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lectman in 1851, again in 1858, and in May,
1861, was chosen a member of the hoard of
relief, by which the town made substantial
provision for the families of those who en-
listed in the civil war. He was interested in



education and sent two of his sons to Bow-
doin College, and one to the University of
Michigan. He married Xancy Coffin, daugh-
ter of Samuel and Susan Lane, of Exeter,
New Hampshire (see Lane VI). She was
born June 6, 1814, died March i, 1870. Chil-
dren : I. Israel, born July 15, 1837, died Feb-
ruary, 1857. 2. Sarah Randall, December 16,
1839, married Isaiah Trufant, who was grad-
uated A.B. at Bowdoin, 1863, A. M., 1866,
and died in Oxford, Ohio, 1883. 3. John
Parshley, May i, 1841, graduated A.B. at
Bowdoin, 1866, A.M., 1869; married Clara,
daughter of James Baker, in 1879; died in
1880 in Plainfield, New Jersey, where he was
several years principal of the public schools.
4. Alary F., died when six months old. 5.
Susan Ellen, April 22. 1845, married, 1876,
Byron F. Marsh, a teacher and writer. 6.
Samuel Lane, mentioned below. 7. Robert
Spear, October 17, 1849, graduated A. B. at
the University of Michigan, 1873, and at the
General Theological Seminary, New York
City, in 1877 ; he was a clergyman of the Epis-
copal church, and for some years one of the
ministers of Trinity Church, New York ; he
died in Florida in 1888.

(IX) Samuel Lane, third son of John Spear
and Xancy Coffin (Lane) Gross, was born
November 18, 1846, in Brunswick, where he
grew up and was prepared for college at the
public schools and under special tutors. He
was graduated from Bowdoin College with
the degree of A. B. in 1872. Three years
later he received the degree of A. M. from his
Alma Mater. He studied law at Columbia
L'niversily, Xew York City, and was admit-
ted to the bar in 1876. in that city, where he
has since engaged actively in the practice of
his profession. While he has been interested
in some important litigation, his practice has
been chiefly in private cases and has gained -
him an excellent standing at the bar of the
Metropolis. He occupies offices at 206 Broad-
v^'ay. He is affiliated witli the Masonic fra-
ternity, being a member of Ancient Lodge,
No. 724, A. F. and A. M. of New York City.
He is a member of All Angels (Protestant
Episcopal) Church and acts politically with
the Republican party. He is a meniljcr of the
Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York
City ; of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity and
Club ; of the Bowdoin .Mumni Society and of
the Maine .Society of X'ew York.

He married. July 30, 1903, in New York,
Adelaide Louisa, daughter of Gerard T. and
Catherine L. (Tompkins) Beekman, of New

This is one of the earliest
HIX'CKLEY Massachusetts families and

has been conspicuous in the
history of New England, from its arrival, hav-
ing furnished a governor to the Plymouth
Colony and numerous valuable citizens since
that time. It was early identified with the set-
tlement and development of Maine.

(I) Samuel Hinckley was born 1595, in
Tcnterdon, county of Kent, England, and
came to Boston in the "Hercules," of Sand-
wich (two hundred tons, Captain John With-
erby), July 11, 1637. He located first at Scit-
uate and removed, to Barnstable in 1640, and
died there October 31, 1662. His wife, Sarah,
to whom he was married in England, died
August 16, 1656. Their children were:
Thomas, Susannah, Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth,
Samuel (died young), Samuel and John.

(II) Thomas, eldest son of Samuel and
Sarah Hinckley, was born in 1618, died April
25, 1706. He participated in the great Nar-
ragansett fight in 1675, and was representa-
tive to the general court in 1647. ^^e was as-
sistant to the governor, deputy governor in
1680, and governor from 1681 to 1692. He
was king's councilor under Andros frorn 1692
to 1706. He married (first) December 4,
1641, Mary Richards, who died in June, 1659,
having borne him eight children, namely:
Mary, Sarah, Meletiah, Hannah, Samuel,
Thomas, Bathshua and Mehitable. Governor
Hinckley married (second) Afarch 15, 1660,
Mary, (laughter of John Smith and widow of
Nathaniel Glover. She died July 29, 1703,
having borne him nine children, as follows :
Admire, Ebenezer (died young), Alercy, Ex-
perience. John, Abigail, Thankful, Ebenezer
and Reliance.

