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supervisor of schools from 1871 to 1874. For
forty-three years he has been chorister of the
Baptist church, and also holds the office of
deacon. He has given much attention to vocal
music, is blessed with one of the richest bass
voices in the state, and has sung with that
distinguished daughter of Maine, Annie Louise
Cary, whose fame as an opera singer is still
fresh in the minds of music lovers. For

many years Mr. Boothby has been prominent
in fraternal organizations, being a Mason of
the thirty-second degree, a member of the
Shriners, past master, high priest and district
deputy of the district. He also belongs to the
Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. He
is a man of sound judgment, excellent char-
acter and respected as a wise counselor. On
v\pril 27, 1861, Roswell C. Boothby married
Julia A. Coffin, daughter of Warren and
Betsy (Crowell) Coffin, of Lewiston, Maine,
who died at East Livermore, March 31, 1868.
Their children were : Eugene H. and Vesta,
deceased. Eugene H. Boothby lives in Wash-
ington,' D. C. He married Ida Simons, and
their son, Roswell E., is a famous boy soprano,
singing in the Episcopal church of that city.
The other children are : Marietta, Allene and
Fred W. On December 6, 1870, Roswell C.
Boothby married (second) Clara A. Atwood,
daughter of Hezekiah and Nancy (Coffin) At-
wood, of Portland. Their children were Sam-
uel, died young, in Boston, and Heloise, mar-
ried Ernest T. Cushman, of Paris, Maine,
who is now a teacher in Portsmouth, New
Hampshire ; the)- have one child, Ruth.

The DeCosters were orig-
DE COSTER inally French, and went into

Portugal, where the leader
of the family distinguished himself at the
siege of Ceuta ; returning to France, they be-
came strong Huguenots, and after the revo-
cation of the Edict of Nantes they went to
England, thence to Boston. In the Colonial
Records the name is spelled both DeCosta
and DeCoster, but the original spelling was
DeCosta, which spelling some of the family
still retain. In the Revolutionary Records,
where the name is found spelled both of these
ways, is found Temple, Jonathan (also given
John) and Joseph, from Boston, Jacob from
Bridgewater, Massachusetts, also some others
from the same Colony.

( I ) Samuel DeCoster, the first member to
be found of the family here described, lived at
one time at Buckfield, Maine ; children born
there : Varanes, James, Samuel, Harry, Ozias,
who has three sons living, Edwin, Cyrus C.
and Granville, and several daughters.

(II) Yaranes, son of Samuel DeCoster, was
born at Buckfield, Maine, where he was en-
gaged in farming; he married Louisa, daugh-
ter of L^zza and Abigail W. (Elliott) Thomp-
son, born March 12, 1814 (see Thompson
^TI). Their children were as follows: Fran-
cesco \'. : William P>., who was a volunteer in
the civil war, and died in the service of his



country ; Georgia, wlio married Stephen Mor-
rill, of Strong, Maine: Louisa \ictoria: \ ir-
gil P., a farmer; \irginia, a twin to \irgil P.,
was a schoolteacher: married Barnum Jones,
(if Auburn, Maine; and Cleora H.. also was a
schoolteacher, married D. M. Hildreth, and
resides in Washington, D. C.

