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ica and Its Problems." In conducting the pa-



per with which he is identified he carries out
the policy and principles laid down by his
father. Ausiist ii, i8S6, Mr. Noyes married
Marv E. Prentice.

(I'X) Frank Brett, second son of Crosby
Stuart an<i Elizabeth S. (Williams) Noyes,
was born July 7, 1863, at Washington, and
was educated in the common schools and the
preparatory department of the Columbian Uni-
versity of his native town. He was manager
of the Washington Eiotiug Star from 1881 to
1901, and in 1900 was elected president of the
Associated Press, of which association he has
been director of the executive committee since

1894. In igo2 he became editor and publisher
of the Cliica<;o Record-Herald, and still h9lds
that position. He married, September 17,

1888. Janet Thurston New bold, and they now
reside at Chicago. Illinois.

(IX) Thomas Clarence, third son of Crosby
Stuart and Elizabeth S. (Williams) Xoyes.
was born January 14, 1868. at \\'ashington,
received his education at the public schools of
Washington and Wrights Academy, and grad-
uated from Princeton College in the class of

1889. He then began as reporter on the Wash-
ington Eveuiii!^ Star, being afterwards assist-
ant city editor, city editor, and is now news
manager of that paper and treasurer of the
Star Company. He was a delegate from
Maryland to two National Republican con-
ventions. He is director of the Evening Star
Company, and other financial enterprises of
his native city, is vice-president of the Wash-
ington board of trade and a director of the
chamber of commerce. He belongs to the
Chevy Chase and University clubs of Wash-
ington. Princeton Club of New York, Nassau
Club of Princeton, New Jersey, and belongs
to many of the Masonic Orders. September 5,

1895, he married Dorothy Rogers, of Mans-
field, Ohio, and they have no children.

. (IX) Aland E., eldest daughter of Crosby
Stuart and Elizabeth S. (Williams) Noyes,
married Frederick W. Hall, of San Francisco,
California, where she resided until her death.
(IX) Mira C, second daughter of Crosby
Stravt and Elizabeth S. (Williams) Noyes,
married George W. Boyd, and resides at Phila-
delphia. Pennsylvania.

(For preceding Keneratlons see Rev. William Noyes I.)

(IV) Joseph, fourth child and
NOYES third son of Cutting and Eliza-
beth (Knight) Noyes, was born
in Newbury, January 21, t688, and removed
soon after 1731 to Portland, Maine, where he
died February 14, 1755. He tnarried Jane

Dole, in 171 1, and they were the parents of
Josiah. Dorothy, Hannah, Jane, Amos, Peter,
and one who died young.

(V) Josiah, eldest child of Joseph and Jane
(Dole) Noyes, born in Newbury. September 8,
1712, died in 1796, aged eighty-four. Josiah
Noyes, of New Casco, was a member of Cap-
tain James Merrill's company. Colonel Jona-
than Mitchel's (Cumberland County) regi-
ment; service, three days, in November, 1775.
fortifying Falmouth; also private in Captain
William Cobb's company, which marched July
8, 1779. and was discharged September 25,
1779; service, two months and seventeen days.
This company was raised in Cumberland
county for service on the Penobscot expedi-
tion, and served in Colonel Jonathan Mitchel's
detachment. He was also in Captain William
Cobb's company in Colonel Jonathan Mitchel's
detachment. The pay abstract for mileage
was sworn to at North Yarmouth, November
26, 1779. He is reported as first having drawn
rations at Falmouth, and as discharged at
Falmouth. He married, in 1737, Mary Lunt,
of Newbury. Their children born in Portland
are: Joseph. Mary, Cutting. Moses, Jane,
Ilannaii, Eunice, Ann, Josiah, Sarah, Thomas,
and five who died young.

