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he became a highly respected citizen, was ap-
pointed judge and reared a numerous family,
1;welve in all. Many of his descendants moved
to Maine. One grandson, Nathan, was the an-
cestor of the Beedes, who live at Phillips in
"that state, and another grandson, Daniel (3).
became the founder of the family at Industry.
Rev. Thomas Beede, of Wilton, New Hamp-
shire, was probably another grandson. He
was graduated from Harvard in 1798 in the
same class with Channing, Story and other
iTien of note, and became one of the influential
men of his place and time.

(II) Hezekiah, one of the four sons of Eli
and Mehitable (Sleeper) Beede, married Hep-
zibah Smith and lived at Kingston, New

(III) Phineas, son of Hezekiah and Hepzi-
liah (Smith) Beede, was born at Kingston,
New Hampshire, September 24, 1749, and
married a Miss Batchelder, of that same town.
Among their children was Phineas (2).

(IV) Phineas (2), son of Phineas (i)
(Batchelder) Beede, was born at Fremont,
New Hampshire, December 6, 1773, and mar-

ried Miriam Taylor. Among their children
whose births are recorded were : Horatio, De-
cember 18, 1797; Sally, December 5, 1799;
Polly, May 22, 1805; Phineas, whose sketch
follows; and William Taylor, March 2, 1811.
All of these were born at Fremont, New

(V) Phineas (3), son of Phineas (2) and
Miriam (Taylor) Beede, was born at Fre-
mont, New Hampshire, August 18, 1809, and
died 1887. at Fremont, New Hampshire.
About 1831 he married Hannah Lock Puring-
ton, daughter of Elijah and Nancy Puring-
ton, of Effingham, New Hampshire. They had
four children : Joshua W., whose sketch fol-
lows ; Mary Ann, February 21, 1835, married
John Bell, son of Governor Samuel Bell, of
Chester. New Hampshire ; Phineas, February
23, 1842, now living on the old homestead at
Fremont; Sylvia H., August ^7, 1849.

(\'I) Dr. Joshua William, eldest son of
Phineas (3) and Hannah Lock (Purington)
Beede, was born on the farm of his grand-
lather Beede, at Poplin, now Fremont, New
Hampshire, April 29, 1832. His mother was
a most worthy christian woman of Quaker de-
scent, to whose influence her children are in-
debted for the best of early training. Dr.
Beede's early life was one of toil ; but he set
his heart on obtaining an education, and at
the age of fourteen began his preparation for
college at Kingston Academy in his native
state. He paid his own way from the start,
and in course of time entered the famous Phil-
lips Academy at E.xeter, New Hampshire,
where he remained till ready for the sopho-
more class at Harvard. He had earned money
by canvassing, and had received some help
from the academy, so he found himself at this
stage with a debt of only eighty dollars. Af-
ter teaching one term he entered the sopho-
more class of Dartmouth College in the spring
of 1855, but was obliged to resume teaching
for a year and a half in order to secure needed
funds. In the spring of 1857 he again en-
tered Dartmouth, and was graduated the next
year, owing but a small debt. L^pon leaving
college in 1858 he became principal of Mount
Pleasant high school at Nashua, where he re-
mained three years, or until he began his med-
ical course. This he did under his brother-in-
law, Dr. John Bell, at New York City, and
Dr. Joseph M. Nye, of Lynn, Massachusetts.
He also attended one course of lectures at
Harvard and two at Bellevue Hospital Medi-
cal College at New York City, where he was
graduated in 1864. During twenty-two months
of his medical studies, he was an assistant



