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November 26. 1786, settled in Parsonsfield,
Maine, where he died January 25, 1863. He
was engaged in farming. He married, March
21, 1816, Olive Towne. Their children were:
I. Sophia, born October 16, 1816-17, married
Amasa Allen. 2. ]\Iary, September 7. 1818,
married Amasa Doe. 3. Usher P. 4. Clara
T., August 31, 1 82 1, married Uriah Rutland.
5. Burleigh, August 13, 1823. married Nar-
cissa Pease. 6. Lorenzo D., Januar)- 25. 1825,
married Hannah Fitzpatrick, died 1907. 7. Liz-
zie W'.. November 9, 1826. married Edward
Gordon, and lives at Winter Hill. Massachu-
setts, with her nephew, Wesley Uoe. 8. Roxy
S., March 2-/, 1828, married Hiram C. Walker,
and lived at Springfield, Illinois ; died in New
York City. 9. John A., November 17, 1829,
married Sarah Shaw, and resided at South
Parsonsfield. Maine: now deceased. 10. La-
vinia. July 4, 1832, died 1892. 11. Martha,
January 7, 1837, died December, 1908. 12.
Bradbury N.. June 4, 1841. died February 11,


(\ II) Usher P., eldest son of Nathaniel
(3) and Olive (Tow^ne) Pease, was born Jan-
uary 29, 1820, at South Parsonsfield, Maine.
Soon after reaching his majority he removed
to Watertown, ^lassachusetts, where he was
first employed on the Cooledge Farm : he
then entered the employ of a firm dealing in
ice, Russell, Harrington and Company, of
Charlestown, Massachusetts, remaining with
them and their successors (Reed & Bartlett)
until the forming of the Boston Ice Company,
with which he became connected, and served
this company tor more than thirty-five years,
until his death. From 1851 he made his home
in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He married,
January 12. 1845, ''t South Parsonsfield,
Maine, Juliette Williams, born February 22,
182 1. He was one of the oldest members of the
First Free Baptist Churcii. of Boston, of which
he was deacon for more than forty years. His
children were: i. Major Albion P. 2. Cur-
tis S.. born June 8, 1849, married Cora E.
Butler, and has two children, Ethelwyn and
Bronson ; he resides in Maiden and has been
connected w'ith the Boston Ice Company for
forty-three years. 3. Susie E.. May 21, 1855.
married Jame~ Morrison, and has two daugh-

ters, Ella, wiio married Richard \'eale, and
Lillian, who married Harry E. Osgood, and
resides in Somerville. 4. .Alia, July 31, 1859,
married Charles E. Crouse, of Syracuse, New
York. 5. Elmer E., May 22, i86i, married,
in Boston, June 26, 1888, Lizzie Folsom, and
has one child, Roland F., born in Kansas City,
Missouri, August 30, 1890. Lizzie Folsom
was daughter of Josiah D., born in Stark,
Maine. Alarch 27. 1830. and Louisa P. (Up-
ton) Folsom, of North Troy, \ermont-, born
September 29, 1829; they were married in
Saugus, Massachusetts, November 26, 1856.
Mr. and Mrs. Pease reside in Somerville and
he is with the American Net & Twine Com-
pany, of Boston.

