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18, 1791, died December 27, 1824. His second
wife, whom he married in 1825, was Paulina
Collins, who died in September, 185 1. Their
children were: Harriet. Mary, Jane and
George W. The children of Daniel and Irene
were: i. Harriet, born January 22, 1814. 2.
Charles S. (Rev.), November 14. 1815. 3.
Mary J.. June 22, 1817. 4. Daniel W., June
14, 1819. 5. Henry, April 21, 1821. 6." Jo-
seph, October 5, 1823.

(\TI) Daniel W., second son of Daniel and
Irene (Stuart) Hussey, was born in Vassal-
boro, Maine, June 14, 1819, died February 21,
1899. He received a common school educa-



tion, and in his younger days taught school for
seventy terms. He had learned the blacksmith
trade and later studied for the ministry, and
until the time of his retirement from active
service he was interested in farming at Sang-
ervillc. Maine. During the war of the rebellion
Mr. Hussey was appointed assistant and pay-
master of the army with headquarters at
Washington. D. C. He received the appoint-
ment through Hon. John Rice, M. C, from
Maine. In politics he was a Republican, and
was elected member of the state legislature
for one term. He served also as selectman
for Sangerville for several years. Mr. Hussey
married. March 9, 1845, Mary Elizabeth
Stackpole, born in South Berwick, Maine,
April 6, 1817, died February 23, 1901. Chil-
dren: I. Howard W., born February 21,
1846. 2. Marcellus L., June 29, 1847. 3. Os-
car, December 26, 1853, died July 18. 1886.
4. Charles O.. December 31. 1862.

(Vni) Marcellus Lewellyn, second son of
Daniel W. and Mary E. (Stackpole) Hussey,
was born in Sangerville, Maine. June 29, 1847.
He was educated in Sangerville schools and
the Guilford high school. Until fifteen years
of age he worked on the farm and later went
to sea for one year. In 1865 he entered busi-
ness life, forming a partnership with Henry
Douglass, his brother-in-law, under the firm
name of "Douglass & Co.," carrying on suc-
cessfully a general store in Guilford, Maine,
for more than thirty years. He was engaged
for ten years in the lumber business and is
now partner and half owner in the firm of
Hussey 8z Goldthwaite in the milling and grain
trade. The firm operate a large grain elevator
near the B. & A. railroad track and carry on
an extensive business in flour, grain and feed.
Mr. Hussey is director in the Piscataquis
Woolen Company and treasurer of the M. L.
Hussey Woolen Company, a new plant estab-
lished in 1905 for the manufacture of cassi-
meres and dress goods. He is also directcrt- in
the Guilford Trust Company. In politics he
is a Republican, and was representative in the
state legislature 1897. For sixteen years he
has held the position of postmaster at Guil-
ford, which office he still retains. He is a
member of Mount Kineo Lodge of Masons,
Guilford ; Good Cheer Lodge, I. O. O. F. ; and
Syracuse Lodge, K. of P., both of Guilford ;
Piscataquis R. A. C. of Dover; St. John's
Commandery, Knights Ternplar, Bangor;
Scottish Rite Bodies in Bangor; and a thirty-
second degree member of Maine Consistory.
Portland ; Kora Temple. Lewiston. Mr. Hus-
sey married. May 14, 1873, Sarah Ella, daugh-



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ter of George H. and Sarah B. (Edes) Doug-
lass, of Guilford. Alaiiie.



Lemuel Grosvenor Dowries,
DOWNES son of George Downes, of Ca-
lais, Maine, was born at Ca-
lais, Maine, October 26, 1839, died December
5, 1895. He was educated in the public
schools and at Rowdoin College, from whicli
he was graduated in the class of i860. He
studied law in the office of George F. Talbot,
and was admitted to the bar in 1863. He be-
gan to practice at Machias and continued un-
til the time of his death. He was an active
and prominent Republican. He was mayor of
Calais for one year and was city treasurer at
the time of his death. He was a member of
the governor's council during the admmistra-
tion of Governor Burleigh. He was a useful
and public-spirited citizen, of sterling charac-
ter, large ability and strict integrity. Judge
George E. Downes, of Calais, was his brother.
He married, in 1866, Augusta Hale, born in
Boston. Massachusetts, 1839, daughter of
Lewis L. Wadsworth. Children, born at Ca-
lais : I. Mina Augusta, born June i, 1867,
married John Hodgins, a barrister, of Ottawa,
Canada. 2. George, born December 23, 1868,
mentioned below.

