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vate life, and endeared his memory to a be-
reaved family and a sorrowing flock. He
married Pamela, daughter of Rev. John Mel-
len, of Lancaster. Massachusetts, and grand-
daughter of Rev. John Prentice, of Lancaster.
She survived him, and married (second) Sep-
tember 14, 1809, Colonel John Waldron. of
Dover, New Hampshire, an officer in the revo-
lutionary' war, and state senator. She died
July. 1823, "full of years, having exemplified
in her life, the character of a Christian, her
memory blessed." She was buried with the
former wives of Colonel Waldron, under the
elms near his house, in the corner of his or-
chard. Children : Caleb, Thomas Mellen,
Charles, Pamela, Henry, Sophia, Clarrissa,
William, George (died young), Lydia, George
Washington and Rebecca.

(\T) Henry, fourth son of Rev. Caleb and
Pamela (Alellen) Prentiss, was born Decem-
ber lo, 1779. in Reading, and died November
2, 1843, in Paris, Maine. He resided many
years in Paris, and was a prominent Whig, a
witty, sharp political writer. In 1822 and
1823 he was a state representative, was jus-
tice of the peace, and held several minor of-
fices. He married. February 13, 1804, Mary,
daughter of Dr. John Hart, of Reading, where
she was born February 13, 1779, and died,
after being helpless with palsy two and one-
half years, in Paris, Maine. Children : Mary
(died young), Mary Hart, Henry Epaminon-
das, Emily (died young), Lucinda, Pamela
(died young), Emily, Julia, Sarah and Jane.

(Vli) Hon. Henry Epaminondas, eldest
son of Henry and Mary (Hart) Prentiss, was
born February 12, 1809, at Paris, Maine, and
died July I, 1873. suddenly, of heart disease to
which he had been subject. He was educated
at West Point and graduated in 1831. He
was retained there as assistant teacher of
mathematics for two years after he graduated.
Then he received a commission in the United
States army, and was sent with troops to
Fort Alorgan, Alabama. He decided to study
law and resigned in 1835. He read law with
Kent and Cutting, in Bangor, Maine, and
settled in Old Town, Maine. In 1836 he was
a law partner with Israel Washburn (after-
ward governor of Maine), in Orono. In 1839
he was captain of engineers to settle the north-
eastern boundary in the so-called "Aroostook
war." He returned to Bangor in 1839, and
practiced law several years, afterward en-
gaged in the lumber trade. ITe joined a tem-
perance organization at the age of eighteen
to which he strictly adhered. He was frugal
and liberal, fond of books, and gave three

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public libraries to towns where he owned land,
and one to his native town, and in his will
a handsome donation to the principal library
in Bangor, and his own library to his wife.
Political life was not to his taste, though he
liked voluntary honor. From 1857 to 1859 '''^
represented the city in the legislature. In
1870-71 he was mayor of Bangor, in both
cases chosen for his well-known temperance
principles. He married, September 30, 1836,
Abigail Adams, daughter of Captain Samuel
and Polly (Freeland) Rawson, who was born
February 5, 181 1 (see Rawson VI). Chil-
dren : John Hart, Henry Mellen, Abbie Raw-
son, Mary Freeland, Samuel Rawson.

(VIII) Samuel Rawson, third son of Hon.
Henry Epaminondas and Abigail Adams
(Rawson) Prentiss, was born August 26, 1849,
in Bangor, Maine. He graduated from Har-
vard College law school, and was partner of
his brother Henry M. Prentiss in Bangor, and
also in the timberlands anil lumber business
in Bangor, and in 1882 was in the timber land
business in Oakland, California. He married,
November 3, 1874, Maria Louise, daughter of
Aaron H. Wing, of Bangor. They are still
residents of Bangor, where Mr. Prentiss is
still engaged in lumber business. Children:
John Wing and Margaret Montgomery.