(\T) Joseph (2), eldest child of Josiah and
Mary (Lunt) Noyes, born in Portland, Sep-
tember 14, 1740, died October 13, 1795. He
married (first) in 1763 Anne J^Ioody; (sec-
ond) 1767, Mary Cobham ; (third) Ehzabeth
Turrell. His children were: Jacob, Anne,
Elizabeth, Josiah and Polly. He was nine
years representative to the general court cov-
ering the entire period of the revolutionary

(VII) Jacob, eldest child of Joseph and
Mary (Cobham) Noyes, born in Portland,
1768, died in 1820. He married, in 1798,
Anna Jones, and they had the following named
children : Joseph C., Edward F., Julia A.,
Elizabeth F., Horatio, Enoch J., and two who
died, young.

(X'ill) Joseph Cobham, eldest child of Jacob
and Anna (Jones) Noyes. born in Portland,
September 22, 1798. died in Portland, July 28,
1868, aged seventy. In 1^19 he moved to
Eastport and engaged in business as ship
chandler and shipper of merchandise. He was
honest and honorable, believed in a fair profit
only, and scorned to take advantage of others'
needs or enter into a combine to raise prices
above what was just and right. A little inci-
dent illustrates his position in this matter. On
a certain occasion the canals were closed for
the season and onlv about half the flour neces-

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sary to supply the local demand had been
shipped in, but Mr. Noyes had what he con-
sidered his full stock for the season. A num-
ber of flour merchants wishing to take advan-
tage of the scarcity and form a combination to
raise the price, waited on Mr. Noyes and laid
their plan before him, and asked him to join
them. This he refused to do. and went further
and refused to sell any of his goods to them
at an advanced price or their representatives
who attempted to buy of him. On the con-
trary, he advertised to sell to all bonafide heads
of families in Washington county, barrels of
flour at an advance of twenty-five cents only
above full cost, and in this way disreputed the
scheme of those who proposed to take advan-
tage of others to make an unfair gain, as he
deemed it, out of the necessaries of life. He
was elected a member of the Twenty-fifth con-
gress as a Free Soil ^^'hig. and being the first
Free Soiler from eastern Maine was called the
"Star in the East." In 1847 'le engaged in
the flour trade in Portland, and for some vears
carried on an extensive and lucrative business.
He was appointed treasurer of the Portland
Company (locomotive works) in 1859, and
about the same time became treasurer of the
Portland Savings Bank. For a time his at-
tention was divided between the duties of
these two offices, but in his later years his
whole attention was given to the affairs of the
bank. When he first became connected with
the bank it had but one hundred and sixty
thousand dollars on deposit, but its business
was already beginning to increase, and at the
time of his demise (1868) the deposits
amounted to two million two hundred and sev-
enty-three thousand dollars. Without doubt
the influence of Mr. Noyes, his well known
business ability and probity of character, had
much to do with the public confidence in this
institution as expressed in its deposits. The
resolutions passed by the board of managers of
the bank at the time of j\Ir. Noyes' death re-
cite in part : "That in the death of the Hon-
orable Joseph C. Noyes, for many years treas-
urer of this bank, we have lost a most able,
faithful and honest officer. To his unwearied
and zealous labors in its behalf, and his ear-
nest and entire devotion to its interests, from
its early, almost from the beginning of its his-
tory, is largely due the signal success of the
institution." Mr. Noyes married (first) De-
cember 30, 1823, Mary E. Ilsley, born April 24,
1805, daughter of Parker and Eliza (Smith)
Ilsley, of Portland. She died November 17,
1835. ^^ married (second) July 10, 1838.
Helen M., born in Cornwall, Connecticut, Mav

14, 1818, daughter of James and Maria
(Webb) Ailing, of Cornwall, Connecticut. She
died June 9, 1854. The children of first wife
were : George F., l->ank, and two daughters,
who died young. Those of the second : Ed-
ward A. and Joseph C.

