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from Devon or Cornwall, England. In the
Yonge family, to which belonged the distin-
guished Charlotte Alary Yonge, and who
came from southern England, the names Na-
thaniel and William predominated, as in the
branch considered in the present narrative.
The latter is undoubtedly descended from



John Young, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, of
whom little is known e.xcept that he married,

December 13, 1648, Abigail , and that

he died January 29, 1691. The names of their
eleven children are of record, and some of
these intermarried with grandchildren of Gov-
ernor Thomas Dudley. In tliis connection it
may be noted that in his maternal line. Dr.
Albion G. Young traces his ancestry to the
time of \\'illiam the Conqueror, who gave the
great castle and lands pertaining thereto, be-
longing to the Saxon Prince Dudo, to one of
his principal knights, William von .^usculph.
The family founded by the last named,
through various changes and intermarriages,
merged its name into Dudley. The ruins of
the ancient castle are yet to be seen, near the
mansion of the present Earl of Dudley.

(I) Nathaniel Young, descended from
John Young, named above, was of Boston,
where he married, February i, 1721, Esther
Wallis (Wallace), a Scotch girl. They had
one child recorded at Boston — Stedman, born
July 23, 1723. Anthony Young and William
Young lived in Boston in the early part of the
eighteenth century.

(II) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (i)
Young, was born about 1730, and settled in
Dedham, Alassachusetts. He married, July 4,
1754, a French girl, Susanna Le Moyne (in-
tentions dated June 15). Children, born in
Dedham: i. William, born September 16,
1754; he was stolen by the British when three
years old ; he became master of a vessel ;
when grown, he made search for his parents,
and found them in Gray, Alaine ; he after-
ward married and went to live in northern
New York. 2. Abraham, born October 16,
1756, baptized October 17. 3. Ann, born
March 16, 1758. 4. Nathaniel, born October
5, 1760, mentioned below. 5. Susanna, born
at Greenville, Nova Scotia, December 16,
1762. 6. Mary, born April 24, 1767.

(III) Nathaniel (3), son of Nathan-
iel (2) Young, was born October 5, 1760, in
Gray, Maine. He married Chloe Cummings,
born at Topsfield, Massachusetts, July 24,
1764, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Will-
iams) Cummings, of Gray, Maine. He re-
moved to Norway, Maine, in 1800. He was
a soldier in the revolution from Dedham. He
died in Greenwood, Maine, in 1838, and his
wife died at Bethel. Children: i. Charles,
born March, 1784, married Mary, daughter
of Peter Buck. 2. Amos, married Sophia
Bradbury, daughter of Joseph. 3. Susan,
married James Buck. 4. Anna, married Elias
Blake. 5. Jabez, served in war of 1812, in



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Captain Bodwcll's company, at Plattsburg. 6.
Nathaniel, born 1793; mentioned below. 7.
Williams, born .-\pril 2, 1795; married Sally
Briggs. 8. Hannah, born March, 1797; mar-
ried John Noves. 9. Daniel, born July 10,
1800: married Elvira Buck. 10. Mary, born
March, 1813 : married Levi Noyes. 11.
David P., married Louisa Twombly, of Nor-
way. 12. Jared L., married (first) Rachel
Hathaway :"( second) 'Sla.ry. widow of Daniel
Cummings and daughter of John Millett.

(IV) Nathaniel (4), of Aroostook, son of
Nathaniel (3) Young, was born in the town
of Gray, Maine, April i, 1793, and died in
Linneus. .April 30, 1893. He married (first),
November 28, 1817, Lydia, born May 8, 1796,
died July 27, 1867, daughter of Ephraim
Briggs. He married (second), in Houlton,
July 27, 1868, Mrs. Sarah Lunt, formerly of
Boston, Massachusetts; she died in 1888.

