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wife was Gordon, and she, too, came of Irish
ancestors. They had a large family of chil-
dren, two of whom died in extreme infancy.
Those who grew up were : Nancy. Newell,
Charles, Edward. John Philip, William, Lu-
rine ( ?) and Ellen.

(III) John Philip, son of William S. and
(Gordon) Haney, was born in Penob-
scot. Maine, .\pril 18, 1836. and he has ever
since lived in the same locality. As a boy he
was sent to the town public school, but he was
chiefly self-educated, devoting his leisure hours
to study, and by this means he became not only
a very well informed young man, but a capa-
ble teacher as well ; and to-day there stands to
his credit the record of having taught district
schools for eighty terms, almost wholly in
Hancock county, Maine. During the later
years of his active life Mr. Haney has en-
gaged in farming, and in connection with busi-
ness pursuits has been somewhat closely identi-
fied with public affairs. He is a Republican of
undoubted quality and frequently has been
elected to fill important town offices. In 1877
and again in 1878 he represented his town in
the state legislature and as a member of that
body served with credit to his constituents as
well as to himself. He is a Master Mason,
member of Orland Lodge, F. and A. M. In
1861 he married Helen M. Heath, born Janu-
ary 2, 1842, daughter of Leonard Heath, of
Ellsworth. Elaine. Children: i. Clara, bom
t866: married .Abner T. Gordon, now of Bol-
ton, Maine. 2. Oramel Elisha, mentioned be-

(IV) Dr. Oramel Elisha, only son and



younger child of John Philip and Helen M.
(Heath) Haney, was born in Penobscot,
Maine, September 21, 1876. He received his
earlier education in the public schools of his
native town and his higher education at the
East Maine Conference Seminary, graduating
in the commercial course in 1895 and in the
academic course in i8g8. He was educated for
the profession of medicine at Bowdoin Med-
ical College, Brunswick, Maine, graduating
with the degree of M. D. in 1903. After
graduation he served one year as house sur-
geon at the Maine General Hospital, and in
1904 began active general practice at Booth-
bay Harbor, where he now lives. Dr. Haney
is a member of the American Medical Asso-
ciation, the Maine State Medical Society, the
Lincoln County Medical Society, and also is a
member and medical examiner of the Ancient
Order of United Workmen, of Boothbay Har-

This name is supposed to have
BLUNT come from the French blond, and

refers to fair hair or complexion.
The Blondi of Italy derive their surname in
the same manner. Sir Robert Le Blount and
Sir William Le Blount were sons of Rudolph,
Count of Guines (France) and Rosetta, daugh-
ter of Count St. Pol. They accompanied Wil-
liam the Conqueror to England, where Sir
Robert was created the first Baron of Ixworth.
The name has passed through various changes,
and has been written Le Blund and Le Blunt,
but is now usually spelled Blount or Blunt.
Contrary to the general opinion, the latter
form, without the o, is the one more com-
monly found in England at the present time.
Blondin and Blundell are kindred cognomens.
The name is not very common in the United
States, though it is found sparingly in Massa-
chusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. It
seems to have won its greatest prominence in
North Carolina, where Captain James Blount,
an officer in the Life Guards of Charles II,
settled in 1663, having migrated from Virginia,
where he landed in 1655. Among the de-
scendants of Captain James Blount were
Major Reading Blount, an officer of the revo-
lution, who served with distinction at the bat-
tle of Guilford Court House : and his elder
brother William, who was a member of con-
gress and a signer of the Constitution of the
United States. \\'illiam Blount was after-
wards appointed by President Washingtoo,
governor of all the territory south of the Ohio
river. The New England Blounts are mostly

descended from William of Andover, Massa-
chusetts, who is mentioned below.

(I) William Blunt, according to Savage,
settled at Andover, Massachusetts, in 1634!
He probably came from England, though one
authority refers him to Ireland.

(II) William (2), son of William (I)
Blunt, had a wife Elizabeth, whose maiden
name is unknown, and three sons: William,
mentioned below ; Samuel and Hanborough.

