Genealogical Notes Of Durham, Maine.
By Everett S. Stackpole.
Published By Vote Of Town.
Lewiston: Press Of Lewiston Journal Company. 1899.
EARLY SETTLERS, MINISTERS
[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
Names of Settlers.
Churches, mills and most of the original settlers.
MINISTERS BORN IN DURHAM.
A brief biographical sketch of the ministers reared in this town may fittingly form a part of its ecclesiastical history. It is questioned whether any other town of no greater population can name so long a list of its natives devoted to the work of the Christian ministry. It speaks well for the religious character of its early population. No rumor has been heard by the writer that the ministerial character of any one in the following list was ever called in question. They have been a body of able, consecrated and successful workmen, and some have made a reputation for themselves and town in home and foreign fields of labor. The list is believed to be complete, though it has been impossible to get biographical details in several cases.
REV. SAMUEL NEWELL, youngest son of Ebenezer and Catherine (Richards) Newell, was born in Royalsborough 25 July 1785. He early thirsted for an education, and thought that if he could reach his grandfather in Newton, he might find a way to secure it. At the age of fifteen he took some shirts, handkerchiefs and stockings in a bandana and went on foot to Portland, to take ship to Boston. An aged relative, the Rev. W. C. Richards, gives the following account of him.
"As he was standing about the wharf, a ship captain asked him what he would like. "To get up to Boston. I have a grandfather at Newton Oak Hill and want to see him."
"Well," said the captain, "I am going to start for Boston in a half hour's time and I will take you along with me, and if you will wait on me I will give you a free passage." "I thank you," said the boy. The captain's home was Roxbury Hill, some three miles on the way to Newton. Samuel stopped with him over night. He loved the boy and was ready to do for him. When evening came, the captain's friends came in to welcome him home. He introduced the boy to them and told them, "I brought this boy, who walked from Durham to Portland, on his way to his grandfather's at Newton. He wants to get an education, but has no means. His own mother died when he was three years old; when he was six years old he had a step-mother and now his father is dead. He has five brothers and two sisters." "My brothers and sisters are all kind and obedient to our step-mother," said Samuel, "she works hard, we all help her, but we are poor. I am very anxious for an education. I have nothing in the world but the clothes I have on and this little package and thirty-nine cents."
The captain said, "Gentlemen, this recital stirs my heart. I will put down $200, for this boy's benefit. What say you ?" Two subscribed $150, each, and the old Roxbury School Master, being present and in tears, houted. "I will be good for $300." The boy burst into tears. The School Master said, "I will have you ready for Harvard as soon as I can, so cheer up." The boy exclaimed, "I thank you a thousand times." He was in a few hours at his grandfather's and found a welcome reception and made his mother's birth-place his home.
He soon entered the Latin School at Roxbury and in three years entered Harvard, from which he was graduated with honor in 1807. He had a call to the Principalship of Lynn Academy, where he did good work and received good pay. Now feeling the burden of his ministerial and missionary call, he entered Andover Theological Seminary, where he became intimate with Adoniram Judson. At a great missionary meeting at Bradford he met for the first time Harriet Atwood and fell in love with her. Adoniram was fortunate enough to meet Ann Hazzeltine at the same meeting. They both found the delight of their eyes and the joy of the hearts there, already prepared to give them their hearts and their hands in the great work of life which the young men had chosen."
Another account says that he lived for a time in the family of Judge Lowell and afterward with Mr. Ralph Smith. After graduating from Andover in 1810 he studied Medicine at Philadelphia. He was one of the signers of the memorandum from the students at Andover, dated 27 July 1810, that led to the organization of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and was one of the first four who offered themselves to that Society for missionary service.
