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southerly sides of "Robert Baddocks River."
Over this territory in subsequent years the de-
scendants of Robert Vose were scattered along
Canton avenue, in the vicinity of School street,
on Gun Hill and Pleasant streets. A part of
this land has remained in the family for two
and a half centuries. Robert Vose was a man
of note in his day. He was one of the three
petitioners for the incorporation of Milton.
He gave to the town in 1664 eight acres of

land for church purposes near Vose's lane and
Centre street, now occupied in part by the
house of Mrs. Blanchard. He was active in
church affairs. He lived in the old Glover
house, near the junction of Canton avenue and
Brook road. Children: i. Edward, born
1636, died January 29, 1716. 2. Elizabeth,
1639; married, December 9, 1657, Thomas
Swift, died vi'ithout issue January 15, 1675. 3.
Thomas, mentioned below. 4. Martha, mar-
ried Lieutenant John Sharp, of Muddy Brook
(Brookline), who was killed by the Indians,
April 21, 1676, with Captain Wadsworth in

the Sudbury fight; married (second)


(II) Thomas, son of Robert Vose, was born
about 1641 and died April 3, 1708. For many
years he was town recorder and under his
management tlie town records assumed a sys-
tematic and business-like form. He married
Waitstill Wyatt, who died in 1727, aged
eighty-four. Among his children was Thomas,
mentioned below.

(III) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i)
A'ose, resided on Brush Hill, on Canton ave-
nue, near Atherton street, iMilton. He mar-
ried Hannah . Among his children

were: i. Edward, settled at the foot of Brush
Hill. 2. Captain Thomas, born March 12,
1707, fourth son; married Patience Billings.
3. Jonathan, mentioned below.

(IV) Jonathan, son of Thomas (2) Vose,
resided in Milton. Among his children were:
I. Seth, born January 4, 1733-34, resided in
Tliomaston and Gushing, Maine. 2. Jesse,
March 3, 1742-43, mentioned below. 3.
Thomas, ]\Iay 8, 1753, married Sarah George;
went to Thomaston, Maine, with General

(V) Jesse, son of Jonathan Vose, was born
in Milton, March 3, 1742-43. He went to
Sandy River, Maine, and died at Kingfield,
Maine. Among his children was Ebenezer,
mentioned below.

(VI) Ebenezer, son of Jonathan Vose, had
children : Charles W., and Betsey, born June
20. 1800, died in June, 1881, married John
Winter (see Winter family herewith).

The surname Lin, Lynn or Linn is
LINN derived from a Celtic topographical

expression, used alone and also as
a prefix signifying a deep pool or lake, or any
body of water, and commonly used in Scot-
land to designate a cascade falling into a pool.
The family is distinctively and purely Scotch.
From the earliest historical times the family
has lived in Ayrshire, Scotland. At present the



name is found in various other sections of
Scotland and the United Kingdom, as well
as the United States.

(I) Archibald Linn was born in the town
of Biggor, Scotland, January 13, 1818. He
was educated in his native place. He came
to America and worked in the mills of Cherry
Valley, in Leicester, Massachusetts; of Law-
rence^ and Saugus. He died at Hartland,
Maine, November 18, 1889. He married, in
Scotland, Grace Wilson, born in Scotland, Jan-
uary 31, 1819, daughter of Thomas and Chris-
tina (Lindsey) Wilson. Her father was born
September 12, 1790; her mother April 2, 1792;
their children : i. Adam Wilson, born De-
cember 18, 1814 ; ii. George W'ilson, January
31, 1817; iii. Grace Wilson, January 31, 1819;
iv. Robert Wilson, November 6, 1821 ; v. Ag-
nes Wilson, July 11, 1823; vi. Isabelle Wil-
son, December 26, 1826; vii. Mary Ann Wil-
son, March 22, 1829; viii. Margaret Wilson,
September 3, 1831. Children of -Xrchibald
and Grace (Wilson) Linn: i. Christianna,
born in Scotland, September 25, 1842, died in
Dexter, Maine. 2. Robert Wilsoji, Scotland,
November 5, 1844, now living in Hartland,
Maine. 3. Thomas, Scotland, September 5,
1846, died in Scotland. 4. Thomas Archibald,
May II, 1854, mentioned below. 5. ^Liry
Isabella, Cherry Valley, Leicester, Massachu-
setts, November 18, 1856, married Henry C.
Fuller, of Hartland; he died in 1902. 6. Will-
iam Beattie, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Jan-
uary 12, i860, died in Dexter, Maine, 1865.

