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1777. 6. An infant, born July 2, 1779, died
July 5, 1779- 7- Eliakim, mentioned below.
Child of second marriage: 8. Martha, born in
Rindge, I\Iarch 2, 1782.

(V) Eliakim (3), son of Eliakim (2) and
Martha Darling, married Ruth Buck, a di-
rect descendant of the ancestor, William Buck,
who was born in England in 1585, and set-
tled in Cambridge. Massachusetts, April 15,
1635, where he died January 24, 1658, being
the founder of a family line of great courage
and hardihood.

(VI) Amos Buck, son of Eliakim (3) and

Ruth (Buck) Darling, was born December
20, 1812, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
September 7, 1884. He w^as a very wealthy
merchant of Philadelphia, and a man of great
helpfulness and integrity in the community
where he lived. He was a very patriotic citi-
zen, was captain in the militia, and at the
time of the Aroostook war in Maine was or-
dered by the United States government to call
out his com])any, as it was well understood
what a thrilling effect would follow the ap-
pearance of this noble soldier and his well
trained men. He married Caroline Hooper,
who was a woman of sterling qualities. Chil-
dren : I. John Augustus, born at Bucksport,
June 7, 1835. 2. .Margarette, February 25,
1837, married James N. Buck. 3. .-Austin H.,
August 6, 1838. 4. \'aleria P., February 10,
1840, married Henry Watson. 5. James A.
H., October 25, 1841, married Isabella Bull.
6. Alfred H., May 15, 1843, married Mary
Welch. 7. William S., July 26, 1847, married
Mary J. Johnson. 8. Howard R., September
19, 1850, married Lizzie Sumers. 9. Kate,
Januarv 18, 1853. 10. Amos L., July 15,
1856. ■

(\TI) Colonel John Augustus, United
States Army, son of Amos Buck and Caro-
line (Hooper) Darling, w-as born in Bucks-
port, June 7, 1835. He was a very distin-
guished soldier in the civil war. He now has
a beautiful summer home at Bucksport. He
married (first) January 28, 1866, Encar-
necion Yniguez, of Chili, South America:
married (second) Mrs. Clara L. Hastings, of
San Francisco, California, 1895. Since
Colonel Darling retired from the army he and
his wife have made three tours around the

This family is ancient in
NORWOOD England, and its name is

derived from the place of
its original abode — Northwoods — which, by
plainly discernible philology, became Nor-
wood. The family intermarried with those
of Clark, Croucher, Crowell, La Tour, Hard-
ing, and Maitland — names closely associated
with the earlier upbuilding of Great Britain.
Few of the forefathers of this line of Nor-
woods died natural deaths, nor have their de-
scendants. They were officers and men in
the sea and land forces of Great Britain, back
to the days of the tribe Northwooders, from
which ancient race the present family sprang.
Their "cry" has always been, "When you have
an enemy at the point of the bayonet, take him
prisoner, or run him through." An American



branch of the family was established in the
colonial period, but the present line dates
back but three generations. They have proven
their worth and devotion to American institu-
tions by the last test — the offer of life in de-
fence of the land of their adoption — as their
forefathers did for their native soil.

(I) Rev. Joseph William Norwood was
bom in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In early life
he was a sea captain, and in one of his voy-
ages he was called upon to assist in quelling
an insurrection at an English port in .Africa,
being then an officer in the Royal Naval Re-
serve Corps. His entrance upon his final ca-
reer was deferred by the outbreak of the civil
war. He enlisited under the first call of Pres-
ident Lincoln for troops, in the First Regi-
ment, Massachusetts Infantry, and partici-
pated in the battle of Bull Run, where he was
severely wounded by a bayonet thrust — one
of the comparatively few incidents of the
great war, where the contestants came to-
gether in hand-to-hand conflict. In another
engagement he received a bullet in the ankle,
and a slash in the face from a Confederate
sabre, which left an ugly scar. His only
brother, James William, was killed in action
at Antietam Bridge, Virginia, during the self-
same war. Joseph William Norwood served
faithfully throughout the war, and was one of
the victorious host which marched down Penn-
sylvania Avenue, in the national capital, in
the Grand Review in May, 1865, just on tiie
eve of disbandment.

