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Maine. In 1847 he established himself in
business as a tanner and currier of leather
at Auburn, Maine, and also engaged in the
manufacture of boots and shoes. He moved
to Livermore in i860, and lived there the re-
mainder of his life. He was a shrewd and
successful business man, a popular host and
well-known citizen. He married (first)
Olive Whitman, of Turner: (second) Maria

Hinds, born March 24, 1807, daughter of
Ebenezer and .Anna (llaihaway) Minds (see
Hinds family). Children of first wife: i. Or-
son H. 2. Lucy. Children of second wife: 3.
Zephaniah, married, 1861, Frances Clark, of
South Paris, Maine. 4. William Henry, men-
tioned below. 5. Flora Sweet, married George
C. Aldcn. of Marll)orough. Massachusetts.
6. Clara Maria, married Charles Klwood
Nash, now of Los .Angeles, California.

(\'I11) William lienry Sautelle, son of
Nathan II., was horn in Turner, Maine, July
26, 1845, '""1 ^vas educated there in the public
schools. He left home at the age of eighteen,
and followed farming in Massachusetts. Since
1901 he has made his home in Auburn, Maine,
and is now retired from business. He en-
listed in the civil war in Company G, Fifth
Massachusetts \^olunteer Infantry, and served
with credit. He is a member of Benjamin
Stone Jr. Post, No. 88, G. A. R., of Dorches-
ter, Massachusetts ; and is a iVIason, having
attained to the Commandery degrees.

He married, October 30, 1873, Mary,
daughter of John and Louisa (Smith) Casey,
of Livermore. Children: i. Mary, born Oc-
tober 25, 1879: married Edwin C. Goodwin,
of Bale Verte. New Brunswick. 2. William
H. F., born at Milton. Massachusetts, Jan-
uary 10, 1889. graduate of Edward Little high
school, class of 1907.

The surname Hyne, Hine, Hinds
HINDS is variously spelled. It is derived
from the trade or occupation,
like many other English surnames. A hyne,
hine or hind was a tiller of the soil — a peas-
ant, farmer. The surnames Haynes, Haines,
Hine and Hinds may have had different ori-
gins, but for a long time the spellings were
used interchangeably in England and America,
and it is not possible to separate the families
by the surnames. In fact, nine different ways
of spelling their name is still found among
the descendants of William Hinds, the im-

(I) William Hinds, immigrant ancestor,
born in England, settled in Salem, Massa-
chusetts, in 1644, or earlier. He came over
with his sister Margaret, a,ged thirty, in the
ship "Paul," of London. He was thirty-five
years old at the time. He served as a sol-
dier in Salem, November 14, 1647; g^ve a
letter of attorney November 25, 1647, to
Thomas Hines or Haynes (both doubtless
pronounced Hynes), merchant of London, for
collection at Danes Halle, Bedfordshire, Eng-
land, his former home. He mortgaged land



at Salem in 1647; ^''^ mortgage was dis-
charged in 1660. He owned land in cominon
with Richard Hinds at Salem. Both were re-
lated, no doubt, to Robert Hines, who was in
Salem in 1648. William Hinds removed to
Marblehead, and married Sarah, daughter of
Richanl Ingersoll. Children: i. William,
born about 1635 ; mentioned below. 2. Fran-
cis, born about 1670.

(II) William (2), son of William (i)
Hinds, was born aibout 1655, in Salem. He
married Abigail, daughter of Samuel and
Sarah (Hubbard) Ward, granddaughter of
Samuel and Frances Ward, of Hingham. Abi-
gail joined the church May 19, 1684, at Sa-
lem, and was one of the original members of
the Marblehead church. She died in i688,

and he married (second) Elizabeth .

