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in 1678 he is styled sergeant. In 1673 he was
made a freeman, and he served as selectman,
treasurer, constable and tithing man; in 1675
he was impressed for the Narragansett expe-
dition. His will, dated in 1712, was probated
in 1721. He married November 2j, 1659,
Mary, daughter of Robert and Grace An-
drews, born 1638, died 1712. Children: i.
A son, born and died August 28, 1660. 2. A
son born and died November 2, 1661. 3. A
son, born and died December 6, 1662. 4.
Isaac, born September 15, 1664. 5. John. 6.
Thomas, born June 27, 1670. 7. Mary, born
February 16, 1671, married Daniel Black. 8.
Rebecca, born April i. 1674, married (first)

Thomas Howlett, (second) Michael Whidden.
9. Abigail, married Samuel Perley. 10. Steb-
bins, born February 27, 1680; killed by In-
dians, July 3, 1706.

(III) John, fifth son of Deacon Isaac (2)
and Mary (Andrews) Cummings, was born
July 7, 1666, at Topsfield, executed his will
May 8, 1722, and same was proved July 16,
1722. By his father's will he received one
hundred acres of land, now known as the
Hobbs-Bell farm and fifty acres on the south
side of the river, the same being in considera-
tion of the fact that he had helped to support
his parents, and in return was to maintain his
father honorably during his life. By 1694
he had begun to purchase land on the south
side of the river, was living in that ])art of
town before 17 14, and finally became pos-
sessed of two hundred acres. He held sev-
eral town offices, and became an influential
man. The house in which he lived stood until
1882. when it was burned. He married, Jan-
uary 23, 1688, Susanna, daughter of Joseph
and Phebe (Perkins) Towne, born December
24, 1670, died September 13, 1766; children:
Joseph; John, baptized July 17, 1692; Isaac,
"December 25. 1695; David, April 15, 1698;
Mary, May 15, 1700, married Nathaniel
Hutchinson; Susannah, born January 3, 1701-

02, married John Whipple : Stebbins, August

3, 1706; Samuel, February 14. 1708-09; Re-
beckah, baptized November i. 1713, married
Thomas Perkins.

(IV) Joseph, oldest son of John and Su-
sanna (Towne) Cummings, was baptized Jan-
uary 26, 1689-90. at Topsfield, and died of
small-pox, December 24, 1729; seventeen days
later his widow died of the same disease. The
children were then put under a guardian, and
on reaching their majority at different times
sold their shares in the estate, so that the
homestead passed into the hands of another
family. He married. May 22, 1712, Abigail,
daughter of Isaac and Abigail (Kimball) Es-
tey; children: Joseph, born July 27, 1713;
Thomas, baptized July 15. 1716; died young;
Jacob, born May 12, 1717; Sarah, baptized
August 21, 1720, died young; Abigail, born
December 16, 1721, married Ebenezer Sibley;
Daniel; and I\Ioses, born October 9, 1726,
served in the revolution.

(V) Daniel, fourth son of Joseph and Abi-
gail (Estey) Cummings, was born December

4, 1724, at Topsfield, Alassachusetts, and was
one of the first settlers of Gray, Maine, be-
coming an influential man in that town. In
1745 he took part in the Louisburg expedition,
serving under Captain Thomas Pike. He




published intentions of marriage February 6,

1746, with Mary, daughter of George and
Sarah (Gilbert) Williams, of Cape Ann, born
July 4, 1727. Children: Lucy, born August 4,

1747, married Amos Merrill; Molly, born Jan-
uary 27, 1749. married Elias Doughty; Jo-
seph: Daniel, born August 7, 1753, died Sep-
tember 21, 1767; Elislia, June 15, 1755; Amos,
September 12, 1756, died September 17, 1761 ;
Isaac, November 22, 1758; Susannah, Novem-
ber 30, 1760, married Abram Young; Ruth,
born August 9, 1762, married David Jordan ;
Chloe, July 24, 1764, married Nathaniel
Young; Daniel, October 6, 1766; Amos, No-
vember 20. 1768; and Sarah. May 7, 1770,
married Andrew Libby.

