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of Waterville. In religion Mr. Brown was a
Unitarian. He was a member of Lodge of
Free Masons.

He married, June 30, 1861, Hepsie B.,
daughter of John and Dorcas (Sawyer) Wig-
gin. Children: i. Frank Ellsworth, men-
tioned below. 2. Jennie Irving, married Al-
pheus W. Flood. 3. William Wirt, graduate
of Colby College, class of 1898. 4. Caddie
Hall, married Lewis A. Burleigh, son of ex-
Governor Edwin C. Burleigh.

(Mil) Frank Ellsworth, son of Simeon
Stratton Brown, was born in Freedom, Waldo
county, Maine, June 14, 1863. He attended
the public schools of Fairfield and the Coburn
Classical Institute, from which he was gradu-
ated in the class of 18S2. He was clerk in the
United States mail service four years, city
clerk of W'aterville seven years, and was ad-
mitted to the bar of Kennebec county in
March, 1895. He . became his father's law
partner immediately afterward, under the firm
name of Brown & Brown, and continued in
this relation until the death of his father in
1908. He is a Free Mason and Knight of
Pythias. He married, July 8, 1896, Mae F.
Wentworth, of Clinton, Maine.

This name is probably one
FRENCH adopted as applied to a person

of French birth, who lived in
England at the time when surnames were
generally adopted among the people. He had
undoubtedly been called French on account of
his nativity, and this was accepted and adopted
as a surname. There were several immi-
grants of this name at a very early date in
New England. Edward French, born about
1590, in England, was an early resident of
Salisbury, Massachusetts, and it is quite prob-
able that the line herein traced is an offshoot
among his descendants. It is possible, how-
ever, that it may have come from John
French, born in England about 161 2, and set-
tled at Dorchester, RIassachusetts, about 1635.
His descendants were numerous in Braintree.

(I) The first in this line of whom any defi-
nite record can be found was James French,
born 1756-58, who resided in Andover, Massa-
chusetts, and married Abigail Fletcher, born
1765, in Ipswich, RIassachusetts. It is possi-
ble that this is the James Frencli who went
from Beverly as a soldier in the revolutionary
war, serving in Captain John Baker's com-
pany. Colonel Moses Little's (Seventeenth)
Regiment. He enlisted May 22, 1775, and
served two months and fifteen days. He must
have served also in a subsequent enlistment,
as there is record of an order for a bounty
coat or equivalent, at camp, December 11,
1775. James French was one of the first set-
tlers of Norway, Maine, whither he removed
in 1798. Children: James, Jacob, Abigail,
Esther, Sarah, Charles, George, Alice and

(II) James (2), eldest child of James (i)
and Abigail (Fletcher) French, was born De-
cember 19, 1785, in Andover, and went to
Norway .with his father. He was a farmer,



and at times engaged in trade and served as
collector of taxes for his town. He married
Annis, daughter of Phinehas and Keziah
(Farnsworth) Whitney (see Whitney VIII).
Children : George, Jaines, Washington, Per-
ky, Martha (died young), John A., Martha
A., Moses Osgood, William P. and Amos.

(III) James (3), second son of James (2)
and Annis (Whitney) French, was born May
26, 181 1, at Norway, Maine, and was a farmer
and lumberman in Lebanon. Maine, where he
died in 1883. He married Sarah Brown.

(IV) Sidney Irving, son of James and Sa-
rah (Brown) French, was born in 1852, in
Albany. Maine, and now resides at Bethel.
He is a carpenter and at this date (1908) is in
the employ of Gilbert Tuell, of Bethel. He is
an ardent supporter of the principles of the
Republican party, believing that this political
party best serves the interest of the masses of
American citizens. He is an honored mem-
ber of the Odd Fellows lodge, of which he is
the treasurer, and is also connected with the
Pilgrim I'^athers at Bethel. He married Anna
Buxton Twitchell, born May i, 1856; chil-
dren: Cornelia B., born October 22, 1877;
died January 17, 1897; George Harold, April
20, 1881 : Alice P., April 3, 1887.

