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at the government navy yard at Kittery, and
served his time as .shipwright. He was sub-
sequently employed in the yard as a pattcrn-
maUer. On account of his skill and efficiency
he was employed by Thomas Davidson, in an
expedition, of which Davidson had charge, to
Saint Croi.x, Danish West Indies, where Mr.



Fletcher assisted in the launching of the
United States ship "Monongahela." The ex-
pedition went from the Brooklyn navy yard
in a sailing bark, and occupied five months.
The unfortunate "Monongahela" had been
throw-n up on the shore by a tidal w'ave, and
its relaunching was a task of considerable mag-
nitude. Mr. Fletcher continued in the ports-
mouth navy yard until 1884. when he served
on board the "Bear," in the Greeley relief
expedition, lasting five months, having been
fitted out at the Brooklyn navy yard. The
nine survivors of the Greeley party were found
at Cape Sabine, in a pitiable condition, and
returned to their homes. On February 4, 1885,
Mr. Fletcher received an appointment as car-
penter in the navy from William E. Chandler,
then secretary of the navy, and was later pro-
moted to chief carpenter, w'ith the rank of
ensign, which position he now holds. Having
been identified w'ith the United States navy
since fifteen years of age, Mr. Fletcher has
seen many adventures and valuable experi-
ences. He was at one time on duty at the
United States Naval Academy at Annapolis,
and also at Cramp's shipyard near Philadel-
phia. For seven and one-half years he was
on board the cruiser "New York," with which
he visited the West India and South Ameri-
can ports, and Copenhagen and Kiel, being
present at the opening of the German ship
canal at the latter point. He sailed through
the Suez Canal, visited Honolulu and the
Philippine Islands, numerous Chinese, Japan-
ese, Korean and Siberian ports, spending ten
months in the Philippine Islands. l-"or a time
the "New York" was Hag ship of the Pacific
fleet, and visited Puget Sound. Unalaska and
Californian ports, and Panama. ;\Ir. Fletcher
left the vessel at Panama and returned to
Kittery, where he has since been employed in
the office of the department of construction
and repairs. He takes an intelligent interest
in the ])rogress of the community, espt^cially
in education, and has served as agent of the
town schools. In political principle he is a
Republican. He is a member of St. John's
Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
of Portsmouth, and of Long Island Council,
Royal Arcanum, of Brooklyn, New York; also
New Hampshire Lodge, No. 17, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, of Portsmouth, New
Hampshire. He was married in 1867 to Mary
Louise, daughter of Samuel Ilanscom, of
Portsmouth. New Hampshire, and they have a
son and daughter, namely : George Pierce,
born 1868, and Bertha Noyes, 1871.



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1791



John JMcLaughlin. of
McLaughlin Washington, District of

Cohimbia, aide to the
commandant at the Washington navy yard
and an officer of the United States navy for
the last thirty-five 3'ears, is a native of Ham-
den, ]Maine, born October 7, 1852, son of
Michael and Mary (Kane) AJcLaughlin, both
natives of Ireland, and the former a soldier of
the union army during the war of 1861-65,
and who was killed in battle, ilichael and
!Mary (Kane) McLaughlin had two children;
Francis M. and John AIcLaughlin.

