Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
Nathaniel Billings, immigrant ancestor, came to this country before 1640 and settled in Concord, Mass., where he was admitted a freeman June 2, 1641. He owned in 1655 seven lots containing fifty-four acres, which was later (1880) owned by Amos Baker. He died Aug. 24, 1673.
1. Nathaniel, had son Daniel, who drew land in right of his father on account of service at Narragansett, in Templeton (Narragansett No. 6), in 1735.
2. John, mentioned below.
(II) John (1), son of Nathaniel Billings, was born about 1640, died March 31, 1704. He owned six lots in Concord. He married, Nov. 11, 1661, Elizabeth, born June 2, 1643, daughter of John Hastings, who settled in Braintree and removed to Cambridge.
Children, b. at Concord:
1. John, born Oct. 28, 1662, died Oct. 17, 1688; married probably Dec. 31, 1685, Elizabeth Lamson.
2. Nathaniel, born Feb. 14, 1665, died Aug. 27, 1714.
3. Samuel, born April 25, 1667, mentioned below.
4. Elizabeth, born Nov. 26, 1669.
5. Joseph, born Sept. 3, 1672, died Dec. 31, 1690.
6. Mary, born Jan. 20, 1674.
7. Sarah, born Jan. 15, 1677, married Ebenezer Hunt.
(III) Samuel, son of John (1) Billings, was born April 25, 1667, died March 10, 1748-49. He married Jan. 13, 1689-99, Mary Barron, who died April 16, 1747, daughter of Ellis and Mary (Sherman) Barron, of Watertown. Her grandfather, Ellis Barron, married (first) Hannah Hawkins, (second) Lydia Fairbanks. Her great-grandfather, Ellis Barron, married (first) Grace ____, and (second) Hannah (Pope), widow of Timothy Hawkins; he was the immigrant ancestor.
Children of Samuel & Mary Billings:
1. John, born March 30, 1700, mentioned below.
2. Joseph, born June 5, 1702.
3. Mary, born Aug. 6, 1704.
4. Samuel, born Nov. 18, 1706.
5. Jonathan, born Aug. 3, 1709, married Feb. 12, 1735, Dorothy Brooks.
6. Timothy, born May 13, 1712.
7. Elizabeth, born Sept. 9, 1714.
8. James, born Nov. 6, 1717.
9. Sarah, born March 24, 1719-20, married June 6, 1744, Ephraim Hubbard.
10. Abigail, born June 19, 1724, married Aug. 6, 1747, Samuel Allen.
(IV) John (2), son of Samuel Billings, was born March 30, 1700, at Concord. He married Elizabeth _____.
1. Mary, born Sept. 24, 1727, died Nov. 24, 1740.
2. Lydia, born Sept. 17, 1729.
3. John ,born Nov. 23, 1731, mentioned below.
4. Isaac, born Jan. 26, 1733-34.
5. Elizabeth, born Dec. 4, 1738.
(V) John (3), son of John (2) Billings, was born Nov. 23, 1731, in that part of Concord which was set off as Lincoln, April 19, 1754. He removed to the head of Little Deer Isle, Maine, in 1762. In 1767 he removed to Brooksville, Maine, where he lived many years. He was one of the first, if not the first, settlers on Deer Isle, probably the first settler in that part of Brooksville opposite Deer Isle. He died just over the line of Brooksville, in Sedgwick, in 1802, and his estate was administered in that year in Hancock county.
He married, in 1752, Hannah Farrar, born in Sudbury, Mass., died in Brooksville, Maine.
1. Benjamin, born in Lincoln, Mass., Dec. 12, 1753, resided in Sargentville, Maine; married Abigail, daughter of Nathan Closson; died March 23, 1826.
2. John Jr., born in Lincoln, April 14, 1755, mentioned below.
3. Abel, married Betsey Farrar; resided in Sedgwick, Maine; was a revolutionary pensioner; died either Oct. 27, 1833 or Dec. 5, 1832, in Brooksville.
4. Deacon Solomon, married Abigail Eaton; resided in Brooksville where he died.
5. Azubah, married John Hooper; died Oct., 1825.
6. Timothy, born at Deer Isle,, May, 1764, said to have been the first white child born on that island; married Hannah Wells; died Dec. 6, 1854.
7. Hannah, married Samuel Howard; died June 10, 1832.
8. Daniel, born in Brooksville, married Catherine Carter; died Aug. 29, 1857.
9. Lucy, married Bartholomew Flowers; died Jan., 1798.
10. Deacon Isaac, born in Brooksville, married Sally Harding; died in Sedgwick, Aug. 29, 1836.
(VI) John (4), son of John (3) Billings, was born in Lincoln, Mass., April 14, 1755, and was killed in the revolution in an engagemtn with the British at Castine, Aug. 29, 1779.
He married Mary, daughter of Nathan Closson, who owned the farm adjoining his father's at Deer Isle, Maine. He had a posthumous son, John Jr., mentioned below.
(VII) John (5), son of John (4) Billings, was born at Deer Isle, Maine. He received a limited education, going to school but six weeks. He was in the war of 1812. He was a blacksmith by trade, and owned a farm at Brooksville, where he lived a number of years. For a time he resided at that part of Newport, Maine, known as Billings Hill, but sold his farm there and removed to Unity, Waldo county, Maine. His later years were spent at Albion, Maine, where he died at the age of eighty-five.
He married Jane Gray. Among their children was Adoniram J., mentioned below.
(VIII) Hon. Adoniram J., M. D., son of John (5) Billings, was born in Newport, Maine, Dec. 3, 1826, died in Freedom, Maine, Feb. 6, 1900. He attended Colby University at Waterville, Maine, and studied medicine at Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, graduating in 1854. He established himself in Freedom, Maine, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was president of the Waldo County Medical Society.
In the civil war he was surgeon of the Nineteenth Maine Volunteer Militia; in 1864 surgeon of the board of enrollment of the fifth congressional district, and during President Harrison's administration was on the board of examining surgeons for pensions.
He was a Republican in politics,. and in 1862 and 1868 was representative to the general court, and in 1866 and 1867 state senator. In 1873 he was appointed state inspector of prisons and jails, and he was surgeon-general on Gov. Perham's staff. He was again state senator in 1897.
He was a member of the Dana B. Carter Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Masonic fraternity. He belonged to the Congregational church in Freedom.
He married (first) Ann E. Clement; (second) Mrs. Lucinda M. Bellows, of Freedom.
Children, all by 1st wife:
1. Ella B., born August, 1854, married (first Charles A. Dorman; (second) George H. Sprowle, of Boston.
2. Annie J., married James W. Libby, of Freedom.