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 name of Libby seems to have come to America from the west of England, probably Cornwall or Devon, and in the ancient records and in present use has about the same number of variations in its orthography as most other surnames. The family has been distinguished rather for those substantial virtues that make their possessor happy in himself and helpful to mankind, rather than by the possession of wealth and those more showy and less laudable characteristics not unfrequently in evidence to every observer of men. As a family the Libbeys have been respected by their neighbors as men of sterling worth, and uprightness and honestly of character. They have generally belonged to that law abiding class which forms the bone and muscle of the nation, content to render the wise efforts of others effective by a healthy support, and willing to concede all the glory to the leader. The family numbers its revolutionary soldiers by scores, and many hundreds risked their lives for their country in the war of the rebellion. In Maine alone there were two hundred and fifty-six enlistments. They are, as a family, very devout, and have figured much more largely in the religious than in civil institutions of the communities in which they have lived. The family has abounded in christian ministers, elders and deacons, while generation after generatiuon has died in the faith. Very few have been guilty of bringing any reproach upon the name, and even in Maine, where the family is so numerous as to rank with the Smiths and Browns, it has been remarked by many that they never knew of a criminal or a pauper named Libby.
(I) John Libby, born in England about the year 1602, came to New England and was employed in the fisheries by Robert Trelawney, who has a grant of land embracing Richmond's Island and other land about Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The records of this industry show that John Libby was in the employ of Trelawney four years from the summer of 1635 to the summer of 1639. He had a grant of land in Scarborough, on the bank of a stream since called Libby river, and there built a house. Here he is supposed to hve divided his time between fishing and agriculture. In 1663 he is described in a document as a "planter," and in the history of Scarborough he is said to have been "for many years one of the town's pricipal planters." He was constable in 1664, and his name stands first of the four selectmen in a town grant bearing date 1669.
In King Philip's war (1675) he lost everything he had except his plantation. Captain Joshua Scattow's diary says: "Eight or nine deserted houses belonging to Libby and his children" were burned by the Indians Sept. 7, 1675. John Libby and his wife and younger children were in Boston, July 10, 1677, and on his petition at that time his two sons, Henry and Anthony, were discharged from Black Point garrison. He probably soon after returned to Black Point, his old home in Maine, where he acquired a comfortable property, and died at the age of eighty years.
He had two wives. Of the first nothing is known except that she was the mother of all of his sons except Matthew and Daniel, and probably all his daughters. Of the second nothing is known but her christian name, which was Mary.
John, James, Samuel, Joanna, Henry, Anthony, Rebecca, Sarah, Hannah, David, Matthew and Daniel.
(II) Henry, fourth son and fifth child of John Libby, the immigrant, born in Scarborough in 1647, died Oct. 2, 1732, aged eighty-five years. He was a man of energy and good business qualifications, and was one of the board of selectmen of Scarborough in 1686. In 1690, with Peter Hinkson and their families, he made his escape to Lynn, Mass., at the time of the Indian hostilities. He was one of the company which first attempted to re-settle their possessions. Tradition says that this company made their way in a sloop from Lynn, and built a garrison on Prout's Neck, which was successfully defended against a force of five hundred French and Indians.
Henry Libby and his sons were all present at the first town meeting in 1720. He and John Boden were selected to show the old highways to the selectmen. In Sept., 1728, at the age of eighty-one, he became a member of the Congregational church at Black Point, which had just been organized by Rev. William Thompson.
Henry Libby married Honor Hinkson, daughter of Peter Hinkson, whose planataion joined his father's. She died Aug. 24, 1724, aged sixty.
Mary, Samuel, Sarah, James, Hannah, Elizabeth, and John, who is the subject of the next sketch.
(III) Captain John (2), youngest child of Henry and Honor (Hinkson) Libby, was born in Lynn, Mass., probably soon after the year 1700. He removed with his father from Lynn to Scarborough, and settled on a farm on Oak Hill. He was unusually able and energetic, and repeatedly filled the most important offices in town. He was appointed "to locate Black Point School," and "to inspect the law relative to the killing of Deer." He was also a surveyor of land, and succeeded in a meaure to the position which his brother, Lieut. Samuel, had filled. The Massachusetts archives show that John Libby or Libbee was lieutenant of the Ninth Company of the Second Mass. Regiment, whereof the Hon. Samuel Waldo, Esquire, was colonel in the army under the command of the Hon. William Pepperell, Esquire, for an expedition against the French settlemen on Cape Breton, and commissioned Feb. 16, 1744. Also, that John Libby or Libbee was captain in Colonel Jedidiah Bibb's regiment serving nine months and twenty-six days. A roll dated Boston, Jan. 10, 1759, shows "Captain John Libbee, eleven days travel from Scarborough to Boston and return, and for fifteen days expense, while making up the roll, amounting to 3 pounds, 6s 6d."
