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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 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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Biography of John Murray Hill

John Murray Hill, Auditor for the city of Calais, Washington County, was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, November 7, 1837, son of John and Mary (Albee) Hill. The grandfather, Abner Hill, who was an early settler in Calais and a prominent lumberman in his day, owned large tracts of timber land. He was associated in business with his brother, Stephen Hill, and they were for some years the leading lumber operators upon the St. Croix River. His last days were passed in St. Stephen. The maiden name of his first wife, the grandmother of John M. Hill, was Whitney. …

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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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