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John Choate 

HIS Descendants 





Author ok "The Cogswells in America, " "The Histoky of Medway, Mass.," Etc. 


24 Franklin Street. 

Coi'YKiGiiT, 1896, BY E. O. Jameson. 




^ AstOTi Lenox and Tilden 








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The object of this volume is to place in a permanent form for preservation 
the genealogical data of the families of Choates in this country that have sprung 
from the first settler of the name, John Choate, of Chebacco, Ipswich, in the 
Province of Massachusetts. 

And also to make a memoranda of incident, tradition, and biography, 
including some special mention of those persons of eminence who by public 
service and distinguished ability have brought honor to the Choate name. 

The endeavor has been, by an orderly arrangement, by illustrations repre- 
senting persons, buildings, and scenery, and by a fine mechanical finish, to make 
a book at once valuable and attractive to all who are interested in the lineage 
and history of The Choates in America. 

The author takes this opportunity to acknowledge the courtesy and the 
generous co-operation of a large number of town and city registrars, genealo- 
gists, and representatives of the different branches of the family, to whom he 
has applied for information and data, and without whose assistance the results 
embodied in this volume would have been impossible. Among others to whom 
he feels especially indebted for very essential help he begs leave to mention the 
following : — 

Mrs. Abby P. Choate, of Essex, Mass. ; Hon. Edward E. Pratt, Mr. Isaac B. 
Choate, Charles F. Choate, Esq., and Joshua M. Sears, Esq., of Boston, Mass. ; 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate, of New York City; Mr. Leander Choate, of Oshkosh, 
Wis. ; Hon. Charles A. Choate, of Jacksonville, Fla. ; Mr. Alden Choate and 
Mrs. William F. Goldsmith, of Lynn, Mass.; Miss Hannah Choate, of Salem, 
Mass. ; Mrs. Lydia G. Choate, of Woburn, Mass. ; Mr. Charles Choate, of South 
Bridgton, Me., and Rufus Choate, Es(i., of Essex, Mass. These are but a few 
of the many in this relation who might be named. The researches which 
have their culmination in these pages have extended over a period of more 
than ten years of persistent, laborious, and pleasurable effort. And if this 
volume shall prove an enduring monument to the name, the virtues, and the 
valuable service of this ancient family of Chebacco, and its descendants now 
scattered in all parts of America, the wish and the hope of its author will be 
abundantly realized. 

Boston, Mass., Oct. i, 1896. 


Whf.n Philip II. of Spain, in the year 1567, with a few strokes of his pan, 
doomed to death eighty thousand inhabitants of the Netherlands, how little he 
knew what he was doing. He did not foresee the results of this act of cruelty. 
He did not dream that the Duke of Alva's bloody work would sow the seeds 
of liberty on the eastern shores of England, and from thence, within a century, 
they would be scattered beyond the wide Atlantic. 

These Hollanders, escaping the relentless grasp of the Inquisition, were 
liberty loving and industrious. They fled their lowland homes, across the 
waves, to make other homes, and under their persevering culture the fens of 
Eastern England became as gardens. .\nd it is publicly claimed that nearly 
all the political institutions which are the glory of America came by them 
through England out of Holland. 

While the early origin of the Choates is in obscurity, and while it is quite 
possible that at a still earlier period they were immigrants to Holland from 
France, yet it is highly probable that they crossed over from the Netherlands 
into the easterly parts of Britain with some of the numerous migrations of the 
sixteenth century, and were perhaps among those refugees who fled the Inqui- 
sition of the bloody court of Alva. 

In their lowland homes, in the province of Brabant, they were known by 
the name of Van Choate, but it is thought that on account of English prejudice 
against Dutch immigrants, they were constrained on their arrival in the new 
country to drop the Van from their name, and thus obliterate at once a con- 
spicuous symbol of their obno.xious origin, and henceforth in England and in 
America they have been known by the simple name of Choate. But to this 
day in and about Antwerp, and wherever in Holland they are found, the name 
is still Van Choate. 

Their first settlement in England was doubtless near the boundary between 
Essex and Suffolk counties, in which region there are still resident many of 
the name. There is little doubt that from this part of England the immigrant 
John Choate came to this country about 1643, settled in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
in the Province of Massachusetts, and became the great ancestor of 

The Choates in Amerkw. 

How early immigrants by the name of Choate may have appeared in 
England is uncertain. The following are among the earliest traces that we have 
on record. In the ancient parish records of Finchingfield, Essex County, on 


deposit in the Register Office, London, it is said there is mention of those by 
the name of Choate as church wardens as early as 1500 A. D. 

A century later and onward the name appears with some degree of 
frequency in the parish and church records of Hundon, Clare, County of Suffolk, 
and of Finchingfield, Birdbrooke, and Groton in the County of Essex. 

In the Parish Register the Vicar of Hundon, Rev. Arthur Hamp, by a 
search made in 1892, found the following : — 

" 1589 Elizabeth Choate filia of John Choate bap : Mar : 29>1' " 

" 1685 William Choate of Clare and Mary Arriss, widow uf Hundon were married ye 7th 
day of ffebruary." 

" 1776 Aug. 25 buried Robert son of John Choate." 

The Rev. Mr. Hamp writes : " Many pages of our registers are unreadable, 
owing to damp in past years, and many pages have been cut out wholly or in 

"The Choates for several generations were residents of this ancient parish. 
But there are no longer any living representatives of the name to be found here. 
They have all retired to the city of the dead. The place is thus described : — 

JO 15 i 
ffpf rap 1 




" ' The village of Finchingfield hes curiously, for in its centre the street 
runs sharply down to a brook which skirts the bottom of the village green. Nor 



does this village green resemble the ordinary type of such open spaces, for it 
lies on the side of an equally steep hill. Standing on the upper edge of the 
green you are about on a level with the churchyard on the opposite side of the 
little valley. In front of you are the irregularly-built houses, piled one on 
the other, and, topping them all, the old Norman tower of the church. Close 
by the church stand the quaint old timber-built almshouses, somewhat in the 
same position as the old school-house of Felstead. The houses at this end of 
Finchingfield are of some antiquity, and there is, moreover, at least one good 
specimen of hammered iron in the shape of an inn sign, the Green Man. But 
the church naturally claims the most particular notice, for it possesses a feature 
of its own, which will not be readily found elsewhere. 

"'The interior of the Norman tower has a most curious arcade upon 
each side of the Norman tower arch. This arcade does not completely sur- 
round the tower, but 
ceases along the north 
_^ and south sides. It is 

^ ~ -^ a kind of architectural 
^^''- puzzle, of which the 

solution is yet doubtful. 
1 The west door of the 

1i 1 tower has a fine Norman 

'4^ " arch with a triple reveal 
and zigzag mouldings. 
Within the church is a 
fair oak screen and a 
number of monuments, 
of which one is very well 
worth notice. It is in 
the shape of an altar 
tomb, and bears upon 
its slab the effigies in 
' _„ ' brass of John Berners 

£i (1500) and his wife 

i^^:, Elizabeth (1523), the 

'-— ~^ daughter of Simon Wise- 
man. The costumes of 
these figures, though 
damaged, are full of in- 
terest. Round the base of the tomb are eight figures of ecclesiastics under 
canopies, and there are also eight escutcheons. 

" ' The south porch is a fine one ; it contains two good windows on each 
side, with a panel between them. Excellent, too, is the door of the porch, and 
it is only to be regretted that the two niches on the external buttresses of this 
most interesting porch should have suffered so much from weather and ill 

" ' The remaining tombs in the church hardly possess any interest ; the 
inscriptions are long thereon, and for the most part fulsome. It is not easy to 
get up a feeling of enthusiasm over a monument which records that a man 
"did by a voluntary constancy hold his peace for seven years." But this, it 
appears, is what William Kemp, Esq., of Spains Hall, did. The inscription 
adds that he was "pious, just, hospitable and master of himself so much, that 
what others scarce doe by force and penalties," etc. 

" ' Finchingfield is quite a parish of small manors and old manor houses. 



all of which, save Spains Hall, have now degenerated into farm houses. Their 
names are curious and comprise, Justins Brent Hall, Sculpins, Fetches or 
Peches, and Cornet or Cornish Hall, besides several others. Of these. Brent 
Hall was the property of 
Edward Benlowes, the poet, 
and was of course alienated 
by him, not however be- 
fore he addressed thence 
some complimentary verses 
to his brother poet Quarles. 
Peches belonged to the 
Berners family, who appear 
to have held the land with- 
out a break from Norman 
times until 1729, when the 
male line had become ex- 
tinct and a descendant of 
a daughter conveyed the 
manor to a Braintree apoth- 
ecary. Of another estate 
in the neighborhood, for- 
merly known as Boyton or 

Boynton, we find that two carucates of land there were anciently held by Wil- 
liam de Reynes, by the serjeantry of keeping for the king five wolf-dogs.' " 
I'id. Essex Highways, Byways, and Watei-mays , 

by C. R. B. Barrett, 1893,//. 40-44. 

The Register of the Parish Church in Finchingfield, which dates back to 
16 1 7, has among its earlier baptisms and burials the following, copied, in 1870, 
by William Coates, Parish Clerk : — 

" 1 62 1 John Choat son of John and Susannah bap: May 15 " 
" 1623 Annie Choat, daughter of Richard Choat bap : Feb'y 9'h." 
" 1625 Edmund Choat, son of John Choat bap : June 2d." 

" 1632 John Choat, son of Edward buried Nov. 51''." 

" 1637 Henry, son of Ivichard Choat buriedjune nth." 

" 1654 Elizabeth, daughter of John Choat buried Nov. 24111." 

" 1664 John Choat buried Jan. 2iJ." 

" 1669 Robert Choat Buried Aug. i6tli." 

" 1702 Edmund Choat Buried May i6'h." 

There have been numerous burials of Choates since the above in 

From the " Gleanings in P^ngland," by Mr. Waters, of Salem, Mass., are 
copied the following : — 

"'Matthew Choat has living of tenement in Birdbrooke, Co. Essex, that had been his 
brother Joseph's 25 Nov.' [lo'ti Charles i*' Part N" 5 Five Rolls]." 