(\T) Joseph (2), .eldest son of Daniel and
Mary (Williams) Cummings, was born June
14. 1751, at Topsfield. He went with his
father to Gray, Maine, where he died Decem-
ber 14, 1843. He married (first) Martha
Sargent, and (second) Polly Ingersol. His
children w'ere: Lucy, born June 8, 1778, mar-
ried Joseph Dolley; William, April 18, 1780;
John ; Benjamin ; Pamelia, baptized July 6,
and Isaac, May 7, 1819.
1790, died unmarried; Joseph, Mav 31, 1791 ;

(VTl) Benjamin, third son of Joseph (2),
lived in Gray, Maine, where he died in 1834;
he married Salome Coombs, who died in 1857.
Their children were : Salome Ann, born in
November, 1819; Amasa, December 27, 1822;
John Coombs. October 3, 1826.

(VUl) Salome Ann. only daughter of Ben-
jamin and Salome (Coombs) Cummings, was
born in 1819, and died July 24, 1897. She
married Cvrus L., son of Rev. Reuben Curtis.
(See Curtis \TII.)

(For preceding generations see John .lohnson I.)

(Ill) Benjamin, son of
JOHNSON Humphrey and Eleanor
Johnson, was born at Scitu-
ate, in 1657, and died in Hingham. March 12.
1712. He inherited the great executive ability
of his father, and was one of the most prom-
inent citizens in the strong old town where he
lived. By trade he was a blacksmith, and he
was famed far and near for his promptness
and .skill. He was constable in 1691 and 1692.
and selectman in 1698. He was landlord and
proprietor of the famous Pine Tree Tavern,
which was located in a fine position, and in
which he did all in his power to make his
guests comfortable and happy. He left quite
an estate at the time of his death. He mar-
ried, in Hingham, June 11, 1683, Rebecca
Hersey, born in that town August 20. 1663,

died February 11, 171 1, daughter of William
and Rebecca (Chubbuck) Hersey. Children:
Rebecca, Benjamin (died young), Joshua
(died young), Ruth, Sarah, Benjamin, Mary,
and Joshua.

(IV) Joshua, youngest child of Benjamin
and Rebecca (Hersey) Johnson, was born
about 1702, in Scituate, and settled in Stough-
ton. Massachusetts, about 1735. He was a
carpenter by trade, and did much skilful work
in that town. He married, April 29, 1730,
Mrs. Lydia (Ward) Lincoln, born June 15,
1705, in Hingham, Massachusetts, daughter of
Henry and Ruth (Bailey) Ward. Children:
John, Joshua, Jacola.

(\') Jacob, youngest child of Joshua and
Lydia (Ward) (Lincoln) Johnson, was born
January 31, 1734, and was among the pioneer
settlers of Maine. He had two sons who were
the ancestors of many of the best known citi-
zens of that name in Maine. The will of his
.son Joseph is found in the Lincoln county,
Maine, probate records. No record of his
marriage is discoverable.

(\'I) Jacob (2), son of Jacob (i) Johnson,
was born February 4, 1781, in Jefferson,
Maine, where he passed his life. He married
(first) Esther Linscott; children: Jacob,
born 1807; Nabby. 181 1; Nehemiah, 1813 ;
Nathaniel, 1815. He married (second) July
18, 18 1 6, Abigail Fairbank, born in Hatch.
She married (first) November 29, 1804, Rob-
ert Clark, who died November 16, 1810; she
married (second) Ebenezer Fairbank, who
died August 12, 1815. By her former mar-
riages she was the mother of Robert Qark
and Caroline A. Fairbank. By her third mar-
riage she was the mother of Esther, John
Wesley, and William Fletcher Johnson.

(YH) William Fletcher, son of Jacob (2)
Johnson, was born in Jefferson, Maine, in
1822, and died at Winslow, Maine, in 1894.
He was educated in the common schools. He
was apprenticed to learn the trade of harness
maker and served six years in Brett's shop,
Augusta. Maine. He afterwards attended the
Bloomfield Academy at Skowhegan, and fol-
lowed his trade, working as a journeyman
harness maker at Unity, Freedom, Skowhe-
gan, and finally at Waterville, where he estab-
lished a harness shop on his own account.
After doing business a number of years there
he sold out and started again in Winslow,
Maine. He was a skilful craftsman both at
harness making and carriage trimming. In
politics Mr. Johnson was a Democrat. He
married Ruth S. Boulter, born 1828, in Free-
dom, died 1864. in Freedom. Children: i.



