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tice of the peace for many years, and per-
formed much legal work for his neighbors.
He was a Universalist in religion, and in poli-
tics was first an old line Whig and later a
Republican. He married, 1841, Martha J.,
born in Winslow, Maine, 1822, daughter of
Elisha and Charity (Eaton) Patterson. Chil-
dren: I. Amos Edwin, mentioned below. 2.
Margaret R., born June, 1844, married L. C.
Allen. 3. W. Scott, 1848, married Ada

: lives in Augusta, Maine. 4. Horace,

1850, married Clara Preble. 5. Martha Emma,
1852, married James Milard. 6. Charity Ella,
1854, married F. S. Adams. 7. Elisha Emery,
1856, married Hattie Rheads. 8. Nancy, 1861,
married G. L. Combes.

(IX) Amos Edwin, son of Amos and ]Mar-
tha J. (Patterson) Purinton, was born in
Bowdoin, Maine, May 3, 1842. He was edu-
cated in the public schools, and when a young
man taught school in the vicinity of his native
town. He engaged in business as a meat and
provision dealer in the town of Richmond,
Maine. In 1887 he removed to Waterville and
embarked in the manufacture of brick, con-
tracting and building, a member of the Horace
Purinton Company, a business he has con-
tinued with uniform success to the present



time. He is one of the substantial men of the
city. While in Richmond he was first select-
man several years, atid has been alderman of
Waterville. In politics he is a Republican.
He is a prominent member of the Free Baptist
church of Waterville, and was a prime mover
in establishing this society there. He mar-
ried, December i, 1866, Sarah M., born Feb-
ruary 22, 1845, daughter of Fairfield Moore.
Children: 1. Herbert R., born October 15,
1867, married Gary I. Knowlton ; children :
Arthur L., Edwin Moore, Carl and Francis.
2. Charles Edwin, mentioned below. 3. Fran-
cis B., April 20, 1872. married Annie Bates:
one child, Willard. 4. Flelen B., February 2,
1875, married Earnest Decker, of Portland ;
one child, Katherine. 5. Sarah, died at age of
three. 6. Solon W., February 5, 1883.

(X) Charles Edwin, second son of Amos
Edward and Sarah M. (Moore) Purinton, was
born January 19, 1870, in Bowdoin, Alaine.
He was educated in the common schools of
that town, and then learned the contracting
business under his father's instruction. After
four years he went to Colby College and took
a three year special course. He entered part-
nership with his brother, Francis B. Purinton,
under the firm name of Purinton Brothers,
dealers in coal and wood in Augusta. The
business is incorporated, Charles Edwin being
president and Francis B. treasurer of the com-
pany. Mr. Purinton is a Republican in poli-
tics, and has been a member of the common
council of Augusta from ward 7 for two years,
a member of the board of aldermen four years,
and acted as mayor for a lime. He is a mem-
ber of Augusta Lodge, Xo. 141, Free and Ac-
cepted Masons: Cushnoc Chapter, Royal Arch
Masons; Alpha Council, Royal and Select
Masters : Trinity Commandery, Knights Tem-
plar, of Augusta; Kora Temple, Mystic
Shrine ; charter member and treasurer of the
lodge of Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks ; member of Knights of Pythias ; Asylum
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He married, Xovember 4, 1894, Carrie L.,
born in Xorth Appleton, Maine, October 24,

1873, daughter of Arthur L. Ripley. Chil-
dren: I. I'Vances L., born August 18, 1895.
2. Lawrence G., April 17, 1897. 3. Lucille M.,
January 4, 1902. 4. Irene A., March i, 1903.
5. Richmond M., Xovember 9, 1905.

(\TI) Jonathan, son of Rev. Humphrey (3)
and Thankful (Snow) Purinton, was born in
Bowdoin in 1 81 9, and died in Fairfield in

1874. He w'as educated in the schools of his
native town, admitted to the bar, and early
commenced the practice of law in the town of

Fairfield, a practice he continued until within
ten years of his death. He was at one time
sheriff of Sagadahoc county, served with
Petersburg with the Christian Commission,
and was a Whig and a Republican. He was
a charter member of Bowdoin Lodge, An-
cient Free and Accepted Masons. He mar-
ried (first) Hannah Allen, who was born and
died in Bowdoin, and they had children : Col-
umbus A., Cornelia A. and Hannah. He mar^
ried (second) Hannah G. Bradbury, who was
born in Buxton and died in Fairfield, and their
children were : Henry O., Frank B., see for-
ward ; I lorace K.

