George Thomas Little.

Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine; (Volume 3) online

. (page 91 of 128)
Online LibraryGeorge Thomas LittleGenealogical and family history of the state of Maine; (Volume 3) → online text (page 91 of 128)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

Thomas with the Massachusetts line, though
the records reveal nothing of the two genera-
tions between the dates. Possibly they were
engaged in traffic with foreign countries, which
would make it the more difficult to trace them.
It is quite evident from the dates that follow
that records of two generations are lacking.

(I) Thomas, immigrant ancestor, was born
presumably in England, in 1601, and as proved,
was living in New England in 1635, "aged

(IV) George Bickmore, probably great-
grandson of Thomas the immigrant, was re-
corded in Milton, Massachusetts, and prob-
ably was born as early as 1700. The church
register of Milton shows that he "owned the
covenant July 13, 1729," and was baptized
on that date. He W'as evidently married at
that time or before, as the following bap-
tisms are recorded : "John, son of George
Bickmore, April 4, 1730," and "George son of
George Bickmore, June 10, 1732." The birth

of this George is elsewhere given : "George,
son of George and Elizabeth, June 6, 1733."
which is the only record discovered of his
wife. It is known that a few years after he
removed from Milton to Friendship, near the
St. George river, Maine. In a list of settlers
there appear the names of "John Bigmore"
and "George Bigmore," as located at Medom-
cook (now Friendship), which confirms the
family tradition that "the ancestors lived at
Friendship, on the coast of Maine." Old resi-
dents of that place have pointed out the re-
mains of an old cellar said to be that of the
house of the first Bickmore who came from
Massachusetts. It is now stated that George,
senior, lived there with his sons, but it is
probable that he did not live long after. His-
tory states that in 1635 there were but two
families living on St. George river (whose
names are not given) and "there is a long
silence in the records until the next century."
It is not impossible that the immigrant "Tho :
Bigmore, Fether Seller," was once located in
this spot, and that that fact drew his descend- •
ants to that locality. About 1717 a strong
capacious fort was built on the east bank of
St. George river, and a blockhouse erected
a short distance from the fort. The large
area between was enclosed by palisades, and
afforded ample accommodations for a garrison
of two hundred and fifty men. In the fre-
quent troubles with Indians during many
years, this fort and blockhouse was the only
place of refuge for settlers for many miles
around. It is stated that "in the war of 1755
nearly all the families of Friendship moved
within this garrison." The list of settlers re-
ferred to above was prepared, it is supposed,
by Captain John North, some years before his
death in 1763, and it is probable that the Bick-
more family located here, many years prior to
this date.

(\') John, eldest son of George and Eliza-
beth Bickmore. was born in IMilton, Massa-
chusetts, and baptized April 4, 1730. There
is no record to show when or where he mar-
ried, and the only fact learned is that he re-
moved early from Milton with his father to
the coast of Maine, the present town of Friend-

(Y) George, younger son of George and
Elizabeth Bickmore, was born in Milton, June
6, and there baptized June 10. 1732. He re-
moved with his father's family, probably in
early boyhood, to Friendship, Maine, and no
further account is given.

.(VI) Samuel, son (probably) of George, of
Friendship, Maine, was born July 10. 1772,

^^Jl6UyJ - -S. ^c'cyt^




and died May 23, 1838, in the town of St.
George, to which place his parents had re-
moved from some of the neighboring islands
after leaving Friendship. He married, Febru-
ary 9, 1796, Mary Barter, who was born
December 8, 1773, and died October 8, 1856,
aged eighty-two years ten months. In the
family Bible the marriage of Samuel and
Mary Barter is recorded Beckmore, though
the descendants use the "i" instead of "e."
They had seven children : Samuel, bom No-
vember 19, 1797; Roger, born May 2, 1800,
died June 17, 1812; Nancy, born October 4,
1802, died July i, 1854, married January 5,
1833, to Samuel Richards (children: Mary
Jane Richards, born October 28, 1833, "''^''"
ried March 14, 1853, to Luther A. Pitcher;
John H. B. Richards, born October 9, 1835 ;
Charles S. \V. Richards, born April 19, 1838;
Sylvanus G. S. Richards, born March 3,
1841); George, born April 16, 1805, died
October 12, 1838; Henry, born May 17, 1808;
John, born December 29, 181 1 ; (further men-
tion of John appears below) ; Oliver, born
September 14, 1815, died ^May 4, 1827.