At the close of the war, Mr. Norwood pre-
pared for the ministry by taking a course in
the General Theological Seminary (Episco-
pal) at Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. On leav-
ing that institution he was sent by the Epis-
copal Church to the west coast of Africa, with
a shipload of freedmen, this being one of
the earliest attempts at their colonization in
the land of their origin (a favorite scheme of
President Lincoln during his life), and which
proved abortive. Mr. Norwood was for
some time a missionary there, at Sierra Leone,
Monravia, Cavalla and Cape Mount. He sub-
sequently returned to the United States, and
labored in the missionary fields in western
states and territories, and where he broadened
his education by attendance at the Kansas
State University, from which he graduated.
Later, he was also in Canada, in the British
provinces. Rev. Mr. Norwood married Edith
Matilda Harding, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Their children were: i. James William (died
in infancy). 2. Rev. Joseph Robinson (see
forward). 3. Florence Edith. 4. Rev. Rob-

ert Wentworth ; educated at Kings College,
Nova Scotia; now rector at Spring Hill, Nova
Scotia ; widely known as a poet, a writer of
cantatas, and contributor to magazines and
other periodicals. 5. Edmund Bambrick;
graduate of Dalhousie University, Halifax,
Nova Scotia ; a physician at Hubbard's Cove,
Nova Scotia.' 6. Nellie Haines.

(II) Rev. Joseph Robinson, son of Rev.
Joseph William and Edith M. (Harding)
Norwood, was born in \'ineland, New Jersey,
April 22, 1869. His birth occurred while his
father was a student in the Theological Semi-
nary at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was
a babe when his parents went to Liberia, and
he was the first white child in this Black Re-
public. His preliminary education was ob-
tained in the various towns to which his fath-
er's ministerial duties called him. His col-
lege preparatory training was pursued in
Greenville (New York) Academy, and Key-
port (New Jersey) Academy. From the last
of these fitting schools he entered Bishop's
University, Lenoxville, Province of Quebec,
Canada, and was graduated therefrom with
the degree of Bachelor of Arts. After com-
pleting his collegiate course he was appointed
to the rectorship of St. John's Church, Fish-
ers Island, New York; and, subsequently, to
Christ Church, Bellport, Long Island, New
York. He then accepted the rectorship of St.
Mary's-by-the-Sea, at Northeast Harbor,
Maine, remaining nine years, and as a result
of his efficient labors two stone church edifices
and a parish house were erected there. In
1904 he came to his present charge at East-
port, Maine, where his services are bearing
good fruit. His knowledge of general re-
ligious conditions and needs is attested by his
superior placing him upon the committee on
new parishes and missions. Diocese of Maine.
Deeply interested in education, he was for
seven years superintendent of schools at
Mount Desert, Alaine, during his rectorship
there, and was founder of the Northeast Har-
bor Village Improvement Society, and chair-
man of its executive committee throughout his
residence in that place. He was associated in
the latter work with President Eliot, late of
Harvard University ; President Gilman, of
Johns Hopkins Universitv ; Rt. Rev. William
Croswell Doane, D.D., LL.D., Bishop of Al-
bany; and Hon. Seth Low, LL.D., of New
York City; as well as others of the summer
colony at Mt. Desert. He is a member of
Ocean Lodge, No. 140, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, at Northeast Harbor, of which
he is past grand; of Mt. Desert Encamp-



ment, Patriarchs Militant, of the same order,
at Sag Harbor ; of Atlantic Lodge, Knights of
Pythias, of Northeast Harbor, of which he is
past chancellor, in which order he is in mem-
bership with the Grand Lodge of Maine, and
member of the committee on warrants and
charters of that august body. He is a mem-
ber of the Sons of Veterans, having been
initiated in Camp No. 2, Department of New
Jersey. He is chaplain of the Uniform Rank,
Knights of Pythias, Company No. H, of East-
port, Maine.

