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.]
John Smith, immigrant ancestor of the Sudbury family, was born in England. He was an early settler at Watertown, Mass., and was called "senior" in the records. He was admitted a freeman Dec. 7, 1636. His wife Isabel was buried Oct. 12, 1639, aged sixty. They probably came over with their son John, mentioned below. His land was adjacent to that of John Benjamin in 1645. Thomas, of Watertown, was probably his son, and perhaps also Daniel and Abraham, who were brothers.
(II) John (2), son of John (1) Smith, was born in England about 1620. He married, Oct. 8, 1647, Sarah, born about 1620, daughter of Robert Hunt, of Sudbury.
Children, b. at Sudbury, Mass.:
1. John, born Feb. 7, 1648.
2. Robert (named for Robert Hunt), born May 11, 1654.
3. Thomas, mentioned below.
(III) Thomas, son of John (2) Smith, was born in Sudbury, July 24, 1658; married Abigail ____, who died Dec. 9, 1735.
Children, b. in Sudbury:
1. James, b. Nov. 15, 1670.
2. Thomas, b. Dec. 3, 1679, mentioned below.
4. Henry, b. Dec. 15, 1682.
5. Abigail, b. July 21, 1684, died Nov. 12, 1730.
6. Jonathan, b. Jan. 2, 1689.
7. Amos, b. Jan. 21, 1699.
(IV) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (1) Smith, was born in Sudbury, Dec. 3, 1679, died 1718.
He married Elizabeth ____.
Children, b. at Sudbury:
1. Zephaniah, b. Oct. 29, 1705.
2. Barzillai, b. March 4, 1707.
3. Keziah, b. March 16, 1708.
4. Abigail, b. March 29, 1711, died June 21, 1713.
5. Mary, b. Feb. 23, 1713.
6. Bathsheba, b. June 14, 1715.
7. Elijah, b. April 13, 1717, was in the French and Indian War.
8. Abigail, b. March 12, 1722.
9. Henry, b. April 24, 1724.
10. Lois, b. Nov. 1, 1726.
11. Eunice, died 1737.
(V) William, son or nephew of Thomas (2) Smith, was born in Sudbury. According to the family records and traditions he was killed in an attack on Ticonderoga during the old French and Indian war. He left a widow and two children, a son and daughter. The widow married again, and went to Boston with her husband and daughter. The son, Isaac, is mentioned below.
(VI) Isaac, son of William Smith, was born in Sudbury, June, 1752. He was brought up in the family of Peter Heywood Sr., of Concord, Mass.
Peter Heywood, his wife's brother Joeph Weston, and their families, with Isaac Smith, were the pioneer settlers of that part of old Canaan, now Skowhegan, Maine. Peter Heywood and Joseph Weston came first in the summer or early fall of 1771 with some of the boys and bringing some young cattle. They cut hay on some of the adjacent islands that had been cleared by the Indians, built a camp and left two of the boys, Eli Weston and Isaac Smith, to spend the winter and care for the cattle. The location was eighteen miles above Winslow, the nearest settlement, to which place the boys made one visit during the long winter. Heywood and Weston returned with the rest of their families in 1772.
Weston appears to have been of Groton, Mass., near Sudbury and Concord, at least for a time before removing to Maine. As soon as the Kennebec river opened they went up in boats and located about two miles and a half below Skowhegan Falls, near the islands, so that by cultivating the land on the islands and cutting, burning and clearing small tracts on the shore, they were able to raise a sufficient crop for their needs. Heywood's farm included the Leighton and Abram Wyman farms on the south river road, Skowhegan; Weston's was below.
Isaac Smith married Hannah, born Aug. 11, 1759, at Concord, daughter of Peter Heywood. She died May 11, 1811. He married (second) ____ Whitman.
"Isaac Smith was a hardy, rather rough, bold hunter, and a faithful worker for Squire Heywood, who imitated the old farmer in the song of "The Farmer's Boy" that I used to hear Dr. S.A. Patten's sister sing so often." - "He gave the lad the farm he had and his daughter for a bride." The story comes down to us that the wedding was in the house with an ox team. He was called into the house when the minister came and was married, holding his goad stick by the little end in his left hand, the butt resting on the floor, and when the ceremony was over he started for the woods for another load.
Isaac died at Hartland, Maine, March 27, 1835. He and the Westons aided the Arnold expedition on its way to Canada in 1775.
Children of 1st wife:
Abraham, mentioned below.
Rhoda, Asa, Isaac, Elijah, Polly, John, Sarah, Will, Will, Stephen, Lydia.
Children of 2d wife:
Everett, and a daughter.
(VII) Abraham, son of Isaac Smith, was born in Skowhegan, then Canaan, Maine, Dec. 29, 1775, died in the present town of Canaan, Feb. 13, 1853. He was a farmer and mill owner all his life in Canaan. At one time he owned the mill on Skowhegan Island built in 1790 by Peter Heywood. Smith himself built the first mill within the present town of Canaan.