Nathaniel (4) Young lived in Gray five
years, when (1798 ) his father moved into
Norway. Sometime between 1822 and 1828
he moved to Foxcroft, Piscataquis county,
Maine, thence across the river to Dover,
where seven of his children were born, 1828-
40. About 1839, while his older children were
merging into young manhood and young
womanhood, he left them in care of the mother
and the younger children while he sought a
new home for them elsewhere. Saddling his
horse he turned his face towards that region
now termed the Garden of the State, but then
known only as the distant wilds of Aroostook.
In Linneus the new home was founded, and
his wife and their ten children were moved
to it the year following. One move was made
in the town of Linneus to a farm more cen-
trally located than the first, and on this he
passed many of his remaining years, saw his
sons and daughters married and settled, many
near him. and some in the west, sufYcred the
loss of her who, through thick and thin had
been a helpmeet in truth, and finally sold his
farm and went to live with one of his sons.

This Nathaniel Young, Captain Young, as
he was called, through virtue of his service
as militiaman and in the war of 181 2 was
known in all that region as a remarkable man.
Physically he was of only medium height and
weight, but his strength, celerity of muscular
action when occasion required, and his pow-
ers of endurance, were well known. In his
younger days, when wrestling was the inev-
itable accompaniment of the muster field and
barn-raisings, his quickness of strength won
the respect of the most powerful champions
of the ring. Of a remarkably peaceable dis-



position, he could on occasion tame a buUy
when he was obliged to act in self-defense.
One incident which occurred when he was
called an old man, may suffice to show his
promptness of action in the face of danger,
great or small. An unknown man came to
his home and was hired as a farm laborer.
The next morning the man was found to have
been an early riser and to have disappeared
with some small pieces of personal property
which did not belong to him. Captain Young
sadtlled his horse, overtook the thief, and
asked him what he had in his pack. "I will
show you what," was the answer, as the man
whipped out a pistol. Quick as a flash the
rider sprang from his horse, snatched the pis-
tol from the man, threw it into a swamp at
hand, searched the pack and recovered the
stolen articles. For many winters he carried
on the business of lumbering, and his power
of endurance was shown many times in his
advanced years by long tramps day after day
"exploring" in the fall and early winter,
chances for the lumbering operation of the
coming winter. It was often noted that he
could outdo younger men in this work, al-
though years before he had sufTered a frac-
tured thigh, and a two inches shortening of
the limb gave him a troublesome limp. While
on his farm at work he often worked all day,
going without his dinner rather than take the
time to go for it. He was a constant worker,
even to near the century mark. Nevertheless,
Nathaniel Young lived to the good old age of
one hundred years and one month. To those
who knew him best, it would seem that one
great secret of his long life was his constant
cheerfulness. He could work and not fret.

Children of Nathaniel and Lydia (Briggs)
Young: i. Jabez, see forward. 2. Lydia
Jane, born December 4, 1820 ( ?) ; married, at
Dover, in 1843, Luther Turner, of .Atkinson,
Maine. They moved to Lake Zurich, Lake
county, Illinois, immediately after their mar-
riage. 3. Erastus Grosvenor, born in Norway,
May 26, 1822; married and moved west in
early life. 4. Charles Henry, born in Fox-
croft, Maine ; died at the age of two years.
5. Lucinda Hamstead, born in Dover, Maine.
September, 1828; married, in Linneus, Lever-
ctt E. Estabrooke; their eldest child was the
late Professor H. M. Estabrooke, of the
Maine State College. 6. Evelyn, born in
Dover, September, 1828; married, in Linneus,
July 12, 1851, Isaac Strout Bither, he born
in Bradley, Maine, in March, 1826, moved to
Linneus in his boyhood. 7. Eliza -Ann, born
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Linneus, John Taylor. 8. Mary Matilda,
born in Dover, April 17, 1834; married, June
17, 1852, John D. B. Clark. 9. Flora Eliza-
beth, born in Dover, July 2, 1836; married
George A. Hunter, a leading farmer of Hodg-
don. 10. Sarah Frances, born in Dover, Jan-
uary, 1838; married Frank Lunt. 11. Charles
Henry (2d), born in Dover, March 14, 1840;
lives in Linneus. 12. Rufus Briggs, born in
Linneus, September 29, 1842; married Phebe
Mitchell; has always lived in the town of his
birth, as a thrifty farmer and trader.

