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CENTENNIAL T 43

At the parsonage-hearth a while let us linger ;
Parson Herrick's wife touches her lips with her finger,
And points to where Jacob, absorbed in his sermon,
Ponders on Christian oneness, — " like dew upon Hermon."
The logs in the fire-place in splendor are blazing,
The cats sit around on the flames gravely gazing ;
In the wide chimney-corner, with sad face averted.
Mourns glorious-eyed Sally, her young life deserted.

Elizabeth, plain of face, sweet with good-will,

Must manifold duties with fleetness fulfill,

Must churn, scrub and cook, must sew, spin and weave.

And teach boys and girls what things to believe ;

For on Saturday hears she the short catechism.

To guard against heresy, darkness and schism.

O maiden, so strong, so faithful, so true !

God give thee Heaven's sweetness after life's rue !

The Doctor, who, cheerful, his "weary" way wends,

AVill stop for an instant to favor his friends,

Show his store of strong drugs, whose most excellent quality

Is enhanced when well mixed with his own fun and jollity.

Ah ! many a babe has been born and grown up.

Has drained to the dregs life's bitter-sweet cup.

Since the " old doctor " laden with forty-three years,

F'ound what life may be, without sickness or tears.

The faces are fading ; the quiet years vanish,

The modern comes in the "good old times" to banish.

Comes in with a wonderful shifting of scenes,

AVith its mighty inventions, its many machines

P'or sowing and mowing, for threshing and grinding.

For reaping the fair grain, for gathering and binding.

And that homes may be dearer, and tongues be less sharp.

Forgetting in comfort to cavil and carp.

When 'neath skillful labor the broad farms are greening.

Wives and daughters by nature to poesy leaning,

May feast eyes and souls on the beautiful scenery,

Since aided in work by much art and machinery

For sweeping and sewing, for washing and churning.

Their drudgery w'ell-nigh to luxury turning.



144 HISTORY OF DURHAM

The boys travel far on the swift-rolHng bicycle,
And the glad girls, with grace, upon the safe tricycle.

And how shall I tell of the marvels of steam?

(Did Durham refuse to learn, once, in a dream ?)

Or how call to mind the great multiplicity

Of those that are wrought on earth through electricity ?

The many inventions that man has sought out

Would have made even Solomon wonder, no doubt.

I must crowd back the host that for mention assail me,

Lest your patience, as well as the short time should fail me.

O memory, gently thy sadder tones wake !

Lest their echoes too harshly on mourning hearts break.

Bring but dimly before us the red battle-field ;

Our eyes with the glories of victory shield.

Creep softly, O myrtle ! Bloom brightly, O flowers !

Weave the story of life where the death-shadow lowers.

They live, young forever, our heroes who fought.

When traitors the life of our mother had sought.

For freedom and peace, for our banner's new stars.
For the rending of chains and the bursting of bars.
For the increase of knowledge, the wealth of our nation,
For eyes slowly opening to woman's true station.
For the gathering in one of all things in our Lord,
For the " new song " upswelling with growing accord.
For our own quiet homes by our beautiful river.
Now render we thanks to our Father, the Giver.

in.

My friends, let your fancy an English scene paint.

And list to the story of Cuthbert, the Saint : —

Saint Cuthbert, many centuries ago,

Turned hermit on a distant, desert isle.

Where he did strike, fresh springs began to flow,

And fields of ripened grain gleamed like the smile

Upon a face, where falls the peace of God,

And blessings followed close where'er his footsteps trod.

But the Death-angel called him into life,
A happy soul, freed from his house of clay,



CENTENNIAL 1 45

No longer with himself in holy strife,

He wears the Christian victor's crown alway.

Over the seas, like eagles fierce for prey.

Against the English came their Danish foes ;

For Lindisfarne a dark and fateful day !

Her holy monks in grief and terror rose,

And for Saint Cuthbert's body sought they safe repose.

From place to place their weary l^ight they take.

As, ever and anon, smites on the ear

The sound of marching troops, they still forsake

The last, until the waters of the Wear

Mid sunny hills, low-murmuring they hear.

Rest waits at last for him who fled from rest.

And sought for toil and pain through many a year,

Arovmd Saint Cuthbert's shrine from east and west

Have many pilgrims knelt, and deemed that they were blest.

