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 name, with the orthographic variations of Umphrys or Humphries, appears in New England Colonies in 1634. From that time until the present the descendants of the immigrant of this date and of other later comers have contibuted to the development of the country and its people. Works of biography tell of many prominent men in Britain, one of them a Duke of Gloucester, bearing this cognomen; and the origin of the name has been traced by some writers to the invasion of Britain by William the Conqueror, in whose retinue were persons bearing this name or one like it; but the immediate subjects of this sketch attach no credence to the deductions from records of a misty past, but claim descent from no one more remote than good old Jonas Humphrey, whose antecedents seem to be unknown, and whose descendants, like him, have always depended upon their own acts for their reputations and their training and inherited proclivities for their characters.
(I) Jonas (1) Humphrey, immigrant ancestor of this family, was born in the town of Wendover, county of Bucks, England, as is proved by an affidavit found in the Massachusetts archives. In his native land he was evidently a citizen of character and repute and held of the office of constable, no mean position at that day. Among his papers and documents was a treatise upon the duties of his office, which has been preserved. He removed with his family to New England in 1634, landing at Dorchester where they lodged the first night in a house belonging to William Hammond, standing upon the spot where the house of Deacon James Humphrey was later erected. The following morning Jonas Humphrey began his work as a new settler by the purchase of the house in which he had lodged and the land about it. This has continued in the possession of the family for nine generations, the various members carrying on the same line of business. It is located in that part of Dorchester known as Harrison Square. Tradition says that Jonas was a glove maker by trade in England, but after settling in Dorchester turned his attention to tanning as proving more profitable in the new colony. His age at the time of emigration is not known, but he was probably well advance in years as his eldest son James was at that time twenty-nine years of age. He seems to have been a man of standing and repsectability, and united with the church of Dorchester in 1639. The church record reads:
"Jonas Humphrey laid hold of the covenant the 6th day 9 mo. 1639, as also his wife."
He was a grantee of Necklands in 1737 [trans. note: he died in 1662, so is this a typo and it should read 1637?]; was made a freeman, May 16, 1640; and proprietor in the great lots in 1646. His death occurred in Dorchester March 19, 1662, and his will is recorded and dated March 12, 1662, but seven days prior to his death. This document reads as follows:
"The Last Will and Testament of Jonas Humphrey, being weake in body by reason of old age and other infirmities, but of perfect understanding and memory. Blessed be God therefor, I dispose of my outward estate as followeth: First, I give to my beloved wife all yt good that is now in being which she brought with her. Also I give my wife a third part of yt four acres of land that lyeth in the great lott, & a third part of seven acres & a half in the 20 acre lott, & a third part of 2 acres at yt 8 acres lott, during her life, and after her decease all these parcels of land to return to my son James Humphreys. Also I give my wife one cow, one new chest, one blanket, one pair of Sheets, and half the hemp. Also, I give my son Jonas Humfrey one bed, one coverlid, one flock Bolster, also my cloake and my great coat . . . . Also I give to my grand child Elizabeth Price four pounds & yt chest yt was her grand mothers. Also I give my daughter Susanna White, wife to Nicholas White ten shillings. All the rest of my Estate both land and goods I give to my loving son James Humfrey whom I make my whole Executor."
It is uncertain whether or not the wife of Jonas, by name Frances, was living when he came to New England, as no mention is made of her. He married (second) Jane Clapp, born in Salcombe Regis, England, died in Dorhcester Aug. 2, 1668. She was a niece of Richard Clapp, of Dorchester, and widow of George Weeks, one of the first colonists, who died Oct. 27, 1659, and by whom she had children: William, Amiell, Jane and Joseph.
Chldren (all by 1st m.):
1. James, born in Wendover, England, 1608, died in Dorchester, May 12, 1686; married Mary _____< who died May 7, 1677; children: Hopestill, baptized June 10, 1649, married (first) Elizbeth Baker; (second) Jan. 5, 1719, Hannah, widow of John Blake; children: James, Mary, Ruth, Sarah, John, Samuel Jonas and Elizabeth; ii. Isaac, married Patience, bap. April 2, 1654, dau. of Humphrey Atherton, and had children: Isaac, Jacob, Relief and Ruth; iii. Mary, who died April 21, 1676, married Obadiah _____, b. about 1635, son of Richard and Ann Hawes.
