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tioned), November 28, 1813. The mother of
these children died soon after the birth of the
last-named child. Samuel Crockett married
(second) April 17, 1783, Elizabeth Fickett,
of Buxton, who died 2\larch 6, 1845, agea
eighty-eight. Children : I. John, died young.
2. James; see forward. 3. John, born March
II, 1788; married Sally Richards, of Cape
Elizabeth. 4. Samuel, born February 20, 1790;
married (first) i'riscilla Harmon, Alarch 6,
1817, (second) Harriet Folsom. 5. Mary,
born February 3, 1792; married Colonel Sew-
ard Merrill, September 13, 1829. 6. Nathan-
iel, born April 22, 1794; married (first) Nancy
Sisk, and had daughter Nancy; (second)
Florinda True, of New Gloucester. 7. Silas,
born August 5, 1796, died May 24, 1868; mar-
ried Hannah Marriner, of Cape Elizabeth,
who died December 28, 1863, aged sixty-six.
8. Daniel, born May 21, 1800; married Ellen
Thomas, of Charleston, South Carolina, Alarch
19, 1829, and died at St. Augustine, Florida.

Nathaniel Crockett, before mentioned, was a
trader in Congress street, near Congress
Place. In about 1825 he built what is now
the Hunt house, in State street, next the
State street Church (on north side). The
F'rench roof was added by Mr. Hunt. ]\lr.
Nathaniel Crockett lived in this house about
fifteen years, and the land was all open to
Longfellow Square and Congress street.
(Nathan Gould's "History of State Street.")
Nathaniel Crockett afterward lived in Dan-
forth street, and died in 1878.

CV'I) James, son of Samuel (2) Crockett,

was born December 14, 1785. He was a
mason and builder. He lived on Pleasant
street, on Cumberland avenue, on Winter
street, and he built a brick house on High
street, west side, between Danforth and York,
known later as the John Bradford house, and
here he died, March 19, 1825. He married
Sally Poore (see Poore), of Portland, who
died' November 18, 1829, aged thirty-nine.
Children: i. Mary Ann, born July 17, 1809;

teacher at Fryeburg Academy ; married

Bradbury. 2. Martha, born September 15,
181 1 ; married William C. Poland, of Boston.
Mr. Poland was a builder and mason. He
secured the contract to build the Portland
postofRce, completed in 1857, and which was
so damaged that it had to be rebuilt after the
fire of 1866. 3. Harriet, burn December 26,
1813; married Charles H. Knox; moved to
Boston, 1838; died September 24, 1907. 4.
Leonard ; see forward. 5. Sarah, born May 10,
1819; married Albert Lyon, of Boston. 6.
James Poor, born February 22, died in Cali-
fornia, July 19, 1851.

(\'n) Leonard, son of James Crockett, was
born August 4, 1816, in Portland, in the mem-
orable summerless year, when in August ice
formed half an inch thick, and Indian corn
was so frozen it was dried and used for fod-
der; in the spring of 1817 farmers used corn
of 1815, which sold for four and five dollars
a bushel. In 1824 Leonard Crockett was a
pupil in the old South School, a large square
one-story building on the corner of Free and
Center (Love Lane) streets. A new brick
schoolliouse had been built that year in Spring
street, corner of Oak, and in November this
building was dedicated under the Lancastrian
system, with one hundred and forty scholars.
Leonard was one of the scholars in the pro-
cession, consisting of citizens and children of
the school, led by their instructor, Master
Jackson, which formed at the old school and
walked to the new building, where religious
services were held. There was a prayer from
Dr. Payson. Governor Parris addressed the
school and the exercises closed with a prayer
from Dr. Nichols.

