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the colony, 1702-12, he passed the severest
judgment' allowed by the law of the colony
upon many of the unfortunate victims to the
hallucination and charged them with prac-
ticing the art of witchcraft. He was equally
severe to others charged with heresy and non-
confirmation. He died in Salem. May 10,

(III) Joseph, son of John and, Ruth (Gard-
ner) Hathorne, was a quiet farmer in Salem,
and very unlike his father and grandfather,
taking no part in public affairs. He and his
sons "and grandsons were fishermen and sea-
faring men, and Nathaniel Hawthorne in
speaking of these generations of his forbears
designates them "a dreary and unprosperous
condition of the race."

(IV) DanieUson of Joseph Hathorne. com-
manded the privateer, "The Fair American."
in the period of the American revolution. He
purchased a farm of two hundred and fifty
acres in North Woolwich. Maine, on the Ken-
nebec river, about 1740, having walked from

the land office in Wilmington (No. 51) all
the way to \\'oolwich, and, being swift of
foot, he beat out another prospective homc-
staker, who was also on his way from Wil-
mington to buy the same property, and he
acquired it lawfully in that way. His sons
included Captain Nathaniel, the father of Na-
thaniel Hawthorne, the author, and Seth, the
great-grandfather of Frank Warren Haw-

( \') Seth, son of Captain Daniel Hathorne,
married Sarah Thwing, daughter of Judge
Thwing. of Woolwich, Maine, a former just-
ice of the supreme court of Massachusetts.

(VI) Seth, son of Seth and Sarah
(Thwing) Hathorne, married Naiamiah Ha-
thorn, a cousin, and through this union a son
\\arren was born.

(\TI) \\'arren, son of Seth and Naimiah
Hawthorne, married Priscilla Eaton, of Tops-
ham, Maine, and became the father of Frank
Warren Hawthorne.

(\'IIIj Frank Warren, son of Warren and
Priscilla (Eaton) Hawthorne, of Topsham,
Maine, was born in Bath, Maine, July i,
1852. He was prepared for college in the
public grammar and high school of his native
city, and was graduated at Bowdoin College
A. B., 1874. He became as.sociated in busi-
ness with his father soon after he left college,
owing to a serious accident that deprived his
father of active participation in any business
for some months, and he took entire charge of
the business, despite the fact that his design
on leaving college was to take up literature as
a vocation ; and this accident deprived him
of the opportunity of carrying out that pur-
pose until 1885. This incident in his life
obliged him to give eleven of what he con-
sidered his best years to business pursuits. He
did not. however, give up his cherished pur-
poses to take up journalism and he was
strengthened in this pvirpose through the suc-
cess of his contributions to both the newspa-
per press and to the current magazines. His
various articles were not only readily accepted
and published, but were read, and this the
more determined his purpose. His faith in
himself was strengthened by the opportunity
offered him to contribute an original poem on
the occasion of the celebration of the centen-
nial anniversary of the settlement of the town
of Bath, which was observed in March. 1881.
His poem was so favorably received and com-
mented on by the entire press of Maine that
he impatiently awaited the favorable oppor-
tunity to carry out his ambitious journalistic
plans. His Democratic political faith inlier-



