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Genealogical Record 



OF THE 



COMPILER'S BRANCH 



OF THE 



GERRISH FAMILY 



Compiled in I 880. 



By JOHN J. GERRISH 



PORTLAND: 

MARKS PRINTING HOUSE. 
1901. 






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FAMILY RECORD. 



Capt. WiLLiAMi GERRISH, the progeni- 
tor of probably all who bear the Gerrish name 
in this country, was born in Bristol, Somerset- 
shire, England, August 20th, 1617, where he 
is said to have received a mercantile education 
in the house of Percival Lowle (now written 
Lowell) & Co. He came to New England 
as early as 1639 and settled that year in 
Xewbury, Mass. (See Coffin's History of 
Newbury) ; was the first Captain of the mili- 
tary band in that town, and Representative in 
1650 to '54. He married first, Joax:n^a, widow 
of John OUver, of Xewbury, and daughter of 
Percival Lowle, his former employer in Eng- 
land, April 17, 1645, who died June 14th, 
1677, aged 58. He removed to Boston 1678, 
and there married Anx, widow of John 
Manning; w^as the owner of No. 3 Long- 
Wharf, where he carried on business. 






At the Semi-centennial anniversary meeting 
of the town of Boston, March 14, 1686, Capt. 
Gerrish opened and closed the exercise with 
prayer. He died at his son Benjamin's house, 
Salem, Mass., Aug. 9, 1687. 



CHILDREN OF JOANNA : 

John, born May 15, 1646; died 1714. 

William, born June 6, 1648 ; was a physician \ 
in Charlestown, Mass., where he died. 

Joseph, born March 23, 1649; died Jan. 6, 
1720. Graduated at Harvard College 1669 ; 
married Ann, daughter of Maj. R. Wal- 
dron, of Dover, X. H. ; was a minister in 
Wenham, Mass. 

Bp:njamix, born Jan. 31, 1651 ; died April 2, 
1713; was Collector of his Majesty's Cus- 
toms at Salem, Mass. 

Elizabeth, born Sept. 20, 1654; died Xov. 
19, 1678. Married Capt. Stephen Green- 
leaf, of Newbury, Mass., Oct. 23, 1676 

Moses, (Col.) : born May 9, 1656; died Dec. 
4, 1694. Lived in Newbury, Mass. ; mar- 






ried Sept. 24, , Jane, daughter of Rev. 

Henry Sewell, and sister of Chief Justice 
Sewell, of Mass. She was born at Brade- 
sly, Eng., Oct. 25, 1659, and died Jan. 29, 
1717. 

Mart, born April 1, 1658; married Dr. John 
Dole, of Newbury, Mass., Oct. 23, 1676. 



Child of Ann. 

Henry, born in Boston, March 21, 1679; 
died without issue. 

J0HN2, Capt. (WM.i, Capt.) ; married in 
1665 or 1666, Elizabeth, daughter of Maj. 
Richard Waldron, of Dover, X. H., where 
he settled in 1666; in 1672 was appointed 
Capt. of the Militia; in 1683 was chosen 
High Constable; in 1684 was member of 
the Special Assemblv convened by Gov. 
Canfield ; 1689 and 1690 Representative 
from Dover to the General Assembly under 
Gov. Andros; 1692 a Royal Councillor of 
N. H. ; 1699 appointed Assistant Justice of 
the Superior Court of the State ; was a 
merchant and farmer. His children were : 



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John, born 1667 ; settled in Boston ; died 
1737. 

Richard, born 1670; settled in Portsmouth; 
died 1717. 

Capt.XATHANIEL,3(Capt. John2) (Capt. 
William^) born 167*2. Married Bridget 
Vaughn, daughter of Hon. Wm. Vaughn 
of Portsmouth, by whom he had six chil- 
dren : Nathaniel, born in Berwick and 
died there in 1752; William; — Charles 
came to Portland, or Falmouth, about 1748 ; 
George settled in Boston; Richard; — 
Bridget. — 

Paul, born 1674 ; lived and died in Dover, 
N. H., June 6, 1743. 

