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14, 1735; Deborah, April, 1738, married Jona-
than Twombly; Stephen, April i, 1743; Mary,
about 1744, married (first) Ebenezer Cole, of
Somersworth. (second) Benjamin Preble, of
Ossipee, ( third ) Anthony Emery, of Bartlett,
all in New Hampshire; Aaron, July 13, 1745;
Nicholas, whose sketch follows : Elihu, No-
vember 7, 1 75 1. Some time previous to 1773,
Ebenezer Wentworth married ]Mrs. Elizabeth
(Monroe) Young, who died about 1790. Her
first husband lived and died at Rochester,
New Hampshire.

(XXI\ ) Nicholas, fifth son of Ebenezer
and Sarah (Roberts) Wentworth, was born
September 7, 1748, probably at Great Falls,
New Hampshire, and died at Effingham, New-
Hampshire, January 30, 1S40. He was a resi-
dent of Berwick, Maine, at the time of his
marriage, had removed to Rochester. New
Plampshire, in 1774, and afterwards lived at
]\Iilton, Conway and Effingham, all in the
Granite State. On September 9, 1771, Nich-
olas Wentworth married Patience, daughter
of Ezekiel and Martha (Lord) Wentworth,
of South Berwick, Elaine. She died at Con-
way, New Hampshire, October 24, 1827, in
her seventy-ninth year. The twelve children
of Nicholas and Patience (Wentworth) Went-
worth were : Stephen, born February 12,
1772; Ezekiel, [May 2, 1774; Edmund, Feb-
ruary 5, 1775; Phineas, IMarch 5, 1777; Paul,
whose sketch follows ; Enoch, October 22,
1780; Levi, about 1783; Daniel, January 12,
1785; Martha, died in childhood; Mary, died
in childhood ; John, died in infancy : Sarah,
August 5, 1793, married (first) Deacon John



Wentwortli. oecoml ) Rev. Enos G. Page,
both of Eftingham. New Hampshire.

(XX\') Paul, fifth son of Nicholas and Pa-
tience (Wentwortli) W'entworth, was born
October 2^. 1778. probably at Milton or Con-
way, New Hampshire. He lived in Conway
and died there July 18, 1849. ^n October,
1805, he married Eunice, daughter of Josiah
Forrest, of Eaton. New Hampshire, who was
born at Bridgewater. Massachusetts, April 17,
1787, and died at Conway, New Hampshire,
May I), 1867. They had eleven children :
Richard Odell. born January 14, 1807: Sarah
Thompson. March 28, 1808, married Josiah
Merrill: Harriet Newell, May 14, i8og, mar-
ried Warren Gannett, of Tamworth. New
Hampshire : Isaiah Forrest, whose sketch fol-
lows : Thomas. November 9, 1812: Rosetta,
March 9, 1814 : Lucy, January 9, 1816, mar-
ried (first) David Harvey, (second) Warren
Gannett: Ephraim Foster, December 9, 1818;
Eunice, December 2, 1820, married Josiah
Merrill, of Lovell, Maine; Paul, September
12, 1823: and Nancy Merrill, December i,

(XXVT) Dr. Isaiah Forrest, second son of
Paul "and Eunice (Forrest) Wentworth, was
born February 11, 181 1, at Conway. New
Hampshire, and died 1877. lie was a physi-
cian at Milan, near the line of Dummer, New
Hampshire. On November 28. 1837, he mar-
ried Ruth Elizabeth Page, of Conway, New
Hampshire, who was born July 24, 1818. They
had eight children : Ann Augusta, mentioned
below: Thomas, born February 26, 1845,
served in the civil war from 1863 to 1865,
married Eldora Perkins; Frances Helen, May
8, 1846: Elizabeth. September 27, 1848, mar-
ried Solon Robinson : Isaiah, November 6,
1850: Addie, March 6, 1855; Rosetta, March
26, 1857: Frank, July 30, i860.