(Ill) Captain Francesco V'., eldest son of
\aranes and Louisa (Thompson) DeCoster,
\\a> bom November 19, 1838, at Buckfield,
Maine, where he attended the public schools,
finishing his education at Phillips Academy.
For some time he was a successful teacher in
the schools of Buckfield, Hartford and Can-
ton, Maine, and in 1858 removed to Minne-
sota, where he first worked at carpentering
and teaching school, and later was a justice
of the peace. He traded with the Sioux In-
dians, buying many thousands of dollars' worth
of furs, skins and articles of their manufac-
ture ; learned to speak their language, at-
tended their war dances and feasts, and was
well acquainted with Little Crow, the chief
and leader of the outbreak and massacre in
1862, when more than one thousand whites
were murdered. Captain DeCoster had a bril-
liant war record, and took part in the famous
maneuvers of the Marine Brigade, made fa-
mous in 1862. He enlisted in 1861 in the
Fourth Minnesota Regiment Infantry, as a
sergeant, and when the Ellets. under the aus-
pices of the war department, made up the Ram
Fleet and Marine Brigade, Francesco V. De-
Coster became captain of Company D Cav-
alry: though being part of the army, they
were to co-operate with the navy in opening
up or blockading the waters of the Mississippi
river, fighting Guerillas, transporting supplies,
and became an important factor in the opera-
tions at Forts Henry and Donelson, Pittsburg
Landing, Corinth, Vicksburg, and other places.
-At the siege of \"icksburg he had two horses
shot from under him; lost thirty-two men
from his company in night ambush; was mili-
tary comiTiander of one vessel of tieet and had
thirty-nine shells thrown into it bv a si.x gun
rebel battery below .Memphis. Captain DeCos-
ter has written several able articles describing
actions in which he took part, and discussing
the dissatisfaction and jealousy of officers of
the regular navy. .After the close of the war
he returned to Minnesota, where he became in-
terested in mining, and also became a retail
merchant, at first handling general merchan-
dise and later jewelry and music. For twenty
years Captain DeCoster was court commis-
sioner and probate judge for :\Ieeker county,
Minnesota, and was postmaster in 1867; '"'

1897 he removed to Washington, D. C, where
he first filled a position in the government
printing office, later being employed in the
document department of the National Capitol
Building, which position he still fills. His
home is still at Litchfield. Minnesota, where
his family resides most of the time, and where
he belongs to the order of Ancient Free and
.Accepted Masons. Golden Fleece Lodge, No.
89, and is a member of Frank Daggett Post,
No. 35, Grand Army of the Republic. He is
a member of the Mississippi River Ram Fleet
and Marine Brigade, and was the second com-
mander of the association; first meeting was
held in St. Louis, the second in Milwaukee ;
this meets annually with the National En-
campment, G. A. R. For thirty years he was
superintendent of the Sunday school of the
Presbyterian church at Litchfield. Minnesota,
has been ruling elder of the church since 1871,
and is now a member of the Men's League of
the Metropolitan Presbyterian Church of
Washington, also of the Soldiers' Union of the
First Congregational Church of Washington.
For three years Captain DeCoster was presi-
dent of The Short Story Club, for one year
president of the Optimist Club, of Washington,
where he is much in evidence in literary cir-
cles, and he is a member of the Elaine Associa-
tion of that city. As a public speaker he is
very popular, and for the past six years has
given the oration for the public school children
of Washington on the occasion of Flag Day.
In March, 1867, he married Mary Ellen Tor-
rey, of Turner, Maine, a niece of Senator T.
O. Howe, of Wisconsin, and two years later
she and Louisa, her infant daughter, died. He
married (second) Mary Emerett Campbell, of
Hartford, Connecticut, in 1871, and they have
one child, Esther Louise, who lives at home,
and is unmarried. She is a graduate of the
L'niversity of Minnesota and a graduate of
music in New York Citv.

The first of this family to
THOMPSON emigrate to America
spelled the name Tomson,
and as he was born in the northern part of
Wales, not far from Scotland, it is presumed
he w-as of Scotch extraction. The name has
long been known in England, Scotland and
Ireland, spelled in several different ways.
Soon after the family located in America it
was spelled with "Th," but the p was not in-
serted for more than a hundred years.

(I) John Tomson was born in 1616, in
Wales, and it is a tradition that his father died
soon after his birth and his mother married



again. From his limited means of eilucation
and his youth at the time of his emigration,
about 1622, it is probable he did not know his
lineage. He died June 16, 1696, and his grave
is marked "Lieutenant John Thompson."' He
married Mary Cook, who died March 21, 1714,
in the eighty-eighth year of her age, and both
of them are buried in the first burying-ground
of Middleborough, Massachusetts. Their
children were : Adam, John, Mary, Esther,
Elizabeth, Sarah, Lydia, Jacob, Thomas,
Peter and Mercy.

(H) John (2), second son of John (i) and
I\Iary (Cook) Tomson, was a carpenter; he
was born in 1648 and died November 25, 1725.
He married Mary, daughter of Ephraim Tink-
ham, the emigrant, and she died in 1731 in the
sixty-seventh year of her age. Their children
were : John, Ephraim, Thomas, Shubael,
Mary, Martha, Francis, Sarah, Peter, Jacob
and Ebenezer.

