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.]
[Trans. note: bad news, folks. The book leaves out the next two pages, or at least the photocopy does. the next stuff, below, is no doubt about another surname altogether]
.....this appears to be PHILBRICK
.....children of Jonathan and Elizabeth Philbrick were:
1. Elinor, baptized 1722 in Greenwood, New Hampshire.
2. William, b. 1724.
3. Capt. Jonathan, died in Clinton, Maine, 1801.
4. Priscilla, baptized in Greenwood, N. H., married John Barnes, of Attleboro, Mass., and had twelve children.
5. David, baptized in 1724.
6. Abigail, baptized in 1725.
7. Deacon Joshua, born Oct. 10, 1727.
8. Job, see forward.
9. Sarah, baptized 1731.
10. Joseph, born about 1733.
(V) Job, fifth son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Philbrick, was baptized in 1729, in the church in Greeland, New Hampshire, and when fifteen years of age was working on his father's farm in Greenland, having a companion and helper, an Irish boy by the name of Malony. They were plowing in a field some distance from the house and hidden from it by an intervening woods, and while there employed they were surprised by a party of Indians who cut off their retreat to the house by taking a position on the direct path, and they were quickly taken prisoners and carried beyond house call and thence to Canada, where Job was held a prisoner of the tribe for some years, and on returning home he continued to work upon the farm.
He was married to Mary Trufant, of Georgetown, Maine, the marriage taking place about 1752. He eettled first at "Long Reach," in Georgetown (afterward Bath, Maine) and then at Vinal Harbor, where he was a farmer, carpenter and shipbuilder and lumberman. He also was scrivener, writing deeds, bonds and other legal papers for the early settlers of his neighborhood.
1. Jeremiah, born in Georgetown (Bath), Maine, Dec. 8, 1752, resided on part of the homestead and helped work the farm, and when twenty-one years of age married Sarah, dau. of Increase Leadbetter, of Stoughton, Mass., where she was born July 9, 1754. He died in Bath, Sept. 16, 1819, and his widow survived him till Feb. 2, 1847, when she had reached her eighty-eighth year, after having brought up ten of her eleven children and seeing them happily marired and blessing her with numerous grandchildren.
2. Mary (Molly), married William Radcliff, of Thomastone, Maine, and had eight children.
3. Lydia, married John Smith, of Vinal Harbor, and had one child.
4. Joel, born Aug. 14, 1759, married in Jan. 1775, Mary, dau. of Icrease Leadbetter, b. in Stoughton, Mass. Dec 12, 1761, had fifteen children, and with the mother and five younger removed to Licking county, Ohio, during the war of 1812, and he died at St. Albans, Ohio, Sept. 15, 1820, and his widow near Etna, Ohio, Sept. 24, 1850.
5. Jane, married Isaac Tolman, she being his third wife, and she had one child, Lydia Tolman, who was the twentieth child of Isaac Tolman, and she married Samuel Haskell, of Gorham, Maine.
Mary (Trufant) Philbrick died in Vinal Harbor aboutr 1774.
After his older children were settled Job Philbrick married Dolly Hinckley, of Castine, Maine, and removed from Vinal Harbor, Maine, and settled on one of the Islesboro group called Job's Island and his sixth child, Job Jr., was born in Castine, Maine; his seventh child, and second by second wife, was Jonathan, mentioned below. The eighth child Hannah was by his thrid wife, Hannah (Coombles) Philbrick.
There is an incident recorded of this early settler that describes a phase of life on the forntier at that time. After he had a large family to provide for, from a scant income, he was called from home on business and was detained much longer than he intended, and in his absence provisions in the household, made up of many children, fell short. The heroic mother determined not to allow her children to starve, and not knowing how long her husband might be detained, she, taking with her the oldest child, Jeremiah, then fourteen years of age, and a hand sled and a good supply of ammunition for their wo guns, determined to go and hunt food. Their path was through the woods filled with ice and snow, and after following the trail four miles, they met up with a moose and she shot it, and after cutting its throat to let out the blood, the weight of the animal prevented its removal entire, she cut off sufficient to feed the children for several days and returned with it to the home she had left in the morning, four miles distant, and the father getting there the next day, easily brought home the remainder of the carcass of the moose.
(VI) Jonathan (2) Philbrook, fourth son and seventh child of Job and Dolly Philbrick, was born probably in Castine, Maine, and was a seafaring man. His wife was an Abbot, but her christian name is not recorded.
The only child of Jonathan and ____ (Abbot) Philbrick was John, mentioned below.
Jonathan Philbrook died probably the same year from a fall from the deck into the hold of a vessel on which he had shipped.
