McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine       

Biddeford Area Biographical Resource







About the Biddeford Area Biographical Resource

Work began on this resource in June 2008, in an effort to make the paper-based historical resources of the McArthur Public Library more widely available. The information in the Resource comes from the hundreds of index cards written and maintained by McArthur Librarians since the 1930’s. Some of the resources, especially the very early newspapers, are no longer in existence—or if they do exist may be quite difficult to obtain. Some of the resources, such as the Scrapbooks, can only be accessed inside the Library. We will continue to add to the Resource, and shall continue to add links as more resources are available online. Any questions or comments about the Resource can be directed to the Reference Desk.  


Abbreviation Key

   BDJ – Biddeford Daily Journal [newspaper]

     BJ – Biddeford Journal [newspaper]

   BSJ – Biddeford Saco Journal [newspaper]

  BWJ – Biddeford Weekly Journal [newspaper]

     JT –  Journal Tribune [newspaper]

  Obit – obituary 

U & J – Union & Journal [newspaper]



            “Photo collection” refers to the McArthur Public Library photograph collections.




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Adams, Eustace Lane

(Saco) Author. Biddeford Scrapbook #2, page 100.


Adams, James

(Saco) Overseer in York Mill. Died at home on High Street. Obit in BWJ 06/20/1910, p.8 c.5.


Adams, John Q.

Born in Biddeford in little house on Foss Street next to corner house at Main & Foss. Studied law. Heavy land owner, son of John Adams. Three brothers: Hiram, Henry, and Amos. Obit in BWJ 03/27/1896, p.3 c.2.


Adams, Selucas

Born 1804. Sailed with Captain Tom Farris, and lived at 634 Pool Road. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine p.206-7.


Adams, Simon B.

(1829-1917) Son of Selucas Adams, lived in  house at 634 Pool Road. Obit chiefly concerns father. BDJ 10/16/1917, p.8 c.3-4. BWJ 10/19/1917, p.2 c.4-5.


Akers, Charles

(1835-1906) Portland artist, born in Hollis. Died in New York on 09/16/1906. Obit in BWJ 10/12/1906, p.6 c.4.


Allard, Henry

Born in town of Shefford, Canada East, 02/14/1829. Died in Biddeford 06/15/1851 in an accident in the Pepperell Mills. Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. U & J 06/20/1851, p.2 c.4.


Allard, Marcel (Duke)

(1913-1965) Obit in BDJ 08/02/1965, p.2 c.2. [Also Jeannette Allard died in July 1965]


Allard, Paul A.

Died in California in 1966. Obit in BJ 02/22/1966.


Allen, Amos L.

(1837-1911) York County member of Congress from 1899-1911. Succeeded Thomas B. Reed. Obit in BWJ 02/24/1911, p.1 c.1-3.


Allen, Dr. John

Deceased in Saco 11/19/1825. From Samuel Merrill diary, p. 105.


Andrews, George R.

Grocer. Andrews & Horrigan's store, Biddeford. BJ 04/10/1908, p.1. See also Bickford's Local landmarks, p.35.


Andrews, George W.

Granite firm. Obit in BWJ 03/26/1926, p.2 c.4.


Andrews, Ira (Captain)

Died 11/20/1893, Age 83 years 4 mos. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery.


Andrews, James

Stone quarries, 1866. Obit in BWJ 04/06/1888, p.3 c.2.


Andrews, Leonard (Honorable)

(1822-1885) Home on Mt. Vernon Street. State legislator 1855; state senator 1861. Stone contractor; furnished stone work for Grand Trunk Railroad from Portland to Connecticut River and for the Bangor & Piscataquis Road. Obit in BWJ 10/23/1885, p.3 c.4.


Andrews, Simon S. (Captain)

(1840-1927) Civil War veteran, active in city government. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery. Obit in BWJ 01/28/1927, p.3 c.4. See also Bickford's Local landmarks, p.21.


Andrews, Solon S.

(1847-1903) Son of James S. Andrews. Was a noted submarine diver. Granite contractor. Building new home on Hill Street, plans by Portland architect (BWJ 06/20/1884, p.3 c.1). Died in Gorham. Obit in BWJ 11/06/1903, p.8 c.4.


Andrews, William

(1813-1898) Came to Biddeford about 1848. Helped build the Mile Brook Bridge; then became a stove and tin-ware peddler. His grandfather had been a Revolutionary War Soldier. Obit in BWJ 09/02/1898, p.8 c.4.


Anthoine, George A.

Celebrates 37th year in plumbing and hardware business. Store on Alfred Street has grown from 400 sq. ft. to 13,000 sq. ft. BDJ 06/27/1913, p.6 c.1-2.


Anthoine, John Neal

(1823-1911) Born in Windham, came to Biddeford in 1844. Went to California in 1849 as a blacksmith and returned to Biddeford before 1856. Married Eliza Bunker, daughter of Capt. Stephen Bunker of Biddeford Pool. Obit in BWJ 01/27/1911, p.8 c.2-3.


Asselin, Louis N.

(1850-1921) Home at 15 W. Myrtle Street. Came to Biddeford in 1914 from Montreal as Canadian immigration agent. Succeeded John B. Charbonneau. Obit in BWJ 07/29/1921, p.8 c.2.


Atkinson, Henry P.

Founder of "Atkinson's" furniture firm. Article on failure of Boston & Portland furniture firms involving Biddeford branch in BWJ 03/17/1893. Obit in BWJ on 04/08/1921, p.7 c.2. See also Bickford's Local landmarks, pp.33-4.


Atwood, Emeline A.

Wife of Charles Atwood (obit in BDJ 05/14/1945). Always made mince pies for church suppers, always refused to say what was in them except that "she put in a little of everything about the house except Charles' red ties." Obit in BWJ 02/07/1908, p.6. Funeral in BWJ 02/14/1908, p.8.





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Bacon, Alvan (Doctor)

Died 11/24/1880, aged 74. U & J 11/26/1880, p.3 c.1 and also 12/03/1880, p.3. c.1.


Bacon, Horace (Doctor)

(1804-1888) Born in Scarborough. Practiced medicine in Biddeford from 1826 to 1880. Obit in BWJ 04/27/1888, p.3 c.5.


Baillargeon, Alphonse J.

Grocer at Elm & Center Streets. Born in Biddeford; began business in partnership with A. Valliere as "Valliere & Baillargeon" until he bought our Mr. Valliere. Obit in BDJ 05/05/1923, p.3 c.6.


Baker, Arthur

Brief biography and picture in article on the 100th anniversary of Biddeford Savings Bank in BSJ 07/11/1967, p.1 & 5. Clipping of this article located in Biddeford Scrapbook #9, p.11-12.


Baker, Carlos

(1910-1987) Born in Biddeford. Expert in modern English and American writing. Professor at Princeton University, wrote 1969 biography of Ernest Hemingway. Wrote several other books, and also for the NY Times Book Review and the New Republic. Obit in the NY Times, 04/21/1987.


Banks, Cumming

Died in Saco 01/24/1842, age 72. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.171.


Banks, Cyrus

Known at "lumber king". Obit in BDJ 02/20/1911, p.5 c.1-3 and in BWJ 02/24/1911, p.8 c.4.


Banks, Esreff H.

(1821-1903) Home at 23 South Street. Came to Biddeford about 1845, forming firm of Hooper & Banks with E. H. C. Hooper. President of First National Bank in 1879. Sketch in History of York County, Maine, facing p.204. Obit in BWJ 12/04/1903, p.7 c.1-2.


Banks, Frank A.

(1885-1957) Born in Biddeford. Graduate of Biddeford High School. In charge of planning and building the Grand Coulee Dam. Article about visit home BDJ 06/07/1956 p.1 c.1. Died in Pasadena, California, age 72. Obit in BDJ 12/16/1957, p.1 c.2.


Barber, Joseph

(1909-1982) Journalist, author and summer resident at Fortune's Rocks. Obit in JT 08/18/1982.


Barrows, Charles

Drowned on January 22, 1843 at Spring's Island; body found on April 30th. From Samuel Merrill diary for April 30, 1843.


Bassford, Samuel J. (Doctor)

Came to Biddeford about 1881. Practiced medicine here until 1904, when he moved to Portland. Obit in BWJ 03/23/1917, p.3 c.3.


Batchelder, Samuel

Father of mill operations in Biddeford and Saco area. Sons death from consumption in Samuel Merrill diary from 02/17/1842. Obit in BWJ on 02/07/1879, p.3 c.5. Historical sketch copied from the Boston Globe in BDJ on 03/27/1916, p.2.


Batchelder, Stephen P.

Keeper of Wood Island Lighthouse. Death of child in U & J 02/02/1853.


Beaudoin, Theophile

(1851-1921) Home at 20 Cutts Street. Born in Canada; came to Biddeford with parents Andre and Aurelie Beaudoin in 1864 when he was 13. Obit in BWJ on 09/02/1921, p.8 c.7.


Beaumont, Charles

(1826-1918) Born in England, came to Biddeford in 1850’s. Sketch of life and personal history at age of 91 in BWJ 11/30/1917, p.8 c.7. Obit in BWJ on 05/03/1918.


Benjamin, William

Death by railroad accident along with D. O. S. Hooper. BWJ 12/03/1886, p.3 c.2.


Benoit, A. H.

Clothier. Began retail career in Biddeford, where he was the only French-speaking clothier in town and grew a successful business which expanded to Portland, Augusta & Waterville. See Hendrickson’s Quiet Presence, p.48.


Benson, James (Captain)

Death notice of Capt. James Benson of Biddeford, age 79. U & J 09/11/1857, p.3 c.4.


Benson, James Orrin

(1838-1900) Son of Jotham Benson and a Civil War veteran. Obit in BWJ on 05/11/1900, p.7 c.7.


Benson, Jotham (Captain)

Sea captain, born 1810. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, p. 214.


Benson, Simon (Captain)

Died August 9, 1859. U & J 08/28/1859, p.3 c.4.


Benson, Thomas (Captain)

(1822-1904) Obit in BWJ on 12/16/1904, p.8 c.4.


Benson, William (Captain)

(1836-1901) Born on the Pool Road in September 1836. Deep sea captain. Obit in BWJ 07/19/1901, p.7 c.6.


Berry, Benjamin

“Deceased day before yesterday buried today.” (05/02/1817) From Samuel Merrill diary, p. 66.


Berry, Benjamin

Died of consumption on July 20, 1832. From Samuel Merrill diary, p. 135.


Berry, George A.

(1853-1918) Obit in BWJ on 12/27/1918, p.8 c.2.


Berry, Olivia Donnell

(1814-1896) Died April 14, 1896, age 82 years. Had 4 children, only 2 survived: Sarah A. (Mrs. Roscoe A. Bowers) and Annie O. (Mrs. Roscoe G. Dennett). Obit in BWJ 04/17/1896, p.3 c.4.


Berry, Westbrook

Died at age 82. U & J 08/03/1855, p.3 c.4.


Berry, William

(1811-1868) Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, p. 209.


Bickford, Cora Belle

(1859-1923) Local teacher, writer, and public speaker. Active in social and community organizations. Obit in BWJ 01/05/1923, p.1 c.2. See also Bickford's Local landmarks, p.14.


Bickford, Dodivah

Died 06/13/1816, age 77. From Samuel Merrill diary, p. 61.


Bickford, George

Died of consumption 07/10/1815. From Samuel Merrill diary, p. 53.


Bickford, Isaac (Deacon)

Died at Biddeford Pool 09/07/1884. Buried from Second Congregational Church. Obit in BWJ on 09/12/1884, p.3 c.1.


Bickford, Persia

Died at Kennebunk on 10/27/1843, age 80. From Samuel Merrill diary, p. 180.


Bidwell, Dolly

Popular actress in Civil War and later, well known in Biddeford. Obit in BWJ on 02/02/1900, p.8 c.7.


Bienvenue, Alcide A.

(1872-1922) Born in New Hampshire, came to Biddeford in 1878. Son of Fabien Bienvenue who enlisted at Portland in 1861 and served throughout the Civil War. Alcide followed Rowland Hill as proprietor of clothing store in Union Block. Obit in BWJ 03/17/1922 p.1 c.4-5.


Biglow, Nano H.

Died 07/26/1790, age 75 years. Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Thacher lot.


Blaine, James G.

Governor of Maine, passes through Biddeford. BWJ 08/14/1888. Obit in BWJ 02/03/1893, p.1 c.3.


Blake, Simon M.

Born 1815. Carpenter, mill owner, grocer and farmer. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, p.215.


Blanchard, William

Lost at sea. U & J 03/23/1860, p.3 c.1.


Boivin, Omer E. (Doctor)

Born in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1890, son of Stanislas and Adeline Boivin. Served as City Physician in 1914 and was heavily involved in community and professional groups. From Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.180-1.


Bolduc, Madame

Mrs.Marie Bolduc née Travers, Canadian folk singer who performed under the name “Madame Bolduc”. Appeared many times at City Theater. See La Justice for 11/16/1934. Also pamphlet for 50th Anniversary Concert.


Bolduc, Joseph C.

(1883-1948) Editor and proprietor of La Justice newspaper, which continued until 1950. Obit in BDJ 01/02/1948, p.2 c.2.


Bonneau, Alfred

(1862-1920) Came to Biddeford in 1893; editor of La Justice newspaper. Visits with Teddy Roosevelt, BWJ 05/03/1907, p.6. Obit in BWJ 12/31/1920, p.1 c.1. Detailed social and professional sketch in Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.153. See also Bickford's Local landmarks, p.31.


Bonser, John

(1835-1920) Born in England. Came to U.S. and Biddeford in 1855. Started as a yard helper, then was overseer for 40 years. Retirement and account of his career, BWJ 08/25/1899, p.8 c.2. Obit in BWJ 01/16/1920, p.7 c.6.


Bouchard, Joseph E.

(1868-1922) Home at 57 Center Street. Born at Three Rivers, Quebec; came to Biddeford about 1885. Printer by trade, but later ran baking business. Obit in BDJ 10/04/1922, .8 c.4.


Boucher, Gilbert R.

Biddeford mayor from 1969-73. Known as controversial and a maverick, challenged the wealthy summer residents of Biddeford Pool so that locals could have beach access privileges. See Hendrickson’s Quiet Presence, p. 169-74. 


Bourne, Elizabeth

Daughter of E. E. Bourne, Kennebunk. Death on Mt. Washington (09/14/1855) from exposure during walk to the top. See letter of G. W. Bourne to Boston paper copied in U & J 09/28/1855, p2 c6-7.


Bouthellette, Alfreda

(1907-1985) Employed at McArthur Library for 35 years, died age 77. JT 07/18/1985, p.2 c.5.


Bowers, Roscoe L.

(1835-1892) Born in Baldwin, 01/18/1835. Came to Saco at 17 in 1852, married Abbie Berry. Mayor of Saco 1885 & 1886. Railroad Commission 2 years with a salary of $2000 per year. Obit BWJ 07/08/1892, p.3 c.3.


Boynton, Samuel L. (Deacon)

(1826-1912) Born in North Saco, lived on Smith Street, Biddeford for many years. Obit in BDJ 09/24/1912, p.8 c.4-5.


Brackett, Amos S.

(1824-1900) Moved to Biddeford about 1845. Obit BWJ 07/20/1900, p.8 c.3.


Brackett, Charles Henry

(1829-1898) Home at 12 Union Street. Kept grocery store in Odd Fellows Block on Alfred Street, brother of James G. Brackett. Obit BWJ 07/02/1898.


Brackett, Edward G.

Alfred Street. Died aged 72. Obit BWJ 11/23/1888, p.3 c.3.


Brackett, James F.

Born in Biddeford, son of James G. Brackett. Home at Washington and Jefferson Streets. Died of gas inhalation. Bachelor. Obit BWJ 05/25/1923, p.1 c.4. Estate appraised at $142,000 (see BJ 09/21/1923, p.1 c.5).


Brackett, James G.

(1818-1905) Home at 30 Washington Street. Helped build Laconia & Pepperell Mills, and was Superintendent of Laconia. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery. Obit BWJ 01/26/1906, p.6 c.5.


Brackett, Joseph F.

Death notice of Joseph Brackett of Biddeford, age 66. U & J 02/27/1857, p.3 c.3.


Brackett, Samuel B.

(1841-1900) Born in Peru, Maine, came to Biddeford at age 21. Lawyer and Civil War veteran (Sergeant Company B, 5th Maine). Buried in Greenwood Cemetery. Obit BWJ 06/22/1900, p.7 c.6.


Bradbury, Charles

Biddeford man, drowned in shipwreck of "Warden" off Bideford, England, on 10/09/1857. U & J 11/13/1857, p.2 c.5.


Bradbury, Christopher

Died of consumption 04/26/1828. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.117.


Bradbury, Cotton

Saco, died age 63. U & J, 05/12/1854, p.2 c.7.


Bradbury, Frank E.

Burned his dead sister's (Hattie) body in the furnace of their residence on 372 Main Street, Saco. See BDJ throughout June 1938. For Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision on this case see "Maine Reports 136, 1938-1940" p.347. Obit BDJ 01/12/1942, p.2 c.5.


Bradbury, Frederick C.

(1854-1919) Obit BWJ 02/21/1919, p.7 c.5-6.


Bradbury, Hattie P.

Hattie's brother, Frank, burns her body in the furnace of their 372 Main Street, Saco, residence after she dies from a fall. See BDJ throughout June 1938. For Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision on this case see "Maine Reports 136, 1938-1940" p.347. Obit BDJ 07/10/1938, p.2 c.8.


Bradbury, John O.

(1850-1921) Lawyer; born in Limington and came to Saco in 1890. Obit BWJ 07/03/1921, p.8 c.6.


Bradbury, Moses (Captain)

Died 11/24/1837 (2nd Congregational Church records). Built first house on Jordan's Island (later Spring's Island) in 1795. Served in American Revolution. See also Folsom's "History of Biddeford" p.286. Obit BWJ 09/02/1859, p.2 c.7.


Bradbury, Moses, Jr.

(1793-1859) "Moses Bradbury Esq., whose death is noted on our obituary list, was a citizen much respected. Friends he had many. Enemies none. He was for successive years one of our municipal officers and for several years represented the town in the State Legislature. His loss will be regarded as a public one." U & J 09/02/1859, p.2 c.7.


Bradbury, O. H.

Reminiscences of Bar Mills record found in family bible. Written by O. H. Bradbury, born in Bar Mills in 1822.


Bradford, Alfred S.

(1869-1904) Home at 101 South Street. Obit BWJ 01/29/1904, p.1 c.3-4. Tributes in BWJ 02/12/1904, p.8 c.6-7.


Brady, John (Reverend)

Obit BWJ 03/01/1907, p.6.


Bradbury, Gibeon E.

(1833-1904) Buxton painter and folk artist. Description of 3 paintings, see Maine Democrat newspaper 10/29/1867, p.2. Exhibits portraits of D.M. Owen family at York County Fair in Saco, see U & J 10/30/1857. Obit BWJ 12/16/1904, p.6 c.4.


Bragdon, H. H.

"Former Street Commissioner and quarry man died at his home on Pool Street 07/20/1928". Obit BWJ 07/20/1928, p.6 c.4.


Bridgman, George

Biddeford Journal employee, died age 84. Obit BDJ 12/31/1951, p.2 c.2. See Photo collection #1311.


Brock, John

Died 11/01/1841 in Biddeford. From Samuel Merrill diary, p. 170.


Broggi, Carl

Civic leader in Sanford, died of a heart attack in 1956. Route 111 from Biddeford to Sanford named for him ("Carl Broggi Highway"). Obit BJ 03/08/1956, p.1 c.4.


Brooks, William Grant

Born 1869. Sketch of career in BDJ 01/17/1912, p.6 c.1-3.


Brown, William Wells

Ex-slave lectures at Central House (U & J. 06/19/1857, p.2 c.5).


Browning, Howard

(1908-1989) Biddeford Pool resident, published current affairs newsletter "The Irregular" from 1978-1988. General articles about him see PPH 01/25/1983 and JT 07/15/1989. Obit JT 08/22/1989. [Library owns most of the newsletters.]


Bryan, William Jennings

Article on visit of William Jennings Bryan in BWJ 02/02/1900, p.5 c.5-6.


Bryant, Benjamin F.

Left $1000 to McArthur Library. BWJ 11/19/1915, p.1. Obit BWJ 09/17/1915.


Bryant, Foxwell Cutts

(1797-1892) Pioneer ice cutter of Saco, 1839. Obit BWJ 10/07/1892.


Bryant, Lila Mosher

(1865-1922) Daughter of Captain Ben Mosher & sister of Mrs. Elizabeth Cowan. Born in old Merrill homestead on Elm Street on hill in back of Mosher Block. Obit BWJ 06/09/1922, p.1 c.5.


Bryant, Luther

(1818-1894) Born on Gooch Street, made his real estate investments on Peirson Heights around 1840. Obit BWJ 07/06/1894, p.3 c.8-9. Suit over will in 12/05/1894.


Bryant, Stephen

Departed this life 09/13/1819. From Samuel Merrill diary, p. 81.


Buckley, Daniel

Obit BWJ 02/16/1872, p.3 c.1.


Buckley, Dennis

Died 06/28/1901, from List of events of 1901. [unknown resource]


Buckley, John

Yard boss, father of Dennis and Michael Buckley. Obit BDJ 12/29/1897, p.6 c.2.


Buckley, Michael

Died 11/23/1901, from List of events of 1901. [unknown resource]


Buker, Carver (Captain)

Died 07/03/1839, from Samuel Merrill diary, p.150.


Bull, Ole

So-called cult (Baha’i). Trial over estate in BDJ 05/17/1911 and 05/24/1911. Notice of former member Sarah J. Farmer in BWJ 11/24/1916, 12/01/1916, 01/12/1917.


Bullock, Wesley (Reverend)

(1818-1900) Obit BWJ 01/12/1900, p.8 c.3-4.


Bunker, Bachelor

Early settler of Biddeford Pool; “Bunker’s Point” possibly named for him. See Shores of Saco Bay, p.52.


Bunker, Stephen (Captain)

Biddeford man, died at New York. News of his death on 10/19/1828. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.119.


Bunkers, Peter

Died of Yellow Fever 06/19/1802. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.5.


Burbank, Jane L.

Librarian at Dyer Library, Saco. Worked in Trenton (NJ) Library and Newark (NJ) Library. Thornton Academy Class of 1900. BWJ 07/01/1921, p.6 c.4.


Burbank, Master

Old schoolmaster; was member of John Paul Jones’ crew on Bon Homme Richard. BWJ 05/10/1889, p.3 c.1.


Burnham, Andrew H.

Home at 9 Graham Street. Born in MA, came to Biddeford about 1870; was in fishing business at Cape Porpoise. Obit BWJ 01/07/1921, p.8 c.5.


Burnham, David

Saco man, died age 79. U & J 07/25/1856, p.3 c.5.


Burnham, Francis

(1841-1888) Civil War veteran; ran a book store at Main & Washington Streets from 1869-1888. His brother John Burnham was treasurer of Hardy Co. Obit BWJ 01/20/1888, p.3 c.3.


Burnham, George

Died 1931. Goodwin Building Architect. See Portland Press Herald.


Burnham, George O.

Obit BWJ 05/12/1893, p.3 c.2.


Burnham, Harry H.

Connected with Biddeford High School for 35 years. Obit BWJ 12/26/1930, p.3 c.5.


Burnham, John H.

(1830-1904) Father of Harry Burnham, lived at Bradbury Street. Obit BWJ 02/19/1904, p.7 c.1.


Burnham, Lewis P.

(1819-1890) One of the “Forty-niners”. Obit in BWJ 04/03/1890, p.3 c.5.


Burnham, William

Obit in BWJ 06/30/1871, p.3 c.1.


Burns, Clementine Kendrick

(1852-1922) Obit in BWJ 07/30/1922, p.8 c.2-3.


Burns, Bezela A. (Coghlan)

Widow of Patrick Burns who died in an accident, Spring 1910. Born in Ireland, came to New York & Boston in 1852 and then to Saco. Married Burns in 1855and lived in Biddeford to 1862 when they moved to Saco. Original member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Obit BDJ 11/09/1912, p.5 c.3.


Buzzell, Alvan

Biddeford man, drowned in river at age 20. U & J 10/06/1854, p.2 c.3.





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Calderwood, George G.

(1852-1919) Father of Harry C. Calderwood. Obit BWJ 12/12/1919, p.8 c.2.


Campbell, Robert

Carriage maker; died in Allston, Massachusetts aged 76. BDJ 07/18/1899, p.6 c.2.


Carlisle, James (Captain)

Died with a kind of consumption and loss of reason on May 22, 1819. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.80.


Carrier, Joseph N.

(1854-1926) One of the founders of Carrier’s Market; popular businessman. Came to Biddeford in 1874; saw largest part of French-Canadian immigration. Detailed professional sketch in Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.153. Obit BWJ 05/21/1926, p.8 c.5.


Carrier, Napoleon

(1835-1920) Born in Quebec, came to Biddeford in 1874; helped to build St. Joseph Catholic Church. Obit BWJ 09/24/1920, p.7 c.3.


Carter, George A.

(1830-1906) Came to Saco in 1851, Pioneer Express agent. Obit BWJ 10/12/1906, p.6 c.1-3.


Carter, George W.

Owner of successful flour and feed store in Biddeford. Obit BWJ 01/09/1920, p.1 c.7. See also Bickford's Local landmarks, p.34.


Cartier, Adeline

(1832-1922) Born in Canada, came to Biddeford at age 15 when there were only 4 French families. Married Moise Cartier ("Moses Quarter") and lived at 1 Ferry Road in Saco. See BDJ 03/14/1922 p.5 c.5; OBIT in BWJ 03/17/1922, p.8 c.7.


Cartier, Domithilda

Mill reminiscences of Mrs. Domithilda Cartier, 58 years in Pepperell. BDJ 06/06/1914, p.5 c.3-4.


Cartier, George H.

(b. 1857) One of the first 'native-born' Franco-Americans in Biddeford. Barber in the Biddeford House and then the Crystal Arcade. City councilor and President of the Biddeford-Saco Barbers Union. See Bickford's Local landmarks, p.32.


Cartier, Moise ("Moses Quarter")

(1829-1924) Home at Lower Ferry Road, Saco. Celebrates 65th wedding anniversary [to Adeline Cartier]. Born in Canada, went to Somerville, Massachusetts at 16 & learned brick making; helped make brick for Pepperell #2 [1856?]. Sketch of life: BDJ 02/03/1913, p.8 c.2-3. Obit BDJ 10/22/1924, p.8 c.4. [See also photo collection #1145] See Hendrickson’s Quiet Presence, p.226.


Chadbourne, Benjamin

Obit BWJ 01/13/1911, p.1 c.3.


Chadbourne, Owen Burnham

(1822-1901) Carriage builder of Saco. Built herdics for Boston & gun carriages fro government during the Civil War. Obit BWJ 04/12/1901, p.5 c.4.


Chadbourne, Joseph F.

(1832-1906) Carriage maker, Pleasant Street, Saco. Obit BDJ 12/11/1906, p.7 c.4-5.


Chadwick, John

Saco man, died 08/04/1854, aged 62. Obit U & J 08/11/1854, p.2 c.5 – p.3 c.2.


Chadwick, Nathan (Captain)

Died 03/25/1877, aged 74 years 5 months. Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.


Chamberland, George

Came to Biddeford in 1892, owned a confectionery business/soda fountain. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.101.


Chapman, Richard

Nephew of William Dwight. Speech in Maine legislature on amendment of corporation law of 1844, and history of Maine corporate law before 1844. U & J 07/19/1850, p.1 c.5-6. Suicide and obit in BWJ 07/18/1879, p.3 c.2.