His death was the result of an accident. While fishing with two others in a small boat near the mouth of the Nonesuch river, the boat was upset and all were precipitated into the water. Captain Libby, though an expert swimmer, never rose. Two others escaped, and the manner of his death gave rise to suspicion of foul play.
He married (first) June 15, 1728, Mary, daughter of William and Deliverance (Taylor) Goodwin, of Berwick. After her death he married (second) Aug. 24, 1738, Anna, daughter of Captain Daniel and Anna (Hanscom) Fogg, of Scarborough.
Children by 1st wife:
Henry, Hannah, Lucy and Edward.
Children by 2d wife:
Rhoda and Abner (twins), Olive, Stephen, Moses and Aaron (twins), Jesse, Philemon, Eunice and Seth.
(IV) Stephen, fourth child and second son of Captain John (2) and Anna (Fogg) Libby, was born in Scarborough, Jan. 13, 1743, and received a part of his father's homestead, on which he settled and was a farmer. About 1814 he went with his son, John A. to Limington, and died there Aug. 24, 1820.
He married, Oct. 17, 1765, Margaret, born 1744, daughter of Moses Miller, of Portsmouth, N. H. She died Dec. 31, 1794.
Abner, Moses, Stephen, Henry, Elias, Mary, Margaret, Nicholas, and George Washington, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin (triplets).
(V) Abner, eldest child of Stephen and Margaret (Miller) Libby, born in Scarborough, Dec. 27, 1766, died there May 5, 1843. He was what would now be termed an "all-around" man; turned his hand to anything that required his attention, and "for many years he filled a larger place in the community in which he lived than probably any other of the townsmen." In his younger days he made several voyages to the West Indies, and then took up the blacksmith's trade. In 1792 or the following year he settled in Limington Corner, on a farm, and built a shop and for years worked at blacksmithing. Subsequently he carried on a general store and kept a tavern. From 1793 to 1800 he was town clerk; 1794 to 1802, selectman; 1804 to 1809 town treasurer. For about forty years he was a justice of the peace, and as there was no lawyer at that place for many years, he did much business of a legal nature.
Abner Libby married Nov. 15, 1789, Anna Harding, born Aug. 30, 1767, daughter of a Cope Cod coaster who settled at Mt. Desert. She died Dec. 30, 1857, aged ninety years.
Elias, Betsey, Pettingill, Charlotte Neal and Isaac Harding.
(VI) Rev. Elias, eldest child of Abner and Anna (Harding) Libby, was born in Scarborough, March 12, 1790, and attained manhood in Limington, where he learned the blacksmith's trade in his father's shop. Soon after his marriae he removed to Limington, where he carried on blacksmithing and carriage-making, and also kept a large general store.
"In 1821 the Free Will Baptists held their first meetings in the central part of Limerick, and Elias Libby soon became the leader of the movement. The next year a church of thirty members was formed, and he, having been ordained a preacher, first took charge of it. He continued to be an active elder of that demonimation throughout his life. He was instrumental in establishing a paper called The Morning Star, which was published by him and others for many years in Limerick, in the interest of the Free Will Baptists, and is still (1908) continued in Dover, N. H."
In enery, business capacity and public spiritedness he much resembled his father, and like him took the lead in public affairs, but never aspired to office. His long life of usefullness closed at Limerick April 2, 1871, when he was in his eighty-second year.
Elias Libby married (first) Nov. 28, 1809, Jane Jewell, born of Fox Island, Aug. 27, 1789, died Dec. 27, 1852.
Children of 1st wife:
Harrison, Jewell, Francis Orville, James Brackett, Jane F., Susan Ann, Elizabeth C., Roxanna and Elias Osgood.
Children of 2d wife:
Georgia, now deceased.
(VII) James Brackett, third son of Rev. Elias and Jane (Jewell) Libby, born in Limerick Aug. 1, 1816, died in Portland March 26, 1889, aged seventy-three years. He was a clerk in his father's store for many years. Later he started in business for himself in Limerick, where he remained until 1846, when he became a member of the firm of H. J. Libby & Company of Portland, wool commission merchants, and settled in that city. For many years he was in charge of the branch hosue in New York, where since 1862 most of the business of the firm has been done. He was identified with many business corporations, in several of which he was a member of the direcorate, two of which were the International Steamship Company, and the Harper Manufacturing Company. He was president of the latter.
