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(Starling) Trefethen. He was born May 29,

1800, died March 26, 1870. He followed the
occupation in which the famil>' has become
successful and widely known, and was a fish-
erman and curer of tish. In politics in his
later years he was a Republican. He married
(first) Sarah Thompson, born September 19,

1801, died Alay 26, 1856. Children: i. Jo-
seph, born February 7, 1824, died August 11,
1888. 2. Eunice, March 16, 1826, died March,
1905; married (first) Thomas A. Marshall;
(second) Andrew Weever. 3. Sarah Ann,
July 2, 1828, died Jul^ 16, i86g; married Le-
ander Moore. 4. George, whose sketch fol-
lows. 5. Lucretia, November 26, 1834, mar-
ried Rufus Pierce, of Monhegan Island. 6.
James H., February 14, 1838, died September

8. 1869. 7. Clarissa, ]\Iarch 2, 1841, married
William H. Pierce. 8. John W., Alay 3, 1843.

9. Elial, April 20, 1846, died October, 1871.

10. Newell F., whose sketch follows. Mr.
Trefethen married (second) Jane Stone. Chil-
dren : Lettie, Georgia, Dexter and \'illa.

(II) George (2), son of George (i) and
Sarah (Thompson) Trefethen, was born on
Monhegan Island, August 20, 1831, died Feb-
ruary 15, 1894, at Peak's Island. He acquired
the education which his day, time and environ-
ment demantled, and then took up the family
occupation and a place in the lobster shop, in
the employ of N. T. Trefethen, the principal
part of his life. In politics he was a Republi-
can, and for years filled the ofifice of town
clerk of Monhegan. He was a member of the
Advent Church, and was for many years affil-
iated with Ancient Brothers Lodge, No. 4, In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, of Portland.
He married, September 26, 1852, Susan W.
Starling, born on Monhegan Island, April 17,

1834, daughter of Joseph and Su.san (Welch)
Starling. Children of Joseph and Susan Star-
ling: James, Josiah, Nancy, Fannie, Lucinda,
Susan W. and Helen. Children of George and
Susan W. Trefethen: i. .\lbertina B., born
October 9, 1853, married Frank Starling. 2.
Julia E., September 6, 1857, married Henry T.
Skillings; Julia E. is deceased. 3. Alary Liz-
zie, September 17, 1862, married Alonzo E.
Drown and had Julia T., born June 25, 1884,
Angle F., September 9, 18S8, and Edith M.',
February 19, 1891. 4. Nellie C, April 12,
1867, married Oscar C. Randall, November
21, 1888, and had Walter Trefethen, born July
20, 1898. 5. Walter Sherman, mentioned be-

(II) Newell Fales, tenth and youngest child
of George (i) and Sarah (Thompson) Tre-
fethen, was born on Alonhegan Island, April
8, 1848, died March 26, 1904. He early went
fishing along the coast as an employee and
later engaged in business for himself as a
dealer in lobsters, on a small scale, about 1873.
He was successful in this and having a keen
eye for business and forecasting the time when
every available spot in and about Portland
would have a much enhanced price for build-
ing purposes, he engaged in the real estate
business, buying property in South Portland
and on Peak's Island, which is now worth
many times more than he paid for it. In
common with the others of his line in Port-
land, he believed in protected industries, and
a strong central government, and to secure
these things he steadily voted the Republican
ticket. In religious belief he showed his inde-
pendence of thought and action by leaving the
Congregational church to join the Methodist.
He married, on Monhegan Island, Georgie A.
Davis, who died in 1903 ; they had two chil-
dren : Leslie, deceased, and Fannie, who is
residing with Walter S. Trefethen.