2. Jonas, see forward.
3. Elizbabeth, married _____ Frye or Foye or FFrie or Frie.
4. Susanna, married Nicholas White.
5. Sarah, buried in Dorchester Sept., 1638.
(II) Deacon Jonas (2), second son of Jonas (1) and Frances Humphrey was born in Wendover, England, about 1620. He removed with his father to Dorchester and after several years went to Weymouth, a few miles to the eastward of the bay. The date of this removal is uncertain as he appears to have held a residence in both places at the same time. He was chosen to a town office in Weymouth in 1648, while his two eldest children were born in Dorchester at a later date. He does not appear to have settled permanently in the fomer town until 1653 or 1654. His residence was in the northern part of the town, commonly called "Old Spain," and the old homestead on Neck street remained in the family for nearly two centuries. He was a man of great capacity and influence and one of the leaders of the town, serving many years as selectman, a part of the time as chairman of the board, and was deacon of the church a long time prior to his decease, which occurred Feb. 11, 1698-99. He was made a freeman in 1653. His will, dated Aug. 6, 1692-93, and proved March 30, 1699, is recorded in Suffolk probate. His wife, Martha, and children John and Sarah, probably died before his will was made, as there is no mention of them.
His marriage probably took place in Dorchester, and his wife is only known by her name of Martha; one account, however, says she was living June 22, 1712.
1. Samuel, born in Dorchester, 1649, married Mary, dau. of James and Ann (Hatch) Torrey, of Scituate, and had children: Sarah, Samuel, John and Josiah.
2. Nathaniel, born in Dorcheter, 1652, died Jan. 17, 1701; married Elizabeth ____ and had children: Elizabeth, Ruth, Sarah, Hannah, Susannah and Abigail.
3. Jonas, see forward.
4. John, born in Weymouth Aug. 31, 1658.
5. Sarah, born in Weymouth May 16, 1661.
6. James, born in Weymouth Sept. 10, 1665, died Aug. 17, 1718; married (first) Thankful _____, who died Jan. 1, 1699, leaving one child: Silence; married (second) Margaret, born June 19, 1675, died April 16, 1752, dau. of Micajah and Susanna Torry; they had children: James, Nathaniel and Margaret.
(III) Jonas (3), third son of Deacon Jonas (2) and Martha Humphrey, was born in Weymouth, Feb. 24, 1655, died Oct. 30, 1689. He was the first child born after the family removed to Weymouth and always resided in that town. He took part in the Indian campaign of 1675, against King Philip, being a member of Capt. Johnson's company. He was an industrious and provident man and left an estate valued at one thousand three hundred and fifty pounds, which was administered by his widow.
He married Mary, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Phillips, of Weymouth, and his widow afterward became the second wife of Peter Newcomb, of Braintree.
1. Jonas, see forward.
2. James, born in Weymouth, is mentioned as married in the will of his grandfather, and in a deed of 1710 is styled of Boston.
3. Mary, born in Weymouth April 18, 1688.
(IV) Jonas (4), eldest child of Jonas (3) and Mary (Phillips) Humphrey, was born in Weymouth Sept. 3, 1684, died in 1761. He was a weaver by occupation and also a tanner and very accurate in the mangement of his affairs. In farming matters he made many improvements. "He began with the potato crop, which was nearly new in the new settlement at the time, and raised in one year a bushel and a half, which was a wonderment to all about him what he could do with so many potatoes." He resided in Weymouth all his life.
He married (first) Martha _____, who died June 22, 1712.
John, see forward.
He married (second) Mary Neal who died in 1766.
Children, b. in Weymouth:
1. Mary, born Feb. 26, 1716, married March 25, 1745, John, son of John and Patience Green, and had children: Rachel, Mary and John.
2. Martha, born April 5, 1717, married Jan. 16, 1734, Matthew, son of John and Dorothy (Pratt) Whitman, and had children: Joseph, Hannah, Jesse, Sarah and Mary.
3. Samuel, born Feb. 24, 1719, died May 16, 1725.
4. Hannah, born Feb. 10, 1720, died April 8, 1725.
5. Samuel, born June 7, 1728, died Nov. 10, 1800; he married (first) Nov. 7, 1751, Sarah, b. Aug. 31, 1727, d. in 1772, dau. of Samuel and Mary Phillips; children: Sarah, James, Samuel, Samuel, Joseph and Sarah. He married (second) April 7, 1774, Sarah, born Aug. 24, 1730, died Sept. 17, 1811, dau. of John and Deborah (Whitmarsh) Tirrell, and widow of Ebenezer Bicknell Jr.