In politics he was a Republican. For nearly forty years he was a member of the High Street Congregational Church of Portland, and was one of its most representative communicants and most liberal supporters.
He married April 19, 1839, at Limerick, Maine, Hannah Catherine, born in Kennebunk Aug. 12, 1819, daughter of Moses and Mary (Wise) Morrill. She died May 2, 1879.
Children of 1st wife:
1. Mary Catherine, born June 1, 1840, married June 5, 1866, Clarence Hamilton Corning, iron merchant, Albany, New York; he died July 12, 1879. One child, Howard, was born of this marriage.
2. Augustus Frost, born Nov. 16, 1841, see forward.
3. Charles Freeman, born Jan. 31, 1844, see forward.
(VIII) Augustus Frost, eldest son of James B. and Hannah C. (Morrill) Libby, was born Nov. 16, 1841. He prepared for college in Portland high school, and graduated from Bowdoin in 1864. In the same year he went to New York City and entered the employ of the firm of H. J. Libby & Company, becoming a member of the concern in 1869, and in 1891, upon the death of H. J. Libby, became senior partner of the firm. The firm of H. J. Libby & Company was established in 1844 by Harrison Jewell, Frances O. and James B. Libby, and they carried on for many years the dry goods jobbing business in Free street block, Portland, where they were burne dout in the great fire of 1866. About 1860 they established a house in the city of New York and became selling agents for a large number of woolen mills in Maine and elsewhere, handling for almost half a century the product of the Robinson Manufacturing Company, the Linn Woolen Company, the Madison Woolen Mills and others. The firm, which was once the oldest of its kind in the city of New York, discontinued business in December, 1906. Mr. Libby, being a man of clear judgment, keep discernment and business sagacity, has become prominent and well known in business circles. He had been actively identified as a director with the Citizens Central National Bank of New York. For a number of years he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce of New York City, and also of the Union League Club.
He is a Republican in politics. Up to 1875 Mr. Libby made his home in Brooklyn, and during that time was an officer of the Clinton Avenue Congregational church of that city. Since that year he has been a resident of Summit, New Jersey, and is an elder in the Central Presbyterian Church of that place.
Mr. Libby married, Dec. 18, 1866, Harriet M., daughter of Augustus C. and Maria T. (Curtis) Robbins, of Brunswick, Maine.
1. Gertrude Morrill, born Nov. 3, 1868, died in New York City, April 10, 1872.
2. James Robbins, born April 1, 1871, in Brooklyn, died April 14, 1872.
3. Walter Gillette, born March 26, 1874, is engaged in commission business in New York City under the name of Libby & Company. He married Mary Elizabeth Stokes, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of Dr. Stokes, M.D., of that city; children: Elizabeth Catherine and Walter Stokes Libby.
4. Marie Curtis, born Feb. 26, 1878.
(VIII) Charles Freeman, youngest child of James B. and Hannah C. (Morrill) Libby, was born in Limerick, Jan. 31, 1844. After completing the course in the Portland high school he entered Bowdoin College with his brother, in 1860, and graduated with honors from that institution in 1864. He read law in the office of Fessenden & Butler in Portland, and then attended Columbia Law School in New York, and was admitted to the bar in 1866. The two years next following he spent in study and travel in Europe, pursuing his studies at Paris and Heidelberg. Returning to Portland in 1869, with greatly enlarged experience and a store of useful knowledge, he became junior partner in the firm of Symonds & Libby, Hon. Joseph W. Symonds being the senior member, and began the practice of law. That firm was dissolved in 1872 by the appointment of Judge Symonds to the bench of the superior court, and the following year the firm of Butler & Libby was formed, with Moses M. Butler as senior partner. This partnership continued till the death of Mr. Butler in 1879. Then Mr. Libby again became associated with Judge Symonds and they practiced together till 1891. Mr. Libby is now senior partner of the firm of Libby, Robinson & Ives, which was formed in 1896. Mr. Libby has been in the active practice of law in Portland for forty years, and in that time has built up a large business, having for his clients many of the foremost and wealthiest citizens and firms in the city and state. As a lawyer he has been unusually successful and takes high rank among his professional brethren. The Judiciary and Bar of New England thus alludes to his political career:
"Mr. Libby is an earnest Republican and his personal popularity and oratorical gifts long ago led to his recognition as a political leader. He began his public career as city solicitor, holding that office in 1871 and 1872. In the last named year he was elected county attorney, an office he voluntarily resigned in 1878, leaving an enviable record of duty well and fearlessly performed. In 1882 he was elected mayor of the city of Portland, and the varied and important interests of the community were never more carefully and efficiently guarded than during his administration. While Mr. Libby at this time would cheerfully have retired from public life to follow the more congenial paths of his profession, his friends in the Republican party gave him the nomination for the state senate in 1888, and he was, of course, elected. His election for another tem followed in 1891, in which year he was honored by his fellow legislators with the presidency of the senate, a position which he filled with dignity and courtesy. In his choice for the presidency no nomination was made against him by the opposite party, a fact for which there was no precedent."
