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terms. He was a member of the Methodist
church, and also belonged to the Masons. On
February 3, 1825, he married Lucinda, daugh-
ter of Colonel William and Polly (Learned)
Morison. Children: \\'illiam >!., Mary L.,
John A., Nancy, Ellen, and Josiah Clark,
whose sketch follows.

(Vni) Josiah Clark, son of Josiah and Lu-
cinda (Morison) Towle, was born at Enfield,
Maine, February 12, 1835. He was educated
in the local schools, and in i860 went into the
flour, grain and feed business, which had been
founded by his father. From 1861 to 1864
he was in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, where
he bought wheat to stock flour mills, taking
the entire product of the mills and paying a
stipulated price for grinding. In i88g his
son, J. Norman Towle, whose sketch follows,
was taken into the firm, which had alreadj' in-
cluded two generations of the family. Mr.
Towle is a director and large stockholder of
the Bangor Publishing Company. He is a
Republican in politics, and attends the Congre-
gational church. On June 15, 1863, he mar-
ried Kate, daughter of William and Eliza-
beth Carveth. of Ontario. Children: i. J.
Norman, mentioned in the next paragraph. 2.
Eva C, born .■\pril 22, 1865. 3. Ida Maude,
October 16, 1867. 4. Kate Lida, September
29, 1871, no\\»Mrs. \'. L. Fitzgerabi. of Provi-
dence, Rhode Island.

(IX) J. Norman, eldest child and onlv son
of Josiah Clark and Kate (Carveth) Towle,
was born at Port Hope, Ontario, March 14,

1864. He was educated in the public schools
of Bangor, Maine, and worked for his fath-
er's firm, J. C. Towle and Company, until
1889, when he was admitted as partner. Mr.
Towle is also a large stockholder in the Ban-
gor Publishing Company, of which associa-
tion he is both president and treasurer : he is
the editor of the paper which they publish, the
Bangor Daily Neic's. The first issue of the
Bangor Daily Nezcs appeared June 18, 1889,
under the present management. March 3,
1900, they absorbed the Bangor Daily Whig
and Courier established in 1833. The X(nvs
is Republican in politics and has a daily cir-
culation of twelve thousand five hundred cop-
ies. It circulates principally in the eight east-
ern counties of Maine and is a good newspa-
per property of high standing. He is a direc-
tor of the Britton Leather Company, one of
the board of managers of the Bangor Board
of Trade, and president of the Maine Daily
Newspaper Association. He is a Republican
in politics, and attends the Congregational

On December 29, 1892. J. Norman Towle
married ]Mary Agnes, daughter of Charles G.
and Catherine Andrews, of Bangor, Maine.
Children: Lillis K., born October 8, 1893,
and Helen M.. born ]May 21, 1895.

This family was among the
FURBER earliest settlers of the New

England colonies, and members
of it are to be found at the present time
throughout the New England states. The
elder members of this family are buried in
Newington, at the right hand side of the drive
to Furber's Wharf. The path, which is now
very little used, is rough, but bordered by nu-
merous fine walnut trees. Across the Narrows
may be seen the White House on Adams Point,
once called Matthew's Neck, which was the
Durham terminus of Furber's Ferry. The
Furbers were always very patriotic, and fol-
lowing is a list of those who took part in the
war of the revolution : Thomas, William,
Joshua, Richard, Eli, Levi, Moses, Benjamin,
Nathan and Nathaniel. William Furber, the
fir.'Jt qf whom we have official record, was born
in London, England, in 1614, and died in this
country in 1699. He came to America in the
ship "Angel Gabriel," which was wrecked at
Pemaquid, Maine. Augu.'^t 15, 1635, when he
went to Ipswich and hired himself out for
one year to John Cogswell : was at Dover, New
Hampshire, in 1637. had a grant of his home
lots on the east side of Dover Neck given
him in 1640, and at the same time received



