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Masons, of Searsport, Maine, the council,
chapter, and Palestine Commandery, Knights
Templar, of Belfast, Maine, also in the In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, of Sears-
port, in which he has passed all the chairs,
and has a certificate to the Grand Lodge of
Maine. Dr. Davis married, March 24, 1886.
Susie Blaisdell Goodell. born in Searsport,
Maine. September 6, 1861, daughter of Cap-
tain Daniel and Alary (Grant) Goodell. of
Searsport. They have one son, Arnold Board-
man, born September 9. 1888, who is engaged
in the commercial advertising business.

(For preceding generations see Peter Bennett II.)

(\T) Nathaniel, son of Ru-
BENNETT fus Bennett, was born in San-
ford, Maine, where he was a
resident all his life, dying in 1840. at the early
age of thirty-three years. He occupied a
prominent place in Sanford, serving as cap-
tain in a militia company and filling the office
of deputy sheriff in the county, besides faith-
fully discharging the duties of a good citizen.
He was a farmer, as so many of his ancestors
had been. He married Abigail Hanson, also
a native of York county, and they had chil-
dren : George, deceased ; Eliza ; Lucy, de-
ceased ; Edward K., see forward; Abigail,
married Charles O. Emery, of Sanford ; Na-
thaniel. Mrs. Bennett married (second) Will-
iam B. Emery, of Sanford, and had children :
I. W'illiam P.. of Lynn. Massachusetts, born
at South Sanford, March 12, 1849. At the
age of sixteen years he commenced work in
the shoe shop of Mr. Bennett, and after being
employed there about eight years went to
Bradford, Massachusetts, where for several
years he was engaged in the same business.
After the death of his wife he returned to
Sanford for one year, then went back to Lynn,
where he again engaged in his old business.
He married, 1873. Lois M. Perley, of West
Bradford, Massachusetts, who died in May,
1875. 2. Etta, born in South Sanford, Sep-
tember 15, 1851 ; married, October 20. 1867,
Bradford S. Bennett, who died in 1875. leav-
ing her with one child, a son. She then re-
moved to Sanford Village. 3. Charles O.
born in South Sanford, August i. 1853.
At the age of fourten years he commenced
working in the shoe shop during the summer
months, attending school during the winter.
At the expiration of four years he found em-
ployment at Haverhill. Massachusetts, return-
ing to Sanford after a short time and resum-
ing work at his trade. In company with
George Bennett, he opened a bakery in 1874,
and at the time of the big fire, in 1876. their
place was destroyed. He was then in the
employ of Kimball Brothers & Company,
grocers, for some little time, and later received
an appointment as railway postal clerk, re-
taining this until May 28, 1889. He then
began work with S. B. Emery & Company in
the furniture business, in which he is engaged
at the present time. He has served three
years as one of the selectmen of Sanford,
twice as chairman of the board. He has also
served two years as town clerk. He belongs
to several secret organizations, and is active



in their interests. He married, October i,
1881, Nellie J. Moon, of Winthrop, Maine.

