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born November 16, 1749, married Jane
Brown : settled first at Freeport, afterwards at
Greene, Maine : he was a carpenter, and a
deacon in the Baptist church. 4. Mehitable,
born October 10, 1751, died February 20,
1826. 5. Captain Samuel, married Alary
Brown, of North Yarmouth : served in the
revolutionary war, and after his return built

a tavern stand where the old-time stage coach
slopped and changed horses.

(VI) Robert, mother's name was
Mehitable, daughter of John Larrabee, was
born June 3, 1785, in North Yarmouth, and
his father's name is unknown. He was reared
by his Uncle Samuel, the tavern keeper, and
learned the carpenter's trade of his Uncle
John, before mentioned. He settled in Phipps-
burg, Maine, and married Hannah Beath, of
Boothbay, Maine, January 6, 1807; she was
born in Boothbay, June 19, 1786, and died at
Bath, Maine, June i, 1873. Mr. Larrabee
died at Phippsburg, Maine, May i, 1863. His
children were: i. William P., born August

1, 1807, at Georgetown, married Ann Smith.

2. John B., born March 5, 1809, married
Ehza Hibbard. 3. Hannah A., born October
15, 1810, married Joseph Bowker. 4. Deacon
Samuel W. 5. Cordelia E., born September
14. 1813, at North Yarmouth, married Will-
iam Swan. 6. Joseph P., born September 12,
1816, married Lydia Morrison. 7. Jotham!
born December 7, 1818, married Esther
Knight. 8. Mary M., born August 18, 1822,
married William Anderson. 9. James R., born
September 18, 1820, married Lucrelia Elliott.
10. Caroline, born January 26, 1824, married
Captain Charles Delano, and died November
4. 1864. II. Beatrice, born January 26, 1824,
married Captain Charles Delano ; 'she was a
twin with Caroline, and both married the
same man. 12. Ann C, born March 28, 1826,
married George L. Hill. 13. Robert I. D.,
born November 26, 1828, married Lydia

(VII) Deacon Samuel W., third son of
Robert and Hannah (Beath) Larrabee, was
born November 13, 1812; he was a carpenter,
and settled in Portland, Maine, where he
worked for some time at his trade, and then
was employed by a lumber firm as a surveyor.
He was afterwards admitted a member of the
firm. Knight & Pool, and succeeded to the
business after the death of the original mem-
bers, carrying it on until the end of his life;
his son was connected with him in business
for several years, under the firm name of S.
W. Larrabee & Company. He joined the Sec-
ond Parish Church soon after settling in
Portland, and was a deacon for more than
forty years ; he served in the common council,
and as alderman, often acted as mayor, and
several times declined the nomination for that
office ; he served one term in the legislature.
He was a man of good character, public spirit,
and well known for his benevolence ; he died
quite suddenly at his home in Portland, Alay



22, 1893, deeply mourned by his fellow-
townsmen. He married Rachel Knight, born
November 30, 181 1, at IJoothbay, Maine, died
in February, 19CX); children: i. Hannah Ai-
mer, born October, 1839, died unmarried,
Mav 5, 1862. 2. Frances L., born May g,
1841, married William F. Moses, of Bath,
Maine. 3. Charles Frederick. 4. Henry Pel-
ham, born December 2, 1846, married Kate
Fuller, in October, 1874, and has one child,
Katherine Pelham. 5. Philip Henry, born in
Portland, was in the lumber business and died
Julv 4, 1907. Two children died in infancy.