Chase, Amos (Deacon)

(1718-1818) Died at Saco, aged ninety-nine years and two months, 03/02/1818. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.73. Memorial tablet dedicated in Saco church, and sketch of life with greeting of President Monroe in 1817. BWJ 09/03/1920, p.7 c.6-7.


Chase, Daniel

Saco man, died 09/01/1827. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.114.


Chase, Samuel F.

(1837-1889) Obit BDJ 05/06/1889, p.3 c.4.


Cheney, Clifford M.

(1870-1949) Died 06/22/1949.


Clarke, Edouard (Professor)

Organist at St. Joseph's Catholic Church for 16 years. Obit BWJ 02/09/1917, p.8 c.5.


Callahan, Mary (Mrs.)

(1835-1906)  Mother of wife of Dr. O'Neill of Biddeford, BWJ 07/13/1906, p.1 c.4.


Clark, Elisha E.

(1844-1904) Civil War veteran and prominent in civic affairs. Biddeford Scrapbook #2, p.94. Obit BDJ 12/09/1904, p.12 c.2-4.


Clark, George (Captain)

(1807-1891) Went to sea age 12. Brother was Capt. Benaiah Clark (obit BWJ 01/01/1892) and half-brother was Capt. William F. Gilpatrick (see note under Capt. Nehemiah Hill). Obit 01/01/1892, p.3 c.4.


Clark, Henry

French-Canadian, killed at age 32 while blasting a log on riverbank near Laconia Mill. Left wife & family of small children. U & J 09/28/1855, p.3 c.2.


Clark, Horace B.

(1851-1920) Son of Capt. Tristram Clark. Obit BWJ 05/14/1920, p. 8 c.5.


Clark, Mrs. James R.

Daughter of late Captain Edmund Perkins, noted ship-builder of Perkins Brothers firm. Obit BWJ 11/22/1918, p.6 c.3.


Clark, James R.

First appears in directory 1856. Last appears in directory 1870. Went to Boston from Biddeford and was in business there until his death at age 66. Obit BWJ 11/16/1888, p.2 c.8. Wife was daughter of Capt. Edmund Perkins.


Cleaves, Albert K.

Partner in jewelry firm of Twambley & Cleaves. Died aged 51. Obit BWJ 12/28/1888, p.3 c.3.


Cleaves, Benjamin F. (Judge)

(b. 1866) Partner in law firm of Cleaves, Waterhouse & Emery. Appointed Judge of Municipal Court of Biddeford in 1898. See Bickford's Local landmarks, p.23.


Cleaves, Charles H.

(1847-1917) Marble cutter for 43 years. Obit BWJ 09/07/1917, p.8 c.4.


Cleaves, Daniel (Esquire)

"Died in this town 12/09/1817, buried Friday 12th"- from Samuel Merrill diary. Came from Danvers, Massachusetts; married Sarah Fairfield of Saco in 1795. Built house in Biddeford about 1803. 

[For picture of wife see BDJ 08/14/1944, p.3 c.3-6.]


Cleaves, Daniel

(1809-1865) Buried in tomb on Nason Hill. Born 01/01/1809, died 07/01/1865. President of York Bank from 1849 until death. Son of Daniel Cleaves who died in 1817. Obit U & J 07/21/1865, p.3 c.1. [BWJ p.2 c.7, 7/7/65]


Cleaves, William W.

Biddeford man, died in Augusta, aged 62. U & J, 05/09/1856, p.3 c.3.


Clifford, Achsah (Miss)

Many public bequests in will, gives stone pillars for entrance to the park. Obit BWJ 12/03/1897, p.8 c.2.


Clifford, Mary Ann

Died aged 84. Obit BWJ 10/14/1898, p.7 c.1. Probate of Clifford will BWJ 11/04/1898, p.7 c.3.


Cobb, Harlan P.

(1840-1907) Home at North Street, Saco. Dry goods merchant in Biddeford and Saco. Obit BWJ 03/22/1907, p.3 c.3-4.


Cochrane, Jacob

(1782-unk.) See "Report of the trial of Jacob Cochrane: on sundry charges of adultery, and lewd and lascivious conduct, before the Supreme Judicial Court begun and holden at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on the third Tuesday of May, 1819. (40 p.). Available on microfiche through U. Maine, Orono. See “The Cochrane Delusion” in Saco Valley Settlements by Ridlon (p.269-282). See The Story of Waitstill Baxter by Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1913: Ch.10 & Ch.18.

See “The Cochrane Craze” BWJ 01/12/1894 p.3 c7; “Jacob Cochrane: one of his disciples tells of his own conversion” BWJ 01/18/1895 p.3 c.5; “Cochrane’s Wiles” BWJ 02/01/1895 p.3 ; “Cochrane’s Craze” BWJ 02/15/1895 p.3 c.3; “Cochranism:…” BWJ 03/15/1895 p.3 c.2; “Cochrane’s Arrest…” BWJ 02/07/1896 p.4 c.5; “Bolted from court:…” BWJ 02/21/1896 p.1 c.4; “In state prison…” BWJ 03/20/1896 p.1 c.3-4; “End of Cochrane…” BWJ 11/20/1896 p.4 c.4; “Recollections of old resident…” BWJ 05/08/1896 p.1 c.4-5; “Two strange gods:…” BDJ 10/12/1892 p.3 c.3-8.  


Cochrane, Jasper Duncan

Saco physician 1888-1924; home at 92 Elm Street (Saco). Died in 1924. BDJ 09/20/1957, pp.1 & 7.


Coffin, Edmund

His widow Mary Coffin died 11/04/1842 aged nearly 70. He died 01/28/1842. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.171.


Coffin, James

Of Saco, died aged 86 years, 11/27/1830. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.126.


Cole, Benjamin (Captain)

Of this town-died on 12/24/1808 on Wood Island, had kept the light house there. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.16.


Cole, Benjamin F.

Directories show him as a Biddeford photographer from 1866 to 1875.


Cole, Byron

Son of Mrs. Harrison Lowell of Biddeford. Had been printer in Biddeford; went to California and then to Nicaragua with General Walker. Was a Colonel in Nicaraguan army and killed at battle of San Jacinto 09/14/1856. Obit in Maine Democrat 06/09/1857, p.2 c.5.


Cole, Daniel

Died with consumption 09/12/1818. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.77.


Cole, Elizabeth

Died 07/19/1818 widow of Jeremiah Cole. Seventy-two years old. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.77.


Cole, Ivory

(1841-1917) Farm on Ross Road, Saco. Obit BWJ 03/02/1917, p.8 c.5.


Cole, Jake

Marrying Justice, 1850. BWJ 05/24/1918, p.6 c.3.


Cole, Jere

Died Saturday night with consumption. Buried Tuesday 02/19/1828. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.115.


Cole, Jotham

Death notice of Jotham Cole of Biddeford, aged 76. U & J 02/06/1857, p.3 c.3.


Cole, Moses

Died with consumption 12/26/1825. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.106.


Cole, Nathaniel

Died with consumption age 64 years, 05/24/184[?]. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.166.


Cole, Nathaniel [and family]

Home at South Street. Mrs. Elizabeth Cole Seavey died in Providence RI 05/22/1900. Born in Biddeford in 1814, daughter of Nathaniel Cole. Old home known (in 1900) as Obed Emery place South Street opposite the Deacon Boynton place. Nathaniel Cole had a lumber business on Spring’s Island.


Cole, Mrs. Thomas

Obit BWJ 02/09/1894, p.3 c.3.


Cole, Thomas H. (Deacon)

(1815-1879) Life of Thomas Cole, BWJ 04/25/1879, p.2 c.5. Obit BWJ 04/11/1879, p.3 c.2. See also History of York County, Maine p.206.


Cole, Thomas (Captain)

Died in Alexandria (formerly of Biddeford) 06/11/1814. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.40. 


Condon, Thomas (Captain)

Died at sea before 08/20/1858. Master of ship Elizabeth Kimball from Calcutta to Boston. From Maine Democrat newspaper 11/02/1858.


Conlan, Warren J.

(1854-1912) Biddeford actor, lived at 230 Prospect Street. Died in Winnipeg, Canada. Obit BDJ 05/20/1912, p.7 c.3.


Conlon, Warren J.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1854; died in Winnipeg 05/14/1912. Interpreter of Shakespearean drams, account of life in West. BWJ 05/17/1912, p.1 c.3.


Conway, James

Obit BWJ 01/03/1902, pl8 c.2.


Conway, John

(1859-1907) Born in Biddeford, father of Bessie Conway. Obit BWJ 02/22/1907, p.7 c.2.


Coombs, Raymond R. (“Bobby”)

Died 10/21/1991, aged 83 years. Former pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics. Died at his residence in Ogunquit. JT 10/23/91, p.2.


Cosgrove, William A. Senior

(1871-1912) Undertaker, born in Biddeford. Obit BDJ 05/04/1912 p.8 c.2.


Côté, François Xavier

Prosperous furniture dealer-“F.X. Cote Furniture”. Moved to Biddeford in 1862 with parents. Attended local schools, then worked 6 years at York Mills before opening his furniture store. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.75.


Coulombe, Joseph Felix (J. Felix)

(1889-1966) Biddeford man, star of amateur French players. Obit BDJ 01/11/1967, p.2.


Cousens, Franklin Burton

(1878-1902) Founder of speech contest. Obit BDJ 02/17/1902, p.6 c.2.


Cousens, Frank H.

Lived at Kossuth & South Streets. Obit BWJ 04/13/1900, p.7 c.1-2.


Cowan, Arthur

Died 12/04/1934. See History of the Old High School, Biddeford, Maine 1848-1881 by Mason, p.74.


Cowan, Edward L.

(1845-1904) Son of Louis O. Cowan; father of Arthur F. Cowan. Obit BWJ 06/17/1904, p.6 c.7.


Cowan, Louis O. (Captain)

Died 02/28/1863, age 50; buried at Greenwood Cemetery. Obit U & J 03/06/1863, p.2 c.1. His wife, Caroline Fenno, died 11/30/1893, age 80.


Cowan, Caroline (Mrs.)

Postmistress under Lincoln. Obit BWJ 12/08/1893, p.3 c.2.


Crisp, Arthur W.

Died age 93; mural painter and former resident of New York City. Retired to Biddeford Pool. BJ 06/28/1974, p.2 c.2 and BJ 06/29/1974, p.1 c.2-4. See also Scrapbook A1.


Crisp, Grace

Mrs. Arthur Crisp. Obit BJ 11/24/1973, p.2 c.1.


Crowley, Florence

(1880-1961) Of Biddeford. Obit BDJ 11/20/1961, p.2 c.4


Crowley, John W.

(1861-1918) Obit BWJ 09/20/1918, p.2 c.5.


Crowley, Timothy

(1834-1912) Home at 98 Mason Street. Born in Ireland, came to Biddeford about 1852. Father of Jere, John, Dennis & Agnes (Flanagan). Obit BDJ 09/17/1912, p.8 c.4.


Cullinan, Thomas

(1836-1914) Born in Ireland. Came to Biddeford in 1855. Was a policeman for many years. BDJ 12/15/1914, p.3 c.3.


Cummings, Abraham L. T.

(1865-1951) Member of York County Wheelmen. Recites dialect poem filled with local references at Quillcote, Salmon Falls (home of Kate Douglas Wiggin). BWJ 07/30/1915, p.2 c.4-6. Life sketch BWJ 07/21/1916, p.7 c.5. [See photo collection #670]


Cummings, Angie (Morton)

(1867-1952) Widow of A. L. T. Cummings, died 08/31/1952 age 85. Obit BDJ 09/02/1952, p.2 c.2.


Cummings, Jane

(1829-1930) Mrs. Jane Cummings, one of the oldest Maine women [at the time]. Biddeford Scrapbook #2, p.109.


Cummings, James

Died with a kind of consumption 07/21/1827. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.113.


Cummings, Theodate

(1838-1923) Widow of John G. Cummings, and mother of A. L. T. Cummings. Born in Ossippee N.H. Came to Biddeford where she married John Cummings (died 02/27/1888). Mrs. Cummings’ obit BWJ 02/23/1923, p.1 c.5.


Currier, Nathaniel

(1823-1906) Home on Beach Street, Saco. Millwright and bridge builder; built 1877 Main Street bridge. Obit BDJ 12/29/1906 p.7 c.3.


Curtis, Charles

(1836-1904) Solitary farmer, owned Timber Point/Curtis Point in the Fortune’s Rocks area. Died 06/06/1904, obit BWJ 06/10/1904. Reminiscence by Jonathan Little (former summer lodger) appeared in BWJ 07/08/1904.  


Curtis, Joseph F.

(1881-1957) Obit BDJ 12/16/1957, p.2 c.2.


Cutter, Abraham

Older brother of Barnabas Cutter. Born about 1799, came to Saco in 1826. In business as Mason with brother from 1842 to 1860. From 1860 to 1878 in coal business. History of York County, Maine p.166.


Cutter, Abram E.

(1822-1900) Born in Newburyport, Mass. Father (Abraham) moved to Saco in 1826. Attended Thornton Academy for 3 years, moved to Boston in 1843. Died in Charlestown, Mass. BWJ 05/18/1900. Left $10,000 to Thornton Academy and $2000 to Dyer Library: BWJ 06/01/1900, p.8 c.2.


Cutter, Barnabas E.

(1813-1888) Builder, brother of Abraham. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine p.190, image facing p.166. Died in Buxton. Obit BWJ 11/02/1888, p.3 c.2.


Cutter, George B.

(1843-1917) Son of Barnabas E. Cutter. Obit gives details on early construction activities in the Biddeford/Saco area. BWJ 11/30/1917, p.8 c.5-6.


Cutts, Dominicus

Born in 1778, son of Thomas Cutts. Ambassador to England, married Dolly Madison’s sister. House at Gooch & Main Streets on Factory Island, was moved to Biddeford and stood at Alfred and Washington Streets. Committed suicide by drowning in river. Died in Biddeford 05/09/1844. Death date from Samuel Merrill diary, p.183. 


Cutts, Polly

Widow of Dominicus Cutts, died 12/16/1853 age 73. U & J 12/21/1853, p.3 c.1.


Cutts, Thomas (Colonel)

Died in Saco age 86 years, on 01/10/1821. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.85.


Cutts, Thomas (Captain)

Buried last Friday with consumption 07/21/1839. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.150.





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Dalton, Benjamin

Dalton the Button Man”. Obit BWJ 12/25/1891, p.3 c.2.


Dean, Ezra (Doctor)

(1778-1858) [No obit found in U & J]. Died sudden Sally Dean wife of Ezra Dean, in Biddeford 09/18/1811-from Samuel Merrill diary. Second wife of Ezra Dean, age 63, died 03/14/1842-from Samuel Merrill diary, p.173.


Dame, Hubert H.

(1860-1916) Had laundry on Pleasant Street, Saco. Obit BWJ 07/14/1916, p.8 c.5.


Dame, Thomas

Dropped dead on the floor of his house, 10/12/1823. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.93.


Davis, Gertrude M.

(1875-1964) Library service 16 years: full-time 1943-1953; part-time 1954-1959. Obit BDJ 03/31/1964, p.2.


Davis, John

Deceased last Sabbath morning age 75 years 03/04/1831. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.128.


Davis, Lester

(1810-1903) Home at Guinea Road, Biddeford. Went to sea at 13. His grandfather, John Davis, settled in Biddeford at Oak Ridge. Obit BWJ 11/13/1903, p.6 c.2.


Davis, Nathaniel

Obit U & J 04/07/1854, p.3 c.1.


Davis, Thomas (Captain)

Lost at sea 11/03/1824. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.98.


Day, Frederick A.

(1830-1911) Furniture merchant, lived at 93 South Street. Buried at Greenwood Cemetery near Rishworth Jordan. Story of business career (at time of retirement) BWJ 03/30/1906, p.2 c.1-2. Obit BDJ 10/31/1911, p.5 c.3-4.


Day, Thomas S.

(1792-1880) Buried in Greenwood Cemetery near Rishworth Jordan.


Dearborn, Edward

An organizer of the York County Wheelmen. Obit BWJ 12/11/1896, p.3 c.3.


Dearborn, Joseph

First son born 03/14/1813, son Henry died at sea about 19 years old 11/1835. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.141.


Dearborn, Joseph H.

(1819-1920) Born in Hollis, came to Biddeford as a shoe manufacturer. Was associated with Simon Newcomb; partner in shoe factory of Dearborn & Shaw. Built home on Elm Street, Biddeford (was 149, became 272-see BWJ 11/28/1884, p.3 c.1). Obit BWJ 10/01/1921, p.8 c.5-6. [House bought by Lena McArthur, BWJ 12/23/1921].


Dearborn, Joseph

(1842-1901) Born in Biddeford in old Dearborn house on South Street; stone cutter by trade. Died 11/29/1901. Obit BWJ 12/06/1901, p.8 c.5-6.


Dearing, Joseph F.

(1827-1895) Obit BWJ 01/04/1895, p.3 c.8.


Dearing [Deering], Lucia Kimball

(1852-1916) Trust fund for hospital in memorial to her father John E. L. Kimball upon death in 1916. See BWJ 07/28/1916, p.6 and 09/04/1917, p.3 c.1-3. City appoints Board of Trustees, funds amount to $500,000-BJ 06/05/1961.


Dearing, Nathaniel

Died in Saco 04/10/1843. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.176.


Dearing, Octavus A.

Printer; became first city librarian in 1863. Left in 1864 for California. In 1885 he was manager of the Pacific Type Foundry of San Francisco. See paragraph in BWJ 12/04/1885, p.3 c.2—described as a “native Biddefordian” who learned his trade in Journal office.


Deering, Edward M.

Claims to have introduced vertical handwriting in the U.S. in 1894-BWJ 06/21/1901, p.8 c.5. Had lived in grandfather’s house at Portland Road & Ross Road (Saco) when 5 years old-BWJ 07/12/1901. Died 10/23/1935.


Deering, Gilman N.

Obit BWJ 04/15/1921, p.1 c.3-4. Estate estimated at $225,000-BWJ 04/22/1921, p.8 c.4-5.


Deering, John

Saco lawyer; present at President Lincoln’s assassination. Obit BWJ 03/08/1901, p.7 c.7.


Deering, Joseph G.

Saco man. First & final accounting of estate presented by Frank C. Deering. BWJ 01/13/1893, p.2 c.8.


Decary, A. M. (Monsignor)

Victim of a holiday tragedy when he was struck and killed by an automobile near his residence in Dorval, Quebec, on Christmas eve. He was pastor for 31 years at St. Andre Catholic Church. BJ 12/26/1957, p.1 c.5-6. Throng pays tribute at rites from Monsignor Decary-BJ 12/30/1957, p.1 c.6-8.


Decary, Zenon (Reverend)

Assistant at St. Andre’s Parish, a brother of Reverend Monsignor A. M. Decary , pastor of the church, died in Montreal, Quebec. BJ 07/26/1940, p.1 c.3.


Demaris, Ovid

Biddeford-born writer/journalist. Worked for UPI in Boston and the Los Angeles Times before turning to freelance work. Authored 33 books and numerous articles for magazines including Esquire and Parade. Appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes” (JT 01/03/1981, p.3 c.1). Obit JT 03/14/1998.


Dennet, Samuel

Died in Pepperellborough 10/28/1800 “an old gentleman”. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.2.


Dennett, Ebenezer

Died in Saco 11/21/1844 age [?]. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.181.


Dennett, John Q.

(1829-1912) Born in North Biddeford near Goodwin’s Mill Road, and died in same house. A member of first Biddeford City Council 1855. Obit BDJ 05/11/1912, p.6 c.1.


Dennett, Lora D. (Doctor)

(1851-1906) Physician, father of Carl Dennett. Obit BWJ 02/02/1906, p.1 c.1.


Dennett, J. [James] Vaughn

(1867-1959) Amateur journalist, sailor, builder, book collector and fine furniture maker. Sailed to India at age 20, then went to M.I.T., graduating in 1893. Worked in Massachusetts, then retired home to Saco. Father Roscoe G. Dennett, mother Annie Olivia Berry, brother William Hartley Dennett. Married Ellen Bowers of Lynn, Mass., who died at age 85-Obit in BJ 11/09/1953. J. Vaughn Dennett died 07/06/1959        


Dennett, Winfield S.

(1839-1913) Born in Buxton. Opened office in Saco as Civil Engineer in 1863. Agent of Saco Water Power Company from 1886-1911. Son died from drinking poisoned cider & Dennett sued cider seller for $10,000 (BWJ 05/20/1889, p.3 c.3-5.) Obit (Winfield) in BDJ 10/20/1913, p.8 c.2.


Dennis, Paul

Came to Biddeford in 1913 when he became part owner of J.O. Sansoucy furniture business. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.93.


Deshaies, Albert F.

(1901-1964) Manager of Liggett’s store, Main Street since 1929. Obit BDJ 11/02/1964, p.2 c.2.


Dion, Napoleon

(1849-1921) Born in Canada. Came to Maine as a boy, and to Biddeford about 1861. Worked in Saco-Lowell, had undertaking business, furniture business, drug business and also once ran a restaurant. Obit BWJ 02/04/1921, p.8 c.1.


Dolloff, David Ernest (Doctor)

(1870-1948) Born in Monroe, Maine. Married Carrie Rand 06/22/1906. MD at Bowdoin Medical School. Came to Biddeford in 1908, practiced with M. Hubbard Ferguson. Story and picture of Army training (BWJ 06/08/1917, p.3 c.3-4) Obit BJ 11/29/1948, p.1 c.6-p.2 c.1. [See photo collection #1393]


Donnell, James (Captain)

Widow died 08/25/1840. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.160.  The Donnells lived on Pool Road. Samuel Merrill was a pall bearer at the widow’s funeral. A daughter of Donnell married Thomas C. Bradbury.


Donovan, Ellen

(1838-1921) Home at 35 High Street. Born in Ireland, came to Biddeford with parents when very young. Maiden name unknown. Obit BWJ 09/02/1921, p.7 c.2.


Douglass, Frederick

(1818-1895) Famous American ex-slave turned abolitionist and equal rights worker. Delivered lectures in Methodist Church on Alfred Street (U & J 01/19/1855); Lectured in Central Hall on Dred Scott case (U & J 04/02/1857, p.2 c.5.); Lectured in Biddeford again (U & J 03/28/1873, p.3 c.1). Interview with Douglass in Biddeford, BDJ 08/16/1890, p.3 c.3.


Dow, Neal

(1804-1897) Famous Maine prohibitionist. Obit BWJ 10/08/1897, p.1 c.4-5.


Doyle, Michael

Died at age "about 70". Came to Biddeford in youth; charter member of A.O.H. [Ancient Order of Hibernians—an Irish/Catholic organization]. Obit BWJ 04/09/1920, p.7 c.6.


Doyon, Linière

Pharmacist and owner of Doyon’s Pharmacy. Came to Biddeford with parents at age 9 and attended local schools. Graduated Sherbrooke (Quebec) Seminary. Married Augustine Dubucand of Sherbrooke. Life sketch in Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.129.


Drain, Michael F. (Reverend)

(1870-1933) Born in Ireland. Ordained in Portland, Maine in 1890. Obit BDJ 07/17/1933, p.8 c.2-8.


Drake, Samuel Adams

(1833-1905) New England historian. Born in Boston, lived in Kennebunkport more than 30 years; Colonel in the Civil War. Son of Samuel G. Drake. Obit BWJ 12/08/1905, p.10 c.7.


Dresser, Daniel

Death notice of Daniel Dresser of Saco, aged 55. Born in Scarborough but lived in Saco for 30 years. U & J 12/25/1857, p.3 c.1.


Driscoll, Dennis

Died 08/25/1901.


Duffy, John W.

(1875-1956) Died 06/01/1956. Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.107.


DuGuay, Helene

(1931- ) Poet. Biddeford/Saco Courier, 03/26/1992, p.20.


Dunham, Joseph

Departed this life, consumption. 12/14/1804. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.6.


Dupont, Pierre (Reverend Father)

(1844-1915) Obit and history, BWJ 12/17/1915, p.8 c.3. Fight begins over estate, French Canadian Institute opposed as trustee (BDJ 08/14/1917, p.3 c.6-7). Final court decision on will (BWJ 04/01/1921, p.1 c.1-2). Left $20,000 for either a monastery in Biddeford or for "spiritual welfare of the French people."


Dyer, John

Of this town, died 01/12/1826, age 86. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.107.


Dyer, Thomas (Captain)

Was drowned at the Wharf sudden and accidental on 10/06/1806. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.10.





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Eastman, Mary

Daughter of Saco attorney Philip Eastman. Lived in large Victorian home at the corner of North and Elm Streets, Saco. Gave the land for Eastman Park in Saco as a memorial to her father, Philip; now location of soldiers monuments and Christmas tree at the intersections of North, Elm, and Main Streets. Died at nephew's home in Newton Center, Massachusetts on 02/24/1913. Her funeral was held at First Parish Congregational Church in Saco 02/26/1913. Reverend Chester B. Emerson, assisted by Reverend Carl Gates of Portland, officiated.


Eastman, Philip

Saco attorney, worked for the mills. Died 08/09/1869. Lived at large Victorian home on corner of North and Elm Streets in Saco. Daughter Mary Eastman left park to city in father's memory.


Eddy, Mary Baker

Founder of Christian Science Church. Second husband was Dr. Daniel H. Patterson, who lived in Saco. (See Patterson, Daniel H.)


Eaton, Moses, Junior

(1796-1886) Craftsman. As a young man, stenciled walls in Kennebunk and North Saco. See Early American Wall Stencils by Waring (1937): p.78; discovery of his stenciling kit in Dublin, NH, p.56-58; sample of work, fig. 89; stencils fig. 58-59; original Eaton kit, fig. 18.


Economos, Thomas G.

Obit BDJ 04/04/1955, p.2 c.2. Widow Mardella Stewart Economos was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and was buried in Houlton, Maine.


Edgecomb, William

Of Biddeford, age 37; died at Bahue, South America on 02/05/1855. U & J 04/27/1855, p.3 c.2.


Edgerly, James

Attorney. Obit BWJ 02/14/1908, p.7.


Edwards, George W. (Captain)

Home at 75 Foss Street. Story on reunion of two Civil War veterans, both brothers, after 46 years—Capt G.W. Edwards, age 72 and Thomas H. Edwards, age 82 (BWJ 03/03/1893, p.3 c.2). Obit BWJ 05/19/1905, p.12 c.5.


Edwards, Joseph C.

(1853-1922) Son of Capt. Joseph Edwards. Died 03/29/1922; obit BWJ 03/31/1922, p.6 c.4.


Edwards, Joseph (Captain)

(1822-1892) Home at 709 Pool Road. Builder of Whalebone Cottage. Sons Oren B. and Joseph C. Member Grand Army of the Republic, Sheridan Post.  Obit BWJ 11/18/1892, p.3 c.4. Widow Elizabeth Page obit BWJ 01/02/1914, p.8 c.5. Story of family reunion and Christmas tree in BWJ 01/01/1892, p.3 c.1.


Edwards, Oren B.

(1857-1912) Born on Pool Road, son of Joseph & Elizabeth Page Edwards. Ran express business for 24 years with brother Joseph C. and son Oren B. Jr. He also carried mail to Biddeford Pool. Obit BDJ 11/04/1912, p.3 c.2.


Edwards, Oren B., Junior

Home at Pool Road (2 building below Whalebone Cottage) destroyed by fire. BWJ 02/02/1912, p.1 c.5.


Elliott, Timothy

(1842-1921) Home at 72 Mason Street. Born in Truro, Nova Scotia but spent most of life in Biddeford. Civil War veteran and former city marshal. Obit BWJ 07/22/1921, p.8 c.2.


