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and Bangor, the Maine branch of the family
being described as "of medium height, mus-
cular, full of energy and pluck and very tena-
cious." The evidence that the above Leavitt
Reynolds was son of Jonathan of the sixth
generation seems conclusive, as Jonathan's
wife's mother (and grandmother of his chil-
dren) was a Leavitt, the name appearing in no
other of the family lines.

(VIII) Thomas, eldest son of Leavitt and
Experience (Spaulding) Reynolds, was born
in Sidney, or Winslow, Maine. He married

Naomi Newell, lx)rn in Waterville, Maine,
daughter of Moses Nelson, of Palermo, Waldo
county, whose father, an Englishman, was a
proprietor of the town. The wife of Moses
was an Abbott, born in China, Maine, of the
Hartford, Connecticut, Abbotts. Thomas Rey-
nolds follo\fed his father in business and poli-
tics. He was also trustee of the Methodist
church at Winslow.

(IX) Charles, son of Thomas and Naomi
N. (Nelson) Reynolds, was born at Winslow,
Maine, July 10, 1849. He was educated at the
town school at Winslow, high school and Oak
Grove Seminary, Vassalboro ; graduate of
Dwight's Business College, Augusta ; Maine
Wesleyan Seminary and Female College,
Kent's Hill, and of Wesleyan University, Mid-
dletown, Connecticut, class of 1882. He mar-
ried Abbie A., daughter of Asa Crowell, of
Winslow; children: i. Ethel, graduate of
Middletown high school, Hackettstown, New
Jersey Institute, Wesleyan University; teacher
at Beverly, Massachusetts. 2. Mabel Naomi,
married William M. Phillips, April 8, 1908.
3. Carl Thomas, for nineteen years he was a
bookseller at Middletown, and for six year?
connected with the Columbia Trust Company.
He is now with the firm of A. H. Bickmore &
Company, private bankers, 30 Pine street. New
York City. In politics, Mr. Reynolds is Re-
publican ; has twice been a member of the com-
mon council, and was president and vice-presi-
dent of the Y. M. C. A. for fifteen years, also
trustee Middletown Savings Bank, and a mem-
ber of the following societies : Blue Lodge,
North Vassalboro, No. 53 ; Washington Chap-
ter, No. 6, R. A. M., Middletown, Connecti-
cut; Cyrene Commanderv, No. 8, Middle-
town; Sphinx Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.,
Hartford, Connecticut ; I. N. O., Wesleyan
L^niversity; Mystic Seven, class society; also
Maine Society of New York.

The Scottish element in
GREENLAW American history has fur-
nished a theme for many
deeds of valor on the battlefield, and its sons
have gone down to patriotic graves. It has
produced great divines and educators. The
halls of congress have rung with Scottish elo-
quence, and several of our presidents have
been of this descent, notably the unyielding
Grant and the gentle McKinley. Even in the
humbler walks of life Scotch tenacity and per-
severance have counted for much in developing
the natural resources of the country. The
state of Maine has its share of the triumphant
race, and the Greenlaw family is a good ex-



ample of what Scotch energy and thrift
coupled with opportunities will accomplish in
a state of such diversified resources and broad

(I) James Greenlaw was born iri^Scotland,
and married Elizabeth Adams, of Staten Is-
land, New York. He lived in Deer Isle, New
Brunswick, and his son was him whom we
will next describe.

(II) George Albert, son of James and Eliz-
abeth (Adams) Greenlaw, was born in Deer
Isle, IVIarch 15, 1847, ^nd removed to East-
port, the frontier city of Maine. He married
Maria, daughter of Robert and Jane Spear, of
Eastport. She was born April 18, 1848. Jane
Spear was a Morrison before marriage, and
her mother was Mary Sinclair, also of Scot-
land, niece of Sir Charles Sinclair, of the Brit-
ish navy. Robert Spear was an authority on
Eastport local history, and rescued from ob-
livion much that was of value to the historical
student. Children of George A. and Maria
(Spear) Greenlaw were: Robert Armstrong,
George Henry, Albert and Walter Armstrong,
United States meat inspector of Portland,