physician at Black well's Island Lunatic Asy-
lum. In 1864 Dr. Beede began the practice of
medicine at Auburn, Maine, where he contin-
ues to the present time. For .some years he
had a half ownership in a drug store, which
he maintained in connection with his practice.
He has been on the staff of the Central Maine
General Hospital at Lewiston since its foun-
dation in 1892. For two years he was presi-
dent of the Androscoggin County Medical
Association. Dr. Fred L. Dixon, a fellow
practitioner, says of him: "He possesses a
fund of anecdote and a power of impersona-
tion which gives him a ready welcome at every
social function. Professionally his standing is
among the best. None of the great changes
that have occurred during the last forty years
have found him unprepared. He is regarded
as an expert in the diagnosis of many surgical
diseases." Beside being a busy medical prac-
titioner, Dr. Beede has taken part in many
matters pertaining to the welfare of the town.
He served on the school board of Auburn for
eight years, was trustee of the public library
for ten years, city physician for several years,
one of the board of health for nine years, sec-
retary of the .Auburn- Home for Aged Women
more than twenty-two years, and a trustee of
the Mechanics' Savings Bank for ten years.
He has been a trustee of the Academy at
Hebron, Maine, since about 1891, and of Colby
College since 1893. The latter institution con-
ferred the degree of Master of Arts upon Dr.
Beede in 1893. His publications have con-
sisted of papers read before the Androscoggin
Medical Association, newspaper articles secu-
lar and religious, and lectures on medical sub-
jects for the nurses at the hospital and one for
the general public. The poetical tribute to
his ancestor, Eli Beede, was written after he
was seventy years of age ; since then he has
read similar effusions before various public
bodies, which were well received. Dr. Beede
is a Republican in politics, and has been a
member of the city council. His pastor, Rev.
F. M. Preble, pays this tribute: "Taking him
all in all. Dr. Beede is easily among the fore-
most Baptist laymen in the state of Maine; a
splendid type of Christian gentleman. In the
business management of his church, in Sun-
day-school work, where he has been almost
continuously a teacher or the superintendent,
in mission work at home and abroad, he has
always been at the front, doing with his might
whatever his hands found to do."

On May 6, 1864, Dr. Joshua William Beede
married Abby Maria Reed, daughter of El-
bridge G. and Nancy (Phelps) Reed, ot

Nashua, New Hampshire. They have one
child, Helen Reed, born October 6, 1869, who
was graduated from Colby College in 1893,
and during the years 1899 and 1900 attended
the Bible Normal College at Springfield, Mas-
sachusetts. After graduating from Colby she
taught one year at the Good Will Farm,
Hinckley, Maine, and two years in the Ed-
ward Little high school in Auburn. On June
14, 1900, she was married to William P. Bren-
eman, then of Dayton, Ohio, but now holding
a responsible position as secretary and treas-
urer of a corporation at Auburn, Maine. Mrs.
Breneman has always been a leader in what-
ever circle she may have moved, on account of
her social qualities, christian character and in-
tellectual attainments. They have three chil-
dren : LeRoy Beede, Lucy King and Marian

The early records of New
FELLOW S England give honorable asso-
ciation to this name. The first
record now attainable locates its origin in Not-
tinghamshire, England. Three brothers and
one sister came thence about 1635 and located
in diftercnt portions of New England. Wil-
liam, the eldest, settled at Ipswich, Massachu-
setts. Richard, the second, settled in Hart-
ford, Connecticut. Elizabeth, the fourth, set-
tled in Boston, her married name being
Moriche. The youngest, Grace, married an
Allane and lived in Lincolnshire, England.

(I) Samuel Fellows, the third in the above
family of brothers and sisters, was born in
England about 1619, and settled at Salisbury,
Massachusetts, in 1639. His wife, whose
christian name was Ann (surname unknown),
died there December 5, 1684. He died De-
cember 5, 1729. Record of two of their chil-
dren is found, namely : Samuel and Hannah.

(II) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) and
Ann Fellows, was born in 1646 in Salisbury,
and made his home in that town, where he
subscribed to the oath of allegiance and fidel-
ity in 1677. His name appears among the list
of freemen in that town in 1690. He died
about the beginning of the year 1730, admin-
istration of his estate being granted to his son
Thomas on March 2, 1730. He was married
June 2, 1681, in Salisbury, to Abigail, daugh-
ter of Thomas and Eleanor Barnard, pioneers
of Salisbury. She was born January 20, 1657,
in that town, and was admitted to the Salis-
bury church November 11, 1705. Children:
Samuel, Thomas, Joseph, Ann, Ebenezer,
Hannah and Eleanor.

