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his title through service in the militia, as he
has no rank above private in the revolutionary
rolls of New Hampshire. They show his
name in the list of Captain Joseph Parson's
company of militia November 22, 1775, and
other lists show that he was a member of this
company previous to that time. In the re-
cruits for completing the Third New Hamp-
shire regiment for the Continental army, en-
listed , previously, occurs the name of John
Sherburne, mustered by Joseph Bartlett, at

Kingston, and credited with service from
June 27 to December 12, that year. He was
credited with ninety-nine miles of travel at
Worcester. The family tradition relates that
he passed his life in Northwood, but gives no
record of his marriage. The vital statistics
of New Hampshire fail to give any record
either of his marriage or his children.

(VI) Benjainin, son of Colonel John Sher-
burne, as shown by the family records, was
born November 6, 1781, in Northwood, and
died November 25, 1837. He was a celebrated
school teacher of New Hampshire. He mar-
ried, N'ovember 3, 1809, Nancy Durgin, born
in Northwood, July 15, 1791, died November
8, 1862. Their children : Mary D., born April
25, 1810, died January 13, 1867; Sarah H.,
born December 20, 1813, died October 2, 1837;
Samuel D., born October 20, 1815 (see for-
ward) ; Nancy S., born August 5, 1818, died
July 3, 1838 ; Nathaniel S., born June 3, 1823
(see forward); Frances Jane, born April 16,

(\ II) Samuel Durgin, eldest son of Ben-
jamin and Nancy (Durgin) Sherburne, was
born October 20, 1815. and died April 26,
1876. He married Isabelle Pettengill, July 5,
1841. Their children were : i. Leroy D. Sun-
derland, born }»Iarch 4, 1843, died April 9,
1887. 2. Benjamin Franklin, born December
4. 1844, died in Revere, January 16, 1907,
leaving three daughters and son Guy. 3. In-
fant son. May 10, 1846. 4. Gardner Durgin,
born October 29, 1847, living at present at
Candia, New Hampshire ; is married, and has :
Grace, died at the age of one year; Frederick
Delbert, married, and lives in Lawrence, Mas-
sachusetts; Vernon Wayland, died in 1902,
aged twenty-five years; Grace Evelyn, now
Mrs. George L. Rowe, of Candia, New Hamp-
shire. 5. Samuel Durgin Jr., born December
10, 1849, died in Revere, May i, 1905, leaving
a widow ; he had a son Stephen who died in
early boyhood. 6. Sarah Isabelle, born Feb-
ruary 3, 1853, still living (Mrs. Henry D.
Stearns, Bradford, \'ermont) ; has son Wal-
ter. 7. Infant son, July 8, 1855.

(VII) Nathaniel S., second son of Benja-
min and Nancy (Durgin) Sherburne, was
born June 3, 1823, and died January 31, 1865.
He received a good education in the schools
of his native place, after which he mastered
the carpenter trade, and also became a mill-
wright. At the time of his death he had one
of the mills at North Berwick, Maine. Al-
though not a communicant, he was a regular
attendant of the Baptist church, and acted po-
litically with the old Democratic party. He



married Lydia E. Thompson, born April 20,
1827, in Sanford, Maine; children: i. Nettie
S., born November 11, 1848, died February
18, 1905 ; she became the wife of Charles E.
Mildram, who lives in Boston ; children : Helen
F., born 1868, and Mabel Maud, born 1870.
2. Frank G., died less than a year old. 3.
Sarah E. 4. Frank. S- Fred S'., born April
5, 1859-

(VIII) Fred S., youngest child of Na-
thaniel S. and Lydia E. (Thompson) Sher-
burne, was born April 5, 1859. At a very early
age he went to work in the Sanford Mills. He
engaged in the lumber business at Sanford in
1890, and has succeeded in building up an ex-
tensive trade. He is an active and useful
citizen of the town and interested in general
progress. He is a firm believer in the prin-
ciples of the Republican party. He has never
sought or accepted any political position. He
is a member of Sagamore Tribe, Improved
Order of Red Men. of Sanford, and Portland,
Maine, Lodge of Elks.

