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 Sewell, Shewall or Showell is of ancient English origin. As early as 1376 the coat-of-arms of John Sewall was affixed to a deed: Fretty, in chief a sea-whale. The other coat-of-arms, used by most of the Sewalls, was borne by John de Sewelle, who accompanied Edward the Black Prince into Aquitaine; Sable, a chevron between three butterflies argent. In the arms used by the Sewalls of New England we find "gadbees," instead of butterflies, and there is some mystery about the bees in this coat-of-arms; according to Colonel Chester, who investigated the subject, the coat-of-arms should be that containing the butterflies, if it can be proved that the Sewalls belong to the heraldic family.
No family has been more prominent in New England history than the Sewalls. Whether the emigrant ancestor, Henry Sewall, who came to Newbury, Mass. in 1635, was of gentle blood and entitled by descent to the arms - Sable, a chevron or between three bees argent, which his descendants used in colonial days, and which, with bees replaced by butterflies, adorned the shield of John de Sewalle, who attended Edward, the Black Prince, into Aquitaine in 1356 - is a question discussed at some length in E. E. Salisbury's Family Memorials. Whatever way it may be decided, it is certain that his descendants soon won prominence in the new world. Three became chief justices of Massachusetts, another of the Province of Quebec, and two others were judges of the highest court in the commonwealth. In each generation Sewalls have been among the foremost both in the learned professions and in political and business life. Furthermore, by marriage they have been connected with many of the leading families of the country. By female lines of descent, they can claim as kinsmen a host of distinguished Americans, from the poet Longfellow to President Cleveland. The most interesting, if not the most famous of the worthies who bore this surname before the revolution, was Chief Justice Samuel Sewall, of witchcraft times, the "good and wise" of Whittier's lines, who had the courage to rebuke the faults of others and the still greater courage to confess his own. Here is the poet's portrait:
"His face with lines of firmness wrought,
He wears the look of a man unbought,
Who swears to his hurt and changes not;
Yet, touched and softened neveretheless
With the grace of Christian gentleness,
The face that a child would climb to kiss;
True and tender and brave and just,
That man might honor and women trust."
His diary, printed in the Collections of the Mass. Historical Society, is a living picture of early New England ways of thought, sentiment, society and manners. His letter to his son Samuel, dated April 21, 1720, and printed in the first volume of the New England Historical and Genealogical Recorder, is the corner-stone of this family history.
(I) William Shewall, or Sewall, the English progenitor to whom the American lineage is traced, lived in Coventry, Warwickshire. He married, about 1540, Matilda Horne.
1. William, mayor of Coventry in 1617, who married Anna Wagstaffe and left no male heirs.
2. Henry, mentioned below.
(II) Henry (1), son of William Sewall, was born in Coventry about 1544. He was a linen-draper by occupation, a "prudent man who acquired a large estate." He served as alderman of his city and was chosen its mayor in 1589 and 1606. He made his will Sept. 1, 1624, describing himself as of Mt. Michael's parish in the city of Coventry, alderman. He bequeaths to his wife Margaret all his lands and tenements in the city and county; after her death certain of said lands and tenements to Henry, his eldest son: "and I doe bequeath and devise unto my sonne Henry upon trust and confidence and as he will answeare it before the Lord at the Day of Judgment that he do with all humilitie, acknoeladge his former offences against his mother, before my overseers, in her content, and afterwards to continue obedient;" he gives certain other lands to Richard, the younger son, to his daughters Anne, wife of Anthony Power, and to youngest daughter, Margaret, wife of Abraham Randall; he also makes various charitable bequests to Coventry, and appoints his wife executrix. This will was proved April 8, 1628, and the testator was buried in the Drapers' Chapel of St. Michael's Church, famous for its spire and its architecture.
Henry Sewall married Margaret, daughter of Alverey (or Avery) Gresbrooks, Gent. of Middleton, in the county of Warwick, and of his wife, Margaret Keene, of Sutton Coldfield. The latter was the great-niece of John Harmon, one of the earliest bishops of Exeter. Margaret Sewall made her will May 7, 1628, bequeathing lands, apparently held in her own right, in Wytherly, county Leicester, and at Ansley, county Warwick. She mentions all the children, but cuts off the eldest son with twelve pence in money, saying: "And I do forgive unto Henry Sewall, my eldest son, his offences wherein and whereby he hath sundry times offended me, beseeching Almighty God to give him a heart to deal conscionably with his brother and sisters, as he would be done unto." This seems to imply that he made the apology prescribed by his father and received the latter's bequest. Letters of administration were granted on her estate Nov. 23, 1629, and she was buried beside her husband in St. Michael's.
