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Descendants of Alexander Bisset Munro of Bristol, Maine

Alexander Bisset Munro was born 25 Dec. 1793 at Inverness, Scotland to Donald and Janet (Bisset) Munro. Alexander left Scotland at the age of 14, and lived in Dimecrana in the West Indies for 18 years. He owned a plantation, raising cotton, coffee and other produce. He brought produce to Boston Massachusetts on the ship of Solomon Dockendorff. To be sure he got his money, Solomon asked his to come home with him, where he met Solomon’s sister, Jane Dockendorff. Alexander went back to the West Indies, sold out, and moved to Round Pond, Maine, and married Jane. They had 14 children: Janet, Alexander, Margaret, Nancy, Jane, Mary, Solomon, Donald, John, William, Bettie, Edmund, Joseph and Lydia.

Business Men of Northern Maine

The Northern Maine, its Points of Interest and its Representative Business Men manuscript provides historical sketches of the nine towns featured within it’s embrace, as well as biographical sketches of the businesses and the men and women who owned and ran those businesses found within the towns of Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou, Ft. Fairfield, Danforth, Lincoln, Mattawamkeag, Winn, and Kingman.

Biographical Sketch of Alva J. Dearborn

Alva J. Dearborn, a prosperous farmer of Canterbury, N.H., was born in this town, October 13, 1851, son of James and Susan (Fellows) Dearborn. James Dearborn, who was a native of Plymouth, N.H., came to this town when a young man, and carried on farming here the rest of his life. He died in December, 1868. His wife, a native of Canterbury, died April 1, 1882. They had five children: Ella, now the C. Wesley Carter, of Boscawen; Alva J., the subject of this sketch; Susan E., who died in March, 1895; and twins, one of whom was named Lyman, and both of whom died in infancy. The surviving children received a good education in the grammar school and high school of Canterbury. Alva Dearborn, though but seventeen years old when his father died, took charge of the farm, and carried it on successfully, caring for his mother the rest of her life. He has greatly improved the property, and the farm now contains about three hundred acres of good land. Besides general farming Mr. Dearborn is engaged in the wood and lumber business, and also carries on an extensive dairy, shipping his milk to Boston. He also makes a specialty of raising fine fruit for the market. In politics he is a Republican. He has served several terms as Selectman, and has held other minor offices. He was married October 10, 1883, to Miss Ada Belle Cochran, of Walpole, N.H., born February 4, 1854, a daughter of Samuel and Relief (Leonard) Cochran. Mr. and Mrs. Dearborn are the parents of four children: Susan Relief, born May 23, 1884;...

Biography of Joseph Henry Dearborn

Joseph Henry Dearborn, one of the leading farmers and influential residents of Pembroke, was born in Deerfield, N.H., April 19, 1849, son of the Hon. Joseph J. and Sarah (Jenness) Dearborn, of Deerfield. His ancestors on the father’s side have for many generations resided in New Hampshire. The first of the Dearborn family of whom there is any authentic knowledge was Godfrey Dearborn, an Englishman, who with his family became an early settler of Boston, Mass. He afterward moved to Exeter, N.H., and was a pioneer farmer in that town. His son, Henry, married Elizabeth Merriam. Samuel Dearborn, the next in line, wedded Mercy Batchelder; and their son, Nathaniel Dearborn, married Mary Batchelder. Edward Dearborn, son of Nathaniel, and great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, born in 1749, died at Kensington, N.H. He married Susanna Brown, of Kensington; and one of their children was Sewall, grandfather of the subject of this sketch. Sewall Dearborn was born February 26, 1773, in Deerfield, N.H. In early manhood he settled upon a farm in Deerfield. Energetic and persevering, he acquired a good estate. In politics he supported the Democratic party. In his religious belief he was a Calvinist Baptist. His death occurred in Deerfield at the age of eighty-one years. He married Sarah Dow, a native of Kensington, and reared a family of five children, none of whom are living. Mrs. Sewall Dearborn lived to the advanced age of ninety-seven years. Joseph J. Dearborn was born in Deerfield, March 8, 1818. When a young man he entered mercantile pursuits in his native town, and carried on a thriving trade for some...

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