Category: Franklin County

Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Somerset, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook counties, Maine

Biography of Joseph Dennen

Joseph Dennen, the oldest and one of the most honored residents of Shirley, was born in Poland, Androscoggin County, Maine, March 17, 1813. He is a son of and Rebecca (Chickering) Dennen. Simeon Dennen, who was born in Cumberland (now Androscoggin) County, was a farmer. After spending many years of his life in Poland, he settled in Shirley in 1828, being the fourth settler in the town district. In coming to the town he followed a trail marked by spotted trees, there being no roads within a circuit of ten miles. He located on land now occupied by his son …

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Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Somerset, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook counties, Maine

Biography of Joel H. Doyen

Joel H. Doyen, who is successfully engaged in agriculture on the old Doyen homestead in Smithfield, Somerset County, was born in this town, July 4, 1842, son of the late Joel Doyen. The father, born and brought up in Avon, Maine, followed the occupation of farmer in Stark and afterward on the present homestead property in Smithfield, on which, after purchasing it, he resided until his death in 1877. He married Mrs. Mahala Leahers Sawyer, of Stark, the widow of Otis Sawyer, Sr., who died February 12, 1826, leaving her with five children — Henry, Louisa, Hannah, Alden, and Otis. …

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Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Somerset, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook counties, Maine

Biography of Alexander P. Porter

Alexander P. Porter, a lifelong resident of Strong, Franklin County, Me., and one of the substantial business men of this place, was born March 6, 1825, and died at his late home here, January 28, 1876. His parents, Ezekiel and Eunice (Hitchcock) Porter, spent their entire lives in Strong, his mother’s death occurring here in 1848, and his father’s in 1867. The latter was a leading merchant of the town, and also operated a saw and grist mill. He had nine children, three of whom died in infancy. Six grew to years of maturity, as follows: Thurza C., who is …

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Rosamus L. Mitchell

Biography of Rosamus Lowell Mitchell

Rosamus Lowell Mitchell, the proprietor of an extensive woodworking establishment in Skowhegan, Somerset County, was born in Norridgewock, January 26, 1830, son of Jonathan and Nancy B. (Walton) Mitchell. Some of his ancestors were Revolutionary patriots. His grandfather, John Mitchell, a native of Bath, Maine, who spent the most of his life in Chester, Maine, and lived to be eighty-one years old, reared four sons and three daughters. Jonathan Mitchell, son of John, was born in Chester, now Chesterville, Maine. During the War of 1812 he was called out with a company, and served for a short time. He cultivated …

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