Biography of William P. Larrabee
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William Pelham Larrabee was a native of Phipsburg. He became a sea faring man, sailing in Bath ships, among them the Hamburg, built by him at Phipsburg Centre, and the ship Moro. built also by him in the John Henry yard in Bath, and eventually was a resident of this city. His ancestry goes back to Walter Beath, a pioneer settler of Boothbay, coming directly there from the siege of Londonderry. He derives the name of Pelham from his grandfather, Joseph Beath, who married into the English Pelham family. He married, at Boothbay, Miss Ann Phillips Smith, sister of Seba Smith, who wrote the " Jack Downing" letters that were celebrated three quarters of a century ago for their rich humor. The loss of his life at sea, together with two young daughters, is related elsewhere in this volume. Of his family there were several daughters, all married, and one son, Charles Smith Larrabee, who was engaged in the publishing business in New York until the breaking out of the Rebellion, when he went into the Army of the Potomac, captain of a Bath company in the Nineteenth Maine Regiment, after having served as mustering officer in Maine. After honorable discharge he engaged in business in Germany with success; returning from which he makes his home in Bath, where he married, in 1862, Ellen M. Conant.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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