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David R., son of David Bowie, was born in Durham 31 May
]8io; m. Betsey F., adopted dau. of Dea. Christopher Tracy.
He lived on lot 113- Moved to Phippsburg where his wife died
about 1868. He married the second time and is still living.

Elkanah b. 2T) June 1837; d. 27 Mch. 1841.
Francis W. b. 31 Mch. 1839.
Greenfield H. b. 2 Oct. 1840. See p. 72.
Elkanah W. b. 28 Dec. 1842; d. 21 June 1843.
Geraldine H. b. 28 Feb. 1845.
Josephine H. b. 10 Aug. 1848.
Elergene b. 20 Mch. 1853; d. 1897.


There were several families of this name, but the records are
scanty. Ebenezer, Ephraim, John and Jonathan Bragdon were
taxed in 1799. Josiah, Gideon, and David appear before 1810.
Ephraim and Gideon were brothers.

Ephraim came from Scarborough. He married Abigail
Hunnewell in Durham. Intentions recorded 15 April 1797. He
lived near Parker Hill. Died 22 Sept. 1849, aged 'jy yrs.

Dennis d. in Savannah at early age, leaving wife and child.

Jane m. 13 Sept. 1840 Abram Libby of Freedom.

Mary m. Robert Knight. Lived in Portland.

Eliza m. John Bragdon of Durham.

Gideon b. 6 Oct. 1804; m. Susan Staples of Freeport; d. 19 Feb. 1863.

Dorcas, Unm.

Elijah m. 1835 Hannah Libby of Freedom.


Patience m. Seward Hunnewell.
Abigail m. Luther Shaw of Portland.
Eleanor, Unm.

Ebenezer Bragdon was born at York 6 May 1766. He mar-
ried Huldali, dau. of Judah Chandler. The birth of one son is
recorded. George, b. 7 Mch. 1796. George Bragdon m. 19 Mch.
1 81 5 Nancy Turner.


John Burnhani, grandson of John the emigrant, was born
in 1738 and settled on Falmouth Neck in 1760. He was a cooper.
Built the first wharf in Portland. Was on the committee for
formation of the Constitution of Mass. Married i April
1762 Abigail Stickney and had eight sons and five daughters.
Died 29 July 1798.

His son, Josiah Burnham, was born 23 Jan. 1770, in Fal-
mouth. He moved to Durham before 1793 and settled on the
lower County Road. Farmer and cooper. He was Justice of
Peace and Representative to General Court in 1803 and 1809.
Served as Selectman twelve years. He returned to Portland in
1834 and died theie 5 Aug. 1843. ^'^^^s married four times. His
first wife was Lucy Berry of Westbrook, by whom he had three
sons and two daughters. She died in 1808, aged 45 yrs. He m.
(2) Oct. 1808, Phebe Bishop of Freeport. His third wife was
Ellen Jameson, and his fourth, Mary Baker of Portland. Eight
children :

John b. 22 July 1797; m. 1823 Louisa Soule of Freeport.

Josiah b. 14 April 1799.

George b. 20 Aug. 1801; m. 1828 Margaret Burr of Freeport. Moved
to Portland in 1825. Was forty-four years inspector of fish. Died 10
Oct. 1884. His wife b. May, 1807, d. 25 Mch. 1885. Ch. Margaret B.,
George, Perez B., Josiah and John E., all of Portland.

Harriet b. 14 Jan. 1805; m. Sept. 1825 Alfred Soule of Pownal.

Lucy b. 24 Feb. 1807; m. 4 Nov. 1826 Perez Burr of Freeport.

Phebe Bishop b. 21 Mch. 1814.

Eleanor Jameson b. 10 Dec. 1815; m. Arnold Burrows of Charles-
town, Mass.


