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his alma mater conferred upon him the de-
gree of Master of Arts, and in 1894, the cen-
tennial year of the college, the degree of Doc-
tor of Science. In 1868 he began the study
of medicine. He attended a course of lec-
tures in the Long Island College Hospital, and
succeeding courses in the Universitv iledical
College and the College of Physicians and
Surgeons of New York, and w-as graduated
from the latter named institution in 1871 with
the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Shortly
after his graduation he located in Brooklyn,
New York, and engaged in practice, which
for a time was of a general character, but in
later years has been confined to gynecology
and obstetrics, in which specialties he is known
throughout the world. In recognition of his
attainments he has been called to many im-
portant positions. In 1880 he was appointed

professor of obstetrics in the collegiate de-
partment of the Long Island College Hos-
pitals, and in 1900 succeeded to the professor-
ship of gynecology. He is also gynecologist
and obstetrician to the hospital. For many
years he has served as consulting obstetrician
to the Kings County Hospital, has been con-
sulting gynecologist to the Bushwick Hospital
since 1894, to the Swedish Hospital since 1906,
and was recently appointed consulting gyne-
cologist to the German Hospital, Brooklyn.
He has also been for several years consulting
surgeon to St. Christopher's Hospital, and a
member of the board of trustees of the Brook-
lyn Eye and Ear Hospital. Though busily oc-
cupied with a large priyate practice and the
duties of college and hospital positions. Dr.
Jewett finds time to take active part in the
work of the many professional societies of
which he is a member. He holds membership
in the Medical Society of the County of Kings,
of which he was president for three years,
1878-80; the Brooklyn Pathological Society;
the Brooklyn Gynecological Society, of which
he was president in 1893; the New York Ob-
stetrical Society, of which he was president in
1894; the New York Academy of Aledicine;
the Medical Society of the State of New York;
the American Academy of Medicine ; the New
York Physicians' Mutual Aid Association, of
which he was vice-president in 1891-93 ; the
American Gynecological Society, of which he
was vice-president; the Associated Physicians
of Long Island ; the Brooklyn [Medical So-
ciety ; the Associated Physicians of the City
of Greater New York ; the Red Cross So-
ciety ; the American Society for the Advance-
ment of Science : the Delta Kappa Epsilon
fraternity ; the University Club ; the Hamilton
Club and the Federation of Churches. He en-
joys the distinction of having been made an
honorary member of the Gynecological Sec-
tion of the Royal Society of Medicine of Great
Britain and of the Detroit Gynecological So-
ciety. Pie was honorary president of the Pan-
American Medical Congress in 1893, and was
one of the founders of the International Peri-
odical Congress of Gynecologists and Ob-
stetficians. Dr. Jewett has made many con-
tributions to medical literature, which are well
known as standard works. The titles of his
own volumes are : "Essentials of Obstetrics,"
and "A Manual of Childhood Nursing." He
was editor of "Practice of Obstetrics, by
American Authors." and the writer of several
of its chapters. He was a contributor to
"American Textbook of Obstetrics," Hamil-
ton's "System of Legal [Medicine," Keating &



Company's "Clinical Gynecology," Foster's
"Handbook of Therapeutics," and was one of
the collaborators of the "American Journal of
Gynecology and Obstetrics." -A. large number
of monographs and professional papers, read
before the leading medical societies, have been
published in the medical journals and in
pamphlet form.

Dr. Jewett married, in 1868, Abbie E. Flagg,
of New Hampshire, since deceased. Children :
Harold F. and Alice H. Dr. Harold F. Jew-
ett, embracing the profession of his father,
located in Brooklyn, _New York, and is meet-
ing with marked success as a physician and a


The surname Bennett or Ben-
BENNETT net is of ancient English ori-
gin and history, derived from
the personal name Benedict, of Latin origin.
It was in general use as early as the reigns of
Edward II and Edward III in England.
Among the early forms of spelling we find
Fitz Benedict, Bcnediscite, Bcndiste, Bendish
and Bennett. The ancient seat of the Bennett
family of England was the city of Norwich.
\^arious branches have coats-of-arms.

