Dr. Moses Rust Pulsifer was my great-great-great grandfather. He was an eminent physician, the first is a long and broad line of Pulsifer physicians. His father, Jonathan Pulsifer, moved with his father and brothers to Poland, Maine and established the "Maine branch" of the Pulsifer family (see the book by Wm. E. Pulsifer, "Ancestry and descendants of Jonathan Pulsifer and his wife, Nancy Ryerson Pulsifer of Poland and Sumner, Maine," which has much speculation about the origin of the family & the name). Moses Rust had 16 children by two wives, most of whom lived to adulthood. His youngest daughter, Georgia Rust Pulsifer, wrote a lovely appreciation of her father.
His children included Thomas Benton Pulsifer (b. 1842), who was hospitalized in the Civil War, and became a physician; Augustus Moses Pulsifer (b. 1834), who was an attorney who lived in Auburn for many years; and Nathan G.H. Pulsifer (b. 1824), a physician who panned for gold for a short time in the 1849 gold rush, then returned to Maine. N.G.H. had four children: Nellie (Thayer), Cornelia (a professor at U. Illinois), Wm. M, and Ralph H. The latter two were physicians. Wm. M. had one son, Libby Pulsifer, a physician who was my grandfather.
I don't know of any Nathan Pulsifer born in 1878, but Augustus Moses had a son, Nathan, born on Sept 11, 1876 (d. Aug 3, 1950).
I'm always interested in hearing more about Maine Pulsifers!