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of literature went the Abbot family, and the
world of humor, Bill Nye and Artemus Ward,
who learned his first "drawing lesson," as he
says, over the bridge that spans the little river
near his old home at Waterford. Maine is
also a good state to emigrate to, brains are
always sure of recognition. From the little
state of New Hampshire came three of her
governors, Wells, Kent and Plaisted, as well
as Judge Clifford and the gifted William Pitt
Fessenden. From the Keystone State came
the magnetic Blaine. So from other states
have come families whose names have not
been written, it is true, in great deeds or ren-
dered on history's page, but who have mod-
estly upheld the honor of the old Pine Tree
state and labored to maintain her high posi-
tion in the galaxy of states. The Wiswells
have been less assuming than some others, and
have not run a publicity bureau to cry their
worth, but they have striven mightily and
thriven exceedingly well, and their worthiness
is apparent to all. Wiswell and Wiswall were
early interchangeable patronymics. The name
comes from Weisweil, a town on the Rhine in

Thomas Wiswall, born in England, came to
this country in 1635, residing at Dorchester,
Cambridge and Newton, Massachusetts. He
died December 6, 1683. In 1642-44 he was
selectman, and in 1664 was made elder of the
church. He was a useful man in every de-
partment of church, social and civic life. In
1669 he was appointed to catechise the youth
on the south side of the bridge. A pond in
Newton near where he lived perpetuates his
name. The Christian name of his wife was
Elizabeth, and he married (second) Isabella,
widow of John Farmer. She died May 21.
1686. Children, probably by the first wife :
Enoch, Esther, Rev. Ichabod, Noah, Mary,
Sarah, Ebenezer and Eliza.

Enoch, eldest son of Elder Thomas and Eliz-
abeth Wiswall, was born in 1633. His name
is spelled in the early York deeds as Wiswell.
He was a tanner, and was the first of the name
to come to Maine, settling at North Yarmouth,
where he purchased three hundred acres on
the Harrisickett river. He is the beginner of
the strong and influential Wiswell family, and

married Elizabeth, daughter of John Oliver,
the scholar of Boston, and had : John, Enoch,
died young; Hannah, Oliver, Elizabeth, Es-
ther, Susannah; Enoch, died young; Mary,
Samuel, Enoch and Ebenezer (twins).

(I) Edward S. Wiswell first appeared in
the history of Machias in 1836. In that year
he subscribed toward the building of the Union
meeting house. He is a descendant of the
Enoch of North Yarmouth, but the interven-
ing connections have not been brought down
sufficiently clear to enable us to stale definitely
the exact relationship. He left two sons —
Alpheas and Elbert Edwin.

(II) Elbert Edwin, son of Edward S. Wis-
well, was born October 19, 1844, in Machias.
He was a shipsmith by trade, and conducted a
hardware and plumbing business in Machias.
He married Emily Talbot Gardiner.

(III) Carl Gardner, only .son of Elbert Ed-
win and Emily T. (Gardner) Wiswell, was
born in Machias, February 2, 1876. He was
taught in the schools of his native town, sup-
plemented with a classical course at Washing-
ton Academy, where he prepared for college.
Entering the University of Maine, he gradu-
ated with the class of 1898, with the degree of
B. M. E. He went into the service of the
McKay Lasting Machine Company at Bev-
erly, Massachusetts. In 1899 he returned to
East Machias, and was taken into the business
with his father, under the firm name of E. E.
Wiswell & Son. He is a Republican in his
political affiliations, and has been town treas-
urer, superintendent of schools, and selectman.
He attends the Congregational church, and is
secretary and treasurer of the Sunday school.
He is active in fraternalism, a member of
Warren Lodge, No. 2, of the Ancient Free
and Accepted Masons, East Machias, of which
he is worshipful master, this being the second
oldest Masonic lodge in the state; of Warren
Ciiapter, No. 56, Royal Arch Masons, of East
Machias; was accorded the Knight Templar
degrees in St. Elmo Commandery, No. 18,
received into the .Arabic Order of the Mystic
Shrine, in Flora Temple. He is president of
the Washington Academy Alumni Associa-
tion. He married Grace A., daughter of
Charles E. and Annie Martin, of Whiting,
Maine, on January 4, 1905. They have no

