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burn, and established an excellent practice in
that town and vicinity. He took high rank in
his profession. For several years he was a
trustee of the Maine Insane Hospital, and was
a charter member of the Maine Medical So-
ciety. He was active in public life, a useful
public-spirited citizen. He was a member of
the board of aldermen in 1871 and representa-
tive to the state legislature in 1855 and 1885-
In 1873 he refused to accept the nomination
of his party for mayor of the city of .Auburn.
He was a Republican of wide influence and
strict loyalty from the earliest days of the
party until his death. He was appointed post-
master at Auburn by President Lincoln and
continued until I'resident lohnson came into

power. He was a faithful member and lib-
eral supporter of the Congregational church
of .Auburn. He died March 30, 1887, one of
the best beloved physicians and most highly
esteemed citizens in the county. Dr. Oakes
married Hannah Eliza, daughter of Dr. Will-
iam Kilbourne, who survives. Children, born
at Auburn: i. Wallace Kilbourne. born No-
vember 6. 1850: graduate of Bowdoin in
1870, of Columbia Me<lical School 1873. pres-
ident of Maine Medical Society 1897, and a
leading physician and surgeon in the state. 2.
Henry Walter, mentioned below. 3. Eliza

(X'H) Henry Walter, son of Dr. Silvester
Oakes, was born in Auburn, April 26, 1857.
He was prepared for college in the public
schools of his native city, and graduated at
Bates in 1877. He studied law in the office
of Hon. William P. Frye, was admitted to the
bar in 1880, and inunediately began to prac-
tice in Auburn, where he has 'continued with
much success to the present time. He is now
senior partner of the law firm of Oakes, Pul-
sifer & Ludden. Mr. Oakes has been active
in public life. He is -a Republican in politics.
He has repeatedly served in the common
council, represented the city in the legislatures
of 1903 and 1905, and since 1907 has been a
member of the State Enforcements Commis-
sion. He is one of the trustees of the Public
Library and at present clerk of the board ; a
trustee of Bates College, of the Lewiston
Trust and Safe Deposit Company, a past su-
preme warden of the N. E. Order of Pro-
tection, a Mason of the thirty-second degree
and an active member of the Congregational
Church. He married, June 24, 1885. Thalia
R. Toothaker, of Phillips. Maine, daughter of
Raymond and Eliza (Church) Toothaker.
Children, born at -Auburn: i. Raymond Sil-
vester, a student in Bates College, class of
1909. 2. \^'allace T.

The name of Foss appears to have
FOSS been of Dutch or German origin
and was originally \^os, a word
signifying fox. It is probable that the first
that took the name was so nicknamed because
of his shrewdness or cunning, or because he
used the fo.x as a sign at his place of busi-
ness. The name has been given also as Foot,
Foste and Faust. The name was early im-
planted in New England and is still most nu-
merously represented, especially in New
Hampshire and Maine. John Foss, the an-
cestor of those bearing the name, is said by
tradition to have arrived at Boston on a Brit-


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ish war vessel on which he was employed as a
calker. While the vessel was lying in Boston
harbor, he jumped overboard and swam
ashore. He soon settled in Dover, New
Hampshire, where he first appears of record
May 14, 1661, when he witnessed a deed. He
married (first) Mary Chadburn ; (second)
Elizabeth, presumably the widow of John
Locke and daughter of William and Jane
Berry ; she was appointed administratri.x of
his estate January 8, 1699. He received a
deed of land in Rye in 1668. His children
were: John, Humphrey, William, Hannah,
Joshua, Hinckson, Mary, Benjamin, Thomas,
Jemima, Elizabeth and Samuel. It has not
been possible to trace the immediate anteced-
ents of this branch, though it is probably an
offshoot from the stock of John Foss, above

( I ) Jeremiah Foss was born at Saco, Maine,
May 4, 1785, died at Wayne, that state, July
13, 1863. He was a soldier in the war of
1812, and settled at Wayne, where he spent
most of his natural life. He married Mary
Harmon, September 10, 1806: she was born
at Saco, March 4, 1787, and died September

6, 1876. Children: i. Walter, born August
24, 1807, was a member of the Maine Rifle
Company in 1828. 2. Lucy, March 6, 1809,
married William Thornton. 3. Sally, August
21, 1810, married Josiah Norris (2). 4. Jere-
miah (2), whose sketch follows. 5. Mary,
January 4, 1815, died April 20, 1816. 6.
Mary, June 24, 1817, married Oliver Norris.

