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what rough in his manners. He was never
married. Joseph was of a more quiet ^dispo-
sition, and an active church member. He
joined the First Parish Church in Scarboro,
Mav 10, 1730 (see records of Congregational
church at Black Point, Scarboro. Maine). He
afterwards took his dismissal from the First
Parish and was one of the original signers
of the Second Parish Church covenant when
organized, March 20, 1744.

The two brothers lived together on the old
Fabvan farm still held by their descendants.
It was originally a large tract. Conveyances
from the proprietors of Scarboro to them
show large holdings of real estate. Traces of
their mill may still be seen. The inscriptions
on the ancient gravestones (in Dunstan ceme-
terv, Scarboro, Maine) show that Captain
John Fabvan died June 3. 1782, aged 77 years
6 months', and that Mr. Joseph Fabyan died
March 15, 1789, aged 81 years 11 months.

In October. 1739, Jo.seph Fabyan married
Mary Brackett, of Greenland, Xcw Hamp-
shire (see Brackett genealogy, by Herbert I.
Brackett, 1907, page 92). Mary ( Brackett)
Fabyan was born about 1716. She was a
l^rominent member of the Second Parish
Church of Scarboro, of which her luisbami
was one of the organizers in 1744. She died
May I, 1800. Their children were: Joshua
(q. V.) ; Mary, baptized February 2, 1746,
married (first) December 20, 1768, John
Brackett, (second) Pelatiah March; Elizaljeth,
baptized July 19, 1748, married, December 16,
1786. William Haggett; Phebe, Ixiptized July
I, 1750, married. December 2, 1767, Nicholas
Dennett; Mehitable, baptized June 28, 1752,
married, December 20, 1770, James Brackett;
Olive, born October 23, 1755, married, March
24, 1774, Charles Moulton. ,

(III) Joshua, only son of Joseph and Mary
( Brackett) Fabyan, was born in Scarboro,
Maine, in March, 1742. He was baptized in
the First Parish Church of Scarboro, March
27. 1743 (sec Congregational Church records
at Black Point, Scarboro, Maine). He re-
ceived mill properties and lands from his
father and from liis uncle, Captain John
Fabyan. and was reputed to be wealthy. He
early became prominent in public affairs. He
was a member of the county convention held
at Falmouth, September 21, 1774, to endorse
resistance to Stamp Act, etc. He was one of
the selectmen of Scarboro in 1775-79-81. In
1775 he was appointed receiver of taxes under
Henrv Gardiner, colonial treasurer. He was
a iTiember of Massachusetts general court in
1776. Is reputed to have raised a company
for the siege of Boston by request of General
Washington in 1776. Paul Flllis was captain
of this company, but the muster rolls are lost.
He was appointed by the general court one
of the committee for Cumberland county to
raise men to go to Canada in 1776. (See
Massachusetts Revolutionary War Archives,
\'ol. 28. page 94.) He was one of the justices
of the court of general sessions for Cumber-
land county from October 31. 1775, to .\pril,
1797. He was a member of the committee of
correspondence and safety for Cumberland
county in 1782. He was one of the overseers
of Bowdoin College, being appointed in 1794,
the vear of the pas.sage of the bill establish-
ing the college. He resigned in 1798. On
Tanuarv 9. 1766, he married Sarah Brackett,
of Portland (see Brackett genealogy. "Issue
of .-Anthony Brackett, of Portland." page
414), born 'April 9, 1740. He and his wife
joined the Second Parish Church, .August 9.