The Southards are all de-
SOUTHARD scended from the ancient

Southworth family of Som-
ersetshire and Lancashire, England, which de-
rived its name from the Southworth estate, in
the barony of Newton. The parent surname,
which was Croft, originated in the same man-
ner, and the first to assume it was Roger de
Croft, falconer to John, Count of Mortain.
This Roger, who died about the year 1255,
was probably identical with Roger de Burton.
The original Croft estate was located in West
Derby Hundred. Gilbert de Croft, son of
Hugh, acquired possession of the estates of
Croft and Southworth from Gilbert de Croft,
son of the above mentioned Roger, and ap-
pears to have adopted the surname of South-
worth. Sir John Southworth, a descendant of
Gilbert (de Croft) Southworth, was of Sam-
lesbury Hall, Lancashire, and his eldest son
and heir, Thomas, was the father of Edward
Southworth, of Leyden. The latter was the
immediate progenitor of 'Constant and Thom-
as, who transplanted the name in New Eng-
land. Edward Southworth separated himself
from the Established Church of England, and,
joining the little flock of worshipers under
the leadership of Rev. John Robinson, accom-
panied them to Leyden, where he became a
silk weaver. He was born about 1590, and
died about 1621. May 28, 1613, he married
Alice Carpenter, born about 1590, daughter of
Alexander Carpenter, of Wrington, Somerset-
shire. At Plvmouth, Massachusetts, on Au-

gust 14, 1623, she married for her second iius-
band Governor William Bradford, and sub-
sequently sent for her two sons, Constant and
Thomas Southworth, who were born in Ley-
den in 1615 and 1616 respectively. She died
in Plymouth, March 26, 1670. Constant
Southworth, who died in Duxbury, March 10,
1678, married, November 2, 1637, Elizabeth,
daughter of William Collier. His brother
Thomas, who died in Plymouth, December 8,
1669, married Elizabeth, daughter of John
and Frances Clark Reyner. Samuel G. Web-
ber, A. B., M. D., in his "Genealogy of the
5outh worths" (Southards), states that the
John Southard of Boothbay, mentioned be-
low, was without doubt descended from the
Plymouth Southworths, but being unable to
obtain the name of his father, he could not
trace his line of descent.

(I) John Southard, of Boothbay, born
about 1763, was captured by the British dur-
ing the revolutionary war, and subsequently
making his escape from Halifax, journeyed on
foot through the wilderness to his home. After
the close of the war he settled in Boothbay,
Maine, taking up two hundred and sixty acres
on Bak river (so-called) and became a farmer,
shipbuilder and master mariner, prospering
greatly for his time. In 1790 and again in
1794 he served as constable in Boothbay; was
surveyor of highways for the years 1794-95-
99, 1800, 1805 and 1806, and was fish warden
in 1795. He married Sarah Lewis, of Chel-
sea, Massachusetts, born in 1763, daughter of
Joseph and Sarah (Dexter) Lewis. She died
in Gray, Maine, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Mary Nash, October 18, 1847. The
children of this union, all natives of Boothbay,
were: i. Frances, born March 11, 1783; mar-
ried, January 16, 1803, Stephen Lewis, of
Boothbay; she died prior to April 13, 1814.
(Tradition says she was John's fifth child.)

2. Rebecca, born 2^Iarch 17, 1786, died at
Boothbay, October 31, 1817; married, Jan-
uary 21 (April 15), 1804, John Matthews Jr.,
of Boothbay. 3. Sarah, born August 9, 1787;
married, January 28, 181 1, Rev. Timothy Dun-
ton Jr., of Boothbay. 4. Elizabeth, born De-
cember 29, 1789, died February 7, 1804. 5.
John, born October 27, 1791 (see forward).
6. Mary, born August 17, 1794, died Febru-
ary 6. 1804. 7. Phebe, born December i,
1796, died February 4, 1804. 8. Ebenezer,
born November 18, 1799; married, January
I, 1822, Martha Stone, of Boothbay. 9. Clar-
issa, born October 6, 1801 ; married, December

3, 1818, Nathaniel Tibbetts (2d), of Booth-
bay, lo-ii. Elizabeth (twin), married Rich-



ard Baker, of Cliarlestown, Massachusetts ;
Mary (twin), married Daniel Nash, of Gray,
Maine, born December 27, 1804. 12. Thomas
Jefferson, born May 10, 1808. died at Rich-
mond, Maine, September 15, 1896; married,
August 8, 1 83 1, Jane Jones Springer (born
October 19, 1810, died October 20, 1896),
daughter of Stephen and Comfort (McLellan)
Springer, of Richmond.