Timothy, born 1683 ; settled in Kittery ; died 
1756. 

Sarah, born 1680; taken captive by the In- 
dians when her grandfather's garrison was 
attacked ; restored to her friends after many 
sufferings, and died of fever, July 29, 1697. 

Benjamin, born 1681 ; settled in Boston and 
died at an advanced age. 






William, born 1683 ; settled in Somersworth, 
Avhere he died. 

JoAXXA, born 1685 ; married Cbas. Chauncy 
1709. 

Elizabeth, born 1687; possibly married 
Rev. John Wade, of Berwick, Me., but 
record not clear on this point. 

MAJOR CHARLES GERRISH^ (Son of 
Capt, Xathaniel, Grandson of John, of 
Dover, and a Great-grandson of William, of 
Xewbury) was bora in Berwick, in 1718, 
came to Portland (or Falmouth) in 1748, 
and was the first settler of the town of Dur- 
ham (then Royalsborough), and for several 
years of its earliest history his name appeared 
on the records as Moderator of the Plantation 
meetings. He married Mary Frost, and had 
the following family : 

Lieut. William, born in Berwick, June 
27, 1744. 

Charles, born in Berwick, Oct. 18, 1746. 

Nathaniel, born April 7, 1751. 

George, born June 16, 1753. 



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James, died in the ReYolutionary war, aged 
20 years. 

Maey, married Abiier Harris, and settled 
in Lewiston. 









Lieut. WILLIAM^, Maj. Charles^ Nathax- 
; lEL^ married Esther Parker, April 3, 1767. 
Nathaniel, born August 29, 1767. 
Betsey, born Oct. 3, 1769. 
Richard, born Jan. 10, 1772. 
Benjamin, born April 22, 1774. 
Jane, born May 29, 1776. 
James, born Sept. 16, 1778. 
Sarah, born Feb. 13, 1781. 
Molly, born June 25, 1783. 
William, born May 20, 1786. 

CHARLES, Jr.5, Maj. CharlesS Nathan- 
lEL^ married Ph^be Blethen, Aug. 7, 1770. 
Huldah, born May 21, 1771. 
Betsey, born Oct. 1, 1772. ! 

Jeremiah, born Oct. 10, 1774. 
Mara-, born January 4, 1778. 

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Charles, born March 9, 1780. 
William, born July 25, 1782. 
Margaret, born March 25, 1785. 
Sally, born Feb. 4, 1789. 

XATIIANIEV Maj. Charles,* Nathan 
iel,^ married Sarah Marriner, Oct. 30, 1777. I 

George, born Jan. 24, 1779. 

Hanxah, born Jan. 18, 1781. 

Joseph Marriner, born March 24, 1783. 

LORUHAMAH, boiTi Oct 9, 1785. 

Sarah, born Feb. 27, 1788. 

Abigail, born April 16, 1790. 

Thirza, born April 26, 1792. 

MosES, born Aug. 9, 1794. 

Nathaniel, born Dec. 16, 1797. 

, GEORGE^ Maj. CHARLEs^ Nathaniel^, 
born in Koyalsborough, now Durham, June 
16, 1753, and died May 23, 1814. Farmer, 
settled on the Maj. Charles homestead, i 
Married Mary Mitchell, of Freeport, Dec. 
20, 1781. She was born June 21, 1758. 
and died Dec. 7, 1816. 



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SusAN^v^AH, born Sept. 10, 1782. Married to 
Thomas Bagley March, 1801, and moved 
to Troy, Me. Died June, 1868— a large 
family. 

James, born Nov. 22, 1784. 

John, born June 10, 1787. 

Charles, born Aug. 7, 1789. Married Bet^ 
sey Woodbury, March, 1812. Moved to 
New York State, and died there — three 
children. 

Mary, born April 3, 1792. Married Thomas 
Winslow, May 18, 1817. Died May 7, 
1819— one child. 

