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So far as can be ascer-
SKOLFIELD tained, there is but one
family of the name in this
country. Possibly it mav belong to the class
of Whitefield, Li'ttlcfield,' Butterfield and the
like, which are formed from the common noun
field modified by a characteristic prefix.

(I) Thomas Skolfiekl, the first of the name
of whom we have any knowledge, was an offi-

cer of King William's army in 1690, when
King James was driven from Ireland. He
was granted a tract of land in that country for
his services, and made his final home there.
He had four children: Thomas (2), whose
sketch follows ; George, Elizabeth and Susan.
All of these but Elizabeth migrated to Amer-
ica in the early part of the eighteenth cen-
tury. George settled in Philadelphia, while
Thomas (2) and Susan migrated to Maine,
where the latter married John Orr.

(II) Thomas (2), eldest child of Thomas
(i) Skolfield, was born in Ireland in 1701,
and died at Brunswick, Maine, January 6,
1796. He received a liberal education at Dub-
lin University, and soon after graduation mi-
grated to America with the Orr family. He
remained in Boston with the Orrs, and taught
a Latin school until about 1742, when the Orr
family decided to move to JNIaine, and Thomas
(2) Skolfield and his sister Susan came with
them. He and the Orrs bought about three
hundred and fifty acres of land on which
Thomas Skolfield settled, and they paid for it
eighty-five pounds, old tenor. Mr. Skolfield
was a prominent man in town affairs. On
May 22, 1777, he was chosen as an officer em-
powered to receive recognizances. In 1779
he was on the committee to affix the price of
commodities sold in the town. He was on
many committees to draw up resolutions dur-
ing the revolution, though his age. nearly sev-
enty when the war broke out, prevented him
from taking part in the struggle. He was
town clerk from 1752 to 1761, and again in
1763-65. For twenty-three years he was on
the board of selectmen, and a greater part of
the time was chairman. His period of ser-
vice extended from 1744 to 1749, 1752 to
1754, 1756 to 1762, 1765 to 1767, 1772 to
1775, and again in 1782. He married Mary
Orr about 1737, and they had eleven children:
I. Rebecca, born July 8, 1737. 2. Richard. Sep-
tember 6. 1738. 3. Clement. June i. 1740. 4.
Anne, I^Iay 18, 1742. married Robert Spear
(2). 5. Thomas, June 8. 1744. married Ann
Anderson. 6. Mary, February 10, 1748. mar-
ried Captain Robert Given. 7. Stephen, July
8, 1751. 8. Martha, March 19. 1753, married
Lewis Simpson. 9. John, June 13, 1755. 10.
Joseph, March i, 1757. 11. William. August
27, 1760. Mrs. Mary (Orr) Skolfield died
August I. 1771, aged fifty-seven years, but her
husband survived her a quarter of a century,
living to be nearly ninety.

(IV) "Master" George, as he was com-
monly called, was a grandson of Thomas (2)
and Mary (Orr) Skolfield. He was born at




Harpswell, Maine, in July, 1780, died March
13, 1866. Owing to the lack of records, it is
not known which of the seven sons of
Thomas (2) Skolfield was his father. George
Skolfield began to build vessels when about
twenty-one years of age, and during his life-
time built nearly if not quite sixty sea-going
craft. These were all of the best quality of
material and workmanship. At the time of his
death be was one of the wealthiest men in
Brunswick, and his money had all been ac-
quired through his own exertions and busi-
ness ability. He was a man of kindly dis-
position and a very hospitable disposition, and
he was never happier than when his friends
fairly overran his house. He was a man of
strong impulses and sternly resolute in the
discharge of what he believed to be his duty.
Nobody ever questioned his scrupulous hon-
esty in all of his dealings with his fellow-men.

"Master" George Skolfield married ,

and among their children was Robert, whose
sketch follows.