He married Oct. 23, 1799, Hehitable Pollard, born Jan. 1, 1784, dau. of Timothy Pollard. Her father was born in Nottingham, New Hampshire; was a private in Captain Archelaus Towne's company in the Twenty-second Regiment of Foot in the Continental army under Colonel Bridges in 1775, during the revoluton; also a private in Captain Daniel Emerson's company, Colonel Wingate's regiment, mustered out July, 1776. Timothy Pollard applied for and received a pension from the federal government for his services. His pension granted July 29, 1818. (See Mass. Archives, Eight Months Service, Orders vol. 57, page file 19. New Hampshire State Papers vol. 14, p. 246-7; Provincial Papers of New Hampshire vol. 7, p. 717, and p. 346; U.S. Pensioners 1776-1834; Senate Papers 1833-4, vol. 8, pt. 1, p. 68).
Children of Abraham & Mehitable (Pollard) Smith:
1. Timothy, died in infancy.
2. Timothy, died in infancy.
3. Hannah, born March 22, 1805, married Moses Ricker, of Canaan.
4. Osgood, born April 25, 1807, mentioned below.
5. George Ulmer, born June 16, 1811.
6. Lucinda, born Feb. 25, 1816, became the third wife of Moses Ricker.
(VIII) Osgood, son of Abraham Smith, was born at Skowhegan, Maine, April 25, 1807, died June 8, 1890. He was educated in the common schools of the neighborhood, and was a farmer and mill owner in Skowhegan and Canaan during his active life.
He married (first) May 5, 1835, Hannah, born in Skowhegan April 3, 1810, died March 28, 1857, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Wall) Page.
1. Sewell Warren, born April 8, 1836, mentioned below.
2. Mary Jane, born May 23, 1838, died Feb. 19, 1859.
3. Llewellen Clayton, born Feb. 16, 1843, died in Washington, D.C. Jan. 29, 1863, while engaged in the army during the civil war; was a member of the Sixteenth Maine Volunteer Infantry.
4. Benjamin Franklin, born March 31, 1845, died in Danville prison Oct., 1864, during the civil war; a member of the Thirty-first Maine Volunteer Infantry.
5. Sophronia, born Sept. 13, 1848, married July 1, 1865, John H. Wyman, son of Joseph and Polly (Snow) Wyman.
Mr. Smith married (second) Jan. 9, 1859, Philomena Pollard Gowen, born Jan. 17, 1817, died Sept. 7, 1903.
(IX) Sewell Warren, son of Osgood Smith, was born in Canaan, Maine, April 8, 1836. He was educated in the public schools of Canaan, Clinton and Skowhegan. He worked during his youth on his father's farm. He enlisted Sept. 30, 1861, in Company H of the First Maine Cavalry in the civil war. While in camp at Augusta he suffered an attack of typhoid fever, and upon his recovery he was detailed as clerk in the doctor's office in the military hospital at Augusta. On account of ill health was unable to continue in the service and was discharged Oct. 22, 1862. He followed his trade after returning to Skowhegan, and also farming. He went to Norwood, Mass., 1872, returned in 1875. In 1897 he entered partnership with A. R. Bixby in the retail coal and wood business, and after two years bought out his partner and has since conducted the business along with abundant success.
Mr. Smith is a Republican in politics. He is a member and has been comander of Russell Post, Grand Army of the Republic. He is a prominent member of the Congregational church.
He married Nov. 23, 1862, Ellen H., born July 9, 1843, in Bloomfield, now Skowhegan, daughter of Joseph and Polly (Snow) Wyman.
1. Lillian Clayton, born May 22, 1864.
2. (adopted) Margaret, born Sept. 8, 1881, in Winn.
(For early generations see preceding sketch).
(VII) Isaac, son of Isaac and Hannah (Heywood) Smith, was born in Canaan (now Skowhegan), 1782. He married, 1804, Mary Hight.
1. Shepard, never married.
2. Isaac, married Levina Horn.
3. William, married Sarah Martin.
4. Joseph, see forward.
(VIII) Joseph, son of Isaac and Mary (Hight) Smith, settled in Harmony, Maine. He was a farmer, and served in various positions of honor and was a selectman for a continuous period of twenty-five years. Politically he was a Republican, and in relgion a Baptist. He died at the age of fifty-four years.
He married Lupira Grant.
1. Elmer, married Flora Moore.
2. Willard, see forward.
3. Clara, married Henry Bartlett.
(IX) Willard, son of Joseph and Lupira (Grant) Smith, was born in Harmony, Maine, March 29, 1852. He was educated in the common schools, and at Hartland Academy. After leaving the academy he engaged in farming and in the mercantile business, first at Harmony and later at Hartland, where he is now located. He has served as selectman for several years, and in other local offices.
He married Angie Bartlett, a native of Harmoney, daughter of Henry Bartlett.
1. Clyde H., see forward.
2. Clara, born 1878, died 1906; married Frank Norton.
3. Myron E., born 1880, a merchant in Hartland; married Frances Hall; one child.
4. Kleber, born 1882, a dentist; married Mary Goodrich.
The mother of these children died in 1882, and Mr. Smith married second, Albra Cook.