Ellis, George

From Dedham, Massachusetts. Died of suffocation while superintendent overseeing construction of concrete replacement for Bradbury Bridge. Obit BJ 04/18/1921. 


Emerson, James (Captain)

(1840-1906) Home at Ferry Lane. Followed sea for 40 years, making first voyage at age 13. Died in house in which he was born. Obit BDJ 11/02/1906, p.8 c.2.


Emerson, Stillman Harmon

(1845-1914) Civil War veteran, born in Biddeford. Born on Alfred Road towards Kennebunk line. Obit 01/30/1914, p.7 c.2-4.


Emery, Samuel

Biddeford born, drowned age 33 crossing river near Sacramento, California. Went to California in 1849. Son of Capt. Samuel Emery of Biddeford. U & J 06/13/1851, p.3 c.1.


Emery, Samuel (Captain)

Died 04/23/1850, age 79. Union newspaper, 04/26/1850.


Emery, Simon (Captain)

Died in New York with yellow fever 11/02/1825. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.104. [Son] James Freeman Emery was killed by Indians while journeying in Texas 09/21/1841. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.168.


Emery, Caleb (Doctor)

Served in Civil War at age of 15. Came to Biddeford in 1871. See schedule of life on 75th birthday, BJ 04/23/1920. Obit BWJ 11/13/1925, p.3 c.5-6.


Emery, Charles

Died in Haverill, Massachusetts. Obit BWJ 03/22/1918, p.3 c.4.


Emery, George Addison

(1839-1933) Saco native. Graduated Thornton Academy 1859 and Bowdoin College 1863. Municipal judge of Saco in 1867. Obit BDJ 01/09/1933, p.1 c.5 –p.7 c.1-2.


Emery, George L.

(1876-1944) Lawyer; partner in law firm of Cleaves, Waterhouse & Emery. Appointed Recorder of the Municipal Court of Biddeford in 1898. Son of Lewis W. Emery of Kennebunkport and Susan A. Hamilton Emery of Waterboro. Married to Mabel Moulton. Gave speech reviewing political history of Biddeford (BWJ 02/18/1921, p.1 c.6-7). Obit BDJ 10/03/1944, p.1 c.7-p.2 c.2. See also Bickford's Local landmarks, p.23.


Emery, Hannah

Died age 91, widow of Daniel Emery. U & J 03/23/1855, p.3 c.3.


Emery, Haven (Captain)

Died in Biddeford 04/10/1840. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.157.


Emery, James

(1843-1922) Born in Biddeford, son of Nathaniel Emery. Went to sea at an early age with his father who was a sea captain. Later commanded a tug boat. Obit BWJ 12/29/1922, p.8 c.1.


Emery, Ralph

Was driving oxen and got hurt by the wheel somehow and died 07/24/1830. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.125.


Emery, Rebecca Hitchcock

(1697-1786) Widow of Captain Smit, married Nathaniel Ladd of Falmouth. See BJ 01/29/1964, c.9. Biddeford Scrapbook #7, p.26.


Emery, Thomas (Captain)

Died suddenly, 02/10, age about 80. BWJ 02/17/1865, p.3 c.1.


Emery, Thomas H.

Biddeford school teacher. Tribute at time of his resignation in 1891 (BWJ 12/18/1891, p.3 c.4). Bronze memorial tablet put up in 1914 (Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.16-17). Special celebration and gift of portrait in 1918 (Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.17).


Emmons, Gowen

(b. 1850) Worked as a quarryman and stone-cutter in Biddeford quarries prior to opening his own business in granite under the name Gowen Emmons & Co. See Bickford's Local landmarks, p.20.


Emond, François Xavier

Born in Biddeford in 1887 to John F. and Anastasie Emond. Fluctuated between shoe business and undertaking. Graduated from Massachusetts School of Embalming. Life sketch in Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.176-7.


Etchells, James E.

(1862-1926) Obit BWJ 04/02/1926, p.1 c.3.


Etchells, John

Obit BWJ 02/24/1888, p.3 c.3.


Evans, Thomas L.

Died 08/03/1957. Biddeford merchant: Observes 87th birthday & Sketch of career. (Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.101).





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Fairfield, John

(1797-1847) Former governor and senator from Maine, lived in Saco. See Biddeford Scrapbook #1, p.20 and #6, p.116-117. Biographical sketch in JT 11/15/1986, p.11. [For house see Photo collection #1260]


Fairfield, Ichabod

Died in Saco on Sunday last, 03/24/1824. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.96.


Fairfield, John (Parson)

Departed this life with old age, 12/16/1819. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.81. [See Photo collection #1655 (chairs) and #1723 (house)].


Fairfield, Roy P.

Saco historian and author. Written several books, including Sand, Spindles and Steeples and New Compass Points-Twentieth Century Saco. See Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.88.


Fairfield, Rufus Albert (R. A.)

(1852-1939) Known as “Al” Fairfield. First man in Maine to take sales agency for bicycle. Was also first to take auto agency (“locomobile”) in Biddeford and Saco (see BDJ 05/17/1901, p.7 c.6). Obit BDJ 01/03/1939, p.8.


Fairfield, S. S.

(1790-1863) Born in Wenham, Massachusetts. Came to Saco about 1825, then went to Biddeford in 1848 as cashier of Biddeford Bank. Held that position until his death. Obit U & J, 07/10/1863, p.2 c.4.


Falker, John

(1845-1912) Home on Pool Road. Father of John A. Falker and son of Captain Nathaniel Falker who died about 1900. Went to sea at 11, commanded vessel at age 19. Commanded schooner R. F. C. Hartley, retiring in 1910. Obit 04/24/1912, p.6 c.1.


Falker, Nathaniel, Junior (Captain)

Followed sea 50 years, died age 77. Obit BWJ 08/29/1919, p.7 c.5.


Falker, Nathaniel, Senior (Captain)

(1821-1902) Commanded vessels for 65 years. Ship to carry ice to South Carolina (BWJ 04/09/1886, p.3 c.1). Sketch of life (BWJ 11/12/1886, p.3 c.2). Personal description of sale of his last vessel (BWJ 05/24/1889, p.3 c.2). 80th birthday party and descendents (BJ 08/24/1900, p.7 c.4). Obit BWJ 04/04/1902, p.6 c.3.


Farley, Peter M.

(1846-1929) Born in Ireland, came here at age 4. Served with the Union Cavalry in Civil War (see BDJ 02/05/1949, p.4 in “Twenty Years Ago”). Father of Peter and John. Obit BWJ 02/08/1929, p.6 c.3.


Fearon, John

(1864-1958) Came to Biddeford 04/1887, age 23, from Liverpool, England. Began work at Pepperell Mill, employed there 50 years. From Men and Times of Pepperell, p.71. Died 04/30/1958.


Fenderson, James H.

Fiftieth anniversary of jewelry business. See Biddeford Scrapbook #2, p.2-3.


Fenderson, Marshall

(1839-1915) Went to sea, then became Biddeford cigar manufacturer (Fenderson & Cole) for 32 years. Obit BDJ 02/13/1915, p.8 c.4.


Ferguson, M. Hubbard (Doctor)

Home at Jefferson and Adams Streets. Born in Dixmont, Maine. Graduated from medical school in 1878, in practice in Biddeford from 1897. Died in auto accident. BWJ 05/18/1923, p.1 c.1.


Field, William H.

(1818-1912) Came to Biddeford in 1849, lived in house (Hurd’s) from 1856-1912. In clothing business. [There was another William H. Field in town in the piano business.] Obit BWJ 08/09/1912, p.7 c.3.


Finn, (Father)

Priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Obit BWJ 07/02/1886, p.3 c.5.


Flagg, James Montgomery

(1877-1960) Artist, summer resident of Biddeford Pool. Built cottage at Pool (BDJ 05/11/1910, p.8 c.3). Sights whale and mistakes it for submarine (BDJ 08/27/1914, p.8 c.4). Writes poem on condition of Pool Road, 1927 (Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.84). Flagg work at library (BJ 03/07/1947). Autobiography titled Roses and buckshot (1946).Obit BJ 05/28/1960, p.2 c.2.


Fletcher, Pendleton

(1707-1807) Died 04/17/1807 at age of 100.


Fleurant, Rose

Second French woman to make her home in Biddeford. Widow of Louis Fleurant, she died at age 78. Obit BDJ 07/11/1916, p.3 c.3.


Fogg, James H.

(1835-1911) Home at 292 Alfred Street. Born in Saco; business in Biddeford with son, George C. Fogg. Obit BDJ 12/29/1911, p.6 c.1.


Fogg, John S. (Doctor)

Inspector General of the Army of the Philippines (Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.15). Married Miss Wilhelmina Spear (BDJ 08/04/1914, p.3 c.6).


Fogg, Mary Trafton

(1821-1907) Home at 30 South Street. Mother of Dr. John S. Fogg. Husband died 09/21/1888—gives full lineage on both mother and father of Dr. Fogg. Obit BWJ 05/03/1907, p.7 c.3-4.


Folsom, George

(1802-1869) Historian and teacher. Born in Kennebunk, died in Rome, Italy. Taught at Thornton Academy about 1827 (from Old Thornton Academy p.27). Wrote A History of Saco and Biddeford, published in 1830.


Ford, Henry

Henry Ford, automaker, visits Biddeford on way to Portland by auto. He made a short stop at Biddeford Motor Mart to talk to William F. Goodwin, local Ford agent.

BWJ 10/05/1923, p.8 c.3.


Ford, Horace

Police commissioner. Obit BWJ 01/15/1897, p.1 c.8.


Ford, Radcliffe

Obit BWJ 02/22/1924, p.1 c.4-5.


Fortin, Emile A. (Doctor)

(1865-1923) Born in Quebec; went to Fall River, Massachusetts at age 19. Moved to Biddeford in 1897; practiced medicine and established the Fortin Pharmacy on Alfred Street in 1911. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.106. Obit BDJ 04/30/1923, p.5 c.5.


Fortune, Francis

Fortune’s Rocks, Biddeford. Obit U & J 12/17/1858, p.3 c.3. For history of Fortune’s Rocks see BDJ 08/06/1938. See also Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.4.


Foss, Daniel

His home at southwest corner of Foss & Pool Streets sold to settle estate of his widow. U & J 06/06/1856, p.3 c.4.


Foss, Lemuel

Died in this town 05/21/1815, buried on Tuesday. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.52.


Foss, Obed

Died with consumption 01/07/1833. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.138.


Foss, Walter (Captain) 

Died in Biddeford about 08/23/1827. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.114.


Foss, William A.

(1842-1906) Home at 130 Elm Street, Biddeford. Civil War veteran, station agent, also ran magazine & variety store on Main Street. Obit BWJ 04/20/1906, p.7 c.6-7.


Foss, William A.

Saco man. Died in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Painted house red, white, and blue. Obit BWJ 10/21/1921, p.8 c.6.


Fournier, Alfreda

See Bouthillette, Alfreda


Fowler, Orson

Famous phrenologist lectured here for two weeks in March of 1848. As the result of his visit two octagonal houses were built.


Free, Valentine

(1823-1901) Lived on Hill Street. Born in Switzerland where he learned the dye business. Operated dye establishment here fro more than 25 years. Obit BDJ 05/31/1901, p.6 c.3.


Freeman, James R.

Oldest child of William P. Freeman of Biddeford. Obit BWJ 01/12/1894, p.3 c.3.


Freeman, Josephine L.

(1837-1922) Home at 143 Pool Street. Widow of William P. Freeman, mother of Prentiss A. Freeman. Obit BWJ 10/20/1922, p.1 c.7 & p.7 c.6.


Freeman, Randall

(1810-1842) Died 03/11/1842 of consumption at the age of 32. His wife died 10/1839 of consumption. From Samuel Merrill diary, 03/11/1842.


Freeman, William (Captain)

Hung himself 08/05/1820. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.84.


Freeman, William Prentiss

(1833-1898) Home near corner of Pool and Clifford Streets. Born in 1833. His mother was daughter of Captain James Murch. Obit BDJ 11/09/1898, p.6 c.2-4.


Frost, Edward Sands

(1843-1894) Born 1843 in Lyman. A tin peddler by trade who later became a commercial designer of hooked rugs. He revolutionized the art of rug hooking by creating stencils for drawing the designs. His designs were stamped with "E. S. Frost & Co. of Biddeford, Me." He later sold his business to the mayor of Biddeford, James H. Stroud, and he moved to California to try to recover his declining health. (See The dreams beneath design by McGown, 1939, p.58+.) "Builds two story addition to business house because of increase in business." (U & J 02/17/1891, p.3 c1 & 7). For rug making career of E. S. Frost see Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.79.


Frost, George

Son of Edward Sands Frost. Obit BWJ 12/18/1925, p.2 c.4.





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Garey, Otis T.

(1833-1919) Oldest member of Pavilion Church, he and wife die on same day. Obit BWJ 04/04/1919, p.7 c.5.


Galland, Joseph

Home at 31 High Street. Biddeford High School class of 1902. Teacher of language in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Author of french textbook, received Croix de Guerre for war service (BWJ 03/04/1921, p.1 c.2). Died in 1947, obit BDJ 11/29/1947, p.2 c.2.


Garland, James G.

(1827-1909) Invented automatic humidifier in 1881 which allowed people to work in hot mill buildings. See Hendrickson’s Quiet Presence, p.65. Obit BDJ 06/14/1909, p.8 c.2-3. Leaves $1000 to Second Congregational Church, Biddeford, and $500 to improve Clifford Park. BWJ 06/18/1909, p.7 c.7.


Garland, Mrs. James G.

(1836-1900) Daughter of George H. Adams, and first classical graduate of Biddeford High School. Obit BWJ 12/07/1900, p.7 c.4.


Gay, Robert Henry

(1865-1962) Watch-maker/repairer, who lived in Waterville during the winter and at the old family farm at Jordan Point (Biddeford Pool) during the summers. Hobbyist photographer, he took hundreds of pictures throughout the years of Biddeford and Biddeford Pool, as well as some other areas, later donating the images and negatives to McArthur Public Library. "Celebrates 94th birthday" (BDJ 08/27/1959, p.1; same article located in Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.81). Obit BDJ 01/22/1962, p.2 c.2.


Gay, Sarah E.

(1826-1913) Home at 303 Pool Road. Born Sarah E. Jordan, daughter of Rishworth & Kezia Hill Jordan. Mother of Robert Henry Gay, and wife of Reverend Joshua S. Gay. Obit BDJ 01/25/1913, p.6 c.2.


Gendron, Joseph Philias

(1859-1942) Born in St. Rosalie, Quebec. Came to Biddeford with family in 1877 at age 18. Married in Biddeford in 1880. Obit BDJ 01/05/1942, p.1 c.6-7 & p.7 c.4-5.


Gibbs, George K.

Worked at the Pepperell Mills for 60 years. Superintendent for 38 years (1881-1919); started first wide sheeting looms in the United States in mill building #3. Obit BWJ 01/24/1919, p.8 c.3-6.


Giguere, Aime (Reverend)

Pastor of St. Andre's Catholic Church; photograph with aides when new. BJ 09/10/1951, p.1.


Gilman, Albert H.

(1829-1911) Home at 365 Main Street, Saco. Ran Gilman Machine Works, founded 1872, on Mechanic Street. Retired in 1904. Obit BDJ 04/21/1911, p.7 c.1-2.


Ginnelly, Dorothy (Dudley)

(1902-1979) Born in Biddeford; graduated Biddeford High School and Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Registrar at Museum of Modern Art in New York City for 30 years. Retired home to Biddeford where she served as Curator-Registrar of Biddeford Historical Society until her death. Obit BJ 01/30/1979, p.2 c.2; Maine Sunday Telegram 01/28/79, p.2.


Gillpatrick, Benjamin (Captain)

Died 03/29/1819. From Samuel Merrill Diary, p.79.


Gillpatrick, Mary

Wife of Capt. Benjamin Gillpatrick. Died 12/29/1840. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.163.


Gillpatrick, William

Deceased on 03/07/1807, of Biddeford. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.12.


Gilpatric, Guy

Nephew to Mrs. Enoch Lowell of Saco.


Gilpatrick, Christopher C.

(1860-1921) Home at 9 West Myrtle Street. Son of Capt. Seth Gilpatrick, born in Biddeford. Obit BWJ 01/07/1921, p.8 c.6.


Gilpatrick, John K.

Death notice of John K. Gilpatrick of Biddeford, age 61. U & J 10/02/1857, p.3 c.3.


Gilpatrick, Samuel (Captain)

(1814-1885) Born on Pool Road. Career and ships commanded listed in obituary, BWJ 06/26/1885, p.3 c.2.


Gilpatrick, Samuel C.

(1838-1921) Born in Biddeford, father of Walter J. Gilpatrick of Saco. Obit BWJ 05/20/1921, p.8 c.2.


Gilpatrick, William (Captain)

(1820-1907) Home on Pool Road. Went to sea at the age of 10; died in Pool Road house in which he was born. Obit BWJ 10/18/1907, p.1 c.4.


Girouard, Eli

Tailor who worked in the Crystal Arcade building. Had a sign outside of a pumpkin with a large ram, the French symbol for “tailor”. He was a small man, and a favorite member of the York County Wheelmen. (Memory of Biddeford resident Vaughn Dennett).


Glassman, Harry P.

“Justice Glassman dead at 53”: JT 05/15/1981, p.2 c.2.


Goldsbrough, Jeremiah

Born 1819. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine p.209. Obit BWJ 06/21/1895, p.3 c.2.


*Note* There is some disagreement as to correct spelling of “Goldthwait” or “Goldthwaite"; therefore all persons with this family name are shown as “Goldthwait/e”. –McArthur Library 


Goldthwait/e, Alexander

Died in Biddeford 12/02/1844, age not given. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.186.


Goldthwait/e, Charles

(1838-1907) Home at Fort Hill; began career as pilot in 1872. Brother to Capt. Harrison Goldthwait. Obit 11/13/1907, p.8 c.3.


Goldthwait/e, Daniel

(1829-1902) Son of Tristram (d.1887). Born in old Goldthwait/e homestead on Fort Hill. Commanded steamers “Augusta” and “S. E. Spring”. Pilot on Saco River all his life, never went to sea. During the Civil War was in business in the South with T. K. Lane. His brother was Tristram Junior. Obit BWJ 07/04/1902, p.8 c.4.


Goldthwait/e, Ervin F.

(1857-1919) Home at 534 Pool Road. Obit BWJ 05/02/1919, p.8 c.7.


Goldthwait/e, Fred Ophar

(1872-1923) Postmaster at Biddeford Pool. Son of John Fred and Mary Falker Goldthwait/e. Father had grocery on Pool Road “just below the pump”. Obit BWJ 07/20/1923, p.1 c.5.


Goldthwait/e, Harrison (Captain)

(1842-1910) Lived at Fort Hill until 1908; harbormaster at Biddeford Pool. Son was Clarence Goldthwait/e; father was Capt. Tristram Goldthwait/e Sr. and mother was Mary Staples Goldthwait/e. Began as a pilot at age 16; commanded tug “Joe Baker” from 1883 to his death. Obit BWJ 04/22/1910, p.8 c.7.


Goldthwait/e, John B.

(1831-1914) Home at 526 Pool Road. Last of the old sea captains on Pool Road; he went to sea at age 14. Obit BDJ 10/15/1914, p.6 c.4.


Goldthwait/e, John Fred

(1840-1920) Followed the sea, then worked in Boston and Portland before returning to Biddeford and opening a grocery in Biddeford Pool. Also served deputy sheriff of York County and state Fish Warden. Married to Mary Falker, & father to Fred O. Goldthwait/e. Obit BWJ 10/08/1920, p.8 c.5. See also Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.22-3.


Goldthwait/e, Lauriston W.

(1833-1912) One of the last old-time river pilots before the advent of steam tugs. Born at Saco Ferry, lived at Biddeford Pool. Obit BDJ 05/13/1912, p.2 c.5.


Goldthwait/e, Philip

Revolutionary War soldier and first keeper of Wood Island Lighthouse in Biddeford Pool. Father of Tristram G. Goldthwait/e.


Goldthwait/e, Samuel

Died age 70. “Had resided in this city but a few years”: no mention of birthplace. Obit BWJ 03/09/1860, p.3 c.1.


Goldthwait/e, Tristram G.

Old pronunciation of name was “Trus Gooldthwite”. Son of Philip Goldthwait/e. Member of state legislature in 1838, 1839, & 1841. Inspector of Customs at Biddeford Pool from 1849-1853 under President Taylor. He died age “nearly 83” and having lived in his house for 55 years. Buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco; pallbearers (all aged men) included Capt. Waldo Hill, Capt. William Googins, Capt. Nathaniel Falker, and Thomas Carey. Obit BWJ 02/25/1887, p.3 c.5.


Goldthwait/e, Tristram Jr.

(1836-1904) Lived life at Biddeford Pool; was a river pilot until 1861. In coal business from 1877 (in 1895 handled 12,000 tons) until sold out to Biddeford & Saco Coal. Brother of Daniel. Known as the “War Eagle of Ward One”. Obit BWJ 10/14/1904, p.2 c.1.


Goldthwait/e, Tristram N. (Captain)

(1890-1959) Home at 517 Pool Road. Captain of tug “A. G. Prentiss” for 23 years. Son of Wilbur Goldthwait/e. Obit BDJ 02/12/1959,  p.2 c.2.


Goldthwait/e, W. F. (Captain)

(1832-1897) Home at Biddeford Pool. Captain of pleasure boat “Jennie B.” and friend of Joseph W. Smith. Obit BWJ 07/09/1897, p.1 c.5.


Goldthwait/e, William H.

Known as “Captain Bill”; died at Biddeford Pool age 49. U & J 06/29/1866, p.2 c.5.


Gooch, Woodbury G.

(1819-1892) Born in Kennebunk. Operated “Gooch & Haines” quarry on Granite Street for 40 years. Furnished stone for Boone Island Lighthouse. Obit BWJ 01/15/1892, p.3 c.2.


Gooch, James Woodbury

(1847-1921) Home at 56 Graham Street. Born in Biddeford, son of Woodbury G. Gooch. Obit BWJ 10/14/1921, p.8 c.6.


Goodale, Benjamin H.

Son of Stephen Goodale; died 04/12/1915. Obit BWJ 04/16/1915, p.6 c.7.


Goodale, Stephen L.

(1815-1897) Bought home on North Street in 1841. He was the first Secretary of Agriculture for Maine, serving from 1856-1873. Obit BWJ 11/12/1897, p.1 c.8.


Goodale, Walter T. (Doctor)

Deathe of Dr. Walter T. Goodale, Saco banker. See Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.123. Obit BDJ 02/02/1924.


Goodier, Benjamin

(b.1859) Chief of Biddeford Fire Department during the early 1900’s. Active in local organizations and politics. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.23-4. 


Goodkowsky, Nehemiah

Born in Poland, came to the U. S. in 1883, and later to Biddeford. Began here as a peddler, became pawn-broker then got into real estate. Moved to Montreal, Quebec in 1912. Sketch of life prior to move to Canada: BDJ 05/22/1912, p.6 c.1.


Goodwin, Albert

Founder of the Pepperell Trust Company. Obit BWJ 02/15/1924, p.1 c.7.


Goodwin, Albert T.

Father of Miss Florence Goodwin. Obit BDJ 03/21/1911 p.8 c.5.


Goodwin, Alfred

(1836-1904) Son of Capt. Nathanial Goodwin. In quarry business on Pool Road for 42 years. Supplied granite for Portland Harbor forts. Obit BWJ 05/27/1904, p.7 c.1.


Goodwin, Amos (Captain)

(1836-1913) Died 06/27/1913. Obit BDJ 06/28/1913, p.7 c.3.


Goodwin, Charles E.

(1855-1923) Biddeford ex-mayor. Obit BWJ 01/26/1923, p.1 c.5.


Goodwin, Charles H.

(1828-1900) Home on Pool Road. Senior member of granite firm of C. H. & A. Goodwin. Obit BDJ 07/07/1900, p.5 c.1-2.


Goodwin, Fred L.

(1860-1912) Former deputy marshal under Charles B. Harmon. Operated Biddeford Iron Foundry on Gooch Street. Obit 01/22/1913, p.8 c.4.


Goodwin, George B.

Newspaper man. Obit BWJ 06/10/1927, p.3 c.4.


Goodwin, George F.

(1848-1898) Obit BWJ 09/02/1898, p.8 c.4.


Goodwin, John Hartley

Home at 186 Alfred Street. Auctioneer; born in Saco but lived in Biddeford for many years. Died about age 65. Obit BWJ 09/15/1922, p.8 c.7.


Goodwin, John M.

(1822-1905) Home at 24 Birch Street, law office on Adams Street. Attorney. Obit BWJ 03/10/1905, p.11 c.1-4. Eulogized at York County Court House, Alfred (BWJ 05/05/1905, p.7 c.4-5).  


Goodwin, Nathaniel (Captain)

Died 11/21/1843 aged 72. From Samuel Merrill diary.


Goodwin, Richard (Lieutenant)

Died with a consumptive complaint in his 55th year 08/11/1817. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.68.


Goodwin, Simon

Fell from a staging and died 11/05/1828. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.119.


Goodwin, Warren C.

(1828-1911) California Forty-niner. Obit BDJ 08/22/1911, p.5 c.1.


Googins, Joseph

Death notice of Joseph Googins of Saco, aged 85. U & J 11/20/1857, p.3 c.3.


Gookins, William S. (Captain)

(1819-1900) Sea captain born at house near Boston & Maine Railroad station; died at Pool & High Streets. "Big man, 200 lbs." Obit BWJ 12/21/1900, p.8 c.2.


Gordan, Cyrus

(1778-1869) Farmer, died age 91. Tombstone inscription: Bemis Farm, near Poor Farm, Biddeford.


Gordon, Benjamin

Born 06/15/1773. Wife Elizabeth born 06/15/1773 [?]. Children Cyrus (b.07/16/1805), Mark (b.03/11/1807), and Sally (b.09/01/1809). From old city records, book #3.


Gordon, George C.

(1843-1900) Born on Pool Road, near Morrill School. Son of Mark Gordon. Went to sea at age 13, retired in 1897 at age 54. Died in house in which he was born. Obit BWJ 11/08/1901, p.8 c.7.


Gordon, Mark (Captain)

(1807-1876) Home on Pool Road near Morrill School; sea captain. Last listed in 1875 Biddeford Directory; probably died in 1876. Probably son of Benjamin Gordon, who had a son Mark born 03/11/1807.


Gordon, Cyrus

Third mayor of Biddeford, 1858-9. Lived on Pool Road near Morrill School. Was probably son of Benjamin Gordon, who had son Cyrus born 07/16/1805. Cyrus' widow is listed in 1866 directory, but no obit found.


Gordon, Joseph

Died in Biddeford age 70, 03/16/1842. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.173.


Gordon, Pike

A blacksmith, died 07/17/1802. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.5.


Gordon, Pike

Twenty-two years of age, was drowned by falling through lower Eastern Bridge 08/02/1823. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.92.


Gorges, Thomas

(1618-1670). Deputy Governor of the Province of Maine, 1640-1643. Cousin of Sir Fernando Gorges; part of an early unsuccessful attempt to colonize Maine.


Gould, Mrs. Charles

Wife of Charles F. Gould. Died of cancer around 1884-1885. [See Photo coll. #1810 for tintype]


Gould, Charles F.

(1808-1861) Built Gould house in 1829. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery.


Gould, Charles O.

(1831-1917) Son of Charles F. Gould. Store; said to be on "Gould's Hill". Obit 06/15/1917, p.8 c.6.


Gould, Elizabeth N.

Widow of Royal E. Gould. Obit BWJ 02/13/1920, p.3 c.7.


Gould, J.