(III) Samuel (2), second son of Thomas
and Mary (Richards) Hinckley, resided in
Barnstable, ATassachusetts. He married, No-
vember 13, 1676, Alary Pope, and they were
the parents of Mary, born Julv 22, 1678; ATe-
hitable, December 28, 1679: Thomas, Alarch
19, 1681 ; Seth, April 16, 1683: Samuel, men-
tioned below; Elnathan (died young); Job,
Februarv 16, 1688: Shubael, Alav i, 1690;
Alercy, January 11, 1693; Josiah, January 24,
169;, and Elnathan, December 29, 1697.

(I\') Samuel (3), third son of Samuel (2)
and Alar}- (Pope) Hinckley, was horn Sep-
tember 24, i68j, in Barnstable, and removed
to Brunswick, Alaine, in 1739. He married
Alary, daughter of Edmund Freeman, of East-
ham, ATassachusetts, and all his children were
born before his removal to Alaine. The first
six in Harwich and the others in Truro. Thev



were: Seth, December 25, 1707; Shubael,
March 25, 1709; Samuel and Mary (twins),
February 7, 171 1; Edmund, November 20,
1712: Reliance, November 21, 1714; Aaron,
mentioned below; Mehitable, December 25.
1718; Experience, January 16, 1720. All of
the sons except Shubael settled in Brunswick.

fV) Aaron, son of Samuel (3) and Mary
(Freeman) Hinckley, was born September
13, 1716, in Truro, Massachusetts, and prob-
ably settled in Brunswick, Maine, before his
father removed there. He was a noted man,
often in the town service, on various commit-
tees, and was selectman in 1745-50-55-59-60.
In 1775 he was judge of the court of ses-
sions of Lincoln county, and issued the war-
rant for the first town meeting of Topsham.
He lost one of his eyes in early life by an

(VI) Mary, daughter of Aaron Hinckley,
became the wife of Samuel Gross, of Bruns-
wick (see Gross VI).

This name is of the class called
L.-\XE locative surnames, that is, those

showing where the person lived,
"John atte Lane," "William at Lane," are
often found in English records of four hun-
dred years ago, and show that the person
named lived in a narrow street. Lane is of
English origin, but for hundreds of years has
been found in all four quarters of Great
Britain. Among the early settlers of Eng-
land there were at least a dozen named Lane.
There is a tradition that William Lane, of
Boston, had two brothers, cordwainers, in
Beverly, or Gloucester, Massachusetts, and in
Maine, were nephews of William Lane, of
Dorchester, Massachusetts, who in 1635 came
from Norfolk county, England, whose two
adult sons, Andrew and George, settled in
Hingham, Massachusetts. The Lane family
of this article is notable for the number and
local prominence of its members in military
afifairs, three generations having been cap-
tains in the revolutionary war. Since the rev-
olutionary period the Lanes have been equally
prominent in the pursuit of peaceful occupa-

(I) William Lane, above referred to as of
Boston, the earliest of this line of whom we
have record, was a cordwainer of Boston in
1650. His first wife was Mary, who had four
children: Samuel (died young), Samuel,
John and Mary. His second wife, Mary
(Brewer) Lane, had four children: Sarah,
William, Elizabeth and Ebenezer.

(II) William (2), second child and eldest

son of William (i) and Mary (Brewer)
Lane, born October i, 1659, was a tailor by
trade. He joined the North Church. Boston,
in 1681, and in 1686 removed to Hampton,
New Hampshire, where he settled on a grant
of ten acres. He built a one-story house near
the meeting house and the spot where the old
academy stood. He is said to have been "a
devout and godly man," living a quiet and
humble life, respected by those who knew him.
He died at the home of his son Joshua, Feb-
ruary 14, 1749, aged about ninety years. He
married, June 21, 1680, Sarah, daughter of
Thomas and Sarah (Brewer) Webster, born
January 22, 1661, died January 6, 1745, and
they had seven children : John, Sarah, Eliza-
beth. .Abigail, Joshua, Samuel and Thomas.

