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ite Company organized chiefly by himself and
associates to carry out the large contracts for
which he made bids and in the carrying out of
which the company were proverbially success-
ful. He was also prominent in "Republican
party politics and served as selectman of the



town of Woolwich and was elected by his fel-
low selectmen chairman of the board. His
club affiliations included membership in the
Sagadahoc and Kennebec Boat clubs and in
the Bath Driving .-Kssociation. He married
Sarah E., daughter of A. B. Higgcns, and
they have three children : Clyde, Eva, Marion.



The family of Lombard of
LOMBARD this article has been estab-
lished in New England nearly
three hundred years, and its appearance there
followed the settlement of the Pilgrims at Ply-
mouth only ten years.

( I ) Thomas Lombard came from England
in the "Mary and John" in 1630, and settled
at Dorchester, Massachusetts. Lie requested
to be made a freeman. October 19, 1630, and
was admitted !May 18 following. He removed
in a few years, perhaps to Scituate first, but
to Barnstable by 1640 or before, and died
there in 1662. Thomas Lombard was "al-
lowed to keep victualling, or an ordinary, for
the entertainment of strangers and to draw
wines in Barnstable," in 1639, being the first
inn-keeper in the town. Thomas Lombard is
named in the list of persons who appear to
have been inhabitants, Jiarch 3, 1640. Decem-
ber 22, 1 65 1, an order was made by the town
authorities providing that all lanes and inlets
shall have gate? — the gate against Rendezvous
Creek, by Thomas Lombard Sr. Thomas
brought from England, probably, Bernard and
two other children and had born to him in
Barnstable: Jedediah and Benjamin. ."That
he had other children of whom one of two
must have been born in England," says Sav-
age, "is plain enough from his will of March
23, 1663, in which, while he names these, men-
tions that he formerly gave property to son
Bernard : Joshua : Joseph ; and son-in-law Ed-
ward Colman, who married his daughter, Mar-
garet ; provides for wife Joyce, and son Ca-
leb." Perhaps he had also a younger daugh-
ter, Jemima, who may have made a runaway
match with Joseph Benjamin at Boston, June
10, 1661 : and lived many years after her
father at New London.

(II) Jedediah, son of Thomas Lombard, was
baptized September 19. 1641. He resided in
Barnstable and is recorded as one of the in-
habitants there in 1662. In 1710 the pro-
prietors of the town appointed Jedediah Lom-
bard and Thomas Paine, agent "to buy lands
of the Indians within the township of Truro,
when, and so often as, any of said Indians
shall see cause to sell" ; and "ordered that
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was one of tlie proprietors of Truro in 1730.
He married, May 20, 1668, Hannah Wing, and
had : Jedediah, Thomas, Experience and Han-
nah.

(HI) Jedediah (2), eldest son of Jedediah
(i) and Hannah (Wing) Lombard, was born
December 25, 1669. He married, November 8,
1699, Hannah, daughter of Lieutenant James
and Hannah (Cobb) Lewis, of Barnstable.
Their children born at Truro were : Solomon,
James. Ebcnezer, Sarah, Lewis. Ephraim and
Hannah.