(V) Robert, son of "Master" George Skol-
field, was born at Harpswell, Maine, 1824, and
died at Brunswick, ]\Iaine, 1889. He had a
common school education, and followed the
sea most of his life, being captain of a vessel
for many years. After leaving the sea he
went into the shoe business in Brunswick, but
during his later years was without active oc-
cupation. He was a Republican in politics,
and a member of the Congregational church.
About i860 Captain Robert Skolfield married
Lydia A. Curtis, born at Harpswell, ]\Iaine,
March. 1841. They had four children : Plenry
B., Alice C, married E. T. Little, of New
York City ; Albert, and Ezra B., whose sketch

(\T) Dr. Ezra Byington, youngest son of
Robert and Lydia A. (Curtis) Skolfield, was
born at Brunswick, Maine, September 17,
1873, and was educated in the public schools
of his native town. He attended Bowdoin Col-
lege for two years and then entered the med-
ical department from which he was graduated
in 1899. After graduation he held a position
at the Maine Central Hospital for one year;
at the Soldiers' Home at Togus, Maine, for
four years; and at the Hospital for the In-
sane at Augusta for two years. In 1906 Dr.
Skolfield moved to Charleston, Maine, where
he is now engaged in the practice of his pro-
fession and is also health physician. He be-
longs to the Maine Medical Association and
to the American Medical Association, and is a
member of the Grange, Charleston. He is
prominent in Masonic circles, being a member

of the United Lodge of Masons, Saint Paul
Chapter, Royal Arch Afasons, and Trinity
Commandery, Knights Templar, at Augusta;
and of Kora Temple at Lewiston. He is a Re-
publican in politics. Dr. Skolfield married,
June 6, 1906, 2\label L. Chandler, born at
Manchester, New Hampshire, daughter of
Fremont L. and Louise M. (Willett) Chand-
ler, who are now living at Swampscott, Mas-

This name is found in the
STOWELL early New England records
with many spellings, such as
Stoel. Stoyel, Stowel, and in recent usage has
taken the form of Stowell. Many still retain
the old spelling as first above given, but the
form as here used is in most common use. -The
family was very early implanted in New Eng-
land, and has spread from that cradle of
American citizenship throughout the United
States, and is especially numerous in all of the
north half. It has had honorable representa-
tives w"ho have been conspicuous in public
life, and its bearers have done credit to the

(I) Samuel Stowell, immigrant ancestor of
nearly all bearing the name in this country,
was born in England, in 1620. As nearly all
the settlers of Hingham, Massachusetts, came
from Hingham, England, it is probable that
that was the native place of Samuel Stowell.
He settled in the latter place in 1647, ^"cl was
one of the proprietors of the town, where he
died November 9, 1683. He was a weaver by
trade, and had a homestead on Fort Hill
street. He married, October 25, 1649, '"
Hingham, Mary, daughter of John and
Frances Farrow, and she married (second)
October 10, 1689, Joshua Beal. The will of
Samuel Stowell was proved June 30, 1684,
and the inventory of his property showed a
value of 185 pounds one shilling two pence.
Children: i. Mary, born October 16, 1653;
married, February 25, 1683, John Garnet. 2.
Samuel, July 8, 1655 ; resided at Hingham.
3. John, March 15, 1658; also resided in Hing-
ham. 4. David, mentioned further below. 5.
Remember, April 22, 1662 ; married March 16,
1688, Thomas Remington. 6. Unnamed child,
died sixteen days old. 7. W'illiam, January 23,
1666. 8. Israel, died young. 9. Israel, Au-
gust 10, 1670; settled in Newton. 10. Eliza-
beth, June 7, 1673 ; married, December 14,
1699, George Lane. 11. Benjamin, June 8,
1676; resided in Hingham.

(II) David, third son of Samuel and Mary
(Farrow) Stowell, was born .April 8, 1660, in



Hingham, and removed to Cambridge, Massa-
chusetts. He left that town after 1724, and
settled in Newton, Massachusetts, where he
died. He was a weaver by occupation, al-
though at a great age, being known as "Old
Stoel." He married, in Cambridge, April 7,
169s, Marv Stednian, who died September 27,
1724. Children: i. David, who had two
wives: (first) Elizabeth, (second) Patience,
and died at Newton, in October, 1724. 2.
Benjamin, died at Newton, November 29,
1729. unmarried. 3. Samuel, a school teacher
residing at Watertown ; died 1748. 4. Ruth,
married an Osborn. 5. John, mentioned be-
low. 6. Mary, married a King.

