spring and fall. The next was built by Benjamin Vining on a small stream on
his farm. Another one was built by B. C. Jenkins on his farm in the north-
eastern part of the town, which is still in use. The others have long ago
ceased to exist. George T. Howe has a yard near Leeds Junction, where he
manufactures some 800,000 of first quality of brick annually.
The Sabattus Mountain Creamery was incorporated in the spring of 1883,
with an authorized capital of |2,000, $1,425 of which has been paid in.
Buildings were erected, and the operations of collecting cream and making
butter were commenced June 25, 1883, and it is said that the first pound of
butter ever manufactured by a co-operative creamery in Maine was made here.
With tlie exception of two months in the fall of 1885, the factory has been in
successful operation ever since. From two to four men and horses are
emidoyed, according to the season, ami from -|<1 0,000 to |>21,000 of business has
been done each year. The officers aie: President, D. D. Golden; secretary,
E. A. Ham; treasurer and agent, J. W. Sawyer; directors, D. D. Golden,
E. A. Ham, J. W. Sawyer, E. S. Dixon, and J. L. Stewart. This factory is on
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tlie Pond road, west of Sabattus mountain, and 65,000 pounds is manufactured
yearly, the cream coming from patrons in Wales, Monmouth, and Webster.
The average price obtained by patrons is 17 cents a pound.
Ernest S. Dixon., son of Washington S. and Nettie (Jenkins) Dixon, both
natives of Wales, was born in that town, August 3, 1863, and is descended on
both sides of the family from Shadrach Dixon, one of the early settlers,
through his son Elbridge and his son Washington. On the maternal side he
descends from Philip Jenkins, througli his son Benjamin, and Mrs Nettie
(Jenkins) Dixon. Mr Dixon is a member of Venus Commandery, U. O.
G. C, a Democrat in politics, has been town clerk for four years, and in 1888
was honored by his party with the nomination for representative to the
legislature. His business is butter-making, and he is a member of the board
of directors of the Sabattus Mountain Creamery Company.
Davis Maxivell was born in Webster, in 1836, and is the son of William
and Mary (Davis) Maxwell. His grandfather was one of the early settlers of
the town, coming from Cape Elizabeth, in Cumberland county. Mr Maxwell
is an energetic and successful farmer, politically a Democrat, and is a Free
Baptist in religious preferences. He is also a member of Wales Grange,
P. of H. [See Webster.]
David S. Sanhorn was born at Ossipee, N. H., August 18, 1821. He
acquired his education at the schools of Webster and Lewiston Falls Academy,
Town of Wales. 495
and taught school witli success in Webster, Lisbon, Lewiston, and Litchfield
for 15 winters. In 1849 he married Azelia (daughter of Jonathan Davis). He
was engaged in farming at Webster until 18t)4, when he moved to Wales,
where he resided until his death, in March, 1891. He was a prominent and
successful farmer, respected for his integrity and industry. He was a member
of the superintending school committee for six years, and collector and
constable for five years. He served as a member of the legislature in 1874.
He was a Whig until the Republican party was organized, and afterwards a
strong Republican. He was a member of the Republican town committee 15
years, and chairman for seven years. He was a charter member of the Wales
Grange, No. 40, and a member of the Patrons Mutual Aid Society of Maine.
He was a member of the Baj)tist church and was a strong temperance man.
A. J. Sanborn and Frank L. Sanborn, of Webster, are his sons.
Rebellion Record. — JVatnes of Soldiers, Volunteers and Conscrijyts. — 1861 :
Samuel W. Taylor, Hiram S. Jenkins, Edward P. Mitchell, Albert P. Given,
Charles Higgins, Veranus Aino, Albert P. Hodsdon, John S. Brawn, Allen F.
Plumer, Elisha K. Mann, John K. Hamilton, Henry Collins, Richard Scliuly,
Loren Higgins, Asa Cummings. 1862, on call of June: Wm S. Small, Henry
A. Ham, Geo. W. Hodgman, Rev. Samuel N. Royal. 1862, on call of July:
Lloyd Howard, Phillip Tarr, Albert S. Additon, Charles McFarland, Moses
Fogg, S. W. PuUen, Jarvis T. Reals, Geo. B. Day, Thomas T. Jenkins, John
Caton, Llewellyn O. Foster, Michael Smith, Francis Hall, Albert Hodsdon,
Rev. Arthur Given, Jr. 1863, conscripted June: Leonard Hodgman, Alonzo
Tayloi', Rufus W. Sanborn, (lieo. W. Jenkins, Edward M. Jewell, Rinaldo A.