(III) Walter Sherman, only son of George
and Susan W. (Starling) Trefethen, was born
in Peak's Island, July 31, 1869. After leav-
ing school he became a bookkeeper for W. S.
Jordan & Company, and was employed there
thirteen years. In 1898 he went to the assist-
ance of his uncle, Newell F. Trefethen, who
was carrying on a large trade in lobsters and
other shell fish and also in the real estate busi-
ness. As N. F. Trefethen gave much of his
time to his real estate enterprise the principal
care of the lobster business was soon left to
Walter S. Trefethen, under whom the trade
grew until the house became one of the largest
exporters of lobsters in the state. On the
death of his uncle, 1903. \N'. S. Trefethen sue-



ceeded to his holdings, and is to-day promi-
nent in business, the owner of much property
on Peaks Island, and is treasurer and
manager of the Welch Land Company.
Mr. Trefethen was made a Free .Mason
in Hiram Lodge, No. i8o, in 1907.
and has since that time become a member of
Grecnicaf Roval Arch Chapter, No. 13; St.
Alban Commandery, Ko. 8, Knights Templar;
Portland Council, Xo. 4, Royal and Select
Masters: and Kora Temple, Ancient Arabic
Order of the Knights of the Mystic Shrine.
He married, June 6, 1894, Fllen L., born in
Peak's Island, October 30, 1871, only child of
Charles and Mary (Welch) Adams, of Port-
land. Children : Eleanor A., born November
28, 1901 ; Walter Sherman, January 8, 1904.

It has often been said with great
DAXA truthfulne.-;s that the members of
the Dana family have rendered
their country important services along more
di.'^tinct lines than have the bearers of any
other name on our shores. This is clear from
a hasty glance through any cyclopedia or book
of reference, for there is a large cluster of
shining names of those who were eminent
journalists, authors, like Richard Henry Dana,
neurologists, mineralogists, statesmen and
jurists, theologians, military officers, marine
and figure painters, and hundreds of others
who were as successful and faithful in their
line of work for the good of mankind. And
the great reason of their success is an "open
secret" to all who read these life histories with
any degree of care. These men and women
often possessed talents of a very high order;
had opportunities to secure the best educations
which could be had in their day, and occupied
many other "high vantage grounds." But
after all it has been their untiring industry
that has made them powers for good. They
have chosen a life-work and followed it with
all the strength within them. All their suc-
cesses, as well as every barrier to their
progress, have only been counted a stone or
boulder, from which they could see more
clearly how to achieve still greater strength
and wisdom for their work. This inheritance
has been so strong in most of the Danas that
it needed but slight urging for any child that
bore this name of worth. This corner stone
of success is seen clearly in the Danas of
Portland, Maine, who have applied themselves
to many very useful lines of business when
observers shook their heads in warning, and
who have followed this work on the wharves
of the city, in its strong schools, the mills of

its suburbs, and wherever they have chosen
to work, with a steady, daily, hopeful industry
that has uplifted from the sloughs of "luck and
idle dreaming" scores who are now doing loyal
and painstaking w'ork. Such examples as
those of the Danas cannot be praised too much
or prized too highly by those who have the
good of their state and country at heart.

(I) Luther Dana was born in Natick, Mas-
sachusetts, in 1792, and died in Portland,
Maine, in 1870. He came to Portland when
a young man, and continued there in business
as a ship chandler and wholesale grocer all his
life. He built up a very large trade, and was
known far and wide as one of the most up-
right and successful business men of the state.
Though looking after every detail of his large
commercial trade in the most painstaking man-
ner he found time to be of great help and in-
fluence in political matters, being a staunch
Republican. . He was never induced to take
an office, though this was often urged upon
him by his many friends who so much ad-
mired his enthusiastic and well-balanced work.
He also never allowed these matters or any
routine of his business to interfere with his
duties to the church. He was one of the
founders of the High Street Congregational
Church in Portland, which has been such a
source of blessing to scores of people. He
married Louise Kidder, end the following chil-
dren were born to them : Nathaniel H., de-
ceased ; John A. S., resides in West Paris,
Maine ; Louise O., deceased ; Mary L., resides
at West Paris; Luther W., resides in West
Paris; Woodbury K., resides in Westbrook ;
Frank J., lives in Denver, Colorado ; Rev.
Samuel H., D. D., pastor of Congregational
church, E.xeter, New Hampshire ; Henry O.,