William F., died young. 2. Emma F., died
young. 3. Charles Fletcher, mentioned be-

(Vni) Hon. Charles Fletcher, son of
William Fletcher Johnson, was born at
Winslow, Maine, February 14, 1859. He at-
tended the public, schools of his native town
and the Waterville Classical Institute. lie
was a student at Colby College for two years.
and graduated at Bowdoin College in 1879.
He taught school for a time, and then began
to read law. He was admitted to the bar in
1886, and began to practice as junior partner
of the law firm of Brown & Johnson, and con-
tinued until 1890. During the next four years
he was a partner in the firm of W'ebb, John-
son & Webb, and since then has practiced
alone. His present office is at 102 Alain street,
Waterville. Air. Johnson has taken high rank
in his profession. He has been prominent in
public life. In politics he is a Democrat, and
for many years has been among the leaders
of his party in the state. He was city clerk
in 1887. mayor of the city in 1893, and in the
board of aldermen in 1899. He was in 190 —
a candidate for governor of the state, "leading
with ability an army too small for victory."
He is a member of Waterville Lodge of Free
Masons, and is a past master ; member of
Teconnett Chapter. Royal Arch Masons, and
a former officer ; member and past commander
of St. Omer Commandery, Knights Templar.
He was elected in May, 1906, grand master of
the Grand Lodge of Free Masons of the state
of Maine, and was re-elected the following
year. He is also a member of Waterville
Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks, No. 905, and of Waterville Lodge, An-
cient C)rder of L'nited Workmen. He mar-
ried, December 20. 1881, Abbie W. Brit-
ton, of Winslow, Maine. Children, born at
Waterville: i. William F., died 1893. 2.
Emma L., graduate of Waterville High
School, class of 1903, now a student in Vassar

In New England we find
GRIFFITH among the immigrants Hen-
ry Griffith, who died in Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts Bay Colony, November
12, 1639. Then we have Joshua Griffith, born
in England, in 1610, came from London in
the ship "Abigail," Robert Haskell, master,
June 29, 1635, as a servant with certificate
from the minister of Stephney Parish. Will-
liam Griffith appears as a citizen of Boston in
1676. He was of Welsh origin, and claiming
direct descent from Llewellyn, the last king

of Wales, who was beheaded by the English in
1282, and was son of Griffith C'riffith, king
of Wales. William settled in Mar}dand, mar-
ried Airs. AlcCubben, and had son Orlando,
who married Catherine Howard, and had chil-
dren: Henry, Sarah, Greenbury, Benjamin,
Joshua, Orlando, Jr., Charles H. and Lucretia.
In Pennsylvania we have Griffith Griffith,
born in Wales, came from Llvndurv not later
than 1715, and had brothers William and
John, and died in East Nantmcal township,
Pennsylvania, in 1760. He married, and had
sons Abel and William, and their descendants
settled in South Carolina and New Jersey.
John Griffith was a corporal in Captain Ellas
Morse's company from Livermore, that went
to the defence of Portland in the war of 1812,
and the company was attached to Lieutenant-
Colonel Samuel Holland's regiment, Septem-
ber 14 — 24, 1814, and to Colonel William Ry-
erson, September 25, November 5, 1814, after
the drafts. John Griffin Jr., a stone mason,
built the stone work of the Univcrsalist
church at Livermore, which building was com-
pleted in the spring of 1829 at "The Alore-
lands," the name of the Washburn home-
stead. On the organization of the society in
1807 he subscribed toward the support of a
minister. The name of Hezekiah Griffin ap-
pears among the catalogue of scholars in Liv-
ermore as made by Benjamin Foster, the pop-
ular teacher of schools from 1806-10. This
evidently should be Griffith, and would give
his birth as late as 1800. In view of these his-
torical facts we can readily infer that John
Griffith, the soldier of 1812, was the grand-
father, and that John Griffith Jr., who sub-
scribed toward the support of the Universalist
minister in 1807 and helped to build the
church which was fini'shed in 1829, was father
of Hezekiah Griffith, who was enrolled as a
scholar 1806-10 in the school of Livermore.
The line of descent of the Griffiths of Liver-
more, if this suggestion derived from histor-
ical records be true, would be as follows :

(I) John Griffith, corporal in Captain
Morse's company, 1814, had a son, John Jr.