Around his shrine a beauteous city grew,

With grand cathedral, convent, castle fair,

With hanging gardens wonderful to view,

Whose bright-hued flowers make fragrant all the air.

There Learning holds an ancient seat, and Care

Meets Pleasure 'mid the rich and gay, and flies ;

And Art and Nature vie together there,

To charm the heart and to delight the eyes.

So Durham on the Wear around a dead saint lies.

Near where we are, a hundred years ago,

A boy of five years 'mid the wild flowers played,

Called unto sainthood, yet he could not know

What burden on his spirit should be laid.

No "open vision" made the lad afraid ;

Nor, like the child of old whose name he bore,

Heard he the living voice in evening's shade.

Yet speeding years came laden more and more

With words divine that to his heart replied :

The world is God's great field, my son ; the world is wide.

No hermit's hut nor lonely cloister's cell

That soul baptized with Heavenly fire could hold.



146 HISTORY OF DURHAM

He held God's rod ; up sprung salvation's well.

(■'Sing ye to it," like Israel of old.)

In far-off lands, 'mid sorrows manifold.

He sowed the seed that grew to harvest white ;

The sun of India pours its liquid gold

Upon our Newell's grave ; he walks in light,

A son, a saint, a conqueror, through God's great might.

In dreamlike beauty sitteth Durham here.

Where Androscoggin's waters softly glide,

Yet sound her accents, wise and strong and clear,

Through voices of her statesmen, far and wide

Her sweetest singer parted from her side ; —

A charmed world sat listening at her feet ;

The Christ has called, and eager men replied ;

The echoing earth, Thy gospel shall repeat

Till under Bethlehem's light, the adoring nations meet.

To-day our pilgrims come from east and west,

Not to a shrine that guardeth sacred dust.

But to a home where tired children rest,

Whose treasures bide, untouched by moth or rust ;

And, far away, one whom we love and trust

Turns from his books of theologic lore,

And lets his heart stray hither as it must.

To him, good angels, waft our greetings o'er

To Florence, dearer for his sake, forevermore.

A welcome give we to our brothers twain,

Who, in a land far toward the rising sun.

Have seen the "Light of Asia"' pale and wane

And many a victory of faith have won.

To all who earnest faithful work have done,

To "men of humble heart" (may they increase).

To noble women who the great world shun.

The music of those lives shall never cease,

The closing century speaks its farewell word of peace.



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148 HISTORY OF DURHAM



XII.

GENEALOGICAL NOTES

In the following- chapter something is said about the oldest
families of the town. Especial efifort has been made to trace their
origin and g^ive chronological data concerning the generations
past. It is hoped that this may furnish the basis on which the
present generation may build such a family register as every per-
son should be interested to possess. To know one's lineage is
the first step in historical study. Often such knowledge is a
powerful incentive to good and great deeds. It is regretted that
the information in some cases is scanty. In other cases the
Town Records contain no register of births, and living descend-
ants have not interested themselves to furnish the desired infor-
mation. Some readers will be surprised to learn whence their
ancestors came to Durham.

Absolute accuracy in dates is impossible. Often the Town
Records have one date, the family register another, the tomb-
stone a third. In such cases the date is given which has the
strongest evidence.

ADAMS.

Andrew Adams was born in Gloucester, Mass., 31 Jan. 1751 ,
m. 23 Feb. 1774, Ruth Lufkin of Gloucester, Mass., who was
born the same day as her husband. They both died the same
dayi in Durham, 16 June 1832. He bought, in 1794, lot 56 of
Jeremiah Mitchell, and lived there. Their chidren, besides
several who died young, were :

Susannah b. 20 June 1778; m. Moses Haskell of No. Yarmouth; d.
12 Jan. 1864.

Sarah b. 7 July 1780; d. Sept. 1843. Unm.

Mary b. i Oct. 1786; m. 23 Dec. 1806 Daniel Sutherland of Lisbon;
d. 30 May 1826.

Dorcas b. 27 Feb. 1789; m. James Wagg of Parkman.

Andrew Jr b. 27 April 1792; m. 31 July 1823 Dorcas Mann of Pownal;
d. in Pownal 29 Oct. 1863. 6 ch. one of whom is John Q. Adams of
Lisbon Falls.