(X) Clyde H., second son of Willard and Angie (Bartlett) Smith, was born in Harmony, Maine, June 9, 1876. He was educated at Hartland Academy, and took a thorough commercial course in Shaw's Business College. He engaged in the mercantile business in Hartland, which he followed with marked success until 1904, when he was elected high sheriff of Somerset county, and he withdrew from business to discharge the duties of that office. He was re-elected in 1906, and served in all two terms of two years each. In 1907 he purchased an interest in the Steward Hardware & Plumbing Company, and became general manager of that corporation.
From early manhood Mr. Smith has taken an active interest in public affairs, and has served efficiently in all the town offices. In 1898 he was elected to the legislature, being the youngest man ever chosen to occupy that important position, and acquitted himself so creditably that he was again elected in 1902. From 1904 to 1908 he served as high sheriff, as above stated, and he was the youngest man ever elected to like position in the United States.
In politics he is a staunch Republican.
Mr. Smith married April 17, 1908, Edna Page, born in Skowhegan, 1884, daughter of the late Hon. Edward Page, of Skowhegan.
The earliest date to which we can trace this family is about 1710, at Colchester, Connecticut, where Benjamin Smith lived and was probably born. We find one record of a Smith in Colchester in 1709, when Samuel Smith, a justice of the peace, signed a document. He may have been father of Samuel Smith, mentioned below.
(I) Samuel Smith, born about 1725, was married in Ashford, Conn., to Mehitable Watkins. He removed thence to Acworth, New Hampshire, in 1769, and settled at lot 9 in the fifth range of that town. Seven of his children were born in Ashford, and one in Acworth.
1. Samuel, mentioned below.
3. Jedediah, married Ann Gustine, and about 1795 removed to Langdon, New Hampshire.
5. Ely, married Eunice Sawyer and lived in Acworth, where he died Jan. 9, 1832.
6. Edward, married Patty Bryant and removed to Orford, N. H.
7. Ransom, married Lettice Markham, and removed to Genesee.
8. Olive, married a Dewey.
(II) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1) and Mehitable Smith, was born in 1749 in Ashford, Connecticut, and was twenty years old when he removed with the family to Acworth, N. H. He taught the first public school in that town in 1773 and subsequently removed to Lyme, N. H., where he married Sarah Grant. He finally settled in Fairlee, Vermont, where he was a prominent citizen. He was the town clerk thirty-five years, and was succeeded in that office by his son, Grant Smith. For six years, beginning with 1780 he represented his town in the state legislature. He was commissioned a captain in the Vermont militia by Governor Chittenden, June 23, 1778, and rendered efficient services. At the burning of Royalton, Vermont, his company was one of the first to respond to the call for protection.
Jedediah, Sarah, Grant, Lucy, Samuel and Anna.
(III) Grant, second son of Samuel (2) and Sarah (Grant) Smith, was born Dec. 19, 1778, in Fairlee, Vermont, and engaged in farming in that town. He was a member of the Congregational church and a Whig in politics. For twenty years he served as town clerk and held successfully nearly all the town offices. Was an officer in the militia during all his military age, rising to the rank of captain. He was one of the Plattsburg volunteers at the time of the battle there, during the war of 1812.
He was married at Fairlee, Sept. 4, 1830, to Rebecca Swift, born Nov. 29, 1804, in that place, a daughter of Deacon Joshua and Martha (Marston) Swift, of Fairlee.
1. Mary Perkins, born July 10, 1832.
2. Myron Winslow, born July 26, 1834.
3. Harland Page, born Nov. 1, 1836.
4. Martha Rebecca, born March 10, 1839.
5. Henry Barry, born July 4, 1840.
6. Newton Webster, born Oct. 12, 1844.
7. Sheridan Irving, mentioned below.
(IV) Sheridan Irving, youngest child of Grant and Rebecca (Swift) Smith, was born April 16, 1847, in Fairlee, Vermont, and attended the public schools of that town, Thetford, and the Newbury Seminary, Newbury, Vermont. He learned the trade of machinist and worked as a journeyman at South Lawrence, Mass., for two and a half years. From 1870 to 1904 he was in the employ of the Passumpsic railroad, at Lyndonville, Vermont, and was compelled by ill health to retire, since which time he has resided with his son in Oakland, Maine.
He is a Methodist in religion, a Republican in politics and affiliates with the Lyndonville Lodge of Free Masons.
He married Carrie M. Mason, b. 1854, in Fairlee, Vermont.
Perley Grant and Benjamin.
(V) Perley Grant, son of Sheridan Irving and Carrie M. (Mason) Smith, was born May 20, 1873, in Lyndonville, Vermont. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. He began to work in the road department of the Boston & Maine railroad May 1, 1889. Within a year he left to enter the employ of the American Waltham Watch Company of Waltham, where he was employed from Sept. to Jan. 1891, when he began an apprenticeship in the Boston & Marine railroad shops of Lyndonville. He left the railroad machine shops Jan. 15, 1894, to work for S. C. Forsyth & Company at his trade. He went to work in the machine shops of the Concord & Montreal railroad shops at Concord, N. H., Dec. 15, 1894, and continued until June 30, 1895, when the road was leased to the Boston & Maine, and remained with the Boston & Maine until Sept. 1, 1897, as machinist, and afterward as draughtsman. From Dec. 1, 1898 to Oct. 15, 1901, he was a draughtsman in the Boston office of the Boston & Maine railroad. From the last date to April 30, 1902, he was a draughtsman for the Central Vermont railroad, located at St. Albans, Vermont. He was draughtsman from May 1, 1902, until Sept. 1, 1904, for the Maine Central railroad at Portland; was promoted to the positon of general foreman for the Maine Central at Thompson Point and master mechanic from Dec. 1, 1906 to May 15, 1907. He was master mechanic from May 16 to July 31, 1907, at Rumford Falls. Since then he has been master mechanic of the Somerset railroad at Oakland, Maine.