(VHI) Frank Boody, second son and child
of Jonathan and Hamiah G. (Bradbury) Pur-
inton, was born in Fairfield, October 19, 1847.
He was educated in the common schools of
Fairfield and in the Gray Commercial School
at Portlanil. He found employment witli the
Fairfield Broom Company, working on the
river, and remained with them for a period of
tw-elve years, when he entered the employ of
S. A. Nye, also in river work, with whom he
continued until 1891, when he became asso-
ciated with Mr. Nye in the lumber business,
establishing in 1902 a factory for the manu-
facture of folding chairs and tables, known as
the S. A. Xye Company. In addition to his
connection with this concern, Mr. Purinton is
a treasurer of the Canaan Power Company.
He has always been a staunch supporter of
the principles of the Republican party, was
appointed postmaster in 1898, and reappointed
in 1902 and 1907. He was also for two terms
chairman of the board of assessors. Mr. Pur-
inton is identified with the following organiza-
tions : Member of .Siloam Lodge. Ancient P'ree
and Accepted Masons : Mount Lebanon Coun-
cil, of Oakland : Drunnnond Chapter of Oak-
land ; St. Omer Commandery, Knights Tem-
plar, of Waterville ; Noble of Kora Temple at
Lewiston ; member of Fairfield Lodge I. O. O.
F.. and Encampment, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, of Waterville : Improved Order
of Foresters, of Fairfield. He married. June
2, 1896, Edna Clark, of Bristol, daughter of
Edwin K. and Fanny (Hodgkins) Hall. They
have no children.

The Prince family is among the
PRINCE few wdio have a pedigree trans-
mitted to them from the earliest
emigrants and that, too, from the accurate
manuscript history of the Rev. Thomas Prince,
pastor of the "Old South" Church in Bos-
ton for nearly forty years in the early part
of the eighteenth century. While on a visit



in England, the relatives of Rev. Thomas
Prince presented him with the family coat-of-
arms, which was granted by Queen Elizabeth,
and is as follows : Arms : Gules, a saltire, or,
surmounted of a cross, engrailed ermine.
Crest : Out of a ducal coronet, or, a cubit
arm, habited gules, cufifed ermine, holding in
the hand, proper, three pine-apples of the first,
stalked and leaved, vert. From reliable rec-
ords we learn that in the reigns of Queen
Elizabeth and King James I, the Rev. John
Prince, Bachelor of Arts, of Oxford, was rec-
tor of the parish of East Shetiford, Berkshire
county, and was a rigid churchman all his life.
He married, 1609, Elizabeth, daughter of Wal-
ter and Ann Toldervy, and granddaughter of
the Rev. Dr. John Tolderbury, of the Uni-
versity of Oxford, the family name being
spelled variously. Of their four sons and
seven daughters, all became Dissenters. The
eldest son, John, is mentioned below ; Francis,
the second son, became a merchant in London,

( I ) John, eldest son of Rev. John and Eliza-
beth (Tolderbury) Prince, was born in Eng-
land, in 1610, and died in Hull, Massachu-
setts, August 16, 1676. He was educated in
Oxford, but on account of his dissenting prin-
ciples received no degree, and to escape the
persecutions of Archbishop Laud, like many
others, he emigrated to America in 1633, and
located first at \\'atertovvn, Massachusetts.
After spending a short time at Hingham, Mas-
sachusetts, where he received a grant of land
in the Broad Cove meadows, was made free-
man in 1635, he finally settled at Lighthouse
Island, Hull, Massachusetts, about 1638, be-
came prominent in the affairs of the com-
munity, and was for nearly thirty years ruling
elder, and died there greatly respected. His
will, which was dated May 9, 1676, mentions
all of his children with the exception of Ben-
jamin. Elder John married (first) in Water-
town, May, 1637, Alice Honor, who died about
1668; he married (second) Ann Barstow,
widow of William Barstow, of Scituate, Mas-
sachusetts, whose daughter, Martha Barstow,
married Samuel, fourth son of Elder John and
Alice (Honor) Prince, so that a part of her
direct descendants also bore the name of
Prince. The children of Elder John Prince
were: 1. John, married Rebecca (probably
Vickerow, daughter of George and Rebecca
(Phippeny) \'ickerow, who lived next neigh-
bor to Elder Prince ; she w-as a cousin to Job's
wife. 2. Elizabeth, married Josiah Loring. 3.
Joseph, married Joanna Morton, and died in
Quebec. 4. Martha, married Christopher

