Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
The name Abbott is derived through the Syriac, abba, from the Hebrew, ab, meaning father. It has been applied to the head of a religious order by various races from early times and finally became an English surname. There has been considerable controversy about the spelling of the patronymic whether one or two t's. Many have held that the single letter indicates the ancient and correct form. Historical investigation would seem to indicate otherwise. Of the two hundred and eleven Abbotts, whose wills were filed in courts in and about London during the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, one hundred and ninety-five have signed their names with two t's. Major Lemuel Abijah Abbott, United States army, who has recently written the valuable work in two volumes of the Descendants of George Abbott of Rowley, finds the same proportion among the signatures of the early Ameican Abbotts, though he frankly says that he personally would prefer the single t, and always supposed that it was the original form. To come still nearer to home, the pioneer Abbotts of Concord, New Hampshire, frequently used the double letter, as can be seen by their signatures (they never were obliged to make their marks) to the early provincial papers.
The ancient English branch of the Abbott family lived in Yorkshire, and their arms were a shield ermine, with a pale gules on which are three pears, or. Above the shield is a closed helmet, and the crest is a dove bearing an olive branch in its mouth. The Guilford branch in Surrey, which contains the most distinguished members of the family, have arms in which the three pears are prominent, but they are varied by the insignia of the bishop's office.
The Guilford Abbott was a cloth worker in the town during the sixteenth century and his wife was Alice March or Marsh. They were staunch Protestants and people of undoubted respectability, but their own conditon gave little indication of the eminence to which three of their sons would attain. They were all contemporaries of Shakespeare, and their talents were of the kind brought out by "the spacious times of great Elizabeth."
Robert Abbott, the eldest of the six sons, became bishop of Salisbury.
George, the second (1562-1633), became lord archbishop of Canterbury, which gave him the rank of the first citizen of England.
Morris, the youngest, became a knight, governor of the East India Company and lord mayor of London.
Of English Abbotts in more recent times mention may be made of Charles Abbott, son of John Abbott, of Canterbury, who was made lord chief justice of England in 1818, and Baron Tenterden in 1827. Another Charles Abbott, son of Rev. John Abbot, of Colchester (name with one t), was speaker of the house of commons from 1802 to 1817, when he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Colchester.
The Abbott family in this country has produced few people of world-wide fame, but according to Major Lemuel A. Abbott, previously quoted, the name has stood for "quiet dignity, consideration, kindness of heart and great suavity of manner." Many of the family have been farmers who lived for generations on their ancestral lands, a home-loving, law-abiding, peaceful folk; but there are many writers, clergymen and colllege professors on the list. The writers number men like the brothers, Jacob and John S. C.; and the clergy such names as Dr. Lyman Abbott, son of Jacob. Mrs. Sarah (Abbott) Abbott, of Andover, Mass., became the founder of Abbott Academy, Feb. 26, 1829, the first school exclusively endowed for girls in the country. She was the great-great-granddaughter of George Abbott, whose line follows.
Among other Americans who have the Abbott blood, but not the name, are President Hayes, Abbott Lawrence, minister of the Court of St. James, and Bishop Lawrence, of Massacusetts.
(I) George Abbott, the venerable ancestor of a numerous progeny, emigrated, as tradition reports, from Yorkshire, England, about 1640, was among the first settlers in Andover, Mass. in 1643, and a proprietor of that town. He lived and died on the farm owned (1847) by John Abbott, the seventh in line of descent. His house was a garrison and was used as such many years after his death.
In 1647 he married Hannah Chandler, dau. of William and Annie Chandler. They were industrious, economical, sober, pious and respected. With christian fortitude and submission they endured their trails, privations and dangers, of which they had a large share. They brought up a large family well and trained them in the way they should go, from which they did not depart. George Abbott died Dec. 24, 1681, aged sixty-six. His widow married (second) Rev. Francis Dane, minister of Andover, who died Feb., 1697, aged eighty-one. She died June 11, 1711, aged eighty-two.
John, Joseph (died young), Hannah, Joseph, George, William, Sarah, Benjamin, Timothy, Thomas, Edward, Nathaniel and Elizabeth.
Joseph Abbott, born March, 1648, died June 24, 1650, and his death was the first on the town records. Joseph, born March 30, 1652, died April 8, 1676, the first in Andover who fell victim to Indian warfare.
(II) John, eldest child of George and Hannah (Chandler) Abbott, was born in Andover, Mass. March 2, 1648, died March 19, 1721. He resided with his father in the garrison house. He was a man of good judgment and executive ability, and was employed in town business, often as selectman, and was deputy to the general court. When the church was organized in South Parish in 1711, he was chosen deacon, and Mr. Phillips states that "he used the office well." He and his wife were respected for their uprightness and peity.
He married, Nov. 17, 1673, Sarah Barker, daughter of Richard Barker, one of the first settlers of Andover. She was born in 1647, died Feb. 10, 1720.
John, Joseph, Stephen, Sarah, Ephraim, Joshua, Mary, Ebenezer and Priscilla.
One child died young. The average ages at death of the eight who survived was eighty years and three months.
(III) Deacon John (2), eldest child of John (1) and Sarah (Barker) Abbott, was born in Andover Nov. 2, 1674, died Jan. 1, 1754. He lived on the homestead of his fathers, "was a selectman, and a useful citizen, and a deacon of the church thirty-four years; mild, cheerful and humble." His wife, "like Elizabeth of old, with her husband, walked in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, blameless." They were faithful in commanding their household to keep the way of the Lord, and had the satisfaction of seeing them walk in it.
He married, Jan. 6, 1703, Elizabeth Harndin, of Reading, who died Aug 9, 1756.
John (died young), John, Barachias, Elizabeth, Abiel and Joseph.