ited from his father and both his grandfathers
made liim an active participant in the na-
tional campaign of 1876 and 1880, as well as
in the state campaign of those eventful years.
In 1 88 1 victory attended the state guberna-
torial campaign, and on the election of Harris
M. Plaisted as governor he named young
Hawthorne as a member of his military staff
with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and he
filled this position with dignity and honor up
to the close of the administration of his chief,
who was succeeded by Governor Robie in
1883. In 1885 his journalistic opportunity
was presented and was seized upon when in
company with John P. Varnum he established
the Morning Nezvs at Jacksonville, Florida.
He successfully conducted the newspaper for
two years under the partnership then formed,
and in May, 1887, he was largely instrumen-
tal in organizing the Florida Printing and
Publishing Company, with a capital of $100,-
000, and when the corporation was organized
he was made secretary and treasurer of the
company, and the purpose of its organization
vi'as carried out by the purchase of the Morn-
ing Nezvs and the Evening Herald, which two
promising journals were consolidated as Tlic
Nez^'S-Hcrald, and he was made associate
editor of the consolidated newspaper. In the
following !\Iay the Florida Printing and Pub-
lishing Company, which meantime had
changed its name to the Florida Publishing
Company, purchased for $65,000 the Florida
Times-Union, established in 1880 by Colonel
Charles H. Jones, and which newspaper was
the largest circulating in the state. The pub-
dishing company retained its name, and that
of the Nezvs-Hcrald became extinct, Colonel
Hawthorne retaining his editorial position un-
der the consolidation. The yellow fever epi-
demic of 1888. that wrought so great havoc in
the city of Jacksonville, did not spare the staff
and force of the Times-Union, and during its
reign of five months he held his post ami saw
every other member of the editorial staff and
of the business staff' as well, stricken with the
disease, the editor-in-chief and city editor
proving victims to the scourge; out of the
sixty employees of the publication establish-
ment nianv'fled the city; and of those who
stood at tlieir posts over thirty had the fever,
and five died of the dread plague. The death
of Editor-in-Chief Martin early in October,
1888, forced Colonel Hawthorne to assume
the entire editorial charge, and with his
broken staff he not only carried on the paper,
but performed the additional duties of con-
ductino- the news service of the Associated

Press for the entire state of Florida. In
March, 1890, he was formally made managing
editor of the Times-Union, and he conducted
the editorial department up to Deceml>er i,
1893, when he resigned to engage in general
newspaper and magazine work, but continued
his residence in Jacksonville. His political
views had meantime undergone a radical
change, and from a southern viewpoint
and local policy pursued in the south,
he became convinced that that section
was making a mistake in holding to the relics
of the past, especially in their support of the
fallacy of free silver. In the summer and au-
tumn of 1895 he visited his old home in
Maine, and this visit resulted in his renuncia-
tion of Democracy as represented by those
who controlled the policy of the party, and he
sought congenial political companionship in
the Republican party. Fie espoused the can-
didacy of Speaker Reed for the office of pres-
ident of the United States, and early in Janu-
ary, 1896, when about to undertake a journey
to the far west to gain political information
to strengthen his chosen candidate, he was
oft'ered the editorship of the New York Morn-
ing Advertiser, and he accepted the editorial
control of that journal and continued in
charge of the great metropolitan journal up
to the time of its sale to W. R. Hearst in
1897. Since then he has been managing editor
of the Newark (New Jersey) Evening Nevjs
and since January, 1900, has had charge of
the editorial page and the editorial policy of
the New York Commercial. Colonel Haw-
thorne became affiliated with the Owl Club of
Bath, ]\Iaine, the Seminole and Elks Club of
Jacksonville, Florida, the Lotos Club of New
York City; the New England Society in
Florida, and the University Association of
Florida. He was also made a member of the
board of trade of Jacksonville, Florida. He
was married, in Bath, Maine, January 27,
1887, to Eleanor Low, daughter of Hiram and
Eleanor Low Turner, of that city, and their
son, Hayden Thwing, was born in Jackson-
ville, August 3, 1890.

(For preceding generaUon see Thomas Haii.son I.)

(II) Tobias, son of Thomas
HANSON Hanson, was born in Dover.
His wife was captured by the
Indians Tune 28, 1689; he was killed by the
Indians "Mav 10, 1693. Children, born at
Dover: i. Tobias, mentioned below. 2. Jo-
seph. 3. Benjamin, married Elizabeth Trask.
(Ill) Tobias (2). son of Tobias (i) Han-
son, was born in Dover. He was a Quaker,



as were most of the Hansons of that section
until later generations. He married (first)
Lydia Canne (Kenney); (second) Ann Lord.
Children, born in Dover: i. Benjamin. 2.
Elizabeth, married Samuel Buxton. 3.
Mercy, born August 4, 1699, married Stephen
Varney. 4. Tobias, born 1702, mentioned be-
low. 5. Judith, born February 7, 1703, mar-
ried Samuel Twombly. 6. JosepJi, born Jan-
uary 10. 1704, married Rebecca Shepard,
Sarah Scammon and Susanna Burnam. 7.
Nathaniel. 8. Isaac, married Susanna Can-
ney. 9. Samuel. 10. Aaron.