Wheaton. 5. Job, shipmaster, married Re-
becca Phippeny, and was lost at sea. 6. Sam-
uel, who married his stepsister, Martha Bar-
stow. 7. Benjamin, died in Jamaica, West In-
dies, prior to the death of his father. 8. Isaac,
married Mary, daughter of John and Mary
(Brewster) Turner. 9. Thomas, see below.

(II) Thomas, seventh son and youngest
child of Elder John Prince, was born at Hull,
Massachusetts, July 8, 1658, and died at Bar-
badoes. West Indies, 1704. He settled at Sci-
tuate, Massachusetts, and married, December
23, 1685, Ruth, daughter of John and Mary
(Brewster) Turner, and twin sister of Mary,
the wife of his brother Isaac. She was born
in 1663, and after the death of Thomas Prince,
married Israel Sylvester, of Duxbury. Her
father, John Turner, came from England to
Plymouth, M-assachusetts, in 1628, with his
parents, Humphrey and Lydia Turner, and
there married iMary, daughter of Jonathan
and Lucretia Brewster, and granddaughter of
Elder William Brewster, born in Holland dur-
ing the sojourn of the Pilgrims in that coun-
try. The children of Thomas and Ruth (Tur-
ner) Prince were: i. Thomas, born July 10,
1686. 2. James, born in 1687, married De-
borah Robinson. 3. Ruth, born in 1689. 4.
Benjamin, see forward. 5. Job, born in 1695,
married Abigail Kimball : became the ances-
tor of a number of families of Boston, and
has many descendants throughout New Eng-

(III) Benjamin, third son and fourth child
of Thomas and Ruth (Turner) Prince, was
born at Hull, Massachusetts, February 28,
1693-94, and died December 5, 1737. For a
few years after his marriage he resided in
Duxbury, Massachusetts, after which in 1727
he removed to North Yarmouth, Maine, with
his wife and five children. This was the third
and permanent settlement of North Yarmouth,
and in the division of land he was appor-
tioned Lot Number One on the Foreside (now-
called Prince's Point), including Basket
Island. November 18, 1730, with eight others,

, he founded a Congregational church, which
was the first ecclesiastical organization of the
town, and the tenth in jMaine. He was promi-
nent in public affairs, an enterprising and use-
ful citizen, was elected collector of the town,
(Jctober 14, 1734, and was sent as one of a
committee of three with the town clerk, March
22, 1736, to Bridgewater, to interview Rev.
Mr. Keith with reference to his accepting a
call to the new church. The town allowed
him fifteen pounds for his traveling expenses.
He was married, April 17, 1717, to Abiel, born



in 1697, died September 15. 1744, daughter
of John and Patience (Morton) Nelson, of
Duxbury, and they had children: i. Benja-
min, born April 14, 1718, in Duxbury, died in
1758, in the expedition for the capture of
Louisburg. He married (first) Rebecca
Fisher, (second) Hannah Harris. 2. Paul, see
forward. 3. S_\lvanus, born in Duxbury, Sep-
tember 17, 1722, died September 18, 1790. He
lived at Foreside, North Yarmouth, and mar-
ried Elizabeth Johnson. 4. Sarah, born in
Duxbury, April 8, 1725, died in 1738. 5. John,
born May 20, 1727, died young. 6. Ruth, born
January 20, 1730, at North Yarmouth; mar-
ried John Robins and .settled in Yarmouth,
Nova Scotia. 7. Lydia, born in 1732, died
young. 8. Lydia, born April 11, 1735, in
North Yarmouth : married Captain John
Washburn, of Plymouth. 9. John, born April
24, 1737; embarked in the expedition for the
capture of Louisburg, died July 26, 1758, and
was buried in the Bay of Fundy.