John ^McLaughlin attended public school in
Bangor, Maine, until he was about fourteen
years old and then for several years followed
the sea in the West Indies trade, until the
"Virginia affair," when he enlisted at Boston
navy yard for three years as an able seaman
in the L'nited States naval service, and very
soon afterward became a petty officer. In
1880 he quit the service with the intention
of going west, and while on his way to Colo-
rado stopped in Washington to visit some of
the places of interest at the National capital ;
and while there events occurred which materi-
ally changed the plans he had formed, for on
the advice of Admiral Nichols, United States
navy, he determined to enter the service again,
and accepted an appointment as boatswain
which through the admiral had been offered
him. Since 1881 he had been in continuous
naval service on various ships at the govern-
ment navy yards. In 1899 he was commis-
sioned chief boatswain, United States navy,
agreeable to an act of congress creating an
office of that grade. Thus in one capacity and
another 2^Ir. ^IcLaughlin has been in the naval
service for the last thirty-five years, and for
twenty-seven years of that period has been an
officer. During this period he has at various
times been in command of transport vessels,
the "Triton" and the "Uncas," and was on
board the United States ship "Trenton" when
she was wrecked at the Samoan Islands ; was
on the "Wachusetts" on her first cruise in Pa-
cific waters and when that ship was delegated
to attend the function of the crowning of
King Kalakauka of Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1883.
During his long career he has been stationed,
among other places, at the Brooklyn navy yard
and also the Newport training station. For
a time, too, he was executive officer of the
L'nited States transport "Fern," and was
aboard the "Newark" in i8g8 when she trans-
ported the American marines to Cuba, in 1S98.
Mr. McLaughlin is a thirty-third degree Ma-
son, president of the I\Iaine Society of Wash-



ington, District of Columbia, in 1909-10, a
Republican in politics and a Presbyterian in
religious preference. He married (tirst) in
November, 1881, Jessie R. Cole, of Washing-
ton, a descendant of Arthur Middleton, of
South Carolina, one of the signers of the Dec-
laration of Independence. She died in August,
1892, and he married (second) Theodora^
daughter of Rev. J. B. North, of Washington.
Mr. McLaughlin has three children, all born
of his first marriage : i. Edna Aliddleton, born
February 19, 1885. 2. Stanley Briggs, Sep-
tember 21, 1887. 3. Frances Alice, August 26,
1890.



The earliest of the Blair family
BLAIR of Scotland (of which Hugh

Blair (1718-1800), Scottish di-
vine, licensed as a minister of the church of
Scotland in 1741, minister of the Canongate
church, Edinburgh, 1743-58, of the High
Church of Edinburgh, 1758- 1800, professor of
Rhetorical Belles-Lettres University of Edin-
burgh, 1760-1762, regius professor, 1762-82,
distinguished author and doctor of divinity, is
a distinguished member) to come to America
was Dr. James Blair (1656-1743). He was an
Anglican clergyman in Edinburgh, Scotland,
and removed to Virginia in 1685 to become
commissary of the bishop of London for the
provinces of ^Maryland and Virginia. He was
instrumental in procuring for William and
Mary College in Williamsburg its charter,
February 14, 1691, and he was the first presi-
dent of this now ancient college. \Mth him
came his brother. Dr. Archibald Blair, the
father of Judge John Blair (1689-1771), who
was president of the council of \'irginia, and
acting governor of the colony, and grand-
father of Justice John Blair, 1732-1800, jus-
tice of the United States supreme court, 1789-
96 ; James Blair, attorney general of Kentucky,
the father of Francis Preston Blair (1791-
1876), the eminent statesman, and his son,
Francis Preston Blair Jr. (€821-1875), and
Montgomery Blair (1813-1883), are of the
same family. The New Jersey family came
from John Blair, a Scotch Presbyterian who
came from Scotland between 1730 and 1740,
and was the grandfather of John Insley Blair
(1802-1899), who gave during his lifetime
over $1,000,000 to educational institutions, in-
cluding $150,000 to Princeton University, and
$50,000 to Lafayette College, and when he
died his fortune was computed to be $75,-
000,000. The Blair family in New England
came from James Blair (q. v.), the Scotch
immigrant of 1738.



