Category: Washington County

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

Biography of Hiram Blanchard

Hiram Blanchard, of Eastport, Washington County, a manufacturer of high-grade fertilizers and a dealer in fish pomace and fertilizer material, was born in Charlotte, this county, on January 11, 1825, his parents being David and Saviah (Bennett) Blanchard. The paternal grandfather, Stephen Blanchard, who was a hatter by trade, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 1, 1763. He removed from that town to Hopkinton, New Hampshire, where he afterward worked at his trade, and died on March 16, 1829. His wife’s maiden name was Elizabeth Esterbrook. David Blanchard, above named, born at Hopkinton, New Hampshire, on February 14, 1797, died …

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

Biography of Edward A. Mansfield

Edward A. Mansfield was for many years a leading business man of Jonesport, Washington County. Born in Portland, Maine, August 6, 1817, he was a son of Henry and Thankful (Bibber) Mansfield, who were respectively natives of Salem, Massachusetts, and Cumberland, Maine. In early life he was engaged in running a trading schooner. He first came to Jonesport in 1834. Here he met and on the first day of October, 1836, married Lois Sawyer. Thereupon he settled in Jonesport and engaged in trade. He was also interested in ship-building and repairing sailing craft. His energy and industry, coupled with his …

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

Biography of Henry Robert Taylor

Henry Robert Taylor, of Machias, Register of Deeds for Washington County, Maine, was born in Newfane, Vermont, on May 31, 1830, son of Denzil and Ann D. (Morse) Taylor. His grandfather, Hezekiah Taylor, who was born on November 28, 1748, and was graduated at Harvard College in 1770 , studied for the ministry and settled in Newfane, Vermont, as the first pastor of the Congregational church in that place. During the Revolution the Rev. Mr. Taylor was enrolled in Lieutenant Park’s company of minute-men, which went from Newfane, bore active part in the skirmish at Bemus Heights, and continued in …

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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 D. Hill

Charles D. Hill, formerly of the firm Hill, Pike & Co., wholesale grocers of Calais, Washington County, was born in this city, August 7, 1851, son of Daniel and Elmira (Quincy) Hill. His grandfather, Abner Hill, was one of the early settlers and pioneer lumbermen of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Through his maternal grandfather, Edmund Quincy, of Portland, he was a descendant of the famous Massachusetts family of that name. Daniel Hill was born in Milltown, New Brunswick, in 1804. When a young man he started in the lumber manufacturing business in Milltown, where he was located for a number …

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

Biography of Hon. Albert M. Nash

Hon. Albert M. Nash, who was formerly State Senator from Washington County and a merchant of Harrington, was born in this town on the fifteenth day of April, 1833, son of Stillman W. and Melissa W. Nash. The grandfather, Uriah Nash, who built the first mill, was engaged in farming, and with his half-brother, Isaiah Nash, was one of the first two settlers in Harrington. He died here at an advanced age. Stillman Nash, born here on May 31, 1809, died on May 22, 1880. He was interested in various enterprises, including ship-building, tanning, and the manufacture of boots and …

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

Biography of William Wyer Bradbury

William Wyer Bradbury, of Machias, Washington County, Registrar of Probate for the county, was born in this town, February to, 1843, son of Wyer and Eliza (Webber) Bradbury. His grandfather, True Bradbury, who was a farmer, resided in Lubec, of which town he was one of the early settlers. Wyer Bradbury, who was born in Lubec and attended school there, at an early age began going to sea. When twenty-five years old he was master of a vessel, and he sailed on many foreign voyages. During the latter part of his life he was engaged in the coasting trade, and …

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

Biography of Jacob W. Stuart

Jacob W. Stuart, senior member of the firm J. W. Stuart & Son, general merchants at Machiasport, Washington County, was born in this town, February 22, 1828, son of James and Jane (Palmer) Stuart. The grandfather, James Stuart, a native of the north of Ireland and of Scotch parentage, emigrated to St. John, New Brunswick, from which place he came to Machiasport, and resided here for the rest of his life. He was exceedingly pious and a strict follower of the old Covenanters. James Stuart, who was born in New Brunswick, having accompanied his parents to Machiasport, there learned the …

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

Biography of Charles A. Rolfe

Charles A. Rolfe, one of the best known business men of Princeton, Washington County, and an ex-member of the legislature, was born in this town, December 25, 1842, son of Putnam and Rosanna (Hilton) Rolfe. Ebenezer Rolfe, the grandfather, who was a native of Massachusetts, came to this section when a young man, and engaged in lumbering and farming. He was one of the original settlers in Princeton, where he resided for the rest of his life, and died when he was eighty years old. His wife, whose maiden name was Nancy Humphrey, died at seventy-six. Putnam Rolfe, a native …

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

Biography of Captain Edward Wallace Shackford

Captain Edward Wallace Shackford, a well-known shipmaster of Harrington, Washington County, was born in Eastport, April 14, 1840, son of Captain William and Mary C. (Lincoln) Shackford. He is a descendant of William and Deborah Shackford, of Dover, New Hampshire. The grandfather, Captain John Shackford, born in Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1753, was the first settler in Eastport, locating there in 1783. He had previously served in the Revolutionary War. As the town advanced in importance, he became one of its prominent business men and the owner of several vessels. He died in Eastport, December 25, 1840, aged eighty-seven years. Shackford’s …

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