7. Horatio Gates, December 28, 1818. 8.
Oren, October 6, 1821, died October 11, 1841.
9. Charles H., December 28, 1827.

(H) Jeremiah (2), second son of Jere-
miah (i) and Mary (Harmon) Foss, was
born at Wayne, Maine, March 5, 1813, and
died there September 12, 1879. He ^'as a
business man of ability, honorable and up-
right in all dealings, and an indulgent husband
and father. Jeremiah Foss married Elizabeth
N. Hankerson, born March 24, 1814, daughter
of William and Thankful (White) Hanker-
son, of Readfield, Maine. Their children: i.
Lory Augustus, born November 15. 1834, died
June 22, 1892. 2. Lucretia Ann, March 29,
1836, died April 29, 1888. 3. John Fairfield,
March 6, 1838. 4. Euphratia Sutherland,
March 3, 1840. 5. An infant daughter, July
9, 1842, died November 15, 1842. 6. Glor-
ina Smith, September 20, 1843, d'^"^! J^^y lO-
1879. 7. Horatio Gates, whose .sketch fol-
lows. 8. Lizzie, March 25, 1848, died October
17, 1848. 9. Mary Elizabeth, August 22,
1849, <^ied October 22, 185 1. 10. Oscarnella,

May 26, 1852, died February 26, 1855. ii.
Ella Maria, April 10, 1856. 12. Celia Han-
kerson, June 26, 1859, died May 7, 1863.

(HI) Horatio Gates, son of Jeremiah (2)
and Elizabeth N. (Hankerson) Foss. was
born at Wayne, Maine, I'Y-bruary 22, 1846.
He was educated in the common and high
schools of Wayne, Maine. In May, 1875, he
entered the employ of Dingley, Strout &
Company, Mr. Foss being the silent partner of
this well-known shoe company imtil 1886,
when the firm became Dingley, Foss & Com-
pany upon the retirement of Mr. Strout. In
1888 -the firm name was changed and in 1891
incorporated under the style of the Dingley-
Foss Shoe Company. The company employ
five hundred fifty peojjle in the several depart-
ments and manufactures men"s, boys' and
youths' leather and women's, misses' and chil-
dren's canvass shoes. Mr. Foss is a director
of the First National Bank of Auburn, Maine.
He is a member of Asylum Lodge, ^\. F. and
A. M., of Wayne; Bradford Ciiapter, R. A.
M., of Auburn: Lewiston Commandery;
Maine Consistory ; Kora Temple, A. A. O.
N. M. S.; Lewiston Lodge. No. 371, B. P.
O. E. He is a Democrat in politics, but not
a politician, and a Unitarian in religious be-

Benjamin Foss was probably a
FOSS grandson of John Foss, the emi-
grant, mentioned in the preceding
narrative. He was in Scarborough in 1700
upon the resettlement of the town after its
evacuation in 1676 on account of the Indian
delegations. His wife's name was Silence.
They had Samuel, William, Susanna, Benja-
min, Mary, John, Hannah, Peletiah and
Thomas. His wife died in 1757. He removed
to Machias in 1765 to help set uj) civilization
in that sea-blown town.

(II) Thomas, son of Benjamin and Silence
Foss, was born in Scarborough, Maine. The
name of his wife was Sarah and they had
Thomas, Sarah, Joseph, Hiram and Daniel.

(III) Hiram, third son of Thomas and
Sarah Foss, lived in Wales, Maine, and was
a farmer. He married Mary Jane Owen and
the issue of this marriage was George W.,
Thomas J., Benjamin B., James Owen, .\nsel,
Julia, Anna.