Air. Crockett entered business life early, the
exact date not known, and was a 'draughts-
man for W'yer & Noble, of whom he learned
the business of coppersmith and brass founder,
after which he went into a manufacturing
business for himself. In 1858 the Portland
F'ire Department had nine engines, seven of
them built by Mr. Crockett: "Atlantic, No.
2," built in 1848; "Casco, No. i, 1850; "Port-
land, No. 5," and "Deluge, No. 7," 1851;

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"Dirigo, No. 8," 1852: "Ocean, No. 4," 1853;
and "Davidson, No. 6," 1854. At the time of
Mr. Crockett's death, in 1894, the old "At-
lantic," the property of the Veteran Firemen's
Association, was at Air. Crockett's undergoing
repairs. He also built engines for Matanzas,
Cuba ; for Wilmington, Delaware, and other
places, and carried on a large business in cop-
per and brass work for locomotives, steam-
ships, the United States lighthouse department,
and large manufacturing plants in New Eng-
land. He was considered an authority in all
branches of his business, and was well antl
favorably known in Boston, having large con-
tracts from the government for the lighthouses
on the Massachusetts coast.

On September 18, 1843, ^^i"- Crockett be-
came a member of Maine Lodge, No. i, and
in 1844 a member of Eastern Star Encamp-
ment, No. 2, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows. He was a constant attendant at the
Federal Street Baptist Church until it was
burned in 1866. From that time he went to
the High Street Church, until the last years
of his life, when it became somewhat difficult
for him to hear the service. He died March
5, 1894. Mr. S. H. Snow, treasurer of the
Revere Copper Company, on receiving notice
of his death, wrote :

"Our relations with Mr. Crockett have been
uninterrupted since, in 1848, he took the busi-
ness which had been carried on under various
names and with varying fortune, from the very
beginning of our corporate existence in 1828.
His methodical management inspired us with
the utmost confidence, and none of his tran-
sactions ever gave us the least anxiety. His
statements were never questioned, and our ex-
pectations of his action never disappointed.
The undersigned in this office continuously
since March, 1840, had learned to regard him
as a personal friend, and it will certainly be
an occasion of sadness to realize that his sunny
face is not again to be seen, nor his cheery
voice again heard."

He was emphatically a home-loving and
boqk-loving man, rising at four and five o'clock
to read and study. He was interested in all
subjects, though science and history claimed
the most of his attention. He had a never-
failing love for Scott and Dickens, and for the
characters of the latter he had a most remark-
able memory. He was a man of great dignity
and reserve, shrinking from any form of con-
spicuous notice. His quiet, almost severe,
manner, held people off for a time, but once
really known he was found to be genial and
companionable to both old and young.

Air. Crockett marrietl, in January, 1835-36,
Frances Ellen Talbot. She was born in Port-
land, February 19, 1817, and died October 15,
1894, eight months after her husband. Chil-
dren : I. James Poor, born September 14,
1836 ; drowned, 1858 ; unmarried. 2. Ellen
M., born April 25, 1838; married Charles F.

This name appears among the
POORE early names of New England

and it has been honored and is
still borne by many worthy citizens. The line
which traces to the early settlement of Goffs-
town was located in northwestern Massachu-
setts until the close of the revolution.

(I) John Poore, emigrant ancestor of those
bearing the name in this country, was born
1615, in Wiltshire, England, whence he came
to America in 1635, He settled in Newbury,
on the south side of Parker river, on that por-
tion known as "The Neck." In 1661 he had
sixty-one acres assigned to him, and in 1678
built a house which was still standing and in
possession of his descendants in 1878. Eight
generations were born in it down to that time,
and it had been used at one time as an inn.
He served as juryman in 1654-55-58-61-70-74-
78. He acted as attorney for Daniel Poore,
of Andover (supposed to have been his
brother) in an action tried March 26, 1667,
and again in 1681. He subscribed to the oath
of fidelity in 1678, and served on important
committees. In the seating of members he
was assigned to the front seat in the church.
He owned over one hundred acres of land, and
was among the most substantial citizens. He
died November 21, 1684, from exposure, while
lost on a hunting trip. Before the distribution
of his property, thirty pounds was reserved for
debts and "legacyes." Plis widow died De-
cember 3, 1702. Their children were named:
John, Hannah (died young), Elizabeth, Han-
nah, Henry, Alary (died young), Joseph,
Mary, Sarah, Lydia, Edward and Abigail.
The last two died in infancy.

