Edmund Ingalls, son of Robert, was born about 1598 in Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, England. He immigrated in 1628 to Salem, Massachusetts and with his brother, Francis, founded Lynn, Massachusetts in 1629. He married Ann, fathered nine children, and died in 1648.
The ancestry and posterity of Joshua Dow of Avon, Maine traces from John Dow and Johan Coop of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. The first descendant in America, Henry Dow, came from England to America in 1637 with his wife, four children, and a maid. He first settled at Watertown, Massachusetts before relocating to Hampton, New Hampshire. He wrote his surname variously as Dow, Dow and Doue. One of the first Dow to settle in Avon, was Joshua, son of John and Betsey (Strout) Dow, who moved from Portland to Avon soon after his brother and sister, and settled before 1828 near Mt. Blue and Mt. Blue Pond.
Surnames: Briggs, Bryon, Crockett, Davenport, Dickey, Doue, Dow, Dowe, Dresser, Dunham, Esty, Hall, Harnden, Harradon, Hinkley, Kinney, Kittredge, Ladd, McLaughlin, Mitchell, Orberton, Pettingell, Richardson, Ross, Sampson, Sedgeley, Stinchfield, Vining, Walton, Webber, and Worthley.
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.
(I) Jeffrey Esty, the immigrant ancestor, lived in Salem, Massachusetts, as early as 1636, when he was granted twenty acres of land. August 23, 1651, he sold land in Salem to Henry Bullock. That same year he removed to Southhold, Long Island, afterwards to Huntington and later to Little Neck, where he died, January 4, 1657. He left a will, without date, probated January 23, following, in which he mentioned a daughter Catherine and son Isaac.
(II) Isaac, son of Jeffrey Esty, was born probably in England before 1630, and came to Salem with his father when very young. He was a cooper by trade, and is designated as such in the first record of him, dated April 5, 1653. At that time, he bought a house and land in Salem. Before 1660, he settled in Topsfield, Massachusetts. In 1661, he was one of the commoners appointed to share in the common land on the south side of Ipswich river. In 1664, he was rated at nineteen shillings, six pence, which was the minister’s rate for
(III) Isaac (2), son of Isaac (1) Esty, was born in Topsfield about 1656. January, 1677, his name appears with others, who took the oath of allegiance and fidelity to Charles II. In 1689 and 1691, he was chosen one of the surveyors of highways, and 1694, was chosen constable. In 1696, he was one of the selectmen of the town. He married, October 14, 1689, Abigail, daughter of John and Mary (Bradstreet) Kimball, born March 22, 1667. She married (second), April 25, 1718, William Poole, of Reading. His will was dated March 16, 1713-14, and probated May 3, 1714.
(V) Aaron (2), son of Aaron (1) Esty, was born in Topsfield, January 18, 1745-46, and married, October 23, 1765, Molly Hooper, of Lynn. About 1770, he removed to Rindge, New Hampshire, after a few years to Shrewsbury, Vermont, thence to Leicester, Vermont, where he died, August, 1844. In 1790 he was living at Whiting Town, Vermont, according to the first federal census and had four in his family. He was a soldier in the revolution in Lieutenant Lemuel White’s company, June 20, 1781 (P. 383 Vermont Revolutionary rolls). Children: Joseph, born August 5, 1767; Hannah, baptized August 6, 1769;
(VII) Aaron B., son of William Esty, was born in a log house on the homestead in Seneca, in 1802, and followed farming all his active life. He died in September, 1882. He was a member of the Seneca church at Seneca castle. He married Mary Gilbert, formerly of Benton, Yates county, New York. She died February 12, 1892. Children: John B., mentioned elsewhere; William P.; Cynthia A.; Norton, who died aged two years; Joseph; Sibley; Elizabeth and Edmund.
(VIII) John B., son of Aaron B. Esty, was born in Seneca, December 1S, 1827. He was educated in the public schools and always followed farming. He was an earnest and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church, a trustee and steward for many years. He married Rachel C. Brizzee, of Hopewell. Children: Fred D.; Charles B., who died at the age of thirty-nine years; Ida A ; Frederick D.; Ada, who died aged eight years; Frank J., mentioned elsewhere; Alexander F.; Elizabeth.
(IX) Frank J., son of John B. Esty, was born in Seneca, October 6, 1858. He was educated in the public schools of Geneva, and at Lima Academy, New York. He worked with his father on the farm during his boyhood and youth. Afterward he was clerk in a general store at Orleans, New York, for two years. He has resided in the township of Phelps since 1891, and is engaged in general farming and horse breeding. He has been active in public affairs and since 1905 has been justice of the peace and member of the town board by