6. James, born April 18, 1732, died about 1852.
(V) John (1), only child of Jonas (4) and Martha Humphrey, was born in Weymouth, Mass., Feb. 17, 1710, died Feb. 24, 1782. Little is known of him beyond the fact that he was not in affluent circumstances.
He married (published Oct. 15, 1738) Mary Penny.
Children, b. in Weymouth:
1. Hannah, born May 17, 1740, died young.
2. Betty, born July 3, 1742, died 1835; married (pub. March 7, 1767) Jonathan, born Aug. 23, 1739, died in 1816, son of Jonathan and Rebecca (Derby) Blanchard; children: William, Elizabeth, Lydia, Rebecca, Mary, Anna, John and Hannah.
3. John, see forward.
4. William, born March 22, 1747, died probably about 1751.
5. James, born June 17, 1750, died Sept. 12, 1836; married (first) Mary Twitchell, b. in 1752, d. July 7, 1787; children: James, William, Rachel, Mary, Rebecca, Martha, James, Hannah and Jerusha. He married (second) Jerusha Hayden; children: Jonas, John, William, Jerusha, Clement, Shadrach, Meshach, Shadrach, Abigail Libby and Azariah.
6. Eunice, born Dec. 11, 1752, married Samuel Brimhall; children: Samuel, Polly, Mehetabel, Hannah, Betsey, Elisha, Eunice, Joshua, Jonas and Joel.
7. Jonas, born Nov. 18, 1754, was in Arnold's expedition to Quebec and afterward re-enlisted and was killed in battle of White Plains, New York, during the revolutionary war.
8. Mary, born March 14, 1757.
9. Hannah, born March 18, 1759, married Benjamin, son of Moses and Kezia (Cady) Winters; children: Amanda, Jonas and Tirzah.
10. Martha, born Feb. 24, 1761, married July 9, 1783, Nathaniel Belcher; children: Martha, Annie, John, Nathaniel, Jonas and Joseph.
11. Silence, born March 30, 1762, married James Bailey; children: Hannah, Betsey, John, James, Lucretia, Solomon, Levi, Baxter and David.
(VI) John (2), third child and eldest son of John (1) and Mary (Penny) Humphrey, was born in Weymouth Dec. 21, 1744, died in Gray, Maine, Sept. 14, 1833. He moved to Gray (then New Boston) in 1771. He became one of the leading citizens of the town and was chosen deacon in the Congregational church.
He married (first) Mary Hayden.
1. Oliver, see forward.
2. Moses, a deacon, married Annie Westcott.
3. Aaron, born in 1770, died Oct .10, 1858; he was a clergyman and home missionary, and was first connected with Methodism, afterward taking orders in the Episcopal church; he was engaged in ministerial work for more than fifty years; married Ashure, dau. of Asa and Abigail (Colbroth) Libby, of Gray, Maine.
4. Olive, married ____ Crockett.
5. Hannah, born in Gray, April 5, 1777, married Feb. 1, 1802, Samuel A., born in Gray Feb. 21, 1779, son of John and Elizabeth (or May) (Andrews) Nash; children: Ari H., David, Barzillai, Lewis, Sarah and Mary J.
John Humphrey married (second), Rachel Twitchell. He married (third) when very old, Widow Ruth (Lord) Doughty.
Children (must be from 2d m.) :
6. Mary, married ____ Daniels; she removed to Ohio and died there.
7. Annie, married ____ Fergeron, and lived in Gray, Maine.
(VII) Oliver, eldest child of John (2) and Mary (Hayden) Humphrey, was born in Gray, where he was a deacon in the Methodist church. He married Betsey, daughter of Asa and Abigial (Colbroth) Libby.
1. John, born in Gray, removed to Hampden; married (first) Sally Young, (second) Sally Batchelder; his children, the first five born in Gray, were: Cyrus, Lydia, Louisa, Aphia, George and Joseph.
2. Asa, see forward.
3. Mary, married John Batchelder and lived in Hampden, Maine.
4. Sally, died May 29, 1858; married March 16, 1817, Isaac, born in Falmouth, Maine, April 1, 1794, son of Arthur and Mary (Allen) Libby; children: Mary, Betsey, Catherine, Lucinda, Elbridge, Asenath, Susan, Isaac, Joseph, Caroline and Daniel.
