was formerly a part of the town 
of Falmouth. He was reared in the town of Harrison, and upon his 
marriage settled in Bridgton, Me.; from there removed to Mason, 
thence to Casco, Me. Married December 9, 1831, Amanda Wight, 
born September 21, 1817, died September 3, 1866, daughter of 
Virgil (and wife Ann Wiseman), son of Jonathan, son of Jonathan, 
son of Henry, son of Thomas Wight, the immigrant. Mr. Brackett 
was a farmer; died April 20, 1881. Issue: 

1. Joel W., b. 27 Dec, 1832. See family 32. 


2. Cyrus H., b. 15 Oct., 1834; d. 12 Mar., 1835. 

3. Elizabeth Jane, b. 30 Ma^^ 1837; mar. Bartlett Coughlan; 
reside in Portland, Me. Children: May S.; John F.; John C; 
Thomas C. 

4. Mary Anna, b. 5 Oct., 1843; mar. George K. Hanson of South 
Windham, Me. Children: George A.; Joseph E. 

5. Charles C, b. 22 Dec, 1847. See family 33. 



From Famil}^ No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Reuben, William P. 

William Plunimer Brackett was born February 27, 1808, in 
Westbrook, Me. While a young man he left Cumberland county, 
the place of his and his ancestors' nativity, went to Oxford county. 
Me., which, at the time, was little better than a wilderness, where 
he commenced to clear land for a farm. The town in which he set- 
tled was Peru. Here he resided until his death. To the census 
enumerator of that town for 1850, he stated that his farm was worth 
$800. He married April 21, 1831, Lanjra J. Bowker, born March 
29, 1808, died November 29, 1873. She was a daughter of James 
Bowker and wife, Judith Beau, of Paris, Me. Mr. Brackett died 
Ma)-' 22, 1878. Issue: 

1. Julia M., b. 19 Dec, 1832; mar. (ist) Euther Jackson; (2nd) 
Edmond C. Bowker; resides in Sumner, Me. 

2. Helen M., b. 6 Aug., 1835; d. 10 Aug., 1835. 

3. William P., b. 5 Apr., 1838. See family 34. 

4. Eaura J., b. 14 Mar., 1841; d. 12 Aug., 1842". 

5. Eaura J., b. 24 Dec, 1842; mar. Adelbert Bartlett; resides in 
East Blackstone, Mass. 

6. Jeremiah C, b. 7 Aug., 1845. See family 35. 

7. Eionel O., b. 22 Aug., 1847. See family 36. 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony-, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Reuben, Jeremiah C. 

Jeremiah Chapman Brackett was born September 10, 1809, in 
Westbrook, Me., where he resided until his death. His business 
was farming. In i860, he stated to the census enumerator that the 
value of his farm was $2,000. About 1850, he married Sophronia E. 

Knight, daughter of Amos and wife, Eucy , of Westbrook, Me. 

She was born September 22, 1821, and died September 22, 1856. 
He died Januar}^ 17, 1883. Issue: 

1. J. Etta C, b. 18 Jan., 1855; mar. 12 April, 1899, John Kemp- 
ton; resides at Pride's corner, Westbrook, Me. 

2. Ellen S., b. 18 Sept., 1856; mar. 16 Mar., 1893, Randall W. 
Austin, son of Jonah and wife, Minerva A. Eibby, of Windham, 
Me. He was b. 16 Mar., 1857, and is a farmer; resides in North 
Falmouth, Me. Issue: 

1st. Randall Knight Austin, b. 31 Aug., 1894. 



From Famih' No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthon}', Jr., Jeremiah, Reuben, Stephen M. 

Stephen Morrill Brackett was born December 3, 181 2, in West- 
brook, Me.; in 1850 was engaged in merchandising; had an exten- 
sive acquaintance in Cumberland county. Married (ist, intention 
published July 16, 1836,) Lucy H. Cobb, daughter of Peter and wife, 

Hawkes, of Windham, Me.; she died shortl3' after marriage. 

(2nd) Mary G. Hackett, daughter of Ezekiel and wife, Susan Graf- 
burn, of Green, Me., born October 22, 1808, died October 8, 1883. 
Mr. Brackett's death occurred March 12, 1888. Issue, bj^ wife Lucy 
H. Cobb: 

1. Margaret Webber, who mar. George W. Furlong, son of Ben- 
jamin and wife, Eliza Wiley; is freight agent of Boston & Maine 
R. R.; home, in Deering, Me. Issue: 

1st. John Eugene, b. 24 Oct., 1870; d. 28 Apr., 1878. 
2nd. Gertrude Eliza, b. 20 Oct., 1871; d. 8 Jan., 1902; mar. 
28 Oct., 1890, Elmer H. Ingalls. Issue: 

I. George H., b. in 1891. 

II. Elmer H., Jr., b. 9 Jan., 1893. 

III. Edith Gertrude, b. in 1894. 

3d. George French, b. 9 Feb., 1875; d. in Dec, 1881. 
4th. Mark Emory, b. 9 June, 1876; d. 23 Aug., 1876. 
By wife Mary G. Hackett: 

2. Elizabeth, b. 23 Nov., 1846; d. 27 Apr., 1870; mar. Daniel 

3. Addie, b. 10 Apr., 1848; mar. 14 Feb., 1887, Luther Starbird, 
b. 14 Sept., 1822; home, in Green, Me. 

4. Stephen. 

5. Mary, b. 10 Mar., 1852; d. 24 Mar., 1852. 


From Famil}^ No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Reuben, Samuel M. 

Samuel M. Brackett was born March 2, 1820, in Westbrook, Me. 
His business was farming. He resided for several years in West- 
brook when he removed to Cumberland, where he continued to 
reside until his death, March 9, 1895. He married January 4, 1854, 
Harriet, daughter of Joseph Russell and wife, Priscilla P. Wilson, of 
Falmouth, Me. She was born June 27, 1824; resides in Cumber- 
land, Me. Issue: 

1. Harriet Lionel, b. 12 Aug., 1855; d. 12 Dec, 1862. 

2. Alma Maria, b. 30 Nov., 1857; mar. 5 Aug., 1891, Fairfield 
Whitney; resides in Townsend, Me. 

3. Reuben Gooding, b. 21 Oct., 1859; mar. 2 Oct., 1898, Mary 
C. Morrill; resides in Cumberland, Me. Issue: 

1st. Philip Everett, b. 9 Oct., 1899. 

4. Anne Wilson, b. 12 Sept., 1861; mar. 23 Aug., 1883, Samuel 
K. Hitchings; resides in Cumberland, Me. 

5. Philip Russell, b. 16 Nov., 1863; d. 24 Nov., 1891. 



From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Anthony, Daniel G. 

Daniel G. Brackett was born February 9, 1826; is a farmer; 
resides at Sebago Lake, Me.; married in 1859, Susan A. Whiting, 
born in 1834, daughter of Oliver and wife, Belinda Fuller, of Den- 
mark, Me. Issue: 

1. Albert F., b. 24 Nov., 1859; mar. Carrie Jones. 

2. George Ingalls, b. 27 Jan., 1863; mar. in Dec, 1884, lyillie 
Lowell; resides in Watertown, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Clon L., b. 5 May, 1886. 

3. Solon C, b. 5 Dec., 1877; unmar.; resides at Sebago Lake. 


From Famil}^ No. 7. "Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Nathaniel, John. 

John Brackett was born December 30, i§25, in Naples, Me., 
where he resided all his life; was a farmer; died March 18, 1898; 
married (ist) in May, i860, Olive Gilman; (2nd) February 19, 1869, 
Almira A. Ingalls (see div. 7, fam. 6). , Issue: 

1. Lottie, who mar. in Feb., 1898, Frank Manchester. 


From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Nathaniel, Lendal S. 

Lendal S. Brackett was born August 20, 1831, in Naples, Me., 
where he resided all his life; was a farmer; is deceased; married 
May 8, 1857. Anna Hapsgood, born January 29, 1836, daughter of 
Oliver and wife. Abigail Welch. Issue: 

1. Melville S., b. 30 Nov., 1858; mar. 27 Dec, 1871, Minerva 
Mains; resides in Naples. 

2. Dana L., b. 14 Oct., 1862; mar. 30 Nov., 1891, Mamie Davis; 
resides in Portland, Me. 

3. Lillie G., b. 20 Jan., 1866; mar. i Jan., 1887, Herbert A. 
Edwards; resides in Caribou, Me. 

4. Cora M., b. 12 Jan., 1870; mar. 20 Mar., 1897, James S. 
Mains; resides in Otisfield, Me. Issue: 

1st. Leon B., b. 5 Jan., 1S98. 


From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Nathaniel, Charles. 

Charles Brackett was born February 11, 1838, in Naples, Me.; 
married November 27, 1862, Julia Leach. Issue: 

1. Edward F., b. 15 Dec, 1866; is unmar. 

2. Maria E., b. 29 Oct., 1867; mar. 19 Jan., 1886, George M. 
Burgess. Children: Eva M., b. 4 Nov., 1887; Nina, b. 12 Aug., 
1889; Winfield, b. 4 Nov., 1892; George N.. b. 20 Oct., 1896. 


3. Olive G., b. 27 Apr., 1872; mar. Charles A. lyord. Children: 
Albert C, b. 21 Jan., 1889; Kittie h., b. 27 June, 1891; Charles G., 
b. 29 June, 1894. 

4. Mary M., b. 24 Sept., 1874; mar. George Shone. Children: 
Julia A., b. 16 June, 1894; lyinwood B., b. 10 Jan., 1896; Lafayette, 
b. 22 Oct., 1898. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, William, Daniel H. 

Daniel H. Brackett was born June 3, 1813, in Waterford, Me. 
In 1850, he was living in the town of his nativit3^• later he resided in 
Freeport; from there removed, prior to i860, to the town of Yar- 
mouth, where he dwelt until his death, which occurred December 16, 
1883; was a farmer; married August 2, 1838, Hannah Bennett of 
Yarmouth, born February 20, 1816, died September 27, 1879, daugh- 
ter of William and wife, Hannah Day. Issue: 

1. Orrin W., b. 13 Jan., 1841, in Freeport, Me.; resided for sev- 
eral years in Yarmouth, Me. Served in company G., 25th Maine 
volunteer infantr5^ during the civil war; mar. 24 Dec, 1866, Harriet 
N. S. Walker, daughter of William and wife, Lois Soule. Mr. 
Brackett died 4 Feb., 1900. Issue: 

1st. Gertrude E., b. 18 Feb., 1869; mar. William R. Craige of 
Freeport, Me. Home in Freeport, Me. Issue: 

I. Harriet V., b. 29 July, 1887. 

II. Carl H., b. 29 June, 1890. 

III. Lois M., b. 22 Dec, 1893. 

2nd. Alvernice M., b. 2 Sept., 1872; is unmar. 

2. Alvin M., b. 7 Jan., 1843; d. i Mar., 1864. Served in com- 
pany F, ist Maine volunteer cavalry; was in Dalghren's raid on 
Richmond, Va. The report of the adjutant general shows that he 
was killed in battle i Mar., 1864; some of his comrades who were 
taken prisoners, said that he lived to 4 Mar., 1864. 

3. Ellen L., b. 24 Dec, 1848; mar. Edwin Fitz; home, in West 
Pownal, Me. 

4. Henry D., b. 19 Sept., 1851; mar. 14 Nov., 1871, Eliza P. 
Tuttle, b. 3 July, 1854, dau. of James T. and wife, Elizabeth J. Fitz, 
of Freeport; home, in Yarmouthville, Me.; is a traveling salesman. 
Mrs. Brackett is secretary (1906) of the Brackett Family Association, 
which position she has held since 1904. No issue. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, William, George W. 

George W. Brackett was born in Harrison, Me., May 6, 1818, 
lived in 1850 in Waterford, Me., later in Harrison; subsequently to 
1880, removed to Bethel and from there to Westbrook, Me., where he 
died October 17, 1893; was a farmer; married (ist) Maj^ 17, 1842, 
Rebecca Bailey, born October 21, 1818, died June 24, 1880, daughter 
of Joseph and wife, Betsey Dyer of Westbrook; married (2nd) Mary 
Pattee of Bethel, Me. Issue: 


1. Christian, b. 3 Jan., 1844; d. 26 Oct., 1858. 

2. Addie S., b. 6 June, 1849; mar. i May, 1878, W. H. H. Bryant; 
home, in Cumberland Mills, Me. Issue: 

1st. Myrton A., b. 11 Apr., 1880. 

3. Parmelia, b. 24 Aug., 1851; mar. 27 June, 1871, George A. 
Hall; d. 13 Oct., 1882. Children, Altie M., b. 30 May, 1874, d. in 
June, 1876; John B., b. 16 Aug., 1877; Lelia Mai, b. 26 Jul}^ 1881. 

4. Emil J., b. 25 June, 1854. See family 37. 

5. George E., b. 16 June, 1857. See family 38. 

6. lyizzie ly., b. 30 Aug., 1859; mar. 6 Mar., 1895, Horace Annas, 
b. 8 Aug., i860, son of Jacob and wife, Hannah Cushman, of Bethel, 
Me.; is an upholsterer; have resided in Barre, Vt., and Woodfords, 
Me.; home, in Westbrook, Me. Mrs. Annas supplied data relative to 
family 22. 

7. Nellie M., b. 26 Aug., 1863; mar. 4 Dec. 1894, Freeman Brown; 
home, in Westbrook, Me. 


From Family No. 9. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Enoch, Joseph L. 

Joseph E. Brackett was born November i, 1821, in Harrison, 

Me., where he resided until his death. Married Jane L. , b. 

in 1834; is deceased. Mr. Brackett was given to original expressions. 
Among others is recalled this, that "a rich father-in-law is like a fat 
hog, is of no use until he is dead." Issue: 

1. Catharine, b. about 1845; is dec. 

2. Ira, b. about 1851; is dec. 

Data relative to this family, gleaned from censuses. 


From Famil}^ No. 9. Descent: Anthony, Anthom^ Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Enoch, Eewis G. 

Eewis G. Brackett was born November — , 1833, in Harrison, 
Me., where he resided, engaged in farming; he married Eliza A. 
, b. about 1840, in Otisfield, Me.; is deceased. Issue: 

1. Lyman C. b. Apr., i860. 

2. Eaura G., b. about 1865. 

3. Eendon J., b. about 1871. 

4. Lewis N., b. about 1874. 

Data as to this family, gleaned from censuses. 


From Family No. 10. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Walker, Silas B. 

The Rev. Mr. Silas B. Brackett was born November 11, 1818, in 
Harrison, Me. He attended for a time the North Bridgton academy 
and taught several terms of public school; in the twenty-fourth j-ear 
of his age he said ' 'farewell to my praying mother' ' and left Harrison 
for Northfield and Wesley, Me., to take charge of the Methodist 
Episcopal churches in those towns, in the capacity of minister. Sub- 


seqtiently he had charge of churches in Orland and East Buckfield, 
Trenton, Farmington, Industry, Fairfield, Solon and Phillips, in the 
order named. In Avon, Me., in the year 1857, he purchased a farm; 
in 1864 he moved to Rangeley, and from there to Norway in 1866. 
During these j^ears his business was farming. In 1869, with his fam- 
ily he removed to Illinois, where he resided in the towns of Dwight 
and Broughton, and later in Chicago. He married July 10, 1845, 
Sarah A. Burnham of Harrison, Me. She was born April 12, 1821, 
and died April 18, 1889. He died December 15, 1895. Issue: 

1. Silas Frederick, b. 14 Aug., 1846; unmar.; resides in Bock, 

2. Franklin Pierce, b. 27 Sept., 1847; mar. 1897. No issue. 

Was killed in May, 1905, by a fall from the roof of a building. 

3. Alpheus Lovewell, b. 16 June, 1849. See family 39. 

4. Henry Campbell, b. 29 July, 1850. See family 40. 

5. Virgil Neal, b. i Jan., 1852. See family 41. 

6. Peel Bodwell, b. 11 Apr., 1853. See family 42. 

7. Velzora Eastman, b. 8 July, 1854; mar. 23 Apr., 1871, Thomas 
S. Woodward; resides No. 527, 12 St., Denver, Colo. Issue: 

1st. Maud Eaura, b. 29 Jan., 1874. 
2d. lona Eastman, b. 19 Feb., 1876. 
3d. Eillie Velzora, b. 13 Mar., 1878. 
4th. Nora E., b. 6 Mar., 1881. 
5th. Horace Emmett, b. 19 Aug., 1883. 

8. Josephine Maria, b. 11 Dec, 1855; d. 22 Nov., 1870, in 
Broughton, 111. 

9. Gilbert Marion, b. 13 Mav, 1857; d. 5 Feb., 1869, in Norway, 

10. Mary Geneva, b. 28 July, 1858; d. 3 Apr., 1884, in Dwight, 111. 

11. Eovina Downing, b. 19 Sept., 1859; mar. 31 Mar., 1887, 

Albion C. Darst, son of Anson and wife, Eydia Ann ; resides at 

No. 126 25th St., Chicago, 111. Issue: 

1st. Flavins Albion, b. 7 Feb., 1889, 
2d. Calistia Grace, b. 17 Feb., 1891. 

12. Sumner Burnham, b. 27 Sept., i860; d. 4 Nov., 1870, in 
Broughton, 111. 

13. Calistia, b. 26 Mar., 1862; unmar. 

14. Oliver Stevens, b. 16 Mar., 1863; d. 24 May, 1863, in Avon, Me, 

15. Abbie Ann, b. 13 June, 1865; unmar. 


From Family No. 10. Descent: Anthony, Anthom^, Zachariah, 
Anthou}^, Jr., Captain John, Walker, Walker, Jr. 

Walker Brackett, Jr., was born November 24, 1824, in Harrison, 
Me. For a time he lived in Casco; in i860, he again resided in Har- 
rison on a farm; married Eliza Eeach, born about 1834, of Raymond, 
Me.; married (2nd) Jennie Hackett of Salem, Mass. Issue: 

1. Ellen M., b. about 1855 in Casco, Me. 

2. May, b. about i860 in Harrison, Me. 



From Family No. lo. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Walker, Elbridge O. 

Elbridge Osgood Brackett was born October 4, 1830, in Harrison, 
Me. He has resided in the following named towns: Mason, Avon, 
Dixfield and Wilton, Me., and Dover, Minnesota. In the last named 
place he has lived for several years. He is a harness-maker; mar- 
ried April 15, 1858, Mary Butterfield Hunt, born April 13, 1835, 
daughter of Noah Johnson Hunt and wife, Mary Bridges, of Avon, 
Me. In Avon, Mr. Brackett held the ofhce of selectman and he has 
been postmaster at Dover. Issue: 

1. Carrie, b. 9 Oct., 1859; d. 21 Aug., 1865. 

2. Hattie, b. 26 Nov., i860; mar. 16 Sept., 1882, Alwyne A. Dale; 
resides at Dover, Minn. Issue: 

1st. Ethelwyne, b. 12 Mar., 1887. 
2nd. Mary, b. 4 Feb., 1891. 

3. Cora, b. 14 Oct., 1866. 

4. Elbridge Arden, b. 23 Feb., 1873. 


From Family No. 10. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Walker, Charles H., 

Charles Henry Brackett was born February 24, 1836, in Harri- 
son, Me.; married Lois Talbot; has resided for many years at Elena, 
Cal. Issue: 

No record. 


From Family No. 11. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, John, Jr., Amos. 

Amos Brackett was born December 15, 1838, in Harrison, Me., 
where he still resides on a farm; he married March 27, 1863, Eunice 
M. Peabody, born November 13, 1845, daughter of Benjamin and wife, 
Polly Morse, of Norwav, Me. Issue: 
1. Harry B.. b. 12 Oct., 1880. 


From Family No. 11. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, John, Jr., Horace N. 

Horace Nelson Brackett was born August i, 1844, in Harrison, 
Me. Enlisted July 23, 1862, into company H, 17th Me. vol. inf.; 
was in ten general engagements, among others, Fredericksburg, 
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the Wilderness, where he lost a leg. 
At Gettysburg was one of four of his company to stack arms after the 
battle; nine were killed, eight wounded, and the rest missing. Was 
made corporal on the field of Eocust Grove; discharged March 23, 
1865. Married October 15, 1885, Josephine P. Arnold, born Decem- 
ber 6, 1859, daughter of Leonard P. and wife, Frances D. Stevens, of 
North Abington, Mass. Was a contractor; had an extensive acquain- 


tance and was very popular with his many friends. He died January | 
19, 1904. Issue: 

1. Leonard A., b. 11 Nov., 1886. 

2. Dorrice, b. 17 Dec. 1896. 


From Famih' No. 11. Descent: Anthony, Anthon3% Zachariah. 
Anthou}^, Jr., Captain John, John, Jr., L-lewellyn K. 

lylewellyn Kendall Brackett was born June 21, 1847, in Harrison, 
Me.; resides in Lynn, Mass., where he is employed as watchman on 
the plant of the General Electric Co. of that cit}-. Served as a private 
in company I, 12th Maine volunteer infantry from Februar^^ 1865 to ' 
March, 1866; married October 20, 1871; Sally B. Winslow, daughter ' 
of George W. and wife, Ellen E. Holmes, of Marblehead, Mass. She 
was born May 26. 1852, and died May 22, 1892. Issue: 

1. John H., b. 28 June, 1872; mar. in June, 1899, Etta JefTers; 
resides at 41 Clinton St., Fitchburg, Mass. 

2. Washington W., b. 7 Mar., 1877; d. 22 June, 1882. 

3. Sadie R., b. 15 June, 1882; mar. in Sept., 1899, Wm. McCann;^ 
resides in Lynn, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Hattie Brackett, b. 21 Oct., 1900. 

2d. Sally Howard, b. 11 July, 1901. 


From Family No. 12. Descent: Anthou}-, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Chapman, Joel W. 

Joel Whitman Brackett was born' December 27, 1832, in the town 
of Bridgton, county of Cumberland, state of Maine; he moved to 
Massachusetts, thence to Missouri, in which state he resided in Ra}'- 
mondsville until his death, December 30, 1905. He serv-ed in com- 
pany G, 5th Maine, volunteer infantr3% and in compan^^ K, United 
States veteran resen^e corps; married October 30, 1857, Hannah B. 
Russell, born May 22, 1838, daughter of Benjamin and wife, Mahala 
Wright, of Greenwood, Oxford countj^, Maine. Issue: 

1. Almoren, b. 30 Oct., 1858. See family 43. 

2. Fred A., b. 26 Feb., 1861. See family 44. 

3. Sarah L., b. 13 Sept., 1867; mar. 25 Dec, 1886, Chauncey W. 
Payne; resides in Raymondsville. Issue: 

1st. Cassius M., b. 4 Apr., 1888. 

2d. Arthur W., b. 18 Aug., 1890. 

3d. Ernest, b. 24 July, 1893. 

4th. Chauncey S., b. 12 Aug., 1897. 

4. Mary A., b. 29 Mar., 1873; mar. 29 Mar., 1896, Joseph Holder; 
resides in Raymondsville. Issue: 

1st. Charlie Joe, b. 7 Mar., 1898. 

5. Charlie Joe, b. 6 June, 1878; unmar.; resides at Jamestown, 



From Family No. 12. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Chapman, Charles C. 

Charles C. Brackett was born December 22, 1847, in the town of 
Mason, county of Oxford, Me.; he has resided in Portland and East 
Deering, Me., and now lives in Harrison on a farm. He served in 
company C, 15th Maine volunteer infantry, from February 6, 1865, 
date of enlistment, to February 9, 1866, date of discharge. He mar- 
ried September 17, 1881, Elizabeth Boyd, born April 19, 1863 
daughter of James and wife, Catherine Wark, of Portland. Issue: 

1. Albert C, b. 26 Aug., 1882. 

2. Bessie A., b. 7 Aug., 1884. 

3. Edward E., b. 3 May, 1893. 

NINTH generation;. 


From Famih^ No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Reuben, William P., William P. 

William Plummer Brackett is a farmer in West Peru, Maine, 
where he has resided since his birth, April 5, 1838. Married January 
I, 1862, Sarah M. Jackson, born April 2, 1838, daughter of Seth W. 
and wife, Elnora Woodsum, of West Peru, Me. Issue: 

1. Albion L., b. 9 Nov, 1863. See family 45. 

2. Irving L,., b. 10 Apr., 1869; is unmar; resides in Rockland, 


From Family No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Reuben, William P., Jeremiah C. 

Jeremiah C. Brackett was born August 7, 1845, in Peru, Maine. 
He married October 6, 1869, Olive A. Jackson, born September 19, 
18 — , daughter of Seth W. and wife, Elnora Woodsum, of West Peru, 
Me. Mr. Brackett served in compan}^ E, 31st and 32nd Maine volun- 
teer infantry. He is a conductor on street railway. Issue: 

1. Elvin, b. II June, 1871. 

2. Alton B., b. 5 Aug., 1874; mar. 2 Dec, 1897, Minerva Eitch- 
field. Issue: 

1st, Jerry Elvin, b. 11 Feb., 1899. 

3. Eva M., b. 26 Mar., 1883. 


From Family No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Reuben, William P., Lionel O. 

Eionel Oren Brackett was born August 22, 1847, in Peru, Me. 
His first place of residence, upon leaving his native town, was 
Auburn, Me.; from there he moved to Sumner, Me., thence back to 


Auburn; is a weaver, second-hand in weave room; married August 30, 
1877, Sarah J. Belhs, born January 12, 1856, daughter of John and 
wife, Mary Jane Walker, of Calais, Me. Issue: 

1. Velma Gladys, b. 4 Sept., 1885. 

2. Hattie Emma, b. 27 Feb., 1889. 


From Famih' No. 22. Descent: Anthon}^ Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, William, George W., Emil J. 

Emil J. Brackett was born June 25, 1854, in Harrison, Me. He 
now resides in Westbrook, Me., on a farm. He married (ist) June 
6, 1878, Etta Gammon, daughter of Seba and wife, Jane Frost, of 
Norway, Me. vShe died October, 14, 1885; (2nd) December 3, 1886, 
Kate Bailey, daughter of William and wife, Emeline Knight, of Peru, 
Me. Issue: 

1. Lulu, b. 7 June, 1880; d. 3 Aug., 1880. 

2. Elbe Rebecca, b. 4 Feb., 1883; d. 21 Dec, 1900. 


From Family No. 22. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John. William, George W., George E. 

George Edwin Brackett was born June 16, 1857, in Harrison, 
Me.; now resides in Westbrook, Me. By trade, is a carpenter. He 
married January 29, 1885, Hattie Bailey, born April 19-, i860, 
daughter of Ezra and wife, Eucy Clark, of Minot, Me. Issue: 

"1. Carl Bailey, b. 16 Nov., 1886. 


From Family No. 25. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Walker, Silas B., Alpheus E- 

Alpheus Eovewell Brackett was born in Maine, June 16, 1849; 
for twenty years was baggage master and U. S. mail agent between 
Boston and St. Johns, on the International Steamship Company line; 
home, in Everett, Mass. Was president of the Brackett Family Asso- 
ciation, organized in 1900. In 1897, at his expense, he published 
two small pamphlets containing names, dates of births, etc., of many 
of the descendants of Anthony Brackett, which he gratuitously dis- 
tributed. These little works have been found nearly free from errors, 
and have been of the greatest value in the compilation of this history. 
In addition he had collected an amount of unpublished data, which 
he generously placed to the use of the writer. Married Annie E. 
Ditmars of Somer\nlle, Mass., born September 25, 1857. Issue: 

1. Annie May, b. 13 Nov., 1881. 

2. Alice Burnham, b. 9 Sept., 1884; d. 10 Aug., 1885. 

3. Alpheus Ditmars, b. 8 Dec, 1885. 

4. Arthur Hamilton, b. 14 Feb., 1888. 

5. Anthony Howard, b. 15 Mar., 1890. 

6. Abigail Helen, b. 23 Feb., 1885; d. 15 Mar., 1897. 


From Family No. 25. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Walker, Silas B., Henry C. 

Henry C. Brackett was born July 29, 1850, in Fairfield, Me.; is a 
contractor in Youngstown, Ohio; has resided in Norway Me., Dwight, 
111., and Waverh', Tenn., in the order named. Married April 14, 
1876, Catherine Welch, born in September, 1849, daughter of Edward 
and wife, Anna Welch, of coiinty Mayo, Ireland. Issue: 

1. Edward, b. 8 Aug., 1877; resides in Youngstown. 

2. Albert, b. 23 Apr., 1879; resides in Youngstown. 

3. Andrew O., b. 20 Apr., 1882; resides in Youngstown. 

4. William H., b. 2 Feb., 1884; resides in Youngstown. 

5. Earl. b. 31 May, 1886; d. 12 Feb., 1890. 


From Family No. 25. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Walker, Silas B., Virgil N. 

Virgil Neal Brackett was born January i, 1852, in Maine; is 
contractor and gravel roofer in Chicago; was alderman two terms, from 
1893 to 1897. Married June 10, 1894, Clara S. Tibbits, born April 
27, 1868, daughter of Charles and wife, Fanny M. Spencer, of Roches- 
ter, N. Y. Issue: 

1. Anthony Virgil, b. 28 Aug., 1896; d. 26 Apr., 1897. 

2. Thomas Reed, b. 25 Dec, 1901. 


From Family No. 25. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Captain John, Walker, Silas B., Peel Bodwell. 

Peel Bodwell Brackett was born April 11, 1853; he resides in 
Chicago; married Agnes Jane Neal, born in January, 1862. Issue: 

1. Robert Helmuth, b. 12 Aug., 1891. 

2. Mabel Jane, b. 8 June, 1893. 

3. Ruth Lillian, b. 20 July, 1895. 


From Family No. 32. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., John, Chapman, Joel W., Almoren. 

Almoren Brackett was born October 30, 1858; married (ist) 
Mahalia Robier; (2nd) Love Martin. In the war with Spain he 
ser\^ed in 6th volunteer infantr3% and in U. S. hospital corps, to which 
transferred; is now totally blind; home, in Raymondsville, Mo. Issue: 
Frank, b. 17 June, 1883; Joel W.; William M.; Daisey h.; Benjamin 
H.; Rose May; James B.; Carlos, and John W. 


From Family No. 32. Descent: Anthom-, Anthon^^, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., John, Chapman, Joel W., Fred A. 

Fred A. Brackett was born Februar}'^ 26, 1861; married June 12, 
1881, Emily A. Holden; home, in Raymondsville, Mo. Issue: Alfred 
A., b. 30 June, 1882; Nelhe A.; Mary E.; Hattie H.; Walter S., b. 
21 Oct., [892; Estella R.; Mark H., b. 7 Mar., 1898. 



From Family No. 34. Descent: Aiithom^, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Anthony, Jr., Jeremiah, Reuben, William P., William P., 
Albion iy. 

Albion L. Brackett was born November 9, 1863, in Pern, Me., 
from where he removed to his present place of residence. Auburn, 
Me. He lives at No. 114, 7th Street; is second-hand in weaving 
room. Married September 30, 1885, Cassie E. Calligan, born July 25, 
1863, daughter of Warren P. and wife, Mary K. Morgan, of Machias, 
Me. Issue: 

1. WilHam W., b. 6 Jan., 1887. 

2. Hazel B., b. 19 Jan., 1889. 

3. Harold L., b. 6 Apr., 1891. 

4. Henry I., b. 16 Sept., 1893. 

5. Leston A., b. 10 Feb., 1897. 





From Chapter 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, Thomas. 

Thomas Brackett was the youngest of the children of Zachariah 
and Hannah Drake, who were born in Hampton, New Hampshire; 
the day and month of the date of his birth, are not known; the year 
thereof was 1718. He was baptized in the church in Falmouth in 
1737. As a child he lisped his terror of the Indians while huddled 
with his brothers, sisters and others in a garrison house on the Neck; 
as a man his services were as freeh^ o^ered for the defense of the 
homes of the settlers, as the love for bustle and stir of a military life 
could inspire one to undergo the hardships and dangers of combat 
with a vigilant and determined foe. When he attained the age of 
twenty-six years, the war of 1744 commenced with the French and 
Indians. It was the year of his marriage. Promptly he enlisted for 
the war, was on the expedition which effected the capture of Louis- 
burg, and was present at the surrender of that fortress. He .served in 
Captain Humphrey Cobb's company. Colonel Samuel Waldo's regi- 
ment. For his ser\nce on .said expedition he was granted land now in 
the present town of Standish, but never lived on the grant. Also 
served in the last French and Indian war; was a private in Captain 
Jeremiah Milk's Falmouth Neck company; his name appears in a list 
of its members dated May 10, 1757. Like his brother Joshua, he was 
probabh' a member of another organization and was absent from Fal- 
mouth for many months during the war. He lived on a farm of his 
own near Morrill's corner adjoining the Morrill farm. It is thought 
that he did not settle there until subsequently to 1757, as had he 
resided there prior to that year he would probably have been a mem- 
ber of Captain Samuel Skilling's Stroudwater company. Anthony, 
Jr., his brother, was the only one by the name of Brackett who was a 
member of said company in 1757. 

He was a devout and sincere Christian. In the First church of 
Falmouth, organized March 8, 1726, he and his wife, in 1748, acknowl- 
edged the covenant, and in 1749, were admitted to full membership. 
In 1760, he with others signed a petition for the enlargement of the 
church building; later he became a member of the church in the 
Stroudwater parish, and in a list made in 1760, of those who paid 
a tax for the support of the church in that parish, his name is found. 
The amount of the tax which he paid, was ten shillings three pence, 
it signifying that he lived in a one-story house, the amount of land 
not being considered; in this is mentioned that he dwelt near 
Morrill's corner. A Miss Sarah Brackett living, in 1894. in West 
Auburn. Me., (since deceased) in answer to a letter to her. under 


date of December 29, 1890, wrote — "The Brackett you wrote 
about who married a woman by the name of Snow was my great 
grandfather * * *; he hved where Benjamin Baile}^ lived near Mor- 
rill's corner, where his daughter (Octavia lyibby) now lives." Her 
letters, written after she had passed the seventieth j-ear of her age, are 
a source of authority for our genealogy, and, fortunately, were pub- 
lished in the Deering News (January 5, 1895) under the heading 
"Grand Pa's Scrap Book." 

The greatest treasure of Thomas Brackett was his family Bible 
now in the possession of genial George Barbour at Duck pond. West- 
brook, Me. It was printed in London in 1630 by Thomas Baker. In 
it are faithfully recorded the names of the children, dates of their 
births, and also dates of deaths of some relatives of the family. He 
was its constant peruser and therein found words of life eternal. Upon 
one of its blank leaves he wrote — 

"Thomas Brackett his Book 

"God gave him grace therein to look, 

"And when the Lord Doth call 

"His soul in heaven may have reward." 

He married August 29, 1744, Mary Snow; she was a daughter of 
John Snow; he came from Kitter}', Me., was ship carpenter and lived 
in Falmouth at the foot of George St.; he died January 14, 1765; his 
wife Mary died June 22, 1763. 

The wife of Thomas Brackett, though a woman of many excel- 
lent qualities, was much given to an unreasonable exercise of her 
tongue. Concerning her Miss Brackett wrote — "My father told me 
her name was Nancy Snow and all she cared to do was to read and 
scold." Miss Sarah did not correctly remember the Christian name 
of her great-grandmother. Her father was Nathaniel Brackett; he 
was about eleven ^^ears old when his grandfather, Thomas Brackett, 
died. It is rea.sonable to believe that young Nathaniel knew the 
truth of the matter and in his old age told it correctly. The worth}^ 
couple dwelt quieth-, as quietly as the Indians would let them, at 
Morrill's corner, he meditating on the promises the book contained, 
and she scolding young Nathaniel and the other grandchildren. 
Whether Thomas had misgivings that tlie promises were not so lib- 
eral as to include a "sulky sullen dame" without special pleading; 
whether merely an act of temerity on his part; or whether it was a 
hope of his based upon the faith of an exceptionalh^ long calm of the 
unruh' member, that prompted him, he ventured to write in the 

"Mary Brackett and I do join in hart and hand. We Do Combyne." 
And signed his name. 

Thomas Brackett was an emergency man. All the Bracketts of 
his day were emergency men — to the front when there was an alarm 
of public danger. It will be noted that he was married in 1744. It 
was not until 1748 that he has spare time for church matters and 
babies, who thenceforth arrive regularly at inter\'als of two years. 
From 1744 to 1748, there was war between Great Britain and France, 
which involved their respective colonies; public danger called him 
away from his home. It is pleasing to think of him at the sunset of 
his life sitting on the porch of his little cottage, with his children and 
numerous grandchildren about him, the well-thumbed Bible in his 


lap, the good wife at her long rest. Perhaps, it was not until shortly 
before she passed away, that the man who was in the front ranks 
in the storming of the forts about lyouisburg, ventured to write — 
'"Mary Brackett and I do join in hart and hand. We Do Combyne." 
He died in the eighty-sixth year of his age on Maj^ 23, 1803. 

1. John Snow, b. 23 Nov., 1749. See family 2. 

2. William, b. 7 Aug., 1752. See family 3. 

3. Jane, bapt. 14 July, 176 — ; d. young. 

4. Peter, b. 7 Nov., 1756. See family 4. 

5. Elizabeth; bapt. 4 May, 1766; d. ^^oung. 

(). Mary, b. 14 Sept., 1760; mar. 22 Apr., 1788, Benjamin Bailey, 
b. in 1764, son of John, Jr., grandson of Deacon John; d. 16 Oct., 
1823. Issue, the name of one only known. 

1st. Mary; b. 4 Apr., 1789; mar. 26 Nov., 1809, Henry Wilson, 
b. 14 Feb., 1782. Children, Mary, b. and d. 27 Jan., 181 1; Angeline, 
b. I Oct., 1812; Mary Ann, b. 26 Dec. 1816; Benjamin; Albert M., 
resided at 123 Cumberland St., Portland, mar., had son Virgil C, 
graduate of Bowdoin college in 1880, is a lawyer 'in Portland; Almira. 

7. Anna, b. 12 Mar., 1764; mar. 20 Jan., 1785, Henry Pride. 

8. Hannah, b. 26 July, 1767; mar. 6 July, 1785, Merrill Saw^^er. 



From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, John Snow. 

John Snow Brackett was born November 23, 1749, at Morrill's 
corner, in Falmouth. He married Betsey Berr}-. 

Efforts to secure data relative to the family of John Snow Brackett 
were futile until late in the fall of 1905. when Mr. George A. Brackett 
of Roxbury, Mass., was able to supply the names of most of his chil- 
dren. It is said he had sixteen in all. If true there were that many, 
it is thought that at least two of those whose names have not been 
learned, died in infancy, which is suggested by the number of 
children in the family as shown by the government censuses of 1790 
and 1800. The census of 1790 shows his family to have been in that 
year five males under the age of sixteen years and four females of 
whom his wife was one. The census of 1800 gives the family as fol- 
lows: three males under the age of ten ^^ears, one male under the age 
of sixteen years, three females under the age of ten years, three 
females under the age of sixteen years and his wife. The children 
under the age of ten years in 1800, of course, were not enumerated 
in 1790; adding these to the eight enumerated in 1790, and the total 
is fourteen, of whom but ten were living in 1800. and residing with 
their father. 

John Snow Brackett owned a farm in the town of Westbrook. 
Upon his death in 1801, it was divided among his children and each 
received a lot of eight acres. He was a soldier in the Continental 
army; served as a private in Captain William Cobb's Cumberland 
county regiment; marched July 8, 1779; discharged September 25, 


1779, at Falmouth; served two months and seventeen days with 
detachment under Colonel Jonathan Mitchell, expedition against 
Penobscot; described as "John Brackett of Presumpscot." He died 
in the fall of 1801. His widow became the wife of Joseph Cobb, who 
was the father of thirteen children; they removed to Brunswick, Me., 
where the two families w^ere reared in their new home. That the 
children lived in harmony is evident from the fact that there were 
three intermarriages among them. Issue, not in order of birth: 

1. John, Jr., b. 17 Juh^ 1788. See family 5. 

2. Silas; d. j^oung. 

3. Jacob; was living at time of his father's death; attained legal 
age, deeded his share of his father's estate. 

4. Thomas, no further record. 

5. Charles, d. j^oung. 

6. Jeremiah, no further record. 

7. Betse3\ mar. 21 Dec, 181 7, Enoch Cobb of Falmouth. 

8. Dorcas, b. about 1785; never married; deeded her share of her 
father's estate. 

9. Charity, b. in May, 1798; mar. 24 June, 1818, George Cobb of 
Falmouth; d. 26 May, 1887. 

10. Sarah, mar. 24 Nov., 1823, Noah Hoper. 

11. Nanc}^ mar. John Knight of Camden, Me. 

12. Eunice, mar. J. Randall. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zacliariah, 
Thomas, William. 

William Brackett was born August 7,- 1752, near Morrill's corner 
in Falmouth, Me.; he resided in Falmouth when the part of the town 
where he lived became the town of Westbrook. In 1815, he removed 
to the town of Peru in Oxford county, Me., then sparseh^ settled; 
he resided in Peru until his death in 1848, engaged in farming. The 
life of this man presents many interesting features worthy of note. 
He was born before the commencement of the French and Indian war 
and thirty-seven j^ears before the founding of the government of the 
United States; he lived to see our country extend its boundaries until 
they embraced all its present contiguous territory. Though he was 
born more than one hundred and fifty years ago he has children who 
have not yet seen their three score and ten j^ears and are remarkable 
specimens of well preser\-ed active men. 

He was engaged in farming the greater portion of his life. Dur- 
ing his later years he had an extensive acquaintance with the people 
of the state of Maine. He married (ist) November 14, 1782, Betsey 
Walker, born about 1761, died in 1823, daughter of George Walker; 
mar. (2nd) in 1824, Julia Smith; the last marriage was contracted 
when he was passed the seventieth j^ear of his age. 

William Brackett was a soldier in the Continental army. In his 
claim for pension, filed in 1832, he testified that he was eighty years 
of age, was born August 21, 1752; lived in Falmouth when he 
enlisted; removed to Peru, Me., in 1815; that he had an encysted 
tumor on inner side of right thigh, firmly attached to the tendons, 
weight of four or five pounds; that his first term of service was ren- 


dered in 1775; enlisted at Falmouth in April for eight months, in 
company commanded by Captain John Brackett, Colonel Phinney's 
regiment; marched to Cambridge; was there attached to General 
'Putnam's division. The government records show that his name is 
on billeting roll, Captain John Brackett' s company, from date of enlist- 
ment, May 18, 1775; to' date of marching to headquarters, July 3, 
1775; marched from Falmouth; name on roll dated September 29, 
1775; received order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money, dated 
October 24, 1775. at fort no. 2, Cambridge. 

His testimony was further, that in the spring of 1777, he enlisted 
for a term of nine months in Captain Abner Lowell's company, 
Colonel Mitchell's regiment, which he ser\^ed at Falmouth. 

Also, that in the summer or fall of 1778, he enlisted at Falmouth 
for four months in Captain Abner Lowell's company, was sergeant, 
stationed at F'almouth. 

Also, in 1779, served for four months in company commanded by 
Captain William Cobb, Colonel Mitchell's regiment. General Wads- 
worth's brigade; "served with the expedition called the Penobscot 
expedition to Castine, where stationed these months." The govern- 
ment records show relative to lavSt term of service, that "William 
Brackett of Presumpscot" was sergeant in Captain William Cobb's 
company, Cumberland county regiment;^ marched July 8, 1779, dis- 
charged September 25, 1779, at Falmouth; served two months and 
seventeen days with detachment under Colonel Jonathan Mitchell, on 
expedition against Penobscot. 

After the close of the war he was an officer in the state militia, 
was captain of the Falmouth cavalry company, later promoted to the 
rank of major; was familiarly known as Major William Brackett. 

1. Statira, b. in 1782; d. in Sept., 1800. 

2. Mary, b. 23 Mar., 1784; d. in May, 1836; mar. David Barbour. 

1st. Eliza, b. in Dec, 1809; d. in 1887; mar. Samuel Hawkes. 
Children: George; Mary; Lindley; Hamilton; Louisa; Martha. 

2nd. Joseph, b. 12 Apr., 181 1; mar. Ruth Lord; had David. 

3d. Mary, b. in Oct., 181 5; d. in 1879; mar. Francis Harris. 

4th. William, b. in 1819; mar. Elizabeth Hilbourn. 

5th. George, mar. Philena Leighton; resides at Duck Pond, 
Westbrook; has dau. Ella. 

3. Mariam; mar. George Babb of Peru, Me.; children, Hezekiah; 
Mary Ann, who mar. Elniore Knight; Seth; Elinor. 

4. William, b. 5 Dec, 1787. See family 6. 

5. Betsey; d. young. 

6. Charlotte; mar. Samuel Bailey of Peru, Me.; children were 
William, who mar. (ist) Emeline Knight; Betsey, who mar. Henry 
Mclntyre; Susan, who mar. Haskell; Lydia, who mar. Roberts; Gil- 
bert; Emeline, who mar. William Lombard; Cornelius, who mar. 
Lydia Perry; Stillman, a soldier, who never married. 

7. Simeon, b. 2 Jan., 1798. See famil}^ 7. 

8. Seth, b. 18 Dec, 1800. See family 8. 

9. Thomas, b. 10 June, 1809. See family 9. 

10. Amos S., b. I May, 1825. See family 10. 


11. Cynthia, b. in 1827; d. 21 Aug., 1891; mar. John Warren, 
grinder in card-room, Biddeford, Me. Children were Susan A., who 
mar. I^ewis Bean, and had Stephen Grant; Mariam. who mar. Eugene 
Gordon, and had William, Mabel, and Harold; John W., who mar. 
Hattie M. Welch, and had Addie and Gladys; Minnie, who mar. 
Harry Hanson, and had Walter; Zilpha, who mar. George Sawyer, 
and had Minnie and Hazel. 

12. Charles W. See family 11. 

13. Serena, b. in 1835; mar. in 1853, Joseph C. Dennett, son of 
Ephraim and wife, Lydia Cleaves; home, in Saco. Issue: 

ist. Ruth A., b. 12 Dec, 1856; mar. in Apr. 1880, Frank East- 
man of Saco; their children are Flora; Ethel; Maud, and Nellie. 
2d. Nelhe, b. 7 July, i860. . 
3d. George A., b. 2 Aug., 1866. 
4th. Ida v., b. 30 Apr., 1870. 

14. Peter, b. 4 Mar., 1838. See family 12. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter. 

Peter Brackett was born November 7, 1756, at Morrill's corner, in 
Falmouth, Me.; resided on a farm in that town until 1812, when he 
removed to New Gloucester where lived his son Peter. The census 
of 1 790 shows in his family two males under the age of sixteen years 
and three females, of whom his wife was one. The census of 1800 
discloses members of his family as follows: males, two under the age 
of ten years; two between the ages of ten and sixteen years; one be- 
tween the age of sixteen and twenty-six years; himself not yet forty- 
five years old; and one over the age of forty-five years; the latter was 
his father Thomas, whose wife was deceased at that time; females, 
two under the age of ten years; two between the ages of ten and six- 
teen years, and his wife. The census of 18 10 shows an addition to 
his family of three daughters. 

Peter Brackett was a soldier in the Continental army. In his 
application for pension, made in 1832, is set forth his several terms of 
service during the War of the Revolution. Enlisted in May, 1777, in 
Captain Abner lyowell's company for nine months which he served; 
stationed at Falmouth. Reenlisted at Falmouth April i, 1778, as a 
private in Captain Jesse Partridge's company, joined Colonel John 
Greaton's regiment and soon after went to White Plains where he 
was stationed; discharged November 30, 1778; "eight months service 
at North river with Falmouth volunteers," as the published record 
reads. The claim was allowed and pension was paid him to his 
death October 27, 1834. He married February 4, 1784, Sarah 
Sawyer; she survived him several years and was herself a pensioner; 
her claim was filed in 1738. John Brackett of Harrison, Me., testi- 
fied by affidavit that he was "77 years old last April" (1838); that 
Peter Brackett was his cousin, "saw him married to Sarah Sawyer, 
daughter of my cousin Anthony Sawyer, late of Falmouth." John 
Sawyer, brother of Sarah, testified to Peter Brackett having lived in 
that part of Falmouth, which became a part of Westbrook. Sarah 
testified to the date of her marriage and that the ceremony was per- 


formed by the Rev. Mr. Thomas Brown. The claim was allowed, 
and pension was paid to her until her death. She was daughter of 
Anthony, who was son of Isaac, the first husband of Sarah Brackett, 
daughter of Zachariah (see chap. 6). Issue: 

1. Hannah, mar. 29 Nov., 1810, Merrill Berry; resided in Gray, 
Me.; had son Samuel. 

2. Daniel; this son is mentioned by Sarah Brackett, daughter of 
Peter, Jr., of whom she said, she remembered nothing except his 

3. Peter, Jr., b. 27 Feb., 1788. See family 13. 

4. Zachariah, b. 16 Mar., 1790. See family 14. 

5. Nathaniel, b. in Mar., 1792. See family 15. 

(). Olive, b. in 1794; mar. (intention pub. 24 Dec, 1720) John 
Bailey of Morrill's corner; d. 22 Apr., 1872. Children, Charles, 
mar., had four children; Brackett; Susannah, mar. Roberts, resided 
in Deering, Me.; Emeline, mar. Leonard Burnham, resided in Deer- 
ing; Marcena; Edward, who resides in Deering. 

7. Sophia, mar. James Thompson; lived in Gorham, Me.; she d. 
27 Mar., 1874. Children, James; Leonard. 

8. Harriet, mar. William Thomas; resided in Oxford, Me. 
Children, Newell of Oxford, Me.; Angeline. 

9. Susan, mar. Stetson Kenney; lived in Deering, Me. Children, 
Freeman, who mar. Ellen Mason, resides in Deering; Julia who 
mar. Joseph Brown; Georgie; Marcia, who mar. Buck of Deering. 

10. Mary, b. 9 Sept., 1804; mar. 15 Nov., 1828, William Crockett, 
b. 25 Oct., 1806, d. 4 Sept., 1869, son of Simon and wife, Nancy 
Marston; d. 17 Aug., 1888. Issue: 

1st. George W., b. 23 Apr., 1830; house painter in Gorham; 
mar. Eliza Newcomb; d. 22 Dec, 1892. Children, George H. o 
Maiden, Mass.; Albert; Alfred, dec. 

2nd. William, b. 13 May, 1831; was a carriage maker; mar. in 
i860, Maria Kemp of Groton, Mass.; killed 29 Oct., 1863, at the battle 
of Lookout Mountain. Child, Ella, dec. 

3d. Silas, b. 13 Mar. 1833; d. 20 May, 1840. 

4th. Edwin, b. 21 Feb., 1835; mar. 16 May, 1857, Susan White- 
house; d. 7 Oct., 1896. Child, Charles E., dec. 

5th. Sarah A., b. i Apr., 1837; d. 16 Sept., 1839. 

6th. Frank, b. 18 Sept., 1838; mar. Harriet French; resides in 
Woodfords, Me. Children, Ida E., who mar. Charles Billings; Carrie 
E.; EUaF.; Eva M.; Minnie B. 

7th. Martha A., b. i May, 1841; d. 2 June, 1842.' 

8th. Mary, b. 18 Apr., 1843; mar. 26 May, 1869, Eben R. 
Meserve of Limington, Me., son of Solomon and wife, Harriet N, 
Roberts; residence, Cumberland Mills, Me. Issue: 

I. Cora B., b. 12 Jan., 1873; d. 30 Sept., 1873. 

II. Mattie Ella, b. 8 Mar., 1875; mar. 12 Aug., 1896, Otis 
Grafton, of Westbrook, Me. 

9th. Martha, b. 28 Apr., 1845; mar. 27 Nov., 1869, JamesL. 
Moulton, house painter, of Gorham, Me., son of Zelotus and wife, 

10th. Charles, b. 29 Mar., 1847, mar. 6 Sept., 1868, Esther M. 
Plummer of Woodfords, Me. Child, Fred R., b. 29 Aug., 1874. 


11. Lois, mar. Nathaniel Doughty, who d. 28 Dec, 1885; she 
d. 16 Jan., 1886; resided in South Gray, Me. Children, Albert H., 
who mar. Mary E. Simpson; Abbie P., who mar. Isaac Bagnall; 
Mary T., who mar. Albert F. Colley. and had, Herbert L., Eugene 
H., Grace M., who d. 20 Aug., i8q6. 




From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, John S., John. 

John Brackett, Jr., was born July 17, 1788, in Falmouth, Me.; 
he lived in Falmouth until 1825, the most of the time on a farm near 
Pride's bridge; this farm formerly belonged to his father, and John 
Brackett acquired it b}' purchase and inheritance. In 1825, he sold 
it and removed to Brunswick. In that town he purchased a tract of 
land which was nearly all forest, but a few acres having been cleared. 
On this farm he lived until his death. September 30, 1871, a period 
of fort3'-five years. The house, built prior to purchase of the farm, 
is 3'et standing, and has been occupied continuous!}' until during 
recent years. In earh' life, he followed shoe-making; as was the 
custom, went from house to house and made the shoes a family 
needed. In Brunswick, he was engaged in getting out timber for 
ship-building, lumbering, and chiefly in clearing and breaking his 
farm. Married about 1812, Fanny Cobb, born February 15, 1792, in 
Windham, died May 10, 1875, daughter of Joseph Cobb; he married 
about 1779, Sally Pike, had children; married (2nd) Betsey (widow 
of John S. Brackett), was son of Peter Cobb, he married Elizabeth 
Small. Issue: 

1. Levi, b. 27 Nov., 1813. See famih' 16. 

2. Nancy, b. 22 Apr.. 1815; d. in Freeport, 17 Apr., 1885; mar. 
II May, 1842, Willoughby Haskell Bailey, b. in Freeport, Me., 16 
Sept.. 18 13, where he always lived until his death. In early life, he 
bought land which he cleared for a farm, and erected the buildings 
which he occupied all his life; the farm adjoins that which belonged 
to his father on the road leading from Freeport to Durham; he was a 
carpenter and erected many buildings in and about Freeport; he and 
his wife for manj- years were members of the Free-Will Baptist 
church. Issue: 

]st. Levi Melvin, b. 25 Feb., 1847; mar. (ist) 5 Nov., 1870, 
Georgianna F. Sydleman of Durham, Me., who d. 9 Apr., 1878; 
mar. (2nd) 23 Maj', 1881, Sadie A. Kendall of Freeport. Issue, all 
b. in Freeport: 

I. Bertha Louise, b. 6 Nov., 1875; mar. 18 Aug., 1898, Fred 
C. Blackstone. 

II. Elsie Kendall, b. 3 July, 1885. 

III. Helen May, b. 26 July, 1877; d. 15 July, 1897. 

IV. Julia Converse, b. 4 May, 1893. 

V. John Kendall, b. 21 May, 1896. 


2nd. Charles Emery, b. 13 Jan., 1848; mar. 24 Dec, 1877, 
Mary E. Whitney, b. 13 Nov., 1861, in New Sharon; is a farmer in 
Freeport. Issue: 

I. Emma Maud, b. 13 June, 1879. 

II. Elinor Anne, b. 15 Feb., 1885. 

III. Elizabeth May, b. 17 July, 1888. 

3. Mary Ann, b. 12 Sept., 1816, in Westbrook; never mar.; d, 
23 Dec, 1840. 

4. Silas, b. 2 Feb., 1818. See family 17. 

5. Enoch, b. iS Apr., 1819, in Westbrook; d. 20 June, 1819. 

6. Alexander, b. 19 Mar., 1821. See family 18. 

7. John, Jr., b. 23 Jan., 1823. See family 19. 

8. Abba, b. 23 Sept., 1824, in Westbrook; mar. 15 June, 1868, 
Miciali Bailey, b. 9 June, 1835; was a carpenter; home, in Bruns- 
wick; .she was living in 1906. 

9. Roxanna, b. 26 July, 1826, in Brunswick, Me.; d. 10 May, 
1890; mar. 29 Apr., 1848, Merit Sylvester of Bath, Me., b. 29 Mar., 
1823, d. 5 Jan., 1893. Issue: 

1st. George Merit, b. 8 Aug., 1849, in Bath; mar. (ist) 30 
Jan., 1872, Sarah E. Card, b. 5 July, 1853, d. 22 Sept., 1898, in 
Brunswick, Me.; mar. (2nd) 21 Jan., .^[902, Mrs. Emily A. Barnes. 
Is a farmer and milk dealer in Brunswick. Issue: 

I. Fred Ernst, b. 18 July, 1873; mar. 26 Oct., 1896, Annie 
M. Strout, b. 29 Apr., 1877, in Brunswick; is a paper maker in 
Brunswick. Issue: George Ernst, b. i Oct., 1897; Howard Ein- 
wood, b. 6 Feb., 1900; Clyde Strout, b. 24 July, 1904, d, 26 Oct., 

II. 'Ada Mabel, b. 11 Mar., 1876; mar. 23 Jan., 1895, James 
E. Hackett, b. 14 June, 1872, in Brunswick. Issue: Zena May, b. 
26 Feb., 1896; Alton Orville, b. i Mar., 1898; Edna Bernice, b. 21 
Dec, 1900. 

III. Roxanna Josie, b. 22 Sept., 1877; mar. 6 Dec, 1894, 
Irving W. Estabrook, b. 25 Nov., 1874; home, in Brunswick. Issue: 
Flora G., b. 14 Aug., 1896; Thomas Stearns, b. 9 May, 1889; Irving 
Wild, b. 28 May, 1901, d. i Sept., 1903. 

IV. George Herbert, b. 4 Dec, 1881; d. 17 Dec, 1882. 
2nd. Fred H., b. 28 Apr., 1857; d. 9 May, 1865. 

3d. Frank Putnam, b. 25 July, 1868; mar. Annie Maud 
McCabe, b. 8 Mar., 1874, in Bath, Me. Issue: 

I. Merit Brackett, b. 27 Feb., 1899; d. 28 Jan., 1904, 

II. Hannah Louise, b. 3 Dec, 1901. 

III. John Hamlin, b. 2 Nov., 1903. 

IV. Mary, b. 8 Jan., 1906. 

10. Horatio Major, b. 26 Feb., 1828; never mar.; d. 6 Oct., i860. 

11. Dorcas, b. 19 Dec, 1830; mar. 14 Sept., 1851, James F. 
Minot of Bowdoin, Me., b. 12 Aug., 1829, d. 12 Apr., 1854, in Bath; 
she d. 5 Apr., 1856. Issue: 

1st. James Orizave, b. 4 Dec, 1852; mar. 5 Dec, 1885, Rose 
,A. Holbrook, b. 23 Feb., 1861, in Bowdoin; is a mason in Bruns- 
wick. Issue: 

I. Edith A., b. 5 Sept., 1889. 

12. Francis, b. 29 Mar., 1833; d. 7 Apr., 1833. 



From Family No. 3. Descent: Antlionj^ Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, William. 

William Brackett was born December 5, 1787, in Falmouth, Me.; 
married (ist) August i, 1810, Mary Pride; (2nd) July 15, 1814, 
Dorothy Bailey, 7iee Ried. For many years he lived in the town of 
Westbrook, Me.; was the owner of real estate of considerable value, 
and an enterprising business man. He died May 21, 1851. Issue: 

1. Williard, b. 22 Feb. ,'1815, See family 20. 

2. Maria, b. 5 Jan., 1817; mar. June, 1843, John Parsons, a 
merchant, of Augusta, Me. She d. 12 Feb., 1862. Issue: 

1st. Maria, b. in 1844; residence, Augusta, Me. 

2nd. John, b. in 1846; was mar.; he d. in 1899. Issue: 

I. Gertrude, b. in 1875; mar. Elliott C. Dill. 

II. Williard H., b. in 1878. 

3. Dexter W., b. 15 Sept., 1825; mar. Mrs. Rebecca H. Angus, 
b. 7 Sept., 1833. He died 5 Dec, 1878. Issue: 

1st. Albertine P., b. 6 Apr., 1865; school teacher in Portland. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, Simeon. 

Simeon Brackett was born January 2, 1798, in that part of the 
town of Falmouth which is now Westbrook; married January i, 
1819, Annie Forbes, born December, 29, 1798, in Woodstock, Me., 
died January 6, 1875; removed to Peru, Oxford county, Me., where 
he died March 5, 1846; was a farmer. Issue: 

1. Hannah A., b. 26 Feb., 1820; d. 6 July, 1899; mar. (ist) 30 
Oct., 1842, John H. Morse of Norway, Me., who d. 10 May, 1854; 
(2nd) ID Aug., 1857, Isaiah Bonney, b. in 1806, in Casco, Me., d. 
2 June, 1882, son of Isaiah; resided in Mechanic Falls, Me. Issue: 

1st. Georgianna, b. 20 Dec, 1843; d. i Feb., 1844. 

2nd. John D., b. 3 July, 1845; mar. 21 July, 1877, lyizzie . 


I. Guy B., b. 6 Feb., 1880; mar. 23 Nov., 1904, Charlotte 
E. Joscelyn. 

II. M. Vincent, b. 12 June, 1883; mar. 10 Sept., 1904, Susie 
B. Berry; had Blanche M., b. 4 Jan., 1906. 

III. John D., b. 20 Feb., 1893. 

3d. Willard Emory, b. 6 Aug., 1847; is dec. 
4th. Charles H., b. 31 Aug., 1849; mar. in 1871, Laura I. 
Abington. Issue: 

I. Bertha, b. about 1873; mar. Arthur Ileff; had Arthur. Jr., 
b. 15 July, 1897. 

II. Gertrude, b. about 1882; mar. 20 Dec, 1902, Eewis 

III. Jessie, b. about 1886. 

5th. George A., b. 12 July, 1852; mar. Hannah Foster, who d. 
in 1900; had four children. 

6th. Helen F., b. 2 Mar., i860; resides in Boston; supplied 
data relative to descendants of her mother. 



7th. Clarence W., b. 31 Oct., 1861; d. 22 Mar., 1875. 
8th. Augustus ly., b. 15 Jan., 1863; d. 26 May, 1889. 
9th. Hattie E., b. 11 May, 1864; mar. 14 Aug., 1889. Frank 
Conklin; home, in Wallingford, Conn. Issue: 
I. Alverton, b. 23 May, 1893. 

2. Sybil, b. 21 Dec, 1821; never mar.; d. in Biddeford. 

3. Willard, b. 4 Feb., 1823'; never mar.; was killed in a mill. 

4. Nancy H., b. 10 Nov., 1824; mar. Whitney. No issue. 

5. Alvarado D., b. 25 Sept., 1826; left home when a boy and was 
never heard from. 

6. Betty F., b. 21 Nov., 1828; d. 20 Oct., 1898; mar. 12 Mar., 
1850, Mark Wight, b. 29 Mar., 1814, d. 17 Aug., 1878, in Baker 
township, Kansas. Issue: 

1st. Carolyn K., b. 14 Aug., 1852; mar. i Jan., 1870, Ellis R. 
Stone of Otisfield, Me. Issue: 

I. Ellis Alfred, b. 27 Jan., 1872; mar. 29 Jan., 1893, Alice 
B. Jackson. Children are Hazel M., b. 18 Apr., 1896; Theodore 
Roosevelt, b. 9 Aug., 1902. 

II. Harry Melville, b. 4 Aug., 1875; mar. 26 Oct., 1903, 
Delia M. Lesan. 

III. Euella Myrtle, b. 2 June, 1878; mar. 26 June, 1895, 
George A. Dingley; have Alice Marie, h. 12 Aug., 1903. 

2nd. Samuel Willard, b. 28 Jan., 1855. 

3d. Margaret Jane, b. 18 Nov., 1858; d. 5 Dec, 1862. 

4th. Albert Eeslie, b. 20 Dec, 1867. 

7. Charlotte S., b. 15 Aug., 1829; mar. Edwin A. Lane; d. 19 
May, 1 901. Issvie: 

1st. Eli7,abeth, who mar. George T. Smith. Children are 
Grace L., Ethel M., Harriet E. 

2nd. Morella M., who mar. Wallace Tuttle. No issue. 
3d, Evalina A., who mar. Fred S. Chase; have Walter E. 

8. Bertha, b. 12 Dec, 1833; mar. John Hackett; is dec. She 
mar. again. Issue by Hackett: 

1st. Myrtie, who mar. and has one child. 
2nd. Lillie, is mar. 

9. Samuel B., b. 4 Apr., 1840; mar. (ist) 23 Feb., 1870, Mary 
F. Smith, dau. of Freeman B. and wife, Louise Babcock, of Mexico, 
Me.; (2nd) 18 July, 189-, Josephine Watson, Jire O'Brien, Mr. 
Brackett served in company B, 5th Me. vol. infantry from 27 Apr,, 
1 86 1, to 27 July, 1864; had skull fractured while in line of duty; by 
profession was a lawyer; for several years was in the civil service of 
the Government as an employe in the Pension bureau; d. 16 June, 
1900. No issue: 

10. Miriam, never mar.; is dec. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah^ 
Thomas, William, Seth, 

Seth Brackett was born December 18, 1800, in that part of the 
town of Falmouth which is now Westbrook, Me.; married Nancy 
Stairbird of Scarboro, born October 11, 1810, died April i, 1867. 


With his father, Mr. Brackett, in 1815, went from Westbrook to 
Oxford count3\ He lived in Dixfield; was a farmer; died Septem- 
ber 3, 1875. Issue: 

1. Ehnira, b. about 1827; mar. Charles E. Chubb; lived in Dix- 
field, Me., where she d. about i860. Issue: 

1st. Elizabeth E., b. about 1848. 
2nd. Charles E., b. about 1849. 
3d. Neville, b. about 1855. 