(IV) Tobias (3), son of Tobias (2) Han-
son, was born in Dover in 1702; married, De-
cember 22, 1726, Judith Varney, daughter of
Ebenezer and Mary (Otis) Varney. She was
born .April 11, 1710. (See Varney III.)
Tobias died August 27, 1765. He married
(second) Sarah Frye. Children, born in

Dover: i. Anne, married Cartland.

2. Mary, born about 1732, died 1798, married
Jedidiah Varney, son of Jedidiah Varney.
(See Varney V.) 3. Elizabeth, married Reu-
ben Tuttle. 4. Aaron, married Abigail Col-
well. 5. Patience. 6. Moses, married Mary
Hanson. 7. Alercy.

(For first generation see Lemuel Rich 1.)

(II) Joel, son of Lemuel and Eliza-
RICH beth (Harding) Rich, was born at
Truro, Massachusetts, between
1750 and 1760, and when quite young re-
moved to Gorham, Maine, with his parents,
about 1762. He was a soldier in the revolu-
tionary war, and for this service received a
United States pension. When a young man
he removed to North Yarmouth, Maine,
thence to Buckfield. and about iSoo settled in
Jackson, Maine, making the journey with an
ox team, this mode of travel being quite usual
in those days. He died about 1835, at the
home of his son Joseph, at Jackson, Maine.
His wife was Elizabeth Cates, who died in
1853. aged ninety-one years, at the home of
Hamlin Roberts, who married her grand-
daughter. Mary Ann Rich. They became the
parents of five daughters and nine sons, all
of whom lived to maturity and eight of them
to be more than eighty years old ; of the nine
sons none of them partook of intoxicants, and
but two used tobacco.

(Ill) Joseph, son of Joel and Elizabeth
(Cates) Rich, was born in Buckfield, Maine,
about 1790, died at Jackson, Maine, about
1868. He was an earnest member of the
Freewill Baptist church, of which he was a

deacon. He was a successful farmer, and a
man of sterling worth. He married Judith
Jackson, who died in Belfast, Maine, about
1892, aged about ninety-four years. Their
daughters were: Mary Ann and Emeline,
and one of their sons, John, was born Septem-
ber 26, 1780. Emeline Rich died December
19, 1893, at Stockton, Maine; she was the
wife of Barnabas M. Roberts, representative
from Stockton to the Maine legislature, and
for two years during the civil war state sen-
ator from Waldo county, also collector of cus-
toms at Belfast, Maine.

(IV) Mary Ann, daughter of Joseph and
Judith (Jackson) Rich, was born in Jackson,
Maine, about 1805, and died in 1877, at East
Dixfield, Maine. She married, in 1835, Ham-
lin Myrick Roberts, and married (second) in
1859, R^v- Dexter Waterman, at Unity,
Maine. (For children of Hamlin Myrick and
Marv Ann (Rich) Roberts, see Roberts

Who was the immigrant ancestor

HILL of the family of this article is a

matter about which considerable

has been written, and which is still a matter

of uncertainty.

(I) John Hill, of Dover, lived in that part
of Dover once called Oyster River, now Dur-
ham, New Hampshire. He was grand jury-
man in 1668 and in 1671. He was taxed in
1684, after which he is not mentioned. The
time and place of his death is not known. He
may have been identical with John Hill, of
Boston, who married Elizabeth Strong, Janu-
ary 16, 1656. The fore name of the wife of
John Ilill of this sketch was Elizabeth; her
surname is not known. Their children so far
as known were : Joseph, Samuel, John, Ben-
jamin and Hannah.

(II) Samuel, second son of John and Eliz-
abeth Hill, was probably born in 1659. He
bought land in Eliot in 1686, and also owned
real estate in Portsmouth. His will, dated Au-
gust 28, 1713, was probated March 28, 1723.
He married, October 28, 1680, Elizabeth Wil-
liams, of Oyster River, daughter of William
and Mary W'ilHams. Their children were :
John, Elizabeth. Mary, Hannah, Abigail, Sam-
uel, Sarah, Benjamin and Joseph.