(V) George Harold, son of Sidney Irving
and Anna Buxton (Twitchell) French, is a
native of Bethel. Alaine. He attended the
common schools of that place, after which he
took a course at Gould's Academy. He went
to Augusta after leaving his school room du-
ties, and there engaged as an apprentice in
the printing business with the Maine Farmer
Publishing Company. He served two years,
and was then promoted to proofreader and
assistant manager of the business. After four
years, in 1906, he became manager of the
Maine Farmer Publishing Company. He is a
decided Republican in his politics, and in
church faith a Universalist, and is assistant
superintendent of the Universalist Sunday
School. He takes much interest in the Grange
movement, and is the master of Capitol
Grange, of Augusta. Mr. French married,
May 23, 1905, Nellie Edna Bradley, born May
28, 1880. daughter of James Bradley and
wife, of Fort Fairfield. They have one child,
Harold B., born October 8, 1906.

(For ancestry see John Whitney I.)

(II) Richard, second son of
WHITNEY John and Elinor Whitney,
was bom in 1626, in Eng-
land, was brought to Watertown, Massachu-
setts, by his parents, and became a- freeman

May 7, 1651. He removed to Stow, Massa-
chusetts, where his name is given among the
list of proprietors, June 3, 1680, but his eight
children were born in Watertown. April 7,
1697, he was excused from training, at Stow,
because he was seventy years of age. He mar-
ried, March 19, 1650, Martha Coldam ; chil-
dren: Sarah, born November 17, 1652;
Moses, August i, 1655; Johannah, January
16, 1656; Deborah, October 12, 1658; Re-
becca, December 15, 1659, died in February,
1660; Richard; Elisha, August 26, 1662; and
Ebenezer, June 30, 1672.

(Ill) Richard (2), second son of Richard
(i) and Martha (Coldam) Whitney, was
born January 13, 1660, at Watertown, Massa-
chusetts, and received a grant of land at Stow,
October 24, 1682; he died at the latter place,
December 15, 1723. He married Elizabeth,
daughter of Jonathan Sawtell, of Groton,
Massachusetts, born February 3, 1668, died
November 24, 1723; children: Richard, Jona-
than, Joshua, Ruhamah, Sarah, Hannah, Eliz-
abeth, Hepzibah.

( I\ I Deacon Jonathan, second son of
Richard (2) and Elizabeth (Sawtell) Whit-
ney, was born February 26, 1699, at Stow,
Massachusetts, and became a resident of Har-
vard, Massachusetts, where he died Novem-
ber 8, 1773. He signed the covenant of the
First Church at Harvard in 1733, and became
deacon ; he was also a selectman in Harvard,
and a captain of militia. He married, at Lan-
caster, January 29, 1718, Alice, daughter of
Simon and Mary (Whitcomb) Willard, born
December, 1699, died February 19, 1792;
children: Simon, born 1719; Jonathan; Bet-
sey; Phinehas, September 5, 1727; Caleb, Oc-
tober 4, 1729; Oliver, July 22, 1731 ; Alice,
April 2, 1733; Hezekiah, April 14, 1735; Ru-
hamah, July 19. 1737; and Sarah, June 10,
1740, died December 26, 1746.

iX) Jonathan (2). .son of Jonathan (i)
and Alice (Willard) Whitney, was born at
Stow, Alassachusetts, and died January 20,
1770, at Harvard, same state. He married,
November 27, 1746, Sarah Holt, who died
October 29, 1769; children: Phinehas; Jona-
than, born July i, 1749, died October 27,
1756; Sarah, born August 5, 1751; Relief,
May 21, 1754, died October 15, 1756; Han-
nah, born March 24, 1756, died October 26,
1756; Relief, November 13, 1758; Annes,
February 25, 1761, died June i, 1761 ; Oliver,
died March 29, 1763; Abigail, born January
29, 1763; Annes, born March 30, 1765, died
January 23, 1768 ; Rachel, born September 19,
1767: Levi, died before 1771.



