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1827. They lived several years at Troy, then
at Fairfield, Maine, after that at Portland,
Maine, and later moved to Clinton, Massa-
chusetts, where he died December g, 1891.
He was engaged in the dry goods business.
Children: i. Minnie Elizabeth, born in Troy,
March 26, 1854. 2. Augusta May, born in
Troy, July 29, 1857; married Walter R. Dame.
of Clinton. Massachusetts, August 30, 1893 ;
she died October 23, 1894. 3. Lucia Florence,
born in Fairfield, Maine. April 26, i860, now
a physician at Jamaica Plain, in Boston, Mas-
sachusetts. 4. Charles H.. bom in Fairfield,
Maine. August 18, 1861 : married Minnie Wal-
lace, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, November
22, 1892 ; they have one daughter. 5. Ger-
trude, born in Fairfield, February 15, 1863;
married Rev. Thomas L. Fisher, at Clinton.
Massachusetts, January 5, 1893; are living in
Ayer, Massachusetts; they have one son.

Thomas Thaxter. immigrant
THAXTER ancestor, came to Hingham,

Massachusetts, in 1638, from
Hingham, England, accompanied by his wife
Elizabeth, in "the ship "Diligent." He was
granted a house lot in Hingham Centre, near
the training field. A few years after he
bought of Captain John Mason a house and
land which had previously belonged to Robert
Peck. The estate was on Bachelor, now Main
.street, and included the spot where Joseph B.
Thaxter. a lineal descendant, now or lately re-
sided. Two years later he made several pur-
chases of land at Broad Cove and Weymouth
river, and in 1652 he bought the house and
land where his son John resided. He was a
linen weaver by trade, and was admitted a
freeman. ]May t8, 1642. He was a deacon of

the church. He married Elizabeth ,

who married (second) William Ripley, and



(third) at Dedham, John D wight. She was
drowned by falling in a well, July 17, 1660.
Thomas Thaxter died intestate Februar}' 4,
1653-54. Children: i. John, born 1626, men-
tioned below. 2. Elizabeth, 1629. 3. Thomas,
1632, died January 6, 1646-47. 4. Sarah, 1635,
married, December 13. 1655. Thomas Thurs-
ton. 5. Daniel, 1638, died April 22, 1663. 6.
Samuel, Hingham, May 19, 1641.

(II) Captain John, son of Deacon Thomas
Thaxter, was born in England in 1626, died
March 14, 16S6-87. He resided on Xorth
street. Hingham, where St. Paul's Roman
Catholic Church now stands. He was chosen
lieutenant in 1664, and when serving against
the Dutch in New York he "was preferred
for" (promotion?) under orders from Crom-
well. He was afterwards captain, and in 1680
was in command of a troop of cavalry. He
was selectman eight years, and representative
to the general court in 1666. He married, in
Hingham, December 4, 1648, Elizabeth Jacobs,
born in England, 1632, daughter of Nicholas
and Mary Jacobs. She married (second)
March 23, 1690-91, Daniel Cushing. Children,
born in Hingham : i. John. December 4, 1651,
died young. 2. Thomas, June 4, 1654, mar-
ried, December 31, 1696, Mrs. Lyclia Logan.

3. Joseph, June i, 1656, married Alary — .

4. Samuel, November 17, 1658, died young.

5. Elizabeth, February 19, 1660-61, married,
December 8, 1680, Daniel Cushing Jr. 6. Ben-
jamin. February 4, 1662-63. <''cd unmarried
March, 1720-21. 7. Samuel, August 6, 1665,
mentioned below. 8. Mary, August 19, 1667,
married (first) November 28. 1688. Theo-
philus Cushing; (second) January 11, 1721-
22, Captain Joseph Hcrrick. 9. Deborah, Sep-
tember 14, i66g, married, October 17, 1687,
Thomas Cushing. 10. Sarah. September 26,
1671, married (first) October i, 1691, Na-
thaniel Holmes; (second) March 18, 1713-14,
John Cushing. 11. Daniel, August i, 1675,
died June 9, 1676. 12. Jonathan, April 18,