Jane b. 22 Oct. 1794; m. 1818 Joshua Douglas; d. 24 Feb. 1838.



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AYERS.
Ebenezer Avers was last taxed in 1799. The following
children are recorded :

Richard b. 28 Nov. 1788; John b. 18 Aug. 1790.
Isaiah b. 28 April 1792; Elizabeth b. 5 Aug. 1794.
Hannah b. 3 Sept. 1796.

BAGLEY.

All the Bagleys of Durham were descended from Orlando
Bagley of Salisbury, Mass., who married, 6 Oct. 1654, Sarah
Colby. Their son Orlando m. (i) 22 Dec. 1681, Sarah Sargent;
(2) 25 Mch. 1704, Sarah Annis. Orlando 3d was born 14 Dec.
1682; m. 13 Feb. 1706 Dorothy Harvey, and d. 3 May, 1756.
He was Town Clerk of Amesbury, Mass., forty-two years, Select-
man and Trial Justice. He had several children, one of whom
was Col. Jonathan Bagley. (See p. 10.) Another was Thomas
Bagley, born 18 Jan. 1723. He m. 22 Jan. 1747 Ruth, probably
<lau. of Israel and Susannah Webster. Their children were
Israel, Thomas, Philip, Sarah, Exoch, Dorothy and Susanna.
Ensign Thomas Bagley died 15 Sept. 1771, aged 49 yrs. So his
tombstone in Amesbury declares.

O. Israel Bagley, son of Thomas and Ruth (Webster) Bagley,
was born at Amesbury, Mass., 5 Nov. 1747. (The Records at
Amesbury, say 25 Oct.) He m. 21 April 1768 Mary Snow, who
was born at Kingstown, N. H., 19 May, 1747. He died 22 Aug.
1797 at Savannah. See p. 16.

Mary b. in Salisbury, Mass., 22 Nov. 1768; m. i Mch. 1787 Edward
Fifield.

Betsey b. in Salisbury 26 April 1770; m. 21 April 1794 Reuben Dyer.

Hannah b. in Royalsborough 14 June 1773; m. Enoch New^ell.

Susannah b. 9 Mch. 1777; ni. 15 Oct. 1797 Francis Harmon.

Thomas m. 22 Mch. 1801 Susannah Gerrish. He moved to Troy, Me.
Had a large family. Only three of his children are recorded in Durham.
O. Israel b. 19 Sept. 1801; Joseph Mitchell b. 16 March 1803; and
George Gerrish b. 20 Jan. 1805.

Enoch, brother of O. Israel Bagley, was born in 1756, in
Amesbury, Mass. So. Hampton Records say that he married,
5 April 1 78 1, Miriam Hoyt. They had eight ch. born in Dur-
ham. The family moved to Troy, Me., between 1797 and 1802.



150 HISTORY OF DURHAM

He died in Troy 30 Nov. 1842. His wife, born 1762, died 19
July 1844.

Jonathan b. 8 June 1782; m. 4 Oct. 1804 Eunice Reed of Pownal.
He died 8 Mch. 1881. 7 ch.

Enoch Jr. b. 1788; m. Rachel Reed, sister to Eunice; d. 16 Feb. 1864.

Ruth b. 1790; m. John Work of Winthrop; d. 19 Dec. 1831.

Israel b. 1793; m. Lois Rogers (2) Azuba Gerrish; d. 27 Mch. 1868.

Thomas b. 1797; m. Fairbanks; d. 18 Oct. 1877.

Reuben b. 1802; m. Sarah ; d. 11 May 1892.

Moses b. 1798; m. (i) Getchell (2) Mrs. Spencer; d. 12

Sept. 1869.

Sally b. 1805; m. Chas. Smith of Readfield; d. 24 Oct. 1882.

BAKER.
Dr. Symonds Baker was one of the first settled physicians of
Durham. He was there certainly as early as 1798. He married
(i) 26 Aug. 1796, Jane Gerrish ; (2) Mary Booker. He built and
lived in the house which is now the hotel at S. W. Bend. He
came from Lisbon and returned there, dying 13 Mch. 1847.

Symonds William b. 18 Nov. 1799. M. D. at Bowdoin College 1824;
m. Betsey Weeman 9 April 1737. Practiced medicine at Windham, Me.,
and Austin, Tex. Died 2 Mch. 1888.

