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( I ) Robert Adams was born in England in
1602, and with his wife. Eleanor (Wilmot)
Adams, and first two children came to Ips-
wich, in the Colony of Massachusetts Ray, in
1635. He was a tailor and resided in Salem
in 1638-39, and removed to Newbury in 1640,
and there acquired a large farm and otlier
valuable property. He died October 12, 1682,
aged eighty-one years. His will, dated New-
bury, March 7, 1681, was probated November
27, 1682. The first wife, Eleanor, died June
12, 1677; he married (second) February 6,
1678, Sarah (Glover) Short, widow of Henry
Short. She died in Newbury, October 24,
1697. The children of Robert and Eleanor
Adams were : John, Joanna, .'\braham, Eliza-
beth, Mary, Isaac. Jacob (died young), Han-
nah and Jacob.

(II) Sergeant .Abraham, third child and
second son of Robert and Eleanor (Wilmot)
Adams, was born in Salem, Massachusets, in
1639, and died in Newbury, in August, 1714.
He probably lived on his father's homestead,
which was bequeathed by Robert ( i ) to his
grandson, Robert (2), the eldest son of .Abra-
ham. He was a corporal in the militia from
1685 to 1693. and became a .sergeant in 1703.
He married, November 10, 1670, Mary, who
was born July 6, 1652, daughter of Richard
and James (Ingersoll) Pettengill. She died
September 19, 1705, aged fifty-three. Their
children were : Mary, Robert, Abraham,
Isaac. Sarah. John, Matthew. Israel, Dorothy
and Richard.

(III) Robert (2). eldest son and second
child of Sergeant Abraham and Mary (Pet-
tengill) Adams, was born in Newbury, May
12, 1674, and died February 3, 1769. He

was a yeoman and resided on the Long-Barn
farm, in Newbury. His will was made Octo-
ber I, 1765, and proved August 25, 1769. He
married, in August, 1695, Rebecca, who was
born April 27, 1674, daughter of John and
Rebecca (Noyes) Knight. They had : Abra-
ham, Rebecca, .Mary, Robert, Jacob (died
young), John, Jacob and Dorothy.

(IV) John, si.xth child and fourth son of
Robert (2) and Rebecca (Knight) Adams,
was born in Newbury, November 2, 1705, and
died between 1782 and June, 1787. He was a
farmer and shoemaker in Newbury until April,
1753. when he removed to Falmouth, Maine.
He had bought six years before (May 15,
1747) four acres of land in Falmouth on the
Presumpscott river. His will was made be-
fore February, 1776. He was the owner of
lands as is shown by deeds made by him. He
married, November 2, 1730, Elizabeth, w'ho
was born in 1706, daughter of Benjamin and
Susanna Morse, of Newbury. Their children
were : Susanna, Jane, Joshua, Moses and

(V) Corporal Moses, fourth child and sec-
ond son of John and Elizabeth (^lorse)
Adams, was born in Newbury, November 5,
1737. He was a soldier of the revolution, a
corporal in Captain Samuel Noyes' company.
Colonel Plumley's (Thirty-first) regiment.
The company return, dated Fort No. 2 (prob-
ably October, 1775) states that he enlisted
May 15, 1775, and marched to headquarters
July 13, 1775. He lived at Falmouth. In a
deed dated November 30, 1813, in which he
conveys fifty acres of his homestead to his
son "Moses Jr.." he is styled "genlleman" ; in
the following month he deeds other fifty acres
of the homestead to his son Isaac. In that
conveyance he is described as "yeoman." He
married, 1761, Susanna, daughter of James
and Mary (.Adams) Merrill. Their children
were : James, Israel, Sabrina, Isaac, and
Moses, whose sketch follows.

(VI) Moses (2), youngest child of Cor-
poral Moses (i) and Susanna (Merrill)
Adams, was born in Falmouth, April 16. 1776,
and died in Decring, November 26, 1859. He
was a yeoman in Falmouth, December 3, 181 3,
when he deeded part of the ancestral home-
stead to Moses Merrill Jr. In 1831 and 1851
he was "of Portland" and lived on South
street. He married Sarah Skillings, who was
bom in 1772, and died in Portland, February
4, 1852. Of this union were born : Silas
Merrill. Moses Woodman. Martha Preble and
Mary Ann D.