(II) Captain John Southard, of Richmond,
fourth child and eldest son of John and Sarah
(Lewis) Southard, was born in Boothbay, Oc-
tober 27, 1 79 1. He was reared upon the
homestead farm, and in common with the ma-
jority of his boyhood associates took kindly to
a seafaring life, becoming a captain at the
age of twenty-one years. In early manhood
he settled upon a farm in Richmond, Maine,
given him as a wedding present by his father,
and which, being located on the river, offered
excellent facilities for ship-building, and he
followed that occupation in connection with
tilling the soil and occasional voyages to the
West Indies for purposes of trade. As a
pioneer in the ship-building industry of that
locality, he constructed a number of vessels,
one of which he commanded himself, naming
it after his daughter Emeline, then seven years
old, and giving it her colors. His labors both
upon sea and land were attended with pros-
perous results. His death occurred in Rich-
mond, February 21, 1854. On March 15,
1814, he married, at Richmond, Maine, Eliza-
beth Cathland, of Newcastle, born August 16,
1788, died at Richmond, October 29, 1844.
The name "Cathland" has often been mis-
spelled, but as a child Elizabeth Cathland
w-orked a sampler, still m existence, in which
her name is so spelled. The sampler' also
states that it was made in the year 1800, and
in the twelfth year of her age. She was the
mother of seven children: i. Freeman, born
November 10, 1814. 2. Reuben, born Novem-
ber 10, 181 5, died September 4, 1849. 3.
Emeline. born May 17, 1818, died at Portland,
Maine, July 4, 1898 ; married October 3, 1842,
John H. Gumbert, of Richmond, Maine, died
May 2, 1891, at Chicago, Illinois. 4. William
Lewis, born June 2. 1820, mentioned below.
5. Frances Luella. born July 13. 1822, died
April 7, 1863; married Isaac Alexander, born
February 18, 1820, died March 9, 1892. 6.
Joseph Amsbury (twin brother of Frances
Luella), married, November 2, 1852, Mary
Luella Chamberlain, who married (second)

Chapman. 7. Mary Elizabeth, born

November 5. 1827, died December 28, 1832.

(III) William Lewis Southard, third son

and fourth child of Captain John and Eliza-
beth (Cathland) Southard, was born in Rich-
mond, June 2, 1820, died June 6, 1878. He
became a successful merchant, and was also
interested quite extensively in shipping, trans-
acting business in Gardiner and at other points
on the Kennebec river, and also in Portland.
In April, 1844, he married Lydia Carver Den-
nis, of Gardiner, daughter of Captain John
Dennis, formerly of Taunton. Massachusetts,
who was born at Taunton, June i, 1819. The
children of the union are: i. William Free-
man, born in Gardiner, Maine, September 8,
1845 • niarried Clara O'Hrion, of Cornish,
Maine, September 4, 1872. 2. Qiarles Bar-
stow, born at Damariscotta, Maine, .-Kpril 7,
1847; married, September 12, 1872, Kate J.
Pool, born December 25, 185 1, daughter of
William and Joanna (Stoddard) Pool. 3.
Elizabeth Dennis, born August 8, 1850; mar-
ried William Bradford French, December 24,
1875. 4. Louis Carver, bom .April i, 1854;
see forward. 5. Harry Codding, born Febru-
ary 16, 1859, at Portland, Elaine; married
Julia Hess, of Washington, D. C. 6. Anna
Cathland, born in Boston.

