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carriage-maker and for twelve years followed
the latter calling at Gardiner, but subsequently
turned his attention to contracting and build-
ing, in which he was successful. In political
principle he was a Republican and was elected
by his townsmen several terms as a member
of the Gardiner citv council. He was a mem-

ber of the Masonic fraternity, affiliating with
Herman Lodge, at Gardiner, and was uni-
versally respected as a citizen. He married
(first) November 5, 1848, Sarah L. Nutchell.
born November 20, 1827, died in Gardiner,
October 28, 1851. He married (second) Au-
gust 2, 1853, Sarah G. Tarbox, born October
2, 182 1, in Gardiner, died there August 28,
1890. The children of the first marriage were:
Eugene M., who died unmarried, and Sarah
Jane, who became the wife of Charles A.
Webb. Those of the second were : Franklin
W. and George Walter. Tlic former died un-
married in his thirty-third year.

(MI) George Walter, youngest child of
Reuben (2) and Sarah G. (Tarbox) Heselton,
was born November 2, 1856, in Gardiner, and
received his primary education in the many
schools of his native town. He entered Am-
herst College, from which he was graduated
with the class of 1878, and immediately be-
gan the study of law. After two years of
faithful application in the office of Judge Dan-
forth, at Gardiner, he was admittei! to the bar
in 1891. He immediately opened an oflrce
for the practice of his profession and has thus
been continually engaged in his native town
to the present time. He has taken an active
part in political movements and has served as
a member of the Republican city committee
for two terms. He has served as city solici-
tor, was six years county attorney and at the
present writing (1908) is state senator from
Kennebec county. Possessed of a bright mind
and having a large heart, iMr. Heselton is
naturally interested in fraternal organizations,
and is a member of Herman Lodge, A. F. and
A. i\I., and of the local commandery, Knights
Templar, at Gardiner. He is also affiliated
with the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias
and was grand chancellor of the state lodge in
1885. He is also a member of Gardiner
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
and the local body of Modern Woodmen of
America. He is a member of the Abnaka
Club, of Augusta, and is welcomed in every
society where he may be found. He married
Mary Eleanor, daughter of Edward and Cath-
erine (Kinsella) Stafford. Children: John,
born March 17, 1900, and Henry, April 16,

The origin of this family is not
STROUT learned, but some of the name
were on record at an early date
in the vicinity of Cape Cod. A Deacon Jo-
seph Strout, whose descendants located at
Millbridge. Maine, was settled on what is now



known as Pinkham's Island. There is no clear
proof that Deacon Joseph was related to those
of the line given below, but they had a com-
mon ancestor. There were others of the name
living at an early date at Provincetown, Mas-
sachusetts, some of whom moved thence to
Cape Elizabeth in 1730. among whom was the
progenitor of the line that follows.

(I) Christopher Strout seems to be the first
of the name mentioned in any New England
records. He is found at Provincetown, Massa-
chusetts, as early as 1701, when the records
show that he had a wife Sarah and that a
daughter was born to them September 22 that
year. In 1706 a son named Anthony was
born to them. The records seem to indicate
that he had a second wife Mary, and by her
had children : Mary, Christopher, Ruth, Dor-
cas. William, Betty and Pricilla. It is quite
probable that he was a seafaring man, and that
he settled late in life at Falmouth, now Port-
land, Maine. A Christopher Strout, probably
his son, was of Portland in 1739, when he
married Elisabeth Smalley, of Provincetown.
The early records of Provincetown are very
much mutilated, and are illegible in many
places. It is more than probable that Chris-
topher Strout had other children by his first
wife than those mentioned.

(TI) Joshua, probably a son of Christopher
^ffbut, was born before 1706. He removed
from Provincetown to Cape Elizabeth (now
Maine) about 173d, and here were recorded
January 10, 1741, his intentions of marriage
to Sarah Sa\yyer, of that place. In 1771 he
removed to what is now Poland. Maine, ac-
companied by his son Joshua (2). Among
his other known children were : Jacob, who
settled in Jay, Maine; Joseph, who settled in
Salem, Massachusetts ; Nehemiah, who settled
in Portland, Maine, and daughters: Sally,
Deborah. Thankful and Rebecca.