(XXVH) Ann Augusta, oldest child of Dr.
Isaiah Forrest and Ruth E. (Page) Went-
worth, was born at Conway, New Hampshire,
January 6, 1841. In 1861 she was married at
Berlin. New Hampshire, to William H. Dale,
born June 20, 1837; they lived at Minot,
Maine. Their daughter, Nellie A. Dale, mar-
ried Charles H. Nudd, of .Auburn, Maine.
(See Nudd, III.)

Professor Horace Melvvn
ESTABROOKE Estabrooke. one of the
leading educators of the
State of Maine, is of the second generation of
his family in the United States, his father,
Leverett E. Estabrooke, being the first to cross
the border from New Brunswick, that prov-

ince which has given to Maine and other
states so much of their best blood. The fam-
ily name has various spellings, but all evolved
from East Brook, meaning ''the man who
lived on the east side of the brook."

( I ) Thomas Turney Estabrooke was born
in Blackville, New Brunswick, in 1792, and
died in 1823. He married lane Monroe, who
was of Scotch descent. Their children were
Eliza. Louisa, Leverett E., and Francis. After
the death of Mr. Estabrooke his widow mar-
ried for her second husband, Francis Pette-
grew Hunter, by whom she had several chil-
dren, the only one of whom living in 1908 w'as
George Hunter, of Houlton, Maine.

(II) Leverett E.. eldest son of Thomas
Turney and Jane (Monroe) Estabrooke, was
bom October 27, 1823. in Blackville, New
Brunswick, where he received his early edu-
cational training. In 1831, when he was eight
years old, his mother, with her children by
both marriages, removed to Ilodgdon, Maine,
where young Leverett attended the public
schools and acquired the usual education there
afiforded. As a young man he followed lum-
bering in the woods and on the river, taking
contracts for log deliveries to the Bangor
mills. He was a man of excellent business
qualifications, and performed much public ser-
vice. He was the first selectman of the new
town of Linneus, Maine, and served as a mem-
ber of the board for a number of years; he
also served for many years as town clerk and
justice of the peace — in fact, most of the offi-
cial business of the town was transacted by
him or under his supervision. Late in life he
removed to Smyrna, where he served as se-
lectman and member of the school committee.
He was provost marshal during a portion of
the civil war, having charge of drafted men
and substitutes from the time of their enroll-
ment until their muster into the service of the
United States. He discharged every duty
with ability and fidelity. I lis religious affilia-
tion was with the Baptist denomination, and
he was a very active member of the
Free Baptist church. In politics he was
a staunch Republican. He was a lead-
ing mernber of the Sons of Temperance and
the Good Templars, and was earnest in aiding '
the weak and misled in the way of a Christian
and temperate life.

Mr. Estabrooke married, September 26, 1847,
Lucinda Homestead Young, born November
28, 1826. She was a member of the Free
Baptist church. Children: i. Horace Mel-
vyn ; see forward. 2. Alice Julia, born De-
cember 15, 1850: married Henry O. Nicker-



son, of Houlton, Maine. 3. Arthur E., born
October 20, 1853. 4. Charles R., born March
14, 1858. 5. Evelyn Norah, born June 20,
i860. 6. Walter F. P., born August 20, 1862.
7. L\-dia Jane, born October 14, 1865. Mr.
Estabrooke died in Smyrna, Maine, Septem-
ber 12, 1898: his wife survived him, and died
in Ilodgdon, Maine, August 12, 1902.

