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Her great-great-grandfather, Captain Thomas
Flint, of Salem. Massachusetts, was active in
King Philip's war. 1675. "was much re-
spected and of commanding influence." Thad-
deus Wilson resided with his family at Dra-
cut until his removal to Newcastle, Maine, in
1807. His children were : Dolly F., Charles,
To-sephine. Oliver and Sylvia, all born in Dra-
cut, and Alfred, born at Newcastle.

(\TH) Alfred, fourth son of Thaddeus and
DoUv (Flint) Wilson, was born July 20, 1809,
and died January 28, 1882, in Sheepscott. He
attended the public schools until about the
age of nineteen years, when he began learn-
ing the carpenter's trade with his father and
eldest brother. As a. young man he continued
-working with them as a journeyman, and sub-
sequently went to Lowell. Massachusetts,
where he was employed at his trade and was
subsequently in Methuen, Massachusetts. For
a time he was employed at piano building in
Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and returned to his
native town in the spring of 1841. Here he
erected a workshop, in which he constructed
many articles out of wood. He was a very
fine workman, and beside making wheels, con-
structed extension tables, wardrobes and vari-
ous articles of common use. He thus main-
tained himself until old age compelled his re-
tirement from labor. He married (first) Feb-
ruary 6, 1838, Mary C. Simpson, and (sec-
ond) Eliza A. Given. Children, all by her,
were: Mary Ellen, born October 30. 1841,
married George C. Mahoney; George Alfred,

April 2, 1843; Clara C, February i, 1845;
Arminta G., June 6. 1848.

(IX) George Alfred, only son of Alfred
and Mary C. (Simpson) Wilson, was bom
April 2, 1843, in Newcastle, Maine, where he
received his primary education. He was sub-
sequently a student at Lincoln .Academy, and
in his twentieth year went to Grand Haven,
Michigan, where he was employed for two
years in a large mercantile house. Thence he
went to New York, where he took up the
studv of dentistry in the New York Dental
School, graduating with the degree of D. D.
S. in 1870. Since that time he has been stead-
ily engaged in the practice of his profession,
and has been for some time located on West
Thirty-sixth street, where he has an extensive
business, taking the entire time of himself and
his son. Dr. Wilson has been somewhat active
in social matters, was for many years a mem-
ber of Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, and is a
member of the New York Athletic Club;
Hempstead Bay Yacht Club; Unqua Yacht
and Camera Clubs of New York, and is a
trustee of the Maine Society of New York.
He is an earnest Republican in political prin-
ciple, and afiiliates with Continental Lodge,
A. F. and A. M. of New York City. He
married. October 15, 1868. Laura T.. daugh-
ter of Samuel and Hannah ( HalH Merrill,
the former a farmer of Nobleboro. Maine,
where he was born October 25, 1845. Chil-
dren: I. Maud ^Merrill, bom June 7, 1870, is
wife of Grant Stewart. 2. George Alfred,
D. D. S., July 9, 1873 ; is associated with his
father in business. 3. Laura Marion, Septem-
ber 18, 1882. is wife of J. Parmly Paret.

The original Darling family
DARLING settled at Cape Cod", Massa-
chusetts, and the branch from
which the Maine line to which the .\uburn
members belong had for their ancestor John

(I) John Darling was a native of Cape Cod,
and when grown to manhood became a sea
captain of some considerable note. He mar-
ried a Miss Murtch.

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Darling,
the Cape Cod progenitor, was born in 1800,
on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. When a small
boy his father removed to Jay, Maine, where
he attended the schools of that day. When
old enough he learned the shoemaker's trade.
In 1822 he married Elizabeth Coding, born
in 1800 at Jay. They both died in 1888, about
four weeks apart, in Auburn. Maine, wherp




they had resided since 1849. ll'cy were the
parents of eleven children, including a son
named Veranus.