(VH) Silas Merrill, eldest child of Moses



(2) and Sarah (Skillings) Adams, was born
in Falmouth, in April, 1809. He was a ship
carpenter, a merchant and a farmer. He was
engaged in merchandizing in Portland, Maine,
1851-55, and in Boston, ^Massachusetts, in
1857. Subsequently he resided on a farm in
Deering. He married Olive Elizabeth Moul-
ton, their intentions of marriage being pub-
lished at Portland, April 5, 1834. She was
the daughter of Elias and Mary (Skilling)
Moulton : was born in Scarborough, Septem-
ber 24. 1812, and died in Deering, September
29, 1888, aged seventy-six years. One son,
George M., was born of this union ; his sketch

(Vni) George Moses, only child of Silas
M. and Olive Elizabeth (]\Ioulton) Adams,
was born in Portland, Maine, September 29,
1834. and died August 10, 1892, at Deering,
Maine, where he was a farmer. He married,
at Elmira, Illinois, December 15, 1862, Han-
nah Rosina, daughter of John and Charlotte
B. (Pratt) Adams, born in Falmouth, Maine,
August 24, 1840. Their children were : Silas
Bradley, ]\Iartha Preble. Frederick Waldemar,
Olive Charlotte. ]\Ioses Parker, Henry Charles,
George Palmer and John Howard.

(IX) Silas Bradley, eldest of the eight
children of George M. and Hannah R.
(Adams) Adams, was born in Portland, Oc-
tober 17. 1863. He attended the public schools,
and graduated from the high school in 1879,
and later attended the New Hampton Insti-
tute. He was a clerk in Portland from 1882
till 1889, when he entered the employ of
Curtis & Sons, manufacturers of chewing gum,
and worked up through the various depart-
ments of the business, with which he became
thoroughly acquainted ; and upon the death of
!Mr. Curtis in 1897 he was appointed to con-
tinue the business and manage the estate.
This he did, and January i. 1898, through his
instrumentality, the business was incorporated
under the name of the Curtis & Son Company.
Mr. Adams was made general manager and
treasurer of the company and has since filled
these offices. Under his management the fac-
tory has more than doubled its annual output
and is one of the leaders in its line in New
England. He is a member of Deering Lodge,
No. 183, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
of which he is a past masteV : a past high priest
of Greenleaf Royal Arch Chapter, No. 13;
Portland Council, No. 4, Royal and Select
Masters ; Portland Commandery, No. 2,
Knights Templar ; and Maine Consistory, Sub-
lime Princes of the Royal Secret, in which he
has attained the thirty-second degree. He is

also a member of Unity Lodge, No. 3, Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the
Portland Club. The Adams family are Repub-
licans, and he is no exception to the rule. He
married, October 5, 1886, Aurilla Emma, who
was born in Stockton, September 17, 1864,
daughter of Captain Edwin Elias and Emma
( Dickey) Patterson. They have two children :
Eleanor \V. and Waldemar P.

.\11 of the various branches of
AD.AMS the Adams family in IMaine have
been possessed of a most won-
derful vitality. This has not only enabled them
to reach far years from their dates of birth,
but to have a quick, alert step^at eighty and
ninety years of age, and to have minds of
remarkable clearness and vigor when their
great-grandchildren were clustered about their
knees to listen to their stories of "old times."
This vitality has defied the storms of ocean
life which make so many men "old before
their time," and in what is often termed "the
monotonously wearing farm life" has found
no check or hindrance. This vitality is seen
in a marked degree in the ability to rear fam-
ilies of sturdy children often numbering twelve
and more, long years finding no vacant chair
in such homes of the parents, children and