( I ) Nathan Bennet, as this branch of the
family has spelled the name for many gen-
erations, settled in Nova Scotia and New
Brunswick. He married Nancy Benner.
Among their children was Josiah, mentioned

(II) Josiah, son of Nathan Bennet, was
born in New Brunswick, January 30, 1815, in
the same house in which his son was born, in
the parish of Harvey, Albert county. He died
in 1864. He was a farmer all his active life,
living on the homestead at Harvey and in
Caledonia. He married, in 1840, Annie Ol-
son, born in New Brunswick, January, 1822.
Children: i. William, born in Harvey, Sep-
tember 12, 1842. 2. Martha, Harvey, May 5,
1845. 3. Eben Homer, Harvey, June 20,
1848, mentioned below. 4. Mary W., Cale-
donia, January, 1851. 5. Sarah J., Caledonia,
January, 1854. 6. Robert Watson, Caledonia,
September, 1857. 7. Peter W., Caledonia,
February, 1861. 8. Josephine, Caledonia, Jan-
uary, 1864.

(III) Dr. Ehcn Homer, son of Josiah Ben-
net, was born June 20, 1848, in the parish of
Harvey, Albert county, New Brunswick. He
attended the public schools of his native place
and graduated from the New Brunswick Nor-
mal School 1870. He taught for the ne.xt
three years in the public schools, then began
the study of his profession in the Jefferson

Medical College, of Philadelphia, Pennsylva-
nia, where he was graduated* with the degree
of M. D. in the class of 1875. He took post-
graduate courses in New York City and at
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Mary-
land. He was also a special student under
Professor Simons, of Baltimore, in the subject
of clinical microscopy. He began to practice
in Bryant, Illinois, in November, 1875, '^^'^
six months afterward, Alay, 1876, he came to
Lubec, Maine, where he has contiinied to the
present time in general practice as physician
and surgeon. He is a member of the County
Medical Society, the ]\Iaine Medical As-
sociation and the American Medical Asso-
ciation, and has been president of the
county society and vice-president of the
state society. He is a member of Wash-
ington Lodge, No. 37, Free Masons, of Lu-
bec. In politics he is a Republican. He is a
member of the school board and for many
years was superintendent of schools. He mar-
ried, February 3, 1873, Annie Wealthy, born
November 3, 1855, died May 11, 1892, daugh-
ter of William Conley, of Deer Island, New
Brunswick. Children: i. Cecelia Millicinth,
born October 28, 1876, attended the public
schools of Lubec, graduate of the Portland
high school and as trained nurse at the Bos-
ton City Hospital in 1902; married, 1902, C. E.
Watts, of Windber, Pennsylvania. 2. Mame
Seely, December i, 1879. attended the public
schools of Lubec. graduated Lubec high school
class of "96, Colby .Vcadcmy at New London,
New Hampshire, in 1897, Bates College, in
1901 : assistant in the Bates College library
for two years ; graduated from the Farming-
ton (Maine) Normal school in 1904; teacher
in the Lubec high school for three years : grad-
uated from Teacher's College, Columbia Uni-
versity. New York, in the class of 190S. 3.
Grace Lee, May 30, 1883, graduate of the
Lubec high school, took a course at the Farm-
ington Normal school; married, 1908. Ralph
H. Preble, of Portland, Maine. 4. Da Costa
Fitzmaurice, June 4, 1895, graduate of the
Lubec high school and the Hebron Academy ;
student in the University of Maine, class of

It is a course of great profit
PENLEY and pleasure to study the char-
acters and lives of those individ-
uals who stand forth in bold relief as leaders
in literature, politics, and in the stern com-
petition and activity of business life. Among
those of the two latter named classes belong
Hon. Albert Manchester Penley, a descend-



ant of one of the oldest families of Danville,
members of which have been prominent and
influential in the management and develop-
ment of the various communities in which they
settled, and have left descendants and repre-
sentatives to follow in their steps.