(IV) James Owen, fourth .son of Hiram
and Mary J. (Owen) Foss, was born in
Wales, Maine, June 30, 1827, died February
17, 1895. After receiving a common school
education, he came to Auburn and settled in
what is now known as Fossville. Mr. Foss



is a progressive business man, and in company
with Mr. Gay established the plant of Gay &
Foss, shoe manufacturers, now known as
Foss, Packard & Company. He was a direc-
tor in the First National Bank of Auburn, and
a member of the city government. He mar-
ried (first) Annie Maria Randall, of Lewis-
ton, born December 25, 1824, died January
10, 1879. Their children were: i. Wallace
H., born July 25, 1854, married Isabel K.
Gould, of Augusta; three children. 2. Wil-
lard. 3. Willis Owen. Mr. Foss married
(second) Emma Frances King, of Cambridge,

(V) Willis Owen, third child of James
Owen and Annie M. (Randall) Foss, was
born in Auburn, October 16, 1863, and was
educated in the public schools and Kent's
Hill Seminary, followed by a course in the
Boston Business College. He then entered the
office of Gay & Foss as bookkeeper and had
entire charge of the office until the firm dis-
solved. A copartnership was formed between
Messrs. James Owen Foss, H. M. Packard,
Wallace H. Foss and R. M. Mason. After
three years James Owen Foss sold his entire
interest to Willis Owen Foss. R. M. Mason
remained in the firm a few years and then sold
out to the remaining partners. Willis Owen
Foss on his long trip south twice a year has
built up a large trade with the jobbing houses
of the southern states ; he also has charge of
the buying of the leather for this firm. He is
a thirty-second degree Mason and a Repub-
lican. He married, June 3, 1885, Virginia
Oakman, daughter of Dr. Andrew M. and
Elizabeth (Haskell) Peables. Children: i.
Emma King, married Arthur E. Kustercr,
and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 2. An-
drew Peables, at present (1909) learning the
business in the factorv of his father.

The family of this name came
MARSH from England twelve years sub-
sequent to the first settlement of
Massachusetts. The record of the .A.merican
ancestor and that of the family into which he
married shows plainly that they sought a
home in the wilderness of America to escape
religious persecution in their native land, and
were prepared to endure all the hardships and
privations their removal necessitated, provided
they could enjoy the freedom they sought.
The sterling traits of the ancestors are still
visible in the descendants, not a few having
made records which entitle them to great
credit, notable among these being Professor

Othniel C. Marsh, the celebrated naturalist of
Yale College.

(I) John Marsh was born in England,
probably in 1618, and resided in Essex county,
and is believed to have come to Cambridge,
Massachusetts, when seventeen years old. Ac-
cording to Barber he was one of the one hun-
dred men. women and children led by Rev.
Mr. Hooker, in 1636, from Massachusetts
Bay, through the woods to Hartford, Connec-
ticut. The record states : "Lands were re-
corded to John Marsh February, 1639-40,
part whereof did belong to John Stone, and
were by him given to Samuel Stone, and by
said Stone to John Marsh of Hartford, and
now belongeth to him and his heirs." Other
lands were also given him about the same
time. He soon had Your allotments in all,
amounting to one hundred seventy-two acres.
He lived at Hartford from 1636 to 1660. In
1660 he was one of the company which left
Hartford and moved up the Connecticut river
some forty miles and founded Hadley, Massa-
chusetts. There he lived twenty-eight years.
He was one of the original members of the
church at Northampton, organized June 18,
1661. The first notice of John Marsh in the
Iladlev records is at the first town meeting
held October 8, 1660, when he had land al-
lotted to him. In 1675 he was one of the
selectmen. He married (first) in Hartford,
1640, Anne, daughter of John Webster, a
leading citizen of Hartford, who was deputy
governor in 1655 and served as governor in
1656. He led the great removal to Hadley,
Massachusetts. Anne (Webster) Marsh died
June 9, 1662. He married (second) October
7, 1664, Hepzibah, widow of Richard Lyman,
daughter of Thomas Ford, of Hartford. She
died ."Vpril 11. 1683, and John Marsh died
September 28. 1688. aged seventy, at Wind-
sor, Connecticut, probalDly while on a visit to
his daughter. Hannah Loomis. living there.
Children by first wife : John. Samuel. Joseph,
Isaac, Jonathan, Daniel, Hannah and Grace;
hv second wife: Lydia. John Marsh also had
an adopted daughter. Grace (Martin) Marsh.

