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Alarch 4, 1792, at Ossipee, New Hampshire,
and died February 26, 1841, at Ashland,
Maine. Like his older brothers, he moved to
China, now Albion, Maine, where lived his
uncle, John Brackett, and his grandfather.
Deacon James Brackett. .About 1835 he
moved to Aroostook county, where he died
at the comparatively early age of forty-nine.
Joseph (2) Brackett married Lucy Twist,
whose maiden name was Lovejoy. Children :
I. Abigail, born June II, 1815, married James
McCann. 2. Hiram, November 11, 1816, died
in Minnesota. 3. John Y., March 20, 1818,
died November 2, 1841. 4. Louisa, mentioned
below.

(\'Iin Louisa, youngest of the four chil-
dren of Joseph (2) and Lucy (Lovejoy)
(Twist) Brackett, was born July 25, 1821, at
China, Maine, and died at Saint John, New
Brunswick. .About 1846 she was married to
Elbridge G. Dunn, of Ashland, Maine. (See
Dunn II.)



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Two brothers, Francis and John
WYMAX W'yman, of German descent,

came from England to New
England before 1642, with two other brothers
names unknown, landing in Charles Towne
on Massacluisetts Bay. They were tanners
and located in Woburn, where in 1665 they
bought of Joseph Rocke, the attorney of J.
Coggin, the administrator of Thomas Coitman,
five hundred acres, the grant of the general
court of i\lassachnsetts, being where Billerica
or Burlington townships were established.
There were two other brothers, names un-
known, but the son of one of them removed
to North Yarmouth, province of JMaine, and
had a son Thomas (q. v.).

(II) Thomas, son of a brother of Francis
and John W'yman, of Woburn, was born in
Woburn, Massachusetts, April i, 1671. He
married, ]\lay 5, i6g6, Mary, daughter of
Nathaniel and Mary Richardson, and after
the death of Thomas Wyman, September 24,
1 72 1, his widow married as her second hus-
band Josiah Winn, August 17, 1733, and died
November 18, 1774. Thomas and Mary
(Richardson) Wyman had one son, Aaron.

(III) Aaron, son of Thomas and Mary
(Richardson) Wyman, was born in Woburn,
Massachusetts, December 6, 1709. He mar-
ried, December 27, 1731, his cousin Elizabeth,
daughter of Captain James and Elizabeth (Ar-
nold) Richardson. Aaron Wyman died soon
after his marriage, leaving at least two chil-
dren, and his widow married Sanuiel Buck-
man, of North Yarmouth, Maine, September
19, 1738. This marriage explains the fol-
lowing entr}' on the church records of North
Weymouth, Maine: "Baptized 6 Sept. 1741
John and Anne Wyman children of Samuel
Buckman's wife." The children of Aaron
and Elizabeth (Richardson) Wyman were: i.
John (q. v.), born June 6, 1733. 2. Anne,
November 25, 1734, married Nathan Oakes,
October 7, 1751, and died July 11, 1775.

(IV) John, eldest child of Aaron and Eliza-
beth (Richardson) Wyman, was born in Wo-
burn, Massachusetts, June 6, 1733. He was
a mariner engaged in the coasting trade, hav-
ing removed to North Yarmouth, Maine, on
the marriage of his mother to Samuel Buck-
man, .September 19, 1738. He married, June
8, 1758, Mercy Johnson; children: William,
Josiah, Bela, John (q. v.), Robert, Amy, Eu-
nice.

(V) John, fourth son of John and Mercy
(Johnson) Wyman, w-as born in North Yar-
mouth, ]\Iaine, about 1770. He was brought
up in Yarmouth and removed to the new set-



tlement of Searsmont, Waldo coimty, Maine,
married there and had eight children, includ-
ing John (q. v.).