( I ) Joseph Penley, was born in Gloucester-
shire. England, Jnly 13, 1756. One day, while
visiting his elder brother, a hatter, in Lon-
don, he strayed down to the docks, was
seized by the press gang, hurried on board
a warship, which sailed without allowing him
the slightest opportunity to communicate with
his friends. AVhile the vessel was cruising oft
the iNIaine coast, angered at having received a
flogging for some trifling oiTense, he, with a
messmate, stole the ship's boat and came
ashore. Though closely pursued, they suc-
ceeded in escaping. He enlisted in the Amer-
ican army in the war that shortly followed,
served several years, and settled near its close
in Freeport, Maine. He married Esther Fogg
and among their children was a son, John, see

(H) Captain John, son of Joseph and Es-
ther ( Fogg ) Penley, was born near Strout's
Point, in Freeport, then included in the town
of North Yarmouth, May 11, 1782. He was
a boy of ten when the family removed in 1792
to P'ejepscot. Although his opportunities for
acquiring an education were very slight, he
improved them to such an extent that his busi-
ness career did not suffer in the least from
the disadvantages under which he labored. His
entire life was spent upon a farm, and some-
times he owned and operated as many as eight
or ten, but the purchase and sale of horses and
cattle was the occupation in which he was
specially interested and to which he gave much
attention during the fourscore years he lived
in Danville. He was one of the pioneers in
the now important industry of sending JMaine
cattle to the Brighton market, and one of his
droves was the second driven out of the state
to that market. He was an active factor in
the management of the Lewiston Falls Bridge
Company, for forty years the inost important
of the local corporations, and in 1847 '^^'^^
one of the organizers of the Auburn Bank,
which was first named the Danville Bank, and
long continued one of its directors. He repre-
sented the town of Danville in the legislature
in 1824 and 1838, and was repeatedly elected
to various municipal offices, in all of which he
gave entire satisfaction to his townsmen and
constituents. He was an attendant of the Free
Baptist church near his homestead, gave liber-
ally of his time and money toward the care

and repair of the building and of the burying-
ground adjacent, during his life, and at his
death bequeathed to it $1,000. He was a man
of exemplary character, sterling integrity, just
and honorable in all business transactions,
kind and considerate to the poor and needy,
and was esteemed by all who had the honor
of his acquaintance. Captain Penley married
(first) in 1802, Desire Dingley, by whom he
had thirteen children. Married (second) in
1834, Julia A. Wagg, by whom he had five
children, namely: i. Louisa V., married Asa
Garcelon. 2. Flattie E., married S. T. Davis.
3. Caroline M., married J. \V. Peables. 4. Al-
bert M., see forward. 5. W'infield S. Captain
Penley, who won his title by many years' serv-
ice in the state militia, died January 13, 1873,
in his ninety-first year.

(Ill) Albert Manchester, son of Captain
John and Julia A. (Wagg) Penley, was born
in Danville, July 22, 1847. He was reared on
the home farm, and his education was ac-
quired at the Edward Little Institute and
Maine State Seminary. For two years after
completing his studies he served in the capa-
city of school teacher, after which he turned
his attention to the farm, conducting opera-
tions thereon until January i, 1874, when he
purchased the meat and grocery interest of
L. F. Chase in the mercantile house of Chase
& Peables, and formed the firm of Peables &
Penlev, which continued until Mr. Penley re-
tired, January i, 1883, a period of nine years.
The following September he engaged in the
same business on his own account at No. 98
Maine street. Auburn, which he has continued
to the present time. In addition to this he
has been a director of the Auburn Foundry
Company from 1883, 'and its president since
September, i8go ; a director of the Auburn
Loan and Building Association since its or-
ganization ; a director and treasurer of the
Androscoggin Land Association since its for-
mation in 1887; a director and president of
the Penley Cemetery Corporation, organized in
1889. Mr. Penley has always been staunch
in his advocacy of Republican principles and
candidates, and has frequently been selected
for positions of official trust. He served as
warden of ward 4 of Auburn from 1872 to
1874; member of the common council, 1880-
82; alderman, 1884; member of the Republi-
can city committee, 1883, and was its chair-
man in the important campaign of 1884; over-
seer of the poor from 1883 to 1885; mayor,
1887. re-elected in 1888: in 1889 was chosen
to fill a vacancy in the officer of overseer of
the poor until 1891, when he was elected for