He was a soldier in King rhi!i]j's war in
1675, and was present at the taking of the
Narragansett fort. Over fifty years later, in
1728, he had a grant of land in payment for
his services, in the Narragansett grant, at
what is now Amherst, New Hampshire. Chil-
dren of first wife: i. John, born February 14,
1682. 2. Abigail, January, 1684. 3. Rebecca,
April 7, 1686. 4. William, baptized July 22,
1688. Children of second wife, born at
Marblehead : 5. Richard, baptized January 6,
1694-5. 6. Joseph, baptized March 21, 1696-7.
7. Elizabeth, born April 3, 1700. 8. Hannah,
February 21. 1701. 9. Benjamin, September

3. 1705-'

(HI) John, nephew of William (2) Hinds,
was born about 1685. John, son of William
Hinds, of Marblehead, born February 14.
1682, remained in Marblehead ; married there,
November 25, 1700, Constance Bennett, who
married (second) May 31, 1721, John Pick-
worth ; children, born at Marblehead : i. Abi-
gail, baptized May 26, 1706: ii. John, bap-
tized June 22, 1707; iii. Abigail, baptized June
II, 1710; iv. .'^usanna. baptized November 8,
1713. Obviously the names are similar to
those of the Bridgewater family given below,
but John, of ^larblehead, would not have
been the same as John, of Bridgewater, as
stated in the Hinds Genealogy. He was doubt-
less a son of William Flind's brother, whose
name is not known — probably Francis. John
Hinds went to Bridgewater when a young
man. married there, .'\ugust 11, 1700, Han-
nah Shaw, born .Xpril 26, 1787, daughter of
John and Hannah Shaw, great-granddaughter
of Abraham .Shaw, the immigrant, of Ded-
ham. Children, born at Bridgewater: i.
Hannah, 1710. 2. Elizabeth, 1712. 3. Abi-
gail, 1714; married, 1735, Stephen Cobb, of

Walpole, Massachusetts. 4. John, 1719; mar-
ried, 1738, Hannah Lyon. 5. Ebenezer, June
29, 1719: mentioned below. 6. Susanna, 1722;
married, 1740, Henry Chamberlain, of Bridge-

(IV) Rev. Ebenezer, son of John Hinds,
was born in Bridgewater, July 29, 1719, and
(lied at Fairhaven, Massachusetts, April 19,
1 81 2. He was a farmer in Bridgewater until
he was after thirty years old. He was bap-
tized by immersion in 1749 by Rev. Ebenezer
Moulton, pastor of the Baptist church at Brim-
field, and the same year began to exercise
his gifts in prayer and exhortation. In 1749
he was called to distant points to preach and
baptize, above eighty miles, it is said, so his
reputation must have extended rapidly. He
baptized ten in Bridgewater and three in
Kaynham this first year. He joined the Sec-
ond Baptist Church of Boston, March 3, 1751,
then under the pastorate of Rev. Ephraim
Bond. He preached at the house of Thomas ,
Nelson, of Assawomsett Neck, in 1853, and
afterward regularly. He was ordained first
pastor of the Second Baptist Church of
Kliddleborough, January 26, 1758. This
church was organized November 16, 1757.
A house and barn were bought for a parson-
age at Lakeville, called Beech Woods. He
continued pastor upwards of forty years, and
spent the best part of his life in Middlebor-
ough, and his church enjoyed a season of
healthful growth and prosperity, and the de-
nomination gaining strength rapidly. Mr.
Hinds contributed greatly to the growth of
his sect, and his pulpit was a stronghold. His
pastorate closed when he was seventy, but he
continued to preach from time to time, and
retained his physical and mental vigor. Even
after he was eighty years old he would mount
his horse unaided and ride long distances to
hold religious services or assist at ordinations.
He went as chaplain with Captain Benjamin
Pratt's company to Lake George in 1758, in
the French and Indian war. Elder Hinds
deeded his house to the church and society,
November 2, 1805. He married (first) Su-
sanna Keith, born 1727, daughter of John and
Hannah (Washburn) Keith, granddaughter of
Rev. James Keith. She was buried near the
present Congregational church in Bridge-
water. He married (second) in 1751. Lydia
Bartlett, died May 12, i8or. Her brother
Richard was a soldier at .Xnnapolis Roval,
1775, under Colonel Winslow, in seizing and
disposing of the neutral French. The epitapli
of Elder Hinds on his tombstone in the old
]\Iiddleborough graveyard reads: "In memory



of Rev. Ebenezer Hinds, who died April 19,
1812, in his ninety-fourth year. I have fouglit
a good fight. 1 have finished my course, I
liave kept the faith, henceforth there is laid
up for me a crown of righteousness." That
of his wife: "Sacred to the memory of Mrs.
Lydia, wife of Rev. Ebenezer Hinds. She
died May 12, 1801, in her sixty-seventh year.
Give her of the fruits of her hands, and let
her own works praise her."