(III) Hon. Albert, third son of George Al-
bert and Maria (Spear) Greenlaw, was born
in Eastport, July 3, 1874, and was taught the
rudimentary branches in the city schools. He
was elected alderman of the city of Eastport in
1899 and re-elected up to 1904. In 1905 he
was elected mayor of the city, the youngest
man to hold that office in the state of Maine,
and was re-elected in 1906. So efficient and ca-
pable was his administration of the affairs of
the city that a third nomination was urged
upon him, but he emphatically declined. Mayor
Greenlaw is a member of the county and city
committee of the Republican party, and chair-
man of both, and an astute politician. He is
a member of the board of trade, and has been
a delegate from the local organization to the
state board of trade for several years. He is
engaged in the wholesale and retail fish trade,
doing a very large business. Mayor Green-
law's fraternal relations include membership in
the Eastern Lodge, No. 7, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, of Eastport: in the Chap-
ter, Border Lodge, No. 81, Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, of which he is past grand ;
Moose Island Encampment : Passamaquody
Lodge, No. 23, Improved Order of Red Men.
of which he is past sachem, and the Patrons of
Husbandry. He is captain of Company I, Sec-
ond Regiment, Maine State National Guard.
He attends the Unitarian church.

Joshua Witham, the first of the
\\'ITH.\M name of whom we have infor-
mation, was a very industrious
and faithful man, and became a lay preacher
in his last days. By his first wife he had chil-
dren : James, Cyrus, Lovinia and David. His
second wife was Polly (Courson) Witham
and his children were : Josiah, Benjamin F.,
Asaph H. and Martha.

(II) Josiah, son of Joshua Witham, was
born in 1798, his birthplace probably being
Lisbon, Maine, and he died in 1861. He was
educated in the schools of Lisbon, and learned
his trade of carriagesmith and blacksmith in
that town.

(II) Asaph H., son of Joshua Witham, was
born in Lisbon, February 13, 1833, and though
a very quiet man, had a strong influence for
good in his native town. He enlisted February
10, 1862, in Company H., Tenth Maine Vol-
unteers and was discharged February 5, 1863,
for disability. He was at the front in three
battles, Antietam, Cedar Mountain and Sec-
ond Bull Run. He died in Portland, February
5, 1908. He married Doranna Brooks, daugh-
ter of. William Brooks, of Woodstock, Maine.
Their children were. Alphonso Nelson, Lydia
M., deceased; John, deceased; a child that
died in infancy ; Lester A., deceased ; Adclbert
E., and Agnes D., who resides in Portland,

(III) Alphonso Nelson, son of Asaph H.
and Doranna (Brooks) Witham. was born in
Woodstock, Maine. November 6, 1857, and is
a very successful physician at Westbrook,
Maine. He was educated in the Maine schools
of Lisbon and Harrison, and a graduate of
Bridgton Academy, 1880. He also took a
post graduate course at North Bridgton, stud-
ied for a year in the Maine Medical School,
and received his degree of M. D. from the
University of Vermont in 1885. He located
at Swan's Island, Maine, and in 1887 removed
to North Windham, and located at '(Vestbrook
in 1895. He is a member of the Maine Med-
ical Association, of the American Medical As-
sociation, of the Cumberland County Medical
Society, the Maine Academy of Medicine and
Science, and is president of the Westbrook
Medical Club. He has several times refused
the important position of city physician, and
has never felt like accepting any positions ex-
cept those offered him on school boards. He
has been a very efficient member of the West-
brook school board for several years, and be-
fore that held the same position for six years
on the Windham school board. In politics he

