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married, 1739, Thankful Ward, of Worcester,
Massachusetts, who was born February 15,
1712, died May 1, 1799- Their children were:
Azubah, Martha, Jonas, Deborah, Daniel,
Isaac, Thankful, Peter, Joel.

(IV) Peter, eighth child and fourth son of
Jonas and Thankful (Ward) Farnsworth, was
born August iS, 1754. In 1780 he settled in
Norridgewock, Maine, and died December 11,
1803. He married Margaret Marshall, of
Bath, Maine, who was born August 6, 1755.
She married (second) August 7, 1806, Ed-
mund Parker, whom she survived, and died
March 2, 1844. Peter and Margaret (Mar-
shall) Farnsworth had six children: Martha,
Fanny, William, Jonas, Drummond, Cephas,
whose sketch follows.

(V) Cephas, sixth child and fourth son of
Peter and Margaret (Marshall) Farnsworth,
was born in Norridgewock, Maine, March 14,
1793. He first settled in Vassalboro, where
he lived until about 1822, \Yhen he removed to
Lisbon, Maine. In 1849 he went with his son
Benjamin to California, where he remained
two years. He then returned to Lisbon, where
he spent the remainder of his life, dying May
17, 1881, aged eighty-nine. He married, in
1816, Eunice Brown, born April 27, 1796, died
December 31, 1882. She was the daughter of
Benjamin and Sarah (McLellan) Brown, of
Norridgewock. The, six children born of this
union were : Parker, Sarah Jane McLellan,
Susan Brown, Josiah, Benjamin Brown, Oc-
tavia McKeen.

(VI) Benjamin Brown, fifth child and third
son of Cephas and Eunice (Brown) Farns-
worth, was born October 22, 1826, in Lisbon,
and died in Portland, February 9, 1906. He
was educated in the common schools and aca-
demic institutions of Lisbon and Skowhegan,
and after leaving school was engaged in minor
business affairs until the exodus to California
in search of gold in 1849. From Bath, Maine,
he sailed with his father in a ship for the
California coast, and the voyage around the
Horn was a subject of much interest to him
throughout his life. The party arrived in San
Francisco, February 25, 1850. The greater
part of the miners were above the lawless class
and these higher men formed a sort of vigi-
lance association to preserve order. Benjamin
B. Farnsworth was made deputy sheriff, and

his father alkeda — Spanish for judge. After
a residence of two years in California he re-
turned to the States via the Nicaraugua route,
and settled in Bangor, Maine, where he en-
gaged in the lumber and coal business, con-
trolling much of the packet trade from that
place to South America. He was also en-
gaged for a time in the manufacture of woolen
cloth in Lisbon, Jilaine. In 1868 he removed
to Portland and engaged in business with
Thomas F. Lamb, under the firm name of
Lamb & Farnsworth, dealers in leather and
findings. This partnership was dissolved, and
Mr. Farnsworth went into business with Ben-
jamin F. Whitney, forming the firm of Farns-
worth & Whitney. A year later, the junior
partner retiring, he formed the firm of B. B.
Farnsworth & Company, wholesale shoe deal-
ers, and when the business was incorporated
in 1891 he was elected president and treas-
urer, and held that position until a few weeks
before his death when he resigned. During
almost his entire life Mr. Farnsworth enjoyed
good health, and his sunny disposition made
him a good companion who brought pleasure
to many others, and was no doubt in a large
measure due to his physical condition. He
enjoyed life and wished others to do so, and
did what he could to make others happy. In
politics he was a Republican. At one time
during his residence in Bangor he was a mem-
ber of the city council, but became so dis-
gusted with politics in general that he would
never afterward even accept a nomination for
office. He was one of the men enlisted in
Bangor to prevent a riot during the days of
the draft in the civil war, when it was feared
that those who were set against the system
would rise in petty rebellion. In religious
belief Mr. Farnsworth was an Episcopalian.
For many years he was a vestryman at St.
Stephen's Church in Portland, of which he be-
came a member after leaving Bangor, where
he was a member of St. John's Church. For
many years he was a member of the Maine
Genealogical Society, the Maine Historical So-
ciety and the Maine Pomological Society. In
Masonry he found that which of all social
organizations was to him the most attractive
and the most instructive, and in this order he
rose to many honored positions. He was made
a Mason in Rising \irtne Lodge. June 2. 1857,
and there held various offices up to and in-
cluding the position of senior warden. He
became a Royal Arch Mason in ]\Iount Moriah
Chapter. August 16, 1858, and after serving
in various official capacities, including that of
king, he refused further offices and was made