(HI) Shubael, fourth son of John (2) and
Mary (Tinkham) Thomson, was born in 1685
and died July 7, 1734. He married Susanna
Parker, who died June 9, 1734, and their chil-
dren were : Shubael, Thomas, Isaac, John
and Mary.

(IV) John (3), fourth son of Shubael and
Susanna (Parker) Thomson, was born in
1727 and died June 22, 1776. He married
(first) Lydia Wood, who died January 28,
1761, and they had ten children: Shubael,
Susanna, Isaac, John, Ezra, Lydia, Sarah,
L'zza, Fear and Priscilla. He married (sec-
ond) Widow Sarah Soule, who died August
20. 1805, and they had one child, Mary.

(V) Isaac, second son of John (3) and
Lydia (Wood) Thomson, was born February

1, 1746, and died December 21, 1819. He
represented the town of Middleborough in the
state legislature, then represented the county
of Plymouth in the senate until his age com-
pelled his retirement from public life, and was
justice of the peace until his death. He was
in the service of the public sixteen years, and
was an industrious and public-spirited citizen,
acting as ^a peace-maker in his capacity of
magistrate. He was well known for his piety,
uprightness, for his cordial and hearty man-
ner and happy disposition. He had a large
family and was very fond and proud of them.
He married Lucy Sturtevant, who died No-
vember 4, 1834, and their children were: i.
John, born March 22, 1775, married (first)
Sarah Austin, (second) Belinda Dean and
(third) Jane Richardson, and settled in Maine.

2. Cyrus, born December 23. 1776, married
Rebecca Robinson and lived in Maine. 3.

Lydia, born March i, 1779, married Rev. Eli-
jah Dexter. 4. Isaac, born November 7, 1781,
married Abia Haskell. 5. Uzza. 6. Lucy,
born October i. 1786, married Cephas Thomp-
son. 7. George, born August 12, 1788, mar-
ried Deborah P. Clark. 8. Mary, born .'\pril
14, 1790, married Robert Capen. 9. Ezra,
born Alarch 8, 1792, married Cynthia Clifford.
10. Harriet, born December 19, 1795, married
Solomon Thompson.

(VI) Uzza, fourth son of Isaac and Lucy
(Sturtevant) Thompson, was born August 23,
1784, and died January 5, 1849. He settled
on a farm in Hartford, Maine, purchased
from the Thompson grant. He married .\bi-
gail W. Elliott, of Rumford, Maine, and they
had children: i. Lucy S., born September 22,
1808, married James B. DeCoster, of Buck-
field, Maine. 2. Mary Ann, born May 8, 1810,
married Hiram Hall. 3. Louisa. 4. Ezra,
born May 4, 1816, died May 30, 1816. 5.
Charlotte, born October 6, 1817. 6. Abigail
E., born June 3, 1821, married (first) Alanson
Bradford and (second) William R. French.
7. George C, born October 15, 1827, married
Harriet B. Bisbee. 8. Isaac H., born January
3, 1 83 1, married Hattie E. Bray.

(\TI) Louisa, third daughter of Uzza and
Abigail W. (Elliott) Thompson, was born
March 12, 1814, and married V^aranes DeCos-
ter, a farmer of Buckfield, Maine. (See De-
Coster II.)

The ancestors of the
ALEXANDER Alexander family which

was active in the settle-
ment of Brunswick. Topsham, Harpswell and
adjoining tow-ns in Maine, lived for centuries
on the peninsula of Kintyre, in Argyleshire,
Scotlanil. The family was closely allied with
the Argyles, a sort of cousin clan. In 1641 a
member of this family settled in Coleraine, in
the vallev of the Bann, near Londonderry, in
the province of Ulster, Ireland. His great-
grandson was the immigrant founder of the
family in this country. In 1719 Robert Tem-
ple, an old officer of the English army, sought
to settle with desirable emigrants large tracts
of land which he had purchased of the Kenne-
bec and Pejepscot companies. These people
landed in Topsham, Maine, which probably
received its name from the port of Temple's
departure, and took up lands extending from
Merrymeeting Bay along the Cathance and
Androscoggin rivers. They constituted the
majority of the early inhabitants of Bruns-
wick, living between New Meadows and
Maquoit. Because of Lovewell's Indian war.



