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below. 2. Rebecca, born February i, 1667. 3.
Jonathan, born April 30, 1670; died May 11,
1670. 4. Jonathan Jr., born May 4, 1673;

married (first) EHzabeth ; (second)

Experience Berry; died February, 1736-7. 6.
Hannah, born March 14, 1676. 7. Tamson or
Thomasine, born May 5, 1678 ; married Jo-
seph Burges. 8. Captain Samuel, born July
12, 1680; died June 11, 1750. 9. Mercie, born
January 7, 1682. 10. Elizabeth, born May 16,
1685. II. Sarah, born August, 1687. 12.
Lydia, born October 2, 1689; married Shu-
bael Hinckley.

(III) Captain Edward, son of Captain
Jonathan Bangs, was born at Eastham, Sep-
tember 30, 1665, and died May 22, 1746, at
Eastham. He inherited a double portion of
his father's estate, and lived on the homestead
in Brewster. He was an active business man,
merchant and innholder, and also carried on
the tanning business. He spent most of his
life at Brewster, but after his second mar-
riage removed to Eastham. He married
(first) Ruth Allen, who died June 22, 1738.
aged sixty-eight years; (second) January 16,
1739, Mrs. Ruth Mayo, who died August 17,
1747. His will was dated -April 14, 1746, and
proved June 11, 1746. Children, all by first
wife: I. Captain Joshua, bom 1691 ; married
June 18, 1713, Mehitabel Clark; died at Port-
land, Maine, May 23, 1762. 2. Mary, born
1692; married Benjamin Hatch, .August li,
1715; died at Boston, February 14, 1769. 3.
Edward, born Augu.st 14, 1694; died June 3,
1756; married (first) Sarah Clark. 4. Ruth,
born 1699; died 1704. 5. Dr. Jonathan, bap-
tized May 23, 1707; married January 4, 1732-
33, Phebe Hopkins. 6. Ebenezer, mentioned
below. 7. Rebecca, baptized March 9. 1709-
10; married February 11. 1730-31, Thomas
Young; died at Boston, January 9, 1742.

(IV) Ebenezer, son of Captain Edward
Bangs, was born at Brewster, and baptized
February 8, 1702. He was admitted to the
church there with his wife in 1745. He mar-
ried, December 18, 1727, Anna Sears, born
1706, daughter of Paul and Marcy (Free-
man) Sears, granddaughter of Paul, and
great-granddaughter of Richard Sears, the
Pilgrim. Chilren, born at Brewster: i. Bar-
nabas, March 11, 1727-8; mentioned below.
2. Ebenezer Jr., October 28, 1729: married
October 31, 1754, Elizabeth Cray. 3. Ruth,
September 28, 1731 : married Solomon Saw-
yer. 4. Sylvanus. February 10, 1735-6. 5.
Willard, baptized October 23, 1748. 6. Ed-
mund, baptized May 18, 1746. 7. Edward,
baptized May 18, 1746; married (first) Han-



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nah Paine, February 9, 1764; (second) Han-
nah Baxter, 1766; (third) Huldah Clark,
March 19, 1771. 8. Ann, baptized May 18,
1746. 9. Jonathan, baptized June 29, 1746,
married April 21, 1766, Deborah Hurd.

(\') Barnabas, son of Ebenezer Bangs, was
born at Brewster, March 11, 1727-28, and
died January 29, 1808. He went to Gorham,
Maine, soon after he became of age, and
became a prominent citizen. He was in the
revolution, in Captain Williams' company, and
answered the Lexington alarm. He enlisted
in the army May 15, 1775: was clerk on mus-
ter and pay roll of Captain Bryant Morton's
company in 1776, stationed at Scarborough
and Cape Elizabeth ; was matross in the ar-
tillery company under Abner Lowell, sta-
tioned at Falmouth; was of Captain Hart
Williams' company. Colonel Edmund Phin-
ney's regiment, in 1775, for seventy-five days.
He married, in September (intentions pub-
lished September 14, 1751), 1751, Loruhama
Elwell. Children, born at Gorham, Maine ;
I. James, September 14, 1752; mentioned be-
low. 2. Barnabas, December i, 1754. 3.
Thomas, April 17, 1757. 4. Anne, March 14,
1760; married December 26, 1778, Stephen
Irish. 5. Sarah, July 21, 1762; married, 1781,
Joseph Brackett ; resided in Denmark, Maine.
6. Ebenezer, October 22, 1765. 7. Mehitable,
October 22, 1768; married, 1790, Jonathan
Parsons. 8. Benjamin, August 6, 1771 ; mar-
ried, 1793, Elizabeth Rand. 9. Jonathan, sea-
man, married (first) Deborah Andrews;
(second) Mrs. Babb. 10. Emma, 1776; mar-
ried Holmes; died of consumption,