" Besides the above the names of John Choat and Joseph Choat, both of Co. Essex were 
noticed in the Calendar of Chancery England p. m. 7th Charles." 

The Rector of Ridgewell, Essex County, England, writes ; — 
"The name of Choat is not found in the parish register until 1700 A. D., 
as subjoined : — 

"'A. D. 17CX), John Choate elected at Parish meeting on Easter Monday as parish 

" ' 17S4, Robert Choate of Norton elected Overseer and Assessor of Ridgewell.' 


"' 1760 May 13, Henry Choate of Toppersfield to Elizaheth Frost of Ridgewell Essex Co. 

" ' 1772 October 29, Robert Choate of Ridgewell to Harriet Butcher.' 


" ' 1776 Aug. 25 Rol)art, son of John Cheat ' " 

The Rev. Herbert Smith, Rector of Groton, IJoxford, Colchester, England, 
copied from the parish records, and under date of Oct. 18, 1S71, communicated 
to Rufus Choate, Esq., of Essex, Mass., the following items, viz. : — 

"A. D. 1624 John Choate, son of Robert and Sarah Choate was baptized on the 61I1 of 

" A. U. 1626 Elizabeth, the daughter of Robert Choate was baptized the 22il of January." 
" A. D. 162S Marie, the daughter of Robert Choate was baptized November 231!." 

" 1627 EUzabeth Choate only a year old was buried August 23d." 

"1638 Robert Chote was buried August iS'h and his wife Sarah Chote on the I2ili of 
September in the same year." 

The Rev. Mr. Smith adds the following : — 

" I have looked through the oldest registers and there is no doubt but that 
John Choate was born here." 

The above is confirmed by the following certified extract made by the 
present Rector of Groton, and received within a few weeks by the author : — 

" From Register of Baptisms in the Parish of Groton in the County of Suffolk." 
" ' 1624 John Choate baptized the 6th of June.' " 

" I certify the above to be a true extract from the Parish Register, as witness my hand this 
6'li day of May, 1896. 

" John W. Wayman, Rector of Groton^ 

The Rev. Henry Jacie of Aughton, Yorkshire, under date of June 12, 1633, 
writes to John Winthrop, Jun., and makes mention as follows : — 

" (To the l\igi)t toovshipful, i)is mtici) rcsprrtrt gaoti jjricnti, iBr. .=lo()n 
([JRiittfn'op, .^un. Crsq., *ait to H)r vigi)t toavtlju ©ofacvnour of ilcto lEnglnnU, 


" (Rootuunn (Tliontr toitl) iiis inifr nnti goolimaii 13otolinn (siirl) n name), an 
Ijoiifst siiiiplf poor man, n larksmitli of Stibburg anti gootuitan 13aron tottfi liis 
gooti luifc of 13n.vforti (iintiing tiiUcvs gotmg riiiltircn) ticsivr to Ijnlir tfjcir strfairc 
iniinbln rrmcmljnrt to ittr. (Pofacrnouv nitti ticsirc iiis Itinti rrmnnbranrc of tijcii; 
to pitu tiinv poor rontutioit i)crr ant) tDlirn hr can to srnti for tl)cin, ns it pknscli 
fjim to sau l)c inoulti. STfitu arc fillcti ttiiti) t()c contempt of tijc protiti nnli tljcir 
spirits arc rcatig to sink anf fail in tljcm." ., ., 

" ^lugb'ton in gorhstjirc itiiiie 12, 1623. 

Mr. Savage, with the above in mind, says, "John Choate was probably of 
Sudbury, Suffolk County, England. Perhaps he was son of that Goodman 
Choat who in June, 1633, sent his regards to the governor, as conveyed by 
Rev. Henry Jacie, in a valuable letter of that date to the younger John." 

Mr. Waters, of Salem, thinks the Choate family came from the northern 
part of Essex County, England. 


Rufus Choate, Ksq., the present proprietor of the ancient Choate home- 
stead, on Choate Island, writes as follows : — 

"The only definite statement concerning the early history of John Choate, 
which I know, I found among my grandfather, David Choate's, papers. He 
says that ' John Choate came from the county of Kent, an apprentice to Mr. 
Low.' My grandfather died in 1808, and was bom only thirty years after John 
Choate's widow died, which would give some weight to his statement. The 
' Mr. Low ' referred to must have been Mr. Thomas Low, who came to 
Chebacco in 1643." 

Mr. Rufus Choate further suggests, " But if John Choate should be found 
to be from Kent County he may yet have been the Groton John Choate, who 
might have gone, after the death of his parents, in 1638, to live with some 
relative in Kent County until of a suitable age to embark for America." 

That John Choate came over as "an apprentice of Mr. Low" signifies that 
Mr. Low advanced the passage money for the young man. If "Mr. Low," as 
suggested above, was Thomas Low, then he was the son of Capt. John Low, 
a navigator in those days. And if Captain Low's list of passengers could be 
found we might learn the name of the ship in which John Choate sailed and 
the exact date of his arrival in America 

Col John Choate appears mentioned in court records as the " grandson of 
Sergt. John Choate, who immigrated to this country from Sudbury, Suffolk, 
England, and died 1695." 

About the year 1870 Mr. Choate of Essex, Mass., had a diligent search 
made of registers in England, and carried on a somewhat vigorous and con- 
tinued correspondence with various rectors of parishes, with a view to settle the 
birthplace and parentage of John Choate, who was the earliest of the name in 
this country. He received, also, interesting letters about that time from the 
only survivors of the Choates in Finchingfield, the Misses Harriet and Mary 
Choat, daughters of Joseph Choat, deceased, living in their old homestead, 
called " Peak's Farm." 

The author of these pages, on a visit of research to that vicinity in the 
fall of 1887, found that these last survivors of the name in F'inchingfield had 
already passed away. He found, however, the name not uncommon in the 
surrounding towns, and had an interesting interview with a Mr. Joseph Choat 
and family, living in Bumpstead, county of Essex, a town a few miles from 
Finchingfield. This Mr. Joseph Choat he found a man of intelligence, living 
in a pleasant home, and engaged in a large business as a master contractor and 
builder, a man widely known, and spoken of with great respect in all the region. 

The village in which Mr. Choat resided is called — 

Steeple Bump.stead. 

This is a pretty village in the county of Essex, on the borders of Suffolk and 
Cambridgeshire, four miles from Haverhill, a manufacturing town on the Great 
Eastern Railway, three miles from Birdbrooke Station, on the Colne Valley 

It is situated in a picturesque valley, and is approached by good roads 
from the villages around, of which it forms an important centre. Hempstead 
is within four miles ; Finchingfield is not far away, and Birdbrooke is but two 
miles distant. 

In this region are many persons of the name of Choat, and it may be a 
pleasure to the Choates in America to be introduced to one of their English 
cousins, who is presented on the following gage. 


Mr. Clioate. -.inre visited by the author in 1887, has retired from busi- 
ness, and removed from Steeple 
Ikimpstead, and now resides at 
1 6 Griffin Road, Plumstead, 
Kent County. 

The church in Steeple 
Bumpstead stands among the 
trees in the centre of the village. 
It is a well-proportioned build- 
ing of stone, with a handsome 
tower, in which is a Jubilee 
clock showing four dials, and 
a fine peal of five bells. The 
church consists of nave, chan- 
cel, and two [lorches, and is 
rich in monuments and memo- 
rials of the departed great, who 
once occupied the residential 
seats in the parish, more espe- 
cially those of the Bendyshe 
and Gent families. One is very 
elegant, and has a fine recum- 
bent effigy of Sir Henry Ben- 
dyshe, the last male heir of the 

The vicarage, valued in 
1831 at ^247, is in the patron- 
age of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Meares 
Powell, A. M. The church was thoroughly restored in 1880. 




There is found in the register of this church the following marriage : 
'Thomas Huckley and Emma Cheat Sept 7"' 1748." 

Close to the village is one of the principal aristocratic residences of the 


district, known as Bower Hall. It is a fine old Queen Anne mansion, renovated 
and restored by the late Sir Henry Bendyshe, Bart., in 1710. 

It is approached by carriage drive, with a lodge at the entrance, and has a 
prettily timbered and undulating park of nearly one hundred acres, with two 
sheets of ornamental water, and an almost matchless avenue of limes leading 
from the mansion to the church. 

The pursuits of the inhabitants are principally agriculture and trade. The 
working men and their sons are employed chiefly in agriculture, and their wives 
and daughters obtain employment in finishing garments for the manufacturers 
of the neighboring town of Haverhill. 

The place is favorable to health as proved by the longevity of its inhabi- 
tants. There are three persons of an average age of ninety-two years, sixteen 
between eighty and ninety, forty-five between seventy and eighty. This out of 
a population of only about a thousand people. 

I'id. Directory of Steeple Buiiipstcad. 

Groton, Boxford, Colchester, England. 

" Boxford is five miles from Sudbury, is situated in a fertile and highly-cul- 
tivated valley, between two brooks which unite a little below it. The parish 
contains ninety-nine houses (1818) and five hundred and thirty-six inhabitants. 
The town, consisting of several streets, carries on a considerable trade in malt, 
and has a manufactory for dressing sheep and deer skins. . . . 

" The church is a spacious building, ninety-five feet long and fifty-two broad, 
and has a spire steeple. The porch on the south side is of stone ; over the 
entrance are seven niches, with a number of inscriptions now nearly obliterated. 
The town contains also a few grammar schools founded by Queen Elizabeth." 
/ ■/(/. Stifo/k, or Original Deliiieotions of tliat 

County, by Air. Shoberl, p. 160. 

Groton is a parish of Boxford, in the postal division of Colchester, from 
which place letters come by every mail. 