(VII) Henry, fourth son of Samuel and
Mary (Barter) Bickmore, was born at St.
George, May 17, 1808. He married Nancy
Barter, a cousin, born on Isle au Haut. He
was a ship owner and captain of St. George.
Their children were: Sarah Ellen, William
Henry, Theresa, Ellis and Charles.

(VIII) William Henry, son of Henry and
Nancy (Barter) Bickmore, was born in St.
George, Maine, September 10, 1838. Like his
father, he was a ship owner and captain. He
married, November i, 1865, Margaret A.,
daughter of Richard and JMary Ogier Martin,
who was born in St. George, Maine. August
17, 1841. Their children were: Mary Emma
Bickmore, born August 10, 1867, and Albert
Henry. The daughter is now the wife of
Frederick F. Tefft, residing at Mount Vernon,
New York.

(IX) Albert Henry, only son of William
Henry and Margaret A. (Martin) Bickmore,
was born at St. George. IMaine, October 8,
1869. He married at Camden, Maine, Octo-
ber 2, 1 90 1, Myrtle L., daughter of Thomas
D. and Dora (Bragg) French, who was born
November 21, 187 1. He was a student at
Camden high school and Colby College, grad-
uating A. B. in 1893, and was a member of
Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Upsilon fraternities.
Not long after graduation he came to New
York City and engaged in the banking busi-
ness. He is now the head of the firm of
A. H. Bickmore & Company, private bankers,

at 30 Pine street. New York. He is a mem-
ber of the following clubs : Union League, St.
Nicholas, Lawyers, Graduates, City, Indian
Harbor Yacht, Atlantic Yacht; and the Cum-
berland, of Portland, Maine. He is also di-
rector in numerous corporations. Children of
Albert Henry and Myrtle : Albert Henry, Jr.,
born in New York City, October 20, 1904 ;
Jesse O., April 4, 1906. They are of the tenth
generation from the emigrant "Tho: Bigmore,
dwelling in New England," 1635.

(VII) John, fifth .son of Samuel and Mary
(Barter) Bickmore, was born in St. George,
December 29, 181 1, and married there Jane,
daughter of Deacon David and Waitey (Jame-
son) Seavey, of South St. George, who was
born December, 1817, and died July 3, 1842.
A memorial window of her father. Deacon
David Seavey, and of her eldest brother.
Deacon Elisha Seavey, has been placed in the
Baptist church at South St. George, near
Martinsville P. O., where the Bickmore fam-
ily also attended service, by her son. Pro-
fessor Albert S. Bickmore. Captain John
Bickmore married Thankful Bartlett, daugh-
ter of Dr. Charles and Elizabeth (Fuller)
Stearns, of Tenant's Harbor, October 8, 1843.
Children : Elizabeth Ranlet, born April 25,
1845, niarried Whitney Long, August 24,
1867; Emma Isora, born April 21, 1848, died
June 23, 1871 ; Frances Amelia, born Sep-
tember 20, 1 85 1, died June 14, 1869; Harriet
Antoinette, born June 22, 1855 ; and John
Franklin, born November 7, 1863, graduated
at Amherst College, 1886, married October 22,
1894, Emma Matilda Brown, of West Vir-
ginia ; children : Thankful, born October 24,
1896, and John Franklin, Jr., born October
24, 1899, residence Denver, Colorado. Cap-
tain John Bickmore resided at Martinsville
P. O., town of St. George, until 1848, when
he moved to Tenant's Harbor, an adjoining
village. He was a sea captain, ship owner,
and builder of the "Challenge," 1848, "Leoni-
das," 1866, and others, 1863-67. He died in
1875. A double memorial window has been
placed in the Baptist church at Tenant's Har-
bor, of vi'hich he was an active and beloved
member, bearing the following inscription:
"In memory of Captain John Bickmore, died
in church, January 31, 1875, aged sixty-three
years. He walked with God and he was not,
for God took him."