Children of first wife: i. Keziah, born
1745. 2. Salome, 1747. 3. Child, died in in-
fancy. 4. Child, died in infancy. Children of
second wife: 5. Ebenezer, born January 25,
i753, mentioned below. 6. Bartlett, born
''7^5- 7- Susannah, May 16, 1757. 8. John,
September 19, 1759. 9. Leonard, 19,
i;ni. 10. Lydia. August i, 1763. 11. Pre-
served. Fcljruary 27, 1766. 12. Abanoam,
June ly. 1768. 13. Keziah. March 19, 1772;
died August 12, 1774. 14. Hannah, Ma)- 12.
'".''5- 15- Richard, September 11, 177;.

(V) Ebenezer (2) Hinds, son of Rev.
Ebenezer ( i ) Hinds, was born at Bridge-
water, January 25, 1753; died April 26, 1831.
He was a soldier in the revolution, private in
Captain Isaac Woou s company (second) on
the Lexington alarm, April 19, 1775; also
sergeant in Captain John Peirce's company, in
Rhode Island campaign, December, 1776: ser-
geant of Fourth Alidilleborough company, in
second Rhode Island alarm, August, 1780.
He married, at Middleborough, March 3,
1774, Charity Canedy, a direct descendant of
Samuel Fuller, who came to Plymouth in the
"Mayflower." She lived to the great age of
ninety years. Children, born at Middlebor-
ough: I. Hannah Canedy, December 3, 1772.
2. Ebenezer, October 14, 1775; mentioned be-
low. 3. Charity Canedy, February 25, 1780.
4. Lydia Bartlett, May 18, 1782. 5. Salome,
August 31, 1784. 6. Principal C, September
6. 1786. 7. Owen Hillman, June 21, 1788. 8.
Clarissa W.. July 8, 1790. 9. Tisdale Leon-
ard, January 10, 1793. 10. Susannah Keith,
January 5, 1795. n. Salome Ellen, October
20, 1802.

(VI) Ebenezer (3), son of Ebenezer (2)
Hinds, was born in R'liddleborough, October
14, 1775; died January 6, 1857. He went
from Freetown to Livermore, Maine, in July,
1801. and made his home there the rest of
his life. He was a housewright and car-
penter, and built many of the houses in Liver-
more. When the Republican party was or-
ganized, Mr. Hinds cast the first vote for the
candidates of that party in Livermore. He
was one of the prime movers in organizing

the Cniversalist church at the Norlands, in
Livermore, dedicated in 1829. He married,
at Freetown, Massacliusctts, March 20, 1798,
Anna Hathaway, bon: at Middleborough, died
m Livermore, August 10, 1859. Children:
I. Ebenezer, born December 17, 1798; died in
Livermore. 2. Salome, born December 15,
1800. 3. Gilbert, January 12, 1803. 4. Amy
Weaver, December 6, 1804. 5. Maria, March
24, 1807; married Nathan H. Sawtell (see
Sawtcll family). 6. Hannah C, April 8, 1809.
7. Elkanah L., June 30, 181 1. 8. Clarissa,
July II, 1813. 9. Albert Gallatin, October 15,
181 5. 10. Anne E., February 8, 1818. ii.
Elbridge P., November 24, 1821. 12. El-
bridge (ierry, June 9, 1823.