three years, and in 1890 was chosen one of
the superintending school committee of Au-
burn, and continued in that capacity for ten
years, and also one of its representatives to
the legislature for two terms, 1891-93. In
1897 he was appointed to fill an unexpired
term as county commissioner by Governor
Llewellyn Powers, serving thus for one year.
He was then elected for a short term of two
years, and in 1900 was elected for a full term
of six years. In 1S93 he was elected a trustee
of the Auburn Savings Bank and has served
to the present time (1909). J\lr. Penley is
also prominently connected with brotherhood
associations ; is a Knight of Pythias, a Knight
of Honor since 1887, grand dictator of the
order in Maine in 1885, and a member of the
Supreme Lodge in 1886-87. He joined Tran-
quil Lodge of Free Masons in 1873. King
Hiram Chapter, Dunlap Council, and Lcwiston
Commandery, 1874; Lewiston Lodge of Per-
fection, 1880; Portland Council of Princes of
Jerusalem, Dunlap Chapter Rose Croix and
Maine Consistory, S. P. R. C, 1881 ; received
the thirty-third and highest degree in Masonry
in 1888, creating him sovereign grand in-
spector-general of the Northern JMasonic Ju-
risdiction. In 1875 h^ assisted in organizing
Ancient Brothers Lodge, and was its master
from 1876 to 1878. He was high priest of
Bradford Chapter in 1878-79, thrice illustrious
master of Dunlap Council from 1880 to 1882,
commander of Lewiston Commandery from
1882 to 1884, and thrice potent grand master
of Lewiston Lodge of Perfection from 1887
to 1889. He has served as senior grand war-
den in the Masonic body in 1895 ; was grand
high priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chap-
ter of Maine from 1892 to 1894; was grand
master of the Grand Council of Maine, Royal
and Select Masters, from 1889 to 1891. He
joined Aleppo Temple, Boston, September 15,
1887, and is a member of Kora Temple, A. A.
O. N. M. S., of Lewiston, of which he was
a charter member in 1891 and served as poten-
tate in 1905. Mr. Penley has always resided
in "Old Danville." and in i8go built one of
the handsome residences of Auburn, on the
corner of Maine and Elm streets. He is a
man of strong personality, generous impulses,
and possesses the faculty of winning and re-
taining friends to an unusual degree. Mr.
Penley married, at Deering, Alaine, October
18, 1875, Georgia A., daughter of Jonathan
and Mary (Fickett) Pennell, of that town.
Children : Georgia Maryett, married Samuel
Stewart, of Lewiston, Alaine, in 1900; two
children, Evelyn E. and Ruth F. ; John Albert,

married Ethel F. Lindsay, of Lewiston, Maine ;
Julia Lida. The family are attendants of the
Congregational church of Auburn.