(II) John (2). eldest son of John (i) and
Anne (Webster) Marsh, was born about 1643,
in Hartford, Connecticut, and died in 1727,
probably in Hartford. He resided on the old
Marsh homestead in Hartford, where he was
selectman 1677-81, and in 1687, in the time of
the Charter Oak trouble in 1688-94-1701. In
1 70 1 he was one of a committee to build a
bridge over the Holhanon river in East Hart-
ford. He married (first) November 28, 1666,



Sarah, daughter of Richard and Hepzibah
(Ford) Lyman, of Northampton (Mrs. Ly-
man had become his father's second wife),
who was born in Hartford, and it was after
his marriage that he returned to Hartford.
His wife received ten pounds by her mother's
will. She died between 1688 and 1707, and
he married (second) Susannah, daughter of
William Butler, and she died in 1727. Chil-
dren by first wife : John, Nathaniel and Jo-
seph (twins), Sarah. Elizabeth, Hannah (died
young), Ebenezer, Hannah, Lydia, Hepzibah
and Jonathan. By his second wife: Susan-

(HI) Captain Joseph, son of John (2) and
Sarah (Lyman) Marsh, was baptized March
5, 1671, in Hartford, Connecticut. He became
head of the Lebanon line of the name, and its
branches in \"ermont and New York states.
In 1699 he became a proprietor at Lebanon,
Connecticut, and it was like going into a new
world. He helped to build the town of Leb-
anon, and in doing so his own character was
also developed, and the town has been one of
note. He became a selectman, and filled that
office several successive years. He was known
as Mr. Joseph Marsh in 1701, as sergeant in
1710, as lieutenant in 1718, and as captain in

1730. He represented the town in the general
court of Connecticut in 1712-16-23-27 and

1731. He and his wife Hannah were admitted
to full communion in the Second Church 1725,
and his wife and two first children were bap-
tized in 1702. He married (first) about i6g6,
Hannah , at Hartford; (second) De-
cember 14, 1725, Sarah, widow of George
Webster. Her will was dated 1 759. His
children were : Elizabeth, Joseph, Hannah,
Pelatiah and Jonathan.

(IV) Jonathan, youngest son of Joseph and
Hannah Marsh, was born September 23, 1713,
in Lebanon, Connecticut. He married (first)
Alice Newcomb, died June 17, 1752: (second)
December 4, 1752, Widow Keziah Phelps.
Children : Elizabeth. Hannah, John, Abra-
ham, Joel, Zebulon, Sarah, Chloe, Alice and

(V) Colonel Joel, third son of Jonathan
and Alice (Newcomb) Marsh, was born June
II, 1745, at Lebanon, and died March 11,
1807, probably at Bethel, Vermont He fig-
ured largely in the early history of New Con-
necticut, not yet \'ermont. With his cousin
he was an early proprietor of Randolph and
Bethel, Vermont. He was captain, major and
also colonel early in the revolution. He was
a member of the convention to adopt the con-
stitution of Vermont. The proprietors of

Bethel voted December 13, 1779, "that Colonel
Joel Marsh be an additional proprietor," "and
the said Marsh do accept of the Mill Lot'
which contains 450 acres," also that he "do
build a good saw mill by th8 first day of Sep-
tember next and a good grist mill by the first
day of November following, upon the for-
feiture of five thousand pounds, extraordi-
nary Providence excepted." He drove an ox
team up the bed of the White river, built a
log house, and commenced the mill as sup-
posed, in 1780, but the Indians burned Roy-
alton in October, and settlers hurried away.
He finished the mill in 1781, which was for
several years the only one in that region, and
Colonel Joel Marsh was known as the miller.
Soon after he built the first frame house,
which one hundred years after was in a good
state of preservation. He married January 25,

1770. Ann , born November 18, 1743,

died May 6, 1813. Children: Jonathan, Pe-
leg Sanford, Mary, John, Ann, Joel and Ma-

(VI) Joel (2), fourth son of Joel (i) and
Ann Marsh, was born October "28, 1783, at
Bethel, Vermont. He married, and had" one
son and two daughters.

