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John Clary, progenitor of the
CLARY family of which this treats settled
in Georgetown, I\Iaine. Being
among the early settlers in this state, then a
province of Massachusetts, he came to George-
town from Newcastle, province of New
Hampshire, and married Jane Mahenny,
widow, prior to 1750. About the year 1760
he suddenly disappeared, probably meeting
his death by drowning, while crossing the
Back river.

It was customary for those owning farms
on what w^as known as "Parkers Island" to
go to the block house over night, which was
in Arrow-sic. about opposite his home. Tradi-
tion has it that he had gone for a physician
for his family. He may have been killed by
the Indians, who w'ere very troublesome about
that time. His wife Jane died in 1810. Chil-
dren : I. Jane, born October 7, 1750. 2.
John, June 10, 1753. 3. Allen, June 8, 1756.
4. Robert. April 10. 1759. Jane was married
to John Gurrel, of Georgetown, December 15,
1774. There is no further record of John
Clan- (2d). Allen Clary married Mary Rair-
den.' of Georgetown. December 23. 1777.
Their children, "all born in Georgetown, were :
I. John, born September 12, 1780. 2. Nancy,
Februarv 20. 1783. 3. Allen, April 2, 1786.
4. David, December 8, 1789. 5. James, July
21, 1 791. 6. Edward. February 11, 1794- 7-
Robert, August 14. 1796. 8. Mary. Septem-
ber 15, 1800. Descendants of this family are
now residing in Georgetown. Jacob C. Clarey,
of Riggsville. is a son of Edward, born No-
vember 15. 1833. , T ^,

(II) Robert, son of John and Jane Clary,
was a pioneer in the settlement of the town of

Jefiferson. At the age of nineteen, with his
pack on his back, he wended his way through
the forest, going by way of the Wiscasset
Settlement, to that place, which was then called
Ballstown, his course being guided by blazed
trees. He there took up a large tract of land
on the east side of a beautiful sheet of water
now known as Pleasant Pond, where he at
once set to work erecting his log cabin and
clearing for wdiat has become one of the best
farms in that section of the state. A good
house was later built by him near the top of
the hill overlooking his fertile fields with
southern slope and flanked on either side by a
beautiful pond, the view extending across the
valley of forests and farms to the next range
of hills more than two miles away, and where,
near the top, as if to complete the pastoral
picture, the substantial country church was
later erected. He became a respected and
prosperous citizen of Jefferson, and his name
is one of those of the twelve citizens inscribed
on a moinnnent erected in honor of the earliest
settlers of the town, at the centennial celebra-
tion of its incorporation held there in 1907.
In the government records of the first census
(1790) his name is spelled McQan,-.

He was twice married, his first wife being
Susanna Rnirden, born in Georgetown, Au-
gust 8, 1758. a sister of his brother Allen's
wife. Their children were: I. Elizabeth,
born January 20. 1782. 2. Timothy, October
9. '783. 3- Catharine, August 27, 1785. 4.
Robert. December 22, 1787. 5. Susanna, May
15. 1790. 6. Richard. June 10, 1793. 7.
John, October 6. 1795. 8. Rosanna. March
14, 1798. There is no record of the death of
his wife, Susanna Clary, which occurred soon
after or about 1800. His second wife was
Mrs. Hannah Currier, widow, maiden name,
Clark, wdiom he married in 1813. Their chil-
dren were: Miles, born September 21. 1814;
Harrison. .-Xugust 24. 1816; Hannah. .August
13. 1818. ' .

Descendants of Richard are living in
Maine and in Massachusetts. John raised a
large familv. all of whom are now deceased
except one 'daughter. Mrs. Cole, now living in
California, and'one son, L. H. Clar}', a retired
policeman from the city of Boston, now livmg
in Farmingdale, Maine. A descendant of
Miles. Henrv W. Clary, now owns and occu-
pies the fine' home and farm of this family in
TefTerson. Robert Clarv died May 13. 1B48.