(III) Samuel (3), eldest child of Samuel



(2) and Abigail (Barnard) Fellows, was born
August i, 1683, in Salisbury, and settled in
Kingston, New Hampshire, where he died
October 12, 1715. He was a member of the
Salisbury Foot Company in 1702, and was
baptized there as an adult, August 26, 1705, at
the same time with all his brothers and sis-
ters. He probably settled very soon thereafter
in Kingston, as he does not appear again in
the Salisbury records. He married Sarah
Webster, November 14, 1710; she was the
daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Godfrey)
Webster. Children: Samuel, June 15, 1712,
and Joseph.

(IV) Joseph, son of Samuel (3) and Sarah
(Webster) Fellows, was born February 27,
1714, in Kingston, and probably passed all his
life in that town. He appears in the records
as "Ensign" and in a record made January 21,
1771, he is called captain. He was married
(first) January i, 1737, to Elizabeth Young,
who was born October 25, 1717, died October
17, 1756. He was married (second) March 8,
I757> i" Kingston, to Mrs. Sarah Green, a

(V) Samuel (4), son of Joseph and Eliza-
beth (Young) Fellows, was born August 14,
1738, in Kingston, and died there September
15, 1778. His intention of marriage was pub-
lished April II, 1761, and the wedding oc-
curred in South Hampton, New Hampshire,
May 13th of the same year, the bride being
Molly Ring, the ceremony performed by Rev.
William Parsons. This was recorded the next
day in the South Hampton records. Molly
Ring was a descendant of the famous Rev.
Stephen Bachiller, of Hampden.

(VI) Jonathan, son of Samuel (4) and
Mary (Ring) Fellows, was born October 18,
1764, and resided in Piermont, New Hamp-
shire. While residing in New Hampshire he
served as a revolutionary soldier, and removed
to St. Lawrence county, New York, in 1799.
He was a soldier in the war of i8i2, serving
at the battle of Sacketts Harbor. His wife
was Eleanor Weeks.

(VII) Joseph (2), son of Jonathan and
Eleanor (Weeks) Fellows, was born August
23, 1799, in New Hampshire, probably Pier-
mont, and was an infant when his parents re-
moved to New York. He was a powder-boy
at the battle of Sacketts Harbor, assisting his
father. In 1848 he settled at Bristol, Wiscon-
sin. About 1826-27 he married Mary Ann

(VIII) George, son of Joseph (2) and
Mary Ann (Marks) Fellows, was born May
21. 1830, at De Peyster, St. Lawrence county.