5. Aaron, married Louisa Fogg, and resided in Portland, Maine.
6. Moses, married Harriet Batchelder, and resided in Hampden, Maine.
7. Elias, married ____ Noble and and resided in Pittsfield, Maine.
(VIII) Asam second son of Oliver and Betsey (Libby) Humphrey, was born April 13, 1792, in Gray. He was taken prisoner by the British during the war of 1812 and lay in Dartmouth prison for two years, when he was released and returned to Gray. There he resided until within five years of his death, at which time he removed to Windham, Maine, where he died March 29, 1870.
He married, May 24, 1818, Asenath, who died Feb. 1, 1879, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Rounds) Fogg, of Portland, Maine.
1. Ira, born in Gray, July 4, 1819, resided in Cumberland, Maine; married March 14, 1844, Cynthia Jane, b. Feb. 18, 1824, dau. of Ephraim and Carrie (Hicks) Morrison; children: John B., Oliver and Eunice.
2. Hiram, born in Gray, May 12, 1821, resided in Boston from whence he went to New Mexico and engaged in the selling and setting up of brick machines; married Dec. 25, 1846, Aurelia, b. Oct. 4, 1824, dau. of Alexander and Barbara (Winslow) Whitney; children: Melville, Augustus, Nelson Fogg, Ada, Mary and Ellena.
3. Lavinia, born in Gray, Oct. 31, 1824, married, 1846, William F., born in Windham, Maine, April 5, 1821, son of James and Hannah (Lowell) Hall; children: Alfreda H., James A., Albina C. and Georgia A.
4. Henry Pennell, see forward.
5. Lucinda Russell, born in Portland, Maine, May 31, 1830, married Feb. 28, 1860, Joseph, b. in Windham, Maine May 17, 1836, son of John J. and Sarah (Perley) Hussey; no children.
6. Aaron, born in Portland, Jan. 14, 1833, was a miner, unmarried, and resided in Colorado.
7. Nelson Fogg, born in Gray, March 20, 1835, was a seaman, and died unmarried.
(IX) Henry Pennell, third son and fourth child of Asa and Asenath (Fogg) Humphrey, was born in Gray, Maine, July 9, 1827, and died January 1891. His occupation was that of shoemaking and he resided in Lowell, Mass. He married (first) Jan. 9, 1845, Augusta Moody, b. Dec. 29, 1816, d. Aug. 13, 1853, dau. of Rev. Daniel and Susan (Buxton) Weston, of Gray.
1. Susan Weston, born in Yarmouth, Maine, died Sept. 18, 1846.
2. Susan Augusta, born in Yarmouth, March 5, 1847, married Oct. 31, 1869, Melvin Porter, son of Alpheus and Naomi (Stimson) Frank.
There seems to be several families of this name in the United States, all of them of ancient and respectable lineage. Those of English origin were implanted in this country very early. The family herein treated is among those which came to the U. S. early in the eighteenth century in the immigration from northern Ireland.
This name was carried from Scotland to that region about the beginning of the seventeenth century, and carried with it the characteristics and mental qualities of the Scotch (Scottish!!) nation. Among the first settlers of Londonderry, New Hampshire, who located in 1719, was William Humphrey, who settled in the southern part of that town, on what is still known as Humphrey's Hill. There he engaged in farming and became an influential citizen, and his descendants are still living in that locality.
(I) James (1) Humphrey, a nephew of William Humphrey above mentioned, was born about 1713 in northern Ireland and died in 1794 in Londonderry, at the age of eighty-one years. He crossed to America in 1745, landing at Philadelphia, but soon joined his relatives in Londonderry. Within a few years of his arrival he rented land, which he tilled, and about 1756 removed to Derryfield (now Manchester) New Hampshire, where he purchased a farm and remained about seven years. This land is some three-quarters of a mile east of the present city hall at Manchester. He sold it to his brother-in0law, Hugh Thompson, and returned to Londonderry. Before purchasing again he visited Cherry Valley, New York, and desired to locate there, but his wife being unwilling to removed so far from her relatives and friends in N. H., he decided to remain, and purchased a hundred acres of land in Londonderry in a district known as "Colray." Here he built a farm-house twenty by twenty-five feet in ground dimensions, which was divided into three rooms, and in this he lived all his life. He cleared his land and was undoubtedly a happy and contented citizen. While residing in Derryfield he served through two campaigns in the French war under Capt. John Stark.