(II) Woodbury Kidder, son of Luther and
Louise (Kidder) Dana, was born in Portland,
June 7, 1840, and resides in Westbrook. He
was educated in the schools of Portland, and
in Lewiston Falls Academy. When he left
school he went to w-ork in the mills at Lewis-
ton, and except during the civil war period,
has ever since follow'ed the manufacturing
business with great skill and success. In 1866
he established his mills in Westbrook for the
manufacture of cotton warps. The firm was
styled Dana & McEwan, and later W. K.
Dana & Company, and was thus known until
1892, when it was incorporated as the Dana
Warp Mills. Mr. Dana was then made its
treasurer and has held the position to tiie pres-
ent time. He is widely known in manufactur-
ing and business circles, and is recognized as

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one of the forceful men of the state in such
relations, and his services to his community
have been of the broadest usefulness. Of
great importance to Westbrook are his great
Dana Warp Mills, which stand as a monu-
ment to his effort, and an illustration of his
capability, foresight, ingenuity, enterprise and
perseverance — brought by him from a small
beginning to a plant of forty thousand spin-
dles, soon to be supplemented by an addition
of twenty thousand spindles. To him is due
the establishment of the electric lighting plant,
which he personally operated for some years
and until it was entirely effective. The city is
also largely indebted to his enterprise and en-
ergy for the best school building now in use,
and an efficient sewerage system. For three
terms he rendered faithful and intelligent serv-
ice to the city as a member of the board of

^Ir. Dana enjoys widespread acquaintance
and personal popularity throughout the state
in Grand Army circles, his civil war record
being most creditable. He enlisted at Lewis-
ton, August 12, 1863, for a period of three
years, and was mustered into the service of
the United States at Augusta, November 13,
1863, as a private in Company K, Twenty-
ninth Regiment, Elaine \'olunteers. The regi-
ment left for the front January 31, 1864, ar-
riving at Portland the same day, and on Feb-
ruary 2 sailed for New Orleans, Louisiana,
where it reported to General N. P. Banks and
was by him ordered to Franklin, and assigned
to the Second Brigade, First Division, Nine-
teenth Army Corps. The regiment was active
during the Red River expedition, and partici-
pated in the battles of .Sabine Cross Roads,
April 8, 1864; Mansfield and Pleasant Hill,
April 9 : Cane River Crossing, April 25 ; Al-
exandria, April 26 : and ]Mansura Chalk
Plains. On July 6th the regiment embarked
on steamer for Fortress Monroe, thence
moved to Washington City, and subscqu,ently
took part in the battles of Opequan ( or Win-
chester), September 19; Fisher's Hill, Septem-
ber 22; and Cedar Creek (the scene of "Sheri-
dan's Ride," so graphically versed by T. Bu-
chanan Read), October 19. ]Mr. Dana was for
a portion of his service period on detached
duty as ordnance sergeant, and in the com-
missary department. For a short time he was
invalided, in the Patterson Park and Chest-
nut Hill hospitals. At all other times he was
with his regiment ; and although then a de-
tached service, bore a soldierly part in the bat-
tles of Sabine Cross Roads, Cane River and
Mansura Chalk Plains, and for this gallant

conduct was promoted to corporal and hospital
steward, in which posts he acquitted himself
most creditably. He was honorably dis-
charged at Charleston, South Carolina, August
22, 1865, the war being over. He is a com-
rade and past commander in Cloudman Post,
No. 100, Grand .\rmy of the Republic, West-
brook. In 1907 he received strong support for
the position of department commander in the
state encampment of the order.

