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Falls, New Hampshire, where he died. Taylor
Lougee was tliricc married, and had two sons by
each wife. He married (first) Hannah Watson,
and they had four childi'en : Sarah. Samuel, Thom-
as and Hannah. His second wife was Jerusha,
daughter of Simeon Tibbetts. and their children
were : Greenleaf. Sylvester T., whose sketch fol-
lows, Sophia Ann and Elizabeth. His third wife was
Sabina Hayes, and the children were : Cyrus and

(V) Sylvester Tibbetts, second son and child of
Taylor Lougee and his second wife, Jerusha Tib-
betts, was born at Parsonfield. Maine. July 11, 1819.
After attending the public schools he learned the
carpenter's trade, and later engaged in contracting
and building. He moved to Efiingham, New Hamp-
shire, in early life, there made his permanent home
and died January 6, 1892. He always took an active
interest in Masonry. Sylvester Lougee married
Ruhamah Burleigh, daughter of Winthrop ]\Iarston
and Sarah (Gi!e) Burleigh, who was born in Ef-
fingham, this state. December 26, 1826, and died
March 28, 1907. They had seven children : Edwin,
born September 9. i'845. died July 17, 1897. He
served on the police force of Boston twenty-three
years ; he was sunstruck while on duty and died
the same day. He was a member of the Masonic
fraternity. Hayes, born September 19, 1848, read
law with the late Thomas J. Whipple, of Laconia,
and has practiced his profession more than twenty
years in Boston. He is a thii-ty-second degree Ma-
son. Abbie S., born January 23, 1852, has served
in the capacity of teacher for many years. Josiah
B., born Novem!ier 2. 1853, is a successful merchant
in Canton, Connecticut. He is a prominent Knight
Templar. George Woodworth, whose sketch fol-
lows. Frank T.. born September 13. 1862, graduated
from medical department of Dartmouth College,
class of t886, after which he immediately settled iv
Lynn, Massachusetts ; he is connected with several
hospitals, and is a fine surgeon. Mott R., born No-
vember II. 1866, died of typhoid fever August 18,

(VI) George Wood worth, sixth son and seventh
and youngest child of Sylvester and Ruhamah (Bu?
leigh) Lougee, w^as born in Effingham Falls. June
3. 1S59. He was educated in the public schools of
Chelsea, Massachusetts, and later at Parsonfield
Seminary, Maine. About the age of nineteen he
began the study of medicine. In 1880 he entered
the medical school of Bowdoin College, from which
he was graduated in 1883. Dr. Lougee at once be-
gan the practice of medicine at Freedom. New
Hampshire, where he has achieved most gratifying
success. Although having an extensive practice, he



lias found time to look after town affairs. He is a
Democrat in politics, and has served as selectman
four years, and as representative to the New Hamp-
shire legislature in 1901. In 1906 he was nominated
for state senator, but the region being strongly Re-
publican, he failed of election by a small majority.
He is a member of the Carroll County JMedical So-
ciety, of which he has been president, and also be-
longs to the New Hampshire State Association and
to the American Medical Association. He is a
member of the Board of Health in Freedom, and
has served on the school board for six years. He
lias always been an enthusiastic worker in the
several secret societies to which he belongs. He
is a member of Carroll Lodge, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, Carroll Chapter at Wolfboro ;
Saint Paul Commandery, Dover, New Hampshire ;
and Prospect Lodge, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of which he was the first noble grand, also
Costello Tribe, Independent Order of Red Men. at
Kezar Falls, and is a member of Calvin Topliff
■.Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.

On November 25. 1885, Dr. George Woodworth
Lougee married Edith L. Merrow, daughter of
Dr. A. D. and Jane (Topliff) Merrow, of Freedom.
New Hampshire. Mrs. ^lerrow was a daughter of
Dr. Calvin Topliff, of Freedom, the father of Dr.
Albion P. Topliff, so it will be seen that the family
lias extensive medical connections. (See Topliff.)
Dr. George W. and Edith L. (]\Ierrow) Lougee
r.ave two children: Louise M.. born September 16,
1S93, and Hayes, December 6, 1S96.