Labree, Llewellyn S. Ivibby. The first four paid commutation. 1863, on call
of October: Luther M. Pollard, Edward T. S[)rague, Daniel B. Bean, Robert
E. (lammon, David Mitchell, Hiram Jewell, Llewellyn O. Foster (re-enlisted),
John H. Hanscom. 1864, on call of July: John K. Hamilton (re-enlisted),
Elisha K. Mann (re-eidisted), Charles M. Labree, David Plumer, Jesse B.
Austin, Geo. T. Erving, Josei)h Griffin, James McGee (navy), Thomas H.
Long. On call of December, 1864: Michael Burgen, Wm Houghton, Hewe
McGuire, Peter Clark, Michael Coughlin, Wm Kelley, Wm Devin, Alexander
Coulter (the above were in the Marine Corps), Harding L. Watts by substi-
tute John Fox, Albion K. P. Dixon, John McFarland, Cyrus Burk, Charles
Hodsdon. July 13, 1865, under a call of the provost-marshal the selectmen
returned !|10,040 as the total sum of all bounties paid by the town to soldiers
during the Rebellion. October 18, 1865, on a requisition of the provost-
marshal of this date for the average cost per man in Wales for volunteers
furnished under each call for troops since March 1, 1863, the following return
was made: 8 men, October, 1863, the average was -1311.875; 5 men, July,
1864, average |412; 9 men, December, 1864, average -1365. The general
average was $356.36.
496 History of Androscoggin County.
Civil List and Action of Town.— The first meeting of the plantation of Wales for the choice of
officers and other business was held May (>, 1803. John Witherell was chosen moderator; Joseph
Small, clerk; Joseph Small, Enoch Strout, John Andrews, assessors; John Larrabee, collector; Arthur
Given, treasurer. Voted $50 for plantation expenses; .f 150 for schools; .'PI.'jO for roads. 1804, April 2,
was given tlie first vote for governor; James Sullivan, P^sq., had 11 votes; Lieutenant-Governor
William Keith had votes. Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, Enoch Strout, John Andrews,
assessors. 1805 — Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, David Plumer, John Andrews, assessors.
180() — Joseph Small, clerk; David Plumer, John Andrews, Joseph Small, assessors. 1807 — Joseph
Small, clerk; Joseph Small, John Andrews, David Plumer, assessors; Josiah Libby, Daniel Marr,
Jo.seph Small, John Larrabee, first school committee. 1808— Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small,
John Larrabee, Arthur Given, assessors. 1809 — Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, Arthur Given,
John Larrabee, assessors. 1810— Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, Arthur Given, John Larrabee,
assessors. 1811 — Joseph Small, clerk; Josiah Libby, Elias Kicker, Aaron Plumer, assessors. 1812 —
Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, Josiah Libby, Elias Ricker, assessors. 181.3 — Joseph Small, clerk;
Joseph Small, Elias Ricker, Josiah Libby, assessors. 1814 — Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small,
Josiah Libby, Elias Ricker, assessors. Voters were required at this time to be 21 years old, and to
have a free-hold estate in the commonwealth of the annual income of £3, or any estate of the
value of £60. 1815 — Joseph Small, clerk; David Plumer, Elias Ricker, Samuel Libby, assessors.
Bills allowed this year: Joseph Small, for supplies for militia in service, $9; Elias Ricker, for same,
$10; Arthur Given, for same, $12; Joshua Hanscom, $9; total, $40, of which $10.50 was paid by the
1816, January 31, an act incorporating the town of Wales was passed by the legislature of Massa-
chusetts, and approved February 1, 1816, by Caleb Strong, the governor. The first town meeting was
held March 12, 1816. Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, David Plumer, Arthur Given, selectmen;
Samuel Libby, treasurer; Dr Abial Daley, David Plumer, John Hamilton, Smith Ricker, school
agents; Dr Abial Daley, Joseph Small, David Plumer, inspecting committee. May 20, 1816, voted 26
to 5 in favor of the formation of the state of Maine. The whole number of voters at this date was 58.
1817 — Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, David Plumer, Arthur Given, selectmen. A meeting was
called for September 29, to meet at Widow Swett's barn, to give in their votes for representative to
congress. The annual meeting was called to meet at Widow Swett's barn. Met and chose Arthur
Given moderator, and voted that the meeting be adjourned to the dwelling-house of Widow Swett, on
account of the inclemency of the weather. Joseph Small, clerk; Hiram Foss, John Larrabee, Samuel
Libby, selectmen. 1819— Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, Hiram Foss, Elias Ricker, selectmen.