At the Department Encampment held in
Lewiston, June 10, 1908, Comrade Dana was
elected department commander, and his elec-
tion and the subsequent proceedings were so
conducted as to form a unique and most hand-
some tribute to his worth as a veteran and a
man. In an eloquent address, General Charles
P. Mattocks placed Mr. Dana in nomination,
and it was feelingly seconded by ex-Governor
Robie, who said that in a long and intimate
acquaintance he had always found Mr. Dana
ready to advance the best interests of the state
and nation by earnest and constant work, and
that his military life during the civil war dem-
onstrated that he was active and efficient, al-
ways ready to do his full duty. Hon. George
D. Eiober. John E. \\'arren and other speak-
ers followed in similar vein, and when the re-
sult was announced, Commander Dana made
a grateful and graceful address of acceptance.
Mr. Dana is a staunch Republican, and active
in support of his party, yet without self-seek-
ing ambition, and has sat as a delegate in vari-
ous conventions. In Masonry he has attained
to the commandery degrees ; he is a helpful
member of the Congregational church.

Mr. Dana married, August 2, 1869, Mary
Little Hale, daughter of Samuel T. Pickard,
of Auburn, Maine. Their children are : Lou-
isa W. ; Hannah Little, married F. H. Swan,
of Providence, Rhode Island ; Philip, of whom
further ; Ethel 'Slay : Helen P. ; Luther, re-
sides at Westbrook, married Mary Deckrow ;
and Mary Hale, married Edward Abbott, of

( III) Philip, son of Woodbury K. and Mary
Little Hale (Pickard) Dana, was born in Port-
land, August 3. 1874. He graduated from the
Westbrook high school, and received his de-
gree of A. B. from Bowdoin College in 1896.
He then went to Philadelphia, where he stud-
ied in a technical school for one year, return-
ing to \\'estbrook and taking a position in his
father's mill. In 1898 he was made superin-
tendent of the Dana Warp Mills, and is a
stockholder and a member of the board of
trustees. He is a Republican in politics, has
been a member of the school board and of the



Westbrook board of aldermen. He married,
November 21, 1908, Florence Hinkley, of

At the time of the settle-
NORWOOD ment of New Ensjland, a

branch of the .Norwood fam-
ily lived in the parish of Lechamjiton, about
eight miles from Gloucester. England. The
pedigree of this family is traced for several
centuries. .^ Francis .Norwood, probably near
relative of the .Xmerican immigrant, died there
in 1682, aged eighty-two years.

(I) Francis Norwood, the immigrant, was
born in England, and settled in Gloucester,
Massachusetts. His marriage is recorded at
Gloucester, and that date is the first known
of him in this country. His first grant of land
was at Goose Cove, March 18, 1664. Subse-
quently he had other grants, and by purchase
he became the owner of several six-acre lots
near Pigeon Cove.

His will was made January 23, 1706, and
proved March 21, 1709, bequeathing to "his
loving wife Elizabeth" two pounds ten shil-
lings yearly as long as she remained his widow,
eight bushels of Indian corn, two bushels of
malt, 140 pounds of pork, two barrels of good
cider, and apples for her own spending, both
winter and summer, one cow to give her milk
for her own use, five cords of firewood, and
part of his dwelling house and bedding. "The
cider to be made good and winter apjiles to be
good and brought into ye cellar in time cc«i-
venient before frost do hurt either ye apples
or cider." He also gives his wife "two chests,
one of which is made in Windscot fashion,
w'hich came from Linn (Lynn) and ye other
chest that my wife had when I married with
her." To his son Thomas he bequeathed be-
sides what he had already given him in money
and other pay. two shillings in money and his
wearing clothes. The reason he gave him no
more he says was that Thomas went from
him at twelve to his grandfather Coldam at
Lynn, and was settled by his grandfather and
himself in housing and land in that town. He
gave land to his son Francis ; to son Joshua
sixty acres at Pigeon Cove and elsewhere, pro-
viding he pay to his sister Deborah twenty
pounds and his sister .-\bigail fifteen pounds;
to Mary Sargent twenty pounds; to Deborah
Haraden twenty pounds, and to Abigail Nor-
wood twenty pounds : to his youngest son
Caleb certain lots of land, on one of which his
brother .Stephen had built a house ; to grand-
daughter Elizabeth, daughter of son Stephen
Norwood, deceased, five pounds ; to sons Fran-