From the immigrant, John Gilison, has
GIBSON sprung a progeny of worthy citizens of

New England, among whom have been
found tillers of. the soil, professional men, patriotic
and valiant soldiers who fought both red and
white foes, sober God-fearing church members, and
keen successful business men.

(I) John Gibson was born (probably in England)
in t6oi, and died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in
1694, aged ninet3'-three years, The name of the
ship, the year of his arrival, and the place of his
first settlement are unknown. He was in Cam-
liridge in 1634, and was made a freeman May 17,
1637 (U. S.) He first appears on Cambridge (for-
merly Newtown) records of August 4, 1634: "To
John Gibson 6 Ackers," in the list of lots granted in
'Westend, that part of the town lying between
Sparks, Wj^eth and Garden streets. Harvard and
Brattle Squares, and Charles river. His house was
built before "loth October 1635." Family tradition
says that Gibson planted linden trees, and if tradi-
tion and boundaries can be made to agree, perhaps
"The old house by the lindens," corner of Brattle
and Sparks streets, made familiar by Longfellow's
poem, "The Open Window," may have stood on
land once owned by John Gibson. He was prob-
ably a member of the church formed by Rev. Mr.
Hooker on his arrival in 1633 ; and on the removal
in 1635 and 1636 of the pastor and most of the fain-
ilies to Hartford, Connecticut, he became one of the
succeeding society or First Church organized Feb-
ruary I, 1636. by Rev. Thomas Shepherd. In addi-
tion to his 'nyne acr" house lot in the Westend
Goodman Gibson had other real estate in Cam-
Tiridge. records of which appear in the usual quaint
form in the record books of that place and time.
He was a husbandman, not an artisan, and an old
record shows that John Gibson agreed with the
town May 8. 1637, to summer one hundred cows
for £20. There is no evidence that he ever held any
•church office and of town offices only minor ones —

appointed March 15, 1676, to view fences, and in
1678 to dri^;e Weslficld. He was a party to one law
suit. In 1660 Winifred Holman was plaintiff against
John Gibson, Sr., and his wife and others, as the
result of the defendants having accused Mary Hol-
man, daughter of Widow Winifred, of being a
witch ; and at the hearing "3 day of Aprill," several
months after the accusation, the finding for John
Gibson was "costs of Cotirt, fifteen shillings, ten
pence." In the time of the tyrant Andross, John
(jibson and George Willow, whose respective ages
were "about 87 ,and 86 yrs." as representatives of
tlie settlers, petitioned James II for redress, stating
that "our title is now questioned to our .lands, by
us quieth'-, possessed for near sixty years, and with-
out which we cannot subsist." He married (first)
Rebecca, who was buried December i, 1661, in Rox-
bury burying ground and the burial recorded by
Rev. John Eliot. He married (second), July 24,
1662, Joan, widow of Henry Prentice, of Cambridge,
"planter." The children of John Gibson, all by
tlie first wife, were : Rebecca. Mary, Martha, John
and Samuel.