(IV) Rev. Solomon, eldest child of Jedediah
(2) and Hannah (Lewis) Lombard, was born
in Truro, Cape Cod, Alassachusetts, April 5,
1702, and died in Gorham, Maine, in 1781.
He graduated from Harvard College in 1723.
He married. Jime 13. 1724, in Truro, Sarah
Purinton. They joined the Truro church, Jan-
uary 30, 1735. and were dismissed to the
church in Gorham, July 7, 1751. He was
called to the Gorham pastorate in 1750, and
became the first pastor of the town. He
was ordained December 26, 1750, and was dis-
missed in 1764. On the list of original pro-
prietors of Gorhamtown are the names of three
Lombards — Jedediah and Caleb, both of Barn-
stable, who owned respectively rights forty-
seven and nineteen ; and Jonathan, of Tisbury,
who owned No. 117. The proprietors of Gor-
hamtown before giving Mr. Lombard a call
to settle there held a special meeting at which
they decided that: "Whereas the thirty-acre
lot No. 47, being property of .Solomon Lom-
bard, being spruce swamp and not capable of
settlement ; in consideration thereof, voted that
said Lombard have in exchange therefor, thirty
acres adjoining Nos. 34 and 61, and to lie in
the same form as the other thirty acre lots,
be giving a quit-claim deed of the aforesaid
thirty acres unto William Cotoon for the fur-
ther use and order of the proprietors."' Mr.
Lombard's home was on the thirty-acre lot
No. 57, which lot the proprietors of the town
gave him on account of his being the first
settled minister. He was selectman of Gor-
ham, was the town's first representative in the
Massachusetts general court, and was re-
elected four times. He was a delegate to the
provincial progress in 1774. chairman of the
committee of safety, and "active in the cause
of the colonies in the war of the Revolution."
He was chosen to be one of the judges of the
court of common pleas in 1776 and died in
office in 1781. The children of Solomon and
Sarah (Purinton) Lombard were born before
the family came to Gorham and were all bap-
tized in Truro. They were Anna, Jedediah,



Sarah, Hannah, Susannah, Salome, Solomon,
Mary, Tiichard, Kbcnezcr. Tlczekiah. Calvin.

(\') Solomon (2), second .son of Rev. Solo-
mon (i) and Sarah (Purington) Lombard,
was born May 15, 1738. He was a farmer
and lived on the hundred-acre lot No. 5, where
his grandson, Lewis Lombard, lived at the be-
ginning of the present century. He was a
member of Captain Joseph Woodman's com-
pany in the Northern Army in 1757. He mar-
ried Lydia CJrant, of Berwick, by whom he
had : Richard, Susannah, Hannah, Solomon
(died young), James, Lydia, Peter, Ephraim,
Solomon, Mary and Samuel.

(VLj Colonel Richard, eldest son of Solo-
mon (2) and Lydia (Grant) Lombard, mar-
ried and had a son Calvin.

(VH) Calvin, son of Colonel Richard Lom-
bard, died in Baldwin, the town of his resi-
dence. He married and has a son James.

(Vni) James, son of Calvin Lombard, was
a stone mason. He married Newvilla Dyer.
Children: i. Louisa, married Howard Dear-
born. 2. Edwin, married Jennie Gould, and
has two children : Mary and Eva. 3. Charles
H., married Lizzie Sanborn. 4. James W.,

married Myra and has three children:

Puley, Octavia and William. 5. Loring S.,
mentioned below. 6. Octavia, married Al-
berny Frye. 7. Lizzie, married Charles Cot-
ton and has one child : Raymond. 8. Howard
C. married Lizzie Babb and has one child:
Vera. 9. Bertha, married Alfred Murch.

(IX) Dr. Loring S., fifth child of James
anfl Newvilla (Dyer) Lombard, was born in
Baldwin, Maine, 'October i, 1868. Pie at-
tended the public schools and Bridgton Acad-
emy and went from Bridgton to Dartmouth
College, entering 1890 and graduating in
1893. Fie then took the medical course in
the same institution. He entered upon the
practice of medicine in Greene and remained
there two and a half years, and in 1896 re-
moved to South Portland, where he has since
had a large practice, and as he is- a thrifty
business man has accumulated a handsome
property. He was city physician of South
Portland four years and member of the school
board four years. He is a member of the
Cumberland County Medical Association and
of the Maine Medical Association. In politics
he is a Democrat. Fie is a member of the
I. O. O. F., Improved Order of Red Men, and
Knights of the iNIaccabees. Dr. Lombard mar-
ried, August 25, 1894, Laura Effie Thomas,
daughter'of Robert S. and Helen (Baldwin)
Thomas, of Greene. They had one child,
Reginald Thomas, born -August 30, 1896.