2. Dwinal, b. 12 Nov., 1830. No further record. 

3. Leonard, b. 7 Jan., 1837. See famil}' 21. 

4. Henry W., b. 14 Apr., 1843. See family 22. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, Thomas. 

Thomas Brackett was born June 10, 1809, in Westbrook, Me.; 
at the age of six years, with others of his father's family, went to 
Peru, Me. He married August 2, 1835, Emma Cobb, born in West- 
brook, Me., July 8, 1813; is deceased. He returned to Westbrook, 
where he died February 22, 1855; by trade was a stone cutter. Issue: 

1. Mary A., b. 4 Mar., 1839, in Peru, Me. 

2. Angelina, b. 4 Mar., 1839, in Peru, Me.; mar. Hodsdon. 

3. Amanda R., b. about 1843. 

4. Marilla M., b. 3 Apr., 1848, in Westbrook, Me.; mar. 


5. William C, b. 30 Oct., 1847. See family 23. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, Amos S. 

Amos Smith Brackett was born May i, 1825, in Peru, Me. His 
first employment was driving stage; later he worked at boiler-making; 
served on the police force of Biddeford, and at one time was its cap- 
tain. During the civil war he was in Springfield, Mass., for three 
years, and worked for the Government in its armory. For over forty 
years he was employed in cotton mills, generally in the capacity of 
watchman, and for a great part of the time in Saco, which city was 
his residence at the time of his death. At one time he lived in Lew- 
iston. Me. By his habit, at night, of closely observing the heavens, 
be became able quite accurately to forecast the weather, and fre- 
quently made his predictions differing from the reports of the weather 
bureau with .the satisfaction in the end of knowing that he had fore- 
told correctly what the weather would be. In the year 1895, after 
sixteen years continuous service as night watchman in the York 
mills, he retired. While health permitted, his pleasure was the car- 
ing for a small garden, in which he took much pride. His contin- 
uous faithful service won him numerous friends; his memory will be 
cherished longer by them than he spent years on duty during his 
life. In the summer of 1900, he entered the Maine General hospital 
at Portland, for treatment. The amputation of a leg became neces- 
sary, was performed, and his death resulted July 13th, He was 


united in marriage with Hannah K. Tibbetts, in Biddeford, April i, 
1850; she was born in Berwick, Me., May 23, 1828, died March 29, 
1904, daughter of John Tibbetts and wife, Anna Hussy. Issue: 

1. Annie Marcenia, b. 7 Jan., 1851, in Biddeford, Me.; mar. 11 
Nov., 1876, in Biddeford, George Allen Haley, b. 22 Apr., 1851, son 
of William; he was b. 1825, d. 1875, mar. Olive E. Gatchell, was a 
shoemaker of Saco, was son of William; he was b. 1793, d. 1883, mar. 
Betsey Bryant, was a farmer of Saco, soldier in war of 181 2, son of 
Joseph; he was b. 1762, d. 1845, mar. Jemima Tarbox, serv^ed in War 
of Revolution, son of W^illiam; he mar. Rachel Edgecomb, was of 
Saco, son of Benjamin; he mar. Susanna, d. at Eouisburg, 1745, was 
son of Thomas; he was b. in 1635, mar. Mary West, killed by Indians 
in 1724. Mr. Haley has resided in Maine, Massachusetts, and Kan- 
sas; in 1902, removed to California; now resides in San Diego, where 
he is a restauranteur. Issue: 

1st. Herbert Brackett, b. 30 June, 1889, in Carmi, Kansas. 

2. Mindora Idella, b. 4 Oct., 1859; mar. 24 June, 1882, Diamond 
Smith, Jr.; home, in Saco. Child, Ida Miriam. 

3. William Randall, b. 11 Mar., 1861. See family 24. 

4. Frances Ella, b. 14 Dec, 1862; mar. Ed. Milliken; home in 
Saco. Children, Fred L.; Hattie; Ruth H.; Arline M. 

5. Loretta Mariah, b. 24 Feb., 1865; -mar. (ist) James Thompson; 
(2nd) Joseph Torr5^ Children by 2nd husband: Ralph; Josie May; 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, Charles W. 

Charles W. Brackett was born in Peru, Me.; is an overseer in 
dressing room, cotton factory; married Mary Stone of Cornish; re- 
sides in Fall River, Mass.; formerly resided in Biddeford and Cor- 
nish, Me. Served in 7th Me. vol. inf. Issue: 

1. Etta; mar. Josiah W. Bridges of Biddeford; now resides in 
Fall River. 

2. Eizzie, dec. } . . 

o T- -J i twins. 

3. Fannie, dec. ) 


From Famil}' No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, Peter. 

Peter Brackett was born in Peru, Me., on March 4, 1838; is a 
machinist's helper, and resides in Biddeford, Me.; formerly resided 
in Westbrook and Old Orchard, Me. He married December 23, 
1865, Elizabeth J. Merrill, born March 20, 1841, daughter of William 
T. and wife, Olive J. Goodwin, of Pine Point, Me.; enlisted April 26, 
186 1, into company B, 5th Maine volunteer infantry, in which he 
served for three years; re-enlisted in the field, was transferred to 
company B, ist Maine veterans, in which he served until June, 1865. 
His father was a soldier in the War of the Revolution. Upon tracing 
his line of descent, it will be found that all of his forefathers by the 
name of Brackett were soldiers, two of whom were killed; whose 
respective service, with the exception of that of the immigrant, is set 


forth in this work. Mr. Brackett moves as quickly as a man of 
twenty-five years, and he looks to be about the age of forty-five. He 
is of dark complexion, medium height, spare build, and is quick 
spoken — a man who has nearly completed his three score years and 
ten, with the activity and appearance of one in the prime of life. 
Twent)' years hence he will be with us to speak at our family 
reunions, and be pointed out as one who served in the Civil War 
and whose father served in the War of the Revolution. Issue: 

1. Eva May, b. 17 Jan., 1874; mar. 25 Dec, 1894; T. W. A. 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter, Peter, Jr. 

Peter Brackett, Jr., was born February 27, 1788, in what was 
then a part of Falmouth, Me. Probably as a member of his father's 
family he went to New Gloucester, Me., in 181 2, where he continued 
to reside during his life, engaged in farming. He married January 
13, 1817, Polly Haskell, born June i, 1799, died December, 20, 1876. 
Mr. Brackett died December 12, 1868. Issue: 

1. George, b. 18 Jan., 1820. See family 25. 

2. Benjamin, b. 10 Oct., 1821. See family 26. 

3. Mary Jane, b. 12 Feb., 1824; d. 29 Sept., 1827. 

4. Peter, Jr., b. 20 Dec, 1825; d. 4 Oct., 1827. 

5. Job, b. 7 Sept., 1827. See family 27. 

6. John, b. 7 Aug., 1829; lived in Nevada city. Col. 

7. Mary, b. 9 Oct., 1831; mar. 30 Apr., 1858, Joseph C. Brown, 
who d. in 1895. Issue: 

1st. George E., b. in 1858. 

2nd. Tena, b. in i860; d. in 1881. 

3d. William, b. in 1862. 

8. Charles, b. 28 June, 1833; address not known. 

9. Louisa Howard, b. 4 Dec, 1835; mar. 10 Jan., 1857, Samuel 
S. Halowell, b. 11 Feb., 1832, son of Ralph and wife, Sarah Smith. 
Mr. Halowell is a machinist and resides in Cumberland Mills, Me. 

1st. Carrie B., b. 2 May, 1862; mar. 6 Dec, 1878, Ed. Ander- 
son; resides in Westbrook. Issue: 

I. Alice Louise, b. 28 May, 1880. 

II. Harry William, b. 21 Dec, 1882. 

III. Mary Ethelene, b. 31 Oct., 1888. 

IV. Joseph Brown, b. 25 June, 1891. 

V. Elmer Donald, b. 29 Oct., 1895. 

2nd. Alice G., b. 6 Oct., 1865; mar. in 1884, John R. Peterson; 
resides in Portland. Issue: 

I. Ina Mildred, b. 29 Nov., 1885. 

II. Clarence; is dec. 

3d. George H., b. 10 Apr., 1866; mar. 4 Feb., 1893, Mary 
Osgood of Gray, Me; resides in Westbrook, Me. Issue: 

I. Otis, b. in 1895. 

II. Elmer Eugene, b. in 1898. 


4th, S. Elizabeth, b. 29 Jan., 1868. 

5th. Howard, b. 17 Apr., 1870; mar. 10 Sept., , I^izzie H. 

Berry of Fairfield, Me. 

6th. Ida G., b. 10 Nov., 1872; mar. 30 Apr., 1891, Frank 
Elwell; resides in Westbrook. Issue: 

I. Gertrude E., b. in 1892. 

II. Ira Joyce, b. in 1895. 

Tth. Eva, b. 13 Feb., 1875; mar. in 1895, Arthur Jordan; 
resides in Westbrook. Issue: 

I. Ella Eouise, b. in 1895. 
8th. Charles H., b. 23 Jan., 1877. 
10. Thomas Johnson, b. 11 Apr., 1839; unmar. Mrs. Eouisa H. 
Halowell supplied data as to her own and her father's families; also 
as to families of her children. • 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter, Zachariah. 

Zachariah Brackett was born near Morrill's corner, then in the 
town of Falmouth, March 16, 1790. ^le probably resided with his 
father until the removal of the latter to New^ Gloucester, in 181 2. 
The census of 18 10 shows him and his two brothers as members of 
his father's family, all between the ages of sixteen and twenty-six 
years. Upon his marriage he lived for several years in, or near, 
Westbrook. The census of 1 830 shows him and his brother Nathaniel, 
living in Sangerville, Penobscot county; later he returned to the 
locality where Deering city now is, and where he died in 1832. He 
was a tin-smith. He married February 3, 18 14, Mary Cleaves, born 
in 1792; died December 6, 1839. Issue: 

1. Miranda, b. in 1816; mar. 10 June, 1833, Enos Brackett (see 
family 10, division 3). 

2. Mary Ann, b. 20 Apr., 1820; mar. (ist) Major Franklin Bar- 
ton of Albion, Me.; (2nd) Jacob Shaw of China Me.; (3d) Asa 
Grossman of Cato, N. Y.; d. 2 Feb., 1890. No issue. 

3. Cornelius, b. 6 June, 1824. See family 28. 

4. Martha H., b. 4 July, 1826; mar. Thomas Warren of Vicks- 
burg, Miss.; she is probably dec. 

5. Cephas W., b. 21 May, 1828. See family 29. 

6. Charles, b. 1832; d. 14 Aug., 1858. 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter, Nathaniel. 
Nathaniel Brackett was born March 16, 1792, in Falmouth, Me. 
In 1820, he was a resident of New Gloucester, and in 1830, resided 
with his brother Zachariah, in Sangerville, Penobscot county, Me. 
Later he lived in East Eivermore; was a farmer. He married Jan- 
uary 8, 1815, Eunice Humphrey, born October 7, 1794, died January 
8, 1843, daughter of Moses and wife, Ann Young. He died June 24, 
1874. Issue: 


1. Sarah Ann, b. 19 Sept., 1815. In 1890 and 1892 she wrote 
letters, which were published in the "Deering News." They are a 
standard source of authority upon the famih' genealog}' of which they 
treat. She wrote with decided clearness and terseness of expression; 
manifested much interest in the family history and faithfully men- 
tioned the sources of authority for what she related and was not known 
to her personally. The following is one of the paragraphs of her 
letters teeming with information: 

"My grandfather, Peter Brackett, married Sally Sawyer of Back 
Cove. He moved to West Gloucester, this state, before I was born, 
and I am seventy-six years of age. They both died there. He was 
a soldier of the War of the Revolution. I used to hear him say that 
he was one of the number who guarded Major Andre's place of 

She wanted to know whether any of the old town of Westbrook 
remained a town, or whether it was "all cut up into cities." She 
closed her last letter with: — 

"I live in the house used by Mrs. Jane Prince(?). She is one 
5^ear older than I am. I was born Sept. 21, 18 15. The place is five 
miles from the depot. The stage to North Auburn, Brettness' Mills 
and West Auburn, goes past my door twice a day." 

The task of compiling the family historj' would have been a far 
easier one than it has proved, had there been more who had taken 
the pains to impart what thej^ knew of it. She d. 19 Apr., 1895. 

2. Melinda Jane, b. in 1817; mar. Charles Merrill; shed, in 1848. 

3. Oliver, b. 19 Nov., 1820. See family 30. 

4. Ivconard, b. in 1822; d. 2 Oct., 1849. 

5. Sewall, b. 8 July, 1825; mar. i Jan., 1857, Eliza J. lyyon, b. 
14 June, 1836, dau. of Jefferson B. and wife, Almira G. Beach; resides 
in Poland, Me. Issue: 

1st. Georgiana Myra, b. 22 Feb., 1861; mar. Almon Water- 
house, Poland, Me. 

2nd. Eugenia, b. 15 Aug., 1865; d. 2 July, 1885. 

6. George, b. 2 Jul3% 1829; mar. 6 Sept., 1857, Viola Eathrop, 
b. 18 Jan., 1841, dau. of Martin P. and wife, Sarah W. He served 
in 2nd Maine volunteer cavalry. At New Orleans was transferred 
to Farragut's fleet, w^here he served until the close of the war. Went 
to California in 1852, and returned before 1861. The last j^ears of 
his life were spent in Oregon; is dec. Issue: 

1st. Leonard F., b. 30 Dec, 1858; served as sergeant of the 
band, 6th United States cavalry, from 13 Jan., 1880, to 12 Jan., 1885. 
He d. 28 Feb., 1897. 

7. Charles Edwin, b. 3 Sept., 1832. See famil}^ 31. 

8. Louisa Ellen, b. 12 Sept., 1835; mar. Lathrop C. Tilton; resi- 
dence. Auburn, Me. Issue: 

1st. Isabelle, who mar. Alvin Flagg. 

2nd. Emma. 

3d. Cornelia. 



From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthon)^ Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, John S., John, Jr., Levi. 

The Rev. lycvi Brackett was born near Duck pond in Westbrook, 
Me., November 27, 1813; died in Lewiston, Me., December 29, 1890. 
Years after had been removed the house where he was born, he used 
to point out a cherry tree which grew in the cellar, that marked its 
site; also would show a ravine across which was once stretched a 
rope, the supporting cable of a suspended chair which, on rollers, 
passed along and beneath it, thus making the transit of the ravine. 
Topers at the tavern near by drank so long as the}' were able to keep 
from falling out of the chair, and in their bouts gauged one another's 
ability to stand one drink more by the test whether or not they could 
cross the ravine by this aerial route. 

When he was thirteen the family bought a farm in what had 
been a great hemlock forest, four miles north of Brunswick village, 
and this continued to be his home until his marriage. 

The father was a shoemaker; in early dayS he went from house 
to house making shoes for the neighboring families. He was some- 
thing of a visionary, leaving the care of the land to the wife and 
boys. Levi's wife first saw John Brackett in 1853, and wrote in her 
diary January 3: "Mr. B.'s father is the greatest talker upon relig- 
ious subjects that I ever met with; he does not seem interested in 
an}' other conversation. He talks as if Heaven and its enjoyments 
were his at all times and ever before him." 

The mother was a good business woman, keeping poultry and 
marketing the produce of the farm. 

Levi united the ecstatic temperament of the father with the cool 
business ways of the mother, and also developed a new trait in the 
family — a love for learning. The mother thrift appeared first. As 
a boy, the eldest of twelve children, he was kept busy on the farm; 
but he looked out for jobs at the neighbors, and what money he got 
he put into a double chest; with these savings he bought land adjoin- 
ing the home property. When he came of age he worked out days 
and carried on his own farm nights, one of his sisters holding the 
lantern for him. He was ambitious to acquire wealth, and, at a time 
of life when most men think of beginning, he had a good farm free 
from debt. 

He had a strong constitution and was seldom unable to work; 
but when he was laid up, then the spirit of his father came upon him. 
Once he ran a burnt stub into his bare foot and suffered intensely for 
days; during this period he repented of his sins and sought religion. 
Another time he was at a "raising;" liquor was free, and a drunken 
workman let a timber fall upon his head; when the wound healed, a 
white tuft of hair appeared upon the spot, a life-long mark; and 
strange to say, one of his daughters grew the white lock after him. 
While suffering from this accident, he resolved to quit liquor, a 
strange thing to do in those days; and he decided to fit lor the min- 
istry. As soon as he was able, he walked four miles to a book store, 
bought a Greek grammar, and learned the alphabet on the way home. 

Entering the ministry meant selling his farm and putting his 
savings into an education. The great choice was not made without 


a struggle: "Some time within the first three months of the year 
1839, I verily believe the Lord converted my soul. Some time after 
my soul was converted I was in the orchard (I do not recollect the 
time of day; it was in the day time); there came a voice to me as 
plain as though some one had spoken to me, Proclaim the gospel! 
After this, when I was engaged in prayer, especially in secret prayer, 
this sound would thrill through my soul. Finally I concluded that 
it was all imagination and tried to drive it off, and thought it was 
from the devil. I thought the lyord would not be so unreasonable. 
And another thing, the word was not Preach; so there I picked a 
flaw in it, and I put it awaj- from my mind as far as possible." 

His gifts in laboring for the conversion of others, going from 
house to house, led the church to give him a license to preach, Sep- 
tember, 1843. The following June he received a license from the 
Bowdoin quarterly meeting, which was renewed each year until his 

During the interval between his first license and his ordination, 
he attended the Brunswick high school one year, and then took the 
three )'ear course of the Whitestown Biblical .school; he graduated 
in 1849, and in October of that year was ordained at Brunswick. 

Immediately after ordination, he became pastor of a church at 
Saccarappa, Maine. The church was undergoing severe trials. He 
labored hard to reconcile the conflicting elements; anxiety and over 
work broke down his health, and in a few months he returned to his 
home with no hope of recovering his strength; but after a severe ill- 
ness of three months he began to get well. By care he developed a 
powerful physique and lived to preach forty years. 

His next pastorate was at North Parsonsfield, then the literary 
center of the Free Will Baptist denomination. Maine state semi- 
nary and Bates college were not started until after Parsonsfield semi- 
nar}' was burned. 

In 1852, G. H. Ricker entered upon his last year as principal of 
Parsonsfield .seminary, and in November of that year, Miss Nanc3' 
Jane Cram of Brownfield received her diploma. Her course of study 
included Sallust, Cicero, Virgil, French, Italian, Spanish, and the 
mathematics, science, intellectual and moral philosophy of those 
days. She, like the preacher, had won her own way, beginning to 
teach when very 3'oung at a dollar and a quarter a week. She 
devoted her entire energies to acquiring the best education then 
within the reach of a woman in Maine. She first met the snapping 
black eyes of the preacher as he was conducting a prayer meeting; 
their fates were united. 

A portrait of the time shows a sweetly noble woman, her left 
hand holding a book, her shoulders neath' draped with an India 
shawl, her well proportioned features framed in dark brown hair 
parted in the middle and smoothly brought forward at the temples. 
The attitude is queenly, recalling the best early portraits of Victoria; 
but the face is purer, wiser. This girl who had dropped corn, bare- 
foot, in the ashes of the newly burnt American forest had in her looks 
some of the elusive mystery of the wildwood; yes, some of the seri- 
ous sanctity of the early Italian madonnas. 

He was of medium height, solid and well proportioned. His 
portrait at this time shows a man of strong character; the forehead is 


high; the abundant black hair is parted low at the side; his face 
clean shaven to the tip of the chin is circled with a neatly cut black 
Greeley beard; the eyebrows are vigorous; the lines of character are 
strong, showing signs of illness, but the mouth is firm. The domi- 
nant note is given by the piercing eyes. He, too, has a book in his 
picture. On an hour-glass stand lies his Hebrew Bible. One shapely 
hand lies across the damask covering so that the thumb holds down 
the top of the leaf; the other hand lies flat upon the page as if to 
emphasize a text. 

They were married on the Christmas day after her graduation. 
The two weeks following were spent in visiting the Bracketts at 
Brunswick, the Baileys at Freeport, the Sylvesters at Bath, and in 
attending many religious meetings. vShe naively wrote in her diary 
January 12, 1853: "Returned to Parsonsfield last night; am some 
weary after so long a visit, still I feel to rejoice that I visited the 

She had excellent qualifications for her position: she was 
remarkably capable in domestic administration and economy; she 
was an efficient organizer and administrator in the branches of church 
work that fall to women; she was a good reader, writer and speaker, 
a good singer and player. The two could carry on an interesting 
devotional meeting, if need be, without- help from others. 

In the fall of 1853, the young wife, though not in good health, 
was called upon by the seminary authorities to organize the classes 
in French, Spanish, Italian, geometry, geography, history and 
astronomy; and she conducted recitations until a preceptress could 
be secured. This was her last public teaching but she often had 
pupils come to the house. One of the earliest recollections of her 
oldest child is a certain awe and mj-stery at being in the dark as his 
mother pointed out to a class of young ladies the Great Bear and 
other constellations with frightful names. Many a young man and 
woman got the first start toward a college education at the minister's 

In August, 1853, he preached his farewell sermon at North Par- 
sonsfield. He then travelled some seven hundred miles in New 
York and Canada, leaving his wife at her father's. His pastorates 
were at Saccarappa, North Parsonsfield, East Raymond, Sandwich, 
Wolfboro, Sabatisville, Bow Lake, Georgetown, Newfield, and New 
Meadows. He travelled extensively as a missionary in Aroostook 
and as an evangelist along the coast of Maine and northward in the 
western counties of Maine and the eastern counties of New Hamp- 

He was a powerful speaker, and God blessed his labors with 
many conversions. He was recalled and settled a second time over 
the churches at North Parsonsfield, Raymond and Georgetown. He 
spoke with few notes, appealing directh' to men and women by his 
knowledge of the heart. He had a good library and was in advance 
of the theology of his day, seeking right living rather than the 
sacredness of dogma. He was often sent for in those trials more bit- 
ter than death, and leaving his affairs he travelled long journeys 
in order to bind up the broken hearted. He was silent about these 
things, and men and women trusted him. In reading in Mark the 
promise of a hundred fold to those who leave houses and lands for 


the gospel's sake, he would say, "I have more than the promise; 
I have a thousand homes." 

He also furnished a home to many. The Free Baptist preachers 
were great pilgrims; four times a year they made journeys to the 
quarterly meeting and a longer trip once a year to the yearly meet- 
ing; then they often moved from one pastorate to another. On all 
these journeys and many others they depended on the local preachers 
for meals and lodging. One night there were at the Brackett house 
twenty-one, sleeping on beds, lounges, and on the floors; it was after 
midnight when some arrived with loads of goods. Many of the 
children of his brothers and sisters at one time or another lived with 
Uncle Levi and Aunt Jane in order to take advantage of better 
schools. Toward the close of his life he made his home at Lewiston, 
Maine, to be near Bates college, from which institution four of his 
children graduated. 

The end of his life shows an instance of his perseverance in the 
discharge of duty. The last two months of his active ministry were 
spent with the church at Ashdale, a coast town which he reached b}^ 
water. On the seventh of June, 1890, the sea was rough; but he 
crossed in an open boat, getting thoroughlj^ drenched and chilled. 
He began to suffer intensely from cystitis, but in spite of his age and 
pain, on the following Sabbath he preached his last sermon from 2 
Cor. 5:10 — "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of 
Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body 
according to that which he hath done whether it be good or bad." 
He then wrote in his diary, "I expect this is my last sermon." The 
next day he returned to his home; he died after an illness of nearly 
seven months. 

Levi Brackett is buried with his parents, wife, and four of his 
children at the Grousetown cemetery in Brunswick. He was a vig- 
orous opponent of evil, but he loved men and did not make personal 
enemies. One of the good things said at his funeral was this, "I 
have known Brother Brackett for fifty years, and I have never heard 
him speak evil of anj^ one." 

Mrs. Brackett survived her husband seven years. She was born 
in Brownfield April 12, 1827 and died in Lewiston November 6, 1897, 
daughter of James Cram and wife, Dorothy Smith. Issue: 

1. James R., b. i Apr., 1854. See family 32. 

2. Levi Smith, b. 14 Mar., 1856; d. 15 Aug., 1856. 
,'}. Levi Fairfield, b. 11 Jul}^ 1858; d. 22 Jan., i860. 

4. Anna Maria, b. 18 Ma}', 1861; mar. 10 Aug., 1898, A. L. Den- 
nison, b. 13 Apr., 1867, a teacher; home, in Exeter, N. H. A grad- 
uate of Bates college. Issue: 

1st. Theodora, b. 11 Oct., 1899, in E. Corinth, Me. 
2nd. Mary Leona, b. 11 Jan., 1904, in Bath, Me. 
3d. Harry Brackett, b. 22 July, 1905. 

5. Harriet, b. 13 Sept., 1863; a graduate of Bates college; home, 
in Lewiston, Me. 

6. Jennie Cram, b. 12 Jan., 1866; d. 23 Oct., 1877. 

7. Clara Frances, b. 16 July, 1868; d. 2 Oct., 1869. 

8. Calvin Cressey, b. 3 Oct., 1870; a graduate of Bates college; 
served as sergeant in battery A, First Maine heavy artillery volun- 
teers, war with Spain; resided in Lewiston; now in Boston. 



From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, John S., John, Jr., Silas. 

Silas Brackett was born February 2, 1818, in Falmouth; died in 
Brunswick, January 25, 1888; he purchased a farm adjoining his 
father's farm, the greater portion of which was uncleared land. He 
built expensive buildings, added to his purchase and in time became 
the owner of a fine property. For many years he was engaged in 
lumbering, in getting out and furnishing ship timber for the Bath 
market and at points along the shores of Casco bay. He was a man 
of quick sensibilities, generous impulses and kind disposition; his 
early training fitted him for the industrious life he led. For many 
years he was a member of the Free Will Baptist church. He mar- 
ried (ist) September 17, 1845, Elizabeth Bennet Field, born January 
10, 1815, in Durham, Me., died January 23, 1854, daughter of 
Stephen; he was born April 13, 1787, in Lewiston, d. July 9, 1820, 
in Alexandria, Va., married Sally Wyman (Merrill); she was born 
October 20, 1793 in Portland; was son of Samuel; he was born June 
21, 1759, died January' 11, 1854; was a tanner and shoe maker in 
Durham where he lived all his life; had large tannery, ground bark 
in mill run by overshot wheel; married Anna Knox, born August 2, 
1761, died June 21, 1845, was son of Samuel. He was born in 1725, 
married Mary Warren; was a descendant of Darby Field, the first of 
the line in America, born 16 10, in Boston in 1636, first European to 
explore White mountains, which he did in 1642, d. in 1649; ancestry 
can be traced to Roger de Field, born 1240. 

Silas Brackett married (2nd) February 13, 1855, Sarah D. 
Saw5'er, born March 10, 1831, in Topsham, died April 5, 1898, cous- 
in of first wife, daughter of Ezra Sawyer and Sarah Field, who was 
daughter of Samuel, and sister of Stephen Field. Issue: 

1. George A., b. 21 Oct., 1846. See family 33. 

2. John Henry, b. 31 Jan., 1849; d. 10 Aug., 1891; was a mer- 
chant tailor in Brunswick; mar. 12 Jan., 1882, Hattie P. Toothaker. 

1st. John Herbert, b. 26 Dec, 1882; d. 19 Feb., 1892. 
2nd. Frank Wellington, b. 17 Nov., 1890. 

3. Frances Elizabeth, b. 23 Apr., 1851; d. 10 Oct., 1869. 

4. Abby Anna, b. 11 Feb., 1853; d. 23 Jan., 1854. 

5. Silas Wellington, b. 20 Jan., 1856; d. 24 Sept., 1906; resided 
in Roxbury, Mass.; member of the G. A. and S. W. Brackett com- 
pany; sergeant in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery company; 
member of Boston National lancers; Old Dorchester club; Royal 
Arcanum; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Highland colony of 
Pilgrim Fathers; was worshipful master of Washington lodge, F. 
and A. M.; member of Vernon Royal Arch chapter; Roxbury coun- 
cil of Royal and Select Masters, and eminent commander of Joseph 
Warren commandery No. 26, Knight Templars. Married 15 June, 
1881, Emma P. Dunning, who d. 11 Jan., 1883; mar. (2nd) 25 Dec, 
1895, Mrs. Bertha Arnold EHenwood. 

6. Emma A., b. 30 Jan., i860; d. 7 Sept., 1898; mar. 14 Dec, 
1895, Fred A. Nichols. No issue, 

7. Hattie May, b. 21 Dec, 1862; home in Roxbury. 


8. Sarah Gertrude, b. 12 Mar., 1868; mar. 8 June, 1893, Irving 
Parker Gammon. Issue: 

1st. Irving Parker, Jr., b. 11 Oct., 1895, in Boston. 

9. Elizabeth Marian, b. 25 Nov., 1870; home in Roxbury. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Anthonj'-, Zachariah, 
Thomas, John S., John, Jr., Alexander. 

Alexander Brackett was born in Westbrook, Me., May 19, 1821, 
removed to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1864, where he died May 21, 1882. 
In Maine he was engaged in quarrying, lumbering and building — 
general contractor; after his removal to Iowa, he was largel}^ inter- 
ested in real estate, in speculating in and developing land; was an 
active business man; by instinct and training was well fitted for life 
in the West. Married (ist) in 1842, Almira Loak, born in 1823 in 
Addison, Me., died December 31, 1861, in Freeport, Me.; (2nd) July 
24, 1862, Harriet E. Loak, who died May 8, 1892, in Des Moines, 
la. Issue: 

1. Mary A., b. 11 Nov.. 1843; d. in Aug., 1867, in Brunswick; 
mar. Miciah H. Baile5^ No issue. 

2. Alesto, b. 24 Mar., 1846, in Addison, Me., d. in Lewiston in 
1865; served during civil war. 

3. Andrew R., b. 13 Jan., 1848. See family 34, 

4. Alice vS., b. 14 Feb., 1853; d. 10 Mar., 1898; mar. i Apr., 1871, 
Isaac M. Bishop. No issue. 

5. Venie Inez, b. 11 Apr., 1857; mar. 29 Nov., 1879, J. Fred 
Aubens. Issue: 

1st. John Fred, b. 13 Oct., 1889, in Brunswick. 

2nd. Carroll Vincent, b. 3 Dec, 1896, in Freeport, Me. 

6. Hattie Ellen, b. 2 Apr., 1858; mar. (ist) in Dec, 1880, George 
P. Field; (2nd) 18 Dec, 1900, George Ansel Davis. Issue: 

1st. Ruth Almira, b. 16 June, 1882, in Freeport, Me. 

2nd. George Alesto, b. 20 Feb., 1885; in Freeport, Me. 

3d. Harry, b. i Aug., 1886; d. 3 Oct., 1897. 

7. Fannie M., b. 24 Mar., 1861; mar. in 1862, Wm. Hyde. No 

8. Fred M;, b. 25 Nov., 1863, in Lewiston; d. 28 Dec, 1863. 

9. Winfred A., b. 26 June, 1865; mar. 26 Dec, 1895, Florence 
Anthony Beck. Issue: 

1st. Anthony Alexander, b. 2 Feb., 1901; d. 4 Feb., 1901. 

10. Miltmore J., b. 16 Sept., 1868. See family 35. 

11. Jennie Maud, b. 22 Oct., 1870; mar. 14 June, 1900, Charles 
Elgin Evans. Issue: 

1st. Dorothy E., b. 2 Sept., 1903. 

12. Edd Merrit, b. 21 Oct., 1872; mar. 31 Oct., 1893, Nora 
Wykoff. Issue: 

1st. Fred, b. 9 Oct., 1898. 



From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, John Snow, John, Jr., John, Jr. 

John Brackett, Jr., was born in Westbrook, January 23, 1823; he 
moved from Maine to New York and from the latter state to Iowa; 
died in Omaha, August 29, 1867; was a mechanic; married Novem- 
ber 18, 1850, Emeline Clapper, born November 6, 1836, daughter of 
William and wife, Elizabeth Van Note, of New York. Issue: 

1. Charlotte Dorcas, b. July 30, 1848, in Brunswick; mar. (ist) 
13 July, 1868, William J. Johnstone, b. in 1848, d. in 1880; (2nd) 18 
June, 1884, John E. McKillop; residence, Kansas City, Mo. Issue: 

1st. Maudie E., b. 15 Aug., 1872; mar. 18 Aug., 1892, Charles 
W. Blier. 

2. Abbie Ann, b. 7 Aug., 1859; mar. Ernest Kelly; residence, 
Bath, Me. Issue: 

1st. Frank Brackett, b. 16 Aug., 1889. 

3. Addie, b. 3 May, 1853; d. in Nov., 1863. 


From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, William, Willard. 

Willard Brackett was born February, 22, 1815; married Decem- 
ber 29, 1836, Olive Low, born in 1814; he lived in Cape Elizabeth, 
was a farmer; died April 30, 1864. Issue: 

1. Charles Perry, b. 8 Apr., 1838; mar. 14 May, 1863, Sarah 
Frances Leighton, b. in Gorham, 22 June, 1843, daughter of Ichabod 
of Falmouth and wife, Emily J. Small, of Limington. Mr. Brackett 
is a locomotive engineer on the B. & M. R. R. No issue. 

2. Albert S., b. 17 Jan., 1840; mar.; d. in 1893. No issue. 

3. Byron B., b. 4 Apr., 1842. See family 36. 

4. Helen M., b. 18 June, 1845, in Cape Elizabeth; mar. 14 Oct., 
1865, Charles E. Skillings, b. 10 July, 1844, son of Walter and wife, 
Mary Jordan, of Cape Elizabeth; resides in South Portland. Issue: 

1st. Alphonso H., b. 5 Mar., 1867; mar. 26 June, 1890, Sadie 
Lewis. Issue: 

I. Ralph Waldo, b. 24 June, 1891. 

II. Mary Helen, b. 22 Aug., 1894. 

III. Carl Rudolph, b. 15 July, 1896. 

IV. Charles William, b. 30 Nov., 1899. 

2nd. Martha C, b. 14 Aug., 1875; mar. 27 June, 1900, Charles 
M. McDonald; resides in Somerville Highlands, Mass. 

5. Marshal L., b. 7 Apr., 1849; d. in 1851. 

(j. Willard, Jr., b. 24 Oct., 1854. See family 37. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, Seth, Leonard. 

Leonard Brackett was born January 7, 1837; married (ist) Feb- 
ruary 19, 1866, Eliza E. Hopkins, born April 20, 1848, died March 6, 
1872, daughter of Calvin and wife, Mary Hammond, of Peru, Me.; 
(2nd) Jan. 27, 1874, Lucinda E. Smith, daughter of Freeman B. and 


wife, IvOiiisa Babcock; she died March 20, 1880; was building con- 
tractor; resided in Dicksfield; died March 12, 1900. Issue: 

1. George F., b. 9 Jan., 1876. 

2. Irvnng I^., b. 23 Dec, 1879. 


From Famih^ No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, WilHam, Seth, Henry W. 

Henry WilHs Brackett was born April 14, 1843; married Decem- 
ber 16, 1874, Lucetta M. Dolloff, born December 15, 1846, daughter 
of James M. and wife, Sarah L. Gleason, of Rumford Center, Oxford 
county. Me.; is a farmer; residence, Dicksfield. Issue: 
1. Klaus Kyle, b. 19 Feb., 1877. 


From Family No. 9. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, Thomas, William C. 

William Cobb Brackett was born in Westbrook, Me., October 30, 
1847; home, in West Somerville. Mass.; has lived in Biddeford; is a 
brush-maker; married November 7, 1868, Rouena A. Randall, born 
September 18, 1848, died December 13, 1888, daughter of Gideon M. 
and wife, Eliza Fox, of Kezar Falls, Me. Issue: 

1. Eliza Emma, b. 14 Jan., 1872; resides in Biddeford, Me. 

2. Rouena N., b. 10 May, 1881; resides in Biddeford, Me. 


From Family No. 10. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, Amos E., William R. 

William Randall Brackett was born March 11, 1861; married 
Frances Guilford; resides in Saco, Me. Issue: 

1. Amos D. 

2. Eddie. 

3. Alvarado. 

4. George W. 

5. Samuel. 


From Family No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter, Peter, Jr., George. 

George Brackett was born January 18, 1820; married (ist) Feb- 
ruary 28, 1847, Mary Tufts, born in 1820; (2nd) Mary Gee; was a 
cooper; died in 1894. Issue, by first wife: 

1. John, b. in 1848; mar. Annie Alexander. Issue: 

1st. Bessie. 

2nd. . 




From Family No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter, Peter, Jr., Benjamin. 
Benjamin Brackett was born October, 10, 1821; married (ist) 
July I, 1849, Susan Tufts, born in 1828, died in 1850; (2nd) May 8, 
1 85 1, Louisa Foss, born in 1825, died in 1861; (3d) Thankful Brown; 
died May 31, 1892. Issue, b}^ wife Louisa Foss: 

1. Walter, b. 7 Sept., 1854; mar. ( ist) 17 Nov., 1875, Alfreda 
Coflfin, b. in 1857, d. in 1879; (2nd) 17 Dec, 1880, Hattie C. Chase. 

1st. Alfreda, b. 30 Sept., 1879; home at Sabbathday Lake, Me. 

2. Horace, b. i Jan., 1856. 

3. Charles, b. . 

By wife Thankful Brown: 

4. Irving, b. i Aug., 1871; d. 28 Nov., 1898. 


From Family No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter, Peter, Jr., Job.^ 

Job Brackett was born September 7, 1827; married Mary J. , 

born 1839; he died March 22, 1867. Issue: 
1. MeHnda J., b. in July, 1859. 
2. . 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter, Zachariah, Cornelius. 

Cornelius Brackett was born June 6, 1824: he married Emeline 
Thompson. For several years lived in Plainville, Minn.; was hving 
in 1904; has three children whose names have not been learned. 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter, Zachariah, Cephas W. 

Cephas W. Brackett was born in Westbrook, Me., May 21, 1828; 
he has resided for many years in Jordan, N. Y.; is a carpenter and 
pattern-maker; has taken much interest in the family history, and 
attended the family reunion on Peak's Island. Me., in 1904. Married 
March 9, 1859, Nancy Ellen Carncrans, born September 6, 1824, died 
September 5, 1897, daughter of WiUiam P. Wagoner and wife, Leah 
Roth. Supplied data for his own and his father's famihes. Issue: 

1. Frank, b. 21 Mar., i860; d. 13 Oct., 1864. 

2. Nellie M., b. 23 Sept., 1869; mar. 19 Oct., 1897, Clarence L- 
Much of Jordan. Issue: 

1st. Helen Dorris, b. 17 Aug., 1898. 

3. Edward M., b. 21 Dec, 1861; resides in Carthage, N. Y. 



From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter, Nathaniel, Oliver. 

Oliver Brackett was born in New Gloucester, Me., November 19, 
1820; lived in lyivermore Falls; was a farmer; married (ist) February 
9, 1847, Catharine Knight, born in March, 1820, died in November, 
1853, daughter of Merrill and wife, Rachel Buxton; (2nd) March 15, 
1855, Susan P. Chase, born January 17, 1827, daughter of Josiah and 
wife, Hannah Buck; died April 25, 1898. Issue: 

1. Sewall, b. 14 Dec, 1847; d. in July, 1872. 

2. Sarah, b. 17 July, 1849; home, in Minneapolis, Minn.; supplied 
data as to her father's family. 

3. Rachael Ann, b. 31 Mar., 1851; d. in May, 1858. 

4. Franklin Pierce, b. 27 Apr., 1853; d. in Dec, 1853. 

5. Mary E., b. 15 May, 1856; mar. 4 Jvily, 1877, Fred W. L,uce; 
home. Auburn, Me. Issue: 

1st. Susie Elinor, b. 15 Mar., 1892. 

6. Annie C, b. 10 Sept., 1858; home, Eivermore Falls, Me. 

7. James C, b. 20 Apr., 1862; home, Livermore Falls, Me. 

8. Abbie F., b. 30 Oct., 1866; mar. in Nov., 1890, Edward F. 
Chandler; home. East Livermore. Issue: 

1st. Merle N., b. 7. Jan., 1892. 

2nd. Oliver B., b. 16 Oct., 1894. 

:M. Hazel May. b. 8 Jan., 1896. 

4th. Hattie M., b. 18 Jan., 1898. 

9. lyizzie W., b. 5 Apr., 1872; mar. in Dec, 1893, Fred A. Wen- 


From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, Peter, Nathaniel, Charles E. 

Charles Edwin Brackett was born in New Gloucester, September 
3, 1832; home, in Grafton, New Brunswick; is an electrician; married 
September 13, i860. Relief B. Preble, daughter of Eevi Flint Preble 
and wife, Cynthia Bean. Issue: 

1. Flora Ann, b. 5 July, 1861; d. in March, 1862. 

2. Frederick Edwin, b. 26 Feb., 1863; d. in May, 1863. 

3. Flora, b. 28 Apr., 1864; mar. 16 July, 1895, Moses H. Mc- 
Donald. Issue: 

1st. Harold Eugene, b. 21 Sept., 1896. 

4. Esther, b. 13 Sept., 1869. 

5. Edwin Herbert, b. 8 Mar., 1872; mar. 28 Apr., 1898, Nellie 

6. Nathaniel Eevi, b. 28 Feb., 1875; d. 26 Feb., 1877. 

7. Charles Nathaniel, b. i Oct., 1879. 



; FAMILY NO. 32. 

From Family No. i6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, John S., John, Jr., Levi, James R. 

James Raymond Brackett, born April i, 1854, a university pro- 
fessor and public lecturer on art and literature; fitted for college at 
Strafford academy and at West Lebanon academy; entered Bates 
college 187 1 ; taught winter schools at Effingham, N. H., and at 
Poland and Yarmouth, Me.; graduated from Bates college with degree 
B. A., in 1875; received degree M. A. from the same school, in 1878. 
'Principal of Foxcroft academy. Me., 1875-1878. 1878-80 made 
special studies in literature and philology at Yale, under \V. D. 
Whitney, Eounsbury and Beers; received the degree I'h. D. from 
Yale, in 1880. Principal of high school, Montpelier, Vt., 1880-83; 
principal Drury academy. North Adams, Mass., 1883; Professor of 
comparative and English literature, University of Colorado, Boulder, 
1884 to the present time. Joined the Church of the Redeemer (Con- 
gregational), New Haven, 1880. 

Author of "The Teaching of Enghsh in Colorado," "The New 
Foundations of Literary Study," "Literature as Fine Art," "Wil- 
liam Blake, Poet and Painter," "The Development of the Style of 
Raphael," "A Tragedy in Stone: The Marbles of Michelangelo," 
"An Epic without Words: Creation, Redemption and Judgment; 
Michelangelo's Frescos in the Sistine Chapel," and numerous other 
lectures and 

Married August 29, 1882, Lottie Small Rolfe. born September 
20, 1 85 1, at Webbs Mills, town of Casco, Maine, daughter of William 
and wife, Annie Lawrence Small, teacher in public schools at Casco, 
New Gloucester, Poland, Hampden, and Auburn; preceptress of Fox- 
croft academy, 1875-8: teacher in Lewiston high school 1878-80. 

1. Wilham Raymond, b. 28 October, 1884, in Auburn, Me.; 
received his primary and secondary education at home, from his 
father and mother. Entered the freshman class at the University of 
Colorado, in 1901; this was his first going to school. Graduated 
with the degree B. A., in June, 1905. Appointed First Assistant in 
Physics in the University of Colorado for the years 1905-6 and 1906- 7. 
Is making researches in electricity and radium. Joined the first Con- 
gregational Church, Boulder, 1898. Master Mason, 1905. 


From Family No. 17. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, John S., John, Jr., Silas, George A. 

George Albion Brackett was born October 21, 1846, in Bruns- 
wick, Me.; removed to Roxbury, Mass., where he now resides; is a 
member of the well established firm, G. A. & S. W. Brackett com- 
pany, masons and whiteners, on Warren street, Roxbury. Mr. 
Brackett has taken a great interest in this family history and contri- 
buted all data relative to descendants of John Snow Brackett. He 
married, in Boston, January 8, 1874, Abbie Ann Ridley, born April 


25, 1856, at Sanford, Me. Member of Washington lodge, A. F. 
and A. M.; Vernon Royal Arch chapter; Roxbiiry council of Royal 
and Select Masters; Joseph Warren commandery, No. 26, Knights 
Templars. Issue: 

1. Lila Winifred, b. 30 Mar., 1877. 

2. Abbie Mabel, b. 28 July, 1879. 

8. George Albion, Jr., b. 6 July, 1881; d. 23 June, 1882. 

4. George Albion, Jr., b. 6 July, 1883. 

5. Disa Eleanor, b. 20 Nov., i8go. 

6. Hazel Maud, b. 4 July, 1892. 


From Family No. 18. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, John S., John, Jr., Alexander, Andrew R. 

Andrew R. Brackett was born January 13, 1848, in Addison, Me.,' 
removed to Iowa; resides in Des Moines, where he is a police officer; 
serv-ed in the LTnion arm}' during the civil war. Married in 1870, 
Ktta M. Bishop of Durham, Me., born October 7, 1850, died March 
22, 1906. Issue: 

1. Carrie Winifred, b. 17 Mar., 1871, in Durham, Me. 

2. Burton Alesto, b. 9 Mar., 1872, in Freeport, Me.; mar. 21 
Mar., 1893, Clara Ida Plummer, b. 27 Sept., 1867. Issue: 

1st. 'Mildred B., b. 27 Oct., 1897. 

3. Georgia Frances, b. 13 Mar., 1873, in Freeport. 

4. Samuel Woodbury, b. 11 June, 1875, in Durham; mar. 31 Oct., 
1900, Ethel Scribner, b. in Nov., 1881. Issue: 

1st. Geraldine Almira, b. 11 Nov., 1901. 
2nd. Haidee Ethel, b. 9 July, 1903. 

5. Miner\^a Euella, b. 7 July, 1877, in Freeport. 


From Famil}^ No. 18. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, John S., John, Jr., Alexander, Miltmore J. 

Miltmore John Brackett was born September 16, 1868, in Iowa; 
married June 21, 1891, Mabel Pauline Eovejo}^; resides in Des Moines. 

1. Guv Eugene, b. 15 July, 1892; d. 14 Feb., 1893. 

2. Earl, b. 3 July, 1894. 

3. Owen, b. 29 May, 189S. 

4. Bruce, b. 26 Nov., 1902. 


From Famih' No. 20. Descent: Anthou}^, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, William, Willard, Byron B. 

Byron B. Brackett was born in Cape Elizabeth, Me., April 4, 
1842; home. South Portland; is a stationary engineer; married Juh^ 
31, 1864, Adelia A. McKenney, born November 2, 1846, daughter of 
Charles and wife, Nanc}' Olive Wood, of Danville, Me. Issue: 

1. Marshall E., b. 14 Mar., 1866; mar. 5 Nov., 1891, Jennie Hun- 
newell; home, vSouth Portland. Issue: 


1st. Elva ly., b. 14 Apr., 1892. 
2nd. Adella G., b. 7 Dec, 1894. 
3d. Marshall E., b. 27 Jan., 1898. 
4th. Hazel I., b. 30 Sept., 1900. 

2. Mabel G., b. 22 Jan., 1868; mar. i Oct., 1890, Frank M. 
Moody; home. South Portland. Issue: 

1st. Gladys May, b. 7 May, 1891. 
2nd. Natalie M., b. 21 Oct., 1892. 
3d. Edith Eeone, b. 8 Sept., 1896. 
4th. Doris Evelyn, b. 2 Sept., 1899. 

3. Arthur F., b. 25 Apr., 1873; d. 10 Sept., 1874. 

4. Edith M., b. 29 Apr., 1875; mar. 13 June, 1900, Hiram D. 
Woodbury; home. South Portland, Me. 

5. Albert S., b. 15 Mar., 1877. 

6. Ernest L,., b. 11 Jul}^, 1880. 

7. Byron B., Jr., b. 18 Aug., 1883. 

8. Herman, b. 6 June, 1888. 


From Family No. 20. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Thomas, William, William, U^llard, Willard,^Jr. 

Willard Brackett, Jr., was born October 24, 1854; married Nettie 
-; lived in South Portland; died in 1893. Issue: 

1. Philip E., b. 8 June, 1888. 

2. Marion D., b. i Mar., 1890. 






From Chapter 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, Zacha- 

Zachariah Brackett, Jr., was born November 30, 17 16, in Hamp- 
ton, New Hampshire, was baptized August 21, 17 19, in the church 
in Hampton, and during that year with his father's family went to 
Falmouth to live on the farm bordering on Back cove, which form- 
erly belonged to his grandfather, Captain Anthony Brackett. The 
farm which Zachariah, Jr., owned was in the part of old Falmouth 
known as Steven's Plains. For a time he kept tavern, had a retailer's 
license; the tavern was a half-waj^ stopping place on the road from 
Stroudwater to Presumpscot Falls; it stood near the present site of 
the Universalist church building and the place could be located later 
than in the year 1894, by its cellar excavation. Here he settled in 

1744, the year war commenced with the Indians. 

As early as 1736, there were fears of a conflict with the Indians 
and preparations were made by the settlers for it; in 1738, new mili- 
tary companies were organized and during the winter of 1738-9, the 
military forces of Maine, theretofore consisting of one regiment, were 
organized in two regiments, with headquarters of one in Falmouth 
and Samuel Waldo its colonel. As Zachariah, Jr., was in the twent}^- 
first year of his age in 1738, he belonged to one of the company" 
organizations of this regiment. The colonial law specified that all 
males between the ages of sixteen and sixty years (there were per- 
sons exempted) as persons to bear arms and be provided with fire- 
lock musket and accoutrements, and as early as 1702, the law" 
directed that the commissioned officers select at least a quarter part 
of the number of their respective commands for service upon notice; 
those thus selected were to be at all times in readiness for dut)^ 

In 1744, war commenced between France and England which 
involved their respective colonies in America. The Indians in Maine, 
nearly to a man, as they invariably had done before under these 
conditions, took sides with their friends, the French. In September, 

1745, there were disturbances near Falmouth; none of its militarj^ 
companies were able to overtake the Indians. In April, 1746, a set- 
tlement in Gorliam was attacked and during the same month three 
persons in Falmouth were killed; later two persons were killed at 
Stroudwater. An Indian liad the courage to go on the Neck; "in 
no war had they been more venturesome." In August one was seen 
in Brackett 's swamp; ten days later the swamp was searched by a 
military force. The Indians harassed the entire frontier line of set- 
tlements in Maine and New Hampshire during the summer months; 


they renewed their attacks in the spring of 1747, on the settlements; 
people living in Falmouth were killed and taken and their stock 
destroyed. The Indians were generally pursued but managed to 
elude the soldiers, the wily fellows knownng every by-path, swamp 
and other hiding place. The colonial government gave a bounty of 
four hundred pounds, old tenor, for every Indian killed. Stock com- 
panies were organized to fit out expeditions to hunt for scalps, even 
parsons invested in the stock — owned so many shares which entitled 
each holder to participate in the bounty money paid for Indians 
killed by the party sent out by the respective companies. 

Upon the termination of war between France and England in 
1749, peace with the Indians followed. The treaty with them was 
signed at Falmouth in October, 1749. In December following, at 
Wiscasset, in a quarrel between some whites and members of the 
Canibas tribe, one Indian was killed and two were wounded. Three 
of the miscreant whites who perpetrated this outrage, were lodged in 
the jail at Falmouth; none was ever punished. Promptly did this 
tribe, unassisted by the other Indians, renew the war and carried on 
hostilities until August, 1751, when they were persuaded to confirm 
the treaty. 

During this eventful period of seven 5^ears, when, in the summer 
months there were probabilities of attacks at any time and the foe 
continuously threatened the outskirts of the settlements, the inhabi- 
tants were in constant alarm and in terror for their lives; the family 
of Zachariah Brackett, as did other families, during this period, 
sought protection in a garrison house. He, and others of families 
who were able to bear arms, were constantly called upon for service 
to pursue some marauding band of Indians, and right fortunate they 
were if able to overtake them. 

For a period of five years there was peace with the Indians. 
When making the treaty of 1749, the colonists sought to convince 
the Indians that the French were no longer able to afford them pro- 
tection because of losses which the French had sustained during the 
war ending that 3'ear, and to persuade them to enter into an alliance 
with the English; one of the provisions of the treaty was that the 
Indians were to aid the English in the event of another war with the 
French. Such another war commenced in 1754, between France 
and England. The Indians in Maine remained quiet until 1756; 
when the time came for them to act, there was no hesitancy on their 
part in choosing their course. They took sides with the nation 
whose policy it had been, and was, to preserve them and conserve 
their interests, which considered them a people and not prey. 

During the last French and Indian war the people in Maine 
suffered little when is considered what they had undergone in former 
wars with the Indians. In 1756, there were rumors of attacks to be 
made by the Indians in small bands. The military companies of 
Falmouth under the command of Captains Ilsley, Milk and Skillings 
went in search of the Indians, but met with none. 

"The eneni}^ afterwards (1758) made an attempt upon the fort 
at Meduncook (Friendship) without being able to carry it, though 
they killed and took captive eight men. Then, so far as our knowl- 
edge extends, closed the scenes of massacre, plunder and outrage by 
the Indians during the present war and forever." Williamson's 
History of Me., Vol. II, p. 333. 


During the last French and Indian war Zachariah, Jr., was a cor- 
poral in Captain Isaac Ilsley's Back Cove company; as such his 
name appears in a list of names of persons belonging to the company, 
dated August i6, 1757. In this company James Merrill was lieuten- 
ant, Isaac Skillings, sergeant, George Walker, drummer, and Joshua 
Brackett, one of the privates on the alarm list. 

Zachariah married (intention published November 7, 1742), 
Judith Sawyer, a daughter of Isaac (see chapter 6); she was a tax 
payer in Falmouth in 1777; survived her husband many j-ears. He 
died March 14, 1776, in Falmouth. Several of his children joined in 
a deed conveying his real estate; this deed was made in June, 1784; 
the widow also signed the deed; the names of the children and such 
other information as has been secured concerning them are given. 
There were children who died prior to 1784. Issue not in order of 

1. Sarah, b. 18 Oct., 1749; d. 23 Feb., 1830; mar. 24 Nov., 1769, 
Captain Isaac Stevens, a Continental soldier, b. 17 Sept., 1748, d. 23 
Oct., 1820; lived at Stevens' Plains. Children were Sarah; Isaac; 
Molly; Zachariah B.; Nathaniel; Lucy; Josiah; William; Nabby. 

2. Joseph, b. 17 Maj-. 1758. See family 2. 

3. Abigail, living in 1787. 

4. Susannah, mar. 6 July, 1786, Merrill Sawyer. 

5. Judith, mar. Nathaniel Merrill of North Yarmouth. 

6. Rebecca, mar. Joseph Wire of Livermore Falls, Me. 

7. Josiah, b. about 1757; it is not known that he ever married. 
Served as second lieutenant in Captain Isaac Tuckerman's compan}-. 
Colonel Ebenezer Francis' regiment; marched to join regiment 8 
Aug., 1776; reported "northern department;" name also in return 
of officers in Colonel Francis' regiment at Dorchester heights, 13 
Sept., 1776. 

Served as private in Captain John Wentworth's company; name 
appears in pay abstract for travel allowance, dated at Watertown 20 
Aug., 1776; also ser\'ed in Capt. Wentworth's compan)-. Col. Aaron 
Willard's regiment; name appears in pay abstract for travel allow- 
ance from Falmouth to Bennington dated at Boston 6 Jan., 1777. 
Also served in Colonel Peter Noyes' (ist Cumberland county regi- 
ment) name appears in return of men of that regiment, list dated 20 
Nov., 1778 who enlisted for service in the Continental army for three 
years. Enlisted for the town of Falmouth, mustered by Daniel 
Insley, muster ma.ster; joined Captain Silas Burbank's compan)^, 
Colonel Sprout's regiment, also Col. Brewer's regiment; name 
appears on pay accounts for service from 14 Feb., 1777, to 31 Dec, 

1779, and from i Jan., 1780 to 24 Feb., 1780. 

Served as private in Captain Joseph Pride's company. Colonel 
Joseph Prime's (Cumberland count}-) regiment; enlisted 18 Apr., 

1780, discharged 6 Dec, 1780; served 7 months and 18 days at the 
eastward. Also was corporal in Capt. Joseph Pride's company, 
3'ear not given; reported "lame." 

Name appears in return of men enlisted into the Continental 
army during 1781 and 1782, 9th Mass. regiment; "unfit for the ser- 
vice * * * age, 24 years; stature, 5 feet 5 inches; enlisted for the 
town of Falmouth * * for three years; reported, disabled." 


This worthy man not only served in militia organizations at the 
commencement of the war but also served for a term of three j-ears 
in a Continental regiment; upon the expiration of said term he 
returned to Falmouth, at once became a member of a militia com- 
pany and was in the expedition to the eastward; joined Captain 
Pride's company, re-enlisted for the Continental service and was 
rejected because he was not physically fitted for the army. From 
the close of the war in 1783, for many years he resided in Westbrook; 
perhaps earned his living b\- days' works so long as health permit- 
ted. In 1 81 8, Congress passed an act having for its object the relief 
of old Continental soldiers who were in destitute circumstances. 
The evidence of Josiah Brackett by affidavit before Judge Albion K. 
Parris of the U. S. district court, in substance, was that he served 
for six years from 1775 to June, 1783; that his regiment in the Con- 
tinental army was the 12th regulars in the Massachusetts line, com- 
manded by Colonel Brewer; was then (April, 1818) 62 years old; 
lived in Westbrook; that he had no real estate, no personal property, 
"none except the poor clothes on my back. I have no income and 
am only able to walk by the help of two canes. -I have no family. I 
am supported by the town." 

His claim was promptly allowed; the first paj'ment was over one 
hundred dollars. Certainly, pulsations-'of gladness will thrill one on 
reading that this patriot's distress was relieved in a becoming man- 
ner and by what was truly his own; and, no keener delight will be 
felt from knowledge of a stranger long since dead having received 
his due, than one must feel upon learning that into the worthy hand 
of the gallant soldier, Josiah Brackett of Westbrook, was placed that 
which made his old heart leap for joy, as it did when the last maraud- 
ing redcoat left our shore. He died 8 Aug., 1820. 

8. Daniel. See famil}- 3. 

9. Thomas. See in account of life of Daniel. 



From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Joseph. 

Joseph Brackett was born in Falmouth, May 17, 1758; was a 
farmer in Cumberland. 

Served as private in Captain John Wentworth's company. 
Colonel Aaron Willard's regiment; name appears in pay abstract for 
travel allowance from fort Edward, where discharged, to Falmouth, 
dated January 15, 1777. 

Served as private in Captain Alexander McClellan's company, 
Colonel Jonathan Mitchell's regiment; enlisted July 7, 1779; dis- 
charged September 25, 1779; served two months and eighteen days 
on expedition against Penobscot; roll dated at Gorham. 

Served as private (sergeant) in Captain Jedediah Goodwin's 
company, Colonel Joseph Prime's regiment, under command of Brig- 
adier General Wadsworth; enlisted May 3, 1780; discharged Novem- 


ber 20, 1780; name appears on muster roll for May and June, 1780, 
dated at Falmouth; served six months and eighteen days. 

vServed as private in Captain Joseph Pride's company; name 
appears in list of men of; year not given. 

About the time of his wife's death in 1799, Joseph and most of 
his children united with the Gorham society of Shakers. His prop- 
ert}' and the farms of his wife's brothers, Thomas and Barnabas, 
formed the nucleus of the property of Gorham Shaker society; it 
removed to Poland Hill, Me., in 1819. He remained with the society 
until his death, steadfast in its faith and true to its principles and 
teachings: he died July 27, 1838, in Poland Hill, Me. In the 
record of deaths of the societ}^ is the following: — 

''One circumstance in connection with the death of Joseph 
Brackett, Sr., is worthy of record. He was often heard to say that 
he hoped to be able to work as long as he lived. When he could no 
longer perform his accustomed manual labor, he wished to retire to 
his room, lie down, and go like a bullet out of a gun, when there 
was no person present to witness the exit of life. 

True to his wish he labored diligently all day, went to his room 
between 5 and 6 o'clock, and when a young sister went to call him 
to his supper, his spirit had fled and his lifeless body was lying upon 
the bed looking calm as if just fallen to sleep." 

Married (intention published March 30, 1781), Sarah Bangs; she 
died about 1798-9, was daughter of Barnabas; he was born March 
II, 1728, in what is now Brewster, Mass.; removed to Gorham, 
served several terms of enlistment in the War of the Revolution, 
married in September, 1751, Loruhama Elwell, died January 29, 
1808, was son of Ebenezer; he was born in Brewster, baptized Feb- 
ruar}- 8, 1702, married December 18, 1726, Anna Sears (daughter of 
Paul and wife, Mere}- Freeman, son of Paul, son of Richard, the 
pilgrim), died in old age, was son of Edward; he was born in Brews- 
ter, vSeptember 30, 1665, married Ruth Allen (died June 22, 1738, 
aged sixty-eight), died May 22, 1746, was son of Captain Jonathan; 
he was born in Plymouth, Mass., in 1640, married July 16, 1664, 
]\.Iary Mayo (daughter of Captain Samuel and wife, Thomasine 
Lum])kin, son of Rev. Mr. John Ma^o of Boston), died November 9, 
1728, was son of Edward; he was born in England about 1592, 
died in 1678, came to Pl}^mouth, Mass., on ship Aiuic, which arrived 
in June, 1623, married daughter of Robert Plicks, perhaps Eydia, 
who came on the A)i7ie. Issue, not in order of birth: 

1. Jerusha, b. 19 July, 1783, in Gorham; belonged to the Shaker 
society in Poland; d. 23 Dec, 1827. 

2. Barnabas. See family 4. 

o. Benjamin, who joined the Gorham Shakers; went with the 
society to Poland and was a member of it in 1830. Subsequently 

left the Shakers; married Harriet , b. about 1821; was a cooper 

li^•ing in Denmark, Me., in 1850. Issue: 

1st. John A., b. about 1847. No further record. 

4. Comfort, who joined the Shakers in Gorham; d. 23 Feb., 1814. 

5. Isaac, b. in Cumberland, 18 May, 1786; belonged to the 
vShaker society in Alfred, where he died 9 Apr., 1819. 

(). Zachariah, b. 12 Feb., 1789. See family 5. 


7. Elisha, b. 6 May, 1797; was a child when his father united 
with the Shakers; himself became prominent, and d. in the faith; 
was for many years bishop of the Shaker societies in Maine, and for 
a longer period elder of the "family" in New Gloucester, Me.; was 
a Shaker all his life from babyhood. Record of his death in the 
New Gloucester family reads: — 

"He was stricken with paralysis 30 minutes past 9 o'clock, 
Sabbath morn, the 25th of June; died 45 minutes past 9 o'clock 
in the afternoon of the immortal 4th of July 1882; aged 85 j^ears, 
I month and 28 days. He lived 10 days and 6 hours without taking 
any food and but very little nourishing liquids during the whole 
time. 'Mark the perfect man and behold the upright for the end of 
that man is peace.' " 

A member of the Shaker family in New Gloucester in 1897, 
wrote Mr. G. A. Brackett, of Roxbury, who, she thought, was a 
descendant of a brother of Elder Joseph: — 

"You are a stranger to me but it must be that you are a very 
good man to be worthy of your lineage * * * Your grandfather's 
brother whom you inquire about, was our Elder Joseph, a man dearly 
loved by us all, one of the best men that ever lived." 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Daniel. 

Daniel Brackett was born in April, 1757, perhaps in Falmouth; 
it is certain that he was a resident of the town as early as 1776. 

The compiler confesses that he has little or no authority on 
which to base the parentage of Daniel Brackett, as here given. 
With certainty is it known who were the children of the sons of 
Zachariah, except of Zachariah, Jr. All the authority there is as to 
who were his children, are the recitations contained in a deed 
executed in 1784. The}' are accepted as conclusive proof that the 
persons who executed that deed are Zachariah, Jr.'s, children and 
their spouses. However, it cannot with certainty be inferred that 
all his children signed the deed. One who may not have signed, 
possibly conveyed his interest in the estate of Zachariah to one who 
did sign. Conveyancing in those da3's, in Maine, was not directed 
to show that all interests were conveyed by a deed quite so much as 
to convey all interests. Hence, it would not be exceptional, if, 
under the business methods of the time, in the making of the deed, 
Daniel Brackett did not sign it, he having conveyed his interest to 
one who did. 

So far as is known the sons of Zachariah were soldiers; his son 
Josiah was a Continental regular as was Daniel Brackett; the latter 
had a son Josiah. 

Nothing in addition to the foregoing can be submitted at the 
present writing to show that Daniel was a son of Zachariah, Jr. 

The census of 1790 shows living in Falmouth a Daniel Brackett 
with a son under the age of sixteen years, and five females, probabl)'- 
his wife and four daughters. 

The census of 1800 shows living in the "settlement East of 
Winslow" (Vassalboro), Kennebec county, Me., a Daniel Brackett. 


In his house were living one male, perhaps his son, Daniel, between 
the ages sixteen and twenty-six years; another male, perhaps himL 
self, past the age of fortj'-five years; a female, perhaps his wif.% 
between the ages twenty-six and forty-five 3^ears. In the same set*- 
tlement there was a Thomas Brackett living. In his house were one 
male, himself, between the ages sixteen and twenty-six years; 
another male, perhaps his son, under the age of ten 5'ears; one female, 
perhaps his wife, between the ages twenty-six and forty-five ^-ears, 
and another, perhaps his daughter, under the age of ten years. The 
census of 1810 shows residing in the plantation of Lincoln, Hancock 
county. Me., a Daniel Brackett, probably son of Daniel. In his 
house were one male, perhaps himself between the ages twenty-six 
and forty-five 3'ears; two males, perhaps his sons, under the age of 
ten 3'ears; one female, perhaps his wife, between the ages of twent3'- 
six and fort3'-five 3^ears, and another, perhaps his daughter, under 
the age of ten 3'ears. 

The family of Daniel Brackett, Jr., in 18 10, consisted of two 
.sons and one daughter who were born prior to that year; hence, it is 
thought that the Daniel Brackett who, in 1810, lived in Lincoln plan- 
tation was Daniel, Jr. The Daniel Brackett who, in 1800, lived in 
Kennebec count3^ probably was Daniel, Sr. In his famil3' at the 
time were no daughters. The Daniel Brackett who resided in Fal- 
mouth in 1790, had four daughters, all of whom, if he were our 
Daniel, would hardly have been married prior to 1800; the3' ma3' 
have died. But it is not thought that said Daniel with the daugh- 
ters, was our Daniel; he perhaps was the Daniel, son of Joshua, son 
of Zachariah, Sr. Quer3': When, in 1784, the deed was executed, 
was our Daniel living at a distance from Falmouth and, hence, did 
not sign? 

The Thomas Brackett who, in 1800, lived in the settlement east 
of Winslow where then lived Daniel, Sr., perhaps was a near relative 
of the latter, if not his brother; in 181 8, Daniel, Sr., and a Thomas 
Brackett lived in the town of Avon, Ontario count3^ N. Y. If he 
were a brother of Daniel he was too 3-oung to sign the deed in 1784. 