(\"ni) Charles Frederick, eldest son of
Sanniel Wiley and Rachel (Knight) Larra-
bee, was born December 10. 1842, at Phipps-
burg, Maine, and received his education in
the public schools of Portland. He went to
sea for two years, and was subsequently em-
ployed by the Grand Trunk Railway of Can-
ada' as shipping clerk in Portland. In 1863
he joined the Union army and served two
years, first as private, then as sergeant-major,
then as first lieutenant and adjutant, in the
regiment of which General Francis Fessen-
den, U. S. A., and Thomas H. Hubbard, of
New York, were colonels; he was brevetted
captain and major for "gallant and distin-
guished services in the battles of Sabine Cross
Roads, Pleasant Hill and Monett Bluffs,
Louisiana, April 8, 9 and 23, 1864," in the
famous Red River campaign under General
Banks. In 1866 he was appointed second lieu-
tenant in the Seventh U. S. Infantry, later
promoted to the rank of first lieutenant, and
served imtil 1871. During the reconstruc-
tion period of Florida, Major Larrabee acted
as assistant adjutant general, and on retiring
from that position w-as complimented in gen-
eral orders for his service. In 1869 he com-
manded a military post, and was in charge of
the Shoshone and Bannock Indians. He re-
moved the hostile Apaches and established the
San Carlos Agency in Arizona, and was civil-
ian agent in 1873. In the same year he rep-
resented the United Slates in negotiating with
certain tribes in the Indian Territory, ami in
1875-76 was special agent to remove three
thousand captive Cheyennes, Arapahoes,
Kiowas and Comanches from Fort Sill to the
Quapaw Agency, with the expectation of ex-
perimenting with civilizing them, though the
government later made plans for disposing
otherwise of these captives and they were
never removed from their old homes.

Major Larrabee began his service in the In-
dian Office in Washington in 1880, and in
1885 was commissioned to investigate claims

of licensed traders growing out of the Sioux
massacre in 1862. in Minnesota; he was also
appointed to negotiate with several tribes of
Indians in Minnesota, northern Montana and
Dakota, being associated with Bishop H. B.
Whipple and Judge John \'. Wright, of Ten-
nessee, as a result of which negotiations about
seventeen million acres of land were opened
to white settlers. January i, 1905, \Iajor
Larrabee was appointed .\ssistant Commis-
sioner of Indian Affairs, at W'ashington,
which position he held until 1908, when he
resigned. Upon his resignation he had good
reason to be proud of the manner in which it
was received by the President, and he has in
his possession a letter signed Theodore Roose-
velt, w-hich is in text as follows: "My dear
Major : I have just received your letter of
resignation, which came as a surprise to me;
in accepting it I wish to express in the high-
est terms my appreciation of your long ser-
vice and of the unfailing loyalty and high in-
tegrity with which you have thruout that
period served the Government. With all
good wishes for your future, believe me, etc."
This is a fitting tribute to the efficient manner
in which he has filled the positions entrusted
to him.

He married Ruth Estelle, daughter of Ed-
ward Loop, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,
and they have one son. Sterling Loop, born
September 24, 1889, a student at West Point
Military Academy, which he entered March i,

This is among the pioneer
POTTER names of East Concord, and is

traced to the early settlers of
Ipswich, Massachusetts. It has been chiefly
identified in Concord with agriculture, but the
family has included many noted ecclesiastics
and professional men of all classes. The rec-
ords of Yale, Harvard and other New Eng-
land colleges show' many of the name among
graduates. Concord has sent out some of the
name who have done honor to it, among whom
may be mentioned : Judge Alva Kimball Pot-
ter, of Niagara county, New York; General
Joseph Hayden Potter, U. S. A. ; Hon. Chand-
ler Eastman Potter, author of "History of
Manchester," and widely known as editor,
scholar and historian ; and Jacob Averill Pot-
ter, judge of the court of common pleas of
Merrimack county.

(I) The first to whom the New Hampshire
family is definitely traced was Anthony Potter,
of Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he is found
of record in 1648. He was born 1628, in



England. It is claimed by some authorities
that he was a son of Robert Potter, of Lynn,
but no records are found to bear this out. His
first home was on the north side of the river,
near the stone mill, in a house built and oc-
cupied at first by Major General Daniel Den-
nison. In 1664 he was owner of a share and
a half in Plum, and other property, and the
records show sales of lands by him in 1660-
61. In July, 1653, he was '"presented," be-
cause his wife wore silk, but was able to
prove himself worth two hundred pounds and
discharged. This and his various purchases
and sales of land show him to have been a
man of means. He had a farm on the Salem
road, about one mile southwest of the village
of Ipswich, one of the best in t<jwn, extend-
ing north to the river, and was successful in
the cultivation of fruit. He died early in
1690, his will being dated December 28, 1689,
and proved March 26, following. His wife,
Elizabeth \^^^ipple, was born 1629, daughter
of Deacon John and Sarah Whipple. She
survived her husband until March 10, 1712.
In i6q9 she presented to the First Church of
Ipswich a silver cup which is still among its
possessions. The inscription on her tomb-
stone includes this brief verse :

"a tender mother '

a prudent wife r-
at God's command

resigned her life." f.

