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be classed as Mayflower descendants. Chil-
dren of John and Hannah (Freeman) Mayo:
I. Hannah, born January 8, 1682. 2. John,
1683. 3. Samuel, July 16, 1684; mentioned
below. 4. Mercy, 1688. 5. Rebecca, 1690. 6.
Mary, 1694. 7. Joseph, i'696. 8. Elizabeth,

(I\') Samuel (2), son of John (2) Mayo,
was born in Harwich, July 16, 1684. He
lived in the easterly part of liarwich, now the
southerly part of Orleans, near which many
of his descendants now reside. He married
(first) Abigail Sparrow, (second) Mercy
Snow. Children, all born at Harwich, by
first wife (mentioned in will dated April 1(3,
1759) • '■ Thomas, mentioned below. 2. Sam-
uel, died young. 3. John, died young. 4.
Samuel. 5. Rev. John.

(\') Thomas, son of Samuel (2) Mayo, was
born in Harwich, Massachusetts, about 1720.
He settled in South Orleans, on or near the
homestead, and was a farmer. He died at
Orleans in 1794. He married (firsf) Feb-
ruary 28, 1745; (second) October 27, 1757,
Sarah Iliggins, widow. Children: 1. Thom-
as. 2. Samuel, died young. 3. John, died
young. 4. Samuel. 5. Rev. John. 6. James,
mentioned below.

(\T) James, son of Thomas and Sarah
(Higgins) Mayo, was born June 16. 1761.
He lived in Orleans until after his marriage
about that time, then settled in Hampden,
Maine, probably just after the revolution. He
was a soldier in the revolution, in Captain
Isaiah Higgins' company, Major Zenas \Vins-
low's regiment, at the alarms at Bedford and
Falmouth, on Cape Cod, 1778. He married,
and among his children was Jt)seph, mentioned

(\'TI) Joseph, son of James Mayo, was
born in Hampden, Alaine, about 1790-1800.
He was educated in the public schools, and
learned the trade of cooper in his native town,
Hampden. He married and had Leonard,
mentioned below.

(VIII) Leonard, son of Joseph Mayo, was
born in Hampden. Maine, and died at Hodg-
don. ]^Iaine. He was educated in the public
schools of his native town, where he also
learned his trade as cooper. He was called
to the ministry and studied divinity, was or-
dained a Baptist minister at St. George, Maine,


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and for many years followed the profession
as minister of the gospel in North Haven,
Surry. Deer Isle, Sherman and Hodgdon,
Maine. He finally settled upon a farm that he
bought in Hodgdon, and remained there the
remainder of his life. He was a Republican
in politics until his last years, when he voted
the Prohibitionist party ticket. He married
Nancy Wythington, born at Camden, Maine,
died at Hodgdon. Children: i. Joseph S. 2.
Emma. 3. Lizzie. 4. Edward Payson, men-
tioned below. 5. William. 6. Harriet.

(IX) Edward Payson, son of Leonard
Mayo, was born at North Haven, April y,
1853. He received his education in the pub-
lic schools of Llodgdon and in Houlton Acad-
emy. He then began to work as an appren-
tice in the office of the Portland Daily Press,
and was promoted step by step until he be-
came the city editor. In 1878, after ten years
on this newspaper, he purchased an interest in
the Somerset Reporter, a weekly newspaper
published in Skow began. He was in partner-
ship in this venture with J. O. Smith. After
seven years the firm was dissolved, and Mr.
Mayo purchased the Fairfield Journal. A
short time afterward he admitted W. S. Ladd
to partnership in the business, and five years
later he sold his interest to his partner. He
then became the Boston and New York repre-
sentative of the Lezi'iston Journal for one year,
resigning to become manager and editor of
the newspaper, Turf. Farm and Home, pub-
lished at Auburn, and afterward was elected
treasurer of the company. In 1894 the com-
pany moved its plant to Waterville, and con-
tinued to publish their newspaper under more
favorable conditions. Mr. ilayo has been an
important factor in the success of this well-
known publication.

