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Vice-President Maine Genealogical Society 
Librarian of Bowdom College Honorary Member Minnesota Historical Society 

^rier i::rtrHir Isociation Member of Council, American Library Association 

Author "Little Genealogy 



State Historian 

Chaplain of National Home, Togus 


Librarian Maine Genealogical Society 






Copyright, 1909, 


New York. 


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JUL 23 1^09 


The records of Essex county, iMas- 
AYER sachusetts, have this name under 

many forms, such as : Aars, Aers, 
Aier, Aiere, Aiers, Air, Aires, Ares, Ayeres, 
Aver. Eayer, Eayre, Eyer, Eyers, Eyre. 

(I) The ancestors of most of the name in 
New England, and the earHest in Essex 
county was John Ayer. It is supposed that 
he came from England, and was living in 
Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1640, removed to 
Ipswich in 1646. next year to Haverhill, and 
died there March 31, 1657. His wife Hannah 
died October 8, 1688. Children: John, Re- 
becca, Robert, Thomas, Peter, JMary, Obadiah, 
Nathaniel and Hannah. The eldest received 
the homestead by will. 

(II) Cornet Peter, fourth son of John and 
Hannah Ayer, was born about 1633, perhaps 
in England, and was a freeman in Haverhill 
in May, i666. He was a farmer, member of 
general court 1683-85-89-90, and active in 
town aiifairs and in the Indian wars. He mar- 
ried, November i, 1659, Hannah, born June, 
1642, in Salisbury, daughter of William and 
Hannah (Goodale) Allen. She died De- 
cember 22, 1729. He died in Boston in Jan- 
uary, 1689. Children, born in Haverhill : 
Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Mary, Martha, Sam- 
uel, William, Rachel, Ebenezer. 

(III) Captain Samuel, eldest son of Cornet 
Peter and Hannah (Allen) Ayer, was born 
September 28, 1669, in Haverhill. He was a 
man of property, and owned a negro slave 
named Lot. He succeeded his father as mem- 
ber of committee for control of common lands 
of Haverhill. His efficient leadership in the 
Indian v.-ars did much to prevent savage out- 
rages. He died January 2, 1744. He mar- 
ried, November 21, 1693. Elizabeth Tuttle, 
of Ipswich, who died November 29, 1752. 
Children : Hannah, Peter, Samuel, William, 
Ebenezer, Elizabeth, Simon and Sarah. 

(IV) Lieutenant Ebenezer, fourth son of 
Captain Samuel and Elizabeth (Tuttle) Ayer, 
was born in Haverhill, February 18, 1705, 
and settled in Methuen, Massachusetts. Upon 
the establishment of the province line in 
1 741 his homestead became a part of Sa- 
lem. New Hampshire, and the following 

inscription is found on his tombstone in that 
town ; "Here lies ye body of Lieutenant Ebe- 
nezer Ayr; he departed this life JMarch 3, 1763, 
aged 57 years." He married (first), March 
29, 1726, Susanna, daughter of Robert and 
Susanna (Atwood) Kimball, of Bradford, 
Massachusetts. She was born I\Iay 25, 1707, 
and died September 26, 1749 ; five children died 
young, the others being : Ebenezer, Peter, 
Timothy, Joseph and Isaiah. Lieutenant Ebe- 
nezer married (second) Elizabeth , 

born 1715, died January 2, 1786; children: 
William, Elizabeth, Samuel, Philip and John. 

(V) Peter (2), second son of Lieutenant 
Ebenezer and Susanna (Kimball) Ayer, was 
born in Methuen, Massachusetts, May 12, 
1737. He lived in that part of Methuen set 
aside as Salem, New Hampshire, in 1741, re- 
moving to Buxton, Maine, about 1776. He 
was a soldier of the revolution. He married 

(first) Rebecca , who died October 28, 

1795; children: Benjamin, Jonathan, Benja- 
min, Sarah, Ebenezer, Elizabeth and Philip. 
He married (second) January 19, 1796, Widow 
Sarah Jenkins, of Pepperellboro (Saco). 

(\T) Benjamin, third son of Peter (2) and 
Rebecca Ayer, was born in Salem. New- 
Hampshire, November 23, 1763, and died in 
L'nity, Maine, July 29, 1844. Besides culti- 
vating a farm, he was an itinerant Methodist 
preacher and resided in Falmouth, now Port- 
land, and Freedom, Maine. He enlisted in the 
war of the revolution at the age of sixteen, and 
served with bravery. He married, April 2, 
1785, Rachel, daughter of Abner and Rachel 
(Shaw) Sanborn, a direct descendant of Rev. 
Stephen Bacheler, one of the founders of 
Hampton, New Hampshire. She was born 
in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, July 19, 
1762, and died at the home of her son Peter, 
in Freedom, Maine. Children : Annis M., 
Lydia S.. Peter, Benjamin, Rachel, John, San- 
born, Rachel and Thomas Burnham. 

(\TI) Thomas Burnham. youngest child of 
Rev. Benjamin and Rachel (Sanborn) Ayer, 
was born in Portland, Maine, June i, 1800, 
and died in West Waterville, April, 1864. 
Owing to the frequent change of residence of 
the family, rendered necessary by the preach- 

105 1 



ing of Rev. Benjamin, the e<lncation obtained 
by the children was chiefly dependent upon the 
teaching of the fatlier, with short intervals in 
local schools. These terms were mainly ob- 
tained in Freedom, Maine, where Thomas 
Burnham worked upon the farm of his father 
and subsequent!}- became its proprietor. Later 
he removed to West Waterville, now Oakland, 
Maine. He married, April, 1823, Sybil, daugh- 
ter of Job and Jane (Potter) Chase, and a 
cousin of the Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy, the noted 
Abolitionist. She was born in I'nity, Maine, 
September 10, 1801, and died in Oakland, Sep- 
tember 21, 1884. Children: i. Benjamin, 
born in Unity, 1824, became a New York tea 
merchant. 2. John, see forward. 3. Mary 
Jane, 1827, married Dr. Francis Manson, of 
McDonough,^and died in Atlanta, Georgia, 
1873. 4. Parrish L., 1829, died in Astoria, 
Oregon, 1891. 5. Elsie P., 1832, married Joel 
Whitney, and died in Atlanta. Georgia, 1876. 
6. Betsey Ellen, 1834, died in Oakland. 7. 
Sarah C, 1836, died in Unity, 1850. 8. Au- 
gustus, 1841. 9. Augusta, 1844. 

(\Tn) John, second son and child of Thom- 
as Burnham and Sybil (Chase) Ayer, was 
born in Freedom. Maine, November i. 1825. 
His preparatory education was obtained in the 
district school of Unity and at the Maine Wes- 
leyan Seminary at Kents Hill, following which 
he matriculated at Bowdoin College. He did 
not complete the classical course, preferring to 
talce up mathematics and civil engineering, and 
subsequently made the latter his profession for 
many years. He was the civil engineer and 
superintendent in charge of the construction of 
the Portland & Kenneljec and the Penobscot & 
Kennebec railroads, 1851-56; was employed in 
railroad surveys in Wisconsin and Minnesota, 
1857-59; in the employ of the Dunn Edge Tool 
Company, manufacturers of scythes, Oakland, 
Maine, first as traveling salesman, then as 
treasurer and general manager of the corpora- 
tion, since i860; director of the Somerset Rail- 
road Company since 1858, and president since 
1872 ; trustee of the I\Iaine Wesleyan Seminary 
since 1869 ; trustee and first president of the 
Cascade Savings Bank from 1869 ; built the 
Cascade Woolen Mills in 1883, w-as made di- 
rector of the corporation at the time of its 
organization and became treasurer in 1889. 
He continued in the offices of treasurer and 
manager of the Dunn Edge Tool Company and 
president of the Somerset Railroad Company 
until the time of his death. His most marked 
characteristics were strong individuality, incor- 
ruptible integrity and tenacity of opinion ; he 
was reserved and reticent in manner, forbear- 

ing toward his enemies and charitable almost 
to a fault. His political affiliations were with 
the Repulilican party, but he was neither an 
office seeker or holder. Mr. Ayer married 
(first), April, 1855, Olive A., born March 22, 
1836, daughter of B, F. and Dolly (Lancy) 
I'^urber; children: 1. William Madison, see 
forward. 2. Mary F., born in Oakland, Maine, 
September 4, 1868, whose education was ac- 
quired in the best schools of Massachusetts and 
completed in Paris, France ; she married David 
K. Phillips, of Phillips Beach, Swampscott, 
Massachusetts, presiclent of the National 
Grand Bank of Marblehead, Massachusetts. 
1892. Mr. Ayer married (second), Septem- 
ber 12, 1880, Annabel, daughter of A. F. and 
Lizzie Holt, of New Sharon, Maine ; children : 
I. John Jr., born April 30, 1883. 2. Benjamin, 
November 17, 1885. 3. Paul, November 8, 

(IX) William Madison, eldest child and 
only son of John and Olive A. (Furber) Ayer, 
was born in Bangor, Maine, March 22, 1856. 
He was less than a year old when his family 
removed to West Waterville, and his education 
was acquired in the public schools of that 
tow'u, the Maine Wesleyan Seminary, West- 
brook Seminary, Dean Academy at Franklin, 
Massachusetts, and Tufts College. He pur- 
sued a course of study which fitted him for 
the same profession followed by his father, 
civil engineering, and was engaged along these 
lines for many years. He was a member of 
the engineering corps employed in the survey 
for the construction of the Somerset railway ; 
from January, 1876, until December, 1879, he 
was a general' ticket agent and since that time 
has been manager of the Somerset Railroad 
Company, and extended the line from Bing- 
ham to Kineo. He is senior member of the 
firm of Ayer & Greeley, dealers in coal and 
wood, of Oakland ; superintendent of the Dunn 
Edge Tool Company, manager and treasurer 
of the Dedlin Granite Company, president of 
the Oakland W^oolen Company, of wdiich he 
was one of the organizers and first president, 
director of the Madison Woolen Company, has 
been president of the Cascade Savings Bank 
of Oakland since 1901, and is connected with 
a number of other business enterprises of im- 
portance. He was appointed a member of the 
staff of Governor Hill in 1902, served four 
years and has the rank of lieutenant-colonel. 
He was a member of the house of representa- 
tives, 1891-92, and in November of the latter 
year was a delegate from the third Maine con- 
gressional district to the convention at Min- 
neapolis which nominated Benjamin Harrison. 




Member of Maine senate, 1904 to 1909, serv- 
ing as chairman of interior waters, labor, 
towns, federal relations, and member of mili- 
tary affairs both terms and on various other 
committees. He is a member of Messalonskee 
Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons ; 
Drummond Chapter. Royal Arch ]\Iasons; 
Mount Lebanon Council, Scottish Rites ; St. 
Omar Commandery, Knights Templar. He 
served as grand representative from Maine 
to the General Grand Chapter, held in Atlanta, 
Georgia, in 1889, and in 1904 was appointed 
grand representative of the Grand Chapter of 
Minnesota to the Grand Chapter of Maine. He 
is widely known by reason of his business con- 
nections and his activity in the Republican 
party. Mr. Ayer married, October 3, 1883, 
Lizzie E., daughter of Benjamin F. Otis, late 
of Oakland. 

(For early generations see John Ayer I.) 

(V) Major Ebenezer (2), eldest 
AYER son of Lieutenant Ebenezer ( i ) 
and Susanna (Kimball) Ayer, was 
born March 22, 1727, in that part of Methuen 
which is now Salem. He settled in Pepperell- 
borough, now Saco, Maine. In early life he 
was one of Captain John Lovewell's men in 
the memorable Indian fight at Pequaket, and 
was engaged in other expeditions. He was 
in the ill-fated excursion of Benedict Arnold, 
through the wilds of Maine, in the winter of 
1775-76. After the revolution he did not re- 
turn to Saco. He was married July 4, 1754, 
to Hannah (Plaisted) Scammon, widow of 
James Scammon. They were undoubtedly the 
parents of the next mentioned. 

(VI) John Ayer. of Standish, Maine, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Pike, of Salisbury, IMassachu- 
setts, she being a descendant of John Pike, 
who came to America from England in 1630. 
John and Elizabeth were admitted into mem- 
bership of the Congregational church in Stand- 
ish, ]\Iay II, 1777. Some time after 1777 they 
settled in Hiram, Oxford county, Maine, as in 
volume one. Eastern deeds, etc., of Massachu- 
setts, it appears that Nathanial Wells deeded 
(in 1791) to John Ayer and Joseph Bean, 
"settlers within Cutler's grant, so-called, in 
the county of York, husbandmen, who settled 
within said Cutler's grant and made separate 
improvements thereon before the first day of 
January, 1784." John Ayer was evidently of 
strong religious convictions, for he is spoken 
of by historians of the period as an exhorter 
and itinerant preacher, and the first religious 
services of which we have any account in the 
town of Hiram were held by him. He was in- 

dustrious and enterprising, and is said to have 
built the first saw and grist mill in the town 
of Hiram, which was located on his property 
"on the thirteen mile brook, so-called, just 
above the 'red mill.' " He and Captain Charles 
Wadsworth built the first bridge across the 
Saco river in Hiram, about 1805. The names 
of his twelve children were : Timothy ; Hum- 
phrey, mentioned below; John Pike; Betsey, 
married Joseph Chadbourne; Sally, married 
Thomas Barker ; Nancy, married David Mor- 
rill ; Susan, married Thaddeus Morrill, of Ber- 
wick, Maine ; Lydia, married a Jackson ; Jacob 
and Mary, died in youth ; Hannah, married 
Nathan Hilton, of Bridgton, Maine. They 
conveyed all of their property in Hiram to 
their son Humphrey, in June, 1797. It would 
appear that they remained in Hiram for a 
time thereafter and then removed to Cornish, 
Maine, in 1798 or 1799, for the name of John 
Ayer appears on the Cornish tax list for the 
years 1801-1802-1810-1811, and the name of 
Humphrey Ayer appears on said list from 
1799 to 1813, inclusive, subsequent records 
having been burned. The date of the deaths of 
John Ayer and his wife is unknown. They 
were buried in the old burial lot in what is 
now the pasture of W. W. & F. B. Pike, on 
Towle's Hill, so-called, in Cornish, nearly op- 
posite the Wedgewood place, so-called, but 
there is nothing left to mark their resting 

(VH) Humphrey Ayer was born in Stand- 
ish, Maine, in 1775, second son of John and 
Elizabeth Ayer. and died in Cornish in 1828. 
He married Patience Chadbourne, who died 
January 7, 1864, aged eighty-six years ten 
months. She was the daughter of Francis 
Chadbourne, of Berwick, Maine, and was a 
direct descendant of William Chadbourne, 
from whom the Chadbourne family of America 
descended, and who came to this country in 
1634 and settled in what is now South Ber- 
wick, Maine. (Detailed information of the 
Chadbourne line may be gleaned from the 
Chadbourne genealogy published by William 
M. Emery. A. M.. of Fall River, Massachu- 
setts.) Humphrey's family consisted of eight 
children, as follows : Isaiah, married Hannah 
Eastman, of Cornish; Jacob, married Abbie 
Sargent, of Cornish ; Humphrey, married Bet- 
sey ]\IcLucas, of Brownfield, Maine; Patience, 
married Wyer Pike, of Cornish ; Asenath, mar- 
ried Simeon Pike, second husband, Joshua D. 
Small ; Olive, married Wells Larrabee, of Se- 
bago, Maine; Francis, married Lucinda Lib- 
bey, of Porter, JMaine ; James Monroe, men- 
tioned below. 



(VIII) James Monroe Aver was born in 
Cornish, Maine. Tanuary 9, 1819, wliere he re- 
sided until his death, May 23, 1886. He mar- 
ried AdeHne Hubbard Thompson, daughter of 
Deacon Isaac Thompson, who was one of the 
first settlers of Cornish, and a brother of Jo- 
seph M. Thompson, also one of the first set- 
tlers of Cornish. James Monroe was a car- 
penter by trade, but later in life took up the 
occupation of farming and was a successful 
business man. The children born to James 
Monroe and Adehne Hubbard Ayer were : 
Tames Curtis, mentioned below ; Mary Ella, 
and Emma, who died in infancy. Mary Ella 
married Howard Brackett, of Cornish, and 
they have two children : Marcia E., wife of 
Fred Robinson, of Dorchester, Massachusetts ; 
and Ardelle Genevieve, wife of William H. 
Hatch, of Cornish. 

(IX) James Curtis Ayer, born in Cornish, 
I\Iaine, December 4, 1846, was educated in the 
public schools of his native town, where he 
has always resided. He worked on his father's 
farm in his youth and has followed the occu- 
pation of farming all his life. He is one of the 
leading citizens of his town. In politics he is 
a Republican and has been a deputy sherif? of 
York county since 1886, excepting the year 
1893-94, when he was a member of the Maine 
legislature. He was for many years town 
clerk, and is now chairman of the board of 
selectmen, which position he has held twelve 
years, and has held many other offices of pub- 
lic confitjence too numerous to mention. He 
is prominent in the Masonic fraternity, being 
a past master of Greenleaf Lodge, No. 117, a 
member of Aurora Chapter, No. 22 ; of Aurora 
Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, all of 
Cornish; of Maine Council, Royal and Select 
Masters of Saco ; of Bradford Commandery, 
Knights Templar, of Biddeford; and of Kora 
Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, of Lewis- 
ton. He is a past district deputy grand mas- 
ter of the Grand Lodge of Masons of Maine, a 
past junior grand warden of said Masonic 
Grand Lodge, and grand representative of the 
Grand Lodge of Quebec, near the Grand 
Lodge of Maine. Being greatly interested in 
all that pertains to farming, he is on the roll 
of Cornish Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. 
His wife, Mary Armine (Bennett) Ayer, was 
born in Parsonsfield, Maine, April 22, 1845, 
and was the daughter of John P. and Armine 
Bennett. Their family consists of Harry B., 
mentioned below. Fred J., born December 25, 
187;, merchant at Cornish. Frank Percy, 
NovvTiber 2, 1878, an attorney at law. Leon 

Malcolm, November 26, 1881, residing on 
home farm. Lester Curtis, April 8, 1888, stu- 

(X) Harry B. Ayer, born in Cornish, April 
14, 1871, was graduated from the Cornish 
high school. He worked on his father's farm 
in summer and taught school in winter for sev- 
eral years. He began the study of law in the 
office of George F. Clifford, of Cornish, and 
was admitted to the York County bar in 1895. 
He opened an office in Westbrook, Maine, and 
engaged in the practice of his profession about 
one year, when he formed a partnership with 
the Hon. Abner Oakes, of South Berwick, 
Maine. He continued in practice until Jan- 
uary I, 1901, when he assumed the duties of 
register of probate for York county, to which 
office he has since given his entire time and 
attention. He is a past master of Greenleaf 
Lodge, No. 117, and a member of Aurora 
Chapter, No. 22, both of Cornish ; a member 
of Maine Council ; of Bradford Commandery, 
No. 4; of Kora Temple, Order of the Mystic 
Shrine ; also a member of Patrons of Hus- 
bandry, No. 22, of Alfred; and of Portland 
Lodge, No. 188, Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks. On April 5, 1899, he married 
Susan E. Bacon, granddaughter of the late 
Dr. Horace Bacon, of Biddeford, Maine, and 
since 1903 has made his residence in the city 
of Biddeford. 

(For early generations see John Ayer I.) 

(VIII) Jacob Ayer, son of Hum- 
AYER phrey Ayer, was born in Cornish, 
Maine. He settled in Westbrook, 
Maine. He was a carpenter by trade and 
throughout his active life followed that trade. 
Children : Wyer P. ; Edwin W., mentioned 
below ; Albion, Patience, Abbie A. 

(IX) Edwin W., son of Jacob Ayer, was 
born in Cornish in 1840 and died at Westbrook 
in 1890. He was educated in the public schools 
of Westbrook. He began to work in his youth 
in the paper mill at Cumberland Mills, Maine, 
and won his way by successive promotions to 
the position of superintendent of the S. D. 
Warren Company's mills at the town of Cum- 
berland Mills and elsewhere. He filled this re- 
sponsible and trying position with credit all 
the remainder of his life. He was a member 
of Warren Philips Lodge of Free ?iIasons ; 
Eagle Chapter. Royal Arch IMasons ; Ammon- 
congin Lodge of Odd Fellows, all of West- 
brook. He was a Congregationalist in reli- 
gion. He married Maria Bacon, born in 1839 
at South Windham, ]\Iaine, and died in 1892, 



daughter of John and Eunice Bacon, of South 
Windham. Their only child is Wilham Edwin, 
mentioned below. 

(X) ^^'illiam Edwin, son of Edwin W. 
Ayer, was born in Westbrook, December 2, 
1S63. He attended the public schools of his 
native town and the State Normal school at 
Gorham, Maine, where he was graduated in 
1883. During the next four years he taught 
school in Westbrook. He then became the 
purchasing agent of the S. D. Warren Paper 
Company at Cumberland Mills and continued 
in that position for a period of twelve years. 
He embarked in Imsiness on his own account 
in 1900 as a manufacturer of basswood veneer 
for electrical work, and for carriages and 
sleighs, at Foxcroft, in the firm of Ranger & 
Ayer. He bought out his partner's interest in 
1905 and incorporated the business under the 
name of the Ranger & Ayer Manufacturing 
Company, of which he is the principal stock- 
holder, treasurer and manager. In a few years 
the business has increased from a plant using 
eighteen hundred feet of lumber a day to its 
present capacity of ten thousand feet made 
into veneer daily. In politics Mr. Ayer is a 
Republican and he has been a member of the 
school committees of Westbrook and of Fox- 
croft. He was at one time his party's candi- 
date for mayor of the city of Westbrook. He 
is a member of Warren Phillips Lodge of Free 
Masons, Westbrook ; Eagle Chapter, Royal 
Arch ]Masons, Westbrook; St. John Com- 
mandery. Knights Templar, of Bangor. In re- 
ligion he is a Congregationalist. He married, 
January 25, 1889, Louise, daughter of Free- 
man Brown, of Raymond, Maine. Children : 
I. Florence Erminie. born in \A'estbrook, May 
14, 1891. 2. Doris N., April 11, 1896. 

This old Scotch name was very 
BLACK early represented by immigrants 

from northern Ireland, who set- 
tled at various points in New England, soon 
after the opening of the eighteenth century. 
It was planted in southwestern Maine, at Kit- 
tery and other points in York county, but the 
exact time of coming seems impossible of dis- 
covery. There were settlers bearing the name 
in York before 1 700. 

(I) ^^'illiam Black's will was proved in 
York count}-, January i, 1727-28. It names: 
Wife Sarah, and sons William and Joshua. 
William Black, at the time of making his fa- 
ther's will, had children, William and Eliza- 
beth, and soon after he and his family re- 
moved to Bailey's Island, Harpswell, Maine. 

(II) Joshua, son of William and Sarah 

Black, made his will in 1753, and this was 
proved April 6, 1756. His wife Mary was 
probably not then living, as she is not men- 
tioned in the will. Their descendants are still 
living in Kittery and some have changed their 
names to Blake. The children recorded were : 
Benjamin, Jonathan, Mary, Joshua, Henry 
(died young), Henry, Thomas (died young), 
Sarah, Almy, Catherine, Thomas and Mar- 
gery. Of these only two sons survived the 
period of childhood. 

(III) Jonathan, son of Joshua and Mary 
Black, was born February 15, 1720, and Hen- 
ry, December i, 1726. There can be little 
doubt that one or the other of these was the 
father of Josiah next mentioned. 

(IV) Josiah, a blacksmith by trade, prob- 
ably a son of the above mentioned, was born 
in 1750, settled in Limington, Maine, before 
the revolution, and served as a soldier in the 
continental army. He is on record as being 
at Hubbardstown, Vermont, and also under 
General Stark, at the surrender of Burgoyne, 
October 7, 1777. He died in Limington, July 
4, 1840. He married Martha Cookson, of 
Standish ; children : Mary, John, Joab, Josiah, 
Mercy, Aaron and Elizabeth. 

(V) John, eldest son of Josiah and Martha 
(Cookson) Black, was born August 31, 1777, 
in Limington, where he passed his life and 
was probably engaged in agriculture. No 
public record appears of his death or of his 
children. His wife, Abigail (Small) Black, 
was probably a granddaughter of Joshua and 
Susannah (Kennard) Small, of Limington, 
a descendant of Francis Small, an immigrant 
from England, who purchased from the In- 
dians lands lying between Big and Little Os- 
sipee rivers, included in the present towns of 
Cornish, Limerick and Parsonsfield, and who 
settled in Kittery, Maine, whence he went in 
1700 to Truro, ^lassachusetts, and there died 


(VI) Jacob, son of John and Abigail 
(Small) Black, was born in Limington, 
Maine, September 16, 1812, died in Limerick, 
August 2, 1 88 1. He attended the district 
schools of his native town, and while still very 
young showed signs of the energy and activity 
which later were prominent features in his 
character. He learned shoemaking at the age 
of eighteen years and followed this occupation 
for twelve years in Alfred, Maine. L^pon his 
return to Limington he purchased a farm of 
sixty acres adjoining the farm of his father, 
and resided upon it for many years. He re- 
moved to Lebanon in 1869, where he bought 
a fruit farm which he cultivated for two years, 



then sold the jji-operty to Ole Bull, the famous 
violinist, whose widow still owns the farm 
and resides on it during the summer months. 
He was a candidate for "the ofifice of high sher- 
iff of York county while residing in Lehanon, 
and removed from thence to Limerick, where 
he bought a farm located on the border of the 
Little Ossipee river. He was a progressive 
and successful farmer, a thoroughly self-made 
man and one who made the best use of every 
opportunity for advancement which presented 
itself. In politics he was an active supporter 
of the principles of the Republican party, and 
during the war of the rebellion gave his ear- 
nest support to the Union cause. He was 
keeper of the York county jail at Alfred for 
four years, and rendered most valuable service 
to the Republican party as chairman of the 
county committee. Although he never aspired 
to local offices, he wielded a strong influence 
in the public affairs of the county. Mr. Black 
married, in 1842, at Hollis, Maine, Charlotte 
Butters, daughter of Moses and Deborah 
(Drake) Swett, of Pittsfield, New Hampshire, 
the former a son of Thomas R. Swett, and a 
descendant of Sir Francis Drake. Children : 
I. George E., born 1843, resided in West Rox- 
bury, Massachusetts, and enlisted in 1862 as 
a private in Company H, Twenty-seventh Reg- 
iment, Maine Volunteers, served nine months 
and rose to the rank of second sergeant: upon 
his return to his home he was for some time 
engaged in teaching school in Limerick and 
South Waterboro, and was finally appointed 
depot master for the Boston & Providence 
Railroad Company in Boston ; later he became 
general freight agent, a position he filled for 
some years. 2. Lucius A. 3. Moses S. 4. 
Almena C. married Sherman E. Piper, of 
Parsonsfield, ]\laine. 5. Georgia E., married 
Charles Stimpson, a prosperous farmer of 
Limerick. 6. Frank S., see forward. 7. Rod- 
ney. 8. Edwin. 9. Lillian D., married Arthur 
P. Merrow, of Freedom, New Flampshire, 
formerly a merchant and now agent of the 
Phoenix Insurance Company for Carroll coun- 
ty. 10. Kate M. 11. Infant, unnamed. 

(VII) Frank Swett, fourth son and sixth 
child of Jacob and Charlotte B. (Swett) Black, 
was born in Limington, York county, Maine, 
March 8, 1853, and was brought up on his fa- 
ther's farm, on which he became accustomed 
to manual labor while very young, his work 
on the farm beiwg confined to the summer 
months, and in the winter he attended the dis- 
trict schools. When his father removed to 
Alfred, to take charge of the county jail, he 
attended the Alfred high school. Determined 

to gain a college education, he saved his small 
earnings and was thus enabled to attend the 
Lebanon Academy, and in his preparation for 
college he was later assisted by private in- 
structors connected with the Limerick Acad- 
emy. He increased his tuition fund by teach- 
ing school, and when eighteen years of age he 
entered Dartmouth, but his college attendance, 
like that of so many of Dartmouth's students 
at the time, was interrupted by periodical ab- 
sence each winter in order to teach school to 
replenish his slender purse. His editorial abil- 
ity was first recognized at Dartmouth, where 
he was successively editor of the three col- 
lege papers. He was graduated one of the 
honor men of the class of 1875, and given the 
degree of A. B. on Commencement Day. 
After graduation he peddled chromos in cen- 
tral New York, and this experience brought 
him in contact with the publisher of the 
Johnstoivn Journal, a weekly newspaper pub- 
lished at Johnstown, New York, and he be- 
came editor of that paper. His short editorial 
career fully justified the prophesy made while 
in college that he would make a brilliant jour- 
nalist. His own ambition, however, was to 
become a lawyer, and to this end he secured 
a place as law clerk and law student in the 
office of Robertson & Forster in Troy, New 
York. To gain the money to bear the ex- 
penses without interfering with his studies, he 
worked nights as a reporter on the Troy 
Whig, and part of each day as registry clerk 
in the Troy postoffice. He was admitted to 
the bar in 1879, and his first independent posi- 
tion as lawyer was a member of the firm of 
Smith, Wellington & Black. He withdrew 
from the firm in 1880, and put out his "shin- 
gle" as "Frank S. Black, Attorney and Coun- 
cilor at Law," and he has ever since done 
business alone. His knowledge of the law 
was sufficient for any branch, and his thorough 
preparation and mastery of every detail of 
the cause he undertook to handle won him 
immediate success and he became a recognized 
leader of the bar in Rensselaer county. He 
was frequently consulted and employed by 
other lawyers in the preparation of cases that 
needed expert professional service ; in this 
wav he gained the good will of the bar and 
was ready with sound advice to both the office 
lawyer and the advocate before the bar. He 
had inherited from his father sound Repub- 
lican principles, founded upon those of the old- 
line ^^'hig party, and yet the political field of- 
fered him no great allurement for many years. 
In 1888 and 1892 he made occasional cam- 
paign speeches in behalf of the candidacy of 



Benjamin Harrison. In 1893, when he was 
chairman of the Rcpubhcan county committee 
for Rensselaer county, the practice of "repeat- 
ing" and the adoption of other methods for 
sweUing the vote of the Democratic party in 
the county, but principally in the city of Troy, 
came before the county committee. Through 
Mr. Black's initiative, the committee made a 
vigorous and successful movement to overcome 
the unlawful practices. On i\Iarch 7, 1893, a 
Republican worker at the polls, Robert Ross, 
was murdered and Chairman Black took both 
a professional and a personal part in bringing 
the assassin before the courts and securing his 
conviction. This prosecution, so largely di- 
rected by him as special counsel for the in- 
vestigation committee, won for him not only 
the applause of the Republican party, but that 
of the entire order-loving and law-abiding cit- 
izens of the state, as the assassin was defended 
by the best legal talent of the opposing politi- 
cal party and thus hedged about by barriers 
hard to surmount or overcome. This achieve- 
ment brought Mr. Black before the political 
leaders of the Republican party of the state 
and v^'ise politicians saw in the young and al- 
most unknown "Coimsellor Black of Troy" 
the sound timber for successful public achieve- 
ment, and the next year he was made the can- 
didate by his party for representative for the 
Troy district in the fifty-fourth United States 
congress. He carried the election in Novem- 
ber, 1894, by a large plurality, defeating the 
skilled politician and political leader of the 
Democratic party of the district, Edward Mur- 
phy Jr., who was supposed up to this time to 
be invulnerable either as a candidate or friend 
of a candidate. In the fifty-fourth congress, 
Black was given a place on the private land 
claims committee and on that of the Pacific 
railways. While the first term of any repre- 
sentative in the United States congress is 
bound to be uneventful, the eyes of the Re- 
publican party leaders were upon Representa- 
tive Black, and at the meeting of the Repub- 
lican state convention, assembled at Saratoga 
in August, 1896, he received the nomination 
of his party as their most available candidate 
for the highest office in the gift of the people 
of the state, that of governor, to succeed Levi 
P. Morton. Mr. Black received 187,576 votes 
to 174,524 for Wilbur F. Porter, and 26,698 
for D. G. Griffin, in the convention, and he 
was triumphantly elected in November, 1896, 
and served his adopted state acceptably, and 
with credit to himself, the party by whose 
votes he was elected, and the people of the 
great Empire State, In 1898 Dartmouth Col- 

lege conferred on him the honorary degree of 
LL. D, At the meeting of the Republican 
state convention in i8g8, he was a candidate 
for renomination, his opponent in the conven- 
tion being Theodore Roosevelt ; the first ballot 
gave Black two hundred and eighteen votes 
and the hero just returned from the Spanish- 
American war seven hundred and fifty-three 
votes, and the delegates in the convention sup- 
porting Governor Black made the vote for 
Colonel Roosevelt unanimous. Under the ad- 
ministration of Governor Black the birth of 
Greater New York occurred, due to the pas- 
sage of the act on March 23, 1897, by a vote 
of one hundred and eighteen to twenty-eight, 
vetoed by Mayor Strong and passed again by 
the assembly by a vote of one hundred and 
sixty to thirty-two, April 12, 1897, which bill 
as then passed received the signature of Gov- 
ernor Black, May 5. 1879, and went into effect 
January i, 1898. He also signed the bill al- 
lowing the expenditure of $2,500,000 for the 
improvement of Bryant Park and the building 
of a free library building to be occupied by 
the New York Public Library and the Astor, 
Lenox and Tilden foundations ; one to au- 
thorize the city to contract with the Grant 
Memorial Association for the preservation of 
the tomb of General Grant and to provide for 
the completion of the State Capitol building 
at Albany, He secured appropriation for the 
purchase and reclamation of Adirondack lands, 
and during his administration several thousand 
acres were added to the state's domain. In 
1898 he called an extra session of the legis- 
lature for July II, to take action upon "an 
appropriation to meet the expense of providing 
New York's share of troops required for the 
war with Spain ; a plan to enable voters ab- 
sent from their homes in the military service 
of the United States to vote at the coming 
elections, and a provision to better protect citi- 
zens who would vote according to law and 
more certainly prevent and punish those who 
would vote otherwise." The result of the state 
election, November 8, 1898, was 661,707 votes 
for Theodore Roosevelt, including 4,503 bal- 
lots cast by the military, the preponderance 
of which vote was in favor of Theodore 
Roosevelt, but it stands upon record that Gov- 
ernor Black in November, 1896, received 125 - 
869 votes more than did Roosevelt in 1898; 
while the fact of 1896 being a presidential 
year did not cause the total vote for governor 
to exceed that of 1898 by more than 43,000 

On retiring from the governorship of New 
York, he resumed the practice of law by re- 



moving his office from Troy to JManhattan 
Borough, New 'i'ork City, establishing him- 
self in law offices at 170 Broadway, where he 
carries on a general practice. His most nota- 
ble case in the criminal courts was his defense 
of Roland B. Molineaux. who had been con- 
victed of murder in the first degree and sen- 
tenced to electrocution. He took up the des- 
perate case at this crisis and obtained for the 
accused a new trial; and in this trial he satis- 
fied the jury of the innocence of his client, 
despite his former conviction and sentence ; 
convinced by his reasoning and the logic of 
his argument the jury brought the verdict of 
"not guilty," and young Molineaux walked 
out of the courtroom a free man. While do- 
ing business in New York City, Governor 
Black has continued to retain his residence at 
Troy, where he spends his Sundays. He has 
a summer home at Freedom. New Hampshire, 
and passes about five months of the year in 
that charming spot. He is a member of the 
Unitarian church of Troy, and is associated 
with the following organizations : The Repub- 
lican clubs of Troy and New York, Lawyers' 
Club of New York, and New England, Maine 
and New Hampshire societies. He married, 
November 27, 1879, Lois B. Hamlin, of Prov- 
incetown, Massachusetts, and their only child, 
Arthur Black, resides in Boston, Massachu- 
setts : lie was graduated at Harvard, A. B., 
1903, LL. B. 1906. He married Frances G. 
Purdy, of \\'akefield,. Massachusetts, and has 
one child, Frank Swett Black, born July 19, 

This family is doubtless of Scotch 
BLACK ancestry. Samuel Black, a ship 

owner of considerable property, 
died in Boston in 1749. His will, dated Feb- 
ruary II, 1749, bequeathed to his friends 
George Glenn and wife, to a negro boy to 
whom he gave his freedom and some property, 
to brothers Aaron, Alexander and John Black ; 
to the sons of his brother, Moses Black ; to 
sisters Elizabeth and j\Iargaret ; "to two broth- 
ers by my father's side," James and Robert. 
Just what this means we have not learned, 
probably James and Robert were by a difi:er- 
ent wife than Samuel's mother. But the will 
states that "his brothers and sisters are in 
Ireland," affording proof of the Scotch-Irish 
origin of his family. Some of them appear to 
have come to Boston soon afterward. A 
James Black died there in 1770^ leaving a 
widow Susanna. 

(I) John Black, immigrant ancestor of this 

family, may have been brother of Samuel men- 
tioned above. If so, he was in Boston but a 
short time before his death. We know noth- 
ing about him except from the probate of his 
estate and that of his widow. He was a 
mariner. His widow Elizabeth was appointed 
administratrix of his estate April g, 1751. She 
died January 17, 1775, making a nuncupative 
will drawn by Dr. John Stedman and signed 
also by her daughter. Mary Fullerton, proved 
and allowed February, 1775, in Suffolk, be- 
queathing to her children: i. Elizabeth, who 
was given the largest share and the residue. 

2. Mary, married Fullerton. 3. Jane, 

married Brewer. 4. Henry, mentioned 

below. 5. John Jr. 

(II) Henry, son of John Black, was born in 
Boston, October 6, 1739, from old family Bi- 
ble, and died in Prospect, Maine, June 15, 
18 1 7, and is buried at Sandy Point, Stockton. 
He received by his mother's will the great 
family Bible, a sight of which would be great- 
ly appreciated by the family historian. He 
married, August 16. 1764, Sarah Stowers, who 
was born in Chelsea (Rumney Marsh, Bos- 
ton), January 25, 1744, and died in Prospect, 
Maine, October 5, 1816. He and his wife were 
admitted to the Chelsea Church, owning the 
covenant, July 25, 1765. He was a soldier 
in the revolution in Captain Samuel Sprague's 
company, 1775. Children, born in Boston in 
what is now Chelsea and baptized in the Chel- 
sea Church: i. Henry Jr., November 10, 
1765, baptized November 17; mentioned below. 
2. Sarah. June 17, 1767, baptized June 28; 
married Josiah Ames. 3. John, June 25, 1769, 
baptized October 15, 1769; married Rebecca 
Stimpson. 4. James, November 5, 1770, bap- 
tized June 30, 1771 ; married Rebecca Brown. 
5. Elizabeth, January 2, 1775, married Joseph 
Matthews. 6. Jane, April 20, 1776, married 
Field. 7. Mary, March 23, 1778, mar- 
ried Jonathan Dow. 8. Alexander, March 20. 
1780. He was a saddler by trade. He re- 
moved to Prospect, Waldo county, Maine, dur- 
ing the revolution. His house was burned by 
the British when their fleet sailed up the 
river. He used to do leather work for the 
revolutionary soldiers at Fort Pownal, Cape 
Jellerson. He was once placed under arrest 
for criticizing the bravery of Commander 
Saltonstall. He represented his town in the 
Massachusetts general court in 1806-07-08-09- 
lo-ii. He was one of the leading citizens of 
the town. 

(III) Henry Jr. (2). son of Henry Black, 
was born in Boston, November 10. 1765. and 



baptized in the Chelsea Church November 17, 
1765. He hved at Prospect, Maine, and died 
there September 11, 1828. He was a farmer 
and prominent citizen. He married, August 
25, 17S9, Annie Brown, born in Belfast, Maine, 
March 18. 1766, and died at Searsport, Maine, 
July 21, 1857. Children: i. Ann, born June 
6, 1790, married James Leach. 2. Sally, 
March 3, 1792, married Andrew Leach. 3. 
Mary, January 18, 1794, married James 
Greely. 4. Henry, February 3, 1796. 5. John, 
May 2, 1799, married (first) Mary Pierce, and 
(second) Mrs. Tyler. 6. Clarissa, February 
17, 1802, married Isaac Carver. 7. Joshua T., 
June 6, 1805, mentioned below. 8. Hannah, 
April 24, 1807, married Alexander Nichols. 
9. Otis P. D., February 4, 1810, married (first) 
Hannah C. Nichols; (second) Maria R. Mari- 

{ly ) Joshua T., son of Henry (2) Black, 
was born in Prospect, IMaine, June 6, 1805, 
died in Searsport, July 12, 1873. He was 
educated in the public schools of his native 
town. After he left school he was a teamster 
for a number of years, and then in trade at 
Searsport, where he owned a market and pro- 
vision store. He sold his business and be- 
came a farmer at Searsport, and followed that 
occupation the remainder of his active life. In 
politics he was a Republican. He was a mem- 
ber of the state militia in his younger days. 
He was a member of the First Congregational 
Church of Searsport. Lie married (first), 
January 28, 1838, Eleanor M., born in Bel- 
fast, December 20, 1807, died in Searsport, 
June 18, 1850, daughter of Robert and Han- 
nah (Mitchell) Houston, and granddaughter 
of Captain Samuel and Esther (Rogers) 
Houston. Children: i. Robert, died in in-- 
fancy. 2. Joshua \V., born August 16, 1842, 
mentioned below. 3. Edward Dayton, May 
16, 1844, a grocer at Melrose: married (first) 
Emma Wood, (second) Georgianna Crofts; 
children of second wife : Charles, James, John, 
Elizabeth. 4. Charles Bently, July 16, 1845, 
died August 30, 1845. He married (second) 
Jane R. Houston, a sister of his first wife, 
July 17, 1853; she was born in Belfast, June 
12, 1800, died IMarch 20, 1884, in Searsport. 
The following was taken from the IVatervillc 
Sentuicl of July 17, 1908: "While George W. 
Frisbee was with a picnic party on Vaughan's 
shore in East Belfast he discovered an old 
tombstone that had been thrown into the 
bushes on the bank. It was made from com- 
mon field rock, the base pointed and the top 
arched and bordered with leaves, and was evi- 

dently homemade. It bore the following in- 
scription : 'Erected in memory of Mrs. Esther 
Houston the wife of Captain Samuel Houston 
who died Nov. 8th, 1794 in the bist year ot 
her age. Retire my friends dry up your tears, 
here I must lie till Christ appears.' Almost 
every trace of Belfast's first cemetery has been 
obliterated, and it is believed that the above- 
mentioned stone is practically the only one 
that has withstood time and weather. Mrs. 
Houston was the daughter of Major Robert 
Rogers, an officer in the French war. Her 
husband, Samuel Houston, was one of the 
original proprietors, drawing lots number 6 
and 13, and settling on the latter in 1771, 
where he built a log hut. The house and barn 
he built later were burned by the British dur- 
ing the Revolution. He was the second town 
clerk, a member of the first committee of safe- 
ty, and captain of the first militia company. 
His son, Samuel Jr., enlisted in the army a 
week after the battle of Bunker Hill, and 
was a member of Washington's life guard." 

(V) Joshua Wilson, son of Joshua T. Black, 
was born in Searsport, Maine, August 16, 
1842, and was educated in the public schools 
of that town. He enlisted in April, 1861, 
among the first in Company I, Fourth Maine 
Regiment of Volunteers, and w-ent to Rock- 
land with the regiment. He returned home on 
account of not being of suitable age. He re- 
enlisted September 10, 1862, in Company K, 
Twenty-sixth Regiment. (See history of 
Twenty-sixth Maine Regiment, p. 313.) He 
took part in the expedition under General 
Banks and was at the siege of Port Hudson 
and at the battle of Springfield Landing. He 
was mustered out August 16, 1863. He re- 
turned to Searsport and opened a meat and 
provision market in that town, conducting it 
until 1866, when he removed to Marlborough, 
Massachusetts, where he conducted a meat 
market for two years. He was then in the 
same line of business for two years and a half 
in Boston. After spending a year of travel 
through the western states he returned to 
Searsport. He was census enumerator for the 
federal census of 1870 and 1880 in Searsport. 
He was appointed deputy sheriff of the county 
in 1872 and served until 1878. He was agent 
for the American Express Company at Sears- 
port for nine years. From 1884 to 1887 he 
was deputy collector of customs at Searsport. 
He was appointed postmaster by President 
Harrison in 1889 and again in 1898 by Presi- 
dent McKinley, and has been reappointed 
twice since then and is now serving a fourth 



four-\-ear term. He lias given the utmost sat- 
isfactVin to the public and the department as 
postmaster. At the present time he is also 
judge of the municipal court. He was appoint- 
ed trial justice by Governor Plaisted in 1882. 
He was appointed justice of the peace by Gov- 
ernors Robie and Burleigh and reappointed 
by Governor Cobb. He is a Republican of 
much influence and activity, and after twenty- 
five consecutive years of service on the Re- 
publican congressional district committee was 
re-elected April 29. 1908, for another term. 
He is president of the Searsport Water Com- 
pany. He is a member and past master of 
Mariners Lodge of Free iMasons of Searsport ; 
of Searsport Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; of 
King Solomon Council. Royal and Select blas- 
ters, Belfast; of Anchor Chapter, Eastern 
Star, of Searsport; and past grand of Sears 
Lodge of Odd Fellows. He belongs to Free- 
man McGilvery Post, No. 30, Grand Army, 
and was on the staff of Commander Adams 
of the Maine department. He is an attendant 
of the Congregational church. He married, 
August 12, 1874. Eliza E., born June 13, 1843, 
daughter of josiah Bickmore, of Montville. 
Children: i. Frederick Frasier, born Sep- 
tember 26, 1876, mentioned below. 2. Jessie 
Mildred, April 6, 1884, married, February 23, 
1908, John H. Montgomery, of Bucksport, a 
druggist. 3. Edna Eleanor, July 4, 1886, was 
associated with her father in the postoffice 
from 1903 until her sudden death, June 15, 

(\T) Frederick Frasier, son of Joshua Wil- 
son Black, was born September 26, 1876, in 
Searsport, and educated there in the public 
schools, attending the University of Maine for 
two years. He began his career as freight 
clerk on a Boston steamship. In September, 
1898, he entered the L^nited States Military 
Academy at West Point and was graduated 
in 1902. He entered the army and was sent 
to the Philippines, where for two years he was 
stationed at the headquarters of General Sum- 
ner at Zamboanga, and he had charge of the 
yellow fever camps. He was transferred to 
San Francisco after the earthquake disaster 
and had charge of a camp of fifteen thousand 
homeless people. Afterward he was stationed 
at Seattle and then at Fort Liscomb, Alaska, 
in charge of a target camp. In 1908 was pro- 
moted to first lieutenant of Eleventh Infantry, 
and is on duty in Cuba. He is a member of 
Mariners' Lodge of Free Masons, Searsport ; 
of Searsport Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; 
and of Palestine Commandery, Knights Tem- 
plar, Belfast. 

The Black family of York and: 
BLACK Kittery, Maine, was of Scotch 
ancestry. Daniel Black settled in 
York. Maine, before 1700. He was a son of 
Daniel Black, of Rowley and Boxford, Mas- 
sachusetts. (See history of Boxford, Massa- 
chusetts.) He bought land of Samuel Web- 
ber, February 29, 1703-04, located on the north 
side of Sentry hill. He deeded two acres on 
the north side of Hull's creek in York to 
Peter Nowell. August 24, 1709. (York Deeds 
Book viii fol. 30.) He died before 17 12, 
when his widow bought land of Peter Nowell, 
twenty acres on the northeast side of the 
highway by the market place in York. His 
first deed on record was dated September 24, 
1698, when he bought eleven acres at Burnt 
Plain in York of Thomas Wise. He bought 
two acres at Dummers Cove of Thomas 
Moore, and September 5, 1700, mortgaged to 
James Gooch three acres of land and build- 
ings on the highway and Meeting House 
creek, York. But still earlier Daniel Black 
had a town grant of twenty acres, which was 
sold by his. widow and son Samuel to John 
Harmon, December 5, 1717. Sarah and Sam- 
uel deeded to Jonathan Young Jr. teri acres 
near Cape Neddick pond, York. Later they 
deeded other parcels of land. Children of 
Daniel and Sarah Black : Samuel, Elizabeth, 

The history of Kittery, !Maine, says that 
Josiah Black was in York before 1700. If so, 
he left no traces before 1700 on the land rec- 
ords, but the name is preserved in the family 
in later generations. In a deed dated April 6, 
1719, Lewis Bane, Job Banks and Benjamin 
Preble conveyed land to him. These were 
Scotch settlers, and Bane was ancestor of a 
large family, the later generations spelling the 
name Bean. The consideration of the deed 
being love and affection, there was doubtless 
some relationship between them. Peter Nowell, 
mentioned above, w^as also a relative. Ridlon 
thinks this Josiah was among the Scotch-Irish 
pioneers of 1718. Further trace of him is not 

(II) William Black was son of one of the 
earlv settlers, doubtless Josiah, for Daniel left 
but one son, Samuel, as shown by the settle- 
ment of his estate. The will of William Black 
was proved at Kittery, January i, 1727-28, 
bequeathing to wife Sarah and to sons Will- 
iam and Joshua. Children: i. William, had 
children William and Elizabeth ; removed to 
Harpswell, Maine, and lived on Bailey's Is- 
land. 2. Joshua, mentioned below. 

(III) Joshua, son of William Black, born 


1 06 1 

at York about 1695, died in 1753. His will 
was proved April 6, 1756. He married Mary 

. Descendants are still living in Kit- 

tery, some having changed their names to 
Blake. Children recorded at Kittery : i. 
Benjamin, born April 19, 1719, not named in 
father's will but was in grandfather's. 2. 
Jonathan, February 15, 1720, mentioned below. 
3. Mary, January 2, 1722. 4. Joshua Jr. 
(twin), December 27, 1724, died May 3, 1742. 
5. Henry (twin), December 27, 1724, died 
February following. 6. Henry, December i, 
1726. 7. Thomas, August, 1728, died in 1729. 
8. Sarah, May 12, 1730, married Nicholas Col- 
lins. 9. Almy or Amy, March 8. 1731. 10. 
Catherine, May 15, 1734. 11. Thomas. Oc- 
tober, 1738, died about 1756, unmarried, in 
his majesty's service in the French war; will 
dated April 30, 1756; brother Henry' a lega- 
tee. 12. Margery, August 19, 1739. 

(TV) Jonathan, son of Joshua Black, was 
born February 15, 1720. He probably settled 
in Limington. 

(V) Josiah, son or nephew of Jonathan 
Black, was born in 1750, died at Limington, 
July 4, 1840. According to the Saco history 
he W'as of the family given above. The above 
records, in fact, include all that is known 
of this family down to Josiah Black, of Lim- 
ington. He married Martha Cookson and set- 
tled in Limington before the revolution. He 
was a soldier in the continental army, and 
served in the campaign in Vermont ending 
with Burgoyne's surrender, October 7, 1777. 
Children: i. Mary, born May 10, 1775, mar- 
ried Jacob Small. 2. John, August 31, 1777, 
mentioned below. 3. Joab, November 4, 1780, 
married Hannah Hamlin ; children born at 
Limington: i. Josiah, born October 31, 1802; 
ii. Olive, August 14, 1804; iii. Hannah, Decem- 
ber 18, 1809; iv. Ira, September 8, 181 1; v. 
Lovina, October 20, 1814. 4. Josiah, August 
31, 1784, married Mary Libby, of Scarbor- 
ough, where he died July, 1864; children: i. 
Zebulon, born December 12, 1808, married El- 
mira Emerson; ii. John, December 24. 1810, 
married, July 17, 1837, Roxanna Andrews, of 
Bethel, and has two daughters, , Olive and 
Hannah; iii. Josiah S., November 29, 1812, 
married Eunice B. Smith and had son David 
T., born , December 27, 1838; iv. Jilercy, Jan- 
uary 21, 1815, died young; v. Martha, March 
29, 1817, married John J. Plaisted ; vi. David 
I.. September 28. 1819; vii. Joab, had son Al- 
vah, father of Charles A. Black, teacher in 
Paris Hill Academy and Norway Liberal In- 
stitute ; viii. Aimer, April 13. 1824, married 
Betsey Bailey; ix. Mary L., May 6, 1827, mar- 

ried Lorenzo Goodwin. 5. IMercy, January 8, 
1789, married Amos Libby. 6. Aaron, Sep- 
tember ID, 1791, married Lydia Libby. 7. 
Betsey, February 22, 1798. 

( \'I ) John, son of Josiah Black, was born, 
in Limington, Maine, August 31, 1777. He 
married Hannah Hamlin. Children born ini 
Limington: i. John, mentioned below. 2.- 

(VII) John (2), son of John (i) Black, 
born in Limington in 1807, died in 1879. He' 
married Mary Anderson, of Limington. Chil- 
dren, born in Porter, Maine: Frank Melville, 
Alary, Marcia, Abbie, Henry, James Anderson, 
mentioned below. 

(VIII) James Anderson, son of John (2)' 
Black, was born February 3, 1851, in Porter,. 
Maine. He was educated in the public schools- 
of his native town. When he was fifteen years- 
old he removed to Lynn and went to work in. 
a boot and shoe factory, attending the night 
school for two years. He then returned tO' 
Porter and engaged in farming for a time. He 
removed to Moultonborough, New Hampshire, . 
and established himself in the wood and lum- 
ber business. He continued in business for 
about sixteen years. He was a Republican in: 
politics and served on the board of selectmen! 
of the town of Moultonborough. He was a 
member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge at 
Kezar Falls, Alaine. He married, October 
25, 1876, Dora Lizzie Fox, of Porter, born 
April 24, 1858. Children:' i. James Orion. 
2. Laura May, mentioned below. 3. Nina 

(IN) Dr. Laura May, daughter of James 
Anderson Black, was born in Porter, Septem- 
ber 8, 1879. She attended the public schools 
of Aloultonborough and Brewster Academy 
at Wolf borough, New Hampshire, graduating 
in i8g8. After teaching school two years, she 
began the study of her profession in the Col- 
lege of Physicians and Surgeons, Boston, 
where she graduated in 1904 with the degree 
of M. D. Since January, 1906, she has been 
practicing medicine at Saco, Maine. 

Thomas Plenry Black was born 
BLACK in Ireland in 1798. He came to 

St. Alartins, New Brunswick, 
about 1820, and having received an excellent 
education in Ireland, he engaged as a school- 
teacher in New Brunswick, and later in life 
served as lumber merchant, ship-builder and 
general merchandise storekeeper. He married 
Alary Fownes, who was a native of St. Alar- 
tins, New Brunswick. Children, all born in 
St. Alartins : Alelissa, Sarah Jane, William T., 



Mary, Louise, Henry Allen, a successful con- 
tractor and builder in Boston, Massachusetts ; 
Grace. Judson Burpee, a physician and mem- 
ber of the parliament of the Dominion of Can- 
ada, and in 1908 was returned with the largest 
majority in Nova Scotia. Thomas Henry 
Black died at St. Martins, New Brunswick, 

(H) W'illiam T., eldest son and third child 
of Thomas Henry and Mary (Fownes) Black, 
was born in St. Martins, New Brunswick, Oc- 
tober 20, 1830. He was a pupil in the public 
' schools of St. Martins and at Mount Allison 
Academy, Sackville, New Brunswick, and was 
graduated from the Provincial Normal school. 
Saint John, New Brunswick. He gained his 
first knowledge of medicine in the office of 
James Hunter, M. D., of St. John, New 
Brunswick, where he read medicine under the 
direction of Dr. Hunter, one of the most 
learned physicians and surgeons of his time 
in the province. He then took the regular 
course in medicine and surgery in the Pennsyl- 
vania I\Iedical College, under such noted 
teachers as the elder Stille, Francis G. Smith, 
etc., graduating Doctor of Medicine in 1857. 
He began practice in Moncton, New Bruns- 
wick, and his skill was soon recognized by the 
public and by the officers of the European and 
North American railway (now the Interco- 
lonial), then under construction, which gave 
him unusual opportunities in the practice of 
surgery. In i860 he removed to Calais, Maine, 
where he practiced medicine and surgery up 
to the advent of the southern rebellion, wdien 
he volunteered his service in the Union army 
and was commissioned assistant surgeon in 
the Twelfth i\Iaine Volunteer Infantry and 
mustered in December 28, 1861, and his regi- 
ment was assigned to the southern division 
under General Butler, and with his regiment 
was among the first of the army to occupy 
New Orleans. Fie was appointed medical 
examiner for the first Union volunteer regi- 
ments raised in New Orleans, and was ap- 
pointed surgeon of First Louisiana Volunteers. 
He remained in the United States volunteer 
service up to May 29, 1863, when he was 
granted leave of absence on account of the 
condition of his health, impaired by service in 
the sickly camp occupied by the Union army 
on the Mississippi river. He was granted a 
leave of absence and returned to Maine hoping 
that a northern climate would restore his 
health : in this he was disappointed, and at the 
expiration of his leave of absence tendered his 
resignation, and was honorably discharged on 

July 23, 1863. He resumed the practice of 
medicine at Calais, Maine. In the latter part 
of 1869 and until August, 1870, he spent in 
Europe visiting the medical schools in Great 
Britain and the Continent. In 1885 he was 
forced by ill health to relinquish his practice 
and retire to a farm in Nova Scotia which he 
purchased and cultivated for nearly five years. 
This treatment of his body and mind served 
to reinstate his health, and he resumed his 
practice and was still so engaged in 1908, 
although seventy-eight years of age. He had 
hoped for years to retire from active practice, 
but the old friends who relied on him for 
medical advice and help would not allow him 
to entirely discontinue practice, but he took 
no new business and gradually obtained the 
ease he had so well earned, through the con- 
sideration of these friends. He found his best 
comfort and ease in his beautiful home below 
the city of Calais on the bank of the river 
Ste. Croix, and from there he kept in touch 
and continued his membership in the Wash- 
ington County jMedical Society and the Coun- 
cil of Physicians and Surgeons of New Bruns- 
wick. He has been a member of the United 
States Pension Examining Board at Calais for 
many years, and since July, 1908, the presi- 
dent of the board. He is a member of the 
Masonic fraternity, being a Blue Lodge and 
Royal Arch Mason. 

Dr. Black married, December 9, 1857, 
Frances E. Cutts, of Eastport, Maine. They 
never had their lives made glad by the birth 
of children, but this deprivation was the gain 
of the children of others who came within the 
larger circle of their lives, giving them the 
unstinted love and care that they were de- 
prived of showering on their own. 

The name of Lewis was formerly 
LEWIS Lewes and originated in the 

county of Kent, England. It has 
been stated by some authorities that George 
Lewes, of Barnstable, the emigrant ancestor 
of the Bridgton Lewises, was the father of the 
George Lewis who was of Casco in 1640, but 
this has been proved erroneous by Mr. Sav- 
age, and they were probably not related to 
each other. The Goodman George Lewes, 
Senior, and Goodman George Lewes, Junior, 
of Scituate, Massachusetts, mentioned by the 
Rev. John Lothrop, were undoubtedly father 
and son. Goodman George, Senior, wrote his 
name Lewes, and his descendants retained that 
form of spelling until about the year 1700, 
since which time the present orthography has 



been in general use. Many men of marked 
ability have brought honor and distinction to 
the name in America. 

(I) George Lewes, of East Greenwich, in 
Kent, was a clothier and probably followed 
his trade in London before coming to New 
England. It is quite probable that he was a 
member of Mr. Lothrop's church in London 
at the time of its disruption in 1632, and he 
evidently emigrated shortly afterward as he 
was in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1633, and 
two years later he rejoined his former pastor 
in Scituate, where he was admitted a freeman 
in 1636-37. His home in Scituate was located 
on Kent street, the residents of which were 
mostly from that county in the mother coun- 
try and known as "the men of Kent." In 
1639 he sold his property in order to remove 
with Mr. Lothrop and the other church mem- 
bers to Barnstable, and in common with the 
rest he received land grants in the latter place. 
He served as surveyor of highways in 1648 
and 1650, rendered jury duty in 1649 ^'^d 
was constable in 1651. tie was an honest man 
and a sincere Christian, whose chief desire 
was to live in peace with his fellowmen, to 
avoid actions at law and to yield rather than 
contend with his neighbors. He died in Barn- 
stable in 1662 or 1663. His first wife, whom 
he married in England about 1626, was Sarah 
Jenkins, a sister of Edward Jenkins, who was 
subsequently a resident of Scituate. She ac- 
companied him to America and died in Barn- 
stable. The maiden surname of his second 
wife is unknown, but her given name was 
Mary, and she was living in 1670. He was the 
father of eight children, five of whom were 
probably born in England. Their names were : 
Mary, Thomas, George, James, Edward, John, 
Ephraim and Sarah. (N. B. These children 
are not given in the order of their birth.) 

(II) Lieutenant James, son of George and 
Sarah (Jenkins) Lewes, was born in Eng- 
land in 1631. Although compelled to work 
hard from daylight to dark he nevertheless 
found the means of gratifying a desire for 
the acquisition of knowledge by devoting the 
long winter evenings to study under the direc- 
tion of the pastor, and at his majority he was 
well prepared for the business of life. Like 
his father he was both honest and industrious, 
but unlike his progenitor he possessed the fac- 
ulty of acquiring property and he became 
wealthy. He was made a freeman in 1658; 
rendered the customary jury service; was for 
many years an officer in the local militia com- 
pany and probably served in King Philip's 
war; was a selectman for the years 1679-81- 

89-90; but did not unite with the church until 
1699, when he was si.xty-eight years old. He 
died October 4, 1713. His will was dated 
May 8, 1713, and proved October 17 of that 
year. October 31, 1655, he married Sarah, 
daughter of George Lane, of Hingham. Their 
children, all born in Barnstable, were ; John, 
Samuel, Sarah, James, Ebenezer, George, Jo- 
seph, Susannah, Mary and Hannah. 

(III) Ebenezer, fourth son and fifth child 
of Lieutenant James and Sarah (Lane) Lewes, 
was born in Barnstable, December 20, 1666. 
He acquired both wealth and prominence ; 
was one of the most able business men of 
Barnstable in his day ; held various town offices 
and was judge of the court of common pleas. 
The date of his death does not appear in the 
records at hand. In 1691 he married Anna, 
daughter of Hon. Barnabas Lothrop, and on 
February 28, 1728. he married for his second 
wife Rebecca Sturgis, of Yarmouth. The lat- 
ter died April 10, 1734, aged sixty-five years. 
His children, all of his first union, were: 
Sarah, Susannah, James, Ebenezer, Hannah, 
Lothrop, George, Nathaniel, John, David and 

(IV) George (2), fourth son and seventh 
child of Ebenezer and Anna (Lothrop) Lewes, 
was born in Barnstable, April 5, 1704. He 
occupied the homestead and was an industrious 
and useful citizen who refrained from partici- 
pating in public affairs. Being contemporary 
with his Uncle George, he is designated in the 
Barnstable town records as George Lewes, 
Junior, and he died about the year 1757. His 
will, which was dated July 19, of that year, 
disposed of property inventoried at two hun- 
dred and eighty-four pounds. September 12, 
1737, he married Sarah Thacher, of Yar- 
mouth, and her death occurred April 30, 1762. 
Their children were : "Annah," Thankful 
(who died in infancy), John, Thankful, Sarah, 
Temperance (who also died in infancy), 
George, Temperance (who died aged about 
seven months), Josiah, another Temperance, 
Susannah and James. 

(V) Major George (3) Lewis, second son 
and seventh child of George (2) and Sarah 
(Thacher) Lewes, was born in Barnstable, 
April 9, 1741. He was one of the most dis- 
tinguished members of the family, acquiring 
prominence both in civil and militarv life, and 
he settled in Gorham, Maine, where his death 
occurred July 24, 1819. October 12, 1760, he 
married for his first wife Mary, daughter of 
Hon. Daniel Davis, a revolutionary soldier of 
distinction, and she died in February, 1782, 
aged forty-one years. His second wife was 



Desire, daughter of Samuel Parker, of West 
Barnstable. His first wife bore him eleven 
.children: Mehitable, Colonel Lothrop, Sarah, 
"Annah," James, Ansel, George, Daniel Davis, 
Mary, Robert and Abigail, the last two of 
whom were twins. Colonel Lothrop Lewis 
was a prominent resident of Gorham; a sur- 
veyor of recognized ability and at one time 
state land agent. Abigail married Captain 
William Prentiss and became the mother of 
the distinguished American lawyer and orator, 
Sargent S. Prentiss ; also of Rev. George Lew- 
is Prentiss, D. D., the eminent theologian. 

(VI) Major George (4), fourth son and 
seventh child of Major George (3) and Mary 
(Davis) Lewis, was born in Barnstable, 
March 28, 1775. Locating in Bridgton, Maine, 
he turned his attention to agriculture and be- 
came one of the prominent farmers of that 
locality. For many years he was connected 
with the militia and held the rank of major. 
His death occurred in Bridgton, September 
19, 1857. He married Ruthy Lincoln, and 
their children were: Ruth, Lincoln, Royal, 
Harriet, Tabitha, Lothrop, Jerusha and Sarah. 

(VII) Lothrop, third son and sixth child 
of Major George (4) and Ruthy (Lincoln) 
Lewis, was born in Bridgton, September 4, 
1805. He was reared and educated in his 
native town, where in early manhood he en- 
gaged in tilling the soil, and the active period 
of his life was devoted to that calling. During 
the anti-slavery agitation he earnestly support- 
ed the cause of Abolition, and in 1847 repre- 
sented his district in the lower branch of the 
state legislature. He also supported with vigor 
the cause of total abstinence from intoxicating 
liquors and belonged to the Sons of Temper- 
ance. He was very active in religious work 
and a leading member of the Congregational 
church at Bridgton Center. He died in that 
town, October 25, 1879. December 25, 1832, 
he married Mary Jones, of Waterford. She 
became the mother of five children : Caroline 
Peabody, Mary Elizabeth, George, Lothrop 
Lincoln and Edward Lyman. 

(VIII) Rev. George, D. D. (5), third child 
and eldest son of Lothrop and Mary (Jones) 
Lewis, was born in Bridgton, January 21, 
1839. From the North Bridgton Academy he 
entered Bowdoin College, receiving his bach- 
elor's degree and later entering the Bangor 
Theological Seminary, was graduated in 1865. 
He was ordained a Congregational minister 
the same year and installed pastor of a church 
in Bedford, Massachusetts, but owing to im- 
paired health was later obliged to suspend his 
labors and seek a warmer climate. After 

spending some time in Florida with beneficial 
results he resumed pastoral work in Jersey 
City, remaining there three years, and from 
1874 to the present time he has been located 
in South Berwick. Bowdoin College conferred 
upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of 
Divinity in 1 904. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican. On November 28, 1865, Dr. Lewis was 
united in marriage with Katharine B., daugh- 
ter of Colonel Hugh D. and Elizabeth (Lewis) 
McLellan, of Gorham. The McLellans are of 
Scotch-Irish ancestry, and are said to be the 
descendants of Sir Hugh McLellan, of Argyle- 
shire, Scotland. They took refuge in the 
North of Ireland during the seventeenth cen- 
tury. The Gorham family was founded in 
America by Hugh and Elizabeth McLellan. 
of county Antrim, Ireland, who came from 
Londonderry to Boston in 1733, and proceed- 
ing to Alaine they settled as pioneers in Gor- 
ham. Their children were : William, born 
in Ireland ; Abigail, Mary, Alexander, Cary. 
Jane, Martha, Thomas and Martha. Dr. 
George and Katharine B. (McLellan) Lewis 
are the parents of three sons : Hugh Mc- 
Lellan, born October 26, 1868; Philip Prescott, 
September 26, 1870, and George Lothrop, 
June 10, 1878. All were fitted for college at 
the South Berwick Academy. Hugh j\l., who 
is a graduate of the L'niversity of Maine, is 
married and resides in Brunswick, Maine. 
Philip P. is a graduate of the Maine Medical 
school of Bowdoin College, and is now a phy- 
sician in Gorham. George L., a graduate of 
Bowdoin, is now librarian of the Westfield 
(Mass.) Atheneum. 

This surname, identical with 
MOOR More, Moore, Muir, ]\Iure and 

Moir in Scotland, is credited with 
various derivations, the most obvious being 
the taking of the name from the race of 
Moors, in the same way that we find such 
names as Scott, English, French, etc. The 
Scotch family of this name was established 
before 1263, in Ayrshire. Lanarkshire and 
Renfrewshire. When King James planted the 
English Presbyterians in the north of Ireland, 
the history of the Scotch-Irish there began. 
In the precinct of Orier, county Armagh, one 
thousand acres were granted to Sir Gerald 
Aloore, knight, privy councillor. In the pre- 
cinct of Tullagharvy, county Cavan, fifteen 
hundred acres were granted to Brent Moore, 
and Archibald (Arthur) Moore. In the pre- 
cinct of Portlough, county Donegal, Hugh and 
William ^loore were settlers as early as 1613. 
In 1629, in the precinct of Lurg and Coolema- 



kernan, county Fermanagh, among the lessees 
of John Archdale, occur the names of Thom- 
as and Wilham Edward Moore. Sir Gerald 
Moore built a stone "bawn" (sic) and a small 
house "inhabited by an Irishman," on his thou- 
sand acres. Before 1630 Archibald Moor had 
a grant in Clonmahone, county Cavan, and 
there erected a strong sod "bawn" and an Irish 
house. From 1610 to the present time the 
Moor family of the north of Ireland have been 
practically all of pure Scotch ancestry, and 
Presbyterian in religion. In the three coun- 
ties of Antrim, Londonderry and Tyrone one 
hundred and eighty-five of this surname were 
born in 1890, indicating a population in those 
■counties alone of upward of eight thousand 
by the name of Moore or Moor. 

(I) Deacon James Moor, immigrant ances- 
tor of the family in America, was born in 
1702, in county Tyrone, Ulster province, Ire- 
land, descended doubtless from one of the 
Scotch pioneers mentioned above. He died in 
Pembroke, formerl}' Suncook, New Hamp- 
shire, March 11, 1773. He came to America 
in 1725, and was one of the first settlers of 
New Hampshire at what was called Suncook 
by the Indians. He went to Londonderry on 
a tour of inspection, and secured the refusal 
of the rights of Joseph Farrar, June 5, 1729, 
bought tlie property by deed dated November 
24, 1729. and used to say that his family was 
the second to settle in the township, where 
■he built the first frame dwelling, which, al- 
tered from time to time, is yet standing on 
the old farm, and was lately occupied by Sam- 
uel Emery, grandson of the pioneer. Moor 
was deacon of the Presbyterian church, and a 
man of prominence. He married, in Ireland, 
Agnes Colbreth ( family name also Colbath, 
Colbreath, and Galbraith). Vice-President 
Henry Wilson was a Colbath by birth, having 
had his name changed after he was an adult. 
His ancestors came from the same section of 
Ireland as Agnes Colbreth — Londonderry or 
Tyrone. Children of James Moor: i. James. 
2. William, married Hannah . 3. Han- 
nah, born August 5, 1732. 4. Ephraim, mar- 
ried (first) Hannah Rogers; (second) Febru- 
ary 27, 1783, Jennie Moore. 5. John, had sev- 
en children at Pembroke. 6. Daniel, men- 
tioned below. 7. Robert, born May i, 1741, 
married Ruhamah Mitchell. 8. Daughter, 
married Robert Kelsea. 9. Daughter, married 
Ephraim Foster. 10. Eunice, married, Sep- 
tember 24, 1781, James Merrill, of Chichester. 
(II) Captain Daniel, son of Deacon James 
Moor, was born in Pembroke, New Hamp- 
shire, June 21, 1735. He settled in Deerfield, 

adjacent to Pembroke, and became a promi- 
nent citizen and soldier. He was friendly with 
the Indians until the French and Indian war, 
when the Indians left the vicinity of Pem- 
broke, and went to Canada, committing out- 
rages and taking prisoners on the way. Moor 
was in service against them. When the revo- 
lution broke out he was one of the first on 
his way to Lexington at the head of a com- 
pany, and fought under Colonel John Stark at 
Bunker Hill, and stood at the side of Major 
McClary when he was struck with a cannon 
ball, and was one of those who opened a 
grave and buried him on the spot. He was 
also in the service in 1776-77, and at the bat- 
tle of Saratoga. Later in life he was a pen- 
sioner on account of his revolutionary serv- 
ice. He kept the first tavern in Pembroke. 
Some of his children spelled their name Moor, 
others Moore, and their descendants are sim- 
ilarly divided. Captain Moor married (first) 
Margaret White; (second) Elizabeth White, 
not a sister of his first wife, born March, 1738. 
died November 29, 1828, daughter of William 
White. Some of the children were born at 
Deerfield, others at Pembroke. By first wife : 
I. Jane White, born October, 1761, married 
Theophilus Stevens. 2. Isaac, drummer boy 
at Bunker Hill, in his father's company. 3. 
James, married, June 21, 1787, Elizabeth For- 
rest, of Pembroke; was in his father's com- 
pany as waiter or servant at battle of Bunker 
Hill. 4. Agnes, married David Robinson, of 
Deerfield. 5. Betsey. 6. Daughter, died young. 
Children of second wife : 7. Daniel, mentioned 
below. 8. Peggy, married Hunt ; set- 
tled at Cayuga Lake, New York. 9. Polly, 
married Joseph Prescott, of Deerfield ; died at 
Garland, Maine, ilarch 26, 1841. 10. Joseph, 
lost at sea. 11. Abigail, married (first) Gil- 
man Fellows; (second) John Philbrick ; lived 
in Waterville, Maine ; she died at Skowhegan, 
Maine, ninety-eight years old, and is buried 
at Waterville. 12. Nancy, born November 19, 
1781, married Captain James Moore, of Pem- 

(Ill) Daniel (2), son of Captain Daniel 
(i) Moor, was born in Pembroke, February 
17, 1771, died at Waterville, Alaine, August 
30, 1 85 1. He was a soldier in the revolution. 
He removed to Winslow, now Waterville, 
Maine, in 1798. He was a farmer. His three 
eldest sons were engaged in boating and lum- 
bering, and kept a general store. They built 
river steamers by the score, sold five in Cali- 
fornia, two of their steam vessels were bought 
by Cornelius \'anderbilt Sr. for use in the 
South American trade, and several went to 



Nova Scotia. A large mimber plied the Ken- 
nebec, and it was a common sight to see half 
a dozen at a time at the wharf in Waterville, 
where the Lockwood mills now stand. In 
1848 there were five steamboats plying daily 
between Waterville and Augusta. Daniel 
Moor married Rebecca Spring, born Septem- 
ber 19, 1771, died August 14, 1831, daughter 
of Daniel and Sarah (Norcross) Spring. Chil- 
dren : 1. Joseph March, born 1798, married 
Caroline Barnerville. 2. Agnes, 1800. 3. 
Julia, 1803. 4. William, see forward. 5. 
Henry, 1807, graduate of Waterville College, 
entered United States navy, died in Cuba. 
March 21, 1853; married Ann Nora Lyon, of 
New York city. 6. Daniel, i8og, died Feb- 
ruary 14, 1890; married Mary Ann Moore. 7. 
W\man Bradbury Sevey, 181 1, died March 
10, 1869; was a well-equipped lawyer; became 
prominent in politics; was for a time United 
States senator from Maine; afterward consul- 
general to Canada, residing in Montreal ; held 
important government position in Washington 
City, where his death occurred from eiifects of 
impure water ; married Clara Ann Cook. 8. 
Rebecca Elizabeth, 1814, died March 30, 1902; 
married Rev. Freeman Tilton ; (second) Rev. 
Arthur Drinkwater. 

(IV) William, son of Daniel (2) Moor, 
was born March i, 1805. died in Minneapolis, 
1872. He was in partnership with his broth- 
ers in the ship-building business, as described 
above. In the forties he and his brother Dan- 
iel built a long four-story building in which 
they manufactured gang-saws, iron and steel 
shovels, and operated a plaster mill and grist 
mill. Part of the building was also used by 
the firm for storage for their extensive grain 
and feed business and merchandise. This 
building was lost by fire July 15, 1849, was 
rebuilt, and burned down again in 1859. After 
the Maine Central railroad came to Water- 
ville from Portland, ship-building and trading 
on the river collapsed, and the vessels were 
sent to other ports. Mr. Moor married, Sep- 
tember ID, 1832, Cornelia Ann Dunbar, born 
January 9, 1809, died October 13, 1883. daugh- 
ter of Lemuel, born May 3, 1781, died August 
16, 1865, and Cordana (Fobes) Dunbar, of 
Bridgewater, born October i, 1783, died April 
18, 1869. Her father was son of Peter and 
Alice (Alger) Dunbar, grandson of Samuel 
and Mary (Hay ward) Dunbar, and great- 
grandson of James and Jane (Harris) Dun- 
bar. James Dunbar was a son of Robert and 
Rose Dunbar, who came from Dunbar. Scot- 
land, and settled in Hingham, Massachusetts, 
in 1650. (Hingham History.) Jane Dimbar 

was daui;hter of Isaac and Mercy (Latham) 
Harris, granddaughter of Robert and Susan- 
na (Winslow) Latham, and great-grand- 
daughter of John and Mary (Chilton) Win- 
slow. Mary Chilton came to Plymouth in the 
"Mayflower" with her parents, and was the 
first woman to step ashore at the landing of the 
Pilgrims; she died in Boston, in 1679. Chil- 
dren of William Moor: i. Daniel Webster, 
born June 27, 1833, killed in California by the 
explosion of a steamboat, 1853. 2. Ann Cor- 
nelia, February 16, 1835, married, October 24, 
1855. Dr. Nathan G. H. Pulsifer (see sketch). 
3. William Alonzo, born November 24, 1838, 
died in Minnesota; married (first) Clara Day; 

(second) Estella ; had three children 

by first and one by second wife. 4. Edwin B., 
born June 28, 1842, died 1892; married Clara 
Watson; (second) Estella Parker. 5. Andrew 
J., born December 22, 1846, died in 1895. Chil- 
dren of Lemuel and Cordana (Fobes) Dun- 
bar : Otis, married Mary Talbot. Cornelia 
Ann, married William Moor. Olivia S., born 
September 3, 181 1, died April 30, 1836. Mary 
Haywood, born August 27, 1816, died Febru- 
ary 27, 1885; married a Mr. Coffin. Peter, 
born Rlay 12, 1821, died March 3, 1861 ;■ for a 
second wife married a Garcelon. Edwin, mar- 
ried Eliza Joy. Alice Alger, born October 3, 
1818, died September 16, 1900. Armenia 
Fobes, born November 28, 1823, died Novem- 
ber 17, 1887. Lemuel, born April 17, 1826, 
died March 3, 1908. 

This surname is of French 
PULSIFER origin, and the progenitor 
was of French Huguenot 
stock. The name is spelled Pulsever, Pulcifer, 
and in various other ways, in the early rec- 
ords. The name is not recognized by the 
authorities as an English surname, though t'-e 
first settler may have been from Guernsey, or 
elsewhere on or near the English char ae\, 
where many French Protestants took rcf ge. 
The nearest French resemblance to the name 
is Pulosevits, the pronunciation of which 
might give rise to the spellings in vogue dur- 
ing the life of the pioneer. The coat-of-arms 
is given in Rietstap : De gu. a'une aigle de 
profil d"or le vol leve perchee sur un serpent 
de sin. ondoant en forme de S pose en bends la 
tete en haut. Crest : Un lion ramp, patti d'or 
et de gu. tenant de ses pattes un demi-vol 
de gu. 

(I) John Pulsifer, immigrant ancestor, born 
about 1650-60. in France, found a Huguenot 
place of refuge in England. He settled in 
Gloucester, [Massachusetts, in 1680, according 



to tradition, on the spot still occupied by a 
descendant on the old road leading to Coffin's 
Beach. In 1688 he had a parcel of land grant- 
ed by the town, "given to the house where he 
then lived." He married, in Gloucester, De- 
cember 31, 1684, Joanna Kent. The only 
other early settler named Pulsifer was Bene- 
dict Pulsifer, of Ipswich, who was probably 
father or near relative of John. The "His- 
tory of Gloucester" says : "A tradition was 
current some years that a man of this family 
was one of a number of fishermen who were 
taken from two schooners by Indians at 
Sheepscot river, Maine, in the early part of 
last (eighteenth) century. The Indians fas- 
tened the men to stakes and then barbarously 
tomahawked them all except Pulsifer, who 
was suffered to live, and after three months 
confinement among the savages made his es- 
cape and returned to Gloucester. His mind 
was so much affected by the awful sight of 
the murder of his companions and his own suf- 
ferings that the mention of the word Indian 
would throw him into a paroxysm of fright. 
It is said that in one of these paroxysms he 
wandered about in the woods a week, having 
fled thither upon being told that some sav- 
ages were near in a boat." Children of John 
Pulsifer: i. John, born November 17, 1685, 
died August 27, 1707. 2. Joanna, October 7, 
1688. 3. Mary, April 8, 1691. 3. Thomas, 
February 10, 1693, had homestead at Glouces- 
ter; married (first) Sarah Grover, January 6, 
1726; (second) October 29, 1730, Hannah 
Woodward ; had sons Thomas, Nathaniel and 
Samuel, and three daughters ; Nathaniel, born 
May 29, 1736, was a soldier in the French and 
Indian war; married, 1765, Abigail Proctor; 
had five daughters in succession, then four 
sons — Nathan, Samuel, Epes and Isaac ; th-e 
last named Nathan died December 25, 1765, 
aged eighty-six ; Thomas, the father, died Sep- 
tember 27, 1778. 4. Ebenezer, July 20, 1695, 
married, February 11, 1720, Huldah Silley, 
and had several children. 5. Mary, April 2"], 
1697. 6. David, January 9, 1701, see for- 
ward. 7. Jonathan, July 30, 1704, married. 
December 11, 1729, Susanna Hadley ; children: 
Susanna, Jonathan, Samuel. 

(II) David (i), son of John Pulsifer, was 
born in Gloucester, January 9, 1701. He re- 
sided there, and married Mary . He 

doubtless followed the sea. Children : David, 
and three daughters. 

(III) David (2), son of David Pulsifer, was 
born in Gloucester, September 29, 1731. He 
married a cousin, Flannah Pulsifer, of Brent- 
wood, New Hampshire, and settled in Poland, 

Maine. He was a soldier in the revolution, 
from Gloucester, a private in Captain Charles 
Smith's company, also matross in Captain 
William Ellery's company. First Artillery, 
1776. Children: Jonathan, and probably 

(IV) Jonathan, son of David (2) Pulsifer, 
was born in Gloucester about 1770. He mar- 
ried, August 30, 1789, Polly Rust, born Sep- 
tember I, 1769, died 1862. He settled in 
Poland, Maine, with his father. Two chil- 
dren grew to maturity : Moses Rust, men- 
tioned below, and Benjamin. 

(V) Moses Rust, M. D., son of Jonathan 
Pulsifer, born in Poland, Maine, September 
10, 1799, died January 2"], 1877. He was ed- 
ucated in the district schools, and studied the 
profession of medicine. He practiced at Eden, 
Sullivan and Ellsworth, Hancock county, 
Maine. He married, 1819, Mary Strout Dunn, 
born May 30, 1801, died March 11, 1850, 
daughter of Hon. Josiah and Sally (Barnes) 
Dunn. Her father was born September 8, 
1779, and died February 3, 1843. Her mother 
was born January 11, 1783, and died Decem- 
ber 29, 1858, daughter of Rev. Thomas 
Barnes, who was a representative to the gen- 
eral court of Massachusetts ; a monument to 
his memory was erected in Norway, Maine, by 
the Universalists. Children of Dr. Moses Rust 
Pulsifer; I. Josiah Dunn, born 1822, was the 
first stenographer employed in the courts of 
Maine for reporting, and held that office a 
number of years ; he compiled a "Digest of 
Maine" during this period. 2. Nathan Gold- 
smith Howard, January 24, 1824, see for- 
ward. 3. Reuben, 1826. a farmer. 4. Caro- 
line, married B. F. Crocker, of Hyannis, Mas- 
sachusetts. 5. Augustus Moses, June 15, 1834, 
see forward. 6. Horatio, became a medical 
practitioner. 7. Thomas Benton, became a 
physician ; practiced at Yarmouth, Massachu- 
setts. 8. Ella Dunn, married Joseph Bassett, 
of Yarmouthport, Massachusetts. Children of 
second wife : 9. Georgia, married Dr. Charles 
Byron Porter, of Old Town, Maine. 10. 
Charles Leslie, a farmer at Corinna, Maine. 

(VI) Nathan Goldsmith Howard, M. D., 
son of Dr. Moses Rust Pulsifer, was born Jan- 
uary 24, 1824, in Eden, Mount Desert, Han- 
cock county, Maine, and died in Waterville, 
Maine, December 3, 1893. He attended the 
common schools of Eden and Minot, Maine, 
and studied for his profession at the Dart- 
mouth Medical School, from which he grad- 
uated with the class of 1847. He had previ- 
ously studied in the offices of his father and 
Dr. N. C. Harris, and assisted them in prac- 



tice. Immediately after receiving his degree 
he began to practice at Fox Island, Maine. 
In 1849, when the gold fever broke out, he 
went to California as doctor in the barkentine 
"Belgrade," around Cape Horn, the voyage 
lasting six months. He remained in California 
two years, returning in 185 1 to Ellsworth, 
where he practiced a short time, then spent a 
year in study in medical schools and hospitals 
in New York and Philadelphia, and from 1852 
to the time of his death practiced in Water- 
ville, Maine. He had a very large practice, 
and ranked among the leaders in his profes- 
sion for many years. He was held in the 
highest esteem by his fellow practitioners as 
well as by the families whom he served. His 
judgment was sound, his ability and fidelity 
remarkable. He was a director and vice-presi- 
dent of the People's National Bank of Water- 
ville, and was president for ten years imme- 
diately preceding his death. In politics he 
was a Republican, and in religion a Unitarian. 
He was a member of the American Homoe- 
opathic Association, and the Maine State 
Homoeopathic Society. During the last twen- 
ty years of his life he devoted much attention 
to his real estate investments in Waterville, 
and was prominent in financial circles. He 
married, October 24, 1855, Ann Cornelia 
Moor, born February 16, 1835, in Waterville, 
daughter of William and Cornelia Ann (Dun- 
bar) Moor. (See Moor family.) Children: 
I. Nora, born January 24, 1856, married 
Frank Lorenzo Thayer, son of Lorenzo Eu- 
gene and Sarah (Chase) Thayer; children: 
Nathan Piilsifer, born December 20, 1878; 
Lorenzo Eugene, born March 8, 1883 ; Frank 
L. Jr., born December 5, 1895. 2. Cornelia 
Ann, August 8, i860, married Herbert L. Kel- 
ley, son of Herbert L. and Mary(Crie) Kel- 
ley ; child : Cornelia Pulsif er, born February 
17, 1897. 3. William ]\Ioor, August 18, 1863, 
see forward. 4. Ralph H., August 19, 1865, 
see forward. 

(VH) William Moor, M. D., son of Dr. 
Nathan G. H. Pulsifer, was born in Water- 
ville, August 18, 1863. He attended the pub- 
lic schools, graduated from Coburn Classical 
Institute in 1878, from Colby University in 
1882, and from the Harvard Medical School 
in 1887. He took a post-graduate course in 
the Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, 
in 1890. He opened an office and practiced for 
a time in Skowhegan, removed in 1892 to 
W'ater\^ille. where he practiced until 1900, 
when he again located in Skowhegan. and has 
since been engaged in practice there. He 
married, October 2, 1896, Helen G. Libby, 

daughter of Isaac C. and Helen Libby. They 
have one child, Libby William Moor, born 
March 27, 1899. 

(VH) Ralph H., M. D., son of Dr. Nathan 
G. H. Pulsifer, was born in Waterville, Au- 
gust 19, 1865. He attended the public schools; 
prepared for college in the Coburn Classical 
Institute, where he was graduated in 1882. 
He graduated from Colby University in the 
class of 1886. He studied for his profession 
at the Boston University Medical School, 
where he received his degree of M. D. in 
1889. He also graduated from Hahnemann 
Medical College of Philadelphia in 1890. He 
practiced for two years in Waterville, for five 
years in Vassalborough, then at Skowhegan 
until 1897, when he returned to Waterville, 
where he is now permanently located. He 
married, February 23, 1893, Grace Goodridge 
Yeaton, born May 23, 1871, daughter of Free- 
man G. and Ellen (Page) Yeaton, of Bel- 
grade. Child, Page Moor, born August 20, 

(VT) Augustus Moses, son of Dr. Moses 
Rust Pulsifer, was born in Sullivan, Hancock 
county, Maine, June 15, 1834. He received 
his early education at Hebron Academy 
(Alaine), the IMaine Wesleyan Seminary at 
Kent's Hill and 'J^V'aterville Academy (Maine), 
and after attending Waterville College, now 
Colby University, one year, entered Bowdoin 
College, where he was graduated in 1858. He 
taught in the public schools of Maine, Massa- 
chusetts and New Hampshire and in 1858-59 
was principal of the Lewiston Falls Academy 
in Auburn, Maine. He read law in the offices 
of Record, Walton & Luce at Auburn, iMaine, 
and was admitted to the Androscoggin county 
bar in September, i860. From that time he 
has practiced law in Auburn. From 1870 to 
1873 he was county attorney of Androscoggin 
county. He has also been chairman of the 
school board of Auburn and president of the 
common council. He is president of the water 
commissioners, organized in 1895, and was 
one of the projectors arid prime movers in 
forming the Auburn Aqueduct Company. He 
w'as interested in building Roak Block, Au- 
burn, and in other real estate investments in 
that city. He has been exceedingly active in 
business, especially in promoting various cor- 
porate and public enterprises. In 1870 he 
organized the Androscoggin Water Pow'er 
Company and has been treasurer to the pres- 
ent time. This corporation owns and operates 
the Barker Cotton Alill in Auburn, of wdiich 
]Mr. Pulsifer is treasurer and managing di- 
rector. He is one of the founders of the Au- 



burn public library and has been trustee from 
the first ; was one of the incorporators of the 
Auburn Young Men's Christian Association; 
also one of the founders of the Sixth Street 
Congregational Church of Auburn, of which 
he is a member. He has been prominent in 
the temperance movement. In politics he has 
always been a Republican. He is a member of 
the Maine Historical Society and of the Maine 
Genealogical Society ; also of the Home Mar- 
ket Club of Boston. He married, July 2, 
1863, Harriet, daughter of Hon. George W. 
Chase, of Auburn. Children: i. Jennie 
Deane, who is at the head of the art depart- 
ment of the Ohio Wesleyan University. 2. 
James Augustus, attorney at law at Auburn. 
3. Dr. Tappan Chase, graduate of Columbia 
Medical College. 4. Mary Helen, graduate of 
Mount Holyoke College. 5. Chase, graduate 
of Bowdoin College, class of 1897. 6. Nathan, 
graduate of Bates College. 7. Harriet Chase, 
graduate of the Auburn high school. 

(For early generations see John Pulslter I.) 

(\') Benjamin, son of Jon- 
PULSIFER athan Pulsifer, was born in 
Poland, Maine, about 1810, 
and was educated in the public schools. He 
learned the trade of harness maker and fol- 
lowed it during his active life. He lived at 
what is called Minot's Corner in the town of 
Poland. He married (first) Miss Ford; (sec- 
ond) ]\Iiss Chandler, and (third) Mrs. Bur- 
nett. Children: i. Fobes F., mentioned be- 
low. 2. Angelina, widow of Timothy Down- 
ing, of Auburn, Maine. 

(VI) Fobes P., son of Benjamin Pulsifer, 
was born in Poland, Maine (now Minot), died 
1877 in Minot. He attended the common 
schools and learned the trade of his father — 
harness making. Later he took up shoema- 
king, which he followed most of his active 
years. He married Adelaide Bucknam, born 
in Massachusetts ; they lived in Auburn and 
Minot, Maine. Children: i. Orpha E., un- 
married. 2. James Brown, mentioned below. 
(\TI) James Brown, son of Fobes F. Pulsi- 
fer, was born in Auburn, October 7, 1875. 
He was brought up in the family of an uncle, 
Aldin C. Pulsifer, where his mother also 
made her home, and from early youth worked 
at farming. After receiving a common school 
education in Auburn and three years in Heb- 
ron Academy, he worked for a time in a shoe 
factory. He then engaged in the retail milk 
business on his own account and was very suc- 
cessful. After eight years of prosperous busi- 
ness he and Calvin C. Young bought the coal 

and wood business of Hastings & Smith and 
have since conducted it under the firm name of 
Pulsifer & Young. Mr. Pulsifer is a member 
of Tranquil Lodge, Free Masons; of Bradford 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; of Lewiston 
Commandery, Knights Templar, and of Kora 
Temple, Mystic Shrine, Lewiston. In politics 
an Independent. He married, October 29, 
1900, Maidee Parsons, born at Turner, Maine, 
January 6, 1877, daughter of Edward and 
Mary (Allen) Parsons, of Auburn. Child, 
Pauline Rebecca, born March 22, 1907. 

This old Scotch name has 
MITCHELL long been conspicuous in 
the history of New England, 
and its bearers have been noted for those 
Scotch qualities of industry, grit and stern ad- 
herence to principles which are proverbial. 
Many immigrants have come to these shores 
directly from Scotland and others from Eng- 
land, but the name is of noted Scotch origin 
in the early ages of Great Britain. In the 
early settlement of Maine and the development 
of its industries, past and present, it has borne 
no mean part, and is now known honorably 
throughout the United States, many of its rep- 
resentatives being descendants of those stern 
old Maine pioneers. 

(I) Experience Mitchell was one of the 
forefathers of Pilgrims, as those immigrants 
were called who came to New England in the 
first three vessels ; he arrived at Plymouth, 
Massachusetts, in the ship "Ann" in 1623 and 
had a share in the first division of lots in 
that year and of the live stock in 1627. He 
sold this place in 163 1 and removed to Ducks- 
bury, where he purchased another in 1650. 
He was an original proprietor of Bridgewa- 
ter, Massachusetts, but did not remove thither 
until late in life. He died there in 1689, aged 
about eighty. His will was made at Leyden 
with the Pilgrims and he left a brother Thom- 
as, who lived and died in Holland. His first 
wife was Jane, a daughter of Frances Cook, 
who arrived in the "Mayflower" in 1620. His 
second wife bore the same baptismal name, 
but her family name is unknown. His will 
and other documents show the names of the 
following children : Thomas. John, Jacob, Ed- 
ward. Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah and Hannah. 

(II) Jacob, son of Experience and J\lary 
Mitchell, was probably born in the old world 
and resided at Dartmouth, now Fairhaven, 
Massachusetts, where he died in 1675. He 
was a carpenter by trade, was ensign of the 
military company, and was killed with his wife 
by the Indians while they were on their way 



in the early morning to the garrison. Their 
children had been placed in the garrison the 
night before, and thus escaped the massacre. 
Thev were Jacob, Thomas and Mary. Edward 
Mitchell, a younger brother of John, who was 
then childless, took and reared these children 
in Dridgewalcr. The daughter was married 
in 1696 "to Samuel Kingman. Jacob Mitchell's 
wife, to whom lie was married in 1666, was 
Susanna, daughter of Thomas Pope, of Plym- 

(III) Jacob (2), eldest child of Jacob (i) 
and Susanna (Pope) Mitchell, was born about 
1668 and resided in Bridgewater. He mar- 
ried Deliverance, daughter of John and Eliza- 
beth Kingman, of West Bridgewater, and 
granddaughter of Henry Kingman, of Wey- 
mouth, where he was made a freeman in 1636. 
She was born in 1676 and lived but a short 
time after her marriage. Soon after her death 
Jacob Mitchell removed to Kingston, Rhode 
Island, where he married (second) Rebecca, 
daughter of Isaac Cushman. He was a black- 
smith and sold out his establishment in Kings- 
ton in 1728 and removed to North Yarmouth, 
Maine, where he died about 1744. One child, 
Jacob, was born in Bridgewater. Others in 

(IV) Jacob (3), eldest child of Jacob (2) 
and Deliverance (Kingman) Mitchell, was 
born January 10, 1697, in Bridgewater, fol- 
lowed his father to North Yarmouth in 1743, 
and died there December i, 1784. He was 
elected a deacon at the church at North Yar- 
mouth, July 10, 1745. He was married (first) 
in 1 72 1 to Mary Howland, and they were the 
parents of Mary and John. He married (sec- 
ond) Rachel (Lewis) Gushing, who was born 
June 19, 1694, and died March 15, 1768, a 
daughter of John Lewis. The records of North 
Yarmouth give the following children : David, 
Rachel, Jacob and Sarah. The family records 
give the birth of the next mentioned as Yar- 
mouth, Massachusetts. He was undoubtedly 
the son of Jacob and Rachel (Lewis) Mitchell, 
born during a temporary residence in Yar- 
mouth, which was then, of course, a part of 

(V) John, undoubtedly son of Jacob (3) 
and Rachel (Lewis) (Gushing) Mitchell, was 
born in 1733 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and 
settled in Unity, Maine, when it was a wilder- 
ness. He was a farmer, merchant and local 
magistrate and took an active interest in the 
development of the town and the advancexnent 
of church work and education. He erected 
a saw and grist mill and operated them until 
he turned them over to his son, Isaac, who 

succeeded him in business. He was religiously 
trained, maintained a high character and at- 
tained an honorable position in that part of the 
state where he resided. He was so set in his 
religious belief that he would not allow food 
to be cooked in his house on Sunday. He 
held an office in the revolutionary army. He 
married Mary Vickery Weston, a native of 
England, who came to America a short time 
before her marriage. No record appears of 
their children, but the family account makes 
the next mentioned their son. 

(VI) Isaac, fourth son of John and Mary 
Vickery (Weston) Mitchell, was born, lived 
and died in Unity. He followed his father's 
line of occupation, belonged to the same 
church and maintained a similar interest in 
municipal and educational matters. He re- 
built and enlarged the Mitchell mills as they 
were called, and filled every elective office in 
the town, being for many years chairman of 
the board of selectmen. He built the house 
now occupied by Silas Either near L'nity Pond 
at Bither's Mills and his children were born 
there. While breaking a colt he was thrown 
against a rail of the bridge near his home and 
was so seriously injured as to cause his death. 
He married Hannah Vickery, of Unity, and 
their children were : Isaac, Reuben, Happy, 
Sybil, Lydia, Susan, Solomon Stuart. James 
Madison, Rufus B. and Eliza W. 

(VII) Solomon Stuart, third son of Isaac 
and Hannah (Vickery) Mitchell, was born in 
Unity, 1807, and died at Troy, 1850. He fol- 
lowed the occupation of his father and grand- 
father and was a farmer and millman in 
Unity. His education was what was acquired 
at home and in the town and in high or graded 
schools. He lost his life by exposure in run- 
ning his mills, dying before he was thirty years 
of age. He was a member of the local military 
company, and in politics was a Whig, but he 
held no public offices. He married Lucinda 
Tyler, who was born in Dixmont, and died at 
Unity in 1846, daughter of Major Roland and 
Sallie Tyler, of Hampden. Roland Tyler was 
a son of General Ebenezer Tyler, of Attleboro, 
Massachusetts, who took part in the battle of 
Lexington ; was an officer in the ]\Iassachusetts 
military forces during the revolution : attained 
the rank of major general in the military es- 
tablishment of Massachusetts ; was a member 
of the general court of that state for several 
terms, and always took a leading part in the 
public aflfairs, educational, political and mili- 
tary. The children of Solomon Stuart and 
Lucinda (Tyler) Mitchell were: ^^'ilfred A., 
who was killed at Port Hudson, Louisiana, in 



the civil war ; Roland T., who resides in Sac- 
ramento, California ; and Henry L., who is 
next mentioned. 

(VIII) Henry Lyman, youngest child of 
Solomon Stuart and Lucinda (Tyler) Mitch- 
ell, was born in Unity, February 6, 1845. He 
attended the town schools, private schools and 
high schools in several different towns, Corin- 
na Academy for several years, and was a pri- 
vate student under the instruction of Pro- 
fessors E. E. Small, Isaac W. Gates and J. 
H. Sawyer, all graduates from Bowdoin Col- 
lege, and of the best teachers turned out by 
that college. He was left alone in the world 
when under five years old, without money or 
friends to assist him, and had early knowledge 
of the many trials and disappointments that 
fall to a boy in those circumstances, yet he 
made the acquisition of the best education pos- 
sible his sole aim, and constructed a foundation 
upon which he could stand and defend him- 
self, for he had to defend himself, as he had 
no one to rely on, no one to care for or en- 
courage him, and very many who sought to 
push him back or drag him down. But in 
spite of misfortune and opposition, and 
strengthened by the efforts he was compelled 
to make, he succeeded and acquired in youth 
a training that has served him well through 
life. For two years he was assistant under 
Professor Sawyer at Corinna. In 1865 he 
began the study of law and was admitted to 
the ;\Iaine bar in 1870, United States circuit 
court in 1880, and United States court of ap- 
peals, 1891. Since his admission to the bar of 
Maine he has been engaged in the practice of 
his profession in Bangor, where he has at- 
tained a leading position as a lawyer. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican, and began to march 
for Republican candidates four years before 
he became a voter. He never aspired to public 
offices other than in the line of his profession 
as a lawyer. He was elected ten consecutive 
years to the office of attorney for the city of 
Bangor, without canvassing for office, and 
while he held that position the Piscataquis rail- 
road, running from Bangor to Greenville, in 
which the city of Bangor had a two-million- 
dollar interest, was disposed of. The railroad 
excise tax on the European North American 
railway, in which the people of Bangor held 
$i, in securities which had not been 
taxed for several years, was restored b_v his 
efforts : the celebrated case relating to the use 
of the "Hersey Trust Fund," so called for 
the erection of a new city hall, was disposed 
of in favor of the city, requiring a special act ; 
a new law was passed by the legislature, pla- 

cing the police force upon permanent basis ; 
the fire department was reorganized ; as well 
as many other matters of importance to the 
people of the city. In military affairs Mr. 
Mitchell has long been active. He was a mem- 
ber of the First Maine Cavalry Volunteers; 
adjutant of the Second Maine Volunteers; 
colonel of the Second Maine Regiment, M. V. 
M. ; and for several years brigadier general, 
commanding the First Brigade, M. V. M. In 
religious faith he is an Independent Congrega- 
tionalist (Unitarian). He was a member of 
the standing committee fifteen years, and 
chairman of the committee ten years. In 1895 
General Mitchell organized the Penobscot 
Loan and Building Association, which has 
done a large and flourishing business. He is 
secretary and director of the company. He is 
a past chancellor of Norembega Lodge, No. 5, 
now Condeskeag, No. 53, Knights of Pythias ; 
past master workman of Bangor Lodge, No. 
7, Ancient Order United Workmen ; and past 
post commander of Hannibal Hamlin Post, 
No. 65, Grand Army of the Republic. 

Henry L. Mitchell married, September 22, 
1880, in Albion, ]\Iaine, Emma L. Ryder, who 
was born in Washington, Maine, and educated 
in the town and private schools and in the La- 
dies' Boarding School at Brunswick. Her 
father, Robert E. Ryder, a practicing physician 
and surgeon, held every municipal office he 
could be induced to accept, was twice a mem- 
ber of the house of representatives, and twice 
elected to the senate. He rendered no militarj' 
service, but took a very active part in looking 
after the welfare of the Union soldiers in 
the war of the rebellion. Many of Mrs. 
Mitchell's ancestors were celebrated in the line 
of their calling as editors, doctors and law- 
yers. Her mother was Emily E. (Rust) Ry- 
der, a descendant of Henry Rust, the progeni- 
tor of the Rust family in America, who came 
from Hingham, Norfolk county, England, in 
1623, and settled in Hingham, Massachusetts. 
Mrs. Mitchell met with a very serious acci- 
dent six months prior to her marriage, which 
left her an invalid for life, but she has borne 
up under her sufferings, bright and cheerful, 
and looked on the fair side of life with patient 
resignation, and with the assurance that her 
trials and sufferings in this life will fit her 
for the hereafter. 

The name of Mitchell was 
AIITCHELL well known in this country 

in the early part of the sev- 
enteenth century. Paul Mitchell came dver 
with John Winter, and died in 1654. Captain 



John Mitchell married the widow of Hugh 
Gunnison and died in 1664. He was of Smut- 
tynose Island in 1660. 

(I) Christopher Mitchell is mentioned in 
the court records May 21, 1660. His house 
at the head of Braveboat Harbor is mentioned 
in the deed of April 22, 1665. He married 
Sarah, daughter of John and Joan Andrews, 
who was bo'rn about 1641, as shown by a depo- 
sition. He administered the estate of his 
brother-in-law, John Searle, in 1675. Widow 
Sarah was administratrix of his estate March 
13, 1686. Incidental statements in deeds and 
town records assign him the following fam- 
ily: I. William, married (first) Honor ; 

(second) Elizabeth Tenney. 2. Christopher, 
thrice married. 3. Richard, see forward. 4. 
Joseph, married Joanna Couch. 5. Robert, 
married Sarah Deering. 6. Elizabeth, married 
(first) John Tenney; (second) Samuel John- 

(II) Richard, third son and child of Chris- 
topher and Sarah (Andrews) Mitchell, mar- 
ried Sarah, daughter of Joseph and Joanna 
(Deering) Couch. Their children were: i. 
John, born May 14, 1701. 2. Sarah, July 9, 
1702, married, April 4, 1723, Thomas Adams, 
of York. 3. Joanna, February 19, 1704. 4. 
Joseph, "oldest son" in 1756, was made admin- 
istrator of his father's estate July 12 of that 
year; married Isabella Bragdon. 5. William, 
see forward. 6. Richard, married (first) Hul- 
dahWeare; (second) Mary (Deering) Jones. 
7. Hannah, married Captain Robert Oram. 8. 
Mary, married, January 29. 1729-30, Captain 
Solomon Mitchell. 9. Temperance, married 
William Rackliff. Published June 16, 1739. 

(III) William, third son and fifth child of 
Richard and Sarah (Couch) Mitchell, married 
(first), published February 27, 1741, Sarah, 
daughter of Peter Weare, of North Yarmouth. 
She renewed the covenant July 15, 1751, and 
had daughter Lucy baptized. He married 
(second). May 9, 1756, Sarah Sellers, of 
York. October 3, 1759, Jacob Brown, of 
North Yarmouth, was made guardian of Dan- 
iel, Sarah and Lucy Mitchell, children of Sarah 
Mitchell, deceased, who was the daughter of 
Peter Weare. William Mitchell's will, dated 
June 18, 1784, probated September 13, 1788, 
mentions wife Sarah and children : Daniel ; 
Sarah, unmarried in 1790; Lucy, baptized July 
15, 1751, married, February 27, 1772, Reuben 
Brown, of North Yarmouth ; Mary, unmarried 
in 1790; Lydia, unmarried in 1790; William. 

aV) William (2), youngest child of Will- 
iam (1) and Sarah Mitchell, was born about 
1753. He was the executor of his father's will, 

and was a revolutionary soldier. He lived at 
Braveboat Harbor and died March 19, 1827. 
He married, January i, 1776, Susanna Foy, 
born 1753, died November 20, 1836. His chil- 
dren in 1838 were: i. Joseph, married Han- 
nah Nelson ; died without issue, January 6, 
1837. 2. Charles, see forward. 3. Susanna, 
married Andrew W. Black. 4. Martha, mar- 
ried, about 1812. Henry Black or Blake. 5. 
Richard, married Esther Williams. 

(Y) Charles, second son and child of Will- 
iam (2) and Susanna (Foy) Mitchell, was 
born about 1783, died July 23, 1850. Fie mar- 
ried Olive Ingersoll, born November 14, 1780, 
died February 13, 1864. Their children: i. 
Captain Charles, born 1812, drowned off Rye, 
New Hampshire, August 31, 1855. He mar- 
ried Sarah , and had children : i. 

Charles, married Sarah Moggrage ; ii. Frances, 
married, November 27, 1853, Elias Bowdy. 2. 
Captain Horace, born 182 1, died July 11, 1889; 
married Elizabeth, daughter of Josiah Tobey, 
and had children : i. Miriam, married, Sep- 
tember 8, 1861, Robert Billings; ii. Jane, mar- 
ried Charles Mills, of Kittery. 3. Reuben, see 
forward. 4. Hannah, married John Parrott. 
5. Sally, married Benning More. 6. Olive, 

married (first) More; (second) 


(VI) Reuben, third son and child of Charles 
and Olive (Ingersoll) Mitchell, was born in 
Kittery Point, June 13, 1824. His earlier 
years were spent in the calling of a fisherman, 
having had at one time a number of fishing 
vessels in his charge. Later he worked in the 
navy yard as a riveter, and in this occupation 
he contracted a cold which developed into 
pneumonia and resulted in his death, August 
30, 1893. He was a stanch supporter of Re- 
publican principles, a member of the Free Bap- 
tist church, and of the Order of the Golden 
Cross. He married, June 27, 1846, Hannah, 
daughter of Samuel and Olive ( Eaton ) Say- 
ward, of Wells. Their children were: i. 
George W., born March 12, 1849, married, 
1873, Abbie Getchell, of Kittery. 2. Horace, 
see forward. 3. Arabella, September 7, 1859, 
married, April 6, 1885, Herbert C. Baker. 4. 
Phila, March 22, 1862, died July 26, 1872. 

(VII) Hon. Horace, second son and child 
of Reuben and Hannah (Say ward) Mitchell, 
was born in Kittery, March 13, 1857. After 
an elementary education received in the district 
and high schools he spent two years in coast- 
ing. Upon his return to his home his educa- 
tion was resumed at Kittery high .school and 
continued at the New Hampton Literary In- 
stitute and Business College. The thorough 



training he received in these institutions en- 
abled him to immediately engage in teaching, 
which he followed successfully for thirty-four 
terms. He then accepted a clerkship in the 
Marshall House at York Harbor, where he 
remained for three years. In this new occu- 
pation he achieved success and filled a similar 
position in the Wentworth at New Castle. New 
Hampshire, for one year, subsequently con- 
ducting the Pocahontas of Gerrish Island for 
five years. He now formed the plan of build- 
ing a summer house according to what his 
ideal of a summer hotel should be. He bought 
the old Plill House, and' in 1890 erected on the 
site the Champernowne. This being supplied 
with the best accommodations, enables its 
guests to thoroughly enjoy the pleasures of 
a summer vacation. It is furnished with all 
modern improvements and has ample facilities 
for boating and bathing, in addition to pleas- 
ant walks and other amusements. Caring for 
his guests so generously, j\Ir. Mitchell has be- 
come one of the most popular landlords on 
the coast, and his house takes its place among 
the most enjoyable resorts in New England. 
He purchased and succeeded to the business of 
Frank E. Rowell, attorney, in 1901. In poli- 
tics he is a stanch Republican, and has been 
an able leader of his party in the district. He 
was nominated to the office of state senator 
by acclamation and elected in 1895 for a term 
of two years by a large majority. He was 
president of the school board for two years ; 
postmaster under President Harrison's admin- 
istration ; represented Kittery in the house of 
representatives in 1891 ; represented Kittery 
and Eliot in 1893 ; superintendent of schools, 
1898-99; in 1896 the governor of Maine ap- 
pointed him a commissioner to examine the 
state treasurer's accounts, and in 1897 he 
served as chairman of the same commission. 
He was largely instrumental in forming Kit- 
tery Water District in 1907, and is president 
of the board of trustees. One of the trustees 
of the Robert W. Trail Academy and a dele- 
gate to the National convention at Chicago, 
1908. He is connected with the following 
organizations : Member of Naval Lodge, No. 
184, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of 
Kittery ; Unity Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, 
of South Berwick ; Bradford Commandery, of 
Biddeford, Maine ; grand senior deacon of the 
Grand Lodge of Maine : past master of Naval 
Lodge ; past grand of Riverside Lodge ; past 
patriarch of Dirigo Encampment, Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows, of Kittery ; organized 
Constitution Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of 
Kittery, in 1883, and is past chancellor of 

same ; first grand commander and grand keep- 
er of the records of the Order of the Golden 
Cross of the State of Maine ; member of the 
Ancient Order of United Workmen. He mar- 
ried (first), December 24, 1884, Lucy A., who 
died in 1900, daughter of Aaron Frost, of 
Pembroke, Maine. They had one child, Ethel 
May, born in 1888, who was educated in the 
high school of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 
and is now a student at Wellesley College. 
Hon. Horace Mitchell married (second), De- 
cember 25, 1901, M. Gertrude, daughter of 
James E. Chase, and has one son, Horace Jr., 
born Jime 29, 1904. 

This family, which came or- 
MAYBURY iginally from the north of 

Ireland to Massachusetts, 
subsequently established themselves in the wil- 
derness of the province of Maine, and de- 
scendants of the original immigrants are now 
quite numerous. 

(I) About the year 1730 William Maybury, 
accompanied by his family, departed from 
what appeared to be the scene of perpetual 
religious strife in the north of Ireland to 
seek a home in America, where liberty of con- 
science was unmolested, and upon his arrival 
here settled in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He 
was a blacksmith by trade, and during his ten 
years' residence there he acquired considerable 
property. In 1740 he became one of the 
grantees of New Marblehead, Maine, which 
was afterward incorporated as the town of 
Windham, and was the second settler in that 
plantation. He located upon home lot number 
twenty-seven, situated some thirty rods from 
the river, and he cleared a good farm. He 
was the first blacksmith in Windham, and fol- 
lowed his trade in connection with farming 
for the remainder of his life, which termi- 
nated March 15, 1764. The maiden name of 
his wife was Bethsheba Dennis. Their chil- 
dren were: John, Thomas, Seafair (who be- 
came the wife of Stephen Manchester), Nancy 
(who married Gershom Winship), and Rich- 

(II) Captain Richard, son of William and 
Bethsheba (Dennis) Maybury, was born in 
Marblehead about 1737. He was reared at the 
homestead in Windham, and with the ardor 
and patriotism of his liberty-loving race en- 
tered the Continental army for service in the 
revolutionary war. He was commissioned cap- 
tain of the Windham company February 8, 
1775, subsequently serving as such on Colonel 
Ebenezer Francis' regiment. He shared in the 
hardships, adversities and victories, partici- 



pated in the capture of Ticonderoga and under 
General Washington at Valley Forge. Feb- 
ruary 23, 1756, he married Martha Bolton, of 
Falmouth, Maine; children: i. Mary, born 
November i, 1756, married Edward Anderson. 
2. William, December 12, 1758. 3. Thomas, 
May 21, 1761. 4. Bethsheba, November 13, 
1763, married Abijah Purington. 5. Anna, 
February 9, 1766, died in infancy. 6. Rich- 
ard, see next paragraph. 7. Anna, November 
30, 1769, married Ezekiel Jordan, whose line 
of descent was Dominicus-5, Nathaniel-4, 
Dominicus-3, Dominicus-2, Rev. Robert-i (see 
Jordan). 8. Daniel, March 4, 1773. 9. Ed- 
ward, September 9, 1775. 10. Martha, Sep- 
tember, 1778, married John Lakey. 

(III) Richard (2), third son and sixth child 
of Captain Richard (i) and Martha (Bolton) 
Maybury, was born April 25, 1767. He mar- 
ried Mary Jordan. 

(IV) Jordan, son of Richard (2) and Mary 
(Jordan) Maybury, married Sally Hodgdon 
and resided in Casco and Peru, Maine. 

(V) Nathaniel, only child of Jordan and 
Sally (Hodgdon) Maybury, was born in Cas- 
co, July 4, 1827. In childhood he accompanied 
his parents to Peru, where he attended the 
district school and engaged in farming. From 
Peru he moved to Turner, Maine, and estab- 
lished himself in the butchering business. In 
politics he was independent. He attended the 
Universalist church. December 31, 1849, he 
married Annarilla C. Stockbridge, born in 
Dixfield, Maine, October 16, 1828, died in May, 
1903. (N. B. The Stockbridges of Maine are 
descended from John Stockbridge, an immi- 
grant from England in 1635, who settled in 
Scituate, Massachusetts.) She was the mother 
of five children, two of whom died in infancy. 
Those who lived to maturity are : Frank D., 
William Jordan and Edgar M. 

(VI) William Jordan, M. D., son of Na- 
thaniel and Annarilla C. (Stockbridge) May- 
bury, was born in Peru, March 27, 1858. His 
early education was acquired in the public 
schools, including the Turner high school, 
from which latter he entered the Westbrook 
Seminary. His professional preparations were 
completed at the Medical School of Maine 
(Bowdoin College), from which he was grad- 
uated in 1886, and he began the practice of 
medicine at Springvale in the town of San- 
ford, remaining there six years. About the 
year 1892 he removed to Saco, where he is 
still residing, and he has attained prominence 
both as a physician and as a citizen. While 
residing in Sanford Dr. Maybury was super- 
intendent of schools. In Saco he has served 

upon the board of health, was United States 
pension examiner during President Harrison's 
administration, and from 1897 to 1900 served 
as surgeon-general on Governor Powers' staflE 
with the rank of colonel, having charge of the 
sick soldiers of the Maine regiments during 
the Spanish-American war. For several years 
he was a director of the Saco National Bank. 
In 1900 he was mayor of Saco, rendering ex- 
cellent service in that capacity, and in 1903 
represented that city in the lower house of the 
state legislature. In 1903 he was appointed a 
member of the Maine board of registration of 
medicine, and two years later was chosen sec- 
retary, which position he now holds. In addi-' 
tion to various medical bodies he is a member 
of Saco Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted 
Masons ; York Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; 
Bradford Commandery, Knights Templar, of 
which latter he is past eminent commander. 
In his religious belief he is a Universalist. 

On July 4, 1885, Dr. Maybury married Ella 
W. Berry, daughter of Dexter W. and Emma 
(Rogers) Berry, of Phippsburg, Maine. Dr. 
and ]\Irs. Maybury have one son, Robert, born 
in Springvale, November, 1887, and is now 
a student at the College of Physicians and Sur- 
geons, Boston. 

A British soldier by the sur- 
LEONARD name of Leonard was at the 

siege of Louisburg, and on 
the return of the troops to New England went 
to Taunton, Bristol county, in 1740. Having 
received a grant of land in Nova Scotia from 
the Crown for services in the expedition 
against the French, he settled upon it in 


(I) Thomas Leonard, son of this British 
soldier, born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, mar- 
ried Christine MacNab, an immigrant from 

(II) William, son of Thomas and Christine 
(MacNab) Leonard, was born in Windsor, 
Nova Scotia, in 1783. He was a shoemaker 
all his life. He married Mary Smith ; chil- 
dren : Ann, Maria, Mary, Bertha, William, 
Thomas (q. v.) and John. William Leonard, 
the father, died in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 

(III) Thomas (2), son of William and 
Mary (Smith) Leonard, was born in Windsor, 
Nova Scotia, where he learned the trade of 
joiner and worked at his trade up to 1844, 
when he removed to Bath, Maine. He was a 
member of the Church of England, and at 
Bath united with Grace Episcopal Church, and 
at the time of his death was the oldest mem- 



ber of the parish. He married, in Windsor, 
Nova Scotia, Katherine, daughter of William 
Davis ; children : Charles E., a resident of 
California; Fred C, who made his home in 
Bath, Maine ; Flora ; Lillian ; E. Randall ; Jen- 

(IV) E. Randall, son of Thomas and Kath- 
erine (Davis) Leonard, was born in Bath, 
Maine, attended the public schools of that 
city and at the age of seventeen began his 
active business life as a clerk in a drug-store. 
In 1894 he established a drug-store which he 
carried on with very profitable results. He 
was a Republican in politics, and was elected 
a member of the school board of Bath, and 
was elected from the seventh ward of the 
city a member of the board of aldermen. He 
was a member of Solar Lodge, F. A. M., of 
Bath. He is also a member of Lincoln 
Lodge, No. 10, I. O. O. F. He was brought 
up in Grace Episcopal Church. He married, 
May 17, 1899, Alary F., daughter of John W. 
and Elizabeth (Shaw) Merrill, of Freeport, 
Maine ; child, Katherine Elizabeth. As his 
wife was a member of the Congregational 
church, he after his marriage attended with her 
the Winter Street Congregational Church, of 

■The Heald family from which is 
HEALD descended Perham S. Heald, 
postmaster of Waterville, Maine, 
is of English origin, and some of its members 
were pioneer settlers at Concord, Massachu- 
setts, less than fifteen years after the Puritan 
settlement at Plymouth. 

(I) Major Ephraim Heald was of the New 
Hampshire branch, and came to Maine from 
Temple, New Hampshire, about 1765. He is 
credited with service in the revolutionary war. 
He died at the age of eighty-one years, and 
was buried at T'emple. 

(II) Ephraim (2), son of Major Ephraim 
(l) Heald, born 1770, died June 29, 1803, 
and was buried at Bingham, Maine. 

(III) Ephraim (3), son of Ephraim (2) 
Heald, born October 20, 1791, near Madison, 
Maine, died September 3, 1865, and was buried 
in Bingham, Maine. He settled on Dead River 
and cleared up a large tract of land from the 
wilderness, and on a part of this the Parsons 
Hotel now stands. He kept a tavern and also 
engaged in farming and lumbering. He mar- 
ried Katherine Houghton, born October 30, 
1793, died July 29, 1869. Children: i. Har- 
riet, born March 24, 1814, died March 17, 
1896. 2. Susan D., July 15, 1816, died De- 
cember 27, 1896. 3. Ephraim Harrison, May 

17, 1818, died April 19, 1900. 4. Thomas H., 
see forward. 5. Alen, June 21, 1822, died 
September 22, 1907. 6. Azel, September 6, 
1824, died February 12, 1904. 7. Esther, De- 
cember 26, 1826, died August 24, 1908. 8. 
Alva, May 30, 1829. 9. Katherine H., August 
10, 1831. 10. Marcia A., April 18, 1834. 

(IV) Thomas H., fourth child and second 
son of Ephraim (3) and Katherine (Hough- 
ton) Heald, born April 3, 1820, died Decem- 
ber II, 1906. He was a house carpenter, and 
also owned and operated a grist mill at Madi- 
son and Solon, besides being engaged in 
lumbering. Prior to the civil war he re- 
moved to Norridgewock, and about 1870 
went to Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he 
was engaged in contracting and building 
until 1880. That year he went to Luden, 
South Dakota, and took up a tract of wild 
government land, and opened up a farm, upon 
which he resided for about ten years. He 
then returned to Maine, and made his home 
with his son, Perham S. Heald, until his death. 
He was captain of militia, holding a commis- 
sion under Governor Fairchild. He was for- 
merly a Whig, and became a Republican at 
the organization of that party. In religious 
belief he was a Congregationalist. He mar- 
ried, in 1839, Mary A. Rogers, died 1904, 

daughter of Peter and (Gilman) 

Rogers. Her father was a revolutionary sol- 
dier, and in an early day carried on horse- 
back the mail between Waterville and Nor- 
ridgewock. Children of Thomas H. and Mary 
A. (Rogers) Heald: i. Payson T., served in 
civil war, in Company A, Nineteenth Regi- 
ment Maine Volunteers; died from effects of 
wound received in battle of Gettysburg. 2. 
Perham S., see forward. 3. and 4. Abbie and 
Emma A., twins. 5. Daniel K. 6. Thomas 
G. 7. and 8. Children died in infancy. 9. 
Cora, deceased. 

