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1825, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Mason)
Wyman. Children, all born at Readfield: i.
Samuel, October 31, 1787, mentioned below.

2. Henry, August 2^, 1789, mentioned below.



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3. John, December 15, ijyi, metitioned below.

4. Sarah, February 10, 1794, died at West
Waterville, October 16. 1877. 5. Levi, Febru-
ary 24, 1795, died young. 6. Betsey, Decem-
ber 6, 1797, married, 1S26, John R. Taylor;
died at Mount \'ernon, Maine, September 3,
1828. 7. Joseph, November 29, 1799, married,
February 12, 1824, Nancy Stone; died Febru-
ary 13, 1825. 8. Gorham, December 16, 1802.
9. Greenleaf, June 29, 1804. 10. Rebecca W..
October, 1806-07, married Nathaniel Clongli.
II. Cvrus, June 22, i8og, died August 19,
1831. ■

(\T) Samuel, son of Joseph (3) Greely,
was born at Readtield, J\Iaine, October 31,
1787, and died July 2, 1856. He was a farmer,
and resided at Readfield, where all his chil-
dren were born. He married, at Mount \er-
non, Maine, February, 1821, Nancy Taylor,
born at iMount Vernon, ]\larch 14, 1794, died
February 18, 1870, daughter of Wilsby and
Nancy (Whittier) Taylor. Children: 1.
Nancy, born January 18, 1822. 2. Samuel,
December 16, 1824, married at Llostou, Massa-
chusetts, October 23, 1850, Harriet Haley. 3.
John. March 27, 1829. 4. Elizabeth, Septem-
ber 27, 1830. 5^ Moses, April 28, 1832. 6.
Lucy Ann, June 19, 1834.

( \ I ) John, son of Joseph (3) Greely. was
born in Readfield, Maine, December 15, 1791,
died at \Vest Waterville, October 31, 1872.
He vv'as a carpenter by trade and owned a
large farm in Mount \"ernon, Maine. He was
employed at one time on the first State House
at .Augusta, Maine, and also worked in various
parts of the state. He resided with his son
until his death. He married Lydia A. Grap,
and (second) Susan Gilman, born at Mount
Vernon. Children of John and Susan (Gil-
man) Greeley: i. Henrietta. 2. Sarah. 3.
John W., born September, 1826, mentioned be-
low.

( \'ll ) John W., sen of Jdm Greely, was
born in Mount Vernon, Maine, September,
1826, and died October 5, 1904, in Oakland,
Maine. He was a farmer. He removed to
Belgrade, where he remained thirteen years,
and then went to Oakland, Maine. He was
for some time a travelling salesman for the
Dunn Edge Tool Company, of Oakland. He
was town treasurer of Belgrade many years,
and selectman of Oakland. In politics he was
a Republican. In religion he was a Free
Baptist, and was one of the founders and
builders of the first Methodist Church at Oak-
land. He Avas a member of Relief Lodge of
Free Masons, at Belgrade, and a past master
of the lodge; of Drummond Chapter, Royal



Arch Masons, of Oakland, and Mount Le-
banon Council, Royal and Select Masters, of
Oakland. He married Martha Bartlett, born
1826, in Mount X'crnon, died October 5, 1903,
in C^akland. Children: i. Evelyn. 2. John. 3.
Timothy B. 4. Horace \V., born December
30. 1857, mentioned below. 5. Susan. 6. .\r-
thur S., died young. 7. Mary M. 8. Mattie,
died voung. 9. Nora B.