(III) Veranus, son of John (2) and Eliza-
beth (Coding) Darling, was born at Jay,
Maine, in i8jS. and obtained a common school
education such as the schools of that day af-
forded. When old enough he learned the
popular trade of his times — that of a slioe-
maker. Subsequently he engaged in the knn-
ber business, and became an extensive oper-
ator at Rangley Lakes. He also carried on
a large stock farm, in which he was highly
successful in producing fancy grades of stock.
He married Martha, daughter of Jonathan
and Ruth (Ridley) I'ickford. Children:
Charles and John, born at Bowdoin ; Benja-
min, Lillian, born at Rangley ; \'eranus S.
and Arthur, born at Bowdoin.

(IV) Veranus S., son of Veranus and
Martha (Bickford) Darling, was born No-
vember 14, 1876, at Bowdoin, Maine. He
received a thorough business education, and in
1899 opened a bicycle repair and sale shop,
which he operated until 1900, then moved to a
store building on Court street, and added
sporting goods. In 1904 he established an au-
tomobile business and the following year built
a garage. In 1907 he sold his store, finding
it impossible to attend to that and his rapidly
increasing automobile trade. He is of the
"Darling Automobile Company," which con-
cern has, by careful business management, de-
veloped until they have several branch places
of business throughout the state of Maine, do-
ing a business of one hundred thousand dol-
lars in 1907. Mr. Darling married, June 25,
1902, Florence, daughter of George M. Roak;
one son, Elmer R. Darling, born May 27,

From the Fatherland came John
ULMER Ulmer in 1740 to Broad Bay,

now Waldoboro, Maine. He
was a leading man in civil, military, and ec-
clesiastical affairs in the infant settlement at
the mouth of the turbulent Penobscot. With
him came his son John, a lad of four sum-

(II) Captain John (2), son of John (i)
Ulmer. was born in Germany in 1736. He re-
moved from Waldohorci to what is now the
city of Rockland, then nn unbroken forest, an<l
was a large landowner. He was the first to
burn lime in that section, now so famous for
its inexhaustible lime quarries, which indus-
try was exploited by General Knox. John
was a large shipowner and builder, and

launched the first vessel from Rockland. He
cut and shipped lumber in his own boats, nav-
igated by himself. He was a lay preacher at
the Broad Bay religious meetings, which were
held in his log cabin. Though a very pious
man, he had a little of the unregenerate Adam
left in his constitution, and the story goes
that in the midst of one of his religious ex-
hortations he perceived that his potato patch
was in danger from hogs. He suddenly
broke out, "Donner!" and "blitzen !" "Yacob,
Yacob ! Dare de tarn hogs in de potatoes.
Run ! run !" He was a pretty shrewd calcu-
lator, and made a discriminating selection of
quarry, soil, and seashore when he purchased
his farm. The Ulmer descendants as much as
any others have been instrumental in creating
the present prosperous city of Rockland, and
have contributed not a little to its material de-
velopment. With that city's constant and
steady growth the Ulmers have prospered,
too, and become well-to-do citizens. Some
built mills, some went into navigation, and
some run lime kilns, but all have flourished.
Captain John married Catherine Remilly, who
was born in mid-ocean during the passage of
her parents to this country. Their children
were : George, Mary. John, Margaret,
Matthias, Mary, Philip, Sarah, Martin and

(HI) Matthias, third son of Captain John
(2) and Catherine (Remilly) Ulmer, was
born in Rockland, Knox county, Maine ; died
April 8, 1841. He married Betsey Demuth ;
children : Catherine, Sarah, Eunice, Jennie,
Ephraim, Susannah, James A., Eliza, Mary
Ann and Matthias.

(I\') Major James A., second son of
Matthias and Betsey (Demuth) Ulmer, was
born in Rockland ; died in 1887. He was in-
terested in the lime rock quarries. He mar-
ried Catherine Black ; children : Frederick
Thomas, Caroline B., Matthias, Martha L. and
Violetta. He married (second) Phebe (Car-
riel) Morse, and she was the mother of Ma-
tilda M.