some marsh land in the Great Bay and some
near Turney Point. August 19, 1647, he re-
ceived thirty acres of the four hundred re-
served to the town of Dover on the Nevving-
ton side when Dover went under the Massa-
chusetts government, and was taxed in 1648.
He resided at Bloody Point (Newington,
New Hampshire) 1666-71. • Furber's Point
and Ferry were named in his honor, and he
was a lieutenant in the king's service at Dover,
October 22, 1677. He gave his son Jethro
some land, doubtless a part of that along the
Great Bay, and June 17, 1674, he gave his
homestead to his eldest son, William. The
records show that he had a wife, Elizabeth,
and children, William, Jethro, Moses, Eliza-
beth, Susanna and Bridget.

(I) Benjamin Furber, doubtless a descend-
ant of the William Furber mentioned above,
although the line cannot be traced with cer-
tainty at the present time, was born about


(II) Jonathan, son of Benjamin Furber,
was born in Farmington, New Hampshire, in
1778, and died in Winslow, in March, 1850.
He removed to Winslow, Maine, in 1899,
where he was a prosperous farmer and the
owner of a fine farm. In politics he was a
Whig, and filled the offices of constable and
selectman for many years. He was an hon-
ored member of the Baptist church, taking
great interest in the welfare of that institu-
tion. He married Mary Dempsey, born in Kit-
tery, Maine, 1778, died in Winslow, 1845;
children : Horace F., Mary C, George H.,
Eliza H., Maria H., James B., Jonathan T.,
Samuel B. and Francis P.

(III) Francis Pierce, son of Jonathan and
Mary (Dempsey) Furber, was born in Win-
slow, Tilaine, May 31, 1825. His education
was acquired in the common schools of Win-
slow, and he then engaged in the active duties
of his career. During the winter months he
worked in the lumber camps in the Maine
woods, and in the spring and summer was en-
gaged in logging on the Kennebec, Penobscot
and St. Johns rivers. Upon the call of his
country for volunteers he enlisted in Company
H. Nineteenth Maine \"olunteer Infantry, and
participated in the following named engage-
ments : Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Bristol Station, Rappahannock Station, Cul-
peper, Morton Ford, third battle of Bull Run,
Mine River, Gettysburg, Antietam and the
battles of the Wilderness. It was during the
latter engagement that he was shot through
the elbow, was treated for eight days at the
Fredericksburg Hospital, removed to the mili-

tary hospital at Washington, where he lay
from May to August, then came to Augusta,
Maine, where he remained in the military hos-
pital until May 15, 1865, when he was dis-
charged with the rank of first sergeant. Mr.
Furber was ordained a minister of the Free
Will Baptist denomination at Corinna, Maine,
September 27, 1885, and preached in Corinna,
Sangerville, United Plantation, East Benton,
Albion. North Clinton and South Kenton. He
is a justice of the peace, and was trial justice
in the town of Clinton for seven years, and
served many times as moderator of the town
meetings. He is a member of Billings Post,
Grand Army of the Republic, of Clinton. Mr.
Furber was married, July 11, 1847, to Dolly,
born November 17, 1824, died February 18,
1905, daughter of Captain David and Dolly
(Lowe) Cain, of Clinton; children: Mary E.,
died young; Eliza E., James S., George W.,
Jane E., Nettie and Mary.

The great Northland has con-
PRICE tributed to every state in the

Union of its best blood. To Aroos-
took county, Maine, whole colonies have come
over and by their frugal habits and the tmre-
mitting tenor of their industry have built up
their own fortunes and contributed to the wel-
fare of the community.

(I) Charles Thomas Price, born in Cotton-
burg, Sweden, in 1814, followed the sea from
bovhood. dving at the age of forty. He made
his home in Boston, T^Iassachusetts. after com-
ing to this country. He married Clara Au-
gusta, daughter of James Blanchard.