Groton is a country place« The nearest railway station is seven miles away, 
in Sudbury. It is spoken of as follows : — 

"Groton, formerly the Lordship of the Abbot of Bury. It was granted at 
the Dissolution of that Abbey to Adam Winthrop, Esq., in which family it 
continued till about the fourth year of Charles I. when it was purchased by 
Thomas Waring ; it is now the seat of Thomas Waring, Esq." 

Vid. Kerby's Suffol/i Traveller, pp. 260, 261. 

The inscription on the Winthrop Brass in Groton Chancel is as follows : — 

" Here lyeth 


Lorde and patron of Groton which 

Departed out of this worlde this ix day of November 

in the yere of oure Lorde God 


" The above plate, removed at some remote period . . . and long in the 

possession of his family in America, was restored in 1878 by the Hon. Robert C. 

Winthrop of Boston, in New England, his descendant in the eighth generation." 

Vid. Suffolk Manorial Families, pp. 22, 24, 33. 

The situation of the old Winthrop House, long since demolished, is marked 
by a mulberry tree, still standing, which is presented on the following page. 


This tree now stands in an open field of grass, but stands where once was 
the garden of the " Old Winthrop Place." It is a solitary but interesting land- 

Photographed A itgust, iSgO. 

mark, identifying the spot where were born two of the best known and most 
honored of the Colonial Governors of this ancient Commonwealth. 

y- »« jtT. 

THE CHURCH In '..r liT :n ti, 
Photographed A ugiist, lHqo. 

for ce 

This church, in which John Choate was baptized June 6, 1624, has stood 
enturies. It is described by the present Rector, the Rev. John W. Wayman, 


who writes, under date of Aug. 13, 1S96, from the Groton Rectory, Boxford, 
Colchester, as follows : — 

" The church is a nice building, late Decorated style, except the tower, 
which is, perhaps, early English. The length of the nave is about forty-five 
feet, width thirty-six feet, height thirty feet, with two aisles same length and 
width, but not so high. 

"The chancel is about twenty-seven feet long by fifteen feet wide, and 
contains two memorial windows, one east window and one in southeast, the 
gifts of the Winthrop family. 

"The registers go back to 1562. The Winthrop tomb is outside the 
■chancel, near the chancel door, the southeast side." 

This picture of the Groton church accompanied the Rector's description, 
and was received Aug. 21, 1896, just as this part of the book was going to press. 
The printers were reached by telephone and the picture inserted. 

It remains to be said that by researches in Birdbrooke, Ridgewell, Steeple 
Bumpstead, and other places in the counties of Essex and Suffolk, nothing could 
be discovered which threw any new light upon the origin of the immigrant 
John Choate. 

The lack of positive documentary proof leaves the matter undetermined, 
except so far as the sum of probabilities may warrant a conclusion. Such a con- 
clusion is this, that the John Choate, the record of whose baptism is found in 
the register of Groion parish, Boxford, Colchester, England, under date of June 
6, 1624 A. D., is identical with the young man, John Choate, who at the age of 
nineteen years came to America and settled in Chebacco, Ipswich, Province of 
Massachusetts. That his parents, who died in 1638, were doubtless those 
referred to as "Goodman Choat and his wife," in Rev. Henry Jacie's letter, in 
1633, to John Winthrop, Jun., of Ipswich, Mass. It was but natural that the lad, 
fourteen years of age at the time of his parents' death, having heard his father 
and mother talk over and plan for going to America, should, as soon as of 
sufficient age, himself set sail for the new country across the seas. 

John Choate came to a place which had the Indian name of Agawam or 
Augoan, and was described in 1614 by Capt. John Smith as follows ; — 

" Here are many rising hills and on their tops and descents are many corne 
fields and delightful groves." 

A plantation had been commenced at Agawam, under John Winthrop, Jun., 
by order of the Court of .A.ssistants, and the name Ipswich given to it in 1634, 
" in acknowledgment of the great honor and kindness done to our people who 
took shipping there." John Winthrop, Jun., purchased the whole region of an 
Indian sagamore for ^20. 

The southeasterly part of the town, including Hog Island, was known as 
Chebacco, that being the Indian name, or, as some one has suggested, a name 
derived from a certain style of vessels used in the Mediterranean Sea, called 
Xebecs or Chebecs, and vessels resembling these were built in this part of 
Ipswich, and so giving the name Chebacco to the place in which was the 
exclusive production of this kind of a vessel in^America. This last accounting 
for the name seems at least far-fetched, if not anachronistic. 

Chebacco became a distinct parish, called Chebacco Parish, Dec. 10, 1679, 
and was incorporated, Feb. 5, 1819, into a town by the name of Essex. 

The earhest mention made of John Choate in the records of Ipswich, Mass., 
is in 1648, when the name of John Choate, at the age of twenty-four years, 
appears in a list of one hundred and sixty-one persons who subscribed to a 
fund to pay Major Daniel Denison for giving military instruction. Hence he 
was called "a subscriber to the Denison allowance." The Probate Court files 


in Salem, Mass., show that Mr. Choate was forty years old in 1664, which is 
confirmatory of his birth as recorded in 1624. 

John Choate, on arrival, soon found employment in Chebacco, and, by 
industry and frugality, in a few years he acquired the means to purchase a 
small farm near the border line between Ipswich and Chebacco, located at the 
head of the- creek. 

Mr. Choate's house stood a few rods northeast of the residence recently 
occupied by Mr. John Low. For many years it was well known as "The 
Choate Place," and was inherited successively by his son, Joseph Choate, and 
his grandson, Daniel Choate. But in later years the old house was torn down, 
and the farm became merged in others adjacent to it, so that to-day the spot 
on which John Choate's house once stood is pointed out with some difficulty 
even by the oldest inhabitants of the neighborhood, for nothing remains to 
mark approximately the location except a well on the opposite side of the road. 

The name of Choate, thus brought from England to America and estab- 
lished among the early names of Ipswich, has varied but slightly in its spelling, 
sometimes being written Chote, more often, as in England, Choat, but never 
Chute. For the Choates and the ("hutes in this country are distinct families, 
having different ancestors, the Chutes descending from Lionel Chute, who 
appears a commoner as early as 1641, in Ipswich, Mass., from Dedham, Essex 
County, England, and the Choates from John Choate, as stated above. 

We find that the first settler spelled his own name Chote, Choat, and 
Choate at different periods in his life, but never spelled it Chute. We find that 
none of his descendants have ever confounded or used the names Choate and 
Chute interchangeably. The names Chewte, Choot, Shoat, Schoat, and Shoatt 
are doubtless corruptions of Chute. 

It is true that Lower's Patronymica Britannica gives " Choat as probably 
the same with Chute, a family name of some distinction." But it must be said 
that if this is so it could have been true only at a very remote time. Mr. Rufus 
Choate, of Essex, expressly writes : " I found them to be separate families 
previous to the siege of Boulogne, when Philip Chute won the coat-of-arms. 
That siege ended with the capture of Boulogne, Sept. 14, 1544. Chute was 
promoted for bravery and received the canton with the ' Lion ' of England." 

It is the unanimous judgment of those in both families who have made the 
fullest investigations that for at least three or four hundred years the Choates 
and Chutes have been entirely distinct families, and that the Choates have no 
right to the Chute coat-of-arms. 

In England they were a rural people, illustrious, if at all, for their simple 
virtues of heart and life, which too rarely receive honor, save from God only. 

" In consequence of the loss of the early Church Records, and the great 
deficiency in the town records of Ipswich, a full and accurate genealogy of any 
family in that town is impracticable. The following account of John Choate, 
Sr., is therefore obviously imperfect." 

The above remark prefaces an old Family Record by some unknown writer, 
and is quoted here as a true statement, which must explain many apparent 
deficiencies of data in the present volume. 





[1] J, c^ A'Y^ru^-: ^- r^-.c'C:- 

John' lllioate, son of Robert and Sarah Choate, was fia^f. June 6, 1624, 

in Groton, Boxford, Colchester, England. He married, 1660, Anne , who 

was born in 1637. They resided in Chebacco, Ipsvvich,~Mass. Mr. Choate 
died Dec. 4, 1695 ; Mrs. Choate died Feb. 16, 1727. 


729, ^Mrs. 

|iiiiN, [2] b. June 15, 1661; m. July 7, 1684, ^Elizabeth Graves : m. May 19, 1690, 
Giddings : m. July 27, 1723, 'Mrs. Sarah Pcykiits; m. June 17, i 
Prudence Marshall; d. July 17, 1733. 

Margaret, [3] m. Abrahani Fills : d. Feb. 28, 1692. 

Samuel, [4] m. Nov. 23, 1688, Mary Williams : A. 1713. 

Mary, [5J b. Aug. 16, 1666. She died prior to 1691. 

Thomas, [6] b. 1671; m. 1690, ^Mary p'arney ; m. Sept. 24, 1734, -j1/«. Mary Calef; m. 
Nov. 9, 1743, ''Mrs. Hannah Burnham; d. March 31, 1745. 

Sarah, [7] tn. April 13, 1693, John Burnham; d. 

Joseph, [8J b. 1678; m. 1702, Rebecca .• d. 

Benjamin, [g] b. 16S0; m. June 12, 1707, Abigail Burnham ; d. Nov. 26, 1753. 


John Choate, a young man of nineteen years, came to this country in 1643 ^^'om 
England. The materials from which to construct any considerable sketch of his life 
are wanting. We know, however, that he was a pioneer settler in a new country, whose 
first work was to clear away the forests, drain the meadows, and provide for himself a 

Mr. Choate married about 1660 and settled upon a small farm which he had 
purchased, and which he paid for, as the record runs; "In cattle not over eight years 
old: In grain English and Indian and partly in West India goods." 

As the years went on he added by purchase to his landed possessions, until he had 
become the proprietor of two or three farms adjacent to his own. As early as 1667 he 


commenced biiNing the shares of common lands which had been allotted to the proprie- 
tors of the town. These were located on an island, about two miles awa_\-. in full view 
from wliere Mr. Choate lived. The island emljraced about three hundied acres, consti- 
tuting a swell of land, the form of which bore some resemblance to the back ot a large 
hog lying asleep on the surrounding waters. 