Rev. Mr. Norwood married Mvrtie May
(born in Hatley. Province of Quebec, Can-
ada), daughter of Squire and Ann Colby, both
deceased, of Lenoxville, Province of Quebec,
Canada. Her parents were respectively of old
New Hampshire and Vermont families, her
father's line tracing to the vicinity of Con-
cord. Children of Rev. and Mrs. Norwood:
Myrtie May, born July 26, 1892; and Joseph
Maitland, born July 26, 1897.

The name of Webber is obvi-
WEBBER ously derived from the Ger-
man weber, meaning weaver,
which occupation is also responsible for the
cognate patronymics, Webb, Webster and
Weeber. Some of these forms appeared in
England at a very early date. Langland in
his "Visions of Piers Plowman," written in
1362, says :

"My wife was a webbe
And woolen cloth made."

It is interesting to know that in those early
days Webber was the masculine and Webster
the feminine form of the name. The sim-
plicity of the Webber coat-of-arms shows it
to be of very ancient design. The emblem is
described in heraldic language as : Gules ; on
a chevron engrailed or, between three hurts
(azure roundels), as many annulets azure.
This may be expressed in untechnical terms as
a crimson field crossed by a gold bar set be-
tween three blue circles and three blue rings.
We find that in 1462 Henry Webber was Dean
of Exeter, and in later times the name is as-
sociated with Saint Kew parish in Cornwall,
where it is inscribed on a chime of bells and
on a flagon in the communion service. At
present the Webber family is prominent
among the Irish land-owners of county Cork.

In America the Webber name is found
among the earliest records of Maine and Mas-
sachusetts. Thomas Webber, mariner of
Boston, joined the church on April 7, 1644,
and was master of the ship "Mayflower." In
1652 he sold about a quarter of this vessel of

two hundred tons, and removed to Maine.
One statement says that he was living at Res-
keagan, an island near the mouth of the Ken-
nebec, as early as 1649. He married Mary,
daughter of the proprietor, John Parker, and
owned immense tracts of land reaching from
Kennebec river to Casco Bay. Thomas and
Mary (Parker) Webber had five sons, who
settled about r'almouth and Harpswell, and it
is probable from these sons that most of the
Maine Webbers are descended. The Indian
wars, beginning in 1688 and lasting about ten
years, drove the Webbers into Massachusetts,
where they lived at Charlestown and Glouces-
ter. They appear to have been a seafaring
people, and there is record that Captain John
\^'ebber, probably the eldest son of this family,
sailed from Boston to Barbacloes on Decem-
ber 6, 1664. Massachusetts has ]jroduced
many distinguished Webbers, among them
Samuel Webber, born in 1760, who was pro-
fessor of mathematics and afterwards presi-
dent of Harvard College. Beside the Web-
bers of English antecedents in this country,
there are some who can boast Dutch lineage.
Wolfert Webber came from Holland in the
seventeenth century. It is believed that he
went first to New York, and kter migrated to
Maine, living first at Richmond and after-
wards at Litchfield. Some of his sons re-
mained in Richmond and some went to
Harpswell. The following line is descended
from Wolfert Webber, the immigrant.

(I) Edsell Webber, the great-grandson of
Wolfert Webber, was born in Lisbon, Maine,
and was a farmer. Little else is known of his
career except that he married, about the be-
ginning of the nineteenth century, Dorcas
Blethen, and had a family of seven children,
three boys, four girls, among them Edsell
Bates, whose sketch follows.