(HI) Deacon Joshua, fifth child and sec-
ond son of \\'ilHam (2) and Sarah (Webster)
Lane, was born June 6, i6g6, and was killed
while standing on his door step after a shower,
June 14. 1766. Lie and his wife joined the
church in Hampton, March 10, 1718. Here
he resided on a farm on the road to North
Hampton, one-half mile north of the present
railroad station, and carried on the trade of
tanner and shoemaker. He married, Decem-
ber 24, 1717, Bathsheba, daughter of .Samuel
and Marv Robie, born .Augnst 2. i6q6, old
■Style, died April 13, 1765. They had sixteen
children, eight 'sons and five daughters of
whom lived to become useful members of so-
ciety. He had sixty grandchildren before his
death. His children were : Deacon Samuel,
Mary, Joshua (died young), William, Joshua,
Josiah (died young). Major John, Sarah,
Bathsheba, Isaiah, Deacon Jeremiah, Eben-
ezer, Abigail, Elizabeth, Josiah and Anna.

(IV) Deacon William (3), third son and
fourth child of Deacon Joshua and Bathsheba
(Robie) Lane, was born January i, 1723, and
baptized on the tenth of the following Feb-
ruary, in Hampton. He was a tanner and
shoemaker by occupation, and his estate con-
tinued in the family for many years, being
occupied in very recent years by his great-
grandson. He died December 20, 1802, but
a few days short of eighty years of age. He
married, February 13, 1746, Rachel, daughter
of Thomas and Rachel (Sanborn) Ward, of
Hampton. Their children were : Noah (died
young), Abigail, Ward, William, Noah,
Thomas and Jeremiah.

(V) Deacon William (4), third son of Wil-
liam (3) and Rachel (Ward) Lane, was born
November 2;^. 1753, died October 24, 1837.
He was a member of the Congregational
church, resided at Hampton, New Hampshire.



and married Mary Dow, who was born No-
vember i6, 1751. Their children were: i.
W'ilham. lx)rn October 30, i""/. 2. Samuel,
mentioned below. 3. Joshua. Januarj* 22,
1782. 4. John, May 18, 1784, married Abi
Cram. 5. Mary, October 24, 1786. 6. Mc-
shech, April 15. 1789. 7. Joel, .\ugust 25,
1791, married Mahala Brown. 8. William,
May 4. 1794, married (first) Abigail Daniels
and (second) Mary C. Smith.

(VI) Samuel, second son of Deacon ^^'il-
liam (4) and Mary (Dow) Lane, was born
October 9, 1779, died August 18, 1825, at
Stratham. New Hampshire. He was a cooper
and farmer, and resided in Exeter, where his
five children were born. He married Susan
James, of Hampton, New Hampshire, who
died -August 27, 1871, aged ninety-one years.
Their children were: i. George, born in 1805,
married (first) Sarah Lane; his second wife
was also named Sarah. 2. Samuel, 1807. mar-
ried Sabrina Brock. 3. Mary, 1810, married
Benj&min Furbish, of Wells. ^Laine. 4. Nancy
C. 5. William F.. 1818, married Mary Barr.

(A'H) Nancy Coffin, younger of the two
daughters of Samuel and Susan (James)
Lane, married John S. Gross, of Brunswick,
Maine. (See Gross VHL)

The Merrill family is an an-
]\IERRILL cient and kniyhtly one, origi-
nally domiciled in the Prov-
ince of Aisne, France, where the name is per-
petuated by the village of Alerle, which keeps
the original orthography. There was also a
Huguenot family bearing this patronymic at
Place de Dombes in the same country. The
Merrills were knighted, both in France and
England, and one coat-of-arms bears the
motto, "Vincit qui Patitur" (He conquers who
endures). Another coat-of-arms has especial
interest for the .\merican branch, because it
was used in 1726 on a deed given by Thomas
Merrill, of Salisbury, ^Massachusetts, grand-
son of Nathaniel, the original immigrant. This
emblem, to use heraldic nomenclature, has a
barrulet between three peacocks' heads erased
proper: crest, a peacock's head erased proper.
This, being interpreted, signifies that the pea-
cocks' heads arc in their natural colors and
torn off at the neck. The motto given with
this escutcheon is the familiar, "Per Aspera
Ad Astra."

