Biography of David T. Percy
Sagadahoc County, Maine Biographies





David Thomas Percy. - The name of Percy comes down from the illustrious ancestry of the English Percys, famous in history. The advent of the family of Percy from the old country to the Kennebec region was in 1730, when Thomas Percy came over with his wife, two sons, and three daughters, and settled on Swan Island. Subsequently he changed his habitation to Hunniwells Point, and was there at the time of the French and Indian War of 1756. The two sons of the original Thomas were Arthur and Francis.

Arthur settled in Phipsburg, and from him descended the entire race of Percys in this section of the state. He married, first, a Gilmore, resided on a farm in the south part of Phipsburg, and had six sons and two daughters. His first wife deceased and he then married Margaret Porterfield, daughter of the Mrs. Porterfield notable in the early history of Georgetown. They had one son, Thomas, who became prominently known as Deacon Thomas, from having long held that office in the old Georgetown and Phipsburg Congregational Church. He married Martha Gilmore, in 1763, and had three sons and six daughters.

The descent of David T. Percy was from the second son of the ancient Arthur Percy, whose name was also David, who was born November 20, 1791, and married Elsie Grace, who was born February 21, 1795. They were married May 26, 1816, and settled in Bath. He died February 9, 1867, and she January 3, 1866. They had nine children, of whom David Thomas Percy was the fourth son, born August 15, 1831, and married Adriana Bosworth, daughter of Capt. Robert Bosworth, at Bath, January 5, 1854.

On the maternal side, the great grandparents of David T. Percy were James and Jane Grace, who came to this country with Alexander Drummond in 1729, and Jane was his granddaughter. His grandfather was William Grace, who was born April 13, 1764, and married Sarah Andrews, of Bath, born May 30, 1757, and they had nine children.

David T. Percy and his wife have had seven children, of whom six sons are living: Frederick B. graduated at Yale and the Boston Medical University, and is in practice in Brookline, Mass. George K graduated at the Bath High School and the Boston Medical University, and is practicing his profession in Salem, Mass. Frank H. is manager of the crockery store of the firm of D. T. Percy & Sons, in Bath. Augustus A. conducts the business of the dry goods and carpet departments of the firm. Arthur S. is in the lumber business in Boston. David Thomas, Jr., is a graduate of Exeter, the Harvard Medical College, the Boston Medical University, and has settled in Arlington, Mass.

David T. Percy, Sr., is at the head of the firm of D. T. Percy & Sons, in the dry goods, carpet, and crockery business, the largest establishment in those lines in this part of the state. He has long been a prominent member of the Board of Trade, taking an active part in all measures designed to advance the prosperity of the city. In politics he adheres to the Democratic party without being a partisan. Mr. Percy, for a number of years, has been one of the deacons of the Winter Street Church, superintendent, for several years, of the Sabbath School of that society ; has been a member of the City Government, serving in the Common Council and on the Board of Aldermen ; and has been the candidate of the minority party for the highest offices within the gift of the city. Deacon Percy has ever been forward ií¢every good work; has been openhearted and liberal in all benevolent movements, an unceasing worker in the temperance cause, and one of the most reliable and genial of Bath's citizens.

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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