(V) Jabez, eldest child of Nathaniel (4)
Young, was born in Norway, Maine, Novem-
ber II, 1818. He was a child when his pa-
rents removed to Piscataquis county, where
he lived until he came of age. He then went
to Linneus, Aroostook county, where he was
a leading farmer and town official many years.
In 1867 he moved to Ludlow, and two years
later to Houlton, where he resided until 1893,
when he removed to Augusta, to pass his re-
maining days with his son, Dr. Albion G.
Young. He died in Augusta, March 20, 1896.
He married, in 1841, Nancy Spiller Burleigh,
born in Palermo, Maine, February 21, 181 5,
died at Houlton, in May. 1887. daughter of
Hon. Moses Burleigh, of Linneus. Children :
I. Albion Gustavus; see forward. 2. Lydia
Jennie ; see forward. 3. Clara Augusta, born
at Linneus, January 3, 1853, died at Linneus,
September, 1853.

(VI) Albion Gustavus Young, M. D., eld-
est child of Jabez Young, was born in Lin-
neus, April 7, 1843. After leaving the dis-
trict school he was a student in Houlton Acad-
emy. He taught in early life, and studied for
his profession in the Elaine Medical School,
from which he received his medical degree in
1867, and took a post-graduate course at Har-
vard Medical School in 1868. He began the
practice of his profession at Houlton, in the
spring of 1869 ; spent eight months of 1877-
78 in professional study in Germany ; and re-
moved in 1879 to Fort Fairfield, where he
was engaged in the practice of medicine until
called to Augusta as secretary of the State
Board of Health, in 1885, an office which he
has held to the present, giving up the practice
of medicine and devoting his whole time to
the duties of the office. Dr. Young was one
of the prime movers in establishing the Maine
Sanatorium for consumptives at Hebron.
Maine, and he is secretary of the board of
trustees.

Dr. Young married, in June, 1871, Mrs
Helen (Mansur) Rogers, born in 1846, died
October, 1875; child: Beatrice Emma, born



May II, 1872. Dr. Young married (second)
July 2, 1877, Martha Bray; children: i.
Burt Linwood. horn January 21, 1879; ■'^"
moved to California in 1901 ; married. May,
1905, Geraldine Harcourt, daughter of Dr.
Luke Arthur Harcourt and Elizabeth S.
Woodcock ; children : Blanche Beatrice, born
February 15, 1906; Vernon Harcourt, March
7, 1908. 2. Alta Gertrude, born September
6, 1880, died August 19, 1881. 3. Gladys,
born November i, 1882, died May 27, 1883.

(VI) Lydia Jennie, daughter of Jabez
Young, was born at Linneus ; married Charles
W. G. Withee, at Houlton, and removed to
St. Paul, Minnesota, December 25, 1885. She
was commissioned as notary public under the
law passed by the legislature of Minnesota in
1887 commissioning women to act as notaries
public, she being the second woman in the
state to take out such commission. She has
pursued her business as stenographer and no-
tary public in St. Paul since early in 1886, and
was the official reporter of the first reciprocity
convention convened at Grand Forks, North
Dakota, September i, 1892; and also of the
second one held at St. Paul, in June, 1893.
She removed to Washington, D. C, December
I, 1895.



(For preceding generations see Richard We.scott I.)

(Ill) William (2), nephew

WESCOTT of William (i) Wescott. was

born at York, Maine, March

10, 1743. He married, December 29, 1765,

EHzabeth Perkins, and settled in North Cas-

tine, Maine.

(IV) William (3), son of William (2)
Wescott, was born October 8. 1764, and mar-
ried, April 7, 1785, Margaret Harney. He
resided in Penobscot, Maine.

