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 surname Randall is a shortened form of the personal name Randolph, which was in general use before the time of the Norman Conquest, and is found in the Domesday Book belonging to no less than thirty-three different men. From 1120 to 1232 the name belonged to three famous Earls of Chester, England. We find a St. Radulphus, Bishop of Bourges, as early as 888, and among the Northmen the personal name Rondolfr (a house-wolf) from the earliest times. The name is spelled Ralph, Ranulph, Ranulf, Radulphus, Roff and Rauffe.
(I) Richard Randall, immigrant ancestor, was born in England and was an early settler of Dover, N. H. He served under Captain Moseley in King Philip's war. He received from his brother-in-law, Richard Tozer, the portion of his wife, Elizabeth (Tozer) Randall. He was residing at Cape Porpoise in 1698 and was doubtless a fisherman.
1. Richard, born 1659, mentioned below.
2. Sarah, born 1661.
(II) Richard (2), only son known of Richard (1) Randall, was born in 1659 at Dover, or vicinity, in Maine. His first wife died April 16, 1703-04. He married (second), April 10, 1705 (by Rev. John Pike), Elizabeth Blanchard. He lived at Dover, and in 1707 and 1711 was highway surveyor there. (Possibly his son Richard, though no Jr. was used in the record).
1. Richard, married Sept. 4, 1718, Sarah Brown; joined the Dover church Oct. 18, 1719; children: i. Richard, b. Nov. 8 ,1719, d. Jan. 11, 1719-20; ii. Sarah, b. Sept. 7, 1721.
2. Nathaniel, died at Dover, March 9, 1748-49, in his fifty-fourth year; married Mary Hodgden, who d. Jan. 3, 1775, in her sixty-sixth year.
3. Samuel, mentioned below.
4. William, married Hannah Mason, daughter of Peter Masons, Feb. 2, 1724-25.
(III) Samuel, son of Richard (2) Randall, was born in Dover, or vicinity, about 1695; married at Dover, Dec. 30, 1720, Elizabeth Mayfield. (Also given Maxfield). He resided in that part of the town set off as Somersworth and was one of the original petitioners for incorporation in April 1729. He was corporal in the company of Capt. Thomas Wallingford, in the old French and Indian war in 1746. Their three eldest children were baptized in the Dover church, April 7, 1728:
2. Samuel, settled in Somersworth, married 1752, Martha Roberts.
3. Eliphalet, mentioned below.
4. Elizabeth, baptized Feb. 23, 1729.
(IV) Eliphalet, son of Samuel Randall, was born in Dover, N. H. about 1727, and was baptized with his brother and sister in the Dover church April 7, 1728. He married Lydia Rollins, of Somersworth, where his father also lived. He settled in the adjacent town of Berwick, Maine.
Children, b. in Berwick:
John, Lydia, Sarah, Jeremiah, Elizabeth, James (mentioned below), Stephen, Deborah, Martha, Mary, Hulda, Richard, Jotham.
(V) James, son of Eliphalet Randall, was born in Berwick Oct. 27, 1758, died May 15, 1821. He was a soldier in the revolution, a private in Capt. Silas Wild's company, Col. Edmund Phinney's regiment, at the garrison at St. George in 1776.
He married, Dec. 16, 1779, Mary Shorey, of Berwick, born Aug 17, 1763. He lived in Berwick and Limington.
Children, b. in Berwick:
1. Nancy, married Isaac Jones, Feb. 9, 1803, had six children.
2. John, born Sept. 4, 1783, married Sarah Hanson, had six children.
3. Mary, born Nov. 8, 1785, married Caleb Cole, had four children.
4. Huldah, born April 22, 1788, married Silas Hanson, had nine children.
5. Jacob, born June 20, 1790, married Mary Pierce, had four children.
6. Eliphalet, born May 28, 1794, married Eunice Stuart, had two children.
7. Isaiah, born Aug. 20, 1797, married Eunice Bean, had four children.
8. Noah, born Sept. 17, 1800, mentioned below.
9. Hannah, born Oct. 28, 1802, died March 23, 1887.
10. Edward Burroughs, born Sept. 26, 1808, died Feb. 2, 1889; married (first) Ellen M. Powers, one child; married (second), Dec. 14, 1834, Rebecca Sawyer; b. Oct. 15, 1807, died March 12, 1891; had six children.
(VI) Noah, son of James Randall, born in Limington, Sept. 17, 1800, died April 26, 1867. He married Oct. 5, 1819, Ruth Haley, born Sept. 1, 1800, died March 9, 1879, daughter of William Haley. He lived in Limington; by occupation was a farmer.