(IX) Edward Ailing, third son and child
of Joseph Cobham and Helen M. (Ailing)
Noyes, was born at Eastport, Maine, Octo-
ber 6, 1839. He w-as educated in the public
schools, and then entered the office of Hon.
Phinehas Barnes, where he read law. At nine-
teen years of age he left his law studies to
enter the Po£tland Savings Bank, of which his
father was treasurer, and there he began his
labors as a clerk in April, 1859. After a
period of five years of service in the Portland
Savings Bank, he served an equal length of
time in The National Traders' Bank ; and in
1868, soon after the death of his father, he
returned to the Savings Bank.. where he took
the position of assistant treasurer. He filled
that place until the death of his brother Frank,
December 17, 1877, ^"^ then succeeded him as
treasurer. He has now (1908) filled this po-
sition over thirty years, and has been in the
banking business continuously forty-nine
years, and is not only the oldest bank treasurer,
but the oldest bank official in the state in point
of service, and one of the oldest in the coun-
try ; and his service has all been with one bank.
This veteran banker has been so long con-
nected with the monetary affairs of Portland
that his name is a reminder of financial suc-
cess, and his reputation is that of one whose
judgment in financial aft'airs is unimpeachable.
He has given his attention mainly to banking,
but has been connected with other enterprises,
among which are the following: The Sav-
ings Bank Association of Maine, of which he
has been president from its formation to the
present time : the Portland Safe Deposit Com-
pany, of which he is president ; the Portland
Savings Bank, of which he is a trustee ; and
the Union Mutual Life Insurance Company of
Maine, in which he is a director. He has
taken a deep and enduring interest in the Port-
land Public Library, and was its first librarian
(1878), serving without pay eleven years, and
working earnestly for its success, and being
able finally to see it in a prosperous condition.
He has been its treasurer for many years, and
is a chairman of its committee on books, and
a member of its board of trustees. For eleven
years he has been president of the Western
Maine Music Festival Association. He is also
a member of the Maine Historical Society, and
of Ancient Landmark Lodge, No. 17, A. F.



and A. M., of Portland. In politics lie is a
stalwart Republican. Between 1882 and 1886
he served two years in the common council,
and two years in the board of aldermen, being
president of the latter board. While a mem-
ber of the city government he was chairman
of the committee on street lighting, and was
instrumental in introducing electric lights upon
the streets of Portland. In 1884, when James
G. Blaine was a candidate for the presidency,
Mr. Noyes was treasurer of the Republican
state committee.

Mr. Noyes was united in marriage Novem-
ber 5, 1863, with Julia Augusta, daughter of
John" Edwards, of Portland, and granddaugh-
ter of Thomas Edwards, first judge advocate-
general of the revolutionary army, and at the
time of his death grand secretary of the So-
cietv of the Cincinnati. Her mother was
Sarah Merrill. The children of Edward A.
and Julia A. (Edwards) Noyes are: i. Helen
Ailing, married Winthrop Jordan. 2. Marion,
died young. 3. I\lary Webb, died at the age
of eighteen. 4. Charles Edward, married
Marion E. Deering. 5. Julia Edwards. 6.
Joseph Cobham, married Blanche Sewall. 7.
Sidney Webb, married Abby Clark.

(Vil) Peter, eldest son of Nicholas (2) and
Rachel (Hill) Noyes, was born at Minot,
Maine, August 27, 1794, and died there in
1869. He was a deacon in the Congregational
church for forty years ; and also served as
selectman, justice of the peace and postmaster
for many terms. In 1818 he married Cynthia
Verrill, and they had nine children, one of
whom died an unnamed infant. The others
were: i. Rachel H., born July 30, 1819, died
in 1872. 2. Albion, August 25, 1820, mar-
ried Lucretia Jackson. 3. John V., whose
sketch follows. 4. Henry O., February 21,
1827, married Emily L. Collinson. 5. Nicholas,
September 11, 1828, died April 22. 1848. 6.
Samuel V.. June 21, 1830, married Elizabeth
E. Eberback. 7. Sarah P., December 20, 1835,
married Justus W. French. 8. George W.,
September 2, 1841, married Mary W. Gard-

(VIII) John Verrill, second son of Peter
and Cynthia (Verrill) Noyes, was born Sep-
tember 9, 1825, died December 24, 1890. For
ten years he was an efficient officer of the Bos-
ton police force from 1854 to 1864. being lieu-
tenant of Station i at the time of retirement.
January i, 1855. he married Philona A. Chase,
daughter of Edmund and Nabby (Woodman)
Cha?e, and they had four children: i. .Pearl
M., born January 12, 1857. 2. Edward H.,
April 17, 1858. 3. Emma A., September 24,

1859, married Moses H. Hackett. 4. Willard
A., whose sketch follows. The children were
born at Lisbon and Brunswick, Maine, East
Boston, Massachusetts, and Auburn, Maine.