Was buried here on 03/08/1810-died suddenly age 81. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.16.


Gould, Royal E.

(1852-1915) Attended Bowdoin College, then practiced law for a year before becoming a teacher. Taught at Spruce Street School for 7 years before becoming superintendent. Superintendent of Biddeford Schools 1885-1915. Sketch of life and obit, BWJ 12/17/1915, p.8 c.2. See also Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.38.


Gould, William H. (Captain)

Of Kennebunkport. Died at age 93 ½. Comment lists old sea captains of Kennebunkport and their homes. BDJ 02/12/1941, p.8 c.2-4.


Gove, Alvin Chadbourne

(1813-1898) Gove's grandfather died in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, and father served as a fifer (see BWJ 10/21/1898, p.8 c.2-3). Home on Clifford Street, was father of E. H. Gove & Mrs. William P. Freeman. Died at age of 85. Obit BWJ 09/09/1898, p.7 c.5. 


Gove, Edward H.

Lawyer. Originally in business at “Gove’s Law & Insurance Office”. Later ran E. H. Gove Insurance Agency on Main Street (see Photograph coll. #1456). Sons Henry H., Clarence, and Everard. Obit BWJ 01/27/1928, p.1 c.1. See also Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.28. 


Gove, Henry H.

Insurance agent at “Gove’s Law & Insurance Office”. Son of E. H. Gove; brother to Clarence & Everard. Killed in hunting accident on Mountain Road. Obit BWJ 11/05/1920, p.8 c.5-6. See also Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.28.


Gowen, Stephen

Of Biddeford. Old stagecoach driver, hackman, & livery stable proprietor on Washington Street. Obit BJ 05/24/1901, p.7 c.6.


Gowen, Stephen (Deacon)

Of Saco, died age 71. Obit U & J 04/13/1855, p.3 c.1.


Gowen, Walter A.

Known at "Teddy". Sketch on proposed retirement "after 40 years" in 1906: BWJ 03/23/1906, p.2 c.1-3. Personal history and his record as an engineer on the Eastern Railroad from 1866 to 1922: BWJ 04/11/1924, p.3 c.3-5.


Graham, James A.

Obituary and purchase of Graham Street, gift to Universalist Church, and trouble over will. BWJ 01/08/1894, p3; 01/10/1894; 01/12/1894, p.3 c.9.


Grainger, John

Retirement; description of hobby (making scale models of railroad stations), with pictures. Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.39.


Granger, Angelica K.

(1843-1918) Daughter of artist Charles Granger, found dead in her home at 84 Summer Street, Saco. BWJ 01/04/1918, p.2 c.2.


Granger, Charles

(1812-1893) Artist/painter. Biographical sketch in Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.120. Funeral hymn on occasion of death of President Zachary Taylor (Union 07/19/1850, p.2 c.3). Ad of Chas. H. Granger, offering to paint landscapes and sea views, or enlarge daguerreotypes of dead (U & J 02/20/1857, p.3 c.4). Obit BWJ 09/08/1893, p.3 c.2. Painting in Saco City Hall (BWJ 05/26/1916, p.7 c.6).


Grant, Betty

Biddeford woman charged with murder. BJ 02/19/1970, p.1 c.5.


Graves, Abbott Fuller

(1859-1936) Artist & illustrator. Acclaimed specialist in Garden painting in New England and abroad. Briefly ran an art school in Kennebunk (closed in 1902).


Graves, Benjamin J.

(1824-1901) Born in Topsham, Maine. Settled in Biddeford as a carpenter in 1847. Obit BWJ 07/19/1901, p.7 c.7.


Graves, Stockbridge P. (Doctor)

(1826-1916) Home at Pleasant Street, Saco. Oldest physician at time of death. Born in Topsham, came to Saco around 1867. Obit BWJ 10/13/1916, p.5 c.7.


Gray, Eva

Singer with Dot Karroll Company dies backstage during performance City Opera House. BDJ 11/01/1904, p.8 (same article in Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.66).


Gray, James A.

Brickmaster. Story of JAG bricks in Boston, and also of "white bricks". BWJ 06/01/1900, p.6 c.3-4.


Gray, Samuel

Died 08/09/1867 age 59. Wife (Sophia C.) died 11/08/1896, age 86. Gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery.


Grebin, Joseph M.

(1859-1939) Born in France. Came to Biddeford in 1880; worked at Pepperell Mills for 50 years. Obit BDJ 11/01/1939, p.2 c.2. Grandfather of Rosaire J. Belanger, typewriter artist.


Green, Charles H.

Owned Green’s Shoe Store at 147 Main Street, Biddeford. Married to Esther Green. Home at 18 Locke St, Saco.


Green, Esther

Founder of the Biddeford chapter of Hadassah in 1924. Married to Charles H. Green, who owned Green’s Shoe Store in Biddeford. See BDJ 12/10/1926 and Biddeford-Saco Directory for 1929-30. 


Greene, Charles F.

(1834-1905) Home at North Street. Obit BWJ 10/13/1905, p.1 c.4.


Gross, Henry

(1895-1979) State game warden 24 years. Famous for Kenneth Roberts book Henry Gross and his dowsing rod, and other stories. Obit JT 08/15/1979, p.2 c.1.


Guilbault, Wulfran (Doctor)

(1862-1913) Born in Quebec, came to Biddeford at age 7. Began as a cobbler, then became an optician. Obit BDJ 02/13/1913, p.8 c.1-2. See also Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.40.





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Hackett, Alice

Of Biddeford. Married Count Tomasson, in service of Italy. BWJ 09/24/1909, p.3 c.5-6.


Haines, Ferguson

(1840-1925) Home at 67 Adams Street. Mayor of Biddeford 1867-8; First city auditor 1894; Member of Maine legislature 1870-2; Agent of Pepperell Mills 1867-1871. BJ 05/08/1925, p.1 c.3.


Haines, Moses J.

Obit BWJ 06/17/1898, p.7 c.1.


Haines, Mrs. William P.

(1815-1896) Born in South Berwick, daughter of Timothy Ferguson. Met Haines in South Berwick and married him in Saco in 1836. Lived in Saco until 1847 and then moved to Biddeford, at the top of Adams Street, in 1848.


Haines, William Pickering

(1811-1879) Life sketch in History of York County, Maine p.209-10. Obit U & J 07/04/1879, p.3 c.3.Brief biography and picture in article in the 100th anniversary of Biddeford Savings Bank. BSJ 07/11/1967, pp.1 & 5. Same article appears in Biddeford Scrapbook #9 p.11-12.


Haley, Miss Adelaide

(1875-1961) Died at age 85. Obit BDJ 03/16/1961, p.2 c.2.


Haley, Benjamin F.

(1831-1899) Born in Hollis, came to Biddeford in 1859. Manufactured “small beers” on Pine Street, his spruce beer was widely known. Obit BWJ 02/24/1899, p.7 c.3.


Haley, George F. (Judge)

Obit BWJ 02/22/1918, p.1 c.1-3. Memorial services held in Law Court at Portland: BWJ 07/12/1918, p.2 c.1-4.


Haley, John

(1840-1921) Born in Biddeford. Librarian at Dyer Library, Saco, for 28 years (1893-1921). Succeeded by Jane Burbank. Father of Adelaide Haley. Obit BWJ 04/08/1921, p.6 c.7. Last Dyer Library report attacks “movies”: BWJ 05/27/1921, p.5 c.4-5.


Haley, John Cousens

(1843-1915) Born in Hollis; was a Civil War veteran. Came to Biddeford in the 1870’s. Story of surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee, which Haley witnessed as a Union soldier: BWJ 04/12/1901, p.6 c.4.Obit BWJ 10/01/1915, p.8 c.6-7.


Haley, Charlotte T. (Hearn)

(1834-1900) Born in Saco; began teaching school at age 14. Taught in Biddeford for many years; married Joseph Haley of Pool Road 08/07/1861. Death notice BWJ 07/27/1900, p.7 c.6; obit BWJ 08/03/1900, p.7 c.6.


Haley, Samuel

Obit U & J 10/14/1859, p.2 c.6.


Haley, Thomas (Doctor)

Born 1829, Biddeford dentist. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, p.213-14.


Hall, Benjamin P.

(1823-1907) Home at 299 Main Street, Saco. Obit BWJ 03/29/1907, p.2 c.1.


Hall, Henry H. (Reverend)

Acquitted of the murder of his wife. BDJ 02/08/1939, p.4-5.


Hall, Horace S.

(1833-1912) Ex-superintendent of York Mills; started in 1852, employed there 59 years, resigning in 1911. Obit BDJ 04/15/1912, p.7 c.1-4.


Hamel, Henry G.

Nephew of Monsignor Arthur A. Hamel. Wedding and personal history BWJ 10/14/1921, p.2 c.4.


Hamilton, Arthur S.

Livery stable proprietor on Washington Street. Died 07/14/1910.


Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin

(1819-1911) Saco merchant. Lived in Leland House (Thornton Hall). Married Sarah Fairfield in 1853. Career/life sketches: BWJ 02/23/1906, p.1 c.1-2; BWJ 02/22/1907, p.7 c.5-6; BWJ 02/21/1908, p.1. Obit BWJ 09/22/1911, p.6.


Hamilton, Benjamin F. (Attorney)

(1836-1911) Son of Benjamin Hamilton, farmer of Waterboro. Figures in lawsuit over “Maine Men of Progress” mug book. Price $35. (BJ 05/11/1900, p.5 c.4). Story of client acquitted for theft who offered to pay with stolen watch. (BJ 05/04/1900, p.8 c.3). Obit BDJ 04/11/1911, p.7 c.1-3.


Hamilton, Charles S.

(1855-1900) Newspaper man and two-time mayor of Biddeford. Husband to Fannie K. (Dresser) Hamilton. Claims first macadamizing done during Hamilton’s administration. Obit BWJ 10/05/1900, p.7 c.3.


Hamilton, Daniel Stimson

(1858-1921) Born in Biddeford, son of Samuel C. Hamilton. Probation officer in Saco for many years. Obit BWJ 06/10/1921, p.8 c.5.


Hamilton, Fannie K.

(1858-1917) Fannie K. Hamilton was regarded as a brilliant woman. She came from the noted Dresser family of Portland, and her husband, Charles S. Hamilton, a lawyer, was twice mayor of Biddeford. Before her marriage she had been a society writer for the Boston papers and met many notable people. She and her husband met in Old Orchard when he was writing for a paper there. She left Biddeford after her husbands death in 1900. Obit BWJ 01/26/1917, p.8 c.6.


Hamilton, Samuel C.

Oldest lumber man; father of ex-mayor Charles Hamilton. Worked for Jos. Hobson until 1871, when he bought a mill on Gooch Island. Obit BWJ 10/08/1897, p.1 c.7.


Hamilton, Samuel K. (Attorney)

(1837-1922) Born in Waterboro. Began to practice law in Biddeford in 1867, moved to Wakefield, Massachusetts in 1872. Subject of special article in Boston Sunday Herald (BWJ 10/17/1919, p.7 c.7). Obit BWJ 05/19/1922, p.7 c.7.


Hamilton, Sarah Fairfield

(1831-1909) Married to Benjamin Franklin Hamilton of Saco. Grande dame of Women's Educational & Industrial Union, and donated house to that group on her death. Obit BWJ 07/09/1909, p.8 c.2.


Hand, John (Captain)

News of his death 06/13/1817. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.67.


Harmon, Charles B.

(1849-1917) Home at 53 Oak Street. Police chief in Biddeford for 22 years. United States Marshal for the state of Maine 1886-1890. Obit BWJ 01/12/1917, p.2 c.6-7. See also Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.30.


Hardy, Charles

(1819-1877) Owner of Hardy Machine Shop. Came to Biddeford in 1845 as overseer for Laconia Mill. "Hardy Machine Shop sends exhibit to Paris exhibition": BWJ 12/07/1866, p.2 c.8. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, facing p.194. Died 12/30/1877, buried in Greenwood Cemetery


Hartley, R. F. C. (Captain)

(1812-1897) Richard Foxwell Cutts Hartley- born on Main Street, Saco in a homestead built in 1794. Wife was daughter of Parson Fairfield. Died on shipboard. Obit BWJ 09/10/1897, p.4 c.2. Will matters: BWJ 09/17/1897 p.1 c.7 and 12/31/1897, p.7 c.2.


Hartley, Samuel (Captain)

Death notice of Capt. Samuel Hartley of Saco, age 87. U & J 03/06/1857, p.3 c.4.


Hatch, Emma

(1862?-1940) Librarian at McArthur Public Library from 1895 until November 1937. Knew author Kenneth Roberts. Obit BDJ  02/12/1940.


Harvey, Joseph

Drum major of Painchaud's Band. Born in Canada, had lived in Saco for 34 years. Father of Joseph E. Harvey. Died at the age of 48. Obit BWJ 02/20/1920, p.6 c.5.


Hawkes, Ralph W., Junior

See Journal Tribune 06/01/1982 p.2.


Hayes, Annie Fenno

Obit BWJ  02/09/1894, p.3 c.3.


Hayes, Joseph M. (Deacon)

Saco man, died age 68. U & J 03/16/1855, p.3 c.2. Special obit in U & J 04/06/1855, p.2 c.6.


Hayes, Olivia

Mrs. Olivia (Cowan) Hayes was the daughter of Louis Cowan, and a writer of poetry. She died in Berwick. Obit BWJ 01/26/1877, p.1 c.1.


Healy, James A. (Bishop)

(1830-1900) Obit and history of Maine parish: BWJ 08/10/1900, p.8 c.6-7.


Hemmingway, Jonathan

Biddeford man, died age 82. U & J 04/20/1955, p.3 c.2.  


Hickey, Dan

Biographical sketch and political career: Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.100.


Hill, Charles V.

(1842-1905) Born in Ward House on Ferry Lane, son of Captain Waldo & Lavinia Hill. Was with father on ship during meeting on bark "Rodman" in 1859. Died on the Pool Road. Obit BWJ 01/06/1905, p.7 c.5.


Hill, Cynthia "Marm"

Israel Hill runs notice that she has left his bed and board. BWJ 09/07/1866, p.2 c.8.


Hill, Ebenezer

Died 07/05/1839 aged 71. Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. Also [mentioned] in Merrill diary [?]


Hill, Ezra (Captain)

Home at Pool Road. Fishing captain for many years, died about age 85. Obit BWJ 04/07/1922, p.8 c.3.


Hill, H. E. (Doctor)

Obit BWJ 01/12/1894, p.3 c.8.


Hill, James Plaisted

(1845-1921) Son of Captain James Plaisted Hill. Born on Pool Road near Ferry Lane. Sketch of family. Obit BWJ 02/18/1921, p.8 c.6.


Hill, Jere [Jeremiah], Senior

(1723-1779) Married Mary Smith in 1746. Father of Jere Hill, the lawyer. Died 08/12/1779, aged 56. From Folsom's History of Saco and Biddeford, p.239.


Hill, Jere [Jeremiah], Junior (Honorable)

(1747-1820) Lawyer. Entered Harvard in 1767. Captain in army during Revolution. Married Mary Emery in 1772. Home on Peirson's Lane, bought by Samuel Peirson in 1820. Died 06/14/1820. From Folsom's History of Saco and Biddeford, pp. 154, 250, 284, 312. Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. Widow Mary dies 09/06/1837 aged 85: From Samuel Merrill diary p.83.


Hill, John (Captain)

Death notice of Capt. John Hill of Saco, age 68. U & J 04/10/1857, p.3 c.4.


Hill, John H.

(1826-1907) First freight agent for Boston & Maine Railroad. Grandfather of Paul S. Hill, M.D. Obit BDJ 10/28/1907, p.6 c.4-5.


Hill, Josiah

Died Sabbath night 01/31/1830, age 79. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.123.


Hill, Keziah (Durrell)

Died in Biddeford, the wife of Deacon Waldo Hill 12/05/1844. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.181.


Hill, Mary Emery

Wife of Hon. Jeremiah Hill, Junior. Died 09/05/1837, aged 85 years 6 months. Gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery reads:

"Erected by Mary Emery Hill in memory of their children – Obed Emery d.09/24/1786 aged 7 mos. – Priscilla Emery d.05/28/1793 aged 5 years – Peter d.08/31/1801 in Charleston, S.C. aged 21 years – Daniel Emery d.09/04/1804 aged 12 yrs – Lydia d.04/01/1805 aged 22 – Mark Langdo. d.06/08/1823 aged 29 years.


Hill, Nehemiah/Nathaniel (Captain)

(1808-1889) Born on Pool Road opposite Ferry; lived at 90 Pool Street at death. Went to sea at age 14, was ship master at age 19. Married the daughter of Capt. William Murch. In 1831 was in command of the "Roman", coasting along the Southern states with crew of George Clark, Beniah Clark, & William Pike (who went on to become shipsmasters as well: see BDJ 06/20/1889, p.3 c.5). During the Civil War was at the battle of Malvern Hill. Obit BDJ 06/10/1893, p.3 c.5 & BWJ 06/16/1893, p.3 c.2. Obit of widow (1807-1897) gives details of Pool Road home: BWJ 03/26/1897, p.3 c.5.


Hill, Plaisted (Captain)

Received a severe chill coming home from Boston, died in about five days 02/16/1815. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.58.


Hill, Samuel (Lieutenant)

Died with a fever 02/02/1826. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.108.


Hill, Thomas

Departed this life 08/27/1840. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.160.


Hill, Waldo, Senior (Deacon)

Died 02/19/1844. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.182. Married to Keziah (Durrell) Hill 10/18/1792. Children: Waldo Jr. b.01/07/1794 (d.1834) – Betsy b.06/21/1796 – Kezia b.12/09/1798 – Myra b.05/17/1805 – Abigail b.10/24/1808 – Sarah b.12/08/1811.


Hill, Waldo, Junior (Captain)  

(1794-1834) Born in Biddeford; married Marinda Dix (b.04/11/1796) of Harvard, Massachusetts. Children: Marinda b.06/07/1824 – William Waldo b.06/26/1827 – James b.04/07/1830 (d.1832) – Rosanna Parker b.09/08/1831 – Elizabeth b.06/19/1833. Capt. Waldo Hill Jr. died at sea in 1834. All records from First Pepperellborough Records, pp. 107, 238, 240.


Hill, Waldo (Captain)

(1814-1888) Home at 493 Pool Road. Thrown on own resources at age of 9 and shipped on a coastwise schooner. Commanded the ships "Pepperell" and "Sam & Ben". Obit and account of his voyages and ships: BWJ 03/16/1888 p.3 c.7 and BWJ 03/30/1888, p.1 c.4.


Hill, William (Captain)

(1820-1897) Home at 299 Pool Road. Born in Saco (First Pepperellborough Records, p.190) and died at home on Pool Road in Biddeford. Coaster captain for 40 years, then operated clothing store and coal business. Father of Rowland Hill. Obit BWJ 06/25/1897, c.7-8.


Hill, William M. (Deacon) &

Hill, Margaret W.

(1805-1884) Second Congregational Church (White Church), Biddeford. Deacon Hill died in West Medford, Massachusetts two days after the death of his wife, Margaret G. Hill in the same place. Both buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. Obit BWJ 08/29/1884, p.3 c.3 & 09/05/1884, p.3 c.1.


Hills, Ilock

History of Ilock Hills' store on Main Street, Biddeford: BWJ 03/09/1923 p.7. Photo of Ilock Hills: BWJ 03/16/1923, p.7.


Hobbins, Patrick

(1829-1913) Born in County Galway, Ireland 03/20/1829. Came to Biddeford "70 years ago". Gives early memories; said to be the last of the old Irish settlers. Obit BDJ 02/13/1913, p.7 c.3.


Hobbs, Nathaniel (Judge)

(1824-1916) Judge of Probate for 44 years, and was oldest judge in U. S. in active service. Regarding the building of the "new iron pier" at Old Orchard: BWJ 04/22/1898. Obit BWJ 09/22/1916, p.1 c.1-3. Left estate of $60,000: BWJ 10/06/1916, p.8 c.2-3.


Hobbs, Reuben M.

Born 1821. Leader of coronet band and superintendent of Pepperell [York?] Mill. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, p.211. "R. M. Hobbs, leader of Coronet Band leaves York Mills after 12 years and moves to Lawrence, Mass." U & J 10/31/1856, p.2 c.8.


Hobson, Joseph

(1816-1893) Lumberman. "Shipping sawdust to Boston for ice packing. Trade only a few years old" BWJ 06/23/1882, p.3 c.1. Obit and history of his business BWJ 02/10/1893, p.3 c.6.


Hobson, Joseph

(1828-1897) Born in Hollis. Came to Saco to work for Joseph Hobson and became superintendent of Hobson Plant. Home on North Street, Saco. Obit BWJ 07/02/1897, p.3 c.4.


Hobson, Olive

Mrs. Olive Hobson. Obit BWJ 10/12/1888, p.3 c.2.


Hoctor, Michael

(1841-1921) Born in Ireland. Home at 460 Main Street. Obit 03/04/1921, p.8 c.3.


Hodgdon, Samuel K.

Keith booking agent, salary $20,000 per year. Had started on road in vaudeville monologue about 1882. Sketch of career BDJ 08/22/1907, p.8 c.6-7.


Holman, Daniel (Deacon)

Settled in Biddeford Pool in 1823. Biddeford Scrapbook #1, p.20. Terms and story of Deacon Holman's 1871 will, causing trouble in Pool properties: BDJ 12/08/1913, p.7 c.3-5.


Holmes, Charles W.

(1824-1906) Home on Pleasant Street, Saco. Ran the grist mill at Cataract Falls. Obit BWJ 04/20/1906, p.7 c.4-5.


Holt, Clarence

Discharged. BJ 06/07/1918, p.3 c.7.


Holt, Everett (Captain)

Obit BWJ 12/30/1910, p.8 c.2.


Hooper, Benjamin

(1720-1802) Born in Berwick, came to Biddeford in 1740. Innkeeper and first Biddeford postmaster. Died of consumption 04/15/1802 (from Samuel Merrill diary, p.4). Mentioned in Folsom’s History of Saco and Biddeford, p.310. Wife Lydia died 12/26/1806 (from Samuel Merrill diary, p.11). See Hooper ancestry in account of Mrs. Thomas Emery, BWJ 05/10/1907, p.3 c.7.


Hooper, Daniel

(1755-1800) Died 06/12/1800 (consumption) aged 45 – Mary, his wife, died 01/18/1852 aged 86. Gravestone in Woodlawn Cemetery & Samuel Merrill diary [no page given].


Hooper, Daniel

Deceased. His 60-acre homestead farm for sale – 5 miles from Biddeford village. U & J 06/07/1850, p.3 c.3. Death noted in Samuel Merrill diary on  03/25/1843.


Hooper, Daniel H. B.

(1848-1911) Home at 235 Elm Street. Son of Henry H. Hooper who built Goose Rocks House. Obit BDJ 12/29/1911, p.6 c.3.


Hooper, D. O. S.

Death by railroad accident, along with William Benjamin. BWJ 12/03/1886, p.3 c.2.


Hooper, E. H. C. (Colonel)

(1817-1898) Last of his branch of the Hooper family. In dry goods business as well as insurance. Left Biddeford about 1878-1880. Died in New York City. Obit BWJ 12/23/1898, p.8 c.4.


Hooper, George

Son Charles died 02/18/1844. From Samuel Merrill diary.


Hooper, John

Of Biddeford, died with consumption aged about 53 years 03/16/1830. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.124.


Hooper, Leonard R.

(1863-1921) Born in Biddeford, son of Daniel O. S. and Ruth Rumery Hooper. Obit BWJ 02/11/1921, p.8 c.6.


Hooper, Moses

Born 1835 in Biddeford. Lived in vicinity of pumping station. Dartmouth graduate in 1854. Moved to Wisconsin in 1857, after graduation from Yale Law School. Eightieth birthday celebrated in Wisconsin: BDJ 03/01/1915, p.5 c.3. Oldest lawyer in America -- relates early days in Biddeford: BDJ 02/09/1925.


Hooper, Noah (Captain)

Died 05/15/1814 about twelve o'clock noon with a lingering sickness. Buried Wednesday at 11 o'clock. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.38.


Hooper, Obed

Died with typhus fever 03/02/1830. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.124.


Hooper, Samuel

Saco man, died aged 72. U & J 06/13/1851, p.3 c.1.


Hooper, Theodore

Was buried on 12/23/1809. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.16.


Hooper, William P.

(1785-1855) Born in the old Emery house on Liberty Street and always lived there. Son of Daniel, grandson of Benjamin. Sister was Mary C. Hooper (1790-1874). Father died in 1800, W. P. (age 16) appointed to succeed him as Postmaster by Judge Thacher. Wife was Mary (1792-1868). Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. Obit and sketch of career: U & J, 04/27/1855, p.2 c.7.


Hooper, William P.

Son of William P. Hooper, Esquire. Died age 24 of yellow fever in Citronelle, Alabama 10/07/1853. U & J 11/09/1853, p.3 c.1. Gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery.


Hopkins, Solomon (Captain)

(1755-1843) Revolutionary War veteran. Mentioned in Samuel Merrill diary, p.180. Gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery.


Horigan, Michael

(1863-1916) Born in Biddeford. Brother of Cornelius Horigan, and worked for him managing grocery store. Obit BWJ 06/23/1816, p.8 c.5.


Horigan, Jeremiah C.

(1833-1897) Father of Cornelius & Michael Horigan. Came from County Kerry, Ireland, in 1854. Worked in Laconia Mill. Obit BWJ 05/21/1897, p.3 c.3.


Hovey, Frank W.

Lawyer. Came to Biddeford from Somerset County in 1898 and opened a successful law practice. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.30.


Howe, Julia Ward

Famous abolitionist & activist, wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Son was pastor of First Parish Church in Saco, and 1882 directory shows him living at 37 North Street. Julia Ward Howe lived with him for several years. From Fairfield’s Sand, Spindles and Steeples.


Hussey, Charles E.

Dentist. Born in Dover, New Hampshire. Came to Biddeford around 1870-1872. Obit BWJ 06/03/1921, p.8 c.6-7.


Hussey, George E.

Postmaster at Biddeford Pool. Obit BWJ 09/08/1899, p.7 c.5.


Hussey, John

(1851-1922) Home at 13 Crescent Street. Born in Biddeford, son of Patrick and Johanna (Sullivan) Hussey. Obit BWJ 03/31/1922, p.3 c.6.


Hutchinson, Henry G.

Obit BWJ 02/19/1926, p.8 c.4.


Hyde, Ariel Perry

A founder of the Advent Church. Obit BDJ 12/06/1889.





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Jeffrey, Charles E. (Lieutenant)

Co-owner of the Riverside Press in Biddeford with brother William H. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.25-6.


 Jeffrey, William H.

Co-owner of the Riverside Press in Biddeford with brother Charles E. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.24-5.


Jelleson, Abel H. (Judge)

(1820-1895) Born in Waterboro, came to Biddeford in 1846. Judge & merchant. Father of Daniel L. Jelleson. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, facing p.188. Obit BWJ 08/16/1895, p.3 c.2.


Jelleson, Sarah E.

(1822-1905) Wife of Abel H. Jelleson. Home at 18 Sullivan Street; lived there 58 years. Obit BWJ 04/07/1905, p.1 c.6-7.


Jellison, Benjamin

Biddeford man, formerly of Hollis; died 06/08/1853, aged 93. U & J 06/15/1853, p.3 c.2.


Jewett, Sara Orne

(1849-1909) Berwick, Maine author. Obit BWJ 07/02/1909; will information BWJ 07/23/1909, p.1 c.3.


Johnson, Herbert F.

Founder of Staples, Johnson & Company; later the Marblehead Boatyard. Obit BDJ 07/19/1955, p.2 c.2.