1. Henry, baptized April 8, 1576.
2. Richard, married Mary Dugdale, sister of Sir William Dugdale, the historian, of Warwickshire.
3. Anne, married Anthony Power.
4. Margaret, married Abraham Randall.
(III) Henry (2), son of Henry (1) and Margaret Sewall, was baptized April 8, 1576. He married Anne Hunt and lived in Coventry, England. Of him his grandson, Chief Justice Sewall writes: "Out of dislike to the English hierarchy, he sent over his only son to New England in the year 1634 with net cattel and provisions suitable for a new plantation. Mr. Cotton (Rev. John Cotton) would have had my father settle at Boston, but in regard of his cattel he chose to go to Newbury, whether my grandfather soon followed him."
After living ten years in Newbury, he removed to Rowley, where he died in March, 1657. During the latter part of his life he is said to have been slightly deranged. "This was probably the cause of his being two or three times presented by the grand jury for various offences," and doubtless explains his earlier difficulties with his mother.
(IV) Henry (3), only son of Henry (2) and Anne Sewall, was born in 1614. At the age of twenty he was sent to New England in the ship "Elizabeth and Dorcas," with an outfit of servants and cattle. He spent the winter in Ipswich and in the spring of 1635 removed to Newbury. He was admitted a freeman May 17, 1637, and became a prominent citizen of Newbury.
He married Jane, daughter of Stephen Dummer, March 25, 1646, and received from his father five hundred acres of land in Coventry as a weddding gift. He and his wife returned to England with her parents in 1646-47, the climate not being agreeable to Stephen Dummer and his wife. The Sewalls dwelt a while at Warwick, and afterwards removed to Hampshire, and lived at Tamworth, Bishop Stoke and Badesly.
Henry visited his father in New England once, and then returned to his family in old England. He made a third voyage to New England after the death of his father, to settle the estate, intending to return, bearing with him a letter from Richard Cromwell, the lord protector, to the governor and magistrates of Massachusetts. In this paper Henry Sewall is described as the only son, and "minister of North Baddesly, County of Southampton, England, and he being personally knowne to us to be larobious and industrious in the work of the ministry, and very exemplary for his holy life and good conversation, we do earnestly desire that when he shall make his addresses to yuo he may receive all lawful favours and furtherance from you." (Cromwell's letter, dated March, 1658). Notwithstanding the expectation to return, he lived the remainder of his days in New England, sending for his wife and children to join him in Newbury. Evidently the return of the Stuarts to power caused him to prefer the colony to the old country. Judge Sewall says: "I was born at Bishop Stoke, March 28, 1652 * * * baptized by Mr. Rashly in Stoke Church, May 4, 1652. Mr. Rashley first preached a sermon and then baptized me. After which an entertainment was made for him and many more. Some months after my father removed to Badesly, where my brother, John Sewall, was born Oct. 10, 1654. My father sent for my mother to come to him to New England. I remember being at Bishop Stoke and Badesly April 23, 1661, the day of the Coronation of K. Charles the 2d, the thunder and Lightening of it. Quckly after that, my mother went to live in Winchester with 5 small children - Hannah, Samuel, John, Stephen and Jane - and John Nash and Mary Hobbs, her Servants, there to be in readiness for the Pool Waggons. At this place her near relations, especially my very worthy and pious Uncle, Mr. Stephen Dummer, took leave with tears. Capt. Dummer of Swathling treated us with Raisons and Almonds. My mother lodged in Pumpyard, London, waiting for the going of the ship the Prudent Mary, Capt. Isaac Woodfreem, Commander."
Henry Sewall was deputy to the general court in 1661-64-68-70. He died May 16, 1700, aged eighty-six years. His widow died Jan. 13, following, aged seventy-four years.
