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born in Attleboro, September 6, 1780; became
an early settler in China, Maine, and died there
August 4, 1844. He married Hannah Meigs,
who was born in Barnstable, Massachusetts,
October . 17, 1778, daughter of Nathaniel
Meigs. Her death occurred in Bangor, Octo-
ber 16, 1852. She was of the seventh genera-
tion in descent from Mncent Meigs, who came
from Dorsetshire in 1633, settling in Guilford,
Connecticut, and from the line of descent is
through John (2), John (3), Ebenezer (4),
Ebenezer (5), and Nathaniel (6) Meigs, who
was a revolutionary soldier. Isaiah and Han-
nah (Meigs) Bragg were the parents of seven
children: i. Elijah. 2. Caroline. 3. Emeline.
4. Isaac ]\Ieigs. 5. Norris Hubbard. "6. Emily
Ann. 7. Flavilla Taber.

(V) Isaac Meigs Bragg, third child and
second son of Isaac and Hannah (Meigs)
Bragg, was born in China, Maine, November
16, 18 12. Having completed his education at
the academy in his native town, he engaged in
mercantile pursuits at Orono, Maine, but two
years later, about the year 1834, he estab-
lished himself in the grocery and West India
trade. Some years later he became a lumber
commission merchant, shipping 'manufactured
lumber to both foreign and domestic ports, and
was the first to ship extensive cargoes from
Bangor to Liverpool, Bremen, and other Eu-
ropean markets. His sterling ability and con-
scientious business methods enabled him to
acquire wealth, and the declining years of his
life were spent in retirement. In politics he
acted with the Republican party from its for-
mation, and served in both branches of the city
government. He was a member of the Second
Congregational Church, and a trustee of the
Bangor Theological Seminary. Mr. Bragg
died in Bangor, February 17, 1891 ; on ]\Iav 2,
1 84 1, he married Sarah Ann Babcock, of St.
Andrews, New Brunswick, who died March
22. 1849, aged thirty-seven years eleven months
twenty-six days. She was the mother of two
children: i. William Augustus, died in in-
fancy. 2. Caroline Augusta, who became the
wife of William E. ]\Iann, as previously stated.



For his second wife Air. Bragg married Au-
gusta Haywood Taylor, daughter of Abner
Taylor, a pioneer Bangor merchant. Of this
union there is one daughter, Florence Eleanor,
who is now the wife of James Cushman Buz-
zell, of Bangor.

(\T) Roland William JMann, only child of
William Edward and Caroline Augusta
(Bragg) Mann, was born in Bangor, July 3,
1868. He pursued his preliminary studies in
the Bangor public schools, entered Bowdoin
College, and took his degree with the class of
1892. Shortly after graduating he entered the
investment banking business in Boston, where
he is now located. On September 25, 1894, he
married Miss Mary Emerson Young, of
Brunswick, Maine; their children are: i.
Stephen Jewett Young. 2. Mary Caroline. 3.
William Meigs. 4. Kenneth Dudley.

Several immigrants named Wise
WISE came from Old England to the

shores of New Engfand in the early
settlement of this country. Which one of
these was the first settler is not certain.
Thomas is mentioned of Saco in 1636, but
is not heard of again. Humphrey was in Ips-
wich in 1639, and had a wife and children.
Joseph of Ipswich is mentioned in 1640. Nich-
olas was a freeman of Massachusetts in 1645,
but there is no further mention of him.

(I) Joseph Wise, immigrant ancestor of the
Wises of this sketch, is first mentioned in the
will of George Alcock made in December,
1640, and there the testator speaks of him as
his servant. Nothing of his antecedents is
known. Savage thinks he may have been
brought to America by Alcock when he came
the third time from England in 1636. He was
a butcher late in life, and died September 12,
1684. He married, December 3, 1641, Mary
Thompson, perhaps the daughter of W'illiam
Thompson, of Braintree. She died August 4,
1693. She was a member of the first churcii
of Roxbury, whose record shows that Joseph
and Mary (Thompson) Wise were the parents
of seven sons and four daughters, who were
baptized in the following order : Joseph, Jere-
miah, Mary, John, Henry, Bethia, Katherine,
Benjamin (died young), William, Benjamin
and Abigail.