The genealogists appear all at sea
W'lLL.S in tracing the ancestral line of

the descent of the Wills of Somer-
set county, Maine, and by reason of the ease
by which the three surnames, Wills, Willis and
Mills, are confounded, it has proved futile to
make any reasonable connection in the sec-
ond, third, fourth, fifth and sixth generations.
It is presumed by the family and supported
by tradition that the immigrant ancestor was
Thomas Wills, of Exeter, England, w-ho was
granted one hundred and sixty acres of land
in Kittery, Maine, in 1677, and who mar-
ried for his second wife, in 1669, Lucy, daugh-
ter of James (who died before 1650) and
Katherine (Shapleigh) Treworgy, and widow
of Humphrey Chadbourne. She was born in
Kittery about 1632 and married as her third
husband Hon. Elias Stileman, of Portsmouth.
They had a daughter, Sarah, who married
John Gear, and a son, Thomas Jr., a mariner,
who married Sarah, daughter of Walter Ab-
bott, of Portsmouth. Supposing that Thomas
Jr. was born in 1675, the third generation
would be 1705, the fourth 1740, the fifth
1770, the sixth 1795, and the seventh 1824.
Assuming this, we place Ruel Wills as of the
seventh generation. If this is not the Ameri-
can immigrant ancestor of Ruel and Fred J.
Wills, we find one Samuel Wills, of Hartford,
Maine, who was married November 28. 1688,
to Mary (Taylor) Love, widow of William
Love, of Salmon Falls, Maine. She died be-
fore 1695 ^"d 'ic husband, Samuel Wills, sold
to "his late wife's brother. John Taylor, of
Hampton, the estate of William Love."

(VH) Ruel Wills was born in Mercer,
Somerset county, Maine, in 1824, and died
February 10, 1903. He received a common
school education and learned the shoe manu-
factory business. He was for many years
a member of the shoe manufacturing firm of
John F. Cobb & Comi^any. He married
( Rhoda Millet, sister of John F. Cobb's
first wife, 1849. H's wife died 1859. In i860
he married (second) Lavina Millet, sister of his
decea.sed wife. She died 1861. In 1862 he
married (third) Esther, daughter of David
and Patty (Robinson) Corliss, of Hartford,
Maine. His children were: i. Herbert, born
September, 1863, Auburn, Maine. 2. Carrie,
born July 30, 1865, in Auburn, married Gil-
bert Hersey. 3. Fred Irving (q. v.). 4. Ar-
thur A., born Auburn. 5. Elmer, born Turner,



June I, 1S71. 6. Albert, born Turner, Octo-
ber 27. 1S72. 7. Perley, born Turner, ilay
28, 1874. 8. Ernest, born Minot, December
25, 1879. All born in state of Maine.

(VHI) Fred Irving, second son and third
child of Ruel and Esther (Corliss) Wills, was
born in Auburn, Maine, December ig, 1867.
He was but eight years old when he was
bound out to a farmer, who cultivated a large
farm and here worked and received his board,
clothes and short winter terms at school until
he was sixteen years old, when he worked for
a grocer, receiving for his first year's work
his board and one hundred dollars, with a
liberal increase from year to year. When he
had reached his majority, he had accumu-
lated a considerable sum of money, which he
invested in the grocery business in Lewiston,
Maine, which he was still carrying on in 1909.
In addition to this business he was passenger
and exchange agent for the Atlantic liners
running between Boston, New York and other
American ports to all parts of Europe. He
affiliated with the Masonic fraternity; with
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and
with the Sons of St. George. His political
affiliation is with the Republican party, and
his religious home the Protestant Episcopal
church. He married. June 19, 1889, Nettie A.,
daughter of John and Alice (Hartley) Gar-
ner, of England, and their children, Carrie
Alice and Russell Garner, were born in Lewis-
ton, Maine.

This name is not of fre-
MERRIFIELD quent occurrence inx\mer-
ica, but was common in
Devonshire, England, where at one time its
bearers were of considerable distinction and
owners of large landed estates. The name is
probably a contraction of St. Mary's Field,
there having been in England a village of this
name, which was also given to a bridge and
used to describe an estate. John Merrifield ap-
pears in the list of passengers on a ship which
left England for America in 1635, and he was
probably the ancestor of all those bearing the
name in this country.

