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.]
The Heald family from which is descended Perham S. Heald, postmaster of Waterville, Maine, is of English origin, and some of its members were pioneer settlers at Concord, Massachusetts, less than fifteen years after the Puritan settlement at Plymouth.
(I) Major Ephraim Heald was of the New Hampshire branch, and came to Maine from Temple, New Hampshire, about 1765. He is credited with service in the revolutionary war. He died at the age of eighty-one years, and was buried at Temple.
(II) Ephraim (2), son of Major Ephraim (I) Heald, born 1770, died June 29, 1803, and was buried at Bingham, Maine.
(III) Ephraim (3), son of Ephraim (2) Heald, born October 20, 1791, near Madison, Maine, died September 3, 1865, and was buried in Bingham, Maine. He settled on Dead River and cleared up a large tract of land from the wilderness, and on a part of this the Parsons Hotel now stands. He kept a tavern and also engaged in farming and lumbering.
He married Katherine Houghton, born October 30, 1793, died July 29, 1869. Children:
1. Harriet, born March 24, 1814, died March 17, 1896.
2. Susan D., July 15, 1816, died December 27, 1896.
3. Ephraim Harrison, May 17, 1818, died April 19, 1900.
4. Thomas H., see forward.
5. Alen, June 21, 1822, died September 22, 1907.
6. Azel, September 6, 1824, died February 12, 1904.
7. Esther, December 26, 1826, died August 24, 1908.
8. Alva, May 30, 1829.
9. Katherine H., August 10, 1831.
10. Marcia A., April 18, 1834.
(IV) Thomas H., fourth child and second son of Ephraim (3) and Katherine (Houghton) Heald, born April 3, 1820, died December 11, 1906. He was a house carpenter, and also owned and operated a grist mill at Madison and Solon, besides being engaged in lumbering. Prior to the civil war he removed to Norridgewock, and about 1870 went to Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he was engaged in contracting and building until 1880. That year he went to Luden, South Dakota, and took up a tract of wild government land, and opened up a farm, upon which he resided for about ten years. He then returned to Maine, and made his home with his son, Perham S. Heald, until his death. He was captain of militia, holding a commission under Governor Fairchild. He was formerly a Whig, and became a Republican at the organization of that party. In religious belief he was a Congregationalist.
He married, in 1839, Mary A. Rogers, died 1904, daughter of Peter and _____ (Gilman) Rogers. Her father was a revolutionary soldier, and in an early day carried on horseback the mail between Waterville and Norridgewock. Children of Thomas H. and Mary A. (Rogers) Heald:
1. Payson T. served in civil war, in Company A, Nineteenth Regiment Maine Volunteers; died from effects of wound received in battle of Gettysburg.
2. Perham S., see forward.
3. Abbie, twin
4. Emma, twin
5. Daniel K.
6. Thomas G.
7. Child, died in infancy
8. Child, died in infancy.
9. Cora, deceased.
(V) Perham S., second child and second son of Thomas H. and Mary A. (Rogers) Heald, was born in Solon, Maine, December 20,, 1842. He was educated in the common schools of Norridgewock and Skowhegan, and subsequently learned the trade of tailor, at Waterville, where he worked for one year. On August 25, 1862, he enlisted from Norridgewock as a private in Company A, Nineteenth Regiment Maine Volunteers, with his brother, Payson T. Heald. His regiment was mustered into the service of the United States at Bath, Maine and joined the Second Corps, Army of the Potomac. He participated in many of the hard-fought battles of that splendid command-Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristow Station, Mine Run, Spottsylvania, River Po, North Anna, Potomay, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and Jerusalem Roads. In the last-named engagement he was taken prisoner, June 22, 1864, and confined in Anderson and Libby Prison until the close of the war, enduring all the horrible hardships of those notorious prison pens. After his discharge from service, at Augusta, Maine, in 1865, he located in Waterville, where he engaged in the clothing business in company with E. N. Fletcher. This partnership continued for two years when Mr. Heald purchased Mr. Fletcher's interest and conducted the business alone and with much success until July 1, 1906, when he sold it to the Heald Clothing Company, controlled by his son, Fred P. Heald. Mr. Heald has for many years been prominently connected with corporation and public affairs, serving as president of the Building & Loan Association, and director of the Waterville Trust Company. He served for three years on the board of assessors; as a representative in the state legislature 1887-90, and as state senator for two terms beginning in 1897. In all these positions he has acquitted himself most efficiently and creditably. He was appointed postmaster of Waterville, July 1, 1906, by President Roosevelt, which position he now occupies. He is a comrade and past commander of W. S. Heath Post, G. A. R.; and is affiliated with Waterville Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Ticonic Chapter, R. A. M.; and St. Omar Commandery, Knights Templar. Politically he is a Republican, and he attends the Baptist church.
He married, in November, 1868, Mary E. Webb, born in Waterville, 1843, died 1894, daughter of Deacon David Webb.
(VI) Fred P., only child of Perham S. and Mary E. (Webb) Heald, was born in 1876. He was educated in the public schools and the Coburn Classical Institute. He entered his father's store, and is now manager of the Heald Clothing Company. He married, 1896, Claire E. Jackson, of Milford, Maine.