In politics Mr. Smith is a Republican. He is a member of the Master Car Builders' Associaton; of the New England Railroad Club of Boston.
He married, Aug. 19, 1895, Winifred Mason, born Nov. 6, 1873, in North Monroe, N. H., daughter of Phillip A. and Ella Mason.
1. Phillip S., born June 4, 1898, in Concord, N. H.
2. Harold N., born Nov. 8, 1904, in Portland, Maine.
The early immigrants to New England were mostly artisans and many of them men of little learning. That they were possessed of strong characters is evidenced in a thousand ways to a student of history. While the pen was an awkward instrument to many of them, they were industrious and conquered the wilderness, establishing the foundation of the civilization which we enjoy.
Among the most useful men in the colonies were the Smiths who made all the nails used in the construction of buildings and nearly every implement of every sort employed in the rude life of the pioneers. A century previous the country people in England had taken surnames and it feel out that many who were smiths by occupation took the word for a patronymic. In the midst of these, where christian names were oft repeated, it has been difficult to trace a line of descent in many cases.
Robert Smith was born about 1611, and was among the first at Exter, N. H., being a signer of the constitution in 1639. He settled in Hampton as early as 1657, and died there Aug. 30, 1706. He was by trade a tailor, but probably engaged chiefly in husbandry in that pioneer period. His wife Susanna was killed by lightning, June 12, 1680, and he lived a widower for more than twenty-six years. No records of the birth of his children were made, and they may not appear herin in their chronological order. They included:
John, Merribah, Asahel, Jonathan and Joseph.
The family herein traced was very early located in New Hampshire, but the lack of records in the early days of Rockingham county makes it extremely difficult to trace a continuous line.
(I) Nocholas Smith, who was probably a brother of other Smiths in the vicinity, was loacted at Exeter as early as 1658, and died there June 22, 1673, leaving real estate which was not wholly distributed among his children until after 1717. The records show that the baptismal name of his wife was Mary, and the following children are recorded in Exeter:
Nathaniel, Nicholas, Anna and Theophilus.
(II) Nicholas (2), second son of Nicholas (1) and Mary Smith, was born Sept. 3, 1661, in Exeter, and was a farmer and substantial citizen of that twon, where he died 1715-16. Pike's Journal records under date of Sunday, Sept. 28, 1707, "James Ferguson and his wife were slain by the Indians as they were returning from meeting. Nicholas Smith at the same time was wounded but escaped."
His will is dated Feb. 13, 1716, and was probated June 6 following, in which are named: his wife Mary, sons Richard, Nathaniel, David, Nicholas, Benjamin, Edward, John, and daughters Ann (who married a Clark), Mary, Elizabeth, Patience, Comfort and Abigail.
(III) Nataniel, second son of Nicholas (2) and Mary Smith, was born Sept. 15, 1695, in Exeter, and lived in the eastern part of the town, remote from its more populous portion. His name is not even found in the records of his time, and therefore his marriage cannot be found.
1. Mary, born Dec. 7, 1721.
2. Nathaniel, mentioned below.
3. Patience, born Nov. 24, 1727.
4. David, born April 13, 1730.
5. Elizabeth, born Feb. 24, 1732.
6. Sarah, born March 1, 1734.
7. Anna, born May 7, 1740.
(IV) Nathaniel (2), eldest son of Nathaniel (1) Smith, was born July 17, 1725, in Exeter, and was a farmer in that part of his native town which is now Epping, where he died Dec. 20, 1773. No record of his marriage appears, but other records show that his wife's christian name was Mehitable.
Children, b. 1756 to 1773:
Mary, Nathaniel, Mehitable, Elizabeth, Lydia, Anna, John, Sarah, Jacob and Dorothy.
(V) Nathaniel (2), eldest son of Nathaniel (2) and Mehitable Smith, was born April 8, 1758, in Epping, where his home was through life. He married Mary Parsons.
1. Parsons, born Sept. 25, 1779.
5. Nathaniel Greene.
7. James F.
8. Sarah P.
9. Deborah, born Feb. 7, 1803.
(VI) Stevens, second son of Nathaniel (3) and Mary (Parsons) Smith, was born Sept. 20, 1781, in Epping, and died Aug. 18, 1865, in Hallowell, Maine. As a young man he went from Epping to Maine, and at the time of his first marriage, Sept. 3, 1806, lived at Hallowell.