Of all Maine families this wonderful vitality
is most clearly exhibited in the branch de-
scended from the ancestor who was at York
at such an early date. Here are scores of
families numbering as high as twelve children,
and some reaching the number of fourteen,
with the parents the most active, alert and
progressive people in the towns where they
dwelt, and each child a sturdy son and daugh-
ter, always of a scholarly turn of mind, no
matter to what kinds of work they may have
put their hands. Before the writer of this
article lie many specimens of the firm, clear
handwriting of the Adams when they had
passed far beyond three score years and ten.-
Here lie pages of family history written with
wonderful clearness, records of many faith-
ful services in the wars of our country by
the various "Adams boys," for the family has
ever been one of strongest patriotism. Pre-
eminently farmers, they have achieved great
success as teachers, preachers and holders of
various town offices. A religious family withal,
often the parents seeing all of their ten or
twelve children faithful members of some
church. This family might write without
boasting beneath its noble coat-of-arms :



"Meu : . and men may go.

Uul V.G go on forever."

Such wonderful vitality is an inspiration to
hardihood of the truest kind.

(I) PhiHp Adams resided at .-Xgamcntici^s,
now York, Maine, in 1652. November 22 that
year he signed the articles of submission to
the Mas.-;achusetts liay Colony, being then
about twenty-one years old, and was thus
made a freeman. There are no records show-
ing in what town he was born, or aught in re-
gard to his ancestry. In the year 1666 he had
the sons Philip and Thomas at Agamenticus,
and may have had others.

(II) Thomas, son of Philip Adams, was
born about 1652, in York. He seems to have
always lived at York, as the following state-
ment clearly proves : "Here followes ye names
of the children of Thomas Adams born in
York by his wife Hannah Parker, the daugh-
ter of John Parker." His will was dated
April 5, 1726, in which he mentions his wife,
and all of the following children except Nath-
an : Hannah, Philip, Samuel. Hezekiah. Hes-
ter, Elizabeth, Thomas and Nathan.

(III) Samuel, son of Thomas and Hannah
(Parker) Adams, was born at York in Feb-
ruary, 1680. He was one of the most enter-
prising citizens of "Old York." He married
Lydia Gowell, of Kittery, Maine, who was
born in that town, October 9, 1692, daughter
of Richard (jovvell, who signed a petition from
Kittery in 1679, and is said to have come
from Wales. He died in 1730. His wife was
Hannah, daughter of Christian Remick. The
children of Samuel Adams were: 1. Samuel.

2. Nathan, born at York, September 10, 171 1 ;
married, 1736, Hannah Parsons, and became
one of the early settlers at Harpswell, Maine.

3. John, born July 17, 1713, married his
cousin, Mary Adams. 4. Richard, born Sep-
tember 3, 1715, married his cousin, Hepsibah
Adams. 5. Thomas, born May 5, 1717, re-
moved to Harpswell at an early date, where
he was a very brave soldier in the revolution-
ary war. 6. Lydia, died in infancy. 7. David,
born June 4, 1720, married Mary Hill, and
always resided at York. 8. Lydia. 9. Eze-
kiel. 10. Eunice. 11. Benjamin. 12. Elinor.
13. Zerviah. 14. Lydia.

(TV) Samuel, eldest child of Samuel and
Lydia (Gowell) Adams, was born at York,
March 26, 1710, and drowned in Merrymeet-
ing Bay, near Brunswick, about 1775. He
was a man of great enterprise. About the
year 1745 he went to Bowdoinham, Maine,
and hewed out a home and farm from the
shaggy forests of that town. This was about

one mile south of the present East Bowdoin-
ham station, and the farm lies on both sides
of the railroad. In about a year he returned
to York, and brought all his household goods
to the new farm, and also a good stock of
cattle for those days. His home became one
that was known far and wide for its hospi-
tality and cheer. He married, at York, No-
vember 5, 1734, Elizabeth, daughter of Jona-
than Young. Their children were: 1. Sam-
uel. 2. John, married his cousin, Katherine
Adams, of Harpswell. 3. Jeddediah, married
Rebecca Hill, of Brooklyn, New York, and
settled near his father. 4. Lucy. 5. Marian.
6. Peggy. 7-8. Daughters.

