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

Biography of David R. Straw

David R. Straw, of Guilford, the secretary of the Piscataquis Woollen Company and a son of David R. and Caroline A. (Ayer) Straw, was born in this town, May 16, 1836. Both the grandfather, Gideon Straw, a farmer and one of the early settlers of Newfield, York County, and his wife, Mary, died in Newfield at an advanced age. They reared two sons and five daughters. David R. Straw, Sr., the eldest son, was born in Newfield, November 7, 1795. Largely self-educated, he graduated from Brown University, and in 1830 began to practice law in Sangerville, this county. About 1833 …

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

Biography of Abel Davis

Abel Davis, an able lawyer of Pittsfield and a Civil War veteran, was born in New Portland, January 16, 1842, son of Henry D. and Jane M. (Masters) Davis. The father, a native of Dalhousie, New Brunswick:, during his earlier years resided in Marimichi and Maguadavic, New Brunswick. When about forty years old he came to Maine, and, settling in New Portland, was there engaged in farming and lumbering until his death, which occurred March 26, 1868, at the age of seventy years. Jane M. Davis, his wife, who was a native of Maguadavic, became the mother of ten children. …

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Cyrus A. Packard

Biography of Cyrus A. Packard

Cyrus A. Packard, who was First Selectman of Blanchard, Piscataquis County, for twenty-five years and Town Clerk for sixteen years, was born in Hebron, Maine, December 22, 1822. A son of Reuel K. and Patience (Bowker) Packard, he was a descendant of Samuel Packard, who came from England in the ship “Diligence” in 1638, and settled in what is now the city of Brockton, Massachusetts. From Samuel Packard the line is traced through Zaccheus, who married Sarah Howard; James, who married Jemima Keith; Reuben, who married Anna Perkins; and Ichabod, Cyrus A. Packard’s grandfather, who married Rachel Cole. Reuben Packard, …

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

Biography of James C. Dill

James C. Dill, an enterprising woollen manufacturer of Abbot, Piscataquis County, was born in Gray, Cumberland County, Maine, April 24, 1862, son of Captain James C. and Abigail (Douty) Dill. His father was a native of the British Provinces, and his mother was born in Gray. The paternal grandfather was James C. Dill, a bridge builder by occupation, who moved to the United States from the Provinces. James C. Dill, second, father of the subject of this sketch, came to Maine when an infant, and resided in Yarmouth during his boyhood and youth. At an early age he began to …

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

Biography of Elbridge A. Thompson, M.D.

Elbridge A. Thompson, M.D., of Dover, Piscataquis County, a Civil War veteran, an ex-member of the legislature and Executive Council, and the founder of the Thompson Free Library of Dover, was born in Sangerville, Maine, January 4, 1828. A son of James and Hannah H. (Coombs) Thompson, he is a grandson of James Thompson, Sr., a native of Londonderry, New Hampshire, who was an early settler of Buckfield, Maine, and a resident of that town for the rest of his life. Having spent his active years in general farming, Grandfather Thompson died, over eighty years old. By his three marriages …

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