(IX) John Wing, only son of Samuel Raw-
son and Maria L. (Wing) Prentiss, was born
August 15, 1875, in Bangor, and went with
his parents to California when ten years old.
His primary education was supplied in the
public schools, after which he graduated from
Phillips Andovcr Academy in the fall of 1894.
He graduated from Flarvard University with
the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 189S. For
some time he was employed by a stock broker-
age firm in Boston, and January i, 1904, he
went to New York and entered the office of
Hornblower & Weeks, bankers, at No. 120
Broadway. One year later he became a mem-
ber of the firm, which is one of the largest
stock-brokerage concerns in the country, hav-
ing its own building, which it occupies as
offices in Boston, having important branches in
New York and Chicago, and holding member-
ship in the stock exchanges of those cities.
Mr. Prentiss is the resident managing part-
ner in New York, occupying spacious quarters
in the Equitable building on Broadway. His
present position testifies without fufther com-
ment to his keenness and ability as a business
man, and his easy manners and pleasant dis-
position contribute in no small measure to the
popularity and success of the establishment.
He is active in the social life of the metropolis

and is identified with several of its leading
clubs, namely : The Union, Brook, liarvard
and Lawyers' clubs. He is also a member of
the Tennis and Racquet Club of Boston and
among the college clubs with wdiich he is, or
has been identified, may be named the Polo
clubs; Institute of 1770'; D. K. E. and Hasty
Pudtling Club of Harvard. Like other mem-
bers of his family he adheres to the faith of
the LTnitarian church, and though not an ac-
tive politician in any sense, maintains settled
principles and acts with the Republican party.
He is a member of the Maine Society of New
York, and of Holland Lodge, No. 8, A. F.
and A. M., of that city. He married, in April,
1904, Marie Gordon Kay, of Brbokline, Mass-

This is one of the early Eng-
RAWSON lish names which has been

formed by adding "son" to the
name of the father. The general usage of
-surnames among the common people of Eng-
land dates back to a comparatively short time
from the present, and w^e find many of similar
origin to this. The name Ralph is of very
ancient usage as a christian name, and was
very often written in the early English spell-
ings of Relf, Rauf and many other forms. It
was usually pronounced very broad, as if
Rawf, and when the suffix "Son" was added
it was soon found convenient to omit the con-
sonant "f," and it became very easily Rawson.
In this form it has been traced back in Eng-
land for a considerable period previous to the
emigration of the Puritans. The records show
a Richard Rawson as a canonist and jurist,
who died in 1543. About 1580, John Blake,
junior, of Little Baddow, county of Essex,
England, married Anna, heir of Rawson.
William Blake, a brother of this John, came
to America in 1630, and settled at Dorchester,
Massachusetts. The principal features in the
Rawson coat-of-arms are a castle stamped
upon a shield, a design used to commemorate
some noted capture made by the one who re-
ceived this coat.

(I) The first in America, as far as has been
ascertained, was Edward Rawson, who came
to New England in the year 1636-37, and be-
came an inhabitant of the town of Newbury,
in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Most of
the people who settled in that section were
from the counties of Hants and Wilkes, ad-
joining Dorsetshire. Rev. John Williamson,
the first minister in Boston, was an uncle of
Edward Rawson, his mother being Margaret,
a sister of Rev. John Wilson. It is said that