Maria Fletcher b. 7 July 1801; d. 29 Nov. 1805.

Martha b. 29 July 1803; Thomas b. 17 Nov. 1805.

Joseph b. 20 Feb. 1808; Azor b. 3 July 1810.

BEAL.

The American ancestor of the Beal family was Joseph Beal,
who came with Capt. Mason to Portsmouth, N. H., in 163 1. His
son Arthur had a son William. William, Jr., married 6 Dec.
1719, Elizabeth Benson of Portsmouth. Their children were
Joseph, Sarah, William 3d, Elizabeth, Jane, Samuel, Obadiah,
Jonathan, Mary, Richard, John and Lydia.

Jonathan, born 22 Mch. 1737, married 31 Oct. 1760 Mary
Joy of Berwick. Their children were Joanna, Sarah, Mary,
Jonathan Jr., Patience, Elizabeth, Samuel, Lydia, William,
Thomas and Mary.

Jonathan Beal, Jr., was born in Bath 13 Jan. 1767. He
married 16 Jan. 1792 Lucy Doughty of Topsham, who was born
on Great Island, Harpswell, 16 Aug. 1768. They settled in
Durham with Jonathan Senr., on lot 61, about 1790. Jonathan



GENEALOGICAL NOTES I5I

Senr. moved to Monmouth about 1810, where he died. Jona-
than Jr. died in Durham 13 Jan. 1847. ^is wife died 17 Jan.
1844. His family was as follows :

Hannah b. 14 Nov. 1792: m. 8 Oct. 1812 John Knight; d. 6 Nov. 1870.

Joseph b. 17 July 1794. m. 24 Feb. 1820 Elizabeth Booker of Bowdoin;
d. 15 Aug. 1845. Ch. Daniel B. b. 5 Dec. 1820; Mary B. b. 23 June 1827;
Joseph O. b. 25 Nov. 1834.

Stephen b. 17 Mch. 1796; m. 1818 Charlotte C. Goold of Lisbon; d.

26 April 1835. Ch. Ann, Moses, William, Mary E., Stephen, Sophronia,
Charles and Charlotte.

William b. 14 Mch. 1798; m. 17 May 1820 Sarah Getchell; d. 17
Mch. 1865. Ch. J. Frank b. 11 Nov. 1854; Elisha W. b. i Oct. 1856; J.
Lewis b. 6 Mch. 1858.

Jane b. 6 Jan. 1800; d. 4 Jan. 1801.

Ephraim b. II Sept. 1801; m. Mary Hatch of Lewiston; d. 10 April
1861. Ch. Bradford W., Leonard H., Benjamin R., Hannah, Harriet,
Mary J., Jonathan, Benson, George D., James P., and Lucy.

Benson b. 13 April 1803; d. 7 Oct. 1825.

Elisha b. 27 Dec. 1804; m. 11 May 1830 Isabel Booker; d. 25 Dec.
1895. Ch. Emily J., and Horace M.

Jonathan b. 16 Sept. 1807.

Lucy b. 28 July 1812; m. Joshua Douglas.

Horace M. Beal, son of Elisha, married Mary C. Small of
Bowdoin and lives on the old homestead. They have two
children.

Olin R. b. 15 Feb. 1869.
Melie M. b. 14 July 1872.

BLETHEN.

Tradition says that John Blethen was born at Small Point,
Phippsburg, and was in the garrison house at the age of
four years when the Indians attacked it in 1722. A brother
James m. 1757 Miriam Day of Georgetown and settled in Cape
Elizabeth. Another brother Increase is said to have settled in
Phillips, but this may have been a son.

John Blethen is accredited with three wives, and twenty-seven
children by first two marriages. His first wife's name is
unknown. He m. (2) 1763, Dorcas Getchell of Brunswick; (3)

27 Aug. 1789, Hannah Hibbard of Durham. He bought lot
12 in 1770, afterward moved to Lisbon and died there at the
house of his daughter Hannah, who m. 1790, William Green.
He also had children, Reuben m. 28 Nov. 1799 Ruth Curtis of
Little River ; Job of Lisbon ; Jonathan ; Increase ; John m.