(IV) Captain John (3), second child of Deacon John (2) and Elizabeth (Harndin) Abbott, was born in Andover Aug. 3, 1704, died Nov. 10, 1793. He, too, resided on the homestead of the immigrant. He inherited the character of his ancestors, and was an influential citizen and engaged in the town's business. He was selectman and a captin, 1754, in the French and Indian war. He was a person of integrity, always acting on principle, and holding the truth and his promise sacred. "He was constant in his religious duties, reading the sacred scriptures, and having prayer morning and evening."
He married, Sept. 28, 1732, Phebe Fiske, of Boxford, born Aug. 4, 1712, died in Dec., 1802.
Phebe, John, Ezra, Abiel, Jeremiah, William and Benjamin.
Of these seven children three emigrated to Wilton, and became heads of families. John, the eldest son, inherited the ancestral farm, and had distinguished sons: John, who graduated from Harvard College in 1789 and became a professor in Bowdoin College; Benjamin, who took his degree at Harvard in 1788, and was fifty years principal of Phillips Exeter Academy.
(V) Abiel, fourth child and third son of Capt. John (3) and Phebe (Fiske) Abbott, was born in Andover, Mass. April 19, 1741, and died in Wilton, New Hampshire, Aug. 19, 1809. He took the degree of D.D. at Harvard in 1792, and was a minister at Haverhill and Beverly. The history of Wilton states that "he was five years a cooper in Andover. In 1764 he settled in Wilton on lot 1, range 3, and on an acre previously cleared, he, in that year, built a two-story house and barn.
He married, in Andover, Nov. 20, and moved into the new house before its doors were hung. He was town treasurer in 1765; town clerk eleven years; selectman eleven years; representative; on the committee of safety and numerous other committees; employed in town business every year more or less for forty years; captain, 1769; second major, 1776; firt major, 1781; assistant assessor, 1798; a justice of the peace fifteen years; a deacon of the church sixteen years; a guardian of orphans and helpful to the poor and needy.
On the advance of General Burgoyne in 1777, among thousands of volunteers for the defense of Ticonderoga, "two companies under the command of Major Abiel Abbott of Wilton, marched June 30 for the threatened fortress."
He married, in Andover, Mass., Nov. 20, 1764, Dorcas, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Abbott) Abbot (as they spelled the name). She was born Aug. 1, 1744, died Feb. 23, 1829.
Abiel, Jacob, Benjamin, Ezra, Dorcas, a son (born and died the same day), Samuel, Abigail, Persis, Rhoda, Samuel and Phebe.
(VI) Phebe, youngest child of Abiel and Dorcas (Abbot) Abbott, married Benjamin Abbott (as they spelled the name), and resided in Temple, Maine.
(VII) Abigail, daughter of Benjamin and Phebe (Abbott) Abbott, became the wife of Hannibal Hamlin, of Waterford, Maine.
(For first generation see preceding sketch).
(II) Nathaniel, tenth son and twelfth child of George and Hannah (Chandler) Abbott, born July 4, 1671, died in Dec., 1749. Was a member of Rev. Thomas Barnard's church, Andover.
He married (first) Dorcas Hibbert, who died Feb. 7, 1743.
Nathaniel, Mary, Joseph, Tabitha, Jeremiah, Joshua, Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth and Rebecca.
(III) Joseph, son of Nathaniel and Dorcas (Hibbert) Abbott, was born Feb. 2, 1705, died Aug. 2, 1787. He lived with his father while in Andover and moved to Wilton, N. H. about 1776, and died there at the age of eighty-two years. He was deacon of the church and a man of great simplicity of manner and sound piety. For many years he tuned the song, while his cousin, Deacon Issac Abbott, read it line by line.
He married Aug. 12, 1731, Deborah Blanchard, who died in July, 1773.
Deborah (died young), Joshua (died young), Joshua, Deborah and Joseph (twins), the former b. July 15, 1740, and the latter on the 16th, died young; Anna, Joseph (died young), Hannah, Joseph, Jacob, Dorcas, Obadiah, Nathaniel and Rebecca.
(IV) Jacob, son of Joseph and Deborah (Blanchard) Abbott was born in Andover, Mass., March 22, 1746, and when a young man removed to Wilton, N. H., where he built the first mill erected on the Souhegan river at Wilton. He represented the town in the general court of New Hampshire and was the first justice of the peace of the town and he served as justice of the court of common pleas and as a member of the governor's council. He removed to Andover, Mass., where he was a trustee of Phillip's Academy, and in 1797 removed to Concord, N. H., which town he represented in the general court for three years. In 1802 he went to Brunswick, Maine, and was a senator in the Maine legislature and a member of the board of overseers of Bowdoin College.
He was married in 1767 to Lydia Stevens.
Ten, children, among whom were:
Lydia, married in 1789, Thomas Russell, of Temple Maine.
Phebe, married Benjamin Abbott, of Temple, a distant relative, and became the mother of twelve children, including Abigail, the wife of Hannibal Hamlin, vice-president of the U.S., and mother of Abby, the wife of Rev. Lyman Abbott and Jacob Abbott (1776-1849).
He died in Brunswick, Maine, March 5, 1820, and his widow and five of his ten children survived him.
(V) Jacob (2), eldest son of Jacob (1) and Lydia (Stevens) Abbott was born in Wilton, N. H., Oct. 20, 1776. He received a limited education judged from the point of necessity for college training, but was under excellent home training in the family of his father who was a manufacturer, jurist and legislator. He worked in his father's mill, and attended the public school.
He married on April 8, 1798, Betsey Abbot, a distant kinswoman, who was born in Concord, N. H. Aug. 6, 1773, and died in Farmington, Maine, July 30. 1846.