(Ill) Horace Melvyn, eldest child of Lev-
erett E. and Lucinda H. (Young) Esta-
brooke, was born in Linneus, Maine, January
20, 1849. ^is education began in the com-
mon schools, and he took a four years' col-
lege preparatory course in Houlton Academy.
In 1872 he matriculated at the University of
Alaine, from which he was graduated in 1876
with the degree of B. S. He subsequently
spent two years in study under the direction
of the Illinois \\'esleyan University, and in
1891-92 attended the Emerson School of Ora-
tory in Boston. He taught district schools
while attending college, and after graduation
taught in ]Maysville, Oakland, the Clinton
high school, the Dennysville high school, the
Pembroke high school, and was first assistant
in the Gorham normal school. Since 1891 he
has been connected with the University of
Maine as professor and head of the English
department, and teacher of literature. His
training and natural love for English litera-
ture made him a high authority in pedagogv
as applied to the teaching of that branch of
the higher education, and as a master in the
lines of English poetry, especially in the works
of Poe and Tennyson. He was widely known
as a popular and successful platform lecturer
on "Poets and Poetry," "English Fiction,"
and kindred subjects exemplifying English
literature. His ability as an elocutionist added
largely to his success as a lecturer, as well as
a speaker on patriotic occasions, notably as a
Decoration Day orator. While a devoted
member of the Republican party he steadfastly
declined all requests to serve as a political
speaker, or to accept any political office. He
contributed numerous articles on professional
topics to educational and literary magazines
and other periodicals, and was the author of
several poems and prose pieces of fiction. He
had unusual talent as a musician and com-
poser of music, and his songs and sacred com-
positions were widely published. He was the
autlior and composer of the "University
Hymn." which stands as a memorial to him in
the hearts of the students and alumni of his
alma mater. In his professional line he served
as secretary and treasurer of the Maine Peda-
gogical Society from 1886 to 1891 ; as vice-

president, 1893-94, and as president 1894-95 ;
and he was for several years general chair-
man of its committee on instruction. He was
also a member of the American College and
Educational Society, of the American Acad-
emy of Political and Social Science, and of
the Twentieth Century Club of Bangor. His
service to his alma mater, outside of his pro-
fessional connection, was as a member of the
Alumni Association, of which body he was
president, 1891-95. In 1883 the University of
Maine conferred upon him the degree of
M. S., and in 1891 Bowdoin College gave him
the honorary degree of A. M. In religion he
was a Congregationalist.

Professor Estabrooke married, July 24,
1880. Kate A., daughter of James T. and
Melinda R. Clark, of Tremont, Maine. Chil-
dren : I. Elizabeth Read, born December 25,
1886, in Gorham, Maine ; educated in schools
of Orono, from which she graduated, subse-
quently attending the high school at Bangor
and the University of Maine, from which she
graduated with the class of 1908, and is now
teacher of English in the Orono high school.
2. Carl Bertrand, born December 13. 1888, in
Gorham; graduate of Orono high school;
matriculated at University of ^^laine in 1906,
and in 1908 left college for one year to teach
in a government' school in Porto Rico ; is now
in junior year in University of Maine. 3.
Marion Corthell, born 1890, in Gorham; grad-
uate of Orono high school ; now in freshman
class in University of Maine. The children
are all fitted or fitting for the profession of
teaching, so successfully filled by the father,
and are recognized as a family of exceptional

His sudden death, caused by an accident,
occurred on October 31, 1908. A memorial
service was held for him by the faculty and
students of the university, and the tribute
given to him there was only one of the many
expressions of the love felt for him by every-
one with whom lie was connected.

The escutcheon of this family was
AMES argent on a bend sable, three roses

in a field. The English representa-
tive of the race in the eighteenth century was
Joseph Ames, a bibliographer and antiquary,
son of a naval commander. William Ames
was a dissenting clergyman of the established
church, who was driven to Holland. His de-
scendant came to this country and was the
corner stone of the Bridgewater branch, from
which we have Fisher Ames, the Federalist
statesman, Governor Oliver Ames, of Massa-

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chusetts, Oakes Ames, the congressman and
financial supporter of Lincoln in the troublous
times of '61, but whose life was singularly un-
fortunate in one of those ugly things, an anti-
climax. Among the peers of the name in
America to-day are Bishop E. R. Ames, of the
Methodist church, a native Ohioan, and Pro-
fessor J. B. Ames, of Harvard University. A
living English representative is Hon. iiugo
Ames, author, journalist and diplomat.

(I) Captain Anthony Eames (as it was then
spelled) was born in Dorsetshire, England,
about 1595. He came to America, and settled
in Marshfield, Massachusetts. The forename
of his wife was Margoric, whom he married
in England. He died in Alarshficld, in 1686.

(H) Lieutenant Mark, son of Anthony and
Margorie Eames, was born in England in
1620, the year of the Plymouth pilgrimage,
and came over with his father. He, too, re-
sided in Marshfield, and married Elizabeth

, in liingham, IMassachusetts, March

26, 1648. He died in Alarshfield, in 1693.