(\T) John, son of John Wyman, was born
in Searsmont, Waldo county, Maine, Febru-
ary 14, 1813. He married Clarindia, daugh-
ter of Thomas Tolman, of Rockland, Maine,
born in Rockland, September 10, 1819, Chil-
dren: I. Joseph D., born Rockland, Novem-
ber 9, 1838, married Julia E. Turner, of Mill-
bridge, Washington county, Maine. 2. John
Francis, Rockland, November 26, 1840, mar-
ried Elizabeth Colby. 3. Jesse Ames, Mill-
bridge, January 11, 1843, married (first) Han-
nah Ramsdell and (second) Fanny Cannady,
of Waldoboro, jMaine. 4. Clara A., Mill-
bridge, March i, 1845, married Addison Smith,
of Northfield, Minnesota, and after his death,
John S. Richardson, of Portland, Maine. 5.
Judson L., ilillbridge, Jamiary 25, 1847, died
March 30, 1851. "6. James T., Millbridge,
October 15, 1849, married Rosie Lamberson,
of i\Iinneapolis, jMinnesota, and as his second
wife Mrs. Grace Shotwell, of the same city.
7. Jasper (q. v.), November 5, 1852. 8. Fred-
erick, Alillbridge, September 30, 1854, married
Cora Brooks, of Digby, Nova Scotia. 9. Ed-
gar Albert, Millbridge, January 17, 1857, mar-
ried Florence Brown, of Eastport, Maine, and
as his second wife, Regenia Wallace, of Mill-
bridge. 10. Chandler C, Millbridge, Decem-
ber 19, 1858, married Fanny Crittenden, of
Waterloo, Iowa. 11. Adelbert Ames, July 24,
1864, married Josie Finnigan, of Minneapolis,
Minnesota.

(\TI) Jasper, son of John and Clarindia
(Tolman) Wyman, was born in Millbridge,
Washington county, Maine, November 5, 1852,
He went to Bucksport, Maine, after he had
completed the public school course in Mill-
bridge and was a student in the East Maine
Conference Seminary and on graduating he
engaged in the canning business in Millbridge
as an employee of the John W. Jones Com-
pany, where he acquired a thorough knowl-
edge of the business. In 1874, in copartner-
ship with his brother Edgar Albert, he formed
a copartnership as J. & E. A. Wyman, to
carry on the canning business on a large scale
at Millbridge, Bethel, Reedfield, Cherryfield,
Columbia and East Corinth. The product
canned included corn, sardines, lobsters, clams
and blueberries. This firm continued a large
and growing business for fifteen years, and
in 1889 having grown so as to demand the
advantages afforded by a corporation and the
J. & E. A. Wyman Company carried on the
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man sold out his interests on account of ill
health and removed to the state of Wash-
ington, and Jasper Wyman, controlling the
stock of the corporation, sold the corn canning
factories, retaining the large factories at .Mill-
bridge employed in putting up sardines and
clams and the blueberry factories at Cherry-
field and Columbia. In i(j05 Mr. Wyman be-
came interested in the lumber business m
Cherrylield, and the firm of Ward Brothers &
Wyman, manufacturers of short lumber, came
into existence, and in 1901 the firm name was
changed to Jasper Wyman & Sons. He had
also carried on a general merchandise business
at Millbridge from 18S0 to 1895, under the
name of A. Wallace & Company. Jasper Wy-
man was elected state senator in 1906. Mr.
Wyman is a member of Pleadies Lodge, A. F.
and A. M., Dirigo Chapter, R. A. :\1., Cherry-
field, the Commandery at Machias, Maine,
Kora Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., and mem-
ber of Eastport Lodge, No. 880, B. P. O. E.,
of Eastport, Maine.

He married, December 18, 1875, Lucretia
D., daughter of James Jr. and Nancy A. (Up-
ton) Wallace, of Millbridge, Elaine. Captain
James Wallace Jr. was a sailor and master
mariner, having been master of a sailing ves-
sel for many years. Children: i. Helen
Nancy, born July 5. 1878, married Joseph W.
Sawyer; no children. 2. James Stewart, Feb-
ruary 21, 1881, unmarried; in 1901 became a
partner with his father in the can goods busi-
ness under the firm name of Jasper W^yman &
Son. Mrs. Wyman died April 15, 1890, and
on December 23, 1891, Mr. Wyman married
(second) Gertrude Louise, daughter of Cap-
tain Edwin H. and Laura (Haraden) Tracy,
of Gouldsboro, Maine. Captain Tracy was a
sea captain for many years. The children of
Jasper and Gertrude Louise (Tracy) Wyman
were: 3. Phillip T., July, 189S. 4. An infant.
5. Jasper H., born June 6, 1900.