(Ill) Robert (2), son of Robert (i) and
Susanna Oarv, lived and died in Jefferson^
He was a farmer, and like his father pursued
that calling through life. He occupied a farm




of one luindred acres which was originally a
part of the large tract of his father's land. He
served in the war of 1812, his company being
stationed at W'iscassett. His first wife was
Nancy Moody, born in Nobleboro, December
18, 1790, whom he married in August, 1813.
Oiildren : John M.. born February 5, 1814;
Edward R.. June 12, 1816; Corddea, Novem-
ber 22, 1818; William, May 18, 1821 ; Austin.
September 26, 1823; George W., August 5,
1826; Robert W., August 23, 1829; David B.,
March 17, 1832; Nancy Jane, September 5.
1834. John M. lived in Ellsworth, where he
raised a family ; one of his sons, Leander.
served in the civil war, and a younger son.
Wilford M., lives in California. Edward R.
married Nancy Hills, and lived in Union; he
served in the civil war, and died in a United
States hospital in Rhode Island, July 11, 1864;
his two sons, Silas and Edward H., are mar-
ried ; Silas lives in Washington, Maine, while
Edward H. lives on the home farm in Union,
a beautiful place surmounting a high hill.

Mrs. Nancy Clary, wife of Robert (2) died
March 14. 1836. In March, 1839, Mr. Clary
married Abigail Ilarriman, whose father.
Joab Harriman, was a rcvoluntionary soldier.
She was born in Moultonboro, New Hamp-
shire, September 22, 1799. and died in Hallo-
well, Maine, June 17, 1870, leaving only one
son, Charles H., born February 2, 1840. Rob-
ert (2) Clary died in TefFerson, August n,

(IV) Charles Henry, son of Robert (2)
and Abigail (Harriman) Clary, was educated
at the public schools, at Lincoln Academy and
Oak Grove Seminary ; he also took a course at
a business college in Springfield, Massachu-
setts. He was variously employed for several
years, including teaching in district schools.
In 1869 he was employed by the granite com-
pany of Rodwell & Wilson as bookkeeper and
draftsman. Two years later Joseph R. Rod-
well, of this firm, afterward governor of
Maine, organized the Hallowell Granite Com-
pany. Mr. Clarv took an active part in the
organization of this company, and was elected
one of its directors, as well as its secretary,
and was also chosen superintendent of the
granite cutting department of the works,
which positions he successftiliy filled until he
withdrew from the business in 1R80. During
these years this company laid the foundation
for a very extensive business, and successfully
completed some very large building and monu-
mental contracts. Mr. Clary later purchased
Mr. Coughlin's interest in the meat and gro-
cery business of Coughlin & Quinn, which

then became known as the Hallowell Market,
Clary & Quinn, proprietors. The new firm
considerably improved and extended this busi-
ness, which proved .very successful. Since the
death of his partner, Mr. William H. Quinn,
in 1900, he has conducted the business alone,
becoming sole proprietor in 1902. He has
now ( 1909) sold out the business, and is plan-
ning for less active pursuits.

Mr. Clary married, September 19. 1870,
Lusanna E. Young, who was born in Jackson,
January 27, 1839. Children: Edith A., born
September i, 1871 ; Justin R., May 26, 1873;
Lusanna M., November 29, 1874; Mary P.,
April 3, 1880; Henry C, February 2, 1882.
Mary P. died in infancy. Edith was gradu-
ated from the Maine Wesleyan Seminary,
musical department, in 1892; she was married
to Prof. Percy A. R. Dow, and lived first in
San Francisco, where their home was wrecked
and then burned by the great earthquake of
1906; since then living in Oakland, California;
they have children : Ruth Dorothy, Rodlif?
Clary and Muriel. Justin R. was graduated
from the University of Maine, class of 1897.
and married Mabel Coombs, in 1901 ; they first
resided in Worcester, Massachusetts, and later
in ^^'hite Plains, New York. They have chil-
dren : Robert S., born April 10, 1903 ; Philip
H., July 31, 1904; Feraline Foster, October
21, 1907. Of the other two children of C. H.
and Lusanna E. Qary, Lulie M. graduated
from Mt. Holyoke College in 1897, and H. C.
graduated from Dartmouth, class of .1904.
Neither of these two have married.

