Genealogical and Family History
of the

Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.

New York

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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]

[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


Joseph Palmer was doubtless of the Hampton, New Hampshire, and Haverhill, Mass. family of Palmers. He was born, it is said, in Methuen, Mass., Aug. 3, 1782, though not recorded there. With his brothers Nathaniel and Jeduthan he settled in Islesborough, Maine. The Islesborough history states that Nathaniel Palmer married Sally Pendleton and that Joseph married Sukey Pendleton, doubtless her sister, Oct. 29, 1806 (intention dated April 16, 1805). The family records state that Joseph married Sally (Sarah) Pendleton, April 16, 1806. His wife Sarah was born in Islesborough Dec. 26, 1781, and died Nov.7, 1863.
When a young man Joseph settled in Lincolnville and lived there until after the birth of his children. He came to Belfast in 1832 and resided until 1845-46, when he removed to Searsmont, whrer he died March 9, 1852. He was a shipwright by trade.
Children, b. in Lincolnville:
1. Oliver, born Feb. 2, 1807.
2. Lemuel Rich, born Feb. 22, 1809, mentioned below.
3. Almira O., born March 27, 1811.
4. Barker B., born Jan. 10, 1813.
5. Priscilla P., born Aug. 7, 1815.
6. Sarah P., born May 10, 1818.
7. George D., born Aug. 18, 1820.
8. Eliza P., born Aug. 19, 1822.
Eliza P. (Mrs. Edwin Moore), of East Douglas, Mass., is the only surviving child (1908).
Oliver Pendleton, son of William Pendleton, lived on the lot where Hotel Islesborough now stands below Dark Harbor. He sold his land to Elisha Eames and removed to Camden, Maine, thence to Hope, Maine, where he died at an advanced age.
1. William, married Jan. 9, 1795, Nancy Pendleton, of Islesborough.
2. Alexander, resided at Northport, returned home after an absence of sixty years and died Nov. 19, 1886, aged one hundred years.
4. [there doesn't appear to be any 3] Ambrose.
5. James.
6. Sally, married Nathaniel Palmer, of Belfast (intention dated April 16, 1805).
7. Sukey, married Oct. 29, 1806, Joseph Palmer.

(II) Lemuel Rich, son of Joseph Palmer, was born in Lincolnville, Maine, Feb. 22, 1809, died in Belfast, May 3, 1879. He was educated in the common schools, and followed the trade of shipwright. He was naturally a good mechanic and had an inventive turn of mind. He became a ship builder at Belfast and was in active business there to the time of his death.
In politics he was a Republican, and was at one time street commissioner of Belfast. He was an active member and liberal supporter of the North Congregational Church.
He married (first) Dec. 17, 1832, Susanna R. Hanford, born in Camden, Maine, June 17, 1812, died Aug. 14, 1849.
1. Rev. Edwin B., graduate of Bowdoin College; Congregational clergyman; treasurer of the Mass. Home Mission Society for twenty years; married Thirza M. Field, of Brunswick, Maine; children: Edwin, Eva, Francis, Susan, William..
2. Susan M., born Sept. 7, 1835, married James M. Craig; children: Charles M. and Edwin P. Craig.
3. Mary E., born Sept. 11, 1837, married George F. Smith, druggist, Searsport, Maine; children: Francis, Fannie and Fred B. Smith.
4. Dwight, died age two.
5. Dwight Parker, born March 31, 1843, mentioned below.
6. Lucy A. E., born May 9, 1845, lives with her sister, Mrs. Craig, Belfast.
Lemuel Rich Palmer married (second) Mary P. D. Hanford, who died March 7, 1856, sister of his frist wife.
Lemuel Rich Palmer married (third) Sept., 1857, Frances A. Little, of Castine,. Maine. She died April 12, 1887.

(III) Dwight Parker, son of Lemuel Rich Palmer, was born in Belfast, Maine, March 31, 1843. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. He enlisted in Company I, Twenty-sixth Maine Regiment of Volunteers in the civil war, Sept. 10, 1862. He saw much active service in Louisiana and took part in the engagements at Irish Bend, Brazier City, and Port Hudson at the time of its surrender. He marched an aggregate of more than eleven hundred miles. He was appointed a corporal Jan. 8, 1863, and was honorably discharged Aug. 17, 1863.
After leaving the service he returned to Belfast and became a clerk in a grocery store for three years, and was then associated with Mr. Cooper in the lumber business two years. He worked at Chicopee, Mass. for three years and finally returned to Belfast. Since 1882 he has been a merchant in Belfast, dealing in gentlemen's furnishings and fancy goods, and has been very successful.
In politics he is a Republican.
He married, Nov. 10, 1880, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary Elizabeth (Whittier) Patterson, of Belfast.

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