Nelson Howard Gary, son of Simeon, was born in Bridg-
water, Mass. 5 Jan. 1807. He was descended from John Gary
of Somerset, Eng., who came to America in 1634. See Hist, of
Bridgewater. He graduated at the Medical School of Bowdoin


College in 1828; married 13 Sept. 1829 Maria, dau. of William
R. and Olive (True) Stockbridge of Yarmouth, who was born
I Aug. 1806 and died in 1850. They were married at the Bap-
tist Meeting House in Yarmouth. He practiced medicine suc-
cessively in Gorham, Wayne, and Durham. He married (2)
1852, Julia Warren of Durham. He died in Durham 10 April

His three sons were members of the 13th Regt. of Mass.
Vols, in the Rebellion. Samuel was taken prisoner at the battle
of Gettysburg and was twenty-one months in rebel prisons.
Annie Louise Gary became the famous contralto. I remember
in my childhood of hearing her sing in the choir of the Union
church at S. W. Bend. She was thought then to possess a
good strong voice, but most people can not tell diamond till it
is polished. I remember, too, to have secured her services at
the Commencement Concert at the time of my graduation at
Bowdoin College in 1871, and I still preserve her autograph
receipt for $250 paid. This was her first appearance in Maine
as a singer, after her reputation had been established abroad
and at home. Special trains were run for that Concert from Bath
and from Lewiston. There was a crowded and delighted house.
Miss Gary's encores of old familiar songs produced the greatest
applause. The cultured were satisfied ; the uncritical were
charmed. Since a long sketch of her musical career has
recently been published in the History of Wayne, her native
town, I need say no more here. Her sister, Mrs. Ada Sturgis,
became a singer of no mean reputation.

The following is Dr. Gary's family.

William H. b. 24 Aug. 1830.

Joseph S. b. 16 May 1832; m. Flora E. Harlow; d. s. p. in Boston 25
April 1877.

Marcia a. b. 22, May 1834; m. 26 Jan. 1855 John Gushing Merrill; d.
26 June 1897.

Ellen M. b. 11 Oct. 1837; m. (i) 15 Nov. i8j5 John Q. Warren: (2)
the Rev. W. H. Haskell, now of West Falmouth.

Samuel G. b. 25 Dec. 1839; m. 11 April 1871 Gatherine Lanning of
Boston. One child, Annie Louise, b. 12 May 1872.

Annie Louise b. 22 Oct. 1842; m. 29 June 1882 Gharles Monson
Raymond, of New York.

Ada was the only child by Dr. Gary's second marriage. She married
Mr. Sturgis.


Judah Chandler (See Biog. Sketch) married (i) Martha Sea-
bury ; (2) Rebecca Seabury. They had at least nine children,
eight of whom are recorded in North Yarmouth.

Mary Johnson b. Oct. 25, 1745; Edmond b. Jan. 7 1747; John
b. Feb. 4, 1748, d. in Rev. Army in 1778; Jonathan, b. Dec. 24, 1750;
Mercy b. April 4, 1754; Abigail b. Sept. 23 1756; Dorcas b. Oct. 28,
1758, m. April i, 1784 Isaac Davis; Huldah b. Feb. 9, 1861, m. (Int. Rec.
Dec. I, 1787) Eben Bragdon; Sarah bap. June 28, 1767, m. Nov. 21, 1785
William Blake and moved to Ohio.*


Samuel Clough came from Berwick. He married Sarah, dau.
of Caleb Estes and settled on lot 16 in 1771. His will, made 10
Jan. 1799, mentions children Anne, Isaac, Joshua, Abigail, Tabi-
tha. Patience, Esther, Isaiah, Elizabeth and Jeremiah. Isaiah
married Mary Haskell and settled in Litchfield. For his family
see History of that town. Tabitha married Ebenezer Bailey.
It has been impossible to get full records of this family.

Benjamin Collins came from England, settled in Salisbury,
Aiass., and married Martha, dau. of John Eaton of that town in
1668. His oldest son John, born in 1673, niarried before 1695

Elizabeth . Their son Tristram of Hampton Falls,

N. H., married Judith — — — — and had a son Samuel who

married 3 Jan. 1759 Hannah, dau. of John and Patience Dow of
Kensington, N. H. They lived in Weare, N. H., till about 1780,
when they m.oved to Durham and settled on lot 15. He brought
his family with four oxen, and seventeen hundred Spanish milled
dollars in saddle-bags on his horse. The children were :

Mary, m. 8 Aug. 1787 at Harpswell Joseph Spaulding and lived in
Dixmont; Patience, d. unm. at age of 85 yrs; John, m. Hannah God-
dard; Esther, b. 17 Feb. 1770; m. 4 May 1797 Edward Douglas, settled
in Brunswick; d. in Dover, Me. abt 1875, aged 97 yrs; Paul, m. Mary
Winslow, settled in Litchfield, d. at age of 93 yrs; Judith, m. 14 Mch.
1791 John Douglas, lived in Brunswick, d. at age of 76 yrs; Betsey,

m. Bryant, remained in Weare, N. H.; Hannah, m. Marmaduke

Gifford, lived in Fairfield, d. at age of 80 yrs; Lydia, m. Joslyn Allen of

*For Genealogy of Chandler Family see Old Times in North Yar-
mouth, p. 1098, and History of Duxbury, p. 242.


