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(See preceding Hersey sketche.s.)

Just what time a branch of the
HERSEY Herseys moved to Maine is not
known. Dr. James Hersey 2),
son of Dr. James Hersey (i), died at
Kittery, Maine, in 1758; but as he was
only twenty at the time and unmarried, he
could not have been the ancestor of the Her-
seys at Paris and Oxford, that state. In the
latter town lived Dr. A. L. Hersey (there
have always been many physicians in the fam-
ily), the father of Miss Heloise E. Hersey. the
noted teacher and lecturer of Boston.

(I) James Hersey, born December 12, 1758,
lived at Paris, Maine, and on October 1 1, 1781,
married Althea Pool, of Minot. Maine, who
was born September 13, 1761. Children: i.
Simeon, born July 8, 1782. married Lois W^ar-
ren. 2. James, mentioned below. 3. Samuel,
May 14, 1785, married Eunice Bradbury. 4.
Althea. December 29, 1787. died the first day
of the next August. 5. Althea, May 14. 1789,
married John Bradbury. 6. Anna, July 3,

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1791, married Meshach Keen. 7. Susanna,
March 30, 1793, married John Thayer and
lived at Buckfield. 8. Ruth, January 13. 1795,
married Benjamin Hammond, and lived at
Lincoln. 9. Olive, December 15, 1796, married
Stephen Cobb. 10. Maria. November 28, 1798,
married Ezra Cobb. 11. Ira, January 25, 1802,
married Omittee Fletcher. 12. Sophronia,
September 3, 1803, married Hiram Heald.

(H) James (2), second son of James (i)
and Althea (Pool) Hersey, was born Novem-
ber II, 1783. He lived at Sumner, Maine, and
married Olive Freeman, daughter of Samuel
Freeman, an officer in the revolution. Among
their children was Samuel Freeman, whose
sketch follows.

(HI) Hon. Samuel Freeman, son of James
(2) and Olive (Freeman) Hersey, was born
at Sumner, Oxford county, Maine, April 12,
1812, and died at Bangor, February 3, 1875.
He was educated in the local schools of his
native town, at Hebron Academy, and at a
school in Buckfield, Maine. When sixteen
years of age, he began teaching school during
winters. He was very studious, and his views
of life were powerfully influenced by reading
Pope's Essay on Man, his favorite study. At
the age of twenty, he left home and came to
Bangor, where he began working as clerk in a
store. In 1833, being only twenty-two at the
time, and having saved a little capital, he
formed a partnership with his cousin, W. R.
Hersey, at Lincoln, IVIaine, and began business
for himself. The panic of 1837 swept away
about all the profits of the firm, but he bought
out his partner and paid all debts. In 1838
Mr. Hersey formed a partnership with Jesse
Fogg, keeping a store at IMilford, Maine, and
another at Bangor. From general merchan-
dise they drifted into the lumber business,
which they prosecuted successfully. Mr. Her-
sey lived at IVIilford until 1842, when he moved
to Upper StiTlwater, where he hired all the
mills, moving in the spring of 1844 to Old-
town, and in the fall of the same year to Ban-
gor. In 1850 the partnership of Fogg & Her-
sey was dissolved, and the latter formed a con-
nection with Thomas L. May and Robert
Davis (2), under the name of May, Davis &
Company. This firm existed with some
changes till September, 1863. when Mr. Her-
sey closed his active business in Bangor. Dur-
ing this time he had been very prosperous, and
had invested largely in timber lands, which
later brought him a great fortune. He made
investments in Iowa, ^Minnesota and other
places, which also proved profitable.