(IV) Paul, second son and child of Ben-
jamin and Abiel (Nelson) Prince, was born at
Du.xbury, May 14, 1720 (O. S.). He re-
moved to North Yarmouth with his parents.
At the time of his marriage, as it was deemed
essential in those days to be within reach of a
place of refuge, he and his young wife re-
sided for a few years in the "Loring Block
House," with their brother-in-law, Solomon
Loring, and there their eldest children were
born. Soon after 1745 they chose for a per-
manent home a spot near the Scales garrison,
and on it built a one-storied house. It is said
that this never had a room finished off, al-
though the parents were w-ealthy enough to
give each son one hundred acres of land and
each daughter fifty acres. Some of this lantl
is still in the possession cf the heirs of those
to whom it was originally given. The house
stood on the site of the dwelling now occu-
pied by Captain Reucl Drinkwater. In Au-
gust, 1762, Paul Prince, Yeoman, sold his
inheritance, the farm numbered as Lot Number
One, or Prince's Point, to John Drinkwater.
The original deed is now in the possession of
John B. Drinkwater. Mr. Prince was an able
and energetic man and sustained his share in
public and private trusts. When the difficul-
ties arose between England and the colonies
which led to the revolutionary war, he warmly
espoused the cause of his country. He mar-
ried, in North Yarmouth, September 8, 1743,
Hannah, daughter of David and Rachel (Lew-
is) Cushing, of Hingham, Massachusetts, and
had children: i. Sarah, married Eliphalct
Greely. 2. Cushing, married Hannah Blan-

chard. 3. Rachel, married (first) Salathiel
Sweetser, (second) Nathaniel Weeks. 4.
Hannah, married Thomas, son of Joseph
Prince, the "Blind Preacher," and fifth in
descent from Elder John Prince. 5. Ruth,
married Onesiphorus Fisher. 6. David, see
forward. 7. Elsie (Alice), married William
Sweetser. 8. Paul, married Sarah Southworth.
9. Pyam, a sea captain, who married (first)
Martha Leach Drinkwater, (second) Susan
Huff, widow of Captain Malcolm. 10. Ammi,
w^ho entered the army one year before the close
of the revolutionary war, served in the disas-
trous "Bagaduce_ Expedition," and married
Desire Sylvester.'

(V) David, second son and sixth child of
Paul and Hannah (Cushing) Prince, was born
May 7, 1753, and died February 3, 1849. ^'^^
was a farmer, resided for some years at North
Yarmouth, later at Cumberland, Maine. Four-
teen of his descendants served in the Union
army during the war of rebellion. He mar-
ried, November 20, 1777, Elizabeth, daughter
of Nathan and Amy (Wyman) Oakes ; she
was born June 5, 1754, died February 19,
1828, and they went to housekeeping Decem-
ber 30, 1777. Their children were: i. Zenas,
born January 21, 1779; married Rachel Noyes.
2. Edward, born August 2, 1780, died Novem-
ber 4, 1789. 3. David, born March 10, 1782;
married Sophia Blanchard. 4. Lucretia, born
January 26, 1784; married Elias Banks. 5.
Paul, see forward. 6. William, born May 7,
1787; married Rebecca Gurney. 7. Corne-
lius, born December 2y, 1787, died unmarriea,
November 10, 1810. 8. Elizabeth, born May
30, 1789; married Charles Kent. 9. David
Brainerd, born November 22, 1790; was prin-
cipal of the Classical Institute of York, Penn-

(\'i) Paul, fourth son and fifth child of
David and Elizabeth (Oakes) Prince, was
born -August 30, 1785, and died August 13,
1868. He married (first), Abigail, born De-
cember 23, 1787, died November 8, 1819,
daughter of William Reed, and had children :
I. Paul, born November 8, 1809; married
Charlotte Mitchell. 2. Cornelius, born July
22, 1812, died unmarried. 3. Sophia Smith,
born September 18. 1813; married Daniel Cof-
fin. 4. Newell Anderson, born October 4,
1815; married Mrs. Mary R. (Fisher) Burn-
ham. 5. William Reed, born August 11. 1817:
these brothers, Newell Anderson and William
Reed, both graduated from Bowdoin College
in 1840. and from Bangor Theological Semi-
nary in 1S44: William died one year after
graduation ; Newell was a Congregational min-