This is among the early New
PURINTON England families which was
active in the settlement of
the Atlantic coast and the struggles with the
Indians who sought to prevent such settle-
ment, and has through all the generations been
actively identified with the various professions
and in the political and civil aiTairs of the
several communities where it is or has been
found. The spelling of the name varies among
the descendants of the present day.

(I) George Purinton (often spelled in the
records Puddington) was a resident of York,
Maine, as early as 1640, and died within a



few years after that. His wife's Christian
name was Mary and both were probably na-
tives of England. Widow Marj' Puddington
was licenced to sell wine under the jurisdic-
tion of York in 1649, 3'""' before 1661 she
was married to Captain John Davis, of York.
The children of George and ^lary Puddington
(Purinton) were: John, Elias, Mary, Frances
and Rebecca.

(II) John, elder son of George and ^fary
Purinton, was probably born in England. He
removed from York to Cape Porpoise, and
was living there in 1678 and had a grant of
land in 1681. He served as town clerk and
selectman and was in office when the town
was deserted in 1690. Within two or three
years thereafter he died. He married Mary
Scammon and their children of record were :
John, James. Joshua and probably George.
The latter was a resident of Salisbury, Massa-
chusetts, where he appears of record as "for-
merly of Cape Porpos"" and is presumed to
have been a son of John.

(III) John (2), eldest son of John (i) and
Mary (Scammon) Purinton. was presumably
born at York, and resided in Salisbury, Mas-
sachusetts, where he was a house carpenter.
The Christian name of his wife was Sarah and
a daughter bearing the same name was born
in June. i6gi, in Salisbury. There were un-
doubtedly other children bom at York or Cape
Porpoise before his removal to Salisbury.

(IV) John (3), son of John (2) and Sarah
Purinton, was born in Maine and was a minis-
ter of the Quaker denomination. He was prob-
ably a child when his parents removed to
Salisbury, where he resided.

(V) Stephen, son of John (3) Purinton,
w-as born in Salisbury, Massachusetts, where
he spent his entire life engaged in general
farming. He died while still a young man.

(VI) Stephen (2), son of Stephen (i)
Purinton,' was also born in Salisbury, in 1749,
and died in T^Iay, 1838. When quite young
he removed to Pierwick, Maine, and after a
short residence there removed to Waterboro,
thence to Limerick, and finally took up his
abode in Limington, Maine, in 1800. 'There
he purchased a large tract of land, built a log
cabin, and proceeded to cultivate his posses-
sions. He was patriotic and served in the
revolutionary war, but as the sentiments of the
Friends was opposed to war, he destroyed his
discharge. He and his family belonged to
the Society of Friends, and in national politics
he affiliated with the Whig party. While liv-
ing in Limington, he walked twenty-three
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ing- a bushel of corn, and after having it
ground, he bought a jug of molasses and salt
fish, carrying these back in addition to the
corn. Shortly after this he was instrumental
in having a mill built. He married (first)

Guptill, by whom he had five children ;

(second) Mary Stimpson, who was a preacher
in the Society of Friends and who had four
brothers who were all ministers of the gospel,
but all of different denominations. Ijy his
second marriage, Mr. Purinton had children :
John, concerning whom see forward, and
Naomi.