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From what can be learned
MERRIMAX of this family it is of either

English or Scotch descent.
Certain it is that it was and is a hardy, in-
dustrious, God-fearing family. The name was
often originally spelled Merryman, and was
generally changed some time in the last cen-
tury. The coat-of-arms of the Merrymans
shows that the family was one of valor and
worth across the seas.

(I) Walter IMerryman was kidnapped in
an Irish port early in 1700 and brought to
Boston. Massachusetts. His so-called "pass-
age money" was paid by a Mr. Simonton, of
Cape Elizabeth; near Portland, Maine, who
taught him the ship carpenter's trade, and
with whom he remained seven years. He af-
terward moved to a farm not far above the
Harpswcll Center Methodist Church. He was
a man of very sturdy and exemplary habits,
and was one of the early settlers of the town.
He married Elizabeth, daughter of David and
Mary (Merriam) Potter. (See Potter III.)
The following is a list of their children :
Thomas, Hugh, Walter, Frances, Mary, James,
Michael and !\Iiriam.

(II) Thomas, eldest child of Walter and
Elizabeth (Potter) Merryman. was born in
1738, at Harpswell, Maine, died October 5,
1813, aged seventy-five years. He was mar-
ried March 26, 1763, to Sarah, daughter of
Deacon Timothy and Sarah <Buck) Bailey.
She was born March 13, 1739, at Hanover,
Massachusetts, and died November 5, 1824.
Her father was descended from Thomas
Bailey, who was at Boston, in 1643, and prob-
ably settled at Weymouth, with his wife Ruth.
His son John Bailey, married Sarah White,
daughter of Peregrine ^^'hite, who was born on
the "Mayflower," 1620, died July 20, 1704, and
granddaughter of William \\'hite, who came
to Plymouth on the "Mayflower." His son
married Abigail Clapp, and their son. Deacon
Timothy, was born March 20, 1740, at Han-
over, Massachusetts, and it was for him that
Baileys Island at Harpswell, Maine, was
named. The children of Thomas and Sarah
(Bailey) Merryman were: Sarah, Thomas,
Walter, James and Timothy. -. ■

(III) Walter, second son of Thomas and
Sarah (Bailey) Merryman, born March 8,
1766, at Harpswell, ^Iaine, died August 15,
1855, aged eighty-eight years and five months.
He was married January 7, 1796, to Isabel
Alexander, born October 10, 1774, at Harps-
well, died November 11. 1829. Their children
were : David, Walter, Captain Isaac, Robert,



Shubal, Eli, Anna, Captain Thomas and Bet-
sey Barnes.

(IV) Robert Merriman, son of Walter and
Isabel (Alexander) Merryman, born Septem-
ber 15. 1803, at Harpswell, died at Bowdoin-
ham, Maine, in 1869, aged sixty-six. He
lived in Bowdoin, Richmond and Bowdoin-
ham, Maine. He was married February 28,
1828, to Clarissa, daughter of David Doug-
lass. She died at Bowdoinham. Their chil-
dren were: Isabella, David Douglass, Eli,
Sarah J.. Frances and Susan A.

(V) Eli Merriman, second son of Robert
and Clarissa Merriman, was born at Bowdoin,
Maine, July 14, 1834, died at Litchfield, same
state, October 24, 1898. He removed to Tam-
worth. New Hampshire, and lived there two
years ; he then removed to Litchfield, where
he lived the remainder of his life. He served
one year in the civil war. For thirty-two
years he followed the mercantile business, and
was postmaster twenty-five consecutive years,
also served on the school board a number of
years. He was married October 18, 1862, to
Almeda M., daughter of David and .Abigail
Oilman, who was born July 6, 1834, at West
Gardiner, Maine, and died in 1902. Their
children were : Lola, James David, Clara
Douglass and Abbie Lord.