(III) Colonel Samuel, son of Captain Thax-
ter, was born August 6, 1665, in Hingham,
died November 13, 1740. On the Hingham
records he is described as "Hon. Samuel Thax-
ter, late one of His Majesties Council and
Colonel of this Regiment." He was a man of
marked ability, and one of the most promi-
nent citizens of Hingham. He was selectman
in 1695, 1705-06-14; deputy to the general
court in 1697, from 1708 to 1712 inclusive, and
from 1714 to 1718 inclusive; was frequently
elected to the office of delegate ; was one of the
commissioners who settled the boundary line

between Massachusetts and Rhode Island in
1719; an assistant and otherwise distinguished
m public affairs. He resided in the home-
stead on North street. A distinguished cler-
gyman once said he had rather have the good
will of Colonel Thaxter than a whole parish in
his favor. Among the many conferences held
with the Indians of Maine in the endeavor to
secure the safety of the settlements was one
by Governor Belcher at Falmouth in Casco
Bay, 1732, at which he was accompanied as
would appear from an account found in the
Thaxter papers by Colonel Samuel Thaxter,
Rev. Nathan Ellis and Ebenezer Gay. Samuel
Thaxter served as captain and major in 1756
in a company commanded by Richard Gridley
for an expedition against Crown Point and
Ticonderoga (against French and Indians).
Fifteen out of fifty of the company were killed
that day. It is said that Major Thaxter was
stripped, bound to a tree, and was about to be
roasted alive by the Indians when he was
saved by a French officer. He died at the age
of seventy-five in Hingham. He married, De-
cember 29, 1691, Hannah Gridley, born April
19, 1671, died January 26, 1756, daughter of
Tremble and Elizabeth Gridley, of Boston.
Children, born in Hingham: i. Elizabeth,
September 18. 1692, married (first) January
12, 1715-16, Captain John Norton; (second)
October 31, 1723, Hon. Benjamin Lincoln. 2.
John, mentioned below. 3. Samuel, October
8, 1695. 4. Sarah.

(IV) John (2), son of Colonel Samuel
Thaxter, .was born in Hingham, January 6,
1693-94, died April 6, 1733. He was a farmer.
He resided on South street, opposite Thaxter's
bridge, and his house is still standing, and is
occupied by the Catholic priest. He married,
January 15, 1718-19, Grace Stockbridge, of
Pembroke, born 1700, daughter of Deacon Jo-
seph and Margaret (Turner) Stockbridge.
She married (second) January 25. 1740-41,
Samuel Lincoln. Children, born in Hingham :
I. Haimah, January 27. 1719-20, married,
April 24, 1738. Francis I3arker. 2. John, No-
vember 22, 1721. 3. Joseph, August 22, 1723,
mentioned below. 4. Grace, July 18, 1725,
married, February 12, 1745-46, Henry Per-
kins. 5. Elizabeth, December 29, 1727, died
July 3, 1728. 6. Benjamin, April 29, 1729,
died May 12, 1729. 7. Benjamin, June 7,
1730. 8. Elizabeth, September 6, 1732, mar-
ried. May 14, 1752, George Lane.

(V) Captain Joseph, son of John (2) Thax-
ter, was born in Hingham. August 22, 1723,
died October 12, 1808. He was a farmer and
lived on North street, near Hobart"s bridge.



He was deacon of the First Church and was
selectman from 1752 to 1764, inclusive. He
was constable in 1745. Fie married, Decem-
ber 8, 1742, Mar}' Leavitt, born in Hingham,
August 3, 1724, died July 30, 1790, daughter
of Hezekiah and Mary (Beal) Leavitt. Chil-
dren, born in Hingham : i. Joseph, April 2^,
1744, graduate of Harvard. 1768; chaplain in
the army and was in the battle of Bunker Hill.
2. Leavitt. February 28, 1745-46, died June 6,
1752. 3. Joshua, August, 1747, died Septem-
ber 21. 1747. 4. Joshua, ]\Iarch 10, 1749,
mentioned below. 5. Caleb, April 18, 1751,
died unmarried, November 12, 1828. 6. Mary,
April 8, 1753, died young. 7. Leavitt, Sep-
tember 28, 1754. 8. Mary, October 6, 1756,
married, November 19, 1781, William Tid-
marsh. g. Hannah, September 20, 1759, died
June 12, 1781. 10. Sarah, November 30,
1761, married. December 6, 1781, David An-
drews. II. Chloe, September 15, 1763, died
October 8, 1765.

