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.]
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......1706, who was less than a year old at the time of her father's death.
(III) Jeremiah, only son of Ichabod and Mary (Tibbetts) Rawlins, lived in that part of Dover which is now Somersworth, and was one of the petitioners for the incorporation of Somersworth into a separate parish. He died before 1768.
His will, dated Dec. 7, 1752, was proved June 29, 1768. He gave to his wife Elizabeth one-half of the homestead while unmarired, a negro, and lands in Rochester; to Ichabod "the only son," the homestead, land in Canterbury, and part of a sawmill; to Mary, land in Rochester; and parcels of land to Sarah, Elizbeth, Deborah and Lydia; Ichabod being the principal heir and executor of the will.
Jeremiah Rawlins was an industrious, prudent and successful man, and no doubt a man of considerable influence among his townsmen.
He married Elizabeth, daughter of John and Mary (Heard) Ham, granddaughter of William Ham, of Exeter and Portsmouth, who was a native of England. She was born Jan. 29, 1681.
Mary, Lydia, Deborah, Ichabod, Sarah and Elizabeth.
(IV) Hon. Ichabod (2), fourth child and only son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Ham) Rawlins, was born July 18, 1722, and died Jan. 31, 1800. He resided in that part of Somersworth which was subsequently incorpoated and name in honor of him, Rollinsford. He was a staunch patriot and a leder among the men of New Hampshire in the great struggle for independence. He was a member of the revolutionary conventions at Exeter, in April, May and December, 1775; one of the committee to prepare and bring into the convention a plan of ways and means for furnishing troops; and was also one of the committee of supplies. June 20, 1775, he was sent in company with Timothy Walker, of Concord, a member of the committee on aupplies, to ascertain the losses sustained at the battle of Bunker Hill, by each of the officers and soldiers of the New Hampshire forces, and in behalf of the colony to make them compenstions; also to secure to them supplies, and advance a month's pay to such as had enlisted, or might enlist, in the Continental service; Jan. 5, 1776, he was a member of the convention when it resolved itself into an independent state govenment; a delegate to the legislature, Oct., 1776; and the first judge of probate under the new government, which office he held from 1776 to 1784. He was also a member of the executive council of New Hampshire in 1789. He was a land owner and slave owner, and is said to have treated his slaves "in the kindest manner."
He married (first), Abigail, daughter of Captain Benjamin and Elizabeth Wentworth, of Dover. She died in her sixty-eighth year, Oct. 17, 1790, and he married (second), in 1792, Margaret (Colton) Frost, widow of Joseph Frost, of Newcastle, a descendant of Mayor Charles Frost, of Kittery. She died at Rollinsford, July 5, 1813, aged eighty-nine.
Children, all by 1st wife:
John, Ichabod, James, Daniel, Elizabeth, Abigial, Mary.
(V) John, eldest child of Judge Ichabod (2) and Abigail (Wentworth) Rollins, was born March 22, 1745, and resided in Somersworth, where he died Jan. 23, 1820, aged seventy-five. He was a cultivator of the soil, had qualities of leadership, and represented his town in the legislature in 1789.
He married Mary, daughter of Dr. Moses Carr, of Newbury, Mass. She died April 16, 1823, aged seventy-eight.
Hiram, Mary, John, Elizabeth (died young), George, James, Elizabeth (died young), George, James, Elizabeth, Abigail, Sarah, Paul (died young), and Paul.
(VI) John (2), third child and second son of John (1) and Mary (Carr) Rollins, was born in Somersworth, New Hampshire, Jan. 26, 1771, and lived in that town until 1792, when he removed to Lebanon, Maine.
He married, in August, 1791, Elizabeth, daughter of Elisha and Elizabeth (Waldron) Shapleigh, by whom] he had eleven children.
Moses, Elisha, Daniel G., John, Richard, Paul, David Legro, Caroline, Elizabeth Waldron, Samuel Shapleigh and Andrew Wentworth.
(VII) Hon. Daniel Gustavus, third son of John (2) and Elizabeth (Shapleigh) Rollins, was born in Lebanon, Oct. 3, 1796, and died in Somersworth, Feb., 1875. From 1823 to May 31, 1826, he resided at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he was agent of the Portsmouth Sugar Refining Company. From the latter date until 1835 he was engaged in trade in Wakefield. His fine business ability and experience made him a favorite town official, and he filled various town offices. He was chairman of the board of selectmen of Wakefield from 1829 to 1834, with the exception of the year 1832. He was also town treasurer. In 1838-39 and 1840-41-44-45, he was chairman of the board of selectmen of Somersworth. The same years, and also 1843 and 1858, he was town treasurer, and in other town offices; in 1843, 1853, and 1854 he was a member of the New Hampshire legislature from Somersworth, being a member of the judiciary committee in 1853. He was one of the corporators, a trustee and vice-president of the Somersworth Savings Bank, from its organization, 1845, until his death; one of the corporators and a director of the Great Falls Bank, from 1846 to 1862, and agent for the bank building, supplying its notes, etc.; one of the corporators of the Great Falls & Conway Railroad, from 1848 to 1854, inclusive; one of its directors, and in 1849-50-51, agent, treasurer and superintendent of the sam; and in 1853-54 president and superintendent. From 1853 to 1856 he was president of the Great Falls and South Berwick branch railroad; he was also one of the corporators of the Great Falls Fire Insurance Company, and one of its directors from 1849 to 1860.