George, son of Lemuel G. Downes, was
born in Machias. December 23, 1868. He re-
moved to Calais with the family when a child
and attended the public schools there, the
Thayer Academy at Braintree, Massachusetts,
and the Drummer Academy at Byfield for
three years. He entered Bowdoin College in
1888 and graduated in the class of 1892 with
the degree of A. B. He studied law in the
office of his father, Lemuel G. Downes, and
was admitted to the bar in 1896. He has prac-
ticed his profession at Calais since then with
much success. He is president of the Calais
National Bank. He succeeded his father as
city treasurer at the time of his death in 1895
and continued in that office until 1902, when
he -was appointed postmaster of Calais by
President Roosevelt. He was reappointed in
1906. He is an active Republican. He is a
member of St. Croix Lodge, No. 46, Free
Masons ; of St. Croix Chapter, Royal Arch
Masons, No. 17; of Etchiman Tribe, No. 27,
Improved Order of Red ^Men; of the St.
Croix Club of Calais and of the Board of
Trade.

He married, June 2;!,. 1897. Josephine 2vlabel,
daughter of Frederick L. and Carrie (Mc-
Cartney) Ham. One child, Mina Wadsworth,
born November 20, 1898.



The origin of this surname is
WYMAN German or Saxon, although the

American families are descend-
ed from English stock of ancient pedigree.
The English family Wymond is evidently of
the same original stock, as the coat-of-arms is
the same. The German spelling was Wey-
mann, and the spelling varies, some of the
forms being VViman, Wyman, Wymond, Wi-
mond, etc.

(I) Francis Wyman, English ancestor, lived
in the parish of Westmill, county Hertford,
where he died in 1658. He was a farmer, and
a man of some property. His will, dated Sep-
tember 15, 1658, proved February 14, 1659,
bequeathed to wife Jane ; to two sons, Francis
and John Wyman, "who are beyond the sea,
ten pounds apiece of lawful English money,"
to be paid to them if they be in want and come
over to demand the same. The sons never
had the legacies, both being prosperous citi-
zens of Woburn, Massachusetts. He also be-
queathed to his sister, Susan Huitt, widow.
He left his homestead to his son Thomas, who
was likewise the residuary legatee. He mar-
ried, at Westmill, May 2, 1617, Elizabeth
Richardson, doubtless related to the three
brothers who with Wyman were the founders
of Woburn. She was buried June 22, 1630,

and he married, second, Jane , buried

July 12, 1656. He was buried September 19,
1658. Children: I. Thomas, baptized April
5, 1618: married March 5. 1633, Ann God-
frey : remained in England. 2. Francis, bap-
tized February 24, 1619; mentioned below. 3.
John, baptized February 3, 1621 ; married, No-
vember 5, 1644, Sarah, daughter of Miles
Nutt, an early settler of Woburn. 4. Richard,
bom August 31, 1628. 5. William, baptized
August 31, 1629; died July, 1630.

(II) Francis, son of Francis Wyman. was
baptized in \\'estmill, England, February 24,
1619. He came to America with his brother
John Wyman before 1640, when he was one
of the signers of the town orders of Woburn.
Their homes were near the town site of Wo-
burn, and the house of Francis, built in 1664,
is still standing. It was used as a garrison
during King Philip's war, and the loopholes
for purposes of defense may still be seen. It
is now owned by the Wyman Associates, and
the descendants of the two brothers hold their
annual reunion in it. The brothers also owned
houses in the village, opposite the present park,
at the junction of Main and Wyman streets;
their tannery was located at that point, and
the vats yet exist, buried several feet below
the surface. The gravestone of Francis Wy-



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man is still discernible, though the inscription
is nearly obliterated. He died November 28,
1699. He married, December 30, 1644, Ju-
dith Peirce; (second) October 2. 1650, Abi-
gail, daughter of William and Mabel (Ken-
dall) Read.

