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The Parson's son Joseph and young Preble were preparing for college and it was the purpose of the parents of the two boys that tbey should euter college at the sanie time. About 1710, young Preble being 1: years old, and Joseph Moody 10, Preble found an old rusty horse pisto that was thrown by as useless, amongst the rubbish of the house which had been charged with powder and ball perhaps years before The boys procured powder, and to amuse themselves in the absenc of their instructor, put the powder in the pan and flashed the pisto) This amusement was had for several hours, each taking his turn wit the pistol. At length the pistol went off in the hand of Moody, an the ball probably went through the heart of Preble, for he fell, an expired without a struggle.'*
• “Moody prepared for College, entered, and gracluated in 1718; studied divinity with h father, read law and taught school in York witil 1725, when he was elected Town Cler] and about the same time appointed Register of Deeds, and Judge of the Court of Commc Pleas. It has been said he was a popular man and an alle judge. In 1732, a minister w: wanted in the Second Parish, and his father detcrniined hic should relinquish all civil offic and become its pastor. The son for some time resisted his father's commands, but : length very reluctantly yielded. He preached for six years to good acceptance, when he le the pulpit and put on the veil. During the remainder of his life, which was about sixtee years, he passed liis time in visiting his parislıioners, praying with them, and imparting all classes, particularly the youth, religious instruction. He also attended their funera and frequently, after pnitting on the veil, solemnized marriages. This appears from t] town records, and as late as 1752 he married the Rev. Jesse Lyman."
Alex. McIntire's Letter to G. H. P., Jan. 15, 1851. I would here record my indebtedness to Mr. McIntire for much valuable informatic concerning the Preble Family, extracted by him from the town records of York, or copii by him, for me, from the gravestones of the old burial place at York. May 4, 1850, wrote me-"I am aged and in my dotage, but lct that go. I am not quite 77 years ol and was able on the 4th of March last to travel on foot seven miles out, in one hour ai fifty minutes, and returned back in two hours five minutes, the travelling being rough a hard.” The object of his journey was to take the declaration of an old pensioner, eig! een years his senior.
Judge Preble says the eldest son of Capt. Caleb Preble married Dorothy, the daughter Capt. Alex. McIntire, Dec. 24, 1747, and that this Dorotly was the aunt of my correspo dent and of the Hon. Rufus McIntire, fornierly M. C. York was divided, according to t Judge, into two parishes, the seaboard and interior, and the latter was called Scotla Parish, being principally settled by Scots, among the leading men of whom was a Mc] tire. It was customary in those carly days for the male inhabitants—the fathers of famil -to leave thcir fastucsscs and their farms on Saturday afternoons, and meet at the cent place of business for converso, congratulation and jullifiction. The McIntires were athletic race, persect sons of Anak in their time. On one occasion the people of Scotla Parish and those from other quarters of the towu camo flocking down to the central pla of business and trade in York. They got up a grand spree. The McIntire is a pea ablo, well-disposed fellow, if you do not chafe him too much. But beware how you st: the Scotch blood. In due time the Scotland people started for home, somewhat excited liberal potations, the fit subjects for a “row.” Riding on together, jostling against eo other, playing off their tricks, accompanied by coarse jokes, they at length got into a gra melee. And to work they went. Tradition has handed down an accouut of this batt Epic poets of the day described the combat. One of the stanzas runs thus:
" And there was Micum McIntire,
With his great foot and hand,
He could neither go or stand."
Judge Preble's account is, that Preble and Moody were in the woods in pursuit of deer and other wild animals, and having separated to make a circuit around a thicket to start game, Moody heard a crackling and saw the under bushes move as if an animal was making his way through them. Instantly without thought he fired, and hastening to the spot where he expected to find his game, there lay his friend weltering in his blood, and in the agonies of death. He could never forgive himself for his precipitancy, and soon after tied over his face a black handkerchief, as a veil, wbich he always wore to his dying day —which was the cause of liis being called “ Handkerchief” Moody.
The tender age of Ebenezer Preble at the date of his death, renders Mr. McIntire's version the most probable, and other facts given in his letter concerning Moody seem to confirm it.