At a meeting held July 26, called for the purpose of giving in their votes on the question, "Is it
expedient that the district of Maine shall become a separate and independent state? " There were 46
votes, 39 in favor of the separation and 7 against it. At a meeting held September 20, 1819, Joseph
Small was chosen a delegate to a convention to be held in Portland to frame a constitution for said
District, and at a meeting held December 6, 1819, to see if the town was in favor of a constitution as
reported from said convention, it was unanimously approved by the town, and Maine was admitted
into the Union March 3, 1820. 1820 — Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, Isaac S. Small, Elias Ricker,
selectmen. 1821 — Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, Abraham Jewell, John Ross, selectmen.
1822 — Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, Arthur N. Given, John Andrews, Jr, selectmen. Joseph
Small was chosen first representative to the legislature.
1823 — Joseph Small, clerk; Joseph Small, Arthur N. Given, John Andrews, selectmen. 1824 —
Joseph Small, clerk; Hiram Foss, John Andrews, Jr, Joel Small, selectmen. 1825 — Joseph Small,
clerk; Hiram Foss, Joel Small, John Andrews, Jr, selectmen. 1826— Joseph Small, clerk; John
Andrews, Esq., Joel Small, Gilbert Strout, selectmen. 1827— Joseph Small, clerk; John Andrews,
Hiram Foss, Bela Pierce, selectmen. 1828 — Joseph Small, clerk; John Andrews, Esq., Hiram Foss,
Joel Small, selectmen. 1829 — Chose Ephraim Fogg moderator. He has served continuously since
1820. Joseph Small, clerk; Joel Small, Josiah Libby, Ebenezer Swett, selectmen. 1830— Joseph
Small, clerk; Joel Small, Josiah Libby, Ebenezer Swett, selectmen. 18,31 — Joseph Small, clerk;
Jolin Andrews, Jr, Hiram Foss, Bela Pierce, selectmen. Voted that " all kneat cattle be restrained
from going at large in the Road in the futur." 1832 —Joseph Small, clerk; John Andrews, Jr, David
Plumer, Bela Pierce, selectmen. 1833 — Joseph Small, clerk; David Plumer, Bela Pierce, Daniel
Larrabee, selectmen. 1834 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Joel Small, Joseph Foss, Samuel Gatchell,
selectmen. Voted that the thanks of the town be tendered to Deacon Joseph Small for his long and
able services as town clerk (31 years). 1835 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Joel Small, Samuel Gatchell,
Hiram Foss, selectmen. 18.36 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Joel Small, Ebenezer Swett, Hiram Foss,
selectmen. 1837 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Joel Small, Ebenezer Swett, Ezra K. Ricker, selectmen.
Town of Wales. 497
1838 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Joel Small, Hiram Foss, E. K. Ricker, selectmen. December 15,
voted to petition to be set off from the county of Lincoln and annexed to the county of Kennebec.
18;!!)— John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Joel Small, Ezra K. Ricker, Josiah Libby, selectmen. Voted that
the surplus revenue be distributed per capita on the 25th day of March. Adjourned to April 8, 18:5;t,
when the following account was allowed, viz.: " To Joel Small, Dr, for cash paid for supplies and
expences incurred in attendance on the soldiers detached from this town from Augusta to (and while
at) Bangor, amounting to :}f()0.74:." Also bills of I. S. Small, E. K. Kicker, Hiram Foss, and Samuel
Potter and others, for same, .S!145.02, amounting in all to .'S;205.70. 1840 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk;
Joel Small, Josiah Libby, J. W. Gatchell, selectmen. 1841 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Joel Small,
William Fogg, Daniel Larrabee, selectmen. 1842 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; I. S. Small, William
Fogg, Joseph Maxwell, Jr, selectmen. 1843 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Isaac S. Small, Hiram Foss,
Joseph Maxwell, .selectmen. 1844 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Joel Small, Hiram Fo.ss, Joseph
Maxwell, Jr, .selectmen. 1845 — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Joel Small, Amaziah Mitchell, Joel Ham,
selectmen. 184(j — John Andrews, Jr, clerk; Phillip Larrabee, John W. Foss, Henry Marr, selectmen.