(II) Rev. John, fourth child and third son
of Joseph and Mary (Thompson) Wise, was
baptized August 15, 1652, and graduated from
Harvard College in 1673. After leaving col-
lege he preached at Bradford, and went from
that place as chaplain to a company of sol-
diers in King Philips war, in January, 1676.

This company, under command of Major
Treat, was ordered to Nowagansett. He de-
clined an invitation to settle and preach at
Hatfield in 1677-78. In 1679 he took the oath
of fidelity. He was highly recommended by
the general court and went to Ipswich, where
he was ordained August 12, 1683, and
preached in a new parish called Chebacco, now
Essex. In town meeting, August 23, 1687,
he advised the town not to comply with Gov-
ernor Sir Edmond Andross' order for raising
a tax of a penny on a pound, without the au-
thority of the people's representation. This is
the first expression on these shores of that
doctrine, "No taxation without representa-
tion," which afterward became the watchword
of American patriotism. John Wise stated the
issue clearly and forcibly: "Let us not pay
the tax, because it has not been imposed by
our representations;" and the town unani-
mously adopted a declaration to that effect.
This occurred ninety years before the Declara-
tion of Independence. For this bold act John
Wise, with five of his fellow townsmen, was
put in jail in Boston, kept there many days,
and the Chebacco pastor was fined four hun-
dred dollars, put under five thousand dollar
bonds to keep the peace, and deposed from
the ministry. Subsequently, with other princi-
pal men who acted with him, he made conces-
sion for such opposition to the government,
and was permitted to resume his parochial du-
ties. He was one of the representatives from
Ipswich who met in Boston to reorganize the
legislature after the administration of Andross
was overthrown. He was appointed December
24 of the same year with the selectman of the
town according to order of the general court
to draw up a narrative of the late governor's
treatment of himself and other Ipswich in-
habitants. This narrative, like others of the
kind, was forwarded to England to substan-
tiate the charges against Andross. About this
time Mr. Wise deemed it his duty to prosecute
Chief Justice Dudley for denying him the
right of a hearing under habeas corpus pro-
ceedings, while in prison. In compliance with
the request of the legislature, July 5, 1690, he
went as one of the chaplains of the ill-con-
cocted expedition of Sir William Phipps
against Quebec. In 1705 it was recommended
bv the Boston clergymen as an association to
other similar bodies to consider the proposal
for "Standing Councils," etc. This was a
scheme of the Mathers to introduce an oli-
garchy into the New England church. Mr.
Wise led the opposition to this proposition,
and after a long and bitter struggle defeated



it. While conducting this controversy, he-
published, in 1710. a remarkable pamphlet en-
titled "The Churches Quarrel Espoused." It
was "an excoriating satire," and the first
American writing where learning, humor and
sarcasm were combined with the literary spirit ;
and in this respect it marks a new era in
American literature. It remains to-day the
most thorough American exposition of church
politv ever produced in this country. At a
critical moment, it put a stop to the assump-
tion of authority on the part of ministers; it
established loyal congregations in their inde-
pendence for all time to come ; and it has been
repeatedly used in the highest courts as an
authority upon the questions of which it treats.
Five years later it was re-written and more
fully developed, being called "A Vindication
of the Government of the New England
Churches." Forty years after Mr. Wise's
death, on the eve of the revolution, there
sprang up an extraordinary demand for this
book, and in 1772 an edition of one thousand
copies was struck off and immediately sold. A
second edition very soon found an equally
quick sale among the leaders of the revolution.
In several places the language of the book is
almost identical with that of the Declaration of
Independence, written long afterward. In all
practical matters Mr. Wise was a leading citi-
zen. In 1721 he advocated inoculation for
small pox against deeply rooted prejudices and
general reproaches. In person Mr. Wise was
of majestic form and great muscular strength
and activity. When young, and before his or-
dination, he was accounted a superior wrest-
ler. ■ Such repute was much more respectable
in his day than in ours. Some years after his
settlement at Chebacco, Captain John Chand-
ler, of .^ndover, who had found no champion
able to throw him, went down on purpose to
prevail with Mr. Wise to try strength with
him. After much objection he consented to
take hold once with the captain. The result
was that the military man was thrown over a
bank wall and into the highway and com-
pelled to acknowledge himself beaten. The
intellectual powers of Mr. Wise compared well
with his physical. His mind was of the first
rank. His classical and theological attain-
ments were eminent. His composition was
rich in thought, purity, learning and piety. His
oratory was eloquent. He died April 8, 1725.
His wife's name was Abigail. Their children
were: Jeremiah, Lucy, Joseph, Annie, Ru-
haini, Mary, Henry and John. Three of the
sons, Jeremiah, Henry and Joseph, graduated
from Harvard College.