He was married about 1751 to Hannah Thompson, born in 1713, who died in 1801; her death was caused by falling in a well while in a state of mental aberration.
James, John and Hannah.
(II) James (2), eldest child of James (1) and Hannah (Thompson) Humphrey, was born in Nov., 1752, in Londonderry, and continued on the paternal homestead through life. He added to the house, making it more commodious, just before his marriage, and continued to till the paternal acres. He died June 26, 1828, in his seventy-sixth year.
He was married Feb. 5, 1778, to Jean Fisher, born about 1753, died Jan. 3, 1846.
Nancy Hannah, Mary Fisher, John, Janette, Jonathan, Sarah and Jane.
(III) Jonathan, the only son of James (2) and Jean (Fisher) Humphrey, was born July 9, 1790, on the homestead of his grandfather in Londonderry, and there resided until he was about thirty-nine years old. In 1813 he received title to the homestead in consideration of the maintenance of his parents during the remainder of their lives. In 1829 he sold this property and resided in south part of Londonderry, where he purchased a farm, until 1855. He was a severe sufferer from asthma, and in order to secure a change of climate he sold, and in Sept., 1855, removed to Marion, Iowa, with his son, John C. Humphrey, and together they purchased a tract of land there. Some years later he removed to Keokuk, where he died Jan. 2, 1867. He was a prominent citizen of Londonderry, and for twenty years was a ruling elder of the Presbyterian church there, and at one time a member of the general assembly of that body.
He was married June 5, 1821, to Amelia, daughter of Ebenezer Fisher, of Londonderry.
Samuel Fisher, Daniel Fitts, Mary Elizabeth, Hannah Low, James Ebenezer, Lucy Anna, John Calvin, Sarah Jane, George Ellis and Frank Augustus. One younger than these died in infancy, unnamed.
(IV) Samuel Fisher, eldest child of Jonathan and Amelia (Fisher) Humphrey, was born March 8, 1822, in that part of Londonderry which is now Derry, New Hampshire, and died March 12, 1903, in Bangor, Maine. His preparation for college was made at Pinkerton Academy and in Derry, and he graduated from Bowdoin College in the class of 1848. He then became principal of Foxcroft Academy, in Foxcroft, Maine, and this probably led to his settlement in that state. He filled this position two or three years and then removed to Bangor, where he entered the law office of Albert W. Paine. Having prepared himself, he was duly admitted to the bar in 1853, and continued in the practice of his profession in Bangor until his death, having been many years a partner of F. H. Appleton of that city.
Mr. Humphrey took an active part and interest in his home state and began his political career as a representative of his ward in the city government. He was judge of the police court of that city during 1860-68, and represented the town legislature in 1870-72. Beginning with the last year, he was national bank-examiner for a period of more than ten years, resigning office, and in 1884-85 was mayor of Bangor.
He married Cellissa, daughter of Stephen P. Brown, of Dover, Maine.
Fanny S. and Orman Brown.
(V) Orman Brown, only son of Samuel Fisher and Cellisssa (Brown) Humphrey, was born May 28, 1867, in Bangor, and was educated in the schools of his native town. For three years he was a student at Bowdoin College, taking a course in engineering and subsequently pursued a post-graduate course in John Hopkins University, of Baltimore, Maryland. Following this he entered the medical department of Dartmouth College and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1893. For a short time he engaged in practice and was soon employed as consulting engineer by an electric railway at Portsmouth, N. H., then engaged in the construction of a new line. Previous to this he was employed by the Belknap Motor Company, and in 1902 returned to Bangor, where he is now established in business as a consulting and designing engineer.
He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. While in college he became affiliated with the Psi U college fraternity. He is a Republican in politics.
He married (first) Oct. 12, 1892, Wilhelmina Tobin, of Chicago, Illinois; she died May 31, 1894. Married (second) Dec. 5, 1901, Maud, daughter of Henry and Abbie Hilton, of Biddeford, Maine.
Orman Julian and Hilton.