Her children were : John, Edmund, Samuel,
Thomas, Anthony, Elizabeth and Lydia.

(II) Samuel, third son and child of An-
thony and Elizabeth (Whipple) Potter, was
born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, about 1656,
and died in 1714, in that town. He married
(first) Joanna Wood, born 1661, daughter of
Isaac and Mercy (Thompson) Wood; (sec-
ond) Ruth Dun'ton, whom he married April
18, 1692. She died before December 4, 1705,
on which date he married Sarah Burnett,
widow of Robert Burnett. Children of first
marriage : David, Sarah, Joanna, Samuel,
Thomas, Elizabeth and Henry. Of the sec-
ond there were, namely, Anthony, Esther and
Ezekiel ; the second died in infancy, as did
probably the first, since he is not mentioned in
his father's will. The children of the third
marriage were Esther, Lydia and Abigail.

(III) David, eldest child of Samuel and
Joanna (Wood) Potter, was born March 27,
1685, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and died
after 1714. He married, in 1710, Mary Mer-
riam, of Lynn; children: Alexander, James
and William.

(IV) William, youngest child of David and
Marv (Merriam) Potter, was born about

1715, in Ipswich, removed to Topsham, Maine,
about 1736, and died at the latter place March
9, 1747. He married Catharine Mustard;
children: James, .Mexander, John, David,
Joseph, Matthew, Samuel and William.

(V) Lieutenant John, third son of William
and Catharine (Mustard) Potter, was born
April 28, 1736, at Topsham, Maine, and died
February 11, 1792. He joined the revolu-
tionary army under General Washington at
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was made
lieutenant. He married Sarah, daughter of
Charles and Ann Snipe ; children : Nancy,
Catharine, William, Elizabeth, Sarah, Martha,
Jane, Mary, Charles, Joseph and George.

(VI) William (2), eldest son of John and
Sarah (Snipe) Potter, was born July 16,
1765, at Georgetown, Maine, and died there
May 30, 1831. He married Mary, daughter of
Jeremiah and Jane Pattee, born 1767, died
1832; children: David, Margaret, Charles,
John, Elizabeth, Mary, Nancy, Catharine,
Susanna Stewart, Jane, William, Woodbury
H., and Jeremiah P., all horn at Georgetown.

(VII) William (3), fourth son of William
(2) and Mary (Pattee) Potter, was born Jan-
uary 17, 1805, at Georgetown, Maine, and
died July 22, 1879. He married (first) in

1833, Jane M., daughter of Richard and Jane
Morse, who was born in 1814 and died in

1834, and their one child, Alden Morse, born
February 14, 1834 ,at Arrowsic, Maine, mar-
ried Anne E. Goodwin. He married (sec-
ond) Pamelia, daughter of John antl Joanna
Gilmore, of Woolwich, Maine, born in 1818;
children: Jane Morse, born April i, 1840,
married Edwin W. Street; Edwin Augustus;
Captain John Gilmore, a shipmaster, born
January 25, 1845, married Lena Brown;
William Frederick, born August 28, 1848,
married Annie E. Youland ; Ellen Maria, born
November 11, 1850; Sarah Lilly, born Sep-
tember 3, 1856, married James G. Dunning.

