Isaiah Percy. - This eminently Christian citizen was the son of Francis and Jane Wyman Percy, and was born in
the "Percy neighborhood" in Phipsburg, December 23, 1806.
On January 29, 1833, he married Beulah B. Bowker, eldest daughter of Major James Bowker, a lady of many womanly
and religious traits. He first settled in Phipsburg, and in 1840 moved to West Bath, where he raised a family of
eight children who have all done honor to their parentage in their mature life. He owned and lived on a farm, but
during his active life, pursued his trade of ship joiner, working in Bath ship yards. He joined the Congregational
Church of his native town, and later the Central Church of Bath, of which he became the senior deacon.
His wife died April 22, 1885, and after that time he lived in his ripe old age in the devoted care of his eldest
daughter. Deacon Percy has always been known as an uncommonly substantial man from youth upwards. He was a man
of reading and thought, and if he had had the advantages of early education and opportunity, would have made a
public man of value. In early life he became a professed Christian and ever lived up to its requirements. He belonged
to the ancient Georgetown branch of the Percy family, whose ancestors were among the early settlers at the lower
end of Phipsburg, and whose genealogy has been traced back to the noble blood of the English Percys. His father
was conspicuous as a devout Christian of the Congregational Church, and he was a grandson of Thomas Percy, who
had been a deacon of the same church half a century, and was known by way of distinction as "Deacon Thomas,"
who was of conspicuous character as well as a notable citizen.
Isaiah Percy was a man universally esteemed for his thoroughly upright character, and his bright intellect and
keen judgment in all matters. He represented West Bath twice in the Maine House of Representatives, and repeatedly
served the town as selectman, and in other positions of trust.
For forty nine years he lived in the Percy homestead, where a family of boys and girls were raised. There are five
children: Timothy, of Portland; Gershom, of Los Angeles; George, of San Francisco; Mrs. John P. Cobb, of Bowdoinham,
and a daughter not married.
He was one of the earliest advocates of abolition, not that he would free the slaves without compensation to their
owners, but on the ground that, as slavery was a national sin and crime, the nation should procure the liberty
of the slaves at any cost.
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894
Sagadahoc County, ME
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