(\ill) Horace \V., son of John W. Greely,
was born at Mount \'ernon, Maine, December
30, 1857. He was educated in the public
schools of Belgrade and Oakland. He began
his business career as clerk of the Dunn Edge
Tool Company and remained for four years.
When the Cascade Woolen Company, of Oak-
land, was established he became its first book-
keeper and paymaster. After five years with
this concern he became general accountant for
the Somerset railroad. From this position
five years later he was promoted to the office
of general auditor and paymaster and held it
until April, 1907, when the railroad passed
into the ownership of the Maine Central Rail-
road Company. In 1883 '""^ entered partner-
ship with W. I\I. Ayer, under the firm name
of AycT & Greely. dealers in wood and coal,
and the firm has continued to the present time.
In 1907 ]\Ir. Greely purchased the E. T. Bailey
Company Hour, grain and feed business and
has continued it as the sole proprietor. He
is a Republican in politics and has been chair-
man of the board of selectmen of Oakland.
He attends the Free Baptist church. He is a
member of Messolonskee Lodge of Free
Masons ; of Drummond Chapter, Royal Arch
Masons ; of Mt. Lebanon Council, Royal and
Select Masters ; of St. Omer Commandery,
Knights Templar, Waterville; and of Cora
Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Lewiston. He is
vice-president of the Messolonskee National
Bank and member of the Maine Bankers' As-
sociation. He married, January 25, 1887, Nel-
lie E. Otis, born October, 1859, in Oakland,
daughter of Benjamin F. and Dorothy Ann
Bailey. Child, Arthur M., born October 17,
1894, at Oakland.

("\T) Henry, second son of Joseph (3)
Greely, was born August 23, 1789, in Read-
field, Maine, and died October 15, 1870, at
the same place. He married. March 20, 1817,
Mehitable M. ]\Ielvin. Their children were:
Samuel, Mary, Sarah, Flenry, Joseph, Cyrus
and Charles W.

(VII) Cyrus, fourth son of Henry Greely,
was born in 1828, in Readfield, Maine. He
received a common school education, and at
an early age was apprenticed to a carpenter to



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learn the trade. This he followed until 1881,
in connection with various other enterprises.
He experienced the g;old fever, and in the last
of the forties went to California, where he
remained four years. He was a member of the
California Pioneer Association, of which he
was for two years the president. He came
to Lewiston in 1850, and in the following of
his trade has built seventeen large school
houses and public buildings. He was a coun-
cilman in t!ie first council of the city of
Lewiston, and held office in the city govern-
ment fur twelve years, and served as repre-
sentative to the legislature in 1875-76-77. In
1S70 he was made a director of the .'\ndros-
coyuin County Savings Bank, and in 1888 was
elected president of the same, which position
he still holds. He is reputed to have the best
knowledge and judgment of investment propo-
sitions for savings hanks of any man in the
state. He married Susan H., daughter of
William and Sally (Harlow) Banks, of Au-
burn, Maine.



The first that is known of the
FOSTER name of Foster was about the
year 1065, A. D., when Sir
Richard Forrester went from Normandy over
to England, accompanied by his brother-in-
law, William the Conqueror, and participated
in the victorious battle of Hastings.

The name was first Forrester, then Forester,
then Foster. It signified one who had care
of wild lands ; one who lived in the forest, a
characteristic trait which has marked the bear-
ers of the name through all the centuries that
have followed. The Fosters seem to have
located in the northern counties of England
and in the early centuries of English history
participated in many a sturdy encounter with
their Scottish foes. The name is mentioned
in "Marmion" and the "Lay of the Last Mins-
trel." From one of these families in the seven-
teenth century appears the name of Reginald
Foster. Tiring of the tyrannic rule of Charles
I, he came to America and settled in Ips-
wich, Massachusetts, in about the year 1638.
He was a prominent figure in the early days,
as the colonial records show.

During its existence the Foster family has
been a hardy, persevering and progressive race,
almost universally endowed with an intense
nervous energy; there have been many in-
stances of high attainments; a bearer of the
name has been ex-officio vice-president of the
Republic (Hon. Lafayette G. Fo.ster, president
pro tcm. of the senate during .Andrew Jack-
son's administration) ; another, Hon. John W.



