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.]
Among the early American names this has been found in many parts of England for centuries before any American settlement by white people. It was widely distributed in England and is traced to the Norman Conquest, though not in its present form on its arrival in England. Like thousands of the best known of our names today, its translation from the French form has greatly changed its spelling. The newness of surnames in use among the common English people at the time of the Puritan emigration to America, as well as the absence of settled rules for English spelling amont the immigrants, also caused strange metamorphoses in our American names. There were some of the name very early in this country, among them George Hubbard, who came to America in 1633 and first located in Concord, Mass., whence he slowly removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut. Another early bearer of the name was William Hubbard, who was at Ipswich, Mass. about 1635. He had a son Richard, born about 1631, who is noted as a resident of Ipswich.
(I) Cornet Richard (1) Hubbard, born between 1630 and 1634, may have been the Richard Hubbard above alluded to as a resident of Ipswich, but there is nothing to prove the connection. Richard Hubbard was mentioned at Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1636, and was probably a short time at Dover, following 1638. Cornet Hubbard was at Salisury, Mass. in 1665, and for some time later, being made a freeman there in 1690 and was admitted to the Salisbury church in 1693. In 1697 he went to Fort Hill in Boston, and resided there until after 1706, in which year, on March 24, he deeded a part of his house there to his son. He was representative to the general court from Salisbury in 1694-95, and returned to that town in his old age, dying there June 26, 1719, being at that time close to ninety years of age.
He was married before June 8, 1666, to Martha Allen, wo was born in 1646, in Salisbury, daughter of William and Ann (Goodale) Allen, of that town. She was a member of the church there in 1687, and died Oct. 4, 1718.
Mary, John, Dorothy, Joseph, Judith, Comfort, Jemima, Kezia, Richard and Eleazer.
(II) Lieutenant John (1), eldsest son of Cornet Richard (1) and Martha (Allen) Hubbard, was born April 12, 1699, in Salisbury, and died Aug. 1, 1703, in Kingston, New Hampshire. He was admitted to the Salisbury church Aug. 1, 1703, and removed to Kingston about a year after that.
He was married in 1688 in Salisbury to Jane Collensby. She was admitted to the Salisbury church Feb. 5, 1699, and dismissed thence to the Kingston church, Sept. 26, 1725.
John and Richard (died young); Jarem, Mary, Richard, Martha, Jane, Ann, Keziah and Dorothy.
(III) Captain Richard (2), eldest surviving son of Lieut. John and Jane (Collensby) Hubbard, was born Dec. 27, 1696, in Salisbury, and was but a small child when his parents removed to Kingston, where he remained through life and passed away.
He was married (first) Dec. 27, 1722, at Salisbury, to Abigail Davis, daughter of Elisha and Grace (Shaw) Davis. She died Sept. 25, 1733; he married (second) Abigail Taylor, who died Dec. 9, 1768.
Children of 1st wife:
Dorothy, Elizabeth, Martha, Abigail, Grace (died young) and John.
Children of 2d wife:
Mary, Grace, Anne, Margaret, Raymond, Benjamin, Sarah and Jedediah.
(IV) John (2), eldest son of Richard (2) and Abigail (Davis) Hubbard, was born April 12, 1733, in Kingston, where he grew up and became a leading physician of the town. In 1784 he removed thence to Readfield, Maine, and there ended his days.
He was married April 30, 1754, to Joanna Davis, who died in 1807 in Readfield. She was probably the daughter of Timothy and Judith (Pettingill) Davis, of Salisbury and Kingston. He was born Oct. 22, 1737, in Amesbury. It is possible that she may have been the Joanna Davis who was born July 16, 1731, in Amesbury, daughter of Francis and Joanna (Ordway) Davis.
(V) John (3), eldsest son of John (2) and Joanna (Davis) Hubbard, was born Sept. 28, 1759, in Kingston, and had attained to man's estate at the time he removed with is father to Readfield. Under the instructions of his father, he was fitted for the practice of medicine and began such practice in New Hampton, N. H., but soon after removed to Readfield, where he was very successful as a healer, and died April 22, 1838.