1847 — John W. Gatchell, clerk; Joel Ham, Henry Marr, Arthur Given, selectmen.
1848 — William Small, clerk; Joel Ham, Arthur Given, Amaziah Mitchell, selectmen. 1849 —
William Small, clerk; Isaac S. Small, Hiram Foss, John W. Gatchell, selectmen. 1850 — William
Small, clerk; I. S. Small, Hiram Fo.ss, Benjamin C. Jenkins, selectmen. 1851 — William Small, clerk,
until September G, when Joel Small took office; Joel Ham, Bela Pierce, Arthur Given, selectmen.
1852 — Joel Small, clerk; Bela Pierce, John Lombard, Samuel Gatchell, selectmen. 1853 — Joel
Small, clerk; Joel Small, Joel Ham, Bela Pierce, selectmen. February 25, 1854, the town voted upon
the formation of the county of Androscoggin; in favor, 11; opposed, 44. 1854 — T. W. Ham, clerk; I.
S. Small, Phillip Larrabee, Cornelius Libby, selectmen. 1855 — T. W. Ham, clerk; I. S. Small, Joseph
Maxwell, Jr, John W. Foss, selectmen. March 31, voted to build a town house, with instructions to
have it completed by August, 1856. 1856 — Harding L. Watts, clerk; Jo.seph Maxwell, Jr, Hiram
Foss, Joel Ham, selectmen. 1857 — Harding L. Watts, clerk; Joseph Maxwell, Jr, Joel Ham,
Cornelius Libby, selectmen. 1858 — Harding L. Watts, clerk; Joel Ham, Cyrus M. Fogg, Henry
Carville, .selectmen. 18.59 — Harding L. Watts, clerk; Cyrus M. Fogg, Joseph G. Bragg, H. L. Watts,
selectmen. 1860 — Harding L. Watts, clerk; Joseph G. Bragg, Harding L. Watts, John C. Fogg,
1861 — H. L. Watts, clerk; H. L. Watts, John C. Fogg, Otis W. Fabyan. selectmen. 1862— H. L.
Watts, clerk; Joel Ham, Alvan F. Foss, Otis W. Fahyan, selectmen. July 23, 1862, voted to raise
.■fflOO, to be paid to each soldier who would enlist to fill this town's quota. Chose John C. Fogg,
Joseph G. Bragg, and Joel Ham to serve as a committee to procure enlistments. 1863 — H. L. Watts,
clerk; Otis W. Fabyan, Joseph G. Bragg, George W. Jenkins, selectmen. June 15, 18(53, voted to
raise #100, to be paid to each man drafted and accepted, agreeable to the conscript act, or who
procures a substitute to serve, and December 1 it was voted that the town raise $270, to be paid to
each man who will volunteer to fill this town's quota, or to drafted men. December 30 it was voted
to raise $438.16, in addition to amount previously voted, to be paid to enlisted men, and that the
treasurer be authorized and instructed to hire the above sum of money and give treasurer's notes for
the same. 1864 — H. L. Watts, clerk; John C. Fogg, clerk pro teiii.; Joel Small, Thomas W. Ham,
Cyrus M. Fogg, selectmen. August 13 voted to raise 3?25, to be paid each man who will enlist under
the call of July 18, 1864. September 15 voted that the town raise .$L935 to pay subscribers to the
soldiers' fund, raised to procure quota under the last call. December 17 voted that the town procure
ten men to balance future calls for conscripts, and that the town raise .#4,000, to be expended in
procuring said men, f 425 to be paid each man in town who will enlist or furnish a substitute to serve
three years, the balance to be immediately expended in procuring three years' recruits, and that the
selectmen be authorized to issue town scrip therefor, at not exceeding six per cent, interest. 1865 —
John C. Fogg, clerk; Joel Small, Joseph G. Bragg, Seth Libby, selectmen. Voted that the selectmen
procure money to be paid to soldiers' families as state aid. 1866 — John C. Fogg, clerk; Joseph G.
Bragg, Seth Libby, Otis W. Fabyan, selectmen. The treasurer's report shows the debt .#7,640.40.