(III) Benjamin, second son of Samuel and
Elizabeth (Williams) Hill, -was born July 2,
1703. He married. January 12, 1726, Alary
Neal, daughter of Andrew and Catherine
(Furbish) Neal. Their thirteen children
were : John, Eunice, Mary, James, Catherine,




Elizabeth, Benjamin, Abigail (died
Andrew (died young), Andrew,
Daniel and Anne.'

(IV) James, second son of Benjamin and
Mary (Neal) Hill, born December 20, 1754,
was an officer in the French and Indian war,
and kept a diary which is still preserved. He
married first, January i, 1761, Sarali, daugh-
ter of Dr. Edmund and Shuah (Bartlelt)
Coffin; (second) Sarah Hoyt, widow of John
Burleigh, Jr. He was the father of fourteen
children — five by the first wife and nine by
the second, as follows: Daniel, Sarah, Mary,
James, Apphia (died young), Hannah, Jolin
Burleigh, Joseph Hoyt, Benjamin, Deborah,
Apphia, Mehitable Burleigh, Olive Bridge and
Amos Shepherd.

(V) Joseph Hoyt, third child of James and
Sarah (Hoyt) Hill, was born January 16,
1778. He married Betsey Jackson Watson.
Their daughter, Elizabeth Hamilton Watson,
married, June 28, 1842, Silas Turner.

The surname Godfrey is of
GODFREY ancient English origin, de-
rived obviously from the still
more ancient personal name. Several of the
family settled early in Massachusetts. Fran-
cis is mentioned below : John came in the ship
"Mary and John," sailing March 24, 1638,
from England, and settled in Newbury and
Andover; was accused of witchcraft March i,
1659; he was born in 1611. William Godfrey,
progenitor of many of the Maine and New
Hampshire families, was admitted a freeman
at Watertown, Massachusetts, May 13, 1640;
removed to Hampton. New Hampshire, where
he bought land in 1648: was deacon of the
Hampton church and a prominent citizen ; be-
queathed to wife Margerie, sons John and
Isaac, daughters Sarah and Deborah, and son-
in-law, Webster. Richard Godfrey,

doubtless a relative of Francis Godfrey, set-
tled in Taunton, Massachusetts, as early as
1652. and died there in 1691 ; married a
daughter of John Turner ; had sons Richard,
John, Robert, daughters Jane. Alice and Su-

(I) Francis Godfrey, immigrant ancestor,
was born in England about 1600. He settled
first at Duxbury as early as 1638, when he re-
ceived a grant of land there, laid out October
28, 1640. His name is on the list of those
able to bear arms in 1643. He is mentioned in
the inventory of John Hill, of Boston, in 1646.
He removed to Marshfield and thence to
Bridgewater. His will dated October 29,
1666, calls himself "an aged inhabitant of the

town." His will was proved Julv ^o. 1669,
bequeathing to wife Elizabetli, daugliter Ivliza-
beth Gary and son-in-law John, grandcliil-
dren John and Elizabeth, and servants John
Pitcher and Richard Jennings. He had prop-
erty at Providence and Bridgewater.

(II) Captain Benjamin Godfrey, of Chat-
ham, Massachusetts, probably a descendant of
Francis Godfrey, was born about 1725-30. He
was a sohlicr in the revolution, captain" of the
first company. Colonel Joseph Doane's regi-
ment (Second Barnstable) in 1776; captain in
Colonel John Cushing's regiment in 1776 and
in Colonel Josiah Whitney's regiment in 1777;
also major of the Second Barnstable regiment
in 1780. Fie is believed to be the same Ben-
jamin Godfrey who was living at Gouldsbor-
ough, Hancock county, Maine, according to
the federal census of 1790. In his family
were four males over sixteen, one under six-
teen, and five females. The Godfrey family
of this sketch settled first at Gouldsborough.
Peter, Ichabod, Daniel and John Godfrey, all
perhaps sons of l!eiijamin, were soldiers in
the revolution from Gouldsborough. In 1790
Ichabod was living at the plantation west of
Machias and had a son under sixteen and
three females in iiis family. Daniel lived at
the same place and appears to have had a
house, but no family.