(V) John, son of Samuel and Elizabeth
(Young) Adams, was born at York, about
1747, and "died in the triumphs of faith, at
Bowdoinham, November 2, 1809, aged sixty-
two years." He was a man of great energy
of character, and a very earnest Christian. He
married, at Harpswell, his cousin Katherine
Adams, who died at Wales, Maine, April,
1833, having married (second) William
Gowell. She was daughter of Nathan .Adams.
The children were: 1. Moses. 2. Anna, born
1/73' d''^'^ 1813; married Samuel Wilson, and
had a very large and interesting family. 3.
Samuel, settled in Farmington ; married
Phoebe Washburne, and Miss Knowles. 4.
Jeddediah, settled in Wilton, and had a very
large and interesting family. 5. John .Adams,
took the home farm, and supported his par-
ents, becoming one of the leading citizens of
Bowdoinham; he married Hannah Ridley, and
had a large number of children. 6. Lois.

(VI) Moses, eldest child of John and Kath-
erine ( Adams ) Adams, was born in Bow-
d(Mnham, March 7, 1769, and died in Wilton,
January 4, 1855. In tlie winter of 1789 he
went to Wilton with his wife, both on foot,
and dragging all their household goods on a
handsled. "But they woke the depths of the
forest's gloom with their hymns of lofty
cheer." He married, about 1789, Martha
Kinney, who was ever a noble helpmeet for
him. Their fourteen children all grew to man-
hood and womanhood, one of the sturdiest
families in the Pine Tree State. They were :
1. Mary. 2. Catherine, married Josiah Smith;
had eleven children. 3. Moses, married Polly
Smith. 4. Jephthah H. 5. Dennis, married
Lydia Green ; seven children. 6. Martha, mar-
ried John Richardson ; eight children. 7. John,
married Phoebe Qiase : ten children. 8.
Thomas J., married Livia Stone: seven chil-
dren. 9. Samuel B.. married Lydia Morton;
two children. 10. David W., married Mary


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Crowell; five children, ii. Jewett P., married
Saviah Baker; eight children. 12. James Rlar-
ison, married ] Crowell; two children. 13.
Charles K., married Julia Millett ; three chil-
dren. 14. Alonzo, married Mary C. Burnham ;
si.x children.

(\TI) Jephthah Hill, .second son of Aloses
and Martha (Kinney) Adams, was born in
Bowdoinham, in 1796, and died in East Wil-
ton, in 1872. While but a youth he was a
very faithful soldier in the war of 1812. Al-
though his entire education was acquired in
the district schools of his day, he applied him-
self with such zeal to his studies and had such
a retentive memory that he became a school-
master who w-as widely known in Maine
towns for his excellent government in his
schools, as well as for his fresh and helpful
manner of imparting knowledge to his pupils.
He inspired in many a boy and girl a great
interest in education. In politics he was origi-
nally a Whig, but subsequently joined the Re-
publican party and held various town offices
with great fidelity of service. After residing
for a few years in the west, in 1823 he bought
a farm in East Wilton, owning in all some
one hundred and seventy-five acres of land.
This he cultivated and cared for in such a
manner that he was regarded throughout the
state as a truly model farmer. In every way
he was one of W'ilton's most helpful and pro-
gressive citizens. Mr. Adams married Han-
nah Green, born in Wilton, in 1796, daughter
of Josiah Green, a native of Dunstable, Mas-
sachusetts. Tradition asserts that his father,
Jonas Green, was one of the bravest of revo-
lutionary soldiers. The children of Jephthah
Hill Adams were : Alexis, Lydia B., Hannah
G., Jefferson J., Albion, Nathaniel, Betsey D.,
Dorcas, Josiah G., Sally F., James G., Wil-
liam D., a family of great enterprise and with
fine ability for any kind of vvfork to which
they might apply themselves.

(VIII) Hannah G., second daughter of
Jephthah Hill and Hannah (Green) Adams,
became the w'ife of Nathan (2) Carver (see
Carver VII).

In the early records of New
MADDOCKS England may be found sev-
eral different forms of
spelling this name : Maddock, Mattocks, Mad-
dox and others. The first pioneer in the
colonial records was John Maddocks, who ar-
rived at Boston in the ship "Planter" in 1635,
and died at Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1643.
James ]\Iaddocks, who may have been an elder
brother of John, came over in 1642 and also

settled in Newbury, and Edmund Maddocks
was married in Boston, 1652, to Rebecca Man-
ning. Those of the name are now scattered
over a wide area and have contributed their
proportion to the development of the Ameri-
can nation.