He married Harriet Atwood and they sailed for India 19 Feb. 1812. On his arrival the Bengal Government ordered him to leave the country. He went to the Isle of France, where his wife died 30 Nov. 1812. He afterward published the "Life and Writings of Mrs. Harriet Newell." He went to Ceylon and thence in 1817 to Bombay. He wrote with the Rev. Gordon Hall "The Conversion of the World or the Claims of Six Hundred Millions." He is described as a man of excellent abilities and profound piety. His second wife was Philomelia Thurston of Elmira, N.Y., who went to India to marry him. They had a daughter Harriet, who married a Mr. Hart and died in Georgia about 1890, leaving one son. Samuel Newell died in Bombay, India, 30 March 1821, as noble a man as has been born in Durham.
REV. O. ISRAEL BAGLEY NEWELL was born 5 April 1794, labored on his father's farm in Durham during the summer, and for six successive years taught school in winter before he was of age. Having fitted himself for college in the midst of all this work, he entered as a Sophomore. In college he was confessedly the foremost man of his class. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1819. Next came two years of theological study in the Andover school; then on the island of Nantucket he had charge of an academy one year. In 1822 he was appointed principal of the "Kimball Union Academy" in Plainfield, N.H. To this work he devoted himself with earnestness and success. During his thirteen years at Plainfield he gave instruction to twelve hundred young persons and fitted about two hundred for college. This employment, for which he was so well fitted and which he loved, he was compelled through ill health to give up. He returned to his native town and became again a farmer. Here he lived until his death in 1846. During all this period of teaching and farming he was also a preacher, averaging, it is thought, a sermon each week. And these sermons "were well studied, well arranged, clear, instructive, and affecting." All this, which seems a task for the highest physical and mental energy, was accomplished by a man who suffered long and much from feeble health.
"He was a man of marked character. His intellect was clear, discriminating, well trained. He had great decision, perseverance, and energy. All his movements were characterized by remarkable punctuality and precision. He did not suffer himself to be borne along passively by the tide of circumstances; he always knew what he was doing and why he was doing it. He was distinguished for scrupulous veracity, unbending integrity, and transparent frankness. His piety was of a uniform, well-balanced, healthful character." He married (1824) Ester M. Whittlesey of Cornish, N.H. They had no children. By will he bequeathed $600 to the American Educational Society for the benefit of poor students in Bowdoin College, and gave the residue of his estate to the Congregational Society in Durham. --History of Bowdoin College, page 213.
ELDER DANIEL ROBERTS was born in Durham July 16, 1790. Was converted in 1803 under the preaching of Joshua Soule, afterward Bishop of the M. E. Church. In 1812 he married Abigail, daughter of George Goodwin of Durham. He started for Indiana in 1817. Arriving at Pittsburg in the early summer of 1818, he constructed a boat, put his family on board and descended the Ohio River to Cincinnati. Here, in 1819, he united with the Christian Church and was ordained to preach the Gospel. In 1820 he settled in Dearborn County, Indiana, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died in Sparta, Ind., June 24, 1882. His wife died fifteen years before. They had twelve children, only two of whom survived him. His son, Judge Omar F. Roberts of Aurora, Ind., has furnished a published Memorial Discourse of the life and character of his father, written by the Rev. L. H. Jameson, D. D.
Though he was comparatively poor and dug his living out of a little farm, he preached the Gospel over sixty years without any compensation in money, refusing it when offered. It is thought that he baptized fully three thousand persons, fifty-five at one time in the dead of winter, with the mercury down to zero, and the ice ten inches thick. He performed the work in less than an hour. In 1830, at the request of Gen. Harrison, he preached on the doorstep of the General's residence, at North Bend, Ohio, to an immense audience. Gen. Harrison pronounced the discourse one of the finest he ever heard, and faultless from an oratorical point of view. His voice was well adapted to preaching in the open air. In the course of his ministry he organized upwards of two hundred churches. No man in his region of country was more esteemed, nor exerted a more salutary influence.
REV. CHRISTOPHER TRACY, born 2 Oct. 1758 in Falmouth, was baptized by Elder Benjamin Randall in 1781, and was one of the original members of the Free Baptist Church in Durham, of which he remained a member till his death. He was ordained 31 Aug. 1808. He was an Evangelist, a well educated man for his times, of excellent judgment and earnest as a public speaker. He had four sons who were licensed to preach, only one of whom, Jonathan was ordained. He died in Durham 11 Nov. 1839.
