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 Pine Tree State has long been very grateful for the members of the Raymond family that have made their way to her rugged coast or bravely threaded their way to the site of her inland towns. All have borne the sturdy characteristics of the ancestor, William Raymond, who is mentioned as early as 1652 as a steward of a trading company of Englishmen of Laconia. He bore the title of captain, for he was commander of a comany in 1690, and died June 29, 1708. By a deed recorded at Salem, Mass., it is clearly proved that this William Raymond had a brother John, who without doubt rendered valuable service for our county.
William Raymond came to Beverly, Mass., about 1652, and married Hannah, daughter of Edward Bishop, and from these descended some of the best citizens of Massachusetts and other New England states.
The first representative of this goodly stock to come to Maine was Paul Raymond, who settled at Great Sebascodegan Island, Harpswell. His name occurs in the second list of selectmen of that town, in 1739, and he held that office in a very helpful manner for many years, and also was one of the best of the pioneer settlers of the old town by the sea. His descendants became the most worthy of the settlers of Brunswick, Bowdoinham, and other inland towns.
The second Raymond who made his way to Maine was William Raymond, who took part in the battle of Bunker Hill, and in all the battles under General Washington. He was one of the earliest settlers at Wayne, making his way thither on foot by spotted trees from his home in Massachusetts. He married (first) Elizabeth Wign, and (second) Mrs. Sally Hicks, and from him descended a long line of most worthy people of Maine and some helpful residents in other states. All the other Raymonds who have come to Maine have borne good traits, and have at once helped in manly and womanly fashion in the communities where they have located.
(I) Samuel Raymond.
(II) Samuel T., son of Samuel Raymond, is said to have been born in Lyman, Mass., and died in Westbrook, Maine, 1867. He received a good education in the Lyman schools, and at the age of eighteen years went to Charlestown, Mass., where he worked for a Mr. Boardman as a grocery clerk for a few years. He then started in business for himself, and was a very successful grocer. He removed from Charlestown to Westbrook, Maine, in 1842, and bought a fine farm of over one hundred acres, on which he lived a very quiet and happy life until his decease. He had but little to say on political subjects, though he was a well-read man, and his few words had a strong influence among all who knew him in a thorough manner. He was a very zealous and faithful Congregationalist.
He married Elizabeth C., daughter of James Andrews, of Charlestown, Mass.
1. Marlon Marcus.
2. Adele M., married Mr. H. W. Gage, of Portland, and resides at 92 State street in that city.
3. King S., who died on a plantation in the south, at the age of twenty-one years; he had gone thither to regain his health.
(III) Marlon Marcus, son of Samuel T. and Elizabeth C. (Andrews) Raymond, was born in Charlestown, Mass. in 1841. He graduated from the Westbrook high school and from the Gorham Academy and Fryeburg Academy. He went into the packing business in Portland with J. Winslow Jones in 1858 and remained there until 1876, when, ont he death of his father he removed to Westbrook and took charge of the farm. He had six boys and thought it would be a grand thing for them to be thus brought up and to learn in a thorough manner the work there. After a time he divided this farm into house lots, as the city grew and prospered, and these lots were sold from time to time at a good advantage. Much valuable land has been s old to the S. D. Warren Pulp Paper Company. Mr. Raymond haas also been much interested in other real estate. He retired from active business in 1905, and leads a very happy life on the remaining part of the old farm.
He is a very faithful attendant at the Congregationalist church. He is much interested in Free Masonry, and is a member of the lodge, chapter and commandery.
He married Hattie, daughter of Caleb Swan, of Denmark, Maine. Of eleven children, those who grew to manhood and womahood were:
King S., Samuel T., William W., Frank, Herbert, Richard S., Minnie (who married a Mr. Chapman, of Portland.)
(IV) King Smith, son of Marlon Marcus and Hattie (Swan) Raymond, was born in Westbrook, Cumberland Mills, April 9, 1867, and resides at Cumberland Mills. He gradutated from the Westbrook high school in 1882, and from Gray's Business College in 1889. He then returned to Westbrook and studied pharmacy under Dr. Swan, studying chemistry, &c., and passed the state board examinations in 1885, when he conducted the druggist's business in a very successful manner, in 1892 erecting a three-story structure, which has the store beneath and the living rooms above.
In politics he is a Democrat, and was elected city treasurer in 1896, holding this office until 1898, at which time he was elected mayor, being the first Democratic mayor of the city, and he was re-elected in 1899. He has served as chairman of the Democratic city committee and as ward committeeman has held many minor offices. In 1906 he was elected treasurer of Cumberland county, and he still (1908) holds this office.
He is a charter member of the Masonic lodge, chapter, council and commandery, and has held various offices, and is now commander of St. Albans Commandery, K. T., of Portland. He is a member of the Lauriston Temple of Mystic Shrine.
In 1892 he married Mabelle, daughter of Sylvester Dawson, of Westbrook, who is a very active member in the Congregational church and a very prominent woman in musical and social clubs.
They have one child: Mildred G.