(V) Perham S., second child and second son 
of Thomas H. and Mary A. (Rogers) Heald, 
was born in Solon, Maine, December 20, 1842. 
Fie was educated in the common schools of 
Norridgewock and Skowhegan, and subse- 
quently learned the trade of tailor, at Water- 
ville, where he worked for one year. On Au- 
gust 25, 1862, he enlisted from Norridgewock 
as a private in Company A, Nineteenth Regi- 
ment Maine Volunteers, with his brother, Pay- 
son T. Heald. His regiment was mustered 
into the service of the United States at Bath, 
Maine, and joined the Second Corps, Army of 
the Potomac. He participated in many of the 
hard-fought battles of that splendid command 
— Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville. Gettvs- 



burg, Bristow Station, Mine Run, Spottsyl- 
vania, River Po, North Anna, Potomay, Cold 
Harbor, Petersburg and Jerusalem Roads. In 
the last-named engagement he was taken pris- 
oner, June 22, 1864, and confined in Anderson- 
ville and Libby Prison until the close of the 
war, enduring all the horrible hardships of 
those notorious prison pens. After his dis- 
charge from service, at Augusta, Maine, in 
1865, he located in Waterville, where he en- 
gaged in the clothing business in company 
with E. N. Fletcher. This partnership con- 
tinued for two years, when Mr. Heald pur- 
chased Mr. Fletcher's interest and conducted 
the business alone and with much success until 
July I, 1906, when he sold it to the Heald 
Clothing Company, controlled by his son, Fred 
P. Heald. Mr. Heald has for many years 
been prominently connected with corporation 
and public afifairs, serving as president of the 
Building & Loan Association, and director of 
the Waterville Trust Company. He served 
for three years on the board of assessors ; as 
a representative in the state legislature 1887- 
90, and as state senator for two terms begin- 
ning in 1897. In all these positions he has 
acquitted himself most efficiently and credit- 
ably. He was appointed postmaster of Water- 
ville, July I, 1906, by President Roosevelt, 
which position he now occupies. He is a com- 
rade and past commander of W. S. Heath 
Post, G. A. R. ; and is affiliated with Water- 
ville Lodge, Free and Accepted IMasons ; Ti- 
conic Chapter, R. A. M.; and St. Omar Com- 
mandery. Knights Templar. Politically he is 
a Republican, and he attends the Baptist 
church. He married, in November, 1868, 
IMary E. Webb, born in Waterville, 1843, died 
1894, daughter of Deacon David Webb. 

(VI) Fred P., only child of Perham S. and 
Mary E. (Webb) Heald, was born in 1876. 
He was educated in the public schools and the 
Coburn Classical Institute. He entered his 
father's store, and is now manager of the ' 
Heald Clothing Company. He married, 1896, 
Claire E. Jackson, of Milford, Maine. 

This name is spelled various ways 
ALLEN in the early records, such as Al- 

lin, Allyne, and otherwise, and 
had many representatives in eastern Massa- 
chusetts at the beginning of settlement there. 
There were more than one bearing the bap- 
tismal name of William, and these have been 
somewhat confounded by various writers. 

(I) William Allen, American progenitor of 
a numerous family, was a resident of Salis- 

bury, Massachusetts, as early as 1639, ^"^ 
received land there in the first division and 
again in 1640. He was a house carpenter, 
and an active and useful member of the infant 
colony, dying in Salisbury, June 18, 1686. 
He married (first) Ann, daughter of Richard 
and Dorothy Goodale. She died "about ye last 
of i\Iay." 1678, and he married (second), 
about 1684, Alice, widow of John Roper and 
John Dickison. His children, born of the 
first wife, were : Abigail, Hannah, Mary, Mar- 
tha, John, William, Benjamin, Joseph, Rich- 
ard, Ruth and Jeremiah. 

(II) Captain Joseph, fourth son of William 
and Ann (Goodale) Allen, was born August 
13, 1653, in Salisbury, and was a blacksmith 
and "yeoman." In 1674 he was induced by a 
grant of land to settle in Gloucester, Massa- 
chusetts, where there was urgent need of such 
a mechanic. He proved an active and useful 
citizen, serving on important committees, as 
selectman, as representative in 1705, and com- 
manded a company of militia. In 1675 he pur- 
chased a house and land near the meeting 
house in Gloucester, and there lived until his 
death, October 6, 1724, at the age of seventy- 
one years. He was married (first), July 29, 
1680, to Alice Griggs, of Gloucester, who died 
April 26, 1684. He was married (second), 
November 20, 1684, to Rose Howard, of Cape 
Ann, who survived him three weeks, dying 
October 27, 1724. The first wife was the 
mother of three children, and the second of 
fourteen. Their names were : Joseph, Jere- 
miah (died young), Rachel, Solomon, Benja- 
min, son unnamed, Thomas, Anna, John, Rose, 
William, Mary and Patience (twins, both died 
young). Jeremiah, Samuel, Zerubbabel and 

(III) Captain Joseph (2), eldest child of 
Joseph (i) and Alice (Griggs) Allen, was 
born June 2, 1681, in Gloucester, and resided 
there until his death, April 6, 1750. In his 
early years he was a mariner, and in 1720 he 
settled down in his native place, becoming a 
merchant. He evidently made good use of 
his observations while on the sea and of his 
later opportunities, his estate being appraised 
after his death at over i5,i30 sterling. He 
owned much land and eight negro slaves, and 
his fortune was an ample one for that day. 
In old documents he is styled "gentleman," and 
during the last fifteen years of his life "Es- 
quire." He was married in January, 1707, to 
RIary Coit, who survived him more than 
twenty-seven years, passing away September 
12, 1777. Their children were: Mary, Jo- 



seph, Rachel, Elizabeth, Abigail, William, Na- 
thaniel, Martha, Anna, Susanna and Lucy. 

(IV) Colonel William (2), second son of 
Captain Joseph (2) and Mary (Coit) Allen, 
was born June 30, 1717, in Gloucester, where 
he resided" until his family was grown. He 
built a large house east of the site of the old 
meeting house, where his fourteen children 
were born. Late in life he removed to New 
Gloucester, Maine, probably accompanying or 
following some of his children, and was among 
the first settlers there. No record of his death 
appears. He was married. April 11, 1745, to 
Mary Osgood, of Andover, Massachusetts, and 
they were the parents of : Mary (died young), 
Joseph, Mary, William, Elizabeth, Dorcas, 
John, Benjamin, Nathaniel Coit, Aaron and 
Christopher, (died young), Christopher and 

(V) Joseph (3), eldest son of Colonel Will- 
iam (2) and iMary (Osgood) Allen, was born 
February 24, 1746, in Dover. New Hamp- 
shire. He came to Piscataqua Corner in Fal- 
mouth in early youth with parents, and died 
and was buried at Gray, 1847-48. From a 
deposition made by Joseph Allen, of Gray, 
county of Cumberland, Maine, it is learned 
that he enlisted in the revolutionary war, 
March 4, 1777, for three years, joined Colo- 
nel Alden's regiment, and after the death of 
Colonel Alden the regiment (Seventh MaslJi- 
chusetts) was commanded by Colonel Brooks. 
He served the period of his enlistment and 
was honorably discharged at West Point, New 
York, March 4, 1780. In April, 1780, he en- 
listed for eight months' service, joined Cap- 
tain Pride's company. Colonel Prince's regi- 
ment, stationed at Falmouth, now Portland, 
and was discharged at Portland, November, 
1780. At the time of his enlistment he was 
an inhabitant of Falmouth, from whence he 
removed to Gray, Maine, March 17, 1835. 
In his deposition subscribed and sworn to 
June 23. 1835, Mr. Allen stated that he never 
received a grant of land, or money in lieu 
thereof, from the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts, for his said service in the revolution- 
ary war. In another deposition he appointed 
Josiah Hobbs, of Falmouth, his true and lawful 
attorney to receive from the land agent of the 
state of Maine such certificate as he may issue 
to him, in virtue of a resolve of the said state, 
passed March 17, 1835, entitled a "Resolve in 
favor of certain Officers and Soldiers of the 
Revolutionary War, and the Widows of the 
deceased Officers and Soldiers," to the benefit 
of which resolve he was entitled. He also ap- 
pointed Harlow Spaulding, Esq., of Augusta, 

Maine, his attorney to receive from the land 
agent of the state of Maine such certificate as 
may be issued to him, in virtue of said re- 
solve, and for me and in my name and stead 
to bargain for, sell, dispose of and transfer 
to any person, and upon such terms as he may 
think best. Joseph Allen married (first), De- 
cember 30, 1782, Mary Baker; married (sec- 
ond) Dorcas Meserve. Children: i. Emery. 
2. Andrew. 3. Joseph. 4. Josiah. 5. Otis, 
see forward. 6. Daniel, a farmer. Free Baptist 
preacher, died April 9, 1855, aged sixty-three 
years, buried at Gray. Married (first) Betsey 
Leighton, daughter of John and Leonia (Saw- 
yer) Leighton, who was buried at Gray. Chil- 
dren : i. David, born March 15, 1818, died 
1844, buried at Poland; ii. Leonia, born June 
23, 1820, married Ansel L. Libby, deceased ; 
she is now living with daughter at Lewiston; 
iii. Peter Leighton, born October 8, 1822, died 
June 17, 1897, aged seventy-four years; buried 
at Cumberland. Daniel married (second) 
Mary Fenley, daughter of Abigail Fenley, who 
came from Scotland and who married Jere- 
miah Fields. Mary (Fenley) Allen died Jan- 
uary 19, 1855, aged seventy-seven years, and 
was buried at Gray. Children : iv. Betsey, 
died at Poland, October 15, 1842, aged seven- 
teen years ten months; v. Jane, died (light- 
ning stroke) at Baker Corner, Windham; vi. 
Caroline M., died October 29, 1853, aged 
twenty years ten months ; she married, Decem- 
ber 14, 1851. William Hancock, of Buxton, 
had one child, Georgie Caroline, who married 
Alonzo Allen. 7. William. 8. Hannah. 9. 
Dorcas. 10. Statira. 11. Lucy. 12. Elvira, 
married, January 10, 1847, Isaac Adams. Jo- 
seph Allen, father of these children, had a half- 
brother, Edward Allen, of Gray, lived in Fal- 
mouth, 1826, and was the father of four chil- 
dren : Dr. Nicholas, Alfred, Thomas, Arexine. 
(VI) Otis, son of Joseph Allen, was born 
in Windham, Maine, and lived there until 
about 1866-67, when he removed to West 
Gray, and there died, in 1872-73, at the age of 
seventy-six. He was a well-known farmer. 
He served in the war of 1812. The name of 
Otis Allen appears with the rank of private 
upon the roll of Captain Watson Rand's de- 
tached company of militia from the First Bri- 
gade, Twelfth Division, in service at Forts 
Preble and Scammel, Portland Harbor, from 
August Sth to November 5th, 1814, under Ma- 
jor George Rogers, and under supervision of 
LTnited States officers, were paid by the L^nited 
States government. He also served in Cap- 
tain Ira Bartlett's company of militia in Lieu- 
tenant-Colonel Samuel Holland's regiment 



raised in Hartford, and in service at Portland 
from 14th to 24th September, 1814 (with 
three days additional for travel). Served as 
a private. He married Clarissa, daughter of 
John and Leona (Sawyer) Leighton, of Cum- 
berland ; she was born there 1800, and died 
1887. Children: i. Mary Jane, died Novem- 
ber 22, 1838, aged sixteen years. 2. Betsey, 
died February 12, 1839, aged twelve years. 
3. Cynthia A., died October 20, 1842, aged 
thirteen years. 4. Alvin, died November 23, 
1858, aged twenty-two years two months seven 
days. 5. Huldah, married John Dolley ; lived 
at South Windham, where both died ; two 
daughters and one son. 6. Alfred R., see for- 
ward. 7. William, married, and had daughter 
who died in infancy ; he served during the 
entire civil war, in First, Tenth and Thirtieth 
Maine regiments, and at close of war died of 
yellow fever. 8. Sarah, married (first) Ama- 
sa Wentworth, and (second) Alvin Frank; 
several children by second marriage ; lives in 
Westbrook. 9. Charles B., died 1905 ; mar- 
ried a Miss Doughty. 10. Alonzo P., see for- 
ward. II. Lovina, married Benjamin EI well, 
lived in Westbrook, and both died there. Of 
these children there are living only Sarah, 
aged seventy-six, and Alonzo P., aged sixty- 

(VH) Alfred R., son of Otis and Clarissa 
(Leighton) Allen, died May 6, 1855. He 
spent some years as a mariner, then settled on 
a farm in Gray, where he resided several years, 
and was killed by an explosion while working 
in the South Windham powder mill. He mar- 
ried, June 12, 1847, Salome Libby, bom March 
16, 1824, died March 24, 1902, aged seventy- 
eight years eight days. She was the daughter 
of William and Hannah (Gould) Libby (see 
Libby, VH). Two children were born of this 
union: William Alfred, see forward. Cynthia 
Ann, died young. 

(VH) Alonzo P., son of Otis and Clarissa 
(Leighton) Allen, was born 1845, married 
Georgie Caroline Allen ; had son Edgar, who 
lives at Peaks Island, Portland. In August, 
1862, at the age of eighteen, Alonzo P. Allen 
enlisted as a drummer in Company D, Twen- 
tieth Regiment Maine Volunteers. He partici- 
pated in the battles of Antietam, Fredericks- 
burg, South Mountain, Gettysburg, and sev- 
eral less important engagements, and was dis- 
charged in 1864 for disability, due to diphthe- 
ria. In 1877 he enlisted in Battery H, First 
United States Artillery, at Fort Preble, Maine, 
and with which he served ten years. He en- 
listed at the recruiting office in Portland, 
Maine, and served at the recruiting stations at 

Washington City, Boston and Portland ; was 
four years fife and drum instructor, and was 
transferred to First United States Infantry, 
in California, and served several years at Bene- 
cia. Angel Island and the Presidio, San Fran- 
cisco ; accompanied his regiment to Cuba, and 
served there during the Spanish-American 
war ; was assigned to Fifty-ninth Company, 
Coast Artillery, in Porto Rico, and served with 
same until 1904, when he was honorably re- 
tired after thirty years' faithful and meritori- 
ous service. 

(VIII) William Alfred, only son of Alfred 
R. and Salome (Libby) Allen, was born in 
Falmouth, May 8, 1849. When si.x years old 
he was left to the sole care of his mother, who 
continued to reside in her home in Falmouth 
until i860, when she removed with her son to 
Portland. There he attended the public 
schools until 1865, and then entered the em- 
ploy of Moses Colley for the purpose of learn- 
ing the trade of carpenter. Mr. Colley suffered 
serious injury by the great fire of 1866, and 
his apprentice was compelled to seek other 
employment. For a time he worked in the 
market, and then went with his uncle, Joseph 
G. Libby, to complete his knowledge of the 
trade of carpenter. In 1868 he began learning 
the trade of stair builder with George L. 
Hooper, and remained one year. In 1869 he 
became superintendent of the plant of John 
Edwards, stair builder, of Marblehead, Mas- 
sachusetts, and filled that position until 1873. 
In the latter year he returned to Portland, 
Maine, and established a business of his own 
on a very modest scale on Preble street, as 
a stair builder, his only assistant being a 
young apprentice. The quality of his work 
created a good demand for his product, his 
success surpassed his expectations, and his 
orders, before the summer was over, demand- 
ed the assistance of three men. After a time 
he removed to Doten's mill on Cross street, 
where he remained nine months, and then went 
to Brackett's mill on Kenebec street, where 
for a time he was in partnership with W. H. 
Stone. In July, 1876, the mill burned to the 
ground, Mr. Allen having no insurance, he 
lost all he had invested there. He immediately 
rebuilt and continued his business at that place 
for a number of years, when he built his first 
mill, but still continued the occupancy of the 
leased mill. In 1888 he completed his own 
mill, which was fifty feet by eighty-seven, two 
stories high, well equipped, and there he turned 
out mantels, hall work and furnishings for 
in forty-six days Mr. Allen had a three-story 
builders. In 1890, this mill was burned, but 




building, iifty by eighty-seven feet in dimen- 
sions, fully equipped, with machinery in run- 
ning order to take the place of the structure 
that was lost. He now has the largest con- 
cern of the kind east of Boston, employs twen- 
ty-five men, and turns out all kinds of interior 
finish, store fixtures, show cases and stairways. 
In 1894 he erected a storehouse one hundred 
by twenty-two feet, two stories high, and in 
addition to his manufacturing he handles tiling 
and has a salesroom at No. 424 Congress 

In politics Mr. Allen is a Republican. He 
is much interested in aquatic sports, owns a 
yacht, is a member of the Portland Yacht 
Club, and lives in summer with his family in 
a pleasant cottage on the shore. He is a 
member of Hadattah Lodge, Independent Or- 
der of Odd Fellows : Eastern Star Encamp- 
ment ; Daughters of Rebekah ; Ivanhoe Lodge, 
Knights of Pythias, of which he is a past chan- 
cellor; Michigonne Tribe, Improved Order of 
Red Men, of which he is a past sachem ; Tribe 
of Daughters of Pocahontas ; New England 
Order of Protection, of which he is a past 
grand warden and supreme representative ; 
Maine Charitable Mechanics" Association. 

Mr. Allen married Kate W. Carle, a na- 
tive of Eastport, Maine. Children: i. Anna 
Belle, born December 26, 1868, married 
Charles E. Beane, of South Portland; one 
child, Leona Beane, born August 19, 1894. 2. 
William Fernald, born November 30, 1870, 
married Elizabeth T. Cogan, of Rochester, 
New York. 3. Emma Ada Rogers, born April 
2, 1873, married Harry Rowe. of Ellsworth, 
Maine. 4. Nellie, born July i, 1874, died Sep- 
tember 2, 1874. 5. George Emery Bartlett, 
born September 17, 1875, married Ethel Jor- 
dan, of Portland, Maine. 6. Harry Frederick, 
born October 15, 1876, married Veda Bennett, 
of Portland, Maine. 7. Benjamin Franklin, 
born November 18, 1878, married Mabel Hol- 
man, of Colebrook, New Hampshire ; one 
child, Katherine Margaret Allen, born Decem- 
ber 8, 1903. 8. Eva May, born November 18, 
187S, died February 13, 1880. 

The family of Libby, one of the 
LIBBY most ancient in Maine, is first 

mentioned in the herald's visita- 
tion of Oxfordshire, England, for 1574, as 
stated by Charles T. Libby in his valuable and 
comprehensive work, "The Libby Family in 
America," from which most of the data for 
this article is obtained. The name seems to 
have first appeared either in Cornwall or 
Devon. England, and spread into other parts 

of tliat country. Tradition states that the 
originator of the American family came from 
the west of England, but of what stock, wheth- 
er of Sa.xon, Welch or French, is a matter of 
which no man has any knowledge. The posi- 
tion of the members of this family with ref- 
erence to rank has been in that sturdy, up- 
right and honest division which constitutes the 
chief reliance of the nation for its character, 
and is generally termed the "middle class." 
Concerning this great family, one of the most 
numerous in Maine, it was recently stated by 
one best qualified to know, that he had never 
known of a criminal or a pauper in it. Strong- 
ly domestic in their nature, the Libbys have 
been builders and owners of homes where in 
many instances the same family has resided 
for generations. As love of home is next to 
a love of countr}', the family has shown its 
patriotism by sending many of its sons to 
every war in which the country has been en- 
gaged. One hundred and seventy-five were 
in the revolution from Maine and Massachu- 
setts, and two hundred and fifty-six enlist- 
ments are credited to the family in Maine 
alone in the civil war. As a family, the peo 
pie of this stock have been very devout, and 
much more largely in evidence in the religious 
than in the civil institutions of the communi- 
ties in which they have lived. The family has 
abounded in Christian ministers, elders and 
deacons, while generation after generation 
have died in the faith. In most recent years 
various members have made themselves prom- 
inent in the state in mercantile and profession- 
al pursuits. 

(I) John Libby, born in England about the 
year 1602, stated in a petition in July, 1677. 
that "the good and pious report that was 
spread abroad, into our Native Land of this 
country, caused your petitioner to come for 
this land 47 yeares agoe, where he hath ever 
since continued." If the statement is literally 
true, he came to this country in 1630, but it 
is believed that his landfall occurred some- 
what later. In 1631 Robert Trelawny and 
Moses Goodyeare, of Plymouth, Devonshire, 
England, procured a patent which included 
Richmond's Island, a small island on the coast 
of Cumberland county, distant about a mile 
from the coast of Cape Elizabeth, and soon 
after established a trading post, with John 
Winter as their agent, and carried on fisheries, 
bought furs from the Indians, and supplied the 
wants of people on the numerous fishing ves- 
sels who might come to them for such articles 
as they had use. John Libby was doubtless 
one of those sent over bv Trelawnv to aid in 



the prosecution of his business. July 15, 1639, 
Winter made to Trelawny a report of his man- 
agement of the station for the year. In that 
report it appears that John Libby received for 
his year's service the sum of five pounds, as 
follows: Aqua vitse (brandy), four shillings 
sixpence ; wine, thirteen shillings ; money paid 
to John Sharpe by Trelawny, three pounds ; 
and the balance of one pound two shillings and 
sixpence he received in beaver skins at eight 
shillings each. From this and other accounts 
it appears that John Libby was in the employ 
of Trelawny four years, from the summer of 
1635 to the summer of 1639, at five pounds 
a year paid to him, and another and probably 
larger amount paid for the support of his wife 
whom he had left in England. In 1640 he 
took up his residence on the neighboring main- 
land. On what has since been called Libby 
river, in Scarborough, he built a house, and 
for years he seems to have been a tenant 
there, and probably devoted a good deal of his 
time to fishing until he could prepare the place 
for agricultural processes. January i, 1663, 
John Libby received from Henry Joscelyn a 
grant of land, and finally became one of the 
principal planters of Scarborough. In 1664 he 
was constable, and his name stands first of the 
four selectmen in a grant made in i66g. In 
King Philip's war, which carried devastation 
to all parts of New England, John Libby lost 
everything he had except his plantation. In 
the late summer of 1675 he was compelled to 
leave his homestead and the diary of Captain 
Joshua Scottow, who had charge of the Boston 
soldiers who were trying to protect the settlers, 
contains the following: "Sept. 7, 1675, Being 
Lords day * * =1= tjig * * * enemy 
* * * before of their designs early in the 
morning burnt those houses and barnes our 
Company saved the day before — they burnt 
also 8 or 9 deserted houses belonging to Libby 
and children." In October, 1676, Black Point 
Garrison was deserted, and most of the in- 
habitants fled to Boston. John Libby and his 
wife and younger children were still in Bos- 
ton, July ID, 1677, and on that date petitioned 
the governor and council there assembled, that 
his sons Henry and Anthony, on whom he 
stated he was dependent for support, might be 
discharged from the Black Point garrison, 
which at that time had again been taken pos- 
session of by the English. The petition was 
granted the same day. John Libby probably 
returned to Black Point soon after and spent 
the remaining years of his life there, and ac- 
quired a comfortable property. He died at 
about eighty years of age. His will is dated 

February 9, 1682, and his inventory May 5, 
1683. The value of the property enumerated 
in the latter was one hundred and eighteen 
pounds six shillings. From proceedings re- 
corded in the probate court in 1720, it appears 
that John Libby left one hundred acres of up- 
land, nine acres of fresh meadow, and one 
hundred acres of salt marsh. His first wife 
was the mother of all his sons except Matthew 
and Daniel, and probably of all his daughters. 
Nothing more is known of her. His second 
wife was Mary. She survived her husband 
some years. The children of John Libby were : 
John, James, Samuel, Joanna, Henry, An- 
thony, Rebecca, Sarah, Hannah, David, Mat- 
thew and Daniel. 

(II) John (2), eldest child of John (i) 
Libby by his first wife, was born probably in 
England, in the year 1636. He was brought 
up in Scarborough. In August, 1668, which 
was probably soon after his marriage, he 
bought fifty acres of land adjoining his fa- 
ther's plantation. There he probably lived 
during his sojourn at Black Point. After- 
ward he received several other grants from 
the town. The part he took in town business 
was active, and he served as selectman dur- 
ing the years 1670-74-83 and 1687. In May, 
1690, while the settlement at Black Point was 
still ill equipped to repel an invader. Fort 
Lo_\-al, on Casco Neck, a few miles north of 
Black Point, was attacked by a large body of 
Indians and French. The fort stood a siege 
of five days, and then surrendered, and the 
inhabitants of Scarborough, not waiting to be 
attacked, immediately deserted their homes 
and fled to safer localities. John Libby as- 
sembled his family and betook himself to 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, his youngest 
son Jeremiah then being ten years old. Mr. 
Libby remained in Portsmouth the remainder 
of his life, and followed the occupation of 
miller. During the earlier part of his term 
of residence there he was often chosen to fill 
minor offices. In 1720, when he was very old, 
he made a deposition about early affairs in 
Scarborough. How much longer he lived 
after that is unknown. His wife's name was 
Agnes; she was living in 1717, but probably 
died before her husband. They had seven 
children, all born in Scarborough: John, Jo- 
seph, Samuel, James, Daniel, Benjamin and 

(HI) James, fourth son and child of John 
(2) and Agnes Libby, was born in Scarbor- 
ough about 1676. From the time he was four- 
teen years of age until his death he lived in 
Portsmouth. He followed the occupation of 



house carpenter, but received large grants of 
land, and lived on a farm up to 1747, when 
he sold to Colonel Nathaniel Meserve, and 
bought a house and garden spot, where he 
died in 1754. He was a man of considerable 
activity, and among the New Hampshire state 
papers is now to be seen an order about agree- 
ing with James Libby, carpenter, for finishing 
a line of fortifications near Portsmouth. He 
was at the first town meeting of Scarborough. 
In 1712 he was constable "for the Bank," that 
is. Strawberry Bank, the ancient name for 
Portsmouth, and subsequently had many town 
offices, from selectman down. He was a mem- 
ber of the Church of Christ. He married, 
June 9, 1698, JMary Hanson, daughter of Isaac 
and IMary Hanson, of Portsmouth, who was 
probably the mother of his children. She is 
last mentioned in August, 1718. In 1736 he 
married a second wife, whose name was Eliza- 
beth, and she survived him ten years or more. 
His children were : James, Mary, Sarah, Isaac^ 
John, Hanson, Ichabod, Shuah and Elizabeth. 

(IV) James (2), eldest child of James (i) 
and Mary (Hanson) Libby, was born in 
Portsmouth, November 23, 1700. He was a 
carpenter, but after receiving from his father 
all his lands and rights in Scarborough, he 
took up his residence there about 1729, and 
became a farmer. He lived to the east of 
Oak Hill, and died about 1770. He married, 
December 23, 1725, Elizabeth Meserve, who 
lived to an advanced age, and died about 1790. 
She was the daughter of Clement Meserve, 
who removed from New Hampshire to Scar- 
borough soon after it was settled the second 
time. He died about 1740. Among his chil- 
dren was Nathaniel, the celebrated New 
Hampshire colonel. The children of James 
and Elizabeth (Meserve) Libby were: Clem- 
ent, Anna, Arthur, Asa, James, Ichabod and 

(V) Asa, fourth child and third son of 
James (2) and Elizabeth (Meserve) Libby, 
was born in Scarborough in 1737, and died in 
Belgrade, November 5, 1828. He was a far- 
mer. A few years after his marriage he set- 
tled in Falmouth, and from that place shortly 
before the revolution he removed to Gray. He 
and John Nash went to Gray about the same 
time, and both lived with Daniel Libby until 
they had built houses and cleared some land. 
Asa Libby settled about two miles west of 
Gray Corner. There he lived until he was far 
advanced in age, and then took up his abode 
with his son Asa, in Belgrade. He was a revo- 
lutionary soldier ; the Massachusetts Revolu- 
tionary Rolls state : "Asa Lebby, private. Cap- 

tain Samuel Knight's Company ; enlisted July 
15, 1775; service six months one day; com- 
pany stationed at Falmouth, Cumberland 
County, for defence of sea-coast." He mar- 
ried, April 15, 1759, Abigail Coolbroth, of 
Scarborough, who died in Belgrade at the 
house of Asa, her son, about 1814. The chil- 
dren of this union were : Arthur, Joel, Abi- 
gail, Betsey, Asa, Sally and Shuab. 

(VI) Arthur, eldest child of Asa and Abi- 
gail (Coolbroth) Libby, was born in Scarbor- 
ough, February 28, 1760. He moved before 
his marriage from Gray to Falmouth, and 
there resided several years on a farm which 
he subsequently sold, and settled in Windham. 
The original house on the latter farm, built in 
1802, is still standing. He died in June, 1835. 
Fie married Mary Allen, daughter of Isaac 
and Dolly (Leighton) Allen, of Falmouth, 
who died in March, 1846. Their children 
were : William, Abigail, Gideon, Isaac, Asa, 
Peter, James, Martha, Betsey and Lewis. 

(VII) William, eldest child of Arthur and 
Mary (Allen) Libby, was born in Falmouth, 
December 6, 1786, and died in the same town 
at the home of his son Fernald, March 10, 
1861. After his marriage he divided his time 
for some years between Windham and Gray. 
In 1820 he moved from Gray to Windham, 
and settled on the farm afterward occupied by 
his son Arthur. In 1832 he removed to Fal- 
mouth, and settled on a farm still occupied 
by his descendants. He married, November 
14, 1809, Hannah Gould, daughter of Moses 
Gould, of New Portland. She survived her 
husband, and died in Portland, December 14, 
1864. Their thirteen children were : Abigail, 
Arthur, William, Elizabeth, Moses Gould, Asa, 
Mary Jane, Salome, .Lucy Ann, Edward 
Gould, Hannah, Joseph Gould and Fernald. 

(VIII) Salome, eighth child of William and 
Hannah (Gould) Libby, was born March 16, 
1824, and married, June 12, 1847, Alfred R. 
Allen, of Gray (see Allen VII). 

Luther Franklin McKinney, 
McKINNEY former clergyman of the 

Universalist church, later 
member of congress from New Hampshire, 
still later minister of the federal government 
to the Republic of Colombia, South America, 
and now engaged in mercantile pursuits in 
Bridgton, Alaine, is a native of Ohio and a 
descendant of an old and prominent Scotch- 
Irish family which has been seated in the 
southern border counties of Pennsylvania for 
more than a century and a half. 

His grandfather, John McKinnev, was born 



in Chambersburg, York county, Pennsylvania, 
in 1758, died in 1850, and even before his time 
his parents had dwelt in that region, where 
the people were largely of Scotch-Irish and 
German descent. The wife of John McKinney 
was Rachel Belford, who was born in Virginia 
and came of one of the well-known families 
of the "old dominion." Children : Mary, Ra- 
chel, Margaret, Nancy. Alexander, Martha, 
John, Joseph, William, Samuel, Robert. Be- 
sides these there were two other children, 
both of whom died in extreme infancy. 

Alexander, son of John and Rachel (Bel- 
ford ) McKinney, was born in Chambersburg, 
Pennsylvania, in 1798, and died in January, 
1880. He attended the common schools of his 
native township until he was about fourteen 
years old, and after that age he made his own 
way in life, his best equipment for which was 
a good elementary eilucation, a strong physical 
constitution and a determination to succeed and 
establish himself in comfort. He was one of 
the pioneers in the region now Ohio, having 
settled himself near what now is Newark, and 
was a farmer there all his life ; thrifty and 
successful, building from the stump, opening 
up and developing a fine farm in a frontier 
region and ultimately attaining the end he set 
out to accomplish. It is not known that Alex- 
ander McKinney was particularly interested 
in public affairs during the long period of his 
life in Ohio, but it is known that he early al- 
lied himself to the old Whig party and later 
became a Republican upon the organization of 
that party in 1856. And he always adhered 
firmly to the religious teachings of his father, 
who was a Scotch Presbyterian, the faith of 
his ancestors. In 1824 Alexander McKinney 
married Elizabeth Miller, of Newark, who was 
born in 1805 and died in 1882. She was a 
daughter of Abraham Miller, of Newark, but 
a descendant of a Virginia family. Of this 
marriage ten children were born : Eliza, Fi- 
delia. Sarah, Mary J\I., Luther Franklin, Ann, 
Martha, Alexander, besides two others who 
died very young. 

Luther Franklin, son of Alexander and 
Elizabeth (Miller) McKinney, was born near 
Newark, Ohio, April 25, 1841, and received 
his earlier education in the common schools of 
Newark and in private and high schools in 
Oskaloosa, Iowa, and his higher education at 
St. Lawrence University, in Canton, St. Law- 
rence county. New York. In the latter insti- 
tution he fitted himself for the ministry of the 
L^niversalist church, and received his diploma 
and degree there in the year 1870. In the 
same year he came to Maine and in August 

began the pastorate of the Universalist society 
and church in Bridgton, remained there until 
1873, then went to South Newmarket, New 
Flampshire (now Newfields), and took charge 
of the church in that town during the next 
two years. In 1875 he was called to the 
church in Manchester, New Hampshire, and 
filled the pastorate in that city for the next ten 
years. Before beginning his university course, 
however, Mr. McKinney enlisted, in August, 
1861, in Company D of the First Ohio Cav- 
alry, served with that command under Gen- 
erals Thomas, McCook and Sherman until 
February. 1863, and then much to his own 
regret was discharged on account of disabili- 
ties. He himself had enlisted more than half 
the men of his company, and was its sergeant, 
and it was his earnest hope that he might be 
able to continue with them to the end of the 
term of enlistment, but by reason of sickness 
contracted in the service he was compelled to 
accept an honorable discharge and return 
home. Afterward for a time he engaged in 
mercantile pursuits in Newark, then sold out 
his business and taught school in Ohio and 
Iowa. Mr. IMcKinney is a Democrat in poli- 
tics, but never took an active part in political 
matters until 1884, when, much against his 
will, he was the nominee of his party for a 
seat in the lower house of the national con- 
gress, but was defeated in that Republican 
stronghold. In 1886 he was again nominated 
and was elected, notwithstanding the normal 
Republican majority against him in the dis- 
trict. He was elected again in 1890. In 1892 
he was nominated by the Democratic state 
convention as its candidate for the governor- 
ship of New Hampshire, and while he was 
defeated at the polls, the fact that he fell short 
of election by only two hundred and seventy- 
two votes in that almost overwhelmingly Re- 
publican state was to him a source of much 
gratification as an expression of the esteem in 
which he was held by the people of the state. 
In the same year he was appointed by Presi- 
dent Cleveland envoy extraordinary and min- 
ister plenipotentiary to the Republic of Co- 
lombia, South America, and represented the 
United States government in that foreign state 
during the next four years ; and when Mr. 
McKinley succeeded Mr. Cleveland in the 
presidency he urged !Mr. INIcKinney to retain 
his post under the new administration, but the 
incumbent felt it his duty to decline the prof- 
fered office, and therefore returned to private 
citizen.ship in Bridgton, IMaine, where he has 
since lived. 

After returning from the consular service 



Mr. McKinney would have preferred to aban- 
don public life and engage in mercantile pur- 
suits, but it was not a long time after he had 
located in Bridgton that he was again pressed 
into party service in a political campaign 
where it was hoped that his personal popu- 
larity, high character and known qualifications 
for high public office might turn the scale of 
doubtful contest. He first ran for congress in 
this state as the candidate of the Democratic 
party against Thomas Benton Reed, the Re- 
pubhcan nominee, and afterward against a 
man of such political strength as Amos L. 
Allen. In both contests Mr. iVIcKinney was 
defeated, the normal opposition against his 
party being too great for even him to over- 
come ; and no Democratic candidate in Alaine 
ever could beat "Tom" Reed, that mighty giant 
of republicanism, and Allen was the peer of 
Reed with Maine Republicans. 

Having given his party long and faithful 
service, often at the sacrifice of personal inter- 
ests, Mr. McKinney retired from active par- 
ticipation in politics and devoted his attention 
to other employments. In i8g8, in company 
with P. P. Burnham, he engaged in the dry 
goods business in Bridgton, continuing about 
two years, then sold out and acquired a con- 
siderable interest in the Bridgton Furniture 
Company, with John Roes and Byron Kim- 
ball. Soon afterward he bought Mr. Roes' 
share in the concern, and upon the death of 
Mr. Kimball purchased his interest in the busi- 
ness. As now constituted the officers of the 
company are Mrs. F. L. McKinney, president; 
Mr. McKinney, treasurer and manager; and 
Harry McKinney, secretary. 

During all the years of his political activity 
Mr. McKinney never has relaxed his earnest 
devotion to the church and has given to it at 
all times the same attention and service as 
when he was its pastor in various fields. In 
1903 he went to Brooklyn, New York, re- 
mained there a year and a half in building a 
parish house. In 1901 for one year was pastor 
of the Universalist church in Kansas City, and 
during his residence in Bridgton he supplied 
the pulpit of his church in that town. Mr. 
McKinney has again entered the ministry and 
assumed charge of the Universalist church in 
Gardiner, Maine. His business in Bridgton is 
under the charge of his son, Harry W. Mc- 
Kinney. His interest in public affairs also has 
continued, although the offices in which he has 
recently served have been local rather than 
general in character. He has been selectman 
of Bridgton, and in igo6 represented his town 
in the state legislature, in the house serving 

on the committee on libraries and on pensions, 
and also on the special committee appointed to 
arrange for the celebration of Longfellow's 
birthday. Mr. McKinney is a Mason, mem- 
ber of Oriental Lodge, F. and A. M., Oriental 
Chapter, R. A. M.. and Oriental Commandery, 
K. T., all of Bridgton ; a member of Louis 
Bell Post, G. A. R., of Manchester, New 
Hampshire ; and a member of Ridgley Lodge, 
I. O. O. F.. of Manchester. In Odd Fellow- 
ship he has been elected to the exalted office of 
grand master of the Grand Lodge, jurisdic- 
tion of New Hampshire, and grand represent- 
ative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and is 
member of Wonalancet Encampment of Man- 

On August I, 1 87 1, in Bridgton, Mr. Mc- 
Kinney married Sharlie Paine Webb, daugh- 
ter of Josiah and Elizabeth (Witham) Webb, 
of Raymond, Maine. Two children have been 
born of this marriage: i. James Franklin, 
born in Bridgton, November 7, 1872. Having 
graduated from I^Ianchester, New Hampshire, 
high school, he entered St. Lawrence Uni- 
versity, Canton, New York, and graduated 
from that institution in 1895. He then en- 
tered the law department of the University 
of Maryland, made the course of that cele- 
brated school and graduated with the degree 
of LL. B. in 1897. He is engaged in active 
general practice in New York City in part- 
nership with Comptroller Grout, a leading pub- 
lic man in New York municipal political life. 
Mr. McKinney married Jessie Hanna, of Den- 
nison, Texas, and has one child, Robert Frank- 
lin iMcKinney, born January 14, 1902. 2. 
Harry Webb, born in Manchester, New 
Hampshire, January 14, 1878. He was edu- 
cated in Manchester, in St. Johns College, 
Washington, D. C, and in a military academy 
in Pennsylvania. He went to South America 
with his father and now is engaged in business 
as secretary of the Bridgton Furniture Com- 

This name is not a common 
DENNEN one in this country, and it 

seems to be confined, in the 
earlier generations at least, to the neighbor- 
hood of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where we 
find it spelled Denen, Denin, Dinnin, Den- 
ning and Dinning. Nicholas Denning seems 
to be the first American ancestor of whom we 
have any record, and he was at Gloucester 
in the early part of the eighteenth century. 
His son, Nicholas (2), received a grant of 
land there in 1724, and in 1725 this son, with 
his wife Elizabeth and daughters Margaret 



and Hannah, were baptized in that town. 
Nicholas (2) Denning was married to a sec- 
ond wife, Mrs. Ann Fuller, on January 14, 
1732, and a son, Nicholas (3), was born Oc- 
tober 12, 1732. The only Samuel Denning 
recorded was born in 1707, the son of William 
and Hannah (Paine) Denning, and probably 
the grandson of Nicholas (i). He could 
hardly have been the Samuel Denning of the 
following line, because he would have been too 
old for a revolutionary soldier. There is little 
doubt, however, that the Maine branch is de- 
rived from the Massachusetts stock ; but the 
imperfection of the records renders it impos- 
sible to give the e.xact relationship. 

(I) Samuel Dennen was a revolutionary 
soldier, and died at Minot, Maine. The Mas- 
sachusetts Rolls say that Samuel Dennen, a 
seaman, was in the list of prisoners sent from 
Halifax to Boston in the cartel "Swift," Sep- 
tember 30, 1778, according to the return made 
by Thomas Baildon, commissary of prisoners. 

(H) Simeon, son of Samuel Dennen, was 
born in Salem, Massachusetts, August 10, 
1771, and died at Shirley, Maine, in 1848 or 
1849. Simeon Dennen, with his elder brother 
George, moved to Pigeon Hill, in Poland, 
Maine, in 1792. He lived in various places in 
the town till 1830, when he and a part of his 
family moved to what is now the town Shir- 
ley, near Moosehead Lake, where some of their 
descendants are now living. He served in the 
war of 1812 as a volunteer, as did also his 
sons Simeon Jr. and Peter. About 1793 
Simeon Deimen married Rebecca Chickering, 
of Hebron, who was born March 18, 1774. 
There were twelve children: 1. Simeon (2), 
whose sketch follov\s. 2. Peter, born April 7, 
1796. 3. Frederic, November 16, 1798. 4. 
John, September 19, 1800. 5. Levi, March 16, 
1803. 6. Liford, February 16, 1805. 7. Elena, 
October 19, 1807. 8. Rebecca, December 20, 
1809. 9. Lydia, March 29. 181 1. 10. Joseph, 
March 17, 1813. 11. Lois, November 16, 
1817. 12. Otis, May 9, 1820. 

(HI) Simeon (2), eldest child of Simeon 
(i) and Rebecca (Chickering) Dennen, was 
born at Poland, Maine, October 4, 1794, and 
died at Oxford, April 12, 1869. During his 
early life he was a farmer, but later moved to 
Oxford, where he became a millman, lumber 
merchant and manufacturer. On September 
14, 1823, Simeon (2) Dennen and Sally Ryer- 
son, of Paris, were published ; Dennen was 
living at Hebron, Maine, at the time. They 
had four children: i. Nelson, who died in in- 
fancy. 2. John W., born April 11, 1827, served 
in the Fifth Maine Battery. 3. Keziah. .'\pril 

9, 1830. 4. William W., whose sketch fol- 

(I\') William \\'., third son of Simeon (2) 
and Sally (Ryerson) Dennen, was born at 
O.xford, Maine, June 5, 1837, and was edu- 
cated in the common schools of his native 
town. At the age of eighteen he learned the 
carpenter's trade, at which he worked for six 
years. When the civil war broke out he en- 
listed in Company K, First Maine Volunteers. 
August 22, 1861, he enlisted in Company K. 
Seventh Maine X'olunteers, was promoted to 
rank of corporal, and discharged for disability, 
July 25, 1862. He returned to Oxford and 
engaged in farming, which he followed for 
eight years. About 1870 he became interested 
in the manufacture of paper, and for several 
years was engaged in the building and equip- 
ment of mills. In 1883 he came to East Poland 
and built the mill of which he has been super- 
intendent ever since. The establishment em- 
ploys about forty men. Mr. Dennen is a Re- 
publican in politics, and served as representa- 
tive in 1890-91, and as selectman in 1896-97. 
He is a member of the Grand Lodge of Odd 
Fellows, has filled all chairs in the Knights of 
Pythias, is a member of the Grand Army of 
the Republic, and also of the Grange. On 
Harris Hill, William W. Dennen married 
IMarie B., daughter of Ebin and Mary (Ste- 
vens) Maxwell, of Excelsior No. 5, Dead 
River. Children: i. Addie O., born Septem- 
ber 8, 1867, was drowned near her home at 
Kent's Hill, September 27, 1903; she was mar- 
ried to Professor J. O. Newton, of Maine 
Wesleyan Seminary ; children : Ma.x, Rownald 
and Robert. 2. Charles E., July 11, 1869. 3. 
William W., June 18, 1875. 4. Ansel C.. 
July 18, 1880, graduated from Bowdoin Col- 
lege in 1905 ; is now in charge of a large 
leather board mill in Herkimer, New York ; 
married Elizabeth H. Cuskley, June 24, 1908. 

The plantation of Broad Bay, 
SEIDERS now Waldoboro, Maine, was 

settled by German immigrants 
of the Lutheran faith. The first settlement 
was made in 1740-42, and additional colonists 
followed in 1748-53. They were induced to 
come to this country by General Samuel Wal- 
do and later by his son. Colonel Samuel 
Waldo. They were promised one hundred 
acres of land each, subsistence for at least six 
months, and other important benefits. Under 
these promises during the years mentioned, it 
is probable that at least fifteen hundred set- 
tled at Broad Bay. They suffered extreme 
hardships and privations, having been landed. 



in a wilderness and having little or no means 
of subsistence of their own. Their sufferings 
were, in a great measure, due to the fact that 
the promises made to them by General Waldo 
were not carried out. In 1745-46 the settle- 
ment was completely wiped out by the In- 
dians. For three years it remained desolate. 
Many of the inhabitants with their families 
joined the Louisburg E.xpedition, some fled 
to neighboring settlements, while others were 
killed or taken in captivity to Canada by the 
Indians. At the close of the fifth Indian war 
those who survived the Louisburg Expedition, 
with those who returned from captivity, and 
from neighboring places, renewed their set- 
tlement at Broad Bay. These colonists suf- 
fered much greater hardships even than the 
first settlers of Massachusetts, but Germanlike, 
ti.ey adhered to their undertaking and finally 
built up a settlement, which in 1840 exceeded 
any other in numbers and prosperity then in 
the present territories of Lincoln and Kno.x 
counties. From these colonists have descend- 
ed many whose names have appeared in the 
professions, in conunercial affairs, and in act- 
ive public service. 

(I) Conrad Seiders came to the plantation 
of Broad Bay in 1748 and brought with him 
his son Cornelius, who was then but eight 
years old. The name of Conrad Seiders ap- 
pears on the records of the town of Waldoboro 
in later years. Cornelius, his son, married 
Elizabeth Leistner. daughter of Charles Leist- 
ner. General Waldo's agent. Their grave- 
stones, now standing in the Old Meeting 
House Cove burying ground, near Dutch 
Neck, alone identify that old burial place. A 
number of children were born to them, name- 
ly : Jacob, Henry, Philip, and daughters. 

(II) Jacob, son of Conrad Seiders, married 
Mary Given and they resided in Waldoboro 
during their lives. The following children 
were born to them : Henry, Francis, John, Ed- 
ward, Ambrose and Reuben, sons ; and Jane, 
who married Charles Little, and Elizabeth, 
who married Ezra I. Wall, daughters. John 
resided on the home farm at Waldoboro until 
his decease. Edward and Ambrose in their 
early twenties went to New Orleans and the 
latter never was heard from afterward. Ed- 
ward was in the Texan war and afterward 
settled at Austin, Texas, where he died a few 
years since, leaving a family, all sons, who 
have largely settled in Te.xas. Reuben grad- 
uated from Bowdoin College and married Su- 
san Austin, of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He 
taught at Cambridge for some years and after- 
ward graduated from the Divinity School at 

Harvard College and became a Unitarian 
clergyman. The two daughters, Jane and 
Elizabeth, lived and died in Augusta, Maine, 
leaving families. 

(Ill) Henry, first son of Jacob and Mary 
(Given) Seiders, was born in Waldoboro in 
1798. Before reaching his majority he went 
to Thomaston, Maine, where he worked in 
the ship yards. In 1837 he moved to the town 
of Union and settled there on a farm, where 
he lived till the close of his life in 1881, aged 
eighty-three years. He took great interest in 
both political and religious matters, and was 
active in building the first Congregational 
church in that place. In 1827 he married 
Mary Whiting Starrett, of Warren, who was 
born Decernber 24, 1808. daughter of John 
and Margaret (Fitzgerald) Starrett, of War- 
ren, Maine. John Starrett was a descendant 
of Colonel Thomas Starrett, who was active 
in public affairs of Warren, and who was a 
descendant of William Starrett, who came 
from Scotland to Pemaquid and from there 
joined the Waldo colony located in the town 
of Warren in 1736. Children of Henry and 
xMary W. (Starrett) Seiders: i. John Henry, 
died in infancy, April 5, 1832. 2. Mary Jane, 
born in 1829, married Captain Oliver J. Star- 
rett, of Warren, and died on passage from 
New Orleans to Liverpool in 1855. Their 
only issue, Mary Alice, deceased in childhood. 
3. Margaret S., born in 1837, married Charles 
G. Snell, of Waldoboro, and is now living at 
Portland, widow. Their only issue, Henry 
Seiders Snell, deceased in childhood. 4. Jo- 
seph Henry, born in 1836, died of yellow fever 
at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1857, unmarried. 
5. Edward, born in 1838, was engaged in sea- 
faring life, and as mate of a vessel on passage 
from New York to New Orleans, was lost at 
sea in 1863, unmarried. 6. Emerson, born in 
1839, was lost on Lake Erie in 1864, unmar- 
ried. 7. Sarah L., born in 1842, single, now 
lives in Portland, Maine. 8. George M., re- 
ceives extended mention below. 9. Frederick 
A., born in 1848, is now living on the old 
homestead at Union. In 1871 he married 
Sarah Jane Linscott, of Palermo, to whom 
there have been born four children, all living, 
to wit : Harold Latimer, Conrad Arvidsoni 
Carl Frederic and Clarice Hayes. 

(IV) George Melville, eighth child and fifth 
son of Henry and Mary W. (Starrett) Seiders, 
was born in L-nion in 1844. His early educa- 
tion was obtained in the public schools of that 
place. September 10, 1862, when attending 
the high school, he enlisted in Company B, 
Twenty-fourth Maine \'olunteer Infantry' and 



was made a corporal. The company rendez- 
voused first at Augusta, then at East New 
York, Long Island. Later in the fall the regi- 
ment was transported on the "Lizzie South- 
ard" to New Orleans. After remaining there 
for a few days it was encamped for some 
weeks at Bonnet Carre, al>jve New Orleans, 
and later joined the forces then besieging Port 
Hudson. While at Bonnet Carre, Mr. Seiders 
had an attack of typhoid fever and a relapse 
therefrom, and after recovering joined his reg- 
iment at Port Hudson. In the meantime Vicks- 
burg was besieged and taken, and also Port 
Hudson shortly after. The regiment returned 
home via the Mississippi river and Chicago, 
and was mustered out of service at Augusta, 
Atigust 25, 1863. 

After the war Mr. Seiders returned to 
Union and remained on the home farm un- 
til he attained his majority, then he went to 
Portland, where he obtained employment in 
the machine shops of Charles Staples & Son, 
where he remained some months. Having a 
desire to obtain a better education, he left 
the workbench in 1866, attending two terms 
at Kent's Hill Seminary, and subsequently 
continuing and finishing his preparatory course 
for college at Lincoln Academj', Newcastle, 
Maine. He entered Bowdoin College in the 
class of 1872. During his preparatory and 
college courses he paid his way by teaching 
in district schools and academies. Lie gradu- 
ated with the degree of A. B. and later re- 
ceived the degree of A. M. After his gradu- 
ation he was immediately appointed principal 
of Greelev Institute, Cumberland Center, 
Maine, which position he occupied two years, 
during which time the institute enjoyed a 
larger degree of prosperity than it had ever 
before or has since. At the close of his serv- 
ices at Greeley Institute he was elected sub- 
master of the high school at Waltham, Mas- 
sachusetts, where he taught one year, when, 
having received an advantageous offer, he ac- 
cepted a professorship in the Episcopal Acad- 
emy of Connecticut at Cheshire, Connecticut, 
where he taught during the school year of 
1875-76. While there he took up the reading 
of law, and in July, 1876, entered the office of 
Thomas Brackett Reed, at Portland, and there 
continued the study of law. In October, 1878, 
Mr. Seiders was admitted to the bar and took 
desk room with Hon. F. M. Ray for a few 
months, when he returned to ]\Ir. Reed's office 
and remained in association with him until Mr. 
Reed moved to New York in igoi. In Jan- 
uary, 1893, Mr. Seiders and F. V. Chase, Esq.. 
formed a co-partnership under the style of 

Seiders & Chase, which continued until Jan- 
uary, 1901. In 1883 he was appointed as- 
sistant counsel for the United States in the 
Alabama Court of Claims, and acted in 
that capacity during the continuance of the 

In 1885 he was electejil county attorney for 
the county of Cumberland and again in 1887, 
serving two terms. During his services as 
county attorney many important cases were 
tried by him, including murder cases. After 
having completed his services in that capacity 
he was engaged in both civil and criminal 
practice. He defended two murder cases 
which perhaps e.xcited as much jniblic inter- 
est as any that have been tried in the county 
of Cumberland. During the period when Mr. 
Seiders was reading law and for two years 
after his admission to the bar he lived in the 
town of North Yarmouth, where he was elect- 
ed representative to the Legislature of 1878 on 
the Republican ticket by the classed towns of 
Yarmouth and North Yarmouth. Although 
he had not been admitted to the bar, he was 
appointed on the judiciary committee and 
others of importance. He took up his resi- 
dence in Portland in 1880. In 1892 he was 
elected to the State Senate and served on the 
judiciary and other important committees. 
Two years later he was re-elected and 
was unanimously chosen president of that 

His business methods, prompt and courteous 
rulings, and impartial dealings in public af- 
fairs secured for him strong support, which 
in 1901 was the means of his being elected 
attorney general of the state. Lie was re- 
elected in 1903, serving two full terms. His 
administration of this office was highly com- 
mended. In 1898 he was elected a member 
of the Republican state committee, and served 
in that capacity until 1905. Mr. Seiders has 
been attorney for and officially connected with 
many corporations. From his youth he has 
been a member of the Congregational church. 
He is a member of Bosworth Post. G. A. R., 
of the Cumberland Gub, and of Bramhall 
League, all of Portland. 

He married, November 24, 1874, Clarice 
Small Hayes, who was born in North Yar- 
mouth in 1854, daughter of Isaac S. and 
Asenath (Batchelder) Hayes, of North Yar- 
mouth. They have three children, all living r 
Grace Ruiten, born 1875: Mary Asenath. born 
1877: and Pliilip Reed, born 1885. Grace R. 
married Dr. Phillip Webb Davis in 1903. They 
have two children, Mary Louise, born 1904, 
and Kathcrine, born 1906. 



The Wingates of England 
VVINGATE are an interesting and profit- 
able family to study, and it 
has always been the ambition of the Wingates 
of America to secure an unbroken chain to 
connect the two families, but up to this time 
the missing links have not been restored, and 
only in an indirect way can the relationship 
be established. In view of this it is not our 
purpose to regard the English family, but to 
name the progenitor of the family in America 
and to trace from him the subject we have 
in hand. 

(I) John Wingale, American progenitor of 
the Wingates of New England and of the 
northwest, if not of the entire family in Amer- 
ica, came to New Hampshire from England 
when an independent young man with no re- 
sponsibility of family or relatives. He was 
credited with being in the service of Thomas 
Layton, who located at Hilton's Point, now 
known as Dover Neck. New Hampshire, as 
early as 1658. Thomas Layton gave him a 
consideration for services already rendered, 
or to be rendered, twenty acres of land in the 
Neck, and the selectmen of the town thought 
it expedient to grant him an allotment of 
twenty acres immediately adjoining that given 
him by his master. He thus became an im- 
portant yeoman or farmer in the colony. He 
built a house and established a homestead 
which has been handed down from generation 
to generation in uninterrupted succession, even 
to this day. In early records his name is writ- 
ten "John Winget" and there appear various 
other spellings of the name. He married, after 
securing a homestead, Mary, daughter of 
Elder Hatevil Nutter, a stern and exemplary 
Puritan, and they had two children: Anne, 
born February 18. 1667. and John. July 13, 
1670. His wife died, and about 1676 he mar- 
ried as his second wife Sarah, widow of 
Thomas Carney, by whom he had five chil- 
dren, as follows : Caleb, Moses, Mary, Joshua 
and Abigail. lohn Wingate died December 9, 

(II) John (2). eldest son of John (i) and 
IMary (Nutter) Wingate, was born in Dover. 
New Hampshire. July 13, 1670. As the eldest 
son, he inherited the homestead and it was 
his home during his entire life. He com- 
manded a company of militia in the expedi- 
tions to Port Royal, 1707-10. His wife was 
Ann, and after she had borne him twelve 
children, and he had left her a widow, she 
married, December. 1725, Captain John Heard. 
The children of Captain John and Ann Win- 
gate were: i. Mary, born October 3, 1691. 

2. John, April 10, 1693, died September, 1694. 

3. Ann, February 2, 1694, died 1787. 4. Sarah, 
February 17, 1696. 5. Moses, December 27, 
1698, died February 9, 1782. 6. Samuel, No- 
vember 27, 1700. 7. Edmond, February 27, 
1702. 8. Abigail, March 2, 1704. 9. Elizabeth, 
February 3, 1706. 10. Mehitable, November 
14, 1709. II. Joanna, January 6, 171 1. 12. 
Simon. September 2, 1713. Captain John 
Wingate died in 1715. 

(Ill) Simon, youngest son and child of 
Captain John (2) and Ann Wingate, was 
born on the homestead in Dover Neck, New 
Hampshire, September 2, 1713, two years be- 
fore the death of his father, who left him to 
the care of his mother and eldest son John to 
be brought up. He sold, in 1736, in conjunc- 
tion with his youngest sister, Joanna, to their 
brother, Moses Wingate, for thirty pounds, "a 
part of thirty acres of land granted by Dover 
to our honored father, John Wingate, late of 
Dover, deceased." The deed is dated May 26, 
1736. He removed from Dover to Biddeford, 
Maine, where he was admitted to the First 
Church of that town, October 17, 174a, and 
he soon after was elected a deacon of the 
church. He married Lydia, daughter of Ebe- 
nezer and Abie! (Snell) Hills, and she was 
admitted to the First Church, November 29, 
1774. They had twelve children born to them 
in Biddeford, as follows: i. Anne. 2. Eliza- 
beth. 3. Hannah. 4. Snell, baptized February 
3, 1744. 5. Simon, baptized June 21, 1747. 
6. John, baptized April 8, 1750. 7. Lydia, bap- 
tized .April 26. 1752. 8. Edmond, baptized 
January 5, 1755. 9. . 10. Lucy, bap- 
tized December 25. 1757. 11. Sarah, baptized 
March 22, 1761. 12. Susanna. 

(I\') Snell, eldest son and fourth child of 
Simon and Lydia (Hill) Wingate, was bap- 
tized February 3, 1744. He married (first) 
Margaret Emery, of Biddeford, Maine, who 
died November 29, 1783, and (second) Me- 
hitable Davis Crocker, of Dunstable, Massa- 
chusetts, widow of Elijah Crocker, who was a 
sea captain and sister of Daniel Davis, so- 
licitor-general. After his marriage, Snell Win- 
gate removed from Biddeford to Buxton, 
Maine, and built a house on Lot No. 12, 
Range D., Third Division. He was a select- 
man for eleven years. His five children by 
his first wife were: i. Molly, baptized April 
13, 1770. married Daniel Bradbury, of .\thens, 
Maine. 2. Samuel, baptized August 26, 1772. 
3. Daniel, baptized .August 27, 1775 or 1776, 
married Sarah Whittier in 1802, settled in 
Buxton near his father, had one son John, 
who left Buxton and was never heard from. 



and his large family of daughters married and 
removed from P.uxton. 4. Abigail, baptized 
August 3, 1777. 5. Simon, born August 27, 
1780 {t)r bai)tized September i, 1781). Chil- 
dren of second wife: 6. Robert Davis, born 
August 8. 1789, died April 23, 1806. 7. Elijah 
Crocker, born December 17, 1790, married 
Mary Lombard, of Gorham, Maine, and died 
without issue. 8. Snell, born August 7, 1792, 
died 1814. 9. Ansel, born March 16, 1794, 
died 1814, while a soldier in the American 
army in the war of 1812. 10. Margaret Em- 
ery,' born January 3. 1797. 11. John, born 
April 28, 1799, married, January 22. 1821, 
Salome Small, of Buxton, Maine, and (sec- 
ond), September 22, 1829, to Sophronia, wid- 
ow of Mr. Frost. John Wingate lived in Gor- 
ham, Maine, and had by his first wife three 
children and by his second eight. He died 
at Gorham, Maine, in 1859. Snell Wingate, 
his father, died in Buxton, Maine, early in 
the nineteenth century, but no date is on rec- 

(\^) Samuel, eldest son and second child of 
Snell and IMargaret (Emery) Wingate, was 
born in Buxton Center, Maine, and baptized 
August 26, 1772. He married Molly Wood- 
man, of Buxton, Maine, October 17. 1796, and 
lived in West Buxton, where five children 
were born of the marriage: i. William. 2. 
Edmund, who lived and died in Saco, Maine, 
and left a son who lived at Boston. 3. Mar- 
garet. 4. Nabby, married a Mr. Scribner, 
lived at Buxton, Maine, and had three sons. 
5. Harriet. 

(\T) William, eldest son of Samuel and 
Molly (Woodman) Wingate, was born at 
West Buxton, Maine, his birth probably oc- 
curring in 1797 or 1798. He was married to 
Mary Ann Coolberth, of Standish, Maine, and 
they lived first at Steep Falls in the town of 
Standish and later at Limerick, Maine. He 
was a merchant, a member of the Baptist 
church, a devoted advocate of the principles of 
the Whig party, and as a Republican he was 
elected selectman in 1861. He served in the 
Thirteenth Maine Regiment in the civil war 
and was a member of the military order of 
the Loyal Legion of the L^nited States. Will- 
iam and Mary Ann (Coolberth) Wingate had 
two children, Edwin R. and Mary Ann. 

(VH) Edwin R., only son of \^Mlliam and 
Mary Ann (Coolberth) Wingate, was born 
at Steep Falls, town of Standish, Maine. He 
became a merchant, and also held the office 
of postmaster at Steep Falls, in the township 
of Standish, Maine. He was also a manufac- 
turer. In the civil war he enlisted in the 

Thirteenth Maine Volunteer Regiment and 
served during the entire war, receiving the 
credit of being a good soldier, a faithful officer 
and a patriot of undoubted repute. His church 
affiliation was with the Free Will Baptist de- 
nomination, and his political faith was with the 
party that put down the Rebellion and pre- 
served the L'nion of the states. He was a com- 
panion of the military order of the Loyal Le- 
gion of the L'nited States and a cominander 
of the Grand Army of the Republic. He mar- 
ried, 1868, Harriet Boulter, of Steep Falls, 
and they had three children: i. Edwin R., 
who became a hotel clerk in Swampscott, Mas- 
sachusetts. 2. Thomas H., a clerk and partner 
in his father's business, t,. William W. (q. 

(VHI) William W., son of Edwin R. and 
Harriet (Boulter) Wingate, was born at Steep 
Falls, Standish township, Maine, September 12, 
1870. He attended the public school and was 
graduated at Fryeburg Academy, Bowdoin Col- 
lege, and Harvard University Law School, and 
was admitted to the bar. He established him- 
self in the practice of law in Brooklyn, New 
York, v\ith offices at 44 Court street. He 
became a Republican politician and served as 
counsel for the sheriff of Kings county, New 
York, and as undersherift" of the county. He 
was appointed attorney for the state comp- 
troller, January i, 1909. He affiliates with 
the Masonic fraternity and with the order of 
Elks, and is a member of the Republican Club 
of New York, of the Reform Club and of the 
Maine Society of New York. He is a mem- 
ber of Plymouth Congregational Church of 
Brooklyn. Mr. Wingate is unmarried. 

The surname Burleigh is an 
BURLEIGH ancient English family name. 
The most common spellings 
of this name in the early records are Burleigh, 
Burlcy, Burly, Birle, Birley, Birdley and Burd- 
ley. No less than nineteen branches of this 
family in England had or have coats-of-arms. 
(I) Giles Burleigh, immigrant ancestor of 
the American family, was an inhabitant of 
Ipswich, Massachusetts, as early as 1648, and 
was born in England. He was a commoner at 
Ipswich in 1664. He was a planter, living 
eight years on what was later called Brooke 
street, owning division lot No. 105. situate on 
Great Hill, Hogg Island. His name was 
spelled Birdley, Birdly, Burdley and Budly in 
the Ipswich records, and his name as signed 
by mark to his will is given Ghils Berdly. He 
bequeathed to his wife Elizabeth (called else- 
where Rebecca): his son Andrew: his son 



James ; his son John, and an uncle whose name 
is not given. Theophilus Wilson was execu- 
tor. Deacon Knowlton and Jacob Foster, over- 
seers, Thomas Knowlton Sr. and Jacob Foster 
the witnesses. Soon after his death his widow 
was granted trees for a hundred rails and a 
hundred posts, June 13. 1668. She married 
(second), February 23, 1669, Abraham Fitts, 
of Ipswich. Children: i. Andrew, born at 
Ipswich, September 5, 1657, married Mary, 
daughter of Governor Roger Conant. 2. 
James, February 10, 1659, mentioned below. 
3. Giles, July 13. 1662. 5. John, July 13, 1662, 
died February 27, 1681. 

(II) James, son of Giles Burleigh, was born 
in Ipswich, Massachusetts, February 10, 1659, 
died in Exeter, New Hampshire, about 1721. 
Married (first). May 25, 1685, Rebecca, 
daughter of Thomas and Susannah (Worces- 
ter) Stacy. She died October 21, 1686. Her 
mother was a daughter of Rev. Witham 
Worcester, of Salisbury, Massachusetts. His 
sons Joseph, Giles, Josiah and James made a 
written agreement in 1723. Children: i. 
William, born in Ipswich. Massachusetts, Feb- 
ruary 27, 1692-93, was at Newmarket in 1746. 
2. Joseph, April 6, 1695. 3- Thomas, .-Vpril 5, 
1697. 4. James, Exeter, 1699. 5. Josiah, 
1701, mentioned below. 6. Giles, 1703, mar- 
ried, December 9, 1725, Elizabeth Joy, of Salis- 
bury, Massachusetts. 

(III) Josiah, son of James Burleigh, was 
born in Ipswich in 1701, died in Newmarket, 
New Hampshire, in 1756. He married Han- 
nah; daughter of Hon. Andrew Wiggin, judge 
of probate, son of Andrew Wiggin (2) and 
his wife, Hannah (Bradstreet) Wiggin. 
Thomas Wiggin, father of Andrew (2), was 
the immigrant, coming in 1631 as agent for 
the proprietors of New Hampshire. Hannah 
Bradstreet was a daughter of Governor Simon 
and Ann ( Dudley ) Bradstreet, ami grand- 
daughter of Governor Thomas Dudle}-. A tract 
of land at Exeter was set aside for him by 
the committee in 1718. He signed a petition 
for a bridge at Newmarket in 1746. Children : 
I. Josiah, died at Newmarket, married Judith 
Tuttle. 2. Thomas, born about 1730, men- 
tioned below. 3. Samuel. 

(IV) Thomas, son of Josiah Burleigh, was 
born about 1730. He was an inhabitant of 
Deerfield, New Hampshire, in 1766, and was 
appointed on a committee to locate the meet- 
ing-house. He married Mercy Norris. In 
1775 he settled at Sandwich, New Hampshire, 
on what is now known as Burleigh Hill. He 
was a farmer. Children: i. Deacon Thomas, 
married (first), April 6, 1779, Hannah Ether- 

idge ; (second) Susan, daughter of Benjamin 
and Lydia (Hanson) Watson, widow of Colo- 
nel Lewis Wentworth, of Dover. 2. Mercy, 
married, March 5, 1784, Eliphalet Smith, son 
of Colonel Jacob and Dolly (Ladd) Smith. 

3. Benjamin, born about 1755, mentioned be- 
low. 4. Samuel, died at Sandwich, July 5, 
1851 ; married, March 7, 1785, Ruth, daughter 
of Joshua and Ruth (Carr) Prescott. 5. Jo- 
siah, died at Sandwich, August 31, 1845; mar- 
ried, February 27, 1788, Rosamond Watson, of 
Moultonborough, New Hampshire. 6. Dolly. 

(\') Benjamin, son of Thomas Burleigh, 
was born about 1755, in Deerfield, New Flamp- 
shire. He was a merchant, having a general 
store at Sandwich. New Hampshire, the first 
in that town. He married, November 23, 1779, 
Priscilla Senter, of Centre Harbor, New 
Hampshire, born November i, 1759, died Jan- 
uary I, 1819. She married (second) Colonel 
Parker Prescott, son of Lieutenant John and 
Molly (Carr) Prescott, born at Manchester, 
Massachusetts, April 4, 1767, died December 
17, 1849. Children: i. (Tolonel Moses, born 
March 25, 1781, mentioned below. 2. Ben- 
jamin, born at Holderness, March i, 1783, died 
at Oakfield, Maine ; married Hannah Sanborn, 
of Centre Harbor. 3. Thomas, March i, 1783, 
married, April 21. 1808, Hannah, daughter of 
Thomas and Hannah (Etheridge) Burleigh. 

4. Priscilla, 1785, married William Cox. 5. 
Polly, born at Sandwich, 1787, died May. 1831 ; 
married Captain Ezekiel Hoit, son of Joseph 
and Betsey Hoit. 6. Olive, April 12, 1789. 
7. — , born 1790. 

(\T) Colonel Moses, son of Benjamin Bur- 
leigh, was born at Sandwich, New Hampshire, 
March 25, 1781 ; died at Linneus, Maine, Feb- 
ruary 13, i860: marrietl Nancy Spiller. He 
settled before 181 2 in Palermo, Maine, where 
he lived until 1830, when he removed to Lin- 
neus, Aroostook county, where he resided until 
his death. At Palermo he was elected to 
various offices of trust and honor. He was 
captain of the militia company there when 
called into service in the war of 1812, and 
marched with his company to Belfast at the 
time that the British vessels entered the Penob- 
scot river, to destrox' the LTnited States frigate 
"Adams." He was commissioned captain in 
the Fourth Regiment, Second Brigade, 
Eleventh Division, Massachusetts militia, in 
1 81 4, and promoted to lieutenant-colonel in 
1816. He was a representative to the general 
court of Massachusetts wdien Maine was a part 
of that state and afterward was in the Maine 
state legislature. He was a delegate to the 
convention in 1816 at Brunswick, to frame the 



constitution for the state of Maine. He car- 
ried the first mail by carriage from Augusta to 
Bangor, it having been carried on horseback 
previously. At Liniieus he was appointed by 
the marshal to take the census in the north- 
ern section of Washington county. When he 
was engaged in that service, the provincial 
warden, alleging that he was in disputed ter- 
ritory in violation of the provincial law, pur- 
sued with authority to arrest Colonel Burleigh, 
but the latter was successful in eluding the 
pursuit and completing his work. In 1831 he 
was appointed assistant land-agent, to guard 
that section of the public lands, and in that 
office drove various parties of Canadian squat- 
ters back to the provinces. He was for several 
years postmaster at Linneus. We are told by 
his biographer that he was a man of activity, 
energy and probity of character ; his hospi- 
tality was particularly marked, the hungry 
were fed and the weary found rest beneath his 

His wife died January 2, 1850, aged sixty- 
four. "She lived a life of usefulness, was kind 
and beneficient, beloved and respected by her 
numerous friends." Children of Colonel Moses 
and Nancy ( Spiller) Burleigh; i. Elvira 
Senter, born January 7, 1806, died October 
27, -1829. 2. Benjamin, March 6, 1809. 3. 
Benjamin, February 21, 181 1. 4. Hon. Parker 
Prescott, May 16, 1812, mentioned below. 5. 
Nancy Spiller, married Jabez Young, of Houl- 
ton, Maine. 6. Moses Carlton, born at Paler- 
mo, May 15, 1818, married, 1843, Caroline 
Elizabeth Frost, of Lubec. Maine. 7. Samuel 
Kelsey, January 8, 1820. married Keziah By- 
ron, of Linneus. 8. Olley Seaver, September 
II, 1822, died March 20, 1876; married Dud- 
ley Shields. 9. Rufus Burnham. February g, 
1826, died at Fulton, Arkansas, April 30, 1864; 
married, at Belfast, Maine, September 21. 
1857, Ann Sarah Flanders. 

(VH) Hon. Parker Prescott, son of Moses 
Burleigh, was born in Palermo, Maine, May 
16, 1812. Fie was educated at the Hampden 
Academy, in Maine, and the Hartford (Con- 
necticut) grammar school, at that time one of 
the best-known schools of the country. At 
the same time he received instruction in mili- 
tary tactics from Colonel Seymour, afterwards 
governor of the state. He removed with his 
father from Palermo to Linneus in 1830, and 
devoted some time to obtaining instruction in 
land-surveying. His knowledge of timber 
lands in the Maine wilderness was excelled by 
none, and he invested extensively in this form 
of property. He followed the profession of 
civil engineering and surveying, in addition to 

farming. As state chairman in 1869 of the 
Maine commission on the settlement of the 
public lands of Maine, he contributed largely 
to the development and settlement of Aroos- 
took county. He was elected state land-agent 
in 1868 and served in that office eight years. 
He himself was one of the pioneers there, in 
1830. and at the incorporation of the town of 
Linneus in 1836 he was chosen tow^n clerk, 
treasurer, collector of taxes and chairman of 
the school committee. Throughout his long 
life he held nearly all the time some office of 
trust and honor. In 1839 'i^ \^'^* commis- 
sioned captain of Company M, Sixth Regiment, 
First Brigade, Third Division, of Maine mili- 
tia, and in 1840 was elected lieutenant-colonel 
of the Seventh Regiment, a position he held 
for seven years. He was appointed county 
commissioner by Governor Kent in 1841, and 
was subsequently elected to that office ; was 
county treasurer also, and postmaster at North 
Linneus for twenty-five years. He was a 
member of the house of representatives in 
1856-57, and a state senator in 1864-65, 1877- 
78. Fle was chairman of the boaid of select- 
men several years. He died April 29, 1899, 
in Houlton, Alaine. 

He married (first) Caroline Peabody, daugh- 
ter of Jacob and Sally (Clark) Chick, of 
Bangor. She was born January 31, 181 5, died 
April 6, 1 86 1. He married (second) May 29, 
1873, Charlotte Mehitable, daughter of Colo- 
nel James and Mehitable (Jones) Smith, of 
Bangor. Children of first marriage: i. Hon. 
Albert Augustus, born at Linneus, October 12, 
1841, married Lucinda G. Collins: enlisted in 
the Union army in the civil war in 1864; was 
wounded, taken prisoner and confined at 
Petersburg and Richmond ; resided at Oakfield 
and Houlton, Maine ; was commissioner of 
Aroostook county twelve years ; surveyor of 
land by profession : children : i. Everett Edwin, 
born November 9. 1862: ii. Albert Augustus, 
January 8. 1864, died July 30, 1864; iii. Pres- 
ton Newell, born at Oakfield, February 18, 
1866: iv. Park-er Prescott, February 15, 1868; 
V. Frances Lucinda, November 19, 1871 ; vi. 
Harry Ralph, October 5, 1874. 2. Hon. Edwin 
Chick, mentioned below. 

(\'III) Hon. Edwin Chick, son of Hon. 
Parker Prescott Burleigh, was born in Lin- 
neus, Maine, November 27, 1843. He was 
educated in the public schools of his native 
town and at the Houlton Academy, where he 
fitted for college. Following the example of 
his father, he educated himself as a land sur- 
veyor, a profession that oflfered excellent op- 
portunities at that time to young men on ac- 



count of the necessity of surveying timber 
lands. For a time after leaving the academy 
he taught school, but when the civil war broke 
out he and his brother went to Augusta and 
enlisted in the District of Columbia cavalry, 
but he was rejected, on account of the state of 
his health, by the e.xamining surgeon, Dr. 
George E. Brickett. Disappointed in his am- 
bition to enter the service, he accepted a clerk- 
ship in the office of the adjutant general of 
Alaine, and remained to the close of the war. 
He then followed his profession of surveyor 
and the business of farming until 1870, when 
he was appointed clerk in the state land office 
at Bangor, and two years later made his home 
in that city. In 1876-77-78 he was state land 
agent, and during the same years also assistant 
clerk of the house of representatives. In 1880 
he was appointed clerk in the office of the 
state treasurer and removed permanently to 
Augusta. In 1885 he was elected treasurer of 
the state, an office that he filled with con- 
spicuous ability and success. He was reelected 
in 1887, and in the year following was chosen 
governor of the state, with a plurality of 18,- 
053 votes. In i8qo he was reelected governor 
with a phirality of 18,899 votes. His adminis- 
tration of state affairs was pre-eminently con- 
structive and progressive in character. His 
e.xperience in public life, his executive ability 
and well-balanced character fitted him admir- 
ably for the office of governor. Democratic in 
his ways, indefatigable in his attention to the 
varied duties of his position, he strengthened 
himself in the hearts of the people during his 
term of office. He was popular and won the 
commendation of press and public alike. His 
appointments were satisfactory. His addresses 
to the legislature and on public occasions 
marked him as a master of e.xpression. 
Through his influence and action, the plan to 
remove the state capitol from Augusta to 
Portland was defeated, and an appropriation 
of $150,000 made for the enlargement of the 
old state house. He was chairman of the com- 
mission in charge of the state-house addition, 
hicidentally the state saved at least two mil- 
lion dollars by refusing to abandon the old 
capitol. In 1899 Governor Burleigh became 
chairman of a committee to locate and pur- 
chase a permanent muster field, and after 
something of a contest he secured the selection 
of historic Camp Keyes, in Augusta, an ideal 
field for the purpose, at a cost of $3,500. The 
value of the real estate has since then tripled, 
and the wisdom of the choice has been often 
applauded. During the winter of 1889 he 
called attention through the columns of his 

newspaper, the Kennebec Jonnial. to the 
crowded condition of the state insane hos- 
pital, and the legislature authorized the ap- 
pointment of a commission to purchase 
grounds near Bangor for the erection of a new 
state hospital for the insane. At the sugges- 
tion of Governor Burleigh the valuations foi 
the purpose of taxation were investigated by a 
commission, and the state valuation, as a con- 
sequence, increased from $236,000,000 to 
$309,000,000, and a state board of assessors 
created. Taxes have since then been more 
justly and equitably levied in Maine. In fund- 
ing the state debt. Governor Burleigh effected 
a substantial saving to the taxpayers. At his 
suggestion the legislature authorized an issue 
of bonds to take up the entire state debt which 
was then bearing interest at the rate of six per 
cent. These three per cent, bonds were sold 
at a premium of $79,900 and an annual saving 
of $71,520 effected at the same time. In 1891 
he advocated the Australian ballot system in 
his address before the legislature. The house 
of representatives voted against the bill, but 
the governor fought hard, the popular support 
was given him, and in the end the bill was 
enacted. Since then, this system of voting has 
been adopted in almost every state in the 
Union. On the recommendation of Governor 
Burleigh, the secretary of the board of agri- 
culture was given a larger salary and quarters 
in the state house, largely increasing the effi- 
ciency of the board. On his recommendation, 
the appropriation for state aid for soldiers, dis- 
abled veterans of the civil war, was increased 
from $70,000 to $135,000. At the same time 
he eft'ected great improvements in the National 
Guard of Maine. It was upon his recommen- 
dation that the law was passed providing heavy 
penalties for the careless setting of forest fires, 
making the land agent the forest commissioner 
of Maine, with wardens in every section. The 
results of this legislation have been very ef- 
fectual and valuable. When the state library 
was to be moved to its new quarters in the 
State-house extension in 1891, he advocated a 
modern card catalogue, the appropriation for 
which was made, and to-day the state library 
of Maine in convenience and usefulness is sec- 
ond to none in New England. During his ad- 
ministration, it should be added, the rate of 
taxation reached the lowest point in the history 
of the state, notwithstanding the progress and 
improvements mentioned. 

When his four years as governor expired, 
Mr. Burleigh had aspirations to go to con- 
gress, and in the campaign of 1892 he sought 
the nomination, against Hon. Seth L. Milliken, 



of Belfast, then member from the tliinl district. 
Mr. MiUikcn won after a lively and close con- 
test, and was given the cordial support of Mr. 
Burleigh. In 1897, when Mr. Milliken died. 
the nomination was given Governor Burleigh 
by acclamation. In congress Mr. Burleigh's 
ability and usefulness have been conspicuous. 
His first important achievement in congress 
was the apportionment bill in the fifty-sixth 
congress, when he served on the select com- 
mittee on the census. Chairman Hopkins, of 
Illinois, had a bill for three hundred and fift}-- 
seven members, based on a population of 208,- 
868 for each member, while Governor Bur- 
leigh's bill provided for three hundred and 
eighty-six members, based on a population of 
194,182 for a district, the smallest number that 
would allow Maine to retain four members of 
the house. The Hopkins bill was approved 
by the majority of the committee, but on the 
floor of the house the Burleigh bill was suc- 
cessful. As a legislator Mr. Burleigh has been 
remarkably successful, having the tact and 
ability to persuade others to his way of think- 
ing. After the custom of his state, he has 
been reelected at each successive election to 
the present time. Since the death of the late 
Congressman Boutelle, Governor Burleigh has 
been Maine's member of the National Repub- 
lican Congressional Committee. 

Mr. Burleigh has large investments in tim- 
ber lands, especially in Aroostook county. He 
was interested with his brother, Albert A., in 
constructing the Bangor & Aroostook railroad 
into the Aroostook wilderness, an enterprise 
that has had a great influence in the develop- 
ment and upbuilding of that resourceful re- 
gion. For a number of years past his chief 
business interest has centered in his newspaper, 
The Kennebec Journal. Associated with him 
in the management and ownership is his son, 
Clarence B. Burleigh, wdio holds the position 
of managing editor, and Charles F. Flynt, a 
practical printer of long experience, who has 
charge of the business department. When 
congess is not in session he may nearly always 
be found at his desk in the Journal building, or 
in the private office of his summer cottage on 
the shore of Lake Cobbosseecontee, where he 
spends part of the summer with his family. 
Congressman Burleigh is a frequent contribu- 
tor to the newspaper, which has held its posi- 
tion and the high reputation it won under the 
management of Luther Severance, James G. 
Blaine and John L. Stevens as an organ of the 
Republican party, to which the growth and 
strength of that party were in no small degree 
due. He is a director of the First National 

Bank and of the Granite National Bank, and 
trustee of the Augusta Trust Company. He 
is a member of Augusta Lodge, F. and A. M. 

Governor Burleigh married. June 28, 1863, 
Marv Jane, born in Linneus, Maine, November 
9, 1841, daughter of Benjamin and Anna 
( Tyler ) Bither. Her father was the son of 
Peter Bither, a native of England, who died 
in Freedom, Maine, and who served in the 
American army in the revolution. Benjamin 
Bither was in the service in the war of 1812. 
Children: i. Clarence Blendon. born at Lin- 
neus, ?\laine. November i, 1864, graduate of 
Bowdoin College in the class of 1887, married 
Sarah P., daughter of Hon. Joseph H. and 
Nancy (Fogg) Quimby, of Sandwich, New 
Hampshire ; children : i. Edwin Clarence, born 
in Augusta, December 9, 1891 ; ii. Donald 
Quimby, born in Augusta, June 2, 1894. 2. 
Caroline Frances, born at Linneus, July 23, 
1866. married Robert J. Alartin, M. D., of 
Augusta, whose father. Dr. George W. Martin, 
was a leading physician of that city ; Dr. Rob- 
ert J. Martin was drowned June 16, 1901, 
while attempting to rescue a drowning girl ; 
they had one child, Robert Burleigh Martin, 
born September 3, 1888. 3. \'allie Mary, born 
at Linneus, June 22, 1868, married Joseph 
Williamson jr., of Augusta, son of Hon. Jo- 
seph Williamson, of Belfast, Maine ; children : 
i. William Burrill Williamson, born Novem- 
ber 20, 1892; ii. Robert Byron Williamson, 
born August 23, 1899. 4. Lewis Albert, born 
at Linneus. March 24, 1870, graduate of Bow- 
doin College in 1891 and Harvard Law School 
in 1894, is practicing law in Augusta with his 
brother-in-law, under the firm name of Will- 
iamson & Burleigh ; was city clerk of Augusta ; 
and at present writing (1909) is a mem- 
ber of the Maine House of Representatives ; 
married Caddie Hall, daughter of Hon. S. S. 
Brown, of Waterville, Maine; child, Lewis 
.\lbert Jr.. born July 20, 1897. 5. Lucy Emma, 
born in Bangor, February 9, 1874, married 
Flon. Byron J3oyd, ex-secretary of state and 
now (1908) chairman of the Republican state 
committee : son of Dr. Robert Boyd, of Lin- 
neus; children: i. Dorothy Boyd, born No- 
vember 12, 1895; ii. Robert Boyd 2d, born 
Tune 25, 1902; iii. Mary Edwina Boyd, born 
December 21, 1903; iv. Richard Byron Boyd, 
born December 10, 1904; v. Edwin Burleigh 
Boyd, born December 12, 1905. 6. Ethelyn 
Hope, born in Linneus, November 19, 1877, 
married, April 20, 1904, Dr. Richard H. 
Stubbs, son of Hon. P. H. Stubbs, of Strong, 

( IX ) Clarence Blendon. eldest child of Hon. 

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Edwin Chick Durleigh, was born November i, 
1864, in I.inneus, Maine, and educated in the 
conmion schools of Bangor and Linneus, and 
New Hampton Literary Institute, graduating 
in 1883. He then entered Bowdoin College, 
from which he graduated with the class of 
1887, after which he became editor of the Old 
Orchard Sea Shell, which was published bj' the 
Biddeford Times until the close of the beach 
season, when he returned to the city of Au 
gusta, where he purchased an interest in the 
Kennebec Journal in 1887. In 1896 he was 
elected state printer, which office he held until 
igo6. During the years 1896-97 he was presi- 
dent of the Maine Press Association. He has 
been president of the Augusta City Hospital 
since its estalilishment : was member of the 
board of assessors in 1897; president of the 
Augusta board of trade in 1899-1900; chair- 
man Republican city committee since 1902. 
He is the author of the following works : 
"Bowdoin '87, a History of Undergraduate 
Days," "Camp On Letter K," "Raymond Ben- 
son at Kranipton," "The Kenton Pines" and 
other works. He is a member of Augusta 
Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons . 
Chushuc Chapter, No. 43, Royal Arch Ala- 
sons ; Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar, 
Augusta, and the Maine Consistory, thirty- 
second degree, Portland, Maine ; also is iden- 
tified with the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, Knights of Pythias, and is a charter 
member of the Benevolent and Protective Or- 
der of Elks. In religious affiliations he is a 
member of the Congregational parish. iMr. 
Burleigh was married, November 24, 1887, to 
Sarah P. Quimby. born May 22, 1864, in 
Sandwich, New Hampshire, daughter of Jo- 
seph H. and Nancy P. ( Fogg) Quimby. Their 
children are : Edwin C, born December 9, 
1891 ; Donald O., June 2, 1894. 

(IX) Lewis Albert, son of Hon. Edwin 
Chick Burleigh, was born in Linneus, Maine, 
March 24. 1870. He attended the public 
schools of his native town, at Bangor and Au- 
gusta, graduating from the Cony high school 
in 1887 and from Bowdoin College in 1891. 
He studied his profession in the Harvard Law 
School, where he was graduated with the de- 
gree of LL. B., in 1894. In the same year 
he was admitted to the bar of Kennebec 
county, and in October of that year engaged 
in practice in partnership with his brother-in- 
law, Joseph Williamson. The firni has taken a 
leading position among the lawyers of the 
state, doing a general and corporation busi- 
ness. Mr. Burleigh is a Republican in poli- 
tics, and has been city clerk of Augusta, and 

at present writing (1909) is a member of 
the Maine House of Representatives. He 
is a member of the board of education of Au- 
gusta ; in 1903 was appointed one of the three 
United States commissioners by Judge Clar- 
ence Hale, of the L^nited States district court, 
to succeed W. S. Choate, and in 1907 was re- 
appointed to this responsible office. He was a 
director of the Augusta National Bank until 
it went into liquidation. Mr. Burleigh is very 
prominent in Masonic circles. He is a past 
master of Augusta Lodge of Free Masons ; 
member of Cusuhue Chapter, Royal Arch Ma- 
sons ; of Council, Royal and Select Masters ; of 
Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar, and 
has attained tlie thirty-second degree in Ma- 
sonry. He is a member of Kora Temple, Or- 
der of the Alystic Shrine, Lewiston. In 1907 
he was master of the Lodge of Perfection. He 
is also a member of Augusta Lodge of Odd 
Fellows : of Augusta Lodge, Knights of Pyth- 
ias ; of the Ancient Order of United Work- 
men, and of Augusta Lodge, Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks. He is a Congre- 
gationalist and a member of the prudential 
committee of the Congregational church. He 
married, October 18, 1894, Caddie Hall Brown, 
born in Fairfield, Maine, April 22, 1871, 
daughter of Hon. S. S. Brown, of Waterville. 
Maine (see sketch). They have one child, 
Lewis Albert Jr., borri July 20, 1897. 

The family of Dunn settled in 
DL'NN southwest Maine many years ago. 
and the name of Jonah Dunn ap- 
pears often in the histories of the towns lying 
along the course of the Saco river. Several 
Dunns were men of prominence there. 

(I) Jonah Dunn lived in Cornish, York 
county. Maine, where he was selectman, 1806- 
08-09-15: there he married and his children 
were born. In 1826 he removed with his fam- 
ily to Houlton. Their journey was made in 
the winter and part of it lay over the frozen 
surface of the Baskehegan river to its head, 
where, leaving it, they pursued the remainder 
of their journey through woods, guided by 
spotted trees. He was a Friend, or Quaker, 
a man of good education, with a clear head 
and a keen power of discernment. He held 
the office of justice of the peace and made 
many conveyances and other papers requiring 
legal form. He was familiarly known as 
Squire Dunn. He always used the words 
thee and thou when addressing another per- 
son. About the time of his settlement at 
Houlton, the British military authorities of 
New Brunswick were bullying the settlers on 



American territory, and this soon became un- 
bearable. At this juncture, when the settlers 
had passively borne British insults for some 
time, Jonah Dunn said : "This state of things 
must not and shall not continue. The federal 
power we will invoke, and it shall all be known 
that the United States of America can protect 
its subjects and its territory." He wrote sev- 
eral communications to the papers of Maine re- 
hearsing the situation, and calling upon the 
people to give expression to their feeling upon 
the subject. In the settlement he first men- 
tioned the subject to John Hodgdon in his 
office, and wished a petition to congress drawn 
asking that Houlton be made a military post, 
and that an appropriation be made for the 
support of the same. Colonel Hodgdon drew 
up the petition, and it was numerously signed. 
This was probably in 1827. In response to 
this petition a military post was created at 
Houlton, a garrison established, and British 
interference with the settlers was forevei 
ended. He married Lydia Trafton, who died 
in Houlton. His death occurred in Augusta. 
(II) Charles, youngest child of Jonah and 
Lydia ( Trafton ) Dunn, was born in Cornish. 
December 13. 1813, died in Houlton, Novem- 
ber, 1897. He went with his father and fam- 
ily to Houlton in 1826. He was fond of 
horses, which he managed with skill, was a 
fine reinsman and handled four or six horses 
as well as men usually handle one. He estab- 
lished lines of transportation in different di- 
rections from Houlton, and for twenty-eight 
years carried the mails from that place to all 
points north. In connection with his mail 
service, he did a large express business, and 
carried many passengers, especially during tht 
war. In 1868 others underbid him for carry- 
ing the mail, and he sold the successful bid- 
ders his entire outfit and retired from active 
life. From that time he lived quietly in Houl- 
ton, speculating in farms. He was a staunch 
Democrat, but supported the war measures of 
the government. He married, in 1859, Lydia 
Cloudman, born in Saint David's Parish, New 
Brunswick, 1833, died in Houlton, June 20, 
1 861, two years after her marriage and eleven 
days after the birth of her only child. She was 
the daughter of James Cloudman, of Wake- 
field, New Hampshire, and granddaughter of 
Gilman Cloudman. Her mother was Hannah 
(Foster) Cloudman, of Saint David's Parish, 
daughter of George and Cynthia (Chase) 
Foster, and granddaughter of Colonel Benja- 
min Foster, a hero of two wars, a soldier in 
Pepperell's army at the capture of Louisburg, 
ancl the companion of O'Brien in the capture 

of the "Margaretta," at Machias, at tlie begin- 
ning of the revolution. James Cloudman was 
left an orphan at a tender age, and was 
brought up by his grandfather, who lived at 
Home's Mills, Wakefield, New Hampshire 
At eighteen years of age he went to the lum 
ber regions of St. John, in New Brunswick 
Subsequently he settled on a farm at Oak Bay, 
in St. David's Parish. Hearing of the fertile 
country of the Aroostook, he went there on a 
tour of observation in 1S44, and the next 
spring moved to Presque Isle, where he 
farmed continuously till 1883. He was a suc- 
cessful farmer, and made a specialty of raising 
fine beef cattle. He sold this farm in 1883 and 
went to the village south of Presque Isle, 
where he afterwards resided. He died in Port- 
land, at the residence of his grandson, Charlci 
Dunn Jr., in 1892. He was six feet four inches 
high, straight, lean, strong as a giant and 
weighed two hundred pounds. His wife, Han- 
nah Cloudman, died in 1889. Charles Dunn 
married (second), 1868, Jennie, widow oi 
George Bagley and daughter of George and 
Cynthia Whidden, of Presque Isle. 

(HI) Charles (2), son of Charles (i) and 
Lydia (Cloudman) Dunn, was born in Houl- 
ton, June 9, 1 86 1, and was educated in the 
common schools and the Ricker Institute 
where he prepared for college. He then began 
the study of law in the office of General 
Charles P. Mattocks, and was admitted to the 
bar in 1885, after three years' study. He en- 
tered upon the practice of liis profession, which 
he followed seven years in Portland. In 1892 
he was a member of the city council. In 189a 
he was attacked by an illness which rendered 
him an invalid for nine years, during which 
time he was engaged in out-of-door employ- 
ment. Recovering his health in 1901, he re- 
ceived the appointment as deputy from Sherifl 
Pearson, who died in 1902, and was succeeded 
by Mr. Dunn, who served out the remaindei 
of the term, about one year. On leaving office 
he became special agent of the Equitable Life 
Insurance Company, of New York. He was 
afterward a candidate for the office of sheriff 
on the Independent Democratic ticket and was 
defeated. He was master of Portland Lodge, 
No. I, Free and Accepted Masons, in 1895: 
is a member of Greenleaf Royal Arch Chapter, 
No. 13, of which he has been an officer for 
two years past ; and Portland Council, Royal 
and Select Masters. Charles Dunn married, 
in Portland. November 21, 1888, Grace Eliza- 
beth, born in Portland. November 2, 1862, 
daughter of Mark and Elizabeth (Pote) Wal- 
ton. Mark Walton was a designer of furni- 



ture, and for thirty years was in the employ 
of the widely known firm of Walter Corey. 
His father, Mark Walton Sr., came from the 
Isle of Shoals, and was brought up by Judge 
Sewell, of York. Mark Walton Jr. died about 
1864, and his wife died in 1905. Mr. and 
Mrs. Dunn are members of the Baptist church. 
They have one child, Esther Cloudman, born 
May 6, 1891, now in the third year of the 
Portland high school. 

Herbert S. Dyer, only son of Ste- 
DYER phen K. and Emily (Jordon) 

Dyer, was born in Portland, May 
6. 1858, and died at Madrid, December 20, 
1907. He was educated in the public schools, 
graduating from the high school in the class 
of 1876. He soon afterward went to New 
York City, where for about twelve years he 
was employed by the E. S. Higgins Carpet 
Company as a house salesman, and later with 
Arnold, Constable & Company, in the whole- 
sale carpet department. During his employ- 
ment his health failed to such an extent that 
it was impossible for him to continue, and 
from the nature of the trouble, which was 
caused by overwork and close confinement to 
business, it became necessary for him to take 
to horseback-riding as an exercise. This sug- 
gested to him the institution of a riding- 
academy, and he established the Belmont Ri- 
ding Academy, and conducted it for some time 
with success. He went into other ventures, 
and about 1892 returned to Portland to en- 
gage in various patent enterprises, the first 
being that of the Brooks Arms & Tool Com- 
pany. This was qperated for some time, and 
then he became interested in other matters. 
About 1900 he engaged in the life insurance 
business, for which he was fitted by nature to 
perfection, and in which he made a remarkable 
success. He became state agency director for 
the New York Life, from which he changed 
some time afterward to the John Hancock, for 
which he was also state agent. A few years 
ago he became the local representative of the 
New York banking business of Kountze 
Brothers, and was with that concern at the 
time of his death. He had been from his 
youth an enthusiast in geology and mineralogy, 
and had always evinced an interest in the 
minerals of this state. He labored long and 
earnestly before the state board of trade and 
the legislature for an appropriation for a state 
mineralogist and for a survey of the state to 
determine the location and approximate ex- 
tent and value of its mineral wealth. He was 
a member of the common council in 1898-99, 

and was president of that body during his 
second term. He was a Republican in politics, 
and was an active candidate for postmaster, to 
succeed the late Clark H. Barker. For some 
time lie had been one of the most energeticmem- 
bers of the board of trade, and was one of its 
directors and a member of the committee on 
entertainment. In 1907 he introduced at a 
meeting of the board a resolution favoring 
legislative action which should lead to the 
adoption of uniform couplings for hydrants 
throughout the state. He and his family for 
years before his death were connected with the 
High Street Congregational Church circles, 
and there, as in other associations, Mr. Dyer 
was always of assistance in the time of need. 
He was killed by the accidental discharge of 
his rifle. Mr. Dyer was well known and uni- 
versally respected and liked. He was full of 
energy, a man of force of character, which 
gave him great influence in board of trade mat- 
ters and on public questions. In social circles 
he left a vacant place than can never be filled. 
Possessed of an unusually bright and cheery 
nature, people turned to him as flowers to the 
sunshine, and his presence at any afifair was 
always an inspiration. To know Herbert S. 
Dyer was to love him, and to have the privi- 
lege of his friendship was to have a strong 
arm to lean on. He was a thoroughly unselfish 
friend, who was never weary of welldoing. In 
social life he gave that which is a rare thing 
to find, a friendship on which one could al- 
ways rely. 

He married, July 6, 1880, Elizabeth, a native 
of Portland, daughter of John and Marv ( Har- 
ris) Bradford. Mr. Bradford was a well- 
known spar-maker in Portland. Children: i. 
Helen AI., married Walter Elden Smart. 2. 
Edith Bradford. 3. Hamilton H., a student in 
the high school. 4. Jeannette. 

This is not an uncommon name 
HEATH in New England, although the 

Heaths have not been a prolific 
family. The name comes here from England, 
the mother country, and was planted on this 
side of the Atlantic ocean some time previous 
to the middle of the seventeenth century. John 
Heath, brother of the immigrant, appears to 
have received greater attention from chron- 
iclers of the famil\- history, but it is doubtful 
if he occupied a higher station in early town 
affairs than his brother. Both are frequently 
mentioned as Heth, but similar errors on the 
part of town and parish clerks are not infre- 
quent, and they need not be surprising when 
we consider the verv limited education of 



those of our New England ancestors who 
came here to dwell among Indians, in a wil- 
derness region, without more than the plainest 
comforts of life, and when schools for sev- 
eral years were almost unheard of. 

(I) Bartholomew Heath, brother of John 
above mentioned, was first of Newbury, iVIas- 
sachusctts Bay colony, and afterward of Hav- 
erhill, where the greater part of his Hfe was 
spent. Savage says he was born about 1600, 
but other authorities say, with more accuracy, 
that he was born about 1615; and he died 
in January. 168 1. Chase, in his "History of 
Haverhill,"' says that in 1645 "considerable 
land was this year granted to individuals west 
of Little river, on the Merrimack, and Hugh 
Sharratt, Bartholomew Heath, James Fiske 
and John Cheuarie had liberty to lay down 
their land on the plain, and have it laid out 
over Little river, westward." In 1646 he 
owned lands which were estimated as of the 
value of one hundred and forty pounds, and 
when plans were made for another distribu- 
tion of the town's territory, called the "second 
division of plough-lands," Bartholomew Heath 
was allotted lot number four. He was one 
of the signers of the petition praying that the 
penalty imposed on Mr. Pike on account of 
his religious exhortations be remitted him, and 
in this and many other respects he appears 
to have been a leading man in the town. In 
1665 with one Andrew Grealey he entered into 
an agreement with the town to set up and keep 
in repair the corn mill, operate it. and in con- 
sideration of the expense they might be put 
to in placing the mill in repair, the town voted 
them the right "to have so much privilege of 
the land in the street on both sides of the 
brook at the end of Michael Emerson's lot as 
may be convenient to set up another mill on, 
or any other place on the town's land" ; and 
the town did also "engage that no other man 
shall set up a mill or mills upon any land that 
is the town's, with any order from the town." 
In other words the town ordered that Barthol- 
omew Lleath and Mr. Grealey have an ex- 
clusive mill privilege in Haverhill, and it may 
be said here that they carried on this business 
for several years, to their own profit and to the 
great convenience of the inhabitants. Mr. 
Heath's wife was Hannah, daughter of Joseph 
Moyce, and she died in Haverhill, July 9, 
1677. There does not appear to be any record 
of their marriage, and from the fact that they 
had a son Samuel, whose name is not given 
among their children born in Newbury or 
Haverhill, it may be assumed that they mar- 
ried in old Guilford, Surrey, England, whence 

they came to this country ; and it is probable 
that this son Samuel either remained in Eng- 
land at the time of his father's immigration or 
subsequently returned there, married and lived 
there some years before coming over again. 
As shown by the Newbury, Haverhill and 
other records the children of Bartholomew and 
Hannah (Moyce) Heath were Samuel, John, 
Joseph, Joshua, Hannah, Josiah, Elizabeth 
(died young), Benjamin and Elizabeth. John, 
the second child, was born in 1643, ^"^1 Eliza- 
beth, the youngest, was born September 5,' 

(II) Samuel, son of Bartholomew (i) 
Heath, was born in England, married there, 
and had children, among them a son John. 

(HI) John, son of Samuel Heath, was born 
in England, married there, and La;l children, 
among them a son Bartholomew. 

(IV) Bartholomew (2), son of John Heath, 
was born in Surrey, England, in 1710 and 
came to New England in 1737. This is stated 
on the authority of a private family record, 
and from the same source it is learned that 
this Bartholomew was the son of John, and 
that John was the son of Samuel, and that 
Samuel was the son of the first Bartholomew. 
The last mentioned Bartholomew Heath mar- 
ried twice, and by his first wife had one child ; 
by his second wife he had nine children. Soon 
after the death of his first wife he settled in 
Sharon, Connecticut, married his second wife 
there and raised a large family of children. 
His sons were Bartholomew, Thomas, Oba- 
diah, Joseph. John, Hezekiah and Daniel. De- 
scendants of Hezekiah are now living in IMil- 
waukee, Wisconsin, and so late as 183 1 Thom- 
as and Obadiah were living on the old farm in 
Sharon, and in the old house which their fa- 
ther had built over a century earlier. 

(V) Bartholomew (3), son of Bartholomew 

(2) Heath and his first wife, was born in 
Lebanon, Connecticut, and was an infant when 
his mother died. He married Ann Millard, 
born in East Haddam, Connecticut, near Hart- 
ford, and by whom he had three children: i. 
Asa. 2. Nathan, who cared for his mother 
after the death of her husband. She lived to 
the good old age of ninety-nine years. 3. 
Oliver, who entered the profession of law, 
went to England and settled in Liverpool. 

(VI) Rev. Asa (i), son of Bartholomew 

(3) and Ann (Millard) Heath, was born in 
Hillsdale, Columbia county, New York, July 
31, 1776, and married, March 26, 1801, Sarah 
^Ioore, whose great-grandparents came from 
Londonderry. Ireland, and her grandfather 
was born on board the ship in which they 



came to this country. They had the grant of 
Cape EHzabeth, but not liking it exchanged 
it for a township of land in New Hampshire, 
now the town of Derry. Rev. Asa and Sarah 
(Moore) Heath had two sons, Asa and Jon- 
athan, and six daughters. 

(VH) Asa (2), son of Rev. Asa (i) and 
Sarah (Moore) Heath, married (first) Mar- 
garet Boynton and (second) Mary Clary. He 
was a physician by profession, a Methodist in 
religious preference, and a Republican in poli- 
tics. His children were Flavius, Margaret, 
Alvan M. C, George, Adelia, Mary, Martha, 
■Genevieve, Olive and Eva. 

(Vni) Alvan M. C, son of Dr. Asa (2) 
Heath, was a printer by trade and newspaper 
editor by principal occupation; a soldier of the 
civil war and was killed in battle at Freder- 
icksburg, December 13. 1862. He married 
Sarah H. Philbrook, daughter of Milton and 
Ora (Kendall) Philbrook, and by whom he 
had four children: i. Herbert M.. born Au- 
gust 27, 1853. 2. Willis K., February 12, 
1855. 3. Dr. Frederick C, 1857, "ow a physi- 
cian in active practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. 
4. Dr. Gertrude E., January 20, 1859, engaged 
in medical practice at Gardiner, Maine. 

(IX) Herbert M., lawyer, son of Alvan M. 
C. and Sarah H. (Philbrook) Heath, was born 
in Gardiner, Maine, August 27. 1853, and 
was educated in the public schools of that 
town, graduating from the high school in 
1868, and at Bowdoin College, where he was 
graduated with the degree of A. EJ. in 1872. 
After leaving college he devoted the next four 
years chiefly to pedagogical work and during 
the latter part of that period took up the study 
of law. In the fall of 1872 he was appointed 
principal of Limerick Academy, Limerick, 
Maine, remained there one term, and from the 
beginning of the school year in 1873 until the 
close of the session in 1876, he was principal 
of Washington Aca<lemy at East Machias, 
Maine. In August, 1876, he was admitted to 
practice in the courts of this state, and since 
that time has been a member of the .-\ugusta 
bar and has always held a standing of enviable 
prominence in all court and professional cir- 
cles throughout the entire state. Few lawyers 
have more extended acquaintance than he, and 
few indeed are they who have given more 
faithful service, whether as a lawyer at the bar 
of the courts or a public servant in the dis- 
charge of official duties. Mr. Heath is a Re- 
publican in all that the name implies, and 
while active in politics was recognized as one 
of the leading men in the councils of the Re- 
publican party in the state. His political career 

may be said to have begun when he was a 
boy of thirteen years, for in 1866 and the next 
succeeding three years he was a page in the 
senate of the Maine legislature. In 1870 he 
was appointed assistant secretary of the sen- 
ate and served in that capacity through that 
and the ne.xt three legislative sessions. In 
1878 he was elected city solicitor of Augusta 
and in 1879 was elected county attorney for 
Kennebec county, filling the latter office for 
three years. In 1883 he was a member of the 
Maine house of representatives, served until 
the end of the session in 1886, in all four years, 
and during the following four years, 1887- 
1890, occupied a seat in the senate of the 
state. In 1883 he was a member of the com- 
mission appointed to revise the statutes of the 
state. Mr. Heath is a Mason, member of the 
various subordinate bodies of the craft, and 
of the higher bodies up to the thirty-second 
degree ; member of the board of trustees of 
Kennebec Savings Bank and of the Augusta 
Trust Company ; member of Zeta Psi fra- 
ternity, Bowdoin, and of the Abnaki Club of 
Augusta. He married at East Machias, Maine, 
August 2-j, 1876, Laura S. Gardner, born East 
Machias, June 5, 1855, second daughter of 
Daniel F. and Sarah (Lincoln) Gardner, of 
East Machias. Mr. and Mrs. Heath have four 
children: i. Marion, born November 26, 1879. 
2. Gardner K., May 29, 1886. 3. Gertrude L., 
twin with Herbert M., April 14, 1892. 4. 
Herbert M., twin with Gertrude L., April 14, 

Among the chief Anglo-Nor- 
KEATING mans who went with Strong- 
bow to Ireland and received 
large grants of land were the Keatings, who 
settled in Wexford, and have been one of the 
noble families since the reign of King John, 
the head of the family being the Baron of 
Kilmananan. At the time of the first land- 
ing of the Keatings in Ireland, one is said to 
have exclaimed, after a repulse : "We will 
land by 'hook or by crook,' which gave the 
name to two points of land off which lay the 
boats which conveyed them. He thereupon 
took his battle-axe, cut off his right hand and 
threw it ashore. By this act he claimed to 
have effected a landing, and this is the origin 
of the Keating crest — the "Bloody Hand." 
Wexford was long known as Keating county, 
but the lands of the family were confiscated 
in 1798. From the original settler of the fam- 
ily in Ireland has sprung a numerous progeny 
now scattered throughout the world. 

(I) Captain Richard Keating, son of Nich- 



olas and Ann (McDonald) Keating, was born 
in St. Michael's parish, Dublin, Ireland, Sep- 
tember 20, 1813, and died in Brighton, Eng- 
land, October i, 1877. At the age of sixteen 
he entered the service of the Honorable East 
India Company, and was under it at St. Hele- 
na from 1831 to 1844. In 1840 he was one 
of the guard of honor on the occasion of the 
removal of the body of Napoleon Bonaparte, 
the great French emperor, from St. Helena to 
Paris, by consent of the British government, 
at the solicitation of Louis Philippe, king of 
the French. He afterward volunteered into 
the Royal Artillery, and in 1869 was retired 
as a captain on half-pay, after a continuous 
and honorable service of thirty-eight years. 
He married (first), in 1846, Margaret Kyle, 
who died at Portsmouth, England, December 
30, 1850, aged twenty-three years. He mar- 
ried (second), Sophia Sarah Bennison, born 
January 28, 1830, eldest daughter of Henry 
and Ann Sophia (Earle) Bennison, of St. 
Pancreas, London, England. Her father was 
a civil engineer. Her mother was born in 
Winchester, Hampshire. By his first marriage 
Captain Richard Keating had a son, Richard 
B., who came to Massachusetts about the time 
of the breaking out of the great civil war ; he 
became a member of the Second Regiment 
Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, with which he 
went to the front and served with honor until 
the close of the war. He then returned to 
the LTnited Kingdom, and finally settled in 
Scotland, after having served in the British 
army for twenty-eight years. He received 
from the LTnited States a pension for disabili- 
ties contracted in service, and from which he 
died in 1900. Other children of Captain Rich- 
ard Keating's first marriage were : Mar- 
guerite, who resided with her stepmother, in 
Brighton, England, and who died in 1905 ; and 
Nicholas Henry, who died single, in 1891. 

(II) John Bernard, only child of Captain 
Richard and Sophia Sarah (Bennison) Keat- 
ing, was born in Plumstead, county Kent, Eng- 
land, October 7. 1859. During the years of 
his childhood and youth he resided in the 
island of Mauritius for five years, thence went 
to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, the 
island of St. Ilelena, and to Gosport, the fa- 
mous fortified seaport town opposite Ports- 
mouth, England, His schooling was finished 
at Cordier Hill Academy, in the Island of 
Guernsey, in the English Channel. He grew 
up in the midst of a military environment, and 
through that influence developed a love for the 
army and military aflfairs. After acquiring 
proper instruction in military science, especial- 

ly in engineering, he joined the Royal Engi- 
neers in May, 1879, with which corps he served 
efficiently in Canada, at Gibraltar and Ber- 
muda. On account of impaired health he re- 
tired from the army in 1886, and in 1888 en- 
tered the British consular service as a clerk 
in Boston. There, after serving in various 
grades, he was called to the position of acting 
vice-consul, and after serving as such for six 
months was appointed pro-consul, and served 
as such for a like period. So greatly was his 
work in Boston appreciated that upon the 
death of Mr. Starr, British vice-consul at Port- 
land, Maine, Mr. Keating was selected from 
among a number of likely candidates to be his 
successor. He entered upon his vice-consular 
duties at Portland on April 2, 1895, and has 
now (1908) creditably occupied that position 
for a period of thirteen years. At the begin- 
ning of his term of service the office was not 
regarded as particularly important, and the 
duties of the representative of the imperial 
government were not onerous. To-day, how- 
ever, largely through Mr. Keating's initiative, 
*he British vice-consulate is one of the busiest 
centers of the city, where the maritime activi- 
ties of the port are focussed and watched. 
He is a very active official, and has done much 
to foster friendly feelings and build up a great 
commerce between the United States and Can- 
ada and the mother country. In the Jubilee 
Year of Queen Victoria's reign (1897) it was 
largely through Mr. Keating's instrumentality 
that Her Majesty's ship "Pallas" entered the 
port and her company was entertained by the 
municipality. Again, during the war with 
Spain, the vice-consul arranged and carried 
through a visit of Canada's premier regiment, 
the Fihh Royal Scots, as the official guests 
of Portland, ostensibly to celebrate the jubilee 
of the Grand Trunk railway, but in reality to 
show the people of Maine that Canada was in 
sympathy with the United States while the 
war drums were beating. Several times since 
Canadian regiments have crossed the frontier 
in peaceful invasion — visits arranged by the 
patriotic enterprise of the vice-consul at Port- 
land. Finally, it was Mr. Keating who planned 
and carried out the impressive memorial serv- 
ice at St. Luke's Cathedral on the death of 
Queen Victoria. The legislature at Augusta 
was adjourned as a mark of respect and the 
services at the cathedral were attended by the 
governor, his staff and council. He was also 
chiefly instrumental in furnishing and main- 
taining a home for seamen of all nationalities, 
which was provided with reading room and 
cheerful recreations. That his efforts in this 



direction were appreciated b}- those who fol- 
lowed the sea was evidenced by their large at- 
tendance at the institute, whicltis now closed. 
Since his installation in office the shipping be- 
tween Portland and the ports of the United 
Kingdom has increased about five hundred per 
cent, a result which may without doubt be 
largely attributed to his zeal and influence. 
As a judge of British naval courts of in- 
quiry. Air. Keating has shown his ability and 
force of character, combined with justice and 
mercy. His comprehensive knowledge of the 
laws and regulations governing in cases con- 
nected with shipping matters which come be- 
fore him for adjustment as the representative 
of Great Britain in a foreign port, is such as, 
coupled with the absolute impartiality with 
which his office is administered, to have earned 
for himself the highest respect of the shipping 
community. Among commercial enterprises 
which he has assisted may be mentioned the 
large importation of Welsh coal to Portland 
and other parts of the New England seaboard 
during the American coal strike ; and his suc- 
cessful assistance in the preliminaries of the 
building of the second Grand Trunk elevator, 
at that time the second largest east of Detroit. 
Indeed, it may be truly said that in all he has 
undertaken, as a public functionary, Mr. Keat- 
ing has proved himself the right man in the 
right place, and his success has been unfailing. 
On the occasion of the visit of His Royal 
Highness the Prirxe of Wales to St. John, 
New Brunswick, Mr. and Mrs. Keating were 
presented to him, and they were shown excep- 
tional honor at that time. Mr. Keating has 
been commodore of the East End Yacht Club, 
and he occupies at the present time the unique 
position of British vice-consul and honorary- 
member of the Portland Naval Reserve. 
AA'iiile commodore of the yacht club he insti- 
tuted the beautiful custom of strewing the sea 
with flowers, which is now universally carried 
out, thus revering the memory of the deceased 
seamen of the civil war, as the Grand Army 
of the Republic honors its soldier dead by the 
decoration of their graves. Twice during his 
residence in Portland has a British fleet an- 
chored in his district. At Bar Harbor, at the 
dinner given by the petty officers of the Amer- 
ican navy to the petty officers of the British 
navy, and to the sergeants of the British ma- 
rine, Mr. Keating was called upon for a 
speech, and in happy vein struck so responsive 
a chord in the hearts of his hearers that at the 
close of his address he was lifted on the shoul- 
ders of his auditors and carried about the 
banquet hall to the strains of "He's a jolly 

good fellow." Similarly, on the last visit of 
the British fleet, Mr. Keating presided as 
chairman of the banquet given by the Ameri- 
can warrant officers to the warrant officers of 
the British navy. 

Mr. Keating is a Free Mason, raised in 1885 
in Broad Arrow Lodge in Bermuda, under 
the Grand Registry of England ; one of the 
founders of the Civil and Military Lodge in 
Bermuda under the Grand Registry of Scot- 
land, and an honorary life member of the lat- 
ter lodge ; a Royal Arch Mason under the 
Grand Registry of Ireland ; and an affiliated 
member in Mount Vernon Chapter, Portland ; 
he was made a Knight Templar of St. Alban 
Commandery, Portland, and afterward an hon- 
orary member of Sussex Preceptory of Knights 
Templar of Sherbrooke, Province of Quebec; 
he is also a member of Karnak Temple, An- 
cient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine, of 
Montreal. He is a member of the British Na- 
val and I\Iilitary Veterans of Massachusetts, of 
the United States Naval Reserves at Portland, 
an honorary member of Bosworth Post, Grand 
Army of the Republic, Portland, and an hon- 
orary member of the British Empire Club of 

Mr. Keating was married in Devonshire 
Church, Bermuda, July 6. 1886, to Emily Han- 
nah .'\da Hoare, born in Queensland, Aus- 
tralia, 1864, daughter of Dr. John Buckler 
and Esther (Firman) Hoare, of Warminster, 
Wiltshire, England, she being a connection of 
the prominent Buckler family of Baltimore, 
Maryland. Mr. and Mrs. Keating have had 
four children: i. Percy Firman, born in At- 
lantic. Massachusetts, March i, 1888, a grad- 
uate of the Bishops College School, Canada, 
and now engaged in the insurance business. 
2. Mildred Sophia, born in I-Iyde Park, Mas- 
sachusetts. November 29, 1889, who was edu- 
cated in private schools. 3. Harold John Buck- 
ler, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, March 
15, 1893. 4. Charlotte Buckler, born in Ash- 
mont, Dorchester, Massachusetts, T»ly IS> 

(For preceding generation see Robert Quiraby I.) 

(II) Robert (2), second son of 
QUINBY Robert (i) and EHzabeth (Os- 
good) Quimby, was born in 
Amesbury, and resided in that town. He was 
given a seat in the meeting house in 1699, and 
was one of "the five late constables" who were 
prosecuted on October 18, 1708, for not ma- 
king up their accounts according to law. His 
estate was administered June 6, 1715, and 
divided in December of the same vear. He 

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had three sons and three daughters: Joseph, 
John. Mary, Benjamin, Hannah and Anne. 
(Different branches of the family spell their 
name Ouimbv and Quinby. ) 

(III) Inseph, eldest child of Robert (2) 
and Mary ( )ninbv. resided in Amesbury and 
was known as "junior" until 1736. on account 
of an uncle who bore the same name. He 
married Lydia Hoyt, daughter of John (3) 
and Elizabeth (Challis) Hoyt, granddaughter 
of John (2) and great-granfldaughter of John 
(i) Hoyt, of Amesbury. She was born June 
15, 1686, in Amesbury, and was the executrix 
of' her husband's estate, appointed September 
30, 1745- The children of Joseph Quinby 
we're: Joseph and Benjamin (twins). Ann, 
Hannah, Daniel (died young), Robert, Daniel 
and probably Mary. 

(IV) Joseph (2), eldest child of Joseph (i) 
Quinby, was born 171 5, probably in Ames- 
bury, and settled in 1740 at Falmouth, now 
Portland, Maine, where he was an industrious 
and successful citizen, acquiring considerable 
property and becoming prominent in the 
community. After the burning of Portland, 
he joined his twin brother Benjamin, who was 
a mill-owner in Saccarappa, :Maine, and there 
passed the remainder of his life, and died 
April 14, 1776. He was married (intentions 
published September 28, 1740) to Mary, 
daughter of Thomas and Mary (Parsons) 
Haskell. She was born April 22 1722, and 
died April 12, 181 5. Their children were: 
Mary, Rebecca, Joseph, Sarah, Eunice, Thom- 
as, Marv. Captain John and Levi. 

(V) Captain John, third son of Joseph (2) 
and Mary (Haskell) Quinby, was born May 
12, 1760, at Falmouth, "and died September 
27, 1806, at Stroudwater. His entire life was 
passed in that vicinity and he was a ship- 
owner. Two of his ships were captured by the 
French in 1799. He was married, October 
31, 1782, to Eunice, daughter of Joshua and 
Lois (Pearson) Freeman. She was born Jan- 
uary 18. 1762, and died December 12, 1790. 
They were the parents of six children: i. 
Eunice, born 1783, married Ezekiel Day. 2. 
Thomas, September 18, 1784, died October 22, 
1802. 3. Moses, April 19, 1786. 4- Le^'. No- 
vember 12, 1787, married Mary Titcomb. 5. 
George, May 22, 1789, died September 21, 
1790. 6. Infant, born and died in 1790. 

(VI) Moses, son of Captain John and 
Eunice (Freeman) Quinby. was born April 19, 
1786, at Stroudwater, Maine, prepared for col- 
lege at Philips Exeter Academy and was one 
of the six constituting the first graduating 
class of Bowdoin College in 1804. He re- 

ceived his early legal training in the office of 
Stephen Longfellow, of Portland, Alaine, and 
was an active and successful lawyer and the 
most prominent person in the community at 
Stroudwater, where he died May 6, 1857. He 
was married, December 31, 1809, to Anne Tit- 
comb, who was born June 17, 1789, and died 
April 2, 1859, daughter of Andrew Philips 
and Mary (Dole) Titcomb. Their children 
were: Andrew T. (died young), Mary Anne, 
Andrew T., Eunice Day. John, Almira and 

(\TI) Thomas, second son of Moses and 
Anne (Titcomb) Quinby, was born December 
15, 181 3, in Stroudwater, and died there June 
18, 1885. He was a civil engineer and became 
superintendent of the Portland and Rochester 
railroad and managing agent of the Saco Wa- 
terpower Company, which latter position he 
held to the end of his business career. He was 
married in 1835 to Jane Elizabeth Brewer, 
born March 22, 1819, in Dover, New Hamp- 
shire, and died March 3, 1903, in Portland, 
Maine. Their children were : Lucretia, Henry 
Brewer, Frederick and Thomas Freeman. 