(II) Edsell Bates, son of Edsell and Dorcas
(Blethen) Webber, was born March 11, 1822,
at Lisbon, Maine, and died September 12,
1878. In 1856 he married Clementine Brown,
daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Allen)
Brown, of Durham, Maine. Seven children
were born of this marriage: i. Millard C.,
March 4, 1857 ; Cora Charlotte, September 14,
1858; Mary LilHan, August 24, i860; George
Bertrand, April 4, 1864; John Roderick,
whose sketch follows ; and Hiram Ashton, Oc-
tober 30, 1872. Of this family Millard C,
the eldest son, married, July 30, 1890, Cora
Ellen Blethen, daughter of Horace K. and
Ellen (Frost) Blethen. She died May 20,
1894, leaving two children : Rena Ellen, born
July I, 1892; and Fred Carroll, April 20, 1894.



On October 5, 1904, Millard C. Webber mar-
ried (second) Lilla Anlclle Ludwig, daughter
of Alphonse and Soplironia (Pease) Ludwig,
of Waldoboro, Maine.

(Ill) John Roderick, third son of Edsell
Bates and Clementine (Brown) Webber, was
born July 21. 1866, at Lisbon, Maine. He
early had to learn to care for himself, and at
the age of fourteen entered the woolen mill at
Li>bon. where he remained about a year and
a half, going to school for one term mean-
time. For a short period thereafter he worked
in a saw-mill and then was employed by his
brother in a grocery store. By this time he
had acquired an ambition to become a printer,
which resulted in his coming to Lewiston and
learning that business, which is a liberal edu-
cation in itself. On March i, i8go, in part-
nership with John H. Merrill, llr. Webber
went into business for himself, buying out a
small establishment, which soon became so
crowded that they were compelled to move
into more commodious quarters, which in
turn had to be enlarged. The strict attention
paid to business and the executive ability soon
gave John R. Webber a reputation for sound
judgment and large common sense. These
qualities, addeci to his known integrity, have
brought him honors that many who had far
better early advantages have failed to reach.
His first office was that of warden, and soon
after he was called to serve the city as coun-
cilman in 1903. He was elected alderman in
1905, and was then nominated by the Repub-
lican party for mayor and was elected. He is
chairman of the board of public works and
also of the board of education. Mayor Web-
ber is prominent in fraternal organizations,
being a Mason of the thirty-second degree.
He is a past master of the Blue Lodge, past
high priest of the chapter, past thrice illustri-
ous master of the council, and holds offices in
the Commandery of the Scottish Rite bodies
and in the Shrine. He is past chief of the
Knights of the Golden Eagle, belongs to the
Calumet Club and is treasurer of the Com
Roasters' Club, one of the most select social
clubs in the state. On October 25. 1893, John
Roderick Webber married Etta G. Getchell,
daughter of Ezra and Abigail (Hall) Getchell,
of Winthrop, Maine, where Mrs. Webber's
father was a prominent hotel-keeper for years.

According to the historian Boeth-
SCOTT ius (and his theory is supported

by \^ermundus, Cornelius and
Scoleger), the origin of this name goes back
to extreme antiquity. Boethius avers that it

is derived from Scota, the daughter of that
Pharaoh, king of Eg}'pt, who was drowned in
the Red Sea. The history reads like a fairy
tale. Gathelus, .son of Cecrops, first king of
Athens, and a native of Egypt, became so in-
solent and troublesome at his father's court
that he was banished the kingdom. Ac-
companied by a large band of fugitives, he
left Greece and went to Egypt in tjie time of
Moses, at a time when Pharaoh was engaged
in a war with neighboring nations. Joining
his forces with the Egyptians, he was made a
general and soon subdued the natives at war
with Pharaoh, and so soon won the favor of
that monarch that the latter gave his daughter,
Scota. in marriage to Gathelus. About this
time Egypt was visited with the plague men-
tioned in the Bible. In order to escape from
this scourge, Gathelus and Scota, his wife,
with a large number of Greeks and Egyptians,
put to sea, and landing in Spain, called that
portion of the country Port Gathale, now
known as Portugal. On account of the affec-
tion that Gathelus bore his wife, Scota, he
named the people "Scottis."