(II) Thomas Archibald, son of Archibald
Linn, was born in Saugus, Massachusetts,
May II, 1854. He was educated in the pub-
lic schools of Lawrence, Massachusetts,
whither the family moved wh^n he was a
young child, and he also attended an Episco-
palian school at Portland, Maine. He went
into the mills to work at Lawrence when very
young, and learned the business of textile
manufacturing from bottom to top. He en-
gaged in manufacturing on his own account,
and at the present time is treasurer of the
Linn Manufactufing Company, of Hartland,
Maine, and is an owner in the FuUer-Osborn
Skirt Manufacturing Company of the same
town. He has taken a leading position among
the manufacturers of his section and has done
much to make the town of Hartland a busy
industrial center. He is prominent in political
and social life as well as in business. He is
an active and influential Republican, has been
chosen often as delegate to nominating con-
ventions of his party and is chairman of the
Hartland town committee. He is a member

of Corinthian Lodge of Free Masons, Hart-
land; of Ira Berry Chapter, Royal .\rch
Masons, Pittsficid, Maine ; of the Command-
ery Knights Templar, of Skowhegan ; of the
Maine Consistory, Portland; of Kora Temple,
Mystic Shrine, of Lewiston, and he is a thirty-"
second degree Mason. He is a member also
of the Hartland Lodge of Odd Fellows ; the
Pittsfield Encampment and the Waterville
Canton ; the Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks, Waterville. He is a member of the
Methodist Episcopal church of Hartland. He
married, 1880, Clarabelle Osborn, daughter of
George Osborn, of Dexter, Maine. They have
one child, Carrie May, born 1881, educated in
the schools of Hartland and at Bradford
Academy ; married Lynne H. Blanchard, M.
D., of Springfield, Maine. They have one
daughter, ]\leredith Blanchard, born in Hart-
land, 1905.

The name of Brown is exceed-
BROWN ingly numerous in New Eng-
land, and it is not, like some sur-
names, traceable to one fountain head. In the
case of Alden, for instance, one may be reason-
ably sure that the person bearing that patrony-
mic is one of the thirty thousand (or there-
abouts) who are descended from the Pilgrim
John, whom Longfellow has immortalized;
but the name of Brown afifords no such cer-
tainty. In New Hampshire alone, no less than
eleven different lines have been traced to as
many entirely unrelated ancestors, many of
whom were among the very earliest settlers
of our country. The following line cannot be
carried further back than the revolution. Sev-
eral Brown families were living at Weare,
New Hampshire, at that time, but no Stephen
is found among them ; nor in the neighboring
town of Henniker, which was also full of
Browns. Several Stephen Browns were bom
about that period in different parts of southern
New Hampshire, among them Stephen, the
son of Silas and Mary Brown, born at Temple,
New Hampshire, September 23, 1781 ; but
there is no proof that he was identical with the
progenitor of the following branch.

(I) Stephen Brown was born at Weare,
New Hampshire, in 1780. As his birth is not
recorded in the town records and as no trace
of him is found in the town history, it is prob-
able that his parents may have been merely
temporary sojourners in that place. Whether
they were descended from John Brown, who
settled at Hampton, New Hampshire, in 1639,
and founded a line which continued in that
town for seven generations, or whether they



sprung from some of the Massachusetts pion-
eers who helped to colonize Newbury, Con-
cord and Rowley — this must remain a matter
of conjecture. At all events Stephen Brown
could not have remained in 'New Hampshire
very long, for he moved to Bucksport, Maine,
where he became a merchant, afterwards going
to sea, where he contracted ship fever, which
caused his death in Boston in 1814, at the
early age of thirty-four. There was probably
considerable adventures crowded into his brief
life, but the only facts known to us are those
connected with his marriage. On August 23,
1803, Stephen Brown married Mary Pearson,
daughter of Benjamin Pearson, who was born
at Byfield, Massachusetts, July 7, 1780. (See
Pearson VH.) She survived her husband
nearly half a century, dying at Waterville,
Maine, June 21, i860. Stephen and Mary
(Pearson) Brown were the parents of two
children : Celissa, who was born at Bucks-
port, Maine, 1804, and died in 1851, and
Stephen Pearson, see forward.