(AT ) Joshua, son of Captain Joseph Thax-
ter, was born in Hingham, March 10, 1749,
died at Portland, Maine, September, 1827. He
was a baker by trade and resided principally in
Boston, although the births of his children are
recorded in Hingham. He resided on Neal
street, was in good circumstances, and owned
considerable land in that vicinity. He mar-
ried (first) May 12, 1769, Mary Hersey, bap-
tized in Hingham, ]\Iarch 18, 1753, died
March, 1S03, in Boston, buried in Hingham,
daughter of Joshua and Mary (Lincoln) Her-
sey. Married (second) Mrs. Ruth Brown in
Boston. She died in 1833. Children: i.
Arathu<:a, born January 10, 1770, died at East-
port, Maine, February 3. 1847. 2. Joshua,
January 16, 1772, died January 25, 1791. 3.
Rachel, November 30, 1773. 4. Joseph, Sep-
tember 30, 1775, married, October 26, 1797,
Lucy Sprague. 5. Martin, February 16. 1778,
resided at Portland, Maine. 6. Charles, Jan-
uary 2, 1780, resided at Portland. 7. Hannah,
July 6, 1782. 8. Mary, September 23. 1784.
9. Royal. July 23, 1786. 10. Sidney, June 7,
1788, mentioned below. 11. Sally, May 4,
1791. 12. Joshua, September 19, 1793, died

(VII) Sidney, son of Joshua Thaxter, was
born June 7, 1788, in Hingham, died on Neal
street, Portland, Maine, 1823. The house is
still standing. He was a baker by trade. He
married, 1812, Mary Small, of Gray, Maine.

(\TII) Sidney, son of Sidney Thaxter, was
born February 8, 1815, in Gray, Maine, died
November 14, 1898, in Portland, Alaine. He
settled in Portland, and married Sophronia

Chase, who was born January i, 181 7, died
April 16, 1887, daughter of Abner and Abi-
gail (Hooper) Chase, of Limington, Maine.
Children: i. Mary A., born October 17, 1837,
married Rev. Francis N. Fcloubet, of Au-
burndale, Massachusetts. 2. Sidney Warren,
mentioned below. 3. Sarah II., July 13, 1841.

4. Albert H., August 20, 1843. 5. Frederick
W., August 14, 1845, died February 13, 1847.
6. Alice Maud, October i, 1847, married Ed-
ward G. Wyman, of Bangor, Maine. 7. Ar-
nice E., July 18, 1851, died October 24, 1900.
8. William Hooper, January 8, 1854. 9. Lou-
ise G., September 16, 1858 (Mrs. George S.
Payson, of Portland).

(IX) Major Sidney Warren, son of Sidney
Thaxter, was born in Bangor, September 8,
1839. He attended the pulDlic schools of his
native city and entered Flarvard College,
where he was graduated in the class of 1861
witli the degree of A. B. With many of his
classmates he responded to the call of Presi-
dent Lincoln for troops to support the Union,
and he was mustered into service at Bangor
as first lieutenant of Company A of the First
Maine Regiment. The regiment was ordered
to Washington, March 14, 1862, as part of the
First Battalion. He was promoted to the rank
of captain, March 24, 1862. The active ser-
vice of the company began March 29, 1862,
when with other companies of the regiment, it
was ordered to Plarper's Ferry to assist in
guarding the tracks of the Baltimore & Ohio
railroad. He went to the Shenandoah Valley
with his company under orders of May, 1862,
to join the command of General Banks, and
on May 24 took part in his first engagement
when Ashby's troop, a division of Stonewall
Jackson's army, was encountered at Middle-
town. A squadron of Maine and Michigan
cavalry under the command of Captain Thax-
ter fought and routed a Confederate troop at
Milford, thirteen miles from Fort Royal, on
July 2, and his company took part in the bat-
tle of Sperryville, July 6, and on August i
joined the Army of A'irginia under General
Pope, and was stationed at Culpeper, August