with the Shakers, August 3, 1804.

(\T) James, son of Barnabas Bangs, was
born at Corham, Maine, September 14, 1752.
He was a prominent member of the Friends'
Society of Gorham. He married (first) in
1774. Deborah Gates, intention published July
23, 1774; (second) November 26, 1789, Eliza-
beth Estes, of Kittery and Windham. Chil-
dren of first wife: i. Edmund, born October
21, 1775; drowned in 1822. 2. Thomas, born
July, 1777; drowned 1822. 3. John, born
December 11, 1778. 4. James, born Septem-
ber 30, 1780; married Mary Lakeman ; re-
sided on Bangs Island, in Portland harbor,
and had been to Portland for groceries, where
he met his two brothers: they were drowned
among the breakers in returning to the island,
1822. 5. Hannah, born ]\Iarch 26, 1782. 6.
Allen, born April 8, 1784; died of consump-
tion, February 26, 1858; was a prominent
Shaker. 7. Esther, born Alay 26, 1786; mar-
ried Joseph Hamlin. 8. Ephraim. Children



of second wife, born at Gorham: 9. Robert,
September 15, 1790; mentioned below. 10.
Cyrus. April 26, 1792; settled in Dover, New-
Hampshire. II. Solomon, September 22,
1793. 12. Joshua, January 19, 1795; settled
probably at Pownal, Maine. 13. Amos, mar-
ried Catherine Sinclair. 14. Mary Ann, mar-
ried Torrey, and died at Deering,

JIaine. 15. Sarah, married Knight,

and died at Deering.

(\TI) Robert, son of James Bangs, was
born at Gorham. Maine, September 15. 1790.
He married, January i, 1821, Elizabeth Hus-
sey, of Falmouth. Maine (now Portland). He
resided in Farmington, Portland, and Phil-
lips. Maine, where he died.

(Mil) William T., son of Robert Bangs,
was born in Phillips, Maine, September 22,
1835. and died April 28. 1898. He married
Elvira Philbrick, born March 31, 1840. They
had a daughter, Maud E.. who married Harry
Frederick Beedy. (See Beede.)



This is a name of Teutonic
.•\CHORN origin, and included among a

hardy class of farmers who
left Germany at the instance of General Sam-
uel Waldo, who had acquired title to a patent
of land originally granted by the council of
Plymouth to John Beauchamp and Thomas
Leverett and which became known as the
Waldo Patent. The people selected by General
Waldo to make the initial settlement were
well adapted by conditions of education, train-
ing in rural life, and willingness to endure
hardships where labor might be rewarded ; in
short, to be capable pioneers in his great un-
dertaking. The first settlement was made on
the seacoast, and the town which grew out
of it became the port of entry of Lincoln
county, and was named Waldoborough, in
honor of the owner of the patent. The name
of this family was spelled in the original Ger-
man, Eichhorn, but English usage and pro-
nunciation soon reduced it to its present form.

(I) Mathias Eichhorn, his wife, three sons
— Mathias, Daniel and Jacob, and a daughter
Phillipina — came from Germany to Broad
Bay, now Waldoboro, Maine, in 1748. A
fourth son, John, was born on the passage.
]Mathias was scalped by the Indians; Daniel
settled in Thomaston ; Jacob settled in Wis-
casset.