Johnson, John Wesley (Doctor)

(1829-1907) Kidnapped at age 3 by Indians, recognized at age 26. Died at Trull Hospital in Biddeford. Obit BWJ 09/13/1907, p.1 c.5. Story of life and Indian captivity (1907) and Son’s recollections of his father (1954) in Biddeford Scrapbook #6, pp.96-99.


Joncas, Leo

(1900-1956) Obit BDJ 10/15/1956, p.1.


Jordan, Daniel Scamman

(1824-1921) Son of Ichabod and Elizabeth Nason Jordan. Born in Jordan home on Pool Road near Clifford Street, one of 12 children. Went to Lawrence, Massachusetts as a young man; died there. Obit BWJ 01/07/1921, p.8 c.6.


Jordan, [Family]

Pool Road, Biddeford. In Estelle Tatterson’s A Little of Everything. December 18 or 19, 1927.


Jordan, Franklin

(1841-1914) Born in Saco. Had unusual sea career, beginning in 1857. Was in the Navy during the Civil War. Obit BDJ 10/12/1914, p.8 c.2-3.


Jordan, Frederick

Son of Capt. Tristram Jordan, age 18. U & J, 03/23/1855, p.3 c.3.


Jordan, George V. (Captain)

Home on Storer Street, Saco. Died 05/29/1887 about 76 years old. Obit BDJ 05/31/1887, p.3 c.1.


Jordan, Ichabod (Captain)

(1770-1865) With wife Mary Coffin had eight children. Disaster of ship “Pepperell”. Obit of son, Capt. Tristram Jordan of Saco, who washed overboard in the Atlantic: U & J 12/19/1856, p.2 c.4. Other son Capt. James Jordan died at 36 in New York; buried 07/01/1839.


Jordan, Ichabod

Wife was Elizabeth Nason. His son, Daniel Scamman Jordan, was born in their Pool Street home 07/23/1824, and died in Haverhill, Massachusetts: Obit BWJ 01/07/1921, p.8 c.6. Daniel was the last surviving member of the 12 children of Ichabod and Elizabeth Jordan. [Farmer?]


Jordan, Mrs. Ichabod

Obit in U & J, 04/13/1855, p.3 c.1. [Mary Coffin or Elizabeth Nason?]


Jordan, Ralph Tristram

(1764-1850) Son of Judge Rishworth Jordan and father of Capt. Rishworth Jordan (1794-1889).


Jordan, Rishworth (Judge)

(1719-1808) Oldest son of Samuel Jordan and builder of house turned into Stella Maris school [now owned by the University of New England]. From Folsom’s History of Saco and Biddeford, pp.272-3. His son was Rishworth Jordan Jr., Biddeford town clerk.


Jordan, Rishworth (Major)

(1753-1843) Died 10/25/1843 age 90 years in Biddeford. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.180. His wife died 03/01/1825. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.100.


Jordan, Rishworth, Junior

(1754-  ) Son of Judge Rishworth Jordan and Abigail Jordan. From Biddeford Town Records, Book II, p.272.


Jordan, Rishworth

(1792-1872) “The old hermit of Salmon Falls”. Born in 1792 in Hollis, son of Joseph Jordan. Life story in BWJ 02/26/1915, p.2 c.4-5.


Jordan, Rishworth (Captain)

(1794-1889) Son of Ralph Tristram Jordan, grandfather of photographer Robert H. Gay. Went to sea at age 21; first wife died in 1847, second wife died in 1882. Obit BWJ 10/18/1889, p.3 c.4. Obit says lived 63 years in same house—or from 1826 until death.


Jordan, Rishworth

(1818-1900) Son of Ichabod Jordan of Biddeford. Ship blacksmith during heydey of Biddeford shipbuilding industry. Died of an infection after a fall, age 82. Obit BDJ 09/24/1900 & BWJ 09/28/1900, p.7 c.2.


Jordan, Rishworth, Junior

(1819-1903) Father was Rishworth Jordan Sr. (1798-1868); lifelong residents of Saco. Married Mary Elizabeth Hill of Saco about 1853. Buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco. Had been President of three banks in Biddeford & Saco. Obit and sketch of life BWJ 03/27/1903, p.8 c.4-5.


Jordan, Robert (Reverend)

Pioneered Episcopacy in Maine along with Reverend Richard Gibson. See Biddeford Scrapbook #2, p.19.


Jordan, Samuel (Captain)

(1684-1742) Builder of the Goldthwait House. From Folsom’s History of Saco and Biddeford, p.237-239. Progenitor of the Jordan families of Biddeford.


Jordan, Samuel (Major)

Died of consumption Buried 07/19/1811. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.21.


Jordan, Samuel

Town crier. M. A. 03/10/1851, p.3 c.5.


Jordan, Samuel (Captain)

(1803-1888) Of Lower Biddeford. Went to sea at 16. Obit BWJ 04/13/1888, p.3 c.1.


Jordan, Sarah Ann

(1812-1904) Widow of Captain George V. Jordan. Obit BDJ 12/02/1904, p.7 c.6.


Jordan, Sophia S.

Wife of Rishworth Jordan, Pool Road. Died aged 73. Obit BWJ 11/30/1888, p.3 c.2.


Jordan, Tristram (Colonel)

(1731-1821) Third son of Capt. Samuel Jordan. One of the first merchants of Biddeford; Massachusetts Senator in 1787. Moved to Saco in 1749, lived on estate at "Deep Brook" from 1780s forward. See Folsom's History of Saco & Biddeford, p.291. Died at Saco, age 91, 11/02/1821. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.85. See also Biddeford Scrapbook #1, p.10.


Jordan, Tristram (Captain)

Death of Captain Tristan [sic] Jordan of Saco, washed overboard from ship “Pepperell” in mid-Atlantic. U & J 12/19/1856, p.2 c.4.


Judge, Thomas

Civil engineer; equipped paper plant at Newfoundland for Lord Northcliffe, owner of London Times. Obit BWJ 05/19/1922, p8 c.5.


Judkins, George W. “Babe”

Dies at 43 Hill Street (home of Cynthia Hill), aged 33. “Well known, possessed many good characteristics.” BDJ 11/20/1890, p.3 c.2.





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Kearney, Patrick J.

(1858-1920) Born in Biddeford. Obit BWJ 10/29/1920, p.8 c.7.


Keay, Ivory

Of Biddeford. Went to California on brig “Sam & Ben”, died on shipboard on way home in December 1850. U & J, 02/28/1851, p.3 c.3.


Keeley, Leslie E.

(1832-1900) Bi-chloride of gold process. City Report of 1892-1893, p.49.


Kelly, Mrs. Melville H.

(1853-1921) Daughter of Samuel W. and Mary Lunt. Taught in Biddeford schools 14 years. Home was on Old Orchard Road, taken over by Biddeford & Saco Country Club. BWJ 01/21/1921, p.8 c.7.


Kendall, L. H. (Colonel)

Obit BWJ 11/27/1908, p.7 & 8.


Kendall, Nathan W.

Obit BWJ 11/08/1929, p.6 c.1.


Kendall, Robert [& John Etchells]

Obit BWJ 02/24/1888, p.3 c.3.


Kimball, Nathaniel E.

Son of Judge Nathaniel Kimball. Obit BWJ 02/10/1911, p.8 c.6.


Kimball, Nathaniel (Judge)

Made brick token to use a currency during Civil War, token passed for 75¢, BWJ 10/17/1884, p.3 c.1. Character sketch, BWJ 11/27/1885, p.3 c.5. Obit BWJ 03/20/1891, p.3 c.2. Story of practical joke involving Sandy Brook & Sandy Brook Lighthouse, BWJ 11/25/1921, p.7 c.4.


Kindrick/Kendrick, Samuel

Died with a cancer in his throat or neck in Saco 02/22/1822. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.85.


King, Cyrus

Born in Scarborough at Governor King house in 1819. Nephew of governor celebrates 92nd birthday. In shipbuilding business; King house built about 1746. BDJ 07/03/1911, p.6 c.1-2.


King, Jonathan

Died 02/11/1849, aged 65. Union [newspaper] 02/16/1849, p.3 c.4.


King, Rufus

Ambassador to England under President Thomas Jefferson.


King, William

First Maine governor died 06/17/1852, aged 84. Obit U & J 06/23/1852, p.3 c.1. Special article in U & J 06/30/1952, p.1 c.5-6.


Knight, Louis Aston

Knight, Charles

Aston Knight was a landscape painter who summered in Biddeford Pool. Charles Knight was an architect, and at one point the only practicing American architect in Paris. [Twins? Card states "Born Poissy, France, 1877" but doesn't indicate which one. Unclear relationship.]


Kozloff, William J.

Died aged 67. Home on McKenney Road in Saco. BJ 11/04/1974, p.2 c.1.





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Lane, Gertrude B.

Editor of Woman’s Home Companion. Sketch of early life in Saco and portrait in BDJ 09/03/1936, c.1-3.


Lachance, Joseph

Born in Canada, & came to Biddeford in 1883. Worked in mills for 15 years, then restaurants for 9 years before getting into insurance and real estate. Partner in firm Renouf & Lachance. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.155.


Ladd, Thomas

Story of old gravestone dug up in Main Street cemetery, Biddeford, near White’s Wharf. Stone bore inscription “Thomas Ladd, 1790”. See BWJ 09/13/1907, p.1 c.5-6 (near bottom).


Lafayette, Marquis de

Recollections of grandson of Deacon Amos Chase, who at 9 with his father & uncle saw Lafayette. Also tells stories he’d heard of Deacon Amos Chase who at 99 greeted Lafayette during his 1825 visit. BWJ 10/27/1899, p.6 c.1-2.


Lambert, Joseph

(1840-1921) Had lived in Biddeford for more than 50 years. Obit BWJ 06/03/1921, p.8 c.7.


Landry, George A.

Born 1874 in Biddeford. Worked as a bookkeeper before opening a grocery on Alfred Street. Brother to Wilfrid Landry. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.97.


Landry, Wilfrid

(1888-1960) Owned Landry pharmacy in Biddeford. Brother to George A. Landry. Cartoon sketch while mayor, appeared in 1938. Wife Pauline died 11/08/1940. His obit appeared in BDJ, 05/19/1960. See also Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.173.


Lane, Eustace

(1835-1913) Father of Gertrude Lane, later editor of Woman’s Home Companion. Piano and organ dealer in Saco, died at age 78. Obit BWJ 10/24/1913, p.8 c.5.


Lane, T. K.

Operated the Biddeford House [see U & J 07/29/1859, p.3 c.6], then purchased and ran the Ferry House at Ferry Beach in Saco. BWJ 08/29/1884, p.3 c.4.


Langevin, Theode

Drowned, body recovered - BJ 05/27/1912. Obit BJ 05/31/1912.


Larochelle, Joseph R. (Doctor)

Celebrates fiftieth year of medical practice in Biddeford: BDJ 06/19/1957, p.1 c.1. See also Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.86.


Lassell, Israel (Captain)

Married Abigail Hill of Biddeford, about 1788-9. She died 10/30/1800. He married the widow Susannah Walker 02/24/1801. Daughter Olive (b.1789) married John Patten about 1807-8. Capt. Lassell was captured by either the French or British in the West Indies 07/12/1813. Died in May 1831. [From Samuel Merrill diary, pp.2,32,130.] Portraits of following family hung in house on  Ferry Lane: Israel Lassell, John Patten, Horace Ward, John Patten Ward, James Sawyer Ward Sr. [BJ 08/27/1936, p.13 c.1-3.]


Lassell, Issabella (Isabella)

Daughter of John & Mary Lassell. Died 10/10/1837, aged 19 years. Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery along side Moses Bradbury lot (slate headstone).


Lausier, Amelie

(1845-1936) Mother of Louis B. Lausier and widow of Antoine Lausier. Born in St. Aime, Canada, daughter of Francois & Amelie Theroux Cartier. Had 9 children, 3 surviving: Louis B., Joseph F. (Marblehead, MA), and Emma L. Pugsley. BDJ 10/01/1936, p.2 c.3.


Lausier, Louis B.

(1879-1962) Born in Biddeford and educated in public schools. Studied at Saint Anne College in Canada, then read law with Judge Haley of Biddeford for 4 years. Admitted to the bar in 1906. Long-time mayor of Biddeford, often known as “Papa” Lausier. Powerful and controversial political regime. Died 01/14/1962; obit in BDJ 01/15/1962, p.1. See also Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.173.


Leavitt (Captain)

Cast away at sea; news of his death 04/01/1827. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.112.


Leavitt, Edward H.

(1824-1907) Home at 40 Sullivan Street. Overseerof carding department of Laconia & Pepperell Mills for 35 years, from 1846 to 1881 when he retired. Obit BWJ 10/11/1907, p.8 c.5.


LeBlanc, Mrs. Francois

(1823-1908) Second oldest French resident dies at age of 85. Was next to come after Joseph Shevenell. Came to Biddeford in 1854. BWJ 12/25/1908, p.6 c.4.


Ledoux, Urbain J.

(1874-1941) Biddeford man, worked for consular service in Prague (BWJ 05/10/1907, p.7  c.1-2 and 07/21/1907, p.7 c.7). Sketch of activities in Biddeford and elsewhere, leading to his heading the Stepping Stone Mission in Bowery of New York (BWJ 04/11/1919, p.2 c.2). Personality sketch by Washington D.C. correspondent (BWJ 04/07/1922, p.3 c.7). Obituaries from New York Times and New York Herald Tribune in Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p. 22-3.


Lee, George Williams

“Hills Beach Hermit”, also known as “Bully Lee”. Came to Hills Beach about 1879, had lived in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Had been to sea and claimed to be about 83. Also claimed that his mother owned some of the land occupied by the Pepperell Mills. Obit BWJ 08/18/1899, p.7 c.3-4.


Leighton, John

Died with consumption 05/21/1832. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.135.


Leighton, Mark

(1780-1824) Died 07/.26/1824. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.97. Birth noted in Biddeford Town Records book 4, p.346a.


LeGallee, Cora C.

(1856-1916) Born Cora Estelle Craig in Keene, NH; parents came to Biddeford Pool to live in 1860. Married David Baker LeGallee of Boston; they met when he was visiting relatives at the Pool. Mother of Harry A. LeGallee. Obit BWJ (month?) 1916, p.8 c.3.


Leland, Joseph

Moved from Little Falls to Pepperellborough 01/19/1801. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.2.


Leland, Joseph (Esquire)

Of Saco, died aged about 80 years 05/29/1839. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.149.


Leland, Joseph W.

Died in Saco, 09/07/1858, at age of 53. Maine Democrat (newspaper) 09/14/1958, p.2 c.1.


LeSieur, Arthur (Judge)

Obit JT 10/27/1977.


Lessard, Donald

Biography, see JT 04/28/1982, p.1 c.1.


Libby, George W.

(1842-1900) Born in Biddeford, the son of John and Mary (Carter) Libby. Died at 25 Graham Street on 07/09/1900. Obit BWJ 07/13/1900, p.8 c.4.  


Libby, Joseph R.

Story of business career in Biddeford and later moved to Portland where he founded J. R. Libby Department Store (BWJ 09/28/1917, p.3 c.5-6). Obit see BWJ 11/09/1917, p.8 c.6-7 or BDJ 11/06/1917, p.8 c.2.


Libby, Sarah

Of Saco, age 88. Had 13 children, 101 grandchildren, 129 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren. U & J 01/31/1851, p.3 c.3.


Libby, William F.

(1838-1918) Obit BWJ 12/27/1918, p.8 c.3.


Lincoln, Abraham

[Voting in Biddeford]

1860: Lincoln 818, Douglas 605, scattering 53. Six out of 7 wards gave Lincoln clear majority and teh 7th ward was a tie.

1864: Lincoln carried wards 1, 3, 5; McClellan 2, 4, 6, 7. Total vote Lincoln 675, McClellan 703. High school boys vote: Lincoln 23, McClellan 8.


Lincoln, Robert

(1806-1864) 1857 Directory shows him as owner of Brass Foundry on Spring’s Island. Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery near center gate. Obit Union & Jouirnal 12/24/1864, p.3 c.2.


Lindsay, Andrew J.

Crossed the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower II. Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.87.


Linehan, Timothy P. (Reverend)

(1847-1922) Priest for St. Mary’s Catholic Church 1890-1922. Sketch of life and celebration of 25 years as pastor of St. Mary’s parish, BJ 08/20/1915. Obit BWJ 03/03/1922, p.7 c.1-4. (See also obit for brother Colonel John C. Linehan of New Hampshire in BWJ 09/22/1905, p.1 c.3-4).


Littlefield, Gilman P.

(1838-1910) 55 years with Saco Water Power Company, Superintendent 1896-1910. Lived at 169 South Street. Obit BWJ 03/18/1910, p.8 c.5-7.


Livingston, Crawford

(1843-1925) Wealthy railroad builder from St. Paul, Minnesota (see Who Was Who in America 1897-1942). Built Livingston Estate at Fortune’s Rocks (see BDJ 02/19/1965, p.4 for history). [Photo coll.]


Lizotte (Lawyer)

“Trouble with John L. Sullivan” (BDJ 05/14-16/1893); Active in Pepperell Mill strike (BDJ 06/11/1893).


Locke, John Fairfield

(1838-1900) Born in Hollis, came to Saco about 1865. Owned City Market in Biddeford, and lived at 34 Beach Street in Saco. Farmer and cattle dealer. Obit BWJ 08/31/1900, p.7 c.4.


Locke, John S.

(1836-1906) Home at 90 Middle Street, Saco. Superintendent of Saco schools for 13 years; had kept book store prior to that. Obit BDJ 12/05/1906, p.7 c.4-7.


Londregan, Ellen

(1804-1900) Born in Ireland, came to U.S. in 1840’s and soon after landing came to Biddeford. One of the first Irish women to settle in Biddeford. Obit BWJ 07/20/1900, p.6 c.6.


Lord, Augustus

(1835-1907) Home at Cutts Avenue in Saco. Brother of Sam Lord. Born in Buxton & came to Saco in 1852. Chief engineer of Saco Fire Department 1872-1889. Obit BWJ 07/12/1907, p.1 c.5.


Lord, Eugene F.

(1860-1921) Obit BWJ 09/02/1921, p.5 c.6.


Lord, Harry K.

(1859-1919) Home at 167 Alfred Street. Son of Capt. Joseph O. Lord, who had a livery stable on Alfred Street. Son ran business for 25 years (1894-1919). Obit BWJ 08/08/1919. Business bought by Oren B. Edwards, BWJ 11/07/1919, p.3 c.6.


Lord, Henry I.

(1839-1903) Born in Canada, died in Biddeford. Sketch of life BWJ 07/03/1903, p.7 c.3-4.


Lord, John Henry

(1839-1907) Cobbler, with store at 23 Main Street on Factory Island, Saco. Brother of Sam Lord. Obit BWJ 02/08/1907, p.7 c.5.


Lord, Joseph O. (Captain)

Sketch of life/obit BWJ 11/15/1895, p.3 c.4.


Lord, Pierre (Peter)

(1831-1914) Home at 48 Sullivan Street. Born in Quebec, came to Biddeford in 1868. Obit BDJ 08/21/1914, p.8 c.4.


Lord, Samuel L.

(1841-1911) Famous druggist of Saco. Obit BWJ 01/06/1911, p.1 c.7-8.


Lougee, Bennett S.

(1834-1916) Had shoe store on Factory Island. Oldest merchant in business here; was last man to wear frock coat and top hat at business. Obit BWJ 09/15/1916, p.7 c.2.


Lovejoy, Edward F.

“Professor” Lovejoy, with offices at 141 Main Street in Biddeford. Specialized in lung and throat ailments, was also a musician. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.36.


Lowell, John B.

(1834-1921) Obit BWJ 07/15/1921, p.8 c.6-7.


Lowell, Silvanus (Captain)

Was blind when died at the age of 86. Buried 07/22/1830. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.125.


Lubinsky, Pauline

(1868-1920) Married to John Lubinsky. Born in Boston, married there in 1886 and came to Biddeford to live. Was the head of the Lubinsky clothing store in Hotel Thacher. Mother of Sam. Obit BWJ 12/31/1920, p.8 c.7.


Lunt, Alfred M. (Captain)

(1824-1885) Died in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Obit BWJ 04/10/1885, p.3 c.2.


Lunt, Cyrus K.

Biddeford man, had 3 sons in Civil War. History of Lunt family in New England during Revolution and other wars. BWJ 07/05/1907, c.2-3.


Lunt, William

Age 77, of Biddeford. [Obit] U & J 09/27/1850, p.2 c.6.


Luques, Samuel W. (Judge)

Obit and sketch of life BWJ 09/03/1897, p.3 c.2.


Lyman, John

(1887-1967) Obit in [Portland] Sunday Telegram, 05/28/1967, p.2A. See also Biddeford Scrapbook #9, p.13.





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Maguire, John W.

Owned 2 shoe stores in Biddeford, also a repair shop. Son J. Mitchell Maguire managed one of the shops. Was active in city government. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.18.


Mahaney, John

(1847-1904) Home at 349 Main Street. Born in Cork, Ireland. Came here when very young; father of William Mahaney. Obit BWJ 02/19/1904, p.7 c.2.


Mahoney, Dennis

Died at his home on Vetromile Street, aged 60. BDJ 03/25/1889, p.3 c.1.


Marcille, Albert O.

Born 1876 in Saco. Graduated Biddeford High School, and worked as a quarryman, stonecutter, and grocery clerk before serving as Biddeford’s City Clerk. Subsequently elected mayor of Biddeford, becoming first Franco-American mayor in the state of Maine. Heavily involved in political and social activities. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.147.  


Marden, Thomas

Of Lebanon; a colored man and ex-Revolutionary veteran, age 97. A slave in New Jersey, he escaped to Boston and then came to Lyman to live with a Mr. Roberts. Finally reached Lebanon. U & J 10/29/1851, p.3 c.1.


Marr, Miss Harriet Webster

(1881-1964) Descendent of Parson Webster of Pool Road Church (1749-1836). Miss Mars was born in Biddeford, daughter of William Webster Mars and Nancy Emery Mars. Miss Mars taught 40 years in Springfield (Massachusetts) Classical Institute. She gave the Parson Webster wine glass to McArthur Library. Obit BDJ 08/22/1964, p.2 c.2.


Marshall, William (Captain)

Of Saco, died age 92. U & J 03/09/1855, p.3 c.4.


Martin, Joseph H.

(1875-1959) Born in Quebec, came to Biddeford at age 9. Led Painchaud’s Band for a number of years. Biographical sketch with photo in Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.64-5. Died aged 84, obit BDJ 03/14/1959. Wife died 2-3 years later.


Mason, Joseph T.

Painter and paperhanger. Obit BWJ 03/11/1910, p.1 c.1-3; funeral BWJ 0318/1910, p.7 c.1. See also Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.32-3.


Mason, Luther T.

(1834-1907) Born in Biddeford. Studied law with John M. Goodwin, admitted to bar in 1855. Became partner of Gorham M. Weymouth in 1865 and partnership lasted until death. Home was at Foss & Summer Streets. Obit BDJ 08/20/1907, p.6 c.2-3.


Maxwell, Archibald V. (“Archie”)

Succeeds father, Arthur F. Maxwell, as president of First National Bank. (BDJ 05/14/1869, p.1) Obit BWJ 06/12/1903, p.7 c.6.


Maxwell, James

Died in Newfield 11/21/1852 age 60. Formerly of Biddeford. Union (newspaper) 12/15/1852, p.3 c.2.


Maxwell, William (Captain)

Died with palsy aged 66 years 03/24/1840. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.156.


McArthur, George W.

(1872-1916) Home at 47 Adams Street. Born in Millville, New Jersey. Obit BWJ 08/18/1916, p.8 c.7.


McArthur, Lydia A.

(1834-1920) Born Lydia A. Swan in Smithfield, RI; married library benefactor Robert McArthur in 1861. Had two sons, Robert and Walter (both died early) and two daughters, Miss Lena McArthur of Biddeford and Mrs. Jane Owen of Saco and Philadelphia, Buried in Woonsocket, RI. Obit BWJ 04/23/1920, p.8 c.5.


McArthur, Robert

(1838-1914) Born in Ashton, England. Came to U.S. in 1842, began mill work at age 15 in Woonsocket, RI. Married Lydia A. Swan in 1861. Worked in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut before coming to Biddeford in 1887 as Agent (general manager) of the Pepperell Mills, a post which he held until his retirement at age 76. In 1902 he purchased the Pavilion Congregational Church on Main Street, Biddeford as home for the Biddeford Public Library, which changed its name to the McArthur Public Library in honor of him. He served as president of the Library’s governing board until his death. Obit BWJ 12/25/1914, p.6.


McArthur, Lena G.

(1864-1944) Daughter of Robert and Lydia McArthur. Lifelong supporter of McArthur Public Library. McArthur family returns from trip to Europe (BJ 09/4/1908, p.8).


McCulloch, Andrew J.

(1837-1922) Born in Saco, lived on Bay View Road. Was a Civil War veteran and a boss of the York Mills yard. Obit BWJ 09/29/1922, p.1 c.4.


McDermott, T. J.

Owner and operator of the Biddeford Iron Foundry, which opened in 1885; products included a variety of cotton machinery and castings. Also served on the Biddeford school board. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.38-9. 


McIntire, Calvin P.

(1839-1894) Organist and music teacher. Born in Kennebunkport, became a church organist in Biddeford in 1858; taught violin, piano, organ and voice lessons. Married Octavia Andrews of Saco in 1869; they moved to Boston the next year, where McIntire continued teaching music. Obit BWJ 07/20/1894, p.3 c.7. [See also Somerville (Mass.) Citizen, 07/20/1894.]


McIntire, George S.

(1826-1900) An "eccentric character" in town, known as "the Mathematical Genius" and also "the Star Gazer". Objects to a caricature of himself printed in local French paper "L'Amerique" (BWJ 12/04/1896, p.3 c.2). Died at age 74, obit BWJ 07/06/1900, p.5 c.2.


McIntire, Josiah

(1817-1907) McIntire farm at railroad crossing on South Street. Gives history of McIntire family in Biddeford since 1760. BDJ 12/29/1891, p.3 c.2; see also BWJ 01/01/1892, p.3 c.4. Obit also has excellent history of McIntire family in Biddeford- BJ 05/03/1907, p.7 c.4. 


McIntire, Phineas

Departed 12/07/1826. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.111. Born in York, moved to Biddeford in 1760. Grandfather of Josiah McIntire.


McKenney, Carlos H.

(b.1864) Hardware dealer at Jefferson, Center and Main Streets. Father was senior partner in firm of McKenney & Heard. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.35.


McKenney, Enoch H.

Photographer, born in 1825. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, p.212. Moved to Georgetown, Delaware and leased his studio to a Mr. Hodgdon-U & J 04/17/1868, p.3 c.1.


McKenney, Simeon P.

(1816-1891) Attorney, came to Biddeford in 1851. Founded McKenney & Heard (Mr. Heard was his nephew) in 1871. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, facing p.198. Obit BWJ 09/15/1891, p.3 c.5.


McMullan, James H.

(1830-1921) First appeared in Biddeford as purchaser and agent of machine shop of Saco Water Power Company (BWJ 12/28/1866, p.2 c.5). Lived in Somes house at head of Adams Street - became home of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd (BWJ 02/04/1921, p.8 c.7). Obit BWJ 02/11/1921, p.8 c.6; also same issue p.7 c.2 on political and election activities in the 1870's.


McMullen, William

Former agent of mills. Obit BWJ 02/22/1918, p.1 c.4.


Means, Elizabeth

(1839-1923) Born Elizabeth Hooper, wife of Charles O. Means and grandmother of C. Raymond and Mel Means. Obit BWJ 03/16/1923, p.8 c.4.