In 1800 he removed from Wilton, N. H. to Hallowell, Maine, for the purpose of better looking after the interests of the Phillips and Weld families, who had settled on the wild lands of Maine, out of which grew the thriving towns of Phillips, Weld, Madrid, Salem, Temple, Avon and Carthage. He, during this period, made a temporary residence in Brunswick, Maine, to give his children better educational advantages, but he removed to the town of Weld in order that he might better direct the settlement of lands he owned and those placed under his trusteeship. His influence, coupled with that of his father and other kinsmen, shaped the moral and religious character of the early settlers of the townships of Phillips and Weld, and made them models of good citizenship. He introduced the planting of shade trees on every street and contributed in that way to the rare beauty of the village scenery.
In 1836 he removed to Farmington, Maine, where he purchased of the widow of Stephen Titcomb Jr. the estate on the southern border of the village known as "Few Acres" and in these beautiful and peaceful surroundings he passed the remainder of his life. He died at "Few Acres" in 1847, the year following that in which he had followed his beloved wife to her grave, after having passed forty-eight years in her company.
1. Sallucia, born in Hallowell, Maine, Aug. 7, 1801, lived unmarried in Farmington during her entire life.
2. Jacob, b. Nov. 14, 1803.
3. John Stevens Cabot, b. Brunswick, Maine Sept. 18, 1805.
4. Gorman Dummer, b. Sept. 3, 1807.
5. Clara, b. Oct. 8, 1809, married Elbridge G. Cutler, and lived in Farmington.
6. Charles Edwards, b. Dec. 24, 1811, graduated at Bowdoin College, 1832, and at Andover Theological Seminary, 1837; married Mary Spaulding; was a successful teacher in New York City and Hartford, Conn., and died July 24, 1880.
7. Samuel Phillips, b. Dec. 8, 1814, graduated from Bowdoin, 1836, Andover Theological Seminary, 1840, ordained to the Congregational ministry at Houlton, Maine; married Hannah Barker, of Nottingham, England; conducted a school for boys 1844-49, and died June 24, 1849.
(VI) Jacob (3), son of Jacob (2) and Betsey (Abbot) Abbott, was born in Hallowell, Maine, Nov. 14, 1803. He was fitted for college at the Hallowell Academy, and when only fourteen years old passed examination for the sopomore class at Bowdoin College, and was graduated A.B., 1820, A.M., 1823. He taught school in Portland, Maine, 1820-21, and prepared for the Congregational ministry by a few years course at Andover Theological Seminary, during which time he taught a school at Beverly, Mass. He became a tutor of mathematics in Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., 1824-25, and was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst 1825-29. He conducted the Mount Vernon School for Young Women, Boston, Mass. 1829-32.
On the formation of the Eliot church at Roxbury in 1834 he was its first pastor, 1834-36. He began his literary career as author of the "Young Christian" (1832), and nine thousand copies were sold the first year, and it was read and largely circulated in England, Scotland, France and Germany. The series of four volumes as periodically issued were each equally successful, and are said to have greatly strengthened christian faith throughout the world.
In 1837 Mr. Abbott purchased the Little Blue property at Farmington, Maine, and his first modest cottage was the nucleus of the present mansion that gives dignity to the estate. Here he wrote the "Rollo Books," the "Lucy Brooks," and the "Jonas Books," 1837-43, and he removed to New York City in 1843, and in connection with his brothers, Gorman Dummer and John Stevens Cabot, he conducted a school for young women in New York City, 1843-51, and he retained his residence in New York after 1857 to continue there his literary labors. He did not lay aside his pen till 1872, and in that time he wrote and passed through the press one hundred and thirty books and the titles of his books issued during his lifetime, either written or compiled by him, comprise not less than two hundred and eleven titles. He made his winter home in New York City, and his summer home in Farmington, Maine, and as age advanced his winter days in New York grew shorter and his summer days at Farmington lengthened, and in 1870 "Few Acres" became his permanent residence. The ten last years of his life were spent in comparative leisure, and as his bodily strength waned, his life finally came to an end Oct. 31, 1879. It is said of him as of Richter, "He loved God and little children."
He married, May 18, 1828, Harriet, daughter of Charles Vaughan, of Hallowell, Maine, who was the mother of his six chidlren, and after giving birth to the sixth child in Sept., 1843, she died Sept. 12 of that year. In November, 1853, he married Mrs. Mary Dana Woodbury, who died in April, 1866.
Children of 1st wife:
1. Benjamin Vaughan, born in Boston, Mass., June 3, 1830.
2. Austin, b. Boston, Dec. 18, 1831.
3. Frances Elizabeth, b. Boston, May 31, 1834, d. Dec. 11, 1834.
4. Lyman, b. Roxbury, Mass. Dec. 18, 1835.
5. Edward, b. Farmington, Maine, in July 15, 1841.
6. George, b. Farmington, Maine in Sept. 1843, died in infancy.
(VII) Lyman, third son of Jacob (3) and Harriet (Vaughan) Abbott, was born in Roxbury, Mass., Dec. 8, 1835. He was prepared for college largely by his father, and he was graduated at the University of the City of New York, A.B. 1853; studied law under the tuition of two older brothers, Benjamin Vaughan and Austin Abbott, and on being admitted to the bar in 1855 practiced law in copartnership with his brothers, the firm becoming Abbott Brothers. He withdrew from the firm in 1857, and took up the study of theology under the instruction of his uncle, John Stevens Cabot Abbott, and in 1860 was ordained to the Congregational ministry at Farmington, Maine. He removed to Terre Haute, Indiana, where he had charge of the First Congregational Church, 1860-65. He came east in 1865 to accept the position of secretary of the American Union Commission, organized to protect and care for the freedmen in the late slave states. He had resigned the pastorate of his church in Terre Haute, not satisfied that his field was being well worked, but on revisiting his congregation in 1866 he was convinced that his teaching had been effective and this knowledge induced him to accept the patorate of the New England Congregational Church in New York City, and he remained pastor of that church up to 1869. He was elected pastor of Plymouth Church, Brooklym in May, 1888, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry Ward Beecher, and he continued as pastor of the Plymouth congregation up to Nov. 27, 1898, when he resigned to devote his entire time to literary pursuits. Outside of his duties as pastor, he was secretary of the American Union Commission, 1865068; edited a department of Harper's Magazine known as "Literary Record," 1868-79, and edited for a time the Illustrated Christian Weekly< published by the American Tract Society. He resigned his editorship of the Christian Weekly in 1876 to associate with Henry Ward Beecher in editing the Christian Union, published by J. B. Ford & Company, and upon the death of Mr. Beecher in 1881 he became editor-in-chief of that periodical, which soon after was issued in magazine form as The Outlook, published by a joint stock company, in which two of his sons were associated. His first book, "Jesus of Nazareth," was published in 1869. His successive books include: "Old Testament Shadows of New Testament Truths" (1870), "Illustrated Commentary of the New Testament" (1875), "Dictionary of Religous Knowledge," collaborated with Rev. Dr. F. J. Conant (1876), "Hints to Home Reading" (1880), "How to Succeed" (1882), "Henry Ward Beecher" (1883), "A Study of Human Nature" (1886), "In Aid of Faith" (1886), "St. John" (1888), "Paul to the Romans" (1888), "Signs of Promise" (1889), "The Evolution of Christianity" (1892), "Social Problems" (1896), "The Theology of the Evolutionist" (1897), "The Life and Lettes of Paul the Apostle" (1898), "The Life that Really Is" (1899), "Problems in Life" (1900), "Life and Literature of the Ancient Hebrews" (1900), "The Rights of Man" (1901), "Henry Ward Beecher" (1903), "The Other Room" (1904), "The Great Champion" (1905), "Christian Ministry" (1905), "Personality of God" (1905), "Industrial Problems" (1906), "Christ's Secret of Happiness" (1907). His interest in questions of univrsal human concern is best expressed by naming the associations and organizations with which he is affiliated, and in he objects of which he takes a direct personal interest:
American Board of Commissions for Foreign Missions, American Institute of Sacred Literature, American Peace Society, American Forestry Association, Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor, Aldin Association, Armstrong Association, New York Bar Association, New York State Historical Assocation, New York Association for the Blind, New York University Alumni, New York Child Labor Committee, New York State Conference of Religion, National Civil Service Reform League, National Conference of Charities and Correction, Indian Rights Association, Ramabai Association, Maine Society, Religious Education Association, Universal Peace Union.
His theory as a political economist is the application of the relation of partnership between capital and labor maintained by a generous assistance from the general government through well directed industrial restraints and encouragement. He is a Christian Socialist, as illustrated and exemplified in the spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ. His academic degrees are confined to those bestowed by his alma mater who honored him with that of Doctor of Sacred Theology in 1877, and that of Doctor of Laws later, Howard University, which ancient insitution gave him the honorary degree of S.T.D. in 1890, and the Western Reserve University which made him an honorary LL.D. He was elected to membership in the National Arts Club and the Union League Club of New York, and Saint Botolph Club of Boston.
Dr. Abbott was married in Boston, Mass., Oct. 14, 1857, to Abby Francs, daughter of Hannibal and Abigail (Abbott) Hamlin, of Maine.
1. Lawrence Fraser, born in Brooklyn, N. Y. June 25, 1859, graduated at Amherst College A.B., 1881, and became an editorial and business manager on the Christian Union and Outlook.
2. Harriet Frances, born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Oct. 15, 1860.
3. Herbert Vaughan, born in Terre Haut, Jan. 3, 1865.
4. Ernest H., born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N. Y., April 18, 1870, and became associated with the Outlook, New York City.
5. Theodore J., born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N. Y., July 20, 1872.
6. Beatrice Vail, born Cornwall-on-Hudson, N. Y., Feb. 15, 1875.
(For first generation see George Abbott I).
(II) Benjamin, fourth son of George and Hannah (Chandler) Abbott, was born in Andover, Mass. Dec. 20, 1661. He married April 22, 1685, Sarah, dau. of Ralph and Alice Farnum, who sailed from Southampton in the "James" and arrived in Boston, Mass. 1635. The Farnums were originally from Leicestershire, England.
The farm which Benjamin Abbott made and lived on was in Andover, "near the Shoushire river." He died March 30, 1703.
Among their children was a son Jonathan, born 1687.
(III) Jonathan, son of Benjamin and Sarah (Farnum) Abbott, was born in Andover, Sept., 1687. He married, May 6, 1713, Zerviah, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Ballard) Holt, and granddaughter of Nicholas Holt, one of the earliest settlers of Newburg and Andover, Mass. She was born in Andover March 24, 1689, died March 26, 1768. He died March 21, 1770, aged eighty-three.
1. Jonathan, born Dec. 14, 1714, died May 21, 1794.
2. David, married 1741, Hannah Chandler.
3. Nathan, b. 1718, died June 28, 1798; married Abigail Ames.
5. Zerviah, married, 1745, Ephraim Blunt, of Philadelphia.
6. Job, b. Oct. 14, 1724, married Sarah Abbott.
7. Samuel, b. Oct. 1, 1727, married William Stevens. [trans note: "Samuel" was a girl?!]
8. Jeremiah, b. Oct. 10, 1733, died 1755.
(IV) Job, fourth son of Jonathan and Zerviah (Holt) Abbott, was born in Andover, N. H. His wife was Sarah, daughter of James Abbott, of Concord. She married (second) Deacon Richard Eastman, of Fryeburg, Maine.