(VII) Edward K.. second son an<l fourth
child of Nathaniel and Abigail (Hanson)
Bennett, was born at South Sanford, Maine,
November 2, 1837, died in 1902. He was but
three years of age at the time of the death of
his father, and was early thrown upon his
own resources. When seven years old he
was placed in the care of Jotham Moulton,
and at the end of one year returned to his
mother. About one year later it became neces-
sary to find a home for him where he might
earn his own bread. He was accordingly sent
to the farm of Dr. Bennett, where he received
two dollars per month for the work he was
able to accomplish. At the end of six months
he began to work regularly on the farm of
Mr. Calvin Bennett, with whom lie found
employment each summer until he had reached
his fourteenth year. His wages were in-
creased from five dollars a month and board
to nine dollars, for he proved himself indus-
trious and reliable. He then entered the shoe
shop of Mr. Eben Hobbs, and applied himself
so steadily to his work that at the end of a
year he received thirty dollars and a set of
shoemakers' tools, and was ready to begin in
business for himself. His first venture was
a modest one, but he was soon enabled to
enlarge his business until he employed sixteen
men. For twenty years he was engaged in
this calling, then removed to Sanford, where
he bought an interest in an express business.
His partner, Mr. Darling Ross, soon with-
drew from the business, selling his interest to
Mr. Bennett, who became the sole proprietor.
The business increased in importance, being
combined with hack and stage transportation,
until the advent of the electric road in San-
ford, when a swifter mode of transacting af-
fairs of this nature caused its decline. i\Ir.
Bennett was engaged in other enterprises,
having been a successful dealer in coal and
agent of the American Express Company in
Sanford. His political affiliations were with
the Republican party. Not long after the
close of the civil war, Mr. Bennett was sent
as representative to the Maine legislature, in
which he discharged the duties incidental to
the position with credit to himself and the
state. He attended the Congregational church,
and was a member of Riverside Lodge No. 12,
Knights of Pythias, of Sanford. He married
Calista D. Willard. daughter of Stephen Wil-
lard, and they had children : Willard H., pro-
prietor of the Sanford Hotel ; a daughter who
died in infancv ; Mvron E.

(VIII) Myron Edward, second son and
third and youngest child of Edward K. and
Calista D. (Willard) Bennett, was born in
Sanford, Maine, December 2, 1876. He was
educated in the public schools of Sanford, and
the Maine Wesleyan Seminary, from which
he was graduated in 1896. He then took a
course of two years in special work at Har-
vard University, at the end of which he re-
turned to Sanford and succeeded his father as
agent of the American Express Company, a
position he resigned in 1900 in favor of that
of superintendent of .schools, which he filled
very capably for a period of seven years. He
bought a half interest in the drug business of
G. G. Brown in igo6, which was carried on
under the firm name of G. G. Brown & Com-
pany. In the meantime he had resigned as
superintendent of schools, and in 1907 he
purchased the interest of his partner and be-
came the sole proprietor of the business. He
is a stanch Republican in politics, and is affili-
ated with Preble Lodge, Free and Accepted
Masons, of Sanford : White Rose Royal Arch
Chapter ; St. Amand Commandery, Knights
Templar, of Kennebunk; Alaine Council, of
Saco; the Scottish Rite bodies, Portland;
Riverside Lodge No. 12, Knights of Pythias;
Friendship Lodge, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of Springvale ; Korah Encampment,
of Sanford. He married, June 15, 1903, Flor-
ence Beckett, of Chelsea, Massachusetts, and
they have one child : Doris, born September
14, 1904.

The earliest Eddys, John and
EDDY Samuel, sons of Rev. William

Eddy, of Cranbrook, in Kent,
England, came to Plymouth, Massachusetts,
in the "Handmaid"' in October. 1630. From
them and other progenitors have descended
many of the name. The ^Massachusetts Revo-
lutionary Rolls show that the family was liber-
ally represented among the patriots in the
struggle for liberty.

(I) George Warren, son of Thomas Barker
Eddy, was for years engaged in mercantile
business with Burr Brothers, of Charlestown,
Massachusetts. He resigned his place and re-
moved to Portland, Maine, where the re-
mainder of his life was passed. He married
Flavilla Barker, daughter of Thomas and
Elizabeth (Clement) Barker. They were the
parents of children: Harry Barker (died
young), Augustus (died young), Flavilla,
Harry B., mentioned below. Flavilla married
George W. Libby.