Durham; Abijah, m. Dolly Jones; Huldah, unm. d. 22 Dec. i860, aged
83 yrs. 8 mos.

John, son of Samuel and Hannah (Dow) Colhns, was born
14 Aug. 1765 and died in Durham 29 June 1845. He married
Hannah Goddard, who was born 2 Aug. 1769 and died 31 Oct.
1850. Their children were :

Zeruiah b. 7 July 1790; m. 3 Dec. 1818 Wm. Porterfield; d. 19 April


Peace, b. 6 Sept. 1792; m. Waitstill Webber; d. 19 April 1877.

Samuel b. 19 Feb. 1795; d. 1805.

John b. 10 Feb. 1797; m. Ann Lunt; d. 24 Oct. 1870.

Hannah b. 14 Jan. 1800; m. 26 Nov. 1835 Wm. H. Johnson; d. 30
Oct. 1882.

Mark b. 1803; lost at sea.

Maximilla b. 15 April 1805; m. David Larrabee of Brunswick.

James b. 26 Feb. 1809, m. Dorcas Loring; d. 4 Dec. 1885.

Betsey, b. 20 Oct. 181 1; unm. d. 30 Mch. 1887.

Abijah, son of Samuel and Hannah (Dow) Collins, was born
in Weare, N. H., 24 April 1780. He married 21 Dec. 1817 Doro-
thy Jones and settled in Durham. She was born in Durham 24
May 1795. He died 11 Aug. 1863. Their children were:

Samuel b. 19 May 1818; d. 6 Nov. 1862.

Mary b. 2 July 1820; m. 4 Nov. 1840 Bailey T. Royal of Pownal.

Phineas b. 26 Feb. 1822; d. 10 July 1890.

Almond b. 17 July 1824.

Hannah Dow b. 12 May 1826; d. 12 Aug. 1845.

Wm. Henry b. 7 July 1828.

Paul b. i Aug. 1830; d. 14 April 1896.

Harriet Strout b. 18 Sept. 1832.

George Elbridge b. 12 May 1835; d. 2"] Dec. 1836.

Sarah F. b. 17 July 1845; d. 26 July 1863.

Dr. John Converse settled in Durham before 1797. He lived
first in the house now owned by Dea. Wm. Hascall when it stood
north of " Eunice's Brook." He afterward built and lived in the
house on the bank of the river where Simeon Bailey long lived.
It was burned a few years ago. Dr. Converse still lives in tradi-
tion as a good citizen and skillful physician. He died 5 Dec.
181 5, aged 45 years, and is buried in the old Cemetery near the


North Meeting House. The epitaph on his tombstone reads
thus :

"Thousands of journies night and day

rVe traveled weary all the way

To heal the siclc, but now I'm gone

A journey never to return."

He married, 17 Mch. 1799, Sally, dau. of Ichabod and Abigail
(Hayes) Hanson of Windham. She was born 4 Oct. 1774. Did
she marry, (2) 9 July 1817, Seth Chandler of Minot? The chil-
dren of Dr. Converse were :

Orrilla b. 14 May 1800; d. 7 April 1805.

Veranus b. 18 Oct. 1801; d. 22 April 1805.

Sally b. 28 March 1803; m. 13 May 1821 Winslow Haywood.

Mary b. 19 Nov. 1804; m. 15 Oct. 1827 Edward Merrill.

Minerva b. 27 Feb. 1807; m. 28 Dec. 1829 Wm. R. Kendall of Free-

John Harris b. 27 Dec. 1808; d. 13 June 1880. Bowdoin Coll., 1830.
Lawyer. Judge of Probate for Lincoln County. Left two sons.

Elizabeth b. 20 Aug. 1810; m. Dr. Durgin of Portland.

Harriet b. 16 April 1812; m. Capt. Howland of New Bedford, Mass.

Laura W. b. 27 Jan. 1814; m. Capt. James Currier and lived in Buxton.