(\T) Captain Phinehas, oldest son of
Jonathan (2) and Sarah (Holt) Whitney,
was born July 3, 1747, at Harvard, Alassa-
chusetts, and died May 21, 1830, at Norway,
Maine, to which place he removed after the
revolutionary war, in which he served. His
name is found in the Massachusetts Rolls, de-
scribed as from Harvard, a farmer, with dark
complexion, height five feet eleven inches,
served first in Captain Joseph Aloore's com-
pany, from Groton, Colonel William Pres-
cott's regiment, in the earlier part of the war ;
from February 5, 1777, to January 28, 1780,
he served as corporal in Captain Benjamin
Brown's company. Colonel ]\Iichael Jackson's
regiment. In 1781 he re-enlisted for a term
of three years. A story is related of him of
his part in the battle of Bunker Hill, which
shows him to have been a brave man ; he had
just loaded his gun with his last cartridge,
when an English officer rushed over the
breastworks, shouting "Rush on, the fort is
ours," when he was immediately shot and
killed by Captain Whitney, who was badly
wounded in the encounter, but made his es-
cape. A pension was granted him by the gov-
ernment April II, 1818, and as a result of
wounds incurred in the war it became neces-
sary to amputate one of his legs, which opera-
tion was successfully performed in 1824, at
Norway, Maine, by Dr. French, then living
there. He was then over seventy-five years of
age, but recovered from the operation and
lived for a number of years after. In 1797,
when Norway, Maine, became incorporated as
a town, the names of Phinehas and Jonathan
Whitney appear on the list of inhabitants, and
he was then living on what was called "Three
Tiers," in another place mentioned as Water-
ford Plantation ,and it is said their house was
the second to burn in Norway. He married,
October 31, 1765, Keziah Farnsworth, who
died June 26, 1827, at Norway, Maine. They
had two daughters, Mary and Annis, and
mention is also made of a son whose name is
not given. Mary, born May 15, 1766, mar-
ried Richard Bryant.

(All) Annis, daughter of Phinehas asid
Keziah (Farnsworth) W'hitney, was born
February 13, 1785, and married James French,
Junior. (See French II.)

Samuel King Hamilton, of
HA^vIILTON Wakefield, Massachusetts,

is the youngest of six sons
of Benjamin Ricker Hamilton and Sarah Carll,
and a grandson of James Hamilton and John
Carll, both farmers and respected men of Wa-

terborough, Maine. Mr. Carll served in the
revolutionary war, and was the first settler
of the little hamlet known as Waterborough
Center. The village was formerly called
Carll's Corner, having taken its name from
his son, Peter Carll, who built the first house,
kept the first store and tavern at that place.
(See Carll.)

Mr. Hamilton was named in honor of Sam-
uel King, who married his cousin, and who
was mayor of Calais, Maine, and for many
years one of the leading lumber manufacturers
on the St. Croix river, and who afterwards re-
moved to St. John, New Brunswick, where, in
connection with his sons, he had one of the
most extensive lumber interests on the St.
John river.

The Hamilton family for centuries has been
one of the most distinguished in Scotland and
England, and closely related to royalty in both
countries. Mr. Hamilton's earliest ancestor
in America was David Hamilton, who lived in
the township of Hamilton, near Glasgow,
Scotland, and who was taken prisoner by
Cromwell at the battle of Worcester, Septem-
ber 3, 1651, and who was transported to this
country by him in the ship "John and Sara,"
which sailed from Gravesend, near London,
on November 8th, and arrived at Charles-
town, Massachusetts, prior to May, A. D.,
1652. There he was sold into servitude to
work out his liberty, and was probably held
in this service from five to ten years. After
the expiration of this term he went to Dover,
New Hampshire, and soon settled in what is
now the town of Rollinsford, on the westerly
bank of the Salmon Falls river, at a place then
called Newichawannok, and which he pur-
chased in 1669, and where he lived until the
time of his death in 1691, being slain by the
Indians. On July 14, 1662, he married, at
Biddeford, JNIaine, Annah Jaxson (Anna
Jackson), daughter of Richard Jackson, who
was a neighbor of David Hamilton, of Scot-
land, and who was taken prisoner at the same
battle and transported to this country in tiie
same ship and also sold into servitude, at the
expiration of which he settled on the west
bank of the Saco 'river.