(II) Henry, second son and fifth child of
John Poore, was born December 13, 1650, and
was made a freeman, Alarch 7, 1681. He set-
tled in the southern part of Newbury, a part
of his farm lying in Rowley. In 1693 ^^
sold out and purchased a farm in the western
part of Rowley, and his descendants were still
occupying this land in 1879. He was drafted
as a soldier in King Philip's war, December
6, 1675. w^as often tythingman in Rowlev,
bought and sold much land, and often assisted
in settling estates. His will was dated April



2, 1 741. He married September 12, 1679.
Abigail Hale, born April 8, 1662, and died
before 1729, daughter of Tliomas Hale Jr.,
who was born in England about 1633. son of
Thomas and Thomasin Hale. His wife Mary
was a daughter of Richard and Alice (Bos-
worth) Hutchinson, and was baptized Decem-
ber 28. 1630. in North Muskham, Notting-
hamshire, England. Henry and Abigail
(Hale) Poore.'had children: .Vbigail, Henry,
Jeremiah, Jilarv (died an infant). Mary, Han-
nah, Sarah. Benjamin, Elizabeth, Daniel, Sam-
uel and Lydia.

(HI) Captain Benjamin, third son of Henry
and Abigail (Hale) Poore, was born in Row-
ley, March 23, 1696. He settled in Rowley
on a forty-acre portion of the paternal home-
stead which his father had given him before
his death: he also had saltmarsh in Newbury.
When the parish of Byficld was incorporated,
about 1702, his place fell in that parish. His
transactions in real estate afterwards were
the sale of said marsh to Timothy Jackman
in 1745. the buying of Daniel and John Mor-
rison about six acres in Rowley, which he
sold said Jackman in 1745, and sold to Nehe-
miah Noyes thirteen acres in Rowley and two
acres in Bradford in 1752, and as one of a
committee leased some land for Byfield Par-
ish, in 1 74 1. He was one of the leading men
of his neighborhood, and held the important
title of captain, as is shown by the county
records. He made his will, June 19, 1758,
which was proved April 2, 1759. His son
Jeremiah was named as executor, and had the
easterly part of the homestead : and son Henry
had the westerly part of the homestead. He
married Elizabeth Felt, who survived him.
Their children were: Jeremiah, Abigail, Dan-
iel, Benjamin, Henry, Elizabeth and Mary.

(IV) Benjamin (2), third son of Benja-
min (i) and Elizabeth (Felt) Poore, was born
in Rowley, January 6, 1728, and died in the
spring of 1764. He was a cordwainer, and
settled on the east side of Pecker street, and
near where the First Baptist Church now
stands, on land he bought September, 1750, of
Thomas Thompson, and to which he added
more bought of Peter Ingerfield in 1757. He
married, June i, 1749, Sarah Bradley, of
Haverhill. She survived him and married
Abraham Sweatt, by whom she had three
•children, and died July i, 181=;. The children
of Benjamin and Sarah (Bradley) Poore
were: John, Sarah, Elizabeth (died young),
Rebecca. Samuel, Benjamin and Elizabeth.

(Y) Samuel, second smi .f Benjamin (2)
and Sarah (Bradley) Fimvl, was born in

Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1755, and died in
Portland, Maine. September 20, 1813. Ac-
cording to tradition he was one of the party
which destroyed the tea in Boston harbor at
the beginning of the war of the revolution.
He was a cordw-ainer, and settled in Portland.
Maine. He married, November 12, 1786, Lucy
Thomas, who died December 29, 1849, aged
eighty-two years, daughter of Captain Benja-
min Thomas, of Portland. Children, all born
in Portland : Sally. Benjamin, Samuel, Nancy,
Emily, John and Charles.