1. Hannah, born at Tamworth, in Warwickshire, May 10, 1649, married Aug. 24, 1670, Jacob Toppan, of Newbury.
2. Samuel, chief justice of Mass., born March 22, 1652, at Bishop Stoke.
3. John, born Oct. 10, 1654, mentioned below.
4. Major Stephen, of Salem, Mass., born Aug. 19, 1657.
5. Jane, born Oct. 29, 1659, at Badesly, married Moses Gerrish.
6. Anne, born Sept. 3, 1662, at Newbury, married William Longfellow.
7. Mehitable, born May 8, 1665, married William Moody.
8. Dorothy, born Oct. 29, 1668, married Ezekiel Northend and (second) Moses Bradstreet.
Through this marriage of Henry Sewall to Jane, daughter of Stephen and Alice (Archer) DUMMER, his descendants are allied to Governor William Dummer, of Mass., the founder of Dummer Academy and benefactor of Harvard College, and of his brother, Jeremiah Dummer, the distinguished scholar and political writer of the provincial period. They were grandchildren of her father's brother Richard. The English ancestor of his wife can be traced in an almost unbroken line to Henry de Domers, who was living in 1107. His son, Ralph de Dummers, married Agnes de la Penne, heiress of Penne, in the county of Somerset, afterwards known as Penne-Dummer, and still existing as Pendomer. Their great-grandson, Sir John de Dummer, living in 1268-1320, has an effigy still to be seen in Pendomer church, a magnificent example of its kind, cross-legged, and in a complete suit of ring-mail. The family estate of Dummer in Hampshire, on the death of Thomas de Dummer, passed through his only daughter, Ellen, who married Sir Nicholas Atte More, to their son Thomas, who assumed the name Dummer, and whose descendants in the direct male line ended in 1592 with a William Dummer, whose arms and memorial inscriptions are still to be seen of brass tablets in the Dummer church. Some heiress in collateral lines had meanwhile married a Pyldren, or Pyldryn, and Stephen Dummer, the father-in-law of Henry Sewall, was the great-grandson of Matilda, wife of Richard Pyldernson-Dummer, of Owslebury and Overton, in Hampshire, through her son John and grandson Thomas, the latter of Bishop Stoke in that county. The English family continued to be prominent in Hampshire for several generations.
(V) John, son of Henry (3) Sewall, was born at Badesly, or Baddesley, Hampshire, England, Oct. 10, 1654, and was baptized there by Mr. Cox, Nov. 22 following. He became the ancestor of all the Sewalls of that province of Maine.
He married Oct. 27, 1674, Hannah Fessenden, of Cambridge. He lived with his father at Newbury, and died beforfe his father, Aug. 8, 1699.
1. John, died without children.
3. Hannah, married Rev. Samuel Moody, of York, Maine.
4. Samuel, mentioned below.
5. Nicholas, of York, married Mehitable Storer.
6. Thomas, died unmarried.
(VI) Samuel, son of John Sewall, was born about 1688 at Newbury. He settled about 1708 in York, Maine, where his sister was then living. He became an elder of the church and held various positions of trust. He died April 25, 1769. We quote from his epitaph: "For penetration, sound judgment, remarkable, given to hospitality. The widow and fatherless he relieved and protected. Various offices, civil, military and ecclesiastical ahe with honor and reputation sustained. Pious, exemplay and devot, on the 25th day of April, A.D. 1769, aged 81 years, he died."
He married (first) Lydia Storer; (second) Sarah (Bachelder) Titcomb.
Children of 1st wife:
1. John, died young.
2. Dummer, died young. [trans note: can you imagine giving a child this as a first name?!}
Children of 2d wife:
7. Major Samuel, inventor of "a method for sinking the piers of bridges over deep rivers."
9. Jane (twin with Sarah).
10. Deacon John.
11. Joseph, mentioned elsewhere.
12. Moses, of York, Maine, died aged about eighty-three years.
13. Judge David, married Mary Paker, and (second) Elizabeth Langdon.
14. Colonel Dummer, of Bath, Maine, mentioned below.
15. Henry, of Bath, married Mary Stinson and (second) Sarah Henry.
(VII) Dummer, son of Samuel and Sarah (Bachelder-Titcomb) Sewall, was born at York, Maine, in 1737. At the age of nineteen he enlisted in the provincial army, and served at the reduction of Louisburg, where he was appointed an ensign. On his return he was appointed lieutenant, and ordered to Canada, where he served in the army of General Wolfe, and under General Amherst, until the conquest of the French possessions in North America, participating in the battle that ended in the taking of Quebec in 1759.