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is a Prohibitionist. He is a member and past
master of the Presumpscot Lodge. F. and A.
M., Windham; of the Westbrook Chapter and
Council ; and also of the Saint Alban Com-
mandery of Portland. He is a member of the
UniversaHst church, and for some time was a
very efficient trustee of that reUgious body.
He married, December 27, 1879, Mary L. Pen-
nell, born in Gray, Elaine, November 23, 1857.
She is a noble woman, and a very enthusiastic
worker in the UniversaHst church, being its
treasurer and clerk, and holding other offices.
She is the daughter of Albert Pennell, who
was born at Baily Island, JMaine, ^lay 15,
1827, and was for many years a very success-
ful carpenter at Gray. He married (first) El-
vira Allen and (second) Sarah Leslie. His
six children were all born of the first marriage.
Mrs. ^^'itbam■s family line is a fine one: ( I)
Ancestor Philip Penniel. of the Isle of Jersey ;
(ID Thomas Pennell, of Gloucester. Massa-
chusetts, who married Sarah Durin : (III)
Clement Pennell, born at Gloucester, Massa-
chusetts, in 1723, and died before 1791. hav-
ing married Rachel Riggs : (IV) Joseph Pen-
nell. who resided in Gray, and married Emma
Nash and Hannah Ward; (V) Thomas Jef-
ferson Pennell. born in Gray. January 25,
1803, died in Harpswell, August 22, 1854,
having married Susan Alexander, of Harps-
well ; (VI) Albert Pennell. the father
of Mrs. Witham (see Pennell). The chil-
dren of Dr. Alphonso Nelson Witham and
his wife are: i. Ernest Clair. 2. \'yra May,
born on Swan's Island, March 21, 1886. and
now resides at home. 3. Philip Asaph, born
at Windham, and died at the age of two years
and seven months. 4. Burton Brooks, born at

(IV) Ernest Clair, son of Dr. .Alphonso
Nelson and I\Iary L. (Pennell) Witham, was
born in Gray, October 6, 1880. He was edu-
cated in the schools of Windham and West-
brook, graduating at Westbrook Seminary in
1900, and he received his B. S. degree from
Tufts College in 1904. He now resides at
South Boston, iMassachusetts, where he has
for some time been principal of the Perkins
Institution for the Blind. For one year he
was principal of the Windham. Maine, high
school, after which he removed to Hudson.
Massachusetts, where he was sub master and
teacher of science in the high school. The
following year he was chosen sub master and
teacher of science in Boston in the Perkins
Institution for the Blind, of which he was
elected principal January i. 1907. In politics
he is a sturdy Republican. He is a member of

the Warren Philip Masonic Lodge, No. 186,
of Westbrook, and also a member of the Theta
Delta Chi fraternity of Tufts College. He is
a UniversaHst. He is the author of several
books and papers on science and instruction of
the blind. He married, December 24, 1908,
Lillian E. Davis, of Westbrook, a trained
nurse, daughter of Albert Davis, of West-

All the members of the Kin-
KINCAID caid family in the old Pine
Tree State trace their ancestry
to the best stock of Scotland, and hence their
helpfulness in all the communities where they
have lived is at once assured. The ancestor of
the first Kincaid family in Maine was Patrick,
born in Edinboro, Scotland, about 1747, ac-
cording to the best traditions preserved by the
descendants. He came to America quite early
in life and soon settled at Brunswick, Alaine,
where he died December 25, 1821, aged sev-
enty-four years. His family was one of much
worth in Scotland, and his brother, John Al-
bion Kincaid, became a prominent lawyer. The
ancestor at Brunswick was a man of great
force of character and soon acquired a large
tract of land, which he cultivated in a suc-
cessful manner. He was a very religious man,
and a deacon in the First Parish Church at
_ Brunswick. He was thus a splendid type of
" the other IMaine settlers who have borne the
Kincaid name. He married Mary Stanwood,
of one of Brunswick's leading families, and his
sons were men of great enterprise and worth.
]Many of the descendants of this Kincaid fam-
ily are widely scattered over other states, Wil-
liam Kincaid, of Bradford. Pennsylvania, be-
ing one of the most successful business men
ofthat city, and having also had fine records
for his enterprising work in Kansas and else-
where. In some of the western states the
towns owe much to the early coming thither
of members of the Kincaid family from ]\Iaine,
for though they have often found that the de-
scriptions of new states did not correspond with
the conditions which really existed there, they
have "made the best of it with genuine Scotch
grit," and helped all that they could in the de-
velopment of the towns where they had made
their home. They have also always had a
keen interest in educational affairs. It will
thus be seen that the Kincaids of Maine bear
the same striking family characteristics of
sturdy faith, work of a worthy type, and a
keen looking abroad to see w^hat openings for
service maj' lie in other parts of the land.
(I) John Kincaid, of one of the strong old