After years of bloody warfare with the bar-
barians of Spain, Gathelus, with his colony,
sailed for and landed in Ireland, and after-
wards went over to the northern part of
Britain, which was called Scotland (the land
of the Scots) from the Scots who planted
themselves there. We have the testimony of
Seneca that the name of Scot was known to
some writer in the first century. The Bishop
of Aberdeen, who searched all the monuments
of antiquity in Scotland, says that all agree
that the name of Scot was derived from Scota,
the most important person in the colony. Long
anterior to the general use of surnames, na-
tives of Scotland who migrated to England
or other countries, added Scotus to their
proper name to denote their nativity or de-
scent. Among these was John Duns Scotus,
one of the greatest scholars of his time, of
whom Halles says that thirty thousand people
attended his lectures at Oxford. As we come
down to the Norman period in England, dis-
tinguished people who had Scotch blood in
their veins added the Christian name "le
Scot," as John le Scot, last Earl of Chester,
and his grand nephew, William Baliol le Scot,
ancestor of the Scotts of Scotts Hall, Kent.
The old Norman church at Brabourne, Kent,
contains many monuments of the Scotts of
Scotts Hall, some of which date back to the
thirteenth century. In Kent, Staffordshire
and the Scotch border, for long generations
the family of Scott has been one of great



wealth and power. At one period it was said
that the Scotts of Scotts Hall could travel
from Bradbourne to London, some fifty or
sixty miles, without leaving the estates of the
family connections. It is an historical record
that in 1665 "Lady Anna Scott was esteemed
the greatest fortune and most accomplished
lady of the Isle of Britain." In Scotch his-
tory we meet with John Scott, a native of
Cheshire, England, who was elected Bishop of
Saint Andrews in 11 78. The first of the name
of Scott in England after surnames came into
general use, was John Scott, the last Earl of
Chester, born in 1206. Sir Peter Scott, first
mayor of Newcastle in 125 1, and Sir Nicholas,
his son, capital baililT of Newcastle in 1269,
date from the same century.

(I) David Scott, earliest known ancestor of
this line, was born January 29, 1793, in
County Armagh, Ireland, and died at Green-
bush, Maine, April 28, 1850. He migrated to
Belfast, Maine, in 1814, and about 1820 mar-
ried Betsey Coombs, who was born at Isles-
boro, Maine, June 12, 1802, and died Octo-
ber 4, 1890, at the age of eighty-eight. She
was descended from the Warner Quakers, and
was prominent in the Society of Friends.
David and Betsey (Coombs) Scott (a de-
scendant of General Joseph Warren) had
children: James C, born September 30, 1821,
died August 25, 1905 ; Martha C. November
6, 1822, died March 12, 1899; William H.,
whose sketch follows; David, March 27, 1828,
died in 1907; Anna B., February i, 1832;
Olney T.. November 26, 1834; and two who
died in infancy.

(II) William H., second son of David and
Betsey (Coombs) Scott, was born at Albion,
Maine, August 27, 1825. He was educated in
the common schools and at Freedom Acad-
erny. About 1845 he moved from Albion to
Greenbush, and worked at carpentry and
farming, and was quite an extensive lumber
operator. He is a Republican in politics, and
served as selectman, in various town offices,
and represented Greenbush in the state legis-
lature of 1862. He married Caroline A.,
daughter of Joseph G. and Hannah Folsom.
who was born in Bangor, Maine, February
22, 1830, and died in 1872. Children: Win-
field, born July 30, 1861, now living at South
Braintree, Massachusetts ; and Clarence,
whose sketch follows.

Joseph G. Folsom, father of ^Irs. Caroline
(Folsom) Scott, was born in 1792, and died
July 31. 1857. His wife Hannah was born
in 1806, and died July 20, 1888. They had
children: Joseph O., William H., Emma A.,

Caroline A., Charles, George A., Fernando
and Frank. The two youngest sons were
killed in the War of the Rebellion.