Mr. Mayo is a Republican in politics. By
appointment of Governor Hill he is state iiV
spector of prisons and jails. He was formerly
president of the Central Maine Fair Associa-
tion, and is an institute speaker. He is sec-
retary of the i\Iaine Conference of Charities
and Correction, and member of Cascade
Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, Oakland, and
of Unity Lodge, Odd Fellows, Portland.

He married, October g, 1877, Fannie L.
Higgins, born February 27, 1857, daughter of
Henry D. and Helen (Dudley) Higgins. To
them two children were born : Grace E., born
June 27, 1879, and Marion D., born January
12, 1886. Grace E. married William A. Ar-
cher, of Fairfield, October 9, igoi. and they
have two children : Wesley Mayo Archer,
born November 3, 1902. and Edward Mayo

Archer, born August 23, 1904. Marion D.
was married, April 2, 1907, to George W.
Powers, of Plattsburg, New York, and has
one child, Gertrude I\layo Powers, born Octo-
ber 29, 190S.

The list of the passengers of the
ROGERS "Mayflower" as preserved by

Governor Bradford and given at
the end of his history, cannot be overestimated
by the genealogist. In this "List of May-
flower Passengers," he gives :

(I) "Thomas Rogers, and Joseph, his sone.
His other children came afterwards." And
thirty years after this record he writes : "And
seeing that it hath pleased him to give me to
see thirty years completed since these begin-
nings ; and that the great works of his prov-
idence are to be observed, I have thought it
not unworthy my pains to take a view of the
decreasings and increasings of these persons,
and such changes as hath passed over them &
theirs, in these thirty years. It may be of some
use to those who come after, but however I
shall rest in my owne benefite. I will there-
fore take them in order as they lye." Against
the name of Thomas Rogers he numbers the
living persons "6," and records : "Thomas
Rogers dyed in the first sickness, but his sone
Joseph is still living and is married and hath
6 children. The rest of Thomas Rogers
(children) came over and are married & have
many children." He was the eighteenth
signer to the compact in the "Mayflower," No-
vember II, 1620, and died in Eastham in

(II) Lieutenant Joseph, probably eldest son
of Thomas, the "Alayflower" passenger, was
also a passenger with his father, and lived
for some time in Duxbury, then in Sandwich,
Plymouth Plantations, but removed to East-
ham after 1654. He had two lots in the
division of the lands of the Plantation, "on
the south side of the brook, to the baywoods"
in 1623, he probably having been granted one
lot on account of his father, who died within
the first six months of the existence of the
colony. In the division of the cattle that had
been imported, especially the "great white
back cow that had been brought over on the
ship Ann." he was made a shareholder in
her yearling calf, a heifer, the ownership in
which priceless property was shared bv thir-
teen of the "passengers." including the Gov-
ernor. This division was made in 1627. Con-
stance Southworth, Samuel Nash, Frances
Sprague, William Peabody and Christopher
Wadswortli were with Governor Bradford


and Joseph Rogers, the first settlers of Sand-
wich, which became Duxbury upon its incor-
poration as a town in 1637, and here Sarah,
oldest child of Joseph and Hannah Rogers,
was born, August 6, 1633, and died soon after.
Their second'^child and first son, Joseph (2),
was born in Sandwich, July 20, 1635, and
married, April 4, 1660, Susannah, daughter of
Stephen and Elizabeth (Ring) Deane. Stephen
Deane was one of the pilgrims or "first com-
ers," and arrived at Plymouth Plantation as
one of the passengers of the "Fortune," the
second vessel to arrive, making landing No-
vember, 1621, being made up mostly of pas-
sengers left behintl when the "Speedwell," the
companion vessel to the "Mayfiower," was
abandoned. He set up the first corn mill in
the plantation, having been granted an ex-
clusive right by the colony court in 1632, to
erect a pounding mill. He married, as late as
1627, Elizabeth, daughter of Widow iMary
Ring, but whether Ring was her maiden name
or the name of her mother's first husband,
whose name is not recorded, it is impossible
to ascertain. Stephen Deane died in Septem-
ber, 1634, and his son-in-law, Joseph (2) Rog-
ers, December 27, 1660. Thomas, third child
of Joseph ( I ) Rogers, was born at Sandwich,
March 30, and baptized May 6, 1638; Eliza-
beth, fourth child, was born September 29,
1639; John, fifth child, April 3, 1642; Mary,
sixth, September 22, 1644; James, October 18,
1648. According to Bradford's History, six
of these children were living in 1650, and the
eighth child, Hannah, was born August 18,
1652. The father of these children gained his
rank of lieutenant in the militia enrolled for
protection against the Indians, and Lieutenant
Joseph Rogers, the younger immigrant, died
at Eastham, in the winter of 1677-78. He
married his wife Hannah before 1631, and she
was still living in that town January 12, 1678.
In 1640. when Governor Bradford, on March
2 of that year, surrendered to the freemen the
patent to the colony which right to ownership
had been taken in his name, Joseph Rogers
was one of the "old comers" to share with
the twenty-one others these lands which were
divided in lots and assigned to each as his or
her portion. Lieutenant Joseph Rogers gained
his title from his prominence in the militia,
which was made up of every able-bodied man
in the colony. He had a brother John, of
Marshfield, who became a noted man in the
colony ; and a brother William, who settled in
Hempstead, Long Island, in 1647. William
had a son Noel, who removed from Hemp-
stead to Branford, Connecticut. These chil-