(III) William (3), son of William (2) and
Elizabeth Blunt, was born in 167 1, and died in
1737. He had four sons: David, born 1699;
Jonathan, Ebenezer, and Rev. John, whose
sketch follows.

(I\') Rev. John, son of William (3) Blunt,
was born at Andover, Massachusetts, in 1706,
and died at Newcastle, New Hampshire, Au-
gust 7, 1748. He was graduated from Har-
vard College in the large and distinguished
class of 1727, and was ordained to the minis-
try at Newcastle, New Hampshire, December
20. 1732. Although his brief pastorate was
less than twelve years in length, it is said that
Newcastle never had a more excellent preacher
or more useful citizen. During his charge
there was a revival' of religion in which forty
members were added to the church. Upon
the death of Rev. John Blunt, the town voted
to continue his salary to Madam Blunt for
nine months ; and to pay two hundred pounds
(old tenor) toward the funeral expenses. The
money would amount to about forty dollars,
according to our standards, and the way in
which it was apportioned throws an illumina-
tion on the customs of the times. For coffin,
sixty-six pounds : for rings, thirty pounds ; for
gloves, twenty-eight pounds ; for grave, two
pounds ; for rum, two pounds, ten shillings ;
for tobacco pipes, one pound. One commen-
tator says that the tobacco itself was supposed
to be provided by the mourners. A great din-
ner was served, and people sent in dainty
dishes, as to a picnic ; but among the funeral
baked meats purchased by the common fund
were : A barrel of cider, three pounds ; a
dozen of cabbages, one pound, sixteen shil-
lings ; and a bushel of turnips, one pound.

Rev. John Blunt married into one of the
notable families of the day, his wife being
Sarah Frost, daughter of Hon. John and Mary
(Pepperell) Frost, of Newcastle. Hon. John
Frost was a son of Major Charles Frost, who
was slain by the Indians, July 4, 1697, as he
was returning from meeting. John Frost was
born at Kittery, Maine, in i68r, and early es-
tablished himself at Newcastle, where he soon



,rose to prominence. His place of residence
was on an eminence, west of what is now the
ahns-hoiise: ami some remains of his exten-
sive wharf could be traced as late as 1870. He
was a distinguished merchant, a member of
His Majest)"s Council, and at one time com-
mander of a British ship-of-war. He married
Mary Pepperell, a sfster of the renowned Sir
William Pepperell, and several daughters were
born to this couple, who were noted for their
amiability and intelligence. Sarah Frost, who
married Rev. John IJlunt. was born in 1713,
and after the death of her first husband, she
became the wife of Judge Hill, of South Ber-
wick, Maine. It is thought that she wrote the
verses inscribed on the grave-stone of Rev.
John Blunt in the old yard at Newcastle. These
lines are so much above the ordinary mortuary
poetry that we quote in full :

"Soft is the sleep of saints ; in peace they lie.

They rest in silence, but they never die.

From these darlt sraves their flesh refined shall rise.

And in immortal bloom ascend the skies.

Then shall thine eyes, dear niunt. thine bands, thy tongue.

In nicer harmony each member strung —

Resume their warm devotion, and adore

Him, in whose service Ihey were Joined before."

To Rev. John and Sarah (Frost) Blunt
were born si.x children : • William, Charles,
John (2), whose sketch follows; Sarah F.,
married Thomas Furber, of Portsmouth, New
Hampshire: .Xbigail F., married William Par-
sons, of -Alfred, Maine; and Dorothy, married

Campbell, of Deer Island, Maine.

Charles was the only one of the minister's
children who died unmarried, and the other
five were the parents of forty children in all ;
so that it can be seen that Rev. John and Sa-
rah (Frost) Blunt were the ancestors of a
numerous posterity.