Means, Frank M.

(1873-1920) Born in his home at 234 South Street, son of Charles O. and Elizabeth Hooper Means. Married Katherine Tarr, father of Ray and Mel Means. Obit BWJ 11/19/1920, p.8 c.6.


Means, C. Raymond

(1908-1955) Died 12/07/1955.


Meeds, Daniel J.

Came to Biddeford in 1842; served 3 years in Maine Cavalry and had 5 brothers in service. Built many Biddeford buildings. Obit BWJ 05/01/1908, p.2.


Meeds, Mrs. Ellen

Shares memories of early Biddeford, BWJ 02/15/1924, p.1.


Meeds, Francis

Obit BWJ 09/29/1893, p.3 c.5.


Mellen, Grenville

Poet, born in Biddeford. See Poets of Maine.


Mellen (Honorable Judge)

Died at Portland [age] 76 years 01/06/1841. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.163.


Menard, Jean Baptiste

(1819-1904) Home at 3 Williams Court. Came to Biddeford about 1864, claimed very few French here then. Obit BWJ 01/15/1904, p.1 c.1.


Merrill, Alvan R.

(1870-1916) Home at High Street, Saco. Died age 46, taught penmanship in Saco schools for 23 years. BWJ 10/20/1916, p.8 c.5.


Merrill, Harry L.

(1875-1963) Obit BDJ 11/18/1963, p.2 c.2.


Merrill, Samuel P. (Reverend)

(1835-1916) Grandson of Reverend Daniel Merrill. Born in Nebraska where his father was a Baptist missionary said to have been first white child born in Nebraska. Was pastor of Adams Street Baptist Church in Biddeford. Died in Los Angeles, California. Obit BWJ 05/05/1916, p.7 c.6.


Merrill, Samuel

(1776-1845) Mill owner-kept extensive diary of happenings in Biddeford/Saco area 1799-1845. Born in Buxton Center, son of Abel Merrill (b.1748). Married Sarah Bradbury 11/24/1801.Died in Biddeford 08/02/1845; left 2 children: Samuel-who married Mary Hooper, and Elizabeth-who married Benjamin Mosher. 


Merryman, J. Albert

(1910-1967) Obit BSJ 10/23/1967, p.2 (same in Biddeford Scrapbook #9, p.13). Tribute in York County Coast Star 10/25/1967 (same in Biddeford Scrapbook #9 p.14) written by Alexander Bacon Brook, editor.


Meserve, Luke (Captain)

Death notice of Capt. Luke Meserve, aged 54, in Canada East. Formerly of Biddeford. U & J 08/10/1855, p.3 c.5.


Miles, James H.

(1854-1904) Home at 19 Scammon Street, Saco. Born in Limerick. Came to Biddeford in 1874. Had grocery store on Spring Island; was also City Marshal of Saco. Obit BWJ 06/24/1904, p.2 c.1-2.


Miliken, Chas. O.

Obit and sketch of life BWJ 09/11/1896, p.1 c.7.


Milliken, Albert H.

(1867-1947) Died Christmas eve 1947. BDJ 12/26/1947, p.2 c.2.


Milliken, Moses S.

Stone mason, Civil War veteran and Biddeford alderman; died aged 68. Obit BWJ 11/23/1888, p.3 c.3.


Mitchell, Charley

See St. Mitchell, Charles Antoine


Monaldo, James D.

“Two in custody in Biddeford man’s homicide” (JT 01/02/1988, p.1). Murder aftermath – JT 01/04/1988, p.1.


Mondor, Robert &

Mondor, Alice Lecharite

Of Saco. Parents of 17 children. See Hendrickson’s Quiet Presence, p.163-8.


Monroe, James (President)

An account of President James Monroe’s 1817 visit to Saco in Fairfield’s Sands, Spindles and Steeples.


Moody, Annie S.

(1861-1916) Home at Cross Street, Saco. Related to photographer Charles Moody. Obit BWJ 02/04/1916, p.8.


Moody, Charles A.

(1849-1916) President First National Bank 1903-1916; was with the bank 50 years. Obit BWJ 12/22/1916, p.8 c.2-3.


Moody, Charles E.

(1859-1915) Son of Samuel F. Moody and Mary E. Spencer. Obit BWJ 08/06/1915, p.8 c.7.


Moody, Roscoe C. (Captain)

(1873-1933) Born in Biddeford, graduated from Annapolis in 1894. Became president of the general court martial at the Charlestown (Boston) Navy Yard in 1925. Son of former president of First National Bank of Biddeford. Obit BDJ 01/16/1933, p.2 c.8.


Moody, Samuel (Captain)

Died in Saco, 09/02/1844, age 64 years. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.185.


Moody, Samuel F.

(1833-1906) Home at 88 North Street, Saco (also lived at 12 Cutts Avenue, Saco). Father of Charles E. and Fred S. Moody [carriage painter]. Obit BWJ 07/27/1906, p.1 c.5.


Moody, William (Colonel)

Died Friday in Saco, 03/18/1822. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.86.


Moody, William Pepperell

(1816-1901) Born in Saco, had store on Main Street, Saco from 1840-1901. Obit BWJ 09/27/1901, p.7 c.1-2.


Moore, Dayton T.

(1856-1921) Born in Manchester, New Hampshire; came to Biddeford in 1879. Businessman also heavily involved in local political, social and civic activities. Former president of the McArthur Library Association. Obit BWJ 09/16/1921, p.8 c.6.


Moore, Jeremiah

Obit BWJ 05/08/1896, p.3 c.6.


Moore, Joshua

(1821-1897) Stone contractor. Father lived “on the plains” – gives route of old road through Greenwood Cemetery. Went to gold fields in 1849, came back in 1853. Sketch in  History of York County, Maine, p.204-5. Director Biddeford National Bank (1859-1897), trustee for Biddeford Savings (1869-1879). Obit BWJ 12/31/1897, p.7 c.5.


Moore, Joshua E.

Death notice of Joshua E. Moore of Biddeford, aged 77. U & J 06/27/1856, p.3 c.3.


Moore, Samuel

Obit BWJ 04/19/1861, p.2 c.6.


Morgan, Ernest H.

Proprietor of Old Corner Book Store, Washington & Main Streets, Biddeford. Born in Connecticut about 1855, came to Biddeford about 1916. Obit BWJ 02/20/1920, p.8 c.6.


Morrill, Samuel J. (Captain)

Of Saco, died aged 71. U & J, 09/29/1854, p.3 c.2.


Morrill, Tristram

Died 09/19/1844 in Biddeford, age 76. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.185.


Morrill, Ernest

See Biddeford Scrapbook #2, p.112.


Morris, Edward Scammon

(1821-1906) Father of Estelle M. Tatterson. Died in Pool Road house (old Judge Jordan house). Editor of Daily Standard. Obit BWJ 07/06/1906, p.1 c.4.


Morse, Calista E.

(1873-1965) Born Calista E. Milliken in Scarborough, married and lived in Saco where she was very active in the community. Obit BDJ 04/21/1965, p.2 c.2.


Morton, Charles

Obit BWJ 05/02/1879, p.3 c.1.


Moses, Charles

Sketch of life and obit BWJ 10/04/1912, p.6 c.6.


Mosher, Benjamin (Captain)

(1813-1885) Son of Benjamin Mosher of Gorham and Polly Foster Warren of Biddeford. Married Mary Elizabeth Merrill 12/12/1839 (Samuel Merrill diary, p.153), who died in 1907 (BWJ 02/01/1907, p.8 c.7). Capt. Mosher shipwrecked in bark “Warden” off coast of England (Union newspaper, 11/13/1857, p.2 c.5). Obit BWJ 12/18/1885, p.3 c.2. Buried at Greenwood Cemetery.


Mosher, Mary

Born Mary Elizabeth Merrill in Biddeford, married Capt. Benjamin Mosher in 1839. Obit of daughter Lila Mosher Bryant (1865-1922) in BJ 06/05/1922, p.3 c.5.


Mosher, Thomas Bird

(1852-1923) Fine-press book publisher. First wife Ella Dresser; second wife Annie M. Littlefield. Engagement announced to Annie Littlefield of Saco (BWJ 12/11/1891, p.3 c.1). Marriage announced (BDJ 07/05/1892, p.3). Writes to sister in Biddeford (Mrs. E. L. Cowan) of San Francisco earthquake as felt in San Jose, California (BWJ 05/04/1906, p.7 c.2-3). Died at his home in Portland; obit BWJ 09/07/1923, p.7 c.4. Mosher’s will reported BWJ 09/28/1923, p.1 c.7. Posthumous articles & tributes: BDJ 03/05/1927, p.3 c.3; Portland Telegram 04/09/1933; A. Edward Newton’s This Book Collecting Game (1928). See also Bishop's Thomas Bird Mosher: pirate prince of publishers (1998).


Moulen, Mary

(1834-1914) Born in Ireland as Mary Dore. Family came to Quebec in 1840; she married there and came to Biddeford in 1869. A famous boarding house keeper for 40 years. [Sketch gives excellent detail of early immigrant life] BDJ 12/26/1914, p.8 c.5-6.


Moulton, Herbert F.

Minister of Biddeford Unitarian Church for 15 years, then given to First Unitarian of Sanford. See BDJ: 02/29/1912, p.7 c.1-2; 03/26/1912, p.8 c.4; 01/31/1914, p.3 c.4-5. For general sketches see BWJ 05/26/1905, p.10 c.6 & BDJ 10/08/1906, p.5 c.2.


Munro, C. P. M.

Owner and operator of “The Commercial Company”, a tea, coffee and spice supplier located in the City Building. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.19-20.


Murch, Hiram (Captain)

Died 01/13/1867, aged 66 years 3 months. Wife Sarah died 11/15/1872, aged 73 years 3 months. Both buried in southeast corner of Greenwood Cemetery; no obituaries in the newspaper.


Murch, James (Captain)

Died 09/21/1843, aged 66. Wife Lydia died 05/12/1868, aged 81. Daughter Mary Ann drowned in Saco River 07/04/1814, aged 6 years 8 days. Son James drowned in Saco River 05/10/1829, aged 8 years 8 days. Slate headstones in northwest corner of Greenwood Cemetery; Capt. Murch’s death mentioned in Samuel Merrill diary, p.180.


Murch, John

Of Biddeford, died age 75. U & J 02/07/1851, p.3 c.1.


Murch, William (Captain)

Death notice of Capt. William Murch of Saco, aged 83. U & J 12/14/1855, p.3 c.2.


Murch, William, Junior (Captain)

Death notice of Capt. Murch, Jr. of schooner “Frank”, this port. Died at Aux Cayes, St. Domingo. “Mr. Benson, his mate, had his body preserved and took it to New York with him, to be sent to his family and friends for burial.” U & J 11/23/1853, p.3 c.1.


Murphy, Denis

(1846-1919) Born in Cork, Ireland; came to Biddeford in 1870 when 24. Self-educated Latin & Greek scholar-sketch of career in obit: BWJ 05/30/1919, p.2 c.1.


Murphy, William J. (Private)

Local boy royally entertained in Bideford, England. Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.29.





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Nadeau, Louis

(1841-1913) Shoe & cobbling business, corner Main & Water Streets. Born in Canada, came to Biddeford in 1863. Married Miss Louise Benoit in 1866. Obit BDJ 01/31/1913, p.8 c.5.


Nadeau, Louis (1940’s/50’s)

See Rosenbaum, Ida


Nadeau, Onesime

Entrepreneur. Owned a furniture/stove/hardware shop, a bakery, stables, and also worked as an undertaker. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.39.


Nason, Benjamin

Died at West Indies, formerly of Biddeford but laterally of Portland 07/05/1810; from Samuel Merrill diary, p.18.


Nason, John (Captain)

Died at Biddeford 10/17/1841, from Samuel Merrill diary p.169.


Nason, Robert E.

Was buried in Biddeford 02/09/1806; from Samuel Merrill diary, p.9.


Nason, William (Captain)

Sailed from this port and has not been heard from since 03/04/1831, from Samuel Merrill diary p.128.


Newbegin, Flanders

Came to Biddeford and opened dry goods store in Biddeford House block. Built several business buildings. Owned lot on Elm Street where St. Joseph Catholic Church stands. Died 09/28/1886, aged 84. Obit BWJ 10/01/1886, p.3 c.2.


Newcomb, Julia F. P. (Mrs.)

Only woman theatrical manager in Maine—Biddeford Scrapbook #2, p.100.


Newcomb, Simon

(1831-1904) Shoe manufacturer, came to Biddeford in 1851. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, facing p.191. Obit & life sketch see BWJ 08/05/1904, p.6 c.1-2 or BDJ 08/01/1904, p.6 c.4-5. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery. Widow [name?] dies at Biddeford Pool aged 80-BWJ 08/23/1918, p.3 c.5-6.


Nichols, J. T. G. (Reverend)

(1817-1900) In Saco 46 years (1842-88); in 1880 had preached 1217 written sermons. Obit BWJ 10/19/1900, p.5 c.5. Picture and memorial service BWJ 11/09/1900, p.7 c.1-2.


Nichols, Rufus

Notice of death of wife Eliza in Saco on 01/24/1849 age 48. U & J 02/02/1849, p.3 c.3.


Norwood, Abraham

(1852-1923) Home at 559 Pool Road. Born in Biddeford, son of Albert and Mary Mitchell Norwood. Brother of Albert. Obit BWJ 07/01/1923, p.7 c.4.


Norwood, Albert

(1861-1922) Born on Pool Road in old Norwood homestead, son of Albert and Mary Mitchell Norwood. Brother of Abraham. Ran pleasure boats from Biddeford to Biddeford Pool. Obit BWJ 05/26/1922, p.6 c.5.


Norwood, George

Has business in catching and shipping seals; has caught seals for 13 years. BWJ 06/19/1885, p.3 c.2.


Norwood, Jonathan (Captain)

Born 1811 at Cape Ann [Massachusetts?]. Came to Biddeford about 1821. Home at Pool Road. Died 04/20/1900 aged 88 plus, BWJ 04/27/1900, p.8 c.6.


Nourse, John

Sketch of life/obit, BWJ 04/29/1898, p.7 c.1.


Noyes, Sybil

(1878-1967) Genealogist. Obit BSJ 03/17/1967, p.2 c.1.


Noyes, William S.

(1841-1911) Boston Herald story of Noyes’ service in Civil War, capture by Confederates in 1862, meeting with General Beauregard, and his later interview with Abraham Lincoln-BWJ 10/25/1907, p.1 c.1-3. Saco publisher of Maine Democrat newspaper. Obit BWJ 04/28/1911, p.1 c.1-2.


Nutter, Dorcas

(1822-1914) Born in Buxton, went to work for York Mills at age 13. Took part in their first strike. Obit BDJ 08/03/1914, p.5 c.6-7.


Nye, Samuel (Major)

Died 03/01/1826-from Samuel Merrill diary, p.109.





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O’Brion/O’Brien, William (Captain)

Name given on gravestone in Greenwood Cemetery as O’Brion and age as 75 years 6 months. Died 03/21/1884. Death notice in BDJ 03/21/1884. Gives residence as 6 Summer Street, and says “formerly of Lubec”.


O’Connor, Joseph M. (Doctor)

(1876-1917) Graduated Biddeford High School in 1895 and Bowdoin College in 1898. Studied medicine in London and Dublin. Member of staff of Webber Hospital. Obit BWJ 04/27/1917, p.8 c.5.


Olsen, George (Captain)

Captain of the schooner “Mary A. Hall”, coastwise trade. Home at 29 Oak Street, Biddeford. Drowned in New York harbor. BDJ 08/29/1917, p.7 c.3.


O’Neill, Eugene D. (Doctor)

(1865-1922) Physician and first president of the Emmett Literary Society in Biddeford. Article on Literary Society presidency see BWJ 08/20/1915, p.2. Obit BWJ 01/20/1922, p.1. c.2.


Orcutt, Lester B.

(1915-1976) Main Street in Biddeford Pool renamed Lester B. Orcutt Boulevard in memory of the deceased. Obit BSJ 11/05/1976, p.2 c.1.


Orcutt, Thomas

(1832-1906) Keeper of Wood Island Lighthouse  for 19 years. Obit BWJ 03/16/1906, p.8 c.2-3.


Osgood, Napoleon B.

(1840-1916) Born in Porter, Maine. Served in Civil War, came to Biddeford afterwards. Died 11/11/1916. Obit BWJ 11/17/1916, p.8 c.6.


Osher, Marion

See Sandler, Marion Osher


Osher, Samuel “Sam”

Local merchant, died suddenly. Prominent in business world, owner of “Sam’s Place”. BDJ 04/18/1951, p.2.


O’Sullivan, William (Doctor)

Retirement leaves “Dr. Bill” restless—article in Portland Press Herald 06/14/1976, p.1.


Ouellette, Emile

(1913-1986) Former district chief of the Biddeford Fire Department and custodian of the McArthur Public Library. Obit JT 01/06/1986, p.2 c.6.


Owen, Daniel E.

(1868-1939) Graduated from Bowdoin College and entered Andover Theological School to study Unitarian ministry (BWJ 06/21/1889). Married Jane McArthur of Biddeford (daughter of Robert & Lydia McArthur). Moved to Philadelphia to teach at the University of Pennsylvania. Obit BDJ 10/06/1939, p.10.


Owen, George F.

(1843-1906) Former mayor of Saco, father of Daniel E. Owen. George’s father (Daniel M. Owen) was a tailor who established his business in Saco in 1842. George was taken into partnership with his father in 1865, who then died 4 years later. Obit BDJ 12/10/1906, p.7 c.1-2.


Owen, Jane E.

(1868-1948) Born Jane E. McArthur in Biddeford, daughter of Robert & Lydia McArthur. Married Daniel E. Owen of Saco, later moved to Philadelphia. Obit 03/17/1948, p.2.


Owen, Margaret E.

Daughter of Daniel E. & Jennie E. [Jane?] Owen at home, 27 North Street, Saco, age 1 ½ years. BWJ 04/16/1897, p.3 c.1.


Owen, Richard G.

Of Saco, A lieutenant in Medical Corps. Killed in action in France on 09/26/1918. Son of William H. Owen; body brought from France and burial record includes picture. BWJ 09/09/1921, p.7 c.6-7.


Owen, Sadie

Of Saco. Daughter of James and Mary Owens. Born in Biddeford, then moved to Saco. Was arrested and sent to reform school in Hallowell. BDJ 10/20/1906. 





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Page, Amos W.

(1823-1891) Former overseer in Laconia Mills; died in Massachusetts. BDJ 09/04/1891, p.3 c.7.


Page, Elmer E.

(1861-1921) Agent of York Mill. Obit BWJ 02/25/1921, p.1.


Painchaud, Pierre

(1853-1909) Founder of famous “Painchaud’s Band”. Came to Biddeford about 1857. Educated in Biddeford schools. At age 18 married and organized “Fanfare Painchaud: La famille”. Painchaud traveled throughout New England. Organized “L’Union Musicale”. About 1899 put on “Chimes of Normandy”. Competes with two others for prize of $300-funds being raised for free evening school (BJ 01/26/1871, p.3 c.1). Leader of “Institute Band”, goes to Sacarappa each Thursday night to teach band there (BWJ 12/26/1884, p.3 c.1). For uniform of “Institute Band” see (BWJ 06/05/1885, p.3 c.2). Retired from leadership of band after 38 years-succeeded by Frederick J. Lavigne (BDJ 11/26/1906, p.6 c.1-2). Died shortly after-obit 02/08/1909, p.6 c.3-4.


Painchaud, Zoel

(1857-1887) Brother of Pierre Painchaud, died age 30. Obit BWJ 04/22/1887, p.3 c.1.


Paine, Josiah

Contracted in 1802 to carry mail daily between Boston and Portland. Biddeford Scrapbook #1, p.10.


Paquin, Joseph R.

Paquin & Carrol insurance agency. Last appears in 1937 City Directory.


Parcher, Samuel

Life sketch, BWJ 03/25/1887, p.3 c.6.


Parcher, Samuel F.

(1833-1912) Former Biddeford mayor, recalls his stories of playing in bands before the Civil War. Gives an old musicians’ pay scale. Obit BDJ 02/26/1913 p.8 c.2-3 and BWJ 02/28/1913, p.1 c.3.


Parcher, Sumner C.

(1854-1923) Born in Saco, son of George Parcher. Worked in Biddeford Post Office, was later president of York National Bank where he began work in 1873. Succeeded as president by Frank C. Deering. Obit BWJ 04/13/1923, p.1 c.2-3 through p.3 c.4.


Pare, Jean B.

(1843-1921) Grocer on Water Street, Biddeford and Civil War veteran. Obit BWJ 05/27/1921, p.8 c.7.


Parent, Frederick Alfred “Freddy”

(1875-1972) Major league baseball player. Born in Biddeford 11/25/1875; first played baseball with New Haven in the Connecticut league; eventually came into the majors with Boston in the brand new American League in 1901. When Boston won the 1903 World Series, he took his share of the money and bought a house in Sanford, where he lived until his death in 1972. Obit BSJ 11/02/1972, p.2 c.2. See also Anderson’s The Lost New England Nine (2003).


Parent, Mitchell

Home at 205 Elm Street. Born in Canada “about 84 years ago”. In Biddeford for many years, but no dates given. Obit BWJ 09/14/1923, p.8 c.6.


Parker, Edward

(1853-1919) Principal of Biddeford High School 1864-1871. Obit BWJ 11/21/1919, p.8 c.4.


Parker, Jonas L.

Of Manchester [Maine or NH?] Examination of Asa & Henry Wentworth, lessee of Saco House, for complicity in murder. Examination held at South Berwick. See Union: 05/17/1850, p.1-3; 05/24/1850, p.1-3; 06/14/1850, p.2; 06/21/1850, p.2; 06/28/1850, p.2; 07/05/1850, p.2. Released on $5000 bail, see Union: 08/02/1850, p.2 c.4.


Parlady, Jean Baptiste

Born 1857 in Amas, Quebec. Educated in Saco public schools, went to work in the Laconia Mills at age 12. Learned cigar making at age 15, and by the age of 23 had opened his own successful cigar manufacturing business. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.107.


Parsons, Samuel

“City crier and bill poster” and his long linen duster handed down from some past generation recalled by many readers. BWJ 01/25/1918, p.7 c.7.


Patterson, Daniel H.

(1818-1896) Ex-husband of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science Church. Brother lived on Buxton Road in Saco. Died at Saco City Farm 08/14/1896, aged 77 years 9 months. Was a dentist in New York City for many years. During Civil War served in Secret Service; had been cared for by local Odd Fellows Lodge for years. BWJ 08/21/1896, p.3 c.5.


Pearce, Albert L.

Assistant Librarian at McArthur Publci Library for many years. Home at 26 South Street and summer home in Dayton. Obit BJ 08/23/1973, p.2 c.1.


*Note* There is some confusion as to correct spelling of “Peirson” or “Pierson”, therefore all persons with this family name are shown as “Peirson/Pierson”. –McArthur Library 


Peirson/Pierson, Elizabeth

Relict [widow] of Capt. Samuel Peirson of Boston – Died 05/25/1809 – Age 83. Gravestone in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Peirson/Pierson, George

(1809-1860) Committed suicide. Obit BWJ 11/09/1860, p.2 c.5. Wife Isabel born 1817, died 1905 or 1907. Gravestone in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Peirson/Pierson, Jeremiah H.

Died 07/24/1886, aged 80 years. Gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery on G.A.R. Avenue.


Peirson/Pierson, John (Captain)

Lost at sea 09/07/1826, aged 56 years. Gravestone in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Peirson/Pierson, Samuel

(1759-1852) Known as “Squire Peirson”, namesake of Peirson’s Lane. Born in Boston, came to Biddeford in 1792. Twice married (for death of first wife see Samuel Merrill diary, p.16.) Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, p.207-8. See also Biddeford Scrapbook #1, p.6 and Scrapbook #6, p.16. Death notice in U & J 05/19/1852, p.2 c.3; obituary 01/26/1855, p.3 c.3.


Peirson/Pierson, Thomas McCobb

Died 02/12/1865, aged 47 years 8 months. Gravestone in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Pepperell, Sir William

(1696-1759) After whom the Pepperell Mills were named; see Yorke’s Men and Times of Pepperell, p.13-4. Bill for wine at funeral – 1731 barrel; U & J 08/07/1857, p.3 c.1.


Perkins, Edmund

(1769-1825) Father of Colonel Edmund Perkins. Married Rebecca Staples 12/24/1794, died aged 55 years 08/26/1825. See Samuel Merrill diary, p.103.


Perkins, Edmund (Colonel)

(1803-1883) Fell in Saco shipyard and fractured hip. Said to be in very advanced age. Wife Ellen died at age of 61, obit BWJ 02/14/1868, p.3 c.4. Fell in Saco shipyard and fractured hip-said to be in very advanced age; U & J 05/13/1870, p.3 c.1. Died in Boston. Death notice BWJ 02/02/1883, p.3 c.3.


Perkins, Edmund & Elias

Cousins of Mrs. Waldo Hill and came from Kennebunkport. Founded firm E. & E. Perkins in 1838. See BWJ 11/03/1917.


Perkins, Elisha

(1799-1866) Wife died with palsy 06/19/1840. Remarried to Mary Dunn on 11/10/1840. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.158.


Perkins, Frank

Brother of the actor Walter Perkins. Obit BWJ 01/08/1926, p.3 c.1.


Perkins, George

Of this town deceased a few days ago, aged 80 or more, 12/18/1831. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.133.


Perkins, Jacob (Captain)

Of Saco-died at sea in West Indies. U & J 01/19/1855, p.3 c.1.


Perkins, Joseph (Captain)

News received 02/28/1801 of death in West Indies. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.2.


Perkins, Joseph F.

Son of Capt. John Perkins of Biddeford. Died at Douglass Flat, California. U & J 09/15/1852, p.3 c.2. Poem about his death appeared in U & J 09/22/1852, p.1 c.2.


Perkins, Jotham (Captain)

Died with consumption 09/17/1819. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.81.


Perkins, Jotham (Captain)

Died in Biddeford 05/14/1852, age 77. U & J 05/19/1852, p.3 c.1.


Perkins, Jotham

Father of actor Walter E. Perkins. Wife died of pneumonia while visiting their son Frank in Lynn. Age given as about 65. Mrs. Perkins’ obituary appeared in BWJ 11/23/1888, p.3 c.2.


Perkins, Nathaniel

Died this month 10/30/1809. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.15.


Perkins, Nathaniel

Died 08/01/1832. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.135.


Perkins, Nora

Widow of Frank A. Perkins. Publisher of books-removes business from Brooklyn NY to Biddeford. BWJ 08/26/1921, p.8 c.2.


Perkins, Oliver (Captain)

Ten year old daughter dies-from Samuel Merrill diary 09/13/1841.


Perkins, Rachel

(1908-1987) Lived in Springvale. Obit see JT 10/27/1987, p.2 c.4.


Perkins, Thomas H.

Son of Capt. John Perkins. Died on board brig “Susan Abigail” of Boston while at Bolinas, a small port near San Francisco, California, aged 26. U & J 06/28/1850, p.3 c.2.


Perkins, Walter E.

Biddeford native. Actor and collector of “amateur newspapers”. Died in Brooklyn, NY in 1924. Lived through great San Francisco earthquake (BWJ 05/04/1906, p.7 c.1-2). Sketch of career (BWJ 05/25/1906, p.2 c.1-2). Reminiscences in BWJ 09/14/1923, p.1 c.4-5. See also Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.37.


Pershing, John Joseph (General)

Visited area on 06/03/1920-see BWJ of 06/04/1920, p.1 & 8.