The names Fergus. Mac
FERGUSON Fhearghusa, or Ferguson
are all really the same. It
is derived from fearguchus, meaning wrath-
ful, an imperious temper, and implies a hero.
The first to bear the name was Fergus, foun-
der of the Scottish monarchy, A.D. 498. Clan
F"erguson is admitted by historians to be the
oldest in Scotland. The route of our Fer-
guson to America was via Nova Scotia. Nova
Scotia was granted to Sir William Alexander,
a Scotchman of Clackmannamshire by James
I by patent under the seal of Scotland, and
was peopled by Scotch families.

(T) The first Ferguson of the line now un-
der consideration was Alexander, who was
born in Guysboro, Nova Scotia, and emigrated
to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married
Priscilla Norris, of Chelsea^ \'ermont, and
had a son Franklin T.

(II) Franklin Theophilus, son of Alexander
and Priscilla (Norris) Ferguson, was born in



Philadelphia in 1850. He was a salesman of
soda fountains, and introduced the first soda
fountain into Europe at the Vienna Exposi-
tion, in April, 1873. He was a Rcpuhlican in
politics, and was clerk in the United States
senate chamber in January, 1873, and the same
year w-as appointed consul to Cape De Verde
islands. He married Mary Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of James Hewitt, of Nova Scotia. Chil-
dren : I. Valerie E., born at Vienna. Austria,
and named for the Queen ; she married Wil-
liam Hopkins, a prominent civil engineer of
New York, who had charge of the Boston ele-
vated railway and the Boston subway. 2.
Edith, who died young. 3. Franklin Archie.
Mr. Ferguson died in Boston at the early age
of twenty-eight.

(HI) Franklin Archie, only son of Frank-
lin T. and Mary E. (Hewitt) Ferguson, was
born in Boston, Massachusetts, April 2, 1876.
He was educated in the city schools of Bos-
ton, taking a special course in the Boston Uni-
versity Liberal Arts School. Supplementing
this liberal training with a professional course
in medicine at Boston University, at the
Massachusetts Homeopathic Hospital in Bos-
ton, and at the Trull Hospital at Biddeford,
Maine, he came to Bath in 1904, and suc-
ceeded Dr. Percy W. Roberts. Dr. Ferguson
is a member of the American Institution of
Homeopathy, the Massachusetts State So-
ciety, the Maine State Society, the York and
Cumberland County Medical Society, and the
Hahnemann Medical Society. In college he be-
longed to Alpha Sigma fraternity. He is pros-
perous in his profession, very agreeable and
companionable, his practice extending over a
wide district, and is frequently called into con-
sultation by his brother practitioners. He
married Maude Cutler, daughter of William
P. Faulkner, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, De-
cember 19, 1905. Children : Priscilla and
Franklin Faulkner.

There is a tradition that the
BECKLER American ancestor of the

Beckler family of the line
proposed to be treated in this place was one
of two brothers who came from Germany
sometime during the early part of the eigh-
teenth century and settled in one of the New
England colonies. There is no reason to
question the accuracy of this belief, and the
fact that none of the published genealogical
references gives an account of the settlement
of the ancestor does not disprove the tradi-
tion nor affect its creditabiHty in any respect :
but in the absence of any reliable account of

the family in its earlier generations this nar-
rative must begin with Philip C. Beckler,
whose father is supposed to have come from
Massachusetts and settled in Waterboro,
.Maine, about the time of or soon after the
revolutionary war, in which he participated.