(II) John settled on a farm given him by
Waldo's contract, where he lived and remained
unmarried until forty-two years of age. He
was noted for his enterprise, and put up the
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the machinery from Germany. He was in-
dustrious and'a shrewd manager, and acquired
considerable property. At the time of his
marriage he had land holdings and a buckskin
leg full of silver dollars. His wife, who came
from Roxbury, .Massachusetts, was but six-
teen years of age at the time of their mar-
riage, but no record is given of her name.
Their children were: John. George, Polly,
Joseph, Mathias, Philena, Charles, Martin and
Betsey. The eldest of these died in Mar-
tinique, of yellow fever. The last daughter
married John Glidden. The third son settled
in Washington. Waldo county, Maine. Math-
ias married Peggy Orclock, and after two
years they separated by mutual consent. He
subsequently settled in Prince Edwards
Island, and after the death of his first wife
married and reared a large family and be-
came wealthy. The second daughter. Philena,
became the wife of Nicholas Lee, and died in
1849. Charles was never strong, and died at
the home of his brother George, at the age
of fifty-three years. Martin was lost at sea,
and Betsey became the wife of Mitchell Mal-
colm.

(Ill) George, second son of John Eichoni,
was born May 11, 1781, in Waldoboro, and
died in West Roxbury, August 23, 1859, in
his seventy-ninth year. He is buried in For-
est Hills cemetery. In company with his
brother-in-law. he built a sloop at New Castle,
and in the autumn of 1805 he moved to Wis-
casset and settled on a farm, where he re-
mained eight years. Subsequently he moved
to the old Jacob Eichhorn place. About 1814
his father and mother, his invalid brother and
two sisters, were brought to live with him
there. His father lived there twelve years,
and died at the age of ninety. His mother
lived four years after the removal, and died
at the age of sixty. George Achorn married,
April 10, 1805, Jerusha, daughter of Captain
Joseph and Thankful (Clark) Taylor, of
Provincetown, Massachusetts (see Taylor
III). She was born November 11, 1779, and
died August 21, 1862, in her eighty-third
year. She was a guest at the wedding of
her husband's sister to John Glidden, and
there for the first time met her future hus-
band. It may be interesting to note the cus-
toms of dress at that time in the fact that she
wore at her wedding a white muslin dress,
with powdered hair. The groom was dressed
in a blue coat with bright buttons, a scarlet
broadcloth sash with silver spangles, buff knee
breeches, silk stockings and silver knee and
shoe buckles. Children : John, mentioned be-



low ; William, born December 23, 1808: Arlita
M., October 7, 181 1 ; Mary W., September 10,
1814; Elizabeth M., May 12, 1817; Nancy A.,
December 24, 1821 ; Almira W., February 22,
1824; Susan M. B.. March 14, 1826.

(IV) John Taylor, eldest child of George
and Jerusha (Taylor) Achorn, was born in
Wiscasset, Maine, October 2, 1806. He
studied medicine at Bowdoin College, and
was graduated M. D. in 1837. He estab-
lished himself in practice at New Castle, about
eight miles east of his birthplace, in the same
county, and his circuit of patients embraced
the entire county, his skill as a |)hysician and
surgeon being especially appreciated in New-
castle and the immediate vicinity. He took
an active interest in town affairs, serving as
selectman many years and holding other town
offices. He was an original \\ hig in political
faith, went with the Free Soil party on its
formation, and at the birth of the Republican
party was one of its first adherents in New-
castle. He was a member of the Second Con-
gregational Church, and an attendant upon
its services whenever his professional duties
permitted. He was a careful student of bot-
any, extending his investigations of flora to
all parts of the state, and became an authority
upon the subject. He died in Roslindale,
Massachusetts, January 8. 1888. He married
Clara Clark Rundlelt, born in .\lna, nine miles
from Wiscasset, and who died in 1884: she
was a daughter of Oakes Rundlett, a descend-
ant of Nathaniel Rundlett, who came in 1732
from Exeter, New Hampshire, to Wiscasset,
IMaine, where he became a large landowner;
she was also one of the Chase heirs who con-
tested the title to the Townley estate in Eng-
land. Children of Dr. John Taylor and Clara
Clark (Rundlett) .Achorn. born in New Castle,
Maine: i. George, died in childhood. 2.
Claribel, living unmarried. 3. Frederick, died
in early childhood. 4. Will Clark, married
Lizzie Huston ; child Willie, died in infancy.
5. John Warren, born January 30. 1857; grad-
uated at Bowdoin College, A. B., 1879: M.
D., 1887; is a practicing physician in Boston,
Massachusetts, and author of various medical
books and essays ; married Harriet Priscilla
Sawyer, of St. Louis, Missouri. 6. Edgar
Oakes, see forward. 7. May Rundlett, un-
married.