(IX) Willard Albion, son and youngest
child of John \'errill and Philona A. (Chase)
Noyes, was born at Lisbon, Maine, March 10,
1865. He was educated in the public schools,
and at the age of fourteen began learning the
shoe business, and with others began the
manufacture of shoes in 1893, continu-
ing until 1898, when the firm was incor-
porated as the Ashe, Noyes & Small Co.
He is independent in politics, and belongs to
the Masons and to the Brotherhood of Pro-
tective Order of Elks. On March 8, 1889, he
married Nellie M. Ashe, daughter of Lieuten-
ant John E. and Julia G. (Perry) Ashe, of
Turner, Maine. (See Ashe II and Richard-
son VIII.) Willard A. and NeUie M. (Ashe)
Noyes have one child, Verna A., born at .Au-
burn, April 4, 1890.

(For preceding generation see Samuel Ricbardson I.)

(II) Joseph, second son
RICHARDSON of Samuel and Joanna
Richardson, was born in
Woburn, July 27, 1643, ^^^ <^l'sd March 5,
1 718. His whole life was spent in his native
town. He was admitted freeman of the col-
ony. May 15, 1672, and was therefore a mem-
ber of the church. He w^as one of Major Sam-
uel Appleton's soldiers, and was engaged in
the fierce assault on the Narragansett fort,
December 19, 1675. He was a selectman of
Woburn, 1693-94-1702. He married, Novem-
ber 5, 1666, Hannah Green, born about 1647,
died May 20, 1721. She was a daughter of
Thomas and Elizabeth Green, of Maiden.
They had five children : Hannah, Mary. Eliza-
beth, Joseph and Stephen.

(Ill) Stephen, second son and youngest
child of Joseph and Hannah (Green) Richard-
son, was born February 7, 1673-74. at Wo-
burn, Massachusetts, and died there February
4- ^75^-S~- He was selectman of that town
in 1 72 1, was chosen deacon of tlie church in
1745, but was commonly known as captain
from his ofifice in the militia. On November
21, 1695, he married Bridget, daughter of
Theophilus and Mary (Champney) Richard-
son, and granddaughter of Ezekicl Richardson,
the earliest of the name in America. She was
the youngest of nine children, was born in
1674, just before her father's death, and died
July I. 1750. The ten children of Captain
Stephen and Bridget (Richardson) Richard-
son were: i. Stephen, born June 12, 1696, died



September 21, 1703. 2. Joseph, July 20, 1698,
married Martha (Wyman) Tidd. 3. Thomas,
February 5, 1699-1700, married Ruth Buck-
nam. 4. Bridget, October 15, 1701, died
young. 5. Phebe, May 16, 1704, married Isaac
Snow. 6. Ichabod, January 11, 1705-06. 7.
Stephen, about 1796, married Mary Sawyer.
8. Adam, whose sketch follows. 9. Asa, De-
cember 12, 1713, married Hannah Locke. 10.
Bridget, 1722, died September 27, 1736.

(IV) Dr. Adam, sixth son of Stephen and
Bridget (Richardson) Richardson, was born
at Woburn, Massachusetts, April 10, 1709, and
died some time after 1749. JHe was graduated
from Harvard College in 1730, was a physi-
cian at Groton in 1744, and at Woburn in
1748. He taught the grammar school in Wo-
burn during 1747-48-49. About 1736 he mar-
ried Rebecca, whose maiden name is unknown ;
they had three children : i. Winslow, born De-
cember 14, 1737, married (first) Rhoda John-
son, (second) Elizabeth By ram. 2. Rebecca,
July 13, 1740. 3. Stephen, whose sketch fol-