Edward Rawson was named for an ancestor,
Sir Edward Rawson, who lived in the reign
of one of the Henries. Edward Rawson was
a grantee of the town of Newbury, and was
the first town clerk chosen April 19, 1638, and
was annually re-elected until 1647. He was
also chosen selectman and commissioner for
the trial of small causes. He served on vari-
ous committees to lay out lands and transact
other business for the town. He was one of
the deputies to represent the town in the gen-
eral court in 1638, and he must have pos-
sessed more than ordinary talent for business
as well as large degree of public spirit. In
1639 he again represented the town at its
third session, and at the May session was
granted five hundred acres as an inducement
for him to continue the manufacture of pow-
der. In 1642 he was again deputy, and in
1644. In the latter year he received two hun-
dred acres upon the Cochituate river, above
Dover bounds. In 1645 ^^ was again deputy,
and at the close of the session the deputies
passed the following vote : "That Edward
Rawson is chosen & appointed clerk of the
house of deputies for one whole yeere, to En-
ter of vote passed in both houses & thus also
yt only by them into the Book of Rec-
ords." In 1646 he was deputy and clerk, and
at the November session it was ordered by the
deputies "yt Edward Rawson shall have
twenty marks allowed him for his paines, out
of ye next levy as secrt to ye house of deputies
for two yeeres passed." In 1647-48 he con-
tinued to represent Newbury in the general
court. In the latter year he received two
grants of land, one of fifteen hundred acres
jointly with Rev. John Wilson, of Boston,
and another of five himdred acres at Pequot,
and with the latter he was granted five pounds
on account of expenditures made in preparing
for the manufacture of gunpowder. In 1649
he was again representative, and was re-elect-
ed clerk, and on the twenty-second of May,
1650, was chosen secretary of the colony. In
1649 he was one of a committee to "Plumb Is-
land," and from his first election as secretary
of the colony he was continuously re-elected
for a period of thirty-six years, until- the
usurpation of the government by Sir Edmund
Andros, when he was displaced. Elliott re-
marks of him "that he was of respectable
character as we may judge from his having
this office so long, while there was an annual
election." He owned and cultivated two farms
and a meadow in that town, which bears the
name of Rawson's meadow. After his re-
moval to Boston his residence was on Raw-

son's lane, where he is supposed to have died.
This lane bore his name until about 1800,
when it was changed to Bromfield street. He
owned some acres of land here which bor-
dered on the common, out of which he sold
several house lots. His salary as secretary
was only twenty pounds per annum at first,
but was subsequently increased to £60. To
this office he soon added that of recorder of
the county of Suffolk, which he held many
years. The records show several grants of
land made to him at various times, for "ex-
traordinary services." He and his wife were
members of what is called the First Church of
Boston, over which Rev. John Wilson was
pastor. When divisions arose in this church,
after the death of Mr. Wilson. Edward Raw-
son was one of the twenty-eight disaffected
persons who dissolved connections with that
society and formed the Third or old South
Church in May, 1669. A corporation in Eng-
land for the propagation of the gospel among
the Indians in New England chose Edward
Rawson as Stewart or agent "for the receiving
and disposing of such goods and commodi-
ties," as should be sent to the united colonies,
and this choice was confirmed by the commis-
sioners of the colonies of New Haven. 1651.
Edward Rawson is believed to be the author
of a book published in 1691, entitled, "The
Revolution in New England Justified," and
of other similar works. It is quite apparent
that he was one of those who participated in
the persecution of the Quakers. This seems
to be the only blemish upon his fair fame, and
that he was an uncommonly useful and excel-
lent man cannot be doubted.

According to the records written in his
family Bible by his son, and which is still
carefully preserved, Edward Rawson was
born April 16, 1615, and died August 27,
1693. He was married in England to Rachel
Perne. a granddaughter of John Hooker,
whose wife was a Grindal, sister of Edmund
Grindal, archbishop of Canterbury, in the
reign of Qtieen Elizabeth. John Hooker,
grandfather of Rachel Perne, was an uncle
of the celebrated divine. Rev. Thomas Hooker,
who founded the colony of Hartford. Con-
necticut. The first child of Edward Rawson
was a daughter, was married in England and
remained there. The others were : Edward,
Rachel, David. Mary Perne, Susan. \\'illiam,
Rebecca (died young), Rebecca, Elizabeth,
John and Grindal.