(HI) John, fourth son of David and Mary
(Stedman) Stowell, was probably born in Wa-
tertovyi, where his father lived in i6go. He
settled in Watertown. and was a constable
there in 1737. Previously he lived at Newton,
and bought land on the Boston road in that
town in 1719. removing to Watertown after
1723. He was the owner of land in Stur-
bridge, which he sold October 26, 1742, and
another parcel in the same town, sold Decem-
ber 2. same year. It was probably at this time
that he removed to Worcester. He was a resi-
dent of that town in 1744, wdien he sold more
land in Sturbridge to his son-in-law, David
Curtis, of that town: lie bought his first land
in Worcester in 1743, and the records of mort-
gages show that he was the owner of land
there in 1746-54-57. and July 18, 1759, he
deeded his homestead at W'orcester to his son
Benjamin, who had contracted to support his
father during the remainder of his life. He
died in Worcester, in 1762, and his eldest son
was the administrator of the estate. As he
had disposed of most of his property during
life, the estate at this time was very small. He
married. November i, 1722, Sarah Ford, of
W'eymouth. Massachusetts. Children, all bom
in Watertown, except the eldest: i. Sarah,
August 14, 1723, in Newton, married David
Curtis, at Sturbridge, 1744. 2. John, 1726,
died at Petersham, Massacliusetts, where he
settled early in life. 3. James, resided in Wa-
tertown. 4. Benjamin, mentioned at length be-
low. 5. Hezekiah, December 25. 1732; re-
sided in Worcester. 6. Jerusha, February i,
1735. 7. Jemima, baptized March 6, 1737. 8.
David, April 6, 1740.

(IV) Benjamin, third son of John and Sa-
rah (Ford) Stowell. was born May 4, 1730,
in Watertown, and was a soldier of the revo-
lution, holding the rank of lieutenant, and for
this service was granted a large tract of land

in what is now Paris, Maine, and on this his
sons settled. He was married at Worcester.

The surname Gregory is iden-
GREGORY tical with McGregory, the

prefix meaning merely "son
of" and being dropped and added at pleasure
by various branches of tlie family. The Eng-
lish Gregory family is traced back many cen-
turies. Before 1600 the Scotch family of Mc-
Gregory was well established in Aberdeen-
shire. The Scotch family was originally Mac-

(I) The progenitor of the Nova Scotia fam-
ily of Gregory came from Scotland or the
north of Ireland with other Scotch pioneers
during the great Scotch-Irish emigration after
1718, , and settled in Pennsylvania.

(II) Gregory was born in Pennsyl-
vania and before the revolution removed to
Nova Scotia, where he died. Among his chil-
dren were : Thomas, Alexander, George, John
J., mentioned below ; Agnes.

(III) John J., son of Gregory, was

born in Sherburne, Nova Scotia, in 1828, died
there in 1905. He received a common school
education in his native town, and learned the
trade of stone mason there. In connection
with his farm he followed his trade through
all his active life. He was a Conservative in
politics and served in the council of his dis-
trict from Sherburne. He was a member of
the Episcopal church. He married Sarah J.
Acker, born in Sherburne in 1824, died in
1900. Children, born in Sherburne: Thomas
J., John. Enoch. Henry E.. George Augustus,
mentioned below ; Lavinia, Sarah Jane. Eliza-
beth, Cordelia, and two others who died in in-