It has not been learned with certaint3^ in what year Daniel 
Brackett removed to New York, but it was probabl3' in the year 
1 815, when Daniel, Jr., removed there. 

As has been mentioned, Daniel Brackett, Sr., was a Continental 
soldier. Under date of June 4, 1818, he executed his declaration for 
pension before Stephen Phelps, judge of the count3' court of common 
pleas of Ontario count3\ He set forth that he was then sixt3'-two 
3'^ears old and a resident of Avon, Ontario count3', N. Y.; enlisted in 
April, 1777, i^i Falmouth, Me., in Nicholas Blaisdell's compan3-. 
Colonel Wigglesworth's regiment of the Massachusetts line; was dis- 
charged in March or April, 1780, at Highlands, N. Y.; was at cap- 
ture of Burg03'ne and in the battle of Monmouth; that he was in 
reduced circumstances. 

Also at same time and place Thomas Brackett of Avon, N. Y.. 
testified that he was well acquainted "with Daniel Brackett now a 
resident of Avon" and that deponent "well recollected that Daniel 
Brackett served in the Revolutionar3'- war for the term of three 3'ears 
and recollects of hearing his discharge read on his return from the 


In a supplemental statement made by Daniel Brackett, Sr., 
November 8, 1820, in Cattaraugus county, he set forth that he would 
t?e sixty-three 3^ears old the following April; was a resident of 
Orleans county; that he had a claim of $52 against his son Daniel, 
Jr., for cash advanced to him; that he was formerl}^ a farmer but had 
no trade at present; totally deaf in one ear and "thick of hearing" 
in the other, due to small pox; no family; "make my home at pres- 
ent at William Thomsons in Orleans." 

The records of the War Department show that Daniel Brackett 
of Falmouth (also described as of Rajaiiond and Raymondtown) 
enlisted January 29, 1777; name appears in return of men enlisted 
into Continental army from Capt. Joseph Dingley's compau}', Colonel 
Timothy Pike's (Fourth Cumberland county) regiment, dated Octo- 
ber 29, 1778; enlisted for town of Raymond; joined Capt. Nicholas 
Blaisdale's company, Col. Edward Wigglesworth's regiment; also 
private in Capt. Smart's company, Col. Calvin Smith's (late Wig- 
glesworth's) regiment; transferred to Capt. Daniel Pillsbury's (light 
infantry) company, Col. Wigglesworth's regiment. Enlisted for 
three years. Name appears on Continental army pay accounts for 
service from January 29, 1777 to December 31, 1779; on muster 
return dated Camp Valley Forge, February 5, 1778; on muster roll 
for May, 1778, dated at Camp Valley -Forge, "reported on fatigue 
duty;" on muster roll for June, 1778, dated at Camp Greeage, 
"reported sick in flying camp;" on muster roll for March and April, 
1779, dated Providence, R. I.; on pa}' roll for October, 1778, sworn to 
at Providence. Mu.stered by Major Inslow, muster master. 

It is not known who was the wife of Daniel Brackett, Sr. Issue:. 
1. Daniel, b. 14 Mar., 1784. See family 6. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Joseph, Barnabas. 

Barnabas Brackett was born about 1790, in Gorham, Me., died 
in 1872; in his younger days was a Shaker; married Polly Howard, a 
sister of Judge Joseph Howard of Portland; resided in Denmark, 
Oxford county; was a lumberman and a man of considerable property. 

1. Frances Jane, mar. Albion Keith Parris Grant, b. in Sept., 1822; 
was his second wife; she mar. (2nd) Hamlin. Issue: 

1st. Mary H. Grant, b. about 1849; mar. Hewitt Chandler; 
home, in Rock, Mass. 

2. Mary Reed, d. at the age of 44 years in San Francisco; mar. 
James H. Deering. 

3. Henry Wallace, d. at the age of 18 years. 

4. Austin, d. in infancy. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Joseph, Zachariah B. 

Zachariah Bangs Brackett was born February 12, 1789, in 
Cumberland, Me.; resided in Westbrook; was a contractor and build- 
er, merchant and dealer in real estate; was an active, energetic busi- 
ness man, full of enterprise and venture; bought and sold farms ex- 
tensively; died October 6, 1840. Married Abigail Read, born 
December 25, 1789, died January 30, 1847, daughter of Jonathan and 
wife, Dorothy Blake. Issue, all born in Westbrook: 

1. Enieline, b. 19 Feb., 1810; d. 20 Feb., 1810. 

2. Sarah, b. 7 Mar., 1811; d. 2 Apr., 1811. 

3. Leonard, b. 2 May, 1814; mar. Martha Low; d. 16 Dec, 1834. 
Widow married Albert Harding and moved West. 

4. Ona C, b. 16 Feb., 1817. See family 7. 

5. Sewall, b. 9 Feb., 1819. See family 8. 

0. William Tyng Smith, b. 2 Aug., 1824; mar. 23 Feb., 1857, 
Nancy Mahew of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard; was a physician, a 
graduate of Harvard Medical school; practiced at Edgartown and at 
Olneyville, R. I.; was in Westbrook in 1850; died at Olneyville, 
17 Oct., 1862. His widow d. in Edgartown in July, 1-87 1. Issue: 

1st. Annie Leonard, b. 10 Feb., 1858; d. 22 Oct., 1858. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Daniel, Daniel. 
Daniel Brackett was born March 14, 1784, in Falmouth, Me. 
The date of his birth is taken from a Bible record. He was an only 
son, if not an only child. Perhaps lived for a time (1800) in his 
youth in settlement east of Winslow (perhaps Vassalboro) in Kenne- 
bec county; after marriage (1810) lesided in plantation of Lincoln in 
Hancock county; removed to Orleans county. New York; was there 
in 1819; settled on land in the town of Clarendon. A Christian min- 
ister; gave land for the church site and was one of the prime movers 
in the erection of the church building. Died in 1865. Married June 
5, 1804, Lydia Whitney, born August 17, 1784, died in 1871, daugh- 
ter of Rev. Elias Whitney. Issue: 

1. Levi, b. 10 Mar., 1805. See family 9. 

2. Reuben C, b. 2 Dec, 1806. See family 10. 

3. Mary, b. 28 Jan., 1809; d. in infancy (?). 

4. Daniel, b. 12 Nov., 1810; d. young, unmarried. 

5. Joanna, b. 25 Feb., 1813; died in infancy. 

6. John, b. 2 May, 1815. See family 11. 

7. Rufus, b. 15 May, 1817. See family 12. 

8. Josiah, b. 13 Sept., 1826. See family 13. 

9. Lydia, b. 4 Mar., 1830; mar. Edwin Mitchell. Issue: Dan- 
iel; Alonzo; Melissa; Louisa; Helen. 

10. Polly, b. in 1809 (perhaps was same as Mary, No. 3 above); d. 
24 Oct., 1883; mar. about 1825, John Hogle, b. in 1804; d. in 1888, 
son of Elisha, was a farmer. Issue: 

1st. EUsha, who mar. Emeline Clark; resides in Stewart, 
Minn. Issue: John C; Byron; Merton; Dora; and another. 


2nd. Lydia H., mar. Asher J. Barrett; is deceased; son A. G. 
Barrett, resides in Blackwell, Oklahoma. 

3d. Samantha H., b. about 1835; d. about 1845. 

4th. Blias H., mar. Emeline Coley; is dec. Issue: Fred; 
Francis; Alta. Widow resides in Versailles, N. Y. 

5th. Adelaide H.; mar. Oliver Fullington; home, in Warsaw, 
N. Y. No issue. 

6th. Susannah H., b. 27 June, 1847; single; d. 16 Mar., 1891. 

7th. John Brackett, b. 18 Mar., 1853; mar. 5 May, 1893, Grace 
B. Hall; resides in Hume, New York. 



From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Joseph, Zachariah B., Ona C. 
Ona Carpenter Brackett was born February 16, 18 17; married 
Ellen D. Low, born in 1820, sister of Martha; he was a tin-plate 
worker, resided in Westbrook in 1850; went to Pennsylvania, thence 
to Illinois, where he died July 15, 1852. - Issue: 

1. Charles Dingley, b. about 1845; was drowned when a young 

2. Leonard, b. about 1848; no further record. 

3. Ida, b. in Dec, 1849. 

4. Ellen (not sure of name). 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Joseph, Zachariah B., Sewall. 
Sewall Brackett was born February 9, 18 19; married September 
10, 1843, Melinda Cobb, daughter of Enoch and wife, Betsey Brackett, 
see page 186; was a worker in tin-plate; lived in Westbrook; died 
April 21, 1880. Issue: 

1. Abbie Elizabeth, b. 15 July, 1844; mar. 13 Jan., 1870, George 
Stackpole, son of Charles A. and wife, Mary Merrill; home, on Brack- 
ett St., Westbrook. Issue: 

1st. Alice D., b. 19 July, 1871, in Gorham, Me. 
2nd. Abbie L., b. 25 Apr., 1873, in Westbrook. 

2. Marietta Smith, b. 19 July, 1846; mar. (ist) 21 Dec, 1867, 
Charles A. Stackpole, brother of George; mar. (2nd) 8 June, 1876, 
[>eorge H. Raymond, son of Jonas and wife, Mary. Issue by first 

1st. Lucy R., who d. in infancy. 
2nd. Mary Read. 
Issue by 2nd husband: 

3d. Fannie Boothby, b. 15 July, 1878. 

4th. Marion M., b. 7 Nov., 1883; d. 10 Sept., 1884. 

3. Ellen Louise, b. 9 Dec, 1854; mar. in Sept., 1883, Frank J. 
Dana, son of Luther, of Portland; d. 24 Aug., 1894. Issue: 

1st. Marion Pickford, b. 27 Jan., 1887. 

4. John Sewall, b. 8 Nov., 1859; d. 18 Sept., i860. 



From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Daniel, Daniel, L,evi. 

Levi Brackett was born March lo, 1805, in Portland, Me.; was 
reared in Orleans county, N. Y.; was a farmer in New York; died 
about 1842; married Lucina Ritter, born about 1806, died in 1882. 

1. Nathaniel, is dec; mar. Laura Mitchell, who is dec; lived in 
Clarendon, N. Y.; had three children, the oldest a son. Welcome: 
there was another son who lived and died on his father's farm. 

2. Abigail, mar. Otis Coy; (2nd) Joseph Doubleday; she is dec: 
had children, Alonzo; dau. Lucina, and another. 

3. Daniel, is dec; mar. in Gaines, Mich., Mary Jane Rusco; no 

4. Levi, b. i Mar., 1833. See family 14. 

5. Solon, b. 28 Sept., 1837. See family 15. 


From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Daniel, Daniel, Reuben C. 

Reuben C. Brackett was born December 2, 1806, in Portland, 
Me.; was reared in Orleans county, N. Y.; a farmer in Niagara 
county, N. Y.; died February 2, 1888; married Lovina Weaver, who 
died in September, 1848, daughter of Russel Weaver and wife, Lydia 
Cowell, of Niagara, N. Y. Issue: 

1. Emogene, b. 9 Nov., 1840, in Murra)^ Orleans county, N. Y.; 
mar. 8 Feb., 1868, Henry L- Rhodes, a farmer in Monroe county, 
Wisconsin, b. 7 July, 1834, son of Charles and wife, Sally Smith, of 
Genesee county, N. Y.; home, in Sparta, Wis. Issue: 

1st. Harry C, b. 12 Dec, 1868; resides in Sparta, Wis. 
2nd: Arthur L., b. 26 Jan., 1870; resides in Wonewoc, Wis. 
3d. Eva I., b. 22 Dec, 1871; mar. i Aug., 1900, Edwin J. 
Freeman; resides in Minneapolis, at 1006, 21 Ave., S. E. 

4th. Lula M., b. 4 Apr., 1880; mar. 19 Sept., 1900, Edward 
Allendorf; resides in Sparta. Issue: 

I. Spencer Brackett, b. 

2. Fairmina, b. 2 Dec, 1846, in Clarendon, N. Y.; mar. 25 Dec, 
1866, Henry A. Carr, a farmer in Murray, N. Y., b. 7 July, 1846, 
son of Henry N. and wife, Mary M. Olmstead, of Royalton, Niagara 
county, N. Y. Issue: 

1st. Herbert L., b. 29 Jan., 1868; resides in Holley, N. Y. 

2nd. Floyd L., b. 16 June, 1875; mar. 3 Mar., 1896, Sadie 
Cook; resides in Holley, N. Y. Issue: 

I. Clayton C, b. . 

3. Orson C, b. 20 Apr., 1848; mar, Emma Rafter; resides in 
Sumner, Iowa. 



From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Daniel, Daniel, John. 

John Brackett was born May 2, 1815, in vSvveden, Monroe county, 
N. Y.; a farmer in Niagara count^^ later in Clarendon, Orleans 
county, N. Y.; about 1864, engaged in hardware trade in HoUey, N. 
Y., which he conducted several years; in 1890, he returned to Clar- 
endon, where he died August 3, 1893. Married March 6, 1839, 
Lucinda Burnham, born February 18, 1817, died February 24, 1895, 
dau. of William and wife, Phebe Sprague, of Holley, N. Y. Issue: 

1. Martin E., b. 13 Apr., 1842, in Clarendon, N. Y., where he 
practiced his profession of medicine; a graduate of Buffalo Medical 
college; d. 3 Jan.. 1904; mar. (ist) in 1867, Elmira Ranne5^ who d. 
13 Dec, 1872; mar. (2nd) 12 Dec, 1889, Mary Goodnow. No issue. 

2. William A., b. 24 Feb., 1845. See family 16. 

3. Charlotte C, b. 30 Mar.. 1848; d. 30 vSept., 1854. 

4. Ella E., b. 29 May, 1852; mar. Ford\^ce Stearns; d. 15 Aug., 
1885. Issue: 

1st. Marion C. 

5. Elmer J., b. 3 Feb., i860; d. 23 Dec. 1878. 


From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony. Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Daniel, Daniel, Rufus. 
Rufus Brackett was born May 15, 1817; a farmer in Royalton, 
Niagara county, N. Y.; married Brittana Orr; is deceased. Issue: 

1. Josephine A., b. 27 June, 1850, in Royalton, N. Y.; mar. 
John Eayton Sheldon, a farmer in Middleport, Niagara county, b. 22 
Feb., 1846, son of Joseph; he was b. in 1818, mar. Sophia Eayton, 
lived in Middleport, was son of Elijah; he was b. 1793, mar. Clarissa 
Alvord, lived in Royalton, N. Y., was son of Elijah; he was b. 1762, 
mar. Sally Sheldon, was son of Elijah; he was b. 1738, mar. Rachel 
Hanchet, was son of Elijah; he was b. 1719, mar. Sarah King, was 
son of Jonathan; he was b. 16S7, mar. Alary Southwell, was son of 
Isaac; he was b. in 1629 in Windsor, Conn., mar. (2nd) Mrs. Mehet 
Ensign; he was son of Isaac, the immigrant, b. in 1605, was in Dor- 
chester, Mass., in 1634. Issue: 

1st. John Eayton, b. 19 Aug., 1874; an attorney at law in 
Eockport, N. Y.; mar. 14 Sept., 1904, Irma M. Pixley. 

2nd. George R., b. 2 Feb., 1876; mar. 8 June, 1904, Janet M. 
Smith; home, in Middleport, N. Y. 

3d. Flora M., b. 27 Aug., 1884. 

2. Eydia, mar. Dr. George P. Richardson; home, in Middleport. 

3. George, mar. Ella Huntley; home, in Royalton. 

4. Joanna, mar. James Bowles; home, in Royalton. 


From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthon5^ Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Daniel, Daniel, Josiah. 
Josiah Brackett was born September 13, 1826, in Clarendon, 
Orleans county, N. Y.; a farmer in Newstead, Erie county, N. Y.; 


died January 3, 1879; married November 12, 1848, LydiaC. Stevens, 
born August 26. 1826, died May 22, 1898, daughter of Harry C. and 
wife, Charlotte Owen, of Newstead, N. Y. Issue: 

1. lycvi Eugene, b. 28 June, 1850; d. 9 June, 1853. 

2. Charlotte Evangeline, b. i Oct., 1854, in Newstead; mar. 16 
Feb., 1874, Nicholas Corbett, b. 16 Mar., 1852, son of Daniel and 
wife, Nancy Wycoff; is a farmer in Newstead. Issue: 

1st. Eula J., b. 9 Feb., 1877. 
2nd. Eugene E. b., 31 Jan., 1879. 

3. Alva L., b. 13 Sept., 1859; mar. Nellie M. Brat; resides in 
Akron, Erie county, N. Y. Issue: 

1st. Leah C, b. 3 Aug., 1884. 
2nd. Wayne Daniel, b. 2 Feb., 1888. 
8d. Goldia Sarah, b. 8 Oct., 1892. 
4th. Richard Lyon, b. 10 Sept., 1896. 
5th. Ruth Leona, twin with Richard. 

4. Orris Harr}^, b. 17 Nov., 1861; mar. Ella C. Pardee; home, in 
Akron, N. Y. Issue: 

1st. Ethel May, b. 19 Mar., 1890. 
2d. Bessie Luella, b. 17 Aug., 1891. 
3d. Anna Viola, b. 25 Apr., 1894. 




From Family No. 9. Descent: Anthony, Anthonj-, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Daniel, Daniel, Eevi, Levi. 

Levi Brackett was born March i, 1833, in Clarendon, N. Y.; is 
a carpenter and joiner in Ewing, Nebraska; removed to Flint, Mich., 
in 1848; to Columbus city. Iowa, in 1856; to Oakdale, Neb., in 1882; 
to Ewing, Neb., in 1887. Married March 2, 1856, Mary A. Rail, 
born September 11, 1837, died in 1888, daughter of Jacob W. and 
wife, Catherine, of Flint, Mich. Issue: 

1. George Edwin, b. in 1859; mar. in Oct., 1884, Martha Aring- 
ton; home, in Davenport, Iowa. Issue: 

1st. Glen, b. in 1885. 
2nd. Guy, b. in i88y. 

2. Mary Castilla, b. in 1864; mar. in 1881, Selah K. Hobbie; 
home, in Wynne Wood, Okla. Issue: 

1st. Frank, b. in Mar., 1882. 
2nd. Myrta, b. in 1884. 
3d. Gene. 

3. Katherine Florence, b. in 1866; mar. in 1886, Montague D. 
Wheeler; home, in Norfolk, Neb. Issue: 

1st. Jennie, b. in 1887. 
2nd. Merle, b. in 1889. 

4. Belle Eliza, b. in 1869; mar. 26 Jan., 1889, Ira C. Reno; home, 
in Oakdale, Neb. 

5. Alfred Jacob, b. in 1873; mar. 24 Jan., 1900, Emma Hartung, 
home, in Fontanelle, Neb. Issue: 

1st. Irene, b. 19 Apr., 1902. 



2nd. Ruth. 
3d. Gertrude. 

6. Sherman E., b. in 1875. See family 17. 

7. Levi Eugene, b. in 1882; mar. in Aug., 1902, Belle Brandon; 
home, in Wahoo, Neb. Issue: 

1st. Claude, b. 18 June, 1903. 
2nd. Edna, b. 4 Feb., 1905. 


From Family No. 9. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah. Daniel, Daniel, Levi, Solon F. 

Solon F. Brackett, a farmer in Lennon, Shiawassee county, 
Mich., was born September 28, 1837, in Clarendon, Orleans county, 
New York; removed to Michigan when about twelve years old, where 
he has .since resided in Shiawassee and Genesee^ counties. Married 
March 2, 1856, Mary Shatto. born October 24," 1837, daughter of 
John and wife, Magdalena Ohl, of Michigan. Issue: 

1. Emma R., b. 8 June. 1857; d. 18 July, 1862. 

2. George L., b. 14 Mar., i860; mar. 10 Aug., 1878, Clara Pace; 
resides at 461S Lester St., Cleveland, Ohio. Has dau. who mar. 
Paul Langman, whose children are Ivan and Lynne Langman. 

3. Frank S., b. i July, 1868; mar. 20 Feb., 1890, May Herington; 
home, in Waterloo, Ont. Issue: 

1st. George Elliott. 
2nd. Lottie. 

, FAMILY NO. 16. 

From Family No. 11. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Zachariah, Daniel, Daniel, John, William A. 

William A. Brackett was born February 24, 1845, in Clarendon, 
N. Y.; a tinsmith and plumber; since 1905, a groceryman; resided 
in Akron and Murray, N. Y.; Central City. Neb.; Flint, Gobleville 
and Grand Rapids, Mich., in the order named; married (ist) March 
8, 1S69, Delia A. Snow, born in 1847, died November 17, 1880, 
daughter of Minos Snow; (2nd) January i, 1884, Anna C. Warren, 
born January 17, 1846, daughter of Jonathan and wife, Naomi War- 
ren. Issue: 

1. Zadah, b. 2 Jan., 1870; mar. i Jan., 1889, Hugh Moyer; d. 
5 July, 1900. Issue: 

1st. Carl. 

2. Bell M., b. 13 June, 1873; resides in East Kendall, N. Y. 

3. Edna M., b. 10 Aug., 1875; mar. in 1892, William Beauer; 
resides in Lockport, N. Y. Issue: 

1st. Rachel. 
2nd. Dayton. 




From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 1 
Zachariah, Daniel, Daniel, Levi, Levi, Sherman E. 

Sherman Edgar Brackett, a machinist and dealer in sporting 
goods, of Seattle, Washington, was born in 1875, at Columbus 
junction, Iowa; with his father removed to Norfolk, Neb., and 
thence he went to Seattle. Married April 12, 1899, Maude Ellis,' 
born January 24, 1878. daughter of Frank and wife, Mary Hall, of 
Oberlin, Ohio. Issue: 

1. Lawrence Ellis, b. 8 Aug., 1904, in Seattle, Wash. 






From Chapter 6. Descent: Anthonj^ Anthony, Zachariah, Joshua. 

Joshua Brackett was born June 7, 1723, in Falmouth. At the 
time, the Three Years or Lovewell's war was going on, and the 
reason when his birth occurred, was that in which attacks by the 
Indians on the settlements, were most liable to be. made. For secur- 
ity from these attacks the family was dwelling in some garrison 
house on the Neck, when it was increased by the advent of young 
Joshua. Born in the midst of warfare, J;his person was destined to 
take an active part in every subsequent war with one exception, in 
which the people of Maine became engaged, during his long, eventful 
life of ninety-three years. The first mention of an event concerning 
him contained in any published document, is of the fact shown by 
the record of the First church in Falmouth, that on April 11, 1742, 
he was admitted into full communion with that church. Also dur- 
ing that year was admitted into full communion with this church, 
a young lady, a Miss Esther Cox. She was a daughter of John Cox 
who lived on the Neck near Robison's wharf. He was the first of 
the name in Falmouth, by occupation a mariner, and, probably, 
because of his exploits during Lovewell's war, had earned for himself 
the distinction of being called the "Old Ranger;" was admitted in 
1727, an inhabitant of the town and lost his life in May, 1747, in the 
defense of a fort at Pemaquid, which was taken by the Indians. 
Cox and fifteen others were the garrison; all were killed, wounded 
or captured. He owned a tract of land on the Presumpscot river, not 
far from Riverton Park, a part of which is still owned and occupied 
by his descendants through his daughter Esther. The intention to 
marry of this daughter and Joshua Brackett, was published Decem- 
ber 9, 1744. Within a few weeks after their marriage, he left with 
his compan}' for the siege of Eouisburg. That fortress surrendered 
on June 17, 1745. The organization in which he served was Captain 
Humphrey Cobb's company, Colonel Samuel Waldo's regiment. 
The character and duration of the service he rendered during this 
war with the French and Indians from 1744 to 1748, or King George's 
war, is shown by the petition of the survivors of his companj-, to the 
general court for a grant of land. Therein it is set forth that the 
petitioners were on the expedition against Louisburg, "not only until, 
but for some considerable time after, the reduction of the place, for 
its defense," and until relieved by "His majasties troops from Gib- 
ralter;" in all about sixteen months from leaving their homes; "the 
fatigue of which service your Excellency and Honors are well known 


to"; that they were "put out of their usual way of business," aud 
this proved very detrimental to them; that manj- "have no lands nor 
wherewith for purchase." 

Their petition met with approval. The land allotted to them is 
now a part of the present town of Standish, Me. Many of the peti- 
tioners settled on the grant. Joshua Brackett, however, lived con- 
tinuously in Falmouth. About the beginning of the last French and 
Indian war, he lived on what was known as the Bramhall farm. In 
an affidavit made by him, dated October 13, 18 10, he stated his age 
to be eightj'-seven years; that he was well acquainted with said farm, 
which in 1756, he hired for three j-ears and paid to Bramhall thirty 
pounds old tenor and kept twenty sheep for him; that he lived in 
a house on the farm "until I was obliged to go into the army which 
I did at that time; mj^ family continued there some time after I was 
gone, and paid Bramhall;" that the house was built when he was 
about ten 3^ears old, and "on what was called Bramhall's point where 
there were some apple trees." 

The purpose of this affidavit evidently was to show title to the 
land in question, in some person claiming title under Bramhall. 
There is little reason to doubt that Joshua was away from his home 
in the army for many months. He was a private in Captain James 
Milk's Falmouth Neck company'; his name is contained in a list of 
those who belonged to it, dated Ma}- 10, 1757. Also his name is 
in a list of Captain Isaac Ilsley's Back Cove company, dated August 
16, 1757. From the contents of his aiSidavit it is clear that his ser- 
vice during the last war with the French and Indians, did not consist 
in belonging to a local military company which remained in Fal- 
mouth; he refers therein to a period when he was absent from his 
home in the army; he was with some military expedition for which 
Falmouth was required to furnish her quota, and his stay was for 
a longer period than a 3'ear. When the War of the Revolution com- 
menced, this seasoned veteran of two long wars, was in the fifty-sec- 
ond year of his age. There was a demand for the services of men of 
his experience for officers. He was commissioned second lieutenant 
in Captain Joshua Wentworth's company. Colonel Ebenezer Francis' 
regiment. His name appears in pay abstract for travel allowance, 
dated at Watertown, Mass., August, 1776; also in return of men at 
Dorchester heights in Northern department, 3'ear not given, but roll 
indorsed "reported by Brig Whitcomb August 23, 1776." Record 
shows he was credited to Cumberland count}^ Later in the war 
opportunity presented itself for him to serve in a military expedition 
fitted out near his home, viz., the one known as the expedition 
against the Penobscot. To serve therein he enlisted as a private in 
Captain William Cobb's company, Cumberland county regiment, 
July 8, 1779, and was discharged September 25, 1779, at Falmouth; 
was with the detachment under Colonel Jonathan Mitchell. Is 
described in the records as "Joshua Brackit of Presumpscot." There 
was no Joshua Brackett, other than he and his son Joshua, living on 
the Presumpscot at the time, and his son Joshua was not on this 

His name, with those of three of his brothers (all of his brothers 
except Abraham), is found in a list of tax paj-ers of the year 1760, in 
Falmouth; the same names are contained in a list of the names of 



persons who paid tax in 1765, in support of a Congregational church 
in Stroudwater parish. Also his name and the names of four of his 
sons, are found in a list of tax payers in Falmouth, in the year 1777. 
It was probably about the close of the last French and Indian 
war, that Joshua took up his abode on the Presumpscot river, on 
a tract of land that was the property of his father-in-law, John Cox; 
there he resided the remainder of his days. Ivet us hope that happi- 
ness was his lot, and that of this world's goods he had sufficient to 
meet his simple wants. He lived to hear the news of Old Hickory's 
victory at New Orleans; and glorious news it was to this old veteran. 
On the occasion of his first visit to Portland after hearing of this 
triumph of our arms, it is safe to venture that it was well known that 
Lieutenant Joshua Brackett was in town, by those people living in 
Portland who would have rejoiced had the Americans been worsted 
in the battle. He died at his home in the year 18 16. Issue: 

1. Daniel, b. in 1745. See family 2. 

2. Mercy, bapt. in 1747, in First church in Falmouth; mar. 7 
Jan., 1768, Benjamin Lunt, b. 15 Aug., 1747, d. in Jan., 1822, son of 
James; he was son of 2d Henry who was b. 23 Xune, 1698, m New- 
bury, Mass., and wife Hannah, dau. of Joseph Noyes. Issue were 
fifteen children of whom fourteen lived to marry; among others 

were — ' , . ,■ r x 

Mary, b. 19 May, 1779; mar. James Brackett (see div. 3, iam. 2). 
Mercy, b. 26 Aug., 1795; mar. Zachariah Brackett (seefam. 9). 

3. Anthony, b. in 1749. See family 4. 

4. Tabitha, mar. William Toby. 
6. James, b. 20 Apr., 1752. See family -3-. 

6. Abraham. See family 5. 

7. Samuel, probably b. about 1756; enlisted 15 July, 1775, m 
Captain Samuel Knight's company, served six months and one day; 
stationed at Falmouth. Also enlisted in Captain William Crocker's 
company, Cumberland county regiment, served from i Mar., 1776, 
to 31 Aug., 1776; stationed at Falmouth. Also enlisted m Captain 
William Crocker's company. Colonel Mitchell's regiment and served 
from 31 Aug., 1776, to 23 Nov., 1776, date of discharge, 2 months 
and 23 days; stationed at Falmouth. Also enlisted m Captain Clark s 
company, Colonel Tupper's regiment. Name shown on Continental 
army pay accounts for service from i Jan., 1777, to 30 June, 1778; 
enrolled for three years. Reported, died 30 June, 1778. It is not 
known that he was ever married. 

8. Joshua, b. 31 July, 1762. See family 6. 

9. Joseph; he lived in Westbrook and died unmarried. 

From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Daniel. 
Daniel Brackett was born and raised in Falmouth. The records 
of the First Parish church of Falmouth show that in 1745, was bap- 
tized a child of "Joshua and wife Elizabeth Brackett," as the printed 
copies of the record read. One might well mistake Esther for Eliza- 
beth (which former name was that of the wife of Joshua), when read- 
ing the writing of the pastor at the time, which is most difficult to 


decipher. The name of the child is not contained in the record. It 
is but a guess that the name of the child was Daniel. It is not 
known with certainty- as to the number of children of whom Joshua 
Brackett and his wife Esther were the parents. Mr. Willis wrote 
that they had a large family. There is extant a record of some of 
his children; it is not supposed to be complete. We know of no 
family of which the subject of this sketch could have been a member 
other than the family of Joshua Brackett, among whose soldier sons 
he is worthy to be numbered. 

Daniel Brackett enlisted February i6, 1776, in Captain Benja- 
min Hooper's company, serA-ed to August 31, 1776; stationed at 
Falmouth. It was perhaps he who married Februar)^ 4, 1777, Sarah 

It is much regretted that so little has come down to us concern- 
ing this Daniel Brackett. It was b}? the mere chance of a letter writ- 
ten by one of his grandsons to a party in Maine, making inquiry 
about the Portland property-matter, that communication was secured 
with any of his descendants. He lived and died about five miles 
from Portland in the direction of Westbrook from that city. Issue, 
not in order of birth: 

1. Hannah, who mar. Nathaniel Proctor. 

2. Jane; no further record. 

3. Mary, who mar. Bond; had two sons, one named Edwin; he 
served in the civil war and lived in Portland; both sons were copper- 

4. Cox; no further record. 

5. Daniel, b. in 1792. See famil}^ 7. 

6. James, who died in the town of West Indies, Penobscot county, 

7. Elijah, who was married. 

8. Davenport, who lived in Westbrook at an early day of the 
town; was there in 1828. 


From Famil}^ No. i. Descent: Anthonj', Anthon}^ Zachariah, 
Joshua, Anthony. 

Anthony Brackett was born in 1749, on his father's farm border- 
ing on the Presumpscot river. On this farm he lived until his death 
about 1821; it is still owned and occupied by his descendants. His 
wife's maiden name was Mary Coffey. 

Served in Captain Joseph Pride's companj'; enlisted October 11, 
1779; discharged October 23, 1779; "served at the Eastward" in 
detachment of Cumberland countj^ militia under command of Na- 
thaniel Jordan. Also probably served as private in Captain Tobias 
Lord's company, from April 15, 1776, to November 25, 1776, at 
Falmouth. Issue, not in order of birth: 

1. James, b. 2 Oct., 1775. See familj^ 8. 

2. Ephraim, who never married. 

3. Samuel. The nearest living relatives of this man do not know 
anything about him, do not know whether or not he was married. It 
is conjectured that his children were Joshua who was drowned in 
Saco river; one daughter, and another son, Jeremiah, born about 


1S05, who married Sarah Tibbetts and died at about the age of thirty- 
seven years. Jeremiah had children, Charles H.; Sarah Jane; Ira 
T.; Mary Ann; and Almon D. All are dead except Ira T. He 
wrote — "All I can tell you is that my family were Westbrook 
Bracketts. * * * we knew nothing about the Bracketts because we 
lived among my mother's people (upon the death of the father); my 
wife says that my mother said that my grandfather's name was 
Samuel. I know he had a brother Zachariah." 

There was no family around Westbrook with sons Zachariah and 
Samuel, other than that of Anthony Brackett. 

Ira A. Brackett was born about 1838; married 29 June, 1856; is 
a house-painter; has had six children, all of whom are dead except 
son Ira T., who is an overseer in the paper mills of S. D. Warren 
& Co., of Cumberland Mills, Me.; his family consists of one boy and 
two girls. 

Almon D. Brackett, brother of Ira T., was born 22 Sept., 1837, 
in lyimerick, Me.; d. 14 Apr. ,1895; was a carriage-dealer; resided in 
Somerville; mar. 2 Aug., 1857, Sarah E. Wallis, b. 11 Nov., 1838, 
dau. of Aaron and wife, Betsey Barrett, of Ipswi-ch, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Sadie M., b. 13 Nov., 1858. 

2nd. Charles H., b. 22 Sept., 1864; d. 14 June, 1901. 

3d. Ira Almon, b. 22 Mar., 1865, in Limerick, Me.; is a dealer 
in carriages; resides in Somerville, Mass.; mar. 24 Nov., 1898, 
Katherine E. McCabe, b. 22 Oct., 1866, dau. of Martin and wife, 
Mary Ryan, of Winchendou, Mass. Issue: 
I. Martin R., b. 4 June, 1900. 

4th. Elizabeth, b. 13 Mar., 1866. 

5th. Harry E., b. 25 Dec, 1880. 

4. Mar}', mar. 13 Apr., 1806, Orlando Hines. 

5. Hannah, mar. i Aug., 1802, Enoch Moody. 

6. Dorcas, mar. Wilbur. 

7. Zachariah, b. 12 Feb., 1789. See family 9. 

8. Tabitha, b. in 1795; d. 15 Oct., 1878; mar. 29 Nov., 1815, 
Robert McFarland, b. in 1782, d. 19 Aug., 1819; mar. (2nd) Knight. 

1st. Ephraim Wilbur McFarland, b. 9 Jan., 1819; d. 8 July, 
1893; mar. 24 Dec, 1847, Hannah Maria Hodgkins. Issue: 

I. Robert E.,b. 22 June, 1850; d. 19 Sept., 1875; mar. Jannie 
Kimball; had dau., Nellie F., who d. 6 Oct., 1884. 

II. Eaura A., b. 16 Sept., 1852; mar. William F. Hatch. 

III. Ephraim A., b. i Feb., 1857; mar. Mary I. McGeouch. 
Children, Maria M.; Alfred W.; Clara B.; Ephraim A.; Grace M.; 
Alice M.; Robert E.; Eaura; Hannah G.; Albert F. 

2nd. Margaret, mar. Joseph York; dau. Mary mar. Noyes. 
3d. Harriet, mar. Joseph Colley. 


From Famil}' No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, James. 

James Brackett was born 20 Apr., 1752, in that part of Fal- 
mouth now a part of Westbrook; was commonlj^ known as "Uncle 
Jimmy." He owned a farm on the banks of the Presumpscot river, 


adjoining the farm of his brother Anthony; lived all his life from 
the close of the Revolutionary war, in the vicinity of Westbrook, 
except for nine years when he lived in Limington. It is probable 
that he was twice married. His second marriage was on March 17, 
1785, with Jenny Mosher Akers (see chapter VI). The records of 
the town of Gorham read, that the intention to marry of Thomas 
Brackett and Jenny Akers was published March 20, 1784; there is an 
error, as said records also show that Jennj^ Akers and James Brackett 
of Falmouth were married on the date stated above. At the time 
there was no James Brackett in Falmouth, other than the subject of 
this sketch, who could have become her husband. 

That James Brackett was a widower at the time of his marriage 
to Jenny Akers is probable. The census of 1790 shows him a resi- 
dent of Falmouth with a familj^ of three males under the age of six- 
teen and five females, including his wife. The census of 1800 shows 
in his family four males under the age of ten years; three under the 
age of sixteen years; one female under the age of ten 3'ears; two 
under the age of sixteen years and one under the age of twenty-six 
years. The census of 1810 shows in his family, two males under the 
age of ten years; two under the age of sixteen j^ears, and one female 
over the age of fort}' -five years. Subsequent censuses to and includ- 
ing 1830, show him living in Westbrook, but throw no light upon the 
membership of his family. His wife probably died before 1820, and 
from then on there lived with him the family of some of his children. 

James Brackett was a soldier and served on the right side, other- 
wise he would not have been a son of Joshua Brackett. B)- his affi- 
davit filed August i, 1832, in his claim for pension he testified to his 
being past the age of eight}' years and to the date of his birth; that 
his first term of service was in 1775, in Captain John Brackett's com- 
pany; marched in April of that year to Cambridge, joined Phinney's 
regiment and served eight months; was discharged in January, 1776. 

The published records show that he was a private in Captain 
John Brackett's company, Colonel Edmund Phinney's regiment; 
name on billeting roll from date of enlistment. May 16, 1775, to date 
of marching to headquarters, July 3, 1775, equivalent to forty-eight 
days; marched from Falmouth. Name found on company return 
dated September 29, 1775; also found on roll of Captain James John- 
son's (formerly Brackett's) company. Colonel Edmund Phinney's 
regiment; given order dated October 14, 1775, fort No. 2, Cam- 
bridge, for bounty coat or its equivalent in money. 

His testimon}' was further that on February 2, 1776, at Fal- 
mouth, he enlisted for eight months, which he served in Captain 
William Crocker's company, engaged in building forts; was not 
attached to any regiment until spring, when joined by other com- 
panies and Major Noyes, and General Hall took command. 

The record of this term of service reads, that he was a private, 
name, James Brackett, Jr., in Captain William Crocker's company, 
Colonel Mitchell's regiment, from March i, 1776, to date of discharge, 
November 23. 1776. Stationed at Falmouth. 

He mentioned as his third term of service, his enlistment into a 
company of artiller}', in the latter part of spring or early summer of 
1777, stationed at Falmouth, commanded by Abner Lowell, and 
attached to no regiment. 


With respect to this service there is of record that James Brackett 

of Fahnouth, served as matross in Captain Abner Lowell's artillery 

.company, from January i, 1777, to March 31, 1777, three months; 

name on roll dated July 31. Company reported August 11, 1777, as 

mustered by Colonel Noyes, agreeable to sea coast establishment. 

With respect to his fourth term of military service, James Brackett 
testified that on March 4, 1778, he enlisted to serve nine months 
in Captain Jesse Partridge's company; marched to Peekskill in New 
York, and joined Colonel Greaton's regiment, then marched to White 

The record of this service reads that James Brackett, private in 
Captain Jesse Partridge's company. Colonel John Greaton's regiment, 
enlisted April i, 1778, was discharged November 30, 1778; served 
eight months at North river with Falmouth volunteers. 

One of the witnesses for James Brackett, in his claim for pension, 
was Peter Brackett. The claim was allowed, and pension was paid 
to him until his death. 

It is confessed that the names of his children are not known with 
certainty; the names of persons mentioned as bearing the relation of 
children to James Brackett, are believed to have been his children, 
for the reason that they were born and lived in and near Westbrook, 
and it is not known to whose family the}'' could have belonged, unless 
to his family. Issue, not in order of birth: 

1. Thomas. 

2. Hannah, who mar. about 1810, Silas J. Ward. 

3. Moses, mar. 30 Aug., 1821, Ednah Barbour. 


From F'amily No. i. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Abraham. 

Abraham Brackett was born about 1754, in Falmouth. The first 
Federal census (1790) shows him a resident of Limington, Me., then 
known as Little Ossipee; also census of 18 10 shows him a resident of 
Limington. His name does not appear in census of 1820; he, per- 
haps, had died before that j^ear. His wife's maiden name was Susan 
Miller. Enlisted as a private, April i, 1778, in Captain Jesse Par- 
tridge's company, Colonel John Greaton's regiment, and served to 
November i, 1778, at North river, with Falmouth volunteers. Also 
enlisted October i, 1779, as a private in Captain Joseph Pride's com- 
pany; discharged October 23, 1779; detachment from Cumberland 
county militia, under command of Nathaniel Jordan. Issue, not in 
order of birth: 

1. Sall^^ b. in 1786; d. at about the age of 20 years. 

2. Tabitha, b. 20 Sept., 1787; d. 4 Dec, 1885; mar. Samuel Guil- 
ford, who d. 13 Dec, 1813; mar. (2nd) Daniel Pugsley, son of 
Andrew and wife, Miriam Saw3'er; he was a farmer in Cornish, Me. 
Issue: William B.; Samuel; Abraham B.; Susan, b. 17 Nov., 1813; 
John, b. 2 Jan., 1820, mar. Hannah Norton; Charlotte W., b. 
28 July, 1 82 1, living in 1900; Betsey; Lucinda, mar. Dennis Johnson; 
Moses, mar. Hannah Chaney; Daniel, b. 2 July, 1828, mar. Julia A. 
Chaney, (2nd) Helen Guptill, resides in Cornish; Mary A., mar. John 
P. Bradeen, home in Cornish. 


3. William, d. at age of 20 years. 

4. Betsey, mar. Richard Mayberry of Gorham; d. in i86g. 

5. Jane, mar. John Tolman of Portland. 

6. Ann, b. 7 Dec, 1795; mar. Moses Winslow of Falmouth. 
Issue: John; Charles; James; Henry; Cordelia; Francis; Edwin, 
lyUcy; Frederick; Moses. 

7. Dennis, b. May 7, 1799. See family 10. 

8. Benjamin. See family 11. 

9. Abraham. See family 12. 

10. Thomas, d. young and unmar. 

11. Edward, b. 6 Jan., 1806. See family 13. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthou}^, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua. 

Joshua Brackett was born July 31, 1762, in Falmouth. Enlisted 
April 18, 1780, in Captain Joseph Pride's company. Colonel Joseph 
Prime's regiment; discharged December 6, 1780. In claim for pen- 
sion, under act of June 7, 1832, he testified by affidavit filed August 
20, 1832, that he was 70 years of age, was drafted to serv^e as a militia- 
man; went into Captain Pride's compam' in April, 1780; did duty as J 
a private, in Portland, for the term; was in a detachment to ser^^e on " 
barges, or guard boats, to coast along the shore and protect fishermen 
and other small craft from a British privateer commanded by a Cap- 
tain Moett. 

The 3'ear following his discharge from the army, he removed to 
Limington. Married May 6, 1784, Lydia Hasty, born June 6, 1767, 
died November 6, 1841, daughter of Robert and wife, Elizabeth 
Larabee (Watson), of Limington. Resided in Limington until his 
death, Jvme 10, 1849; was a farmer. Issue: 

1. Joseph, b. 10 Nov., 1785. See family 14. 

2. Elizabeth, b. 23 Feb., 1787; mar. Thomas Meloy of Gorham. 
Issue: James; L3'dia; Mary; Frances. 

3. Dorothy, b. 13 June, 1789; d. unmar. at age of 86 3'ears. 

4. Robert, b. 28 Sept., 1791. See famih'^ 15. 

5. Esther, b. 15 Dec, 1793; d. 7 June, 1842; mar. William Libby; 
lived in Newfield, Me., and Great Falls, N. H. Issue: Dorothy, 
mar. Newcomb; William, mar. Sawin, (2nd) Temple; Eliza A., mar. 
White; Mary, mar. Lang; Dorcas, mar. Record; Lj'dia, mar. Ham- 
blen, (2nd) Winn; Rufus Brackett, mar. Wood; Lucinda Brackett, 
mar. Dutton; James, mar. Bennett; Ro3'al, mar. Rullen. 

6. Joshua, b. 18 Apr., 1796. See family 16. 

7. Lydia, b. 12 Apr., 1798; mar. Robert Staples; lived in Sebago. 
Issue: Lydia; Enoch; Mar^^; Margaret; Charles. 

8. Mary, b. 12 Mar., 1800; mar. 29 March, 1820, Samuel Ingalls, 
b. 3 July, 1792, d. 7 Feb., 1843; she d. 15 July, 1830. Issue: Gard- 
ner; Susan; Sylvanus; Joshua; Samuel. 

9. Hannah, b. 6 July, 1802; d. 21 Feb., 1872; mar. 3 Juh', 1831, 
Samuel Ingalls; he was son of Francis of Bridgton, and wife, Betsey, 
and grandson of Isaiah, son of Francis. Issue: Susan; Hannah; 
Ellen; Enoch. 

10. Samuel, b. 29 Mar., 1805. See family 17. 


11. Almira, b. 9 Oct.. 1806; d. i Nov., 1863; mar. Francis Ingalls; 
lived in Naples. Issue: 1st; Almira, mar. John Brackett (see fam. 
18, div. 4). 2nd. Francis O., mar. Nancy R. Vance; (2nd) 
Eliza K. Fisher; lived in Naples, Me., and lyinden, Mass. Issue: 
Charles M.; EnimaJ.; lyizzie E.; William, and Adelbert. 3d. Mary 
E. 4th. Margaret M. 5th. Violet M., b. 20 June, 1847, mar. 
Nathan C. Mendell, dec; has one child, tfarold H., b. 16 Jaii., 1881. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Daniel, Daniel. 

Daniel Brackett was born in Falmouth, in 1792. He was 
scarcely of age when the war with England commenced in 181 2. 
He served on an American war vessel until the" close of hostilities, 
when he went to Merimichie, Canada, where he bought a tract of 
pine land. After disposing of his timber he went to Barthurst, New 
Brunswick, at which place he met his future wife, Miss Mary Connel, 
born in Ireland. At Restigouchie, one hundred miles from Bart- 
hurst, in the wilderness, he purchased four hundred acres, and com- 
menced farming. There he resided until 1872, when, with his large 
family, he removed to Wisconsin. He died, at the age of eighty-four 
years, in 1876. His wife died February 22, 1889, at the age of 
eighty-one years. Issue: 

1. James. 

2. Davenport, who d. about 1855, near Davenport, Iowa. 

3. Mary Jane. 

4. Nancy, mar. Patterson; had son Daniel. 

5. Daniel. 

6. Solomon. 

7. Johanna. 

8. Ehjah, b. in 1827. In the year 1850, he was in the town of 
West Indies, Me., with James M. Dudley, a lumberman. 

9. Thomas. 

10. Jane, b. 13 Feb., 1840; mar. 9 Dec, 1863, George McFarlane, 
b. 20 Apr., 1840, d. 6 Nov., 1884, son of John and wife, Martha 
Sharpe, of New Brunswick; lived in Broadlands, Quebec; and Eau 
Claire, Wis.; resides in Rice Eake, Wis. Issue: 

. 1st. James B., b. 14 Feb., 1865; mar. 23 Mar., 1887, Helen I. 
Hathaway; resides in Rice Lake. Issue: Keith V., b. 7 Feb., 1888; 
Ellen B., b. 7 Nov., 1889; Jennie G., b. 11 Sept., 1896; Howard J., 
b. 28 Dec, 1898; Faith, b. 25 June, 1902. 

2nd. Daniel D., b. 14 July, 1868; mar. 21 Mar., 1894, Carrie L. 
Bronson; resides in Alma city, Minn. Issue: Gordon L., b. 5 Oct., 
1898; Helen I., b. 10 Oct., 1900; Burmah E., b. 6 Jan., 1903. 

3d. William J., b. 14 July, 1868; mar. 19 Aug., 1895, Susie M. 
Reitz; resides in Rice Lake, Wis. Issue: Irene C, b. 9 July, 1897; 
Douglas W., b. 19 July, 1901; Calista A., b. — May, 1903; Margue- 
rite P., b. I Nov., 1904. 


4tli. George T., b. 9 Jan., 1870; mar. 23 Dec, 1901, Angle 
Smith; resides in Rice Lake. Issue: KHen, b. 30 Sept., 1902. 

5th. Earl A., b. 4 May, 1877; mar. 24 Dec, 1902, lyOttie Hurd; 
resides in Birchwood, Wis. Issue: 

I. Blanche D,, b. 4 Oct., 1903. 
6th. Arthur E., b. 24 Mar., 1879; mar. 7 Aug., 1903, Eottie 
Skinner; resides in Rice Lake. Issue: 
I. Van E., b. 9 July, 1904. 

11. George, b. 22 May, 1841. See family 18. 

12. Mary, never mar.; home, in Albertville, Chippewa co.. Wis. 

13. Abraham, b. in 1842. See family 19. 

14. Josiali. 

15. John. 

16. Eliza. 

17. Jeremiah. 

18. William, b. in Sept., 1852. See family 20. 

19. Ellen, b. 18 Sept., 1854; mar. 19 Mar., 1875, James Policy, 
b. 9 May, 1853, son of James and wife, Jane Robertson, of St. Stephens, 
New Brunswick; resides in Albertville, Wis. Mr. Policy is a lumber- 
man. Issue: 

1st. George A., b. 2 May, 1877; mar. 16 June, 1904, Abbie J. 
Hurlburt; resides in Winona, Minn. 
2nd. Vera G., b. 15 Feb., 1884. 
3d. Manford J., b. 31 Oct., 1885. 

20. Margaret. 

It is believed that none of the sons had families other than those 
whose families are given. 

From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Anthony, James. 

James Brackett was born October 2, 1775; removed to Portland, 
Me., where he resided until his death, in 1859; was a truckman; 
married June 20, 1802, Rachael A. Waterhouse, born December 13, 
1780, died in September, 1864. Issue: 

1. Francis, b. 8 Jan., 1807; d. young, 

2. Mary Coffe3^ b. 4 Oct., 1808; d. 13 Jan., 1892; mar. David 
Briggs, special policeman in Copp's cemetery; lived in Portland and 
East Portland. Issue: Arabella; Mary; Caroline; Charles. 

3. James Francis, b. 6 Oct., 18 10; d. young. 

4. George C, b. 19 Aug., 1813. See family 21. 

5. James, Jr., b. 5 Dec, 1816. See family 22. 

6. Edward, b. 31 Jan., 1819. See family 23. 

7. Elizabeth Frances Waterhouse, b. 15 June, 1821; d. 28 Apr., 
1899; mar. Andrew Douglass, son of Andrew and wife, Elizabeth 
Peacock. Issue: 

1st. Emily, who mar. George Hanson. 
2nd. Henrietta, who mar. Curtis. 
3d. Arietta, who mar. George Lewis. 



From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Anthony, Zachariah. 

Zachariah Brackett was born February 12, 1789, on the farm 
which was owned by his ancestors, situated in that part of the town 
of Fahiiouth now a part of Westbrook. On this farm he resided until 
his death, May 3, 1874. He served in the war of 1812, from Septem- 
ber 8 to September 20, 18 14, in the Stroudwater light infantry com- 
pany, Massachusetts militia, at the time commanded by lyieutenant 
Nathaniel Leighton; during its service the company was stationed at 
Portland. Married October 14, 181 8, Mercy Lunt, born August 26, 
1795, died February 24, 1844, daughter of Benjamin and wife, Mercy 
Brackett (see f am. i); mar. (2nd) March 2, 1847, Rebecca Roberts, 
born in 1800, died February 15, 1871. Issue: 

1. Samuel M., b. 3 Sept., 18 19; mar. Henrietta Bartman; d. 28 
Dec, 1881. No issue. 

2. Benjamin L,., h. 18 Feb., 1822; d. 26 Apr., 1846. 

3. Frances Ellen, b. 13 July, 1823; d. 7 Mav, 1839. 

4. Alton C, b. 15 Mar., 1827. See family 24, 

5. Mary Jane, b. 20 Jan., 1832; d. i June, 1838. 

6. Horatio S., b. 14 June, 1835; ma-r. Ida York; home, in Somer- 
ville, Mass. Issue: ' Alice, who mar. Hathaway; have son, Donald, b. in 1897. 

2nd. Lena. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthou}^, Antliou}^, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Abraham, Dennis. 

Dennis Brackett was born in lyimington. Me., May 7, 1799; died 
October 31, 1855; married Ellen C. Bisbee, born April 17, 1801, died 
March 30, 1853, daughter of Moses Bisbee of Waterford, Me., born in 
1766. Resided in Waterford. Issue: 

1. Edward, b. 25 Jan., 1826; d. 6 Nov^, 1867. 

2. Dennis, Jr., b. in 1834. vSee family 25. 

3. Nathan C, b. 13 Sept., 1835, in Waterford, Me.; a farmer at 
Newton Highlands, Mass.; formerly resided at Lancaster, Mass.; 
mar. 26 Sept., 1861, Euann E. Bisbee, b. 23 Jan., 1839, dau. of Moses 
and wife, Elinor Beatty, of Waterford, Me. Issue: 

1st. Angle E., b. 20 Mar., 1869; home, at Newton Highlands. 

4. George S., b. in 1837; d. in 1856. 

5. Eouville W., b. in 1839; a resident of Milan, N. H., when he 
enlisted, 22 May, 1861, for 3 years in company F, 2nd New Hamp- 
shire volunteer infantry; killed 21 July, 1861, in battle of Bull Run, 

6. Miranda, b. in 1840; d. 10 Jan., 1848. 

7. Susan E., b. in 1842; d. 16 Feb., 1847. 

8. Olive W., b. in 1843; d. 6 Apr., 1869, in Berlin, N. H. 

9. Charles W., b. in 1846; d. 6 Oct., 1865. 



From Family No. 5; Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Abraham, Benjamin. 

Benjamin Brackett was born in Limington; lived on the home 
farm a number of years and then moved to Portland; he mar. DorcasJ 
Irish; died in 1838. Issue: 

Four children, William; Jane; Mary; and Elizabeth; all of whoi 
died during the winter of 1838. 

5. Mehitable Smith, b. in 1820; mar. Freeman lyibbey. Issue: 
1st. Sarah J., b. 10 Jan., 1843; mar. Jordan D. Johnson. 

2nd. Stephen, b. 15 Nov., 1844, d. 16 Aug., 1868; mar. Nora J 
R. Huckins. ■ 

3d. lyouisa, b. 5 Jan., 185 1; mar. Joseph H, Perry. 

6. Ann, who mar. William Newcomb; is dec. 

7. Dorcas, who mar. Charles Tatterdon; is dec. j 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthou}-, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Abraham, Abraham. 

Abraham Brackett was born in Limington; married August 12, 
1821, Mary Fickett; he died in Brighton, Me. Issue: 

1. Clement, b. in 1826; mar. Mary A. ; harness-maker; re- 
moved to New Jersey; had dau. Catharine, b. in i860. 

2. Solomon S., b. in 1827. See family 26. 

3. Charles H., b. in Aug., 1830, in Limington; d. 21 June, 1874; 
a harness-maker; mar. Jane Hilton; (2nd) Sarah L- Anderson. 

1st. Leon H.; unmarried. 

2nd. Ida C, mar. William Lewis; home, in Cumberland Mills; 
children are Jennie M. and Arthur P. 

4. Richard, b. in 1836; no further record. 

5. David; went to New Jersey. 

6. Jane. 

7. Edward, b. in 1831; is dec. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Abraham, Edward. 

Edward Brackett was born in Limington, January 6, 1806; mar- 
ried Abigail Berry, born in 1804, died in 1869, in Harrington, Me., 
daughter of James. He was a Methodist minister; in 1850, was lo- 
cated in New Castle, Me.; died in Biddeford, in November, 1869. 

1. Susan Amanda, b. in 1832; unmarried. 

2. Mary Palmer, b. in 1838; mar. in Sept., 1858, Joseph H. West, 
b. in 1835; resides in Franklin, Me. Issue: 

1st. Gracie, d. 14 Oct., 1876. 
2nd. Genevieve. 

3. Edward, b. in 1843; d. during the civil war; probably served 
in company D., 22 Maine volunteer infantry; enlisted 16 Oct., 1862, 
in Harrington; d. in New Orleans, La. 



From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Joseph. 

Joseph Brackett was born November lo, 1785, in Limington; 
removed to Casco in 1828, where he resided until his death prior to 

i860; was a farmer; married October 15, , lyydia Pugsley of 

Cornish. Issue: 

1. Lorina, who never mar. 

2. Lydia, b. 27 Apr., 1808; d. 18 Oct., 1859; mar. Benj. Jones. 

1st. lyorina. 2nd. Benjamin, mar. Martin; had Hattie, mar. 
Evans; Mary, mar. Parker; Charles. 3d. Caroline, mar. James A. 
Green, (2nd) Alanson E. Lunt. 4th. Martha. 5th. Lydia E., mar. 
Leavitt. 6th. Martha, mar. Staples. 7th. Joseph. 8th. Ada, mar. 
Morse; home in Otisfield, Me. 9th. Mary. All dec, except Mrs. 
Lunt and Mrs. Morse. 

3. Esther, b. 29 Oct., -; mar. Stephen Caldwell; lived in 

Cambridge, Mass. Issue: 1st. Maria, mar. Green and had Alice, 
who mar. Brackett. 2nd. Randolph. 3d. Alurat. 4th. Julia A. 

4. Thomas; mar. Mary Jane Boynton; lived in Salem, Mass.; d. 
26 July, 1 881; no issue. Will dated 18 July, 1881; estate inventoried 
$16,063.90, all devised to wife; will contested by heirs; was a teamster. 

5. Joshua, b. 26 May, 1814. See family 27. 

6. Robert, b. 9 Aug., 1817. See family 28. 

7. Benjamin, b. in 1818; never mar. 

8. Joseph, b. in 1822; mar. Sarah A. : lived in Casco, Me. 

9. Martha, b. in 1825; mar. Charles Mayberry. 

10. Samuel, b. in 1827. See family 29. 

11. Mary, b. in 1830; mar. William Hamlin. 


From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Robert. 

Robert Brackett was born September 28, 1791, in Limington, 
Me., where he lived until his death, April 24, 1876; was a farmer. 
In the war of 18 12, he served for a short time as a soldier. Mar- 
ried October 29, 1818, Aphia Libby, born June 21, 1799, died No- 
vember 26, 1884, daughter of Rufus; he was born in Scarboro, May 
4, 1773, died in Limerick, Dec. 5, 1858, married Dorcas Strout, was 
son of Philemon; he was born May 29, 1749, in Scarboro, lived in 
Limington, where he died December 22, 1811, married Martha Small, 
was son of Captain John; he was born about 1700, married (2nd) 
August 24, 1738, Anna Fogg; was son of Henry; he was born in 
vScarboro in 1647, died October 21, 1732, married Honor Hinkson 
(daughter of Peter, the immigrant), was son of John who came from 
England in the emplo}^ of John Winter. 

Dorcas Strout, who married December 25, 1792, Rufus Libby, 
was daughter of Elisha and wife, Eunice Freeman, of Gorham; she 
died in December, 1849. 

Martha Small, who married May 8, 1791, Philemon Libby, was 
born November 28, 1752, died August 27, 1837, was daughter of 


Deacon Samuel; he always lived in Scarboro, was born April 17, 
1700. mar. Ann Hatch, was son of Samuel; he settled on the homestead 
in Kittery, was born in 1666, married Elizabeth (widow of James 
Chadbourne and daughter of Ensign Heard), was son of Francis; he 
was born in 1627, was in Dover in 1648, in Falmouth in 1657, in Kit- 
tery in 1668, died in Cape Cod, 1714, was probably son of Edward; 
he was in Kittery as early as 1640. 

Anna Fogg, who married August 24, 1738, Captain John Libby, 
was born February 16, 1718, daughter of Captain Daniel Fogg; he 
was born in 1660. moved to Scarboro, then to Portsmouth, and about 
1700. settled in what is now Eliot, Me., married Hannah Eibby, 
(daughter of John Libby of Scarboro), died June 9. 1755, was son of 
Samuel; he was born February 20, 1600, came in 1629, from Exeter, 
England; was in Hampton in 1638, married October 12, 1632, Ann 
Shaw, who died about 1661. Issue: 

1. Elizabeth, b. 24 Jan., 1821; mar. Edward Clark; d. 18 Aug., 

2. Harriett, b. 6 Dec, 1822; mar. Edward Clark; d. 8 Feb., 1896, 

3. Robert, b. 21 July, 1825. See family 30. 

4. Caleb, b. 8 Mar., 1828; d. 21 June, 1856. 

5. Almira, b. 10 Nov., 1830; mar. 10 Dec, 1851, George Carll, b. 
20 Feb., 1826, d. 24 Jan., 1895, son of Peletiah and wife, Mary S. 
Boody, of I^mington; was a farmer; home, in White Rock, Me. Issue: 

1st. Eizzie A., b. 25 Oct., 1852; mar. 26 Oct., 1870, Gustavus 
Plummer; home, in White Rock. Issue: 

I. Ashley V. Plummer, b. 2 Sept., 1871; is married; has son 
Russell A., b. 31 Dec, 1897. 

II. Bertha M., b. 3 Sept., 1872. 

III. Edwin G., b. 17 July, 1874. 
2nd. Emma E., b. 6 Sept., 1854; d. 13 Oct., 1867. 
3d. Van Wert, b. 17 Mar., 1857; mar. 26 May, 1883, Eizzie C. 

Sawyer; is a farmer; home. White Rock. Issue: 

I. Clarence E., b. 26 Apr., 1885. 

II. Ruth E., b. 26 Mar., 1892. 

4th. Eucy E., b. 6 Aug., 1867; d. 31 Sept., 1869. 

6. James F., b. 16 Mar., 1833. See family 31. 

7. Charles A., b. 10 Sept., 1836. See family 32. 

8. Frederic, b. 20 June, 1838. See family 33. 

9. Frances E., b. 22 Mar., 1841; mar. E. Grant Strout. 

10. Rufus, b. II Feb., 1819; d. 22 Aug., 1822. 

From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Joshua. 

Joshua Brackett was born in Eimington, Me., April 18, 1796; 
married April 20, 1821, Eydia Abrams, born July 11, 1801, died in 
1849, daughter of Ralph and wife, Mehitable Welch; was a black- 
smith; resided in Portland; died in 1828, in New York city, where 
he went for work. Issue: 

1. Ann Mira, b. 15 Apr., 1822; d. 15 Dec, 1837. 

2. William H., b. 18 Jan., 1823; d. 7 Jan., 1838. 

3. Charles C, b. 18 May, 1826; home, in Knightsville, Me. 

4. Joshua, b. 9 Nov., 1828. See family 34. 





From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Samuel. 

Samuel Brackett was born in Limington, Me., March 29, 1805; 

married January 14, 1827, Susan Foss of Limerick, Me., born in 

! 1806, died January i, 1879, daughter of Lemuel and wife, Polly 

Gove; moved from Maine to Janesville, Wis., later to La Crosse, 

Wis., where he died September 25, 1859. Issue: 

1. Samuel, Jr., b. i Aug., 1828. See family 35. 

2. Joshua, b. in 1829; mar. Isabelle Hanson; d. 14 Feb., 1869; 
had one child which d. when six mos. old. 

3. Mary, b. 8 Mar., 1831; mar. 9 June, 1852, George Ruggles, 
who d. 9 Jan., 1899; home, in Charlestown, Mass. Issue: 

]st. Fred W., b. i Jan., 1855; mar. Marian Lawrence; home, 
in Woburn, Mass. 

2nd. Carrie E., b. 26 Feb., 1857; mar. Clarence H. Bates; d. 
17 Dec, 1877. Issue: 

I. Carrie E. Ruggles Bates, b. 17 Dec, 1877. 

3d. James I., b. 22 Feb., 1861; d. in June, "1866. 

4th. George, b. in Apr., 1864; d. in June, 1866. 

5th. George F., b. 16 Dec, 1867; mar. in Nov., 1889, Minnie 
Welch; home, in Winthrop, Mass. Issife: 

I. Alice M., b. i June, 1890. II. Blanch E., b. in Oct., 
1891. III. Marian W., b. i Sept., 1892. 

6th. James H., b. 14 Feb., 1871; mar. in June, 1893, Sarah 
Bere; home, in Brooklyn, N. Y. Issue: 

I. Jack E., b. in Mar., 1894. II. Helen, b. in July, 1895. 
III. James H., Jr., b. 3 Jan., 1897. IV. Louise, b. in June, 1899. 

4. Susan, b. 8 July, 1832; mar. in 1852, David Polleys, who d. in 
Dec, 1899. Settled in Juneau co.. Wis., in 1854; moved to La 
Crosse, Wis., in 1856, where she d. 27 Dec, 1898. Had Ida, b. in 
1859, and Harry, who is dec. 

6. John H., b. 4 Aug., 1833. See family 36. 

6. James M., b. 18 Apr., 1835. See family 37. 

7. Charles A., b. in 1837. See family 38. 

8. Alice, b. in 1839; mar. Joseph Pratt; d. i June, 1865. 

9. Nelson, b. 19 June, 1840. See family 39. 

10. Maria, b. 10 Nov., 1841; mar. 2 Dec, 1857, Ephraim Polleys 
of Melrose, Wis., b. in May, 1832, in Nova Scotia; mar. (2nd) 
Harry Marsh; home, in Cleveland, Ohio. Issue by ist husband: 

1st. Clifford, b. 2 Dec, 1858; mar. Elizabeth Fisher; home, in 
Le Clair, Iowa. No issue. 

2nd. Mettie, b. 7 Oct., 1862; mar. in Feb., 1885, Wm. G. 
DeVol; home, in Cleveland. Issue: 

I. Sylvia, mar. J. Burt Calkins, general baggage master of 
the Big Four railroad; d. 27 Jan., 1906; resided in Cleveland. Issue: 
a. William Gray, b. 12 Jan., 1906. 