1766. They lived on the Fabyan farm in
Scarboro, near the spot where the Ezra Carter
house now stands. Squire Fabyan was one
of the prominent men of the province in his
time, and was intimate in business and social
affairs with the Kings, Southgates and other
noted men. (See letter of Dr. Southgate to
Richard King in History of Scarboro. j He
died June 20, 1799, and (with his wife Sa-
rah) is buried in the old graveyard. The in-
scription on his gravestone (in Dunstan ceme-
tery, Scarboro, Maine) reads: "Joshua
Fabyan, Esquire, died June 20, 1799, aged 57
years 3 months. A true patriot and Just
Judge." Their children were: I. John (2),
born November i. 1766, married Sally Brack-
ett, January i, 1789, lived on part of his fath-
er's farm in Scarboro marked by trees near
the house of Joseph C. Snow. He sold his
farm to his brother Joshua and removed to
Leeds, Androscoggin county, Maine, with his
sons Joshua, George, Oliver and John (3),
who settled on farms near each other. The
latter son John (3) married Julia Jackson,
of Portland, and their son, Charles H., who
served with distinction throughout the civil
war, in the 17th Maine Regiment, died in
Portland, in November, 1901. Charles H.
married Henrietta (Merry) Waterhouse (who
died in April, 1901) ; and three of their chil-
dren are now living, viz. : Harry C, a law-
yer practicing in Boston ; Alvah H., residing
in Portland, and Alice M. (married Roy
Mosher) residing in Cumberland Centre,
Maine. Horace, another son of John (2),
built and for many years conducted the
Fabyan House in the White Mountains. 2.
Joseph, born April 23, 1768, never married.
3. Samuel, born July 6, 1770, died when a
young man, unmarried. 4. George, born
March 29. 1773, was a shipmaster and died
in South Carolina ( ?) , from which state he
wrote a letter stating that he expected to re-
turn in his own ship, but was never after-
ward heard from. 5. Sarah, born April 8,
1775, married October i, 1797, Ezra Carter,
and died in 1845. 6. Mary, died in early
childhood, September 12, 1778. 7. Joshua
(2) (q. v.). He died at his farm homestead
June 20, 1799, and (with his wife Sarah) is
buried in the Dunstan cemetery in Scarboro,
Maine. The inscription on her gravestone
states that she died August 29, 1820, aged 80
years 3 months.

(IV) Joshua (2), youngest child and fifth
son of Joshua (i) Fabyan, born in Scarboro,
Maine, and baptized June 17, 1782. He mar-
ried Mary, daughter of John Downing, of

Kennebunk, November 26, 1803, and they
lived in a house on the old road, the cellar of
which is still discernible in the back field of
the Fogg place. He built a house afterwards
on part of his father's farm in Scarboro,
where his daughter, Martha A. Fabyan, now
lives. The children of Joshua (2) and Mary
(Downing) Fabyan were: i. Martha A.,
who lives in the house built by her father. 2.
Samuel, married Olive Eaton, was a minister
of the Methodist church, and lived in Hollis,
York county, Maine. 3. George (q. v.). 4.
Charles Wesley, born March 11, 1813, a
physician, graduating from the Medical
School of Maine, class of 1837. He married
(first) Lucy Burnham, (second) Pemelia
Murray, and (third) Mary Chase, and died
in Providence, Rhode Island, July 23, 1886.
5. Mary Clark, born February 17, 1817, mar-
ried Rev. Albert F. Barnard, and had no chil-

(V) George, second son and third child of
Joshua (2) and Mary (Downing) Fabyan,
born in Scarboro, Maine, June 9, 1810, grad-
uated from Medical School of Maine, class of
1833. About 1840 he moved to Providence,
Rhode Island, where he practiced as a physi-
cian. In 1849 he moved to Portland, where
he continued to practice. While in Portland
he was appointed surgeon in the United States
Marine Hospital in Portland. About 1854 he
moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he
continued his practice until the time of his
death, May 25, 1874. He was an overseer of
the poor of the city of Boston, a member of
the school committee of the city of Boston,
an overseer of Harvard College, and a mem-
ber and steward of the Methodist Episcopal
Church in Boston. He was a man of ster-
ling and unblemished character, upright and
of the highest integrity, dignified in manner
and bearing, yet with a kindliness and gentle-
ness which endeared him to all who knew
him. His broad sympathy and philanthropy
made him a valued member of the Boston
Overseers of the Poor, and resolutions on his
death passed by them May 28, 1874, read (in
part) : "Resolved : That as we are called by
this event to deplore his absence from our
meetings, and are deprived of that social in-
tercourse from which (sic) we have enjoyed
so much, we desire to bear in respectful re-
membrance and to place upon the records of
the Board our testimony to his faithful and
conscientious discharge of the duties of this
position as well as of every other committed
to him by his fellow citizens. W'e shall ever
cherish with affectionate recollections that