His probity of character and executive ability have been recognized in business circles, and he has been put in various positions of repsonsiblity and trust. He is attorney for the First National Bank of Portland, for the Portland Trust Company, for the international and Portland and Maine Steamship companies, and president of the Portland Street railroad. He was active in organizing the Maine State Bar Association, and was its first president, serving from 1891 to 1895. He is president of the Cumberland Bar Association, and a member of the executive committee of the American Bar Association.
His interest in educational affairs has always been of an intelligent and earnest character. and its appreciation by his fellow citizens is shown in his long period of service from 1869 to 1882 on the Portland school committee. He is now and for years has been president of the overseers of Bowdoin College. He was also a member of the Maine State Agricultural Society. He was made "officer d'Academie" by the French Government by decree dated April 20, 1907. Personally Mr. Libby is a man of genial temperament and courteous demeanor. His character is above reproach, and sterling integrity and comprehensive ability are two noticeable features in his composition.
Charles F. Libby married, Dec. 9, 1869, Alice Williams, born Jan. 25, 1849, daughter of Hon. Bion and Alice H. (Williams) Bradbury, of Portland.
Two who no longer survive.
Twins: Hilda, wife of Howard R. Ives, and Bion Bradbury, now survive. They were born July 26, 1886. Howard R. and Hilda Ives were married April 25, 1906, and have one child, Elizabeth, b. in Portland, Maine, Feb. 15, 1907.
(For first generation see John Libby I).
(II) Matthew, eleventh child and seventh son of John Libby, the planter, was born in Scarborough, in 1663, and died in Kittery in March, 1741. In the times of the Indian troubles of 1690 he went to Portsmouth, and in the winter of 1699-1700 to Kittery. He built his house of hewed timber with a projecting upper story, so that in case of an attack by Indians the occupants of the house could shoot or scald the savages by pouring hot water on them or otherwise protect themselves from above when the enemy attempted to make their way into the lower story. In that house he lived until his death. Some time before the second organization of the town of Scarborough, Matthew Libby, Roger Deeming, John Libby, and Roger Hunnewell went down to Black Point and built a saw mill on Nonesuch river. Matthew Libby afterward gave his interest in that mill to his three sons, William, John and Andrew. In the family burying gound lie Matthew Libby and his wife and five generations of their descendants, with nothing to mark their graves but rough stones.
He married Elizabeth Brown, daughter of Andrew Brown, a prominent citizen of Black Point. She died two or three years later than her husband.
William, Matthew, Mary, Rebecca, Hannah, John, Andrew, Sarah, Nathaniel, Dorcas, Samuel, Mehitable, Lydia and Elizabeth, each of whom grew up and married.
(III) Lieutenant Andrew, seventh child and fourth son of Matthew and Elizabeth (Brown) Libby, born in Kittery, now Eliot, Dec. 1, 1700, died Jan. 5, 1773, in the seventy-third year of his age. He returned to Scarborough and became one of the largest and most successful farmers in the town, and left a handsome property. He was attentive to his own business and took no part in public affairs, the only place where he appeared in public capacity is in 1743, when he was one of the committee of three selected "to get a schoolmaster." Whether he was in actual service in the French war is not known, but from 1745 until his death he was known as Lieutenant Andrew Libby.
He and his first wife were members of the Congregational church.
He married (first) Esther Furber, daughter of Jethro Furber, of Newington, N. H. She died Oct. 1, 1756, and he married (second) in 1757, Eleanor (Libby) Trickey, who survived him, and died Sept. 27, 1781.
Children, all by 1st wife:
Andrew, Joshua, Elizabeth, Henry, Abigail, Joseph, Daniel, Edward, Sarah, Esther and Simon.