(II) Harry Barker, eldest child of George



Warren and Flavilla (Barker) Eddy, was
bom in Portland, March 25, 1861. He at-
tended the public schools and a private school
taught by Professor Patten, and prepared to
enter college, but about the time he was ready
to go to college he had a place offered him
with Deering, Milliken & Company, and he
gave up his scholastic pursuits to enter mer-
cantile life, January I, 1879. He worked
hard for advancement for twenty-one years,
when his long and faithful service made him
a member of the firm. He is a buyer for the
house, and purchases all the piece goods it
handles. Mr. Eddy is a member of Ivanhoe
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and of Unity
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
and of the following named clubs : Portland,
Portland Athletic, Lincoln and Economic. He
is a Republican in politics, and a member of
the L^niversalist church. Harry Barker Eddy
married Lillian Day, who was born in Port-
land, daughter of Charles Day, who is an im-
porter and wholesale and retail dealer in toys
in Portland ; he married and was the father
of two children : Lillian and Mary Warren.
The latter is one of the leading osteopathic
physicians of the state. Mr. and Mrs. Eddy
have one child, Warren Dav.

Arthur Dinsmore, a pioneer
DINSMORE settler of Anson, Maine, was

born in Anson, Somerset
county, Maine, when it was a part of the
province of Massachusetts. He was one of
the substantial farmers of the town of An-
son, where he lived all his life. He married
Patty Houghton ; children, all born on the
farm in Anson : Sanford, Luke H., Abner,
Zebina, Sumner, Sewell, Austin, Thomas,
Clara, Susan, Betsey.

(II) Luke H., son of Arthur and Patty
(Houghton) Dinsmore, of Anson, Maine, was
born on his father's homestead, April 4, 1818.
He was reared to agricultural pursuits, fol-
lowing the occupation all of his life ; he pur-
chased a farm in Anson which he cultivated
several years, then sold and purchased a farm
in Emden ; this he also sold, and removed to
a farm in Solon, a few miles up the Kenne-
bec, where he remained up to the time of his
removal to Aroostook county, in 1881. He
married Mary H., daughter of Dr. Francis
Caldwell, of Portland, Maine; children: i.
Maria, born in Anson, Maine, 1845, married
Gardner Benson, of Skowhegan, Somerset
county. Maine. 2. Charles Henry (q. v.).
Luke H. Dinsmore died in Fort Fairfield,
Maine, January 8, 1879.

(Ill) Charles Henry, son of Luke H. and
Mary H. (Caldwell) Dinsmore, was born in
Anson, Maine, December 7, 1852. He worked
his father's farm up to the time of his father's
death, which occurred January 8, 1879. He
had formerly lived in Lowell, Massachusetts,
where he was employed in the cotton mills for
four years. In 1882 he removed to Fort Fair-
field, Aroostook county, Maine, where he car-
ried on a farm on his own account up to 1896,
when he gave up farming and sold his farm
to accept the office of tax collector, removing
his family from the country into the town.
He also served as selectman of the town of
Fort Fairfield, 1894-95, and in 1896 was
elected tax collector, an office he held until
1908. His fraternal affiliations are with the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, he being
a member of Pioneer Lodge, No. "jy, of Fort
Fairfield. He attends the Congregational
church, and was a member of the finance com-
mittee of the church organization. He mar-
ried (first) in 1874, Cora Jones; she died in
1877. Married (second) Mary E., daughter
of Seth T. and Euphrasia Merrill, of Fort
Fairfield ; children : Eula B., died aged three
and one-half years, and an infant, deceased,

(For preceding generations .«ee Captain Roger Plalsted I.)

(VIII) Ralph Parker, third
PLAISTED son of General Harris Mer-
rill and Sarah J. (Mason)
Plaisted, was born in Bangor, Maine, March
17, 1871. He was a graduate of the public
schools of Bangor and of Coney high school,
Augusta, Maine. He matriculated at Bow-
doin College in the class of 1894, and was
graduated A. B. with that class. He studied
law and was graduated at the Albany Law
School in 1897, and the same year was ad-
mitted to the bar of the state of Maine. He
traveled in Europe for study and observation
1897-98, and on his return to Bangor opened
a law office and began practicing in Penob-
scot county, soon extending his practice to the
adjacent counties. On June 28, 1901, he was
admitted to practice in the L^nited States cir-
cuit court. Governor Hill appointed him pub-
lic administrator for Penobscot county in 1902,
and at tiie close of his first term he was reap-
pointed. He affiliated with the Democratic
party. Mr. Plaisted was nominated by his
party and elected by the city government city
clerk in 1905. He filled the office so accept-
ably for two years that he earned the approval
of his fellow citizens without regard to their
political convictions. While in the service of



