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Lodge, No. j^, I. O. O. F., Lewiston;
Worumbus Encampment, No. 13, I. O. O. F. :
and B. P. O. E., No. 371, of Lewiston, I\Iaine ;
for three years was the only Elk in the state
of Maine, and for three years and until ]\Iarch,
1908. was a member of Boston Lodge, No.
10, B. P. O. E., but got a demit.



The Gordon name is one of
GORDON the most ancient in England
and is now represented in the
peerage by the Earl of Aberdeen. The fam-
ily is of Norman origin and dates back to very
early times. In 11 50, Richard de Gordon,
knight banneret, granted to the monks at
Kefso, lands at Gordon near Huntley Strather.
There were several early American immi-
grants of the name, and their descendants can
be found in all parts of the country, especially
in the south. The Gordons in America are for
the most part of Scotch origin, some of them
being the progeny of an immigrant who came
from Scotland by the way of England, while
others are of Scotch-Irish descent. The first
of the name in New England was Edmund
Gordon, who came in the ship "Susan and



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Ellen" in 1635. A John Gordon was residing
in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in 1682, and a
Nicholas Gordon was in New Hampshire in
1689. Nathaniel Gordon, born in Tyrone, Ire-
land, in the year 1700, emigrated in 1749 to
join his eldest son Samuel who had preceded
him. Nathaniel was accompanied by his other
children, whose names were John, Jane and
Haimah. He and his son Samuel went to Dun-
stable, Massachusetts, where they entered the
employ of one William Gordon, a merchant of
that town, and presumably a relative. John,
son of Nathaniel Gordon, was a brewer, and
between the years 1750 and 1760 became asso-
ciated in business with the famous patriot,
Samuel Adams, in Boston. Five of this name
were graduated from Harvard University
down to 1834; three were graduated from
Yale and Dartmouth, and five from other col-
leges.

(I) Alexander Gordon, the first of the name
in New Hampshire, was a member of a High-
land Scottish family which was loyal to the
cause of the Stuarts. While a soldier in the
royalist army of King Charles the Second, he
fell into the hands of Cromw^ell as a prisoner.
After being confined in Tuthill Fields, Lon-
don, he was sent to America in 1651, and held
a prisoner of war at Watertown, Massachu-
setts. In 1654 he was released and went to
Exeter, New Hampshire, where the town gave
him a grant of twenty acres of land, ten years
later, and he became a permanent resident. He
engaged in lumbering upon the Exeter river,
and was a successful and exemplary citizen.
In 1633 he was married to Mary, daughter of
Nicholas Lysson, and they had six sons and
two daughters.

(II) Daniel, youngest son -of Alexander and
Mary (Lysson) Gordon, was born in 1682 in
Exeter and resided most of his life in Kings-
ton. In partnership with his brother, Thomas
Gordon, he engaged for several years in lum-
bering, at the mill of Mathew Harriman, in
Haverhill, ]\Iassachusetts, and both married
daughters of Mr. Harriman. The latter was
a son of Leonard Harriman, who came from
Yorkshire, England, in 1640, and settled in
Rowley. Massachusetts. Daniel Gordon was
a blacksmith by trade and gave his attention
to that occupation after settling in Kingston.
He married, September 5, 1708, Margaret
Harriman, and died prior to 1736. The inten-
tion of marriage of his widow to Samuel
Bradslrcet. of Suncook, New Hampshire, was
published January ig, 1736. Daniel Gordon's
children were: i. Elizabeth, born June 28,
1709. 2. Mary, February 20, 171 1, married



Nathan Merrill. 3. Abner, mentioned in the
next paragraph. 4. Margaret, died at the age
of three months. 5. Alexander, June 29, 1716,
married (first) Susan Pattee, (second) Han-
nah Stanley.

