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 Sandra Boudrou]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
This old Scotch name was very early represented by immigrants from northern Ireland, who settled at various points in New England, soon after the opening of the eighteenth century. It was planted in southwestern Maine, at Kittery and other points in York county, but the exact time of coming seems impossible of discovery. There were settlers bearing the name in York before 1700.
(I) William Black's will was proved in York county, January 1, 1727-28. It names: Wife Sarah, and sons William and Joshua. William Black, at the time of making his father's will had children, William and Elizabeth, and soon after he and his family removed 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 mentioned 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 Margery. Of these only two sons survived the period of childhood.
(III) Jonathan, son of Joshua and Mary Black, was born February 15, 1720, and Henry, December 1, 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, probably 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 Indians lands lying between Big and Little Ossipee rivers, included in the present towns of Cornish, Limerick and Parsonsfield, and who settled in Kittery, Maine, whence he went in 1700 to Truro, Massachusetts, and there died 1714-15.
(VI) Jacob, son of John and Abigail (Small) Black, was born in Limington, Maine, September 16, 1812, died in Limerick, August 2, 1881. 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. Upon 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 removed to Lebanon in 1869, where he bought a fruit farm which he cultivated for two years, then sold the property 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 office of high sheriff of York county while residing in Lebanon, 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 earnest support to the Union cause. He was keeper o 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: 1. George E., born 1843, resided in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, and enlisted in 1862 as a private in Company H, Twenty-seventh Regiment, 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, Maine. 5. Georgia E., married Charles Stimpson, a prosperous farmer of Limerick. 6. Frank S., see forward. 7. Rodney. 8. Edwin. 9. Lillian D., married Arthus P. Merrow, of Freedom, New Hampshire, formerly a merchant and now agent of the Phoenix Insurance Company for Carroll county. 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 father's farm, on which he became accustomed to manual labor while very young, his work on the farm being confined to the summer months, and in the winter he attended the district 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 instructors connected with the Limerick Academy. He increased his tuition fund by teaching 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 absence each winter in order to teach school to replenish his slender purse. His editorial ability was first recognized at Dartmouth, where he was successively editor of the three college 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 central New York, and this experience brought him in contact with the publisher of the Johnstown Journal, a weekly newspaper published at Johnstown, New York, and he became editor of that paper. His short editorial career fully justified the prophesy made while in college that he would make a brilliant journalist. 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 expenses 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 post office. He was admitted to the bar in 1879, and his first independent position as lawyer was a member of the firm of Smith, Wellington & Black. He withdrew from the firm in 1880, and put out his "shingle" as Frank S. Black, Attorney and Councilor 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 way 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 Republican principles, founded upon those of the oldline Whig party, and yet the political field offered him no great allurement for many years. In 1888 and 1892 he made occasional campaign speeches in behalf of the candidacy of Benjamin Harrison. In 1893, when he was chairman of the Republican county committee for Rensselaer county, the practice of "repeating" and the adoption of other methods for swelling 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 March 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 directed by him as special counsel for the investigation committee, won for him not only the applause of the Republican party, but that of the entire order-loving and law-abiding citizens of the state, as the assassin was defended by the best legal talent of the opposing political party and thus hedged about by barriers hard to surmount or overcome. This achievement brought Mr. Black before the political leaders of the Republican party of the state and wise politicians saw in the young and almost unknown "Counsellor Black of Troy" the sound timber for successful public achievement, and the next year he was made the candidate by his party for representative for the Troy district in the fifty-fourth United States congress. He carried the election in November, 1894, by a large plurality, defeating the skilled politician and political leader of the Democratic party of the district, Edward Murphy 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 representative in the United States congress is bound to be uneventful, the eyes of the Republican party leaders were upon Representative Black, and at the meeting of the Republican 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 College conferred on him the honorary degree of LL. D. At the meeting of the Republican state convention in 1898, he was candidate for renomination, his opponent in the convention 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 supporting Governor Black made the vote for Colonel Roosevelt unanimous. Under the administration of Governor Black the birth of Greater New York occurred, due to the passage 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 Governor Black, May 5, 1879, and went into effect January 1, 1898. He also signed the bill allowing 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 authorize 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 legislature for July 11, 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 absent from their homes in the military service of the United States to vote at the coming elections, and a provision to better protect citizens 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 ballots cast by the military, the preponderance of which vote was in favor of Theodore Roosevelt, but it stands upon record that Governor 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 votes.
