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

Biography of Charles Cayford

Charles Cayford, of Cornville, a prominent farmer and breeder of trotting stock, son of Benjamin E. Cayford, was born here, December 14, 1828. He is of good old English ancestry, his grandparents, John and Judith Cayford, having emigrated from England to America in the early part of the present century. They located first On a farm in Skowhegan, Maine, where the grandfather was engaged as a farmer and drover and also for some years as a minister of one of the local churches. After the death of his wife he removed to a small town in Florida, of which he …

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

Biography of Abel W. Rowell

Abel W. Rowell, a retired farmer of Solon and the chairman of Solon’s Board of Selectmen, was born in this town, March 12, 1832, son of Frederick and Sophia (Wood) Rowell. The grandfather, Zebedee Rowell, came here with his family from Dracut, Massachusetts, about the year 1802, and occupied the place now known as the Norton farm for eight years. Then he went to Rowell Mountain, where he resided until his death, which occurred February 8, 1833. He was a soldier under General Stark in the Revolutionary War. Nine children were reared by him, namely: Frederick, George, David, Zebedee, Frank, …

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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 Thomas Blackwell

Thomas Blackwell, a retired farmer of Cornville township, has made a noteworthy record for persevering industry and thrift, and is a fine representative of the self-made men of Somerset County. He was born December 27, 1830, in the neighboring town of Norridgewock, son of Thomas Blackwell, Sr. The latter was born and brought up in Madison, Maine, a town in which he passed the earlier part of his life. Some years ago he became a resident of Dead River plantation, Somerset County, remaining there until his death in October, 1894, at a ripe old age. He was twice married. His …

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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 Warren Russell

Warren Russell, a prominent and well-to-do agriculturist of Madison township, who represents one of the oldest families in this section of Somerset County, was born July 13, 1827, on the homestead where he now resides, son of Jonathan Russell, Jr. His grandfather, Jonathan Russell, Sr., born in New Hampshire, February 8, 1765, married Betsey Nutting, who was born in the same State, June 25, 1768. Coming to Somerset County at an early day, Grandfather Russell settled in Madison, taking up land now included in the present Russell homestead. The district was then in its primitive wildness, and the brave pioneers …

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Rosamus L. Mitchell

Biography of Rosamus Lowell Mitchell

Rosamus Lowell Mitchell, the proprietor of an extensive woodworking establishment in Skowhegan, Somerset County, was born in Norridgewock, January 26, 1830, son of Jonathan and Nancy B. (Walton) Mitchell. Some of his ancestors were Revolutionary patriots. His grandfather, John Mitchell, a native of Bath, Maine, who spent the most of his life in Chester, Maine, and lived to be eighty-one years old, reared four sons and three daughters. Jonathan Mitchell, son of John, was born in Chester, now Chesterville, Maine. During the War of 1812 he was called out with a company, and served for a short time. He cultivated …

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Asa W. Moore

Biography of William H. Moore

William H. Moore, a prominent farmer and fruit-grower of Anson, Somerset County, was born in this town, March 30, 1840. A son of Colonel Asa Wyman Moore, he represents one of the old families of the town. The grandfather, Major Joseph Moore, when but three years of age was brought by his parents to Somerset County from his birthplace, in the hills of New Hampshire. He was reared on a farm in Norridgewock, receiving such education as could be obtained in the district schools. In early manhood he served in the State militia as Major; and after his removal to …

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