Peters, John A.

(1822-1904) Retired Chief Justice of Maine. Obit BWJ 04/08/1904, p.1 c.2.


Petit, Jeannine

Oil paintings among exhibits in New York City at Kottler galleries. See Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.86.


Philbrick, Cyrus Edgar

(1845-1913) Member of Foss Street Methodist Episcopal Church choir & the noted quartet of Charles E. Pilsbury, Fred J. Pilsbury, Newland M. Philbrick (brother) and C. E. Philbrick. Newland and Cyrus built the brick house on Alfred Street opposite Myrtle Street before 1872, which they sold to Gorham Weymouth about 1875 and moved to 40 West Street. Obit in BDJ 01/30/1913, p.8 c.2. 


Philbrick, N. M.

Photographer. Purchased E. H. McKenney studio in 1884 (with Mr. Gardner) and ten years later became sole proprietor. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.15.


Phillips, Joseph Haley

Died this week with the collick. 01/15/1809. From Samuel Merrill diary.


Pierce, Edith

“Putting Saco records in order”-see JT 02/03/1982, p.3 c.3.


Pierce, Marshall

A founder of the City Bank of Biddeford. BWJ 09/24/1920, p.1 c.7.



See Peirson/Pierson


Pike, Benjamin (Esquire)

Of Saco. News of his death 01/15/1832. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.133.


Pike, Israel

Died in West Indies with a fever, he went out to secure some property 11/10/1809. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.15.


Pike, James

Died 08/21/1855, aged 52. Olive, his wife, died 09/28/1883, aged 84. Gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery.


Pike, William F.  (Captain)

(1814-1904) Home at Main & Cross Streets, Saco. In early life lived at Saco Ferry. Went to sea at 16, became Captain at 26. Deep sea sailor. Bought home in which he died in 1856. Obit BWJ 05/20/1904, p.5 c.7.


Pillsbury, Charles W.  (Doctor)

(1851-1919) Practiced in Saco about 40 years. Obit BWJ 12/05/1919, p.6 c.5.


Pillsbury, Enoch Freeman

(1837-1923) Born in Saco, son of Deacon Samuel Pillsbury. Lived in Biddeford many years. Obit BWJ 04/06/1923, p.7 c.2.


Pilsbury, Charles E.

Ex-City Clerk of Biddeford. Suicide in Cape Elizabeth 07/21/1899. Story of disappearance in BWJ 07/14/1899, p.8 c.4-5.


Pilsbury, Samuel

(1809-1888) Born in Newburyport, Massachusetts; came to Saco in 1832, home on Spruce Street. Foreman for Saco Water Power Co. for 25 years, then worked for Pepperell Mills. Founder and Deacon at Adams Street Baptist Church. Obit BDJ 04/24/1888, p.3 c.5. [Spelled name with one “L” but often appears with two.]


Pilsbury, William E.

Born 08/15/1845, died 05/03/1907. Gravestone in Greenwood Cemetery.


Piper, Horace

Former principal of Biddeford High School. Obit BWJ 10/18/1895, p.3 c.8.


Piper, Horace L.

(1841-1905) Son of first principal of Biddeford High School, was officer of colored regiment in Civil War. Obit BWJ 05/19/1905, p.12 c.4.


Plummer, Moses

Death notice of Plummer of Biddeford, age 65. U & J 06/16/1854, p.3 c.2.


Poisson, Eugene J.

Born 1869 in Gentily, Quebec. Photographer in Westbrook, Maine for 6 years. Purchased the Sawtelle photography studio in 1898, changing the name to “Elite Studio”. Involved in several civic groups. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.160, and Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.17.


Pond, Daniel

Died 11/07/1889, aged 69, gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery. Obit BWJ 11/08/1889, p.3 c.1.


Pool, James (Captain)

Of Biddeford, age 67. U & J 02/16/1855, p.3 c.1.


Potts, Thomas (Corporal)

(1843-1904) Civil War veteran (Company H, 16th Maine Infantry), supposed to have shot Stonewall Jackson. Biographical sketch done in 1940. See Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.33. Wife Sarah Ann died 01/31/1912. Gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery. Obit BWJ 07/01/1904, p.8 c.6.


Precourt, George Charles (Doctor)

Born 1883 in Saco. Graduated from Thornton Academy in 1904, and Bowdoin Medical School in 1908; also did coursework at Massachusetts General Hospital. Commenced practice in Biddeford in 1908. Served as City Physician for Biddeford, and involved with various professional and civic groups. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.201. Obit BWJ 06/06/1930. 


Prentiss, Alfred G.

(1838-1916) Born in Massachusetts, came to Biddeford Pool in 1846. Father was a friend to Cornelius Sweetser. Entered partnership in corn, flour & groceries business at 2 + 3 Pepperell Blocks with Joseph G. Deering (BJ 06/15/1866, p.2 c.5). Owner of tugboat Joe Baker and boat A. G. Prentiss. Obit BWJ 07/21/1916, p.6 c.3-4.


Prescott, Charles H.

Publisher of Biddeford Journal. Obit BWJ 12/21/1923, p.1 c.3.


Proctor, Benjamin

Died in Biddeford on 03/26/1812. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.24.


Proctor, Josiah (Captain)

(1819-1889) Buried in Greenwood Cemetery.


Purinton, Stephen Lorenzo (Honorable)

(1838-1908) Born in Limington 06/24/1838. Came to Saco in 1861. Loaded the first schooner of ice that was ever sent out of Saco [sometime between 1861-1870]. Conducted grocery business. Died 12/16/1908. Obit BWJ 12/18/1908, p.1 c.5.


Putnam, Alexander

Editor of the Saco Palladium, died of consumption 12/16/1830. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.127.





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Quarter, Moses

See Cartier, Moise


Quinby, Henry B.

(1846-1924) Born in Biddeford, son of Thomas Quinby, home at corner of Elm and Spruce Streets before moving to Elm and Thornton Streets. Became Governor of New Hampshire. Sketch on New Hampshire governorship in BDJ 01/08/1909, p.1 c.1-3. Obit in BWJ 02/15/1924, p.1 c.5.


Quinby, Thomas

Came to Biddeford in 1841, was agent of Saco Water Power Company. Father of Henry B. Quinby. Obit in BWJ 06/19/1885, p.3 c.2.





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Read, James

(1839-1912) Father of Charles T. Read. Obit BDJ 01/18/1912, p.8 c.5.


Renouf, Heloise P.

Musician & daughter of Pierre Painchaud. Story of musical career (1949) in Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.62-3. Died aged 87, obit in BDJ 05/01/1959, p.2 c.2.


Renouf, Narcisse P.

Born 1865 in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec. At age 20 shipped on a whaler out of Boston and traveled to the West Indies, Africa, the Azores and Europe. Fluent in several languages, including Portuguese. Worked as a photographer for several years in Biddeford prior to opening a real estate & insurance business in 1893. Entered into partnership with Joseph Lachance of Biddeford. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.185.


Reny, George L.

Died 05/11/1889, aged 63. Father of Mrs. Pierre Painchaud. Said to be “one of first” [Franco-Americans?] in Biddeford. Obit in BDJ 05/14/1889, p.3 c.1.


Reny, Henry (Doctor)

Born 1856 in Waterville, Maine. Educated in Biddeford public schools, then at Maine Eclectic [medical college] in Lewiston and the National Institute of Pharmacy. Worked in Gardiner, Mass. for 1 year before opening practice in Biddeford. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.148-9.


Rhodes, William

“Billy the Blacksmith”. Born 1831 in “Diamond Cottage” (173 Free Street). Went to California in 1859, and returned in 1861. Had shop on Pleasant Street. Was at one point the oldest blacksmith in York County, having been in business for 53 years. Life sketch in BWJ 03/08/1907, p.7 c.1-2.


Rice, Francis Warren

(1815-1888) Saco native. Ex-United States Consul and journalist. Worked all over U.S. and in Central and South America. Died at summer residence in Saco. Obit BDJ 09/22/1888.


Rich, Elizabeth

(1823-1928) Home at Biddeford Pool. Born in Hingham, Massachusetts and came to Biddeford with husband Captain Freeman Rich from Cape Cod in 1857. Husband died 01/15/1880. Marked 100th -105th birthdays in the local paper. Obit BDJ 11/17/1928, p.1.


Richards, Eliakin

(1838-1905) Home at 6 Cutts Street, Saco. Obit BWJ 02/24/1905, p.6 c.6.


Richards, Joseph

Of Saco, aged 92. Veteran of the American Revolution; enlisted in Army age 18, served 18 months. [At time of death] supposed to be the last veteran in Saco. U & J 01/04/1850, p.3 c.3.


Ricker, Albert A.

Died before April in 1933.


Ricker, Mrs. Anna Phillips

Organist at Baptist Church [Biddeford or Saco?] for many years. Born in Liverpool, England. Son named James S. Adams. Died 06/16/1934.


Ricker, Edward “Hooky”

(1851-1906) Had restaurant on Main Street, Biddeford. Managed Biddeford’s champion polo team in 1900. Obit BWJ 07/06/1906, p.7 c.3.


Ridlon, Ephraim

Of Saco, died 05/21/1830. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.125.


Ridlon, Gideon T. (Sr. Rev.)

(1841-1928) Article on John Neptune appeared in the Portland (Maine) Sunday Telegram in 1910. Ridlon died on 12/06/1928.


Robbins, John C.

(1855-1923) Home at 144 Alfred Street. Born in North Union, Maine. Chef for many years at Biddeford House and Hotel Thacher. Father of Ralph Robbins. Obit BWJ 01/19/1923, p.2 c.4-5.  


Roberts, Archibald Waldo

(b.1883) Home on Pool Road. Son of Colonel Frank W. Roberts, maternal grandfather was Captain Waldo Hill. Sketch of career when elected principal of Kennebunk High School (BWJ 07/14/1905, p.1 c.5-6). Mother died in May 1891.


Roberts, Frank W. (Colonel)

(1854-1922) Born in Biddeford. Published Biddeford Daily Standard. U.S. Consul in Nogales, Mexico and in Cape Town, South Africa. Married daughter of Capt. Waldo Hill, father of Archibald W. Roberts. Obit BWJ 04/28/1922, p.8 c.6.


Roberts, Jere.

On Brig. America. Obit U & E 09/17/1858, p.3 c.1.


Roberts, William A.

(1858-1904) Former owner of Biddeford Daily Times & patron of Col. George A. Perkins. Died in Chicago; was prominent in Biddeford from 1889-1899. Lived at South & Green Streets. Owned 2 steamers on the Saco River-“The City of Waterville” and “The Forest City”. Also owned the Biddeford House and changed the name to Hotel Thacher. Obit BWJ 06/10/1904.


Roberts, Willis

(1861-1923) Born in Biddeford on Elm Street near Thornton. Helped father, who was the city lamp lighter. Was in the printing business, worked for Biddeford Journal and was part owner of the Daily Standard. Brother of Col. F. W. Roberts. Obit BWJ 07/06/1923, p.1 c.5.


Robinson, John

Obit BDJ 04/23/1934, p.1 c.5.


Robinson, Noah

Death notice of Noah Robinson of Biddeford, aged 73. U & J, 03/07/1856, p.3 c.4.


Rogers, Jeremiah

Death notice of Jeremiah Rogers of Biddeford, aged 77. U & J 04/18/1856, p.3 c.1.


Rolfe, Samuel

Obit in BWJ 06/22/1860, p.2 c.7.


Roosevelt, Theodore

Special car of ex-president Theodore Roosevelt attached to B & M train, and at train stop at Biddeford station on Thornton Street he shook hands with members of the crowd. Had begun to campaign for Republican nomination. BDJ 03/23/1912, p.8 c.4.


Rosenbaum, Ida

Murdered (BDJ 10/11/1949). Louis Nadeau arrested for murder & confesses (BDJ 10/18/1949, p.1 c.8); sentenced to life in prison (BDJ 01/27/1950, p.1 c.5).


Rosenbaum, Jacob &

Rosenbaum, Michael

Trial for arson. BWJ 04/07/1893, p.3 c.3.


Ross, Charles

(b.1848) Partner in law firm of Hamilton & Ross. In 1900 said to own the most valuable private library in York County. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.18.


Ross, Fannie I.

Wife of Abraham Ross, who owned the American Clothing Supply Company at 155 Main Street. Home at 20 Orchard Street. President of Biddeford’s chapter of Hadassah. See BDJ 12/10/1926 and Biddeford-Saco Directory for 1929-30.


Roussin, Basil

(1847-1921) Lived at 92 Elm Street. Born in Quebec, lived in Biddeford since 1867. Obit BWJ 07/22/1921, p.5 c.6.


Roussin, William C.

(1860-1917) Born in Montreal, Quebec. Came to Biddeford in 1887 or 1888 and ran a successful grocery for 25 years before opening a real estate company. Served in various local offices and involved in civic and professional organizations. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.199. Obit BWJ 11/09/1917, p.8 c.2-4.


Roux, Maurice C. R., Senior

Home at Biddeford Pool. Head of personnel department at Pepperell Mills, and highest ranking Franco-American executive for most of the 28 years that he worked there (1941-1969). See Hendrickson’s Quiet Presence, p.105-108.


Ruel, Joseph

Home on Mt. Vernon Street. Born in Biddeford, moved back and forth between Canada and the U.S. Moved back to Biddeford for good in 1945--worked for the mills and Saco-Lowell Shops, as well as odd jobs. See Hendrickson’s Quiet Presence, p.109-13.





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Sandler, Marion Osher

Career in finance, see Time Magazine 03/20/1972, p.83.


Sands, George L.

Editor of the Daily Record. Obit BJ 02/01/1912.


Sands, Nathan

Of Biddeford, age 63. Obit U & J 12/03/1851, p.3 c.1.


Sands, Paul C.

(1828-1905) Home at 175 Portland Road, Saco. Butcher, auctioneer and trader. Obit BWJ 04/14/1905, p.7 c.5.


Sargeant, Simeon (Captain)

Of Saco, age 58. Obit U & J 04/18/1851, p.3 c.2.


Savage, Alfred

Died in prison at Thomaston, 05/13/1908. Murderer of Rose Vincent in 1878. Complete story of trial, BWJ 05/15/1908, p.8.


Sawtelle, Edward E.

(d. 1931) Photographer, proprietor of “Sawtelle’s Studio” in Union Block. City directories show him as photographer at 98 Main Street, Biddeford from 1882 through 1896. In 1909 established summer studio in York, then went to Southern Pines, North Carolina. Wife died there. See BWJ 03/25/1921, p.8 c.1 or BDJ 03/22/1921, p.8 c.4. Obit in BDJ 06/03, 1931, p.2.


Sawyer, Abner (Captain)

Deceased 11/15/1823. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.93.


Sawyer, Charles W.

Death notice of Charles W. Sawyer of Saco, aged 42. Had been in lumber business 20 years and was well known. U & J 02/05/1858, p.3 c.3.


Sawyer, Frank H.

(1850-1918) Born in father’s home (Dr. Sawyer) corner of Jefferson & Center Streets, and died in same house. Obit 04/19/1918, p.2 c.3.


Sawyer, James (Doctor)

(1822-1901) Surgeon in Civil War. Excerpts from diary give picture of Biddeford business in 1849 (BWJ 05/24/1918, p.7 c.4). Obit BWJ 12/20/1901, p.7 c.7. Picture of house at time when it was torn down in 1939 in Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.25.


Sawyer, John Quincy

(1841-1916) Saco merchant. Obit BWJ 12/22/1916, p.8 c.4.


Scamman, Henry

(1831-1893) Father was banker Geo. Scamman. Went to California in 1850 during Gold Rush at age of 19. Became wealthy and returned to Saco in 1881 where he married Francisca, daughter of Dr. John Allen of Saco. Thereafter lived in Saco making annual trips to California to look after business interest. Had a daughter, Edith. Obit gives family history - 08/11/1893, p.3 c.2.     


Scamman, James (Colonel)

(1741-1804) Description of gravestone in old Saco cemetery near Pepperell Park. BWJ 09/13/1907, p.2 c.3.


Scamman, Nathaniel (Captain)

Died at Saco on 03/23/1810 buried on Sunday. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.16.


Scamman, Samuel (Deacon)

Died 12/10/1825. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.106.


Scammon, Joseph

Died 03/01/1826. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.109.


Scammon, Nathaniel Lewis

Son of Benj. Scammon of High Street, Saco, age 28. Died of cholera in California. Buried from office of Samuel Brannan in San Francisco. U & J 01/10/1851, p.3 c.2.


Scammon, Nicholas

Of Saco, age 71. U & J 05/16/1851, p.2 c.6.


Scammon, Thomas W. (Colonel)

Portland Rd. Saco, died age 63. U & J 06/09/1852, p.3 c.1.


Seavey, Albert B.

(1855-1911) Born in Kennebunkport. Came to Saco in 1884. Had sewing machine, bicycles and musical instruments. BDJ 12/13/1911, p.5 c.1-3.


Seidel, J. Henry

(1871-1921) Born in Saco. Had drug store in Masonic Block in Biddeford. BWJ 04/29/1921, p.7 c.4.


Seymour, Charles

Pioneer in motion picture field. Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.24.


Shannon, Charles W. (Professor)

Celebrates 50th year as organist of First Parish Church, Saco. Sketch of career, BDJ 12/12/1914 p.5 (also BWJ 12/18/1914). Plays at dedication of memorial window to his mother in Baptist church. Window was gift of Col. Richard C. Shannon, BWJ 12/21/1917, p.8 c.4-7.


Shannon, Richard C. (Doctor)

Of Saco, died with Palsy 04/26/1828. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.117.


Shannon, Richard Cutts (Colonel)

(1839-1920) Officer in Civil War. Returned from South America07/17/1884. President of 5th Maine Regiment Assoc., and Officer in it during war. BWJ 05/08/1889. Genealogy and history of career, BWJ 04/26/1901, p.7 c.5. Dies age 81, in Brockport, NY (BWJ 10/08/1920 p.7-8 & 10/15/1920, p.1). “Will leaves $265, 000 to brother Charles W. Shannon, $10,000 to Thornton” BDJ 10/12/1950 in 30 Years Ago Today column.


Shannon, Thomas W. (Colonel)

Aged 63 years, died at home on Portland Road, Saco 07/07/1852. Union 06/09/1852, p.3 c.1.


Shaw, Charles Albert

(1831-1909) Mayor of Biddeford 1865-66. Born in Sanford, son of Samuel Madison Shaw (whose brother was Timothy Shaw Sr.). Both Charles A. & Timothy Jr. were grandsons of General Timothy Shaw, of Shaw’s Ridge, Sanford (See sketch in Emery’s History of Sanford, p.500-505.) Married in Salem, Mass. 02/11/1856 to Sophie Priest “both of Biddeford”, U & J 02/22/1856, p.3 c.5. Owned 5 newspapers in Maine. Friend of Artemus Ward and P.T. Barnum. President of Consolidated Collar Co., of U.S. While mayor appointed Counsel to Russia. In 1867 spent year in Paris. History of friendship with Artemus Ward, Biddeford Scrapbook #6 p.25. Sketch of life in Boston Globe, reprinted in BWJ 09/29/1905, p.7 c.1-3. Obit BWJ 01/15/1909, p.7 c.3. Reminiscence of Shaw Sewing Machines BWJ 10/19/1917, p.7 c.1-2.    


Shaw, David C.

Obit JT 04/29/1981, p.2.


Shaw, Jeremiah G.

(1845-1935) Born in Sanford, son of Timothy Shaw Jr. Came to Biddeford in 1864. Bought James R. Clark’s advertising business including sewing machines on hand. He was treasurer & agent of Ne Plus Ultra Collar Co. 1871-1872. Obit BDJ 04/12/1935, p.1 & 4. Namesake of the schooner Jere G. Shaw which was built at White’s Wharf in Biddeford. Obit BDJ 04/12/1935, p.1 & 4. 


Shaw, Joseph H.

(1835-1907) Pattern maker, resided on Maple Street, Saco. Born in Monmouth, Maine. Enlisted in Biddeford in Neal Dow regiment in 1862, and was lieutenant in a “colored regiment” in the Civil War. Obit BWJ 08/02/1907, p.2 c.1-2.


Shaw, Timothy Jr.

(1817-1892) Born in Sanford, came to Biddeford in October 1865 as treasurer of Shaw & Clark (until 1867). City Treasurer 1868-1872. His father, Gen. Timothy Shaw (1783-1870) was Charles A. Shaw’s paternal uncle. Father of Jere G. Shaw. Life sketch in History of York County, Maine, facing p.192, also Emery’s History of Sanford, p.501. Obit BWJ 12/16/1892, p.3 c.3.


Shaw, William E.

(1883-1965) Home at 257 South Street. Manager of Central Maine Power Company for many years. Obit BJ 04/20/1965, p.2 c.2.


Shehan, James R.

(1839-1904) Home at 21 Oak Street. Born in Kennebunkport, came to Biddeford as a boy and worked in Pepperell and Laconia Mills. Obit BWJ 01/15/1904, p.1 c.1.


Shepley, John

Of Saco, died age 70. U & J 02/20/1857, p.3 c.1 & 4.


Shevenell, Israel

(1826-1912) Known as one of first Franco-American immigrants to Biddeford; walked to this town from Canada in 1845. See Hendrickson’s Quiet Presence, p.34. Biographical sketch/story of coming to Biddeford in 1845, see Biddeford Scrapbook #6 p.21. Married 2nd wife (a Landry of Boom Rd, Saco) 5 months after death of first (BWJ 10/29/1897, p.1 c.5).


Simard, Charles L.

(1849-1922) Home at 51 Alfred Street. Born in Canada, came to Biddeford in 1864. Obit BWJ 05/19/1922, p.8 c.4.


Simpson, Albert B. (Reverend)

(1844-1919) Missionary money-raiser at Old Orchard. Died at age of 75, 10/29. Obit BWJ 10/31/1919, p.7 c.4.


Simpson, Benjamin

(1755-1849) Attended Boston Tea Party in 1773. Account furnished to Folsom written by Simpson. Came to Saco in 1781, began clearing estate 1790. Died aged 94. Union 03/30/1849, p.2.


Simpson, Eben

(1828-1901) Harness maker, set up business in Biddeford in 1848. Chief engineer of Fire Department 1859-1871. Was prime mover in purchase of first steam fire engines. Harness shop in Washington Street was center of crowd of jokers: for stories see BWJ 11/25/1921 p.7 c.2-5. Grandfather (Benjamin) was a member of the Boston Tea Party.


Small, Andrew Jackson

(1837-1885) Editor & Proprietor of the Biddeford Daily & Weekly Times. Bought Daily Chronicle of F. W. Roberts 07/15/1876 and changed name to Daily Evening Times. Obit BWJ 02/06/1885, p.3 c.3. 


Small, John Henry

Reminiscences of life in Biddeford from 1848 on. BWJ 12/14/1923, p.7 c.2.


Small, Josephine

Owner of the Biddeford Times in the [18]80’s. Biddeford Scrapbook #2, p.94.


Small, Levi

Of Biddeford, died of cholera in California. U & J 01/10/1851, p.3 c.2.


Small, Rufus (Captain)

(1814-1907) Born in Limington, had been in business  in Biddeford. Spent 52 years in life insurance business. Wrote policy on life of President Andrew Johnson & solicited Abraham Lincoln 3 times for life insurance. Died in New York at his son’s home, buried in city cemetery in Biddeford. Obit BWJ 05/03/1907, p.7 c.3.


Smith, Alason

Having been confined all winter, being 81 years old, died 05/27/1817. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.67.


Smith, David

Deceased. Estate near lower meeting house on Pool Road, corner Guinea Road (called Kennebunkport Road) to be sold. U & J, 09/20/1850, p.3 c.2.


Smith, Enoch

Died instantly with no warning, 07/14/1819. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.80.


Smith, George

(1844-1916) Home at 109 Hill Street. Worked in paints and wallpaper. Civil War veteran, 18th Maine, Distinguished service. Obit BWJ 07/02/1916, p.6 c.6.


Smith, Herbert E. B.

(b.1872) Purchased tailor shop at 98 Main Street owned by his uncle in 1895; offered men’s wear, remodeling, repair and dyeing services. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.31.


Smith, Horace

(1837-1901) Kept grocery at Kings Corner. Obit BWJ 03/29/1901, p.8 c.7.


Smith, Ivory (Captain)

Deceased March 10th in California. Born in Kennebunk, formerly landlord of York Hotel, Saco. U & J 04/13/1853, p.3 c.1.


Smith, J. G. C.

Ex-mayor of Biddeford. Obit BWJ 02/18/1927.


Smith, James (Doctor)

“The Saco Tragedy—Murder Due to Abortion”, Portland (ME) Eastern Argus 04/30/1850. See also DeWolfe’s Murder of Mary Bean and other stories.


Smith, James H. (Doctor)

Of Saco, age 46. Obit U & J 04/20/1855, p.3 c.2.


Smith, James Jr.

Obit U & J 09/07/1854 p.2 c.5 – p.3 c.3.


Smith, John T.

Farmer and member of Biddeford City government in the 1880’s. See sketch in History of York County, Maine, p.213.


Smith, Joseph

Age 74. Burial from residence of “the late James Smith, jr” on Main (Elm) st”. U & J 03/23/1855, p.3 c.3.


Smith, Joseph

Death notice of Joseph Smith of Biddeford, age 91. Born in Biddeford. Died in house of his brother, James Smith. U & J, 12/25/1857, p.3 c.1.


Smith, Joseph W.

(b.1831) Author of Gleanings from the sea (1887). Purchase of Biddeford Pool property & resort expansion plans (BDJ 03/17/1888). Partner in firm of Smith & Dove Manufacturing Company in Andover, Mass. Makes assignment of all real & personal property to satisfy firms debts (BDJ 02/11/1889 p.3 c.5, BWJ 02/15/1889 p.3 c.4). Gives his recollections of 50 summers spent at Pool 1839-1889. Mentions people, places, ships and river steamers (BWJ 07/28/1889 p.1 c.6-7). Began coming to Pool from Exeter NH by stage before the Portland, Saco & Portsmouth RR was built (BWJ 07/14/1905 p.7 c.2). 75 years old and seriously sick; taken from Pool to home in Andover Mass-has been coming to Pool for 65 years (BWJ 09/07/1906 p.8 c.7). Still alive (BWJ 05/17/1907 p.8 c.2).


Smith, Nellie F.

Of Saco. In Dyer Library, Saco for 42 years. Died at Arlington, Mass. 03/30/1938 at age of 70. Obit BDJ 03/30/1938. See also Scrapbook #2, p.107.


Smith, Peter

Son, age 19, drowned at lower Meeting House Eddy. From Samuel Merrill diary, 07/01/1843.


Smith, T. W. A.

Florist, with shop and greenhouses at 23 Prospect Street. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.20.


Smith, Thomas (Captain)

Deceased about two weeks ago with consumption, 07/20/1819. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.80.


Spill, Simon (Judge)

Addresses graduation class of 1922. BDJ 07/16/1922, p.8.


Spring, Charles (Colonel)

(1826-1900) Died in Hingham, Mass. Great grandson of Seth Spring; Spring Street, Saco part of old Spring Farm. Son of Lewis Spring. Former home was the Jordan house on Storer Street, in the rear of Saco Bank. Obit BWJ 03/30/1900.


Spring, Seth (Captain)

(1754-1839) Veteran of Bunker Hill [American Revolution] in service 3 years. Came to Biddeford in 1780. Died 10/11/1839 at the age of 85. Pepperell Records p.247.


St. Michel, Charles Antoin

(1847-1919) “Charley Mitchell” Dies at 72, oldest barber in Biddeford. Born in St. Robert, PQ [Canada] 1847. Came to Biddeford at age 7. BWJ 05/30/1919, p.7 c.6-7.