It is no exaggeration to say that
YORK state of Maine people are' gen-
erally at the head of the procession
wherever they may be found. Her public
men have ranked equally with those from
other states. It furnished the running mate
for Lincoln, the Abolitionist Hamlin, who had
Indian blood in his veins. It gave to the
nation the logician Reed, with his Casco Bay
irony ; to light literature, the edifying Arte-
mus AVard and the veracious Bill Nye, who
made the world laugh ; and to polite literature,
the gentle Willis. Its hard-fisted yeomanry
have gone down to the sea in ships, entering
every harbor almost on the globe; they stood
behind the guns with the embattled hosts that
fought for liberty and freedom ; they felled
the forests, marketed the output in Massachu-
setts, where it went to build towns; and state
of Maine men, skilled craftsmen, there fash-
ioned the raw material into the finished pro-
duct. It is to the yeomanry class the York
people belong. Some of Maine's children
have been adopted citizens, and not to the
manner born, and her draft from New Hamp-
shire has been a notable one. Somebody
asked Webster, with well-simulated anxiety :
"What do you raise in New Hampshire?"
His reply was : "We raise men. Mercliants
place before their stores a sign of the goods
they have inside. We have a great stone face
in New Hampshire and it is the sign of our
best product." Ages before He made man,
God carved out here amid the chaotic begin-
nings of the infant world high above the
clouds, the Franconia face, an antetype of the
sturdy race he was about to create, an image
of the upward, forward-looking man. As a
sample of soine of the inen New Hampshire
has sent to Maine, we inight mention the great
Fessenden, Judge Clifford, and in her guber-



natorial succession Edward Kent, Samuel
Wells and Harris M. Plaisted. The house of
York with which this sketch has to do was a
New Hampshire offshoot in the_ first instance,
occupying a tide-water plantation, and it is
only delayed justice that the state has come
into her own after years of separation. Anti-
quarians find a mine of lusty lore in studying
the ancient city of ^'ork. It was the seat
of the T'.rigantes, the most powerful tribe in
Britain, long before the Roman conquest. The
War of the Roses was fought over the suc-
cession to the crown claimed by the house of
York and the house of Lancaster, the Lan-
castrians being finally victorious at Bosworth
Field. As early as 11 54 there was a ducal
house by the name of York.

(I) Richard York, the common parent of
all the name in New England, was at Oyster
River, now Durham, New Hampshire, in
1648, where he was granted one hundred
acres. He signed a petition to the general
court in 1654, and bought fifty acres of Will-
iam Hilton, on Littlejohn creek, August 7,
1661. He stood well in the church and the
community, accumulating some little property.
His name is on a church petition in 1669. He
died in 1674. His will was executed April 23,
1672, and proved June 30, 1674. The name
of his wife was Elizabeth. Children: John,
Samuel, Elizabeth, Rachel, Benjamin and

(H) Samuel, second son of Richard and
Elizabeth York, was born in Oyster River,
then Durham. He bought land of the In-
dians, July 20, 1670, in Pejepscot, now Tops-
ham, Maine. He entered earnestly into the
work of subduing the primeval forest, and to
render it habitable for man. He lived at Fal-
mouth Foresidcs on Casco bay, the site of his
house is perpetuated by York ledge and York
landing. The Indian war soon followed, with
the destruction of Falmouth, and Samuel re-
moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts, where
more protection was afforded. His wife's
name was Elizabelh. Children: Benjamin,
see forward ;'5aiTmdi_born^OctoberjL3a_J4Zi 5,
and others. fc, 1 ^'' ^

(HI) Benjamin, son of Samuel and Eliza-
beth York, was born in Falmouth Foresides in
1680. He went to Gloucester with his father
after the destruction of the town. He re-
turned to Falmouth after peace was restored
and was given sixty acres. He entered his
mark for cattle March 10, 1721. He joined
the church August 13, 1727, and was later
made a deacon. He built a grist mill at Law-
rence ere A, Cape Elizabeth, in 1727. He died

before 1764, and his will was burned in the
great fire. He married, December 7, 1704,
Mary, daughter of Lieutenant John Giddings,
(jf Chebacco. Children : Benjamin, John,
Mary, Samuel, Sarah and Joseph.