In 1760 he married in York, Maine, Mary, daughter of William Dunning - said to be "the handsomest girl in Old York" - and removed with her to that part of Georgetown afterward incorporated into the town of Bath, and here he resided until his death. When the young couple came to Bath, Colonel Sewall built a log house on the eastern side of what was afterward High street, opposite to the spot where he built later the larger and more commodious huose which still stands.
As soon as hostilities were threatened with Great Britain, he was selected by the people of the district as one of the committee of safety, and associated with Brigadier-General Samuel Thompson, of Topsham, in the performance of the duties of that appointment. He was also a delegate to the provincial congress which assembeld at Watertown, and by the council then administering the affairs of the state he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the regiment commanded by Colonel Samuel McCobb. With this regiment he marched to Cambridge and joined the continental army under George Washington. Colonel Sewall soon after was appointed muster-master of the district of Maine - the duties of which he performed during the remainder of the war.
He was a magistrate of the county of Lincoln, appointed by the first government established by the commonwealth, and continued as such by successive appointments until his death. He was also for many years a special justice of the court of common pleas for the county. Soon after the adoption of the constitution of Mass., Colonel Sewall was elected a senator from Lincoln county. He was a member of the convention of 1788, called by that state to ratify the constitution of the U. S., and was one of the committee of compromise appointed at the suggestion of General Hancock toward the close of the session, to consider and report such amendment as would make the proposed form of government more acceptable, and without which the constitution would not probably have been ratified by the convention.
He was the first postmaster of Bath, serving from the establishment of a regular mail until 1806. Interested in education, he was one of the first overseers of Bowdoin College, and served as treasurer and trustee from 1799 to his resignation in 1806. A deeply and sincerely religious man, he was a founder and one of the deacons of the "Old North Church," now represented by the Winter Street Congregational Church. Over three hundred of his family letters, written during the last thirty-five years of his life, have been preserved, and give a vivid picture of his own spiritual nature and his keen interest in religious matters. Noted for his amiable temper, his generous heart, his decision of character, his sound judgment in all practical matters, this good man died April 6, 1832, at the advanced age of ninety-four.
Dummer, Mary, Sarah, Lydia, Hannah (died young), Joseph, Samuel, Hannah, Deborah and John.
(VIII) Joseph, son of Colonel Dummer Sewall, was born Dec. 17, 1770, at Bath. He was a carpenter and builder in his early life and afterwards engaged as an owner and builder in navigation. At Hunnewell's Point, Popham, where he lived for several years, he occupied what was known as the "White House," a conspicuous building always kept painted in the color indicated. He was a man of magisterial prominence, presiding at town meetings, and a ready speaker.
In 1816 he removed to Farmington, Maine, where he spent the remainder of his life in farming, and where he died.
He married (first) Lydia Marsh, of Bath.
1. General Joseph, adjutant-general of Maine.
2. William Dunning, mentioned below.
3. Lydia, who married Dr. Ebenezer Wells, of Freeport.
Second marriage to Hannah Shaw, of Hunnewell's Point.
4. Hon. George Popham, who settled in Old Town, and was speaker of the Maine house of representatives 5. Mary, who married John Randolph Cony.
6. Ellen, who married David Worcester, of Bangor.
7. Mercy H., who married Governor Samuel Cony, of Augusta.
His third wife was Katherine Shaw, sistr of his second.
8. Katherine, who died in childhood.
9. Bradford, of Farmington.
10. Arthur, of Dysart, Iowa.
(IX) William Dunning, son of Joseph and Lydia (Marsh) Sewall, was born Nov. 27, 1795, at Bath. He became one of the earliest and most prominent of the ship-builders of Bath. He was also interested in the railroads of the state, and served as director of the Portland and Kennebec railroad. He repersented his district in the state senate and was influential in political affairs.
He married Rachel, daughter of William and granddaughter of Hon. David Trufant, of Bath.
1. Harriet Hyde, who married Abram S. Cutler, of Brookline, Mass.
2. Marcia Elizabeth, who married Joseph Ropes, of Salem, Mass.
3. William Dunning, who was killed by an accidental fall in his father's shipyard, and whose only child died in infancy.
4. Edward, the well-known ship-builder of Bath.
5. Arthur, mentioned below.
6. Rev. Frank Sewall, D.D., of Washington, D. C., and York, Maine.
7. Alice Worcester, of Bath.
(X) Arthur, son of William D. and Rachel (Trufant) Sewall, was born Nov. 25, 1835, at Bath. He received his education in the public schools of his native city. While still in his teens he was engaged in the pursuit of ship timber at Prince Edward Island, and in 1854 formed a partnership with his older brother, Edward, under the firm name of E. & A. Sewall. The next year the two brother launched their first ship, the "Holyhead," of ovr one thousand tons, a large vessel for those days. Every year afterwards, on an average, a ship generally of large tonnage for the era was built by this firm. On the death of the senior partner in 1879, the firm name was changed to Arthur Sewall & Company, his nephew Samuel S. Sewall, and his son, William D. Sewall, becoming partners. Its activity was not diminished with the change of name.