(II) William, third son and seventh child of
Edward and Rachel (Perne) Rawson. born
May 21, 1 65 1, in Newbury, was educated for



a mercantile life. He became a prominent
merchant and importer of foreign goods. Up
to the time of his marriage he resided with
his father in Rawson lane, now Bromfield
street, Boston, where he kept a dry goods
store. In 1689 he sold his estate and removed
with his family to Dorchester, where he re-
sided upon a portion of "Newbury Farm" in-
herited by his wife. He afterwards purchased
a tract of land in Braintree, which is now
known as an ancient Rawson Farm. It is
situated near Neponset village and has been
passed down from father to son to the fifth
generation. The present house is on the same
site where William Rawson built his home-
stead. Here he lived nearly forty years, and
died September 20, 1726, in his seventy-fifth
year. He married, in 1673, Anne Glover, only
daughter of Nathaniel and i\Iary ( Smith )
Glover, of Dorchester. She died about 1730,
aged seventy-four years. In twenty-five years
they had twenty children, namely: Anne
(died in infancy). Wilson. i\Iargaret, Edward
(died young) Edward (died young), Rachel,
Dorothy (died young), William, David, Dor-
othy, Ebenezer (died young), Thankful, Na-
thaniel, Ebenezer, Edward, Anne, Patience,
Peletiah, Grindal and Mary.

(HI) David, fifth son and ninth child of
William and Anne (Glover) Rawson, bom in
Boston, lived on the farm which was occupied
by his father near the Neponset bridge. He
was a persevering business man, distinguished
for energy and industry, and left to his heirs
a valuable estate. His personal property was
valued at two hundred and twelve younds,
twelve shillings and four pence. He died
April 20, 1752, in the sixty-ninth year of his
age, and was buried at Quincy. He married
Mary Gulliver, daughter of Captain John
Gulliver, who survived him. Their children
were: David, Jonathan, Elijah, Mary, Han-
nah, Silence, Anne, Elizabeth, Josiah, Jeru-
sha, Lydia and Ebenezer.

(IV) Ebenezer, youngest son of David and
Mary (Gulliver) Rawson, born May 31, 1734,
in Quincy, Massachusetts, died June 11, 1814.
He was a farmer and settled in Sutton, New
Hampshire. He was a man of genius and
extensive historical attainments. Judge Raw-
son said of him : "He was a learned his-
torian." Dr. Leland," of Fall River, a relative
who knew him well, said in a letter respecting
him : "That in stature he was, I think, full
six feet, slender built, though with consider-
able breadth of shoulders, his countenance was
open, his nose aquiline, and his head project-
ing- and high." He was a man of rare intel-

lect, of a very retentive memory, was a stu-
dent of the Bible and his word was always to
be relied upon. In his later years he became
strongly attached to the Quakers, wore their
dress and worshipped with them. As a mark
of his censure of the persecution of them, and
of his regard for them, he named a son after
Marmaduke Stephenson, of Salem, who was
tried and imprisoned for heresy, and for whose
release, a warrant, signed by Edward Rawson,
was issued, dated September 12, 1659. He
was married to Sarah, daughter of Hon.
Samuel Chase, of Cheshire, New Hampshire,
and who died November 14, 1814. Their
children were : Prudence, Lydia, Ebenezer,
Sarah, Abner, John, Jerusha, Samuel, Eliza-
beth, Marmaduke and Nizaula (twins), Mary,
Clarrissa and Abigail.

(V) Captain Samuel, fourth son of Ebe-
nezer and Sarah (Chase) Rawson, born Sep-
tember 4, 1 77 1, in Sutton, Massachusetts, died
January 29, 1829, in Paris, Maine. In early
life he was a saddler and upholsterer. He
settled first in Grafton, Massachusetts, and
afterward removed to Paris, Maine, where he
became a prosperous fanner, in November,
1804. He was a man of strict probity, pos-
sessed energy and good judgment, and was
genial and sociable, inclined to argument and
investigation. He was called into the United
States service in 1814, in defence of Portland,
Maine. At that time he was lieutenant of
artillery, for which service, in later years, his
widow received a land warrant. In 1874 she
was still living at the old homestead (built in
1814) in Paris, Maine, then in the ninety-
sixth year of her age. He married, in May,
1802, Polly, daughter of Dr. James Freeland,
of Sutton, Massachusetts, who was born Sep-
tember 17, 1778. Their children were: Mary
Ann, Arabella, Abigail Adams, Columbia,
Frances and James Freeland.