1867 — John C. Fogg, clerk; Joel Ham, S. A. Jenkins, George W. Fogg, selectmen. Voted to build
a bridge across the stream near Leeds Junction. 18()8 — John C. Fogg, clerk; S. A. Jenkins, George
W. Fogg, Alanson Higgins, selectmen. 1869 — T. W. Ham, clerk; S. A. Jenkins, W. W. Douglass,
Seth Libby, selectmen. 1870 — John C. Fogg, clerk; S. A. Jenkins, George W. Fogg, Joel Ham,
selectmen. Voted to raise by assessment $1,600 to pay on the town debt. Voted that the town pay
#100 and interest to those men who paid commutation in the late war. Voted that the municipal year
shall end on the first Monday in March in each year. 1871 — John C. Fogg, clerk; I. S. Small, A. C.
498 History of Androscoggin County.
Frost, Benjamin Hodsdon, 2d, selectmen. 1872— John C. Fogg, clerk; I. S. Small, Benjamin
Hodsdon, 2d, A. C. Frost, selectmen. 1873 — John C. Fogg, clerk; T. W. Ham, A. C. Frost, H. S.
Marr, selectmen. At the September meeting, John C. Fogg had 59 votes for representative; D. S.
Sanborn, 40. 1874 — John C. Fogg, clerk; T. W. Ham, Henry S. Marr, Joseph M. Given, selectmen.
Voted to raise .'goOO for a free high school. 1875 — S. A. Jenkins, clerk; A. C. Frost, J. G. Bragg, J. C.
Fogg, selectmen. May 25, voted to instruct the selectmen to buy the farm on which Seth Lombard
resides, if it will be for the Interest of the town to do so. 187G — S. A. Jenkins, clerk; Benjamin
Hodsdon, 2d, T. W. Ham, Isaac W. Frost, selectmen. Voted to raise |!1.50 for free high school. 1877 —
S. A. Jenkins, clerk; B. Hodsdon, 2d, I. W. Frost, Alden Moulton, selectmen. 1878 — S. A. Jenkins,
clerk; I. W. Frost, J. C. Fogg, Joseph A. Maxwell, selectmen; J. W. Beckler and John C. Fogg,
school committee. 1879 — J. C. Fogg, moderator; S. A. Jenkins, clerk; Benjamin Hodsdon, T. W.
Ham, S. A. Jenkins, selectmen.
lg,SO — I. M. Witherell, clerk; Benjamin Hodsdon, John C. Fogg, Thomas T. Jenkins, selectmen.
1881— J. C. Fogg, moderator; T. W. Ham, clerk; J. C. Fogg, Alden Moulton, F. E. Marr, selectmen.
1882 — T. W. Ham, clerk; Alden Moulton, T. T. Jenkins, I. W. Frost, selectmen. 1883 — D. N.
Maxwell, clerk; Alden Moulton, I. W. Frost, Joseph W. Sawyer, selectmen. 1884 — John C. Fogg,
clerk; I. W. Frost, J. W. Sawyer, I. M. Witherell, selectmen. 1885 — Willis E. Hinkley, clerk; J. W.
Sawyer, Alden Moulton, Joseph S. Jewett, selectmen. 1886 — J. C. Fogg, moderator; W. E. Hinkley,
clerk; Alden Moulton, J. S. Jewett, G. W. Fogg, selectmen; W. E. Hinkley, H. A. Greenwood,
school committee. April 8 it was voted to instruct the selectmen to buy a road machine. Voted to
raise money to pay for the same, and that the selectmen buy four oxen to use on the road machine.
1887 — J. C. Fogg, moderator; E. S. Dixon, clerk; T. T. Jenkins, G. W. Fogg, J. W. Sawyer, select-
men; T. W. Ham, truant officer. 1888 — T. T. Jenkins, moderator; E. S. Dixon, clerk; J. W. Sawyer,
T. T. Jenkins, Alonzo M. Donnell, selectmen. Vote for representative was: Alden Moulton, 63;
Ernest S. Dixon, 75. 1889 — T. T. Jenkins, moderator; E. S. Dixon, clerk; John C. Fogg, A. M.
Donnell, F. E. Marr, selectmen. J. C. Fogg, truant officer. Voted $300 for free high schools, also to
abolish the school district system. 1890 — T. T. Jenkins, moderator; E. S. Dixon, clerk; A. M.
Donnell, F. E. Marr, T. T. Jenkins, selectmen; J. Herbert Maxwell, school supervisor. Voted that
the selectmen be authorized to sell the town farm at auction. 1891 ^T. W. Ham, moderator; A.J.
Sanborn, clerk; F. E. Marr, Alden Moulton, E. E. Ham, selectmen; A. J. Sanborn, school supervisor.
