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.]
This patronymic is unusual in this country, and, although of undoubted British origin, seems practically unknown in England at the present day. A distinguished member of the family in America is Rear Admiral Philip Hichborn, born at Charlestown, Mass. in 1839. He entered the U. S. navy in 1869, and was chief constructor for the department from 1893 to 1901. He is an expert in naval architechture, has written much on the subject, and invented the Franklin Life Buoy and Hichborn Balanced Turrets.
(I) Robert Hichborn was born at Boston, Mass., Nov. 20, 1740, died at Prospect, Maine, Oct. 18, 1800. He was a cousin of Paul Revere of revolutionary fame. On July 17, 1765, Robert Hichborn married Susan Ellinwood.
Robert P., William, Paul Revere (whose sketch follows), Henry, Deborah, Sally and Hanna.
(II) Paul Revere, third son of Robert and Susan (Ellinwood) Hichborn, was born at Boston, Mass. in 1777, died Oct. 22, 1861. He married Eleanor Dickey, who was born at South Windham, N. H. in 1784, died in 1860.
Susan, Sarah, Robert, Albert, Henry, Josiah F., Thomas M., Eleanor, Elmira, Wilson (whose sketch folllows) and one who died in infancy.
(III) Wilson, sixth son of Paul Revere and Eleanor (Dickey) Hichborn, was born at Prospect, Maine, now Stockton Springs, Jan. 25, 1821, died Oct. 4 ,1880. He was educated in the common schools, and chose a seafaring life. He became captain of a vessel when he was twenty-one, and followed the sea till 1859, when he retired and lived on a farm.
He was a Republican in politics, and attended the Universalist church. He belonged to the Free Masons in New York City.
On Nov. 6, 1859, Capt. Wilson Hichborn married Ardella Griffin, who was born at Prospect April 20, 1834, died Sept. 25, 1902.
Harry R. (whose sketch follows), Alice (born 1869, now assistant postmaster at Stockton Springs, Addie Merrill (born 1861, died 1871).
(IV) Harry Revere, only son of Capt. Wilson and Ardella (Griffin) Hichborn, was born at Stockton Springs, Maine, Nov. 24, 1871. He was educated in the town schools, and has carried on a farm all his life, though a good share of his time has been devoted to various business enterprises. He is president of the Stockton Springs Trust Company, and was largely instrumental in getting a bank established in the town. He is a director of the Water Company, and in company with H. O. Hopkins is owner of the Stockton Springs Telephone Company.
He is a Republican in politics, adn was appointed postmaster by President McKinely in 1898, and has ehdl the position ever since. Mr. Hichborn is a member of Pownal Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of Stockton Springs; of the Royal Arch Chapter at Searsport; of Palestine Commandery, Knights Templar, Belfast; of Eastern Star, Bethany Chapter, of Stockton Springs. He belongs to Sears Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Searsport, and to William McKinely Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Prospect.
On Jan. 19, 1899, Harry Revere Hichborn married Alice M., daughter of Orrin J. and Elmira Crocker, of Stockton.