(III) Jonathan, son of Lieutenant Mark
and Elizabeth Eames, was born at Alarshfield
in 1655, and died there in 1724. He married
Hannali Trouant, of that town.

(IV) Jedediah, son of Jonathan and Han-
nah (Trouant) Eames, was born at Marsh-
field, in 1685, and died there about 1738. He
married Mary, daughter of Tobias Oakman.

(V) Jedediah (2), son of Jedediah (i) and
Mary (Oakman) Eames, was born in Alarsh-
field, and married, in 1752, Bertha Tilden. He
had John Tilden, and other issue.

(VI) Mark was the son, we conclude, of
Jedediah (2) and Bertha (Tilden) Eames.
He changed the spelling of the name by drop-
ping the vowel "e." He removed to North
Haven, Knox county, Maine, and took up a
large tract of land, dying in that town. He
married Priscilla Howland, who was the
mother of his children : Mark, Rev. Benja-
min, Experience, Anna, John, Isaac, Abraham
and Ilezekiah. He married, after the death
of Priscilla, Rebecca Crosbery, of North
Haven. Alark was, we infer, a brother of
that Elder Thomas Eames, of Isleborough,
Maine, an itinerant Baptist preacher, who also
hailed from Alarshfield. Alark was an uncle
to Tilden Ames, who was a neighbor of Dan-
iel Webster, and although a plain farmer, the
great statesman held him in high esteem. At
the Revere House, in Boston, Tilden called to
see Webster, and the clerk dismissed Air.
Ames rather curtly, as, being plainly dressed,
he thought Air. Webster would not care to see
him. The God-like Daniel was in the next

room and heard Air. Ames's inquiry. He
rushed in, taking him by the arm, walked up
and down the corridor with extreme coriial-
ity, to the great discomfiture of the humiliated
clerk. The great expounder loved his Alarsh-
field neighbors, and greeted them wherever he
met them. Alajor-General Adelbert Ames,
who was governor of Alississippi, and a
United States senator, was a great-grandson
of Alark, and, like another Alaine man, Ser-
geant S. Prentiss, infused "down-east" ener-
gies and abilities into that land of cotton and
cane brakes.

(VII) Isaac, sixth son of Alark and Pris-
cilla (Howland) Ames, was born in North
Haven, July 6. 1784, and died Alarch 10, 1854.
He married Abigail Clark; children: Cap-
tain Isaac, Alfred, Benjamin, P'riscilla,
Charles, Warren and Susan.

(VIII) Captain Alfred, second son of Isaac
and Abigail (Clark) Ames, was born in North
Haven, September 7, 1809, and came to
Alachias before 1836. He was one of the
original founders of the Congregational
church, donating twenty-five dollars towards
the erection of the edifice known as the Union
Meeting House. He followed the sea, and
was master of a ship. He married Alary
Keller: children: John K., Benjamin Frank-
lin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alartin, Van Buren
and Alaria Louisa.

(IX) Hon. John K., oldest child of Cap-
tain Alfred and Alary (Keller) Ames, was
born in East Alachias, November 2, 1831, and
died Alarch 22, 1901. He was a lumber oper-
ator on an extensive scale, and a merchant.
He was selectman for thirty years, chairman
of the board for the latter half of time ; was a
member of the Alaine senate 1893 to 1897,
and collector of the port of Alachias at the
time of his demise. Fie married Sarah (,A1-
bee) Sanborn. Children: i. Edwin C, lives
in Seattle, and is manager of the Puget Lum-
ber Company; 2. Anna M., married Fred H.
I^eavey, and lives in Sioux City, Iowa. 3.
Julia P., married R. C. Fuller, of the Fuller
Iron \\'orks. Providence. 4. Frank Sanborn.
5. Alfred Keller. 6. Lucy T.