(VIII) Albert Smith, only son of John and
Jane (Seavey) Bickmore, was born at Mar-
tinsville, in the town of St. George, Maine,
March i, 1839. He was graduated from
Dartmouth College in i860, studied with Pro-



fessor Louis Agassiz, 1860-64; (B. S. Har-
vard University, 1864; Ph. D. Hamilton Col-
lege, 1869, and Ph. D. Dartmouth, 1896;
LL.D. Colgate University, 1905.) At the age
of eight years he took a voyage with his
father, Captain John Bickmore, to Bordeaux,
France, which gave him the inspiration for a
life of travel and nature study. While a
student with Professor Agassiz he became as-
sistant in the museum at Cambridge, and went
to Bermuda to collect for that institution in
the summer of 1862. On his return he-served
in the Forty-fourth Regiment, Massachusetts
Volunteers, October 22, 1862, to June 18,
1863, most of the time at Newbern, North
Carolina. His travels have been extensive in
the Malay Archipelago, China, Japan, eastern
Asia, and back by the Amoor river to Moscow,
St. Petersburg, Berlin and London, from Jan-
uary, 1865, to December, 1867, forty-four
thousand miles in three years. In 1868 he
was appointed professor of natural history in
Madi.son (now Colgate) University, at Ham-
ilton, New York; and was superintendent of
the American ^Museum of Natural Historv in
Central Park, New York City, 1869 to 1884.
On December 16, 1873, he married Charlotte
A., daughter of John M. and Isabella F. (Ran-
dolph) Bruce, who was born May 29, 1845,
in New York City. Their only child, Albert
S., junior, was born January 12, 1875, and
died September 17, 1881.

Professor Bickmore had charge of the De-
partment of Public Instruction in the Amer-
ican Museum of Natural History from 1884
to 1904, and is now professor emeritus. He
traveled abroad at his own expense to gather
data and illustrations for his lectures, from
1895 to 1904, an average distance yearly of
twelve thousand miles. He has delivered,
under the auspices of the State Superintendent
of Public Instruction, to teachers of public
schools, and to all citizens on holidays, four
hundred and eighteen illustrated lectures
(average attendance nine hundred) upon two
hundred and thirteen different subjects re-
lating to geography and natural history. A
selection of these lectures has been repeated
in each citj' and village of five thousand popu-
lation throughout the state of New York.
Professor Bickmore is the author of "Travels
in the East Indian Archipelago," and of vari-
ous papers on travel, published in the annual
reports of the State Department of Educa-
tion. He is a Fellow of the A. A. A. S. ;
Society of American Naturalists; Member of
the American Geological and Geographical So-
cieties; fellow of the New York Academy of

Science; life fellow of the Royal Geographical
Society of London (1868) ; and is a trustee of
the American Museum of Natural History,
Colgate University, \'assar College, and of the
Madison Avenue Baptist Church. New York,
1897 to 1909. At the international Exposition
held in Paris in 1900, Professor Bickmore
was awarded the gold medal for the superior
character of the colored stereopticon slides
prepared under his direction and used in his
free public lectures at the American Museum
of Natural History on Central Park, in New
York. The American Museum owes much to
Professor Bickmore, and he has been highly
bronze bust of the professor, of heroic
size, is now being prepared to be placed
by the trustees near the entrance of the
in the trustees near the entrance of the
auditorium of the museum in New York,
and a portrait is to be placed in the new Edu-
cation Building, now in process of erection by
the state at Albany. He is now engaged in
preparing, at the request of the trustees, a de-
tailed history, in manuscript, of the "Found-
ing and Early Development of the American
Museum of Natural History," in which he
took an active and helpful part.

(Address: In care of the American .Museum ot Natural
Hi.<itory, Central Park, Xew York City.)

The family tradition says that
FOSTER three brothers of Scotch ances-
try came to this country and lo-
cated at what is now Blackstone, then Men-
don, Massachusetts. They did not remain in
that town, and the Worcester county records
furnish no trace of the family.

(I) Dexter Foster, one of these brothers,
was the ancestor of the familj' of this sketch.
Of his history nothing has been preserved.

