have hindered me from doing the work for the freedmen which, years afterwards, was committed to my charge.
In the year 1838 my younger brother, Charles, was born.
In the early settlement of Leeds, before there were any school privileges, Mr. Francis, a young Englishman, came with a party of prospectors from England.
They were entertained by my great — grandfather, Thomas Stanchfield.
After leaving his home, situated then in a wilderness near the eastern border of Leeds, the party kept on westward.
After a few days, Mr. Francis, much broken and bruised by the journey, returned alone and accepted the offer of Mr. Stanchfield to remain and teach the children of the scattered families in that section of Maine.
At a later period, seeing the moral and religious condition of this frontier, he began to give religious instruction to the adults as well as to the children, and was soon after ordained as the first Baptist minister in that community.
He was still preaching in the meeti