(IV) Deacon Joshua, second son of Lieut. Andrew and Esther (Furber) Libby, was born in Scarborough, March 17, 1734, died Jan. 13, 1814, aged seventy-nine years. He learned the shoemaker's trade, but never followed that occupation. He settled on the Nonesuch river, about three miles north of Oak Hill and became an extensive and successful farmer. He built two houses, the first of which was standing a few years ago. He was not only a farmer but a ship-builder and a West India trader, and became one of the richest and most influential men in the town. He was chairman of the board of selectmen 1792-93,94, and town treasurer from 1800 to 1813.
He and his wife joined the Congregational church Feb. 9, 1783, and July 1, 1792, he was made deacon and filled that position the remainder of his life - twenty-one years,
He married, Nov. 2, 1755, Hannah Larrabee, born May 18, 1832, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Johnson) Larrabee, great-granddaughter of William Larrabee, the immigrant. She died Dec. 13, 1818, aged eighty-two.
An infant, Esther, Sarah, Matthias, Lydia, Joshua, Theodore, Hannah and Salome.
(V) Captain Joshua (2), sixth child of Deacon Joshua (1) and Hannah (Larrabee) Libby, was born in Scarborough, Aug. 31, 1768, succeeded to his father's homestead, upon which he resided and lived the life of a contented and prosperous farmer, dying at the age of sixty-six years, Oct. 23, 1834. He was a conservative man in whom his fellow citizens reposed great confidence, and was selectman 1822-26-27, and was town treasurer 1817-27.
He married Feb. 16, 1791, Ruth Libby, born Oct. 16, 1773, daughter of Simon and Elizabeth (Thompson) Libby, of Scarborough. She died Nov. 24, 1831.
Sherborn, Joshua, Simon, Johnson, Addison (died young), Addison and Hannah (twins), Woodbury, Francis, Matthias, Ruth, George and Esther.
(VI) Joshua (3), second son of Joshua (2) and Ruth (Libby) Libby, born in Scarborough July 10, 1793, died March 5, 1848. He was methodical in his habits, cautious and economical, though living well, and passed his life on the ancestral homestead, a prosperous farmer and good neighbor, typifying in a marked manner many of the most observable of the characteristics of the Libby family.
He married, in 1816, Mary Small, born April 30, 1793, daughter of Capt. James and Mary (Fogg) Small, of Scarborough, and descendant of Francis Small, who was of Dover in 1648. She died Nov. 15, 1849.
Elizabeth M., Johnson (died young), James Small, Benjamin, Johnson, Sarah Maria, Emily Frances, Washington, Joshua, Mary Frances, and Reuben Crosby.
(VII) Washington, eighth child and fifth son of Joshua (3) and Mary (Small) Libby, was born in Scarborough March 10, 1829. He learned the carpenter's trade with his uncle, Matthias Libby, and immediately after completing his apprenticeship he removed to Portland, where he engaged in the same business, which he carried on for the remainder of his life. His death occurred Dec. 6, 1902.
He married, Feb. 22, 1854, Mary A. Dunning, born in Harpswell Dec. 11, 1829, died April 10, 1900, daughter of James and Abbie B. (Merryman) Dunning, of Harpswell.
Abbie Helen, Maria Frances, Eliza May, Joshua Clement, Hattie Bishop, George Washington (died young), and George Washington.
(VIII) Joshua Clement, fourth child and eldest son of Washington and Mary A. (Dunning) Libby, was born in Portland, Aug. 14, 1862, and was educated in the common schools and Commercial College. June 6, 1880, he entered the employ of J. F. Randall & Company, wholesale grocers, for the purpose of learning the business, and remained there until Dec. 28, 1881. The next day he began work for A. E. Stevens & Company, wholesale iron merchants, and remained with that firm until Dec. 13, 1884. Leaving them on that day, he lost no time and on the next day took a position as clerk with the Portland Trust Company, a banking institution organized under state laws, and from tht time to the present (1908) he has been with that insitution and been steadily advanced to his present positon, being one of the active officials. His service covers a period of twenty-thre years, in which he has shown a special aptitude for the work of banking in which he has been engaged, and has become a trusted officer of the company and enjoys the fullest confidence of the large number of people with whom he has come in contact in a business way.
He is a member of Atlantic Lodge, No. 81, Free and Accepted Masons, but does not belong to any other body, fraternal or social.
He is a Republican, and a member of the Congregational church.
Joshua Clement Libby married Oct. 20, 1898, Alice Milliken, born in Portland May 27, 1872, daughter of George and Henrietta (Barbour) Milliken, of Portland.
(VIII) George Washington, youngest son of Washington and Mary A. (Dunning) Libby, was born in Portland Oct. 20, 1870. He attended the public schools, and after being employed in various lines of business, associated with his father in business, and has continued to carry on the business since the death of his father.
