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.]
Robert Vose, immigrant ancestor, was born in county Lancaster, in Garston, near Liverpool, England, about 1599, and died in Milton, Mass. Oct. 16, 1683. He was son of Thomas and Anna Vose. In July, 1654, he purchased of the heirs of "Worshipful John Glover" one hundred and seventy-four acres of land in Dorchester, afterward Milton, on the easterly and southerly sides of "Cobert Baddocks River." Over this territory in subsequent years the descendants of Robert Vose were scattered along Canton avenue, in the vicinity of School street, on Gun Hill and Pleasant streets. A part of this land has remained in the family for two and a half centuries.
Robert Vose was a man of note in his town. He was one of the three petitioners for the incorporation of Milton. He gave to the town in 1664 eight acres of land for church purposes near Vose's land and Center street, now (1908) occupied in part by the house of Mrs. Blanchard. He was active in church affairs. He lived in the old Glover house, near the junction of Canton avenue and Brook road.
He married Jane ____, who died in Oct., 1675.
1. Edward, born 1636, died Jan. 29, 1716.
2. Thomas, born about 1641, mentioned below.
3. Elizabeth, married Dec. 9, 1657, Thomas Swift; died without issue Jan. 15, 1675.
4. Martha, married Lieut. John Sharp, of Muddy Brook (Brookline), who was killed by the Indians April 21, 1676, with Capt. Wadsworth in the Sudbury fight; married (second) Joseph Buckminster.
(II) Thomas, son of Robert Vose, was born about 1641 and ded April 3, 1708. He was a man of more than ordinary standing in the town. For many years he was town clerk, and under his management the town records assumed a systematic and businesslike form. He was an officer in the French and Indian war and went on the expedition to Canada. He was representative to the general court.
He married Waitstill Wyatt, who died Jan. 8, 1727, aged eighty-four. Her mother, Mary Wyatt, was ninety-two years of age when she died, and the Dorchester town records say that "she was instrumental for the bringing into the world of one thousand one hundred and odd children."
2. Henry, born April 9, 1663, mentioned below.
4. Thomas, married Hannah ____.
(III) Lieut. Henry, son of Thomas Vose, was born April 9, 1663, died March 26, 1752, aged eighty-nine. He married Elizabeth Babcock, born Oct. 24, 1666, died Nov. 18, 1732.
Waitstill, Robert (mentioned below), Mary, Elizabeth, Martha, Abigail, Hepzibah, Beulah, Thomas.
(IV) Lieut. Robert (2), son of Lieut. Henry Vose, was born Oct. 25, 1693, died April 20, 1760. He married Sept. 14, 1721, Abigail Sumner, born Jan. 31, 1699-1700, died Dec. 20, 1769. Her brother, Seth Sumner, was great-grandfather of Hon. Charles Sumner, and of General Edwin Vose Sumner of the U. S. army.
Robert Vose occupied the farm on the corner of Brush Hill road and Atherton street, Milton, which remained in the possession of the family until about 1880. His sons were remarkable for their height.
Othniel, Waitstill, Robert, Henry, Samuel, William, James, Elizabeth, Abigail, Thomas (mentioned below), Joshua, Benjamin.
(V) Thomas (2), son of Lieut. Robert (2) Vose, was born Feb. 8, 1740, in Milton, died March 27, 1775. He married Dec. 25, 1764, Mary Tucker, born May 22, 1745, died in Boston March 17, 1831.
Thomas (mentioned below), William, Peter Thatcher, Elisha, Joshua.
(VI) Hon. Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) Vose, was born in Milton, Sept. 27, 1765, died in Robbinston, Maine, Nov. 13, 1848. He removed to Robbinston, Maine, in 1790, with his wife and infant daughter, to take charge of the interests of Lieut. Gov. Edward Robbins, the first proprietor and from whom the town was named. Governor Robbins was one of the commissioners for building the state house in Boston, and the large timbers for the building were obtained by Mr. Vose from land that Gov. Robbins owned in the southwestern part of Calais, Maine. The twelve pillars on the front of the building were made of great pine trees which must have been over three feet in diameter, and were cut between Mount See All and Vose Lake. Mr. E. H. Vose says: "I well remember, when a boy of eight years, of my grandfather charging me to 'go and look at those pillars' when I went to Boston, and to 'remember that my old grandfather got them.'"