(IV) Edgar Oakes, fifth son and sixth
child of Dr. John Taylor and Clara Clark
(Rundlett) Achorn. was born in New Castle.
Maine, August 20, 1859. He was brought
up in his native town, and was fitted for col-
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Bowdoin College with the class of 1881.
From 1 88 1 to 1883 he taught in the high
school at Whitman, Massachusetts, where- he
was head master, and he was a member of
the school board there in 1884-85. He studied
law at the Boston University Law School,
and was admitted to the bar at Plymouth on
June 16, 1884, and has since practiced his
profession in Boston, where he has drawn to
himself a large and important clientele. His
offices are at No. 18 Tremont street, where
is located the firm of which he is a mem-
ber. Mr. Achorn was nominated secretary of
the American embassy at St. Petersburg,
Russia, by President RlcKinley. He has trav-
eled extensively for observation and pleasure,
and has made his experience in travel the sub-
ject of various sketches published in news-
papers and magazines, and of popular lec-
tures. His life at Brunswick, Maine, was
productive of a great interest in the prosperity
of the Lambda Chapter of the Zeta Psi fra-
ternity connected with Bowdoin College. He
donated to the fraternity the tirst land at
Brunswick owned by the society, and became
one of the largest contributors to its fund.
He is president of the New England Asso-
ciation of the Zeta Psi fraternity ; president
of the Association of the Sons and Daugh-
ters of Maine in Plymouth county, Massachu-
setts ; a- trustee of the Lincoln Alemorial Col-
lege at Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, and of
the Montclair (New Jersey) Military Acad-
emy and a member of various societies and
clubs. In politics he has always been an
active Republican, and has stumped the state
in several campaigns ; and he has also been
prominently identified with the Scandinavian
vote of jNIassachusetts, which he organized
upon a compact and influential basis.

Mr. Achorn married, October 8, 1889,
Sophie M. Apenes, of Christiania, Norway,
an accomplished grand opera singer, and who
died in 1897. To them was born a son, Erik,
October 19, 1894, in Brookline, Massachu-
setts. Mr. Achorn married (second) Alice
Gorham Morse, daughter of Robert M. and
Anne (Gorham) Morse.



This old English name is un-
TAYLOR doubtedly derived from an oc-
cupation, and is but little varied
in its present spelling from that of many
centuries ago. It is now very numerously
represented in the United States, but was
not often found among the immigrant settlers
of New England. In all generations and com-
munities it has been represented by people of



excellent character and superior ability.

(I) John Taylor, who was without doubt
of English birth, was a resident of Boston,
Alassachusetts, as early as 1630, when he took
the freeman's oath there. In 1635 he went
to New Castle, Maine, where he took up lands
on the Damariscotta river, extending as far
west as Mill Brook. In 1678 he was driven
off, in common with other settlers, by the In-
dians, who burned his home, and he soon
after died in Massachusetts. The baptismal
name of his wife was Sarah, and their chil-
dren included a son Isaac and four daughters.
The names of the latter are not preserved,
but this much is known concerning them. One
lived, unmarried, to the age of ninety years.
A second married a Simmons; the third a
Woodbridge ; and the other became the wife
of Thomas Gent, of Sheepscott, Maine.