(I) Philip C. Beckler was born in Water-
boro, Maine, Novembe 22, 1796, died in
Leeds, Maine, September 25, 1870. He mar-
ried (first) Fanny Otis, born .^pril 25, 1803,
died Mav 9, 1840. Children: .Vmos Otis,
Charles I\I., Cynthia O., Albion P., Daniel \V..
George W., Otis O., Frank ^L ; he married
(second) Betsey L. Norris, born December 4,
1S08, died January 27, 1885; children: Eliza-
iK^h N., William 'N., John W., Mary E., Sa-
rah A. Four of the brothers were in the civil
war: .'Mbion P., Frank M., William N. and
John \\'.

(II) .Amos Otis, son of Philip C. and
Fanny (Otis) Beckler, was born in New-
castle, Maine, March 23, 1823, died July 12,
1889. .'\t an early age his parents settled in
Livermore, Maine, where he attended school
and worked at farming. From the age of
fourteen until twenty-one he worked on a
farm at Livermore Centre, Maine, which he
afterwards bought and it still remains in the
Beckler family. A few years later renting
his farm, he removed to Boston, where for
many years he was engaged as contracting
teamster for the Metropolitan Railroad Com-
pany. He married Betsey H. .\ustin, born
March 5. 1824, died September 22. 1902,
daughter of John .Austin. Children: i. Mary
Elizabeth, born September 9, 1845, died No-
vember 26. 1907. 2. Martha Loella, born De-
cember 18. 1847, ^^'l^*^ graduated from the
Girls' High and Normal School, Boston, in
1867, and taught in that city for seventeen
years. 3. Cynthia .Maria, born .August 29.
1850, also a graduate of the .same school in
1869 and taught in Boston until married in
1874. 4. Susan I'>ances, born January 8.
1852. died February 15, 1903. 5- Elbridge
Harlow, born October 16, 1854, see forward.
6. Warren Bigelow, born August 3, 1857. 7.
Seth Hay den. born November 5, 1839. 8.
Amos Frank, born June 14, 1862, died in in-
fancy. 9. Herbert Otis, born March 10. 1863.
died in infancv.

(III) Elbridge Harlow, son of .Amos Otis
and Betsev H. (Austin) Beckler. was born
October 16, 1854, died August 26. 1908.
While attending Maine Wesleyan Seminary
at Kent's Hill, in 1873, he was attracted to the
use of surveying instruments by participating
in some land surveys imdertaken by Professor



Chase, who was his instructor in mathematics.
Selecting the Maine State College as the best
institution tor the pursuit of this study, he
made application for admission in the fall of
1874, and being well advanced in that study
was admitted to the junior clas.s at Orono and
bepan at once the study of engineering, grad-
uating in T876 with good standing, for the
four years' course, receiving the degree of
Civil Engineer. Early in the spring of 1877,
after spending some months in teaching, he
left the homestead at Livermore Centre, seek-
ing a position on railroad construction in Min-
nesota. Owing to the slow recovery of busi-
ness" from the panic of 1873, the following
two years were passed with a variety of ocA-
pations, teaching, farming, surveying and
map making. In 1879 he secured employment
with the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba
railway as transitman and assistant engineer,
near Fergus Falls, Minnesota. From 1880 to
1885 inclusive, he was employed by the North-
ern Pacific Railroad Company, starting out
from St. Paul in April to begin surveys,
where Glendive, Montana, is now located on
the Yellowstone river. The end of the track
was sixty miles west of Mandan. North Da-
kota, and with nine wagons and thirty-two
men they followed the Custer trail of 1876,
much of the way in the Yellowstone river, a
distance of about two hundred miles. It was
then a wild country, and the trip necessitated
some hardshi]5s. accompanied with possible
dangers. Mr. Beckler was fortunately placed
under the direction of a very capable division
engineer, Mr. T. J. Dodge, and his limited
knowledge of railway location was developed
to a degree far ahead .of the training
obtained at college, and at the closing
of the surveys about four hundred miles
of the railroad had been laid out. Pro-
motions came quite rapidly, and before the
completion of the Northern Pacific road in
1883 he was in charge of some forty miles of
the heaviest construction work, including a
tunnel at Rozeman Pass thirty-si.x hundred
and ten feet in length. During this period the
construction of an important bridge about six
thousand feet in length, making entrance into
Dulutli, Minnesota, by the Northern Pacific
and other roads from Wisconsin across St.
Louis Bay, was assigned to his care. He also
spent six months in 1884 on the Canadian Pa-
cific railway location and construction along
the Kicking Horse river, just west of the
summit of the Rocky Mountains. In 1886 he
undertook making the location for the Mon-
tana Central railway, which was the starting