(X) Captain Alfred K., younger son of
John K. and Sarah (Sanborn) Ames, was
born September 4, 1867, at Alachias. He was
taught in the public schools of his native
town, followed by a classical course at Provi-
dence, Rhode Island. He became a clerk in
the lumber firm of John K. Ames, in 1886,
and remained with him until the business was
taken over in J899 by the Alachias Lumber
Company, of which corporation he is general




manager. He is a Republican, and a Uni-
versalist. He was appointed by Governor Hill
captain of Company M, Second Regiment
I\laine National Guard, which position he re-
signed in 1904. Captain Ames married Nel-
lie E., daughter of J. Murray and Alma (Gor-
don) Hill, of Calais, Elaine. One child
blesses the union : John Keller, born ^lay 20,

In reference to the Sanborn line, which is
interlaced into the Ames ancestry in the ninth
generation, we find by family documents and
biblical records, these revelations :

(i) Lieutenant John Sanborn was born in
1620, in England, and came to this country,
dying October 20, 1692. His marriage was
with Mary Tucker.

(2) John (2), son of Lieutenant John (i)
and ^lary (Tucker) Sanborn, was born in
1649, and died November 10, 1723. He mar-
ried Judith Coffin.

(3) Enoch, son of John (2) and Judith
(Coffin) Sanborn, was born in 1685, and mar-
ried Elizabeth Dennett.

(4) Enoch (2), son of Enoch (i) and
Elizabeth Sanborn, was born June 28, 1724,
and married, December 3, 1747, ^Mary Mor-

(5) William was a son of Enoch (2) and
Mary (Alorrill) Sanborn.

(6) Cyrus, son of William Sanborn, was
born November 28, 1801, and died in 1888,
having just passed his eighty-seventh year.
He married Susan Gardner, who died Decem-
ber 25, 1886. Their daughter, Sarah Albee,
married Hon. John K. Ames.

Benjamin Cross Somerby, young-
LOUD est son of Abial and Rebecca
(^Merrill) Somerby, sister of Jane
(Somerby) Loud, and a descendant of an old
and honored family of JMaine, was born in
Portland, Elaine, February i, 1817, died Feb-
ruary 3, 1903. He attended the public schools
of his native city, and early in life became a
clerk in a dry goods store. In 1849 '^^ ^""
tered the employ of the Canal National Bank,
resigned the cashiership at age of seventy,
when he was made a director, in which ca-
pacity he served until his decease. He was a
member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, Republican Club, L'nitarian church
(First Parish), and of several other clubs and
orders. He married Jane Stetson, who died
in 1886, at which time his niece. Miss Ade-
line B. Loud, assumed the care of his home at
204 Spring street, Portland, where she is liv-
ing at the present time. Mr. and Mrs. Som-

erby had three children, all of whom died
young. The following resolutions prove con-
clusively the esteem in which Mr. Somerby
was held at the Canal National Bank :

■'At a meeting of the directors of the Canal
National Bank of Portland, held February 7,
1903, at their banking room, it was voted :
\\'hereas on the fourth day of February, Ben-
jamin C. Somerby, one of the directors of this
bank, died at the age of eighty-six years and
three days, the President and Directors of the
Canal Bank wishing to put upon the records
of the Board their high sense of his long,
faithful and upright service, do adopt the fol-
lowing memorial :

"Mr. Somerby entered the service of the
Canal Bank as a clerk in 1849. After serving
as clerk and teller for fourteen years, he was,
in 1863, made the cashier, and performed the
duties of this its most important office for
twenty-four years when he resigned, and was
immediately chosen a director which he held
until his death. His service to the Bank cov-
ers a period of more than fifty-three years,
almost two-thirds of the life of the Bank.
When he began the founders of the bank
were still directing its affairs. When he
died, he was associated with a third gen-
eration in its government. The entire his-
tory of the Bank with its transactions of more
than half a century were familiar to him,
which united to his long experience made him
of great value to the Bank and to the Board.
He possessed in an eminent degree those qual-
ities which especially fitted him for the offices
he filled. To an integrity that was beyond
temptation he united a zeal that made his duty
to the Bank his highest enjoyment. To a
most exacting attention to duty he added an
unfailing courtesy of manner that never gave
an offense. His ripe experience and sound
judgment guided by the purest principles
made his actions and opinions of great value
to his associates. The Canal Bank will place
his name among its most faithful servants
who have done so much to establish its char-
acter and maintain its usefulness in the finan-
cial world.
"Attest : E. D. Noves, Secretarv."