(II) Dexter (2), son of Dexter (i) Foster,

married Carpenter, and had among his

children: i. Dexter, died in Rochester, New
York. 2. John, died near a place called Big
Rock, while on his way to California by the
overland route. 3. George Hcmenway, men-
tioned below. 4. Hermon, born the night of
his father's death ; lived in Boston ; had one
daughter. The widow of Dexter married

(second) Austin, (third)

Lord, and had a son by each.

(III) George Hcmenway, son of Dexter
(2) Foster, was born in Belgrade, Maine. He
was about two years old when his father died,
and was adopted by Dr. Ilemenway, and given
his middle name by his foster parents. He
married Judith Damren. Foster was a far-
mer and hotel keeper, deputy sheriff and trial



justice during the civil war. He was a Re-
publican, and an active and useful citizen. He
had no particular religious preferences. Chil-
dren : I. Asa H. 2. George C, mentioned
below. 3. Dexter Lyman, mentioned below.
4. Joshua (twin of Dexter Lyman). 5. Har-
riet. 6. Francis. 7. Samuel.

(IV) George Carpenter, son of George
Hemenway Foster, was born at Rome, Maine,
August 3, 1829; married at Lowell, Decem-
ber 2, 1856, Mary Dorothy Greenleaf (see
Greenleaf family), born in Augusta, Maine,
January 15, 1834. He was educated in the
public schools, and when a young man learned
the trade of wood-worker and pattern maker.
He followed this trade and carpentering until
1859 '" Lowell. He then returned to the
homestead and devoted the rest of his life to
farming at Belgrade, Maine. He was a Re-
publican in politics. Children: i. Frank
Chester, born October 31, 1857; mentioned
below. 2. Elenora, born March 31, i860, died
young. 3. Fred Elmore, born October 24,
1863, died young. 4. Edgar Leslie, born Jan-
uary 28, 1870.

(V) Frank Chester, son of George Carpen-
ter Foster, was born at Lowell, Massachu-
setts, October 31, 1857. He was educated in
the public schools and at the Western State
Normal School at Farmington, Maine, where
he was graduated January 17, 1879. He
learned the machinist's trade and followed it
several years. He succeeded to the old home-
stead at Belgrade and has followed farming
there since the death of his father. In poli-
tics he is a Republican, and he is a member of
the board of health and school committee of
the town of Belgrade. He is a member of the
local lodge of Odd Fellows, and Belgrade
Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He married,
at Oakland, Maine, October 31, 1888, Susan
Emma Lord, born at Belgrade, March 21,
1861, daughter of William E. and Abbie L.
(Cottle) Lord, whose children were Mary E.,
Susan E., John F., Laura E., William E.,
Sarah F., Alice M., Dr. Frederick C. Chil-
dren of Frank Chester and Susan Emma Fos-
ter: I. Ethel Chestina, born December 8,
1891. 2. Vernon Lord, born February 14,
1893. 3. Hildrerl Dorothy, born February 12,


(IV) Dexter Lyman, son of George Hem-
enway Foster, was born in Belgrade. He
died in Oakland, Maine. September 4, 1904.
He was educated in the public schools,
and spent his boyhood on his father's farm in
Belgrade. He went to Ohio with his parents
when he was a lad, and resided there until

1830, when he and his brother Josiah joined
the gold-seekers and went to California. From
Sacramento, California, they started for the
rnincs. He found it profitable to engage in the
livery and packing business, and followed it
for twelve years. After he returned to Bel-
grade he drove a stage in Somerset county
until the railroad was built. He began as
brakeman, and in a few years ro.«e to the posi-
tion of conductor in the passenger service and
continued in that position for twenty-seven
years. He was well known and popular among
the railroad men of the state. In politics he
was a Republican. He was a member of
Northern Star Lodge of Free Masons of
North Anson, Maine; of Table Rock Lodge
of Odd Fellows, of North Anson, and of the
O. R. C. of the same town. He belonged to
the Universalist church. He married Barbara
Phillips, born at Norridgewock, Maine, Chil-
dren : I. Grace. 2. George Hemingway,
mentioned below. 3. Samuel J.