(\T) Abigail Adams, third daughter of
Captain Samuel and Polly (Freeland) Raw-
son, was born February 5, 181 1, in Sutton,
Massachusetts. She was a lady of rare ac-
complishments, and possesed extensive knowl-
edge, having traveled extensively both in this
country and in Europe. She married, Sep-
tember 30, 1836, Henry E. Prentiss, at Paris,
Maine (see Prentiss Vtl).

This surname derives its
CALDWELL origin from a locality.

Along the Anglo-Scottish
border the name Coldwell would be pro-
nounced Caldwell, the word "cald" signifying
"cold," and "well" meaning "spring"; and a

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man residing "att Caldwell" finally became
"Caldwell," and his generations after him.
The traditions of this family state that an im-
migrant ancestor was of Scotch descent, and
came from the Xorth of England. Various
families of Caldwells live about Nottingham,

(I) John Caldwell, the immigrant, was
born in England, in 1624, and was in Boston
in 1643. i" I'l^ latter year, when he was
nineteen years old, the following record of the
general court of Massachusetts was made:
"Oct. 1643 Rich'rd Collccot, Edward Fuller,
John Cauldwell and Richard Smith, were ap-
pointed to fetch the Cattle from Providence."
Samuel Gorton was charged by the Massachu-
setts authorities with being a blasphemous
enemy of the true religion and of civil au-
thority. He and his followers were convicted
of the offense charged, and their cattle were
taken to pay their fines and the costs of the
prosecution, amounting to £160. John Cald-
well w^as a resident of Ipswich in 1654. He
was a weaver by trade, and is styled husband-
man in legal papers. In 1654 John Caldwell
bought a house which became his home, and
has sheltered families descended from him to
the present day — two hundred and fifty years.
August 31. 1657. lis bought four acres of land
in the common field, near unto Muddy River,
for which he paid seven pounds. In 1660 he
was one of nine persons who had grants of
two acres apiece on Scott's hill. In 1664 his
name is on the list of commissioners ; and he
had assigned him four shares in Plum Island,
Castle Neck, Hog Island. In 1673 he was
granted forever all the salt marsh grass grown
upon Bagwells Island. Lord's Day, April 12,
1674, John Caldwell and Sarah, his wife, were
admitted to full communion with the First
Church. He was made a freeman May 2^,
1677. Between this date and 1691, his name
appears at various places in the public records,
mainly in connection with appraisement of
estates. In 1691 he was appointed searcher
and sealer and viewer of leather, but refused
the office "as not being capable threw business
and otherwise." He signed his will June 20,
and died July 7, 1692, aged sixty-two years.
His will was probated September 28. His
entire estate was appraised at £221 i6s 4d.
He married Sarah Dillingham, born in Ips-
wich, April, 1634, died there January 26, 1722,
daughter of John and Sarah (Cnly) Dilling-
ham, v^'ho came from Leicestershire, England,
in 1630, and were among the earliest ])ioneers
of Ipswich. Children of John and Sarah
(Dillingham) Caldwell: Jolm, Sarah, Anna,

William. Dillingham, Nathaniel, Mary and

(II) John (2), eldest child of John (i) and
Sarah (Dillingham) Caldwell, is not men-
tioned in the records until about the time of
his marriage, when he was thirty-three years
old. A few weeks before that event he bought
a house, barn, orchard, and half acre of land
on the top of Town hill; where soon after-
ward he took up his residence for the remain-
der of his life. 1698 he was appointed field
driver and hayward; January 16, 1700, he was
assigned seat No. 8 in the meeting-house ;

1708 his name is on the list of commoners;

1709 he was one of the signers to a petition
to the general court; 1717 he was appointed
surveyor. He died February 7, 1722, leaving
an estate valued at £303 13s 4d. He married,
I\Iay I, 1689, Sarah Foster, daughter of Dea-
con Jacob and Martha (Kinsman) Foster.
She died July 11, 1722. Their seven children:
^lartha. John, Jacob, Sarah and William,
whose sketch follows.