172J-25. further immigration was checked and
most of those already settled abandoned their
homes, some removing to Londonderry, New
Hampshire, and others, perhaps the majority,
to Pennsylvania. Professor Perry, of Wil-
liams College, has well said : "These Scotch-
Irish were all in general, one sort of people.
If thev had but one book to a family, that book
was surely the Bible, and if there were two
volumes to a family, the second place in most
cases was disputed between Fox's "Book of
Martvrs" and Bunvan's "Pilgrim's Progress."
Each'companv brought with them as a part of
the indispensable outfit the much prized po-
tato, to which the lands of New England, al-
wavs so sandy, are adapted. Each company
also brought the agricultural implements need-
ful for the culture of the flax-plant, and the
looms for weaving the linen textures. Noth-
ing connected with the new comers excited so
much interest in English and Puritan Boston
in 1719 and the three following years, as the
small wheels worked by women and propelled
by the feet, for turning the straight liax-fibres
into thread."

(I) David Alexander came with Robert
Temple from Ulster, Ireland, in 1719, and re-
moved to Topsham, Maine, accompanied by
his son William and by numerous other
Scotch-Irish immigrants, who settled in the
vicinity. No record appears in this country of
his birth or marriage, and the names of his
wife or children, other than the one above
named, are unknown. He was killed by an
Indian sometime during Lovewell's war, and
the place of the sepulchre is unknown.

(II) William, son of David Alexander, set-
tled upon his father's lands in Topsham after
Lovewell's war, and there remained until
shortly after 1 730. when he removed to Harps-
well Neck. There he built a house in 1737,
which is still standing. He was noted for his
strength, and served as a soldier in Lovewell's
war. He married Jennet, daughter of James
\\'ilson, who settled in Topsham at the same
time as his father. William Alexander and
wife lived until after 1773. Children: David
(q. v.) : James, 1739; William, 1741 ; Samuel,
1743; John. 1745; Hugh, 175 1.

(III) David (2), son of William and Jen-
net (Wilson) .Alexander, was born at Harps-
well, 1737, died October 29, 1792, in the same
town. In 1 761 he married Anna, daughter of
Joseph of Harpswcll. She was born
in 1736, died September 22, 1809, and both are
buried in the Harpswell Neck churchyard. Iler
father, Joseph Ewiiig. uas a mason by trade,
and lived on (Ireat Ireland. In 1757 he was

a member of Adam Hunter's company of In-
dian fighters, and during the revolution served
on several revolutionary committees, and also
as a soldier in Captain Nehemiah Curtis' com-
pany. He was a Congregationalist, and promi-
nent in the first parish of Harpswell. Chil-
dren: William (q. v.); Joseph, born .March
16, 1765; David, March 13, 1767; Anna, Sep-
tember 3. 1769; James, October 12, 1771 ;
Isaac, (ktober 10, 1774: Isabell, October 10,
1775; Jennett, July 9, 1777; Rebecca, Septem-
ber 10, 1779.

(IV) William (2), son of David (2) and
Anna (Ewing) Alexander, was born in Harps-
well, Maine, November 13, 1762, died in
Brunswick, Maine, October 10, 1847. He
served in Captain John Rogers' company of
the Second Cumberland County Regiment of
Massachusetts militia under Colonel Nathaniel
Jordan, and was also a seaman on the United
States ship "Protector," carrying twenty-six
guns and two hundred men, commanded by
(Taptain John Foster Williams. .After his dis-
charge he became a farmer and ship carpenter
and removed to Brunswick in 1791. He mar-
ried. December 23, 1786, Betsey Cami)bcll, of
I'ortland, daughter of Captain William and
Elizabeth (Price) Campbell, of Falmouth.
Both are buried in the Growstown (Bruns-
wick) churchyard. (See Campbell V.) Chil-
dren of William and Betsey ((Tampbell) Alex-
ander: 1. Aletta, born March 12, 1788. died
June 3. 1792. 2. James, born November 2,
1789, died October 3, 1876. 3. Campbell (q.
v.). 4. Isaac, born October 19, 1793, died
January 11, 1794. 5. Isabella, born Decem-
ber 4, 1794, died February 29, 1852. 6. Eliza,
born June 11, 1797, died June 4, 1875. 7.
Ewing, born June 14, 1799, died May 6, 1883.
8. Aletta. horn March 31, 1802, died Septem-
ber 21. 1830. 9. Joseph, born November 28,
1804, died May 17, 1890. 10. Ann. born .\pril
4, 1806, died July 8, 1881. II. Hiram, born
May II, 1S08. died December 20, 1896.