(HI) Thomas, son of Francis Wyman, was
born in Woburn. Massachusetts, April i,
1671 : married, May 5, 1696, Mary, daughter
of Nathaniel and Mary Richardson.

(IV) Aaron, son of Thomas Wyman, was
born in Woburn, December 6, 1709; died be-
fore 1738. He settled at North Yarmouth,
Maine. He married (first) his cousin Eliza-
beth, daughter of Captain James and Eliza-
beth (.Arnold) Richardson, December 2"],

1731; (second) September 19, 1738,

Bucknam. Children: i. John, born June 6,
1733; mentioned below. 2. Amy, born No-
vember 25, 1734; married, October 7, 1751,
Nathaniel Oakes ; she died July 11, 1775.

(V) John, only son of Aaron Wyman, was
bom June 6, 1733. He was a coaster by trade,
and lived at North Yarmouth, Maine. He
married, June 8, 1758, Mercy Johnson. Chil-
dren: I. William. 2. Josiah. 3. Bela. 4.
John. 5. Robert, died 1809; was in the West
India trade ; married Prudence Reed, and had
sons Seward and Dr. Robert. 6. Amy. 7.
Eunice.

(VI) Samuel, probably grandson of Aaron
Wyman, was born about 1775. He was cer-
tainly a descendant of the Woburn pioneer.

(VII) Robert, son of Samuel Wyman, had
children: i. Elinor. 2. Marion. 3. Mary. 4.
Joseph. 5. Sumner. 6. Samuel.

(VHI) Joseph, son of Robert Wyman, was
born January 7, 1848, at Dead River, Maine,
died October 7, 1905. He was educated in
the common schools. He followed farming
until late in life, when he sold his homestead
and spent his last years in Kingfield, Maine.
In politics he was a Democrat. He married,
February 7, 1S68, Emma H. Foss, born in
Strong, Maine, daughter of David Foss, who
died July 11, 1882. Children: i. Sumner J.,
born January 11, 1869; mentioned below. 2.
Laura, born April 25, 1881. 3. Lizzie, born
March 28, 1882. 4. George Hyman, born
April 22, 1886. 5. Lorenzo Norton, born No-
vember II, 1889. 6. Clarence, born June 22,
1893.

(IX) Sumner Joseph, son of Joseph Wy-
man, was born at New Portland, January ii,
1869, and was educated in the public schools
of his native town. He began work in his
youth for E. E. Jenkins & Company, and
afterwards was a clerk for Jenkins & Bogart,



in Kingfield, Maine, for sixteen years. He
went into business on his own account as a
dealer in dry goods, boots and shoes, and
men's clothing, and has continued to the pres-
ent time with marked success. His store was
at first in the Knights of Pythias Building.
In 1900 he removed to his present quarters in
the New French Block. Mr. Wyman is a
Democrat in politics, and has been active in
public affairs. He has served his party on
various committees, and as delegate to nomi-
nating conventions from time to time. He
was a member of the board of selectmen of
Kingfield one term. He is a member of Mount
Abram Lodge of Free Masons, Kingfield ; of
Franklin Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of
Farmington ; of Jephtliah Council, Royal and
Select Masters, of Farmington ; of Pilgrim
Commandery, Knights Templar, Farmington ;
of Kora Temple, Lewiston, Mystic Shrine.
He is also a member of Signal Light Chapter,
Eastern Star, Kingfield : of Kingfield Lodge,
Knights of Pythias ; of Governor King Lodge,
Odd Fellows ; and of Magantic Tribe, Im-
proved Order of Red Men. He married, June
27, 1896, Jennie May French, born November
12, 1871, daughter of C. W. and Hannah
(Punch) French, of Kingfield.



This unusual surname has
KENSELL found a place in the nomen-
clature of this state within a
comparatively few years. The immigrant
bearer of it took his place amoiit;' the farmers
of the country, and raised a family who took
their places well up among the children of the
old families of the state.