(TV) Samuel, son of Benjamin and Mary
(Giddings) York, was born October 13, 1715.
at Falmouth, and lived to a very great age,
dying at the home of his granddaughter. Mrs.
Daniel Harmon, in Dunham, about 1808. aged
over ninety years. He married, December
23. '73*^. Joanna Skillings, of Falmouth, who
survived him and reached the age of ninety-
eight years, dying at the home of Mr. Har-
mon. Children: Joanna, born December 12.
1737; Samuel, mentioned below; Sarah, wife
of Daniel Harmon ; Joseph, of Durham, Maine ;
.Susan, wife of \'incent Roberts; Deborah,
married George Copson Roberts, of Cape

(Y) Samuel (2), eldest son of Samuel (i)

i^id Joanna ( Skillings) York, was born about

(\ 17567 in Falmouth, and died in 1798. in Dur-

^Tiam. As early as 1774 he removed to Royals-

boro (now Durham) and resided near his

brother Joseph, at York's Corner, on the back

road to Brunswick. He married, in Cape

Elizabeth, .\ugust 26, 1776, Hannah Hovt.

Children: Daniel, Lettice. Hannah. Submit,

Zebulon. Elizabeth, and probably Eliot.

(YI) Daniel, eldest son of Samuel (2) and
Hannah (Hoyt) York, was probably born
about 1777, in Durham, and married in that
town, 1797, Hannah Johnson. Soon after-
ward he settled in Belfast. Maine, where the
births of the following children are recorded:
Aim. March (>, 1802; Harriet, November 7,
i8oq; Henry, mentioned below.

(VII) Henry, son of Daniel and Hannah
(Johnson) York, was born May 16, 1813. in
Belfast, Maine, and probably passed his life
there. The records of the town give no men-
tion of his marriage or children.

(Mil) Henry F., probably a son of Henry
York, was born in Belfast, Maine, November
30, 1839, '"if^ fl'^'^ '" Bangor, January 14, j
1908. He removed to Bangor early in life,
and was a teamster, a Baptist in religion until
his latter years when he became an Adventist,
and in politics a Republican. He belonged to
Penobscot Lodge, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows. He married Mary E., daughter of
Kimball Wood, of Bangor. She died and he
married (second) Emma, daughter of Sam-
uel and Bethsaida (Van Horn) Estabrooke.
The Van Horns were a highly esteemed fam-
ily from the Provinces, and undoubtedly re-
lated to those around Springfield, Massachu-

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setts, and also to that Van Horn who is the
great railroad magnate, and Harrinian, of
Canada. Children by first marriage : Ida IC,
deceased; Frank S., married Verna Field, of
Searsport, Maine; and Jabez, died unmarried.
(IX) Walter H., only son of Henry F. and
Emma (Estabrooke) York, was born in Ban-
gor, March 11, 1877. He was graduated
from the hi,c;h school in 1896, and went imme-
diately to Saginaw, Michigan, as general sec-
retary of the Young Men's Christian Asso-
ciation at that place. After a period of suc-
cessful service there, he was transferred to
Nashua, New Hampshire. His work in Nash-
ua in this important auxiliary to church work,
a work that has done so much toward saving
inexperienced young men without home in-
fluence, from the vice dens of a great city, was
a counterpart of his western success. Mr.
York now holds the responsible position of
timekeeper in the superintendent's office of
the Worcester. Nashua & Portland division
of the Boston & Maine railway. He came from
a state where there are nothing but Repub-
licans, and of course was brought up in that
political faith and still holds it. He worships
with the Pilgrim Congregational Church. He
married Mabel L., daughter of Edward L.
and Abbie (Stone) Stafford, of Bangor. Her
mother was the daughter of Miles and Abbie
Stone, of Milford, Maine. Mrs. York was
well educated in the Bangor schools, and was
of great assistance to her husband in his secre-
tarial work. She is an active member of the
Nashua Women's Club. One daughter, Ruth

The name was originally
BLAISDELL written Blasdale, Blesdale,
Blasdell, as well as in the
form here used, and others. The name Blais-
dell is derived from the Saxon words Blas-
die-val, signifying a "blazed path through the
vale," which could be followed through the
forest by trees which had been blazed with an
axe to guide the traveler. It came from Eng-
land among the early emigrants, and has
spread all over New England and the United
States. It has been honorably connected with
the settlement and development of the states
of Maine and New Hampshire. The old
Blaisdell homestead is the oldest house stand-
ing on the banks of the Penobscot river to-
day, having descended through several gen-
erations, and is still owned by the heirs of
Eben Ferren Blaisdell.