Samuel F. Hersey filled a prominent place

in the public affairs of the state. In 1842 he
represented Milford in the legislature, was
elected representative from Bangor in 1857
and 1865, and a member of the state senate
in 1868 and 1869. I" 1852 and 1853 he was
a member of the executive council ; was a dele-
gate to the National Republican Convention,
which nominated Lincoln; and from 1864 to
1868 was a member of the National Republican
committee. He was one of the organizers and
first supporters of the Republican party in
Maine, and was ever after one of its stau'nch-
est upholders. He served in the state militia
through the various grades from captain to
major general, and at the outbreak of the civil
war rendered efficient service in organizing
and equipping the troops from Maine. He
contributed liberally to the efforts for the re-
lief of our soldiers, and was ardently devoted
to the Union cause throughout the war. He
felt a just pride in having been able to vote in
the Chicago convention for resolves forever
prohibiting the further extension of human
slavery ; in the Baltimore convention of 1864
for universal freedom ; and in the Maine legis-
lature for the ratification of the great consti-
tutional amendments which sealed the results
of the war. Mr. Hersey always took a promi-
nent and responsible part in the Republican
councils of the state ; and was frequently
elected to positions of dignity and influence.
In 1870 he was the Republican nominee for
governor, and lost the election by twenty votes,
being defeated by Hon. Sidney Perham. In
1872 he was nominated and elected by the Re-
publicans as representative to congress, receiv-
ing a majority of five thousand ; and he was re-
elected to the forty-fourth congress in 1874.
During the winter of 1873-74, while in Wash-
ington, his health became impaired, and he
was obliged to return home, where he gradu-
ally failed until his death, February 3, 1875.

The preceding paragraphs give a brief out-
line of Mr. Hersey 's business and political life,
but they fail to show his social influence in the
commimity and the generosity with which he
supported all good causes. He was a promi-
nent member of the Universalist church, and
a liberal contributor thereto. He made large
donations to Westbrook Seminary. He was
a director of the European and North Amer-
ican railway, and a corporator and stockholder
of various other enterprises, including insur-
ance and banking companies. By his will Mr.
Hersey left a fund of one hundred thousand
dollars to the Bangor Public Library. This
was loaned to the city at six per cent, and
with the money they built their present City



Hall. He also left a bequest to the Universal-
ist church of Bangor, which has been expended
for a retreat for the Sunday school scholars at
Sandy Toint. Maine; the buildings and
grounds have been fitted up at an expense of
fortv thousand dollars.

The death of Mr. Hersey was widely
mourned. From among the inany tributes and
obituaries published in the Bangor papers at
the time, we quote the following extract : "Mr.
Hersey has for years been identified as one
of our most prominent citizens, public-spirited
and generous-hearted, with business ability of
the highest order." From the funeral oration
delivered by Rev. Amory Battles, who had
been Mr. Hersey 's pastor for twenty years, we
take the following: "If you could have seen
him when he returned from some one of his
many business trips, and known with what
heartiness and zest he engaged himself in the
affairs of his church and Sunday school, you
would have found one of his largest sources of
enjoyment in the duties of these other and less
public walks of life. Another beautiful trait
in his character was that he was always young,
and children loved him and sought his soci-
ety as naturally as the sweet roses of summer
gather about those who love their fragrance.
We have often seen, after an extended absence,
the gladness spring into the eyes of two or
three hundred children when he again met
them in the Sunday school."

At the memorial services held in the Halls of
Congress at Washington, addresses on the life
and character of Hon. Samuel F. Hersey were
delivered by Congressmen Hale and F'rye of
Maine and Congressman Dunnell of Minne-
sota, also by Senators Hamlin and Morrill of
Maine. Resolutions were passed by the sen-
ate and house, and members of both bodies
wore the usual badge of mourning for thirty
days. The following is the address of Sena-
tor Morrill : "Mr. President : The bereave-
ment which arrests the proceedings of the
Senate touches so many hearts in the state that
honors me with its confidence, and withal sun-
ders ties of friendly and official relations, that
I trust to be indulged in adding a few words
to what has already been so feelingly and ap-
propriately said. The claims of 5lr. Hersey
upon our respect spring from an unsullied
character, from his personal virtues and public
services. By the inherent energies and fidel-
ity of his nature, unaided by adventitious sup-
ports, he had acquired affluence in private
affairs, had often been associated in the coun-
cils of his state, and had at length entered
those of the nation — alas ! unhappily, soon to