(V) Campbell, son of William (2) and
Betsey (Campbell) Alexander, was born Oc-
tober 18, 1791, in Harpswell, died October 15,
1864. in Richmond. He was a ship builder,
and settled in Richmond in 1818. He mar-
ried, March 20, 1812, Margaret Stanwood, of
Brunswick. She was a daughter of James
and Margaret (Chase) Stanwood, of Bruns-
wick (sec Stanwood \"). She was bom Au-
gust 13, 1790, died December i, 1845, buried
in the cemetery at Richmond. He married
(second) December 16, 18J9, Hannah Weston,
of Brunswick, born 1795, died October 11,
187 1, buried in the cemetery at Richmond.



Children by first marriage: i. Stanwood (q.
v.). 2. \\illia,/i, born JNIarch 21, 1815, died
]\Ia\' 21, 1834. 3. Henry, born January 30,
1816, died July 12, 1840. 4. Charles, born
September 17. 1818, died October 27, 1851. 5.
Isaac, born February 18, 1820, died March 9,
1892. 6. Margaret, born May i, 1824, died
May 30, 1903. 7. Betsey, born April 30, 1826,
â– died August 8. 1826. 8. Rebecca, born March
30, 1827, died October 9, 1843.

(VI) Stanwood, son of Campbell and Mar-
garet (Stanwood) Alexander, was born Au-
gust 13, 1813, in Brunswick, IMaine, died in
Richmond, August 7, 1852. He early ex-
hibited rare skill in the construction of ves-
sels, and before he was thirty years of age
had become one of the most extensive and
popular shipbuilders on the Kennebec river.
P'rom 1845 t^o 1852, during his partnership
with Thomas J. Southard, the firm built six-
teen ships, barks and brigs, as follows : In 1846
the brig "Josephine"; 1847, the barks "Alice
Frazier" and "John Murray," brig "Sea Bird"
and ship "Alasonic"; 1848, ship "Buena \'ista,"
bark "T. J. Southard" ; 1849, ships "Hamp-
ton" and "Forest Queen" : 1850, ships "Delia
Maria" and "Washington"; 1851, ships "B.
Sewell." "Lucy W. Hale," "Arctic" and "Har-
riet Frances" ; 1852, ships "B. K. Page," which
was upon the stocks when Mr. Alexander's
death occurred.

He married (first) July 10, 1841, Eleanor
Elizabeth, daughter of James and Eleanor
Dunlap ; she died September 25, 1842. Mar-
ried (second) November 25, 1843, Priscilla
Brown, of Litchfield, born May 18, 1823, died
November 17, 1864, daughter of Solomon and
Sarah Elizabeth (Rumery) Brown, of Gor-
liam (see Brown VI). Both wives are buried
in the cemetery of Richmond. Child by first
wife: James Henry, born June 26, i8_|2, died
July 4, 1904. Children by second wife: i.
De Alva Stanwood (q. v.). 2. Ellen Lucette,
born June 10, 1847, fl'ed August 10, 1849. 3.
Edward Payson, born October 26, 185 1, died
December 13, 1852.