(VII) John, only son of Jonathan (2) and ____ (Abbot) Philbrook, was born in Prospect, Maine, Dec. 10, 1796. He married Elizabeth, dau. of Deacon Daniel Morgan, of Sedgwick, Maine, and he followed the sea as had his father.
1. John, born in Sedgwick, July 2, 1818, and was lost at sea Feb. 14, ___, when eighteen years of age.
2. Luther Groves, mentioned below.
3. Harriet E., born April 21, 1822, died July 15, 1872.
John Philbrook died at Edenton, North Carolina, Feb. 23, 1823, when twenty-six years of age, and his widow at Sedgwick, Maine, Aug. 25, 1876.
(VIII) Luther Groves, second son of John and Elizabeth (Morgan) Philbrook, was born in Sedgwick, Maine, March 21, 1820. He was bound out to a cabinetmaker in Castine, and after serving his time returned to Sedgwick, where he worked at his trade up to about 1854, when he went to Portland and engaged in the mercantile business. In 1856 he returned to Sedgwick and worked in that town up to 1861, when he was appointed deputy collector of customs and served in President Lincoln's administration and that of President Johnson in 1861-69, and in 1869 was transferred to Castine, the port of entry, where he served as special deputy to the collector of the port, and he was displaced by President Cleveland at the beginning of his first administration in 1881.
He continued to live a retired life in Castine, where he was a trustee of the State Normal school up to the time of his death, Sept. 10, 1892. He had served the town of Sedgwick as selectman during his residence there, and on removing to Castine was on the board of selectmen and served as president of the board.
He was married, July 3, 1843, to Angelia, dau. of Napthali and Abagail Coffin, of Livermore, Maine. She was born March 8, 1823, and died in Castine, Nov. 2, 1891.
1. Eudora G., born in Sedgwick, Maine, April 28, 1844, married Henry W. Sargent, of Sedgwick.
2. Edward Everett, born in Portland, Maine, Sept. 21, 1854, became a physician and surgeon.
3. Warren Coffin, mentioned below.
(IX) Warren Coffin, son of Luther Groves and Angelia (Coffin) Philbrook, was born in Sedgwick, Maine, Nov. 30, 1857. He attended the public schools of Castine, and the state normal school, also located in that town, and was fitted for college at the Coburn Classical Institue, matriculating at Colby University in 1878, and graduating A.B., 1882. He taught one year in Farmington State Normal school, then served as principal of Waterville high school until June, 1887.
He studied law with Hon. Edmund Fuller Webb and Hon. Reuben Foster, of Watervile, Maine, and was admitted to the bar in 1884. He opened an office for the practice of law in Waterville, and was made judge of the Waterville municipal court. He represented the city in the state legislature for two terms, and was a member of the judiciary committee of the house. He also served as mayor of Waterville for two years, and for several as member of the board of education of the city. He became an effective political speaker, and was sought and held in high esteem as an orator, both on the stump and on notable public occasions. On the occasion of the centennial of the settlement of Waterville held in June, 1902, the choice of orator fell to him, and his oration then pronounced was widely read and gave univeral pleasure and was highly praised as an oratorical effort and prized on account of its historical value.
He is a member of Waterville Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, past master of the lodge, and a member of the Tacconet Chapter and its past high priest; and has served as commander of the St. Omer Commandery, Knights Templar, and is Grand Generalissimo of the Grand Commandery of Maine. He was given the thirty-second degree in Masonry at Portland. He also affiliates with the Knights of Pythias, and for the years 1901-02 was grand chancellor of the order in the state.
He is a member of the American Order of United Workmen, of the Royal Arcanum, and of the Independent Order of Foresters of America.
In 1905, when the legislature created the office of assistant attorney-general of the state, he was honored by appointment as the first lawyer in Maine to fill the honorable position. In January, 1909, he was elected attorney general of Maine, a position which he now continues to hold.
He was married Aug. 22, 1882, to Ada, daughter of Moses C. and Francina (Smith) Foster. Mrs. Philbrook was born in Bethel, Maine, June 17, 1854.
(for first generation see Thomas Philbrick I.)
(II) James, son of Thomas Philbrick, was born about 1622, and settled in Hampton, where he inherited his father's homestead. He was a mariner. In 1670 he was chosen with others to run the Exeter line. In 1671 he had a grant of forty acres in the south of Hampton, called the New Plantation, now Seabrook. He was drowned in the Hampton river, near the mouth of Cole's creek Nov. 16, 1674.
He married (first) probably Jane, daughter of Thomas Roberts, of Dover. He married (second) Ann Roberts, her sister, who married (second) July 8, 1678, William Mastin.