fall under the heavy hand of disease, which
ere long was to remove him hence. His was
an active and useful life in the departments of
practical duty and endeavor, whereby society
is advanced through a community of interests,
the general welfare, the highest good of the
greatest number. He was ever the sagacious,
upright, eminently successful man of business,
of generous impulses, of a truly catholic spirit,
charitable, liberal and humane, whose daily life
was without reproach, and was an example to
all. He sprung from among the people in the
common walks of life, was by the simplicity of
his tastes, the habits formed in pursuits, in-
timately connected with their interests, and by
his truly democratic intentions always in deep-
est sympathy with them, and was therefore
fitly and not infrequently, their trusted repre-
sentative. The memories of Mr. Hersey will
be cherished by the people of Maine, as among
the public men who had rendered valuable
public service in its councils, who in private
life was faithful to every duty, to the obliga-
tions of friendship and the claims of good

Samuel F. Hersey was thrice married, but
his five children w'ere all by the second wife.
In January, 1835, Samuel Freeman Hersey
married Eliza Ann Stowell, of South Paris,
Maine, who died in September, 1836. In July,
1839, he married Jane Ann Davis, who died
January 17, 1862. The five children of this
union were : Roscoe F., Dudley H., Eugene
M., Edward Louis and a daughter. On March
23, 1871, Samuel F. Hersey married his third
wife, Emily M. Sanborn, daughter of Hon.
Abraham and Emily (McClellan) Sanborn,
who was born March 9, 1837. She proved
a devoted wife and nurse throughout her
husband's long and trying sickness that
ended in his decease. Edward L. Hersey, the
last surviving son of Samuel F. Hersey, died
at St. Paul, ^linncsota, September. igo8. He
removed to St. Paul shortly after his father's
death. He had large business interests there.

This is a Scotch name which was
CLARY transported in the seventeenth

century to northern Ireland, and
brought thence to this country in a great im-
migration from that religion in the first half of
the eighteenth century. Like all those immi-
grants, this family was affiliated with the
Scotch Presbyterian church, and preserved in
common with others the distinctive character-
istics of the forefathers. This people were
known as Scotch-Irish.

(I) Early in the eighteenth century Daniel




McCIary and his wife Catherine, with their
sons William and Daniel, came from the north
of Ireland to Massachusetts. After living for
a time in Groton, in that colony, they settled
in the adjoining town of Lunenburg, in 1739.
The father is supposed to have died there, and
the widow, Catherine ]\IcClary, with her sons,
William and Daniel, removed to New Ipswich,
New Hampshire, about 1751, where all were
landed owners in 1763. About this time the
sons discarded the prefix to their names and
afterward went by the name of Clary. Both
were soldiers in the revolutionary army, and
after that struggle was closed the former re-
moved to Belfast, ^^laine, with his son Daniel,
who later moved to Brooks, ]Maine.

(II) Daniel (2), son of Daniel (i) and
Catherine Clary, resided in New Ipswich, New
Hampshire, where he died. He married Cath-
erine Taggart, born in 1747, daughter of John
Taggart, of Peterboro, New Hampshire, one
of the first settlers there, and of a Scotch-
Irish family. Children, born in New Ipswich :
Barbara, 1767; Elizabeth, 1770; Margaret,
1772; Daniel, 1774; Sarah, 1776; Mary, 1778.