(VIII) Edwin Augustus, eldest son of
William (3) and Pamelia (Gilmore) Potter,
was born September 18, 1842, at Arrowsic,
Maine, and received his education in the pub-
lic schools. LTntil he reached the age of thirty
he was connected with his father's lumbering
and shipbuilding business at Bath, Maine, Init
since that time he has embarked ujion various
enterprises on his own account, in all of which
he has met with more than ordinary success.
His first venture was in 1872, when he estab-
lished at Chicago, Illinois, a branch house of
French & Company, dealers in china and glass-
ware, later incorporated as French & Potter
Company, under which name the firm did bus-



iness until 1890. Though having a residence
in Chicago, Mr. Potter spent considerable time
between 1879 and 1889 in Idaho and other
western states, where he was extensively in-
terested in lands, and in 1889 became a mem-
ber of the firm of Lyon, Potter & Company.
The same year he became one of the original
stockholders, later one of the directors of the
American Trust & Savings Bank of Chicago,
of which institution he has been president
since 1898. Mr. Potter is a Republican, and
a member of the Episcopalian church. lie be-
longs to several clubs — the Chicago, Union
League, Chicago Athletic, Midlothian and
Kenwood, and is ex-president of the last
named. He was at one time inspector of rifle
practice of the Illinois State Militia, and held
the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He has for
manv years been a member of the Ancient
Free and Accepted Masons, having joined
Solar Lodge, at Bath, Maine. Mr. Potter
married, October 15, 1873, Harriet, daughter
of Alfred and Mary (Smith) Berry; Alfred,
son of General Joseph Berry, of Georgetown,
Maine, married Mary White, daughter of
Captain John White, of Phipsburg, a descend-
ant of Deacon John White, who came from
England to Massachusetts about 1625. Ed-
win A. and Harriet (Berry) Potter have
children as follows: i. William Chapman,
born October 16, 1874, graduate of Boston
School of Technology, is a mining engineer,
and lives at Aguascalientes, Mexico, where he
is employed as general manager of the Amer-
ican Smelting Company of Mexico. He mar-
ried, October, 1901, Caroline, daughter of
Hon. Paul Morton, ex-Secretary of the Navy,
and they have children : Jean, born Decem-
ber 31, 1903, and Charlotte, born in 1905. 2.
Edwin A. Potter Jr., born August 11, 1877,
graduate of Michigan University, Ann Arbor.
ATichigan ; is assistant manager of the bond
department of the American Trust & Sav-
ings Bank. 3. Gertrude, born July 12, 1879,
married May, 1905, W. Roland Cox, of Den-
ver, Colorado, and they have one child, Har-
riet, born in May, 1908.

(For first generation see Philip Towle I.)

(II) Caleb, eighth son of Philip
TOWLE and Isabella (Austen) Towle,
was born at Hampton, New-
Hampshire, May 14, 1678, and died in
Chester, New Hampshire, September 20,
1763. He was a member of the society formed
for the purpose of settling the Chestnut
County, and was made a member of the com-
mittee to manage the afifairs of the societv and

of the committee to lay out town lots. As
a pioneer settler of the town of Chester, he
was one of the grantees of the right to erect
the first saw mill and this valuable franchise
he left his share to his sons Anthony and
I'Vancis. He married, April 19, 1697, Zip-
porah, daughter of Anthony and Susanna
(Drake) Brackett, born September 28, 1680,
died August 14, 1757. Their children were:
Philip, born August 18, 1698, married Lydia
Dow, and died I'ebruary 15, 1785; Elizabeth.
December 9, 1699, '"^Ticd josiah, son of
Thomas Brown; Caleb, May 9, 1701, married
January, 1729, Rebecca, daughter of James
Prescott, and had children : .\nna, Elisha,
Mary, James and Caleb; Anthony, April 30,
1703, married Sarah, daughter of Morris
Hobbs, and settled in Chester, where were
born their children : Reuben, Samuel. Jona-
than, Phineas, Morris, Brackett, Sarah, Simon,
Mary and Anthony; Zachariah, August 13,
1705, married Anne Godfrey and died August
5, 1787; Matthias, born August 13, 1707, died
before September 16, 1764; Jeremiah, Decem-
ber 5, 1709, married (first) Hannah Dear-
born, and (second) Sarah Tuck, died Novem-
ber 7, 1800; Francis, January 13, 1711-12,
married, June 4, 1738, Judith Sargent, of
Chester, settled in tliat town where their chil-
dren : Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary, Zipporah
and Francis, were born ; Hannah, March 28,
1714; Nathaniel, May 25, 1716 (q. v.) and
Samuel, September 9, 1722, died May 14,
1736. The names of the nine sons of Caleb
Towle were remembered as : "Philly, Clialey,
Anty, Zach. Thias. Jerny Frank and Xat anti
long-legged Sam."

