Piscataquis 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 Chauncey Cleveland Lee

Chauncey Cleveland Lee, of Foxcroft, a retired schoolmaster and a Civil War veteran, was born June 26, 1843, upon the farm he now owns and occupies, son of Lyman and Elizabeth M. (Miner) Lee. His paternal great-grandfather served in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War. The grandfather, Nehemiah Lee, moved from Wethersfield, Connecticut, his native town, to Peacham, Vermont, when he was twenty-one years old, and cultivated a farm during his active years. His last days were spent in Foxcroft, where he died in March, 1862, aged eighty-seven years. his wife, whose maiden name was Lavinia Carpenter, died here …

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

Biography of Gideon L. Joy

Gideon L. Joy, of Hancock, one of the most extensive landholders in Hancock County, son of Stephen Joy, was born here, December 18, 1830. His great-grandfather, Benjamin Joy, was a pioneer settler of Ellsworth, Maine, to which he removed from Saco in Colonial times. Among the children reared by him were: John, the grandfather of Gideon L.; and Ivory H., the father of Calvin P. Joy, of Ellsworth, in whose biography will be found further information regarding the family. John Joy came from Ellsworth, the place of his birth, to Hancock by boat, and settled near the shore at a …

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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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Edwin P. Snow

Biography of Edwin P. Snow

Edwin P. Snow, M.D., an able physician and surgeon of Atkinson, Piscataquis County, was born in this town, September 25, 1825, son of Dr. Eleazar Wheelock and Dorcas (Hibbard) Snow. His grandfather, Benjamin Snow, who came to Atkinson from the neighborhood of Bath, New Hampshire, about the year 1818, did not reside here for any length of time. The father, who was named after a former president of Dartmouth College, received his degree of Doctor of Medicine from the medical department of that institution. Thereupon he located in Atkinson, and practiced in this town until his death, which occurred in …

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

Biography of Alonzo T. Mitchell

Alonzo T. Mitchell, of Shirley, Piscataquis County, one of the oldest and most popular guides in the State of Maine, son of William and Nancy (Shorey) Mitchell, was born in this town, April 21, 1837. His grandfather, Samuel Mitchell, one of the first settlers in Shirley, died in this town. William Mitchell, born in Plymouth, Me., and also one of the first settlers in Shirley, followed a trail marked by blazed trees in coming to the town. He was a millman and a merchant, and was engaged in trade here for a number of years. In politics he was a …

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

Biography of Samuel A. Smith

Samuel A. Smith, one of the oldest merchants of Brownville, Piscataquis County, was born in this town, October 13, 1830, son of Daniel and Mary (Stickney) Smith. Daniel Smith, a native of Berwick, Maine, was a farmer by vocation. He came to Brownville in 1820, took up one hundred acres of new land in the southern part of the town, and with persevering industry cleared a farm, which he tilled until obliged to give up active labor. He was a reliable business man and a good citizen. At political elections he voted the Whig ticket. He lived to be about …

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

Biography of Henry M. Richardson

Henry M. Richardson, the proprietor and owner of Hotel Richardson at Sebec Lake, was born in Garland, Maine, December 15, 1839, son of Edward and Hannah (Mason) Richardson. The father, a native of Wayne, Maine, in early life settled as a pioneer in Garland. In 1842 he moved to Atkinson, where he was engaged in farming for the rest of his life, and died at the age of fifty-seven years. Hannah Richardson, his wife, became the mother of several children, six of whom grew to maturity. Of the latter, three are living, namely: Betsey, who resides in Sebec, and is …

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

Biography of Robinson Turner

Robinson Turner, of Guilford, the proprietor of the Turner House, one of the best and oldest hotels in Piscataquis County, was born here, March 17, 1834, son of Howard and Betsey E. (Sargent) Turner. The early immigrant ancestor settled in Marshfield, Massachusetts, in 1632. General Turner, from whom was named the town of Turner, Maine, was the father of Abial, the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch. The grandfather, also named Robinson Turner, was a carpenter of Turner, who spent his life in Oxford County, and died there at the age of ninety-two years. Howard Turner, son of Robinson, …

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

Biography of Major Charles H. B. Woodbury

Major Charles H. B. Woodbury, Town Treasurer of Dover and one of the best known merchants in Piscataquis County, was born in Durham, Maine, May 15, 1823, son of James and Rebecca (Sydleman) Woodbury. The paternal grandfather, Ebenezer Woodbury, who was born in New Salem, New Hampshire, in 1760, served under General Gates in the Revolutionary War, and was present at the surrender of General Burgoyne. He was one of the early settlers of Durham, where he cleared new land and passed the rest of his life industriously engaged in farming, attaining the age of seventy-five years. His wife, Betsey, …

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