(IV) Louis Carver Southard, LL. D., third
son and fourth child of William Lewis and
Lydia Carver (Dennis) Southard, was born
in Portland, .April i, 1854. His early educa-
tion was acquired at Portland. Eaton's School
for Boys at Kent's Hill, Maine, the Westbrook
(Maine) Seminary and the Dorchester (Mas-
sachusetts) high school, graduating from the
latter in 1872, and entering the L'niversity of
Maine he took the degree of Bachelor of
Science w-ith the class of 1875. His prepara-
tion for the legal profession began in Port-
land, was continued at the Boston University
Law School, and completed at Portland. He
was admitted to the bar in both Maine and
Massachusetts, in 1877, taking up his resi-
dence in North Easton, Massachusetts. While
a student he was also active in newspaper
work. For the ensuing three years after his
admission to the bar. in addition to his prac-
tice of law, he was editor of the Easton (Mas-
sachusetts) Journal, but relinquished journal-
ism in 1880 in order to devote his time ex-
clusively to his profession, and in connection
with his practice in Bristol county opened an
office in Boston, which he has ever since main-
tained. He was admitted to practice in the
I'nited States circuit court in 1S87. and in
the United States supreme court in 1889. In
addition to conducting a profitable general
law business, he has devoted nuich time to
various outside matters of importance con-



nected with his profession, and his eminent
legal attainments have received wide recogni-
tion. From 1897 to the present time he has
served with distinction as a lecturer in the
Law School of the University of Maine,
which, in recognition of his abilities and filial
devotion to the interests of his alma mater,
conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of
Laws in 1904. In 1904 he was a delegate to
the Universal Congress of Lawyers at .St.
Louis, Missouri.

Politically Mr. Southard is a staunch Re-
publican, and on various occasions has figured
prominently in public affairs. In 1887 he was
a member of the Massachusetts House of Rep-
resentatives, representing the towns of Easton,
Raynham and Mansfield, and of the State
Senate in 1895 and 1896, representing the
First Bristol District, of which the city of
Taunton, the birthplace of his mother, was
a part, and was an alternate delegate at large
to the National Republican Convention at St.
Louis, Missouri, in 1896, which nominated
President McKinley, and a member of the
Republican State Central Committee from
1890 to 1896, serving on the executive com-
mittee. He was a state delegate to the United
States Centennial Convention at Philadelphia
in 1887. He is president of the American
Invalid Aid Society, a member of the National
Association for the Study and Prevention of
Tuberculosis, of the Suffolk County and the
American Bar Associations ; is a thirty-second
degree Mason and past deputy grand master
of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. In his
religious belief he is a unitarian.

June I, 1881, Mr. Southard was united in
marriage with Miss Nellie Copeland, daughter
of Joseph and Lucy Ann (Keith) Copeland.
Of this union there are three children: i.
Louis Keith, born June 29, 1882; married,
January 18, 1908, Carrie Edith Gumbart,
daughter of Rev. Adolph S. and Lucinda B.
Gumbart, and has one daughter, Margaret,
born November 29, 1908. 2. Frederick Deane,
born July 9, 1883. 3. Lawrence, born Feb-
ruary 20, 1892.

This name seems to have
PETERSON come from Great Britain to
America, and may have been
of Scotch origin. It was not very common in
the early New England days, and was not
probably associated with the Puritans. De-
scendants of the American immigrant have
been active in the settlement and development
of Maine.

(I) John Peterson was a citizen of Dux-

bury, Massachusetts, before 1670, and died
there in 1690. He married, about 1669, Mary,
third daughter of Cieorge and Mary (Beckett)
Soule. Soule came to the Plymouth Colony
in 1630 and .settled in Duxbury about 1638-
40. The daughter Mary was placed in the
family of John Winslow in 1652, for a period
of seven years.

(II) Joseph, .son of John and Mary (Soule)
Peterson, was a native of Duxbury, but no
record appears of his marriage. He lived in
that town and had sons : Jonathan ; Benjamin,
born 1670; David, October i, 1676; Isaac and

(III) Jonathan, son of Joseph Peterson,
born about 1668-69, resided in Duxbury,
where he died, 1756. He married Lydia
Thatcher, born January 24, 1679, died May
26, 1756, fourth daughter of Rodolphus and
Ruth (Partridge) Thatcher. Children: John,
born August 22, 1701 ; Hopestill, January 20,
1703, married John Delano; Jonathan, Sep-
tember 20, 1706; and Reuben.