He built the first vessel in Robbinston in 1792, a schooner called the "First Attempt," and afterward built a number of ships at Robbinston and some at St. Andrews, New Brunswick. For some years he was engaged in the fishing trade largely with the Indians of the Passamoquoddy tribe who were always the firm friends of him and his descendants. He was a member of the covention which formed the constitution for the state of Maine, when it was set apart from Massachusetts, and was a member of the legislature. He was one of the selectmen of the town and active in town affairs. He kept his interest in politics and town affairs until his death. The day before he died he walked to church, a third of a mile, and back, in the forenoon and afternoon. He was an American of royal descent through his grandmother Susannah Thacher, a descendant of Rev. Peter Thacher, of England, whose son, Thomas Thacher, was the first minister of the Old South church of Boston. Thomas was father of Rev. Peter Thacher, pastor of Milton, for forty-six years. His first wife was Theodora (Oxenbridge) Thacher. She was descended from Rev. John Oxenbridge, pastor of the First Church of Boston, and through him of the Throckmortons and Nevills to Edward III of England. Among the ancestors of Mr. Vose were the Franklins, Josslyns, Princes, Gov. Thomas Hinckley, Rev. Ralph Partridge, first minister at Duxbury, Richard leeds, Mathias Puffer, Capt. Aaron Cooke and Nicholas Denslow.
Hon. Thomas Vose married March 19, 1789, Mehitable Hayden, born in Bridgewater, Mass. Feb. 22, 1769, died in Robbinston, Maine, Feb. 27, 1829, daughter of Major Josiah Hayden. Her father, born in Braintree May 15, 1734, died in Winslow, Maine, Sept. 2, 1818, was major of the Twenty-fifth Massachusetts Regiment of the line in the revolution. He commanded the regiment at the battle of Harlem Heights. He was afterward colonel of militia, while he was living at Winslow, Maine. He was selectman and town clerk, and representativge to the general court of Massachusetts. He married Silence Howard, who died Aug. 9, 1803, aged sixty-three years.
Children of Thomas & Mehitable VOSE:
1. Mary, born in Milton March 15, 1790, died at Robbinston, Sept. 12, 1880; married Joshua Briggs, born in Pembroke, Mass. Jan. 26, 1785, died at Eastport, Maine, May 24, 1846, who was one of the earliest and most successful shipbuilders of Robbinston, and who built the ship "Sagadahoc" for parties in Boston; for a number of years this was the largest ship which sailed from that port; his second son, now living (1908) at the age of ninety years and nine months, has made ten violins since he was eighty-five, all of them instruments of marked excellence.
2. Thomas, born April 18, 1792, mentioned below.
3. Josiah Hayden, born June 29, 1794, died Oct. 22, 1845; married April 30, 1827, his cousin, Mary Vose, born at Augusta, Maine Oct. 15, 1808, died July 10, 1837.
4. Peter Thacher, born May 24, 1796, mentioned below.
5. Mehitable, born Jan. 4, 1800, died April 23, 1889; married Feb. 18, 1818, Ebenezer Buck, born in Haverhill, Nov. 28, 1794, died Nov. 5, 1836.
6. Myra, born Nov. 19, 1801, died Jan. 23, 1888; married April 30, 1827, John Young Jones, born April 7, 1806, died Dec. 9, 1865.
7. Elisha, born Oct. 4, 1803, died Jan. 17, 1874; married Nov. 23, 1837, Olive Johnson, born March 27, 1819, died June 26, 1895.
8. Warren, born Nov. 29, 1806, died Dec. 14, 1887; married (first) Oct. 30, 1828, Mary Ann Loring, born March 30, 1809, died Aug. 7, 1856; married (second) Oct. 23, 1858, Mary Sibley, born Feb. 1, 1820, died Feb. 27, 1906.