(V) Frederick Thomas, eldest son of
James A. and Catherine (Black) Ulmer, was
born September 28, 1827. in Rockland, Maine;
died December 14, 1893. He received a prac-
tical education, and became interested in the
limestone quarries with his father, and upon
the latter's death succeeded to the business.
In 1889 he sold out to the Lime Trust and
was not again engaged in active business. He
was a regular attendant of the church and
gave liberally of his means toward its support.
He served one year in the city councils, but



he was not a politician in the usual sense of
the word, but believed in good government,
the honest enforcement of the laws, and the
election of capable men to office. He mar-
ried Mary F., daughter of Ohadiah Morse,
Januarv 19, 1851; children: Ralph Rising and
Nellie G.

( VI ) Ralph Rising, son of Frederick T. and
Mary (Morse) Ulmer, was born January 4,
1864. He was a pupil in the public schools of
Rockland, with additional courses at Kent's
Hill, and the Maine State College at Orono.
A law student in the office of B. K. Kalloch,
he was admitted to the Knox county bar at
the September term, 1887. Ralph possessed
the qualifications that go to make the suc-
cessful lawyer, and was thorough, careful, ac-
curate, and of unyielding perseverance.
Courteous to his o]iponent. but solicitously re-
gardful of his client's rights for which he
strenuously conten<led. He was elected to t'lo
office of clerk of court for Knox county in
1888 by a large majority over a very popular
opponent. Esquire I'lmer was made trial
justice of Rockland in i8gi. W'hen the bat-
tleship "Maine" sank into the mud of Havana
harbor. Judge Ulmer was captain of the Til-
ton Light Infantry of Rockland, and he with
his entire company went to .Augusta and en-
listed to revenge the Spaniards, becoming part
of the First Maine \'olunteer Infantry, in
which Captain l"lmer was promoted to be
major. The regiment went into camp at Chick-
amauga, and there Major Ulmer contracted
typhoid malaria and was furloughed home,
where he died. In his death the army has lost
one of its most promising officers, the court a
most efficient official, and the bar one of its
ablest and most highly esteemed members. At
a session of the supreme judicial court held at
Rockland. September term, i8g8. the follow-
ing is a portion of the resolutions adopted at
that time by the bar association : "That
Major Ulmer was a steadfast friend, an hon-
est lawyer, an efficient public servant, a gal-
lant soldier, a patriotic citizen, and an upright
man. and that his comrades in the field and
camp, those who have had fellowship with
him in social and religious life, and particu-
larly his brethren at the bar. while they ac-
knowledge that the decrees of the Great Judge
of all the earth, though inscrutable and always
wise, nevertheless cannot but deeply grieve
that the kind heart of the strong man is still,
and the sincere friend, true brother, and prime
comi)anion removed from our association.
that we express our pride in the patri-
otic spirit which led him to give his

life to the service of his country, and
feel that the bar is honored by the repu-
tation he made as a courageous soldier
and an officer whose skill and judgment was
acknowledged by his brother officers, and
whose capacity and devotion to the welfare of
those whom he commanded, endeared him so
highly to them." Major Ulmer married An-
nie Cooper, June 13, 1888.

Samuel Brown, born in Dan-
BRnWX vers. March 17. 1776, was un-
doubtedly a member of the
Brown family of Danvers. that owe their ex-
istence to the father of the four Brown broth-
ers : Hu'i;h, Samuel. John and Christopher, who
came to Salem. Massachusetts Bay Colony, in
1629, and settled in the southern portion
of the town of Salem, established January 28,
1752. as the district of Danvers. and June 16,
1757, organized with a regular town govern-
ment. The district embraced the middle
parishes in Salem as Salem Village, and con-
sequently took in the first church established
in Salem, .-\ugust 23, 1630. He died in 1685.
Of these brothers. John was apparently the
leader, as he was made a freeman May 2,
1638. and was a ruling member of the church.
He had sons baptized in the church as fol-
lows: John, who died in infancy. September,
1638; James, June 7, 1640; Jacob, and Sam-
uel, March 13. 1642: Nathaniel. July 28. 1644;
John, the second child of the name. May 18,
1645. This line would give Samuel. 1776, in
the sixth generation from John, the progeni-
tor, assuming it was John of the four broth-
ers that was the progenitor, as we know he
had a large family of sons and daughters and
that each generation presents the name ."^am-