amiability of character and that kindness of
manner which were his marked characteris-
tics; we make a grateful acknowledgment of
that tender solicitude and personal interest in
the poor which he ever evinced in the conduct
of our aflfairs, and onr belief that his member-
ship in the Board added to the confidence
which is reposed in it by the community which
it serves."

He was always interested in young men,
ever ready with a helping hand or an en-
couraging word to assist them in making their
lives successful. As a member of the Boston
school board he found an exceptional oppor-
tunity of aiding young people. On June 9,
1874, the school board passed the following
resolutions on his death : "Resolved : That,
while we reverently recognize the hand of
God in bereavement, and submissively bow to
His \\'ill, even in affliction — this Board would
express the loss it has sustained in the death
of a true and earnest friend of Education, —
ever prompt in his official duties, an associate
highly esteemed for his dignified, courteous,
and genial bearing, and a man sincerely hon-
ored for his firmly conscientious integrity, and
faithfully Qiristian character."

In 1834 he married Mrs. Abigail (Jun-
kins) Cutts, a widow with one child, Julia
Cutts. Three children were born of the mar-
riage : I. George Francis (q. v.). 2. Abbie
M. 3. Sarah A. Julia, Abbie and Sarah have
for many years lived together in Boston.

(VI) George Francis, eldest child and only
son of Dr. George and Abigail (Junkins)
Fabyan, was born in Great Falls, New Hamp-
shire, June 26, 1837. He was educated in
Phillip's Academy in Andover, jMassachu-
setts, and early engaged in the dry goods bus-
iness until about 1865, when he became em-
ployed by the wholesale commission firm of
John S. and Eben Wright, then one of the
leading business houses of Boston. Cornelius
N. Bliss (subsequently a member of Presi-
dent McKinley's cabinet as Secretary of the
Interior) was then also employed by John S.
and Eben Wright. After the death of John
S. Wright, Mr. Bliss and Mr. Fabyan formed
a copartnership with Mr. Eben Wright under
the name of Wright, Bliss & Fabyan. Later
the firm name was changed to Bliss, Fabyan
& Co. He continued in this business until his
death, January 17, 1907. At the time of his
death the firm of Bliss. Fabyan & Co. was one
of the largest dry goods commission houses
in the country. He was a man of great keen-
ness in financial and business matters, of strict

integrity and high standing. For many years
previous to his death he was one of the lead-
ing rnerchants of Boston. From the profits
of his business he accumulated a fortune
which he increased by wise antl careful in-
vestments and at the time of his death was
one of the largest real estate owners in Bos-
ton and one of the wealthiest men in the com-
munity. In disposition he was modest and
retiring and never sought or held any public
offices. He was devoted to his wife and fam-
ily and spared no pains or expense in their
comfort and welfare and in the education of
his children. Closely attentive to his business,
he nevertheless found time to enjoy his fine
horses, his yacht and his shrubs and rare flow-
ers which he raised on his beautiful estate in
Brookline. His flowers were frequently seen
at the exhibitions of the Massachusetts Horti-
cultural Society and were awarded many

Some seven or eight years previous to his
death he made a gift of two hundred and fifty
thousand dollars to the Harvard Medical
School to establish the George Fabyan chair
of comparative pathology, in memory of his
father. The chair is now filled by Dr. Theo-
bald Smith. At the time of his death he was
treasurer of the Androscoggin Mills at Lew-
iston, Maine, and treasurer and director of
the Otis Company, the Columbian Manufac-
turing Company and the Boston Duck Com-
pany. He had also been a director of the
Pepperell Manufacturing Company, the Lew-
iston Bleachery, the Cordis Mills, the Thorn-
dike Company and the Metropolitan Storage
Warehouse Company. At the time of his
death he was a director of the Old Colony
Trust Company of Boston and the Merchants'
National Bank ; and a trustee of the Massa-
chusetts Horticultural Society. He was also
a member of the Union Club of Boston, the
Country Club of Brookline. the Eastern
Yacht Club of Marblehead, the Metropolitan
Club of New York City and one of the few
New England members of the well-known
Jekyl Island Club, off the coast of Georgia.