(HI) Aimer, eldest son of Daniel and Mar-
garet (Harriman) Gordon, was born Novem-
ber 24. 1712, probably in Kingston and lived
in South Hampton, New Hampshire, Suncook
and Hopkinton, and probably died with his
children in Henniker. He married, at South
Ham])ton, 1745. Elizabeth, daughter of Sam-
uel anil Elizaljcth (Dimond) Straw. They
were the parents of nine children: i. David,
baptized at South Hampton. 2. Jonathan,
mentioned below. 3. Daniel, February 16,
1748, was a cripple. 4. Miriam, November

26, 1749. 5. Hannah, died in her eighteenth
year. 6. Amos, October 4, 1755, married
Anna George and removed to Garland, Maine.
7. .'^anuiel, died in his ninth year. 8. Mary,
November 14, 1758, married Eben Rider. 9.
Abel. January 18, 1762, married Hannah
George and died 1837.

(IV) Jonathan, son of Abner and Eliza-
beth (Straw) Gordon, was born October 31,
1746. and settled in Henniker, New Hamp-
shire, in 1795, dying there March 13, 1827.
He married, in 1771, Mehitable Eastman, a
native of Salisbury, w'ho died June 20, 1832.
Their children were : Samuel, David, Jona-
than, Hannah, Sarah, Jeremiah, Enoch, Jacob
and Mehitable.

(V) David, second son of Jonathan and
Mehitable (Eastman) Gordon, was born May

27, 1774, and resided in Henniker. His death
is not recorded, but he was married in 1800 to
Polly, daughter of George Hoyt, of \\'eare.
New Hampshire, who survived him, dying
January 18, 1852. Their children were: John,
Asa, Jacob, Daniel, Cyrus, Mary, Eliza, Me-
hitable, James, Enos and David. •

(\T) David (2), youngest son of David
(i) and Polly (Hoyt) Gordon, was born May
23, 1822, in Hopkinton, and died in July, 1907,
in Calais, Maine. He settled in Calais, and
was there engaged in the manufacture of boots
and shoes ; subsequently engaged in the retail
boot and shoe business. He married, at Ca-
lais, Mary Brooks Keen, of that town, who
was born March 6, 1831, in Calais, daughter
of Jarius Keen, of Calais, and the following
children of this marriage are recorded in
Calais : Alvin L., George C, Helen M. and
Arthur Horace.

(\TI) Arthur Horace, third son of David
(2) and Mary B. (Keen) Gordon, was born
October 23, 1863, in Calais, and received his



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primary education in the public schools of his
native town. This was followed by a four
years' classical and scientific course in the
Calais Academy, ending in 1880. He subse-
quently read medicine in the offices of Dr. H.
B. !\lason and Dr. C. B. Swan, of his home
town, after which he entered Hahnemann
Medical College, of Chicago, graduating with
the degree of M. D. in 1887. Since that year
he has been actively engaged in the practice
of his profession in Chicago, and is professor
of physical diagnosis in Hahnemann Medical
College, and state medical examiner for the
Knights of the RIaccabees, being also a mem-
ber of the executive board of that order. He
is a member and medical examiner of the
Sons of St. George, of the Improved Order of
Heptasophs and life member of the Chicago
Press Club. He is a member of the .American
Institute of Homeopathy of the Illinois Home-
opathic Medical Association, Chicago Home-
opathic Medical Society, and of the Clinical
Society of Hahnemann Hospital. He has at-
tained to the thirty-second degree in Free Ma-
sonry, being a member of Lincoln Park Lodge,
No. 611, of Chicago, of the Oriental Con-
sistory and Medinah Temple, Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine of that city. In religious belief
he is a Unitarian. Dr. Gordon is president of
the Chicago Job Press Company, a concern in-
terested largely in the printing of medical and
other documents, and is treasurer of the Mod-
ern Needle Company of Chicago. He mar-
ried, December 30, 1891, Julia Agnes Cava-
naugh. daughter of Jeremiah and Eliza M.
Cavanaugh, of Chicago, and they are the pa-
rents of a daughter, Julia M.. born November
30, 1899.