9. Julianna, born Aug. 19, 1809, died July 30, 1839; married Jan. 6, 1831, Deacon Thomas Brewer, born Aug. 1, 1808, died June 18, 1874.
10. Henry Thacher, born June 1, 1813, died Aug. 8, 1841, unmarried.
(VII) Colonel Thomas (4), son of Thomas (3) Vose, was born at Robbinston, Maine, April 18, 1792, and died March, 1856. He was educated in the common schools. He was active in the militia and rose to the rank of colonel of the Third Massachusetts Regiment before Maine became a separate state.
He married Isabella Brooks, of Robbinston, born at St. Andrews.
George Clark (mentioned below), Thomas Brooks, Josiah Richardson, Mary Hayden, Edward Robbins, Charles Henry, Abel Brooks, John Wells, Thacher, Prentis Mellen.
(VII) Peter Thacher, son of Thomas (3) Vose, was born in Robbinston, May 24, 1796, died there Dec. 24, 1879. In his younger days he worked with his father at lumbering, and learned the trade of ship carpenter. He became one of the most noted master builders of eastern Maine, and was especially skilful in modeling and "laying down" or drafting and making the model from which a vessel is made. One of the most noted vessels he made was a schooner, afterward sold in New York, her rig being changed to a brig, called the "Rescue," and was one of the two vessels in which Dr. E. R. Kane made his first Arctic exploration.
Mr. Vose was a man of great strength, said to have been one of the two strongest men in all the shipyards on the river. He was always good natured, and loved and respected by the workmen under him, as well as by all the townspeople. To every one he was "Uncle Peter." He was one of those who "stood guard" in the war of 1812, and was afterward captain in the Third Regiment of Massachusetts militia, of which his older brother Thomas was colonel.
He married, at Eastport, Maine, Feb. 9, 1820, Lydia Cushing, born at Haverhill, Mass. Oct. 17, 1799, died at Robbinston, Jan. 22, 1865, daughter of Eliphalet and Sarah (Cole) Buck.
1. Peter Ebenezer, born Nov. 20, 1820, mentioned below.
2. Myra Caroline, born March 12, 1822, died Dec. 25, 1851.
3. Edwin Buck, born Sept. 25, 1823, died Jan. 28, 1836.
4. Henrietta Brewer, born Nov. 14, 1825, died Nov. 18, 1892.
5. Sarah Matilda, born Oct. 18, 1827, died May 26, 1895.
6. James Barbour, born Sept. 30, 1829, died March 17, 1852.
7. Mary Frances, born August 1831, died young.
8. Edwin Howard, mentioned below.
(VIII) George Clark, son of Thomas (4) Vose, was born Sept. 24, 1816, at Robbinston, died March 12, 1906. He was educated there in the public schools and early in life began to follow the sea. He rose to the rank of master mariner. He also built vessels.
He married June 17, 1849, Esther Dunn, born April 10, 1830, of Robbinston.
1. Mary Esther, born March 31, 1850, married Patrick Gillise; children: George E. and Winifred G. Gillise.
2. Anna Isabella, born June 18, 1852, died an infant.
3. Bion, born Aug. 29, 1854.
4. Thomas Edwin, born Jan. 25, 1859, mentioned below.
5. George Barry, born June 16, 1862, married Maggie Campbell; children: i. George Gillise, b. March 24, 1900; ii. John Thomas, b. March 13, 1902; iii. Joseph Anthony, b. Aug. 11, 1904.