He was married, September 22, 1864. to
Isabella F. Littlefield, daughter of Samuel S.
and Elizabeth (Eagles) Littlefield, of Rox-
bury (Boston), and they had five children:
I. Gertrude, born October 3, 1865, married
Isaac R. Thomas (had two children, Mal-
comb and Elizabeth Thomas). 2. George,
born March 13, 1867, married Nellie Wright,
and resides in Chicago, Illinois, 3. Francis
W. (q. v.). 4. Isabel, born November 17,



1874, married Percival H. Lombard. 5. Mar-
shall, born February 18, 1879, married
Eleanor McCormick.

(\'II) Francis W., second son and third
child of Geori^e and Isabella F. ( Littlefield)
Fabyan, was born in Boston, Massachusetts,
May 15, 1871. He was educated at the Mas-
sachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston,
and then entered the dry goods commission
business. In 1897 he became a member of the
firm of Bliss, Fabyan & Co., and is now an
active member of that firm. His connections
with various banks and large manufacturing
and business concerns indicate his standing
as a financier and business man. He is treas-
urer of the Otis Company, of the Cordis Mills
and of the Columbian Manufacturing Com-
pany. He is a director of the New England
Trust Company, the Merchants" National
Bank, the Otis Company, the Columbian Man-
ufacturing Company, the Cordis Mills, the
Boston Duck Company, the Thorndike Com-
pany, the Androscoggin Mills, the Lewiston
Bleachery, the Bates Manufacturing Com-
pany, and the Edwards Manufacturing Com-
pany. He is also president and director of
the Union \\'ater Power Company of Maine,
and a trustee of the Free Hospital for Women
in Boston. He is a member of the Eastern
Yacht Club of Marblehead and the Country
Club of Brookline. He has never occupied
any public office. On June i, 1893, he was
married to Edith, daughter of Stephen E. and
Abbie (Fuller) Westcott; children: i.
Eleanor, born March 16, 1894. 2. George F..
August 25, 1895. 3. Everett W.. August 10.
1896. 4. Edith. September 28, 1897. 5.
Francis W., Jr., April 19, 1901.

Harris Merrill Plaisted was
PL.AISTED a native of New Hamp-
shire, born in Jeflterson, No-
vember 2, 1828. and died at his home in Ban-
gor, Maine, January 31, 1898. He was the
son of Deacon William and Nancv (Merrill)

The father was born in Jefferson, April,
1792. and died there in 1854. He was a farm-
er. The mother was born in Conway, New
Hampshire, 1795, the daughter of Thomas
Merrill Esq., one of the first settlers of the
town, whose first ancestor in this country was
Daniel Merrill, of Newburyport, !\Iassachu-
setts. The father and mother were founders
and pillars of the Baptist church in Jefferson.
They had nine children : William, an exten-
sive tanner in Eastern Maine, at Stetson, Lin-
coln and Princeton, a member of the state

senate from Penobscot county, who died in
June, 1894, at the age of seventy-nine:
Charles, a farmer in Lancaster, New Hamp-
shire, who represented his town in the legis-
lature, dying in 1885; Hannah, wife of Cyrus
C. Church Esq., oi Bradford, Maine, who
died in 1858; Thomas M.. who died in Gardi-
ner, Maine, at the age of twenty-two ; Cath-
erine, wife of Rev. Charles Bailey, of New-
York, who died in 1851 : Elijah Freeman, of
Phillips, Maine, graduate of the Jefferson
Medical College, Philadelphia, surgeon of
Twenty-eighth Maine in the war. who died in
1872: Harris Merrill, the subject of this
sketch : Mary Ann, wife of James Spaulding
Esq.. of Lancaster. New Hampshire, who died
in 1854, and John H., a farmer in Jefferson,
on the old homestead, where he died in 1863.