(I) Samuel Maddocks, probably a son of
one of those above mentioned, was a resident
of Watertown, Massachusetts, as early as May
21, 1662, at which date he was married to
Mary, only daughter of Roger and Mary (Pal-
grave) Wellington. He died in that town and
his widow subsequently married John (2)

(II) John, son of Samuel and Mary (Wel-
lington) Maddocks, was born May 16, 1663,
in Watertown, and died there February i,
1703. His estate was inventoried at two hun-
dred and twenty-six pounds, fifteen shillings.
He married, June 23, 1689, Ruth Church, who
was baptized and united with the church at
Watertown, December 12, 1698. After his
death she married (second) Joseph Child.
John Maddocks was the father of seven chil-
dren : I. Ruth, born February 23, 1691, mar-
ried, September 30, 1710, Joseph Chadwick.
2. John, mentioned at length below. 3. Mary,
December 14, 1694, married, March 20, 1715,
Peter Oliver, of Cambridge. 4. Sarah, De-
cember 22, 1696, married, December 5, 1717,
Thomas Ward. 5. Henry, mentioned with de-
scendants in this article. 6. Caleb, August 29,
1700. 7. Joanna, October 4, 1702.

(III) John (2), eldest son of John (i) and
Ruth (Church) Maddocks, was born January
2, 1693, and was adopted by his uncle, Dr.
Palgrave Wellington, becoming the latter's
heir and executor and resided in Saco, Maine.
The baptismal name only of his first wife is
preserved, Mary. She died November 13,
1 71 5, aged twenty-three years, leaving one son,
Palgrave, who died the next year. The name
of his second wife was also Mary, and she
survived him and bore him children. Among
these were three bearing the name of William,
the first two dying in infancy. The third lived
to maturity. The others were John, Mary,
Joshua and Daniel.

(I\') Joshua, third surviving son of John
(2) ]\Iaddocks, was born April i, 1732, in
Saco, Maine, and settled in Ellsworth, Maine,
in 1771. In 1784 he built the first grist mill
in that town, on the banks of Union river. He
was married in 1754 to Susanna Austin, who
was born September 2. 1736, in Saco, and they
were the parents of: Joshua, Caleb, Ichabod,
Elizabeth, Samuel, William, John, Oliver, Su-
sannah and Rebecca.



(V) William, fifth son of Joshua and Su-
sanna (Austin) Maddocks, was born Septem-
ber 4, 1764, in Saco, and was a soldier of the
colonial army during the revolutionary war.
He enlisted 'March 7. 1777, for three years,
or during the war, and was discharged Sep-
tember 25, 1778. He was a sergeant in Cap-
tain Heabcrd Smallwood's company of Col-
onel William Grayson's regiment of conti-
nental troops. He married Hannah Dyer and
their children were : Dorothy, Sallie, Charles,
Emma, Asa Dyer, Hannah, Gersham Billings,
William and Cynthia.

(\'I) Charles, eldest son of William and
Hannah (Dyer) Maddocks. was born at Ells-
worth, Maine, and resided in that town, where
he had a beautiful home now occupied by Sen-
ator Hale, of Maine. He was a member of
the Baptist church. He married Abigail,
daughter of Edward Garland, of Ellsworth,
and they were the parents of: Abiah F., Wil-
liam Edward, Margaret L., Charles Wood-
bury, Mary Melissa, Nancy Ann, Walter D.
and Horace P.