The Crawfords migrated from Scotland to North Ireland.
George Crawford was born in Leitrim, Ireland, in 1787 and died
in Durham 27 April, 1874. His wife, Eliza Ann, was born in
Sligo, Ireland, in 1790 and died in Durham 11 Dec. 1856. He
married (2) 6 Dec. i860, Catherine Newell. He settled in Dur-
ham before 1820, having lived for a short time in Bethel. He
united with the M. E. Church in middle life, and his devout con-
versation attested the thorough transformation of his character.
He was a well informed man and had a remarkable family. Four
sons became preachers in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

William b. 4 Oct. 1821; d. 18 Feb. 1889. See Biog. Sketch.

Lemuel. Lost at sea.

John m. 4 Sept. 1842 Sarah A. Bonney of Durham. Resided in

Thomas m. 18 Dec. 1842 Thankful D. Johnson; d. 25 July 1852, aged
34 yrs. 7 mos.

George m. (i) 15 Feb. 1848 Mercy H. Booker; (2) Mrs. Julia A,.
(Varney) Coombs; d. 25 Sept. 1878, aged 58 yrs. His second wife died
in Cal. 2 April 1898. See Biog Sketch.



James Barbour b. 22 Dec. 1822; m. 2 June 1855 Harriet A. Wood-
side of Durham; d. 31 Mch. 1869. See Biog. Sketch.

David F. d. 14 Sept. 1854, aged 28 yrs. He was studying for the min-
istry and had preached occasionally.

Ann m. 22 Mch. 1837 Isaac Graves of Topsham.

Two brothers, David and Solomon Grossman, came to
Ro3'alsborongh, tradition says from Nova Scotia, before 1780.
David lived on lot 44, where Frank Bowie now resides. He once
planted fourteen acres of corn on that sand-hill, but no sand was
then visible. The cutting of the primeval forest exposed the hill-
top to the winds with disastrous result. David married Sarah
Bounds of Maryland. A part of her dowry was three slaves, the
only ones ever owned in Durham. The name of the female slave
was Jennie Deshelle who married, 1808, Tobias Hill of Bruns-
wick. Another slave was John Meshack, or Messick. The
family of David Grossman is here given :

Sarah b. 19 Aug. 1775.

Mary b. 2 May 1777; m. Isaac Clough.
. Comfort b. 21 June 1779; d. 5 Sept. 1865. Unm.

Kezia b. I July 1781; m. Walter Davis of Scituate, Mass.

David b. 28 May 1783; d. young.

Jesse b. 10 April 1785. See below.

Bounds b. 7 Feb. 1787; m. 19 Feb. 1808 Judith Dinsmore; moved to
China, Me.

Esther b. 16 Mch. 1789; d. 20 June 1879. Unm.

Cynthia b. 16 Mch. 1789; d. — April 1858. Unm.

Abigail b. 28 Dec. 1790; m. Amos Goddard of Pownal.

Eunice b. 18 Jan. 1792; m. Thomas Dinsmore of China. 11 sons.

David b. 23 Jan. 1797; m. 16 Feb. 1826, Mary, dau. of Aaron True, of
Litchfield. Lived on the homestead.

Lois b. 5 Dec. 1798; m. Samuel Beal.

Hannah b. 6 May 1804; m. Amos Goddard; d. 16 Jan. 1877.

Jesse Grossman married Gharity Goddard. He died 31 July
1867. She died 5 May 1866. 9 ch.

Almira b. 2S June 1809; m. 5 June 1836 John P. Sutherland.
Joshua b. 18 Sept. 1811; m. 25 Dec. 1838 Mary Porter and 1. in Wis-

William b. 15 July 1813; moved to China, Me.
Lydia b. 20 Aug. 1815; in. Benj. Harmon of Brunswick.
Narcissa b. 6 June 1818. Unm. Living.
Lucy b. 5 July 1820. Unm. Deceased.


Charles b. 13 May 1824; died in Lynn, Mass., 4 Jan. 1899.
George b. 23 Sept. 1826; m. Mary Jones. Res. Lisbon Falls.
Isaiah b. 13 Mch. 1829; m. Mary Spollett; d. in Lynn, Mass.'

Solomon Grossman, after living in several places in Durham,
bought lot 24 of Nicholas Pinkham in 1794. He married Mehit-
abel Goddard, b. in Falmouth 20 April 1763. He m. (2) 5 Nov.
1820, Lucy Pierce. 7 ch. recorded among the Society of

PrudeiN'ce b. 8 June 1788; m. John Baxter of Burnham.