(Ill) Jacob, eldest son of Joshua and
Sarah ( Sawyer) Strout, was born in Cape
Elizabeth, November, 1766. He resided at
Jay, Maine, where he died I^Iay 10, 1839. He
married Sarah Bray, born January 20, 1769,
died in Jay, in October, 181 1. Their children
were: Sarah, born April 10, 1787, married
August 21, 1806 (name not recorded) ; Joshua,
born -August 24, 1788; Abigail, February 20,
1790; Jacob (2), born July 3, 1792, married
December 2, 1816; Joseph, January 23, 1794;
Nathaniel, October 3, 1795. married January
5, 1816, and died March 18, 1835; George H,,
January 28, 1798, married March 16, 1822;
Cyrena, born December 13, 1800, married No-
vember 27, 1837; Orin, born October 25, 1801.

The last named was a Methodist minister of
the Maine Conference.

(IV) Joshua (2), eldest son of Jacob and
Sarah (Bray) Strout, was bom in Poland,
Maine, August 26, 1788. He was a farmer
by occupation, and resided at Poland, later
at Canton, and finally moved to Jay, Maine,
where he died, November 18, 1874, aged
eighty-six. He was a prominent citizen of
Jay, and long identified with town interests,
though extensively engaged in farming. He
is said to have been a fine singer, and for
some time leader of the church music. Mr.
Strout is described as "Hospitable, cheerful,
genial and a general favorite." He was a man
in demand for those offices requiring good
judgment and ability. He married, December
12, 1812, Sarah, daughter of Nathan and Anna
(Hyde) Crafts, of Newton, Massachusetts,
who was born April 15, 1793. and died at Jay,
April 2, 1871, aged seventy-eight. In 1814
they removed to their new home at Jay, mak-
ing the journey on horseback with their babe
of six months. Nathan Crafts, father of
Sarah, was a lineal descendant of Lieutenant
(■riffin Crafts (or Crofts), who came to New
England with Winthrop's company in 1630 and
settled at Roxbury, Massachusetts, with his
wife -Alice. He was probably born about 1600,
in Yorkshire, England. He was regarded in
the colony as a man of influence and import-
ance. Children of Joshua and Sarah : Nathan
Crafts, born January 3, 1814, married October,
1832, Waitstill Ingalls Wilbur, of East Liver-
more; they resided at Monson, Maine, where
he died March 15, 1888, and his wife died Jan-
uary, 1890, aged eighty-six. 2. Jacob El-
bridge, born June i, 1815; married at Charles-
town, Massachusetts, IMay 4, 1848, Mrs. Eliza-
beth (Wylie) Hooper, widow of Sylvester,
of Roxbury ; she died, leaving two children,
and he married (second) January 22. 1832,
Mrs. Maria Fort Fritz, widow of John, of
Hudson, New York ; she died at Lawrence,
Kansas, April 10, 1855, leaving one child, and
he married (third) July i, 1858, Eliza, daugh-
ter of John and Ellen King, of Ro.xbury, who
died at Chelsea, Massachusetts, December,
1876, aged seventy-one, 3. Samuel Augustus,
born October 6, 1816; married, October 20,
1838, Sylvia, daughter of Ebcnezer and Me-
hitable (Phillips) Randall, of North Easton,
Massachusetts. He died August 24, 1873,
and his widow married Eliphlet Smith How-
ard. 4. Sarah Ann. born November 27, 1818,
unmarried, living at Jay, 1900. 5. Byron, born
September 27, 1820, married .August 22. 1855,
Adelaide D., daughter of Hopley and Lydia

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S. (Fry) Yeaton, of Rye, New Hampshire;
they Hved at Roxbury, and removed thence to
North Easton, where he died November 30,
1823. and his wife died June 22. 1877; they
had one cliild. 6. Joshua Frankhn, born July
22. 1822 (see below), 7. Emerson, born No-
vember 30. 1824, died December 23, 1828. 8.
Vesta Jane, born July 8, 183 1, married, July

1, 1849, Isaiah Rich Jr.. son of Isaiah and
Betsey (Wareham) Rich, of Wellfleet, Massa-
chusetts, who was born April 27, 1827. They
resided at Quincy, Massachusetts, and had
four children.