The father of Deacon William was Judge
Samuel, born in Berwick, Maine, in 1766. He
went to Jefferson in 1787, the agent of Colonel
Joseph \\'hipple, of Portsmouth, the proprie-
tor of the town, then called Dartmouth or
Whipple's Dale. He was the first postmaster
of the town, the office remaining in the fam-
ily for one hundred years. He was judge of
the court" of common pleas ; a member of the
legislature in 1820 from Lancaster and Jef-
ferson : he was among the most prominent
supporters of the resolution opposing the ad-
mission of Missouri as a slave state. He died
in 1 84 1, highly respected. A Jeffersonian
Democrat life-long, he cast his last vote for
Van Buren in 1840 when upon his death bed,
the town meeting adjourning to his house.
The judge married Elizabeth Hart, of Ports-
mouth, and had si.x sons and one daughter,
w ho married and had families — all farmers in
Jefferson. His youngest, Hon. Benjamin II.,
was most prominent in public affairs, ten
years a member of the legislature, member of
the constitutional convention and for three
years railroad commissioner for the state,
elected by the people. He built the Waumbek
house, the first summer hotel on Jeft'erson
hill at the instigation of Starr King, his fa-
miliar friend in whose honor he changed the
name of Mt. Pliny to "Starr King."

Judge Plaisted was the fifth in descent from
Captain Roger Plaisted, the first of the name
in this country, at Berwick, Maine, in 1650.
who was slain by the Indians in King Philip's
war, October 17, 1675, while in command of
the two upper garrisons in Berwick, then the
outpost of civilization. The settlement was
attacked on the 16th by Indian Chief Hope-
Good, with 150 warriors, and Cajjtain Plaisted
sent an "importunate message" to Major


Waldroii at Dover for help, saving "We are
all in great danger of being slain unless our
God shall wonderfully appear for our deliv-
erance!" closing— '-they that cannot fight, let
them pray." No succor came, and next day,
attacked by 150 Indians, Plaistcd and his little
"Train Band" of twenty odd men were over-
powered ; but, says the Historian Hubbard.
"The intrepid man, disdaining to yield or to
fly, fought it out desperately until he was
slain together with two of his sons."

"Such was the fate of this Spartan family,"
says Historian Williamson, "whose intrepidity
deserves a monument more durable than mar-
ble. He was buried on his own land, full in
view from the highway leading through Ber-
wick to Great Falls, where his lettered tomh-
stone remains to this day. The father had
represented Kittery four years in the general
court of ^Massachusetts and was highlv re-
spected for his uncommon worth and piety."

Captain Roger was at Berwick, then part
of Kittery, about 1650. In 1652 he was com-
missioner of the province to meet the authori-
ties of Massachusetts when they assumed ju-
risdiction over i\Iaine. He was a lumberman
and land surveyor, owning the mills at Great
Works, the present site of the Burleigh Mills.
At the time of his death, at the age of forty-
eight years, and ten years prior, he was one of
the seven "associates" or magistrates who
constituted the tribunal with legislative and
judicial powers for the government of the

The children of Captain Roger and Olive
Plaisted, who left descendants were :

1. Captain James, of York, who married
Mary, daughter of Hon. Edward Rishworth,
"the distinguished magistrate and time-hon-
ored recorder," who came over with Rev.
John Wheelwright and married his daughter.

2. Colonel John, of Portsmouth, who mar-
ried ?\Iary, daughter of Hon. John Pickering,
attorney general of New Hampshire. Colonel
John was in public life more than thirty years,
associate and chief justice of New Hampshire
from 1699 to 1720; member of the royal coun-
cil and manv times speaker of the New Hamp-
shire assembly, first in 1699 and last in 1727,
at the age of sixtv-eight.