John b. 2 Aug. 1790; m. Anna Fit Id.

Nathan b. 6 Mch. 1793; m. and 1. in Portland.

Phebe b. 27 June 1795; m. Abram Winslow of Limington.

Jesse b. ii Oct. 1800; m. Judith Goddard.

Asa b. 5 May 1803; m. widow Abigail (Smith) Davis.

Levi b. 27 Jan. 1807; m. and 1. in Portland.


Jonathan Gurrier came from Salisbury, Mass., in 1780, and
settled near Methodist Gorner, on lot opposite \Vm. Miller's.
He ni. 4 May 1775, Sarah Graves, in So. Hampton, N. H.
He was killed bv the falling of a tree in 1791. Lucy Gurrier,
born in Salisbtu"), married Samuel True, 28 May, 1792. Sarah
Gurrier of Durham married Josiah Mitchell of Lewiston 20
March 1792. The children of Jonathan Gurrier were:

Joseph b. 17 May 1785; lived in Freeporl.

Israel b. 17 May 1785; ni. 5 July 1807 Mary Stover of Freeport; d. i
Sept. 1812. She died 22 June 1813.

Judith m. 11 Sept. 1813 Win. Tyler of Pownal.

Sally b. at Salisbury, Mass. 23 June 1780; m. 27 Nov. 1800 Enoch


Lendall Gurtis, brother of Rebecca, wife of Elisha Stetson, was
taxed in Durham 1799-1809. He married 9 March 1801, Sarah
Randall. Nothing more is known of him.

Abel Gurtis, probably the son of William and Martha Gurtis
of Hanover, Mass., b. 10 Aug. 1752; m. 12 Feb. 1776 Ruth Tur-
ner, was in Durham earlier than 1788. Was last taxed in 1798.
He had sons Gideon and Abel Jr. They built a mill at Lisbon
Factory in 1801. Gideon, born 11 Jan. 1779, served as Select-
man in Lisbon 1808-11. He was Selectman in Durham 1819-20.


Moved to King-field. He had a son, Rev. Reuben B. Curtis of
East Maine Conference, whose son is now Prof. OHn A. Curtis
of Drew Theological Seminary. Gideon's daughter, Orpha, mar-
ried Rev. C. D. Pillsbury, and moved to Wisconsin.

Abel Curtis, Jr., m. 18 Oct. 1798, Tamar, dau. of Capt. Jona-
than Strout. He lived just above the Bend till 1802 when he
moved to a house still standing just across the river in Lisbon.
Later he moved to Parkman and died there 7 Jan. 1862, aged 84
yrs. His wife died 14 June 1859, aged yy yrs. Their children
were :

Joseph b. i July 1799; m. 30 May 1822 Julia Ann Macomber; d. in
Bangor 21 April 1885.

SoPHRONiA b. 29 July 1801; m. Rev. Isaac Lord; d. in Durham 28 Nov.

Abel d. 24 Oct. 1863, aged 60 yrs.

Ruth m. — Briggs; d. 17 Nov. 1855.

True G. d. June 1875.


William d. 4 Sept. 1878, aged 65 yrs.


John Gushing of West Durham was distantly related to the
John Gushing elsewhere presented. He was second son of Adam
Gushing of Gape Ann, some say of Abington, Mass., and grand-
son of Adam Gushing who graduated at Harvard College in 1714.
John's brothers and sisters were Greenword, Ezra, Avis, Sarah^
Mary, Adam and Hannah.

John Gushing, born 24 Feb. 1746, was living in Royals-
borough earlier than 1774, on lot 69. He married Silence
Vining. They had five children :

John b. 15 Sept. 1770. See below.

Silence b. 30 Nov. 1711; m. 7 Jan. 1798 Gershom Flagg of Clinton.
They settled in Augusta. She died 28 May 1816.

Avis b. i Dec. 1774; m. 1797 Wm. Mitchell, Jr., of Durham.

Adam b. 21 Dec. 1782; m. 1816 .Mary Thompson of Brunswick. He
built the brick house where G. W. Wright lives. Died insane. A
daughter Ruth taught school in Brunswick. A son Alonzo lived in

James m. 5 Feb. 1813 Nancy Newell and settled in Dover, Me.