REV. JONATHAN TRACY, oldest son of the above, was born 28 Dec. 1782 in Durham. Moved to Minot, now Auburn, when a young man. Ordained 24 Feb. 1828. Was called "Scripture Tracy" for his remarkable familiarity with the Bible. He baptized between 700 and 800 converts, and one time 45 through a hole cut in the ice. Was an earnest advocate of temperance and anti-slavery. Died at Wales, Me., 24 Jan. 1864, aged 81 years. The text at his funeral was I Cor. XV. 58. "Steadfast and unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord." Two of his grandsons, Rev. A. P. Tracy of Vermont and Rev. Olin H. Tracy of Boston, entered the ministry of the Free Baptist Church. He was the father of Ferdinand Tracy now living in Durham. The portrait here presented is from a daguerreotype taken when he was eighty years old.
REV. ASA McGRAY, though born in N. Yarmouth 18 Sept. 1780, moved to Durham with his father when he was a small child. He married Susanna Stoddard, in Durham. She was born in Charlestown, Mass. He first joined the Methodists. He afterward united with the Free Baptist Church and was ordained 26 Sept. 1814. He removed in 1816 to Windsor, Nova Scotia, and died there 30 Dec. 1843. He was a successful evangelist and organizer of churches. The text at his funeral was II. Sam. iii. 38. "Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel ?"
REV. DANIEL PIERCE was born in Durham. Licensed to preach in the Baptist Church in 1816. Ordained pastor of Lisbon Church in 1818. He had pastorates also in Greene and Wales. Was preaching occasionally in 1845. He married Abigail Additon.
REV. EBENEZER BLAKE, son of William and Sarah (Chandler) Blake, was born in Durham 27 April 1786. Was converted in the great revival at Methodist Corner in 1804. Joined the N. E. Conference in 1807 and preached as an itinerant 47 years in Maine, N.H., Mass., and Conn. "He was an active, laborious and successful minister." He died at West Bridgewater, Mass., 2 Jan. 1868.
REV. DANIEL LIBBY, son of Daniel and Mary (Hoyt) Libby, was born in Durham 22 Feb. 1804; m. 9 Aug. 1832 Eunice R. Wheeler of Dixfield. Although he was blind he educated himself for the ministry of the Cong. Church. Was first settled at Dixfield. Afterward preached at Minot. He died 4 May 1839.
REV. JOHN MILLER was born in Durham 13 May 1806, and died there 5 Dec. 1869. He was converted in 1829 and began to preach with the Methodists, in 1837. He afterward joined the Free Baptists and continued a good and acceptable minister with them until his death. He felt especially called to preach to the poor, and his labors were fruitful. He was a man of much prayer, strong faith, fervid love, and deep piety. One of the first sermons I remember was preached by him, in which he drew an illustration from an old Welsh preacher, of Mercy staying the hand of Justice.
REV. DAVID NEWELL, son of William and Anna (Hoyt) Newell, was born at Durham 20 Jan. 1805. Was pastor of five Free Baptist churches. Baptized 200 persons. Married 27 Aug. 1825 Jane S. Brackett. Two sons died in the army during the Rebellion. He died in Gorham 2 Mch. 1891.
CORNELIUS DOUGLAS was born in Durham 12 June 1778. He became an eminent preacher in the Society of Friends. Moved to Ohio. His farm supported him, and he traveled as a preacher extensively at his own expense. Was some time Supt. of an Indian Mission School in Kansas. He died 7 Aug. 1885 and was buried in Bloomington, Ohio. He married 23 Jan. 1820 Phebe Nichols of Berwick, Me., who died 7 Nov. 1886.