dren of Thomas came over in one of the
many vessels that carried numerous Pilgrims
to the shores of America between 1620 and
1645, ^"'l ^s they were not in company, John
may have come to Plymouth as a servant in
some family, and William must have left the
colony shortly after arriving and found an
abiding place across the sound on Long Island,
where his widow, Ann Rogers, died in 1069,
and his son Noel removed to Branford, Con-
necticut, about the same time, and there mar-
ried, April 8, 1673, Elizabeth, daughter of
IMicall and Elizabeth Tainlor, her father being
a wealthy coaster trading on the New Eng-
land coast. William Rogers may have come
over in the ship "Increase," with James Rog-
ers, possibly another son of Richard. The
"Increase" left England April 15, 1635, and
James liveil in Stratford and ^lilford, Con-
necticut colony, and in 1658 settled perma-
nently in New London, where he was counted
as a man of wealth and power. He married
Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Rowland, of
Stratford, and had children : Sanuiel, John,
Baihsheba, James, John and Elizabeth. Lieu-
tenant Joseph Rogers made his will Wednes-
day 2, 12, January 1677-78; the day on which
the inventory of his estate was made was
Tuesday 15, 25, January, 1677-78, and he died
probably a few days after the will was made.
At this time the oldest surviving son, Thomas,
was made executor of the estate, and his
youngest son, James, was also living. Both
of these sons died before October 30, and on
November 9, 1678, Captain John and the only
surviving son, John Rogers, were made ad-
ministrators of the estate which was inven-
toried as worth 56 pounds 9 shillings 1 1 pence.
In his will he named his wife Hannah, his
daughter Elizabeth, wife of Jonathan Higgins,
and their son Benjamin Higgins, who was
giii'en two separate bequests, one on condition
that he "the said grandson, l!enjamin Hig-
gins, continued to his grandfather until he

(Ill) James, youngest son of Lieutenant
Joseph and Hannah Rogers, was born in East-
ham, Plymouth Colony, October 18, 1648. He
married, January 11, 1671, Mary, daughter of
Thomas and Mary (Snow) Paine, grand-
daughter of Nicholas and Constance ( Hop-
kins) Snow, and great-granddaughter of
Stephen Plopkins, a passenger on the "May-
flower,'' 1620. James Rogers was the owner
of the homestead by the will of his father.
James and Mary (Paine) Rogers had three
children born in Eastham : James and Mary
(twins), October 30, 1673, and Abigail,.



March 2, 1677-78. He was an officer in the
militia with the rank of lieutenant, and died
in Eastham, Plymouth Colony, April 13, 1678,
and his widow subsequently married Israel
Cole, the wealthiest man livino; in Eastham.