(III) Daniel (3), only son of Daniel (2)
and Catherine (Taggart) Clary, was born in
New Ipswich, 1774, and removed to Jackson,
Maine, about 1801. There he took up a large
tract of land which he cleared and developed
into a fine farm, and resided thereon to the
time of his death in the summer of 1856. He
married, in Dublin, New Hampshire, Persis
Morse, born 1779, a daughter of Reuben and
Abigail (Mason) Morse, of Dublin (see
Morse ^'III). She died in Jackson, ]\Iaine,
1837. Children: i. Betsey, born in Dublin.
1800; married Ebenezer Thorndike ; lived in
Dixmont, Maine, where she died, leaving chil-
dren. 2. Persis, bom in Jackson, died in in-
fancy. 3. Catherine, born in Jackson, Febru-
ary 8, 1805: married Aaron Snow, of Jack-
son, w'here they lived and died, leaving chil-
dren. 4. Danie!, born in Jackson, January 21,
1807; married Rosanna Erskine; lived on his
father's farm in Jackson ; later moved to Dix-
mont, Maine, where they died, leaving chil-
dren. 5. Persis, born in Jackson, February 10,
1809; married Samuel Snow; lived in Jack-
son, where they died, leaving children. 6.
Abigail, born in Jackson, January 26, 1812;
married Edwin Jilorse, of Worcester, Massa-
chusetts, where they lived ; both died there,
leaving children. 7. John, mentioned below.
8. Ashley, born July 18, 1818, died 1837. 9.
I^Iary J., born June 5, 1820, died August 2,
1844. 10. Martha, born June 3, 1822 ; mar-

ried Lyman Green, of Troy, I\Iaine ; both are
now deceased, leaving children.

(IV) John, second son of Daniel (3) and
Persis (Alorse) Clary, was born September
16, 1813, in Jackson, and resided for some
years in Troy, Maine, whence he removed
with his family to Lincoln, same state. Sub-
sequently he returned to Troy, and in 1851
went to California, where he died October 5,
1852. His life was characterized by strict in-
tegrity, and he was loved and respected as a
christian man. He married, February 2, 1842,
Sybell Heald, of Troy, Maine, daughter of
Samuel and ]\Iary Heald, of Troy (see Heald
(VIII). She was born October 17. 1820. She
married (second) December 14, 1857, Alonzo
Whitcomb, of Worcester, ]\Tassachusetts, and
died January, 1906. Mr. Whitcomb was for
many years a successful manufacturer of ma-
chinery at ^^'o^cester, ^Massachusetts, where he
died March 28, 1900. Children of John Clary :
I. Abby Annette, born January 10, 1843, died
April 3, 1848. 2. John Everard, November 16,
1845, died March 27, 1848. 3. Agnes Sybell,
December 6, 1846, died ;\Iay 5, 1903, at
Worcester. 4. ]Mary Ella, March 15, 1848,
died April 4, 1875; for several years she was
a school teacher ; she married Edmund W.
Bagley, who died May 20, 1881 ; they left one
son, John L., born September 12, 1874, now
residing in Troy, where he has served as se-
lectman and assessor many years. 5. Albert
E., mentioned below. 6. Samuel Heald, born
Tune g, 1851, at Lincoln, Maine, has resided
in Worcester, Massachusetts, since 1857, and
has been several years treasurer of the Worces-
ter Trust Company, a man of prominence and
highlv respected by all. He married, January
21, 1886, Nellie Olive Thayer, of that town,
and they have two children, Ernest Thayer
and Eleanor. The former is a member of the
class of 1909 at Harvard College.

(V) Judge Albert E., second son of John
and Sybell (Heald) Clar\', was born M'arch
15, 1848, in Troy, and for several years taught
school with marked success in that town and
in Dixmont. In the years 1871-72-73 he \vas
chairman of the school committee of his native
town, and also served two years as tow^n clerk.
While engaged in teaching he began the study
of law, and subsequently entered the Boston
University Law School, from which he grad-
uated in the class of 1874, and received the
degree of LL.B. in June, 1875. He was ad-
mitted to the Suffolk bar in the same month,
but continued his legal studies in Boston for
another year. In April, 1876, he began ac-



tive practice of his profession in Boston, and
has there continued to the present time. In
February, 1886, he was appointed associate
justice of the East Boston district court, and
in May, 1903, was appointed judge of that
court, which position he still filjs. He is a
past grand of Zenith Lodge, N'o. 42, I. O.
O. F., and a member of Mt.' Tabor Lodge,
F. and A. M.; St. John's Chapter, R. A. M.,
and of William Parkman Commandery, K. T.,
all of Boston. He married, April 14, 1881,
Rosalia L. Dunn, daughter of Alanson and
Hannah (Townsend) Dunn, of Saco, Maine.