The Merrills arc one of the oldest families
in New England, having been in this country
since the first third of the seventeenth cen-
turj'. Nathaniel Merrill and his brother John
were among the first settlers of Newbury,

Massachusetts. John was there in 1635, and
was one of the earliest grantees, and his name
appears among the list of landholders at Ips-
wich in 1636. The origin of some of these
local names is interesting. The town of Ips-
wich, Massachusetts, was founded in 1633. and
two years later some of the inhabitants of this
place went a few miles northward to the
Parker river, where they made a new settle-
ment which they called Newbury, in honor of
the former residence of their pastor, the Rev.
Thomas Parker, who had been curate at New-
burj' in Berkshire, England. Nathaniel Mer-
rill received a grant of land at Newbury on
the "Neck" south of the Parker river. May
5, 1638, and may have been there earlier. He
is the ancestor of all the Merrills in the L'nitcd
States, who can trace their origin to this
period, as his brother John had no sons, and
other Merrill immigrants are of more recent
date. It is not known from what country in
England the brothers, Nathaniel and John,
migrated, but the name was of frequent oc-
currence in Essex and Suffolk during the sev-
enteenth century.

(I) Nathaniel ]\Ierrill, born in \\'iltshire,
England, 1610, probably lived in Newbury
about twenty years, as he died there March
16, 1654-55. One account says that he came
to Ipswich in 1633, ^""^ moved to Newbury a
year or two later. Most genealogists give his
wife's name as Susannah Jourdaine. or Jor-
dan, but more recent investigation shows that
this is probabl)' incorrect. Her maiden name
was Woltcrton, or Willerton, and after Na-
thaniel Alerrill's death she married a second
husband named Jordan, whence the confusion.
The descendants of Nathaniel and Susannah
(Willerton) Merrill are numerous, and they
are true to the family motto. Many of them
take high rank as clergymen : others are prom-
inent in railroad or financial circles. Eight
children were born to the pioneer couple :
John, 1635, married Sarah Watson, and
moved to Connecticut, where the name has
multiplied ; Abraham, 1637, married Abigail
Webster; Nathaniel, 1638, see forward; Su-
sanna. 1640; Daniel, 1642. married Sarah
Clough, May 14, 1668; Abel. 1644, married
Priscilla Chase, February 21, 1670; Thomas,

(H) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (i)
Merrill, was born in 1638. He married, Oc-
tober 6, 1661, Joanna Kinney. They lived in
Newbury, Massachusetts, where their children
were born: John, February 16, 1663, mar-
ried (first) Lucy Webster, (second) Mary
; Nathaniel, February 8. 1665, married





two wives whose christian names were Re-
becca and Sarah ; Peter, August, 1667, mar-
ried Mary ; Hannah. July 12, 1672;

and Mary, September 18. 1675. The hne di-
vides with the sons of Nathaniel (2). Roth
John and Nathaniel (3) ]\Ierrill had a de-
scendant, Ezekiel, and it is not known which
was the great-grandfather of Samuel F. Mer-
rill, whose sketch follows later. As the mat-
ter is in doubt, both branches are given.

(Ill) Nathaniel (3), second son of Na-
thaniel (2) and Joanna (Kinney) IMerrill,
was born in Newbury, February 8, 1665, and
died in Haverhill, July 4, 1758. He married

Rebecca , who died in i68g, leaving a

son Nathaniel (4), born November 23, 1688.
Nathaniel (4) had a son, Roger, born in 1713.

Roger ^lerrill ma'rried j\lary , and they

had a son, Ezekiel, born December g. 1748. All
of this branch of the family were born at New-
bury, Alassachusetts. There are now no Aler-
rills living in Newbury, although a portion of
the land first occupied by the family, situated
at the junction of Parker river and its chief
tributary, is still owned by Alerrills, and has
ever borne the name of Cape IMcrrill.