Richard Nichols, immigrant
NICHOLS ancestor, was born in Eng-
land, and settled first at Ips-
wich, ^Massachusetts. His name appears in
general court records as early as 1640, and he
was one of JMajor Dennison's subscribers in
1648. His wife Annis (Agnes) was admitted
to the church at Reading, Massachusetts, from

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the church at Ipswich, in 1666. He died at
Reading, November 22, 1674, and his wife in
iG(j2. Children: 1. John, see forward. 2.
Thomas, born about 1O55. 3. James, married
Mary Poole. 4. Mary. 5. Joanna (or Han-
nah Ji. 6. Richard, married Abigail, daughter
of Samuel and Mary Damon.

(H) John, third son of Richard and Annis
Nichols, was born in Reading, Massachu-
setts, in 1 65 1, and married Abigail, daughter
of Deacon Thomas Kendall ; she was born in
1655. He settled in'the west parish of Read-
ing, and had issue: John, Richard (died
young), Richard, Thomas Kendall, James,
Nathaniel, Abig, Samuel, Benjamin and Jo-
seph. They both died in 1721, he seventy
and she sixty-six.

(HI) Samuel, sixth son of John and Abi-
gail (Kendall) Nichols, was born in Reading,
Massachusetts, in 1696, and died in 1810. The
name of his first wife was Rebecca, and that
of his second Abigail. Children: Samuel,
Abigail, James, and others.

(IV) Captain Samuel (2), eldest son of
Samuel (i) and Rebecca Nichols, was born
in Reading, in 1723. He removed to Cape
Elizabeth, Maine, and subsequently became a
first settler in Royalsborougli, now Durham,
Androscoggin county, before 1780, on lot No.
80, and built his cabin where is now Prescott
Strout's apple orchard. He was a master ma-
riner. Captain Nichols believed in the Gospel
according to Methodism, converted to that
faith under the evangelical labors of Rev.
Asa Heath, an ancestor of Hon. H. M. Heath,
of Augusta. He married, rather late in life,
at Cape Elizabeth, Rebecca Wimble, born No-
vember 7, 1748. Children: Thomas, Betty,
Samuel, Sarah, James, William, Mehitable,
John and Lemuel.

(V) Lemuel, last son of Captain Samuel
and Rebecca (Wimble) Nichols, was born in
Durham, Maine, April 27, 1792, and removed
to Lisbon Falls, where he was a farmer, lum-
berman, and inn-Iiolder. He resided for a
time in New York state, and there kept a
tavern. He was of the JMethodist persuasion.
He attained the great age of ninety, dying in
Bangor. He married Sally Merrill, and had
a son, Lemuel.

(VI) Lemuel (2), son of Lemuel (i) and
Sally (Merrill) Nichols, was born in Lisbon,
Maine. June 25, 1828. He received his early
education in Augusta. Harmony, and Bangor,
and set out to earn his own living at ten years
of age as chore-boy on a farm, then as hostler
and stage driver on the line between Bangor
and Brownsville. He was an industrious

youth, economical in his habits, and save;l his
w-ages. He made an engagement with Thomas
Norcross & Sons as manager of their Bangor
and Moosehead stage line. We next find hiir
in Guilford, Maine, as village inn-keeper.
About this time he bought his first horse, an 1
has since owned thousands, and one himdreJ
at a time, being one of the leading horse men
in the state. In 1857 he bid ofT the mail con-
tract between Bangor and Aloosehead, and he
has taken many government mail contracts
over the entire country, subletting the same to
others. About this time he conducted the
Parker House, at East Corinih, Maine, and
built a fine, spacious public hall w'iiich bears
his name, and was an ornament to the village
and a great accommodation for public gather-
ings. In 1864 he sold his hotel interests and
other business and removed to New-port,
Maine, where he bought the Shaw House. In
1866 he came to Bangor, becoming proprietor
of the O. AL Sliaw livery, hack and sale sta-
ble, and also the old City Hotel, now* the

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