(II) Isaac, only son of John and Sarah
Taylor, was driven from New Castle bv the
Indians, and lived for a time in Boston, and
subsequently at Pembroke, Massachusetts,
where he was a merchant. No record of his
wife's family is found, but he had children :
Jacob, Joseph (died young), Benjamin, Ali-
zeus, Asenath, Joseph and Thankful. One of
the daughters, Asenath, became the wife of
George Barstow, of Hanover, Massachusetts,
and resided at New Castle, Maine, subsequent
to 1765.

(III) Joseph, second son of Isaac Taylor,
was born November 20, 1737, probably at
Pembroke. Massachusetts, and followed the
sea from his boyhood. When a young man
he was in command of a schooner which
coasted between Providence, Rhode Island,
and the eastern towns, making frequent trips
to New Castle, Maine. He was prosperous,
and invested his money in wild land, at the
last-named town, where at one time he was
the principal owner. The only part now in
the possession of one bearing the name is the
farm of John, son of Ephraim Taylor. He
resided first in Scituate, Rhode Island, and
removed to New Castle in 1767. He built a
house on Academy Hill, which was burned
about i860, after standing nearly one hun-
dred years. After living in this a few years
he built another house, and in his old age he
and his wife resided with their son John, in
Jefferson, Maine. They were buried on
Trask's Hill, near the Baptist Church, in Jef- "
ferson. He married Thankful Clarke, of
Providence, Rhode Island, who was an or-
phan, and reared in the governor's family, and
well educated. She had previously married a
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child that was adopted by Captain Taylor.
Children: i. Captain Ephraim, born August
22. 1758. He was the most distinguished
membeV of the Maine Taylors, by reason of
his long and conspicuous service in the revo-
lutionary war. He entered the army at six-
teen, was at Bunker Hill and West Point,
and served under Lafayette. He was in
France in the public service at the close of
the war. His courage and devotion to his
country's cause was unsurpassed, and merits
a menriorial. He married Deborah Otis, of
Scituate, Massachusetts, and had three sons
and five daughters. 2. Isaac, died in infancy.
3. Ruth, February 3, 1764; became the wife of
Thomas Weeks; and had eight sons and two
daughters. 4. Asenath, July 12, 1766; mar-
ried William Hopkins, and had four sons and
four daughters who reached maturity, out of
thirteen children. 5. John, February 10,
1769, had four sons and two daughters. 6.
Thankful, April 17, 1771 : married (first)
Amos Otis, of Scituate, brother of the wife
pf her brother Ephraim, and (second) Cap-
tain Samuel Little. 7. Hannah, June i, 1673,
married Deacon John Kennedy, of Jefferson,
and had three sons and two daugliters. 8.
Martha, June 25, 1776, became the wife of
Deacon Daniel Weeks, of Jefferson, brother
of Thomas, and had si.x sons and three daugh-
ters. 9. Jerusha. 10. George, May 9, 1780.
(IV) Jerusha, youngest daughter of Cap-
tain Joseph and Thankful (Clarke) Taylor,
was born November 11, 1779, in New Castle,
and became the wife of George Eichhorn, of
Wiscasset (see Achorn III).



Between the years 1600 and
CR.AFTS 1700, many families bearing the
name of Croftes dwelt in York-
shire, England, and from this group of fam-
ilies it is reasonable to infer, in the absence
of any conflicting statement, that the New
England' progenitor came. Family tradition
encourages this belief, and it is safe to make
it the base of the American family. The form
of the family name was changed from Croft to
Crafts in the third or fourth generation.

(I) Lieutenant Griffin Croft was born
probably in Yorkshire, England, about 1600,
and accompanied by his wife Alice and daugh-
ter Hannah sailed from England with Win-
' throp's other colonists, and if we can depend
at all on tradition, they were passengers on
the "Arabella." Of this company of adven-
turous colonists, many came from Boston, in
Lincolnshire, and these first colonists are re-
sponsible for the New England Boston.