(\T) James David, only son of Eli and Al-
meda M. (Oilman) Merriman, was born July
II, 1867. He graduated from Bowdoin Col-
lege with the degree of A. B. in 1892, and for
two years thereafter was principal of Gould
Academy, at Bethel, Maine, and from there at-
tended the Columbia University, of New York
City. He received the degree of A. M. in 1894
and afterwards spent a year in Europe. He
also received the degree of LL.B. from the
New York Law School, in 1899. He began
the practice of law as managing clerk for
Hyde & Leonard, being with them about a
year. He then took charge of the real estate
department, in the ofiice of Richard B. Kelly,
and remained there about two years, when he
accepted a position as chief of the bureau of
licenses for Greater New York. He resigned
that position, and began independent general
practice at 141 Broadway, and in July, 1904,
formed a partnership with Joseph B. Roberts,
under the firm name of Merriman & Roberts,
now actively engaged in the practice of law.
In politics he has always been a Republican,
supporting and active in the interests of the
Citizens' L'nion in local politics. He is a mem-
ber of Alpha Delta Phi, of Bowdoin, member
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The New England Society, Maine Society of
New York, Bowdoin Alumni Association of
New York, member American Economic As-
sociation, and member of the West Side Re-
publican Club, being on several committees of
the last-named organization, and is a member
of Squadron A, National Guard, New York, a
cavalry organization. He is a member of
Madison Avenue Methodist Church, counsel
for the Humane Society of New York, and
one of the attorneys connected with the office
of state superintendent of elections. He is
unmarried.



This family is one of the most
POTTER ancient and numerous in Amer-
ica. No less than eleven differ-
ent immigrants of the name came to New
England during the seventeenth century. They
were Anthony Potter, of Ipswich, IMassachu-
setts ; George, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island ;
George, of Lancaster, England ; Ichabod, of
Portsmouth, Rhode Island : John and William,
of New Haven, Connecticut; JMartin, of South
Shields, England ; JMartin, of Philadelphia ;
Nathaniel, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island ;
Nicholas,, of Lynn, ]\Iassachusetts; Robert, of
Warwick, Rhode Island. So far as known
none of these immigrants was related to the
other, though it is conjectured that the Rhode
Island settlers, George, Nathaniel and Rob-
ert, might possibly be connected. The family
has included many noted ecclesiastics and pro-
fessional men of all classes. The records of
Yale, Harvard and other New England col-
leges show many of the name among grad-
uates.

(I) The first to whom the Alaine family is
definitely traced was Anthony Potter, of Ips-
wich. Massachusetts, where he is found of rec-
ord in 1648. He was born 1628, in England.
It is claimed by some authorities that he was
a son of Robert Potter, of Lynn, but no rec-
ords are found to bear out the claim. His
first home was on the north side of the river,
near the stone mill, in a house built and occu-
pied at first by Major-General Daniel Denni-
son. In 1664 he was owner of a share and a
half of Plum Island and other property, and
the records show sales of land by him in 1660-
61. In July, 1653, he was "presented" be-
cause his wife wore silk, but was able to prove
himself worth two hundred pounds and dis-
charged. This and his various sales and pur-
chases of land show him to have been a man of
means. He had a farm on the Salem road,
about one mile southwest of the village of
Ipswich, one of the best in town, extending



north to the river, and was successful in the
cultivation of fruit. He died early in 1699, his
will being dated December 28, 1689, and
proved March 26 following. His wife, Eliza-
beth (Whipple) Potter, was born 1629, daugh-
ter of Deacon John and Sarah Whipple. She
survived her husband until March 10, 1712.
In 1699 she presented to the first church of
Ipswich a silver cup which is still among its
possessions. The inscription on her tombstone
includes this brief verse :



a tender mother
a prudent wife
at God's command
resigned her LIFE



Her children were: John, Edmund, Samuel,
Thomas, Anthony. Elizabeth and Lydia.