1. Sarah, born 1751, married Abiel Holt, of Temple.
2. Nathan, b. Sept. 9, 1753.
3. Job, b. 1755, married, 1780, Anna Ballard.
4. Abigail, b. 1757, married Stephen Dresser, of Lowell, Mass.
(V) Nathan, eldest son of Job and Sarah (Abbott) Abbott, was born in Pembroke, N. H., Sept. 9, 1753, died March 5, 1801. The name of his wife is not learned.
Amos, Paschal, Job, Joshua, Jeremiah, Lydia and Mary.
(VI) Jeremiah, fifth son of Nathan Abbott, was born in Andover, Mass., Aug. 15, 1790, died in Dexter, Maine, 1879. He walked with his brother, Amos, in 1820 from Andover, Mass. to Dexter, Maine, looking for a mill site and purchased where the present plant now stands. It was then occupied by a small mill which was later torn down and the new mill built in 1840, known at first as "Amos Abbott & Co." and 1899 incorporated as "Amos Abbott Co."
Jeremiah married Lucy, daughter of John and Olive Safford, who was born Dec. 30, 1802, died Sept. 1, 1861.
Hannah, b. 1829.
Oliver A., born 1830, resided in Dexter, Maine.
(VII) Job, eldest son of Jeremaih and Lucy (Safford) Abbott, was born in Dexter, Maine, Dec. 15, 1827, died there Jan. 10, 1903. He was educated at the town shcools and the Westbrook Seminary. He taught school for a time and then entered his father's mill as wool sorter. Soon after the war he, in company with his cousin, George Abbott, son of Amos, bought out their father's interests in the mill and carried it on until it was incorporated in 1899. Job was president of the company, which position he held up to the time of his death.
He was a Republican in politics and served as selectman of the town. He was active in the support of the Universalist church in Dexter.
Mr. Abbott married, in 1855, Amanda Field, who survived him.
1. Arthur P.
2. Helen Grace, married Nathan C. Buckman, of Columbia Falls, Maine, now principal of Dexter high school; have one son, Carlton Abbott Buckman.
3. Grace, who died at twenty years of age.
Several others who died young or in infancy.
(VIII) Arthur Preston, eldest son of Job and Amanda (Field) Abbott, was born in Dexter in 1861. He was educated in the town schools and the Institute of Technology at Boston, Mass. He then entered the mill at Dexter, where he has remained up to the present time and is trasurer and manager of the corporation.
He is a Republican in politics and a Universalist in religion. He is a member of the Bedivere Lodge, K. of P., of Dexter.
He married, 1889, Flora Shaw, dau. of Shepard Parkman, of Dexter, who was born at Foxcroft, Maine.
Jere, born in Dexter, October, 1897.
(For preceding generations see George Abbott I).
(III) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (1) Abbott, was born at Andover in 1696 and died in 1770, in Concord, N. H. He removed to Penacook, Mass., which was organized as a town in 1725 and became known as Rumford, Mas., in 1730, and later as Concord, New Hampshire, after the divison of the provinces. His home was on the site of the present Congregational church. He was the first constable of Concord in 1732-33, and was a prominent and influential citizen of the town. At the beginning of the French war in 1744 he was one of the famous Rogers Rangers under Major Robert Rogers, and had command of a company in the defense of the town in 1746. He was at the capture of Cape Breton in 1745 and was in many of the sanguinary conflicts on the northern borders of the frontier, and endured almost incredible hardships. He held the commission of lieutenant in Captain Joseph Eastman's company in 1755 in the expedition against Crown Point, and was lieutenant of the Rangers at Fort William Henry at the time of the massacre of 1757. He was always a brave and efficient officer, universally respected and beloved. There is a tradition that he was a famous hunter, and on one occasion nearly lost his life by falling through the ice of Long Pond while in pursuit of a deer; and that he saved himself by striking with his hatchet in the rotten ice about him until he was able to drive its blade into solid ice with sufficient force to sustain his weight.
He married Penelope Ballard, of Andover; and (second) Mehitable ____.
1. Nathaniel, born Match 10, 1727, mentioned below.
2. Dorcas, b. Nov. 11, 1728.
3. Rebecca, b. May 27, 1731.
4. Elizabeth, b. July 1, 1733.
5. Mary, b. March 7, 1735.
6. Hannah, b. March 7, 1736.
7. Ruth, b. Jan. 28, 1738.
8. Joshua, b. Feb. 24, 1740.
9. Rachel, b. April 7, 1743.
10. Jeremiah, b. March 17, 1744.
11. Dorothy, b. Dec. 28, 1746.
12. Sarah, b. Dec. 3, 1748, died June, 1842.
(IV) Nathaniel (3), son of Nathaniel (2) Abbott, was born March 10, 1727, died Feb. 19, 1806. He was brought up on the homestead at the Iron Works, in the house which is now owned by Ira Abbott.
He mararied, Dec. 4, 1748, Miriam Chandler, of Dunstable, who died in January, 1811, aged eighty-two.
Children, b. at Concord:
1. Nathaniel Chandler, b. July 28, 1750, mentioned below.
2. Moses, b. June 19, 1752, removed to Rumford, Maine.
3. Joseph, b. May 24, 1754, died unmarried Jan. 24, 1774.
4. Philip, b. Feb. 3, 1757, settled in Rumford, Maine, married Feb. 10, 1791, Experience Howe, died April 16, 1841.
5. Joshua, b. June 15, 1758, died March 4, 1831.
6. Susanna, b. June 21, 1761, married John Garvin, died June 24, 1852.
7. Phebe, b. Aug. 8, 1764, married Nathan Abbott.
8. Levi, b. Sept. 23, 1767, died Dec. 15, 1825.
9. David, b. Aug. 8, 1770, removed to Rumford, Maine; married Betsey Colsomb; died June 20, 1836.
(V) Nathaniel Chandler, son of Nathaniel (3) Abbott, was born in Concord, New Hampshire, July 28, 1750, and was a blacksmith and farmer of Concord. Later in life he removed from Concord to the "north part," which may have been Rumford, Maine, where several of the family had settled. He served in the revolution in the continental army in 1775 in Captain Joshua Abbott's company, Colonel John Stark's regiment, and he was allowed seven pounds, twelve shillings, for personal losses at the Cedars.