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(.!> Jaiiui lilair, wilh his wife, Jane (Todd)
Blair, came to New England in 1738, having
but recently been married, and they settled in
Wiscasset,' Maine. They had a family of
eleven children born to them, the oldest while
on a passage to America, and the others in
Wiscasset, Lincoln county, i\laine. The order
of their birth was as follows: i. Robert (.q.
v.). 2. James Jr., married 2ilehitable Robin-
son, who died October 7, 181 2, and he mar-
ried as his second wife I^Iary, widow of a Mr.
Monroe, on February 2, 1815; he had seven
children by his first' wife, and one child by
his second': Mary (Monroe) Blair died IMarch
28, 1838, aged 'fifty-eight years, and James
Blair Jr. died March 28, 1828. 3. Nancy,
married, December 5, 1780, Thomas Stinson,
and died September 25, 1830. 4. John, born
in 1760, married (first) Hannah Russ, Octo-
ber 7, 1780; she was born November 17, 1757,
and died November 16, 1782, leaving no chil-
dren; married (second) March 28, 1783, Mar-
tha Carlton, who bore him seven children ;
married (third) September 17, 1801, Eliza-
beth, widow of Pushard Marson, who bore
him five children. 5. Polly, or Mary, married,
June 7, 1792, Richard Knowles. 6. Jane,
married, September 20, 1785, Joseph Atkins,
and had eight children. 7. William, married,
September 19, 1790, Mary Bean and (second)
February 23, 1793, Rebecca Knowles. 8.
Thomas, married Polly Lung. 9. Sarah, or
Sally, married. May 3, 1791, Charles Perry.
10. Margaret or Peggy, married, October 31,
1802, Francis Norris. 11. Alexander, mar-
ried, January 7, 1808, Elizabeth Pollard.

(II) Robert, eldest son of James and Jane
(Todd) Blair, was born at sea on the pas-
sage of his parents to America in 1738. He
married Charity Robinson Knight, of Bow-
doinham, Maine, and they had six children
born in Woolwich, as follows: i. Jane, mar-
ried. May 28, 1815, Alfred Stinson. 2. Mar-
tha, married, April 25, 1820, James Mains. 3.
Sarah Todd (q. v.). 4. Margaret, married
Rufus Stinson. 5. Charlotte, married Benja-
min F'owle. 6. Charles, married Sophia Libby.

(III) Sarah Todd, daughter of Robert and
Charity Robinson (Knight) Blair, was born in
Woolwich. Maine, May, 1786, married John
Blair and had two children, John (q. v.) and
Daniel Blair. John Blair, the father of these
children, died, and his widow married Sam-
uel Higgins, of Bowdoinham. Maine, and they
had two children, Mary Elizabeth (q. v.) and
Ephraim Higgins.

(IV) John, eldest son of John and Sarah
Todd (Blair) Blair, was born in Wiscasset,



Maine, in 1810. He married Isabel Staples, of
Topsham, Maine, and their children were:
Charles Albert (q. v.), Elizabeth Plummer,
Cora Lena and John. John Blair was a
farmer and carpenter, and resided with his
family first at Woolwich and subsequently at
Richmond, Maine.

(IV) i\Iary Elizabeth Higgins, daughter of
Samuel and Sarah Todd (Blair) Higgins, was
married to Captain Reuben Mooers, of Pitt-
ston, Maine, and they had six children: i.
Albion King, married Frances Weston. 2.
Ella M., married Charles R. Donnell, of Bath,
I\lainc; children: Florence E. and Charles J.
3. Alary E., married George Sanford ; chil-
dren : Alay B., Harold A., Euna R., Blanche
and Joseph R. ; Euna R. married Stephen
Bunker, of Bar Harbor ; children : Jennette,
Paul S. and Ruth Bunker. 4. Annie L., un-
married. 5. Lillie M., married Charles Al-
bert Blair, of Bath. 6. Lula E., married Frank
Haggett, of Bath, Elaine, and resided in that
city; child, Eric Blair.

(\') Charles Albert, eldest son of John and
Isabel (Staples) Blair, was born in Richmond.
Maine, December 16, 1856. He has a common
school education. He worked as a boy on tug-
boats on the river, and at the age of ei.Ljhteen
went to sea, and in 1876 was made captain
of a tugboat. From that time he has been con-
tinuously a master mariner, and from iSg8 in
command of coastwise steamers, including the
swift and elegantly equipped turbine steamer
"Yale," launched in 1907, and having a speed
of twenty-three knots per hour, and plying"
between Boston and New York by the out-
side route and between Boston and Bath. He
had previously commanded the steamers "Bay
State" and "Governor Dingley," plying be-
tween Portland and Boston, and the steamer
"Ransom B. Fuller" plying between Boston
and Bath. He has had charge of the trial
trips of the United States battleships launched
at the Bath Iron Works (Limited) in
their various trials of speed and endur-
ance, before being accepted by the gov-
ernment. This has placed him in temporary
command of the United States battleship
"Georgia," the United States scout ship "Ches-
ter," and others included in the present United
States naval fleet. He is a member of the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks,
Lodge No. 934. Captain Blair married, De-
cember 25, 1879, Lillie M., daughter of Cap-
tain Reuben and Mary Elizabeth (Higgins)
Mooers, his wife's mother and his own father
being half brother and sister. No children
were born of this marriasre.