Dexter Waterman, second son of Fritz and
Sarah (Turner) Kensell, was born in White-
field. February 8. 1836, and died in Portland,
September 20, 1898. He attended the com-
mon schools a few years and then became a
typographer in the office of the Kennhec Jour-
nal, at Augusta, where he was employed some
years. Afterward he engaged in the produce
commission business; and in 1861 became a
partner with Jeremiah W. Tabor, under the
firm name of Kensell & Tabor, dealers in flour,
grain and feed in Portland. This business re-
lation lasted till the death of the senior part-
ner. Mr. Kensell was closely attentive to bus-
iness and successful in making and saving
money. He was a stockholder and also a di-
rector in the Merchants' Bank. He voted the
Republican ticket, but did not take part in
local politics. He was a member of the Sec-
ond Parish Church (Congregational). He
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mark Lodge, Xo. 17, Free and Accepted Ma-
sons, of Portland. He married, in Readfield,
March 11, 1858. Mehitable Greeley Hutch-
inson, who was born in Readfield. daughter of
Joseph Johnson and ^lary (Greeley) Hutchin-
son. iVIr. Hutchinson was for years the popu-
lar and widely known landlord of the Hutchin-
son House at Readfield Depot. He had two
daughters: i. Caroline Stewart, who married
Joseph E. Denton, of Braintree, Massachu-
setts, and 2. jMehitable G., mentioned above,
who is Mrs. Kensell.



Four brothers of this
LITTLEHALE name came to America in

or about the middle of the
eighteenth century and settled in Tyngsboro,
in the noble old Commonwealth of Massachu-
setts. The town of Tyngsboro was begim in
the way of settlement by Hon. Edward Tyngs,
of Boston, in the seventeenth century, and the
charter was granted to his son. Captain Jona-
than. It originally included Dunstable and
Tyngsboro, in [Massachusetts; Litchfield, Mer-
rimack, Nashua, Hollis and Hudson, in New
Hampshire, and was of much territorial conse-
quence in those days, ere the excision of its
ribs. Descendants of the Littlehales still re-
side in Tyngsboro and are active in the coun-
cils and affairs of the bailiwick.

(I) It was to this place with his other
brothers came Isaac Littlehale, the parent stem
of our family, from "merr}" old England" ; and
made a habitation and a name. Marrying
Louise Stevens, he had five children : Joseph
S., John, William. ]Mellen and Jacob Bailey.

(II) Jacob Bailey, fifth child and youngest
son of Isaac and Louise (Stevens) Littlehale.
was born in Tyngsboro, ilassachusetts, March
28, 1802, and removed to Xewry, Oxford
county, Maine. He married a Miss Bailey, of
Winthrop, IMaine, and had these children :
David B., William H., Dorcas. Sarah D.,
Thomas B., Jacob Bailey, Joseph G.. John F.,
Alanson M., Asenath W. and Charles.

(HI) Jacob Bailey (2), sixth child and
fourth son of Jacob Bailey (i) Littlehale,
was born at Newry, Alaine, December 4, 1828,
and died September 7, igoo. He was a sub-
stantial farmer and prominently identified with
the affairs of the town, holding the office of
chairman of the board of selectmen, which in
a countrv' town is a criterion by which to judge
of a man's importance politically and socially.
No man holds that trying and exacting office
for a series of years as ^.Ir. Littlehale did un-
less he has shown an aptitude and capacity for
the discharge of its varied duties and given



a good account of his stewardship. He mar-
ried Mary S., daughter of Samuel Bean, of
Bethel, Alaine. They have two children :
Leslie Newton and Margeurite.