(\TI) William Edward, eldest son of
Charles and Abigail (Garland) Maddocks, was
born October 2, 1832, in Ellsworth, and left
his native state to settle in the then far west,
August 5, 1856. He arrived at St. Anthony
Falls, Minnesota, on the fourteenth of the
same month and on the twenty-ninth set out
for the '"big woods" of Minnesota, as they
were then called. He arrived at Princeton,
Minnesota, September 4, 1856, and there en-
gaged extensively in lumbering and amassed
a large property. During the civil war, while
at Prescott, Wisconsin, on business, he re-
ceived news of the uprising of the Sioux and
Chippewa Indians in Minnesota, and the mas-
sacre at New Ulm. Knowing that they were
likely to attack Princeton, he started at once
fci home. Reaching the banks of the Mis-
sissippi, he was preparing to swim the stream,
when an acquaintance came along with a skitT
and rowed him over. After a walk of forty-
four miles, and a half a day, until reaching
home, he sank down exhausted from the efifort
and exposure. The distance was made greater
by the necessity of circuitous routes on ac-
count of the martial law prohibiting men from
leaving the cities, where they were needed for
protection. He enlisted in the forces being re-
cruited to pursue the Indians on the frontier,
as a private in Company C, First Regiment
Minnesota Volunteer Cavalry. He was urged
by the colonel of the regiment to accept a
lieutenancy, but he insisted that he enlisted to
fight the Indians and avenge the wrongs of

the white settlers, and not for honors, and so
continued to serve in the ranks. During this
service he became ill and was sent home to re-
cuperate. He lived only ten days after reach-
ing there, dying of typhus and camp fever.
November lo, 1863, at Hastings, Minnesota,
to which place his family had tied for greater
safety. He was a tall man of fine figure, stand-
ing six feet, having a fair complexion and
light hair. He was a member of the Metho-
dist Episcopal church. He was married at
Princeton, February 14, 1858, to Aurelia
Frances Perkins, a daughter of Ephraim Per-
kins, of I'reedom, Maine. (See Perkins \'II.)
(VHI) Abbie Frances, only surviving child
of William Edward and Aurelia Frances ( Per-
kins) Maddocks, was born May 2"], 1859, in
Princeton, and is now a resident of La Crosse,
Wisconsin, where she is a well-known artist.
Her education w-as supplied by the city schools,
including the high school of La Crosse, where
she won a prize for being the best penman in
the city schools. She has always been a close
student, preferring study and travel to the al-
lurements of fashionable society. Her ability
as an artist has been recognized both in Amer-
ica and Europe, some of her paintings having
been purchased and carried across the Atlantic,
and to the Islands of the Pacific, as well as
throughout the extent of this country. Within
one year she has sold two paintings in Europe,
which conmnanded a high figure. She has a
most pleasing personality, being of medium
height with brown hair and eyes and a fair
complexion, and fully typifies the Hebrew
meaning of the name Abigail, "my father's
joy." Her surname also possesses a fine sig-
nificance, being derived from Madoc, meaning
"good," or "beneficent."

(III) Henry, son of John (i) Maddocks.
was born in Watertown, October 18, 1698. He
came to York county, Maine, settling first in
Berwick, but later removed to Kennebunkport,
W'here he was accidentally killed October 8,

(IV) Pelsgrave Maddox, spelled thus in
Bradbury's History of Kennebunkport, was a
son of Henry Maddocks, and resided in that
town. He married Mary HufF.

(V) Palgrave Maddocks, son of Pelsgrave
Maddox, was born in Kennebunkport, 1781.
When a young man he went to Cape Newagen
Island (now Southport), Lincoln county, and
purchased of Samuel Pierce a large tract of
land, including a well-known land mark called
"Dogfish Head," which was undoubtedly a
favorite resort for the aboriginal inhabitants
of that vicinity. This property has ever since



remained in the family's possession. Here he
•engaged in the fishery industry, estabhshing
the business. a


The earhest mention of
TREFETHEX one of this name is that of

Henry Trefethen, who
was of New Hampshire in 1687. Like nearly
all names beginning with tre, pol. pen, it is of
Cornish or Welsh origin. The Trefethens of
Maine seem to have been settled in the state
for years prior to the time any record of them
has been found. Henry Trefethen, Josiah
Starling and Oran Hall were the original pur-
chasers of Monhegan Island in Casco Bay
from the government^, owning it in equal parts.

(I) George Trefethen, the first of the line
herein treated of whom we have definite in-
formation, was a son of Harry and Jemima

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