(\T) Samuel, a direct descendant in the
sixth generation, of one of the four immi-
grants bearing the names of Hugh, Samuel,
John and Christopher Brown, Salem X'illage,
1629, was born in Danvers (Salem Village)
March 17, 1776. He was brought up as a
farmer, and after his marriage to Ruth Hor-
ton, of Danvers removed to Blue Hill, Han-
cock county, Maine, where he was apparently
a leading citizen, and when the new meeting
house was completed, September 11. 1797, to
take the place of the one in which the church
was organized in 1772. Samuel Brown had
the seventeenth choice of pews at the sale,
and selected pew number four, priced at fifty-
two dollars, with premium of five dollars and
fifty cents for his choice. In the war of 181 2
he did military service, at the lime Castine

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was occupied by the British for nearly a year.
He (lied on his farm in Orland, Hancock
county, not far from Blue Hill, in 1855, hav-
ing nearly reached the si.\lieth year of his
age. His widow died in Portland, Maine, at
the age of ninety-three years.

(V'll) Samuel Peters, son of Samuel and
Ruth (Horton) Brown, was born in North
Blue Hill, Maine, December q. 1816. He re-
sided in Orland, Maine, for some years, and
during the time represented that district in the
state legislature. In 1861 he removed
to Washington, D. C. having been appointed
navv agent at Washington by President Lin-
coln. He was married, in 1840, to Charlotte
Metcalf, daughter of Horation Mason, of Or-
land, Maine. Her father was born in Prince-
ton, Massachusetts, in 1775, and died in Or-
land, Maine, in 1858. He married Nancy
Prescott, born in Lancaster, Massachusetts,
and died in Orland. Maine, when fifty-nine
years of age. Her grandfather, Thomas Ma-
son, was a revolutionary patriot, and saw mil-
itary service at Lexington and Bunker Hill,
and as a lieutenant in Cushing's Massachu-
setts regiment.

Mrs. Samuel Peters Brown (Charlotte Met-
calf Mason) died in Orland, Alaine, in 1858.
She was the mother of twelve children, six of
whom were living in 1896. Of these chil-
dren: (i) Austin Peters Brown, born in
North Blue Hill. Maine. December 5. 1843:
he received an excellent school training, and
was graduated at Eastman's Business College,
Poughkeepsie, New York. He lived in Wash-
ington, D. C, after 1863. and was engaged
with his father in furnishing the government
with army supplies, and after 1885 in the real
estate business. He married (first) Carrie
Bell, who was the mother of his first two chil-
dren — Arthur and Mabel. In 1879 he marrie.l
Cornelia Carr, daughter of Warren Brown, of
Brooklyn, New York, a native of Portland,
Maine, and bv this union four children were
born, two of whom. Clifford Hudson and
Gladys Austin, reached maturity. 2. Frank
Mason, married Minnie Ward, of Chicago,
Illinois. 3. Helen Mason, married Elias
Thomas, of Portland. Maine. 4. Hattie
Mason, married John M. Morton, oldest son
of Oliver P. Morton. United States senator
from Indiana. 5. Julia Frances, married Sam-
uel F. Mattingly. of Washington. D. C. 6.
Henry Ward, married Pauline McCoUough, of
San Francisco, California. 7. Chapin (q. v.).
Tlie father of these children married as his
second wife, in 1859, Harriet Grendle. of Cas-
tine, Maine; children: i. Charlotte Metcalf.

married Frank B. Conger. 2. Samuel Peters
Jr., married Marion Kirkpatrick. 3. Minnie
G., unmarried. 4. Philip S., unmarried; a
caj)tain in the United States Marine Corps.
5. Blanche B., unmarried. 6. .Anna May,
married Charles W. McDermott. 7. George
G., unmarried.