(I) Ebenezer Blaisdell, probably a descend-
ant of Ralph Blaisdell, the emigrant ancestor.

was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He
was by trade and occupation a tanner and
farmer, conducting these operations in Frank-
fort, now Wintcrport, Maine, where his chil-
dren and grandchildren were born, removing
there from Kennebunkport, Maine. He mar-
ried Annie Ferren, of Kennebunkport, Maine,
who was the daughter of a soldier in the revo-
lutionary war, serving with Washington on
Long Island, in New Jersey and at Valley
Forge, and also in the French and Indian war.
He was taken captive by the Indians and sold
into Canada for twcnly-five cents, later was
taken to Quebec and finally returned home.

(II) Eben Ferren, son of Ebenezer and An-
nie (Ferren) Blaisdell, was born at Frank-
fort, Maine, January 30, 1823, died at Brad-
ford, Pennsylvania, at tiie home of his son,
April 29, 1901. As a boy he assisted in the
cultivation of his father's farm, later learned
the trade of tanner, and subsequently turned
his attention to the cooperage business. He
married Nancy Chase, born November 30,
1821, died in Brooklyn, New York, January
25, 1900, daughter of a mechanic and L'ni-
versalist minister who lived between Bald-
hill Cove and Winterport, on the Maine
Children, born in Winterport, Maine: Walter
Ferren, Mark Lester, Frank Lewis, Joseph
William, Silas Canada, Philo Chase, Abraham
Lincoln and Edward Kendall, all of whom are
actively engaged in business in New York
City and vicinity at the present time. Four of
these eight brothers own and conduct The
Standard Wood Company of New Jersey,
which corporation has various branches in
the state of Maine and consumes 175,000
cords o£ wood annually, which is cut up into
kindling wood and sold in all the large cities
of the eastern part of Lfnited States. They
established the business in 1873. The broth-
ers, in 1877, under the name of Blaisdell
Brothers, engaged in the kindling wood busi-
ness, making and patenting their own ma-
chines and thoroughly systematizing the busi-
ness, which now has an output of four million
of dollars annually.

(III) Walter Ferren, son of Eben Ferren
and Nancy (Chase) Blaisdell, was born in
Frankfort (Winterport), Waldo county.
Maine, November 5, 1848. He attended the
public schools of Winterport, and when six-
teen years of age enlisted in the United States
navy as a volunteer for service in the civil
war, and witnessed and participated in two
of the most important and picturesque events
that mark the eventful history of that war —
the battles and capture of Fort Fisher, North



Carolina, and the final surrender of the Con-
federate army at Appomattox Court House,
\'irginia. His service in the navy covered a
period of one year from July, 1864, to July,
1863. On arriving in New York in the latter
named year he shipped as an able seaman on
a vessel engaged in the South American trade,
and thus visited the principal parts of that in-
teresting continent, as well as parts of the
West Indies. After a service of four years
he returned home and found employment on
the Sanford line of steamers plying between
Hangor and Boston, continuing in this service
for three years. In 1873 he was a resident
at Mount Waldo, Maine, and for one year
was employed as a stone cutter. The follow-
ing year he was employed on government work
at Fox Island, where the stone for the United
States Treasury building was prepared. He
also worked on the contract for stone used in
the New York State Capitol at Albany, and
at Dix Island, near Rockland, where he
worked on the stone used in building the
United States Post Office in New York City.
His brothers at this time were employed by
the Havemeyer Sugar Refining Company in
New York, where he joined them, and in
1876 they formed the firm of Blaisdell
Brothers for the purpose of manufacturing
bundled kindling wood. This led naturally
into the allied occupation of dealing in coal
In 1886 Walter F. Blaisdell became superin-
tendent of the Lowell M. Palmer Coinpany,
New York, and withdrew his personal service
from the firm of Blaisdell Brothers, but kept
his interest in the business. He joined with
Gove D. Curtis, of Ohio, in the business of
supplying coal to residences and business
houses in New York City and vicinity under
the firm name of Curtis & Blaisdell. They
then had a ship tonnage of three thousand
tons, and in 1908 the tonnage amounted to
one million one hundred thousand tons, with

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