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Deacon Rufus Seavey Deering (b. April 16, 1818, d. February 04, 1896)Rufus Seavey Deering (son of Isaac Deering II and Sarah Sawyer) was born April 16, 1818 in Scarborough(Gorham),ME, and died February 04, 1896 in Portland, ME.He married Deborah Eastman on May 18, 1843 in Limerick,ME, daughter of Ezra C. Eastman and Mercy Philpot.
Notes for Rufus Seavey Deering:
The following is an Obituary from a Portland newspaper dated Feb. 5, 1896:
"Deacon Rufus Deering died at 7:00pm last evening after a very brief illness, he having been confined to the house only a few days.
He was born in Scarboro , April 18, 1818 and is therefore 78 years old.His fatherwas Isaac Deering , a farmer of small means.The family moved to Jackson when Rufus was just four or five years old.His attendance at school was very limited, and at 16 yrs of age he was thrown upon his own resources for a livelihood.He earned his first five dollars by working for a month on a farm, andthen went to Belfast and spent it for school books.He learned the carpenter's trade and he taught school in Buxton and Hollis.In 1840, when 22 yrs of age, he went to Georgia with other Maine men to work as a carpenter and remained there one year. On his return he went into trade on his own account in Hollis and continued in the busines for six or eight years.After that he operated a farm in Hollis for twoyears, and at one time, though over 30 years of age and married, he took charge of a store fro the magnificent compensation of 72 cents a day, yet paid all his bills and managed ot save some money besides.
Soon after, in company with another man, he bougnt an interest in the township of Success in New Hampshire and, though they paid but 62 cents a acre, the luber was so difficult of access that the enterprise was not very profitable.In 1854, the next year, he came to Portland and with a capital of barely $1000, commenced businesson the same wharf where now the Rufus Deering Co. has the largest stock of lumber this side of Boston.
For the first ten years Mr. Deering used to work in the yard all day and then work on his books in the evening.He made occasional trips up the Grand Trunk railroad to buy his lumber from the mills and until recent years all the stock that he handled came from this section, but nowmuch of comes from the far west.
In 1870, he took into partenership the young men who had been in his employ for some years.Their names were Albert Legrow, M. W. Ripley, and Merrill P. Jordan.The latter, who wasMr. Deering's son-in-law, died three years ago.Albert Legrow is in business for himself on Preble St. and only Mr. Ripley remains with Mr. Deering.
The is now conducted by a stock company.In assition to Mr. Deering and Mr. Ripley,the former's son is interested and so are two young men who are among the employees.
Mr. Deering has been the treasurer of the Free Baptist Church for 25 years and almost as much a support to hte works of the parish as the church edifice itself which he helped materially in securing.Neither his time nor money have been stinted in theis connection.He was treasurer of theMaine Free Baptist Convention and did a large amount of work despite his years in the line of Christian effort.Deacon Rufus Deering was bledded with good health and a tremendous capacity for application to business.But best of all he has been willing to use both for the benefit of others as well as himself.
In a very modest way he has been one of the heaviest contrributors to charitable, , benevolent, and religious organizations.When the Eye and Ear Infirmary was being builtone of the soliciting committee came to him with a request for some laths to aid in the construction.'It had been done so spontaneously and quietly that even one of the committee didn't know of it.We are in a position to know that he gave away at $2000 last year.We can assert that he esteemed it a privilege to do so.' "
More About Rufus Seavey Deering and Deborah Eastman:
Marriage: May 18, 1843, Limerick,ME.
Children of Rufus Seavey Deering and Deborah Eastman are:
- Emily Elizabeth Deering, b. July 27, 1844, Portland, Me, d. August 07, 1925, Portland, Me.
- Henry Wilfred Deering, b. July 20, 1846.
- Clara Towle Deering, b. May 07, 1848.
- Harriet Ann Deering, b. December 02, 1849.
- Charlws Eastman Deering, b. August 16, 1851.
- +Ella Ernestine Deering, b. December 12, 1855, Portland, Me, d. December 24, 1943, Portland, Me.