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.]
The first representative of this family of whom there is any information was John Cousens, who settled in Poland, Maine, in 1798, and there lived a useful and busy life, winning the respect and confidence of all with whom he was brought in contact. He married Sarah Cushman, and among their children was William, see forward.
(II) William, son of John and Sarah (Cushman) Cousens, was born in Poland, Maine, where he spent his active years, and where his death occurred. He was a man of sterling integrity, honorable in all yis transactions, and his influence was felt in the community in which he resided.
He married Mary Whittam, who bore him one child, Lyman Munson, see forward.
(III) Lyman Munson, only child of William and Mary (Whittam) Cousens, was born in Poland, Maine, Jan. 10, 1840. He attended the public schools and Gorham Academy. In 1858 he entered the employ of S. M. Milliken at Minot, Maine, the proprietor of a general country store, and there remained four years. He then formed a partnership with his employer, the name being Milliken & Cousens, and this connection continued two years. He then formed a partnership with William H. Rounds, under the firm name of Cousens & Rounds, but after several years this connection was dissolved. Selling his interest, Mr. Cousens removed to Portland and was in 1868 a partner in the firm of Marr, True & Company, but after a few years became a partner in the firm of D. W. True & Company, wholesale grocers, and in 1880 associated himself with Edward Tomlinson under the firm name of Cousens & Tomlinson, wholesale grocers, which was merged into the present firm of Milliken Tomlinson Company. In 1890 William H. Milliken, S. M. Milliken, L. A. Cousens and J. H. Short formed the firm of Milliken, Cousens & Company, wholesale dealers in dry goods and manufacturers of pants and overalls, employing one hundred hands in the factory and with a force of one hundred in the main store as salesmen, clerks, &c., also as commission merchants in cottom goods.
Mr. Cousens has been very successful in a financial way, and has interests in various enterprises. He is president of the Fitzgerald Land & Lumber Company, director in the Dalton Paper Mills, the Portland National Bank, the Union Safe Deposit and Trust Company, the Mercantile Trust Company, president of Dana Warp Mills, member of Portland Club and Lotus Club of New York City.
Mr. Cousens is now and has always been a Republican. He is a member of various Masonic bodies up to and including the thirty-second degree; is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; is connected with the Home for Friendless Boys, the Mary Brown Home, president of the Widows Wood Society, of which he is also a trustee, and the Portland Benevolent Society and Provicent Association. Mr. Cousnes is recognized as a liberal and public-spirited citizen, interested in whatever promises for the public good and always ready to contribute his share of either work or means to accomplish any good end.
Mr. Cousens married, Dec. 8, 1870, Mary E. True, born in Bangor, Maine, 1846, daughter of John and Mary (Abbott) True.
Two daughters who died in infancy.
John T., who died at the age of fourteen years.
William T., who was a member of the firm of Milliken, Cousens & Company.
Lyman A., who married Gertrude M. Cortland.
William T. and Lyman A. Cousens are now of the firm of L. M. Cousens & Company, commission merchants on cotton goods. Mr. Cousens and family are members of the State Street Congregational Church.