Those having trades or accustomed to living
on the seashore and subsisting on the product
of "the waters for a livelihood remained in
the town named afterward for their English
home, while the sturdy yeomen of whom Grif-
fin Croft was one, ventured into the country
and selected lands, cleared it of timber and
began planting Indian corn and such other
crops as the friendly Indians were accustomed
to raise, taught the settlers how to cultivate,
and on which the colonists depended for sub-
stinance. He located in the newly formed
town of Roxborough, his land comprising
three acres, and six acres more or less at the
end thereof, being on the west bank of the
Muddy river, about a mile from the meeting
house, which was the nucleus of the town and
became the center of the village. According
to the records of the Governor and Company
of Massachusetts Bay Colony in New Eng-
land, "as printed by order of the legislature of
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and pub-
lished in 1853, appears among the names of
one hundred and si.xteen who took the "oath
of freemen," May 18, 1631, that of "Griffin
Crofte." This was the second meeting of the
general court held for the purpose of admin-
istering the oath, and in the list of deputies
that attended "A Cjenerall Courte houlden at
Boston the 13th of the first month in 1638."
we find his name as the tenth in this list of
thirty-three deputies summoned to attend the
court, and at "A quarter court held at Boston,
the first day of the loth mo., 1640," he ap-
pears as one of the twelve jurors selected to
try Hugh liuct for heresy, and the jurv
found him guilty and that his person and
errors are dangerous for infection of others,
and it was ordered that the said Hugh Buet
"should be gone out of jurisdiction by the
24th present, upon paine of death & not to
return, upon paine of being hanged and the
court granted the jury twelve shillings for
their service." His service in the general
court was as deputy to the court of elections,
May 2"], 1663, and May 18, 1664, at which
John Endicott was chosen governor, and May
3, 1665, May 23, 1666, and May 15, 1667, at
which Richard Billingham Esq. was chosen
governor, besides at special meetings of the
court, August 31, 1664, and September 11,
1666. In the militia of the town he was ser-
geant, and from September 10, 1633, to Feb-
ruary 21, 1675, he held the commission of
lieutenant, being released after twenty-one
years' service, at his own request, having
reached the age of seventy years. He also
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emnize marriages and give oaths to per-
sons in civil cases. He with his wife AHce
were members of "the Church of Christ of
Roxborough," the first rehgious society of
the town, and of which John EHot was first
pastor, and when a new meeting house was
built in 1658-9 he was a member of the com-
mittee appointed to superintend it- erection,
and in 1673, when another building was
erected, he again superintended its construc-
tion. His official position in the church was
deacon. His wife Alice died in Roxbury,
March 25, 1673, aged seventy-three years, and
he married (second) Ursula, daughter of
Henry Adams, of Braintree, widow of Will-
iam Robinson, of Dorchester, of Samuel Hos-
ier, and of Stephen Struter, Griffin Croft
being her fourth husband. She died soon
after this fourth marriage, and Lieutenant
Croft married (third) Dorcas, daughter of
John and Barbara Ruggles, who came from
Sudbury, Suffolk, England, with their daugh-
ter Dorcas. The last few years of Lieutenant
Croft's life were passed in total blindness, and
he died October 4, 1689, and his widow Dor-
cas died December 30, 1697. Children of
Griffin and Alice Croft: Hannah, born in
England ; John, born in Roxbury, Julv 10,
1630; Mary, October 10, 1632; AlJigail,
March 28, 1634: Samuel, December 12, 1637;
Moses, April 28, 1641.

(H) Samuel, second son and fifth child of
Griffin and Alice Croft, was born in Rox-
bury. Massachusetts, December 12, 1637. He
married, October 16, 1661, Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of Robert and Elizabeth (Ballard) Seaver,
of Roxbury, born November 19, 1643. Sam-
uel Croft took the freeman's oath May 31,
1671 ; served as selectman, constable, and on
various committees. He was a carpenter and
bridge builder. He was executor of his
father's will, and received most of his es-
tate. He was lieutenant in the military com-
pany. He was one of the twelve of the free-
men of Roxbury to whom the grants of 15,-
100 acres of land, known as the "Alashamo-
quet purchase," was made in October, 1687,
and in May, 1713, the purchase was incor-
porated as the town of Pomfret, Connecticut,
and he was one of thirty-nine persons who
signed to settle in New Roxbury, or Wood-
stock, Connecticut, 1689-90, and he had the



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