JAMES^, George^ Maj. Charles*. Farmer 
and shoemaker. Was born on the Maj. 
Charles homestead and settled very near 

there. Died June 8, 1824. Married Mary, 

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daughter of Barstow Sylvester, of Freeport, 
Oct. 8, 1808. She was born 1787^ died 
Aug. 20, 1859. 

Harrison S., born Jan. 27, 1810. 
George B., born July 3, 1811. 

EiNiELiNE, born March 7, 1817. Married 
Amos P'ield, of Freeport, March 29, 1840, 



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and settled there. Had three chihh-en — 

James Lewis, Mary EmeUne, and Clarence 

H. 

Stephen S., born March 23, 1820. 

John J., born Dec. 21, 1821. 
JOHN^ George", Maj. Charles^ Farmer. 

Settled on old homestead. Married Joanna 

West of Freeport, Sept. 15, 1811. Died 

July 5, 1821. 
Lucy B., born June 15, 1813. Married 

James Meguire, of Portland, Jan 31, 1841. 

Settled and died there. 
George, born Dec. 28, 1814 Died Oct. 13, 

1839. 
Mary, born Aug. 20, 1816. Died July 6 

1817. 
Albin, born May 1, 1818. Married Julia 

Lane, of Auburn, May 23, 1841. Died 

Jan., 1850. 
Lydia, born April 29, 1820. Died 'Dec. 3, 

1820. 
HARFJSON S."^, James^ George^ Born 

in Durham. Shoemaker. Married Jane 

T. Small of Lisbon, and first settled there. 






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Melissa Jaxe, born Jan. 29, 1836. Married 
William T. Osgood, of Durham, and settled 
there on farm. Five children. 

Charles Harrison, born April 22, 1(S38. 
Married Emily F. Chaffin, of Portland, 
Sept. 21, 1860, and died there March 9, 
1864. Left two children, Charles Edward 
and Harrv. 

Mary Adelaide, born Feb. 27, 1841. Mar- 
ried Moses Osgood, of Durham, and settled 
there on a farm. Four children. 






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Julius Monroe, born March 20, 1844. Died 
Oct. 5, 1 844. 



GEORGE B.^ JAMES^ George^ Born in 
Durham and settled in Freeport. Trader 
and farmer. Married Eliza Field, Nov. 17 
1841. Died there Aug. 28, 1850. 
George Henry, born Jan. 16, 1846. 

Eliza Ella, born Jan. 7, 1848. Died Sept. 
19, 1849. 

Sarah Eliza, born May 17, 1850. Married 
John F. Means, of Freeport, Oct. 19, 1872, 
and settled there. 












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STEPHEN ^\ JAMES^ George^ Born in 
Durham. Trader. Married Harriet N. 
Conner, of Troy, Me., Oct. 18, 1848. 
Settled there ; afterwards moved to Augusta, 
and thence to Canaan, where he died. May 
6,1864. 

HoKACE Greeley, born April 10, 1850. 
Arthur F., born Feb. 21, 1854. 
Antoinette, born Sept. 17, 1856. 

Helena, born May 13, 1858. 

Alice, ] ^^^.^^ j^^^^ ^. -^^^.^ 

Agnes, j 

JOHX J.^ James,^ George.^ Born in Dur- 
ham. Married Susan K. Small, of Lisbon, i 
Dec. 21, 1848, and settled in Portland. On 
A. & St. R. K. (now G. T. R'y) from 
commencement of building — afterwards 
merchant. 
Ella Susan, born March 14, 1S51. 

Mary Ida, born May 4, 1855. Married liar- 
vey W. Merrill, of New Gloucester, Sept. 
23, 1875, and settled in Auburn. One 
child. 



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John Herbert, born Oct. 13, 1858. 
GEORciE Lester, born Aug 9, 1860. 
Hattie Small, born April 7, 1864. 
Elmer Grenville, born Dec. :^8, 1865. 










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