Children of Benjamin R. and Sarah (Carll)
Hamilton : Porter, of Saco, Maine ; Alonzo,
of Boston, Massachusetts; Benjamin, of Saco,
Maine ; Jason and Almira, of Waterboro,
Maine ; John, of Portland, Maine ; and Sam-
uel K., of whom further.

Samuel King Hamilton, youngest child of
Benjamin R. and Sarah (Carll) Hamilton, is
of the sixth generation in a direct line from



David, and was born at Waterborough, Maine,
July 27, 1837. His early life was spent upon
his father's farm. The rudimentary educa-
tion which he obtained at the district scliool
was supplemented by a single term at Limer-
ick Academy, then a famous institution of
learning; six months' private tuition under
M. D. L. Lane, of Hollis, Maine, who was
just then beginning the practice of law, and
who afterwards became prominent in politics
and was appointed consul to Vera Cruz by
President Lincoln, and later was appointed
judge of the superior court of the county of
Cumberland, a position which he held at the
time of his death; and a part of one year at
the high school in Saco, Maine, under the in-
struction of William Hobson, a graduate of
Bowdoin College, who at the breaking out of
the civil war entered the army and served his
country with conspicuous ability and bravery,
returning with the rank of colonel and brevet

In February, 1856, Mr. Hamilton began
teaching his first school at the district now
called East Waterborough, then the "Ford
District," and from that time to August of the
same year he was engaged there and in his
home district. In the autumn of that year he
entered the Chandler Scientific Department of
Dartmouth College, of which the late Profes-
sor John S. Woodman was the head, from
which he graduated in 1859. During the win-
ter season of his course in that school, he
taught school in Waterborough and in Wells,
Maine. In August, 1859, he entered the
office of Hon. Ira T. Drew, at Alfred, Maine,
where he remained several years, pursuing his
legal studies and teaching a portion of the
time in Wells, Alfred, and South Reading
(now Wakefield), Massachusetts. In i860 he
was principal of Alfred Academy, a position
in which he had been preceded by such men as
Hon. Bion Bradbury, Hon. John M. Good-
win, Professor Charles Cumston, Hon. Hamp-
den Fairfield, and Hon. Amos. L. Allen.

In June, 1862, after an examination by
Hon. E. E. Bourne, Hon. Increase S. Kim-
ball, and Hon. Edwin R. Wiggin, and upon
their recommendation, he was admitted to the
bar at Alfred, before Hon. Charles W. Wal-
ton, who was then holding his first term as
judge of the supreme judicial court. On the
day of his admission he was offered a copart-
nership with Mr. Drew, which was quickly and
gladly accepted, for it opened the way at once
for a young and penniless lawyer to earn his
livelihood. This copartnership continued un-
til April, 1867, when Mr. Hamilton removed

to Biddeford, and a copartnership was entered
into between himself and B. F. Hamilton, who
descended from the same ancestor in a differ-
ent line, and who was born in the same town,
studied law in the same office, and was admit-
ted to the bar in i860. During the continu-
ance of the copartnership of Drew & Hamil-
ton the firm had the largest docket in the
county, and were engaged in substantially
every important case arising in that jurisdic-
tion. While at Biddeford, Mr. Hamilton built
up a substantial law business, which w-as left
to his partner on his removal to Wakefield.
While living in his native town, Mr. Hamilton
served two years upon the school committee.
He serv'ed two years on the board of alder-
men in the city of Biddeford, and in 1872,
with Hon. Ferguson Haines, represented that
city in the Maine legislature. In these posi-
tions he established a reputation as a safe
legislator and a ready and able debater.