(V) John (2), third son of Rev. John (i)
and Sarah (Frost) Blunt, was born at New-
castle, New Hampshire, about 1735, and died
some time after 1789, though the exact date
is not known. He was a shipmaster and far-
mer, and owned and occupied the peninsula at
Little Harbor, afterwards the property of
Jacob Shcafc. He was a delegate from New-
castle to Exeter in the first assembly called
during the revolution ; and if family tradition
is correct was once brought into picturesque
association with Washington. When the great
general crossed the Delaware, there was much
floating ice. Seeing the danger, he inquired,
"Is there any one here who is well acquainted
with the river?" Some one replied : "Here is
Captain Blunt." The latter had been regularly
coasting for years between Portsmouth and
Philadelphia, and was nearly as familiar with
the Delaware as with the Piscataqua. Upon

the personal invitation of Washington, "Cap-
tain Blunt, please take the helm." the latter
stepped on board, and was the navigator of
the boat in which the prints represent "Wash-
ington Crossing the Delaware." The two men
met once in after years, when Washington vis-
ited Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1789.
Captain Blunt was a man of great decision
and strength of character, and he brought up
his six sons so that every one of them became
a master of a vessel. There was an unoccupied
room in the old cai)tain's house, and there he
taught navigation to his own boys, and to an-
other youth, Thomas E. Oliver, who made his
home with the family. It was an elementarj'
school, but its graduates all made their mark
in the world. Captain John Blunt is described
as a short, stout man, with a bald head covered
by a wig, and the habit of carrying a cane,
which came down with firmness as he stepped.
He was a stern believer in Calvinism and the
revolution, and made good his faith with his
loud and trumpet voice. The following anec-
dotes illustrates his emphatic ways, and his
devotion to principle. When the old captain's
last son was born, in due time he took the child
to be christened at the Newcastle church, then
under the charge of the Rev. .Stephen Chase, a
Tory in his sympathies. The preacher had
just given a sermon expressive of his views, in
which Cromwell, as a revolutionist, was de-
nounced in no measured terms. Captain Blunt
had previously decided on the name of William
for the new boy ; but the sermon caused him
to change his mind. \\'hcn the child was
handed up. the minister whispered, "What is
his name?" "Oliver Cromwell," Was the re-
ply. Thinking he must have misunderstood,
the minister inquired again. "Oliver Crom-
well," thundered the old captain in the voice
of a boatswain, bringing down his cane till the
church rang. There was no misunderstanding
now, and the name Oliver Cromwell was
brought into the family, and descended to sub-
sequent generations. Captain John I'lunt mar-
ried Hannah Sherburn, at Newcastle, .\pril 30,
1756, and they were the parents of nine chil-
dren : I. John, born in 1757, mentioned below.
2. Captain George F., 1761. 3. Captain Robert
W., 1763. 4. Captain Charles, 1768. 5. Cap-
tain Mark S., 1770. 6. Captain Oliver C, 1774.
7. Sarah, married Mark Simes, postmaster at
Portsmouth. 8. Frances and 9. Mary Ann,
died unmarried. Most of the sons lived at
Portsmouth. New Hampshire. Captain George
P. had his home at the corner of \'aughan
and Hanover streets ; Captain Robert W.. at
24 Washington street ; Captain Charles, at 57



Pleasant street ; Captain Mark S. died at sea ;
and Captain Oliver C. lived at 88 State street.
All these houses were built by their occupants.
It is seldom that so numerous and forceful a
family is given to the world.

(VI) John (3), son of John (2) Blunt, was
born in 1757, and was supposed to have been
drowned at sea. He was the father of three
sons, Mark S., mentioned below ; Oliver
Cromwell, who married and was the father of
fifteen children, resided in Maine; John, lost at