(IV) Reuben, son of Jonathan and Lydia
(Thatcher) Peterson, was born April 8, 1710,
in Duxbury, where he resided. He married
there, July 6, 1732, Rebecca, born 1713, per-
haps daughter of Joseph and Mary (Weston)
Simonds, died January 25, 1764. Children;
Mary, born 1734; Nehemiah, Elijah, Abigail
(married Zenas Thomas) ; Sarah (married
Cornelius Deleno) ; Lydia, 1742; Thaddeus,
Luther and Reuben.

(V) Nehemiah, eldest son of Reuben and
Rebecca (Simonds) Peterson, born about
1735, resided in Duxbury, where he married,
December 13, 1764, Princee Dillingham. Chil-
dren : Nehemiah, George, Lydia, Mary (mar-
ried Stephen Churchill), Princee (married
Joshua Bryant), Elisha (drowned), and

(VI) Nehemiah (2), eldest child of Nehe-
miah (i) and Princee (Dillingham) Peter-
son, born about 1765, in Duxbury, settled at
Brunswick, Maine, before 1792, and died No-
vember 27, 1843. He married, at Brunswick,
October 4, 1792, Lydia Larrabee, born Jan-
uary 16, 1769, daughter of Benjamin and
Lydia Larrabee, of Brunswick. Nehemiah
Peterson and wife are buried in the old cem-
etery near Hardings Crossing. Children :
Benjamin, mentioned below ; Hannah, born
July 14, 1795; Elisha, February 6, 1799; Re-
becca, March 7, 1801 ; Lydia, November i,
1805; Nehemiah, June 2, 1808; Stephen, 1812.

(VII) Benjamin, eldest child of Nehemiah
(2) and Lydia (Larrabee) Peterson, was born
March 30, 1793, in Brunswick, and died there



October 7, 1856. He married Mary E. Foss,
probably a member of the ancient Foss family
of New Hampshire and Maine, who died Au-
gust 3, 1884, and is buried beside him in the
old cemetery near Hardings Crossing. Chil-
dren : Lydia L., born November 15, 1826;
Benjamin O., died young; Mary IL, April 12,
1829; Cyrus. July 26, 1831: I'.enjamin, June,
1835 ; Georgianna.

(VHI) Georgianna, youngest child of Ben-
jamin and Mary E. (Foss) Peterson, born
1851, in Brunswick, became the wife of Wes-
ley Bailey, of Sidney (see Bailey IX).

There were numerous immi-
BAILEY grants of this name very early

in New England. The most
prolific families were located in Northeastern
Massachusetts, and no connection has been
discovered between them and the family in
Plymouth county. The latter, as well as the
former, contributed many settlers among the
pioneers in Maine, and has been honorably
represented there and among the sons of
Maine to the present time. There is a record
of Palmer Bailey, a miller who came from
Kingston, near London, in 1635, in the ship
"Planter," being then aged twenty-one years.
He may have been the father of John Bailey
of Weymouth, and William Bailey of New-

(I) William Bailey was in Newport in
1655, and purchased on June 14 of that year,
from Gabriel Hicks, a piece of land lying by
the sea. Hicks was probably the owner of
other lands adjoining, as both joined in a sale
March 5, 1656, a parcel of twenty-one acres
in Newport to Joshua Coggeshall, of Ports-
mouth. It is said that he was a silk weaver
in London before he came to America, but
there is no authority for this except tradition.

(II) William (2), son of William (i)
Bailey, died in Newport before 1676. His
widow Grace (Parsons) Ijailey became the
second wife of Thomas Lavvton, of Ports-
mouth, and died in 1677. They had children
living in 1677, but record is found of only one
by name.

(HI) John, son of William (2) and Grace
Bailey, was. born about 1656, in Newport, and
resided at Portsmouth. On April 20, 1677.
he leased from Thomas Lawton a house, land
and orchard, the annual rental being ten
pounds, to be paid to his mother, Grace Law-
ton, and three pounds to Elizabeth Sherman,
a married daughter of Thomas Lawton. On
the same day he entered into a bond in the
sum of eighty pounds to fulfil the engagement

made by the town with his father's estate,
which involved a payment of forty-four pounds
to the children of William and Grace Bailey.
John Bailey died between May 8, 1734, and
February 2, 1736, in Portsmouth. His chil-
dren : William, John. Thomas, .A.bigail, Sam-
uel, Mary, Ruth, and a daughter (christian
name is not preserved) who married Daniel

(I\') Thomas, third son of John Bailey,
was born 1690, in Portsmouth, and resided in
Little Compton, Rhode Island, where he died
February 4, 1741. He married, July 10, 1712,
Mary, daughter of John and Mary Wood, of
that town. She was born March 14, 1691, and
died October 7, 1745. Children: John, Thom-
as, Constant, Joseph, Oliver, Barzilla, James,
William, Laura and Mary.