He married Olive Wilson, who was born 1761, in Brentwood, New Hampshire, and died Oct. 20, 1847, in Readfield.
Olive, Sophia, Mary, Nancy, John, Thomas, Eliza, Velina, Cyrus, Greenleaf, Joanna and Sarah.
(VI) John (4), eldest son of John (3) and Olive (Wilson) Hubbard, was born March 22, 1794, in Readfield, died in Hallowell, Maine, Feb. 6, 1859. When he had attained the age of sixteen years, he had made the best use of the advantages afforded by the district school of his home town, and had spent ten months in high school. Being blessed with great physicial stength, he was very useful in the work of the home farm, but was determined to secure an education, and devoted every spare hour to study, to that end. Soon after he had attained the age of nineteen years, having expressed a desire to start out in the world for himself, his father fave him $15 and a horse. He rode to Hanover, New Hampshire, in order to learn the requirements for entering Dartmouth College, and having learned this he proceeded to earn the funds necessary to carry him through that institution. Coming to New York, he engaged as tutor in a private family and was here enables to give some time each day to study. In one year he was able to pass the examination for admission to the sophomore class at Dartmouth in 1814; he graduated in the class of 1816, with high rank, being especially efficient in mathematics. Soon after this he became the principal of the Academy at Hallowell, where he taught two years and applied his earnings to the payment of debts incurred while pursuing his college course. He then went to Dinwiddie county, Virginia, where he had received flattering inducements to teach in the academy, and remained two years. Having already gained some knowlege of medicine through association with his father, he decided to take up the practice of the healing art, and was graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1822, after pursuing a two years course. He decided to begin the practice of his profession in Virginia, where he had made many warm friends, and remained there seven years, pursuing his labors with gratifying success. He then spent some time in hospitals and post-graduate studies in Philadelphia and located permanently at Hallowell, Maine, in 1830. Here he attained a high standing in his profession and as a man of high character. He was possessed of a very strong physique, and his large experience and great energy of body and mind soon placed him in a commanding position among the citizens of the state. It was not an uncommon occurrence for him to drive seventy-five miles to visit a patient or attend consultations with other physicians.
It was but natural that a man of his powers should be called upon to engage in public service outside his great humanitarian work of healing the sick. He was a strong adherent to the principles of the Democratic party and ever gave it his unqualified support. In 1843 he was elected to the state senate, and during the session of the following winter served with distinction and was chairman of a committee to which was referred the bill designed to obstruct the operations of the Fugitive Slave Law. This bill was killed in the upper house. Dr. Hubbard became the candidate of his party for governor in 1849 and was elected over his Whig opponent, E. L. Hamlen. Next year he was again elected, being opposed by William G. Crosby. At this time the beginning of the political year was changed, and the state governor was continued without election until 1852. In that year Governor Hubbard was reelected, but through the revolution of political sentiment the state caused his defeat by his opponent in the last previous election, although Governor Hubbard receieved a plurality of a popular vote. The election being thrown into the legislature was carried by the Whigs after a severe contest. During his official services, Governor Hubbard was active in the establishment of various beneficent institutions, such as a reform school, an agricultural college and a female college; and suitable appropriatiions were made for the support of academies and colleges. He was active in negotiating the movement for the purchase of lands within the state owned in common or severally by Massachusetts and Maine, and was authorized by the legislature to act in the matter. In 1852 he signed the first act known as the Maine Liquor Law. This caused much dissatisfaction in his own party and was probably the cause of his defeat in the subsequent election. He was ingenuous in the discharge of all duties, regardless of the comments of friends or foes. Every cause which seemed to him calculated to advance the social or moral welfare of the people received his earnest support. In 1859 he was appointed a commissioner in the Reciprocity Treaty between the U. S. and Great Britain, and aided in the settlement of some troublesome fishery questions. The death of his son, who was slain in the attack on Port Hudson in May, 1863, cast a shadow over his last years. While he lived to see the suppression of rebellion, the entire restoration of peace between the North and South, which he greatly desired, was not fully accomplished during his useful life.