(VII) John, only son of Stephen (2) and
Mary ( Stimpson ) Purinton, was born on the
homestead farm in 1803, and died in 1883.
He followed farming on the homestead, and
officiated for a number of years as a member
of the board of selectmen, of which body he
was chairman a part of this time. In politics
he was at first a Democrat, but after the or-
ganization of the Republican party was con-
nected with that body. He was an honored
member of the Free Baptist church of Lim-
ington. Mr. Purinton married Shuah, daugh-
ter of Samuel and Shuah (Libby) Manson,
and granddaughter of William and Rachel
Amy Manson. William Manson was born in
Kittery, York county, Alaine. and after re-
siding there for some years removed with his
family to Limington in 1787, and was the first
of that name to settle in the town. He had
a family of eleven children. Samuel Manson
married (first) Shuah Libby and had seven
children, among them being Shuah and Joseph,
the latter reaching a ripe old age in Greene,
Maine. Samuel married (second) Abigail
Woodsum and had seven children, one of them
being Maria, who married John B. Philpot, of
Limerick, Maine. John and Shuah ( Man-
son) Purinton had children: i. Stephen L.,
see forward. 2. John M., who resides in Ips-
wich, Massachusetts. 3. Mattie J., who mar-
ried Deacon Horace N. Farnham, of Acton,
Maine. 4. IMary A., wdio married Leonard
Douglas, of Limington.

(VIII) Stephen L., eldest child of John and
Shuah (Manson) Purinton, was born in Lim-
ington, Maine, June 24, 1838. He enjoyed
superior educational advantages at the South
Limington and Parsonsfield academies, and
upon the conclusion of his course of studies
there was clerk for one year in the general
merchandise store of Mr. H. Moore, in Lim-
ington. He was then engaged in the ice
business for three years in Cambridge, Massa-
chusetts, and upon his return to York county
settled at Saco and was engaged in general



farming during the summer months and man-
aged a large ice trade during the winter. He
loaded the first cargo of ice, which required
two schooners, that was ever sent out of- Saco,
and remained in that town for nine years,
being one year identified with the grocery
business. He removed to the old homestead
in 1870, and has resided on it since that time,
now owning a farm of one hundred acres in
extent, equally divided between pasture, till-
age and woodland, and keeps about one dozen
head of cattle and several sheep and horses.
Mr. Purinton is an enterprising and prosper-
ous farmer and has made many general and
extensive improvements on the property ;
among other things he has piped a spring
which is about ninety rods from his buiklings,
has connected it with his house, barns and
highway, and thus secured a never-failing sup-
ply of fresh water. He has served in many
important public capacities, among them being
justice of the peace for fourteen years, member
of the board of selectmen of Limington, for
two terms as chairman of that body to which
he was elected in 1872, and again in 1874,
and the following year was nominated, but
refused the candidacy ; has acted frequently
as moderator of the town meeting of Liming-
ton ; in the term of 1878-79 he served as
representative in the state legislature ; in 1890
he was elected county commissioner for a
term of six years ; was an inspector at the
custom house on a special and temporary
force for six months ; also spent five years
in the postal service, half of this time on the
Portland & Worcester route, and the other
half on the Boston and Portland route, to
which he was promoted after a serious in-
jury received in the railroad accident at Derry,
New Hampshire. In consequence of that mis-
hap his health became impaired and he was
ultimately compelled to resign his position. In
religious sentiments i\Ir. Purinton is a Free
Win Baptist, associating with the church of
that denomination in Limington, and has been
clerk of the parish and also deacon. He is a
member of Adoniram Lodge, No. g, Ancient
Free and Accepted Masons, of Limington, be-
coming associated with the INIasonic order
when he was twenty-one years of age, and less
than two years filled the ofiice of junior war-
den. In National politics he is a Republican.
Mr. Purinton married (first) 1861, Jennie,
daughter of Peletiah Hamion, of Saco, and
had children : i. Herbert Harmon, see for-
ward. 2. Nettie Shuah, born April 25, 1869,
married Edward A. Anderson, of Limington,
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ard, born March 25. 1872. is a graduate of
Bates College, class of iSgCt. He married
(second) J 878. Alida, daughter of Dennis
Mulloy. of Berwick, Maine, and had chil-
dren: I. Ethel A., born June 3, 1882, was
graduated from Limington Academy ; married
Professor Case. 2. Dana Stephen, born Octo-
ber 14, 1884.