(II) Samuel, third son and child of An-
thony and Elizabeth (Whipple) Potter, born
in Ipswich, Massachusetts, about 1656, died in
1714. in that town. He married "(first) Jo-
hanna Wood, born 1661, daughter of Isaac
and Mercy (Thompson) Wood. Married
(second) April 18. 1692. Ruth Dunton, who
died before December 4, 1705, on which date
he married (third) Sarah Burnett, widow of
Robert Burnett. The children of the fir.st mar-
riage were: David, Sarah, Johanna, Samuel,
Thomas, Elizabeth and Henry. Of the second
there were children : Anthony, Esther and
Ezekiel. The second died in infancy, as did
probably the first, since he is not mentioned
in his father's will. The children of the third
marriage were : Esther, Lydia and Abigail.

(III) David, eldest child of Samuel and
Johanna (Wood) Potter, born March 27,
1685, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, settled in
Topsham, Maine, in 1738. He was married
(intentions published January 4, 171 1) to
Mary Merriam. of Lynn, and their sons were :
Alexander, James and William.

(IV) Elizabeth, daughter of David and
Mary (Merriam) Potter, became the wife of
Walter Merryman, of Harpswell, Maine. (See
Merriman I.)



It was in the earlv days of
HESELTON 1637 when there landed at
Salem in the province of
Massachusetts Bay, New England, Rev. Eze-
kiel Rogers and about sixty families, who
came from Yorkshire and Devonshire, Eng-
land, for the purpose of planting a colony in
the wilds of the new world. This goodly
company embraced the artisans and trades
necessary to establish a first class colony ; self-
reliant and self-supporting. It included car-
penters to build houses, farmers and herds-
men. Thev were devout church members



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and their leader was Rev. Ezekiel Rogers,
who had been their pastor in the old country
and was to become such here. They halted
at Salem only one month and pushed on to
Essex county, Massachusetts, to finally settle.
Robert and John Heselton were among the
members of this colony and documents made
at that date, or a little later, show the or-
thographv many ways, for example it is found
recorded: Haselton, Hazeltine, Hasetine,
Hazelton, etc. In England the word seems
to have been Ilazelden, from hazel, tree or
shrub, and den, a valley where hazels grew.
Robert and John were brothers and were
herdsmen, from whom many New England
farmers have descended with the passing gen-
erations since this little colony was first planted
on our shores. They took the freeman's oath
JMay 1 6, 1640. Subsequently they began clear-
ing up places from out the solitary and dense
forests, their land bordering on the banks of
the Merrimac river, near the present town
of Bradford. This land was granted to them.
The more adventuresome and truly progress-
ive members of the family followed the march
of civilization into Maine, Vermont, New
Hampshire, New York, and later settled in
Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois and Wiscon-
sin. To-day their descendants may be found
in almost if not every state and territory in
the Union. More than a dozen towns, ham-
lets and post offices bear their name. Among
the members of the Heselton family from
Maine may be mentioned, in this connection,
Milton Wyatt Heselton, who in his autobiog-
raphy written in 1891-92, gives an account of
sixteen inventions which have formed the sub-
jects of as many patents received on them.
From the sale of these valuable improvements
he has realized more than a quarter of a mil-
lion dollars. One of these inventions was a
device for decomposing water for fuel and
lighting purposes, which has come to be gen-
erally used — his was the first patent in this
line of inventions. The Heselton Tripotl steam
boiler, exhaust steam heating device and other
valuable discoveries were his. But greater
still he claims priority in inventing iron-clad
war vessels. He made his model six years
before the famous Erricson made his "Moni-
tor" model, but by the poor judgment of his
machinist, he was led to believe that the weight
of the iron plates would sink his boat, hence
its abandonment.

(I) John Heselton was probably the younger
of the two brothers who were instrumental in
the settlement of Bradford and are spoken of
as herdsmen, because thev took care of the



herds of their contemporaries while pasturing
upon the natural meadows along the ^lerrimac
river. He was born about 1620 and was
probably a minor when he came with his
brother Robert to Rowley, Massachusetts; the
last named was made a freeman in 1640, and
was soon after granted a house lot there.
These two, with one other, constituted the
first settlers in Bradford, where Robert Hesel-
ton established a ferry connecting Bradford
and Haverhill. Before 1660 John Heselton
removed to Haverhill and made that his home
until his death, December 23, i6go, at the
age of seventy years. In 1665 he presented to
the people of Bradford one acre of land for
the meeting house, on condition that they keep
the ground fenced and properly cared for. His
son subsequently released the town from these
conditions. John Heselton married Joan
Auter, of Biddeford, England, who is said to
have come from the family of Mr. Holman of
that town. Their children were: Samuel,
Mary, John and Nathaniel.