In December, 1872, he left Biddeford and
removed to Wakefield, and formed a copart-
nership with Chester W. Eaton, a college
classmate, and opened law offices in Wake-
field and Boston. This copartnership contin-
ued to 1879, when it was dissolved by mutual
consent, Mr. Hamilton retaining the Boston
offices and Mr. Eaton those in Wakefield.
Soon after beginning practice in Boston he
acquired considerable business, which has
been continually increasing and for a number
of years has almost constantly engaged in the
trial of cases in the court or in hearing those
which have been referred to him by the court,
and his practice has extended into every state
in New England and into New York. In
1899 Theodore Eaton, son of his former part-
ner, became associated with him in practice,
and this copartnership continues to the pres-
ent time (1908).

Soon after his settlement in Wakefield, Mr.
Hamilton became prominent in town affairs,
and served twelve years upon the school
board, nine of which he was chairman, and
was instrumental in effecting a complete re-
organization of the school system. His efforts
in this work were appreciated by the people of
the town, who recognized it in a conspicuous
manner by a vote in town meeting that the
new brick school house then being erected be
called in his honor the "Hamilton School
Building." He was also chairman of the
board of selectmen six years, chairman of the
board of trustees of the Beebe Town Library,
counsel for the town for over twenty years,
and moderator in nearly all the town meet-
ings for even a longer period. He had charge



of the litigation which resulted in the town
acquiring the plant of the Citizens' Gas Light
Company, which was the first and leading case
of the kind in the commonwealth and at-
tracted much attention.

He was an alternate delegate to the Demo-
cratic national convention in 1868, a delegate
to the national conventions which nominated
General Hancock in 18S0, and William J.
Bryan in 1896, but did not support the last
named. He has presided over many Demo-
cratic conventions, and was candidate for dis-
trict attorney for the northern district of Mas-
sachusetts in 1887, and in 1890 was a candi-
date of the Democratic party for Congress
from the Seventh congressional district, and
in 1892 a candidate for presidential elector in
the same district. In 1893 he purchased and
became president of the Wakefield Water
Company, which he controlled fo;" ten years.
He was one of the originators of the Pine
Tree State Club of Boston, which he served
as treasurer for the first eleven years of its
existence, and afterwards as president. He
became a member of the Bar Association of
the city of Boston shortly after it was organ-
ized, and upon the organization of the Bar
Association of the County of Middlesex in
1898, he became its president, a position which
he now holds.

In 1874 Mr. Hamilton became connected
with the Congregational church in Wakefield,
of which he has been ever since an active
member. He was chairman of the committee
which erected the beautiful stone edifice con-
nected with the church, and aitled materially
by his effort and money in paying the debt
thereby contracted. He presided and made
an address at the centennial celebration of
the church in 1876, and when the town, in
connection with Reading, celebrated its two
hundred and fiftieth anniversary, he presided
at the proceedings on Settlers' Day, and de-
livered an address. In August, 1908, lie de-
livered the centennial address of Limerick
Academy, in which he was a former student.
In every capacity he has exhibited the highest
qualities of a progressive, patriotic and public-
spirited citizen, and is universally respected
and esteemed.

February 13, 1867, Mr. Hamilton was mar-
ried to Annie E. Davis, eldest daughter of the
late Joseph B. and Harriet N. (Dam) Davis,
of Newfield, ]\Iaine. They have lived a beau-
tiful and simple life, devoted to each other,
and their home has been the abode of happi-
ness and good cheer, and from it has ema-
nated much charitable and kindlv work.