6. Fannie Alice, born Nov. 16, 1867, married Thomas George Stoddard; child: Stanley Marcellus, who died in infancy.
(VIII) Peter Ebenezer, son of Peter Thacher Vose, was born at Robbinston, Maine, Nov. 20, 1820, died Sept. 5, 1899. He was educated in the common schools of his native town, and worked on his father's farm in his younger days. At the age of twenty he commenced teaching and continued four winteres at Red Beach, Robbinston and Dennysville. After working a few months in Boston as bookkeeper and cashier in a dry goods store, he came to Dennysville as clerk for Deacon John Kilby, in March, 1845. After eleven years he bought the general store of his employer and continued in business there until the time of his death. He was also interested in lumbering and manufacturing lumber and in shipping. He was prominent in public life, selectman of the town for the remarkably long period of twenty-nine years; assessor thirty-one years; town treasurer and overseer of the poor twenty-four years - an unparalleled record of faithful and efficient public service. He was treasurer of the Washington County Agricultural Society for twenty-three years and of the Washington County Bible Society, every annual meeting of which during that period he attended. He was a justice of the peace for half a century, having had commissions for eight terms. He was one of the msot prominent members of the Congregational church, of which he was deacon for twenty-nine years; superintendent of the Sunday school thirty years and a teacher for fifty-eight years. He attended more than forty county conferences of the Congregational church and for some years served as moderator. He often attended the meetings of the various great missionaries associations as a delgate and was life member of the American Missonary Associations and of the Boston Young Men's Christian Association.
He was one of the early members of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, was deeply interested in local history and genealogy and possessed an extensive and thorough knowledge of all the principal families of Washingtn county. He was always active in the temperance movement, was a total abstainer all his life and never used tobacco in any form. In early life he was a Whig, but he joined the Free Soil party in 1848 and the Republican when it was organized.
He married, May 24, 1847, at Dennysville, Lydia, born June 22, 1822, died Oct. 3, 1896, daughter of Deacon John and Lydia Cushing (Wilder) Kilby.
1. Mary Matilda, born March 26, 1848, married Edmund Burke Sheahan.
2. John Thacher, born May 21, 1851, married Lizzie Esther Mack.
3. Ida Sumner, born Dec. 14, 1854, married Clinton Aaron Woodbury.
4. Lydia Caroline, born May 10, 1860, married William Benjamin Johnson.
(VIII) Dr. Edwin Howard, son of Peter Thacher Vose, was born in Robbinston, Aug. 20, 1838. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and at Calais Academy. He taught school in the winters from 1858 to 1860, and after ten months service as clerk in the lumber concern of Rolfe & Peabody at Princeton, began the study of medicine in Sept., 1861, with Drs. Job Holmes and Charles E. Swan, of Calais. He attended the medical lectures at the Maine Medical School in 1862, Harvard in 1863 and Maine in 1864, graduating from the Maine school Aug. 3, 1864. After practicing in Gorham, Maine, from March, 1865 to Feb., 1869, he returned to Calais, where he has continued in practice up to the present time.
He is a member of the Maine Medical Association, Washington County Medican Society and New Brunswick Medical Society. In 1872 and from 1876 to 1892 he was city physician of Calais, and a member of the board of health from 1885 to 1891. He has served as U. S. examining surgeon for pensions since Oct., 1873. He was acting assistant surgeon in the U. S. navy from Dec., 1863 to April, 1864, resigning on account of sickness. Dr. Vose has been examining surgeon for the Equitable Life, New York Life, Connecticut Mutual, Union Mutual, Pennsylvania and other life insurance companies for many years. He has been a Free Mason since June, 1864, and has been presiding officer of the lodge, chapter, council and commandery; also is past worthy patron of the Orion Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; district deputy grand master; district deputy high priest; junior grand warden of the Grand Lodge of Maine and served for fouteen years as grand prelate of the Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of Maine. He is past commander of Joel A. Haycock Post, No. 34, Grand Army of the Republic, and a member and medical examiner of Borden Lodge, Ancient Order of United Workmen.
In politics he has been a Republican since the foudation of the party; in religion a member of the Congregational church since 1858 and has held the office of deacon for more than fifteen years. Of late years he has been much interested in genealogy and heraldry.
He married Sept. 15, 1866, in Calais, Maine, Eliza Maria, daughter of Calvin R. and Sarah E. (Arnold) Goodnow.
1. Kate Gage, born in Gorham, Maine, Oct. 22, 1867, married Sept. 5, 1895, Rev. George Sherman Mills, now pastor of the Second Congregational Church of Bennington, Vermont.