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tlie city he almost entirely suspended his legal
practice in order to give the city -his undivided
service, but in the spring of 1907, upon his
retirement from municipal office, he resumed
the practice of law in the city of his birth.
Mr. Plaisted is a member of Theta Chapter,
Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, the Condus-
keag Canoe and Country Club and is a mem-
ber of St. Andrew's Lodge and Mt. ]\Ioriah
Chapter, F. and A. M., of Bangor. He mar-
ried, June ig, 1906, Frances F., daughter of
Hon. D. Allston and Frances (Bragg) Sar-
gent. Mr. Sargent is a former mayor of
Brewer, i\laine, and former representative
from the same city in the state legislature.
Mr. and Mrs. Plaisted established their home
in Bangor. They are members of St. John's
Protestant Episcopal Church, of which church
Mr. Plaisted is vestryman, also serving the
parish since 1904 as treasurer.

This name in its original form of
RILEY O'Reilly is traced back to an an-
cient family who were princes of
East Brefney, some centuries before the Con-
queror invaded England. From the original
stem have been produced various Anglicized
and other foreign forms, like O'Rahilly,
O'Rielly, Rahillv, Raleigh, Reyley, Rielly,
Riley, Radley, Ridley, Ryley and Reille. An-
nadh O'Reilly, the last king of East Brefney,
died in 1220. The O'Reilleys were inaugu-
rated on the Hill of Shantoman, a large hill
between Cavan and Ballyhaise, on the sum-
mit of which may still be seen the remains of
a Druidical temple consisting of several large
stones standing upright. "The arms of this
family consisted of a shield vert, two lions
rampant, combatant or, supporting a dexter
hand couped at the wrist and apaumee, bloody.

(I) Edwin Riley was born in Yorkshire,
England, near the close of the eighteenth cen-
tury. He learned the trade of papermaking
in the days when it was all made by hand and
the stock used was linen rags. He reared a
large family, some of whom migrated to

(II) James, son of Edwin Riley, was born
in England, September, 1822, and died 1889.
He learned the trade of papermaking from
his father, and in 1859 came to America with
his family. He entered the employ of Good-
win Brothers in Buckland, a village in Man-
chester, Connecticut. About 1844 James
Riley married Caroline Bryant, of Bucking-
hamshire, England, and they had eight chil-
dren: Alfred, Edwin (2), whose sketch fol-

lows; William, George, Joseph, James, who
died in infancy; Elizabeth and James.