families of that name in Scotland, removed
to Carolina, King;? county. New Brunswick,
about the year 1818. He was a man of sturdy
and resolute character, and although he did not
find things in the "new country" just as they
had been pictured to him in the descriptions
and letters which had "won him to America,"
he set himself resolutely to work on the farm,
and continued in this line of service all his
life. His untiring industry, his resolve to
make the best of things, and his faithful chris-
tian life, were of great help in the community
where he settled. He married Margaret Arm-
strong. Children : John, James, Thomas,
Elizabeth and Anna.

(H) Thomas, son of John and Alargaret
(.Armstrong) Kincaid. was born in Carolina,
Kings county, New Brunswick, in 1833, and
died in 1889. He was always much inter-
ested in farming, but quite early in life learned
the trade of a blacksmith, in which work he
was very successful. He worked at several
places in the British Provinces, lived for a
while in Boston, Massachusetts, and finally
made his home in the beautiful city of Fred-
erickton, New Brunswick. He married Mary,
daughter of Abraham Johnson ; she was a
woman of great strength of character. Chil-
dren : Robert John and Mrs. ClifT Somer-

(HI) Robert John, son of Thomas and
Mary (Johnson) Kincaid. was born at Caro-
lina, Kings county, New Brunswick, April 18,
1863, and has for some time been a very suc-
cessful physician and surgeon at Mars Hill,
Aroostook county, Maine. He studied very
diligently in the schools of his native town,
and in the University of New Brunswick at
Frederickton, and spent three years in McGill
University of Montreal, Canada. He also con-
tinued his education for one year in Bowdoin
College at Brunswick, Maine. Not satisfied
even with this varied and fine training for his
life work he spent one year of very faithful
and exacting work in the Bellevue Medical
College of New York City. He then turned
to the old Pine Tree State and settled in the
town of Mars Hill, where he has followed his
profession with much energy and skill, dis-
playing in marked degree the sturdy charac-
teristics of his Scottish ancestors. He is a
member of the .Aroostook County (Maine)
Medical Association, and an active member in
the Century Lodge, No. 100, Knights of
Pythias, of Mars Hill. He married (first)
Serena CliflF and (second) Winnie, daughter
of W. L. Boynton. Children: Otis bv first
wife, and Ruth bv second wife.

(For preceding generations see John Libby 1.)

(Ill) Daniel, fifth of the seven
LI BEY sons of John (2) and Agnes Lib-
by, was born in Scarborough,
probably about 1678. and died a young man,
shortly before June 12, 1712. He was a car-
penter and dwelt in Portsmouth, New Hamp-
shire. He married Elizabeth Kirke, a sister
of his brother John's wife. She married (sec-
ond), November 10, 1724, Daniel Meder, "a
friend," and died before October, 1735. Their
four children were : Daniel, William, Abigail
and Samuel.

(IV) William, second son of Daniel and
Elizabeth (Kirke) Libby, born Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, about 1702, died in 1752. In
1727 or 1728 he removed from Berwick,
Maine, to Scarborough, and thence seven
years later to Falmouth, where he settled on
the Presumpscot river. He married, October
29. 1725, Elizabeth Goodwin, daughter of
William and Deliverance (Taylor) Goodwin,
of Berwick, who survived him. Their chil-
dren were : Lydia, Abigail, Joseph, .Samuel
and Daniel.

(V) Joseph, eldest son of William and
Elizabeth (Goodwin) Libby, born Scarbor-
ough, March 24, 1732, died February 5, 1801.
He grew up in Falmouth, and about 1760 re-
moved to Gorham. After residing for a time
on Queen street, he bought the water privi-
lege and mill at Horse Beef Falls, and there
operated a sawmill. He married (first), Jan-
uary 7, 1758, Mary Huston; (second), .April
4, 1782. Hannah Hanson, of Windham. She
outlived her husband some years. Mary
(Huston) Libby left seven children: Dorcas,
Mary, John, William, Sarah, Charlotte and
Joseph. One child, Mary, was born of Han-
nah (Hanson) Libby.