treasurer, which position he held until his
removal to Portland. April 20, 1859, he was
made a member of Bangor Council, Royal and
Select r^Iasters, and later served in several
offices. He was elected deputy grand master
of the Grand Council of Maine in 1868. April
18, i860, he was created a Knight Templar in
St. John's Commandery, in which body he was
elected captain general, February 22, 1864, and
generalissimo, March 27, 1865. He held the
office of jvmior grand warden of the Grand
Commandery of Maine in 1864-65 ; was made
Scottish Rite JNIason in Dunlap Chapter, June
22, 1863, and was made -a Mason of the thirty-
second degree in Alaine Consistory, July 12,
1872. After he took up his residence in
Portland, he affiliated with the following
named Masonic bodies in that city : Atlantic
Lodge. Greenleaf Chapter, Portland Council of
Royal and Select Masters, and St. Alban Com-
mandery, Knights Templar. In the command-
ery he was elected captain general for the years
1884-85, and eminent commander in 1886-87.
He was grand warden of the Grand Command-
ery of Maine in 1889-90, declining further

Mr. Farnsworth married, August 24, 1852,
in Trinity Church, Boston, Caroline Augustine
Babcock, of Bangor, born December 2, 1828,
daughter of Asa Williams and J\Iary Ann
(Brown) Babcock, and a descendant of "May-
flower'" ancestry, tracing descent from Dreg-
ory Priest and his wife Sarah, sister of Isaac
Allerton, one of the most prominent members
of the Plymouth colony, and a descendant
from the McLellans, second settlers, in the
town of Gorham, Maine. Asa Williams Bab-
cock was born in Augusta, Maine, April 15,
1799, died August i, 1869, at Bangor, ]\Iaine ;
his wife, who was a daughter of Benjamin
Brown, of \'assalboro, was born August 8,
1805, died October 24, 1848. Children of
Benjamin B. and Caroline A. (Babcock)
Farnsworth: i. Edward Clarence, born I\Iay
27, 1853, married, December 20, 1893, ^lary
Best. 2. Ada Caroline, born December 27,
1854, married, September 3, 1883, Elmer E.
ClilTord, of Portland. 3. Anne, born Decem-
ber 27, 1858, died December 30, 1858. 4.
^lary Isabella, twin, born December 27, 1858,
died Februar}- 16, 1859. 5. Sarah Helena,
born January 31, i860, died August 5, 1861.
6. Benjamin H., born December 6. 1864. mar-
ried. June 24, 1895, r^Iary Webb, born Decem-
ber 2?'. 1865. daughter of Mason Greenwood
and Elizabeth Xeil (Bates) Webb, the former
born July 24, 1832, died March 28. 1871, and
the latter born January 11, 1839. 7. Julia

Elizabeth, born November 5, 1867, married,
December 7, 1887, John Alden Daniels, of
Newton Centre, IMassachusetts.