(V) Stephen (2), younger son of Dr. Adam
and Rebeoca Richardson, was born at Wo-
burn, Massachusetts, July 6, 1743. and died
some time after 1793, probably at Buckfield,
Maine. He was a blacksmith, and lived in
various places. In 1768 he was at Bridge-
water, and after that in the neighboring town
of Pembroke, Massachusetts, where all his
children were born. In 1791 he moved to
Bucktown, now Buckfield, Maine, and on
March 15, 1793, bought a hundred acres of
land of Dr. Stephen Swett, which he sold the
following June. About 1767 he married Mercy
Darling, and they had nine children : i. John
D., whose sketch follows. 2. David, born De-
cember, 1772, married Hannah Martin. 3.
Stephen, March 24, 1775, married Lydia
Crooker. 4. Rebecca, born June 24, 1777, mar-
ried Thomas Loring and lived at Turner,
Maine. 5. Ruth, July 31, 1779, married Jabez
Pratt, and lived in Buckfield. 6. Adam, May
25, 1 78 1, married Margaret Crooker. 7.
Fanny, married David Record, and lived in
Buckfield. 8. Mary or Polly, married Jotham
Roberts, and lived in Brooks, Maine. 9.
Mercy, February 20, 1793, married Benjamin
Young, and both of them were living at Hart-
ford, Maine, in 1874.

(VI) John Darling, eldest child of Stephen
(2) and Mercy (Darling) Richardson, was
born at Pembroke, Massachusetts, April 8,
1768, and moved to Turner, Maine, where he
was a blacksmith and farmer. The date of his
death is unknown, but it probably occurred

after 1804. About 1795 he married Lydia
Willard, and they had six children: i. Abi-
gail, born in 1796, married John Curtis, and
lived at Bristol, Maine. 2. Benjamin, a sea-
faring man, died unmarried in 1855. 3. Polly,
whose sketch follows. 4. Lyman, about 1800,
married Mercy Buck. 5. Jules R., a shoe-
maker, died at Buckfield, Maine, in 185 1. 6.
Ruth, married Benjamin Curtis, and lived at
Bristol, Maine.

(VII) Polly, second daughter of John Dar-
ling and Lydia (Willard) Richardson, was
born about 1799 at Turner, Maine, and died
there. About 1827 she was married to John
Ashe. (See Ashe I.) The children of John
and Polly (Richardson) Ashe were: i. Har-
riett, married James Davis, of Portland,
Maine. 2. and 3. Benjamin F. and John
Everett (twins), born January 5, 1832. 4.
Ruth, died unmarried. 5. Ellen, now living at
Portland, Maine. 6. Isabelle, died unmar-
ried. 7. Isabelle Porter, married Winfield

(VIII) John Everett, one of the twin sons
of John E. and Polly (Richardson) Ashe, was
born January 5, 1833, at Turner, Maine. He
married, September 4, 1855, Julia G. Perry,
daughter of Barnabas B. and Artemissia Perry,
of Minot, j\'laine. Their children were: i.
and 2. Julia Ellen and Thomas Everett
(twins), born April 23, i860, died June 10 and
July II, 1864. 3. Nellie M., born March 8,
1867, married, March 8, 1889, Willard A.
Noyes, of Auburn, Maine. (See Noyes IX.)
They have one child, Verna, born April 4,
i8go. 4. Thomas William, February 8, 1873,
died March 14, 1877.

This name is not numerous either
.'\SHE in England or America, though it
probably dates from early Saxon
times. The patronymic, from its very sim-
plicity, indicates a natural origin. It is doubt-
less derived from the ashe tree, though a pos-
sible explanation might connect it with people
living near the Ash or Esh, a small English
stream. The numerous compound forms, like
Ashbaugh, Ashbridge, Ashburn, Ashburnham,
Ashcroft, Ashford, Ashdown, Ashmead, Ash-
ley and Ashton, many of which are more fre-
quently met than the simple form, would seem
to indicate that the surname is derived from
the tree ; and the latter part of the compound,
in most instances, explains itself. Thus Ash-
ley means a lea or meadow with a growth of
ash trees. Ashburnham, reduced to its primi-
tive signification, would mean a hamlet near
a burn or brook bordered by ash trees.