3. Colonel and Judge Ichabod of Berwick,
whose son Samuel married Hannah, sister of
Governor Benning Wentworth; whose son,
Ichabod Jr., of Salem, Massachusetts, was
sheriff of Essex county and colonel of the Es-
sex regiment in Abercrombie's expedition to
Crown" Point: and whose daughter Olive,
married Ellis Huske of the Royal council and

their daughter, who married Edmund Quincv,
was the mother of Dorothy Qninc\-,'^whom
01iver_ Wendell Holmes term's one of jiis
"manifold grandmothers," the "beautiful Dur-
otliy Q-," who married Governor John Han-

4, Mehitable, daughter of Captain Roger,
married Thomas Goodwin, the ancestor of the
Goodwins of Maine, and of Governor Good-
win, of New Hampshire,

.Many descendants of the sturdy old Indian
fighter. Captain Roger, have been prominent
in public life as well as in every profession.
They include Governor Ichabod Goodwin, of
New Hampshire; Governor and Senator John
I'airfield. Chief Justice John A. Peters, the
Morrills and Bradburys of Maine.

General Plaisted is descended from Colonel
John and Mary (Pickering) Plaisted, of
Portsmouth, through their son. Captain
Elisha. who married Hannah, daughter of
Colonel and Judge John Wheelwright, of
Wells. Maine, the grandson of Rev, John
Wheelwright, "friend of Cromwell."

The wedding of Captain Elisha and Han-
nah, at her father's house, October 19, 1712,
was an event in the history of Maine, as it
was the occasion of the last Indian foray in
the province during Queen Anne's war. It
was a notable gathering, with "many guests
from Portsmouth." The festivities were in-
terrupted by the startling cry of "Indians!"
and there was mounting in hot haste. The
fighting men sallied out well armed for the
frav. under Captain Plaisted and Captain
Hatch. The savages were beaten off after a
sharp fight and some loss. Captain Hatch was
killed, and Captain Plaisted captured. The
bridegroom proved a rich prize to the red-
skins" his father. Colonel John, having paid
£300 for his ransom.

For fortv years frontier Maine had been
the dark and bloody ground in the Indian
wars of New England, more than six hundred
of the inhabitants of the province having
perished. "During this period." says Will-
iamson, "no name was more distinguished for
militarv intrepidity than that of Plaisted."

Captain Elisha resided at Berwick, half
owner with his father of the lumber and mill
business at Great Works and prominent in
public affairs. He reared a large family. His
youngest son. Captain \\'illiam. born in
1729," married Jane Hight in 1752. He suc-
ceeded his father in the business at Great
Works, and was killed in the mills in 1768.
Their children were John, George and Will-
iam, of Portsmouth; Ichabod, of Gardiner,


and Judge Samuel, of Jefferson, grandfather
of the subject of this sketch.

General Plaisted is the seventh in descent
from Captain Roger, through Colonel John,
of Portsmouth. Captains Elisha and William,
of Berwick, and Judge Samuel and Deacon
William, of Jefferson.

Until he was seventeen years old he was
at home on the farm, attending the district
school during the brief winter terms. He had
to struggle for his education. He left home,
where he could ill be spared, and during the
winter of 1846 managed to get eighteen weeks
in school, paying his own way, at Lancaster,
New Hampshire. During the next two years
he attended the I-ancaster Academy the first
half of the spring and the last half of the fall
term, teaching school in the winter term and
working on farms in the summer. In the fall
of 1848, having the privilege of the full term
of twelve weeks, he wished to go to the St.
Johnsbury Academy, and applied to David
Burnsides, the rich man of the county, for a
loan for that purpose. "How much do you
want?" asked Mr. lUirnsides, after a silence
that could be felt. "Five dollars," was the an-
swer. He went to St. Johnsbury, walking the
thirty miles over the hills of Lunenburg and
Concord, and paid his way by sawing wood at
a dollar a cord, winning the first honor and

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