(VI) Joseph (2), third son of Joseph (i)
and j\tary (Huston) Libby, born Gorham,
Maine, June 13, 1780, died at the residence of
his son Daniel, .April 2, 1843. ^"^c was a house
carpenter and farmer. He lived at first on a
five-acre lot on which the house of Lewis
Brockett now stands, and afterward settled
on a farm in North Gorham. He married,
June 24, 1801, Mercy Whitney, daughter of
Joseph and Mehitable (Stevens) Whitney, of
Gorham. She died at the residence of her
son Edmund in Portland, May 22, i860. She
was a revolutionary war prisoner. The chil-
dren of this union were : Roxanna, Harriet,
Stephen, Ansel, Edmund, William and Daniel.

(VII) Stephen, eldest son of Joseph (2)
and Mercy (Whitney) Libby, born Gorham,
May 27, 1810, died July 4, 1882. He was a


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slioemaker, but always lived on a farm. About
a year before his marriage, he bought of Jo-
seph Haskell the farm on which he ever af-
terward lived. He married, December 13,
1831, Mary W. Lowe, daughter of Nicholas
and Lovey (Leighton) Lowe. Children: i.
Juliette E., single. 2. Adrianna, married Dan-
iel C. Mellows, of Farmington ; child : Fred
B., died aged twenty years. 3. King Wilson,
married Katharine Meserve (Brackett) ; no
children. 4. Hattie A., married Charles L.
jMcAllister (see McAllister H). 5. WinfieKl
Scott, married Isora Hamblin ; children : Ed-
win, Fred, Lottie.

Mary W. Lowe was a member of a family
of colonial origin. Stephen and Elizabeth
(Woodbury) Lowe were residents of Cape
Ann, Massachusetts, v^'here they died. Nich-
olas, son of Stephen and Elizabeth (Wood-
bury) Lowe, was born at Cape Ann,
was a seafaring man in his early days,
and after leaving the sea immigrated from
Cape Ann to Maine and became an early set-
tler in North Yarmouth. Later he removed
to Gray, where he engaged in agricultural
pursuits, residing there until his death, wdiich
occurred when he was eighty years of age.

This family of Hussey, accord-
HL'SSEY ing to Burke, owes its origin to

Hubert Hussey, a Norman no-
ble who married the Countess Helen, daugh-
ter of Ricliard, fifth duke of Normandy, who
accompanied William the Conqueror to Eng-
land and "was there granted the high office of
Constable with considerable possessions." De-
scendants of his held estates in Kent and Dor-
set counties. Another descendant, Sir Hugh,
went to Ireland in 1316 and from him de-
scended the barons of Gattrim and Beaulieu —
two Irish families. An ancestral chart traces
the Irish line back to loio and shows the
* form of the name to be De Hoese or Hoese
until 1332. Burke also states that "the father
of l5ord John Hussey who was ennobled by
Henry VIII and executed for high treason
during that monarch's reign, was William
Hussey or Huse, indicating a common origin,
Norman, and that the name was originally
Hoese or De Hoese." English records show
that John Hussey, of Dorking county, Surrey,
England, married Mary Wood or Woodin.
They were apparently people of good standing
and had a family of children : John, who
died young; Christopher and several daugh-

(I) Christopher Hussey, emigrant ancestor,
was probably the second son of John and