(IV) Otis S., grandson of Benjamin God-
frey, of Gouldsborough, was born about 1800
and settled at Cherryfield, Maine. He was a
ship builder, but died at twenty-seven years
of age. He was a very successful man, and
at this time had amassed a fortune of ten
thousand dollars. Fle owned the first span of
horses in Cherokee, Maine. He married Sa-
rah Shaw Nichels, born 1801, died 1894,
daugliter of Alexander Nichels, of Scotch-
Irish ancestry. JMr. and Mrs. Godfrey had
the following named cliildren : Martha, El-
vira D., Otis S., mentioned below. After the
death of Mr. Godfrey his widow married
Thomas Milliken, and had children : Napoleon
B.. drowned at two years of age; Josephine
B. and Marv A. Milliken.

(V) Otis'S. (2), son of Otis S. (i) God-
frey, was born in Cherryfield, Maine, near
Gouldsborough, May 8, 1827. He was for
manv years engaged in the coal and lumber
business in Cherryfield. He removed to Mil-
ton, Massachusetts, and was a partner in the
firm of Lewis & Godfrey, which bought the
lumber business of George K. Gannett, of
Milton, January i, 1871. Mr. Lewis retired
from the firm in January, 1872, and Mr. God-
frev continued the business alone until 1881,



when his son Nathan was admitted to partner-
ship under the firm name of O. S. Godfrey &
Son. .^fter his death, September 22, 1883,
F. M. Robinson became a member of the lum-
ber fimi, and later Samuel Morse became a
member of the firm. He married Susan Eliza-
beth Lawrence, born Januar)' 13, 1827, died
Julv 24. 1902. daughter of James Parker and
Mary Allinc Lawrence. James Parker was
born in Cherryficld. where he later owned a
small lumber and shingle mill, and where he
spent his entire life, dying at an advanced age.
James and Mary AUine (Lawrence) Parker
had four children : Wellington ; Amy, mar-
ried Woodbury Lcighton, of Harrington,
Maine, where she still resides, a widow ; Su-
san Elizabeth Lawrence and Albert. Children
of Mr. and i\Irs. Godfrey: Lester Noble, born
January 2, 1850, married, March 28. 1881,
Harriet Wilbur, daughter of Arthur T. Wil-
bur; he founded the L. N. Godfrey Lumber
Company of Boston ; children : i. Arthur W.,
born June 10, 1883: ii. Frank H., February
I, 1890: iii. Bertha L., February 13, i8g6. 2.
Martha Ella, born December 19, 1852, died in
childhood. 3. Martha Ella, born December
19. 1854. died at nine years of age. 4. Jessie,
born January 4, 1856, mentioned below. 5.
Alice, born August ig, 1859, married Charles
H. Emery, of Ellsworth, Maine ; had two
sons, the first of whom died before being
named, and the second, Edward Greeley, also
died in infancy. 6. Nathan, married Georgi-
anna Meserve Twombly ; children: i. Otis,
married Inez Hiidnell ; ii. Florence, married
Henry L. Biu-dick : one child, Florence J.
Burdick. 7; Bertha Lawrence, born Novem-
ber 6, 1862, married James Hutchinson ; chil-
dren : i. Earle, born October 3, 18S3; ii.
Alice, October 30, 1886.