(IV) Dr. George Augustus, son of John J.
Gregory, was born in Sherburne, Nova Sco-
tia, 1865. He attended the public schools of
his native town and took a preparatory course
at Dalhousie College, Halifax, and entered
Bowdoin Medical School, where he w-as grad-
uated with the degree of M. D. in the class of
1 89 1. Pie had a year of practice in the City
Hospital. Boston. He located in Boothbay
Harbor, Maine, in 1892. and has practiced his
profession there to the present time. He is a
member of the Maine Medical Association, of
the American Medical Association, of the Mil-
itary Surgeons' Association, surgeon of the
Public Health and the Marine Hospital ser-
vice in 1899. He is now building a private
hospital for his own use at Boothbay Harbor.
He is a member of Seaside Lodge of Free Ma-



sons; member and high priest of the Pente-
cost Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; member of
Dunlap Commandery, Knights Temphir of
Bath, Maine, and of the Maine Consistory,
Portland, having taken the thirty-second de-
gree in Masonry. He is also a member of the
Knights of Pythias, of Boothbay. He married,
June 3, 1908, Gertrude Dora Dodge, daughter
of Charles F. and Abbie L. (Adams) Dodge,
of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

All those in New England who

FINSON bear this patronymic are prob-
ably descended from Thomas
Finson, who, family tradition states, came
from Scotland about the year 1700.

(I) Thomas Finson, according to the frag-
mentary record of the Finson family in
Gloucester, was killed by Indians in 1724. He
married, December 6, 1716, Mary, born Au-
gust 8, 1696, daughter of John Lane. Their
children were : l\lary, Thomas, Ambrose, and
Elizabeth, the last probably a posthumous

(H) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) and
Mary (Lane) Finson, was born July 16, 1720,
and was living at Sandy Bay in 1754. The
marriage of Thomas Finson is not found in
the records, but it appears that he had a wife
Sarah and three children, at least, Thomas and
Tammy baptized at the First Church. August
21, 1757, and Jerusha, April 19, 1760. The
History of Gloucester states : "It is said he
removed with his family to Maine."

(Ill) Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) and
Sarah Finson, was a revolutionary soldier.
The Massachusetts records state that : Thomas
Finson, of Cape Ann, was in Captain John
Rowe's company, Colonel Ebenezer Bridge's
Twenty-seventh regiment. His name is on
the company receipt for advanced pay dated
Cambridge, Jime 28, 1775. He was also a
corporal in the same company and regiment,
and his name is on the muster roll dated Au-
gust I, 1775; enlistment May 29, 1775; ser-
vice two months eight days. His name is also
on the company return (probably October,
1775) and also on an order dated Gloucester,
October 16, 1776, signed by said Finson and
others, for money allowed by the general
court for losses sustained at the battle of Bun-
ker Hill ; also an order for bounty coat or its
equivalent in money dated Cambridge, No-
vember 9, 1775. The name of Thomas Fin-
son, seaman, is on the list of American pris-
oners brought to Marblehead in the "Pacific"
to be exchanged for British prisoners, as re-
turned by Thomas Stone, Commissary (year

not given) ; reported taken in the "Yankee
Hero" (privateer) by the British ship "Mil-
ford." After the war he was at Martha's
X'ineyard, and still later moved to Maine and
settled at Danville, about 1787 or 1788. He
was a farmer, merchant and prominent citi-
zen. In military matters he took a leading part
and held the ofifice of major for some years.
He married a daughter of Thomas Goss.
"Thomas Goss, a fisherman, son of Thomas
Goss of Squam, who went from Marblehead
to Gloucester, Massachusetts, married Mary
Farr in 1751, and settled in Sandy Bay. In
his advanced years it is said he and part of his
family removed to Maine." (From the His-
tory of Gloucester.) Children of Thomas
Finson were : Thomas, John, Ambrose, Polly
and Jabez.

(I\0 Captain Ambrose, third child of
Thomas (3) Finson, was born in Danville,
Maine, June i, 1789, and died in 1829, aged
forty years. In 1816 he removed to Hartland,
which was then almost an unbroken wilder-
ness, and there cleared land for his farm and
helped to lay out roads, townships and so on.
When Maine was made a state in 1820, he
was elected representative of the first legis-
lature, then held in the city of Portland, and
was twice elected to the same office by the
voters of the district comprising Hartland, St.
Albans and Palmyra, after Augusta was made
the capitol. He long held the office of first se-
lectman and organized the first militia com-
]iany in that wild section and was its captain
for many years. In politics he was always a
Democrat, staunch and unswerving. He mar-
ried Elizabeth Jordan. Children : Ambrose,
Elizabeth, Thomas Major, Emeline Jordan,
James Jordan, John Dresser, Henry Warren,
Mary J., Amasa Bigelow and Greenleaf