(Ill) Edwin (2), second son of James and
Caroline (Bryant) Riley, was born at Morton
Banks, Yorkshire, England, March 29, 1847.
He began his education at the age of three in
school similar to our kindergarten. At the
age of twelve he moved witih his people to
Manchester, Connecticut, where he attended
school for two years. When fie was four-
teen he began to learn the hereditary art of
papermaking, which his family had followed
for generations. He worked through the vari-
ous departments, and learned all the branches.
Beginning by making paper by hand, he has
followed each improvement until now he is
one of the foremost authorities in the country
on the subject of manufacturing sulphite fibre
and paper. In 1881 he had charge of the mills
at Lawrence, Massachusetts, going from there
to Franklin Falls, New Hampshire, then to
Bellows Falls, Vermont, Palmer's Falls and
Fort Edward, New York. In January, 1894,
he came to Livermore Falls, Maine, where
he assumed entire charge of the mills of the
International Paper Company, having eight
plants under his jurisdiction. Until recently
(1908) Mr. Riley was president of the Ox-
ford Paper Company at Rum ford Falls,
Alaine, and is still a director. Although but
fourteen years of age when the civil war broke
out, Mr. Riley was able to render good service
during the last year. On January 16, 1865,
being at that time a resident of Northampton,
he enlisted in the Thirty-seventh Massachu-
setts Infantry, under Colonel Edwards, and
on June 21 of that year was transferred to
the "Twentieth JMassachusetts, serving until his
discharge in August. He took part in the
battles of Petersburg, Sailors' Creek and
Hatcher's Run. and there are probably few
younger men than Mr. Riley who saw active
service. Although born in another land, Ed-
win Riley has the true American spirit, and
his military record is but one proof of his
devotion to his adopted country. Despite his
great business responsibilities, he finds time
for the higher duties of citizenship, and his
knowledge of civic affairs, his generosity and
broad-minded liberality may well serve as an
example to many whose residence here has
been longer, and whose debt to their country is
greater. He is a IMason of the thirty-second
degree, an Odd Fellow and a member of the
Knights of Pj-thias. Mr. Riley sen-ed as al-
ternate at the Republican convention in 1900,
when McKinley and Roosevelt were nomi-



nated; and in 1904 he was delegate at large.
He is president of the Record Foundry Com-
pany, Richmond Manufacturing Company,
Free Library Association, and of the G. A. R.
Memorial Association. He built a monument
in memory of deceased soldiers of the late
rebellion. He is a member of Kimball Post,
No. 38, G. A. R., and is past commander of
that post. On November 24, 1872, Edwin
Riley married Rosilla Noyes, of Harmony,
Maine. They have five children: Fred E.,
whose sketch follows; Ada C, Ralph J., Grace
F. and Harold G.

(IV) Fred E., eldest child of Edwin (2)
and Rosilla (Noyes) Riley, was born at Law-
rence, October 24, 1874. His preliminary
education was obtained in the public schools
and at Glens Falls .Academy. He subsequently
attended Cornell University, where he took
the civil engineering course, and also a spe-
cial course in electricity. After graduation he
worked with his father at Fort Edward, New
York, removing in 1894 to Livermore Falls,
Maine, where he was made division engineer
for the International Paper Company, which
position he still occupies. He is a member of
the Masonic order, the Shriners, Sons of Vet-
erans, and captain of Company C, Twenty-
third Regiment. Maine National Guard. On
June 23, 1896, Fred E. Riley married Minnie
W. Alden, daughter of Isaiah and Dora A.
(Staples) Alden, of Livermore Falls, and a
direct descendant of Pilgrim John Alden. Mr.
and Mrs. Riley have had six children: Ed-
win, Louis, Standish, Muriel, Raphael, died in
infancy : Marguerite, died in infancy.

Leonard Alden, paternal grandfather of
Minnie W. (Alden) Riley, was one of the
early settlers of Turner, Maine, where he was
a carpenter and farmer. In religion he was a
L^niversalist. He married ^liranda, daughter
of Isaiah Leavitt, one of the earliest settlers
of Turner, and descended from one of the
old families of Massachusetts ; children :
Adelbert, Almeda, Alton, Isaiah and Han-

Isaiah, third son of Leonard and Miranda
(Leavitt) Alden, was born June 8, 1846, and
was educated at Bowdoin College, and at Ann
Arbor, Michigan, graduating from the latter
institution in the class of 1869. He began the
practice of law in Iowa, where he remained
about three years ; then, on account of failing
health, he returned to Livermore Falls, where
he practiced until his death in 1886. He was
a Universalist in religion. On July 24, 1871,
he married Dora .A. Staples, daughter of Ezra

and Sibyl (Grover) Staples, of Carthage,
Maine. They' had children: Sibyl S., Minnie
W., and Loyal L. Minnie W. Alden married
Fred E. Riley, of Livermore Falls.