5. Captain Thaxter and his men took part in
the battle of Cedar Mountain, August 9, and
was under a heavy fire all day ; in the second
battle of Bull Run, August 29-30. During the
Antietam campaign the first regiment had an
advance position and on September 12 met
General Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry, repulsed the
enemy and took possession of Frederick City,
Maryland. His regiment became the provost
guard of that city. December 13 he was in
the battle of Fredericksburg. The entire



Union cavalry force was organized under Gen-
eral Sloneman as ihc cavalry corps of the
Army of the Potomac and the First .Maine be-
came a part of the First Brigade, Third Divi-
sion, under the command of Colonel Judson
Kilpatrick in May, 1863, and took part in
Stuneman's raid, the first great achievement
of the I'nion cavalry. He took part in the
battle of Brandy Station in the Gettysburg
campaign, June 8, 1863. and on June 18 fol-
lowing was promoted major of his regiment.
.-\n oil painting of a charge of his regiment at
I'.randy Station hangs in the hall of Bosworth
Post. Grand .-\rmy, at Portland. General Kil-
patrick called this charge one of the best ever
made. At Gettysburg his regiment was with
Gregg on the right of the Union army and
aided in the successful movement that pre-
vented Smart from making havoc in Meade's
rear at the time of the historic charge of Gen-
eral Pickett. In October, 1863, he was with
his regiment when it was directed by General
Gregg, under instructions from General
Meade, to ascertain the meaning of Lee's ad-
vance. Major Thaxter had a narrow escape
from capture while on this duty. About two
miles from \\'arrenton. a Confederate camp
was discovered by a scouting party and Alajor
Thaxter volunteered to discover who were in
the camp. Cautiously approaching on his
horse he came at length to two soldiers asleep.
His "Hello, there!" "What regiment?"
brought no response. Moving on to a single
sleeper, he asked the same question and re-
ceived the answer : "The Twelfth." "The
Twelfth what?" asked the major. "The
Twelfth \irginia. you fool,'' came the re-
sponse. Alajor Thaxter had the information
he was seeking and lost no time in getting
away. In Sheridan's raid Major Thaxter was
wounded. May 12, 1864, but recovered suffi-
ciently to take comntand of the regiment on
June 24, and he remained in command during
the movements on the right of the army in
July and August at Deep Bottom, Ream's
Station and Stony Brook. His term of en-
listment expired October 19, 1864, and he had
received orders to take charge of the men
whose term of service had also expired and
who were about to return home, when the
movement made by General Meade, October
27, at Platcher's Run, was undertaken for the
purpose of getting possession of the Boynton
plank road. Major Thaxter volunteered and
served as aide-de-camp on the staflf of Colonel
Smith, then in command of the brigade. In
that engagement Major Thaxter had four
horses shot under him, and at the of the

war he received a medal from congress for gal-
lantry in this battle.

After the war Major Thaxter returned to
his native city and engaged in the grain and
flour business, continuing there until 1874,
when he came to Portland and embarked in
the same line of business under the firm name
of Sidney W. Thaxter & Company, continuing
active in the management of his business to
the end of his life. He took rank among the
foremost business men of the city and stood
high in the esteem and confidence of his
townsmen. Pie became a member of the Mili-
tary Order of the Loyal Legion of the United
States, May 3, 1882, and served the Maine
Commandery as commander and for several
years was on the staflf of the commander-in-
chief of the order. He prepared three able
papers to read before his commandery and
they were published in the proceedings of the
organization. He was interested in history
and a firm patriot. He was a member of the
Maine Historical Society, the Portland Fra-
ternity Club, the American Historical Society,
president of the board of directors of the
Maine General Hospital, president of the Har-
vard Club of Maine, president of the Economic
Club of Portland. In politics he was a Repub-
lican, in religion a Congregationalist. He
died at his home in Portland, Xovember 10,
1908, after a long illness. He married (first)
Laura Farnham, of Bangor, born March 22,^
1844, died at Portland, June, 1880. He mar-
ried (second) June 7, 1882, Julia St. F. Thorn,
born in Brooklyn, New York, .April 17, 1854,
daughter of \\'il!iam I. and Julia .St. F. Thom.
The children of 'Mr. and Mrs. Thaxter are:
I. Sidney St. F., born March 4, 1883, gradu-
ate of Harvard College in 1904 and of Har-
vard Law School in 1907, was admitted to
the bar in that year and is a member of the
law firm of Thaxter & Holt of Portland. 2.
Philip Reynaud, May 20, 1885, died May 15,
1886. 3. Alan, October i, 1887, was educated
at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and
is now with the business house of Sidney W.
Thaxter & Company. 4. Langdon Thom,
June 12, 1889, a student at Williams College.