(V) Joshua Franklin, fifth son of Joshua
and Sarah (Crafts) Strout, was born in Jay,
Maine, July 22. 1822. He is not in active
business at his advanced age, but still carries
on his farm at North Yarmouth. He was
married in Boston, by the noted "Father Tay-
lor," July 30, 1851, to Harriet Fabians, daugh-
ter of George and Sally Porter, of Salem,
Massachusetts. Pier mother was one of the
Pitman family of Salem. She was born De-
cember 13, 1820, and died September 3, 1873,
aged fifty-three. Mr. .Strout married (second)
December 31, 1874. Mrs. Mary J. Waugh,
widow of Alelville C, of Winthrop, Maine,
and daughter of Hezekiah and Hannah (Ly-
ford) Haskell, of Livermore, who was born
December 3, 1827. There were five children
by the first marriage, viz.: i. Ella Francis,
born October 13, 1852. married, December
31. i86g. Alexander R. Nelson, son of Alex-
ander Oliver and Hannah (Ryder) Nelson, of
Livermore. He was born at Plymouth, Mas-
sachusetts, June II, 1849. They resided at
Wakefield. Massachusetts; (had two children:
Ella Harriet, born November 12, 1874, and
Alexander Edward, born November 2, 1876).

2. Edward Cooke, born November 16, 1854
(see below). 3. Hattie, born December 30,
1856, lived at Kennebunkport, died 1890. 4.
Frank Wallace, born November 18, 1858; mar-
ried Februarv 10, 1882, Ada Neldora, daugh-
ter of IMelville C. and Alary J. (Haskell)
^^'augh, of Winthrop, who was born Septem-
ber 27, 1856. They resided in Kennebunk-
port ( had two children : Lester Frank, born
Tanuarv 4, 188^, and Alice Alav, born April
18, 1884).

(VI) Edward Cooke, eldest son of Joshua
Franklin and Harriet Fabians (Porter) Strout,
was born in Jay, Maine, November 16, 1854.
He was educated at the public schools of Jay,
Wilton Academy, Kent's Hill, and was grad-
uated A. B. from the Wesleyan University,
Middletown, Connecticut, in the class of 1886.
and M. A. three years later. For three years

he was engaged in the Utah Mission of the
Methodist Episcopal church, and subsequently
came to Boston University and took the regu-
lar theological coi:rse. graduating with S. T.
B. in 1892. He joined the Maine Conference,
and was for five years the pastor of the School
Street Methodist Episcopal Church at Gorhani,
iVlaine. His next charge. 1897-1901, was the
School Street Church at Saco, Maine, after
which he was transferred to the New Hamp-
shire Conference, and settled over the Baker
Memorial Church at Concord, New Hamp-
shire, where he remained for six years. His
last charge, in 1907, was the Main Street
Church. Nashua, New Hampshire, where he
still remains. Rev. Mr. Strout is unmarried.
He is a member of the Wesleyan Alumni As-
sociation, Boston, Massachusetts, and A. D. P.,
Middletown Chapter.

Enoch Strout was born in Lim-
STROUT ington. Maine, and settled in

Wales, this state, in 1796-97.
He was a commissioned officer in the revolu-
tion and obtained the rank of captain, being
first captain of militia in Wales. He married
Mercy C. Small, and had in all ten children,
six born in Limington and four born in Wales,

(II) Ebenezer, youngest child of Enoch and
Mercy C. (Small) Strout, was born in Wales,
Maine, 1802, where he lived until about 1836,
when he removed to Topsham. Maine; in
1 84 1 he went to Portland and resided there
until his death in 1880. He was a trader by
occupation. He married Hannah Cushing, of
Durham, and had but one child, Sewall (lush-
ing, whose biography next follows.