Town of Greene. 499
Area— Boundaries —Elevations — Pouds — Soil — Productions- The First Settlers —
Petition for Incorporation — Remonstrance Ag-ainst Incorporation — Incorporation — Devel-
opment of Business — Early Conveyances — Valuation and Residents in 1818 — Lots and
Occupants in 1820 —Gleanings from Town Records — Early Action Concerning Schools.
GREENE, the second town incorporated in the county limits and the fifty-
fifth in Maine, contains nearly 16,000 acres of land, is surrounded by
Turner on the west, Leeds on the north, Wales on the east, and Lewiston
on the south, and originally was a part of "• Lewistown." The surface is quite
broken, and the altitude is higher than that of the towns to the south and
east. Hill's Ridge, in the southeastern part, commands an extensive panorama
of beautiful scenery, terminating at Mt Washington in the far distance. The
northwestern part is so high as to be called the mountain district; its principal
elevations are C^aswell, Ames, and Clark's mountains. On Caswell hill is an
excellent quality of granite, valuable if it was near a railroad. East of and
within a half-mile of Greene Station, is a ridge of dark granite of fine quality.
Its owner, Dr G. L. Peaslee, is giving some attention to its development.
There are some ponds, Allen, Dean, Little Sabattus, and Berry, while Lake
Sabattus forms a portion of the eastern boundary. At Sprague's Mills is a
water-power with a fall of 15 feet. Mills were formerly in operation on the
outlets of Allen pond and Meadow brook. The soil near tlie Androscoggin is a
light loam, the low lands throughout the town yield abundantly of hay, while
the lands at a moderate height are free fi'om frost, with a strong soil, producing
good crops. The more elevated portions have a rocky soil, and although
formerly considered of less agricultural value, now have an increased worth
on account of the natural tendency of the apple tree to thrive here. A belt of
this land running east and west through the south part, and another belt north
of the center have exceptional value in this respect.
The history of Greene, like that of most country towns, is devoid of wide
significance, its annals are marked by few conspicuous happenings, but the
beautiful farms which dot its surface, and the comfortable homes of to-day, tell
the story of the patience and perseverance of the settlers who came to stay in the
century and more ago. A good character of solidity, sobriety, intelligence, and
industry has ever been connected with its inhabitants, and many of its sons
have distinguished themselves in other towns and states, and done honor to the
place of their nativity.
500 History of Androscoggin County.
The First Settlers. — Benjamin Ellingvvood, a squatter, made the first home
and was the first resident on hind now in the town of Greene. This pioneer
built his log cabin on the Pickett farm, on a slight elevation northwest of the
present residence of Ezra Pratt. He cleared some land, and it is said planted
corn and had a fine harvest, in 1775. Mr Ellingwood was joined in the early
sunmier of 1775 by Benjamin Merrill from North Yarmouth. Ellingwood's
cabin and clearing attracted his attention, and he soon made a bargain to board
with him, and remained during the summer, paying his board with "a peck of
corn, an old woolen shirt, a shovel, and the balance in cash." Mr Merrill
secured Ellingwood's services, to harvest hay and to clear land across the
brook, which he proposed to own, and eventually this land was deeded to him
by the proprietors' agent. November 1, 1775, he purchased of Ellingwood his
house and improvements for X140 (colonial currency), for "housen stuff"
£20, and allowed him £8-15-0 since their last settlement. Mr Merrill
recorded the purchase thus:
the way that I paid Ellenwood for land and other things :
1 paid cash £77 — 14 —
2 notes to James Anderson 45 — 00 —
to pay Peter Graflfara 11 — 10—0
,, ,, James Stiusfield 8 — 06 —
,. „ MrBrightman 8-02—0
,, „ Mr Jones 7 — 15 —
,, ,, ,, Rines 5-00 —
,, a pig and a peiceof line 3—05 —
,,,, hag and a glas bottle 14 — 6
,, ,, yard and i of cloath 1 — 02 — 6
„ ,, quartof rum — 06 —
Mr Merrill returned to North Yarmouth the first of November, and soon
after removed here with his wife, Margaret (Harris) Merrill, and five children,
his household goods, a yoke of oxen, and a cow. Mr Ellingwood assisted them
on their journey, and subsequently went to Gray. Mr Merrill's family
occupied the "cabin" until 1786, when he built a frame house on the west side
of the brook, not far from the residence of Edmund Fogg. His children were
Benjamin, John, Anna, Jeremiah, and Levi. Benjamin Merrill was one of the