The immigrant members of this
HEALD family were settlers of Concord

in 1635. The Healds have al-
ways been found among the steady and pro-
gressive citizens of the country.

(I) John Heald came from Berwick,
Northumberland county, England, and settled
as early as 1635 in Concord, Massachusetts,
where he was one of the first twelve settlers
of the town, and a freeman. He died May 24,
1662. His wife's name was Dorothy, and his
children included : John, born probably in
England ; Dorcas, Gershom, Dorothy, Dorcas,

(II) John (2), eldest child of John (i) and
Dorothy Heald, born probably in England,
was made a freeman in 1680. He married, at
Concord, June 10, 1661, Sarah, daughter of
Thomas Dane, one of the first settlers of Con-
cord, and they had : Elizabeth, John, born
September 19, 1666, Gershom, Sarah and

(III) John (3), eldest .son of John (2) and
Sarah (Dane) Heald, was born September 19,
1666: married, December 18, 1690, Mary
Chandler, and died November 25, 1721. They
had nine children: John. Timothy, born June
7, 1696; Josiah, Elizabeth, Samuel, Amos,
Ephraim, Dorcas and Eunice.

(IV) Timothy, second son of John (3) and
Mary (Chandler) Heald, was born June 7,
i6g6, in Concord, and was one of the original
proprietors of Townsend, Massachusetts. He
died March 28, 1736. He married, 1722, Han-
nah . Children : Timothy, born Octo-
ber 14, 1723; Simon, March 7, 1725; .Stephen,
April I, 1727: Thomas, July 18, 1729; Josiah,
Ebenezer and Hannah.

(V) Timothy (2), eldest child of Timothy
(l) and Hannah Heald, was born October 14,
1723, in Concord, New Hampsliire. and set-
tled in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, before
1750. His name appears among the proprie-
tors of the town and elsewhere in the town

records. He was for many years town clerk,
and was chairman of nearly every committee
appointed to lay out roads or settle land claims.
About 1770 he removed to Winslow, Maine,
which was then a part of Waterville, and was
not separated until 1802. He was active and
prominent in the early history of Winslow,
being moderator of its first town meeting. May
23, 1771, at which he was elected one of the
first three selectmen. During the revolution
he was a member of the committee of safety.
He had purchased land in Winslow previous
to his removal thither, and in 1778 he built the
first mills at Norridgewock, Maine. He mar-
ried, in 1748, Elizabeth Stevens. Children:
Timothy, John. Sybell, Jonas, Josiah, Thomas,
Ebenezer and Betsey.

(\'I) John, second son of Timothy (2) and
Elizabeth (Stevens) Heald, was born in New
Ipswich, 1 75 1, and moved with his father to
Winslow when about nineteen years old.
When about twenty-seven years old he settled
in Norridgewock, Maine, where he was con-
stable and collector in 1788. and selectman and
assessor in the two succeeding years. He was
in the service of the government for a few
months in 1777. He married Rebecca (Willis)
Hey wood, born June 9, 1757, in Ashburnham.
Massachusetts, eldest child of Zimri and Jane
(Foster) Heywood. Zimri Hey wood, son of
Nathan and Esther (Willis) Heywood, was
born September 5, 1731, in Lunenberg,. Mas-
sachusetts, and settled in Ashburnham. same
state. He removed thence with his family
about 1771 to Winslow, Maine, where he
owned a tract of land. He was prominent in
public affairs in both Ashburnham and Win-
slow, and was the first representative from the
latter town to the general court. He married,
June 5, 1756. Jane, daughter of Deacon Moses
Foster, of Ashburnham. Children: i. John,
born 1777, died in Ohio after 1822, leaving
children. 2. Jonas, 1778, resided in Plymouth,
Maine, and had sons and daughters. 3. Re-
becca, 1780, married Timothy McKenny;
moved to Mercer, New York, about 1814. 4.
Nathan. 1783. lived in Palmyra, and left sons
and daughters. 5. William. 1786, was a sol-
dier in the war of 1812, and received for his
services a grant of land near \'andalia, Illi-
nois, where he died about 1822. 6. Samuel,
mentioned below. 7. Arba, who went to In-
diana and died between 1854 and 1857.