(III) Judge Sewall Cushing. son of Eben-
ezer and Hannah (Cushing) Strout, was born
in Wales, Androscoggin county, February 17,
1827. In 1834 he removed with his parents to
Topsham. and after attending the public
schools was sent to Air. Baker's private school
in Brunswick. In 1841 the family removed
to Portland, where Sewall C. entered high
school and began preparation for college.
Failing health compelled him to leave school,
and he then entered mercantile life as a clerk
in the employ of David J. True, a dealer in
dry goods, with whom he remained one and
one-half years. In his otherwise unemployed
hours during this time he read law, and in
1846 became a student in the office of Howard
& Shepley, the former of whom was subse-
quently a judge of the supreme court of Maine,
and the latter a judge of the United States cir-
cuit court. In October. 1848, Mr. Strout was



admitted to the bar of Cumberland county, and
entered upon the practice of law at Bridgton.
April I, 1854, he returned lo Portland, and
after a year's practice alone, formed a partner-
ship with Judge Joseph Howard, who had
retired from the bench after one term. The
firm of Howard & Strout continued until June,
1864, when it was dissolved. Mr. Strout con-
tinued alone until June, 1866, when he and
Hanno W. Gage became partners under the
firm name of Strout & Gage. In 1880 Fred-
erick Sewall Strout, the eldest son of the
senior member, was admitted to the firm,
which thereupon became Strout, Gage &
Strout. This was continued until the death
of Frederick, March 14, 1888, and soon after
that his younger brother, Charles A., was ad-
mitted, the firm name remaining the same.
Under this name the firm continued until Mr.
Strout took his place on the bench of the
supreme court. From that time until the death
of Mr. Gage, January 4, 1907, the firm was
Gage & Strout. Mr. Strout, though not a col-
lege man, is perhaps no less successful as a
lawyer on that account. Ever of an indus-
trious and studious bent of mind, he has ap-
plied himself to the study, not only of the law,
but of general literature, until lie is classed
among the brilliant attorneys and scholarly
men of Maine. From the beginning he has
had a large practice in the higher grades of
business. He has taken part in many im-
portant cases beyond the limits of the state,
and thoroughly versed in the literature of the
day has been well and favorably known as
one of the leading lawyers of the Maine bar.
While at the bar he was a representative law-
yer, both in the state and federal courts, and
did not allow himself to deviate from his pro-
fession by entering politics or business enter-
prises. Adhering to general practice, he never
made any specialty, but was considered an all-
round lawyer, preferring, perhaps, the civil to
the criminal side of the court. His jury argu-
ments combined plausibility as well as intelli-
gence of thought and clearness of statement.
His perfect self-possession, freedom from tem-
per and irritability, and his agreeable and en-
gaging manners made him a difficult but never
disagreeable opponent. A Democrat from the
time of attaining his majority. Mr. Strout has
never been a partisan, and the only municipal
office he ever held was that of alderman, which
he filled for one year. When Judge Lowell
resigned from the United States circuit court,
the bar of Elaine almost unanimously recom-
mended Mr. Strout to fill the vacancy, and
although the appointment went to another

state, it was the ardent wish of all who knew
his ability and fitness that he might succeed
to the position. In the meantime his associates
of the Cumberland bar elected him president
of that organization, in which position he
served from 1884 to 1894. Maine, though
strongly Republican, long ago adopted the
policy of appointing one member of the su-
preme judicial bench from the minority party.
Its first appointment of this kind was the late
Artemas Libby, and upon his death in March,
1894, by almost unanimous voice, Mr. Strout
was called to succeed to the vacancy. He was
appointed April 12, 1894, and began his duties
on the 24th of the same month. There he
served as associate justice for fourteen years,
retiring in April, 1908, and during that time
he officiated in such manner as to reflect honor
upon himself and maintain the high reputation
that members of this high tribunal have from
its establishment sustained. He is now eighty-
one years old, yet remarkably well preserved
and vigorous both mentally and physically for
one of his age. In his retirement from official
position he takes with him the respect of his
associates, the lawyers and the laity of the
state of Maine, whose interests he has faith-
fully and successfully guarded. Upon his re-
tirement from the bench he entered upon the
active practice of law at Portland in partner-
ship with his son, Charles A., under the firm
name of Strout & Strout. Sewall Gushing
Strout married, in Portland, November 22,
1849, Octavia J. P., daughter of Elias and
Eliza Shaw, of Portland. They had five chil-
dren : Anna Octavia, Louise Blanche, Fred-
erick Sewall, Joseph Howard and Charles Au-
gustus. Anna O. is single. Louise B. mar-
ried Franklin Gibbs, since deceased. Freder-
ick, deceased, married Mary Elizabeth Hig-
gins. Charles A. is the subject of the next