(II) John (2), of Cambridge, Massachusetts,
fourth child of John (i) and Rebecca Gibson, was
born at Cambridge about 1641, and died there Octo-
ber 15, 1679. He lived in his native town and
doubtless on the homestead in the Westend, deeded
him by his father November 30, 1668, "3 acres and
1/4 my house Cambridge." There is no record that
he ever owned any other real estate. Although a
minor at the time of the suit "Holman versus Gib-
son" in 1660, he was one of the defendants, and boy-
like must have been very vehement against the sup-
posed witch, widow Winifred's daughter, as he was
sentenced either to openly acknowledge in court
that "he hath wronged and scondalously slandered
Ma rye Holman, by speeches irregularly, rashly and
suddenl}'' spoken," or refusing to do this, to pay the
plaintiff five pounds : of the two alternatives he
wisely chose the former. He was a soldier in King
Philip's war — a private on the list of Captain Thom-
as Prentice's troopers August 27, 1675, in the first,
or Mt. Hope expedition, the company leaving Bos-
ton the preceding June 24, fighting at Swansea,
June 28, skirmishing in July on IVIt. Hope Necks
near Mt. Hope or Pokanoket (Bristol, Rhode Is-
land), the home of King Philip; private on list of
Lieutenant Edward Oake's troopers March 24, 1676,
scouting near Marlboro ; private, on pay list of
Captain Daniel Henchman's company of foot, Sep-
tember 23. 1676, impressed the preceding April 27,
starting i\Iay 27 and reaching Hadlev, June 14;
possibly the John Gibson on the list of Captain Josh-
ua Scottow's men at Black Point near Saco, Maine,
ScDtember, 1677, the garrison being captured the
following month by Mogg Megone, the celebrated
Indian chief. Before and ever after his military
service, he was a quiet farmer with nothing more to
change the monotony of his life than fell to the
lot of any other inhabitant of Cambridge at that time.
He was admitted freeman about October it, 1670.
His name appears from time to time on the town
records as the holder of some small office, the last
and n^ost important, the appointment in 1678 "to
view fences in Westfield." He died of smallpox
when onlv thirty-eight years of age. The inven-
tory of his estate showed "forty-seven pounds, six-
teen shilhngs mcluding his house and three acres
of land; ii6. In June following the court ordered:
"Charlestown 15. 4. 1680 The Selectman of Cam-
bridge ordered to dispose of ye children of Jno.
Gibson & of such a pt of his estate as shall be nec-
essary for ye putting them forth to service," etc.



In tlie proprietor's records of 1683, under division
of lots "beyond the 8 Mile line," is given this al-
lotment in the ninth squadron ; ''John Gibson's heirs
Twenty accers Three Commons." He married
"9. 10. 1668," (December 9, 1668), Rebecca Errington,
who \vas born in Cambridge, baptized in the First
Church, December 4, 1713. daughter of Abraham and
Rebecca (Cutler) Errington. They had four chil-
dren : Rebecca, Martha, Mary, and Timothy, whose
sketch follows.

(III) Deacon Timothy (i), of Sudbury and
Stow, Massachusetts, fourth child of John (2) and
Rebecca (Errington) Gibson, was born in Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts, about 1679, and died in
Stow, July 14, 1757, and was buried in the Lower
Village cemetery in the easterly part of Stow. He
was brought up by Selectman Abraham Holman,
of Cambridge, son of William and Winifred Hol-
man, and after 1689 removed with him to Stow. He
continued a member of the Holman household till
into 1703, when he removed to the northwest of
Sudbury, and settled north of Assabet river on a
sixty acre farm deeded to him June 21, 1703, by
Mr. Holman "for divers and sundry good and
weighty reasons moving me thereunto but in spe-
cial manner to shew My love unto and care of Tim-
othy Gibson now living with me & hath done from
a child." Timothy Gibson received a second deed
November 29. 1708, to twenty acres from the same
source, and again ten acres April 23, 171 1. Abraham
Holman also appointed Timothy Gibson executor of
his will. He was also the grantee of forty acres,
house and bar from Mrs. Sarah Holman, and had
other property in Stow, about one hundred acres in
all. He was a large landowner in Lunenburg. Be-
tween 1728 and 173 1 he removed from Sudbury to
Stow — perhaps by merely moving to another part of
his home farm which lay on both sides of the town
line. He was selectman of Stow 1734-35-36-39- and
dissented to a grant of £60 for Rev. John Gardner,
May 17, 1736. He was deacon of the First Church
probably during the pastorate of Mr. Gardner. His
"house and fifty acres in Stow on Poniciticut Hill"
passed from sire to son for nearly one hundred
years, finally going to strangers in 1823. Deacon
Timothy Gibson married (first) at Concord, Massa-
chusetts', November 17. 1700, Rebecca Gates, of
Stow, who was born in Marlboro, July 23, 1682, and
died in Stow, January 21, 1754, in the seventy-third
year of her age. She was the daughter of Stephen
and Sarah (Woodward) Gates. Fie married (sec-
ond), (published November 30, 1755) Mrs. Submit
Taylor, of Sudbury, who died at Stow, January 29,
1759, "in the 75 yr of her age." Twelve children
were born to him, all by the first wife: Abraham,
Timothy, Rebecca, John, Sarah, Samuel. Stephen
(died young). Errington. Stephen. Isaac, Mary and
Reuben. (Mention of Errington and son Thad-
deus appears in this article.)