(I\') Leslie Newton, only son of Jacob
Bailey (2) and Mary S. (Bean) Littlehale,
was born in Newry, Maine, December 15,
1862. Educated in the rudimentary branches
at the local school, he finished his educational
equipment at Bethel Academy. At sixteen he
began as clerk in a grocery store, remaining
four years, and was in the same line of busi-
ness in Bethel and Norway, Maine, aftenvard.
In 1886 he went to Portsmouth, New Hamp-
shire, thence to Collinsville, Connecticut, and
finally to Laconia, New Hampshire, in the in-
terest of the White Sewing Machine Company.
In 1892 he came to Rockland, Maine, to repre-
sent the Singer Sewing Machine Company,
with which he remained two years, at the end
of which time he embarked in business for
himself as a merchant, dealing in grain, flour
and agricultural implements, which business
has grown to large proportions. He also con-
ducts a grist mill in connection therewith. Mr.
Littlehale is a Democrat in politics ; was an
alderman in the Rockland city government for
three years, from ward five, and has been for
some time trustee and treasurer of the Metho-
dist Episcopal church. He married Mary L.,
daughter of John C. Blagden, January 25,
1894, and they have one child, Joyce Rebecca.
His wife is an active worker in benevolent,
social and musical circles : she is vice-president
of the Ladies' Aid Society of the Methodist
church, a member of Rubenstein and Mendel-
sohn clubs, and was brought up in and is an
active member now of the Methodist church
of which she for a long time was organist.
Mr. Littlehale is also of a musical turn, and
possesses a fine tenor voice, singing for years
in the Methodist choir. He is a most genial
man to meet, popular, magnetic and demo-
cratic, and one of the most agreeable of com-
panions. His easy familiarity wins him hosts
of friends, and by his unquestioned worth of
character and unimpeachable honesty he cem-
ents these friendships to him with a strong
bond of attachment.



Some of the Welches in Amer-
WELCH ica are of English origin, while

others are of Scotch-Irish de-
scent. Scotch Protestants named Welch
crossed the sea to the north of Ireland during
the period of religious upheaval in Scotland.
The first of the name found in the colonial
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was a passenger from the north of Ireland on
the ship "Goodfellow." in 1654, when sixteen
years old. He was married at Ipswich. Mas-
sachusetts, in 1666. to Hannah Haggett, and
had a family. A John Welch was a resident
of Boston ill 1682 and left descendants. The
emigrant ancestor and line of descent of the
Freeport Welches about to be referred to are
wanting.

(I) Colby Welch, a ro-ident of Freeport,
was the son of a revolutionary soldier who
participated in the battle of Bunker Hill. He
was twice married, and the children of his
.second union were : Rufus, Hiram, Colby S.,
Dorcas, .Amv, Delia. Ann and Olive.

(II) Colby S., third child of Colby Welch,
was born in Freeport, August 15, 181 5. In
his youth he entered a textile mill in Bruns-
wick as an operative, and being advanced to
the position of overseer continued in that
capacity for some time. Returning to Free-
port, he learned the ship carpenter's trade, and
for the remainder of his life followed that
occupation in connection with farming. Mr.
Welch was an upright, conscientious man,
who, as a member of the Methodist Episcopal
church, labored diligently and without osten-
tation to improve the moral and religious wel-
fare of the community. His first presidential
vote was cast for Martin \'an Buren in 1836,
and he continued to support the Democratic
party until i860, when its attitude on the
slavery question caused him to unite with the
Republicans. His death occurred in Freeport,
July, 1883. In 1840 he married Clarissa J.
York, of Brunswick, born November 19, 1821,
and she survived him many years, dying in
1906, at the age of eighty-five years. They
were the parents of nine children : Clarissa A.
Isaac C, Albert M., Ella, George H., Char-
lotte, Woodbury B., Alvah and Elmer.

(III) Albert Marden, second son and third
child of Colby S. and Clarissa J. (York)
Welch, w-as born in Freeport. October 24,
1846. Having concluded his attendance at the
public schools when sixteen years old he be-
came a mariner, and in 1865 entered the
United States navy. He soon returned to the
merchant service, however, in which he worked
his way aft to the quarter deck, and as a
shipmaster was for several years engaged in
the California and East India trades, making
profitable voyages to San Francisco, China
and Australia. In 1885 he abandoned the sea.
and settling at Kennebunkport. spent some
time in retirement. Inactivity, however,
proved distasteful to him, and accepting the
appointment of postmaster under the Harri-