John Humphrey, the immigrant ancestor, was a member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Winslow says, in his history: "July 1634 Mr. Humphrey and the lady Susan, his wife, one of the Earl of Lincoln's sisters, arrived at Boston, bringing military supplies, 16 heifers given by Mr. Richard Andrews to the plantation, one for each of the ministers and the rest to the poor, etc., and messages from people of quality who desired to come over." He had a grant of land at Saugus, March 6, 1632-33. He was a distinguished magistrate. He brought with him two thousand pounds, but died poor in 1663. He was called a very useful ruler by Governor Winthrop. He was admitted a freeman May 25, 1636; had a sad experience in regard to some of his children in 1641; was appointed by the general court June 2, 1641, sergeant-major-general. Administration was granted to his son Joseph Dec. 13, 1661. The court gave him a grant of three hundred acres, which he sold June 26, 1665. In 1662 there was litigation over his estate in the Essex court. Some of the Humphrey grants, as stated in the Marblehead History, were in what is now Marblehead. The general court voted May 6, 1635, to improve the land between Clifte and Forest River and dispose of it to the inhabitants of Marblehead, as they stood in need of it, the only charge to the purchaser being enough to recompense him (Mr. Humphrey) for the labor and costs bestowed upon it. In March, 1636, the general court agreed that "Mr. Humphrey's land should begin at Clifte in the way to Marblehead which is the boundary between Salem and Lynn, and so along the line between said towns to the rocks, one mile by estimation, to a great red oak from which the said marked tree all under and over this rock upon a straught line to the running brook by Thomas Smyth's house all the which said ground we allow him (Humphrey) for his owne and soe from Thomas Smyth's to the sea." The site of Marblehead was selected near his farm. He was granted land beyond Forest River. In 1636 the general court appropriated four hundred pounds for the erection of a college; Humphrey was on the committee and the site was selected at Marblehead; later the college site was fixed at its present location at Cambrige.
John Humphrey married Susan _____.
1. Theophilus, baptized Jan. 24, 1636-37.
2. Thomas, baptized Aug. 26, 1638, mentioned below.
3. Joseph, baptized April 5, 1640.
4. Lydia, baptized April 25, 1641.
5. Dorcas, born about 1632. [trans note: these are not in chronoligical order it appears]
6. Sarah, born about 1634.
(II) Thomas, son of John (1) Humphrey, was baptized Aug. 26, 1638. He married, in Hingham, Dec. 23, 1665 , Hannah Lane, baptized in Hingham, Feb. 24, 1638-39, daughter of George and Sarah Lane. He may have resided at some time in Pemaquid.
George, mentioned below; William, Ebenezer, Joseph.
(III) George, son of Thomas Humphrey, was born about 1665, in Hingham. He married, Feb. 16, 1686-87, Elizabeth _____, who survived him and died March 14, 1747-48, in her eighty-fourth year. He died June 17, 1732, in his sixty-eighth year. His will was dated May 22, 1732, and mentions four sons and two daughters; provides for widow Elizabeth, and bequeaths to sons Thomas and William lands on the Kennebec river, Maine; to sons John and Ebenezer the home place on Fort Hill street, Hingham.
Children, b. in Hingham:
1. Thomas, born Feb. 2, 1687-88.
2. William, born Sept. 15, 1690.
3. Elizabeth, born Nov. 2, 1693, married Feb. 1, 1721-22, Jonathan Hayward, of Salem.
4. John, born June 13, 1696, mentioned below.
5. Hannah, born Dec. 1, 1698, married Feb. 9, 1720-21, Simon Joy.
7. George died July 6, 1718.
8. Sarah, died Jan. 13, 1718-19.
(IV) John (2), son of George Humphrey, was born in Hingham, June 13, 1696. He was a mariner and is supposed to have been lost at sea. He married Aug. 26, 1726, Sarah Hobart, born March 14, 1702, died Feb. 22, 1784, daughter of David and Sarah (Joyce) Hobart.