(I\') It is not known which Ezekiel,
whether the one born in 1748 or the one born
in 1731 (see above), was the father of the
Ezekiel in the next paragraph ; hence the au-
thenticated line begins with the following gen-

(\') Ezekiel (2), son of Ezekiel Merrill, the
pioneer of Hebron, Maine, was born about
1767, probably in Newbury, ?vlassachusetts. At
the age of nineteen he went to Hebron, then
Shepardsfield, and bought twenty-five acres of
wild land, the germ of the magnificent farm
of several hundred acres now occupied by his
grandson. Ezekiel. By industry and thrift
Ezekiel (2) developed this place, and closed a
life of active usefulness in 1857, dying at the
age of ninety years. In politics he was a Whig
and in religion a Congregationalist. During
his last years he became extremely deaf, and
he carried an immense ear-trumpet to c^irch
in order to hear the sermon. His father, the
first Ezekiel IMerrill, came to Hebron after its
incorporation and passed his last years there.
Among the children of Ezekiel (2) Merrill
were six sons : Ezekiel, Joseph, Samuel,
whose sketch follows; Seth j\l., Isaac and Fes-

(\'I) Samuel, son of Ezekiel (2) Merrill,
was born at Hebron, ]\Iaine, 1808, and died in
185 1. He married Sarah Jane, daughter of
Stephen and Olive Atwood, of West Alinot.
She was born February 13, 181 1, and after

nearly forty years of widowhood died Alarch
27, i88g, at the home of her son in Auburn,
where she had spent the latter part of her life.
Mrs. Merrill was a woman of strong charac-
ter, self-reliant, practical, industrious and of
great executive ability. Her thought fulness,
combined with her pleasant and amiable man-
ner, made her a most valuable adjunct in the
sick-room where she was often found. In re-
ligious belief she was a thorough Universalist,
and was ever loyal to her faith in the abiding
love of God. Children of Samuel and Sarah
Jane (Atwood) iMerrill who attained maturity
and married were: i. Eliza J., married W.
G. ilillett, of West i\Iinot, Maine, and died
at the age of thirty-two, leaving one son,
Charles R. IMillett, who now resides at West
JMinot. 2. Olive B., married Hiram C. Bar-
rows, and died at the age of thirty-eight, leav-
ing one son, Charles F. Barrows, who resides
in Auburn, Elaine, and is a merchant. 3.
Samuel Fessenden, whose sketch follows.

(\'II) Samuel Fessenden, only son of Sam-
uel and Sarah Jane (Atwood) Alerrill, was
born at West Minot, Maine, March i,. 1846.
His father died when he was five years of
age, and Samuel F. availed himself of every
chance to earn money during the intervals of
attending school. Mr. ^Merrill's first connec-
tion with shoe manufacturing, a business that
was destined to be his life work, was as ^.n
errand boy for i\Ir. Ara Cushman. More im-
portant tasks were early confided to the boy
by Mr. Cushman, and his performance of
them so pleased his employer that he in time
looked upon him as a valuable assistant. W'hen
]\Ir. Cushman transferred his shoe business to
Auburn, Mr. Merrill soon followed to aid in
the development of this great industry. No
young man ever more thoroughly mastered
and observed the fundamental laws of trade
than did Mr. Merrill, who made himself in-
valuable to the firm to which he was admitted
as partner in 1868, increasing its prosperity
by his strict application to business. He was
the Boston salesman for ten years, luring
which period he acquired an intimate knowl-
edge of the needs of the market and of the
representative men in the shoe trade. This
experience demonstrated his ability to master
every situation, and when the Ara Cushman
Company was incorporated he was selected to
act as its treasurer. He is a keen judge of
men, an expert in directing them, and an ac-
curate interpreter of the demands of the mar-
ket. Mr. ilerrill was one of the incorporators
of the Auburn Trust Company, and upon its
organization was made president. He is also



president of the Auburn Library Association
and of the Auburn Home for Aged Women.
He is a vahied member of the Ehn Street Uni-
versalist Church, a Republican in pohtics, a
member of the Auburn Board of Trade, and
a member of Tranquil Lodge, A. F. and A.
I\L, of Auburn, and of Lewiston Comman-
dery, K. T. He is connected with many phil-
anthropic institutions and a liberal contributor
to all. Mr. Merrill married, December 29,
1870, Delia B., daughter of William R. and
Ardelia (Prince) Hersey, of Lincoln, Maine,
Mrs. Hersey was a sister of Hon. Job Prince,
of Turner, Maine. Mr. and Mrs. Merrill
have one daughter, Grace Fessenden, born
May 7, 1872, married William F. Garcelon,
of Newton, Massachusetts; their children:
Fessenden Merrill and Grace, living, and
Lucy, who died aged about one year.