The Coolidge family of this
COOLIDGE country is quite a large and

widely scattered one. From
out its numbers may be noted many men and
women in the several branches, who have won
distinction and honor among their fellow-
countrymen. The Maine branch of Coolidges
has descended from those who originally set-
tled in Massachusetts, in and near Watertown.
(I) John Coolidge's date of arrival in New
England is not fixed definitely, but was prob-
ably about 1630. His will dated November 19,
1 68 1, was proved June 16, 1691. He men-
tions his wife and sons : John, Stephen,
Simon, Nathaniel and Jonathan; also daugh-
ters : Sarah and Mary Mixer. The family
was a very ancient and honorable one in Cam-
bridge, England, from which place they emi-
grated to America. The name has with vari-



ous generations been spelled in almost every
conceivable manner. Quite common ways
were Coollidge and Cooledge.

(II) Simon, son of the American progeni-
tor, was born in 1632 and died 1693. He mar-
ried (first) Hannah Barron and several years
after her death he married Priscilla Rogers,
by whom were born : Mary, Obadiah, Joseph,
Hannah, Stephen, Lydia and Sarah.

(III) Obadiah, second child and first son of
Simon and Priscilla (Rogers) Coolidge, was
born in 1664 and died 1706. Pie married
Elizabeth House, of Hartford, and settled in
Sudbury, but subsequently returned to Water-
town, in 1694. Their children were: Eliza-
beth, Joseph, Hannah, Obadiah, Sarah, Abi-
gail, RIary L^'dia, Simon and Stephen ; the
youngest child was born November 2, 1705,
but soon died.

(IV) Simon (2), son of Obadiah and Eliza-
beth (House) Coolidge, was born June 12,
1704. He was by occupation a bricklayer. He
married Abia Sanderson, and the children of
this union were : Joseph, Lydia, Lois, Annie,
Sarah, Eunice. Simon and Mehitable.

(A") Joseph, eldest child of Simon and
Abia (Sanderson) Coolidge, was horn Octo-
ber 4, 1 76 1. He served in the Fourteenth
Regiment of the Continental army, in 1780.
He was under Colonel Bradford, and was a
United States pensioner from the date of De-
cember, 1833. He married Mary Adams, of
Lexington, Massachusetts, and they emigrated
to Maine, settling at Jay in June, 1790, but
later moved to Canton, Maine, where he died
October 17, 1843. His widow survived until
March 19, 1852, being ninety-one years of
age. Their children were : Joseph, Mary,
Mercy, Nancy, Aaron, Jane, John, Cyrus Ham-
lin, Sally, Jeiiferson and Merrit.

(VT) John (2), son of Joseph and Mary
(Adams) Coolidge, was born in Canton,
ilaine, December 12, 1796, and died in 1874.
He married Eliza, daughter of John Bigelow
and wife, born December 12, 1800, and died
in 1893. Their children were: John Oberon,
born December 22. 1826; Silas Rutillus, May,
182S; Charles Archelarus, December 29, 1830;
George Mariner, December 6, 1834.

(VII) Dr. Charles Archelarus, third child of
John (2) and Eliza (Bigelow) Coolidge. was
"born December 29, 1830. He received his
earlv educational training in the public schools
and at South Paris Academy, after which he
entered Bowdoin College (medical depart-
ment), where he studied two years, and then
went to the same department of Dartmouth
College, from which institution he graduated



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one year later. The first year after his gradu-
ation from Dartmouth lie spent in the Massa-
chusetts (k'ueral Hospital, and the following
year in the Philadelphia Hospital. In 1855 he
began the practice of medicine in Weld,
Maine; remained there two years, then re-
moved to Livermore Corner, where he con-
tinued until May, 1861, when he located at
Canton. .Maine, at which place he is still prac-
ticing medicine, with much skill and success.
Dr. Coolidge was the township physician for
many years, and is well known and highly
appreciated both as a physician and citizen.
He married Sarah N., daughter of Solomon
and Adeline (Billington) Foster, of Weld,
Maine. Children : Eliza, died in infancy ;
Henry E., born December 23, i860, and
Charles M., September 24, 1863.