(IV) Charles Augustus, youngest child of
Judge Sewall C. and Octavia J. P. (Shaw)
Strout, was born in Portland, July 12, 1863.
He attended the public schools, fitted for col-
lege in the private school of Cyrus B. \'arney,
and entered Bowdoin College in 188 1. In his
freshman year one of his eyes was injured by
a lump of coal thrown through his window
by one of a party of hazers, and he was un-
able to continue his course. He read law in
the office of Strout, Gage & Strout, was ad-
mitted to the bar April 25. 1885, and began
practice by himself. In 1888 he succeeded
his brother Frederick S. as a member of the
firm of Strout, Gage & Strout, which was
later changed to Gage & Strout. The firm of



Gage & Strout ceased to exist January 4, 1907,
and since that time C. A. Strout has practiced
alone, a worthy representative of a business
estabhshed by leading lawyers of the state
more than fifty years ago. Mr. Strout is an
active Republican, finding both employment
and recreation in politics. He was a member
of the common council in 1890-91, and during
the latter year presided over that body. In
1893 he was elected alderman from ward six
and served one term. In 1900 he was elected
city solicitor and held that office three terms.
He is a member of Ancient Landmark Lodge,
No. 17, Free and Accepted Masons; Green-
leaf Royal Arch Chapter, No. 13; Ivanhoe
Lodge, No. 25, Knights of Pythias, and Lodge
No. 188, Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks. He is a member of the following named
clubs: Cumberland, Portland, Athletic, Lin-
coln and Country. He married, June 7, 1893,
in Portland, Jennie May, born in Portland,
daughter of Rlicah and Mary Ann (Whitney)
Higgins, of Portland. (See Whitney VIII,
Higgins \'III.) They have one child, Sewall
C, born March 21, 1894. Mrs. Strout is a
sister of Mary Elizabeth (Higgins) Strout,
widow of Frederick S. Strout.

This is a name conspicuous in
MORSE American and English annals,

and has been traced with toler-
able accuracy to the time of William the Con-
queror. The line herein followed begins
definitely in Essex, England, and was brought
to America early in the seventeenth century.

(I) The first known was tlie Rev. Thomas
Morse, of Foxearth, in the county of Essex,

(II) Samuel, son of Rev. Thomas Morse,
was born in 1585, and embarked for New
England at London in 1635. He settled first
at Watertown, Massachusetts, and soon re-
moved to Dedham, and subsequently became
one of the original settlers of Medfield, where
he died April 5, 1664. His wife Elizabeth
probably died the next year. Their children
were : John, Daniel, Joseph, Abigail, Sam-
uel, Jeremiah and Mary. All were born in
England, and emigrated with their parents.

(III) Joseph, third son of Samuel and Eliz-
abeth Morse, was born in 161 5, and was about
twenty years of age when he came with his
parents to America. He removed from Wa-
tertown to Dedham, where he was granted
twelve acres of land, 18, 6 mo. 1636, and was
received into the church September ig, 1639.
He died before November, 1658. He mar-
ried, in Watertown, i, 7 mo. 1637, Hannah

Phillips, who married (second) November 3,
1658, Thomas Boyden. She died October 3,
1676, in Medfield, Massachusetts. Children of
Joseph -Morse: Samuel, Hannah, Sarah, Doro-
thy, Elizabeth, Joseph and Jeremiah.