(II) Charles Wallace, son of Charles T.
and Clara Augusta (Blanchard) Price, was
born in Boston. August 28, 1844. He was
educated in tlie Boston city schools, and sailed
the sea as a cabin boy at the early age of
twelve, and doubled Cape Horn. The bugle
blast of '61 found him studying law in Rich-
mond, Maine, but he relinquished his studies
and enlisted in Company D, Seventh Regiment
Maine Volunteers, as a private, in August.
1861. He was with the Army of the Potomac,
and February 16. 1862. was discharged for
disability. Returning to his old love, the sea,
he traversed the globe in a voyage occupying
twentv months. He then enlisted in the
United States navy, being present at both bat-
tle? of Fort Fisher, where he received a se-
vere wound in the neck. He was also at the
bombardment of Charleston. South Carolina,
being discharged from service in 1865. Gal-
veston, Texas, is where we next find him. em-
ploved as clerk in a lumbering concern. He



graduated from Bowdoin College in medicine
in 1875. and located in Bath. Maine, thence at
\'irginia City, Nevada. Returning east, he lo-
cated at Boothbay, Maine, later coming to
Richmond, Maine, where he is now in prac-
tice. He is a United States pension exam-
iner, a member of the Maine Medical Asso-
ciation, and the Sagadahoc Medical Associa-
tion, of which he has been president. He is
a member of the Grand Army of the Republic
of Richmond, and past commander of his post,
and has been on the staff of the national grand
commander. He is a member of the Knights
of Pythias of Richmond ; of Richmond Lodge,
No. 63, F. A. M. ; of the Council and Chapter
of Bath ; of the Maine Commandery, Knights
Templar of Gardiner; of the Maine Consist-
ory of Portland, and the Kora Temple, Mys-
tic Shrine, Lcwiston. He married Albina C.
Colbath, of Gardiner, Maine. Six children,
three are living: Wallace N., Lily Pray,
Daisy M.. married Aforris E. Ridley: Charles
Allen, deceased, held a responsible position
with Gannett, of Augusta, Maine, as manager
of his immense publishing house.

(HI) Dr. Wallace Nathaniel, eldest son of
Charles Wallace and Albina C. (Colbath)
Price, was born at Calais, Maine, October 29,
1871. He was educated in the public schools
at Richmond, and graduated from the medical
department at Bowdoin in 1894. He is a
member of the Maine Academy of Medicine
and the American Medical Association. He
is a member of Lodge No. 63, F. A. M., of
Richmond ; of the Council and Chapter at
Bath ; Maine Commandery of Knights Tem-
plar, of Gardiner : Maine Consistory of Port-
land, Kora Temple of Lewiston, and is a
Knight of Pythias. He married Mary B.,
daughter of Timothy Moore, in 1893.

In Westminster Abbey repose
PAYNE the dust, all that remains of the

bodies of conquerors, sovereigns,
members of royal families, statesmen, divines,
authors, poets, philosophers, and other great
celebrities of England. Among those celebri-
ties was Lord Lieutenant Paine, as the name
was originally spelled, a direct ancestor of
Frederick G. Payne, of Lewiston, Maine. The
roof of the abbey covers the coronation chair
in which have sat the successive rulers of Eng-
land during the solemnity of their inaugura-
tions since Richard II instituted the custom at
his coronation, June 21, 1377. and this historic
chair stands upon the coronation stone brought
from Scotland by Edward I in 1274. The fu-
nerals of kings and queens have been solem-

nized in its minster, and the bodies are in-
terred under its walls. Besides the remains
of kings and queens, that of Oliver Cromwell,
who never wore a crown, but who ruled the
English nation as a commoner, found sepul-
ture for a time, and the ceren»ony of his burial
was attended with the pomp and display never
excelled by that qccorded royalty itself. The
history of the abbey is part of that of the Eng-
lish Reformists, and Thomas Bilney, one of
the Protestant martyrs, was arraigned before
Cardinal Wolsey in the Westminster Chapter-
house. The convocation announcing the su-
premacy of royalty was held here, and Epis-
copalians, Presbyterians and Independents
have occupied its pulpits, and celebrations have
been held within its walls by the clergy of the
Church of Rome.