(Vni) Henry E., second child of Dr.
Charles A. and Sarah N. (Foster) Coolidge,
was born in Livermore, Maine. He received
his education in the public schools, and Nich-
ols Latin school at Lewiston, attending the
latter in 1875-76. In 1877 he entered Bates
College, from which he graduated with the
class of 1 88 1. He then chose law for his pro-
fession and studied under Hon. Enoch Foster,
of Portland. Elaine, teaching school during the
two years he remained in the law office as a
student, thus showing his industrious nature
and perseverance in whatever he undertakes.
He was ne.xt elected principal of the schools
at North Berwick, Maine, having charge of
the high school. He returned to Lewiston and
entered the law office of Savage & Oakes, in
.'\uburn, and in 1889 was admitted to the bar,
the same year going to Lisbon Falls, Maine,
where he began legal practice on his own ac-
count, lie is still an honored attorney of that
place, and has built up an almost enviable
practice in the courts of Maine. In March,
1899, he was made cashier of the Lisbon Falls
Branch of the LewMston Trust & Safe De-
posit Company. During the years 1896-97-98
he was superintendent of schools, and is at
present trial justice. Politically Mr. Coolidge
affiliates with the Republican party. In his re-
ligious faith he is a Free Baptist. He inar-
ried, April 26, 1883, Josephine, daughter of
Daniel and Celestia (Low) Dearborn, of Can-
ton, Maine. They are the parents of one child,
Charles Wilson, born January 23. 1884. He
was educated in the public schools. Nichols
Latin school, and Bates College, graduating in
1903. He is the present manager of the Maine
Farmer Mutual Fire Insurance Company. He
married, August 16, 1905, Jane, daughter of
Joshua and Mary Taylor. Their two children



are: Muriel T. and Charles H., being of the
tenth generation of Coolidges from the Amer-
ican ancestor.



From Scotland, whose
HAMILTON sombre climate and rugged

hills have developed one of
the most energetic, industrious and thrifty na-
tions on the globe, have come to these shores
a people, who wherever found have been a
credit and a help to the community where they
dwell. -A colony settled in Londonderry. New
Hampshire, and at a critical time contributed
largely to the victory of the patriot arms at
Bennington and the subsequent capture of
Burgoyne. Other Scots settled in ]Maine and
their descendants now constitute a consider-
able proportion of some of the thrifty towns
of the coast region. Among these are many
worthy citizens of Chebeague Island, whose
progenitor was Ambrose Hamilton.

(I) .Kmbrose Hamilton came from Scot-
land to the province of Maine with his wife,
Betsy Franzy, from Ganzy. Children : .Am-
brose, Roland and John. Roland settled on
Cousin's Island, John settled on Walnut Hill,
and Ambrose on Chebeague Island.

(II) Ambrose (2), eldest son of .\mbrose
(i) and Betsy (Franzy) Hamilton, settled on
Chebeague about 1760. being the third per-
manent settler on the island. He married De-
borah Soule and had fourteen children, seven
sons and seven daughters, and seventy-one
grandchildren. All his children lived to be
about ninety years of age, and some to even a
greater age. Children : Betsy, Ann. John,
.Ambrose. Deborah, Jane, Jonathan. Roland,
Dorcas, James, Reuben, Lydia, Lemual and
Lucy.

(III) James, son of Ambrose (2) and De-
borah (Soule) Hamilton, was born on Che-
beague Island, and lived and died there. He

married Mary ; eleven children : James,

Isaac, John, \Iary, Benjamin, Reuben, Simeon,
Sarah, Eliza. Rcliecca and .Sophronia.

(I\') Benjamin, fourth son of James and
Mary Hamilton, was born on Chebeague, Sep-
tember. 181 1, and died on that island in 1844.
He followed the occupation of farmer and
fisherman at Chebeague, where he resided
thirtv-three years. He married Eliza Ross, in
1830; she was born in Cumberland, 1812,
daughter of John and Dorcas Ross. Children :
John R.. Caniline A.. Benjamin. Hcnrv O.,
"Royal T.