Mary (Woodin) Hussey, and was born in
Dorking, England, in 1598. The records
show the baptism of the "son of John of Dork-
ing February 18, 1599." Christopher was
probably among the parishioners of Rev.
Stephen Bachiler, who went to Holland to
avoid persecutions. He married alx)ut this
time Theodate, daughter of Rev. Stephen
Bachiler, and soon after they emigrated to
America, sailing from Southampton in May,
1630, arriving at Charlestown, Massachusetts,
July 23. He settled first at Lynn with his
wife and widowed mother, Mary Hussey, who
probably accompanied them from England.
Christopher was later prominent in Newbury,
Massachusetts. He was representative in
1637. and in 1638 was one of the first settlers
in Hampton, New Hampshire. Among the
grantees of that town were names "Christo
Hussey" and "widow May Hussey," presum-
ably his mother and the widow of John of
Dorking, England. The son Christopher was
influential in the towns of Hampton. He was
the first deacon of the church, captain of the
militia, town clerk, selectman and representa-
tive and was one of the commissioners named
in the charter when New Hampshire was
made a royal province. He sold his property
at Hampton in 1650 and moved to Hampton
Falls. In 1659 he became one of the pur-
chasers of Nantucket and subsequently com-
manded an ocean vessel. It is stated that "he
was lost at sea on the coast of Florida in 1685,
aged eighty-seven years." (Possibly refers to
another.) The death of Theodate Hussey is
recorded October 20, 1649, but whether it re-
fers to his wife or daughter is not clear.
Christopher married (second) December 9,
1658, Ann, widow of Jefifry Mingay, who died
June 24, 1680, and he survived her nearly six
years. The date of his death is given Alarch
6, 1686, which conflicts slightly with the state-
ment above. Children of Captain Christopher
and Theodate were : Stephen, Joseph, John,
Mary, Theodate and Huldah. (The son John
was the second white child born in Lynn, Mas-
sachusetts, and the first baptized in America b\-
Rev. Stephen Bachiler.)

(II) Stephen, eldest son of Captain Chris-
topher and Thoeodate (Bachiler) Hussey, was
born about 1632. He eventually settled in
Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he died April
2, 1718. Before his marriage he lived at Bar-
badoes, West Indies, and became possessed of
considerable wealth. He was representative
to the Massachusetts general court from Nan-
tucket, and a member of the Society of
Friends. His marriage to Martha, daughter



of George ami lane (Godfrey) Bunker, took
place there October 6. 1676. She was the
grandtlaughter of William Bunker, and was
born November 11. 16^6. die<i September 21,
1744. Children: Puclla. Abigail. Sylvanus,
Bachiler. Daniel. Mary. George and Theodate.

(III) Bachiler or Bachelder, second son of
Stephen and Martha (Bunker) Hussey, was
bom in Nantucket. February 18, 1685, where
he resided for many years, removing thence
to Biddefonl. Maine. He was probably en-
gaged in the coasting trade with the West In-
dies. He married. October 11, 1704, Abigail
Hall (Hampton, New Hampshire records).
Children, born in Hampton, were : Christo-
pher. Mary, Jedediah (daughter) and John.
Other children were born in Nantucket or

(IV) Stephen, son of Bachiler (or Bach-
elder) and Abigail (Hall) Hussey, was born
in Nantucket. October 14, 1713, died in Ber-
wick, Maine, May 8, 1770. He married Eu-
nice (Una D.) Baxter, who died April 9, 1769.
Children, born in Biddeford. were: Daniel,
Bachelder, William, Margaret. Deborah, Hep-
zibah, Phebe. Stephen. Ruth and three born
in Berwick; Paul, Miriam and Walter.

(V) Bachelder, second son of Stephen and
Eunice (Baxter) Hussey, was born in Bidde-
ford, June I, 1745, an(l died February 15,
1794. He resided in Berwick, where he mar-
ried, December 12, 1767, Sarah, daughter of
Isaac and Sarah Hanson, of Berwick. Chil-
dren: I. Sylvanus, born July 7, 1768. 2.
Isaac, December 2, 1772. 3. Peter, April 21,
1774. 4. James, July 27, 1778. 5. Huldah,
May 26, 1782. 6. Bachelder Jr., January 9,
1785. 7. Daniel. December 16, 1789. 8. Ste-
phen. September 9, 1792.

(VI) Daniel, sixth son of Bachelder and
Sarah (Hanson) Hussey, were born in Ber-
wick, December 16, 1789, died May 17, 1847.
He married (first) March 16, 1813, Irene Stu-
art, who was born in Scarboro, Maine, April

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