JOSHUA DOUGLAS was born in Durham 8 Sept. 1794. He married Jane Adams 11 June 1818. He spent most of his life as a farmer in Durham. He was recommended as a minister by the Society of Friends 21 Nov. 1854. He labored successfully as an evangelist at home and abroad. He was a man of eminent piety, respected by all. He died 21 Jan. 1881 and is buried in the cemetery near the Friends' Meeting House in So. Durham.
NATHAN DOUGLAS, son of David and Waite (Hawkes) Douglas, was born in Durham 18 Jan. 1812. He married 2 Oct. 1834 Lucy, dau. of Isaiah and Deborah (Philbrook) Day. He begun preaching among the Friends at the age of 22, and has been for half a century the principal minister of the Friends in Durham. His labors have been very satisfactory at home and abroad, and have resulted in great good. He has visited nearly every yearly meeting of Friends on this Continent. He is respected and beloved by all who know him.
DAVID DUDLEY, son of Micajah and Susanna (Forster) Dudley was born in Durham 15 April 1794. He married Eunice Buffum who was born in Berwick, 1796. He died in Gardner, Johnson Co., Kansas. "He was," says Eli Jones, "a well approved minister in the Friends Society, and traveled extensively in this country in the work of the ministry. "He was famed as an eloquent preacher. He lived in China, Me. 8 ch.
REV. MARK B. HOPKINS, born in Durham. Joined Maine Conference in 1840 and served as an itinerant in East Maine till 1850. He died in Bloomfield 3 June 1859.
REV. JAMES CUSHING was born in Durham 9 Jan. 1809. Entered Maine Conference in 1831, was stationed successively at Eliot, Bethel, Saco, Kittery, Newfield, Cornishville and Bernick. Located in 1850 at South Berwick and carried on the jeweler's business. Moved to Waupun, Wis. and d. s. p. 1880. He married (1) Sarah A. Fernald of Kittery. (2) Elizabeth Raynes of So. Berwick. (3) Mary E. Raynes of So. Berwick.
REV. ANSEL GERRISH, son of James and Susannah (Roberts) Gerrish, was born in Durham 25 Feb. 1804. Married Phebe Beal. Entered the Maine Conference of the M. E. church in 1827. Served at Kennebunkport, Shapleigh, Scarboro and Rumford. Located in 1831. Became a physician. Died in Portland, Me. His son, James William Gerrish, was a surgeon in U. S. army.
REV. GEORGE PLUMMER, son of Henry and Wealthy (Estes) Plummer, was born in Durham 7 April 1826. Licensed to preach in the Free Baptist Church March 1856. Ordained 22 Dec. 1861. Pastor in Durham five years, at Lisbon Falls five years, at Freeport one year, at W. Bowdoin one year. Has baptized sixty, married 190 couples and attended 636 funerals. After 1883 he preached principally in destitute places. Was member of Maine Legislature in 1859. Married (1) 4 April 1850, Almira J. Coffin; (2) 21 Oct. 1881 Eliza Eacot. He died at Lisbon Falls, 17 June 1897.
REV. ALPHA TURNER was born in Durham 12 June 1814. Licensed to exhort in 1843. Received into the Maine Conf. in 1851, and for 35 years filled some of its least remunerative appointments with great success. I knew him well. He was a moral hero. He had been a sailor in his youthful days, and was fond of illustrating spiritual truth by analogies drawn from the sea. He was a hard worker, very fervent in prayer, liberal in thought, of kindly disposition. He married (1) 9 Jan. 1840 Abigail Hutchings of Portland. (2) 28 June 1855 Dorcas S. R. Roberts of Cape Elizabeth. He died at Cornish 6 Jan. 1897.
REV. WILLIAM H. CRAWFORD, born in Pownal 4 Oct. 1821, was brought up in Durham. Admitted to Maine Conference in 1844 and served important charges in the eastern part of the state till 1870, when he was superannuated. He was a very godly, useful and beloved pastor and preacher. Died 18 Feb. 1889. His son, Rev. George A. Crawford, is Chaplain in the U. S. Navy.