(V) Henry O., third son of Benjamin and
Eliza (Ross) Hamilton, was born at Che-
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in the schools of Chebeague. tic learned the
trade of mason and has been engaged all his
life since that time in structural masonry. He
resides on Great Chebeague Island. He is a
Republican in politics, and a member of the
Methodist Episcopal church. Ele married, in
Januar}-, 1864, Margery E. Jewett, who was
born in Westport, September 5, 1846, daughter
of John G. and Elizabeth Jewett, of Westport.
John G. Jewett was born in Westport, Feb-
ruary 14, 1819, and died at Westport, Feb-
ruary 12, 1848. He married Elizabeth Reed,
who was born September 16, 1812, at Booth-
bay, Maine. Children : Margery E. and
Amasa. Henry O. and ]\Iargery E. (Jewett)
Hamilton have three children: i. Helen J.,
married Reuben H. Cleaves. 2. Fred. G.,
mentioned below. 3. Harry (Henry) B., mar-
ried Gertrude Crockett.

(\T) Fred G., elder of the two sons
of Henry O. and iMargery E. (Jewett)
Hamilton, was born on Great Chebeague, Feb-
ruary 22, 1868, and educated in the public
schools of Great Chebeague and Cumberland,
the high school of Chebeague, and at Gray's
Business College, Portland. April 8, 1888, he
became assistant bookkeeper for the C. M.
Rice Paper Company of Portland, was later
bookkeeper, and since i8g8 has been a mem-
ber of the firm. He has resided in South
Portland since 1891, and for fifteen years has
taken an active part in the political affairs of
that city. In politics he is a Republican. He
was elected alderman in 1904, and served one
term, and in 1908 was elected mayor, and now
fills that ofHce. He is well known as an in-
dustrious and successful business man. He
and his family attend the People's Alethodist
Episcopal Church in South Portland. He has
attained the thirty-second degree in Free Ma-
sonry, and is a member of the following named
organizations of that order : Hiram Lodge,
No. 180, of South Portland, of which he is a
past master; Greenleaf Royal Arch Chapter,
No. 13, of which he is a past high priest;
Portland Commandery, No. 2, Knights Tem-
plar, Portland Council, No. i, of which he is
a past thrice illustrious master, and Maine
Consistory, Sublime Princes of the Royal Se-
cret. He is also a member of the Knights of
the Golden Eagle, Forest City Castle Lodge,
No. 22, and the United Order of the Golden
Cross, Gorges Commandery, No. 313. Fred
G. Hamilton married, in South Port-
land, September 23, 1891, Evelyn Frances
Campbell, who was born in South Portland,
March 26, 1867, daughter of Alexander and
Harriett EHzabeth (York) Campbell. Alex-



ander Campbell, deceased, was the son of
Alexander and Elizabeth (Heal) Campbell, of
Eowdoin. Harriett E. York was the daughter
of Charles and Eleanor (Goodrich) York, of
Yarmouth. Children of George F. and Eve-
lyn F. (Campbell) Hamilton are: i. Philip
C, born January 19, 1896. 2. Marguerite E.,
January 21, 1899. 3. Frederick R., August 17,
1902.



This ancient personal name long
EAIERY ago became a surname. Some

of the original spellings in Eng-
land were Americ, Almeric, Almaric, and El-
meric ; and it is the same to which, in the Ital-
ian form of Amerigo, we now owe the title of
our own country. It is a name which has
been honorably borne by many citizens of the
United States, one which was very early in
New England, and has been from that cradle
of American citizenship distributed over a
wide area. It was early identified with .Maine,
and has been borne by pioneers of numerous
towns in this state.

(I) The first of whom positive record is
now obtained was John Emery, who with his
wife Agnes resided in Romsey, Hants, Eng-
land, and probably died there.

(II) Anthony, second son of John and Ag-
nes Emery, was born in Romsey, Hants, Eng-
land, and sailed for America 'with his elder
brother John, from Southampton, April 3,
163s, in the ship "James," of London. William
Cooper, master, their wives and one or two
children each probably accompanying them.
They landed in Boston, Massachusetts, June
3, 1635. Anthony, it seems, was in Ipswich,
in August following, and not long after settled
in Newbury, where he lived until about 1640.
In the latter year he removed to Dover, New
Hampshire, and on October 22 of that vear
signed the "Dover Combination." For ' the
nine years following he was identified with the
interests of the town. His house was at Dover
Neck, about a mile from the present railroad
station at Dover Point, and three or four miles
from Major Richard Waldern's (Waldron's)
settlement on the Cocheco river. There he
kept an ordinary or inn, which was destroyed
by fire. In 1644 and 1648 he was one of the
townsmen (selectmen) for the "prudential
affairs" of Dover. He bought of John White,
November 15, 1648, a house, a field, and a
great barren marsh on Sturgeon creek, in
Pischataqua, afterward Kittery, now Eliot,
Maine, and two other marshes. He served on
the grand jury in 1649, and in the same year
removed to Kittery, where he resided until