(\I) Sally, eldest child of Samuel and
Lucy (Thomas) Poore, was born about 1788,
and died in 1829. She married James Crock-
ett, born in Gorham, Maine, 1786, son of Sam-
uel and Elizabeth (Fickett) Crockett. (See
Crockett.) Their children w-ere : Mary Ann,
Martha, Harriet, Leonard, Sarah Poore and

This name is derived from
W'EBSTER the word Weber, meaning

weaver, and is probably an-
other form of the German name Webber.
Many of this family are of Scotch descent,
and many have made names for themselves in
English history. Our own eminent statesman
and orator, Daniel Webster, as well as Noali
Webster, the lexicographer, show the mental
capabilities of one branch of the family, and
in this country the name stands for those qual-
ities of mind and heart that go to make the
best citizen and most trusted member of so-

(I) James Webster was admitted to citi-
zenship in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, August 17,
1727, though it is not known from what part
of New England he had previously come ; he

died about 1763. He married Isabel ;

children: John, born September 5, 1726;
Mary, married George McClellan ; James,
married, September 22, 1756, Patience Web-
ber: Thomas; William.

(II) William, youngest son of James and
Isabel Webster, was born about 1740, in Cape
Elizabeth or Falmouth, Maine, and removed
to (hay, Maine, where he became captain of
militia, and also one of the first board of se-
lectmen. He married. December 24, 1769,
Mrs. Jane (Little) Yeaton, and they had three
sons who lived in Gray, Maine — Simon, Jo-
seph and John ; and William, who removed to
Durham. Joseph married Mary, daughter of
John and Elizabeth ( Dunning") Stackpole, and
was a captain of militia. William, the father,
dieil December 19, 1808.

(HI) Captain William (2), son of William



(1) and jane ( Little- Yeaton) Webster, was
born April 30, 1774, at Cape Elizabeth, and
died October 1, 1843. ^^ Duriiam, Maine. He
was a captain in the war of 1812. He became
one of the original settlers of Durham, Maine,
the number of his lot being 89, and his farm
was cleared by him from the unbroken forest ;
he also engaged in the manufacture of plows,
ox yokes, and other implements for the use of
fanners. He married Hannah, daughter of
John and Elizabeth (Dunning) Stackpole, sis-
ter of his brother Joseph's wife, who died at
Durham, June 29, 1851 ; children: Jane, born
September 5,' 1796, married Moses Rowe ;
Betsey, born October 11, 1797, married Wil-
liam Miller; William, born December 8, 1798,
married Jilary Grant ; Andrew, born August
13, 1800, died July 17, 1801 ; John S., born
October 25, 1801, married Eleanor Jordan;
Simon, born June 29, 1803, died unmarried, in
1827; Joseph, born March 26, 1806, married
(first) Lucinda Williams, (second) Mrs. Har-
riet (Hale) Webster, widow of his brother
Samuel : Samuel S. ; James D., born March 24,
1812, died December 30, 1812; Hannah Stack-
pole, born January 7, 1818, married Sewall

(I\') Samuel S., sixth son of Gaptain Wil-
liam (2) and Hannah (Stackpole) Webster,
was born May 2^,, 1809, at Durham, ]\Iaine,
and removed to Portland, where he engaged
in manufacturing, and for many years was
connected with the Falmouth Fireside Iron
Foundry, manufacturing castings and machin-
ery parts. He died in Portland, May 16, 1868.
He married Harriet Newell, daughter of Sam-
uel and Mary (White) Hale, born May 24,
181 5, who after his death married his brother
Joseph. (See Hale VHI.)

(\') Dr. Charles Edwin, son of Samuel S.
and Harriet X. (Hale) Webster, was born
February 9, 1841, at Portland, IMaine, and
died December 24, 1892, after a brief illness,
from pneumonia. After studying in the pub-
lic and high schools of his native city, he took
a college preparatory course at Phillips And-
over Academy, and then entered Bowdoin
College, from which he was graduated in
1866. He obtained his professional education
at the Medical School of ilaine, from which
he received the degree of M. D. in 1869. He
followed this with a course of study at the
Portland School for Medical Instruction, and
with lectures at the College of Physicians and
Surgeons in New York City. He then en-
tered upon practice at Portland, which was his
field of labor until liis death. In 1874-75 Dr.
Webster acted as city physician, and was for