(VIII) Major Albion P., eldest son of
Usher P. and Juliette (Williams) Pease, was
born December 14. 1846, in Parsonsfield, on
the old Pease homestead, which has been in the
possession of the family for more than two
hundred years. He received his early educa-
tion at Charlestown, remaining in that place
until he reached the age of fifteen years, when
he enlisted in the United States army, being
enrolled as private, September 10, 1862, in
Company H, Fifth Massachusetts Infantry,
and discharged July 2, 1863. Shortly after-
ward he accepted a position in the quarter-
master's department of the Cavalry Bureau, at
Memphis, Tennessee, where he was in the
service under Captains Grierson and Bow-
man, and soon w-on the confidence of the for-
mer. A battalion of citizens was being or-
ganized to prepare for attacks which might
be made by Forrest's Rough Riders, and at
his request IMr. Pease was appointed a cap-
tain lo drill them, exercising the authority of
captain and being recognized in that capacity.
This appointment was not made through the
war department, but w'as done by virtue of
the commanding officer's granted or assumed
authority. He was never regularly mustered,
and in addition to his work of drilling men he
still, at intervals, attended to his duties in the
office of Captain Grierson, of the quarter-
master's department. He continued this until
the close of the war and at one time took a
fleet of boats, loaded with horses, to Gen-
eral Sheridan on the Red river, in Louisiana,
who had his army massed there prepared to
suppress Maximilian, of Mexico, should it be-
come necessary at the close of the war. Dur-
ing the time he was in service he was engaged
in the following battles : Kinston, W'hitehall,
Gouldsboro, Blount's Creek, Rawds Mills,
^Joseley's Creek, Deep Gully, Siege of New-
bern. Wilkinson Point, Core Creek, all in

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North Carolina, also in raids on Memphis an 1
the raids of Generals' Osborne and Grierson,
and in Sheridan's Texas expedition. Captain
Pease at this time expected a captain's com-
mission from President Lincoln, but the trag-
edy which took away the nation's ruler pre-
vented this, and as Captain I'ease was then
a very young man he did not realize his pecu-
liar position and continued on his round of
duties until the spring of 1866, when he re-
ceived a commission as major, though he
never had a chance to see active service with
his regiment, which was the Seventh Missouri
Volunteer Infantry, then stationed at Mem-
phis, Tennessee. He assisted, however, in
winding up the affairs of the quartermaster's
bureau and in the sale and inventory of the
large number of mules, horses and other prop-
erty, and in July, 1866, resigned from the
army and returned to Massachusetts. He lo-
cated at Charlestown, starting a wholesale es-
tablishment for the sale of jewelry and fancy
goods, in Milk street, Boston, where he re-
mained until the big Boston fire, in which he
sustained a heavy loss, and after closing up
his business he took a position as traveling
salesman for Charles \\'. Baldwin. In June,
1874, he opened the Albion Ninety-nine Cent
Store, at Dover, New Hampshire, and subse-
quently opened branches at Great Falls and
Rochester, continuing in this industry until the
latter part of 1876, when he was advised to
remove to the country on account of impaired
health, and he then purchased a farm of
twenty-five acres at Andover, remaining on
it until 1880. In that year he sold his farm
and removed to Kansas City, ^lissouri, where
he represented the jewelry firm of M. D.
Quimby & Company, of Boston, Massachu-
setts. Two years later he was appointed
United States marshal for the Western Dis-
trict of ]\Iissouri, serving until Cleveland's in-
auguration, when he resigned. These were
probably the two most strenuous years in the
life of Major Pease.

During this time the James brothers, Frank
and Jesse, were committing their acts of
crime, and Major Pease was ordered to ar-
rest Frank. As they were considered the most
desperate criminals then at large, the task was
a most hazardous one, yet his courage did not
fail, and going to their home, taking with him
a posse of deputies whom he left outside, he
entered the house alone ; they were warned by
members of their family of his arrival there,
got out of bed, and going over an adjoining
roof on their hands and feet, they reached the
ground, and, grunting like hogs, deceived the