(V) Archibald, son of Wiriiam (3) Wes-
cott, was born February 16. 1792. He settled
in Blue Hill, Maine, where he married (first)
December 31, 1812, Nancy Lymburner, who
died June 19. 1844; (second) August 11, 1844,
Edith W. Hinkley, who died November 13,
1866. At the time of his second marriage he
removed to North Blue Hill. He owned a
country general store, and was interested in
ship building. He was a jjrogressive and
shrewd business man, and acquired a comfort-
able fortune. Children, all by first wife: i.
Joseph, born July 23, 1813; mentioned below.
2. Lovicey, born February 13, 1815; died
young. 3. Betsey, born March 4, 1817; mar-
ried, March 3. 1836, John Treworgy ; chil-
dren: i. Child, died young; ii. Pearl Tre-
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nineteen; iii. Alma Elizabeth Treworgy, born
December 7, 1845, marrictl Francis Morgan
Grav, of Sedgwick, Maine, and had Pearle
Treworgy Gray, born March 13, 1882 (now
living in Portland, unmarried), and died Au-
gust 6. 1906; iv. Clara S. Treworgy, married
Edwin M. Brown, of Bangor, and had a son,
Joseph Edwin Brown. 4. Amos, born Sep-
tember 15, 1819. 5. Dorshes, born .\pril 15.
1822; died August 28, 1827. 6. Nancy, born
May 15. 1826: married Captain Parris Peters,
who was lost at sea, son of Joseph Peters ;
died May 12, 1867; had son Joseph W. Peters,
who died 1898. 7. Marv Jane, born May 5,
1829.

(VI) Captain Joseph, son of .\rchibald
Wescott. was born July 23, 1813. He settled
in Blue Hill, an-l engaged in shipping, being
captain and owner of a vessel. He also con-
ducted a general store and had a granite
quarry, which, notwithstanding its remoteness
and his lack of capital at the beginning, proved
a good source of income. He married Caro-
line Brown, of Washington, D. C. Children :
I. George Peters, mentioned below. 2. Ellen,
married Hinkley. 3. Harriet B., men-
tioned below-.

(V'll) George Peters, son of Joseph Wes-
cott. was born in Blue Hill. Maine, December
24, 1842, and was educated there in the dis-
trict school. He became associated with his
father in the granite business, and at the age
of seventeen was intrusted with the building
of a wharf at what was then called Fort Nor-
folk. \'ireinia. and had the work completed in
si.x months. During the year following he
was at school part of the time, and employed
the rest of the time in the granite business.
In 1861 he determined to seek his fortune in
the gold fields of California, and with several
friends sailed in the spring of that year, ar-
riving in San Francisco in June. After
working three months in various positions he
was employed in the United .States navy yard,
in the office of Calvin Brown, civil engineer.
In two years he had risen to the position of
assistant engineer, but in 1863 he carried out
his original intention, resigning his position at
the navy yard, and began to prospect for gold
and silver in partnership with John Hinckley.
They worked in the silver lodes of Nevada,
but after a year found themselves disap-
pointed, not only by lack of success in find-
ing ore, but by the general decline in the value
of mining property, the rioting, excitement
and risks of mining camps, and the petty
thieving and depredations of Indians. Mr.
Wescott returned to San Francisco and en-



gaged in business, and soon afterward won a
keen political fight for the postmastership of
\'allejo, a town just opposite the navy yard.
But, like most of the pioneers from the east,
the desire to return home became too strong
to resist, and he gave up promising prospects
to return to his native place. His plan on re-
turning was to engage in business with a
friend, J. R. Bodw^ell, as commission mer-
chants. On their arrival at Norfolk, however,
they had the good fortune to secure a large
contract for granite to be delivered in New
York City, and immediately left for home to
fill the order from the Wescott quarry of his
father. After the contract had been filled
the commission merchant and ship brokerage
business was established. The main office of
the new firm was at 166 Commercial street,
Portland, leased of Hersey, Fletcher & Com-
pany. After the great fire of July 4, 1866, the
firm resumed business as dealers in lime and
cement and achieved great success.