These sea-girt lands were wild, covered with trees and bushes. This island, either 
from its shape, or because used as a common pasture for swine, or for some unknown 
reason, since as early as 1637 had been called "Hog Island." Mr. Choate. as opportu- 
nity offered, bought, one by one, these shares of tlie common lands until, in 1690, he was 
almost the sole owner of the island. The earliest deed of conveyance, now extant, was 
given in 1678, when he purchased the very spot on which stands the present Choate 
house, the birth-place of the late Hon. Rufus Choate of Boston. Thus this early settler 
of Chebacco. by his industry, made his mark as a thrifty farmer, and as his sons came 
to manhood he was able to give to each a farm, excepting tthe youngest, Benjamin, for 
whom lie provided the means of a college echication. Mr. Choate for more than half a 
century lived among his neighliors a worthy example of industry and thrift. What 
jjart he took in public affairs we know but little. It is recorded that he became a free- 
man, by oath, in 1667. held the rank of sergeant in the militia, and that lie was a voter 
ii\ virtue of his membership in a Congregational Church. 

From certain entries on the records, various depositions and law papeis. he appears 
to ha\e had more or less to do witli the courts of his day. sometimes being himself 
arraigned for trial, and sometimes being called to testify as a witness, as, for example, 
when charged with the theft of Mr. Hubbard's apples, or to bear witness, as in the case 
of" Kacliell Clentims." who was charged with lieing a witch. 

]^id. Antiquarian Papers, May, 1883,/. 2. 

One of his surviving descendants and the present proprietor of some of his real 
estate ventures to .say: "It may be divulging a secret which the 'great world' ought 
not to know, to state that John Choate. the immigrant, was a hard case, and nobod}' 
but a clergyman could handle him. He was tried for stealing apples in 165 1, but 
triumphantl)- acquitted; he was arraigned for lying in 1657 but the charge was dis- 
proved, and in 1659 '""^ ^^'"^^ brought Ijefore the court for refusing to assist the marshal 
in making an arrest, but made good his defence. The only tiring to be said of him in 
such connections is, that, his wits and brains were largely exercised in getting himself 
out of his law scrapes, and that he seems to have stamped his personality upon his 
descendants to such a degree, that large numbers of them have taken to tlie law as 
naturally as ducks take to the water." 

It is thought wise to insert here, somewhat in detail, the Cjuaint literature which 
pertains to the great ancestor of the Choates in this country. These papers consist of 
certain depositions read in court concerning him. the record of his testimony given in 
a law case, his last will and testament, and the mutual action of his heirs in .setting 
aside the saitl will. These ancient documents may be of interest as curiosities to many 
of his wideh-scattered descendants, now living and yet to be born, to whom the original 
papers mav not be accessible. They are as follows : — 

The Deposition of Joseph Laxkton in the John Choate Stealing Case. 
M.w. 1651. 

" This deponent saith. That as he was going to the general training at Charlestown. 
Theopholus Salter. John Choate and John Burke, wee went together and as we was 
going betwixt this and Mr. Hul^bard's farme. Theophilus Salter fell a speaking how 
tlian when he came to Mr. Hubbards farme he w'ould have apples enough for he said 
he had leave of Mrs. Hubbard to gather as many as he would under half a bushell and 
he might take what he would. Mrs. Hubbard and he was all one and shee would be 
glad if he would work for them. When we came to the farm he said whosoever would 
go in with him he would bear him out in it though it cost him ^10 or ^20. Through 
much persuasion he persuaded Jolin Choate to go in saying he had leave from Mrs. 
Hubbard aforesaid to gather what he would under half a bushell of apples and he 
would bear him out in it. and said he Joseph Bixby is my witness and upon these words 
John Choate did venture to go over." 


Thk Deposition of Samuel Ayres in the John Choate Stealing Case, 
26 May. 165 i. 

•• This deponent being at tlie General Training in Charlestown. Theopliilus Salter 
asked me whether he called at Mr. Hubbard's farme or no, ye I told him ye I told him 
y' I did not call at Mr. Hubbard's farm. Tlien he told me they had got some apples 
at Mr. Hubbard's farm, and he told me y' he Iiad leave of Mr. Hubbard to take as 
many as he would under half a bushel and he told me that he spoke to John Chote to 
go into Mr. Hubbard's orchard. John Choat told him that he was afifraid that he had 
no liberty of Mr. Hubbard to take any apples and he was afraid y' if he should go into 
the orchard there would come trouble thereby. — and at last he persuaded him to go 
over into the orchard and told him that he would leave him harmless whatsoever it did 
cost him, thougli it cost him ten or twenty pounds, and he made him accompt to — to 
lia\e a round lot when he came back again if they were not gathered." 

Deposition of Joseph Fowler in the John Choate Stealing Case, 1651. 

" This deponent saith — he heard Theophilus Salter say that he would bear out 
John Chot in taking the apples at Mr. Hubbard's orchard, and that he had leave to 
take under half a bushell and that Mr. Huljbard and he was all one for he was to work 
for him. She did not care how many he took for she should be glad if he would work 
them out. Further more he said that he had much adoo to get John Chot to do it. 
but he could hardly believe Mr. Hubbard gave him leave, till I told him that Joseph 
Bixby would witness it for he said Misses Hubbard gave him leave when Joseph Bi.vby 
was with him." 

The Deposition of John Choate. 

"The Testimony of John Choat aged about 48 years saith — That I did see Mr. 
Joseph Cook and the Marshall of Cambridge to have away a colt through my yard that 
John Hales formerly replevined out of the hands of the said Cooke, being under 

•• This replevin was to Ipswich court." 

•• Taken upon c5ath before me Thomas Marshall." 

For the original papers inscribed with the above depositions. 

Vid. Book of Depositions in the office of Clerk of Courts, Sale})!, Mass. 
The following record is also made : — 

••Sergeant John Choate. who immigrated to this country irom Sudbury, in the 
county of Suffolk England and died in 1695." Viil. Essex Instittites, I'ol. 3,/. 10. 

The Will of Joh.n Cho.\te. 

Know all y Christian people that I, Sargeant Jolin Choat, of Ipsw'ich in y'' County 
of Esse.\ in New England, being sick in bod)- but of sound mind, do now make my last 
Will and Testament. 

Imprimis. I bequeath my soul to God by the merits of Christ and my body unto 
decent burial, and then dispose of my worldly estate, which God of his bounty liath 
gi\-en unto me in manner following, viz : 

First. I give unto John Choate my eldest son. Half of my pasture where his new 
dwelling-house stands being about fifteen acres, viz. The said half with all the houses 
upon it with all stock I formerly possessed him of. Also I give him the ploughing field 
commonly called "White's Field " containing about ten acres. Also I give him one 
half of my salt marsh at a place called ••Thompson's Island" in Ipswich, to him and 
his heirs forever. 

Item. I give unto my son Samuel Choate, all that housing and land I bought of 
Mr. Bishop, where he the said Samuel Choate now lives, reserving only three acres 
of land within the field of said land for my son Benjamin, and the said Benjamin dying 
before he comes of age, the said three acres shall revert to Samuel or his heirs. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son. Joseph all my own living lands and 
ploughing grounds, and half of the salt marsh I have at " Thompson's Island " only 
reserving four acres of said half for my son Benjamin and said Benjamin dying before 


he is of age. said four acres sliall revert unto Josepli to liim and liis lieirs. And if tlie 
said Benjamin and Josepli sliall die before they are of age. then said land and meadow 
shall be equally divided between the male heirs' of my family then surviving. 

Item. I have given my daughter Margaret Fitts upwards of three score pounds 
in current pa>' of merchants, which I have given her and I do now gi\'e and ratify unto 
her and her heirs as her portion. 

Item. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter, Sarah Choate three score pounds 
in current pay of the merchants and I constitute my dear and beloved wife. Anne 
Choate, and she shall be my sole executrix and I do give and bequeath unto her all the 
rest of my estate of money chattels, debts and demands. 

In whereof I have set my hand and seal this seventh day of December 1691 . 

Jiinx Choate. .Sen. 
.Signed and sealed before us. 
John Wise, 
Andrew Browne. 

The inventory made of John Choate's estate amounted to /,'405. 13J. 

Ohjection to the Will. 

•• 1696-7, March 15. John Chote enters cossion to y'' Honoured Judg of probate of 
wills that whereas I having matters of waiglit to offer that my fathers Will may not be 
apjirobated while I have opportunity to alleadg against it as witness my hand. 

John Chote" 

The heirs of John Choate. Sr.. in setting aside liis last will, state themselves as 
follows : — 

"Whereas by the Will of John Choate deceased there are several parcels of lands 
& estate settled upon John his eldest .son & Samuel & Joseph & Benjamin, yet, Thomas 
notwithstanding what has been given him in a deed of gift is not mentioned, nor 
confirmed in said will, John accounting his part short of a double portion, the rest 
not being well satisfied, especially Anne, the relict of John Choate. Therefore it is 
mutually agreed by all said ])arties, namely, Anne the said mother of said children & 
John Thomas & Samuel for themselves and said Anne in behalf of herself & Benjamin, 
& Thomas in behalf of himself and as guardian to said Joseph with the said Anne & 
Joseph & Benjamin consenting for themselves, that the estate given to any of them \k\- 
deeds of said children shall be as follows viz : 

The Agreement. 