3d. Abner C, b. 17 Feb., 1866; lives at 314 East Indiana street, 
Chicago; is president of the American Novelty company and business 
manager of the Fleur de Lis Manufacturing company; is unmar. 

11. Harriet, b. 30 Jan., 1846; mar. 15 Sept., 1867, S. B. Spencer, 

b. 7 Apr.,';i837, son of Elson and wife, Bailey, of Penn.; home, in 

Oshkosh. Issue: 


1st. Son, K. E., b. 23 Sept., 1873. 2nd. Son, F. P., b. 29 
May, 1877. 3d. Dau., M. A., b. 22 Nov., 1889. 

12. Jefferson, b. in June, 1847; never mar.; served in co. B., 
2nd Wis. vol. inf.; d. in a hospital in Chicago, in Nov., 1898. 

13. Eliza, b. i Jan., 1850; mar. 17 Sept., 1866, John H. Bristow, 
b. 6 May, 1833, son of Edward and wife, Hannah Streeter, of Ontario, 
Canada; is a blacksmith; home, in Ea Crosse, Wis. Issue: 

1st. Alice, b. 6 Sept., 1867; mar. 27 Dec. 1885, Martin J. 
Foley; home, in Ea Crosse, Wis. Issue: Jessie, b. 18 June, 1888. 
Alice M., b. 30 Dec, 1889. Gladys, b. 18 July, 1891. Susie, b. 14 
Mar., 1893. Bessie, b. 24 Feb., 1895. John, b. 12 Dec, 1897. 

2d. Jessie, b. 26 Apr., 1869; mar. 3 Apr., 1886, Alonzo Cassidy; 
home, in Ea Crosse, Wis. Issue: Alice, b. 3 Mar., 1886. Olive, b. 
8 Feb., 1888. Frank, b. 6 Mar., 1890. Eva, b. 23 Dec, 1892. 
John, b. 12 Oct., 1894. 

3d. Hattie, b. 13 Jan., 1871; mar. 5 July, 1888, William 
Eoomis; home in Ea Crosse, Wis. Issue: Willis E., b. 13 Sept., 1889. 
Archie E., b. 24 July, 1892. Roy E., b. 4 Jan., 1894. Harold E., b. 
3 Mar., 1896. Charles E., b. 4 Aug., 1898. 

4th. Fannie M., b. 25 Nov., 1873; mar. 20 June, 1894, Fred- 
erick F. Isenhour, b. 22 Maj^, 1862, in Filmore co., Minn., son of 
George Alexander and wife, Merilla Knickerbocker (b. in Connecticut. 
dau. of Samuel, a Continental soldier) ; George Alexander Isenhour was 
b. in 1 83 1, in New York; his parents in 1837, moved to Canada, and in 
1859. he settled in Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Isenhour 
reside at 15 15 Summer St., Houston. Texas. Issue: 
I. Roger B., b. 10 May, 1895. 
IE Fay E., b. 8 Mar., 1898. in Wooster, Texas. 

5th. William, b. 25 Aug., 1875; mar. Edna Rich of Sparta. 
Wis.; has dau. Eois. 

6th. John, b. 13 June, 1878. 

7th. Charles, b. i Sept., 1880. 

8th. Pansv, b. 25 Sept., 1882; d. 6 Apr., 1885. 

9th. Earl, b. 6 Feb., 1886; d. 16 July, 1886. 

10th. Claude W., b. 3 Apr., 1888; d. 29 Sept., 1888. 

11th. Chde E., b. twin with Claude W.; d. 24 Aug., 1888. 

12th. Sidnev B.. b. 16 Julv. 1890. 



From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah. 
Joshua, Daniel, Daniel, George. 

George Brackett was born May 22, 1841, in Restigouchie, New 
Brunswick; married in June, 1877, Etta E. Janes, born in 1858, daugh- 
ter of Edwnn and wife, Melvina Kenned}'; is a lumberman and farmer; 
resides in Edmunds, Washington, the site of which he purchased in 
1876, and subsequently platted. He came to Seattle, Washington, in 
1869, from which city his present home is sixteen miles distant. Issue: 


1. George S., b. lo Mar., 1878. 

2. Fanny B., b. 3 Aug., 1879. 

3. Nellie E., b. 17 May, 1881. 

4. Randa C, b. 24 Mar., 1882. 

5. Edith, b. 28 Sept., 1891. 

FAMILY NO. 19.. 

From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Daniel, Daniel, Abraham. 

Abraham Brackett of Elk Mound, Wis., was born in Restigouchie, 
New Brunswick, in 1842. Married in 1874, Grace Dempster, born in 
1845, died in 1882, daughter of William. Is a blacksmith; formerly 
Lived in Eau Claire, Wis. Issue: 

1. Daniel W., b. in 1875; mar. in 1900, Minnie Roscoe. Issue: 
1st. Roy, b. in 1903. 

2. Jennie M., b. in 1877. 

3. James G., b. in 1878; mar. in 1901, Eillian Close. Issue: 
1st. Max, b. in 1903. 

4. Saul P., b. in 1880. 
.5. George T., b. in 1882; d. in 1883. 


From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Daniel, Daniel, William. 

William Brackett was born in September, 1852, in Canada; is a 
real estate agent in Edmunds, Washington; has resided in county of 
Buonaventure, province of Quebec, Eau Claire, Wis., and Seattle, 
Wash., in the order named; married Jul}' 30, 1889, Anna Eee, born 
July 25, 1 87 1, daughter of Harr}^ Lee and wife, Anna, of Lincoln, 
Nebraska. Issue: 

1. Willie, b. 10 Apr., 1891. 

2. Horton, b. 15 Jan., 1893. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Anthony, James, George C. 

George Clark Brackett was born in Portland, Me., August 19, 
1813; married Emity Douglass, born April 8, 1810, died April 30, 
1893, daughter of Andrew D. and wife, Elizabeth Peacock, of Jeffer- 
son, Me.; he was a truckman; lived in Portland; died January 15, 
1 89 1. Issue: 

1. Andrew Douglass, b. 16 Aug., 1837; mar. in i860, Eliza 
Ann Brackett (see div. 7, fam. 22); lived in Portland to 1865, then in 
Roxbury about 20 years; home, in Somerville, Mass.; is a carriage- 
blacksmith. Issue: 

1st. Carrie Ada, b. 16 July, 1866; mar. Waldo B. Judkins, 
farmer; home, in Fayette, Me. Issue: 

I. Dorothea, b. 26 Oct., 1900. 

II. Inez, b. 15 Feb., 1902. 

2nd. Charles Warren, b. in 1871; d. in 1872. 


2. Elizabeth Waterhoiise, b. 6 Sept., 1839; mar. in 1863, Charles 
Maverick, b. in 1836, d. in Sept., 1864, of j^ellow fever, four days off 
Cuba, was mate of vessel; lives with brother Andrew D. 

3. Rachael Augusta, b. i Sept., 1841; mar. Daniel F. Potter; 
mar. (2nd) William Owen. Issue by ist husband: 

1st. Fred A., mar. Hattie A. Mercur; lives in Portland; is con- 
nected with news agency. Issue: Delmar; Edith; Demase. 
Issue by 2nd husband, William Owen: 

2nd. Frank Curtis, is married; lives in Eos Angeles, Cal.; has 
dau. Yeulda, b. in 1904. 

3d. Herbert W.; resides in Eewiston, Idaho. 

4. Catherine J., b. 15 Feb., 1843; d. in Feb., 1865. 

5. George Edward, b. in Jan., 1848; d. about 1852. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Anthony, James, James, Jr. 

James Brackett, Jr., was born in Portland, Me., December 5, 
1816; died in 1872; removed from Saco to East Boston where he 
engaged in the liquor business; married Deborah Earrabee of Durham, 
Me., born in 18 16, died in 1896. Issue: 

1. Eliza Ann, b. in 1838; mar. Andrew D. Brackett (see div. 7, 
fam. 21). 

2. Ellen Maria, b. in 1840; mar. William Norton; home, in Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

3. George H., b. in 1842. 

4. Abby A., b. in 1845; mar. John E. H. Townsend; home, in 
Biddeford, Me. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Anthony, James, Edward. 

Edward Brackett was born in Portland, January 31, 1819; mar- 
ried Jerusha Hill; married (2nd) Sarah Hammond, daughter of Seth; 
was a hackman in Portland; moved to Boston and kept a livery stable 
on North Margin street; died about 1880. Issue, by ist wife: 

1. Mary, b. in 1838; mar. William Norton. Issue: 

1st. Abby, who married Eben Perry of Brighton, Mass. 

2. James Edward, born 1840; mar. Mary Scott; manufacturer and 
packer at 49 Edgewood street, Roxbury, Mass. No issue. 


From Family No. 9. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Anthony, Zachariah, Alton C. 

Alton C. Brackett was born March 15, 1827; married December 
6, 1854, Sarah Ann Lunt, born April 14, 1820, died November 21, 1897, 
daughter of Joshua and wife, Mercy Shaw, of West Falmouth; always 
lived in Westbrook (formerly part of Falmouth) on the farm where 
lived his ancestors; died July 20, 1893. Issue: 
1. Hattie E., b. 27 Dec, 1855; d. 27 Oct., 1866. 


2. Alfred A., b. 4 May, 1857; mar. 30 Aug., 1881, Nettie Had- 
lock, b. 26 Aug., i860, dau. of Charles W. and wife, Melissa Wins- 
low, of Portland; is a farmer; home, in West Gardiner. Issue: 

1st. Alice Maud, b. 19 Nov., 1883; mar. i Jan., 1900, Harry B. 

2nd. Mary Pearl, b. 9 Sept., 1894. 

3. Ida M., b. 11 Mar., i860; mar. John A. Tanner; home is the 
farm which has been occupied by her ancestors for five generations, 
near Riverton Park and a few miles from Portland. 


From Family No. 10. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Abraham, Dennis, Dennis. 

Dennis Brackett was born in 1834, in Waterford, Me.; died May 
12, 1869, in Milan, N. H.; a farmer; married November 26, 1858, 
Tryphena Lary, born March 22, 1836, died April 4, 1906, daughter 
of Jotham and wife, Eliza J. Jackman. Issue: 

1. D — A — , b. 15 Jan., i860; farmer and stock raiser in Jewell 
city, Kas.; formerly resided in Carson, Kas.; mar. 30 Apr., 1884, 
Alice Jordan, b. 14 Aug., i860, dau, of^ D. R. and wife, Mary Jen- 
kins. Issue: 

1st. Georgia, b. 30 Mar., 1889; d. 3 Dec, 1893. 
2nd. Mary, b. 24 Oct., 1891. 

2. Fannie, b. 11 Mar., 1862; mar. G. G. Harrison. 


From Family No. 12. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Abraham, Abraham, Solomon S. 

Solomon Strout Brackett was born in 1827; was a carriage-maker; 
lived in lyimington, Gorham, and Westbrook; married Catherine 
Meserve, born June 5, 1833, died Februar}^ 24, 1898, daughter of 
Robert and wife, Mehitable Sawyer, of Gorham; died January 26, 
1859. Widow married Tyng Wilson Dibby. Issue: 

1. Dana A., b. 17 April, 1854, in Westbrook; is a dealer in mer- 
chandise; lived in Westbrook, now resides in Gorham; mar. 5 Aug., 
1877, Mary L,. Usher, b. 27 Jan., 1856, dau. of Sidney A. and 
wife, Mary Frances lyord, of Limerick. Issue: 

1st, Tyng W., b. 25 June, 1882. 
" 2nd. Flora K., b. 3 Oct., 1879. 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Joseph, Joshua. 

Joshua Brackett was born in Dimington, Me., May 26, 1814; 
lived in Casco; married Sally Strout, who died July 2, 1832, daughter 
of Samuel; married (2nd) Caroline Wright, born in 1812, who was liv- 
ng in 1900; died February 21, 1899. Issue: 

1. Madison B., b. 6 Mar., 1832; d. 2 July, 1832. 

2. Jefferson B., b. 6 Mar., 1832. See family 40. 



From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Joseph, Robert. 

Robert Brackett was born in Raymond, Me., August 19, 181 7; 
was a farmer in Casco and Naples; married April 14, 1839, Mary G. 
Gammon, born August 31, 1818, died 27 June, 1881, daughter of John 
and wife, Sarah Cook, of Raymond; died July 29, 1895. Issue: 

1. Charles E., b. 19 Oct., 1839; married Elinor Tenney. Chil- 
dren, Gertrude, b. in 1885; Frank, b. in 1887; and Eva, b. in 1890. 

2. Maria E., b. 4 Dec, 1841; mar. G. M. Gay. Children, AHce 
E., b. 3 May, 1866; Ernest L., b. 7 Sept., 1870; Richard C, b. 3 
Jan., 1886. 

3. Melvina D., b. 29 Aug., 1843; mar. George W. Bean. Chil- 
dren, Florence M., b. 7 Nov., 1865; Hattie C, b. 14 Nov., 1875, 
resides in Eynn, Mass.; Mary C, b. in July, 1877. 

4. Isetta, b. 12 June, 1845; d. 10 May, 1846. 

5. Mary J., b. 15 May, 1847; mar. 19 July, 1885, E- W. Holden, 
b. 29 May, 1834, son of Eevi and wife, Anna Leach, of Casco; home, 
in Casco, Me., where Mr. Holden keeps a general store. No issue. 

6. Martha A., b. 15 May, 1847; mar. R. C. Gay. Children, 
Richard E., b. 25 Aug., 1875; Merritt B., b. i Apr., 1880; and 
Eyman W., b. 20 Nov., 1882. 

7. Robert E.. b. 7 May, 1849; mar. Hattie E- Cook. Children, 
Ruby M., b. 27 Jan., 1888; and Herman C, b. 28 Nov., 1893. 

8. John G., b. 19 Nov., 1851; mar. (ist) Ellen Edwards; (2nd) 
Emma Maxwell; (3d) Alice Caldwell. Children, Edgar F., b. 22 
Sept., 1879; Ethel M., b. 23 Jan., 1881; Clarence G., b. 11 May, 
1883; Etta C, b. 7 Nov., 1886; Elmer M.; Raymond J.; and Eula E. 

9. Anna A., b. 20 June, 1854; mar. V. R. Edwards. Issue: 
1st. Florence H. Edwards, b. 14 Mar., 1886. 

10. Thomas F., b. 20 Apr., i860; d. i July, 1867. 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Joseph, Samuel. 

Samuel Brackett was born in Limington, Me., in 1827; is 
deceased; married Sally G. Jackson, born in 1835; lived in Casco in 
i860. Issue: 

1. Elvira, b. in 1846. 

2. George, b. in 1857; mar. 3 Nov., 1873, Miner^ra C. Clark, who 
d. 26 Oct., 1892; is a farmer; lived in Casco, Me., and Salem, Mass.; 
now resides in Otisfield, Me. Issue, not in order of birth: 

1st. Eester Thomas, b. 29 Oct., 1879. 

2nd. George Allen, b. 28 Oct., 188 1. 

3d. Charles M., b. 2 Feb., 1890. These three children were 
adopted 9 May, 1892, by Frederick Wm. Eee, engineer, and wife, 
Eorinda M., of Salem, and their names were changed to Eee. Eor- 
inda M. Eee was appointed their guardian Nov. 4, 1892. 

4th. Eeroy, who d. 3 Dec, 1891, age four months. 

5th. Mary I., who is dec. 

6th. Bernard C, who d. in 1892, age three years. 

7th. Baby boy, who d. in 1892, age two months. 



From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Robert, Robert. 

Robert Brackett was born in I^imington, Me., July 21, 1825; was 
a farmer and carpenter; always lived in I^imington; married Eunice 
F. Strout, born March i, 1830, died February 14, 1898, daughter of 
Freeman and wife, Dorcas Thompson; died June 16, 1898. Issue: 

1. Georgia Anna, b. 6 May, 1851; mar. Oilman S. Ilsley; home, 
in Limington. 

2. Caleb Page, b. 5 Mar., 1853. 

3. Eliza Strout, b. 5 July, 1855; mar. Selden M. Guelaw; home, 
in North Eimington. 

4. Harry Herman, b. 14 Aug., 1856. 

5. William Wallace, b. 14 Mar., 1858; mar. Abbie E. Moody. 
(). Albert R., b. 4 Nov., i860; d. in Jan., 1864. 

7. Ellen Florence, b. 26 June, 1862; mar. Edwin C. Small; home, 
in Cornish, Me. 

8. Albert Eee, b. 27 Feb., 1865; mar. Eizzie Richardson; home, 
in Westbrook. 

9. Cora Lizzie, b. 18 May, 1866; mar. 24 Mar., 1888, Herbert H. 
Purington, b. 22 Apr., 1865, son of Stephen E. and wife, Eliza J. 
Harmer; is a physician. Issue: 

1st. Stephen Robert, b. i Oct., 1892. 

10. Blanch Butler, b. 2 Mar., 1870; mar. 28 June, 1893, Oeorge 

E. Files, b. 17 Feb., 1866, son of J. Wesley and wife, Mary S. Whit- 
ney, of Oorham, Me.; is a farmer in Oorham. Issue: 

1st. Earle Brackett, b. 18 Feb., 1897. 
2nd. Philip Freeman, b. 21 Jan., 1899. 

11. John Freeman, b. 28 Jan., 1872; mar. vSadie Harmon; home, 
in Limington. 

12. Alice Maude, b. 28 Apr., 1873. 

From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Robert, James F. 
James F. Brackett was born in Limington, March 16, 1833, where 
he now resides; married May 15, 1858, Harriet O. Rounds, born Feb- 
ruary 10, 1838, died March 3, 1879, daughter of Oerry and wife, 
Marv Oage, of Buxton; married (2nd) November 25, 1880, Linda W. 

F. Foss, daughter of Allen W. and wife, Harriet N. Frost, of Liming- 
ton. Mr. Brackett was educated at the Limington academy and at 
the New York Conference seminary; was three years a teacher in 
Limington, Hollis and Saco, and engaged in trade in Limington for 
six years. For three years he lived on a farm in Scarboro, which he 
sold; then returned to Limington. He was town treasurer in 1883 
and 1884, town auditor for some time, and town agent for a number 
of years. In 1872, he was a member of the state legislature; has 
serv-ed as countv commissioner three 3^ears, and was a member of the 
governor's council from 1889 to 1892 inclusive. In the fall of 1894, 
he was again elected to the state legislature. Issue: 

1. Anson L., b. 23 Julv, 1859. vSee family 41. 

2. Robert O., b. 11 Nov., 1862. 


3. Frank A., b. 13 May, 1864; foreman of a shoe factory in 
Bridgewater, Mass.; has lived in North Grafton and Whitman, Mass.; 
mar, 16 June, 1894. Minnie Tribon, b. 25 Apr., 1861, dau. of William 
and wife, Jennett Torrey, of Hanover, Mass. 

4. Mary G., b. 26 Dec, 1868. 

5. George M., b. 26 Dec., 1874; town clerk of Limington in 1906. 

6. Harriet 'E., b. 22 Nov., 1882. 

7. Guy A., b. 20 July, 1884. 

8. Roy F., b. 26 July, 1886. 


From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony. Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Robert, Charles A. 

Charles A. Brackett was born in I^imington, Me., September 10, 
1836; is a farmer; married August 20, 1857, Frances W. lyibby, born 
March 28, 1840, daughter of David S. and wife, Martha S. Small; 
home, in L,imington. Issue: 

1. Edward E., b. 4 Jan., 1863; mar. 15 Aug., 1888, Lizzie C. 
Faulkner, b. 8 Feb., 1868; home, in Gorham. Issue: 

1st. Louisa S., b. 2 Aug., 1889. 

2nd. Arthur F., b. 28 Jan., 1893. 


From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Robert, Frederic. 

Frederic Brackett was born in Limington, June 20, 1838; is a 
farmer; married June 9, 1863, Clara Moody, born September 6, 1845, 
daughter of Walter H. and wife, Margaret Bradeen, of Limington; 
home, in Limington. Issue: 

1. Eflie E., b. II Aug., 1864; mar. 19 Apr., 1897, Charles Small; 
home, in Limington. Issue: 

1st. Florence E., b. 6 July, 1898. 

2. Eunice F., b. 18 Apr., 1866; d. 12 Sept., 1889. 

3. Gertrude C, b. 12 Sept., 1876. 

4. Ruth M., b. 17 Mar., 1884. 


From Family No. 16. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Joshua, Joshua. 

Joshua Brackett was born November 9, 1828; married January 
6, 1850, Adelia B. Redlon, daughter of John B. and wife, Lucy Smith, 
of Hollis; home, in Portland. Issue: 

1. Atwood T., b. 17 Oct., 1850; mar. Emma Scamman. Children 
are Lillian; Ethel; Leroy; Isabel; Clayton; Clifton. 

2. John B., b. in Apr., 1855; is a tailor. 

3. Charles E., b. 28 Nov., 1858; mar. Nellie Frost; is a jeweler; 
home, in Knightville, Me.: has dau. Hattie. 

4. Mary A., b. 21 Sept., 1865. 



From Family No. 17. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Samuel, Samuel. 

Samuel Brackett was born in lyimington, Me., August i, 1828; 
married November 17, 1848, Elizabeth lyibby, born January 26, 1823, 
died in 1869, daughter of Captain Cyrus (born October 15, 1778, died 
August 18, 1838, married December 23, 1800, Lois I^ibby.) Married 
(2nd) ly. M. Fick, born June 8, 1847, daughter of John C. and wife, 
Mary Ann Allen, of Port Huron, Mich. He died March 25, 1905; 
was a magnetic healer of the Weltmer school; resided in Biddeford, 
Me., Boston, Janesville, Wis., East Saginaw, Mich., Jefferson, la., 
in the order named; served in company I, 32d Wisconsin volunteer 
infantry from August 9, 1862, to February 7, 1863. Issue: 

1. Benjamin F., b. in 1857; mar. Martha Tinerdale; home, in 
Jefferson, la. Issue: 

1st. Frances Hazel, b. 23 Mar., 1894. 

2nd. Gussie Ann, b. 5 Apr., 1899. 

3d. Zebulon Franklin, b. 12 July, 1900. 

2. Alice Abby, mar. 19 Oct., 1880, George Batchelder Libby, 
son of Capt. Thomas L. Libby and wife, Mary E. Batchelder. 

3. Essa Pearl, b. 4 Aug., 1875; mar. 11 Dec, 1895, Byron A. 
Baker of Port Huron, Mich., traveling salesman, b. 9 Apr., 1870, son 
of Schuyler and wife, Mar}^ Peake. No issue. 


From Family No. 17. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Samuel, John H. 

John H. Brackett was born August 4, 1833, in Eimington, Me.; 
is a carpenter in Biddeford; formerly lived in Ea Crosse, Wis.; enlisted 
October 9, 1861, in company K, 13th Maine volunteer infantry and 
discharged August 10, 1865; captured and confined in camp Tyler, 
Texas; married (ist). May 27, 1853, Anna Flood; married (2nd) 
Nellie Morrill, born in 1838, daughter of Aaron and wife, Julia Ann. 

1. Orlando, b. 16 Apr., 1857. See family 42. 

2. Martha Washington, b. in Biddeford, 28 Aug., i860; mar. 15 
Mar., 1878, Benjamin W. Merrill, b. in Hollis, Me., 3 Nov., 1855, 
son of Joseph and wife, Sarah C. Jose, of Hollis, later of Saco, Me.; is 
a stationary engineer; home, in Saco, Me. Issue: 

1st. Ineze Mabel, b. 8 Oct., 1879; mar. 28 Aug., 1901, Roscoe 
Day Fairfield; home in Biddeford, Me. Issue: 

I. Esther Ramona, b. 10 Sept., 1902. 

II. Sarah Hutchins, b. 3 Feb., 1904. 

2nd. Frederick William, b. 22 Jan., 1883; d. 21 July, 1883. 

3d. Grace Esther, b. 19 Mar., 1884. 

4th. Guy Henry, b. 20 July, 1886. 
5th. Faith Gladys, b. 19 Oct., 1891. 


6th. Hampton Ethelard, b. 30 Apr., 1893. 
7th. John Fremont Brackett, b. 18 Mar., 1900. 

3. Ella, b. I Jan., 1862. 

4. Miles Edwin, b. 26 Dec, 1870; mar. Eizzie Roberts; home, in 
Biddeford. Issue: 

1st. Ralph Edwin, b. 17 Nov., 1890. 
2nd. Florence May, b. 21 June, 1892. 

5. Samuel Eugene, b. 15 Apr., 1873; mar. Sarah Burg; home, in 
Lowell. Issue: 

1st. Elmer Eugene, b. 13 Oct., 1896. 

6. Henry Albert, b. 19 Aug., 1875. 

7. Ruth Anna, b. 28 Nov., 1878, in Biddeford, Me.; mar. 22 Dec, 
1896, Harry Gordon, b. 8 July, 1877, son of Mark and wife, Ej'dia 
Proctor, of Biddeford; is a stationary engineer; home, in Biddeford. 

1st. H. Maurice, b. 15 Apr., 1898. 
2nd. Marion R., b. 16 May, 1899. 

8. Nellie May, b. 4 Dec, 1881, in Biddeford; mar. 22 June, 1904, 
John Haley, b. 16 Oct., 1863, son of Noah and wife, Eliza Poole, 
of Biddeford; is a dealer in lobsters; home, in Biddeford. 


From Family No. 17. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Samuel, James M. 

James M. Brackett was born in Eimington, Me., April 18, 1835; 
married March 7, 1869. Emma Dickenson, died March 7, 1875, age 
thirty-two years, daughter of William and wife, Sarah; married (2nd) 
June 25, 1876, Eunice J. Doughty, daughter of Mark and wife, Phoebe 
Styles; served in ist Wis. battery, light artillery, from January 3, 
1863, to July 18, 1865; lived in Buxton, Biddeford, Me., Eawrence, 
Eowell, Mass., Janesville and Ea Crosse, Wis., Chicago, and Wash- 
ington, D. C; was a carpenter, and for several 3'ears was an employee 
in the Pension Bureau; died in 1902. Issue: 

1. Eva, b. 15 Oct., 1877; mar. William Griffin; d. 27 Nov., 1898. 

1st. WilHam Ernest, b. 6 Sept., 1898. 

2. Harry U., b. 30 Jan., 1879. 


From Family No. 17. Descent: Anthon^^ Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Samuel, Charles A. 

Charles A. Brackett was born in Eimington, in 1837; married 
; lives in Cedar city. Mo.; is a commission merchant. Issue: 

1. Fred, b. in 1863, in Iowa; mar. in 1898, Ollie Holt, b. in 1880, 
dau. of William B. and wife, Virginia Norv^ell, of New Frankfort, Mo.; 
is a barber; home in Cedar city. Mo. Issue: 

1st. Marie, b. in 1899. 

2. Frank, mar. Katie Wolf; home, in Tro^^ Mo. 

3. Jennie, mar. W. A. Scott; home, in Roodhouse, 111. 

4. Annie, mar. Joe Pickens; home, in Brunswick, Mo.; had Joe. 

5. Clarence, not married. 



From Family No. 17. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Samuel, Nelson. 

Nelson Brackett was born June 19, 1840; married August 15, 

1859, Ellen , daughter of Francis , and wife, Mary , of 

Fond du I^ac, Wis., born September 11, 1842. died February 16. 1867; 
is a coal dealer; home, in Toledo, Ohio. Issue: 

1. Adella, b. 14 July, 1861; mar. 22 June, 1889, August Labidda; 
home, in Toledo. 

2. William H., b. 4 Dec, 1863. See family 43. 

3. Ellen, b. in March, 1865. 
■4. Evaline, b. 3 May, 1866. 



From Family No. 27. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Joseph, Joshua, Jefferson B. 

Jefferson B. Brackett was born in Casco (then Raymond), March 
6, 1832; lived in Casco until he was seventeen years old when he com- 
menced teaching school; this occupation he followed for thirt}- years 
in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island; later years was in life 
insurance business; is deceased; married February 21, 1857, Sarah E. 
Hayes, born November 18, 1837, daughter of Wentworth and wife, 
Olive Kimball, of Chelsea, Mass.; resided in Portland. Issue: 

1. Joshua F., b. 15 Aug., 1858; mar. 23 Mar. 1881, Abbie E. 
Rand, who d. 29 Aug., 1897, dau. of James Rand. Issue: 

1st. May Belle, b. 26 May, 1887. 

2. Elton J., b. 13 Nov., 1864; mar. 25 Feb., 1888, Efhe A. 
McEean, who d. 6 Aug., 1899; she was a dau. of- Henry McEean 
and wife, Minnie Soper, of Chesterville, Me. Issue: 

1st. Efhe A., b. i Aug., 1891. 


From Family No. 31. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Robert, James F., Anson E. 

Anson Eeslie Brackett was born in Eimington, Me., July 23, 
1859; married April 17, 1881, Etta C. Wentworth, born December 12, 
1863, in Eimington, daughter of Ivory and wife, Asenath M. B. Carll, 
of Eimington; is a blacksmith; has Hved in East Sebago and Sebago 
Eake; home, in Eimington. Issue: 

1. Ivory Franklin, b. 8 Oct., 1882; d. 31 Dec, 1887. 

2. Olive H., b. 30 Sept., 1883. 

3. Inez Maria, b. 5 Jan., 1885; d. 2 Feb., 1885. 



From Family No. 36. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Samuel, John H., Orlando M. 

Orlando Milton Brackett was born April 16, 1857, in Chicago, 
Illinois; married December 25, 1884, Anna M. Trine, born June 7, 
1863. daughter of Aaron L. and wife, Sally Rumple, of Hamilton, Ohio; 
is a carpenter; for several years he resided and worked at his trade in 
Norwalk, Ohio, where he is well and favorably known; during the 
summer of 1905, he removed to Biddeford, Me. Issue: 

1. Elsie, b. 9 Oct., 1885. 

2. Earl, b. 27 Aug., 1887. 

3. Elmer, b. 14 Nov., 1889. 

4. Ernest, b. 23 Mar., 1894. 

5. Eugene, b. 12 Feb., 1896. 

6. Evert, b. 16 Nov., 1898. 


From Family No. 39. Descent: Anthony, Anthony, Zachariah, 
Joshua, Joshua, Samuel, Nelson, William H. 

William H. Brackett was born December 4, 1863; married May 
4, 1884, Annie Donahue; home, in Toledo, Ohio. Issue: 

1. William Nelson, b. 23 Feb., 1885. 

2. Earl Eewis, b. 14 Feb., 1887. 

3. Evelina, b. 28 Jan., 1889. 

4. Robert Clarence, b. 27 Nov., 1890. 

5. Roy Eeo, b. 25 Aug., 1893. 

6. Annie May, b. i Jan., 1896. 

7. Ellen Evangeline, b. in Feb., 1898. 







From Chapter VIII. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 

John Brackett was born June 29, 1720, baptized January 21, 
1728; died February 18, 1814. He perhaps served in King George's 
war, though it is not known in what organization or in what capacity 
he served. He was a person of social distinction in the locality where 
he resided. Was a farmer; always lived in Berwick. The land 
which he cleared and on which he dwelt and raised his family is 
owned by one of his descendants in the male line. 

He married July 4, 1745, Miriam Thompson, born January 26, 
1723, baptized March 23, 1727, died December 2, 1810, was daughter 
of Miles; he was born Februarj- 15, 1689, married February 14, 1713, 
Abigail Gowen, was son of Bartholomew Thompson; he was living in 
Berwick in 1723, mentioned as deceased in 1748, was son of Miles; he 
was in Boston in May, 1643, in South Berwick in 1656, married Ann 
(born in 1635, living in 1717), was living in 1702. 

Abigail Gowen who married Miles Thompson, was born April 12, 
168-, was daughter of Nicholas; he was born in 1668, deputy to the 
general court in 1709, married Abigail Hodsdon, died in 1742, was 
son of William; he w^as in Kittery in 1666, married Elizabeth Frost, 
died April 2, 1686. 

Abigail Hodsdon who married Nicholas Gowen, was daughter of 
Benoni; he was of Berwick, baptized December 5, 1647, married 
Abigail Curtis, probably was son of Nicholas; he was in Hingham, 
Mass., in 1635, in Watertown, Mass.. in 1650, in Kittery, Me., in 
1655, later lived near Birchpoint brook. South Berwick, perhaps was 
killed by the Indians in an attack on Wells in 1704, wife was Esther 

Abigail Curtis who married Benoni Hodsdon was daughter of 
Thomas; he lived in York, Me., will proved in 1706; wife's name 
was Elizabeth. 

Elizabeth Frost who married May 14, 1667, William Gowen, was 
born in May, 1640, Hving in 1733, was daughter of Nicholas Frost, 
the immigrant. Issue: 

1. John, b. 19 Sept., 1746; bapt. 23 Aug., 1747; mar. 29 Nov., 
1779, Eunice Wentworth; d. 8 Feb., 1830; farmer, always hved in 
Berwick; ser%'ed several terms of enlistments as a soldier in the Conti- 
nental army; his wife died in early life. The censuses show that he 
lived alone for many years. No issue. 

2. James, b. 12 Mar., 1748. See family 2. 

3. Daniel, b. 2 Mar., 1750. See family 3. 


4. Miles, b. 6 May, 1752. See family 4. 

5. Nathan, b. 26 Aug., 1754. See family 5. 

6. Moses, b. 26 Mar., 1756. See family 6. 

7. Miriam, b. 23 May, 1758; mar. 26 Feb., 1778, Morrell Hobbs 
of Berwick, b. 23 Nov., 1753; d. 20 Oct., 1826; lived in Harrison, 
Me.; she d. 18 Apr., 1836. Issue: eleven children, viz., Reuben; 
Abigail; Henry; Joseph L.; Miriam B.; Polly; Susan; Morrell, Jr.; 
Charlotte; John; and Sally. Abigail mar. Benjamin Sanborn; their 
daughter Almira Sanborn mar. Charles R. Stubbs of Portland and 
had issue: 

1st. Albert R., b. 15 May, 1841; unmar.; home, in Portland; 
librarian of the Maine Genealogical society. 
2nd. Mary A., b. i June, 1843; unmar. 
3d. Francis J., b. 17 Oct., 1852; mar. Elizabeth Courteney. 

8. Abigail, b. 27 Oct., 1761; mar. 7 Aug., 1788, Jacob Remick, 
son of Nathaniel and wife, Jane Libby. 

9. Mary, b. 17 Mar., 1764; never mar. 

10. Anna, b. 4 May, 1766; never mar.; d. 20 Jan., 1826. 

11. Susannah, b. 5 May, 1768, mar. Moses Smith of Berwick; d. 
I Oct., 1854. 



From Famil}^ No. i. Descent: ^nthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, James. 

James Brackett was born March 12, 1748, in Berwick; baptized 
September 8, 1749; some records give as date of his birth March 17, 
1748. Was commonly called James, Jr., to distinguish him from his 
uncle. Deacon James Brackett who, until about 1794, resided in Ber- 
wick. James, Jr., early in life became prominent in public town mat- 
ters, held several town oiBces; was selectman in years 1795, 1796, 1798, 
1799, 1800, 1 80 1, 1802, 1803, and 1804. He settled in North Ber- 
wick where he acquired a good estate; the farm w^hich he cleared and 
owned, is now the property of one of his descendants, David H. 
Brackett; died March 27, 1831. Married December 23, 1773, Anna 
Stillings, born May 4, 1754, died January 20, 1826. Issue: 

1. John, b. 18 Aug., 1774. See family 7. 

2. James, b. 18 June, 1777. See family 8. 

3. Abigail, b. 2 Nov., 1779; mar. in 1803, Chadbourne Pray; d. 
9 Oct., 1830. 

4. Isaac, b. 7 Aug., 1782. See family 9. 

5. Anna, b. i Feb., 1785; mar. 6 Mar., 1807, Andrew Neal, Jr., of 

6. Levi, b. 16 Jul^^ 1787. See family 10. 

7. Miriam, b. 31 December, 1789; mar. 2 Aug., 1809, John Hall, 
Jr., b. 14 July, 1786, d. 14 Dec, 1858; she d. 29 Oct., 1853. Issue: 

1st. Mary, b. 2 Dec, 1810; d. 15 Mar., 1817. 
2nd. Silas, b. 15 June, 1812; d. 13 Aug., 1812. 

3d. Silas, b. 13 Sept., 1815; married Hannah ; d. i July, 

1878. Issue: 


I. John, is dec. II. Abbie, is dec, mar. Thomas Abbott, 
had Charles; Fannie, is dec; Fred; Esther; Edward, is dec; Eouise! 
is dec. III. Sarah Ann, mar. Albert Estes; had Frank of North 
Berwick. IV. Emma, mar. John Chadbourne; had Emma. V. 
lionise, mar. 20 Jan., 1876, Charles E. Fall; had Uon L-, b. 24 Nov., 
1876; Bertha M.. b. 28 Mar., 1879 (mar. 15 June, 1900, Benj. f'. 
Thompson, had Mildred Thompson, b. 15 Mar., 1901, and Edna B. 
Thompson, b. 24 Oct.. 1902); Ethel I^. Fall, b. 12 Mar., 1888; Emma 
H. Fall, b. 16 Apr., 1891; all reside in Lebanon, Me. VI. Eizzie, 
mar. Josiah Morrell. No issue; resides in North Berwick. VII. 
John P., is dec 

4th. Brackett, b. 13 Sept., 1815; d. 25 Apr., 1900; mar. 27 
Mar., 1842, Abigail Hall; upon her dec. he mar. (2nd) 27 Nov., 1859, 
Mary A. Emery. Issue, all who are living, reside in North Berwick: 
I. Mary Ann, b. i Jan., 1844; d. 2 Aug., 1893; mar. James 
Joynes; had Abbie E. Joynes, b. 11 May, 1878. II. Abbie M., b. 23 
Apr., 1849; mar. 24 June, 1903, Hosea S. Merrifield. III. John 
Brackett, b. 3 Jan., 1851. IV. Elmer E., b". 25 Mar., 1861; d. 8 
Feb., 1886. V. Davis WilHams, b. 17 Mar., 1865. VI. Frank 
Emer}', b. 15 Oct., 1872. 

5th. Stacy, b. 8 Dec, 18 19; mar. 30 Oct., i860, Abbie Lewis 
Crosby, who d. 16 Nov., 1899. Issue: I. Stacy Lewis, b. 4 Oct., 
1861; mar. 12 Nov., 1890, Myra Johnson Tupper; resides in Boston, 
Mass.; had Ralph vStacy, V). 15 Mar., 1892; Marion, b. 22 Mar., 1894, 
d. in May, 1895; Howard Brackett, b. 16 Feb., 1897. II. Edith 
Marion, b. 8 June, 1864. III. Frank Crosby, b. 18 Mar., 1869; d. i 
June, 1876. IV.- Harry Stanley, b. 27 June, 1873; d. 13 Jan., 1875. 
V. Maria Curtis, b. 23 July, 1876, d. 24 Jan., 1895. 

6th. John, b. 2 Oct., 1822 ; d. 17 July, 1902; mar. 28 May, 1846, 
Joanna H. Fernald, who d. 8 Mar., 1893. Issue: I. Olive Ann, b. 
18 May, 1847; mar. James L. Woodsom; resides in North Berwick; 
had George Ashley. II. George Henry, b. 2 Mar., 1849; mar. 8 
June, 1880. Kate L. Cummock; resides in Berwick; had Walter 
Cummock, b. 5 May 1881; George Harold, b. 8 Mar., 1885, d. 29 
Apr., 1904; twin sons, b. and d. 5 July, 1883; Annie A., b. 19 Aug., 
1886; Mary, b. 4 July, 1888. Ili. Miriam, b. 11 Apr., 1851; mar. 24 
Oct., 1876^ Oilman N. Deering; reside in Saco, Me.; children, Ethel 
M., b. Nov., 1879; Joanna F.. b. 12 Aug., 1881; William H., b. 21 
July, 1886. IV. Frances Esther, b. 9 July, 1855. V. Joanna Hurd, 
b. 13 Dec, 1857; mar. 28 Mav, 1887, James O. McCorison; resides in 
North Berwick; had Edith M., b. 17 Jan., 1891, d. 30 Aug., 1891; 
John H., b. 23 Julv, 1892; James L-, b. 25 Jan., 1894, d. 8 Feb., 
1894; James O. b. '15 Mav, 1895. VI. Ella Josephine, b. i Dec, 
i860; mar. 11 June, 1^887, Nathaniel S. Austin, resides in North Ber- 
wick; had EHzabeth. VII. John, b. 21 Sept., 1864. VIII. Stacy, 
b. 26 Mar. 1867. 

7th. Sarah Ann. b. 9 Jan., 1826; mar. Wilson T. Fall; d. i 
Nov., 1853. Issue: I. Humphrey W., b. 28 Jan., 1848; mar. Jane 
B. Malcolm; resides in Chicago; had Bertha; d. 25 Mar., 1878; 
Mary, d. 7 Apr., 1879; Miriam, d. 16 Apr., 1882; Humphrey W., b. 
7 Apr., 1883; Robert, b. 29 June, 1885, d. 22 Apr., 1903; Sarah A., 
d. 26 Jan., 1889; Jeannette, d. 9 Aug., 1891; twins Jeannette and 
Frances, b. 7 Oct., 1893. II. John Hall Fall, b. 11 Dec, 1852; d. 
18 Feb., 1898. 


8th. Mary Esther, b. 21 July, 1829; mar. 24 July, 1857, S. A. 
Hubbard; she d. 8 Apr., 1867. Issue: I. Charles A., b. 2 May, 1859; 
mar. 29 Dec, 1888, lyizzie E. Brown; resides in North Berwick; had 
Edith M., b. 19 June, 1890; C. Roscoe, b. 2 June, 1891; Doris A., b. 
13 July, 1904. II. Miriam, b. 27 Aug., 1862; d. 30 Mar., 1886. 
III. John v., b. 12 Sept., 1863; d. 23 Jan., 1896; mar. 27 Oct., 1890, 
Josie ly. Armstrong. IV. Mary Esther, b. 25 Nov., 1866; mar. in 
July, 1887, George A. Brown. 

9th. Orin, b. 30 Oct., 1831; d. 29 Sept., 1853. 

8. Molly, b. 24 Apr., 1791; d. in Nov., 1806. 

9. Ebenezer, b. 17 Aug., 1793. See family 11. 

10. Susannah, b. 18 Jan., 1796; mar. i Dec, 1814, Silas Heard, Jr.; 
who d. I Dec, 1857, age, 70 years; she d. 2 Aug., i860. Issue: 

1st. James B., d. 2 June, 1858. 
2nd. Mary, d. 18 Jan., 1891. 
3d. Dorcas, d. 3 Jan., 1892. 
4th. Susan, b. 15 Aug., 1822. 
5th. Ann, d. 27 Mar., 1895. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, Daniel. 
Daniel Brackett was born March 2, 1750, in Berwick; baptized 
April II, 1750; was a member of the Second church, from which he 
and his wife withdrew August 23, 1795, to join the church in Shap- 
leigh. Me. At the time he had been a resident of Shapleigh for sev- 
eral years; the census of 1790 shows him living there; he married in 
Berwick Nov. 3, 1774, Mary Andrews; married (2nd) Lydia Merrow; 
was a school teacher; had a withered arm; continued to live • in 
Shapleigh until his death, which occurred between 1800 and 18 10. 
The part of the town where he lived is now Acton. Issue by first wife, 
not in order of birth: 

1. Mary Ann, mar. Pinkham; no issue. 

2. Susan, never mar. 

3. Polly. 

4. Jemima, mar. Stillings; had Elizabeth who mar. Stillings; and 
Samuel, who for many years was a builder and contractor in Bos- 
ton; he had children, Samuel; Augusta; Oscar; Daniel; Albert; 

5. Benjamin, who died young and unmar. 
Issue by second wife: 

6. Ivor3^ b. 25 Nov., 1788. See family 12. 

7. Betsey, who mar. Jacob Crockett; had a large f amity, of whom 
John Crockett lives at New Durham, N. H. 

8. Isaac, mar. Frances Dow; she survived him and d. in 1882; 
had one child, which d. in infancy. 

9. Lucinda. mar. Ebenezer Bickford. Issue: 
1st. Charles, who died in the civil war. 
2d. Jackson, inmate of a soldier's home. 

3d. Elizabeth, mar. Willard Morse, had one child only, a girl; 
she was adopted by a man and his wife with the intention that the 
child never should learn that she was not their offspring. 



From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel 
John, Miles. 

Miles Brackett was born May 6. 1752; baptized November 10, 
1752; was a farmer; always lived in Berwick; married January 26, 
1775, I.ydia Keay, born August 7, 1754, died August 22, 183 1; he 
died March 4, 1827. Issue: 

1. Miriam, b. 12 Apr., 1776; d. in Oct., 1776. 

2. Samuel, b. 16 Dec, 1777. See family 13. 

3. Miles, Jr., b. 26 Sept., 1780. See family 14. 

4. Hannah, b. 19 Dec, 1783; mar. 9 Dec, 1802, Joseph Heard, 
b. 2 Nov., 1779, d. 5 Feb., 1850, son of Joseph and wife, Sarah Went'- 
worth. Children, Sarah; Lydia; Miles; Paul; Jane; and John. 

5. John, b. 28 Jan., 1785. See family 15. 

(5. Jacob, b. 15 Mar., 1787; d. in June, 1789. 

7. Susannah, b. 29 Nov., 1790; mar. 2 Aug., 1810, Wilham 
Chadbourne; she d. 10 Oct., 1876. Issue: 

1st. Melinda, b. 23 May, 181 1. 2nd. Isa'iah, b. 10 Feb., 1813. 
3d. Francis, b. 19 Mar., 1815. 4th. OHve, b. 29 Oct., 1817. 5th. 
John, b. 20 Oct., 1820. (ith. Hannah J., b. 6 Oct., 1822. 7th. 
Dydia, b. 26 Aug., 1824. 8th. Lydia B., b. 26 Aug., 1827. 

8. David, b. 18 July, 1793. See family 16. 


From Family No. 1. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, Nathan. 

Nathan Brackett was born in Berwick, August 26, 1754. Served 
as a private in Captain Ebenezer Sulhvan's company. Colonel James 
Scammon's regiment; enlisted July 17, 1775; name on muster roll 
dated August 8, 1775; service, fifteen days. Received order for 
bounty coat or its equivalent in money, dated Cambridge, December 
20, 1775. Served in Captain Samuel Grant's company. Colonel 
Storer's regiment; enhsted August 14, 1777; discharged November 30, 
1777, at Queman's heights; served four months and three days with 
Northern army. Married August 6, 1778, Mary Hurd, born 1757, 
daughter of Benjamin (son of James and wife Deborah, son of Benja- 
min, son of John) born August 2, 1785, in Dover, N. H., and wife, 
Mary Wiley, daughter of Samuel and wife, Sarah, of Durham, N. H. 
Was a farmer; moved from Berwick to Shapleigh; was in the latter 
town as early as 1790. He died Feb. 17, 1837. Issue: 

1. Mariam. b. 5 Feb., 1779; d. unmar., in June, 1852. 

2. Benjamin, b. in 1780; never mar.; will dated 8 Oct., 1844; d. 
21 Aug., 1848. 

3. Mary, mar. in 1813, John Gower. 

4. Nathan, b. in 1784. See family 17. 

5. John, b. II Apr., 1787. See family 18. 

6. James Hurd, b. in 1790. See family 19. 

7. Deborah, mar. 13 Jan., 1809, Benjamin Dore; d. 26 Nov., 1865. 

8. Phebe, b. 30 Jan., 1795; mar. John Lary; d. 2 Nov., 1873. 

9. Abigail, b. 12 June, 1797; mar. Moses Brackett; d. 7 Sept., 
1879. Issue (see fam. 20). 



From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, Moses. 

Moses Brackett was born March 26, 1756, in Berwick; married 
October 16, 1788. Sarah Hurd, daughter of Benjamin (son of James 
and wife, Deborah, son of Benjamin, son of John) and wife, Marj-, 
daughter of Samuel Willey and wife, Sarah, of Durham, N. H. 
Moses married the second time; wife's name, unknown; was a farmer; 
settled in Clinton, Kennebec county. Me.; upon his second marriage, 
he moved to Gardiner, Me. Issue, by first marriage, not in order of 

1. Moses, b. in 1792. See family 20. 

2. Aaron, never mar.; d. at age of 50 years. 

3. Mariam, who mar. Nelson. 

4. Mar}^ who mar. Twombley. 

5. vSarah, who mar. Simon D. Brackett (see div. 12, fam. 16). 
Issue, by second marriage, not in order of birth: Nancy; Martha, 
who mar. Thomas Rogers; Betsey. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, James, John. 

John Brackett was born in Berwick, August 18, 1774; was a 
farmer in Parsonsfield, York county, Me., in which place he died 
April 3, 1803. Married July 2, 1800, Betsey Fogg, born May 27, 
1779, died in 1850, daughter of James and wife, Anne Remick; he 
was born June 23, 1731, married September 23, 1756, died in 1805, 
lived in Berwick, was son of James Fogg; he was born March 17, 
1704, married October 28, 1728, Elizabeth Fernald, died December 
24, 1787, lived on homestead in Eliot, was son of Daniel Fogg; he 
was born April 16, 1660, married about 1684, Hannah lyibby of Scar- 
borough, daughter of John (born 1602, died 1682, in employ of John 
Winter 1635-9, at Richmond island), died June 9, 1755, moved to 
Scarborough, thence to Portsmouth, thence to Kittery, settled in 
what is now Eliot, was son of Samuel Fogg; he was born Februarj^ 
20, 1605, married October 12, 1652, Ann Shaw (who died about 
1661), came in 1630, from Exeter, England, with Winthrop, to Bos- 
ton; in Hampton 1638, one of the first there. 

Anne Remick, who married James Fogg, was born July 17, 1738, 
was daughter of Isaac Remick; he was born February, 14, 1705, 
married September 26, 1726, Anna Allen, was a shipwright, lived on 
Eliot's neck, belonged to Col. John Wheelwright's detachment of 
scouts, which served in the Indian war of 1722-5; was son of Joshua 
Remick; he was born April 24, 1672, married December 21, 1693, at 
Amesbury, Mass., Ann Lancaster, lived on the home place on Eliot's 
neck, was son of Christian Remick; he was the immigrant from Eng- 
land, or Holland, born 1631, was in Kittery at early date, settled on 
Eliot's neck, was several times selectman; wife's Christian name was 


Elizabeth Fernald, who married James Fogg, Sr., was born 
September 8, 1706, died in 1766, was daughter of James Fernald; he 

was born about 1675, married Mary (who died about 1740), 

died about 1740, was son of John Fernald; he was born about 1642, 
married Marj^ Spinney, died April 19, 1687, was a cordwainer, was 
son of Reginald Fernald; he came to Portsmouth as surgeon with 
colonists sent by Captain John Mason, died in 1656, wife's name was 

Mary Spinney was daughter of Thomas, the immigrant; he 
married about 1651, Margary (perhaps, Randall), lived at end of 
Eliot's neck, was called a weaver, died August 31, 1701, age sixty- 
nine years. Issue: 

1. Anna, b. 13 Apr., 1801; was living in 1898; mar. Silas Cart- 
land, b. 19 Mar., 1798, son of Peletiah and wife, Anna Hanson; had 
children, Asa; John B.; James; Silas H.; Elizabeth; Anna; Joseph 

2. John, b. 4 June, 1803. See family 21. , 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, James, James. 

James Brackett was born in Berwick, June 18, 1777; married 
Betsey Brackett, nee Fogg, his brother's widow; was a farmer in Par- 
sonsfield. Me., where he died in 1844. Issue: 

1. James, b. 10 June, 1805. See family 22. 

2. Susan, b. 11 Nov., 181 1; date of death not learned; mar. 1847, 
Samuel M. Bradbury, b. in 1804. d. 22 Sept., 1888, son of James and 
wife, Ann Moulton. Children, James Otis; Eva; Carrie; Frank M.; 

3. Elizabeth, b. in 1821; also mar. Samuel M. Bradbury; d. in 
1900; home, in Limington, Me. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, James, Isaac. 

Isaac Brackett was born August 7, 1782, in Berwick; lived in 
North Berwick, where he died subsequently to i860; was commonly 

called Deacon Isaac. Married (ist) ; married (2nd) 

Rebecca Langley, widow of Amos Langley, Sr., nee Eibby, born 
June 24, 1798, died July 19, 1848, daughter of James of Berwick, and 
wife, Hannah Woodsum. Issue: 

1. Mary, b. in 1807; never mar.; living in 1880. 

2. Sarah S., b. in 1828; mar. Amos Eangley, Jr., (see fam. 11). 

1st. Mary E., b. about 1868. 

2nd. Walter M., b. about 1872. 

3. Dorcas, b. about 1836. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, James, Levi. 

Levi Brackett was born in Berwick, July 16, 1787; married 
August 18, 1807, Mercy Hall, born April 6, 1789, died April 27, 1880, 
daughter of Silas and wife, Sarah Clements; was a farmer; home, in 
North Berwick; died August 24, 1857. Issue: 

1. Silas, b. 8 Feb., 1809. See family 23. 

2. James, b. 14 Jan., 1811. See family 24. 

3. Ann, b. 13 Apr., 1813; mar. in Nov., 1837, Oliver Nutter, b. 
29 June, 1812, d. 10 June, 1892, son of Jacob and wife, Elizabeth 
Johnson, of North Berwick; a farmer in Alfred, Me; she d. 24 Apr., 
1900. Issue: 

1st. Mary E. Nutter, b. 22 Jan., 1840; mar. S. M. Day; home, 
in Milford, Mass. Children, Walter C; and Annie, who mar. Kay. 

2nd. Joseph B., b. 8 Dec, 1841; mar. Lucy Allen; home, in 
Boston. Children, Frank and Lucy. 

3d. James J., b. 6 Oct., 1843; mar. J F. Day, dau. of Robert 

and wife, Edna Littlefield; lived in Alfred; now a farmer in Mendon, 
Mass. Issue: I. Elsworth, b. 15 Oct., 1867. II. Evelyn J., b. 
12 Dec, 1869. III. Jennie L. J., b. i6July, 1871. IV. Newton, b. 
18 Aug., 1872. V. Grace G., b. 11 May, 1875. VI. Nettie E., 
b. 6 Sept., 1876. 

.4th. Oliver G., b. in Apr., 1845; mar. Abbie Gary. 

5th. JohnT., b. 27 Aug., 1846; mar. 13 May, 1871, Emma F. 
Allen; home, in Alfred. Issue: 

I. Helen N., b. 6 Apr., 1872; mar. 24 Feb., 1897, Harrison 
H. Fairfield. Child, Harrison N., b. 26 Mar., 1901. 

II. Carrie M., b. 26 July, 1874; mar. 24 Nov., 1894, Henry 
E. Wentworth; d. 12 May, 1902. 

III. George W., b. 26 Apr., 1877. 

IV. Herbert A., b. 23 Aug., 1879. 

V. Marcus O., b. 11 Sept., 1882. 

4. John, b. 21 Dec. 1815. See family 25. 

5. Sarah, b. 13 May, 181 8; mar. George W. Kea3'S; d. in South 
Berwick, i May, 1881. No issue. 

6. Olive, b. 23 May, 1823; mar. Thomas Hammond; is dec; she 
d. in South Berwick, 30 Oct., 1899. Children, Levi B.; Charles M.; 
Hattie; and Nettie, who mar. G. H. Hill; all dec. 

7. Mary, b. 14 Apr., 1825; d. 21 Sept., 1829. 

8. David, b. 14 Mar., 1827; d. 27 Aug., 1829. 

9. Levi K., b. 8 Apr., 1832. See family 26. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, James, Ebenezer. 
Ebenezer Brackett was born in Berwick, August 17, 1793; resided 
in North Berwick, where he died February 24, 1869; was a farmer; 
married (ist) Miriam Gowen, who died; married (2nd) September 14, 
1826, Francis Libby, born December 28, 1803, died December 28, 

1 87 1, daughter of David and wife, Alice . Issue: 

1. Martha, b. in 1817; d. in Oct., 1898. 


2. Isaac, b. in 1821; never mar.; d. in Aug., 1889. 

3. Catharine, b. 5 Aug., 1827; mar. Amos Langley; d. in Apr., 
1857. Issue: 

1st. Melissa, b. about 1850. 
2nd. Fannie, b. about 1852. 
3d. Susan, b. about 1856. 

4. Eben, b. 27 Aug., 1829; d in Oct.,,1851. 

5. Emeline, b. 10 June, 1833; mar. Amos Langlev; d. in Sept., 

6. Libby E., b. 10 Jan., 1836; mar. Martha Hanscom; d. 26 Sept., 
1893. Issue: 

1st. Catharine, who mar. Currier. 
2nd. Eben H., who d. unmar. 
3d. Myra A., who mar. Goss. 

7. Charles E., b. 17 Apr., 1843. vSee f amity 27. 

FAMILY NO. 12. " 

From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John. Daniel, Ivory. 

Ivory Brackett was born November 25, 1788, in Shapleigh, Me.; 
his father removed to Wolfboro, N. H.; there he grew to manhood 
and married, in 1814, Sally Willey, -born September i, 1790, died 
April 22, 1867, daughter of Nathaniel and wife, Dorothy Quimby, of 
Wolfboro, N. H. After the birth of his second child, in Wolfboro, 
he removed to Bingham, Me., then to Blanchard, back to Bingham, 
then to Waterville, Me., where he died August 23, 1869. Was a 
farmer, and while he lived in Waterville, a drayman. '"A man of 
most sterling qualities," writes his daughter, Mrs. Soule, who con- 
tinues: — 

"Of a ver}' mild disposition, bearing anything rather than com- 
plain or quarrel, he was yet most uncompromising in a struggle for 
the right * * * He was very active in the so-called Washingtonian 
temperance movement many years ago. He had a most generous 
heart, always keeping open house for all, but j^et so inflexible was his 
rule for Sabbath observance that invited guests got only lunch — no 
cooking or unnecessar}' work ever being done on that day. In relig- 
ious belief he was a Free Will Baptist, and at the time of his death 
was deacon of the F. W. church at Fairfield; he was connected with 
that denomination from early life. The arrival of the 'Morning Star,' 
the Free Will Baptist organ, was one of the star events of my earliest 
childhood, when we had very little to read * * * . 

In person he was above the average height; in his youth I should 
judge he was six feet; of commanding presence, prominent features 
and dark sallow complexion. These personal traits have been very 
marked in many of the family I have met * * * . In our own family 
and its succeeding generations, so far, every one has married a pro- 
nounced blonde, and 3^et no blue-eyed child has ever appeared; thej^ 
all hark back to the black-eyed ancestor. Another family trait is the 
early blanching of the hair. We are all gra}^ at twenty and white 
before fifty. 

His carryall was like a bird's nest for the children peeping out on 
all sides whenever he was on the road. I believe it was true of my 


father that 'none knew him but to love him,' and I am proud and 
glad to tender this tribute to his memory." 

It was through the recollections of one of those children who rode 
in, and clung on behind, his carryall, that the writer was able to find 
one of his descendants. As the locating, by a genealogist, of a mem- 
ber of some branches of a family, is the result of accident and chance, 
it may be of interest and not out of place, to relate how in this 
instance the whereabouts of one of the two sur\aving children of Ivory 
Brackett were learned. The story is similar to that of many experi- 
ences of the kind, with Hke results, in the particular of their turning 
upon some inconsequential word or act which leads to another and 
another, until the genealogist, ever with ear and eye open, seizes 
upon the possible clue or means of aid, and follows, or utilizes the one 
or the other, to the end, or to good purpose, respectively. One morn- 
ing in August, 1902, the writer was a passenger on a steamer up the 
Kennebec and in sight of Gardiner, patiently waiting for the tide to 
lift the steamer off a sandbar. While sitting on the deck he engaged 
in conversation an elderly gentleman, a Mr. Fernald, from Watervnlle, 
Me., who said he had "always lived in Waterville." When asked if 
he ever knew an Ivory Brackett, he at first said that he never had, 
and asked to know his business. When told that he was a drayman, 
Mr. Fernald said: — "Ah! I remember him very well; when I was a 
boy I used to hang onto his dray — all the children did because he 
let them." He further recollected that — "he was quite a hand to 
exhort at meetings, was a good speaker." Also knew that he had 
daughters but did not know he had sons (sons were several years 
older than was Mr. Fernald); yes, he well remembered one of the 
daughters; knew whom she married, and thought he could find her; 
would try and find where she was living. A postal card addressed to 
the writer was given him. A few weeks later he wrote a postal, say- 
ing that a Mr. Soule in Maiden, Mass., could, perhaps, tell what was 
wanted. Said Mr. Soule was written to, who answered, .saying that 
Mr. or Mrs. George H. Soule of Fitchburg, Mass., was the person 
who was searched for. The Soules of Fitchburg were written to. 
In answer came a letter from Mrs. Silence J. Soule, and the desired 
data relative to her branch of the family. Issue: 

1. Charles T., b. 25 Apr., 1815. See family 28. 

2. Nathaniel W., b. 14 Nov., 1816. See family 29. 

3. Mary Ann, b. 19 Oct., 1818; never mar.; d. 23 Aug., 1874. 

4. lyydia Tasker, b. 6 Sept., 1820; never mar.; d. 12 Jan., 1875. 

5. Mehitable Churchill, b. 17 Aug., 1822; mar. John Canney; d. 
in Feb., i860. Had three children, all of whom d. in infancy. 

6. Irena, b. 25 June, 1824; mar. I^eonard Holley; d. in June, 1873. 

7. Betsey Crockett, b. 5 Aug., 1828; mar. Charles Warren; d. 
6 Sept., 1905. 

8. Silence Jane, b. 15 Dec, 1830, in Blanchard, Me.; mar. 4 July, 
1852, George Henry Soule, b. in 1830, son of Daniel and wife, Mary 
Hayden; home, in North Leominster, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Elizabeth, b. in 1853; mar. in 1889, George A. Malley; 
home, in Worcester, Mass. 

2nd. Leslie B., b. in 1855; is dec. 

3d. Sarah Estelle, b. in 1857; mar. in 1879, George H. Pitcher; 
home, in Fitchburg, Mass. Issue: 


I. Edward ly., b. in 1880. 

II. Henry B., b. in 1882. 

4th. Charles Warren, b. in 1862: mar. in 1882, Ellen Glynn; 
home, in Fitchburg, Mass. Issue: 
I. Bessie, b. in 1883. 

To the question, "From what institution of learning are you a 
graduate," Mrs Soule answered: — "I graduated from the most famous 
institution of learning in New England, perhaps in the United States, 
— the little red schoolhouse." Other questions elicited that she had 
been interested in prison-reform work and in temperance work; had, 
until the last few years, been an active member of the W. C. T. U. 
from its beginning. The beautiful composition in her letters, the 
expression of thought in few and choice words, so simple and con- 
cise in style, that practice alone could make possible the perfection 
attained, led the writer to venture one more question, viz.: "Of what 
literary works are you the author?" To it there was no direct 
answer. The response was that — "If it were desirable for your 
book I could furnish a picture of primitive country life three-quarters 
of a century ago. We hadn't much except happiness, but that was 
pretty satisfactory." 

A description of the domestic life of our early ancestors properly 
constitutes a part of the family history, the life of one being much 
like the life of another; and there is not a great difference in the 
domestic life of one who lived two hundred years ago and one who 
lived but a hundred years ago. Such a description is presented to 
the reader. It is our fortune to have a word-picture of the domestic 
life of our ancestors, by an artist who has painted it in the somber 
and crude, but pleasing, colors of reality, and with unsurpassed 
excellence in all its details. On reading, from the first to the last 
paragraph, one is continuously charmed into an exclusive interest as 
each feature is presented and accurately described in so few words 
that one can quite well repeat them without review, and in such sim- 
ple and select diction as to make impossible any confusion of thought. 
As she saw and knew and remembers it, that primitive life is made 
known to us with such vivid force and beauty, that, while we read we 
become impressed in the belief that our ancestors had much to enjoy 
which we are denied. 

Primitive Country Life of Seventy-five Years Ago. 


As I sit at my farmhouse window and look across the pleasant 
fields, I see a row of telegraph poles marking the line of the railroad. 
A long train from the city passes swiftly by; nearer on the roadway 
whizzes a motor-car in a cloud of dust; the telephone is at my hand, 
the mail-box at my door. 

It is a far cry from these modern conditions to the log house 
where I was born three-quarties of a century ago. I sometimes won- 
der whether "I b I," whether I shall not wake presently from my 


My forebears on both sides were among the very early settlers 
of New Hampshire, and had their part in the making of colonial 
history. In those days stout hearts and strong arms were capital 
enough for any young man and woman to start in life. For example: 
One morning a j'outh and maiden, neither twenty years old, were 
married, put on their snow shoes and trudged fearlessly off on their 
wedding tour, following a spotted line many miles into the unbroken 
forest, to a solitary log cabin. The next winter there came to them 
a girl baby, my maternal grandmother, said to be the first white 
child born in the town of Wakefield, New Hampshire. 

My father and mother came from homes very much like this and 
in like manner began for themselves. When mother was married 
her father had become so forehanded that he could give his daughter 
a very complete "setting out" — a bed and bedding, chest of drawers, 
table, six chairs, a new milch cow, six sheep, besides homespun 
frocks, a white dimity wedding gown and a plaid silk. 

My father, who had, no doubt, inherited something of the 
adventurous spirit which led Anthony Brackett to cross the sea, 
decided to seek his fortune in the wilds of Maine; accordingly, he 
located on the Kennebec river some fifty miles above Augusta where 
there was already a small settlement. 

A century ago, a journe}' of one hundred-fift}' miles was not to 
be lightly undertaken, it having to be made on foot or horseback 
over roads hardh' deserving the name; but it could be done. M}^ 
grandparents several times visited our Maine home, and I remember 
that twice father and a friend walked to Ne'.v Hampshire to visit 
their relatives, spending from a week to ten days on the road. 

With material only too plenty and neighbors to lend a hand, it 
did not take long to rear a substantial log house with fireplace and 
chimne}' of field stone, with floor of rifted planks and hearthstone 
and door-rock in place. An immense back log being rolled into the 
fireplace with its companion fire stick and a quantity of light wood 
cunningly placed, the fire was kindled and the new home was 
established. It must be borne in mind that lighting a fire was not 
simply scratching a match. If no far-seeing person had brought fire 
there must be recourse to flint and steel, with which, if you were 
luck}', 3'ou might get a fire in five minutes. Afterwards the house 
would be chinked on the outside with clay and moss, the inside 
hewn smooth and a dresser set up for dishes. A lean-to covered 
with turf supplied the place of a cellar. 