He married, in Portland, Flavilla, born Oct. 20, 1868, daughter of George Warren and Flvailla (Barker) Eddy.
(For preceding generations see John Libby I).
(VII) Harrison Jewell, eldest child of Rev. Elias and Jane (Jewell) Libby, born in Limington, York county, June 18, 1811, died in Portland, April 21, 1891, aged seventy-nine years. He was educated in the common schools. When about eighteen years old he entered his father's store as a clerk, but soon engaged in business on his own account at Limerick, and resided there until 1835, when he removed to Portland, where he spent the remainder of his life. He first engaged in the dry goods business in partnership with John Williams, of Boston, under the firm name of H. J. Libby & Company. That firm continued about two years. He was a prominent citizen and closely identified with the business and financil interests of Portland. At the time of his death he was officially connected with a large number of business corporations, with many of which he had been identified for years. He was president of the First National Bank, the Portland Trust Company, the Portland Street Railroad Company and the Steam Packet Company. He was also director and treasurer of the International Steamship Company, director in the Maine Steamship Company, director and treasurer of the Harper Manufacuring Company, and of the Robinson Manufacturing Company, treasurer of the Madison Woolen Company, treasurer of the Indian Spring Woolen Company, and director in the Forest City Refining Company. He was also president of the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary. He was also an active partner in the firm of H. J. Libby & Company, one of the oldest wollen commission houses in this country. The firm was esablished in 1844 after Mr. Libby and Mr. Williams dissolved partnership, with his two brotheres, Francis O. and James B., as partners, and they carried on for many years the dry goods jobbing business in Free street block, Portland, where they were burned out in the great fire of 1866. About 1860 they established a house in New York city, and became selling agents for a large number of woolen mills in this state and elsewhere, in many of which Mr. Libby was personally interested.
He survived all his brothers, the youngest, James B. Libby, having died in March of 1890, and the latter's son, Augustus F. Libby, is the surviving partner of the firm.
Mr. Libby was a man of quiet, unassuming manner, of even temperament, cordial and considerate in his intercourse with his associates and warmly attached to his friends. His capacity for business was large and was increased by his systematic and quiet methods. There was no unnecessary wear and tear on the nervous system, no noise or bustle in his business life. He was always master of himself, saw clearly the end he had in view and pursued it with a direct and persistent aim. He was a man of clear judgment and marked sagacity in affairs, prompt in action but not hasty in reaching conclusions. While firm in his opinion he was tolerant of the opinions of others, and his whole life was an illustration of the refined amenities which large experience and a wise philosophy of living may produce in a bright and kindly nature. He never grew old in spirit and his years sat lightly upon him. He died as he would have wished, in the harness. Till within a few weeks of his decease he filled the full round of his duties, never relinquishing even the details which often become irksome to younger men. In all the various experiences of life, with its mingled bitter and sweet, no murmur or complaint ever escaped him - he met all with a quiet, manly courage, with no outward expression of perturbation or discontent. One who knew Mr. Libby only in business circles knew but part of the man. To have known him well one must have known him in his own home and in the intricacies of private life. Those who knew him there can never forget the sunny, even temperament, the kindly nature and the warm and generous instinct of the man. Of him it may truly be said that those who knew him best mourn him most.
In politics Mr. Libby was a Republican, but never sought or held office. He was not, however, indifferent to political issues or the course of political events. He had decided opionions on public affairs as in other matters, and believed in the full performance of political duties. Vacillation and unrest were not characteristics of the man. He exercised his influence in his party from the inside rather than from the outside.
In religious matters he was a staunch Congregationalist of the earlier type, but neither narrow nor intolerant. His religion was a part of his life, not a matter to be talked about. He died in the faith which he had early professed and which had been to him a source of comfort and strength during a long and active life.
Harrison J. Libby married, in Scarbobo, July 17, 1832, Margaret Agnes, born in Scarboro, Nov. 6, 1806, died in Portland Dec. 23, 1884, daughter of Captain Stephen and Agnes (Hasty) Libby, of Scarbobo.
Harriet Anna, Ernestine Lord, Margaret Agnes, Ellen Harrison and Julia Austin.
Ernestine L. died single.
Julia Austin married William T. Holt and resided in Portland. She died Dec. 28, 1878, in Colorado Springs, Of this marriage were born four children: Eleanor, deceased, who married Elias Thomas Jr.,; Harrison Jewell; Julia Agnes, who died young; and Wililam Leland, who married Polly E. Dawson, and has one child, William Leland Jr.