He was married in Dresden, Maine, July 12, 1825, to Sarah Hodge Barrett, of that town, who was born March 4, 1796, in New Milford, Maine, the eldest daughter of Oliver and Elizabeth (Carlton) Barrett, of Dresden and New Milford, and granddaughter of Major Barrett of Chelmsford, Mass., a minute-man of the revolution.
Hester Ann, Virginia Hamlin, Emma Gardiner, John Barrett and Thomas Hamlin.
One of the daughters died in Virginia, and the elder son was slain, as above noted, while a soldier in the civil war.
(VII) Thomas Hamlin, youngest child of Dr. John (4) and Sarah H. (Barrett) Hubbard, was born Dec. 20, 1838, in Hallowell, and received his preliminary education in his home town, fitting for college at the academy there. He entered Bowdoin College in 1853 and graduated four years later, with distinction. Having decided upon the practice of law, he pursued the course at the Albany Law School, and was admitted to practice in the courts of Maine in 1859. A year later he went to New York, and during the winter and spring of 1860-61 continued his studies at the Albany Law School. He was admitted to practice in the courts of New York, May 4, 1861, and in the fall of the succeeding year returned to his native state, to offer his services in suppressing rebellion. He was mustered into the services of the U. S. Sept. 29, 1862, as the first lieutenant and adjutant of the Twenty-fifth Maine Volunteer Infantry. His term of enlistment concluded July 11, 1863, and during this period he served with his regiment in Virginia, acting a part of the time as assistant adjutant-general and brigadier. After the regiment was mustered out he assisted in recruiting the Thirtieth Regiment of Maine Volunteers and was commissioned its lieutenant-colonel, Nov. 10, 1863. Proceeding with his regiment to the Department of the Gulf, he served through the Red River campaign and was in command of his regiment in the battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, leading it in the battles of Cane River Crossing and Marksville. He aided in the construction of a dam across the Red river at Alexandria, which was the means of saving a fleet of Federal gunboats, and received especial commendation for this service in the reports of Admiral Porter. He was instrumental in procuring the rapid passage of the army over the Atchafalaya river May 18, 1864, when its progress had been checked by the destruction of bridges. A line of trasports was anchored in the river and served for a bridge for the army, over which they passed in safety. He was commissioned colonel of the Thirtieth Maine Volunteers, May 13, 1864, and was mustered into the U. S. services, that rank, June 2 of the same year, in Louisiana. He was present with his command in Virginia in the autumn of that year, and the regiment became a part of the Third Brigade, First Division of the Nineteenth Army Corps. At different times during that year, or the following, he was in command of the brigade and served in the Shenandoah Valley in the fall of 1864, with John Sheridan's army. He was ordered with his command to Savannah, Georgia, June 7, 1865, and there presided over a board to examine officers of the Volunteer Forces who desired to enter the regular service. Colonel Hubbard was commissioned brigadier-general by brevet to rank from July 13, 1865, and was mustered out of the service soon after that date.
In the fall of that year he engaged again in the practice of law in New York City, and was for some time ajudge of the court of appeals. For many years one of the leading law firms of the metropolis was that of Butler, Stillman and Hubbard, which had a large clientage, and conducted many cases involving great financial intersts. Mr. Hubbard's aptitude in corporation law and his great energy and ability secured him a high position in his profession, and also as a financier. The natural result is that his recent years have been devoted chiefly to the management of large corporations, chiefly those operating railroads. He was the president of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad Company, and of several of its subsidiary lines in Texas. He was vice-president of various companies connecting with that system in California and Oregon. He is a director of numerous financial and business corporations, including the Wabash Railroad Company, and is recognized as a leader among the financial operators of the American metropolis.
Mr. Hubbard served as a vice-president of the association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Union League club of this city. He is a trustee of Bowdoin College, and a member of numerous societies, including the Maine Society of New York. He has never sought for political honors.
Mr. Hubbard was married June 28, 1868, to Sybil A. Fahnestock, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Three of their children are now (1908) living:
John, Sybil E. and Anna W.