The surname Carll and Carle,
CARLL common in the Saco Valley and

other districts of Maine from the
earliest settlement, is derived from the bap-
tismal name Carl or Karl, equivalent to
Charles, and very common at the present time
in Scandinavian families. There is some
reason to believe, however, that the family
mentioned below is identical with the Carlisle
family, which is often spelled Carle, Carley,
and Carlyle, in Scotland. There are Carlisle
families at the present time in the Protestant
counties of Ireland, Antrim and Down, de-
scended from Scotch settlers. There is a very
plausible tratlition that the ancestry of the
Carll family of Maine came from Ireland.
The first of the name in this country was
Richard Carle, who was in Kittery, Maine, in
1666, when he sold land to John Shepherd.
Pope's "Pioneers of Maine and New Hamp-
shire" spells his name Caull, but it was prob-
ably Carroll, as in the deed to Samuel Spin-
ney, May 3, 1693, he spells his name Carell.
Carle's Point and Carle's Cove are named for
him. He had a wife Amy, and his daughter
Amy married Samuel Knight. There is no
proof that he had a son, though a Benjamin
Carll was a soldier in York, August 26, 1696.
(I) Samuel Carll was born in the north of
Ireland, about 1690, according to tradition,
and doubtless came to Maine when several of
his sons were grown, in 1734, or perhaps a
few years earlier. He was a prominent citi-
zen of Scarborough, Cumberland county,
where he settled. His name appears often in
the public records between 1741 and 1762. He
died December 11, 1762. He married Pa-
tience — . He and his wife joined the

church, and their children, Robert, Benjamin,
Daniel, Simeon. Hannah and Mary, were bap-
tized at Scarborough, January 28, 1741. Chil-
dren of Samuel and Patience Carll: i. Sam-
uel, born 1710-15; mentioned below. 2. Tim-
othy, born about 1715; married, December 20,
1744, Deborah Farmer. 3. Nathaniel, born
1717, deposed March 26, 1801, when his age
was eighty-seven : "I came to live in Fal-
mouth (now Portland) in 1734, and the year
after, in 1735, Mr. Thomas W'estbrook and
Brigadier \\'aldo built a sawmill with three
saws and a grist mill on the lower falls of
the Presumpscot. I helped to frame the said
mills, the same being built on the southwest
side of the river ; and a year or two after they
raised another mill on the northeast side, but
it was never finished." According to the
census of 1790 he was then of Falmouth, and
had three males over sixteen, one under six-



teen, and four females in his family. 4. Rob-
ert, bom about 1720; married, April 11, I745>
Rhoda Starbird, and settled in Saco, where he
died October 5. 1778; has many descendants.
5. Simeon. 6. Daniel. 7. Hannah. 8. Mary.
9. Patience, married, October 15, 1739, George

(II) Lieutenant Samuel (2), son of Sam-
uel (I) Carll, was born 1710-15, probably in
the north of Ireland. He was one of the early
settlers of Scarborough, where he followed
farming. He took a prominent part in mili-
tary affairs, being appointed May 3, 1757,
company clerk of Captain John Fabyan's
Company, and April 14, 1762, was commis-
sioned ensign in Captain William Bucknam's
company, Colonel Samuel Waldo's regiment,
and later became lieutenant. His son Jona-
than enlisted April i, 1759, in Captain George
Berry's company, serving till July 23, 1759,
stationed at Penobscot. His brothers Simeon
and Daniel were reported Alay 3, 1757, on
training band list. Captain John Fabyan's
company. Samuel Carll also took an active
part in the revolution. He enlisted in Captain
Benjamin Hooper's company ; marched Jan-
uary 23, 1776; service to November 24, 1776,
at Falmouth. Maine. He was also a private
in Captain Silas Burbank's company, Colonel
Samuel Brewer's regiment ; muster return
dated camp near Valley Forge, January 23,
1778, residence Scarborough. Lieutenant
Samuel Carll married Esther Burbank, who
died March 4, 1785. He joined the church
and three of his children (Benjamin, Jona-
than and Anna) baptized May 25, 1742.
Children: i. Benjamin, married January 14,
1744, Sarah Berry. 2. Jonathan. 3. Anna.
4. Captain Nathaniel, born March 11, 1747,

at Scarborough, married Sarah . 5.

John, mentioned below.

(III) John, son of Lieutenant Samuel (2)
Carll, was born in 1759, at Scarborough. He

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