a long time connected with the Portland Dis-
pensary, of which he was for some years treas-
urer. He also served many years as attending
physician at the State Reform School. He
was an active member of the Maine Medical
Society. His medical skill, as well as technical
knowledge and the accuracy with which he
made his diagnosis, brought him success in
many difficult operations. He was one of the
earliest to operate for appendicitis, and many
of his cases required the utmost surgical skill.
But he was modest and retiring, and his work
never received more notice or praise than he
could help. He had many friends among all
classes, and took as great interest in his poorer
patients as in those of ample means, endearing
himself to all by his kindly manner and un-
feigned friendliness and sympathy. He was
most unselfish, and gave the best of his health
and strength to his profession, laboring un-
sparingly of self and self-interest. He mar-
ried, January 15, 1873, Sophia Eloise Hart.
(See Hart V.)

(\T) Hanson Hart, only son of Dr. Charles
Edwin and Sophia E. (Hart) W'ebster, was
born February 16, 1877, ^^ Portland, Maine,
where he received his early education in the
public and high schools. He then entered
Bowdoin College, where he graduated with the
class of 1899. He was a member of Alpha
Delta Phi fraternity, and at graduation was
admitted to the honorary society, Phi Beta
Kappa. He then removed to Boston, where
he engaged in literary work. He is now em-
plo}eil in the educational department of
Houghton Mifflin Company, publishers, as
editor and advertising manager. Mr. Web-
ster is a member of the Harvard Church,
Brookline, in which town he makes his home.
He also belongs to the Bowdoin Alumni As-
sociation of Boston, the Boston City Club,
and the Winthrop Club of Brookline. He has
published monographs on various educational

This name probably originates
HART from the Anglo-Saxon word hart,

meaning deer. In England the
family were of good position and W'cU con-
nected, and several have made themselves
famous in this country. A John Flart w-as a
signer of the Declaration of Independence,
and Edmund, a descendant of Samuel Hart,
of Lynn, [Massachusetts, was a builder of
ships, among them the frigate "Constitution,"
of world-wide fame. ^lany of this name
fought in Colonial wars, also in the revolu-



(I) Colonel John Hart, born about 1705,
was living in Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
as early as 1753, and probably some time be-
fore, as in that year he sold land to the town
for a consideration of one hundred fifty dol-
lars, on condition that it be used as a burying
ground ; this was later known as North
Burying Ground. He took part in the cap-
ture of Louisburg; in 1758 he commanded a
New Hampshire company of one hundred
men, and marched to Lake George to join
General Abercrombie. He was for a time
sheriff at Portsmouth. He was a master ship-
builder, in 1754 selectman, in 1756 took part
in the Crown Point expedition, and before he
became colonel was lieutenant-colonel under
Colonel Nathaniel Meserve, who had a prom-
inent place in Portsmouth aflairs. Colonel
John Hart died October 30, 1777, aged sev-
enty-two years. By the three marriages eleven
sons were born, as follows : Thomas, a ma-
riner, died in Europe ; William, a mathemati-
cian; George, a blacksmith; John, a rope-
maker; Benjamin; Edward, a baker; Richard;
Joseph ; Henry, a blacksmith, moved to New-
ington ; Nathaniel, a blacksmith ; and Oliver, a
house carpenter.

(H) Benjamin, son of Colonel John Hart,
was probably born in Portsmouth, New
Hampshire. He married Esther, daughter of
Colonel Nathaniel and Jane Meserve, who
died December 30, 1806. Colonel Nathaniel
was son of Clement Meserve, of Scarborougli,
Massachusetts, who removed to Portsmouth,
New Hampshire; he was a carpenter. Colonel
Meserve had a daughter Jane, who married
Thomas Hart, brother of Benjamin.

(HI) Hanson Meserve, son of Benjamin
and Esther (Meserve) Hart, was born in
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and removed to
Portland, Maine.