Foster, of Indiana, was premier of Presitlent
Harrison's cabinet ; another, Hon. Charles
Foster, of Ohio, was the secretary of the
treasury. Many have attained high positions
in financial life, and many have gained promi-
nence in military affairs. The record of
Major-Gcneral John G. Foster, through the
Mexican war and the war of the Rebellion,
stamped him as a soldier without fear and
without reproach. Professor Bell is the re-
puted and accredited inventor of the telephone,
but before that distinguished man had ever
conceived the plan of electric transmission of
the human voice, Joseph Foster, of Keene,
New Hampshire, a mechanical genius, had
constructed and put into actual use a telephone
embodying practically the same working plan
as the Bell machine. Query : Could it be pos-
sible that Joseph Foster's telephone atTorded
the suggestion to Professor Bell ? The Foster
family has an authentic record covering a
period of nearly one thousand years. It has
furnished to the world its 5hare of the fruits
of toil ; it has contributed its share to enter-
prise and progress. Wherever it appears in
the aitairs of men it bears its crest: the iron
arm holding the golden javelin poised towards
the future.

(I) Reginald Foster came from England at
the time so many emigrated to Massachusetts,
in 1638, and with his family was on board one
of the vessels embargoed by King Charles I.
He settled in Ipswich, in the county of Essex,
with his wife, five sons and two daughters,
where he lived to extreme old age, with as
much peace and happiness as was compatible
with his circumstances in the settlement of a
new country. The names of his five sons
who came with him from England were :
Abraham, Reginald, William, Isaac and Jacob.
One of the daughters who came with him
from England married (first) a Wood, and
after his death 'she married a Peabody. His
other daughter married a Story, ancestor of
Dr. Story, formerly of Boston, and of the
late Judge Story. It is remarkable of this
family that they all lived to extreme old age,
all married, and all had large families from
whom are descended a very numerous progeny
settled in various parts of the United States.

(II) Abraham, eldest son of Reginald Fos-
ter, was born at Exeter, England, in 1622;
came with his father in 1638 and settled in
Ipswich, where he married LydiJl Burbank and
had children : Ephraim, .Abraham, Benjamin,
Ebenezcr, Mehitable and Caleb.

(HI) Caleb, youngest child of Abraham and
Lydia (Burbank) Foster, was born at Ipswich,




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Massachusetts, November 9. 1677. His home
was in Ipswich. In 1700 he had a seat as-
signed him "behind ye pulpit'' in the meeting
house recently built. He married, June 2,
1702, I^Iary Sherwin, of Ipswich. They had
nine children: Lydia, born May 14, 1703, mar-
ried Natlian Dresser : Jonathan ; Sarah, died
young; Caleb, mentioned below ; Stephen, mar-
ried Rebecca Peabody ; Mary, died unmarried ;
Sarah ; Philemon ; John, baptized November
10, 1717. .Caleb died January 25, 1766, aged
eighty-nine years. In his will he does not
mention Philemon or John, so it is presumed
that they died before their father.

(R*) Caleb (2), second son of Caleb (i)
and Alary (Sherwin) Foster, was born in Ips-
wich. Massachusetts, June 5, 1708, and re-
sided in the same town. He married, at
Rowley, November 4, 1729, Priscilla Bu.xton.
Caleb Foster Jr. and wife Priscilla under a
deed to Thomas Foster, of Ipswich. January
14, 1763. This is the latest account found of
him. There is no record of child^ren at Ips-
wich, says the genealogy, but three are credited
to Caleb and Priscilla : John, Reginald, and
Nathan, whose sketch follows.

(V) Nathan, youngest son of Caleb (2) and
Priscilla (Buxton) Foster, was born at Ips-
wich and resided at "Pigeon Hill," Ipswich,
and Rockport. His wife's name was Miriam.
■They had eight children : Elinor, Jemima,
William, Nathan, Ebenezer, John, Aliriam and
Zabud.

(VI) Sergeant William, eldest son of Na-
than and Miriam Foster, was baptized at Rock-
port, May 30, 1760. He was a revolutionary
soldier for many years and was a sergeant in
the Massachusetts militia and present in the
battle of Bunker Hill. After the war he re-
moved to Bristol, Maine, and v^'as granted a
pension July 22, 1834, while residing in Lin-
coln county, that state. The date of his death
is not known. Fie is said to have had three
wives. His children were : Thomas D. and
Ebenezer.