(II) John (2), son of Corporal John Grif-
fith, had a son Hezekiah, who lived in Liver-
more, Maine.

(HI) Hezekiah, son of John (2) Griflith,
was born in Livermore, RIaine, about 1800,
and married, about 182 1, Lynda Fuller, a de-
scendant of Dr. Samuel Fuller, the physi-
cian of the Pilgrim Colony in Leyden, and
came with the Pilgrims to Plymouth on the
first voyage of the "Mayflower," 1620. They
had a son Stephen Eskridge.



(I\') Stcplicn Eskridge, son of Hezekiah
and Lyndia ( Fuller) Griffith, was born in
Liverrriorc, Maine. He married V^esta Ann,
daughter of Ira Reynolds, of Canton, Maine.
She was born in Canton, February 22, 1836,
and became a frequent contributor under the
pen-name of "Inez" to the Boston Cultivator,
tiie Ladies' Enterprise, and other periodicals
published in her day. In her early life she
wrote humorous and dramatic poems, and her
poetic productions were given a place in "The
Poets and Poetry of Maine," in which state
she became very popular not only for her
attainments in literature, but for her amiable
social qualities. Children of Stephen Esk-
ridge and Vesta Ann (Reynolds) Griffith:
Claude Maitland, and Merle Reynolds lirif-
fith. Stephen Eskridge IJriffith was a saddler,
and lived in Di.xfield, where he was a first se-
lectman of the town, superintendent of the
public schools, and a member of the school
committee. He served in the state militia,
and attained the rank of captain. His mother,
Lyndia (Fuller) Griffith, was a direct de-
scendant from Dr. Samuel Fuller, a "May-
flower" passenger in 1620, and the physician
of the "Mayflower" company, and as one of
the first deacons of the First Church in Ply-
mouth he induced Governor Winthrop and
the Plymouth Colony to adopt the Congrega-
tional form of church 'government. Stephen
Eskridge Griffith died in Dixfield, Maine, July
23, 1885, and his widow married (second)
James Henry Crockett, of Portland.

( \' ) Claude Maitland. only son of .'-;tei)hen
Eskridge and Vesta Ann (Reynolds) Grif-
fith, was born in Dixfield, Maine, June 8, 1872.
After completing the grammar course at the
public schools of Dixfield, he took an acad-
emic course at Westbrook Seminary, Port-
land, Maine, where he was graduated in 1889.
He had studied music and principally the
piano, from early boyhood, and on leaving the
seminary he began teaching the piano and
continued as a teacher of the piano in Auburn,
Maine, for three years, first having studied
under Harvey S. Murray, professor of organ
and piano in Portland, and under Carl Baer-
mann, in Boston, for one year. .After having
taught the piano in Auburn, 1890-93, he re-
moved to New York City in 1894, and while
studying he also taught at the Virgil Piano
School for six years, 1894-1900. To further
perfect himself in the art as a pianist, he
studied piano under Heinrich Barth, and the-
ory under Otto Boise, in Berlin, and piano in
Paris, under Moszkoski, remaining abroad
about one year (igoi). On returning to

New York City in 1902, he established him-
self as instructor of organ and piano, with
studio in Carnegie Hall, where he met with
well deserved success and with anxious pu-
pils on the waiting list to take their turn un-
der his instruction. Upon making his home
in New York he became a member of the
Maine Society of that city. His time being
so fully occupied in teaching he had to refuse
to appear at recitals before tlie public after his
second year, and the gain to the pupils has
been a loss to the music-loving attendants at
such high class musical recitals as are held
throughout the season. Professor Griffith is
a Republican politically, and a Unitarian de-
nominationallv. He is not married.