(VIII) Henry Brewer, eldest son of Thom- 
as and Jane E. (Brewer) Quinby. was born 
June 10, 1846, in Biddeford, Maine, and be- 
gan his education in the schools in his native 
town. He continued his preparation for col- 
lege at the Nichols Latin School in Lewiston 
and graduated from Bowdoin College in the 
class of 1869. with the degree of A. B. ; three 
years later his alma mater honored him with 
the degree of A. M. Shortly after graduation 
he became identified with the Cole Manufac- 
turing Company, at Lakeport. New Hamp- 
shire, with which he has continued until the 
present time, having risen to the position of 
president and treasurer of the concern. He 
has taken the foremost place among the busi- 
ness men of Laconia. of which Lakeport is 
a suburb, and has filled with unfailing suc- 
cess numerous positions of trust. He is now 
president of the Laconia National Bank, one 
of the most successful financial institutions in 
that city. While he is actively engaged in busi- 
ness, Mr. Quinby has always had time for the 
encouragement of the leading and uplifting 
cities of the community in which he resides. 
He has taken an active part in political affairs, 
and though not a professional orator has con- 
tributed much by his addresses to the success 
of his party. At the age of twenty-six years 
Mr. Quinby was appointed colonel on the staff 
of Governor Straw and held this position two 
years. In 1887 he was elected representative 
to the general court, and served in the fol- 



lowing session, and in 1889-90 was state 
senator from his district. In igoi-02 he 
was a member of the governor's council, and 
was chairman of the state prison commit- 
tee of the council during this incumbency. 
He had long been a member of the board 
of trustees of the Asylum for the Insane, 
and these services made him familiar with 
the practical management of New Hamp- 
shire institutions. In 1892 the Republican 
party of the state chose him delegate-at-large 
to the National Convention at Minneapolis, 
and at the State Convention at Concord in 
i8g6 he acted most acceptably as chairman. 
His frequent appointment on various conven- 
tions, on committees and on resolutions, offer a 
tribute to his literary ability. In recognition 
of his valuable public services he was selected 
as its candidate for the highest office in the 
state, that of governor, and in November, 1908, 
he was elected to that position. In religious 
matters Colonel Ouinby is a Unitarian. He 
was married, June 22, 1870, to Octavia M. 
Cole, daughter of Hon. B. J. Cole, of Lake- 
port. They are the parents of a son and a 
daughter. The elder, Candace Ellen, is the 
wife of Hugh N. Camp Jr., residing in New 
York City, and has a son, Hugh N. Camp (3). 
(IX) Henry Cole, only son of Henry B. 
and Octavia M. (Cole) Quinby, was born at 
Lake Villasje, New Hampshire, July 9, 1872. 
Graduated from Harvard College in 1894 and 
from the Harvard Law School two years later, 
and is now practicing law- in New York City. 
He married Florence A., daughter of Charles 
W. and Amanda ( Hoag) Cole. 

Sir John Leavitt was born in 
LEA\TTT England and probably in Dor- 
setshire in 1608. He was of 
the Teutonic race, their language modified by 
the periods of .\nglo-Saxon Old English, 
Middle English to Modern English usage. His 
advent in New England was but eight years 
after the "Mayflower" passengers landed at 
Plymouth and his first home in America bor- 
dered on the Plymouth Colony. He was un- 
disputably the first of the name of Leavitt to 
make a home in the New World. 

{ I ) John Leavitt was about twenty years old 
when he reached the shores of the New World. 
He was among the first settlers of the common 
land known as Mattapan, which plantation, 
September 7, 1630, was established under the 
direction of the general court of the Massachu- 
setts Bay Colony as the town of Dorchester. 
John White, the first minister of the church 
established as the nucleus of the town, and his 

followers were mostly from Dorsetshire, Eng- 
land, and they gave to the new town the name 
of the municipal borough and capitol of the 
shore Dorchester, located eight miles north of 
the seaport at Weymouth, from which port 
they probably took ship for New England, and 
it is safe to presume that John Leavitt was a 
Dorsetshire man. The settlement at Matta- 
pan antidated the settlement of the town of 
Charlestowne, Watertown, Roxbury and Bos- 
ton, although the general court established the 
town government of Charlestown, August 23, 
1630, and of Boston, Dorchester and Water- 
town on September 7, 1630, and of Roxbury, 
September 28, 1630. In 1633 the town of Dor- 
chester was described as "ye greatest towne in 
New- England." John Leavitt appeared be- 
fore the general court and took the freeman's 
oath March 3, 1636, he having removed from 
Dorchester to that part of the colony which 
included the common lands known as Borilove, 
established as the town of Hingham, Septem- 
ber 2. 1635. He was deacon of the church for 
many years; was selectman of the town 1661- 
63-65-68-72-74 and 1675 ; was a representative 
in the general court of Massachusetts Colony 
1656-64, and held other offices of trust and 
honor in the town and colony. He was mar- 
ried about 1636 but the name of his wife is 
not recorded. She died July 4, 1646, and he 
married for his second wife Sarah , De- 
cember 16, 1646, died May 26, 1700. Deacon 
John Leavitt was by trade a "tayler," and died 
in Hingham, November 20, 1691, aged eighty- 
three years. The children of Deacon John 
Leavitt by his first wife were: i. John, of 
Hingham, born 1637, married Bathsheba, 
daughter of Rev. Peter Hobart, June 2-], 1664. 
He died soon after, and his wife married, No- 
vember 19. 1674, Joseph Turner. 2. Hannah, 
baptized April 7, 1639, married John Lobdell, 
of Hull. 3. Samuel, baptized April, 1641, re- 
moved to Exeter, New Hampshire. 4. Eliza- 
beth, baptized April 8, 1644, married Samuel 
Judkins, March 25, 1667. 5. Jennial, baptized 
March i, 1645-46, removed to Rochester, 
Plymouth Colony. Children of John Leavitt 
and his second wife, Sarah: 6. Israel (q. v.), 
baptized April 23, 1648. 7. Moses, baptized 
April 12, 1650, removed to Exeter, New 
Hampshire. 8. Josiah, May 4, 1653. 9. Ne- 
hemiah, January 22, 1655-56. 10. Sarah, Feb- 
ruary 25. 1658-59, married Nehemiah Clapp, 
of Dorchester, and as her second husband 
Samuel Howe. 11. Mary, June 12. 1661, mar- 
ried Benjamin Bates, of New London, Con- 
necticut, October 10, 1682. 12. Hannah (2d), 
March 20, 1663-64. married Joseph Loring, 

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October 25, 1683. 13. Abigail, December 9, 
1667, married, January 20, 1685-86, Isaac 

(II) Israel, eldest cliild of Deacon John, the 
immigrant, and Sarah Leavitt, was baptized in 
the church in Hingham, Plymouth county, 
April 23, 1648. He was a husbandman by oc- . 
cupation, and was married, January 10, 1676, 
to Lydia, daughter of Abraham and Remem- 
ber (Morton) Jackson, of Plymouth, and they 
had nine children, as follows: i. John, July 
6, 1678. 2. Israel, August i, 1680. 3. Solo- 
mon (q. v.), October 24, 1682. 4. Elisha, July 
16, 1684. 5. Abraham, November 2j, 1686. 
6. Sarah, February 8, 1688. married John 
Wood, of Plymouth, February 10, 1797-98. 7. 
Lydia, born 1691, married. May 23, 1712. Jon- 
athan Sprague, of Bridgewater. 8. Hannah, 
June 30, 1693, married James Hobart, Decem- 
ber II, 1718. 9. Mary, February 18, 1695, 
married Ebenezer Lane. Israel Leavitt died in 
Hingham. December 26, 1696, and his widow 
Lydia (Jackson) Leavitt, married as her sec- 
ond husband, Preserved Hall. 

(III) Solomon, third son of Israel and 
Lydia (Jackson) Leavitt, was born in Hing- 
ham, Massachusetts, October 24, 1682. He re- 
moved from Hingham to Pembroke, Plymouth 
county, probably at the establishment of the 
town March 21, 1712, when the territory in- 
cluded in the new town was set off from that 
part of Duxbury called Alattakeeset, a tract 
of land known as the Major's Purchase, and 
the land called Marshfield Upper lands of Mat- 

(IV) Jacob, son of Solomon Leavitt, was 
born in Pembroke, Plymouth Colony, February 
4, 1732. He was married by the Rev. Samuel 
Leires, of Pembroke, on March 15, 1753, to 
Sylvia, daughter of Ichabod and Mary (Tur- 
ner) Bonney, of Pembroke. She was born in 
Pembroke, September 3, 1733, and died in 
Turner, Maine, December 31, 1810. Jacob 
Leavitt removed from Pembroke to Turner, 
Androscoggin county, Maine, August 6, 1778, 
with his wife and family of seven children, 
having been preceded in 1772 by his son Jo- 
seph, who, with Daniel Staples, Thomas and 
Elisha Records and Abner Phillips, became 
pioneers in Sylvester Town, a township grant- 
ed by the general court of Massachusetts in 
1765 to the heirs of Captain Joseph Sylvester 
and his company for services rendered in Can- 
ada in 1690, and a lien of a grant previously 
made to lands in New Hampshire. These five 
pioneers were voted a bounty of £10 on condi- 
tion of "completing the terms of settlement." 
The proprietors at Pembroke, July 19, 1774, 

selected Ichabod Bonney to go to Sylvester- 
Canada, Maine, and forward the building of a 
saw and grist mill. This was the beginning 
of the town of Turner, Maine, and in 1778 
Jacob Leavitt, with his wife and family, made 
the journey to the new land discovered by his 
son Joseph, and became prominent settlers, 
making tbeir home in the house erected by 
Uieir son. The venerable pioneer was the patri- 
arch of the Leavitt families of Turner. Jacob 
Leavitt died in Turner, Maine, January 25, 
1 814, aged eighty-two years. He was the fa- 
ther of thirteen children, born of his marriage 
with Sylvia Bonney and of a second wife. Of 
these, Joseph (q. v.), born in Pembroke. Mas- 
sachusetts, 1755-56; Sylvia, married Levi Mor- 
rill ; Tabitha, married Benjamin Jones ; Isaiah, 
married Lydia Ludden, September 7, 1797; Ja- 
cob, married Rhoda Thayer ; Anna, married a 
Mr. Stockbridge ; Cyrus, married Sarah Pratt : 
Sarah, married Jeremiah Dillingham: Isaac, 
married Ruth Perry in 1797. Fle married as 
his second wife Hannah Chandler, who bore 
him two children, and his third wife had no 

(V) Joseph, eldest son of Jacob and Sylvia 
(Bonney) Leavitt, was born in Pembroke, 
Plymouth county, Massachusetts in 1755 or 
1756; was one of the first of the young men 
of Pembroke to enter for service in the patriot 
cause in the American revolution. He served 
one enlistment of three months, when he de- 
termined to "raise bread for the soldiers," and 
he went to Maine to assist in the survey of 
the lands granted to soldiers for former serv- 
ice to the colony. He was eighteen years old 
when he was assisting in the survey of the 
township in Androscoggin county, Elaine, and 
liking the county he expressed to the surveyors 
a desire to settle there, and he was assigned 
a lot in Sylvester township, next to the meet- 
ing house lot on Upper street, and he returned 
the next spring alone and lived in the wilder- 
ness with only savages about him, and he 
made a clearing and erected a block house. 
He sowed seed from which he realized a good 
crop. Lie aided in founding the town, which 
was first named Sylvester and then Turner, in 
honor of the Rev. Charles Turner, the first 
minister. He built the first frame building 
in the town, which became known as the Jo- 
seph Leavitt place, planted the first apple trees 
and raised the first apples. He maintained his 
house as a home for travelers, although he 
never put out a sign that w'ould indicate it 
was a tavern. He married, in 1778, Anna, 
daughter of Moses and Hannah Davis Ste- 
vens, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and the is- 


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sue of this marriage was eight children, the 
■eldest, Joseph, being the first white child born 
in Turner, Maine. By his second wife, Han- 
nah (Chandler) Leavitt. he had two children, 
and his third wife, Elsie (Croswell) Leavitt, 
was childless. The children of Joseph Leavitt 
were remarkable for longevity, most of them 
living beyond threescore years and ten, some 
of them attaining fourscore years and over. 

(VI) Ichabod, son of Joseph and Anna 
(Stevens) Leavitt, was born in Turner, Maine, 
and as a young man served in the war of 1812. 
He married Aseneth Bryant and they had chil- 
dren born in Turner, Maine, and brought up 
•on the farm carried on with thrift and profit by 
his father. 

( VII) Leonard, son of Ichabod and Aseneth 
(Bryant) Leavitt. was born in Turner, Maine. 
When twenty-one years of age he left the farm 
and worked in the construction of the Grand 
Trunk railroad, making his residence at Ox- 
ford, Maine. He was married May 30, 1828, 
to Olive A., daughter of Thomas and Eliza- 
beth (Witham) Goss, of Danville, Maine. He 
left railroad building in 1866 and retired to 
his farm near Turner, where he died in July, 
1907, having nearly reached the one hundredth 
year of his age. Children: i. Ida B., mar- 
ried Rufus Haskell, of Turner. 2. Etta F., 
married F. E. Whiting, of Turner. 3. Frank 
L., married Mary Cobb, of Auburn. 4. Fred 
L. (q. v.). 5. Jennie L., born October 21, 
1864, married Isaac Chase, of Turner. 

(\TII) Fred L., second son and fourth child 
of Leonard and Olive A. (Goss) Leavitt, was 
born in Oxford, Maine, December 7, i860. He 
attended the public schools of Turner while as- 
sisting in the cultivation of his father's farm, 
and when twenty years old he left the farm 
and took a course in surgical dentistry at the 
Philadelphia Dental College, graduating D. D. 
S. in 1888. He practiced his profession in 
Lewiston, Maine, up to November, 1903. when 
he became treasurer and manager of the \'ic- 
toria Manufacturing Company of Auburn, 
Maine, manufacturers of acetylene generators. 
He affiliates with the Republican party, and in 
1906 served as a member of the common coun- 
cil of the city of Auburn, and in 1907 was 
president of the council. His fraternity affilia- 
tions are with the Masons, Odd Fellows, and 
Patrons of Husbandry. He was vice-president 
of the National Photographers Association of 
America, Department of the State of- Maine. 
His religious afiiliation is with the Methodist 
denomination and with his family he attends 
the High Street Methodist Episcopal Church 
•of Auburn. He married. December 24, 1889, 

Cynthia E., daughter of William and Fannie 
(Delano) Dustin, and a descendant of Hannah 
Dustin, the unfortunate captive and subse- 
quent heroine in the Indian warfare at Haver- 
hill, Massachusetts. The children of Dr. Fred 
L. and Cynthia E. (Dustin) Leavitt are: 
Madge Dustin, Frank L. and Dorothy L. 

(For early generations see preceding sketch.) 

(V) Isaac, son of Jacob and 
LEAVITT Sylvia (Bonney) Leavitt, mar- 
ried and had a son Branch, 
born at Turner, Maine. 

(VI) Branch, son of Isaac Leavitt, married 
Lucy Pratt, and was a farmer in the township 
of Turner, Maine. 

(VII) Lewis, son of Branch and Lucy 
(Pratt) Leavitt, was born in Turner, Maine, 
May II, 1834. He was educated in the dis- 
trict schools and continued the occupation of 
his forefathers in that town, that of farming. 
He was a progressive agriculturist, and from 
raising sweet corn for the market simply, as 
a farmer, he in 1880 combined the business of 
canning the corn, establishing a cannery in 
Livermore, which he successfully conducted 
for nine years, selling it out in 1889 to the 
Baxter Canning Company. His church affilia- 
tion, like that of his progenitors for three or 
more generations, was with the Universalist 
Society, until his first marriage, when he be- 
came a Baptist and remained so until his death. 
He was originally a Free Soil Whig and went 
with the adherents of that party to the ranks 
of the Republican party in 1856. He joined 
the Masonic fraternity early in life, and was 
advanced to high degree in that ancient order. 
He was married (first) to Persis Berry, by 
whom he had two children — Abbie B. and 
Fred A. He married (second) Betsey Jane, 
daughter of Stephen Bisbee, and by her he 
had two children, one dying in early infancy, 
and a son, A. Judson, born April 15, 1877. 
His second wife died October 15, 1903. and 
he died in Livermore, Maine. 

(VIII) A. Judson, son of Lewis and Betsey 
Jane (Bisbee) Leavitt, was born in Livermore, 
Maine, April 15, 1877. Fie attended the pub- 
lic schools of Livermore and Hebron Academy 
and on leaving school became a clerk and stu- 
dent in pharmaceutics in a drug store in Dix- 
field. and after two and a half years practical 
training in the business he completed his pro- 
fessional training in the Massachusetts College 
of Pharmacy, graduating with the class of 
1903. He spent six months of 1905 in Cali- 
fornia, and on returning home he located in 



Brunswick, Maine, where in 1906 he estab- 
lished one of the most finely equipped and up- 
to-date drug stores in the state of Maine. He 
was married October 4, 1899, to Mary, daugh- 
ter of John and Mary Wallace, of Windsor, 
New Brimswick, and they made their home in 
Brunswick, Maine. Their children are Thel- 
ma Arlene, born in Livermore, and Edessa Ra- 
mona, born in Brunswick. 

Abraham Leavitt, without 
LEAVITT doubt a descendant of Deacon 
John (i) Leavitt, of Hing- 
ham, was a resident of Scarborough, Maine, 
w-as a prominent citizen, well known to the 
citizens of the latter part of the eighteenth 
century as "SheriiT Leavitt." He was hon- 
ored with the friendship and confidence of Sir 
William Pepperell, with whom in some way he 
had an intimate connection. He was the an- 
cestor of all the Leavitts living in Scar- 

(1) Aaron B. Leavitt was born in Scarbor- 
ough, where he was educated in the common 
schools. He early went to sea and in time be- 
came captain and part owner of various ves- 
sels, which at different times he commanded. 
He was an active member of the ]\Ietho list 
Episcopal church. He married (first) Diana 
Seavey; children: Abiathar W., George W., 
Aaron, John, Francis W., Anne, Amos C, El- 
len. He married (second) a Miss Richardson. 
By her he had Alvan, Diana, Edna, Clarabella, 
I ouisa and Sarah. 

(H) Francis Woods, fourth son of Aaron 
B. and Diana (Seavey) Leavitt, was born at 
Saco Ferry, York county, February 18. 1831. 
He was educated in the common schools, and 
like his father betook himself to the sea at an 
early age. His first voyage was as a member 
of the crew of a ship commanded by his broth- 
er. Captain Aaron Leavitt. In a comparative- 
ly short time he became captain and part owner 
of the ship "Franconia." In 1880 he left the 
sea, after being a mariner many years, and 
settled at Saro, where he engaged in the coal 
trade, doing a flourishing business for about 
ten years. He died April 29, 1890. He was 
a parish member of the Unitarian church of 
Saco ; in politics a Republican ; of a retiring 
disposition, never seeking public office. He 
married, August 29, i860, Sarah O., daughter 
of Dr. Joseph P. and Elizabeth (Foss) Grant, 
of Saco. Dr. Joseph Perkins Grant was born 
in Saco, and was of Scotch parentage. He 
attended the public schools of Saco and sub- 
sequently graduated from Bowdoin College 
and practiced metlicine at Saco for many 

years, lie took high rank in his profession 
and was one of the prominent physicians of 
Maine in his day. He died July 2},, 1881. He 
was a Republican and an attendant of the Uni- 
tarian church. He married Elizabeth, of Sal- 
mon I-'alls daughter of XMlliam and Olive 
(Seavey) Foss. She died February 17, 1901. 
Their children were : Sarah O., mentioned 
above; Marianna, married Amos C. Leavitt; 
George C, unmarried ; lawyer in Saco. Chil- 
dren of Francis W. and Sarah O. (Grant) 
Leavitt were: i. Elizabeth A., born April 23, 
1862, died young. 2. Josephine G., June 23, 
1865, married Dr. F. P. Graves, of Saco. 3. 
Anna E., October 2, 1866, married Herbert 
R. Jordan, of Saco. 4. Frank, May 18, 1870, 
died young. 5. Frank G., August 29. 1873, 
married Grace Pillsbury, of Biddeford, now 
a jeweler in Portland. 6. Henry F., June 8, 
1876, electrician. New Haven, Connecticut; 
married Florence Belcher, of California. 7. 
Philip .\., March 21, 1881, dentist, Providence, 
Rhode Island. 

Identical w i t h Wad- 
W^ADSWORTH worth, Waddeworth, 
Wadeworth, Waddes- 
worth, Wordsworth, Wardysworth. XN^ordis- 
worth and Wordsworth, and derived from 
Woods Court or court in the woods. The last 
visit of the good ship "Lion" to Boston har- 
bor, Massachusetts Bay, was in 1632. This 
ship, wdiich had brought so many sturdy ad- 
venturers to the same port, had on board one 
hundred and twenty-three passengers, of 
whom fifty were children, and Captain Pierce, 
on entering the harbor and casting anchor on 
Sunday evening, September 16, 1632, reported 
his passengers in good health, although they 
had been on shipboard twelve weeks and eight 
weeks had elapsed since he left Lands End, 
England. On this, her last visit to JNIassachu- 
setts Bay, she first sighted land at Cape Ann, 
and was held in the bay five days before an- 
choring in the harbor owing to a thick fog. 
The passenger list was not preserved intact, 
and only about thirty of the names are re- 
corded, among them William Wadsworth and 
family of four. Wlien the passengers were 
discharged the ship took on freight, including 
nine hundred beaver skins and two hundred 
skins of the otter, and on leaving the harbor, 
November 4, 1632, was bound for James- 
town, 'Virginia, as w-as customary, intending 
to clear thence to England. While in Bos- 
ton Captain Pierce had accompanied Governor 
Winthrop and others on an overland trip to 
Plymouth. The next heard of the ship "Lion" 


1 105. 

was that she ran on a shoal in Virginia bay, 
and all but ten of the crew perished. The 
object of this introductory statement explains 
the appearance of the name of one of the pas- 
sengers of the "Lion" on the list of passengers. 
This name is that of William Wadsworth, a 
descendant of a long line of ancestry dating 
from Peter, son of Henry de Wodsvvorth, who 
was contemporaneous with King John, sur- 
named Lackland, brother of Richard Lion- 
heart, who appointed him his successor to the 
throne, and he became King of England in 
1 199, and was compelled to sign the Magna 
Charter in 1215, the repudiation of which char- 
ter thereafter caused war with the barons, dur- 
ing the waging of which he died at Newark, 
October 19, 12 16. The line of descent from 
Peter includes lords, barons, esquires and men 
of letters and of the church. The relationship 
of William Wadsworth, one of the passengers 
of the ship "Lion," with Xtopher, is later 
shown to have been established, and the claim 
that William and Christopher came on the 
same ship and were brothers is well estab- 
lished. While William Wadsworth was the 
progenitor of the family in Connecticut and 
New York, Christopher is the common ances- 
tor of the Wadsworths of Maine and Massa- 
chusetts, including Henry Wadsworth Long- 
fellow, the poet. 

(I) Christopher Wadsworth, or as his name 
was early written, Xtopher Waddesworth, 
landed in Boston by the ship "Lion," Septem- 
ber 16, 1632. His birthplace in England has 
not been ascertained, nor his positive parent- 
age. The name of Thomas Wadsworth is 
written before that of Christopher in a family 
Bible printed in London by Benham Norton 
and John Bell, 1625, formerly the property of 
Rev. John Pierce, of Brookline, Massachusetts, 
and descended to his son, John T. Pierce, of 
Geneseo, Illinois, which Bible is now in the 
possession of Mr. Samuel W. Cowles, of Hart- 
ford, Connecticut, and was examined by Mr. 
Horace A. Wadsworth, of Lawrence, Massa- 
chusetts. Mr. Wadsworth copied the inscrip- 
tion found in the handwriting of Christopher 
Wadsworth, the immigrant, which reads : 
"Christopher Wadsworth His Book 
"Christopher and William Wadsworth landed 

in Boston by ye ship Lion. 
"i6th September, 1632, together in ye ship." 
And elsewhere in the same Bible he found the 
name of Thomas Wadsworth before Chris- 
topher's in such a way as to convey the idea 
of its being the name of his father. Kent, 
Braintree, Chelmsford in Kent, and the Pala- 
tinate of Durham are each entitled to some 

consideration as his birthplace or residence. 
Kent probably has the strongest claim. We 
find Christopher Wadsworth in Duxbury, 
Plymouth colony, in 1633, and he was elected 
a constable in January, 1634, the highest office 
in the gift of the town, and on him devolved 
the duty of jailor, sheriff in executing punish- 
ments and penalties, crier to give warning in 
church of the marriages approved by the civil 
authorities, sealer of weights and measures, 
and surveyor of lands. His name appears on 
every page of the town records of the time, 
and shows his life in Duxbury to have been 
one of incessant activity. He was deputy, se- 
lectman, surveyor. He owned land at Holly 
Swamp as early as 1638, and in 1655 bought 
more land of John Starr and Job Cole. He 
erected a house about a mile west of Captains 
Hill near the new road to Kingston, and his 
lands ran down to the bay formerly known as 
Morton's Hole. The place remained in the 
Wadsworth family up to 1855, when it was 
sold after the death of Joseph F. Wadsworth 
in that year, and it passed out of the family. 
The immigrant made his will July 31, 1677, 
and it was filed at the Plymouth court in Sep- 
tember, 1678, and it is between these dates 
that his death occurred. He made provisions 
for his wife Grace and daughter Mary An- 
drews, gave his home place to his son John and 
part of his Bridgewater grants and other lands 
to his son Joseph, having in his lifetime deeded 
part of his Bridgewater grants to his son Cap- 
tain Samuel, of Milton, who married Abigail 
Lindall, and was killed fighting the Indians 
at Sudbury, 1676. The children of Christo- 
pher, the immigrant, and Grace (Cole) Wads- 
worth were: Samuel (q. v.). Joseph, Mary 
and John. Joseph and John lived and died in 

Duxbury, and ]\Iary married Andrews, 

and was a widow at the time her mother made 
her will, January 13, 1687, which instrument 
was proved June 13. 1688. 

(II) Samuel, son of Christopher and Grace 
(Cole) Wadsworth, was born in Duxbury, 
Plymouth colony, and he there married Abi- 
gail Lindall, whose parents were neighbors of 
the Wadsworths. They removed to Milton, 
Massachusetts Bay Colony, where he was cap- 
tain in the militia, and he was killed by the 
Indians while in command of his company at 
Sudbury, 1676, leaving a widow and seven 
children. His widow died in Milton in 1687. 
The children of. Captain Samuel and Abigail 
(Lindall) Wadsworth were: i. Christopher, 
born in 1661, died in 1637. and his tombstone 
is the oldest in the Milton burying ground, 
consequently he must have died before his 



mother, whose death occurred in the same year. 

2. Ebenezer (q. v.), horn 1660. 3. Timothy, 
1662. 4. Joseph, 1667. 5. Benjamin, 1670. 

6. Abigail, 1672. married Andrew Boardman. 

7. John, 1674, died 1734, according to tomb- 
stone in the jMilton burying ground. 

(III) Ebenezer, eldest son of Captain Sam- 
uel and Abigail (Lindall) Wadsworth, was 
born in Milton, Massachusetts, in 1660. He 
was a deacon in the First Church in Alilton, 

and married Mary ■ . His tombstone, 

now standing in the church burying ground 
near that of his brother Christopher, which is 
the oldest in the grounds, records the date of 
her death as 1717. The children of Ebenezer 
and Mary Wadsworth were: i. Mary, born 

1684, married a Mr. Simpson. 2. Samuel, 

1685. 3. Recompense, 1688. 4. George (q. v.). 

(IV) George, youngest child of Ebenezer 
and Mary Wadsworth, was born in the town 
of Stoughton, Massachusetts, was ensign in 
Captain Gofi'e's company in the French and 
Indian war, attained considerable military re- 
nown and was always addressed as Ensign 
George. He married Hannah Pitcher, and 
their children were : 1. Lydia, born in Stough- 
ton, 1720. 2. Esther, 1722, married E. May. 

3. Ruth, 1724, married E. Tilden. 4. Christo- 
pher, 1727. 5. Recompense, 1729. 6. Susanna, 
1731. 7. John (q. v.). 

(V) John, youngest child of George and 
Hannah (Pitcher) Wadsworth, was born in 
Stoughton, Massachusetts, 1735. He was a 
soldier in the American revolution, and died 
from disease contracted while in the patriot 
army. He was married in 1759 to Jerusha 
White, and they had children: i. Susanna, 
born Stoughton, Massachusetts, 1761, married 
Joseph Cheney. 2. John, 1763. 3. Jerusha, 
1764, married Stewart Foster. 4. Eunice, 
1766, married Daniel Robbins. 5. Mar\-, 1768, 
married Ezra Briggs. 6. Aaron. 1770, mar- 
ried Lucy Stevens. 7. Miriam, 1772. 8. 
Moses (q. v.). 

(VI) Moses, son of John and Jerusha 
(White) Wadsworth, was born in Stoughton, 
Massachusetts, 1774. He was a member of 
the Society of Friends, and a farmer, his farm 
being located on the Neck at Litchfield, IMaine, 
and he was an elder in the Friends Society 
for forty years. He removed to Litchfield, 
Maine, in 1798, and they had twelve children, 
as follows: i. Daniel, born Litchfield, Maine. 
May 15, 1799, married Margaret F. Goodwin, 
and lived in Auburn, Illinois. 2. Ephraim, 
born March 16, 1801, married Sarah Bailey, 
September 22, 1825, and lived on his father's 
farm on the Neck, Litchfield, Maine. 3. 

Thomas, born May 9, 1803, married Ro.xanna 
Webber in 1830. 4. Peleg, born May 1, 1805, 
married Emily Stone. 5. Anna F., born Feb- 
ruary 22, 1807. married Nathaniel Webber. 
6. Eunice, born October 25, 1808, married, 
February 26, 1829, William Farr. 7. Miriam, 
born February i, 181 1, married Andrew Pink- 
ham, and lived in West Gardiner, Alaine. 8. 
Moses Stevens (q. v.) 9. Joshua, born Jan- 
uary 2, 1817, married, 1842, Sarah J. McGraw. 
ID. Sybil, born April 2, 1819. died 1843. H- 
Nathan, born October 26, 1823, died February 
8, 1824. 12. John W., born October 26. 1824, 
died in November, 1846. Elder Moses Wads- 
worth died in Litchfield, Maine, December 21, 

fVII) Moses Stevens, son of Elder Moses 
and Hannah (Stevens) Wadsworth, was born 
in Litchfield, Maine, (3ctober 29, 1814. He 
was a carpenter and builder, as well as a 
cabinet maker, having learned the respective 
trades in Gardiner, Maine. He was a mem- 
ber of Company K, Ninth New England Regi- 
ment, in the Mexican war, and on returning 
from the seat of war in Mexico he continued 
the business of house building and cabinet 
work in Gardiner in the volunteer army, being 
a member of Company C, Third Maine Vol- 
unteer Infantry, and he was with the regiment 
in the first battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, 
and the succeeding battles in which the Third 
Maine engaged up to the disbanding of the 
regiment in 1864, after three years' service. 
He then re-enlisted in the Veteran Corps of 
Volunteers known as Hancock's Corps, and 
he served with that organization up to the 
close of hostilities in 1865, when he received 
an honorable discharge, but he kept up his 
interest in military affairs as lieutenant of the 
Artillery Company of Gardiner. He repre- 
sented the choice of the Republican party in 
the office of councilman in the city government 
of Gardiner. He was a class leader and val- 
ued worker in the Metliodist church ; was a 
member of Gardiner Lodge, Independent Or- 
der of Odd Fellows ; a member of Harmon 
Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons ; 
served the city of Gardiner as chief of the 
fire department and chief of the police depart- 
ment. The latter years of his life he spent 
retired of the cares of business. He was mar- 
ried, October 31, 1837, to Margaret, daughter 
of Joshua Knox and Hannah (Soule) Knox, 
of Gardiner. Their children were : Charles 
Osgood, born September 8, 1839 ; Ada F., 
Frederick A., Margaret E., Elenora H. Moses 
Stevens Wadsworth died in Gardiner, Maine. 
November 30, 1875, and his widow, Margaret 


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(Osgood) Wadsworth, died in the same city, 
in the home of her married life, 1906. 

(VIII) Charles Osgood, eldest son of Moses 
Stevens and Margaret (Osgood) Wadsworth, 
was born in Gardiner, Maine, September 8, 
1839. He was educated in the public schools 
of Gardiner and West Gardiner, learned the 
carpenter and joiner trades from his father, 
and continued in that vocation for four years, 
1858-62. In 1862 he volunteered his service 
in the Union army for the suppression of the 
rebellion of the Southern states, in which serv- 
ice his father had already been actively en- 
gaged since June, 1861, and he was assigned 
to the Sixteenth Maine Volunteer Infantry 
and assigned to Company B of that regiment. 
He was with his regiment in the Fredericks- 
burg and Chancellorsville campaign in Vir- 
ginia, the Gettysburg campaign in Pennsyl- 
vania, the Rappahannock and Wilderness cam- 
paigns under General Grant, and he took part 
in all the eventful battles of these memorable 
campaigns, including the terrible slaughter at 
Cold Harbor. He then was in the final cam- 
paign in front of Petersburg that resulted in 
the fall of that city and of Richmond, and the 
surrender of Lee's army at Appomattox. While 
in front of Petersburg he was wounded in the 
knee, June 21, 1864, by a rifle ball, and he was 
sent to the Stanton Hospital, Washington, 
from where he heard of the closing events of 
the war, and on sufficiently recovering from 
his wound he was sent home on furlough and 
assigned to the care of the chief surgeon of 
the General Hospital at Augusta, Maine, where 
he remained until September, 1865, when he 
was honorably discharged from the service. 
As he was still suffering from lameness, the 
result of his severe wound, he engaged in 
peddling tinware and produce from a wagon, 
making his headquarters at Gardiner, and 
traversing the highways of Kennebec county. 
This open-air occupation aided in resting his 
broken health, and after four years occupied 
in peddling, he accepted the position of book- 
keeper for William (jrant, engaged in the gen- 
eral merchandising business and remained in 
his salesrooms for four years, after which he 
was bookkeeper for various establishments in 
the trade for six years. He then secured from 
the Republican party, of which he was a mem- 
ber, the position of city clerk by election, and 
he took office in March, 1878 and has been 
continued in that ofiice to the present time. 
He is a comrade of Health Post, Grand Army 
of the Republic, quartermaster of United Vet- 
eran Union since 1873, and has served as com- 
mander and adjutant of the command. He 

has also served as quartermaster-general of 
the Union Veteran Union Department of 
Maine. He was also made a member of the 
Sons of Veterans in acknowledgment of the 
service of his father in the civil war, being as- 
sociated with Staples Camp of Augusta, 

He was married, October 17, 1873, to Angle 
M., daughter of Stephen C. and Prudence 
(Fisher) Baldwin, of Laconia, New Hamp- 
shire, and their children, both born in Au- 
gusta, Maine, are: Mildred B., November 15, 
1877, a graduate of the high school at Gardi- 
ner. Frank C. September 17, 1880, educated 
in the public schools, was reporter for the 
Kciincbcc Journal for a time, and now ( 1908) 
is with the Plympton Press, at Norwood, Mas- 
sachusetts, these children are in the ninth 
generation from Christopher Wadsworth, the 
Plymouth colony immigrant, Christopher ( i ) , 
Samuel (2), Eb'enezer (3). George (4), John 
(5), Moses (6), Moses S. (7), Charles Os- 
good (8). 

William Manley was from 
MANLEY Weymouth. Massachusetts, and 

resided in Easton, that state, 
m 1694. He served in the Indian war. He 
left three sons. 

(II) William (2), son of William (i) Man- 
ley, was born in 1679, died January, 1764. 
He married, February 22, 1710, Mercy Howin, 
born about 1677, 'i Taunton, Massachusetts, 
died January 6, 1777. 

(III) John, son of William (2) and Mercy 
(Howin) Manley, was born in Easton, Massa- 
chusetts, September 2j, 171 5. He served in 
Captain John Andrew's company, Colonel 
Doty's regiment, in the revolutionary army. 
He married, November 27, 1739, Mercy Smith, 
born February 19, 1718, in Stoughton, Massa- 
chusetts. He left two sons, James and Jesse. 

( I\') Jesse, son of John and Mercy (Smith) 
Manley, was born May 28, 1754, and lived in 
Royalston, Massachusetts. He removed to 
Dummerston, Windham county, Vermont, and 
married, February 15, 1778, Eunice Holmes. 
Chddren: Jesse, Amasa. Eunice, Nathaniel, 
Hannah, Betsey, William, Sally, Polly, John 
and Luke. 

(V) Amasa, second son of Jesse and Eu- 
nice (Holmes) Manley, was born May 11, 
1780, in Dummerston, Vermont, died Septem- 
ber 24, 1850, in Augusta. He married, Jan- 
uary 26, 1806, Lydia French, born July 9, 
1784, in Dummerston, died November i, 1874, 
in Augusta. Amasa Manley removed to Nor- 
ridgewock, Maine, in 1819. 


STATE OF maim:. 

{\l) James Sullivan, third son of Amasa 
and Lydia (French) Alanley, was born in 
Putney, Vermont, July 17, 1816. He lived first 
in Norridgewock, Maine, and then moved to 
Augusta. He published the Gospel Banner 
and the Maine Fanner in Augusta. He mar- 
ried, November 2j, 1839, Caroline Gill Sewall, 
born in Augusta, April 12, 1818. He died De- 
cember 9, 1861, in Augusta. 

(VHj Joseph Homan, eldest son of James 
Sullivan and Caroline Gill (Sewall) Manley, 
was born in Bangor, Maine, October 13, 1842, 
died in Augusta, February 7, 1905. His great- 
grandfather, Henry Sewall, was captain in the 
revolutionary army. He attended the public 
schools of Augusta and Abbott's Little Blue 
School in Farmington, where he fitted for col- 
lege. His health, which had interfered with 
his early opportunities, forced the abandon- 
ment of a college education. He began the 
study of law in the Boston ofifice of Sweetsir 
& Gardiner, and in September, 1863, gradu- 
ated from Albany Law School. He formed a 
law partnership in Augusta with H. W. True, 
and in 1865 was admitted to practice in the 
United States and district courts, and was ap- 
pointed a commissioner of the latter court. 
From 1869 to 1876 he was special agent of the 
internal revenue department. After this he 
was in Washington as agent of the Pennsyl- 
vania railroad. In 1878 he purchased a half 
interest in the Maine Farmer. In May, 1881, 
he was appointed postmaster of Augusta. Dur- 
ing the first term in this ofifice he instituted 
many improvements in the postal service and 
was untiring in his efforts to secure the fine 
postofifice building which now adorns the cap- 
ital city, and to Mr. Manley more than to any 
other is due the credit of it? erection. He was 
reappointed in 1889. He was a director in the 
First National Bank, president of the Augusta 
Savings Bank, treasurer of the Augusta Water 
Company, director of the Kennebec Light and 
Heat Company, of the Edwards Manufactur- 
ing Company, of the Maine Central, Knox and 
Lincoln, Portland and Rochester railroads, of 
the Portland, Mount Desert and Machias 
Steamboat Company, of the Portland Publish- 
ing Company, of the State Publishing Associa- 
tion. He was a thirty-third degree Mason. 
In 1889-91 he represented Augusta in the leg- 
islature. In 1899-iqoi he was also a member 
of that body and its speaker the last year. In 
1903 he was a member of the state senate. As 
a factor in the political affairs of the state 
and nation Mr. Manley was widely known. 
For twenty years he was a member of the Re- 
publican state committee, and for sixteen years 

its chairman ; was a delegate to the Repub- 
lican National conventions in 1880 and 1888; 
was a member of the executive committee of 
the National Republican committee in 1888-92- 
96-1900, and Its secretary in 1896 and 1900. 
He married, October 4, 1866, Susan, daughter 
of Governor Samuel Cony. Mrs. Manley died 
in Augusta, February 17, 1896. Children: 
I. Samuel Cony. 2. Lucy Cony, married 
Chase Mellen, of New York. 3. Harriet, mar- 
ried George V. S. Michaelis, of Augusta. 4. 
Sydney Sewall, married Duer du Pont Breck, 
of New York. 

(VIII) Samuel Cony, eldest child and only 
son of Joseph Homan and Susan (Cony) 
Manley, was born July 21, 1867, in Augusta. 
He was educated in the city schools, graduated 
from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1885, and 
from Harvard College in 1889 with honorable 
mention in history. He was clerk, chief clerk 
to superintendent and train master with the 
Maine Central railroad from 1889 to 1899. He 
is now president and general manager of the 
Maine Water Company, vice-president of the 
Sagadahock Light and Power Company, treas- 
urer of the Kennebec Light and Heat Com- 
pany, treasurer of the Maine Farmer Publish- 
ing Company, trustee of the Augusta Savings 
Bank, director of the First National Bank of 
Augusta, of tne Edwards Manufacturing Com- 
pany, of the Portland Publishing Company, of 
the State Publishing Association, treasurer of 
the Small Point \'\'ater Company, president of 
the trustees of the Cony Female Academy, 
member of the board of education of Augusta, 
member of the Republican city committee. He 
has been treasurer of the Augusta Water 
Company, director of the Williams school dis- 
trict, member of the superintending school 
committee, member of the Augusta park com- 
mission, member of the Augusta common 
council and board of aldermen, and president 
of both boards. He belongs to the Patrons of 
Husbandry ; Bethlehem Lodge, Cushnoc Chap- 
ter, Trinity Commandery ; Abnaki Club of Au- 
gusta ; Small Point Club of Phippsburg; Port- 
land Country Club and the Cumberland Club 
of Portland ; to the New England and Ameri- 
can Water Works and Maine Press associa- 
tions; and to the Maine Genealogical Society. 
He has never married. 

Dr. Anthony Luques, immi- 
LUQUES grant ancestor, was born in 

Retz, France, October 28, 1738. 
He was educated for his profession as physi- 
cian and surgeon in the schools of Paris. He 
came to the United States in 1785, soon after 


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the close of the revolution, and settled in Bev- 
erly, Massachusetts. His full name, accord- 
ing to the Beverly records, was Simon Judge 

Anthony Luques. He married Hannah , 

born June 11, 1771. In 1802 he removed to 
Lyman, Maine, and died May 20, 1820. Chil- 
dren, born in Beverly: i. Andrew, born May 
8, 1 79 1, mentioned below. 2. Hannah, bap- 
tized June 4, 1797. 3- Anthony, born October 

7. 1798. 

(H) Andrew, son of Dr. Anthony Luques. 
was born in Beverly, May 8, 1791. He was 
educated in the public schools of Lyman, 
Maine, whither his parents removed when he 
was young. He was a Methodist in religion 
and a Democrat in politics. He was a mer- 
chant. He married, in Alfred, Maine, January 
16, 1815, Betsey White, born May 3, 1794. 
Children, born at Lyman: i. Samuel White, 
August 3, 1816, mentioned below. 2. An- 
thony, June 26, 1819. Born in Kennebunk- 
port: 3. Andrew J., June 15. 1824. 4. Alary 
Elizabeth, November 4, 1826. 5. Hannah 
Ann, June 2, 1830. 6. Emmeline, April 24, 
1836. " 

(HI) Samuel White, son of Andrew 
Luques, was born in Lyman, Maine, August 3, 
1 816, died .August 31, 1897. He received his 
education in the Maine Wesleyan Seminary 
at Kent's Hill, and studied law with Hon. E. 
E. Bourne, of Kennebunk, Maine. He con- 
tinued his studies in the Harvard Law School 
and was admitted to the bar in 1841, in York 
county, Alaine. being one of the oldest mem- 
bers. He practiced at first in Kennebunkport, 
removing to Biddeford in 1846, where he 
practiced his profession. He was very con- 
servative in financial affairs and his influence 
was strongly felt by his associates. He was 
rated as the wealthiest citizen of Biddeford, 
and one of the most prominent. He was ap- 
pointed judge of the municipal court in 1876 
and held the office for several years. He was 
a Whig in early life, and later a Republican 
in politics. He was a member of the Uni- 
tarian church, and of Mavishan Lodge, 
Knights of Pythias, of Biddeford. He was 
elected a director of the City Bank (now the 
First National) in 1856. He married, Decem- 
Ijer 9. 1852, Hannah Maria Child, born in 
Augusta, Maine, June 27, 1828, died April 
29, 1886, daughter of Elisha and Maria (Pal- 
mer) Child, of Augusta who were married 
December 4, 1822. Her father was one of 
the most prominent citizens of Augusta, and 
died March 4, 1839. Her mother, Maria (Pal- 
mer) Child, was born October 6, 1792, died 
August 17, 1858, daughter of Jonathan and 

Mary (Roberts) Palmer, of Wakefield, New 
Hampshire. Children, born in Biddeford: i. 
Edward Child, born July 31, 1858, mentioned 
below. 2. Herbert Llewellyn, born November 
4, 1861, graduate of Dartmouth College. 1882; 
resided at Passaic, New Jersey. 3. Frank An- 
thony, born December 3, 1863, died August 8, 
1895 ; educated at Phillips Academy at And- 
over, and graduated at Harvard College, 1886. 
(I\') Edward Child, son of Samuel White 
Luques, was born in Biddeford, Maine, July 
31, 1858, and was educated -in the public 
schools of that city and at Dartmouth College, 
graduating in the class of 1882. In 1887 he 
engaged in the retail coal and lumber business 
in Biddeford, and continued with marked suc- 
cess until his father's death, when he disposed 
of his business to devote all his time to the 
care and development of his father's real es- 
tate and other property. He has conducted 
some real estate business, however and his of- 
fices at Biddeford. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican and has been in the common council of 
Biddeford, and in 1895 was in the board of 
aldermen of the city of Saco. He is a member 
of Dunlap Lodge of Free Masons, of York 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; of Maine Coun- 
cil, Royal and Select blasters ; of York Com- 
mandery, Knights Templar and of Kora Tem- 
ple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, of Lewiston. 
He is also a member of Laconia Lodge of Odd 
Fellows of Biddeford, and is past chief pa- 
triarch of York Encampment, and has held all 
the offices in succession iji Canton Dear- 
born. He is a Unitarian in religion. At the 
present time he resides in Saco. He married, 
March 8, 1883 Dora Boynton, born in Bidde- 
ford. July 12, 1856, daughter of Woodbury J. 
and Esther (Day) Boynton, of Cornish, Maine. 
Her father was overseer of the Pepperill Mills 
for many years. Children: i. Edward W., 
born February 17, 1884: educated in the 
schools of Saco and at Thornton Academy and 
at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, gradu- 
ating in March, igo6; now a druggist at Wa- 
terville, Maine. 2. Alargaret, born March 24, 
1895 ; student in Thornton Academy. 

Robert Page, immigrant ancestor, 
PAGE was born in 1604 in England, son 

of Robert and Margaret Page, of 
Ormsby, county Norfolk, England. On April 
II, 1637, Robert Page, aged thirty-three, with 
wife Lucy, aged thirty, and children, Francis, 
Margaret and Susanna, and servants, W'illiam 
Moulton, aged twenty, and Ann Wadd. aged 
fifteen, of Ormsby, passed the required exami- 
nation to go to New England. They settled 

1 I lO 


in Salem, where Lucy was admitted to the 
church in 1639. He removed that year to 
Hampton, New Hampshire, where he had a 
grant of land between the homesteads of Will- 
iam Rlarston and Robert Marston, on Meet- 
inghouse Green. The original grant is still 
held in the family, or was recently. He was 
selectman of Hampton six years ; deputy to the 
general court of Massachusetts two years ; 
marshal of the old county of Norfolk, and 
served on many important committees of the 
town. He was elected deacon in 1660, and 
from 1671 to 1679 was the only deacon of the 
church. He had a brother, Edward Colcord, 
whose wife's name was Ann (probably broth- 
er-in-law), for whom he secured claims in 
1654 and 1679. He died September 2.2, 1679. 
His will, dated September g, proved Septem- 
ber 29, 1679. bequeathed to sons Francis and 
Thomas ; daughters Mary Fogg, Margaret 
Sanborne, and Hannah, wife of Henry Dow ; 
grandchildren Seth, James and Hannah Fogg; 
Joseph, Benjamin, Robert, Hannah, Sarah and 
Ruth Moulton; Jonathan Sanborne; Rebecca, 
Hannah, Samuel, Lucy and Maria Marston; 
Joseph, Samuel, Symon and Jabez Dow ; Rob- 
ert, Samuel, John, Mary and Lucy Page (some 
of these grandchildren were called by their 
marriage names in the will). His age at 
death was given as seventy-five years. Lucy, 
his wife, died November 12, 1665, aged fifty- 
eight years. Children: i. iMargarct, born in 
England, 1629, married Jonathan Sanborn. 2. 
Francis, 1633, mentioned below. 3. Susanna, 
born in England! 4. Thomas, born in Salem, 
1639, married, February 2, 1664, Mary Hus- 
sey. 5. Hannah, married Henry Dow. 6. 
Mary, born about 1644, married Samuel Fogg. 
7. Rebecca, baptized at Salem, September i6, 
1639. 8. Samuel baptized September 16, 1639. 
(H) Deacon Francis, son of Robert Page, 
was born in England in 1633. He married, 
December 2, 1669, Meribah, daughter of Rob- 
ert Smith. He resided on the homestead of 
his brother-in-law, William Marston. Children: 
I. Samuel, born March 3, 1671, mentioned be- 
low. 2. Lucy, September 22, 1672, married 
Ichabod Robie. 3. Susanna, December 20, 
1674, married (first) Benjamin Betchelder ; 
(second) John Cram. 4. Francis, December 
14, 1676, married Hannah Nudd ; died August 
19' 1755- 5- Meribah, March 17, 1679, "i^''" 
ried (first) Josiah Shaw, son of Joseph Shaw; 
(second) Samuel Tilton ; (third) Benjamin 
Sanborn. 6. Rebecca, November 24, 1681, 
married Samuel Palmer; died April 30, 1759. 
7. Joseph, November 25, 1686, married Sarah 
Moulton; died February 5, 1773. 

(HI) Lieutenant Samuel (i), son of Dea- 
con Francis Page, was born March 3, 1671. 
He resided in Hampton on the old road 
through the meadows. He married (first), 
January 9, 1696, Hannah Williams, who died 
December 24, 1701. He married (second), 
November 18, 1702, Anne Marshall, of Oyster 
River (Durham). He married (third), March 
8, 1726, Mary (Smith) Thomas, widow, 
daughter of Joseph Smith, of Durham. Chil- 
dren : I. Hannah, born October 3, 1796. 2. 
Samuel, May 3, 1698, died young. 3. Meribah, 
December 18, 1699. 4. Samuel baptized Oc- 
tober 3, 1703, mentioned below. 5. Hannah, 
baptized September 3, 1704. 6. Prudence, born 
September 2, 1706, married (first) Samuel 
Hilton; (second) John Marston; (third) Cap- 
tain William Branscomb. 7. Elizalx-th, born 
January 12, 1708, married, January 13, 1737, 
Isaac Tobey. 8. Benjamin, born March 6, 
1709, died young. 9. Rev. Solomon, born 
March 16. 1710, married Dorothy Dunster ; 
was in Salisbury, Massachusetts, and removed 
to Maine. 10. John, baptized November 18, 
1712, married, March 14, 1751, Lydia. daugh- 
ter of Reuben Sanborn. 11. Benjamin, bap- 
tized November 21, 1714, married Mary San- 
born. 12. Stephen, baptized January 22, 1716, 
married Ann Perkins; married (second) Mary 
Burnham ; died March 21, 1804. 13. Joseph, 
baptized April 14, 1717. 14. Anna, baptized 
December 7, 171 8. 15. Simon, baptized March 

17. 1723- 

(IV) Samuel (2), son of Lieutenant Sam- 
uel (i) Page, was baptized October 3, 1703, 
and died August 9, 1774. He resided at Ken- 
sington, New Hampshire. He married, July 2, 
1729, Mary Clark. Children: i. Stephen, re- 
sided at Kensington in 1790 and had a family 
of two males over si.xteen, and three females. 
2. Simon, died young. 3. Elizabeth, resided 
at Kensington. 4. Ann. 5. Mary. 6. Mercy. 
7. Sarah. 8. Enoch, g. Simon, born about 
1750 mentioned below. 10. Robert, removed 
to Winthrop, i\Iaine; was moderator in 1784- 
86-88; selectman 1787; deputy to the general 
court 1784-85; on committee to build a meet- 
ing house in 1786; on committee in 1784 to 
see about "procuring fresh fish through the 
mill dam" ; had son Robert, graduated at Bow- 
doin College in 18 10; removed to Readfield, 

(V) Simon, son of Samuel (2) Page, was 
born about 1750 in Kensington, and removed 
to Winthrop, Maine, where he was living, as 
was his brother Robert, in 1790. At that time 
his family consisted of three males over six- 
teen, three under si.xteen, and seven females. 



He served in the revolution, on the Hst of those 
from Hampton and vicinity, in Captain Henry 
Elkins' company, the Third, Second Regiment, 
under Colonel Enoch Poor, in 1775. He and 
his son, Simon Jr., were among the incor- 
porators of the First Congregational Church 
in 1800. Among his children was Simon Jr., 
mentioned below. 

(VI) Simon (2), son of Simon (1) Page, 
was born in Kensington, New Hampshire, in 
1773, and when nine years old removed with 
his parents to Winthrop, Maine, remaining 
there until 1815. He then removed to Nor- 
riflgewock, Maine, and settled on a farm in 
the village. Fie followed farming until his 
death, September 9, 1833, and his farm has 
since been known as the Page homestead. He 
married Susan Smith, born at Middleborough, 
Massachusetts, died at Norridgewock, April 
16, 1856 aged eighty-six years. Children; 
I. John Calvin, married Fanny Fould. 2. 
Horatio N., born February 9, i8og, mentioned 
below. 3. Henry Lewis, died aged five years. 

(VH) Horatio Nelson, son of Simon (2) 
Page, was born in Winthrop, Maine, Febru- 
ary 9, 1809. He was educated in the public 
schools of Norridgewock and the academy at 
Farmington, Maine. He taught school in 
Madison, Mercer and Norridgewock. He 
lived on the homestead with his parents, and 
followed farming successfully. The farm con- 
tains a hundred and twenty acres of fine land. 
In politics he was a Whig, and later a Re- 
publican, casting his first presidential vote for 
William Henry Harrison. He was for thirteen 
years town clerk ; was chairman of the board 
of selectmen. He was a member of the Sons 
of Temperance. He and his wife were mem- 
bers of the Congregational church for forty 
years. He served as clerk of the parish and 
was twenty years deacon. He died 1890. He 
married, October 10, 1837. Hannah, born in 
Winthrop, November 20, 1818, daughter of 
Sewell and Mary (White) Page. Her father 
was a farmer of Winthrop, and her mother 
was born in Newmarket, New Hampshire. 
Children: i. George Nelson, mentioned be- 
low. 2. Mary Elizabeth, born December 18, 
1842, died February, 1905. 3. Edward Pay- 
son, mentioned below. 4. Henry L., born Oc- 
tober 4, 1858, died March 12, 1883. 

(VIII) George Nelson, eldest son of Flora- 
tio Nelson Page, was born on the farm in 
Norridgewock, Maine, October 17, 1838, died 
September 2, 1906. He was reared on his fa- 
ther's farm, and his education was acquired at 
Eaton Academy in Norridgewock village and 
at Bloomfield Academy. During the civil war 

he obtained a position in the adjutant general's 
office at Augu.sta, and in 1871 he came to 
Skowhegan to accept the position of cashier of 
the First National Bank, which he held for a 
period of thirty-five years, to the time of his 
death. He was a member of Somerset Lodge, 
Free and Accepted Masons, and had served as 
its treasurer for more than twenty years ; mem- 
ber of De Molay Commandery, Knights Tem- 
plar, of which he was recorder for many years. 
In early life he united with the Congregation- 
al church at Norridgewock, and during resi- 
dence in Skowhegan was a constant attendant, 
a valued and exemplary member of the Island 
.^Xvenue society of that denomination, serving 
as clerk of the parish for over ten years. He 
was quiet and domestic in his habits, devoted 
to his business, generous and charitable and 
respected by all who knew him. 

He married, June 16, 1868, Mary Elizabeth 
Savage, born in Augusta, Maine, October 9, 
1835, died April 6, 1904, daughter of Daniel 
and Rebecca (Hixon) 'Savage, who were the 
parents of one other child, Hannah Heywood, 
married Nathan Church. Daniel Savage mar- 
ried (second) Frances, a sister of his first 
wife ; children : Daniel Byron, Charles Henry. 
Daniel Savage was son of Daniel and Eliza- 
beth (Pierce) Savage, the former of whom 
married Mary Fletcher, and grandson of Cap- 
tain Daniel and Elizabeth (Robinson) Savage, 
the former of whom married (second) Anna 
Johnson. George Nelson and Mary Elizabeth 
(Savage) Page had one child, Hannah Re- 
becca, born in Skowhegan, Maine, November 
10, 1872. 

(VIII) Hon. Edward Payson, second son 
of Horatio Nelson Page, was born December 
26, 1846, in Norridgewock, Maine, and died 
suddenl)', January 3, 1907. He received his 
education in the common schools of his na- 
tive town and in the Maine W^esleyan Semi- 
nary at Kent's Hill. In 1871 he went to 
Skowhegan and was employed with his broth- 
er, who was cashier of the First National 
Bank, which had been organized but a short 
time previousl3^ He was soon offered the po- 
sition of treasurer of the Skowhegan Savings 
Bank, which he held for thirty-five years, re- 
signing but a short time before his death in 
order to accept the presidency of the bank. In 
his early manhood he acquired a knowledge of 
timber and land values, and his name was 
prominent among the lumber dealers of Maine. 
He was connected with various companies, and 
interested in many and varied enterprises. He 
was president of the Skowhegan Electric Light 
Company, treasurer of the Skowhegan Pulp 

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Company, and a heavy stockholder in both 
these institutions, and was a member of the 
firm that operated the Riverside Pulp Mill, and 
connected with other like enterprises. In poli- 
tics he was a Republican, and active in the 
interests of his party. He was representative 
to the Maine legislature in 1901-03, and served 
on the financial committee the first term. In 
igo6 he was elected to the senate, and among 
the important committees in which he served 
were banks and banking, appropriations and 
financial afi^airs. He was a member of the sen- 
ate at the time of his death. His financial 
judgment was considered remarkably sound, 
and many a man with small means owed his 
first success in life to Mr. Page, for extending 
credit when a less discerning man would have 
refused it. He was a loyal friend to a large 
number of people, and all sincerely mourned 
his loss. During his funeral all places of busi- 
ness in the town remained closed as a mark of 
respect to his memory. Rev. B. B. Merrill, of 
the Island Avenue Church, which Mr. Page 
and his family attended, was the officiating 
clergyman. The attendance was large ; all 
walks of life were represented, and among 
them the number of prominent men of afifairs 
from other communities was especially notice- 
able. Mr. Page married, June 10, 1879, Lizzie 
M. Randall, of Vassalboro, Maine (see Ran- 
dall family). Children: i. Blin W., born 
April 5. 1882, cashier of Eirst National Bank; 
Republican ; member of various Masonic or- 
ders. 2. Edna C, born March 16, 1884. 

John Randall, immigrant an- 
RANDALL cestor, was born in England, 

and died in Westerly. Rhode 
Island, about 1684-85. He lived at Westerly 
until about 1670, when he sold his land to 
Thomas Beal, November 30, 1670, and re- 
moved to Stonington, Connecticut, where he 
was admitted an inhabitant later. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth . He took the oath of 

allegiance September 7, 1669, and was deputy 
to the general assembly. 1682. Singularly 
enough, a widow, Elizabeth Randall, settled at 
Watertown, Massachusetts, about the same 
time and had sons Stephen and John, whose 
children's names were similar to those of the 
Westerly family. That these families were 
related w-e must believe. Children of John 
Randall, born at Westerly: i. John Jr., born 
1666. 2. Stephen, 1668, mentioned below. 3. 
Matthew-, 1671, died at Hopkinton, Rhode Is- 
land. 4. Peter, died at Preston, Connecticut. 
(II) Stephen, son of John Randall Jr., was 
born at Westerly in 1668. He went to Stoning- 

ton with the family. Children, born there : 
I. Abigail, December 20, 1698. 2. Samuel, 
May 19, 1701. 3. Stephen, March 13, 1704, 
mentioned below. 4. Jonathan, Alarch 17, 
1707. 5. Elizabeth, September 25, 1709, died 
July 2, 171 1. 6. Phebe, September 18, 1712. 
7. William, February 26, 171 5. 8. David, May 
7, 1719, the only son remaining at Stoning- 

(III) Stephen (2), son of Stephen (i) 
Randall, was born at Stonington, Connecticut, 
March 13, 1704. He is believed to have set- 
tled in Falmouth, now Portland, and to be 
the same as Stephen of Falmouth. He mar- 
ried Mary . Stephen was a shipwright 

by trade, doubtless learning his trade at Sto- 
nington. He was of Falmouth, July 5. 1731, 
when he bought one hundred and twelve acres 
of land along the falls at Falmouth. Later 
he was called a miller, probably ow-ning a mill 
on this property. He sold land in 1732 to 
Nathaniel Jordan at Scarborough. He mar- 
ried (second) Deborah Saw\'er, of Gloucester 
(intentions at Falmouth, October 6, 1750). 
Children: i. Stephen, born at Falmouth, No- 
vember 27, 1726, baptized at the First Church 
of Falmouth, September 24, 1727; soldier in 
the revolution; married, April 25, 1761. Mercy 
Dyer; (second) at Cape Elizabeth, October 20, 
1774, Lydia Roberts. 2. Mary, November 12, 
1728, baptized November 24, 1728. 3. Cath- 
erine, August 15, 1733, baptized June 10, 1733. 
4. Susannah, February 10, 1735. 5. Sarah, 
April 4, 1738. 6. Jacob, was a taxpayer in 
Falmouth in 1760 (five shillings sixpence), 
and was lost at sea in 1768. 7. Thankful, died 
October i, 1769. 8. Isaac, mentioned below. 
9. John, settled at Royalsborough ; married, 
November 22, 1769, Ann Roberts; son Isaac 
born April 18, 1787. 

(IV) Isaac, son of Stephen (2) Randall, 
was born about 1735-40. He was on the tax- 
list in 1760 for five shillings sixpence. Ste- 
phen and Jacob were also taxpayers. He was 
a soldier in the revplution, in Captain Caleb 
Turner's company in 1775; later was corporal 
in 1775, serving at Georgetown, Maine. 

(V) Dr. Isaac H., son or nephew of Isaac 
Randall, was born about 1780-90 at Falmouth. 
He came to Vassalborough, Maine, to practice, 
and died there at the age of thirty-eight. He 
had a brother. Job Randall, of Falmouth 
(Portland). There were other children. He 
married Rachel Fuller Percival. widow of Na- 
thaniel Percival, a native of Cape Cod. Chil- 
dren : Hildanus, George, Dulcy and James D., 
born at Vassalborough, 1817. mentioned be- 
low. Rachel Fuller above mentioned was born 



in Barnstable, Massachusetts, and was one of 
several children. 

(VI) James D., son of Dr. Isaac H. Ran- 
dall, was born at Vassalborough, October 10, 
1817. He lived in his native town all his life. 
He married, August 18, 1840, Mary Percival, 
daughter of Captain John Percival, who was 
lost at sea. Captain Percival was a brother of 
Nathaniel and Bathsheba Percival, all born 
on Cape Cod. Children : Hollis R.. born De- 
cember 26, 1841. Osborne P., July 18, 1845. 
Lizzie M., born at Vassalborough, July 26, 
1854, married Edward P. Page. (See Page 
family herewith.) 

John Page, immigrant ancestor, 
PAGE was born in England. He settled 

first in Hingham, Massachusetts, 
and was one of the signers of a petition to 
the general court, November 4, 1646. He re- 
moved to Haverhill about 1652. He d'ed No- 
vember 23, 1687. Administration of his es- 
tate was granted to his grandson, Thomas 
Page, March 12, 1721-22, and the estate was 
finally divided in November, 1723. His wid- 
ow died February 15, 1796-97. He married 
Mary Marsh, daughter of George Marsh. 
Children: i. John, baptized July 11, 1641, 
married in Hingham, June 14, 1663, Sarah 
Davis. 2. Onesiphorus, baptized November 20, 
1642, at Hingham, married, November 22, 

1664, Mary Hauxworth; (second) July 31, 
1695, Sarah Rowell, widow. 3. Benjamin, 
born 1644, baptized July 14. 1644: married, 
September 21, 1666, Mary Whittier. 4. Mary, 
baptized May 3, 1646, married, October 23, 

1665, John Dow; married (second), July 14, 
1673, Samuel Shepard. 5. Joseph, baptized 
March 5. 1647-48. married, at Hingham, Jan- 
uary 21, 1671, Judith Guile; married (second), 
December 2, 1673, Martha Heath. 6. Corne- 
lius, baptized July 15, 1649, mentioned below. 
7. Sarah, baptized July 18, 1651, at Hingham, 
married, January 14, 1669, James Sanders. 8. 
Elizabeth, born June 15, 1653, died July 3, 
1653. 9. Mercy, born April i. 1655, married, 
November 13, 1674, John Clough. 10. Son, 
born and died March 26, 1658. 11. Ephraim, 
born February 27, 1658-59, died July 22, 1659. 

(II) Cornelius, son of John Page, born 1649, 
baptized July 15, 1649. He married, Novem- 
ber 13, 1674, Martha Clough, who died May 
II, 1683. at Haverhill. He married (second). 
January 16, 1684, Mary Marsh, daughter of 
Onesiphorous Marsh, and granddaughter of 
George Marsh. She died November 24, 1697. 
His estate was administered July 18, 1698, and 
"divided in 1699. He was a planter in Haver- 

hill. Children, born in Haverhill: i. John 
Jr., born September 27, 1675, mentioned below. 
2. Amos, born October 22, 1677, married Han- 
nah . 3. Elizabeth, born September 14, 

1679. 4. Joanna, born March 6. 1680, died 
young. 5. Mehitable, born February i, 1681, 
died May 9, 1682. 6. Cornelius, born April i, 
1683, died May 24, 1683. Children of second 
wife: 7. Joseph, born September 21, 1686, 
died P>bruary 12, 1687. 8. Joseph, born Sep- 
tember 12, 1689, married Mary Thompson. 9. 
Sarah, born November 23, 1691, died June 18, 
1762. 10. Thomas, born February 4, 1692. 
II. Cornelius, born May 20, i6g6. 

( HI ) John (2), son of Cornelius Page, was 
born in Haverhill, September 27, 1675. He 
married. May 21, 1700, Sarah Singletary, 
daughter of Nathaniel and granddaughter of 
Richard .Singletary, of Haverhill. He resided 
in Haverhill and died there March 7, 1717-18. 
His estate was administered October 13, 1718, 
and divided in 1722. His widow Sarah was 
then living. Children : Nathaniel. Sarah, 
Jonathan, John, Edmund, mentioned below; 
Abiel, Mehitable. 

(IV) Edmund, son of John (2) Page Jr., 
was born in Haverhill, November 7, 1708. He 
married, February 5, 1734, Abigail 

who was born March 23, 1717. Children: i 
Daniel, born November 6, 1735, died 1830. 2 
Captain David, born November 23, 1737. 3 
Ruth, born March 14. 1739, died March i6 
1739. 4. Jesse, born February 16, 1740. 5 
William, born March 14, 1752. 6. Deborah 
born July 13, 1753. 7. Job, born November 
10, 1755. 8. Jeremiah, mentioned below. 

(V) Jeremiah, .son of Edmund Page, was 
born March 25, 1751. He was a soldier in the 
revolution from Conway, New Hampshire, 
where he settled. He was on the list of sol- 
diers in 1775. His farm was in East Conway. 
He married Mary Dustan, born August 10, 
1752, died November i, 1808. granddaughter 
of Hannah Dustan, who killed her Indian 
captors and escaped in 1693 after the Haver- 
hill massacre. Children, born in Conway (rec- 
ord of the family) : i. Abigail, born Sunday, 
November 24, 1776. 2. Thomas, born April 
18, 1779, mentioned below. 3. Duston, born 
July 4. 1782, on Thursday. 4. Mary, born 
Monday, June 4, 1787, died January 25, 1850. 

5. Jesse, born on Thursday. March 31, 1789. 

6. Abigail, born on Thursday, July 7, 1791. 

7. Hannah, born on Thursday, September 26, 

{W) Colonel Thomas, son of Jeremiah 
Page, born at East Conway, New Hampshire, 
April 18. 1779, died February 8, 1864. He 

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removed in 1826 from his native town to 
Lowell, Maine, as it is now known, and he 
built the first sawmills there, the locality being 
known still as Page's Mills. He took up pub- 
lic land and built new roads. At one time he 
owned most of the land now comprising the 
town of Burlington, Maine. To each of his 
sons he gave a wedding present of a hundred 
acres of land in Burlington, and to each daugh- 
ter two hundred dollars in money, a cow and 
half a dozen sheep. He was colonel of his 
militia regiment, a prosperous farmer and 
miller, a sagacious and successful business 
man. He married Elizabeth Charles, of Frye- 
burg, New Hampshire, born May 2, 1786, died 
May 22, 1875. Children, born in Conway, ex- 
cept the youngest: i. Ansel, born February 
12, 1808. 2. Dean, born March 4, 1810, died 
February 9, 1874. 3. Jeremiah, born June 20, 
1812 died November 24, 1887. 4. John, born 
July II, 1814, mentioned below. 5. Elizabeth, 
born December 21, 1816, died February 23, 
1898. 6. Norman, born February 19, 1819, 
died October 18, 1893. 7. Catherine, born 
January 18, 1823. 9. Dorcas, born October 
30, 1825, died December 6, 1891. 10. Her- 
man S., born March 4, 1828, died April 26, 

(VH) John (3), son of Thomas Page, was 
born in Conway, New Hampshire, July 11, 
1814. He was educated and reared in Bur- 
lington. Maine, where he has lived most of his 
long life. He married, September, 1844, Eliza- 
beth McCorrison, of Standish, Maine, born 
September 21, 1823, died March 29, 1900. 
Children, born in Burlington: i. Ansel, born 
October, 1845. -■ Melvin, born April 11, 1847, 
mentioned below. 3. Irene N., born July 11, 
1849, died January, i860. 4. Edelle May, born 
May I, 1 85 1, married William Henry Taylor, 
general agent of the Penn Mutual Life In- 
surance Company, Bangor, Maine, born Au- 
gust 2},, 1843, at Enfield, Maine: children: i. 
Jesse Wright Taylor, born July i. 1871 ; ii. 
Irene Page Taylor, born April 13, 1874, 
died September 28, 1874; iii. Russell Morrison 
Taylor, born April 6, 1875; iv. Josiah Towle 
Taylor, born February 13, 1876; v. Ella Maud 
Taylor, born January 27, 1878; vi. John Page 
Taylor, born November 14, 1879, died Novem- 
ber 12, 1880; vii. Marcia Adelle Taylor, born 
July 27, 1881 ; viii. Hattie Maria Taylor, born 
June 20. 1885. 5. Lizzie A., born June 16, 
1853, died April, 1890 or 1891. 6. Stella J., 
born April 21, 1855. 

(VIII) Melvin, son of John (3) Page, born 
in Burlington, Maine, April 11, 1847, died No- 
vember 7, 1890. He married Sarah Ella Estes, 

born in Vassalborough, Maine. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools of his native town 
and at Lee Normal Academy. He learned the 
trade of carpenter and during his active life 
was a carpenter and builder. He was a Dem- 
ocrat in politics. He died in Milford, Maine, 
where he spent his later years. Children: i. 
Dr. Prince Caleb, mentioned below. 2. Julia 

(IX) Dr. Prince Caleb, son of Melvin Page, 
was born in Lee, Maine, September 6, 1874. 
He was educated in the Winn public schools, 
at Lee Normal Academy, the schools of Old 
Town and the Bangor Business College. He 
began the study of medicine in the Baltimore 
Medical College, where he was graduated in 
1901 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. 
He began to practice in Lagrange, Maine, and 
went thence to Bangor, w'here he was located 
for about three years. He came from Bangor 
to Biddeford in 1905 and since then has been 
practicing in this city. In politics he is a Re- 
publican, and in religion an Episcopalian. He 
is a charter member of Abenkis Tribe, No. 6, 
Independent Order of Red Men of Bangor. 
He married, April, 1901, Ida May North, 
daughter of Augustus North, of Washington, 
D. C. They have one child, Thomas Neilson, 
born August 3, 1902. 

John Macomber, who it is 
MACOMBER believed came with his 

brother William from In- 
verness, Scotland, 1638, settled at Taunton, 
Massachusetts, and was, as the records show, 
subject to military duty in 1643. He was a 
landowner as it is shown that he paid taxes 
amounting to seven shillings in 1659, on twen- 
ty-four acres and four "head." His first wife's 
name is not known. His second wife was 
Mary Babcock, whom he married January 7, 
1686. He was a carpenter and accumulated 
considerable property, which he bequeathed 
to his children, John and Mary (Staples). He 
died between 1687 and 1690. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Macomber, 
was in Queen Anne's war, 1691. He was mar- 
ried July 16, 1678, to Anna Evans, of Taun- 
ton. Their children were : Thomas, John, 
William and Samuel. 

(III) John (3), second son of John (2) and 
Anna (Evans) Macomber, was born early 
enough to have participated in Queen Anne's 
war. He married (first) Elizabeth Williams, 
and (second) Mrs. Lydia (King) Williams. 
His will, dated December 28, 1742, named nine 
children, all by the first wife. He died at 
Taunton, December 14, 1747. 



(IV) Nathaniel, eldest son of John (3) Ma- 
comber, was born February 9, 1709. He was 
of a very religious disposition and served as 
deacon in the Congregational church of Taun- 
ton many jears. He married, in 1735, Priscil- 
la Southworth, of Middleboro, Massachusetts. 
He was an industrious man in business affairs, 
and while he worked for the interest of his 
family never neglected his church duties and 
that of the public in general. As is shown by 
the inscription on his tombstone, he died No- 
vember 10, 1787, aged seventy-nine years. His 
children were: Job, born 1737; George, Na- 
thaniel, Ichabod, Ezra and John. 

(V) George, second son of Nathaniel and 
Priscilla (Southworth) Macomber, was born 
July 7, 1740, and but little can be learned of 
him further than that he was a soldier in the 
revolutionary war, and married Susan Paull, 
January 27, 1767. He became the father of 
the following children : Mary, Ezra and John 
(twins), Azalle, George, Paul, Nathaniel, Su- 
sanna, Philena, Ebenezer and Samuel. 

(VI) George (2), third son of George (i) 
and Susan (Paull) Macomber, was born Sep- 
tember 17, 1772, and married Anna Harkness, 
September 17, 1801. She was born October 
24, 1782. Their children were: Sarah B., 
Betsey B., George Washington, William H., 
Esther H. and David W. The father died 
aged fifty-seven years, January 31, 1830. 

(VII) George Washington, son of George 
(2) and Anna (Harkness) Macomber, born 
September 26. 1807, at Pelham, Massachusetts, 
died at Augusta, Maine, August 31, 1864. He 
became a resident of Augusta at a very early 
age of his life, and worked as a granite cutter 
and general contractor on the state house. He 
followed the granite business throughout his 
life. Until the formation of the Republican 
party he was a Whig, and took an active part 
in both city and county government. In his 
religious faith he was a Baptist and served as 
deacon in that church many years. He mar- 
ried (first) Sarah P. Ripley, by whom two 
children were born : Emily F. and Esther H. 
He married (second) Hannah Kalloch, born 
December 10, 1820. died September i, 1905, 
at Augusta. She was the mother of two chil- 
dren : George E. and Henry D. 

(VIII) George Ellison, son of George 
Washington and Hannah (Kalloch) Macomb- 
er, was born at Augusta, Maine, June 6, 1853. 
He obtained his education at the public schools 
of his native city, and subsequently entered 
the grocery store of Luther Mitchell as a 
clerk, which position he filled a short time, 
and then accepted a position in the Augusta 

postofifice, where he remained si.x years. In 
March, 1876, he purchased the insurance busi- 
ness conducted by David Cargill, and was en- 
ergetic and highly successful in the business 
until 1886, alone, but at that date he took his 
brother, Henry D. Macomber, into partnership 
with him. This association existed until 
broken by death of the brother, when Charles 
R. Whitten became a partner in the business, 
continuing until 1904. In 1908 the business 
was carried on by a company, consisting of 
H. C. Carl, Charles H. Howard and R. H. 
Bodwell. The insurance business was by no 
means the only calling Mr. Macomber pur- 
sued with diligence and success ; he was treas- 
urer of the Augusta, Hallowell & Gardiner 
Electric Railroad Company until that road was 
sold to the L. A. & W. Company, in 1907. He 
is now treasurer of the Norway & Paris Elec- 
tric Railroad Company; the Austin Traction 
Company, of Austin, Texas; treasurer of the 
Hutchinson Water, Light and Gas Company, 
of Hutchinson, Kansas. Being recognized as 
a man of correct business methods, he was 
elected to the important position of president 
of the Springfield Railway and Light Com- 
pany, of Springfield, Missouri. He is also 
president of the Augusta Trust Company, 
Kennebec Savings Bank and Augusta Opera 
House Company ; a director in the Granite 
National Bank ; treasurer of the Augusta Real 
Estate Association, and a trustee of "the Maine 
Insane hospitals located at Augusta and Ban- 
gor. His long career as an insurance man 
causes him now to be the special agent for the 
following insurance companies: Insurance 
Company of North America, Philadelphia Un- 
derwriters' Alliance, Granite State Fire In- 
surance Company, and others. He is a stock- 
holder in the Augusta Hotel Company, and 
has numerous other interests and enterprises 
which demand his time and special attention. 
He was married to Sarah V. Johnson, born 
March 31, 1857, '" Edinboro, Pennsylvania, 
daughter of Hiram and Almira Johnson. Their 
children are: Alice H., married R. H. Bod- 
well. Annie J., married Guy P. Gannett. 

One authority says the Mor- 
MORTON tons of Gorham came original- 
ly from Cape Cod; another 
states that the descendants of Bryant Morton, 
the first settler of the name in southwest 
Maine, claim him to have been English. No 
authority has yet been found which decides 
the matter. Many of the descendants of Bry- 
ant Morton have been leading citizens in the 
communities where they have resided — prom- 



inent in politics, patriotic in war, and indus- 
trious in peace. 

(I) Captain Bryant Morton first appears in 
the records about the year 1738, as a citizen 
of old Falmouth (now Cape Elizabeth), where 
he was a taxpayer in 1743. On September 28, 
1750, Bryant Morton of Cape Elizabeth bought 
of Augusta Bearse his right in Gorhamtown. 
June 28, 175 1, the proprietors of Gorham deed 
Bryant Morton certain land, at which time 
he is described as of Gorhamtown. He set- 
tled in Gorhara between the dates mentioned 
probably, and lived on thirty-acre lot No. 15, 
at Gorham Corner. His dwelling stood back 
from the street near where Emery's brick store 
now stands. He was an energetic, active man, 
a good trader, dealt largely in lands, and few 
men in town bought and sold more lots than 

"In 1772 Mr. Morton was one of the Com- 
mittee of Safety and Correspondence ; and was 
a delegate to the Provincial Congress held at 
Cambridge, Massachusetts. He went to Cam- 
bridge on horseback, with Benjamin Cham- 
berlain behind him to bring his horse back. 
He was a representative to the general court 
several years ; and captain in the army during 
the war of the revolution. He had command 
of a company of eighty men, called sea-coast 
guards ; and was stationed at Fort Hancock, 
on Cape Elizabeth. This fort was located on 
the spot now occupied by Fort Preble, and 
■consisted of a battery of several cannon for 
the defence of Portland, then Falmouth. For 
several years Mr. Morton was a firm sup- 
porter of the old Congregational Church, and 
was one of the ruling elders in 1758-59. With 
many others he became dissatisfied with the 
ministrations of Mr. Lombard, and with them 
drew off, built a new meeting house, and set- 
tled the Rev. Ebenezer Thompson. Captain 
Morton in his latter years became a zealous 
Free Will Baptist. Before his second mar- 
riage he provided well for his first children. 
His homestead at Gorham Corner he con- 
veyed to his son Bryant, who by his deed con- 
veyed "the lot, No. 15, with the Bryant ]\Iorton 
house, and the lot opposite, where the Bryant 
Morton barn now stands,' to Gary McLellan. 
After his second marriage Captain Morton 
moved on a small farm, since called the 'Cham- 
berlain Place.' Here he died in the year 1793, 
aged about eighty-eight. At his death his es- 
tate, real and personal, was appraised at about 
seven hundred dollars." 

Bryant Morton married (first) Thankful 
. We do not know her antenuptial sur- 
name or the date of her birth or death. He 

married (second), in Cape Elizabeth, June 23, 
1 77 1, Lucy (White) Chamberlain, who was 
born in Falmouth, December i, 1732, daugh- 
ter of John and Jerusha White. She was 
the widow of Aaron Chamberlain. She sur- 
vived Captain Morton many years, and died 
about the year 1813. Captain Morton's ten 
children by his first wife were all born before 
he moved to Gorham. They were: Thomas, 
Martha, Joseph, Ebenezer, Thankful, Jabez. 
Bryant, Elisha, Anna and Phineas. The chil- 
dren by the second wife, Lucy Chamberlain : 
Jerusha, John, who is the subject of the next 

(II) John, only son of Captain Bryant and 
Lucy (White) (Chamberlain) Morton, was 
born in Gorham, February 11, 1775. He mar- 
ried, about 1799. Mary, eldest child of Stephen 
and Hannah (Gushing) Tukey, of Portland. 
She was born March 19, 1781, and died De- 
cember 12, 1854. She was a descendant of 
John Winter and Rev. Robert Jordan (see 
Jordan I), and also of Colonel Ezekiel Gush- 
ing, all of Cape Elizabeth. Stephen Tukey was 
a revolutionary soldier. His father, John Tu- 
key, the immigrant, married Abigail Sweetser, 
in 1749. She was a daughter of Benjamin 
Sweetser, a soldier in the Louisburg expedi- 
tion, 1745, and descendant from Seth Sweetser, 
the immigrant, 1636. Their children were: 
I. Juliana, born September 21, 1800, who mar- 
ried John Sargent, sea captain. 2. Ebenezer 
IMiller, December 16, 1801, died young. 3. 
John, September 26, 1804, who went to sea 
and was never again heard of. 4. Stephen 
Tukey, March 7, 1807, sea captain. 5. William 
White, next mentioned. 

(III) U'illiam White, youngest child of 
John and ]\lary (Tukey) Morton, was born 
in Gorham, February 5, 1809, and died in 
Windham, July 27, 1868. At an early age he 
became a sailor, with the intention of fitting 
himself to be a master mariner, for which he 
was in everything but experience well quali- 
fied. He was in the merchant service, and 
made various voyages between New York and 
other domestic ports and European ports. At 
the age of thirt}' he lost his hearing as the re- 
sult of a fever, and was compelled to give up 
his plans, and spent the remainder of his life 
on a farm in Windham, where he lived the 
remainder of his life. He was a good man, 
an active member of the Congregational 
church, and one of its liberal supporters. He 
married. May 29, 1842, Adeline Hale Barton, 
who was born July 27, 1823, died April 11, 
i8g8. She was an unassuming and intellectual 
woman, a faithful wife and a good mother. 



Her grandparents on the paternal side were 
Ebenezer and Dorothy (EHott) Barton, of 
Windham. Ebenezer Barton served three years 
five months and fourteen days in tlie revolu- 
tionary army, was at Hubbardton, Stillwater, 
Saratoga, the surrender of Burgoyne, spent 
the winter at Valley Forge, and was at Mon- 
mouth in Colonel Benjamin Tuppcr's Eleventh 
Massachusetts Regiment. He was killed by a 
falling tree at Windham, April 15, 1785, aged 
about thirty-five years. The children of Will- 
iam W. and Adeline H. (Barton) Morton 
were: i. Stephen Tukey, a volunteer in the 
Seventeenth Maine Regiment, was killed at 
the battle of Fredericksburg, in 1862. 2. Will- 
iam Francis, enlisted in the Ninth Maine Regi- 
ment, was at the assault on Fort Wagner, and 
was killed before Richmond in 1864. 3. Eliza- 
beth, died young. 4. Caroline, died young. 
5. Seth C. see below. 6. Julia H., married 
Walter Hussev and lives in Windham. 

(IV) Seth Clark, third son of William W. 
and Adeline H. (Barton) Morton, was born 
in Windham, November 25, 1858. He was 
educated in the Windham public schools and 
at the Quaker high school. His first work 
of consequence away from home was in build- 
ing" the pulp mill at South Windham, where 
he worked as a machinist for the Sabago 
Wood Board Company from 1876 to the sum- 
mer of 1881. In the same year, July 26, he 
entered the employ of S. D. Warren & Com- 
pany, proprietors of the pulp mill at West- 
brook. For a time he was a machinist and 
the superintendent of the machine shop and 
mechanical department where three hundred 
men are employed. This position he now 
holds. Mr. Morton is a Democrat and has 
been called to fill various municipal offices. 
He was the first fire warden of Westbrook, 
and is now fire commissioner and chief engi- 
neer of the fire department of the city. He 
was a member of the board of aldermen 1903- 
04-05, and was elected mayor igo6, and re- 
elected in 1907. He has discharged his duties 
faithfully and well, and enjoys the confidence 
and respect of his fellow citizens. He at- 
tends and contributed liberally to the support 
of the Universalist church. Fie is a member 
of Warren Phillips Lodge, No. 186, Free and 
Accepted Masons ; member of Ammoncongin 
Lodge, No. 76, Independent Order of Odd 
Fello\^■s, of which he is a past grand : and 
Presumpscot Valley Lodge, No. 4, Knights of 
Pythias, of which he is a past chancellor com- 
mander. He was captain and first base of the 
famous Presumpscot baseball team, recognized 
as the best strictlv amateur baseball team in 

Maine for several years. Seth C. Morton was 
married in South Windham, November 30, 
1879, to Althea Small, of Gray, who was born 
September 28, 1846, in Framingham, Massa- 
chusetts, daughter of Stephen and Hannah 
( Tweed ) Small. They have one daughter, 
Bertha C, born October 22, 1883; she is a 
musician and an ardent devotee to the study 
of the drama. 

The Aliens in America are of 
ALLEN both Scotch and English descent. 
In England the name was for- 
merly and still is subjected to various forms 
of spelling, as Allen, Allin, Allyn, etc., all of 
which are undoubtedly from one source. The 
original Scotch spelling was Allan. In the 
early records of Esse.x county, Massachusetts, 
is found the name of William Allen, born in 
Manchester, Englaiid, about 1602; came to 
New England with the Dorchester Company, 
which settled temporarily on Cape Ann in 
1623; accompanied Roger Conant to Salem 
in 1626; and was adnfitted a freeman in 1631. 
Another early emigrant of this name was 
George Allen, born in England during the 
reign of Queen Elizabeth, and came to Amer- 
ica with his family in 1635, when sixty-seven 
years old, in order to escape religious persecu- 
tion. A Samuel Allen and his wife Ann catiie 
from Braintree, England, and were among the 
first settlers in Braintree, Massachusetts. Colo- 
nel John Allan, born in Edinburgh Castle, 
Scotland, January 31, 1746, son of Major 
William Allan, of the British army, became 
the progenitor of a Maine family, some of 
whom, if not all, retain the original Scotch 

(I) Jotham Allen, an early settler in Al- 
fred, went there from either York or Kittery 
subsequent to the revolutionary war, and 
cleared a farm from the wilderness. (N. B. 
It is stated by some of his descendants that 
their branch of the family is the posterity of 
an immigrant from Scotland.) The Christian 
name of his wife was Susan and their children 
were : Jeremiah, Amos, Jotham, John, Olive, 
Susan and Hannah. 

(II) Amos, second child of Jotham and 
Susan Allen, born in Alfred in 1801, died in 
1874. Adopting agriculture when a young 
man, he purchased a farm in Waterboro and 
tilled the soil industriously for the remainder 
of his life. It was his custom to vary the 
monotony of farm life by frequent excursions 
into the forests for the purpose of hunting, 
and he was one of the most noted hunters artd 
trappers of his locality. He married Eleanor 



Ridle.v, of Alfred, born in 1801, died in 1874. 
They'were the parents of children: Jeremiah, 
Isaiah, Otis, Mary. Jotham, Amos Lawrence, 
Lydia, Timothy and Sarali. 

(Ill) Hon. Amos Lawrence, fifth son and 
sixth child of Amos and Eleanor (Ridley) Al- 
len, was born in Waterboro, IMarch 17, 1837. 
He attended the public schools of Waterboro 
and Alfred, was prepared for his collegiate 
course at the Whitestown (New York) Semi- 
nary, and entering Bowdoin College as a so- 
phomore was graduated with the class of i860. 
At Bowdoin he was a classmate of Thomas 
Brackett Reed, with whom in after years he 
became closely connected. He was subsequent- 
ly engaged in educational work for a short 
time, teaching at the Alfred Academy ; also in 
Gardiner, Sanford, Waterboro and Pembroke, 
Maine. His legal studies, begun in Alfred, 
were completed at the Columbian Law School, 
Washington, District of Columbia, and he was 
admitted to the York county bar in 1866. Mr. 
Allen served for short intervals as clerk in the 
treasury department at Washington and in the 
postoffi'ce of the national house of representa- 
tives, and also in the office of the York county 
clerk of courts. In 1870 he was elected clerk of 
courts in York county, retaining that office for 
a period of twelve years, and returning to the 
national capital he acted as clerk of the judici- 
ary committee of the lower house in 1883-84. 
He was next employed for a year as a special 
examiner by the pension bureau, and being 
elected a representative to the Maine legisla- 
ture he served in that capacity for the years 
1886-87. In December, 1889, he became pri- 
vate secretary to the Hon. Thomas B. Reed, 
speaker of the national house of representa- 
tives, serving as such during the fifty-first, 
fifty-fourth and fifty-lifth congresses, and in 
1896 was a delegate at large from Maine to 
the Republican national convention at St. 
Louis, being assigned to the committee on 
resolutions. At a special election held in the 
first congressional district, November 16, 1899, 
Mr. Allen was elected the successor of Repre- 
sentative Reed, who resigned his seat as a 
member of the fifty-sixth congress, and he con- 
tinued in office through re-elections to the 
sixtieth congress, and was renominated to the 
sixty-first. In 1904 he defeated his Demo- 
cratic opponent, Luther R. Moore, by a ma- 
jority of 4,989, in a vote of 31,613; in 1906 
he defeated the same gentleman by a major- 
ity of 1,649; 3nd in 1908 his majority was 
, about 3,300. Mr. Allen's intimate association 
with his illustrious predecessor made him es- 
pecially qualified to represent the first district 

in congress, and his ability has been amply 
demonstrated. He is a Master Mason, affili- 
ating with Fraternal Lodge of Alfred, and is 
a member of the Grange in North Alfred. He 
attends the ^lethodist Episcopal church. 

In 1858 Mr. Allen married Esther, daughter 
of Jacob and Eunice Maddox, of Waterboro. 
Her grandfather, also named Jacob ]\Iaddox, 
came from England in the latter part of the 
eighteenth century ; he settled upon a tract of 
wild land in the town of Waterboro, and im- 
proved it into a good farm. His son Jacob, 
born in Waterboro, served in the defence of 
Kittery during the war of 1812-15. He be- 
came a prosperous farmer in his native town, 
and lived to be eighty-five years old. He was 
twice married and of his first union there were 
three children. His second wife, Eunice, bore 
him four children : Daniel, a resident of Stand- 
ish ; John F., of Alfred ; Harriet, widow of 
John Dame ; Esther, who became the wife of 
Hon. Amos L. Allen. Mrs. Allen died March 
20, 1900, in Washington, D. C. She was the 
mother of three children: i. Herbert L., born 
December 24. 1861, a graduate of Bowdoin, 
1883, and now superintendent of schools in 
Dalton, Massachusetts ; he married Annie 
Bradbury, of Limerick, Maine, and has two 
children: Amos L., born February 14, 1895, 
and Laura E., born June 22, 1903. 2. Laura 
E., born March 3, 1863, resides with her fa- 
ther. 3. Edwin H., born April 14, 1864, a 
graduate of Dartmouth, 1885, a practicing phy- 
sician of Boston, and is connected with the 
John Hancock Insurance Company ; he mar- 
ried Linda W. Forbush, of Boston, and has 
one son, Nathaniel Draper Whiting Allen, born 
July 31, 1903. 

Among those who wrought 
PEASLEE our early history in colonial 
days, in "times that tried 
men's souls," were the Peaslees, who, like most 
other old Maine families, are credited with a 
Massachusetts origin, and developed around 
Haverhill. The name Peaslee is claimed by 
some to have sprung from Peter, from which 
we have Peers, Pearse and Pears. Others as- 
sume it was an offshoot from peas, a legum. 
Peas were grown in the east from time imme- 
morial and were introduced into Europe in 
the Middle Ages. Shakespeare spoke of peas- 
blossom. Lee is from lea, a pasture. The 
man who was the son of Mr. Peas perhaps 
lived on the lea, and to distinguish him from 
the other Mr. Peas he was called Peas-at-lea, 
and finally Peaslee. Hon. Charles H. Peaslae, 
a distinguished statesman and congressman 



from New Hampshire ; Chief Justice Nathaniel 
Peaslee Sargent, of Massachusetts ; the Hon. 
WilHam Pitt Fessenden ; the Honorables Lot 
M. and Anson P. Morrill, governors, members 
of congress, and a cabinet officer j the Hon. 
Daniel J. Morrill, member of congress from 
Pennsylvania; Professor Edmund Randolph 
Peaslee, A. M., M. D., LL. D., a great physi- 
cian, author of medical books, and professor 
in Dartmouth college ; the Hon. John D. Peas- 
lee, of Ohio ; and Judge Daniel Peaslee, of 
Vermont, were of this line. 

(I) Joseph Peaslee was founder of the Peas- 
lee family in America. He was a native of 
England, the tradition in the family is that he 
was born and lived in the western part of 
England, near the river Severn, adjoining 
Wales. With his wife and two or three chil- 
dren he emigrated, about 1635, and came to 
Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1642. He re- 
ceived a grant of land in Haverhill, Massachu- 
setts, March 14. 1645, ^""^^1 'I's name appears 
in the first list of landholders of Haverhill in 
1645. He settled in the easterly part of the 
town near "Reaks Bridge," over the Merrimac 
river, and received grants of land from 1645 
to 1656, when divisions of land were made by 
vote of the town of Haverhill, was one of the 
commissioners for the settlements of claims, 
and selectman of Haverhill in the years 1649- 
50-53. He was made a "townsman" of Salis- 
bury "Newtown" ( now Amesbury, Massachu- 
setts) July 17, 1656, granted "twenty acres 
of upland, bought of Thomas Macy, and ten 
acres of meadow, for which the town agreed 
to pay si.x pounds to Thomas Macy." In di- 
visions of land in Salisbury "Newtown" in 
the years 1656-57-58, Joseph Peaslee received 
liberal shares. It was the custom in the new 
settlement to give lands, to induce persons 
having a trade such as a mason, blacksmith, 
etc., to settle in the new towns. Joseph was 
a lay preacher as well as a farmer, and was 
reputed to have some skill in the practice of 
medicine. In the recognition of these natural 
gifts, he was, undoubtedly, made a citizen of 
Salisbury "Newtown." Later this gift of 
preaching made trouble in the new settlement 
and history for Joseph. Soon after he re- 
moved to "Newtown," the inhabitants neglect- 
ed to attend the meetings for worship in the 
old town and did not contribute to the support 
of the minister. They held meetings for wor- 
ship at private houses, and in the absence of 
a minister, Joseph Peaslee and Thomas Macy 
officiated. The general court, which had juris- 
diction over territory from Salem, Massachu- 
setts, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire (and 

was called Norfolk county), soon fined the 
inhabitants of "Newtown" five shillings each 
for every neglect of attending meetings in the 
old town and an additional fine of five shillings 
each to Joseph and Macy if they exhorted the 
people in the absence of a minister. This de- 
cree was not heeded. Meetings were held and 
Joseph and his friend continued to preach. The 
general court made additional decrees and 
fines, which also were not heeded. Macy fled 
from persecution in Massachusetts and settled 
in Nantucket, then a port of New York, in 
1659. Joseph Peaslee was a Puritan, a re- 
formed Episcopalian. The creed was to aban- 
don everything that could boast of no other 
authority than tradition, or the will of man, 
and to follow as far as possible the "pure word 
of God." The Puritans came to the wilder- 
ness of America to escape persecution in Eng- 
land and to enjoy their own religious liberty, 
but not to allow religious freedom to any who 
differed from them. Nowhere did the spirit 
of Puritanism, in its evil as well as its good, 
more thoroughly express itself than in Mas- 
sachusetts. The persecution of Joseph was of 
short duration, as he died at Salisbury "New- 
town," December 3, 1660. He made his will 
November 11, 1660, proved February 9, 1661 ; 
Mary Peaslee, executrix. By tradition Joseph 
married Mary Johnson, of Wales, England, the 
daughter of a farmer of comfortable worldly 
estate. In 1662 the widow, Mary Peaslee, was 
granted one hundred and eight acres of land 
in Salisbury. The administration of her es- 
tate was granted September 27, 1694, to her 
son Joseph. Their children were : Jane, Mary, 
Elizabeth, Sarah and Joseph. 

(II) Joseph (2), fifth child and youngest 
son of Joseph (i) and Mary (Johnson) Peas- 
lee, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, 
September 9, 1646. He received "children's 
land" in 1660 and a "Township" in 1660, being 
a tract of land, conferring the right to vote 
and take part in town meetings when of age. 
He resided in Salisbury "Newtown" until after 
his marriage and birth of his eldest child, 
Mary, when he removed to Haverhill, iMassa- 
chusetts. He was a physician and farmer ; 
owned saw and .grist mills, a large landholder 
by grants, inheritance and purchases, and had 
large tracts of land beyond the Spicket river, 
now Salem, New Hampshire, inherited from 
his father. He took the oath of allegiance and 
fidelity at Haverhill in 1677; built a brick gar- 
rison house with bricks imported from Eng- 
land about 1673. This house is in East Haver- 
hill on the highway now called the "River 
Road," and is still standing in good repair, 



one of the landmarks of the Merrimac valley. 
He married, January 2, 1672, Ruth, daughter 
of Thomas Barnard, of Haverhill. Massachu- 
setts, who was born October 16, 1651, and died 
November 25, 1723; he married second Mary 
(Tucker) Davis, widow of Stephen Davis. He 
held many town offices, was much in public 
life, and a member of the Society of Friends. 
For many years there was an established meet- 
ing of that denomination at his house. He 
died at Haverhill, Massachusetts. March 21, 
1735, and his widow was living in 1741. From 
the records he evidently distributed his estate 
by deeds to his heirs, with this closing clause, 
"Saving always and hereby reserving unto my- 
self the free use and Improvement of ye prem- 
ises During my natural life." Children by first 
wife : Mary, married an ancestor of John 
Greenleaf Whittier ; Joseph, Robert, John, Na- 
thaniel. Ruth, Ebenezer and Sarah. 

(HI) John, fourth child and third son of 
Joseph (2) and Ruth (Barnard) Peaslee, was 
born February 25, 1679, and married, iVIarch 
I, 1705, Mary, daughter of John Martin. He 
resided in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and New- 
ton, New Hampshire, and was prominent in 
town and church affairs, a farmer, and a mem- 
ber of the Society of Friends. Meetings were 
established at his house in Newton, and later 
a meeting-house was built on his land and 
near-by there was a Friends burial ground, 
which is now in a fair state of preservation. 
The ancient headstones are plain field stones 
not lettered. He died in 1752. Children: Jo- 
seph, John, Ruth, Sarah, Jacob, Nathan, Da- 
vid, Moses, James, Ebenezer and Mary. John 
and Mary (Martin) Peaslee had ninety-eight 
grandchildren, and two hundred and eighty- 
four great-grandchildren. 

(IV) Nathan, sixth child and fourth son of 
John and Mary (Martin) Peaslee, was born 
September 20, 171 1, and married, December 
8, 1 74 1, Lydia, daughter of Jonathan and Mary 
(Lancaster) Gove, who was born June i, 1701, 
in Hampton, New Hampshire. Nathan re- 
sided in Newton. New Hampshire, and was 
a farmer. He and his brother Moses married 
Methodist wives, and were disowned by the 
Society of Friends, as was the prevailing prac- 
tice at that time. They joined the Methodists. 
Nathan's grandson. Rev. Reuben Peaslee, was 
one of the most distinguished Methodist min- 
isters of his day in New England, and was 
author of several books. Children : Oliver, 
Nathan, Reuben, Jacob, Daniel, Ezekiel, Jon- 
athan, Ruth and Sarah. 

(V) Jonathan, seventh child and son of Na- 

than and Lydia (Gove) Peaslee, was born in 
September, 1764, and died in 1826. He mar- 
ried a Miss Glidden, and their children were: 
Jonathan, Susanna. Sarah, Abigail, George, 
Katherine, Jacob, Ruel and Riley. 

(VI) Ruel, eighth child and fourth son of 
Jonathan Peaslee, was born July 15, 1804, and 
married, February 5, 1823, Harriet Hilton. 
He removed to Jefferson, Lincoln county, 
Maine, and there had the following children r 
Harriet, Edward, John Thurston, Eben Blunt 
and Eliza. 

(VII) John Thurston, third child of Ruel 
and Harriet (Hilton) Peaslee, was born Jan- 
uary 17, 1830, in Jefiferson, Maine, and mar- 
ried Mary Elizabeth, daughter of John W. and 
Nancy (Foye) Paine, of Alma, Maine, where 
he resides. He received a common school ed- 
ucation, became a blacksmith by trade, is a 
Republican, and has been town treasurer and 
representative to the legislature. His religious 
affiliations are with the Baptists. Children r 
Clarence Ardeen, Beatrice and Winfield Scott. 

(VIII) Clarence Ardeen, eldest child and 
son of John Thurston and Mary E. (Paine) 
Peaslee, was born in Alma, ]\Iaine, August 16, 
1853, and married Augusta Maria, daughter of 
David and Sophia (Tutman) Hill, of Bath, 
IMaine. Dr. Peaslee received his preliminary 
training at the Maine Wesleyan Seminary, 
Kents Hill, graduated from the medical de- 
partment of Bowdoin College in 1883, New 
York Polyclinic School in 1894, New York 
Post-Graduate School in 1905, and London, 
England, Post-Graduate School in 1905. He 
settled in Wiscasset, Maine, and practiced his 
profession for twenty-one years. While there 
he was chairman of the board of selectmen, 
and representative to the legislature in 1895 
and 1899. He moved to Bath, Maine, in 1904, 
where he now resides, engaged in professional 
duties. He was president of the board of 
L^nited States pension examiners four years, 
at Bath, member of the Maine Medical Asso- 
ciation, American Medical Association, Maine 
Academy of Medicine, of which he was presi- 
dent in 1905-06. He stands in high repute as 
a physician, and is frequently called into con- 
sultation by other members of the craft in 
difficult cases. He is a Republican, and con- 
nected with the Central Congregational 
Church ; past master of Blue Lodge, Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons, past high priest of 
Royal Arch Chapter, member of Commandery 
and Mystic Shrine, and Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, past noble grand and past dis- 
trict deputy, past chancellor commander and 



past district deputy of the Knights of Pythias, 
and a member of the Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks of Bath, Maine, of which 
he is lecturing knight. 

Anthony Besse, immigrant an- 
BESSE cestor, was born in England in 
1609 and came to America in the 
ship "James," sailing from England in July, 
1635. He was a man of education, and used 
to preach to the Indians. He was among the 
first to remove from Lynn, Massachusetts, to 
Sandwich, on Cape Cod. He was before the 
court in 1638, and was one of the petitioners 
asking Mr. Leveredge to remain at Sandwich. 

1655. His widow Jane married the notorious 
George Barlow. In her will, dated August 6, 
1693, she bequeaths to her daughters, Anne 
Hallett, Elizabeth Bodfish, Rebecca Hunter, 
and sons, Nehemiah Besse and John Barlow. 
Anthony Besse's will is dated February 10, 

1656, his inventory May 21, 1657. He be- 
queaths to wife Jane, daughters Dorcas, Ann, 
Mary and Elizabeth ; sons Nehemiah and Da- 
vid, providing that if his mother in England 
should send over anything, as she had formerly 
done, it should be divided among all the chil- 
dren. Children : I. Anthony, who was of age 
in 1664. 2. Nehemiah, mentioned below. 3. 
David, born at Sandwich, May 23, 1649. 4- 
Anne, married Andrew Hallett. 5. Elizabeth, 
married Joseph Bodfish. 6. Rebecca, married 
Hunter. 7. Dorcas. 8. Mary. 

(II) Nehemiah, son of Anthony Besse, was 
born as early as 1641, for he was of age in 
1662. He was a townsman of Sandwich, in 
1675, the only one of the family: he was a 
freeman, on the list of 1678 ; was entitled to 
share lands at Sandwich on the list dated 
March 24, 1702. His name appears frequently 
in the town records and he was one of the 
most prominent citizens. He married Mary 

. Children, born at Sandwich : i. Mary, 

November 16, 1680, married Benjamin Curtis. 
2. Nehemiah, July 3, 1682. 3. Hannah, 1684- 
85, married, October 5. 1708, Thomas Jones. 
4. Robert, April 30, i6go, married. May 9, 
1712, Ruth Pray, of Bridgewater. 5. Joshua, 
February 14, 1692-93; married, at Wai'eham, 
September 17, 1743, Lydia Sandes, and re- 
moved to Wareham. 6. David. December 23, 
1693. married, July 18, 1717, Mary Pray. 7. 
Benjamin, September 20, 1696. 8. Ebenezer, 
mentioned below. 

(III) Ebenezer, son of Nehemiah Besse, 
was born in Sandwich, April 30, 1699. He 
removed to Wareham and was admitted to the 
church there July 20, 1740. All five of his 

brothers also located in Wareham. Robert 
Besse and his wife Ruth joined the First 
Church, April 18, 1742; David Besse and wife, 
July II, 1742; Joshua Besse, December 12, 
1742; Benjamin Besse's wife jMartha, July 22, 
1744, and Nehemiah's wife Sarah. Their de- 
scendants have been and are still very numer- 
ous in the town of Wareham. From the foun- 
dation of that town the Besse family has been 
one of the foremost in numbers and influence. 

Ebenezer married Deborah . Children, 

born at Wareham: i. Ann, December 16, 

1739, baptized in the First Church, July 27, 

1740. 2. Ruth, August 25, 1740, baptized Oc- 
tober 12, 1740. 3. Reuben, mentioned below. 

(I\') Reuben, son of Ebenezer Besse, was 
born May 12, 1745. He removed to Win- 

throp, Maine. He married Keziah . 

Children, born in Winthrop : i. Deborah, Oc- 
tober 19, 1768. 2. Reuben Jr., July 24, 1770, 
settled finally in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 
a town near Wareham. 3. Abigail, January 17, 
1773. 4. Jonathan, July 24. 1775, mentioned 
below. 5. Samuel : children, born in Winthrop : 
Alden, February 21, 1795; John, April 7, 
1797; Andrew Blunt, August 11, 1799. 

(V) Jonathan, son of Reuben Besse, was 
born in Winthrop, Maine, July 24, 1775. He 
married Asenath Smith. Among his children 
was Jonathan Belden, mentioned below. 

(VI) Jonathan Belden, son of Jonathan 
Besse, was born in 1820, in Wayne, Maine, a 
town near Winthrop, where his parents then 
lived. He died Majch 5, 1892, aged seventy- 
two years, in Albion, Maine. He was a tan- 
ner by trade. When a young man he was em- 
ployed as a tanner of sole leather by the 
Southwicks in \'assalborough, Maine. After- 
ward he worked for William Healy, a tanner 
at Albion, and eventually became the owner of 
the Healy tannery, at Albion Corners, and had 
a prosperous business. In 1878 he added to 
his business the tanning of sheep skins. After 
his son was admitted to partnership the busi- 
ness was conducted under the firm name of J. 
B. Besse & Son, and in 1890 he moved it to 
Clinton, Maine, and the firm built a tannery 
there, though Mr. Besse retained his residence 
in the town of Albion. Mr. Besse was a Re- 
publican in politics, and a prominent member 
of the Christian Church. He was a member 
of the Free Masons, Royal Arch Masons, Roy- 
al and Select Masters, and Knights Templar. 
He was a shrewd and successful business man, 
upright and honorable in his methods and of 
sound judgment. He commanded the respect 
and enjoyed the confidence of all his towns- 
men and was well known throughout his sec- 

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tion of the state. He was the first white child 
born in the town of Wayne, and he took no 
little pride in that fact and in the town itself. 
He married (first). July ii, 1852, at Albion, 
Isabella F., daughter of Lewis Hopkins, of 
Belgrade ; the ceremony was performed by Dr. 
A. P. Fuller; she died August 8, 1870, aged 
thirty-seven years ten months. He married 
(second), in Brunswick, December 4, 1872, 
by the Rev. E. Byrington, M. S. Springer, of 
Brunswick, born in Livermore, daughter of 
Nathaniel Springer. Children, by first wife : 
I. Mary Asenath, born in Albion, September 
5, 1853, died December 2, 1869. 2. George 
Byron, November 30, 1855, died October 13, 
1862. 3. Hannah B., August 28, 1857. 4. 
Frank Leslie, April 8, 1859, mentioned below. 
5. Everett B., 1861. 6. Byron, January 12, 
1865, died January 9, 1883. 7. Bertie, July 
16, 1868, died February 7, 1881. 

(VII) Frank Leslie, son of Jonathan Bel- 
den Besse. was born in Albion, April 8, 1859. 
He was educated in the public schools of his 
native town, and at the age of nineteen started 
to learn the trade of tanner in his father's 
business and was soon afterward admitted to 
partnership by his father. The firm name was 
J. B. Besse & Son during his father's life. 
He succeeded to the business, after his father 
died, and has conducted it under his own name 
to the present time. The business has grown 
to large proportions, the capacity of the tan- 
nery at Clinton being three thousand skins a 
day, employing a regular force of twenty 
journeymen. In addition to his extensive 
leather business, Mr. Besse conducts a large 
farm ; is president of the Clinton Electric Light 
and Power Company ; half-owner of the mill 
property on the Sebasticook dam ; president of 
the Besse, Osborne & Odell Company, a cor- 
poration engaged in the general leather trade, 
with ofSces at 51 South street, Boston; direc- 
tor of the People's National Bank of Water- 
ville ; trustee of the Central Institute at Pitts- 
field. Maine. He is a member of Sebasticook 
Lodge of Free Masons ; of Dunlap Chapter 
of China, Alaine ; of St. Omer Commandery, 
Knights Templar, of Waterville ; also of Pine 
Tree Lodge of Odd Fellows, of Clinton. He 
is an active and influential Republican, often 
serving as delegate to nominating conventions, 
member of the Republican county committee. 
He stands among the foremost business men of 
the town and county, and being of sound 
judgment and spotless integrity enjoys the 
confidence and esteem of all who know him. 
He has given freely of his means in projects 
supported by public spirit and for charity. He 

married, September 7, 1885, Mary Alberta 
Proctor, born September 7, 1865, in Albion, 
daughter of Albert and Mary (Whittier) 

The study of the history of the 

COOMBS Coombs family leads us far 
back into the past, among many 
contrasting conditions of life, and among peo- 
ple who spell their name in various ways. But 
wherever these historic trails lead us we dis- 
cover the same sturdy physical characteristics ; 
the same glowing patriotism ; the same unflag- 
ging industry ; the same untiring perseverance ; 
the same love of home ; the same triumphs 
over difficulties which at first, and even 
through long years might have seemed ap- 
palling to hosts of others. 

Sir Mathew Hale, in his "Norman People." 
gives many noble records of the family who 
spelled their name Combes, Combs and 
Coombs. Theobald Combes was of Normandy 
in 1180-1195, with noble sons Giselbert, Nigil 
and Richard. Robert Combes made the far 
year 1198 shine with his sturdy valor. Orli- 
dulph Comes lived as brave and true a life 
in Devon in 1272 ; as did also Sir Richard 
Comes. Roger and Nicholas Combes were in 
Oxford and other towns at an early date. 
Brownings "Americans of Royal Descent" 
shows one of the noblest of Coombs lines from 
William the Conqueror down to Matilda 
Woodhull of Princeton, daughter of Dr. John 
H. Woodhull and Ann Wycoff, who married 
Judge Joseph Coombs. 

The description of the coat-of-arms of the 
Coombs family in England is that of a man 
standing upright, with the hilt resting on the 
ground. The spear is represented as being 
broken oiY perhaps a foot from the point, but 
the bearer of it seems ready to face any foe 
with what remains of the weapon. The legend 
accompanying this device may be freely trans- 
lated, "He who fights shall win the victory." 
It has been said that the family name, which 
was spelled Comb, Combe, Coomb and 
Coombs, was from the Welch owmb (Cumb 
or Coomb), meaning a narrow valley. But 
Scotland, too, is a land of oombs, or valleys, 
and here are found many of the Coombs name, 
some of them being men of considerable note. 
Some spell their name McComb, and some of 
their descendants in America still retain the 
name in that form, though the majority spell 
it Coombs. 

(I) The large majority of the members of 
the Coombs family in the New England States, 
and of those which are so w'idely scattered 


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over the west, trace their origin to a sturdy 
ancestor, Anthony Coombs, who was born in 
France about 1656 and came to America about 
1674, landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts. 
From thence he removed to New Meadows, 
near Brunswick, Maine, buying a large tract 
of land of the Indians. Being driven from 
thence by the savages he removed to Massa- 
chusetts, where he died ; but some of his chil- 
dren returned to the lands in Maine, and be- 
came, like those of the family who remained 
in Massachusetts, the ancestors of many no- 
ble, patriotic men and women, all records for 
our country's struggles for liberty being 
starred many times with the names of Coombs 
patriots. The name of the Coombs ancestor 
at New Meadows, INIaine, is spelled Allister, 
in the old records. He was married, Septem- 
ber 5, 1688, to "Dorkas" Woodin. This an- 
cestor, Anthony Coombs, is said to have been 
of one of the best French families, and by his 
father was designed for a priest, but his noble 
spirit revolted at the restrictions laid upon the 
priesthood. He soon found that an old friend 
of his had a portion of the English Bible, 
which he diligently read in secret. He was so 
impressed by the sincerity and faith of this 
old man, and by what he read in the Bible, 
that he determined to become an earnest Chris- 
tian, though he knew the discovery of this 
purpose meant death for him. At length he 
ventured to talk about this with his mother, 
and found that she held the same ideas which 
made his life have such a new meaning. She 
aided him with money and means to escape on 
a vessel to America, though she well knew 
that she might never again look into the face 
of this beloved son. No wonder that, with 
such an ancestry as this, the members of the 
Coombs family through long generations have 
been men and women of noblest thought and 
Christian faith. 

(II) Lieutenant Peter, son of Anthony and 
Dorcas (Woodin) Coombs, was born 1690 at 
New Meadows, and died there March 30, 1768. 
His wife's Christian name was Joanna, and 
they were the parents of : George, Anthony, 
Peter, Samuel, Caleb, Asa and Abigail. 

(III) Anthony (2), second son of Lieuten- 
ant Peter and Joanna Coombs, was born about 
1715, probably at Gloucester, Massachusetts, 
and lived for a time upon the paternal lands 
at New IMeadows (now a part of Brunswick), 
whither he removed about 1750; thence he re- 
moved to the town of Islesboro, Maine, where 
he was town officer in 1789, and died in 181 5, 
at the age of one hundred years. His wife, 
Ruth (surname unknown), survived him about 

eleven years, dying in 1826. They had seven 
sons and two daughters, but the names of the 
latter are not preserved. The sons were : An- 
thony, Jesse, Robert, Ephraim, Benjamin and 

(IV) Jesse, second son of Anthony (2) and 
Ruth Coombs, was probably born at Glouces- 
ter, Massachusetts. He removed with his fa- 
ther to Islesboro, Maine, and died there Sep- 
tember 5, 1823. He was married April 16, 
1794, to Hannah, daughter of William Rich- 
ards, of Bristol, Maine. She died November 
16, 1859, in Islesboro. where all their children 
were born, viz. : Jesse, Sally, Othniel, Wealthy, 
Temperance, Rebecca, Philip, Pillsbury, Lucin- 
da, Hannah and Cyrena. 

(V) Othniel, second son of Jesse and Han- 
nah (Richards) Coombs, was born June 25, 
1799, in Islesboro, where he passed his life. 
He was a man of remarkable energy and in- 
dustry and was governed by the highest prin- 
ciples of honor in all his dealings. He was 
therefore much esteemed and respected, and 
died mourned by most of the inhabitants in 
the town. His old age was passed in the care 
of his youngest son. Joseph, who inherited the 
paternal estate. His marriage intentions were 
published April 2"/, 1816, and the \vedding no 
doubt occurred very soon thereafter, the bride 
being Sally Marshall, of Islesboro. Their chil- 
dren were: i. Sarah, born November 20, 
1818, married William Farrow of Islesboro. 
2. Lois, February 6, 1821, married Henry Rue, 
of Islesboro. 3. llydia J., April 6, 1832, married 
Samuel Coombs. 4. Arphaxad, February 12, 
1826. 5. Martin S., IMarch 30, 1829, married 
Catherine Thomas, died September 8, 1868; his 
children : Wellington, born September 16, 
1854: Eliza C, October 26, 1857; Robert P., 
May 3, i860. 6. Lucenia, June 10, 1831, died 
w'hen sixteen years old. 7. Mary Ann, Feb- 
ruary I, 1835, died April, 1838. 8. Eliza F., 
November 22, 1837, died November 26, 1857. 
9. George A., August 30, 1840, married Lydia 
Burgess. 10. Joseph L. S., September 24, 
1842, married Lucy Parker. 

(VI) Arphaxad, eldest son of Othniel and 
Sally (Marshall) Coombs, was born Febru- 
ary 12, 1826, in Islesboro, and died in New 
York, November i, 1883. In 1838 he went 
to sea as cabin boy, and worked up to master 
mariner. In 1875 he left the high seas and en- 
gaged in the towing business in New York 
Citv. He was a member of the Masonic fra- 
ternity and a Congregationalist in religion. 
He married Harriet L. Coombs, daughter of 
Fields and Betsey (Ames) Coombs, of Isles- 
boro. She was born October 15, 1827, and 

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died September lo, 1897. They were the 
parents of three sons and two daughters: i. 
Arphaxad, died at the age of twenty years. 
2. Angehna, married (first) George Russell, 
of Belfast, and (second) Roscoe Robbins, and 
resides in Union, Maine. 3. Hattie I., born 
July 8, 1857, died March 3, 1897, while the 
wife of Arthur Paine, of Camden. 4. Preston 
W., born July 14, 1863, died March 7, 1901. 
5. James Bliss, mentioned below. 

(VII) James Bliss, youngest child of Ar- 
phaxad and Harriet L. (Coombs) Coombs, 
was born July 12, 1865, in Islesboro, and re- 
ceived a limited education in the public schools 
of Belfast, Maine, and Brooklyn, New York. 
He came to the latter city at the age of eleven 
years and one year later became an office boy 
with Miller & Houghton, in business on South 
street, Manhattan, and here he continued five 
years. Before beginning his business career 
he attended school one year in Brooklyn. At 
the age of seventeen he took employment with 
L. W. & P. Armstrong, merchants, sugar ex- 
porters and importers and steamship agents, 
in New York. Since that time he has remained 
continuously connected with this firm, and in 
1903 became one of its partners. His keen in- 
terest in the business and activity in its pro- 
motion has contributed in considerable degree 
to the success of the establishment. He was 
formerly a member of the Union League Club 
of Brooklyn, and is now an active member 
of the Marine and Field clubs in that city, the 
Indian Harbor Yacht Club, and of the Produce 
and Maritime exchanges of New York. He 
is a trustee of the Bedford Presbyterian 
Church of Brooklyn, and in politics is an 
earnest and straightforward Republican. He 
is one of the Sons of Maine who have gone 
out into the world and achieved success unaid- 
ed, amidst the crushing competitions of a great 
city. He married, June 10, 1896, Lulu Tirrell, 
a native of Boston, daughter of Isaac and 
Sarah Tirrell, of Brooklyn, New York. 

(HI) Peter (2), third son of Peter (i) and 
' Joanna Coombs, was a resident of Brunswick. 

(IV) Hosea, probably son of Peter (2) 
Coombs, removed from Brunswick to Isles- 
boro and settled on the next lot below Sab- 
bath Harbor. He married (first), September 
25, 1782, Elizabeth Page, supposed to be either 
a daughter or sister of Rev. Solomon Page, 
who was the minister of Bath, Maine, about 
1762. Peter Coombs married (second), Sep- 
tember II, 1 81 3, Judith (Maddocks) Buck- 
more, a widow. Their children were probably : 
Simon, Fields, Hosea, Otis, Solomon Page, 
Jeremiah, Betsey. Isaac and John. 

(V) Captain Fields, second son of Hosea 
and Elizabeth (Page) Coombs, was born Jan- 
uary, 1786, in Islesboro, where he passed his 
life and died May 2, 1848. He married, De- 
cember 26, 1814, Betsey Ames, who died Au- 
gust 15, 1865, aged seventy-nine years and 
five months. Their children: i. Emeline, 
born May 17, 1816, died January, 1892; mar- 
ried Thomas H. Parker, February 6, 1839. 2. 
Eliza J., March 23, 1817, married Mark Pen- 
dleton Jr.. 1837. 3. Otis, 1819, died March, 
1820. 4. Otis F., February 22, 1821, married 
Angelina Veazie, who died December 19, 1891. 
5. Catherine, February 23, 1823, died August 
9, 1826. 6. Deborah, April 27. 1825, married 
(first) Otis C. Veazie, January 21, 1844, (sec- 
ond) John Veazie, who died i'888. 7. Lincoln, 
August 3, 1830, married Louisa Farnsworth. 

8. Charles A., February 22, 1832, married 
(first) Euraina Veazie, (second) Helen Smith. 

9. Theresa, March 11, 1835, died January 9, 
1838. 10. Edwin, October 29, 1837, married 
(first) Louisa IMarshal, January 29, i860,, 
(second) Augusta \'eazie, September 25. 1864. 
Otis F. Coombs represented the town in the 
legislature and was the first master of Island 
Lodge of Free Masons. He was postmaster,, 
town clerk, and a man of honor and esteem. 
He died on board his vessel, the brig, "Caro- 
line Eddy," in the Mediterranean .Sea. Decem- 
ber 19, 1877, and was buried in Islesboro with 
Masonic rites. 

