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 brothers, Leonard and John Harriman, were the pioneer immigrants of that surname in New England. Leonard is the ancestor of most of the Harrimans of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, and John of those of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
(I) Leonard Harriman was born in Rowley in Yorkshire, England, in 1622, and died in Rowley, Mass., May 26, 1691. He and his brother John came to America in 1640 with twenty or thirty families under the guidance of Rev. Ezekiel Rogers. These colonists were a Godly people and shared their property in common for about five years. Leonard was admitted freeman of Rowley in 1647. In the same year he bought of John Todd the house lot laid out to John Spofford on Bradford street, now corner of Bradford and Common streets. He was a farmer and mechanic, being a maker of looms. His shop is supposed to have been on the nearby brook and to have been operated by water power. On an ancient tax list of a date before 1664, he is recorded as taxed eight shillings nine pence. His will, dated May 12, 1691, was proved Sept. 24, 1691.
His wife Margaret died Oct. 20, 1676.
A daughter, John, Matthew, Hannah, Caleb, Jonathan and Mary.
(II) Matthew (1), third child and second son of Leoanrd and Margaret Harriman, was born in Rowley, Mass., June 16, 1652, and died in Haverhill in 1726. He is mentioned as building a house previous to 1675 on land the ownership of which did not entitle its owner to the rights of common. He voted on the placing of a new meeting house June, 1683, and on the moving to a new meeting house in the winter of 1698. He is mentioned as living at Fishing river in a house next that of Thomas and Hannah Dustin, which is on the east side of Little river, near Primrose street.
He married (first), Dec., 1672, Elizabeth Swan, of Haverhill, born Sept. 30, 1653, daughter of Robert Swan, a soldier of King Philip's war, and Elizabeth (Acie) Swan, of Haverhill, and granddaughter of Richard Shaw, of Rowley, a soldier of King Philip's war. He married (second) Mary Cadle, born Jan., 1678, and married about 1716.
Children of 2st wife:
Matthew, Elizabeth, Mary, Margaret, Abigail, Mehitable, John, Leonard, Nathaniel, Richard and Abner.
(III) Matthew (2), eldest son of Matthew (1) and Elizabeth (Swan) Harriman, was born Jan. 26, 1673, and died Oct. 28, 1743, aged seventy. He lived on the Mill farm near Kingston line, and was a member of Lieutenant-Colonel Saltonstall's command, which was constantly armed, equipped and exercised. By order of the general court, Jan. 19, 1710, he, with others, was supplied with snow-shoes for use in military excursions in winter. He was a petitioner for a school house in the northwestern part of town, between Hoghill and Brickkiln bridge. Also a petitioner to settle fifty or sixty acres called Bare Meadow for use of the minister. He was a remonstrant against dividing the common lands, and agreed to take for his share about eight acres. At the time of settling the boundary between Massachusetts and New Hampshire in 1741, the line ran so as to place Matthew in New Hampshire.
He married, in 1700, Martha Page.
Joseph, Stephen, Moses, Joshua, Nathaniel, Philip, Mehitable, Elizabeth, Mary and Lyman.
(IV) Stephen, second son of Matthew (2) and Martha (Page) Harriman, was born in 1703, died in 1760. He owned the covenant and was baptized Oct. 10, 1726, and was admitted to the church Dec. 31, 1727. He was a soldier in the French and Indian war and served at Louisburg, 1845-46, in Capt. Thomas Cheney's company, Col. John Choate's Eighth Mass. regiment.
He married (first) at Plaistow, Dec. 25, 1723, Patience Roberts; and (second) March 10, 1743, Elizabeth Griffin.
Children of 1st wife:
Stephen, Edmond, Hannah, Mehitable, Susanna, Ebenezer, Asa and James.
Children of 2d wife:
Hannah and Elizabeth.
(V) Asa, seventh child and fourth son of Stephen and Patience (Roberts) Harriman, was born in Haverhill, March 5, 1737. He stated to Otis Harriman, when an old man, that he was a member of that famous band of Indian fighters called "Roger's Rangers." In Jan., 1762, a petition was signed by about three hundred and fifty persons, one of whom was Asa Harriman, asking the general court of Mass. that six townships be laid out on the Penobscot river for settlers. This petiton was approved March 2, 1762. In June, 1764, Asa Harriman and his family were "warned out" of Plaistow, New Hampshire, after having resided there about eight weeks. In Dec., 1767, Asa Harriman was one of the signers of a petition to annex the north parish Haverhill to Plaistow. In the spring of 1768, probably, he moved to Bucksport, Maine, where, in 1775 he is mentioned as one of the twenty families of the town. In the Penobscot Expedition, which covered the attack and defeat at Castine, Asa Harriman was a lieutenant in Capt. Ebenezer Buck's company of Volunteers, Col. Josiah Brewer's regiment, Gen. Lovell's brigade. He entered service July 30, 1779, and was discharged Aug. 14, 1779; also enlisted Sept., 1779, as a private in Capt. Ebenezer Buck's company, Col. Josiah Brewer's regiment. These companies must have been stationed at Camden. In 1781 Ezekiel, Peter and Asa Harriman moved from Bucksport to Orland. There Asa was afterward appointed surveyor of lumber.