(VI) Joel (2), second son of Joel (i) and
Ann Marsh, was born October 28, 1783, at
Bethel, Vermont. He spent some years near
the home of his ancestors in Leicester. Massa-
chusetts, and passed the last years of his life
in Maryland. He married, December 25,
1806, Elizabeth Stetson; children: Leban
Stetson. Rachel, Welcome, Douglas and Avis.

(VII) Welcome, second son of Joel and
Elizabeth (Stetson) Marsh, was born May
2", 181 1, in Leicester, and married (inten-
tions published May 14, 1837) Harriet W.
Jenneson, of Paxton, Massachusetts ; children :
George E. and Albert Stetson.

(VIII) George Edgar, elder son of Wel-
come and Harriet N. (Jenne.son) Marsh, was
born February 8, 1840, in Leicester and
passed his life there. He became manager of
a card clothing business. He was a Congre-
gationalist, and an earnest supporter of the
Republican party. He married Mandana Eliz-
abeth White, born February 12. 1844, in
Leicester, daughter of Alonzo and Elizabeth
Davis White, the former a native of Almon.
New York, and the latter of Oakham, Massa-
chusetts ; children : Edward Leicester, Har-
riett. Arthur White, Ruth Louise and George

(IX) George Albert, youngest child of
George Edgar and Mandana (White) Marsh,
was born July 15, 1875, in Leicester, Massa-



chusetts, where his early years were spent and
his education began in the public schools. He
was subsequently a student at Worcester
Academy and Colburn Classical Institute, and
graduated from Colby College with the de-
gree of Master of Arts in 1901. He began
business life as a salesman of gas and elec-
trical fixtures, and is now engaged in their
manufacture, and makes a specialty of bronze
and wrought iron work. He is a member of
Delta Kappa Upsilon fraternity, but is not
associated with other societies of any kind.
His family attends the Congregational church.
He is an earnest Republican, but gives little
time to political matters. He married, Sep-
tember 12, 1904, at Portland, Maine, Rhena
Louise Clark, daughter of Isaac Francis and
Julia Winslow Clark, of Portland, former
manager of the Portland Poultry Company.
Mr. and Mrs. Marsh have a daughter, Louise
Clark, born July 20, 1907, in Weehawken,
New Jersey.

The great number of persons in
WHITE the New England and western
states whose surname is White
are descended in most instances from John
White, of Salem. Massachusetts, 1638, or
from William White, of Ipswich. Massachu-
setts. 1635. Both were progenitors of a mul-
titude of descendants, and number among
them many of the most active and prominent
participants in the social, religious and civil
afTairs of the communities and common-
wealths in which they lived. An earlier line
of this name which is not so numerously rep-
resented, but has furnished numerous citizens
of the highest character follows.

(I) William White, son of Bishop John
White, was among that little Hock of non-
conformists who. under the pastoral care of
Rev. John Robinson, went from England to
Holland in order that they might worship
(".od unmolested according to the dictates of
their conscience, and he subsequently accom-
panied them on tlieir pilgrimage to the New
World in the "Alayflower." At Leyden. July
I, 1612, he was married, by Pastor Robinson,
to Susannah, sister of Samuel Fuller, also a
"Mayflower" Pilgrim. Susanna became the
mother of two children : Resolved and Pere-
grine. Resolved was born in Holland, about
the time when the decision was reached to
seek a permanent resting ])lace on the other
side of the .\tlantic. and he was no doubt
named in commemoration of that event. The
name of Peregrine signifies a pilgrim or
stranger. The birth of Peregrine took place

in the cabin of the "Maj-flower." in Novem-
ber, 1620, after the ship had anchored tem-
porarily in the harbor of what is now Prov-
incetown. William White died in Plymouth,
March 14, 1621, and May 12 following his
widow Susanna married Edward Winslow,
afterward governor of Plymouth Colony. She
died in October, 1682.

(H) Peregrine White went with the fam-
ily of Governor Winslow to Green Harbor
(Marshfield), about 1632. In 1647 '^^ mar-
ried Sarah, daughter of William and Eliza-
beth Bassett, who arrived at Plymouth in the
"Fortune" in 1 62 1. His children were: Dan-
iel, Sarah, Mercy, Jonathan, Peregrine, and

(Ill) Daniel, eldest child of Peregrine and
Sarah (Bassett) White, was born in 1649, in
Marshfield, where he made his home through
life. He married, 1674, Hannah Hunt, of
Duxbury, a descendant of William Hunt, who
came from England in 1635, and settled in
Concord, Massachusetts, where he first lived
in a wigwam. He died in Marshfield, May 6,
1724, aged seventy-five years. Their children
were : John, Joseph, Thomas, Cornelius, Ben-
jamin, Eleazer and Ebenezer.