When I, being the youngest, can first remember, affairs had so 
prospered that we lived in a frame house having a best room with 
braided rugs on the floor and asparagus branches in the fireplace. 
The best bed stood in one corner gay with its copper-plate coverlet 
and curtains, and high on the tester sheet were stored precious things 
out of the way of little folks. Lilacs and cinnamon roses sweetened 
the early summer air, and in the flower garden, where a corner was 
reserved for sage, chamomile, catnip, feverfew, and other herbs of 
power, — hollyhocks, poppies, four-o'clocks, bachelor's-buttons, mari- 
golds, double buttercups, sweet-williams, spice pinks, and lady's 
delights rioted and bloomed at their own sweet will. 

Everybody had to work hard earlj' and late, but there need be 
no lack of rude plenty; at any rate not when land enough had been 


cleared to raise corn and potatoes. The virgin soil was very produc- 
tive, and the fight with bug and blight was not on. 

The fuel supply was unlimited; there were all kinds of game, 
furred and feathered, in the woods; fish abounded in river and pond; 
the sugar maple gave syrup and sugar, the bees, hone}^ and, what 
was more important, wax for candles. We picked wild berries in 
their season, drying a quantity for winter use, and laid in a store of 

There was little difference between the richest and poorest of us. 
The rich had broader acres and larger barns; in their houses, another 
brass kettle or two and more pewter platters shining on the dresser; 
but all, rich and poor, toiled hard every da}^ the men in the field 
and the women in the house. There was no leisure class and very 
little mone5^ 

We all wore homespun, woolen in winter and linen in summer. 
Our plaid linens, natural color or white crossed with blue or brown, 
were very pretty. Lace, knit of bleached linen thread, finished 
the neck and sleeves of our frocks; for best we wore mitts and 
stockings of the white linen, knit in fancy open-work patterns. 
Mother was an expert at the loom and wove towel and table linen in 
handsome designs, bleaching it on the grass in apple-blossom time 
if possible. 

We made or raised so nearly all we used that we were very inde- 
pendent of the nearest general store seven miles away. I think salt 
was the onh' very necessary thing we could not provide. We had 
other things as tea, tobacco, spice, raisins, a sugar loaf and rice, 
exchanging farm produce for them. 

The coming of the tin pedlar three or four times a j^ear was a 
ver}' exciting event. Mother got buttons, pins and needles, fine 
thread, sometimes a web of cotton sheeting, and we looked with 
longing eyes at the flowered calicoes and delaines, not knowing that 
our homespun was much more artistic. 

My ever increasing wonder is that the days were long enough to 
do our work. Not long ago a memorial-day orator said: "A people 
are at their best under the spur of necessity." That's where we 
were. We early learned that we must work if we would eat and be 
clothed, — "must find a wa}" or make a way." 

The school privileges were very limited but there was always 
some provision. One advantage we had over the much schooled 
child of to-day, we were book hungry. For that reason we got a 
good deal out of the short school years. Good manners were required 
as much as good lessons. Entering the schoolroom, the boys bowed 
politely to the teacher and the girls courtesied more or less grace- 
fully. It was expected that every person passed on the road should 
be saluted, especially strangers. If we were a party, we stood, — • 
boys on one side of the road, hats off; girls on the other, bowing and 
court esying. 

Race suicide did not threaten our community; our family of 
eight was very small. The average was nearer twelve than ten. 
Often there were fifteen children, and I know one family that num- 
bered twenty-two; it is only fair to say that there were two mothers. 

The fireplace took up one side of our schoolhouse. On two 
other sides shelves were set against the wall for writing desks. The 


seats were long benclies before these desks, the same height for large 
and small. 

We went to school over a very bleak, hilly road. If a storm 
came up in winter we would find father waiting at the schoolhouse 
door with the ox-sled; everybody going our way snuggling cosily 
under the warm covers with much nudging and giggling. How 
pleasant it was when mother, watching for us, flung wide the door 
and the red heart of the big fire leaped out into the dark and storm! 
How good the supper tasted! beans and brown bread hot from the 
oven, boiled dinner on a big blue platter that half covered the table, 
or perhaps it was potatoes roasted in the ashes, salt fish broiled over 
the coals with slices of salt pork, brown and crisp, and corn cake 
baked before the fire. 

Supper over, unless there was reading or sewing, no candle was 
lighted. Pitch pine knots were heaped on the fire and mother and 
the older girls took up their work, generall}^ knitting, while father 
and the boys made or mended some farming implements, wove 
baskets or shaved sweet-scented cedar shingles, which we younger 
ones counted and bunched. Sometimes we practiced writing on big 
sheets of birch bark with a coal from the fireplace; paper was scarce 
and quill pens needed frequent mending. Often we roasted apples 
on the clean-winged hearth, popped corn in the ashes, tending it with 
long sticks, or just talked and laughed about nothing, being happy. 

Church privileges were also scanty and prized in proportion. 
Any itinerant minister giving out notice of a Sunday service at the 
schoolhouse would be sure of an attentive audience. Men, women 
and children sat patienth' on the hard benches listening to sermons 
for hours. A very stern and uncompromising gospel was dealt out 
to us, well suited to the needs of those hardy pioneers, before whose 
ax and firebrand barbarous nature was slowl)^ retreating. Soft words 
were not for such as these. They expected to fight for salvation 
even as they fought for subsistence. The bearer of a milder message 
would have fallen under grave suspicion of being unsound in doctrine. 

Besides our school books we had the Bible, Pilgrim's Progress, 
almanacs and our weekly paper, "The Morning Star." Words can- 
not describe the eagerness with which we awaited its coming, the 
interest with which we read its prosey columns, the delight with 
which we learned and recited the rhymes in the poet's corner. The 
paper went the rounds of the neighborhood and was then carefulh- 
put away; to have torn or burned it would have been a sacrilege. 

For amusements, we had in the fall the paring and husking bees, 
happily combining work and play. I can think of nothing pleasanter 
than the romping games and dancing on the big barn floor by the 
light of the harvest moon. 

The spelling book was our literary entertainment. There was 
great rivalry between districts and good spellers were held in honor. 
Recitations and singing began the evening but the interest all cen- 
teied in the spelling contest. Cheeks flushed and eyes grew bright 
as one after another were "spelled down," and the excitement reached 
its lieight when onl}^ one on each side was left to contend. 

Of course we had a singing school. Everybody went and sang 
heartily in or out of time. One ver}^ pleasant thing about these 
gatherings was that they included everybody, young and old, all 
having a good time together. 


A clever knack of putting together rhymes, hitting of local 
events, made father a very welcome guest on any occasion where 
speeches were made. He was always in demand at the "raisings" 
to "name the building." 

These happy days all too quickly sped. The roving spirit had 
descended upon my younger brother and he made his way to Boston, 
whither he was soon followed by my older sisters. Then indeed we 
began to get in touch with the big world through their letters, which 
were well worth the twenty cents we paid for postage, and the won- 
derful things they brought to us. We began to wear calico and 
cashmere and mother went grandly in a pair of rubbers, the admira- 
tion and despair of all beholders. Think of it! not a half dozen per- 
sons in the neighborhood had ever seen rubbers! 

In 1848, I made my first visit to Boston. The railroad had then 
been extended to Waterville and the journey was made in a day, 
which now takes five hours. 

About this time the exodus from the country to town began. It 
seemed almost cruel to leave those farms so hardly gained; but the 
larger life of the city wooed and our j-oung men were won. The 
golden West beckoned and they followed. 

I have observed that old people, live much in the past. As I 
grow older I find myself turning oftener to the days in the old home. 
I hear the patter and the prattle of childish feet and voice; light step 
and laugh of youth and maid; sober footfall and serious word of man 
and matron; the slowing step and failing voice of age. All, all are 
gone! I alone am left of 

"The dear home faces whereupon 
The fitful firelight paled and shone; 
Hence forward, listen as I will 
The voices of that hearth are still. 
' How strange it seems with so much gone, 
Of life and love to still live on." 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony-, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, Miles, Samuel. 

Samuel Brackett was born in Berwick, December 16, 1777; mar- 
ried Susan Brown, who died November 22, 1805; married (2nd) Jane 
Fernald, who died March 15, 1815; married (3d) Joanna Hall, who 
died September 26, 1844; lived in Berwick to subsequently to 1830; 
moved to Kennebec county where he died January 29, 1842; buried 
in town of Albion. Issue: 

1. Jacob, b. 5 Nov., 1800. See family 30. 

2. Asa, b. 3 Dec, 1803; d. 9 Aug., 1841. 

3. Charles, b. i Nov., 1805; d. i Nov., 1805. 

4. Melinda, b. 29 Feb., 1812; mar. 3 Nov., 1833, Samuel Clem- 
ents, b. in 1805; lived in Palmyra in i860; she d. 2 Mar., 1887. Had 
Justin ly., 1836; Joseph F., 1837; Martha A., 1841, mar. Barnum; 
Mary A., 1841, d. before 1898] Charles W., 1846; Sarah J., 1845; 
Albion S., 1852; Ella M., 1855, mar. Creighton. 

5. Samuel, Jr., b. 2 Aug., 1819. See family No. 31. 

6. Susan, b. 2 Apr., 1821; mar. 5 Jan., 1848, David Hayes. 


7. Jane, b. 2 Apr.. 1821; mar. 28 Apr., 1838, Oliver Clements, 
b. in 1812. Children, Celesta A., 1842; Cynthia J., 1844; Lucinda 
L., 1846; John F., 1849; William O., 1851; Alfred L.. 1852. 

8. Miles, b. 10 Mar., 1823; never mar. 

9. John, b. 30 Dec., 1824; d. 21 Sept., 1825. 

10. William, b. 6 Aug., 1826. See family 32. 

11. lyois, b. 19 Aug., 1828; mar. 22 Jan., 1848, Benjamin Her- 
som, son of John and wife, Eunice Knox; b. 12 Sept., 1816, d. 24 
Mar., 1896, was a farmer; home, Lebanon, Me. Issue: 

1st. John A. C, b. 25 Mar., 1849; home, Lowell, Mass. 

2nd. Betsey Clark, b. 26 July, 1852. 

3d. Richard E., b. 20 Jan., 1856; mar. 10 May, 1885, Cora T. 
Hersom; home, Chelsea, Mass. 

4th. Cynthia, b. 19 Nov., 1859; mar. 10 May, 1879, Thomas 
W. Peavey; home, East Rochester, Mass. 

5th. Sarah F., b. 4 Mar., 1862; mar. 17 Nov., 1877, Orin Her- 
sam; home, Lebanon Center, Me. Issue: 

I. Allie D., b. 14 Mar., 1879. 

II. Ethel A., b.'io Sept., 1882. 

III. Frank A., b. 20 May, 1885. 

()th. William F., b. 11 Aug., 1867; mar. 20 Oct., 1893, Marj- 
F. Dearborn; home, Rochester, N. H. Issue: 
I. Clara Hersom, b. 8 Nov., 1897. 
7th. Mattie L., b. 9 Mar., 1870. 
8th. Fred A., b. 19 Nov., 1872. 

12. L3'dia, b. 19 June, 1831; mar. 2 Mar., 1853, Charles Lord of 
Palmyra . 

13. Betsey R., b. 3 June, 1833; mar. John Dearborn; d. 26 June, 

14. Mark F., b. 10 Apr., 1836; mar. Frances Wyman; lived in 
Bangor, Me.; had son William H., a dentist, in Crawford, N. J. 

15. Susan C, b. 4 Sept., 1838; home, in Boston, Mass. 


From Famil}' No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, Miles, Miles, Jr. 

Miles Brackett, Jr., was born September 26, 1780, in Berwick; 
moved to Detroit, Me., subsequently to 1820, where he died June 6, 
1834; was a farmer; married February 14, 1803, Sarah Hurd, born in 
1783, died in 1869, daughter of Joseph and wife, Sarah Wentworth; 
he was son of Benjamin Hurd (son of James and wife, Deborah, son 
of Benjamin, son of John), born August 2, 1715, in Dover, N. H., 
and wife, Mary Willey, daughter of Samuel and wife, Sarah, of Dur- 
ham, N. H. Issue: 

1. Hiram, b. in 1803. See family 33. 

2. Susan, b. in 1805, in Berwick; mar. in 1828, Thomas Staples; 
d. in 1829. 

3. Anna, b. in 1808, in Berwick; d. in 1827. 

4. Betsey, b. in 1812, in Berwick; mar. in 1821, Thomas Pray; 
d. in 1871. 

5. Lydia, b. in 1815; mar. in 1837, Isaac Goodwin; d. in 1852. 

6. Joseph, b. in 1821; unmar. in 1880. 


7. Charles O., b. i Jan., 1823. See family 34. 

8. Anna M., b. in 1827. 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, Miles, John. 

John Brackett was born January 28, 1785, in Berwick; lived in 
Palmyra, Me., where he died July 7, 1869; was a farmer; married in 
1806, Susan Hurd, born June 20, 1787, died in 1869, daughter of 
Joseph Hurd and wife, Sarah Wentworth (see family 14). Issue: 

1. George, b. 6 Apr., 1807; d. 10 May, 1873, in Madison, N. H.; 
was mar.; had one dau. who d. in Berwick. 

2. Ivory, b. 30 Aug., 181 1. See family 35. 

3. Jane, b. 17 Apr., 1814; mar. Jefferson Goodwin, of Palmyra. 

4. Sophia, b. 12 Sept., 1820; mar. George D. Waterhouse, of 
Palmyra; d. 6 Oct., 1896. 

5. Sybil A., b. 25 Oct., 1825; mar. Joseph Lord. 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, Miles, David. 

David Brackett, was born July 18, 1793, in North Berwick; a 
farmer in Wakefield, N. H., where he died November 29, 1871; 
married February 12, 1818, Nancy Fernald, born July 8, 1796, died 
March 2, 1882. Issue: 

1. Jane, b. 13 Nov., 1818; d. 25 Feb., 1835. 

2. Daniel, b. 18 Dec, 1820; mar. Hannah Cook; d. 15 Apr., 
1 88 1. Issue: 

1st. Sarah Putnam, b. 22 Aug., 1846. 
2nd. Jennie, b. 19 Aug., 1850. 
3d. Daniel, b. 24 July, 1862. 

3. Miriam, b. 26 Nov., 1824; d. 5 Sept., 1828. 

4. Charles E., b. 2 Nov., 1828. See family 36. 

5. Miles, b. 26 Mar., 1832; d. 22 Sept., 1863. 

6. John H., b. 20 Apr., 1834; home, in Sanbornville, N. H. 

7. David F., b. 28 Nov., 1836; home, in Springfield, Mass. 

8. Asa M., b. 14 Dec, 1839. See family 37. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, Nathan, Nathan. 

Nathan Brackett was born in 1784, in Berwick; lived in Shap- 
leigh, and in Clinton, Kennebec county, Me., in which latter place he 

died; was a farmer; married Susannah Holt ; served in war of 

1812. Enlisted May 29, 1811, in 3d regiment, 2nd brigade, 8th divi- 
sion, militia of Massachusetts. Pensioned on account of injury to 
hip received in September, 1814; w^as appointed ensign May 21, 181 1. 

1. Miriam, never mar.; d. at the age of 86. 

2. Eaura, d. in infancy. 


3. Laura, mar. Mark Bates; is dec; had 3 children. 

4. Martha, mar. Alfred Wood; is dec; lived in Winslow; had a 
large family. 

5. Susan, mar. Clarendon Wood; is dec; lived in Benton, Me. 

6. Hannah, mar. Dexter; lived in Sangerville, Me.; is dec. 

7. Nathan, d. when at the age of 16. 

8. Achsah, mar. Newcomb; is dec. 

9. Abigail, mar. Harvey; lived in Clinton; is dec. 

10. Daniel, born in Clinton; mar. 12 Sept., 1864, Irene M. 
Brackett (see fam. 30); home, in Detroit. Issue: 

1st. Florence M., b. 23 May, 1869. 
2nd. Louis F., b. 6 Nov., 1870. 

11. Pluma, mar. Leander Eastman; is dec. 

12. Nathan, d. in infancy. 

13. Benjamin, b. 16 Mar., 1829. See family 38. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, Nathan, John. 

John Brackett was born April 11, 1787, in Shapleigh, now 
Acton, Me., where he always lived; was a tanner and farmer; died 
July 24,- 1854; married April 8, 1810, Polly Sharp, born March 
7, 1789, died March 21, 1861, daughter of Samuel and wife, Betsey 
Woodsum, of Acton. Issue: 

1. Paulina, b. 18 Mar., 181 1; d. 30 Apr., 1816. 

2. Mary, b. 6 April, 1813; mar. David Libby, b. 30 Mar., 1808, 
in Lebanon, Me., d. 16 Oct., 1862, in Brownfield, Me., son of James 
L., and wife, Hannah Woodsum; home, in Acton; she d. 2 Maj-, 
1849. Issue: 

1st. James W., b. 2 Aug., 1833; d. i Jan., 1853. 
2nd. Naomi B., b. 16 Jan., 1838; d. 4 Aug., 1843. 
3d. Mary A., b. in June, 1842; d. 4 Mar., 1843. 
4th. George E., b. 17 Mar., 1846. 

3. Nathan, b. 10 Mar., 1815. See family 39. 

4. Eliza, b. 17 Sept., 1817; mar. 4 June, 1837, Horace Bodwell, 
b. 4 Oct., 1816; home, in Acton. Issue: 

1st. John B., b. 5 Oct., 1838; mar. Charlotte Emerk; home, in 
Harriman, Tenn. 

2nd. Mary E., b. 5 Apr., 1840; mar. N. L. Butler; home, in 
Acton, Me. 

3d. Miriam B., b. 9 Feb., 1842; mar. Dr. P. C. Garvin; lived 
in Frankfort, Kansas; is dec. 

4th. Phebe M., b. 23 Dec, 1843; mar. E. N. Watson; lived in 
Lynn, Mass.; is dec. 

5th. Julia B., b. 3 Dec, 1845; is dec. 

6th. Horace J., b. 7 Mar., 1848; mar. Josie Ricker; home, in 
Lynn, Mass. 

7th. Frank D., b. 20 Mar., 1851; mar. Temperance B. Gowing; 
home, in Acton. 

8th. Fred K., b. 23 Dec, 1853; mar. Jennie Hutchins; home, 
n Acton, Me. 


5. Jane, b. 20 June, 1820; mar. 27 Oct., 1839, Leonard Went- 
worth, b. 8 Apr., 1813; she d. 11 Oct., 1877. Issue: 

1st. Martin Van Buren, b. 2 Oct., 1841; mar. 5 Mar., 1869, 
Ora Lord, dau. of Charles C; he d. in 1870. 

2nd. Edward A., b. 14 Aug., 1843, mar. 16 May, 1875, Fanny 
Lary, dau. of Stephen. Had Lill)^ b. 24 June, 1876. 

3d. Martha J., b. 4 May, 1846; mar. 24 Oct., 1875, Stephen 
Marsh, of Acton. Had Forest J., b. 5 Sept., 1876. 

4th. Crosby L., b. 28 Jan., 1849. 

5th. John B., b. 4 Nov., 1855. 

6. Martha, b. 23 Nov., 1822; mar. Ephraim Wentworth. Chil- 
dren, Augusta; Harry; Rose; Orville. 

7. Naomi, b. 29 Apr., 1825; d. 6 Oct., 1827. 

8. Draxy, b. 17 Oct., 1827; mar. Luther Godding. Children, 
Herbert; Howard; Charles. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Th'omas, Samuel. Samuel, 
John. Nathan, James H. 

James Hurd Brackett was born in 1790, in Acton, Me.; married 
Hannah Brazier; lived for a time in Clinton; served in the war of 
1812, enlisted April 17, 1813. in Captain Robert Douglas' company, 
34th United States infantry, for the term of one year, which he 
served; discharged at Platsburg, N. Y.; was in battle of Chabeaugay 
in October, 1813; allowed pension in 1831, at which time he was a 
resident of Kennebec count}'. Issue: 

1. John, who died in infancy. 

2. Benjamin, d. unmar. subsequently to 1850. 

3. George W., who d. in the army; was perhaps the George W. 
Brackett who served in company G., 7th Me. vol. inf. 

4. Phoeba, who mar. David Clough. Issue: 
1st. Edward. 

2nd. Nettie, who mar. John Forem. 
3d. Hannah, who mar. Edward Soule. 
4th. Lizzie, who mar. Lockhart Hayes. 
5th. Frank, who died at the age of 14 years. 

5. Franklin H., b. 16 July, 1836. See family 40. 

6. Mary Elizabeth, b. 28 Feb., 1839; mar. in 1861. Charles J. 
Grifhn, son of Joseph and wife, Sarah Jane Parker; home, in Port- 
land. Issue: 

1st. Hattie, born 1862, mar. William Brazier; had Augustus; 
Chester; Joseph; and Arthur William. 

2nd. Walter Brackett, born in 1864; mar. Maud Moss. 

3d. Alice, born 1880; mar. Joseph P. Prahm, a mariner, son 
of Joseph William; home, in Portland. 


From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, Moses, Moses, Jr. 

Moses Brackett, Jr., was born in 1792, in New Hampshire, prob- 
ably in the town of Milton; removed to town of Clinton, Kennebec 


county; Me., where he died subsequently to i860; was a farmer; 
married Abigail Brackett (see family 5.) Issue: 

1. Phebe, b. 26 Jan., 1821; mar. Israel H. Richardson, farmer 
and cattle drover, b. 17 Dec, 1817, d. 17 June, 1898, son of Israel 
and wife, Sarah Wells, of Benton, Me.; always lived in Clinton. 

1st. Emma F., b. 12 Dec, 1845; mar. John W. Walker, son 
of Ivory and wife, Betsey Titcomb; home, in East Fairfield, Me. 

I. Lidie M., b. 26 Oct., 1870; telegraph operator. 

II. Guy I., b. 28 July, 1872; d. i Dec, 1876. 

III. Ivor}', b. 21 Oct., 1873; d. 5 Dec, 1876. 

IV. Floy E., b. 21 July, 1882. 

2nd. Moses I., b. 17 Nov., 1847; mar. Eulu Holt. Children, 
Earl; Maud; Arietta; Blaine; Eee; Emma. 

3d. Albion F., b. 5 Dec, 1849. 

4th. Abbie J., b. 5 Mar., 1852; mar. 8 Nov., 1874, George L. 
Ricker. Had sons, Ra}^ C. and Dwight. 

5th. Nathan, b. 6 June, 1855; is dec. 

2. John, b. 14 Sept., 1822; never mar.; d. 4 May, 1856. 

3. Moses, b. 23 Jan., 1825; never mar.; d. 7 Sept., 1879. 

4. Mary E., b. 25 Feb., 1827; d. 28 Aug., 1827. 

5. Betsey J., b. 4 Aug., 1830; d. 25 Mar., 1854. 

6. Abigail, b. 10 Nov., 1833; mar. Warren Burrill; home, in 

7. Aaron, b. 12 July, 1834; d. 19 Jan., 1837. 

8. Miriam, b. 15 Dec, 1840; d. i Oct., 1862. 



From B'amily No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
John, James, John, John. 

John Brackett was born June 4, 1803, in Parsonsfield, Me.; re- 
sided all his life in Parsonsfield; was closely associated with its pub- 
lic affairs; county treasurer from 1856-9 and selectman 1835-9; ^ 
farmer; died February 4, 1886. Married March 23, 1827, Jemima 
L. Lord, born Juh' 10, 1802, died in 1893, daughter of Reuben 
Wentworth Eord and wife, Patience Brackett (see division 11, family 
i), was son of Abraham Lord; he died in 1783, married Betsey Davis 
of Portsmouth, was son of Captain Samuel Lord; he was born June 14, 
1689, died before 1765, married in Kittery, October 19, 1710, Martha 
Wentworth, was son of Nathan; he married November 22, 1678, 
Martha Tozier. Martha Wentworth was born February 9, 16S4; was 

daughter of Paul (and wife Catharine ); he was born about 1655; 

died 1750, was son of the immigrant, Elder William Wentworth who 
was in America in Juh', 1639. Perhaps Martha Tozier was daughter 
of Richard Tozier, Jr.; he married July 3, 1656, Judith Smith, 
Deputy Governor Bellingham officiating. Richard Tozier, Jr., was 
twice captured and carried to Canada by the Indians, and his wife 


three times, twice with him; there are many traditions about her 
exploits with the Indians. One was — and I have heard my father 
relate the story many times — that a party of Indians came upon her 
while she was boiling soap; at short range she let fly the hot soap 
by the ladleful on the naked bodies of the redskins. Richard 
Tozier, Jr., was son of Sergeant Richard Tozier, Sr., killed October 
i6, 1675, with Isaac Botts, at Tozier's garrison house in Berwick. 

1. John Wentworth, b. 21 Apr., 1828; a manufacturer of pianos; 
mar. 24 Dec, 1862, Rhoda F. B. Hoyt, b. 24 Oct., 1842, d. 20 Oct., 
1863, dau. of Dr. Enos and wife, Grace R. Crosby; resides in Boston. 

2. Cyrus Fogg, b. 24 June, 1833, in Parsonsfield; chemist; M. D.; 
LIv. D.; prepared for college at common schools and Parsonsfield 
academy, graduated from Bowdoin college, class of 1859; studied 
medicine at the Maine Medical school from which he graduated, class 
of 1863; in same year was appointed to a chair of instruction in 
Bowdoin college; continued in its service until 1873, in which year 
he accepted the Henry professorship of physics ■at Princeton university 
which he still holds; is officer and member of several scientific asso- 
ciations and is author of text-book on physics and chemistry. Mar. 
28 Dec, 1864, Alice A. Briggs of Amesbury, Mass., d. Aug. 17, 
1885, dau. of Richard and wife, Roberts. No issue. 

3. Susan Elizabeth, b. 30 Apr., 1840; mar. Alfred Brown of 
Wolfboro, N. H. 

4. Emily Adelaide, b. 22 Oct., 1841; lives in Parsonsfield. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel,. 
John, James, James, James. 

James Brackett was born in Parsonsfield, June i, 1805; was a 
farmer and mechanic; lived in Portland, later in Boston; died June 
5, 1848; married in 1829, Betsey Barker, born March i, 1805, died 
October 26, 1880, daughter of Ezra and wife, Betsey Seavey, of Lim- 
erick, Me. Issue: 

1. Mary Perry, mar. Anthony Alvarez of Cuba; d. 14 Nov., 1S80, 
in Lawrence, Mass. No issue. 

2. Irene Cole, mar. John Delgado of Cuba; d. 6 Dec, 1881, in 
Lawrence, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Leonora, who mar.; has children; lives in Cuba. 

2nd. Charlotte Elizabeth, who lives in Lawrence, Mass. 

3. Ann Cartland, b. 3 Mar., 1835; lives in Lawrence. The fol- 
lowing is from her pen in letter under date of September, 1904. 
"How much is rushed into a lifetime! Births and deaths, hopes and 
fears, disappointments and successes — all weave the warp of life; 
and when we lay it down few mourn, none joy, and the world moves 
on. 'The world is for those who come after.' " 

4. John Brackett, mar. Emma Fessenden of Boston, Mass.; d. 
19 Nov., 1880, in Lawrence. No issue. 

5. James Edwin, d. at the age of seven years, in Parsonsfield. 



From Famil}^ No. lo. Descent: Anthonj^ Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, James, L,evi, Silas. 

Silas Brackett was born February 8, i8og, in North Berwick; 
was a carpenter; resided in Bangor where he died May 24, 1877; 
married Abigail Richardson, born about 18 16. Issue: 

1. Isaac J., b. about 1835; was lost at sea. 

2. Boardman, b. about 1837; is dec. 

3. Charles H., b. about 1840; is dec. 

4. Mercy A., b. about 1844; mar. Lewis Holt; is dec. 

5. Charles. 

6. Joel, resides in Holden; is mar. and has children. 


From Family No. 10. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, James, Levi, James. 

James Brackett was born Januar)^ 181 1, in North Berwick; was a 
farmer; lived in Bradford, where he died May 19, 1859; married Sep- 
tember 22, 1833, in Lebanon, Me., Sally Gowin, born in 1813, died 
June 15, 1886, daughter of James and wife, Dorothj^ Bra}', of Brad- 
ford. Issue: 

1. David, b. 27 Nov., 1834. See family 41. 

2. Freeman, b. in 1840; was a soldier in the civil war; d. in 
Salisbury prison, in North Carolina. 

3. Ellen M., b. in Oct., 1844; mar. Greenleaf Twombly; home, 
in Gardiner, Me. Children, Emma J.; Herbert F.; Alma M.; Myra 

4. Manly G., b. 9 Dec, 1854. See family 42. 


From Family No. 10. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, James, Levi, John. 

John Brackett was born in North Berwick, December 21, 1815; 
was a farmer; always lived in North Berwick; died January i, 1883; 
married in Dec, 1840, Olive Fall, born May 4, 1820, died March 30, 
1873, daughter of Humphrey and wife, Sally Abbott. Issue: 

1. Humphrey F., b. 10 Apr., 1841; is a physician and locomotive 
engineer; home, in Brighton, Mass.; mar. 25 June, 1870, Martha 
A. Jones, b. 23 Aug., 1841, dau. of James, Jr., and wife, Martha E. 
Goodwin, of Lebanon, Me. Issue: 

1st. Annie J., b. 3 Sept., 1873; d. 28 July, 1894. 

2. David H., b. 29 May, 1843. See family 43. 

3. Clara A., b. i Oct., 1849; mar. Amos F. Bartlett; d. Feb. 13, 
1888, in Concord, N. H. 

4. Ellen A., b. i May, 1853; mar. Fred L. Pierce; home, in Leb- 
anon, Me. 

5. Mary O., b. 5 Mar., 1859; d. 29 Oct., 1874. 



From Family No. lo. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, James, Levi, Levi K. 

Levi K. Brackett was born April 8, 1832, in North Berwick; is 
a farmer and carpenter; has lived in South Berwick; home, in Ber- 
wick; supplied a great deal of data relative to the descendants of 
James of Berwick; married May 24, 1856, Ann B. Given, born Sep- 
tember 6, 1830, in St. Albans, Me., is deceased, daughter of Sam- 
uel and wife, Hannah . Issue: 

1. Carrie M., b. 14 Apr., 1859; d. 29 Jan., 1897. 

2. Lizzie A., b. 18 May, i860; mar. 15 Oct., 1884, M. Elmer 
Roberts of Danville, Va., who d. 22 Sept., 1893. Issue: 

1st. Verne D., b. 28 Aug., 1887, in Danville. 
2nd. Milton E., b. 26 Jan., 1889, in Danville. 

3. L. Bert, b. 13 July, 1863. See family 44. 


From Family No. ir. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, James, Ebenezer, Charles L. 

Charles L. Brackett was born April 17, 1843; is a mechanic; 
home, in North Berwick village; married December i, 1869, Marj- 
A. Roberts, born May 6, 1841, daughter of Aaron H. and wife, Jane 
Stone, of Berwick. Issue: 

1. Fannie E., b. 21 Feb., 1871; mar. 25 Oct., 1893, John W. 
Nowell, who d. 16 Dec, 1903. Issue: 

1st. Herbert Brackett, b. 30 June, 1896. 
2nd. John Roger, b. 22 Oct., 1898. 
3d. Dorothy, b. 27 Feb., 1901. 
4th. Olive Esther, b. 22 Mar., 1903. 

2. Fred H., b. 18 June, 1875; mar. 28 Nov., 1891, Lillian G. 
Moulton; home, in North Berwick. 

3. Arthur A., b. 15 May, 1877; mar. 25 Nov., 1903, Alice N. 
Littlefield; home, in North Berwick. 

4. Leslie L., b. 30 July, 1881. 


From Family No. 12. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Daniel, Ivory, Charles T. 

Charles Thurston Brackett was born April 25, 1815; married 
Serena Mclntyre; he died November 6, 1861. Issue: 

1. Charles Albert, b. about 1838; is dec; mar. Nancy Dutton; 
had one child, which is dec. 

2. Mary D., b. about 1849; mar. John Gowan, who is dec; had 
three children, all of whom are dec. 


From Family No. 12. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Daniel, Ivory, Nathaniel W. 

Nathaniel Willey Brackett was born November 14, 1816; mar- 
ried Martha McCausland; he died January 12, 1863. Issue: 


1. Sarah C, b. about 1844; mar. Thomas Waterman; had Alfred. 

2. George L., b. about 1848; mar. Effie Partridge; no issue. 

3. Frank W., b. about 1856; mar. Lizzie Cook; had Carl. 

4. Nathaniel W., b. about 1858; mar. Clara . Children, Roy 

and Isa. All of this famil}' live in Brookline, Mass. 

FAMILY NO. 30. * 

From Family No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Miles, Samuel, Jacob. 
Jacob Brackett was born November 5, 1800, in Berwick; was a 
farmer; married February 22, 1827, Hannah Chase of Lebanon, born 
October 12, 1807, died May 6, 1890; he died October 22, 1882. 

1. Charles C, b. 5 Feb., 1829. See family 45. 

2. Irene M., b. 23 Nov., 1831, in Albion, Kennebec CO., Me.; mar. 
Daniel Brackett (see fam. 17). 

3. Ansel W., b. 10 Feb., 1833, in Albion; mar. 6 July, 1854, 
Frances O. Brackett (see fam. 33); mar. (2nd) in Mar., 1862, 
Angelia J. Gerard of Detroit; he d. 19 Dec, 1888. 

4. Martha J., b. 16 Aug., 1834, in Albion. 

5. Hartwell J., b. 2 June, 1836, in Albion; mar. 28 Aug., 1864, 
Mary A. Goodale of Canaan, Me., b. 12 Apr., 1843; home, in Pitts- 
field, Me. Issue: 

1st. Emma Louise, b. 8 Feb., 1868; d. 8 Mar., 1868. 
2nd. Maude Elena, b. 20 Aug., 1873. 

From Family No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Miles, Samuel, Samuel. 
Samuel Brackett was born August 2, 1819. In 1838, he com- 
menced working for a Mr. Fisher, in a tanning mill in the state of 
Maine, and continued in the employ of members of the Fisher family 
for nearly sixty j-ears. In the forties he went to Trenton, New Jer- 
sey, where he has since continuously resided. The firm of Fisher 
and Norris engaged in the manufacture of anvils and tools; he 
worked for the firm as a machinist, and later was employed by the 
firm as superintendent of its property. Though he has met with 
accidents by which he lost some of his toes and fingers, he is spry 
and active in his old age. For over a quarter of a century he held 
the office of recorder in Palestine commandery. No. 4, Knights Tem- 
plars. He married April 3, 1839, Abigail Judkins, born March 10, 
1821, died March 24, i860, daughter of Enoch P. and wife, Abigail 
Shaw; married (2nd) November 12, 1861, Adaline B. Shaw, born 
May 14, 1833, daughter of Benjamin and wife, Martha Harvey. 

1. Arabella M., b. 29 Apr., 1840; mar. in July, 1858, James B. 
Clugston; home, in Trenton, N. J. Children, Alice J.; John C; 
Adaline; Miriam; Norris; Howard; Cora. 

2. Sarah H., b. 28 June, 1842; d. 5 Mar., 1906; mar. 7 Feb., 
1859, Alfred Sweeney, b. 31 Jan., 1837, son of Edward and wife, 
Margaret Skillman, of Princeton, N. J., manufacturer of iron and 
steel; have resided in Trenton, Philadelphia, Nashua; home, in 
Brooklyn. Issue: 


1st. Alfred L,., b. 13 June, i860; mar. 30 Jviiie, 1884, lyizzie 
Juloff; home, in I^iberty, N. Y. Issue: 

I. S. Alfred, b. 8 Aug., 1887. 

II. Thomas, b. 29 May, 1890. 

III. Hattie A., b. 18 Jan., 1892. 

IV. Edward S., b. 4 Apr., 1895. 

2nd. Abigail B., b. 31 July, 1861; mar. in 1892, David C. 
Thompson; home, in Brooklyn. Issue: 

I. Sarah M., b. 26 Feb., 1893. 

II. Marion H., b. 25 Mar., 1897. 

3d. Ella M., b. 26 Apr., 1864; d. 27 May, 1883. 
4th. Harriet T., b. 23 Apr., 1865; mar. 4 Sept., 1899, Wm. N. 

5th. Angelette H.. b. 29 July, 1867. 

3. Ellen R., b. 12 Dec, 1843; d. 3 Mar., 1848. 

4. Frances A., b. 19 Feb., 1846: mar. 30 May, 1872, James R. 
Falion, b. 14 Sept., 1845, son of Marcus and wife, Mary Lewis, of 
Brooklj'n; is a steam pilot; home, in Brookljai. Issue: 

1st. Margaret L., b. 4 Mar., 1873; mar. 7 June, 1893, William 
A. Kloeppel; home, in Brooklyn. 

2nd. Sarah S., b. 19 Feb., 1875;^ d. 25 Oct., 1876. 
3d. Samuel B., b. 30 Apr., 1878T 
4th. George M., b. 16 Dec, 1882. 

5. L,ydia ly., b. 19 Mar., 1849; mar. 9 Sept., 1869, Theodore L,. 
Cory, b. 31 Mar., 1844, son of Silas D. and wife, Julia Stiles, of Mor- 
ristown, N. J.; is a bookkeeper; home, in Hutchinson, Kan. Issue: 

1st. Grace B., b. 18 Oct., 1870; d. 19 Mar., 1874. 
2nd. Lewis B., b. 16 Feb., 1872; mar. 19 Sept., 1895, Nellie 
George; have son, George L., b. 7 June, 1898. 
3d. Emma, b. 28 Feb., 1874. 
4th. Samuel B., b. 25 Jan., 1876. 
6th. Benjamin J., b. 26 Feb., 1881. 
Gth. Abbie J., b. i Oct., 1886. 
7th. Zenita E., b. 19 Apr., 1891. 

6. Abigail J., b. 21 Jan., i860; d. 24 June, i860. 

7. Samuel Shaw, b. 11 May, 1863; d. 14 May, 1863. 

8. Pauline S., b. 3 Mar., 1868; home, in Trenton, N. J. 


From F^'amily No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Miles, Samuel, William. 

William Brackett was born August 6, 1826, in Berwick, Me.; is 
a machinist; has lived in Lowell, Mass.; home, in Trenton, N. J.; 
married February 6, 1854 3 Sarah E. Went worth, born September 6, 
1833, died February 14, 1885, daughter of Freeman P., of Boston 
and wife, Rebecca Tinkham, of Lowell, Mass. Issue: 

1. William H., b. in 1856; d. in 1858. 

2. Edward Hall, b. 8 Feb., i860; mar. 5 June, 1883, Clara Bunt- 
ing; d. 22 Apr., 1 89 1. Issue: 

1st. William Hall, b. 3 May, 1884. 
2nd. Loanthe Corey, b. 16 Dec, 1890. 

3. Harry Wentworth, b. 11 Jan., 1864; d. 15 June, 1889. 


4. Lydia Jane, b. in 1866; d. in 1867. 

5. Emma Porter, b. 10 Sept., 1868; mar. 22 Oct., 1891, David 
Mackey; home, in Trenton, N. J. Issue: 

1st. Lelia Elizabeth, b. 2 Ma}^ 1893; d. 21 Dec., 1898. 
2nd. Norman Howell, b. 18 June, 1896. 

6. Stella La Moyue, b. 16 Dec, 1872; d. 9 Mar., 1874. 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Miles, Miles, Jr., Hiram. 

Hiram Brackett was born in 1803, in Berwick; was a farmer; 
home, in Detroit, Somerset count^^ Me., where he died; married in 
1827, Melinda Clements, born in 1810. Issue: 

1. Mary C, b. in 1827, in North Berwick; d. in 1846. 

2. Susan A. S., b. in 1829, in Detroit, Me.; unmar. in 1880. 

3. Sarah E., b. in 1832; mar. Daniel Keniston. Issue: 

1st. Ernest Charles, b. in 1853; mar. in 1878, Carrie F. Ostrum 

of Omaha, Neb. Children, ArthurE.; AlfredH.; Fannie; Gertrude. 

2nd. Francis Ansel, b. in 1857; mar. in 1887, Ida May Hoffman. 

4. Francis Olive, b. in 1834; mar. Ansel W. Brackett (see fam. 
30); she d. 25 Sept., 1857. Child d. at time of the mother's death. 
On the tombstone at their grave, is inscribed — 

"A friend, a wife, a mother dear, 
With her sweet babe lies buried here." 

5. Orminda J., b. in 1835; never mar.; d. in 1883. 

6. Dorothy A., b. in 1837; mar. in 1862, G. H. Heath; home, in 
West Medford. Issue: 

1st. Alban Roscoe, b. in 1863. 

2nd. George Lincoln, b. in 1866; mar. in 1891, Carrie A. Shep- 
herd; had Violet and Gardner. 

3d. Grace May, b. in 1867. 

4th. Bertel Waldron, b. in 1868; mar. in 1893, Minnie Ray; 
home, in Rosendale, Mass.; had Dorothy, b. in 1894; Katharine, b. 
in 1899. 

7. Ellen C, b. in 1839. 

8. Roxanna, b. in 1841; mar. in 1863, E. G. Lord. Issue: 
1st. Harry, b. in 1865; d. in 1865. 

2nd. Effie Evangeline, b. in 1867. 

9. Hiram Roscoe, b. 26 Ma)-, 1841. See family 46. 

10. Almira L., b. in 1844; mar. in 1871, C. W. Clement; d. in 1879. 

11. Miriam C, b. in 1847; died in 1849. 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Miles, Miles, Jr., Charles O. 

Charles O. Brackett was born January 21, 1823, in Berwick; 
lived in Detroit, Me., where he died May 15, 1899; was a farmer; 
married February 23, 1846, Judith Grant, born January 4, 1825, died 

June 30, 1895, daughter of David and wife, , of Shapleigh, Me. 



1. Arthur Francisco, b. 6 Feb., 1851; mar. 18 Dec, 1875, Edwina 
A. Berr}^ b. 11 May, 1855, dau. of Stephen and wife, Lucy M. Foss, 
of Machias, Me.; is superintendent of a cotton mill in Riverport, R. I. 

1st. A. Chester, b. 24 Nov., 1886. 

2. Clarence C, b. 13 May, 1856. 

3. Charles A., b. i July, i860; d. i Aug., 1861. 


From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Miles, John, Ivory. 

Ivory Brackett was born August 30, 1811; was a fanner; liv^ed 
in Palmyra where he died at an advanced age; was much reverenced 
by friends and relatives and a favorite with all who knew him; he 
married November 23, 1834, Mary Gowen, born October 5, 1812; 
died May 29, 1865. Issue: 

1. John O., b. 28 Jan., 1836; lived in Benton, Me.; served in the 
civil war as major of 22nd Maine vol. inf., from i Dec, 1862, to 
14 Aug., 1863; mar. lyucinda ^g^ootfd. 2 Apr., 1874. p^AuL^ 

2. Susan A., b. 9 Nov., 1838; home, in Palmyra. 

3. Isaac S., b. 17 Sept., 1840; d. in Sept., 1853. 

4. George O., b. 30 Jan., 1843; never mar.; d. 31 July, 1885. 

5. Hollis W., b. 13 Aug., 1844; mar. Isabelle , b. about 

1842. Issue: 

1st. Merton L,., b. in 1876. 
2nd. Ivory L,., b. in 1878. 

6. Charleston G., b. 25 Aug., 1850; mar. 22 Sept., 1888, Lizzie 
Patten, b. in i860. Issue: 

1st. Sheldon A., b. 4 Oct., 1889. 
2nd. Edna S., b. 5 Mar., 1892. 


From Famil}' No. 16. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Miles, David, Charles E. 

Charles E. Brackett was born November 2, 1828; home is in 
Sanbornville, N. H.; married June 28, 1861, Lizzie Wiggin. born 
December i, 1835; daughter of Willard. Issue: 

1. Mary F., b. 27 Apr., 1862; mar. 15 Jan., 1881, James F. Tuck- 
er, b. 3 Apr., 1855, son of James and wife, Mary E. Hale, of Ames- 
bury, Mass.; is a locomotive engineer; home, in Sanbornville. Issue: 

1st. Charles Hall, b. 27 Nov., 1882. 
2iid. Grover Cleveland, b. 29 July, 1884. 
3d. James Carroll, b. 28 Apr., 1892. 
4th. Willard Brackett, b. 30 May, 1894. 
5th. Morris Anthony, b. 13 June, 1897. 

2. Jane E., b. i Feb., 1864; mar. 30 June, 1892, Edwin A. Hines, 
b. I May, 1865, son of William L. and wife, Addie A. Vincent, of 
Concord, N. H. 

3. Herbert C, b. 7 Nov., 1866; mar. 25 Dec, 1901, Viola E. 
Stevens, dau. of Warren. 


4. William F., b. i Mar., 1869; mar. 24 Oct., 1895, Mar}' Strout 
Sweet, dau. of Alfred L. and wife, Almira L,. Strout, of North Con- 
way; lives in North Conway; is a baggage master. Issue: 

1st. Hazel May, b. 12 Oct., 1896. 
2nd. Marian, b. 31 Mar., 1898. 

5. John E., b. 7 June, 1871; mar. 22 Dec, 1894, Mary E. Kenney, 
dau. of Martin and wife, Marj- A. McShea, of Boston; home, in San- 
bornville, N. H. Issue: 

1st. Helen M., b. 3 Apr., 1895. 
2nd. Estella F., b. 3 May, 1897. 

6. Frank J., b. i Sept., 1873. 

7. George A., b. 18 Sept., 1874. 

8. Belle, b. 14 Oct., 1877; mar. 14 Oct., 1897, Marshall E. 
Knight, son of Oilman and wife, Mary C. Bride, of Salmon Falls, N. 
H.; he is a telegrapher; home, in Sanbornville, N. H. 

9. Harry L., b. 5 Nov., 1879. 

10. Flora P., b. 12 Apr., 1881. 


From Family No. 16. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Miles, David, Asa M. 

Asa M. Brackett was born December 14, 1839; is a merchant; 
home, in Wakefield, N. H.; was selectman in 1878, 1879 and 1880; 
representative in 1870 and 1871; state senator in 1885 and 1886, and 
later a member of the school board; from 1886 to July 6, 1894, was 
clerk in the Navy Department; supplied data relative to descendants 
of his grandfather, for this history. Married February 14, 1864, 
Rowena D. Farnham, born October 17, 1832, died February 6, 1884, 
daughter of Nathan and wife, Sally Roberts; married (2nd) Septem- 
ber, 1886, Alma E. Kenerson, born October 17, 1847, died April 25, 
1901, daughter of Job and wife, Rhoda W. Head. Issue: 

1. Ernest E., b. 6 June, i86s; d. 26 Sept., i86s. 

2. Cecil A., b. 30 Sept., 1^66. 

3. Forris L., b. 26 May, 1868. 

4. Ira E., b. 12 Feb., 1888. 


From Family No. 17. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Nathan, Nathan, Benjamin. 

Benjamin Brackett was born March 16, 1829, in Clinton, Me., 
where he now lives; is a farmer; married February 18, 1857, Anne 
Clifford, born April 23, 1840, died in October, 1884, daughter of 
Rufus and wife, Sarah Dudley, of Bangor, Me.; married (2nd) in 
March, 1887, Phebe Dixon, born about 1851, died in December, 1899, 
daughter of Jediah and wife, Jane Gerald, of Clinton. Issue: 

1. Eliza, b. 14 Mar., 1858; d. 3 Aug., 1867. 

2. Daniel, b. 17 May, 1859; mar. Anna Bean; home, in Clinton. 

1st. Lora, b. 23 July, 1891. 
2nd. Miriam, b. 3 Dec, 1893. 
3d. Walter, b. 8 Mar., 1897.' 


0. Miriam, b. 30 Oct., 1861; d. 14 Feb., 1865. 

4. Nathan, b. 30 Dec, 1862; mar. Dora Galusha; home, in Clin- 

ton. Issue: 
1st. Mildreth, b. 30 July, 1885. 
2nd. Erie, b. 4 Feb., 1888. 
3d. Leola, b. 22 June, 1890. 
4th. Evelyn, b. 11 Aug., 1893. 
5th. Geneva, b. 12 Nov.. 1895. 

5. Miriam, b. 13 Nov., 1865; d. 26 Apr., 1867. 

(■). Prescott, b. 4 Jan.. 1867; mar. Blanch Morrill: home, in China, 
Me. Issue: 
1st. Florence M., b. 18 Feb., 1899. 

7. Everett, b. 21 Dec, 1867; d. 15 Feb., 1875. 

8. Roscoe, b. 12 Oct., 1873; is dec. 

9. Bertha, b. 29 Aug., 1875; mar. James Donelson; home, in 

Miles city, Montana. 

10. Ivory, b. 13 Nov., 1877; home, in Mile's city, Montana. 

FAMILY Ne. 39. 

From Family No. 18. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Nathan, John, Nathan. 

Nathan Brackett was born March 10, 1815, in what is now the 
town of Acton, Me.; died December 22, 1869; married October 25, 
1835, Mary Hurd, born April 28, 181 1, died June 27, 1875, daughter 
of Hurd and wife, Hannah Skillings. Issue: 

1. John H., b. 13 May, 1837. See family 47. 

2. Charles N., b. 18 June, 1838. See family 48. 

3. Dorcas Jane, b. 24 Mar., 1840; mar. Richard Coding; both 
are dec; home was in Alfred, Me. 

4. Mary Abbie, b. 15 June, 1843; home, in West Manchester, Mass. 

5. Benjamin F., b. 25 Apr., 1847. See family 49. 

(3. Hannah Frances, b. 27 July, 1849; home, in Roxbury, Mass. 

7. Eouise Ellen, b. 12 Feb., 1853; d. 3 Dec, 1854. 

8. Infant dau., b. 17 Jan., 1857; d. same day. 


From Family No. 19. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Nathan, James H., Franklin H. 

Franklin H. Brackett was born July 16, 1836, in Windham, Me.; 
is a mechanic; lives in Portland; married March 20, 1871, Mary A. 
Chandler, born July 4, 1853, daughter of John W. and wife, Susan 
Cook, of Portland. Issue: 

1. Joseph B., b. 25 Jan., 1872. 

2. Albert W., b. 3 May, 1874; mar. 2 May, 1897, Kate '■. 


1st. Gladys M., b. 13 Mar., 1898. 

3. Mary E., b. 19 Apr., 1881. 




From Family No. 24. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, James, Levi, James, David. 

David Brackett was born November 27, 1834, in Bradford; is a 
tanner; lives in Cambridge, Mass.; married February 3, 1855, Mary 
h. Stearns, who died July 7, 1856; married (2nd) April 3, 1861, 
Martha E. Twombly, born July 16, 1842, daughter of Joseph H. 
and wife, Abigail Beal, of Bradford, Me. Issue: 

1. Mary Elizabeth, b. 18 Feb., 1857; mar. 17 June, 1886, William 
B. Adams; home, in Lowell, Mass. No issue. 

2. Clara Ann, b. 12 Sept.. 1863; mar. 11 Jan., 1883, Everett L. 
Perry; home, in Newton, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Eiston E., b. 20 Jan., 1884. 

3. Abbie Frances, b. 24 Dec, 1865; d. 19 Apr., 1867. 

4. Gertrude May, b. 28 Feb., 1868; mar. 13 Feb., 1886, F. H. 
Davis; d. 15 June, 1899. Issue: 

1st. E. Pearl, b. 3 May, 1887. 

2nd. Fred Lawrence, b. 29 Dec, 1889. 

3d. Roy Edmond, b. 16 Oct,, 1897. 

5. Minnie Blanche, b. 9 Mar., 1870; mar. 12 Nov., 1892, Charles 
E. Davis; home, in Cambridge. 


From Family No. 24. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, James, Levi, James, Manly G. 

Manly G. Brackett was born December 9, 1854, in Bradford, 
Me.; removed to Milo, Me.; is a retailer, and agent for American 
Express company, in Milo; was town clerk from March, 1894, to 
March, 1902; married October 7, 1876, Ida M. Libby, born Decem- 
ber 20, 1859, daughter of Raymond Libby and wife, Eliza A. Hall. 

1. Elwood M., b. 8 June, 1879; mar. 26 Nov.. 1902, LiHie M. 
Fabian; home, in Milo. Issue: 

1st. Madeline, b. 19 Aug., 1903. 

2. Virginia M., b. 3 Jan., 1896. 


From Family No. 25. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, James, Levi, John, David H. 

David H. Brackett was born May 29, 1843, in North Berwick, 
on the farm which he owns and lives, and where his great-grand- 
father, James Brackett, settled; he served in the Union army during 
the civil war, in company B, 27th Maine volunteer infantry; enlisted 
September 8, 1862. discharged July 17, 1863; served as selectman 
from 1886 to 1 89 1, again in 1894 and subsequently; has held other 


town offices; married June 30, 1869, Alice A. Chase, born August 6, 
1844, daughter of Charles and wife, Alice lyibby, of Sanford, Me. 

1. Alice O., b. 20 Apr., 1872; mar. 28 June, 1899, Leon Hayes; 
home, in North Berwick. Issue: 

1st. Marjosie, b. 28 Mar., 1900. 

2. Orrin J., b. 20 Aug., 1875; home, in North Berwick. 

3. John D., b. i Nov., 1882. 


From Family No. 26. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, James, Levi, LeviK., h- Bert. 

Iv. Bert Brackett was born July 13, 1863, in North Berwick; 
married December 23, 1885, Mary E. Jones of Lynn, Mass.; home, in 
Lynn. Issue: 

1. Alfred B., b. 3 Nov., 1886. 

2. Chester R., b. 15 Apr., 1888. 

3. Carrie Pearl, b. i Apr., 1892. 


From Family No. 30. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Miles, Samuel, Jacob, Charles C. 
Charles C. Brackett was born February 5, 1829, in Albion, Me.; 
is a farmer; lives in Newport, Me.; married March 19, 1863, Sarah J. 
Atwell, born June 25, 1834, daughter of Page and wife, Betsey 
Nevens. Issue: 

1. Willie, b. 7 Feb., 1864; mar. (ist) Julia Krause; (2nd) Mar- 
garet Satardie; home, in Chicago; is in employ of N. W. R. R. Co. 

2. Frank C, b. 9 June, 1866; mar. in 1892, Clara Judkins; d. 14 
Nov., 1896. Issue: 

1st. Pauline, b. 16 Oct., 1893. 

3. Carrie M., b. 22 Sept., 1871; d. 3 Mar., 1878. 

4. Ethel M., b. 3 Aug., 1873; a school teacher. 

5. Ralph P., b. i July, 1878; a photographer. 


From Family No. 33. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Miles, Miles, Jr., Hiram, Hiram R. 

Hiram Roscoe Brackett was born May 26, 1841; was a farmer in 
Detroit, Me., where he died October i, 1898; served in civil war, in 
company A, i6th Maine volunteer infantry; enlisted August 18, 1862; 
discharged March 30, 1865; married February 25, 1868, Mary C. 
Bowman, born March 8, 1845, died August 12, 1897, daughter of 
Thomas and wife, Mary Ann Ross, of Detroit, Me., formerly of Sid- 
ney, Me. Issue: 

1. Bertrand R., b. 23 May, 1869; mar. 9 Nov., 1892, Addie E. 
Worcester, b. 15 Nov., 1870, dau. of John B. and wife, Elinor M. 
Wheeler, of Etna, Me. Issue: 

1st. Bessie May, b. i Aug., 1894. 

2. Susie M., b. i July, 1872; home, in Boston. 


3. Percy Wentworth, b. 30 Apr., 1874; home, in Westport, Mass. 

4. Agnes Myra, b. 9 Oct., 1875; d. 20 June, 1899. 

5. Edward Marion, b. 3 Oct., 1884; home, in Newport. 


From Family No. 39. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Nathan, John, Nathan, John H. 

John H. Brackett was born May 13, 1837, in Acton, Me.; is a 
wool-carder; home, in Dover, N. H.; married May 13, 1858, Olive A. 
Lary, born January 3, 1835, died December 25, 1881, daughter of 
John and wife, Hannah Ivary, of Kennebunk, Me. Issue: 

1. Walter N., b. 4 Mar., 1859; home, in Wakefield, N. H.; is 
mar.; has son John. 

2. Frank E., b. 8 July, 1861; home, in Dover, N. H.; is mar.; 
has son Els worth. 

3. Ellen H., b. 19 June, 1863; mar. Toby; home, in Dorchester, 
Mass. Children, Herbert; Helen; Marguerite. 

4. Charles J., b. 22 Feb., 1866; is mar.; home, in Wakefield, 
N. H. 


From Family No. 39. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Nathan, John, Nathan, Charles N. 

Charles Nathan Brackett was born June 18, 1838, in Acton, Me,; 
married November 24, 1868, Mary Margaret Hurd, born March 20, 

1843, in Newfield, Me., died July 6,1882, daughter of Hurd and 

wife, Mary Peaslie, of Dover, N. H.; lived in Acton; is deceased. 

1. Mary Ellen, b. 6 Mar., 1870; teacher in Eyman school for 
boys, in Westboro, Mass. 

2. Nathan Fernald, b. 4 Apr., 1872; d. 24 Mar., 1883. 

3. Minnie Belle, b. 14 Apr., 1875; mar. 3 Nov., 1896, Wm. F. 
Spry; home, in West Manchester, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Ethel Charlotte, b. 26 Nov., 1897. 


From Family No. 39. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, John, Nathan, John, Nathan, Benjamin F. 

Benjamin Franklin Brackett was born April 25, 1847, in Acton, 
Me.; is a farmer and stock raiser; home, near Pawnee city. Neb.; 
married April 4, 1872, Annie E. Eary, born November 10, 1846, 
daughter of Stephen and wdfe, Mary Wentworth, of South Acton, ^ 
Me. Issue: 

1. Fred E., b. 8 Mar., 1873; mar. 14 Mar., 1894, Lydia A. Jones; 
home, in Pawnee city. Neb. 

2. Elmer E., b. 22 Nov., 1876. 

3. Nathan E., b. 7 Nov., 1883; d. 23 Feb., 1884. 

4. Ned., b. 14 Feb., 1887; d. 21 July, 1887. 







From Chapter VIII. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 

Isaac Brackett, the second son of Samuel and wife, Sarah Emery, 
was born October 7, 1722, in Berwick; baptized January 21, 1728; a 
carpenter and farmer; an active, energetic man, and a staunch sup- 
porter of the cause of the colonists in their strU"ggle for independence. 
When, on July 6, 1775, the committee of safety for Portsmouth 
ordered Captain James Osgood to enlist twenty effective soldiers, the 
muster roll of his company shows tlfat Isaac Brackett enlisted July 
22, 1775, his occupation a carpenter, and his age forty-six years, 
although at the time he was fifty-three years old. He died at the 
comparatively early age of fifty-eight years; all of his brothers sur- 
vived him for more than a score of years; his death occurred Jan- 
uary 22, 1780. Married November 17, 1748, Mary Hambleton 
(Hamilton) of Berwick, one of the original members of the Second 
church there; was baptized May 4, 1727, daughter of Gabriel; he 
was baptized September 6, 1713, married Margaret Hodsdon, will 
dated June 7, 1776, proven September 6, 1783, was son of Gabriel; 

he was born about 1679, married Mary , died about 1730. A 

David Hamilton, a Scotchman, came to America in 165 1, as a poli- 
tical prisoner, married in 1662, Anna Jackson, and lived in what is 
now Rollinsford, N. H.; mentioned as deceased in 1689, when the 
selectmen of Dover granted twenty acres of land to Thomas Potts for 
keeping and maintaining David Hamilton, oldest son of David Ham- 
ilton, the whole term of his life. 

Margaret Hodsdon was baptized April 17, 1716, daughter of 
Joseph; he married Margaret Goodwin, was son of Benoni Hodsdon, 
who married Abigail Curtis, daughter of Thomas and wife, Elizabeth. 

Margaret Goodwin was daughter of Daniel; he was born in 1656, 
married December 17, 1682, Amy Thompson, died in Berwick, in 
April, 1726, was son of Daniel; he was of Kittery, married Margaret 
Spencer, was son of Daniel; he was of Oxford, Eng., one of the 
founders of the church of South Berwick in 1702, died about 1713, 
married Dorothy Barker. 

Amy Thompson was daughter of Miles, the immigrant, and wife, 
Ann. Margaret Spencer was daughter of Thomas; he was born in 
England, in 1696, came to America in 1630, settled in South Ber- 
wick, died December 15, 1681, married Patience Chadbourne; she 
died in 1683, was, doubtless, daughter of William and wife, Mary, 
who was in the employ of Mason, and came to Portsmouth as early 
as 1634 (for additional see div. 8, fam. 8). Issue: 


1. Reuben, bapt. 24 Nov., 1749; no further record. 

2. Amy, bapt. 3 Feb., 1751; d. young. 

3. Amy, bapt. 4 Nov., 1755; mar. 10 Nov., 1774, Richard 

4. Mary, bapt. 26 Feb.. 1758; mar. i June, 1755, Nathan Knox. 

5. Sarah, bapt. 6 June, 1762. 

6. Isaac, b. 30 Mar., 1762. See family 2. 

7. Samuel, bapt. 29 June, 1766; mar. 17 Feb.. 1791, Adnah 
Hooper; will dated S May, 1843; lived in Berwick; was a farmer; 
his widow survived him several years. No issue. 



From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Isaac, Isaac. 

Isaac Brackett was born in Berwick, Me., March 30, 1762; 
baptized April 22, 1764; moved to Milton. N. H.; thence to Sterling, 
Vt., where he died November 5. 1848; was a farmer; married March 
6, 1788. Priscilla Jones, born November 25, 1771, in Milion, N. H., 
died September 6, 1866. Issue: 

1. Mary, b. 22 May, 1789, in York, Me.; mar. 9 Apr., 1809, 
David Davis; moved to Stowe, Vt., in 1823, on a farm; he d. in 
Feb., 1865; her death occurred in Stowe, in Oct., 1879, in the 91st 
year of her age. Issue: 

1st. Hiram, who d. young. 

2nd. Polly, b. 12 Jan., 1812; mar. Wilkins; d. 19 Apr., 1899. 

3d. Betsey, b. 6 Feb., 1814; mar. Bennett; d. 7 Oct., 1898. 

4th. David, b. 15 Jan., 1816; d. in Mar., 1887. 

5th. Priscilla, b. in Apr., 1819; mar. Taylor; d. in Oct., 1879. 

2. Isaac, b. 16 July, 1791. See family 3. 

3. Sally, b. 26 Oct., 1792, in Milton, N. H.; mar, I^uce; d. 4 Oct., 

4. Betsey, b. 5 Nov., 1794, in Milton; d. 5 Apr., 1816. 

5. Priscilla, b. 17 Oct., 1796, in Milton; d. 7 Oct., 1819. 

6. Rebecca, b. 14 Nov., 1798, in Milton; is dec, 

7. Asenath, b. 4 Mar., 1801; mar. 3 Oct., 1821, Samuel L. San- 
born; d. in Dec, 1839. 

8. Amy, b. 11 May, 1803; mar. Joseph Pike, b. 10 Apr., 1797, d. 
10 Nov., 1865; she d. 2 Sept., 1890. Issue: 

1st. Caroline M. D,, b. 19 Jan.. 1837; mar. Cyrus Hubbard, 
who d. 30 June, 1898; home, in West Haven, Conn. 

2nd. Sarah Ann, b. 18 July, 1838; mar. 14 May, 1863, James 
E. Dole, farmer; home, in Northfield, Vt. Issue: 

I. Ella Maria, b. 10 Feb., 1864; mar. John Des Rochers. 

II. Herman E., b. 10 May, 1866; mar. 27 Sept., 1892, Grace 

III. Amy A., b. 2 Feb., 1869; mar. 27 Mar., 1895, Samuel 
W. Winch. 

IV. George W., b. 2 Sept., 1870; mar. 21 Sept., 1893, Rosa 
Campbell. Issue: Eric and Arthur. 


V. Arthur, b. i Feb., 1877; served in Spanish war; d, 
9 Aug., 1898. 

VI. Frederick J., b. 23 July, 1882. 

3d. George W., b. 16 Oct., 1840; d. in civil war, 2 Nov., 1863. 

4th. Emeline h., b. 22 Apr., 1842; mar. 15 Mar., 1868, 
Nathaniel King; has dau., Angie May, b. 30 May, 1870. 

5th. Angeline, b. 22 May, 1843; a trained nurse; lives in 

Gth. Paphro D., b. 3 May, 1849; mar. Ella M. Olmstead; is an 
inventor; home, in New York city. 

9. Josiah Wiggins, b. 29 June, 1805, in Milton; was a farmer; 
killed 7 May, 1856, by a tree falling on him; mar. 10 Dec, 1835, 
Clarissa Pattengill, b. 17 Nov., 1801. Issue: 

1st. Albert J., b. 6 Sept., 1836, in Stowe, Vt.; is a farmer; 
home, in Sparta, Kent co., Mich. 

2nd. Orlow J., b. 11 Feb., 1843; served in the loth Mich, 
volunteer cavalry, and d. during the civil war while in the service. 

10. Jones, b. 20 Oct., 1807; was killed in his youth at a barn 

11. Trueworthy, b. 23 Oct., 1809; wandered from home and never 
heard from. 

12. John, b. 12 Sept., 1812; was mar.; is dec; descendant, Mrs. 
Emily Balentine, Milton, N. H. 

lo. Eucinda, b. 30 Dec, 1819, in Milton; mar. 15 Sept., 1840, 
Samuel E. Sanborn, b. 13 Sept., 1799, in Acton; moved to Soniers- 
worth, where they lived and d.; she survived others of her father's 
family. In the Sanborn genealogy, it is stated that the first wife of 
Samuel, was Asenath Brackett, to whom he was mar. 3 Oct., 182 1. 
Issue, by both wives: 

1st. Samuel T., b. 10 July, 1822. 

2nd. Albert J., b. 19 Aug., 1824. 

3d. Joseph E., b. 27 Feb., 1827; d. in 1828. 

4th. Augustine E., b. 6 July, 1831. 

5th. Mary, b. 25 Mar., 1834; d. in 1841. 

Gth. Martha B., b. 20 Dec, 1839; d. in 1840. 

7th. Susan R., b. 25 Oct., 1841. 