In many places where mem-
DARLING bers of the Darling family

have lived they have been well
known as people '"of inspiring bravery." In
early settlements of our country when the
strongest men quailed at the stories of Indian
cruelty the Darlings inspired such people to
guard well their homes, and this by a few
words ringing with courage and hope. In
many neighborhoods where the members of
once strong churches have dwindled to a mere
handfull through the changing scenes in a
town's history some Darling has, single-
handed, so inspired others by his constant at-
tendance and work for that church that it
has arisen to be a stronger power for good
than in. the past. The First Congregational
Church of Sioux City, Iowa, stands as a grand
memorial to the magnetic bravery of the Rev.
i\Iarcellus W. Darling. \\'hen Eliakim Dar-
ling joined the army of General Stark from
the hills of Rindge, New Hampshire, his firm
and ringing step so enthused some soldiers
that the gallant leader was not surprised at
the outcome of the battle of Bennington. On
all fields of helpfulness the same story may
be read of the courage inspired by the reso-
lute and far-defying Darlings. And the
women of this noble line have wrought rec-
ords which glow with their hope and enthusi-
asm in the face of the wildest storms and
dangers. The story of Grace Darling has had
many repetitions by sea and land. It is well
that all families cherish the histories of the
brave deeds which shine along their life
stories, but when these brave looks, words
and deeds have rung through the ranks of
life like electric shocks those wdio bear the
Darling name may well be proud of its
marked characteristics.

(I) John Darling was born about the year
1640, and was one of the pioneer settlers at
Andover, Massachusetts, where his wisdom
and courage had much to do with the laying
of the strong foundations of that famous old
town. He married Alary, daughter of Rich-
ard Bishop. Children : Mary, Hannah, Abi-
gail, John, Thomas, Eliakim.

(II) Eliakim, son of John and Mary
(Bishop) Darling, was born in Andover, Mas-
sachusetts, about the j-ear 1680, and inherited
the sturdv and trustworthv character of his



father and the hardihood which marked the
Bishop hne through its many generations. He
married Sarah Buxton in 1704.

(Ill) Jonathan, son of Eliakim and Sarah
(Buxton) Darhng. was born about the year
1714, died in Andover, May 21, 1746. He
was a man of true patriotism and neighborly
helpfuhiess. He married, in 1740, Sarah,
<laughter of W'iUiam and Dorothy (Wright)

(I\') Ehakim (2), son of Jonathan and
Sarah (Wardwell) Darling, was baptized at
Andover, March 6, 1743. In 1771 he removed
to the tow-n of Rindge, New Hampshire. In
1776 he v^'as one of the prominent signers of
the association test, pledging life and fortune
to the American cause, and thus aiding many
others to look hopefully beyond the dark
clouds which hung over our country. In 1777
he served in Captain Salmon Stone's com-
pany. Colonel JN'ichol's regiment. General
Stark's brigade, and bravely participated in
the famous battle of Bennington. After 1782
no mention is made of him in the Rindge rec-
ords, and it is supposed he died about that
time, though the exact date has not been

found. He married (first) JMartha ,

who died in Rindge, July 6, 1780. Married
(second) November 10, 1781, Lucy (Wood)
Pritchard, widow of John Pritchard, of
Rindge, and daughter of Salmon and Han-
nah (Jewett) Wood, of that town. Mrs.
Darling was born in Bedford, ^Massachusetts,
September 2. 1746. Children of first mar-
riage: I. Amos, born in Andover, Massa-
chusetts, January 16, 1766, died in Rindge,
New Hampshire, October 9, 1846 ; he was a
very skilled and industrious blacksmith ; he
married, in Rindge, October 19, 1787, Ede
Stone, born in Rindge, July 24, 1769, daugh-
ter of Captain Salmon and Susannah (Page)
Stone. 2. William, born in Andover, August
II. 1769. T,. Daniel, born in Rindge, April i,
1772. 4. Thomas, born in Rindge, April 26,
1775. 5. Samuel, born in Rindge, August,

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