( V ) George Hemingway, son of Dexter
Lyman Foster, was born in North Anson,
Maine, September 29, 1875. He was educated
in the common schools of his native town, and
at Anson Academy. He was appointed sta-
tion agent of the Somerset County railroad at
North Anson, held this place two years, and
then served two years as brakeman and fire-
man on the road. He was then appointed
clerk and despatcher in the office of the super-
intendent of the Somerset railroad. He was
promoted to the office of general passenger
and freight agent, and when the railroad was
sold in 1907 to the Maine Central railroad, he
was appointed assistant general passenger and
freight agent of the system, and in June, 1907,
was made chief train despatcher. In the fol-
lowing August he was appointed assistant su-
perintendent, and in September superintendent
of the Somerset railroad for the Maine Cen-
tral railroad. Mr. Foster has been connected
with this railroad for a period of nineteen
years, and is known as an active, energetic,
enterprising and efficient railroader in every
position he has held. Mr. Foster is a Re-
publican in politics. He is a member of Mes-
solonskee Lodge of Free Masons ; of Mount
Lebanon Council, Royal and Sefect Masters ;
of Drummond Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ;
and of St. Omer Commandery, Knights Tem-
plar, of Waterville.

It is believed that the

GREENLEAF Greenleaf family was of

Huguenot origin, the

name being a translation of the French



Fciiillci-crt. The name is rarely found in Eng-
land, except at Ipswich. coiiiUy Suffolk. It is
thought that the family lied from France with
other Huguenots, and settled in England.

(I) Edmund Greenleaf, immigrant ancestor,
was baptized January 2. 1674. at the parish of
St. Mary's la Tour, in Ipswich, county Suf-
folk, England. He was the son of John and
I^Iargarct Greenleaf, and among the family
relics still preserved is the cane brought to
this country by Edmund Greenleaf, bearing the
initials J. G. on a silver band near the handle.
He settled in Newbury, .Massachusetts, and
lived near the old town bridge, where he kept
a tavern for many years. He was by trade a
silk dyer. He was admitted a freeman March
13, 1639, and licensed to keep a tavern May
22 same year. He served in the militia, and
November 11, 1647, requested his discharge
from the service. He removed to Boston
about 1650, and there his wife died, and he
married again, not very happily, as his will
shows. His will, written, it is supposed, by his
own hand, was dated December 22, 1668, and
proved February 12, 1671. His second wife
is not mentioned, and a note is attached ex-
plaining the omission at length. He bequeaths
to his son Stephen, to his daughter Browne,
widow, and to his daughter Coffin ; to grand-
children Elizabeth Hilton and Enoch Green-
leaf; to Enoch's oldest son James; to cousin
Thomas Moon, mariner ; sons Stephen Green-
leaf and Tri.stram Coffin, executors ; refers
also to William, Ignatius and James Hill, his
wife's sons, and to bequests to them from their
aunt. He married ( first ) Sarah Dole ; ( sec-
ond) a daughter of Ignatius Jurdaine, of Ex-
eter, England, widow (first) of Wil-
son, and (second) of William Hill, of Fair-
field, Connecticut. He died March 24, 1671,
in Boston. Children: i. Enoch, baptized De-
cember I, 1613; died 1617. 2. Samuel, died
1627. 3. Enoch, born about 161 7; married

Mary . 4. Sarah, baptized March 26,

1620; married William Hilton, of Newbury;
died 1655. 5. Elizabeth, baptized January 16,
1622; married, 1642, Giles Badger; married
(second) February 16, 1648-49, Richard
Browne; died April 26, 1661. 6. Nathaniel,
baptized June 27, 1624; buried July 24, 1634.
7. Judith, born September 2, 1625; bajitized
September 29, 1626; married (first) Henry
Somerby; (second) March 2. 1653, Tristram
Coffin Jr.; died December 13, 1705. 8. Ste-
phen, baptized August 10, 1628; mentioned be-
low. 9. Daniel, baptized .August 14, 163 1 ; died
December 16, 1712; married Hannah \'eazie.