'• I.MPRLMls. That .said Anne during her natural life shall have and enjoy all the 
moveables & estate given her by Will, also the half of all the housing her late husband 
died seized and possessed of, and half the orchard & one third of all tillage land and 
pasture and meadow ground her said husband died seized and possessed of, and until 
her son Benjamin come to commence Bachelor of Arts said Anne shall receive of 
Joseph, after he conies of age. one half of the income or produce of the other two thirds 
for to help bring up s.aid Benjamin to and at the .said College to the time prefixed, but 
if he die before then the said widow to have only the use of her half of the house and 
half of the barn and half the orchard and one third part of said tillage land, pasture 
and meadow ground & the said widow shall have the use of the whole, that is to say, 
the other two thirds till Joseph conies of age, that said estate shall be paid to 
Benjamin's guardian, that he shall choose for bringing him up as aforesaid, and if 
Anne die before Benjamin conies of age, the said Joseph shall pay to Benjamin's 
guardian for said Benjamin's use as he was to pay to his mother, and Joseph having 
the improvement of that which his mother had during her life, Benjamin being follow- 
ing his learning the said Joseph shall pay six pounds current money yearly, until said 
Benjamin commence Bachelor of Arts or might have done, if he had remained at the 
University as before to his guardian. 

"Item. It is agreed that what said Anne hath in her hands undisposed of; her 
son John shall have a double part and all the rest of her .sons equal parts, and it is 
agreed if any land be sold for the bringing up of Benjamin, it shall be the ten acres, or 
part of it, that is the pasture land lying lietwixt Capt. (loodhues land and John Choate's 


land said John Choate shall have it giving as much as another will give, and if the said 
land be sold as aforesaid then Joseph shall have Benjamin's land given him by will 
except the three acres reserved for Samuel, as his deed mentions. 

•• Further it is mutually agreed that said John Choate, the eldest son of John 
Choate, deceased, shall have all the housing and lands and stock given by deed of gift 
and confirmed by will without any right of dowry. 

■■ Further it is mutually agreed that Samuel Choate shall have all the housing and 
lands & stock given him by deed of gift & (note) without any right of dowry. 

•• Furtlier it is mutually agreed that Thomas Choate shall have all the housing and 
lands gi\-en him by deed of gift and not confirmed by Will without any riglit of dowry. 

•• Further it is mutually agreed that Joseph during his brother's life, and his brother 
Benjamin's education, as before mentioned, when he comes of age and after he comes of 
age during his mother's life & during his brother's education, as before inserted, shall 
have and enjoy all the housing lands and meadows as by his father's Will and afterwards 

" Further — it is mutually agreed that Benjamin shall receive the yearly income of his 
brother Joseph's land till he comes of age, and other payments as before inserted until 
he Commences Bachelor of Arts or might have done it, if he remained at his learning, 
and the land given him by his father's w^ill may be sold for the bringing to and at the 
College if need be. and if Joseph or Benjamin or both decease before they come of 
age of twenty one years, the land that shall then remain unsold shall be divided to the 
brothers viz : To John a double, and to, each other male heir of said Choate's children 
a single share and if sold to have it forever. 

•• It is further agreed and each doth for themselves and in behalf forever a quit 
claim make each other, and their respective heirs and assigns of all the estate real and 
personal of said John Choate. deceased estate, giving and granting to each the respec- 
tive share inserted, to have and to hold to them as it is prefi.xed to them without let 
or hindrance, molestation or interruption, suit or demand of us ourselves, our heirs, 
executors, administrators or assigns. 

"In Testimony hereof we have affixed our hands and seals this 14"' day of May, 
Anno Domino 1697 

(Signed) ■■ Anne Choate [seal] 
JoH.N Choate [seal] 

Samuel Choate [seal] 
Thomas Choate [seal] 
Anne Choate [seal] 

tzs Guardian for 5''- 
Joseph &= Benjamin Choate." 

The estate was settled satisfactorily on the basis of this agreement. Since no 
mention is made in these documents of Mary Choate, a daughter, it is probable that 
she had died in early life prior to 1691. 

Mrs. Margaret Fitts appears in the will, but not in the agreement, for she had died 
in 1692. 

Thomas Choate is not mentioned in his fatjier's will, doubtless because he had 
already received by deed all to which he was entitled, but his name appears in the 
agreement of 1697. 

Mrs. Anne Choate survived her husband mor'e than thirty years. She receives but 
little mention. Her maiden name, birthplace, and parentage are unknown. It is said, 
however, that in some ancient court papers her name appears illegibly written, and 
seems to be •• Arramas." She was doubtless a very estimable woman, a good wife and 
mother. She joined the church in full communion December, 1673. Mr. Choate in his 
will calls her •• My dear and beloved wife, Anne Choate." and names her as ■• my sole 
executrix." Mrs. Choate "died Feb-'' y'' 16, 1727 upwards of go." 


John^ Choate (yo/m^), son of John [i] and Anne Choate, was born 
June 15, 1661, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, July 7, 1684, ^Eliza- 
beth Graves, daughter of Samuel and Joanna Graves. She was born June 29, 


1667, in Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. After Mrs. 
Elizabeth Choate's death, Mr. Choate married, May 19, 1690, -Airs. Elizahctli 
Giddiiii^s, widow of Thomas Giddings, of Ipswich, Mass., who also died, and 
Mr. Choate married, July 27, 1723, '^Mrs. Sarah Perkins. Mrs. Sarah Choate 
died Nov. 17, 1728, and Mr. Choate married, June 17, 1729, "^Mrs. Prudence 
Alarshall, nee Woodward, widow of Benjamin Marshall, of Ipswich, Mass. Mr. 
Choate died July 17, 1733. Mrs. Prudence Choate died Dec. 9, 1732. 


John, [10] b. May 28, 1685. He was deaf and dumb, and died young. 

Anne, [ii]m. Nov. 29, 1706, Geor^^e Marliii : d. prior to 1735. 

Sakah, [12]. She died Nov. 17, 1728. 

RoBEUT, [13] b. April 27, 1691; /«/>. Jan. 7, 1715, ^Eunice Perkins : pub. July I, 1758, -Mrs. 

Mary Knowltmi ; d. Sept. 26, 1763. 
Samuel, [14I. 

ElsENEZER, [isT b. Jan. 23, 1694. He was betrothed to Mary Cogswell; d. Dec. 18, 1718. 
Neherhah, [i5] b. July, 1697. He died in early life, Nov. 12, 1718. 
Benjamin, [17] b. Nov., i6gS. He died in early life, Nov. 18, 1718. 
HuMi'HKEY, [18] b. Nov., 1701. He died in early life, Nov. 18, 1718. 

Mr. Choate was chosen in 1702 a selectman of the town, and in 1712 a deacon of 
the church in Chebacco, of which the Rev. John Wise was the pastor, and he continued 
in the office of deacon until his death. He was a man who took an active part in town 
and church affairs and was universally esteemed in the community. His house stood 
on that part of the old .Choate homestead which in recent years has been owned and 
cultivated b)' Messrs. George E. and William Cogswell. 

Elisabeth Graves, who became Mr. Choate's first wife, was the youngest of four 
children. .Samuel was born Aug. 5, 1658. and died Nov. 22, 1679; John was born 
.Aug. I. 1660. and her only sister, Hannah, was born Dec. 19, 1663. Samuel Graves, 
her father, was born in 1624. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Giddings. .Mr. Choate's second wife, was the widow of Thomas, 
son of George and Jane (Lawrence) Giddings. Jane Lawrence was the daughter of 
Mrs. lone (Antrobas) Lawrence, whose second husband was John Tuttle. 

Thomas Giddiiij^s first married, Feb. 23, 166S, Mary (ioodhue, daughter of William 
and Margery (Watson) Goodhue, and had three children, viz., Mary, Thomas, and 
William. By his second wife, Elizabeth, Mr. Giddings had two children, Jane, who 
married Joseph Hart, and Dorothy, who married William Brown. Herbert Hoffman 
Grain, resident of Key West. Fla., and more recently of Albany, Ga., is a descendant 
of Joseph and Jane (Giddings) Hart. Mary Giddings, daughter of Thomas and Mary 
(( jQodhue) Giddings, married Thomas Manning, and was an ancestress of the distin- 
guished author, Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

Among the most ancient gravestones standing in the old cemetery in Essex, Mass.. 
are those of the four sons of John and Elizabeth (Giddings) Choate, who all died of 
fe\'er within five weeks, between the ages of seventeen and twenty-four \ears. 
Vid. Hamniatt Papers, pp. 116, 123, and 

The Antiquarian Papers, Dec,, 1880. 

Ebene::er Choate [15], who died in early manhood, in his will remembers his 
betrothed in the following item : ■■ To my dear and well beloved Mrs. Mary Cogswell, 
daughter of Capt. Jonathan Cogswell, £'}f>. of which £i\ to purchase mourning." She 
not long after married her cousin, William Cogswell. 

Vid. The Cogswells in America, p. 25. 

The Church in Chebacco, of which Mr. Choate was a deacon, was organized 
Sept. 6, 1681, and the Rev. John Wise, son of Joseph Wise, of Roxbury, Mass., was 
settled Aug. 12, 16S3, as its first pastor. Rev. IVIr. Wise won a great notoriety a few 
years later, which to-day renders his name illustrious. On occasion, Aug. 23, 1687, he 
made a bold and impressive speech against the unjust taxation of the American pro\- 
ince, and to him belongs the honor, it is said, of being the first man in America to 


oppose taxation without representation. He was tlien tliirty-six years of age. having 
the fire of yontli and the wisdom of manhood. Mr. Wise was arrested, foimd guilt)', 
and sentenced to jail for twenty-one days in Boston, and fined ^50 for his disloyal 
utterances. He was also suspended from the ministerial office. But afterward he 
recovered damages by action against Chief Justice Dudley for denying him the [M-ivi- 
leges of the Habeas Corpus Act. He died April 8, 1725, aged seventy-three years. 
Vicl. Fclfs History of Ipswich, pp. 258-260. and 

T/ie History of Essex, Mass., pp. 82-141. 



Mai'SiVret- Choate Cyohn^), daughter of John [1] and Anne Choate, was 
born in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married Abraliam Fitts, son of Abraham 
and Sarah ('rhompson) Fitts, He was born in 1656, in Ipswich, Mass,, where 
they resided, Mrs, Fitts died Feb. 28, 1692 ; Mr. Fitts died Aug, 18, 17 14, 

Robert, b. July 19, 1690 
Margaret, b. Jan. 25, 16 

m. Hannah ^^ A. 

<?-; (1. 