(III) William, youngest child of John and
Sarah (Foster) Caldwell, was born January
17, 1708, and died December 27, 1758. He
was a joiner, and is mentioned in conveyances
as a yeoman. He married, November 15, 1729,
Lydia Lull, born November 21, 1714, died
January 19, 1797. aged eighty-three, daughter
of Thomas and Elizabeth (Smith) Lull. Her
father married (second) a young woman, and
at the birth of his daughter Lydia he was
seventy-seven years old. William Caldwell
bought the one-half interest of his wife's sister
Elizabeth in her father's homestead (Lydia,
his wife, being owner of the other half), and
made that his residence for life. The children
of William and Lydia were: Hannah (died
young). William, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Anna,
Lydia, Hannah, John, Sarah, Thomas, Daniel
and Ebenezer (twins), and Nathaniel.

(IV) John (3) Caldwell, eighth child and
third son of William and Lydia (Lull) Cald-
well, was baptized in Ipswich, Massachusetts,
I\ larch 4, 1746, and died in Oxford, Maine,
December 16, 1813. He resided in Ipswich,
Salem, and Haverhill, Massachusetts, and
finally removed to Hebron (now Oxford),
Maine, where he became head of the Maine
Caldwells of whom there arc now nearly a
hundred families. He settled on land to which
he had probably acquired title from the state,
and there made a large farm and became a
leading and prosperous farmer. He married,
in Ipswich, May 31, 1771, Dolly Hoyt, of
Rowlev ; children: John, Philiji, William,
Polly and Dolly.



(V) Polly, fourth child of John (3) and
Dolly (Hoyt) Caldwell, was born at Oxford,
July 15, 1782, and married Rev. Dan Perry,
June 25, 1809, and died October 12, 1829.
The descent of Dan Perry, as nearly as can
now be ascertained, is as follows : i. Anthony
Perry, or Pury, the immigrant, born 161 5,
was of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, 1658-78, and
represented the town in the general court in
1674. He died March i. 1683. His wife's
name was Elizabeth. 2. Samuel, son of An-
thony and Elizabeth Perry, was born Decem-
ber 10, 1648, in Rehoboth. He married (first)
December 12, 1678, Mary Miller; and (sec-
ond) May 9. 1690, Mary, daughter of Henry
Tucker, of Sandwich. 3. Jasiel, son of Sam-
uel and !\Iary (Miller) Perry, was born May
6, 1682, and married, January 3, 1706, Re-
becca ^^"ilmarth. 4. Jasiel (2), son of Jasiel
(i) and Rebecca (Wilmarth) Perry, was born
August 17, 171 5, and died Mnrch 20, 1797,
aged eighty-two. He married Elizabeth Wal-
ker, who was born in 1714, and died May 31,
1795, aged eighty-one. 5. Jasiel (3), son of
Jasiel (2) and Elizabeth Walker Perry, was
born June 15, 1753, and died January, 1832,
aged seventy-nine. He married Betsey Hix.
who was born March 15, 1750, and died Oc-
tober 13. 1823. 6. Dan, son of Jasiel (3) and
Betsy (Hix) Perry, was born in Rehoboth,
IMassachusetts, August 5, 1779, and died in
Oxford, Maine, December, 1864, aged eighty-
five. He married, June 25, 1809, Polly Cald-
well, who was born July 13, 1782, and died
October 12, 1829. Their children were: John,
Jasiel, Mary Caldwell, Electa Elizabeth. Lucy
I., Trueman Summerfield and Christiana Sur-

Samuel Cook, the immigrant an-
COOK cestor, was of English stock, but

came to America from Dublin, Ire-
land, with Machael Bacon and John Smith.
Bacon is the ancestor of many distinguished
and prominent families of New England. The
three men settled in Dedham. jMassachusetts,
and were evidently Puritans as well as Pro-

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