(\ II) De Alva Stanwood, son of Stanwood
and Priscilla (Brown) Ale.xander, was born
July 17, 1845, i" Richmond. After the death
of his father he removed to Litchfield, being
a student at Litchfield Academy. In 1862 he
enlisted as a member of Company C, One
Hundred and Twenty-eighth Ohio Volunteer
Infantry, and continued in the military service
three years, until the close of the war. After
leaving the army in 1865 he prepared for col-
lege at Edward Little Institute (Lewiston
Falls Academy), in ;\.uburn, Maine, and sub-

sequently entered Bowdoin College, from
which he was graduated in 1870 with the de-
gree of A. B. Three years later his alma
mater conferred upon him the degree of A.
M. and in 1907 that of LL. D. In 1906 he was
elected an overseer of the college. Immedi-
ately after his graduation in 1870 he went to
Fort Wayne, Indiana, to teach school, and
soon afterward became one of the editors and
proprietors of the Fort Wayne Daily Gazette,
the leading Republican paper of northern In-
diana. In the meantime he had engaged in the
study of law, and was admitted to the bar
at Indianapolis in 1877 and at once engaged
in practice. He was a delegate to the Repub-
lican national convention in 1872, and was
secretary of the Indiana Republican state cen-
tral committee from 1874 to 1878. In 1881
he was appointed fifth auditor of the United
States Treasury Department, and took up his
residence in Washington, D. C, where he re-
mained until 1885, when he formed a law
partnership with his college classmate, Hon.
James A. Roberts, and engaged in the prac-
tice of law at Buffalo, New York. In 1889
he was appointed L'nited States attorney for
the northern district of New^ York, and held
the office until December, 1893. In 1896 he
was elected to the fifty-fifth congress and has
been successively re-elected and is now serv-
ing his seventh term, as a member of the sixty-
first congress. He has been continually a
member of the judiciary and rivers and har-
bors committees. In 1906 his "Political His-
tory of the State of New York," in three vol-
umes, was published by Henry Holt & Com-
pany, of New York. During his first resi-
dence in Washington as an auditor of the
Treasury, he was elected and served one term
as commander of the Department of the Poto-
mac, Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Ale.x-
ander is a thirty-second degree Mason, a mem-
ber of the Buffalo Club, the Buffalo Univer-
sity Club, the Buffalo Westminster Club, the
Buffalo Historical Society, the Maine His-
torical Society and the New York State His-
torical Society, being a director of the last
named. He attends tlie ^^'estminster Presby-
terian Church of Buffalo. He married (first)
September 14, 1871, Alice, born January 11,
1850, died at Buffalo, New York, February
23, 1890, daughter of Dr. Jonas and Almira
(Hull) Colbv, the former of Henniker. New
Hampshire, and the latter of Defiance, Ohio.
Married (second) December 28, 1893, Anne
Gerlach, born July 19, 1846, daughter of
David Gerlach and Mary (Feiro) Bliss, of
Buff'alo, New York. No issue.



William Brown came from Eng-
BROWN land to Plymouth, Plymouth

Colony, Massachusetts, about
1635. He married, July 16, 1649. Mary Mur-
dock. He took part in the King Philip's war,
being one of the soldiers in the colonial army
that took part in the celebrated Swamp Fight,
December 16. 1675, being a member of Cap-
tain Groton's company. lie died in Plymouth
about 1694. Children of William and Mary
(Murdock) Brown were: i. Mary, born May
14, 1650. 2. George (q. v.). 3. William, born
April I, 1654, was an original settler of Bris-
tol, Massachusetts, in i68o, and member of
the council of Sir Edmund Andros, 1686 ; mar-
ried Susannah Harding, October 2-j, 1699, and
had children : Susannah, born in Eastham,
October 30, 1700, and Liddiah, April 30, 1702.
4. Samuel, born March, 1656. married Martha
Harding. February 19, 1682-83, and had cliil-
dren: Bethia, 1684; Bethia, 1685; Martha,
1688; Samuel, November 7, 1690. 5. John,
married and had children: Sarah, 1690: John,
1692; Hannah, 1694: Zebulon, 1696: David,
1699; Mary. 1701. 6. James, married Deborah

and had: Martha, 1694; James, 1696;

Deborah, 1699; Jedediah, 1701 ; Thomas, 1703.

(II) George, eldest son and second child of
William and Mary (Murdock) Brown, was
born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, January 16,
1652. He made his home in Eastham, Barn-
stable county, established June 7, 1651, and up
to that time known as Nawsett. He married
Martha, daughter of Joseph and Bethia
(Cook) Harding, and granddaughter of Jo-
seph Cook, of Plymouth. His name appears
among the legal inhabitants of Eastham, en-
rolled in 1695, and the George Brown whose

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