8th. Emma J., b. 19 Aug., 1848; d. in 1849. 

9th. Emma Francena, b. 26 Sept., 1850. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Isaac, Isaac, Isaac. 

Isaac Brackett was born July 16, 1791, in Milton, N. H.; was a 
farmer; lived in Stowe, Vt., where he died September 12, 1885; 
married October 7, 1819, Mary Clay, who died in 1830; married 
(2nd) in fall of 1837, Susan Green, born August 10, 1804, in Taun- 
ton, Mass., died March 20, 1864. Issue: 


1. Daniel, who d. young. 

2. Hannah, mar. (ist) Hawse; (2nd) Kelly. 
. 3. Rebecca, mar. Brown; is dec. 

4. Mary A., mar. Brown; is dec. 

5. Priscilla, mar. Brown. 

6. Ada, mar. Twitchell. 

7. Jones, who d, young. 

8. Bathsheba, who d. young. 

9. Samuel S. R. J., b. 7 Apr., 1838. See family 4. 

10. Elijah Richardson, b. 30 Oct., 1841; served in company D, 
nth Vermont volunteer heavy artillery; d. 3 Apr., 1863, at fort 
Stephens, D. C. 

11. Caroline Elinor, b. 14 July, 1844, i^^ Stowe, Vt.; mar. 11 
Dec, 1874, Fenno C. Bingham, b. 5 June, 1846, son of Benjamin C. 
and wife, Juliette E. Russell, of Waterbury, Vt.; is an employee in a 
railroad shop; home, in Junction city, Kas. Issue: 

1st. Jennie Brackett, b. 15 Jan., 1876; d. 4 Mar., 1887. 
2nd. Jessie Emily, b. 21 June, 1877; mar. 7 July, 1896, John 
H. Chase; home, in Junction city. Issue: 

I. Thelma Martha, b. 22 Apr., 1900. 
3d. Josie Lavanda, b. 15 Dec, 1878; mar. 2 Sept., 1896, Edgar 
D. Pickering; home, in Junction city. Issue: 
I. Myrtle Eva, b. 6 June, 1897. 
4th. Myrtle May, b. 27 Dec, 1880. 
5th. Karl Stevens, b. 8 July, 1887. 

12. Susan Jane, b. 3 June, 1850; mar. 6 Oct., 1869, Fenno C. 
Bingham; d. 30 Oct., 1869. 



From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Isaac, Isaac, Isaac, Samuel S. R. J. 

Samuel Stevens Reuben Jones Brackett was born April 7, 1838, 
in Morristown, Vt., where he has continued to live; married Febru- 
ary 24, 1866, Eavanda A. Luce, born iVugust 20, 1844, in Stowe, Vt., 
daughter of Delevan and wife. Amy Kimball. Issue: 

1. Ernest Richardson, b. 21 Feb., 1867. See family 5. 

2. Nettie Eeola, b. 3 July, 1868, in Stowe, Vt.; mar. Herbert L. 
Eaw; home, in Morrisville, Vt. Issue: 

1st. Einwood Brackett, b. 10 Dec, 1897. 

3. Leon Elwood, b. 16 Oct., 1872; mar. Margaret Thomas; home, 
in Morrisville, Vt. Issue: 

1st. Paul W., b. 14 Apr., 1899. 

4. Cora Eucy, b. 2 Mar., 1874. 

5. Caroline A., b. 3 May, 1885. 




From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Isaac, Isaac, Isaac, Samuel S. R. J., Ernest R. 

Ernest Richardson Brackett was born February 21, 1867, in 
Stowe, Vt., where his parents lived until he was of the age of seven 
years; moved to Morrisville, Vt., where he lived at home with his 
parents until the year 1877, when he went to Detroit, Mich.; in that 
city he remained for two and one-half years; thence to Boston, for 
one and one-half years. In 1889, he removed to Chicago, which city 
is his home; is a pharmacist, and is interested in the manufacture of 
clinical thermometers; he married September 8, 1890, Bertha Ellen 
Olmsted, born February 3, 1869, daughter of Samuel N. and wife, 
Ellen ly. Camp, of Elmore, Vt. Issue: 

1. Ellen lyavanda, b. 3 Jan., 1892; d. 8 May, 1893. 

2. Wm. Ernest, b. 10 Apr., 1898. 







From Chapter VIII. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 

Samuel Brackett was born August 5, 1724, in Berwick; was bap- 
tized with three of his brothers on January 21, 1728; always lived in 
Berwick; owned the farm which was his father's. A strong advocate 
of "the cause of the colonists in their struggle with Great Britain. 
With his brothers James and Isaac, signed protest in 1772 to law for 
payment of salaries of colonial officers out of revenue derived from tax 
on imported articles (see division 11.) Married March 9, 1750, Mehit- 
able Ricker, born October 20, 1730, died June 13, 1819, daughter of 
Joseph and wife, Elizabeth Garland; Joseph Ricker was son of Matu- 
rin Ricker, the immigrant, who was killed by the Indians. Samuel 
Brackett died in Berwick, June 2, 1801. Issue: 

1. Nathaniel, b. 13 Jan., 1751. See family 2. 

2. Samuel, b. 9 July, 1753; d. in July, 1754. 

3. Sarah, b. 29 May, 1755; d. 28 May, 1826; mar. 6 Nov., 1777, 
Thomas Low of Sanford, Me., b. 27 April, 1752, in Ipswich, Mass., 
d. in 1838, son of John (John*, John^, John^ Thomas') and his 
second wife, Elizabeth Baker, dau. of Thomas (Thomas\ Joshua' ); 
lived in Sanford, afterwards Coxhall (Lyman); his father probably 
was the first settler there. The house of Thomas stood on the Lyman 
side of the Alfred line, on the hillside overlooking the village of 
Alfred. On the farm are the graves of herself and husband. Issue: 

1st. vSally. who mar. in 1806, Ebenezer Gooch; lived in Wells; 
had, I. Charles, who d. young. II. Charles, who mar. Asenath Per- 
kins. III. Oliver, who d. young. IV. Oliver, who mar. Eliza 
Wormwood. V. Ivory, who d. young. VI. Thomas, who mar. and 
had two children. VII. Samuel, who mar. VIII. Mehitable, who 
d. young. IX. Polly, who d. young. X. Hannah E., who d. 

2nd. Nathaniel, born in 1782; d. 7 Apr., 1869; lived on the 
Thomas Low place; mar. Izetta Gooch, b. in 1790, d. 24 Jan., 1882; 
had, I. Salh^ H., b. 1808, who d. young. II. Lavinea, b. in 1810, 
mar. Capt. Bradford Oaks, lived in Kennebunk. III. Horace, b. in 
1812, d. young. IX . John, b. in 1814, d. young. V. Thomas, b. in 
1816, mar. Mary D. Towas. VI. Abigail, who d. young. VII. 
Betsey, b. in 181 2, mar. Enoch Cousins. VIII. Mary, who'd, young. 
IX. infant, which d. at birth. X. Elmira S.. who mar. Phineas H. 
Ricker. XL Joseph G., who mar. Sophia N. Murphy. XII. 
Sabre J., b. in 1835. who mar. Wm. L. Clark. 

•Sd. John, who d. young. 


4th. Thomas, who d. young. 

5th. Thomas, who mar. 7 June, 1810, lyydia Gooch; lived in 
Kennebunk; had, I. Paulina, who mar. Nathaniel Gooch. II. Mary, 
who mar. James Wormwood, lived in Biddeford. III. Samuel, who 
mar. Sophia Huff, lived in Needham, Mass. IV. Betsey, who mar. 
Otho Chapman, lived in Kennebunk. V. Sall}^, who d. single. 
VI. Lydia, who mar. Nathaniel Gooch, lived in Saco. VII. Wil- 
liam, who mar. (ist) Cynthia Towne, (2nd) Eliza (Pierce) . 

VIII. George, who mar. widow Moulton of Scarboro. IX. Frank, 
who mar. Clarissa Dennett, lived in Needham. X. Julia, who mar. 
Wm. Wells of Kennebunk. XI. Thomas., who mar. Phoebe A. 
Tarbox, had three wives. 

6th. Betsey, who mar. in 181 1, Samuel Boothby; lived in Ken- 
nebunk; had, I. Samuel, who mar. Jane Gooch. II. Thomas L,., d. 
unmar. III. Harriet, who d. unmar. IV. Mabel D., who d. young. 

7th. Samuel Brackett, b 27 Feb., 1790; d. 11 Nov., 1884, at the 
home of his dau., Mrs. Rowena K. Waite, in Washington, R. I.; 
mar. Lydia Plummer Stackpole, b. 9 Aug., 1794, d. 24 Oct., 1874, 
dau. of Aaron (Joshua*, Joshua^, Philips, JamesM; settled in Kenne- 
bunk; removed about 1832, to Springvale, Me. He raised a family 
of sixteen; would never permit a child to be struck with a whip; 
believed in an innate spirituality in mankind, not in natural deprav- 
ity. It was a regret with him that he was unable to see the leaders 
of the people at the commencement of the civil war, believing that 
had the proper spirit prevailed with them, war would have been 
averted, and that he could have brought about a compromise. So 
considerate was he of the lives of creatures, that during the winter 
season, if mice got to his grain, he would not protect all of it from 
their ravages but would leave a part for their sustenance, less they 
should starve. Issue: 

I. Francis, b. 22 Juh% 1812; mar. Sarah Carter. 

II. John, b. 21 June, 1814; mar. Sarah Hilton. 

III. Jane M., b. 15 June, 1816; mar. Benjamin F. Gault. 

IV. Nahum H., b. 19 Jan., 1818; mar. Mary E. Porter. 

V. Betsey H., b. — Jan., 1820; mar. Thomas P. Gault. 

VI. Rowena K., b. 21 Oct., 1821; mar. Floj^d A. Waite. 

VII. Eliza E., b. 14 July, 1823; mar. 6 May, 1844, Samuel 
Veazie Eoring, Esq., b. 6 Dec, 1808, in Freeport, Me., son of Rev. 
Mr. Eevi (Bezaleel^, Nicholas*. John'', John^, Thomas^) and wife, 
Sophia Bosworth, dau. of Hezekiah (David^, John*, Jonathan'', 
Jonathan,^ Edward^). The son of a clergyman who had a large 
family, it devolved upon Mr. Eoring to make, unassisted, his start in 
the world; he was an instructor in school; later, in 1836, was admit- 
ted to practice at the York bar, having qualified himself by study in 
the office of Samuel Bradley of Hollis, Me. It was while reading 
law that he put aside all thoughts of self and nursed smallpox 
patients in an infected district near Hollis. So severe was the strain 
on his endurance, from his ministrations to the sufferers without rest 
that, one day when the sun was setting, he went to his room to sleep, 
and awoke with the sun in quite the same altitude as when he went to 
his bed; supposing th£,t he had taken but a short nap, he found that 
he had slept twenty-fcur hours and had remained in one position 
during his slumber. In the fifties. Judge Eoring was well known in 


York county. For several years he was located at Saco. As trial 
justice it became his duty to aid in enforcing the Maine liquor law, 
then but recently enacted; the discharge thereof brought upon him 
many petty annoyances. For instance, it was for years that he could 
not keep a sign over his ofhce door; when one was put up it was torn 
down in a few days. In 1869, he removed to Boston, from there, in 
1886, to Santa Barbara, California. He died 27 Feb., 1888, from 
heart failure consequent on pneumonia. During his long life he could 
not recall a day of sickness which confined him to his bed; during his 
attack of pneumonia, he kept about all the time. Over fifty of his 
ancestors came to America prior to 1640, including eight of the May- 
flower passengers. Mrs. Loring resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Issue: 

a. Frank Veazie, b. 16 Apr., 1848, in Springvale, Me., mar. 
15 Apr., 1889, at Pasadena, Cal., Sarah Amanda Steadman, of Ste. 
Barbara, Cal., b. 6 Oct., 1855, d. 16 Aug., 1893, dau. of John. Mr. 
lyoring supplied data relative to descendants of Sarah Brackett Low; 
has materially aided in other ways in the compilation of this history; 
no act of kindness was left undone that was in his power to do for the 

b. Henry Augustus, b. 2 Feb., 1852, in Saco; d. 19 Oct., 


c. George Edwin, b. 15 Feb., 1854, in Saco; mar. in 1874, 

Aggie Robie, who d. in 1878; mar. (2nd) in 1881, Jenny Clark of 
Gray, Me. Issue: 

a. George E., b. in Feb., 1876. b. Matt R., b. in 1878; a 

clerk in Post office Dept., Washington, D. C. c. Ed C. d. Brent 
K. e. Floyd, f. Amy, who d. 

d. Amy Eliza, b. 18 Oct., 1856, in Saco; mar. in 1874, 
Otis H. Weed, Jr.; she d. in 1883, leaving one son. 

VIII. Caroline, who mar. George E. Parker, (2nd) David 

IX. Samuel B., b. in Feb., 1827; d. age 14 years. 

X. Charles, b. in Feb., 1827; d. age 14 years. 

XI. Clarissa Haley, b. in Aug., 1828; mar. Royal F. Weller. 

XII. Lydia Maria, b. in Jan., 1832; never mar.; is dec. 

XIII. Hovey P., b. in Dec, 1832; mar. Frances Koogle. 

XIV. Sarah E-, b. 12 Jan., 1835; mar. Wm. A. Jackson. 

XV. Ellen F., b. 12 Jan., 1836; mar. (ist) Albert G. Pollard, 
(2nd) Samuel C. Jordan. 

XVI. Emma H., b. in 1838. 

8th. Mehitable, who mar. James Libby. 

4. Samuel, b. 8 Aug., 1757. See family 3. 

5. Ehzabeth, b. 22 Oct., 1759; mar. 12 Sept., 1779, Daniel Emery 
of Coxhall; d. 22 Dec, 1829. 

6. Mary, b. i June, 1761; mar. 14 Oct., 1782, Daniel Coffin of 
Sanford; d. 17 Jan., 1787. Children were Enoch and Simeon. 

7. Reuben, b. 23 Mar., 1762. See family 4. 

8. Mehitable, b. 2 Sept., 1766; mar. 9 June, 1791, James Hamil- 
ton; d. 26 Jan., 1828. 

9. Joseph, b. 31 Mar., 1769. See family 5. 

10. Hannah, b. 30 Apr., 1771; mar, 12 Aug., 1790, Paul Stone, 
Jr.; d. I Apr., 1800. 




From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Nathaniel. 

Nathaniel Brackett was born January 13, 1751, in Berwick. 
Enlisted as private July 17, 1775, in Captain Ebenezer Sullivan's 
company. Colonel James Scammon's regiment; served fifteen days, as 
appears from muster roll dated August i, 1775. Also received order 
for bounty coat or its equivalent in money, dated at Cambridge, 
December 20, 1775. Married September 12, 1776, Sarah Chadbourne, 
born March 10, 1756, died in layman, daughter of Humphrey; he was 
born June 19, 1716, married April i, 1742, Phoebe Hobbs (died Au- 
gust 6, 1807), died in Cornish, May 11, 1798; both buried in North 

Waterboro; was son of William; he married Mar}^ ; both were 

baptized and owned covenant in church at South Berwick, November 
21, 1714; was son of William, who was in employ of Captain John 
Mason at Portsmouth. Nathaniel Brackett' was a farmer; moved 
from Berwick, about 1782, to Lyman where he died April 10, 1842. 

1. Nathaniel, b. 24 Aug., 1777; d. 21 Sept., 1778. 

2. Nathaniel, b. 29 Jan., 1780. See family 6. 

3. Isaac, b. 5 Jul}^, 1782. See family 7. 

4. Phebe, b. 11 Aug., 1784; never mar.; d. 2 Mar., 1884. 

5. Mehitable, b. 3 Dec, 1786, in Lyman, Me; mar. Moses Ricker, 
b. 6 Feb., 1787, d. 22 Dec, 1861, farmer; home, in Waterboro, Me.; 
she d. 22 Dec, 1867, in Limerick, Me. Issue: 

1st. Eunice, b. 12 June, 1814; d. 25 July, 1850. 

2nd. Sally C. b. 18 Oct., 1821; d. 4 Jan., 1840. 

3d. John B., b. 25 Sept., 1827, in Waterboro; is a farmer and 
shoemaker; mar. 24 Oct., 1852, Jane Webber, b. 4 May, 1827, d. 7 
Jan., 1892, dau. of Edmund and wife, Fanny Skillins. Issue: 

I. Sadie, b. 23 Sept., 1853; mar. 11 Mar., 1879, Frank P. 
Wormwood; home, in Franconia, N. H. 

II. Abbie Jane, b. 8 Mar., 1855; d. 20 Feb., i860. 

III. John Edmund, b. 27 Feb., 1857; mar. 17 June, 1882, 
Emma Gilpatrick; home, in Newfield, Me. Issue: 

a. Clara, b. 17 May, 1885. 

IV. Charles Herbert, b. 23 Nov., 1859; mar. 12 June, 1886, 
Hattie Small. Issue: Arthur Leon, b. 17 July, 1887; Alice G., b. 9 
Oct., 1889; Walter C, b. 8 June, 1894. 

V. Ida Jane, b. 21 Apr., 1862; mar. 14 June, 1884, Charles 
E. Libby; home, in Newfield, Me. Issue: Eugene F., b. 22 Aug.. 
1888; Winnie A., b. 9 Nov., 1889; Edith F., b. 6 Mar., 1898. 

VI. Clara M., b 7 Mar., 1864; d. 26 Apr., 1864. 

6. John, b. 7 July, 1789, in Lyman; never mar.; he and his sisters, 
Phebe and Mary, lived on their father's farm; was a Quaker as were 
other members of his father's family; he d. 15 Apr., 1845, death due 
to injuries from falling out of a wagon. 

7. Mary, b. 6 May, 1792; never mar.; d. 27 Nov., 1883. 



From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Samuel. 

Samuel Brackett was born August 8, 1757, in Berwick, Me. 
Served in Colonel John Frost's (2nd York) regiment; was one of 
number drafted from that regiment, as per list returned May 7, 1777, 
for service in Rhode Island. Joined Captain Samuel Grant's com- 
pany, Colonel Jonathan Titcomb's regiment; served sixt^-one days in 
Rhode Island prior to July 18, 1777. Also serv^ed in Captain Grant's 
company. Colonel Storer's regiment; enlisted August 14, 1777, and 
was discharged November 30, 1778, at Queman's heights. Served 
four months and three da^'S in the Northern ami}-. From Berwick he 
went to Limington, Me., where he died October 31, 1850. Was a 
farmer; married April 26, 1781, Mary Wentworth. Issue: 

1. Wentworth, b. 3 Sept., 1782;, d. 20 Sept., 1807. 

2. Samuel, b. 14 Sept., 1784. See family 8. 

3. John, b. 20 Jan., 1787. See family 9. 

4. David, b. 2 Feb., 1789. See family 10. 

5. Nathaniel, b. 3 Oct., 1791; d. 27 Feb., 1815. 

6. Daniel, b. 21 Sept., 1794; d. in 1795. 

7. Comfort, b. 8 Juty, 1796; mar. Samuel Wiggin, b. in 1798, d. 
10 Jan., 1880; lived in Biddeford and Standish; d. 29 Mar., i860. 
Children were Charles Brackett; Harriet C; Mary J.; Abbie B.; 
Anna P. 

8. Daniel, b. 5 Sept., 1799; d. unmar. in Biddeford, in 1871. 

9. Phebe, b. 26 Jan., 1804; mar. Captain Bradford Oaks and lived 
in Kennebunk, Me. 

10. Mark, b. 3 Mar., 1802; d. 22 Apr., 1803. 

11. Mary, b. 18 Feb., 1812; d. 15 Feb., 1813. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Reuben. 

Reuben Brackett was born March 23, 1762, in Berwick, Me.; 
when a young man he removed to Limington where he resided until 
his death April 21, 1846; was a farmer. Married January 10, 1791, 
Jane McArthur, born August 8, 1773, died November 4, 1857. On 
the records of the town of Windham are spread the names of the mem- 
bers of his family with date of birth of each and also date of his death. 
The dates are those here given except the year of his birth which is 
stated on the Windham town records as 1764; it is thought that the 
Berwick town records give the date of his birth correctly. Mr. 
Brackett was a Quaker. Issue: 

1. Reuben, b. 14 Dec, 1791. See family 11. 

2. Mary, b. 18 May, 1794; d. unmar. 30 Sept., 1859. 

3. Oliver, b. 19 June, 1798; d. 25 Nov., 1798. 

4. Oliver, b. 18 June, 1800. See family 12. 

5. Elvira, b. 21 Feb., 1804; mar. iii 1825. Josiah Marston of Sand- 
wich, N. H.; d. in 1875. 

6. Jane, b. 23 June, 1808; d. 27 July, 1820. 

7. Joseph J., b. 8 Feb., 1814; mar. 21 Sept., -, Ann Maria 

Fluent of Westbrook, Me., who d. about 1894; he d. in 1892 in Min- 
nesota. No issue. 



From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Joseph. 

Joseph Brackett was born March 31, 1769, in Berwick, Me.; 
lived for a time in Brooks, where he died January 6, 1852; was a 
farmer; owned and resided on the farm that was his father's and his 
grandfather's; married (ist) Mary Chadbourne, born January 24, 
1777, died December 16, 1813; married (2nd) Saloma C. Clark, 
widow, born about 1783, died 18 July, 1855. Issue: 

1. Humphrey, b. 18 Apr., 1796; d. ; mar. 2 Dec, 1819, 

Joanna Ricker, b. 7 Jan., 1796, d. 26 Aug., 1868; was a blacksmith; 
lived in Linierick, Me. Issue: 

1st. George I^orenzo, b. 5 Jan., 1821; mar. Elsie J. Stevens; d. 
23 Dec, 1853; had daughter Catherine, b. in 1844. 

2nd. Mary C, b. 29 July, 1824; d. 19 July, 1851. 

3d. Eunice, b. 21 Feb., 1833; mar. Dr. Henry Sawyer of Ken- 
nebunkport. Me.; d. in Nov., 1895. 

4th. vSamuel, b. 10 Mar., 1829; d. 16 No^^, 1832. 

2. Elizabeth, b. 25 Apr., 1798; mar, William Cole of Deerfield, 
N. H.; is dec; no issue. 

3. Hannah, b. 6 Dec, 1799; mar. 'Stephen Nichols of X'assalboro, 
Me.; is dec Issue: 

1st. Joseph, who mar. Mary J. Merrill of South Berwick. 

2nd. Mary, who mar. Bailey. 

3d. vSamuel, who never mar. 

4th. Hannah Elizabeth. 

5th. Myra, who mar. Charles Goddard. 

4. Samuel, b. 8 Oct., 1801; never mar.; d. 6 Aug., 1828. 

5. Daniel, b. 4 Oct., 1803; mar. ; d. 22 Dec, 1836. Issue: 

1st. Elizabeth, who mar. Martin of Hayward, Wis. 

2nd. Saloma, who mar. Wheeler of Uxbridge, Mass.; d. in 1898. 
3d. Mary Jane, who mar. Jacob Brown. 
4th. Francis. 

6. Phoebe, b. 27 Oct., 1805; mar. Francis Allen; d. 7 Nov., 1845. 
Children, Reuben; Joseph; Sarah; Phoebe, who d. 20 June. 1846, 
age 17 months. 

7. Sarah, b. 28 Oct., 1807; never mar.; d. 17 Oct., 1871. 

8. Joseph, b. 27 Feb., 1810. See family 13. 

9. Reuben, b. 19 Feb., 1812; is dec. 

10. Nathaniel, b. 16 Dec, 1813; was a teacher in common schools; 
mar. Mary J. Weymouth, b. in 1814. Issue: 

1st. Louisa J., b. in 1839. 

2nd. Sarah Charlotte, b. in 1841. 

3d. Ellen C, b. in 1849. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, vSamuel, Samuel. 
Samuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel. 

Nathaniel Brackett was born January 29, 1780; first lived in 
Eimington, then moved to Cornish, Me., where he died, October 20, 


1871, in the ninety-second year of his age; was a farmer; he and 
members of his family were Free Will Baptists; married November 
16, 1805, Alice Ricker, born November 6, 1783, died December 21, 
1865, daughter of Timothy and wife, Eunice Pray, of Waterboro, Me. 

1. Sally C, b. 28 Oct., 1806; d. i Sept., 1878. 

2. Eunice R., b. 25 July, 1808; d. 4 Feb., 1834. 

3. Phoebe, b. 18 Mar., 1813; mar. 3 Nov., 1848, Enoch Allen, b. 
7 Nov., 1805, d. 6 Apr., 1886, son of Samuel and wife, Mehitable 
York, of Parsonsfield, Me.; was a farmer; home, in East Parsonsfield. 
Mrs. Allen supplied data relative to her family. Issue: 

1st. lola R. Allen, b. i Aug., 1850; mar. 25 June, 1870, John 
h. Bennett, who d. 3 Sept., 1886; she d. 3 Oct., 1871. 

2nd. Ella E., b. 17 June, 1853; mar. in May, 1874, John L. 
Bennett; home, in Wollaston, Mass. Issue: 

I. Annie Maud, b. 9 Jan., 1875. 

II. Charles E. A., b. 9 June, 1876. 

3d. Emma R., b. 3 Oct., 1856; d. 18 July, 1872. 

4. Moses R., b. 27 Sept., 1818, mar. Mary Ann Weeks, b. in 1821, 
dau. of Henry (son of Noah) and wife, Pendexter; was a tinplate 
worker; home, in Parsonsfield; d. 26 Oct., 1897. Issue: 

1st. Eunice, b. in 1841; mar. Edwin Sadler; is dec. 
2nd. Sarah, b. in 1843; is dec. 
3d. Alice, b. in 1851; is dec. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Nathaniel, Isaac. 

Isaac Brackett was born in Eyman, Me., July 5, 1782; resided in 
Limington where he died December 19, 1838; was a farmer; married 
July 18, 1809, Margaret Ricker, born May 16, 1789, died August 23, 
1839, daughter of Timothy; he was born in Berwick about 1761, mar- 
ried Eunice Pray, was son of Jabez Ricker, son of Maturin Ricker. 

1. Mary, b. 12 Sept., 1810; mar. 23 Jan., 1834, William E- 
O'Brien, b. 21 July, 1803, d. 14 Sept., 1885, son of John and wife, 
Abigail Wilson, of Cornish, Me. Mary d. 10 Oct., 1886. Issue: 

1st. Eliza, b. 6 Mar., 1837; mar. 11 Oct., 1859, J. F. Jameson, 
b. 28 July, 1836, a merchant in Cornish, Me., son of John and wife, 
Nancy C. Barker, of Cornish. Issue: 

I. Allie Marcia, b. 12 Julv, i860; d. 22 Mar., 1875. 

II. Fannie O'Brien, b. 13 Sept., 1863; d. 26 Mar., 1889. 

III. Harry Preston, b. 19 Mar., 1865; mar. Rose Wedge- 
wood. Issue: 

a. Ruth, b. 22 Sept., 1895. 

d. Fannie O'Brien, b. 5 Apr., 1900. 

IV. Margaret, b. 4 Oct., 1876. 

V. Malcolm, b. 10 Apr., 1879; d. 16 May, 1880. 
2nd. Marshall, b. 7 Nov., 1838; d. 17 Apr., 1843. 

3d. Martha H., b. 27 Aug.,^846: mar. G. F. Clifford of Cor- 
nish, Me. 

2. Mehitable, b. 6 Feb., 181 2; mar. 7 Dec, 1828, Cotton Bean; 
ived in Eiuierick; she d. 5 Apr., 1893. Issue: 


1st. Isaac B., b. 25 Oct., 1829. 2nd. Charles, b. 30 Jan., 1831. 
^d. Albion, b. 4 Nov., 1833. 4th. Cyrus E., b. 11 Apr., 1835. 5th. 
Ivory Small, b. 17 Oct., 1841. 

3. Nathaniel, b. 2 Nov., 1813. See family 14. 

4. Timothy, b. 12 June, 1815. See family 15. 

5. Isaac, b. 18 July, 1822. See family 16. 

(i. Sarah, b. 13 May, 1825; mar. Nahum McKusick, b. 19 July, 
1819; d. in Feb., 1904. Issue: 

1st. Albanus, whod. in 1898. 2nd. Edwin. 3d. Walter, home 
is in Saco, Me. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Samuel, Samuel. 

Samuel Brackett was born September 14, 1784; lived in L,im- 
erick; was a farmer; deceased subsequently to i860; married Abigail 
Munson. Issue: 

1. Mary, b. in 18 16; unmar. in i860. 

2. Nathaniel, b. in 18 15. See family 17. 

3. Edward, b. in 1818. See family 18. 

4. Alniira, b. in 182 1. ' 

5. Abigail. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Samuel, John. 

John Brackett was born January 20, 1787, in Eimington; was a 
farmer; lived in Ivimerick; died October 31, 1850; married Phoebe Gil- 
key. Issue: 

1. James G., b. 11 July, 1818. See family 19. 

2. Isaac, b. 28 Feb., 1820; d. in June, 1825. 

3. Joseph G., b. 3 Dec, 1823, in Limington; was a grocer; lived 
in Biddeford, Me., where he d. 3 Nov., 1892; mar. Emma J. Hasty, 
b. 31 Aug., 1827, d. 6 Jan., 1895. Issue: 

1st. Joseph, who is dec. 

2nd. Ada E., b. in 1852; mar. James W. Gooch; home, in Bid- 
deford. Issue: 

I. Glenna K. 

II. Emma C. 

3d. Emma D., who is dec. 

4th. Ina Eucy, b. in 1866; lives in Biddeford. 

4. Elizabeth, b. in 1824; mar. Silas Elden; home, in Biddeford. 

1st. Martha E., who mar. Edmund Hanson of Hollis. 
2nd. George A., who died 27 Oct., 1859. 
3d. Charles E.. b. 5 Apr., 1863. 
4th. Arthur E., b. 6 Apr., 1864. 
5th. James B., who mar. Elizabeth Chadbourne. 
6th. Paul H., who mar. Ida M. Benson; d. 19 May, 1891. 
7th. Alice S., who d. 12 Nov., 1888. 

8th. May T., who mar. Duncan Innes of Saco. and has child, 
Doris Elden. 


5. Wentworth. b. 6 July, 1826; d. in 1830. 

f). Charles Henry, b. 26 Juty, 1829; was a grocer in Biddeford, 
where he d. 26 Aug., 1898; mar. 16 June, 1856, Susan J. Hasty, b. 
4 Feb., 1833, dau. of David and wife, Betsey Watson, of Liniington. 

1st. Carrie M.. b. 5 Oct., 1858. 

7. / Dennis, b. 6 Sept., 1832; d. in July, 1847. 

8. Martha, b. 31 Oct., 1834; d. in Aug., 1855. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Samuel, David. 

David Brackett was born February 2, 1789; lived in Jackson. 
Waldo count3^ Me., where he died October 5, 1871; was a farmer; 
married (ist) Mary Bean of lyimerick; (2nd) Betsey Cook; (3d) in 
1832, Olive Trueworthy, born October 8, 1802, died January 18, 1882. 
daughter of Jacob and wife, Jackson, of Unity, Me. Issue: 

1. Thomas R., b. 16 May, 1827. See family 20. 

2. Eliza B., b. 30 Dec, 1832: mar. in 1854, Frank Webber; d. 24 
Feb., i860. Issue: 

1st. Marv Jane, b. in 1855; mar. Wilham A. Prescott. Children. 
Mildred G.; Elia B. and William A. 

2nd. Olive C, b. in 1857; mar. in 1882, Charles A. Gridley. 
Children, Carl and Harold. 

.3. Eydia, b. 4 Dec, 1834; d. 20 Apr., 1852. 
4. David, b. i Feb., 1837. See family 21. 

6. Julia A., b. 21 Sept., 1843; mar. Frank Webber; d. 17 April, 
1886. Children, Lincoln A.; Villa M.; Frank W.; Blanche E.; Mvra 
G.; Burton E.; Mary B. 

7. Charles S.. b. '26 June, 1845; d. 8 May, 1855. 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Reuben, Reuben. 

Reuben Brackett was born December 14, 1791, in Limington; 
learned his trade, watch and clock-making, in Berwick; went to Vas- 
salboro prior to 1820, and established his business at Getchell's cor- 
ner; after about seven or eight years he bought a farm in Unity, Me., 
two miles from Antioch; was there engaged in farming and clock- 
making for several years; then removed to Eynn, Mass., where he 
was in charge of the Eynn rubber works for about three years; moved 
to Westbrook prior to 1830; lived at Saccarappa village for about one 
year when he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Married November 26. 
1817, Eliza Starkey, daughter of Moses, of Vassalboro; she died in 
Cincinnati, December 8, 1837, aged thirty-eight years and eleven 
months; married (2nd) Amy Kyle Goddard. From Cincinnati he 
moved to Iowa; died in Denmark, Iowa, December 3, 1867. Issue: 

1. Edward A., b. i Oct., 1818. See family 22. 

2. Jane Elizabeth, b. 27 June, 1821, in Vassalboro; mar. 14 Nov., 
1839, Alexander H. Field of Cincinnati, who d. 4 Feb., 1896, in San 
Diego, Cal; she d. 16 Feb., 1893, in San Diego. Issue: 


1st. Gustavus B., b. 25 Oct., 1841, in Cincinnati, Ohio; d. 25 
Oct., 1841. 

2nd. Ella Gray, b. 18 June, 1848, in Boston; d. 9 May, 1850. 

3d. George Hamilton, b. 4 Oct., 1850, in Boston. 

4th. Edward Clinton, b. 7 Aug., 1854, in Eimington, Me. 

Sth. Mary Eane, b. 26 Sept., 1858, in Winchester, Mass. 

6th. Jennie Hamilton, b. 14 Jan., 1862, in Winchester, Mass.; 
living in Fresno, Cal. 

3. Walter M., b. 14 June, 1823. See family 23. 
• 4. Gustavus B., b. 24 Mar., 1827. See family 24. 

5. George C, b. 26 Oct., 1830. See family 25. 

6. Arthur, b. 19 Apr., 1847. See family 26. 

7. Charles S.. b. 29 Sept., 1857. See family 27. 


Erom Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Reuben, Oliver. 

Oliver Brackett was born June 18, 1800, in Limington, Me.; in 
1833, removed to Ohio; was engaged^in the manufacture of oilcloth 
until 1845, subsequently in farming until his death, April 18, 1869; 
resided in town of Transit near Cincinnati. Married February 22, 
1832, Mary Chase Purinton, of Eynn, Mass., born. August 26, 1806, 
died February 18, 1878, at the home of her son in Sherman, Texas, 
daughter of Peletiah Purinton, born August 4, 1763, in Berwick, and 
wife, Kezia Newhall, born August 8, 1765, died October 9, 1831, in 
Eynn. Issue: 

1. Arthur O., b. 16 Aug., 1833. See familj' 28. 

2. Elvira M., b. 26 July, 1839, in Cincinnati, Ohio; mar. James 
D. Henry; home in Cincinnati. No issue. 

3. Annie P., b. i Oct., 1842; d. 21 Nov., 1888, in Grovesbeck, 
Ohio; mar. 4 Mar., 1868, Martin Pinney. Issue: 

1st. Sidney Stewart, b. 25 Feb., 1869. 

2nd. Joseph Arthur, b. 15 Nov., 1870. 

3d. Mary Elizabeth, b. 15 Oct., 1872; d. 12 Jan., 1888. 

4th. Martin J., b. 28 Dec, 1874. 

5th. Oliver H., b. 7 June, 1878. All b. in Transit, Ohio. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Joseph, Joseph. 

Joseph Brackett was born February 27, 1810, in Berwick; lived 
on the homestead where his forefathers in Berwick had lived; in 
1861, ser\'ed the town as selectman; was a farmer; died July 8, 1869; 
married Sarah Kelley, nee Clark, born May 31, 1808; died July 20, 
1868, sister of Saloma C. (see fam. 5.) Issue: 

1. Mary J., b. 12 May, 1835; mar. John Jepson, who is dec; mar. 
(2nd) James M, Fernald; home, in Lewiston, Me, 

2. Reuben F., b. 12 Feb., 1838. See family 29. 




From Famil}^ No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Nathaniel, Isaac, Nathaniel. 
Nathaniel Brackett was born November 2, 1813, in I^imington; 
home was in Parsonsfield, where he resided for several j^ears 
engaged in mercantile business; died there January 7, 1853; mar- 
ried July 22, 1838, Parmelia Foss, born March 27, 1819, died March 
8, 1897, daughter of John and wife, Jane Joy, of Limington, Me. 

1. Mary E., b. 29 Mar., 1842; mar. 13 July, 1859, J. Frank 
Dearborn; he is dec; she d. 6 Ma}-, 1899. Issue: 

1st. Alice, who mar. W. W. Williams; home, in Mattoon, 111. 
2nd. Frank B.. resides in Portland. 

2. Charles C, b. 9 May, 1844, mar. 18 Sept., 1863, Sarah E. 
French; d. 14 Jan., 1864. 

3. Maria J., b. 2 June, 1847; n^ar. 30 Nov., 1866, Samuel F. 
Perry; d. 22 July, 1873. Issue: 

1st. Jennie C, b. 30 Nov., 1867, in E. Parsonsfield, Me.; mar. 22 
Mar., 1892, Isaiah A. Forrest, b. 25 Mar., 1870, son of Andrew J. 
and wife, Arvalla R. Kenerson, of Silver Lake, N. H.; Mr. For- 
rest was appointed station agent at Silver Lake, when he was eigh- 
teen years old and still holds the position (1906); is a member of 
the firm of Forrest, Chick & Son, furniture dealers; his father 
cleared the land on which is built the Silver Lake hotel, now a popu- 
lar summer resort; his grandfather, Isaiah Forrest, was an officer in 
the war of 181 2. No issue. 

4. Abbie F., b. 19 Aug., 1850; mar. 18 Dec, 1869, N. Webster 
Fenderson, b. 22 Aug., 1842, son of Ivory and wife, Martha Chase, 
of Parsonsfield, Me.; is a farmer; home, in East Parsonsfield. Mrs. 
Fenderson supplied data relative to descendants of her father. Issue: 

1st. Blanch M.,b^i 6 Jan., 1872; is a teacher. 

2nd. Frank DrT^is June, 1878; is a lawyer in Limerick, Me. 


From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Nathaniel, Isaac, Timothy. 

Timothy Brackett was born June 12, 1815, in Limington, where 
he lived on a farm until 1862, when he removed to Cornish, Me., and 
engaged in merchandizing; elected state representative in 1875 and 
in 1878. In the closing years of his life, was afflicted with paralysis; 
died October 2, 1880. Married November 20, 1839, Sarah W. Davis, 
born in 1820, died February 7, 1854, daughter of William and wife, 
Mary Waterhouse, of Limington, Me.; married (2nd) Elizabeth 
Cobb, who died in July, 1864. Issue: 

1. Isaac N., b. 27 Feb., 1841. See family 30. 

2. Benjamin F., b. in 1846; mar. Flora Fogg; home, in Portland. 
Children, Helen I.; Bessie; Marian; Ruth. 

3. Howard, b. 22 Mar., 1856. See family 31. 


4. Carrie, b. 12 Dec, i860, in lyimerick; mar. 21 Sept., 1881, 
James M. Haley, b. 21 Aug., 1853, son of Harrison and wife, Mary 
E. Whitten, of Cornish; is a carpenter; home, in Cornish. Issue: 
1st. Geneva Brackett, b. 28 May, 1894. 


From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Nathaniel, Isaac, Isaac. 

Isaac Brackett was born July 18, 1822, in Limington; was a 
manufacturer of clothing; resided in Parsonsfield, lyimerick, Alfred, 
Biddeford, Portland, and Bangor in the order named, in which latter 
place he died February 22, 1900. In Portland he kept the old Elm 
house on Federal street; married May 16, 1842, Almira W. Weeks, 
born May 5, 1826, died September 19, 1861; married (2nd) Novem- 
ber 18, 1862, Sarah M. Weeks, born February 22, 1835, daughters of 
James Wesley Weeks (son of Noah) and wife, Sarah Coffin Frye, of 
Limerick, Me. Issue: 

1. Margaretta S., b. 2 July, 1846; mar. Frank A. Hill; home, in 
Cambridge, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Myron Francis, b. 20 Dec, j 867, in Milford, Mass.; mar, 
Gertrude Martin, of Washington, D. C. 

2nd. Lewis Dana, b. 16 Sept., 1870, in Chelsea, Mass.; mar. 
Caroline Carrick, of Cambridge, Mass. 

3d. Frederick Brackett, b. 30 Mar., 1873, in Chelsea; mar. 
Edith Draper, of Holyoke, Mass. 

2. Althea L., b. 29 Dec, 1850; mar. John S. Frost. 

3. Dana, b. 31 Aug., 1861; d. 31 Aug., 1861. 

4. Myra, b. 26 Feb., 1867; mar. J. Henry Smith; home, in 
Bangor, Me. Issue: 

1st. J. Hamilton, b. 21 Oct., 1893. 

2nd. Raeburn Brackett, b. 18 June, 1895. 

5. Jennie L-, b. 5 Jan., 1871; resides in Cambridge. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Samuel, Samuel, Nathaniel. 

Nathaniel Brackett was born in 18 15, in Limerick; was a farmer; 
always lived in Limerick; died in 1904; married Rosanna Hasty, born 
in 1 82 1. Issue: 

1. Edward Payson, d. before 1850. 

2. Dominicus H., b. in 1844. 

3. George, b. in 1846. 

4. Abigail S., b. in 1849. 

5. Daniel, b. in 1851. 

6. David, b. in 1854. 

7. Charles S., b. in 1856; was a blacksmith; lived in Limerick; 
mar. Ida S . Issue: 

1st. Charles L., b. in 1877. 
2nd. Willard A., b. in 1879. 

8. James E., b. in 1858. 



From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Tltomas. Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Samuel, Samuel, Edward. 
Edward Brackett was born in i8i8, in Limerick; married Susan 
Hard)", born in 1822. Issue: 

1. Albert, b. in 1843. 

2. Susan, b. in 1850. 

3. Edward G., b. in 1848. 

4. Frank P., b. in 1854. 

5. Annette, b. in 1859. 


From Family No. 9. Descent: Anthon}^ Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Samuel, Samuel, John, James G. 

James G. Brackett was born July 11, 1818, in Limerick; was a 
machinist; lived in Biddeford; is deceased; married Elizabeth 
Thomas, born in 1823, died September 29, 1902, daughter of Michael 
and wife, Elizabeth. Issue: 

L Mary C, b. 7 July, 1845; is dec. 

2. EHzabeth A., b. 2 Mar., 1848. 

3. Harriet W., b. 21 Sept., 1850; d. 15 Aug., 1895. 

4. Lucy, b. in 1853; d. in 1853. 

5. James F., b. i Sept., 1855; is a machinist. 


From Family No. 10. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Samuel, David, Thomas R, 

Thomas R. Brackett was born May 16, 1828, in Jackson, Me.; 
was a shoemaker; lived in Jackson, Me., Manchester, N. H., Win- 
throp and Auburn, Me., in which latter place he died March 13, 1899; 
married April 16, 1854, Irene C. Ramsdell, born February 19, 1829, 
daughter of Rufus and wife, Alice Bailey, of Leeds, Me. Issue: 

1. Herbert Lee, b. 14 Dec, 1856, in Winthrop, Me.; is a shoe- 
maker; home, in Auburn, Me. 

2. Charles Linwood, b. 16 Jan., 1859; mar. Helen S. Chadbourne; 
resided in Roxbury, Mass., to his death. May 4, 1904. Lssue: 

1st. Alice D', b. 29 Aug., 1889. 
2nd. Marian Irene, b. 13 Mar., 1893. 


From Family No. 10. De.scent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel. Samuel, Samuel, David, David. 

David Brackett, a Free Will Baptist minister of Brooks, Me., 
was born in Jackson, Me., February i, 1837; received education in 
public schools; at the age of forty-two years was converted and at 
once began the work of an evangelist, as he himself says: "without 
being aware of the fact that I was preaching." He was successful in 
his labors; there were those among his converts who desired the 
ordinance of baptism and "I was rather forced against my will to 
enter the ministry," he continues. His first charge was at Swanville, 
Me. He describes how his labors were divided among several locali- 
ties, thus — 


"Our country churches unite in hiring a pastor; he preaches at 
one church in the morning, at another in the afternoon. I have had 
four pastorates at one time; would preach at two churches on alter- 
nate Sundays. I was with the Thorndike church for sixteen years, 
either half or all the time; with the church at Jackson for five years, 
part of every Sunday: with the church at Monroe for five years, part 
of every Sunday; also with churches at Montville, Dixmont and 
Knox. My last pastorate was at the Woolwich and Wiscasset 
churches * * *. I have attended more than a thousand funerals, 
officiated at about one hundred fifty marriages and administered the 
ordinance of baptism to 50 persons." 

Mr. Brackett, because of poor health, has retired from the minis- 
try, and is now living on his farm in Brooks, Me. 

Married November 3, 1859, H. A. Page, born July 3, 1843, 
daughter of William E. and wife, Sally Cram, of Jackson, Me. Issue: 

1. William A., b. 28 Apr., 1861; mar. E. M. Porter; home, in 
W^orcester, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Grace M., b. 18 July, 1882. 

2. Charles S., b. 22 Feb., 1867; mar. Bertha E. Pilley; home, in 
Newport, Me. Issue: 

1st. Gail, b. in July, 1892. 

3. Jenette E., b. 8 Feb., 1869; mar. Edwin H. Walker; home, in 
Brooks, Me. Issue: 

1st. Harry E., b. 5 Oct.. 1894. 

4. Olive May, b. 21 Feb., 1873; mar. Aaron B. Snow; home, in 
Jackson, Me. 


From Family No. 11. Descent: Anthou}-, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Reuben, Reuben. Edward A. 

Edward Augustus Brackett, sculptor, horticulturist, piscicultur- 
ist, was born October i, 1818, in Vassalboro, Maine; was educated in 
the common schools of that town and at the Friends' school in Provi- 
dence, R. I. His father removed to Lynn, Mass., thence to Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio, where he was apprenticed to several trades, none to his 
liking or tastes. He had tried his hand at modeling in clay, and his 
ambition was to become a sculptor. The West not offering enough 
encouragement he decided to go to Boston. His first years were the 
usual ones of a struggling artist, with the gradual rise to fame and 
success. The greater part of his work was in the line of post mortem 
busts, in which he excelled. Among those of note which he produced 
are of Washington Allston, the artist, who was his friend, Richard H. 
Dana, Sr., W. C. Bryant, Eongfellow, Choate, Sumner, Garrison, 
Wendell Phillips, B. F. Butler, and John Brown. An account of his 
perilous journey to Virginia to see Brown, can be found in Sanborn's 
Life and Letters of John Brown. Of his ideal works a life-sized 
group in marble called the Shipwrecked Mother and Child, purchased 
by the Boston Athenaeum and still in its possession, was his first. 
The Binding of Satan, another group, was not satisfactory to him and 
he soon destro3^ed it. Dickens' Little Nell, a statue full of classic 
beauty and grace, he still retains. 


During his early life as an artist he composed considerable poetry, 
which under the patronage of Richard H. Dana, he published with 
the title of "Twilight Hours of an Artist;" a few of the poems which 
appeared in the volume were quite popular at the time of publication. 
Since, he has written many articles and poems for newspapers and 
magazines. A volume of poems entitled My House; Chips the Build- 
er Threw Away, and a charming work in prose. The World We Live 
In, are recent works of his. Of late years his pen has been turned to 
the advocation and defense of spiritualism. 

Among his friends of his artist days he numbered T. B. Reed, 
the artist and poet, Benj. P. Shillaber (Mrs. Partington), Fanny "Fern, 
and other contemporaneous artists and authors. 

The proceeds from his art were never sufficient to meet his 
wants; his spare hours were required to obtain the necessities of an 
increasing family. He purchased land in Winchester, near Boston, 
and started a nursery. In this he was more or less successful; he 
added several varieties of strawberries and grapes, and was the first in 
his vicinity to successfully raise cucumbers under glass. 

He had been experimenting in hatching trout and with the aid 
of Thomas Talbot, Emmons Hamlin and others made arrangements 
to experiment on a larger scale. The results were successful. Mr. 
Talbot was elected governor and appointed him (1871) commissioner 
of inland fisheries, a position he has held to the present date (1906) 
although in his eighty-eighth year. The scope of the commission 
was enlarged to include the shore fisheries and game. His strong 
originality is shown in his methods of hatching fish, in raising Mon- 
golian pheasants, quail and grouse with which to stock the state. 
For this work he is notably well fitted as his only recreation through 
life is with his rod and gun; his enjoyment thereof is intensified by 
his deep love of a life near nature. His character is unique and 
slightly eccentric. By those who knew him as an artist his peculiari- 
ties were spoken of as the eccentricities of genius. Though kind, 
generous and genial he has an indomitable will which cannot be 
changed if once set. Brought up in strict Quaker faith, the habit of 
independent thought has made the dogmas of religion especially dis- 
tasteful to him. The following story shows a line of reasoning of his. 
A good orthodox deacon passed his house daily in taking a cow to 
pasture, and many were the arguments they had on religion. One 
Sunday morning the deacon found him working in his garden and 
remonstrated. A few weeks later the deacon worked on Sunday to 
save his hay from spoiling. "Why, deacon" said Mr. Brackett, are 
you working on Sunday?" The deacon answered, "Yes. You see 
that thunder storm coming. I shall lose my hay if I do not." Mr. 
Brackett asked, "How much is your hay worth?" "Five dollars," 
answered the deacon. "Well, deacon," said Mr. Brackett, "I do not 
see much difference between us in our working on Sunday other than 
that I work on that day for my pleasure and you work for five dol- 
lars." In matters social and religious, and also in the matter of 
dress he is a law unto himself. 

In 1862, he tendered his services to Governor Andrews and 
received a commission as battalion quartermaster of the First Massa- 
chusetts volunteer cavalry with rank of first lieutenant, a position he 
held until the office was abolished. 


Married (ist) November 27, 1842, Amanda Folger, who died 
June 25, 1 87 1, was daughter of Zacheus and wife, Betsey ROvSs; mar- 
ried (2nd) August I, 1872, Elizabeth F. Bellville, a daughter of his 
first wife's sister. Home, in Winchester. Issue, all born in Win- 
chester except Walter F.: 

1. Frank, b. 16 Mar., 1846; mar. 19 Nov., 1875, Hannah R. 
Beede; home, in Worcester, Mass. No issue. 

2. Walter F., b. 7 Apr., 1850. See family 32. 

3. Lena Rose, b. 5 Oct., i860; mar. 11 Feb., 1891, Harry E. 
Wellington; home, in Winchester, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Dorothy, b. 24 Feb., 1892. 

2nd. Marshall S., b. 22 Apr., 1893. 

3d. Barbara, b. 26 Dec, 1895. 

4. Bessie Ross, b. ; mar. 14 Sept., 1886, Charles S. Parker; 

home, in Goffstown, N. H. Issue: 

1st. John Edward, b. 2 Aug., 1887. 
2nd. WilHam Folger, b. 17 July, 1889. ' 
3d. Harry Stinson, b. 7 Oct., 1890. 
4th. Mary Stinson, b. 23 Oct., 19P4. 

5. Bertha, b. in 1875; mar. 13 June, 1901, Jossf Sandberg; home, 
in Boston. 


From Family No. 11. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Reuben, Reuben, Walter M. 

Walter Moses Brackett was born June 14, 1823, in Unity, Maine; 
painter; self-taught, began painting in 1843, and attained a reputa- 
tion as a portrait painter; later painted game, fish, especially salmon 
and trout, and in this line attained celebrity, particularly by the pro- 
duction of the works of art representing the capture of a salmon, viz: 
The Rise; The Leap; The Struggle; and Landed; pictures that 
brought the painter fame. The set became the property of Sir Rich- 
ard Potter and was awarded a medal and diploma at the great Fish- 
ery exposition held in London; also was hung in Crystal Palace. 

One of the founders and ex-presidents of the Boston Art club; 
for fifty years has been an exhibitor in Boston, New York, Philadel- 
phia, Vienna, London, etc.; awarded medals at Universal exhibition 
at Vienna; Centennial exhibition at Philadelphia; medal and diploma 
at Fishery exhibition, London. Works, whose subjects are fish, trout 
and salmon, are now in Crystal Palace; Queen's Corridor; Bucking- 
ham Palace; collections of Lord Dufferin, Sir Richard Potter and 
Liverpool Art association. There are hung in the War Department 
portraits of the first four secretaries of war which Mr. Brackett exe- 
cuted for Mr. Belknap, viz., of Timothy Pickering, Samuel Dexter, 
General Dearborn and Governor Hustis. For many years has lived 
in Boston, now (1906) at 154 Boylston St. Married January 15, 1850, 
Maud Louisa Loring, of Boston, daughter of Captain Caleb G., glass 
merchant, and wife, Harriet T. Tuttle. Issue: 
1. Arthur L-, b. 15 Oct., 1855. See family 33. 



From Famil}" No. ii. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Reuben, Reuben, Gustavus B. 

Gustavus Benson Brackett was born March 24, 1827, in Unity, 
Me.; pomologist, educated in public schools of Cincinnati and acad- 
emy in Denmark, Iowa. In ist Missouri Engineers served three 
years in civil war, mvistered out November 2, 1864, attained the rank 
of captain; after close of the war served in Iowa militia with rank of 
lieutenant-colonel; commissioner in charge of exhibits at Centennial 
exposition at Philadelphia; United States commissioner to Paris 
exposition of 1878; delegate at large from Iowa to National Cotton 
exposition in 1885 at New Orleans; represented division of pomology, 
Department of Agriculture, in World's Columbian exposition in 1893. 
Was two years secretary and four years president of Iowa State Hor- 
ticultural society; horticultural expert for United States commission- 
ers to Paris exposition in 1900. Chief of pomology division. Depart- 
ment of Agriculture, since 1897. Home, is Denmark, Iowa. Married 
November 14, 1849, Anna Houston, who died March 17, 1886. 

1. Ella Jane, b. 18 Oct., 1851; mar. 3 Sept., 1879, Klark H. 
Eouis; she d. 20 Mar., 1880. 

2. Alice Eliza, b. 28 Nov., 1853; mar. 29 Apr., 1897, Dr. W. H. 

3. Walter, b. 18 Apr., 1857; d. 19 Nov., 1857. 

4. Bertha Belle, b. 6 Sept., i860; d. 22 Jan., 1865. 

5. Belle B., b. 12 June, 1866; mar. 23 Oct., 1890, Clyde R. Joy; 
home, in Keokuk, Iowa. Issue: 

1st. Ralph B., b. 5 Sept., 1891. 

2nd. Mildred Anna, b. 31 Oct., 1895. 

3d. Carrol, b. 15 Feb., 1899. 


From Family No. 11. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Reuben, Reuben, George C. 

George Coleman Brackett, born October 26, 1830, in Unity. 
Maine; died April 18, 1903, in Fresno, California. His father 
removed in 1837, to Cincinnati, Ohio, and to Denmark, Iowa, in 1841, 
where he engaged in the nursery business. At Denmark, the son 
began the study of horticulture, and laid the foundation to his thor- 
ough practical knowledge of plants and animals. Received his educa- 
tion at Denmark academy and Amherst (Mass.) college. In 1856, 
he left Iowa for California by the overland route; at the time the 
Kansas excitement was at its height and upon reaching Lawrence, 
Kansas, he yielded to his impulse and took part in the struggle. 
Years passed before he saw California; his stay in Kansas proved a 
long one. From 1856 to 1859, he practiced law; in i860, he turned 
his attention to what became his life's work — horticulture; his were 
the pioneer nurseries in the state. As early as i860, he organized a 
county (Douglas) horticultural society and for twenty-six years was 
its secretary, its mainstay. In 1869, was organized the state horticul- 


tural society and he was chosen its secretary; was selected for the 
position as he was considered the one the best equipped of any of the 
members to fulfill its duties. He organized and established many 
societies in the eastern part of the state. In 1891, he was elected to 
the position of secretary of the American Pomological society and 
held the ofhce for six years — as long as health would permit. He 
removed to California in hopes of regaining health, but the dread 
cancer had already begun its work, and after five years of patient 
suffering he passed away. 

Married (ist) March 31, 1859, Harriet Gabrille, of Dundee, N. 
Y., born December 19, 1833, died March 18. 1867, daughter of Alan- 
son and wife, Permilla Plummer; married (2nd) September 20, 1868, 
Charlotte Taylor, of Catskill, N. Y., who survived him. Issue: 

1. Milla E., b. 5 Oct., i860; mar. 4 Apr., 1882, James H. Pierson, 
b. 4 Apr., 1854, in Newcastle, Indiana, son of Thomas M. and wife, 
Elizabeth J. Barber, connected with Fresno Storage and Warehouse 
CO.; home, in Fresno, Cal.; formerly lived in Eawrence, Kas. Issue: 

1st. Edith Elizabeth, b. 26 May, 1883. 

2nd. Ralph Lawrence, b. 7 Nov.. 1885. 

3d. Perry Brackett, b. 18 June, 1888. 

4th. Holhs Brackett, b. 18 May, '1892. 

5th. Dorothy Lucile, b. 21 Jan., 1895. 

6th. Leverett James, b. 16 Nov., "1898. 

2. Edith E., b. 14 Feb., 1863; mar. 13 Feb., 1884, John F. Doug- 
las. Issue: 

1st. Carroll Brackett, b. 27 Nov., 1884. 
2nd. Walter Gustavus, b. 10 July, 1889. 
3d. Paul Cleland, b. 10 July, 1891. 

3. Harold Gabrille, b. 17 Oct., 1865. 


From Family No. 11. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Reuben, Reuben, Arthur. 

Arthur Brackett was born April 19, 1847, in Denmark, la.; 
removed to South Dakota in 1891, thence to Excelsior, Minn., in 
1895, where he now resides; is a nurseryman and fruit-grower. Mar- 
ried May 13, 1874, Sadie Davis, born March 29, 1853, daughter of 
Jacob and wife, Mary A. Jarman. Issue: 

1. Claude R., b. 22 Oct., 1875. 

2. Clarence C, b. twin with Claude R.; mar. 12 Aug., 1902. 
Gussie Brittain; home, in Minneapolis. 

3. Evelyn, b. 9 Aug., 1877; mar. 28 Jan., 1903, Arthur B. Ley- 
man; home, in Excelsior. Minn. Issue: 

1st. Richard Brackett, b. 14 Sept., 1904. 

4. Guy A., b. 29 Aug., 1879; mar. 14 June, 1905, Mary A. Hunt- 
ington; home, in Marinette, Wis. 

5. Roy D., b. 15 Sept.. 1881. 

6. Walter L., b. 18 Dec, 1886. 



From Family No. ii. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Reuben, Reuben, Charles S. 

Charles Sumner Brackett was born September 29, 1857, in Den- 
mark, Iowa; is a merchant in Minneapolis; home, in Kenwood Park; 
married August 3, 1879, Ida Chapman, born in i860, died in 1886, 
daughter of N. B. Chapman, of Atlantic, Iowa. Issue: 

1. Wellie L., b. 24 Nov., 1880. 

2. Ahce A., b. 22 June, 1884. 

3. Ralph C, b. 27 Jan., 1886. 


From Family No. 12. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Reuben, Oliver, Arthur O. 

Arthur O. Brackett was born August 16, 1833, in Vassalboro, 
Me.; during the year 1833, his father went to Ohio; removed from 
that state in 1853, to California, where he remained for two years 
when he returned to Ohio. During the civil war was in the internal 
revenue service; serv^ed for one hundred days in 128th Ohio volunteer 
infantry; was pay-master on Cincinnati and Zanesville railroad for 
two years; again in internal revenue service for four years, living in 
Cincinnati. In 1873, removed to Texas and engaged in farming; in 
1 901 was appointed clerk of the United States court. Eastern district 
of Texas, which position he holds (1906). Married February 23, 
1869, Joanna W. Tinn, born Aug. 28, 1842, died January 18, 1905, 
daughter of William and wife, Mary Williams; parents resided in 
Bainbridge, Ireland, to the early fifties, then in Cincinnati until their 
deaths. Resides in Sherman, Texas. Issue: 

1. William Oliver, b. 6 Sept., 1870; mar. in 1895, Elizabeth 
•Moon; home, in Sherman, Texas. Issue: 

1st. Arthur M., b. about 1896. 

2nd. John C, b. about 1899. 

3d. William O., Jr., b. about 1902. 

2. Mary, b. in 1872. 


From Famil}^ No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Joseph, Joseph, Reuben F. 

Reuben Franklin Brackett was born February 12, 1838, in 
Brooks, Me. At an early age he with his father's family, went to 
Berwick, where he now lives; is a farmer, owns and resides on the 
farm which was first settled on by his ancestor, Samuel Brackett who 
married Sarah Emery; married Fanny Adeline Bailey, born in 1837, 
died December 25, 1872; married (2nd) Eouisa S. Totman. Issue: 

1. Joseph Bailey, b. 24 Mar., 1864; mar. 4 Oct., 1887, Sarah Lulu 
Winn, b. 24 Aug., 1866, dau. of James A. Winn. Home, in Ber- 
wick. Issue: 

1st. Ruth, b. 2 July, 1896. 

2. Harry Mortimer, b. 15 May, 1867; resides in Berwick. 




From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Nathaniel, Isaac, Timothy, Isaac N. 

Isaac N. Brackett was born February 27, 1841, in Eimington; 
was a merchant in Cornish, where he resided at the time of his death, 
June 25, 1899; married Eliza J. Stone, born January 22, 1840, 
daughter of Thomas and wife, Eliza Estes, of Cornish. Issue: 

1. Sadie, b. 15 Apr., 1862; mar. 6 June, 1891, William R. Copp- 

1st. Eincoln Brackett, b. 22 Apr., 1895. 

2. Edwin E., b. 17 Aug., 1864; mar. 23 Dec, 1893, Nettie 
Twitchell; is a clerk in Cornish, Me. 


From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Nathaniel, Isaao? Timothy, Howard. 

Howard Brackett was born March 22, 1856, in Eimington, Me.; 
removed to Cornish, Me., in 1862, where he has since resided; is 
register of deeds of York county, which office he has held since 1904. 
During a period of twenty-five years, has been at times, clerk, select- 
man, treasurer and superintendent of schools of the town of Cornish; 
was postmaster for four years by appointment of President Harrison, 
and held a position in the office for thirteen years. Married January 
26, 1 88 1, Mary Ella Ayer, born September 25, 1854, daughter of 
James M. and wife, Adeline H. Thompson, of Cornish. Issue: 

1. Marcia E., b. 4 July, 1884; mar. 7 Oct., 1905, Edward F. 
Robinson; home, in Dorchester, Mass. 

2. Genevieve A., b. 8 Jan., 1887. 


From Family No. 22. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Reuben, Reuben, Edward A., Walter F. 

Walter Folger Brackett was born April 7, 1850, in Cincinnati, 
Ohio; educated in" the public schools of Winchester; graduated in 
1878 from the Massachusetts Normal Art school in Boston, and from 
Boston Manual Training school in 1893; an instructor in Massachu- 
setts Normal Art school, of Boston, for sixteen years; director in art 
in public schools of Cambridge, for four years; director of manual 
training in Haverhill, Mass., for seven years; has also been instructor 
in the State Reform school and in the Concord Reformatory Home at 
Melrose Highlands. Married (ist) July 25, 1877, Jennie C. Starkey, 
who died in childbirth October 9, 1878. Married (2nd) December 25, 
1884, Mrs. Mary E. Wellman, who died September 7, 1890; she was 
the widow of Charles P. Wellman, a Methodist clergyman, was born 
in Marblehead and reared by James Gregory, the well-known seeds- 


man; married (3d) August 7, 1898, Eva May Sloane, a public reader 
and teacher of elocution, of L,aconia, N. H. Issue: 

1. Karl S.. b. 9 Oct., 1878; married Gertrude Harding, of Haver- 
hill, Mass. ' 

2. Hazel May, b. 9 Oct., 1885, in Melrose, Mass. 

3. Ralph, b. 12 June, 1887; d. i May, 1888, 

4. Walter Folger, b. 11 Sept., 1889; d. 16 June, 1890. 

5. Paul, b. 14 June, 1900. 

6. Pauline, b. twin with Paul. 


From Family No. 23. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Reuben, Reuben, Walter M., Arthur. 

Arthur Brackett was born October 15, 1855; is an artist; home, 
in Boston; married Anne Gertrude Staples, of Portland, daughter of 
Charles and wife, Fernald. Issue: 

1. Philip lyoring, b. 30 June, 1885. 

2. Herbert Allen, b. 15 Sept., 1887. 

3. Arthur I^awrence, b. 15 Jan., 1895. 

4. Donald, b. 3 Aug., 1897. 







From Chapter VIII. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 

James Brackett was born April lo, 1726; was baptized January 
26, 1728, in Berwick, Me.; resided in the town for sixty-eight years; 
in 1794, with his ^^oungest son, John Brackett, Jie removed to Vassal- 
boro, Kennebec county, where he dwelt for sixteen years; in 18 10, 
when said son John removed from Vassalboro to China, Me., he 
accompanied him; in China he dwelt, for fourteen years, and died 
there January 3, 1825, having attained the ninety-eighth j^ear of his 

In Berwick, Deacon James was a- farmer; from an early day in 
his life he attained social and political prominence. The first men- 
tion in the town records of his holding ofhce, is that in the year 1763, 
he was chosen selectman; during the following few years the records 
disclose that he held two minor offices, for one term each; one was 
constable in 1766. For eight years following 1770, he was in office 
continuously. Appointed jurjnuan in 1771, 1773 and 1774; elected 
constable in 1771, and re-elected each year until his services were 
needed in the conduct of an office which the crisis of the times 
required to be filled by a man of courage, and devotion to country. 
From the commencement of the struggle between the Colonies and 
Great Britain, this James Brackett cast his fortune with the former. 
Well did he know what were the horrors of war, for he had been a 
soldier in the last conflict with the French and Indians (i 754-1 763). 
In the seventies he was past the duty age in the field; but no man 
in Berwick performed a part better than did this Baptist deacon, in 
sustaining the cause of the Colonies. In 1772, a law was approved 
for the pajnnent of the salaries of certain provincial dignitaries, among 
others the salaries of the judges of the supreme court, and of the 
attorney general, out of revenues (taxes on imported articles) which 
were considered by the people, as raised in an unconstitutional way. 
The citizens of several towns in Maine and Massachusetts manifested 
their opposition in different ways, — at Berwick by "24 of the leading 
citizens in calling a town meeting to take measures for the removal 
of the grievance. Those who were the first (thus) to show their 
loyalt}^ to the people were * * * ^ James Brackett, * * * , Isaac 
Brackett, * * * ^ Samuel Brackett." 