It is no idle boast to be able to trace your
lineage to a man deemed worthy to find a last
resting place in the midst of a company of
such notable personages. It has been given
to Frederick G. Payne to inspire by martial
music created in his brain and written out by
his own hand the martial spirit of the militia
of his adopted state, as did the cruder music
that quickened the blood and kept in unison
the troops commanded by his prominent an-
cestors, among whom was Fitze Paine, who
accompanied William the Conqueror in 1066
and assisted him in subduing the Danes and
other tribes and establishing a permanent gov-
ernment, and now lies buried in Battle .\bbey,.
England, in the Norman row of warriors. In
the great reformation in the fifteenth century
the ancestors of the Payne family took an ac-
tive part and helped plant so firmly the seed
of liberalism that the fetters which had bound
the minds of men for so long a time were
broken forever. In 1621 one of the name
landed at Plymouth Rock Colony, and so well
pleased was he that in 1637 '"^ entire family
had come over and settled at Salem, Massa-
chusetts. A few years afterwards one of his
descendants settled on Long Island. John
Howard Payne, author of "Home, Sweet
Home," came from this same stock, as did also
Thomas Paine, and in fact all the Paines and
Paynes are of the same original stock.

(I) John Payne, who changed the spelling
from Paine to Payne, was born on Long Is-
land. He became a distinguished soldier in
the revolutionary war under General Wash-
ington, and at the time of his death was the
veteran of two wars in which he fought in be-
half of his country. He married Aseneth
Matoon. His -children included: George
Washington, see forward ; Andrew Jackson,



Charles Sumner and Xancy. Charles Sumner
Payne held membership in the American In-
stitute of Civics as councilor for the state of
Illinois. This is one of the most learned and
honorable societies in the United States, those
who have written their names high up among
the learned and honorable being members. He
secured his membership through his historical
writings, as he was a profound historian and
writer. His wife was a descendant of a long
line of French kings, tracing back through the
Angowleme — Valor's Princess — to those re-
markable persons, Charles the First of France,
Charles the First of Germany, called Charles
the Great, Charles the Best, who is better
known to the student of history as Charle-
magne, who took rank among those extraordi-
nary men who, from time to time, appear to
change the face of the w-orld and inaugurate a
new era in the destinies of mankind. John
Payne removed from Shelter Island across the
sound to Unionville, Connecticut, where his
children were born and where he died.

(II) George Washington, son of John
Payne, the patriot, was born in Unionville,
Connecticut, 1810. He attended the district
school winters and w'orked on the farm in
summer, and on leaving school continued farm
work up to 1849. when he joined the exodus of
adventurous spirits who were caught in the
contagious gold fever, 1849, and made Cali-
fornia the mecca of their pilgrimage for gold.
He joined a party who took the route around
Cape Horn, and on reaching the El Dorado
the conditions that he encountered did not war-
rant his long tarry in the gold diggings, and
he returned home by way of the Isthmus, a
poorer but w-iser man. He resumed farming
in Unionville on his return, and joined in the
general affairs of the town. He was a ready
speaker and debater, and had sufficient knowl-
edge of the law to dispense with a lawyer and
protect his own rights in suits at law. His
reputation in this endeavor lead more than one
of his neighbors to declare that they "would
rather have George Payne defend a case at
law than any lawyer in the town." He mar-
ried (first) Mary Saunders; three children,
two of whom died in infancy, and Ellen, born
August 4, 1849. married, April 10, 1882, Hi-
ram T- Hubbard, of Bristol, Connecticut. Mary
(Saunders) Payne died in Unionville, April
29, 1854. He married (second) June, 1855,
Mar\- Jane Brackett, of Chicopee, Massachu-
setts, a graduate of Mt. Holyoke Seminary;
children : Frederick G.. see forward. William,
died voung. Lillian, married Fred Gillette and

resides in Unionville, Connecticut. Mary J.
(Brackett) Paj'ne died March 10, 1901.