(Yl) Jessie Godfrey, daughter of Otis S.
Godfrey, was born in Cherryfield, January 4,
1856. She married, November 3, 1877, .Sam-
uel A. Morse, born in Machias, Maine, March
12, 1855, son of Samuel A. Morse, a native of
Machias, and grandson of Samuel A. Morse,
who was born in Carroll county. New York,
came to Machias as one of the early settlers,
taught school a number of years, and later en-
gaged in the lumber business. He became a
prominent man of that town ; he resided in a
house which is still owned by Mrs. Samuel A.
Morse; he was a member of the Masonic fra-
ternity: he married .'\bigail O'Brien. Samuel
.•\. Morse (father) was also engaged in the
lumber business; be married Christiana Milli-
ken ; children : Maria. Jessie, Frank and
Samuel A.; he died in October, 1854, and his

wife in 1876. Samuel A. Morse, son of the
aforementioned couple, was reared in Boston.
Massachusetts, where he came at the age of
eight years; graduated from the Brimmer
school, was a bookkeeper for a time, later en-
gaged in the artificial flower business, then
with Mr. Brown in the bat business, after
which he entered the firm of Godfrey & Sons,
where he still remains. Children of Mr. and
Mrs. Morse: i. Samuel A. Jr., born Sep-
tember 17, 1878, died in infancy. 2. Susan,
born March 16, 1881, married Carleton Gush-
ing Lane and resides in Quincy; one child,
born July 24, 1908. 3. Harold L., born De-
cember 16, 1884, died 1888. 4. Dorothy, born
[uly I. 1890. 5. Richard, born June i, 1898.

The Fabyan name originated
FABYAN in the southwest part of
France, in Touloude, Beadeaux
and Saint Mincet. Several families of the
name now reside there. About five hundred
years ago. during the reign of Henry III,
they went from France to Abington, Berks
county, England. ]\Iany of them are farmers
cultivating their own land in Abington and
adjoining towns, some seventy miles or so
from London.

(I) The first of the name to come to this
country was John Fabyan (also spelled
Fabian), who was born in England, in the
year 1681. He came to America in early life
and settled in the town of Newington, New
Hampshire. He was by trade a tailor and
draper, and for many years a justice of the
peace. He married Mary Pickering. They
had seven children: Samuel, married (first)
a Nutter; (second) a Huntress, and (third)
a Berry (two sons, John and Samuel) ; John,
never married; Joseph (q. v.); Elizabeth,
married a Downing; Mary, married a Wood-
man ; Phebe, married a Furber, and Mehit-
ablc, married a Walker. He died ^larch 30,
1736, aged seventy-five years. In a published
sermon preached by Rev. Joseph .Adams
(great-uncle of President John .Adams) in
1757, in memory of John Fabyan, Esquire
(to be found in the library of the Massachu-
setts Historical Society) appears the follow-
ing reference (page 15) :

"They that would get Good by the Death of
good Men. should be so far affected with
their Death as to call to Mind their \'irtues
and good .Actions : and endeavor an Imitation
of them : -And this I would advise you that
are the sorrowful children and Relatives of
the Deceased to do. I have left off for some
Time to give much of a character to anv Per-



son for special Reasons: but this I must say
in Justice to the Dead, and in Love and Re-
spect to the Living, That your tender and
honoured Father was a Righteous Man in the
Sense of my Text; and has proved it to my
knowledge for more than forty years. He
was too a Man of an unstained character and
extensive usefulness in the several Stations
and Relations in which he w^as placed by
Providence. Therefore you need not mourn
as without Hope: but should be duly afifected
at so great a Loss to you, though Gain to
him. And my Advice to. you is, to tread in
his Steps ; to follow him as he followed Christ.
. . . I conclude with Psal.XXXVn, Mark
the perfect ]Man, and behold the upright, for
the end of that Man is Peace."

In his will dated August 6, 1748, he gave
most of his property to his son Samuel (who
was also the executor of the will) except a
legacy of "30 pounds of old tenor bills of pub-
lic credit'" to each of the other children and
to his wife, IMary Fabyan, "a comfortable
support and maintainance during her life" in-
cluding a life interest in a dwelling house and
household goods, ordering his executor "to
take all necessary and reasonable care to make
her life easy and comfortable."

( 11) Joseph, son of John Fabyan. was born
in Newington, New Hampshire, .April i, 1707.
About 1730 (after the Indian wars subsided)
he, with his brother, Captain John Fabyan.
went to Scarboro from Newington. In Scar-
boro they purchased about six hundred acres
of land, and built a saw-mill and other build-
ings necessary for their comfort. Captain
John was reputed to be a forceful man, some-

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