(V) James Jordan, fifth child of Captain
Ambrose and Elizabeth (Jordan) Finson, was
born in Hartland, Maine, February 25, 1820,
and died in Bangor, April 25, 1895, He set-
tled in Glenburn, and engaged in farming. A
few }ears later he removed to Levant, where
he continued to be a cultivator of the soil and
engaged in lumbering trade till his death.
He was a Republican and a local leader in his
party. He held several town offices, among
which were those of selectman. He married,
November 26, 1846, Mary Esther, born March
II, 1823, died August 21, 1895, daughter of
John W. and Esther Church, of Norridge-
wock. Seven children were born of this
union: I. Cassie E., born November 26, 1847.
2. Augusta, July 29, 1849. 3- Jerome Church,



see forward. 4. Walter R., December 15,
1853, employed in the custom house at Vance-
boro. 5. ' Charity May, September 3,
1856, married William Heugheii ; children:
Georgette N. and Harrv W. Heughen. 6.
James T.. July 4. 1858, 'of St. Paul, Minne-
sota. 7. John Winslow. died in infancy.

(VI) Jerome Church, third child of James
J. and Mary E. (Church) Finson, was born in
Glenburn. December 30, 1851. He was edu-
cated in the common schools of Glenburn and
worked on his father's farm for some years.
In 1872 he traveled extensively through the
states of the Missouri valley, finally settling in
Brookfield, Missouri, where he remained for a
year. Returning east he was for six years em-
ployed at Pittsfield, Maine, in the Lancey
House and stores as clerk. He then came to
Bangor, where he was clerk at the Penobscot
Exchange until 1880, when he became a trav-
eling salesman for Rice & Miller, of Bangor,
wholesale dealers in hardware. After a ser-
vice of twenty years w'ith this firm he per-
formed like service for Emery, Waterhouse &
Company, of Portland, and later was in the
employ of Emerson & .Adams, wholesale deal-
ers in dry goods, for whom he rendered good
service until 1907, when he retired from busi-
ness. He now resides in Bangor. In poli-
tics he is a Republican. He is unmarried.

John Winter, of Livermore,
WINTER Maine, had cliiklren : Beulah,

John, mentioned below, Isaac.
(II) John (2), son of John (i) Winter,
was born in Livermore Falls, Maine, August
23, 1794, died at New Portland, Maine, No-
vember 12, 1867. He married, October 26,
1817, Betsey Vose, born at Mercer, Maine,
June 20, 1800, died in June. 1881, daughter of
Ebenczer Vose. (See Vose family here-
with.) Children, born in Freeman, Maine: i.
Beulah S., born July 27, 1818, died January
17, 1886. 2. Isaac, March 20, 1820, died April

9. 1874. 3. Lettice, January 5, 1822, died No-
vember 21, 1901. 4. Mary, March 23, 1824,
died May 14, 1842. 5. Nancy, January 2,
1826, died December 22, 1904. 6. John Jr.,
March 2, 1828, died January 21, 1909. 7.
Elisha, February 9, 1830, died February 28,
1889. 8. Betsey E., June 30, 1832, died Octo-
ber 31, 1878. 9. Hiram V., October 18, 1834,
died September 6, 1893. 10. Ira S. F., May

10. 1837, living at the present time (1909).

11. Solomon, June 25, 1839, died May 18,
1840. 12. William C, April 1, 1841, died Jan-
uary 25, 1863. 13. Amos G., March 6, 1843,
died June 26, 1866.