ister for fortj-lhree years; he was the in-
ventor of the fountain pen. 6. Abigail Reed,
born September 29, 1819. He married (sec-
ond) Sarah, born November 24, 1796, died
March 18, 1826, daughter of Asa and Jane
(Merrill) Greely. He married (third) Vienna,
born June 17, 1802, died December 6, 1S38.
daughter of Thomas and Anna ^lyrick, and
had children: i. Abigail Greely, born Feb-
ruary 20, 1829; married John Prince Stevens.
2. Lucretia Jane, born April 4, 183 1. He
married (fourth) Abigail Jeftords, born in
\\'arren, Maine, April 27, 1808, died in New
Gloucester, Maine, May 8, 1871, daughter of
Ebenezer and Hannah (Morrill) Wells, and
had children: i. Howard Lyman, see forward.
2. Frederick Cornelius, born June 15, 1842;
was quartermaster-sergeant, Second Maine
Cavalry, 1863-65 ; commissioned second lieu-
tenant, but not mustered. 3. Mary Wells,
born April I, 1844. 4. \\'ilmer, born June 8,

(X'H) Howard Lyman, eldest child of Paul
and Abigail Jeffords (Wells) Prince, was
born at Cumberland, Maine, Aiay 17, 1840.
He received his education in the public schools,
and the North Yarmouth Academy, was grad-
uated from Bowdoin College with the degree
of Bachelor of Arts in 1862, and received the
degree of Master of Arts from the same in-
stitution in 1865 ; he was the third son of
Paul Prince to graduate from the institution.
He enlisted froin Cumberland, Alaine, before
leaving college, and was mustered into the
Twentieth Maine Lifantry Regiment, August
29, 1862, as quartermaster sergeant, and on
I'"ebruary 13, 1864, he was promoted to the
rank of first lieutenant. He was severely
wounded at Laurel Hill, Virginia, May 8,
1864; rejoined his regiment in August and
served until January, 1865, on the staff of
Brigadier-General J. J. Bartlett, commanding
the Third Brigade, First Division, Fifth Corps.
At the battle of Peeble's Farm, September 30,
1864, he was the first to enter the enemy's
works and secured the surrender of the officer
in command. For his services in this action
he was breveted captain, and on December i,
1864, was promoted to full captaincy. From
February, 1865, to the close of the war he was
judge advocate of the First Division, Fifth
Corps, commanded by Major-General Griffin.
From 1865 to 1868 Captain Prince was assist-
ant principal of the high school at Portland,
Maine, then became clerk of the registrar in
bankruptcy, General James D. Fessenden. He
removed to Washington in 1870, taking the
post of secretary to Hon. John Lynch, mem-

ber of congress, and two years later was em-
ployed in the Treasury Department of the
United States, 1872-75. Mr. Prince was grad-
uated from Columbian College (now George
Washington University) in 1875, with the de-
gree of Bachelor of Laws, a^id was clerk of
the police court of Washington. 1875-88. lii
1889, through civil service e.xamination, he se-
cured the position of librarian of the Patent
Office Scientific Library, and holds this posi-
tion at the present time (1909). He is a man
of more than ordinary ability and enterprise
and has served his country long and well. He
is a Republican, affiliates with the Episcopal
church, and is a member of the Grand Army
of the Republic and the Military Order of the
Loyal Legion of the United States, and the
University Club of Washington. Captain
Prince was married, June 11, 1874, to Susan
Jane, born in Gawcutt, Bucks county, Eng-
land, February 21, 1846, daughter of' George
and Susan (Soden) Tew, and they have chil-
dren :