(III) Rev. Jeremiah, eldest child of John
and .\bigail Wise, born in Ipswich, Massachu-
setts, 1679, ^^^^^ '" Berwick, Maine, January
20, 1756, in the seventy-seventh year of his
age. He settled in Berwick in 1707, and was
in the fiftieth year of his pastorate there at the
time of his death.

(IV) Captain John (2), son of Rev. Jere-
miah Wise, born in Berwick, August 7, 17 14,
died March 10, 1769, Old Style. His grand-
children were: Mary. Elizabeth, Sarah, Jere-
miah, Daniel and Michael.

(V) Captain Daniel, fifth child and second
son of Captain John (2) Wise, was born in
Berwick, January 4, 1761. He was employed
as a boy in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and
worked on the sloop of war "Ranger," built by
our government for John Paul Jones. He
shipped in her and was with Captain Jones
during his daring and widely celebrated cruise
in her and in the British Channel. He took
part in every naval engagement in which she
was commanded by Captain Jones, and after
the officer was promoted to the command of
the frigate "Bon Homme Richard," he re-
mained in the "Ranger," which was then
placed in command of Captain Elijah Hull, of
Portsmouth, who had previously been Captain
Jones' first lieutenant in the "Ranger," and
completed the cruise. What Daniel Wise did
during the remainder of the revolution is not
known. He had a pension for his services,
however. He finally settled down in Kenne-
bunk, and engaged largely and successfully in
the West Indian trade, sending out lumber,
staves, etc.. in his vessels and importing mo-
lasses, rum and coffee. In the war with
France the enemy captured three brigs, of each
of which he was half owner. Each had specie
on board, and at his death he had filed claims
against the government for "spoilation prior
to 1800." amounting to over $30,000. which he
willed to his son, George Wise. He died in
1843, '^^ th^ "^S^ of eighty-two. He was to
the last a remarkably clear-headed and ener-
getic man, strong-willed, and when he thought
the occasion demanded, capable of using very
forcible language. He married Hannah Hub-
bard, by whom he had children : Elizabeth,
Daniel, Mary, John, George and Hannah.

(VI) I\Iary. third child of Captain Daniel
and Hannah (Hubbard) Wise, born in Ber-
wick, January 19, 1793, married Moses Mor-
rill, of Kcnnebunk. (See Morrill.) They had
one child. Hannah Catherine.

(VII) Hannah Catherine Morrill, born -Au-
gust 12, 1819, daughter of Moses and Mary
(Wise) Morrill, married, April 19, 1839,



James B. Libby ; died at Portland, Maine, May
2, 1879. Their children were : Mary Cather-
ine. Aus^ustus Frost and Charles Freeman
Libby. (See Libby VIL)

This name is claimed to be of
MORRILL French origin, and originally
identical with Merrill, the pri-
mary form of which was "Merle." For a fur-
ther account of this see under Merrill.