Many members of the Coombs 
COOIMBS family appeared in America at 
early dates, and trace their ori- 
gin to England. John Coombs was a passen- 
ger on a ship from London, October 13, 1635, 
and is considered to be the same John Coombs 
who was at Plymouth, Massachusetts, at an 
early date. 

The old records of Boston. Massachusetts, 
contain mention of several worthy citizens who 
bore the name of Coombs. None of the de- 
scendants left statements which prve how these 
were related to or if they were near relatives 
of John Coombs, of Plymouth. One of the ear- 
liest Coombs records in Boston mentions the 
marriage of one John Coombs to Elizabeth 
Barlow on February 24, 1661. His children 
were : Elizabeth ; John, who was born July 20, 
1664. and daughters Mary and Sarah. The 
son John was a famous "Taylor" in Boston, 
and had by his wife, Elizabeth, children: 
Thomas, Peter and Mary, and two sons John, 
one of whom died young, the other John being 
a very successful mariner, who made his will 
at Boston, September 26, 1751. mentioning his 


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wife Elizabeth and children John, Jonathan 
and Elizabeth. One of the executors of this 
will was Philip Coombs, of Newbury, Massa- 

(I) Philip Coombs was a shipwright at 
Newbury, JMassachusetts, in 1751, and appears 
to have resided in that town for many years. 
He was a man of great constructive skill, and 
was a townsman of excellent'repute. The chil- 
dren born to him by his wife Lydia at New- 
bury are thus named in the old records : Will- 
iam, mentioned below; Martha, ]\Iay 29, 1739; 
Betty, June 8, 1744. 

(II) William, only son of Philip (i) 
Coombs, was born September, 1736. 

(III) Philip (2), son of William Coombs, 
was a man of very sturdy, enterprising 
character, who removed to Bangor, Maine, 
in 1814, becoming a very successful mer- 
chant there, and one who was highly re- 
spected by all who knew him. "In 1836 Philip 
Coombs, one of the original settlers of Ban- 
gor, with his son Philip H. and his son-in-law 
Frederick Hobbs, Esq., conveyed to the city of 
Bangor what was then called 'Coombs City 
Common,' containing five acres, to be forever 
kept as a park. During the administration of 
Mayor Arthur Chapin the name of this park 
was changed to Chapin Park." 

(IV) Philip Henry, son of Philip (2) 
Coombs, was born in Newburyport, Massachu- 
setts, February 21, 1803, died November 22, 
1 87 1. He moved to Bangor, Maine, when he 
was a lad and became a very successful mer- 
chant in that city. He was widely noted for 
his great executive ability, his honest dealings 
with all classes of customers, and for his grand 
help in all matters of public interest. He was 
a member of the First Congregational Society 
of Bangor, and a Republican in politics. He 
married Eliza Boardman, born August 26, 
1805, died j\lay 25, 1873. They had several 
children, only two who arrived at maturity : 
I. Fred H., born May i, 1832, died December 
16, 1887, unmarried ; he was a successful civil 
engineer and city engineer of Bangor. 2. 
Philip, see forward. 

(V) Phihp (3), son of Philip Henry 
Coombs, was born in Bangor, August 5, 1833. 
died November 9, 1906. He graduated from 
the high school of that city, and at an early 
age became a bookkeeper and an expert ac- 
countant. One of the many obituaries of him 
states : "Mr. Coombs was a man who was 
recognized as the very soul of honor and 
probity. He was scrupulously exact in all busi- 
ness matters, and used the utmost care in every 
detail of his work. He was deeply interested 

in all charitable and religious work, and along 
all such lines did as much as several men 
usually do. He was willing to go without 
many things which seemed quite essential to 
his comfort if only the poor could be cheered 
and the cause of religion advanced. His death 
will be regretted by a large circle of friends." 
Philip Coombs married Sarah F., daughter of 
the Rev. Richard Woodhull, and descended 
from a long line of ancestry. The mother of 
Sarah F. Woodhull was Sarah Forbes, daugh- 
ter of William Forbes, the second postmaster 
at Bangor, Maine, who was appointed to that 
office April i, 1804. William Forbes took up 
one of the original settlers' lots on the Penob- 
scot river, near the present Mount Hope ceme- 
.tery, at what is called Red Bridge, and the 
farm has ever since been owned in the family. 
It is now occupied by the widow of Charles H. 
Forbes, son of William Forbes. Philip Coombs 
and wife had six children, one of whom died 
in infancy. The others were: i. Philip Hen' 
ry. 2. Eliza Boardman, married Rev. J. G. 
Smiley. 3. Mary Woodhull, married Dr. Fred- 
erick M. Brown. 4. Caroline, married Henry 
E. Kelley. 5. Helen, who is unmarried and 
resides in Connecticut. 

(VI) Philip Henry (2), son of Philip (3) 
and Sarah F. (Woodhull) Coombs, was born' 
in Bangor, Maine, December 24, 1856. He 
has always resided at Bangor. He entered in 
1875 the engineering office of his uncle, Fred 
H. Coombs, where he learned civil engineering. 
After the death of his uncle, in 1887, he en- 
tered into partnership with T. W. Baldwin. 
Since 1892 Mr. Coombs has been in sole con- 
trol, and has a very large business, which 
reaches far and wide outside of the city. Foi' 
over twenty years Mr. Coombs has been city 
engineer for Bangor. It is very interesting to 
notice that this civil engineering office was 
started by the great-uncle of Mr. Coombs, 
William Coombs, over seventy years ago, and 
then continued by his nephew, Fred H. 
Coombs, and then as stated by Philip H. Mr. 
Coombs is consulted on important matters by 
people all over his native state. The following 
list of the achievements of Philip H. Coombs 
was furnished by the American Society of 
Civil Engineers : "Assistant on original sur- 
vey for location of Penobscot Chemical Fiber 
Company, Pulp Mills, Great Works, ]\Iaine, 
in 1881. Acting resident engineer on the con- 
struction of canal and mill, 1882 and 1883, for 
T. W. Baldwin ; civil engineer from the time 
of breaking ground until the mill was suc- 
cessfully running. Original cost of this mill 
about $150,000. This was the first large pulp 

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mill erected in Maine. Resident engineer in 
laying out and construction of pulp and paper 
mill, Eastern Manufacturing Company, at 
Brewer, Maine, 1889, this costing about $200,- 
000. Resident engineer pulp and paper mill, 
Orono Pulp and Paper Company, Basin ]\Iills, 
Orono, Maine. iSgo, the work costing about 
$250,000. Resident engineer Pulp and Paper 
Company, Webster Paper Company, Orono, 
Maine, 1890, cost about $250,000. Engineer 
on laying out Bangor, Maine, street railway, 
1888. This was the first electric road built in 
Maine, and among the first to be successfully 
operated in the United States. Original length 
of this road, one and one-half miles. Mr. 
Coombs has been engaged as engineer in lay- 
ing out and improving roads for several com- 
panies centering in Bangor most of the time 
since 1888 up to date. City engineer and su- 
perintendent of sewers, Bangor, from Novem- 
ber, 1883, until March, 1893, inclusive. City 
engineer, 1 894-99- 1 90 1 -02-03-04-05-06-07-08. 
The cost of sewers constructed during these 
years was $323,348. The cost of bridges con- 
structed in that time, $201,777. Mr. Coombs 
was principal assistant with city engineers 
from 1875 to 1882, inclusive. He made the 
plans, specifications and contracts, and super- 
intended the construction of the masonry pier 
and abutments for Kenduskeag Bridge in 1884 
and 1889, and for masonry pier for Franklin 
street bridge in 1885, the cost of both being 
$60,000. This work was done jointly by the 
city of Bangor and the United States govern- 
ment, the government first approving the de- 
signs, plans and specifications and finally ac- 
cepting the work and paying one-half the cost. 
He made surveys and plans with profiles for 
sewer system for towns as follows: 1892, 
De.xter, Maine, estimated cost to complete, 
$54,000; 1894, Dover, Maine, estimated cost to 
complete, $30,000: 1904, Foxcroft, Maine, es- 
timated cost, $30,000; 1904, Newport, Maine, 
estimated cost, $20,000. Engineer on survey, 
plans and specifications, contract and in charge 
of construction for sewer system for a part of 
the city of Brewer, Maine, in 1898, cost $10,- 
000. In 1901, same kind of work for Maine 
State Prison, cost about $6,500. Engineer on 
original and subsequent sewerage. Eastern 
Maine Insane Hospital, from purchase of the 
property in 1899 to date. Principal construc- 
tion, 1895 to 1900. Administrations of three 
different commissions. Made plans, specifica- 
tions and contract for engineering construc- 
tion, among which may be mentioned earth 
and ledge excavations, about $45,000; sewer 
system, about $1,500; a deep well water sup- 

ply sufficient for one thousand patients, cost 
about $2,500; and the building of about one- 
half of the macadam road on the grounds; 
also designed what landscape work was done. 
Cost of this institution, about $300,000. Resi- 
dent engineer on construction and completion 
of foundation and building of Stewart Free 
Library, Corinna, IMaine, 1897-98, including 
design and laying out of grounds ; cost about 
$45,000. On this work Mr. Coombs also acted 
as agent of the owners, who lived in Minne- 
apolis, Minnesota. Engineer engaged in or- 
iginal survey for water works system. Dexter, 
Maine, in 1898, and on survey, plan, specifica- 
tions and construction of system, including 
concrete reservoir of five hundred thousand 
gallons capacity, in 1903 ; cost of system built, 
about $50,000. One of the two commissioners 
authorized by the Maine legislature in 1901 
and appointed by the Penobscot Log Driving 
Company on a hydraulic survey of the Penob- 
scot river. West Branch watershed, to investi- 
gate and determine present storage, need of 
increased storage for log driving, manufac- 
turing and other purposes. This survey cov- 
ered two years and cost $13,000. Reported to 
the legislature of 1903, upon which legislation 
and business transactions have since been 
based. Mr. Coombs is still engaged by the 
Penobscot Log Driving Company, principally 
on hydraulic work. Chief engineer for the 
Bangor Terminal Railway Company on sur- 
vey, location, etc., of six miles of road con- 
templated to connect Bangor with the North- 
ern Maine seaport branch of the Bangor and 
Aroostook railway at Hermon, Maine, con- 
struction pending. Engineer on working 
plans and in charge of construction of Chapin 
Park, Bangor, 1899 and 1901, cost about 
$8,000. Same position on working plans, spe- 
cifications, contract under charge of construc- 
tion of Broadway Park, Bangor, 1904 and 
1905 ; cost, about $10,000. Same position on 
survey, plan and design for Summit Park, 
Bangor, 1904; estimated cost, $5,000. Engi- 
neer on design, plan, specifications, inspection 
of construction, etc., of fishways for Maine 
Fisheries Commissioners from 1889 to pres- 
ent date." 

Mr. Coombs is deeply interested in Masonic 
work ; is an active member of Rising Vir- 
tue Lodge, No. 10, F. and A. M.. of which he 
is past master; Mt. Moriah Chapter, No. 6, 
R. A. M., of which he is high priest; Bangor 
Council, R. and S. ^I., of which he is master; 
St. John's Commandery, No. 3, K. T., of 
which he is eminent commander ; Eastern Star 
Lodge of Perfection ; Palestine Council, 


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Princes of Jerusalem; Ancient and Accepted 
Scottish Rite, thirty-second degree. He is also 
an Odd Fellow, member of the Masonic Club, 
and the American Society of Civil Engineers. 
Mr. Coombs married Millie M., daughter of 
Samuel B. and Mary Proctor (Burr) Field; 
two children : Grace Field, born September 
6, 1886; Leola Woodhull, March 10, 1889. 
Samuel B. Field was born at Carmel, Maine, 
October 4, 1817, died November 19, 1902; he 
was a very faithful soldier in the civil war, 
mustered in December 12, 1861, first lieuten- 
ant of Company C, Second Regiment of Alaine 
Volunteers ; he was a charter member of B. H. 
Beal Post, No. 12, Grand Army of the Re- 

The immigrant ancestor of this 
COOMBS branch of the Coombs family 

was of French Huguenot an- 
cestry. All we know of him is that he came 
to America, lived for a time in Plymouth 
county, Alassachusetts, and then at Newbury- 
port. He was doubtless a seafaring man and 
there is reason to believe that he died when 
a young man. There are many reasons for 
thinking him a grandson or at least a near 
relative of Henry Coombs, of Marblehead. 
who is the progenitor of a large part of the 
Coombs families of America. He, too, was 
French in descent, though of English birth 
probably. Henry Coombs had land laid out 
to him in Marblehead, December 22, 1648; 
had charge of the ferry in that town in 1661 ; 
died 1669 ; children of Henry and wife Eliza- 
beth : i. Henry, settled in Salem Village and 
had a son John, who died in 1690; ii. Hum- 
phrey, born 1635, married Bathsheba Ray- 
mond : iii. Deborah ; iv. Elizabeth ; v. Mi- 
chael, resided in Marblehead ; vi. Susannah, 
married, October 22, 1668, Francis Grant; 
vii. Richard, died January. 1693-94. Children 
of the Maine family's progenitor: i. Peter, 
came to Brunswick, Maine, about 1730, and 
settled at Havard's Point a short distance be- 
low the Bartlett Adams place, removed to the 
Freeman Gross place near Harding Station ; 
children : George, Peter, Samuel. Caleb. 2. 
Anthony, mentioned below. 3. John, settled 
on Great Island, Harpswell, Maine, and was 
grandfather of Elisha, Anthony, John and 
Isaac Coombs of that town. We find John 
Coombs, born August 14, 1695, at Hull, Mas- 
sachusetts, son of Thomas and Elizabeth 
Coombs, probably the pioneer ancestors of this 

(II) Anthony Coombs, son of the immi- 
grant, was born in 171 5. He went to Bruns- 

wick, Maine, with his two brothers. He set- 
tled on the James Larrabee place. He re- 
moved to Islesborough, Maine, where he was 
one of the first settlers. He was a prominent 
citizen and held various offices. He sold his 
farm at Islesborough to Mighall Parker, Au- 
gust 6, 1791, and spent his last years in 
Brunswick, where he died in 1815 at the age 
of one hundred years. His widow Ruth died 
1826. Children: i. Anthony Jr., died Jan- 
uary 8, 1735, a town officer; married Hannah 
Holbrook. 2. Jesse, married, April 16, 1794, 
Hannah Richards, of Bristol. 3. Robert, men- 
tioned below. 4. Ephraim, died January 9, 
1812, aged thirty-si.x. 5. Benjamin, married, 
June 16. 1 791, Abigail Williams, who died 
July 13, 1842. 6. Jonathan, married, Novem- 
ber 16, 1790, Martha Warren and removed to 
Albion, Maine. 7. Abiezer, married, Novem- 
ber 23, 1823, Marv Burke; he died October 3, 
1861 ; she died May 5, 1881. 

(III) Robert, son of Anthony Coombs, was 
born in Islesborough or New Meadows 
(Brunswick) about 1755. He lived in West 
Bay, Islesborough, near Jeremiah Hatch. He 
married, July 10, 1790, Lucy Thomas. He 
may have been a soldier in the revolution, 
though the record has not been found. Of 
the revolutionary soldiers of the family we 
find from Brunswick alone Fields Coombs, 
Benjamin Coombs, Hezekiah Coombs, Joseph 
Stout Coombs and Nathan Coombs. Robert 
Coombs was a captain in the coasting trade, 
and like many of the privateers in the revolu- 
tion his contribution to the cause, if any, might 
not be found in the printed rolls. He married 
(second) . Children, born in Isles- 
borough: I. Robert Jr., June 25, 1783, men- 
tioned below. 2. Jacob, March 31, 1785, mar- 
ried Prudence Turner (intentions dated April 
15, 1821). 3. Lucy, February 28, 1787, mar- 
ried, October 7, 1816, Otho Abbott, of Mont- 
ville, Maine. 4. Jesse, April 4, 1789. married 
Desire Turner, March 2, 181 6. 5. Isaac, Feb- 
ruary 9, 1790, married Betsey Boardman. 6. 
Luther, June 3, 1805, married Dean Basford, 
of Belfast, May 9, 1828. 7. Catherine, May 
13, 1809, married Charles Bagley, of Belfast. 
8. Louisa, July 18, 181 1, married, June 21, 
1832, Arthur Farnsworth. Child of his sec- 
ond wife: 9. Isaiah, August 16, 1838. 

(IV) Robert (2), son of Robert (i) 
Coombs, was born in Islesborough, June 25, 
1783. He began to go to sea when a boy, 
and led the life of a sailor during his youth 
and early manhood. In 1830 he removed to 
Belfast, Maine, and purchased a farm of some 
sixty acres, where he lived the remainder of 



■his life, and died July 9, 1862. He married, 
December 25, 1823, Jane Gilkey, born in Isles- 
borough, April 9. 1807, died in Belfast, Au- 
gust I, 1884. Children: i. Lucy Jane, born 

'September 5. 1824, died January 23, 1827. 2. 
Statira Preble, April 13, 1826. 3. Robert H., 
July 3, 1828, mentioned below. 4. Lucretia 

■ Mary, married A. J. Macomber. 5. Lorenzo 
D., Noyerpber 20, 183 1, was a forty-niner. 6. 

. Charles Henry, went to California in 1853, 
and not heard from since 1865, when he 
joined a company of cavalry and took part in 

'- the close of the civil war. 7. Ludia Jane, 
March 15, 1835. 8. Hollis M., March 15, 1837, 
resides ,in Providence, Rhode Island. 9. 
Franklin S., January 5, 1839. 10. Philip G., 

-resides in Belfast. 11. Royal Augustus, 
drowned while bathing at the age of fifteen. 
12. Caroline F., died young. 13. Welcome 
Jordan, resides on the homestead. 14. Emma 
Frances, married Charles Hayes. 

(V) Captain Robert H., son of Robert 
Coombs, was born in Islesborough, Maine, 
July 3, 1828, and died in Belfast. Maine, No- 
vember 7, 1897. He had but a limited educa- 
tion, entering on his career as a sailor when 
but nine years old. He went first as cook on 
a coasting vessel, and at the age of sixteen 
was master of the schooner "Jane" of Belfast. 
After that he commanded a variety of craft, 
including the schooner "Dime," "Eri," "Royal 
Welcome," "Tippecanoe," "Pensacola," "Fred 
Dyer," "Lydia Brooks," the brig "Russian," 
the bark "P. R. Hazeltine," the bark "Diana," 
the ship "Live Oak," the ship "Cora," named 
for his daughter. During the war he sailed 
the "Diana," under the Hanoverian flag, from 
America to India and to the Lhiited Kingdom. 
In the spring of 1865 he sold this vessel in 
Copenhagen. In the "Cora" he sailed round 
the world, touching at Chinese ports and 
others on the Pacific coast, and for twenty 
years his vessel was not on the American coast. 
About 1880 he returned to Belfast and gave 
up sea-going for the remainder of his life. 
He engaged in the furniture trade and under- 
taking business in Belfast. In politics he was 
a Republican. He was a member of the Ma- 
sonic fraternity, and his diploma was a most 
interesting document, coming from the Grand 
Orient in Paris, where he was made an M. M., 
bearing indorsements from many lodges ; from 
Excelsior Lodge in Buenos Ayres in 1862; 
New Zealand Lodge. Wellington, New Zea- 
land, 1866; Bute Lodge, Cardiff, Wales, 1859; 
Mount Moriah Lodge, New Orleans, 1859; 
Lodge of Love, Falmouth, Cornw^all, England, 
i860; Rising Star. Bombay, September, 1876: 

St. Andrew Lodge, Calcutta. 1877; and St, 
John Lodge, Hong Kong, China, 1880. His 
home membership was with Phoenix Lodge, 
No. 24, Belfast, Maine. He married, June 11, 
1850, Harriet E. Pendleton, born April 13, 
1 83 1, died June 7, 1894, daughter of Jared 
Pendleton, of Belfast. Children: i. Walter 
H., resides in Belfast. 2. Cora J.. September 
18, 1852, married Alexander Leith and had 
two children. 3. Daughter, died young. 4. 
Charles R., March 20, 1862, mentioned be- 

(\T) Charles R., son of Captain Robert H. 
Coombs, was born in Belfast, March 20, 1862. 
He attended the public schools of Belfast. 
When he was but ten years old he went to 
England with his mother, and while there con- 
tinued his schooling for two years. When he 
returned home he took a course in the Bryant 
& Stratton Business College in Boston. He 
became associated in business with his father 
in February, 1882, under the firm name of 
Robert H. Coombs & Son, undertakers and 
dealers in furniture, in Belfast. Their busi- 
ness was prosperous and the partnership con- 
tinued until the father's death in 1897. Since 
then the junior partner has been the sole pro- 
prietor. In 1900 he sold the furniture store 
and business and has devoted his attention ex- 
clusively to the undertaking business. In pol- 
itics he is a Republican. He is a member of 
Phcenix Lodge of Free Masons, Belfast, and 
at present its worshipful master. He is a 
member also of the Corinthian Chapter, Royal 
Arch Masons, of Belfast, and of King Solo- 
mon Council, Royal and Select Masters ; also 
of Waldo Lodge of Odd Fellows, Belfast ; of 
Penobscot Encampment and Aurora Lodge of 
Rebekahs. In religion he is a L'nitarian. He 
married, September 4, 1902, Helena C. Mat- 
thews, born January 11, 1872, daughter of 
Charles and Carrie Matthews, of Belfast. They 
have no children. 

Henry Coombs was of Marble- 
COOMBS head, Massachusetts, as early 

as December 22, 1648, when he 
with others had lots of land laid out in the 
swamp. On April 11. 1653, he sold a cow 
lease to John Legg, and in 1656 was elected 
"way warden." In 1661 he had temporary 
charge of the ferry, near which he appears to 
have lived. In 1667 he was complained against 
for having uttered alleged slanderous reports 
concerning the minister at Marblehead, the 
Rev. Mr. Walton, saying that "he preached 
nothing but lies, and that he could prove him 
to be a knave." Henry Coombs was a fisher- 



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man. The inventorv of his estate was taken 
September 16, 1669, by Henry Bartholomew, 
Moses Maverick and Hilliard Veren. His 

wife was Elizabeth , and administration 

was granted on her estate June 13, 1709, to 
her son-in-law, Francis Grant, and his wife 
Susannah, the latter the youngest daughter 
of the decedent. Henry and Elizabeth Coombs 
.had seven children: i. Henry, was living in 
1690, when he was in Salem, Massachusetts, 
and settled the estate of his brother John. 2. 
Humphrey, born about 1635. married, July 

29. 1659, Bathsheba Rayment (Raymond), 
'daughter of Richard Rayment, of Seabrook, 

Connecticut. 3. Deborah, who married 

House. 4. Elizabeth, who married Thomas 
Trevey. 5. Midiael (see post). 6. Susannah, 
■who married, October 22, 1668, Francis Grant, 
■of ;\Iarblehead, and had nine children: Mary, 
born July 16, 1669, died young; Susannah, 
August 19, 1671. died before 1718, married, 
July 4, 1692, Thomas White ; Francis, No- 
vember 25, 1673; Sarah, August 24, 1675, 

:married Merritt ; Jane, August 29, 

1679, married Knight; John, August 

30, 1682; David, November 14, 1684, died be- 
fore 1718; Henry, July 30, 1687; Mary, April 
12, 1694, married Pitman. 7. Rich- 
ard, died January, 1693-94; married Margaret 
, and had one child, Bridget, born Feb- 
ruary 25, 1689, married, January 10, 1710, 
John Lapthorne. 

(H) Michael, son of Henry and Elizabeth 

Coomlas, married Joanna , and by her 

had two children: Michael (see post) and 
Joshua, born February 23, 1670-71, no further 

(HI) Michael (2). son of Michael (i) and 
Joanna Coombs, was born ^Marcli 22, 1668-69, 
and died July 26, 1730. He was witness to 
a nuncupative will made by Thomas Rhoades, 
of Marblehead, to John Sampson, on board 
the ship "Essex" at sea, wherein it was agreed 
that if either died during the voyage the sur- 
vivor should have whatever clothes and wages 
the other possessed at the time of his decease. 
It so happened that Sampson was killed during 
the voyage. Mr. Coombs married, July 12, 
1694, Ruth Rhoades and had six children: i. 
Joanna, baptized May 19, 1695, married, De- 
cember 29, 171 5, Benjamin Girdler. 2. Rich- 
ard, baptized February 14, 1696-97. 3. Josh- 
ua (see post). 4. Michael, born February 28, 
1702-03, died January, 1782; married (first), 
March 12, 1724-25, Remember White, daugh- 
ter of Thomas and Susanna (Grant) White. 
Their children were Mary, baptized December 
II, 1726; Ruth, baptized September 28, 1729, 

died in infancy; Ruth, baptized June 30, 1731, 
died November 8, 1814, married, June 18, 
1751, Mark Haskell; Thomas, baptized No- 
vember 25, 1733, died December, 1764. 5. 
Ruth, baptized iMarch 25, 1705, married, June 
12, 1726, John Down, of St. Island, New 
Hampshire. 6. Elizabeth, baptized July 26, 
1 71 3, no further record. 

(IV) Joshua, son of Michael (2) and Ruth 
(Rhoades) Coombs, was baptized June 11, 
1699, and died before February 27, 1764, the 
date his will was proved. He was a member 
of St. Michael's Episcopal Church of Marble- 
head. He married, January 29, 1721, Mary 
Goree, and by her had four children: i. Mi- 
chael (see post). 2. Susaimah, married a Mr. 
Nicholson. 3. Joanna, married a ]\Ir. Nelson. 
4. Richard, date of birth unknown, died young. 

(Y) Michael (3), son of Joshua and Mary 
(Goree) Coombs, was baptized February 25, 
1727-28, and died in 1806. During the revo- 
lution he cast his fortunes with the British, 
and having become a Tory he fled from home 
and all his property, with that of other Tories 
in the vicinity of Marblehead, was confiscated. 
In regard to his movements the following an- 
nouncement was made by the committee of 
correspondence at Marblehead, in June, 1781, 
through Jonathan Glover, chairman of the 
committee : "This may certify that Mr. Mi- 
chael Coombs, late an inhabitant of Marble- 
head, in said county (Essex), mariner, has 
absented himself for 3 weeks and upwards 
from the usual place of his abode and we 
verily believe went to our enemies." On Feb- 
ruary 19, 1782, Michael Coombs' wife present- 
ed a petition to the general court asking that 
a portion of his estate which had been con- 
fscated should be set off and sold, which re- 
quest was granted and one-third of it was set 
oft", including the !iiouse and the land around it, 
located "on training field hill." On January 4, 
1753, Michael Coombs married Sarah Girdler. 
In his will he mentions only one son, Nicholas 
(VI), to whom he gives his great coat, and 
to Joshua, son of said Nicholas, he gave all 
the rest of his wearing apparel. To his wife 
Sarah he gave one-third part of his real es- 

(VII) Joshua, son of Nicholas Coombs and 
grandson of Michael Coombs, of both of whom 
mention is made in the preceding paragraph, 
was born in Bowdoin, Maine, July 7, 1775, and 
died November 29, 185 1. He married Mary 

, who was born December 7, 1772, and 

died in October, 1843. 

(VTII) James, son of Joshua and Mary 
Coombs, was born in Bowdoin, Maine, No- 



vember 7, 1798, and died in Lisbon, Alaine, 
September i. 1880. He was a blacksmith by 
trade. The greater part of his Hfe was spent 
in his native town of Bowdoin, but during his 
latter years he lived in Lisbon, where he died. 
He married (first) Love Getchel, who was 
born July 26. 1801. and died December 20, 
1 85 1, having borne him thirteen children. He 
married for liis second wife Mrs. Mary Gould, 
and by her had one child. His children: i. 
William Given (see post). 2. Nathaniel G., 
born February 5, 1821, died October, 1876. 
3. John G., May 19, 1822. 4. Mary, July 28, 
1823, died July 6, 1824. 5. Mary, June 21. 
1825. 6. James, January 13, 1827, died Au- 
gust. 1864. 7. Hannah, March 5, 1828, died 
March 5, 1828. 8. Daniel C., March 3, 1830, 
died September 26, 1891. 9. Martha, Novem- 
ber 4, 1834, died September, 1871. 10. Charles 
B., July 28, 1837, died September, 1875. 11. 
Susan, October 28, 1839, <i'sd January 3, 1842. 

12. Ruth L., April 17, 1841, no further record. 

13. Frank B., September 13, 1847, no further 
record. 14. Nathan S., November 25, 1853, no 
further record. 

(IX) William Given, eldest son and child 
of James and Love (Getchel) Coombs, was 
born in Bowdoin, Maine, October i, i8ig, and 
died in Auburn, Maine, March 6, 1898. He 
was a blacksmith by trade, which he followed 
all of his life. In 1852 he removed to New 
Gloucester, Maine, and subsequently located 
in Auburn, where the later years of his life 
were passed. His wife was Clarina Ann 
Kinsley, daughter of Daniel Kinsley, of Au- 
burn, Alaine, by whom he had two children : 
James Edward, born in Lisbon Falls, July 3, 
1845. Delbert Dana (see post). 

(X) Delbert Dana, youngest of the tw'o sons 
of William Given and Clarina Ann (Kinsley) 
Coombs, was born in Lisbon Falls, Maine, 
July 26, 1850. When he was two years old 
his parents removed to New Gloucester, one 
of the most picturesque old towns in Maine. 
No doubt the natural beauty surrounding him 
made a deep impression on the sensitive mind 
of the young -boy and was the first cause of 
the art impulse that early showed itself. No 
artistic ancestors as far as known and no 
art influence whatever about him. Here in 
this quiet village he received his early edu- 
cation at the common school. A severe illness 
when he was about tw-elve years old (the 
effects of which were felt for many years) un- 
fitted him for the broader education his am- 
bition craved. When almost a babe he would 
spend hours at his mother's side cutting out 
all kinds of figures with the scissors and even 

then it is said he showed remarkable skill in 
some of his work. At school his pencil often 
brought him trouble, but the corner grocery 
store was the place where it found encourage- 
ment. Many evenings has he entertained the 
frequenters of that resort, sketching on the 
rough wrapping paper anything they would 
call for. Crude no doubt these sketches were, 
but it was the school that trained the pencil 
for the rapid work required for animal paint- 
ing later in life. The old village smithy, too, 
was a picture gallery for the young artist, 
where the boy's father proudly exhibited to his 
customers his son's skill in chalk on the black- 
ened wall of the old shop. It was a great day 
for young Coombs when Scott Leighton, the 
celebrated Boston animal painter, came to New 
Gloucester to paint some horses. This w^as 
the turning point in Mr. Coombs' life. 
Through the kind encouragement of Mr. 
Leighton he soon took up the brush and for 
nearly forty years he has been an active w'ork- 
er in his chosen art. Mr. Coombs had many 
difficulties in his way. He lacked the physical 
strength to pursue the course that many art 
students take, and his father lacked the means, 
but he gave him what was perhaps better, en- 
couragement and faith. Mr. Coombs took 
a few lessons at first of Mr. Leighton and 
also of H. B. Brown, of Portland, the marine 
and landscape painter. In 1870 he took a 
studio in Lewiston for a short time, receiving 
a number of pupils, but little encouragement. 
He soon after went to Portland, when his 
parents had removed, and while there he spent 
a short time with Mr. Lamson, the photog- 
rapher, learning the principles of his profes- 
sion. This, however, did not satisfy his love 
of art. A business enterprise brought him 
again to Lewiston, but he soon gave this up 
to return to his brush. He again opened a 
studio in Lewiston, and soon took up sign 
painting as a support to his art work. He also 
took pupils and for over twenty years he had 
quite a following of art students. About this 
time he won some recognition as a caricaturist. 
His work in this line attracted the attention 
of the late James G. Blaine, who sent for ]\Ir. 
Coombs and made arrangements to use his 
cartoons in the political campaign. This work 
seemed to establish Mr. Coombs' reputation 
as an artist, and he w^as enabled to give up 
sign painting and devote all his time to art 
work. At this time he did considerable illus- 
trating and there was a good demand for his 
work. A Boston engraving company gave him 
a call to take charge of their illustrating, but 
he had been with them but a few months when 



he was called to Auburn by the serious illness 
of his father. The Lewiston Journal was 
about establishing an illustrating plant, and 
they engaged Mr. Coombs to take charge of 
that department. Here Mr. Coombs found 
free course for his pencil and an opportunity 
to express himself in caricature, and his suc- 
cess in that line was most marked, his subjects 
being always appropriately chosen and his 
tastes inclining to the higher order of por- 
trayals rather than to those of the baser order. 
But notwithstanding his success in caricature 
and the freedom of his connection with news- 
paper illustrating and its comfortable income, 
Mr. Coombs' old love for color finally over- 
powered all other considerations and drew him 
back into the domain of legitimate art ; and 
while he would have gone abroad for a deeper 
and broader study, conditions he. could not 
control forbade the consummation of his high- 
est aims; and yet he has by intuition and na- 
tive genius been enabled to acquire such thor- 
ough knowledge of technique and in the 
finesse and finish of his work that he has come 
to be recognized as one of our famous .Ameri- 
can artists. j\Ir. Coombs never graduated 
from an art school, never belonged to an art 
club and has lived and worked in a community 
far removed from art and artists. He re- 
ceived instruction from some of the best Bos- 
ton artists from time to time, as circumstances 
would allow, and he kept in touch with the 
art world by visiting the Boston and New 
York art exhibitions, and for several winters 
had a studio in Boston. His pictures are sel- 
dom seen at exhibitions or on sale at art 
stores, yet his landscapes and cattle pieces are 
owned from Maine to California and many of 
them represent scenes of his old boyhood home 
in New Gloucester. The first picture sold 
from the Poland Spring art gallery was one of 
his cattle pieces and is owned in Philadelphia. 
He has painted many of Maine's distinguished 
sons. Examples of his work in these lines 
may be found in the collection of eight of his 
portraits that adorn the walls of the state 
house gallery at Augusta. A large portrait 
of the late Chief Justice Peters, of Maine, is 
hung at Yale College, and a life-size portrait 
of Judge Haskell was burned in the city hall 
fire in Portland. His most recent work is 
"Calling the Cows," painted from life at the 
Poland Spring farm. The canvas is four by 
six feet in size and represents the herd of 
over fifty cows in the pasture, with the farm 
buildings and hotels in the distance. This 
picture is owned by H. Ricker & Sons, and is 
hung in their New York office. 

On September 10, 1902, Mr. Coombs mar- 
ried Mrs. Martha Lufkin and has one child, 
Martha Pauline Coombs, born in Auburn, July 
19, 1907. 

In early times the patronymics, 
NEWELL Newell, Newall and Newhall, 

seem to have been one and the 
same, but after the migration to America each 
name seems to have preserved its identity. 
The origin of Newhall is evident, and the old- 
est mention of it in printed history confirms 
the natural supposition. "Bloomfield's His- 
tory of Norfolk" says that a certain manor 
was bestowed bv one of the baronial proprie- 
tors upon one of his sons, who built a new 
hall, whence he obtained the name of Johannis 
de Nova Aula, otherwise John de Newehall. 
The earliest manuscript record of the name 
dates from the end of the fifteenth century ; 
it relates to the will of one Thomas Newhall, 
whose will, written in Latin in 1498. was 
proved on April 22. 1499. He appoints, among 
others, his wife Emnieta to be executrix, and 
wishes his body to be buried in the chapel of 
Witton and makes bequests to the Abbot and 
Convent of the Blessed Mary of Vale Royal, 
and for the repairs of the church of End- 
worth., all of which places are in Cheshire. 
The first immigrants of the name to the new 
world were two brothers, Thomas and An- 
thony Newhall, who came to Lynn, Massachu- 
setts, about 1639, and are the ancestors of a 
numerous posterity, which has filled such an 
honorable place in that town. 

There were several early immigrants by the 
name of Newell. Thomas Newell settled at 
Farmington, Connecticut, soon after 1640, 
coming there from Hartford. He married 
Rebecca Olmstead and reared a numerous 
family. Abraham Newell, of Roxbury, Mas- 
sachusetts, came over in the ship Francis in 
the year 1634. He was older than most of the 
immigrants, being fift)- at the time he made a 
change of continents; and he brought a wife 
and several full grown children with him. 
One of the sons named Isaac married Eliza- 
beth Curtis, and among their children was an 
Ebenezer, born November 29, 1673. Ebenezer 
(i) Newell had a wife Mary, and among their 
children was an Ebenezer (2), born in 171 1, 
who died in 1746. All of these generations 
lived in Roxbury. There were other early 
Newells living in Massachusetts, but it seems 
quite probable from the identity of the Chris- 
tian names that the following line is descend- 
ed from Abraham, though the connecting link 
is lacking. 

1 132 


(I) Ebenczer Newell, whose descendants 
have occupied an honored place in the state 
of Maine lor five generations, was born in 
Brookline, Massachusetts, March i8, 1747, and 
died in Maine, November 20, 1791. He moved 
to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in early life and 
came to Durham, which was his final home, in 
1779. He served in the revolution during 
1775 as first lieutenant in Captain Samuel 
Dunn's company, Colonel Phinney's regiment. 
In 1 781 he was first lieutenant in the ancient 
militia or training-band of Royalsborough. 
which was the early name for Durham. He 
was also town clerk for many years, which 
would indicate that he had a good education 
for the times. On December 12, 1765, Ebe- 
nezer Newell married (first) Catharine, 
daughter of James and Mary (Woodward) 
Richards, who was born at Newton, Massa- 
chusetts, December 15, 1747. Nine children, 
the three eldest of whom were born in New- 
ton, the next three at Cape Elizabeth, and the 
last three at Royalsborough: i. Ebenezer, 
August 23, 1767. 2. Enoch, February 14, 
1770. 3. William, whose sketch follows. 4. 
Sally. Cape Elizabeth, November 20, 1773. 
married David Gross, of Pejepscot. 5. Daniel, 
October 5, 1775. 6. John, July 20, 1778, 
drowned when a young man. 7. Mary, Roy- 
alsborough, April 20, 1 78 1, married 

Bond, of Jay. 8. Jesse, July 20, 1783, died 
at sea. 9. Rev. Samuel, became a missionary. 
Mrs. Catharine (Richards) Newell died No- 
vember 21, 1788, and on July 13, 1789, Lieu- 
tenant Ebenezer Newell married (second) 
Hannah Sylvester, of Harpswell. They had 
one child, Barstow, born April 19, 1791, died 
of sickness in the war of 1812. Lieutenant 
Newell died in a little more than two years 
after his second marriage, and on August 19, 
1802, eleven years after his death, his widow 
married a second husband, Anthony Murray, 
of Pejepscot. 

The career of Samuel Newell was so re- 
markable that it deserves special mention. He 
was the youngest of the nine children of the 
first marriage, and the family were left in lim- 
ited circumstances by their father's earlv 
death. He longed for an education, which his 
native village could not afford : so at the age 
of fifteen, he set out for his grandfather's in 
Newton. Taking the traditional bundle in a 
bandana, he walked from Durham to Portland, 
and there found a sea captain, who was so at- 
tracted to him that he offered to give him 
passage in his vessel. Judging from his por- 
traits, Samuel was possessed of a beautiful 
countenance as well as character ; at all events 

his personality was so winning that the cap- 
tain invited him to spend a night at his home 
at Roxbury Hill. There he offered to sub- 
scribe two hundred dollars for his education, 
introduced him to two friends, who added one 
hundred and fifty each, and the old Roxbury 
school-master, who heard his story with tears 
and shouted : "I will be good for three hun- 
dred more." Three years under this teacher 
at the Roxbury Latin School fitted the boy for 
Harvard, where he graduated with honor in 
1807. He was principal of Lynn Academy for 
a short time, but, feeling the missionary call, 
he entered Andover Theological Seminary, 
where he became intimate with Rev. Adoniram 
Judson. Samuel Newell was one of the sign- 
ers of the memorandum from Andover, July 
27, 1810, that led to the organization of the 
American Board of Foreign Missions, and was 
one of the first four who offered themselves 
to that society for missionary service. After 
graduating from Andover in 1810 Samuel 
Newell studied medicine in Philadelphia, and 
on February 19, 1812, set sail for India, ac- 
companied by his young wife, formerly Miss 
Harriet Atwood, of Bradford. The scene of 
Samuel Newell's labors was at Ceylon and 
Bombay, and he died at the latter place, March 
30, 1821. At the Centennial of Durham, Au- 
gust 22, 1889, the poet of the occasion, i\Iiss 
F. C. Durgin, thus speaks of the departed # 
missionary, whose earthly career had ended 
nearly seventy years before : 

"In far-off lands, 'mid sorrows manifold. 

lie sowed the seed that grew to harvest white ; 
The sun of India pours its liquid gold 

Upon our Newell's grave : he walks in light. 
A son, a saint — a conqueror through God's great night." 

(II) William, third son and child of Ebe- 
nezer and Catharine (Richards) Newell, was 
born at Newton, Massachusetts, May 25, 1772. 
He married, February 19, 1797, Anna Hoyt ; 
children: i. John, born April 7, 1798, mar- 
ried Lucy Vining, November 30, 1820; he died 
December 28, 1884. 2. William, P^larch 23, 
1800, was a colonel of the militia; he died un- 
married, January 3, 1881. 3. Nancy, Septem- 
ber 3, 1802, married her cousin, Ebenezer 
Newell, and died in May, 1880. 4. David, 
mentioned in next paragraph. 5. Samuel, 
April 3, 1807. married Deborah Sawyer, De- 
cember 30, 1832; he died June 30, 1834. 6. 
Joseph, August 29, 1810, died in Havana, 
Cuba, in October, 1S30. 7. Harriet A., Jan- 
uary 13, 1813, married William Wallace 
Strout, August 25, 1830, and died June 21, 
1898. 8. Katharine, November 21, 181 5, died 
the next year. 

(III) Rev. David, third son of William and 
Anna (Hoyt) Newell, was born in Durham, 



Maine, January 20, 1805, and died at Gor- 
ham, March 2, 1891. He studied for the min- 
istry, and held successive pastorates over five 
Free Baptist churches, baptizing people at dif- 
ferent times and places. On August 27, 1825, 
he married Jane S. Brackett, of Gorham, 
Maine, who died on April 2, 1877. Children : 
I. William B., whose sketch follows. 2. Charles 
C. whose sketch follows. 3. Harriet A., born 
September 29, 1835, died January 7, 1886; she 
was a teacher in the public schools many years. 
4. Margaret B., born April 22, 1838, married 
Joseph W. Libby and died at Ocean Park, Old 
Orchard, September 7, 1896. 5. Henry H., 
born November 5, 1840, enlisted at the out- 
break of the rebellion, and died at Alexandria, 
Mrginia, November 28, 1861. 6. Lizzie A., 
born at Durham, September 28, 184^- 

(IV) William B., eldest child of Rev. David 
and Jane S. (Brackett) Newell, was born at 
Portland. Maine, May 12, 1827, died June 24, 
1899. In early life he secured a good common 
school education, which in after years he em- 
ployed to good advantage during his thirty 
winters of teaching. In those days it was not 
an uncommon occurrence "to carry the master 
out and lock the door," but Mr. Newell's abil- 
ity to inspire the confidence and respect of his 
pupils and to secure the co-operation of their 
parents made his career as a teacher an un- 
qualified success, even in difficult districts. 
Mr. Newell inherited those excellent mental 
and moral characteristics which have distin- 
guished the family for generations, and he 
could have chosen no profession where his 
sense of justice, his ability to decide fairly and 
his firmness in adhering to that decision, in 
short, all those qualities which leave a moral 
impress, could have had a wider influence in 
moulding the character of the succeeding gen- 
eration than the vocation of an old-fashioned 
school-master. For nearly half a century he 
had made his home in Durham, during the 
greater part of which time he has occupied the 
farm and homestead where he died. He had 
always been closely identified with the life of 
the town, and he had served at various times 
as town clerk, superintendent of the school 
committee, selectman and town treasurer. He 
is a Democrat in politics, and for many years 
was moderator of the annual town meeting. 
In religion he was a Congregationalist. No 
citizen of Durham had a better reputation for 
honesty and uprightness than Mr. Newell, 
and his word was as good as his bond. 

On June 15, 1850, William B. Newell mar- 
ried Susannah K., daughter of Benjamin and 
'Charlotte Weeks, who was born May 12, 1827. 

Children : Ida E.. born January 12, 1852, who 
has always lived at home ; and William H., 
whose sketch follows. 

(V) Hon. William H., only son of William 
B. and Susannah K. (Weeks) Newell, was 
born at Durham, Maine, April 16, 1854. His 
elementary education was gained in the local 
schools, and his first advanced preparation 
from the Western State Normal School at 
Farmington from which he graduated in 1872. 
He afterward attended the Maine Wesleyan 
Seminary at Kent's Hill, and receiving the 
classical diploma from this institution in 1876. 
During the next six years Mr. Newell was 
principal of the grammar school at Brunswick, 
a difficult position, which put all the resources 
of the young teacher to the test. Besides the 
satisfaction of wresting success from adverse 
circumstances, Mr. Newell had one great ad- 
vantage at this period, and that was the op- 
portunity to pursue a wide course of study and 
reading at the library of Bowdoin College. 
All his spare time was occupied in this way, 
and in the study of law in the office of Weston 
Thompson, Esq., and while he was still teach- 
ing he was admitted to the Sagadahoc county 
bar at Bath, Maine. In 1882 he gave up his 
school and removed to Lewiston in order that 
he might devote his whole time to his profes- 
sion. At first he formed a partnership with 
D. J. McGillicuddy and F. X. Belleau. but he 
soon withdrew from this concern and united 
himself with Wilbur H. Judkins under the 
firm name of Newell & Judkins. This arrange- 
ment lasted till January i, 1894, when Mr. 
Newell withdrew and became senior member 
of the present firm of Newell & Skelton, now 
recognized as one of the leading law firms 
of Androscoggin county. Like his father, Mr. 
Newell belongs to the Democratic party, and 
though in no sense a politician he has fre- 
quently been called upon to serve the public. 
In 1885 he was city auditor of accounts for 
Lewiston, and in 1890 was made city solicitor. 
During the latter year he was elected county 
attorney of Androscoggin county by a large 
majority in a district which had always been 
strongly Republican. In the spring of 1891 
he was elected mayor of Lewiston and was re- 
elected the year following. So satisfactory 
was his administration of civic affairs that in 
i8y8, at the earnest request of taxpayers and 
representative citizens, he again became a can- 
didate for mayor on the Democratic ticket, 
and w-as elected by a majority of almost four 
hundred against a Republican majority of 
nearly a thousand at the previous election. 
He was elected September, 1904, and took 

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oath of office January i, 1905. judge of pro- 

Mr. Newell's fidelity to his cHents, his strict 
integrity and executive ability have brought 
hininnich business in the way of management 
of large estates, and while in no way with- 
drawn from the active duties of an advocate, 
he enjoys an extensive practice in the dignified 
and lucrative branch of probate and commer- 
cial transactions. Incidentally, many legal 
honors have come to Mr. Newell. He was a 
delegate from the Maine State Bar Associa- 
tion to the twenty-first annual convention' of 
the American Bar Association at Saratoga in 
1898. -About the same time Chief Justice 
Peters appointed him to membership on the 
commission to draft a plan for the annexation 
of the city of Deering to Portland. Mr. New- 
ell is interested in many important business 
enterprises. He is president and director of 
the JNIanufacturers' National Bank of Lewis- 
ton, was director and clerk of the Rumford 
Falls and Rangeley Lakes railroad, president 
of the Maine Pulp and Paper Company, and 
was director of the Androscoggin Water 
Power Company until this company became 
the E. Plummer & Sons, when JMr. Newell 
was made president. He is a member of the 
Board of Trade and of the local social clubs 
and organizations in Lewiston. Mr. Newell 
belongs to the Odd Fellows and to all the lo- 
cal Masonic bodies, and is a member of Kora 
Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and at- 
tended the annual convention of Mystic 
Shriners at Dallas, Texas, in June, i8g8, as 
supreme representative from Maine. Gener- 
ous, hospitable and public-spirited to a marked 
degree. Mr. Newell makes and holds friends 
in all the walks of life. His kindness of heart 
is proverbial, and it is so often shown to mem- 
bers of his own profession that the younger 
attorneys say that no one who applies to him 
is ever refused assistance, no matter what im- 
portant engagements their adviser may have. 

On September 20, 1883, William H. Newell 
married Ida F., daughter of Edward and Au- 
gusta Plummer, of Lisbon Falls. Maine. Chil- 
dren : Augusta Plummer, March 17, 1887. de- 
ceased. Gladys Weeks, October 13, 1890. 
Dorothy, February 2, 1904. 

(IV) Charles C, second son of the Rev. 
David and Jane S. (Bracket!) Newell, was 
born August 11, 183 1. at Otisfield, ^Nlaine. He 
was reared in Gray, Maine, attended the Litch- 
field Academy, after which he taught public 
school and in addition to this taught writing, 
having been an excellent penman. His son. 
Charles D., has the Lord's Prayer written in 

eleven diliferent styles executed by his father, 
which is a piece of art. He settled in Rich- 
mond, Maine, before the civil war, where he 
engaged in the livery business. September 15, 
1862, he enlisted in Company A, Twenty- 
fourth Maine Volunteer Infantry, went out as 
first lieutenant and commanded the company 
during its term of service, and in July. 1863, 
he was killed in his tent at Port Hudson by an 
insane man who thrust a bayonet through bim. 
he was a Baptist in religion and a Republican 
in politics. Mr. Newell married, 1857, Juliette, 
born in Bowdoin, Maine, 1840, died April 27, 
1900, daughter of Humphrey and Harriet 
(Brown) Purington, natives of Bowdoin; sev- 
en children, all now deceased, as follows: 
Humphrey, John, Abizer, Ellen, Jane. Juliette 
and Angle. Mr. Purington was a farmer and 
justice of the peace ; he was a man of standing 
in the community, to whom people looked for 
settlement of disputes and estates. Air. and 
Mrs. Newell had two children: i. Harriet, 
who married George Merriman ; no children ; 
she died November 20, 1886. 2. Charles D., 
see forward. 

(\') Charles D., only son of Charles C. and 
Juliette (Purington) Newell, was born in 
Richmond, Maine, November 20, i860. When 
four years of age he went with his widowed 
mother to Litchfield, where he resided until 
twenty years of age, receiving there a common 
school education, which was supplemented by 
attendance at the Litchfield Academy. He 
then returned to Richmond and entered the 
law office of Spaulding & Buker and read law, 
being admitted to practice in 1884. The fol- 
lowing year he began the active practice of 
his profession on his own account, and has 
since continued in Richmond, succeeding in 
building up and retaining the largest practice 
in that city. Mr. Newell is a Republican in 
politics, and has held many of the offices in the 
gift of the citizens of his town. Member of 
the board of health, of which he was chairman 
for a number of years : town clerk ; member of 
the school board and superintendent for many 
years ; county attorney of Sagadahoc county, 
Maine, fourteen years, and a member of Gov- 
ernor Cobb's council. He attends the Baptist 
church. His fraternal affiliations include mem- 
bership in Richmond Lodge, No. 63, A. F. and 
A. M., Dunlap Commandery. K. T., Sagadahoc 
Lodge, K. of P., No. 67. i\Iount Carmel Chap- 
ter, Order of Eastern Star, and a charter mem- 
ber of Woodmen of America and Forresters of 

I\lr. Newell married, June 27, 1885, Cora 
E., of Richmond, daughter of William and 




Ellen (Ring) Harlow, also of Richmond. 
Children: 1. Charles \V., a registered drug- 
gist of Portland, Maine. 2. Harriet M., mar- 
ried Zelma M. Dwinal, of Richmond. 3. Jo- 
seph H., a student in Bowdoin College. 

The original home of the 
WTXSLOW \\inslo\vs of America was in 
Worcestershire. England. 
They were among the earliest families emi- 
grating to this country. The family was dis- 
tinguished by a remarkable intellectual ability, 
a son of the emigrant Edward becoming the 
first native born general and first governor of 
the Massachusetts Colony, and in many impor- 
tant trusts acquitted himself with superior 
ability and was active and influential in all the 
initiatory labors attending the establishment 
of the little colony. In the covenant, signed 
before the disembarking, the name appears 
third on the list. The family generally has 
maintained a high reputation for its excellent 
qualities of mind and heart, and enjoyed in a 
large degree not only the esteem and confi- 
dence but honors of its fellow citizens. Ed- 
ward \\inslow, the third governor of Plym- 
outh Colony, was born in Droitwich, Worces- 
tershire, England, October 19, 1595. He came 
to this country in the "Mayflower" in 1620 
from Southampton. He had previously joined 
the pilgrims at Leyden, Holland, and em- 
barked with them from Delfthaven for Eng- 
land. He was the principal leader of the pil- 
grims at Plymouth, Massachusetts. He mar- 
ried (first) Elizabeth Marker, of Leyden. May 
16, 1618. who died March 24. 1621 ; and (sec- 
ond) ^Irs. Susanna (Fuller) White, widow 
of \\'illiam White, ]May 12. 162 1, and died at 
sea near Hispaniola, May 8, 1655. His second 
wife died October, 1680. Their children were : 
Edward. John, Elynor, Kenelm. Gilbert, Eliza- 
beth. Magdalen and Josias. Only one of his 
sons grew to maturity, and his descendants in 
the male line soon disappeared. 

(I) Edward Winslow and his wife. Mag- 
dalen (Oliver) Winslow. were residents of 
Droitwich, Worcestershire, England, and sev- 
eral of their sons came to .\merica. One of 
these, John, came in the ■"Fortune." in 162 1, 
and another came later and settled at Plym- 

(II) Kenelm. son of Edward and Magdalen 
(Oliver) Winslow. was born in England. April 
30. 1599. He emigrated to this country and 
settled in PhTnouth. ilassachusetts. about 
1629. and was made a freeman January i. 
1633. He removed to Marshfield. Massachu- 
setts, in 1641. having received a grant of land 

there, then called Green's Harbor, March 5, 
1638. which was then considered the "Eden 
of the Region." He was a "Joiner" and a 
"Planter." He represented the town in the 
general court for eight years, 1624-44 and 
1649-53. He was a man of "good condition." 
and was engaged in the settlement of Yar- 
mouth and other towns. He married, June,* 
1664. Ellen (Newton) Adams, widow of John 
Adams, of Plymouth, and died in Salem, Mas- 
sachusetts, September 12, 1672. His widow 
died at Marshfield, Massachusetts, December 
5, 16S1, aged eighty-three. Children: i. 
Kenelm. mentioned further below. 2. Ellen, 
born about 1638, married. December 29, 1656, 
Samuel Barker, and died August 27. 1676. 3. 
Nathaniel, born about 1639, died December i, 
1719. 4. Job. 

(Ill) Kenelm (2), eldest son of Kenelm 
(i) and Eleanor or Ellen (Newton) (Adams) 
\\'inslow, was born in Plymouth, Ph-mouth 
Colony, about 1635. He early removed to 
Cape Cod and settled in that part of Yar- 
mouth which was subsequently incorporated 
as the town of Hardwich and later known as 
Brewster. He built a house near the westerly 
border of the town, and now known as West 
Brewster Satucket or Winslow's Mills. We 
find him mentioned in the Yarmouth records 
as early as 1668, and in tlie list of freemen of 
Yarmouth in 1678 he is styled "Colonel Win- 
slow," and in recorded deeds he is called yeo- 
man and planter. He purchased large tracts 
of wild land in what became the town of 
Rochester, Massachusetts, on which tract sev- 
eral of his children settled. He was one of 
the "thirty partners" who purchased the tract 
in 1679. Among his portions was a good 
"water privilege," which he sold in 1699 to his 
son Kenelm. and it thus became the site of one 
of the first fulling mills erected in New Eng- 
land, and in 1877 it was owned by his great- 
great-great-grandson, William Winslow (7), 
of West Brewster, Massachusetts. In 1700 he 
purchased of George Denison, of Stonington. 
Connecticut, one thousand acres of land in 
Windham, located in that part of the town 
which was set off as the town of Mansfield, 
Connecticut, paying for the same as recorded 
b\- deed on file in the record of Mansfield and 
dated ^larch 11. 1700, for which one thousand 
acres he paid £30, and this land he gave to his 
son Samuel (3), October 7. 1700. and Samuel 
sold it to his brother Kenelm (3) (q. v.). It 
does not appear from the records that the 
Winslows ever lived in Windham or Mansfield, 
Connecticut, and the land probably passed in- 
to other hands. Like his father, Kenelm Jr. 

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appears to have incurred the displeasure of the 
general court of Plymouth Colony, and he 
was fined on October 3, 1662, "for riding a 
journey on the Lord's day although he pleaded 
some disappointment enforced him thereunto, 
ten shillings." His religious faith, however. 
was not to be doubted when we learn that he 
on three or more occasions made the journey 
of sixty miles to Scituate to the Second 
Church that his children should not remain un- 

He was married September 23, 1667, to 
Mercy, daughter of Peter Jr. and Mary Wor- 
den, of Yarmouth. She was born about 1641 
and died September 22, 1688, "in the 48th 
year of her age," as recorded on her grave- 
stone in the Winslow burial ground in Dennis. 
The monument is of hard slate and is said to 
have been brought from England and is the 
oldest in the grounds. The headstones of 
Kenelm Winslow, his two sons and many of 
his descendants are to be seen. He died in 
Harwich, Cape Cod, J\Tassachusetts, Novem- 
ber II, 1715. The childreu'of Kenelm and 
Mercy (Worden) Winslow are recorded as 
follows: I. Kenelm (q. v.). 2. Captain Jo- 
siah, born November 7, 1669. married Mar- 
garet Tisdale; (second) Mrs. Hannah Win- 
slow; (third) Mrs. Hannah Booth; (fourth) 
Martha Hathaway; (fifth) Mary Jones. 3. 
Thomas, baptized March 3, 1672-73, in the 
Second Church, Scituate, and died April 6, 
1689, "in the 17th year of her age." 4. Sam- 
uel, born about 1674, married Bethia Hol- 
brook; (second) Mary King; (third) Ruth 
Briggs. 5. Mercy, born about 1676, married 
Melthiah White, of Rochester, Massachusetts, 
who died August 21, 1709; married (second), 
before December 22, 1715, Thomas Jenkins, of 
Barnstable. 6. Nathaniel, born about 1679, 
married, July 9, 1701, Elizabeth Holbrook. 7. 
Edward, born January 30, 1680-81, married 

Sarah , born 1682; he died June 25, 

1760. 8. Damaris, married, July 30, 1713, 
Jonathan Small or Smalley, of Harwich. 9. 
Elizabeth, married, August 9, 171 1, Andrew 
Clark, of Harwich. 10. Eleanor, married, 
March 25, 1719, Shubael Hamblen, of Barn- 
stable. II. John, born about 1701, married, 
March 15, 1721-22, Bethiah Andrews; he died 
about 1755. 

(IV) Kenelm (3), eldest son of Kenelm 
(2) and Mercy (Worden) Winslow, was bap- 
tized at Scituate, Massachusetts, August g, 
1668. He was a clothier or cloth dresser, 
which business he established at Satucket or 
Winslow's Mills, and the business thus inaugu- 
rated was carried on by his descendants for 

many years. He inherited the homestead at 
Harwich, and purchased of his brother Sam- 
uel one thousand acres of land at Windham 
(now Mansfield), Connecticut, which Samuel 
had received as a gift from his father, October 
7, 1700. He was town treasurer at Harwich 
1707-12; selectman 1713-16; representative to 
the general court in 1720, and held many po- 
sitions of trust to lay off lands and determine 
bounds. He owned "Negro and Mulatto serv- 
ants." which his will provided should be sold. 
He had second choice in the allotment of pews 
in the new meeting house in 1723, and was 
rated £7, 10 toward the £130 realized from the 
sale. He was sole executor of his father's 
will and inherited the homestead. He was 
married January 5, 1689-90, to Bethia, daugh- 
ter of the Rev. Gershom and Bethiah (Bangs) 
Hall, of Yarmouth, and great-granddaughter 
of Edward Bangs, of Plymouth, a passenger 
in the "Ann" in 1623. She was published 
March 19, 1729-30, to Joseph Hawes, and they 
were married JMarch 21, 1729-30, and Joseph 
Hawes was married again July 20, 1732, and 
the records would indicate, in the absence of 
divorce, not known to be popular in that day, 
that she died before the latter date. Her first 
husband, Kenelm Winslow, died in Harwich, 
March 20, 1728-29. Children of Kenelm and 
Bethia (Hall) Winslow were all born in Har- 
wich and were as follows: i. Bethia, born 
about i6gi, married, March 5, 1712-13, John 
Wing, and died June 19, 1720. 2. Mercy, about 
1693, married, March 8, 1710-11, Philip Vin- 
cent and resided in Yarmouth in 1723. 3. 
Rebecca, about 1695, married, March 24, 1719- 
20, Samuel Rider, resided in Yarmouth in 1723 
and afterward in Rochester, Alassachusetts. 
4. Thankful, about 1697, married, February 
14, 1722-23, Theophilus Crosby, son of Jo- 
seph and Mehitable (Miller) Crosby, of Yar- 
mouth, grandson of John and Margaret 
(Winston) Miller, and great-grandson of Jo- 
siah Winslow ( i ) and of Rev. Thomas Cros- 
by, of Eastham; Theophilus and Thankful 
(Winslow) Crosby were residing in Yarmouth 
in 1723. 5. Kenelm (q. v.). 6. Thomas, 
about 1704, married ]\Iehitable Winslow (4), 
February 12, 1722, and died April 10, 1779. 
7. Mary, baptized September 21, 1707, married 
Ebenezer Clapp, of Rochester, Massachusetts, 
IMarch 9, 1726-27. 8. Hannah, baptized Sep- 
tember 9, 171 1, married Edward Winston Jr. 
(4), December 14. 1728. 9. Seth, born in 
1715, married Thankful Sears and (second) 
Friscilla Freeman. 

(V) Kenelm (4), eldest son of Kenelm 
(3) and Bethia (Hall) Winslow, was born in 


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Harwich, Massachusetts, about 1700. He was 
a clothier, following the business of his father, 
and he established a fulling mill on Stony 
brook about 1730, and he also succeeded to 
the homestead in Harwich and was sole execu- 
tor of his father's will. His prominence in 
the afifairs of the town made him one of the 
thirteen justices who signed the following 
declaration against the acts of parliament al- 
most two years before the signing of the Dec- 
laration of Independence : "Whereas there has 
been of late several acts of the British Parlia- 
ment passed tending to introduce an unjust 
and partial administration of justice; to 
change our free constitution into a state of 
slavery and oppression, and to introduce 
Popery in some parts of British America &c. ; 
.Therefore we the subscribers do engage and 
declare that we will not accept of any com- 
mission in consequence of, or in conformity to, 
said acts of Parliament, nor upon any uncon- 
stitutional regulations : and that if either of us 
is required to do any business to our officers in 
conformity to said acts or any way contrary to 
the charter of this province, we will refuse it 
although we may thereby lose our commis- 
sions. As witness our hands at Barnstable, 
September 27, 1774. (Signed) James Otis, 
Thomas Smith, Joseph Otis, Nymphas Mars- 
ton, Shearjashub Bowne, David Thatcher, 
Daniel Davis, Melatiah Bowne, Edward Ba- 
con, Isaac Hinckley, Solo Otis, Kenelon 
Winslow, Richard Bowne." 

Kenelm Winslow was married September 
14, 1722, to Zerviah Rider, and she died April 

5, 1745, in the fifty-second year of her age. 
He married (second). May 8, 1746, Abigail 
Sturgis, of Yarmouth, and she died September 
17, 1782, in the seventy-seventh year of her 
age. Kenelm Winslow died June 28, 1783, 
and he and his two wives were buried in \Vin- 
slow's burying ground, Dennis, IMassachusetts. 
His thirteen children, all by his first wife, were 
born in Harwich and were named as follows : 
I. Zerviah, bom September 11, 1723, married 
Ebenezer Crocker. 2. Kenelm. 3. John, April 

6, 1727, died June 25, 1727. 4. John, June 16, 
1728, married Dorcas Clapp, published Oc- 
tober 30, 1748. 5. Isaac, September 14, 1729, 
died May 22, 1730. 6. Isaac, February 6, 1731, 
died July 7. 1731. 7. Isaac, March 18, 1732, 
died April 24, 1732. 8. Berthia, May 23, 1733, 
married Thomas Snow (3). 9. Phebe, July 28, 
1735, married, February 20, 1755, Daniel 
Crocker. 10. Nathan (q. v.). 11. Sarah, May 
25, 1738, married Prince Marston, July 21, 
1757. 12. Mary, May 25, 1738, died during 
the year 1739. 13. Joshua, November 22, 

1740, married Hannah Delano and (second) 
Salome Delano. 

(VI) Nathan, eighth son of Kenelm (4) 
and Zerviah (Rider) Winslow, was born in 
Harwich, Massachusetts, iXIarch 14, 1737. He 
was a farmer, and a deacon in the church at 
Harwich. He was married, September 12, 
1760, to Eunice Mayo, who w'as born in Har- 
wich in 1737 and died there August 8, 1814, 
aged seventy-seven years, according to the 
gravestone in Brewster burying ground. Dea- 
con Nathan Winslow died in Harwich, De- 
cember 31, 1820. All their children, nine in 
number, were born in Harwich, the names and 
dates of birth with marriages as far as is 
known being as follows: i. Eunice, Novem- 
ber 17, 1 761, married Josiah Hall, died June 
13, 1832. 2. Seth, June i, 1764, married 
Hannah Crosby, March 13, 1788: she was 
born September 5, 1766, and died December, 
1821 ; there were five children born of this 
marriage; he married (second), in November, 
1826, Mary Allen, who died in March. 1842; 
he died August 17, 1854, aged ninety years. 
3. Josiah, August 7. 1766, married Hannah, 
daughter of Reuben and Jerusha (Freeman) 
Clark, and had two children: Freeman and 
Benjamin. 4. Nathan, December 17, 1768, 
married Mary, daughter of Benjamin and 
Mary Nye, of Sandwich. 5. Phebe, April, 
1 77 1, died September, 1771. 6. Joseph (q. 
v.). 7. Heman, August 25. 1775, married 
Rebecca Howes Seers, of Dennis. 8. John, 
September 9, 1777, married Sally Lovell, 
daughter of Simeon and Nabby (Lovell) Free- 
man, of Hyants, Massachusetts. Their daugh- 
ter, Nabby Lovell, born September 9, 1809, 
married Kenelm Winslow (7), and their daugh- 
ter, Julia Ann, married William Winslow (7). 
9. Rebecca, October, 1780, died in infancy. 

(VH) Joseph, son of Nathan and Eunice 
(Mayo) Winslow. was born in Harwich, Mas- 
sachusetts, November 15, 1772. He was a 
merchant in Brewster. He was married, De- 
cember 20, 1794, to Abigail Snow, daughter 
of Enos Snow, of Brewster, and their ten 
children were born in that town, formerly 
known as Harwich. Joseph Winslow died in 
Brewster, May 18, 1816, the record in the 
burial ground at Brew-ster giving his age as 
forty-three years si.x months. His widow died 
at the home of her son. Dean Winslow, North 
Falmouth, Massachusetts, March 31, 1844, 
and was buried beside her husband. Their 
children were: i. Phebe, August 22, 1795, 
married Job Chase, died August 25, 1839. 
2. and 3. Dean and Joseph (twins), February 
26, 1800; Dean was a farmer, and justice of 



the peace in North Falmouth; married, Oc- 
tober 10, 1822, Rebecca, daughter of James 
H. Long, of Brewster ; Joseph was a sea cap- 
tain ; married Hope Doane, daughter of Isaiah 
Chase, and died of fever in the port of Wil- 
mington North CaroHna, August 28, 1822. 
4. Abigail, July i, 1797, married Nehemiah 
Drew Simmons, died April 6, 1822. 5. Elka- 
nah, December 11, 1803, married Mary 
Crocker, of Brewster; Captain Elkanah Win- 
slow died in IMausanilla, Mexico, July 3, 1851. 
6. Gilbert, May 7, 1805, was a merchant in 
Brewster; married Amanda Minerva, daugh- 
ter of Josiah and Sarah (Smith) Wilder, of 
Truro, Massachusetts, ancl he died in Brew- 
ster. August 25, 1839. 7. Sophronia, Decem- 
ber 10. 1808, married Samuel Flinckley Allyne, 
of Sandwich, Massachusetts; he died April 28, 
1841. 8. Mehitable Snow, June 23, 181 1, died 
October 26, 1812. 9. Alfred (q. v.). 10. 
John, December 2, 1816, was married May 19, 
1845, to Louisa B. Fuller. 

(VHI) Alfred, son of Joseph and Abigail 
(Snow) Winslow, was born in Brewster, 
Massachusetts, October 16, 1813. Having 
learned the tanning trade in Roxbury, Mas- 
sachusetts, he came to West Waterville in 
1836 and there established a tannery and con- 
tinued the business up to 1863, when he sold 
out the tannery, built a store, and began a 
general merchandising business under the 
name of A. Winslow & Company, and contin- 
ued the business up to the time of his' death. 
He served the town as Republican selectman, 
and he was also trial justice and a strong ad- 
vocate of Prohibition. He was trustee of the 
Cascade Savings Bank, and director in the 
Messoulouskee National Bank. He attended 
the Universalist church, and was clerk of the 
church society for many years, and also held 
the office of deacon. He was a member of 
the Messoulouskee Lodge, Ancient Free and 
Accepted Masons, and of the Sons of Tem- 
perance. Lie died in Oakland, Maine, Decem- 
ber 26, 1897. ^^ ^^'^^ married in Waterville, 
Maine, May 2, 1839, to Eliza Carr, daughter 
of Hiram and Sarah F. (Carr) Crowell, of 
West Waterville, Maine, and they had six 
children. His first wife died December 17, 
1849, ^'""i l"*^ married (second), in Boston, 
Massachusetts, October 25, 1850, Sarah \Var- 
ren Crowell, sister of his deceased wife, born 
January 23, 1828, in West Waterville, where 
she died October 6, 1867. Lie married as his 
third wife Martha Maria Crowell, sister of 
his two deceased wives, in Philadelphia, No- 
vember 30, 1868, and she died in C)akland, 
Maine. February 5, 1892. Children of Alfred 

and Eliza C. (Crowell) Winslow, all born in 
West Waterville, Maine, were: 1. and 2. 
Abby Snow and Sarah Crowell (twins), born 
March 13, 1843, died in December, 1847, one 
week intervening between their deaths. 3. 
Hiram Crowell, January 18, 1844, enlisted in 
the Twenty-first Maine Regiment and served 
under General N. P. Banks in Louisiana and 
Texas and in the battle of Port Hudson ; he 
entered as sergeant in his company and came 
out in command of same, all his superior offi- 
cers being either killed or disabled ; on re- 
tiring from the war he became a harness ma- 
ker and trunk dealer in West Waterville. He 
died June 3, 1902. 4. Eliza Florence, born 
June 8, 1845, married, September 3, 1868, 
William Harrison Wheeler, son of Erastus O. 
and Ruth Marston Wheeler ; he was a house 
carpenter in West Waterville. 5. Chester 
Eugene Alfred (c[. v.). 

(IX) Chester Eugene Alfred, son of Alfred 
and Eliza C. (Crowell) Winslow, was born in 
West Waterville, now Oakland, Maine, April 
24, 1847. He was educated in the public 
schools of Oakland, and he learned the trade 
of harness maker in the .shops of his brother, 
Hiram C. Winslow, in Oakland, and remained 
with him for six years, wdien he became a 
partner in the general merchandising house 
of A. Winslow & Company. Later his broth- 
er, Hiram C, consolidated his business with 
that of A. Winslow & Company, continuing 
the business of manufacturing and merchan- 
dising under the same firm name, A. Winslow 
& Company, until the death of H. C. Winslow, 
since which time Chester E. A. Winslow has 
conducted it. He early joined the Messou- 
louskee Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted 
Masons, and was advanced to membership in 
the Drummond Chapter. His church affilia- 
tion is with the Lhiiversalists, in which church 
his father was clerk and deacon. He was mar- 
ried October 16, 1878, to Alice Hitchings, 
daughter of Benjamin C. and Lucy (Hitch- 
ings) Benson, and their only child is Arthur 
Eugene, born in Oakland, November 13, 1884, 
graduated at Dartmouth College in the class of 
1907, and now employed by the Fort Halifa.x 
Power Company at Winslow, Maine. He is 
the ninth generation from Kenelm Winslow, 
the immigrant ancestor who came to Plymouth 
Colony with his brother. Governor Edward 
Winslow, in the "Mayflower" in 1620. 

."X-S an historic family name in 

WINSLOW New England but few if any 

excel that of Winslow. Early 

in the history of the country it furnished high- 


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miofiod and talented members in the person- 
ages of Josias and Edward Winslow, who were 
governors of the Plymouth Colony, New Eng- 
land. Josias was the father of Edward. 

(I) Thomas Winslow was among the early 
settlers at Freeport, Maine, where for many 
years he followed ship-building on an exten- 
sive scale. The records of this special branch 
of the family have not been carefully pre- 
served. It is not known to whom he was mar- 
ried, but it is quite certain that he had six 
children, among whom was a son Joseph. 

(II) Joseph, son of Thomas Winslow, was 
probably born in Freeport, Maine, and learned 
the ship carpenter's trade from his father, who 
was a ship-builder. Later in life, however, 
he settled on a farm, which he operated him- 
self. He married (first) Lucinda Mitchell, 
by whom the following children were born : 
Dennis, Horace, Clara, and possibly others. 
For his second wife Mr. Winslow married 
Helen Bennet ; no issue. 

(HI) Dennis, eldest cliild of Joseph and 
Lucinda (Mitchell) Winslow, was born in 
Freeport, Maine, October 21, 1847. He se- 
cured his early education in the public schools, 
and at the age of seventeen years commenced 
to learn the trade of carpenter. After master- 
ing his trade he moved to Yarmouth, where 
he was a carpenter and builder many years. 
As age advanced, and his circumstances were 
such that he did not need to pursue his trade 
longer, he sought the more independent and 
retiring life of a farmer. He married Sarah 
Ellen iMayhew, of Portland, Maine, by whom 
he had thirteen children, as follows : Lucy A., 
Edith L., Bert H., died aged five years; Lot- 
tie M., Charles D., Perlie E., of whom further 
notice is made; Sarah Emma, Carrie O., died 
aged nineteen years ; Mary A., Meldon E., 
Raymond A., deceased ; Ernest, deceased ; 
Hattie, deceased. 

(IV) Perlie E., sixth child and third son 
of Dennis and Sarah Ellen (Mayhew) Win- 
slow, was born in Cumberland, Elaine, March 
9, 1881, and received his education at the 
public schools of Yarmouth. When nineteen 
years of age he began learning the drug busi- 
ness and had so far mastered it in June, 1908, 
that he was fully competent to conduct a busi- 
ness for himself, and purchased the drug store 
belonging to A. W. Keirstead, at Lisbon Falls, 
Maine, which he is now operating in an up- 
to-date manner. Mr. Winslow is numbered 
among the honored and active members of the 
Masonic, Knights of Pythias and Royal Arca- 
num civic societies. In his religious faith he 
is a Congregationalist, while in politics he 

votes an independent ticket, s.eeking out the 
most suitable man instead of adhering to strict 
party lines. He married, June 27, 1906, Car- 
rie B., daughter of Edwin R. and Carrie (Ba- 
ker) Humphrey. They have one child, Elean- 
or, born August i, 1907. 

A traveler who recently saw 
WINSLOW the coast of Maine from the 
deck of a steamer for the 
first time was filled wath wonder at the new 
villages which had sprung up like magic, and 
at the rows of cottages and hotels on beaches, 
headlands and islands. "I have seen nothing 
like this, though I have visited many lands," 
he said. "What is the reason of it all, for 
evidently these people have abundant means to 
go elsewhere if they wished to do so?" "Oh, 
the Pine Tree State has always had a magnet- 
ic coast," was the reply. "It drew thither 
many of the early explorers from the fairer 
lands to the south. Though early settlements 
were laid waste by the Indians, and the rigors 
of the climate were exaggerated across the 
seas, people continued to be drawn here as 
by a magnet. And when the Pilgrims had 
landed at Plymouth, and other sturdy men and 
women had seemed well content with their 
choices of locations along the shores of other 
states, these people, or their children, felt 
themselves drawn irresistibly to our Maine 
shores. And when they came they clung like 
the barnacles to the rocks. The strength of 
Maine history lies in its magnetic shores.' " 
The speaker had thus turned to pages of 
glowing interest which the student of Maine 
history reads with growing wonder and inter- 
est. It is a fact of great worth that every 
"Mayflower" family of strength sent repre- 
sentatives .to our shores. A descendant of 
Myles Standish was early on the shores of 
the Kennebec near Bath. ' Harpswell had her 
Eatons of noblest stock. The Soules early 
"sought the pleasant shores of Freeport." Sev- 
eral members of the Hoplins family sought 
the coast of Cumberland county and the Pen- 
obscot. But the descendants of Edward Win- 
slow, the third governor of Plymouth Colony, 
came in larger numbers to ancient Falmouth, 
and to other points, than any other Pilgrim 
family, and held fast to their faith and manly 
and womanly qualities with a strong grasp. 
Maine owes much to this "God-fearing Plym- 
outh stock." 

( I ) Samuel Winslow was born November 
26, 1767, and married Susannah Lewis, who 
was born March 24, 1767, and died October 
30, 1871. Their children were: i. William, 

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born April 3, 1791. 2. Ruth, April 7, 1793. 
3. Sarah, December g, 1794- 4- Thankful, 
September 29, 1796. 5. Samuel, November 3, 
1798. 6. Eli, May 31, 1801. 7. Homes, De- 
cember 9, 1803. 8. Nathaniel, March 29, 1806. 
9. Andrew, January 18, 1808. 

(II) Eli, son of Samuel and Susannah 
(Lewis) Winslow, was born in what is now 
called West Falmouth, Maine, May 31, 1801. 
and died in Dexter, Maine, August 11, 1876. 
He was born in the house which was used 
for many years as a hotel, and which still 
stands, near the old Blackstrap observatory. 
He learned the chairmaker's trade in Portland 

■ and followed the business for a number of 
years in New Gloucester. He removed to 
Dexter about the year 1829. being one of the 
early settlers of that town. He married Polly 
Adams, a direct descendant of John and Pris- 
cilla (Molines) Alden. Their children were: 
I. Susannah Adams, born July 29, 1824, died 
March 15, 1908. 2. Samuel Adams, Novem- 
ber 12, 1826. 3. Mary Jane, December 2. 
1830, died October 22, 1883. 4. Roscoe 
Greene, November 18, 1835, died in South 
Lawrence, Massachusetts, March 31, 1906. 5. 
John Bates, January 20, 1839, died May 30, 
1863. 6. Clarissa Thomas, September 6, 1841, 
died August 6, 1878. 

(III) Samuel Adams, son of Eli and Polly 
(Adams) Winslow, was born in New Glouces- 
ter, November 12, 1826, died December 2, 
1905. He was educated in the public schools 
of Dexter, and learned the trade of painter 
and decorator, which trade his father fol- 
lowed to some extent. Samuel followed this 
trade all his life and was considered one of 
the finest workmen in the state. He had a 
wonderful ability for grasping the details of 
any mechanical work, especially anything per- 
taining to the building trades, and kiiew exact- 
Iv how work ought to be done, even though 
lie might not be able to do it himself. He 
also had a remarkable memory for events con- 
nected with the early history of Dexter, and 
has given able assistance in collecting together 
some of the early historical records of the 
town. In politics he was a very strong Re- 
publican, and as he had a very impressive and 
convincing manner of giving his views among 
all classes of men, he became a very influential 
man, and his sentiments were all the more 
forceful when it was found that nothing could 
induce him to seek after an office of any kind. 
He married Sarah Parker, daughter of Rich- 
ard York and Sarah Parker (Thompson) 
Lane, of Ripley. Their children were: i. 
Waldo Rist, born June 29, 1855, now lives in 

Dexter. 2. Herbert Stanley, April 13, 1857, 
died February 18, 1902. 3. Mary Louise, 
January 20, 1859, married H. N. Goodhue, of 
Fort Fairfield, in 1882. 4. Katie Persis, De- 
cember 20, 1864, married H. W. Trafton, 
Esq., of Fort Fairfield, in 1891. 5. Annie 
Isabel, January 7, 1867, married Dr. J. H. 
Murphy in 1893 and now lives in Dexter. 6. 
John Bates, February 15, 1869, and is now 
living in Westbrook. 7. Sarah Parker, June 
29, 1 87 1, and is now living in the old home 
in Dexter. 

(IV) John Bates, son of Samuel Adams 
and Sarah Parker (Lane-) Winslow, was born 
February 15, i86g. He was educated in the 
public schools of Dexter, graduating from the 
high school in 1888. For a number of years 
he followed his father's business, and in 1895 
entered the office of Dr. F. O. Cobb in Port- 
land to study dentistry. He attended the 
Philadelphia Dental College, graduating from 
that institution in 1899. After graduating he 
worked with Dr. Cobb until June, 1904, when 
he opened an office in Westbrook, and now 
enjoys a very good dental practice. In poli- 
tics he has always been a Republican. He is 
a Mason, being a member of Temple Lodge, 
No. 86, of Westbrook, and also of Eagle Royal 
Arch Chapter, and Westbrook Council of 
Royal and Select Masters. He is also a mem- 
ber of Westbrook Lodge, No. 27, Knights of 
Pythias. He married, June 11, 1895, Ida El- 
len, daughter of Jesse A. and Ellen (Sher- 
burne) Fuller, who was born in West Gardi- 
ner. She is an active worker in the Univer- 
salist church and also in the Eastern Star, 
being a member of Mizpah Chapter, No. 3, 
and also a member of Calanthe Temple, Pyth- 
ian Sisters. Their children are: i. Kath- 
erine May, born July 6, 1899. 2. John Clif- 
ford, July 24, 1901. 3. Annie Louise, March 
18, 1907. 

The Weston or Wesson family 
WESTON is of ancient English origin, 

the founder having come to 
England with William the Conqueror, from 
whom he received valuable estates in Stafford- 
shire and elsewhere for his services. The 
coat-of-arms had the motto "Craignez honte." 
(I) John W^eston, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in 1631, in Buckinghamshire, England, 
and died about 1723. About 1644, when only 
thirteen years old, his father being dead, he 
sailed as a stowaway in a ship bound for 
America. He settled in Salem, ^Iassachusetts, 
where in 1648, at the age of eighteen, he was a 
member of the First Church. About 1653 he 



removed to that part of Reading now known 
as Wakefield, and accumulated one of the 
largest estates in the town, his lands adjoin- 
ing the IMeeting House Square and extending' 
southerly. He was captain of a trading ves- 
sel and made several vo)^ges to England. 
He was a Puritan, very earnest in his piety, 
and his gravestone in the Reading graveyard 
shows that he was one of the founders of the 
church there. He served in King Philip's war. 
He married, April 18, 1653, Sarah, daughter 
of Deacon Zachariah and Mary Fitch, of 
Reading, and this is the first marriage in 
Reading of which there is any record. Chil- 
dren : I. John, born August 17, 1655, died 
August 19, 1655. 2. Sarah. July 15, 1656, 
died January 27, 1685, unmarried. 3. Mary, 
]\Iay 25, 1659. 4- John. ]\Iarch 9, 1661, men- 
tioned below. 5. Elizabeth, February 7, 1662. 
6. Samuel, April 16, 1665, married Abigail 

. 7. Stephen, December 8, 1667. 8. 

Thomas, November 2, 1670. married Sarah 

(H) John (2), son of John (i) Weston, 
was born March 9, 1661, and died in 1719. 
He resided in Reading and married, Novem- 
ber 26, 1684, Mary, daughter of Abraham and 
Mary (Kendall) Ijryant. Children: i. John, 
born 1685. killed in the war in 1707. 2. Abra- 
ham, 1687, died 1765. 3. Samuel, 1689. 4. 
]\lary, 1691. 5. Stephen, December i, 1693, 
mentioned below. 6. Zachariah, 1695. 7. 
James, 1697. 8. Benjamin, 1698. 9. Jere- 
miah, 1700. 10. Timothy, 1702, probably died 
young. II. Timothy, 1704, removed to Con- 
cord, Massachusetts, with his brother Stephen. 
12. Jonathan, 1705. 13. Sarah, 1707. 14. 
John. 1709. 

(HI) Stephen, son of John (2) Weston, 
was born in Reading. December i, 1693, died 
December 28,- 1780. He removed to Concord 
about 1726 and lived in what is now Lincoln. 
The name was more generally called Wesson 
in Concord, though that spelling was common 
in all branches of the family in the early rec- 
ords. He was one of the founders of the 
Lincoln church in 1747. His brother Timothy 
was also a charter member. Stephen was the 
first treasurer, elected in 1746. The church 
was formally organized August 18, 1747. He 
married Hannah, daughter of Gershom and 
Hannah Flagg, of Woburn. Children: i. 
Hannah, born March 5, 1716. married Josiah 
Hosmer. 2. Mary, September 22. 1717. mar- 
ried Nathaniel Ball. 3. Abigail. April 27, 
1719, married John Jones. 4. Stephen, No- 
vember 16, 1720, married Lydia Billings. 5. 
Sarah, November 11, 1727, married Peter 

Hey wood. 6. Joseph, March 7, 1732, men- 
tioned below. 7. Benjamin, June 30, 1734, 
died August 20, 1735. 8. Esther, June 22, 

1735, married Brown. 9. Hepsibah, 

April 3. 1743. Four others, died young or 

(IV) Joseph, son of Stephen Weston, was 
born in Concord, March 7, 1732. About 1769 
he removed to Lancaster and shortly after- 
ward went to Maine. Peter Heywood, Jo- 
seph Weston and Isaac Smith were the pioneer 
settlers of that part of old Canaan, now Skow- 
hegan, Maine., Peter Heywood and Joseph 
Weston came first in the early fall of 1771 
with some of the boys and bringing some 
young cattle. They cut hay on some of the 
adjacent islands that had been cleared by the 
Indians, built a camp and left two of the boys, 
Eli Weston and Isaac Smith, to spend the 
winter and care for the cattle. The location 
was eighteen miles above Winslow, the near- 
est settlement, to which place the boys made 
one visit during the long winter. Weston was 
so late in starting from Massachusetts with 
his family that he could not get up the river, 
so they stopped in Dresden until January, then 
moved on to Fort Halifax, and the last of 
April, 1772, "we got to my own house." They 
located about two miles and a half below 
Skowhegan Falls near the islands, so that by 
cultivating the land on the islands and cutting, 
burning and clearing small tracts on the shore, 
they were able to raise a sufficient crop for 
their'needs. Heywood probably came with his 
family the summer of 1772. His farm includ- 
ed the Leighton and Abram \\'yman farms on 
the south river road, Skowhegan, and Wes- 
ton's was below. Joseph Weston traded in a 
small way, carried on his farm, and worked 
at his trade as a tailor when occasion offered. 
In 1775, when Arnold's forces went up the 
river on their way to Quebec, Weston and two 
of his sons. Eli and WilHam, assisted in get- 
ting the boats from their settlement up the 
river, over Skowhegan and Norridgewock 
Falls. From this hardship and exposure he 
took a severe cold, and died October 16, 1775. 
He married, in 1756, Eunice, daughter of 
Aaron and Hannah (Barron) Farnsworth. 
Children: i. Joseph, born January 17, 1757, 
died March 22, 1838; married Sarah, Emery. 
2. Samuel, January 17, 1757 (twin), men- 
tioned below. 3. John, July 19, 1758, died 
November 12, 1842; married (first) Azubah 
Piper; (second) Anna Peaks. 4. Eli, July 4, 
1760. died October 4, 1846; married Sarah 
Kemp. 5. William, November 11, 1763. died 
December 29, 1840; married (first) Betsey 

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Clark; (second) Mary Pinkham. 6. Benja- 
min, February 3, 1765, died April 7, 185 1 ; 
married Annie Powers. 7. Eunice, August 25, 
1766, died August 12. 1779. 8. Hannah, Feb- 
ruary 23, 1768, died February 11, 1800; mar- 
ried Noah Parkman. 9. Stephen, September 
15, 1770: ched May 31, 1847; niarried Martha 

(V) Samuel, son of Joseph Weston, was 
born in Concord, Massachusetts, January 17, 
1757, died June 7, 1802. He went to Maine 
with his parents and resided in Canaan the 
remainder of his life. He was well educated 
and a prominent man of the town. He was 
justice of the peace, representative to the legis- 
lature, and held various town offices of trust 
and responsibility. He was appointed by the 
general government in 1798 assessor of direct 
taxes. He surveyed Bingham's Purchase of a 
million acres, the Androscoggin river up as 
far as "Livermore's town" and forty or fifty 
miles of the lower Kennebec. He w-as agent 
for the Plymouth company and had charge of 
land for various men living in Massachusetts. 
He also kept a country store. He married, in 
1782, Mary, daughter of John and Mary 
(Whitney) White. Children: i. Mary, born 
December 19, 1782, died December 21, i860; 
married Eleazer Coburn. 2. Betsey, March 5, 
1784, died March 22, 1871 ; married (first) 
Amos Baker; (second) Samuel Lewis. 3. 
Cephas, March 27, 1786, died July 8, 1786. 
4. Cynthia, April 27, 1787, died September 
28, 1872; married George Pooler. 5. SSmuel, 
May 24, 1788, died April 22, 1838. 6. Ste- 
phen, September 22, 1789, died April 17, 1869. 
7. Eusebius, April 22, 1791, died April 8, 1866; 
married Delia Dickenson. 8. John Whitney, 
March 27, 1793, mentioned below. 9. Daniel 
Cony, January 27, 1795, died December 26, 
1878. 10. Clarissa, October 19, 1796, died 
April 25, 1856; married Thomas Brown. 11. 
Increase Sumner, April 30, 1798, died Febru- 
ary 14, 1885; married Caroline (Neil) Jewett. 
12. Roxanna, March 29, 1800, died June 30, 
1891. 13. Ebenezer, August 25, 1802, died 
April 30, 1894; married Delia Bliss. 

(VI) John Whitney, son of Samuel Wes- 
ton, was born in Canaan, now Skowhegan, 
Maine, March 27, 1793, died October 9, 1878. 
In 1 8 19 he purchased the interest in the saw 
mill of his cousin, Cyrus Weston, and contin- 
ued lumbering all his life. Owning timber 
lands in the Dead river region, he was the 
first man to cut spruce timber to run down 
the Kennebec river for the market, and did 
an extensive business sending rafts of pine 
boards down the river to Augusta. In poli- 

tics he was a Whig, and in religion a Univer- 
salist. He married, in 182 1, Sarah Parker 
_iValker. born in Bedford, New Hampshire, 
February 4, 1800, died January 15, 1845, 
daughter of William and Lydia (j\Iartin) 
Walker, w^ho came from Derry, New Hamp- 
shire, to Madison. Children: i. Samuel Will- 
iam, born September 23, 1821, died Septem- 
ber 4, 1851. 2. Henry, January 9, 1823, mar- 
ried (first) Lois Angela Mead; (second) El- 
len Poitevent McAvoy. 3. Levi Wyman, Oc- 
tober 9, 1824, mentioned below. 4. Gustavus 
Adolphus, December 17, 1826, died Septem- 
ber 15, 1844. 5. Algernon Sidney, July 22, 
1828, died March 30, 1897; married (first) 
Hannah Eliza Hollister ; (second) Letitia 
Baird Livezey. 6. Mary White, January 13, 
1 83 1, married Josiah Parker Varney. 7. Ho- 
ratio Stephen, January 8, 1833, died May 29, 
1866; married Caroline Wyman. 8. Emily, 18, 1835, died June 7, 1845. 9- Eliza 
Sophia, May 22, 1838, died June 17, 1897. 10. 
Increase Sumner, April 20, 1840, died Sep- 
tember 6, 1840. II. Sarah Elizabeth, July 20, 
1 84 1, died April 29, 1842. 

(\'II) Levi Wyman, son of John Whitney 
Weston, was born October 9, 1824, on Skow- 
hegan Island, in the old mill hotise on the 
mill lot near the sawmill. He received his ed- 
ucation at the public schools and at Bloom- 
field Academy, and afterward worked for his 
father in the mill. In the spring of 1841, at 
the age of seventeen, he went to Moosehead 
Lake to drive logs, and continued to drive 
logs every spring until 1847, having charge of 
crews and sections of the main river drive. 
In 1844 he helped build the starch mill at 
Skowhegan, and superintended the making of 
starch for three seasons until the potato rot 
destroyed the business. In 1847 he went to 
Lowell, Massachusetts, and found work in a 
machine shop, where he remained two years. 
Returning to Skowhegan in May, 1849, he es- 
tablished the first permanent machine shop 
there, which he conducted for six years. He 
then bought the foundry of Lemuel Fletcher, 
wdiich he run in connection with the machine 
shop, enlarging and rebuilding the plant. In 
1855 he sold half the interest in the business 
to Amos H. Fletcher, and the firm of Weston 
& Fletcher continued until 1858, when he sold 
his remaining interest. In November, 1858, 
he went to New Orleans and visited Logtown, 
Mississippi, where he assisted his brother 
Henry to rebuild his steam sawmill, which had 
been burned. He returned to Skowhegan and 
in December, i860, bought out his younger 
brother, I. S. Weston, who owned half the 



sawmill and lumber business at Skowhegan, in 
company with his father, the business being 
continued under the firm name of J. W. & L. 
W. Weston. In July, 1866, his father sold his 
interests to Colonel William F.'*Baker, of Mos- 
cow, Maine, and the firm became Weston & 
Baker. In November, 1871, Mr. Weston 
bought out his partner's interests, and contin- 
ued alone until November, 1880, when he took 
into partnership his stepson, Charles M. Brain- 
ard, and the firm was Weston & Brainard. 
The firm bought the carding and cloth dress- 
ing mill of Benjamin and Calvin Stinchfield 
in 1884, which added greatly to their water 
power, and continued to enlarge their plant 
and improve the business until the death of 
Mr. Brainard in 1893. The following April 
Mr. Weston bought of the estate the interests 
of his former partner, and continued the busi- 
ness until 1897, when he sold to the Skow- 
hegan Electric Light Company. Mr. Weston 
has always been a Republican in politics, and 
lias taken a keen interest in the aflrairs of the 
town. He served as selectman and on the 
school committee of •Blffomfield. -WJien the 
towns of Bloomfield and Skowhegan were 
united, he was elected the first school agent 
for the unitetl dis^ict No. i, serving alto- 
gether about twent'v years on the school com- 
mittee in both towns. HeTias served on the 
building committees for erecting many of the 
public buildings in Skowhegan, and has been 
connected with a number of corporations. He 
is president of the Somerset Building and 
Loan Association, a direcfcpr Jpf .the Savings 
Bank of Skowhegan, and tRe Skowhegan Wa- 
ter Company, and trustee of the Bloomfield 
Academy Fund and of the public library. 

He married (first), February 15, 1853, 
Sophia Wyman Walker, who died June 13, 
1858. He married (second), November 19, 
1861, Clementine (Houghton) Brainard, born 
January 22, 1831, daughter of Thomas and 
Sarah (Spaulding) Houghton. Children: i. 
Agnes Augusta, born December 21, 1862, died 
March 4, 1877. 2. Gertrude Sophia, March 
20. 1866. 3. Ernest Gustavus, November 7, 
1867, died January 27, 1869. 4. Ethel Hough- 
ton, May 30. died January 17, 1870. 5. Mar- 
garet Houghton, September i, 1873, died Au- 
gust 23, 1875. 

(V) Deacon Benjamin, son of Joseph Wes- 
ton, was born in Concord, Massachusetts, 
February 3, 1765, and died April 7, 1851. 
When seven years old he was brought by 
his parents to Canaan (later Bloomfield, now 
Skowhegan), Maine, where he was reared 
on a new farm, and resided until 1786, when 

he purchased a tract of heavily timbered land 
in the town of Madison, a mile and a half 
above the present village of Madison. This he 
cleared up from wilderness condition, and the 
farm is now occupied by his grandson, Theo- 
dore Weston. He afterward purchased from 
time to time until he owned about a thousand 
acres, all of which is now owned by his de- 
scendants. For many years before his death 
his name headed the list as the largest tax- 
payer in the town. He was classed as a Puri- 
tan of the Puritans. He was the first deacon 
of the Congregational church of Madison. In 
politics he was an old-line Whig. He mar- 
ried, March, 1788, Annie, eldest daughter of 
Levi and Mary (Chase) Powers, of Canaan, 
granddaughter of Peter Powers, the first set- 
tler of Hollis, New Hampshire, and on the 
maternal side a direct descendant of Aquilla 
Chase, of Newbury, Massachusetts. Mrs. 
Weston was a woman of more than ordinary 
intelligence, strength of character and culture. 
Their childrens eleven in number, all lived to 
maturity," and ten became heads of families, 
and were: i. Stephen, born 1789, died 1841 ; 
farmer in Madison ; soldier in war of 1812. 2. 
Benjamin, 1790, see forward. 3. Anna, 1792, 
died 1873; married Samuel Burns, of Madi- 
son. 4. Nathan, October 9, 1796, for many 
years extensively engaged in the lumber trade 
with his brother Benjamin. 5. Betsey, 1798, 
died 1882 ; married Rufus Bixby. 6. Mary, 
1800, died 1874; married Ephraim Spaulding, 
of North Anson. 7. Electa, 1802, die^ 1^885; 
married Hon. William R. Flint. 8. Eunice, 
1804, died 1841 ; married Merrill Blanchard, 
of Houlton. g. Hannah, 1808, died unmar- 
ried, 1862. 10. William, 1810, died 1882, at 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin ; was merchant, lum- 
berman and manufacturer in North Anson ; 
went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1859; was 
colonel of militia. Deacon Weston had one 
hundred grandchildren. 

(\T) I3enjamin Jr. (2), son of Deacon- 
Benjamin (i) Weston, was reared on the- 
paternal farm, and after reaching manhood 
lived on one adjoining. He became extensive- 
ly engaged in lumbering, iron mining and 
stone quarrying, in all of which he was highly 
successful, and for his time he was a man 
of wealth. He brought the first raft of lum- 
ber across Moose Head Lake, and made the 
first drive of logs down the Kennebec river, 
in company with his brother Nathan, an in- 
dustry which has now assumed large propor- 
tions. He built the first Congregational church 
in Madison, and received his pay from sale of 
pews. He was public spirited, and did much 



toward the upbuilding of what is now the 
thriving town of 'Madison. He married 

(first) ; (second) Ann F. Jewett, 

daughter of Pickard Jewett, of Skowhegan. 
His children were thirteen in number, by first 

(VH) Benjamin Pickard Jewett, son of 
Benjamin (2) Weston, was born August 13, 
1841, in the house in which he died, Sep- 
tember 12, 1907. He was educated in the 
common schools, and Maine State Seminary, 
now Bates College, and while a student in the 
last named institution experienced an accident 
which almost made him a cripple for life. 
After his father's death he made his home 
on the ancestral farm. As a boy he assisted 
his father about the quarry and the general 
store connected therewith, on Chaleur Bay. 
About 1872 he became a member of the mer- 
cantile firm of Blackwell & Weston, and this 
connection was maintained until 1877, when 
the partnership was dissolved, and he fitted up 
a store in Madison, near the railroad crossing, 
which he conducted for some years. He was 
active in securing the location of the railroad 
at Madison, when that town was to be left 
away from its line, and with other prominent 
citizens brought it to the town by taking the 
contract to build the road to the river, accept- 
ing railroad bonds (then considered as of lit- 
tle value) for the larger portion of their out- 
lay. This is but indicative of his public spirit 
and foresight in the interest of the community. 
The 'water power of Madison was practically 
undeveloped until 1881, when Mr. Weston and 
his brother Thomas, who lived in Portland, in- 
terested a practical woolen manufacturer, and 
procured the means for building the old 
wooden mill. This was completed early in 1882, 
and the manufacture of woolen faljrics was 
immediately begun. This was followed by the 
building of the first brick mill in 1885, and the 
Indian Spring mill, in 1887. He was a mem- 
ber of the building committee of each, and 
upon him devolved in large degree the pro- 
curing of labor and material for construction. 
In 1889, when the forerunner of the Great 
Northern Paper Company was embarrassed 
by finding clouded titles to needed property, 
Mr. Weston's wonderful energy and perse- 
verance were brought into play, and after 
overcoming what to most men would have 
been insuperable difficulties, he succeeded, and 
the work of construction was entered upon. 
About 1880 he purchased the old sawmill 
standing in the present yard of the paper com- 
pany, and after selling it he erected the mill, 
which he thenceforward operated until his 

death. He was ever active in community in- 
terests, from the time when soon after attain- 
ing his majority he was elected to the common 
council, and he, frequently thereafter served in 
responsible positions to which he was called 
by vote of his fellow citizens. An earnest 
Republican in politics, he neither had leisure 
nor ambition for public station, and refused 
frequently to allow himself to be made a can- 
didate for political position. His sole interests 
were for the local good, and his influence and 
means were always devoted to improved school 
accommodations and educational facilities. He 
served as president of the Madison Board 
of Trade, and of the Madison Soldiers' iMonu- 
ment Association, as town auditor, and as trus- 
tee of the Forest Hill Cemetery Association. 
After the purchase of the cemetery property 
by that body, he selected a lot thereon, re- 
moved to it the remains of his honored par- 
ents, and there his own interment was made. 
In early life he became a member of the Con- 
gregational church, and- Mrs. Susan Dinsmore 
is now the only oiie. living whose name was 
entered before his own on the church rolls. 
He was always an active participant in all 
the affairs of the society, and it was largely 
through his effort that the lot was secured and 
the present house of worship erected. In his 
personal relations he was the true gentleman 
of the old school — kind and obliging, gener- 
ous to a fault, and a thorough optimist, to 
whom every cloud had a silver lining. He 
married, in 1866, Emily H. Baker, of Bing- 
ham, who only lived four months after their 
union. In 1869 he married .Sarah J. Dins- 
more, who with their five children lives to 
mourn his loss, while he was yet in the prime 
of his vigor and usefulness. Their children : 
I. Nathan A., born November 12. 1870, see 
forward. 2. Ernest C, October 30, 1873, 
farmer, Madison ; married Efifie M. Day ; chil- 
dren : Clayton and Barbara. 3. Charles P., 
November 8, 1875, professor in University of 
Maine. 4. Benjamin T., November 20, 1877, 
civil and mechanical engineer. 5. Susan, April 
6, 1882. 

(VIII) Nathan Alvan, eldest child of Ben- 
jamin Pickard Jewett Weston, was born in 
Madison, November 12, 1870. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools of his native town. 
For two years he worked in his father's mill 
in IMadison. for two years thereafter for the 
Manufacturing Investment Company, now the 
Great Northern Paper Company, and again for 
three years in the sawmill. For about a year 
he was in the employ of his second cousin, 
Levi W. Weston, then purchasing the interest 


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of his cousin's partner, and the firm becom- 
ing Weston & Weston. He operates the Wes- 
ton grist mill at Madison, and transacts an 
extensive business, besides his lumbering and 
farming interests. He is one of the leading 
business men of Madison, and is well and fa- 
vorably known through his section of the 
state. He is a member of the Congregational 
church of Madison, and in politics is a Re- 
publican. He is a member of Indian Spring 
Lodge, I. O. O. F. ; the Order of Foresters ; 
the Order of Maccabees. He married, Jan- 
uary 17, 1903, Mabel Davis, born May i, 
1883, daughter of Edwin and Mira (Clark) 
Davis, of Madison. They have one child, 
Emilv, born January 7, 1904. 

The name of Bradbury is of 
BRADBURY Saxon origin and was 

formed by the combination 
of two words : Brad, meaning broad, and bury, 
which is variously defined as a house, a hill, 
a domain and a town. In the ancient English 
records there are several variations in its or- 
thography, such as Bradberrie, Bradburye, 
Bradberry and Bradbury. In England the 
line of descent from Thomas, the immigrant, 
can be traced backward through several gen- 

(I) Wymond Bradbury, who was of the 
seventh generation in descent from the earliest 
known member of the family under consid- 
eration, resided in the county of Essex during 
the reign of James the First, and married 
Elizabeth Gill (nee Whitgift). He did not 
come to America. 

(II) Thomas, second son of Wymond and 
Elizabeth Bradbury, and of the eighth genera- 
tion in descent, according to the English pedi- 
gree, was baptized at Wicken Bonant, Essex, 
on the last day of February, 1610-11. It is 
plainly evident that he acquired the advantages 
of a good education, as early in the year 1634 
he appeared at Agamenticus (now York, 
i\Iaine) as the agent or steward of Sir Fer- 
nando Gorges, proprietor of the province of 
Maine, and must therefore have possessed both 
social and intellectual qualifications for such 
a position. He did not, however, remain for 
any length of time in the service of Gorges, 
as in 1636 he became a grantee at Salisbury, 
Massachusetts, whither he removed and where 
for more than half a century he was one of 
the most prominent residents. He was admit- 
ted a freeman at Sa4isbury in 1640, and served 
as schoolmaster, town clerk, justice of the 
peace, deputy to the general court, county 
recorder, associate judge and captain of the 

local military company, winning credit for 
himself and giving general satisfaction to his 
fellow townsmen in all of these offices. In 
1 64 1 he was appointed first clerk of the writs 
of Salisbury; was seven times chosen deputy 
to the general court between the years 1651 
and 1666; and from 1654 to 1669 served upon 
various committees formulated for the purpose 
of adjusting land disputes, locating grants and 
establishing boundaries. He died in Salisbury, 
March 16, 1695. In 1636 he married Mary 
Perkins, daughter of John the elder and Ju- 
dith Perkins, of Ipswich, Massachusetts. John 
Perkins, born at Gloucester, England, in 1590, 
embarked at Bristol with his family on board 
the ship "Lyon," Captain William Pearce, 
master, and Roger Williams was a fellow 
passenger. Arriving in Boston, February 5, 
1 63 1, John Perkins was admitted a freeman 
the same year, and in 1633 settled in Ipswich, 
acquiring possession of an island at the mouth 
of the river, which became known as Perkins 
Island. He held town offices in Ipswich and 
was deputy to the general court. He died 
prior to 1655. His children were : John, 
Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary, Lydia and Jacob. 
Mary Perkins, who became the wife of Thom- 
as Bradbury, had the misfortune in her old 
age of being tried and convicted of witch- 
craft during the excitement caused by the ter- 
rible delusion of 1692, which resulted in the 
ignominious death of so many innocent people, 
but she escaped punishment and died a natural 
death December 20, 1700. She was the moth- 
er of eleven children : Wymond, Judith, 
Thomas, Mary, Jane, Jacob, William, Eliza- 
beth, John, Ann and Jabez, all of whom, 
excepting the eldest, were born in Salisbury. 

(Ill) Wymond (2), eldest child of Thomas 
and Mary (Perkins) Bradbury, was born 
April I, 1637. Plis death, which was untimely, 
occurred April 7, 1669, on the Island of Nevis, 
West Indies, the birthplace of Alexander 
Hamilton. May 7, 1661, he married Sarah, 
daughter of Robert and Sarah Pike, and a 
sister of Rev. John Pike, pastor of the church 
in Dover, New Hampshire. Robert Pike, one 
of the most advanced men of his time in 
New England, came from England to Salem 
with his parents when nineteen years old, and 
was one of the founders of Salisbury. He be- 
came a fearless champion of truth, justice and 
liberty of conscience, and was the hero of sev- 
eral important controversies. He was openly 
against the ill treatment of the Indians, op- 
posed the dogmatic authority of the Rev. John 
Wheelwright, pastor of the church in Salis- 
bury, and stood forth pre-eminent in opposi- 

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tion to the Rev. Cotton Mather and other su- 
perstitious clergymen during the witchcraft 
prosecutions of 1692, defending the innocent 
victims to the extent of his ability. Wymond 
Bradbury's widow married for her second 
husband John Stockman, who died December 
10. 1686. Of her first union there were three 
children: I. Sarah, born February 26, 1662, 
married Abraham Merrill. 2. Ann, born No- 
vember 22, 1666, married Jeremy Allen. 3. 

(IV) Wymond (3), youncest child of Wy- 
mond (2) and Sarah (Pike) Bradbury, was 
born in Salisbury, May 13, 1669. He spent 
his declining years in York, Maine, where bis 
son had settled, and died there April 17, 1734. 
He married Mariah Cotton, born January 14, 
1672, daughter of Rev. John Cotton Jr. and 
Joanna (Rossiter) Cotton, granddaughter of 
the distinguished Boston minister, Rev. John 
Cotton, who came from old Boston in Lincoln- 
shire, and who married Sarah Story. Joanna 
Rossiter was a daughter of Dr. Bryan Ros- 
siter, of Guilford, Connecticut. Wymond 
Bradbury's widow married for her second 
husband John Head, of Kittery, Maine, when 
more than sixty-two years old, and she died 
in that town January 30, 1736. The children 
of Wymond and Mariah (Cotton) Bradbury 
were: Jabez, born in 1693; William, 169.S; 
John, 1697; Rowland, 1699: Ann, 1702: Jo- 
siah, 1704: Theophilus, 1706; Maria, 1708; 
Jerusha, 171 1. 

(V) John, third child of Wymond (3) and 
Mariah (Cotton) Bradbury, was born in Sal- 
isbury, September 9, T697. He settled in 
York, Maine, early in the eighteenth century, 
and was the founder of the York branch of 
the Bradbury family. He became an elder oi 
the Presbyterian church, and was also promi- 
nent in civic affairs, serving in the provincial 
legislature several terms, as a member of the 
executive council for ten years and as iudge 
of probate. At the commencement of the 
revolutionarv war he vigorously supported the 
cause of national independence, and it is re- 
lated that he rebulced his minister in the pres- 
ence of the congregation for having expressed 
in his sermon sentiments disloval to the Amer- 
ican cause. He died December 3, 1778. He 
married Abigail, dausrhter of Lieutenant Jo- 
seph and Abigail (Donnell) Young, of York, 
and her death occurred September 28, 1787. 
Their children were: Cotton, see succeeeding 
paragraph; Lucy, born January 8, 1725; Beu- 
lah, March 20, 1727; Mariah, April 5, 1729; 
Abigail, August 12, 1731 ; Elizabeth, January 

5, 1734; John, September 18, 1736; Joseph, 
October 23, 1740; Anne, June 2, 1743. 

(VI) Cotton, eldest child of John and Abi- 
gail (Young) Bradbury, born in York, Oc- 
tober 8, 1722, died in that town June 4, 1806. 
He married Ruth, daughter of Elias Weare, 
of York, and had a family of nine children : 
Lucy, born June 20, 1754; Edward, May 20, 
1757; Daniel, April 7, 1759; Betsey, December 
10, 1760; Abigail, December 16, 1765; Olive, 
January 3, 1768: Joseph, May i, 1770: James, 
see next paragraph; Ruth, October 19, 1774. 

(VTI) Dr. James, eighth child and youngest 
.son of Cotton and Ruth (Weare) Bradbury, 
was born in York, April 24, 1772. Having 
acquired a good general education he studied 
medicine, his professional training being the 
best that could be obtained at that period, and 
after practicing in Ossipee, New Hampshire, 
for a year he located in Parsonsfield, Maine, 
going there in 1798 and building up a large 
general practice which he maintained for more 
than forty years. In addition to being an able 
physician, he was an excellent instructor and 
directed the preliminary studies of a consid- 
erable number of students, some of whom be- 
came noted practitioners. When the infirmi- 
ties of old age began to develop he established 
his home near the residence of his only daugh- 
ter in Windham, and he died there February 
7, 1844. In 1816 he united with the Free 
Will Baptist church and continued his fellow- 
ship with that denomination for the remainder 
of his life. Dr. Bradbury was married in the 
year 1800 to Mrs. Ann Moulton, born in 
Newbury, Massachusetts, September 2, 1777, 
daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Noyes) 
Moulton. By a previous marriage with her 
cousin, Samuel Moulton, son of Cotton Moul- 
ton, she had two children ; and those of her 
second union were: i. James Weare, born 
June 10, 1803, married Eliza Ann Smith, and 
became a prominent citizen of Augusta, ac- 
quiring political distinction. 2. Samuel Moul- 
ton, who will be again referred to. 3. Clarissa 
Ann, born June 19, 1807, became the wife 
of Dr. Charles G. Parsons, of Windham ; died 
December 5, 1850. The mother of these chil- 
dren died March 10, 1835. Dr. Bradbury 
married (second). November i, 1836. Nancy 
Chapman, born January 3, 1800. The only 
child of this union was Cotton M., born Feb- 
ruary 22, 1839, removed from Windham Hill 
to South Windham, September 10, 1877, 
thence to Cumberland Mills, December 6. 1895, 
where he now resides, an industrious and high- 
ly respected citizen. He married (first) Su- 


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sanna D. Hussey, born 1833, died August 20, 
1877, ^''lo bore him two children: James Cot- 
ton, born October 16, 1865, died March 14, 
1905; Jennie AI., born July 9, 1868, died De- 
cember 10, 1901. Married (secondj Ella T. 
Harris, born 1858, died April 5, 1893, who 
bore him four children : Nellie G., born Feb- 
ruary 26, 1880, married Harry Feldman, 1905; 
resides in Boston, jMassachusetts. Alice, born 
May 7, 1881, died October 8, 1884. Frank H., 
born November 20, 1883, married Julia Quinn, 
1905, has one child, Christella : resides in 
Westbrook. Fred E., born June 11, 1885, un- 

(Vni) Samuel Moulton, M. D., second 
child of Dr. James and Ann (Moulton) Brad- 
bury, was born in Parsonsfield, August 22, 
1804. He began the study of medicine with 
his father, was graduated from the Maine 
Medical School (Bowdoin College) in 1831, 
and began the practice of his profession in 
Parsonsfield. In 1836 he removed to Liming- 
ton, where he resided for more than fifty 
years, and at the age of eighty-four was still 
in active practice, attending regularly to his 
professional duties. He was not alone re- 
spected for his professional ability and per- 
sonal integrity, as his public services and ef- 
forts to increase the educational facilities of 
Limington were exceedingly beneficial to the 
town, and his desire for the advancement of 
its general welfare was frequently emphasized 
while serving as town clerk, selectman and as 
representative to the state legislature. In pol- 
itics he was a Democrat. As one of the found- 
ers of the Limington Academy he labored 
zealously in its behalf and served as president 
of its board of trustees for thirty years. He 
was a member of Adoniram Lodge, Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons, and one of the 
principal supporters of the Baptist church. 
Dr. Samuel M. Bradbury died in Limington, 
September 22, 1888, having attended to his 
patients up to a week prior to his demise, and 
his passing away was sincerely regretted by 
the entire community. He was first married 
in 1831 to Susan Brackett, born in Parsons- 
field, November 11, 181 1, died November 27, 
1846, daughter of James and Betsey (Fogg- 
Brackett) Brackett. He married (second) 
her sister Elizabeth, born in 1821, died April 
4, 1899. They were descended in the eighth 
generation from Anthony (i) Brackett, of 
Portsmouth, the immigrant, through Thomas 
(2), Samuel (3). Samuel (4), John (5), 
James (6), and James (7). Their father, 
who was a native of Berwick and a prosperous 
farmer of Parsonsfield, died there in 1844. 

He married Betsey Brackett (nee Fogg), his 
brother's widow. Dr. Bradbury's first wife 
bore him two children : John Brackett, born 
June I, 1833, died April 27, 1858; graduated 
from Colby University, Waterville, in 1857. 
Ann Elizabeth, born August 24, 1837, died 
May 8, 1855. The children of Dr. Bradbury's 
second union are : James Otis, who is referred 
to again in the next paragraph. Eva Carrie, 
born October 28, 1834, died August 24, 1862. 
Frank M., born February 28, 1858, married 
Alice S. Cousins ; they now reside at the Brad- 
bury homestead in Limington, Maine. Lizzie, 
born May 27, 1862, became the wife of Hardy 
H. McKenney, a prominent citizen of Liming- 
ton, married May 25, 1895. 

(IX) James Otis, eldest child of Dr. Sam- 
uel M. and Elizabeth (Brackett) Bradbury, 
was born in Limington, July 19, 1850. From 
the Limington Academy he entered the West- 
ern State Normal school at Fannington, from 
which he was graduated in 1874, and being 
thus well equipped for educational pursuits he 
embraced that useful calling, becoming a high 
school teacher of recognized ability. While 
thus employed he devoted his vacations and 
other spare moments to the study of law under 
the direction of Colonel William McArthur in 
Limington, and after his admission to the Som- 
erset county bar at Skowhegan in 1876 lo- 
cated for practice in Hartland, Maine, having 
become solicitor for several large corporations 
in that section of the state. Removing from 
the latter place in 1889 he established himself 
in practice at Saco the following year and has 
ever since transacted a general law business in 
that city, having attained prominence in his 
profession through his legal ability and high 
personal character. While residing in Hart- 
land he served as chairman of the board of 
selectmen, as superintendent of public schools 
and as trustee of state normal schools, and 
from 1882 to 1886 was county attorney for 
Somerset. In 1892-93 he was mayor of Saco 
and served two terms, 1894-95, as city so- 
licitor of that city. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican. His fraternal affiliations are with Saco 
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 
Hobah Encampment and Canton J. H. Dear- 
born. Patriarchs Militant, all of Saco. He 
attends the Unitarian church. On August 5, 
1877, Mr. Bradbury was united in marriage 
with Ella S., of Wells, daughter of Joseph 
Butler, and she died June 29, 1889. The chil- 
dren of this union are : Mary Alma, born 
September 26, 1882 ; and Eva Elizabeth, born 
April 12, 1886, who died in Norton, Massa- 
chusetts, December 24, 1906. September 3, 

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igoo, Mr. Bradbury married for his second 
wife Mrs. Imoocne Savage Haskell, daughter 
of General Eibridge G. Savage, of Solon, 

The surname Swett is identical 
SWETT with Sweete and Sweet in the 

earl)^ records. The family is 
traced back in England to the time of Edward 
VI at Travne and after that at Oxton, Devon- 
shire, England. This family bore coat-of- 
arms as follows : Gules two chevrons between 
as many mullets in chief and a rose in base 
argent seeded or. Crest : A mullet or pierced 
azure between two gilly-flowers proper. 

(I) John Swett, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England about 1590, and is said to 
have come from Guernsey in the English 
Channel, which was made a temporary stop- 
ping place for many English families on their 
way to the new world. He settled first in 
Salem as early as 1636 and finally in what is 
now Newburyport, Massachusetts, and was a 
grantee of Newbury, December 7, 1642, one 
of the original ninety-one. He was admitted 
a freeman May 18, 1642. His widow Phebe 
died May, 1663. While he was living in Sa- 
lem he shot a wolf dog belonging to Colonel 
Endicott in the colonel's backyard, and the 
owner of the obnoxious wolf dog prosecuted 
him for the killing. Fined five pounds June 
6, 1637, after what must have been a sensa- 
tional trial for his day. Children, born in 
England: i. Stephen, born about 1624, a 
cordwainer by trade, lived at Newbury ; mar- 
ried. May 24. 1647, Hannah Merrill: second, 
August 4. 1663, Rebecca Smith. 2. Captain 
Benjamin, born about 1626, married, Novem- 
ber I, 1647, Esther Weare, daughter of Na- 
thaniel Weare, of Newbury, and she married 
second, March 31, 1678, Stephen Greenleaf, 
of Newbury; Swett settled in Hampton, New 
Hampshire, and was a very prominent citizen, 
captain of the military company and noted for 
his skill and daring in fighting the Indians, 
especially during King Philip's war, 1675-76, 
and was killed by the savages at Black Point, 
Scarborough, Maine ; his sons were also very 
prominent citizens. 3. Joseph, mentioned be- 
low. 4. Sarah, died December 11, 1650. 

(II) Toseph, son of John Swett, was born 
about 1630. He was living in Newbury until 
1650. was of Haverhill in 1653 and later re- 
moved to Boston. He married Elizabeth 

. Children: i. Joseph, born October 

26, 1658, w-as drowned near his home in 
Truro, Massachusetts, November 29, 1716, 
with an Indian and four other Englishmen 

going from Eastham harbor to Billingsgate. 
2. Benjamin, mentioned below. 

(HI) Benjamin, son of Joseph Swett, was 
born in Boston, January 29, 1660. According 
to family tradition he and his brother settled 
when young men on Cape Cod, the brother 
Joseph at Truro and he at Wellfleet. They 
must have been both seafaring men. Benja- 
min Swett was one of the ta.xpayers of Well- 
fleet who, June 22, 1724, protested against 
paying rates or continuing in the ministry of 
Rev. Josiah Oakes. This record possibly be- 
longs to his son Benjamin. 

(IV) Benjamin (2), son of Benjamin (i) 
Swett, was born in Welfleet about 1700. The 
available public records tell us nothing definite 
of him. 

(V) Benjamin (3), son or nephew of Ben- 
jamin (2) Swett, was born about 1740. He 
was a soldier under Captain Joshua Gordon 
in Colonel Jonathan Mitchell's regiment in 
July, 1779, in the Penobscot Expedition. This 
service in Maine indicates that he rather than 
his son Benjamin settled first in Maine. Chil- 
dren : Noah, Benjamin, mentioned below' ; 
James and John. 

(\T) Benjamin (4), son of Benjamin (3) 
Swett, was born at Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 
December 29, 1769, and died at . Hampden, 
IMaine, October 13, 1854. Early in life he 
w^as a mariner and sea captain, afterward a 
farmer. lie settled about 1795 at Hampden, 
Maine. Fle married first, in 1793, Joanna At- 
wood, a native of Wellfleet, who died at 
Hampden in ]\Iay, 1796. He married second, 
late in 1801, Mehitable Atwood, of Orrington, 
whither he went to live. She died 1839. 
There also came to Orrington Solomon Swett, 
said to be not related, though coming from 
Wellfleet also. Child of first'Wife : Delia D., 
born January 4, 1796, died January 14, 1884. 
Children of second wife: i. Joanna A., born 
October 3, 1802, died 1903. 2. Emily H., F'eb- 
ruary 21, 1804, died April 27, 1901. 3. Noah, 
July 29, 1805, died September 8, 1873. 4. 
Benjamin, September 6, 1806, died April 14, 
1894; was a California gold seeker in 1849. 
5. James A., January 16, 1808, died May 4, 
igoi. 6. John, March 4, 1809, died June 30, 
1879. 7. i\Iary E., May 30, 1810, died June 6, 
1899. 8. Sarah C, September 2, 181 1. died 
April 20, igoi. 9. Mehitable A., March 8, 
1813, died May 4, 1906. 10. Charles M., .Au- 
gust 29, 1814, died February 10, 1892. 11. 
William A., July 10, 1816, mentioned below. 
12. David W., ]\lay 17. iSr8. died January 18, 
igo2. He was a master mariner, captain of 
the shi]) "Gold Hunter," which carried the 

CCLiZ^ UAiJicnUl 



gold seekers around the Horn to California. 
Naphthali, an adopted son and nephew, was 
born August 22, 1795. James A., Wilham A. 
and David W. traded as the Swett Company of 
Bangor, engaging in the coasting trade and 
fish business in Bangor. Maine, and Glouces- 
ter, Massachusetts, and in the manufacture of 
barrels at Hampden and Bangor. When the 
father died all of his children were living ; the 
first to die was aged sixty-eight, while the eld- 
est child of the second marriage lived to be 
over a luindred. The sons were educated in 
the public schools of Hampden and at Hamp- 
den Academy. Three of the sons were sea 
captains for a number of years, and the others 
were farmers and merchants. The family was 
Methodist in religion. 