(VII) Thomas D.. eldest child of Sergeant
William Foster, was born in Bristol, Maine,
in 1782, and died in Montville, July 30, 1835.
He was a resident of Montville, where he mar-
ried Joanna Carter, December 12, 1812. She
was born in 1793, and died in Unity, Decem-
ber 14, 1885, aged ninety-two. He is said to
have been twice married, the first wife's name
being Nancy Paul. He is also said to have
been the father of fifteen children, but the
five given by the genealogy are : Thomas Al-
bert, Esther Carter, Ann C, Eliza J. and
Ebenezer.



(VIII) Dr. Thomas .\lbert, eldest son of
Thomas D. and Joanna (Carter) Foster, was
born in Montville, February 20, 1827, and
died in Portland, November 27, 1896. He
was educated in the public schools, then read
medicine in the office of Dr. Nathaniel R.
Boutelle, and then took the course in Jefferson
Medical College from which he graduated in
1856. He lived in Montville during his early
years. When a young man he moved to Unity,
where he engaged in farming and taught
school in the winters. He married first while
there, and after the death of his wife took up
the study of medicine in the office of Dr.
Nathaniel R. Boutelle, and after he graduated
from Jefiferson College, in 1856, moved to
Alontville, where he practiced for three years.
In 1859 he came to Portland and there prac-
ticed his profession. When the call came for
volunteer surgeons on two occasions after big
battles he volunteered and served a short time,
each time in field and hospital work. He mar-
ried (first) in Unity, Eliza, daughter of David
McManus ; (second) in South i\'Iontville, 1857,
Adelaide Woodman, who was born in 1832,
and died in 1865; (third) in Augusta, 1868,
Mary Woodman, who was born 1836. The
children of Dr. Foster were: (i) Barzillai
Bean, (2) Charles W., (3) Henry, (4) Serena,
(5) Arietta, (6) Joanna Carter, (7) Ellura
Woodman, and two others who died young.

(IX) Dr. Baraillai Bean, eldest child of Dr.
Thomas A. and Eliza (McManus) Foster, was
born in Unity, 1849. He attended the public
schools, from which he went to Westbrook
Seminary, where he graduated in 1867. Soon
afterwards he began the study of medicine
with his father and Dr. S. H. Weeks, and in
June, 1870, engaged in the general practice
of medicine and surgery in Portland, which
he has ever since carried on. His progress
in his chosen profession has been steady and
satisfactory, and to-day he is one of the repre-
sentative physicians of the city, and he holds
responsible positions in various leading insti-
tutions of the state. He has been president
of the Maine Academy of Medicine and Sci-
ence; consulting surgeon of the Maine Eye
and Ear Infirmary; surgeon-in-chief of the
genito-urinary and rectal departments of the
Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary, and was assist-
ant surgeon of the Togus Soldiers' Home in
1869. Dr. Foster is a member of the Amer-
ican, Maine State and Cumberland County
Medical associations, also the Portland Medi-
cal and the Lister clubs, and has been presi-
dent of all but the American. He is a mem-
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Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Longfel-
low Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows ; he was first great prophet and third great
sachem of Red Men, member of Machigonne
Tribe, No. 3; was first representative to the
Great Council of the United States, and has
been outer guard to the Great Council of the
United States. Dr. Foster has filled many of
the chairs of all the lodges to which he be-
longs. He is a Republican in politics, and in
religious afiiliation an Episcopalian. Dr. Fos-
ter married (first) 1870, Harriet Ellen Flagg,
of Topsham. Children: I. Fred F., married
Anna Lawrence, and has two children: Bar-
zillai and Marie. 2. Addie Eliza, married
Arthur W. Hall, and has three children : Wal-
ter, Robert and Ellen. He married (second)
Elizabeth Maud, daughter of Samuel and
Elizabeth ( L'.can ) Blodgell. Children : Herbert
Biodgett, Thomas .\lbert, William Quimby.