men who were stationed outside, and made
their escape in the darkness. A short time
afterward, however, IMajor Pease arrested
Frank James at Gallatin, Missouri, and with
the assistance of but one man took him to
Iluntsville, Alabama, for trial for the robbery
of Paymaster Smith, of the United States
army. During this entire trip he did not even
place handcuff's upon him, but previous to
starting he informed ]\lr. James that if he
should make the slightest attempt to escape he
would shoot him dead instantly. Major Pease
was largely interested in real estate until the
depreciation of 1889. Shortly afterward he
received the appointment of general agent for
the ^Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
Company, at Kansas City, Missouri, and until
1904 represented this and other companies at
that place, being then requested to return to
the East, where important matters awaited
him. He was the leading spirit in the organ-
ization of the Employers' Association of Mas-
sachusetts, with headquarters at Boston, and
still fills the responsible ofhce of secretary to
that body. This bids fair to become one of
the most important national organizations, its
principles being as follows: i. No closed shop.
2. No restriction as to the use of tools, ma-
chinery, or materials, except such as are un-
safe. 3. No limitation of output. 4. No re-
striction as to the number of apprentices and
helpers, when of proper age. 5. No boycott.
6. No sympathetic strike. 7. No sacrifice of
the independent workman to the Labor Union.
8. No compulsory use of the union label. The
capacity for work possessed by Major Pease
seems practically unlimited. As an instance :
During the teamsters' strike in Boston he was
at his desk eighteen hours each day for a
period of four months, and during this time
had a steamship which had been a government
transport fitted out in New York City and
sent to Boston, where it remained in the har-
bor for the housing and feeding of the men.
Ever since the organization of the Grand Army
of the Republic, Major Pease has been one of
its most active members and has held offices
as follows: Captain and charter member of
Post No. 10, Department of Maine ; officer of
guard, Post No. 11, Department of Massa-
chusetts; adjutant and commander. Post No.
4, Department of Missouri : charter member
of Post No. 3. Department of Missouri : assist-
ant adjutant general of Department of Mis-
souri. In 1881 he organized the Department
of Missouri and served four years as assistant
adjutant general under Major (now United
States Senator) William Warner, of Kansas



City, and in that time organized no less than
two hundred and six posts and signed as many
charters with his official signature ; among
these was the celebrated Ransom Post of St.
Louis, which had the honor of General Sher-
man as commander. The various posts or-
ganized by Major Pease comprise a member-
ship of over six thousand, and during the years
that he was engaged in this work he traveled
over fifty thousand miles and sent out over
one hundred thousand letters. He was the
first man to bear the title of assistant adjutant
general of the state of Missouri, and posssibly
no man now living has done a greater amount
of work in Grand Army of the Republic cir-
cles. He is now a member of Post No. 113,
of Boston, and has just been elected and in-
stalled senior vice-commander of this post.
Major Pease married, January 29, 1903, Eliza-
beth, daughter of John and Rachel (McLean)
Carroll, of Springfield, IMassachusetts.

This name is an ancient and hon-
FIELD orable one in England, and can be
traced far back of the Conquest.
Probably not a dozen families in England can
prove so high an antiquity. It was anciently
written De la Field or De la Feld, but about
the middle of the fourteenth century the spell-
ing was changed to Field, or, in some cases,
Feild. There is a statement in Symonds"
diary that he saw the arms of the Field fam-
ily on monuments of knights in Madely church,
which were of the thirteenth century. They
were : Sable, three garbs argent. These arms,
differenced by a chevron, were confirmed to
John Field at East Ardsley, in the manor of
Wakefield, 1558. They are now on an old
house at Crofton, where several of the same
family resided in the sixteenth and seventeenth

(I) Roger del Field was born at Sowerby,
England, about 1240. He was descended from
Sur Hubertus De la Feld, and the head of
the family which settled in counties Lancaster
and Kent, England. Children: i. Richard,
born about 1276. 2. Thomas, mentioned be-

(II) Thomas, son of Roger del Field, was
born at Sowerby, about 1278. He was a
juror at Sowerby in 1307. He was named in
the Wakefield rolls in 13 14 and 1322, when
he was at Halifax Court. Children: i. John,
mentioned below. 2. Adam.

(III) John del Feld, son of Thomas, was
born at Sowerby, in 1300. He was named in
the Wakefield rolls in 1326-34-36, when he

had land at Sowerby. lie had one child,
Thomas, mentioned below.

(I\') Thomas, son of John del Feld, was
born at Sowerby, in 1330. He married Anna-
belle — ■ . He was a prominent man, his

name occurring frequently in the rolls in posi-
tions of trust. He had one child, Thomas,
mentioned below.