REV. JAMES BARBER CRAWFORD was born in Durham 22 Dec. 1828 and died in Bucksport, Me., 31 March 1869. He got his education at Kent's Hill at the price of toil and sacrifice. He began to preach in 1862, and joined the East Maine Conference in 1866. He was for ten years Principal of The East Maine Conf. Seminary at Bucksport. "He was an incessant worker. With ability to teach he united power to win, and this power was used to train souls for heaven. He was not satisfied merely to cultivate the minds of his pupils, but aimed to impress the higher obligations of life. As a preacher his earnest address enlisted the sympathies and won the affections of his hearers."
REV. GEORGE A. CRAWFORD, born in Durham 1820. Entered the Maine Conf. in 1846 and was stationed at Stowe. He did not remain long a member of the Conference, but preached often as a local preacher. He was steward of the seminary at Kent's Hill several years. When postmaster at Brunswick he supplied the church at Harpswell. He taught school in his early days in Durham. He was a good teacher, a man of piety and benevolence, very social by nature and highly esteemed everywhere. Sickness ended his days in sadness, 25 Sept. 1878.
REV. HORATIO M. MACOMBER was born 22 June 1814. He joined the Maine Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1834 and was successively stationed at Pembroke, Robbinston, Lubec, York, Eliot, Dam's Mills, Hollis, Cornish, Gorham, and Kennebunkport. In 1844 he located, became a dentist and practiced a long time in Lynn, Mass. He died in Indiana about 1890. He was a preacher of good ability, natural grace, and unblemished character.
REV. JAMES H. SAWYER was born in Durham. He became a preacher in the Universalist Church, but was principally employed as a teacher in Corinna Academy. The details of his career could not be obtained.
REV. FREDERICK HOWARD EVELETH, D. D., was born in Durham 21. Mch. 1843. He fitted for College at Hebron Academy and graduated at Waterville College, now Colby University in 1870, and at Newton Theological Institute (Mass.) in 1873. In September following he sailed for Burma as a missionary of the American Baptist Missionary Union. He labored in the Burman Mission at Toungas until 1885, with the exception of a visit to America in 1879. In 1885 he went to Rangoon for literary work on a new edition of the Burman Bible first translated by Adoniram Judson. He published several books in Burmese, such as "Old Testament Biographical Sketches." Illustrated, Rangoon, 1886, 8vo; "Burmese Pocket Dictionary," compiled from Dr. Judson's Dictionaries, Rangoon, 1887, 8vo ; "Preparation and Delivery of Sermons," Abridged and Translated, Rangoon, 1896, 8vo. He again visited America in 1887 and again in 1889-90. From 1890 to 1896 he had charge of the Burman Mission at Sandoway. In the spring of 1896 he removed to Dusein, a suburb of Rangoon, to assume the duties of Professor in the Burman Department of the Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1898 Colby University conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.
He married. 14 June 1873, Mattie Howard, dau. of the Rev. J. F. Eveleth of Eden, Me. They have two sons, Frederick Shailer, who graduates in 1899 from the School of Medicine of Boston University, and Charles Edward, a student at the Worcester, Mass., Polytechnic Institute.
REV. EMERSON H. McKENNEY, son of Abel and Ann (Miller) McKenney, was born in Durham 23 Oct. 1841. Was admitted to Maine Conf. in 1867. In 1873 his health became impaired and he moved to Lynn, Mass. He supplied churches at Saugus, Essex, and Wilmington during the next ten years. Died at Saugus 17 Feb. 1884. His wife was Eliza S. Hasty of Durham. m. 28 June 1867. The Conference Minutes say he "was a holy man, and a successful minister. All who knew him respected him. His last sickness was severe, but the end was victorious."
REV. GREENLEAF H. BOWIE, son of David R., was born in Durham 2 Oct. 1840. He began preaching in 1860 as a licensed preacher of the M. E. Church. In 1868 he removed to Phippsburg and united with the Free Baptist church. Was soon after ordained and has served churches at Georgetown, Small Point, Hodgdon, etc. Is now at Patten, Me. Is a godly and useful man. Has preached 105 funeral sermons. In 1866 he married Annie Norton of St. George. They have had eight children of whom seven are living.