(Ill) Clarence, younger son of William H.
and Caroline A. (Folsom) Scott, was born at
Greenbush, Maine, August 24, 1866. He was
educated in the town schools of Greenbush,
at Old Town .Xcademy, and at the Alaine State
College. He read law in the office of J. F.
Gould, of Old Town, and was admitted to the
Maine bar April 26, 1894, and to the United
States Circuit Court, April 22, 1899. In the
former year he began the practice of law in
Old Town, where he has remained ever since.
He is a Republican in politics, and has served
on the ward and city committees. He belongs
to Knights of Pythias, of Old Town, and other
social and beneficial orders. On April 15,
1902, Clarence Scott married Charlotte Chase
Folsom, daughter of Franklin W. and Lillie
A. (Hopkins) Folsom. (See Folsom IX.)
Children: Robert Folsom, born January 9,
1906; and Gorham, November 22, 1907.

The earliest period at which
FOLSOM this name appears in history is
in the first half of the four-
teenth century. There was a John Foulsham,
of Foulsham, prior of a Carmelite monastery
in Warwick. England, and his brother Rich-
ard was more prominent. Foulsham, the seat
of the family, probably took its name from be-
ing the home (hame) of many foules (birds).
The first traceable ancestor of the American
family is Roger Foulsham, of Necton, Nor-
folk county, England, whose will is dated
1534. His son William married Agnes Smith,
of Besthorpe : their son Adam married, and
had Adam, baptized in 1560, resided in Hing-
ham. England, and his son Adam married

Agnes , and had sons John, Adam and


(I) John Foulsham, son of Adam Foul-
sham. last named, was baptized in Hingham,
England, in 1615. From him are descended,
as far as known, all the Folsoms of America
except a family which is found in South Caro-
lina. He sailed April 26. 1638, in the ship
'"Diligent," of Ipswich, with a company of one
hundred and thirty-three persons. With him
were his wife Mary, whom he married Octo-
ber 4, 1636, and her parents, Edward and
Mary Clark Gilman, and three younger broth-
ers — Edward, not quite twenty-one, John and
Moses; and younger sisters, Sarah and Lydia.
They landed at Boston, August 10, 1638. John
Foulsham (Folsom) received a grant of land
that vear. and built a house which was stand-



ing until 1875. He was prominent in the
community, and while in Hingham was elected
"one of the men to order the prudential af-
fairs of the town." In the trouble over the
selection of a captain of militia, he strongly
opposed the governor, and he and ninety oth-
ers were fined, his share being twenty pounds,
but by some means he appears to have been
exempted from payment. About 1650 he re-
moved to Exeter, New Hampshire, where his
father-in-law had already gone. He lived on
the west side of the river, where the first set-
tlements of Exeter were made. As surveyor
he lan the lines between Exeter and Dover;
was selectman in 1659; on the jury in 1662;
and in July, 16C5, was one of a committee
from Dover, Portsmouth, Exeter and Hamp-
ton to consult on political grievances. In ad-
vanced life he became involved in his pe-
cuniary affairs, but his sons assisted him to
retain a home for himself and his aged wife,
who lived about ten years after his death, in
1681. He was an intelligent, earnest, enter-
prising man, a decided Christian, ready to
sacrifice wealth, ease and popularity, for the
sake of principle, and he successfully trained
up six sons to become efficient laborers in lay-
ing the foundations of New Hampshire. His
children were : Samuel, John, Nathaniel,
Israel, Peter, Mary and Ephraim.

(II) Peter, fifth son of John (i) and Mary
(Gilman) Folsom, was baptized at Hingham,
Massachusetts, April 8, 1649, and died at Exe-
ter, New Hampshire, in 1717. He lived at
Hampton, New Hampshire, east of the village,
on the road to Kensington, a neighborhood oc-
cupied by several generations of his descend-
ants. He was an active business man and ac-
quired a goodly property. He always bore

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