(\') Thomas, son of Thomas del Feld. was
born at Sowerby, in 1360. He married Isa-
bel ■ . On IMarch 12, 1429, "Thomas Del

Felde de Bolton"' made his will, bequeathing to
his wife Isabel all his land and tenants "in
villa and tertory de Bynglay" for life, the re-
mainder to his heirs. He died in 1429. Chil-
dren : I. Robert. 2. ^^'illiam, mentioned be-

(\T) William Feld, son of Thomas, was
born possibly at Bradford, England. He mar-
ried Katherine — . Letters of adminis-
tration were granted his widow April 21, 1480.
He resided in the parish of Bradford, Eng-
land. Children: i. William, mentioned be-
low. 2. John.

(VH) William, son of William Feld, was
born at Bradford, England, and resided at
East Ardsley, England. Children: i. Rich-
ard, married Elizabeth . 2. Thomas.

3. John, mentioned below.

(Vni) Rev. John Field, son of William
Field, was born near Bradford, England,
about 1519. He was rector of Cripplesgate,
and the author of "A Godly Exhortation by
Occasion of the Late Judgment of God Showed
at Paris Garden 13 Jan. 1583," a violent at-
tack upon theatrical entertainments. He died
March 26, 1587-88. Children: i. Theophilus,

born January 22, 1574; married Alice .

2. John Jr., mentioned below. 3. Nathaniel,
born June 13, 1581; died young. 4. Nathan-
iel, born October 17, 1587; married Anne

(IX) John Field Jr., son of Rev. John Field,
was born in Parish St. Giles, London, Eng-
land, about 1579. He married, in Boston,
England, August 13, 1609, Ellen Hutchinson,
and resided there. He died in England.
Children: i. Darby, mentioned below. (See
Field Genealogy.) 2. Robert, born about
1613; married Mary Stanley. 3. Henry, born
about 161 1. 4. Richard.

(I) Darby Field, son of John Field, tenth
in the English line, and first of his family
in America, was born in Boston, England,
about 1610. He was called by Winthrop "an
Irishman," but tradition says he was born in
England, the brother of Robert, son of John



Field. He came to Boston, Massachusetts, in
1636, and for a short time was with his
brother Robert. In 1638 he removed to Exe-
ter, Xew Hampshire, and in 1648 to Dover,
where he died in iti4y. He was the first Eu-
ropean to ascend the White Mountains, which
he did witli two Indians in 1642. The as-
cent occupied eiglitceii days, and lie saw, he
said, "more marvelous things than ever any
one has seen since." He was one of the earl-
iest signers of the Exeler Combination. He
was living in 1644 at Oyster River ( Durham ),
New Hampshire, where he was licensed to sell
wine. Ambrose Gibbons was apiJbinted ad-
ministrator of his estate August i, 1651, and
the widow of Darby Field was taxed at Oys-
ter River in 1650. Children: i. Joseph, taxed
at Oyster River. 2. Zachariah, mentioned be-
low. 3. Sarah. 4. Elizabeth, married January
28. 1663, Stephen Jones, of Dover. 5. Mary,
bom about 1631 : married July 15, 1656, Cap-
lain John Woodman.

(II) Lieutenant Zachariah, son of Darby
Field, was born at Oyster River, and died
there before 1716, probably about 1709. He
resided at Oyster River. He married there
Hannah, daughter of Robert and Ann (Col-
cord) Evans. Her mother was daughter of
Edward and Ann (Wadd) Colcord, of Exeter
and Hampton, New Hampshire. Hannah
Field married (second), Richard Hussey.
Children: i. Daniel, born August 9, 1690. 2.
Zachary, mentioned below. 3. Stephen, mar-
ried Mary King.

(III) Lieutenant Zachary, son of Lieutenant
Zachariah Field, was born at Oyster River,
January 30, 1686. He received from his
father land and dwelling house lying east of
the road from Bellamy to Oyster River, and
west of John Drew's land. lie resided there
and died before 1737. He built Field's gar-
rison at Oyster River, in 1707, and was a
lieutenant. He married Sarah . Chil-
dren : 1. Daniel, born February 17. 1709;
married Sarah Haynes. 2. Zacliarias. men-
tioned below.