(I) Simeon Merrifield was probably born in
1718 or 1720. He enlisted under }\Iajor John
Storer, in Wells, Maine, in 1740, and sailed
for Boston in a transport, March 24 of that
year, to join the Louisburg expedition under
Pepperell. As far as can be ascertained his
children were : Simeon, who settled in Wells
near the" South Berwick line, Samuel and

(II) William, son of Simeon Merrifield, was

born in 1747. lie settled on the Sanford
Grant, where he cleared a fine farm, which
has been held by his descendants since that
time. He married, December 6, 1771, Hepzi-
bah Furbush, and as far as is known their
children were : Nathaniel, see forward ; Will-
iam, born February 16, 1774; Jacob, January
4, 1776; settled in Sanford, married Lucy
Ricker and had a numerous family.

(III) Nathaniel, eldest child of William and
Hepzibah (Furbush) Merrifield, was born
September 21, 1772. He resided in Lisbon,

Maine. He married Furbush, and had

children : Jacob, see forward ; William,
Abram, Nathaniel, Margaret, Rhoda and Rc-

(IV) Jacob, sou of Nathaniel and

(Furbush) Merrifield, was born in Lisbon,
Maine, about 1800. While still a young man
he removed to Waterville, Maine, where he
followed the occupation of a lumberman. He
was married to Esther, born in 1812, a daugh-
ter of Tristram and Miriam (Nason) Ricker,
the former a farmer. They had children:
George Alpheus Lyon, see forward; Helen M.,
born January 28, 1841 ; three who died in in-
fancy ; Tinnie, born June 7, 1849, is living in
Falls Church, Virginia; Clara Isabel, born
April 20, 1851. Of these children only George
Alpheus Lyon and Tinnie are living at the
present time (1909).

(\') George Alpheus Lyon, eldest child of
Jacob and Esther (Ricker) Merrifield, was
born in Waterville, Maine, March i, 1839. At
that time the family were living in the little
cottage long occupied by the late Rufus Nason
(a relative of the Merrifield family), now
standing on Upper Maine street. Mr. Merri-
field was named for the Hon. George Evans, a
noted politician of that time, and the Hon.
Alpheus Lyon, an early resident of the town.
His education was acquired in the public and
high schools of his native town and in the
Waterville Liberal Institute. He was engaged
until 1865 in the boot and shoe business in
Waterville, wholesale, retail and manufactur-
ing branches, and in that year went to Wash-
ington, District of Columbia, where, through
the influence of the Hon. H. Hamlin, he was
appointed to a clerkship in the United States
pension office, June 5, 1865. He rose through
the various grades until he now holds the
position of principal examiner, under an act of
congress creating that office. He is one of the
few persons enjoying the distinction of having
served continuously in the United States pen-
sion office at \\'ashington for a period of over
forty-four years. He has resided in Falls



Church, \irginia, for thirty-four years, going
to Washington on ihe morning of every legal
business day. Mr. Merrifield is Republican in
politics. The town of Merrifield, Fairfax
county, Virginia, was named in his honor.
He is a director of the Falls Church Bank
and Trust Company, and president of the
Falls Church Improvement Company. He is
a member and deacon of the Falls Church
Congregational Church, a member of the
Waterville (Maine) Lodge, No. 33, Free and
Accepted Masons, a member of the Congre-
gational Club of Washington, District of Col-
umbia, and was its president, secretary and
treasurer for a number of years. Mr. Merri-
field married (first) September 22, 1868, El-
len Augusta King, of Washington, District of
Columbia, who died March 21, 1892, and had
children : Edith Octavia and Everett Piatt.
Edith Octavia married the Rev. Arsene B.
Schmavonian, of Constantinople, Turkey,
where they now reside, and where he is pas-
tor of an Armenian Congregational church.
He was educated at the Divinity School in
Hartford, Connecticut, and lived for a time
in Falls Church, and in Hyde Park, Massa-
chusetts. Their children are: Gregory, born

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