PASCAL PEARL GILMORE., of Bucksport, was born in Dedham, Me., June 24, 1845, being
the eldest of a family of six, and the seventh generation from John Gilmore, the head of this line in America,
who settled in Weymouth, Mass., in the seventeenth century. The Gilmores were of Scotch origin. The paternal grandmother
of Pascal was descended from the Huguenots in France and his maternal ancestors were English, hence the races represented
are Celtic, Gallic, and Anglo-Saxon. His paternal great-grandfather, Samuel Gilmore, a soldier of the Revolution,
was born in Franklin, Mass., August 11, 1765 settling in what is now Holden, Penobscot County, Me.
Pascal's father, Tyrrel Gilmore, was born in Holden, Me., July 12, 1815, and his mother, Mary Wood Pearl, was born
just two days previous, July 10, 1815, in West Boxford, Essex County, Mass. In early life Tyrrel Gilmore was a
successful school-teacher, and in 1840 bought a farm in l)edharn, Me., where he continued to reside until his death,
in 1890. Both Mr. Gilmore and his wife took a deep interest in education, also in the leading issues of the day;
both were active and consistent members of the Congregational Church in Dedham.
Pascal received his education in the schools of Dedham and at the East Maine Conference Seminary, in Bucksport.
In 1861 he joined the Army of the Potomac and was in the Peninsular Campaign of 1862, but the unusual strain proving
too much for his system he went home soon after. Later in the struggle he returned as a recruit to the Sixteenth
Regiment, Maine Volunteers, and was in every battle in which it participated from date of enlistment, was never
off duty for a single day, therefore was present at the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. He remembers with interest
the fact that President Lincoln reviewed his corps at the front, March 25, 1865, a few hours after the attack on
Fort Steadman, Va. This was the only time he saw the martyr President.
After the war he resumed his studies at Bucksport, teaching in winter. Between three and four years, from 1867
to 1871, were spent in the West, principally in Michigan, where he was engaged in surveying or "inspecting"
lumber and logs, work at which he had gained considerable knowledge at home during his minority. He finally returned
to the East on account of poor health.
Since 1873 he has carried on the farm at the old homestead in Dedham, living there until 1891. During these years
he did quite a business in making legal conveyances of all kinds and other work of that nature. For several years
he has also been engaged in the manufacture of a line of goods which have had an extensive sale.
In 1881 he married Alma M., daughter of the late Dea. Henry Thomas Hart of Holden. A daughter, Madge, is their
Mr. Gilmore has held many positions of trust, having been on the Board of Selectmen in Dedham for a long term,
nine years as chairman, and fifteen years Supervisor of Schools. He was a Representative to the Legis1ature in
1875 and 1883, also State Senator from Hancock County in 1891. The same year he was appointed State Liquor Commissioner
by Governor Burleigh.
Twenty years ago he began the almost endless task of looking up the genealogy of the Gilmore family and collecting
data for their history, and, although much remains to be done, the work thus far has been interesting and quite
In religion he is of the Congregational faith: in politics, a Republican. He is a member of the Grand Army of the
Republic, and was the first Commander of W. L. Parker Post in Dedham.
Mr. Gilmore's personal acquaintance is exceptionally large, having visited every town in Maine and the majority
of them frequently. He is an enthusiastic admirer of New England, especially of his native State; her institutions,
her scenery, her resources, and her people, - all appeal to his tastes, his judgment, and his pride, and having
traveled through nearly every section of the Union, he has become convinced that Maine is not only a good State
to be born in," but also a good State to live in.