(VH) Mark S., son of John (3) Blunt, was
born August 12, 1788, and died probably at
Norridgewock, Maine. He had a general
store at Norridgewock. and was also postmas-
ter. In politics he was a \\'hig. and was chair-
man of the board of selectmen for many years.
He was a member of the Universalist church.
He married (first) February 26, 181 1, Mary
Ann Telker, who bore him two children :
Oliver C, 1812, and Mary Ann, 1814. Mar-
ried (second) January 11, 1816, Martha Drew,
of Barnstead, New Hampshire, born Novem-
ber 19. 1788. Children: i. David D., 1816,
mentioned below. 2. Martha W., 1818. 3.
Elizabeth J., 1820. 4. Sarah C, 1821. 5.
Susan N., 1824. 6. Mark S., 1826. 7. Aaron
D., 1828, died July 7, 1877; married (first)
Helen Titcomb, who bore him two children,
William T. and Jeanie T. ; married (second)
Mary B. Mayhew, who died May 18, 1899, in
Somerville, and who bore him one child,
Matthew M. 8. William F., 1831.

(VIII) David D., son of Mark S. and Mar-
tha (Drew) Blunt, was born at Norridgewock,
Maine, 1816, died at Ouincy, California,
1885. \\'hen a young man he bought
a hotel at Belgrade. Maine ; and after
disposing of that, he went to Augusta,
where he engaged in the stage business,
keeping many horses and owning several
■stage routes. He subsequently went to Skow-
hegan, where he continued in the same busi-
ness till about 1854. In 1859 he went to Cali-
fornia, where he spent the rest of his life, en-
gaged in farming. He was a Republican in
politics, and attended the Universalist church.
About 1839 David D. Blunt married Lucinda
G. Bishop, daughter of Squire and Mary
(Moore) Bishop, of Mount Vernon. Maine.
Their children were : Mary L., born at Bel-
grade, Maine, 1840; David F., whose sketch
follows; Mary E., 1849; Fred and George W.,
who died in infancy ; and Annie J.

(IX) David Frank, eldest son of David D.
and Lucinda G. (Bishop) Blunt, was born at
Belgrade, IMaine, February 23, 1843. He was

educated in the public schools of Augusta and
Skowhegan, and at the age of nineteen en-
listed m Company G, Sixteenth Maine Volun-
teers, and served throughout the war, being
mustered out in June, 1865. On his return
from the war he went into a store at Lewis-
ton, Maine, where he remained about seven
years. From there he went to Westbrook,
where he bought out a grocery store which he
conducted for about two and one-half years.
In 1875 he sold out his establishment, and
came to Livermore Falls, where he engaged in
the meat business, which he carried on for
eleven years. Feeling the need of an outdoor
life, he bought a farm, which he has made into
one of the most beautiful and productive dairy
farms in the region. In 1904 he engaged in
the lumber business, and now has a mill at Jay,
Maine, where they cut and dress from one-half
to three-quarters of a million feet of lumber
yearly. Mr. Blunt is a Republican in politics,
a member of the Universalist church, and be-
longs to the Masons, the Odd Fellows and the
Knights of Pythias. On December 20, 1866,
David Frank Blount married Sarah Louise
Lord, daughter of Gershom and Betsey
(Langley) Lord, of Owenville, Maine. They
have three children: Leon, born April, 1868;
married Nellie Ladd ; resides in Portland. Guy,
July 29, 1879; married Leona Bean; resides in
Portland, Gladys, April. 1885 ; married Augus-
tus Ingham, of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Lary family name is co-exist-
LARY ent with the early settlement of
New England and the early mili-
tary history of the colonies. Cornelius Lary,
of Exeter, New Hampshire, took the oath of
fidelity November 30, 1677. Daniel Lary, of
Epping and Exeter, New Hampshire, was a
member of Colonel Baldwin's regiment, of
Middlebury, and he took the oath of allegiance
to the revolutionary cause in Middlesex county,
Massachusetts, July 7, 1775, and served in the
revolutionary army up to the close of 1778.
The same or another Daniel Lary, of Sanford,
Green county. New York, served as a private
in Captain Morgan Lewis's company for three
days from April 21, 1775, and a soldier of the
same name from East Greenwich, New York,
was in the American army 1778-79. Then we
find that James Lary was a soldier in the Con-
tinental army in 1776, and a John Lary served
for three years in the army under Washington.
Alexander Lary was mustered in the Amer-
ican forces at Boston on December 21, 1780.
That the family were patriots and of fighting
blood that had been the gift of Celtic ances-



tors, is indisputable. That this family in Amer-
ica were laboring men and more ready to
work hard and fight hard than to accumulate
property or settle permanently in one place, is
evident from the absence of the name from the
list of freemen and early landed proprietors.
In Massachusetts and New Hampshire the
name appears and disappears on the town and
county records, with no evidence of a perma-
nent residence in either state.