son administration he served in that capacity
for four years with general satisfaction. Af-
ter retiring from the government service he
established himself in the dry goods business,
opening a small but well stocked store and
building up an extensive trade. Having be-
come thoroughly familiar with trade, he found
it advisable to increase his facilities, and in
1904 removed to new and more spacious quar-
ters and is carrying on an extensive business.
Politically Captain Welch is a Republican. In
addition to serving as town treasurer, collector
and postmaster, he represented his district in
the state legislature in 1894-95 and was as-
signed to im]5ortant committees. He is a
Master Mason, belonging to Arundel Lodge,
of Kennebunkport, and also affiliates with
Myrtle Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Kenne-
bunk. He ts an active member, a trustee and
otherwise officially connected with the Metho-
dist Episcopal church. In 1873 Captain Welch
was united in marriage with Esther A., daugh-
ter of Captain William and Martha (Perkins)
Davis, of Kennebunkport. Of this union there
is one son and one daughter : Martha P.,
born 1875, and Albert D., born 1882. The
former is now the wife of George A. Bourne,
proprietor of the CliflF House, at Kennebunk-
port ; they have two daughters. Esther and
Elizabeth. Albert D. Welch was educated in
the public schools and under the direction of
a private tutor. He is an electrician of ability
and a member of the firm of Ashworth and
Welch, electrical contractors, Kennebunkport.
He is a thirty-second degree Mason, belonging
to the local Blue Lodge, chapter, council and
commandery, and to Kora Temple, Order of
the Mystic Shrine, Lewiston.



Moflfat. or Moffit, is a Scotch
MOFFITT surname. A representative,

Robert Moffat, was born in
Ormiston, Scotland, and passed fifty-four
years in missionary labors in Africa, 1816-70,
and his daughter was the wife of Dr. Living-
stone, the African explorer. Another Scotch-
man bearing the name was James Clement
Moffat, born in Glencree, Gallowayshore,
Scotland, in 1811, emigrated to the United
States in 1833, after preparing himself for
college while a shepherd boy and printer in
his native land. He became a protege of a
wealthy philanthropist who sent him to the
College of New Jersey, where he w^as gradu-
ated, valedictorian, in 1835, ^- M - 1838, and
became a distinguished educator, and through
his marriage with Ellen Stewart was the father
of Edward Stewart Moffat (1844-1893), the



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mining engineer, and through his marriage
with Mary B. Mathews was the father of
James Douglas Moffat, the architect, of New
York City ; Henry Moft'at, the physician, of
Yonkers, New York ; and Alexander MofTat,
â– electrical engineer and football authority. It
is reasonable to suppose that the Moffitts of
Sniithfield, Rhode Island, are also of Scotch
â– origin and the spelling is merely a matter of
personal preference or taken from the pro-
nunciation without reference to the orthogra-
phy as obtained with the college men of the
name who matle tlieir name to be spelled Mof-
fat.

(I) Caleb Moffitt, of Smithfield. Rhode
Island, was married, February 25, 1804, to
Angelina Cook; children: i. Miranda, Decem-
ber 4, 1809. 2. Eliza S., November 27, 181 1.
3. Sarah Ann, January, 1814. 4. John M.
5. Rebecca. 6. Eliza. 7. Joseph, 1819. 8.
Caleb G. (q. v.).

(II) Caleb G., youngest child of Caleb and
Angelina (Cook) Moffitt, was born in Smith-
field, Rhode Island, April 17, 1824. Worked
in a cotton mill wdien only seven years of
age, learned the trade of journeyman tailor,
and removed when quite young to Kennebec,
Maine, where he worked at his trade and later
in Augusta. In 1847 he went to Rockland,
Maine, where he established the business of
merchant tailor on his own account. About
1878 he sold his business to F. C. Knight,
who continues its successful prosecution. Mr.
MofTitt, during his thirty years of business life
as a merchant tailor, invested his accumu-
lation of profits in real estate and became one
of the largest holders of real property in the
city of Rockland. It was the care of this
estate that induced him to sell out his tailor-
ing business. These interests kept him con-



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