(VH) William Atwood, son of Benjamin 
(4) Swett, was born in Hampden, Maine, 
July 10, 1816, died at Bangor, January 25, 
1902. He was educated in the district schools 
.and spent his youth and much of his later life 
in farming on the homestead. He also had 
a general store for ten years in Hampden, and 
then removed to Bangor, where he was in 
business in company with his brothers, James 
A. and David W., as narrated above. Will- 
iam A. was active in business until a few 
years previous to his' death, when he retired. 
He spent his last years in Bangor. He was 
a Methodist in religion and a Republican in 
politics. He married Mary Banks Putnam, 
born at Waltham, Massachusetts, July 16, 
1805, died at Bangor, July i, 1878, daughter 
of Daniel Putnam, of Chelmsford, Littleton 
and Framingham, Massachusetts, grand- 
daughter of Israel Putnam, of Bedford and 
Chelmsford, Massachusetts, a first cousin of 
General Rufus Putnam, the revolutionary sol- 
dier, and founder of Ohio. Deacon Israel Put- 
nam, father of Israel Putnam just mentioned, 
was of Salem Village and Bedford, a first 
cousin of General Israel Putnam, and deacon 
of the first church at Bedford and first con- 
stable of that town. Child, Atwell William, 
torn May 3, 1840, mentioned below. May 21, 
1890, William A. Swett married (second) 
Mrs. Elizabeth (Patten) Kimball, of Hermon, 
Maine, daughter of William Jr. and Sophronia 
(Dole) Patten, who still (1908) survives him, 
living in Bangor. 

(VIII) Dr. Atwell William, son of William 
Atwood Swett, was born at Hampden, Maine, 
May 3, 1840. He attended the public schools 
of his native town and Hampden Academy. 
He was graduated from Dartmouth Medical 
School in the fall of 1863 and then took post- 
graduate courses in the Post Graduate PTos- 

pital of New York, Jefiferson Medical School 
of Philadelphia and DeMilt Dispensary, New 
York City, where he was interne. He prac- 
ticed medicine in Monroe, Maine, until the 
spring of 1864, when he enlisted as assistant 
surgeon in the Twenty-ninth Maine Regiment 
in the civil war. His regiment was sent to 
Washington, D. C, and took part in the battle 
of Winchester. It was reorganized after this 
battle and sent to Savannah, Georgia, and 
later to South Carolina, where it was located 
until February, 1866. He was then mustered 
out with the rank of first lieutenant and brevet 
captain. He at once located at Winterport, 
Maine, where for a period of nineteen years 
he practiced medicine. Since 1885 he has 
practiced in Bangor, ranking among the lead- 
ers of his profession in that section of the 
state. Has been on the medical staff of the 
Eastern IMaine General Hospital since 1893. 
He has had a very large general practice as a 
physician and surgeon in both communities. 
He is a member of the Penobscot County 
Medical Association, the Maine Medical Asso- 
ciation, and the American Medical Association 
of Chicago, Illinois. He is a member of Han- 
cock Lodge, Free Masons, Hampden ; of Han- 
cock Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Bucks- 
port, and of the Military Order of the Loyal 
Legion, Department of Maine. 

He married, in Plampden, July 22, 1868, 
Elizabeth Jane Patten, born in Hampden, 
April 20, 1845, educated in the common 
schools of Hampden and the Hampden Acad- 
emy and studied music in Portland, a daughter 
of John Ellingwood Patten, of Hampden, 
master ship-builder, and descendant of Elder 
William Brewster, of the "Mayflower," and of 
the Gushing family of Hingham, Massachu- 
setts, and the Prince family that settled on 
Prince's Point, Portland, removing thence to 
Yarmouth, Maine. Children: i. Frederick 
George, born at Winterport. September 16, 
1869, educated at Buckport Seminary, Ban- 
gor high school and Bowdoin College, class 
of 1892; 1893 to 1898 was a reporter on the 
Times-Democrat of New Orleans, returning 
then to Bangor as telegraph editor of the 
Bangor Daily Commercial, resigning in Sep- 
tember, 1907. Since then has been traveling 
in Great Britain and the continent, returning 
in 1908. Is unmarried. 2. Carlotta Mary, 
born in Winterport, December 4, 1873, edu- 
cated in the public schools, graduate of Welles- 
ley, class of i8g6, and of Johns Hopkins Med- 
ical School in 1901 ; practiced with her father 
at Bangor until the spring of 1907: married, 
June 19, 1907, Charles Henry Bunting, then 



professor of pathology in the University of 
Virginia, a fellow student at Johns Hopkins ; 
he is now professor of pathology at University 
of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, where they 
reside. They have one child, Elizabeth, born 
October ii, 1908. 

The original place of settle- 
EVERETT nient of the earliest immi- 
grants of the name Everett 
was Kittery (1640). Others of this name 
lived at Reading and Dedham, Massachusetts, 
the latter place being a notable seat of the 
family. The Everetts of this sketch, however, 
seem to be descended from a later settler from 

( I ) A man named Everett whose baptismal 
name was probably John accompanied the Al- 
len family, which settled at Gouldsborough 
Point in the town of Gouldsborough. They 
probably removed from Portsmouth, New 
Hampshire, or the vicinity of that place. Mr. 
Everett may have come into this country re- 
cently, as there is a tradition among the old 
inhabitants of Gouldsborough that he was 
called "the little Englishman." He may have 
been a drum major, and evidently died quite 
young while fighting Indians in the west, per- 
haps in Ohio. At the time of his death his 
family was in straitened circumstances, as ap- 
pears from the fact that his children were sep- 
arated and brought up in different families in 
the neighborhood of their residence. John 
Everett married a Miss Allen, of the family 
with which he went to Gouldsborough. After 
her husband's death Mrs. Everett married a 
Mr. Chilcott, from Iron Bound Island, Mt. 
Desert, who was the grandfather of James 
Chilcott, long time editor of the Ellszcorth 
American. Mr. Chilcott was living in Sulli- 
van in 1838. The children of John Everett 
were : John, Henry, Mary and Hannah. 

(II) Henry was the second son of John 
Everett. The date of his death is not known. 
After the death of his father and the separa- 
tion of the family, Henry Everett became a 
member of a family named Moore, who lived 
at Prospect Harbor, by whom he was brought 
up. At a meeting of the freeholders and in- 
habitants of Gouldsborough, August 26, 1793, 
the following record was made : "Upon the 
constable's notification, Henry Everett was 
drawn to serve on the petit jury to be holden 
at Penobscot on the third Tuesday of Sep- 
tember next." April 7, 1794, Henry Everett 
was elected one of the hogreeves of Goulds- 
borough. June 14, 1794, Henry Everett's 
highway tax was assessed at five shillings. 

Ajjril, 1794, his tax was two shillings, two 
and one-half pence; in March the same; No- 
vember 5, 1795, his state tax was twenty-eight 
cents, and his town ta.x and county tax each 
the same. September i, 1796, in another dis- 
trict his highway tax was $1.89; and Novem- 
ber 7 of the same year his state and town tax 
were twenty-eight cents each. It appears from 
the record of the commitments of highway 
taxes (1795) that he resided in (Abijah) 
Cole's Ward, which included territory between 
Prospect Mill and the country road. In 1828, 
or the follow'ing, year, Henry Everett went 
with Captain Samuel Hadlock, Steve and Obed 
Clark to St. Mary's Bay, Newfoundland, in a 
vessel called the "Minerva.'' As nothing was 
ever heard of the vessel, it is supposed that 
she was lost with all on board. June 6, 1813, 
Henry Everett and Sally (Sarah) Cole, born 
March i, 1793, were married by Thomas Hill, 
Esq. Her parents were Abijah and Nancy 
(Williams) Cole. Abijah Cole was a revolu- 
tionary soldier. The children of Henry and 
Sally were : Henrietta, Timothy, Charlotte, 
Clement. Eliza Ann and George Henry. 

(III) Timothy, eldest son and second child 
of Henry and Sally (Cole) Everett, was born 
in Prospect Harbor, Maine, October 30, 1819, 
and sailed from Portland as captain of the 
barque "Louise'' !March 4, 1869. The vessel 
was lost with all on board. He was a sea 
captain, and when home resided in Bath from 
1845 till 1869. He married, September 4, 
1845, at Portland, Sarah Love, born in Port- 
land, February 27, 1825, daughter of John 
Bradley and Harriet (Bagley) Hudson, of 
Portland. The children of this union were 
five, two boys dying in infancy : Ella Mar- 
guerita, Annie Hay, Edward Sewall. 

(IV) Edward Sewall, third son and fifth 
child of Timothy and Sarah Love (Hudson) 
Everett, was born in Bath, November 4. 1855,. 
and was educated in the public schools of that 
city. In 1871, being then sixteen years of age, 
he entered the employ of W. F. Phillips & 
Company of Portland, wholesale dealers in 
drugs and medicines, and from that time till 
now he has been with the same establishment, 
in which firm he was admitted partner. After 
three years Mr. Phillips' interest in the busi- 
ness was purchased by the other members of 
the firm and April, 1884, the name of the firm 
was changed to Cook, Everett & Pennell. Mr. 
Everett's energies have always been directed 
to the advancement of the business in which 
he has been employed ; and in all the fifty-two 
years of his life, thirty-six of which he has 
been in business, he has never been a member 



of a secret society. In politics he is a Re- 
publican, but he has never considered his du- 
ties to the public required of him anything 
beyond the casting of his vote and the example 
of good citizenship. He married, September 
3, 1879, Lena Marston Josselyn (see Alarston 
VIII), who was born May 27, 1857, daughter 
of William Harrison and Mary (Marston) 
Josselyn, of Phillips. They have one child, 
Harold Josselyn, born October 12, 1883. 

This name is traced in Eng- 
MARSTON lish history to the time of the 

Conquest. A Marston of no- 
ble lineage, the commander of an army corps, 
came over to England with William the Con- 
queror in 1066; and for his military services in 
the Conquest he was granted large estates in 
Yorkshire, wherein is situated "Marston 
Moor," the famous battlefield. Edward de 
Marston and John de Marston are mentioned 
in English records of the thirteenth century. 
In 1497, when Sir William Frost was mayor 
of York, William Marston was one of his tw^o 
sheriffs. John Marston (1575-1634), a fa- 
mous dramatic writer, was imprisoned by King 
James i for satirizing the Scotch people in one 
of his plays. The original traits of the Hamp- 
ton Alarstons are firmness, faithfulness, piety 
and perseverance ; and even now these are 
ruling principles in this family of which men 
of high reputation and great professional at- 
tainments are found in many of the states. 

(I) Captain William Marston, a native of 
England, was born about 1592, and tradition 
makes Yorkshire the county of his birth. He 
came to Salem, Massachusetts, in 163 1, with 
his family and was probably accompanied by 
his two brothers, Robert and John. He re- 
sided in Salem about five years, receiving a 
grant of land from the general court in 1636, 
but soon after went to Newbury for a short 
time, thence in October to Winnecunnet, 
where he with fifty-four others settled on lands 
granted them by the general court. They 
called their place of settlement Hampton 
(Norfolk county), now in New Hampshire, 
after the English home of a part of the set- 
tlers, and by this name it was incorporated. 
"Land was granted him as early as June 30, 
1640," says one authority, "and it is probable 
that a house lot had been assigned him ear- 
lier." He lived near the present site of the 
town house. He was a kind-hearted, benevo- 
lent and godly man, a Quaker, and suft'ered 
persecutions for aiding and harboring his dis- 
tressed brethren, and was robbed by exorbitant 
fines. October 14, 1657, William Marston pe- 

titioned the court at Hampton for the remis- 
sion of a fine of fifteen pounds, which had been 
imposed on him for having in his possession 
two books which taught Quaker doctrines. 
He died at Hampton, June 30, 1672, aged 
about eighty years. Some time before his 
death he made a will which he subscribed with 
his mark. The inventory of his estate amount- 
ed to £123 10 shillings; and his debts were 
£20. There are reasons for believing that he 
had a wife living in 1651, and that she died 
not many years afterward. At his death he 
left a widow nametl Sabina, who was the 
executrix of his will. She had borne him one 
child, but it is evident that his other children 
were by a former marriage. His widow mar- 
ried (second) John Redman. His children, 
the first three born in England, were : Thom- 
as, William, John, Prudence and Tryphena. 

(II) Thomas, eldest child of Captain Will- 
iam Marston, was born in England (prob- 
ably Yorkshire) about May or June, 1617, 
and came in 1630 to Salem, Massachusetts, 
with his father, whom he accompanied to 
Newbury and later to Hampton. He died in 
the last named town September 28, 1690, in 
the seventy-fourth year of his age. He set- 
tled on an estate where his lineal descendant, 
Jeremiah Marston, lately resided, which had 
descended to him in a direct line from Thomas 
through Ephraim, Jeremiah ( i ) , Jeremiah 
(2). The provincial records show him to have 
been capable and highly esteemed, and promi- 
nent in the town business aft'airs. Thomas 
Marston married, in 1647, Mary Eston (Eas- 
ton or Eastow), a daughter of William Eston. 
The children born to this union were : Isaac, 
John, Bethiah, Ephraim, James, Caleb, Mary, 
Hannah and Sarah. 

(HI) Ephraim, fourth child and third son 
of Thomas and Mary (Easton) Marston, was 
born in Hampton, New" Hampshire, August 8, 
1654 (O. S.), and died of cancer, October 10, 
1742. He lived on the homestead devised to 
him in his father's will. He was a farmer, 
and had an orchard with a variety of fruits, 
even at that early day. He was also a brewer, 
and had his malt house in the meeting house 
green, nearly opposite his residence. His will 
and deeds afford evidence of large holdings 
of real estate. He deeded each of his sons a 
farm and settled them in life, conveying to 
Jeremiah the homestead and brewer}-. He was 
one of the most distinguished citizens of the 
town ; he was representative to the general 
court several years : was a government con- 
tractor ; and his name appears often in pro- 
vincial documents. He married, Februarv 19, 



1677, Abial Sanborn, daughter of Lieutenant 
John and Mary (Frick) Sanborn. She was 
born February 25, 1653, and died January 3, 
1743. Their children were: Abial, Mary, 
John, Simon, I'hebe, Thomas, Jeremiah, 
Ephraim and Abial (second). The marriage 
of the first Abial, the eldest child, so displeased 
her father that he disowned her for some 
years ; and on the birth of his youngest daugh- 
ter named her Abial. But later father and 
daughter were reconciled and in his will he 
gives his "beloved daughter Abial Green one 
feather bed or £4 money." This will was 
"signed and sealed" "in the reign of King 
George II, 9th year, Jan. 13, 1736, A. D." 

(IV) Simon, fourth child and second son 
of Ephraim and Abial (Sanborn) Marston, 
was born October 10, 1683, and settled in 
Hampton. He died May 4, 1735. He was 
a prosperous farmer, highly respected and a 
prominent citizen. He married, January 26, 
1705, Hannah Carr, daughter of James and 
Mary (Sears) Carr, of Newbury, Massachu- 
setts. Their children were : Jonathan, Sarah, 
Daniel, Deborah and Simon. 

(V) Captain Daniel, third child and second 
son of Simon and Hannah (Carr) Marston, 
was born September 13. 1708. He resided in 
North Hampton on a farm given him by his 
father. He was a captain in the English Co- 
lonial army during the French war and served 
in Canada and in Nova Scotia with General 
Loudon. The record of his death in his fam- 
ily Bible is as follows : "This Bible of Daniel 
Marston. In the year 1757 in the month of 
November a Freyda ye eleventh about eight 

of the clock in ye eavening at in 

the province of the Meassites at the bowse of 
John Taylor as innholder, and buried Sunday 
at the burying-place of the meeting house, 
aged fifty yeaires in the month of September 
the fourteenth." Recorded June 26. 1765. He 
married (first), January i, 1732, Anna Win- 
gate, daughter of Colonel John and Mary 
Wingate, of Hampton; (second) December 
31, 1735, Sarah Clough, of Salisbury, Massa- 
chusetts. His children, all but the first by the 
second wife, were: Anna (died young), Si- 
mon, Samuel (died young), Daniel, Samuel, 
Anna, Robey, Meriam, Sarah, Theodore and 
David. Simon, Samuel, Theodore and David 
were soldiers in the revolutionary war. Simon 
was a captain ; Samuel died at Ticonderoga. 

(VI) Theodore, ninth child and sixth 
son of Daniel and Sarah (Clough) Marston, 
was born September 28, it755, and died May 
25, 1830. He was twenty years of age at 
the outbreak of the revolutionary war in which 

he served at various times. Theodore Mars- 
ton, as shown by the New Hampshire revolu- 
tionary records, was a private in Captain 
Moore's company irj Colonel John Stark's reg- 
iment, in which he enlisted May i, 1775; in 
his brother Captain Simon Marston's com- 
pany in Colonel Joseph Senter's regiment, 
which was raised for the defence of Rhode 
Island the last half of 1777 and into the fol- 
lowing year — six months: June 22, 1778, The- 
odore Marston, of Deerfield, was paid advance 
wages, bounty and mileage ; eleven pounds 
nineteen shillings and sixpence ; September 
29, 1 781, Theodore Marston enlisted as a pri- 
vate in Captain Joseph Parson's company, 
Colonel Runnell's regiment of New Hamp- 
shire militia, for three years for twenty silver 
dollars and a month, going in the service of 
the town of Portsmouth, marching October 4. 
He settled in Mount \'ernon, Maine, where 
he was a thrifty farmer, pious, honest and ec- 
centric. He always asked the same price for 
his produce, whether it was higher or lower 
than the current market price. When seed 
was scarce he trusted the poor, but would not 
sell to the rich for money. His daughter Mi- 
riam spoke of him as a very stern man who 
believed in work for all. The family always 
rose as early as five o'clock in the morning. 
He married, in 1785, Joanna Ladd. They had: 
Sarah, Stephen, Theodore, Daniel, Jeremiah 
(died young), Jeremiah and Meriam. 

(VII) Colonel Theodore (2), third child 
and second son of Theodore ( i ) and Joanna 
(Ladd) Marston, was born October 17, 1791, 
and died in 1862. At nineteen years of age he 
left home and went to Phillips, where he 
bought five hundred acres of forest land, upon 
which he settled, and in the course of time 
converted into a fine productive farm upon 
which he built a neat residence and three 
large barns. Besides farming he dealt in 

He was a man of sterling integrity and one 
of the leaders in town affairs, and for years 
was a colonel in the militia. He married, in 
1 81 2, Polly Sonle. who was born in 1787, and 
died in 1864. Their children were: Daniel, 
Jeremiah, and Mary, who is next mentioned. 

(VIII) Mary, third and youngest child of 
Colonel Theodore and Polly (Soule) Marston, 
was born in Phillips. May 22. 1818. and mar- 
ried. May I, 1839, William Harrison Josselyn, 
of Phillips. Of this marriage were born six 
children : Theodore, Geneva, Lewis. Emma, 
Lena M., and one who died young. Lena M. 
married, September 3. 1879, Edward Sewall 
Everett. (See Everett IV.) 



Samuel Webb, immigrant ances- 
WEBB tor, was born in Redritif, near Lon- 
don, England, December 25, i6g6, 
son of Captain Samuel Webb, who was in the 
service under the reign of Queen Anne, and 
who was lost at sea in 1708. He was left an 
orphan, his mother having died in 1706, two 
years before his father, and he was "bound 
out" to learn his trade. His master or guard- 
ian did not allow him as much liberty as he 
desired and in 1713 he ran away, taking pas- 
sage on a ship for America. Where he went 
first on reaching this country is uncertain. It 
is likely that he followed the sea for a time. 
In an account of him written by his grandson, 
Seth Webb, it is stated that he landed in Rhode 
Island and was taken into the family of Mr. 
Mclntyre, a blacksmith, of Tiverton, Rhode 
Island, and there learned his trade. While 
his name is not found in the town records of 
Tiverton, there is no reason why it should be 
there, for he was a minor. The town records 
contain records of birth, marriage, death, elec- 
tions to public office, etc. The first public rec- 
ord of him is in Braintree and Weymouth, 
giving his marriage September 13, 1721, to 
Susanna, born in Weymouth, January 14, 
1702-03, died there December 22, 1724, daugh- 
ter of John and Susanna (Porter) Randall. 
He married (second), August 11, 1726, Bethi- 
ah (Farrow) Spear, born at Hingham, No- 
vember 29, 1704, died at Little Isle of Holt, 
November 30, 1770, daughter of John and 
Persis (Holbrook) Farrow, of Hingham, and 
widow of David Spear, of Braintree. These 
marriages were performed by Rev. Nehemiah 
Hobart of the Cohasset parish and are re- 
corded in the Weymouth town records. Sam- 
uel Webb may have been distantly related to 
the other Webbs of Braintree and Weymouth. 
It is a curious coincidence that he should 
choose for his residence on leaving Rhode Is- 
land the same town in which Richard Webb 
settled as early as 1640, but a mile or so from 
the home of Christopher Webb, of Braintree. 
But a thorough search shows that he was not 
a direct descendant of any of the pioneers of 
this name. There is no reason to doubt the 
family record of his birth in England. About 
1730 Webb moved away from Weymouth, 
leaving his sons Samuel and Thomas with 
their grandfather, John Randall, who was 
chosen guardian for the son Samuel, March 
14, 1736. according to the Suffolk probate 
records. The history of Deer Isle states that 
he once lived in the vicinity of Salem. Massa- 
chusetts. He was in that part of Falmouth 
now Westbrook in 1740. The history of Gor- 

ham states that he was in Boston in 1744. He 
moved to what is now Windham in 1745 and 
settled on home lot No. 23. He was a black- 
smith there and the first schoolmaster. He 
served as a soldier in the Indian wars of 
1747-48 and in 1757. He probably moved 
from Windham to North Yarmouth about 
1760, and about 1764 to Little Isle of Holt. 
After the death of one of his sons in 1784 
he moved to Deer Isle, where he died Feb- 
ruary 15, 1785. In the burying ground of 
North Weymouth, Massachusetts, is a large 
granite monument erected by his descendants 
over the spot where his first wife lies buried, 
and upon which is the following inscription : 
"Samuel Webb, son of Samuel Webb, born in 
London, England, 1606, died in Deer Isle, 
Maine, Feb. 15, 1785." Other family names 
are inscribed thereon, including that of his 
first wife. He and his second wife are buried 
in the old graveyard at Deer Isle. Children of 
first wife: i. Samuel, born July 31, 1722. 2. 
Thomas, December 21, 1723, died January 31, 
1724. 3. Thomas, December i, 1724. Chil- 
dren of second wife : 4. David, born March 
29, 1727. 5. Susannah, March 29, 1729. 6. 
Ezekiel. 7. Seth, 1732. 8. John. 9. Eli, No- 
vember 17, 1737, mentioned below. 10. Eliah 
Adams. 11. Elizabeth, June 14, 1744-45. 12. 
James. 13. Josiah, January 21, 1745. 14. 
Elizabeth, i\Iarch 4, 1746-47. 

(II) Eli, son of Samuel Webb, was born 
November 17, 1737. He went with his father 
to Windham, where he married, April 20, 
1760, Sarah, born in Westbrook, February 5, 
1742, died February 28, 1826, daughter of Ed- 
ward and Anna (Collins) Cloutman. Her 
father operated the sawmill at Presump- 
scot Lower Falls. This mill was burned by 
the Indians in 1741, and then he moved by 
boat to Stroudwater, and from there in 1745 
to Gorham, and settled above the village. 
Cloutman was a large and powerful man, and 
was much feared by the Indians. In the spring 
of 1746, while sowing wheat in his field, he 
was set upon by a party of savages, and after 
a desperate resistance finally overpowered and 
carried as a captive to Canada. In November 
he escaped from captivity by digging under 
the prison walls, but was never afterward 
heard from. The next year his skeleton was 
found on the shore of Lake Champlain, where 
he had perished. Edward Cloutman was born 
in Dover, New Hampshire, February 15, 1714, 
and married, in Falmouth, now Portland, April 
16, 1738, Anna Collins, born January 16, 
1718, daughter of Timothy and Sarah Collins 
of that city. Eli Webb spent his youth in the 



midst of Indian troubles and narrowly escaped 
capture when his brother Seth was shot and 
taken by the Indians in 1750. Webb Pond 
in I'ranklin county was named by Seth and 
Eli Webb, who were great hunters and often 
went to that vicinity for game. Eli Webb 
was a .soldier from Windham under Colonel 
Jedediah Preble in 1758. He was at the at- 
tack on Ticonderoga, and was with General 
Howe, the commander-in-chief, when he was 
shot, catching him as he fell. He was later a 
member of tlie Rogers Rangers, a select body 
of men employed as scouts under the com- 
mand of the famous Captain Rogers, of New 
Hampshire, and saw much hard service while 
in that command, which lost so many men in 
skirmishes that it had to be recruited several 
times. He was also a soldier in the revolu- 
tion. He settled in Windham, but afterward 
sold his property there, and in July, 1777, 
moved to Gorham and was the first of the 
family at Gambo Falls, his farm being near 
where the powder mills now are. He died 
November 26, 1826. Children: i. Edward, 
born December z-j, 1760, mentioned below. 2. 
Annie, 1763. 3. Lorana, 1766. 4. Mary, 1768. 
5. James. 1770. 6. Ezekiel, 1773. 7. Abra- 
ham, 1775. 8. Seth, 1778. 9. Rachel, July 2, 

(III) Edward, son of Eli Webb, was born 
at Windham, December zj, 1760. He removed 
to Gorham, where he died November 18, 
1846, and was buried in Gorham not far from 
Newhall. He was a soldier in the revolution 
under Captain Benjamin Walcott, Colonel 
Thomas Marshall's regiment, and served three 
years. He was in the Saratoga campaign and 
spent the winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge, 
and fought in the battle of Alonmouth. He 
married. May 10, 1787, Sarah, born June 18, 
1761, died August 28, 1850, daughter of Will- 
iam Bolton, of Windham. Children: i. Will- 
iam, born June 16, 1788, died October 5, 1841. 
2. Lydia, January i. 1790. 3. Asa, November 
4, 1791. 4. Eli, June 30, 1793, mentioned 
below. 5. Mary, July 23. 1795, died April 16, 
1834. 6. Rachel, February 14, 1797, died 
March 28, 1822. 7. James, March 7, 1798, 
died 1881. 8. Thomas, June 14, 1800, died 
April 17, 1850. 9. Solomon, October 30, 1801. 
10. Sarah. January 30, 1803. 

(IV) Eli (2), son of Edward Webb, was 
born in Gorham, June 30, 1793, died in Port- 
land, January 31, 1877. He moved to Port- 
land when a young man and resided there the 
remainder of his life. For many years he was 
street commissioner of Portland. He was a 
staunch Whig and a great admirer of Henry 

Clay. He was a prominent figure in the busi- 
ness life of Portland during the early part of 
the last century. Soon after his marriage he 
bought the house at 106 State street, which 
was afterward called the Dean House, and 
lived there for some years. About 1830 he 
sold his State street house and later purchased 
a house on Casco street, where he lived the 
remainder of his life. He married, in Wind- 
ham, January 30, 1820, Mary, born July 26, 
1795, died May 5, i86r, daughter of John and 
Abigail (Witham) Cobby. Children: i. Lu- 
cinda, born May 3, 1821. 2. Ellen, March 30, 
1823. 3. Nathan, May 7, 1825. 4. Dexter, 
August 6, 1828. 5. Riason Greenwood, July 
24, 1832, mentioned below. 6. George Dexter, 
May 14, 1835. 7. Charles Davidson, ^lay 17, 


(V) Mason Greenwood, son of Eli (2) 
Webb, was born in Portland, Maine, July 24, 
1832. He was for many years, and until the 
last six months of his life, engaged in business 
on Commercial street, Portland, as a wholesale 
flour dealer, at one time being associated with 
General Samuel J. Anderson, the firm name 
being Webb & Anderson. Upon General An- 
derson's retirement to become president of 
the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad Com- 
pany, Air. Webb formed a partnership with 
C. B. Varney under the firm name of M. G. 
Webb & Company. This firm was dissolved 
in 1870, Mr. Webb retiring on account of ill 
health. The business was continued under 
the name of C. B. \'arney & Company, and 
is still being carried on at the old stand. In 
the fall of '1870 Mr. Webb left Portland, ho- 
ping to find a more congenial climate in Kan- 
sas, but after six months' residence in Fort 
Scott, Kansas, died there March 28, 1871. He 
married, in Portland, December 4, 1862, Eliza- 
beth N., born in Norridgewock, Maine, Jan- 
uary II, 1839, daughter of Solomon W. and 
Mary Ann (Niel) Bates. She still resides in 
Portland. Children: i. Richard, born No- 
vember 19, 1863, mentioned below. 2. Mary, 
December 28, 1865. 3. Edward Cloutman, 
October 18, 1867. 

(VI) Richard, son of Mason G. Webb, was 
born in Portland, November 19, 1863. He 
graduated from Portland high school in i88i 
and in 1882 entered Dartmouth College as a 
sophomore, graduating in the class of 1885. 
He read law in the office of Holmes & Pay- 
son in Portland, and was admitted to the 
Cumberland bar in 1887. He immediately en- 
tered into the general practice of his profes- 
sion, which he has ever since carried on alone. 
He was for four years a member of the su- 



perintending school committee of Portland, 
from 1889 to 1893. He was assistant county 
attorney from 1893 to 1897 and a member of 
the legislature two temis, 1899 and 1901, in 
his latter term being a member of the house 
committee on apportionment, and also a mem- 
ber of the judiciary committee. In politics he 
is a Republican, and in 1908 was a delegate 
from the first congressional district of Maine 
to the Republican National convention at Chi- 
cago. He is a member of the Cumberland Bar 
Association and the American Bar Association, 
Maine Historical Society, Maine Genealogical 
Society, Loyal Legion, Lincoln Club, Frater- 
nity Club, Cumberland Club, and is president 
of the First Parish (Unitarian) Society. He 
married, in Portland, February 15, 1893, Sara 
Evenina, born in Brooklyn, New York, May 
17, 1867, daughter of Louis Drake and Isabel 
(Brigham) Brinckerhoff. They have no chil- 

The patronymic assigned to this 
WEBB article is scattered in every county 

in Maine. Included among those 
greatly distinguished have been Judge Nathan 
Webb, of the United States district court ; 
Hon. Lindley M. Webb, and a first lady in 
the land in the person of Lucy Webb, who 
was the wife of President Hayes and was of 
Massachusetts posterity. It crisscrossed way 
back in the eighteenth century into the family 
of Benjamin Franklin, his sister marrying a 
Webb and came to Maine to reside. The 
name colloquially meant a weaver. The old 
couplet ran, 

'■My wife was a webbe. 
And woolen cloth made." 

In medieval records we find the name Elyas le 
Webbe, hence it has great historical reach. 
From it comes the Webbers and Websters. 
Michael Webb, who by his name must have 
had an Irish mother, was in Bridgton, whilom 
called Pondicherry, Maine, along in 1794. We 
do not know the name of his wife unless it 
may have been the mother of the next subject, 
Annie Leonard, who was from James Leon- 
ard, of Dighton, Massachusetts, the one who 
received an allotment of land by the King 
Phillip deed in 1672. 

(II) We are assuming, and it by no means 
is a gratuitous assumption, for Michael Webb 
was the only male adult bearing the name in 
Bridgton at the time James Webb was born, 
whose mother we know was Annie Leonard, 
was a son of said Alichael. James was born 
in Bridgton, March 19, 1796, and died No- 

vember 28, 1825. He was tinsmith by trade 
and lived in Bucksport, Maine. He married 
Harriett King Shaw, born July 18, 1800, whose 
ancestor was an early settler in Portland and 
was shot by -the Indians. They had Annie 
Leonard, who married Thomas C. Farris, and 
Jahaziah S. 

(Ill) Jahaziah Shaw, only son of James 
and Harriett K. (Shaw) Webb, was born in 
Bucksport, Maine, October 28, 1824. After 
such schooling as the town afforded, he came 
to Bangor in young manhood and became a 
confectioner and baker. Subsequently he en- 
gaged in the cooperage business, under the 
firm name of Farris & Webb, and for forty 
years this was one of the most substantial and 
solid firms of Bangor ; they were extensive 
manufacturers of barrels and conducted a gen- 
eral cooperage business. Mr. Webb continued 
in that business until his death, February 11, 
1890. He was a Republican in politics. He 
married, in 1881, Evelyn Treat, born near 
Colorado Springs in the territory of Colorado, 
1862, but came east when a child, daughter of 
Miles F. and Nancy (Colburn) Hartford, of 
Winterport, Maine. Miles F. Hartford was a 
ship carpenter by trade ; his parents conducted 
farming operations near Unity, Maine. Chil- 
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Webb: Edwin J. S., 
died at the age of five ; ]\Iary Louise, Anna 
Leonard .and Jahaziah S. The three latter 
named reside with their mother in Bangor, 

The name of Cram is unusual in 
CRAM this country. It is spelled Cramme 

in the early records. This family 
was among those who settled in Maine before 
the revolution, and though not numerous it is 
distinguished for the high average of intel- 
ligence of its members, who in most instances 
were among the prominent citizens of the 
localities they inhabit. 

(I) John Cram, twelfth child of Burkart 
and Barbary Cram, of New Castle-on-Tyne, 
England, was born there, 1607, emigrated to 
Boston, Massachusetts. 1635, ^'id 'h 1639 was 
with the first settlers in Exeter, New Hamp- 
shire, being one of the signers of the Com- 
bination, soon after the settlement of that 
town. In 1650 he removed to Hampton, and 
settled on the south side of Taylor's river 
(now Hampton Falls), near the site of the 
Weare monument, and there died, INIarch 5, 
1 68 1. On the books at Hampton Falls his 
death is recorded thus : "Good Old John 
Cram one Just in his Generation." His wife, 

1 156 


Hester Cram, died at Hampton Falls, May 17, 
1677. Their children were : Joseph, Benja- 
min, Thomas, Mary and Lydia. 

(H) Thomas, third son of John and Hester 
Cram, was born in Hampton Falls, New 
Hampshire, died there between the years 1734 
and 1738. He married, December 20, 1681, 
Elizabeth Weare, born in Newbury, Massa- 
chusetts, January 5, 1658, died in Hampton 
Falls previous to 1722. They were the par- 
ents of five children, among whom was 

(HI) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) and 
Elizabeth (Weare) Cram, was born in Hamp- 
ton Falls, New Hampshire, November g, 1696, 
died there in August, 1751. He married Mary 
Brown, born in Hampton Falls, 1696, died 
there, March 31, 1756. They were the par- 
ents of ten children, among whom was Daniel. 

(IV) Daniel, son of Thomas (2) and Mary 
(Brown) Cram, was born in Hampton Falls, 
New Hampshire, March 28, 1724, died in 
Standish, Maine, March 13, 1815. He mar- 
ried Sarah Green, born in Hampton Falls, 
died in Standish. Six children were born to 
them, among whom was Levi. 

(V) Levi, son of Daniel and Sarah (Green) 
Cram, was born in Standish, Maine, 1776, 
died in Windham, Maine, March 16, 1816. 
He married, in Standish, December 20, 1801, 
Anna Butterfield, born in Standish, November 
5, 1781, died in Windham, March 25, 1856. 
One of their eight children was Andrew. 

(VI) Andrew, son of Levi and Anna (But- 
terfield) Cram, was born in Windham, Maine,. 
April 8, i8og, died in Deering, Maine, May 
26, 1884. He' was a merchant and farmer 
in Westbrook and Deering. He married, in 
Westbrook, December 20. 1831, Caroline 
Estes, born in Falmouth, Maine, November 
13, 1813, died in Deering, February 23, 1872. 
Children: Orlando B., Algernon S., Mel- 
ville G., Abby C, married John W. Burrill, 
of Lynn, Massachusetts : Silas H., Andrew L., 
Charles F., Amanda E., died unmarried; 
George E., died in infancy. 

(VII) Orlando Bridgman, eldest son of 
Andrew and Caroline (Estes) Cram, was 
born in Westbrook, Maine, March 13, 1833, 
died in Portland, January i, igo6. He was 
employed on various railroads in Maine, finally 
entering the construction service of the Maine 
Central, where he remained nearly forty-five 
years, completing his fiftieth year in the rail- 
road service in 1903. In politics he was an 
Independent. He was a member of Maine 
Lodge, No. I, and Machigonne Encampment, 
No. I, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 

and Rockamucook Tribe, No. 22, Improved 
Order of Red Men, of Portland. He married, 
November 24, 1859, Lucy J., born in Fal- 
mouth, Maine, June 5, 1834, daughter of 
Isaac and Minerva (Shaw) Leighton, of Fal- 
mouth. One child, Harry L. 

(VTII) Harry Lorenzo, only child of Or- 
lando B. and Lucy J. (Leighton) Cram, was 
born in Deering, Maine, February 7, 1871. 
He was educated in the public schools of his 
native town and graduated from the high 
school in 1888. Soon afterward he took a 
position in the office of the Maine Central 
Railroad in Portland, and was in the service 
of that road until 1899, as a clerk and sten- 
ographer in the general freight department. 
Afterward he was stenographer to Hon. 
Clarence Hale, and while filling this position 
read law, and in 1904 was admitted to the 
bar, since which time he has been in active 
practise in Portland. In politics he is a Re- 
publican. In 1906 he was elected to the com- 
mon council of Portland, and the following 
year was reelected, and was made president 
of the board. In 1908 he was elected alder- 
man from Ward 9. He is a member of Deer- 
ing Lodge, No. 183, Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons ; past sachem of Rockamucook Tribe, 
No. 22, Improved Order of Red Men ; mem- 
ber of Fraternity Lodge, No. 6, Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows ; being elected noble 
grand for the year 1909: member of Lebanon 
Commandery, No. 220, Knights of Malta, and 
of the Economic Club. Mr. Cram is interested 
in church work, being a member of the Port- 
land Society of the New Jerusalem. Mr. 
Cram married, in Portland, September 24, 
1895, Florence Bertha, born in Portland, 
April 25, 1870, daughter of James and Mar- 
garet J. (Sawyer) Greenhalgh. One child, 
Edith Greenhalgh, born March 30, 1897. 

The Scottish element in Amer- 
ALLAN ican history has been dominant 

on every battle plain of the Re- 
public. The distinguishing traits of the 
Scotch are grit and hard-headedness. The 
motto of one of the clans was "Hold fast, hold 
firm, and hold long." These qualities of ad- 
hesiveness to an ideal are what makes the 
Scotch people so successful in a land respon- 
sive to well-directed industry. 

(I) Major William Allan was born in 
Scotland in 1720, and came to Halifax, Nova 
Scotia, in 1749, and died there in 1790, a 
septuagenarian. He was an officer in the Brit- 
ish army. The French name of Nova Scotia 
was Acadia, meaning a pollock, and when the 



territory was granted to Sir William Alexan- 
der, secretary of state for Scotland, it was 
called by its present name. IMajor Allan, ta- 
king his young wife and two children, went 
to fhis new land of promise, hoping to better 
his condition. He served as an officer in the 
French war from 1754 to 1763, and received 
a large grant of fertile, alluvial land, which 
the poor, deported Acadians had with much 
labor banked, in order to protect it from the 
inroads of the bay. In a few years he became 
wealthy and prosperous, his labor being per- 
formed by the Acadians, who for a time be- 
came servants of the conquerors. He was a 
member of the colonial legislature, and his 
children became connected by intermarriage 
with the best families of the province. In re- 
ligion he was an Episcopalian, and was a man 
of energy and intelligence. He married Isa- 
belle, daughter of Sir Eustace JMaxfield. Chil- 
dren : John, Mary, Elizabeth, William, James, 
Jean, Winkworth and Isabelle. 

(II) Colonel John, eldest son of Major 
William and Isabelle (Maxfield) Allan, was 
born in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, January 
3, 1746, whither his parents had repaired for 
refuge during the rebellion. The youth was 
brought by his father to Halifax when three 
years old. It is intimated that he received his 
education in Massachusetts, as he was thor- 
oughly educated according to the standard of 
that time. During the events leading up to 
the moving of the Acadians, many Bostonian 
gentlemen went to Nova Scotia on business, 
and it is thought quite likely that a man of 
Major Allan's means would be desirous to 
have his ambitious son well educated, and it 
was during his residence in Massachusetts 
that he probably imbibed his liberal notions of 
self-government, and was how he later was 
led to side with the colonists in their troubles. 
The father probably placed John in charge 
of one of the Massachusetts men who came to 
Cumberland with General Winslow. His 
father gave him a part of his large domain 
in Cumberland county, which was called "In- 
vermary." It was located seven miles from 
Fort Cumberland, on the Bay Verte road. 
Besides his own mansion, there were smaller 
ones for the Acadian peasants who did the 
work. He was clerk of the sessions, and clerk 
of the supreme court, and representative to 
the provincial assembly until his seat was for- 
feited by non-attendance. John was born 
amid tumultuous surroundings in old Scot- 
land, and his whole life was pre-eminently a 
military one, striving for the life of the na- 
tion in which he had cast his lot. Mr. Allan 

was an outspoken man, and his open expres- 
sion of sympathy with the Americans brought 
him direful consequences, and he was driven 
from his patrimonial estate, seeking an asylum 
in the United States. He took his final de- 
parture from his favorite Cumberland, Au- 
gust 3, 1776, in an open boat, with a few 
companions, the party encountering a stormy 
passage along the Bay of Fundy. On the 
13th they entered Machias harbor, and were 
warmly welcomed by the inhabitants thereof. 
In November he went by boat to Portsmouth,. 
New Hampshire, and thence by stage to Bos- 
ton. He there conversed with the patriot 
Samuel Adams, and proceeded to New York 
on horseback, where he had an interview with 
Washington. His journey was beset with 
many dangers, as the country was full of 
Tory soldiers. He was received by congress 
in session at Baltimore, by whom he was ap- 
pointed superintendent of the eastern Indians, 
and colonel of infantry. Having received full 
instructions from John Hancock, he left for 
Boston on the 17th of March. Murdock, the 
historian of the province, says of him : "If the 
traditions I have heard about John Allan are 
correct, he could not have been much over 
tzventv-onc years old in 1775. As he had no 
New England ancestors, his escapade must be 
attributed to ambition, romance or pure seal 
for idiat he thought was just and right. For 
the feelings against the crown in Nova Sco- 
tia, in 1775, were confined to the Acadian 
French, who resented their conquest, the In- 
dians who were attached to them by habit and 
creed, and the settlers who were emigrants 
from New England." 

After his departure. Colonel Allan's house 
in Cumberland was burned by the British, 
with all its contents. His family, consisting 
of a wife and five little ones, fled from the 
scene of devastation with scarcely any cloth- 
ing, and hid themselves in the woods three 
days without food. Mrs. Allan crawled up to 
the smoking ruins of her once happy home, 
and found some potatoes baked, or rather 
burned. On these she and her children sub- 
sisted till found by her father, Mark Patton,, 
who took them home. His house was sur- 
lounded by the British, who demanded the 
immediate surrender of the rebel's wife. She 
was carried to Halifax a prisoner, leaving 
their children with their grandfather. She 
was taken before the governor, who demanded 
that she reveal her husband's hiding-place. She 
absolutely refused for several days, but finally 
told her persecutors that he had escaped "to 
a free country." She was confined in durance 



vile for eight months, separated from her hus- 
band and children. She was small in stature, 
delicate in constitution, and ill adapted to bear 
such rough usage. She often was insulted 
and suffered from the insolence and brutality 
of her keepers. Colonel Allan organized the 
expedition up the St. Johns river for the pur- 
pose of ascertaining the condition of the In- 
dians and making them allies. He fought the 
battle of Machias, August 13, 1777. He kept 
a depot of supplies at Machias for the Indians, 
and the set of books in which he kept the ac- 
counts with each tribe are in the archives of 
Massachusetts. As the supplies were some- 
times short, he was obliged to deny the In- 
dians and his life was often in danger. 
Hardly any situation could be more precarious 
than having to appease a lot of half-starved 
Indians and keeping them loyal to our side 
when the British emissaries were sending them 
messages and offering them everything they 
wanted if they would join the Royalists. It 
is impossible to estimate the importance of 
Colonel Allan's work in this department and 
his diplomacy and tact in dealing with the 
iconoclastic redskins. It averted us much 
bloodshed, and saved the East from falling 
into the hands of the British. In the fall of 
1780 a famine seemed imminent at Machias, 
supplies were not forthcoming. Colonel Al- 
lan had sent in vain to Boston, his letters to 
the government were numerous and urgent, 
and the Indians were threatening to desert. 
Finally he went to Boston, in the hope to re- 
lieve the delicate situation. He left his sons, 
William and Mark, as hostage. They re- 
mained with the Indians a year or more, liv- 
ing on fish and parched corn. They suffered 
many hardships, and were in a wretched con- 
dition when they finally reached civilization, 
ragged, dirty and covered with vermin. The 
boys were great favorites with the Indians, 
learned their language, and always had an 
attachment for them in after years, and aided 
them in many ways. The British were very 
bitter against the colonel, and often sought 
his life. An attack was made upon him at 
Machias, in the house now occupied by Oba- 
diah Hill, by an Indian incited by the English. 
A friendly Indian came into the room where 
Colonel Allan was seated, and soon another 
Indian came in, and, advancing toward the 
colonel, brandished a huge dirk knife. The 
friendly Indian, who had foreknowledge of the 
affair, sprang from behind the door and felled 
the hired assailant. The Indians frequently 
baffled the English in their attempts to cap- 
ture him. 

In 1784 he began a mercantile business on 
Allan island, near Lubec. This was not suc- 
cessful, as his generosity of heart led him to 
trust everybody. In 1792 twenty-two thou- 
sand acres of wild land were granted him by 
the government of Massachusetts, now the 
town of Whiting, ]Maine, but the family never 
realized much from it. The colonel had been 
greatly impoverished by the war, and felt the 
pinch of poverty in his declining years. In 
1801 congress conveyed to him, on his repre- 
sentation that he had lost ten thousand dollars 
by joining the American cause, two thousand 
acres of land in Ohio, where the city of Col- 
umbus now stands, but this, like the other 
grant, proved of little value to the family, 
owing to its remoteness and they having dis- 
posed of it too early. The colonel was in- 
terested in the adoption of the federal con- 
stitution, and worked assiduously for it, and 
was particularly concerned in the eastern 
boundary dispute, always contending that the 
iMagaguadavic was the true St. Croix, and 
was much dissatisfied with the settlement of 
the line, believing that the island of Grand 
Manan should have gone to the United States. 
In personal appearance he was tall, straight as 
a gun-barrel, and inclined to portliness in 
his later years. He had dark-brown hair and 
blue eyes. His religion was the Sermon on 
the Mount, carried into practical, every-day 
life. He died February 7, 1805, nearly a 
sexagenarian, and was buried under the old 
elms and spreading chestnut-trees on the island 
in Lubec harbor on which he had lived, and 
which bears his name. Over thirty of his 
descendants served in the Union army during 
the civil war. Of his great services in hold- 
ing together the Indians for our side, nobody 
disputes, and he is among the revolutionary 
worthies entitled to the lasting gratitude of 
his countrymen. 

(III) Mark, second son of Colonel John 
and Mary (Patton) Allan, was born in Cum- 
berland, Nova Scotia, March 31, 1770, and 
died September 22, 1818. As a youth, he 
shared with his mother many hardships in 
Nova Scotia, and was a hostage with the In- 
dians during his father's journey to Boston to 
obtain needed supplies for the starved red- 
skins. He learned their woodland ways and 
their language, and was ever their friend and 
counselor. He married Susan Wilder, born 
in 1774, died in 1852. Children: Susan, 
Anna, Marv, Lydia, Elizabeth. Jane, John, 
Theophilus 'Wilder. Sally. William. Patton, 
Abigail and Ebenezer. 

(IV) Theophilus Wilder, second son of 




Mark and Susan (Wilder) Allan, was born 
April 28, 1804, and was a lumber manufac- 
turer. He was of an upright and exemplary 
character, and was a follower of Thomas 
Barnes, who first preached Universalism in 
Aiaine. He married Martha R. Sargent, of 
Portland, Maine, born in 1808, died in 1865. 
Children : Nelson S., Martha Ann, Theo- 
philns, Harriet L., who married the Rev. A. J. 
Rich, and was mother of Edgar J. Rich, gen- 
eral counsel of the Boston and Maine rail- 
road ; John Davis, Susannah, Elizabeth L. and 
William R. 

(V) John Davis, third son of Theophilus 
W. and Martha R. (Sargent) Allan, was born 
in Dennysville, Maine, March 11, 1839. His 
schooling was acquired in his native town 
and at the academy at Milltown, New Bruns- 
wick. He worked for his father in the lum- 
ber business as a clerk until i860. In 1865 he 
went into the hotel and livery business, and 
operated stage-lines from Cherryfield to East- 
port. In January, 1902, he purchased a tract 
of land and sawmill and engaged in the manu- 
facture of lumber until 1906. Since 1906 he 
has been out of active business, and is en- 
joying a limited leisure at his beautiful home 
at Dennysville, surrounded by every comfort. 
He is a member of Crescent Lodge, F. and A. 
M., of Pembroke; a Republican in politics. 
He married (first) ■Margaret S., daughter of 
John H. Hersey, of Pembroke, Alaine. July 
15. i860: she died in 1873. Married (second) 
in 1874, Emma J., daughter of Levi K. Cor- 
thell, of Addison, Maine ; she died in Decem- 
ber, 1903. Married (third) October 19, 1904, 
Mrs. Nellie S. Hussey, of California, who 
was a Dyer before marriage ; she was born 
in Unity, Maine, March 20, 1849; she had 
one son by her first husband, Ralph H. Hus- 
sey, who married IMargarct Gordon ; resides 
at Tonopah, Nevada. Children of John Davis 
and Emma J. (Corthell) Allan: i. Herbert 
Hayes, see forvi'ard. 2. Fannie Louise, born 
in September, 1881, died 1897. 3- Walter 
Maxwell, born in January, 1886. 

(VI) Herbert Hayes, eldest son of John 
Davis and Emma J. (Corthell) Allan, was 
born in January, 1877, and is known in that 
part of the state as "the potato king." He 
married into an old Denneysville familv, the 
Kilbys, his wife's name being Deborah, and 
they have no children. He was elected to the 
Maine legislature in 1904-06, as a Democrat, 
his district being strongly Republican : this 
was considered a great compliment and at- 
tests his popularity in his own town, to whose 
interests he is actively devoted. 

An ancient New England 
TILLSON name is found in the early 
records with the spelling as 
above given, and also Tilson, the latter pre- 
dominating among the first generations. In 
the line herein treated the spelling at the head 
of this article was adopted in the present gen- 
eration. The family is supposedly of English 
or Scotch origin, but nothing appears in the 
records to show whence it came to this coun- 
try. It has been identified with the progress 
and development of New England and of the 
nation in full proportion to its numerical 

(I) Edmund Tilson is first found in Plym- 
outh, Massachusetts, in 1643, but there is no 
record of the family name of his wife Joan. 
His known children were : JNIary, Ephraim, 
Elizabeth and Joan. 

(LI) Ephraim, elder son of Edmund Til- 
son, is given in Davis' "Ancient Landmarks 
of Plymouth" as the presumptive father of 
the next mentioned. 

(III) Edmund (2), presumably the son of 
Ephraim Tilson, resided in Plymouth and was 
married, in 1691, to Elizabeth Watenftan, and 
their children included John, Edmund, Jo- 
anna, Mary, Elizabeth and Ruth. He mar- 
ried, second, in 1707, Hannah Orcut, and 
they were the parents of Samuel and James. 
His third wife, Deborah, bore him Stephen 
and Hannah. 

(IV) John, eldest child of Edmund (2) and 
Elizabeth (Waterman) Tilson, was born 1692 
in Plymouth, and had a wife named Joanna. 
Their children of record were: Joseph, Ben- 
jamin, Mary, Joanna, John, Ephraim and 

(V) John (2), youngest son of John (i) 
and Joanna Tilson, was born 1725, probably 
in Piympton, and settled in that part of the 
town which became a portion of Halifax, 
where he was undoubtedly a farmer, and died 
March 28, 1790. His intention of marriage 
was published at Halifax, June 30, 1751, and 
on the nth of November, following, the wed- 
ding took place, the bride being Mercy Stur- 
tevant. Their children of record were : John, 
William, Mercy, Perez and Lydia. The 
youngest son died when a little more than one 
year old, and there is no record of any other 
of the name in Halifax, but it is extremely 
probable that they had another of the same 
name which failed to get on the records, or 
may have been born in another town. 

(VI) Perez Tilson was a resident of 
Thomaston, Maine, and the records of that 
town show that he w-as born in 1765, in Hali- 



fax, Massachusetts. There can be Httle doubt 
that he was a son of John and Mercy ( Sturte- 
vant) Tilson. as there appears no record of 
another family in that town at that time. He 
settled in Thomaston, Maine, in May, 1795, 
and was actively identified with the church 
there, and is spoken of in Thomaston as 
Deacon Perez. He was married (first) Feb- 
ruary 23, 1797, in Thomaston, to Melinda 
Fales, whose death does not appear of record. 
His intention of a second marriage to Mrs. 
Lucy Holmes was published in Thomaston, 
October 28, 1831. and no doubt the wedding 
took place in due time. He died October 5, 
1852, at the age of eighty-seven years. His 
children were: Myra, Melinda F., Perez. Han- 
nah. Colonel Edward C. and Captain Charles. 

(VH) Perez (2), eldest son of Perez (i) 
and Melinda (Fales) Tilson, was born Octo- 
ber 21, 1 80 1, in Thomaston, where his life was 
spent engaged in farming. He was married 
(first) November 16, 1825, to Ruth W. Sweet- 
land, of Hope, Maine, and married (second) 
in 1833, Martha Sawyer, of Cape Elizabeth, 
who died December 5, 1845. Fie married 
(third )*June g, 1847, Harriet Collins, of Port- 
land. The children of the second marriage 
were : Ruth, Joanna F., Perez, Henry and 
Ethan. By the third marriage were born 
George C. (died young), John S., George VV. 
and Harriet C. 

(VIII) George William Tillson, youngest 
son of Perez (2) Tilson and his thirtl wife, 
Harriet (Collins) Tilson, was born December 
18, 1852, in Thomaston, Maine, where he 
passed his boyhood, passing through the pub- 
lic schools, including the high school, of his 
native town. He graduated from Bowdoin 
College as a civil engineer in 1877, and for a 
few years in early life was chiefly engaged in 
teaching in Maine and Massachusetts. Fle 
was subsequently employed as an engineer in 
sewer work in RIemphis, Tennessee, in 1880. 
In 1881 he planned and superintended the 
■construction of the sewer system of Kalama- 
zoo, Michigan, and before the close of that 
year went to Omaha, Nebraska, and continued 
there until 1887, in charge of pavement ami 
sewer construction. Fie served as city engi- 
neer of that city from 1887 to 1892, and from 
the latter year to 1895 was engaged in en- 
gineering and construction work in Nebraska, 
Wyoming and Colorado. In 1895 he was ap- 
pointerl assistant engineer of the department 
of public works of Brooklyn, New York, and 
in 1902 was appointed chief engineer of the 
bureau of highways. In June, 1907, he was 
appointed chief engineer of the bureau of 

highways, borough of Manhattan, and has 
since filled that position. That Mr. Tillson is 
a skilful and successful member of his pro- 
fession is shown by his association with the 
leading organizations, including the American 
Society of Civil Engineers, of which he is a 
director, and is president of the American So- 
ciety of Municipal Improvements. He is a 
member and past president of the Municipal 
Engineers of the city of New York, also the 
Brooklyn Engineers' Club, and is president of 
the Midwood Club of Flatbush, and is a mem- 
ber of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and also 
of Zeta Psi. He is the author of "Street 
Pavements and Paving Materials," a standard 
work of five hundred pages, published in 1900 
by John Wiley & Sons, and is also a frequent 
contributor to engineering periodicals and so- 
cieties on street and highway matters. 

He was married October 5, 1887, at Lan- 
caster, New Flampshire, to Mary E. Abbott, 
of that place, a daughter of Isaac E. and Edna 
(Flill) Abbott, of old New England families. 
They have a daughter, Madalene Abbott, born 
September 20, 1888. 

John Kilby, of Boston, by wife, 
KILBY Rebecca (Simpkins) Kilby, had 
eleven children born in Boston, 
as follows: i. Elizabeth, December 15, 1686. 
2. John, December 24, 1688. 3. Sarah, March 
8, 1691-92. 4. Christopher, December 9, 1693, 
died young. 5. Richard (q. v.), January 2, 
1694-95. 6. William, April 6, 1696-97. 7. 
Catherine, February 10, 1699-1700. 8. Re- 
becca, March 30, 1702. 9. Christopher, May 
25, 1705. 10. Nicholas, July 28, 1708. 11'. 
Ebenezer, June 25, 171 1. 

(II) Richard, third son and fifth child of 
John and Rebecca (Simpkins) Kilby, was 
born in Boston, January 2, 1694-95. He mar- 
ried. May 14, 1 719, Abigail, daughter of Dan- 
iel and Elizabeth (Thaxter) Gushing, of 
Hingham, Massachusetts. She was born in 
Hingham, January i, 1699-1700, and after 
her husband's death she was married, May 
10, 1739, to William Stetson. Richard Kilby 
was a master mariner, and died shortly after 
returning from Jainaica, West Indies, Decem- 
ber 4, 1736. He resided in the second pre- 
cinct of Hingham and was only thirty-nine 
years of age wdien he died. Children, born in 
Hingham: i. Catherine, April 26, 1720, mar- 
ried, March 26, 1745, Daniel Lincoln. 2. John, 
May 14, 1722. 3. William, March 23, 1723- 
24, died May 20, 1725. 4. William (q. v.), 
baptized July 17, 1726. 5. Gushing, March 
24. 1727-28. 6. Nathaniel Gushing, January 



2. 1730-31, died 1732. 7. Sarah, February 17, 
1736-37. 8. Abigail, twin of Sarah, died Au- 
gust 14, 1737. 

(Ill) WiUiam, third son and fourth child 
of Richard and Abigail (Gushing) Kiiby, was 
baptized July 17, 1726. His mother was born 
in Hingham, but he probably settled in Co- 
hasset, Vvfliere his son William was born in 
1763. This is the more probable, as the his- 
tory of the town of Hingham, published by the 
town in 1893, gives the date of his baptism, 
but no account of his life beyond that event. 

(I\') William (2), probably eldest son of 
William (i), and grandson of Richard and 
Abigail (Gushing) Kilby, was born in Co- 
hasset, Massachusetts, in 1763. He was a 
blacksmith by trade, and removed to Dennys- 
ville, Washington county, district of Maine, 
in 1787. There he married ]\Iary, daughter of 
Gaptain Theophilus and Lydia (Gushing) 
Wilder, born in Dennysville in 1768, and 
their children were born in that town. He 
was clerk of the town for many years, and 
also served as selectman, town treasurer and 
postmaster. Ghildren : i. William, born 1789, 
married his cousin, Abigail, daughter of Ebe- 
nezer G. and Abigail (Ayer) Wilder. 2. Dan- 
iel, 1 79 1, married Joanna, daughter of Isaac 
and Joanna (Hersey) Hobart, born 1799. 3. 
John, 1793, married Lydia G. Hierd, daughter 
of Ebenezer G. and Abigail (Ayer) Wilder, 
born 1797. 4. Mary, 1795, married Aaron, 
eldest child of Isaac and Joanna (Hersey) 
Hobart. 5. Theophilus (q. v.), 1797. 6. 
Sarah, 1799, died 1806. 7. Benjamin, 1801, 
married (first) Eliza Rice, (second) M. H. 
Stoddard. 8. Sarah, 1807, died 1827. 9. 
Lydia C., 1809, married John . 

(V) Theophilus, fourth son and fifth child 
of William and Mary (Wilder) Kilby, was 
born in Dennysville, Maine, in 1797. He mar- 
ried Deborah, born March 24, 1796, daughter 
of Crocker and Deborah (Jacob) Wilder, of 
Hingham, Massachusetts, April 27, 1822. 
Ghildren, born in Dennysville, Washington 
county, Maine: i. Gharlcs (q. v.), 1823. 2. 
Alden, 1824, married (first) Lucy Bugbee. 

3. Martha C., 1826, married Edwin Towers. 

4. Sarah C., 1830, married Horlich Totman. 

5. Francis, 1832. 6. Alfred, 1837, married 
Adaline (Eastman) Jones. 7. Theophilus, 

(VI) Gharles Henry, eldest child of Theo- 
philus and Deborah (Wilder) Kilby, was born 
in Dennysville, Maine, in 1823. He married 
Julia E., daughter of Benjamin and Joanna 
(Foster) Foster, of East Machias, Maine. 
Joanna Foster was a granddaughter of Golo- 

nel Benjamin Foster, niece of Samuel Foster, 
father of Benjamin, who came to Dennysville, 
Maine, in 1824. Ghildren of Gharles Henry 
and Deborah (Wilder) Kilby were born in 
Dennysville, Maine, as follows: i. Benjamin 
Foster (q. v.), March i, 1852. 2. Gharles 
Henry, July 3, 1853, a resident of South 
Portland, Maine. 3. Emily Ursulla, October 
30, 1856, married Howard H. Kilby, of Den- 
nysville. 4. Herbert, July 8, i860, married 
Hattie Pike and lives at Eastport, Maine. 

(VII) Benjamin Foster, eldest child of 
Gharles Henry and Julia E. (Foster) Kilby, 
was born in Dennysville, Maine, Alarch i, 
1852. He attended the public schools, worked 
on a farm and in the mills. He then engaged 
in the retail boot and shoe business on his own 
account at Eastport, Maine, which business he 
carried on for twenty-five years. He was ap- 
pointed to service in the United States cus- 
tom house at Eastport, and held his office 
1889-94, and in 1894 he became purchasing 
agent for the Sea Coast Packing Company of 
that city. In 1898 he resigned from the pac- 
king company, to accept from Governor Cobb 
the office of register of deeds for Washington 
county to fill a vacancy, and this appointment 
caused him to remove his residence to Machias. 
He was elected to the office by the people at 
the general election of 1906. In 1883 he was 
elected as representative in the Maine legisla- 
ture. While a resident of Eastport he was 
elected a member of the board of trade of that 
city. His fraternal affiliation with the Ma- 
sonic fraternity began in Eastport Lodge, No. 
7, and he was advanced to the Royal Arch 
Chapter, No. 10. His religious faith made 
him a member of the Unitarian church. He 
was married. December 19, 1877, ^o Lucy 
Abigail, daughter of Levi K. and Mary Gor- 
thell, of Dennysville, Maine. Ghildren: i. 
Edith Lucy, born December 10, 1879, married 
Charles Carroll Rumery, of Eastport ; no chil- 
dren. ■ 2. Marcia i\Iary, born iMarcli 10, 1S81, 
married Dr. Frank C. Jewett, of Eastport, 
Maine, and has one child, Lucy Clark Jewett. 
The mother of these children died January 8, 
1884, and Mr. Kilby married (second) Jan- 
uary 22, 1907, Mary Ellen, daughter of Alex- 
ander McFaul, of Pembroke, Maine. 

Rankin is the diminutive of 
RANKIN Randolph, formed as are many 
other old English surnames. 
Tradition traces the descent of the family to 
John, son of a knight, Jacob de Rankine, bur- 
gomaster of Ghent, who married a daughter 
of the house of Keith and became progenitor 



of the Rankin family. The name is spelled 
Rankincs. Rankins, Rankings, Rangkings, and 
is numerous in Scotland, as well as England. 
A coat-of-arms borne by the Scotch Rankins 
at Orchardhead, Scotland, as early as 1672 : 
Gules three boars' heads erased argent be- 
tween a lance issuing out of the dexter base 
and a Lochaber ax issuing out of the sinister 
both erect of the second. Crest : A lance ar- 
gent. JMotto : Fortiter et recte. A branch 
of the Scotch Rankins settled in the Ulster 
province, in the north of Ireland, and from 
them many of the American families are de- 

( I ) Robert Rankin, progenitor of the fam- 
ily mentioned in this sketch, was born in 
Perth, Scotland. He married Katherine Mc- 

(II) Moses, son of Robert Rankin, was 
born in Perth, Scotland, in 1834, and died in 
Sanford, Maine, in 1900. He married Isabelle 
Parkhill, at Glasgow, Scotland. She was born 
August 20, 1837, and is now living in San- 
ford, Maine. He attended the schools of his 
native place in Scotland and learned the trade 
of block-printing in the mills there. He came 
to this country in i860, and found employ- 
ment at his trade in the mills of Lawrence, 
afterwards working in mills at Matteawan, 
New York, and Klilton, New Hampshire. 
Children: i. Mary. 2. Katherine. 3. Thom- 
as T., mentioned below. 4. Margaret. 5. 
Robert. 6. Darius. 7. George. 8. Willis. 9. 
Charles. All the children were born in this 

(III) Thomas T., son of ]\Ioses Rankin, 
was born in Peekskill, New York, May 4, 
1865. (The middle initial was added by Mr. 
Rankin and represents no baptismal or per- 
sonal name.) He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools of the various towns in which his 
parents lived during his youth, Matteawan, 
New York; Milton INIills, New Hampshire; 
and Sanford, Maine. He was engaged for a 
time in the meat and provision business in 
Sanford. He was appointed deputy sheriff, 
and in igoi was placed in charge of the York 
county jail, continuing to hold that responsi- 
ble position to the present time. ]\Ir. Rankin 
is a Republican in politics. He is a member 
of the Riverside Lodge, Knights of Pythias, 
of Sanford, and of Fraternal Lodge of Free 
Masons, of Alfred; of White Rose Chapter, 
Royal .\rch Masons, of Sanford, and of Fern 
Chapter, Eastern Star. He is a member also 
of the Alfred Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. 
He married, in 1884, Lora B. Jones, daughter 
of Benjamin Jones, of Kennebunk, Maine. 

Children, all born in Sanford: i. Lillian, No- 
vember 9, 1886. 2. Harry, August 14, 1888. 
3. Ethelyn. December 7, i8go. 4. Ev^ett, 
October 24, 1892. The two eldest are grad- 
uates of the Sanford high school. 

Maine loaned to the great state 
GREEN of Mississippi Sergeant S. Pren- 
tiss, one of the most brilliant 
orators the south ever knew. Dixie repays 
the obligation by sending us a scion from its 
leading first families. 

(I) The Right Rev. William Mercer Green, 
D. D., was born in Wilmington, North Caro- 
lina, May 2, 1798, and died at Sewanee, Ten- 
nessee, February 13, 1887. His father was a 
wealthy rice-planter in the old North state. 
His grandmother was of the Quaker faith. 
He owed much to the discipline and good 
example of his sainted mother which in after 
life he was never slow to acknowledge. He 
was graduated with high honor from the Uni- 
versity of North Carolina in the class of 1818, 
and immediately upon graduating began his 
theological course. He was ordained deacon 
in Christ Church, Raleigh, by Bishop R. C. 
Moore, April 29, 1821, made a priest in St. 
James, Wilmington, April 20, 1822, and be- 
came rector of St. John's, Williamsburg, 
North Carolina. From there he went to Hills- 
borough, to become rector at St. Matthew's, 
which he established. In 1837 he was ap- 
pointed chaplain and professor of Belles Let- 
tres and Rhetoric at his alma mater. Penn- 
sylvania University conferred the degree of 
D. D. upon him in 1845. Dr. Green was 
elected to the bishopric of the diocese of Mis- 
sissippi in 1849, ^"d was consecrated in St. 
Andrew's, at Jackson, February 24, 1850. 
Bishop Green was among the most devoted 
churchmen, ever laboring zealously for the ex- 
tension of God's kingdom on earth. After 
sixty-one years of arduous service in the min- 
istry, thirty-three of which he served the 
church as bishop, he was compelled by in- 
creasing infirmities to relinquish some of his 
labors and rely on a coadjutor, but for the 
remaining five years of his life he performed 
many of his official duties. He was one of the 
founders of the University of the South at 
Sewanee, Tennessee, in i860, just as the war 
was about to deluge the beautiful southland in 
seas of blood. In 1867 Bishop Green was 
chosen chancellor of the university. He 
printed several sermons, notably those on 
"Baptismal Regeneration" and "Apostolic 
Succession," but his monumental works were 
the life of Right Rev. Dr. Ravenscroft. of 


1 163 

North Carolina (1830) and the Ufe of Right 
Rev. Dr. Otey, of Tennes.'^ee. His second 
wife, who died in i860, was Charlotte Isabella 
(Fleming) Green, of Wilmington. 

(II) Rev. Stephen H., son of Bishop and 
Charlotte I. (Fleming) Green, was born at 
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 28, 
1849. He was educated at private schools and 
bv private tutors, and was a student at the 
Berkley Divinity School, Middletown, Con- 
necticut, graduating therefrom in June, 187 1. 
He was ordained deacon June 25, 1871, at 
Sewanee, Tennessee, and priest at Jackson, 
Mississippi, November 2, 1873. His first 
charge was at Grenada, Mississippi, 1871-77, 
and the next at Dallas, Texas, 1877-82. On 
account of the ill health of his family he re- 
moved to Elgin, Illinois, where he was rector 
for sixteen months, when he was called to St. 
John's Church, St. Louis, of which he had 
charge for twelve years. His other pastorates 
were: Annastan, Alabama; Kirkwood, Mis- 
souri ; Memphis, Tennessee, and his second 
pastoral charge at Elgin, Illinois. Removing 
to the seacoast. by reason of sickness, he took 
charge of St. Saviour's church. Bar Harbor, 
Maine, May i, 1903. The name of the church 
suggests an interesting bit of history of Mt. 
Desert Island. The Jesuits settled at Pemetic, 
now Northeast Harbor, Maine, in 1613, seven 
years before white men landed on the rock at 
Plymouth. While on a voyage from France 
they were driven out to sea in a storm, and 
prayed God to deliver them in his mercy. He 
heard their prayer, for in the morning the fog 
cleared away, the stars shone, and the boat- 
pilot steered them into a harbor which they, 
in gratitude, named San Saveur. in commem- 
oration of their joyful and providential deliver- 
ance. .After a few years' stay, during which 
the mild-mannered La Saussaye gave more at- 
tention to the peaceful pursuits of agriculture 
and the curing of souls, neglecting the sterner 
wants of war, they were attacked, surprised 
and overwhelmed by a superior force in the 
command of Samuel Argall, from Virginia. 
The dispersion of the Jesuits ended French 
domination on the coast of Maine, but the 
name of the first Christian mission is per- 
petuated in the Episcopal church at Bar Har- 
bor. Of this church Mr. Green assumed the 
rectorship in 1903. In 1878 a small stone 
chapel was built for the worshipers, and this 
was enlarged by the addition of the present 
nave and cancel, and seats comfortably nearly 
eight hundred. By personal kindliness of 
heart and public spirit, combined with a gra- 
cious dignity of manner and a ripe scholar- 

ship, Mr. Green is fitted to commend to this 
people the message from the Master. 

Rev. ]\Ir. Green married Cornelia Matilda, 
daughter of William C. Casey, of Middletown, 
Connecticut ; seven children, two of whom 
are married and one is studying with a view 
to entering the ministrv. 

The Stanley family in Eng- 
STANLEY land was of noble birth. Sir 

William Stanley bore a promi- 
nent part in the fight at Bosworth Field, which 
seated the Tudors on the throne of England. 
For his conspicuous gallantry there he was 
created earl of Derby, which title now remains 
in the family. Another distinguished name is 
.\rthur Penryn Stanley, dean of Westminister. 
The name is derived from two Saxon words, 
"stone" and "leigh." and denotes a stoney 
field. It has been spelled ".Standley," "Stans- 
ley" and "Stanslee." The family has produced 
many tall men. The first of the name to come 
to this country sailed on the good .ship "Eliza- 
beth and Ann," and was Christopher Stanley, 
.•\pril 29, 1635, who settled in Boston. 

(I) The founder of the family in ]\Iaine 
was William Stanley, of Kittery, that state. 
He married Hannah Pope, October 20, 1714. 1 
His will was dated February 23, 1744, and was 
probated April 6, 1747. He lodged in garrison 
23, with nine other families, in 1722. He 
bought of William Godsoe, May 13, 1719, an 
acre of land on the York road, and also owned 
land on Spruce creek. 

(II) William (2), son of William (i) and 
Hannah (Pope) Stanley, was born October 
12, 1715, and married Mary . He re- 
moved from Kittery to Shapleigh, Maine, in 
1774, and settled on what was afterward called 
Stanley ridge. Their children were John, 
William, Mary, Dennis and Joseph. 

(III) William (3), son of William (2) and 
Mary Stanley, was born in Shapleigh, Maine, 
in 1776, the year independence was declared; 
he was their second son and child and in ad- 
dition was the first male child born in the 
town. L^niting in matrimony with Susanna 
Morrison, December 25, 1797, he removed to 

.Porter, Maine, thence to Hiram, same state, 
where he built a mill and cleared a farm. He 
died April 27, 1822, at the comparatively 
young age of forty-six ; his wife survived 
him until July 16, 1836. Both were buried on 
his land at South Hiram. To this couple were 
born Esther, Isaac, William, Jacob, Joseph 
and John. 

(IV) Rev. John, son of William (3) and 
Susanna (Morrison) Stanley, the sixth child 



and fifth son of the union, was born May 28. 
1816, in Hiram, Maine. He married Salome 
Stacy, of Porter, Maine, April 9, 1840, Will- 
iam F. Taylor, Esquire, officiating at the cere- 
mony, and thither he removed. He was a 
preacher of the Free Baptist denomination 
supplying at the Porter church. His whole 
life was devoted to the betterment of man- 
kind and leading souls to the fold. He en- 
deavored to walk in footsteps of the Master, 
showing the way to others. The blessings of 
the ministrations of the good man of God "live 
on" long after he has gone to his reward. Mr. 
Stanley's labors were coeval with that of the 
founders and missionaries of the church, Da- 
vid Marks, John Colby and Benjamin Randall. 
His family consisted of Lewis J., Sarah L.. 
Isaac M., Cyrena F., Hannah J., Preston J., 
Olive J., Salome V., Randall L., Tobias A. 

(V) Preston J., son of Rev. John and 
Salome (Stacy) Stanley, was born at Porter, 
Maine, January 24, 1853, and was the sixth 
of the family. He received his early educa- 
tion in the common schools of Porter, and 
worked as a day-laborer and as a journeyman 
cooper. When thirty-five years of age he 
started in the grocery business in Kezar Falls 
Village, remained there five years, sold out to 
George W. Wadleigh, and was employed by 
Allen Garner in a gents' furnishing and boot 
and shoe store, and eventually bought out the 
business. He took his son, Orman L., into the 
concern in 1897, and then added furniture, 
and continued to assist in conducting it until 
his death in igo2. He was a Republican in 
politics ; he was serving as postmaster at the 
time of his death ; had served as town treas- 
urer, town clerk, and on the school committee 
at Porter. He was a member of Greenlief 
Lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Cornish; Ossipee 
Lodge, K. of P. ; Costello Tribe of Red Men ; 
was a member of the L O. O. F., and active 
in the Methodist church. He married, De- 
cember 2, 1874, Naomi Stacy, of Porter, born 
1855. Their children were: Sidney B., now 
R. F. D. carrier from Kezar Falls ; Orman Le- 
roy, Sherman P., Evelvn i\L, Florence M. and 
Ina N. 

(VI) Orman Leroy, son of Preston J. and 
Naomi (Stacy) Stanley, was born in Porter, 
Maine, December 14, 1876, educated in its 
schools and at North Parsonfield Academy, 
graduating in 1895. He taught the high 
school in Porter, and was superintendent of 
schools of that town. He went into business 
with his father in 1897, and succeeded him at 
his death, and has managed it alone since. He 
w-as appointed postmaster to succeed his 

father, which office he now holds. He is a 
Republican, and has been chairman of the Re- 
publican town committee. He is a member of 
the present (1909) legislature of Maine, rep- 
resenting the seventy-fourth district, com- 
prising the towns of Porter, Hiram, Brown- 
field, Fryeburg and Lovell. He is a member 
of Greenlief Lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Cor- 
nish, Aurora Chapter, R. A. M., of Cornish, 
Oriental Commandery, K. T., of Bridgeton, 
Kora Temple, of Lewiston, of the Ossipee 
Lodge, K. of P., of which he is a district 
deputy, and for two years has been deputy 
grand chancellor of the eighth district, which 
comprises five towns. He is also a member 
of Costello Tribe of Red Men and of the 
Charter Oak Grange, of Porter. He was mar- 
ried November 28, 1900, to Elizabeth M., 
daughter of Walter H. and Carrie Ridlon, of 
Kezar Falls. Their children are : Doris M., 
born May 5, 1902, Mildred, January 16, 
1905, and Caroline Naomi, February 18, 1907. 

The numerous family of 
NEWHALL Newhall, variously spelled 

Newhall, Newall and New- 
ell, is descended from two brothers registered 
as early settlers of Lynn, Massachusetts, in 
the year 1630. They were grantees of lots in 
a division of lands there in 1638. Not one of 
a large number of wills examined in London 
appears to furnish a clue to trace their Eng- 
lish origin. The earliest references to the 
name was found in the will of one Thomas 
Newhall, written in Latin in 1498. Printed 
history mentions the building of a new hall 
upon a baronial estate in Nerfolk by a man 
who by so doing obtained the name of Jo- 
hannis de Nova Aula, otherwise John de 
Newe-hall. This indicates the probable origin 
of the surname. The names of the two pro- 
genitors of the Lynn family were the brothers, 
Thomas Newhall and Anthony Newhall. 

(I) Thomas Newhall, of Lynn, Massachu- 
setts, died there. May 25, 1674. Wife Mary 
died September 25, 1665. His will was dated 
April I, 1668, and probated June 30, 1674. 
He bequeathed lands to his sons Thomas and 
John, and money to his sons-in-law, Richard 
Haven's children and Thomas Browne's chil- 
dren, and sundry articles to his two daughters, 
Susanna Haven and Mary Browne. In his 
inventory are mentioned an old dwelling-house 
and an old barn, six acres of upland and twelve 
acres of meadow, besides other estate. Chil- 
dren : I. Susanna, born about 1624, died in 
Lynn, February 7, 1682, married Richard 
Haven, of Lynn, Massachusetts. 2. Thomas, 


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born about 1630, see forward. 3. John, died 
before 1718, married (first) 3, 12 mo. (Feb- 
ruary), 1657, Elizabeth Laighton, who died 
October 22, 1677, and married (second) July 

17, 1679, Sarah Flanders, of Salisbury, Mas- 
sachusetts. 4. Mary, born about 1637, married 
Thomas Browne, of Lynn, Massachusetts. 

(II) Ensign Thomas, son of Thomas New- 
hall, was born at Lynn, Massachusetts, 1630, 
died there and was buried April i, 1678. Mar- 
ried Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas and Alice 
Potter, of Salem, Massachusetts ; she was 
buried at Lynn, February 22, 1686-87. He 
was the first white child born in Lynn. He 
left an inventory of date 1687, of which he 
was possessed of property valued at nearly 
seven hundred pounds. He was an ensign 
and his homestead was near the center of 
the town near George Keser's tannery in 
1665. In 1679 he purchased si.xty acres near 
the dividing line between Salem and Lynn 
for a farm with which to portion ofif his sons. 
From the fact that among his buildings was 
a malt-house, it is conjectured that it once 
formed a part of the farm of the first Thomas 
Newhall, his father having an estate contain- 
ing with other buildings a malt-house. Chil- 
dren : I. Thomas, born 18, 9 mo., 1653, died 
July 3, 1728, at Maiden, Massachusetts; mar- 
ried, November, 1764, Rebecca Green, of Mai- 
den, who died May 25, 1726. 2. John, 14, 12 
mo., 1655, died January 20, 1738, married, 
June 18, 1677, Esther Bartram, of Lynn, who 
died September 28, 1728. 3. Joseph, Sep- 
tember 22, 1658, see forward. 4. Nathaniel, 
March 17, 1660, died December 23, 1695, mar- 
ried Elizabeth . who married (second) 

intention dated January 8, 1696-97, John In- 
gersoll. 5. Elizabeth, March 21, 1662, drowned 
in April, 1665. 6. Elisha, November 3, 1665, 
buried last of February, 1686-87. 7- Eliza- 
beth, October 22, 1667. 8. Mary, February 

18, 1669. 9. Samuel, January 19, 1672, died 
before January 2, 1718-19; married Abigail 
Lyndsey, of Lynn. 10. Rebecca, July 17, 
1675, married. May 22, 1697, Ebenezer Parker, 
of Reading, Massachusetts. 

(III) Ensign Joseph, son of Ensign Thom- 
as Newhall, was born at Lynn, Massachusetts, 
September 22, 1658, died January 29, 1705- 
06. jNIarried Susanna, born March 26, 1659, 
daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Farrar, of 
Lynn, Massachusetts; she married (second), 
intention dated September 26, 1713, Benja- 
min Simonds, of Woburn. His name appeared 
often upon the records of holding some po- 
sitions of honor or trust. He served as repre- 
sentative at the general court in 1705-06. He 

'■perished in a snowstorm, January 29, 1705- 
06," Boston News Letter No. 95, while he 
was on the road from Boston to Lynn during 
his term at the general court. Administration 
on his estate was granted July 10, 1706, in 
which are named his widow Susanna, his sons 
Thomas and Joseph, Elisha, Ephraim. Daniel, 
Ebenezer, Benjamin, Samuel, and daughters 
Jemima, Susanna and Sarah. Like his father, 
he was called Ensign. His homestead, a farm 
of thirty-four acres, was situated in the north- 
erly part of Lynn, on the Salem (now Pea- 
body) line. He had also another farm of 
one hundred and seventy acres in the pres- 
ent town of Lynnfield and called the Pond 
farm. Children: i. Jemima, born December 
31, 1678, married, June 9, 1698, Benjamin 
Very, of Salem, Massachusetts. 2. Thomas, 
January 6, 1680, died November 30, 1738, 
married (first) December 9, 1707, Mary New- 
hall of Lynn; married (second) December 
12, 1717, Elizabeth Bancroft, of Lynn. 3. 
Joseph, February 6, 1683-84, died April 27, 
1742; married, November 26, 1713, Elizabeth 
Potter. 4. Elisha, November 20, 1686, died 
in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, March 19, 1773; 
married, February 27, 1710-11, Jane Breed, of 
Lynn, who died March 22, 1773. 5. Ephraim, 
February 20, 1688-89, married, December 
12, 1716, Abigail Denmark, of Lynn. 6. 
Daniel, February 5, 1690-91, died Novem- 
ber, 1752; married, intention dated November 
20, 1713, Mary Breed, of Lynn, who died 
January i, 1775. 7. Ebenezer, June 3, 1693. 
died June 22, 1766; married, intention dated 
November 8, 1718, Elizabeth Breed, who died 
at Lynnfield, Massachusetts, February 7, 1770. 

8. Susanna, December 19, 1695, married, July 
16, 1717, Joseph Breed, of Lynn. 9. Benja- 
min, April 5, 1698, died June 5, 1763; mar- 
ried, January i, 1721, Elizabeth Fowle, of 
Woburn, Massachusetts, who died at Lynn, 
January 28, 1760. 10. Samuel, March 9, 
1700-01, see forward. 11. Sarah, July 11, 
1704, married, January 3, 1722-23, Thomas 
Burrage, of Lynn. 

(IV) Samuel, son of Ensign Joseph New- 
hall, was born at Lynn, Massachusetts, March 

9, 1700-01, died there, August, 1770. Mar- 
ried, December 8, 1724, Kezia Breed, who died 
October 9, 1748, Lynn Records, October 9, 
1749, Quaker Records, daughter of Samuel 
and Anna (Hood) Breed, of Lynn, Massa- 
chusetts. He was adopted in his youth by an 
uncle named Thomas Farrar, who in his will 
bequeathed the bulk of his estate to him and 
another kinsman named Richard Hood. The 
will of Samuel, dated July 28, 1768, and 



proved October i, 1770, mentions his tiiree 
sons, Pharoah, Abijah and Daniel, daughters 
Anna Estes, Elizabeth Newhall, Sarah New- 
hall, Lydia Johnson, Abigail Purinton, Re- 
becca Chase, and Ruth Newhall, and also his 
brother, Elisha Newhall. Children: i. Anna, 
born October 27, 1725, married, September 16. 
1746, Matthew Estes. 2. Elizabeth, March 7, 
1727-28. 3. Sarah, August 20, 1730. 4. Ly- 
dia, January 14, 1732-33, married, October 15, 
1753, Nehemiah Johnson. 5. Pharaoh, Feb- 
ruary 15, 1733-34, died September 15, 1821 ; 
married, April 24, 1764, Theodate Breed, of 
Lynn, who died at Lynn, September 10. 1810. 

6. Abijah, February 15, 1736-37, see forward. 

7. Abigail, March 4, 1738-39, married, Jan- 
uary 15, 1760, Samuel Purinton, of Danvers, 
Massachusetts. 8. Daniel, February 4, 1740- 
41, died November 15, 1793; married (first) 
April 25, 1769, Hannah Estes, who died No- 
vember 27, 1781 : married (second) May 20, 
1789, Elizabeth Dodge, of Boston, Massachu- 
setts, who died his widow at Lynn, February, 
1822. 9. Rebecca, October 28, 1743, married, 
April 24, 1764, Abner Chase, of Salem, Massa- 
chusetts. 10. Ruth, October 12, 1746, mar- 
ried, October 14, 1772, John Bassett, of Lynn, 

(V) Abijah, son of Samuel Newhall, was 
born at Lynn, Massachusetts, February 15, 
1736-37, died there August 30, 1819. Mar- 
ried (first) April 29, 1760, Abigail, born Sep- 
tember 13, 1737, died July 9, 1792, daughter 
of Daniel and Lydia (Hood) Bassett, of Lynn, 
Massachusetts; married (second), Alice 

; she died his widow, January 7, 1820. 

He was a member of the Society of Friends. 
His will, dated March 18, 1809, calls him a 
cordwainer, and mentions wife Alice and chil- 
dren Daniel, Abijah, Lydia, Content, Keziah 
and Alice, and his son-in-law, Pelatiah Purin- 
ton. The will was proved February 15, 1820. 
His homestead appears to have been in that 
part of Lynn called Wood End. In 1771 he 
bought another lot of five acres, a portion of 
which, with a house on it, was sold after his 
death by his heirs. Children: i. Daniel, born 
August 3, 1761, married, March 24, 1790, 
Mary Shillaber, and removed to Henniker, 
New Hampshire. 2. Lydia, February 10, 1763, 
died December 3, 1840; married, September 
21, 1791, Enoch Mower, of Lynn. Massachu- 
setts. 3. Keziah, August 8, 1865. married. 
September 17, 1794, Pelatiah Purinton. of 
Lynn, Massachusetts. 4. Content, September 
2, 1767, married Abel Houghton; they were 
of Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1820. 5. Rebecca, 
August 7, 1769, married, October 10, 1774, 

Stephen Nichols, of Lynn, Massachusetts. 6. 
Alice, February 15, 1772, married (first) July 
20, 1796, Thomas Butman ; married (second) 
Nathan G. Chase. 7. Abigail, February 20, 
1776. 8. Abijah, see forward. 9. Stephen, 
April 21, 1780, died August 16, 1781. 

(VI) Abijah (2), son of Abijah (i) New- 
hall, was born at Lynn, Massachusetts, Jan- 
uary I, 1779, died at Vassalborough, ]\Iaine, 
October 6, i860. Married, September 25, 
1804, Lucy, born at Vassalborough, Maine, 
October 8, 1785, died September 24, 1863, 
daughter of Remington and Anstrus (Gardi- 
ner) Hobby. He located early in life at Vas- 
salborough, Kennebec county, Maine, and was 
a farmer and a tanner. Children: i. Cynthia 
Hobby, born July 17, 1805, married, October 
16, 1827, Captain Jabez Lewis, of 
borough, Maine. 2. Daniel, October 3, i8og, 
married, January 31, 1838, Clara Hoyt. 3. 
Henry Chase, February 6, 1814, see forward. 

(VII) Henry Chase, son of Abijah (2) 
Newhall, was born at Vassalborough, IMaine, 
February 6, 1814, died at Portland, [Maine, 
February 18, 1877. Married, February 6, 
1837, Lydia Howland, born at V'assalborough, 
Maine, April 25, 1817, died at Fairfield, Maine, 

May 31, 1898, daughter of George and 

(Howland) Gelchell. He was first a tanner, 
second he was engaged in the mercantile busi- 
ness, and thirdly in the lumber industry. Chil- 
dren : I. George Henry, born March 18, 1838, 
see forward. 2. Charles Edward, March 18, 
1842, died May 28, 1844. 3. Lucy Howland, 
October 6, 1843, died July 7, 1868; married, 
June 28, 1866, William Bodfish Dickey. 

(\TII) George Henry, son of Henry Chase 
Newhall, was born at Canaan. Somerset 
county, Maine, March 18, 1838, died at Fair- 
field, Maine, May 2, 1890. Married (first) 
August 7. i860, Mary A. Tobey, who died 
January 9, 1873; married (second) March 30, 
1874, Louise E., daughter of Eben S. and 
Melinda B. (Lawrence) Page. He came to 
Fairfield in 1851, when his parents removed 
there from Canaan. He received a common- 
school education and devoted his energies to 
business. He was associated for some time 
with his father, in the employ of the firm of 
Newhall & Gibson. After his father's death 
he became a member of the firm of Lawrence, 
Phillips & Company, lumber manufacturers, 
and continued so to the end of his life. He 
was a Universalist in religious faith. A Demo- 
crat in politics. Not ambitious for official 
honors, but public spirited and interested in 
the general welfare. He was highly respected 
as a citizen and successful as a business man. 


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Child by first wife : i. Edward F., born Octo- 
ber 5, 1861, died August 9, 1868. Cliildren by 
second wife : 2. Mary L., born at Chicago, 
IlHnois. July 21, 1876, is a graduate of Co- 
burn Classical Institute, at Waterville, Maine, 
and of Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massa- 
chusetts, in 1899. 3. Henry C., born at Fair- 
field, Maine, February 14, 1882; after receiv- 
ing his education in the common schools of 
Fairfield, and at the Phillips Exeter Academy, 
at Exeter, New Hampshire, he entered the 
employ of his father in the lumber business, 
at Shawmut, Maine. In company with Mr. G. 
Hume, he is extensively engaged as a lumber 
manufacturer in the town of Fairfield. He is 
a member of Siloam Chapter, St. Omar Com- 
mandery. and Kora Temple, j\I)-stic Shrine. 

The name Farnham is among 
FARXHAM the earliest in Jilassachusetts 
and has been conspicuous in 
the settlement and development of New Eng- 
land, especially at Concord and vicinity, in 
New Hampshire and at Rumford, in Maine. 
W'hile most of its bearers have been tillers 
of the soil, they have ever been identified with 
the work of the church and other moral agen- 
cies, and still adhere to the standards of their 
Puritan ancestors. Many of those in Maine 
spell the name Farnham, but the New Hamp- 
shire branch uses the spelling Farnum. It is 
found in various forms among the New Eng- 
land records. 

(I) Ralph Farnham was born in 1603, and 
sailed from Southampton, England, with his 
wife Alice, in the brig "James," arriving at 
Boston, Alassachusetts, June 5, 1635, after a 
voyage of fifty-eight days. He was among 
the proprietors of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 
1635. His wife was born about 1606, and 
they brought with them four children, a 
daughter being born of them here. Their 
names were as follows: Mary, born 1626; 
Thomas, 1631; Ralph, 1O33: Ephraim and 

(II) Ralph (2), born 1633, son of Ralph 
(i) and Alice Farnham, is said by tradition 
(which is open to question) to have been a 
native of Wales. He settled in Andover, Mas- 
sachusetts, where he was a grand juryman in 
1679, and was the ancestor of a numerous 
posterity. He was married October 26, 1658, 
to Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas Holt, an- 
other pioneer of Andover. She was born 
March 30, 1636, in Newbury, JNIassachusetts. 
He died January 8, 1692, in Andover. His 
children were : Sarah, Ralph, John, Henry, 
Hannah. Thomas, Ephraim and James. 

(Ill) John, son of Ralph (2) and Eliza- 
beth (Holt) Farnham, was born April 16, 
166.^, in Andover, where he resided and died 
in 1729, having survived his wife about twelve 
years. By occupation he was a wheelwright, 
antl he was a deacon of the church. He was 
married April 10, 1684, to Elizabeth Barker, 
born January 20, 1663, a daughter of Nathan 
and Mary Barker. One of his daughters was 
involved in a witchcraft excitement. 

(I\') John (2), son of John (i) and Eliza- 
beth (Barker) Farnham, born February 13, 
1684, died in 1762. He was a farmer and a 
wheelwright, residing all his life in Andover, 
where he was, like his father, a deacon in the 
church. He was married February 26, 1710, 
to Joanna Barker, born July 17, 1687, a 
daughter of Captain John and Mary Stevens 
Barker. She survived her husband about 
twenty-three years, dying in 1785. 

(X) Captain John (3), son of John (2) and 
Joanna (Barker) Farnham, born April i, 1711, 
died October 21, 1786, in Andover. He was 
married in 1738 to Sarah Frye, a daughter of 
Samuel and Sarah (Osgood) Frye. She was 
born March 25, 1720, and died in 18 16. They 
were the parents of twelve sons and one 
daughter, namely : Nathan, John, Daniel, 
Isaac, Jedediah (died young), Samuel, James, 
Peter, Sarah, Simeon, Nathaniel and Enoch. 
The daughter became the wife of Brooks 
Emery and they were the founders of a dis- 
tinguished family. 

(\T) Simeon, tenth son of Captain John 
(3) and Sarah (Frye) Farnham, was born 
October 9, 1756. in Andover, ilassachusetts, 
and settled in Gorham, Maine, as early as 

1786. He was a tanner by trade, and owned 
a lot of land subsequently occupied by what 
is known as the Hinckley tan-yard. About 
1805 he built on the westerly end of his lot a 
large, three-story brick house, which was des- 
troyed by fire in 1871, being used at that time 
as a hotel. His last days were spent in New- 
burg, Maine. He served as a soldier of the 
revolution, and resided in Andover until his 
removal to Gorham. He was married May 26. 

1787, to Elizabeth Johnson, of Andover, and 
they were the parents of Simeon. John, Eliza- 
beth, Roxana, Charles. Henry B., Frederick 
and Edward. A descendant of his. Captain 
John Farnum, was in quite recent years post- 
master at Gorham. 

(VII) Henry Bowman, fourth son of Si- 
meon and Elizabeth (Johnson) Farnham, 
born April i, 1798, in Gorham, died Novem- 
ber 30, 1879, in Bangor, Maine. For some 
years he was a merchant in Winthrop. Maine; 



was for a short period engaged in the lumber 
business at Scitnate and removed to Bangor in 
1832. He served as city Marshall of Bangor, 
and was a deputy sheriff of Penobscot county. 
He was among the early opponents of the 
spread of slavery in this country, and acted 
during its existence with the Free Soil party, 
later joining the Republican party. He was 
married June 11, 1823, to Harriett May, born 
April 25, 1805, in Winthrop, daughter of the 
Rev. John and Esther (Tapper) May, who 
came from Massachusetts ; Rev. John May 
was a Congregational minister. Harriett 
(May) Farnham died .September 28, 1894, in 
Buffalo, New York. Three of their children 
died in infancy. The others were: i. William 
H., born March 24, 1826, died July 27, 1872. 
2. Harriett, became the wife of Henry M. 
Kent, of Buffalo, New York. 3. Elizabeth T., 
became the wife of John Wilder May, who 
was a judge of the courts in Boston. 4. Au- 
gustus B., see forward. 5. Laura M., became 
the wife of Mayor Sidney W. Thaxter, of 

(\'ni) Augustus B., second son of Henry 
B. and Harriett (May) Farnham, was born 
March 10, 1839, in Bangor. He was educated 
in the public schools of his native city. His 
first active occupation was that of bookkeeper, 
being employed by Stetsoft & Company, deal- 
ers in lumber and navigators, with head- 
quarters in Bangor. He was thus engaged 
when the civil war broke out, and he enlisted 
in Company H, Second Regiment, Maine Vol- 
unteer Infantry, going out as first lieutenant. 
He was subsequently promoted to captain of 
the same company. This was a short-term 
organization and participated in the first battle 
of Bull Run. Soon after that Captain Farn- 
ham organized a company which became a 
part of the Si.xteenth Maine Regiment, and 
was mustered in August 14, 1862. He became 
major of this regiment, and was afterward 
promoted to lieutenant-colonel and participated 
in the following campaigns and battles : The 
Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Petersburg and 
Five Forks. At the last engagement, just be- 
fore the surrender of General Lee, Colonel 
Farnham was wounded in the left lung, April 
I, 1865. For meritorious conduct on the field 
he was brevetted colonel and was mustered 
out in 1865, returning to Bangor. He was 
soon appointed deputy collector of customs, in 
which capacity he served several years, and 
served ten years as postmaster of Bangor: ap- 
pointed February 27, 1871, under Grant: Feb- 
ruary 27, 1875, under Grant: February 27, 
1879, under Hayes; 1883, under Arthur; July 

29, 1890, under Harrison. Following this, he 
was engaged in the wholesale grocery busi- 
ness, in partnership with J. A. Boardman. 
This connection continued seven years, at the 
end of which period the business was sold 
out. At this time Augustus B. Farnham was 
elected president of the Kenduskeag National 
Bank, of Bangor, which position he held until 
the bank went out of business, being reorgan- 
ized as a trust company. In December, 1901, 
he was appointed adjutant-general of the 
state, and has continuously held that office 
until the present time, retaining his residence 
at Bangor, with office in the State-house at 
Augusta. Mr. Farnham is an active and 
valued member of the Masonic fraternity, in 
which he has attained the thirty-third degree, 
and has affiliated with Saint Andrew's Lodge, 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Mount 
Moriah Chapter, Royal Ancient Masters; 
Saint John's Comniandery, Knights Templar, 
oi Bangor, and with the Maine Consistory. 
He is a past grand master of the State Grand 
Lodge ; past grand commander of the Grand 
Comniandery of the state ; past commander of 
the State Comniandery, Grand Army of the 
Republic, and president of the Melitia Club, of 

Mr. Farnham married (first) January 12, 

1871, Ardelia B. Clark, born December 8, 
1846, daughter of Edwin and Mary ( AIcRuer) 
Clark, of Bangor. By this union there were 
two children: i. Mary McRuer, born July 5, 

1872, married William Lincoln Smith, of Con- 
cord, Massachusetts, and has two children : 
Philip Loring, born March 13, 1906, and 
Elizabeth Farnham. 2. Ardelia Clark, born 
June 25, 1874, died August 14, 1874. Mrs. 
Farnham died July 18, 1874. Mr. Farnham 
married (second) March 27, 1878, Laura 
Wood, born April 24, 1864, daughter of 
Henry A. and Mary M. (Horton) Wood, of 
Providence, Rhode Island. By this union one 
child, Henry A., born December 30, 1878. edu- 
cated in the public schools and Orchard Lake 
Military Academy, of Michigan, now a jour- 
nalist, connected with the Nczc York IVorld. 

There are strong indications 
LED YARD that this family was of Welsh 

origin. The home of the 
family in Wales was Lloydyard, and, to quote 
one authority, "it is hardly to be questioned 
that they were a branch of the Llwyds (or 
Lloyds) who traced their ancestry to the early 
Britons who fought with Arthur against the 
Saxon Kings." The name Lidiard, of county 
Somerset, England, is given in Domesday 



Book. Lidig:ar and hamlets in England and 
Scotland bear the names Ledgard. Ledgiard 
and Ledeard. A branch was seated at Le- 
diard-Tregoz, county Wills, England, who 
bore arms said to be almost identical with 
those of the Welsh family. One of the Led- 
yard descendants who visited Willshire found 
a kinsman, John Ledyard Phillips, of JMelk- 
sham, whose arms were the same as those 
borne in this country : Ermine on a chevron 
or, five mullets gules. Crest: a demi-lion ram- 
pant argent, holding in the dexter paw a mul- 
let gules. Motto : Per crucem ad Stellas. 
These arms were seen by a grandson of the 
emigrant, John Ledyard, "the traveller," on 
a carriage in Bristol, England, and recognized 
as the same borne by his grandfather. It is 
said that there is a connection between the St. 
John and Ledyard families, which may be only 
a tradition. Henry St. John, Baron of 
Lidiard-Tregoz, county Wills, England, was 
created Lord Bolingbroke. It is stated that 
"he died childless in 1751"; but in the contests 
over the estate which followed, the attorney- 
general proved that St. John had a son John 
"who was lost," and in the opinion of some 
writers this "missing heir" was John Led- 
yard. who came to America. Certain circum- 
stances may tend to bear out this belief, but, 
on the other hand, the following statements 
seem to shed a surer light on the parentage of 
the emigrant. A merchant of Bristol, Eng- 
land, John Ledyard, married, in 1665, Eliza- 
beth Hilliard. of Bradford, county Wills, and 
had two sons, Ebenezer and John. The taller 
married, in i6go, Sarah Windham, of Brad- 
ford, and their son John married Sarah Allen. 
Ebenezer, mentioned above, married a Miss 
Yarborough. A lady of this name was known 
as the mother of John Ledyard, the emigrant, 
and he was known to have written letters from 
Groton, Connecticut, 1739-41, to John Led- 
yard, of Bristol, whom he addressed as 
"cousin." The letters indicated familiar in- 
timacy and there were complaints that "after 
his arrival in New England no letters have 
reached him from his relatives in London." 
Lacking any further proof, it seems natural to 
conclude that the American ancestor John was 
the son of Ebenezer and his wife. Miss Yar- 
borough, and that he wrote the said letters to 
his cousin John, of Bristol (who married 
Sarah Allen), and was the son of his father's 
brother John. It should be noted also that 
the emigrant perpetuated his probable father's 
name, Ebenezer. in his own family and that 
the Yarborough name appeared in the family 
of his noted son. Colonel William Ledyard. 

(I) John Ledyard, American ancestor, was 

probably the son of Ebenezer and 

(Yarborough) Ledyard, of Bristol, England, 
where he was born in 1700. The date of his 
arrival in this country is not given, but at an 
early age he was engaged as teacher of a 
Latin school at Southold, Long Island. In a 
few years, 1727-30, he moved to Groton, Con- 
necticut, and later to Hartford. His name 
was on the public records of Connecticut in 
1732 and he became very active and promi- 
nent in the affairs of Hartford. He was rep- 
resentative to the general court, 1753 and 
1769, and was prominent in securing the pro- 
tection and education of the native Indians; 
also in the movements which resulted later in 
the founding of Dartmouth College. He is 
described as a man of great distinction, in- 
fluence and literary culture. He married 
(first) Deborah, daughter of Judge Benja- 
min Youngs, and great-granddaughter of 
Rev. John Youngs, of Southold, Long Island ; 
she belonged to one of the most prominent 
families of that place. She died 1748-49, and 
Mr. Ledyard marriec^ (second) Mary, widow 
of John Ellery, and daughter of John and 
Mary (Stanley) Austin. She was the grand- 
daughter of Nathaniel Stanley, of Hartford. 
John Ledyard's will was probated September 
6, 1771 (i^Iagazine of American History, Vol. 
VIL, p. 188). He died in Hartford, Septem- 
ber 3, 1 77 1, and was buried on the old Centre 
burial-ground. The inscription on his grave- 
stone reads : "Sacred to the memory of John 
Ledyard Esq., who departed his life on the 
3rd of September A. D. 1771 aged 71 years. 
The memory of the just is blessed." Children 
of John and Deborah were: i. John (Capt.), 
born in Groton, 1730, died March, 1762; mar- 
ried .Abigail, daughter of Roger Hempold. and 
had six children. 2. Youngs (Capt.), married 
Amelia Avery, of Groton, and had seven chil- 
dren. 3. Deborah. 4. Mary. 5. Ebenezer. 

(II) Ebenezer, third son of John and De- 
borah (Youngs) Ledyard, was born in Groton 
in 1736, died there September 29, 181 1. He 
was presumably named for his grandfather in 
England. He appears to have been prominent 
in town affairs, and in 1775 had charge of the 
construction of Fort Griswold, at Groton. 
where his brother, the commander and noted 
hero of the place. Colonel William Ledyard, 
met with a tragic death. Ebenezer was held 
as hostage for the wounded captured by the 
British at the surrender of the fort, and on 
their return he was taken by them to New 
York. He married (first) Mary Latham, of 
Groton, born January 6, 1739, died February 



15- 1779- The gravestone inscription at the 
Ledyard cemetery, Groton, reads: "Mrs. Mary 
the amiable wife of Ebenezer Ledyard Esq." 
He died, as above mentioned, at seventy-five 
years of age. He married (second) Elizabeth 
Gardiner, of Stonington, Connecticut, who had 
three children : Jonathan, Henry G. and Guy 
Carlston Ledyard. Children of Ebenezer and 
Mary were: i. Ebenezer Jr., born 1760, died 
at Groton, November 17, 1776. 2. Jonathan. 
3. David. 4. Gurdon, born 1769, died 1770. 
5. Gurdon 2nd. 6. William Pitt. 7. Austin. 
8. Nathaniel. 9. Benjamin, born in Groton, 
August 28, 1778, died April 15, 1788. 10. Jo- 
seph, his twin brother, died September 5, 1778. 
(HI) William Pitt, sixth son of Ebenezer 
and Mary (Latham) Ledyard, was born in 
Groton in 1774, and died in Bath, Maine, 
where he removed, August 24, 181 2, aged 
thirty-eight years. He married Mercy, daugh- 
ter of Captain Asa Palmer, of Stonington. An 
old day-book or blotter kept by the captain 
contained an itemized account given in the 
currency of the time, of one hundred or more 
articles included in the grandmother's dowry. 
This book of quaint interest is now in pos- 
session of the family of James C. Ledyard. 
The children of William Pitt and Alercy 
were : Flarriet, Julia A., William P., Mercy, 

(IV) Harriet, daughter of William Pitt 
and Mercy (Palmer) Ledyard, married, Jan- 
uary 20, 1827, Orrin D. Crommett, born at 
Waterville, Maine, June 10, 1796, and died 
there 1845. He was the son of James Crom- 
mett, a lumberman, of Kennebec county, until 
after the embargo act, when he met with 
heavy losses. His wife was a Miss Delano, 
daughter of Peleg Delano, of Sidney, Maine. 
Orrin D. was one of three sons. He fol- 
lowed the business of millwright and owner 
at Waterville during his active years and was 
fairly successful. He died about 1840, and 
his widow in 185 1 removed to Bath, j\laine. 

(V) James Crommett, son of Orrin D. and 
Harriet (Ledyard) Crommett, was born in 
Waterville, December 30, 1833. He was but 
seven years of age at the time of his father's 
death, and wdien he was eighteen he removed 
with his mother to Bath. On reaching twenty- 
one years of age, by a special act of the legis- 
lature he assumed the name Ledyard. He 
first engaged in business as clerk with his 
uncle, William P. Ledyard, after establishing 
a furniture business, which he gave up in 
the early seventies to attend to other interests. 
He gave largely of his time and ability to the 
city of Bath, having served in both branches 

of the city government. In 1882 Mr. Led- 
yard was unanimously elected mayor, which 
office he ably filled for two years. He was 
identified with the school committee and was 
chairman of the committee which built the 
Morse high school, rendering the city invalu- 
able service and securing an edifice second 
to none in the state for educational uses. He 
was a member of the JMaine legislature in 
1899, 3rid was for many years connected with 
the Bath Savings Institution as director and 
president. He was also president of the Lin- 
coln National Bank and a director of the East- 
ern Steamboat Company, and was president of 
the board of managers of the Old Ladies 
Home. He was a member of Solar Lodge, 
F. and A. M., also of Montgomery and St. 
Bernard Royal Arch Chapter, and a deacon 
of the Central Congregational church. He 
died in Bath, September 26, 1907. The fol- 
lowing is from an obituary of the Bath paper. 
"Mr. Ledyard was beloved and respected by 
the entire community and his death comes as 
a great loss not only to his immediate fam- 
ily, but to all who knew him and to this city 
which he has so long and so faithfully served." 
i\lr. Ledyard married, March 24, 1863, Mary 
Jane, daughter of Charles and Elvira (Weeks) 
Owen, who died September 23, 1904. Chil- 
dren : William, of Boston, James P., Owen J., 
of Bath, and Harriet C. Five other children 
died in infancy. 

The old Ledyard house at Hartford, built 
by the ancestor John, or, as he was called, 
Judge John Ledyard (who died 1771), was 
on the northeast corner of Arch and Prospect 
streets. It was a two-story, heavy-timbered 
frame house, with a plain, straight roof. The 
frontage was 50-60 feet and the depth 35-40 
feet. There was a wide hall and long, straight 
staircase ; the rooms were large and lofty. Two 
chimneys were in the body of tlie house be- 
tween the rooms. There were two windows 
on the west and three on the east side of the 
front door. The doors were without porches. 
An L was constructed for a kitchen and well- 
room and joined by the main building. Large 
cedar-trees w^re on each side of the front 
door, and about thirty feet from the house on 
the west side a row of elm-trees. To adapt 
the building to two families, in 1830 a brick 
kitchen was erected and connected with the 
northwest corner. In the rear a one and one- 
half story house (probably originally the 
negro servants' quarters) was occupied by 
colored people for many years, till torn down, 
1835-40. It was not included in the Ledyard 
property. Ledyard house, one of the finest 


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residences in the town, was torn down 1865- 
70, but most of the fine elm-trees remain. 

The surname Stanhope is 
STANHOPE of local origin. The first 

record of this ancient, 
knightly and noble family is of Walter de 
Stanhope, county Durham, whose son Richard 
died in 1338. The name is taken from the 
town of Stanhope, near Darlington, county 
Durham, the ancient residence of the family. 
Lord Stanhope wrote a history of the family, 
entitled "Notices of the Stanhopes" (8 vc, 
1855). The pedigree is traced to 1216 in 
some of the English branches. Of this fam- 
ily are the Earl of Chesterfield, the Earl of 
Stanhope and the Earl of Harrington. There 
are many coats-of-arms, some of ancient date. 
Among the oldest is : Sable a bend between 
six crosses crosslet argent. These arms were 
placed in the chapel of Baliol College, O.x- 
ford, in 1574. We find the name in early 
records spelled Stanape and Stanup. 

(T) Ensign Jonathan Stanhope, immigrant 
ancestor, settled early in Sudbury, Massachu- 
setts, where he died October 22, 1702, aged 
seventy years. Therefore he was born in 
1632, doubtless in England. He married, at 
Charlestown, April 16, 1656, Susanna Ayer. 

He married (second) Abigail , who 

died at Sudbury, his widow, September 17, 
1722. Children, born at Sudbury: i. Jona- 
than, February 2, 1657, married. May 11, 
1674, Sarah Griffin; children: i. Isaac, born 
June 27, 1675 ; ii. Jonathan, November 5, died 
November 19, 1681. 2. Sarah, JMarch 25, 
1658. 3. Hannah, married, April I, 1686, 
Stephen Jennings. 4. Joseph, September 13, 
1662, mentioned below. 5. Jemima, June 5, 
1665. 6. Mary, January 29, 1667, married 
William Wesson. 7. Rebecca, October 29, 
1670. 8. Jemima, married, October 15, 1689, 
Thomas Rutter. 

(II) Joseph, son of Ensign Jonathan (i) 
Stanhope, was born in Sudbury, Massachu- 
setts, September n, 1662. He married, Jan- 
uary I, 1684-85, Hannah Bradish, who died 
July 20, 1727, daughter of Joseph Bradish. 
Children, born at Sudbury: i. Susanna, Sep- 
tember I, 1685, married, September 27, 1727, 
William Simson. 2. Jonathan, January 25, 
1686-87, rnentioned below. 3. Jemima, mar- 
ried, ^lay 27, 1717, John Walker. 4. Isaac, 
died December 30, 1729. 5. Joseph. 

(III) Jonathan (2), son of Joseph (i) 
Stanhope, was born January 23, 1686-87, ^^ 

Sudbury. He married Abigail — ■ . A 

Jonathan married, October 21, 1733, Bath- 

sheba Walker, thought to be his second wife. 
Children of first wife: i. Joseph, born No- 
vember 15, 1715, mentioned below. 2. Anna, 
November 4. I7r7, married, in Marlborough, 
November 17, 1737, Jonathan Whipple. 3. 
Samuel, April 23. 1719, settled at Bolton, Mas- 
sachusetts; married, in Framingham. Novem- 
ber 6, 1755, Elizabeth Angler; children: i. 
Samuel, born October 15, 1756, married, Feb- 
ruary 26, 1778, Mary Goodnow ; he was a 
soldier in the revolution from Bolton, Captain 
Benjamin Hastings' company. Colonel John 
Whitcomb's regiment ; ii. Elizabeth, January 
16, 1758, married, May 29, 1777, William « 
Walker; iii. Peter, November 29, 1759, revo- 
lutionary soldier from Bolton, married, No- 
vember 30, 1775, Elizabeth Parmenter; iv. 
Asahel, October i. 1761 ; v. Jonas, March 31, 
1764; vi. Dinah, July 23, 1766; vii. Anne, Sep- 
tember 8, 1768; viii. Azubah, November 25, 
1770. 4. Abigail, November 23, 1720. 

(I\') Joseph (2), son of Jonathan (2) 
Stanhope, was born in Sudbury, November 15, 
1 71 5. The family of Joseph seems to have 
moved to Maine about 1760. Joseph Stan- 
hope signed a petition to settle Rev. Peter 
Thacher Smith at New Marblehead, or Wind- 
ham, Alaine, April 12, 1762. He was then an 
inhabitant of the town. No earlier record is 
found. No later record than 1757 is found 
at Sudbury. The family was small. We have 
given the entire family practically down to 
the time Joseph located in Maine. No other 
family of the name is to be found in Massa- 
chusetts or New England before the revolu- 
tion. Joseph married (first) at Sudbury, 
January 24, 1739-40, Keziah Parmenter; (sec- 
ond) January 31, 1755, Sarah How. Children 
of first wife: i. Mercy, born June 22, 1745. 
2. Abigail, Alay 30, 1748. 3. Keziah, Novem- 
ber 28, 1752. Children of second wife: 4. 
Isaac. 5. Joseph, May 27, 1757, soldier in the 
revolution from Deerfield, Massachusetts. 

(\') Isaac, son of Joseph (2) Stanhope, 
was born at Sudbury, October 15, 1755. Sol- 
dier in the revolution from Packersfield, Mas- 
sachusetts (Maine) in Captain Ezra Tow'n's 
regiment. Colonel James Read's regiment, 
aged nineteen, height five feet five inches, com- 
plexion brown, eyes light, farmer by occupa- 
tion, birthplace Sudbury, enlisted May 13, 


( \ I ) Warren, son or nephew of Isaac 
Stanhope, was born in 1800; settled in Robin- 
ston and Orrington, Maine, died in 1868. He 
married Mary Butler, of Calais, Maine, born 
1791, died 1880. Children: i. William, bom 
in Orrington, mentioned below. 2. Warren. 



3. Curtis, a physician. 4. James M., died of 
disease while a soldier of the civil war. 5. 
John, died in Bradford. 6. Mary B. 

(VII) William, son of Warren Stanhope, 
was bom in Orrington, Maine, about 1825, 
died in Bradford, Maine. He was educated in 
the public schools in his native town, and fol- 
lowed farming during his active life at Brad- 
ford, Maine. " He was deacon in Free Will 
liaptist church. A Republican in politics. He 
married Sarah Howard, born in Bangor, 
Maine, died 1874, at Bradford. Children: i. 
William H., soldier in the civil war; at 
Drury's Blufif he was wounded, and was in 

•hespital three months; died in Andersonville 
Prison. 2. Frances E., married Llewelyn A. 
Lucas. 3. Abbie S., married William G. Lar- 
rabee. 4. Flenry Brevet, mentioned below. By 
a subsequent marriage, there is a son, Wesley, 
now residing in South Lincoln, Maine. 

(VIII) Henry Brevet, son of William and 
Sarah (Howard) Stanhope, was born in 
Bradford, Maine, January 5, 1844, and was 
educated in the public schools of his native 
town. When but seventeen years of age, in 
September, 1861, he enlisted in the civil war, 
in Company E, Eleventh Maine Volunteers, 
and served through the war, being mustered 
out February 2, 1866, with the rank of ser- 
geant of the same company. He went through 
the Peninsula Campaign from Yorktown to 
Harrison's Landing, and contracted the ty- 
phoid fever there. He was away from the 
regiment for a while, in Florida, and from 
there went back to Morris Island, and while 
there was in Battery Chatfield about two 
months, on the upper end of the island, shell- 
ing Fort Sumpter. He re-enlisted January 
4, and got a thirty-day furlough home. He 
was back with the regiment in \'irginia again 
in April, in the Army of the James, under 
General Benjamin F. Butler, Tenth Army 
Corps; was wounded in May, but got back 
to finish the campaign of '64-'65 at Appornat- 
tox in the Twenty-fourth Army Corps, First 
Division, Third Brigade. He took part in 
many engagements and saw hard service in 
some of the notable campaigns of the Army of 
the Potomac. He was in Boston, Massachu- 
setts, a few years, being there at the time of 
the big fire, in 72, and was on special police 
in the "city at the time of the first jubilee there. 
Upon leaving the service he went to Michigan, 
to work in the lumbering industry of that sec- 
tion, and for three years was watchman in a 
sawmill at East Saginaw, Michigan. He sub- 
sequently engaged in farming and lumbering. 
In 1884 he returned to Foxcroft, Maine, and 

since then has been engaged in farming in 
that town most of the time. In 1904, owing 
to failing health, he sold his farm, and now 
lives in the village of Foxcroft, where he pur- 
chased a home, and is retired from active busi- 
ness. He is a well known and highly re- 
spected citizen. In politics he is a Republi- 
can. He is a member of Charles D. Jamison 
Post, No. no, Grand Army of the Republic, 
of Bradford Center, Maine. He was formerly 
commander of C. S. Douty Post, of Dover, 
and Charles P. Chandler Post, G. A. R., of 

Henry B. Stanhope married, in Dexter, 
Maine, by the Rev. Thomas M. Davies, March 
29, 1874. Emma H. Pratt, born December 16, 
1849, daughter of Seth C. Pratt, born Sep- 
tember 2, 1807, died June 2, 1880, and Mary 
(Herring) Pratt, born February 2, 1813, died 
November 22, 1895. Robert and Polly 
(Wagg) Herring were the parents of Mary 
(Herring) Pratt, and they lived at New 
Gloucester, Maine. Children of Seth C. and 
Mary (Herring) Pratt: Cynthia J., Rev. 
George W., Rev. Henry O., Emma H. (Mrs. 
Stanhope) and George W., who died young. 
Joel Pratt, father of Seth C. Pratt, was born 
in Massachusetts, in 1776; married Sarah 
Jones ; children : Reuben, Nelson, Lawson, 
Seth C, mentioned above, Esther, Marilla, Joel 
Jr. and Sarah Jones Pratt. Mr. and Mrs. 
Stanhope have no children. 

There were numerous immi- 
WILLIS grants of this name from Eng- 
land during the colonial period, 
but the founder of the family treated of below 
was probably the first to arrive in this country. 
(I) Deacon John Willis, a Puritan of great 
respectabilitv and considerable distinction, ar- 
rived in New England during or prior to 1637, 
and settled in Duxbury, Massachusetts, where 
he entered with spirit into the management 
of the early public affairs of the town. He 
sold his property to William Pabodie in 1657, 
removing to Bridgewater as one of the original 
proprietors. He was one of the organizers 
of the town government, holding various town 
offices, was appointed to solemnize marriages 
and administer oaths, served as representative 
to the general court for a period of twenty- 
five years, and was the first deacon of the 
church in Bridgewater. His will was dated 
1692 and proven the following year. He mar- 
ried Mrs. Elizabeth (Hodgkins) Palmer, 
widow of William Palmer, and had children : 
Deacon John, Nathaniel, Joseph, Comfort, 
Benjamin, Hannah, Elizabeth and Sarah. 


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(II) Deacon John (2), eldest son of Deacon 
John (I) and Elizabeth (Hodgkins) (Palmer) 
Willis, married Experience Byram, of Bridge- 
water; died in 1712; had children: John, Ex- 
perience, Samuel, Mary, Nathaniel. 

(III) Nathaniel, son of Deacon John (2) 
and Experience (Byram) Willis, according to 
tradition, was born about 1700, in Taunton, 
Massachusetts : married and had two children : 
Lemuel and another son. 

(IV) Lemuel, son of Nathaniel Willis, born 
about 1740, died 1780; married Lydia Hodges, 
born in Taunton, Massachusetts, 1741, died at 
Windham, Vermont, 1810; had one child, 

(V) Lemuel (2), son of Lemuel (' i ) and 
Lydia (Hodges) Willis, born June 29, 1771, 
in Taunton, died in Westmoreland, New 
Hampshire, i\Iay 12, 1849: married Fanny 
Cobb, born February 24, 1780, in Hallowell, 
Maine; had children: Lemuel, Fanny C, John. 

(VI) Rev. Lemuel (3), son of Lemuel (2) 
and Fanny (Cobb) Willis, was born in Wind- 
ham, Vermont, April 24, 1802, and died in 
Warner, New Hampshire, July 23, 1878. 
After pursuing the regular course of study 
at the Chesterfield Academy, New Hampshire, 
he devoted himself to theology, and, entering 
the ministry of the Universalist church, held 
pastorates in Lebanon, New Hampshire ; Troy, 
New York ; Salem, Lynn, Cambridgeport and 
Haverhill, Massachusetts ; Portsmouth, New 
Hampshire, and other places. He was a 
pleasing speaker, noted for his clear and forci- 
ble sermons and his ministry extended 
throughout a period of fifty years. He was 
married (first) to Almanda R., daughter of 

Edward and ( W'itherill ) Simmons ; she 

was born in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, 
January 25, 1803, and died September 23, 1846. 
Their children w'ere: i. Lemuel Murray, see 
forward. 2. Otis W., born August 24, 1829. 
3. Algernon, July 28, 1833. 4. Mary L., Jan- 
uary 13, 1836, died August 20, i86g; she 
married Philip C. Bean, of Warner, New 
Hampshire, and had a son, L. Willis Bean, 
who is now an employe of the United States 
government in customs at Portland, Maine. 
5. Harlon Simmons, July 18, 1843, who has 
a son, Arthur L., who is the deputy secretary 
of state of the state of New Hampshire. Rev. 
Lemuel married (second) Abigail P. George, 
of Warner, New Hampshire. 