(I) Abraham Morrill (or Morrell) was of
Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1632, and it is
thought that he came from England in that
year in the ship "Lion" with his brother, Isaac
Morrill, who settled in Roxbury. The first
mention found of Abraham Morrill is Janu-
ary, 1633, at Cambridge, where he was a pro-
prietor in 1636. He is mentioned as "black-
smith." He was a member of the Ancient and
Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, 1638.
In 1641 he was fined for "selling his servant
his time." Lie was a planter, millwright and
iron founder. He removed with the original
proprietors to Salisbury, where he received
land in the "first division" in 1640, and in 1644
and 1654. In 1650 he was a commoner and
was taxed. In 1658 his name appears on a
petition. In 1642 Abraham Morrill and Henry
Saywood built a corn mill on the Powow
river, on land granted them for that purpose
in 1641. Only four men were ta.xed a larger
amount than he in Salisbury, in 1650, and the
sum of the two inventories of his estate at his
death was £564. His will was dated June 18,
and probated October 14, 1662. He died June
20, 1662, while on a visit to Roxburv. He
married, June 10, 1645, Sarah, daughter of
Robert Clement, of Haverhill. She married
(second) October 8, 1665, Thomas Mudgett.
She died in August, 1694. The children of
Abraham and Sarah (Clement) Morrill were:
Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Abraham, Moses, Aaron,
Richard, Lydia and Hepzibah.

(II) Isaac, eldest child of Abraham and
Sarah (Clement) Morrill, was born in Salis-
bury, July 10, 1656. and followed his father's
occupation of blacksmithing. April, 1666, as
the record shows, he chose William Osgood
guardian. His father, his uncle, and he made
many weapons and much armor, iron and
metal work of all kinds used in churches and
other buildings. He was town treasurer and
representative in 1696-97 and later. He left
much property, including "armour" worth £35,
stocks, etc. \'arious signatures written be-
tween 1680 and 1706 attest the fact that he
wrote an excellent hand. He married, No-
vember 14, 1670, Phebe Gill, born January 6,

1650, daughter of John and Piiebe (Buswell)
Gill, of Salisbury. .A Phebe Morrill died May
6, 1714, in Salisbury. Both husband and wife
were members of the Salisbury churcli in 1687,
and both signed the Bradbury petition, 1692.
He also signed the petition of" 1680. He died
October 17, 1713, in Salisbury. His will dated
January 12. was probated November 26, 1713.
The children of Isaac and Phebe (Gill) Mor-
rill were : Abraham, Isaac, Sarah, Jacob, John,
Rachel (died young), Daniel, Jemima, Mary
and Rachel.

(Ill) Captain John, fifth child and fourth
son of Isaac and Phebe (Gill) Morrill, was
born in Salisbury, November 2, i66g, and bap-
tized June 5, 1687. He was probably received
into the Second Salisbury Church, October 5,
1729. He was often selectman, and is styled
"gentleman" in his will. Like his father he
wrote a handsome hand. He left much prop-
erty, of which £533 was in cash. His will was
made August 23, 1756, and proved April 30,
1760. His death occurred at Salisbury, March
24, 1770. He married, December 23, 1703,
Mary, born November 7, 1679, daughter of
Benjamin and Hannah (Barnard) Stevens, of
Salisbury. She was baptized September 9,
1705, in the First Church of Salisbury. A
Mary Stevens was received into the Second
Salisbury Church, in 1719. Their children
were: Hannah, Benjamin, Mehitable, Sarah,
John, Moses, whose sketch follows.

(R") Rev. Moses, youngest son of John
and Mary (Stevens) Morrill, was born in Sal-
isbury. May I, 1719. He graduated from Har-
vard College in 1737, at the age of fifteen, and
at twenty-three was ordained pastor of the
church at Biddeford. Maine, where he died
February 9. 1778. The salary offered him
was £200, old tenor, the avails of the contri-
bution, and a parsonage. "He came to Bidde-
ford, glowing no doubt, with youthful en-
thusiasm and anxious to improve his pastoral
charge by the exercise of all means in his
power. The church soon showed the influence
of his advanced ideas. The first innovation
came in the singing. Up to this time, the
"Psalms of David" had been the only hymns
used by the congregation. Watt's Hymns
were now introduced, to be employed on Sun-
day and particular occasions, 'at the discretion
of the Pastor.' " He was in sympathy with the
great revivalist, Whitefield, and had that emi-
nent divine preach in Biddeford several times.
Mr. Morrill is thus characterized by one who
was intimately associated with him : "A su-
perior man ; of a deportment noble and digni-
fied, seldom equalled, and never surpassed in