STATE OF MAINE.



1793



William Harrison Schoppee,
SCHOPPEE born Gilman, mu of Richard

E. and Sally (Weston) Gil-
man, of Jonesboro, Washington countv, Maine,
was legally adopted by his uncle, Francis
Schoppee, when he was a boy. and was there-
after legally William Harrison Schoppee. He
was married in 1868 to Antoinette, daughter
of Levi and Delia (Watts) Farnsworth, and
their children, all born in Jonesboro. were :
I. James. November 2, 18C9, married Hilary
Atherton Hallowcll : was a millman. 2. Albert
Dana, January 30, 1874, became a farmer. 3.
Frank Harvey (c^. v.). 4. Fannie, who died
young.

(II) Frank Harvey, -third child of William
Harrison and Antoinette (Farnsworth)
Schoppee, was born in Jonesboro, Maine,
June 23, 1879. He was educated in the public
school of Jonesboro and at Westbrook Semi-
nary, Portland, ilaine. He returned to Jones-
boro. where he found his first employment in
a lumber mill and as a lumberman in theAlainc
woods. jMarch 14, 1907, he opened a general
store for the sale of guns and gunners' sup-
plies, adding to it stationery and small wares,
fruit, confectionery, tobacco and cigars, in
fact such goods as met the needs of the tour-
ists who entered the Maine woods from Jones-
boro every summer, as well as the other army
of lumbermen who laid in a winter supply
when entering the woods to spend the winter
there, maintaining also a telephone station for
his convenience and his customers. In 1907
he was appointed postmaster of Jonesboro, the
business of the office growing to the dignity of
a presidential postoffice and he received his
appointment direct from President Roosevelt.
He was made a member of the Ben Hur
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Machias, Maine,
and of Jonesboro, jMaine, Lodge No. 357, Na-
tional Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. His
church affiliation is with the L'niversalist de-
nomination and his political faith that of the
Republican party. His ancestry embraces the
Weston. Gilman and \\'atts families.



(I) Samuel Watts came to ]\Ias-

WATTS sachusctts P.ay Colony, 1635-40,

at the time the new settlers came

from England to the Colony to the number of

upwards of tliree hundred souls.

(II) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) Watts.

was a deputy from the district of Maine to

the general court of i\Iassachusetts. 1704-05.

He married Abigail, only surviving child of

Thrimas and Hannah (Emerson) Dustan.