Abraham Fitts united with the church by taking the covenant Feb. i. 1674. and 
became a freeman by taking the oath March 31. 1674. He married first. Rebecca 
Burlev, by whom no children are recorded. Margaret Choate was his second wife and 
after her death Mr. Fitts married, Jan. g, 1693, Mary Ross, by whom there were four 
children, viz. : Mary, b. Jan. 8, 1694; Mercy, b. March 3, 1695; .Sarah, b. March 15, 
1697; and Samuel, b. Aug. 16, 1699. 

Abraham Fitts. the father of Mr. Fitts. married, IVIay 16. 1655. 'Sarah Thompson, 
daughter of Simon Thompson. They resided in Ipswich, Mass. Mrs. Sarah Fitts 
died June 5, 1664, and he married, Feb. 23, 1669, "Rebecca Birdley, the widow of Giles 
Birdley. He died March 27. 1692. leaving his wife a widow and an estate of ^366. loj. 
She died June 2, 1709. 

Robert Fitts, the grandfather of Mr. Fitts, as early as 1640 was a farmer in Salis- 
bury, Mass. He died May 9, 1665, and liis widow, Mrs. Grace Fitts, died .April 25, 1684. 

inscription. seal of robert fitts, 1666. 

Here Lyeth ye Body 

OP Mr. Abraham 

Fits who died 

August ye i8 

1 714 AGED 

52^ years. 

Vid. The Haiiimatt Papers, pp. 103-4. 

Robert Fitts. son of Abraham and Margaret (Choate) Fitts. married and removed 
to Sutton, Mass. He settled on the Stephen Marsh place, and died at an advanced age. 
Mrs. Hannah Fitts. his wife, died in Dudley. They had a large family of children. 

Vid. Hist, of Sutton, Mass., pp. 641-2. 



Saniuel- Choate (/o/ut^), son of John [i] and Anne Choate, was born 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, Nov. 23, 1688, Mary Williams, 
daughter of Stephen and Sarah (Wise) Williams. She was born Dec. 20, 1669, 
in Roxbury, Mass. They resided in Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Choate died in 1713. 
Mrs. Choate married (/«/'. Sept. 16, 1716) Samuel Story. He was born in 
Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Story died prior to 1730; Mrs. Story died. 



Mary, [ig] b. Dec. 31, 1690. She died young. 

Samuel, [20] IJ. Jan. 10, 1C92; m. May 31, 1716, 'A/aiy Brown; m. March 4, 1729, -Mrs. 

Damaris Martin: d. .'\pril 9, 1758. 
Sarah, [21] m John Story ; d. 

Mary, [22] b. April 17, 1697; puli. Feb. 24, 1722, Solomon Story ; d. 
SiErilEN, [23] b. Sept. 26, 1699; m. Kel). 4, 1731, Rebecca Bowman; d. 
William, [24] b. June 9, 1703; d. 

Ei.izALEiii, [25] b'. Dec. 9, 1706; m. Nov. 2, 1726, Pelatiah Fitch: d. 1776. 
Margaret, [26] h. June 3, 1709; m. Dec. 2, 172S, Benjamin Crafts : d. 1799. 
John, [27] b. Jan. 19, 1712; m. Abigail .• d. 1759. 


Samuel Choate is mentioned as a "husbandman of Ipswicli. Mass." 
Mrs. Choate, daugliter of Stephen Williams, was a granddaughter of Robert and 
Elizabeth (Stratton) Williams. Robert Williams came from Norwich. England, and 
settled, 1638, in Ro.xbury, Mass. Mrs. Choate was an own cousin of the Rev. John 
Williams, settled in 1686, the first minister in Deerfield, Mass., whose wife was the 
daughter of Rev. Eleazar Mather, of Northampton, Mass. At the time Deerfield was 
burned, Feb. 29, 1704, by the Indians, Rev. Mr. Williams, his wife and five children, 
were captured by the savages. Mrs. Williams was cruelly tomahawked, and Mr. Wil- 
liams carried into captivity. A^n. Quart. Register, Vol. \o,p. 26S. 

Soon after the Rev. Mr. Williams was carried away, Benjamin Choate, A. B. [g]. 
was sent by the General Court to officiate as Chaplain of the garrison in Deerfield. 
The Rev. Mr. Williams, on his return from captivity, in 171 1, preached to his people 
from the following te.xt : ^•Return unto thine own house and show how great things 
God hath done for thee.'" — Luke viii. 39. 

Stephen Williams, Mrs. Choate's father, was born Nov. 8, 1640, in Ro.xbury, Mass. 
He married, about 1666, Sarah Wise, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Thompson) Wise, 
and sister of Rev. John Wise. She was born Dec. 26, 1647. They resided in Rox- 
bury. Mass.. where Mr. Williams died. Feb. 15, 1720. 

Vid. a: E. H. G. R., Vol. 36, pp. 277-S. 

"There is an old tradition concerning two brothers, John and Samuel Choate. 
These two brothers started on a voyage together, and it was not fully decided who was 
Captain. Sam, however, took the position and ordered all sail on to the vessel ; John 
remonstrated, as the wind was fresh, and addressed Samuel, not as Captain, but as 
'Sam'; but Sam was firm, while the wind increased almost to a gale. The position 
was fast becoming dangerous, until at length John, with his hat under his arm and 
w ith a low bow to Samuel, said : ' Captain Choate, won't you please to take in some 
0/ this sail r The contest was o\er, and Samuel being acknowledged Captain, orders 
were instantly given to reef, or take in sail." 

It is probable that the John and Samuel Choate mentioned were the sons of John 
Choate. immigrant, and if so the acknowledged " Captain Choate " was Samuel Choate. 
who married Mary Williams. 

March 30, 1713. Samuel Choate's estate w'as divided thus : " To his widow Mary, 
one third ^33:0:4: to Samuel two shares ^I4;I3;5: to Sarah. Mary. Stephen 
William. Elizabeth. Margaret, John, £T-6:g: each." 

Vid. Hammatt Papers, pp. 52-3. 

"Samuel Story /«i^. to wid". Mary Choate 16:7: 17 16." Vid. Ipswich Records. 

Deborah Williams, a cousin of Mrs. Mary (Williams) Choate and daughter of her 
Uncle, Samuel Williams, married Joseph Warren, whose grandson was the heroic 
Gen. Joseph Warren, who fell in the Battle of Bunker Hill. 

Rev. John Wise, whose sister married Stephen Williams, the father of Mrs. Mary 
(Williams) Choate. was of like spirit with General Warren, the former in defying Sir 
Edmund Andros. and the latter in defying King George the Third. 

General Warren was a great-grandson of the noted Robert Calef, whose book 
entitled " More Wonders of the Invisible World," helped greatly to dispel the witch- 
craft delusion of 1692. 


Robert Calef was the father of Dr. Joseph Calef. whose widow, Mrs. Mary Calef, 
became the .second wife of Thomas Clioate[6], son of John Choate, the immigrant. 

The Probate records at Salem are voluminous in Choate data. From them are the 
following e.xtracts : — 

" Adm. on estate of Samuel Choate yoeman of Ipswich, decsd, intestate, granted 
30 Mch 1 71 3 to widow Mary." There is mention of young children, as follows : "Eldest 
Son, Samuel, Sarah, Mary,'Stephen, William. Kli/' Mar,i;;u ct & John. Inventory taken 
26 July 1713. Total R. E. ;/;2oo consisting i.l ll(lu^L n.ihI well & garden, I acre orchard 
& 27 acres land. Pers. est. 256-13^-" The ustate w.i's siUkcl on the eldest son, Samuel, 
who was to pay his brothers and sisters their respective shares. The son, Stephen, 
received his share, ^6, ly. ^d-. July 24, 1722. The same amount with interest was 
paid April 9, 1722, to Mary (Choate) Story, wife of Solomon Story ; also the same amount 
to "John Story for his wife Sarah, formerly Sarah Choate." Nov. 21, 1724. William 
Choate gave receipt ior £%. 13s-. 6d. as his share. Oct. 22, 1726, Stephen Choate gave 
receipt for ^^6, \y. t,d. and interest as his share. Dec. 6. 1737, Stephen Choate gave 
C|uitclaim to any interest in estate in consideration of £■]. paid by his brother Samuel. 
Stephen was then of Dorchester and a " husbandman." He seems to have gotten the 
" lion's share." 

In Essex Probate Records Pelatiah Fitch receipts in full. " in behalfe of my wife 
who was formerly Eliz" Choate." to her brother Samuel. William Choate may have 
been dead at the time of the settlement of his father's estate, as there exists no receipt 
for his share of the estate. He was doubtless living Oct. 15, 1716. as Samuel gave 
bond to pay "William" with the others. 


ThomilS- Choate (/"/'«'), son of John [1] and Anne Choate, was born 
in 167 1 in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. fJe married, i6go, ^ Alary I'arney, 
daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Proctor) Varney. She was born in 1669 in 
Ipswich, Mass. They resided on Hog Island, Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Mrs. 
Mary Choate died Nov. 19, 1733. Mr. Choate married, Sept. 24, 1734, -Mrs. 
Mary Calef, widow of Dr. Joseph*Calef. After her death, Mr. Choate married, 
Nov. 9, 1743, '^Mrs. Hannah Burnham. She was born in 1692. Captain Choate 
died March 31, 1745 ; Mrs. Hannah Choate died Oct. 2, 1782. 