(VH) Benjamin Hooker, si.xth child and
second son of Benjamin B. and Caroline A.
(Babcock) Farnsworth, was born in Bangor,
Maine, December 6, 1864. He was educated
in the public schools of Portland, finishing in
a private academy in 1885. Immediately alter
leaving school he entered his father's employ
in the store, and from that time till now has
been connected with the business. Following
the death of his father in 1906 he became
president and treasurer of the B. B. Farns-
worth Shoe Company, which position he now
fills, proving a worthy successor of his father
in the place. In politics and religion he has
followed the lines of his ancestors, and is a
Republican and an Episcopalian. In Masonry
he holds membership in the following organ-
izations of that order : Atlantic Lodge, No.
81; Greenleaf Royal Arch Chapter; Portland
Council of Royal and Select blasters : St. Al-
ban Commandery, Knights Templar, and Kora
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic
Shrine. He married, June 24, 1895, >.Iarv'
Webb, born in Portland, Maine, December 28,
1865, daughter of Alason Greenwood and
Elizabeth Niel (Bates) Webb, the former of
whom was born July 24, 1832, died March 28,
1871, and the latter born January 11, 1839.
Children of I\Ir. and Mrs. Farnsworth: i.
Julia Caroline, born }.Iarch 18, 1896, died May
II, 1903. 2. Benjamin Brown, born July 25,
1897. 3. Hugh ]\IcLellan, born April 11, 1904.

(For first generation see preceding sketch.)

(II) Jonathan, sixth
FARNSWORTH son and tenth child of
Matthias Farnworth,
was born in Groton. June i, 1675. In the ver\-
month of his nativity King Philip's war, one
of the most sanguinary in the liistory of In-
dian tribes, broke out ; and June 20, 1675, was
fought at Swanzey the first battle of that
struggle. ]\Iarch 2 of the following year,
1676, the Indians attacked Groton and burned
nearlv every dwelling in the town, killed the
settlers' live stock and left the country deso-
late. The inhabitants, as before stated, fled
to Concord for safety. At the end of two
years he was brought back to Groton by his
parents, at thirteen years, and he was left
fatherless in the care of a mother who was
able to bring him up with intelligence and
fidelity. He lived not far from Prescott's "old
mill." perhaps on the land assigned to his
father situated in that part of Groton which



became a part of Harvard, 1732. He owned
the covenant in Groton, September 21, 1707,
and Ruth, his wife, united with the church
October 9, 1715. They, with their son, Jona-
than, were dismissed from the church in Gro-
ton and "recommended to he the foundation
of the church in Harvard," September 14,
1733. He spent all his mature years as a
farmer in Harvard, where he died June 16,
1748. He married, in 1698, Ruth Shattuck,
who was born June 24, 1678, daughter of
John and Ruth (Whitney) Shattuck, of
Watertown. Their children were : Ruth, Jon-
athan, Ephraim, Reuben, Phineas, Priscilla,
Nathaniel. John, died young ; Hannah, Simeon,
Susanna. Elias, John, Silas, Betty.

(HI) Simeon, tenth child and seventh son
of Jonathan and Ruth (Shattuck) Farnsworth,
was born in Groton, July 12, 1718, died in
Washington, New Hampshire, March 21,
1805. Until March. 17S1, he resided in that
part of Harvard which was set off to Shirley,
and then removed to Washington, where some
of his sons had previously gone, and there
spent his declining years in cultivating the soil.
His home was about a mile and a half from
Washington Centre, near JNIiller pond. He
married (first) May 28, 1744, Martha Hall,
who died May 7, 1754. He married (second)
Lucy Atherton, who survived him and died
May 13, 1823, St the age of eighty-eight
years. Jonathan Farnsworth was the father
of seventeen children ; those of first wife were:
Mehitablc, Simeon, Samuel, Martha, Lucy and
Joseph ; those of second wife were : Manas-
sah, died young: Manassah, Samuel, Relief,
David, Sarah, died young ; Daniel, Reuben,
Sarah, Patty and Nancy.

(I\') Daniel, seventh child and fifth son of
Simeon and Lucy (Atherton) Farnsworth.
was born April 9, 1769. and died July 10,
1851. He resided in Washington, New Hamp-
shire. Pie married (first) June 25, 1798,
Sarph Holt, of Sharon, \'ermont. whose name
is given Nancy in the Holt genealogy. She
was born in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1767,
and died October 27, 181 5. He married (sec-
ond) Phebe Carlisle, of Walpole. New Hamp-
shire. He married (third) Christiana Keyes,
of Acworth. The children of Daniel Farns-
worth, all by first wife, were : Chauncey,
Charles, Sarah, Mrtv, Elvira, Hiram, died
young; and Hiram M.