Children, all by 2d wife:
1. Bethia, married, April 24, 1677, Caleb Perkins, of Hampton.
2. Captain James, born July 13, 1651, married Dec. 4, 1674, Hannah Perkins.
3. Apphia, born March 19, 1655, married Dec. 3, 1674, Timothy Hilliard.
4. Hester, born March 1, 1657, married (first) Joseph Beard; (second) Nov. 12, 1705, Sylvanus Nock.
5. Thomas Jr., born March 14, 1659, married April 14, 1681, Mehitable Ayres; died Jan. 1, 1712.
6. Sarah, born Feb. 14, 1660-61.
7. Joseph, born Oct. 1, 1663, mentioned below.
8. Elizabeth, born July 24, 1666.
9. Mehitable, born July 19, 1668, married Timothy Hilliard.
(III) Joseph, son of James Philbrick, was born Oct. 1, 1663, in Hampton. He was a mariner, and about 1714 removed to Rye, New Hampshire, where he died Nov. 17, 1755. His home in Rye was near the site of the present (1908) Farragut House.
He married, in 1685-86, Triphena, born Dec. 28, 1663, died 1729, daughter of William and Rebecca Marston.
Children, b. in Hampton:
1. Joseph, born 1686, died young.
2. Joseph, born Feb. 19, 1688, married Nov. 26, 1719, Elizabeth Perkins.
3. Captain Zechariah, born March 11, 1690, married Mary _____.
4. Sabina, born 1691, married Jan. 14, 1713, Abraham Libbey.
5. Ann, born Jan. 13, 1694.
6. Ephraim, born Aug. 12, 1696, mentioned below.
7. Hester, born May 2, 1699.
8. Phebe, born June 9, 1701, married Daniel Moulton.
9. Joses, born Nov. 5, 1703, married Jan. 4, 1727, Abigail Locke; died March 24, 1757.
10. Elizabeth, born Dec. 8, 1706.
(IV) Ephraim, son of Joseph Philbrick, was born Aug. 12, 1696, died in 1747. He was a blacksmith and settled in Exeter, N. H. He owned much land there. He married Martha Wadleigh, born Jan., 1702, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Gilman) Wadleigh, of Hampton.
Children, b. in Exeter:
1. Benjamin, born July 16, 1721, mentioned below.
2. Joseph, married Lydia Colcord and died before 1749.
3. Martha, married William Moore 4th.
4. Betsey, married Ichabod Thurston.
6. John, died before 1752.
(V) Benjamin, son of Ephraim Philbrick, was born in Exeter, July 16, 1721, died Oct. 20, 1769. He married (first) Hannah Currier, born July 16, 1722, died Sept. 5, 1745. He married (second) Lydia Colcord.
Child of 1st wife:
1. Joseph, born Nov. 22, 1744, married Catherine (Dennet) Flanders, widow; died May, 1776.
Children of 2d wife:
2. Hannah, born 1746, died 1749.
3. Benjamin, born Feb. 3, 1750, died Oct. 19, 1751.
4. Lydia, at Exeter, born March 7, 1752, married Jabez Dodge.
5. Samuel, born 1755, died 1758.
6. Edward, born 1757, died 1758.
7. Samuel, born April 20, 1759, mentioned below.
8. John, born May 4, 1761, married Sarah Stevens.
9. Maty, born June 10, 1763, married Noah Barker.
10. Mehitable, born Nov. 7, 1766, married Joseph Lamson.
11. Edward, born June 8, 1769, died in August, 1858; married (first) Sally Durgin; (second) Nancy Winslow.
(VI) Samuel (1), son of Benjamin Philbrick, was born April 20, 1759, and was a potter of Exeter, N. H. He married (first) Hannah, born Aug. 26, 1763, died Nov. 6, 1810, daughter of John Robinson. He married (second) Nov. 17, 1814, Betty Smith.
Children, all by 1st wife, b. in Exeter:
1. Samuel, born June 12, 1785, mentioned below.
2. Betsey, born Feb. 7, 1787, married May 6, 1810, Moses Todd, of Newburport; died Aug., 1852.
3. John Robinson, born Sept. 19, 1789, married (first) Hannah White; (second) _____.
4. Hannah, born Sept. 22, 1791, married Nov. 17, 1814, Edmund Pearson.
5. Benjamin, born Dec. 3, 1793, died unmarried Sept. 12, 1824.
6. Joseph, born Jan. 8, 1797, married Paulina Harding; died Oct. 13, 1874.
7. Mary, diedc an infant in 1800.
8. William, born May 24, 1803, married Aug. 30, 1829, Sarah Lyford.
(VII) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1) Philbrick, was born in Exeter, N .H., June 12, 1785, died Jan. 30, 1868. He resided in Canaan, now Skowhegan, Maine, where he married Betsey, born March 3, 1793, died Feb. 12, 1855, daughter of John White.