The surname Mann, originally
MANN written with a single n, can be
traced in Germany to a very re-
mote period. It first appears in the English
records soon after the Norman conquest, the
Domesday Book of 10S6 stating that "Willel-
mus filius Manne" (William the son of Man),
was a landholder in the county of Hants. At
a subsequent period the name became a prom-



inent one in England, and its bearers were
numerous. Burke's General Armory men-
tions fifteen Mann families, and describes the
coat-of-arms of each. For a long period the
king's private secretaries were selected from
a family of this name, which was also the fam-
ily name of Lord Cornwallis, the British com-
mander at Yorktown. At least two of this
name were among the original founders of
New England : Richard, who settled in Scit-
uate, Massachusetts; and William of Cam-
bridge, who was the progenitor of what is
known as the Wrentham branch of the family.
Both were immigrants from England. Others
of this name are to be found in the early rec-
ords of Boston, Lexington and Rehoboth,
Mas.sachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island;
Portsmouth, New Hampshire ; also in Virginia,
Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania,
some of whom were natives of England, while
others were descended from English immi-
grants. From the period of the American
revolution the name on this side of the ocean
has been almost universally spelled Mann. It
is to be found in the muster rolls of the Con-
tinental a'rmy, and during the past century a
goodly number of its bearers attained promi-
nence both in professional and business life.
The Maine family, a brief record of which is
about to be given, belongs to what is known
as the Portsmouth branch, the posterity of
Peter Mann. In his work entitled "A Record
of English Manns," Joseph B. Mann .states
emphatically that this family is not descended
from Richard Mann of Scituate, already re-
ferred to, and he classes Peter (I), its first
knov^'n ancestor in America, among the un-
identified Manns, but this assertion is not con-
clusive, as there is some slight evidence to
show that its immigrant ancestor might have
been the Scituate settler, who came from the
county of Kent.

(I) Peter IMann was residing in Ports-
mouth, New Hampshire, in 1726, and June 12
that year married Elizabeth Kennard, a de-
scendant of Edward Kennard, who came from
Kent county, England, about 1660, was an
early settler in Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
and one of the founders of the first church in
that place.

(II) Peter (2) Mann, undoubtedly a son of
Peter (i) and Elizabeth (Kennard) Mann,
conducted a barber's shop in Portsmouth, which
stood in the immediate vicinity of the present
Athenaeum. Prior to the nineteenth century
the village barber was not confined only to
shaving and hairdressing, but was frequently

called upon to perform minor surgical opera-
tions, and was a very important man in the
community. The Portsmouth records state
that in 1770 he had an apprentice named Sam-
uel Chandler, who subsequently figured in
some sensational robberies committed in the
town. Peter Mann owned and occupied a
double house located on Paved street, near
the Parade, and in addition to his own place
of business he owned two other buildings, one
of vthich was used for a schoolroom, while a
sign over the door of the other informed the
hungry and thirsty that pies, cake and ale were
sold there. Peter Mann died in Portsmouth,
December 26, 1793. December 13, 1750, he
married Sarah Card, who died in Portsmouth,
November 28, 1764, and August 27 of the fol-
lowing year he married (second) Elizabeth
Emery, of Portsmouth. Her death occurred
March 10, 1792. The children of his first
union were: i. An infant, born September 17,
1 75 1, died unnamed. 2. Elizabeth, born Octo-
ber 10, 1752. 3. Thomas, born October 17,
1754; died November 15, 1800. 4. Peter, born
May 14, 1756; died February 15, 1798. 5.