(II) Stephen Pearson, only son of Stephen
and Mary (Pearson) Brown, was born at
Bucksport, ATaine, November 12, 1807, died at
Dover, Maine, July 22, 1867. He lost his
father at the age of seven, and he returned
with his mother to her old home at Byfield,
Massachusetts, where the boy grew up and at-
tended school at the famous old Dummer
Academy. He learned the woolen business
early in life, and made it his permanent in-
terest. He began work in the mills at Ames-
bury, ^Massachusetts, where he became ac-
quainted with Charles Vaughan, of Hallowell,
Maine. In 1829, at the age of twenty-two,
young Brown moved to Dover, Maine, and the
next year started the mills there under the
auspices of Mr. Vaughan. In 1837 the firm
was manufacturing goods and trucking them
to Bangor by ox team, whence they were
shipped by water to Boston and Philadelphia.
At this time the business was known as the
Piscataquis Manufacturing Company. The en-
tire plant was burned down in 1840, and the
mills were then rebuilt by Mr. Brown, who
becatne the sole owner and proprietor and
remained such until his death. Mr. Brown was
a Whig in politics, and represented his town
in the legislature of 1836. On March 30, 1833,
Stephen Pearson Brown married Nancy Per-
kins Foss, daughter of James and Susan (Sin-
clair) Foss, of Mereditli, New Hampshire.
She was born in the latter town, January i,
181 1, and died at Dover, Maine, November
16, 1882. To Stephen Pearson and Nancy

(Foss) Brown were born three children:
Celissa, December 21, 1833; Stephen Ornian,
whose sketch follows ; and Susan Abby, De-
cember 29, 1848. Celissa Brown, the eldest
child, married Judge Samuel F. Humphrey, of
Bangor, Maine. Their children are Orman
B.. and Fannie Susan Brown. Susan (Sin-
clair) Foss was born at Meredith, New Hamp-
shire, May 15, 1789, died there jNIarch 6, 1824,
daughter of Thomas Sinclair.

(Ill) Stephen Orman, only son of Stephen
Pearson and Nancy P. (Foss) Brown, was
born at Dover, Maine, November 21, 1841,
and was educated in the schools of his native
town, at Foxcroft Academy and at a commer-
cial school in Boston. When a boy he went
into the woolen mill, and he has been iden-
tified with that phase of manufacturing ever
since. 1865 Stephen O. Brown was taken into
partnership with his father under the firm
name of S. P. Brown and Company. On the
death of the senior partner in 1867, the estate,
each sharing in proportion, became sole owner
and proprietor, and after 1884 the business
was known as the Brown Manufacturing
Company. In 1899 Mr. Stephen Orman
Brown sold his plant to the American Woolen
Company, and it is now known as the Brown
Mills of which j\Ir. Brown is agent and man-
ager. Mr. Brown is a Republican in politics,
and served for two terms in the state senate,
from 1875 to 1878. He was a member of the
Republican state committee at the time of the
Greenback movement. He attends the Con-
gregational church, and is a member of Mosaic
Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
at Dover, of Piscataquis Royal Arch Chapter,
and of Saint John's Commandery, Knights
Templar, at Bangor. Mr. Brown married,
vSeptember 11, 1871, Mary Parish Gurney,
daughter of Rev. John H. and Susan (Irvine)
Gurney, of Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. Three
children were born to Stephen O. and Mary P.
(Gurney) Brown: Celissa, May 7, 1874;
Stephen Pearson, April 29, 1877; ^lary, No-
vember 16, 1888. Celissa Brown, the eldest
daughter, was graduated from Smith College
in 1898. and was married May 27, 1902, to
Joseph Arnold Norcross, of New Flaven, Con-
necticut, who is treasurer of the New Haven
Gas Light Company. Stephen Pearson Brown,
the only son, was educated at Foxcroft Acad-
emy, at the Hotchkiss School at Lakeville,
Connecticut, and was graduated from the Mas-
sachusetts Institute of Technology in 1900.
He studied civil engineering, and is now
(1908) assistant engineer engaged in tunnel



construction in New York City. On June 15.
1904, he married Editli Luce, daughter of
Matthew and EHzabeth Luce, of Boston, Mas-