(VII) Dr. Lemuel Alurray, eldest child of 
Rev. Lemuel (3) and Almanda R. (Simmons) 
Willis, was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, 
and died in Charlestown, Massachusetts, Jan- 

uary 17, 1893. During his youth he made 
good use of his time in the study of the 
classics, and books on philosophy, language 
and science were his constant companions dur- 
ing the time when he was directed in his 
studies by his proficient and painstaking father. 
Upon the completion of his classical course, 
and when he had obtained some knowledge of 
his professional work, he entered Dartmouth 
Medical College and was graduated Doctor of 
Medicine with the class of 1847. He taught 
school and practiced medicine in Eliot, Maine, 
1848-49, and during the latter year made the 
trip to California with other gold-seekers. Re- 
turning to Eliot, a wiser if not a richer man, 
he resumed the practice of medicine, remain- 
ing there until the spring of 1858, when he 
removed to Canton, Massachusetts, from 
thence to Chelsea, and soon after to Charles- 
town. He was made assistant-surgeon of the 
Twenty-sixth Massachusetts Volunteer In- 
fantry in July. 1862, and accompanied the 
regiment to New Orleans, where it was sta- 
tioned under the general directions of Major- 
General Benjamin F. Butler, commanding' the 
Department of the Gulf. He was then sta- 
tioned with the regiment at Ship Island and 
Fort Pike, where his care for and fatherly at- 
tention to the needs of those entrusted to his 
ministrations won well-deserved praise, and 
was mustered out at the close of the war, in 
1865. He returned to Charlestown, again ta- 
king up the practice of medicine, and "lived in 
that town during the remainder of his life. 
He was a member of the leading medical so- 
cieties of :\Iassachusetts, held the rank of 
Knight Templar in the Masonic fraternity and 
was the founder and first president of the Bos- 
ton Microscopical Society. He was a thorough 
musician, an expert performer on the piano 
and violin and possessed of rare artistic tastes. 
His love for books made him a discerning col- 
lector of French, German and Latin, as well 
as English classics and the philosophical and 
scientific treasures of literature in the tongue 
in which they first appeared w^ere his par- 
ticular delight. He contributed original and 
translated scientific and medical articles of 
merit to various magazines and to the pro- 
ceedings of learned societies, as well as articles 
having a bearing on his professional and re- 
search work. He married (first) in Eliot, 
Maine, July 15, 1849, Paulina H., who died 
March 23, 1858, a daughter of John and Marv 
(Staples) Fogg. They had one child: John 
Lemuel Murray, see forward. Dr. Willis 
married (second) February 25, 1865, Abbie 
A., who died in Alalden, November 21, 1903, 



and was a daughter of Eben and Priscilla 
.(Hutchins) Neal, of Lynn, Massachusetts. 
By this second marriage Dr. Willis had chil- 

.dren: Harold N., who became a resident of 
Arlington, Massachusetts, and Edith G., who 
married Frank Rideout, and made her home in 
Saugus, Massachusetts. 

(VIII) John Lemuel Murray, only child of 
Dr. Lemuel Murray and Paulina H. (Fogg) 
Willis, was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, 
February ii, 1856. He remained in Eliot. 
Maine, after the death of his mother, and was 
graduated from the public schools and academy 
of the town, and also from the Berwick 
Academy. He selected as his profession that 
of his father, and was graduated from the 

: medical department of Bowdoin College as 
Doctor of Medicine in 1877, and was at once 
appointed house surgeon of the Maine Gen- 
eral Hospital. After a service of one year 
he took a post-graduate course in the Medi- 
cal School connected with the New York Uni- 
versity, then settled as a physician and sur- 
geon in Eliot, Maine, and made his home in 
the old homestead of John Fogg, which had 
been in the possession of his mother's family 
since 1699. The house was built in 1737 and 
the homestead is located on the Old Road in 
EHot. The building is beautifully shaded by 
two stately elms that rise high above the two- 
storied house and give an air of colonial 
grandeur to the entire landscape. Dr. Willis 
was early connected with the public school 
system of Eliot as a teacher and subsequently 
as superintendent of schools and a trustee of 
Berwick Academy. He is a member and has 
served as president of the York County 
Medical Society ; is a member and has served 
as vice-president of the Maine jNIedical So- 
ciety ; has served as chairman of the Maine 
Medical Board of Registration and is a mem- 
ber of the American Medical Association and 
of the Strafford County Medical Association. 
His fraternal affiliations are with the Masonic 
order, in which he is a thirty-second degree 
Mason, a member of the Knights Templar and 
a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, and with the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which 
he has held high official positions. He is also 
a member of the Maine Historical Society and 
of the Warwick Club, of Portsmouth, New 
Hampshire. He was an active factor in ad- 
vancing the interests of the William Fogg Li- 
brary, made possible by the benefaction of 
Dr. John S. H. Fogg, of Boston, who was a 
native of EHot, and who provided for the 
erection and maintenance of a free public 
library to the memory of his father, the in- 

stitution to bear the well-remembered name 
of William Fogg. The gift included his li- 
brary of choice books, appraised at the time 
of his death at ten thousand dollars. This 
institution now stands on the very acres that 
were a part of William Fogg's homestead and 
Dr. Fogg's birthplace. The town appointed 
Dr. Willis as its trustee and he has charge of 
the building. His private library includes 
over four thousand volumes, collected by his 
father and himself, both enthusiastic and dis- 
criminating book-lovers and collectors. On 
June 25, 1902, Dr. Willis was presented by 
his townsmen with a silver loving-cup just as 
he had rounded out twenty-five years of prac- 
tice among them. He edited "Old Eliot," a 
valuable historical, biographical and genea- 
logical quarterly magazine, now in its ninth 
year, and he is president of the Eliot Histor- 
ical Society. 

He married, October i, 1879, Carrie Estelle, 
daughter of Freeman C. and Ellen J. (Cooper) 
Ham ; they have children : Elizabeth Gail, 
born October 18, 1884, and Harlon Parker, 
born April 30, 1891. 

Charles Gardiner, son of 
McCULLY Charles McCully, of Trenton, 
New Jersey, and Jane Emma 
(Lawrence) McCully, of New York City, was 
born in New York, "December 29, 1832. In 
his early childhood the family removed to 
Oswego, New York, where he passed through 
the first stage of education in the public 
schools. He was prepared for college in the 
celebrated academy at Homer, New York, 
then under the direction of Samuel B. Wool- 
worth, afterward chancellor of the University 
of the State. He matriculated at Yale Col- 
lege in 1850, and was graduated A. B. in 
1853. He was a member of the Phi Beta 
Kappa Society and in the commencement ap- 
pointments was in the rank next after the 
valedictorian and the salutatorian. The class 
numbered one hundred and four members, 
among whom were Andrew Dickson White, 
first president of Cornell University and 
United States ambassador to Germany, Ed- 
mund Clarence Stedman, the poet, 'Wayne 
MacVeagh, attorney-general of the United 
States and ambassador to Italy, Hiram Bing- 
ham, the missionary-educator, and so many 
others who have gained high distinction that 
it is often designated "the famous class of 
'53." After three years spent in teaching in 
Mississippi, Mr. McCully entered the Union 
Theological Seminary, of New York City, and 
was graduated in the class of 1859. His first 



charge was that of the Congregational church, 
at Milltown, New Brunswick, where he was 
ordained July 17, i860. He remained in this 
place until 1866, having rendered in 1865 a 
term of service in the Christian Commission of 
the civil war. From 1866 to the early part 
of 1876 he was pastor of the Congregational 
church at Hallowell, Maine. Thence he was 
called to the pastorate of the church in Calais, 
and continued in it until his resignation in 
April, igo8, a service of thirty-two years. 
Having declined the request of the church to 
prolong the relation he was made pastor emer- 
itus. ^Ir. ilcCully has been the moderator of 
the general conference of the Congregational 
churches of Maine and on two occasions has 
given the annual sermon before that body. 
He was a state delegate to the International 
Congregational Council held in Boston, iSgg, 
and again to that of Edinburgh, in igoS. He 
is one of the oldest trustees in years of service 
of the Bangor Theological Seminary and has 
served on important committees in the interest 
of the institution. He has endeared himself 
to the people of Calais beyond the circle of 
his own church, and has taken a conspicuous 
and influential part in all movements relating 
to the welfare of the community. During 
many years he has been president of the board 
of trustees of the Free Libran,' and Reading- 
Room, and has given much time and labor to 
the oversight of it. The library is housed in 
a building which was erected in i8g4 at a 
cost of ten thousand dollars, the joint gift of 
Frederick Augustus Pike (181 7- 1886), of 
Calais, and Freeman H. Todd, of St. Stephen. 
The library enjoys a liberal endowment pro- 
vided by James Shephard Pike, associate edi- 
tor of the Nciv York Tribune, 1850-60, United 
States minister to the Netherlands 1861-66. 
A peculiar feature of the endowment is the 
interdiction by the testator of the purchase 
from the fund of any novel which has not been 
published more than ten years. Mr. McCully 
was married December 25, 1867, to Frances, 
daughter of George Marks and Mary Bridges 
(Topliff) Porter. Their children were: i. 
Emma Lawrence, born January 21, 1873. 2. 
Alary Porter, January 17, 1874, died Alarch 
17, i8g9. Mrs. McCully is a descendant of 
John Porter, the immigrant in the following 

John Porter, of Hingham and 
PORTER Salem (Danvers), a tanner by 

trade and occupation, was born 
in England in 1595. He came probably from 
Dorsetshire to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 

probably landed in Boston and going to 
Dorchester. He was among those who came 
from Dorchester to Hingham in 1635, and 
during his short stay in that town he owned 
land at "Otis Hill," "Over the Delaware," at 
"Lyford's Licking Meadows," "Crooked 
Meadows," "Plaine Neck," "Weir Neck," and 
at "Turkey Meadows." His residence was on 
East street, on lands granted to him in 1637, 
and now a part of the Hingham Agricultural 
and Horticultural Society grounds. He was 
constable in 1641 and a deputy in the gen- 
eral court of elections held in Boston, May 
29, 1664, and in the same year he removed 
from Hingham to that part of Salem after- 
wards known as Danvers, and May 5, 1644, 
Mary Porter (supposed to have been his 
wife) joined the Salem church, but his own 
name does not appear on the church records 
., until i64g. He sold his house and lands in 
Hingham to Nathaniel Baker in 1648. He 
had already purchased a farm in Salem of the 
Rev. Samuel Sharp, May 10, 1643, ^or one 
hundred and ten pounds, and he paid the first 
installment of fifty pounds May 20, 1643, the 
second of thirty pounds May i, 1644, the third 
of thirty pounds. May i, 1645, he did not pay 
until January 20, 1652. On June 2g, 1648, he 
bought of Simon Bradstreet, of Boston, one- 
third of a farm of one hundred and eighty 
acres and the same day bought of William and 
Richard Haj'nes, of Salem, the other two- 
thirds of Bishop's farm. In 1650 he bought 
five hundred acres of land of Emanuel Down- 
ing, of Salem, which farm he gave to his son 
Joseph (q. v.) as a marriage portion in 1663. 
At the time of his death he was the largest 
landholder in Salem \nilage, his lands being 
included in what became the townships of 
Danvers, Salem, W'indham, Topsfield and Bev- 
erly. He was deputy from Salem to the gen- 
eral court of elections held in Boston, April 
29, 1668. He died in Salem Village (now 
Danvers), September 6, 1676, and his widow 
Mary, who probably came with him from Eng- 
land, was said by Perley Derby, of Salem, 
eminent authority, to have been living in 1685. 
The children of John and Mary Porter, the 
immigrants, were: i. John, a mariner, un- 
married, who may have been born in Eng- 
land, and who died March 16, 1684. 2. Sam- 
uel, mariner, owned a large farm near Wind- 
ham, married Hannah, daughter of William 
and Elizabeth Dodge, of Beverly, and they 
had one child, John, born 1658. He died in 
1660 and his widow married, December 2, 
1661, Thomas Woodbury, of Beverly, and 
died January 2, 1689, aged forty-five years. 

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She had by her second marriage nine children. 

3. Joseph (q. v.), baptized September 9, 1638. 

4. Benjamin, baptized in liingham, November, 
1639; died unmarried January 7, 1722-23. 5. 
Israel, baptized in Hingham, February 12, 
1643. I'larried Elizabeth, daughter of William 
and Ann Hathorn, and died in November, 
1706. 6. Mary, born in Salem Village, mar- 
ried Lieutenant Thomas Gardner, April 22, 
1669. 7. Jonathan, baptized in Salem, March 
12, 1647-48, died before 1676. 8. Sarah, bap- 
tized in Salem, June 3, 1649, married Daniel 

(II) Joseph, third son of John and Mary 
Porter, was baptized at Hingham, Massachu- 
setts, September 9, 1638, by Rev. Peter Ho- 
bart. He removed with his father and the 
others of the family to Salem Village in 1644, 
and on his marriage with Anne, daughter of 
Major William and Ann Hathorn, on Janu- 
ary 27, 1664, he received from his father as 
a marriage portion the five-hundred-acre farm 
of Emanuel Downing in Salem, and on Sep- 
tember 17, 1678, he bought of Hilliard Va- 
ren Jr. forty poles of land in Salem. On Oc- 
tober 24, 1686, he added to his estate by pur- 
chase twenty acres of land on the south side 
of the Ipswich river, in Topsfield, and adjoin- 
ing lands of his brother, Benjamin, which he 
purchased from Sarah, widow of Joseph Will- 
iams, and her son Daniel. He purchased, on 
June 5, 1704, from Ben Maraton, of Salem, 
one hundred rods of land on the road leading 
along North river. He died in Salem Village, 
December 12, 1714, having already buried his 
wife. The children of Joseph and Anne (Ha- 
thorn) Porter, all born in Salem Village, 
were: i. Joseph, October 30, 1665, died be- 
fore maturity. 2. Anna, September 5, 1667, 
married Dr. Samuel Wallis. 3. Samuel, Au- 
gust 4, 1669, married Love Howe, had three 
children and died before 1750. 4. Nathaniel, 
March 8, 1670-71, married Eleanor Doman, 
who had nine children and died probably in 
1756- 5- Mary, December 18, 1672, married 
William Dodge, of Beverly, and had two chil- 
dren. 6. William (q. v.), August 30, 1674. 7. 
Eliezer, May 23, 1676, died probably before 
1714. 8. Abigail, twin of Eliezer, married 
Samuel Symonds, of Boxford, January 8, 
1698. 9. Hepsibah, April 11, 1678, married 
Joseph Andrews, June 7, 171 1. 10. Joseph, 

April, 1681, married Mary ; had three 

children and died in 1713. 11. Ruth, baptized 
September. 1682, married Jesse Dorman. 12. 
Mehitable, baptized September, 1682, married 
Thomas Cummings, of Boxford, March 20, 

(III) Deacon William, fourth son and sixth 
child of Joseph and Anne (Hathorn) Porter, 
was born in Topsfield, Massachusetts, August 
30, 1674, removed from Topsfield to Norton 
between 1720 and 1730, and there purchased 
land of Joseph Elliott, February 8, 1732. He 
married Phoebe Dorman, December 25, 1706, 
according to the Topsfield records, and he died 
in Newton, May 7, 1732, and his widow 
Phcebe died in Braintree, June 21, 1736, aged 
fifty-five years. The children of W^illiam and 
Phoebe (Dorman) Porter were born in Tops- 
field as follows: i. Ruth, August 28, 1707. 

2. Judith, July 6, 1710, married a Mr. Hewins. 

3. Benjamin, February 4, 1712, married, June 
I, 1738, Dorothy Curtis. 4. Seth, February 
15, 1714, married, March 27, 1746, Abigail 
Herrick. 5. Anne, February 21, 1716, mar- 
ried Deacon Peter Thayer, of Braintree and 
Petersboro, New Hampshire, had twelve chil- 
dren, all born in Braintree. 6. Phoebe, June 
18, 1718, died July 3, 1718. 7. Jonathan (q. 
v.), December 11, 1720. 8. Jabez, February 

( IV ) Dr. Jonathan, seventh child and third 
son of Deacon W'illiam and Phoebe (Dorman) 
Porter, was born in Topsfield, December 11, 
1720, or according to Topsfield records July 
17 of that year. He studied medicine and 
was a practicing physician and surgeon in 
Braintree and Maiden. Fle was married Sep- 
tember 14, 1742, to Hannah, daughter of Jon- 
athan and Sarah (Copeland) Hayden, of 
Braintree. Hannah Hayden was born Decem- 
ber 4, 1724, died at Maiden, January 20, 181 1. 
Dr. Jonathan Porter died in Maiden, January 
I, 1783. Their twelve children, of whom eight 
were born in Braintree and the others in Mai- 
den, were: i. William. September 19, 1743. 
married Lamb and died in Boston, Sep- 
tember 28, 1813. 2. Jonathan, March 12, 
1745, married in Medford, 1773, Phoebe Ab- 
bott, of Andover, and died in Medford, No- 
vember 4, 1817. 3. Hannah, April 4, 1748, 
dietl in Maiden, August 17, 1785. 4. Sarah, 
February 4, 1750, died in Maiden, September 
31, 1775. 5. John, December 28, 1751, died 
in Maiden, August 9, 1798. 6. Jabez, Sep- 
tember 26, 1753, died in South Carolina 
in 1796. 7. Phnebe, March 4, 1756, died 
in Maiden. 8. Polly, April 17, 1758, died 
in Maiden, July 12, 1762. 9. Samuel, Sep- 
tember 30, 1 761, died in South Carolina. 10. 
Polly, September 27, 1762, died in Salem, 
February, 1838. 11. Joseph (q. v.), Septem- 
ber 3, 1764. 12. Benjamin, March 16, 1767, 
died in South Carolina. 

(V) Joseph, eleventh child and sixth son of 



Dr. Jonathan and Hannah (Haj-den) Porter, 
was "born in Maiden, September 3, 1764, where 
he was brought up and educated. In 1786 he 
went to Robbinston, Maine, as private secre- 
tary to Edward H. Robbins, Esq., of ]\Iassa- 
chusetts, lieutenant and governor of the Com- 
monwealth, 1802-06. He removed to Calais, 
Maine, and engaged in trade at Ferry Point, 
establishing the first general store in the place. 
In 1785 he removed his business to St. Ste- 
phen, New Brunswick, where he continued to 
reside during the remainder of his life and 
where he died June 19, 1822. He was mar- 
ried September 18. 1793, to Betsey, daughter 
of Major Nehemiah Marks, of the British 
army, who had been granted lands at St. 
Stephen by the British government for military 
service. Betsey Marks was born in Derby, 
Connecticut, September 18, 1774, was one of 
a family of twelve children, and she died in 
St. Stephen, January 4, 1870, having by her 
marriage with Joseph Porter become the moth- 
er of ten children, nine born in St. Stephen, 
New Brunswick, as follows: i. William, born 
in Calais. ^Maine, February 2, 1795, died in St. 
Stephen, May 30, 1861. 2. Betsey Ann, May 
17, 1796, married James P. Bixby, of New 
Hampshire. 3. Hannah Hayden, February 2, 
1798, married Jonathan Williams, of Massa- 
chusetts, died January 17, 1828. 4. John, Au- 
gust 20, 1802, married (first) Louisa McAl- 
lister: (second) Ann Whitney; and died in 
Boston, in February, 1852. 5. George Marks 
(q. v.), June 24, 1804. 6. Mary, July 12. 
1806, married Parker Bixby, of Litchfield, 
New Hampshire. 7. Eliza, twin of Mary, mar- 
ried Joseph Stuart and died in St. Stephen, 
March 4, 1828. 8. Joanna Brewer, Septem- 
ber 13, 1808, married David L'pton, of St. 
Stephen. 9. Joseph Nehemiah, October ig, 
181 1, married Janette Grant, of St. Stephen. 
He died in New York, February 23, 1852. 10. 
James, March 18, 1816, married Anna Maria 
Christie, of St. Stephen. He died December 
8, 1859. 

(VI) George Marks, third son and fifth 
child of Joseph and Betsey (Marks) Porter, 
was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, 
June 24, 1804. He was brought up in St. 
Stephen, where he attended school, worked in 
his father's store and became his successor. 
His father having been a citizen of the United 
States, he, as his son, had a right to transact 
business on the Maine side of the St. Croix 
river as well as on the New Brunswick side 
without interference from the revenue collec- 
tors, and he had storehouses at both St. Ste- 
phen, New Brunswick, and Calais, i\Iaine, 

from which points he carried on an extensive 
business in lumber. He sent ship-loads of 
"deals" to the ports of the British empire 
and to foreign ports of Europe. He also car- 
ried on ship yards at Calais, where he built 
crafts of all kinds and he was as well a dealer 
in general merchandise up to the time of his 
retirement some ten years before his death, 
which occurred in 1894. He was married 
March 19, 1829, to Mary Bridges Topliff, of 
Dorchester, Massachusetts. His wife was born 
in Dorchester, August 26, 1809, and died in 
St. Stephen, Maine, October 17, 1846. The 
children of George Marks and Mary Bridges 
(Toplift) Porter were born in St. Stephen 
as follows: i. Charlotte, married Dr. Amos 
Wilder ; she died October, 1906, aged seventy- 
seven years. 2. George Henry, October 6, 
183 1, died when an infant. 3. Anna Maria, 
August 23, 1833, died in 1903. 4. Mary Ellen, 
July 29, 1835, died in i860. 5. Frances (q. 
v.), August 25, 1837. 6. Joseph N., July 5, 
1839. 7- Charles Henry, June 14, 1841, died 
in 1889. 8. George Marks, December 26, 
1844. After the death of the mother of these 
children in 1846, j\lr. Porter married as his 
second wife Ellen Ann Housley. 

(\'II) Frances, daughter of George Marks 
and Mary Bridges (Toplifif) Porter, was born 
in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, August 25, 
1837, and was married December 25, 1867, to 
Rev. Charles Gardiner McCullv, of New York 

There were a number of early 
KNIGHT immigrants of t-liis name who 

established themselves in vari- 
ous parts of New England, and the posterity 
of each is quite numerous. In common with 
all who bear the name on this side of the 
ocean, the Scarboro Knights, about to be re- 
ferred to, are of English origin, and their an- 
cestry in the mother country can be traced to 
a remote period. As pioneers they rendered 
a good account of themselves, and their de- 
scendants represent the highest type of Ameri- 
can citizenship. 

(I) John Knight, a native of Scarboro, be- 
came an early settler in Westbrook, locating 
at what was afterward known as Knight's 
Hill, and he not only cleared his farm from 
the wilderness, but devoted much time and 
energy to the improvement of his land, which 
he finally brought to a high state of fertility. 
He married Al^igail Ford, of Westbrook, and 
both he and his wife lived to an advanced age. 
Their children were : Nathaniel, James, Hen- 
ry, Sarah, Jane, Eunice and Zebulon. 

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■ (II) James, second child of John and Abi- 
gail (Ford) Knight, was born on Knight's 
Hill, August 28, 1812. In early manhood he 
engaged in general farming on his own ac- 
count, acquiring possession of a good farm in 
Scarboro. and he tilled the soil industriously 
for the remainder of his life, realizing a com- 
fortable prosperity as the result of his labors. 
In politics he supported the Democratic party, 
and in his religious faith he was a Free Will 
Baptist. His death occurred May 7, 1883, at 
the age of seventy years. He married Alary 
E. Redlon, who was born in Buxton, Febru- 
ary 26, 1823, fifth daughter of Amos and Sally 
(Emery) Redlon (see separate article). She 
became the mother of twelve children: i. Jo- 
seph E. 2. Sarah A., who became the wife of 
Hiram Gustin and has four children. 3. Tur- 
ner H. 4. Zebulon. 5. Delia F., became Mrs. 
Floyd. 6. Frank A. 7. Eliza E., became Mrs. 
Merrill. 8. M. Etta, who also married a Mer- 
rill, g. Nathaniel C. 10. Walter L. 11. Will- 
iam. 12. George W. 

(Ill) Frank Amos, sixth child of James 
and Mary E. (Redlon) Knight, was born in 
Scarboro, August 5, 1849. His education was 
acquired in the public schools of Scarboro and 
Saco. While still a lad he became a farm as- 
sistant, receiving for his labor the munificent 
sum of five dollars per month and his board. 
Possessing a robust constitution, together with 
the necessary physical strength, he began an 
apprenticeship at the blacksmith's trade at the 
age of fifteen with Leander B. Libby, remain- 
ing with the latter for some time, and he com- 
pleted his trade under the direction of A. J. 
Allen in North Berwick, where he went to re- 
side in 1867. In 1868 he became associated 
with Mr. Allen under the firm name of Allen 
& Knight, and some two years later he pur- 
chased his partner's interest. After carrying 
on a prosperous general blacksmithing business 
alone for several years he entered into part- 
nership with his brother, Nathaniel C., under 
the firm name of Knight Brothers, and that 
concern continued in existence until Frank A. 
Knight relinquished the trade for other pur- 
suits. He had previously engaged in farming 
as a side speculation, making a specialty of 
raising cattle, and for the past ten years has 
conducted jointly with Oliver Merrill Jr. the 
"Ontio" at Ogunquit. In politics Mr. Knight 
is a Republican, and has rendered able public 
services in various capacities. For three years 
he was a member of the board of selectmen, 
served as deputy sheriff for six years, was rep- 
resentative to the state legislature in 1878, be- 
ing with the exception of one the youngest 

member of the lower house, and for the past 
ten years has served with marked ability as 
postmaster at North Berwick, to which office 
he was originally appointed by President Mc- 
Kinley. He was made a Master Mason in St. 
John's lodge at South Berwick in 1873, from 
which he was demitted to become a charter 
member of Yorkshire Lodge at North Ber- 
wick, and has occupied all of the important 
chairs in that body. He also affiliated with 
Eagle Lodge, No. 47, Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, Columbian Encampment and 
Ray of Hope Lodge of Rebeccas, all of North 

On October 31, 1869, Mr. Knight married 
Clara I. Johnson, daughter of William W. 
and Achsah Johnson, of North Berwick. Mr. 
and Mrs. Knight have five children: i. Ber- 
tha E., born June 23, 1872, assistant to her 
father in the postoffice. 2. Frank Floyd, born 
October 29, 1875. 3. Grace A., born August 
20, 1877, clerk in the postoffice. 4. Nathaniel 
Hobbs, born September 24, 1883. 5. Clara 
IM., born November 28, 1889. Nathaniel H. is 
a graduate of Dartmouth College, class of 
1907. Frank F., who w-as for three years con- 
nected with the North Berwick postoffice, is 
now in the railway mail service between Bos- 
ton and Portland. 

G. T. Ridlon in his admirable 
REDLON "History of the Ancient Rye- 
dales," presents a catalogue of 
the different variations to which the original 
name has been subjected, the number being nO' 
less than sixtv. Prominent among these are : 
Riddell, Riddle, Ridley, Ridlon and Redlon. 
The original, Ryedale, means a valley planted 
with rye. The parent stock were among the 
Scandinavian conquerors of Normandy, and 
one of their descendants, Galfridus Ridel, who 
appears in the Roll of Battle Abby as "Mon- 
sieur Ridel," received from William the Con- 
queror large landed estates in England as a 
reward for his services in the conquest. 

(I) Magnus Redlon, founder in America 
of the York county Redlons, was born at Shet- 
land, on the north coast of Scotland, in 169S; 
emigrated to New England in 1717, settling in 
York, Maine, and there purchased twenty-two 
acres of land. He subsequently resided in 
Biddeford, Scarboro and Saco, owning and 
occupying in the latter place a large tract of 
land containing a dwelling house, situated on 
Rendezvous Point, where he died in 1772. He 
was one of the original members of the First 
Church in Saco. He was a hunter, a fisher- 
man and a noted Indian fighter. Among- his 


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neighbors he was known as "the Httle Scotch- 
man," and the savages called him the "white 
scout with yellow hair." In 1720 he married 
Mrs. Susanna Austin (nee Young), presuma- 
bly born in Scotland, November 23, 1701, 
daughter of Matthew Young and widow of 
Ichabod Austin. She died in 1730 and he sub- 
sequently married for his second wife Massie, 
daughter of Abraham Townsend. The chil- 
dren of this first union were : Susanna, who 
died in infancy; Ebenezer, John, Matthias and 
Daniel : those of his second marriage were : 
Abraham, Jeremiah and Jacob. 

(II) Ebenezer, second child and eldest son 
of Magnus and Susanna (Young-Austin) 
Redlon, was born in York, February 13, 1723. 
In 1 75 1, or shortly afterward, he settled in 
Narraganset No. i, now Buxton. February 
28, 1777, he enlisted in Captain Daniel Lane's 
company of Colonel Ichabod Alden's regi- 
ment for service in the revolutionary war and 
died from exhaustion while in the army May 
5, of the same year. His burial place is un- 
known. August 8, 1751, he married his cous- 
in, Sarah Young, of either York or Pepper- 
ellborough (now Saco). She survived him 
many years. They were the parents of eight 
children: David, Ebenezer, Jonathan, Susan, 
Sarah, Jeremiah, Anna and Moses. 

(III) Ebenezer (2), second child of Ebe- 
nezer (i) and Sarah (Young) Redlon, was 
born in Narraganset No. i, November 4, 1737. 
He was also a revolutionary soldier, first as 
a member of Captain John Lane's company 
and later in the Sixth Massachusetts Regi- 
ment under Colonel Thomas Nixon, serving 
at Boston, Cambridge, in Connecticut, on 
Long Island, at Ticonderoga and West Point 
under General Alexander McDougall. In the 
record of accounts of Captain Lane's com- 
pany he is called Ebenezer Ridley, and is 
charged with one "shirt." He resided in Bux- 
ton and was a shoemaker. Eccentric, out- 
spoken and honest, he took special delight in 
exposing hypocrisy whenever an opportunity 
presented itself, and on one occasion, when at 
a gathering of farmers in a country store, all 
mentioned some disease as an excuse for 
drinking grog, Ebenezer stepped up to the 
counter and said, "Nothing ails me, but I want 
a glass of grog because I love it." February 
17, 1780, he married Sarah Hancock, daugh- 
ter of Isaac Hancock, of Buxton, and she sur- 
vived him, dying in that town December 26, 
1856, aged one hundred years. She was the 
mother of eleven children : Isaac Hancock, 
Amos, Mary, Joanna, Mercy, Elizabeth, Sarah, 
Rebecca, Lucy, Rev. Ebenezer, Selecta, and 

she had at the time of her death two hundred 
and seventy-three descendants. 

(I\') Amos, second child of Ebenezer (2) 
and Sarah (Hancock) Redlon, was born in 
Buxton, December 10, 1783, died there March 
25, i860. He followed the shoemaker's trade 
in connection with farming and was highly 
respected for his various commendable quali- 
ties. He was first married October 28, 1802, 
to Sally Emery, daughter of Benjamin and 
Mercy (Moulton) Emery, of Buxton. She 
died February 24, 1823, and on November 17, 
1825, he married for his second wife Eliza- 
beth Berry, also of Buxton. He was the fa- 
ther of fifteen childre'n, eleven by his first 
union and four by his second, namely : Ben- 
jamin, Sally, Thomas Jefferson, Dr. Nathaniel, 
Jonathan. ^lary, Miranda, Cyrus, Rev. Amos, 
Almira, Mary E., Apphia, Eliza, Nathaniel, 

(V) Mary E., youngest child of Amos and 
Sally (Emery) Redlon, was born in Buxton, 
February 26, 1823. She became the wife of 
James Knight, of Scarboro (see Knight). 

This name has borne no incon- 
PARKER spicuous part in the settlement 
and development of New Eng- 
land, and is now found in all parts of the 
country. Not all of its bearers have been 
traced to a common origin, but most are 
known to have descended from the Puritan 
Fathers of the New England colonies. The 
name has been honored in all generations, has 
been especially well known in military annals, 
and those who bear it in this region have held 
up its prestige. It has been associated with 
civil reforms, as well as active in military op- 

(I) Joseph Parker came from Rumsey, 
county Hants, England, and sailed from 
Southampton in the ship "Confidence," in 
1638, age twenty-four, settling first at New- 
bury and then in Andover, Massachusetts. He 
was a tanner and owned a corn mill, and was 
one of the organizers of the church at Andover 
in 1645. The given name of his wife was 
Mary, who was hanged for witchcraft in Sa- 
lem in 1692. In the trial she was accused by 
Mercy Wardwell and William Barker of join- 
ing with them to afflict one Timothy Swan. It 
was alleged that several persons in the pres- 
ence of the court were restored by the touch 
of her hand. On such suppositional evidence 
she was convicted and hanged. By the means 
of this ancient and eminent delusion, sanc- 
tioned as it was by those high in authority and 
prominent for piety and learning, many inno- 



c0Rt people were hurried out of existence by 
a species of religious fanaticism, for no offence 
or crime, by a series of foul, impetuous and 
inconsiderate judicial murders which equaled 
in enormity but not in extent the massacre of 
St. Bartholomew and the butcheries of the 
Duke of Alva in the Low Countries ; the dam- 
nation of which has left a blot on the ermine 
and on the cloth and on the fair name of the 
noble old commonwealth, unmollified by the 
mellilluous influences of time. Her sons in a 
petition to the general court said: "Whereas 
our honoured mother was Imprisoned and up- 
on her Tryal was condemed for supposed 
witchcraft upon such evidence, as is now gen- 
erally thought to be insufficient and suffered 
the Pains of Death at Salem in the year 1692. 
We being well satisfied not only of her inno- 
cency of that crime that she was condemed 
for but of her piety, humbly desire that the 
attainder may be taken off so that her name 
that has suffered may be restored." The sons 
also show in their petition that after their 
mother's execution, an officer sent by the sher- 
iff came to Andover to seize her estate. The 
sons told him she left no estate. Whereupon 
he seized their cattle, corn and hay, and threat- 
ened that their whole belongings should be 
sold unless they could make a settlement with 
the sheriff. The sons were obliged to journey 
to Salem and expend money to save their own 
from confiscation. In their memorial to the 
general court they claim restitution for eight 
pounds. "Considering my great age and in- 
firmity," Joseph made his will November 4, 
1678, and anticipated his death by one day. 
His property was appraised at five hundred 
and forty-six pounds, the dwelling at sixty- 
eight and the old corn mill on the Cochicho- 
wick twenty pounds, quite an estate for those 
times. He appointed "my loving brother Na- 
than, my loving friend Left John Abbott, my 
loving friend Henry Ingalls & my loving 
friend Ensyne Thomas Chandler" overseers of 
his estate. His children were : Joseph, Ste- 
phen, Samuel, Mary, Sarah, Ruth and John. 

(II) Joseph (2), eldest son of Joseph (i) 
and Mary Parker, was born in Andover, Mas- 
sachusetts, and received as his portion of the 
patrimonial property the corn mill on the Co- 
chichowick. He was a housewright and kept 
the village ordinary. He made his will in 
1684, also the year of his death. His worldly 
holdings amounted to four hundred and two 
pounds. He married Elizabeth, widow of 
Obadiah Bridges, and had a son Joseph. 

(III) Joseph (3), only child of Joseph (2) 
and Elizabeth (Bridges) Parker, succeeded 

his father in keeping the Andover hostelry. 
Innholders in those early times were usually 
the leading men of the town. Here the trav- 
eler on horseback during the midday heat drew 
rein to inquire the way, to bait, and partake 
of inner refreshments. Here the benighted 
stranger, some member of the general court, 
wending his homeward way at the close of the 
session, sought the radiant glow of its fire- 
place and the rest of its comfortable beds to 
be early astir in the morning. Here the vil- 
lage loungers met to exchange news and gos- 
sip. Here the marriage intentions and the 
jury drawings were posted and here was on 
file the tory Boston News Letter, perhaps the 
only copy that came to the settlement, for the 
Parkers were good loyal people up to the 
troubles with the mother country. Among his 
guests moved mine host Parker, a hail fellow 
well met, beloved by all, respected by all and 
welcoming all with a true-hearted hospitality. 
He represented Andover in the general court 
in 1730-35-39. His sons were James and 

(IV) Captain Peter (i), son of Joseph (3) 
Parker, lived in Andover and was in the 
French-Indian wars. His boys were named 
Peter Robert and Nathan. 

(V) Peter (2), son of Peter (i) Parker, 
was born in Andover, January 8, 1741, and 
in 1765 the records show that he took up his 
abode in that part of Hancock county, Maine, 
near Fire Falls on the Union river. The early 
name of the little plantation was No. 5, but 
it underwent the usual evolutionary process in 
nomenclature and blossomed into a full-fledged 
township by the appellation of Newport, which 
it subsequently forsook for that of Blue Hill. 
He married Phebe Marble, in 1766. Mrs. 
Parker was born July 29, 1744, and died Oc- 
tober I, 1805. Children: Phebe, Serena, 
Peter, Hansell, Susannah, Marble, Mary, 
Isaac, Chandler, Joannah and Almira Ellis. 

(VI) Peter (3), eldest son of Peter (2) and 
Phebe (Marble) Parker, was born October 
17, 1769, and married Sally Darling. Chil- 
dren : Jonathan Darling, Sukey, Reuben, 
Delia and Amasa. Jonathan Darling, Mrs. 
Peter Parker's father, was a soldier at the 
siege and fall of Louisburg in 1759. 

(\TI) Judge Jonathan Darling, first son of 
Peter (3) and Sally (Darling) Parker, was 
born in Blue Hill, November 24, 1797. He 
was a good mathematical student and became 
a land surveyor. He was very accurate and 
in his day run out a good many of the farms 
in his vicinity, and he was frequently called 
into service whenever land titles were in ques- 

OaoHtt u). .y<iyf^/tet<^ 



tion, for he knew the bounds and check-lines 
of about every place. He was a trial justice. 
He married Sabina Wakefield, from Steuben, 
Maine. Children : Charles E., Rebecca S., 
Benjamin W., Delia, Nancy M., Delia A., 
Sarah L. and Edwin C, hereinafter mentioned. 
The father of these children died in Novem- 
ber, 1880, at Mount Desert. 

(VHI) Edwin C, youngest son of Jon- 
athan D. and Sabina (Wakefield) Parker, was 
horn in Steuben, January 15, 1839, d'^d No- 
vember 6, 1907. His education was such as 
was acquired by a country boy in Maine in 
the forties, supplemented by the assistance of 
his father at home, who was a fine arithema- 
tician, and instilled a love for the study into 
the mind of his boy. Up to '870 Mr. Parker 
was the village blacksmith at Steuben, relin- 
quishing his residence there as well as his busi- 
ness in 1870, going from thence to Bar Har- 
bor. Mr. Parker, with excellent foresight, 
recognized the possibilities of the rapid growth 
of Mount Desert and its adaptability both on 
account of its accessible position and its at- 
tractive surroundings for a tourist center, and 
early became a purchaser of desirable building 
sites and held them for the rise, and it was this 
good judgment on his part that made him a 
wealthy man. An Independent in religion, a 
Republican in politics, he was unobtrusive in 
both and fair to the man who disagreed with 
him. Mr. Parker, then just entering upon 
man's estate, responded to the call of Abra- 
ham Lincoln and offered himself and his life 
if necessary that the dear old flag might still 
float above us. He enlisted in the' Forty-fifth 
Maine Heavy Artillery, under Major General 
John G. Foster, in the Department of the 
Carolinas. Private Parker served at Kingston, 
at Whitehall, at Dover Cross Roads, at Batch- 
elder's Creek, at Goldsboro, and at Gun 
Swamp. He was also at New Berne and at 
Marshall City on garrison duty. After three 
weary, long years he came back again, but the 
hard, toilsome marches, the bivouac at night 
in the pestilential swamp with a starry blan- 
ket, the want of proper nourishment and cloth- 
ing probably shortened his days. He was an 
Ancient Free and Accepted Mason, and past 
master of his home lodge ; he had been ac- 
corded the rites of the council and initiated 
into the capitular degree and raised to a Knight 
Templar and was a Thirty-second Degree Ma- 
son. He was made an Odd Fellow at Bar 
Harbor. He belonged to Bay View Grange, 
Eastern Star, the James M. Parker Post, 
Grand Army of the Republic, of which he 

was a past commander, and was senior vice- 
commander of the Department of Maine. 

Mr. Parker married (first) Sarah Irene Ly- 
man. One child, Alonzo W., married Addie 
Cushman. of Steuben ; children : Irene Ly- 
man and Edwin Campbell. He married (sec- 
ond), November 5, 1872, Olivia Jane Young, 
of Eden, Maine, and she survives to mourn 
his loss, which is shared in by the community 
in which he lived and by which he was greatly 

Roger Sumner was a husband- 
SUMNER man of Bicester, Oxfordshire, 

England. He married there 
November 2, 1601, Joane Franklin. He died 
there December 3, 1608, and his widow mar- 
ried (second), January 10, 161 1, Marcus 
Brian. Roger Sumner had a brother William, 
who died at Bicester in 1597. Only child of 
Roger and Joane Sumner: Wilham, men- 
tioned below. 

(II) William, son of Roger Sumner, was 
born at Bicester, England, in 1605, and mar- 
ried there October 22, 1625, Mary West. He 
came to New England in 1636 and settled at 
Dorchester, Massachusetts. He was admitted 
a freeman May 17, 1637, and became a promi- 
nent man in the province. He was selectman 
there in 1637 and for more than twenty years. 
From 1663 to 1680 he was one of the feoffes 
of the school land, and from 1663 to 1671 was 
a commissioner to end small causes. In 1663 
he was chosen clerk of the train band. He 
was deputy to the general court in 1658, '66 to 
'70, '72, '78 to '81, and '83 to '86. His wife 
died at Dorchester, June 7, 1676, and he died 
December 9, 1688. Children: i. William, 
mentioned below. 2. Joane, born at Bicester, 
married Aaron Way, of Dorchester, Boston 
and Rumney Marsh. 3. Roger, born at Bi- 
cester, 1632. 4. George, born at Bicester, 
1634. 5. Samuel, born at Dorchester. May 
18, 1638. 6. Increase, born at Dorchester, 
February 23, 1643. 

(III) William (2), son of William (i) 
Sumner, was born at Bicester, England, and 
was a mariner. He came to New England 
with his parents and settled first in Dorchester. 
He removed to Boston, where he died in Feb- 
ruary, 1675. He married Elizabeth, daughter 
of Augustine Clement, of Dorchester. She 
died before 1687. Children, the two first born 
in Dorchester, the others at Boston: i. Eliza- 
beth, born 1652, married, 1670, Joshua Hen- 
shaw; died 1728. 2. Mary, 1654, married, 
January 19, 1672, Nicholas Howe; married 



(second) John Trow; died February i6, 1706. 
3. William, February 9, 1656. 4. Hannah, 
June 10, 1659, married John Goffe. 5. Sarah, 

February 14, 1662, married (first) 

Turell; (second) Joseph Weeks; died Febru- 
ary 12, 1736. 6. Experience, September 22, 
1664, married Thomas Gould. 7. Ebenezer, 
October 30, 1666, lost in the expedition to 
Canada. 8. Deliverance, March 18, 1669, 
married. May, 1689, Ebenezer Weeks. 9. 
Clement, September 6, 1671, mentioned below. 
10. Mercy, January, 1675, died young. 

(IV) Clement, son of William (2) Sumner, 
was born at Boston, September 6, 167 1, and 
resided at Boston. He married. May 18, 1698, 
Margaret Harris. Children, born at Boston : 
I. William, March 18, 1699. 2. Ebenezer, 
September i, 1701. 3. Margaret, December 
7, 1702, died same day. 4. Margaret, July i8, 
1705, married. May 19, 1726, William Jepson ; 
died December 29. 1783. 5. Elizabeth, Octo- 
ber 8, 1707, married, October 20, 1726, John 
Bennett. 6. Samuel, August 31, 1709, men- 
tioned below. 7. Benjamin, May 28, 171 1. 

(V) Samuel, son of Clement Sumner, was 
born at Boston, August 31, 1709, died Jan- 
uary 26, 1784. He resided at Boston. He 
married, May 16, 1734, at Charlestown, Abi- 
gail, died October, 1772, daughter of Samuel 
Frothingham, of Charlestown. Children, born 
in Boston: i. Abigail, 1735, died young. 2. 
Abigail, August 24, 1736, died June, 1794. 
3. Samuel, 1738, died young. 4. Samuel, No- 
vember 3, 1739, married, September 13, 1762, 
Ann Rand. 5. Ebenezer, March, 1742, men- 
tioned below. 6. William, 1744. 7. John. 8. 
Susanna, married, September 26, 1771, Zach- 
ary Dunnell ; married (second) Per- 

(VI) Ebenezer, son of Samuel Sumner, was 
born in Boston, March, 1742, died December 
27, 1823. He lived at Newburyport. He 
married there January 29, 1772, Elizabeth 
Tappan, who died January 21, 1817. Chil- 
dren, born at Newburyport: i. Samuel, No- 
vember 27, 1772. 2. Ebenezer, June 16, 1774. 
3. jNIichael, February 23, 1776, died August 
27. 1777- 4- Elizabeth, November 21, 1777, 
married Eben Noyes; died June 27, 1809. 5. 
Michael, January i, 1780. 6. John, October 
29, 1781. 7. Joseph, May 26, 1783, mentioned 
below. 8. Abigail, May 25, 1785, married, 
1809, Alexander Baker. 9. Sarah, January 6, 
1787, died March, 1816. 10. Esther, Novem- 
ber 25, 1789, married, June 4, 1810, Jacob 
Merrill; died July 25, 1850. 11. William, July 
7, 1791, lost at sea 1815. 12. Mary, May 13, 

1795, married, November 16, 1815, John Ord- 
way Webster Brown, of Newbury. 

(VII) Joseph, son of Ebenezer Sumner, 
was born at Newburyport, I\Iay 26, 1783, died 
September 21, 1861. He removed from New- 
buryport to Lubec, Maine, in 181 1. He was 
a merchant. He was commissioned lieutenant 
in the Maine militia November 12, 1812, and 
was stationed for a time in the war of 1812 
at Eastport and Castine, Maine. Flis com- 
mand on one occasion marched all the way 
from Maine to New York state. He was rep- 
resentative to the Maine legislature in 1828. 
He married, March 18, 1818, Sarah Wiggin, 
born 1784 in Newmarket, New Hampshire, 
died September 21, 1861. Children, born at 
Lubec: i. Joseph Warren, January 3, 1819. 
2. William Hunt Tyler, January 13, 1822. 3. 
Sarah Jane, August 31, 1824, married, De- 
cember 21, 1848, Taft Comstock, of Lubec. 
4. Chauncey Whittlesey, May 13, 1826. 5. 
Salome Sears, August 19, 1828. 6. Elizabeth 
Tappan, November 10, 1830. 7. .A.lexander 
Baker, February 19, 1833, mentioned below. 
8. George Wiggin, April 3, 1835, died Decem- 
ber 30, 1858. 9. Solomon Thaver, March 14, 

(VIII) Alexander Baker, son of Joseph 
Sumner, was born at Lubec, Maine, February 
19, 1833. He received his education in the 
public schools of his native town. When a 
young man he was clerk in the general store 
of Simeon Ryerson, whose daughter he sub- 
sequently married. He enlisted as a private 
August 14, 1862, in Sixth Maine Regiment of 
Volunteers, was commissioned second lieuten- 
ant soon after, and served to the end of the 
civil war. He was promoted first lieutenant 
and later captain of his company. His regi- 
ment was in the Sixth Army Corps. He took 
part in the battle of Antietam and at the en- 
gagement at Mary's Heights, near Fredericks- 
burg, May 3, 1863, and at Rappahannock, 
where his regiment suffered severe losses. 
When the term of their enlistment expired, in 
June, 1864, the remnants of the Si.xth IMaine 
Regiment was incorporated with the Fifth 
and Seventh Maine regiments, and Colonel 
Sumner was given a commission as major in 
a new regiment called the First Maine \'eteran 
\'oluntecr Regiment. He was all through the 
severe fighting in the Shenandoah \'alley of 
Virginia under General Philip H. Sheridan 
and others. General David A. Russell was in 
command during the campaign about Win- 
chester, Virginia. Colonel Sumner was mus- 
tered out of the service in 1865 with the rank 


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of lieutenant colonel by brevet. He returned 
to Lubec and was admitted to partnership by 
his former employer. The firm conducted a 
general store and acted as shipping agents for 
a number of vessels. Later, when Mr. Ryer- 
son died, Colonel Sumner continued the busi- 
ness under the firm name of A. B. Sumner 
& Company. He has been in active business 
now for a period of more than forty years. 
His firm deals extensively in hardware, grain, 
coal and wood» 

He is a prominent Republican, having 
joined the Republican party at its organiza- 
tion and voted for Fremont in 1856 and for 
the Republican ticket at every subsequent elec- 
tion. He was town treasurer of Lubec two 
years, town clerk three years, selectman of 
Lubec for a number of years, state senator in 
1877-78. He served on important committees 
and proved to be a legislator of sound judg- 
ment. He w-as a member of Governor Joseph 
Bodwell's council in 1887-88. He was one of 
the delegates-at-large from the state of Maine 
to the Republican National convention at Chi- 
cago when Benjamin Harrison was nominated 
for president. He is a member of William H. 
Brown Post, No. 138, Grand Army of the Re- 
public, of Lubec, Maine, and was the first 
commander, serving for two years. He is a 
member of Washington Lodge, No. 37, Free 
Masons, of which he was secretary for sev- 
eral years. He is a member of the military 
order of the Loyal Legion, and is now ( 1908) 
the only living field officer of the civil war 
east of Bangor in the state of Maine. He is 
a member of the Lubec board of trade. His 
family attends the Congregational church, but 
Colonel Sumner has no denominational pref- 
erence in religion. He is a stockholder in the 
new Lubec Trust and Banking Company. 
Colonel Sumner has taken a leading part in 
public affairs for nearly half a century. Per- 
haps more than any other man in his section 
of the state he enjoys the public confidence 
and respect. Of strict integrity in business, of 
sterling character, a brave and tried soldier, 
an efficient public servant, a public-spirited and 
useful citizen. Colonel Sumner deserves well 
the high place he has held so long in the hearts 
of his fellow citizens. 

He married, October 8, 1866, Sarah A., of 
Lubec, born November 23, 1841, daughter of 
Simeon Ryerson, who was born June 26, 1814, 
in Annapolis, Nova Scotia. Her mother, 
Sarah (Lamson) Ryerson, was born in Bos- 
ton, December 14, 1814. Her sister Harriet 
married Dr. A. T. Clarke, of Cannon City, 
Colorado; her sister, Clara Ryerson, never 

This name is not a common one 
FILES and is difficult to locate. One 
branch of the Files family were 
of Canterbury, Kent, England. The circum- 
stances of the arrival of the American an- 
cestor of the following line were such that 
unless private family letters or documents ex- 
ist of the earliest generations, it would be 
hopeless to try to prove relationship with the 
English branch. 

( I ) William Files, emigrant and progenitor 
of the Elaine family, was born in England, 
1728. Having a stepfather he ran away from 
home at nine years of age, and hid in the hold 
of a sailing vessel. The captain discovered 
him and finally landed him on Cape Cod, sell- 
ing him for the price of his passage. The 
boy worked until he had settled the debt. In 
1756 he married Joanna (Gordon) Moore, of 
Cape Cod, and moved to York, Maine, and 
thence to Gorham. Eventually he accumulated 
a large property. He bought of John Free- 
man at Gorham thirty-eight acres of land, part 
of the two hundred granted by the proprietors 
to the two sons of Captain Phinney, Edmund 
and Stephen. He made a clearing and built 
a log cabin where he lived for some time, but 
later erected a two-story house, afterward oc- 
cupied by his great-grandson, David F. Files. 
William Files was in the English army at 
Cape William Henry on Lake George and, 
with another, was captured by the Indians, but 
they made their escape through superior 
strength, and when pursued hid themselves in 
a hollow log, and although the Indians tried 
to smoke them out, they finally concluded they 
were wrong in supposing they were hidden, 
and left them to make a second escape, though 
a month's hardships in the woods nearly cost 
them their lives, and they returned home hard- 
ly recognizable and almost in rags. William 
was a member of the Regiment of Rangers 
and was known as "William the old Ranger." 
He was one of the oldest members of the Con- 
gregational church of Gorham and a man of 
the strictest honor and integrity. It is told 
of him that he was "so careful never to be in 
debt that he was never known to have paid 
but twenty cents interest." He died March 21, 
1823, aged ninety-five, and his wife died Jan- 
uary, 1816, aged seventy-five. Their children 
were: i. Ebenezer, born in York, Maine, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1758, married Molly Elder (int.) 
April 8, 1780. 2. Samuel, born in York, Au- 
gust 4, 1759, married Esther Thomas. 3. 
William, born in Gorham (and those that fol- 
low), August 15, 1761, married, December 30, 
1784, Hannah Sturgis and (second) Mary 



McKenney. 4. Robert, born February 13, 
1764, married (int.) December 10, 1808, Ruth 
VVoodman, of Minot, who died September 13, 
1809; he married (second) Sally Winslip. 5. 
George, February 2, 1766, married, October 
10, 1789, Temperance, daughter of Jonathan 
and Temperance (Gorham) Sturgis. 6. Jo- 
seph, December 11, 1767, married (int.) De- 
cember 22, 1798, Anna Haskell. 7. Polly, July 
2, 1 77 1, married, November 14, 1819, Daniel 
Small, of Raymond. 8. Joanna, May 11, 1774, 
died young. 9. Elizabeth, July 29, 1799, mar- 
ried, January 3, 1804, Rev. Joseph Higgins, of 

(II) Samuel, second son of William and 
Joanna Gordon (]\loore) Files, was born in 
York, Maine, where his parents lived but a 
few years. He married, September 28, 1780, 
Esther, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Pick- 
ering) Thomas, and sister of Ebenezer Scott 
Thomas, a revolutionary soldier. Her grand- 
father was Joseph, son of Thomas Thomas, 
an early inhabitant of Falmouth Neck, Maine, 
where he was granted land in 1716. Samuel 
Files and wife lived on his father's farm be- 
tween West Gorham and Fort Hill. lie died 
April 7, 1835, and his widow died March i, 
1844, aged eighty-one. They had ten children : 
I. Samuel, born August, 1781, married Katie 
Linnell and (second) Sarah Bryant. 2. Thom- 
as, 1783, married, June 11, 1807. Statira, 
daughter of Ebenezer and Sarah P. (Stuart) 
Phinney, of Standish, and granddaughter of 
Captain John Phinney, of Barnstable, Massa- 
chusetts, and Falmouth, Maine. 3. Joseph, 
born 1785, married, January 22, 1810, Peggy 
Westcott and (second) Sally Morton, went to 
Thorn''ike. 4. Robert, 1787, married, April 
21, 1818, Patience Phinney and (second) Ann 
B. Thomes. 5. Abigail, 1789. married Luther 
Libby, of Scarboro, and (second) Rev. Sar- 
gent Shaw. She died May 27, 18S0. 6. Eu- 
nice, born 1 79 1, married David Thompson, of 
Thorndikc. 7. George, 1793, married Anna 
Shaw ; went to Thorndikc. 8. Ebenezer S., 
1795. married Patience Phinney, May 14, 
1818. 9. Stephen, February, 1800, married 
Eunice B. Freeman. 10. Sally, 1802, married. 
Janizary 23, 1843, Luther Libby. 

(III) Stephen, youngest son of Samuel and 
Esther (Thomas) Files, was born in Gorham, 
Maine, February. 1800. He lived on the home- 
stead farm at West Gorham. He married, 
October 21. 1827, Eunice B.. daughter of 
David and Bethiah (Bangs) Freeman, who 
was born February 4, 1808. She was the 
great-granddaughter of Major John Freeman, 
who was prominent in PlynTiuth Colony and 

a soldier of King Philip's war. Her grand- 
parents were Nathaniel and Mary (Chase) 
Freeman, of Standish, Maine. Stephen Files 
died April 14, 1882, and his widow died July 
6, 1885. They had five children: i. David 
F., born March 3, 1830. 2. Hannah B., No- 
vember 16, 1832, married Charles S. D. 
Prince, March 28, 1850; children: Edward, 
Henry, Nellie Thompson and Stephen Files 
Prince; all died young. 3. Charles, 1842, died 
April 21, 1843. 4. Susan A., November 19, 
1844, married Paul R. Seavey, of Bangor. 
Children : Mary, born October 4, 1873, mar- 
ried liiland L. Fairbanks, December 10, 1902. 
lialler David, born October 3, 1876, married 
Charlotte Davis, June 27, 1905. 

(IV) David F., eldest son of Stephen and 
Eunice B. (Freeman) Files, was born in Gor- 
ham, March 3, 1830, and married (first), Jan- 
uary I, 1857, Fannie Curtis; (second) Mor- 
gia Eastman. He followed the occupation of 
farmer and was an express messenger. The 
old home farm is still in possession of this 
branch of the family (1908). No children by 
the first marriage. Children of David F. and 
Morgia (Eastman) Files: i. Hannah Prince, 
born March 29, 1862. died August, 1863. 2. 
Charles Eben, September 6, 1863, married, De- 
cember, 1908, . 3. Carrie Whipple, July 

3, 1865, unmarried. 4. Jane Eastman, May 5, 
1867, unmarried. 5. Harry Prince, July 3, 
1869, married Inez G. Doane, October 28, 
1906. 6. Stephen Clifton, May 12, 1871. mar- 
ried Bertha M. Sands, February 27, 1901. 7. 
Nettie Seavey, August 24, 1873, unmarried. 
8. William Rolf, mentioned below. 9. Kath- 
arine, April 28, 1876, married Oliver Dow 
Smith, September 6, 1899. 

(V) William Rolf, son of David F. and 
Morgia (Eastman) Files, was born in Gor- 
ham. Maine, March 11, 1875. He was edu- 
cated at the public schools of Gorham and the 
L^niversity of Maine, class '98. He followed 
the profession of mechanical engineer in New 
Jersey and Pennsylvania, finally locating with 
the Rhode Island Supply & Engineering Com- 
pany at Providence, Rhode Island. In politics 
he is a Republican ; is unmarried. He is a 
member of the Maine Society of New York, 
and is a member of Raritan Lodge, A. F. and 
A. M., No. 61, Perth Amboy. New Jersey, and 
Lafayette Chapter, No. 26, Rahway, New Jer- 

This is said to be a com- 

WILLIAMSON mon name among the 

English Quakers and is 

fouuf! upon the "Rolls of Persecuted Quakers" 


1 185 

1659-86. Branches of the family were scat- 
tered throuoh five of the English counties. 
Philip Williamson, of Cambridgeshire, was 
imprisoned in 1659 for nearly a year for testi- 
fying against the corruption of the times. In 
1660 was driven from his own hired house and 
1669-72 was imprisoned for non-payment of 
tithes. For this last course Thomas William- 
son, of county Bedford, was imprisoned, also 
Ellen Williamson, of Cheshire. Thomas, 
George W., Patrick and Hugh Williamson, of 
county Durham, were also fined or put in 
prison for various causes, and John William- 
son, of Lincolnshire, was subjected to a fine 
by the court. Besides these English branches, 
the name was known in Holland, and Willem 
Willemsen, born in that country in 1637, was 
the progenitor of one branch in America. The 
ancestor of the Williamsons who settled in 
Maine, however, is not clearly identified, nor 
is the- locality known of his English home. 

(I) Timothy Williamson, emigrant ances- 
tor, was entered on the town records of 
Marshfield, Massachusetts, June 24, 1649, ^^'^^ 
also in 1657 ^s "Tymothie Williamson." pur- 
chaser of lands in that town. He is supposed 
by some to be the son of the "Master" George 
Williamson, who according to history acom- 
panied Miles Standish in his first interview 
with Massasoit, March 22, 1621. He lived 
near the meeting house, "which he w'as ap- 
pointed to keep warm and clean." June 3, 
1656, he was propounded as freeman of Plym- 
outh Colony and admitted a year later. .-Xt the 
town meeting at Marshfield, May, 1655, he 
was appointed surveyor; in 1656 constable and 
in 1659 pound keeper. At the general court 
held May 4, 1673-74 "Libertie was granted by 
the court unto Timothy Williamson to keep 
an ordinary at Marshfield for the entertain- 
ment of strangers, for lodging, victualing and 
the drawing and selling of beer." Timothy 
Williamson married, June 6, 1653. Mary, the 
daughter (probably) of Arthur Howland. of 
Marshfield. He died in King Philip's war, 
and was buried August 6, 1676. He left a will 
and the inventory of his estate was about fifty 
pounds, .^fter his death his widow continued 
his business at inn-keeping, and married (sec- 
ond), January 22, 1679. Robert Stanford, of 
Marshfield, and died 1690. The children of 
Timothy and ]\'lary were: i. Mary, born July 
7, 1654, married, March 9. 1678-79, Josiah 
Slawson. 2. Timothy. February 26, 1655, bur- 
ied September 18, 1682. 3. John. November 
21, 1657. 4. Caleb, March, 1661-62. married, 
IMay 3, 1687, Marv Cobb. 5;. Experience, mar- 
ried, April 25, 1684, Joseph Taylor. 6. Na- 

•; lived at Marsh- 

than, married Mary — 

field. 7. Martha, May i, 1670. 8. Abigail, 

.-\ugust 10, 1672. 9. George. 

(II) George, youngest son of Timothy and 
Mary (Howland) Williamson, was born at 
Marshfield, Massachusetts, May 2, 1675. He 
married a Miss Crisp and moved from Marsh- 
field, residing for a time at each of the fol- 
lowing towns: Duxbury, Rochester, Truro, 
Eastham and Middleboro. Their children : i. 
Thankful, May 10, 1702. 2. Hepzibah, .A.pril 
29, 1705. 3. Beulah, November 29, 1706. 4. 
Mary, September 10, 1708. 5. George. Oc- 
tober I, 1710. 6. Deborah, April, 1713. 7. 

(III) Caleb, youngest son of George and 

■ (Crisp) Williamson, was born in 1714. 

The church records of Truro give the bap- 
tismal date August 28, 1714, and he doubtless 
was born there in July as elsewhere recorded. 
His wife was Sarah Ransom. They settled in 
Middleboro and had six sons and three daugh- 
ters, but two of the sons, George and Caleb, 
left issue: George, born 1754, was a revolu- 
tionary soldier. He moved to Canterbury, 
Connecticut, thence to Amherst, Massachu- 
setts, and finally to Bangor, Maine, where he 
died 1822. He married Mary Foster, of Con- 
necticut, and had four sons and four daugh- 
ters. Honorable William D., judge of pro- 
bate, Maine, and historian of that state was 
one of their sons. Caleb, probably younger 
brother of George. 

(IV) Caleb (2), second son of Caleb (i) 
and Mary (Foster) Williamson, was born at 
Harwich, Massachusetts, in 1753-56. No rec- 
ord of his family has been obtained. Among 
his children was a son Nathan. 

(V) Nathan, son of Caleb (2) Williamson, 
was born probably in Maine. He married, and 
among children was Ebenezer. 

(VI) Ebenezer, son of Nathan Williamson, 
was born in Brooklyn, Connecticut, November 
10, 1 791, died October 4, 1873, at Shipton, 
Quebec. Married Eliza Willey. 

(VII) Stephen Edward, eldest son of Ebe- 
nezer and Eliza (Willey) Williamson, was 
born August 30, 1834, in Danville, Quebec. 
He was educated at the public schools there 
and the private school of M. C. Forest. Mr. 
\\'illiamson first settled at Milan, New Hamp- 
shire, and his present home is in Berlin. New 
Hampshire. He is a carpenter and contractor. 
He married, at Milan, September 30, 1855, 
Ellen Eleanor, daughter of Hiram E. and 
Lucy A. (Capen) Ellingwood, of Bethel, who 
was born October 2, 1839. I" ^9^5 Mr. and 
Mrs. Williamson celebrated their golden wed- 

1 1 86. 


ding. They had three children : Walter D., 
M. D. ; Charles P., married Addie L. York ; 
and Cassius C, A. B., Bowdoin College, 1898, 
married, October 8. 1908, Kathryn \'an 
Horn, lives in Lewistown, Montana. 

(VHI) Walter Darwin, M. D., eldest son 
of Stephen E. and Ellen E. (Ellingwood) 
Williamson, was born March 11, 1863, i^^ ^'i'' 
Ian, New Hampshire. In his youth he entered 
the public schools in New Hampshire and the 
North Bridgeton, Maine, Academy. In 1885 
he entered the medical department of the Uni- 
versity of Vermont and was graduated in the 
class of 1888. After a post-graduate course at 
the Medical School of New York City, he re- 
turned to ]\Iilan and followed his profession 
for six months, when he removed to Gorham, 
New Hampshire, and established a practice 
there which he continued from 1889 until 1901. 
Soon after he removed to Portland, Maine, 
wiiere be built up a lucrative practice and con- 
tinues to reside. Dr. Williamson is a member 
of the State and County Medical societies and 
of the American Medical Society ; F. A. M.. 
Gorham, New Hampshire Lodge, and has all 
degrees through the Scottish and York Rites 
to the thirty-second; I. O. O. F. in New 
Hampshire and K. of P., New Hampshire. 
He is a Republican but not specially active in 
city politics. Dr. Williamson married, Feb- 
ruary 15, 1890, Hattie Maria, daughter of 
Dennis Bond and Ellen E. (Hamlin) York, 
who was born at IMilan, December 16. 1864. 
Fler mother was a descendant of the late Hon. 
Hannibal Hamlin. Dr. and Mrs. Williamson 
have an only child, Eleanor Ellen, born at 
Gorham, August 30, 1894. 

Robert Goodell, immigrant 
GOODELL ancestor of most of this sur- 
name in New England, was 
born in England in 1604. He sailed from 
Ipswich, England, April 30, 1634, with wife 
Katherine, aged twenty-eight, son Abraham, 
aged two, and Isaac, aged six months, in the 
ship "Elizabeth," and settled in Salem, Massa- 
chusetts. He was a farmer or planter and as 
early as 1636 became a proprietor of the town. 
He deeded land in 1668 to his daughter, Han- 
nah Killum, and with wife sold the land ad- 
joining. His will was dated October 12, 1682, 
and proved June 27, 1683, bequeathing to his 
wife, to daughter Elizabeth Bennett and 
grandchild John Smith. Children; i. IMary, 
born 1629, married John Pease. 2. Abraham, 
1631, died young. 3. Isaac, 1633, married, 
January 23, 1668. Patience Cook; died at Sa- 
lem in 1679; left son John. 4. Zachariah, 

1639, mentioned below. 5. Infant, baptized 

1640. 6. Jacob, baptized January 9, 1642, died 
1.676 unmarried. 7. Hannaii, baptized August 
6, 1645, married Lot Killum. 8. Elizabeth, 
married (first) John Smith; (second) Will- 
iam Bennett. 

(II) Zachariah, son of Robert Goodell, was 
born in 1639. He married, June 30, 1666, 
Elizabeth Beauchamps, daughter of Edward 
of Salem. Children, born at Salem: i. Zach- 
ariah, February 9, 1667. 2. Samuel, Decem- 
ber, 1669. 3. Joseph, September 23, 1672. 4. 
Mary, November 27, 1674. 5. Thomas, De- 
cember 30, 1676. 6. Abraham, November 7, 
1678. 7. John, August 10, 1681. 8. Benja- 
min (twin), July 4, 1687. 9. Sarah (twin), 
July 4, 1687. TO. David, Alarch i, 1689-90. 

(III) Daniel Goodell, descendant of Robert 
Goodell, the immigrant, was born in 1766 at 
Prospect, Maine, and died in 1855. He mar- 
ried Mercy Harding, born 1771, died 1843. 
Among their children was Sears, mentioned 

(IV) Sears, son of Daniel (i) Goodell, was 
born in Prospect, Maine, September 17, 1799, 
died May 6, 1875. He was educated in his 
native town, and followed farming for an 
occupation. He married, in Prospect, June 17, 
181 7, Hannah B. Smith, born December 17, 
1797. Children, born at Prospect: i. Daniel 
Smith, mentioned below. 2. William L., born 
December 29, 1820, lost at sea, December 30, 
1842. 3. George, November i, 1824, lost at 
sea, August 2^, 1841. 4. Margaret, August 8, 
1826, died May 18, 1878. 5. Sarah P., April 
6, 1829, died March 15. 1906; resided in Pros- 

(V) Captain Daniel Smith, son of Sears 
Goodell, was born in Prospect, Waldo county, 
Maine, November 12, 1818, died March 29, 
1904. He attended the district schools of his 
native town during the brief sessions before 
he was fourteen. At that age he went to sea 
and followed the life of a mariner continuous- 
ly afterward for some forty years or more. 
In 1838 he had become a master mariner and 
sailed to all parts of the world, generally own- 
ing a share in the vessel that he commanded. 
His two brothers were lost at sea. He was 
enterprising and energetic, making many prof- 
itable voyages, and being well and favorably 
known in the shipping world. He owned shares 
in other vessels besides the one he command- 
ed. In 1855 he settled his family at Sears- 
port, and in 1874 bought the Cole place, where 
his family has since lived. Captain Goodell 
was appointed deputy collector of customs at 
Searsport by President Abraham Lincoln and 


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served twelve years. He was consular agent 
for the Spanish government at Searsport for 
a time. He was a prominent Republican in 
politics. In 1840 he cast his vote for Harri- 
son. He was selectman of the town of Sears- 
port after he retired and for a number of years 
was a justice of the peace. He married. 2\Iay 
15, 1841, Mary Grant, of Prospect. Children: 
i' Alexene L.. bom JNIay 20, 1845. married 
Harvey D. Hadlock. a lawyer of Boston ; chil- 
dreij: Inez and Deming Hadlock. 2. Daniel 
S. Jr., February 16, 1853, married Minnie L. 
Murray, of Sacramento. California ; resides at 
New York City; has led a maritime life. 3. 
Mary A., January 29, 1848, died aged twelve 
years. 4. William Heagan, November 12, 
1854, mentioned below. 5. Susan B., Septem- 
ber C, 1861, married Fred A. Davis, M. D., of 
Boston ; son. Arnold B. Davis. 

(\"I) Captain William Heagan. son of Cap- 
tain Daniel Smith Goodell, was born in Sears- 
port. Maine, November 12, 1854. He was 
educated in the public schools of his native 
town and in Bucksport Academy. He went 
to sea in his youth and followed it until 1889, 
when he retired. He rounded Cape Horn and 
also the Cape of Good Hope before he was 
twentv-one as master. He first commanded a 
ship on the voyage to Hamburg, Germany, 
from \'alparaiso. South America. During the 
fifteen years in which he was master mariner 
he commanded the ships "Robert Porter," 
"Goodell." "Governor Robie" and others, ma- 
king voyages from time to time to China, 
Japan, the Philippines, San Francisco and 
South America, as well as to England and 
various European ports. Since 1889 he has 
been retired, living at his home in Searsport, 
]^laine. In politics he is a Republican. He 
is a member of Neptune Lodge of Free Ma- 
sons, Glasgow, Scotland ; of the Thetis Chap- 
ter, Royal Arch Masons, Glasgow, of which 
King Edward was grand master while he was 
Prince of Wales. He married. October 19, 
1905, Elizabeth Blanche, born May 30, 1873, 
daughter of F. E. Whitcomb, of Searsport. 
They have one child, William Heagan Jr., 
born October 19, 1907. 

The origin and early ancestry of 
MINER the Miner family in England is 

given thus: Edward HI of Eng- 
land, going to war against the French, 
marched through "Somersetshire, came to 
Mendippe hills, where lived Henry Miner, who 
with all carefulness and loyalty, having con- 
vened his domestic and menial servants armed 
with battle axes proffered himself and them to 

his master's service making up a complete 
hundred." For this service he was granted 
the coat-of-arms : Gules a fesse between three 
plates argent. 

(I) Henry Miner, mentioned above, died in 
1359. Children: Henry, Edward, Thomas, 

(II) Henry (2), son of Henry (i) Miner, 
married Henrietta, daughter of Edward 
Hicks, of Gloucester. Children: i. William. 
2. Henrv, who served in 1384 under Richard 

(III) William, son of Henry (2) Mmer, 
married Hobbs, of Wiltshire. Chil- 
dren: I. Thomas. 2. George, lived in Shrop- 

(IV) Thomas, son of William Miner, lived 

in Herefordshire in 1399: married , 

daughter of Cotton Gresslap, Staffordshire. 
Chitdren : Lodovic, George, Alary. 

(\') Lodovic, son of Thomas Miner, mar- 
ried Anna, daughter of Thomas Dyer, of 
Staughton, Huntingdonshire. Children: i. 
Thomas, mentioned below. 2. George (twin), 
born 1458. 3. Arthur (twin), born 1458, 
served the house of Austria. 

(VI) Thomas (2), son of Lodovic Miner, 
was born in 1436. He married Bridget, daugh- 
ter of Sir George Hervie, of St. Martin's, 
county Middlesex; died 1480, leaving two 
children to the tutorage of their mother 
Bridget, but she resigned to her father and 
turned to monastic life in Datford. 

(VII) William (2), son of Thomas (2) 
Miner, married Isabella Harcope de Folibay 
and lived to revenge the death of the two 
voung princes slain in the Tower by their 
imcle Richard HI. Children: William, 
George, Thomas, Robert, Nathaniel, John and 
four others. John and Nathaniel went to Ire- 
land in 1541^ when Henry Mil was pro- 
claimed king of Ireland. Nathaniel married 

Fitzmaurice, nee Catherlough, in Lein- 

ster. Ireland. John married Joselina O'Brien 
or O'Brvan of Innis, in county Clare. 

(Vllf) William (3). son of William (2) 
Miner, was buried at Chew Magna, February 
23, 1585. Children: Clement, Elizabeth. 

(IX) Clement, son of William (3) :\Iiner, 
died March 31, 1640, at Chew Magna. Chil- 
dren: I. Clement, married Sarah Pope. 2. 
Thomas, settled in Stonington. Connecticut, in 
1683. 3. Elizabeth. 4. i\Iary. (This pedi- 
gree was prepared while the American ances- 
tor was living.) 

(X) Clement (2), son of Clement (i) ]Mi- 
ner, married Sarah, daughter of John Pope, 
of Norton, Small Reward, Somerset, England. 



Clement is buried at Burslingtoii, Somerset- 
shire. Children: William, Israel, married 
Elizabeth Jones. 

(XI) William (4), son of Clement (2) Mi- 
ner, married Sarah Batting, of Cliffon, 
Gloucester. Children : William, Sarah, who 
resided in Christmas street, London, in 1683. 

(I) Silvanus Miner, who was doubtless de- 
scended from the progenitor mentioned above, 
the lineage not being traced for want of rec- 
ords, lived in New Brunswick. He was a 
farmer and blacksmith by trade. He married 
Ruth Stiles, whose father was a native of 
England, coming to New Brunswick about 
1800. Among their children were Nathan, 
John, George, James, William, Harvey, Ruth, 
Jane, Lucy, and three others who died in in- 

(II) Nathan, son of Silvanus Miner, was 
born in New Brunswick. He was a farmer, 
living at Mount Whatley, New Brunswick, 
where he died February 10, 1908. He married 
Celia, daughter of Llenry and Elizabeth 
(Hoegg) Carter. Her father was a native of 
England, coming first to New England and 
thence to New Brunswick ; her mother was 
daughter Clara of the same English family as 
General Lord Roberts of the British army. 
Children of Nathan and Celia (Carter) Mi- 
ner: I. Albert H., born November 25, 1870, 
manager of the Woodworking Company at 
Amherst, Nova Scotia. 2. Walter Nathan, 
mentioned below. 3. Bertha A., April 10, 
1875, married Thomas W. Keillor; she died 
in 1905. 4. Amelia R., February 10, 1878, 
married Edgar Embree, of Amherst, Nova 
Scotia. 5. Lloyd G., June 8, 1881, lives at 
Mount Whatley, a farmer ; married Ardella 
West, of Boston, Massachusetts. 6. Pearl L., 
December 11, 1884, married William T. Keil- 

(III) Dr. Walter Nathan, son of Nathan 
Miner, .was born at Mount Whatley, New 
Brunswick, July 13, 1872. He attended the 
public schools of his native town and the Nor- 
mal school at Frederickton, New Brunswick. 
He taught school for three years after grad- 
uating from the normal school. While teach- 
ing at Rockport and Frederickton he began 
the study of medicine. He then entered the 
Baltimore Medical College, from which he 
was graduated in the class of 1898 with the 
degree of M. D. He was attached to the 
Medical General Hospital at Baltimore, Mary- 
land, for one year, and had four months of 
service in the Johns Hopkins Llospital in the 
same city. He went abroad to study and took 
post-graduate courses at the Polyclinic Hos- 

pital in London. He has had experience also 
in New York and Boston hospitals. He be- 
gan the general practice of medicine at Calais, 
Maine, in May, 1898, and has been very suc- 
cessful. He is a member of the Provincial 
Medical Society of New Brunswick ; Washing- 
ton County Medical Society; is surgeon of the 
Washington County Railroad Company ; mem- 
ber of Saint Croix Lodge, No. 46, Free Ma- 
sons ; of Calais Chapter, No. 17, Royal Arch 
Masons; of Hugh de Payen Commandery, 
Knights Templar; of the Order of Modern 
Woodmen of America ; Calais Lodge, Knights 
of Pythias. He is vice-president of the Calais 
board of trade. In politics he is a Republican, 
and has represented ward four in the board of 
aldermen of Calais for two years. He is med- 
ical examiner for the L'nion Life Insurance 
Company of Portland, Maine; of the Pruden- 
tial Life Insurance Company of New Jersey; 
of the John Hancock Life Insurance Company, 
Boston ; of the Northwestern Life Insurance 
Company and of the Travelers' Life Insur- 
ance Company. In religion he is a Baptist. 

He married, April 29, 1903, Estella, born 
April 8, 1874, daughter of James Edward and 
Martha (Amos) Delahay, of San Francisco, 
California. Children: i. Edward Nathan, 
born May 31, 1906, died in infancy. 2. John 
Prescott, May 6, 1907. 

The exact origin of the name 
COLCORD is not readily determined, but 

it is found in England spelled 
in various ways : Colquitt, Colcott, Colcut, 
Calcord and Colcord. There is some evidence 
that the family of the American ancestors 
were located in county Norfolk, England. The 
first of the name in the country were two 
brothers, Edward and Gideon. 

(I) Edward, emigrant, came to New Eng- 
land 163 1, and is recorded as planter, Salem, 
Massachusetts, 1637, and Dover, New Hamp- 
shire, 1643. He witnessed the "Wheelwright 
Deed" 1638. According to a "deposition," he 
was fifty-six years of age in 1673, and there- 
fore born in England about 1617. His wife's 
name was probably Anne Page, as Robert 
Page (wdio settled early in Salem. Massachu- 
setts, and moved to New Hampshire) men- 
tioned in a deed his "brother Edward Col- 
cord" and "his wife Ann," for whom he made 
effort to secure claims in 1654 and again in 
1679. This Robert Page was from Ormsby, 
county Norfolk (or York), England. Edward 
Colcord was very active, evidently rather in 
advance of his time; stirring up strife with 
the "proprietors" and frequently engaging in 


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controversies and lawsuits, thus acquiring un- 
popularity except in liis own very respectable 
circle of friends, by whom he was well liked 
and respected. He went to Hampton, New 
Hampshire, in 1645, where he died February 
10, 1681-82. On one occasion he mentioned 
his "brother Deacon Robert Page," who had 
shown much kindness to his "wife Anne'' and 
family and assisted in some settlement of the 
estate at Hampton. Children of Edward and 
Anne were: i. Jonathan, born about 1640, 
died August 3, 1661. 2. Hannah, 1643, mar- 
ried Thomas Dearborn, and died July 17, 1720. 
3. Sarah, 1646, married John Hobbs. 4. Mary, 
October 4, 1649, married Benjamin Fifield and 
died at Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, 1741. 
5. Edward, February 2, 1652. 6. Samuel, 

1655. married ]\Iary . 7. Mehitable, 

1658, married Nathaniel Stevens, of Dover. 
8. Shuah. May 2, 1664, married Tristan Cof- 
fin, g. Abigail, July 23, 1667. 

(II) Edward (2), second son of Edward 
(i) and Anne (Page) Colcord, was born at 
Hampton, New Hampshire, February 2, 1652. 
It is said he was "killed by Indians June 13, 
1677." He had two sons, Gideon and Ed- 
ward (3), who settled in Newmarket, New 
Hampshire. The name of his wife is not 
learned. He died "very much regretted." In- 
ventory of estate, dated 1677. (Perhaps 

(III) Edward (3), son of Edward (2) Col- 
cord, was born in Hampton, New Hampshire. 
He married Jane, daughter of Tristan and 
Deborah (Colcord) Coffin, of Kittery, Maine. 
Her father had inherited property at Dover, 
New Hampshire. He was captain of a troop 
of horse commissioned November 6, 1732. He 
left by will, 1761, "to daughter Jane Colcott 
all lands in Rochester (Me.) and also 200 
pounds." Edward (3) Colcord resided in 
Newmarket, New Hampshire. He was called 
"Edward Jr." All the Colcords of Maine are 
said to be descended from this Edward and 
his brother Gideon. Children of Edward (3) 
and Jane were: i. Gideon of Newmarket. 2. 
Nathaniel, of Hallowcll, Maine. 3. Josiah, of 
Parsonfield, Maine. 4. Joab, of Parsonfield. 
5. Jeremiah, of Tuftonboro. 6. Benjamin, of 
Northend. 7. Eunice. 

(IV) Josiah, third son of Edward (3) and 
Jane (Coffin) Colcord, was born in Newmar- 
ket, New Hampshire, April 10, 1755. It is 
possible that this Josiah of the fourth gen- 
eration was previously married and had a son 
David, bom 1775-76: from the fact that Josiah 
had a son, John S. Colcord, and that David's 
son William gave his son the same name, re- 

corded in the same manner "John S.," it would 
seem that there must be a close relationship. 
(V) David, eldest son of Josiah and Mary 
(Shepherd) Colcord, was born about 1775-76. 
He married Eunice Parsons, and their chil- 
dren were: i. David Jr., married (first) Re- 
becca Smart and (second) Rebecca Ellis Har- 
riman and had seven children : i. Elizabeth, 
married William J. Dodge; ii. David, married 
Martha West; iii. Mark, married Rebecca T. 
Marden ; iv. James, married Eliza Cumming- 
ham ; v. Joshua, unmarried ; vi. Wilson, mar- 
ried Katharine Black : vii. Amanda, married 
William L. Young. 2. Benjamin, married Abi- 
gail Park and had four children: i. Benja- 
min (2), married Abiah Blanchard ; ii. Ala- 
tilda, married Augustus Webber ; iii. Amelia, 
married Nathan H. Griffin : iv. John, married 
Betsey Curtis. 3. Chase, married Abigail 
Lampher and had seven children : i. Abigail, 
married Ezekiel Mosman ; ii. Emily, married 
Alplieus Fields; iii. Chase (2) ; iv. Mary Ann, 
married Mr. White; v. Eunice; vi. Elizabeth; 
vii. Jonathan, married Hannah Smart. 4. 
William, see below. 5. John, married Amelia 
Landau Park, and had three children : i. El- 
mira J., married James W. Mosman: ii. Mary 
Ann ; iii. John Green Pendleton, married 
Nancy Penclleton. 6. Eunice, married Captain 
Augustus Lampher and had five children : i. 
Augustus (2), married Elizabeth Towle; ii. 
Elisha, married Maria Savery ; iii. William, 
married Abigail Turner ; iv. Abigail, married 
Thomas True ; v. Eunice, married John Ma- 
son. 7. Polly, married Josiah Towle and had 

eight children: i. Josiah (2), married 

Snow ; ii. Margaret, married A. T. C. Dodge ; 
iii. Isabell, married Levi Trundy ; iv. David; 
V. Ann, married Henry Sparrow; vi. Mary 

Jane, married Gardner ; vii. Abigail, 

married Thomas Piper ; viii. Henry Palmer. 

(VI) William, fourth son of David and Eu- 
nice (Parsons) Colcord, married Sally Jane 
Ames, who died in December, 1858. William 
Colcord met his death by drowning, in June, 
1826, in Penobscot bay. Their chiUlren were: 

1. Mary Jane, married Benjamin Batchelder. 

2. Sally, married Marshall Dutch. 3. John S., 
married Sarah Howe, living 1908, aged ninety- 
four. 4. William David, married Eleanor 
Hichborn. 5. Josiah Ames, married Martha 
J. Berry. The mother married (second), in 
1830, Jonathan Staples. 

(VII) Josiah Ames, youngest son of ^Vill• 
iam and Sally J. (Ames) Colcord, was born 
January 22. 1818, in Prospect, Maine (now 
Stockton Springs). He was a ship owner and 
captain and for many years was engaged in 



ship building on the Penobscot river. He 
died June 30, 1876, while on a voyage, of yel- 
low fever, at Havana, Cuba. He was an ac- 
tive Democrat, "an old Jefifersonian," and it 
was his ambition to see the election of a 
Democrat to the presidency, but this was not 
realized. Captain Colcord married, December 
24, 1840, Martha Jane, daughter of Captain 
John Berry, of Prospect, who was born No- 
vember 8, 181 8, in Prospect, and died January 
2, 1894, in Stockton. Their children were : 
I. Melvin E., born November 7, 1844, see be- 
low. 2. Emery B., residing in Rockland, 
Maine. 3. Pauline, married C. C. Roberts, of 
Stockton, and is now deceased. 4. Clara E., 
deceased. 5. Frederick D., a resident of 
Brooklyn, New York. 6. Frank Augustus, 
mentioned below. 

(Vni) Melvin Edgar, eldest son of Josiah 
Ames and Martha Jane (Berry) Colcord, was 
born at Prospect, Maine, November 7, 1844. 
He married, at Stockton, March 31, 1866, 
Roxanna Larabee Cleaves, born September 14, 
1844. He was educated in the public schools 
of Stockton and has followed the sea in com- 
mand of vessels for forty years. Captain Col- 
cord retired in 1905 and resides in Stockton 
Springs, Maine. He had six children : Mari- 
etta, Lizzie B., Evelyn L., Edgar M., Arthur 
B., Ethel M. 

(VHT) Frank Augustus, youngest son of 
Josiah Ames and Martha Jane (Berry) Col- 
cord, was born at Stockton Springs, June 7, 
1856. He was educated at the public schools 
of Stockton Springs and the Maine Seminary, 
Bucksport, and Pittsfield Methodist Seminary. 
He went to sea from 1869 to 1880, when he 
settled in New York City, leaving the shipping 
to engage in the clothing business at 42 South 
street, in partnership with his brother, Fred- 
erick D. Colcord. In 1899 he purchased his 
brother's interest and is now sole proprietor. 
The trade is principally in fitting out sea- 
going people. In religious faith he is a Uni- 
versalist, and adheres to old-time Democratic 
ideas in political matters. He married, Au- 
gust 16, 1880, Hattie Louise, daughter of Jack- 
son and Sarah E. (Sullivan) Rich, of Stock- 
ton Springs. She was born January 16, i860, 
in Machias, Maine. Children: i. Clifford F., 
in business with his father. 2. Howard F., 
salesman. New York City. 3. Walter R., a 
junior at Cornell University. 4. Louise. 5. 

From time out of mind the 
GORDON Scotch have been noted as a 

patriotic and valorous nation — 
and in the forefront of the Scotch clans in 

war and in peace have stood the Gordons. 
Some of them coming to this land of greater 
wealth and grander opportunities, rendered 
yeoman service to the commonwealths in 
which they became adopted citizens, and 
raised families whose members have taken ac- 
tive and useful parts in maintaining the in- 
tegrity and promoting the prosperity of the 

(I) John Gordon, said to have been a son 
of the Duke of that name, according to family 
tradition, married Grace Toy, who was not 
his equal in rank, and for that act was cast 
off by his family and went to Ireland, where, 
after a residence of some time, he died. His 
widow, accompanied by three sons, one of 
whom was Henry, migrated to America about 
1740, and settled in Andover. Massachusetts. 

(II) Henry, son of John and Grace (Toy) 
Gordon, was born in Ireland, was left to the 
sole care of his mother when a child, by the 
death of his father, accompanied her to Ameri- 
ca, and when General Joseph Frye received 
a grant of a township of land and settled in 
Maine, and founded Fryeburg in the wilds of 
what was then a part of Massachusetts, Henry 
Gordon, a friend and neighbor, accompanied 
him. Henry Gordon married in Andover, and 
children were born to him there, among whom 
were Henry and two daughters who married 
sons of General Frye. Another daughter mar- 
ried a son of Judge Simon Frye. 

(III) Henry (2), son of Henry (i) Gor- 
don, was born in Massachusetts, removed with 
his parents and the other members of their 
family to Fryeburg, and spent his life there 
in the employments incident to the time and 

(IV) Stephen, eldest son of Henry (2) 
Gordon, was born in Fryeburg, October 10, 
1794. Fie was a farmer, as almost every man 
was obliged to be in those days, and also did 
considerable at lumbering in that region which 
then was covered with some of the finest tim- 
ber within many miles of the coast. He lived 
to the age of sixty-nine, and died in Frye- 
burg, March, 1863. He married Lydia Buf- 
fington Chase, born in Fryeburg, July 10, 
1801, died in Fryeburg, December, 1864, 
daughter of Thomas and Mary (Spring) 
Chase. Thomas Chase was a son of Dr. 
Josiah and Mehitable (Frye) Chase, who was 
a surgeon in the French and Indian war and 
served with General Joseph Frye and married 
his daughter, Mehitable Frye. He practised 
medicine in Canterbury, New Hampshire, for 
some years, but moved' to Fryeburg, being the 
second physician in that town, and died there. 




His son, Thomas, married Mary Spring, 
daughter of Jedediah Spring, of Fryeburg. He 
was the fourth Thomas Chase from Aquilla 
Chase, and was born in Canterbury, New 
Hampshire, and died in Fryeburg, Maine. The 
children of Stephen and Lydia B. (Chase) 
Gordon were : Setli Chase, Marshall, William, 
Samuel Chase, Stephen, and Hannah Stack- 

(V) Dr. Seth Chase, eldest son and first 
child of Stephen and Lydia B. (Chase) Gor- 
don, was born in Fryeburg, August 17, 1830. 
Fie grew up on his father's farm and attended 
the district school and Fryeburg Academy, 
where he fitted for college. For several win- 
ters he taught school in country districts in 
Fryeburg and adjoining towns. Fie also taught 
one year in Evansville, Indiana. He began the 
study of medicine in the office of Dr. Ira 
Towle, of Fryeburg. After spending two years 
in Dr. Towle s office, he took one course of lec- 
tures at Dartmouth 2\Iedical School, and then 
entered the .Maine Medical School at Bruns- 
wick, where he attended one term, and grad- 
uated with the class of 1855. He began prac- 
tice in the town of Gorham, Maine, at Little 
Falls, in the village of South \\'indham, where 
he remained until 1861. In December of that 
year he was appointed assistant surgeon of 
the Thirteenth Maine Volunteer Infantry 
Regiment, and served with that command in 
the Department of the Gulf in the Nineteenth 
Army Corps, in Louisiana, Mississippi, and 
Texas, until October, 1863, when he was made 
surgeon of the First Louisiana \'olunteer In- 
fantry (white), which was stationed in the 
Department of the Gulf. During a part of 
his term of service he acted as surgeon of the 
District of La Fourche, on the staff of General 
Cameron, and was mustered out July 12, 1865, 
having served nearly four years. Returning 
to Maine, he settled in Portland, October i, 
1865, and has since resided in that citv. His 
four years' experience in surgery iia the war 
gave him training that fitted him to take a 
leading place in surgical circles, which he 
has ever since maintained. In 1874 he was 
appointed surgeon of the Maine General Hos- 
pital, and is still one of its stafif, after a serv- 
ice of thirty-four years. He is consulting 
surgeon to the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary, 
was lecturer on diseases of women in the 
Portland School of Medical Instruction. He 
has served as president of the Maine Medical 
Association, vice-president of the American 
Medical Association, and president of the sec- 
tion of obstetrics and diseases of women of 
the same association. He is a fellow of the 

American and of the British Gynecological 
Society, also of the Boston Gynecological So- 
ciety and the Detroit Academy of Medicine. 
Was president of the American Gynecological 
Society in 1902. Fle has written much for 
medical journals and read numerous papers 
before medical societies, both of this country 
and of Europe, on surgical subjects. His 
opinion as an expert in matters surgical and 
medical has often been required in court, 
where it has always been a matter of pro- 
fessional pride with him to give his opinions 
as he formed them from an understanding of 
the facts, without regard to the effect thev 
might have on either party to the suit. Hi's 
place in his profession is a prominent and hon- 
orable one, and his services and ability have 
brought him many honors. His attainment? 
and widely extended practice, a practice which 
for years has covered the state, and much of 
New England, has made him one of the most 
useful citizens of the commonwealth. In 
politics he is an uncompromising Democrat of 
the old school — three of his fundamental tenets 
being: Sound currency, tariff for revenue 
only, and the largest personal liberty con- 
sistent with the safety of the community. He 
has served one year in the Portland common 
council, and three years as a member of the 
school committee. His service in these po- 
sitions was rendered, not in accordance with 
his wishes, but in performance of what he 
believed to be his duty to the state. From 
1896 to 1900 he was a member of the National 
Democratic committee of Maine. In 1905 he 
received from Dartmouth College the honor- 
ary degree of LL. D. The same year he de- 
livered the course in gynecology in Dartmouth 
Medical School. In religious belief he is a 
Unitarian, and to the church of that faith he 
gives with such measures as its needs require. 
In 1858 Dr. Gordon became a member of 
Harmony Lodge, Gorham, Maine, Free and 
Accepted Masons. Since that time he has ad- 
vanced in the Masonic Order through the fol- 
lowing organizations: Eagle Roval Arch 
Chapter, of Westbrook ; Portland Commandery 
No. 2, Knights Templar, of which he is a past 
commander; and was also grand commander 
of the Grand Commandery of Knights Tem- 
plar, of Maine, and commander of the Maine 
Commandery of the Loyal Legion of the 
United States. The only' club of which he is 
a member is the Cumberland, of which he 
was president four years. While never an 
active politician, he has always been ready to 
aid in support of the principles of the Demo- 
cratic party, as enunciated above, and much 

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aoainst his inclination was the candidate of 
his party for representative to congress in 
1002 in the f^rst congressional district of 
I\laine. He is a member of the Sons of the 
American Revolution, Maine Historical So- 
ciety, Portland Natural History Society Port- 
land Art Club, director in the Associated Char- 
ities and president of the board of trustees of 
Fryeburg Academy, in which institution he 
has for many years taken much interest. He 
has never married. 

Peter, being one of the twelve 
PERKINS Apostles, his name was a fa- 
vorite one for centuries among 
Christians. It assumed the form of Pierre 
in France, whence it found its way into Eng- 
land and there took the diminuative form of 
Perkin. This gradually and naturally became 
Perkins, and, in time, was bestowed upon or 
assumed by one as a surname. Many of the 
name were among the early settlers of New 
England, and their descendants have borne 
honorable part in the development of modern 
civilization in the Western Hemisphere. 

(I) John Perkins was born m Newent, 
Gloucestershire, England, in 1590. On De- 
cember I, 1630, he set sail from Bristol in 
the "Lyon," William Pierce, master, with his 
wife (Judith Cater), five children and about 
a dozen other companions. They reached Nan- 
tasket, February 5, 1631, and settled in Bos- 
ton He was the first of that name to come 
to New England, and was one. of the twelve 
who accompanied John Winthrop Jr. to settle 
in Ipswich, where he was made freeman May 
18 1631 By another authority he did not 
move until 1633. On April 3, 1632, "It was 
ordered" by the general court "that noe pson 
wtsoever shall shoot at fowle upon PuUen 
Poynte or Noddles Illeland; but that the sd 
places shal be reserved for John Perkins to 
take fowle with nets." Also, November 7, 
1632 John and three others were "appointed 
by tiie Court to sett downe the bounds be- 
twixte Dochester and Rocksbury." He at 
once took a prominent stand among the colo- 
nists, and in 1636 and for many years after- 
wards represented Ipswich in the general high 
court. In 1645 he was appraiser and signed 
the inventory of the estate of Sarah Dilling- 
ham. In 1648 and 1652 he served on the 
grand jury. In March, 1650, "being above 
the age of sixty he was freed from ordinary 
training of the court." He made his will 
(probate office, Salem, Massachusetts), March 
28, 1654, and died a few months later, aged 
sixty-four. His children were: Judith, wife 

of William Sergeant; John; Thomas; Eliza- 
beth, second wife of William Sergeant; Mary, 
married Thomas Bradbury ; Jacob and Lydia 
The last became the wife of Henry Bennett, of 

(II) Thomas, second son of John and Ju- 
dith (Cater) Perkins, was born about 1616 in 
England, and resided in Ipswich and Tops- 
field, Massachusetts. He was made freeman, 
1648, in the former town, and removed to the 
latter about 1660, dying there May 7, 1686. 
His will was made December 11, preceding, 
and proved on September 10, following his 
death. He owned Sagamore Hill, in Ipswich, 
which was probably granted to him by the 
town. This has an elevation of one hundred 
and seventy feet in height, surrounded by salt 
marshes. He exchanged this with his brother 
John, for a house and lot in the town. He 
was a deacon of the church in Ipswich and 
served as selectman in Topsfield in 1676 and 
tithingman in 1677-78, and was often on com- 
mittees in the church and town in settling vari- 
ous matters. The land records show that he 
bought and sold much propert) , and he left a 
fine estate upon his death. He was married 
in Topsfield, about 1640, to Phoebe, daughter 
of Zaccheus Gould, of Topsfield. She was 
born in 1620, and was baptized September 20, 
1620, in Hemel Hempstead, England, and was 
living at the time his will was made. Their 
children were : John, Phoebe, Zaccheus, Mar- 
tha, Mary, Elisha, Judith, Thomas and Timo- 

(HI) John (2), eldest child of Deacon 
Thomas and Phoebe (Gould) Perkins, was 
born in 1641 in Ipswich, and resided in Tops- 
field, where he died May 19, 1668. He mar- 
ried, November 28, 1666, Deborah Browning. 
Their only child was Thomas, born 1667-68. 
He disappears from the Topsfield records after 
1685, and there can be little doubt that he is 
the one next mentioned. 

(IV) Thomas (2) Perkins appears soon 
after attaining his majority in Greenland, New 
Hampshire, which was then a part of Ports- 
mouth, residing near the line of Dover and 
Exeter. In February, 1706, he purchased an 
estate there for one hundred pounds sterling, 
consisting of fifty acres of marsh and meadow- 
land, and resided thereon until 1722. In Feb- 
ruary of the last-named year he sold his prop- 
erty for four hundred and fifty pounds ster- 
ling, his wife Marv signing the deed, and im- 
mediately thereafter they settled in Old 
Arundel, now Kennebunkport, Maine. Pre- 
vious to his removal he had acquired con- 
siderable land there, lying between the Kenne- 




bunk river and a line running from Backcove, 
througli Great Pond to the sea. This land 
had been i)rcviously mortgaged to Francis 
Johnson, and there was a contest over its pos- 
session. The dispute was submitted to arbi- 
trators who charged fourteen-fifteenths of the 
land to Captain Perkins, the remainder going 
to Stephen Harding, wdio had purchased it 
from Johnson. Captain Perkins erected a 
garrison house near Butler's Rocks, and either 
he or his son was a sentinel in Sergeant Alli- 
son Brown's company of Indian-fighters, at 
Arundel, from October 15, 1723, to June 14, 
1724, and a sergeant in Lieutenant Brown's 
company from May 29 to November ig, 1725. 
His wife was a daughter of John Banfiekl, of 
Portsmouth. In 1738 Thomas Perkins and 
wife transferred to their son John, of Boston, 
coaster, their right in the estate of John Ban- 
field, late of Portsmouth. Captain Perkins 
died about 1741. His children born before he 
settled in Kennebunkport were : John, Thom- 
as, Lemuel, Samuel, George, Alverson, Zac- 
cheus, Mary and Chasey. 

(\') Thomas (3), second son of Thomas 
(2) and Mary Perkins, was born about 1700 
and died in Kennebunkport, February 22, 
1752. He was a property owner and an in- 
fluential citizen, and tradition says he was an 
official surveyor. He commanded a company 
on the surrender of Louisburg to Sir William 
Pepperrell, in 1745, and two years later was 
wrecked in an expedition to Annapolis, Nova 
Scotia. From Alarch 28, 1748, to June 7, 
1749, he was captain of a company of sentinels 
doing guard-duty to prevent a surprise by the 
Indians at Arundel. Some of his sons were 
perhaps of the same company. He married 
Lydia, daughter of Stephen and Abigail (Lit- 
tlefield) Harding, of Kennebunkport, who sur- 
vived him. Notwithstanding this marriage, 
the contest for property previously mentioned 
caused an estrangement betw-een the families. 
Captain Perkins died before April 7, 1752, 
when administration of his estate was granted 
to his son Abner. In this document Thomas 
Perkins is called "gentleman." His children 
were : Eliphalet, Abner, John, Thomas, 
George, James and Mary. 

(\T) Abner, second son of Thomas (3) and 
Lydia (Harding) Perkins, was born probably 
between 1724 and 1730, in Kennebunkport, 
and died there in 181 1. He was a tiller of the 
soil, and in 1748 served as scout in Captain 
Jonathan Bean's company, his name appearing 
on the rolls from May 5 to November 24 of 
that year. In the following year he was a 
corporal in the company commanded by his 

father and was clerk of the company. In 
1757 he was a member of Captain John Fair- 
field's Arundel company, and during the revo- 
lution was a member of the town's committee 
of safety for the year 1777. He married Sarah, 
daughter of Samuel and Ann (Andrews) 
Robinson, of the same town. Samuel Robin- 
son came from Rowley, Massachusetts, about 
1730. Abner Perkins' wife was not named in 
his will, and was probably deceased at the time 
of its execution, April 30, 1802. This was 
admitted to probate June 17, 181 1. Their chil- 
dren mentioned in the will were: Daniel, Ab- 
ner, Jonathan, Stephen, Jacob, Ann and Sarah. 

(VII) Stephen, fourth son of Abner and ■ 
Sarah (Robinson) Perkins, was born July 25, 
1765, in Kennebunkport, and died there Au- 
gust 31, 1833. He was a farmer. He mar- 
ried, April 22, 1790, Alice Stone, of the same 
town, daughter of Colonel Jonathan (2) and 
Phoebe (Downing) Stone, and granddaughter 
of Jonathan and Hannah (Lovet) Stone, who 
came to Kennebunkport from Beverly, Massa- 
chusetts, about 1735. Abner Perkins' elder 
brother and his sister Ann also married chil- 
dren of Colonel Jonathan (2) Stone. Alice 
Stone was born June 29, 1769, and died Jan- 
•lary 14, 1850. Her children were: William,. 
Ann, Ivory, Alice, Stephen, Jonathan, Silas, 
Phoebe, Clement and Abner. 

(\TII) Clement, sixth son of Stephen and 
Alice (Stone) Perkins, was born March 23, 
1807, in Kennebunkport, and made his home 
there until his death, March 4, 1884. Like 
many in Maine, of his time in the locality, he 
went to sea for many years in early life and 
subsequently settled upon a farm. He was 
married in 1837 to Mrs. Lucinda (Fairfield) 
Emery, daughter of Captain William and Mary 
(King) Fairfield, and widow of Captain Isaac 
Emery, of Kennebunkport (see Fairfield VI). 
Their children were : George Clement, William 
L., Ernestine L., David King and Caroline 

(IX) George Clement, eldest child of Clem- 
ent and Lucinda (Fairfield) Perkins, was 
born August 23. 1839, •" Kennebunkport, 
where he remained until his thirteenth year 
in attendance on the public schools. He then 
shipped on board a sailing vessel to New Or- 
leans, and continued at sea on ships engaged 
in the European trade. In 1855 he shipped 
before the mast on the sailing vessel "Gala- 
tea," bound for San Francisco, where he ar- 
rived in the autumn of that year. The ex- 
ceptional opportunities afforded in the new 
Pacific colony induced him to retire from the 
sea, and he settled down to business in an in- 

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terior town in California. He has been in- 
terested in many lines of industry, such as 
farming, merchandising, banking, mining, 
manufacture, whale-fishery and the steamship 
transportations. With the natural intelligence 
and honor of the New England type, he soon 
took an active part in the conduct of local 
affairs, and in 1869 was elected a member of 
the state senate and occupied that position 
for eight years. From 1879 to 1883 he 
was governor of the state of California, and 
was appointed United States senator, to fill 
an unexpired term in 1893. He has been four 
times elected to that position and his present 
term will expire in March, 191 5. He has 
taken an active part in the commercial and 
social life of his home state and has served 
as president of the Merchant's Exchange of 
San Francisco and of the San Francisco Art 
Association. He is a director of the Califor- 
nia Academy of Sciences and several other 
scientific, benevolent and fraternal organiza- 
tions. His present residence is at Oakland. 
On account of distinguished services rendered 
during the civil war, he was elected a member 
of the California Commandery of the Military 
Order of the Loyal Legion of the United 
States. His activity in the fraternal work of 
the ^Masonic order led to his election in 1875 
as grand master of the Grand Lodge, F. and 
A. M., of California, having previously served 
through the various subordinate positions of 
grand junior warden, grand warden and 
deputy grand master. In 1883 he was elected 
grand commander of the Grand Commandery, 
Knights Templar, of California, and in the 
same year was elected grand junior warden 
of the Grand Encampment of the United 
States of America. In all of his elections to 
his present honorable position, he was chosen 
upon the first ballot, and his distinguished 
services as a member of the national legisla- 
ture has fully justified the choice of the people 
of California, as represented by a Republican 
majority. On the occasion of the last choice, 
his election was made uniformly on motion of 
a Democratic member of the legislature. At 
the time of his second, third and fourth elec- 
tions, he was attending to his official duties at 
the national capitol. 

Senator Perkins was married at Maysville, 
California, May 3, 1864, to Ruth Amelia 
Parker, daughter of Edward Parker, an Eng- 
lish excise officer who came to California 
when the daughter was a child of eight years. 
He died in Oroville, in 1861, and his widow 
subsequently married William Hesse. She 
died May 20, 1881, in San Francisco, leaving 

her daughter as sole legatee, and naming Sen- 
ator Perkins as executor of her will. Mrs. 
Perkins was born August 21, 1843, i" Cork, 
Ireland, and was christened in the Episcopal 
churcli of that city when one year old. Their 
chiUlren : Fanny I., wife of J. E. Adams; 
George E. ; Susan C. (Mrs. William H. 
Schmidt); Fred K. ; Milton G. ; Ruth M. ; 
and Grace Pansy (wife of Cleveland H. 
Baker, district-attorney of Tonapah, state of 

(For preceding generations see John Perkins I.) 

(II) Jacob, third son of John 
PERKINS and Judith (Gater) Perkins, 
was born in England in 1624. 
He was chosen sergeant of the Ipswich mili- 
tary company in 1664. and was afterwards 
known as Sergeant Jacob Perkins. By his 
father's will he came into possession of the 
homestead and lands upon his mother's death. 
At this place there is a well still known as 
"Jacob's well." He was a farmer and his 
name frequently appears in the records of 
conveyances of farming lands. He died in 
Ipswich, January 27, 1699-1700, aged jeventy- 
six years. He married (first) Elizabeth 
(Lovell) about 1648. By her he had nine 
children. She died February 12, 1685, aged 
fifty-six. Jacob afterwards married Damaris 
Robinson, a widow, who survived him. 

(HI) Jacob (2), second son of Jacob (i) 
and Elizabeth Perkins, was born August 3, 
1662, and died November, 1705. His father 
Jacob gave him a deed of land (to which a 
Thomas Lovell was witness, March 7, 1687). 
December 27, 1684, he married Elizabeth, 
daughter of John Sparks. They had three 
children. She died April lo, 1692. He mar- 
ried (second) January 5, 1693. Sarah Tread- 
well, who was executrix of his will. By her 
he had five children. 

(IV) Jacob (3), first child of Jacob (2) 
and Elizabeth Perkins, was born February 15, 
1685. He went to Cape Neddick, now York, 
Maine, to reside, and there died. He married 
(first) Lydia Stover, and had by her three 
children. He married (second) October 17, 
1717, Anna, daughter of Josiah Littlefield, and 
had by her eight children, three of whom 
were Elisha, Josiah and Newman. 

(V) Josiah, sixth son of Jacob (3) Per- 
kins, and fifth child of Anna, his wife, was 
born about 1740, and was a farmer in Wells, 
Maine. He married Susan Allen, who bore 
him ten children, two of whom were Jonathan 
and Jacob. 

(VI) Jonathan, third son of Josiah and 



Susan (Allen) Perkins, born in 1734, at Weils, 
was a farmer in that town. He removed 
thence to Conway, New Hampshire, where 
the births of his last si.x children are recorded. 
The first eight were born in Maine. He was 
married in 1752, at age of eighteen years, to 
iiis cousin Lydia, daughter of Newman and 
Sarah (Sawyer) Perkins, who was born in 
1738, and was therefore but fourteen years 
old at the time of the marriage. She was 
considered the handsomest bride married in the 
church at Dover, New Hampshire, and in 
her old age she resided at Windsor, i\Iaine. 
.\t the age of ninety years she read a page 
in the testament without glasses and died at 
the age of ninety-six years, at the home of 
her son Ephraim, in Freedom, Maine. Among 
their children were : Rebecca, who lived to be 
one hundred and four years old ; Hannah, 
Martha, Abigail. lived to be over seventy 
years ; Samuel, John, Joseph anrl Ephraim. 

(VH) Ephraim, son of Jonathan and Lydia 
(Perkins) Perkins, was born in July, 1787, in 
Conway, New Hampshire, and for seven years 
was a sailor upon the sea, visiting many West 
Indian, South American and European ports, 
rounding Cape Horn and cruising in the In- 
dian Ocean. He brought home many beautiful 
and interesting curios, gathered in these voy- 
ages. After his marriage he lived at Free- 
dom, Maine, and died in that place November 
18, 1850, at the age of sixty-three years. He 
was a man of medium height, with black hair 
and eyes, and was called fine looking. He was 
married in 181 5 at China, Maine, to Mary, 
eldest of the fourteen children of Thomas 
and Elizabeth (Hilton) McCurdy. She was 
born in .August, 1797, and died in November, 
i860, at Princeton, Minnesota. She was of 
medium height, with brown hair and handsome 
blue eyes. They were the parents of seven 
children : Rebeckah Ann, Henry Franklin, 
two who died in infancy, Ephraim, Eliza 
Jane and Aurelia Frances. 

(VIII) Aurelia Frances, youngest child of 
Ephraim and Mary (McCurdy) Perkins, was 
born April 6, 1832, in Freedom, Maine, and 
married, Februarv 14, 1858, William Edward 
Maddocks, of Ellsworth, Maine (See Mad- 
docks VHI), whom she survives. As a 
young woman she was called very handsome, 
having brown hair and eyes and being of 
medium stature. Her reminiscences of early 
life are interesting, including, as she observed, 
the making of the tallow dip and the subse- 
quent use of the fish-oil lamp, articles known 
to but few people now living. She is among 
those who were sent as children to borrow 

fire from the neighbors, before the days of 
lucifer matches. She has been awarded prizes 
at various fairs for the hand-stitching executed 
by her, taught in the days before the use of 
the sewing-machine was general. With her 
own hands she spun from cotton, which had 
been brought from the West Indies by her 
brother, the thread woven by her mother into 
towels for home use. At the age of seventeen 
she wove in one day six yards of cloth, which 
was considered a large amount for a woman 
to execute in the time. At the age of eighteen 
she began teaching school, and also taught 
painting, having inherited an artistic talent, 
probably from a remote ancestor named Will- 
iam Hilton, v\ho is buried in Westminster Ab- 
bey. At the age of eighteen years she united 
with the Methodist Episcopal church, and in 
1857 went west with her widowed mother and 
brother, intending to teach. There she met 
and married Mr. Maddocks, as above related, 
they being the first couple married in Benton 
county, now Mills, Saco county, Iowa. The 
ceremony was performed by Rev. Richard 
Walker, D. D., who composed for the occasion 
the poem which here follows : 

To be alone, says God's decree, 
Man is unblessed, from pleasure free — 
Who can to him life's solace be? 
A good wife. 

Who can console the careworn heart, 
Shield from pain of adverse dart, 
And to the brow a smile impart? 
A good wife. 

Who can illumine the vaJe of woe. 
Dry the tears that mournfully flow, 
And give the eye affection's glow? 
A good wife. 

Who can make earth's bitt'rest cup sweet. 
The heart in tender tone to greet, 
The ills that in it strangely meet? 
A good wife. 

Who can increase the sunny light, 
Of prospious rays — the soul's delight — 
Dispell the gloom of sorrow's night? 
A good wife. 

Who can heighten each lovely tone. 
Quick surpress the sorrowing moan. 
And raise the note of joy alone? 
A good wife. 

Who can give the kind, loving heart. 
Angelic tempers sweet impart. 
And teach proud man love's ruling art? 
A good wife. 

Who can the breast with zeal inspire, 
Allay the rising of fierce ire. 
Give the nuptial bliss that all desire? 
A good wife. 

Who'll cheer when youthful joys decay. 
Support in life's declining day. 
And every anxious fear allay? 
A good wife. 

Who'll kindly watch life's ebbing sand. 
And near death's bed attentive stand. 
To close the eye with silken hand? 
A good wife. 



Who'll bitterly weep wben I'm dead. 
Sigh (or the same old dusty bed. 
On which to rest her aching head'? 
A good wife. 

■Who'll joyful look beyond the sky. 
And long to see my tearless eye, 
Where husband and wife can ne'er die? 
A good wife. 

Then let me have the 'kind, good wife. 
To cheer me through this vale of strife. 
And live with me through endless life. 
Prays every man. 

Widowed at the age of thirt)-one, she has 
shown herself a woman of remarkable execu- 
tive ability, managing the estate of her de- 
ceased husband with rare skill and success. 
Her home is now in La Crosse, Wisconsin, 
with her only daughter, elsewhere mentioned. 

Thomas McCurdy, the father of Mary, wife 
of Ephraim Perkins, was born about 1774, in 
Bristol, Massachusetts, and resided at China, 
Maine, engaging in the practice of law at 
Augusta. He enlisted February 8, 181 3, as a 
member of Captain John Smith's company. 
Fourth United States Infantry. He received 
a gunshot wound through the right hand while 
on guard at Champlain, New York, in June, 
1814, and was discharged at Plattsburg, No- 
vember 5, following. His eldest son John, 
then a lad of eighteen years, accompanied his 
father as a soldier, died during that service, 
and was buried on the shore of Lake Cham- 
plain. Thomas McCurdy was active in the 
Prohibition movement in Maine. He died in 
1863, at the age of eighty-three years. He 
was tall and distinguished looking, with a very 
pleasing manner, having brown hair and blue 

Rev. William Perkins and his 
PERKINS brother John, who were of 

Gloucester, England, came to 
America in the ship "Lyon," in 163 1. They 
located in Ipswich in 1633 and the Rev. Will- 
iam subsequently removed to Topsfield. John 
remained in Ipswich, establishing his resi- 
dence on what was afterward known as Per- 
kins Island. He was prominent among the 
early settlers of the town, holding public offi- 
ces, and served as deputy to the general court. 
He died prior to 1655. The Christian name 
of his wife was Judith. John, Thomas, Eliza- 
beth, Mary, Lydia and Jacob were his chil- 
dren. His daughter Mary, who became the 
wife of Thomas Bradbury, of Salisbury, Mas- 
sachusetts, was in her old age tried for witch- 
craft and convicted, but escaped punishment. 
Jolm Perkins, son of John of Ipswich, settled 
in York, Maine, and Jacob Perkins, who was 
born there about 1696, was probably his son. 
Descendants of the York Perkinses settled in 

Wells, and the locality known as Perkinstown 
was named for the family. 

(I) Isaac Perkins, a descendant of John, 
of Ipswich, through the latter's son John, of 
York, resided in Perkinstown subsequent to 
the revohitionary war. He reared a family, 
but the maiflen name of his wife or a list of 
his children is not at hand. 

(II) Japhet, son of Isaac Perkins, was born 
in Perkinstown, June 26, 1794. He married 
Sally West and was the father of Gilman, 
Isaac, Mary Ann, Jane, Lewis Wentworth, 
Abigail, Melinda and Eliza. 

(III) Lewis Wentworth, second son and 
fifth child of Japhet and Sally (West) Perkins, 
was born in Perkinstown, December 7, 1827. 
He was a capable and intlustrious farmer, who 
took a profound interest in the general wel- 
fare of his fellowmen, and his untimely death, 
which occurred July, 1863, deprived the com- 
munity of one of its most useful members. 
Politically he acted with the Democratic party. 
In his religious faith he was a Baptist. He 
married Huldah A. Perkins, who was born in 
Perkinstown, June 12, 1830, daughter of Will- 
iam and Olive (Chadbourne) Perkins. She 
survived her husband twenty-nine years, dying 
July 10, 1892. Of this union were born four 
children : Melvina E., Otis L., Addie A. and 
George William. 

(IV) George William, youngest child of 
Lewis W. and Huldah .\. (Perkins) Perkins, 
was born in Perkinstown, December 13, i860. 
Bereft of his father's guidance at the tender 
age of two years, he was left wholly to the 
care of his mother, whose benign influence 
and devotion to his future welfare did much 
toward moulding his character and otherwise 
preparing him for the battle of life. After 
the conclusion of his studies at the North 
Berwick high school he went to Peabody, 
Massachusetts, and was employed there for a 
short time. Returning to North Berwick, he 
became an operative in the finishing depart- 
ment of the North Berwick Company's wool- 
len-mill, but was later transferred to the count- 
ing-room as a clerk, and still later was ad- 
vanced to the position of paymaster, in which 
capacity he has served with ability for more 
than tw-enty-five years. He is a director of 
the North Berwick National Bank, and his 
interest in the industrial and financial welfare 
of the town has been frequently demonstrated. 
For about twenty years he has officiated as 
town clerk. He is a past noble grand of 
Eagle Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, past chief patriarch of Columbian En- 
campment, and a member of Ray of Hope 


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Lodge of Rebekah. He attends th^Free Will 
Baptist church. On September 15, 1886, Mr. 
Perkins married Bertha C. Whitten, daughter 
of \\'illiam and Georgianna (Staples) Whit- 
ten, of North Berwick. Her grandfather, 
Henry Whitten, who was a native of either 
Springvale or Alfred, reared a family of seven 
children: Isaiah, Charles, Nellie, Benjamin, 
Sarah, Edward and William. William Whit- 
ten was born in Spring-vale. For many years 
he has operated a stage and express line be- 
tween Limerick and Waterboro, and carried 
on a livery business. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins 
have one son, Arthur Lawrence, born Novem- 
ber 15, 18S7, graduated from the public schools 
of North Berwick and attended Bryant and 
Stratton's Business College, Boston, later en- 
tered the employment of Brown Dunell & 
Company, Boston. 

This is an old English fam- 
FAIRFIELD ily early implanted in Mas- 
sachusetts and identified 
with the leading interests and influences of the 
Massachusetts Colon)' and still active in up- 
holding the New England character. There 
were two of the name in Massachusetts as 
early as 1638. John, first of Charlestown, 
later of Salem and Wenham, and Daniel, of 
Boston. They are supposed to have been 
brothers, but there is no record to show such 
connection. Family tradition states that they 
are descended from French Huguenots, whose 
name was originally Beauchamp. A repre- 
sentative of the name living in France in 1572 
received news of the impending massacre of 
St. Bartholomew's in time to escape to Eng- 
land, where another member of the family 
was already living at Warwick. Representa- 
tives of this family subsequently settled in 
Ireland, whence John Fairfield came to»,Eng- 
land in 1638. y:. ,, - 

(I) John Fairfield was a resident of Charles- 
town, I^Iassachusetts, in 1638, and the next 
year was granted eighty acres of land in Sa- 
lem, where he was admitted freeman, May 
14, 1640. He lived near the boundary be- 
tween Salem and Ipswich in 1643, ^"d there- 
after moved to Wenham, where he died De- 
cember 22, 1646. His will on file at Salem was 
made eleven days previously. According to 
this document his wife's name was Elizabeth, 
and two of his children are therein named. 
Three sons are known to have existed, namely : 
Walter, John and Benjamin. A posthumous 
child, born in 1647, died before July 7 of that 
vear, without name. In settlement the estate 

was divided into four parts and distributed to 
the widow and three sons. 

(II) John (2), second son of John (i) and 
Elizabeth Fairfield, was born in May, 1639, 
probably in Salem, and lived in Wenham and 
Ipswich. He made no will, but the inventory 
of his estate was filed November 27, 1672. 
He married, March 26, 1666, Sarah, daughter 
of William and Tryphena Geare, of Wen- 
ham, and their children mentioned in the in- 
ventory were : Tryphena, John and Elizabeth. 
The widow married (second) April 13, 1673, 
in Wenham, Daniel Kilhan, and died January 
20, 1716, in Ipswich, aged seventy years, ac- 
cording to her tombstone. 

(III) John (3), probably only son of John 
(2) and Sarah (Geare) Fairfield, was bom 
about 1668, probably in Ipswich, and was 
living in that town in 1690. As shown by a 
deed in December, 1692, he was living at 
Muddy River, now Brookline, and subse- 
quently he was again in Ipswich, as indicated 
by a deed in 1694. In this instrument he 
deeded to his cousin, William Fairfield, about 
sixty acres of upland and meadow in Wenham, 
which he had inherited from his father. This 
deed was acknowledged November 25, 1703. 
He was married in Boston, April 18, 1693, by 
Rev. James Allen, to Elizabeth Badson. No 
record appears of his children, but a com- 
parison of the records of Boston, Ipswich and 
Wenham make it very certain that the next 
named was his son. 