(1\) James (2), eldest child and only son
of James (i) and Mary (Paine) Rogers, was
born in Eastham, October 30, 1673. His par-
ents named him Samuel, but his father having
died when he was five years old, his mother
desired to perpetuate the name of her husband,
and caused him to be baptized in 1680 as
James. He married, February 17, 1697, Su-
sannah Tracy, and they lived in that part of
Eastham now known as East Orleans. James
Rogers died September 8, 175 1. Their chil-
dren were: Alary, born . November 20, 169S;
Isaac, December 8, 1701 ; Susannah, January
ig, 1703-04; James (3), May 2, 1706; Abigail,
August 3, 1708, and Thomas, October 2, 1710.

(\') James (3), second son of James (2)
and Susannah (Tracy) Rogers, was born in
Eastham, Massachusetts, May 2, 1706. He
married, May 21, 1730, Hannah Godfrey, of
Chatham, Massachusetts, and settled in Or-
leans, then a part of Eastham, where he died
in February, 1759. The children of James
and Hannah (Godfrey) Rogers were: Lydia,
born April g, 1731 ; James, December 21,
1732; Silvanus, May 14, 1736, died young;
Prince, June 29, 1738; Samuel, August 7,
1740; Silvanus, December 22, 1742; Susan-
nah, October 19, 1748; Jonathan, August 3,
1750. Prince Rogers removed to Hampden,
Alaine, about 1780, but soon after returned to
Eastham, Massachusetts, and later his son
Prince removed to Maine and his descendants
settled in Orrington and Brewer.

(\T) Samuel, fourth son of James (3) and
Hannah (Godfrey) Rogers, was born August
7, 1740. He was of a roving disposition and
his successive places of residence after he left
Orleans were Orrington. Maine ; Eastham.
Harwich and Nantucket, Massachusetts ; El-
lington, Connecticut ; Castine, Orrington and
Hampden, Maine. He married (first) De-
borah Basset, of Chatham. November 12, 1762,
and their children were : Lydia. born in East-
ham, April 10, 1763; Deborah, June 27, 1765;
Samuel, date of birth unknown ; James. June
24. 1767; Nabby, July 23. 1780. He and his
wife Deborah were members of the South
Church, Eastham, before 1772, and some years
after 1775 went to Orrington, Maine, where
they resided for several years, returning to
Orleans after selling their land in Maine to
Jesse Rogers. He married (second) Amy,
daughter of Elnathan and Hannah (Allen)

Wing, of Harwich, Massachusetts, and widow
of William Cooper, and while they lived at
Ellington, Connecticut, their only child. Allen,
was born, I'ebruary 21, 1786. His wife died
in Orleans, Massachusetts, in 1804, and in
1814 he was at Castine, when the British at-
tacked that place, and he removed up the river
to Hampden, where he died September 5, 1825.
His brother Silvanus married Pricilla Young,
and was living in Hampden, Maine, about
1780. when his brother Prince was there, and
they lived in lot No. 40, where their son Isaac
and two daughters, their only children, were

(\TI) Allen, only child of Samuel and Amy
(Wing) Rogers, was born in Ellington, Con-
necticut, February 21, 1786. He lived with
his half-sister, Cynthia (Cooper) Wing, at
Livermore. Maine, until he was twenty-one
years of age, and then removed to Mt. Vernon,
Maine, where he studied medicine with Dr.
Ouimby, a physician of wide reputation, and
on being admitted to practice he settled in Or-
rington, Maine, removing in a few years to
Hampden, Maine. He married (first) Mary
\\'yman, born January 14, 1786, died May 18,
1858; children: Lucinda, born December 30,
1804, died June 3, 18S7: Cynthia, November
29, 1806, died July 28, 1808; Samuel, March
2~, i8og, died February 10, 1889; Allen (2),
June 7, 181 1, died July 8, i860; Cynthia, Au-
gust 7, 1813, died June 9, 1816; Mary, Feb-
ruary 3, 1816, died June 27, 1875; William
W., February 12, 1817, died September 7,
1896; Frankhn, February 5, 1819, died May
18, 1842; Eliza, May 16, 1821, died June 29,
1829; Lovina, August i, 1823, died April 15,
1835 ; Andelusia, March 7, 1826, died July 29,
1830. The mother of these children died May
18, 1858, and Dr. Allen Rogers married (sec-
ond) Sarah (Wood) Ouimby, who had no
children by this second marriage. Dr. Rogers
died July 28, 1864.