REV. STANFORD MITCHELL was born in Durham 3 Nov. 1840. In the Civil War he served three years in Co. C, 8th Me. Regt, most of the time in S. Carolina. He entered the ministry of the Universalist Church and being an excellent singer has been employed for twenty years in Evangelistic work as preacher and vocalist. He has also been active in Temperance work. Was last stationed at Caribou.
REV. GEORGE LEAVENS, though not born in Durham, was brought up in the family of William Stackpole. He enlisted in the Civil War and lost an arm in the service. Fitted for College at Edward Little Institute, Auburn. Spent some time at Waterville College. Graduated at the Theological Seminary at Rochester, N.Y. Married Sarah, dau. of Dea. William Dingley. Served one or two Baptist Churches in Maine. Died 21 March 1874, aged 31 yrs. 2 mos. Two sons died young. A daughter, Lou, married Mr. Wheeler and lives in Somerville, Mass.
REV. EVERETT S. STACKPOLE was born in Durham 11 June, 1850. He was educated at the "Little Red Schoolhouse" till fifteen years of age. He then spent two years at Edward Little Institute, Auburn, fitting for College. Graduated at Bowdoin College 1871. Began to teach at age of sixteen, and taught winter and fall terms in Durham, West Minot, No. Gray, Yarmouth Academy, Hartland Academy, Brewer High School and Brunswick High School. Thus he paid a large share of his college expenses. After graduation he taught one year at Washington Academy, East Machias, and three years as Principal of the High School in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Graduated at the School of Theology of Boston University in 1878 and at once entered the ministry of the Maine Conference of the M. E. Church. He was assigned to the poorest station in the Conference, Kingfield Circuit, where the salary paid the preceding year was $120. His first year's salary in the ministry was $300. The circuit included three townships, and he made occasional trips to regions thirty miles beyond.
He was stationed successively at Lisbon, Woodfords, Westbrook, Bath and Portland. In 1888 he became Director of a Theological School in Florence, Italy, for the training of Italian preachers, and continued in that work till 1892, also editing for one year an Italian religious monthly paper. In 1892-3 he studied Theology at the University of Berlin and traveled extensively in Europe, Egypt and Palestine. He rejoined the Maine Conference and preached at Auburn 1894-8. He is now pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Augusta, serving also as one of the Chaplains in the Insane Asylum and in the Soldiers Home at Togus. He has published, besides many newspaper articles and several tracts in Italian, "Four and a Half Years in the Italy Mission," "The Evidence of Salvation, or the Direct Witness of the Spirit," "Prophecy, or Speaking for God," "History and Genealogy of the Stackpole Family," and a "History of Durham." He received the degree of D. D. from Bowdoin College in 1888. He married in New Hampton, N.H., 20 Aug. 1878 Lizzie A. Blake, dau. of the Rev. Charles and Lucy A. (Knowlton) Blake. They have one son, Everett Birney Stackpole, born in Lisbon 11 Dec. 1879. He is a member of the class of 1900, in Bowdoin College.
REV. BENJAMIN F. FICKETT, son of Simon and Lydia (Sawyer) Fickett, was born in Durham, 22 Feb. 1850. Joined the M. E. Church in 1867. Admitted to the Maine Conference in 1890. Has served at Andover, Bethel, Wilton and Phillips. Has been very successful in building church edifices and in adding to the membership of the churches served. He is a man of good sense, earnestness, and native ability. He married (1) 12 Sept. 1877 Clara A. Morse of Bath, who died 9 May 1878 ; (2) 1 Oct. 1881, Zephie A. Rowe of Georgetown, who has contributed much to his success and helped to win for both a host of friends.