1. Cynthia, born Feb. 21, 1821, died Nov. 26, 1893.
2. Nancy, born Dec. 13, 1822, died Nov. 19, 1891.
3. Noah, born Dec. 1, 1825, mentioned below.
4. James H., born Jan. 22, 1829, died Aug. 9, 1846.
5. Mary Jane, born July 22, 1831.
6. Charles E., born May 30, 1834.
7. Daniel Haley, born Oct. 10, 1839.
(VII) Noah Jr. (2), son of Noah (1) Randall, born at Limington, Dec. 1, 1825, died May 29, 1905. He married Dec., 1844, Susan Huntress, born in Hiram, Maine, Nov. 22, 1826, died Nov. 8, 1887, daughter of Temple C. and Eunice (Goodwin) Huntress, of Hiram.
Noah Randall was educated in the public schools of his native town, and became a school-teacher. His main occupation in life was farming, however. He occupied the old homestead on which he was born most of his active life. He spent one year in Saco, Maine, and in that time helped to build the first dam constructed there.
In politics he was a Republican and was interested in public affairs. He was selectman of Limington for several years. He was a prominent member of the Free Will Baptist church, at South Limington.
Children, b. at Limington:
1. John James, born Oct. 15, 1849, engaged in the business of manufacturing carriages at Amesbury, Mass.; married Sarah E. Lane, of Amesbury; children: i. Mabel, married Charles Wardroupe; ii. George Edward, married Lilliam McNutt; iii. Lena, married Charles Howe, of Brockton, Mass.; iv. Sarah Louise.
2. Emily Jane, born Dec. 10, 1850, married Alvin Moulton; children: Hattie C. Moulton, Hardy Alvin Moulton, Olive Keats Moulton.
3. Benjamin F., married Emma Scammon; children: i. Susia M., teacher at Dayton; ii. Albert.
4. Eunice A., born Jan. 20, 1855, married Charles E. Scammon, of Hollis, Maine; two sons and two daughters.
5. Simeon, resides on the old homestead at Limington; children of 1st wife: Addie, Grace, Lizzie, child who died in infancy; by 2d wife: Marion, George Fred.
6. Dr. Charles L., married Sophia Tuckfield, of New York; Dr. Randall resides and practices at Waldoborough, Maine.
7. Jesse A., mentioned below.
(VIII) Dr. Jesse A., son of Noah (2) Randall Jr., was born in Limington Dec. 6, 1863. He was educated there in the public schools, at Limington Academy and at the Maine Medical School of Bowdoin College, graduating with the degree of M. D. in the class of 1888. After being six months on the staff of the Boston City Hospital, he located at West Newfield, Maine, where he practiced his profession two years. He then removed to Waterborough, Maine. After about two years there he removed to Old Orchard, Maine, where he has had his office since. Dr. Randall is a Republican in politics. He has been a member of the school committee three years and health officer ten years. He is a member of Mystic Tie Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Saco, Maine; of Atlantic Lodge of Odd Fellows, Old Orchard. He is a Methodist in religion.
He married Feb. 27, 1892, Lillian Libby Small, daughter of Butler Libby, of Waterborough. They have one child, Forrest Brooks, b. July 12, 1897.
The name Randall appears early and often in the records of New England towns.
Philip Randall was a pioneer settler of Dorchester, Mass. before May 14, 1634, for he was made a freeman on that day.
Richard Randall was in Saco, Maine, as early as 1659.
The names of a score of other Randakks are recorded in the annals of New England, who were heads of families before 1700. The Randalls of this article may be descended from Richard, of Saco.
(I) Isaac Randall resided in Freeport, in which city his death occurred. He married Elizabeth Cummings, who died in Portland, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Cummings, of Freeport, the former of whom was born May 15, 1774.
Amanda, Ascenath, Malleville, Mary, Clara E., Joseph Perley, John Freeman and Albert Isaac.
(II) John Freeman, seventh child and second son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Cummings) Randall, was born in Freeport May 20, 1839, and died in Portland, Maine, Nov. 7, 1894. He attended the public schools of Freeport, and after completing his studies went to Portland, to learn the trade of ship-carpenter with his uncle, John Cummings. After completing his apprenticeship he shipped on board a vessel and made a voyage to Mobile, Alabama, and was there employed on the city water-works, of which he had charge during the winter of 1859-60. Returning to Portland, he worked at his trade until teh outbreak of the slave-holders' rebellion. He was then about twenty-two years old, strong, brave and patriotic, and offered his services for the defence of the Union. He became a private in the Portland Rifle Guards, which organization became Company E of the First Maine Volunteer Infantry, which was mustered into service for a period of three months, May 3, 1861, and was stationed at Meridian Hill; he was mustered out the same year.