Mr. Wiswell's mother comes from Thomas
Gardner (1), who sailed from Weymouth,
Dorsetshire, England, in 1623, with fourteen
others, in a small vessel fitted out by "The
Western Adventurers," and landed at Cape
Ann. He was to oversee the planting in the



colonies, and for that reason has sometimes
been called the first governor of Massachu-
setts. In 1626 those who remained of the
colony removed to "Xahum Keike," the
aboriginal name of what was afterwards Sa-
lem, Massachusetts, named, it is said, by this
Thomas Gardner. Of the Gardners in Eng-
land verv little is known, but it was a Dorset-
sliire family for three centuries prior to 1600.
Thomas was a member of the general court in
1637, and was very prominent in town affairs
throughout his life, and had extensive grants
of land in Salem and Danvers. He married
Margaret Fries, in England, and (second) the
widow Demarias Shattuck. who died Septem-
ber 28, 1674, and he the following October.

(II) Samuel, son of Thomas and Margaret
(Fries) Gardner, was born about 1627. He
was a merchant in Salem, and a member of the
board of selectmen when the deed of the land
where the city of Salem now stands, was
•given to the Indians in 1686. He was a mem-
ber of the general court in 1681-82-85. He
married Mary, daughter of Elizabeth (Her-
bert) and John White, a granddaughter of
John Herbert, mayor of Northampton, Eng-
land. After her death he married the widow
Elizabeth Paine. He died October, 1689. eight
children surviving him : Jonathan, Joseph,
Thomas, Abel. Samuel, Elizabeth Waters, Sa-
rah Osborne and Mary Waters.

(III) Abel, fourth son of Samuel and Mary
(White) Gardner.

(IV) Thomas, son of Abel Gardner, was
baptized October 14, 1705. He died in 1753,
with the following survivors : Eunice,
Thomas. Alary, Ebenezer, Sarah and Israel.

(V) Ebenezer, second son of Thomas Gard-
ner, was born September 4. 1737. a potter by
trade, residing at Ro.xbury. Massachusetts. He
received a grant of land in "Ark-Paque,"
Cumberland county, Nova Scotia, from which
the Acadians had been expelled. On the
breaking out of the revolution he remained
loyal to the colonists, and was a member of
the committee of safety, who went to Boston
to urge an energetic campaign to protect the
faithful in the provinces. For this reason,
shortly after his return he was obliged to flee
the country, his wife and family follow-
ing, suffering fearful exposure and hard-
ships, to Machias. Maine, in 1776. For his
patriotic services he received a grant of one
thousand acres of land in 1785, near Bangor,
Maine. He built a home at Machias below
"The Falls," and married Damaris, daughter
of Nathan and Susannah Merrill, of Haverhill,
Massachusetts. She died February 5, 1837,

a nonegenarian, and he November 21, 1832,
almost a centenarian. The family consisted of
nine children.

(VI) Ebenezer (2), son of Ebenezer (i)
and Damaris (Merrill) Gardner, was born
January 21, 1763. He was a farmer, and lived
at Hadley's Lake, Maine, and married January
21, 1803, Sally, daughter of William and El-
len (Dill way) Albee. She was born Novem-
ber 12, 1783, and died August 25. 1875, hav-
ing completed ninety-two years. He died Feb-
ruary 5, 1859. Children : Susannah. Thomas
J., James A., Ebenezer, Thaxter. Lucinda,
Lydia. Henry A.. Raymond, Cyrus S., Julia
R. She is now living, and the grandmother of
Carl G. Wiswell. She married a Thomas
Gardner, and became the mother of Edward
P., and Emily Talbot, who married Elbert E.
Wiswell, and was the mother of Carl Gardner
Wiswell, of this sketch.

All the American Sanborns
SANBORN are descended from three

brothers who settled in
Hampton in 1639. The surname is derived
from the Anglo-Saxon words Sand and Burn
(a stream"), evidently a place-name before it
became a family name, and it seems probable
that the English progenitors who first used
Sambourne. the original form of Sanborn, as
their surname, were in Sambourne. in Wilt-
shire. The earliest mention of the name in
England, in 1194, gives it de Sandburne, but
as early as 1330 it is commonly spelled Sam-
borne and Sambourne. and since the four-
teenth century these two forms have been the
accepted spelling in England, the only two sur-
viving branches in that country using them.
The American progenitors spelled the name
Samborn and Samborne. but gradually the
name has been changed to Sanborn, the form
accepted generally by almost all of the Amer-
ican descendants. In Illinois it is spelled San-
bom, and in Michigan, Sandburn.