(IV) Captain Timothy (2), of Sudbury, Gro-
ton and Stow, Massachusetts, and Henniker, New
Hampshire, second child of Deacon Timothy and
Rebecca (Gates) Gibson, was born in Stow, Janu-
ary 20, 1703. and died in Henniker, January 18,
1782, aged seventy-nine. He was very young when
his parents moved from Stow to Sudbury, and in
some inexplicable way his birth is entered on Sud-
bury copied records although not on the original ;
there is. however, no question that he was born in
Stow. His boyhood and early manhood were spent
in Sudbury and he never occupied house lot 3,3 in
Lunenburg, Massachusetts, bought of Ephraim Sautle
in 1723 by' "Timothy Gibson for son Timothy," the
father retaining it for another son. About the date

of his marriage he removed to Groton, locating most
likely on property which he purchased December 11,
1724, from two parties, one tract of thirty acres
from S. Scripture for £35. the other of twenty-five
acres from "eleven persons" for £30, both deeds de-
scribing him as "Timothy Gibson, Jr., of Sudbury,
yeoman;" between December 23, 1729, and October
7, 1730, he made three other purchases in Groton.
Whether he remained in the town any length of
time after 1730 is not clear. In 1733 he was living
in Stow as is shown from the sale made May 7,
^733, by "John Forster to Timothy Gibson, Jr., of
Stow, yeoman, 1345^ acres in Stow including cor-
net's pond, the south side of Elsabeth (Assabet)
river, southerly of a great brushy hill," etc., "also
all my right in the meeting house," and this property
in the southeast of Stow, was his home for the next
forty years. He bought other land in Stow, and
also owaied land in Lunenburg. He was prominent
among the men of Stow — selectman 1734-35-36-39,
constable 1745 and probably holder of some military
office as he was always called Captain Gibson. He
was also an active member of the First Church,
joining his father May 17, 1736, in the negative vote
for a £60 pound appropriation to Rev. John Gard-
ner, and on January 27. 1755, buying the "northeast
corner of pew ground," that is, the northeast corn-
er pew in the old church. As eldest of the sons
surviving Deacon Gibson in 1757, he was of great
help to his stepmother, Mrs. Submit Gibson, who
by her will left bequests to his wife and daughters,
and made him her residuary legatee. Early in 1774,
when over seventy years old, Captain Gibson re-
moved to Henniker on the Contoocook river, a
promising New Flampshire town incorporated No-,
vember 10, 1768, his farm lying at the foot of Cran-
ey hill, south of the Contoocook. His patriotic and
beneficial influence was felt in the neighborhood, and
until his death he rendered service in the Revolu-
tionary struggle, especially by pecuniary aid. He
was among the fifty-one signers of the "Association
test." He married, December 29, 1725, Persis Rice,
who was born in Sudbury, January 10, 1707, and
died in Henniker, March 22, 1781, daughter of Dea-
con Jonathan and Anne (Darby) Rice, of what is
now Wayland. Their children were: Jonathan,
Timothy (died young), Timothy, Persis, Lucy,
Abel, John, Joseph and Jacob.