In Portland, Mr. Wescott was distinguished
in public life, and had a brilliant career in
business. In 1868 he was elected alderman
from ward Five, and re-elected the following
year, when his popularity was shown by his
receiving both Republican and Democratic
nominations, and 670 votes out of 671. He
was chairman of the lx)ard of aldennen during
the administration of Judge Putnam as mayor.
Mr. Wescott was afterward elected mayor of
Portland, and was an able and exceedingly
efficient chief executive, and his administra-
tion tended to increase his popularity and to
give him an even larger share of the esteem
and confidence of his townsmen. But outside
of his political life and private business he
was distinguished by his achievements in
financial affairs and enterprises. In 1869 he
became treasurer of the Portland & Rochester
Railroad Company, and a few years later was
elected president. When the financial crash
of 1877 drove so many concerns to the wall,
this railroad was placed in the hands of Mr.
Wescott as receiver, and out of failure he
brought prosperity. He succeeded in making
the railroad a valuable property, paying the
investors eight per cent, in dividends at the
time it was purchased by the Boston & Maine
Railroad Company and merged with the Bos-
ton & Maine system. His good work not only
saved the investments of hundreds of stock-
holders, but benefited the state greatly, and
contributed largely to its development and
welfare. He repeated this triumph of good
financial management in charge of the con-
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the city of Portland. At the time he was
placed in charge the credit of the company
was not good, the Bramhall reservoir had
burst, and the fortunes of many good citizens
who had gone into the venture too deeply, in
order to insure a water supply for the city,
hung in the balance. His good management
and foresight provided the city with an excel-
lent water supply and placed the business on
a sound financial basis. He earned once more
the gratitude of many citizens. Throughout
his life he seemed to have a genius for pre-
serving enterprises threatened with failure and
disaster. Many business failures were avoided
by his co-operation and good judgment, and
he never hesitated to try to bring success out
of threatening disaster. He was gifted with
keen insight and remarkable executive ability :
his influence was great ; men followed his
lead with the utmost confidence. He created
new enterprises, and contributed constantly to
the establishment of new industries in his
native state. The extent of his work as a pro-
moter of industry and business is unknown ;
the knowledge of all he did in this way died
with him. His death was looked upon as a
calamity to the city and state, and he was
mourned as few men have been. He was a
director of the Casco National Bank of Port-
land, and a member of Saint Botolph Club,
Boston. In politics he was a Republican ; in
religion a Congregationalist. He died ( )cto-
ber 23, 1904. He married, October 18. i86g,
Sarah A. West. To her kindly influence and
love, her advice and sympatliy, he owed much
of his success and most of the happiness of
his busy life.

(VII) Harriet B. Wescott, sister of Hon.
George Peters Wescott, married Henry G.
Beyer, of Washington, D. C.. and died at
Portland, Maine. January 4, 1891. Children:
I. George Wescott Beyer, born August 3,
1881, in Portland; was educated at St. Johns
College, Annapolis, Maryland, the Worcester
(Massachusetts) Academy, and Harvard Col-
lege, where he was a student one year ; in
igoo he entered the business established by his
uncle at Portland, now known as West, Bever
& Beyer Company ; he married Alice Gold-
smith, of Detroit, Michigan ; child : Elizabetii
Beyer, born January 30, 1907. 2. Henry G.
Beyer Jr., born May 24, i88s, at Washing-
ton ; educated at Milton Academy and Har-
vard College ; entered partnership in the firm
of West, Beyer & Beyer Company ; married
Helen, daughter of Henry St. John Smith, an
attorney of Portland, who died in 1896, of
an old Cape Elizabeth family: child: Henr)-



G. Beyer 3d, born May 3, 1908. Mr. Beyer
is a member of the Signet and of the Hasty
Pudding Clubs of Harvard, and the Cumber-
land Club of Portland.