f I) Joseph Lary was born in Massachusetts,
and removed to Wolfboro, New Hampshire,
where he married Hannah Blake. He was a
prosperous farmer and innkeeper, and during
the revolutionary war was influential in rais-
ing men and money for the Continental army.
In 1789 he moved to Gilead, Maine.

(II) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) Lary,
was born in Gilead. Maine, where he grew to
manhood. He married Mehitable Grover, of
Bethel, Maine. They resided for a time in
Gilead, then removed to Shelburne, New
Hampshire, where they lived a few years,
finally returning to Gilead, where they spent
the remainder of their lives. Their children
were : Joseph Woodman, Jedediah Grover,
Jonas Green, Lavina Grover, Valentine Little.
Silas Adolphus. Almena King. Fanny Lucre-
tia. Joseph, Almena and Fanny were born in
Gilead, Maine, the others in Shelburne, New
Hampshire. The sons were all farmers, lum-
bermen and railroad contractors.

(III) Jonas G., son of Joseph (2) Lary,
was born in Shelburne, New Hampshire. He
was a soldier in the civil war from 1861 to
1865. He maintained a residence in Gilead
all his life, though much of his time was spent
in other parts of the country. He married
Rowena Ingalls Burbank, daughter of Gen-
eral James Burbank. who at the age of sixteen
enlisted in the Continental army from Brad-
ford, Massachusetts, a few days after the bat-
tle of Lexington. Children of Jonas G. and
Rowena Ingalls (Burbank) Lary: Alice
Janet and Arthur Howard, both born in
Gilead. Maine.

(IV) Arthur Howard, son of Jonas G. and
Rowena I. ( Burbank) Lary, was born in Gilead,
Oxford county, Maine, December 9, 1855. He
was brought up in that lumbering district, and
was given a good education first in the district
school and then as a student at Oxford Normal
Institute, South Paris. Maine. On attaining
his majority he left home and engaged in the
grocery business in Boston, Massachusetts,
and subsequently in mining and ranching in
Colorado. He married, December 25, 1889. in
Gilead, Maine, Minnie K., daughter of Jede-

diah G. and Deborah C. (Burbank) Lar\% and
engaged in the trucking express and livery bus-
iness in New York City, with an office and
headquarters at 704 Greenwich street. He at-
tends the Congregational church with his fam-
ily, is a member of the Maine Society of the
City of New York, and in his political convic-
tions affiliates with the Republican party, his
residence being in Jersey City, New Jersey. A
son, Arthur Howard Jr., was born February
13, 1891, at Gilead, Maine, and is now attend-
ing the Jersey City high school.

England gave to America the
WHITE numerous family bearing the

name of White, and the fact that
the first child born in New England of Eng-
lish parentage was Peregrine W'hite. born in
the "Mayflower." in Cape Cod Bay. in 1620,
gives to the name a peculiar interest. Tradi-
tion has given to Peregrine White a numerous
progeny and it has become the custom of
biographers to use his name as the first ances-
tor in America, and trace the genealogy of the
Whites to Peregrine rather than to his father,
William White, who died in Plymouth Colony
shortly after the Pilgrims landed. As William
White of the "Mayflower" had other sons than
Peregrine, it will be safer to say that the first
generation represented in this sketch by Ben-
jamin White who lived in Dudley about 1735,
was a descendant of \\'illiam the English im-
migrant, rather than of Peregrine, who was-
a native born American. Of this we are sure,
however, that whether Benjamin was a de-
scendant of William of Plymouth or of John
of Roxbury, tradition supports the former pre-

