George Pierce Andrews was born on September 29, 1835 in Bridgton, Maine, United States. He traced his descent in a direct line from Robert Andrews of Norwich, England, who emigrated in May 1635, settling at Ipswich, Massachussets. A descendant, Capt. Abraham Andrews--a minute-man at Lexington and participant in Arnold's Quebec expedition--moved to Maine, and his grandson, Solomon Andrews, entered the lumber business at North Bridgton, Maine. There he married Sybil Ann Farnsworth.