The Oakes family of Maine
O.'KKES traces its origin to the two broth-
ers, Edward and Thomas, who
became residents of Cambridge, Massachu-
setts, in 1640. Thev were manifestly of a
good Puritan family, and were made freemen
of the colony soon after their arrival. It may
be inferred from the occurrence of this sur-
name with similar forenames, notably the un-
usual one of IVian, in the registers of St.
Antholin's parish, London, that they were
from that city. The elder brother, moreover,
acted in i6-]6 as attorney for Mrs. Elizabeth
Poole, of Westminster, England. He became
one of the prominent citizens of Cambridge,
serving as selectman twenty-nine years, and as
representative to the general court seventeen
years. His son Urian was a distinguished
clergyman, and fourth president of Harvard
College, and his son Thomas an eminent
physician "who, on first visiting a patient, per-
suades him to put his trust in God, the foun-
tain of health," and also prominent in political
affairs, serving as speak-er of the house of rep-
resentatives in 1689.

(I) Thomas Oakes, the emigrant, was a
farmer, and lived on the westerly side of Gar-
den street, near Concord avenue, Cambridge,
Massachusetts. His name occurs frequently
in the early records, and is occasionally spelled
Okes. In 1648 he was granted a farm at
"Shawshine," which appears to have included
one hundred fift\- acres ; a wood lot of two
acres near Spy Pond was also assigned to
him. He was "appointed to looke unto the
fences about west feilde" in iTi^o, and in 1653
"to take notice of the breaches of the Towne
order concerning destruction of timber on the
Common and to present the names of such
persons." He died prematurely in 1658, his
children, besides two that died in infancy, be-
ing Elizabeth, Hannah and Thomas. His
widow Elizabeth married .Samuel Hayward
and removed with the children to Maiden,
Massachusetts, where she died about 1686.

(II) Thomas (2), posthumous son of
Thomas ( i ) and Elizabeth Oakes, was born
March 18, 1658-59; married. May 22, 1689,
Sarah, daughter of Peter and Mary (Pierce)
Tufts, who survived him, dying in July, 1749
They lived in Maiden. Massachusetts, where
he was a freeholder and proprietor and was
repeatedly chosen to serve upon town com-



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mittces. He died September ii, 1732. Chil-
dren : Thomas, Edward. Sarah, Lydia,
Urian, Mary, Hannah, Elizabeth, Jonathan
and Abigail.

(HI) Edward, son of Thomas (2) and Sa-
rah (Tufts) Oakes, was born in 1692. He
lived in Medford, where were born to him
and his wife Joanna, children : Joanna, Ed-
ward, John, K'athan. Samuel. Lydia, .Mary,
Simeon, Ruth, and Mary.

(IV) Nathan, son of Edward and Joanna
Oakes, was born .April 14, 1728, at Medford.
Massachusetts. He moved to North Yar-
mouth, Maine, about 1750, and married, Oc-
tober 7, 1 75 1, Amy, widow of Samuel Buck-
nam. and daughter of .Aaron and Elizabeth
(Richardson) Wyman, who died July 11,
1775. He married (second) Abigail, widow
of John Mason, and daughter of John and
Abigail Seabury, who died .May 8, 1781. Mr.
Oakes was a housewright. joined the First
Church in 1776, and died May 7, 1781. His
children by his first wife were Edward, Eliza-
beth, Sarah, John. Lucretia. Mary, and Sam-
uel.

(V) John, son of Nathan and .Amy (Wy-
man) Oakes, was baptized at North Yar-
mouth, October 28, 1759. He was one of the
early settlers in Temple, Maine, wdiere he
was prominent in the church, serving for
many years as deacon. He reared a patri-
archal family, having eight children by his
first wife and sixteen by his second.

(VI) Silvester, twenty-second child of
John Oakes, was born in Tem]3le. Maine, Jan-
uarv 31, 1820. He attended the public schools
of his native place, and studied his profession
in the medical schools of Harvard, Bowdoin
and Dartmouth Colleges, graduating from the
latter in 1844. He also received the honor-
ary degree of M. D. from the University of
Vermont in 1856. He opened an office in Au-



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