(III) John (3), son of John (2) Winter,
was born in Freeman, IMarch 2, 1828. He had
a common school education. During his life
he engaged in farming, logging, lumbering,
kept a general store in Kingfield, Maine, for a
few years, shipped and drove cattle to the
Brighton market for many years, dealt ex-
tensively in real estate, purchasing a lumber
tract for which he paid $21,000, and which he
sold after holding about two years at a good
advance. During the winter months there is
probably no better known man in the state of
Maine than John Winter. He settled in King-
field when a young man and became one of its
leading citizens. He and Hon. Mr. Stubbs,
of Strong, were the prime movers in the suc-
cessful effort of having the railroad built to
Kingfield. He started a paper with a generous
subscription and worked constantly until his
end was secured. He w-as a director in the
Franklin & Alegantic Railroad Company. He
was one of five who organized, built and
owned the water system of the town of King-
field. He built what is now known as the
Kingfield House, formerly "Hotel Winter"
and conducted the hotel for seven years. He
is now retired from active business, but is oc-
cupied in the care of his property. Mr. Win-
ter has been very active and prominent in mu-
nicipal affairs. He is a Republican ; served on
the board of selectmen in New Portland, rep-
resentative to the state legislature two terms,
1870-71. He is a member of Mount Abram
Lodge of Free Masons of Kingfield ; of
Lemon Stream Lodge of Odd Fellows of West
New Portland. He married, November 14,
1852, Mary Drummond, born in New Port-
land, November 13, 1832. Children : John C,
Ida M., Elizabeth S., William, died in infancy;
George FI., mentioned below.

(IV) George Henry, son of John (3) Win-
ter, w-as born in New Portland, May 30, 1866.
He attended the public schools of his native
town and the Farmington Normal school
(Maine). He engaged in business in King-
field in 1886, dealing in men's clothing, etc.
He added dry goods and boots and shoes later
and built up a large and flourishing business.
In 1899 he was appointed postmaster by Presi-
dent McKinley and has held this position by
reappointment to the present time. He dis-
posed of his store in 1899. He has held the
office of town treasurer ten years. He is a
Republican. He is a member of Mount Abram
Lodge of Free Masons of Kingfield and of the
Baptist church. He married, October 11, 1893,
Lena May Hawkes, born in Buckfield and lived
in Phillips, Maine, daughter of^ Nathaniel S.



and Frances Hawkes, of Phillips. Children,
all born in Kingfield : i. John Glcnwood, July
8, 1894. 2. Madeline F., September 7, 1896.
3. Marjorie L., October, 1902. 4. George
Henry jr., February 5, 1905.

The American surname Vose is
\"OSE undoubtedly a variation of the an-
cient English surname V'aux or
Vaus, also spelled Voss De X'allibus and
Vaulx in the old country. Vorse in America
is doubtless from the same origin. It is said
that the illustrious family of V'aux derived
their surname from a district in Normandy,
where there were seven or eight places bearing
this name. The family has been prominent in
France from the earliest use of this surname.
A tomb erected in 161 5 in the church of St.
Clair at Naples by ITieronymus de Vaux con-
tains the bones of his ancestors, among whom
are : Antonia, Queen of Sicily ; Isabella de
Vaux, Queen of Naples ; Cecilia, Countess of
Savoy, and others of royal families. The Eng-
lish family springs from Bertrand de Vaux,
who was living in 929, a favorite of Robert I,
Duke of Normandy, grandfather of the Con-

The great barony of Gilsland in Cumber-
land was given by the Earl Ranulf Meschines
to one Hubertus, called also" De Vallibus or
Vaulx, from the dales or valleys whereof that
country is full. The French word \^aulx (pro-
nounced Vaux) became thence a surname to
him and his posterity. The family has had
seats at Boverton, county Glamorgan (time of
Queen Elizabeth) ; Wipsnot, county Bedford;
Marston Mairley, Wiltshire; Corley and Pyer-
niain, Cumberland ; Storesby, Yorkshire. All
this family uses this coat-of-arms : Argent a
bend chequey or and gules. Crest : An eagle's
head sable beaked or.

(I) Robert Vose, immigrant ancestor, was
born in county Lancaster, England, about
1599, died in Milton^ Massachusetts, October
16, 1683. In July, 1654, he purchased of the
heirs of "Worshipful John Glover" one hun-
dred and seventy-four acres of land in Dor-
chester, afterward Milton, on the easterly and

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