REV. EDGAR LINDLEY WARREN was born at Durham Nov. 3, 1858. He was educated for a journalist and served on the Kennebec Journal. He was for a time official reporter of the Maine Senate; also correspondent of the Boston Herald. He graduated from Andover Theo. Sem. in 1886, and spent another year in special study. He has been pastor at Claremont, N.H., North Attleboro, Mass., Westerly, R.I., and is now pastor of the Cong. Church in Wolfboro, N.H. His ministry has been unusually fruitful. He married (1) 10 Sept. 1890, Josephine Weeks of W. Durham. She died 15 Mch. 1893. His second wife was Edith Gilbert Crow of Hampton Falls, N.H.
REV. CHARLES HENRY STACKPOLE was born in Durham on lot 112, 29 July 1864. He fitted for College at Edward Little High School, Auburn, and graduated at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., in the class of 1884. He then taught four years in Edward Little High School. Graduated from the School of Theology of Boston University in 1891 and has preached two years at Bradford, Mass., and four years at Peabody, Mass. He is now pastor of the Stanton Ave. Methodist Episcopal Church in Dorchester, Mass. He is a popular and successful preacher. He married, 5 June 1895, Maude A. Rolfe of Auburn who had been associated with him as teacher in the Edward Little High School.
REV. HENRY JACKSON NEWELL, son of James and Susanna Newell, was born in Durham 12 May 1819. He was educated at Kent's Hill and at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. He was ordained to the ministry 7 July 1844 at Newport, R.I. He had charge of a school in Batesville, Pa., until about 1855, when he went to Little Rock, Ark. Here he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and continued in teaching till the Civil War, preaching occasionally. He suffered persecution and loss of property during the Rebellion, and narrowly escaped with his life. His wife, who was Hattie Hutchings of Batesville, Pa., and children died, leaving him alone and penniless. He died to April 1889.
REV. JOHN VINING NEWELL, brother of the one last mentioned, was born 26 April 1829. He began his ministry in a Conference of the M. E. Church in Penn. in 1852, and has continued in the same Conference until the present time. He is now afflicted with paralysis at his home in Throop, Pa.
REV. ENOCH F. NEWELL, son of Daniel and Emily K. (Harmon) Newell, was born in Durham 2 Dec. 1842. Was for a time a student in North Yarmouth Academy. Enlisted at age of eighteen and was in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac, being wounded at Gettysburg. He married 15 July 1865 Etta M. Toothaker of Pownal. After living a short time in Illinois and Wisconsin he settled in Michigan in 1870. In 1878 he entered the ministry as a member of the Michigan Conference of the M. E. Church and has preached every Sabbath since except one. He is reported of as standing high in his Conference and having success in his work. He is at present stationed at Edwardsburg, Mich. Has had five children of whom two sons and two daughters are living.
REV. J. H. TOMPSON, son of Joseph and Hannah (Rice) Tompson, was born at Methodist Corner July 9, 1847. He lett Durham at the age of seven years and lived in Yarmouth and Lewiston. By resisting for some years the conviction that he must be a preacher his preparation for the ministry was delayed. He graduated at Kent's Hill in 1875 and at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., in 1878. He has served several charges in the New England Conference with marked success and is now stationed at Highlandsville, Mass. He married, to Oct. 1880, Fannie F. Reade of Dighton, Mass. and has had four children.
REV. HENRY H. MORRILL, son of Frank and Sarah N. (Newell) Morrill, was born in Durham 6 Jan. 1860. Moved with his parents to Lewiston in 1869, and to Cambridge, Mass. in 1874. Was educated in the schools of those cities and at Harvard University, where he graduated cum magna laude in 1882. Took three years of post-graduate study at Harvard. Went West and studied for the ministry of the Episcopal Church. Ordained at Salina, Kansas, 19 Sept. 1888. Is now Rector of St. John's Parish, Clinton, Iowa. He married, 16 Nov. 1884, Carrie Emily, dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth Barrington of Cambridge, Mass. They have one dau. b. 18 July 1888 at Holton, Kas.
The following were local preachers, but we are unable to say whether they were ever ordained, Eben Ruby, Robert Bowie, Henry Plummer and Andrew Blethen.