(I\') Joseph (2), second son of Joseph (i)
and Hannah (Phillips) Morse, was born July
20, 1649, in Dedham, and died February 19,
1718. lie settled at Bogistow, on the west-
side of the Charles river, about 1670, and was
one of the signers of the petition for the in-
corporation of the town, serving on various
committees ; was captain of militia, moderator,
selectman and representative, and was a large
landholder. He married (first) Mehitable,
daughter of Nicholas White; (second) Han-
nah, daughter of Robert Babcock, of Milton;
(third) Hannah, widow of Joseph Dyer, of
South Weymouth. Children: Mehitable
(died young) ; Joseph (died young) ; Elisha,
Joseph, Mehitable, James, Hannah, Sarah,
David, Isaac, Keziah and Asa.

(V) James, third son of Joseph (2) Morse,
was born July i, 1686, in Dedham, and re-
sided in Sherborn, where he died June 15,
1725. He married, January 5, 1708, Ruth
Sawin, who died January 12, 1774. Children:
Thomas, Ruth, Deborah, James and Abraham.

(\^I) Thomas, eldest child of James and
Ruth (Sawin) Morse, was born December 5,
1700, in Sherborn, and died January 7, 1783,
in Dublin, New Plampshire. He removed to
the last named town in 1762. He was a
shrewd and successful business man and was
much respected for his high principles. Be-
fore the revolution he was offered a captain's
commission in the King's service by Governor
Wentworth, but refused it and sent three of
his sons as soldiers to the colonial army dur-
ing the revolution. He married Mary Tred-
way. of Framingham, who was born May 16,
1718, and died December 25, 1776. Children:
Marv. Ruth, Reuben, Rachel, Silence, Abi-
gail,' Thomas, Sarah, Ezra, John, Jonathan,
Hannah and Amos.

(VII) Reuben, eldest son of Thomas and
Mary (Tredway) Morse, was born June 21,
1742, in Sherborn. and died August 27, 1810,
in Dublin, New Hampshire. He was a soldier
of the revolution, participating in the battle of
Ticonderoga, was a member of the Congrega-
tional church, and filled various official sta-
tions in his home town. He married, June,
1678. Abigail Mason, who died July 13, 1822,
having survived her husband nearly twelve
vears." Children: Patty, Reuben, Hannah,
Benjamin, Persis, Bela, Ebenezer, Abigail,
Asa and Sarah.



(VIII) Persis, third daughter of Reuben
and Abigail (Mason) Morse, was born April
28, 1779, in Dublin, and married April 28,
1799, Daniel (3) Clary, of New Ipswich, New
Hampshire (see Clary III).

The "History of Sutton,
RICHARDSON Massachusetts," fails to

give the name of the im-
migrant ancestor of the Richardson family of
that town, nor is their line of descent to be
found in the various genealogical records rel-
ative to the posterity of the founders of the
name in America, of whom there were several.
The Richardsons of New England are mostly
the progeny of three brothers — Samuel, Ez-
ekiel and Thomas, who were among the orig-
inal settlers of \\'oburn. Massachusetts, in
1638, and the Sutton family is undoubtedly
descended from one of these immigrants.

(I) Jeremiah Richardson, of Sutton, was
married in that town, March 23, 1758, to Abi-
gail, daughter of Benjamin and Abigail (\Vy-
man) Gowing, and reared two sons: Benja-
min and Jeremiah.

(II) Benjamin Richardson, eldest son of
Jeremiah and' .Abigail ( Gowing) Richardson,
was born in Sutton, July 28, 1760. He was
married, in W'estboro, Massachusetts. October
14, 1784, to Martha Forbush, of that town.
They resided in Sutton, where Benjamin fol-
lowed the blacksmith's trade. Their children
were : Edward, see succeeding paragraph ;
Ebenezer, born March 7, 1787; Jeremiah, Sep-
tember 20. 1797: Pliny, April 6, 1800; Patty,
April 27, 1802; Abner, April 22, 1804; Cath-
erine, July I, 1806.

(III) Edward Richardson, eldest child of
Benjamin and Martha (Forbush) Richardson,
was born in Sutton, September 3, 1785. In
early life he came to Maine, first settling in
Bethel, and in 1823-24 he removed to Milan,

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