(I) Benjamin White lived in Dudley, Mas-
sachusetts, early in the eighteenth century, but
diligent search of records fails to discover his
parentage. He had wife Abigail, and the fol-
lowing children were born to them in Dud-
ley: Mary, October 25, 1733 (died young);
John. October 23, 1735; William. March 15,
1737; Mary. March 10. 1739. They prob-
ably lived for a time in Dedham. and prob-
ably had other children there, where Benjamin
White Jr. was married in 1749; he was a sol-
dier of the revolutionarv war. and died about

(II) William, second son of Benjamin and
Abigail White, born March 15. 1739, removed
to Gorham, Maine, in 1762, and married there,
April 7, 17 — . Mary, daughter of Richard and
Dorothy (Moray) Dresser. They had six

(III) John, son of William and Mary



(Dresser) White, was born in Dedham, Mas-
sachusetts, November 28, 1760, and married, in
Penobscot, Maine, June 18, 1789, Jane Ran-
dall, born in St. George, Maine, June 22, 1765.
Children: i. Benjamin, born in Vienna,
Maine, May 13, 1790; married.- 2. Milly,
April 7, 1792, married Mr. Clement; died in
Westville, Maine, January 21, 1847, and only
one of their four sons is living, in Lowell,
Massachusetts. 3. John Randall, born Win-
throp, Maine. January i, 1794: was a physi-
cian, and died in Illinois, jMarch 20, 1849. 4.
Ambrose, April 19, 1796; married, had one
son and two daughters, and died on his farm
in Westville, Maine, January 28, 1827. 5.
Sewall, April 15, 1798; married, had two sons
and three daughters, and died on his farm in
LaGrange, Maine, November 8, i860. 6.
Thomas, August 2, 1800, died young. 7. Na-
than, June 27, 1801 ; married, October 15,
1826, Mary_ Bangs. 8. Thomas, March 25,
1804 ; married ; was a house carpenter, and
died in Pennsylvania, May 31, 1871. 9. Joseph
Warren, July 19, 1806, died July 19, 1829,
unmarried. 10. Milton, September 5, 1808;
was a seaman, and died in France, unmarried,
John White died in Winthrop, Maine, January
3, 1813, and his widow died January 21, 1847.

(IV) Nathan, sixth son of John and Jane
(Randall) White, was born in Winthrop,
Maine, June 27, 1801. He married, October
15, 1826, Mary Bangs, of Knox, Maine; chil-
dren : Eliza, Leonora, Ambrose. He died
in Buckport, Maine, May i, 1874.

(V) Ambrose, son of Nathan and Mary
(Bangs) White, was born in Freedom, IMaine,
March 27, 1832. He married Sarah Atwood,
daughter of John and Harriet (A.twood)
Sherman, of Bucksport, Maine. Ambrose
WHiite was a merchant in Bucksport, served
in the office of town auditor, and represented
his district in both houses of the Jilaine legis-
lature. Fie was a Congregationalist in re-
ligious faith, and a Republican in political be-

(VI) Ambrose Harding, son of Ambrose
and Sarali Atwood (Sherman) White, was
born in Bucksport, Maine, September 6, 1868.
He received his school training at a private
primary school, the East Maine Conference
Seminary, and the University of Maine, but
did not graduate in arts, having taken a special
course in civil engineering, which profession
he followed in New York City, with offices at
No. 30 Broad street. He affiliates with the
Masonic fraternity, and at college was a mem-
ber of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He is a
member of the Engineers Club of New York

City, and of the Beta Theta Pi Club of New
York. He is an attendant at Plymouth Con-
gregational Church, of Brooklyn, of which his
family are members.

He married, at Brewer, Maine, September 8,
1901, Man,' Stone, daughter of Albert A. and
Ella (Holyoke) Bolton, who was born in
Brewer, Maine, November 20, i86g, and their
daughter Kathleen Wheeler, was born in
Kearney, New Jersey, October 19, 1902.

Numerous settlers came from

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