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.]
George Jacobs, immigrant ancestor, settled in Salem, Mass., in what was called Salem village (Danvers), in a secluded spot off east from the main road leading to Topsfield, and bordering upon the river leading to Danvers Post. He bought his homestead, consisting of a house and ten acres of land, of Richard Waters and Joyn, his wife, Nov. 20, 1658. He afterward added four acres more, consisting party of marsh land. He received a grant also from the town of Salem, which remained in the family several generations. C. M. Endicott, of Salem, a descendant of the seventh generation from George Jacobs says: "This portion of land remained in the family during the childhood and minority of my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Jacobs, the great-granddaughter of George Jacobs, she being the dau. of John, who was the son of George Jr., who was the son of George Sr. The old lady has often told me that previous to her marriage with my great-grandfather, John Endicott, she used to paddle a canoe across the river and milk the cows in this very lot, and when the tide was over the flats upon a row of stones, or sort of causewy, leading to the channel on both sides, wade through the channel with her pails of milk, and upon her return safely deposit her burden in her father's house. These stones, we are told by some of the famikly still residing upon the old homestead, remain to this day, a memorial not only of the perseverance of our fathers but of the hardihood of her who so often passed and repassed with the fruits of her daily toil and industry over them."
George Jacob's will was dated Jan. 29, 1691-92, and proved the November following. He, with his daughter-in-law and granddaughter Margaret, were arrested and charged with witchcraft. His son George was also implicated, but fled and escaped arrest. The granddaughter was in her seventh year, and while in prison was terrified by the inquisitors into a false confession against her grandfather, who was an aged and decrepit old man, harmless and inoffensive. She and her mother were set at liberty, but the aged man was condemned and put to death Aug. 19, 1692. One tradition says that he was hung upon a tree on his own land and buried there. Another is that he was executed in Salem, and his body was brought home for burial by his son, across the backm of his horse. The grave where he was supposed to have been buried was opened in the early fifties and was found to contain the bones of a very old person, without a single tooth in the jaw, and they were no doubt the remains of this innocent man. He was upward of eighty years old, and required the support of two canes, which are now in the possession of the Essex Institute at Salem. The picture of his trial for witchcraft is also owned by the Institute.
1. George, mentioned below.
2. Ann, married John Andrew, and had Ann, Elizabeth and Mary Andrew.
(II) George (2), son of George (1) Jacobs, resided upon the homestead at Salem, and died previous to 1718. He was implicated in the Salem withcraft, together with his wife and daughter, as mentioned above.
He married Feb. 9, 1674, Rebecca Frost.
1. Margaret, born Nov. 26, 1675.
2. George, born Sept. 29, 1677; mentioned below.
3. John, born Sept. 18, 1679; married (first) Abigail ____; (second) Lydia ____; died 1764.
4. Jonathan, born July 29, 1681.
5. Mary, born May 20, 1683.
(III) George (3), son of George (2) Jacobs, was born in Salem Village, now Danvers Port, Sept. 29, 1677. In 1718 he sold a part of his father's estate to his brother John. At that time he was living in Wells, Maine, where he had removed about 1700.
He married there (first) Dec. 16, 1701, Hannah Cussins; he married (second) Oct. 21, 1742, Elizabeth Burnham.
1. Lydia, born Dec. 11, 1702; married Nov. 11, 1726, Joseph Stevens.
2. Hannah, born June 20, 1705; married June 10, 1727, John Stevens.
3. George, mentioned below.
4. John, married Oct. 30, 1745, Deborah Ware.
5. Priscilla, married Sept. 16, 1736, Joshua Bartlett.
6. Elizabeth, marired Sept., 1734, Joseph Taylor.
7. Benjamin, married June, 1750, Hannah Bank, of York, Maine.
(IV) George (4), son of George (3) Jacobs, resided in Wells, Maine, and married Dec. 10, 1741, Mary Woodman.