Hannah (Emerson) Dustan. born probably in



1660, was taken captive by the Indians at
Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1697. Hannah and
her nurse, iMary Neff, were spared the toma-
hawk that killed her infant in her arms,
scarcely a week old. Many of the inhabitants
of the place shared the fate of Hannah Dus-
tan's eighth child. At her earnest solicitation
her husband had fled to a place of safety with
their seven elder children. The two women
were marched through the snow without shoes
and in the dense wilderness day after day
until they reached the wigwam of the Indian
chief on an island near the present city of Con-
cord, New Flampshire, and known thereafter
as Dustan Island. In the company of Indians
who were her captors was a white boy, Samuel
Leonardson, who had been captured by the
Indians at Worcester, Massachusetts, a vear
before, and with this boy as an ally, Hannah
Dustan determined to escape. She took ad-
vantage of a dark night, and the three cap-
tives, finding the Indians sleeping soundly, se-
cured each a tomahawk, and ]\Irs. Dustan suc-
ceeded in scalping the nine braves of the party,
while Leonard killed the chief, while a badly
wounded Indian boy and a squaw escaped in
the darkness. The victors then possessed them-
selves oi the guns, tomahawks and scalps of
the slain Indians, and provisioning one canoe,
they sank the others and proceeded to make
their way down the river ; on reaching Haver-
hill she was joyed to find her husband and
seven children safe. (In learning of the
powers of the captive whites, the general court
voted Mrs. Dustan and Samuel Leonardson
each $250, and Mrs. Dustan presented the
trophies she had so bravely won to Governor
William Stoughton. In 1874 the states of
New_ Hampshire and Massachusetts united in
erecting at Haverhill a granite monument on
the bronze tablets of which were inscribed
the names of Hannah Dustan. Mary Neiif and
Samuel LeonanlMin. with bas-reliefs of the
scenes that called the monument in existence,
the w^hole surmounted by an heroic statue of
the chief heroine. The seventh child of Thom-
as and Hannah (Emerson) Dustan married
John Watts, a relative of Samuel Watts, who
himself married Abigail, the eighth of the
thirteen chiklren who lived to reach maturity.
Chihiren of Samuel and Abigail Watts: Sam-
uel, Hannah, Thomas, Joseph. Abigail, Mary.
The mother of these children died i\Iay 5,
1727.

(Ill) Captain Samuel, son of Samuel and
Abigail ( Dustan 1 Watts, was bom in Haver-
hill, Massachusetts, August 16, 1716. He was
a captain in the colonial arniv during the



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French and Indian wars, his service extending
over a period of seven years. His commis-
sion to the captaincy, which bears date of more
than a hundred years, he always preserved.
It was in 1903 in the possession of Captain
Samuel Watts, of Jonesboro, Alaine, as was
also the muster roll of the company which he
commanded, and both, having always been
kept in the original tin box or case, are in a
tolerably good state of preservation and can be
read with but little difficulty. The improve-
ment in the art of printing and manufacture
of paper of the present uay compared with
what existed upwards of a century ago, rend-
ers these papers interesting relics of the past.
In the same tin box or case is another commis-
sion to the captaincy issued by Thomas Hutch-
inson, '"Lieutenant Governor and Commander-
in-Chief of his Majesty's forces in the Massa-
chusetts Bay," to serve in the regiment of foot
whereof John Wliitcomb was colonel. This
bears date, the loth day of June, 1760, and is
signed in the handwriting of Governor Hutch-
inson, also by A. Oliver, secretary of the
province. In the year 1759 he accompanied
General Wolfe on his expedition for the reduc-
tion of Quebec, and commanded a company of
forty-one privates, four secretaries and four
corporals, in Colonel Whitcomb's regiment.
About 1760-62 Captain Watts removed from
Haverhill to Falmouth, now Portsmouth, or
Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He resided there but
a few years, as in 1769, in company with a
large number of families, he settled on Chand-
ler's river, now Jonesboro. He built a log
house on what has ever since been known as
the Watts' lands, and devoted himself to clear-
ing his fields and farming in the summers, and
in the winter to lumbering. Captain Watts
married Elsie Bean. Children : Samuel, born
February, 1756, died March, 1849; Hannah,
see forward; David, 1761; Betsey, 1764; El-
sie, 1767; Abigail. 1780, died 1852; Sally,
1783. died 1838; Thomas, 1786.

("l\') Hannah, eldest daughter of Captain
Samuel Watts, was born in Haverhill, Massa-
chusetts, November 22, 1758, died in Jones-
boro, Washington coijnty, Maine, December
12, 1855. In October, 1774, she married Jo-
siah Weston, who was born at Falmouth,
Maine, July 22, 1756, died in August, 1827.
He came to ChancUer's River some time be-
fore 1772. After his marriage, which was
performed by the Rev. James Lyon, they set-
tled on a farm in Jonesboro. which he cul-
tivated and occupied until his deatli. He
served in the revolutionary war. Subsequenth-
he became a mill owner and did considerable