In 1774, was passed the Boston port bill. By the act, the port of 
Boston was closed to commerce as though by blockade. It entailed 
great suffering on the inhabitants of the offending city. The people 


of the surrounding towns at once took steps to relieve the wants of 
the distressed, and sent overland to Boston droves of hogs, sheep and 
cattle. In Berwick, rebel Deacon James was one of six persons 
appointed in 1774, as a committee to receive the "donations of the 
inhabitants of Berwick and to transmit the same to the distressed peo- 
ple of Boston." He, of course, gave freel}-, added to the sheep the 
committee received, several from his own flock, and superintended 
the driving of the donations to their destination; hence, the tradition 
that James Brackett drove a flock of sheep to Boston which he gave 
to the famishing people. 

The following year, 1775, he was chosen selectman, was chosen 
to the same ofhce in 1776, again in 1777, and again in 1778. So long 
as danger threatened, he was one of the men chosen for the ofhce 
whose duties involved the performance of the most efhcient service in 
a civil way, for the support of the army and the provincial authorities. 
He was juryman in 1785, as the records read, — the last mention they 
contain as to his holding town ofhce. 

It has been stated that Deacon James served as a soldier during 
the last French and Indian war. He was thirty years old when the 
war commenced. It is not known in what company he served, but it 
is thought that the evidence we have shows that he took part in the 
war; at that period, men of military age on the frontier did not shirk 
duty. The writer was told the following anecdote by one in whom 
he has implicit confidence: 

"When a soldier in the French and Indian war. Deacon James 
Brackett was detailed for a time as teamster. While he was with the 
wagon train a party of Indians maneuvered so as to successfully 
attack that part of the train where he was, and his chance of escape 
was by running. With his goad-stick in his hand he ran at the top 
of his speed pursued by an Indian, who had his tomahawk ready for 
use and was watching for an opportunity to throw or strike with 
deadly effect; so intent was he on his purpose, that when quite 
abreast of Deacon James he did not see in his course a fallen tree, 
which with a spring the Deacon cleared, and he tripped and fell over; 
before he recovered to act. Deacon James brained him where he laj^ 
with the goad-stick." 

The gun which Deacon James carried during the war was pre- 
served for many years; as long as he lived he had it with him in Ber- 
wick, in Vassalboro, and in China. Upon his death the gun became 
the property of his grandson, Allen Brackett; ultimately the place 
where it was kept was in a barrel in a shed on the house. About the 
year 1850, Allen's sons utilized the old relic for the purposes of a 
cannon, in celebrating the Fourth of July of that year, and thorough- 
ly demolished it. 

When Deacon James and his wife went from Berwick to Vassal- 
boro, in 1794, they made the journey on horseback, he in the saddle, 
and she seated behind him on a pillion. Such is the tradition with 
his descendants, through his son James, and the latter' s daughter, 
Mary Beal Lamb. 

He was quite well versed in the history of the family; well 
remembered his grandfather, Samuel Brackett; delighted, in his old 
age, to relate accounts of Indian wars, at about whose commence- 
ment said grandfather was born; told the accounts correctly, too (as 


the writer has learned), and had a good listener in his grandson, 
James Hervey Brackett, who passed them on down the line. 

In stature he was below the average height of men, and was slim 
of figure; in advanced age was a little old man, and in the last years 
of his life was withered and feeble in the extreme; he had the use of 
his mental faculties to the last. For some years before his death, at 
meals he sat by himself at a small table, because of the shaking of 
his arms and hands. The table has been preser^^ed. 

It is thought that Deacon James, like his son John, was a mem- 
ber of the Baptist church; that he was deacon of a Baptist church in 
Berwick. In China he was spoken of as Deacon James Brackett. 

He and his wife died in China; their graves are in the cemetery 
in China village, in a select part, and are faithfully tended and cared 
for b)^ Theron and iVnnie Doe, their great-grandchildren; to them is 
due a debt of gratitude by the one thousand descendants of the dea- 
con and his wife. 

Married April lo, 1750, Margary I^ord, baptized November 10, 
1736, in Berwick, died July 7, 1816, in China, Me., daughter of Ben- 
jamin; he married January 10, 1709, Patience Nason, was son of 
Nathan; he is thought to have come from county of Kent, England, 
with Abraham Conley, whose daughter, Judith, was his first wife; 
married (2nd) Margary Everett; died'about 1690, aged eighty-seven 
5^ears; was a prominent man and held several civil offices. Patience 
Nason, born November 10, 1693, was daughter of Benjamin; he mar- 
ried Martha Kenney; was son of Richard Nason, the immigrant. 
Margary Everett was daughter of William, the immigrant, and wife, 

Margary . Martha Kenney, perhaps, was daughter of Thomas 

Kenney, or Carney, Jr., and wife, Sarah Taylor. Issue: 

1. Joseph, b. 6 June, 1751. See family 2. 

2. Patieiice, b. 20 May, 1753; d. young. 

3. Patience, b. 6 Aug., 1755, in Berwick; bapt. 7 Aug., 1757; 
mar. in Feb., 1777, the Rev. Mr.Wentworth Lord, b. 14 Sept., 1755, in 
Berwick, d. 28 Feb., 1845, youngest son of Abraham Eord; he mar. 
Betsey Davis of Portsmouth, d. in 1783, was son of Capt. Samuel 
Lord; he was b. 14 June, 1689, mar. 19 Oct., 1710, in Kittery, Martha 
Wentworth, d. before 7 Sept., 1764, was son of Nathan; he mar. 22 
Nov., 1678, Martha, dau. of Richard Tozier and wife, Judith Smith. 
Martha Wentworth was b. 9 Feb., 1684, was dau. of Paul and wife, 

Catherine ; he was son of Elder William, the immigrant, b. about 

1655, d. about 1750. The Rev. Wentworth Lord was a Continental 
soldier. First term of servdce was in the year 1775, Ebenezer Sulli- 
van's company. Colonel Scammon's regiment; served for seven 
months. Upon the expiration of said term, immediately re-enlisted 
to serve for one year under same compan^^ officers. Colonel Patterson's 
regiment. Re-enlisted 10 Dec, 1775, discharged i Jan., 1777. In 
his application for pension, he related that his first term of service was 
passed in the vicinity of Boston. That in Colonel Patterson's regi- 
ment: — 

"I marched * * * by the way of New York and Albany to 
Montreal. Soon after our arrival at Montreal, in the year 1776, I 
was with many others captured by some British troops and Indians 
on our march to relieve a fort at the Cedars; was detained a prisoner 
of war among the Indians, eight days when I, with another, made my 


escape nearly naked. From Montreal I was directed to Ticonderoga. 
Finding no clothing there I obtained a furlough to return home to 
Berwick. I was taken with the smallpox on the way but reached 
home and as soon as J recovered I" returned and joined my regiment 
at Ticonderoga. The regiment soon after being ordered southward, 
I marched with it to Albany-, Esopus, through New Jersey and across 
the Delaware. On the night of the 25th of December I was with the 
regiment and the army under General Washington; recrossed the 
Delaware; was at the capture of the Hessian troops at Trenton. 
My term of service of one year expired soon after this event, and I 
was honorably discharged about the close of the year 1776, to the 
best of my recollection. I served in the capacity of sergeant. My 
discharge was in writing but is lost." Statement made under date of 
7 May, 1818. In July, 1820, stated his age to be 64 ^^ears, and his 
wife's age 63. Was a Baptist minister; home, in Parsonsfield. She 
d. 8 Feb., 1841. Issue: 

1st. Noah, is dec. 

2nd. Wentworth, b. ; mar. Nay; lived in Tamworth, N. 

H.; had children. 

3d. Betse)^ b. 7 Dec, 1781; mar. Codeman Young; she was 
living in 1875, with her dau., Betsey J., wife of Ira Woodman, of 
Sanbornton, N. H. 

4th. Abraham, mar. (ist) Elizabeth Dodge; (2nd) her sister 
Susan; lived in Beverly, Mass., and had children. 

5th. Hannah, b. 8 Jan., 1788; mar. James Harries, b. 11 July, 
1788, d. 9 Nov., 1804; she d. 29 Oct., 1866. Children were, Sally E.; 
Abigail S.; Hannah E.; James M.; Sarah J.; and Joshua B. 

6th. James, b. 16 Mar., 1789; lived in Ossipee, N. H.; d. 18 
Sept., 1857. 

7th, Eydia, b. i Oct., 1791; mar. Cutting Moulton, who d. in 
March, 1854; mar. (2nd) Colonel Bartlett Doe, who d. in Feb., 1873, 
whom she survived several years. 

8th. George, b. 22 Nov., 1793; mar. Patience Titcomb; lived 
in Ossipee, N. H.; d. i July, 1863. 

9th. Patience, b. 4 May, 1796; mar. Moses Brown; lived in 
Ossipee, N. H., and d. soon after marriage. 

10th. Margaret, b. 4 May, 1796; mar. John Morrison; lived in 
Moultenborough, N. H. 

11th. Sally, who d. young. 

12th. Jemima E., b. 10 July, 1802; mar. John Brackett (see 
fam. 21, div. 8). 

4. Eydia, b. 16 Mar., 1760; d. young. 

5. Stephen, b. 11 Apr., 1762; d. young. 

6. James, b. 2 Apr., 1764. See family 3. 

7. Eydia, b. 24 Mar., 1767, in Berwick; d. 24 Jan., 1839, in Eeb- 
anon, Me.; mar. 24 Sept., 1786, Benj. Stanton, Jr.; upon his death 
mar. (2nd) 2 Feb., 1799, Caleb Wentworth, widower. Children were, 
1st. James, who had son, Benjamin, who had dau. EiHie Brackett 
Stanton, b. 9 Feb., 1861, also had dau. Eydia Brackett Stanton, who 
mar. John C. White, of Gorham; and son James Brackett Stanton, b. 
4 Oct., 1824. 2nd. Dorcas, who mar. Eevi Wentworth. 3d. Sarah 
Wentworth, who d. 12 June, 1804. 4th. Mary, who mar. Jonathan 

8. John, b. 16 Aug., 1769. See family 4. 




From Family No. i . Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph. 

Joseph Brackett was born June 6, 1751, and baptized May 20, 
1755, in Berwick; was a farmer; settled in Ossipee, N. H., where he 
died May 3, 1816. Served as a private in Captain Ebenezer Sullivan's 
company, Colonel James Scammon's regiment; enlisted May 5, 1775, 
as shown by company return and muster-roll dated August i, 1775. 
Also .served as a private in Captain Samuel Grant's company. Colonel 
Storer's regiment; enlisted August 14, 1777; discharged November 
30, 1777, at Queman's heights; service, four months and three days 
with the Northern army, participated in the campaign which resulted 
in the surrender of Burgoyne's army. Married February 21, 1782, 
Jemima Roberts, born March 19, 1763, died at Ossipee, June 19, 1796, 
daughter of Joshua; he was born about 1726, moved from Berwick to 
Kennebunk, Me., about 1803, and died there at the house of his son 
Joshua; married Ruth Smith, daughter of John, born January 8, 1714, 
married November 26, 1734, Elizabeth Eibby, was son of John; he 

was born 26 Jul^^ 1685, married Elizabeth , and lived in Berwick; 

with his mother, was carried captive to Montreal and was baptized 
there May 3, 1693, was son of James; he married Martha Bragdon 
and settled in York, was son of James; he was granted land in 1669, 
was living in Berwick in 1668, died in 1687; married Martha Wells, 
born January 18, 1653, in Bristol, Eng.; she married (2nd) Christo- 
pher Grant, was captured by the Indians November 18, 1690, was 
daughter of Thomas, of Exeter, Eng., and wife, Mary Wadel. 

Elizabeth Eibby was daughter of Matthew; he was born in Scar- 
boro. Me., in 1663, settled in Kitter}^ on the Bay land, died in March, 
1 740-1, married Elizabeth Brown, was son of John; he was born in 
England about 1602, came to Richmond island in 1631 in the employ 
of John Winter, settled at Black point in Scarboro, in 1640, and died 
in 1682. Elizabeth Brown was daughter of Andrew Brown. 

Joseph Brackett married (2nd) December 27, 1797, Anna Winch- 
ell, born in 1770, in Waterboro, Me., died in Ossipee, N. H., daughter 
of Job; he was probably born in Hartford county. Conn.; died in 
Munroe, Me.; was a teacher, married in 1768, Sarah Hobbs, was son 
of Job; he was a man of education; was teacher in Hartford and in 
Berwick; was a Continental soldier, taken prisoner and confined in 
famous prison ship "Jersey" where he suffered fate of so many of his 
comrades; w'as son of Samuel (or Robert) the immigrant. Issue: 

1. " Margaret, b. 27 Dec, 1782; mar. Thomas Wiggin, of Wake- 
field. Had Joseph Brackett; Asa; Thomas; Oliver; Eewis; Isaiah; 
William; Jemima; Eliza; Sally; and three who died in hiismcy. 

2. James, b. 30 Mar., 1784. See family 5. 

3. John, b. 9 Feb., 1786. See family 6. 

4. Hiram, b. 14 Feb., 1788. See family 7. 

5. Mary, b. 8 Apr., 1790; mar. in 1807, Samuel Hurd, shoemaker, 

b. 22 Mar., 1784, d. 25 Feb., 1869, son of Tristram and wife, 

Hooper, of Berwick; he lived in Ossipee, Berwick, and Somersworth, 
N. H.; she d. 18 Aug., 1868. Issue: 


1st. Jemima, never mar.; is dec. 

2nd. Joshna, mar. Eliza Fogg; mar. (2nd) Lucy Roberts; d. 14 
Apr.. 1893. Issue: 

I. Charles H.. who d. soon after the civil war. 

II. -Edwin F., who was killed in the battle of Gettysburg, 2 
July. 1863. 

III. Albert E. J., home, in Somersworth, N. H. 

IV. Lucy Helen, mar. Sage; home, in Dover, N. H. 

V. Lettie E., dec. in 1871, in New Orleans. 
3d. Elizabeth, never mar.; d. 16 Jan., 1899. 

4th. Sarah Roberts, b. 18 Jan., 1819; mar. 30 Oct., 1849, John 
Smith Pear. Issue: 

I. Charles M., home, in Cambridge, Mass. 

II. John Brackett, is dec. 

III. George A., is dec. 

5th. Mar3^ mar. John Billmali; d. 25 Sept., 1896. Issue: 

I. Isabelle, mar. Whitney; home, in Melrose, Mass. 

II. Grace C, is dec. 

III. Gertrude, mar. Leeds; home, in Newton, Mass. 

6th. Lydia, home, in Cambridge. 

7th. Lucy M., b. 11 Feb., 1828; d. 2 Aug., 1870; mar. James 
H. Jones, who d. 12 Jan., 1872. Issue: 

I. Cora L., mar. 20 Nov., 1876, C. Fred Carter, of Boston, 
who d. 13 May, 1879, in Paris, France; mar. (2nd) 22 Jan., 1884, 
Charles M. Webber, of Chicago, who d. 7 May, 1903; home, on 
Astor street. Chicago. Issue: 

a. Cora Marie Carter, b. 15 Feb., 1878, in Boston; d. 25 
Nov., 1878. 

b. Stella Jones Webber, b. i Feb., 1888, in Chicago. 

II. Emma B., d. 30 Nov., 1881. 

III. Lillie E., d. 25 Feb., 1871. 

IV. Stella, b. 24 Feb., 1861; mar. 20 Apr., 1903, Angus 
MacColl, of New York city; home, in Brookl}^. 

8th. Annie E., home, in Cambridge. 
9th. George W., b. 13 Oct., 1835. 

6. Joseph, b. 4 Mar., 1792. See familj^ 8. 

7. Lydia, b. 4 Mar., 1794; mar. 12 Nov., 1812, John Hill, b. 
23 Oct., 1783, d. 16 Nov., 1864, son of Ebenezer and wife, Sarah 
Bryant, of Wakefield, N. H., where she d. 17 Jan., 1871. Issue: 

1st. Dolh\ b. 19 Apr., 1814; d. 26 Jul)-, 1817. 
2nd. James Brackett, b. 30 Dec, 1815; mar. Sarah A. Crom- 
mett; d. 2 Mar., 1892, in Wakefield. Issue: 

I. John Hulabard, home, in Boston. 

II. Joseph Franklin, home, in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

III. Wilbur Morton, home, in Worcester, Mass. 

IV. James Brackett, Jr., home, in Brookline, Mass. 

V. Harriet, who mar. Harrington; home, in Franklin, N. H. 

VI. Mina Paulina, b. 8 Sept., 1850, in Patten, Maine; home, 
in Chelsea, Mass.; mar. i Feb., 1879, Alexander R. Frost, b. 30 Nov., 
1840, d. 30 Nov., 1898. No issue. 

3d. Harriet, b. 3 Apr., 1817; d. i Nov., 1832. 
4th. Hannah, b. 15 Aug., 1819; mar. Stephen Jones; d. 14 
Apr., 1892, in Lebanon, Me. Issue: 


I. Herbert Brackett, d. at age of 30 years in Kansas city, Mo. 

II. Annie E., who mar. Hayes; home, in Kansas city, Mo. 
5th. John, b. 8 Aug., 1821; d. 31 June, 1833, in Wakefield. 
6th. Lydia, b. 21 May, 1823; mar. Knoch Severance; mar. (2nd) 

Burbank, is dec; home, in Woodman, N. H.; supplied data 

relative to descendants of her mother; had two children by first hus- 
band, both dec. 

7th. Eliza, b. 7 Mar., 1825; mar. 27 Nov.. 1873, Henry Chase, 
b. 29 Nov., 1809, d. 27 June, 1890; home, in Woodman, N. H. 

8th. Jemima W., b. 28 June, 1827; mar. John C. Philbrick; d. 
25 May, , in Wakefield. 

9th. Dolly P., b. i Sept., 1829; is dec. 

10th. Charles H., b. 9 Dec, 1832; d. 14 Apr., 1844. 

11th. Harriet Susan, b. 12 Apr., 1834; d. 15 May, 1849. 

12th. John A., b. 23 May, 1837; d.^5 Feb., 1842. 

13tli. Joseph C, b. 3 Aug., 1838; mar. Adaline Morrison; d. 
13 Dec, 1887. Issue: 

I. Eydia Susan, home, in Dover, N. H. 

II. Sanborn, is dec. 

8.'*"Charlotte, b. 15 Apr., 1799; mar. Ham Garland; d. 25 Aug., 
1856. No issue. 

9. Levi, b. 15 Apr., 1800. See family 9. 

10. Betsey L., b. 8 Sept., 1802, in Ossipee, N. H.; mar. i Nov., 

1827, Jacob J. Bodge, a Free Will Baptist minister, b. 28 June. , 

d. 16 Sept., 1884, son of David aild wife, Polly Bean; resided in 
Farmington, Ossipee and Tamworth, N. H.; she d. 5 July, 1886. 

1st. Charlotte J., b. 14 Apr., 1832, in Wakefield; mar. 3 Nov., 
1852, Asa Folsom, machinist, b. 6 Oct., 1828, d. 27 Apr., 1873, son 
of Andrew and wife, Sally Hodsdon, of Ossipee. Issue: 

I. Mary Idella, b. 24 July, 1854; mar. 8 Oct., 1883, Fred H. 
Jenness; home, in Wolfboro, N. H. 

II. Arthur E., b. 8 Jan., 1862; home, in Concord, N. H. 

III. Edna G., b. 4 May, 1869; mar. 12 Nov., 1887, Eeroy 
M. Beattie, b. 10 Apr., i860; home, in Ashland, N. H. Issue: 

a. John Roland, b. 30 Aug., 1889. 

b. Vance Bertram, b. 14 June, 1891. 

c. Ruth Charlotte, b. 14 June, 1895. 

d. Ruby Idella, b. 3 Jan., 1898. 

2nd. Mary A., b. 23 Dec, 1833; mar. Charles Clark; d. 20 
Apr., 1872. Had children, William; Eilly; and Hattie. 

3d. Joseph P\, b. i Mar., 1838, in Middleton, N. H.; is a car- 
penter; mar. 14 Nov., 1874, Jennie Nichols, b. 4 Mar., 1850, dau. of 
James and wife, Mary D. Eord, of Ossipee. Issue: 

I. Arthur w'., b. 3 Aug., 1875. 

II. Charles F., b. 2 Julv, 1877. 

III. Fred G., b. 18 Aug., 1880. 

IV. James E., b. 7 Feb., 1889. 

11. Azriah, b. 21 Apr,, 1804. See family 10. 

12. Thomas, b. 11 Jan., 1807. See family 11. 

13. Sally, b. 20 Oct., 1808; mar. (ist) 11 Oct., 1835, Wentworth 
Hayes; (2nd) Benjamin Mason; lived in Eowell. Issue: 

1st. Charles Hayes, who d. at the age of 18 years. 


2nd. Wentworth; is iinmar. 

od. Edward, mar. Alice ; is dec. Had five children of 

whom three are living viz., Charles; Fred; and Eva. 

4th. Alonzo; who d. young. 
5th. Hiram, mar. Emma Kennison. Issue: 
I. Solon. 

14. Jemima Eord. b. 2 Aug., i8io, in Ossipee, N. H.; mar. 
Charles Hosea Shore}-, Jr., a merchant, b. 3 Nov., 1808, d. 17 June, 
1866, son of Charles Hosea Shorey and wife, Molly Chick, of Berwick, 
Me.; resided in Great Falls, N. H., and Lowell, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Hiram, who d. at the age of 10 3^ears. 

2nd. Mar}-, who d. in infancy. 

3d. Charles, who d. in infancy. 

4th. Eorenzo, b. 9 Nov., 1834; mar. in 1856, Eliza Morrill; he 
d. 5 Sept., 1883. Had two daughters both of whom d. young. 

5th. Harriet, b. 5 May, 1838; mar. in 1863, William Eovejoy; 
he d. in 1869. Had three sons of whom Charles is living; two died 

6th. Ellen, b. 27 Feb., 1842; mar. in 1866, Henry Carll; she d. 
in 1882. Had four children of whom two d. }^oung; the living are 
Ina and Roy. 

7th. Charles, b. 16 Nov., 1844; mar. in 1872, Emily Alford; 
home, in Michigan city, Mich. Issue: Fred; Helen; Robert; Mary, 
who d. young. 

8th. Emily, b. 8 Aug., 1849, in Great Falls, N. H.; mar. (ist) 
26 June, 1871, Edwin Wade, lieut. in Revenue cutter service, b. 13 
May, 1845, d. 3 Sept., 1884, son of Peleg and wife, Mary Shaers, of 
Ellicott, N. Y.; mar. (2nd) 17 Dec, 1892, Frank Boynton, banker 
and broker, b. 23 Aug., 1845, son of Benjamin and wife, Louisa 
Fiske, of Lowell, Mass.; home, in Cambridge. Mrs. Boynton sup- 
plied data relative to descendants of her mother and her aunt. Mrs. 
Mason; also otherwise materiall}- aided in the work of compiling this 
history. Issue: 

I. Winifred Wade, b. 12 Jan., 1876; mar. 2 Jan., 1899, Wil- 
liam H. Chapman; home, in New York city. 

15. Patience Lord, b. 13 Jan., 1814, in Ossipee, N. H.; mar. 19 
July, 1834, James D. Robey, a teacher of penmanship, b. 13 June, 
1815, d. 28 Aug., 1899, son of Jonathan and wife, Abigail Prescott, 
of Chichester, N. H.; resided in Chichester and Concord, N. H., and 
Buda, 111.; she d. 26 Dec, 1898. Issue: 

1st. John F., b. 7 Feb., 1836; mar. 18 Jan., 1870, Dora M. 
Mason; lives in Princeton. 111. Issue: 

I. Wessalyn A., b. 5 Nov., 1870; mar. 10 June. 1895, Edward 
J. Hill; home, in Chicago. 

II. Winifred M., b. 30 Aug., 1876; mar. 11 May, 1894, Rob- 
ert L. Mercer; home, in Princeton, 111. 

III. James H., b. 17 June. 1880. 

2nd. Abbie J., b. 23 Feb., 1846; mar. 8 Oct., 1873. Jacob F. 
Schoettler; home, in Buda. Issue: 
I. Gracie. b. 2 Dec, 1879. 




From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, James. 

James Brackett was born April 2, 1764, in Berwick; was baptized 
May 6, 1764. As earh' as 1791, he was living in Kennebec county; 
the census of that year shows him a resident of Vassalboro, with wife 
and one daughter under the age of sixteen years; was living in the 
town as late as 18 10; later lived in Winslow, where he died October 
13, 1831; death was due to injuries received b}- falling in a mill; was 
a mill-wright. Married March 22, 1789, Bethula Beal, born February 
2, 1762, died February i, 1848, daughter of Samuel and wife, Sarah 

, of Portland; Samuel Beal died early in life; his widow married 

a Furber. Issue: 

1. Sarah, b. 11 May, 1790; d. 31 May, 1876; mar. (ist) Samuel 
P. Carr; (2nd) Wiggin; (3d) . Issue: 

1st. lyivonia Carr, mar. Nelson Narcross of Benton, Me. 
2nd. Hiram, mar. Phila Getchel, of Benton, Me. 

2. James, Jr., b. i Jan.. 1792. See family. 12. 

3. Samuel, b. 23 Jan., 1794; d. 5 Jan., 1821. 

4. Lydia, b. 24 Jan., 1796; d. 13 Sept., 1867; mar. 2 Feb., 1823, 
William Lawrence, blacksmith, b. 8- Apr., 1782, d. 7 Feb., 1848; 
resided in Springfield and Calais, Me., and Oshkosh, Wis. Issue: 

1st. Samuel Brackett, b. 31 Jan., 1824; mar. Nancy Craig. 
Children are Gustavia; Carrie; Samuel; Reuben; Matt; and Dwight. 

2nd. Betsey M., b. 27 June, 1826; d. 20 Oct., 1903; mar. Conrad 
Clinch. Children are lyida and . 

3d. George W., b. 4 Sept., 1828; d. 24 Sept., 1828. 

4th. Josephine, b. 12 Feb., 1830; d. in 1851. 

5th. Angelina, b. twin with Josephine, d. in 1840. 

6th. Gustavus, b. 12 Apr., 1832; mar. Sarah Coy; resides in 
Watertown, N. D. Children are William; Dollie; Bertha; Fred. 

7th. Thaddeus, b. 7 Mar., 1835; mar. Sophia Lull; resides in 
Troy, Montana. Children are Inez; Arland; Walter. 

8th. Lucinda, b. 27 June, 1838, in Princeton, Me., mar. 24 Jan., 
1861, Daniel W. Barnes, b. 13 July, 1836, son of Ethelbert Barnes and 
wife, Zilpha Tripp, of Steuben, N. Y., contractor and builder; resided 
in Oshkosh; home, in Neenah, Wis. Issue: 

I. Ethelbert, b. 31 May, 1863; mar. 28 Feb., 1887, Mame 
Hall; home, in Spokane, Wash. 

II. Josephine, b. 23 Sept., 1866; mar. 23 June, 1891, Charles 
P. Lindsley; home, in Spokane. 

III. Ethel, b. 21 June, 1882; home, in Neenah. 

5. Sophia, b. 22 Feb., 1798; mar. Ruel Hanks, of Vassalboro, 
Me.; had son Ruel. 

(i. George W., b. 5 Jan., 1800; d. 25 Mar., 1821. 

7. Maria, b. 22 July, 1802; d. 30 Jan., 1821. 

8. Mary Beal, b. 31 Mar., 1805, in Vassalboro, Me.; d. 12 Jan., 
1885; mar. 21 Jan., 1823, Luther Rice Lamb, gunsmith, b. 28 June, 
1795, d. in July, 1884, son of Jonas and wife, Mehitable Pierce, of 
Spencer, Mass.; removed from Winslow, Me., to Hartford, Conn., 
about 1826; thence to Winslow about 1828; to China about 1851; to 
Winslow 1853; in 1875 to Boston. Issue: 


1st. George Brackett, b. 23 Nov., 1823; d. 17 Feb., 1824. 

2nd. Francis Marion, b. 20 July, 1825; mar. Emma Jane Brem- 
ner. of Winslow, Me. Issue: 

I. Ruel Francis, of Clinton, Me. 

3d. Mary Beal, b. 10 Apr., 1827; d. 6 Apr., 1833. 

4th. Charles Harvey, b. 4 Sept., 1829; mar. lyizzie Fruber; d. 
9 Dec. 1883. 

5th. Sophia Brackett, b. 17 Aug., 1831; mar. Emery F. Wright, 
of Charlestown, Mass.; d. 15 Dec, 1888. Issue: 
I. Mary L,., mar. Warren. 

6th. Betsey Brackett, b. 20 Apr., 1834; d. in April, 1906; mar. 
John W. Adams, of Blairstown, N. J.; resided in Blairstown. 

7th. Mary Brackett, b. i Jan., 1837; mar. Chas. G. Noyes, of 
Memphis, Tenn.; d. 7 Sept., 1895. 

8th. Maria Brackett, b. 12 July, 1839; mar. James Tryon, of 
Boston; d. 11 Nov., 1880. 

9th. Euther Rice, b. 29 Mar., 1842; mar. Sarah Calies, of 
Boston; d. 9 Aug., 1880. 

10th. Caroline Shaw, b. 5 Jan., 1844; a school teacher for thirt}^ 
years; taught for that period in one ward in Oshkosh, Wis.; now 
(1906) residing in Westport, N. Y.; supplied data relative to this 

11th. Augusta Ellen, b. 21 Aug., 1847; mar. Channing W. 
Eittlefield, of Boston. Issue: 

I. Grace, mar. Fentriss. 

12th. Cyrus Allen, b. twin with Augusta; d. 10 Mar., 1849. 

13th. James Brackett, b. 6 Aug., 1849; mar. Elvisa Bragdon, 
of Saco, Me.; d. 6 Nov., 1880. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthon}^, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, John. 

John Brackett was born August 16, 1769; was baptized May 13, 
1770, in Berwick, Me., removed to Vassalboro, Me., in 1794; about 
the ^'•ear 18 10, he purchased a farm bordering on China village, and 
on it passed the remainder of his days. Was a firm and sincere 
Christian, a devoted member of the Baptist church and prominent in 
its social circles; was one of the most forehanded and thrifty farmers 
of the town,, and accumulated a moderatel}^ large estate for his day 
and locality. For over forty-five years he was a resident of China 
and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of quite all its people. 

The writer's father related of him that he ordered some Indians 
out of his meadow, who were picking strawberries and tramping down 
the grass. An old squaw said to him with a deal of energy, "God 
gave this land to the Indians first." With bowed head he retraced 
his steps to his house, well contented to let the original inhabitants 
enjoy the first fruits of the land. He died in the eighty-sixth year of 
his age on May 5, 1855. He married September 30, 1797, Eydia 
Allen, born June 5, 1774, died August 13, 1853, daughter of Barsham, 
born November 2, 1730, in York, Me., died October 28, 18 — , mar- 
ried in 1755, Mary Smith, of Kittery, born March 30, 1736, died 
January 30, 18 10, sister of Ruth Smith (see ancestry family 2), was 



son of Barsham Allen, Sr.; he was born February 4, 1702, married 
November 4, 1726, Martha Pray, was son of James; he married Dor- 
othy Barsham, was son of Walter Allen, of Berwick; he was seventy- 
seven years of age when on April 20, 1720, he deposed that he came 
to America the year King Charles II was restored to the throne of 
England, i.e. 1660; married Mary Holmes; both owned the covenant 
and were baptized April 22, 1725. Martha Pray was daughter of 
Joseph; he was born about 1671, married Mary Grant, moved from 
York to Berwick in 1703, died about 1747-8, was son of John; he 
married May 7, 1657, Joanna Dowman, who died about 1676, married 
second time, settled in York, was son of Quinton; he was born in 
1595, came to I^ynn, Mass., about 1640, as an iron-worker, removed 
to Braintree and died there June 17, 1667, wife's name was Joan; the 
ancient name of this family was Pre, a word .signifying a meadow. 

Mary Grant was daughter of Peter; he bought land in Kittery of 
James Emery, October 21, 1659, married about 1664, Joan ?iee Eng- 
lish, widow of James Grant, known as James, the Scotchman; Peter 
died before 1709. Joan English was daughter of James; he resided in 
Boston, died 1703, was a mariner, commanded "a vessel which coasted 
between Boston and towns on Ca.sco bay; his daughters were legatees 
of S3dvanus Davis who was so prominent in the early history of 

Dorothy Barsham was born February 23, 1673, daughter of John; 
he was of Portsmouth; wife's name was Mehitable; John was son of 
William and wife, Annabelle, of Watertown, Mass. Mary Holmes 
was daughter of Thomas and wife, Joanna Freathy, daughter of 
William of York. Issue: 

1. Allen, b. 15 Aug., 1798. See family 13. 

2. Mary, b. 29 Mar., 1800, in Vassalboro, Me.; mar. Ebenezer 
Shaw, b. in 1793, d. 20 Nov., 1862, age 69 years, son of Jacob and 

wife, Butterfield; was a farmer, lived in China, Me.; was high 

sheriff of Kennebec co.; she died in China, 9 Nov., 1838. Issue: 

1st. Caroline, b. 8 Jan., 1820, in China; mar. Allen Eewis who 
was drowned at sea off Galveston; lived in Texas; she d. 9 Apr., 
1 86 1, in Texas. Issue: 

I. Hattie B., who mar. McMann. 

II. Mary Emily, who mar. William Nickerson. 

2nd. Emily H., b. in Apr., 1821, in China; mar. Alfred Moore 
who is dec; she d. in California, in 1877. 

3d. John Brackett, b. in 1822; d. 16 Aug., 1826. 

4th. Ebenezer Nelson, b. in 1827, in China; mar. Sarah Saw- 
telle; he d. in Sept., 1868, in Damariscotta," Me. Issue: 

I. Sarah, mar. 

II. Mary, never mar.; is dec. 

III. Alfred, mar. 

3. Lydia, b. 15 Mar., 1802, in Vassalboro; mar. 21 Dec, 1824, 
Alfred Marshall, b. in 1791, d. 2 Oct., 1868, in China; he held the 
rank of general in the state militia; was representative in National 
congress, from 1832-6; home, in China village; was a merchant. 
She d. 2 May, 1874. Issue: 

1st. Isabelle Isaphene, b. 9 Mar., 1826, in China; mar. 18 June, 
1850, William Matthews; she d. 9 Oct., 1863. Issue: 

I. Alfred Marshall, b. 22 July, 1858; d. 3 Dec, 1858. 


2nd. Jacob Smith, b. 26 May, 1828, in China; never mar.; d. 
21 Aug., i860. 

3d. John Brackett, b. 3 Dec, 1831; d. 11 Aug., 1841. 

4. Sally, b. 29 May, 1804; d. 3 Mar, 1814. 

5. James Hervey, b. 30 June, 1807. See family 14, 

6. Betsey, b. 3 Mar., 181 1, in China; mar. Franklin Kimball, 
b. 14 Sept., 1809, d. 3 Oct., 1884; lived many years in China, later in 
New Jersey where she d. 4 Juh', 1868. After his wife's death, Mr. 
Kimball went to southwest part of Virginia to live where he had 
interests in real estate; was living there at time of his death. Issue: 

1st. Harriet Brackett, b. in Apr., 1846; d. 29 Aug., 1853. 
2nd. Emily Shaw, b. in Apr., 1848; d. 11 Apr., 1853. 
3d. Franklin, b. 31 July, 1852; d. 21 Sept., 1853. 

7. Ruby, b. 30 Oct., 1813; d. 12 Apr., 1816. 

8. Harriet, b. 6 Sept., 1816, in China; mar. Est}^ Nicholas Doe, 
b. 23 Oct., 1815, d. in Apr., 1857, son of Nicholas of Parsonsfield and 
wife, Nancy Esty, of Waterville, Me.; she always resided in China 
village where she d. 10 Sept., 1894. Issue: 

1st. Eben Shaw, b. in 1838; went to Texas before the civil war, 
where he has since continued to reside in or near Galveston; ser^-ed 
in a Texas regiment in the Confederate arm}'. 

2nd. Mary Shaw, b. 5 Mar., 1840; d. 16 Dec, 1861. 

3d. Lydia Allen, b. in Apr., 1845; d. 27 Sept., 1849. 

4th. Theron Esty, b. in Mar., 1848; d. 16 Sept., 1849. 

5th. Annie Allen, b. 22 Mar., 1849; d. 29 Oct., 1849. 

6th. Theron Esty, b. 17 Aug., 1850; mar. in May, 1898, Aug- 
usta A. Jackson; is dec. Issue: 
I. Harold. 

7th. Annie Allen, b. i June, 1855; is single. 

Theron and Annie Doe, the youngest of the children of Harriet 
Brackett Doe, of all the descendants of John Brackett, are the only 
ones who now reside in China village. It is but just to them to say 
that they have kept well prescribed the graves of Deacon James 
Brackett and wife, and of their grandparents. When the remains of 
deceased, buried in a cemetery at China village, were removed to 
another cemeter3^ it was through their care that choice sites were 
selected, and the remains of said ancestors were properly re-interred. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, James. 

James Brackett was born March 30, 1784, in Berwick; was raised 
in Ossipee; soon after or about the time of his marriage removed to 
the town of Fairfax, in Kennebec county; was living there from 1810 
to 1820; in 1830, lived in the town of China; later, in 1834, moved to 
Weston, in Aroostook county, where he died April 7, 1845; was a 
farmer; married Abigail Fairfield, born March 30, 1787, in Vassal- 
boro, Me., died December 9, 1855, in Weston. Issue: 


1. lyUther, b. 25 Apr., 1806. See family 15. 

2. Caroline, b. 29 Feb., 1808; mar. l^evi Pearl; d. 27 May, 1886, 
in Grand Rapids, Mich. Issue: lyUther; Maria; George; Isaac; 
Harrison; Gustavus; Thaddeus; Frances; all b. in Calais; and Levi, 
b. in Troy, N. Y. 

3. Henry H., b. 4 Mar., 1810. See family 16. 

4. Emeline, b. 4 May, 181 2, in Fairfax; mar. Hosea Littlefield; 
d. 22 Dec, 1892, in Auburn, Me. Issue: Joseph; Abigail; James 
B.; and William S. 

5. Lucy F., b. 4 July, 1814, in Fairfax; mar. Leonard Smith, b. 
25 Dec, 1809; d. 2 Sept., 1896, in Weston. Issue: 

1st. William, b. 3 Aug., 1837; d. 24 Feb., 1855. 

2nd. Abigail, b. 23 Dec, 1838; is dec. 

3d. Warren, b. 7 Jan., 1840. 

4th. Alfred, b. 27 Jan., 1842. 

6th. John, b. 14 Dec, 1843. 

6th. Clarissa, b. 12 Apr., 1846. 

7th. Priscilla, b. 7 May, 1848. 

8th. Edwin, b. 14 Nov., 1850. 

9th. Joseph, b. in Sept., 1853; d. 18 June, 1854. 

6. William, b. 5 Oct., 1816. See^family 17. 

7. James C, b. 28 Sept., 1818. See family 18. 

8. Mary, b. 28 June, 1821; mar. Guilford D. Smith; d. 26 July, 
1895. Issue: 

1st. Emily, b. 22 June, 1839. 
2nd. Albert G., b. 14 Mar., 1841. 
3d. Hester, b. 4 Jan., 1843. 
4th. James B., b. 3 May, 1845. 
5th. Wesley, b. 7 Feb., 1849. 
6th. Herbert G., b. 9 Feb., 1854. 

9. Laura, b. 26 Dec, 1824; mar. George Small; mar. (2nd) 
George Bramen. Issue: Wilmont and Mary Small; Mary is dec; 
Charles and Burt Bramen. 

10. Nancy, b. 5 Feb., 1826, in China, Me.; mar. William Chase; 
moved to New York in 1849, to Missouri in 1859, to Kansas in 1866. 

1st. Cordilia, b. in Unity, Me. 

2nd. Emma L., b. 25 Oct., 1844; mar. 14 May, 1866, Frank 
Lyman, b. 31 Oct., 1837, d. 29 Dec, 1904; home, in Topeka, Kas. 

I. Samuel W., b. in Feb., 1867; mar. in July, 1896, Francis 
Philips; home, in Topeka. Issue: 

a. Muriel, b. in Feb., 1902. 

b. Samuel W., b. in Mar., 1904. 

II. Charles W., b. in Nov., 1868; mar. in July, 1889, Jennie 
Davignon; home, in Topeka. Issue: 

a. Eugene, b. in June, 1892. 

b. Corinne, b. in Mar., 1894. 

III. Harry E., b. in Nov., 1871; mar. in 1891, Anna Pritch- 
ard; home, in Topeka. Issue: 

a. Wendell, b. in July, 1894. 

b. Alice M., b. in 1897. 


IV. William H., b. in April, 1874; mar. Olive Markley; 
home, in Kansas city. Issue: 

a. William O., b. in Oct., 1903. 

V. Charlotte G., b. in June, 1880. 

3d. Charles. 4th. William H. 5th. Ida. 6th. I^aura. 

11. Elmira, b. 27 Nov., 1827; mar. William Blather; d. 31 Oct., 
1864, in Weston, Me. Issue: 

1st. James G., b. 22 Jan., 1846. 

2nd. Alfred Y., b. 6 Feb., 1850. 

3d. Herbert, b. 23 June, 1852; d. 26 June, 1852. 

4th. Hannah, b. 20 Aug., 1853; d. 29 July, 1854. 

12. Abigail, b. 3 Nov., 1831; mar. Josiah Brewer, b. 5 Oct., 
1823, d. in i860; mar. (2nd) Alonzo L,ibby; d. 22 Jan., 1897, in 
White Rock, Me. Issue: 

1st. Frederick M., b. 19 Apr., 1851, in Weston, Me. 
2nd. Inez A., b. 14 Oct., 1853, in Lincoln, Neb. 

13. Margaret E., b. 21 Oct., 1836, in Weston, Me.; mar. (ist) 
William Brannan; mar. (2nd) Weston Brannan. Issue: Esther 
and William, by first husband; Bickford, Gu}^ and Blanche, by the 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, John. 

John Brackett was born February 9, 1786, in Berwick, Me.; 
soon after his birth his father removed to Ossipee, N. H. Like his 
brothers, he returned to the State of Maine to make his home; how 
early in life it was that he left Ossipee, has not been learned. The 
census of 1830 shows him a resident of Washington county, in town 
of Robbinston; was a farmer. Married Nancy Johnson. Issue: 

1. Mary A., b. 25 Jan., 1818; mar. 26 Oct., 1837, Thomas Mc- 

Near, who d, 10 Sept., 1867; mar. (2nd) in 1867, Dow; living 

in 1900, in Robbinston. Issue: 

1st. Ruth, b. 5 Oct., 1840; mar. Joshua Damon. Children, 
Charles; Mary; Maynard; Harry. 

2nd. Harriet, b. 4 Nov., 1842; mar. H. A. Brooks. Children, 
Eottie and Joseph. 

3d. Thomas, b. 31 July, 1843; mar. Fanny Lyons. Child, 

2. John, b. in 1823. See family 19. 

3. Nancy, mar. Peter Avery. 

4. Harriet, b. 9 Oct., 1832; mar. Seth T. Lamb. Children: 
1st. George A., who mar. Sarah Anderson, and had Albert and 
Catherine. 2nd. Nathaniel, dec. 3d. Annie S. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, Hiram. 

Hiram Brackett was born Februar)' 14, 1788, in Ossipee, N. H.; 
removed to China, Me., thence, in the thirties, to Aroostook county; 
was a farmer; died in Weston, November 10, 1862; married January 
18, 1813, Nancy Burrell of China, Me. Issue: 


1. Harriet, b. 5 May, 1818; d. 6 Dec, 1858; mar. Charles Clark. 

2. George W., b. 24 Oct., 1821. See family 20. 

3. Nancy, b. 3 Aug., 1824; d. 11 June, 1887; mar. Lewis B. 
Smart. Children, George ly.; Hattie N., who mar. Henry Moody. 

4. Alva A., b. 5 Apr., 1829; d. 18 Dec, 1863; mar. Jerry New- 
man. Children, Lydia A.; Thomas W.; and William A. 

5. Hiram C, b. 6 May, 1832; mar. Susan Wilkins. 

6. Charles H., b. 25 Aug., 1836, in China; d. in April, 1893; 
mar. Harriet Wilkins; lived in Danforth, Me. Children: 1st. Ida, 
who mar. lycroy Bragg of Eaton, Me. 2nd. Georgie. 

7. IvUther, b. 8 Dec, 1839. See family 21. 

From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, Joseph. 

Joseph Brackett was born March 4, 1792, in Ossipee, N. H. 
Like his older brothers, he removed to China (Albion), Me., where 
lived his uncle, John Brackett, and his grandfather, Deacon James 
Brackett. There are people living in China (1906) who can recall 
Joseph Brackett; about 1835, removed to Aroostook count}^; lived in 
Ashland, where he died Februar}^ 26,'i84i; married Lucy Twist, nee 
Lovejoy. Issue: 

1. Abigail, b. ii June, 1815, in China; mar. James McCann; d. 
17 July, 1843, in Ashland. No issue. 

2. Hiram, b. 11 Nov., 1816. See family 22. 

3. John Y., b. 20 Mar., 1818; never mar.; d. 2 Nov., 1841, in 

4. Louisa, b. 25 July, 1821; mar. Elbridge Dunn; d. in St. Johns, 
N. B. Had four children. 

From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, Levi. 

Levi Brackett was born April 15, 1800, in Ossipee, N. H.; lived 
in New Durham, N. H., where he died March 24, 1872; was a 
farmer; married in 1830, Susan Edwards, born June 12, 1807, died 

in 1900, daughter of Joseph and wife, , of Parsonsfield, Me. 


1. Charles H., b. 9 Feb., 1833. See family 23. 

2. Joseph, b. in 1837; mar. Mary Colson Wilkinson; home, in 
New Durham, N. H. No issue. 

3. Hiram, b. 11 Nov., 1839. See family 24. 

4. Thomas, b. in 1843; is single; home, in New Durham. 

5. Azariah, b. in 1843; is single; home, in New Durham. 

6. John, b. in 1845. 

7. Levi, b. in 1847; is dec. 

8. Mary E., b. 16 Mar., 1850; mar. 28 Oct., 1871, Russell Miller, 
b. 9 Nov., 1845. son of Richard and wife, Paulina Buzzell; is a 
farmer; home, in New Durham. Issue: 

1st. George R., b. 16 Jan., 1873; d. 3 Feb., 1880. 
2nd. Walter H., b. 29 Mar., 1874; mar. 5 Sept., 1900, Carrie 
E. Morse; home, in New Durham. 
3d. Harley W., b. i Jan., 1883. 



From Famil)^ No. 2. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, Azriah. 

Azriah Brackett was born April 21, 1804, in Ossipee, N. H.; 
overseer in cotton mill; resided in Great Falls, N. H., Lowell and 
North Tewkesbury, Mass.; is deceased; married September 28, 1833, 
in Great Falls, Sophia H. Fogg, born February 3, 1816, in Berwick, 

died August 9, 1854, daughter of and wife, Margaret , 

of Berwick. Issue: 

1. S. Frances, b. 27 June, 1835; mar. 28 Sept., 1861, Charles E. 
Jones; lived in Lawrence, Mass.; d. 13 Oct., 1902. No issue. 

2. Albert, b. 10 Sept., 1837; i^^ar. 23 May, 1861, Mary W. 
Abbott, b. 7 Aug., 1840, d. 13 Oct., 1902, dau. of William and wife, 
Hannah S. Canney, of Boston; is an overseer of factory; home, in 
Lowell; served three years in co. G, 33d Mass. vol. inf. Genial 
and jovial is his disposition; time spent in his company is hours 
wiled away in pleasure; had dau., Mattie, b. 7 Sept., 1868, d. 24 
Jan., 1895. 

3. William H., b. 7 June, 1839; d. 14 Dec, 1841. 

4. Hiram H., b. 10 Oct., 1843; d. 23 Jan., 1849. 

5. Susan M., b. 4 July, 1845; d. 7 Oct., 1879. 

6. Harriet A., b. 11 Nov., 1848; d. 26 Apr., 1879. 

7. Eva C, b. 22 Mar., 1852; d. 22 Mar., 1871. 


From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthon)', Thomas, vSamuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, Thomas. 

Thomas Brackett was born Januar}^ 11, 1807, in Ossipee, N. H.; 
was a laborer in cotton mill; resided in Great Falls and Somersworth, 
N. H., in which latter place he died December 15, 1856; married 
November 18, 1832, Olive Hartford, born November 11, 1808, died 
June 5, 1888, daughter of John and wife, Betsey Babb, of Strafford, 
N. H. Issue: 

1. Frances M., b. 8 Aug., 1833; d. 21 Feb., 1850. 

2. Mary Ann, b. 16 Apr., 1835; mar. Wilham H. Tasker; d. 
18 Nov., 1 901; lived in Somersworth, N. H. 

3. Susan H., b. 22 Aug., 1837: mar. E. P. Pierce. 

4. John S., b. 2 Oct., 1839. See family 25. 

5. Henry H., b. 16 Jul3% 1843; home, in Somersworth, N. H. 

(). Charles A., b. 2 Mar., 1846; mar. Susan R. ; d. 24 Sept., 

1890. Issue: 

1st. Olive Gertrude, b. 13 May, 1873, in Somersworth, N. H.; 
mar. 13 May, 1873, Ernest E. Lyman of Danielson, Conn. 

7. Lloyd Sumner, b. 18 Dec, 1849; d. 25 Dec, 1890, in Texas; 
mar. 20 June, 1877, Ida Hanscom, b. 7 Oct., 1848, dau. of Aaron 
and wife, Susan Woodsum, of Lebanon, Me.; was b. in Somers- 
worth, N. H.; resided in Boston; Atlanta, Ga.; Charlotte, N. C, 
and San Antonio, Texas. Issue: 

1st. Olive, b. 13 Aug., 1885, in San Antonio, Tex., where she 

8. Laura F., b. 4 Jan., 1853; d. 23 June, 1887; never mar. 



From Familj' No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, James, James. 

Dr. James Brackett was born January i, 1792, in Vassalboro, 
Me. Made choice of the profession of medicine, for the practice of 
which he qualified himself by study in St. Louis, Mo.; became emi- 
nent in his work, was credited with advanced views in his science 
and in his treatment of diseases. Married Ortance McCracken, nee 
Jarrot, born in 1797, died in 1885, daughter of Nicholas and wife, 
Julia Beauvais. Her parents were born in Paris, and early in the last 
century settled in Illinois, at Cahokia, which place, at the time, gave 
promise of being a large city. Here Mr. Jarrot was engaged in 
trade with the Indians, and other enterprises; built a large brick 
house with walls three feet thick, designed to resist attacks b}' the 
Indians, and proved to be so well constructed as to resist the attacks 
of nature, it having withstood the destruction wrought by two earth- 
quakes and four floods. At the time of her second marriage, Mrs. 
Brackett was the mother of five children, viz.", Rachel, born in 1819, 
married Dr. N. J. Stark (two children, Charles C, born in 1844, and 
Nicholas, born in 1852); John, born in 182 1; Nicholas, born Febru- 
ary 23, 1822, a bachelor, died in 1895; Robert; Julia, born in 1826, 
died young. She was a woman of lovable traits, excellent social 
qualities, and well endowed intellectually; her conversational powers 
made her a favorite with her associates. Over her familj^ she exer- 
cised an influence that endured for the lives of each member, and 
her remembrance will long be cherished by her descendants. Dr. 
Brackett gained the confidence and esteem of all who knew him, and 
possessed a large and extended acquaintance in St. L,ouis and 
Missouri. He died in 1854. Issue: 

1. Maria E., b. 8 Feb., 1829; mar. 27 Sept., 1849, Joseph Sibley, 
lawyer, b. 2 Jan., 1818, in Westfield, Mass., son of Aaron and wife, 
Tryphena Agard; was admitted to practice in 1848; then went West 
and settled in Nauvoo, 111.; was elected to the legislature in 1850, 
and again in 1852; in 1855, was chosen circuit judge, which position 
he held for 24 years; was appointed judge of the appellate court for 
the second district in 1877, and served 2 years; continued in the 
practice of law until his death, 18 June, 1897; enjoyed a reputation 
as a reliable counsel and successful advocate, which, with his excel- 
lent personal qualities, attracted to him a large circle of friends; 
home, in Quincy, 111. Issue: 

1st. Jarrot Joseph, b. 23 Mar., 1851; mar. 17 Mar., 1872, 
Amanda Carson. Issue: 

I. Julia Ellen, b. 3 Apr., 1873; mar. 5 Mar., 1893, John 
Hartley. Issue: 

a. Anna Belle, b. 17 Mar., 1894. 

b. Amanda, b. 13 Jan., 1896. 

c. Robert Lee, b. 20 Jan., 1898. 

d. John Edgar, b. 2 Mar., 1900. 

II. Cora Genevra, b. 3 Dec, 1874; d. 9 Aug., 1875. 

III. Nicholas Jarrot, b. 19 Aug., 1876; mar. 24 Dec, 1899, 
Elverta Thomas. 

IV. Joseph Walter, b. 20 Aug., 1879. 


V. John Robert, b. 31 May, 1881. 

VI. Grover Cleveland, b. 4 Oct., 1886. 
2nd. Julia, b. 10 Mar., 1856. 

2. Julia C, b. 3 Dec, 1831; mar. 25 Apr., 1853, John O. Butler, 
b. ID Mar.. 1827, son of Armstead O. and wife, Jane Tournot, of St. 
lyouis; is a retired lumber merchant; in Apr., 1903, celebrated 
golden wedding; home, in St. Louis. Issue: 

1st. lyillie Hortense, b. 2 Feb., 1876; d. 13 Apr., 1894. 

3. George W., b. 20 Ma}^ 1833. See family 26. 

4. James L., b. 14 Aug., 1835. See family 27. 

5. Samuel J., b. 9 Oct., 1837. See family 28. 


From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, John, Allen. 

Allen Brackett was born August 15, 1798, in Vassalboro; resided 
from 1 8 10 to 1859, in China, Me.; removed to lyincolnville, where 
he died April 11, 1876. In China, the greater portion of his business 
life, he was a blacksmith; a few 5'ears before 1859, he moved onto a 
farm in China. In L,incolnville, he was a man of leisure, and on his 
death left a goodlj^ competence. Tomb in Lincolnville, Me. 

The following is related of Allen Brackett: He had a partiality 
for Quakers. One of the sect sold him a horse; when asked if the 
horse would pull up hill, he answered, "Friend Brackett, it will 
please thee to see that beast pull up hill." The horse was balk}', 
balked with his new owner at the first and every hill that he came 
to. Friend Brackett, on meeting the Quaker the next time after 
their trade, accosted him with, "You told me that horse was faithful 
and true and he has balked at ever}' hill I have come to." Un- 
abashed, the foxy fellow answered, "Friend Brackett, thou art hast}' 
in saying that I told thee that the beast was faithful and true; thee 
asked if the beast would pull up hill, and I told thee that thou 
wouldst be pleased to see that beast pull up hill. Now, friend 
Brackett, verily, wouldst thou not be pleased to see that horse pull 
up hill?" 

The writer has heard that Allen Brackett laughed heartily at 
the Quaker's deception; never heard that he changed his opinion of 
the sect, or that he haled this scaley specimen into court and made 
him disgorge his illgotten gain. 

Married December 23, 1829, Octavia Allen, born February 19, 
1809, in Vassalboro, died October 12, 1865, in Lincolnville, daughter 
of Charles Allen (brother of Lydia, who married John Brackett) and 
wife, Sally Mitchell. Issue: 

1. Charles A., b. 13 Dec, 1830. See family 29. 

2. Horace W., b. 26 Oct., 1833. See family 30. 

3. John Allen, b. 23 Feb., 1836, in China, Me.; prepared himself 
for the practice of medicine; a successful physician and surgeon in 
Giles CO., Virginia, where he resided and practiced for many 
years; never mar.; d. 20 Apr., 1898. 



From Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, John, James H. 

James Hervey Brackett was born June 30, 1807, in Vassalboro, 
Me.; when he was three 3^ears old his father removed to China, and 
in that town he lived for fifty-four years; was familiarly known by 
quite everj^ person in the town and in its vicinity. Removed in 
1864, to Sparta, Wis., near to which city he resided until his death, 
April 17, 1 89 1. In Maine, he was a farmer; in Wisconsin, an inn- 
keeper and retail grocer. By Maine laws he settled all legal ques- 
tions, while living in Wisconsin, to his satisfaction, for, in Maine he 
ever continued to dwell in mind. Until he was seventeen years old 
his grandfather was living, who died in the ninety-ninth year of his 
age. The grandsire's stories of the Indian wars he well remembered; 
quite all of them the writer has recognized as related in local his- 
tories. Was of strong convictions and prejudices; he trusted as a 
friend and hated as a foe, though he was not revengeful; principles, 
not policies, were his governing motives, and for his principles he 
was ever willing to make sacrifices, ever steadfast was his adherence 
to them; to him they were unchanging; hence, in his old age, he 
had the religion and politics of his j'outh. Genial and jovial, he 
was ever read}- for a laugh, to hear a good story and to relate one. 
For him life had man}' pleasures; what he possessed he could enjoy 
to the fullest, for envy had not a place in his heart. 

Married February i, 1850, Rose Deborah Brown, born Septem- 
ber 13, 1830, is living at Cataract, Wis., daughter of Seth Brown; 
he was born about 1789, lived in Brooks, Me., removed to China, 
Me., where he died August 26, 1846, married Hannah Whitney, 
was son of John Brown; he was a soldier in the Continental army, 
served in Captain Hosley's company. Colonel Reed's regiment; in 
1776, enlisted in Colonel Prescott's regiment and served one year; 
participated in the battles that culminated in the surrender of General 
Burgoyne; died at Stoddard, N. H., July 14, 1804; married in Town- 
send, Mass., September 16, 1777, Sarah Gibson, born in 1757, died 
in 184-; drew pension on account of husband's service; lived in Stod- 
dard; married (2nd) October 15, 1824, John Green, who died January 
31, 1 83 1. Hannah Whitney was born August 21, 1794, in Gorham, 
died August 10, 1857, in China, was daughter of Asa; he was born in 
December, 1754, died December 17, 1805, in Gorham, married July 
14, 1785, in Gorham, Mrs. Phebe Davis, nee Hopkins, was son of 
Elder Nathan Whitney; he was born December 12, 1709, in York, 
Me., married M0II5' Day, removed to Gorham and was one of the first 
settlers there, died in 1804, was son of Nathaniel Whitney; he was 
born in York, Me., April 14, 1680, married Sarah Ford, and subse- 
quently removed to Gorham, died there, was son of Benjamin Whit- 
ney; he was born June 6, 1643, in Watertown, Mass., married, prob- 
ably in York, Jane , died in 1723, in York, was son of John 

Whitney; he was born in 1589 in England, dwelt in parish Isleworth- 
on-the-Thames, settled in Watertown in June, 1635, married in 

England, Elinor , born in 1599, died May 11, 1659, was son of 

Thomas Whitney, gentleman, of Westminster; he married May 12, 
1583, Mary, daughter of John Bray; died in April, 1637. 


Phebe Hopkins, who married Asa Whitney, was born in 1759, 
in Truro, Mass., married (ist) November 21, 1780, Ehjah Davis of 
Gorhani, a Continental soldier, who died October 5, 1783; she drew 
pension on account of his service, died April 17, 1853, in Bridgton, 
Me., was daughter of Constant Hopkins; he was born in Truro, 
where he lived and died, married December i, 1743, Phebe Paine, 
was son of Caleb Hopkins; he lived in Truro, married Catherine 
Whelden, he was son of Giles Hopkins; he lived in Plymouth and 
Truro, was son of Stephen Hopkins; he was the immigrant, came on 
the Mayflower, survived his wife, whose name is not known, died in 
Plymouth, in 1644. 

Phebe Paine, who married Caleb Hopkins, was born December 
2, 1724, in Truro, was daughter of Jonathan Paine; he was born 
February i, 1686, married June 29, 1719, Mar}^ Purrington of Truro, 
born in 1682, died May 17, 1760, his will was proved June 23, 1752, 
was son of Thomas Paine; he was born in 1656-7, settled in Truro, 
married August 5, 1678, Hannah Shaw, died June 23, 1721, was son 
of Thomas Paine; *he came, when ten years of age, to America with 
his father, Thomas Paine, settled on Cape Cod — Eastham, married 
Mary Snow, died August 16, 1706. 

Hannah Shaw, who married Thomas Paine, was born in 1661, 
died July 24, 1713, was daughter of Jonathan Shaw. Mar}- Snow, 
who married Thomas Paine, was daughter of Nicholas Snow and 
wife, Constance Hopkins; Constance was daughter of Stephen, the 
immigrant. Sarah Ford, who married Nathaniel Whitney, was 
daughter of John Ford; he married Joan Andrews of Kitter)', Me.; 
was son of Stephen Ford, the immigrant, and wife, Joan. Joan 
Andrews was probably daughter of John Andrews and wife, Joan. 

1. Myron, b. i Dec, 1850. See family 31. 

2. Mary Shaw, b. 13 Dec, 1851; d. 26 Nov., 1867. 

3. Herbert I., b. 18 Dec, 1859. See family 32. 



From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, James, Euther. 

Euther Brackett was born April 25, 1806, in Kennebec county. 
Me.; was sheriff of Washington county for the period John Fairfield 
was governor of the state; was consul at Pictou, N. S., during the 
administration of President Fillmore; in 1849, lived in Portland; was 
then a merchant; the following year removed to Pictou, where he 
resided until 1854, when he went to Calais, Me., where he died July 
14, 1862. He collected considerable data relative to the descendants 
of his great-grandfather, mostly relative to the descendants of his 
grandfather, with the view of publishing; many of the dates con- 
tained in this work were secured from his collections and have been 
found reliable. He visited relatives in New Hampshire for the pur- 
pose of gleaning information; the writer has received letters from 
parties who well remembered his visit and its object. Married Abi- 


gail Todd of Calais, Me., born December 29, 1812, in Eastport, and 
died April 24, 1891, in Farmington, Minn. Issue: 

1. George M. C, b. 21 Feb., 1833; mar. Adelaide Vease}-; d. — 
Apr., 1878, in Farmington, Minn. 

2. Edward, b. 22 Dec, 1836, in Calais, Me.; never mar.; resides 
in Farmington, Minn. 

3. Frederick, b. 20 Dec, 1840. See family 33. 

4. Winslow, b. 14 July, 1843; mar. Emily Hoyt; home, in Minne- 
apolis; served in band, 6tli Me. vol. inf., from 15 July, 1861, to 9 
Aug., 1862. No further record. 

5. Mary, b. 11 Sept., 1847; mar. Whittier. 

6. Anna C. S., b. 15 Aug., 1851, in Pictou, N. S. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, James, Henry H. 

Henry Hartwell Brackett was born at Alvanej^, Kennebec 
county. Me., March 4, 1810; was a farmer, then a butcher. Prior 
to marriage he lived in Houlton, Me.; subsequently resided in Calais 
and Orono, Me.; shortly before his d-eath removed to Minneapolis, 
where he died July 25, 1858. Married Mary Scott Prescott, born 
September 28, 1814, in St. Stephens, N. B., died April 4, 1888, in 
Minneapolis. Issue: 

1. Henry Hartwell, b. 21 Apr., 1835. See family 34. 

2. George Augustus, b. 16 Sept., 1836. See family 35. 

3. Elizabeth Ann, b. 24 Mar., 1838, in Weston, Me.; never mar.; 
d. 9 June, 1900, in Minneapolis, Minn. 

4. Julia Caroline, b. 13 Apr., 1840; mar. 26 Apr., 1859, Francis 
Hill, b. II Sept., 1832, d. 16 Oct., 1895, a miller; home, in Minne- 
apolis. Issue: 

1st. Julia Frances, b. 26 Mar., i860; mar. 26 Dec, 1878, Jacob 
Eorenzo Ludwig; home, in Minneapolis, Minn. Issue: 

I. Lillian Frances, mar. 8 June, 1899, Eeon V. Helk. Issue: 
a. John Ralph, b. 9 Dec, 1900. It will be observed that 

this child is of the twelfth generation from Anthony Brackett, and 
of the thirteenth from George Cleeve. 

II. Frank Hill, b. 30 Oct., 1880; mar. Charlotte G. Griggs. 

III. Cora Belle, b. i Sept., 1883. 

IV. John I., b. 30 Dec, 1885. 

2nd. Cora Agnes, b. 22 Oct., 1862; mar. 18 Dec, 1885, Martin 
Euther Eudwig; home, in Minneapolis. Issue: 

I. Harrison Hill, b. 9 May, 1887. 

II. Cora Agnes, b. 27 June, 1890; d. same day. 

III. Ezra Lloyd, b. 27 Nov., 1894. 

3d. Mary Louisa, b. 23 Dec, 1866; mar. 3 Jan., 1894, William 
Lincoln Ludwig; home, in Minneapolis. Issue: 

I. Rolla William, b. 2 May, 1898. 

II. Bernard Adrien, b. 3 Oct., 1900. 

III. Margarette Julia, b. 5 Nov., 1904. 

IV. Calvin L., b. 16 Feb., 1897; d. 9 Mar., 1897. 
4th. Clara Belle, b. 12 Nov., 1869. 


5th. lyucy Agnes, b. 2 July, 1873; mar. 28 Sept., 1897, Edward 
Holmes Houghton; home, in Minneapolis. Issue: 

I. James Donald, b. 19 Feb., 1899, 

II. Ruth Agnes, b. 15 July, 1900. 

III. George Hill, b. 18 Oct., 1902. 

IV. Edwin Dale, b. 28 Dec, 1904. 

5. Mary Emma, b. 5 Jan., 1842; d. 24 Sept., 1842, in Calais, Me. 

6. Daura Ayers, b. 16 July, 1843; mar. 5 Dec, 1861, Charles R. 
Putnam, carpenter, b. 16 Feb., 1837; home, in Minneapolis. Issue: 

1st. Eaura Ella, b. 25 Dec, 1862; mar. 5 Aug., 1883, William 
H. Felton; home, in Wrightstown. Issue: 

I. Mary Elizabeth, b. 17 Apr., 1884. 

II. Nettie Phebe, b. 22 Apr., 1887; d. 30 June, 1889, in 
Oakland, Cal. 

III. Myrtle, b. 20 Aug., 1889, in Minneapolis. 

IV. Baby boy, b. 7 Apr., 1892; d. 7 Apr., 1892. 

V. Florence Edith, b. i Mar., 1900. 

2nd. Wilton Henry, b. 9 May, 1865; d. i July, 1865, in Minne- 

3d. Mary Emma, b. 20 Jan., 1871; d. 27 June, 1874. 