(IV) Captain John (4) Fairfield was the 
first of the name to settle in Kennebunkport, 
vvhere he was a leading citizen. Some ac- 
counts £ay that he came there from Worcester. 
For some years he lived in Wells, Maine, and 
his home in Kennebunkport was near the 
mouth of the river, probably in the house 
built by Thomas Perkins in 1773, where he 
was licensed to keep a tavern. He was a 
carpenter by trade and after 1733 removed to 
the eastern part of the town, where he bought 
a farm. In the Louisburg expedition of 1745 
he was first lieutenant of Captain John Storr's 
company. Three years later he served in Cap- 
tain Thomas Perkins' company at Arundel. 
In 1757 he was captain of the Arundel com- 
pany, in the First York County Regiment, 
commanded by Sir William Pepperrell. His 
sons John and Stephen were perhaps in this 
company. He married (first) ^lary, daughter 
of Rev. Samuel and Tabitha (Littlefield) 
Emery, of Wells, born December 7, 1699. Her 
father was for many years minister at Wells. 
He was a son of John (2) Emery, and grand- 



son of John Emery, of Romsey, Hants, Eng- 
land. Mary (Emery) Fairfield died about 
1750, and Mr. Fairfield subsequently married 
Mrs. Hannah (Lovet) Stone, widow of Jona- 
than Stone. Captain Fairfield died in 1778 
and was survived by his widow. The in- 
ventory of his estate included a negro girl, 
valued at twenty pounds, and administration 
was granted to his son John "of said Arundel, 
gentleman." Flis children by the first mar- 
riage were : John ; a daughter who married 
John Hill; Mary, wife of Benjamin Downing; 
Stephen ; Elizabeth, wife of Dixey Stone. 

(V) John (5), eldest child of John (4) and 
IMary (Emery) Fairfield, was born about 
1728-30 in Kennebunk, and made that town 
his home through life. In 1757 he was a 
member of the military company commanded 
by his father in Colonel Pepperrell's regi- 
ment, and in 1762 was ensign in Captain 
Thomas Perkin's Arundel company of Colo- 
nel Nathaniel Sparhawk's regiment, for service 
in the Indian campaigns. John Fairfield mar- 
ried, October 17, 1751, Mary Burbank, of 
Bradford, Massachusetts, daughter of Lieu- 
tenant John and Priscilla (Major) Burbank. 
Her father was lieutenant in Captain Thomas 
Perkin's company at the capture of Louisburg. 
He was born in 1733 and died in 1825, at the 
age of ninety-two years. Their children were : 
Samuel, William, Sarah, John, Stephen, Mary, 
Benjamin, Asa, Moses and Elizabeth. 

(VI) Captain William, second son of John 
(5) and Mary (Burbank) Fairfield, was born 
June 26, 1754, in Kcnnebunk, and died there 
March 16, 1827. He was a master mariner 
and made many voyages to sea. In 1777 he 
enlisted for three years in the revolutionary 
army and he served successively in Captain 
Daniel Merrill's company. Colonel Samuel 
Brewster's regiment, and in Captain Flitch- 
cock's regiment and Colonel Ebenezer Sprout's 
regiment. liis name appears on the pay ac- 
counts for service from February i, 1777, to 
the same date in 1780, and he was allowed 
for travel from his home to Bennington, Ver- 
mont, the place of rendezvous. He married 
(first) December 27, 1781, Sarah, daughter 
of James and Grace Delzell (Burnham) 
Bradbury. She died about 1789. He married 
(second) August 25, 1790, Mary, daughter of 
David and Elizabeth (Gray) King, of Bidde- 
ford (see King). She was born December 
14, 1773, and died April 9, 185 1. Children 
by the first marriage : James, William. Marv, 
Sarah; by second marriage: Oliver, Jackson, 
Asa. Cyrus, Myranda, Lucinda, Liza, John, 
Joseph, Charles, John and William. 

(VII) Lucinda, fourth daughter of Captain 
William I^'airfield and sixth child of his sec- 
ond wife, was born November 20, 1802, in 
Kennebunkport, and died December 31, 1887, 
in Kennebunk. She married (first) August 
II, 1823, Captain Isaac Emery, of Kennebunk- 
port, who died at sea in 1830. She married 
(second) in 1837 Clement Perkins, of Ken- 
nebunkport (see Perkins VIII). 

Mary King, second wife of Captain William 
Fairfield above mentioned, was a daughter of 
David King, a son of John King, who Came 
to America from England soon after the year 
1700 and settled in Boston. In 1714 he mar- 
ried Sarah Allen, whose only child died in in- 
fancy, and she herself died about the same 
time. He married (second) in 1718 ^lary, 
daughter of Benjamin Stowell, of Newton, 
Massachusetts. Their marriage intentions 
were recorded April 2, 1717, in Boston. The 
following children are of record : Richard, 
Mary, Sarah, Mehitable, David, Josiah and 
William. (2) David, second son of John and 
Mary (Stowell) King, was born August 21, 
1726, probably in Boston, and died in Buxton, 
Maine, March 11, 1807. In 1746 he was a 
witness to a deed conveying land in Water- 
town, Massachusetts. He removed to Saco, 
Maine, about 1760, and was a leading mer- 
chant of that town. In 1761 he purchased 
land on the Saco river and was among the 
first merchants or traders on the east side of 
that stream at Saco. Soon after 1762 he re- 
moved to the w est side of the river. He served 
in the revolutionary v^'ar in 1775 as sergeant 
in Captain Benjamin Flooper's company, 
raised for seacoast defense and stationed at 
Biddeford. Fie lived to be nearly eighty-one 
years of age and resided in his last days with 
his daughter, Mrs. John Hayes, in Buxton. 
Fie married, March 14, 1762, by Rev. Moses 
Morrill, Elizabeth, daughter of John Gray, of 
Biddeford. She was born in August, 1745, 
and died March 17, 1777. Their children 
were : John, David, \^' illiam, Josiah, Sarah 
Alden, Mary and William. "The youngest 
daughter became the second wife of Captain 
William Fairfield as above noted. 

Few families in the country 
CLASHING have been more celebrated 

than the Cushings, and proba- 
bly no other has furnished more judges for 
our probate, municipal and supreme court<;.. 
The derivation of the name is somewhat un- 
certain. The present form is used by all the 
American descendants of Matthew Gushing, 
who came to America in 1638, and was prob- 



ably the established orthography for several 
generations before this, as the English and 
Irish branches use the same spelling. Before 
the si.xteenth century the patronymic was, like 
most proper names, written in a variety of 
ways. In various deeds, wills and charters 
still extant in Norfolk, England, referring to 
the direct lineal ancestors of Matthew, we find 
Cushyng, Cushin, Cushyn, Cusshyn, Cussheyn, 
Cusseyn, Cussyn, Cusyn and Cosyn. Before 
the fourteenth century it was spelled Cusyn, 
Cosyn or Cosseyn. After that time the name 
was always spelled with a u, and generally 
with sh, as Cussheyn, Cusshyn. The final g 
does not appear till 1500, when we find 
Cushyng, though Cushyn and Cushin are still 
frequent spellings. There are two theories in 
connection with the origin of the name. The 
first is that the patronymic is derived from the 
Anglo-Saxon designation of Cousin (Cosseyn 
or Cusseyn). The second theory asserts that 
the name arose in connection with the land 
title of Cossey. Thus in the Domesday Book 
of \\'illiam the Conqueror, we find that "the 
ancient village and manor of Tokethorpe 
(later Flockthorpe) lying in the Forehoe hun- 
dred" was in several parts, "two of which 
belonged to Cossey." The same manor of 
Flockthorpe was possessed by the Cushings 
for several generations thereafter. 

The original arms of the Cushing family 
uere undoubtedly "gules, an eagle displayerl 
argent." This device was later complicated 
by quartering, on the occasion of marriage 
with an heiress, which probably took place not 
far from 1500. In the Heraldic Visitation of 
the County of Norfolk, England, which oc- 
curred in the year 1563, the Cushing arms are 
described : "Gules, an eagle displayed argent ; 
quartering, gules, three right hands torn from 
the wrists, a canton chequery or and azure." 
The form advocated by the late H. G. Somer- 
by, of England, as the result of several years' 
research in the records and deeds of Norfolk 
county, is substantially the same as this. The 
Somerby form has a crest : "Two lions' gambs 
erased sable supporting a ducal coronet or, 
from which hangs a human heart gules." The 
motto underneath the escutcheon reads "Vir- 
tute et Numine" (By valor and divine aid). 
It may be remarked that the arms just de- 
scribed are substantially the same as those 
found on the tombstone of Lieutenant-Govern- 
or Thomas Cushing in the Granary burying- 
ground, at Boston, which are dated 1788. 
These are also as given in the Gore Roll, and 
are especially worthy of note as being the 
earliest arms of which we have anv record 

as being borne by an American Cushing. The 
only important difTerence between the Gran- 
ary tombstone escutcheon and that authorized 
by H. G. Somerby consists in the fact that 
the American emblem has but two hands, in- 
stead of three. It is suggested that this might 
have been a mistake on the part of the stone- 
cutter, which would have been quite natural, 
as in the English arms the third hand is nearly 
covered by the canton. 

Few families in America can trace a longer 
pedigree than the Cushings, which includes 
six generations of authenticated English an- 
cestors ; and few families can produce more 
members who have won high places by their 
own merits. Prominent among Americans of 
the name have been Chief Justice William 
Cushing, who administered the oath of office 
to Washington at the beginning of his sec- 
ond term as president, March 4, 1793. He 
was the last chief justice in this country who 
wore the big wig of the English judges, and 
his full biography would fill many pages. 
Seven years older than Chief Justice Cushing, 
but, like him, associated with the founders of 
our government, was Lieutenant-Governor 
Thomas Cushing, of Massachusetts, himself 
also a judge, who was born in Boston, i\Iarch 
24. 1725. He was the friend and co-worker 
of Adams, Otis and Warren, and the intimate 
associate and counselor of Hancock and 
Franklin. A little later we have Judge Caleb 
Cushing, of Newburyport, n>inister to China, 
and from 1853 to 1857 attorney-general of the 
United States. Honorable Luther Stearns 
Cushing, born at Lunenburg, Massachusetts, 
June 22, 1803, became famous as the author 
of Cushing's Manual ; and Frank Hamilton 
Cushing, born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, 
July 22, 1S57, acquired renown from his 
archaeological researches among the Zuni In- 

(I) William Cushing (Cussyn or Cusseyn) 
was born some time during the fourteenth cen- 
tury, and was either the son or grandson of 
the Galfridus Cusyn of Hardingham, Norfolk 
county. England, who is mentioned in the Sub- 
sidy Rolls for Norfolk in 1327. He added to 
the estates in Flartlingham the estates in Hing- 
ham, which were inherited by his son Thomas. 

(II) Thomas, son of William Cushing, was 
born in Hardingham, Norfolk county, Eng- 
land, in the latter part of the reign of Richard 
II, 1377-1399. A deed dated 1466 contains 
not only his name, but also the name of his 
son William, who is also named in other deeds 
and charters dated 1474, 1480 and 1484. 
Thomas Cushing possessed large estates in 



Hardinghani, Hingham and other parts of his 
native county. 

(III) William (2), eldest son and heir of 
Thomas Gushing, was born at Hardingham, 
England, early in the fifteenth century, and 
lived at Hingham. He died about the time 
that Columbus discovered America, for his 
long and explicit will was dated September 26, 
1492, and proved in the Bishop's court of Nor- 
wich, ]\larch II, 1493. In ancient deeds re- 
lating to his estates in Hardingham, Hingham, 
East Dereham and other parts of the county 
of Norfolk, he is styled "Gentleman." Will- 
iam (2) Gushing's wife Emma was executrix 
of his will; and her own, dated June 16, 1507, 
was proved July 26, 1507. The archaic Eng- 
lish of Mr. Gushing's will is so quaint and in- 
teresting, and his connection with the Roman 
Gatholic church so intimate that a few sen- 
tences of this ancient document are worth 
quoting: "I William Gusshyn of Hengham in 
my hoel mend And good memory beying, 
make my testament and my last will Declare 
in this forme FoUying: First I comende my 
sowle to god Almighty, or lady seint Mary & 
to all the blessed copany of heven, and my 
body to be buryed in the chirchyard of Hen- 
ghm foresaid, To the wich high Auter ther 
for my tithes negligently wtholden, I bequeath 

Xs Itm I give and bequeth to the 

house of the Grey fryrs in Norwich, in the 
wich I am a brother, Xs to sing and say 
placebo and Dirigo for me wt a masse of Re- 
quiem Itm I woll have a secular p'st 

to syng and p'y for my sowle & my faders and 
modir by the space of two yere, yt is to say 
oon yere in chirch of Henghm and a nother 
yere in the chirch of Hardynghm. The resi- 
due of all my goods and catall and lands in 
this my p'sent testament and last will, not 
assigned nor bequethed, I gif and bequeth to 
the foreseid Emme my wif, whom I chose, 
make and ordeyne of this my p'sent testament 
and last will, myn executrixe." 

Eight children were born to William (2) 
and Emma Gushing: John, the elder, whose 
sketch follows ; Robert, of Hingham, whose 
will was proved July 10, 1547; Thomas, of 
Hardingham, whose will was proved January 
15, 1504; John, junior, whose will was proved 
August I, 1515; Elyne ; Annable; Margaret, 
married Thomas Growe; Agnes. 

(IV) John, eldest child of William (2) and 
Emma Gushing, was born at Hingham, Eng- 
land, but lived at Hardingham, where he pos- 
sessed estates. He also owned large proper- 
ties in Lombard street, London, and was 
called "Gentleman" in a survey of the manor 

of Flockthorp in Hardingham, dated 1512. 
John Gushing's will was proved March 5, 1523, 
and in it he mentions his wife and six chil- 
dren. His own name occurs in the Subsidy 
Rolls of Henry VIII for the year 1523. Eight 
children were born to John Gushing : John, of 
Hingham, Lord of the Manor of Flockthorpe 
in Hingham, Markham's in Tothington, and 
Stalworth in Wymondham ; Thomas (2), men- 
tioned in the next paragraph ; William, of 
Hardingham, to whom his father gave a house 
called Gilberts; Margaret; Isabel; Margery; 
Elyne; Agnes. 

(V) Thomas (2), second son of John Gush- 
ing, inherited the homestead of his father at 
Hardingham, England, and all the lands per- 
taining thereto, and died in that place in April, 
1558. He had six children : John, of Knapton 
in Norfolk, whose will was proved November 
26, 1586; Ursula; Nicholas; Edward; Stephen; 
Peter, whose sketch follows. 

(VI) Peter, youngest child of Thomas (2) 
Gushing, was born at Hardingham, England, 
but moved to Hingham about 1600, and was 
buried in the latter place April 26, 1641. He 
was probably one of the first of the Gushings 
to embrace the Protestant faith, for the wills 
of his father and eldest brother are in the 
Gatholic form. Peter Gushing married Susan 
Hawes at Hardingham, June 2, 1583, and they 
had seven children : Theophilus, baptized No- 
vember 4, 1584; Bridget, baptized February 
19, 1586, married George More; Matthew, 
whose sketch follows ; William, baptized April 
I, 1593, married Margery ■ ; Barbara, bap- 
tized June 16, 1596, died in January, 1632; 
Peter, of London, married Godly, widow of 

Simon Payne ; Katherine, married Long, 

of Garlton Road, near Wymondham. in Suf- 
folk; Thomas, of London, baptized May 15, 

With this generation ends the English rec- 
ord of the Gushings. Two of Peter's sons. 
Theophilus and Matthew, set out for the new 
world ; and it is the American branch of the 
family, founded by Alatthew, with which we 
shall hereafter concern ourselves. Theophilus 
Gushing, the eldest son, came to New Eng- 
land in 1633 in the ship "Griffin." along with 
the eminent Puritan divines. Gotten and 
Hooker. He appears never to have married, 
and when his younger brother Matthew came 
over, Theophilus settled with him at Hing- 
ham, Massachusetts. Theophilus was blind 
for twenty-five years before his death, which 
occurred IMarch 24, 1679. 

(VII) Matthew, second son of Peter and 
Susan (Hawes) Gushing, was baptized at 



Hardingham, England, March 2, 1589, and 
died at Hingham, Massachusetts, September 
30, 1660. For the first fifty years of his hfe 
he Hved at Hardingham and Hingham, Nor- 
folk county, England; but in 1638, with his 
wife and five children, and his wife's sister, 
Widow Francis Riecroft, who died a few 
weeks after their arrival, Matthew Gushing 
embarked on the ship "Diligent," a vessel of 
three hundred and fifty tons, under the com- 
mand of John Martin. This ship sailed from 
Gravesend, April 26, 1638, with one hundred 
and thirty-three passengers, among whom was 
Robert Peck, M. A., rector of the parish of 
Hingham, England. The immediate cause of 
their departure seems to have been trouble in 
ecclesiastical matters. Their rector, doubtless 
with the sympathy and aid of most of those 
constituting the emigrating party, had pulled 
down the rails of chancel and altar, and leveled 
the latter a foot below the church, as it re- 
mains to this day. Being prosecuted by 
Bishop Wren, Reverend Robert Peck left the 
kingdom, together with his friends, who sold 
their estates at half their real value. The 
party, having landed at Boston, August 10, 
1638, immediately proceeded to their destina- 
tion, Hingham, Massachusetts, so named after 
the former home of the Gushing family in 
Hingham, England. At a town meeting held 
in 1638 a house lot of five acres on Bachelor 
(Main) street, was given to Matthew Gush- 
ing, and it continued in the possession of the 
family till 1887, practically a quarter millen- 
nial. Matthew Gushing was early engaged in 
the afifairs of the town, and became a deacon 
in the church. He had many eminent de- 
scendants, for it is now a well-established 
fact that, with the exception of some recent 
immigrants, all the Gushings of the United 
States and Ganada are his direct lineal de- 
scendants. On August 5, 1613, Matthew 
Gushing married Nazareth Pitcher, daughter 
of Henry Pitcher, of the famous family of 
.Admiral Pitcher, of England. She was bap- 
tized October 30, 1686, and died at Hingham, 
Massachusetts, January 6, 1682. They had 
five children, all born in Hingham, England : 
Daniel, April 20, 1619; Jeremiah, July 21, 
1621 ; Matthew, April 5, 1623 ; Deborah, Feb- 
ruary 17, 1625, married Matthias Briggs and 
lived at Hingham; John (2), whose sketch 

(Vni) John (2), youngest of the children 
of Matthew and Nazareth (Pitcher) Gushing, 
was bom at Hingham, England, in 1627, and 
died at Scituate, Massachusetts, March 31, 
1708. At the age of eleven he migrated to 

America with his people, and he appeared to 
have remained at Hingham, Massachusetts, till 
after his father's death in 1660. In 1657 John 
(2) Gushing, together with Matthias Briggs, 
purchased for one hundred and twenty pounds 
the Varsall estate at "Belle House Neck," 
Scituate, which consisted of one hundred and 
twenty acres with house and barns ; but Gush- 
ing did not move there till about 1662. The 
place derived its name from the fact that 
for a century, at least, a bell hung at the house 
there to give an alarm to the neighboring 
country in case of the approach of the In- 
dians. In 1663 John (2) Gushing was sur- 
veyor of highways; in 1667, receiver of ex- 
cises; in 1674 was deputy to the colony and 
was often re-elected; in 1673 he was on the 
committee for dividing the Scituate lands ; and 
in 1676 he was chosen to report to the govern- 
ment a statement of all services of the soldiers 
of Scituate in the war with King Philip. Mr. 
Gushing was selectman from 1674 to 1686, 
inclusive, and county magistrate (Plymouth 
county) from 1685 to 1692. He was assistant 
of the Old Golony government of Plymouth 
colony from 1689 to 1691, and representative 
to the general court at Boston in 1692 and for 
several succeeding years, member of the coun- 
cil in 1796 and 1707, and was colonel of the 
Plymouth regiment. On January 20, 1658, at 
Hingham, Massachusetts, John (2) Gushing 
married Sarah Hawke, daughter of Matthew 
and Margaret Hawke, who was baptized at 
Hingham, August i, 1641, and died at Scitu- 
ate, March 9, 1679. Her father was the third 
town clerk of Hingham. To John (2) and 
Sarah (Hawke) Gushing were given twelve 
children : John, born April 28, 1662 ; Thom- 
as, December 26, 1663; Matthew, February, 
1665; Jeremiah, July 13, 1666; James, Jan- 
uary 27, 1668; Joshua, August 27, 1670; 
Sarah, August 26, 1671 ; Galeb, whose sketch 
follows; Deborah, 1675; Mary, August 30, 
1676; Joseph, September 23, 1677; Benjamin, 
February 4, 1679. 

(IX) Rev. Caleb, seventh son of John (2) 
and Sarah (Hawke) Gushing, was born at 
Scituate, Massachusetts, in January, 1673, and 
was baptized on May 1 1 of that year. He died 
January 25, 1752, after a pastorate of fifty- 
six years at Salisbury, Massachusetts. He was 
graduated from Harvard Gollege in 1692, and 
went to Salisbury in March, 1696, and was 
ordained minister of the first parish, Novem- 
ber 9, 1698. He was one of the numerous 
signers of documents in 1745, unfavorable to 
the itinerary of Whitefield, and endorsing the 
proceedings of Harvard Gollege in 1744 rel- 



ative to VVhitefield's career. The preacher of 
Mr. Cushing's funeral sermon said of him: 
"We know not the man in the County of Es- 
sex who has moulded a broader and deeper 
influence on the minds of the people than this 
venerable divine." The Boston Ei'ciiing Post 
stated : "He was of excellent natural parts, 
judgment and memory vvhich so rarely meet, 
yet met in him in so eminent degree that it 
was not easy to say in vvhich he excelled, and 
at the same time, he had the easiest and hap- 
piest temper, and most benign soul. He was a 
learned, solid divine, and of exemplary con- 
versation, condescending, prudent, benevolent 
and a wise counsellor, remarkable for hospi- 
tality." The painting of him still preserved 
shows a man of large build, with a long yet 
rather full face, a prominent aquiline nose, 
keen dark eyes, and rather a humorous mouth. 
There is a certain family resemblance, par- 
ticularly about the eyes and nose, to Chief 
Justice William Cushing and to Lieutenant- 
Governor Thomas Cushing. Reverend Caleb 
Cushing is represented in wig and bands, ac- 
cording to the custom of the times. On March 
14, 1698, Rev. Caleb Cushing married Mrs. 
Elizabeth (Cotton) Ailing, daughter of the 
Rev. John Cotton, and widow of Rev. James 
Ailing, Mr. Cushing's predecessor at Salis- 
bury. There were four children, all of whom 
filled creditable positions in life. i. Caleb 
Cushing, the eldest son, born October 10, 1703, 
became chief justice of the court of common 
pleas, was a deacon in the church at Salis- 
bury, was colonel of the Essex Regiment, and 
for twenty-seven years a representative to the 
general court. 2. Rev. James, follows in the 
next paragraph. 3. Rev. John, born April 10, 
1709, was graduated from tiarvard College in 
1729, and became the first minister of the sec- 
ond church at Boxford, Massachusetts. 4. 
Elisabeth, married Rev. Joshua Moody, of the 
Isles of Shoals. 

(X) Rev. James, second son of Rev. Caleb 
and Elizabeth (Cotton) (Ailing) Cushing, was 
born at Salisbury, iMassachusetts, November 
25, 1705, died May 13, 1764. He was grad- 
uated from Harvard College in 1725, was or- 
dained December 2, 1730, and settled as the 
first minister at Haverhill, Massachusetts, and 
Plaistow, New Hampshire. In the Collec- 
tions of the Massachusetts Historical Society 
we find : "Reverend James Cushing was a 
solid and fervent preacher, in conduct upright, 
prudent and steady, and recommended the 
amiable religion of his Master, by meekness 
and patience, condescension and candor, a 
tender sympathy with his flock, and a studious 

endeavor to maintain and promote the things 
of peace." On October 16, 1730, Rev. James 
Cushing married Anna Wainwright, daughter 
of John Wainwright, and great-granddaughter 
of Simon Wainwright, who was killed by the 
Indians at his own door. She died Februarv 
12, 1810, having reached the great age of 
ninety-nine years. There were seven children, 
one of whom became a minister, and two of 
whom married ministers, i. Caleb (2), men- 
tioned in the succeeding paragraph. 2. Rev. 
James, born May 8, 1739, died at Pondicherry, 
in the East Indies, June 2, 1764. 3. Eliza- 
beth, born November 6, 1741, married (first) 
Rev. Jacob Emery, of Pembroke, New Hamp- 
shire, and (second) Captain Alexander Todd, 
of Goffstown, New Flampshire. 4. Moses, 
born July 14, 1745, served as a private in the 
revolutionary w-ar. 5. Lucy, born August 12, 
1747, married Rev. Giles JMerrills, who suc- 
ceeded her father as minister at Haverhill and 
Plaistow, preaching there till his death in 
1801. 6. Dr. John, born December 11, 1749, 
was twice married, and died at Goffstown, 
New Hampshire, in 1833. 7. Thomas, born 
June 28, 1754, died at the age of ten years. 

(XI) Caleb (2), eldest child of Rev. James 
and Anna (Wainwright) Cushing, was born 
May 28, 1737, at Haverhill, Massachusetts, 
and died there October 6, 1806. He fought 
at Lexington, and served all through the revo- 
lutionary war, first as quartermaster, and later 
as brigade quartermaster. On August 13, 
1761, Caleb (2) Cushing married Sarah Saw- 
yer, born November 16, 1742, who died at 
Salisbury, January 10, 1832, in her ninetieth 
year. There were eight children: Ann. born 
January 19. T763, married Timothy Dunstan ; 
James, March 9, 1765; Caleb, September 4, 
1767; Theodore, March 9, 1770; Sarah, De- 
cember 26, 1771, married Ananiah Bohonan ; 
Elizabeth, November 13, 1775, married Ben- 
jamin Stark, of Derryfield, New Hampshire, a 
son of General John Stark of the revolution ; 
Abigail, October 3, 1778; and John Wain- 
wright, whose sketch follows. 

(XII) John Wainwright, youngest of the 
eight children of Caleb (2) and Sarah (Saw- 
yer) Cushing, was born at Haverhill, Massa- 
chusetts, Julv 23, 1782, and died at Burling- 
ton, Vermont, in August, 1836. He spent his 
life at Haverhill, and married, September 29, 
1807, Sarah Swett, of Salisbury. They had 
three children : James William ; Joseph '\\'ain- 
wright, whose sketch follows ; and ]\Iary. 
There were also two W'ho died in infancy. 

(XIII) Joseph Wainwright, second son of 
John Wainwright and Sarah (Swett) Cush- 





ing, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, 
about 1812, and died at Brownsville, i\laine. 
He lived at Milo and Sebec, Maine, and built 
and operated woolen-mills in both places. The 
first woolen-mill ever erected in Piscataquis 
was built by Mr. Gushing. On November 26, 
i8..|0, he married Anna Morrill, daughter of 

John and Morrill, of Sebec. There 

were seven children : Wainv.-right, whose 
sketch follows; Sarah Martha, born May 28, 
1843; Caleb, January 17, 1845, was killed in 
the battle of the Wilderness; Celia Ann, March 
17, 1847, married Edwin C. Prentiss, of Bos- 
ton; Maria Josephine, June 17, 1850, died 
February i, 1851 ; Clara Elizabeth, November 
ig, 1854 (Mrs. Frank Ellis) ; William Edwin, 
July 3, 1856, married Ida L. Perry, and lives 
at Somerville, Massachusetts. 

(XI\') Wainwright, eldest child of Joseph 
Wainwright and Anna (Morrill) Cushing, 
was born August 12, 1841, at Sebec, Maine. 
He was educated in the town schools and at 
Foxcroft Academy, and worked in his father's 
woolen mills at Sebec. In 1861 Mr. Cushing 
enlisted in the Sixth Maine Regiment, Com- 
pany A, and later re-enlisted in the First 
Maine \'eterans, a company made up of the 
Fifth, Sixth and Seventh regiments. Mr. 
Cushing served under Burnside and Hooker at 
Williamsburg, in front of Richmond, at the 
Second Battle of Bull Run, at Antietam and 
F"redericksburg, and campaig'ned in the Shen- 
andoah \'alley under Sheridan. He enlisted 
as a private, was twice wounded, and was dis- 
charged July 5, 1865, as a lieutenant. After 
the war was over, Mr. Cushing returned to 
Sebec, and went to work in the mill as dyer. 
In 1869 he moved to Dover, Maine, and went 
to work for the Brown Woolen Company, 
where he had charge of the dye-house for 
thirteen years. \\'hile engaged in this work 
he conceived the idea of developing a business 
absolutely new to the world by perfecting a 
set of household dyes that would replace the 
family dye-pot, in which there had been no 
practical improvement for hundreds of years. 
Mr. Cushing experimented for a whole decade 
in his little shop near the mill where he was 
employed during business hours, and in 1880 
he started an establishment on his own ac- 
count. He had now to educate the world to 
the value of his goods and his methods. As 
his ready means were small, his progress was 
naturally slow, but he was materially aided 
by his modest salary as register of probate 
for Piscataquis county, which office he held for 
six terms. Persevering in the introduction of 
his goods, which, under the name of Cushing 

Perfection Dyes, soon became locally known 
and largely used, in 1886 Mr. Cushing began 
to advertise in a small way by means of cir- 
culars and samples. In six years there were 
placed upon the books the names of over 
twenty-five hundred regular customers, many 
of them dealers, agents and Indian-traders, lo- 
cated not only in every section of the United 
States, but in other countries, civilized and 
uncivilized, from Dakota to India. Mr. Cush- 
ing's original shop or laboratory has grown 
into a large factory with commodious offices, 
and his mail and express business lias attained 
extensive proportions, and is constantly in- 
creasing. It was in 1892 that he buift his 
present large plant, containing some sixteen 
thousand square feet. The business is now 
run under the name of Cushing's Perfection 
Dyes, and the product is sold all over the 
world. The firm is composed of Mr. Cushing 
and his son, Caleb H. 

Mr. Wainwright Cushing has a beautiful 
home on the banks of the Piscataquis river, in 
Foxcroft, of which town he is a valuable and 
public-spirited citizen. He is a Republican in 
politics, and served on the executive council 
of Governor H. B. Cleaves during 1895-96. 
He is a Mason of the thirty-second degree, and 
has served as worshipful' master of Mosaic 
Lodge, and high priest of Piscataquis Chap- 
ter, Royal Arch j\Iasons, and belongs to Ban- 
gor Council and to all the Scottish Rite or- 
ders. He is past chancellor of Onawa Lodge, 
Knights of Pythias, past master workman of 
Protection Lodge, Ancient Order of United 
Workmen, and past master of Piscataquis 
Lodge, New England Order of Protection. In 
the Grand Army of the Republic he has been 
commander of C. S. Prouty I^ost, No. 21,, 
of Foxcroft, and in 1893 was department 
commander of the Department of Maine. He 
also belongs to the military order of the Loyal 
Legion of the United States, and to the Union 
Veterans' Union, and has been department 
commander of the Department of Maine of 
the latter organization. He is active in the 
Christian Science faith. 

On October 20, 1866, Wainwright Cushing 
married Flora A. Mclntyre, of Sebec. Maine. 
She was born at Rockport, Maine, December 
13, 1849. daughter of Captain LViah and 
Susan (Boardman) Mclntyre, the former a 
retired sea captain. Two children have been 
born to the Cushings : Caleb H., October 20, 
1868. at Sebec; and Annie F., April, 1872, at 
Foxcroft. Caleb H. Cushing was educated 
in the schools of Foxcroft and at Foxcroft 
Academy, and is now engaged in business 



with his father. He has served three terms 
as county treasurer, and is trustee of the Pis- 
cataquis County Savings Bank. He married 
Mary F. Fogler, daughter of J. F. Fogler, of 
Rockland. Annie F. Gushing was educated in 
the schools of Foxcroft and at Foxcroft 
Academy, and was graduated from Lasell 
Seminary, Auburndale, Massachusets, in i8g6. 
On April 30, 1902, she was married to Cap- 
tain Walter J. Mayo, son of John G. Mayo, 
of Foxcroft. 

There were many pioneers 
STEVENS bearing this name identified 
with the earliest settlement of 
Massachusetts, and their descendants have 
been numerous and widely scattered, and have 
born no inconsiderable part in the develop- 
ment of this nation. John Stevens, of New- 
bury and Andover, Massachusetts, was born 
about 1606, and settled in Andover about 1645 ; 
he had six sons. William Stevens, of New- 
bury, Massachusetts, left three sons; Ser- 
geant John Stevens, of Amesbury, Massachu- 
setts, was born about 161 1, and resided early 
in Salisbury; he left three sons. Deacon 
Thomas Stevens, of Amesbury, Massachusetts, 
was a sawyer and husbandman, and a promi- 
nent citizen of the town. He left three sons. 
Another John Stevens, of Amesbury, left two 
sons. It is probable that the line herein traced 
is descended from John Stevens, of Andover. 

(I) John and Elizabeth Stevens lived in 
Chelmsford, Massachusetts, in 1679. 

(II) Joseph, son of John and Elizabeth 
Stevens, was born March 24, 1679, in Chelms- 
ford, and was a resident of Woburn, Massa- 
chusetts, whence he removed to Billerica, same 
state, in 1710. He was probably born about 
1675. In 1723 he removed to Groton, Massa- 
chusetts, and seven years later to Townsend, 
same colony, where he died in 1738. He was 
an able and active citizen ; selectman of Bil- 
lerica, and at the incorporation of Townsend, 
in 1732, was delegated by the general court to 
call the first town meeting. He was modera- 
tor and selectman almost continually until his 
death, and was deacon of the church. He was 
married in Woburn, September 24, 1701, to 
Elizabeth Tidd, who was born September 19, 
1679, '" that town, daughter of John and 
Elizabeth (Fifield) Tidd, and granddaughter 
of John and Rebecca (Wood) Tidd. She died 
in Billerica, February 6, 1714, and he subse- 
quently married Elizabeth Sherman. The 
first wife was the mother of four of his chil- 
dren and the second of eight. They were : 
Joseph (died young), James, Elizabeth, Jona- 

than, Joseph (died young), Esther, Joseph, 
Ephraim, William, Jonas and Lucy. 

(Ill) Jonas, eighth son of Joseph Stevens 
and seventh child of his second wife, Eliza- 
beth (Sherman) Stevens, was born April 26, 
1727, in Groton, Massachusetts, and grew up 
in Townsend, whence he removed to Falmouth, 
Maine, and thence to the town of Gray, not 
far from Falmouth. He cleared up a farm 
in the wilderness and there made his home 
until his death. He was a soldier of the revo- 
lution, going from Gray as a private in Cap- 
tain Moses Merrill's company of Colonel 
Thomas Phinney's (third) regiment, enlisting 
April 15, 1775, and was allowed subsistance 
for seven weeks and two days. He received 
an order for a bounty coat at Cambridge 
Fort No. 2, October 26, 1775, and was among 
those recruited by New Gloucester for the 
Continental army, enlisting for three years, 
or during the war, under Captain Paul Ellis, 
in Colonel Timothy Bigelow's regiment, be- 
ing then a resident of Gray. His name ap- 
pears in the pay accounts from March 23, 
1777, to the same date, 1780. No record of 
his marriage appears, but his children are 
accounted for as follows: i. Jonas, bom 
1747, married Mary Crandall and had chil- 
dren: Benjamin, William, Jane, Elizabeth, 
Amos, Ruth, Sarah, Joseph, Jonathan. 2. 
Joel, born 1751, died May 18, 1850; married 
for third wife Olive Hobbs, and had children : 
Joel, William, Eleanor, Polly, Charlotte, Olive, 
Jeremiah, Job Eastman, Dresser, Miriam, 
Moses, Sally, William, Irene, Ezra. 3. Joseph, 
see forward. 4. Nathaniel, born in Townsend, 
Massachusetts, February, 1761, died June 30, 
1816. Married Rebecca Cobb, born in Cape 
Elizabeth, and had children : Abigail, Charles, 
Susanna, Susan, Rebecca, Rhoda, Nathaniel, 
Orpha, William and George. 5. Ruth, born 
1762, married James Doughty, of Gray. 6. 
Susanna, married Samuel Winslow. 

(I\') Captain Joseph (2), third son and 
child of Jonas Stevens, came to Norway, 
Maine, from Massachusetts, in 1787, and built 
the first frame house in the town. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Hobbs, and they had children : 
I. Daniel, see forward. 2. Jonas, born 1782, 
married Mary Hobbs. 3. Amy, 1784, died 
unmarried. 4. Apphia, 1786, married Benja- 
min Eastman, of Conway, New Hampshire. 
5. Joseph, born in Norway, May 31. .1788, 
married Ruth Bradbury. 6. Elmira, 1794, 
married Dr. John Eastman, of Conway. 7. 
Simon, August 10, 1798, married Rebecca 
Atherton, of Waterford. 

(V) Daniel, eldest child of Joseph (2) and 



Elizabeth (HobbsJ Stevens, was born in 
Greenwood, Maine, in 1780. He followed 
the occupation of farming throughout his life. 
He married Miriam Fowler and had chililren : 
I. Edmund, born November 18, 1804, died in 
Missouri. 2. Ruth, December 21. 1807, went 
west and is unmarried. 3. Daniel, May 31, 
1809, resided in Manchester, New Hampshire. 
4. Ansel, see forward. 5. Amy S., January 28, 
1812, died young. 6. Mary Jane, married 
John G. Robinson. 7. William, who also went 

(VT) Ansel, third son and fourth child of 
Daniel and Miriam (Fowler) Stevens, was 
born in Greenwood, Oxford county, Maine, 
July 16, 181 1, and died in 1857. Like his 
forefathers, he was a farmer. He moved 
from Maine to Manchaug, town of Sutton, 
Massachusetts, from thence to Michigan, and 
still later to Illinois, where he died. He was 
a corporal at the time of the Aroostook war, 
and went as far as Augusta at that time. He 
married Sarah Kniglit. of Greenwood, who 
died at the age of forty-eight years. Their 
children were : Ferdinand Ivsley, Lewis Ansel, 
Amy Ann, Sarah Octavia, Daniel Atwood, see 
forward : Charles Peter, Ruth Ellen. 

(\TI) Daniel Atwood, third son and sixth 
child of Ansel and Sarah (Knight) Stevens, 
was born in Greenwood, July 26, 1845. He 
was educated in the public schools of Sut- 
ton, to which town his parents had removed 
when he was seven years old. His attendance 
at school was confined to the winter months, 
as his assistance was required on the farm 
during the summer. At the age of seventeen 
years he commenced an apprenticeship to the 
machinist's trade at Whitinsville, Massachu- 
setts, but in July, 1863, when the civil war 
was at its height, he responded to the call for 
volunteers and enlisted in the Second Massa- 
chusetts Heavy Artillery. His term of serv- 
ice extended to September 3, 1865, when he 
was honorably discharged. Returning to 
Whitinsville, he finished his apprenticeship and 
subsequently worked at his trade until 1878, 
when he engaged as clerk for W. M. Walker,^ 
in York Village. Finding himself better 
adapted to mercantile duties than to mechani- 
cal labors, he established a store of his own 
in 1 881 in the town of York, and has since 
conducted a successful business. He is a 
Republican in politics and was postmaster 
under Harrison's administration. He was ap- 
pointed postmaster at York Village in 1905, 
but resigned. He has been actively engaged 
in many useful enterprises, and is always 
ready to assist in promoting any project for 

the good of the community. Believing thor- 
oughly in the elevating power of religion, he 
is "an active member of the Congregational 
church, is a deacon, and has been parish clerk 
for many years. He is a member of St. Aspin- 
quid Lodge, No. 198, Ancient Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons ; Knights of Pythias ; and Or- 
der of the Golden Cross. He married, May 
5, 1871, Clara E., daughter of Richard H. and 
Clarissa (Wilson) Walker, and they have one 
child, Alice Emma, born March, 1873. She 
attended the town schools of York and a 
private school in New Hampshire. She mar- 
ried, 1905, Walter C. Badger, of_ New York, 
an electrician. They are now living in York, 

The name Stevens occurs in 
STEVENS the records of Maine at an 

early date, and as early as 
1720 John Stevens, from whom the Stevenses 
of this article may be descended, was in Ken- 
nebunkport. Thirty-five pages of the record, 
"Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the 
Revolution," are given to accounts of the 

(I) Moses Stevens, the earliest known an- 
cestor, married, November 16, 1703, Elizabeth 
Butland, of Wells. 

(II) Benjamin, son of Moses and Elizabeth 
(Butland) Stevens, married, December 3, 
1735, Mary Hatch. He moved to Kennebunk 
in 1751. 

(III) Joel, son of Benjamin and Mary 
( Hatch) Stevens, was born in Kennebunk, 
1744, died April 2, 1840. He was a farmer 
in Kennebunk; a revolutionary soldier and 
pensioner. He married, March 10, 1774, Mary 

(IV) Calvin, son of Joel and Mary (Web- 
ber) Stevens, was born in Kennebunk. March 
14, 1793, died March 31, 1877. He was a 
cabinetmaker and farmer in Standish. He 
married (first) Lydia P. Moulton, who died 
June 2, 1852, and they were the parents of 
Lorenzo, Leander and George. He married 
(second) Mrs. Lucy Paine, a widow. 

(V) Leander, second son of Calvin and Ly- 
dia P. (Moulton) Stevens, was born in Stand- 
ish, March 8, 1822, died in Portland, Novem- 
ber 27, 1903. He was engaged in the grocery 
business in Boston and in the hardware busi- 
ness in New York ; then was a clerk in a Bos- 
ton hotel ; in 1857 removed to Portland, 
Maine, where he was in the employ of a gro- 
cery firm three years. For a time he was a 
messenger on the road between Portland and 
Montreal. He was clerk at the Preble House, 



Portland, for some years, until the opening of 
the Falmouth in that city; was then clerk at 
:the Falmoutli from 1868 to 1876, and pro- 
prietor 1876-79, and was for ten years clerk 
at the American House, Boston. After a 
.term as clerk at the Poland Spring Hotel he 
retired and spent the remainder of his life in 
Portland. In politics he was an independent 
voter. He served one year in the Portland 
city council. He married Maria Jane Han- 
.cock Wingate, born in Gorham, November 7, 
1825. She was the third child of John and 
Salome (Small) Wingate, of Gorham, and 
descended from the first John Wingate who 
■settled near Dover, New Hampshire, about 
1658. (See Wingate VI.) Their children 
were: i. Leander L., born November 20, 
[849, married, December 16, 1874, Mrs. Lucy 
Blanchard, and they have had two children : 
Leander Elwood and Alice G., died young. 
2. John Calvin, mentioned below. 3. Lydia 
Maria, born August 10, 1859, married Stephen 
E. Winslow, and died April 27, igoo. 4. 
Henry Wingate, born January 8, 1869, mar- 
ried Frances Seely, and has three children : 
"Wingate Irving, Theodore Moulton and 
Frances Louise. 

(\T) John Calvin, second son of Leander 
and Maria J. H. (Wingate) Stevens, was 
born in Boston, October 8, 1855, and was 
taken by his parents when two years old to 
Portland, where he has since spent his life, 
except a year and a half in Boston. He re- 
ceived his early education in the Portland 
schools, and graduated from the Portland high 
school in June, 1873. In the fall of the same 
year he entered the office of Francis H. Fas- 
sett, architect, in Portland, remaining in this 
connection until 1880, when he was admitted 
to partnership with his employer, the firm 
taking the name of Fassett & Stevens. A 
branch office was opened in Boston, of which 
Mr. Stevens took charge and there remained 
eighteen months. While there he won, in com- 
petition with other architects, the award for a 
design of the Hotel Pemberton, afterward 
built at Windmill Point, Hull, in Boston har- 
bor. Returning to Portland in the latter part 
of 1881, he continued with j\Ir. Fassett until 
the spring of 1884, when he opened an inde- 
pendent office in the First National Bank 
building, where he remained until his removal 
to his present office in the Oxford building. 
In 1888 he took in a partner, A. W. Cobb, of 
Boston, but this relation was soon dissolved, 
and he continued alone until 1906, when his 
son, John Howard Stevens, was admitted as 
an associate in the business. The firm of 

Stevens & Cobb published a book, "Examples 
of American Domestic Architecture," which 
has received much commendation from the 
members of the architectural profession and 
the general public. Among prominent build- 
ings designed by Mr. Stevens, which are men- 
tioned here as conveving some estimate of the 
character and extent of his work, are : The 
exterior of the Brown block on Congress 
street, designed while in partnership with F. 
H. Fassett; the remodeling of the Union Mu- 
tual Life Insurance building for the U^nion Safe 
Deposit and Trust Company ; the Oxford build- 
ing on Middle street ; the Eye and Ear In- 
firmary, New Surgery building, at the Maine 
General Hospital ; the rebuilding of State 
Street Church; Maine Medical School build- 
ing; Portland Athletic Club building; North- 
eastern Telephone building ; many of the finest 
residences in Portland and a large number 
of the best summer residences about Portland, 
such as those of James Hopkins Smith and 
Henry St. John Smith. A great deal of his 
work has been out of town, scattered through 
the state, including the fine residence of Judge 
Powers in Houlton ; the residence of Governor 
John F. Llill in Augusta ; nearly all the re- 
cent buildings at the Soldiers' Home at To- 
gus ; the fine residence of F. E. Boston in 
Gardiner ; the Academy building in Houlton ; 
the Academy and Dormitory at Hebron ; the 
Maine State Sanatorium for Pulmonary Dis- 
eases. Hebron ; many of the smaller Baptist 
churches throughout the state ; the dining-room 
wing of the Poland Spring Hotel ; the hotel 
at Belgrade ; the Checkley House at Prout"s 
Neck ; many summer residences at Front's 
Neck and Kennebunkport ; the Eastern Maine 
Insane Hospital at Bangor ; residences at Bar 
Harbor and Hancock Point ; numerous pieces 
of work outside the state, including houses in 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and New Castle, In- 
diana; a Baptist church in Colorado; several 
fine residences in Boston ; Library building at 
Rumford Falls ; Library building at Houlton ; 
remodelling and fire-proofing of the south 
wing of the State House at Augusta. The 
firm is now building the Municipal building 
at Skowhegan, and are carrying on extensive 
remodelling at the Soldiers' Home at Hamp- 
ton, Mrginia, involving the expenditure of 
more than five hundred thousand dollars, and 
has been selected associate architects with 
Carrere & Hastings, of New York, for the 
new City Hall at Portland. In the summer of 
1892 Mr. Stevens, with F. A. Elwcll. of the 
Portland Transcript, organized an architectu- 
ral sketching tour on bicycles through north- 



ern and central France, which was very suc- 
cessful. The party included twenty-three 
members, and traveled over a thousand miles 
awheel, visiting many picturesque towns lying 
off the route of the ordinary tourist. 

Mr. Stevens is a fellow of the American In- 
stitute of Architects, and has served upon its 
board of directors ; is a member of the Boston 
Society of Architects; a member of the Ar- 
chitectural League of New York ; member of 
the Portland Art Society, of which he was 
president in 1893, and has served upon its 
executive committee since its organization ; 
member of the Rlaine Charitable Mechanics' 
Association, serving as president in 1890-91 ; 
member of the Portland Athletic Club, of 
which he was third vice-president in 1894-95 
and president in igoo; was a member of the 
Portland Wheel Club, was president of the or- 
ganization in iS88-8g, and was at that time 
chief consul of the Maine division of the 
League of American Wheelmen. Fie is also a 
member of the board of trustees of the Maine 
Eye and Ear Infirmary, and an honorary mem- 
ber of the Portland Yacht Club. He is a 
prominent Mason, being a member of An- 
cient Landmark Lodge, Mount Vernon 
Royal Arch Chapter, Portland Council of 
Royal and Select Masters, Portland Com- 
mandery of Knights Templar, and Maine Con- 
sistory of the Sublime Princes of the Royal 
Secret. He is also a member of Maine Lodge 
of Odd Fellows. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican, and in i8go was a member of Portland 
city council from ward seven. 

John Calvin Stevens married, in Portland, 
December 25, 1877, Martha Louise Waldron, 
born in Buckfield, Maine, daughter of Howard 
D. and Caroline (Baker) Waldron. Chil- 
dren: John Howard, married, September i, 
1903, Agnes McFadden, of Portland, Maine; 
Caroline Maria, Margaret Louise, Dorothy 

"The English family of Win- 
WINGATE gate is of great antiquity. It 

had existed for several gen- 
erations previous to the settlement of the fam- 
ily at Sharpenhoe, in the parish of Streatty, 
in County Bedford. The manor of the family, 
in the parish of Ellesborough, in Bucking- 
hamshire, in early days called Wyngate's, is 
now known by the name of Grove." Win- 
gate was used as a surname in South England 
and Scotland prior to 1200, but a writer states 
that the first known of the family was a cer- 
tain "Hemyng de Wingate," that is, Hemyng 
of Wyngate, who was lord of that manor 

about the reign of King Henry II, 1 154-1 189. 
From him are descended eleven generations of 
Wingates, but no connection between the Eng- 
lish and the American Wingates can be traced. 
That the Wingates of America were like their 
British relations, worthy people, is known from 
the fact that the name Wingate occurs with 
frequency and dignity in the history of the 
early colonial enterprises in America. The 
latitude in the spelling of the name was as 
great in this case as in the average of instances 
in colonial times. 

(I) John \\'ingate, immigrant, was born in 
England and came to New Hampshire with- 
out a family. All the members of the Win- 
gate family now in this country can be traced 
back to this one immigrant. John Wingate 
was a planter at Hilton's Point, now Dover, 
as early as 1658. Few facts are known of 
him, but enough to indicate a good standing 
among his fellow men for probity, energy 
and success in life. He was "received inhabe- 
tant of Dover 18, 4 mO. 1660," but this must 
refer to citizenship and not to settlement, as 
he had received land of the town 11, 11, 1659, 
when twenty acres were given him "at the 
head of Thomas Laytons twenty acker lott on 
the west side of the back River that joyneth to 
Elder Nutter's 20 acker lott." It seems that 
on John Wingate's first coming to Dover he 
was in the service of Thomas Layton ; so it 
would appear from a record in Dover's oldest 
town book, that states that there was con- 
veyed to him by the selectmen 23, 10, 1658, a 
lot of twenty acres on the west side of Back 
river, "at the head of the twenty acker loet 
given unto the afoersayed John Wingett by his 
master, Thomas Layton, decesd." The rec- 
ords show that John had other lands also : 
whereas "John Wingett has tenn acres of land 
granted him by the inhabetants of Dover 
Necke" between little John's creek and Ralph 
Twambley's lot. It was laid out 3, 3, 1669. 
He soon made his homestead on Dover Neck, 
where a beautiful farm of nearly one hundred 
acres very near the city of Dover has always 
been in the possession of the Wingate family, 
having been handed down in uninterrupted 
descent to the sixth generation, almost two 
hundred and fifty years. John Wingate paid 
attention to his own aiTairs and prospered, 
and became one of the principal land-holders 
of Dover; but he was sometimes in the public 
service, and was grand juror and selectman in 
the years 1674-86-87, being chairman the lat- 
ter year. He was in active military service 
in 1675, the year which King Phillip's war 
broke out. John Wingate died December 9, 



1687. His will, made in the spring of 1684, 
was proved before Judge Barefoot, March 23, 

1688. He married (first) Mary Nutter, 
daughter of Hateville Nutter (See Nutter I). 
He married (second) about 1676, Sarah, 
widow of Thomas Canny, whose maiden name 
was Taylor; she was a daughter of Anthony 
Taylor, who died November 4, 1687, aged 
eighty years, and who came to Hampton prob- 
ably in the summer of 1640; Philippa, his 
wife, died September 20, 1683. John Wingate 
had five chiklren by his last wife. The list in 
full is : Anne, John, Caleb, Moses, Mary, 
Joshua and Abigail. 

(H) John (2), eldest son of John (1) and 
Mary (Nutter) Wingate, was born in Dover 
Neck, July 13, 1670, and died in 1715. He 
inherited the paternal homestead and lived 
upon it all his life. He was prominent in 
military afifairs. When a little under fifty 
years of age he commanded a company in the 
expedition against Port Royal, but whether the 
first or second expedition is not certain. The 
records for the province for April 19, 171 1, 
show that "Captain John Wingett was al- 
lowed 249 pounds 5 shillings 9 pence for the 
muster roll of the company under his com- 
mand upon an expedition to Port Royal," and 
for November ig, 1712, they show that he 
was allowed 13 pounds 9 shillings, 7 pence, for 
muster roll. His will, made December 28, 
1714, was probated in 171 5. He gave to his 
sons, Moses and Samuel, "/\11 that hundred 
acres of land which I had of my grandfather 
Nutler, lying neare Mr. Reyner's farme." The 
son Edmund, thirty acres granted to him by 
the town "in Barbadoes Woods." To wife 
Ann, and eldest son John, the dwelling-house, 
farm, orchards, etc., and Marsh flats: "my 
part of a saw-mill at Tole End," to enable 
them to bring up my small children, also live 
stock, household goods, ready money, debts 
and so forth. To his daughters five pounds 
each. Of the wife of John we know only her 
Christian name, which was Ann. She mar- 
ried (second) December, 1725, Captain John 
Heard. The twelve children of John and Ann 
Wingate were: Mary, John, Ann, Sarah, 
Moses, Samuel, Edmond, Abagail, Elizabeth, 
Mehitable, Joanna, Simon, whose sketch fol- 

(HI) Simon, twelfth and youngest child of 
John (2) and Ann Wingate, was born at 
Dover Neck, September 2, 1713. He moved 
to Biddeford, Maine, was admitted to the first 
church of that town October 17, 1742, and 
became a deacon. He married Lydia Hill, 
daughter of Ebenezer and Abiel (Snell) Hill. 

She was admitted to the first church, Novem- 
ber 25, 1744. It is probable that she married 
a second time, September 29, 1774, Captain 
Daniel Stover. Simon and Lydia had twelve 
children : Anna, Elizabeth, Hannah, Snell, 

Simon, John, Lydia, Edmund, , Lucy, 

Sarah and Susanna. 

(IV) Snell, eldest son of Simon and Lydia 
(Hill) Wingate, was baptized February 3, 
1744. He settled in that part of Buxton now 
Buxton Centre, and lived and died in a house 
which he probably built on lot 12, range D, 
of the third division. Fie was selectman eleven 
years. He married (first) December i, 1768, 
Margaret Enjery, of Biddeford, who died No- 
vemlDcr 29. 1783; (second) June, 1788, Me- 
hitable Crocker, of Dunstable, Massachusetts, 
widow of Elijah Crocker, a sea captain, and 
sister of Solicitor-General Daniel Davis. Snell 
Wingate had five children by his first wife and 
six by his second wife, as follows : Molly, 
Samuel, Daniel, Abigail, Simon, Robert Davis, 
Elijah Crocker, Snell, Ansel, Margaret Em- 
ery, John, next mentioned. 

(V) John (3), youngest child of Snell and 
Mehitable (Crocker) Wingate, was born April 
28, 1788, and died in 1859. He resided in 
Gorham. He was married (first) January 22, 
1821, to Salome Small, of Buxton, who was 
born December 10, 1802: (second) September 
22, 1829, Widow Sophia Frost, who was born 
September 5, 1799. He had by his first wife 
three children and by the second wife eight: 
Ansel D., Sarah P., Maria J. H., Rebecca I., 
Salome S., Henry F., James I. (died young), 
James I., Mary G., Ellen I. and John P. 

(VI) Maria J. H., third child of John (3) 
and Salome (Small) Wingate, was born No- 
vember 7, 1825. and married. November 3, 
184S, Leander Stevens (see Stevens V). 

It is generallv supposed 
REYNOLDS that the names Runnels 
and Reynolds have a com- 
mon origin ; and many branches of the fam- 
ily with the former spelling have changed it 
to the latter under the impression that Run- 
nells is but a corruption of Reynolds. As- 
suming that the patronymics are identical, no 
less than forty-nine different orthographies 
have been found in written records. Some of 
the most noticeable are Runals, Renels, Ronals, 
Runils, Renold, Runolds, Renls, Roynalds, 
Ronels, Reinolds. Add to these the variations 
that may come from doubling the middle let- 
ters n and 1, and it will be readily seen that 
a multiplicity of forms will result. 

Rev. Moses T. Runnels, for some time pas- 



tor of the Congregational church at Sanborn- 
ton, New Hampshire, is incHned to favor an 
independent origin of the two principal forms, 
Runnels and Reynolds. He has devoted much 
time to genealogical research, and thinks that 
Runnels is of Scotch origin, and that Reynolds 
is English and Irish. Reynolds is generally 
admitted to have been derived from the old 
German Reginald, or, possibly, the old Nor- 
wegian Ronald, while Runnels is thought to 
have been taken literally from the Scotch 
term, runnel, meaning a small brook or rivu- 
let. The only coat-of-arms that has been 
found has for its principal features : "A plate 
charged with a rose, gules, barbed and seeded, 
between two fleurs d lys, or. Crest, a fox pas- 
sant, or. holding in its mouth a rose, as in the 
arms, slipped and leaved, vert. Motto: Mu- 
rus Aheneus Esto (Let him be a wall of 
brass). Underneath is the word Runnells, 
and on the back of the document is the state- 
ment : "The family of Runnells is originally 
from the town of Biddeford, in the County of 
Devon. These are five descents in Sir Will- 
iam Seager's visitation in 1619." Notwith- 
standing this bit of heraldric testimony. Rev. 
M. T. Runnels stoutly maintains the Scotch 
origin of the Runnels name ; and perhaps the 
armorial bearings, if they prove anything, 
merely emphasize the inextricable confusion 
of the two families Runnels and Reynolds. 

Scarcely any name is more numerously rep- 
resented among the early settlers of this coun- 
try. Savage's Genealogical Dictionary men- 
tions no less than twenty-tw^o as being heads 
of families in New England prior to 1690, 
most of whom wrote themselves Reynolds, 
Renold or Renolds. These were Richard, 
"passenger 1634"; John, Watertown, 1634; 
Robert. Watertown, 1635 ; William, Duxbury, 
1636: William, Providence, 1637; William, 
Salem, 1640: Henry, Salem, 1642; James, 
Plymouth, 1643; John, Isles of Shoals, 1647; 
Nathaniel, Boston, 1657; John, Norwich, Con- 
necticut, 1659; John, Weymouth, 1660; Thom- 
as, New London, 1664; John, Wcathersfield, 
1667; Jonathan, Stamford, 1667; Robert, Bos- 
ton, 1670; John, Josiah and Samuel, Wick- 
ford, 1674; John, Providence, 1676; Francis 
and Henry, Kingston, Rhode Island, 1686. 

(I) Robert Reynolds, the first American 
ancestor of the following line, was born in 
England about tlie end of the sixteenth cen- 
tury, but the exact date and place are un- 
known. He died in Boston, April 27, 1659. 
He is known to have been located in that 
town as early as 1632, and he was mentioned 
as a "shoemaker and freeman, September 3, 

1634." Soon after he moved to the neighbor- 
ing village of Watertown, and finally migrated 
with his brother John to Wcathersfield, Con- 
necticut, being dismissed by the church, March 

29, 1636, to form a church at Wcathersfield. 
He soon returned to Boston, however, and 
there spent the remainder of his life. His 
wife's first name was Mary, and she tlied Jan- 
uary 18, 1663. There were five children, all 
born in England : Nathaniel, whose sketch 
follows; Ruth, married John Whitney; Tabi- 
tha, married Matthew Abdy ; Sarah, married 
Mason ; Mary, married Richard San- 
ger, or Sawyer. 

(II) Nathaniel, only son of Robert and 
Mary Reynolds, was born in England, prob- 
ably about 1620, and died at Bristol, Rhode 
Island, July 10, 1708. When a child he came 
to this country with his people, and lived in 
Boston or its neighborhood until 1680, when 
he moved to Bristol, where he spent the last 
twenty-eight years of his life. He was a shoe- 
maker and became a freeman in 1665. In a 
record dated Chelmsford, February 25, 1676, 
he was called Captain Nathaniel Reynolds, 
probably for service in King Philip's war. He 
was recognized in the first town meeting at 
Bristol, "and became one of the principal men 
of that town." He was twice married and 
had eleven children in all, three by the first 
and eight by the second wife. On November 

30, 1657, Captain Nathaniel Reynolds was 
united in marriage by Governor John Endi- 
cott to Sarah, daughter of John Dwight, of 
Dedham. She died July 8, 1663, leaving three 
children : Sarah, born July 26, 1659, married 
John Fosdick; Mary, November 20, 1660, died 
"January 28, 1663, aged two years and two 
months, and Nathaniel (2), whose sketch fol- 
lows. Before February 21, 1666, Captain 
Nathaniel Reynolds married his second wife, 
Priscilla Brackett, daughter of Peter Brackett, 
"a well-to-do tradesman of Boston." There 
were eight children by this marriage: John, 
August 4, 1668, died in his eighty-ninth year, 
without direct heirs; Peter, January 26, 1670; 
Philip, September 15, 1672, died previously to 
1706; Joseph, January 9, 1677, lived to be 
eighty-two years of age; Hannah. January 15, 
1682, married Samuel Rayall ; Mary, 1684, 
married Nathaniel Woodbury; Benjamin. May 
10, 1686; Ruth, December 9, 1688, married 
Josiah Gary. 

(III) Nathaniel (2), only son of Captain 
Nathaniel (i) and his first wife. Sarah 
(Dwight) Reynolds, was born March 3, 1662- 
63, probably in the neighborhood of Boston, 
and died October 29, 1719, probably at Bristol, 



Rhode Island. His wife's name is said to 
have been Ruth, and it is thought that there 
were seven children, of whom the names of 
two only are recorded: Nathaniel (3), whose 
sketch follows ; John, born March 29, 1696. 

(IV) Nathaniel (3), son of Nathaniel (2) 
and Ruth Reynolds, was born September 11, 
1689, probably at Bristol, Rhode Island, and 
died in Boston in 1740. He came from Bristol 
to Boston in 1735, and owned a store there. 
In 1 71 2 Nathaniel (3) Reynolds married 
Mary Snell, and they had two sons ; Nathaniel, 
born 1716-17, and Thomas, mentioned below. 
After the early death of Nathaniel (3) Rey- 
nolds his widow moved to North Bridgewater, 
Massachusetts, taking her two sons with her. 

(V) Thomas, younger of the two sons of 
Nathaniel (3) and ]\Iary (Snell) Reynolds, 
was born March 19, 1718, probably at Bristol, 
Rhode Island, and died in 1775, probably at 
Bridgewater, Massachusetts. On November 
3, 1748, Thomas Reynolds married Elizabeth 
Turner, and raised up a family of eight chil- 
dren, probably at North Bridgewater : Amy, 
born October 29, 1749, died May 9, 1752; Jo- 
seph, whose sketch follows : Amy, February 
25, 1753, married Silas Dunbar; Elizabeth, 
June 22, 1755; Susanna, April 24, 1757, mar- 
ried Oliver Howard ; Martha, March 23, 
1759. married Parmenas Packard ; Thomas, 
January 27. 1762. married Tabitha Thayer, 
1785; Josiah, July i, 1766, married a Phillips 
and moved to Vermont. 

(VI) Joseph, elder son of Thomas and 
Elizabeth (Turner) Reynolds, was born June 
22, 1751, at North Bridgewater, Massachu- 
setts, but the date of his death is unknown, 
though it probably occurred in Maine, where 
he moved in early life. On September 17, 
1772, Joseph Reynolds married Jemima Per- 
kins, and they had eleven children : Ichabod, 
whose sketch follows; Joseph, Daniel, Simeon, 
Azel, Thomas, Olive, who married a Macom- 
ber ; Amy, married a Howard ; Vesta, married 
a Clapp : Susanna and Jemima. 

(VII) Captain Ichabod, eldest son of Jo- 
seph and Jemima (Perkins) Reynolds, was 
born at Bridgewater, Massachusetts, March 
27. 1773. au'l flied at Auburn, Maine, April 
3, 1855. On January 21, 1796, he married 
at Bridgewater, Polly Brett, daughter of Isaac 
and Priscilla (Jackson) Brett, who was born 
at Bridgewater, March i, 1777, and died at 
Auburn, Maine, May 19, 1866. She was 
seventh in descent from John and Priscilla 
(]\Iullins) Alden, who are among the most 
famous of the "Mavflower" Pilgrims (Alden 
VII). Captain Ichabod and Polly (Brett) 

Reynolds moved to Minot, ]\Iaine, where they 
had eleven children: Otis, Ichabod (2), men- 
tioned below ; Madison, Luke, Samuel L.,. 
Adoniram J., Polly, who married a Kinsley; 
Nancy, married a Bird ; Betsy, married a Far- 
rington ; Clara, married a Kinsley ; Laura, 
married Franklin Reynolds. 

(VIII) Ichabod (2), second son of Captain 
Ichabod (i) and Polly (Brett) Reynolds, was 
born at Minot, Maine, August 7, 1804, and 
died at Bethel, Maine, June 26, 1867. On 
January 17, 1831, he married Laura Ann 
Woodman, daughter of Jacob Woodman, who 
was born at Minot, Maine, December 4, 1810,, 
and died at Holyoke, Massachusetts, May 13, 
1881. They had three children: Roscoe Clin- 
ton, whose sketch follows : Franklin O., of 
]\lichigan; Julia E., married E. M. Bartlett, a 
minister, with charge at Brandon, Vermont. 

(IX) Roscoe Clinton, son of Ichabod (2) 
and Laura A. (Woodman) Reynolds, was born 
at Windsor, ]\Iaine. February 24, 1838. He 
was educated in the public schools of Lew'is- 
ton and at Lew^iston Falls Academy. In 1854, 
JNIichigan ; Julia E., married E. M. Bartlett, a 
at the age of sixteen, he learned the machin- 
ist's trade, and in 1857 became master me- 
chanic at Bates Mills, Lewiston, where he re- 
mained for thirteen years. He went from 
there to Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he 
filled a similar position in the Everett Mills 
for five years. Returning to Lewiston, he be- 
came agent of the Lewiston Machine Com- 
pany, which position he held for twenty-four 
years. In 1900 he retired from active busi- 
ness, to enjoy a well-earned leisure. Mr. 
Reynolds is a Democrat in politics, and has 
taken as active a part in city affairs as busi- 
ness interests would allow. In 1870-71-78 he 
was a member of the common council. an<i in 
1883 he was president of that body. In 1885 
he was elected alderman, and in 1871 was 
representative to the legislature ; he was city 
marshal in 1871. In 1895 he was made a 
member of the board of water commissioners,, 
again in 1901 and again in 1907. ]\Ir. Reyn- 
olds attends the Universalist church, and be- 
longs to the Masons, the Mystic Shriners and 
to the Knights Templar. On January 10, 
i860, Roscoe Clinton Reynolds married Cath- 
erine Gilmore, daughter of John Francis and 
Betsey (Cushman) Gilmore, wdio was born at 
Leeds, Maine, February ig, 1840. Mrs. Cath- 
erine (Cilmore) Reynolds is seventh in de- 
scent from Captain Miles Standish, of Dux- 
bury. (See Standish. ATI.) They have one 
son, George F., mentioned below. 

(X) George F., only child of Roscoe Clin- 



ton and Catherine (Gilmore) Reynolds, was 
born at Lewiston, March 28, 1865. On April 
26, 1888, he married Martha L. Holland, of 
Lewiston. They have two children : Roscoe 
Clinton, born January 4, 1893, and Katherine 
G., March 29, 1901. 

In Lancashire, England, 
STANDISH there stands a stately Stand- 
ish Hall inherited by a fam- 
ily which has been there since the Norman 
Conquest. If we may accept the history pre- 
served of their exploits, they were distin- 
guished mainly as soldiers. Under Richard 
n, a John Standish was knighted for hav- 
ing stabbed the fallen Wat Tyler after the 
mayor had struck him from his horse. "Stand- 
v\cich" is the spelling in Froissart, where the 
story is told, and he is said to have been one 
of the king's squires, being created knight ap- 
parently on that very day, and being sent as 
one of three to parley with the rioters at 
Smithfield, near London. Sir Ralph Standish 
fought at Agincourt under Henry V in the 
wars against France. Sixty-seven years later 
Alexander Standish was knighted for bravery 
in Scotland. Still later, Ralph Standish mar- 
ried the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk, 
and lost his estate for rebellion against the 
Crown in supporting the Pretender. 

There were two branches of the Standish 
family, one living at Standish Hall, the other 
at Duxbury Hall. At the Reformation the 
two separated, the Standish Hall family re- 
maining Romanists, while the Duxbury 
branch became Protestants. It is believed 
that IMyles Standish, the great Puritan cap- 
tain, belonged to the Protestant branch, since 
he named his home in America Duxbury. Yet 
in his will he says that he is a great-grandson 
of a younger brother from the house of Stand- 
ish, and he bequeaths the title to these vast 
estates to his eldest son. The rent-roll of 
these lands is half a million yearly, and to 
defeat the claim of his line, it is supposed that 
the page containing the parish record of his 
birth was fraudulently defaced. 

(I) Captain Myles Standish was born about 
1584 in the parish of Chorley, Lancashire, 
England, which would indicate his belonging 
to Duxbury Hall, since this is between Stand- 
ish Hall and the Chorley parish church. It is 
probable that his lands were "surreptitiously 
detained" from him : at least that is what his 
will says ; so we may believe that he began life 
without any considerable property. We know 
nothing of his history till we find him commis- 
sioned a lieutenant among the troops sent over 

by Queen Elizabeth to help the Dutch to main- 
tain their cause against the Spanish. It is not 
known just how he happened to cast in his 
fortunes with the Pilgrims ; but it is probable 
that when the English refugees came to Ley- 
den they made the acquaintance of the captain. 
At all events he became the shield and defense 
of our Forefathers, coming over in the first 
ship, the "Mayflower," in 1620. He lived in 
Plymouth till 1639. when he moved to the 
northern part of the harbor at Duxbury, and 
died there October 3, 1556, aged seventy-two. 
Myles Standish was an original proprietor of 
Bridgewater, and a principal member of the 
committee who purchased the plantation from 
Massasoit, the Indian sachem, in 1649. Cap- 
tain Myles Standish brought with him his wife 
Rose who could not endure the rigors of the 
New England cHmate, and died a month after 
the arrival of the "Mayflower," January 29, 
1621. His second wife was named Barbara, 
and it is thought that she came over in the sec- 
ond ship in 1621. They had six children: 
Alexander, mentioned below ; Miles, Josiah, 
Charles, Lora and John. Lora died before her 
father, and John died young. Miles Standish 
lived and died at tiie foot of the hill in Dix- 
bury, named after him "Captain Hill !" 

(II) Alexander, son of Captain Myles and 
Barbara Standish, was born at Duxbury, Mas- 
sachusetts, in 1635, and died at the sarne place 
in 1702. He lived on the paternal estate at 
the foot of Captain's Hill, and was made a 
freeman in 1648. Like his father, he was twice 
married. The first wife of Ale.xander Standish 
was Sarah Alden, daughter of John and Pris- 
cilla (Mullins) Alden, who was born at Dux- 
bury in 1625, and died there in 1687. (See 
Alden I.) They had seven children: Miles, 
Ebenezer, whose sketch follows ; Lorah, mar- 
ried Abraham Sampson ; Lydia, married Isaac 
Sampson; Mercy, married Caleb Sampson; 
Sarah, married Benjamin Soule ; and Eliza- 
beth, married Samuel Delano. The second 
wife of Alexander Standish was a woman 
whose maiden name was Desire Doten ; but 
when she married Standish, she had already 
been twice a widow, first of William Sherman 
and second of Israel Holmes. The children 
of Alexander and Desire (Doten) (Sherman) 
(Holmes) Standish were three; Thomas, born 
in 1687; Ichabod, married Phebe Ring; and 
Desire, married a Weston. 

(Ill) Ebenezer, second son of Alexander 
and his first wife, Sarah (Alden) Standish, 
was born at Duxbury, Massachusetts, in 1672, 
and died at the same place, March 9, 1755. 
He married at Plymouth, Hannah Sturtevant, 



who was burn in that town, January 8, 1687, 
and (lied at Duxbury, January 23, 1759. 
They had seven children : Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Moses, Hannah, Zeruiah, mentioned below, 
Sarah and Mercy. 

(IV) Zeruiah, second daughter of Ebene- 
zer and Hannah (Sturtevant) Standish, was 
born at Duxbury, Massachusetts, January 7, 
1707 ; the date and place of her death are un- 
known. On May 20, 1724, she was married 
to Andrew Ring, who was born at Plymouth, 
March 28, 1695, and died at North Yarmouth, 
Maine, November 17, 1744. Among their chil- 
dren was Sarah, mentioned below. 

(V) Sarah Ring, daughter of Andrew and 
Zeruiah (Standish) Ring, was born at Ply- 
mouth, Massachusetts, September 2, 1737, and 
died at South Brookfield, Massachusetts, June 
22, 1809. She married Isaiah Cushman, who 
was born February 2, 1730, and died at Upper 
Canada, November 2, 1818. Among their 
children was Andrew, mentioned below. 

(VI) Andrew Cushman, son of Isaiah and 
Sarah (Ring) Cushman, was born at Plymp- 
ton, Massachusetts, January 6, 1761, and died 
at Leeds, Maine, February 6, 1844. On July 
2, 1788. he married at Winthrop, Maine, Bath- 
sheba Jennings, who was born at Sandwich, 
Massachusetts, August 12, 1769, and died at 
Leeds, Maine, May 12, 1842. Among their 
children was Betsy, mentioned below. 

(VII) Betsey Cushman was born at Leeds, 
Maine, January 11, 1814, and died at Lewiston, 
Maine, September 25, 1894. On May i, 1839, 
she was married at Leeds to John Francis 
Gilmore, who was born at North Easton, Mas- 
sachusetts, May 10, 1816, and died at Leeds, 
November 2, 1845. Their daughter was Cath- 
erine Gilmore, who was born at Leeds, Feb- 
ruary 19, 1840, and was married at Auburn, 
Maine, January 10, i860, to Roscoe Clinton 
Reynolds. (See Reynolds, IX.) 

This is a name of Teutonic-Scan- 
ALDEN dinavian origin, being found in 

Holland, Germany, Denmark and 
Sweden under such forms as Van Alden, Aul- 
den and Auldine. The prefix "al" or "el" 
in Anglo-Saxon meant brave, strong, noble, 
illustrious — as in Albert, "the nobly bright." 
"Dene" is an old spelling for the word Dane ; 
hence we have Alden, the brave or noble Dane. 
This does not necessarily imply that the an- 
cestral Aldens were natives of Denmark, be- 
cause the term was applied in a general way to 
inhabitants of the northwestern portion of 
Europe ; and even our Saxon forefathers some- 

times called themselves Danes in very early 

In England the name of Alden was wide- 
spread at the time of the Norman Conquest in 
1066. In the Domesday Book, the Conquer- 
or's census taken 1086, Aldens and Aldines 
are recorded in nearly all of the eastern coun- 
tries from Hertfordshire north to York. Many 
of them are entered as "tenants in capite," 
that is, as holding lands directly from the 
king. It is apparent from these records that 
many Aldens were men of importance and 
long establishment in England under the Sax- 
on rule. There are several coats-of-arms 
connected with the Alden name, but none of 
them is of ancient date. The earliest of which 
we have any record was granted to John Al- 
den of the Middle Temple in 1607. Guillim's 
"Display of Heraldry," published in 1610, 
speaks of it as follows: "He beareth Gules, 
three Crescents within a Bordure engrail'd Er- 
mine by the name of Alden." Another work 
gives the crest ; "Out of a ducal coronet per 
pale, gules and sable, a demi-lion, or." The 
three crescents and the demi-lion seem to be^ 
the constant features in armorial bearings of 
this name, though one Alden coat has two 
bats' wings, both on the shield and on the 

No name among the early settlers of this 
country is associated with more romance than 
that of John Alden ; and according to one 
writer, "No Pilgrim blood has percolated 
further through American society than that of 
Alden." Large families have been the rule, 
and it is estimated that a complete genealogy 
of the descendants of John and Priscilla Al- 
den would contain at least thirty thousand 
names. The first President Adams was a 
g'-eat-great-grandson, through John Alden's 
daughter Ruth, who married John Bass. Long- 
fellow traced his descent through John Al- 
den's eldest daughter Elizabeth, who married a 
Paybodie. Bryant was descended through 
Anna (Alden) Snell, daughter of Zachariah 
Alden, a younger son of John. Many bearing 
the Alden name have done good w^ork in the 
professions, notably the ministry, and in vari- 
ous literary avocations, among them Mrs. Isa- 
bella Alden, better known as "Pansy," Dr. 
Joseph Alden, editor of Bryant's works, and 
his son, William L. Alden. But the most un- 
usual career of all was that followed by Gen- 
eral Tom Thumb, who, although his real name 
was Charles S. Stratton, had Alden blood in 
his veins. 

(I) John Alden, the Pilgrim, was born in 



England in 1599, and died at Duxbury, Mas- 
sachusetts, September 22, 1687. He came to 
America in the "Mayflower," which landed at 
Plymouth, Massachusetts, December 22, 1620. 
Governor Bradford wrote of him: "John Al- 
den was hired for a cooper, at South Hampton, 
where the ship victualed ; and being a hopeful 
young man, was much desired, but left to his 
owne liking to go or stay when he came here ; 
but he stayed, and maryed here." From the 
very beginning he seems to have been one of 
the most useful men in the colony. As early 
as 1627 his name appears as one of the eight 
"Undertakers" who bought out the "Adven- 
turers," and assumed the financial responsibili- 
ties and indebtedness of the colony. From 
1640 to 1650, almost continuously, he was 
deputy froin the town of Duxbury to the Co- 
lonial councils, and in 1665 he was styled 
deputy governor. It is probable that John Al- 
den and Priscilla Mulliness (also written Mul- 
lens and Mullins) were married late in 162 1 
or early in the following year. Her father, 
William Mullines, and his wife and their son 
Joseph, all of Priscilla's family, died within a 
few months after the landing, and she was left 
without kin in the new world. The Alden- 
Mnllines marriage must have been one of the 
first to take place in the colony, because their 
eldest child Elizabeth was the first white fe- 
male born on New England soil. John and 
Priscilla (Mullines) Alden had eleven children 
in all. Elizabeth, born 1623-24; Captain John, 
1626; Joseph, whose sketch follows; Sarah, 
1629; Jonathan, 1632-33; Ruth, 1634-35; Re- 
becca, about 1637; Priscilla; Zachariah, about 
1641 ; Mary, about 1643 ! David, about 1646. 

Elizabeth, the eldest child, married William 
Paybodie on December 26, 1644, and after liv- 
ing forty years in Duxbury, they moved to 
Little Compton, Rhode Island, their final home. 
Mrs. Elizabeth (Alden) Paybodie lived to be 
linety-two, and saw her own granddaughter 
Bradford with a grandchild. It was this hap- 
Dening which gave rise to the well-known 
:ouplet : 

"Rise, daughter, to thy daughter run : 
Thy daughter's daughter hath a son!" 

Captain John Alden probably had the most in- 
:eresting career of any of the children. He 
noved to Boston where he became master of 
I merchantman, and for many years comman- 
ler of the armed vessel belonging to the Col- 
ony of Massachusetts Bay, which supplied the 
Maine posts with provisions and stores. Dur- 
ng the witchcraft craze, Alden was one of 
hose accused, and he was imprisoned in Bos- 

ton, but made his escape after he had been 
confined fifteen weeks. Plis gravestone is one 
of three preserved under the portico of the 
New Old South Church in Boston ; he was a 
charter member of that organization. Sarah, 
the second daughter of John and Priscilla Al- 
den, married Alexander Standish, son of Cap- 
tain Myles and Barbara Standish, thus accom- 
plishing the union of the two families, and 
bringing about a sort of poetic justice, and 
possibly reconciling the doughty captain to his 
loss of Priscilla years before. ( See Standish 
II.) Ruth Alden, the third daughter, mar- 
ried John Bass. The old record reads: "12 
mo. 3d. 1657, John Bass and Ruth Aulden 
were married by Mr. John Aulden of Dux- 
bury." They had seven children : John, 
Samuel, Ruth, Joseph, Hannah, Mary and 
Sarah. Hannah, the second daughter of John 
and Ruth (Alden) Bass, was married to Jo- 
seph Adams, of Braintree, and became the 
grandmother of President John Adams. 

(II) Joseph, second son of John and Pris- 
cilla (Mullines) Alden, was born at Plymouth. 
Massachusetts, in 1627, and died at Bridge- 
water, that state, February 8, 1697. He was 
named after Priscilla's brother, one of the first 
victims of that fatal winter following the 
landing of the Pilgrims. Joseph Alden moved 
to Bridgewater in 1679, where he held lands 
deeded him by his father. He seems to have 
been a man of good repute, and was often 
elected to local office. In 1659 he married 
Mary, daughter of Moses Simmons, and of 
this marriage were born five children: Isaac, 
Joseph, John, Elizabeth and Mary. 

(III) Isaac, eldest child of Joseph and 
Mary (Simmons) Alden, was born at Bridge- 
water, Massachusetts, in 1660. On December 
2, 1685, he married Mehitable Allen, who was 
born at Duxbury, Massachusetts, January 20, 
1685. They had nine children: Mehitable, 
Sarah, mentioned below, Mary, Isaac, Ebene- 
zer, John, Mercy, Abigail and Jemima. 

(IV) Sarah, second child of Isaac and Me- 
hitable (Allen) Alden, was born at Bridge- 
water, Massachusetts, September 24, 1688. On 
October 13, 1712, she was married in that town 
to Seth Brett, who was born at Bridgewater, 
February 24, 1688, and died there January \\, 
1722. Among their children was Samuel, men- 
tioned below. 

(V) Samuel, son of Seth and Sarah (Al- 
den) Brett, was born at Bridgewater, Massa- 
chusetts, August 22, 1714, and died at the 
same place, March 7, 1807. He married Han- 
nah Packard, December 21, 1737, who was 



born at Bridgewater, March i8, 1718, and died 
there February 14, 1802. Among their chil- 
dren was Isaac, mentioned below. 

(\T) Isaac, son of Samuel and Hannah 
(Packard) Brett, was born at Bridgewater, 
Massachusetts, September 19, 1738, and on 
January 17, 1765, married Priscilla Jackson of 
that town. Among their children was Polly, 
mentioned below. 

(VII) Polly, daughter of Isaac and Pris- 
cilla (Jackson) Brett, was born at Bridgewa- 
ter, March i, 1777, and died at Auburn, Maine, 
May 19, 1866. She was married at Bridge- 
water, January 21, 1796, to Captain Ichabod 
Reynolds, who was born at Bridgewater, 
Massachusetts, March 2-j, 1773, and died at 
Auburn, Maine, April 3, 1855. (See Rey- 
nolds, VII.) 

The Worthies of England of 
GLOVER this name are legion. Anciently 
written Glofre,then Glove in the 
middle of the fourteenth century, and since that 
time the name appears only as Glover. The 
proverbial carelessness of New England clerks 
and recorders sometimes have it written 
Glouer. As to Christian names, William and 
John predominated in the middle of the four- 
teenth century. Sheriffs, gentlemen, heralds 
and heraldic writers, vicars, church-wardens, 
Robert the Martyr, heretics, authors, knights, 
• attorney s-at-law, poets, merchants, members 
of parliament, benefactors, aldermen, have 
dignified and made historical the name of 
Glover, and America has not been lacking in 
men bearing the name who won honor and 
renown in the New World. The father of 
the earliest immigrant of the name in Amer- 
ica was Thomas Glover, tanner, of Rainhill 
Parish, Prescot, Lancashire, England, and his 
mother was Margery, daughter of John 
Deane, of Rainhill. They had eleven chil- 
dren, as follows: i. Ellen, born 1595, married 
William Barnes. 2. and 3. John and Eliza- 
beth (twins), born and died July 27, 1599. 4- 
John (q. v.), August 12, 1600. 5. Henry, 

February 15, 1603, married Abigail , 

and came to New England 1640. 6. Annie, 
born and died 1605. 7. Thomas, 1609, mar- 
ried Deborah Rigby, of Cranston, November 
24, 1664. 8. William, 1609, married Mary 
Bolton, of Rainhill, 1664. 9. George, 161 1, 

married Margaret . 10. Jane, 1612, 

married Watts. 11. Peter, 161 5, mar- 
ried . Thomas, the father, died at 

Rainhill, December 13, 1619. 

(I) John, eldest son of Thomas and Mar- 
gery (Deane) Glover, was baptized in the 

church of Rainhill Parish, Prescot, Lan- 
cashire. England, August 12, 1600. He in- 
herited large estates in Rainhill, Eccleston, 
Knowlsbury and other parishes in England 
when but nineteen years of age, and he was 
made an executor of his father's will, his 
mother being executrix. He lived on his es- 
tates, and in 1625 married and three children 
were born to him by his wife Anna, the last 
in 1629. He was a member of the London 
Company formed in England in 1628 to en- 
courage the early planting of New England. 
He was also a member of the Ancient and 
Honorable Artillery Company of London, and 
held the rank of captain of that venerable 
company. He was also in fellowship with a 
lodge of Free Masons in London, and was 
sometimes called "the Worshipful Mr. Glov- 
er." His name appears in 1628 as one of the 
eighteen adventurers who subscribed £2,150 to 
the stock of the Adventurers for a plantation 
intended at Massachusetts Bay in New Eng- 
land in America," his share being £50. The 
gentlemen who composed this company, headed 
by Sir Richard Saltonstall, Knight, were 
strictly Non-conformists and were styled Puri- 
tans. They set themselves apart for a holy 
work — that of planting a colony for religious 
growth and freedom. Mr. John Glover took 
passage with the other members of the Dor- 
chester company in the "Mary and John," 
which sailed from England, March 20, 1629- 
30, and the vessel was under command of 
Captain Squeb Jr., probably arrived at Nan- 
tucket, May 31, 1630, where the first pas- 
sengers were put ashore, although they had 
the promise of the captain to land them at 
Charles Towne. Here some took boats and 
proceeded to their original destination, while 
others made their way to the Indian planta- 
tion called by them Mattapan, which is now 
known as Dorchester Neck, antl about June i 
commenced a settlement and called the place 
Dorchester Plantation. Mr. Glover brought 
over with him a great number of cattle, pro- 
visions and implements, and several men- 
servants for the purpose of establishing a tan- 
nery, as the company required each member 
to establish some trade on his estate. This 
business he subsequently transferred to Bos- 
ton, where he was succeeded by his son 
Hobackuk. He had been made a freeman 
before he left England, accompanied by his 
wife Anna and three children, the youngest 
but one year old. He was a selectman of the 
town of Dorchester, 1636-50, a representative 
in the general court from 1636 to 1652, an 
assistant 1652-53, a commissioner to end small 



causes 1646-47, and he was appointed to im- 
portant duties by the general court outside 
the towns of Dorchester and Boston, he hav- 
ing "sat at judgment" in Salem, Charles- 
town and Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay Col- 
ony, and he also rendered valuable service in 
council in cases requiring judicial knowledge 
at Barnstable and other places in Plymouth 
Colony. He died at his home in the town of 
Boston, February 11, 1653. The children of 
John and Anna Glover were: i. Thomas, born 
in Rainhill Parish, Prescot, Lancashire, Eng- 
land, January 8, 1627, married, in 1682, Re- 
becca, her father's name being unknown. 2. 
Hobackuk, May 13, 1628, married Hannah 
Eliot, of Roxbury. 3. John, October 11, 1629, 
married Elizabeth Franklin, of Ipswich, in 
1688. 4. Nathaniel (q. v.). 5. Pelatiah, No- 
vember, 1637, married Hannah CuUick. of 

(II) Nathaniel, the fourth son of John, im- 
migrant, and Anna Glover, was born in 
Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 
1630-31, died in Dorchester, May 21, 1657. 
He succeeded to the homestead at Dorchester 
when his father removed to Boston in 1652, 
and the same year he was married to Mary, 
daughter of Quartermaster John and Mary 
(Ryder) Smith, of Toxteth Park, England, 
immigrants to Dorchester, Massachusetts. 
Nathaniel Glover was admitted as a freeman 
upon taking the oath May 3, 1654. was a se- 
lectman of the town of Dunbarton, 1656-57. 
The children of Nathaniel and Mary (Smith) 
Glover, all born in Dorchester, were: i. Na- 
thaniel (q. v.), March 30, 1653. 2. John, 
F'ebruary 15, 1654. 3. Anne, 1656, married 
William Rawson, of Boston. Nathaniel Glo- 
ver Sr. died in Dorchester, May 21, 1657, and 
his widow married, March 2, 1659-60, Hon. 
Thomas Hinckley, of Barnstable, who was 
subsequently made governor of Plymouth 
Colony, and by this marriage she had : Mercy, 
Experience, John, Abigail, Thankful, Ebe- 
nezer and Reliance Hinckley, who all grew 
up and married during her lifetime, except 
Ebenezer. who married after her death, which 
occurred July 29, 1703, in the seventy-third 
year of her age. 

(III) Nathaniel (2), the eldest .son of Na- 
thaniel (i) and Mary (Smith) Glover, was 
born in Dorchester, Alassachusetts, March 30, 
1653. In 1660 he was placed under the guar- 
dianship of his uncle Hobackuk Glover, of 
Boston, who succeeded his mother at the time 
of her marriage to Governor Hinckley, and 
removal to Braintree. He attended school in 
Boston and boarded v\ith his grandmother. 

Mrs. Anna Glover, and after her decease 
with his uncle and guardian. In 1672-73, at 
the age of twenty, married Hannah Hinckley, 
fourth daughter of Governor Thomas Hinck- 
ley by his first wife, Mary Richards, grand- 
daughter of Thomas and Welthea (Loring) 
Richards, early settlers of Weymouth. He 
carried on the business of tanning which he 
inherited and which had been carried on by 
father and grandfather since 1631. In 1700 
he resigned the business to his eldest son, 
Nathaniel Jr., and the next year removed 
with his family to the Newbury Farm estate 
in Dorchester, which he partly inherited and 
partly owned by deed of gift from his uncle, 
John Glover. With his wife Hannah he was 
received in the church at Dorchester by own- 
ing the covenant on "the second day of the 
eighth month, 1677," and served the town 
first as constable and afterwards as selectman, 
1683-1715. The children of Nathaniel and 
Hannah (Hinckley) Glover, all born in Dor- 
chester, were: i. Nathaniel, February 24, 
1674, died when three days old. 2. Nathaniel, 
August 7, 1675. died the same year. 3. Na- 
thaniel, November 16, 1676, married Rachel 
March, of Braintree. 4. Mary, April 12, 
1679, died after 1743. 5. Hannah, July 26, 
1681, married Thomas Laws, of Marblehead. 
6. Elizabeth, July 26, 1683, died unmarried 
April II, 1725. 7. John (q. v.), September 
18, 1687. 8. Thomas, December 26, 1690, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Clough, of Boston. In 1687 
Nathaniel Sr. made a division of land with 
Ebenezer Billings, who had purchased some 
of the rights in Newbury Farm, purchased by 
his grandfather from Mr. Pynchon when he 
removed from Dorchester to Springfield. Han- 
nah (Flinckley) Glover was born in Barn- 
stable, April 15, 1650, and died at Newbury 
Farm, in Dorchester, April 30, 1730. Her 
husband died at Newbury Farm, January 6, 
1723-24, and husband and wife were buried 
in the Avent burial-ground, in the westerly 
part, and the gravestones remain with inscrip- 
tions worn by time as make the names and 
dates scarcely decipherable. 

(IV) John (2). fourth son of Nathaniel 
(2) and Hannah (Hinckley) Glover, was 
born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, September 
18, 1687. He married (first) Susannah El- 
lison (1690-1724), of Boston, January I, 
1714, and (second) December 22, 1724, Mary 
Horton, of Milton, who died in Braintree, De- 
cember 19, 1775, aged seventy-one years. 
John Glover died in Braintree, July 6, 1768. 
The children of John and Susannah (Ellison) 
Glover were: i. Susannah, born January 8, 



17 1 5, married Lazarus Pope, of Stougliton. 
2. John, April 4, 171 7. 3. Joseph, June 16, 
1720. 4. Jerusha, December 3, 1722, married 
Colonel William Burbeck. The children of 
John and Mary (liorton) Glover were: 5. 
Nathaniel, born and died 1725. 6. Josiah, De- 
cember 2, 1726. 7. Elisha, January 9, 1729. 
8. Nathaniel, December, 1730. 9. Ezra, 
January 25, 1732. 10. Enoch (q. v.). May 
14, 1734. n. Mary, April 21, 1736, married 
Elijah Belcher, of IBraintree. 12. Jacob, July 
29, 1737, died in infancy. 

(V) Enoch, eighth son of John (2) and 
Mary (Horton) Glover, was born in Dor- 
chester, i\Iassachusetts, May 14, 1734, and 
baptized in tlie First Church, Braintree, May 
19, 1734. Fie was a landed proprietor and 
an innkeeper. His mansion house was one 
mile nearer Boston than the Dorchester "Four 
Corners,* and in 1867 was the property of 
Edmund Wright, of Boston. He married, 
November 23, 1756, Susannah, daughter of 
Benjamin and Johannah (Harris) Bird, of 
Dorchester. She was born in 1736, and died 
Octolier 26, 1802. Their children were born 
in Dorchester as follows: i. Johannah, Feb- 
ruary 3, 1758, married Aaron Bird, of Dor- 
chester. 2. Susannah, April 2, 1759, married 
Ebenezer Baker, of Dorchester. 3. Mary, Oc- 
tober 18, 1760, married Ebenezer Clap, of 
Dorchester. 4. Enoch, November 5, 1762, 
died unmarried February 13, 1817. 5. Eliza- 
beth, November i, 1764, married Benjamin 
Lyon, of Dorchester. 6. Benjamin, April 29, 
1766. died unmarried March 17, 1833. 7. 
.\nna, January 17, 1768, married Stephen 
Wales, of Dorchester. 8. Samuel (q. v.), born 
March 29, 1770. Enoch Glover, the father 
of these children, died in Dorchester, Novem- 
ber 21, 1801. 

(\T) Samuel, third son of Enoch and Su- 
sannah (Bird) Glover, was born in Dorchester, 
IVIassachusetts, j\larch 29, 1770. He married, 
June I, 1796, Martha, daughter of Dr. Phine- 
has Holden (1776-1864), and granddaughter 
of Dr. William Holden, born in Cambridge, 
March 4, 1713, who practiced medicine in 
Dorchester. Samuel and Martha (Holden) 
Glover resided in Dorchester, near the home- 
stead occupied by his father, and on land 
belonging to the homestead estate. Here he 
cultivated choice fruit, propagating new va- 
rieties and marketing rare and beautiful speci- 
mens in the Boston markets daily during the 
frnit season. They had two children : i. Alar- 
tha Holden, born in Dorchester, August 11, 
1797, married Samuel Davis, of Brighton, 
Massachusetts. Thev removed to Cincinnati, 

Ohio. 2. Phinehas Holden (q. v.). born Oc- 
tober 16, 1807. Samuel Glover died in South 
Boston, Massachusetts, suddenly on Decem- 
ber 13, 1837. 

(VH) Phinehas Holden, only son of Sam- 
uel and Martha (Holden) Glover, was born 
in Dorchester, Massachusetts, October 16, 
1807, died February 28, 1884. He removed 
to Calais, Maine, where he was a surveyor of 
lumber and also engaged in the lumber trade. 
He was for a time deputy collector of L^nited 
States customs at Calais, Maine. Upon re- 
tiring from active business he removed from 
Calais, Maine, back to ^Massachusetts and 
lived the remainder of his days at Quincy, 
where he died. He married. ]\Iarch 31, 1833, 
Mary Carlton, of Portland, ?\Iaine, and they 
had seven children, born in Calais, Maine, as 
follows: I. Mary Lizzie, born March 9, 
1834, died April i, 1835. 2. Mary .\bbot, Jan- 
uary 10, 1836, died unmarried. 3. Phinehas 
Holden, October 12, 1S37. 4. Edward Kent, 
October 12, 1837. 5- JMartha Holden, No- 
vember 19, 1838, married Albert Mortimer 
Nash, of Harrington, Maine, born April 15, 
1833. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Nash : Mary 
C. Nash, married Dr. F. S. Nickels, of Cherry- 
fieW, Maine; Grace P. Nash; Elijah Hamlin 
Nash, who became a citizen of the state of 
Washington. 6. Captain Russell (q. v.), born 
1841. 7. lohn Abbott, born March 21, 1849, 
died 1856." 

(VTII) Captain Russell, only living son of 
Phinehas Holden and Mary (Carlton) Glov- 
er, was born in Calais, Alaine, October 12, 
1841. He received his school training at the 
Calais public school and at Calais Academy, 
and when seventeen years old he left school 
and went to sea before the mast in the mer- 
chant service. He continued in this service 
about seven years, and in 1864 was commis- 
sioned as a lieutenant in the United States 
revenue cutter service. He continued in ac- 
tive service for thirty-nine years, his promo- 
tion to captain coming to him in 1878, after 
fourteen years' service as lieutenant. The 
port of Galveston, Texas, is the only one in 
the L^nited States and Alaska in which he has 
not served, and for about nine years he was 
superintendent of construction of the United 
States revenue cutter service, and twenty-three 
life-saving stations were constructed under hi? 
supervision, many of them being located on 
the Great Lakes and including the first series 
of life-saving stations. Captain Glover was 
retired in 1903 and joined his family at their 
home in Harrington, Maine. Captain Glover 
joined the Masonic fraternity while in Sitka, 

I ^y q/Wi^ etJiCS^ 

ZeiflS tflBhri'., 



Alaska, where he was initiated by Alaska 
Lodge, No. 14. He was made a member of 
Tomah Tribe, No. 67, Improved Order of Red 
Men, Harrington, Maine. He joined the .Vrmy 
and Navy Club at Sitka, Alaska, and the 
Olympic Club, San Francisco, California. He 
is a member of the Congregational church, 
Baltimore, Maryland. Besides his winter home 
at Harrington, Maine, he maintains a summer 
home at Point Ripley, on the coast of Alaine. 
He married. November 15, 1874, Elizabeth 
Coffin Nash, daughter of Stillman Wass and 
Melissa Wass (Nash) Nash, who was born 
in Harrington, Maine, August 22, 1845. Still- 
man Wass Nash was born in Harrington, 
Maine, May 31, 1809. He was a merchant 
and shipbuilder, also postmaster for twelve 
years. He died May 22, 1880. Stillman W. 
and Melissa Wass Nash had nine children as 
follows: I. Albert ]\Iortimer, born April 15, 
1833. 2. Irene Lucy, January 12, 1S35, mar- 
ried Isaac H. Nickerson, of Boston, Massa- 
chusetts. 3. Rebecca Eliza, June 31, 1837, 
died February 28, 1839. 4. Frederick Sydney, 
February 28, 1840, died April 13, 1840. 5. 
Mary Longhurst, August 23, 1841, died Jan- 
uary 17, 1849. 6. Elijah Hamlin, September 
17, 1843, <i'sd October 15, 1866. 7. Elizabeth 
Coffin, August 22, 1845. 8. Stillman E., July 
17, 1847, died May 22, 1880. 9. Annie Edith, 
March 17, 1855, married Charles Coffin, of 
Harrington, and had one child, Florence, who 
died May, 1883. The children of Captain Rus- 
sell and Elizabeth Coffin (Nash) Glover were. 
I. Russell Henry, born at Portland, Maine, 
April 23, 1878, is a mining engineer, Massa- 
chusetts Institute of Technology, class of 
1901. 2. Philip Holden, born at Portland. 
February 23, 1883, graduated as civil engineer 
from the University of Maine, class of igo6. 

The immigrant ancestor of 
LAUGHLIN the family whose history is 

traced below left descend- 
ants who by the use of the good qualities they 
inherited have become well known and influ- 
ential citizens in Maine. 

( I ) Thomas Laughlin was a worker in iron. 
He is said to have been born in Scotland, to 
have lived some time in Ireland, and then 
come to New Brunswick with his wife and 
some of their children. He was buried in St. 
Stephen, New Brunswick. His wife, Agnes 
(Clark) Laughlin, was a native of Scotland. 
She was buried in St. Stephen. Their children 
were : Alexander, Mary, Thomas, Jane, Rob- 
ert, David, William, Arthur, Katherine, Henry 
C, Joseph and James. 

( H) Thomas (2), second son of Thomas 
(I) and Agnes (Clark) Laughlin. was born 
Belfast, Ireland, in 1817, and died in Port- 
land, May 23, 1890. He came to America 
with his parents and lived most of his early 
life in New Brunswick, at St. Stephen. In 
the forties he removed to Pembroke, Maine, 
where he lived until 1870, when he removed 
to Portland, and went into partnership with his 
son in blacksmithing, the firm being Thomas 
Laughlin & Son. This relation was kept up 
till the death of the senior partner. The busi- 
ness was prosperous, and Mr. Laughlin died 
well-to-do. For years he held the office of 
justice of the peace in Pembroke. He married 
in 1838, Mary Murphy, who was born in St. 
David, New Brunswick, 1818, and died ■ in 
Portland, 1893. Children : i. Nancy Jane, 
married Roderick McKenzie, of Boston. 2. 
Thomas S., mentioned below. 3. Hannah R., 
married Frank C. White, of Portland, and had 
two children, Lester L. and Ernest M. 4. 
Arthur W., married Gertrude Knowlton and 
has three children : Ethel, James K. and 
Thomas Earl. 5. Clara F., resides at Boston, 
Massachusetts. 6. Flelen C, lives at Boston. 
V (III) Thomas S., eldest son of Thomas (2) 
and Mary (Murphy) Laughlin, w-as born in 
St. Stephen, New Brunswick, April 13, 1842, 
and died in Portland, Maine, February 15, 
1908. When he was a small boy his parents 
settled in Pembroke, Maine, and there he re- 
ceived his early school-training. He worked 
with his father in the blacksmith-shop at Pem- 
broke and learned the blacksmith trade, 1856- 
57. He then came to Portland and started a 
small shop of his own, which was burned in 
1866. His father came to Portland and went 
into partnership with him in 1870. Later the 
firm had a shop at 18-20 Center street. Still 
later salesrooms were occupied on Commercial 
street. In 1890 the buildings on the present 
site on Fore street were purchased and the 
manufacturing plant moved there. Upon the 
death of the father the firm was incoiporated 
and became the Thomas Laughlin Company. 
The works have been enlarged from time to 
time, and the business steadily increased until 
it has become one of the principal industries 
of the city. Within six months previous to his 
death, two fires had broken out in the Laugh- 
lin factory, and following these ^Ir. Laugh- 
lin had considered the installation of an auto- 
matic sprinkling system. On the day of his 
death he made an inspection of his plant, in 
company with his foreman, whom he left about 
5 130 p. m., and w'as never seen alive again. 
His bodv was found in a tank of water into 



which it is supposed he accidentally fell and 
was drowned. Thomas S. Laughlin was pres- 
ident of the shipsniith and ship-chandlery 
business which he founded, a director of the 
Associated Charities, a member of the board 
of trustees of the Portland Public Library, 
prominent in Masonry, an Odd Fellow, in- 
terested in, though not a member of, the Chest- 
nut Street and St. Lawrence churches, a val- 
ued friend of the Pearson Gospel Mission, as 
he was the friend and associate of the founder 
of that institution, an authority on political 
economy, was often chosen to represent Maine 
at public gatherings in other states, and in 
general was a public-spirited, broad-gauged 
man of affairs, who was a leader, though de- 
clining again and again to accept political 

Mr. Laughlin was a firm believer in total 
abstinence and lent a helping hand to anv 
victim of the drink-habit who was in lowly 
circumstances through that agency, securing 
him work whenever opportunity offered. His 
stand on the temperance question is too well 
known to require comment, and during his 
long period of active life in Portland he has 
shown no shadow of turning. He was one of 
the bulwarks of prohibition in Cumberland 
county, and gave his firm support to Rev. 
Samuel F. Pearson in his crusade against the 
saloons, and gave his time and money to aid 
in the work of maintaining the Pearson Mem- 
orial Mission. He also supported Sheriff 
Pearson in his campaign and afterward dur- 
ing his administration, and may be said to 
have been one of the most active leaders in the 
temperance cause in the state of I\Iaine. As 
a student of political economy, Mr. Laughlin 
had no peer in Maine, if he had in New Eng- 
land. He had one of the most extensive and 
best-selected libraries on this subject extant, 
and knew that library from beginning to end. 
He was often called upon to speak as a re- 
sult of his well-known researches in this di- 
rection, and when once into the subject his 
hearers were held spellbound by his grasp of 
the essential properties of this tremendous 
problem. While he was best known as a deep 
student of political economy in all its branches, 
he also became a master of the tariff question, 
especially as applied to American conditions, 
as well as in the abstract. His library called 
forth expressions of admiration from all who 
were privileged to enter it. It embraced 
every subject of general interest, well selected 
as to quantity and pertinence to the great 
whole and containing just those books neces- 
sary to the man who was its master mind. It 

has been called Mr. Laughlin's workshop, and 
no other expression tells the story quite as 
well. He worked in it whenever his other ex- 
tensive duties permitted him, and it was so 
selected and so arranged that, busy man as 
he was, a few moments with his books gave 
him ready access to the knowledge which he 
sought. These odd moments of study, snatched 
as they must have been from the life of a 
true captain of industry, gave to Mr. Laugh- 
lin a knowledge of affairs of the world en- 
joyed by few men, even students whose time 
was much less valuable and who had much 
more time for study and research. It has been 
said of Mr. Laughlin that no deserving man 
ever came to him and asked aid that he did 
not receive not only that which he asked, but 
oftentimes much more. Every charitable in- 
stitution was remembered by him at Christ- 
mastide and Thanksgiving. Few gave as 
liberally and none more cheerfully. The little 
children occupied a warm place in his heart, 
and he chose to show his regard for them in 
smaller charities throughout the year, but 
every summer a steamer from one of the har- 
bor lines was chartered, and the little ones 
were treated to a free excursion among the 
beautiful islands of Casco Bay which will re- 
main a sweet memory till they reach the years 
of manhood and womanhood. Few will mourn 
the death of Mr. Laughlin as will the children 
of Portland, to whom he has been so kind. 
Socially Mr. Laughlin was very popular. His 
friends believed in the quiet man, the head 
of a great and growing business, and no man 
in private life was more respected than he. 
He came of good stock, and the name of 
Thomas Laughlin stood for many years here 
for honesty in business matters and for ster- 
ling independence of character. The son had 
all his life followed in the footsteps of his 
father, and no more was asked of him. His 
home was beautiful. His house was like the 
man. No outsi<le show and no ostentation, 
but his life was a home life, and he enjoyed 
being with his family. 

Thomas S. Laughlin married, in Falmouth, 
May 6, 1880, .-Mice H. Sargent, who was born 
in Portland, March 29, 1856, daughter of 
Fitz-Edward and Clarissa Jane (Hood) Sar- 
gent. (See Hood \'III.) There was born of 
this union one daughter, Clarissa Mary. Sep- 
tember 12, 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin 
adopted Walter J., his nephew, son of William 
J. Laughlin, when a child. He grew up to 
a thorough knowledge of the business of 
which he was superintendent and conducted it 
with signal success. 



Hood is the name of one of the 
HOOD pioneer famihes of Massachusetts 

whicli came from England, and is 
probably of the same stock as Thomas Hood, 
the distinguished poet, and Admiral Hood, of 
the British navy, for the latter of whom Mount 
Hood, Oregon, is named. 

(I) John Hood, of Halstead, Essex county, 
England, was a weaver by trade. His will 
was dated November 6, 1662, and proved No- 
vember 20, 1662. He died at Halstead, leav- 
ing his real estate to his son John, and his 
wife Anne was executrix of the will. She 
married (second) Thomas Beard. John 
Hood's children : John, mentioned below ; 
Anne, James, Averse, Catherine, Grace, Mary 
and Rose. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) and Anne 
Hood, was born in England about 1600, and 
came to America about 1638. He was a 
weaver and planter ; settled at Cambridge as 
early as October 20, 1638, and leased his prop- 
erty at Halstead. He then removed to Lynn, 
where he was living in 1650. While there he 
took an apprentice named Abraham Tilton, 
son of Widow Tilton, of Lynn, December 6, 
1653. He returned to England and sent word 
to his wife, Elizabeth, to deliver the appren- 
tice to his mother, who had married a second 
time to Roger Shaw, of Hampton, Massachu- 
setts, and had died. Accordingly, the boy was 
sent to his brother, Peter Tilton, of Connec- 
ticut, but Mrs. Hood revoked this act on 
learning that the Hampton court had assigned 
the lad to his stepfather, Shaw. ( Norfolk 
Deeds, L 103.) Hood leased his property at 
Halstead in possession of his mother Anne, 
and her second husband, Thomas Bear<l. Hood 
was living in Kittery, Maine, about 1652. On 
August 14, 1654, he sold to William Crofts, 
of Lynn, yoeman, three tenements in Halstead, 
forty shillings to be paid each of John Hood's 
sisters, according to the will of their father. 
Mary Truesdale in her will in 1672 mentions 
John Hood's two children. One of them, 
according to all evidence in hand, was Rich- 
ard, mentioned below. 

(HI) Richard, son of John (2) and Eliza- 
beth Flood, came from Lynn, Regis, in the 
county of Norfolk, England, and. settled in 
Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1650. He was a 
freeman in 1691, and died September 12, 
1695. In the deed of L}nn and Read- 
ing and the two Nahants September 4, 
1686, by the Indians, David Kunkshamoo- 
shaw and Abigail, his wife, and Cicely alias 
Su George, and James Quonopohit and Mary 
his wife, mention is made of the place "where 

Richard Hood now dwelleth." He lived in 
what is called "Nahant Street." In his age he 
he enjoyed special privileges in the church, 
which indicate he was a person of respecta- 
bility and influence. In 1692 the following 
was entered in the church record : "It is voted 
that Thomas Farrar, senior; Crispus Brewer; 
Allen Breed, senior ; Clement Caldam, Robert 
Rand, senior ; Jonathan Hudson, Richard 
Hood, senior and Sergeant Haven should sit 
in the pulpit." Previous to 1700 there were 
three houses on Nahant, and they were owned 
by Breed, Llood and Johnson. Descendants 
of Richard Hood remain on the estate of their 
ancestor on Nahant to this day. "In those 
early days, a young man, who was inclined 
to indulge in the laudable custom of courting, 
went to visit a young lady of this family 
named Agnes. As he was returning, late one 
evening, he was overheard saying to himself, 
'Well, so far proceeded towards courting Ag- 
nes'. This phrase became common, and has 
been introduced into an English comedy." 
There is no mention of Richard Hood's wife. 
His children were : Richard, Sarah, Rebecca, 
John, Hannah, Samuel, Ann, Joseph and Ben- 

(IV) Richard (2), eldest child of Richard 
(i) Hood, was born November 18, 1655, in 
Lynn, where he died before May 20, 1718. He 
is referred to in the records of Lynn as a hus- 
bandman, but these records make no mention 
of his wife. About the only reference to him 
is found in the mention of his son. 

(V) Richard (3), son of Richard (2) Hood, 
was born March 30, 1692, in Lynn, and died 
in that town, October 4, 1762. It is presum- 
able that he was like his father, a husband- 
man. He was married i\lay 20, 1718, in 
Lynn, to Theodate Collins, daughter of Sam- 
uel Collins, the gunsmith, and his wdfe Re- 
becca. She was born July 5, 1700, but her 
death is not recorded. They were the par- 
ents of Theodate, Jedediah, Content, Rebeka, 
Hannah, Patience, Abner and Abigail. 

(\T) .Abner, younger of the two sons of 
Richard (3) and Theodate (Collins) Hood, 
was born September 20, 1733, in Nahant, and 
died there Ivlarch 11, 1818. He was married 
there June 11, 1783, to Keziah, daughter of 
Benjamin and Ruth (Allen) Breed, of Lynn. 
She was born August 14, 1750. and died No- 
vember 4, 1825. They were the parents of 
six children, namely: Abner. Richard, Theo- 
date, Benjamin and Ebenezer (twins) and 

(VII) Richard (4), son of Abner and 
Keziah (Breed) Hood, was born March 13, 



1786, in Nahant, and passed his life in that 
town. The vital records of Lynn do not give 
his death, hut it is a matter of family knowl- 
edge that he continued in his native town 
through life. lie was a shoemaker by trade, 
became a master mariner, and was proprietor 
of the Hood cottage, whose hospitality was 
widely known. He was married (intentions 
published November i, 1812) to Clarissa Her- 
ick, of Reading, who was born about 1791, in 
that town, daughter of Dr. Martyn and Sarah 
(Wright) Ilerick. They were the parents of 
five children : Martin, Elmira, Sarah Maria, 
Clarissa Jane and Susan Charlotte. 

(VIII) Martin, eldest child of Richard (4) 
and Clarissa (Herick) Hood, was born Sep- 
tember 15, 1813, in Nahant, and resided in 
Lynn, where he acquired wealth in the sole- 
leather trade and was a prominent citizen, 
participating in the city government. He mar- 
ried Sarah Goodhue Hay and had a son Oliver, 
who died at the age of twenty-one years. 

(VHI) Elmira, eldest daughter of Richard 
(4) and Clarissa (Herick) Hood, became the 
wife of Eli Sargeant and had children : El- 
vira, Abby, Martin, Clara, Eli, Alice, died 
young; and Charlotta. The first of these be- 
came the wife of John F. Randall, of Port- 
land, Maine, and had seven children (See 
Randall). The second daughter married Jo- 
seph Randall, a brother of her sister's huslaand, 
and they were the parents of Alice, Martin and 
Ernest. Clara, third daughter of Eli Sar- 
geant, married Albert Morgan and had three 
children : Fred, Arthur and Charles. Car- 
lotta, youngest daughter, married Porter Ham- 
ilton and was the mother of five children : 
Fred T., Richard, Guy, Porter and Carlotta. 
Eli Sargeant died in the army at or near Sa- 
vannah, Georgia. 

(VHI) Sarah Maria, second daughter of 
Richard (4) and Clarissa (Herick) Hood, was 
born May 26, 1818, became the wife of Thom- 
as Swain, and had three children : Annie, 
Henry and Elmira. 

(VIII) Clarissa Jane, third daughter of 
Richard (4) and Clarissa (Herick) Hood, was 
born January 22, 1821. She was married 
November 24, 1842, to Fitz-Edward Sargent, 
who was born April 13, 181 7, and died in Fal- 
mouth, January 18, 1903. He was probably a 
native of Cape Ann, as he removed from that 
place to Portland, and after serving some time 
as a clerk, became a jiartner with Mr. Loveitt, 
and under the firm name of Sargent & Love- 
itt they dealt in fish for many years. He had 
five children: i. Erlward Henry, born March 

20, 1844, married Mary Coding and had a 
daughter Jenny. 2. George D., born August 
18, 1846, married Olive F. Titcomb, and had 
four children : Oliver F. H., Fred B., Horace 
E. and Marian. The eldest of these married 
Mabel Brooks and had a daughter Bernice and 
son Caroll, the latter of whom was drowned. 
The second, Fred B., married Lena Cook, and 
had three children : R. Clifton, Eleanor and 
Ruth. 3. Horace H., born February 17, 1857, 
married Joanna Sweat and had four children : 
Fitz-Edward, Margaret, Helen and Grace. 4. 
Susan Jane, born April 19, 1853, married 
Stephen B. Locke (See Locke). 5. Alice H., 
born March 29, 1856, married Thomas S. 
Laughlin (See Laughlin III). 

(VII) Benjamin, third son of Abner and 
Keziah (Breed) Hood, was born April 7, 
1790, in Nahant, and married Sarah Phillips. 
They had four children : namely, Louisa, who 
married Albert Wyer ; Anna Amelia, died 
young; Julia and Ann. The last name<l mar- 
ried Dexter Stetson and had a daughter 

(VII) Ebenezer, fourth son of Abner and 
Keziah (Breed) Hood, and twin of Benjamin, 
had a wife whose baptismal name was Abbie. 
They were the parents of a son and a daugh- 
ter, Elbridge and Katharine Emery. The son 
married Nancy Tarbox, and they had two 
sons : Elbridge and John Flenry. The daugh- 
ter married a Mr. Tibbetts and had seven 
children : Henry, Elbridge, William, George, 
Kate, Mary and Abbie. 

(VII) Theodate, elder daughter of .\bner 
and Keziah (Breed) Hood, was born May 
23, 1787, married Jabez Breed, and had five 
daughters: i. Abigail, married Hiram Clif- 
ford ; children : Ann Augusta, Emily and 
George Cliflford. 2. Augusta ]\Iaria, married 
a Mr. Haskill. 3. Sarah, married a Mr. 
Briggs. 4. Lucinda, married a Mr. Hudson. 
5. Cynthia, married a Mr. Warren. 

(VII) Content, younger daughter of Abner 
and Keziah (Breed) Hood, was born Decem- 
ber 21, 1792, and became the wife of Gideon 
Phillips. They had two daughters and a son : 
Annie, Lucy and Charles. 

This name appears in the 
BOSWORTH very early days of Massa- 
chusetts Bay Colony. 
Zacheus or Zachariah Bosworth was of Bos- 
ton in 1630, probably having come over in the 
fleet with Winthrop. Benjamin Bosworth was 
of Hingham in 1635. John Bosworth, of 
Hull, was a freeman in 1634. Hananiel Bos- 



worth was a citizen of Ipswich in 1648. From 
these and others came the Bosworths of to-day 
in New England. 

(I) Robert Bosworth came from Connecti- 
cut and settled in Bath, Maine, and was com- 
mander of many ships and vessels owned and 
sailing from that port in the foreign trade. 
He married Sarah Peterson, who was born in 
Bath. They had five children: Robert, Na- 
thaniel, John, Sarah and Elizabeth. 

(II) Robert (2), eldest son of Captain 
Robert and Sarah (Peterson) Bosworth, was 
born in Bath, March 17, 1800, died there 
July, 1852. He was captain of many ships 
sailing from that port in the foreign trade, 
retiring as captain in 1851. He was a Whig 
in politics and a Baptist in religious views. He 
married, about 1828, Mary A., born in Rox- 
bury, Massachusetts, about 1805, daughter of 
Captain Jacob McDonald. They had six chil- 
dren : Ann, Adriana, Frederic Stead, Mary, 
Eleanor and Robert. 

(III) Captain Frederic Stead, eldest son of 
Captain Robert (2) and Mary A. (McDon- 
ald) Bosworth, was born in Bath, Maine, 
1835. Captain Bosworth's career as a seaman 
and shipmaster was remarkably active and the 
narrative is of deep interest. He left school 
at an early age, and shipped at Bath in the 
ship "Rockaway," loaded with a general car- 
go, and after a nine days' passage arrived 
at New Orleans. There a cotton cargo was 
taken aboard, and landed in Liverpool. From 
Liverpool the ship sailed with a general cargo 
to Philadelphia, then going to St. John, where 
it took aboard lumber and three hundred emi- 
grants, bound for Philadelphia. The next 
voyage was in the same ship, from St. Jolin 
to Londonderry, with lumber, and thence to 
Philadelphia with a company of emigrants. 
Mr. Bosworth then engaged as second mate 
on the ship "Magnolia," one thousand tons, 
in which he made a voyage to Mobile, thence 
to Liverpool, and back to New Orleans, where 
the vessel became idle, and he came home 
in the "Mary E. Whittier," bound for New 
York. He next voyaged in the new ship 
"Lawson," to New Orleans, Liverpool and 
Philadelphia. His next ship was the "Mes- 
sina," owned by Arnold & Curtis, of Bath, in 
which he made a voyage from Boston to St. 
John, thence to Liverpool, and then to Bos- 
ton. There he was made first officer, and 
sailed for Mobile, and thence to New Orleans. 
The vessel having changed hands, the new 
owners put their own captain in charge, but 
retained Mr. Bosworth and the other of^cers. 
After visiting various ports, the ship reached 

New Orleans, where yellow fever was found 
raging, and Mr. Bosworth came home in a 
steamship. He ne.xt shipped in the "N'igilant," 
and voyaged to Nova Scotia ports and thence 
to Wales, where a cargo of railroad iron was 
taken aboard for New Orleans. The rebels 
had just begun the civil war by firing upon 
Fort Sumter, and "Yankees" in the Crescent 
City were in a dangerous predicament. At the 
beginning of this voyage Mr. Bosworth had 
been made commander, and it required great 
discretion for him to save his vessel from the 
insurgents. Loading with staves and cotton 
for Bordeaux, he left the port. The owner- 
ship of the cargo being New Orleans people 
probably saved his vessel to him, the rebel 
tugs helping him out of harbor, while at the 
same time northern vessels were being seized. 
Outside the bar, the "Vigilant" was brought 
to by a United States man-of-war, whose 
commander was disposed to seize her, but 
finally permitted her to proceed on her voyage. 
After unloading at Bordeaux, Captain Bos- 
worth brought his ship in ballast to New 
York, and there relinquished his command on 
account of sickness in his family. Shortly 
afterward the "Vigilant" was burned at sea 
by the Confederate cruiser "Sumter." This 
was a severe blow to Captain Bosworth, who 
had all his savings invested in the vessel. He 
next sailed in the "Valencia," from Cardif?, 
Wales, as commander, to Ceylon, loaded with 
coal ; thence in ballast to Rangoon, where he 
took in a cargo of rice for London, where the 
ship lay some months, wanting a purchaser. 
Disappointed in this, he loaded in coal at 
Sunderland and sailed for Genoa, where he 
sold the ship and came home overland via 
Mont Cenis Pass to the French coast, thence 
to Liverpool, and by steamer to Boston. He 
was next placed in command of the "Free- 
man Clark," in which he sailed to England, 
China, Germany, New York, San Francisco, 
South America and Spain ; to Savannah, New 
Orleans, Havre, Wales, New Orleans, and at 
the last port left the ship, to visit his family, 
leaving in charge his brother Robert, who was 
first officer. Having returned to New Orleans 
and engaged a cargo, he received a telegram 
from the owners giving him leave, if he so 
desired, to place his brother Robert in com- 
mand, and come to Bath to take charge of 
the new ship "Carrollton," then nearing com- 
pletion. He accepted, and joined her before 
she was launched, and sailed her to New 
York, where she was loaded for San Fran- 
cisco. This was in the palmy days of deep- 
sea ships. The freights for the outward voy- 



age amounted to $31,500; for the voyage from 
San Francisco to Liverpool to $40,000. At 
New York the ship was sold for $96,000, hav- 
ing more than paid for herself within a year. 
As the ship was then nearly loaded, and the 
owners' captain was not there, Captain Bos- 
worth sailed her to San Francisco, and re- 
turned overland to Bath. There he was given 
command of the new "Continental," built by 
the Sewalls. When ready for sea, the Kenne- 
bec v^'as frozen over, and a way to the sea was 
cut through the ice. After a voyage to New 
York, the vessel was there sold for $112,500, 
and Captain Bosworth again returned to Bath 
and took command of the ship "Harvester." 