cis and Caleb his dwelling house and other
property, neat cattle, horses, kine, sheep and
swine and these two sons were appointed ex-
ecutors of his will. Children: i. Thomas,
born December 10, 1664; settled in Lynn;
married Mary Stevens, daughter of Deacon
Tames Stevens, January 24. 1693; resided at
Goose Cove. 2. Francis, born December 9,
1666; mentioned below. 3. Elizabeth, born
February 17, 1669. 4. Mary, born March 7,
1672; married Samuel Sargent. 5. Stephen,
born November 24, 1674 ; left a daughter Eliz-
abeth. 6. Deborah, born September 4, 1677;
married Benjamin Haraden. 7. Hannah, born
November 8, died December 25, 1679. 8.
Joshua, born February 27, 1683; resided at
Gloucester. 9. Caleb, born .August 12, 1685;
died in Gloucester, leaving a number of chil-
dren. 10. Abigail, born January 30, 1690.

(II) Francis (2), son of Francis (i) Nor-
wood, was bom December 9, 1666. He settled
in Gloucester. He married, first, Mary Stev-
ens, daughter of Deacon James Stevens, Jan-
uary 24, 1693. He probably lived a retired
life at Goose Cove, taking no part in public
affairs. He married second ( intention dated
September 12. 1726) Mrs. Esther Foster, of
Charlestown, Massachusetts. Children : born
at Gloucester: i. Francis, born April i, 1695;
died June 25, 1714. 2. Mary, born Novem-
ber 3, 1697. 3. Francis, born December 16,
1700; died November, 1724. 4. Lucy, born
October 20, 1703. 5. Stephen, born February
21, 1706; died March 18, 1711. 6. William,
born April 4, 1708; married Judith Wood-
bury. 7. Jonathan, born January 14, 1712;
mentioned below. 8. Son, born and died April

13. 1715-

(III) Jonathan, son of Francis (2) Nor-
wood, was born January 14, 1712. He mar-
ried Elizabeth . Children, born in

Gloucester: i. Francis. 2. Esther. 3. Jona-
than. 4. Elizabeth. 5. Susanna. 6. Abraham.
7. Ebenezer. 8. Mary. 9. Gustavus. 10.
Samuel, mentioned below. 11. Judith. 12.
Judith. 13. Zaccheus.

(IV) Samuel, son of Jonathan Norwood,
was born in Gloucester, about 1750. He set-
tled in York county, Maine. .Among his chil-
dren was Nathaniel, mentioned below.

(V) Nathaniel, son of Samuel Norwood,
was born in 1776, died September, 1846. He
married Jemima Donnell, of York, Maine,
born 1776. died i8j8. They lived at York,
Maine. Children : Francis R., William, Sam-
uel, Mary Jane. Henry D., mentioned below ;

( \T) Henrv D., son of Nathaniel Norwood,



-was born in York, Maine, 1813, died in 1882.
He attended the district schools of his native
town. Though fond of mechanics and skill-
ful with all kinds of tools, he remained a far-
mer all his life, owning a large and excellent
farm in York. He was a Whig in politics be-
fore the formation of the Republican party, to
which he afterward gave his allegiance. He
served as deacon of the Congregational
church for many years. He married, in the
fall of 1837, Mary Parsons, born in York,
July 22. 181 1, died March, 1903. Children
born at York : John E., mentioned below ;
Lucy E., born in May, 1844.