(IX) Herbert Harmon, M. D., first son and
child of Stephen L. and Jennie (Harmon)
Purinton, was born in Saco, Maine, April 22,
1865. His early education was obtained in
the public schools of Saco and Limington and
at the Limington Academv. Later he matricu-
lated at Bowdoin College, from which he was
graduated with the class of 1891, and was also
graduated from the Portland Medical School.
He was entirely dependent upon his own ex-
ertions in obtaining the necessary instruction
to fit him for his professional career, the only
assistance offered him being the gift of two
books and forty dollars. In consequence of
this need he accepted any and all kinds of
work that opportunity presented, spending his
spare time in canvassing, clerking in stores
and several other occupations. After being
graduated, he commenced the active practice
of his profession in Maine (Greene), but at
the end of two years of arduous w^ork was
compelled by illness to abandon his practice
for a time. He removed to Lewiston, Maine,
in 1893, where he has built up a large and
lucrative practice. He is a member of the
chief staff of surgeons of the Sisters' Hospital,
which is a non-sectarian institution, and
probably treats more patients than any other
in the state. The first towMi or city office
which Dr. Purinton was called upon to fill was
that of superintendent of schools, while he was
in Greene. lie was appointed city physician
soon after settling in Lewiston, and filled the
office two years. In 1902 he was elected a
member of the common council, and the fol-
lowing year was elected alderman. One year
later he was made president of the board of
aldermen, and in 1905 was nominated liy the
Republicans for mayor of the city. Though
polling the largest Republican vote for a num-
ber of years. Dr. Purinton was defeated, as
the city is strongly Democratic. He is a mem-
ber of the following organizations: American
Medical Association: ex-president of the O.
A. Horr Medical Association : president of
the Androscoggin County Medical Associa-
tion; Maine Medical Association. He is a
thirty-second degree Mason and affiliated with
the following fraternal orders: Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, Pilgrim Fathers, Gol-



den Cross and Improved Order of Red Men.
Dr. Purinton married, March 24, 1888, Cora
L., born May 15, 1864, daughter of Hasty and
Eunice (Strout) Brackett, granddaughter of
Freeman Strout, and a descendant of the same
line as Hon. Thomas Brackett Reed. They
have one child : Stephen Robert, born October
I, 1892.



Robert Purinton, a brother
PURIXTOX of George Purinton, above

named, was a landholder of
Portsmouth, Xcw Hampshire, from 1640 to
1647. He was a member of the church there
in 1640; was a freeman in 1672. He mar-
ried Amy Davis, and two sons of his are re-
corded, namely John and Robert.

(II) John, elder son of Robert and Amy
(Davis) Purinton, was born about 1633, and
resided in Exeter, New Hampshire, whence
he removed to Salisbury, ^Massachusetts.

(III) Deacon Hezekiah, presumably a son of
John Purinton, and grandson of Robert Purin-
ton, was born about 1674, and was a soldier
from Salisbury at Wells in i6g6. He subse-
quently lived for a time at Dover, and re-
moved from there about the close of the seven-
teenth century to Cape Cod and settled at Tru-
ro, Massachusetts, about 1704, dying there Jan-
uary 8, 1 717, aged forty-two years. He re-
ceived a grant of land May 15, 1705, was
made a freeman in 1707, and was evidently
one of the leading men of the town, as his
name a])pears frequently upon the records.
He was a farmer and fisherman by occupa-
tion, and was one of the first owners of cattle
in that section, and filled various town offices.
He was a deacon of the church, a selectman
and member of the connnittee chosen to select
a minister and provide entertainment at his
ordination, for wdiich purpose ten pounds were
expended in the entertainment of elders, mes-
sengers and scholars wdio were present on that
occasion. The minister ordained at that time
was Elder Avery, and neither he nor the
other elders were "Teetotalers," as spirits w-ere
included in the list of cxj^enses. Deacon Pur-
inton was honored in the community and
Deacon Elkinah Paine writes in his diary : "I
was pained to hear of the death of Deacon
Hezekiah Purington this morning. A good
and upright man has gone." The children of
Deacon Purinton were : Xathaniel, Joshua,
Hezekiah, James, Humphrey, see forward ;
Abial, who married Brigadier General Sam-
uel Thomjison, of revolutionary fame, who
captured Colonel Menott, who afterward
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(r\') Humphrey, son of Deacon Hezekiah
Piirinton, was born about 1700 in Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, or vicinity. He removed to
Truro, Alassachusetts, with family, but re-
turned to the eastward when a man and set-
tled on the Bath side of New Meadows river,
Maine. His children were born in Truro: i.
Hezekiah. baptized at Truro, July 16, 1727.
2. Humphjey, baptized at Truro, September
7. 1729, mentioned below. 3. David, baptized
October 31, 1731. 4. Mary, baptized June 16,
1734. 5. Nathaniel, baptized July 11, 1736.
6. Abiel, baptized July 23, 1738, married Sam-
uel Thompson. 7. Joshua, baptized May 4,
1740, resided in Bath. 8. James, baptized
June 13, 1742, born April 3, 1742.