(IV) Zacharias, son of Lieutenant Zachary
Field, was born at Oyster River, August 9,
1712, and died in 1803. He married, in Fal-
mouth, November 9, 1738, Mary Wilson, born
August 7, 1 718. He resided in Falmouth.
Children: i. Daniel, born April 24, 1739;
married Lucy Ingersoll. 2. Betty, born May
27, 1741 ; married October 24, 1762, John
Crandal. 3. Zachariah, born June 3, 1743.
4. Dbadiah, born July 16, 1745; mentioned
below. 5. Joseph, born August 9, 1747. 6.
Molly, born December 27, 1749. 7. Benja-

min, born March 5, 1752; died May, 1752.

8. Benjamin, born May 8, 1754 ; married Han-
nah Hanson. 9. Lydia, born I'ebruary 15,
1759. 10. Stephen, born February 15, 1759

(\') Obadiah, son of Zacharias Field, was
born at Falmouth, Maine, July 16, 1745, and
resided there. . He married Rachel Harris.
Children: i. Amos, married Nancy Hart. 2.
Rachel, married, and removed to Ohio. 3.
Simeon, married Susan Marston. 4. Zach-
ariah, mentioned below.

( \T ) Zachariah. son of ()i)adiah l'"ield,
was born at Falmouth, Maine. He resided in
Cumberland, Maine, and married there Tabi-
tlia Lunt, who died there aged eighty. He
died aged seventy-six. Children: i. Josiah.
2. Benjamin. 3. Zachariah. 4. Joshua. 5.
Jacob. 6. Obadiah. 7. James. 8. Joseph.

9. John, mentioned below.

(VII) John, son of Zachariah Field, was
born in Cumberland, Maine, in 1801. He re-
moved to St. Albans, Maine, where he cleared
a hundred acre farm. He was a Universalist
in religion, and a Whig in politics. He died
in St. Albans, November i, 1881, aged eighty
years. He married, in Cumberland, Eliza
Baker, who died October 11, 1867, aged sixty-
seven years. Children: i. Huldah. born 1812.
2. Zachariah. 3. Josiah, born 1823, died in
California, in 1897. 4. Hannah B., born 1824;
died 1893. 5. Harriet E., born 1828. 6. El-
len, born 1830. 7. John Lunt, mentioned be-
low. 8. Caroline. 9. Emily. 10. William.

(VTII) John Lunt, son of John Field, was
Iprn in China, Maine, June 7, 1826, and died
May 19, 1906, in St. .Albans, Maine. He was
educated in the public schools of his native
town. He worked at farming during his boy-
hood. In connection with his farming pur-
suits he worked on the construction of the
old Aroostook county turnpike. After he re-
tired from his business, except farming, he en-
gaged in the fire insurance and patent solicit-
ing business, in which he continued to the
time of his death. In politics .Mr. Field was a
Republican until the time of the Greenback
movement, then of the Greenback and Demo-
cratic parties until 1902, when he voted for the
re-election of President Roosevelt. He was
selectman, collector of taxes, and town treas-
urer twenty years in St. Albans. He attended
the I'niversalist church, and was a member of
Corinthian Lodge of Free Masons, of Hart-
land, and past master of the lodge : also mem-
ber of St. Albans Grange, No. 1 14. Patrons of
Husbandry. He married Sarah Webber Farn-
ham, born December 13, 183 1, at Sidney,

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daughter of Simon and Xancy (Linscott)
Farnhani. Children : Llewellyn C, born May
3, 1S52. 2. George Walter, born October 20.
1856; mentioned below. 3. Elmer E., born
November 6, 1863.