The tragical death of Preble created a great sensation, and one of the poets of the day wrote an elegy which coinmenced
“O lamentable, lamentable,
What has become of Ebenezer Preble ? " 18-8. Samuel, b. April 19, 1699; mar. Sarah Muchmore, of the Isle of Shoals, 1725.
He was the owner of a handsome estate in that part of York called Newtown, where he lived and died. His birth, marriage and death are entered on the town records, the latter thus : "Samuel Preble, son of Abraham Preble, Esq., deceased, died March 22, 1746, aged 48 years lacking 27 days." His children were: 1. Samuel, b. Oct. 7, 1726, who mar. widow Remick, and left
children. 2. Joseph, b. — ; mar. Abigail,' dan. of John Preble, 1762,
and had three sons and a daughter, 3. Hepzibah, b. Aug. 31, 1739 ; mar. Samuel Junkins, 1764. 4. Sarah, b. — ; mar. John Weare. 5. Esaias, b. April 26, 1742; mar. Lydia, dau. of Edward In
graham, Esq.,* 1766, by whom he had fifteen children, nine
of whom married and had families. In 1775, Esaias was captain of a company of minute-men at Cambridge; afterwards member of the convention which ratified the Constitution of the United States; again a Representative of the town in the State Legislature, and also a Selectman, and Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Militia several years. At his death he lived upon and owned a portion of the paternal estate, where had lived and died before him, his grandfather and great grandfather, and which by regular descent, and the purchasing out of collateral heirs, had always remained in and never gone out of the family.
* “Mr. Ingraham was a native of England, erect in stature and somewhat stately in his movements. Ou one occasion he was tardy at meeting, and came walking up the broad aisle in prayer time. Father Moody just at this moment was offering up petitions for the granting of this blessing and the pardoning of this and that sin. Seeing Mr. I. walking up to his pew, Father M. interlarded in his (prayer this petition : ‘And 0, good Lord, among thy other dispensations, cure thy servant, who has just entered thine house, of that ungodly strut.'"-Judge Preble's Pamphlet.
The descendants of Col. Esaias are widely scattered (1868) in Chicago, Ill. ; East Boston, Mass.; Portsmouth, N. H.; York, Portland, and Mount Desert, Me., and in the eastern part of that State.
The late Hon. William Pitt Preble was the eleventh child and fourth son of Col. Esaias.
Hon. William Pitt Preble, grandson of Samuel (1848) and Sarah Muchmore, great-grandson of Abraham Preble (2-1) and Hannab Kelley, and eleventh child of Col. Esaias Preblc and Lydia Ingraham was born in Scotland Parish, in the town of York, York County Me., Nov. 27, 1783, and died at his residence on State Street, Port land, Me., Oct. 11, 1857, in the 74th year of his age. He was fittec for College by the Rev. Rosewell Messenger, for many years the blind preacher, and entering Harvard College in 1802, graduated in 1806 He was distinguished in College for his success in mathematics, and for his powers of argumentation. He was elected tutor at Harvard in 1809, and while tutor married Miss Nancy Gale Tucker second daughter of Joseph Tucker, the Collector of York. Soon after he resigned his place as tutor, and commenced the practice of law ir his native place, but soon removed to Alfred. In 1813 he was appointed U. S. District Attorney for Maine, and removed to Saco and thence in 1818 to Portland, where he cver after resided. He was a leading advocate of the separation of Maine from Massachusetts and was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1819. In 1821 he was appointed one of the Judges of the Supreme Court, at the or ganization of the State Government, and resigned the office of U. S District Attorney. The decişions of the Court of which he was : member, are contained in Greenleaf's Reports, Vols. 1 to 5 inclusive He was the fifth Judge of the name of Preble who occupied the benc! within the precincts of Maine. In 1829, in conjunction with Hon Albert Gallatin, he was appointed an agent to prepare the case of the United States before the King of the Netherlands, resigned his judge ship, and was finally appointed by Gen. Jackson Minister Plenipo tentiary to the Hague. His ability in exposing the absurdity of th decision of the King of the Netherlands was undoubtedly the caus of the rejection of his award by the U. S. Senate. At the close o his foreign mission he returned to the practice of law. In 1832 Judge Preble and the Hon. Nicholas Emery and Ilon. Ruel William