Anne, [28] b. May 22, 1691 ; m. Oct. 21, 1710, John Burnham ; d. Aug _ 
Thomas, [29] b. June 7, 1693; m. ^Elizabeth Burnham ; m. Oct. i, 1738, ^Mrs. Sar 

m. May 1 1, 1769, ^Mrs. Rachel Lufkin ; d. Aug. 22, 1774. 
Mary, [30] b. March 18, 1695; m. Dec, 1716, Parker Dodge; d. March 6, 1767. 
John, [31I b. July 25, 1697; m. March 3, 1717, Miriam Pool: d. Dec. 17, 1765. 
Abigail, [32] b. Oct. 20, 1699; pub. Nov. 27, 1720, John Boardman ; d. 
Francis, [33] b. Sejjt. 13, 1701; m. April 13, 1727, Hannah Perkins; d. Oct. 15, 1777. 
Rachel, I 34] b. Nuv, 8, 1703; ni. Jan. 16, 1723-4, ^Joseph Rust; m. March, 1737, -haa, 

Martin; A. March 15, 1783. 
Ebenezer, [35] b. March 10, 1706; m. Stpt. 3, 1730, Elizabeth Grcenleaf; d. 1766. 
Sarah, [36] b. July 24, 1708; m. April 5, 1736, Rev. Ames Cheever ; d. 


Thomas Choate, the third son of John Choate, the immigrant, has been char- 
acterized by one of his descendants as "a spruce young man." It has been already 
mentioned that by a gift from his father he became sole proprietor of the lands on 
" Hog Island." 

At the age of nineteen years, in 1690, he married a young lady whose mother is 
famous in history as a leader among those Chebacco women who were quite equal to 
the raising the first meeting-house in the spring of 1679. from which their husbands 
had desisted, by order of the General Court, when the sills were already laid. " Like 
mother like daughter." This young couple were the first white settlers on the Island. 
Theirs was a pioneer life ; they must have grappled with many difficulties and hardships 


in estaljlishing for themselves a home, in subduinj; tlie Innds to fertihty. and in rearing 
their large family of children. 

Mr. Choate was well endowed with natural gifts, a man of strong mind and ciiiick 
jierceptions. He has been called a "great farmer." but he was that, and much more. 
His abilities and wide information, for those times, made him a great power in the town 
and in public affairs. He was a leading citizen of Ipswich, and only one town stood 
between Ipswich and Boston, which was Salem. Mr. Choate's prominence was recog- 
nized b\- the people. He was their representative to the General Court for four years, 
1723-24-25 and '27. 

His sentiments upon the public questions of that day were well considered, and 
had the (|iialit) of soinid sense and good judgment. Even so long ago the matters of 
currency and depression in business were of pressing importance in public thought antl 
legislation. Mr. Choate. as early as 1728, gave utterance to ideas upon currency whicli 
would do credit to the broader intelligence of to-day. 

He said : '■ The increase of currency in bills of credit, as a remedy for depression 
in trade and depreciated bills already in circulation is like seeking to restore a corru])t 
state of the blood by high living." 

Mr. Choate came to be popularly known as -The (iovernor," or -Governor 
Choate." This for what reason we may not divine, .save perhaps his sole proprietorship 
and supremacy over " Hog Island," unless it w'as because of these qualities of leader- 
ship and command which marked him as a man fitted for the chief magistracy of a 
State. There is a tradition, unsupported, however, by any proof of its truth, that the 
jieople of the Province being dissatisfied with their Governor, the majority of the votes 
of Ipswich were cast one year for Thomas Choate. 

Mr. Choate was a man of great industry and energy, a little rough, according to 
some traditions, but well fitted for pioneer life. He wa.s a warm friend and firm sup- 
|)orter of the Rev. John Wise, his minister, and in later life his near neighbor. He 
was one of the thirty-one men who signed Rev. Mr. Wise's letter in behalf of John 
Proctor, who was condemned for witchcraft. Mr. Choate was one of the witnesses to 
the will of this unfortunate man, which was written in Salem jail while the manacles 
were on Proctor's wrists, onl)' three days before his execution. This will is still in 
existence, and shows that Mr. Choate was not a little excited, for he never signed his 
name afterward with such a flotu'ish. 

Mr. Choate lived on -The Island" for thirty-five years; he reared there a noljle 
family. One of his daughters liecame the wife of a minister, one of his sons a ruling 
elder, and another was scarcely less distinguished in law and in state, for his day. than 
was a later descendant, the Hon. Rufus Choate. of Boston. 

Mr. Choate, in 1725, removed to the main land, to what was known as the -John 
liurnham Place." Mr. Choate had liecome [jossessed of a large landed property. He 
owned two farms on the island, the Randall Andrews farm in Ipswich, a farm of four 
hundred acres in Rockport, on the coast near Thatcher's Island, a farm in the West 
Parish, one on Jeffrey's Neck, and the farm to which he had removed, making seven in 
all. It vi'as sometimes said of him, "The Governor is a good man but evidently trying 
to carry too much of this world's goods.'' 

A descendant, and the pre.sent proprietor of his home estate on the Island, writes. 
- That, because of the great earthquake in October, 1 727, which gave him such a shaking u]3. 
or for some other reason, unknown to the writer, the Governor dropped three of his farms, 
giving them all away in a single day to his three oldest sons ; the home farm on ''The 
Island '' to his son Francis, the one afterward known as the - Marshall farm " to his son 
Thomas, and the Randall Andrews farm in Ipswich to his son John. Subsequently he 
gave away the remainder of his real estate, and for some years he tilled a forty-acre lot 
lying between Chebacco and Ipswich, which he rented for a term of years of Joseph 
Thompson, of the Inner Temple, London, England. About the time the lease was to 
expire Mr. Choate died. This lot of land was known for many years as"Choate's 
Forty Acres." 

Thomas Choate's old home farm on the island is the only one of the dozen or more 
Choate farms that has continued, and still remains, in the possession of a descendant of 
John Choate, the immigrant. 

Mrs. Mary { U'ariiey) Choate. Mr. Choate's first wife, as alread)- mentioned, was 
the daughter of - Madam Varney," the leader of a party of women who secured the 
raising of a meeting-house in Chebacco. which the - Great and General Court " of the 


Province had forbidden to be erected by tlie Chebacco men. Tlie quiclc-witted women 
did not see wliy tliis order sliould forbid other men, living in places outside of Chebacco, 
from carrying out the popular wish, and so Madam Varney mounted tlie old family 
mare and sped her way through Gloucester and Manchester, and invited the men of 
these places to the meeting-house raising. This project was carried out by the women 
of Chebacco without the knowledge of their husbands, and at the time appointed the 
force from the neighboring towns was on the ground and the timbers quickly flew into 
their places, and before that afternoon's sun went down there stood the frame of the 
first meeting-house in Chebacco, in all its glory, against the sunset sky. 

Madam Varney and her coadjutors were arraigned before the Court in Salem, to 
answer for their contempt of "the powers that be," but were finally discharged on the 
acknowledgment of their oifence. And the meeting-house was completed to the glory 
of God, and. no doubt, to the no small glory of the Chebacco women. 

Vid. History of Essex, Mass., pp. 7S-S7. 

Mrs. Mary (Varney) Choate was a niece of John Proctor, who was e.xecuted Aug. 19, 
1692, for witchcraft. She was a sister to Abigail Varney, who married, July 12, 16S7. 
Josiah Burnham. son of John Burnham, immigrant, and the grandfather of Abraliam 
Burnham (Josiah^, Josiah-, John>), who married Feb. 11, 1762, Mary Perkins, and they 
became the parents of Hannah Burnham. who married, Oct. 7, 178S, Daniel Jameson, of 
Dunbarton, N. H. Daniel and Hannah (Burnham) Jameson were the parents of Daniel 
Jameson, who married, Oct. 3, 1S24, Mary Twiss, and the grandparents of the author of 
this volume, who married, Sept. 20, 1858, Mary Cogswell, daughter of the Rev. William 
Coggswell. D. D., of Boston, Mass. 

Vid. Stark's History of Dunbarton, N. H., pp. 238-40, 264, and 

The Cogswells in America, pp. 200, 351-3. 

Mrs. Mary (Calef ) Choate's first husband. Joseph Calef, son of Robert Calef of 
Roxbury, was a physician. He died Dec. 28, 1707, aged thirty-six years. 

Vid. The Hainmatt Papers., pp. \(:,-T. 

Mrs. Hannah Burnham. who became the tliird wife of Thomas Choate, may have 
been the widow of Thomas^ (John-, John^) Burnham, and the daughter of John and 
Hannah (Goodhue) Cogswell. Vid. Burnham Family , p. i()o, and 

The C0g.iwells in America, p. 39. 

The first mention of negro slavery in connection with the Choate family occiu's as 
follows: "July 30. 17 14. A negro boy. who had been bought by Thomas Choate of 
Hogg Island of one Joseph Norwood of Gloucester and sold to Jonathan Bunker of 

Then Thomas Choate, while a member of the General Court, bought on Long 
Wharf, Boston, for his son, Francis Choate, a negro boy just arrived from Africa, by 
the name of " Ned." He was about eighteen years of age when pm'chased. He 
subsequently married the girl Sabina, or •' 'Binah," as she was called, a negress for 
whom one "Phillis" was exchanged with Robert Choate, of Ipswich. Vid. Bill of 
Sale. Ned and 'Binah had seven children, all of whom were baptized, as Ned was a 
member of the church. Their names were Edward, Titus, Peter, Caezar, Jane, Violet, 
and Peggy. Edward went to Leicester, Mass., with Isaac Choate ; Peter was sold to 
John Choate, Esq. ; Titus and Caezar remained with the family ; Jane and Violet, when 
girls, took cold by sleeping in the barn after a famous husking, and died. They lie 
buried in the corner of a field near some large rocks, the only burials on the Island 
except those of Indians. "Uncle Ned " remained with Esquire Francis Choate after 
•• The Governor," Thomas Choate. removed to the main land to a house which stood 
next to the one now occupied by Mrs. Abby P. Choate. He lived to be full ninety 
years of age, and died in 1800. "Ned and 'Binah" remained slaves until 1845, when 
Mr. Francis Choate gave them their freedom if they wished to take it, otherwise they 
were to be supported. They chose to remain with the family, and accordingly were 
cared for as long as they lived. 