He soon formed a partnerhip with Henry McAllister, under the firm name of Randall & McAllister, and engaged in the coal trade. Subsequently Edward H. Sargent took an interest for a short time, but in 1884 Mr. Randall became sole proprietor of the business, which has always been conducted under the old name of Randall & McAllister. The management and development of what probably was and is the largest business of the kind in New England, illustrated the splendid ability of Mr. Randall as a merchant. Beginning with a very limited capital, he built up a business that gave employment to a number of vessels, varying form eight hundred to one thousand, requiring from eight thousand to ten thousand men to navigate them, and gave him the well-merited title of the "coal king of New England." When he began his business the coal trade was in its infancy - a small and insignificant trade - which he fostered and developed until it became one of the leading industries of the New England country. The coal he dealt in embraced both anthracite and bituminous, and was shipped from Norfolk, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York to Portland and other parts of Maine, and to a limited extent to St. John, New Brunswick. The cargoes received at Portland were deposited in two great pockets, one on his own wharf and the other, built and owned by him, on the wharf of the New York and Boston steamers. From thse pockets he not only supplied the local trade, but sent large quantities by rail into the interior towns of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. About one-half Mr. Randall's shipments were bituminous coal, and among his largest customrers in that line were the Maine Central and Grand Trunk railways and the various steamers sailing from Portland.
The building up of this great business in thirty-three years proved conclusively that Mr. Randall, though not born to riches nor trained in mercantile pursuits, was a person of self-confidence, resolution, energy, tenacity of purpose, tact, sagacity, unsullied integrity and superior business ability, which secured and retained the entire confidence of the business world. Besides his private business, he was associated with some other enterprises. He was a director in the Casco National Bank, the Eastern Forge, and the Portland Company, a corporation engaged in the manufacture of machinery, and was a trustee of the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary. In the last-named institution he was much interested, and to it he left a legacy at his death, which he intended to be of lasting benefit.
He was a Republican in political sentiment, but confined himself chiefly to his special field of activity, though he did fill a place in the city council in 1872 and 1873. He took more interest in the fraternal orders, and was a member of Portland Lodge, No. 1, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Mt. Vernon Royal Arch Chapter; Portland Commandery, Knights Templar; Beacon Lodge, No. 67, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Michigonne Encampment.
Mr. Randall married, Jan. 1, 1862, Elvira Small, born in Portland Feb .19, 1839, daughter of Eli and Elmira K. (Hood) Sargent, of Anisquam, formerly Cape Ann, Mass.
1. Mabel Ascenath, born May 9, 1863, married Henry F. Merrill.
2. Clifford Stowers, born May 8, 1865, mentioned below.
3. John Howard, born in Portland June 12, 1867, mentioned below.
4. Maude Havens, born March 1, 1870, married William L. Taylor.
5. Grace Ethel, born Jan. 3, 1874, unmarried.
6. Ernest Arthur, born Jan. 3, 1876, mentioned below.
7. Marion Stanwood, born Oct. 3, 1879, married John D. Baile of Montreal, Canada; two children: Marion and Elizabeth.
8. Claire Elizabeth, born Nov. 24, 1811, married Harry W. Lothrop.
(III) Clifford Stowers, second child and eldest son of John Freeman and Elvira Small (Sargent) Randall, was born in Portland, May 8, 1865. He obtained his primary education in the public schools of Portland, and at an early age went west on account of ill health, spending some years there and continuing his studies in private schools. On his return to his native city he took a position in his father's business, which he filled until the incorporation of the business of Randall & Mcallister. He was then elected vice-president of the Randall-McAllister Coal Company, and has since performed the duties of that position.
He is a Republican, but has no political ambition. In religious belief he is a Congregationalist. He takes an active interest in athletic sports and outdoor events, and is a member of the Country, Portland Athletic and the Portland Yacht clubs, and the Portland Power Boat and the Great Pond associations.
He married Rena Foster Merrill, daughter of Clinton Merrill.
John Freeman, born March 25, 1905.
(III) John Howard, second son and third child of John Freeman and Elvira Small (Sargent) Randall, was born in Portland June 12, 1867. Attended the public schools of Portland, and is living on a farm at Harrison, Maine, of five hundred acres of land, and gives his time to its management. He has an interest in the Randall-McAllister Coal Company, of Portland.
He married Lida A. Trafton in 1897.
(III) Ernest Arthur, sixth child and third son of John Freeman and Elvira Small (Sargent) Randall, was born in Portland, Jan. 3, 1876. He attended the Portland public schools and later the Phillips Exeter Academy, graduating from the latter in 1896. Immediately after completing his literary training, he entered the service of his father in the coal business, in which he has ever since been employed. When the firm was incorporated, Ernest A. Randall became president of the concern.
He shares the religious and political predelections of his family, votes the Republican ticket and worships with the Congregationalists. HE has no affiliation with secret societies, but is a member of the following named clubs Country, Portland Athletic, Portland Gun, Portland Canoe, Portland Power Boat, Portland Yacht, and the Boston Athletic Association, of Boston.
He married Edna M. Mills, born 1878, daughter of William G. and Georgiana Mills.
1. Elizabeth Mills, born Nov. 27, 1903.
2. Eleanor M., born Nov. 17, 1906.