(IX) George Walter, son of John Lunt
Field, was born at St. Alban?, October 20,
1856, and was educated in the public schools
of that town, Bloomfield Academy of Skow-
hegan, where he was a student in 1871 and
1872, and St. Albans Academy at Hartland,
where he was graduated in 1879. He studied
law in the offices of J, O. Bradbury, of Hart-
land, for three years, and was admitted to
the Maine bar March 20, 1884. He opened
an office and began to practice law in the town
of Harmony, ilaine. paying one dollar per
month rent. After one year he removed to
Oakland, where he has since been practicing.
Judge Field has not only been prominent in his
chosen profession, but in public life. He is a
leading Republican of this section ; was town
treasurer and tax collector of Oakland in
18S7: was for five years supervisor of schools,
and town agent ten years. He represented the
town of Oakland in the state legislature in
1899, and was chairman of the library com-
mittee, and member also of the committees on
salaries and federal relations. He has been
justice of the local police court for twenty-one
years, having been appointed for three terms
of seven years each. He was admitted to
practice in the United States circuit court at
Portland, September 27, 1898. He is a mem-
ber of Amon Lodge No. 95, Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows ; attends the Universalist

He married, October 2, 1886, Hattie A.
Farnham, born December 24, 1869, at New
Sharon, daughter of George A. and Mary
(Yeaton) Farnham. One of her ancestors, a
great-great-grandfather, Rev. Isaac Case, was
a centenarian, and celebrated his hundredth
birthday by preaching a sermon.

French Canadians, as a rule,
FORTIER are destined to play an im-
portant part in the history of
progress on the North American continent.
They love, are proud, and are scrupulously
jealous of their language and religion, and al-
though they take every means and endeavor to
learn the official tongue of their adopted coun-
try, the English, and teach it to their chil-
dren, they mean to preserve, as the most de-
sirable accomplishment, the use among them-
selves of the language of France — that happy
compound of the Celtic, the Romanic and the

Teutonic elements, which is so equally adapted
to the lightest literature and the most pro-
found diction of science. From this fact, they
do not so willingly and so easily assimilate
with other nationalities. This feature gives to
their colonies a distinct individuality. Their
settlements in Canada, in the Northwest, and
everywhere they set foot are fully as prosper-
ous and far more picturesque than those of
cosmopolitan peoples, while the truest Amer-
icanism and love of liberty form an undis-
puted and distinguished characteristic of those
who have settled among us in the New Eng-
land states and in the West.

(I) The subject of this sketch is a descend-
ant of Francis Fortier, a native of .Saint Henri,
Province of Quebec, Canada, who removed to
Sainte Marie, Beauce, Province of Quebec,
and there a large family of eighteen children
were brought up and received the limited edu-
cation that could be had in those forlorn days
of French educational facilities in Canada.
This family included a son, Frederique.

(II) Frederique. son of Francis Fortier,
married Esther Wright, and lived at Saint
Sylvestre, county of Lothiniere, Province of
Quebec. This union was blessed with a fam-
ily of thirteen children, eight sons and five
daughters, the third child being John L.

(III) John L. (baptized Jean B. Fortier),
son of Frederique and Esther (Wright) For-
tier, was born in Saint Sylvestre, county of
Lothiniere. Province of Quebec, Canada,
March 27, 1853. During his early boyhood
he had very limited educational advantages.
His school attendance was confined to a small
isolated country school in his native town, ir-
regularly kept, even these poor educational
privileges ceased at the time he made his first
communion at ten years of age. From that
time to the age of fifteen he was obliged to
devote most of his time to farm work, having
but a month or two during the winter season
to attend the meager country school in which,
outside of religious teachings, no incentive for
serious studying could be found. At the age
of fifteen he was forced to devote his entire
time to hard manual labor to help his father,
who had met with financial reverses so serious
as to call for the united efforts of the sons
in order to support the large family of thir-
teen. Bidding adieu to his parents, to his
acquaintances, and all the endearing scenes so
attractive to bo3'hood, he left his native home
during his fifteenth year, on July 22, 1868,
and found employment at Norton Hills. Ver-
mont, in the lumber vards and sawmills at
that place. Young Fortier thence went to

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