The early ancestors of the fam-
BROWN ily herein described spelled the

name with the final "e," or at
least the town clerks and parish registers em-
ployed that spelling. In the later generations
the present form has been adopted. This fam-
ily was early identified with the settlement of
Maine, and has sent out from that state sturdy
representatives who confer credit upon their
parentage and nativity.

(I) Edward and Jane (Lide) Browne
lived and died in the parish of Inkburrow,
Worcestershire, England. The latter was a
daughter of Thomas Lide.

(II) Nicholas, son of Edward and Jane
(Lide) Browne, settled in Lynn, Massachu-
setts, before 1638, and was one of the early
planters of that town, residing in what is now
Saugus, on the northwestern side of Saddler's
Rock. He had two hundred ten acres granted
by the town, west of the "Great River." He
was made freeman in 1638, and served as
deputy to the general court in 1641. In 1644
he removed to Reading, where he had a grant
of two hundred acres from the town, and set-
tled first on the east side of the Great Pond.
He owned other lands in Reading and Lynn,
including three hundred twenty-seven acres
on the north side of Ipswich river, granted by
Reading. In 1650 he was made a commis-
sioner to try small causes, and was deputy to
the general court in 1655-56 and 1661, and
also served as selectman the same years. He
was heir to the Lide property in England, and
in 1660 sent his son, described in an Indian
deed as "ye worshipful Mr. John Browne," to
England, to look after the property. Nicholas
Browne died in Reading in 1673, and his es-
tate was valued at twelve hundred thirty-two
pounds nine shillings. He was probably mar-
ried before coming to America, and the Chris-



tian name of his wife was Elizabeth. Both
were admitted to the First Church of Reading,
February 6. 1663. Children: John, Edward,
Joseph, Sarah, Cornelius, Josiah and Eliza-

(III) Joseph, third son of Nicholas and
Elizabeth Browne, was born 1647, in Reading,
and resided in that town. He married Eliza-
beth, daughter of Thomas Bancroft. Chil-
dren : Elizabeth, died young; Elizabeth, bom
1676; Nicholas, mentioned below; Joseph,
born 1679 ; Thomas, 1682 ; two in succession
named Ebenezer, both of whom died young;
Hepzibegh, 1693.

(IV) Nicholas (2), son of Joseph and Eliz-
abeth (Bancroft) Browne, was born in 1677,
in Reading, and had a wife Rebecca. Among
their sons was Captain Benjamin Browne, a
distinguished officer of the revolutionary

(V) Jonathan, son of Nicholas (2) and Re-
becca Browne, was born August 21, 1707, in
Reading, and was a currier by occupation, re-
siding in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He
was taxed in that town from 1733 to 1763, and
bought and sold lands there at various times,
indicating that he was a man of means. He
removed to Concord in 1753, and probably re-
sided there after that date. His wife's Chris-
tian name was Dorcas. Children : Nicholas,
died young : Jonathan, mentioned below ;
Nicholas, born April 10, 1738; Thomas, June
I, 1740; Martha, baptized December 19, 1742;
Jacob ; Mary ; Rebecca and Hannah. Jacob
and Jonathan settled in Maine.

(VI) Jonathan (2). eldest surviving son of
Jonathan ( i ) and Dorcas Browne, was bom
April 14, 1736. in Charlestown, and was
taxed there in 1758, and bought and sold lands
in 1759. He left that town about 1762, and
probably removed about that time to Bowdoin,
Maine. He had a wife Ruth, who owned the
covenant at the Charlestown church, August
6, 1758. They had two daughters born in

(\TI) Jonathan (3), son of Jonathan (2)
and Ruth Browne, was born about 1763, and
was in early life a seaman, and later a farmer
in Bowdoin, Maine. The first record of the
name in Bowdoin appears in 1790, when Jon-
athan is among the residents of that town.
He died at the age of about sixty years. He
married Jane Tarr ; children : Jonathan, Jo-
seph. Harriet. Susanna. Maria, Eleanor, Jane,
and Deborah.