152 HISTORY OF DURHAM

5 Sept. 1794 Sally Pomroy and lived in Lisbon ; James ; Simeon ;
and David, d. young. The following were probably his daugh-
ters, Miriam m. 6 Dec. 1781 Nathaniel Getchell ; Wealthy, m.
Josiah Day; Joanna, m. 9 April 1808 James Estes ; Dorcas m.
Edsel Webber; Phebe m. 1770, Charles Gerrish ; Polly m.

1795 Josiah True; Axil, m. Rideout ; and Rhoda m.

26 Dec. 1785 Simeon Kimball.

James, son of John Blethen, married Longley and

lived in Durham as a farmer on lot 62.

John b. 6 Sept. 1789; m. (i) Rebecca Blethen who died 7 Jan. 1832,
aged 36 yrs. (2) 30 Mch. 1834 Mary, dau. of John and Mercy (Dain)
Blake, who was born 17 Dec. 1787. He died 3 April 1870.

James b. 14 April 1791; m. Hacker. They had one son.

Sarah b. 2 Feb. 1793; m. 17 Nov. 1812 Thomas Cotton of Lisbon.

Andrew b. 2 Jan. 1795; m. (Int. Rec. 12 Jan. 1820) Arzilla Gerrish.
He was a Free Baptist minister. Lived in Foxcroft.

Reuben b. 14 Sept. 1797; m. 6 April 1820 Thankful Day.

Abigail b. 14 July 1799; m. Benj. Peterson of Lisbon.

Isaac b. 30 June 1801 ; settled in Dover, Me. Seven sons and two
daus.

George b. 28 July 1804; m. 13 April 1826 Ruth Booker of Durham.

Mary m. (i) 17 April 1831 John Stoddard of Lisbon (2) Joshua Rob-
inson (3) Wm. Young.

Simeon Blethen, son of John, married 25 Dec. 1805, Dolly
Strout. Lived in So. Danville, where Dea. Wm. Dingley lately
lived. He died 25 Oct. 1846, aged 65 yrs. His wife died 27
May, 1849, aged 65.

Asenath b. 8 Sept. 1805; m. Bradbury Merrill, moved to Dover, Me.
Joshua b. 5 Aug. 1807; drowned in Florida 9 Jan. 1846.
John b. 4 Mch. 1810; m. 30 Mch. 1834 Mary D. Blake of Durham.
Betsey b. 13 July 1812; m. 4 Dec. 1834 James Dingley.
Maria b. 9 July 18x4; m. 16 Mch. 1837 Wm. Dingley; d. June 1898.
Dolly b. 14 Nov. 1816; m. 30 Mch. 1837 Jason Pettengill; d. 4
Mch. 1897.

Abigail b. 8 April 1821 ; m. Increase N. Kimball.

Julia Ann b. 17 Sept. 1823; m. Capt. Christopher Kilby; d. 2 May 1852.

Simeon Jr. b. 27 May 1826; lived in Danville; d. 12 June 1862.

BLISS.

The name of the first American ancestor of the Bliss family

of Durham was Elias. His son Samuel was born at Columbia,

Conn., in 1758 and died in 1834. He was with his father at

Valley Forge, his father being a Captain in the Army. He mar-



GENEALOGICAL NOTES I 53

ried, in 1780, Sarah Loomis, and had eleven children, of whom
three lived in Durham, viz. Sophia b. 9 June 1790, d. 25 April
1845 ; Achsah b. 3 Jan. 1793, d. 30 May 1886; and Charles b. at
Columbia, Conn., 1800, d. at Durham in 1873. The latter moved
to Durham in 1836 and bought the old O. Israel Bagley farm.
The house is the oldest one in Durham, and is still a fine build-
ing of heavy timbers and curious finish.

Charles Bhss m. (i) 1825, Mary Webster of Conn. She died
13 Oct. 1833, leaving two daughters.

Clarinda b. 16 Aug. 1826; m. Wm. B. Thomas of Durham.
Martha b. 11 April 1829; d. 15 Sept. 1848.

He married (2) 1843, Lydia E. Cox of Brunswick who was
born 29 Sept. 1814 and died 13 Oct. 1896. They had four
children.

Mary R. b. i Nov. 1844; d. 15 July 1856.

Charles O. b. 9 July 1846; d. 16 Jan. 1847.

Harriet S. b. 13 Mch. 1848; d. 3 Aug. 1852.