(IX) Dr. Charles Wilbur, second son of
Thomas A. and Eliza (McManus) Foster,
was born in Unity, April 29, 1850, attended
the public schools, graduated from Westbrook
Seminary in 1867, from Colby College in
1 87 1, and from Detroit Medical College in
March, 1875. In June of the same year he
began the practice of medicine at Auburn and
remained there until December 24, 1876. From
December 25, 1876, to Alay i, 1877, he was at
Alorrill, from which place he moved to Wood-
ford's, where he has successfully pursued his
calling for thirty-one years, to the present time,
1908. In political faith he is a Republican.
He was town clerk of Deering one year, was
a member of Deering school committee, 1895-
96-97, and has been a member of the Portland
school committee since 1898. He is a member
of Deering Lodge. No. 183, Free and Ac-
cepted Masons ; Harmony Lodge, No. 19, In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows ; Machigonne
Encampment; Rocky Hill Lodge, No. 51,
Knights of Pythias ; of Cogamesgo Tribe, No.
5, Improved Order of Red Men ; is first great
chief of the records of the state, and also a
member of the Deering Club. He married, in
Wayne, July 6, 1876, Esther Bennett Parker,
who was born in Westbrook, August 23, 1847,
daughter of Nathaniel and Rebecca (Parker)
Parker. They have two children : Rachel
Jones, born July 14, 1877, married Charles
Huntington Whitman ; and ' Esther Perley,
born January 17, 1881.

(I) William Little, one of the

LITTLE many emigrants from the north

of Ireland to the United States

during the eighteenth century, was born in



1780 and came to Boston in his early man-
hood. He married Judith Thaxter and about
1813 removed with his family to \erona,
Maine, where his daughter Harriet was born.
He soon purchased the farm now occupied by
his grandson. Joseph T. Little, in the eastern
part of Bucksport, and lived there till his
death in July, 1859. His wife died the same
month, at the age of eighty-five. Their chil-
dren were : James, William, who married, in
1833. Hannah Page; Margaret, who married,
in 1830, Daniel Page, 3rd ; Harriet, who mar-
ried, April 4, 1838, Eldad Page; all residents
of Bucksport.

(II) James, eldest son of William and Ju-
dith (Thaxter) Little, was born in Massa-
chusetts about 1809. He settled with his
father at Bucksport, Maine, and although he
learned the trade of a shoemaker, never prac-
ticed it to any extent, being engaged in farm-
ing and lumbering. He was a Universalist in
religious belief and had the courage of his
convictions. In his day itinerant preachers
sometimes 'fell into the error of wholesale de-
nunciation of other denominations. He once
attended a service conducted by a Methodist
minister who according to rumor had never
paid for the horse he rode to Bucksport from
the western part of the state. At the close of
a harangue in which all Universalists were
classed as liars, Mr. Little arose and, after
announcing himself a Universalist, asked, with
a meaning glance at the preacher: "Are all
Methodists thieves because one Methodist min-
ister stole a horse?" The meeting closed ab-
ruptly and the minister left town the next
morning. He married Sarah Chesman, of
Weymouth, Massachusetts, who died in Jdarch,
1877, at the age of sixty-eight, surviving a
few months her husband, who died the pre-
ceding November. Their children, all born in
Bucksport, were : Henry ; Jane, who married
in 1843 Anthony E. Doe, of Bucksport, and
died soon after; Susan, who married in 1853
Aquila T. Atwood, and died June 19, 1900,
leaving no children ; Sarah, who married in
1854 Reuben Stubbs and died without issue ;
Mary, who married in 1853 Moses Blaisdell
and had several children ; Joseph Thaxter, who
married in 1858 Margaret A. Bowdoin, has
three children and lives in the old homestead
at lUicksport.

(III) Henry, son of James and Sarah
(Chesman) Little, was born June 21, 1822.
He married, in 1845, Cynthia B. Page, who
died September 29, 1903, aged seventy-seven
years and twenty-five days. Mr. Little was
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Maine, July 16, 1901. Their children were:
Adderson C, and Julia, who married Clar-
ence Wight and lives in Springfield, Massa-
chusetts.