(For preceding generation see Nathaniel Merrill I.)

(H) Deacon John, eldest
MERRILL child of Nathaniel and Su-
sanna (Wolterton) (Jordan)
Merrill, was born 1635, i" Newbury, and set-
tled in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1656. He
was a farmer, a tanner and currier by trade,
and had a lot in Hartford in 1657, and was
made freeman there in 1638. He was a dea-
con in the church and a man of importance in
the community. He received much of the
estate of Daniel Wolterton, after whom he
named one of his sons. John Merrill died in
Hartford, July 18, 171 2, at which time his
eight sons were living. He was married in
1663 to Sarah, daughter of John and Mar-
garet Watson, of Hartford, and their children
were: Sarah, Nathaniel. John, Abraham,
Daniel Wolterton, Susanna, Abel, Isaac aiui

( III) Jacob, youngest child of Deacon John
and .Sarah (Watson) Merrill, was born March
27, 1 686, in Hartford, and probably passed
his life there. Further record of him does not

(IV) Jacob (2), son of Jacob (i) Merrill,
was a resident of Cumberland, Maine, but no
further record of him is now discoverable.

(V) Josiah, son of Jacob (2) Alerrill, was
born October 22, 1765, in Cumberland, and
was baptized May 10, 1767, in North Yar-
mouth church. He purchased fifty acres of
land in North Yarmouth for forty pounds,
which was located on what is known as the
Merrill Road, about half a mile from the Free-
port line. He built a house on this land, into
which he brought his bride immediately after
marriage. In 1805, he built a one-story frame

house on the east end of his land, where he
had a large orchard. He married, October 7,
1790, Eunice Merrill, of Falmoutli, who was
born April 21, 1772. The farm on which he
resided was in what is now Pownal, and here
their children were reared. No public record
of their names appears, but a family record of
one of their sons has been preserved and this
makes it possible to continue the line. j\Ir.
Merrill was a quiet prudent man and was re-
garded by his fellows as an excellent citizen.
His wife was a woman of superior intellect,
an independent woman with high ideals; they
were associated with the Freeport Congrega-
tional church until 1811, when they affiliated
with the church at Pownal. The wife died
February 25, 1837, at the age of si.xty-five
years, and was survived more than nine years
by her husband, who died July 7, 1846, in his
eighty-first year.

(VI) Moses, son of Josiah and Eunice
(Merrill) Merrill, was born April 12, 1796, in
Pownal, and died October 23, 1877, in Free-
port, Maine, where he was a farmer and en-
gaged to some extent in the manufacture of
brick in the early days. His farm lay partly
in each town. He was many years deacon of
the Congregational church at Pownal Center,
and a respected citizen ; a Whig and Republi-
can in politics. He married Almira Prince,
born December i, 1793, in Yarmouth, died
September 3, 1882, in Freeport. Their chil-
dren were: Caroline, Harriett, Louisa, Al-
mira, Horace Prince and Harriett Almira.

(VII) Horace Prince, only son of Moses
an<l Almira (Prince) Merrill, was born July
20, 1 83 1, in Freeport, where he grew up. At
the age of eighteen years he went to sea on
the bark "Lillius," and became ship's car-
penter. The next year he went on the bark
"General Taylor," and in 1851 went on the
ship "Samuel Fayles." In 1856 he shij^ped on
the bark "Palestine,"' and in 1862 on the ship
"Alice Ball." Most of these vessels were em-
ployed in the coasting trade, and in 1873 he
was^n command of the schooner "Roxanna
Burleigh." He was also on the ship "Old
England" in 1848. On retiring from the sea,

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