The earliest one of the name to settle in New
England appears to be John Ash, who was at
Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1652. He had a
son John (2), who was killed by the Indians
at Amesbury, July 4, 1706, just seventy years
before the Declaration of Independence. The
family has considerable distinction in North
Carolina. John Baptist Ashe, the first Amer-
ican ancestor in that state, was a friend of
Lord Craven, and emigrated to the new world
in the early part of 1727. He was distin-
guished for his opposition to the stamp act;
was speaker of the assembly under the colo-
nial government from 1762 to 1765; and in
1776 was appointed brigadier-general of the
U'ilmington district. He was a daring leader,
remarkable for his talents, firmness and fine
personal appearance. His younger son, Sam-
uel, born in 1725, became one of the three
judges under the constitution, holding this
office from 1777 till he was elected governor
in 1795.

(I) John Ashe was born in Edinburgh,
Scotland, about the beginning of the nineteenth
century, and came to this country when he
was seven years old. He lived in Maine, and
married Polly Richardson.

(II) John E., son of John and Polly (Rich-
ardson) Ashe, was born at Buckfield, Maine,
January 5, 1833. When quite young he moved
with his parents to the town of Turner, where
he has lived the greater part of his life, and
where he served two terms on the board of
selectmen. On September 10, 1862, he en-
listed in Company D. Twenty-third iSIaine Vol-
unteers, was promoted to sergeant, and mus-
tered out with his regiment July 15, 1863. He
re-enlisted March 13, 1865, and was commis-
sioned first lieutenant in Company C, First
Battalion Maine Infantry. He was on duty in
Washington at the time of the Great Review,
June, 1865. Lieutenant Ashe was stationed in
many places, including Savannah, Georgetown,
Florence, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Charleston,
Walhalla, Anderson and Laurens. He was
also provost-marshal, and was in command of
the provost guard at Anderson, South Caro-
lina, with one-half of his own company
mounted, and a detachment of the Sixth Regu-
lar Cavalry under his command. He was ap-
pointed quartermaster, also member of the
military court, and was detailed for special
duty by order of General Sickles, subject to
orders from the military court at Charleston.
He was mustered out with his command,
April 5, 1866. On Lieutenant Ashe's return
to his native state he became interested in the
shoe business, and was one of the projectors of

the North Auburn Boot and Shoe Company.
He is now senior member of the Ashe, Noyes
and Small Shoe Company. On September 4,
1855, John E. Ashe married Julia G. Perry,
daughter of Barnabus B. and Artemissia
(Perry) Perry. There were four children.
One of them, Nellie M. .Ashe, born March 8,
1861, married Willard Albion Noyes, of .Au-
burn. (See Noyes IX.) (See Richardson

"The name of Leighton,''
LEIGHTON says Tristam Frost Jordan,
in "An Account of the De-
scendants of Captain William Leighton, of
Kittery, Maine," "occurs in some of the oldest
annals of English and Scotch history. The
spelling is various, as will commonly be the
case with the cognomen of a family of which
the scattered vestiges appear at wide intervals
in the wilderness of the unlettered ages. It is
spelled Leichtoun, Lichtoune, Lyghton, Ligh-
ton, Layton, which are not especially affixed to
certain dates, but seem to have obtained indis-
criminately in the same eras. It is to be re-
membered, however, the modern orthography
is the same which presents itself in the old
world's register, of the greatest antiquity. It
is unmistakably ^axon in the origin, but was
established both in England and Scotland be-
fore the fourteenth century. In the Potuli Sco-
tia, published from the originals in the tower,
we read that A. D. 1734, John de Leighton
Clerius de Scotia obtained a safe conduct to
Oxford. Sir Walter Leighton, sheriff of An-
gus, was killed in 1392 in a border conflict
with a party of highlanders. In the beginning
of the fifteenth century there is evidence of
the family importance in ecclesiastical and po-
litical afifairs. Henry Leighton, parson of
DufTus and chantor of Moray, was consecrated
bishop of Moray in 1414, and ten years later
consecrated bishop of .Aberdeen. He was one
of the commissioners sent to London to nego-
tiate the ransom of James I.. In 141 5 William
de Leighton, with his retainers, was with
Henry V, at Agincoart. Later in the seven-
teenth century Dr. Alexander Leighton suf-

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