He married (first) about 1769, Betsey Farnum; (second) Hannah Farrington.
Children of 1st wife:
1. Jacob, born Jan. 16, 1770; married 1902, Betsey Knapp.
2. Henry, b. July 24, 1774, mentioned below.
Children of 2d wife:
3. Joseph, b. Dec. 14, 1778.
4. Susy, b. Sept. 25, 1782.
5. Katy, b. Jan. 21, 1785.
6. Abigail, b. Jan. 4, 1787.
7. David, b. May 6, 1789.
8. Sally, b. Sept. 5, 1791.
(VI) Henry, son of Nathaniel Chandler Abbott, was born in Concord, N. H., July 24, 1774. He was a farmer and a tanner by trade, He was one of the early settlers of Rumford, Maine, where he owned a farm of two hundred acres. He was a noted hunter in his day.
He married, in 1798, Susan Hall.
1. David, born Sept. 26, 1798, married Azubah Morse.
2. Harriet, b. Sept. 23, 1800; married Wesley Palmer, of Hopkinton, N. H.
3. Jacob, b. Aug .28, 1802; married Prudence Puffer.
4. Judith, b. Sept. 1, 1804; married Trueworthy W. Chesley.
5. Nancy, b. Sept. 20, 1806; married Haines Stevens.
6. Susan, b. Sept. 21, 1808; married Mark Tarbox.
7. Stephen Hall, b. Oct. 12, 1810; married Sarah J. Small.
8. Benjamin E., b. Sept. 8, 1812; married Mahala Goodwin.
9. Asa, b. Sept. 10, 1814; married Octavia Goodwin.
10. Loren, born and died in 1816.
11. Lydia, b. 1818; married Kimball Martin Jr.
12. Henry, b. Feb. 8, 1823; mentioned below.
(VII) Henry (2), son of Henry (1) Abbott, was born in Rumford, Maine, Feb. 8, 1823. He received a liberal education and taught school in his native town, besides assisting his father on the farm. He inherited the farm, which he made very profitable. He was selectman of the town for fourteen years, seving almost continuously as chairman of the board for more than half of his entire term of service.
He married (first) March 4, 1847, Rozella W. Hall, of Rumford, dau. of Daniel Hall.
He married (second) March 15, 1854, Charlotte A. Waite, dau. of Aaron and Charlotte (Chesley) Waite.
Children of 1st wife:
1. Flora E., born Dec. 18, 1848; married Clifford Elliott and had Mamie and Susie Elliott.
2. Wallace M., b. Oct. 4, 1852; died Oct. 24, 1864.
3. Walter Smith.
Children of 2d wife:
4. Carroll Waite, b. Aug. 29, 1855; mentioned below.
5. Rose A., b. April 28, 1860; married Rev. R. F. Johonnot, of Oak Park, Illinois.
6. Charles H., b. Oct. 9, 1864; resides on the homestead; married, 1886, Lucy Kimball and had Eveline, Lydia, Madeline and Warren.
(VIII) Carroll Waite, son of Henry (2) Abbott, was born in Rumford, Maine, Aug. 29, 1855. He was a pupil in the public schools of his native town, attended the Oxford Normal Institute, and graduated from the Hebron (Maine) Academy in 1877. He then taught in the Albion high school, and gave his leisure hours to the study of medicine under the preceptorship of Dr. George H. Wilson. He entered the medical school of Bowdoin Collee in 1878, and was graduated with the degree of M.D. on June 2, 1881. He established himself in Albion for the practice of his profession, and was eminently successful there for a period of twelve years fron 1881 to 1893. In the spring of the latter year he removed to Waterville, Kennebec county, where his excellent record had preceded him, and he soon acquired a large practice among the best families in the city of his adoption. His professional skill and high standing among the physicians and surgeons of the state made him an acceptable and appreciated member of the Kennebec Medical Society, which honored him with the highest office in its gift, and he has also served as president of the Maine Medical Society and of the Waterville Clinical Society. He has rendered efficient service in various important local offices - as a member of the board of education for four years, and as chairman for one year; and as mayor of Waterville in 1898. In the latter capacity he gave the city an indisputably honest administation, and an entirely capable enforcement of the laws governing the municipality. He declined further public honors, holding his first allegiance to his profession.
He is well advanced in the Masonic fraternity, affiliated with Central Lodge, of China, in which he is a past junior and senior warden; Teconic Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Waterville; and St. Omer Commandery, Knights Templar, of Waterville. He was formerly a member of the Christian Church of Albion, and is now a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Waterville.
In politics he has always been a Republican.
Dr. Abbott marred, Oct. 4, 1882, Georgia A., dau. of Dr. George H. Wilson, of Albion, his first medical instructor.
1. Henry Wilson, M. D., born Aug. 18, 1884, graduate of Maine Medical School, of Bowdoin College, class of 1908; was appointed assistant physician at the Insane Hospital at Augusta in 1908.
2. Mary Charlotte, b. May 19, 1886, graduate of Colby College, class of 1908.
Walter Abbott, or Abbot, the immigrant ancestor, settled in Exeter, New Hampshire, and was in all likelihood born about 1600 in England. He was a vinter by trade, though a farmer by occupation in this country. He was first in Exeter, but soon remoed to the then adjoining town of Portsmouth, where he died in 1667. His will was dated May 15, 1667, bequeathing to widow Sarah, who was sixty-four years of age in 1681, and probably a second wife. She married (second), Henry Sherburne.