New York, and died January 31, 1888, in
Waukesha, Wisconsin. At the age of twenty
years he purchased land at Bristol, Wiscon-
sin, on which it was his purpose to establish
an academy. He purposed to pursue a college
course at Meadville, Pennsylvania, to prepare
himself for teaching, but coming in contact
with the presiding elder of the Methodist
Episcopal church, he was persuaded to defer
his college course and enter the ministry,
which he did in 1850. This was in the days
of pioneering in Wisconsin, and he was a
circuit rider in the days when it was more or
less dangerous to go through the woods for
many miles from one settlement to another.
For four years he rode horseback, his only
home being his saddle bags, preaching at
Wauwatosa, Kenosha, and other places in
southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
>After his marriage he was settled pastor in
Oconomowoc, Beaver Dam and Kenosha. He
then "located" and went to Evanston, Illi-
nois, to take a course in the Garrett Biblical
Institute, now the theological department of
Northwestern University. He was there as a
student from 1859 to 1862, when he was grad-
uated. During his residence in Evanston he
was pastor of churches in Chicago. After his
graduation he was appointed pastor of Asbury
Methodist Episcopal Church, Milwaukee. Wis-
consin. His subsequent pastorates in Wiscon-
sin were Madison, the capital of the state,
from 1864 to 1866; Oconomowoc, Waukesha,
Menasha, Fond du Lac, Ripon, Sun Prairie
and Oshkosh. He was presiding elder of the
Waupaca district, living in Waupaca from
1874 to 1878. This was a missionary district
and he had to travel on foot, or with horses,
as far as Lake Superior. In 1882 he resigned
his pastorate and took up seriously the study
of medicine, which he had studied as a hobby
for many years. He attended the Hahnemann
Medical College of Chicago, and obtained the
degree of M. D. in 1885. He then practiced
medicine in Waukesha, Wisconsin, until his
death in 1888. In 1863 he was appointed chap-
lain of the Forty-first Regiment Wisconsin
Volunteers, and was ordered with his regi-
ment to the front. A brother minister, an in-
timate friend, was about the same time drafted
into the service. As the position of a drafted
man was very undesirable, Mr. Fellows volun-
tarily resigned his commission and allowed his
friend to be appointed chaplain in the Forty-
first Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment. Being
eager for active service, he did not think at
that time of the future value of being con-
nected with a regular military organization.



He immediately oflfered himself to the United
States Christian Mission, and went south
with the regiment then going to the front. He
was engaged, of course, in the same kind of
work that he would have been engaged in as
a regular chaplain of the regiment. He was
given leave from his pastorate in Milwaukee
during his service with the army, after which
he returned and remained until the autumn of
1864. at the -Asbury Methodist Episcopal
Church. He was married .August 15, 1856, in
Mequon, Wisconsin, to Emmeline Electa Gur-
nee, who was born September 15,. 1832, at
Sempronius, New York, and died in Novem-
ber. 1899, in Chicago, Illinois. She was a
descendant of a French family who settled in
New York, probably at the time of the Hugue-
not persecutions. The name was first spelled

(IX) George Emory, son of George and.
Emmeline E. (Gurnee) Fellows, was born
June 9. 1858, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and
attended the public and private schools in the
various towns and cities where his father was
pastor, principally in Milwaukee, Madison and
Oconomowoc. At the age of thirteen years,
he entered the preparatory department of
Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin,
and was subsequently a student in the Acad-
emy of Northwestern University at Evanston,
Illinois, until the winter of 1875. In that year
he entered Lawrence University as a fresh-
man and took a four year classical course, and
was graduated in 1879 with the degree of
A. R. Lawrence University conferred upon
Dr. Fellows the degree of L. H. D. Bow-
doin conferred LL. D. He immediately en-
gaged as principal of the Eau Claire Wesleyan
Seminary, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and contin-
ued in that position one year. He was ap-
pointed supply pastor of the Methodist Epis-
copal church at Randolph, W^isconsin, and re-
mained from April to October, 1881. The
next year he occupied a similar position at
Shopiere, Wisconsin, and was at Waukesha,
same state, thereafter until September, 1883.
For two years he was vice-principal of the
Ryan high school at Appleton, Wisconsin, and
for nearly four years succeeding was pro-
fessor of mathematics in the New Orleans
Central high school. He resigned in 1888 and
went to Europe to study for the degree of doc-
tor of philosophy. He was a student at the Uni- '
versity at Munich and Berne and for briefer
periods at Edinburgh and Paris. In 1890 he
received the degree of doctor of philosophy
at Berne, in history and anthropology and
philosophy. In 1899 and again in 1900 Dr.