2. Alice Howard, born Aug. 28, 1872, died March 1, 1876.
3. Henry Goodnow, born June 7, 1875, married, at Hyde Park, May 29, 1901, Lillian Louise Lewis.
4. Winifred, born Sept. 15, 1879.
The last three were born at Calais, maine.
Through his paternal grandmother, Mehitable Hayden, Dr. Vose is descended from the Faxons, the Howards and Haywards and Rev. James Keith of Bridgewater, Mass., and through Richard Williams, of Taunton, from Howell Williams, Lord of Rabor, in Glamorganshire, Wales, the family to which Oliver Cromwell belonged; also from the Dightons (Frances was the wife of Richard Williams) and the Bassetts of England and the Hazeltines.
(IX) Thomas Edwin, son of George Clark Vose, was born at Robbinston, Jan. 25, 1859. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and afterward learned the trade of harness maker at Boston. He then entered the employ of Patrick Gillise, of Lubec, Maine, as clerk in his general store and shipping business. He engaged in business as partner in the firm of Vose & Thayer, dealers in clothing and men's furnishings at Lubec. Since 1907 he has been manager of the Lubec branch store of F. A. Holmes, of Eastport.
He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and of the Knights of Columbus.
He is a Republican in politics. He is secretary of Lubec Grange, No. 434, was town treasurer 1904, selectman 1907.
He married, Nov. 17, 1883, Mary S., born Jan. 21, 1863, daughter of Patrick and Jane Catherine (Martin) McBride.
1. Winifred Esther, born Sept. 24, 1884.
2. Emma Agatha, born Jan. 26, 1886.
3. Vincent D., born Nov. 5, 1888, deceased.
4. Eugene Martin, born Feb. 9, 1890.
5. Mary M., born April 30, 1894.
6. George Aubrey, born Oct. 9, 1897.
7. Jane Catherine, born July 20, 1900, died the next year.
The following individuals of the VOSE family of Milton have settled in Maine:
Seth Vose, son of Jonathan and grandson of Thomas and Hannah Vose, went to Thomaston.
Jesse Vose, brother of Seth, settled at Sandy River; died at Kingfield.
Thomas Vose, another brother of Seth, married Sarah George; went to Thomaston with General Knox in whose artilllery regiment he was a captain in the revolution; he built the mansion occupied by General Knox.
Solomon Vose, son of Joseph and grandson of Elijah and Sarah Vose, settled at Augusta.
William Vose, son of William and grandson of William and Abigial Vose, settled in Portland.
Thomas Vose, son of Thomas and grandson of Robert and Abigail Vose, went to Robbinston, as stated above.
Peter Thacher Vose, brother of Thomas, went to Augusta, but returned to Massachusetts.
Spencer Vose, son of Jonathan and Mary Vose, settled in Thomaston.
David Vose, son of David, grandson of David and Mehitable Vose, went to Concord, Mass., and thence to Hampden and Thomaston, Maine.
Charles (or Robert Charles) Vose, son of Samuel and grandson of Robert and Miriam Vose, went to Augusta and died there.
Josiah Vose, son of Joseph, and grandson of Elijah and Sarah Vose, went to Augusta; died at New Orleans a soldier in the regular army, while on parade.