Tlie name Pierre (Peter)
PEARSON which was introduced into

England by Norman French
and anghcized into Pier or Piers, is the word
from wliich comes the name Pierson or Pear-
son. The family bearing this patronymic in-
cludes manv citizens of high standing. In
the old parish of Byfield, which was made
from parts of Newbury and Rowley, Massa-
chusetts, stands an ancient house which has
been occupied by several generations of Pear-
sons, most of them bearing the name of Ben-
jamin. This fine old mansion was built in
1684, and is notable for its stairways of solid
oak and beautiful broad panelling. Under the
clapboards there is a structure of white oak
plank, set perpendicularly and stretching from
the sills to the eaves, with portholes here and
there. The whole plan of the house bears
eloquent testimony to the perilous times in
which it was built, when a man's house needed
literally to be his castle. Until recent years
the homestead was shaded by a magnificent
elm, perhaps the finest in Massachusetts, which
now can be seen only in pictures, for it suc-
cumbed to a great storm, November 27, 1898.

(I) John Pearson came from England and
settled in Rowley, Massachusetts, in 1643, and
then set up a fulling mill, the first mill for
this purpose in America. He was a man of
property, and active and prominent in the com-
munity. His first grant of land was in the
"uplands laid out in the field called Batchel-
der's Plaine," and was "one house lott Con-
taineing an Acre and a halfe lying on the
South side of Richard Lighton." His name
appears often in the town records as grantor
and grantee of land. He was made freeman
probably in 1647, and was one of the "five
men" or selectmen, and as a representative of
the town opposed the tyrannous acts of Sir
Edmond Andros, and was fined. He was rep-
resentative in 1678, and was made deacon
October 24, 1686. He died December 22,
1693. His wife's name was Dorcas. She
survived him ten years, and died January 12,
1703. Their children were: Mary (died
young), John, Elizabeth, Samuel, Dorcas,
Mary, Jeremiah, Joseph, Benjamin, Phebe,
Stephen and Sarah. John, the eldest son, was
born in 1644, was appointed deacon in 1686,
and died 1696.

(II) Benjamin, son of John and Dorcas

Pearson, was born in Rowley, April i, 1658,
and died in Newbury, June 16, 1731. He set-
tled at Byfield, 1682, and a deed for land con-
veyed to him is extant bearing that date. In
1704 he removed to Newbury, where he
bought, April 2, 1705, of Francis Wainwright,
a saw mill and yard on the Falls river. Au-
gust 10, 1709, Eldad Cheney and others sold
to Benjamin Pearson, of Newbury, "carpen-
ter," for forty-six pounds and ten shillings,
twenty-four acres of land "on ye southerly
side of the Falls river." He erected a fulling
mill W'hich was in operation for many years,
and soon afterward a house, which is still
standing, and was recently ovi'ned and occupied
by Benjamin Pearson, a descendant of the
original Benjamin, who erected the house and
succeeded the Cheneys two hundred years ago.
Benjamin Pearson married, January 20, 1680,
Hannah, daughter of Daniel Thurston, and
they were the parents of: Hannah, Phebe,
Daniel, Ruth. Abigail, Benjamin, Sarah,
Jedediah, Mehitable, Jonathan, David, Oliver
and Bartholomew, of whom all but two were
bom in Rowley. Hannah (Thurston) Pear-
son died within ten weeks after her husband.