(II) John (2), second son of John (i) and
Joan (Auter) Heselton, was born 1650 in
Bradford, and became a deacon of the First
Church of Haverhill, where he was a car-
penter and ship "builder. His death occurred
between June 16, 1732. and April 23, 1733.
He married, July 16, 1682. Mary, daughter of
Philip Nelson. Their children were: John,
Philip, Sarah, Mary, Joseph, Benjamin (died
young), Elizabeth and Benjamin.

(HI) Philip, second son of John (2) and
Mary (Nelson) Heselton, was born March 13,
1685, in Haverhill, and probably resided in
Salem. He was mentioned in his father's will
in 1732, at which time it is apparent he had
left Haverhill. He married, June 9, 1718, in
Haverhill, Judith Webster, and their children
were named as follows : John and Philip,
twins, died young, James. Tryphcna, Ann,
Lois, Joseph and Benjamin, twins. Stephen
and Asa. The record makes it appear that
the twins Joseph and Benjamin died in in-
fancy, but this is believed to be an error as
to Joseph. The records of New Hampshire
fail to show the birth of any other Joseph who
could have been Joseph that lived in New
Boston, New Hampshire, and served as a
revolutionary soldier from that town, and it is
assumed for the purpose of this article that
Joseph did not die when Benjamin did.

(I\') Joseph Heselton, born August 21,
1728, in Plaverhill, Massachusetts, must have
been very young when his father removed
from Haverhill and thus the error regarding
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be learned of him during his residence in New-
Boston. It is probable that he was reared in
Salem and went to Xew Boston when a young
man to assist in the settlement of that town.
The Revolutionary Rolls of New Hampshire
show that Joseph Heselton, of New Boston,
was a member of the Second Company of
Colonel Cilley's regiment of New Hampshire
troops. He also appears on the pay rolls of
Colonel Daniel JMoore's regiment, Captain
\\'illiam Barron's company, July 22. 1776, in
the expedition against Canada. His wages
for one month's services were $5. 50 and the
bounty added amounted to $10.03. Because
of the depreciation of currency in which he
was paid for his services in Colonel Cilley's
regiment, he was allowed $178.00 in 1780.
These meagre details are all that can be found
concerning the revolutionary services of Jo-
seph Heselton. After the close of the revo-
lutionary war, he decided to settle in Maine,
probably as a means of securing homesteads
for his children. He purchased land in Win-
tlirop, December 26, 1801, and it was probably
the following spring when he settled on this
land. Very little is now known of him or of
his character except what may be surmised
from the fact that he went into the wilderness
and cleared up land and reared a large family,
all of which testify to his enterprise and in-
dustry. He died there January 11, 1812. at a
comparatively early age. His wife, Elizabeth
(?.Iarsh) Heselton, died October 17, 1829.
Thev were the parents of: Sally, Betsy, ^lary,
Charlotte, Joseph, Fanny, Daniel, Campbell,
Jane C, William. Charles T., Flannah, Reuben
and Rufus.

(V) Reuben, son of Joseph and Elizabeth
(Marsh) Heselton, was born July 3, 1801,
probably in New Boston, and resided in vari-
ous localities in Maine. He died April 19,
1892, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Peas-
lee, in Pittston, Maine. His wife. Hannah
(Oilman) Heselton. was born November i,
1801, and died May 13, 1883. Their children
were: Elizabeth A., William G., Reuben, Ha
riett L., George M. and Delphina.

(VI) Reuben (2), second son of Reuben
( i) and Hannah (Oilman) Heselton, was born
November 20, 1827, died December 18, 1882,
in Gardiner, Maine. He was a carpenter and



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