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 Youland, the immigrant ancestor, was descended from an ancient Scottish family, and many of his ancestors were chieftans. John and his brother Benjamin were exiled to America for rebellion against the English government. They fought in the American revolution, and afterward John returned to Scotland, was apprehended, and finally executed on charge of treason.
(II) Edmund Cotton, son of John Youland, was born in Scotland, Sept. 8, 1793. He came to America when quite young, and was a soldier in the war of 1812.
He married Nancy West, and settled in Lisbon, Maine.
Children, b. in Maine:
Isaac, Amos, Sumner, Harrison, and Thomas S. (mentioned below).
(III) Thomas S., son of Edmund C. Youland, was born in Lisbon, Androscoggin county, Maine, July 18, 1831. He attended the public schools of his town, and learned the trade of ship carpenter, following his trade at Bath, Maine. He returned to Lisbon in 1861 and enlisted as a private in the Twenty-ninth Regiment Maine Volunteers, and served to the end of the civil war. His regiment was a part of General Sheridan's army in the Shenandoah Valley, and Youland participated in the battles of Winchester and Cedar Creek. After the war he returned to Lisbon and settled upon a farm, where he lived the rest of his life. He died in 1905.
Mr. Youland was a highly respected by his townsmen, and was an earnest and useful citizen. In religion he was a Free Will Baptist, in politics a Republican, and was a member of Lisbon Post, Grand Army of the Republic, many years.
March 23, 1851, he was married to Harriet J. Beale, who was born Nov. 25, 1835.
Children, b. at Durham & Lisbon:
1. William Edward, born June 9, 1854.
2. Alice E., born May 17, 1856.
3. Alfred H., born July 13, 1858.
4. Lillian A., born Feb. 2, 1861.
5. Blanche M., born Sept. 20, 1871.
(IV) William Edward, son of Thomas S. Youland, was born in Durham, Maine, June 9, 1854. He lived in Durham until seven years of age, when his parents moved to Lisbon. He attended the public schools of Libson, and the Dirigo Business College at Augusta, under D. M. Waite, principal. At the age of ten years he began to work on his father's farm, having the care and responsibility as well as most of the actual work, while his father was in army service. At the age of twelve years he went to work in the paper mill at Lisbon Center, and at fourteen was a weaver in the Farnsworth Mills at Lisbon Center, and was finally promoted to second hand in the weaving department. After completing the course at business college he returned to the employ of the Farnsworth Company, and soon after was employed in the Webster woolen mills at Sabattus. As a weaver he worked from six in the morning until seven at night, and having saved the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars, invested the entire amount for the benefit of his parents. Having a natural inclination for mercantile life, and desiring a larger field of usefulness, he sought a position as clerk, and after trying in vain at twenty-eight different stores in Lewiston and Portland, finally succeeded in securing a job at a salary of three dollars a wekk, on which to support himself and a wife. Two months later he became clerk in the dry goods store of Whittum & Farrar, Lewiston, at eight dollars per week, at the end of a year getting a raise of one dollar per week. After working for this firm two years he was engaged as head clerk at the store of Oswald & Armstrong, Lewiston. He went to Boston, and took a position as salesman for R. H. White Co., in the department store, and was with this house six months, when Bradford Peck, who was then about to open a store in Lewiston, offered him a good position and placed him in charge of the cloak department in the new store. He becams stockholder and director of the corporation and remained there eight years. Sept. 2, 1893, he bought the dry goods business of Sanborn Brothers, at Biddeford, Maine, and with two others as partners, Samuel Boothby, of Portland, and George W. Richards, of Houlton, carried on the business under the firm name of W. E. Youland & Co., conducting this business until 1904, when he bought out the business from his two partners and incorporated it as W. E. Youland Co., of which Mr. Youland is president and manager and virtual owner. The business is extensive and has grown rapidly. The stock includes all kinds of dry and fancy goods, cloaks, furs, suits, men's furnishing, boys' clothing, millinery, and small wares. It occupied two spacious floors of the building and is one of the most flourishing and progressive department stores of that section of the state. As a dry goods store this house is the largest in York county.
Mr. Youland is a man of public spirit, and is prominent in public life. He was elected on the Citizens' ticket as alderman from Ward 7 in 1896 and 1897, serving on various important committees, and was president of the board for two years. He was a member of the school board for three years, and member of the park commission for ten years. Mr. Youland has been president of the Board of Trade, and was prime mover in the estabishment of Merchants' Week and other measures for advertising the city. In co-operation with Robert McArthur, Mr. Youland was chief promoter of the McArthur Library, and has been its treasurer since its organization. Mr. Youland is president of the Lakeview Company, a large real estate corporation of Lakeview, North Carolina, where he owns a beautiful winter home. He is also president of the Greenwood Cemetery Assocation in Biddeford, Maine.
He is a prominent Free Mason, member of Dunlap Lodge; York Chapter, No. 5, Royal Arch Masons; Maine Council, Royal and Select Masters; Bradford Commandery, No. 4, Knights Templar; Adah Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; and Kora Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine. He is an active and prominent member of the Jefferson Street Free Baptist Church, having served on various parish and church committees, and has been superintendent of the Sunday school. He was formerly president of the Lewiston Young Men's Christian Association. A self-made man, and to a large extent also self-educated, Mr. Youland has raised himself to a postion of leadership in the business world and in the social world as well. He is a man of culture and refinement, a lover of art, a supporter of educational movements, and a generous friend of all efforts in behalf of public welfare and moral improvement.
Oct. 9, 1881, he was married to Susie Frost Teel, of Lewiston, daughter of Jonathan Teel, formerly of Weston, Mass.
1. William Edward Jr., born in Lewiston, Aug. 25, 1884; graduated from Bowdoin College, 1906; is now studying medicine at McGill University, Montreal.
2.-3. Galen Linwood and Grace Lillian, twins, born in Lewiston Nov. 2, 1887. Grace is a graduate of the Biddeford high school and the White prep. school for girls, Portland, Maine. Galen, the twin son, died Jan. 6, 1890.