Charles H. b. 28 Aug. 1850; m. 6 April 1873 Etta L. Tracy, b. at
Durham 3 June 1853. Lives on the homestead. Eight children. The
first two died in infancy. Henry P. b. 13 Oct. 1875; Charles Fred b. 10
Feb. 1878; George Warren b. 20 Oct. 1879; Emma Tracy b. 17 Mch. 1883;
Mary Fannie b. 31 Oct. 1885; Louisa Loring b. 28 Feb. and d. 9 Nov. 1892.

BOOKER.

John Booker came from England to York, Me., about 1707.
He married Hester Adams of York, and had eight children, of
whom James was born 18 Dec. 1723. He married Mercy Young,
dau. of Benaiah Young, 11 Nov. 1747, and settled in Harpswell.
They had eleven children, of whom Daniel was born 25 Feb. 1760.
He married 12 May 1782, Mary Douglas. Their oldest son
James was born in Harpswell 15 Sept. 1783. He married (i)
Patience Dinslow ; (2) Lydia Getchell. Settled in Durham as
a farmer, where he died 2 April 1867. His first wife was born
6 April 1788 and died 30 Jan. 1826. His second wife, born 24
July 1795, died 24 Oct. 1870. 12 ch.

Isaac b. 3 May 1808; m. Hannah Harding; d. 27 May 1868.
Isabel b. 15 Nov, 1810; m. Elisha Beal; d. 23 June 1881.
William b. 21 Dec. 1812; m. (i) Hattie Dunning; (2) Martha Jones;
d. 9 Mch. 1881.

Jane b. 21 Mch. 1816; m. Luther Storer of Bath; d. 11 Feb. 1891.
Washington b. 4 Oct. 1818; m. Sarah Owen; d. 8 Aug. 1890.



154 HISTORY OF DURHAM

Rachel b. 6 April 1822; Unm. ; d. 7 Mch. 1892.

James B. b. 23 Jan. 1826; tn. (i) Abigail Coombs; (2) Widow Walker.
Isaiah b. 26 Mch. 1828; Unm.; d. in Iowa 5 Nov. 1891.
Israel b. 18 Jan. 1830; Unm.; d. 23 April 1855.

Albert b. 6 Sept. 1832; m. Lydia E. Hayes. One son, Eugene L.
Lives in Durham.

Marcia b. 2 Sept. 1837; d. 29 Jan. 1855.

Harriet b. 6 Jan. 1840; m. Oliver P. Snow; d. 4 Aug. 1876.

The James and Mercy (Young) Booker mentioned above had
a son James born in Harpswell 25 Dec. 1748. He married 23
Aug. 1792 Catherine Adams and had seven children, of whom the
oldest was Daniel, born in Harpswell 21 March 1793. He settled
in Durham about 181 5 and spent fifty years there as a farmer. He
married in 1816 Lorania Hacker of Brunswick. His second wife
was Rhoda Graves, whom he married about 1825. She died in
1840. His third wife was Mary Farr Alexander, m. 1841, d.
Aug. 17, 1873. He died at Lisbon Falls, 3 May 1880. Three
cli. by I St marriage.

Harriet b. 7 Oct. 1819; d. 15 Nov. 1819.
OcTAviA b. II Nov. 1820; d. II Nov. 1841.
Mercy b. 4 Mch. 1823; m. Rev. George A. Crawford.

Five ch. by 2d marriage.

Alfred James b. 14 Jan. 1826; m. Mary Ann Woodard.
Emery b. i July 1828; m. Elizabeth Woodard.

Lorania Hacker b. 20 Sept. 1830; m. James S. Campbell. Deceased.
Daniel Alvah b. 8 Oct. 1832; m. (i) Nementhis Loring; (2) Emma
Swift.

Jeremiah Hacker, b. 15 Aug. 1834. Deceased.

Five ch. by 3d marriage.

Mary Eliza b. 24 Oct. 1842; m. Wm. M. Hickok.
AusBON b. 8 Nov. 1846; m. Josephine S. Bessie.
Melissa Ann b. 11 Nov. 1848; m. Wm. L. Witham.
Arthur Wilder b. 15 Feb. 1852; m. Mary Ella Libby. Deceased.
Chester Herman b. 8 Jan. 1855; m. Rachel Murray.