(II) Stephen, son of Edmund Greenleaf,

was baptized August 10, 1628, at St. Mary's,
and died December i, 1690. He married
(first) November 13, 165 1, Elizabeth Coffin,
who died November ig, 1678, daughter of
Tristram and Dionis (Stevens) Coffin, of
Newbury. He married (second) March 31,
1679. Mrs. Esther Weare Swett, daughter of
Nathaniel Weare and widow of Benjamin
Swett, of Hampton, New Hampshire. She
died January 16, 1718, aged eighty-nine years.
Children, all by first wife: i. Stephen, born
August 15, 1652; mentioned below. 2. Sarah,
born October 29, 1655; married June 7, 1677,
Richard Dole; died September 1, 1718. 3.
Daniel, born February 17, 1657-58, at Boston;
died December 5, 1659. 4. Elizabeth, born
April 5, 1660, at Newbury ; married Septem-
ber 24, 1677, Colonel Thomas Noyes ; died
September 3, 1674. 5. John, born June 21,
1662; married (first) October 12, 1683, Eliza-
beth Hills; (second) May 13, 1716, Lydia
(Frost) Pierce, widow; died 1734. 6. Sam-
uel, born October 30, 1666; married Sarah
Kent. 7. Tristram, bor.n February 11, 1667-
68; married November 12, 1689, Margaret
Piper; died September 13, 1740. 8. Edmund,
born May 10, 1670; married July 2, 1691,
Abigail Somerby. 9. Mary, born December
6. 167 1 ; married, 1696. Joshua Moody. 10.
Judith, born October 23, 1673 ; died Novem-
ber 19, 1678.

(Ill) Captain Stephen (2), son of Stephen
(I) Greenleaf, was born August 15, 1632, in
Newbury, and died there October 13, 1743. He
was a prominent man, famed for his service in
the Indian wars, and was known as the "Great
Indian fighter." He was wounded in the bat-
tle of Hatfield, August 25, 1673, and com-
manded a company in the battle with the
French and Indians at Wells, Maine, in 1690.
He was in King Philip's war also. May 18,
1693, he filed a petition for relief, and pre-
sented a bill for the services of a physician in
caring for a wound received while moving a
family who had been taken from Newbury by
the Indians. In 1696 he was granted land to
build a wharf. He married (first) October
23, 1676, Elizabeth Gerrish, born September
10, 1634, died August 3, 1712, daughter of
William and Joanna (Goodale-Oliver) Ger-
rish, of Newbury; (second) in 1713, Mrs.
Hannah Jordan, of Kittery, Maine, who died
September 30. 1743. Children, all by first
wife: I. Elizabeth, born January 12. 1678-79;
married November 7, 1693, Henry Clarke. 2.
Daniel, born February 10, 1679-80; mentioned
below. 3. Stephen, born August 31, 1682;
died October 13, 1688. 4. William, born April



I, 1684; died April 15, 1684. 5. Joseph, born
April 12, 1686; married November 18, 1707,
Thomasine Mayo. 6. Sarah, born July 19,
1688; married, March 30, 1710, Richard Kent.

7. Stephen, born October 21, 1690; married,
October 7, 1712, Mary Mackres; died 1771.

8. John, born August 29, 1693; married, 1714,
Abigail Moody. 9. Benjamin, born December
14, 1695. 10. Moses, born February 24, 1697-

(IV) Rev. Daniel, son of Stephen (2)
Greenleaf, was born in Newbury. February
10, 1679-80, and baptized February 22, 1679-
•80. He graduated at Harvard College in
1699, and for about six years practiced medi-
cine in Cambridge. About 1706 he began to
preach, and in 1708 was ordained pastor of
the church at Yarmouth, succeeding Rev. John
Cotton. He remained there nearly twenty
years, and in 1727 removed to Boston, whither
his wife and twelve children had preceded
him. The last two years of his life he was
confined to his bed as the result of a fall. He
died August 26, 1763. He married, Novem-
ber 18, 1701, Elizabeth Gookin, born Novem-
ber II, 1681, died November, 1762, daughter
of Samuel and Mary Gookin, and grand-
daughter of Major General Daniel Gookin.

Online LibraryGeorge Thomas LittleGenealogical and family history of the state of Maine; (Volume 3) → online text (page 91 of 128)