(V) Chauncey. eldest child of Daniel and
Sarah or Nancy (Holt) Farnsworth. was born
February 22. 1800. in Washington, died De-
cember 18. i860. He married (first) October
3, 1S21, Sylvia Snow, born January 13. 1797,

died August 29, 1831, daughter of Joseph
Snow. He married (second) Plannah Wade,
of Washington. He married (third) Nancy
Stone, of Harvard. His children, by first wife
were : Joseph Snow, James Smith, Daniel and
George W. ; and by second wife were : Sylvia
and Nancy.

(VT) Joseph Snow, eldest child of Chaun-
cey and Sylvia (Snow) Farnsworth, was born
in Washington, New Hampshire, May 28,
1822. died June 20, 1895. He settled in
Windsor. \'ermont, and was a blacksmith and
draughtsman. He was employed by the Wind-
sor ^lachine Company, which is now owned
by the son of Hon. William ^L Evarts, Nath-
aniel Evarts, and was a very skillful artisan.
He was also prominent in town affairs. He
was a leading Mason and the last surviving
charter member of the local lodge at Windsor,
being one of the oldest members of the Ma-
sonic fraternity in the state. He married. No-
vember 30, 1848, Judith AL Stevens, born in
Kennebunk, Maine. October 20, 1822, daugh-
ter of James and Susan (Littlefield) Stevens.
She died May 14, 1907, aged eighty-five.
Children: i. Arthur Latham, mentioned be-
low. 2. James Walter, born White River
Junction. Vermont. November 10, 1850, mar-
ried. December 29, 1877. Emma M. Lester,
and resides at Windsor, \'ermont. 3. Susie
A., born at White River Junction. \'ermont,
is unmarried and resides in Windsor, Ver-

(VH) Arthur- Latham, eldest child of Jo-
seph Snow and Judith \1. (Stevens) Farns-
worth, was born in Kennebunk, Maine, Sep-
tember 29. 1849. He attended the public
schools, from which he graduated in 1865
and then took a supplementary course of study
at Tilden Academy, West Lebanon, New
Hampshire. At the age of fifteen he became
a clerk for Tuxbury & Stone, dealers in dry-
goods and groceries, by whom he was em-
ployed ten years in Windsor, \'ermont. He
was then engaged in business in Troy, Ohio,-
and Portsmouth, New Plampshire. In 1874
he removed to Portland. Maine, and opened
a gentleman's furnishing store which he man-
aged successfully until 1885. He then sold
his business to accept the position of United
States weigher and ganger, to which position
he was appointed by General Samuel J. An-
derson, collector of customs at the port of
Portland. Maine. In order to demonstrate
his qualifications for this place he was required
to take the civil service examination, then a
newly installed feature in government business.
He served in this position till January i, 1891,