(VIII) Jonathan (4) eldest son of Jona-
than (3) and Jane (Tarr) Brown, was born
1786, in Bowdoin, and was a sailor, and be-

came a master-mariner, following the sea un-
til fifty years of age. He then settled on the
paternal homestead in Bowdoin, and died
there September 13, 1862. He was a Baptist
in religion, and a Democrat in political prin-
ciples. He married Elizabeth L. Alexander, a
native of Bowdoin, and five of their seven
children grew to maturity: i. Joseph, men-
tioned below. 2. Robert, removed to Denver,
Colorado. 3. John O., resided in Bowdoin.
4. Elizabeth, became the wife of Lorenzo
Minot, of that town. 5. Alpheus M., also re-
sided in Bowdoin.

(IX) Joseph, eldest son of Jonathan (4)
and Elizabeth L. (Alexander) Brown, was
born about 1820, in Bowdoin, and early went
to sea and became a master mariner. He was
washed overboard and drowned in the harbor
of Rio Janeiro, in 1864. He married Lydia
A. ]\Ierritt, of Brunswick, whose ancestors
came from Scituate, Massachusetts. After
marriage they settled in Topsham, Sagadahoc
county, Maine, where their son, Augustus
Horner, was born April 14, i860.

(X) Augustus Horner, son of Captain Jo-
seph and Lydia A. (Merritt) Brown, was
brought up in Lewiston, Maine, where he at-
tended the public schools, including the Latin
school as preparatory to a college course. He
was an undergraduate student at Harvard
College in 1878-80, matriculated at Bowdoin
College in 1880. and was graduated A. B.
1884, A. M. 1887. and at the College of Physi-
cians and Surgeons, New York City, M. D.
1890. He was a post-graduate student in the
universities and hospitals of Paris and Lon-
don 1890-91, and became medical examiner on
the civil service board. State of Massachusetts,
serving on that board for seventeen years,
1886-1902. He was then medical examiner
for the civil service board of the City of New
York 1888, and medical examiner of the Met-
ropolitan Police, New York City, from 1900.
He is a member of the Harvard Club, the
New York City Club, and of the Maine Society
of New York. Dr. Brown married. May 10,
1887, Mary Jeannette. daughter of Captain
James Robson, of England, and they have no
children. He resides at No. 262 West 136th
street. New York City.

This family was very
SHERBURNE early planted in what is

now New Hampshire, and
is undoubtedly of English origin. It has been
conspicuous in the settlement of that state as
well as of Maine, and among others has con-
tributed in no small measure to the growth



and development of the best interests in that

(I) Henry Sherburne and wife, Rebecca
Gibons, were located at Strawberrybank (now
Portsmouth), New Hampshire, as early as

(II) Captain Samuel, son of Henry and Re-
becca (Gibons) Sherburne, was bom in 1638,
at Portsmouth, and settled in Hampton, New-
Hampshire, where he kept the ordinary. He
was engaged with the numerous wars with the
Indians of his time, and was killed by them
at Casco, Maine, August 4, 1691. He mar-
ried, in December, 1668, Love, daughter of
John and Frances Hutchins, at Haverhill,
Massachusetts. She died in February, 1739,
in Kensington. Their children were : Frances
(died young), Elizabeth, Henry, Frances,
John (died young), Margaret, Mary, Sarah,
Samuel, Love, John, Achaicus, and a post-
humous daughter whose name has not been

(III) John, fourth son of Captain Samuel
and Love (Hutchins) Sherburne, was born
February 2, 1688, in Portsmouth, and lived
there until 1736, when he removed to Epping,
New Hampshire. He married, November 12,
1713, Jane, daughter of Abraham (2) and
Sarah (Hobbs) Drake, and granddaughter of
Abraham ( i ) Drake, a pioneer of Hampton,
and great-granddaughter of Robert Drake of
Devon, England. She was born 1691. No
record appears of her death or that of her
husband. Their children were: Sarah, Mar-
garet, Samuel, Jane. Love, Mary, Elizabeth
and Jane.

(IV) John (2), second son of John (i)
and Jane (Drake) Sherburne, was born Feb-
ruary 2, 1723, in Hampton, and removed from
what is now North Hampton to Northwood,
New Hampshire, with his wife Sarah. His
children were baptized from 1744 to 1754,
namely: Sally, Benjamin, John, Betsy, and

(\') Colonel John (3), second son of John
(2) and Sarah Sherburne, was born about
1750, in Northwood. He probably came of

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