(Ill) Frederick G., son of George Wash-
ington and Mary J. (Brackett). Payne, was
born in Unionville, Connecticut, April 16,
1856. He attended the public schools of
Unionville, and while yet a boy displayed re-
markable musical talent and aptitude to in-
struct others in the proper use of band in-
struments. This genius led him, at the age of
fourteen, to join the band in his native town,
which band he led when only sixteen years
old. In 1873 he began his career as a musical
director and performer, and he traveled ex-
tensively and was for a time a member of the
band of the Tenth Regiment, and later with the
Twenty-fifth Regiment band. New York state
militia, Albany, New York. He resigned from
the regimental band in 1879 to assume the
proprietorship of a newspaper in Thomaston,
Connectictit, but becoming too ill to carry on
the publishing business, he sold out his news-
paper the following year and resumed his
vocation as a musician, coming to Lewiston,
Maine. July, 1880, in pursuit of health. In
1885, his health being restored, he added to
his work the printing business in Lewiston,
where he established a first-class printing busi-
ness, which proved profitable and which he
continued to conduct in connection with his
musical composition and the directorship of
musical organizations. In 1887 he organized
the regimental band of the Second Regiment,
Maine state militia, of Lewiston, and he later
reorganized the associatiori as Payne's Second
Regiment Band and increased the instruments
and members to thirty-four, and the reputation
of the band became established not only in
the state of !Maine, but throughout the New
England states. His compositions, especially
of band music, came into general use through-
out the countrv. and his orchestrations were
used by the best leaders in the country. He
was for eight years librarian and clarinetist in
the Maine Festival Orchestra with Mr. Chap-
man, also was for soine time with the Salem
Cadet Band. Salem, Massachusetts. In Ma-
sonic w'ork he held many official positions :
Past master of Rabboni Lodge : past high
priest of King Hiram Chapter; past com-
mander of Lewiston Commander}^ Knights
Templar : past illustrious potentate of Kora
Temple, IMystic Shrine : district deputy grand
master and district deputy grand high priest
of the Grand ]\Iasonic bodies of Maine. He
was a member of various benevolent, social
and patriotic associations, and held membership



in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
Knights of the Golden Eagle, Sons of St.
George and the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks. Mr. Payne married (first)
April 4, 1884, Emma G., daughter of John
and Zilpha (Spear) Spooner, of North Anson,
Maine; one child, Marian, born March 22,
1885. He married (second) May 25, 1902,
Nellie G. (Smart) Scriiton; one child, Fred-
erick G. Jr., bom July 24, 1904.

Every person of the name of Dana
DANA in the United States, entitled to
the name by right of birth, is be-
lieved to trace his descent from Richard Dana,
the immigrant. Uniform tradition has been
that the father of Richard was a native of
France, who immigrated to England about
1629 on account of religious persecution.
Those bearing this name have contributed to
the growth and development of thfs country
generally, and New England particularly, by
their labors in divinity, law, medicine, liter-
ature and the arts, sciences and industries.
Among the most distinguished representatives
of the name may be mentioned : The late
Charles A. Dana, who made the Nezu York
Sun one of the best newspapers in the country;
Francis Dana, minister to Russia, chief justice
of Massachusetts ; Daniel Dana, president of
Dartmouth College : United States Senator
Judah Dana, of Maine ; and numerous able