The Sanborn or Sambourne coat-of-arms :
Argent, a chevron sable, between three mullets
gules, pierced or. Crest : A mullet as in the
arms. The Sambourne ancestry has been
traced by V. C. Sanborn, compiler of the gene-
alogy, to Nicholas Sambourne, of Wiltshire, in
1320. Nicholas Sambourne was born about
1320; probably held the fourth part of a
knight's fee in Biddestone. St. Nicholas. Wilt-
shire ; represented Bath City at the parlia-
ment held at Westminster November 3, 1391.
His son, Nicholas Sambourne Jr., was born
about 1350, held the fourth part of a knight's
fee, mentioned above; was in parliament in



1393-94: married Katherine, \oungest daugh-
ter and co-heir of Sir John Liishill, or De
Lusteshull, wlio was connected with the House
of Lancaster. A grandson. Walter Sambourne,
born 1420, held Fernhani and Lushill manors,
but probably lived at Southcot House, near
Reading, Berkshire : married Alargaret,
daughter of Thomas Drew, of Seagry, Wilt-
shire ; she died in 1494, and her will is extant.
Nicholas Sambourne, son of Weaker and
Margaret Samborne, was born about 1450. and
made his home in Mapledurham, O.xford-
shire; married Elizabeth, daughter of John
Brocas, of Beaurepaire, Hampshire; descend-
ant of an ancient and honorable family, from
which she inherited considerable property, in-
cluding Timsbury, which the Sambornes oc-
cupied. Timsbury House, now the most an-
cient Samborne residence in England, is cele-
brated for the interesting and artistic Tudor
architecture. The house to-day is practically
unchanged since 1542 except for minor alter-
ations and repairs, and the loss of one wing
by fire. The probable line of descent from
this Nicholas to the American immigrants is
given by the family historian as : Nicholas
Samborne, born 1500; Edward, born about
1550; William, married Anne Bachiler, and
was of Brimpton, Berkshire, in 1616, their
sons Lieutenant John (mentioned below),
William and Stephen being the three Ameri-
can immigrants.

(I) Lieutenant John, son of William and
Anne (Bachiler) Sanborn, of England, was
born in England, in 1620. He appears in
Hampton in 1640, when he was granted a
house lot and tract of land there. He was a
man of prominence in Hampton, was select-
man many years ; was often on committees to
examine grants and establish boundaries ; was
many times on the jury, and foreman of the
grand jury in 1676: was ensign of the Hamp-
ton company in 1677, and commissioned lieu-
tenant October 15, 1679; was representative
to the general court in 1685. He was one of
the sufferers in the Cranfield and Mason per-
secutions, and was imprisoned for resisting the
claims of Mason. He died October 20, 1692,
and his estate was inventoried November 2,
1692, at two hundred ninety-four pounds
fourteen shillings. He married (first) Mary,
daughter of Robert Tuck, of Gorlston. Suffolk
and Hampton, New Hampshire. She died
December 30, 1668, and he married (second)
Margaret, widow of William Moulton, and
daughter of Robert Page, of OrmsBy, Norfolk
and Hampton, New Hampshire. Children of
first wife: i. John, born about 1649; ^^^ for-

ward. 2. Mary, born 1651. died 1654. 3. Abi-
gail, born February 23, 1653; married
Ephraim Marston : died January 3, 1743. 4.
Richard, born January 4, 1655; mentioned
elsewhere. 5. Mary, born 1657 ; died 1660. 6.
Joseph, born March 13, 1659. 7. Stephen,
born 1661 ; died 1662. 8. Ann, born Novem-
ber 20, 1662; married Samuel Palmer; died
October 4, 1745. g. Dinah, married James
Marston. 10. Nathaniel, born January 27,
1666. II. Benjamin, born December 20,
1668. Child of the second wife: 12. Captain
Jonathan, born May 25, 1672.