He died in Prospect, Nov. 29, 1823. Otis Harriman describes him as in his age a tall, powerful man, straight as an arrow and of pleasing manner. His anecdotes of his French and Indian war experiences were many and his coming a delight to the younger element.
Asa Harriman, of Haverhill, married (first) Sept. 4, 1760, Elizabeth Todd, of Plaistow, N. H.
Joshua, Jewett, Asa, James (died young), James, Benjamin Buck, Joseph Kimball, Susannah and Elizabeth.
He married (second) Widow Abiah (Goodell) Perkins, of Kittery.
Stephen, John, Edward, Thomas and Samuel.
(VI) Joshua Jewett, eldest child of Asa and Elizabeth (Todd) Harriman, was born in Haverhill, Mass., May 20, 1762. He enlisted at Hampstead, N. H., July 4, 1780, in Capt. William Scott's company, Col. Henry Jackson's Ninth Mass. regiment. This regiment was enlisted for garrison duty at West Point. Joshua J. and family lived at Oak Bluff, Bucksport, whence he moved to Orland and then to Prospect Ferry, where he built what is now the James Pierce house, the oldest dwelling in Prospect. He died March 2, 1823, and was buried in the old cemetery at Prospect Ferry.
He married Betsey Keys, of Orland, in 1786. She was born March 2, 1770, and died Feb. 16, 1843, daughter of Capt. Samuel and Thankful (Hunt) Keys. She is described as a tall, black-eyed, stately woman. Capt. Keys removed from Milton, Mass., and settled in Orland in 1768 and died in 1814. He commanded the first continental company raised on the east Penobscot, 1776. He was active in plantation and town affairs, and represented the district in the legislature at Boston.
After the death of Joshua J., Betsey married (second) Dec. 3, 1827, Samuel Harding.
Children of Joshua J. & Betsey:
Daniel H., Eliakim (died in early life), Nelson Todd, Barbara, Hannah Keys, Joshua, Jewett, Dearborn, Deadama, Samuel Keys and Eliakim.
(VII) Eliakim, youngest son of Joshua J. and Betsey (Keys) Harriman, was born in Orland, Dec. 12, 1789. He settled in Freedom, was a farmer and lumberman, and was killed by a falling tree July 16, 1816. He married Rebecca Ellis.
James C. and Willard Pope.
(VIII) Willard Pope, the second of the two sons of Eliakim and Rebecca (Ellis) Harriman, was born in Freedom, July 1, 1814, and died Belfast, Jan. 19, 1878. He studied law, was admitted to the bar of Waldo county in 1860, was a Republican, and active and successful in law and politics. He was deputy sheriff of Waldo county, representative from Waldo in 1848, Belfast, 1870, and state senator 1854.
He married, Oct. 30, 1839, Mary Ann Ellis, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann (Ginn) Ellis, of Brooks, Waldo county, Maine.
Mary Ann, Joseph, Willard, Amanda Maria, James Sumner, George Frank and Sarah Benson.
(IX) George Frank, fifth child of Willard P. and Mary Ann (Ellis) Harriman, was born in Waldo, Sept. 16, 1852. He was educated in the public schools of Belfast and at the Maine Wesleyan Seminary, the East Maine Conference Seminary, the Maine Central Institute and Bowdoin College, graduating from the last-named institution in 1875. He spent the following year at the Boston Unviersity Law School, from which he graduated in 1876, and was admitted to the Suffolk county bar the same year. Immediately afterward he entered the office of Francis S. Hesseltine and began the practice of law. Two years later he removed to Belfast, maine, and there practiced his profession until 1882, when he removed to New York city, where he continued in his profession as a member of the firm of Harriman & Fessenden until 1905, and since then has been alone. Mr. Harriman has inherited the energy, industry, probity, and many other good qualities of his ancestors, and by a strong, sustained effort has attained an honorable position at the bar and has a handsome practice.
He is a member of the Bar Association of New York City, the University Club, Manhattan Club, and is a trustee of the Maine Society of New York.
He married, Aug. 5, 1903, Mattie H. Dumont, born April 18, 1873, daughter of John Ludlow and Sarah Rogers (Trott) Dumont, of Brooklyn, New York.