On retiring from the governorship of New York, he resumed the practice of law by removing his office, to Manhattan Borough, New York City, establishing himself in law offices at 170 Broadway, where he carries on a general practice. His most notable case in the criminal courts was his defense of Roland B. Molineaux, who had been convicted of murder in the first degree and sentenced to electrocution. He took up the desperate case at this crisis and obtained for the accused a new trial; and in this trial he satisfied the jury of the innocence of his client, despite his former conviction and sentence; convinced by his reasoning 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 doing 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 Republican 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 Provincetown, Massachusetts, and their only child, Arthur Black, resides in Boston, Massachusetts; he was graduated at Harvard, A. B., 1903, LL> B. 1906. He married Frances G. Purdy, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, and has one child, Frank Swett Black, born July 19, 1907.
This family is doubtless of Scotch ancestry. Samuel Black, a ship owner of considerable property, died in Boston in 1749. His will, dated February 11, 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 Margaret; "to two brothers by my father's side," James and Robert. Just what this means we have not learned, probably James and Robert were by a different 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 mentioned above. If so, he was in Boston but a short time before his death. We know nothing 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 9, 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, bequeathing to her children: 1. 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 Bible, and died in Prospect, Maine, June 15, 1817, and is buried at Sandy Point, Stockton. He received by his mother's will the great family Bible, a sight of which would be greatly appreciated by the family historian. He married August 6, 1764, Sarah Stowers, who was born in Chelsea (Rumney Marsh, Boston), January 25, 1744, and died in Prospect, Maine, October 5, 1816. He and 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 Chelsea Church:
1. 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, baptized 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, married Jonathan Dow.
8. Alexander, March 20, 1780. He was a saddler by trade. He removed to prospect, Waldo county, Maine, during 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 1806-07-08-09-10-11. 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, baptized in the Chelsea Church November 17, 1765. He lived at Prospect, Maine, and died there September 11, 1828. He was a farmer and prominent citizen. He married, August 25, 1789, Annie Brown, born in Belfast, Maine, March 18, 1766, and died at Searsport, Maine, July 21, 1857. Children:
1. Ann, born June 6, 1790, married James Leach.
2. Sally, March 3, 1792, married Andrew Leach.
3. Mary, January 19 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. Marithew.
(IV) Joshua T., son of Henry (2) Black, was born in Prospect, Maine, 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 provision store. He sold his business and became a farmer at Searsport, and followed that occupation the remainder of his active life. In politics he was a Republican. He was a member of the state militia in his younger days. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Searsport.
He married (first), January 29, 1838, Eleanor M., born in Belfast, December 10, 1807, died in Searsport, June 18, 1850, daughter of Robert and Hannah (Mitchell) Houston, and granddaughter of Captain Samuel and Esther (Rogers) Houston. Children:
1. Robert, died in infancy.
2. Joshua W., 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 March 20, 1884, in Searsport. The following was taken from the Waterville Sentinel 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 common field rock, the base pointed and the top arched and bordered with leaves, and was evidently homemade. It bore the following inscription: 'Erected in memory of Mrs. Esther Houston the wife of Captain Samuel Houston who died Nov. 8, 1794, in the 61st year of 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 during the Revolution. He was the second town clerk, a member of the first committee of safety, 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 the town. He enlisted in April, 1861, among the first in Company I, Fourth Maine Regiment of Volunteers, and went to Rockland 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 returned 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 that 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 Searsport 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 President McKinley, and has been reappointed twice since then and is now serving a fourth four-year term. He has given the utmost satisfaction to the public and the department as postmaster. At the present time he is also judge of the municipal court. He was appointed trial justice by Governor Plaisted in 1882. He was appointed justice of the peace by Governors 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 Republican congressional district committee was re-elected April 29, 1908, for another term. He is president of the Searsport Water Company. He is a member and past master of Mariners Lodge of Free Masons of Searsport; of Searsport Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; of King Solomon Council, royal and Select Master, Belfast; ;of Anchor Chapter, Eastern Star, of Searsport; and past grand of Sears Lodge of Odd Fellows. He belongs to Freeman 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:
1. Frederick Frasier, born September 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 post office from 1903 until her sudden death, June 15, 1908.
(VI) Frederick Frasier, son of Joshua Willson 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 United 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 Sumner 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 he was promoted 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 Templar, Belfast.
The black family of York and 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, Massachusetts. (See history of Boxford, Massachusetts.) He bought land of Samuel Webber, 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 vol. 30.) He died before 1712, 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 buildings 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 Samuel deeded to Jonathan Young Jr. ten acres near Cape Neddick pond, York. Later they deeded other parcels of land.
Children of Daniel and Sarah Black:
Samuel, Elizabeth, Mehitable.