of the Great Northern extension to the Pacific
coast. In 1889 he was appointed chief en-
gineer of the work of building to the coast,
the work including surveys, construction and
operation. There were about one thousand
miles of road to build through all the moun-
tains from Central Montana to Pugct Sound.
The work embraced much heavy road cutting,
high trestle bridges, long steel spans, and
many tunnels. The character of the work is
disclosed in the fact that at the present time
the road is mentioned as the model for easy
grades and curves, and scientific railway con-
struction : its adjustment to the country tra-
versed having never been equaled. This work
closed with the year 1892, and the following
year Mr. Beckler moved to Chicago, after
having had fourteen years of constant active
engineering work, and has since made his res-
idence there. After a brief period of rest he
engaged with \\'inston Brothers, railroad con-
tractors, and in 1902 a company was incor-
porated at Minneapolis, Minnesota, known as
Winston Brothers Company, of which Mr.
Beckler was a member. The work consists of
the building of railways by contract in all
parts of the country. Up to the present time
the work has carried them into twenty-two
states, and they are now engaged in building
the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway,
the fourth of the so-called trans-continental
railroads with which Mr. Beckler assisted.
Flbridge H. Beckler married, in February.
1880, Mera Rogers, of Richmond, Maine, who
bore him four children, three daughters, one
of whom is deceased, and a son, also de-

(Ill) Warren Bigelow, M.D., son of Amos
Otis and Betsey H. (Austin) Beckler, was
born in Boston, Massachusetts, .August 3.
1857. His parents returned to Livermore,
Maine, soon after his birth, and there he ac-
quired his early education, attending the pub-
lic schools and Kent's Hill Seminary, where
he completed seven terms, intending to enter
the University of Maine, where his brother
graduated. Tiring of school routine, he
worked at home on the farm until he was
twenty-one years old. when he went to Boston
and entered the employ of an uncle as a
bookkeeper. Shortly after this his brother.
Elbridge H.. then working for the Northern
Pacific railroad as transitman, arranged for
him to come west and take a position with the
same company as leveler. during the season
of 1880. In 1881 he was transitman on the
Rocky Mountain division and in 1882-83 was
assistant engineer in charge of construction.



In July, 1883, Warren B. Beckler returned to
Liverniore, and in December of that year went
to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he, in
company with A. T. Pollard, purchased the
stock and became proprietors of a drug store
at the corner of Eleventh and Locust streets,
at the same time pursuing a course at the
Philadeljihia College of Pharmacy, from
which institution he received his degree of
Ph. G. He at once entered Jefferson Med-
ical College, still continuing his iluties at the
drug store, and after a two years' course
graduated with the degree of M' D. In 1890
he sold his drug store and again went west,
this time to Helena, Montana, as a member of
a contracting firm furnishing medical attend-
ance to the employees of the Great Northern
railroad. In March, 1893, on the completion
of the road, he returned to his old home in
Liverniore, Maine, by way of California, at-
tending the World's Fair at Chicago en
route. In June, 1894. he located in .Auburn
and there practiced his profession, reiuaining
to the present time. He is a member of An-
droscoggin County Medical Society, Inde-
pendent in politics, and prominent in Masonic
circles, having taken all the degrees up to and
including the thirty-second. Dr. Beckler
married, September 30, 1885. in Liverniore.
Maine. Carrie Enimelia, born March 22, i860,
daughter of William and Cordelia (Kimball)
Pollard, and a descendant from William Pol-
lard through Thomas, William. CJliver, fjliver,
Stephen and William Pollard, and also from
the celebrated colonist, John Alden. who mar-
ried Priscilla Mullin, through John Bass,
Deacon Samuel Bass, Captain Jonathan Bass,
Susanna Bass, and Dr. Luther Cary. who
married in 1782 Abigail King, and to whom
was born Enimelia Cary, who married Ste-
phen Pollanl. Children of Dr. and Mrs.
Beckler: i. Martha C, born June 16. 1886.
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2. Marian.
March 9. 1890, in Philadelphia, died .\ugust
5, 1891. 3. Warren B., Jr.. .Auburn, Maine,
February 17, 1895.