(H) John Sanborn, son of Lieutenant
John Sanborn, born about 1649 at Hamp-
ton, New Hampshire, died September 23,
1727. He was admitted a freeman April 25,
1678. He married, November 19, 1674, Ju-
dith Coffin, born December 4, 1653, died May
17, 1724, daughter of Tristram Coffin; of
Newbury. Children: i. Judith, born August
8, 1675, married, December 2, 1692, Ebenezer
Gove. 2. Mary, born July 2, 1677, married
Ebenezer Stevens, and resided in Kingston. 3.
Sarah, born May 8, 1679. 4. Deborah, born
i68i, married (first) November 15, i6g8,
Samuel Fellows; (second) October 2. 1711,
Benjamin Shaw. 5. John, born 1683. 6. Tris-
tram, born 1684-85. ' 7. Enoch, borii 1685. 8.
Lydia, born February 24, 1687. 9. Peter, born
1689. 10. Abner, mentioned below.

(HI) Abner, son of John Sanborn, born in
Hampton, April 27. 1694, died January 18,
1780. He resided in Hampton Falls, and mar-
ried, October 31, 1715, Rachel Shaw, daughter
of Caleb Shaw, and sister of his brother's
wife. His will, dated 1761, proved 1780, men-
tions all the children except Judith, Jethro,
Deborah and Peter. May 5, 1749, he deeded
to his son an acre of land in Hampton Falls,
on which the son then lived. Children: i.
Caleb, born July 25. 1716. 2. Elizabeth, born
March 5, 1718, married, April 12, 1744, Joseph
Smith. 3. Rachel, born August 17, 1719,
married, September 27. 1738, Jeremiah Ben-
nett. 4. Daniel, born May 19, 1721. 5. John,
born January 9, 1723, mentioned below. 6. "
Judith, baptized November 8, 1726. 7. Ab-
ner, born August 3, 1726. 8. Jethro, born
and died 1728. g. Deborah, born 1729, died
1730. 10. Peter, born September 13, 1731,
died young. 11. Timothy, born June 9, 1733.
12. Mary, bom July 5, 1735, married (first)
Ephraim Philbrick; (second) July 18, 1776,
William Blaisdell. 13. Coffin, bom December

17. 1737-

(IV) John (2). son of Abner Sanborn,
born at Hampton Falls, January g, 1723, died



December 6, 1802. He lived in Hampton
Falls. Falmouth and Standish, Maine. He
married (first) January 28. 1748, Lucy San-
born, who died September. 1775. He married
(second) 1784, Mrs. Betty Pierce, who died
July, 1812. Children, the first five born at
Hampton Falls, the last two at Falmouth.
Maine: i. Lydia, born March 12, 1749, died
unmarried September, 1775. 2. Peter, born
July 9, 175 1. 3. Susanna, born August 13,
1753; married (first) November 19, 1791,
Enoch Linnell : (second) John Pierce; died in
Standish, March 25, 1840. 4. Lucy, born Oc-
tober 19, 1755, married, February, 1782, Jo-
seph Dow; died September, 1836. 5. John,
born October 15, 1757, mentioned below. 6.
Rufus, born February 5, 1760, died 1762. 7.
Rachel, born July 19, 1762. married, April 25,
1785. Rev. Benjamin Ayer.

(\') Captain John (3), son of John (2)
Sanborn, born in Hampton Falls. October 15,
1757. died October 16, 1827. He resided in
Standish, Maine. He was a soldier in the rev-
olution and served in Captain Pike's command
from Cumberland county. He is said to have
served also four years imder Colonel Cilley.
He was enlisted as from Pepperellborough,
Maine. He received a pension. He married,
December 3, 1782, Abigail Jones, of Standish,
who died October ig, 1832. Children: i.
Pierce, born September 17, 1783. 2. Mercy,
born February 11, 1786, died 1786. 3. Mercy,
born February 28, 1787, married, April 26,
1810, VVeare Cram; died September 28, 1855.
4. Lucy, born September i, 1789, married, De-
cember 23, 1810, Jabez Dow. 5. John, born
July 7, 1791. 6. Joseph, born June 14, 1793.
7. Asa, born May 5, 1795. 8. Abigail, bom
July 31, 1797, married, April 13, 1836,
Matthias Hutchinson. 9. Susan, born July 23,
1799, married, July 19, 1822, Thomas Cram
Jr. 10. Warren, mentioned below.