and then spent a year as a commercial traveler
for Twitchell, Champlin & Company. In
March. 1892, he was elected city assessor for
three years, and for 1894-95 was chairman
of the board of assessors. ]\Iarch 12, 1895,
he was appointed a special deputy collector
of customs at the port of Portland by John W.
Deering, collector of the port. Air. Deering
was succeeded in office by Watson F. Milli-
ken, who died November 19, 1899. He was
succeeded by Charles M. Moses, January i,
1900, and in the interim between those dates
Mr. Farnsworth was acting collector. From
the date of his appointment by Collector Deer-
ing to the present time, Mr. Farnsworth has
served as deputy collector. He has been active
in politics since early manhood, and has filled
places on the Democratic city and county com-
mittees for years. He was chairman of the
former committee from 1892 to 1894, and
under his supervision the party made large
gains and was well organized. He is a mem-
ber of Atlantic Lodge, No. 8r, Ancient Free
and Accepted ^Masons ; Greenleaf Royal Arch
Chapter, No. 13: Portland Council, No. 4,
Royal and Select Masters ; Portland Com-
mandery. No. 2, Knights Templar ; Maine
Consistory, Sublime Princes of the Royal Se-
cret, in which he has attained the thirty-
second degree. He is also a member of Unity
Lodge, No. 3, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows ; Trinity Lodge, No. 64, Knights of
Pythias; Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks. No. 88 ; president of the jMaine Charit-
able Mechanics" Association, also a member of
Bramhall League. Fern Park Association,
Young Men's Democratic Club, Farmers' Club
and Fish and Game Club. He has a fine home
at No. 216 Ocean avenue, Portland. Maine.
He married, September 20. 1870. at Windsor,
Vermont. Georgiana }vl. Hawley. only daugh-
ter of William T. and Nancv (Pierce) Haw-
ley. Children: I. Arthur H.. born April 18,
1872, LTnited States railwav mail clerk. 2.
Myra P.. born June 18. 1873, married, De-
cember 7. 1903. Charles H. Deering. of Saco,
Maine : one child, Edith, bom Alay 22. 1905.

Shepley is one of the names
SHEPLEY appearing in the history of
Massachusetts within a few
years after the landing of the Pilgrims. The
members of the family ranked high from the
time of their settlement in Groton, and that
stock years later gave to ]Maine two of its
most talented and noted citizens whose life
history is briefly told in this article.

(I) John Shapley. or Shipley, according to

Felt, had a grant of land in Salem in 1637.
He was in that part which became Wenham.
He removed with his partner, Mr. Fiske, to
Chelmsford, where he was a long time a resi-
dent. He had children : John, Nathaniel and

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Shepley,
born 1637, is said to have moved to Chelms-

(HI) Captain John (3) Sheple, as he wrote
his name, was of Groton as early as 1700. in
which year John and Lydia Sheple had born
to them a son John. Captain John Sheple ap-
pears to have been representative to the gen-
eral court six years between 1716 and 1728.
In 1 718 he was a member of the board of
selectmen of the town.

(IV) John (4), son of Captain John (3)
and Lydia Shepley, lived in Groton, and there
married Abigail Green.

(V) John (5), son of John (4) and Abigail
(Green) Shepley, was born in Groton. He
was an orderly sergeant and clerk of a com-
pany in the revolution ; held several town
offices in Groton, was a farmer, fond of read-
ing, and a man of genera! information. He
married ]\Iary, widow of Captain Therlow,
of the revolutionary army, a daughter of Dea-
con Gibson, of Stowe. They had three sons —
John, Ether and Stephen.

(VI) Hon. Ether, second son of John and
Mary (Gibson) (Therlow) Shepley, was born
in Groton, Massachusetts, November 2, 1789,
and died in Portland, Maine, January 14,
1877. The Christian name, Ether, was adopted
from Joshua xix., 7 — the designation of one
of the villages of the Canaanites in the south
of Judah, allotted to Simeon. The word in
Hebrew means stone. From "A History of
the Law, the Courts, and the Lawyers of
Maine," published 1863, we extract the follow-
ing account of Judge Shepley :

"Mr. Shepley received his elementary edu-
cation in Groton Academy, under the instruc-
tion of Caleb Butler. Thence he proceeded
to Dartmouth Coltege, from which he took
his degree in 181 1. Among his classmates
were Professor Nathaniel H. Carter, Bezaleel
Cushman and Nathaniel Wright, who were all
instructors in Portland after leaving college,
IVIr. Cushman for thirty years having had
charge of the academy ; Dr. William Cogs-
well : Daniel Poor, the celebrated missionary;
Professor Parker, of the Law School at Har-
vard : Amos Kendall, postmaster-general under
President Jackson, and other distinguished
men, were members of his class. On leaving
college ]\Ir. Shepley entered the office of Dud-