1. Elias, married Aug., 1768, Mary Dorman, of Wells.
2. George, mentioned below.
3. Deborah, married May, 1780, Jabez Dorman, of Arundell, Maine.
4. Jonathan, married (first) Dec. 26, 1782, Sarah Tenney; (second) Feb., 1784, Rebecca S. Emery.
5. Samuel, married Dec. 13, 1785, Hannah Hubbard.
(V) Lieut. George (5), son of George (4) Jacobs, born 1752, resided in Wells, Maine, until many years after the Revolution, when he removed to Lyon's Hill, Sanford, Maine, where he died June 4, 1831, at the age of seventy-nine years. He was a soldier in the revolutioln, lieutenant in Capt. Robert Davis' company, Col. Joseph Vose's regiment, through 1777.
He married Hepzibah Bourne, of Wells, who was living in 1840 with her son Theodore, and drew a pension.
1. Eben; 2. George, mentioned below; 3. Daniel; 4. Joseph; 5. Louis; 6. Susan; 7. Betsey; 8. Theodore, mentioned below.
(VI) George (6), son of Lieut. George (5) Jacobs, was born about 1780, in Sanford, Maine. He married Abigail Ellis.
Children, b. at Sanford:
1. Eben; 2. Sarah; 3. Roxanna; 4. Dorcas; 5. John; 6. Charles; 7. Mary; 8. Elmira; 9. Jonathan; 10. Joseph; 11. Isaac; 12. George, mentioned below.
(VII) George (7), son of George (6) Jacobs, was born in Sanford, Maine, about 1810. He had a common school education in the district schools of Sanford.
He married Temperance, born in Sanford, daughter of Ahijah Hussey.
He was a farmer at Sanford all his life. He died there in 1852.
Children, b. in Sanford:
1. Albert L., born Oct. 1, 1850.
2. Harrison L., mentioned below.
(VIII) Harrison L., son of George (7) Jacobs, was born in Sanford Aug. 1, 1852, and was educated in the public schools of that town. He engaged in the business of teaming and lumbering, buying large tracts of wood land and cutting the timber and dealing extensively in firewood as well as timber. He invested in real estate, and since he retired from business has been occupied in the care of his property in Sanford and vicinity. He is an Independent in politics; has been a road commissioner in his native town and served on the grand jury and petit jury of his county.
He is a member of Preble Lodge of Free Masons, of Sanford, White Rose Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; St. Armond Commandery, Knights Templar, of Kennebunk; Maine Council, Royal and Select Masters, of Saco, Maine; Clover Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.
He married, in 1882, Carrie Belle, daughter of Sylvester and Mary Frances (Jacobs) Huston, of Sanford. Her mother, Mary Frances (Jacobs) Huston, was born in Sanford, March 30, 1838, daughter of Theodore Jacobs, mentioned below.
(VI) Theodore, son of Lieut. George (5) Jacobs, born in Wells, Maine, 1790, died in 1842. He married Sally Ellis, born in Rochester, N. H. Theodore Jacobs attended the public schools of his native town and early in life went to sea. He finally settled on a farm in Sanford and died there. He was a Democrat in politics and a Congregationalist in religion.
Children, b. at Sanford:
Hepsebath, Lucy, George, Roxanna, Mary F. (mentioned below).
(VII) Mary F., daughter of Theodore Jacobs, was born in Sanford and was educated in the public schools of that town. She married, in 1858, Sylvester Huston, born in Sanford, April, 1833, son of James and Lovina (Hussey) Huston, of Sanford. Children of James and Lovina Huston: Sylvester (mentioned below); John, Maria Jane, Emeline and Joseph Huston. Abram Huston, father of James, married Sally Littlefield, of Kennebunk, and had children: Abram, Ithamy, Margaret, Lydia, Sally, Edna, Susan, James and Joseph Huston.
Sylvester HUSTON attended the public schools of Sanford, and in his youth learned the trade of shoemaker. He also worked at logging and lumbering in the seasons and conducted a farm at South Sanford, on which he is living at the present time (1908). He is a Democrat in politics.
Children of Sylvester and Mary F. (JACOBS) Huston:
1. Carrie Belle, married Harrison L. Jacobs (8), mentioned above.
2. Loren W., a carpenter of Beverly, Mass.; married Annette Henderson, of Salem, Mass., and had one child, Freddy, born in 1898.