His wife was Nancy Robinson, born Oct. 14, 1788, daughter of George and Abigail (Everett) Robinson. George ROBINSON was born July 23, 1776, at Attleboro, Mass., a descendant of a Scotchman who settled there about 1680, and was married there Nov. 24, 1748. His children were: David (died young), Elizabeth, George, Zilpah, Abigail, David, and one who died in infancy. The mother of these died May 15, 1762, and Mr. Robinson married (second) Zipporah Allen, dau. of Benjamin and Mary Allen, of Attleboro. She was b. Dec. 27, 1749, and was the mother of eleven children: Jane, Betsey, Molly, Nathaniel, Nathan, Elihu, Mary, Nancy, Achsah, Amos and William Everett. Mr. ROBINSON died Aug. 19, 1812, at Attleboro. He was deeply interested in the welfare of his native country and served as an officer in the revolutionary army. Soon after his death, his widow went to reside with her children in maine, and died at Hallowell, March 15, 1825.
Stephens SMITH & wife had children:
Justin Ely, Samuel S., George Robinson, Nancy Robinson, Nathaniel Greene and Sylvina Lord.
The mother died Oct. 26, 1841, at Bangor, Maine, and was buried at Hallowell. Mr. Smith married (second) April 4, 1845, Mrs. Abgail Dennison, at Hallowell, who was born Jan. 31, 1805, and died June 10, 1881.
(VII) George Robinson, third son of Stevens and Nancy (Robinson) Smith, was born Feb. 26, 1811, in Hallowell, Maine. He married Delia B., daughter of Capt. James Tarbox, a sea captain of Gardiner, Maine.
(VIII) Frederick Belcher, second son of George Robinson and Delia B. (Tarbox) Smith, was born Aug. 14, 1839, in Bangor, and began his educaiton in the public schools of that city. He began his book business career there in April, 1856. In 1862 he went to Chicago, Illinois, and entered the employ of S. C. Griggs & Company, publishers and book sellers, as a salesman in the retail department. His ability and strict attention to business soon gained the favor of his employers, and in 1866 he became a partner in the business and has so continued with its successors - Jansen, McClurg & Company, and A. C. McClurg & Company. He is now chairman of the board of directors of the last named concern, with which he has been identified for forty-seven years, having been more than fifty years connected with the book trade.
Mr. Smith takes an active part in the social life of his home city and is a member of the Union League, Caxton and Chicago Literary clubs; of the latter he is one of its very early members. With ample faith in the destiny of his country, and faithful to the principles of the Republican party, he takes no active part in political matters other than casting his vote.
He married, Jan. 20, 1881, at Hallowell, Alice Wetmore Smith, his cousin, a daughter of Justin Ely Smith, of Hallowell, who was born Jan. 18, 1807, the eldest child of Stevens Smith, previously mentioned.
The Smiths mentioned in this article belong to an early settled Buxton family of English descent, which was established in that town by an immigrant who located there prior to the American revolution and subsequently returned to England.
(I) John Smith, son of the above-mentioned immigrant, was born in England and accompanied his father to America. He remained in Buxton and was one of the pioneer farmers in that section of the state. In the struggle for national independence his sympathies were with the Americans and he served as a solider in the continental army. His name appears in the pay-roll of Captain Daniel Lane's company of October, 1778. In 1779 he served upon a special committee appointed by the town to investigate and report the actual service in the army performed by each solider recruited in Buxton. The following item is here copied verbatim, will serve as an example of the exorbitant prices the town was forced to pay for articles required by its soldiers:
It was voted "to gite shoos for twenty-five dollars a pare and stockings for sixteen dolars a pare and shurts for twenty-four dolars a peace."
In 1777 John Smith was a member of the board of selectmen. He reared a family in Buxton but the informaton at hand does not contain the maiden name of his wife or a list of his children.
(II) William, son of John Smith, was born in Buxton and resided there his entire life. His active years were devoted to farming and he was in every way an upright, conscientious and useful citizen. The maiden surname of his first wife was Hill and of his second wife was Ridley.
Ruth, Thomas H. and Royal.
Phoebe, Mary Jane and Sarah.
(III) Colonel Thomas Hill, son of William Smith, by the latter's first union, was born in Buxton, 1819. His educational opportunities were limited to the district school system of his day, but he made excellent use of the slender advantages open to him for study, becoming a practical, resourceful and well informed man. In early manhood he learned and applied himself with energy to the cooper's trade, and this he followed in connection with farming, making each of these occupations a source of considerable profit. He occupied the homestead property, having acquired possession of it by purchase, and he made various improvements upon the land and buildings.
Colonel Smith acquired his military title as commander of one of the regiments composing the state militia and was a highly efficient officer. As the founder, and for many years a deacon of the Free Will Baptist church in Buxton, he exercised a helpful and far-reaching influence in the moral and religious welfare of the community, and in various other channels labored diligently for the general improvement of the town and its environments.
Colonel Smith died in Buxton, April, 1885.
He married (first) Abbie Varney, no children.
Married (second) Abbie Cressey.