In June, 1857, he was appointed judge of probate for Strafford county, which office he held till Oct. 2, 1866, at Dover, and the next day, being his seventieth birthday anniversary, he was constitutionally disqualified, and the office became vacant.
Judge Rollins was a man of the strictest integrity, great activity, and exceptional business qualifications. He endeavored to be on the right side of all public questions, and gave his support to those movements that are inaugurated to promote public welfare. He was always a warm friend of the temperance cause, and was for three years president of the Great Falls Temperance Society.
He married, Feb. 3, 1825, Susan Binney Jackson, who was born in Newton, Sept. 13, 1805, and died in the summer of 1888, aged eighty-three years. She was the daughter of Captain Simon and Sally Spring Jackson, and granddaughter of General Michael Jackson, of Newton, Mass.
Francis E., Franklin Jackson, Edward Ashton, Caroline E., Susan Augusta, Mary Packard, Sarah Jane, John Adams, Daniel G., Margaret E. and George Frederic.
(VII) Franklin Jackson, second child and eldest son of Daniel G. and Susan (Binney) Jackson Rollins, was born in Wakefield, New Hampshire, April 3, 1827, and died in Portland, Maine, March 4, 1894. He resided at Great Falls, N. H. from 1835 to 1862. In that year he removed to Portland and entered the internal revenus office, when it had been inaugurated but three weeks. In 1869 he was appointed collector of internal revenus for the District of Maine, and filled that office for sixteen years. From the time of his retirement from this position until his death he was engaged in the insurance business.
He married Nov. 22, 1854, Arabella C. Jordan, who was born in Somersworth Sept. 29, 1835, daughter of Honorable Ichabod G. and Sarah L. (Goodwin) Jordan, of Berwick, Maine.
Margaret Jordan, Sarah Rice, Kate McLellan, Susan Jackson, Jordan Jackson, and Weld Allen.
Margaret J., born June 12, 1856, was married at her father's residence in Portland March 11, 1880, to Clarence Hale, Esq., of Portland.
Susan Jackson, born in Somersworth Feb. 11, 1864, married June 2, 1886, Dr. Irving E. Kimball, of Portland.
(VIII) Jordan Jackson, fifth child and elder son of Franklin J. and Arabella C. (Jordan) Rollins, was born Dec. 20, 1869, in Portland, where his early life was passed. He attended the public schools of his native city and graduated from the high school in 1888. Entering Dartmouth College at once, he was graduated from that institution in 1892, following which he spent a year at Harvard Law School in Cambridge. In November, 1893, he went to New York City and entered the law office of his uncle, Daniel G. Rollins, for further study. Having made the most of his opportunities, he was admitted to the bar in Nov., 1894, and immediately engaged in practice in association with his uncle. This arrangement continued until the death of the latter, Aug. 30, 1897. The law firm of Rollins & Rollins was then formed by Jordan J. Rollins and his cousin, Philip A. Rollins, and this has been one of the most successful in the city. It now occupies a large suite of office in the Mutual Life Building, where many assistants are employed and a large amount of business transacted.
Mr. Rollins takes part in many of the social acitivities of New York, for which he is amply fitted by a genial nature. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of new York and of the New York Law Institute, of which he has been many years secretary.
In religious faith he is a Congregationalist, and is an active supporter of Republican principles in politics, though he has given no time to active political operations. Among the clubs of which he is a popular member are:
Union Legue, Manhattan, University, Psi Upsilon, Dartmouth, Harvard, New York Athletic, Racquet and Tennis, Metropolitan, Down Town Association, Railroad Club, City Lunch Club, Maine Society, New Hampshire Society, American Yacht Club, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club and Rockaway Hunting Club.
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(II) Thomas, second son of James and Hannah Rawlins (Rollins), was born perhaps in 1643, and resided at Bloody Point until after 1668, when he removed to Exeter, New Hampshire, and there passed the remainder of his life. His farm was located on the old road leading from Exeter to Hampton. He was one of the company of Edward Gove who were found in arms and endeavoring to overthrow the government of Governor Edward Cranfield, known as Gove's Rebellion. It is a matter of history that all except the leader in this rebellion were pardoned. On one of these petitions for the removal of Cranfield appears the name of Thomas Rollins, and his rebellious blood seems to have been bequeathed to his descendants, for in the revolution twenty or more of them formed against the arbitrary government of George III.
Rollins was a justice of the peace in 1682.
