Husband: Daniel E Greeley (1)
Born: 03 Apr 1796 in Palermo, Maine
Died: 18 Mar 1879 in Clinton, Maine
Father: Jacob Greeley
Mother: Hannah Hazeltine
Wife: Rebecca Elizabeth Erskine (2)
Born: 1795 in Palermo, Maine
Died: 12 Jun 1838 in Clinton, Maine (3)
01 (M): Augustus B. Greeley (4)
Born: 15 Jan 1825 in Palermo, Maine
02 (M): Paul Ames Greeley (5 6 7 8 9)
Born: 01 Oct 1832 in Chilton, Maine (10)
Died: 26 Oct 1924 in Beach, Golden Valley, ND (11)
Spouses: Martha Moore Stinson; Anna Merrill
Additional Information

Daniel E Greeley:

Buried: South of Clinton, ME


Daniel brought his family to Clinton in 1832.

Rebecca Elizabeth Erskine:


daughter of Christopher Erskine

  1. Margrit Hamilton Lees, Greely Manual, seventh generation.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Oregon State Board of Health, Certificate of Death for Martha E. Pierce, state # 100, local # 52.
  6. Civil War Pension Index.
    (17 Nov 1924)
  7. Census, Federal - 1880 - Outagamie Co., Wisconsin, Maine, Ancestry p. 1 of 9.

    Greeley, P.A. age 44 head b. Maine f.b. Maine M.B. Maine
    Martha M. 41 wife Maine same
    Martha E. 24 dau WI same
    D. La Forest 21 son same
    Winfield 18 son "
    Adelia F. 12 dau "
    Merritt 9 son "
    Sewell 7 son "
    Dora 5 dau "

  8. Margrit Hamilton Lees, Greely Manual, p. 17.

    "Paul Ames Greely: left the state of Maine in 1854, along with David Stinson (father-in-law), George Spears, and John Whitmore. They set up homesteads in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, an area that later was named Town of Maine, after the origin of its earliest pioneers. The post office for the township was named Stinson, after Mrs. Greely's people. Paul Ames Greely served as postmaster for twelve years, and drove the stagecoach carrying the mail from Shawano to Shiocton for fifteen years.

    Maine township was formed in November 1868, the first meeting was held April 1869, Paul Ames Greely was elected town chairman and assessor, offices he held for over thirty years.

    he served in the Civil War . . .

    Paul A. Greely joined the Methodist Church in Greenwood, Wisconsin, and remained in this faith.

    In 1909, Paul Ames Greely and his second wife, Anna, moved to Sentinel Butte, North Dakota, where they homesteaded, living there until 1921 at which time, because of failing health, moved near Beach, North Dakota, and in 1923 into the city."

  9. Ibid., p. 8.

    Quartet From East On Trip Into New Waters

    Established Village Of

    Excerpted from Post-Crescent, April 7, 1923,
    Appleton, Wisconsin

    LEEMAN-It was because four men were imbued with
    the love of discovery that the village of Leeman,
    likewise the town of Maine, was founded. The early
    history makes one picture an exploration trip like
    that of the Vikings of old who headed their ships
    into strange waters.

    Leaving their comfortable homes at Clinton,
    Maine, four men set out to find themselves a new
    homeland in the magnetic west. They were David
    Stinson, his son-in-law, George Speers and Paul
    Greely and John Whitmore.

    Arriving in Wisconsin in 1854, they started by
    boat through the Fox River and lakes, and turned
    into the Wolf river. After passing mile after mile
    of its densely wooded shores, where about the only
    persons they saw were Indians, they came to the
    present town of Maine. They decided that this
    should be their home and arranged a settlement


    The quartet landed just below the present
    residence of Andrew Allen, an old settler, who
    came here from Canada in 1862.

    From this beginning there sprang up one home
    after another as these sturdy pioneers hewed
    away the wilderness and made themselves prof-
    itable farms. The population grew a little each
    year as adventurers arrived in the new "west."

    One of the favorite stopping places in those
    days was the hotel which Mr. Allen conducted.
    Men driving logging teams were housed there on
    their way to and from the woods.

    Logging was the greatest industry, occupying
    the time of most of the settlers each winter as
    long as the snow lasted. The logs were hauled to
    the bank of the Wolf river and carried by the
    current to Lake Poygan. Here they were rafted and
    sent to Neenah, Menasha and Fond du Lac,
    where sawmills and sash and door factories were


    The group of settlers arriving up to 1867
    included Thomas Jacobs, Sylvester Boodry, Thomas
    W. Allen, Claude Hurlbert and Matt D. Leeman.
    Shortly after the Civil war another group arrived,
    including David H. Jerry, Jacob J. and G. D.
    Carpenter, Moses S. Curtis Marcellus and James
    Spaulding, Eben Pushor, D. W. Fuller and Charles
    Spaulding. H. S. and George Leeman arrived in

    The town of Maine was named thus by the settlers
    from the state of Maine, and the village of Leeman
    after the families of that name which owned much
    of the land there.

    A. H. Atwater was the first man to settle west
    of the Wolf river, establishing a home there in
    1870. His example was followed by Richard Strong
    and James and Cal Sawyer.

    At that time there were no bridges across the
    Wolf river. A flat boat was used as an accom-
    modation ferry. No tolls were charged, as it was a
    neighborhood boat provided for general usage.
    Every man was his own ferryman.


    A corduroy road was built through the swamp and
    a wooden bridge constructed across Wolf river in
    the winters of 1881 and 1882. The bridge was
    replaced in 1888 with the steel structure which is
    in use now.

    The first schoolhouse in the township was a log
    shanty put up for that purpose in 1870.
    The next building was built with boards nailed to
    posts driven in the ground. Both were on the the
    Shawano road, then the only thoroughfare. Now there
    is a substantial frame schoolhouse at Leeman
    corners. A cheese factory, a store and Union Con-
    gregational church also are located there. The
    land has been cleared off and a group of farms
    under cultivation replace the wooded areas of
    early days.

    The first town meeting was held at the
    schoolhouse in district No. 1 in 1868. At the
    first election 18 votes were cast, electing Paul
    A. Greely (pictured above) chairman; Andrew Allen
    and M. Spaulding, supervisors; James Spaulding,
    clerk; H. S. Leeman, treasurer; William Hurlbert
    and J. C. Spaulding, justices of the peace; T.
    Jacobs, constable; and Paul A. Greely and H. S.
    Leeman, assessors.

    Before rural free delivery was established P.A.
    Greely drove stage from Shiocton to Shawano
    carrying mail.

    Andrew Allen, 86, and Thomas Allen still live
    here. D. W. Fuller lives at Townsend and Paul A.
    Greely, 90, lives at Sentinel Butte, North Dakota.

    (Below photo of Paul w. team of horses)
    Paul A. Greely will always be mentioned in the
    early history of the Towne of Maine. He was one of
    the first settlers, helped clear land, and drove a
    stagecoach from Shiocton to Shawano for many years,
    providing the only means of receiving mail. He is
    hale hearty at 90 and lives at Sentinel Butte,
    North Dakota.

  10. Ibid.
  11. Paul A. Greely obituary (Loyal Tribune; Loyal, Clark County, WI; 13 Nov 1924).
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