(V) Thomas (2), second son of Thomas
(i) and I\Iary (Wood) Bailey, was born
March i, 1715, in Little Compton, where he
passed his life, dying in March, 1793. He
married (first) January 14, 1734, Mary Ben-
nett, who died soon after the birth, in 1736,
of twin babes, Bennett and Phoebe. He mar-
ried (second) August 21, 1736, Abigail Lynd,
born February 28, 1818. She was the mother
of Sarah, Abigail, Thomas, and Rachel. He
married (third) April 30, 1750, Deborah Carr.
born April 18, 1728, died in August, 1810.
She was the mother of Mary, Susanna. Rhoda
and Lydia.

(\'l) Thomas (3). second son of Thomas
(2) Bailey and only son of his second wife,
Abigail Lynd, was born March 5, 1742. in
Little Compton, and married Susanna Pal-
mer, born January 11, 1746, in Little Comp-
ton, daughter of Simeon and Lydia (Dennis)
Palmer. He resided in Little Compton and
died before 1792.

(VH) Humphrey, son of Thomas (3) and
Susanna (Palmer) Bailey, was born Septem-
ber 22. 1766, at Little Compton, and bought
land in Hollowell, Maine, in 1795. This land
was at that time in the town of Augusta, and
he sold it April 29, 1800. On June 9, same
year, he bought lot No. 75 in Sidney, Maine,
on which he lived the remainder of his life,
and which to this day remains in the Bailey
family. He married, September 19, 1793, at
Westport, Massachusetts, Mcribah Davis ;
sons : Benjamin, Silas and Humphrey.

(VIII) Benjamin, eldest son of Humphrey
and Meribah (Davis) Bailey, was born Octo-
ber II, 1815, on his father's homestead in Sid-
ney. He owned and carried on a large farm
in that town, and died there December 10,
1884. He married Hannah Lewis, who sur-



vived him, dying in Sidney about 1886. They
had four sons : Theodore, Wesley, Frank and

(IX) Wesley, son of Benjamin and Han-
nah (Lewis) Bailey, was born on the home-
stead in Sidney, about 1850, and was a far-
mer residing in that town, where he owned a
farm on the Pond road until his death in
1882. In 1874 he married Georgianna, young-
est daughter of Benjamin and Alary E.
(Foss) Peterson, of Brunswick (see Peter-
son \TI), who still survives him. In 1884
she married Frank Skillin, and now resides in
Auburn. They had a son, Adelbert Wesley,
and a daughter, Lillian Gertrude, who died in

(X) Adelbert Wesley, only son of Wesley
and Georgianna (Peterson) Bailey, was bom
in Sidney, February 19, 1875. He attended
the public schools of Sidney, and of Lewiston
in 1883-84. In 1884 he moved to West Bath,
where he attended the town schools, later
graduating from the Bath high school in 1893.
He graduated from Bates College in the class
of 1897, having paid his way through college
by teaching school. In the Spanish-American
war he served as a member of Company A,
First Maine Regiment, and from January,
1899, to June, 1900, was principal of the
South Grammar School in Bath, resigning to
study law.

He entered a law office in New York City
in October, 1900, attended the law lectures at
the New York Law School for two years,
paying his way by teaching in the city night
schools. He was admitted to the bar in 1903,
and was managing clerk for five years for
Thomas W. Butts, a prominent New York
attorney, and opened his own law office in
March, 1908, when he became identified with
the Independent Telephone interest, and at-
torney for a number of the leading com-
panies. Mr. Bailey is a member of Solar
Lodge, No. 14, F. and A. M., of Bath, Maine.
He is unmarried.

The families of Young and
YOUNG Yonge are undoubtedly from a

common origin. The line now
under consideration may have originated in
Scotland, but it is more probable that it came

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