Peter, born December 8, . 6. Sarah, March

25. 1759- 7- Benjamin, July 8, 1761. 8. Peter,
March 8, 1764. Those of his second marriage
were: 9. Elizabeth, born June 20, 1766. 10.
William. 11. Joseph, April 22, 1769. 12. John,
March 27, 1771. 13. Mehitable, May 10, 1773;
died February i, 1808. 14. Patience, bom
1774; died August 12, 1796. 15. Hannah,
born December 17, 1775; died September 15,
1783. 16. Thomas, born September 5, 1777.

17. , August I, 1779; died August 29,

1783. 18. George Gaines, born January 10,
1782; died August 25, 1783.

(Ill) William Mann, second child and eldest
son of Peter (2) and Elizabeth (Emery)
Mann, was born in Portsmouth, January 22,
1768. He married Susanna Hanson, of Dover,
who died October 28. 1833. Information at
hand states that he married for his second
wife Nancy Pray. He owned a farm and lum-
ber mill in Shapleigh, Maine, and lived there.
Neither the place nor the date of his death
appears in the records examined, nor is there
any reference to his occupation ; his children
were: I. 'Rebecca, born June 22, 1702; mar-
ried James Davis. 2. George Gaines, born
December 5, 1795; married Hannah Abbot.
3. Statira, born October 6, 1798: married Mr.
Tibbetts. 4. Homer, born 1801 ; died in in-
fancy. 5. William, born May 5, 1805; mar-
ried Sophia Nickerson. 6. Joseph, born July
30, 1809: married Mrs. J. Knowles. 7. Mi-



randa, born December 30, 1809; married Mr.
Abbott. 8. Mary, born August 23, 1812; died
in infancy.

(IV) William (2) ]\Iann, third son and
fifth child of William (i) and Susanna (Han-
son) Mann, was born in Shapleigh, Maine,
May 5, 1805. When a young man he went to
Penobscot county, Maine, and established him-
self in the drug business at Ranger, in which
he was succeeded by his son William E., who
is again referred to. Among his neighbors
and business associates he was familiarly
known as Dr. Mann, and he exemplified to a
high degree a type of citizenship well worthy
of emulation by the youngest business men of
to-dav. Dr. Mann died in Bangor, October 19,
1885. On January 3, 1834, he married Sophia
Nickerson. who was born in that section of
the township of Brewer, later divided, and is
now Holden, December 26, 1807, daughter of
Thomas Nickerson. She bore him four chil-
dren : I. Augusta Sophia, born November 24,
1834; married Artemas Putnam Harden, and
had three children : Grace Helen, Edward
Howe and Leon Dale. 2. Frances Ellen, born
July 9, 1837, died July 7, 1841. 3. William
Edward. 4. Helen Sylvina, born April 20,
1845 ' married a Mr. Jackson for her first hus-
band, and (second) H. M. Childers.

(V) William Edward Mann, third child
and only son of Dr. William and Sophia
(Nickerson) Mann, was born in Hampden,
December 13, 1841. After the completion of
his education he acquired a thorough knowl-
edge of the drug business under the direction
of his father, who later admitted him to part-
nership, and he eventually became sole pro-
prietor of the business. For many years Mr.
Mann owned and conducted the City Drug
Store in Bangor, an extensive wholesale and
retail establishment, and at one time he tran-
sacted the largest wholesale drug business in
Eastern Maine. In 1884 he sold his estab-
lishment in order to devote his entire atten-
tion to his lumbering operations, in which he
had previously engaged, and he subsequently
became an extensive operator and manufac-

On June 4. 1867, Mr. Mann married Miss
Caroline Augusta Bragg, who was born in
Bangor, June 9, 1843, rfaughlcr of Isaac
j\Ieigs and Sarah Ann (Babcock) Bragg, of
that city. She is a descendant in the sixth
generation of Thomas Bragg, of Attleboro,
Massachusetts, and the following is a brief ac-
count of her ancestors :

(I) Thomas Bragg and his wife Mary, said

to have been emigrants from England, set-
tled in Attlelwro about the year 1730.

(II) John Bragg, son of Thomas and Mary,
was born January 20, 1717; went to Attleboro
with his parents, and there married Miss Pat-

(III) Nathaniel Bragg, son of John, was
born in Attleboro, February 19, 1743. He
married a Miss i\Ioore.

(R') Isaac Bragg, son of Nathaniel, was

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