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1660. He was juryman several times, select-
man in 1652 and 1659 and constable. He was
one of the forty-one inhabitants of Kittery
who acknowledged themselves subject to the
government of ^^lassachusetts Bay, November
16, 1652. 1 le received at four different times
grants of land from the town. He also bought
of Joseph Austin, of Pischataqua, July 15,
1650, "a little Marsh soe Commonly called
above sturgeon Cricke, with a little house and
upland yrunto belonging, as also one thousand
five hundred foole of boards, for & in Con-
sideration of Two stears Called by ye name of
Draggon and Benbow, with a weeks worke of
himselfe & other two oxen wch is to be done
.in Cutchecho." In 1656 he was fined five
pounds for mutinous courage in questioning
the authority of the court of Kittery, and in
1660 he was fined a second time for entertain-
ing Quakers, and deprived of the rights and
privileges of a freeman in Kittery. On May
12, of this year, he sold to his son James all
his property in Kittery, and sought a residence
where he could enjoy more liberty. He re-
moved to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and was
there received as a free inhabitant, September
29, 1660. He served as a juryman from Ports-
mouth on several occasions, was chosen con-
stable June 4, 1666, and deputy to the general
court, April 25, 1672. The last evidence of his
residence at Portsmouth is that of a deed of
land in Portsmouth to Rebecca Sadler, his
daughter, dated }ilarch 9, 1680. An Anthony
Emory was representative from Kittery at
York,' Maine, March 30, 1680, but it does not
seem probable after what had happened to that
time that Anthony Emery, the immigrant,
is the person referred to. He was a man of
good business qualifications, energetic, inde-
pendent, resolute, in purpose, bold in action,
severe in speech, jealous of his own rights,
and willing to sufifer for conscience sake. He
was one of those men who did their own think-
ing and would rather be right than be presi-
dent. His wife's forename was Frances. Plis
children were : James, a son unknown, and
Rebecca.

(HI) James, eldest child of Anthony and
Frances Emery, was born in England about
1630, and came to America with his parents.
He was the grantee of lands in Kittery in
1653-56-69-71 : was selectman of Kittery
1674-76-77-84-85-92-93-95; was elected repre-
sentative to the general court 1693-95 ; and
was grand juror and constable in 1670. He
seems to have resided in Dedham after he was
elected representative, and later to have lived
in Berwick, in the Province of Maine. He



weighed over three hundred and fifty pounds,
and is said to have made the journey from his
home to Boston, his carriage being a chair
placed in an o.x cart drawn by a yoke of steers.
This mode of conveyance was necessary, as
there was not in Kittery a carriage large
enough to carry him . over the rough roads
safely. He is supposed to have died in 1714
or earlier. He married (first) Elizabeth

, who died after 1687; and (second)

December 28, 1695, Mrs. Elizabeth (New-
comb) Pidge, widow and second wife of John
Pidge. of Dedham, Massachusetts. His chil-
dren, all by first wife, were : James, Zacha-
riah, Noah, Daniel, Job, Elizabeth and Sarah.

(I\') Zachariah, second son of James and
Elizabeth Emery, was born about 1660, in Kit-
tery. where he resided and died about 1691,
in the neighborhood of thirty-one years of age.
He married, December 9, 1686, Elizabeth,
daughter of Daniel and Margaret (Spencer)
Goodwin, of Kittery. She married (second)
December 22, 1692, Philip Hubbard, of Ber-
wick. Zachariah and Elizabeth had a daugh-
ter and a son, namely : Elizabeth and Zacha-
riah.

(V) Zachariah (2). only son of Zachariah
(i) and Elizabeth (Goodwin) Emery, was
born October 5, 1690, and resided in Chelms-



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