4th. Ida Annette, b. 29 Apr., 1872; mar. 5 June, 1900, Judson 
J. Fowler; home, in Minneapolis. Issue: 

I. Russell Putnam, b. 17 June, 1901, in Tacoma, Wash. 

II. Winfield, b. 27 Sept., 1902, in Tacoma; d. 30 Dec, 1902. 

III. Marion Ada, b. 19 Oct., 1903. 
5th. Charles Edgar, b. 22 Feb., 1881. 

7. Charles Edgar, b. 10 July, 1845; d. 2 Jan., 1846, in Calais, 

8. Charles Edgar, b. 22 July, 1848, in Orono, Me.; d. 27 Apr., 
1883, in Minneapolis. 

9. Mary Emma, twin with Charles E.; is a deaf mute; unmar.; 
home, in Minneapolis. 

10. Clara Olivia, b. 7 Nov., 1851, in Orono, Me.; mar. 10 Apr., 
1872, Henry R. Gardner, lumber merchant, b. 13 Oct., 1842; home, 
in Minneapolis. Issue: 

1st. Mary Cornelia, b. 4 May, 1873. 

2nd. Elizabeth, b. 4 Mar., 1875; mar. 22 Feb., 1893, Ray 
Pearce. Issue: 

I. Richard Henrj^ b. 6 Mar., 1898, in Minneapolis. 
3d. George Eotham, b. 28 July, 1882. 
4th. Brackett, b. 26 Jan., 1885. 
5th. Alice Eouise, b. 4 Oct., 1886. 
6th. Florence, b. 15 May, 1890; d. 15 Nov., 1890. 

11. Annah Rhodes, b. 5 Mar., 1854; d. 14 Sept., 1855, in Orono. 

12. William Procter, b. 26 Feb., 1857. See family 36. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, James, William. 

William Brackett was born October 5, 1816, in Fairfax, Kenne- 
bec county. Me. In his youth, with his father's family, removed to 
Aroostook county, where he lived during the remainder of his life; 


residence, in Weston; was a farmer. Married Lucinda Smith, born 
March i6, 1813, died December 13, 1873, daughter of Joseph and 
wife, Cram, of Mt. Vernon, Me. Died August 21, 1855. Issue: 

1. Almeda, b. 14 Feb., 1839; mar. 14 Jan., 1866, William Mac- 
Allister, born 18 Apr., 1837, son of William E. and wife, Ann Ames, 
of Milltown, N. B.; home, in Orient, Me.; is a lumberman and 
dealer in real estate. Issue: 

1st. Lizzie J. MacAUister, b. 28 Aug., 1866; mar. 21 Aug., 
1884, J. H. Dunlap. 

2nd. E. W. MacAUister, b. 16 May, 1868. 

2. Ophelia, b. 26 June, 1840; mar. 4 Nov., 1864, Varney Putnam, 
b. 30 Oct., 1839, son of Amos and wife, Christina Normwood, of 
Houlton, Me.; home, in Weston, Me, No issue. 

3. Horace M., b. 16 Jan., 1844, in Weston, Me., where he resided 
until his death, in the fall of 1905; was a farmer; mar. 13 July, 1879, 
Arminta Hutchison, b. 22 May, 1856, dau. of Addison and wife, 
Mahala Lindsc}-, of Hodgdon, Me. Issue: 

1st. Pearl, b. 25 May, 1880. 

4. Gilbert L., b. 20 Nov., 1844. See familj' 37. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, James, James C. 

James C. Brackett was born September 28, 1818, in Albion, 
Kennebec county. Me.; in 1834, with his parents, went to Weston, 
in the southwest corner of Aroostook county; in 1838, removed to 
Calais, Me. When his brother, Euther, was sheriff of Washington 
county, was one of the deputy sheriffs. Removed to Corinth, where 
he continued to reside for over fifty years and until his death, in 
1904; served the town as selectman, assessor, overseer of the poor, 
and was census enumerator in 1880 and 1890; was a farmer. Mar- 
ried Elizabeth Ball, born July 27, 1821, died August 31, 1882; mar- 
ried (2nd) E. M. Sawyer. Issue: 

E Mary E., b. 30 June, 1848; mar. 21 Feb., 1897, Joseph E. 
Lewis; home, in Holliston, Mass. No issue. 

2. Oscar, b. 6 Feb., 1850. See family 37 A. 
• 3. Martha, b. 25 Mar., 1852; mar. Charles E. Parent; have 
children, Eward and Herbert I. 

4. Sarah, b. 15 May, 1854; d. 11 July, 1876. 

5. James F., b. 8 Feb., 1856; d. 19 Mar., 1862. 

6. Ellen F., b. 31 Oct., 1858; is a trained nurse. 

7. William H., b. 15 Apr., i860; is a painter; resides in Corinth. 

8. Caroline W.. b. 9 Jan., 1862; mar. Charles Dolliver; home, 
in Eewiston, Me. 

9. Charles E., b. 2 Apr., 1865; home, in Corinth, Me. 

10. Elizabeth, b. 13 Feb., 1869; home, in Corinth, Me. 


From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, John, John. 

John Brackett was born in 1823; married Adaline Hanson; a 
farmer; home, in Perry, Washington county, Me. Issue: 


1. Fannie M., b. 15 Mar., 1853; mar. George Potter; home, in 
Calais, Me. 

2. Harriet L., b. 4 May, 1855; mar. John Nesburn; home, in 
Salem, Ohio. 

3. Mary, b. 16 Oct., 1857; mar. Kugene Morse; home, in I^aw- 
rence, Mass. 

4. Addie, b. 22 Mar., 1859; mar. Harry Taylor; home, in Ivaw- 
rence, Mass. 

5. Charles, b. 21 July, 1862; home, in Somerville, Mass. 

6. Seth ly., b. 13 Feb., 1865; home, in Perry, Me. 

7. Annie, b. 31 Jan., 1867; mar. Fred Byrons; home, in I^aw- 

8. Eva E.. b. 17 Mar., 1869; mar. Dr. W. R. O'Connor; home, 
in Lawrence. 

9. Josie, b. 22 Mar., 1871; mar. D. B. Knowles; home, in Law- 

10. Alice M., b. 3 July, 1873; d. in 1874. 

11. Ralph, b. 13 June, 1877. 


From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, Hiram, George. 

George Brackett was born October 24, 182 1, in China, Me., mar- 
ried (ist) Frances Hickey, born in 1823; married (2nd) Rebecca 
Mandy; lived in Weston where he died February 11, 1894; was a 
farmer. Issue, by first wife: 

1. Hiram, b. in 1847; mar. Esther Gulliver; home, in Danforth, 
Me.; had Ross, who mar. Maud L- Gore; Mina; Zemro; Blaine; and 

2. Nancy S., b. in 1851; mar. Alex Manuel; home, in Houghton, 

3. Alva, b. in 1852; mar. (ist) Meinliss; (2nd) Brown. 

4. Thomas W., b. in 1854. 

5. Sarah, b. in 1858. 

6. Elvira, b. in July, i860. 

7. James, who mar. Lizzie Mondy. 


From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, Hiram, Luther. 

Luther Brackett was born December 8, 1838, in Weston, Me., in 
which town he has lived all his life except four years in Foxcroft; is 
a farmer and lumberman. Married August 14, 1868, Julia Brown, 

widow, nee Wilkins, born December 25, 1838, daughter of and 

wife, Neal, of Brookton, Me. Issue: 

1. Emma, b. 11 May, 1870; mar. 14 Mar., 1887, Alva Springer; 
home, in Havland, Me. Issue: 

1st. Jennie, b. 19 May, 1888. 

2nd. Earl L., b. 24 May, 1897; d. 25 Dec, 1898. 

2. Arthur, b. 11 Feb., 1875; lives in Danforth, Me. 




From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, Joseph, Hiram. 

Hiram Brackett was born November ii, i8i6, in Albion, Me.; 
resided for many years in Ashland and Presque Isle, Aroostook 
county. Me.; later lived in Pine city, Minn., where he died Febru- 
ary 5, 1884; was a farmer and lumberman. Married July 27, 1845, 
lyUC}^ Lovejoy, born in China, Me., died July 18, 1858. Issue: 

1. John Y., b. 8 Sept., 1846; mar. Susan Thomson; home, at 
Mora, Kanabac county, Minn.; children are, Fred L.; Maud M.; 
Alice ly., mar. Henry McKusick; George H.; Abbie E.; Anna C; 
Inez C; Frank H.; Henry J.; and Caroline D. 

2. Emily Moore, b. 11 Nov., 1847; mar. Harry A. Linn; d. 14 
Oct., 1 89 1, in Waukesha, Wis. 

3. lyouise Dunn, b. 12 July, 1849; mar. Henry D. Crowhurst; d. 
8 Apr., 1889, in Pine city, Minn. 

4. Albert Foster, b. 22 Feb., 1851; mar. Delia Madden; lives in 
Pine city; have children, M. Louise; Mel;?ar F.; Elizabeth A.; 
Catherine E.; Hiram J.; Agnes F. 

5. Frank, b. 9 Feb., 1853. See family 38. 


From Family No. 9. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, Levi, Charles H. 

Charles H. Brackett was born February 9, 1833, in Brownfield, 
Me.; was a shoemaker; resided in Haverhill, Mass.; died January 
22, 1905, in Topham, Vt., where he is buried. Married May 10, 
1869, Mrs. Eliza P. Shedd, nee Abbott, born August 23, 1836, daugh- 
ter of William and wife, Hannah S. Canney, of Dover, N. H. Issue: 

1. Susan H., b. 16 Mar., 1870; home, in Haverhill. 

2. Charles E., b. 3 Mar., 1872; home, in Haverhill; is a shoe- 
maker; mar. 31 May, 1904, Albina Worthen, b. 3 Feb., 1870, widow 
of W. W. Worthen, nee Racine, dau. of Paul and wife, Saraphine 
Perry, of Bradford, Mass.; Mr. Brackett's summer home is in Top- 
ham, Vt. 


From Family No. 9. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, Devi, Hiram. 

Hiram Brackett was born November 11, 1839, in Ossipee. N. H.; 
is a farmer; resides in New Durham, same state; married July 12, 
1864, Augusta French, born March 25, 1843, daughter of Jeremiah 
B. and wife, Mary J. Hodgdon, of Farmington, N. H. Issue: 

1. Nellie P., b. 4 Jan., 1866. 

2. Emma D., b. 9 Feb., 1867. 

3. Hattie M., b. 18 Mar., 1870. 

4. Mina A., b. 24 Sept., 1872; mar, 21 Jul5^ 1897, Eugene C. 
Young; home, in Farmington, N. H. Issue: 

1st. Malcolm Johnson Young, b. 21 Oct., 1901. 


5. Alice B., b. 5 Oct., 1874; mar. 18 Aug., 1894, Elmer E. Mar- 
shall; home, in Ayer, Mass. Issue: 

1st. Katherynne, b. 28 July, 1895. 

2nd. Lauriston Brackett, b. 25 Jan., 1897. 

6. Theressa, b. 17 June, 1876; d. 17 Sept., 1876. 

7. Krwin H., b. 30 Aug., 1878; resides in Farmington. 


From Family No. 11. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, Thomas, John S. 

John Sullivan Brackett was born October 2, 1839, in Somers- 
worth, N. H.; was a commission merchant; resided in Boston and 
Needham, Mass.; home, in Hyde Park, Mass.; at time of his death. 
September 15, 1902, w^as in Wakefield, N. H. Married April 6, 
1864, Betsey E. Tuttle, born March 3, 1839, died November 28, 1893, 
daughter of Enoch, Jr., and wife, Hannah CoUej^ of Stafford, N. H. 

1. Frank Tuttle, b. 27 Nov., 1867; is a druggist in Hyde Park, 

2. Bertha, b. 19 Sept., 1870; home, in Hyde Park; mar. 26 July, 
1902, Henry A. Hoit. 


From Family No. 12. Descent: Anthonj', Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, James, James, George W. 

George W. Brackett was born May 20, 1833, in Cohokia, Illi- 
nois; there he, as did his brothers and sisters, attended a private 
school; completed his law course in Cincinnati, Ohio, and practiced 
in Illinois and St. L,ouis. In 1849, accompanied by his uncle, 
Colonel Vital Jarrot, and his half brothers, Robert and Nicholas 
McCracken, he went overland to California, to seek a fortune in the 
gold fields. The brothers and uncle engaged in trade, erected stores 
at cross roads several miles apart. Accompanied by a Mr. Burns 
while travelling from one store to another he and his companion 
became snow-bound and shortly Mr. Burns sickened and died. At 
the time Mr. Brackett was in the eighteenth year of his age, and was 
thus left alone in the mountains for three months, with but a scant 
supply of provisions. To wile away the long lonesome hours he 
devoted his time to the study of Shakespeare's poems, a copy of 
which he was so fortunate as to have among his few effects. Every 
night and morning he fired his gun in hopes to direct assistance to 
him, but no answer came for many a long dreary day. At last there 
reached his ears the welcome sound of firing; repeatedl}- he dis- 
charged his gun to direct friend or foe, which ever it should prove to 
be, to his abode, and soon appeared an Indian, a messenger on snow- 
shoes, the bearer of news from his uncle to act as guide for him 
to safety and plenty. In California he remained five j^ears; returned 
to Illinois, and in the sixties was elected a member of the legislature. 
During the war was assistant provost marshal; also held several 
public positions by appointment and election. Was well read par- 
ticularly on the history of Illinois and Missouri. Had a large circle 


of friends with whom he was popular because of his many good 
social qualities. He died March 19, 1898, in St. lyouis; married 
November 22, 1859, Mrs. Margaret Busby Turlej^, born October 14, 
1835, died August 21, 1903, daughter of James Busby and wife, 
Kathryn Kelley, of St. Louis. Issue: 

1. Hortense J., b. 6 Aug., 1864; mar. 18 May, 1903, Bernard 
Edward Spiekermann, stationer, book-binder and printer, b. 20 
Sept., 1858, son of Bernard Henry and wife, Mary Keitz, both born 
in Germany, residents in St. Louis at time of death. Home at "The 
Lilacs," Shelter station, St. Louis co., Mo. 

2. Mary Rachel, b. 12 Dec, 1865; mar. 5 June, 1889, John 
D. La Croix, merchant, b. 7 Apr., 1856, son of Marcellus and wife, 
Adele Bayard; home, in Vincennes, Ind. 

3. Georgie Belle, b. 29 Jan., 1870; home, in St. Louis. 
Also three children who died in infancy. 


From Family No. 12. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, James, James, James L. 

James Lord Brackett was born August 14, 1835, in Cahokia, 
111., in the old Jarrot mansion, built about 1800; was educated in the 
Catholic schools of St. Louis; graduated from the school of Phar- 
macy in that city and for several years was in the drug business; for 
a time he was so engaged at Aspen, Col., and while there was more 
or less interested in mining ventures; returned to St. Louis and took 
a course of medicine, one in the Allopathic college and one in the 
Eclectic college; in his practice he favored the eclectic system; 
enjoyed a very extended practice and was noted for his charitable 
work; died January i, 1898. Married October 3, i860, Louise Subit, 
born January 20, 1843, daughter of Daniel Louis (died April 15, 
1884) and wife, Isaline Tourt (died September 5, 1896) natives of 
Geneva, Switzerland, came to America in 1849. Issue: 

1. Lawrence James, b. 28 June, 1861; d. 4 July, 1862. 

2, Darville S., b. 19 Sept., 1867. See family 39. 


From Family No. 12. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, James, James, Samuel J. 

Samuel J. Brackett was born October 9, 1837, in Belleville, 111.; 
was educated at the Christian Brothers' college in St. Louis; in 1853, 
began the study of dentistry under the celebrated Doctor Timmy, 
who subsequently went abroad and continued his practice in Berlin. 
Dr. Brackett was admitted to practice in 1859, and by assiduous labor 
and hard study won for himself not only fame but also a good income. 
In 1870, he made the tour of Europe and visited his old preceptor, 
who insisted that the scholar surpassed his teacher in their common 
field of labor. In 1878, he took a course in medicine and received 
the degree of M. D. later; he gained a reputation as a specialist. 
From about the time of his wife's death, his health failed though he 
never gave up his practice until a few months before his death. May 
13, 1894. Married in May, 1866, Elizabeth Webster, died April 18, 
* 3883; home, in St. Louis. Issue: 


1. Bertha Maj^ b. 25 Aug., 1867; mar. in Jan., 1888, Augustus 
Eiseman. Issue: 

1st. Valentina, b. in Jan., 1889. 

2nd. Augusta Hortense, b. in Mar., 1891; d. in Apr., 1893. 

3d. Samuel Brackett, b. in Sept., 1893. 


From Family No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, John, Allen, Charles A. 

Charles Allen Brackett was born December 31, 1830, in China, 
Me.; in his younger days after reaching manhood was for several 
years on the Pacific slope; died March 21, 1894, in Pembroke, Giles 
count}', Va.; married in Boston, September 29, 1853, bj' Rev. Mr. 
A. L. Stone, to Abby Benson, born July 3, 1834, in China, died 
October 26, 1857, in Indian Valley, Sierra county, Cal., daughter of 
of Rev. Mr. Dudley W. Benson and wife, Elizabeth Doe Benson. 

1. Abbie Octavia, b. 8 Oct., 1857, in Indian Valley, Sierra county, 
Cal.; mar. 15 Mar., 1887, Alvah P. Mosher; resides in China, Me. 
Mr. Mosher is a farmer. Issue: 

1st. Sara B., b. 26 Mar., 1889; d. 17 May, 1901. 

2nd. Alice K., b. 13 June, 1896. 


From Family No. 13. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, John, Allen, Horace W. 

Horace Wiley Brackett, of Boston, Mass., was born October 26. 
1833, in China, Me.; mariner, was vessel owner, engaged in coasting 
trade; voyaged to West Indies and ports on western coast of Europe; 
one of his vessels while on the stocks was burned in the Belfast (Me.) 
fire of 1873; since about 1880 has resided in Boston; served during 
the civil war in the L^nited States navy as acting ensign from January 
21, 1864 to September 6, 1865, when he resigned. Married August 
12, 1862, Marinda I. Stone, born December 8. 1835. Issue: 

1. Isabella Allen, b. 13 Nov., 1868; mar. William H. Ensworth, 
M. D. Resides in East Boston, Mass. 

2. WiUiam Allen, who d. i Mar., 1873. 

3. Marian W., b. 4 Apr., 1875. 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, John, James H., Myron. 

Myron Brackett was born December i, 1850, in China, Me.; 
attended school at Galesville, Wis.; has served the town in which he 
lives, for several years, as chairman of its board of supervisors; as a 
member of the county board has serv'ed on several important com- 
mittees; is a farmer. Resides in the town of Eittle Falls, Monroe 
count}-, ten miles north of the city of Sparta, Wis. Keeps open 
house the year 'round. Should any reader go by his home, don't 
hesitate to stop; and, if the prospects are that you will not be seated at 


the first table, just mention that you know his brother and you will 
be seated at the right hand of the host. Married October 4, 1877, 
Agnes Blodgette, born in 1856, daughter of Hudson and wife, Eliza- 
beth McCumber, of Sparta, Wis. Issue: 

1. Mary Agnes, b. 12 July, 1880, in Little Falls, Wis.; mar. 
Albert Isensee, farmer in Little Falls, son of Andrew Isensee. Issue: 
Helen Agnes; Theresa lyola; Frances Harriet; Alberta Belle; Myron 
Brackett, b. 10 June, 1904; Mary Alice. 

2. Lola Warner, b. 22 Apr., 1882. 

3. Alice May, b. 25 Aug., 1884. 

4. Harriet Isabelle, b. 2 Feb., 1890. 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, John, James H., Herbert I. 

Herbert lerson Brackett was born December 18, 1859, in China, 
Me.; attended school at Galesville, Wis., and, Ind.; 
admitted to practice law in 1887; elected district attorney for Jackson 
county, Wis., fall of 1890; resided in Black River Falls, Wis., from 1884 
to 1893, and in Washington, D. C, since 1893; is a member of the 
board of pension appeals in the office cff the Secretary of the Interior, 
appointed in September, 1893; held the office of historian in Brackett 
Family Association since 1902. Married June 14, 1886, Catherine 
Williams, born August 22, 1863, in Calmus, Dodge county. Wis., 
daughter of Rev. Mr. David R. Williams; he was born in May, 1813, 
in Wales, died March 13, 1897, in Fox Lake, Wis., married Mary 
Richards, was son of Richard Williams; he married Sarah David, 
was son of William Owen (the father's Christian name became the 
son's surname); he lived at home farm. Cold Bach; neighborhood, 
Brithdir; town, Dolgelley; Meirionethshire. Mary Richards was born 
in September, 1820, died in September, 1890, was daughter of Hugh 
Richards and wife, Ellen, of Darouen, Montgomeryshire, Wales. 

1. Corinne E., b. 5 Apr., 1887, in Black River Falls, Wis. 

2. Catherine G., b. 10 June, 1892, in Black River Falls, Wis. 

3. James Herbert, b. 17 Aug., 1893, in Columbus, Wis. 



From Family No. 15. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, James, Luther, Frederick. 

Frederick Brackett was born December 20, 1840, in Weston, Me.; 
served in civil war in 6th Maine volunteer infantry from April 30, 
1 86 1 to December i, 1861, when he was discharged on account of 
physical disability. Was clerk in War Department from October 5, 
1863 to June 15, 1866; resigned and became bookkeeper for W. D. 
Washburn & Co., of Minneapolis. Was deputy collector of internal 
:;evenue from February 20, 1867 to August i, 1870; contractor for 



grading on N. P. R. R., in 1870 and 1871. Engaged in insurance 
and real estate business from 1872-6. Served as clerk in United 
States Senate in 1877; clerk in general land office from April 2, 1877 
to September 3, 1883; resigned and became land attorney for the St. 
Paul M. M. R. R. and other roads in Minnesota. Appointed July 
27, 1885, A. A. general of G. A. R., with headquarters in Washing- 
ton. Also appointed secretary of Harrison inaugural committee in 
1888; March 25, 1889 special agent of customs; April i, 1889, chief 
clerk of United States Treasury Department, salary $3,000; March 
26, 1890, major of 2nd battalion ist regiment of militia of District of 
Columbia; resigned August 31, 1891, and appointed September i, 
1 89 1, special agent of Treasury Department at salary of $2,920 per 
annum and traveling expenses, to visit France, England, Spain and 
Portugal to give information to intending exhibitors as to the customs 
regulations for the admission of foreign exhibits to the World's Col- 
umbian exposition, for which he was appointed by the exposition 
authorities a special commissioner. Appointed September i, 1891, 
delegate to the International convention for the protection of immi- 
grants, held at Paris; ordered July 26, 1892, as attache on the staff 
of Director-general Davis of the exposition, to supervise for him the 
acceptance of foreign exhibits; promoted November 11, 1892, to sal- 
ary of $4,745; resigned as special agent April 30, 1893. Appointed 
July I, 1894, general manager of Baltimore Centennial Exposition 
association; May 5, 1896, by the governor of Maryland, delegate to 
the Southern States Exposition convention at Atlanta, Ga.; October 
23, 1896, by the governor of Maryland as commissioner for Tennessee 
Centennial exposition; November i, 1896, secretarj^ of the McKinley 
inaugural committee; March 24, 1897, chief of the appointment divi- 
sion United States Treasur}- Department, salary $2,750. Was acting 
chief of United States secret service from January 7, 1898, to Febru- 
ary 21, 1898; resigned from Treasury Department August 15, 1898. 
Appointed August 16, 1898, secretar}^ and disbursing agent of the 
United States commission to the Paris exposition of 1900, salary 
$4,500 per annum; term of office expired by law August 15, 1901; 
engaged in private business until March 11, 1905, when he was 
appointed a clerk in the Treasur}^ Department. Married May 31, 
1866, Narcissa A. Shryock, born Januar}^ 26, 1S48, daughter of 
George W. and wife, Susannah Foard; her parents were born in 
Maryland, resided in Baltimore, Washington and Minneapolis. 

1. George Frederick, b. 8 Nov., 1868, in Minn., Minn.; mar. 28 
Oct., 1892, Bessie Rock; home, in Ridgewood, N. J. Issue: 

1st. Elizabeth Rock, b. 12 Oct., 1893, in New York city. 

2nd. Joseph Rock, b. 9 Dec, 1895, in New York city. 

2. Mina Adelaide, b. 3 Feb., 1870, in Minn., Minn.; mar. 14 
Nov., 1904, William Francis Mahon}^ b. 12 Dec, 1869, son of 
Daniel F. Mahonj^ b. in Cork, Ireland, and Katherin Malonej% b. 
in Dungarvan, Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Mahony reside in 
Washington, D. C, on Girard street. 

3. William Windom, b. 21 Sept., 1878, in Washington, D. C; 
mar. 17 Aug., 1904, Helen Thompson, nee Watson; home, in New- 
ark, N. J. 



From Family No. i6. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, James, Henry H., Henry H., Jr. 

Henry Hartwell Brackett, Jr., was born April 21, 1835, in Wes- 
ton, Me.; removed to Minnesota in 1857; home, in Minneapolis; is a 
stock dealer; married July 27, 1863, Aroline H. Varne}', born June 4, 
1839, daughter of Ira and wife, Eliza Luce, of Newburg, Me. Issue: 

1. Minnie, b. 17 Jan., 1865. 

2. Henry H., b. 22 Jan., 1869; d. — Sept., 1869. 

8. Guy Hartwell, b. 15 Mar., 1871; d. — Sept., 1871. 

4. Chauncy Varney, b. 7 May, 1873; d — Sept., 1873. 

5. Grace Varney, b. 2 Oct., 1876. 


From Family No. 16. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, James, Henry H., George A. 

George Augustus Brackett was born September 16, 1836, in 
Calais, Me.; raised in Orono, Me., where he resided until his 
removal, in April, 1857, to Minneapolis. In business he was 
engaged, from soon after his arrival in Minneapolis, in conducting 
meat markets, and eventually became connected with a corporation 
engaged in packing beef and pork located at New Brighton, near 
Minneapolis. During the war he was a contractor, supplied beef for 
the use of a regiment, and in this connection w^as with the army 
which operated against the Sioux Indians. While hunting with a 
companion he was pursued by the Indians, and his companion, a 
lyieutenant Freeman, was killed. He made his escape after dis- 
mounting, while the Indians endeavered to capture their horses. 
After walking two hundred tvventj^-five miles he rejoined the army. 
Seven days had passed, during which he had but little provision; the 
fifth day's journey brought him back to where his companion was 
killed; however, with his new bearings he was able to reach his 
friends and safety. Several years subsequently to the war he was a 
contractor in constructing railroads. Held city offices from an early 
date after his arrival in Minneapolis, and in 1873 was elected mayor; 
later, was park commissioner, in which capacitj^ he rendered the city 
valuable service. Is an ardent advocate of the cause of temperance 
and has been closely identified with works of charity, having given 
large donations for the betterment of the unfortunate. He will be 
recalled to the memory of many by the mention of his connection 
with the Lord Gordon affair. A genuine Englishman — and a rogue 
— passed himself on Jay Gould as an English nobleman, under the 
title. Lord Gordon. Such a combination deceived Gould, who 
loaned it a half million; when he found that he had been imposed 
upon, Gould had the Englishman arrested. He obtained bail and 
fled to Manitoba. Mr. Brackett at the time was mayor of Minne- 
apolis, was induced to send his chief of police to Manitoba to arrest 
Gordon, and finally went himself to assist his chief. They and others 
secured Gordon, and in turn were .promptly arrested as kidnappers; 
afterwards were released. There was considerable bluster on the 
part of newspapers, and talk in certain centers of a rescue of Mr. 
Brackett by force. Matters quieted down and the affair was soon 


forgotten. Married August 19, 1858, Ann Maria Hoyt, born Jan- 
uary 16, 1837, in Portland; died December 8, 1890. Issue: 

1. Alfred H., b. 25 July, 1859; mar. Ida Godfrey of New Orleans. 

2. Mary L., b. 13 Aug., 1861; d. 30 Oct., 1862. 

3. Anna L., b. 23 Mar., 1863; d. 17 June, 1864. 

4. George S., b. 10 Dec, 1864; d. 17 Dec, 1865. 
o. William D., b. 20 Dec, 1867. See family 40. 

6. Susie Belle, b. 15 Jan., 1869; mar. Harry Dowling of Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

7. Thomas Thayer, b. 23 Dec, 1872; mar. Mary Montgomery of 
Portsmouth, N. H.; d. 19 Feb., 1901. No issue. 

8. Chapin Russel, b. 30 May, 1874. See family 41. 

9. James Darrow, b. 7 Apr., 1876; mar. Mary Gould. 

10. Frank Hoyt, b. 15 Jan., 1879. 

11. Karl Ivoring, b. 8 Nov., 1882. 


From Family No. 16. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, James, Henry H., William P. 

William Proctor Brackett was born February 26, 1857, in Orono, 
Me.; from his infancy has resided in Minneapolis; is a dealer in 
grain; married May 4, 1880, Hattie Belle Bryant, born September 
27, 1858. Issue: 

1. George Augustus, b. 31 Dec, 1880; d. 5 Feb., 1881. 

2. Charles Henry, b. 3 Dec, 1882; d. 12 Jul}^ 1893. 

3. Edgar Allen, b. 10 Jan., 1884. 

4. William Proctor, b. 2 Dec, 1890. 
o. Scott, b. 7 Jan., 1894. 


From Family No. 17. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, James, William, Gilbert L,. 

Gilbert Lafayette Brackett was born November 20, 1844, in 
Weston, Me., where he resided until his death, in the fall of 1905; 
was a farmer; married July 2, 1879, Hattie Fletcher, born March 12, 
1864, daughter of George and wife, MaryBrannen, of Forest city, Me. 

1. Marion, b. 7 Sept., 18S0. 

2. Thaxter, b. 25 July, 1882. 

3. Varney, b. 14 May, 1886. 

4. Addie, b. 25 Sept., 1889. 

5. Edward, b. 5 July, 1895. 
C. Inez, b. 7 Mar., 1897. 

7. Phyllis, b. i June, 1899. 



From Family No. i8. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, James, James L., Oscar. 

Oscar Brackett was bora February 6, 1850, in Corinth, Me.; 
when a young man he went to Montana, where he has since resided; 
is engaged extensively in stock-raising; married September 18, 1891, 
Ella Lewis, born January 17, 1865, daughter of Amos Hibbs Lewis 
and wife, Mary Carr Ykaddyn, of Harrison county, Ohio; resides in 
Terry, Custer county, Montana. Issue: 

1. Frank Hibbs, b. 28 July, 1892; d. 3 Aug., 1905. He came to 
his death b)^ drowning; was with his sisters in bathing in a reservoir 
which his father had built for irrigating purposes, and accidently got 
in too deep water. 

2. Edith M., b. 7 Mar., 1894. 

3. Constance E., b. 2 Dec, 1895. 
•4. Evelyn C, b. 26 Apr., 1899. 


From Family No. 22. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, Joseph, Joseph, Hiram, Frank. 

Frank Brackett was born February 9, 1853, in Ashland, Me.; is 
a land surveyor; home, in Pine city, Minn.; married November 9, 
1887, Mary Sawyer, born in 1861, daughter of Frank and wife, Mary 
, of Rush city, Minn. Issue: 

1. Sidney, b. 10 Aug., 1889. 

2. Emily Linn, b. 17 Feb., 1891. 

3. Annie, b. 3 Apr., 1892. 

4. Mary Delia, b. 16 Mar., 1894. 

5. Elbridge Ernest, b. 7 Mar., i8g6. 

6. Thomas Reed,.b. 24 Mar., 1898. 

7. Myrtia V., 18 Mar., 1900. 


From Family No. 27. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, James, James, James, James E., Darville S. 

Darville Sheridan Brackett was born September 19, 1867, near 
Sedalia, in Pettis county, Missouri; lived in St. Louis since infancy; 
educated at Washington university, in St. Louis; has been engaged 
in commercial life since he left college, and now (1906) is second 
vice president of the Ralston Purina company, manufacturers of the 
Ralston breakfast food. Married December 18, 1889, in Cincinnati, 
Victoria Devonport, born May 6, 1870, daughter of Thomas and wife, 
Elizabeth , of England. Issue: 

1. Louise Hortense, b. 24 July, 1891. 

2. Beatrice, b. 22 Mar., 1897; is dec. (Sept., 1904). 




From Family No. 35. Descent: Anthon3^ Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, James, Henry H., George A., William D. 

William Davidson Brackett was born December 20, 1867, in 
Minneapolis, Minn.; is a manufacturing machinist; home, in Minne- 
apolis; married June 14, 1893, Cora Shryer, born August 12, 1870, 
daughter of Thomas W. and wife, Mollie Russell. Issue: 
1. Thomas Shryer, b. 23 Mar., 1902. 


From Family No. 35. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
James, Joseph, James, Henry H., George A., Chapin R. 

Chapin Russell Brackett was born May 30, 1874, in Minneapolis, 
in which cit}^ he has lived all his life; married December 31, 1902, 
Mary Dipple, born November 16, 1876, in Minneapolis, daughter of 
Russell and wife, Ella Judd. Issue: 
1. John Chapin, b. 13 Oct., 1903. 







From Chapter VIII. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 

Joshua Brackett, the youngest son of Samuel Brackett and wife, 
Elizabeth Emery, was born in Berwick, July 9, 1728. In the records 
of the First church is recorded his baptism under date of August 25, 
1728. Berwick was his dwelling place until about 1780, when he 
removed to that part of the town of Shapleigh now in the town of 
Acton, York county. Me., where he resided the remainder of his 
long life. At the time of his removal to Shapleigh several of his sons 
were men grown. All his sons accompanied him and were residents 
of the town; his descendants there and in the neighboring towns are 
numerous. He was drafted to serve in the Continental army; his 
oldest son served as his substitute. 

As early as 1758, while living in Berwick, he was elected to the 
office of surveyor of lands, which he continued to hold for several 
years. He was chosen selectman of the town of Shapleigh for the 
years 1785 to 1790, and 1792 to 1795, inclusive. 

In Berwick and in Shapleigh, he followed farming. He lived to 
the advanced age of ninety- four years, and survived all his brothers 
except one; his death occurred on January 3, 1822. Married De- 
cember 3, 1755, Anna Libby, baptized February 9, 1735, daughter of 

Benjamin; he was born April 5, 171 1, married Sarah , died in 

17 — , was son of Deacon Benjamin; he was born June 4, 1682, lived in 
Scarborough, married December 20, 1707, Sarah Stone, died Novem- 
ber 9, 1768, was son of John; he was probably born in England, mar- 
ried Agnes , he was son of John, the immigrant, born in Eng- 
land, in 1602, was in the employ of John Winter. 

Sarah Stone was born August 23, 1686, was daughter of Daniel; 
he was born about 1643, married September 19, 1670, Patience Good- 
win, died in 1713. Patience Goodwin died about 1716, was daughter 
of Daniel; he died before 1673, was probably son of Daniel and wife, 
Dorothy Barker, of Oxford, England, who died before 1625. Issue: 

1. Mary, bapt. 29 Aug., 1757; mar. 12 Sept., 1776, Silas Hurd. 

2. Joshua, b. 14 Mar., 1758. See family 2. 

3. Jacob, b. 14 Aug., 1760. See family 3. 

4. Benjamin, b. in 1763. See family 4. 

5. Simeon, b. 3 Mar., 1765. See family 5. 

6. Levi, b. 30 Aug., 1767. See family 6. 

7. Hannah, bapt. 3 June, 1770; mar. Joseph Dore; had dau., 
Patience B., who mar. 15 Apr., 1819, Andrew Eibby. Issue: 


1st. Hannah Brackett Libby, b. ii Aug., 1821; d. 16 Dec, 

2nd. Andrew Brackett Libby, b. 6 Apr., 1823; d. 18 Sept., 

3d. Mary Hutchings Brackett, b. 15 Mar., 1827; d. 16 Sept., 

8. Jotham, b. 28 Apr., 1772. See family 7. 

9. Sally, bapt. 5 July, 1774: mar. Samuel Felch; d. in 1851. 

10. Jonathan, b. in 1779. See family 8. 



From Family No. 1. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Joshua. 

Joshua Brackett was born March 14, 1758, in Berwick; was 
baptized March 26, 1758. He served as a private from August to 
November, 1776, in Captain Samuel Leighton's company, Colonel 
Francis' regiment; also served four months, beginning in August, 
1777, in Captain Samuel Grant's company, Colonel Joseph Storer's 
regiment. In his claim for pension, he saw fit to give an account of 
the operations in which his regiment participated; this he did in a 
clear and concise style. He stated that his father, Joshua, Sr., was 
drafted, in August, 1776, to serve in Captain vSamuel Leighton's 
company, which organization was to join the arni}^ at Boston; that 
he offered to serve in his father's stead; to this his father refused to 
consent until he was informed that it was the intention of the son to 
enlist whether he served in lieu of his father or not; joined the com- 
pany at Quampheagan landing, in Berwick; marched to Dorchester, 
where the company joined Colonel Francis' regiment; remained in 
Dorchester four months and then returned in Berwick. That in 
August, 1777, his father was again drafted for service; that, — "I, 
Joshua Brackett, Jr., had the year before served a four months' cam- 
paign and had a comfortable time, so I offered to take the place of 
my father this time also, or to enlist with said Captain Grant. My 
father said if I would go I might a second time take his place. I 
accordingly had my name substituted on the roll by the captain in 
place of my father's. The company iiiet at Quampheagan, in Ber- 
wick; from there we marched to Andover in Massachusetts, to draw 
arms; from thence we went to Bennington, Vermont, and arrived 
there the day after the battle at that place with the Tories and Hes- 
sians. I think General Stark commanded in that battle. We tarried 
at Bennington about twenty-four hours; from thence we marched to 
Stillwater and joined the Continental army in the regiment of Colonel 
Joseph Storer of Kennebunk. Our major was a Mr. Eittlefield from 
the town of Wells * * * i was at the taking of General Burgoyne; 
in a part of the battle General Gates commanded our brigade. 
About 10 o'clock P.M., cannon were fired, the drums immediately 
beat to arms, and the battle soon commenced. In about two hours 
the British gave way but still kept firing on the retreat. There were 
scattering guns until dark. We laid on our arms all night. The 


next day there was not much fighting. The British soon after took 
up their march for Saratoga. We followed them to Saratoga, where, 
in the course of a fortnight the British sent in a flag of truce and 
soon after surrendered. From Saratoga we marched to Albany (N. 
Y.); and from there to Oueman's Heights about twelve miles below 
Albany, and I, with twenty others, was sent about sixty miles to 
guard some beef at Weatherton, where I continued until discharged. 
The captain paid me sixty dollars at Berwick. All of said money 
run down in my hands and was good for nothing." 

His claim for pension was allowed at eight dollars per month, 
and pension at that rate was paid him until his death. Although 
the oldest of the sons of Joshua Brackett, Sr., but two of his brothers 
survived him; he died November 22, 1851, in the ninetj^-fourth year 
of his age. Soon after the close of the War of the Revolution he 
removed from Berwick to Shapleigh, in which latter town he dwelt 
until he died. 

He had good mental gifts and a fair education; was highly 
respected by all who knew him, and in his old age was a favorite 
with his fellow townsmen. Although he had no sons, there are 
descendants of his who bear his surname, a singularity that is 
explained in the account of the life of his well remembered daughter, 
Polly; was a farmer. He married vSeptember 10, 1784, Mar}- Tib- 
bets, of Shapleigh. Issue: 

1. Polly, b. in 1786. See family (>. 

2. Sally, b. in 1788; mar. James Willey, who d. 29 Aug., 1869. 

3. Agnes, b. 25 Oct., 1798; mar. 10 Feb., 1822, Samuel Sanborn, 
b. 18 Dec, 1796; resided in Milton, N. H., and North Berwick. 

1st. Infant, b. and d. in 1824. 

2nd. Mary, b. 30 Apr., 1825; d. 11 Sept., 1829. 

3d. Joshua, b. 11 Apr., 1827; mar. 15 Feb., 1849, Esther 

4th. Mary, b. i Aug., 1830; mar. in 1850, Hatch, of Kenne- 

5th. Martha, b. 28 June, 1834; d. 16 June, 1844. 

4. Lydia, b. in 1808; never mar. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Jacob. 

Jacob Brackett was born August 14, 1760, in Berwick; with his 
father went, soon after the close of the War of the Revolution, to 
Shapleigh, now Acton, in which town he dwelt until his death, Sep- 
tember 29, 1829; was a farmer. Married May i, 1796, in I^ebanon, 
Hannah Wentworth, born February, 25, 1777, died August 3, 1866, 
daughter of Gersom Wentworth; he was born August 28, 1742, 
married Hannah Young, was son of Captain William; he was born 
August 14, 1698, lived in Somersworth, N. H., married (2nd) Abra 
Evans, died about 1779, was son of Benjamin and wife, Sarah Allen, 
probably a daughter of John, of Salisbury, she died July 12, 1770, 
age, ninety-one years; Benjamin was son of Elder William, the 
immigrant. Abra Evans was daughter of John, who was son of 


Thomas, who married Hannah Brown. The farm which Jacob 
Brackett owned is now the property of his grandsons, George D., and 
Elmer H. Brackett. Issue: 

1. Rufus W., b. I Apr., 1798. See family 10. 

2. Maria, b. 24 June, 1800; d. 7 Feb., 1868; mar. James Fernald, 
a Free Will Baptist minister; lived in Saco. Children: EliB.; Han- 
nah, mar. Rev. Daniel Jackson; Sophia N.; Susan, mar. William 
Frye, had Alice. William and Susan; Mary, mar. Leavitt; James: 
George; Cassius. 

3. Eli, b. 5 May, 1802; d. 10 Aug., 1818. 

4. Sophia, b. 5 Aug., 1804; d. 15 June, 1875; mar. Samuel 
Nesbit. Child, Sophronia, who mar. Henry Cadworth, and had 
Emma and Francis. 

5. Israel, b. 18 Dec, 1806; d. 19 Apr., 1807. 

6. Harriet, b. i Feb., 1808; d. 2 Oct., 1883; mar. Hubbard 
Stevens; home, in Acton. Children: Hannah, mar. James Mudgett; 
Joanna; Susan; John, served in 5th Me. vol. inf., mar. Nellie Weeks; 
Mary, mar. Wesley; Jacob, mar, Shapleigh, had Rosa and Harriet. 

7. Clarissa, b. 23 June, 1810; d. 18 Nov., 1821. 

8. Susan, b. 9 Aug., 1812; mar. Theodore Stevens; lived in Saco. 
Children: Mary, mar. Edwin Hasty; Jacob, had Frank, Elmer and 
Lenora; Theodore; Eunice; Milton; John; Clarissa; Charles; Belle; 

9. William, b. 31 Aug., 18 14; d. 8 May, 1891; mar. Mahalia 

10. Eliza G., b. 13 Mar., 1817; d. 20 June, 1898; mar. George 
W. Prescott; home, in Acton. Children: Harriet, mar. Frank B. 
Winchell, had Henry and Myrtie; George, mar., had Harry; Elmira, 
mar. W. O. Shapleigh; Oreanna. mar. N. B. Shapleigh; Oren, mar., 
and had Frank; Hannah; Mary; Sarah; Clara. 

11. Jacob, b. 26 Dec, 1820. See family 11. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Benjamin. 

Benjamin Brackett was born in 1763, in Berwick; removed with 
his father's family to the town of Shapleigh, now Acton, where he 
resided until his death, October 25, 1835, in the seventy-third year of 
his age; was a farmer; married (ist) — — Tibbetts; (2nd) Hannah 
Merrill; (3d) Mrs. Hepziah Merrill (maiden name probably Hurd), 
born in 1779. Issue: 

1. Sally, b. in 1795; was child by first wife; mar. Nathan Merrill; 
had children, Brackett; John; Asa; George; Martha; Mary; Han- 
nah, and one other that d. in infancy. 

2. Benjamin, b. 29 Sept., 1813. See family 12. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Simeon. 

Simeon Brackett was born March 3, 1765, in Berwick; was bap- 
tized April 28, 1765; removed to Shapleigh, now Acton, soon after 


the close of the War of the Revolution, where he dwelt until his death, 
January 31, 1829; was a farmer and blacksmith; married Hannah 
Goodwin, born February 19, 1775, died March 27, 1861, daughter of 
Nathan Goodwin. Issue: 

1. Levi, b. 15 July, 1793; d. 22 Dec, 1820. 

2. Permelia, b. 22 June, 1795; mar. Moses Folsom. 

3. Rhoda, b. 19 Apr., 1798; d. 2 Dec, 1820. 

4. Cyrus, b. 21 Dec, 1799; d. 3 July, 1841. 

5. Charlotte, b. 30 Apr., 1802; d. 30 Oct., 1820. 

6. Simeon, b. i Feb., 1804; d. 22 Dec, 1815. 

7. Hannah, b. 8 Feb., 1806; mar. Jethro Goodwin; d. 5 Oct., 1875. 

8. Maria, b. 17 Apr., 1808; mar. William Pindar. 

9. Augusta, b. 4 Aug., i8i'o; d. 31 Oct., 1816. 

10. Sophronia, b. 22 Sept., 1812; mar. Zenas Sawyer; d. 27 
Aug., 1879. 

11. Russell, b. 22 Sept., 1815; mar. Eunice Hanson; d. 20 Sept., 
1 85 1. Issue: 

1st. Angeline, b. about 1841. 

2nd. Abbie, b. about 1843. 

3d. Charles, b. about 1845. 

4th. Cyrus, b. about 1847; was killed during the civil war. 

5th. Edwin, b. about 1849. 

12. Nathan G., b. 14 July, 1818. See family 13. 


From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Devi. 

Eevi Brackett was born August 30, 1767, in Berwick; baptized 
March 30, 1768; when past the age of twenty years, he removed to 
the town of Shapleigh, now Acton, where he dwelt tmtil his death, 
October 22, i860; was a farmer; married April 9, 1797, Lydia Hub- 
bard, born in May, 1772, in Berwick, died November 7, 1862. Issue: 

1. Asa, b. 29 Jan., 1799. See family 14. 

2. Susan, b. 9 Feb., 1801; mar. in 1827, Ira Brackett. Issue (see 
fam. 18, this div.). 

3. Cyrena B., b. 27 Dec, 1802; d. 7 Jan., 1819. 

4. Joshua, b. 6 Jan., 1805; was a farmer; lived in Acton; d. 26 
July, 1881; mar. Jane Pendleton, b. about 1816. Issue: 

1st. Elizabeth, b. about 1846; mar. Calvin Brackett. Issue 
(see fam. 14, this div.). 

5. Euther, b. 9 Feb., 1807; d. in Feb., 1816. 

6. Eevi, b. 6 Apr., 1809. See family 15. 


From Family No. I. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Jotham. 

Jothani Brackett was born April 28, 1772, in Berwick; was bap- 
tized July 5, 1774; from shortly prior to 1790, to January 3, 1857, 
the date of his death, dwelt in Acton; was a farmer; at one time was 
postmaster; married Margaret Dearborn, born May 12, 1781, died 
December 22, i860. Issue: 

1. Simon D., b. 22 Dec, 1800. See family 16. 



From Family No. i. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Jonathan. 

Jonathan Brackett was born in 1779, in Berwick; was the young- 
est son of Joshua Brackett and wife, Anna I^ibby; was in his child- 
hood when his father removed to Acton; dwelt in Acton until his 
death, which occurred shortly after 1850; after his wife's death he 
lived with his son Ira; was a farmer; married July 3, 1800, in I^eba- 
non, Me., Sally Jones, who died before 1850. Issue: 

1. John, b. about 1800. See family 17. 

2. Ira, b. 28 Apr., 1802. See family 18. 

3. Mark, b. about 1804. See family 18 A. 

4. Hannah, is dec; mar. Quimby. 

5. James, never mar.; is dec. 

6. Jonathan, never mar.; is dec. 

7. Betsey, is dec; married Tristam Grant. 



From Family No. 2. Descent: Anthony. Thomas, Samuel, Samuel. 
Joshua, Joshua. Polty. 

Polly Brackett was the oldest daughter of Joshua and was born in 
Acton in 1786; married Ezra Hutchins. Further knowledge of the 
life of this person would not have been made known to the reader, 
but for descendants of Joshua Brackett claiming descent from him in 
a male line. The information written by these descendants precluded 
the probability of a mistake, on their part, of being his descendants, 
and, therefore, inquiry was made of Mr. George Dana Brackett, of 
Acton, a gentleman, who, if he did not know a matter asked with ref- 
erence to the Bracketts of Acton, would find it out for you. Mr. 
Brackett answered that he had talked with a Mr. Joshua Sanborn, a 
grandson of Joshua, and that Mr. Sanborn informed him that Joshua 
Brackett never had a son; "or," to use the language of Mr. George 
D. Brackett, "in other words that his mother never had a brother." 
It is submitted that this is pretty direct and positive testimony; still it 
was not satisfactory. Accordingly the letters of the alleged descend- 
ants were forwarded to Mr. Brackett. In about three months he 
unraveled the snarl. The marriage of Polly was an unhappy one; 
she and her husband Ezra, left Acton and shortly she returned with a 
son, James by name, who. she vowed, should never be known by the 
name of Hutchins. And she made good her vow; he was known by 
the name of James Brackett; probablj^ he, himself, never knew the 
name of Hutchins. She with her son left Acton when he was quite 
young. "The people here don't remember him," wrote Mr. Brackett; 
"They only know what they have heard * * *. My idea is that this 
young man's great-grandfather was Ezra Hutchins; that his grand- 
father was the boy, James, whose right name was Hutchins, but was 
called Brackett. If I am not right I do not know how to get at the 
right of it." The 3'oung man referred to gave his line of descent 


from Joshua as follows: Ezra, James, Joshua H. (his father). The 
old residents knew nothing of an Ezra Brackett ever having lived in 
the town; so the statement that there was such person who was a son 
of Joshua, has little to rest upon. Hutchins was a tin peddler; he fell 
dead off his cart, from apoplexy. Polly, or properly Mary Brackett, 
was a person of force of character and determination, and in our da}^ 
would be called strenuous. What she willed to do she did. The 
census of 1850 shows that she was living in Acton, a member of her 
father's family. She died before i860. Issue: 
1. James, b. about 1807. See family 19. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Jacob, Rufus W. 

Rufus W. Brackett was born in Acton, Me., April i, 1798; 
always lived in Acton; was a farmer; was town clerk in 1832, 1833; 
selectman from 1850 to 1854, and representative in the legislature in 
1841; died June 25, 1871. Married December 28, 1837, Mariam L. 
Hussey, born July 22, 1817, died September 6, 1869, daughter of 
Richard and wife, Alice Thompson. Jssue: 

1. John F., b. 17 Aug., 1839; unmar. 

2. George D., b. 28 June, 1845. See family 20. 

3. Clara E., b. 4 Sept., 1850; mar. 3 Jan., 1870, John F. Edge- 
comb, farmer, b. 3 May, 1844, sou of John and wife, Jane E. Furlong, 
of Holiis, Me.; home, in Acton. Issue: 

1st. Charles R., b. 21 Apr., 1871; mar. 28 Oct., 1899, Rose N. 
Stevens; home, in Milton Mills, N. H.; have child, Clara P. 

2nd. Hattie A., b. 19 Apr., 1872; mar. 4 June, 1896, Harvey 
F. Winchell; home, in South Acton; children are Dana P.; Nelson F. 

4. Charles C, b. 28 Sept., 1852; d. 28 July, 1884; mar. Elizabeth 
Furlong. No issue. 


From Family No. 3. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Jacob, Jacob. 

Jacob Brackett was born December 26, 1820, in Acton, Me., 
where he resided all his life; married October 8, 1848, Abigail P. 
Swansey, who died April 3, 1858; married (2nd) June 7, 1859, Belinda 
B. Folsom. Issue: 

1. Elmer Hand, resides in Canton, 

2. Lillian M., resides in Maiden, Mass. 


PVom Family No. 4. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Benjamin, Benjamin. 

Benjamin Brackett was born September 29, 1813, in Acton, in 
which town he resided until his death, Januarj^ 21, 1894; a farmer; was 
selectman in 1849; married December 20, 1835, Elinor Chamberlain, 
born October 26, 1813, died April 15, 1883, daughter of Josiah and 
wife, Bethiah Eowell. Issue: 


1. Hannah B., b. 26 Oct., 1836; mar. 14 Dec, 1867, John C. Buck, 
b. 21 Nov., 1826. d. 30 June, 1896, son of Dr. Reuben and wife, AHce 
Jacqueth; home, in Milton Mills, N. H. Mrs. Buck supplied data 
relative to the descendants of her grandfather, Benjamin Brackett, and 
to the descendants of several of his brothers. Issue: 

1st. Herbert H., b. 31 Oct., 1868. 
2nd. Ella B., b. 19 Aug., 1870. 
3d. Horatio, b. 6 Juh^ 1873. 

4th. Herman ly., b. 11 July, 1875; mar. Grace H. Brackett (see 
familv 20, this division). 

5th. J. Mott, b. 17 Nov., 1878. 

2. Charles, b. 20 Apr., 1838; never mar.; d. 26 Sept., 1896. 

3. Ella, b. 3 Jan., 1852; d. 18 Jan., 1869. 


From Family No. 5. Descent: Anthou}, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Simeon, Nathan G. 

Nathan G. Brackett was born Juty 14, 1818, in Acton; about 
1850 removed to Dexter, Me., where he has since resided; for many 
years was overseer in a woolen mill; later was a farmer; now (1903) 
retired; married July 7, 1844, Mary E. Towle, born January' 4, 1824, 
daughter of Joel Bean Tow4e and wife, Eois Roberts. Issue: 

1. Mary Viola, b. 13 Mar., 1847; mar. 23 Feb., 1864, Thomas H. 
Pierce, lawyer, son of Storer and wafe, Charlotte Buzzel. Issue: 

1st. Eddie Brackett, b. 18 Mar., 1869. 

2nd. Mary Elizabeth, b. 12 Aug., 1871; mar. 16 Mar., 1892, 
Harris L. Tillson, son of Isaac and wife, Ellen Drake; home, in Dex- 
ter. Issue: 

I.. Rufus, b. 18 May, 1895. 

2. John Russell, b. 8 Aug., 1854; d. 25 Jan., 1863. 

3. Fannie, b. 21 Ma3% 1857; mar, i Dec, 1883, Eyman R. 
Damon, son of Frederick A. and wife, Charity Farrow. No issue. 


From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Levi, Asa. 

Asa Brackett was born January 29, 1799, in Acton; resided in 
South Acton where he died SeptemlDer 13, 1882; was selectman from 
1832-40, and town representative in legislature 1838, 1839. Married 
July 26, 1840, Elizabeth Olive Hubbard, born April 17, 1822, died 
September 10, 1877. Issue: 

1. Calvin H., b. 30 Oct., 1842; mar. 28 Sept., 1867, Elizabeth 
Brackett. b. about 1846 (see fam. 6, this div.). Issue: 

1st. Hallis Eugene, b. 8 Nov., 1872. 
2nd. Stella M., b. 20 Mar., 1880. 

2. Abby Jane, b. 24 May, 1841; mar. 24 Apr., 1858, M. B. F. 
Dalton; d. 8 Aug., 1862. Issue: 

1st. Carrie A., b. 15 July, 1859. 
2nd. Clarence J., b. 23 Nov., 1861. 


3. Lydia Ann, b. 8 Mar., 1846; mar. 27 Nov., 1863, M. B. F. 
Dalton. Issue: 

1st. William Edwin, b. 10 Jan., 1872. 
2nd. lyinnie Gertrude, b. 15 Sept., 1874. 
3d. Lula Olivia, b. 8 June, 1879. 

4. Asa Jefferson, b. 29 Apr., 1848; mar. 15 Nov., 1879, Janette 
Hubbard. Issue: 

1st. Marcia Ella, b. 4 Sept., 1873. 
2nd. Grace Ethel, b. 9 May, 1877. 

5. Aaron H., b. 8 May, 1852. See family 21. 


From Family No. 6. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Levi, Levi. 

Levi Brackett was born April 6, 1809, in Acton; when a N^oung 
man he went to Gloucester, Mass., which city he made his home; 
there married Elizabeth A. Brown, who died October 17, 1893; was a 
miller; died December 26, 1890. Issue: 

1. Levi, who died in Andersonville, Ga., during the civil war. 

2. Asa, resided in Gloucester; mar„ Betsey D ; he d. 26 Mar., 

1900. Issue: 

1st. Herman, b. 8 Aug., 1885. 

2nd. George Elmer, b. ; resides in Boston. 


From Family No. 7. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel,, 
Joshua, Jotham, Simon D. 

Simon Dearborn Brackett was born December 22, 1800, in Acton; 
died in i860; was a farmer; married Sarah Brackett, born about 1801, 
daughter of Moses Brackett (see div. 8, fam. 6). Issue: 

1. Pauline, mar. George Brown; d. in Ma}^ 1886. 

2. Elizabeth, b. i Jan., 1826; d. 3 Aug., 1831. 

3. Mary A., b. 29 Nov., 1827; d. 29 July, 1831. 

4. Sarah, b. 6 June, 1829; d. 11 June, 1833. 

5. Experience, b. in 1832; mar. Isaac Glidden; d. in Aug., 1887. 

6. John, b. 28 Feb., 1833; d. 7 July, 1833. 

7. Mary E., b. 13 June, 1834; d. 7 Dec, 1838. 

8. Moses D., b. 3 Mar., 1837. See family 22. 

9. Phoeba Ann, b. in 1839; mar. Dodge. 

10. Cyrus, b. 9 Sept., 1842; was a soldier in the civil war; d. in 
Port Royal, Md., 23 May, 1862; ser\'ed in co. K., New Hampshire 
battalion. New England vol. cav. 

11. Sarah, b. in 1843, mar. William Major; d. in Nov., 1885. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Jonathan, John. 

John Brackett was born about 1800, in Acton; was a farmer; 
removed to Athens, Me.; married Lois Ricker. Issue: 

1. William, who d. about 1834. 

2. Mary. 

3. John, b. about 1838. See family 23. 



From Family No. 8. Descent: Aiithon3% Thomas, Samuel, Samuel. 
Joshua, Jonathan, Ira. 

Ira Brackett was born April 28. 1802, in Acton; was a farmer; 
always resided in Acton; died September 24, 1877; married about 1827, 
Susan Brackett, born February 9, 1801, died October 21, 1872, daugh- 
ter of Levi Brackett (see fam. 6. this div. ). Issue: 

1. lyUther, b. 28 Nov., 1828. See famih' 24. 

2. Susan Abby, b. 9 Aug., 1830; d. in Apr., 1861. 

3. Ira F., b. 17 Dec, 1832; mar. in Oct., 1854, Abby Bradford; 
d. in June, 1866. Issue: 

1st. Flora Belle, who juar. Simpson; home, in Berwick. 

4. Levi H., b. 12 Mar., 1839. See family 25. 


From Family No. 8. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Jonathan, Mark. 

Mark Brackett was born about 1804; but little has been learned 
with certainty concerning him; he perhaps was a farmer and resided 
in Acton; probably died before i860; married Ann Grant who was 
born in 1810; she was living (1906) in Manchester. N. H. Letters 
addressed to her on the subject of the family history elicited no replies. 
Lssue, as shown by census of 1850: 

1. Ezinah, b. about 1832; a shoemaker. 

2. Eliza, b. about 1833. 

3. Charles W., b. 22 Mar., 1836. See family 26. 

4. John, b. about 1838; in i860, was a shoemaker in Acton; a sol- 
dier in the civil war; served in co. F., 8th Me. vol. inf.. enlisted 5 
Oct., 1861, dis. 21 Jan., 1862. 

5. George W.. b. about 1841; shoemaker in Acton in i860; served 
in CO. F., 8th Me. vol. inf.. enlisted 7 Sept., 1861, dis. in 1864. 

6. Martha, b. about 1844. 

7. Frances E., b. about 1845; is dec. 

8. Julietta A., b. about 1849. 



From Family No. 9. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, 
Joshua, Joshua, Polly, James. 

James Brackett was born about 1807. In 1850, he was a resident 
of St. George in Lincoln count}-; was a farmer; died in 1886. Mar- 
ried Rebecca , born in 181 5, probably died before 1880. The 

census of 1880 shows a James Brackett living in the town of Rockland, 
Knox county, a widower, age seventy-three, occupation, peddler; 
father born in New Hampshire and mother born in Maine. Issue: 
1. Marian, b. about 1836. 


2. Joshua Henry, b. 20 May, 1838, in St. George; removed to 
Hartford, Conn., thence in 1883, to Worcester, Mass.; is a tinsmith; 
mar. 7 Dec, 1873, Ann Garrity, b. 20 Apr., 1843, d. 21 Mar., 1896, 
dau. of David and wife, Elizabeth Smith, of Hartford, Issue: 

1st. John James, b. i Sept., 1878; mattress-maker. 
2nd. Thomas Henry, b. 23 Apr., 1877. 

3. George, b. about 1843. 

4. Abigail, b. about 1845. 


From Family No. 10. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Joshua, Jacob, Rufus W., George D. 

George Dana Brackett was born June 28, 1845, in Acton, in which 
town he now resides; is a contractor and builder. Supplied data rela- 
tive to the descendants of his grandfather and otherwise materially 
aided in compiling this history; married October 14, 1871, Annette 
Titcomb, born Maj' 11. 1844, daughter of Oliver and wife, Hannah 
Wentworth. Issue: 

1. Arthur D., b. 30 July, 1874. in Boston; business is plumbing 
specialties; resides in Boston. 

2. Grace H., b. 13 Dec, 1881; mar. 4 Sept., 1902, Herman L,. 
Buck (see fam. 12, this div.). 


From Family No. 14. Descent: Anthony. Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Joshua, Levi, Asa, Aaron H. 

Aaron Hubbard Brackett was born May 8, 1852, in Acton; is a resi- 
dent of Kittery, Me., and is employed as a messenger in the Depart- 
ment of the Navy; married June 27, 1876, Phebe Bodwell, born June 
27, 1850, died January 20. 1891, daughter of Enoch and wife. Sarah 
J. Garvin, of Shapleigh, Me.; married (2nd) January 20. 1892, 
Eldora Webber, daughter of William G. and wife, Lucy Garvin, 
sister of Sarah. Issue: 

1. Mabel, b. i Feb., 1883. 

2. Ravmond Webber, b. 23 Feb., 1894. 

3. Russell A., b. 13 July, 1896. 


From Family No. 16. Descent: Anthony. Thomas, Samuel, vSam- 
uel, Joshua, Jotham, Simon D., Moses D. 

Moses Dearborn Brackett was born March 3, 1837; a shoemaker: 
resided in East Rochester, N. H. Served in company K, N. H. Bat- 
talion, ist N. E. V. C, enlisted October 12, 1861, discharged June 14, 
1862; also in company B, 5th N. H. volunteer infantry, enlisted 
August 14, 1863, discharged June 8, 1865; is deceased. Married in 
1853, Sarah J. Perkins, born in 1835, died in 1878, daughter of 

Stephen and wife, Lj^dia ; married (2nd) August 14, 1879, 

Sarah W.Wiggiii, born May 23, 1848, daughter of Hanson and wife, 
Judith Peirce. Issue: 

1. Frank L., b. 12 May, 1858; mar. Elizabeth Quinlan; home, in 
Dover, N. H. Issue: 


1st. Gracie S. 
2nd. Blanche F. 

2. John C, b. 15 Jan., i860; mar. Annie Breen; home, in Milton, 
N. H. 

3. Shirley, b. 6 Jan., 1880. 


From Family No. 17. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Joshua, Jonathan, John, John. 

John Brackett was born about 1838 in Athens, Me., died May 20, 
1888; lived in Harmony, later in Hartland, Me.; was a farmer; mar- 
ried, about 1861, Jane Labree, daughter of James and wife, Hannah 
Worthen, of Hartland. Issue: 

1. Leroy W., b. 7 Mar.^ 1863; is a blacksmith and carriage-maker 
in Hartland; mar. Aug. 20, 1889, L,ura M. Daggett, b. in 1874, dau. 
of George and wife, Philo S. Littlefield, of Athens, Me. Issue: 

1st. Edna ly., b. 15 June, 1891. 
2nd. Harry E., b. 21 Apr., 1897. 

2. Mary E., b. in Oct., 1865; mar. F. N. Joaquin; home, in 
Athens, Me. Issue: Frank and Mertie. 

3. Jennie B., b. 29 Jan., 1867; mar. Alphonsa Wilson; home, in 
Canaan, Me. Issue: 

1st. Edgar, b. 28 Apr., 1887. 
2nd. Clarence, b. 19 Nov., 1889. 
3d. Alton, b. 18 May, 1898. 

4. Flora H., b. 11 Apr., 1877; mar. Thomas Hartwell; home, in 
Hartland. Issue: 

1st. Clarence, b. 22 June, 1894. 


From Family No. 18. Descent: Anthony, Thomas, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Joshua, Jonathan, Ira, Euther. 

Euther Brackett was born November 28, 1828, in Acton; died 
February i, 1903, in Dover, N. H.; resided in Colebrook, Goffstown, 
and Dover, N. H., in Sanford, Me., and Medford, Mass.; was engaged 
in several lines, farming, lumbering and as stone mason. He took 
great interest in the family history and had good information relative 
to the Bracketts who lived in Acton. In 1850, there were eleven fam- 
ilies in the town whose ancestry he knew quite well. At the time he 
was correspon