The following interesting list of descendants of Robert Vose (1) has been collected by Dr. Vose;
Captain Thomas Vose who served in the French and Indian war;
Rev. Dr. Joseph Buckminster;
Governor Increase Sumner;
General William H. Sumner;
General Edwin Vose Sumner;
Hon. Henry Vose, justice of the supreme court of Mass.;
Hon Timothy Fuller;
S. Margaret Fuller, Countess of d'Ossoli;
Capt. Nathaniel Vose, born 1672;
Colonel Elijah Vose:
Hon. Elijah Vose;
Daniel Vose, Esq., at whose house the famous Suffolk resolutions were passed;
Edmund J. Baker;
Governor Henry J. Gardner;
Colonel Josiah Howe Vose;
Rev. James Gardner Vose, D.D.;
Hon. Solomon Vose;
Hon. Richard H. Vose;
Joshua Vose, benefactor of Boston charities;
Hon. Roger Vose;
Captain Thomas Vose of General Knox's artillery regiment;
Hon. Edward Lillie Pierce;
Hon. Henry Lillie Pierce;
Hon. John Vose;
Judge Thomas Vose;
Hon. Rufus Chandler Vose;
Colonel Thomas Vose;
Colonel Joseph Buckminster;
Rev. Joseph S. Buckminster;
Hon. Rodney Vose;
Hon. Thomas Vose, of Robbinston;
Mrs. Lydia Vose (Buck) Snow, missionary to Micronesia;
James Whiting Vose, manufacturer of the Vose piano;
Captain Joshua Vose of the civil war;
Captain Jeremiah Vose of the civil war;
Lieut. James P. Vose of the civil war;
Professor Vose of Bowdoin College;
Dr. Edward Faxon Vose of Portland.
Mrs. Mary Livermore.
Vos was a Dutch family name, and the vowel was an English addition. In Flemish it became DeVos, and in German Voss. The roots of the family we are about to treat of were firmly grounded in Old Bay State soil, and whether it be at the bar, the forum, on the hustings, wearing the ermine or the surplice, the Vose banner has been borne high aloft. Such achievements have been theirs as come to the most erudite, the most eloquent, and the most sagacious.
Belonging to this line were Hon. Henry L. Pierce, member of congress from Mass., Governor Gardner of that state, and Hon. Roger Vose, who sat in congress from New Hamsphire, and was chief justice in the court of common pleas. He was a noted wit of his day, his bomhomie, facetiousness, and quick repartee being the life of the company in which he moved. Meeting a person of savory reputation one day he noticed he was in black. "What are you in mourning for"" asked Roger. "My sins," replied the other. "Have you lost any?" responded Roger.
(I) The progenitor of the Vose family was rooted in English soil in Lancashire, and his name was Robert Vose, born about 1599. He came to America and established himself in Milton, Mass. He died Oct. 16, 1683, aged eighty-four. In July, 1654, he bought of the heirs of "Worshipful John Glover" one hundred and seventy-four acres on the easterly side of Baddocks river, running along the present line of Ruggles lane and School streets to Churchill's lane, stretching southerly and westerly as far as Brook road and White street, and the wall east of the house of Charles Breck, and thence to Pleasant street. Over this territory in after years the descendants of Robert continued to reside, scattered along Canton avenue and Green hill, and some portion of it is still held by the family. Robert's house stood on the corner of Canton avenue and Brook road. The purchase included a tract on the south slope of Brush Hill.
Robert was made freeman in 1666. He was a man of note in his day and generation, and was one of the three petitioners for the incorporation of Milton. By an indenture, dated May 18, 1664, he conveyed to the town through a board of trustees eight acres of land for church purposes, situated on Vose lane and Cedar street, now (1908) occupied in part by the house of Mr. Blanchard. On this lot a parsonage house was erected, largely through Robert's activity. Rev. Peter Thacher, the parish parson, kept a journal of every day events and on Sept. 24, 1680 is this entry: "Old goodman Vose gave me a barrel of cider and some honey." To the deed of indenture Robert signed his name, but his wife made her mark. He went to the grave full of years and honors, "Like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season."
Edward, Thomas, Henry, Elizabeth and Martha.
(II) Sergeant Thomas, second son of Robert and Jane Vose, was born in England in 1636, died Jan. 29, 1716. He resided at Brush Hill on Canton avenue, near Atherton street in Milton. He was a man of consequence in his town, and was recorder for many years, the entries being in a legible hand. Parson Thacher's journal has these entries: "Dec. 26, 1687. This day Sergeant Badcock and Peter Lyon were at my house to get me to go and treat with Sergeant Vose about consenting to Peter's marrying his daughter." "December 30, treated with Sergeant Vose about giving his consent that Peter Lyon should marry his daughter, but his answer was plainly negative." "Jan. 3, 1685, I went with Sergeant Badcock to treat with Jane Vose and to acquaint her that her fther could not consent, whereupon we labored abundantly to take her affections from Peter." It seems Thomas was obdurate, but had, or thought he had, good reasons for being so.