Fellows visited Europe and pursued special
lines of investigation and research at these in-
stitutions. In the school year 1890-91 he was
a member of the high school faculty at Au-
rora, Illinois, and the succeeding four years
was professor of European history at the In-
diana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The
years 1895 to 1902 he was assistant professor
of history in the University of Chicago. In
December, 1901, he was elected president of
the University of Maine at Orono and entered
upon the duties of that position the following
year, and has so continued to the present time.
Dr. Fellows has written much, especially upon
history, and published in 1895 an "Outline
Study of the Sixteenth Century." In 1902 he
published a work upon "Recent European His-
tory," besides his annual reports as president
of the L'niversity of Maine, which are valuable
contributions to current educational literature.
He is the editor of many articles which have
appeared in various reviews and magazines.
He is a member of the University Club of Bos-
ton, and since 1903 has been president of the
Twentieth Century Club of Bangor. He is a
member of the New Orleans Academy of Sci-
ences : of the National Educational Institution ;
the American Historical .Association and of
the Sons of the American Revolution, having
been president of the last named society in
1907-08. Since 1903 he has been secretary
and treasurer of the National Association of
State Universities, and is frequently called
upon for addresses and lectures on public oc-
casions and at educational gatherings in vari-
ous parts of the United States. His lectures
are historical and scientific and deal with the
nineteenth century.

He was married October 23, 1881, at Ran-
dolph. Wisconsin, to Lucia Idelle, daughter
of Hobart Henry and Margaret Eliza Ann
(Burgess) Russell. Hobart H. Russell was a
manufacturer and business man, for many
years engaged in the production and sale of
agricultural implements. He was descended
of Puritan stock, one of his ancestors, John
Holland, being of the original company of the
"Mayflower." .Another was Sir John Leverett,
second governor of Massachusetts. Margaret
E. A. Burgess was a descendant of Stephen
Davis, one of the founders of Newark. New
Jersey, and of Thomas Harris, a compatriot
of Roger Williams. Mrs. Fellows attended
Merrill Institute Preparatory School in Fond
du Lac. Wisconsin, and later was graduated
from Indiana University. She studied art and
music in Munich. Paris and Edinburgh and is
a member of the Daughters of the Revolution,.



Mayflower Society, Descendants of Colonial
Governors and the Woman's Club of Chicago,
and of literary clubs in Chicago, New Orleans,
Bangor and Orono. Children: i. Gladys
Ethel, born October 10, 1883, in Appleton,
Wisconsin, attended the public schools in Au-
rora, Illinois, Bloomington, Indiana and the
Chicago University School, Chicago, Illinois.
She was subsequently a student in Mrs. Star-
rett's school for girls in Chicago, and spent
over two years at the convent of St. Honore
d'Evlau, in Paris, and graduated from Wel-
lesley College in 1907 with the degree of
A. B. At present she is an instructor in the
department of romance languages at the Uni-
versity of Maine. 2. Dorothy Russell Bur-
gess was born December 29, 1891, in Bloom-
ington, Indiana, and after attending Mrs.
Starrett's Academy and the University School
in Chicago was a student at the same convent
with her sister in Paris. She died August 18,
1907. 3. Donald Ross Hotchkiss was born
July I, 1893. in Bloomington, and attended
the French school for boys in Paris from 1898
to 1900. He is now a student of the Orono
high school.

From one couple of this name
TOWLE comes a large progeny of Towles

in southeastern New Hampshire
and Maine, who are people of good standing.
The early Towles were patriotic, and many of
them fought for liberty in the revolution. The
early generations were strong and hardy and
noted for longevity. Vitality and vigor char-
acterize their descendants.

(I) Philip Towle, seaman, is supposed to
have come from the northern part of Eng-
land. April 15, 1664, he bought a dwelling
and outhouses and a house lot containing
seven and one-half acres, and about seventy
acres of outlying lands and some shares in
common lands in Hampton. Part or all of this
land is still owned by his descendants. He
married, at the age of forty-one years, No-
vember 19. 1657, Isabella, daughter of Fran-
cis and Isabella (Bland) Austin, of Colches-
ter, England, and Hampton, New Hampshire,
and granddaughter of John and Joanna Bland,
of Edgartown, England. She was born about
1633, and was the eldest of three daughters.
She was once the victim of persecution for
witchcraft. She and Rachel Fuller were ac-
cused in the summer of 1680. Rachel con-
fessed and accused Isabella. Both were com-
mitted to prison, where they remained until
the sitting of the Hampton court. September
7, when the case was heard, and later released

on bail of iioo each, and discharged the next
year. Isabella was then the mother of eight
children, from two years old upward. Philip
and family lived in what is now the heart of
the village of Hampton. Five of their sons —
Joseph, Philip, Benjamin, Francis and Caleb
— served in King William's war, 1689-1698.
Children : Philip, Caleb (died young), Joshua,
Mary, Joseph, Benjamin, Francis, John and