He was married, about 1670, to Rachel, daughter of Moses and Alice Cox, of Hampton. It is probable that his death occurred about 1706, as the inventory of his property was returned to the probate office Nov. 3 of that year.
Thomas, Moses, Joseph, Mary, Benjamin, Aaron, Samuel, John, Alice and Rachel.
(III) John, seventh son of Thomas and Rachel (Cox) Rollins, was born in Dover, N. H., and removed to East Bradford, now Groveland, Mass. He lived on the river road near the old chain ferry, and the house in which he resided is still (1908) in a good state of preservation. He removed with his family to Damariscotta, Maine, where he died in 1776, the year of our independence.
He married (first) Mary, daughte of Thomas Sevary, July 31, 1732; (second) Mary Glidden; (third) Patience; (fourth) Annie Hiscock.
Children, by first two wives:
Eliphalet, Deborah, Benjamin, Susan, Jane, Nathaniel, Samuel, Sarah, John, Mary, Betsey, Martha and Lydia.
(IV) Nathaniel, third son of John Rollins, was born in 1738, in Damariscotta and died in 1783. He married (first) Lydia Clark; (second) Marie Chadbourne.
Children by both marriages:
Susanna, John, Nathaniel, Eliphalet, Ebenezer, Stephen, Josiah, Ichabod, Sarah, Lydia and Patience.
(V) John (2), son of Nathaniel and Lydia (Clark) Rollins, was born in Newcastle, Maine, and resided in Jefferson and Sidney, dying at the latter place April 14, 1843. He was a revolutionary soldier. He married (first) Susan Ridley; (second) Abigial Whitehouse, of Sandy River; (third) Mary Jones, of Jefferson.
Eunice, Robert, Eliphalet, Mary, Sarah, Nathaniel, John, Rebecca, Betsey, Susan, Robert, George, Joseph, Thomas and Lydia.
(VI) Nathaniel (2), third son of John (2) Rollins, was born Sept. 8, 1796, and was a tanner and currier. He married at Raymond, Maine, Harriet Wheeler, of Waterford.
Henry and Lucy.
(VII) Henry, only son of Nathaniel (2) and Harriet (Wheeler) Rollins, was born at East Holden, Penobscot county, Maine, in 1828, died in April, 1868. He was a harness maker in Bangor and Ellsworth. He was a Democrat, and was candidiate for representative on that ticket.
He married Frances H., daughter of Thomas and Joanna Morrill, of Newburgh, Maine. She was born Feb. 20, 1832, died March 17, 1901.
Frank W., Charles Henry, Helen Maria, and Harriet.
Mrs. Rollins after her husband's death married Moses Hale and had one son, Arthur Leslie, died Sept. 8, 1901.
(VIII) Frank Waldron, eldset son of Henry and Frances H. (Morrill) Rollins, was born at East Holden, Maine, Jan. 23, 1853, and raised in Ellsworth in the same state. The Ellsworth schools and the Boston Latin School fitted him for Harvard University, from which institution he graduated in 1877 with the degree of A. B. In the late sixties he learned "the art preservative of all arts" on the Ellsworth American. After graduation he published a newspaper in Abington, Mass., til 1878, when he taught in the high school at North Abington. In 1879-80 he taught in the high school at Great Falls, N. H., and in July, 1880, went on the editorial staff of the Boston Commercial Bulletin. In 1884 he established a newspaper in Abington, relinquishing this in 1885 to return to the Bulletin. In 1887 he was connected with the Daily Commercial Bulletin of New York, the Journal of Commerce and the Evening Post. At about this time he founded the Mamaroneck Paragraph. In 1893 he bought out the Ellsworth, Maine, American, on which he learned his trade, of which he is still proprietor and editor.
He was appointed postmaster of Ellsworth in 1890 by President McKinley, and still retains the appointment. Mr. Rollins travelled extensively in Europe in 1896. He is one of the active working Republicans in Maine. He was raised to the master's degree in the John Cutler Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Abington; he is a Chapter Mason and a Knight Templar in Blanquefort Commandery of Ellsworth, and has been received into the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He is a musician of accomplished tastes and talents, and a director of the Eastern Maine Musical Association and conductor of the Ellsworth festival chorus. He is a member of the Harvard Club of Bangor, director in the Ellsworth Loan and Building Association, and a member of the Congregational church.
Mr. Rollins is one of the brightest editorial writers in Maine journalism, and wields a trenchant pen in the interests of good government, purity in politics and the industrial development of his native state. The Ellsworth American is one of the leading agencies in the educational and intellectual advancement of its city and the sections of Maine in which it circulates.
Mr. Rollins married, Dec. 25, 1879, Ellen Ware, daughter of Josiah T. King, of Abington, Mass., a leading shoe manufacturer in his day.
Helen, born Dec. 22, 1880.
Harriet, b. March 22, 1883.
Both are graduates of Wellesley College.