(\'I) Captain Warren, son of Captain John
Sanborn, born in Standish, Maine, May 5,
1802, died March 20, 1844. He was a far-
mer and lumberman in Standish and Monroe,
Maine, and operated a saw mill. He was cap-
tain of the militia. He was a prominent man.
He married, January i, 1822, Jane Warren,
born June 22, 1807, died March 17, 1875,
daughter of Samuel Warren, of Standish.
Children: i. Aravesta D., born March 14,
1830, married Henry P. Waldron, of Liming-
ton, Maine. 2. ^Iclintha S., born April 28,
1832, married John H. Davis, of Standish.
3. John Warren, born March 21, 1835. 4.
Bigelow Thatcher, born July 11, 1839, men-

tioned below. 5. Orville Scott, born May 31,

(VH) Dr. Bigelow Thatcher, son of Cap-
tain Warren Sanborn, was born in Standish,
July II, 1839. He was reared on his father's
farm and from early youth was acquainted
with the hard labor of the farmer. He at-
tended the select schools and the Limington
Academy. He began the study of medicine at
home, and in 1863 entered the Portland Med-
ical School, changing to the medical school of
Bowdoin College, after a time, and graduated
with honors in 1866. By recommendation of
the medical faculty he was chosen immediately
after graduation as first assistant physician of
the Maine State Insane Hospital. Two years
later he became assistant superintendent under
.Superintendent Dr. H. M. Harlow, and in
1882, when Dr. Harlow retired, he succeeded
him. Not satisfied with the knowledge and
experience acquired in his sixteen years in the
Maine Hospital, Dr. Sanborn spent several
months visiting and investigating similar insti-
tutions. At that time the institution contained
two hundred patients, while now there are
eight hundred and fifty. In every department
of the institution there has been a three-fold
increase or more. Dr. Sanborn has had charge
of the institution during this period of expan-
sion, has planned the new buildings and addi-
tions to the older structures and equipped and
furnished the buildings, in co-operation with
the trustees. One of the large buildings of the
hospital was named Sanborn Hall by the trus-
tees to show their appreciation of his effi-
ciency and ability. In no respect has the
change in the treatment of the unfortunate
victims of mental disease been more notice-
able than in the increase of the comforts and
minor pleasures of life introduced in the hos-
pital. The grounds are artistically laid out
with trees, shrubbery and flowers in profusion.
The interior is decorated with works of art,
and the same degree of comfort, of substan-
tial food and pleasant quarters that could be
secured in an ordinary hotel. The estimated
cost of the 'institution in 1882 was about four
hundred thousand dollars, while its present
value is twelve hundred thousand. Dr. San-
born is chairman of the committee for Insane
Criminals. He advocated the appropriation
for the separate building for treatment of
criminal insane before conviction in addition to
the main buildings.

While the work of administration has ab-
sorbed much of the time of Dr. Sanborn, he
has maintained his position as a leading expert


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in mental diseases. A close student of the
works of others and a constant and shrewd ob-
server of his own patients, he has gained rank
among the foremost experts on insanity in this
country. The result of his own research has
been communicated in various papers to
learned societies from time to time. He has
often been called into court where the sanity
of parties are in question, and his advice is
often sought by physicians in private practice.
Both in his capacity as superintendent, where
extraordinary executive ability is displayed,
and in his profession a? a specialist in mental
diseases. Dr. Sanborn is alike eminent and
distinguished. He is one of the oldest in point
of service in the same institution in America.
He is a member of the following medical so-
cieties : Kennebec County Medical Society, of
which he was formerly president; the Maine
Medical Society, of which he was formerly
president ; the New England Psychological So-
ciety : the American Psychological So-
ciety. He is a member of Standisli Lodge of
Free Masons : of Hallowell Chapter, Royal
Arch Masons ; of Alpha Council, Royal and
Select Masters ; of Trinity Commandery,
Knights Templar, and of the Abnaki Club of
Augusta. He is a Republican in politics and
a Congregationalist in religion.