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 records, 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,, was also a relative. Ridlon thinks this Josiah was among the Scotch-Irish pioneers of 1718. Further trace of him is not found.
(II) William Black was son of one of the early settlers, doubtless Josiah, for Daniel left but one son, Samuel, as shown by the settlement of his estate. The will of William Black was proved at Kittery, January 1, 1727-28, bequeathing to wife Sarah and to sons William and Joshua. Children:
1. William, had children William and Elizabeth; removed to Harpswell, Maine and lived on Bailey's Island.
2. Joshua, mentioned below.
(III) Joshua, son of William Black, born at York about 1695, died in 1753. His will was proved April 6, 1756. He married Mary _____. Descendants are still living in Kittery, some having changed their names to Blake. Children recorded at Kittery:
1. 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 1, 1726.
7. Thomas, August, 1728, died in 1729.
8. Sarah, May 12, 1730, married Nicholas Collins.
9. Almy or Amy, March 8, 1731.
10. Catherine, May 15, 1734.
11. Thomas, October, 1738, died about 1756, unmarried, in his majesty's service in the French war; will dated April 30, 1756; brother Henry a legatee.
12. Margery, August 19, 1739.
(IV) 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 was of the family given above. The above records, in fact, include all that is known of this family down to Josiah Black, of Limington.
He married Martha Cookson and settled 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.
1. Mary, born May 10, 1775, married 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, December 18, 1809; iv. Ira, September 8, 1811; v. Lovina, October 20, 1814.
4. Josiah, August 31, 1784, married Mary Libby of Scarborough, where he died July, 1864; children: i. Zebulon, born December 12, 1808, married Elmira 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. Mercy, January 21, 1815, died young; v. Martha, March 29, 1817, married John J. Plaisted; vi. David I., September 28, 1819; vii. Joab, had son Alvah, father of Charles A. Black, teacher in Paris Hill Academy and Norway Liberal Institute; viii. Almer, April 13, 1824, married Betsey Bailey; ix. Mary L., May 6, 1827, married Lorenzo Goodwin.
5. Mercy, January 8, 1789, married Amos Libby.
6. Aaron, September 10, 1791, married Lydia Libby.
7. Betsey, February 22, 1798.
(VI) John, son of Josiah Black, was born in Limington, Maine, August 31, 1777. He married Hannah Hamlin. Children born in Limington:
1. John, mentioned below.
(VII) John (2), son of John (1) Black, born in Limington in 1807, died in 1879. He married Mary Anderson, of Limington. Children, born in Porter, Maine:
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 lumber 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, Maine.
He married, October 25, 1876, Dora Lizzie Fox, of Porter, born April 24, 1858. Children:
1. James Orion.
2. Laura May, mentioned below.
3. Nina Marcella.
(IX) Dr. Laura May, daughter of James Anderson Black, was born in Porter, September 8, 1879. She attended the public schools of Moultonborough and Brewster Academy at Wolfborough, New Hampshire, graduating in 1898. After teaching school two years, she began the study of her profession in the College 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 Henry Black was born in Ireland in 1798. He came to St. Martins, 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 Mary Fownes, who was a native of St. Martins, New Brunswick. Children, all born in St. Martins:
Henry Allen, a successful contractor and builder in Boston, Massachusetts.
Judson Burpee, a physician and member of the parliament of the Dominion of Canada, and in 1908 was returned with the largest majority in Nova Scotia.
Thomas Henry Black died at St. Martins, New Brunswick, 1860.
(II) William T., eldest son and third child of Thomas Henry and Mary (Fownes) Black, was born in St. Martins, New Brunswick, October 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 Pennsylvania Medical 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 Brunswick, and his skill was soon recognized by the public and by the officers of the European and North American railway (now the Intercolonial), then under construction, which gave him unusual opportunities in the practice of surgery. In 1860 he removed to Calais, Maine, where he practiced medicine and surgery up to the advent of the southern rebellion, when he volunteered his service in the Union army and was commissioned assistant surgeon in the Twelfth Maine Volunteer Infantry and mustered in December 28, 1861, and his regiment was assigned to the southern division under General Butler, and with his regiment was among the first of the army to occupy New Orleans. He was appointed medical examiner for the first Union volunteer regiments raised in New Orleans, and was appointed 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 consideration 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 Washington County Medical Society and the Council of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick. He has been a member of the United States Pension Examining Board at Calais for many years, and since July, 1908, the president of the board. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, being a Blue Lodge and Royal Arch Mason.
Mr. 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 deprived of showering on their own.