2. Thomas, mentioned below.
5. John, made his will March 19, 1721-22, naming his wife Mary and children John, James (whose children were Michael, Mark and Lambeth), William Laud, Walter, Reuben, Sarah Pickering, Ruth Spriggs and Anna Bratton.
6. Sarah, married Thomas Wills.
7. Mary, married Leonard Drowne.
(II) Thomas, son of Walter Abbott, was born in 1643, according to one deposition that he made, and according to another in 1635, the latter probably being correct. He married, before 1668, Elizabeth Green, dau. of John and Julia Green. He died in Berwick, Maine, March 8, 1712-13. he was a selectman several times in Berwick, and ensign of his military company there.
Children, prob. b. in Berwick:
1. Thomas, blacksmith, married about 1726, Elizabeth Emery Jr.; deeded fifty acres of land to kinsman Thomas, Oct. 3, 1727; no children.
2. Joseph, married Alice Nason, dau. of Jonathan and Sarah (Jenkins) Nason; estate was administered by his son Thomas in 1726.
3. Moses, married Sept. 11, 1701, _____.
4. Walter, mentioned below.
5. John, married Jan. 3, 1694, Abigail Nason, sister of Alice; married (second) Jan. 22, 1716, Martha Littlefield.
6. Elizabeth, married Thomas Butler.
7. Patience, married, 1705, William Lord.
8. Mary, married Josiah Goodrich.
9. Hannah, married Nov. 6, 1712, Humphrey Chadbourne.
(III) Walter (2), son of Thomas Abbott, was born about 1670, in Berwick, Maine, and lived there and in Kittery, Maine. He married Jan. 3, 1694, Elizabeth Key, dau. of John Key. His descendants are numerous in Berwick. Walter, Joseph and John Abbott and nine others divided three hundred acres of land at Quamphegan, June2, 1718. Walter sold land in Kittery Aug. 14, 1718.
1. Moses, b. Jan. 22, 1693; mentioned below.
2. Walter, b. April 25, 1698.
3. Thomas, b. Aug. 13, 1700.
4. James, b. April 4, 1704.
5. Sarah, b. Oct. 27, 1707.
6. Ebenezer, b. July 4, 1715.
(IV) Moses (1), son of Walter (2) Abbott, was born in Kittery or Berwick, maine, Jan. 22, 1693. He and probably all his brothers had sons in the revolution, some having grandsons also.
James Abbott Jr., son of James, was in Lieut. Colonel Smith's regiment in 1777, Capt. Daniel Pillsbury's company, reported sick at Dunkertown, and probably died there.
Walter Abbott was in Capt. Philip Hubbard's company, Colonel James Scammon's company, Col. Benjamin Tupper's regiment.
Thomas Abbott Jr., of Berwick, was first lieut. in Capt. John Staples' (twelfth) company, second York regiment, succeeding Capt. Hubbard, resigned; also in Capt. Hamilton's company, Col. John Frost's regiment, in 1776; in Capt. John Goodwin's company, Major Daniel Littlefield's regiment, in 1779.
John Abbott, of Berwick, was in Captain Hubbard's company also in 1775; and was three years in the Continental army under Capt. Dudley - 1778-80.
Theophilus Abbott was also in Capt. Hubbar's company in 1775.
Moses Abbott himself was a soldier in 1740 from Berwick, in Capt. John Hill's company, There is a tradition that there is Scotch-Irish blood in the family. If so, Moses Abbott's wife may have been Scotch. [trans. note: the term is "Scottish!" arrrrgggghhhh!]
(V) Moses (2), son or nephew of Moses (1) Abbott, was born about 1720, in Berwick, Maine. He was a soldier in the revolution, a corporal in Capt. Daniel Sullivan's company, Col. Benjamin Foster's regiment, in 1777, serving at three alarms at Machias, Maine. He was in the same company (Sixth Lincoln county regiment), in 1780, called out to protect Frenchman's Bay under Col. John Allen. He had the rank of lieutenant later.
(VI) Benjamin Abbott, of the Berwick family mentioned above, was born about 1770. He married Abiah ____, and settled in the adjacent town of Shapleigh, and cleared the farm where his descendants have lived to the present time, and where two brothers of Natt Abbott are now living (1908).
2. Bijah (Abijah), mentioned below.
3. Benjamin Jr.
(VII) Bijah (Abijah), son of Benjamin Abbott, was born in Shapleigh, Maine, about 1800. He married Dolly Weston, of Shapleigh, and lived on the homestead.
Children, b. at Shapleigh:
2. Lovey Jane.
3. Almira Ann.
4. Dora May.
5. Nathaniel Thurston, mentioned below.
(VIII) Nathaniel Thurston, son of Abijah Abbott, was born at Shapleigh, Maine, Jan. 28, 1828. He married, in 1856, Susan Jane Thompson, who was born at Shapleigh, Feb. 28, 1833. He attended the public schools of his native town. In his youth he worked on the farm with his father, and remained on the homestead after he reached his majority and inherited it. He was a well-to-do farmer and a citizen of influence and prominence.
In politics he was a Republican; in religion a Methodist.
Children, b. at Shapleigh:
1. Carrie Augusta, born Oct. 6, 1859; married Stephen D. Blanchard, of Eaton, N .H., a farmer.
2. Elmer E., resides on the homestead at Shapleigh, a prosperous farmer; a deputy sheriff of the county and a citizen of some note; married Agnes Stone; child: Malcom E., born 1895.
