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 surnames Hiscock and Hitchcock are identical. It is an ancient English family. There have been many prominent men of this name both in the United Kingdom and the United States.
(I) Richard Hiscock, or Hitchcock, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1608. According to his own testimony he was sixty years old in 1668. He was before the general court of Massachusetts Aug. 5, 1634; settled at Saco as early as 1635; was sued for slander in 1637 by Robert Morgan. He was evidently given to speaking his mind too plaintly, for he was punished in the stock for "abusing the court." At this distance of time, and in these days of free speech, the petty tyranny of the early colonial magistrates and courts seems contemptible. Hitchcock was one of the signers of the submission of Maine settlers to the jurisdiction of Massachusett, in 1652; of the petition to Cromwell in 1656. In 1668 he was again in trouble with the authorities and was presented for opposition to the Massachusetts government.
He was a leader in Saco; was selectman in 1656 and perhaps other years; was deputy to the general court in 1660. He was buried June 22, 1671. His will was dated June 6, 1670, and proved Sept. 20, 1671. His house lot was on the west side of Saco.
He married Lucretia _____. Richard Hitchcock bought a hundred acres of land at Saco of Richard Vines in 1660; another lot at Cape Porpoise, of William Phillips, July 22, 1668.
Children mentioned in will:
Child born 1653, Thomas, (mentioned below), Jerusha, Lydia, Rebecca, Ann, Margaret (m. James Emery).
(II) Thomas, son of Richard Hitchcock, was born about 1660. He seems to be the only surviving son and the progenitor of the Hiscocks and Hitchcocks of Maine.
(III) Richard (2) Hiscock or Hitchcock, settled in Damariscotta, doubtless a descendant of the pioneer Richard and his son Thomas, was a soldier in the revolution in Capt. Henry Hunter's company in 1777. John Hiscock, probably a brother, was a soldier from Damariscotta in 1779, in Capt. William Jones' company, Col. Benjamin Plummer's regiment. According to the history of Damariscotta, the Hiscock family came there about 1760. The first settler was Richard's father, grandson of Thomas (2), in all probability. It is not known whether the family remained in Maine in the intervening generations, the vital records being defective. The land of Richard appears to have remained in the family, however, for a generation or more after Richard's death.
(IV) Richard (3), son of Richard (2) Hiscock, was born about 1780-90; was a captain in the war of 1812. Some of the family followed the spelling Hiscock, others Hitchcock in the town of Damariscotta. Many of them were ship-builders, and the history of the town mentions among the prominent ship-builders William Hitchcock, Henry Hiscock, Rufus Hiscock. Damariscotta was not incorporated until 1847, so the early records are very deficient.
(V) Samuel, son or nephew of Richard (3) Hiscock, was born in what is now Damariscotta, Maine, in 1801, died in Abbott, Maine, in 1883. He was a farmer. He married Polly Lennard.
Joeph L. (mentioned below), John F., Arinda, Gustavus, Jesse E., Melvina, Polly, Samuel and two children who died in infancy.
(VI) Joseph L., son of Samuel Hiscock, was born in Carthage, Maine, in 1827. He was educated in the common schools, and has followed farming all his life. He has lived on the same farm at Abbott for a period of forty-six years.
He married (first) Ann Gordon, of Abbot; married (second) Sarah Gilman, of Vienna, Maine.
Children of 1st wife:
George W., Enos T. (mentioned below). Children of 2d wife:
John Cottrell, James Edgar, Annie.
(VII) Enos T. Hescock, son of Joseph L. Hiscock, was born in Abbott, Maine, Sept. 11, 1849. He was educated in the common and high schools of his native town. He learned the trade of carpenter and has worked at his trade as apprentice, journeyman and master builder most of his active life. He is a Republican in politics, and has been town clerk and selectman in Monson.
He is a member of Onowa Lodge of Odd Fellows. He is a Congregationalist in religion.
He married, Dec. 16, 1871, Mary E., of Abbott, born July 30, 1851, daughter of Joseph W. Greenleaf.
Children, b. at Abbott:
1. Fred Marion, born Sept. 2, 1872.
2. Roy Milton, mentioned below.
(VIII) Roy Milton Hescock, son of Enos T. Hescock, was born in Abbott, Nov. 8, 1875. He attended the public schools of his native town and the academy at Monson. He then learned the business of druggist and took the course in pharmacy in the Univ. of Maine. He was a clerk in various drug-stores in Boston and Portland for about a year and engaged in business on his own account in Monson, Maine, in 1897. He has the local agency for the American Express Company, and has a flourishing drug business. Since 1906 he has also been postmaster of the town.
He is a Republiclan in politics and at the present time is the town clerk. He is a well-known and popular citizen, couteous and obliging in his capacity as postmaster, enterprising and capable in business, a public-spirited and useful citizen.
He is a member of Doric Lodge of Free Masons, Monson; of Piscataquis Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, Dover, Maine; of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and of the Modern Woodmen of America. In religion he is a Congregationalist.
He married, June 1, 1898, Blanche G., born Monson July 9, 1879, daughter of David and Anna (Flint) Humphrey, of Monson. Their only child, Milton, born Aug. 2, 1900.