(HI) Nathaniel, eighth son of Caleb and
Zipporah (Brackett) Towle, was born in
Hampton, New Hampshire, May 25, 1716.
He married, September 17, 1740, Lydia Til-
ton, who bore him nine children, their home
being on the "Towle road" in a house located
a little north of the present Towle homestead,
where Samuel A. Towle was living in 1893.
The mother died in October, 1800, aged eigh-
ty-two years, and the father died April 9,
1803. Children: Elizabeth, baptized Novem-
ber 29, 1741, died single, April 19, 1785; Jo-
siah, January 16, 1743, died the same year ;
Huldah, May 13, 1744, died 1746; Josiah,
baptized August 11, 1745, married Hannah
Towle, died July 21, 1817; Jabez, baptized
April 5, 1747 (q. v.) ; Daniel, baptized June
n, 1749, died 1754: Huldah, baptized June
9, 175 1, died 1754; Zipporah, baptized May
27, 1753, married Robert Drake, died July 16.
1828; Lydia, baptized June 8, 1755, married


221 1

Lieutenant John Levering, died in North
Hampton, August 15, 1829.

(IV) Jabez, third son of Nathaniel and
Lydia (Tilton) Towle, was born in Hampton,
New Hampshire, and baptized April 5, 1747.
He married, January 6, 1778, Sarah, daughter
of Samuel and Lydia (Moulton) Garland, of
Hampton, New Hampshire. She was born
January 4. 1754, and died November 17, 1829.
They lived in the Towle homestead, and had
five children, all sons: Samuel, born Decem-
ber 9. 1778. married Fanny Jenness, died De-
cember 20, 1852; Daniel, December 28, 1780,
was selectman of the town sixteen years, and
died unmarried, November 17, 1843; Na-
thaniel, February 14, 1783 (q. v.) ;" Jabez,
April 19. 1785, married Elizabeth Dow", died
June 6, 1847, '" Hampton, while residing in
the mansion built by General Jonathan Moul-
ton ; Jonathan, born about 1799, died unmar-
ried, March 5, 1832.

(V) Nathaniel (2). third child of Jabez
and Sarah (Garland) Towle, was born in the
homestead at Hampton, New Hampshire. Feb-
ruary 14, 1783. He married, about the be-
ginning of the nineteenth century, Esther
Davis, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and
they had three sons and three daughters.

(VI) Nathaniel M., son of Nathaniel (2)
and Esther (Davis) Towle, was born in Ep-
ping. New Hampshire, and married Mary
Bacon, of Freeport, Maine, and they made
their home in Kennebunk, Maine.

(\'II) George Bacon, son of Nathaniel ,M.
and Mary (Bacon) Towle, was born in Ken-
nebunk, Maine, September 25, 1837. He was
prepared for college at the public schools of
Saco, Maine, and matriculated at Bowdoin
College in 1854, graduating A. B. 1858. He
adopted the profession of pedagogue after he
had studied law in the office of Rauncy &
Morse, in Boston, and had served as assist-
ant secretary of the Boston Board of Trade,
wdiich office he accepted before completing his
law course. He was a frequent contributor
of articles on commercial subjects that came
within his personal notice and investigation
while secretary of the Board of Trade, which
appeared regularly in the Boston Post during
the editorial connection of Colonel Greene
with that newspaper, and he continued to re-
side in Boston up to the time of the great fire
in 1872. This incident in the history of the
city determined his taking up his chosen pro-
fession, and he was master of the high school
at Midway. Massachusetts, and superintendent
of the public schools of the town, 1872-84.
He was next head-master of St. Paul's school.