Thomas married Waitstill Wyatt, born in 1645, died in 1727.
Elizabeth, Henry, Jane and Thomas.
(III) Thomas (2), second son of Thomas (1) and Waitstill (Wyatt) Vose, was born in 1667, in Milton, and married Hannah Badcock in 1695.
Samuel, Jane, Hannah, David, Jonathan, Thomas, Jemima, Kesiah and Seth.
(IV) Jonathan, third son of Thomas (2) and Hannah (Badcock) Vose, was born in 1704 in Milton, living there through life, at which place he died. He married Mary _____.
Lemuel, Jonathan, Seth, Hannah, Jane, Thomas, Mary, Jesse, Jemima, Kesiah, Thomas and Mary Lydia.
(V) Jesse, fifth son of Jonthan and Mary Vose, was born in Milton, March 3, 1742, and was the first of the family to come to Maine. He located first at Sandy River, Franklin county, from thence going to Kingfield on the Carrobassett river. There is a mountain there called Vose mountain, after him, who was one of the first settlers. Two of his brothers also went to Maine, Seth and Thomas, locating in Thomaston, Knox county, and were founders of numerous descendants. They were the first of the family to spread out and take deep root in other states. Up to this time it had been strictly as Massachusetts family.
He married Mary Durfee.
Ebenezer, Lemuel and Betsey.
(VI) Ebenezer, eldest child of Jesse and Mary (Durfee) Vose, was born in old Kingfield in 1770, and died in 1848.
Eben, Betsey, Mary, Jesse, Lemuel, Nancy, Thomas, Hiram, Charles Wesley, John Wesley and Almira. From the christening of two of his sons after the great Methodists we infer he was a follower of theirs.
(VII) Charles Wesley, sixth son of Ebenezer Vose, was born in the year 1815 in Kingfield, at a time when his country was suffering from the ravages and disasters of the second war with Great Britain. He came to Machias, Maine, in 1840, and became the founder of the Machias Vose family. His first employment was in the hayfield of Capt. George Smith, for which he received one dollar. He arose in successive gradations until the poor hired hand and friendless boy working for a dollar a day and his board, became one of the leading lumber manufacturers of eastern Maine and a wealthy citizen. He conducted milling operations on the Machias river, on the Kennebec river, and at Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. His annual cut of logs amounted to many million feet. He built the first brick block with grantie facings in Machias, and did business therein throughout his active career.
He married the Widow Betsey Flagg, nee Longfellow, who was from Edward Longfellow, of England, born in 1555, whose grandson, William Longfellow, came to Newbury, Mass. in 1636 and founded the Longfellow family in America. He married Ann, a sister of Chief Justice Samuel Sewall of witchcraft notoriety. The poet is of this geneaogy, and the Longfellows were an early and a good family at Machias.
Charles E., Orris M. and John Edward.
Charles Wesley Longfellow married (second) Elmira Perry, of Machias.
(VIII) John Edward, third son of Charles Wesley and Betsey (Flagg) Vose, was born in Machias, and was in business with his father, under the firm name of C. W. Vose and Sons.
He married Clara E. Fenlason.
Marcia, Harry E. and Alice M.
(IX) Harry Everett, only son of John Edward and Clara E. (Fenlason) Vose, was born in Machias, Feb. 25, 1874. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, finishing his education at Comer's Commercial College, Boston. He went into his father's general store at Machias, established by his grandfather, and subsequently became a partner. In 1906 he took into the business William Boynton, the firm name continuing as it had for fifty years, C. W. Vose and Sons.
Mr. Vose is a member of Harwood Lodge, No. 91, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is steward. He has been accorded the capitular degree in the Washington Chapter of Machias; he has been received into St. Elmo Commandery, Knights Templar; he is a member of the Order of Modern Woodmen, a Republican in politics, and a Unviersalist in religion.
He married Helen May, daughter of Kesiah and Sarah (McAllister) Stratton.
One child, Charles Wesley.