Children, b. in Hingham:
1. Infant, born Nov. 10, 1727, died young.
2. John, born April 19, 1728 [trans note: a period of just 5 months since the last birth?]
3. Sarah, born March 19, 1729-30, married July 16, 1750, Samuel Lewis.
4. Joseph, born July 21, 1731.
5. Mary, born Feb. 24, 1733-34, married Sept. 3, 1754, Thomas Gill.
6. Noah, born March 22, 1735-36.
7. Lydia, born April 22, 1738, died unmarried, April 9, 1805.
8. Samuel, born Aug. 16, 1741, died Feb. 25, 1742-43.
9. Fanny, born Feb. 25, 1747.
10. Jesse, mentioned below.
(V) Jesse (1), son of John (2) Humphrey, was born in Hingham, Feb. 14, 1748-49. He resided in South Hingham. He was a soldier in the revolution in Capt. James Lincoln's independent company, May, 1775, and again in 1776, at Hingham, defending the seacoast. He was also in Capt. Seth Stower's company, Col. Josiah Whiting's regiment, from July 31, 1776 to Nov. 30 of that year, in coast duty at Hull, Mass. He enlisted for three years in the continental army in 1780. He gave his age then as thirty-one years. He was five feet, seven inches in height and of ruddy complexion. He was assigned to Capt. Soper's company July 24, 1780.
He died Feb. 23, 1831, at Bristol, Maine, aged eighty-one years, eleven months and twenty-two days, according to the record. The age as given to be about a month out of the way.
He married, May 22, 1769, Sarah Garnet, born Oct. 29, 1747, daughter of Simon and Hannah (Cockerill) Garnet. He removed to Bristol, now Bremen, Maine, about 1785.
Children, bap. at Hingham:
1. Isabella, born 1770, baptized April 15, 1770.
2. Ebenezer, baptized June 17, 1772, died Aug. 10, 1773.
3. Ebenezer, born Feb. 27, 1774, baptized March 6, 1777.
4. Rachel, baptized March 3, 1776, married 1797, William Curtis.
5. Hannah, baptized Feb. 7, 1779, died June 29, 1780.
6. Jesse, baptized Oct. 14, 1781, mentioned below.
7. Jacob, baptized July 30, 1786, married Sally Barton.
8. Joshua, married Sarah Richards.
(VI) Jesse (2), son of Jesse (1) Humphrey, baptized Oct. 14, 1781, married Sept. 8, 1803, Mary Louden, at Boston. Among their children was a son, James M.
(VII) James M., son of Jesse (2) Humphrey, resided on a farm at Bristol, Maine, during the active years of his life, spent his last years with his son at Augusta, but subsequently returned to Bristol, where his death occurred at about the age of seventy-five years.
He was twice married.
James B., mentioned below; Maria, Josiah, Jane, Sarah and Rachel.
(VIII) James B., son of James M. Humphrey, born in Bristol, Maine, about 1813, died June 20, 1888. He was reared on a farm, educated in the common schools, and chose farming as a means of livelihood. He purchased a heavily timbered tract of land four miles east of Augusta, Maine, on what is known as the Spring road, which he cleared and improved, on which his eldest son now (1908) lives, and following the tillling of the soil throughout the active years of his life. He was a quiet and industrious man, and was esteemed by all who knew him.
He married, in 1836, Elizabeth T. Gay, daughter of Peter Gay, of Salem.
James Madison, William, Elizabeth, Olive, an infant, Charles, Josiah W., Havilah (mentioned below), Serena G. and Benjamin C.
Mr. Humphrey was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics first an old line Whig and later a Republican.
(IX) Havilah, son of James B. Humphrey, was born on the farm in Augusta, Maine, July 29, 1852. He was educated in the public schools, followed farming until he attained his majority, and then served three years as an apprentice to the carpenter's trade with Nathaniel Noyes. He worked as a journeyman for some time, and then engaged in business on his own account, erecting a large number of fine residences in the city. He followed building exclusively unil 1903, when, in company with his son, he built the planning-mill, which they have since operated in connection with contracting, and which has proved a most profitable enterprise.
Mr. Humphrey is a member of the Baptist church, and a Republican in politics.
He married Sept. 12, 1877, Catherine L. Bailey, born in Windsor, Aug. 16, 1854, daughter of Rev. Charles, of the Free Baptist church, and Phebe (Cooper) Bailey.
1. Irving, born Sept. 22, 1878, educated in the public schools of Augusta, worked at painting for a time, and then engaged in business with his father. In 1901 he was made a partner in the business, under the firm name of Humphrey & Son. He served in Company M, National Guards, is a member of the Free Baptist church, Asylum Lodge, No. 70, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a Republican in politics.
He married, Aug. 17, 1904, Jennie McCutcheon, daughter of Robert and Isabel (Johnson) McCutcheon. child: Aphra Elaine, b. Oct. 12, 1905.
2. Mabel, born April 3, 1885, educated in the public schools and Shaw's Business College.