Married (third) Sarah Porter, b. at Salem, N. H., 1828, daughter of Benjamin and ____ (Reynolds) Porter, the former of whom came to this state from Salem, N. H., and settled in Sebago. The Porters were descendants of Robert Porter, the emigrant and the founder of the New Hampshire family of that name.
Children of 3d wife:
1. Sarah E., born Oct. 18, 1858.
2. Thomas V., born Nov., 1859.
3. Harriet E, born Feb., 1862.
4. Charles R., see forward.
5. Hurlin R., born 1869.
6. A child who died in infancy.
(IV) Charles Roscoe, M.D., son of Colonel Thomas H. and Sarah (Porter) Smith, was born in Buxton, Oct. 4, 1865. His preliminary studies in the public schools of his native town were augmented with courses at the Limerick (Maine) Academy and the Cobrun Classical Institute in Waterville, from which latter he entered Bates College, Lewiston, and was graduated with the class of 1891. These educational advantages were obtained solely through his own individual efforts, as during the progress of his studies he met the necessary expenses by teaching school and canvassing.
After leaving college he accepted the position of principal of the Buxton high school, which he retained for about three and one-half years, and was regarded as a most efficient instructor. Educatinal pursuits were in due course of time, however, laid aside for what was in his estimation a more attractive field of usefulness, that of medicine, and entering the medical department of Bowdoin College he graduated a Doctor of Medicine in 1897. Establishing himself at once as a general practitioner in Livermore Falls he displayed to a marked degree the enthusiasm and ambition so essential in promoting rapid professional advancement, and he has ever since practised in that locality, attaining substantial success. His practice is at the present time both extensive and profitable, and aside from his professional ability, which is of a high order, his well-known integrity, together with his numerous other commendable characteristics, are in no small measure responsible for the esteem and confidence in which he is held. Shortly after locating in Livermore Falls he was chosen a member of the school board and superintendent of schools as well, retaining the latter position some three years and still serving in the former capacity. He is also a member of the board of health and is deeply interested in all movements relative to the improvement of public hygiene.
A member of the Free Baptist church and a Republican in politics.
Dr. Smith affailiates with the Androscoggin County and the Maine Medical societies; a member of Oriental Star Lodge, F. and A. M. and Knights of Pythias; has occupied all of the important chairs in the local lodge of the last-named organization and served in the Grand Lodge of Maine.
On Aug. 3, 1896, he married Hadassah Goodwin, born May 15, 1872, daughter of Joseph A. and Adelphia J. (Littlefield) Goodwin, of Wells, Maine.
Delora Alpen and Roscoe Harwell.
James Smith immigrant ancestor, was living in Berwick, Maine, in 1668, and had a grant of fifty acres of land in that year. He married Martha, born in Bristol, England, Jan. 18, 1653, dau. of Thomas and Mary (Wadel) Wills, of Exeter, England.
He died in 1687, and she married (second) Christopher Grant, and with her son, John Smith, was taken captive by the Indians Nov. 18, 1690, and taken to Montreal, where they were both baptized May 3, 1693.
1. James, married Martha Bragdon and settled in York, Maine.
4. John, mentioned below.
(II) John, son of James Smith, was born July 26, 1685. He was captured by the Indians and taken with his mother to Canada, where he was baptized at Montreal, May 3, 1693. He returned and settled in Berwick, Maine.
He married Elizabeth ____.
1. Elizabeth, born April 13, 1708, married Jan. 28, 1724, Caleb Maddox.
2. Martha, born Sept. 18, 1710.
3. Experience, born Dec. 8, 1712.
4. John, born Jan. 8, 1714, mentioned below.
5. Mary, born June 8, 1717.
6. Abigail, born Sept. 18, 1719, married Thomas Thompson.
7. Joshua, born Feb. 15, 1721.
8. Ichabod, born March 25, 1724, married Sarah Chadbourne.
9. Ruth, probably died young.
10. Jane, baptized Nov. 12, 1727.
11. Dorcas, born July 15, 1732, married Philip Yeaton.
(III) John (2), son of John (1) Smith, was born Jan. 8, 1714. He settled in Berwick, and married Nov. 26, 1733, Elizabeth Libby, in Portsmouth.
1. Mary, born March 3, 1736.
2. James, born Feb. 13, 1738, married Sarah Lord.
3. Martha, born Feb. 20, 1740.
4. Elizabeth, born March 25, 1742.
5. John, born Dec. 12, 1733, mentioned below.
6. Anna, born Dec. 14, 1748, died young.
7. Sarah, born Nov. 7, 1750.
8. Ichabod, born July 14, 1751.
9. Dorcas, born Aug. 27, 1753.
10. Anna, born July 14, 1755.
11. Daniel, born June 12, 1757.
12. Joshua, born June 8, 1759.
(IV) Captain John (3), son of John (2) Smith, was born Dec. 12, 1744, at Kittery, Maine. He was the first settler of the town of Waterborough, York county, Maine, making his home from 1768 until his death, at what is known as Waterborough Old Corner. Within two years seven other families joined him. He owned mills in the town in 1787. He was first deer-reeve and moose-reeve, surveyor of lumber and surveyor of highways, and for many years constable.