(Ill) Seth Hay den, son of Amos Otis and
Betsey H. (Austin) Beckler. was born in
Livermore. Maine, November 5, 1859. He
was educated in the district and high schools
of the town, and after the age of twenty-one
passed several years in Auburn. Maine. Min-
nesota and Montana. He returned to the old
homestead farm at Livermore Centre. Maine,
in 1888. where he has since resided. He mar-
ried Nellie M. True, in 1890, and has a son,
Earle Harlow.

(For first generation bcc Waller .Mcrriinuii. I.)

(II) James, voungcst son
MERRIMAN of Walter and Elizabeth

( Popcr) Merrvman, was
born in 1756, in llarpswell, Maine, and died
August 4. 1825, in that town, wliere he re-
sided. For many years he was a seafaring
man. and later in life settled u|)on a farm.
He married, December 4, 1777, Hannah
Blake, born 1757, in Harpswell, died April
24, 1821, daughter of Jacob and |enny
(Weber) Blake, the last named a daughter o'f
Waitstill and Meribah (Hodges) Weber.
Children: John, Hannah, Molly, William,
Fanny Mercy, Lydia and Jacob.

(Ill) John, eldest child of James and Han-
nah (Blake) Merrinian, was born January 29,
1780, in Harpswell, and resided in that town
through life, dying May 28, 1857. He fol-
lowetl the sea many years, and was captain of
a one hundred and twenty ton vessel engaged
in the coasting and West Indies trade. This
was a large vessel for that day. He was a
Congregationalist in religion, and in politics a
Whig; but having devoted most of his life to
navigation, he took little part in local affairs.
He married, December 27, 1804, Elizal:)eth
Stover, born October 2, 1784, died I'Y-bruary
29, 1852, in llarpswell, daughter of Alcott
and Elizabeth (Allen) Stover of that town.
Children : William .Asenath, Isaac, George,
-Abigail. Nathaniel, Alcott Stover, and Albion.
(I\') Alcott Stover, fifth son of John and
Elizabeth (Stover) Merriman, was born April
4, 1822, in Harpswell, and died there October
16. 1865. He received the ordinary educa-
tion aft'orded by the public schools of his home
town, and early in life went to sea. He con-
tinued upon the ocean until the age of forty
years, when he went into partnership with his
cousin, Sylvester Stover, in building ships.
While on the sea he commanded some large
vessels, including the "Columbia of the Celes-
tial lireeze." Messrs. Merriman and Stover
were the first in Maine to build vessels with
round stems. At the outbreak of the civil
war they had just completed a vessel, and
three days after it left port it was captured
by the Confederate frigate ".Alabama," and
burned just outside of Portland harbor. The
peculiar circumstance in connection with this
was the dream of the negro cook employed on
the vessel. The night before it sailed he saw
in a vision its capture, and refused to embark.
Another vessel in the yard was partially com-
pleted at this time and the work upon it was
abandoned, owing to the difficulty of securing



help. Ship carpenters at that time received
one dollar per day, and when the vessel was
completed at the close of the war, the carpen-
ters received a wage of three dollars per day.
Mr. Merriman was one of the most promi-
nent men of the town of Harpswell. Besides
shipbuilding he conducted a general store, and
was for many years postmaster. He held
most of the principal town offices, and if he
felt that he could not give the time to the ful-

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