Mr. Brown was one of the members of the
Board of Public Works of the District of
Columbia for several years. This body of
men, selected by President Grant, were more
instrumental than any other in starting the
improvements which have made Washington
the most beautiful city of the United States.
He was also engaged with his son. Austin P.
Brown, as a government contractor in Wash-
ington, furnishing government supplies to the
United States army, which business, although
very extensive and involving large" sums of
money, each year, finally proved disastrous,
and he lost his entire fortune.

(\'II1) Chapin. youngest son of Samuel
Peters and Qiarlotte Metcalf (Mason)
Brown, was born in Orland, near Bucksport,
Hancock county, Maine, March 25, 1856. He
spent his youthful years between 1861 and
1865 in Washington, D. C, and retains in
memory the important events of the later
years of the Rebellion. He returned to
Maine, however, to attend school for a portion
of the years between 1 86 1 and 1867, first at
Orland and subsequently at "Little Blue"
school for boys in Farmington. In 1867 he
returned to Washington, D. C, and was pre-
pared for college at the preparatory school
connected with the Columbian University
(now changed by act of the LTnited States
Congress to the George Washington LTniver-
sity) in Washington City. He graduated
from the university, receiving the degree of
A. B. in 1876, and LL. B. in 1877, entering
upon his course in law while a senior in the
college. While attending the last year of the
law school, he held a government position in
the post office department in Washington,
from which he resigned upon being admitted
to practice at the bar of the District of Co-
lumbia, June 16, 1877.

In 1900 he was elected president of the
George Washington Alumni Association : and
in 1901 and 1902 he held the ofiice of presi-
dent of the Bar Association of the District of
Columbia. By appointment of the President
of the United States he became a member of
the board of trustees of the Reform School
for Girls in the District of Columbia shortly
after it was created bv act of Congress in
1892, which act placed it under the super-



vihiDii of the Depaiiiin.-iii of Justice, lie was
elected president of the board of trustees in
iy03, resigning in 1906, but has remained
upon the board by successive appointments to
the present time, and is now vice-president of
the board. He was one of the charier mem-
bers of the University Club, and has retained
his membership to the present time. He has
been since 1886 a member of the Cosmos Club,
a social organization for the advancement of
scientific and literary objects. He is also a
member of the Colr.mhia Historical Society
of Washington. He is also one of the charter
members of the Commercial Club of Wash-
ington, D. C, the social organization of the
business and professional men of Washington,
and a member of its board of directors. He
was the member representing the District of
Columbia on the Republican Xational Commit-
tee at the convention held at Chicago June 21,
1904, that nominated Theodore Roosevelt for
President of the United States.

His interest in educational advancement was
early manifested in Washington when he was
made a member of the board of trustees of
the Washington public schools, by making a
thorough study of the public school system as
it obtained in the older states, and his admin-
istration was productive of manv reforms and
innovations theretofore unknown in the school
system of the District.

In 1894, when the national convention of
the Knights of Pythias was held in Washing-
ton, he was chairman of the committee of
citizens appointed to provide for the entertain-
ment of the visiting Sir Knights and their
ladies. At the inauguration of William Mc-
Kinley as President of the United States,
March 4, 1897, Mr. Brown was a member of
the general inaugural committee and chairman
of the transportation committee. On the oc-
casion of the dedication of the new municipal
building of the District of Columbia, which
took place July 4. 1908, he was selected to
make the address on behalf of the Washington
Chamber of Commerce.

His law practice is of a general character
before the courts of the District of Columbia
and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Brown was never married.