(V) Peter, son of Captain John (3) Smith, settled in Waterborough on a farm and engaged in lumbering. In 1816 he went to Michigan, where he died over eighty years of age.
(VI) Jacob, eldest son of Peter Smith, born in Waterborough, Maine, 1798, died there April 8, 1864. He was educated in the common schools, and learned the trade of carpenter and joiner. In his later years he was a farmer.
In politics he was a Democrat; in religion a Universalist. His wife was a Free Will Baptist.
He married Betsey E. Andrews, born 1800, died August, 1891, aged ninety-one.
Children, b. at Waterborough:
1. Susan, married Gerry Bates, resided in Illinois; children: Fred, Addie and Charles Bates.
2. Emma, married Henry Moulton, resided in Illinois; children: Lizzie, Florence and Ellen Moulton.
3. Cyrus K., deceased.
4. Sarah, married Sylvester Cook and lived at Waterborough.
5. Charles W., born Aug. 12, 1836, mentioned below.
6. John F., married Lydia Allen, sister of Congressman Allen; children: Cora, Harry and Maud.
7. Victoria, married Bradley Stanley, of Lebanon, Maine.
(VII) Charles W., son of Jacob Smith, born in Waterborough, Aug.1 2, 1836, died May 27, 1905. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and worked on his father's farm until he was of age. After working for Isaiah H. Ricker on his farm for several months he acquired a quarter interest in a small saw-mill near Waterborough Old Corner. A year later he had increased his interest to three-quarters and later he bought the homestead at Waterborough Old Corner and built his house on it. He entered into the lumber business and gradually increased his interests until he became one of the largest lumber dealers and manufacturers of lumber in New England. From 1868 to 1871 he took large contracts for construction of the Portland & Rochester, Boston & Maine and Portland & Ogdensburgh railroads. In 1871 he leased saw mills at Shaker village, Alfred, Maine, for six years and conducted a large business. In Dec., 1877, he bought the steam saw-mill at South Waterborough of Downs & Johnson and manufacured stock, shooks for boxes and lumber of all kinds, employing thirty hands or more. He owned a mill also at Stoddard, N. H., and large tracts of woodland. Besides his farm of one hundred and fifty acres he owned eight hundred acres of land in Waterborough and other lands in the vicinity. He admitted to partnership in 1896 his son, George H. Smith, under the firm name of C.W. Smith & Son.
Mr. Smith was a Republican in politics, and was selectman of his native town several years. He represented his town in the state legislature two terms (1878-79), and was state senator one year (1885), serving on the committee on interior waters. He was a Baptist in religion and was trustee of the church at Waterborough. He was a member of Fraternal Lodge, No. 55, Free Masons, of Alfred.
Mr. Smith was shrewd, capable, energetic and self-reliant. He united foresight and caution, enterprise and economy, and acquired a competence in a difficult line of business. He was of strong and earnest personality, upright in character, an honorable and useful citizen.
He married Clara, born March 18, 1840, daughter of Samuel and Julia (Sayward) Roberts.
1. Professor Fred L., born Jan. 22, 1865, instructor in Greek in the Penn Charter school; married Lizzie Wheeler, of Castine, Maine.
2. George Herbert, born July 14, 1866, mentioned below.
3. Edgar L., born May 12, 1872, now conducting the homestead at Waterborough.
(VIII) George Herbert, son of Charles W. Smith, was born July 14, 1866, at Waterborough. He received his education in the public schools of Waterborough and at Limerick Academy. He worked on his father's farm during his boyhood, and continued with his father after he reached his majority. In 1896 he was taken into partnership under the firm name of C. W. Smith & Son. Since his father's death in 1905 he has continued the business under the old name without a partner. Besides the large steam mill for finishing lumber in Waterborough he owns large tracts of woodland and cuts much timber every year.
He is a Republican in politics and is prominent in public affairs. He has served on the board of selectmen and as supervisor of schools, as road commissioner, and in 1901 was representative to the state legislature; he is a candidate for the state senate to succeed Hon. Fred J. Allen, of Sanford.
Mr. Smith is a member of Fraternal Lodge, Free Masons, of Alfred; White Rose Royal Arch Chapter of Sanford; Maine Council, Royal and Select Masters; and of St. Armond Commandery, Knights Templar, of Kennebunk.
He married June 28, 1893, Alice, born June 12, 1866, daughter of John W. and Elvira Bennett Hayes, of Tuftonborough, N. H., and later of Hollis, Maine. They have no children.
John Parker Smith was born at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He was a barber by trade, and wa in business all his active life in Portland, Maine. He was a Free Mason and Odd Fellow and a well-known citizen. He married Margaret E., daughter of E. G. Bolton, of Portland.
Children, b. in Portland:
1. Samuel S., b. March 4, 1870.
2. Child died in infancy.
3. Payson, mentioned below.
4. Philip, b. March 14, 1879, died Sept., 1907.
(II) Payson, son of John Parker and Margaret E. (Bolton) Smith, was born in Portland, Maine, Feb. 11, 1873. He was educated in the public schools of Portland, Westbrook Seminary and Tufts College. He engaged in the profession of teaching; was sub-principal of Westbrook Seminary, superintendent of schools at Rumford, Mexico and Auburn, Maine, and in July, 1907, was appointed state superintendent of public schools in Maine, which position he is filling at the present time (1909). He received the honorary degree of Master of Arts from Tufts College in 1903, and the degree of Doctor of Laws from the Univ. of Maine in 1908. He has membership and has held office in various state and national educational associations.