I. Paul Gushing, born June 9, 1875; grad-
uate of Washington high school, 1894; ap-
pointed cadet in U. S. revenue cutter service,
Mav 20. 1896: graduated as third lieutenant,
April 28, 1898, and assigned to revenue cut-
ter '"Manning,"' at opening of Spanish-Amer-
ican war ; on duty on northern coast of Cuba,
where his vessel covered the first landing of
American troops on Cuban soil. The '"Plan-
ning" formed part of the convoy which es-
corted the army of General Shafter to San-
tiago, and was the despatch boat of Admiral
Sampson during the investment. After the
destruction of the Spanish fleet she took part
in an action on the southwest coast of Cuba.
Later she represented the navy when General
Brooke received the formal surrender of the
Spanish troops at San Juan, Porto Rico. .As
the result of Cuban fever, his health gave way,
and he was retired in July, 1902. He is now
an architect in San Francisco, California. He
married, June 3, 1903, Gertrude Bradley Was-
son. born in Genoa. Nevada, Novemjjer 12,
1870. daughter of Warren and Grace (Tread-
way) Wasson. Children, born in San Fran-
cisco : David Treadway, January 4, 1905, and
Clara Louise, March 28, 1906.

2. Ethel Thomas, born November i, 1S76;

3. Susan Warr, born October 2, 1880; mar-
ried Louis St. Elmo Burgess, of Charlottes-
ville, \'irginia ; children : Elizabeth Oakes,
born March 8. 1904, and Ethel Anderson, born
December 31, 1907.



\Vc must go back to the misty

ST. CLAIR Northland to find the well-
head of this ancient and noble
family and to the year of grace 888. It was
long before suniaines were known, and we
begin the table with :

\l) Rogenwald. Earl (if .Macrlc in Norway,
who was called the "Rich," was a great favor-
ite of King Harold, whose relative he mar-
ried. He received a grant of the Orkney
Islands, which his descendants ruled for five

(II) Prince RoUo, son of Rogenwald, was
a half savage chief, but ambitious, energetic
and resourceful, \isions of conquests to the
south found lodgment in his busy brain. Fit-
ting out a fleet of dragon ships and summon-
ing" his faithful followers, he set sail in search
of booty and aggrandizement. Sighting the
fair and' alluvial plains of Normandy, he there
made his landfall and committed grand lar-
ceny of a portion of that well-favored prov-
ince. In 912 he met near St. Clair Castle the
imbecile, Charles, surnamed the Simple, then
King of France, and easily obtained from that
weakling a concession of the province. He
embraced the Catholic faith and married King
Charles' daughter, Griclle by name, and be-
came the Duke of Normandy. He abdi-
cated in favor of his eldest son in 917 and died
in 931. Children: William, the Longsword,
Robert. Earl of Corbueil, and Gerlotte, who
married the Earl of Poitiers.

(HI) William, the Longsword, son of
Prince Rollo and Grielle, was born in Nor-
mandy and succeeded his father in the duke-
dom. He married a daughter of Count Rob-
ert, of \'ermadon, and his other wife was
Sporta. Longsword was assassinated in 948.

(IV) Richard, third Duke of Normandy,
the son of "Longsword," was born in Nor-
mandy, dying in 960. He married a daughter
of Hugh, Count of Paris, and (second) Gon-
nora, a princess of Norway. Children : Rich-
ard, Robert, Earl of Evreux, Malger, Hed-
wiga. who married GefTrey, Earl of Brittany ;
and Emma, who married Ethelred, second
king of England and her second husband was
Canute, the Great.

(\') Malger. third son of Richard, was
created Earl of Corbueil and Archbishop of
Rouen. He was great-uncle to William the
Conqueror. It was he who adopted the sur-
name of St. Clere after the town and castle
in which he lived, and was among the first
to use a surname. It was then spelled as
pronounced "Sinclair." Children: Hamo,
Walderne and Hubert.

(\I) Walderne. second son of Malger Sin-
clair, was born in Normandy in about 1006.
His home was not the famous castle from
which the name was taken, but at the castle of
St. Lo, the abode of his descendants for many
years. He and his three sons rallied around
\\'illiam the Conqueror at Hastings, England,
on that eventful October day in 1066, in the
irrepressible conflict between Norman and
Sa.xon. As we know, the former won and
Walderne's allotment of land was on the Med-
way river. He was living as late as 1075.
For a wife he took his cousin, Margaret,
daughter of the fourth Duke of Normandy.
Children : Richard, Britel and William.

(X'H) William (2), youngest son of Wal-
derne and Margaret Sinclair, was born in
Normandy about 1028. Yellow of hair, regu-
lar of feature, symmetrical of proportions, his
beaut)- of person won for him the sobriquet of

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