(IV) Adderson Chesman, son of Henry and
Cynthia B. (Page) Little, was born Septem-
ber 27, 1847, 3t East Bucksport. He was a
carpenter by occupation, and died of con-
sumption September 24, 1899. He married,
November 13, 1876, Abbie Hutchings, daugh-
ter of Captain Samuel Alexander and Mercy
H. (Hutchings) Colby, who survives him and
resides at Bucksport. Captain Colby had an
honorable war record, serving in the Eigh-
teenth Maine Volunteers.

(V) Leslie Eugene, only son of Adderson
Chesman and Abbie H. (Colby) Little, was
born July 17, 1879. He was educated in the
Bucksport public school and at the East Maine
Conference Seminary, where he was prepared
for entrance to college. He matriculated at
the University of ]Maine, where he was grad-
uated C. E. in the class of 1904. He was en-
gaged as a civil engineer on the Bangor and
Aroostook railroad ; on the Maine Central
railroad; on the Lake Shore and M. T. rail-
road and on the New York, New Haven and
Hartford railroad. His last position gave him
residence in Providence, Rhode Island, and
office at No. 403 Union Station, New York,
New Haven and Hartford offices. He be-
came a member of the Masonic fraternity and
was initiated as a member of Felicity Lodge,
No. 19, of Providence, and his college associa-
tion is in the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He
is not married.



The surname Hersey, or Her-
HERSEY sy, is a very ancient one, and

probably of French origin, as it
appears among the list of noblemen and gen-
tlemen who went to England with William the
Conqueror. The earliest person of the name
Hersey in New England was the progenitor of
the line which is treated of in this article ; and
no person of this name except members of
this family is mentioned in early New England
annals. In records at Hingham the name is
found Flersie, as William Hersey wrote it,
also Harsie, and Hearsey. In other and later
records the name also appears under the forms
of Harcy, Harsey, Harssy, Har.sy, Hearsay.
Hercy, Herecy, Hersy, and so on. Over one
hundred and twenty-five enlistments of mem-
bers of this family are mentioned in the Mas-
sachusetts Revolutionary Rolls — most of them
under the name Hearsey, Hersey, Hercy. One
authority gives the origin of the name as lo-



cal, derived from a town named "Ilerseaux,"
which is situated almost on the border between
what was ancient Normandy and what was
ancient Flanders.

(I) William "Hersie" came to New Eng-
land in 1635, says the History of Hingham,
and early in the autumn of that year located
in Flingham with others who were passengers
on the ship he came in. July 3, 1636, he had
a house lot of five acres granted him, on what
is now South, nearly opposite West street. At
the time of the trouble about the election of
officers for the train band, 1644-1645, William
Hersey was assessed a heavy fine for support-
ing the views of Rev. Peter Hobart and his
friends. The family rate towards the erection
of the new meeting house was the largest but
one upon the list. He was undoubtedly a na-
tive of England, and perhaps of Old Hing-
ham : but the place and date of his birth have
not yet been definitely ascertained. He is men-
tioned in old records as "husbandman." He
was a leading citizen of Hingham, was made
freeman in ]March, 1638, was selectman 1642,
1647, 1650, and was a member of the Artillery
Company, 1652. He died March 22, 1658. In
his will, dated Alarch 9, 1658, proved April
29 following, he gives to his son William "ye
house and house Lott that he now Lives in and
ye penn plott before his gate, and ye Lott I
bought of Matthew Chafey at ye Capts Tent,"
etc. ; also valuables to sons John and James ;
to daughters "Francis" (Frances), Elizabeth
and Judith, £5 each ; "to my grandchildren,
John Croade and William Hersie, 40s. each.
All ye rest of my land, housing, goods, etc.,
to mv wife Elizabeth during her life as a
widow." The inventory of his estate made
April 28, 1658, enumerated property valued at
£419 13s. 6d. His wife's Christian name was
Elizabeth. She survived her husband, was
executrix of his estate, and died in Hingham,
October 8, 1671. The children of William and
Elizabeth were : William, Francis, Elizabeth,
Judith, John and James.



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