Children, b. in Skowhegan:
1. Samuel, died unmarried.
2. Hannah R., born May 22, 1811, married Samuel Soule.
3. Betsey, born Oct. 19, 1812, married Joel Williams.
4. Sarah, born Dec. 14, 1814, married Samuel D. Arnold.
5. Samuel White, born Oct. 19, 1816, died Aug. 3, 1853.
6. Mary Ryder, born July 20, 1818, married Feb. 9, 1840, Reuben Kidder.
7. Ellen Augusta, born Oct. 25, 1820, married Robert Tuttle.
8. William, born Jan. 12, 1823, mentioned below.
9. Jane R., born March 3, 1825, married Benjamin Dodge.
10. Joseph Henry, born Aug. 20, 1827, married, Sept. 4, 1853, Mary Steward.
11. George, born Jan. 21, 1830, married Dec. 30, 1856, Lucy A. Fellows.
12. Alma Ann, born Sept. 11, 1832, married Asa S. Emery; died Nov. 27, 1871.
13. Clara, born Aug. 29, 1834, died Oct. 5, 1836.
(VIII) Hon. William, son of Samuel (2) Philbrick, was born in Milburn (now Skowhegan), Maine, Jan. 12, 1823, died there Jan. 5, 1907, lacking but one week of being eighty-four years old. His death was due to a complication of diseased, and during the last few years of his life he was totally blind. He bore his afflictions with fortitude and Christian resignation. His life was of particular usefulness and honor, and was principally passed in his native town, although for a few years he was much in the south. He was educated in the local public schools and the old Bloomfield Academy. In December, 1845, he entered the employ of A. & P. Coburn, in the capacity of clerk and bookkeeper. Four years later he was chosen cashier of the Skowhegan State Bank, which became the First National Bank in May, 1683, and held that position most acceptably for a period of seventeen years. In 1866 he was chosen clerk and treasurer of the Kennebec Log Driving Company, from which he retired in 1888, after twenty-three years active and efficient service.
He was called to many important public positoins of honor and trust. Among the local offices to which he was chosen were those of chairman of the board of selectmen during the later civil war days, trustee of the Bloomfield Academy and of the Public Library, etc. In 1867 he represented Showhegan in the house of representatives, state legislature, and served in the state senate in 1872. In 1868 he was a member of Governor Joshua L. Chamberlain's council, and for three years (1870-72) he was state bank examiner. At the death of Alonzo Coburn he was made executor of the estate, valued at nearly a half-million dollars, and such was the confidence reposed in his integrity that he was exempted from giving bond or filing account in the probate court.
In politics he was a Republican, wielding a wide influence in party affairs, and standing for the highest ideals in official as well as in personal life.
He married, Oct. 23, 1850, Mary Elizabeth, born in Houlton, Jan. 1, 1824, daughter of Ichabod and Philena (Sawyer) Russell. Mr. and Mrs. Philbrick celebrated their golden wedding on their anniversary date, in 1900.
1. Emma R., born July 10, 1852, married, Dec. 26, 1872, Charles H. Burrill.
2. Willie, born Dec. 27, 1857, died Aug. 31, 1859.
3. Harrie, born Nov. 14, 1860, died Dec. 7, 1861.
4. Samuel W., born Aug. 5, 1862, see forward.
5. Frederick R., born Dec. 16, 1863.
(IX) Samuel White, son of Hon. William Philbrick, was born in Skowhegan, Aug. 5, 1862. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. He was intimately associated with his father in both business pursuits and official life. In 1879 he became a clerk under his father, who was at that time state insurance commissioner. On leaving this position he accepted a clerkship in the office of the Somerset Reporter. He resigned the latter position in 1883 to become clerk in the office of the auditor of the Eastern Railroad in Boston, and served therein until March, 1888, when he succeeded his father as treasurer and clerk of the Kennebec Log Company, the Dead River Log Driving Company, and the Moose River Log Driving Company. All these positions he holds at the present time, and is also treasurer of the Dead River North Branch Log Driving Company, organized in 1890. He is also vice-president and treasurer of the Coburn Steamboat Company; treasurer, director and clerk of the Moosehead Investment Company; treasurer of the Roach River Dam Company; trustee of the Augusta Trust Company and of the Guilford Trust Company, and is agent for the valuable Coburn estate. He is one of the most prominent men of his section of the state in banking and business circles, and is well known to the lumber trade of all New England.
He is a Unitarian in religion and a Republican in politics.
He married, Oct. 31, 1894, Mabel Emma, born Aug. 16, 1868, daughter of Martin D. and Calla (Bean) Ward.
1. Donald Ward, born March 16, 1896.
2. Karl Russell, born May 28, 1900.
3. William, born Dec. 1, 1902.