He married. July 11, 1872, Emma F. Mai-
tin, born in Augusta, March 29, 1849, daugh-
ter of John and Mary (Doe) Martin. Mrs.
Sanborn died June 17, 1905. Their children:
I. Maud L., born November 6, 1875, married
Dr. H. K. Stintson ; one child, Thatcher S.,
born 1904. Mrs. Stintson died April 10,
1907. 2. Warner B., born February 6, 1878, a
physician, died at Bronson. 3. Walter M.,
born September 20, 1882, a graduate of Bow-
doin College, a graduate of Harvard Law
School; settled in Augusta. 4. Ray F., born
September 29, 1887, a student in the medical
school of the L''niversitv of \'ermont.

(For first generaUon see preceding sketch.)

(H) Richard Sanborn, son
SANBORN of Lieutenant John Sanborn,
was born in Hampton, Janu-
ary 4, 1653. He was admitted a freeman
April 25, 1678, and resided in Hampton. He
was a soldier there in the garrison at Oyster
River in 1696. He married (first) December
5, 1678, Ruth Moulton, died May 3, 1685,
daughter of William jMoulton, of Hampton;
(second) Mary, daughter of Abraham Drake,
of Hampton, and widow of Nathaniel Boulter
Jr., of Hampton. On October 26, 1716, he
deeded to his son John the land that his father.

John Sanborn, bequeathed to him. Children
of first wife: i. Mary, born September 30,
1679; died unmarried, 1770. 2. John, born
November 6, 1681 ; mentioned below. 3. Ruth,
born 1684; living unmarried in 1716. Child
of second wife: Shubael, born 1694.

(III) Ensign John (2), son of Richard
Sanborn, was born in Hampton, November 6,
1681. and died September 3, 1727. He bought
a large tract of wild land in North Hill, af-
terwards called Northampton, and made of it
a fine farm. He was a soldier from Hampton
in 1708, a sergeant with thirty-one men under
him in Lovewell's war in 1724, and afterwards
an ensign. He was a grantee and large land-
holder in Chester, and was selectman there
1724-26. He married, August 8, 1701, Sarah
Philbrick, daughter of Lieutenant James Phil-
brick, of Hampton. His will was proved in
1727, and leaves his Hampton lands to sons .
Daniel and Benjamin, his lands in Chester to
sons Richard, Nathan and Elisha. His widow
married (second) Lieutenant Thomas Raw-
lins, of Stratham, and died May 30, 1761.
Children: i. Daniel, born February 17, 1702.
2. Benjamin, born November 8, 1703; men-
tioned below. 3. Phebe. born February 6,
1706: married November 4, 1725, Nathaniel
Pease, of Exeter. 4. Richard, born yiay 29,
1708. 5. Nathan (twin), born May 29, 1708.
6. Elisha, born April i, 1710. 7. Ebenezer,
born March 4. 1712. 8. Sarah, born May 22,

1714; married (first) Ford; (second)

Matthias Weeks, of Gilford. 9. Abigail, born
October 24, 1716; married Thomas Sinclair,
of Meredith. 10. Ruth, born March 18, 1719;
married Joseph Bean. 11. John, born May 5,
1721. 12. Hannah, born February 3, 1723;
married, January 6, 1745, Deacon Stephen
Dudley, of Gilmanton, son of Colonel Stephen
Dudley. 13. James, born April 5, 1724. 14.
Mary, born March i, 1726; married William
Mead, of Meredith.

(IV) Benjamin, son of Ensign John (2)
Sanborn, was born in Northhampton, No-
vember 8. 1703, and died August 17, 1744.
He married Elizabeth Oilman, of Exeter, born
October 3, 1707, died February 4. 1804. He
lived in Newmarket. His will was dated July
20, and proved August 29, 1744. and men-
tions wife Elizabeth, brother Daniel and all his
children. Children: i. ]\Iary, baptized March
16, 1729: married Benjamin Fox, of Notting-
ham. 2. John, born July 16, 1730; mentioned
below. 3. Elisha, born 1732; blacksmith;
died 1766 on an expedition to Crown Point,
unmarried. 4. Benjamin, born 1734. 5. Is-
rael, born 1736; blacksmith; killed on the



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