(V) Captain llmothy (3), of Stow, Massachus-
setts, Henniker. New Hampshire, and Brownfield,
Maine, third child of Captain Timothy (2) and
Persis (Rice) Gibson, was born in Stow, Decem-
ber 17, 1738, and died in Brownfield. January 16,
1S14, aged seventy-six. Before reaching his ma-
jority he served in the French and Indian war.
His record is: "Muster Roll. Capt. Abijah Hall's
compan^r. Col. Willard's regiment, in expedition
to Crown Point, from May 9, 1759, to January 12,
1760. Timothy Gibson, sergeant. Stow — from May
2, to November 27 — 30 weeks," Perhaps this serv-
ice as sergeant gave rise to his familiar appellation
of "Captain Gibson." He resided under the paternal
roof until his marriage. February 19, 1770, he bought
for three hundred pounds, of John and Mary Gor-
don "35 acres in Stow, estate of our father Ebenezer
Graves," I/2 house and the Mill." September i,
1733, he bought of Jonas Temple thirty acres of
White's Pond between Stow and Marlboro, He prob-
ably removed from Stow to Henniker with his par-
ents in 1774, and ran saw and grist mills on the
Contoocook, During the quarter of a century he re-
mained in New Hampshire he filled many offices of
trust, both tow-n and state. He was delegate to the
Provincial congress convened at Exeter, May 17,



1775, and to the convention held at Concord, June
13) 1778, "to form the state government," was the
first justice of the peace in Henniker by vote of
JMarch 21, 1776, was selectman 1766-68, town clerk
1776-77-78, representative 1776-77-94-96-97. He
further showed his love of country by signing the
"Association test" in 1776, and procuring men and
money throughout the Revolutionary war. In 179S,
four years prior to its incorporation, February 20,
1802, he settled in the north of Brownfield, Maine,
■on a tract of nine hundred acres of tillage and timber
land, which he bought together with one hundred
acres in the adjoining Freyburg, August 18, 1797,
in consideration of $3,500. With Captain Gibson's
removal to his new home he carried the reputation
as "possessor of sound judgment and excellent ex-
ecutive ability, and as one of the ablest citizens of
the state." He was buried in Burnt Meadow, Brook
cemetery, the old East Brownfield cemetery. He
was "published" February 20, 1773, and soon after
married Margaret Whitman, who was born in Stow,
January 14, 175S, and died in Brownfield, June 29,
1838, and buried beside her husband. She was the
daughter of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Gates) Whit-
man, of Stow,, and a descendant of John Whitman,
the English pioneer of Weymouth, Massachusetts,
in 1638. The children of this union were : Moratha,
Jonathan, Daniel, Timothy, Zachariah, Henry G..
Polly, Robert, Abel, Margaret Whitman, Jane and

(VI) Lieutenant Robert, of Brownfield and Ban-
gor, Maine, eighth child of Captain Timothy (3)
.and Margaret (Whitman) Gibson, was born in
Henniker, New Hampshire, August 22, 1787, and

'died in Paris, Maine, March 12, 1866, aged seventy-
nine years, and was buried in Brownfield Center
cemetery. He served in the War of .1812, was third
lieutenant of the Thirty-fourth United States Infan-
try commanded by Colonel J. D. Learned, April 30,
1813 ; was promoted second lieutenant March 7,

1814, and first lieutenant August 13, 1814, and dis-
charged June 15, 1815. The official record states
"On recruiting . service at Portland from April
18 to October i, 1813, and from March, 1814, until
■discharge." He is also on record as "belonging to
Massachusetts" of which the Province of Maine
was then a part, this record varying a little from his
commission which states that he was an "ensign
in the second regiment of infantry, Mass. Militia,
resigned Nov. 30, 1814. and Dec. 27, 1814, was com-
missioned by President Madison, first lieutenant in
"the Thirty-fourth regular United States Infantry to
date from Aug. 13, 1814." He married, February 12,

181 5, Sarah Kast McHard Molineux. who was born
in Fryeburg, Maine, December 15, 1857. daughter of
Robert and Peggy McHard (Kast) Molineux, of
Boston, Massachusetts, and Hopkinton, New Hamp-
shire. They had five children : Sarah M., Robert
M., Maria Emeline, James M., and George Lafay-

