Kennebec County

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 Charles H. Sawyer

Charles H. Sawyer, of Greenville, the landlord of the Lake House, was born in Augusta, Maine, December 2, 1844. His parents, Charles and Elizabeth (Plummer) Sawyer, are both natives of the Pine Tree State. The father, who was born in Saco, was in the hotel business a great many years. He managed the Cushnoch House and the Stanley House in Augusta. In 1858 he moved to Greenville and took charge of the Seboonook House, at the same time managing the Eveleth House. Afterward, in Newport, Maine, he was in charge of the Shaw House for a number of years. He …

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

Biography of George H. Hunter

George H. Hunter, of the firm Hunter, McMaster & Co., merchants of Pittsfield, was born in Bowdoinham, July I, 1830, his parents being Robert and Jane (Henry) Hunter. His father, a native of Topsham, who was well known in the county, lived in Bowdoinham for several years, carrying on a tannery and to some extent engaged in farming. In 1835 he located in a place about three miles west of Pittsfield village, and there carried on farming until his death in 1870, on May 31. He was also engaged in lumbering and in trading. Prominent as a politician and with …

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

Biography of Franklin Dow Jenkins

Franklin Dow Jenkins, an enterprising clothing merchant of Pittsfield, was born in Vassalboro, Maine, December 30, 1831, son of Moses and Sarah (Frye) Jenkins. His great-grandparents were Jabez and Elizabeth (Dennett) Jenkins, residents of Kittery, Maine. Jabez, Jenkins, second, the grandfather, who resided in North Yarmouth, Maine, and on March 24, 1784, married Elizabeth Varney, of Dover, New Hampshire., had a family of six children, namely: Deliverance, born September 14, 1785; Stephen, born July 6, 1788; William and Moses, whose birth dates have not been preserved; Jabez, born June 16, 1799, who died in 1892; and Isaac Jenkins, born March …

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Charles H. Girdler

Biography of Charles H. Girdler

Charles H. Girdler, an energetic and progressive agriculturist of Mercer township, Somerset County, and the efficient chairman of its Board of Selectmen, was born December 4, 1846, in Waterville, Me., son of the late John S. Girdler. The father, who was born in Manchester, Mass. spent the early years of his life in that town, and there learned the hatter’s trade. In 1840 he settled on a farm in Waterville, Me., where he carried on farming and worked at his trade for some years. On December 16, 1863, he became a resident of Mercer, moving at that time to the …

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

Biography of Hon. Andrew Jackson Chase

Hon. Andrew Jackson Chase, a large land-owner in the town of Sebec, son of Colonel Daniel and Sarah N. (Gregory) Chase, was born in Atkinson, Maine, January 6, 1829. His grandfather, Daniel Chase, who was born in Hallowell, Maine, was one of the early settlers of Fairfield, this State. From Fairfield, Grandfather Chase moved to Sebec. He was a sturdy, industrious farmer. Having died at an advanced age, he was buried in Atkinson. In politics he was a Democrat. He was twice married. Daniel Chase, Jr., was born in Fairfield. He was an enterprising and industrious farmer in Atkinson. In …

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

Biography of Captain Archibald C. Lambert

Captain Archibald C. Lambert, a prominent farmer and stock- raiser of South Dover and a veteran of the Civil War, was born in this town, December 31, 1832, son of Benjamin and Clarissa (Bragg) Lambert. He comes of English origin. The grandfather, Paul Lambert, who was one of the first settlers of South Dover, came from Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine, in 1808. He acquired a tract of five hundred acres of wild land, to which, after making a clearing and erecting a dwelling, he brought his family. In time the farm yielded bountiful crops, and he was able to furnish …

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

Biography of Nathaniel H. Vining

Nathaniel H. Vining, chairman the Board of Selectmen of St. Albans, Somerset County, was born in this town, July 13, 1839, son of Israel and Joan (Bigelow) Vining. The grandfather, Josiah Vining, moved from Litchfield, Maine, to St. Albans, settling upon a tract of land in the vicinity of the old Quaker meeting-house, and engaged in farming. He married Esther Clough, of Durham, Maine, and had a family of eleven children, namely: Sarah, who married Hiram Hawes, of St. Albans, and is no longer living; Jeremiah, who died in California; Abbie, who is now a widow and resides in Amesbury, …

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