(I\') Cornelius, fourth son of Daniel and
Hannah (Hunt) White, was born March 28.
1682. in Marshfield. He was a ship builder,
and a man of means. He lived at Marshfield
and Whites Ferry until 1743, when he re-
moved to Hanover, Massachusetts, where he
died. He married, May 22, 1706, Hannah
Randall ; children : Lemuel. Cornelius. Paul.
Joanna. Daniel. Gideon and Benjamin.

(V) Paul, third son of Cornelius and Han-
nah (Randall) White, was born in 171 1, in
Hanover. He removed to Connecticut. He
married, February 24, 1737, Elizabeth Cur-
tis; children: John, Nathaniel. Christopher,
Joanna. Hannah, Patience. Peregrine and

(\T) John, eldest son of Paul and Eliza-
beth (Curtis) White, was born May 16. 1739.
He lived in Framingliam, Massachusetts, and
later removed to Spencer. Massachusetts ; he
married Sybil Buckminster. born July 27,
1731 ; children: Thomas, Thadeus, Abigail,
Mary, Benjamin, Joel, Sybil. Nancy, Jona-
than. Betsey, Amos and John Bradshaw.

(\TI) Joel, fourth son of John and Sybil
(Buckminster) White, was born May 3, 1766,
in Spencer, Massachusetts. While his chil-
dren were yet young he removed his family to
Allegheny county, New York, and took up a
farm in Alfred, then a part of Almond. He
also made brick. He married Abigail Outing,



born October 27, 1774, at Royalston, Massa-
chusetts. Qiildren: Sally, Serena, Silas,
Louisa, Benjamin Franklin, Rhoda, Joel,
Alonzo, Elizabeth and Abigail Alvira.

(Vni) Alonzo, fourth son of Joel and Abi-
gail (Outing) White, was born xMay 6, 1808.
He lived in Leicester, Massachusetts, where
he died January 16, 1893. He married Eliza-
beth Lincoln Davis, born May 25, 1812. Chil-
dren : Joseph Mason (died voung), Eleanor
Cutting. Henry Arthur, Mandana Elizabeth,
Catherine Emily, and Clarence Alonzo.

(IX) Mandana Elizabeth, fourth child of
Alonzo and Elizabeth Lincoln (Davis) White,
was born 1844. She married George E."
Marsh, at Leicester, Massachusetts, by Rev.
John Nelson, D. D., and lived in the same
place (see Marsh).

(For first generation see Stephen Larrabee I.)

(H) Stephen (2), probably
LARRABEE the eldest of the children of
Stephen (i) Larrabee, was
born about 1652; after removing to Maiden,
Massachusetts, from North Yarmouth, there
is record of his wife Isabel, by whom he had
one or more children, and he had one or more
sons born twelve years previously. His chil-
dren were, so far as can be ascertained :
Stephen, Deacon William, born 1684; Cap-
tain John, 1686; Sainuel, 1690; Abigail, 1694;
Captain Benjamin. 1696: Ephraim, about
1698: Margaret.

(Ill) Stephen (3), eldest son of Stephen
(2) Larrabee, was born in 1682. January 10,
1704. he married Margaret Pain, and about
1706 he was living in Medford, Massachu-
setts ; he removed to North Yarmouth, INIaine,
after 1722, where some of his children were
born. He died October 20, 1737, and his
widow married Samuel Seabury. His children
were: Hannah, born May 4, 1707; Margaret,
February 22, 1709; John and Stephen.

(I\*) John, son of Stephen (3) and Mar-
garet (Pain) Larrabee, was born May 14,
1715; he married Mary Pomery, and settled
in North Yarmouth. Children: i. Mary,
born November 25. 1744, married Benjamin
Rockley. 2. Stephen, born September 23,
1747, married i\Iolly Merrill. 3. Deacon John,

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