(VII) James Molineux, fourth child of Lieuten-
ant Robert and Sarah Kast McHard (Molineux)
Gibson, was born in Brownfield, June 17, 1821, and
died in Conway, New Hampshire, November, 1900,
aged seventy-nine. For a time he was in trade in
Fryeburg, Maine, and in 1859 moved to North Con-
way. New Hampshire. He went to the gold fields
of the "Far West" about 1850, and mined and con-
ducted a hotel in Carson City, Nevada. On his first
"trip to California Mr. Gibson went via the Isthmus
and was detained there six months, before proceed-
ing on his journey. His next trip he went by Cape
Horn and his subsequent journeys were across the

continent. Returning to IMaine he farmed four years
in Paris. He then went west again and returned, and
in 1868, succeeded his father-in-law as landlord of
the well known Washington House at North Conway,
which he conducted imtil 1878. He returned to
California a third time and still a fourth and spent
several years in Butte county, at both Cohasset on
a timber ranch and Pine Creek on a fruit farm.
He married, October 18, 1854, Martha L. Eastman,
who was born in North Conway, May 13, 1827, and
died November 4, 1878, daughter of Major Daniel
and Martha L. (Chadbourne) Eastman. They had
seven children : James Lewis, George Kast, Charles
Edgar, Robert, Daniel Eastman, Helen Maria and
Anna Molineux. i. James L., mentioned below.
2. George Kast, of Cohasset, was born in North
Conway, August 11, 1858, married, September 24,
1S85, Queen Broyles, of Cohasset, They have four
children, born in Cohasset : James Franklin, Jessie
Esther, Helen Luellen and Hazel Lewis. 3. Charles
Edgar, a New York City manufacturer, was born
in Fryeburg, September 3, 1859, married, May 29,
1894, Anna Sheehy, of Nova Scotia. 4. Robert,
born in Fryeburg, September 30, i860, and died De-
cember 14, 1861. 5. Daniel Eastman, of Melrose
Massachusetts, was born in Fryeburg, August 13,
1862, married, July 2, 1896, Mrs. Florence (Preble)
Grant, of Melrose. 6. Helen Maria, born in Paris,
November 24, 1S64, married, June 20, 1888, Holmes
Boardman Fifield, of Conway Corner. (See Board-
man). 7. Anna Molineux, born in Paris, Decem-
ber I, 1867, is unmarried,

(VIII) James Lewis, eldest child of James Moli-
neux and Martha Lewis (Eastman) Gibson, was
born in Fryeburg, December 2, 1855. His educa-
tion was obtained in the common schools at Frye-
l)urg and Paris Hill Academies, and Portland Busi-
ness College. At nineteen years of age he was made
telegrapher and station agent of the Maine Central
Railroad Company at North Conway, and held that
position twenty-three years. He then started in bus-
iness as a dealer in lumber and building material,
which business he has since carried on with very
satisfactory results. He is a director in the North
Conway Loan and Banking Company. In politics
he is a Republican, and active in party affairs. He
was elected town clerk in 1877 and filled that posi-
tion by successive elections for five years. He has
also been town treasurer for seven years, treasurer
of the school district, treasurer of the town library,
town auditor a number of years, and justice of the
police court since its institution in 1903, delegate to
the constitutional convention in 1902. and member
of the legislatures of 1905 and 1907. In Masonic
circles he has also attained high rank. He is a
member of Mt. Washington Lodge. No. 87, Free and
Accepted Masons, of North Conway; Signet Royal
Arch Chapter, No. 24, of North Conway; Portland
Commandery, No. 2, Knight Templars, of Portland,
New Hampshire Consistory, Ancient Accepted
Scottish Rite, of Nashua ; Kora Temple, Ancient
Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of
Lewiston, Maine, also a charter member of Highland
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of North Conway. He
was made a Mason in 1876, elected to office of secre-
tary at the first annual meeting, then to junior war-
dent, then to worshipful master seven consecutivft
terms, and has held office continuously since. He
has never missed a meeting, regular or special, dur-
ing the ten years he served as master, junior warden
and secretary.

James L. Gibson married, January 2, 1877, Addie
W. Dow, who was born June 30, 1854, daughter of



Joseph and IVIary Dow, of Wheelock, Vermont.
Tliey have two children : Fanny L. and Harvey
Dow. Fannie L., graduate of Lasell Seminary,
cUiss of 1880, married in 1883, Ernest R. Woodbury,
principal of Thornton Academy of Saco, Maine,
formerly of Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, New

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