(Hj Sergeant Joseph, fourth son and fifth
child of Philip and Isabella (Austin) Towle,
born May 4, 1669, died September 2, 1757,
probably lived a little north of the village of
Hampton. He served in King William's war,
and was selectman in 1723-29-33. He married
(first) December 14, 1692, Mehitabel, born
February 28, 1673, daughter of John and
Sarah (Colcord) Hobbs; and (second) March
4. 1 73 1, Sarah, daughter of Morris Hobbs.
Children, all by first wife, were : John, Jo-
seph, James, Mary, Jonathan, Mehitabel and

(III) John, eldest child of Sergeant Joseph
and Mehitabel (Hobbs) Towle, was born at
Hampton, New Hampshire, June 26, 1694, and
died there December 5, 1786. On November
13, 1 72 1, he married Lydia, daughter of Chris-
topher and Abigail (Tilton) Page, who was
born at Hampton, August 3, 1698, and died
there May 22, 1772. Children: i. John (2),
whose sketch follows. 2. Abigail, born April,
1725, married (first) Samuel (2) Fogg, (sec-
ond) Samuel Robie. 3. Eliphalet, September
4, 1728. 4. Mehitable. April i, 1732, died un-
married, June II, 1822. 5. Lemuel, July 26,
1737, married Mary Shaw.

(IV) John (2), eldest child of John (i)
and Lydia (Page) Towle. was born at Hamp-
ton, New Hampshire, May 23, 1723, but the
date of his death is unknown. He lived at
Epping, New Hampshire, and on January 10,
1744, married his mother's cousin, Mary Page,
youngest child of Stephen and Mary (Raw-
lingsl Page, who was born at Hampton, No-
vember 26, 1712. Two children are recorded:
Simeon, whose sketch follows; and John, bap-
tize<l in 1748.

(V) Simeon, elder son of John (2) and
Mary (Page) Towle, was born at Hampton,.
New' Hampshire, August 18, 174.S. He mar-
ried Farrar, and among their children

was Major Tosiah. whose sketch follows.

(\T) ]\Iajor Josiah, son of ^Simeon and

(Farrar) Towle, was born at Epping,

New Hampshire, in July, 1769, and died at
Newfield, ]\Iaine, January 18, 1838. He mar-
ried (first) Hannah Ayer : children: Ira,



John, Josiali, wlio^e sketch follows, William,
Simeon, Mary and Hannah. Married (sec-
ond) Nancy Doe: children: Caroline, Julian,
George Washington, Harriet, Susanna. Char-
lotte, Emeline Frances and William.

(VII) Tosiah, third son of Major Josiah and
Hannah (Aver) Towle, was born in 1798, at
Epping, New Hampshire, and died in 1883, at
Bangor, Maine. In early life he moved to
Sebec, Maine, where he kept a general store.
From there he went to Howland in the same
state where he had a store, hotel and also a
shoe-shop, Towle & Parsons. In 1836 he
moved to Bangor and went into the lumber
and grocery business with Solomon Parsons,
firm name Parsons & Company ; later admit-
ted William H. Parsons, firm name William
H. Parsons & Company, and this partnership
was dissolved in 1850. In 1858 Mr. Towle
went into the flour, grain and feed business,
and in i860 took his son, Josiah C, into part-
nership, and the firm became J. C. Towle &
Company. Mr. Towle was a Republican in
politics, and served in the legislature two

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