(Ill) Captain Benjamin (2), second son
of Benjamin (i) and Hannah (Thurston)
Pearson, was born August 12, 1690, in By-
field, Massachusetts. The Byfield church rec-
ords state that "Capt. Benj. Pearson died
April 5, 1774, aged 84 years of a languishing
disorder." He inherited the homestead and
mill of his father in Byfield, was a member
of the church in that parish and captain of
the military company. Captain Pearson was
twice married, but the nine children were all
by the second wife. On November 2, 1717, he
married Judith Getchel, of Newbury, who
must have died young, as on June 23, 1720, he
married Jane Noyes, of Newbury. The By-
field church records contain this statement :
"The widow Jane Pearson. Relict of Capt.
Benj. Pearson died March 2, 1782, of a lan-
guishing and painful disorder. In her 84th
year." The births of the nine children of
Captain Benjamin (2) and Jane (Noyes)
Pearson are taken from the Newbury record,
and their baptisms are found in the Byfield
church record, i. Benjamin (3), mentioned
below. 2. Jane, born July 2;^. 1723. 3. Isaac,
July 25, 1725, died at Newbury, February 25,
1727. 4. Isaac, Newbury, October 21. 1728,
married Sarah Gerrish, of that town, Novem-
ber 28, 1751 : he was a clothier and miller
and moved to Boscawen, New Hampshire,
about 1767, and died there March 8, 1805. 5.
Oliver, May 14, 1731, married, in Newbury,



December 2, 1755, Hannah Pearson, of Row-
ley. 6. Judith, September 22, 1733. 7. Me-
hitable, June 8, 1736. 8. Enoch, January i,
1738, married Betty Whitten, February 26,
1761. 9. Jane, July i, 1741, died May 13,
1751, "aged abt. 10 years, of a fever" (By-
field church records).

(IV) Benjamin (3), eldest child of Benja-
min (2) and Jane (Noyes) Pearson, was born
at Byfield, Massachusetts, April 15, 1721, and
died there in August, 1797. His will is on
file at the probate office in Essex county.
"Lieutenant" Benjamin (3) Pearson married,
September 13, 1743, Jane Woodman, of New-
bury. The published records of Byfield, Row-
ley and Newbury end at this point.

(V) Benjamin (4), son of Benjamin (3)
and Jane (Woodman) Pearson, was born July
15. 1754, died December 8, 1825. He married

Hannah , born October 12, 1758, died

February 15, 1815. Had children: i. Mary,
born July 7. 17S0 (Mrs. Stephen Brown), died
June 21, i860. 2. Dorothy, Mav 8, 1784 (Mrs.
Chute), died May 8, 1870. 3. Hannah, No-
vember I, 1787 (Mrs. Alexander) died June
14, 1861. 4. Jane, December 27, 1789, un-
married, died February 19, 1839. 5. Benjamin,
March 17, 1794, married Lois Noyes; died
July 24, 1844. 6. Enoch, September i, 1796,
died June 29, 1877. 7. Judith, September 5,
1799, died March 29, 1824.

(\T) j\Iary, daughter of Benjamin (4)
and Hannah Pearson, was born at Byfield,
Massachusetts, July 7, 1780, and died at
Waterville, Maine, June 21, i860, at the age
of eighty years. On August 23, 1803, she was
rrtarried to Stephen Brown, of ISucksport.
Maine^ (See Brown I.)

The branch of the Jones family,
JONES some members of which are

sketched in this article, has been
settled in Portland for more than a century, its
members being useful citizens of the munici-

(I) Levi Jones, born in Houlton, Maine,
April 23, 1830, was a cooper by trade, for
some time was foreman in J. H. Hamlin &
Sons' West India Cooperage Company, and
died in Cumberland. He married Susan A.
Frye, born March 17, 1828, died 1893. They
had three sons : Charles Fremont, born in
Portland, married Lizzie Louden ; Henry M.,
mentioned below; Louis M., married Grace