Harriet A. and Ellen H., all unmarried, reside in the handsome property left by their father on Congress street, Portland.
(For preceding generations see John Libby I).
(II) David, sixth son of John Libby, was born in Scarborough in 1657, and died probably in 1736. From the town records it appears that Feb. 11, 1681, he and four others were chosen to renew the bounds between Casco (afterward Falmouth, and now Cape Elizabeth) and Scarborough, and then he received several town grants. When the town was deserted in 1690, he went to Porsmouth, where he lived about ten years. In December, 1699, he, his brother Matthew, his brother-in-law, Daniel Fogg, Joseph Hammond and Stephen Tobey, the first three being then of Porsmouth and the others of Kittery, bought what was known as the Knowles purchase in that part of Kittery which is now Eliot. It fronted on the Piscataqua river, at the "Long Reach," about three-fourths of a mile, and stretched back into the town a long distance. The following spring they divided it lengthwise, so that each had a fronting on the river. The division line between the lands of David Libby and his brother passed over what is now known as Libby Hill. On this hill, within a few rods of each other, they built their houses. They had a lane between their lands, reaching from the river to their northeast boundary; part of this lane are still open. David Libby lived there the remainder of his life, a farmer in comfortable circumstances.
He made his will May 6, 1725. The amount of his inventory was 1,329 pounds, 5s. He was buried on the farm, where now lie near him five generations of his descendants.
His wife's baptismal name was Eleanor.
David, Samuel, Margaret, Solomon, John, Elizabeth, Ephraim, Eleanor and Abigail.
(III) John, fourth son of David and Eleanor Libby, was born probably in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about 1697, and died in Scarborough, Maine, July 1, 1764. He received from his father by deed of gift dated March, 1719, all his lands in Scarborough, and doubtless moved at once to his father's old home, as he was present at the first town meeting in Scarborough. Three of his sons, Matthew, Nathaniel and Luke, he settled on parts of his homestead, and Elisha and Allison he gave lands in the interior of the town.
He had an extra finger on each hand, below the little finger, and from this was called, to distinguish him from the other John Libbys in Scarborough at that time, "Five Fingered John Libby."
He married (first) Nov. 14, 1724, Sarah Libby, who was born in Kittery Sept. 7, 1702, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth (Brown) Libby. After her death he married (second) Jan. 9, 1755, Deborah Dunnivan, of Falmouth, who probably died before him.
Chldren, all by 1st wife & born in Scarboro:
Elisha, Matthew, Mark, Allison, Nathaniel, Luke and John.
(IV) Elisha, eldest child of John and Sarah (Libby) Libby, was born in Scarborough in 1725, and died March 18, 1791. He grew up in his native town and settled on land which his father gave him. He cleared up a farm, recently and perhaps now owned by Osgood Libby.
He married (first) Feb. 9, 1748, Esther Fogg; (second) Nov. 28, 1753, Abigail Meserve, daughter of John and Jemima (Hubbard) Meserve, of Scarborough. She died June 5, 1817.
Children, all of 2d wife:
Elisha, Moses, Esther, Benjamin, Abigail, Dorothy, Anna, Jane, Lucy, Rufus and Martha.
(V) Rufus, fourth son of Elisha and Abigail (Meserve) Libby, was born in Scarborough, April 23, 1777, and died in 1854. He succeeded to the paternal acres and spent his life cultivating them.
He married (first) Dec. 13, 1798, Charlotte Plummer, daughter of Jesse Plummer. She died Jan. 26, 1825. He married (second) Dec. 27, 1825, Eshter Libby, who was born July 9, 1781, daughter of Simon and Elizabeth (Thompson) Libby. She died Jan. 27, 1841. He married (third), 1841, Mrs. Ann Lord, duaghter of Abraham Bickford, who survived him.
Children, all by wife Charlotte:
Mary, Hannah, Charlotte, Lydia, Eliza Osgood, Cornelius and Ellen.
(VI) Lydia, fourth child of Rufus and Charlotte (Plummer) Libby, was born in Scarborough Jan. 28, 1805, and married, Oct. 3, 1824, George Libby.
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(IV) Andrew (2), eldest child of Lieut. Andrew (1) and Esther (Furber) Libby, was born in Scarborough, Feb. 13, 1732, and first settled in the interior of the town on land adjacent to that of his brother Joshua. There he lived until 1789 when, with his four youngest sons, who were all that then remained of the family, he moved to Gray "to settle his boys," and located on Dutton Hill, where he died Feb. 21, 1801.