Salem, Washington county, New York, 1884-
87; principal of the Mount Morris School for
Boys, New York City, 1888-91 ; in 1892 he
was elected head-master of the Trinity Church
School, New York City, founded in 1709 and
conducted by the corporation of Trinity
Church, the school house being at No. 90
Trinity Place. He is a member of the Chester
Club of New York City, and of Trinity
Protestant Episcopal Church. Plis ])olitical
faith is that pronuilgated by the Democratic
party, but he is in no active connection with
any jiarty organization. He married, Decem-
ber 15. 1886. Mary Louisa, daughter of Will-
iam N. and Susan B. Haskell, of Medway,
Massachusetts, and after the death of his wife
he married (second) Laura .Stevens, of Staten
Island, New York. Not having children of
his own, both Mr. and Mrs. Towde give to the
boys of Trinity Church school the whole of
their love and devotion, without discrimina-
tion or favoritism, as their great family of boys
are continually growing up and going out
into the world, while equally attractive ones
are periodically taken into their home, and by
this means become the better fitted for life's
battle in which they were just entering.

This family is of Dutch extrac-
BOGART tion, the name originally being

spelled Bogaert. They were
among the best of the good old Dutch settlers
of New Amsterdam early in the seventeenth
century, and one of the family was one of the
founders of Albany, New York. During the
revolution some of the descendants moved
with other loyalists to Nova Scotia; Cornelius
and Thennis settled there in Annapolis county,
at Lower Granville. The name of the wife of
Cornelius is not learned, but he had several
children, among whom were sons Luke and
.Abraham. The latter married (first) in
1810, Alice P>rown. and (second) in 1819.
Rachel Bent. Abraliam and Alice had a son
Cornelius, born in 181 1, who married .Mice
Bent, in 1835. It is not recorded that they
removed to Maine, but it is quite possible, as
dates are consistent and the name Cornelius
seems to prevail in this line, that they left
Nova Scotia and were the parents and grand-
parents of the following :

( II) George Alpheus, youngest son of Cor-
nelius and Alice (Bent) Bogart. was born in
Hampden, Maine, Julv 17, 1836. His occu-
pation has been that of carpenter. He is con-
nected with the Baptist church, and in politics
is a Republican and Prohiliitionist. He mar-
ried, in 1856. Eliza Foster, of Chester, Con-



necticut. Children : Emma Eliza ; Addie,

married Emmons ; George Arthur,

who married January i, 1893. Susan Tracy
Leete, and had two children : Bessie and
Susan ; Fred Hanson Hammond.

(Ill) Fred Hanson Hammond, son of
George A. and Eliza (Foster) Rogart, was
horn in Chester. Connecticut. Januarv 16.

He was educated at the district school
of Chester, the high schools of Deep River
and Middleton, Connecticut, and the Uni-
versity of Maine, Orono, Maine. On his
graduation from college he entered the auto-
mohile husiness as machinist with the Knox
Auto Company, and later filled the position
of draftsman with the same firm. His ne.xt
engagements were as draftsman with the
Electric Vehicle Company, chief draftsman
Bristol Motor Car Company, chief engineer
Corbin Motor X'ehicle Company. Mr. Bogart
then organized an auto business which was
incorporated April, 1905, when he was cho.sen
vice-president and manager. He is a Repub-
lican and an Odd Fellow, a member of Webb
Lodge, No. 81, I. O. O. F. He married. Oc-
tober 15. igo2. at Salem, Massachusetts,
Florence Rogers, daughter of Captain and
Lucy (Very) Powers, who was born Feb-
ruary 24, 1877. Her father was a sea captain
in the East India trade, and served in the
navy during the civil war. The children of
Mr. and Mrs. Bogart were: George Wil-
fred, born January i, 1906, and Gerald, Feb-
ruary 28, 1907.

The surname Hatch of ancient
HATCH Fnglish origin is common in

England and .America. No less
than six pioneers of this family, some of them
doubtless nearly related, came to Massachu-
setts before 1650. Thomas Hatch, of Barn-
stable, had the tmique distinction of owning
an "instrument cabled a violin," mentioned in
the inventory of his estate, dated May 27,
t66i, though Hatch had been dead since be-
fore June 14, 1646. Several of the first set-

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