(VII) Samuel, fifth son of John and Re-
becca (Willis) Heald. was born in Norridge-
wock, March 16, 1790, and when about nine-
teen years old joined a settlement on the Se-
basticook river, now Pittsfield. In 1816 he



removed with his family to the town of Joy,
later called Troy, ]\Iaine, where he passed his
last years. He w'as commissioned a captain in
the Elaine militia, June 14, 1821, and on April
30 of the following year was commissioned
postmaster at Joy, Maine, and held this office
continuously until 1846. From about 1822 to
the end of his life he was justice of the peace,
and he also served as a commissioner to qual-
ify public officers. He filled many other pub-
lic stations in his town, and was a member of
the house of representatives in 1855. True
and faithful to every trust, of which he had
many, he was a much respected citizen, and
died at Troy, ]\'Iay 17, 1864. He married,
about 181 1, at Pittsfield, Mary, daughter of
John and Mary (Morril) Carle, of Water-
boro. She was born January 9, 1791, in Wa-
terboro, and died at Troy, May 19, 1875. Her
father, John Carle, was born 1759, died in
September, 1833. He married, in 1780, Mary
^lorril, born 1759, died 1841. I\Iary was their
seventh child and third daughter. Children of
Samuel Heald : i. Sarah J., born July 15,
1812, in Pittsfield, died June 27, 1892, in Los
Angeles, California ; married, in March, 1833,
Increase Sumner Johnson, born October, 1800,
in Haverhill, Massachusetts, died February,
1869. at Geneva, New York. 2. Peter, July,
181 5. Pittsfield, died at Troy, Maine. March
9, 1896. He married Celinda Haskell, who
died in Iowa, 1854; children: i. Laurette; ii.
Mary Frances : iii. Sarah J. : iv. John Peter,
went to Fort Pierre, South Dakota, where he
married Elsee E. Lieser, he died November 17,
1902 (children : Samuel C, September 22,
1884; John P. Jr., July 24, 1886; Sybell, July
23, 1896); V. Joseph Cummings; vi. Alice.
Mr. Heald married (second) Lydia Pinkham,
of Harpswell, Maine, who died May i, 1895;
children : Dora C, Samuel, Isaac P.. Nettie,
Georgia. Lydia Alidia and Lillian. The last
two reside on the old homestead of Samuel
Heald in Troy : they have established a high
reputation as teachers in Troy and adjoining
towns, and the elder has held the office of su-
perintendent of schools in Troy. 3. Sybell. see
forward. 4. Mary Elizabeth, see forward.

(VIII) Sybell, daughter of Samuel and
Mary (Carle) Heald, was born October 17,
1820, in Troy: and married, February 2, 1842,
John Clary, of Jackson, Maine ( see Clary
IV). She married (second) Alonzo Whit-
comb, of Worcester, Massachusetts. Sybell
Heald \\'hitcomb was a woman of rare excel-
lence in every respect, of scholarly intellect and
superior literary ability, being highly cultured
in matters of various learning, a sincere and

devout Christian, with an integrity of mind
that caused her to frown upon everything
false or wrong, taking great interest in public
matters, and one of the best informed persons
upon all such questions. She had a wide ex-
perience in early life, assisting her father in
legal matters and in the postoffice, which then
was the only one for miles around and which
did a large business, and also as a teacher for
a number of years before and after her first
marriage. Her genial humor and kindness of
temper gave her a great charm in society and
in her family.

(VIII) Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Sam-
uel and Mary Heald, was born in Troy, April
29, 1826; married, March 31, 1853, Charles
A. \'ickery, born at Unity, Maine, July 10,

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