(II) Henry M., second son of Levi and
Susan A. (Frye) Jones, was born in Port-

land, Maine, May 6, 1857, and attended the
public schools until he was fourteen years old.
He then went into the employ of C. A. Don-
nell, a manufacturer -of brass goods, with
whom he continued fourteen years. In 1888
Arthur S. Megguier and Henry M. Jones
bought Mr. Donnell's business and formed a
partnership under the firm name of Megguier
& Jones and together carried on the industry
until the death of the senior partner in June,
1892. Mr. Jones carried on the business
alone from that time until February, 1895,
when H. C. Gilson bought an interest in the
enterprise, which was incorporated under the
style of the Megguier & Jones Company, Mr.
Jones becoming its president. The firm
makes a specialty of structural steel work for
fire proof buildings and manufactures patent
sidewalk lights and gratings, wire guards and
railings, ship and yacht furnishings. Their
products are among the finest of their kind in
the city, and noted for their artistic and sub-
stantial finish. They are also largely engaged
in nickel plating and polishing. They employ
one hundred skilled mechanics and their goods
are sent all over the country. Mr. Jones is
always alert to everything of advantage in his
business and is a past president of the Build-
ers' Exchange, and a member of the Portland
Board of Trade. He is a Republican in poli-
tics, but does not take an active part in party
matters. In religious faith he is a L'niver-
salist. Henry M. Jones married, September
22, 1881, Emma E. Kimball, daughter of
George and Elvira (Hodgden) Kimball, of
Bethel. Three children have been horn of
this union : Harold D., Albert H. and ]\Iarion.
Harold D. was educated at Cornell College.
He now resides in Boston, wdiere he is em-
ployed by the Fireproof Construction Com-
pany. Albert H., horn 1883, is in business
with his father. Marion, born 1891, is at

Nickerson is a variation of
NICKERSON the name Nicholson, and it

was not unusual in early
times for the same man to spell his name both
ways, indififerently. The families in Dennis
Massachusetts, are understood to have moved
to that town from Chatham, Massachusetts.
The name prevails to such an extent in some
of the Cape towns that it is difficult to fur-
nish a genealogical record that shall be satis-
factory. For generations the Nickersons of
the Cape have been famous as sea captains.
(I) Shubael Nickerson resided in Dennis,



Barnstable county, Massachusetts, and there
by his wife Thankful he had several children.

(II) Josiah, son of Shubael and Thankful
Nickerson, was born in Dennis, Alarch 17,
1751. died July 9, 1S28. By his wife Reli-
ance he had Shubael, mentioned below ; Henry,
1785. died December 4, 1838; and Fred, 1797,
died May 20, 1862.

(III) Shubael (2), son of Josiah and Re-
liance Nickerson, was born in Dennis, Septem-
ber II, 1782, died July 29, 1858. He was
probably a farmer in Dennis. By his wife
Sally he had son Josiah.

(i\') Josiah (2), son of Shubael (2) and
Sally Nickerson, was born September 8, 1825,
in Dennis, died in Portland, April 26, 1888.
He went to sea at the age of eight years, and
continued to follow the sea until the close of
the civil war. He was a master mariner and
sailed between New England and West India
ports until the outbreak of the war, and after
that time his business was principally bringing
cotton from the Confederate states. He was
shot at a southern port three times, but the
fact that he was a Mason becoming known
prevented further trouble. After 1855 he set-
tled in Portland at 106 India street, and car-
ried on the business of ship broker and com-
mission merchant until about the time of his
death. He married, January 20, 1853, Clarissa
S., born in Dennis, Massachusetts, July 21,
1830, daughter of Peter and Thankful Hall.
The former was born at Dennis, February 12,
1799, and died in Dennis, July 20, 1861. Jo-
siah and Clarissa S. had three children : Peter
Hall, Peter Sears and George Arthur. The
first died young; the second is mentioned be-
low; George Arthur, born February 18, 1862,
died July 14, 1870.

(V) Peter Sears, son of Josiah (2) and
Clarissa S. (Hall) Nickerson, was born Sep-
tember 15, 1856, in Dennis, Massachusetts,
died February 19, 1908, in Portland, Maine.
He attended the primary schools in Dennis,
and at ten years of age was taken to Portland,
where he attended the public schools and
Gray's Business College. Later he went into
business with his father and was his partner
till the death of the father in 1888, but as the
shipping business dwindled away he gradually
drew out of it and worked into the coal busi-
ness until about fifteen years ago, 1893, when

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