In 1890 President Benjamin Harrison walked along the keel of the "Rappahannock," of over three thousand sons burden, at her launching, the largest wooden ship afloat, and was remineded by his host that, in the presidency of the elder Harrison, his father had built another "Rappahannock," which was also the largest ship of her day, though only a little over one thousand tons burden. The record of the largest wooden ship remained with these builders for several years later.
In 1893 Mr. Sewall went to England and Scotland, visited all the noted shipyards, studied the different lines of progress in marine construction, and returned to Bath to equip his yard for the complete construction of steel sailing vessels. The first steel ship built there bore the appropriate name of "Dirigo." It was in his career as a builder of ships that Mr. Sewall took the greatest pride. To him the product of his shipyards was a matter of greatest interest and satisfaction. He watched every part of a vessel's construction, and there was no part of the work he was not capable of manually performing. His relations with his employees was always most cordial, most of them being fellow townsmen, and all possessed with the esprit de corps ever resulting from talented leadership. He took an equal pride in his work after a ship sailed out of the still waters of the Kennebec and began to make a record for herself upon the high seas. Almost all of the Sewall vessels were officered from the banks of the Kennebec, with a preference given to the boys of Bath. For many years there was no more promising field for a young man to adopt. The best blood of Maine has proudly walked the quarter-deck of Bath-built vessels, and it is hardly an exaggeration to say that at least every family on the river has contributed one son to the service of the merchant marine. The Sewall wooden ships have always borne a fine reputation, although, as being wooden ships, English discrimination in Lloyds operated somewhat to their detriment. They have not always been profitable investments, but Mr. Sewall continued steadily to add to his fleet long after others became discouraged by the poor returns. He never lost faith that ultimately the U. S. would regain its power and pre-eminence on the seas, and always favored the enactment of measures designed to enable it to do so, not regarding American ships in the light of an ordinary private industry seeking protection, but as a national industry, which national pride and patriotism should put into a position of profitably carrying the Stars and Stripes into all ports of the world. He was an intense American. In the times of war nothing would induce him to disguise or prepare his ships against possible capture, and the Stars and Stripes and the flag of the Sewalls continued to fly from his vessels during the entire Civil War. One of his best, the "Vigilant," was captured by the Confederate gunboat "Sumter," when she was but fairly out upon the high seas.
Mr. Sewall would have gladly devoted all his time to the building of ships, but his ability as a man of affairs caused him to be drafted into other lines of business activity. He was for nine years president of the Maine Central railroad, and a director and president of the Eastern railroad before it was merged in the Boston and Maine. He also served many years as president of the Bath National Bank. His executive capacity and his business judgment, rather than his wealth, caused him to be sought for many corporate positions. He always took a lively interest in the political affairs of his country. He was a Democrat from conviction, and in this conviction he never wavered. This, of course, closed to him all avenues of political advancement in Maine. The highest and only elective offices he held were those of councilman and alderman of his native city. Within his party, he occupied a position of enviable influence. He was a delegate to the national conventions of 1872, 1880 and 1884. In 1888 and 1892 he was chosen a member of the national Democratic committee, and served on the executive committee during each campaign. His democracy was virile and robust, but at times it seemed almsot overshadowed by his intense Americanism. With regard to the tariff, he would have used it so far as it is necessary to raise revenue, as a weapon against other nations - a weapon of defense to our industries, and of action to force from other nations a return for every concession we make to them. To this extent, he sympathized with the reciprocity measure of Secretary Blaine, and was a believer in discriminating duties in favor of American tonnage as advocated by Jefferson. He was an advocate of a vigorous foreign policy. He would deal with Canada so as to force her to realize her disadvantage as a British dependency. He favored the annexation of Hawaii, the maintenance of our influnec in Samoa, the independence of Cuba. He was an ardent and outspoken champion of bimetalism. This firm and early avowal of what was among Mr. Sewall's associates a very unpopular doctrine brought him into national prominence, and in 1896, to the surprise of the country and himself, he was nominated by the Democratic party as a candidate for vice-president. On accepting the nomination for the vice-presidency of the U. S. at Madison Square Garden, New York City, in August, 1906, he said:
"The Democracy of the country realize that all the great principles of our party are as potent and essential to the well-being of the country today as they have always been, and as they ever would be, but the overshadowing issues before the country now, made dominant by the distressed condition prevailing througout our land, is the demand for reform in our existing monetary system. Our party and, we belive, a great majority of the American people are convinced that the legislation of '73 demonetizing silver was a wrong inflicted upon our country which should and must be righted. We believe that the single gold standard has so narrowed the base of our monetary structure that it is unstable and unsafe, and so dwarfed it, in its development and in its power to furnish the necessary financial blood to the nation, that commercial and industrial paralysis has followed. We believe that we ned, and must have, the broad gold and silver foundation to support a monetary system strong and stable, capable of meeting the demand of a growing country and an industrious, energetic and enterprising people, a system that will not be weakened and panic-stricken by every foreign draft upon us, a system that will maintain a parity of just values and the nation's money and protect us from the frequent fluctuations of today, so disastrous to every business and industry in the land. We demand the free coinage of silver, the opening of our mints to both money metals without discrimination, the return of the money of our fathers, the money of the Constitution, gold and silver. We believe this is the remedy and the only remedy for the evil from which we are now suffering; the evil that is now so fast devastating and improverishing our land and people, bring poverty to our homes and bankruptcy to our business, which, if allowed to continue, will grow until our very institutions are threatened. The demonetization of silver has thrown the whole primary money function on gold, appreciating its value and purchasing power. Restore the money function to silver, and silver will appreciate and its purchasing power increase. Take from gold its monopoly, its value will be reduced, and in due course the parity of the two metals will again obtain under natural causes. We shall then have a broad and unlimited foundation for a monetary sytem, commensurate with our country's needs and future development, not the unsafe basis of today reduced by half by the removal of silver and continually undermined by foreigners carrying from us our gold."
After his defeat for the vice-presidency, Mr. Sewall continued actively in his business and traveled extensively. In 1896-97 he went over the route of the Panama canal, and then, although it was generally conceded that the proper route for an interoceanic canal was by the way of Nicaragua, with his characteristic firmness he maintained that it whould be by way of Panama - a positon which has since been vindicated.
He died Sept. 5, 1900, at Small Point, his summer home. Mr. Sewall was sincerely a religious man and a prominent member of the New Church (Swedenborgian) over which the Rev. Samuel F. Dike, D.D., was for half a century the pastor. To this venerable man, by whom he was both baptized and married, he bore a deep affection, and one of the many generous deeds unostentatiously done by him was the provision for a year of foreign travel for this scholarly clergyman after the close of his pastorate.
Mr. Sewall married Emma Duncan, daughter of Charles and Rachel (Sewall) Crooker, of Bath, who survives her husband. A woman of quiet and refined tastes, an artist with pen and camera, so well read in history and literature that travel has meant more to her than to most, she has for years made her home a true center of culture and society. She is also a descendant of (V) John Sewall, though his son Samuel, his grandson Henry, his great-grandson James, his great-great-granddaughter, Rachel.
Harold Marsh, mentioned below.
William Dunning, mentioned below.
Dummer, who died in infancy.
(XI) Harold Marsh, son of Arthur and Emma D. (Crooker) Sewall, was born Jan. 3, 1860, at Bath. He graduated at Harvard, receiving the degree of A.B. in 1882 and LL.B. in 1885. He entered the consular service as a Democrat, being appointed vice-counsul to Liverpool and consul-general at Samoa in 1887 by President Cleveland. Finding himself unable to agree with the latter's policy in the Pacific, he resigned his post and returned to this country. Under President Harrison he was attached to the commission which negotiated the Berlin treaty of 1889, for the joint-government of Samoa by the powers. He was reappointed counsul-general at Samoa in 1889, and secured the site for the naval station at Pago-Pago.