(I) Richard Dana, the immigrant, accord-
ing to uniform tradition, came to this country
from England, hut whether he was a native
of England or France is not known. His
settlement in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is
fixed at 1640. In 1652, in the division of
Shawsheen, he received twenty acres of land.
In 1665 he was allotted tw-enty acres. In De-
cember, 1683, in the "list of the inhabitants
that doo service and pay rates and to whom
lands are approportioned as followeth : Lot 21
Richard Dany, 15 acres," April 20, 1656. he
made a deed to Edward Jackson of fifty-eight
acres of land situated on the south side of
Charles river, on the road leading from New-
ton Corner to Boston, in the western part of
Old Cambridge (now Brighton), now known
as the Hunnewell farm. Richard Dana was
elected constable in November, i(56i ; sur-
veyor of highways, 1665, tithingman of the
village, 1665; was one of the selectmen of
Cambridge, and a grand juror. It has been
stated that: "Richard Dana, the progenitor of
the Dana family in this country, had a large
estate on Market street, which street was laid

out wholly through his estate in 1656. Rich-
ard Dana died April 2, 1690, of injuries re-
ceived by falling from a scaffold in his barn.
August 2, 1690, an inventory of his estate was
returned by the widow and her son Jacob, two
hundred and nine pounds, three shillings, six
pence, and one hundred and one acres of land.
Richard Dana married Ann BuUard, of Cam-
bridge, probably in 1648. She died June 15,
171 1. Their children were: John, Hannah,
Samuel, Jacob, Joseph, Abiah, Benjamin,
Elizabeth, Daniel, Deliverance and Sarah.

(II) Benjamin, fifth son of Richard and
Ann (Bullard) Dana, was born February 20,
1660, baptized April 8, 1660. and died in Cam-
bridge, August 13, 1738. He is said to have
owned a farm one mile from the meeting
house, on the road to Newton Corner. He
and his brothers, Jacob and Daniel, owned one-
twelfth part of the Mashamoquet purchase of
fifteen thousand acres in Pomfret, Connecticut,
which cost thirty pounds in 1686. He was
tythingman in 1699 and 1701, and a surveyor
in 1702. Letters of administration were
granted on his estate August 22, 1738: the
inventory returned August 31, 1730, mentions
twenty acres of land in Newton, one hundred
and sixty pounds ; personal estate about ninety
pounds. Benjamin Dana married, May 24,
1688, Alary Buckminster, who survived him,
and married, July 19, 1742, when eighty-four
years old, it seems, Joshua Fuller, of Newton,
who was then eighty-seven years old. The
children of Benjamin and Marv were : Ben-
jamin, Jonathan, Mary, Isaac, Joseph, John,
William, Ann, Sarah and Jedediah.

(III) Isaac, born 1698, is said by tradition
to have been the son of Benjamin and Mary
(Buckminster) Dana. He lived in Pomfret,
Vemiont, and died April 21. 1767. He mar-
ried Sarah, daughter of John Winchester.
Their children were: Sarah, Isaac (died
young), Mary, Isaac, Joanna, Elizabeth, Ben-
jamin, Frances, Benoni. Lois, John Winches-
ter, Bethia, Martha and Judah.

(IV) John Winchester, fifth son of Isaac
and Sarah (Winchester) Dana, was bom Jan-
uary 6, or 29. 1740, and died in February,
1813. He resided in Pomfret, Vermont, where
he held the office of town clerk and other
town offices, and was representative in 1778-
80-81-92. He married Hannah Pope Putnam,
daughter of General Putnam, who died AprU
3, 1821. Their children were: Isaac, Betsey,
Benjamin, Judah. Israel Putnam. Hannah P.,
John W., Daniel, Sarah W., David. Eunice,
Schuyler and Polly.

(V) John Winchester (2), fifth son of



John Winchester (i) and Hannah (Putnam)
Dana, was born January 16, 1777, and died
in 1850. He resided in Cabot and Danville,
Vennont, and was representative, councillor
and judge. In 1849 he removed to South-
port, Wisconsin. He married Susan, daugh-
ter of Rev. George Damon, by whom he had :
George Dutton, Mary Ann, Susan Elizabeth,
John W. (died young), Catherine Putnam,
Oscar Fingall, mentioned below ; Martha Eliza,
Andrew Jackson, and John W., mentioned be-

(VI) Oscar Fingall, third son of John Win-
chester (2) and Susan (Damon) Dana, was
bom in Pomfret, Vermont, March 3, 1815,
died in 1902. He graduated from the Uni-

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