(For preceding generations see Natban Lord I.)

(IV) Thomas, youngest son of

LORD John and Mary (Chapman) Lord.

was born in Berwick, and married

(second wife) January 10, 1750-51, Mary

Wise. He died in 1767. Children: Mary,

b(jrn December 8, 1751 : Henry. February i,

1754: Thomas. March 5. 1756; John. Decem-
ber 13. 1760: Dorcas. April 27, 1763: .Abigail,
April 7, 1765: William Wise, November 29,
1767. and Lucy, named in her father's will.

(V) Thomas (2). second son of Thomas
(i) and Mary (Wise) Lord, was born in
Berwick, March 5, 1756. He probably moved
early to New Hampshire. The record of his
marriage reads : "Esther Bradbury married
Thomas Lord, born in Berwick. Maine, died
Freedom, New Hampshire. 1843." Esther
was daughter of Jacob and .\bigail (Cole)
Bradbury, and was born 1764. in Riddeford,
Maine. She was the great-great-grand-
daughter of Captain Thomas Bradbury, the
emigrant, of county Essex, England, who set-
tled in Salisbury, Massachusetts, and whose
family is traced back to Robert Bradbury, of
Ollerset, Derbyshire, England. 1433. Thomas
Lord was a private in Captain Mark Wig-
gins' company, Colonel Pierce Long's regi-
ment of New Hampshire militia.

(VI) Thomas Bradbury, son of Thomas
(2) and Esther (Bradbury) Lord, was born
in Limerick, Maine. He married Clarissa
Watson. They resided in Limington, Maine.

(\TI) William Godding, son of Thomas
Bradbury and Clarissa (Watson) Lord, was
born in Hiram, Maine, December 31, 1827.
He fitted for college at Limerick and Norway
Academies, and entereil Waterville College
(now Colby University) in 1847, graduating
in 1851. He received the degree of A. M.
from Colby, 1854, and from Dartmouth in
1885. He was principal of Limington Acad-
emy, 1851-94, excepting twelve terms, when
he taught in the following institutions : High
School, Ware. Massachusetts, 1856-57: High
School, Saccarappa. Maine. 1860-64: Female
Seminary, Gorham, Maine, 1865-67 ; High
School, Scarboro, Maine, 1876-79. Mr. Lord
commenced teaching when but sixteen years
of age, and continued through an unbroken
period of fifty-one years, until his resignation
from Limington .Academy in 1S94. The com-
bined testimony of some of his pupils, voiced
by many who have become men of promi-
nence is, that he possessed "practically all of
the requisite iiualifications for a teacher;" was
"one of the best men and best teacTiers ever
known ;" "a strong personality that won the
respect of students ;'" had "great ability to
turn off work himself and to inspire ambition
in the young to make the most of their tal-
ents ;" "very genial and sympathetic;" "an
ideal teacher and a noble man." He was a
great student and reader, and his lectures
were highly instructive. Was active in poli-



tics in Liiniiiglon, a Democrat in a Repub-
lican town, bill held almost every office — se-
lectman, town clerk, town treasurer, super-
visor of schools, and was a trial justice for
twenty-one years, 1877-98. He was a mem-
ber of Adoniram Lodge, F..and A. M., Lim-
ington, and of Aurora Chapter, R. A. M.,
Cornish, and held the highest office in the gift
of each, serving as the lirst high priest of the
latter. Mr. Lord was deacon in the Congre-
gational church, 1876-98, and was active in
Sunday school work. Lie married, in 1854,
Mary Shepard, daughter of Edward and Abi-
gail (Llicks) Clark, of Limington. He died
there, August 28, 1898. Their children were :
Mary Louise and William Edward, deceased;
George Dana, graduate of and professor in
Dartmouth College; member of Delta Kappa
Epsilon fraternit)' ; Inez Clark and Edward
Thomas Sunmer.

(Vni) Edward Thomas Sumner, youngest

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