(V) Humphrey (2), son of Humphrey (i)
Purinton, w'as born in Truro, Massachusetts,
haptized there in infancy September 7, 1729,
removed to Bath, Maine, in his youth and
settled there. Among his children was Hum-
phrey, mentioned below.

(\'l) Rev. Humphrey (3), son of Hum-
phrey (2) Purinton, was born in Georgetown,
August. 1759. and died in Bowdoinham, Jan-
uary 25, 1832. His military record is an ex-
ceedingly honorable one. He enlisted from
Harpswell, July i, 1775, in J. Curtis' company,
serving one month and eleven days, probably
on home guard duty. Re-enlisted soon after,
as his name appears on the pay rolls of Cap-
tain James Curtis' company, James Gargill's
regiment, and is recorded as enlisting August
9, 1775. and the pay roll record is February
14, 1776. He enlisted as a private, October
4, 1777, in Captain Benjamin Lament's com-
pany, Colonel John Allen's regiment, and w'as
tlischarged December 31, 1777. He was also a
private in Captain Samuel Johnson's company,
Colonel W'iggleworth's regiment. Colonel
\'\'iggleworth was a Newburyport, Massachu-
setts, man, and led his regiment through his
state to reinforce the Continental army sta-
tioned at Fort Edwards. The army had suf-
fered severly from smallpox, and every town
in Cumberland and A'ork counties was or-
dered to furnish its quota to form a force to
reinforce the army, and Humphrey Purinton
was one of those who volunteered from Harps-
well. It appears that he was discharged from
Albany, New York, as the revolutionary pay
rolls show that he was allowed pay for travel
from Albany to his home at Casco Bay. He
was a Baptist and the "First Baptist Church
accused Elder Humphreys Purington of being
a Universalist because he believed in the
Atonement." His ideas were too liberal for
the Baptist denomination, and he is said to



have mounted his horse and ridden to Edge-
comb to hear the new Free Will doctrine, be-
came a convert and one of the first F'ree Will
Baptist ministers, and by far the larger part
of his descendants have been connected with
that denomination. He was an active leader in
his day, and was chairman of the first board
of selectmen ever elected in Bowdoin, this
being in April, 1788. He married Thankful
Snow.

(VH) Abiezer, son of Rev. Humphrey (3)
and Thankful (Snow) Purinton, was born in
Bowdoin, Maine, about 1780. He married,
about 1798, Eunice Thompson. Children:
Abner, Abiezer, Humphrey, Abel, Elisha,
Amos, Cornelius, Daniel, Josiah, Betsey, Fan-
ny, Esther and Eunice. Abiezer Purinton
cleared a farm from the wilderness, and in
connection with farming was a shoemaker.

(Vni) Amos, son of Abiezer and Eunice
(Thompson) Purinton. was .born in 1813. in
Bowdoin, Maine, died in 1897. While his
opportunities for acquiring an education were
no better than those of other boys of his day,
he, however, improved his time and at seven-
teen years of age was qualified to teach school,
wdiich line of work he followed in connection
with farming for a number of years. He lived
all his life on the farm where he was born.
He served as selectman of the town, was jus-



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