(IV) Hanson Meserve (2), son of Hanson
Meserve (i) Hart, was born in 1807, at
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and came with
his parents to Portland, Maine. His first wife
was a Miss Hill, and he married (second)
Caroline, daughter of Willard and Sophia M.
(Pickvvorth) Richards, born September 16,
1819; they were married March 9, 1847. Chil-
dren by first wife: i. Adelaide, married Ros-
coe Elder. 2. Ellen, married Samuel A. True.
3. Abbie, married Cullen C. Chapman. 4.
Hanson Mitchell, died in civil war. By his
second wife he had one child, Sophia Eloisc.

(V) Sophia Eloise, daughter of Hanson
Meserve (2) and Caroline (Richards) Hart,
was born April 5, 1850, and married, January

15- ^^73' l^r. Charles Edwin Webster, of
Portland, Maine. (See Webster V.)

This name has been known in the
HALE county of Hertfordshire, England,

since early in the thirteenth cen-
tury, also being found in several other Eng-
lish counties in later times. In speaking of
Sir Matthew Hale, of Gloucestershire, Lord
Chief Justice, one historian states that the
name of Hale has been long known in that
county, where they have been esteemed for
their probity and charity. The name is found
in the various forms of de la Hale, de Hale,
at Hale, Hales and Hale, and at least seven
of this name had emigrated to the Colonies of
Massachusetts and Connecticut before the vear

(I) Thomas Hale, who lived in the parish
of \\'atton-at-Stone, in Hertfordshire, Eng-
land, married Joan Kirby, of the parish of
Little Munden, Herts; the registers of Little
Munden were lost before the year 1680, and
no monuments have been found in the church-
yard bearing either the name of Hale or
Kirby, so it is not known where he or his wife
were born. The names of his children are
found on the parish register of Watton, as
follows: Dionis, baptized August 15, 1602;
Thomas; Mary, baptized October 8, 1609;
Dorothy, baptized March 28, 1613; and Eliza-
beth, baptized August 31, 1617. Thomas
Hale, the father, was buried October 19, 1630;
he was a yeoman.

(II) Thomas (2), only son of Thomas (i)
and Joan (Kirby) Hale, was born probably in
May or June, 1606, as he was baptized June
15 of that year. The first record of him found
in America is when in 1638, he is found at
Newbury, IMassachusetts, having a wife and
two children. He removed to Haverhill, the
first record of his being assessed being in 1646,
and he heads the list of the first selectmen of
that place in that year; in 1677 'i^- with oth-
ers, is appointed to try small causes; in 164&
appointed to keep a ferry, and in 1649 3"<i
later he was constable at Haverhill. He re-
turned to Newbury before January, 1652, re-
moved to Salem before January 28, 1658,
where in 1659 his name appears as one of the
glovers of that town, and about 1661-62 re-
turned to Newbury, where he remained until
his death, December 21, 1682. His wife,
Thomasine or Tamosin, died in January, 1683.
He seems to have become possessed of con-
siderable land, and his name appears many
times in transactions of buying and selling



same. In 1670 a dispute arose in the church
at Newbury, iu which Thomas Hale sided
with the pastor, ahliough his son Thomas lield
an opposite opinion ; this did not, however,
seem to disturb the peaceful relations between
father and son. Children of Thomas ^d
Thomasine Hale : Thomas ; John, born in
England, April 19, 1635; Samuel, born in
Newbury, February 2, 1639-40; Apphia, born
1642, in Newbury, married Benjamin Rolfe.

(HI) Thomas (3), eldest son of Thomas
(2) and Thomasine Hale, was born Novem-
ber 18, 1633, in England. He came with his
parents to America, probably in 1637, and
seems to have taken up a permanent residence
in Newbury, where he died October 22, 1688,
at the comparatively youthful age of fifty-five
years. In 1670, when the dispute arose in
the Newbury church, he took sides against
Parson Parker, and was fined therefor by the
court at Ipswich, one noble. He was a man
of considerable property, and provided very

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