John Gushing, Jr., m. 28 Jan. 1791, Elizabeth, sister of George
Goodwin, They lived on the homestead. He died 24 Dec. 1863,.








and is buried in Topsham. His wife died 26 May 1843, aged 76

Samuel b. 6 June 1791; d. 28 June 1791.

Polly b. 6 July 1792; m. 27 Mch. 1823 Wm. Fogg, Jr., of Wales. He
was born in Scarborough and died in Wales 31 May 1876.

John b. 12 May 1794; d. 8 April 1796.

Betsey b. 9 April 1796; m. 30 Nov. 1821 Job Sylvester 3d; d. 26 May

Sally b. 21 April 1798; m. 30 Dec. 1818 Wm. Sylvester; d. 24 Nov.

Hannah b. 22 Mch. 1800; m. 27 Jan. 1825 Ebenezer, son of Enoch
Strout of Wales. Judge Sewall C. Strout of Portland is their son. She
died 5 Oct. 1873. Enoch Strout b. 29 May 1802; d. i June 1880.

Anna Louisa b. 22 Feb. 1802; d. 6 Nov. 1876. Unni.

John 3d b. 12 Feb. 1804; d. 12 Jan 1843. Unm.

James b. 9 Jan. 1809. Preacher. See p. 69.

Sewall b. 23 April 1806; m. 1834 Hannah Webster; d. 30 Jan. 1884. 6
ch., Royal J., John Wesley, Hannah E., Frances E., Harriet L. and Ros-
well S.

Katherine b. J3 May 1814; m. Benjamin Flagg of Topsham; d. 22
Jan. 1871. He died 29 Feb. 1884, leaving one dau. Emma.

Irene b. ii June 1816; m. Joel Bonney, M. D. Moved to Victoria,
Texas. Died 3 May 1859. He died in Texas 28 Oct. 1853. 3 ch.

The children of Hon. John (See Biog.) and Dorothy (Bagley)
Gushing were :

Elizabeth b. in Salisbury i Sept. 1767; m. 1792 Wm. Hoyt oi
Durham. They had one son who d. at sea, and three daughters. Mrs.
Elizabeth Hoyt d. at Freeport June 1858.

Dorothy A. b. 2 May 1769; m. 2 Feb. 1785, in New Gloucester, Roger
Merrill. She died in Litchfield 28 Dec. 1863.

John b. 23 June 1771; m. Betsey Soule of Freeport. Died in Pownal.

Jonathan b. 14 Sept. 1773; m. 30 July 1794 Lucretia dau. of David
Dennison of Freeport. Died in Freeport.

Edward b. 17 Jan. 1778; d. 16 Jan. 1797.

Sarah b. 12 Mch. 1785; d. same day.

John Dain (spelled also Dane and Dean) of Conn.(?) bought
lot 67 in 1 77 1. John, Jr., received it from his father and sold
forty acres of it in 1778 to William McGray. His house stood
opposite the old North Meeting House. Here McGray had his
hotel. The main part of the house was carried to Brunswick by
Nathaniel Lincoln and erected on Noble St. The part now
standing, called the "Philip Douglas House," was built by Lin-


John Dain, Jr., was a Revolutionary soldier. He married
Elizabeth Proctor, moved to Lisbon and kept Dain's Ferry, 1790-
1817. He died 4 Aug. 1837. His wife died 28 Sept. 1838.
They were married in Portland, 24 Feb. 1778. Rachel Dain
married, 2"] Dec. 1770, Edmund Lane. Mercy Dain married, 23
July 1780, John Blake and lived in Lisbon. Joseph Dain was
living in Durham in 1789. William Dain married Mary Wagg
and lived in Lisbon. Hannah Dain married George Sawyer of
Lisbon. Ebenezer Dean or Dain was a Revolutionary soldier
and died in the Army.


William, son of Nathaniel and Martha Davis, was baptized in

Scarborough 26 July 1730. He married Judith . Their

son, Capt. Isaac Davis, was born in Scarborough 26 Mch. 1758.
He was a Revolutionary soldier and Capt. of militia. Moved to
Royalsborough in 1780 and settled on lot 124. He married,
I April 1784 Dorcas, dau. of Judah Chandler. He was select-
man and Town Clerk sixteen years, one of the leading men of
the town. Died 11 Nov. 1846. His wife, born 28 Oct. 1758,
died 26 Sept. 1842.

Judith b. 11 Mch. 1785; m. 11 Dec. 1806 William Blake of Lisbon; d.
26 June 1863.