He is a member of the Universalist church at Auburn, where he resides. His office is at the capitol in Augusta.
He married in 1898, Carrie E., daughter of John P. Swasey, representative to congress from second Maine district.
Child: Norman Swasey, born June 11, 1903.
It has truly been said that to trace the ancestry of the various Smiths would be like trying to write a genealogy of the North American Indians. When Dr. Holmes wrote of the author of "American," he said: "Fate tried to concel him by naming him Smith," he might have applied the statement to several hundred other distinguished Smiths besides Dr. Samuel F. Smith of the famous class of 1829. One should feel proud to belong to so numerous and respectable a family, but one cannot help wishing that they had taken a little more pains to preserved their ancestral records.
The following branch cannot be traced further than Berwick, Maine. Whether they originally came from Massachusetts, or whether they may be connected with the New Hampshire Smiths of whom no less than nineteen different lines have been traced, must remain a matter of conjecture.
(I) Daniel Smith was born in 1796 and died at Brownville, Maine, April 23, 1856. About 1820 he moved from Berwick, Maine, to Brownville. It is possible that he may have been a son or other descendant of Daniel Smith, of Berwick, Maine, who was a minute-man in 1775.
About 1820 Daniel Smith married Mary Stickney, daughter of Samuel (2) and Patty (Atwood) Stickney, who was born at Weare, N. H. Jan. 31, 1799, and died at Brownville, Maine, March 25, 1883.
1. Samuel Atwood, whose sketch follows.
2. Mary Ann, born Aug. 4, 1823, married Isaac Gould, of Brownville, Maine, Oct. 16, 1842.
3. Emeline, born may 17, 1825, married William Mayo Sept. 20, 1850; died in 1908.
4. Benjamin, born April 15, 1827, died young.
5. Daniel, born July 9, 1828, married Ellen Johnson.
6. Francis B., born Jan. 15, 1833, married Catherine Morse, May 19, 1856; died Jan. 1, 1859.
7. Martha E., born Jan. 16, 1835.
8. Sarah Jane, born Jan. 16, 1837, died Feb. 14, 1852.
9. Simeon, born May 25, 1838, died April 3, 1840.
(II) Samuel Atwood, eldest child of Daniel and Mary (Stickney) Smith, was born at Brownville, Maine, Oct. 30, 1820. He married Jan. 8, 1860, Martha L. Jenks, daughter of Eleazer Alley and Eliza (Brown) Jenks, who was born at Brownville, Maine, July 4, 1836.
1. Annie L., born Dec. 14, 1860.
2. Alley, who died in infancy.
3. Edgar Crosby, whose sketch follows.
(III) Edgar Crosby, son of Samuel Atwood and Martha L. (Jenks) Smith, was born at Brownville, Maine, Feb. 12, 1870, and was educated in the common schools and at the East Maine Seminary at Bucksport. For a time he worked in a bank and also in the office of the clerk of the courts at Ellsworth, Maine. While thus engaged he devoted his spare time to the study of law. From July, 1891, to the spring of 1892 he read law in the office of Miles W. McIntosh at Brownville. From 1892 to 1894 he was engaged in the shoe business at Brownville; but he sold out this undertaking in 1894, and went back into the law office of Mr. McIntosh, moved to California, when Mr. Smith bought out his law library, and went into practice for himself. This was in 1895, the year that Mr. Smith was admitted to the bar. Mr. Smith continued alone till 1897, when he removed to Dover, and formed a partnership with Colonel J. B. Peaks. This arrangement continued till Jan., 1901, when Mr. Smith was appointed judge of the municipal court, a position which he still holds (1908). Since the partnership was dissolved, Judge Smith has continued in general practice by himself.
Judge Smith is a Republican in politics, and served as a member of the Republican county committee for ten years, the last two of which he has been chairman. He was tax collector for five years, and has held minor town offices. He was superintendent of schools at Brownville at the time of leaving there, and has served on the school board at Foxcroft.
He is a member of the Masonic order at Brownville, and past master of Piscataquis Royal Arch Chapter, and the Royal Arcanum. He attends the Congregational church, and is corresponding secretary of the Piscataquis Historical Society. Judge Smith is deeply interested in historical matters, and has published several valuable monographs relating to local and state affairs. He has written the "Life of Moses Greenleaf, the Map-maker," who plotted and executed and published the first map made by an inhabitant of Maine. He has also written a Bibliography of the Maps of Maine; and at the presenr time is writing a history of the revolutionary soldiers who settled in Piscataquis county.
On Jan. 18, 1893, Judge Edgar Crosby Smith married Harriet M. Ladd, daughter of Daniel and Eliza (Chase) Ladd, of Garland, Maine.
They have one child, Martha Eliza, born May 5, 1901.