were Commissioners of the State, and advised a compromise by taking lands in Michigan in exchange for lands north of the St. Johns ; but the legislature of Maine declined the offer to this effect by the General Government. In 1842 he was elected by the legislature one of the Commissioners of Maine to arrange the treaty of Washington, but never gave his cordial assent to the terms on which the Maine boundary question was finally settled. In 1844 Judge P. was called upon to assist in urging the importance of railroad connection with Montreal, and when his concurrence in the scheme was known it gave to it the confidence of the public, and a very large share of credit is due to him for its success. His mission to Montreal in the winter of 1845, with other gentlemen, was one of the chief means of securing the concurrent action on the part of the people and the government of Canada; and his labors were equally efficient and valuable in 1847 in securing from the Governor General a decision in favor of a medium broad guage. Judge Preble was the first president of the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad, but declining a reëlection in 1848, he was tendered a free pass for life to Montreal. His address to the citizens of Montreal in 1845, his letter to Sir William E. Gladstone in 1846, and his memorial to the Governor General of Canada in 1847, may be fairly compared with the ablest state papers of any of his cotemporaries. He appeared to the best advantage in the oral argument of legal questions. He stated legal propositions with a clearness and force that was rarely equalled and never surpassed. When all his faculties were roused into activity by the excitement of a great occasion-the pressure of a crowd or the responsibility of a great cause—his mind worked with the greatest ease, and he was capable, on such occasions, to throw an argument, that by its strength of reasoning, force of illustration and effective eloquence, gave him a mastery over others. In 1820 Judge Preble was chosen one of the Trustees of Bowdoin College, a duty which he continued to perform until 1842, when he resigned the trust. In 1829 that College bestowed upon him the honorary degree of LL.D.
Judge Preble was one of the most prominent and influential politicians of the State. He began life as a zealous federalist; but previous to the separation from Massachusetts he veered into the democratic ranks, and became as ardent on that side of the question as he had before been opposed to it.
Judge Preble was twice married : first, to Nancy Gale Tucker, who died at Portland, Oct. 17, 1849 ; second, to Sarah, daughter of Thomas Forsaith, of Portland, in 1852—who survives him and is now (1868) living in Cambridge, Mass.
By his first marriage he had :
1. Mariana, b. July 30, 1812, who married 1st, Stephen Longfellow, Jr., aud had :
4. William Pitt, b. She m. 2d, 1. F. Fuller, 1850. 2. William, b. 1814 ; died 1816. 3. Nancy Tucker, b. Nov. 28, 1816; married Capt. Robert Allen,
U. S. A., — ; died 1846, leaving one son, Robert Allen, b.
1841, d. 1862, unmarried. 4. William Pitt, b. April 19, 1819; m. Harriet M. T. Mussey, dau.
of John Mussey, Esq., July 1, 1846. He is a resident of Portland, Clerk of the U. S. District Court, and Member of
the Society of the Cincinnati, also a prominent Mason. Their children are:
1. Edith, b. March, 1848; d. Nov. 1848.
6. Earnest, b. June 5, 1860.
II. RACHEL PREBLE (3-2),
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF ABRAHAM AND JUDITH. Rachel Preble was born 1643, and married Joseph Carline, March 28, 1659, when but sixteen years of age. The record of her marriage is on the Probate Record at Alfred; but I can find no other record of her, or whether she had children. Her line may be considered as run out.
II. JOSEPH PREBLE (4-3),
SECOND SON OF ABRAHAM AND JUDITH. Joseph Preble, second son of the common ancestor, resided in York. There is no record of the date of his birth, marriage or death ; but he had a son Joseph (19–1), who was born in 1691. March 30, 1677, Joseph Preble of York had purchased from Richard Wood certain real estate situated in York ; and July 1st, 1712, purchased land of Abraham Preble (23-1), as appears by the deeds recorded ; also from Job Avery, Oct. 3, 1718.