3. Natt Thurston, mentioned below.
(IX) Natt Thurston, son of Nathaniel Thurston Abbott, was born in Shapleigh, Nov. 18, 1872. He attended the distrcit school and the Lindsey high school of Shapeigh Corner, fitting for Dartmouth College, where he was graduated in the class of 1892. He was principal of the Shapleigh high school and superintendent of the schools in Shapleigh for two years; principal of the high school at Madison, Maine, for a year; principal of the Newton (New Hampshire) high school two years. He studied in the Boston University, left to continue teaching for a time, and continued later at Boston University Law School, graduating in 1902. He was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, Aug. 26, 1902, and to the Maine bar Sept. 15, 1903. He began to practice in the town of Sanford, Maine, where he has had his office to the present time. He has devoted four days a week to his duties as instructor in the Boston Univ. Law School. He has enjoyed an excellent practice, besides achieving much success as a teacher. His experience as a pedagogue has been of great value to him in his position in the law school. He has a wide acquaintance among the lawyers of New England. He is now professor of law in Boston Univ. Law School, and chairman of the administrative board.
He is a member of the Springvale Lodge of Free Masons; Sagamore Tribe of Red Men, of Sanford; and the Baptist church of that town.
He married Sept. 5, 1898, Lulu O. Dalton, born Acton, Maine, June 8, 1880, dau. of Benjamin F. and Annie L. Dalton, of Shapleigh.
They have one daughter, Dorothy, born May 22, 1907.
The amount of work a man performs and the degree of success which crowns his efforts depend in a large measure on his natural aptitude for the task he selects. The principal subject of the following sketch undoubtedly had an inherited genius for the profession in which he finds himself so happily and successfully engaged, and unrequiting application to his professional duties has placed him among the leading physicians of his special line.
(I) Alonzo Abbott, a descendant from Sir William Chase, of Chesham, England, a member of the court of King Henry the VIII, was born in 1834, at Sullivan, Maine. The first ancestor to come to this country was Aquilla Chase, who settled in Massachusetts. Alonzo Abbott at a very early age was adopted by Shimuel Abbott, with whom he grew to manhood. He was educated in the public schools and at Hamden Academy. He is by occupation a wholesale granite dealer, and resides in Hancock.
In 1860 he married Maria B. Mercer, who was born in 1832, dau. of Robert and Nancy Mercer, whose parents were of Scotch-Irish descent.
1. Nancy M., who married Galen H. Young.
2. Edville Gerhardt, who receives extended mention in the following paragraph.
3. Charles H., who married Flora Foss.
(II) Edville Gerhardt, second child of Alonzo and Maria B. (Mercer) Abbott, was born in Hancock, Nov. 6, 1871. He received his early literary education in the public schools of Hancock and at the East Maine Conference Seminary at Bucksport, Maine, where he graduated in 1889. For the following six years he was associated with his father and brother in the granite business, having general supervision of their quarries on Mt. Desert Island.
He entered the medical department of Bowdoin College in 1895, from which he graduated in 1898. Subsequently he was appointed house physician to the Maine General Hospital, where he served one year. The following year was spent in Boston and New York, studying the specialty of orthopedic surgery. Still desirous of attaining the utmost knowledge and the greatest degree of skill in his profession, he went abroad and continued his course in orthopedics, passing one year in the Fredrich Wilhelm Universtat, Berlin. Returning to the U. S. in 1891, he opened an office in Portland, and from that time until the present he has devoted his whole attention to the one subject of orthopedic surgery. His sucess in his profession has been remarkable and his practice is very large and covers an extensive field.
After returning from his work in Europe, not being satisfied with his literary attainments, he re-entered Bowdoin College, pursued the regular courses and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts. With a further desire for a more intimate acquaintance with literature, he still continued his studies in this institution and two years later received the degree of Master of Arts promerito.
He is at the present time surgeon-in-chief to the Children's Hospital; orthopedic surgeon to the Maine General Hospital; visiting surgeon to St. Barnabas Hospital; consulting surgeon to the Sisters' Hospital, and instructor in orthopedic surgery in the Maine Medical School, Bowdoin College. His activities have not ended with his professional successes, but he has been connected with various enterprises and has interested himself in all civic questions.
He is a member of several Greek letter fraternities, a member of the Cumberland County Medical Society, Maine Medical Association, American Medical Association, and frequently contributes articles to the leading medical journals of the country. He is also interested in business affairs and his early experience has been invaluable. He is a director in the Fidelity Trust Company, member of the Board of Trade, and connected with various corporations. In politics, to which he has devoted considerable time with no small benefit to his party, he is a staunch Republican.
Dr. Abbott married, March 14, 1891, Sara Sargent, of Prospect Harbor, born July 12, 1868. She traces her ancestry to William SARGENT, of Bristol, England, whose name first appeared in Gloucester, Mass. in 1678, on which date he received a grant of land. He married Mary Duncan, dau. of Peter Duncan, of Gloucester, June 21, 1678. They were the parents of nine children. Epes Sargent, seventh child of William and Mary (Duncan) Sargent, born 1690, married (first) Esther Maccarty, in 1720. They were the parents of nine children. Benjamin Sargent, ninth child of Epes and Esther (Maccarty) Sargent, born 1736, came to Gouldsboro, Maine. Among his children was a son Benjamin, who married Betsey ____, who bore him nine children. Samuel Sargent, eldest son of Benjamin and Betsey Sargent, b. May 24, 1794, married Sarah Moore, Jan. 6, 1820, and nine children were born to them. Benjamin Sargent, son of Samuel and Sarah (Moore) Sargent, b. Feb. 26, 1830, was a lawyer of Prospect Harbor, Maine. He married Oct. 16, 1865, Frances Hancock, and they were the parents of Sara Sargent, aforementioned as the wife of Dr. Edville G. Abbott.