James, son of James and Catherine (Adams) Booker, before
named, was born 8 Oct. 1798; m. 28 Nov. 1824, Emily, dau. of
Thomas Pierce, Esq. ; d. 25 June 1882. They lived in Durham
and Lisbon.

Ira p. b. 28 Nov. 1832; m. 21 Nov. 1855 Clara W. Whittemore. Res.
Brunswick.

Laura A. b. 31 June 1827; m. 4 Jan. 1851 Edmund Berry of Lisbon
Falls.



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GENEALOGICAL NOTES I 55

BOWIE.

George Bowie came from Scotland with a brother Alexander.
He was a Revolutionary soldier. He married in Cape Elizabeth,
20 Dec. 1775, Rachel Strout and had children, George, Frank,
Alexander, James, David, Nathaniel and Jane. He was drowned
about 1793. Of his children Frank had daus. Betsey and
Rachel ; y\.lexander d. s. p. ; James was imprisoned at Halifax in
War of 1812, escaped, married in Nova Scotia and had several
children there ; Nathaniel had children, Alexander, James,
Nathaniel and Rhoda.

George Bowie Jr. was born at Cape Elizabeth 12 Dec. 1777.
He came to Durham before 1800 and settled on the east end of
lot III. He married Betsey Stoddard, who was born at Charles-
town, Mass., 12 Dec. 1777 and d. 22 Sept. 1856. He died 2 April
1863. Their children were:

Arnold S. b. 20 July i8qo; m. 1822 Deborah Ames; (2) 31 Mch. 1833
Jane Ridlon.

Abel S. b. 16 July 1802; m. 1827 Rebecca Nichols; d. in Portland 16
Feb. 1874.

David b. 13 July 1804. See below.

Daniel b. 24 June 1806; m. 16 Mch. 1837 Susan Turner; d. 4 June
1886. Had ch. Daniel, Charles M., William H., d. 9 Mch. 1875, Mary J.,
Willard, Sidney and Emily.

Eliza b. 18 Aug. 1808; m. David Farr; d. 5 May 1861.

George 3d b. 16 July 1811; m. 11 Sept. 1831 Caroline Hunnewell.
Had ch. Geo. Wesley, Edward T., Emerson, Melvin, Alonzo, James, and
Eliza.

David Bowie, born 13 July 1804. m. 1830, Betsey, dau. of
William and Avis (Gushing) Mitchell, and spent his entire life
on the homestead, as a farmer. He died 27 May 1884. He
served on the Board of Selectmen and as an officer in the militia,
and was a useful and respected citizen. See portrait. His wife
died 30 March 1898. Their children were:

Ivory b. "8 Jan. 1831; m. Cordelia F. Parker. Res. Auburn.
George W. b. 9 Oct. 1832; d. 3 June 1857.
James C. b. 16 Jan. 1834; d. 7 Oct. 1853.
Ellen b. 2 Nov. 1836; d. 27 April 1838. '

Susan C. b. 5 Oct. 1838; m. Frank Bowie.

Royal b. 13 Dec. 1840; m. 24 Oct. 1872 Roxana Hilton. Res. Lisbon
Falls.

Rachel b. 19 Aug. 1842; m. Lewis C. Robinson.



156 HISTORY OF DURHAM

Cyrus S. b. 8 Nov. 1844; d. 30 Sept. 1866.

Leroy S. b. 21 Sept. 1848; m 5 April 1875 Sabie E. Sylvester. Lives
on the home farm and has five children.

David, son of George and Rachel (Strout) Bowie, was born
in March, 1787. He had the only public bakery Durham ever
had. He m. 19 Dec. 181 1 Nancy Ann Becket. He died in
Danville ly Dec. i860. His wife died 3 Jan. 1854, aged 70 yrs.
10 mos. They had children :

David R. See below.

Robert S. b. 14 Oct. 1818; m. 8 Nov. 1838 Mrs. Ann L., widow of
Theophilus Miller. Has a son and two daughters. Res. Lisbon Falls.
Has been since 1842 a licensed preacher in the Methodist and Free Bap-
tist churches.

Sarah, m. 17 May 1840 Wm. Wagg; lives in Lisbon.

Pamelia, m. Charles Robinson.


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