He married, Nov. 16, 1755, Miriam Burns, born on the passage of her parents from Ireland to this country. She died March 13, 1827, aged ninety years.
Elizabeth, Anna, Esther, William, Jane, Rebecca, Mary, Andrew, Joseph, David and Simon.
(V) Andrew (3), eighth child of Andrew (2) and Miriam (Burns) Libby, was born in Scarborough May 17, 1771. As stated above he went with his father and brothers of Gray, where he was a farmer. He owned and occupied four different places in that town. In his old age he and his wife went to live with their son Elias in Windham, where they both died; she Feb. 21, and he March 31, 1855. He was then eighty-four years old.
He married Sarah Cummings, of Gray.
Christina, Elias, Ebenezer, Joseph, Esther, Lucinda, Charlotte and Lucy.
(VI) Elias, eldest son of Andrew (3) and Sarah (Cummings) Libby, was born in Gray, Nov. 4, 1796. HE removed to Windham when a young man, and a year after his marriage settled on the farm where he spent the remainder of his life. He lived some time in what is now the porch (a little house which he hauled from a neighboring farm), and afterward built on the brick house now standing.
He married April 8, 1821, Elizabeth Hawkes, of Windham.
Ebenezer H., Andrew, Elihu, Sarah P., Albert Mitchell, Lydia L., David C., Rebecca H., and Hannah A.
(VII) Hannah Allen, youngest chid of Elias and Elizabeth (Hawkes) Libby, was born in Windham March 29, 1838, and married April 14, 1863, Charles H. Haskell, and resides on the homestead where she ws born.
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(IV) Simon, eleventh and youngest child of Lieut. Andrew and Esther (Furber) Libby, was born in Scarborough June 7, 1752, and died Oct. 12, 1826. He was a well-to-do farmer and always lived on his father's homestead.
He married, Dec. 1, 1772, Elizabeth Thompson, dau. of George and Ruth Thompson, of Scarborough, from old York. She died Jan. 10, 1825.
Ruth, Sarah, Elizabeth, Frances, Esther, Abigail, Simon and George.
(V) George, eighth and youngest child of Simon and Elizabeth (Thompson) Libby, was born in Scarborough Feb. 4, 1791, and died Nov. 2, 1840. He succeeded to the ancestral homestead, and he and his brother tore down the house which had been his grandfather's and built, on the opposite side of the road, the one now standing.
He married Oct. 3, 1824, Lydia Libby, who was born Jan. 28, 1805, and died Sept. 5, 1839. She was the daughter of Rufus and Charlotte (Plummer) Libby.
George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Mary Elizabeth, Esther Frances, John Adams, Simon, Esther Allen and Lydia Frances.
(VI) Mary Elizabeth, fourth child of George and Lydia (Libby) Libby, was born in Scarborough March 22, 1830, and married May 2, 1852, John A. Tompson.
(IV) Seth, ninth son and fourteenth child of Capt. John and Anna (Fogg) Libby, was born on Oak Hill, Scarborough, May 1, 1755, and died Dec. 9, 1836. He lived and died on the farm where he was born. His house was on the post road between Portland and Boston, and in addition to carrying on his farm he kept a tavern.
He married May 12, 1779, Lydia Jordan, who was born March 22, 1763, dau. of Dominicus Jordan of Cape Elizabeth, the same known as "Old Stuff." She lived to the age of ninety-two and died Oct. 17, 1852.
Aaron, Lois, Susannah, Lydia, Anna, Phebe, Rhoda, Hannah, Jordan, Aaron, Hannah, Eunice and John.
(V) Rhoda, seventh child of Seth and Lydia (Jordan) Libby, was born June 13, 1792, and married Sept. 23, 1819, Captain William Tompson.
(V) Captain Stephen, third son of Stephen and Margaret (Miller) Libby, born in Scarborough Nov. 4, 1771, ded Nov. 20, 1859, aged eighty-eight years. He was a mariner for several years, but soon after his marriage settled on a farm on Oak Hill, where he was an industrious and prosperous farmer.
He married, Jan. 13, 1798, Agnes Hasty, who died Nov. 5, 1858.
Harriet A., Lucinda, Benjamin Franklin, Margaret Agnes, Ernestine, Frances (died young), Harriet, Sally Maynard, and Francis Libby.
(VI) Margaret Agnes, fourth child of Capt. Stephen and Agnes (Hasty) Libby, born on Oak Hill, Nov. 6, 1806, married July 17, 1832, Harrison Jewell Libby.