He was admited to the Maine bar in 1892. He presided over the Republican state convention and was a delegate to the National Republican convention of 1896. The same year he was chosen a member of the Maine legislature. In 1897 he was appointed U. S. minister to Hawaii, and the following year personally received the transfer of the sovereignty of the islands. He remained at Hawaii as a special agent of the U. S. until the organiztion of the territory was completed, and served as its first member of the National Republican committee. Again taking up his residence in his native city, he was chosen a member of the Maine house of representatives for the years 1903-06, and of the Maine senate for 1907-08. His personal qualifications for the office made him a prominent candidate for nomination by the Republicans as a representative to congress from the second Maine district in 1908, and the selection of another candidate was due largely to considerations of place of residence and previous candidature.
Mr. Sewall married, in San Francisco, Sept., 1893, Camilla Loyall, daughter of Richard Porter and Caroline (Loyall) Ashe.
Loyall Farragut, Arthur, Emma Kaiulani and Camilla Loyall Ashe.
(XI) William Dunning, son of Arthur and Emma D. (Crooker) Sewall, was born April 14, 1861, at Bath. He graduated from the Worcester Polytechnic Institue in 1882, receiving the degree of B.S. He is the junior member of the firm of Arthur Sewall & Company, ship-builders, Bath; president of the Bath Savings Institution, the Bath National Bank; director of the Fidelity Trust Company, Portland, of the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad Company, and identified with other corporations.
He married, June 9, 1886, Mary Locke Sumner, of Worcester, Mass.
Arthur, born July 21, 1887.
Margaret, born Aug. 3, 1889.
Dorothy Sumner, born March 2, 1894.
Sumner, born June 17, 1897.
[trans note: this next entry reverts back a few generations]
(VII) Joseph (1), son of Samuel Sewall, was born at York, Maine. He married his cousin, Mercy Sewall, daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Kelly) Sewall.
Child, b. at York:
Joseph, mentioned below.
(VIII) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (1) Sewall, born June 7, 1773, died Dec. 18, 1859, aged eighty-six. He married Mrs. Abigail H. Gray.
1. Joseph, mentioned below.
2. Samuel, born Jan. 24, 1813, died Oct. 6, 1850, aged thirty-seven.
3. Joanna, born Jan. 29, 1814.
4. John, born Nov. 23, 1815.
5. David, born June 6, 1817, lived in York.
6. William H., born Feb. 22, 1821.
7. Lydia, born Dec. 26, 1822.
(IX) Joseph (3), son of Joseph (2) Sewall, was born in York, Oct. 26, 1811. He married Eliza Jane Frafton. He died April 23, 1892, aged eighty years, five months, twenty-five days.
1. Joseph, born Jan. 31, 1841, died May 12, 1852.
2. Mary Eliza, born Sept. 25, 1843, died May 23, 1886.
3. Frank Ernest, born Nov. 29, 1844.
4. John Henry, born March 24, 1846, died Aug. 19, 1847.
5. Emily Ann, born July 15, 1848.
6. Noah Millard, born Dec. 8, 1850, mentioned below.
(X) Noah Millard, son of Joseph (3) Sewall, was born in York, Maine, Dec. 8, 1850. He was educated there in the public schools and in Eliot Academy. He learned the trade of carpenter, and was for many years a builder in York, where he is now (1908) living, retired.
He is a Republican in politics, a member of Riverside Lodge of Odd Fellows of Kittery, Maine, and a well-known and highly respected citizen.
He married, Oct. 24, 1877, Emma E. F. Guptill, born April 25, 1856, daughter of Dr. Calvin Haven Guptill, of Eliot, Maine.
Children, b. in York:
1. Dr. Millard Freeman, born Sept. 28, 1878, was graduated at Portsmouth high school 1895; Dartmouth College, 1899; Jefferson Medical College, 1903; is a physician at Bridgton, New Jersey.
2. Grace Judson, born Feb. 2, 1880, married Harry Albert Stacy, who was four years draughtsman in the American government service at Key West, now in Washington, D. C.
3. Arthur Eugene, mentioned below.
(XI) Arthur Eugene, son of Noah Millard Sewall, was born in York, March 14, 1882. He attended the public schools of his native town, graduating from the Portsmouth high school and Dartmouth College, where he received the degree of A.B. in 1904. He studied his profession in the Harvard Law School, graduating in 1907. He read law also in the office of Cleaver, Waterhouse & Emery, of Biddeford, and was admitted to the bar in 1907. He has been practising law in York since then.
He is a Republican in politics and superintendent of schools in York, also one of the directors of York County National Bank. He is a member of Aspinquid Lodge of Free Masons, of York.