Uiis quarter. To this was added a capacity
corresponding, intelligent, easy of access, and
communicative; he ranked high as a scholar,
as a divine, and as a statesman. In such a
melancholy season as our struggle for inde-
pendence considering the general weakness or
ignorence of the people, the value of such a
man was incalculable." "He was the intimate
friend of Governor James Sullivan and was
ardently engaged in the revolutionary cause.
Their untiring exertions bore down all opposi-
tion." He married. December 11, 1743, Han-
nah, fourth child of Captain Samuel and Olive
(Plaisted) Jordan, of Biddeford. Their chil-
dren were: Samuel Jordan, John, Joseph,
Sarah. Hann.ih Olive. Mary. Elizabeth, Tris-
tram ('died young), Abigail, Tristram, Kahum
and Moses.

(V) John (2), second son of Rev. Moses
and Hannah (Jordan) Morrill, was one of
the proprietors of Limerick, Maine, where he
cultivated a large farm, and died August 5,
1838. aged ninety-one. He married Catherine,
daughter of Rev. John Adams, of Newfield,
Maine, and prior to that of Durham, New
Hampshire. She died March 16, 1843, aged
eighty-four. They had five children : Nahum,
Hannah, Deborah C, Moses and John Adams.

(VI) Moses (2), fourth child of John and
Catherine (Adams) Morrill, born in Limerick,
October 25, 1788, died October 14, 1820. He
married, December 4, 1816, Mary Wise, born
October 4. 1794, died May 11, 1825. They had
one child. Hannah Catherine, born in Sanford,
Maine, August 12, 1819. Mary (Wise) Mor-
rill married (second) April, 1823, Ichabod (2)
Butler and had by him one son, Moses Morrill
Butler, born March 8, 1824, died October 21,
1879. (See Butler \T.) She was the daugh-
ter of Captain Daniel and Hannah (Hubbard)
Wise. Captain Daniel Wise was a master ma-
riner, and a man of property, was with John
Paul Jones on the sloop of war "Ranger." He
was the son of Captain John Wise, and
grandson of Rev. Jeremiah Wise, of Berwick.
(See Wise V.)

The state of Maine is largely in-
FOGG debted for its development — indus-
trial, social and moral— to those
bearing this name, who were among the first
in the colony and are still numerous in many
sections of the state.

(I) The first of the name in this country
was Samuel Fogg, who was among the early
settlers of Hampton, one of the first settlers in
New Hampshire. He was a native of Eng-
land, and received grants of land in Hampton

at a very early period, which cannot now be
exactly determined. In the second review of
old grants made in 1658, he is found to have
previously received separate grants of land ag-
gregating eight and three-fourths acres, and it
is presumed that he was among the original
proprietors. He purchased the home of Chris-
topher Hussey, who was one of the original
proprietors, and who removed to what is now
Hampton Falls upon selling his estate to Mr.
Fogg. In 1669 the latter drew lot 60. com-
prising two hundred acres, which indicated
that he was the owner of two or more shares
in the common rights. This farm has never
been conveyed by deed, and is still in the pos-
session of his descendants, having passed suc-
cessively from father to son. He married
(first) December 12. 1652, Ann, daughter of
Richard Shaw (see Shaw). She was the sixth
child of her parents, and died December 9,
1663. Mr. Fogg married (second) December
28, 1665, Mary, daughter of Richard Page
(see Page). She was born about 1644, and
died March 8, 1700. Mr. Fogg died April 16,
1672. Five of his children were born of his
first wife and three of the second, namely :
Samuel, Joseph, John, Daniel, Henry, Seth,
James and Ann.