ley Hubbard, in South Berwick, where he re-
mained two years under very favorable cir-
cumstances. The large collection business of
Mr. Hubbard was suffering for want of atten-
tion. Mr. Shepley took serious hold of it, and
by his activity and intelligence revived it and
left it in a favorable condition. He was
urged by Mr. Hubbard to continue his services,
but he preferred a change, and successively
read in the offices of Zabdiel B. Adams, in
Worcester county, and Solomon Strong, in
Hampshire. On being admitted to the bar he
came immediately to Saco, where he com-
menced practice in July, 1814. With the ex-
perience he had gathered and the habits of
business he had acquired, he was more than
usually advanced over young practitioners in
the knowledge of his profession and in the
use of its machinery, and early entered upon
a successful and lucrative practice which his
industry, close application and practical ability
made secure, and gave to him a prominent
place in the midst of which he resided. In
1819 the subject of the separation from Alas-
sachusetts was earnestly discussed in this state,
and Mr. Shepley zealously entered into it. He
was elected to represent Saco in that year in
the general court, and the same year was
chosen a member of the convention which
fonned the constitution of Maine. In Febru-
ary, 1821, he was ajjpointed United States at-
torney for the District of Maine as successor
to William P. Preble, who was placed on the
bench of the supreme court of the state. This
office he held until his election as one of the
senators in congress from Maine in 1833. The
duties of that office, in connection with his
very extensive practice, he discharged with
great promptness and fidelity, of which no bet-
ter evidence can be adduced than the length
of time he was permitted to retain it — through
the four closing years of Mr. Monroe's ad-
ministration, the whole of Mr. Adams', and
four years into General Jack,son's, and left it
at last only for a more exalted station. In
1833 he was elected to the senate of the United
States as successor to John Holmes. In this
body he sustained the administration of Gen-
eral Jackson by his votes and his voice. On
the great and exciting question of removing
the deposits from the United States Rank, he
made two earnest and able speeches in Jan-
uary, 1834, vindicating the course and policy
of the President. In one of these he paid a
glowing eulogium to his classmate, Amos Ken-
dall, who was then the agent of the govern-
ment in relation to these deposits. But the
office of senator, however favorable and agree-

able, the good opinion entertained by the gov-
ernment of Alaine of his legal ability did not
permit him long to retain ; for in September,
1836, a vacancy having occurred on the bench
of the supreme court by the resignation of
Judge Parris, who had been appointed by
President \'an Buren second comptroller of
the treasury, he was immediately appointed to
that place. It was apparent from the studies
and habits of Judge Shepley that the quiet
pursuits of professional duties, and especially
in their highest forms as an expositor of the
law, were more suited to his tastes than the
turmoil of politics. As a judge, both at nisi
prius and in the law department, his ability,
his industry and integrity fully justified the
partiality and good judgment of the adminis-
tration of Governor Dunlap, by which the
appointment was made. In 1848 he was ap-
pointed chief justice as successor to Chief Jus-
tice Whitman, with the general concurrence
of the bar and public sentiment. His long
experience as a jurist and a judge, and the
fidelity and legal acumen which he had dis-
played in his long judicial service, placed him
prominently before the public as a first suc-
cessor of the eminent judge who had preceded
him. He continued in this high office until
the autumn of 1855, when his constitutional
term of seven years having expired, he re-
tired from the bench, his ermine unsullied,
and closed his long judicial life. No judge
ever more faithfully or more promptly dis-
charged the duties of the bench than Judge
Shepley, and the ability which characterized
his judicial career is amply illustrated in the
twenty-seven volumes of the Maine Reports
from the fourteenth to the fortieth inclusive.
His opinions are drawn with clearness, direct-
ness and force, and no one can mistake the
point which he endeavors to establish. That
Judge Shepley was devoted to his professional
and judicial life and clung with strong attach-
ment to his domestic joys, we can have no
better proof than the firmness with which
he resisted the allurements held out to him
to accept positions under the general govern-
ment. While on the bench he was urged to
accept official stations by authorities at Wash-
ington, which he uniformly declined, pre-
ferring the comforts of his home and the

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