(VHI) William Wyman, third son and
seventh child of Dr. Allen and Alary (Wy-
man) Rogers, was born in Hampden, Maine,
February 12, 1817. He began his active busi-
ness life as a sailor, and became master of a
vessel, and later was engaged with his brother
Allen as a dealer in ship stores and groceries
at Hampden Corners. He was next at Ells-
worth, Alaine, where he was in the mill busi-
ness and a furniture dealer. When his father
gave up his drug business, William returned
to Hampden and took the drug store owned
by his father, and subsequently engaged in the
coal and hay business. He married (first)
Mary Stubbs ; children: William, born July



23, 1840; Franklin G., June 10, 1844; George,
March 14, 1845, died April 23, 1858; Henry,
October 9, 1849, died August 10, 1881 ; Clara,
June 28, 1850, 'died September 5, 1855; Eliza
E., January 18, 1853; Allen E., April 21,
1855. He married (second) Eunice Staples,
widow of William Berry, of Stockton, Maine.

(IX) Franklin Green, second son of William
Wyman and Mary (Stubbs) Rogers, was
born in Hampden, Maine, June 10, 1844. He
was an apothecary in the drug store of his
father, and when the civil war broke out he
went as master's mate in the ship "Union," in
the United States navy, and at the close of the
war went to sea as master of a ship. After
one or two voyages he returned home, took the
drug store of his father, and was married
December i, 1867, to Georgiana, daughter of
Abisha and IMary Garland Higgins, and their
three children were born in Hampden, as fol-
lows : Clara, September 30, 1869; Franklin
G., November 7, 1873, died December 25,
1874; Allen, May 22, 1876.

(X) Allen, youngest son of Franklin Green
and Georgiana (Higgins) Rogers, was born
in Hampden, Maine, January 22, 1876. He
was prepared for college at Hampden Acad-
emy, and was graduated at the University of
Maine, B. S., 1897, and at the University of
Pennsylvania, Ph. D., 1902. He served as
an instructor in chemistry in the University of
Maine, 1897-1900; was a graduate student at
the University of Pennsylvania, 1900-02; sen-
ior fellow of the University of Pennsylvania,
1902-03; instructor in chemistry, University of
Pennsylvania, 1903-04; research chemist,
Oakes Manufacturing Company, New York
City, 1904-05 ; instructor in industrial chem-
istry, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York,
since 1905. His university affiliations were
with the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and the
Sigma Xi honorary society. His professional
affiliations are membership in the American
Chemical Society, the Society of Chemical In-
dustry, the American Leather Chemical Asso-
ciation, the American Electro-Chemical Soci-
ety, and he is a member of the Society for the
Promotion of Engineering Education, and the
Chemists Club. His church affiliation is with
the Universalist denomination. He w-as mar-
ried, in Hampden, Maine, December 25, 1897,
to Maude Florence, daughter of Charles E.
and Margaret (Wheelden) Couillard, of
Hampden, Maine. Charles F. Couillard was
a soldier in the civil war, and on returning
from the war he married Margaret Wheelden,
and their children are : Alice, Charles, George,
Elvira, and Maude Florence, who was born

in Hampden, Maine, April 14, 1878. The
marriage of Dr. Allen and Maude Flor-
ence (Couillard) Rogers was blessed on
October 19, 1904, by the birth of a son, Allen
Ellington Rogers.

It has been asserted that the
HIGGINS name of Higgins was origin-
ally Higginson. but informa-
tion derived from a careful study of the origin
of English surnames makes it quite evident
that Higgins and not Higginson was the par-
ent name. The name is doubtless of Celtic or
Irish origin and was Anglicized from Hu-
gonis. Freeman's "Cape Cod Families" states
that the latter name existed in England in the
reign of Richard the Second. The first of
the name in America was Richard Higgins,
and the Charlestown family now in hand is
the posterity of that immigrant. The Hig-
ginscs were enrolled among the patriots in the
American revolution.