Stackpole, Obed F.

(1846-1917) Oak Street, Biddeford. A U.S. Deputy Marshal under Charles B. Harmon. BWJ 02/02/1917, p.8 c.4.


Stanton, James F.

(1838-1921) Lived at 22 Graham Street. Born in England, parents had moved here from Ireland. Came to Biddeford about 1870. Was a mule spinner, had tenor voice and was director of St. Mary’s choir. Obit BWJ 01/28/1921, p.2 c.1.


Staples, Edward W.

(1836-1905) Mayor of Biddeford 1883-1885, 1890-1893. Built Staples Block on Main Street. Son of Joseph Staples and born on Staples Farm, Guinea Road (5th generation). Wife’s obit BWJ 02/05/1904, p.1 c.2. Obit BWJ 01/20/1905, p.7 c.1-3. [Card indicates photo of Staples & wife exists in Library’s “Picture file”]


Staples, Edward W.

(1835-1917) Home at 169 West Street. Had a store in the Crystal Arcade on Main Street. Son of Abner & Abigail Staples, father of Rose, Georgia and Lou Staples. Obit BWJ 10/05/1917, p.8 c.5.


Staples, Elisha Jr.

Died suddenly 02/16/1818. From Samuel Merrill diary p.73.


Staples, Elisha

Died in Old Orchard, about 90 years old, 05/27/1825. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.101.


Staples, Frank B.

One of founders of Staples Johnson & Co. which became the Marblehead Boatyard. Obit BDJ 05/01/1965, p.2 c.2.


Staples, Henry (Captain)

Commanded ship Golden Star bound from Mobile [Alabama?] for Liverpool. Ship wrecked near Wexford, England and the captain, his wife, servant girl and 16 crew members were lost. the mate & 6 men were saved. Captain Staples lived in Lower Biddeford. BWJ 01/18/1861, p.2 c.6.


Staples, Henry W.

(1839-1916) Built Old Orchard House that burned in 1875. Rebuilt it and owned & managed it until his death. Obit BWJ 09/22/1916, p.6 c.2. Leaves estate of $125,000 (BWJ 10/06/1916, p.8 c.3).


Staples, Joseph

Died of consumption 12/22/1812. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.28.


Staples, Joseph

(1759-1832) Died 01/20/1832 age 73, A Revolutionary pensioner. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.133.


Staples, Lytton E.

Brief biography and picture in article on the 100th anniversary of Biddeford Savings Bank. BSJ 07/11/1967, p.1 & 5. See also Scrapbook #9, p.11 – 12.


Staples, Marcia A.

(1852-1933) Born in Biddeford, daughter of Timothy Shaw Jr. and sister of Jere G. Shaw. Married Orrin H. Staples in 1871. Obit BDJ 01/18/1933, p.2 c.7.


Staples, Nathaniel

Departed this life 12/12/1804. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.6.


Staples, Orrin H.

History of owner of Marble Block (built 1878) and brother of ex-Mayor Edward Staples. Married to Marcia Shaw. Obit BWJ 05/17/1889, p.3 c.3.


Staples, Sidney A.

(1887-1957) Obit BDJ 03/18/1957, p.2 c.2.


Stearns, John

Obit U & E 09/09/1859, p.2 c.3.


Stevens, Asa (Captain)

Masonic funeral, died in Boston, body brought from Boston in tarred sheet. 09/06/1816. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.62.


Stevens, Elizabeth

Mill worker who, upon her death, left life savings to McArthur Library to establish a public reading room. Boarded at 116 Alfred Street, home of Charles M. McIntire, a quarryman. Inscription on gravestone at Greenwood Cemetery: “Died March 30, 1881  Aet 41”. See also special newspaper The Nightly Comet, 02/1902.


Stevens, John (Reverend)

Methodist minister, Ku Klux letter received by him. U & J 12/23/1868 p.3 c.1 [card indicates this date is wrong, correct date unknown] See also Democrat writers vs Grant clubs 11/06/1868, p.3 c.1. Retires from Methodist church in York. U & J 11/6/1868, p.3 c.2.


Stevens, Moses

Died 02/03/1818 after returning from a voyage with Capt. S. Emery. Died supposedly with West Indies Fever. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.72.


Stevens, William

Died 03/07/1807 of Biddeford. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.12.


Stevenson, John

Died in Biddeford two weeks ago, 03/15/1832. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.133.


Stevenson, William

Died at age 80 years old. 12/13/1822. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.89.


Stimpson, Jeremiah C.

Of Saco, age 67. U & J 07/06/1855, p.3 c.4.


Stone, Barney

Oldest person in Biddeford. Born in Ireland, 1802. Obit BWJ 11/21/1902.


Stone, Edwin

(1840-1922) Lawyer, 5 Graham Street. Born in Porter, Maine. Came to Biddeford about 1869. Obit BWJ 06/09/1922 p.5 c.5.


Stone, Edwin

(1863-1919) Home at 251 Alfred Street. Obit BWJ 03/07/1919, p.8 c.5.


Stone, Levi W.

(1836-1919) Obit BWJ 04/18/1919, p.7 c.5.


Stone, Thomas

(1861-1921) Biddeford Police Chief. Obit BWJ 06/17/1921, p.1 c.2-3.


Storer, Seth (Captain)

Died in Richmond [Virginia?] was formerly of Saco 09/03/1821. From Samuel Merrill diary p.85.


Stowe, Charles E. (Reverend)

Of Saco. Son of Harriet Beecher Stowe. See “First Parish Congregational Celebrates 225”. JT 10/10/1987, p.9 c.1.


Strout, James A.

(1842-1917) Born in Chatham NH. Came to Biddeford in 1870. Was mayor in 1879. Obit BWJ 10/12/1917 p.8 c.6-7 & BDJ 10/09/1917, p.8 c.2-3.


Sullivan, E. J.

Former Fire Chief of Biddeford. Died at Washingtonville, NY, 07/17/1928. Obit BWJ 07/20/1928, p.6 c.3.


Sullivan, James

(1744-1808) Born in Berwick, Maine. Member of First Continental Congress, later Governor of Massachusetts (included District of Maine). Founder of Limerick, Maine. Died in December 1808 (from Samuel Merrill diary). See also Hale’s Memories of a Hundred Years, V.1, p.300. Biographical sketch in Memorial History of Boston, V.IV, p.590-593. Letter from Biddeford to Kittery 12/24/1774 in Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, V.1 p.68-70.


Sullivan, John L.

Trouble with lawyer Max L. Lizotte-BWJ 05/19/1893, p.3 c.4 – 7.


Sullivan, Timothy

(1847-1922) Born in Cork, Ireland. Came to U.S. about 1870. BWJ 03/03/1922.


Sutherland, Kenneth W.

Ran a confectionery in Maine & New Hampshire from 1878-1895, when he sold the business and became manager of the City Opera House. Served in city government, and owned a summer home in Biddeford Pool. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.16. Killed in auto accident. Obit BWJ 06/22/1923, p.8 c.6 – p.7 c.2.


Sweetser, Cornelius

(1808-1881) Came to Saco in 1846. Benefactor of Saco, estimated worth $200,000. Died 12/20/1881 Obit U & J 12/23/1881, p.3 c.4. See complete will 01/06/1882, p.1 c.3-7. All information recopied in Biddeford Journal of 01/03/1941, p.10.





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Taft, William Howard

U. S. president, visited Biddeford Pool on 07/27/1910. See also Photograph Collection.


Tarbox, Daniel

Died aged 92 years 06/20/1831. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.131.


Tarbox Family

Complete genealogy given from 1639, BWJ 11/9/1888, p.2 c.6 and 11/23/1888, p.1 c.7.


Tarbox, Frank

Went West from Biddeford in 1861. Came back in 1866 and then went West again in 1876. Now returned after 30 years in which he had not seen his wife and daughter. Is now 74, comments on changes in Biddeford. BWJ 05/25/1906, p.7 c.5.


Tarbox, Fred A.

(1861-1922) Born in Biddeford. Former city marshal, and later chief of police at Fitchburg, Mass. Later was noted private detective. BWJ 05/05/1922, p.1 c.3.


Tarbox, Henry C.

(1830-1920) Home at Pool Road. Captain in coastwise trade until 1906. Died 05/06/1920 at age 89. Obit BWJ 05/07/1920, p.8 c.6.


Tarbox, John

Died in Biddeford of consumption, seventy or more. 06/05/1809. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.14.


Tarbox, John Jr. (Captain)

Sailed from this port and have not been heard from since. 03/04/1831. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.128.


Tarbox, John (Captain)

Of Biddeford, age 80. Obit U & J 12/17/1851, p.3 c.1.


Tarbox, Mark

Had fever and died in New York, 12/10/1825 on Thursday last. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.106.


Tarbox, Moses

Died 04/20/1849 age 51 years. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery.


Tarbox, Sophia

(1846-1918) Taught in Biddeford 42 years. Obit BWJ 02/08/1918, p.8 c.6.


Tarr, Herman E.

(b.1878) Originally from Massachusetts. Came to Biddeford and became secretary of the corporation and manager of the Saco Furniture Company. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.37.


Tarr, James F.

(1838-1918) Born in Gardiner, came to Biddeford in 1860’s. Was shipmaster at 20, Civil War veteran, and Assistant Superintendent in Saco Water Power machine shop. Obit BWJ 08/02/1918, p.8 c.5-6.


Tatterson, Estelle

Amateur historian and writer of Biddeford. Writings located in Scrapbook #2: BHS Alumni (p.16); Biddeford Library (p.11-14); Century of Newspapers (p.28); Early churches and ministers (p.17-20); Old times along the Saco (p.22-23); Saco Library (p.14); Saco Tercentennial (p.21); Story of Factory Island (p.24-25, 70); Transportation (p.26). See also Biddeford Scrapbook #2, p.93. Obit BDJ 01/04/1934, p.1.


Tatterson, Harry Jordan

(1852-1895) Of Biddeford. See Biddeford school report 1895, p.83. Obit BWJ 07/26/1895, p.3 c.7.


Taylor, Herden

Pioneer in brick making. Came to Biddeford in 1852. Obit BWJ 04/23/1897, p.3 c.4.


Taylor, Zachary

Biddeford-Saco reaction to death of U.S. President; funeral hymn by Charles Granger - Union 07/12/1850 p.2; Laconia Mills did not close – Union 07/19/1850 p.2 c.4 & 7/26/1850 p.3 c.2.


Thacher, George (Judge)

(d.1824) Congressman from District of Maine 1789-1801, member of 1st U.S. Congress. Married in 1784. See Folsom’s History of Saco and Biddeford, p.298-302. See also Samuel Merrill diary, p.96. Wife died 03/30/1844, aged 84-gravestone in Woodlawn Cemetery. From Samuel Merrill dairy.


Thacher, George (Colonel)

Death and obituary of Col. George Thacher, son of Judge George Thacher. Dies in Westford, aged 67. Was born in Biddeford in September, 1789. Harvard graduate, 1812. Was first captain of the Harvard Washington corps. U & J 06/19/1857, p.2 c.7.


Thivierge, Helene

(1883-1963) Daughter of Dr. Narcisse Thivierge. Obit BDJ 02/07/1963, p.2 c.2. [Information found on father’s index cards]


Thivierge, Narcisse (Doctor)

Founder of the first French drug store in Biddeford, and father of the Thivierge sisters of this city. (BDJ, 08/10/1953, p.1 c.3-4) Died 08/04/1904 in Richmond, PQ, Canada, age 61 years 7 months. (BWJ 08/12/1904, p.5 c.7). House on Kossuth Street sold, history of house in column “Our Town”, BJ 05/27/1961, p.8 c.1-2.


Thomas, Joseph

Age 84, of Biddeford. U & J 01/26/1853, p.3 c.2.


Thompson, Edward C.

(1889-1957) Of Biddeford. Died suddenly 09/30/1957.


Thompson, William H. (Captain)

(1824-1893) Became Superintendent of Water Power Co. in 1847, at age of 23, and served 14 years. Died in Salem, Mass. Obit BWJ 11/24/1893, p.3 c.4.


Thornton, James (Captain)

Died with consumption 05/27/1825. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.101.


Thornton, Marshall T. G.

Departed this life 03/04/1824. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.95.


Throumoulos, Louis

History of Peter, Louis and family (BWJ 12/03/1920, p.7 c.2); buys block at Alfred and Pool Streets (12/02/1921, p.1 c.5).


Tibbetts, Aaron

Of Biddeford, age 82. U & J 01/14/1852, p.3 c.2.


Tighe, Philip P.

(1891-1918) Killed in action 10/03/1918, age 27. BWJ 11/29/1918, p.2 c.1-2. [Namesake for Philip Tighe Post, American Legion, Biddeford]


Towle, Ivory

(1826-1907) Old carriage maker. Obit BDJ 10/28/1907, p.8 c.2.


Travers, Tom

(1890-1964) Boxing promoter for 50 years-began at age 16. Managed boxer William Danforth of Portland. Brother Steve Travers was a champion boxer and died the same year (about June or July). Obit BDJ 08/24/1964, p.2.


Traynor, Charles (Doctor)

Obit BWJ 03/18/1927, p.8 c.4.


Traynor, Honora

Mother of Dr. Charles Traynor. Wife of John J. Traynor. Died at 88 years old, survived by Capt. Joseph H. Traynor USN George W. Traynor. Obit BDJ 09/03/1906. [Information found on the card for Charles Traynor.]


Traynor, Joseph P.

(1878-1944) Assistant Surgeon on battleship Georgia and helped in rescue work during turret explosion off Provincetown 07/15/1907—17 men killed. (See BDJ 09/16/1907, p.7 c.5-7). Obit BDJ 09/13/1944, p.2 c.3.


Threlfall, William V.

Agent of Saco & Pettee since December 1897. Resigned 04/12/1904. Succeeded by E. E. Blake. Original builder of the Jeremiah G. Shaw house in 1903. BWJ 04/15/1904, p.5 c.7.


Trickey, William

Death notice of William Trickey of Saco, aged 78. U & J 03/14/1856, p.3 c.5.


Trittems, John

Of Old Orchard died 10/31/1800. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.2.


Trull, Joel Frank (Doctor)

(1868-1922) Founder of Trull Hospital in 1900. Born in West Burke, Vermont. Came to Biddeford in 1894, and married that same year. Obit BWJ 11/24/1922, p.8 c.4-5.


Tuck, John

Born in Parsonsfield, lived on Prospect Street. Died age 67. Obit BWJ 10/15/1886, p.3 c.4.


Tuck, Mrs. John

Widow of John Tuck. Obit BWJ 08/17/1860 p.3 c.3. [Card typo? Unknown if correct or not.]


Tuck, Jonathan

Mayor of Biddeford. No age or birth place given. Obit U & J 01/25/1861, p.2 c.2.


Tufts, Thomas Parker

Proprietor of Tufts Temperance Hotel, died 10/13/1852, age 61 years. Obit U & J 10/19/1853, p.2 c.7.


Twambley, Rufus P.

(1837-1906) Son of Charles Twambley who began jewelry business in Saco, as Twambley & Smith in 1837. Firm name changed to Twambley & Son in 1867. Business bought by L.B. Milliken in 1879. Rufus died in house in which he was born, 29 Middle Street, owned by L.B. Milliken. Obit BDJ 10/22/1906, p.7 c.5-6.


Twomey, John

(1850-1906) Home at Cutts Street, Biddeford. Overseer of Saco Water Power Co. for 30 years. Obit BWJ 10/12/1906, p.6 c.3.


Twomey, John F.

(1868-1922) Home at 40 Mason Street. Born in Biddeford, son of Michael and Johanna Twomey. Obit BWJ 01/13/1922, p.8 c.6.





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Verrill, Nathaniel

Death notice of Nathaniel Verrill, aged 68, keeper of Wood Island Light. U & J 05/09/1856, p.3 c.3.


Vetromile, Eugene (Father)

Missionary to the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Indians, and Abenaki philologist (linguist).Catholic priest, headed St. Mary’s Church for some time. St. Mary’s Street in Biddeford was originally called Vetromile Street. Writings include the general Acadia and its aborigines (1862) [See Proceedings of the Maine Historical Society: Ser.1 V.7, p.337] and an Abenaki translation of the Bible in the  Indian Good Book (1856). Other articles appeared in the Proceedings of the Maine Historical Society: Ser.2 V.1, p.309; & Ser.1 V.6, p.207.  Fr. Vetromile also wrote of his travels in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. His papers are held by the Maine Historical Society. See also Yorke’s History and stories of Biddeford, p.52-3.


Vines, Richard (Captain)

One of the “founders” of Biddeford, employed by Sir Ferdinando Gorges to stay at “Winter Harbor” in 1616 to prove the climate suitable for settlement. Was granted land by Gorges and returned around 1630. Died in Barbados. See Yorke’s History and stories of Biddeford and Folsom’s History of Saco and Biddeford





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Wadlin, Jessie I.

(1841-1917) Born on Wadlin Road, Biddeford-was the 3rd generation on the family farm established by great-grandfather Deacon Moses Wadlin. Obit BWJ 12/28/1917, p.5 c.7.


Wadlin, Moses

Of Biddeford died about 12/24/1825. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.106.


Wakefield, Clement A.

(1857-1920) Home at 75 South Street. Northern selling agent of Saco-Lowell Shops - 1895. Lived in Biddeford 35 years – (Arrived 1885). Born in Kennebunk. BWJ 04/30/1920, p.1 c.4 and also p.8 c.5.


Wakefield, Ezra C.

(1891-1963) Father (Clark) died in 1937. Obit BDJ 11/18/1963, p.2 c.2.


Wakefield, Ralph B.

Sketch of life and description of his cabinet work, with pictures. See Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.40-41.


Wales, Henry A. (Reverend)

(1832-1898) Former pastor of First Universalist Church. Died at home on Union Street. Grandfather of Harvey Gowen. Obit BWJ 07/15/1898, p.7 c.6-7.


Walker, Charles C.

(1856-1918) Principal of Spruce Street School for 30 years. Obit BWJ 03/01/1918, p.1 c.4-5. Career as educator, see Biddeford Scrapbook #6 p.123.


Walker, Dependance

Died on Gooch Island with consumption 07/28/1841. From Samuel Merrill diary.


Ward, James Sawyer Sr.

(1877-1944) Home on Ferry Lane. Son of John P. & Ann (Palfrey) Ward, sister was Mrs. Harry Legallee Sr. John P. Ward first appears in Biddeford 1866 directory as “farmer, Ferry Lane”. Died 08/07/1944. Obit BDJ 08/08/1944, p.2 c.2.


Ward, Jonathan (Reverend)

Died with fever 02/03/1826. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.108.


Warren, Frank S. (Doctor)

(1851-1920) Son of Francis G. Warren. Was born in Pownal, Maine, but parents moved to Biddeford before the Civil War. Graduated from Bowdoin in 1872. Married Harriet I. Fogg in 1873. Obit BWJ 07/02/1920, p.8 c.7.


Warren, Francis G. (Doctor)

(1828-1900) Born in Hollis, Maine. Civil War Surgeon. Father of Dr. Frank S. Warren. Began practice of medicine in Biddeford in 1855. Sued the Evening Record (newspaper) for libel, 11/18/1895. Obit BJ 04/06/1900, p.7 c.1-2.   


Warren, George A. (General)

Died 01/18/1855, age 43 years. U & J 01/19/1855, p.3.


Waterhouse, Homer T.

(b.1873) Lawyer. Became partner in the law firm of Cleaves, Waterhouse & Emery in 1899. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.23.


Watson, Fred C.

“Chairman of the horrible and fantastics Committee; is working to make the July 4th parade the best ever held here” (1919). From BDJ 06/30/1939, p.4 c.4, 20 years ago news column.


Watson, Marcus

(1831-1913) Home at 36 Pool Street. Sketch of career-was oldest printer active in state at the age of 75 (BWJ 04/13/1906, p.1 c.1-2). Printed Mercantile Advertiser (1849), Biddeford Gazette & Herald (1857), and the Daily Times. Obit BWJ 12/05/1913, p.7 c.3.


Watson, Oscar

One of the Watson brothers, who printed many newspapers in the city of Biddeford.


Watson, Will H.

(1843-1919) Home at Orchard Street. Died age 76. Mark, Oscar & Will were printers. In 1870 they published the Maine Democrat, in 1876 Mark started the Star, soon after the Star ceased, Will began the Miniature, a 5¢ humorous paper called the Illuminator followed that, soon selling up to 25,000 copies. Next came the Holiday Annual. See BWJ 01/04/1907, p.4 and BDJ 02/22/1949 “30 years ago column”. Obit BWJ 02/28/1919, p.8 c.3-5.


Webber, Aaron

(1807-1872) Buried in Greenwood Cemetery.


Webber, Horace L.

(1852-1905) Photographer of Saco. Obit BWJ 08/18/1905, p.8 c.7.


Webber, Moses W.

(1837-1899) Born in Biddeford, was Paymaster of the Laconia Mills. Founder of the Webber Hospital. Died in Pennacook, NH. Obit BDJ 06/20/1899, p.5 c.1 and BWJ 06/23/1899, p.7 c.1. Will of Moses Webber and controversy with Dr. Trull (BWJ 06/23/1904, p.8) Sketch of Webber’s life, BJ 07/20/1940, p.3 c.3. See also Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.5.


Webber, Samuel

Death notice of Webber of Biddeford, age 54. U & J 06/16/1854, p.3 c.2.


Webber, William H.

(1862-1911) Lived on Wood Island. Had been traveling representative of Redpath Lyceum Bureau and well known locally. he & his wife had often entertained in his Wood Island home. Became deranged. Committed suicide. Obit BDJ 08/21/1911, p.8 c.2-4.


Webster, Nathaniel/Nathanael (Reverend)

(1749-1830) Born in Kingston NH, graduated Harvard College in 1769 and was a classmate of Theophilus Parsons, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Ordained in Biddeford 04/14/1779; retired in 1828. Died in Portland at age 81, 03/08/1830 (from Samuel Merrill diary, p.124). See also Folsom’s History of Saco and Biddeford, p.294. His descendant in Biddeford was Miss Harriet Webster Marr.


Wedger, Abbie M.

Observed 100th anniversary [birthday?] at Fortunes Rocks. See Biddeford Scrapbook #1, p.1.


Welch, Samuel T.

(1837-1901) Home at 20 Union Street. Born in Ossippee, NH, came to Biddeford in 1845. Daughter Ina married Archie V. Maxwell, the Laconia Mills overseer. Obit BWJ 07/06/1901, p.8 c.2.


Wentworth, George

Circus career. See Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.89.


Weston, Edward Payson

Passed through Biddeford on evening of 10/29/1907 on his walk from Portland, Maine to Chicago, Illinois. He was then 68 and celebrating the 40th anniversary of a previous Portland-Chicago walk. BWJ 11/01/1907, p.1 & 4.


Weymouth, Gorham N.

(1841-1912) Lawyer and writer. Active in city government and community groups, often writing stories for various publications. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.9. Obit BJ 02/20/1912, p.5 c.1-7.


White, Samuel (Doctor)

First physician in Biddeford, came here from York, Maine about 1750. Died from consumption about 1756. See Biddeford Scrapbook #1, p.6.


White, Samuel (Captain)

Married to Sarah Peirson. Son, George A. White, died 07/19/1861, age 19. Family gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery. Obit BWJ 04/14/1871, p.3 c.1.


White, Sarah Peirson

Widow of Capt. Samuel White born in old Peirson House. Obit BWJ 10/23/1891, p.3 c.3.


Whitman, David

Death and obit U & J 10/01/1858, p.2 c.2.


Whitney, Amos

(1832-1920) Obit from NY Times: Amos Whitney founder of the Pratt & Whitney Corporation and long term President of that concern and the Pay-Gray Station Telephone Company died yesterday 08/06/1920 in Poland Spring, Maine in his 88th year. Further references to him in the National Cyclopedia of American Biography v.15 & 32 indicate he was born in Biddeford, town in York County, 10/08/1832. Educated in Biddeford public schools and Saccarrapa (Westbrook). He was apprenticed in Massachusetts at age 13. [Note on card: McArthur Library staff could not find any birth records, and he wasn’t mentioned in Who’s Who etc...]


Wiggin, Fred B.

Personality sketch, quoted from Portland newspaper. BWJ 10/14/1921, p.8 c.7.


Wiggin, Kate Douglas

(1856-1923) Author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm books. Born in Philadelphia, to Robert & Helen Smith. Robert, a lawyer, died when Kate was 3. Helen remarried in 1862 to Dr. Albion Bradbury of Hollis. Kate moved to California in 1873, then returned to Hollis and bought a house in 1893. Mother died in 1921, sister Nora died 1934. Family grave at Tory Hill Church, although Kate was cremated and her ashes were scattered on the Saco River. Obit BWJ 08/31/1923, p.7 c.4. See also McArthur Library photograph collection.


Willard, Samuel (Reverend)

See Biddeford Scrapbook 32, p.75.


Willey, C. F.

Proprietor of the Hotel Thacher and popular caterer from about 1894 through the early part of the 20th century. Also managed The Leslie hotel in Lexington, Massachusetts. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.29. 


Wingate, Simon (Deacon)

Died 03/10/1802. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.4.


Woodbury, Ira P.

Famous racing driver for L.E. Wiggin of Biddeford, dies in Portland. Obit BWJ 02/16/1917, p.8 c.7.


Woodman, Lloyd G.

Died 12/28/1945.


Woodman, Melville

(1842-1923) Born in Buxton, Maine. Pioneer in insurance business in Biddeford. Father of King, Lloyd and Paul Woodman. Obit BWJ 03/16/1923, p.2 c.2.


Woodsum, Samuel (Deacon)

Of Saco, deceased about a week ago, aged 86 07/14/1841. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.167.


Wormwood, Robert Fulton

Editor of Biddeford Journal for 37 years. See Biddeford Scrapbook #2, p.93.





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Yates, Frederick

(1839-) Born in Biddeford 04/08/1839. Kept Yates House at Biddeford Pool. Managed the Biddeford Opera House, 1906. Daughter married James Rundle. From Yates Genealogy, p.39-40.


York, Bradbury

Son Henry, age 16, fell from Gooch Island bridge and drowned. From Samuel Merrill diary 04/08/1842.


Yorke, Dane

Son of Benjamin & Elizabeth Bibighaus of Pennsylvania/New Jersey, married to Esther Crowley. Amateur writer & historian, wrote histories of the Pepperell Manufacturing Company and other New England businesses and A History and stories of Biddeford. Home at 5 Amherst Street. Died at age 84 following a lengthy illness. Served as Librarian at McArthur Public Library for 30 years; retired in 1967. Obit BJ 09/08/1970 p.2 c.2. See also BJ 09/15/1970, p.1 c.6.


Yorke, Esther C.

Wife of Dane Yorke, home at 5 Amherst Street. Died in a Biddeford hospital after long illness. Obit BJ 12/22/1969, p.2 c.1.


Youland, William E.

(1854-1917) Came to Biddeford in 1893 and opened Youland & Company Department Store at 184 + 186 Main Street. Active in city government and community groups. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.27. Story of his part in development of southern resort in Lakeview, NC, see BWJ 04/22/1910, p.2 c.1-3. Obit BWJ 03/09/1917, p.8 c.4, will & estate see BWJ 03/23/1917, p.8 c.6 and 06/22/1917, p.8 c.2.


Young, Josiah

Of this town died three weeks ago 08/23/1827. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.114.


Young, Lewis (Captain)

Came home from Boston 2 weeks ago with a fever and died 04/11/1817. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.65.





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Zaitlin, Samuel

See Maine Times 08/15/1986, p.24.


Zero, Mr.

See Ledoux, Urbain