lumbering at Chandler's River. He was a very
active and industrious man, and in hunting
excursions after moose and deer he generally
excelled, as his bodily strength enabled him to
endure great fatigue, in religious faith he
was a Baptist, having united with the church
in Columbia as early as 1807. He was bap-
tized at Epping, and from that time after-
wards continued a member of the society in
good standing. In religious views !Mrs. Wes-
ton was no bigot ; her faith was of a liberal
order. A monument was erected to her mem-
ory and placed over her grave at Jonesboro ;
it was mainly paid for by contributions of
descendants. On it is inscribed the follow-
ing: "This stone was erected June 12, 1902,
under the directionoftheHannah Weston Chap-
ter, Daughters American Revolution, Machias,
Me. In memory of Hannah (Watts) Weston,
wife of Josiah Weston, born in Haverhill,
Mass., Nov. 22, 1758, died in Jonesboro, Dec.
12. 1855. She was a woman of great courage
and bravery. She manifested it during the
battle -at Machias on June 12, 1775, by col-
lecting ammunition and carrying it through
the wilderness to aid the citizens in defense of
the town." Children of Josiah and Hannah
(Watts) Weston, born in Jonesboro, Maine:
I. Eliza, born October, 1775. 2. Hannah. Feb-
ruary, 1778, died 1779, being burned in the
house. 3. Hannah, February, 1780. 4. Susan,
September, 1783. 5. Betsey, November, 1785.
6. Elsie, April, 1788. 7. Aphia, February,
1790. 8. Sophia, May, 1792. 9. Frances. De-
cember, 1794. 10. Phoebe, August, 1797, died
181 1. II. Sally, November, 1799. married
Richard E. Gilman, and their son, William
Harrison, was adopted by Francis Schoppee,
of Jonesboro, and his name changed to William
Harrison Schoppee as ab^ve related. 12.
Amelia, October, 1802. 13. Joseph, April,
1806.



The genealogy of the Jewett
JEWETT family has been traced to one
Henri de Juatt. a knight of the
first Crusaders. Being Huguenots, the family
fled from religious persecution to England,
where some of its members still reside. In
ancient records the name appears as Juett,
Juit, Jewit, and in various other forms, but
in all cases the spelling preserves the pro-
nunciation. The record of the Jewett family
in America begins with the settlement of
Rowley, Massachusetts. In 1638 about sixty
families led by the Rev. Ezckiel Rogers came
from Yorkshire, England, and began the set-
tlement of Rowlev earlv the following season.




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Among these pioneers were the brothers,
MaxiniiHan andi Joseph Jewett, men of sub-
stance from Bradford, Yorkshire, England,
and they were the ancestors of all the Jewetts
in this country, a large family, which includes
many members of distinction in various walks
of life. ^laximilian Jew^ett was the first dea-
con of the church in Rowley, was several times
a representative at the general court, and many
of his descendants were well known in iS[ew
England history as prominent divines, au-
thors, journalists and statesmen. Others were
active on the field of battle, among them ]\Ioses
Jewett, who participated in the revolutionary
war. These brothers were the sons of Ed-
ward Jewett. of Bradford, England, whose
will was dated February i6, 1614, and proved
by his widow, ]\Iary (Taylor) Jewett, July 12,
1615.

Dr. Charles Jewett is a grandson of Jona-
than and Hannah (Hale) Jewett, and a son of
George and Sarah (Hale) Jewett. His grand-
parents removed from Massachusetts to JMaine
about 1800, and were among the early settlers
of that state. His father was a native and a
lifelong resident of the state of Maine. The
representatives of the Hale familv, of which
his mother and grandmother were members,
include many men of note in public affairs.
The name in the early records appears as
Heale, Heales, Hailes, Held, Heald and Hales.
The latter name was borne in England by
three distinct families, those of Hertfordshire,
Gloucestershire and Kent.

Dr. Charles Jewett was born in Bath, jMaine.
He received his early education in the high
school of his native town, and in 1864 was
graduated from Bowdoin College with the de-
gree of Bachelor of Arts. Three years later



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