Mary b. 29 Oct. 1786; m. 31 May 1806 Thomas Sawyer of Westbrook.

Phebe b. 20 Nov. 1788; m. 28 Sept. 1809 her cousin Jonathan Larra-
bee; d. 16 Oct. 1869 in Mexico, Me.

William b. 5 Oct. 1790; m. (Int. Rec. 12 Nov. 1814) Lydia Batchel-
der of Phippsburg. Killed by lightning 8 June 1819.

Mercy b. 25 Mch. 1793; d. 28 Mch. 1796.

John Chandler b. 11 May 1795; m. (Int. Rec. 12 Jan. 1820) Betsey
Booker of Durham; d. 26 Dec. 1835.

Mercy b. 21 Dec. 1797; m. 15 Aug. 1819 William Roak.

Joseph b. 23 Feb. 1802; m. 13 Oct. 1826 Sarah Vining.

Joseph Davis, the last mentioned, lived as a farmer on the
homestead. He died 28 Mch. 1873. Five ch.

William H. b. 5 June 1827; m. (i) Ann Doughty (2) Lucretia M.

Wesley b. 3 Aug. 1829; m. Sarah Avery; killed on R. R. 10 Jan. 1856.

WiLLARD B. b. 2^ Sept. 1834; m. Matilda Turner.

Wendall p. b. 27 June 1838; m. Mehitabel Hurlburt.

Wiley L. b. 15 Sept. 1841; m. Nellie E. Merrill. Lives in Durham.


There were other Davises in Royalsborough, but none seem
to have remained long. EHas Davis is mentioned as early as
1775. His taxes were abated in 1791. The same year Joseph
Davis was chosen moderator. Elias Davis' wife's name was
Bethiah. Joseph may have been their son. They lived at S. W.
Bend. In 1793 Elias Davis of Bakerstown (Poland) was warned
to leave town. Moses, son of Michael Davis, is recorded as born
14 Oct. 1786. Enoch Davis, born in Wentworth, N. H., 24 Feb.
1772, married, 27 Nov. 1800 Sally Currier. Their children were
Abel b. 10 Nov. 1801 ; Sally b. 9 May 1803 ; Lucy b. 2 April 1805.

Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Dorcas (Wharff) Davis of
Pownal, was born 16 April 1803. He married 31 Dec. 1829
P*atience Douglas. They lived on the old Douglas homestead
m Durham. He died 21 Oct. 1862. His wife died 24 April 1887.
6 ch.

Dorcas Wharff, b. 13 Aug. 1831 ; m. 11 Jan. 1849 Joseph Tuttle; d.
27 Dec. 1888.

Margaret Snow, b. 31 Aug. 1833; d. 16 Dec. 1854. Unm.

Joseph Henry, b. 2 Oct. 1835; m. (i) 24 Nov. 1864 Hattie W. Rich-
ardson of Brunswick; (2) Julia Ann Day. He is a carriage maker and
farmer. Has been Selectman and Representative to the Legislature.
Has only one child living, Hattie.

Lydia Ellen b. 23 Nov. 1837; m. 17 June 1858 Samuel Webber of

William Penn b. 15 May 1841 ; m. 16 April 1865, Louisa Day of
Durham. Two children, Everett who lives in Bath, and Ella who m.
Burton B. Brown of Durham.

Benjamin Franklin b. .5 Dec. 1843; m. 8 Sept. 1867 Augusta E.
Record, born 18 Jan. 1844. He died in Freeport 30 Sept. 1880. One
son, George, lives in Portland.


The American progenitor of the Day family was Anthony
Day of Gloucester, Mass. A branch of the family settled in
Georgetown in the first half of the eighteenth century. Josiah
Day m. 24 July 1770, Wealthy Blethen in Georgetown and set-
tled in Royalsborough in 1773. He bought lot 21 of Job
Blethen, 3 March 1777. He was Selectman and on the Com-
mittee of Safety. Died in 1837, aged about 95 yrs.

Josiah Jr. b. ii Nov. 1774. See below.
Pheee b. II Dec. 1776; m. Joseph Hacker.

Isaiah b. 30 Sept. 1778; m. 1805 Deborah Philbrook; d. 20 Oct. 1819.
His wife was born 19 July I7i''2 and died 2 April 1882. See below.


Charlotte b. 27 Aug. 1780; m. 1805, Caleb Estes; d. 12 Sept. 1821.

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