(I) Richard Higgins, the ancestor, was of
Celtic origin, but seems to have emigrated to
America from the south of England, though
some of his descendants claim that he came
from the north of Ireland. By trade he was
a tailor. He was a man of great strength and
integrity of character. His name appears in
the Plymouth records as early as 1633, and
he was one of the original settlers at East-
ham, Cape Cod, in 1644. He married (first)
November 23, 1634, Lydia Chandler; married
(second) October, 1651, Mary Yates., Chil-
dren of first marriage: i. Jonathan, born July,
1637. 2. Benjamin, born July, 1640. Children
of second wife : 3. Mary, born September 27.
1632. 4. Eliakim, born October 20, 1634. 5.
William, born December 15, 1655. 6. Judah,
born March 5, 1657. 7. Zerma, born June,
1658. 8. Thomas, born June, 1661. 9. Lydia,
born July, 1664.

(II) Benjamin, son of Richard and Lydia
(Chandler) Higgins, born July, 1640, died
March 14, 1691. He married. December 24,
1661, Lydia, daughter of Edward Bangs. Chil-
dren : Ichabod. Richard, John, Joshua, Lydia,
Isaac, Benjamin, Samuel, Benjamin. The
youngest child, Benjamin, married Sarah Free-
man, a member of one of the choice old Ply-
mouth families. Thomas, the second of the
fourteen children of Benjamin and Sarah
(Freeman) Higgins, married Abigail Paine, a
woman of great religious faith, and their first
child, Philip, purchased three miles of land
near where the city of Bath now stands, and
was the ancestor of most of the members of
the Higgins family in that part of Maine.




(III) Richard (2), son of Benjamin and
Lydia (Bangs) Higgins, was born October 15,
1664. He married, 1694, Sarah Freeman, of
England. Children : Joshua, Eleazer, Theo-
philus, Jedediah, Zaccheus, Esther, David,
Reuben, Moses and Abigail.

(IV) Reuben, son of Richard (2) and
Sarah (Freeman) Higgins, was born 1709.
He married . Children : Abigail, Han-
nah, Reuben, Esther and Isaac.

(V) Reuben (2), son of Reuben (i) Hig-
gins, was born June 24, 1739. He removed
from Cape Cod to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at

quite an early date. He married • .

Children : Hannah Morton, Thankful, Reuben,
Sylvanus, Eleazer, Alariah, Frances, Henry,
Abigail, twin of Henry.

(\T) Eleazer, son of Reuben (2) Higgins,
was born at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, July 8,
1772, died of billions colic at Yarmouth, No-
vember 19, 1826. He was a man who had in-
herited all the sturdy qualities of his ances-
tors, and was of great influence in every com-
munity in which he lived. He was one of the
successful shipbuilders of Portland, and fol-
lowed this work later on at Yarmouth. He
purchased a farm in Gray, which his son
managed, and Eleazer continued in active busi-
ness and was superintending the building of
a ship when his last sickness overcame him.
He married Susanna Dyer, of Cape Elizabeth,
born Jime 11, 1777, died November 3, 1S37.
Children: i. Amos, born April 22, 1797, see
forward. 2. Charlotte, born June 18, 1804,
died February 28, 1875. 3. Arthur, born Feb-
ruary 8, 1808, died February 6, 1888; mar-
ried Susan Perley, of Gray, who bore him
children : Martha, Orrin and Susan. 4.
George, born June 29, 1809. 5. Charles, born
May 20, 181 1, died April ig, 1883. 6. Alvin,
born May 12, 1813, died 1890. 7. Elias Smith,
born March 29, 1815, became a very successful
manufacturer of carpets in New York City.
8. Eleazer, born May 2, 1817, died January 3,
1855. 9. Ellen, born April 14, 1820. 10. Na-
thaniel, born December 18, 1825, died January
10, 1882.

(VII) Amos, son of Eleazer and Susanna
(Dyer) Higgins, born April 22, 1797, died in
Charleston, Maine, 1870. He was a very
faithful student in the common schools, and
early in life saw that there were fine openings
in the new towns of his native state. With
the same pioneer spirit which had caused manv
of his family name to make grand successes
in life by removals into new conditions, he
went to Garland, Maine, bought wild land,

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