(VH) John E.. son of Henry D. Norwood,
was born at York Harbor, Maine, December
4, 1838. He attended the public schools of
York and various private schools, and worked
in his youth on the farm. He left home to
learn the trade of carpenter at West New-
bury, working for a time as journeyman at
the same. About 1866 he went to Dorchester,
Massachusetts, and engaged in the cabinet
making business. He subsequentl}- formed a
partnership with Luther Crosby under the firm
name of Norwood & Crosby, and engaged in
the furniture and cabinet making business, the
firm conducting an extensive business, being
equipped with the best and latest machinery
in use at that time, the partners being skilled
mechanics, and they were enabled to give em-
ployment to a large number of hands, thus
making it one of the chief industries of the
section in which they were located. In 1876
Mr. Norwood sold his interest in the Dorches-
ter plant and moved to York Harbor, where
he engaged in the contracting and building
business, in which he was eminently success-
ful. Later he engaged in the hotel business
at York Harbor, his place being know-n as
the "Norwood Cottage," and in this as in his
former ventures he was successful, his house
teing patronized by the best class of people,
among them many of note, including General
Banks and Bishop Paddock, of Boston, the
latter every year during his stay holding
ser\-ice each Sunday at the Norwood Cottage.
these services being attended by many citizens
and guests of York Harbor and highly appre-
ciated. Since 1901 Mr. Norwood has devoted
all his time to the care and improvement of
extensive real estate investments in York, he
being the owner of several cottages which he
rents to summer residents. The farm on which
his father and grandfather lived has been
divided into house lots, and is now the site
of some of the finest residences in York.
In 1907 ]\Ir. Norwood built a handsome, mod-

ern house, where he now resides, situated in
about the center of the old Norwood farm, on
the line of the Atlantic Electric road.

In politics Mr. Norwood is a Republican,
but he has never sought or accepted public
office. In religion he is a Congregationalist.
He is a mechanical genius, and has much abil-
ity as a musician, his favorite instrument being
the violin, of which he is a master. He has
in his possession an exceedingly valuable and
rare violin which was made in 1710 by the
noted Carlo Antonio Festor, of Italy. The
violin is now valued at more than one thou-
sand dollars ; its richness of tone is not only
charming, but really wonderful. He also has
two violins which are superb specimens of his
mechanical skill — one is a model of a violin
made in 1750 by the world-famed Guadginni,
a pupil of Stradivarias, and the other is mod-
eled from a violin made by Stradivarias in
1704. ]\Ir. Norwood takes much pleasure in
manipulating these instruments, which are ex-
ceedingly rich and charming in tone, especially
when in the hands of their owner, who is a
most skillful violinist.

Mr. Norwood married, in the fall of 1866,
Ellen L. Scofield, born in August, 1842, daugh-
ter of Oramel B. and Frances (Gates) Sco-
field, of Morristown, Vermont, and grand-
daughter of Peleg Scofield. one of the pioneers
in \'ermont.

Brian Pendleton was born
PENDLETON in England in 1599 and

came to this country in or
before 1634, with his wife Eleanor and chil-
dren Mary and James. He was admitted free-
man in the Alassachusetts colony September
3, 1634, and settled at Watertown, where he
was selectman in 1635-37 ^"d representative
to the general court 1636-38. In the year
last mentioned he and several others settled
the boundary of the town of Sudbury and in
1640 he w^as appointed by the general court to
train the military company of that town. He
returned to Watertown in 1640 and was again
representative in 1647-48. On Alarch 20,
1648. he sold his real estate in the town to
Robert Daniel and in the same year purchased
six hundred acres in Ipswich. In 165 1 he be-
came interested in the plantation of Sudburv
Bank, now Portsmouth, and was appointed
associate judge to hold court in that place.
He represented the plantation in the general
court in the years 1654-58-60-61-63. In 1663
he was one of the commissioners chosen to
enforce the navigation laws on the Piscataqua,
Isle of Shoals, and other points adjacent. He



was commissioned captain of a military com-
pany in 1664 at Portsmouth, and in 1668 was

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