(II) Daniel, son of Samuel and Ann
(Shaw) Fogg, was born April 16, 1660, in
Hampton, New Hampshire, and removed to
Scarborough, Maine, later to Elliot (then Kit-
terv), Maine, marrying Hannah, daughter of
John Libbey, of Scarborough, about 1684, and
died June 9, 1755, his wife anticipating him by
fifteen years. His children were : Hannah,
Captain Daniel, Mary, Rebecca, Samuel, Sa-
rah. John, Joseph, Seth and James. His farm
in Elliot was on the Piscataqua river, and this
he gave to James in 1726. In 1726 Daniel
was a witness to a deed of land in Elliot, and
in 1 718 was one of a jury summoned by Sher-
iff John Leighton to make partition of land of
Elisha Cook. He owned land between Watts
Fort and Frank's Fort and in 1721 he bought
sixty acres of William Brooks, of Scarborough,
then called Black Point. He owned the Wil-
liam Sheldon place, who had been driven off
by the Indians, and in 1732 was selectman of
Scarborough. His will was dated the 14th of
July, 1747. and probated July 7, 1755. The
following is a copy of his bequests to his son
James :

Impr I give & Bequeath unto my Son James
Fogg all my Estate real & Personal be the
Same Lands Houses Cattle Chattels Goods,
Household Goods. Moneys Debts Dues Inter-
ests Inheritance Property Rights & Claims in



all & every Place & Places whatsoever &
wheresoever nothing excepted or reserved of
any kind or quality. To Have & To Hold
unto him my Said Son lames Fogg & his
Heirs forever he my Said .Son James Fogg
paying to his Brothers & others hereafter
named such Legacj^s as is hereafter cxpress't.

(HI) James, youngest son and child of
Daniel and Hannah (Libbey) Fogg, was born
Alarch 17, 1703, in Elliot, Maine, died Decem-
ber 24, 1787. He married Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of Deacon James and Alary Fernald, of
Kittery, October 23, 1728, who was born Sep-
tember 8, 1706, died 1766. They lived in Kit-
tery (now Elliot) on his father's farm. She
was a woman of a remarkably mild and benev-
olent disposition. Children: James, Mary,
Elizabeth, Anne, Hannah, Eunice, Joseph, Abi-
gail. John and Daniel.

(IV) Joseph, son of James and Elizabeth
(Fernald) Fogg, was born in Kittery (now
Elliot), February 12, 1745, died September 30,
1807. He married, in 1771, Mercy Littlefield,
of Wells, Maine, and his wife survived him.
He was a private in Captain Benjamin Larra-
bee's company, enlisted October 28, 1775 : dis-
charged in November, 1775; served six days
under Colonel Jonathan Mitchell, company or-
dered out by Colonel Freeman to assist in for-
tifying Falmouth; also marched November 13,
1775, and discharged November 18, 1775; by
order of Colonel Freeman Fogg marched to
Falmouth a second time : also a private in Cap-
tain Benjamin Parker's company and Colonel
Nathaniel Wade's regiment, enlisted June 25,
1778, and served in Rhode Island. He had:
Joseph, Daniel, Jane. James and Isaac.

(\') Isaac, son of Joseph and INIercy (Lit-
tlefield) Fogg, was born November 13, 1783,
in either Scarborough or Elliot, married Su-
sannah Hayes, and lived in Limerick. Maine.
He had : Joseph, Edward, Hiram PL, Isaac,
]\Iary Jane, Eliza, Abby and !Mercy Ann. He
probably operated the first grist-mill in Lim-
erick on Fogg brook.

(VI) Hiram H., son of Isaac and Susannah
(Hayes) Fogg, w-as born in South Berwick,
iMaine, September 5, 1824, died in Bangor,
IVIarch 12. 1907. A leading newspaper in the
state has this to say of him :

"He attended the schools of his native place,
but when seventeen years old he came to Ban-
gor and learned the .carpenter's trade under
his brother, Joseph, the firm name at that time
being Fogg & Wiggin. When he was twenty-
six years of age, the California gold discovery
attracted him to that state and he went to the

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