His experiences in the "Harvester" were of 
thrilling interest, and a shipwreck came well- 
nigh being among the incidents. Outbound 
for Liverpool, she developed cranky traits, 
being not well ballasted, and with strong side 
winds took in water over her lee rails. In St. 
George's Channel, near Liverpool, in a severe 
gale, the ship, lying well on her side, drifted 
rapidly inshore. The situation was very dan- 
gerous. A Liverpool pilot had come aboard 
shortly before : being asked by Captain Bos- 
worth if there was any enterable opening un- 
der his lee, he said there was Beaumaris, a 
small port, but the channel was so crooked 
and narrow that he had never entered it ex- 
cept in a pilot boat, but that the water was 
deep enough if he could keep the channel. 
Captain Bosworth said he might as well go 
ashore trying to get in as to do so by drifting, 
and the pilot consented to make the attempt. 
It vtas in December, but a few hours of day- 
light remained, and if the attempt was not 
made the ship would go ashore at any rate. 
The pilot headed for the channel, and went 
in under the full force of the gale, the surf 
breaking against them and the shoals close 
abeam. The ship steered badly, but made the 
passage. It was on a Sunday, and a church 
on the overrising clifi was emptied of its wor- 
shipers, and the life-boat crew was mustered, 
the captain of which afterward said that in 
such a gale and sea their boat could never 
have been launched. On arriving in safe 
water, it was learned that a ship, under similar 
circumstances, had been wrecked in that very 
spot, within view of the villagers, and every 
man on board drowned. The "Harvester" 
sailed to New Orleans, back to Liverpool, to 
San Francisco, and again to Liverpool. After 
other voyages. Captain Bosworth returned in 
1880 to Bath. Decided upon giving up sea- 
faring, he went to Portland. Oregon, where he 
conducted a ship-brokerage business for a 

couple of years. The business gradually fall- 
ing into the hands of Englishmen, he aban- 
doned it, and went to San Francisco. There 
he was placed in command of the "Solitaire," 
which he sailed to Oueenstown, then to Dublin, 
where he turned her over to the owner, and 
returned to Portland, Oregon, where he be- 
came surveyor for the Underwriters, and also 
for the American Record. He returned to 
Bath in 1900, with the enviable record of 
never a wreck or serious accident at sea. Cap- 
tain Bosworth now resides at Bath. 

He married, in i860, Juliette Marsh, born 
in Bath, daughter of Charles and Rachel 
(Sewall) Crooker, of Bath. Among the chil- 
dren of Charles and Rachel (Sewall) Crooker 
were Emma D., Juliette M. and Adelaide L. 
Emma D. married Arthur Sewall. of Bath, 
ship-builder ; Adelaide L., married Captain 
John P. Delano. Children of Frederic S. and 
Juliette M. (Crooker) Bosworth: i. Charles 
Crooker, died in childhood. 2. Edward Percy, 
born 1863, graduated from Bath high school, 
went into the banking business and was em- 
ployed in the Pacific National Bank, of Bos- 
ton, lie later removed to Portland, Oregon, 
and was teller in the First National Bank 
of that city until ill health forced him to 
sever his connection. He died at the age of 
thirty-five years. 3. Arthur Sewall, see for- 
ward. 4. Frederic Marsh, died in childhood. 

(IV) Arthur Sewall, third son of Captain 
Frederic S. and Juliette Marsh (Crooker) 
Bosworth, was born in Antwerp, January 6, 
1867. He was taken to Bath by his parents 
at the age of three years, and was educated in 
the public schools of that city, graduating 
from the high school in June, 1885. He be- 
came a clerk in the office of the vice-president 
and general manager of the Maine Central 
railroad, remaining two years, after which he 
was transferred to the car accountant's office, 
serving under W. B. Drew up to the spring of 
1889. He acted as secretary to the general 
manager ( who personally superintended the 
building of the road) during the year 1889, 
while the road was being extended from 
Fabyan to Scott Junction. In the fall of 1889 
he was made general storekeeper, in charge 
of company's stock of general supplies, later 
given the title of supply agent, and had charge 
of purchasing supplies for the IMaine Central 
road, and the title of purchasing agent was 
conferred upon him, in which capacity he 
served until his resignation in June, 1898. In 
October, 1893, Mr. Bosworth and Mr. Samuel 
Cony Manley founded The Maine Central, the 
official organ of the Maine Central railroad, 



under the name of Bosworth & Manley, and 
much of its success was due to the efforts of 
Mr. Bosworth. December 7, 1892, Mr. Bos- 
worth was elected treasurer and clerk of the 
West End Land Company ; January 25, 1893, 
he was elected clerk of the corporation and 
board of directors of the Knox & Lincoln rail- 
way ; in August, 1897, was elected a director 
of the Bath National Bank; January 31, 1898, 
elected treasurer, general manager and direc- 
tor of Seaboard Coal Handling Company, 
which conducted business in Portland for ten 
years and then closed out; November, 1899. 
elected treasurer and director of the Maine 
Water Company ; under a special charter 
grantefl bv tlie Maine legislature of 1891 the 
Maine Water Company was formed ; it was 
a consolidation of the Gardiner Water Com- 
pany, constructed in 1885, the Bath Water 
Supply Company, constructed in 1886, the 
^Vaterville Water Company, Calais Water 
Company, and the St. Croix Electric Light & 
Water Company, constructed in 1887- the 
Maine Water Company supplied water to the 
following cities and towns : Bath, Benton, 
Brunswick, Calais, Dover, Fairfield, Farming- 
dale, Foxcroft, Gardiner, Waterville, Wins- 
low, \\'oolwich, in Maine, and St. Stephens 
and Milltown, New Brunswick, which have 
a combined population of over seventy thou- 
sand people; July, 1900, elected treasurer and 
director of the Sagadahoc Light & Power 
Company, a public franchise company doing 
an electric lighting and power business in the 
city of Bath; 1902 elected director of the 
Central Wharf Tow Boat Company, and in 
the same year an incorporator and director 
of the Ignited States Trust Company; 1905 
elected vice-president of Portland Golf Club ; 

1906 elected treasurer Portland Golf Club; 

1907 elected treasurer and member of board 
of governors Portland Country Club ; elected 
to Cumberland Club, 1895, and served on 
executive committee for eight consecutive 
years ; February, 1908, elected treasurer and 
director of Brunswick Electric Light St Power 
Company, a public franchise company doing 
electrical business in Brunswick, Maine. In 
addition to the above-named clubs, Mr. Bos- 
worth is a member of the Portland Athletic 
Club and the Economic Club. He is a Demo- 
crat in politics and a Congregationalist in re- 

Mr. Bosworth married, in Portland, 1902, 
Mary Wood, born in Portland, November 29, 
1879, daughter of James C. and Virginia H. 
(Barker) Jordan (see Jordan VHIJ. They 
have one child, Barbara, born in Portland. 

The arms of Jordaine or Jor- 
JORDAN dan, of Dorsetshire, are de- 
scribed by Burke and others as 
"Azure semee de crosses crosslet, a lion ram- 
pant or," which arms are said to have been 
used as early as Edward L Hutchins, in his 
History of Dorset, says : "The Jordans were 
an ancient family in Dorsetshire, and occur 
very early in Coker-Frome, at Frome-White- 
field, where they had some interest, about 
1400. Their arms, similar to those here de- 
scribed, are quartered with Trenchard and 
Mohun, upon the painted glass windows of 
the ancient Manor House of Wolverton, long 
since in ruins, but for the time when it was 
built one of the grandest in England. These 
windows are its noblest remaining ornament, 
and contain almost a complete pedigree of the 
family. Wolveton or Wolverton Klanor lies 
about eight miles from Weymouth ; John Jor- 
dain. its ancient owner, was escheator of the 
county, the fifth of Henry IV, and his name oc- 
curs in a list of gentlemen the twelfth of 
Henry VT. He bought this place of John 
Mohun and Alice, his daughter, heir to Henry 
Trenchard, of Hampshire. John, son of this 
John of Wolveton, married Christie, one of 
the heiresses of John Chantruarle, by whom 
the Manors of East Stoke, Beltwale, and 
Stoke Hyde, near Blanford, or part of them, 
accrued to the Jordaines." Among the mem- 
bers of the Dorset family of Jordans who 
were locally prominent were : John Jordan, 
who held land at Weymouth in 1440; John 
Jurdeyne, a member of parliament, 1553; and 
Richard Jordain, mayor of Melcomb, 1596. 
The name Jordan was first adopted as a sur- 
name probably by some man who had been 
a crusader or pilgrim to Palestine, and looked 
upon the historic stream. 

( I ) Rev. Robert Jordan, a clergyman of the 
Church of England", was established at Rich- 
mond's Island, near Portland, Maine, as the 
successor of Rev. Richard Gibson, as early as 
the year 1641. The exact time of his arrival 
here is not known, nor the place of his nativ- 
ity in England, but it is probable that he came 
in 1639 from Dorsetshire or Devonshire, the 
district from which many settlers came to 
Maine, and where the Jordan name is quite 
common. In a letter from agent John Winter 
to Robert Trelaway, one of the proprietors 
of a grant including Falmouth (Cape Eliza- 
beth) and Richmond's Island, Winter thus 
speaks of Mr. Jordan : "Heare is on Mr. 
Robert Jordan, a mynister, wch hath been wth 
vs this three months, 2 ch is a very honest re- 
ligious man by anything as yett I can find in 



him. I have not yett agreed wth him for 
staying heare but did refer yt tyll I did heare 
Som word from you ; we weare long wthout a 
mynister & weere but in a bad way & so we 
shall be still iff we have not the word of God 
taught vnto us. Sometymes the plantation 
at pemaquid would willingly have him or the 
(y) desire he might be their on halfe of the 
yeare & the other halfe to be heare wth vs. 
1 know not how we shall accord uppon yt as 
yett he hath been heare in the country this 2 
yeares & hath alwaies lived wth Mr. Pur- 
chase wch is a kinsman unto him." 

Rev. Robert Jordan married, at Richmond's 
Island, Sarah, only child of John Winter; 
and on the death of Mr. Winter, in 1646, Jor- 
dan was made the administrator of the estate. 
By his marriage with Sarah Winter, Mr. Jor- 
dan became one of the great land proprietors 
and wealthy men of the reign ; "a source of 
influence," says a writer, "which he never 
failed to exert in favor of his church and poli- 
tics." In 1648 he petitioned the general court 
to allow him as administrator to sell the 
property of Trelawney, and settle up the es- 
tate of a Mr. Winter. His request was 
granted, and Mr. Jordan afterward removed 
from the island, and settled on the mainland 
portion of the estate of Mr. Winter. The 
plantation there was called Spurwink, a name 
which has been retained to the present day. 
It lies in Falmouth, now Cape Elizabeth. Mr. 
Gibson and ]\lr. Jordan were the pioneers of 
episcopacy in Maine. Mr. Gibson left the 
country about the year 1642, but Mr. Jordan 
remained at the post of duty, and never re- 
linquished his stand as a churchman or his 
professional character. He was the soul of 
the opposition to Massachusetts, and a chief 
supporter to the royal commissioners and the 
anti-Puritan polity. Owing to his religious 
affinities and associations, Mr. Jordan was an 
object of suspicion and hostility to the Puri- 
tan government of Massachusetts, who for- 
bade him to marry or baptize. He paid no 
attention to this order, and continuing to dis- 
charge the duties of his office, the general 
court of Massachusetts ordered his arrest and 
imprisonment in Boston jail. He was in- 
carcerated twice, once in 1654 and once in 
1663. His petition for release, written while 
in jail during the latter year, is still extant. 
His case was heard by two commissioners, 
and he was released on the following declara- 
tion : "I hereby declare that I will be sub- 
ject to yr authority, so far as I may keep the 
law, and my conscience inviolate, and promise 
and bind myselfe to leave peaceably, for the 

future: Subscrbed this 4th of 7 br (63) pr. 
me Robert Jordan, Clerk :" 

Mr. Jordan was judge, or one of the judges, 
for many years. In the second Indian war 
he was compelled to leave Spurwink, and to 
flee from the Indians. He left home in haste, 
and probably left all his papers in his house. 
Everything was in flames before he was out 
of sight. This may account for the fact that 
so few of his papers have ever been found. 
He went to Great Island, now Newcastle, New 
Hampshire, which is at the mouth of the 
Piscataqua river. Many other persons were 
at the same time driven from Falmouth, who, 
like Mr. Jordan, did not return. It is stated 
that "One Mr. Thorpe, a drunken Preacher, 
was gotten to Preach at Black Point under 
the appearance and profession of a minister of 
the gospel," and that having a spite against 
Goody Bayly, he attempted to make it appear 
that she was a witch, and had bewitched to 
death a cow belonging to Mr. Jordan. But 
when Thorpe had her questioned for a witch, 
Mr. Jordan interposed in her behalf; and 
said his cow died of his servant's negligence, 
and to cover their own fault they were will- 
ing to have it imputed to witchcraft, and were 
willing to act with Thorpe in his guilty plan 
to harm Mrs. Bayly ; and so unriddled the 
knavery and delivered the innocent." "The in- 
famy was averted by the common sense and 
courage of Robert Jordan." We must at- 
tribute it, not to Jordan's education or asso- 
ciations, but solely to his clear-headed com- 
mon sense — his native discernment. "For 
more than thirty years," writes Tristram 
Frost Jordan, the compiler of the Jordan 
Memorial, from which this sketch is extracted, 
"Rev. Robert Jordan occupied a large share 
in the affairs of the town and the province. 
He was an active, enterprising man, and well 
educated. Although, being a presbyter of the 
Church of England, he came hither as a re- 
ligious teacher, the affairs of the world in 
which he lived and the achievement of his 
ambitious designs appear soon to have ab- 
sorbed the most of his attention, and to have 
diverted him from the exercise of his pro- 
fession — a result originating and hastened, 
doubtless, by the hostility of the government. 
His posterity for many years exercised very 
great influence in the concerns of the town, 
and long maintained a high standing in the 
province." A descendant in the ninth genera- 
tion lived on the old plantation a few years 
ago. Rev. Robert Jordan, the progenitor of 
the race of Jordans in America, ended his 
active and eventful life at Portsmouth, New 



Hampsliire, in 1679, in the sixty-eighth year 
of his age. His will, made at Grand Island, 
in the Piscataqua river, January 28, was proved 
July, 1679. He lost the use of his hands be- 
fore death, and was unable to si^n his will. 
He left six sons, all born before 1664, among 
whom his great landed estate was divided 
according to the provisions of his will. His 
wife Sarah survived him, and was living at 
Newcastle, in Portsmouth Harbor, in 1686. 
Their children w ere : John, Robert, Domini- 
cus, Jedediah, Samuel and Jeremiah. 

(li) Dominiciis, third son of Rev. Robert 
and Sarah (Winter) Jordan, was born before 
1664, at Spurwink, now Cape Elizabeth, Cum- 
berland county, Maine. He left Spurwink 
with his father's family at the beginning of 
King Philip's war, 1675, \vhen the settlement 
was attacked and their house was destroyed 
by the Indians. Six years later he returned 
w ith his wife. It appears he had selected a 
piece of land, and his father consented it 
should be his at the proper time. In 1678 he 
administered upon the estate of his father-in- 
law, Ralph Tristram. July i, 1678, by the 
provisions of his father's will, he came into 
possession of one thousand acres of land at 
Spurwink. It is conjectured that part of the 
six years prior to his return to Spurwink was 
passed at Winter Harbor, only twelve miles 
distant from Spurwink. Dominicus Jordan 
was a prominent man in the settlement, and 
was one of the trustees to whom the township 
of Falmouth was deeded by President Dan- 
forth. The second Indian war again brought 
danger to the settlement, and in i6go, when 
Falmouth was devastated, Spurwink was again 
deserted, and remained unoccupied till the 
peace of 1698. According to tradition, Do- 
minicus was a man above the common size 
and of great strength and endurance. The 
gun he used was over six feet in length. It 
was in the possession of his descendants 
( eighteen inches of the barrel having been 
cut off) until some twenty or thirty years 
ago it was presented to the Maine Historical 
Society by Captain Samuel Jordan, of Deer- 
ing, Maine. It was the custom of Dominicus 
to keep his gun and ammunition close at 
hand all the time. He was called the "Indian 
Killer," and was greatly feared by the savages. 
In war he was their deadly enemy ; in peace, 
friendly. While at work on his plantation, 
vi-hich bordered the Spurwink riveV, where he 
had a blockhouse on a flat piece of land, his 
gun was strapped on his back, ready for im- 
mediate use if necessary. In times of peace 
the Indians were accustomed to call on him. 

and were hospitably received, while they ex- 
changed their furs for such articles as they 
wanted. On the breaking out of hostilities in 
1703, a party of Indians, apparently friendly, 
called on Dominicus August 10 of that year, 
to buy some goods. He had no suspicion of 
their treacherous design, and was waiting on 
them, when one of them who had watched the 
opportunity, unnoticed by Dominicus, struck a 
hatchet into his head. Death soon followed. 
His wife and family of six children and his 
younger brother Jeremiah were made pris- 
oners, and led through the wilderness to 
Canada. All were finally restored to liberty 
and native land, but a daughter who remained 
with her masters in Canada. Dominicus Jor- 
dan married, in 1681, Hannah, daughter of 
Ralph Tristram, of Winter Harbor, now Bid- 
deford, Maine. Ralph Tristram settled at 
Biddeford several years before 1655, in which 
year he was made a freeman. He was for 
years a useful, worthy townsman, and died in 
1678. The children of Dominicus and Han- 
nah were : Dominicus, Samuel, Mary Ann, 
Elizabeth, Hannah and Nathaniel. 

(Ill) Captain Samuel, second son of Do- 
minicus and Hannah (Tristram) Jordan, was 
born in 1684, at Spurwink, and died Decem- 
ber 20, 1742. At the time of his father's 
death he, then eighteen years old, with his 
mother and all her children, was made pris- 
oner by the Indians and taken to Trois 
Rivieres, Canada, where he was kept a cap- 
tive for seven years — six with the Indians and 
one year with the French. After his return 
he was asked which he liked better — Indians 
or French — and he replied, Indians. With 
two other white men, prisoners like himself, 
he escaped by the agency of an Indian woman 
named Mary, who guided them through the 
woods to Casco Bay. They subsisted during 
their journey on roots and berries. When 
they arrived at the fort at Falmouth, not being 
known, they were refused admittance. The 
Indian woman climbed upon a large log, lying 
upon the ground a short distance from the 
fort, and called out in loud voice : "I be Molly 
Mun, you know Molly Mun !" Some of the 
men in the fort recollected the name, and, after 
close examination, the wanderers were ad- 
mitted. This must have been in 1710, or about 
that time. None of the Jordan family then 
resided at Spurwink. Samuel, no doubt, went 
to visit his maternal relatives at Winter Har- 
bor, where his uncles Samuel, Nathaniel and 
Benjamin then lived. His name first appears 
in the records of Winter Harbor in 1717. 
There he began business as a trader, and for 



many years he had the only store m the place. 
On account of his knowledge of the Indian 
language, acquired during his captivity, Sam- 
uef Jordan was of great service to the govern- 
ment in the capacity of interpreter. He filled 
this ofiice August 9-12, 1717, when Governor 
Shute made a treaty with the Indians. He did 
similar service at the time of making the 
treaty with the Chief of the Penobscots, De- 
cember, 1725, and at the ratification of that 
treaty by the Sachems of other tribes, August 
6, 1726. The name of Samuel Jordan is borne 
on that treaty. After the treaty of 1717, Mr. 
Jordan was Indian agent, as well as inter- 
preter, and supplied the Indians with the goods 
they wanted, ordering them from the govern- 
ment at Boston. He was also captain in the 
militia. At the time of his decease, Samuel 
and his eldest son were in business together. 
They were never known to sue or distress a 
customer. He built a house about 1727 on the 
north side of the gut or strait leading into the 
pool, and standing in good condition in 1872, 
built in the style of one hundred and fifty 
years ago. In 1739 he soW to Robert Mitchel 
his share of land from his father's estate at 
Cape Elizabeth, containing one hundred and 
forty-three acres. Captain Samuel Jordan was 
a man of great energy and perseverance, 
prominent as a business man and in public 
afTairs, and in the Congregational church of 
which he was a member. He was a farmer 
and merchant, and resided at Biddeford. He 
married, in York, Maine, 1718, Olive Plaisted, 
who was born May i, 1698, and died in 1763, 
daughter of James and Mary (Rishworth) 
Plaisted, of Brunswick. She survived him and 
married (second) January 31, 1744, Rev. 
James Smith. The children of Samuel and 
Olive were : Richworth, Alice, Sarah, Han- 
nah, Samuel, Tristram and Mary. 

(IV) Colonel Tristram, youngest son of 
Captain Samuel and Olive (Plaisted) Jordan, 
was born at Winter Harbor, May 31, 1731, 
and died November i, 1821. He was eleven 
years old when his father died. His eldest 
brother, Richworth, administered upon the es- 
tate of his father and was guardian for Tris- 
tram. Folsom says : "Among the first mer- 
chants or traders of whom we have any ac- 
count, on the east side of Saco River, at the 
falls, were Tristram Jordan, Andrew Brad- 
street, Thomas Cutts, Thomas Donald, David 
King. Colonel Jordan married, 1749, when 
but eighteen years of age, and took the Pep- 
perell House. In 1754 he was one of the 
selectmen of the town, although but twenty- 
three years of age, and about the same time 

received a commission as captain of militia, an 
ofiice which it was not customary at that 
period to bestow on young men. He was a 
thorough business man, industrious and enter- 
prising, not only in business but in the church. 
He was elected senator of the county of York 
to the Massachusetts legislature, 1787, and 
selectman of the town from 1754 to 1762. 
Colonel Jordan moved from the falls to his 
estate at Deep Brook, two miles north on the 
Buxton road, about the close of the revolution- 
ary war, where he died in 1821. He was emi- 
nently the "father of the town." No other 
individual was so often entrusted with the 
direction of its affairs, or exercised an. equal 
degree of influence during the early period of 
its separate incorporation. At a later date 
Colonel Jordan was best known as a magis- 
trate, having performed the greater part of 
the duties of a justice of the peace, for the 
east side of the river, until quite advanced in 
age. By the council of Alassachusetts, 1776, 
he was appointed Colonel." He married 
(first) in Berwick, 1749, Hannah Goodwin, 
who was born July 24, 1730, and died July 
10, 1775, daughter of Captain Ichabod Good- 
win. He married (second) in Falmouth, De- 
cember, 1778, Dorcas, who died December 19. 
1 78 1, witiiout issue. He married (third) in 
Berwick, May 21, 1784, Hannah Frost, who 
died September 26, 1789. The children by 
the first wife were: Elizabeth, Hannah (died 
young), Sarah, Hannah, Olive, Tristram, 
Ichabod, Mary, Alehitable ; and by the third 
wife : Dorcas, Samuel and Richworth. 

(V) Captain Ichabod, second son of Colo- 
nel Tristram and Hannah (Goodwin) Jordan, 
was born in Saco, September 24, 1770, and 
died in the same house where he was born. 
May 20, 1865. In early life he went to sea, 
and with his active brain and energy he be- 
came master of a ship about the time he was 
twenty-one years old. Known to be scrupu- 
lously honest, being a thorough sailor, and pos- 
sessing good business talents, his services were 
in demand. Some of the incidents in the life 
of Captain Jordan were found in an old memo- 
randum book in the captain's own handwri- 
ting. From this it appears that the brig 
"Fame," Ichabod Jordan, master, sailed from 
Portland to Tobago for Portland, May 20, 
following. On the 23rd of the same month 
she was taken by a British ship called the 
"Favorite," commanded by Arthur Wood, 
Esq., who took from the brig her captain and 
his papers, put a prize-master on board and 
ordered her to Granada. But a few days later 
the mate of the "Fame," with his people, dis- 



possessed the prize-master and his people of 
the brig, sent them ashore in a boat, and then 
put the brig for Portland. On June i6th they 
were taken by a French schooner called the 
"Flying Fish," and carried to Santo Domingo. 
The ship was condemned, the authority stated, 
for want of captain and papers, and taken to 
Porto Rico, and there sold. The vessel and 
cargo, which was principally rum, were valued 
at $20,158.19. In 1805 Captain Jordan com- 
manded the American ship "Ocean," which 
was a vessel of 246 tons, a large vessel for 
that time, and went to Stockholm, Sweden. 
The event of the first arrival of an American 
ship at that place was celebrated by the city, 
and the King and Queen came on board and 
dined. In the war of 1812 Captain Jordan 
was a prisoner on the British frigate "Boxer" 
at the time of the engagement of that ship 
with the United States frigate "Enterprise." 
A short time after the close of the war with 
England, he gave up going to sea, and settled 
on the old homestead of his father at Saco. 
He became a prominent politician — a Demo- 
crat of the stamp of Jefferson and Jackson. 
He voted for Washington for president, and 
for every president to Lincoln. In the war 
of the rebellion he was a war Democrat. He 
reached the great age of ninety-four years, 
five months, twenty-six days, and died in the 
same house in which his father had died. 
Captain Ichabod Jordan married, February 5, 
1797, at Saco, Mary, daughter of James Cof- 
fin, who died October 10, 1859, aged eighty- 
five years. They had : Tristram, Mary, 
James Coffin, Ichabod Goodwin, Enoch Cof- 
fin, George Vaughan and Lawrence. 

(\T) Captain James Coffin, second son of 
Captain Ichabod and Mary (Coffin) Jordan, 
was born December 16, 1803, and died June 
28, 1839, i" the city of New York. Captain 
Jordan left home to go to sea. The ship he 
was to command was about ready to leave 
New York on a long voyage. On his arrival 
at New York he was taken suddenly sick and 
died in a short time. His body was brought 
to Saco and buried in the family cemetery. 
He married. May 27, 1839, at Portland, Mary 
C, daughter of Wintlirop and Mary J. Stan- 
wood, of Portland. They had one child, James 
Coffin, whose sketch follows. 

(VII) James Coffin (2), only son of James 
Coffin (i) and IMary C. (Stanwood) Jor- 
dan, was born in Portland, January 22, 1840. 
He engaged in the manufacture of matches, 
became proprietor of the Star Match factory, 
and was very successful in business. He mar- 
ried, September 20, 1861, at Standish, Vir- 

ginia H. Barker, who was born in Hiram, 
May 20, 1841, daughter of Benjamin and Zil- 
pah Barker. Six children were born to thetn: 
Samuel Spring, Marion Curtis, Margaret 
Stanwood, Gertrude Bradford, Mary Wood 
and Robert Richworth. 

(\TII) Alary Wood, youngest child of James 
Coffin (2) and \'irginia H. (Barker) Jor- 
dan, was born in Portland, November 29, 
1879, ^^^ married Arthur Sewall Bosworth. 
(See Bosworth I\'.) 

The Crookers of Maine are 
CROOKER principally of Scotch extrac- 
tion and descended from 
tliree brothers who settled in 1748 in that 
part of the province of Maine which was then 
the frontier. From Isaiah has descended a 
large progeny, several of whom have been 
ship-builders and prominent citizens. 

(I) Isaiah Crooker was born in Glasgow, 
Scotland, in 1730, and was one of five broth- 
ers who settled at Scituate on Cape Cod, fam- 
ily tradition states. It is further stated that 
two of the brothers remained there, an<l Isaiah 
and the other two took a vessel and went to 
Maine. They were shipwrecked in coming 
past Sequin, and although none of them were 
lost they were separated. One was a doctor 
and settled somewhere east of the Kennebec; 
one went into Oxford county, and Isaiah went 
to Longreach, which then comprised only half 
a dozen farms. At eighteen years of age 
Isaiah Crooker came to Bath, at that time 
being the possessor of ten thousand dollars, 
a large sum for that day. Realizing that 
every man should have a trade at his com- 
mand, he served an apprenticeship as a black- 
smith, which trade embraced carriage-making, 
carpentering, house-shoring, and, above all, 
nail-making, he being an expert at the latter, 
which in those days was considered a great 
feat to do well. In 1761, when the first church 
was built at Witch Spring Burying Ground, 
on land given by Nathaniel Donnell, men- 
tioned hereafter, a large two-story structure, 
Mr. Crooker's donation to it was all the nails 
used in the building, w'hich were made bv his 
ov. n hands. Fie was also a ship-builder, and 
the last vessel built by him was constructed 
on a spot a short distance north of Center 
street, near a stream which ran in a valley 
now occupied by the track of the Maine Cen- 
tral railroad. The yard was on the west 
bank of the stream. He bought a large tract 
of land, four miles in length, extending from 
the Kennebec river on the east to the New 
Meadows river on the west, with the exception 



of a few lots which were already occupied 
and cultivated. His purchase included Rocky- 
hill. On this he erected a large house, called 
Crookcr's Folly, on account of its size. Mr. 
Crooker was one of the earliest and most 
prominent citizens of Bath, residing until his 
death on High street. He died September 15, 
1795, aged sixty-five years. Fie was a very 
heavy man and weighed 350 pounds ; he had 
a chair made to order, which is still a clioice 
relic of his descendants. Flis six sons were 
all stalwart men, standing over six feet in 
their stockings, with the exception of one 
short one ; one son weighed 400 pounds. 

Isaiah Crooker. married (first) October 24, 
1750, Betsey Philbrook, daughter of Jonathan 
Philbrook, and had one child, Priscilla, born 
in 1757, who married a Lunt. Mrs. Crooker 
died not long after her marriage. Mr. Crooker 
married (second) in July, 1760, Hannah 
(Harding) McKenney, a widow from Truro, 
by whom he had ten children: i. Isaiah, born 
in 1762, who married a McDonald. 2. Hul- 
dah, born May 2, 1724, married John Whit- 
more. 3. Jonathan Harding, see below. 4. 
Elizabeth, born March 29, 1769, married Will- 
iam Webb. 5. Gamalia, born May 20, 1771, 
married Martha Foster. 6. Timothy, who died 
at sea. 7. Francis Winter, born June 27, 
1775, married Jane McCobb. 8. William 
Swanton, born in 1777, married a Jewett. 9. 
Zachariah, born in 1778, married a Merritt. 
10. Hannah, born 1781. married General 
Denny McCobb. General Denny and Jane 
McCobb were brother and sister. 

(II) Jonathan Harding, second son of Isa- 
iah and Hannah (Harding) (McKenney) 
Crooker, was born in Bath, October, 1767. He 
was a ship-builder by occupation ; he learned 
the blacksmith trade, in accordance with the 
wishes of his father, who had all his sons 
learn a. trade. Fie resided in Bath. He mar- 
ried Hannah Duncan, who was born in 1774, 
died 1858, aged eighty-four years. She was 
a daughter of Dr. Samuel Duncan, surgeon 
in the revolutionary war, who was one of the 
first physicians of the town of Bath. Dr. 
Duncan married Hannah Donnell, daughter of 
Benjamin Donnell, who came from Old York 
before 1734; he was a son of Nathaniel Don- 
nell. of York. Jonathan H. and Hannah 
(Duncan) Crooker had children: Samuel 
Duncan, Charles, see below, Lydia Duncan, 
John, Arthur Harding, William Donnell. 

(HI) Charles, second son of Jonathan H. 
and Hannah (Duncan) Crooker, was born in 
Bath, September 20. 1797, died February 14, 
1877, aged eighty. He attended the common 

schools while a youth, and after arriving at 
manhood engaged in building vessels with 
James Church, under the firm name of Church 
& Crooker, and afterward built with his 
brother, William D., under the firm name of 
C. & W. D. Crooker, until 1853, when he re- 
tired from the activities of business. He was 
a Republican and a staunch supporter of his 
party. Flis residence was on South street. 
He married Rachel Sewall, 1818, by whom he 
had children : Lucy Holmes, died in infancy ; 
Charles H., died in infancy; Emma Duneen, 
Juliette Marsh, Adelaide Lydia. 

(IV) Juliette Marsh, daughter of Charles 
and Rachel (Sewall) Crooker, was born in 
Bath, March 11, 1839, died October 4, 1891. 
She married Captain Frederic Stead Bos- 
worth, of Bath. (See Bosworth III.) 

The armorial bearings of this 
CRANE family were ar. a crane sa. 
standing on a staff raguly in 
base vert. The name appeared in England in 
1272, when there was a William de Crane. 
The cognomen is derived from the town of 
Crannes, in Maine, an ancient province of 
northern France. Crannes, or Craon, has for 
its root the Gaelic cran, meaning water, and 
the birrl of that name received its appellation, 
doubtless, because it frequented watery places. 
The Cranes were without doubt Normans who 
came over with the Conqueror, who is said 
to have started from Crannes on the river 
Oudin. Cranae was an island of Laconia in 
the Mediterranean. Cranus, a town of Caria, 
in Asia Minor, and there was a king of Ath- 
ens bearing the name. Cranea was a small 
country in Greece on the Ionian sea, Craneus 
was the first king of Macedonia. Crania was 
the ancient name of Tarrius in Cilicia, and 
Crane a city of Arcadia, in Greece. In the 
successive migrations of the population from 
the east and south to the north and west it is 
probable they carried with them their local 
geography. We can in any event see that 
the name of our family is a most ancient one. 
The English home of the Cranes was in Suf- 
folk. In 1382 William Crane, of Stow- 
market, married Margaret, daughter and co- 
heir of Sir Andrew Butler, Knight, by wdiich 
he came into possession of Chilton in the 
Hundred of Stowe. It remained in the fam- 
ily over three hundred years. The line of 
heirs is delineated for twelve generations, and 
among them was a long roll of aristocratic 
land holders. 

(I) Henry Crane, the .American forefather 
of this race, was born in England in 1621, 



came to this country and located in Milton, 
Massachusetts, in 1667. He was an iron- 
worker. The house in which he lived was sit- 
uated on the north side of Adams street, at 
East Milton, in the rear and between the 
houses of W. Q. Baxter and E. B. Andrews. 
The open place in that section was called 
"Crane's Plains." He married, in England, 
Tabitha. He married (second) Elizabeth, 
daughter of Stephen Kinsley, of Braintree, 
Massachusetts: children, born in Milton: 
Benjamin, Stephen, John, Elizabeth, Ebene- 
zer, Anna C. M., Mary, Mercy and Samuel. 
The children had the limited advantages of a 
farm home in those early days. There was a 
sternness and simplicity to life then, but from 
the hardships and rough realities of that gen- 
eration were evolved the unflinching patriots 
of the next, who successfully opposed the ob- 
noxious oppression of the mother country. 

(H) Ebenezer, son of Henry and Eliza- 
beth (Kinsley) Crane, was born August 10, 
1665. In August, 1690, he enlisted in the 
Dorchester and Milton Company of seventy- 
five men, and went with Sir William Phipps' 
disastrous expedition to Quebec. Of the two 
thousand troops comprising the land force, 
two hundred were lost, and of the two hun- 
dred and forty-six that belonged to his com- 
pany he was one of the twenty-nine that re- 
turned home. He married Mary, daughter of 
Thomas Talman. Among their children was 

(Ill) Abijah, twelfth child of Ebenezer and 
Mary (Talman) Crane, was born in Milton, 
Novemlaer 2, 1714. He married Sarah Field, 
of Braintree, and after her decease Sarah 

(I\') Brigadier-General John, third son of 
-Abijah and Sarah (Field) Crane, was born in 
Milton, December 7, 1744, and died at Whit- 
ing, Maine, August 21, 1805. In 1759 his 
father was drafted as a soldier in the French 
war, but being enfeebled by his infirmities, 
John, then fifteen, went in the place of him. 
In 1769 he assisted Gilbert Dubois in planting 
the "Paddock elms," which came from Mr. 
Robbins' farm on Brush Hill. In 1767 he 
was in Boston, where he lived eighteen years 
on Tremont, opposite Hollis street. In 1773 
he was one of the "Boston Tea-party," and 
was the only man injured in the melee. He 
was found twenty-four hours later in the hold 
of the vessel, disabled. On removing his 
boots there was found therein a quantity of 
tea. This was preserved by the family, and 
more than a century afterward this very tea 
was shown at an exhibition on Washington 

street. In 1774 he was commissioned lieu- 
tenant of artillery in Rhode Island, and the 
next year the lieutenant marched on Boston 
with the Rhode Island army. Lieutenant 
Crane was one of the party with Major Vose 
that burned the Boston light. In 1776 he 
was in the siege of Boston at Cambridge and 
Dorchester Fleights, as major in Knox's ar- 
tillery. In August of that year Major Crane 
was at the battle of Brooklyn ; in September 
he lost a portion of his foot by a cannon-ball 
from the "Rose'' frigate, in the East river, and 
came near dying from lockjaw; in December 
he was in Boston again, building powder-mills. 
In 1777 he was promoted to the colonelcy of 
the i\Iassachusetts regiment, and led in person 
that body of men at the battles of Monmouth, 
Branclywine, Germantown and Red Bank. In 
17S0 Colonel Crane took part in the unsuc- 
cessful pursuit of Benedict Arnold, and in 
1783 was commissioned brigadier-general for 
active and meritorious service. He was con- 
sidered the most expert artillerist on the 
American side. General Crane went to Quod- 
dy, Maine, now Lubec, in 1784, and was the 
first merchant on Moose Island, now East- 
port. In 1786 he removed to Orangetown, 
now Whiting, Maine. He was appointed the 
first judge of the court of common pleas for 
Washington county. The name of his wife 
was Sarah, and their children were : Abijah, 
Isaac, John, Charlotta. 

(V) Abijah (2), son of John and Sarah 
Crane, married Rgbecca Crane. Children : 
William P., Isaac, Abigail, Rebecca, Zebiah, 
Lucretia, Edward B. and Abijah. 

(\T) Abijah (3), son of Abijah (2) and 
Rebecca (Crane) Crane, lived in Whiting. He 
married Lydia T. Gilpatrick, and had : Ada- 
laide, Rufus T., James E., Leander, Hancock, 
John Wesley and Lucy H. 

(VII) Rufus Trussell, first son of Abijah 
(3) and Lydia T. (Gilpatrick) Crane, was 
born in Whiting, February 25, 1832. He re- 
moved to Machias, and was a druggist there 
for fifty years. He married (first) .A.ngelia 
Gardner, (second) Elizabeth, daughter of 
William S. Peavey. Children : Edna P. and 
Frank T. 

(Vni) Frank Trussell, son of Rufus T. 
and Elizabeth (Peavey) Crane, was born at 
Machias, April n, 1869. He received his pre- 
liminary training in the public school, grad- 
uating from the Machias high, and from the 
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1891. 
He immediately went into the drug business 
with his father, and is now general manager 
of the same. Mr. Crane is a member of Har- 



wood Lodge, No. 91, Ancient Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, of Macliias, of which he is 
senior deacon : he has been accorded the cap- 
itular degree in the Washington Chapter, of 
which he has been liigh priest : he was admit- 
ted to the rites of St. Elmo Commandery, No. 
18, Knights Templar, of which he is past com- 
mander ; he is also a member of the Lodge 
of Perfection, and has taken ten York de- 
grees in Masonry and fourteen in the Scot- 
tish Rites. He is a member, too, of the Ben 
Hur Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, of 
which he is past chancellor : of the Eastern 
Star, of which he is past patron. In addition 
to these, he is a member of the Maine Phar- 
maceutical Association, of which he has been 
president. Lie belongs to the Sons of Amer- 
ican Revolution. He is a believer in the Jack- 
sonian principles of democracy, and has been 
member of the Democratic county committee. 
Mr. Crane was chairman of the JMachias 
school board for five years, and he is at pres- 
ent chief of the city fire department. 

Mr. Crane married Bertha I., daughter of 
Thomas B. and Lucia (Tuller) Magie, of New 
Haven, Connecticut. She is a member of the 
Daughters of the Revolution, past regent of 
the Hannah Weston Chapter, and past matron 
of Machias Chajiter, O. E. S., and at present 
associate grand conductress of the Grand 
Chapter of ]\laine. The Cranes are Congre- 
gational people, and Mrs. Crane is superin- 
tendent of the Machias Valley Junior Chris- 
tian Endeavor Society. Mr. and Mrs. Crane 
have three children : Grace Magie, born Sep- 
tember 4, 1893; Lucia Elizabeth, September 
22, 1897, and Edna Peavey, December, li 
They are attending the public schools. 

Hezekiah Crane, immigrant an- 
CRANE cestor of this branch of the 

Crane family, was born in Wind- 
sor. Counecticrt, 1773, died at Constable, New 
York, April 30, 18 10. He married, at Weth- 
ersfield, \'er!Uont, November 29, 1796, Pru- 
dence Lake, born at Rindge, New Hampshire, 
February 24, 1778, died July 19, 1853, daugh- 
ter of Enos and Prudence (Page) Lake. 
Enos Lake was born at Topsfield, Massachu- 
setts, October 26, 1756, married at Rindge, 
New Hampshire, December 18, 1777, Pru- 
dence Page, born March 9, 1760, at Groton. 
Massachusetts, died September 16, 1794. Chil- 
dren of Enos and Prudence (Page) Lake: 
Prudence, aforementioned ; Enos, David, Hit- 
ta, Abigail, Sewall, Rebecca, Silas and Sally. 
twms. Children of Hezekiah and Prudence 

(Lake) Crane: i. Prudence, born in Wethers- 
field, January 16, 1798, married a Mr. Davis, 
of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and had two 
sons and two daughters. 2. Hezekiah, born 
in Wethersfield, August 25, 1799, died March 
18, 1800. 3. Gilman, born in Wethersfield, 
June 30, 1801, died July 21, 1888; married, 
August 13, 1S24, Rosalinda Ginn, of Orland, 
Maine, daughter of Abraham Ginn ; chil- 
dren : Flezekiah, Harriet C, Hezekiah, Pru- 
dence, Rosalinda, Gilman, Catherine, Alpheus, 
Laura. 4. Harriet, born in Eden, Mt. Desert 
Island, July 31, 1803, married a Mr. Choate. 
5. Oberia, born Eden, April 16, 1807, died 
i\Iay 16, 1807. 6. Oberia Hill, born in Eden, 
June 26, 1808, died at South Reading, Massa- 
chusetts, September i, 1854; married Calvin 
C. Salsbury, of Eden, in 1833, and had two 
daughters, Frances and Laura. 7. Sewall 
Lake, mentioned below. 

(II) Sewall Lake, son of Hezekiah and 
Prudence (Lake) Crane, was born in Eden, 
Mt. Desert, April 13, 1816, died March 16, 
1856. He was a prominent citizen of Bucks- 
port, Maine. He was a blacksmith and a 
Republican. He married Elizabeth Lewis 
Howes, of Bucksport, born June 15, 1816, died 
December 23, 1885, daughter of Solomon 
Lewis Llowes, of Provincetown, Massachu- 
setts, and of Sarah (Rich) Howes, who was a 
native of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. These 
parents were the representatives of some very 
strong old New England families. Solomon 
L. Howes was born December 18, 1779, died 
March 16, 1856; his wife was born August 30, 
1778, died May 22, 1862. Solomon L. Howes, 
father of Mrs. Sewall Lake Crane, came to 
Maine when a young man, settling at North 
Bucksport. He became a master mariner. He 
was a Whig politically, and he and his wife 
were members of the Methodist church. They 
are buried at Winterport, Maine. He married 
Sarah Rich, and they were the parents of 
eleven sons and one daughter, the only survi- 
vor (1908) being Sarah, widow of Sylvester 
Snowman, of Bucksport, Maine. She is now 
in her ninetieth year and remarkably active 
and well preserved. She is tenderly loved and 
cherished in the home of her son, Walter 
Snowman, in Bucksport. Abner Howes, the 
father of Solomon Lewis Howes, having been 
a brave soldier in the revolutionary war from 
Provincetown, Massachusetts, was killed in 
battle. The children of Sewall Lake Crane 
were: Clifton Parker, Charles L., Joshua L., 
Sewall Lake Jr., Albert A., Sarah R., who 
married Gilman Campbell, of Winterport, 



Maine: Caroline E., who married Thomas 
Houston, Marcia, who married Williard S. 
Dilloway ; Ella and George Dana. 

(Ill) George Dana, son of Sevvall Lake 
and Elizabeth Lewis (Howes) Crane, was 
born in Frankfort, Maine. August 27, 1847, 
and is now a well-known resident of Bucks- 
port. He studied diligently in the schools of 
P'rankfort, now W'interport. until he was four- 
teen years of age and then became a clerk at 
Bangor. He enlisted in the LTnion army from 
Frankfort, February 11, 1864, in Company D, 
the Fourteenth Maine Infantry Volunteers, 
under the command of Captain John D. Quim- 
by, and was honorably discharged at Hilton 
Head, South Carolina, on the 28th of July, 
1865, having been a brave soldier of the 
truest type. He took an active part in many 
important battles, among these being the bat- 
tle at Winchester, Virginia, September 19, 
1864, Fisher's Hill, September 22, 1864, and 
Cedar Creek, October 22, 1864, and is now 
a United States pensioner. After the civil 
war Mr. Crane was employed by the Penob- 
scot Express Company for two years, and 
then went to sea for six years, making voy- 
ages to foreign ports, and rising from a sea- 
man before the mast to first mate of the bark 
"Libertad," commanded by Captain William 
Henry Jordan, of Bucksport. On June 3, 
1872, J^lr. Crane entered the service of the 
European and North American Railway Com- 
pany, which is now a part of the Maine Cen- 
tral system, as a telegraph operator, was pro- 
moted to train-despatcher and held that po- 
sition for eight years and a half. He resigned 
this position to accept that of agent and 
operator of the iMaine Central railroad at Ells- 
worth, remaining there for six years, when, in 
1890, he was transferred to Bucksport in the 
same capacity, and is still the very popular 
station-master in that town. ■ Mr. Crane is 
Independent in religion and politics. He is a 
very enthusiastic Free and Accepted Mason ; 
was made a Mason in Lodge No. 47, Spring- 
field, Maine. He is also an Odd Fellow, and 
a member of Fort Knox Lodge, No. 127, of 
Bucksport, being past noble grand of that 
lodge. He was elected to the ofiice of sec- 
ond selectman of Bucksport in 1899, and as 
first selectman and chairman of the board in 
the years 1900-01-02-03-04-07. Mr. Crane 
married, August 27, 1873, Nellie M. Hayes, 
who died July 2, 1908. She was the daugh- 
ter of Thomas Hayes, of a strong old English 
family, and Mary Ellen Hayes, who came of a 
sturdy Irish family. Mr. Crane's children 
were two: i. Charles, who died at the age of 

three and one-half years. 2. Dr. Harold 
Hayes Crane, a prominent physician of Ban- 
gor; he was graduated from the Jefferson 
Medical College of Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1903 ; he married Lucy Sawyer Hink- 
ley of Millbridge, Maine. Blanche Nellie 
Hayes, the adopted daughter of George Dana 
Crane, married Reginald H. Muir. of Boston. 

Amos Bartlett Haggett was 
HAGGETT born in Edgecomb, Maine, 
October 23, 1835, and is a 
son of Amos Haggett, who was born in Essex 
county. New York, and a grandson of Benja- 
min Haggett, a soldier of the continental army 
during the revolutionary war. 

(I) Benjamin Haggett was a native of Scot- 
land and came to America previous to the rev- 
olution. He settled at Ticonderoga in the 
province of New York, in a region which was 
the scene of frequent visits of both the Ameri- 
can and British armies, and there, too, was 
fought one of the memorable battles of that 
great struggle for national independence. As 
has been mentioned Benjamin Haggett was a 
soldier of the American army in that war and 
bore his part well. In domestic life he was a 
farmer in old Essex county, living there until 
1790, when he removed to Maine and settled 
in the town of Edgecomb, where he died. His 
children were : William, Amos, Benjamin, 
John, Mary, Sarah and Ann. 

(II) Amos, son of Benjamin Haggett, was 
born at Ticonderoga, New York, July 29, 
1788, and died in Edgecomb, Maine, Novem- 
ber 10, 1863. He was a farmer and lived 
nearly his entire lifetime in this state. He 
married Abigail, daughter of Joshua and Polly 
Merry; children: i. Martha, born February 

9, 1813. 2. Matilda, July 15, 1815. 3. Mary 
Ann, July 24, 181 7. 4. Li da, November 18, 
1818. 5. Samuel, twin with Lida, November 
18, 1818. 6. Kezia, November 14, 1820. 7. 
Sarah Ann, May 26, 1822. 8. Eliza Jane, 
February 23, 1824. 9. Nancy, April 25, 1826. 

10. Nandana, February 20, 1828. 11. George 
K., January 3, 1830. 12. Betsey, April 3, 1833. 

13. Amos B., October 23, 1835, see forward. 

14. Josiah K., June 3, 1838. 

(III) Amos Bartlett, youngest but one of 
the sons and daughters of Amos and Abigail 
(Merry) Haggett, was born October 23, 1835, 
and for the last more than fifty years has been 
closely identified with the great shipbuilding 
industry of Bath, Maine, and in manv other 
ways has been an important factor in the busi- 
ness life of that city. His young life was 
spent in the town of Edgecomb, where he was 



born and received his early education, and at 
the age of about sixteen years he went to 
Damariscotta, learned the trade of ship carpen- 
tering there and also acquired a good under- 
standing of the business of shipbuilding in the 
yards of Metcalf & Norris, famous shipbuild- 
ers in their day. After about four years in 
the yards at Damariscotta Mr. Haggett re- 
moved to Bath and for the next five years was 
employed by the shipbuilding firm of Trufant 
& Drummond, then, beginning in 1865, he be- 
came connected with the yards of Gross, Saw- 
yer & Packard, at first in the capacity of prac- 
tical workman, then as superintendent or fore- 
man of the firm's extensive works, and later 
as a member of the firm ; the practical man of 
the firm, with a thorough understanding of the 
business of shipbuilding from the laying of 
the keel to the launching of the completed ves- 
sel and the finishing work after the hull was 
afloat. In the course of time he came to be 
the head of the firm and virtually directed its 
great business enterprises; and later, in 1898, 
when the former firm reorganized and became 
the New England Shipbuilding Company, Mr. 
Haggett was its largest stockholder, one of its 
directors, and general superintendent of con- 
struction work in the yards. This is his pres- 
ent relation to the company and its business, 
and it may be of interest to mention the fact 
at this time that since 1865, the year in which 
he came to Bath, Mr. Haggett has had charge 
of the work of construction of three hundred 
and twenty vessels of all kinds — ships, barks, 
barges, schooners and steam craft ; and of this 
total number there have been several clipper 
steamers which were built after designs origi- 
nated and plans drawn by Mr. Haggett him- 
self, and they have been numbered among the 
most serviceable vessels engaged in the coast 
trade. From this it must be seen that the 
many years of persevering efYort have not been 
spent in vain, have not gone without their just 
reward, and it is equally clear that not he 
alone, but the city of Bath as well and its 
wage-working people have benefited by his 
business enterprise and capacity to build up 
and successfully direct large operations. 

But his time has not been given exclusively 
to personal concerns, for he has long been 
identified in various ways with the best in- 
terests and institutions of the city. Political 
afifairs, too, have claimed and received a share 
of his attention, he having served two years 
as member of the board of aldermen and two 
years in the city council. He is a Republican 
by principle, a firm party adherent with the 

fortunate capacity of being able to express 
his views freely on all public questions, 
whether of local or general import, but he is 
not and never has been in any sense a poli- 
tician or a seeker after office, and never in- 
trudes his opinions in the presence of unwilling 
hearers. Mr. Haggett is a member of the 
board of trustees of the Bath Savings Institu- 
tion and the Bath Trust Company, a director 
and vice-president of the Bath Building and 
Loan Association, a member of Arcadia 
Lodge, No. 13, Knights of Pythias, and a reg- 
ular attendant at the services of the North 
Street Baptist Church and a generous con- 
tributor to its support and the maintenance of 
its benevolent and charitable dependencies. He 
is known, too, as a liberal and public-spirited 
citizen, considerate of the rights of all men and 
especially of the hundreds and perhaps thou- 
sands who have been employed in the ship- 
yards in which he has for so many years been 

He married (first) in 1855, Lucy, daughter 
of the late Moses Benner. She died in 1881, 
and he married (second) in 1882, Elizabeth 
A., daughter of Benjamin Stimpson. Seven 
children were born of his first, and three of his 
second marriage: i. Ella, January 27, 1857, 
married William Cahill, of Bath. 2. Edith, 
March 29, 1859, married John Madden, of 
Bath. 3. Frank H., January 27, 1861. 4. 
Clara, died young. 5. Annie, died young. 6. 
William B., May 18, 1869, married Katherine 
McCay. Mr. Haggett is foreman of the ma- 
chine department of the Bath Iron Works. 7. 
Lucy E., May 2, 1872, married R. G. Hillman, 
of Bangor, Maine. 8. Benjamin S., October 
2, 1883, graduated A. B., Bowdoin College, 
1905; now principal of Asbury Park (New 
Jersey) high school. 9. Fred B., August 23, 
1886, now bookkeeper for the W. O. Parker 
Company of Bath. 10. Amos Bartlett Jr., 
February 18, 1894, student. 

According to the best-preserved 
REMICK records in the Remick family, 

the name was originally spelled 
Remish and the ancestor of the line in Amer- 
ica is said to have come from Holland. 

(I) Christian Remick, immigrant, came 
from Holland at an early day and settled in 
Kittery, Maine. He married and had a son 

(II) Jacob, son of Christian Remick, was 
born in Kittery, November 23, 1660. He 
was a ship-builder and farmer. He died 1745- 
He had a son John. 



(III) John, son of Jacob Remick, was born 
in Kittery, October 7, 1692. He had a son 

( lY) Enoch, son of John Remick, was born 
in Kittery, April i, 1730, died May 11, 1800. 
He married Abigail Trefethen. They had six 
sons and four daughters, among whom was a 
son William. 

(V) William, son of Enoch Remick, mar- 
ried Abigail Gilman, and had the following 
children: i. Jacob Gilman, born in Tamworth, 
New Hampshire, March 17, 1798, married 
Hannah Shaw. 2. Samuel, born Tamworth. 
3. Daniel, see forward. 4. Susan, born in In- 
dustry, New Hampshire, August 7, 1808, mar- 
ried, August 12, 1829, Shubael Stevenson. 5. 
Louisa, never married. 6. Catherine Board- 
man, born in Industry, September 14, 1810, 
married John Wilkins Rice. 7. George, of 
Orrington, unmarried. 

(\T) Daniel, son of William Remick. born 
July I, 1801, in Tamworth, New Hampshire, 
removed to the town of Industry, ■Maine, at an 
early age, where he became a very worthy citi- 
zen. Tie was a very ingenious cabinetmaker. 
He married, June 14, 1840, Rhecardo Tom- 
son Sherburne, who came from England to 
Boston, Massachusetts, in the year 1822, when 
she was eleven years of age. From thence 
she removed to Castine, Maine, and later on 
to Bucksport. She was a woman of great 
strength of character. The children were; i. 
Mary S.. born June 24, 1843, married George 
F. Peaks. 2. Anne Frances, February 7, 1845, 
died October i, 1866. 3. Alice, 1847, married 
Charles B. Morse, who is deceased. 4. Will- 
iam Arthur, see forward. 

(VII) William Arthur, son of Daniel and 
Rhecardo Tomson (Sherburne) Remick, was 
born in Bucksport, August 8, 1849. He was 
educated in the public schools of Bucksport 
and for a time was a student at the East Maine 
Conference Seminary in Bucksport. He went 
to sea at the age of eighteen years, and fol- 
lowed this life until six years later, soon be- 
coming an "able bodied seaman, and finally 
rising to be the very efficient first mate of a 
fine ship." He then returned to Bucksport and 
applied his wonderful energy and clear- 
sightedness about business methods to the fur- 
niture and upholstering business, in which he 
became engaged in the year 1874, and has 
been very successful in all the years since 
then. Mr. Remick was town clerk of Bucks- 
port for thirteen years, from 1887 to 1899. He 
was collector of taxes from 1888 to 1900. He 
was appointed justice of the peace in 1888 and 
still holds that office. In 1898 he was ap- 

pointed recorder of Western Hancock Munici- 
pal Court, and his term of office will not ex- 
pire until January, 1910. The jurisdiction of 
this court extends over fourteen towns : Bucks- 
port, Orland, Penobscot, Castine, Blue Hill, 
Deer Isle, Stonington, Brooksville, Dedham, 
\'erona, Sargentville, Swan's Island, Sedgwick 
and Brookline. He is a very enthusiastic 
Mason, being a member of Felicity Blue 
Lodge, No. 19, of Bucksport, which is one of 
the oldest Masonic Blue Lodges in the state 
of Maine, having been instituted in the year 
1809. He is past master of this lodge, and 
has also filled most of the subordinate offices 
in this lodge. He is also a Chapter Mason, 
being a member of Hancock Royal Arch Chap- 
ter. No. 19, of Bucksport, Bangor Council, 
No. 5, Blanquefort Commandery, No. 13, 
Knights Templar, of Ellsworth, Maine, and 
member of Kora Temple, Mystic Shrine, of 
Lewiston. He has taken all the York rite 
of Masonry. In politics Mr. Remick is a 
staunch Republican, an Independent in reli- 
gion, and a member of the New England 
Order of Protection, of Bucksport, Knowlton 
Lodge, No. 108. William A. Remick mar- 
ried (first) in 1872, Jennie M. Holt, of Blue 
Hill, born 1850, died September 24, 1881. 
Two children were born of this marriage, Fan- 
nie and Charles Morse Remick, both of whom 
died in infancy. Married (second) May 3, 
1886, Minnie Blanche Dow, of Prospect, 
Maine, daughter of George Washington Dow. 
They have no children. 

Andrew Murchie came from 
MURCHIE Paisley, Scotland, to St. 
Stephen, New Brunswick, on 
tlie east bank of the St. Croix river and op- 
posite Calais, Maine, about 1784. He brought 
with him from Scotland the enterprise and 
thrift that belong to the fortunate holders of a 
birthright in that conservative but determined 
nation, that won the respect of the world in 
their stand for the rights of religious and per- 
sonal liberty. He married, in the Province of 
New Brunswick, Janet, daughter of Colin 
Campbell, of the noted Campbell clan of Scot- 
land. Andrew Murchie was among the origi- 
nal "Loyalist founders of the Settlement of 
Quoddy," which became the thriving town of 
St. Stephen, and he carried on a farm which 
afforded his family a very respectable support. 
(II) James, son of Andrew and Janet 
(Campbell) Murchie, was born in St. Stephen, 
New Brunswick, August 16, 1813. He was 
sent to the common school of St. Stephen and 
assisted his father on the farm until he had 



passed his majority by two years. In 1836 he 
married Mary Ann, daughter of Jolin Grim- 
mer, of St. Stephen. His father-in-law subse- 
quently served as collector of customs for the 
port of St. Stephen. James Murchie after his 
marriage engaged in farming and in cutting 
and marketing logs during the winter season. 
He obtained a permit from the government to 
cut logs on the common lands of the Province 
of New Brunswick on paying a small sum per 
square mile for the privilege, and he soon 
became the largest single operator in timber 
in the woods of the Province, which he readily 
sold to the various mill-owners. He continued 
this business for eighteen years, when he re- 
tired with a fortune of $20,000. With this as 
a capital, he began the manufacture of lumbci 
in Calais, Maine, and in connection with that 
business he carried on a general store. He 
was captain of a company of local militia of 
the Province; was justice of the peace ; 
held offices in the local government of the 
Province at St. Stephen. He built or 
chased several vessels for the prosecution of 
his business beyond the confines of the home 
yards, and his son John G. became a captain 
of his first vessel when he had attained the 
age of twenty-one years, having studied navi- 
gation for that purpose. In 1862 he launched 
the bark "Bessie Simpson," and Captain John 
G. Murchie was transferred to the command 
of the new bark, and his third son, James S., 
sailed with him and fitted himself for the 
future command of a vessel, and a few years 
later he was made captain of the bark "Mary 
Rideout." As business increased, Mr. Mur- 
chie admitted his sons, one by one, his sons 
John G. and William A. becoming partners in 
1862, and Captain James later, and the name 
of the firm became James Murchie & Sons, 
which grew to be one of the most extensive 
business concerns in the state of Maine, with 
home office and yards at Calais. In 1903 the 
business was incorporated as James Murchie 
Sons' Company, Calais', Maine. In the Do- 
minion of Canada their mills are located at 
Benton Deer Lake, Edmuston and Frederick- 
ton. The corporation is a large owner of 
timber lands in Maine, New Brunswick and 
Quebec. The children of James and Mary x\nn 
(Grimmer) Murchie were: i. John Grimmer, 
born September 2, 1838, was mayor of Calais 
for several terms. 2. William Andrew (q. v.), 
born March 25, 1841. 3. James Skiffington, 
born February 12, 1843. 4. Elizabeth Caro- 
line, born September 20, 1844, married Charles 
H. Porter, and as her second husband Adam 
Gillespie. 5. Mary Adeline, born May 28, 

1846, married Alexander McTavish. 6. Annie 
M., born October 21, 1847, married Fred- 
erick Hall and has one child, Charles Skiffing- 
ton Hall, born June, 1887. 7. George Albert, 
born September 16, 1849. 8. Charles Fred- 
erick, born February 25, 1851. 9. Emma Jane, 
born August 28, 1852, married Henry B. 
Eaton and had no children. 10. Horace B., 
born April 7, 1854, married Annie Eaton and 
has three children living : Lillian, Wilfred 
and Howard. The mother of these children 
died in 1857, and James Murchie married 
(second) in i860 Margaret, daughter of Jack- 
son Thorpe, of St. George, New Brunswick. 
Their children : 11. Alice Mabel, born October 
24, i860, married Charles F. Eaton, and has 
James, Muriel, Emerson, Freedom and Henry. 

12. Flenry Simpson, born October i, 1862, 
married Harriet H. Caldwell and had two 
children: Ralph Dean, born October 24, 1889, 
an undergraduate at Dartmouth College in 
1908, and Harris Foster, born November 14, 
1893, a student at Calais high school in 1908. 

13. Frank Campbell, born February 6, 1871, 
married, September 6, 1899, Lillian Lenora, 
daughter of Thomas and Alice P. (Lane) 
Sadler, of Maine. Mrs. Margaret (Thorpe) 
Murchie died in 1873. Mr. James Murchie 
was one of the stockholders of the New Bruns- 
wick and Canada railway, and the difficulties 
he met and overcame in carrying out this 
work were apparently unsurmountable. He 
was one of the builders of the church at Old 
Ridge, New Brunswick, and the cotton mill 
at Milltown, New Brunswick, the second 
largest in Canada. He was a member of 
the legislature of the Province of New Bruns- 
wick in 1874; he supported the non-sectarian 
school system and was a member of the legis- 
lature up to 1878. 

(Ill) William Andrew, second son of James 
and Mary Ann (Grimmer) Murchie, was born 
in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, ]\Iarch 25, 
1841. He was educated in the public and 
high schools of St. Stephen. He married, 
November 15, 1868, Ella, daughter of William 
Todd, of Milltown, New Brunswick. The chil- 
dren of William Andrew and Ella (Todd) 
Murchie were: i. Mabel Clarissa, born at St. 
Stephen, New Brunswick, November 21, 1870. 
2. Guy, December 5, 1872, graduated at Har- 
vard College, A. B., 1895, attended Harvard 
Law School and became an attorney and 
counsellor at law in Boston, Massachusetts; 
he was in the Spanish- American war as a mem- 
ber of the First L^nited States Volunteer Cav- 
alry ("Rough Riders"), Colonel Leonard 
Wood, Lieutenant-Colonel Theodore Roose- 



velt, and he was appointed by President Roose- 
velt United States marshal at Boston in 1898 : 
he has law offices at 45 Milk street, Boston. 
3. Louise Victoria, May 24, 1877, at Calais, 
S'laine, married Frank P. Lane, of Bangor, 
Maine. 4. William Todd, April 15, 1879, mar- 
ried Caroline . Mrs. Ella (Todd) Mur- 

chie, the mother of these children already 
named, died in Boston, Massachusetts, Octo- 
ber 25, 1885, and Mr. Murchie married (sec- 
ond) August 22, 1893, Mina De Hart Rounds, 
and they have two children : Margaret Wins- 
low, born July 22, 1895, and James Norwood, 
born December 25, 1904. William Andrew 
Murchie, while a resident of St. Stephen, New 
Brunswick, was a member of the Milltown 
Volunteer militia, holding rank first as ensign, 
then as lieutenant, and finally as captain of 
company. The government of New Bruns- 
wick awarded him a medal for gallant service 
during the Fenian raids in 1868. In the busi- 
ness of the firm of James Murchie & Sons, he 
was partner in 1862, and in the corporation of 
James Murchie Sons' Company he holds the 
office of director, and has charge of the cor- 
respondence of the company. 

The surname Sedgly, Sedg- 
SEDGELEY ley, Sedgely or Sedgeley, is 

not found by the writer in 
any work on English surnames or heraldry. 
It may be a modification of the very common 
name Sedley or Sedgwick. 

( I ) John Sedgeley, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England before 1700. He came to 
York, Maine, when a young man and was 
a turner by trade. He married, about 1715, 
Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Adams, of 
York. Her father gave them a lot of land at 
York, March 19, 1715-16, adjoining land of 
Daniel Simpson. They had another gift of 
land from her father January 12, 1716, and 
four acres on the southeast side of Scituate 
Plain farms, adjoining land of Adams and 
Sedgeley, December 15, 1726. John also 
bought about thirteen acres of John Harmon 
at York, April 2, 1724. Some of the land 
given to them by Adams was deeded to their 
neighbor Simpson June 27, 1729. It was situ- 
ate on the country road opposite John Par- 
sons' and west of Daniel Simpson Sr.'s land. 
Her parents, Thomas and Hannah Adams. 
were born in England about 1640-50 and came 
to York. As their children came of age or 
married they gave them home lots, viz. : i. 
Nathaniel Adams, thirty-four acres at York, 
November 18, 171 1. 2. Hezekiah Adams, 
twenty acres at York, January 12, 1715. 3. 

Philip Adams, land adjoining Hezekiah's, 
January 16, 1716. 4. Thomas Jr., the home- 
stead of forty acres on the highway from the 
meeting-house to the corn-mill, York, reserv- 
ing two acres and half the income of the 
farm ; also twenty acres between Daniel 
Black's and Scituate Plain ; married Sarah 

. 5. Samuel Adams, house lot of three 

or four acres, February 3, 1721-22; also land 
on the southwest side of the York river, ad- 
joining lands of Lieutenant Charles Frost and 
William Pepperell on the Kittery line, re- 
serving orchard, November 15, 1711. 6. Eliza- 
beth Adams, wife of John Sedgeley, as stated 
above. Thomas Adams Sr. was in York as 
early as 1678 and most of his children were 
born there. He received a grant from the 
town, March 12, 1678, of forty acres on the 
south side of the York river, adjoining the 
estate of Lieutenant Job Allcock. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Sedgeley, 
was born about 1730 in York. He removed 
from York to Waterville, Maine, and finally 
to Limerick, Maine. He married, but the 
name of his wife is not known. Children: i. 
William, mentioned below. 2. Joseph, soldier 
in the revolution, private in Captain Samuel 
Sayer's company. Lieutenant Samuel Young, 
Major Littlefield's regiment, in the Penobscot 
expedition, 1779; also in Captain James Le- 
mont's company, at Georgetown, in 1775, and 
in Captain Benjamin Lemont's company. Ma- 
jor Lithgow's regiment, in 1779, with rank of 
corporal. 3. James (twin). 4. Jonathan 
(twin). 5. Timothy. 6. John, soldier in revo- 
lution, private in Captain Solomon Walker's 
regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Prime, 
from April to December, 1780, under Briga- 
dier-General Wadsworth in Maine. 7. Betsey. 

(III) William, son of John (2) Sedgeley, 
was born about 1770. He resided at Limerick 

and was a farmer. He married . 

Children, born at Limerick: i. Timothy, men- 
tioned below ; Edwin, Irving, Levi, William 
Jr., Pattie, Tabitha, Roxy, Betsey. 

(IV) Timothy, son of William Sedgeley, 
was born in Limerick, Maine, January 6, i8(X2, 
died in 1871. He was educated in the common 
schools, and learned the trade of brick mason. 
He followed his trade and also conducted a 
farm at New Portland, Maine. He married 
(first) February 28, 1828, Sarah P. Burbank, 
born in Standish, Maine, January 4, 1807, died 
in 1852. He married (second) a Miss Stow- 
ers, who bore him one child, Ella, who died 
in early life. Children of first wife: i. John, 
born April 11, 1829, died September 3, 1830. 
2. John, May 21, 1831, now living, retired, in 



Stratton, Maine. 3. Mary, May 22, 1833. 4. 
Sarah, April 7, 1835. 5. Caroline, September 
21, 1836. 6. William, October 21, 1838, was 
a soldier in the civil war. 7. Daniel, June 30, 
1841, mentioned below. 8. Walter F., Decem- 
ber 19, 1842. 9. George, born about 1851, died 
August, 1867. 

(V) Daniel, son of Timothy Sedgeley, was 
born in New Portland, June 30, 1841. He 
was educated there in the common schools. 
He began early in life to work on his father's 
farm and has followed farming all his life. 
He resides in Phillips, Maine. In pohtics he 
is a Democrat, in reHgion a Universalist. He 
married, March 29, 1871, Mary J. Burbank, 
born in Freeman, October 26, 1836, died in 
Phillips, January 20, 1908, daughter of Ben- 
jamin M. and Betsey (Bray) Burbank. Chil- 
dren: I. George Burbank, born December 16, 
1872, mentioned below. 2. Albert Raymond, 
August 12, 1875, married Grace Harndin ; 
children : Clarence, Maurice, Lucile, Marian. 
3. Lillian May, born May, 1878, married Dan- 
iel F. Hoyt, merchant, of Phillips, Maine. 

(VI) George Burbank, son of Daniel Sedge- 
ley, was born in Phillips, December 16, 1872. 
He was educated in the public schools of his 
native town and at the Farmington Normal 
school. He taught school for two years in the 
vicinity of his home and worked on the farm 
one year. He embarked in the retail dry- 
goods business at Phillips in 1897. The pres- 
sent name of his firm is Sedgeley, Hoyt & 
Company. Mr. Sedgeley is a Republican. He 
married, August 23, 1906, Lillian M., born 
April 29, 1878, daughter of Frederick B. and 
Jane (Staples) Sweetser, of Phillips, Maine. 

This name was originally 
MESERVE spelled Messervy, and was 

changed by members of the 
American branch of the family to Meserve, 
the final letter of the word being pronounced 
for a time; but later generations have pro- 
nounced the name in two syllables. The 
genealogist of the family states that the 
Meservy family,- like several others, is probably 
of pure Jersey origin, all persons bearing this 
cognomen being descendants of those who 
formerly lived in the Isle of Jersey in the 
English Channel. As to the origin of the 
name, one can only make conjecture. The 
most plausible appears to be that which "The 
Armorial de Jersey" gives, and according to 
which the name could be nothing but the par- 
ticiple of the old French verb, "Messervyr," 
and signifies the "ill-treated." This epithet 
was given to an ancestor at the time of the 

cession of Normany to France in 1207. The 
family of Messervy has given to the Isle of 
Jersey many civil ofticials, a large number of 
whom held offices in the law courts. Few 
families have given so many officers to the 
army of their country as the Messervy family 
of the United States. The arms of the Mes- 
servy family of Jersey registered in 1665 are: 
"Messervy : Or, three cherries gules, stalked, 
vert. Crest: A Cherry tree proper. Alotto: 
Au valeureux coeur rien impossible" — to the 
valiant heart nothing is impossible. Agri- 
culture and the mechanic arts seem to have oc- 
cupied the time of most of the members of 
the family, although it has had its share of 
professional men, lawyers, clergymen and doc- 
tors, while the name figures but slightly in 
court records either as defendants or criminals, 
showing honesty, integrity and uprightness in 
the race. 

(I) Clement Messervy, whom tradition 
makes to have come from the Isle of Jersey to 
America, was a taxpayer in Portsmouth, New 
Hampshire, in 1673, took the oath of alle- 
giance in 1685, and had a seat in the meeting- 
house in 1693. Later he lived in Newington, 
New Hampshire. On August 6, 17 10, he con- 
veyed the homestead in Newington to his son 
Clement. Both he and his wife- died previous 
to 1720. He was very probably son of John 
Messervy, of Gorey, Grouville, and of Mary 
Malcolm, his wife, and his supposetl ancestry 
is traced some generations in Jersey. His 
wife's name was Elizabeth. No list of the 
children of Clement, the immigrant, has been 
found and we only knov^f positively that Clem- 
ent (2) and John were his sons because so 
called by him in deeds, in 1705 and 1710; but 
as the same documents speak of "other sons, 
and daughters," and as tradition has always 
made three branches of the family, in Maine, 
New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, the as- 
sumption seems warranted that he had : Aaron, 
Clement, Daniel, John, Elizabeth, Mary and 

(II) Clement (2), son of Clement (i) and 
Elizabeth Messervy, was born probably in 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about 1678, and 
was in William Redford's company of militia 
in 1696. On Jul}- 15. 1726, he and Daniel 
Moody, of Stratham, New Hampshire, pur- 
chased of William Cotton, of Portsmouth, one 
hundred acres of land at Black Point, Scar- 
borough, Maine, and in 1729 they bought one 
hundred and fifty acres more adjoining. He 
evidently removed to Scarborough soon after 
the purchase of Cotton, and was admitted to 
the first church of Scarborough, August li, 



1728. He married, September 24, 1702, Eliza- 
beth Jones. The marriage was solemnized by 
Rev. John Pike, in Portsmouth. They both 
owned the covenant, and were baptized in the 
church at Newington, March 10, 1723, when 
Mrs. Aleserve joined the church, and was ad- 
mitted to full communion. She died, and he 
married (second) August 14, 1738, Mrs. 
Sarah Stone, who survived him. He died 
(probably) in 1746, in Scarborough. His will 
dated February 18, 1740, describes him as 
■■Joyner, aged of body." His will was proved 
November 5, 1746. The inventory returned 
by Elliott Vaughan, Daniel Fogg and Samuel 
Sewall, appraisers, amounted to £896 15s. 7d. 
His children, all born probably in Portsmouth 
or Newington. were : Clement, Nathaniel, 
Elizabeth, John, Abigail, George, Peter, Dan- 
iel and Joseph. 

McLillan's "History of Gorham" says : "Of 
the dwellers in the fort on Fort Hill, during 
the seven years' Indian war commencing in 
1745, was one Clement Meserve, or, as the 
name was often called, "Harvey." On con- 
sulting the best authorities written or read, we 
have come to the conclusion that the Meserves 
of Scarboro and Gorham came from Dover or 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where the name 
appears to have been quite common. There 
was a Lieutenant-Colonel Nathaniel Meserve, 
of the New Hampshire troops, who dis- 
tinguished himself in the Louisburg expedi- 
tion in 1745; he is said to have been of the 
same family that came to Maine, and a brother 
to the Gorham Clement. Southgate, in his 
history of Scarboro, says Clement Meserve 
was in that town in 1725 ; that he was a joiner 
by trade." 

(III) John, third son of Clement (2) and 
Elizabeth (Jones) Meserve, was born March 
21, 1700. He married Jemima Hubbard, by 
whom he had : John, George, William, Clem- 
ent, Joseph, Thomas, Dorothy, Abigail, Mary 
(died young), Mary. 

(IV) John (2), eldest child of John (i) 
and Jemima (Hubbard) Meserve, was born in 
1738. He married, in 1762, Abigail Small, by 
whom he had : Joseph, Benjamin, Samuel 
Small, John (died voung), John, Abigail, 
Dorothy and Annie. 

(V) Joseph, eldest son of John (2) and 
Abigail (Small) Meserve, was born in 1763. 
He married, in 1788, Mary Stone, and they 
were the parents of Rufus, Joseph (died 
young), Joseph, Benjamin, Solomon, Abigail, 
Tabitha, Mary and Lydia. 

(VI) Captain Benjamin, fourth son of Jo- 

seph and Mary (Stone) Meserve, was born in 
1805, died in Livingston. He married, in 1830, 
Hannah Anderson, daughter of Abel Ander- 
son. The only issue of this marriage was 
Albion K. P., whose sketch follows. 

(VII) Dr. Albion Keith Paris, only child 
of Benjamin and Hannah (Anderson) Me- 
serve, was born in Limington, June 8, 1833, 
and died at his home in Portland suddenly, 
September 15, 1904, of cerebral apoplexy, es- 
teemed, respected and honored by the people 
among whom he lived. Nathan Goold, secre- 
tary of the Maine Historical Society, wrote of 
him : "Dr. Meserve was a man who was sin- 
cere, serious and conscientious and did right 
simply because it was right, hating shams. 
He had few intimates and was of few words, 
gaining his standing by the character of his 
life. With his patients he vi'as not only their 
physician, but also a valued friend. He had 
good understanding, the mind of an investi- 
gator, and was thoroughly conversant with the 
subjects that make up life, always willing to 
adopt the latest methods when convinced of 
their merits. Work was his pleasure and he 
made a success of his material affairs, all being 
done without ostentation." 

Dr. Albion K. P. Meserve was educated in 
the common schools and Standish Academy, 
and graduated at the Medical School of Maine 
in 1839. He first practiced medicine in Stand- 
ish. but shortly afterward removed to Buxton, 
where he lived until 1881, when he moved 
to Portland, where he afterwards resided. He 
was interested in the welfare of the community, 
and assumed his responsibilities in life. He 
served as president of the Maine Medical As- 
sociation, secretary of the United States Pen- 
sion Examining Board, chairman of the Board 
of Health, of Portland, secretary of the Maine 
State Board of Registration of Medicine, and 
was a member of the National Confederation 
of Examining and Licensing Board. He was 
a charter member of the Maine Academy of 
Medicine and Science, member of the Board 
of Consulting Physicians and Surgeons of the 
Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary, and was active 
and gave freely of his time to the charitable 
work of that institution. He was a member 
of the Maine Historical Society, and was vice- 
president of this society from 1889 until his 
death, being deeply interested in the work of 
the society, and in the subject of family his- 
tory. He represented the town of Buxton in 
the legislature, and was the supervisor of 
schools of that town ; was a member of the 
Congregational church there, and of the Wil- 



liston church in Portland, in both of which he 
served as superintendent of the Sunday- 

Dr. Meserve compiled the Meserve geneal- 
ogy, and a history of Standish, Maine, both of 
which are in manuscript. He contributed, in 
other ways, much historical and genealogical 
knowledge which remains to us. The Vital 
Records of Buxton were copied by his eldest 
son, annotated by himself, then bound and 
presented by him to the Maine Genealogical 
Society's library. Dr. Meserve was industri- 
ous and did good work, the results of which 
are the cherished heritage of the family and 
friends. At the time of his death it was said 
of him : "The community has not only lost 
a valued and respected citizen, a kind and 
true neighbor, but as well a skilled physician, 
the church a faithful member, and his asso- 
ciates a sincere friend." 

Dr. Albion K. P. Meserve married, June 
10, 1857, at Freedom, New Hampshire, Mary 
M. Johnson, only child of Thomas and Doro- 
thy (Libby) Johnson, of Gorham. She was 
born in Gorham, February i, 1836. Thomas 
Johnson, son of Alatthew and Hannah (John- 
son) Johnson, married (first) Mary Hamblin ; 
(second) Dorothy Libby, daughter of Edward 
and Elizabeth Libby. Mary M. Johnson was 
the only child of this second marriage. Mrs. 
Meserve is a lady of education and refine- 
ment and an artist of recognized ability. The 
walls of her handsome home in Emery street 
are decorated with many pictures in oil, the 
product of her skill. To Dr. and Mrs. Me- 
serve were born two sons : Dr. Charles Albion, 
who died February i, 1892, aged thirty-three 
years, and Lucien \V., born October 5, 1869, 
married Geneva Adams, and now resides in 
Westbrook and is engaged in conducting a 

Daniel Clarke, the earliest an- 
CLARKE cestor of Charles Lorenzo 

Clarke (YHI) in America,* is 
first mentioned in the records of Ipswich, 
Massachusetts, December 29, 1634, when the 
town granted him land. Prior to August 5th 
of that year the place was called Aggawam. 
He possessed a planting lot in 1635. Under 
date of December 19, 1648, he appears in a 
list of inhabitants of Ipswich, who subscribed 
to the fund paid to Mayor Daniel Dennison as 

•The ancestry of Charles U Clarke, back of his grand- 
father, Samuel Clarke (VI), is incorrectly given in 
"Men of Progress. Blog. Sketches and Portraits of Lead- 
ers in Business and Profesional Life in and of the State 
of Maine." Boston. 1897. The error was due to the in- 
experience of Mr. Clarke in genealogical research at that 
time, which led to a wrong conclusion from improper data. 

military leader of the town, A part of Ips- 
wich, known as New Meadows, was named 
Topsfield, in October, 1648, and set ofT as a 
separate township in October, 1650, about 
which time Daniel Clarke was probably living 
there, where he remained until his death. In 
1669 he was granted a license to keep an or- 
dinary for "selling beer and victuals," which 
was renewed from time to time up to 1681, 
and on one occasion was fined ten shillings 
and costs for selling a gill of liquor to In- 
dians. He was returned as an inhabitant of 
Topsfield, when he took oath of allegiance in 
December, 1677, and January, 1678, and again 
on December 18, 1678, under the special or- 
der of Charles II. In the town records for 
March 2, 1676-77, he is referred to as "good- 
man" Clarke, a term of special respect in those 
days. He was admitted to church on Febru- 
ary 27, 1686. From the date of his will, which 
is on file at Salem, Massachusetts, and date of 
probate, his wife Mary, whose family name is 
unknown, died before January 10, 1688-89, 
he was then living and died before Alarch 25, 
1690. The will mentions sons: John, Daniel, 
Humphrey and Samuel ; the latter then "in 
England," and refers to daughters and grand- 
children, some of the latter Howlett and 
Home by name. Children: i. Mary, born 
November i, 1645. 2. Elizabeth, born No- 
vember 10, 1647; married William Perkins, of 
Topsfield, October 24, 1669. 3. Dorothy, born 
January 10, 1649-50. 4. Sarah, born January 
31, 1651-52; married Samuel Howlett, of 
Topsfield, January 3, 1670-71. 5. Martha, 
born November 22, 1655. 6. Daniel, born Oc- 
tober 26, 1657; died January 17, 1660-61. 7. 
Judith, born January 21, 1659-60. 8. John, 
born August 2j, 1661 ; married Hannah Stan- 
ley, September 20, 1689. 9. Samuel, born De- 
cember 8, 1663. 10. Daniel, born November 
20, 1665 ; married Damaris Dorman, May 29, 
1689. II. Humphrey, born August 3, 1668; 
perhaps moved to Ipswich and married Eliza- 
beth Patch, June 27, 1701. 

(II) Daniel (2), tenth child of Daniel and 
Mary Clarke, was born in Topsfield, Massa- 
chusetts. November 20, 1665, and lived there 
all his life. He was an inn-holder. Begin- 
ning in 1691 with the minor office of con- 
stable, he held various town offices, such as 
cattle pounder, road surveyor, tithing-man, 
timber inspector, fence viewer and selectman, 
besides serving on jury and grand jury. In 
1716 and 1722 he was chosen by the town as 
representative to the general court at Boston. 
He is several times referred to in records 
between 1710 and 1717 as "Seargeant," that 



doubtless being his rank in the "trainband," 
or Company of Topsfield militia organized, 
as was then required in all communities in 
New England, for protection against Indians. 
He married (first) Way 29, 1689, Damaris, 
daughter of Thomas and Judith (Wood) Dor- 
man. Damaris was born August 3, 1666, and 
died September 20, 1727. He married (sec- 
ond) January 7, 1728-29, widow Hannah 
Derby, of Salem, Massachusetts, who survived 
him, and was living February 13, 1748-49. He 
died January 18, 1748-49. His will, dated 
June 7, 1746, and probated February 13, 1748- 
49, on file at Salem, mentions wife Hannah, 
sons Samuel, Israel, Daniel, children of son 
Jacob deceased, daughter Mercy Dorman and 
children of daughter Sarah Bradstreet, de- 
ceased. To his grandson Daniel (4), son of 
Samuel (3), he left "one of my guns." Chil- 
dren: I. Samuel, born January 13, 1690-91; 
married Dorothy Bradstreet, of Topsfield, De- 
cember I, 1712. 2. Elijah, baptized April 2, 
1693. His father applied, in 1712, to the gen- 
eral court for compensation for this son's death 
from wounds in the service. 3. Mary, born 
August 16, 1694, died August 22, 1694. 4. 
Daniel, born July 3, 1695. 5. Jacob, born 
March 23, 1696-97; married Mary Hewlett, 
December 22, 1729. 6. Damaris, born June 17, 
1698, died June 30, 1698. 7. Mercy, born 
September 10, 1699 ; married Jacob Dorman, 
December 31, 1722. 8. Israel, born Septem- 
ber 28, 1 701 ; married Mercy Porter, July 21, 
1730. 9. Humphrey, born December 18, 1703. 
10. Sarah, born January i, 1705-06; married 
Samuel Bradstreet, August 3, 1822. 11. Dan- 
iel, born September 2, 1707; married Martha 
Redington, June 17, 1731. 12. David, "still 
born," December 12, 1709. 

(Ill) Samuel, first child of Daniel (2) and 
Damaris (Dorman) Clarke, was born at Tops- 
field, Massachusetts, January 13, 1690-91. He 
was at York, Maine, as early as July 23. 1709 
(York deeds), and permanently settled there 
at Cape Neddich Harbor. He was a carpenter 
by trade. In his generation Cape Neddick 
Harbor was a trading port from which con- 
siderable commerce was carried on in schoon- 
ers and large sloops. The small basin, well 
protected from the sea, was lined with wharves 
and wareliouses, and at the end of navigation 
stood a dam and tide grist-mill. There were 
also general trading-stores for supplying the 
wants of the neighborhood and back country. 
He was an owner in the grist-mill, and in 
wharves and warehouses, besides having an 
interest in a sawmill at the falls on Cape Ned- 
dick river, where fresh water and tide water 

meet; he was an extensive land-owner. Much 
of this commerce and prosperity continued 
until the coming of railroads, when it was 
diverted to larger ports. The tide-mills, 
wharves, warehouses and stores were dis- 
mantled or fell into decay, so that to-day not 
a vestige of them is left, and Cape Neddick 
Harbor is once more only a sleepy inlet of the 
sea. He early built a home on the north side 
of the river, on a rising bank about opposite 
to and a little east of the old short bridge, 
near the head of tide-water. The house was 
strongly built of hewn timber, with overhang- 
ing second story, for better defence against 
possible attacks by Indians. It was known as 
the Clarke garrison, and was occupied until 
1839, when it was torn down. 

Samuel Clarke was a public-spirited citizen, 
ever ready to serve his town in its various 
offices. His first position was constable in 
1 72 1, and the last position held by him was 
highway surveyor in 1760. Between these 
dates he was chosen selectman at different 
times for nineteen years, and assessor for 
eighteen years, beginning in both instances in 
1734 and ending in 1757, and was twice 
elected representative to the general court at 
Boston, in 1741 and again in 1742. He was a 
member of the First Parish Committee for 
several years, and an active member of the 
First Congregational Church of York. He 
married, December i, 1712, Dorothy, daugh- 
ter of John Bradstreet (2), of Topsfield, Mas- 
sachusetts, and granddaughter of Governor 
Simon Bradstreet and wife Anne Dudley (2), 
who was daughter of Major-General and Gov- 
ernor Thomas Dudley (i), and celebrated as 
the first American poetess. The important 
services which Governors Dudley and Brad- 
street rendered the ]\Iassacliusetts Colony are 
a matter of well-known historical record, and 
need no mention here. Dorothy was baptized 
at Topsfield, October 25, 1691, and died at 
Cape Neddick, February g, 1780. Samuel 
Clarke died before her, on September 17, 
1778. Their remains lie unmarked with others 
of later generations, in a burial-lot marked by 
four corner-posts of rough-hewn granite, 
joined by iron chains, in the old cemetery, a 
few rods east of Cape Neddick post-ofiice, on 
the road to Bald Head Cliff. His will, on 
file at Alfred, Maine, is dated July 8, 1777, 
and mentions wife Dorothy; five children of 
a deceased son Daniel, viz. : Samuel, Daniel, 
Jeremiah, Dorothy and Ann ; two children of 
a deceased daughter Mary Foster, viz. : Sam- 
uel and Hannah: and daughters Mercy Por- 
ter and Dorothy Porter. He appointed "my 

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Grandson Thomas Porter" as executor. Chil- 
dren born at York: i. Dorothy, born January 
21, 1721-22; married EHjah Porter, of Tops- 
field, Massachusetts, intentions published Oc- 
tober 6, 1744. 2. Daniel, born June 8, 1724; 
married Lucy Moulton, of York, February 25, 
1748. 3. Mary, born March 20, 1727-28; 
married William Foster, of Boxford, Massa- 
chusetts, April 21, 1748, and died a widow at 
York, June 14, 1776. 4. Satnuel, born Jan- 
uary 21, 1729-30; died February 25, 1729-30. 
5. Mercy, born August 2, 1731 ; married 
Thomas Porter, of Danvers, Massachusetts, 
October 16, 1755, and living there October 5, 
1794. 6. Anne, born January 7, 1733-34; died 
May 22, 1754. 

(IV) Daniel (3), second child of record of 
Samuel and Dorothy (Bradstreet) Clarke, was 
born at Cape Neddick, York, Maine, June 8, 
1724. From 1747 to 1761 he held various 
minor town offices, but was not active in pub- 
lic matters. His attention appears to have 
been given principally to business affairs. He 
left no will, but the long inventory of his es- 
tate, dated July 12, 1763, on file at Alfred. 
Maine, is -replete with interesting information. 
The estate was appraised at 1221 pounds 
sterling, besides a considerable sum due him 
on bonds and notes. The inventory discloses 
his partnership with his father, then still liv- 
ing, in the homestead and dwelling, "Mills, 
Wharfes & all the other Buildings thereon." 
He was a part owner in the "Sawmill" on 
Cape Netlwick River ; owned "one Negro man 
Silas," valued at 53 pounds, 6 shillings and 8 
pence, and "one woman Negro Phillis," valued 
at 44 pounds, the institution of slavery being 
then recognized in New England, and had a 
one-half interest in "ye Sloop Friendship," at 
200 pounds, and one-quarter interest in "ye 
Sloop Charming Sallev," at 87 pounds, 10 
shillings. The stock in "the shop" is given in 
the inventory. 

Daniel Clarke married, February 25. 1748, 
Lucy Moulton (4), daughter of Colonel and 
Judge Jeremiah Moulton (3), son of Joseph 
Moulton (2) and Thomas Aloulton (i), and 
York's most famous citizen both in military 
and civil life. Daniel Clarke last appeared in 
the town records under date of ]\Iarch 10, 
1761. and died before July 12, 1763. His 
wife, Lucy Moulton (4), was born Septem- 
ber 4, 1728; she was living at York, Novem- 
ber 4, 1787, but the time and place of her 
death are unknown. It has been suggested 
that she may have died at the house of her 
son-in-law, Joseph Bradbury, when he was 
living at Saco, Maine. Children, born at 

York, Maine: i. Dorothy, born February 24, 
1749-50; married Joseph Bradbury, of York, 
August 12, 1768. 2. Samuel, born July 2, 
1752; married Anna Lamson, of Topsfield, 
Massachusetts, intentions published June 30, 
1771 ; died at York, October 19, 1786. She 
died June 12, 1838. 3. Daniel, born March 2, 
1754; married Hannah Berry, of York, Febru- 
ary 26, 1784. 4. Anna, born January 6, 1756; 
married William Hasty, of Scarborough, 
Maine, May i, 1781. 5. Jeremiah, born Octo- 
ber 7, 1759; married Elizabeth Hirst Chaun- 
cey, of Kittery, Elaine, intentions published 
October 3, 1789. 

(V) Daniel (4), third child of Daniel (3) 
and Lucy (Moulton) Clarke, was born at Cape 
Neddick, York, Maine, March 2, 1754. He 
was a juryman in 1783, highway surveyor in 
1786, and deer reave from 1787 to 1794, when 
he disappears from the records. Little is 
known of his life, but disposition of property 
by his widow, who on November 17, 1804, 
sold land with dwelling, bam, two stores, a 
wharf and grist-mill, indicates that he had 
been prosperous, and probably inherited the 
business and trading instincts of his father. 
According to records of revolutionary war 
service in the office of the Secretary of State 
of Massachusetts, he served at Dorchester, 
Massachusetts, during August, September, 
October and November, 1776, in Captain Sam- 
uel Leighton's company. Colonel Ebenezer 
Francis' regiment. He married Hannah Berry, 
of York, February 26, 1784, and died at Cape 
Neddick, August 15, 1795, "of fever." She 
married (second) Joel Bennett, of Wells. 
Maine, intentions published October 20, 1809, 
but returned to Cape Neddick, where she was 
still living May 20, 1826. Children, born at 
York, Maine: i. Mary, baptized June 19, 
1785; married (first) John Talpey, of York. 
intentions published November 12, 1803: 
(second) John Norton, of York, intentions 
published September 23, 1809. and again Oc- 
tober 17. 1812. 2. Hannah, baptized Septem- 
ber 12. 1787; married Timothy Winn, of 
Wells, Maine, intentions published November 
23, 181 1. 3. Samuel, baptized August 25, 
1790; married (first) Susan Wilson, who died 
at Portland. Maine, May 25, 1815, aged 
twentv-four years; and (second) Patience 
Chamberlain. October 28, 1816. 4. Sophia. 
baptized May 22, 1792; died unmarried. 

(VI) Samuel (2), third child of Daniel 
(4) and Hannah (Berry) Clarke, was born at 
Cape Neddick, York, Maine, and baptized 
August 25, 1790. He moved in early life to 
Portland, Maine, where, after learning the 



trade, he carried on the business of blacksmith 
and shipsmith. His business proved unsuc- 
cessful, and he removed to the Danish West 
Indies about 1828 or 1829, and continued his 
business at Christiansted, on the island of St. 
Croix. There he prospered, and returned to 
Fortland in 1840, with the intention of again 
resuming business there, which, however, he 
never did. He lived the remainder of his 
life on Hancock street. He served September, 
1814, on the staff of the Second Brigade 
("Irish Juniors"), Twelfth Division of In- 
fantry, Massachtisetts ]\lilitia (Maine was a 
province of Ivlassachusetts at that time), with 
rank of deputy master, for the defense of 
Portland in the war of 1812. .According to 
records covering the years 1807 to 1825, in an 
orderly book of a company of light infantry 
called the Mechanic Blues, which was organ- 
ized April 30, 1807, he was elected ensign of 
the company on February 8, 1816, and elected 
captain on November 27, 1818. His commis- 
sion, dated December 17, 1818, and signed by 
Governor Brooks, refers to him as "Captain 
of a Company of Light Infantry anne.xed to 
the Third Regiment in the Second Brigade 
and Twelfth Division of the Militia of this 
(Massachusetts) Commonwealth." He re- 
signed and vi'as honorably discharged from 
service, March 7, 1821. He became a mem- 
ber of the Maine Charitable Mechanic's Asso- 
ciation, September 21, 1841. He was a pew- 
holder in the First Universalist church. Sam- 
uel Clarke married (first), Susan Wilson, 
whose parents, it is stated, came to Portland 
from South Newmarket, New Hampshire. She 
died May 25, 1815, aged twenty-four years, 
according to the slate (gravestone) over her 
grave in the Eastern Cemetery in Portland. 
He married (second) October 28, 1816, Pa- 
tience Chamberlain, daughter of Thomas and 
Patience Chamberlain, of Pepperellborough 
(now Saco), Maine. She died September 5, 

1845. aged fifty-three years. He died March 
21, 1 85 1, aged si-xty-two years. His remains 
lie with those of his second wife in the tomb 
of Isaac Knight, next to that of Commodore 
Preble, in the Eastern Cemetery. Child by 
wife Susan: i. Susan, born Portland, May ig, 
1815: married Thomas Starbird. Children by 
wife Patience : 2. Daniel, born Portland, Au- 
gust 4, 1817: married Mary Lewis Bragg, 
March 10, 1852, at Haverhill, Massachusetts. 
3. Charles, born Portland, September 21, 1819. 
He was a sailor and died at home June 27, 

1846, of "ship fever," unmarried. His grave, 
with marble headstone, is in the Eastern Ceme- 
tery, Portland. 4. Eglina Bowers, born 

Christiansted, St. Croix, Danish West Indies, 
August 4, 1832; married (first) Melville Bev- 
erly Cox Files, of Portland, October, 1852; 
(second) William Henry Sargent, of Port- 
land, September 18, 1870; and died April 8, 

(VII) Daniel (5j, second son of Samuel 
(2) Clarke and second wife, Patience Cham- 
berlain, was born at Portland, Maine, August 
4, 1817. He learned the trade of printer in the 
office of the Portland Courier, and received a 
certificate of his apprenticeship, November 28, 
1838. Shortly after he joined his parents, 
then at St. Croix, Danish West Indies, where 
he worked as overseer on sugar plantations. 
He did not, however, remain there long after 
the return of his parents to Portland, in 1840, 
but went to Boston, Massachusetts, where he 
worked in newspaper offices at his trade as 
printer for a number of years, until he moved 
to Portland, in the early fifties, and went into 
the retail boot and shoe business, which be- 
came the firm of Clarke & Lowell, the leaders 
in their line in the State of Maine, and was 
carried on in a store on Middle street, oppo- 
site the head of Union street. He retired 
from the firm and permanently from business, 
April 30, 1878. His disposition was jovial, 
although he never participated in formal so- 
ciety functions, and he was highly esteemed by 
a host of business friends on account of his un- 
swerving integrity. He was a faithful hus- 
band and kind father, indulgent even to an ex- 
tent not perhaps always warranted by his 
means, when he believed some advantage was 
thereby to be gained to his children, from 
whom, nevertheless, he always expected 
prompt and explicit obedience to his wishes. 
He held in detestation any form of trickery or 
vain and presumptions show and living beyond 
one's means. The death of his son "Willie," 
in 1876, the pet child of his old age, was a 
blow too hard to recover from ; he carried it to 
the grave. 

Daniel Clarke married Mary Lewis Bragg, 
of Portland, March 10, 1852, at the home of 
one of her brothers in Haverhill, Massachu- 
setts. She was born at Errol, New Hamp- 
shire, December 11, 1830, daughter of Captain 
James Frye Bragg and wife Sarah Graham. 
She was a descendant of Ingalls Bragg (5), 
of Andover, jMassachusetts, and later of An- 
dover, Maine, and his celebrated father-in- 
law, Colonel James Frve (4), both of whom 
were in the battle of Bunker Hill, the latter 
a colonel in command, and the former a pri- 
vate in Colonel Frye's regiment. Her family 
line descends through Edward Bragg (i), of 



Ipswich, Massachusetts, Timothy Bragg (2), 
of Ipswich, Edward Bragg (3), of Wenham 
and Andover, Massachusetts, and Thomas 
Bragg (4), of Andover, Massachusetts. She 
was a rare woman, with native talents many, 
including the gift of a beautiful soprano voice, 
but which she never had the opportunity to 
cultivate. Her life was fully, freely and lov- 
ingly devoted to home duties and the welfare 
of husband and children ; the sound of her 
sweet voice, as she went cheerfully caroling 
from room to room at her work, was a joy ever 
to be remembered. She was proud of her 
self-respect, which she zealously guarded, and 
sensitive to a slight, but with self-command to 
conceal it from the giver. She was quick of 
temper, but harbored no resentment against 
the cause of it ; her loving and generous na- 
ture made her quickly forgive and forget. The 
only living child of these good parents can 
testify to what he kno'ws must have been large 
sacrifices, silently and cheerfully made by them 
on his behalf, but will doubtless ever be ignor- 
ant of countless others, so naturally and quietly 
were they bestowed. Daniel Clarke died in his 
home at 3 Park Place, March 14. 1885, after 
a long but fortunately painless illness. His 
wife soon followed him, dying at the then 
home of their surviving son, at Orange, New 
Jersey, December 19, 1885, a communicant of 
the Protestant Episcopal church. Their re- 
mains lie buried with those of their two sons 
who went before, in Evergreen Cemetery, 
Portland. Children, born in Portland: i. 
Charles Lorenzo, born April 16, 1853. 2. 
Frank Maynard, born April ig, 1856; died 
February 28, 1858. 3. William Bragg, born 
April 17, 1866; died December 3, 1876, of 

(VHI) Charles Lorenzo, first child of Dan- 
iel (5) and Mary Lewis (Bragg) Clarke, was 
bom at Portland, IMaine. April 16, 1853. He 
received his early education in the public 
schools of his native city, graduating from the 
Portland High School in 1870, and receiving 
the Brown Memorial Medal for scholarship — 
standing highest in rank among the boys for 
the four years' course. Soon after graduating 
he was articled to a civil engineer of Portland, 
and spent a year in general surveying, becom- 
ing near the end of that period first assistant 
engineer on the Portland division of the Bos- 
ton & Maine railroad, which at the time was 
the Western division of the present Boston & 
Maine system between Portland and Boston. 
He gave up this position to get a technical 
education, and took a four years' course in 
civil engineering at Bowdoin College, from 

which he graduated in 1875, an honor man, 
and was made a member of the Phi Beta Kap- 
pa fraternity. In college he was a member 
of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. At graduation 
he received the degree of B. S., which was 
supplemented by the post-graduate degree of 
M. S. in 1879, and C. E. in 1880. In Sep- 
tember, 1875, he went abroad, to visit and 
study engineering works, such as docks, 
bridges, steel works, etc., in England, Wales, 
Ireland, France, Belgium and Germany, re- 
turning home in May, 1876. At that time 
commerce and industries in the United States 
were completely prostrated, and Mr. Clarke 
had to meet with those discouragements which 
are the lot of most young 'men trying to get 
an opening in life. A large percentage of pro- 
fessional engineers in all branches were un- 
employed, and a position was not obtainable 
with the best of introduction and credentials. 
Mr. Clarke finally took up teaching, and be- 
gan almost to consider that was to be his life 
work, when a turn in the tide presented an 
opening. On the first day of February, 1880, 
he entered the laboratory of the renowned 
inventor, Thomas Alva Edison, at Menlo Park, 
New Jersey, as one of his assistants. Edison 
had just invented the electric incandescent 
lamp, now in such universal use, and Mr. 
Clarke's training as an engineer and mathe- 
matician was brought to bear to assist in per- 
fecting the details of a complete system of 
electrical generation and distribution, upon 
which Edison was working, to make the new 
lamp as easily and universally applicable to 
general lighting purposes as gas, and which 
included dynamos, high-speed steam-engines, 
underground system of conductors for distrib- 
uting the electric current, regulating and con- 
trolling devices, etc. In 1881, the details of 
the system having been sufficiently perfected 
to warrant efiforts for its commercial introduc- 
tion, Edison moved to New York City with 
some members of his laboratory staflf, and in 
March of that year Mr. Clarke was appointed 
first assistant and acting chief engineer of the 
Edison Electric Light Company, which posi- 
tion he held until February, 1884. As engi- 
neer he superintended the designing and con- 
structing of an electric lighting central station 
for the Edison Electric Illuminating Company 
of New York City, at 257 Pearl street, which 
began operation on September 4, 1882, and 
was the first comprehensive electric lighting 
station in the world. This station was 
equipped with six so-called "Jumbo" dynamos 
designed by Mr. Clarke, and driven by direct- 
coupled high-speed engines making 350 revo- 




lutions per minute. Each dynamo weighed 
complete 2"] short tons, not including the en- 
gine, which weighed 6, 500 pounds, and were 
giants for their day. The station continued in 
successful operation until it was destroyed by 
fire, January 2, 1890. Other "Jumbo" dyna- 
moes, built in 1882 and 1883, were in opera- 
tion in Milan, Italy, until 1900, when they 
were put out of service after being in use for 
seventeen years, to give place to dynamos of 
more modern design and better economy. In 
February, 1884, Mr. Clarke resigned from the 
Edison companies to become manager of the 
Telemeter Company in New York, organized 
to exploit inventions of his own for electrical 
apparatus for indicating and recording tem- 
perature, pressure, height of water in reser- 
voirs, etc., at any desired distant point. He 
remained with that company until 1887. The 
enterprise did not prove a success, although 
much money was spent upon it. The field that 
had to be depended upon to make the under- 
taking a commercial success was the intro- 
duction of the apparatus for transmitting and 
recording temperature in refrigeratoring plants 
of all descriptions ; but no metallic thermom- 
eter, which is the only kind applicable for 
making an electric contact, could be found or 
devised that was free from tremor if the in- 
strument received a mechanical jar, and ab- 
sence of tremor was essential to give such a 
firm electric contact as was necessary to in- 
sure preserving the transmitting thermometer 
and the distant receiving indicator and re- 
corder in unison. Application of the apparatus 
to transmitting and recording the height of 
water has proved entirely successful, because 
a large float operating the electric contact can 
be kept free from tremor in a standpipe with 
small openings. In 1887 Mr. Clarke became 
electrical engineer of the Gibson Electric Com- 
pany in New York, manufacturers of storage 
batteries, and continued in that capacity for 
two years. In the fall of i88g he started in 
business in New York as consulting electrical 
and mechanical engineer and patent expert. 
The principal employment that followed was 
as patent expert, and he was called upon to 
testify in several leading litigations over elec- 
trical patents. Since December 16, igoi, he 
has been in the employ of the Board of Patent 
Control, New York City, a directorate com- 
posed of representatives of the General Elec- 
tric Company and the Westinghouse Electric 
and Manufacturing Company, for managing 
their mutual patent interests. His duties 
mainly relate to expert electrical engineering 
and patent expert matters. Mr. Clarke was a 

member of the National Conference of Elec- 
tricians, held in Philadelphia in 1884, and 
member of the Board of Examiners at the In- 
ternational Electrical Exhibition in Philadel- 
phia, the same year, serving on sections of 
the board, whose province was to pass upon 
dynamo-metrical measurements, steam en- 
gines, electrical conductors and underground 
conduits. He was also a member of the In- 
ternational Electrical Congress, held in con- 
nection with the World's Columbian Exposi- 
tion, at Chicago, in 1893. He has been a mem- 
ber of the American Society of Mechanical 
Engineers since November 2, 1882, and at 
present is a member of its library committee. 
He is a charter member of the American In- 
stitute of Electrical Engineers, his connecting 
therewith as associate member dating from 
April 15, 1884, and as member from January 
6, 1885 ; he has served on its board of man- 
agers and board of examiners, was chairman 
of its editing committee, and at present is 
chairman of the Edison Medal Committee, 
which awards the gold Edison Medal for 
"Aleritorious Achievement" in electrical sci- 
ence, electrical engineering and the electrical 
arts. He is a member of the New York 
Electrical Society, New York Historical So- 
ciety, Society of Colonial Wars in the State 
of New York, Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of 
New York, and Bowdoin Alumni Associa- 
tion of New York. He is, however, domestic 
in tastes, and typical clublife is not to his 
liking. He is a member of the Evangelical 
Lutheran church. In politics Mr. Clarke has 
always been a Republican, but has never been 
publicly active or held political office. He re- 
sides in Plainfield, New Jersey. 

Mr. Clarke married (first) September 14, 
1 88 1, Helen Elizabeth Sparrow, born at Port- 
land, May 22, 1854, daughter of John and 
Helen (Stoddard) Sparrow. They were di- 
vorced at Lincoln county. South Dakota, No- 
vember 6, 1893. They have one son, John 
Curtis Clarke, born at East Orange, New 
Jersey, August 4, 1886. Mr. Sparrow stood 
in the first rank in the old school of me- 
chanical engineers, who had, of course, to 
serve their time as apprentices in the machine- 
shop. For years he was manager of the old 
Portland Company Works, makers of marine 
engines, boilers and locomotives ; later in life 
he was manager and part owner of the Eagle 
Sugar Refinery, where brown sugars were 
early made by the centrifugal process. He 
was one of the pioneers interested in the in- 
troduction of the beet sugar industry into 



Mr. Clarke married (second) September 
20, 1894, at Hoboken, New Jersey, Henrietta 
Mary Augusta VVillatowski, of Sioux Falls, 
South Dakota. They have two children, both 
born at Mt. Vernon, New York : Mary Willa- 
towski Clarke, born September i, 1896, and 
Daniel Willatowski Clarke, born September 
25, 1898. Mrs. Clarke was born December 7, 
1875, at Kiel, the principal naval station first 
of Prussia and then of the German Empire ; 
and with four sisters was brought by her 
widowed mother to the home of an uncle in 
Sioux Falls, sailing from Hamburg May 23, 
1886, in the steamship "Westphalia," land- 
ing at Floboken, New Jersey, June 6, and ar- 
riving at Sioux Falls on June 9th. Her father, 
Robert Julius Willatowski, born February 22, 
1834, at Putzig-bei-Danzig, was a chief en- 
gineer in the Royal Prussia and later Imperial 
German navy. His first service was with the 
military force, beginning October 10, 1855. 
He began service as engineer in the navy, 
July 15, 1859, and received his warrant as 
chief engineer December i, 1864. Because of 
disability, by order of the Admiralty, dated 
October 11, 1879, he was retired October 31, 
after twenty years' continuous naval service. 
He served on the warships "Arcona," "Ari- 
adne," "Basilisk," "Elizabeth," "Medusa" and 
"Vineta" ; and was on the "Basilisk" in the 
sea-fight off Helgoland, May 9, 1864, between 
the Prussian and Danish navies, where the 
latter was defeated. He was at one time chief 
engineer of the Imperial yacht "Hohenzollern," 
in the reign of Emperor William I. He re- 
ceived several decorations for distinguished 
services and bravery. After retiring from the 
navy he became superintendent of the Neu- 
werk salt-works at Werl, province of West- 
phalia, where he died, February 26, 1884, and 
his remains are buried. Mrs. Clarke's mother, 
Marie (Heynsohn) Willatowski, comes from 
ancestry who have lived for generations in 
Cuxhaven, Germany, at the mouth of the river 
Elbe, where she was born December 30, 1846. 
She is now living at Moscow, Idaho. 

The accompanying portrait of Mr. Clarke is 
from a photograph taken April 16, 1903, the 
fiftieth anniversary of his birth. 

The Woodburys originated 
WOODBURY in southern Devon"; Eng- 
land, and the name has 
been a very common one in that locality for at 
least eight centuries. The New England 
Woodburys are the posterity of John and 
William Woodbury, brothers, who came from 
Somersetshire and were among the original 

settlers of Salem and Beverly, Massachusetts. 
Those of the name now residing in Saco are 
descended from William. John Woodbury, 
known in local history as the "old planter," 
emigrated about the year 1624, setted first at 
Salem and still later in Beverly, where he 
died in 1644. He was one of the most promi- 
nent men in the colony, serving as deputy to 
the general court, and he was among the 
original members of the Frist Church m Sa- 
lem. William Woodbury was married at South 
Petherton, Somersetshire, on the Devon 
border, January 29, 1616, to Elizabeth Patch, 
and three of their sons were baptized at 
Burlescombe, a parish of Devon. About the 
year 1630 he came to Massachusetts, accom- 
panied by his family, and joining his brother 
at Salem, they settled in Beverly upon lands 
granted them in the immediate vicinity of 
what is now known as Woodbury's Point. 
William Woodbury died in Beverly, January 
29, 1677, ^^ the age of about eighty-eight 
years. In his will he mentions his wife Eliza- 
beth, sons Nicholas, William, Andrew and 
Hugh, and one daughter, Hannah Haskell. 

(I) Captain William Woodbury, a descend- 
ant of William and Elizabeth (Patch) Wood- 
bury, is mentioned in the records as William 
4, which would indicate that he was a great- 
grandson of the immigrant. He was a native 
of Beverly and a shipmaster. During the 
revolutionary war he commanded a privateer, 
was captured by the British and held a pris- 
oner at Halifax for one year. He was noted 
for his courage and good seamanship. In 
1796 he abandoned the sea and, settling in 
Bridgton, ]\Iaine, lived to an advanced age. 
February 26, 1772, he married Susannah 
Byles, born November 27, 1753, daughter of 
Nicholas and Susannah Byles. She bore him 
two children, Andrew and Susan. The latter, 
who was born January 12, 1788, became the 
wife of Benjamin Cleaves and was the grand- 
mother of Hon. Henry B. Cleaves, late gov- 
ernor of Maine. 

(II) Andrew, son of Captain William and 
Susannah Woodbury, was born in Beverly, 
March 18, 1776. When a young man he ac- 
companied his parents to Bridgton, and about 
the year 1800 settled in Sweden, Maine, erect- 
ing the first frame house in that town and 
becoming a very prosperous farmer. He died 
in 1858. In 1798 he married Sally Stevens, 
born in Andover, Massachusetts, 1778, daugh- 
ter of James Stevens, who at one time owned 
the entire township of Bridgton. Mrs. Sally 
Woodbury died at Sweden in i860. She was 
the mother of ten children, the last survivor of 



whom, Judge Enoch Woodbury, of Bethel, 
was living in 1898. The others were: Sally, 
Susan, Andrew, Martha, Aaron, Esther, Will- 
iam, Lucy Ann and Harriet. 

(III) Aaron, son of Andrew and Sally 
(Stevens) Woodbury, was born in Sweden. 
He resided in his native town and died there. 

He married Sarah , and his children 

were : Roliston, Lincoln, Clinton, Edward, 
Hattie, Kate and Sarah. 

( IV) Roliston, son of Aaron and Sarah 
\\'oodbury, was born in Sweden, December, 
1838. From the Bridgton Academy he en- 
tered Bowdoin College, but suspended his 
studies at the commencement of the great civil 
strife of 1861-65 in order to enlist in the Fifth 
Maine Battery, and he served until the close 
of the war. Instead of returning to Bowdoin 
he went to the State Normal school at Farm- 
ington, where after graduating he was re- 
tained as an instructor, and became assistant 
principal of that well-known institution. In 
1878 he was chosen principal of the State 
Normal school at Castine, and he continued 
to serve in that capacity for the remainder of 
his life, which terminated November i, i888. 
As an educator and as a school director he 
possessed superabundant qualifications, and his 
untimely death cut short the usefulness of one 
of the most efficient preparatory teachers in 
the state. In politics he acted with the Re- 
publican party. He was a member of the Con- 
gregational church, and actively interested in 
religious work. He was made a Master 
Mason in the Blue Lodge at Farmington. 
Bowdoin College conferred upon him the hon- 
orary degree of Master of Arts. Mr. Wood- 
bury married, first, Nellie Lovejoy, daughter 
of Jacob Lovejoy, of Albany, Maine. He 
married, second, Maria Billings, of Fayette, 
Maine. He reared three sons: i. Ernest 
Roliston, see forward. 2. Nelson Lovejoy, 
now a clerk in the auditing department of the 
Maine Central railroad. 3. William Billings, 
graduate of Deering high school and Bowdoin 
College; taught at Bucksport (Maine) Semi- 
nary ; principal of Pittsford ( Vermont ) high 
school; Hanover (New Hampshire) high 
school; Farmington (New Hampshire) high 
school; now principal of the York (Maine) 
high school. 

(\') Professor Ernest Roliston, son of Rolis- 
ton and Maria (Billings) Woodbury, was born 
in Farmington, July 3, 1871. He pursued his 
preliminary studies in the public schools of 
Castine, was graduated from the State Normal 
school in that town in 1889, concluded his 
collegiate preparations at the Deering (Maine) 

high school in 1891, and took his bachelor's 
degree at Bowdoin with the class of 1895. 
Being thus well equipped for educational 
work, he accepted the position of principal of 
the Fryeburg Academy, which he retained for 
five years, and in 1900 was called to the Kim- 
ball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hamp- 
shire, in a similar capacity, remaining there 
for a like period. From 1905 to the present 
time he has been principal of Thornton Acad- 
emy, Saco. While residing in Meriden he 
served upon the school board, and also as town 
auditor. In politics he is a Republican. He is 
well advanced in the Masonic order, affiliating 
with Saco Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted 
Masons; York Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; 
Mame Council, Royal and Select Masters, and 
Bradford Commandery, Knights Templar. He 
IS also a member of the Theta Delta Chi fra- 
ternity of Bowdoin College. He is a member 
of the Congregational church. 

On August 8, 1898, Professor Woodbury 
married Fanny Louise Gibson, born in North 
Conway, New Hampshire, August 21, 1878, 
daughter of James Lewis and Addie w! 
(Dow) Gibson (see Gibson, IX). Professor 
and Mrs. Woodbury have three children: 
Roliston Gibson, born April 19, 1899. Wen- 
dell DeWitt, August 22, 1901. Dorothea, 
February, 1903. 

It has not as yet been definitelv 
GIBSON determined whether the mother 
country of the Gibsons was 
England or Scotland. John Gibson, immi- 
grant, appeared in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
shortly after its settlement. As there is no rec- 
ord of his arrival in the colony it is impossible 
to ascertain from whence he came, but as the 
Scotch did not begin to emigrate as early as 
the English, it is quite probable that his former 
home was in England. 

(I) John Gibson, born about 1601, probably 
in England, was in 1634 granted six acres of 
land in Cambridge (then Newtowne), and he 
was admitted a freeman there in 1637. If he 
came to New England wrth the Rev. Thomas 
Hooker, as has been supposed, he did not 
accompany that religious leader to Hartford, 
as he became a member of the First Church in 
Cambridge under the pastorship of the Rev. 
Thomas Shepard and in its early records is 
referred to as Goodman Gibson. His name is 
frequently mentioned in the early town rec- 
ords of Cambridge in a manner which shows 
that he was a man of prominence, and he died 
in 1694, aged ninety-three years, leaving for 
his descendants "as a legacy the escutcheon of 



an honest man." His first wife, whose chris- 
tian name was Rebecca, (Hed in 1661, and the 
following year he married Mrs. Jane Prentice, 
widow of Henry Prentice. His children were : 
Rebecca, Mary, Martha, John and Samuel. 

(II) John (2), fourth child and eldest son 
of John ( I ) and Rebecca Gibson, born in 
Cambridge about 1641, died there October 15, 
1679. He served in King Philip's war. In 
1668 he married Rebecca Errington. daugh- 
ter of Abraham and Rebecca (Cutler) Er- 
rington ; she died in Cambridge, December 4, 
1713. Their children were: Rebecca, j\Iar- 
tha, Mary and Timothy. 

(III) Deacon Timothy, youngest child and 
only son of John (2) and Rebecca (Erring- 
ton) Gibson, was born in Cambridge about 
1679. H's father died w'hen Ue was an infant, 
and prior to his majority he went to reside in 
Stow, Massachusetts. He later spent some 
time in Sudbury, but returned to Stow and 
owned a farm in that part of the town which 
is now within the limits of Maynard. His 
death occurred in Stow, July 14, 1757. He 
married (first) at Concord, 1700, Rebecca 
Gates, born in Marlboro, Massachusetts. July 
23, 1682, daughter of Stephen and Sarah 
(Woodward) Gates. She died January 21, 
1754, and in the ensuing year he married (sec- 
ond) Mrs. Submit Taylor, of Sudbury, who 
died in Stow. January 29, 1759. His children 
were : Abraham, Timothy, Rebecca, John, 
Sarah, Samuel. Stephen (died young), Er- 
rington, Stephen, Isaac, Mary and Reuben. 

(I\') Captain Timothy (2), second child of 
Deacon Timothy (i) and Rebecca (Gates) 
Gibson, was born in Stow*. January 20, 1702. 
When a young man (1725) he located in 
Groton, Massachusetts, but returned to Stow a 
few years later and resided there until 1774. 
In the latter year, when seventy-tw'o years old, 
he removed to Henniker, New Hampshire, 
where he signed the "Association Test"' in 
1776, and he rendered financial aid to the cause 
of national independence. Pie died in Henni- 
ker, January 18, 1782. He married. Decem- 
ber 29, 1723, Persis Rice, born in Sudbury. 
January 10, 1706-07, daughter of Jonathan 
and -Anne (Darby) Rice, granddaughter of 
Joseph and great-granddaughter of Deacon 
Edmund Rice, an immigrant from England 
who settled at Sudbury in 1639. Persis died 
in Henniker, March 22, 1781. She was the 
mother of nine children : Jonathan, Timothy 
(died young), Timothy, Persis, Lucy. Abel, 
John, Joseph and Jacob. 

(\') Captain Timothy (3), third child of 
Captain Timothy (2) and Persis (Rice) Gib- 

son, was born in Stow, December 17, 1738. 
During the French and Indian war. while in 
his minority, he enlisted in Captain Abijah 
Hall's company, Colonel Willard's regiment, 
which joined the expedition to Crown Point in 
1759, anil he served in the colonial army from 
May 9 of that year to January 12, 1760, attain- 
ing the rank of sergeant. He was afterward 
known as Captain Gibson, although there is 
no record of his having been commissioned as 
such. Settling at Henniker in 1774, he be- 
came a prominent figure in local and state 
political aftairs, serving as a delegate to the 
provincial congress held at E.xeter in 1775 
and also to the convention at Concord in 1788 
for the formation of a state government, and 
in addition to these important services he was 
a member of the board of selectmen in Hen- 
niker and represented that town in the New 
Hampshire legislature. He signed the "As- 
sociation Test" in 1776 and assisted in pro- 
curing both money and recruits for the Conti- 
nental service. In 1798 he removed from 
Henniker to Brownfield, Maine, settling upon 
nine hundred acres of land on the west side 
of the Saco river, and his death occurred in 
that town Januarj' 16, 1814. He was mar- 
ried in 1773 to Margaret Whitman, born in 
Stow, January 14, 1755, daughter of "Zecha- 
riah" and Elizabeth (Gates) Whitman, and 
a descendant in the fifth generation of John 
\\'hitman, an English emigrant, who settled at 
Weymouth, Massachusetts, in 1638, through 
"Zechariah" (2), John (3), and "Zechariah" 
(4). Margaret died in Brownfield, June 29, 
1838. The children of this union were: 
Martha, Jonathan, Daniel, Timothy, Zacha- 
riah. Henry, Polly, Robert. Abel, Margaret, 
Jane and Samuel. 

(\'I) Lieutenant Robert, sixth son and 
eighth child of Captain Timoth\- (3) and Mar- 
garet (Whitman) Gibson, was born in Hen- 
niker, August 22, 1787. He served in the 
second war with Great Britain (1812-15), 
attaining the rank of first lieutenant by pro- 
motion, and his commission as such in the 
Thirty-fourth Regiment United States In- 
fantry was signed December 27, 1814, by 
President IMadison to date from August 13 of 
that year. After the close of the war he lo- 
cated in Bangor, Alaine, where he died March 
12. 1866. He married, February 12, 181 5, 
Sarah Kast McHard Molineaux. daughter of 
Robert and Peggy McHard (Kast) Moli- 
neaux, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Hop- 
kinton. New Hampshire. Sarah died in Frye- 
burg. Maine, December 13