Lieut. Robert Chdate's Bill of Sale of a Necki) Wo.^L\^• 
TO Francis Choate. 
"Know all men, by these presents that I, Robert Choate of Ipswich in the county 
of Essex and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, yeoman, for and in 



consideration of a certain Negro-woman slave to me sold and conveyed by Francis 
Choate of Ipswich aforesaid yeoman in Bill of Sale equally dated. With these presents 
(s'l Negro named Phillis) wherefore I do hereby sell, convey, make over, release, con- 
firm and deliver unto the said Francis Choate and his heirs and assigns a certain Negro 
woman slave named • Binah ' or Sabina for and during the term of her natural life 
according to the deed and form of law in that case. To ha\-e and to hold s'' Negro 
woman for the purpose, benefit and behoof of him the said Francis Choate his heirs, 
executors, administrators and assigns the term of her natural life aforesaid and I the said 
Robert Choate for myself, my executors heirs and administrators the said bargain and 
promise unto the said Francis Choate his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, 
against all and all manner of persons shall warrant and forever defend by these 
presents, for witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal. Of our sovereign 
Lord. George the Second, by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland. 
Being Defender of the Faith &c. And in the year of our Lord God Annoque domine 
one thousand seven hundred thirty & four. 

RoiiERT Choate 

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of 

Jacob Story 
Jeremiali Foster"' 

The will of Thomas Choate. of Ipswich. Mass.. Uecember. 1745. names third wife. 
Hannah, and his children as follows : — 

•• Female heirs of dau. Anne Burnam deceased, (viz : Mary Abigail & Sarah) ; son 
Thomas Choate ; son John Clioate ; dau. Mary Dodge and her dau. Mary Dodge ; dau. 
Abigail Boardman : son F"rancis Choate ; dau. Rachel Martain and her dau. Mary 
Rust : son Ebenezer Choate : dau. Sarah Cheever." Will also mentions his second 
wife"s daughter. Mary White. Will proved April 8. 1745. Inventory of estate of Cajjt. 
Thomas Choate taken April 9, 1745, amounting to ^243. \\s. 7^/.. and mentions four 
negro sla\es. The will and inventory are very interesting. 

Vid. Probate Records^ Salem, Mass. 


This picture presents a scene of no common natural beauty, show'ing an expansi\-e 
water-front, attractive for boating, and in the distant background an island at once 
picturesque and historic. 


It is indeed difficult to divine why this island, a place so " beautiful for situation " 
and so identified with the history of the Choate family, should have borne, for a period 
of two huntlred and fifty years, a name so singularly uncouth as " Hog Island." 

But the time came at last when this Island home of the Choates should be rechris- 
tened and receive its appropriate name. It was on a lovely October day in 1887. when 
the brilliancy of the foliage and the beauty of the scene were surpassingly fine and 
inspiring, that there was an imaginary gathering of the descendants of the so-called 
••Governor Choate," proprietor and first settler on the Island in 1690, and it was unani- 
mously voted and declared, with the consent of the present owners, that this island, so 
romantic and sacred in family history and association, should thereafter be named and 
known as Choate Island ; and it was so entered, by order of the selectmen, upon the 
Town Records. Via. Essex Cottnty Mercury, Oct. 26, 1SS7. 

At Choati: Island. 
From human lives some tender sentiments 

Attach themselves to the unconscious earth. 
As pilgrims, over seas and continents. 

We visit spots where genius has had birth. 

Thus do we come to where Chebacco sleeps 

In reedy bed, and dreams the livelong clay. 
Or with an idle current slowly creeps 

To meet the coming tide from Ipswich Ba\-. 

Just level with the waters at their height 

The marsh spreads inland as a sea of grass. 
Here blue and green make up a picture bright 

As Holland etching on a plate of glass. 

These long, low dunes that line the curving shore. 
White with their drifting sand as crests of foam. 

Where break the billows with unceasing roar. 
Remind us of our earlier Anglian home. 

Like those long forelands off the eastern shore 

Of England's Esse.x on the German Sea, 
These strips of shifting sands stretch out before 

The broads and fens within their sheltering lee. 

We scan the lines that undergo no change. 

Where from the sodden marsh grey ledges rise. 

Where distant hills stand marshalled into range 
And with their rounded summits notch the skies. 

Half from the marshy fen, half from the tide. 

In front Choate Island rises steep and bold ; 
Its treeless summit and its rocky side 

Against that northern sky show bleak and cold. 

We note the rugged features of this scene. 

Its harmonies of color and of tone. 
Its sloping fields of grasses, vivid green. 

Enclosed by walls of yellow-lichened stone. 

Below that wall which clambers up the steep. 

Upon its sunny side and towards the waves. 
Some loose-piled boulders faithful watching keep 

To guard the sacredness of kindred graves. 

Beneath the shelter of that low green mound — 

Their early fate all unforgotten yet — 
Sleep on in death's long dreamless slumber sound, 

The two slave sisters, Jane and Violet. 


Upon this .slope the ancient farmhouse stands, 
Its beams and rafters true in every line. 

Built for the centuries l)y honest hands 
In Puritanic plainness ot design. 

It looks across the river and the bay. 

Looks off between the Loaf and Castle Neck. 
Dauntless as when the British frigate lay 

With gims trained on it from her forward deck. 

That splintered post riven by the lightning's stroke.— 
Of all that household there was injured none. — 

Upholding through the years huge beams of oak. 
Stands witness to God's sparing mercy shown. 

Built in the reign of England's George the First. 

For one half century a Colonial home. 
In arts of housewiferv precisely versed. 

Its inmates plied the spindle, reel, and loom. 

A fair bride once, in this quaint, low-ceiled room, 
Of disappointment giving not one hint. 

While wind and tide bovmd the impatient groom. 
Spun on her bridal day her wonted stint. 

From out these narrow panes have youthful eyes 
Looked on a world all lieautiful and bright, ^ 

Have watched for stars to come in evening skies, 
Watched for the Hashing of Shoals Island light ; 

Have watched gnarled oaks, the forest's ancient pride. 

And seen them shaped to keel, to ribs and knees : 
Have seen the tapering pine bear canvas wide 

As sailed ''the bankers" out to open seas. 

Here was the '' Nejjtune " welcomed by the tide 

To lead the timid " Dove '" through breakers' foam : 

And proud the white-winged " Swan " rode by their side. 
A group of -Graces" from their island home. 

To those keen eyes, so early trained to scan 
This open sky for flight of brant or loon. 

It was a path with siher paved that ran 
Across the sea beneath the rising moon. 

More fair than flowers can paint a path on earth. 

More bright than any sparkling on the sea. 
Must be the way that tempts a soul to birth. 

That leads it 'into life's dread mystery. 

Through what transcendent glories once a child 
Came to life's margin at this lonely spot, 

With what companionship he was beguiled, 
Is only known from shining gifts he brought. 

His was the power to sway the minds of men. 

It seemed the art from Hermes had been caught 
To shame Amphion with the tongue and pen. 

To serve as the interpreter of Thought. 


Choate Island consists of tliree hundred acres of land, rising from all sides to a 
central prominence commanding a fine view of the mainland and inland towns dotting 
the country for miles away, and giving also a grand outlook oceanward. It is some- 
what abrupt, bold and rocky on its northern side. Init sloping gently on the east and 
south to the water's edge. 

It was sold by the Indians to tlie town of Ipswich, and reluctantly yielded as the 
last place to be abandoned by the red men, forced to retire from the region before 
the pale face of civilization. It was a dear and sacred spot to the Indians, because on 
its lower side, slightly elevated from the waters of river and ocean, which ceaselessly 
ebb and flow, was their ancient burial-place. This burial-ground is still pointed out on 
a beautiful knoll at the northern end of that part of the island now owned by Lament 
G. Burnham, Esq. It is said that in .September, 1633, there came into the Ipswich 
River forty birch canoes filled witli Tarrentines with the intention of cutting off the 
whites who had just settled there. But a friendly Agawam revealed the plot, and the 
infant colony was saved. Whoever looks upon the scene of landscape, rivers, and 
ocean can understand why the Indians were reluctant to relinquish it. 

"The Island" continued to be held by the town as common land until about 1665, 
when it was voted to divide it into lots of three and a half acres each, and distribute 
them to the citizens. These lots, more or less of them, were soon in the market 
for sale. John Choate. the immigrant, had his eye upon these attractive lands, which 
were in full view of his cottage door, and he purchased of one and another of his 
fellow townsmen their lots, until in the course of twenty years or more '■ The Island,*' 
by virtue of ownersliip, might have been christened Choate Island two hundred years 
sooner than was the actual fact. 

Thomas Choate, with his young and beautiful bride, in i6go set up housekeeping 
across the creek, and were the first white settlers of the Island. And in July of that 
year Sergeant Choate, his father, now along in years, surrendered all his rights and 
title to lands on "The Island" to his son Thomas, who thus became sole proprietor of 
almost their entire e.xtent, and for this reason, if for no other, it is not .strange that he 
.should receive the distinction of being called "Governor." Some years later Mr. 
Benjamin Proctor, a relati\'e. perhaps an uncle, of Mrs. Choate, purchased of Mr. Choate 
the more northerly part of the island, w'hich remained in the Proctor family for nearly 
a hundred years, until about 1795, when it was repurchased by the Choates and occu- 
pied by them until 1805. It was then purchased by Mr. Jonathan Story, and remained 
in his and his heirs' possession until about 1879, when it was bought by Lamont G. 
Burnham, Esq., of Boston, and occupied as a summer residence. This has been 
known for some years as the " Burnham Farm." 

The so-called " Marshall Farm," lying between the two others and adjacent to the 
original Choate homestead, was purchased of the Choates in 1805 by William Cogswell, 
whose wife was Lucy Choate, and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Cogswell until 1814, when 
it was sold to Mr. Moses Marshall, whose \vife was Hannah Choate, and it has con- 
tinued in the Marshall family to the present time, Mr. Nehemiah Choate Marshall, of 
Manchester. Mass., being its present proprietor, so that the place has always been 
owned bv the Choates or those who married into the family. 

The first and original of the three farms which the island comprises is that on 
which Thomas Choate and his young wife settled in 1690, and where Hon. Rufus Choate 
was born, in 1799. This farm is now owned and occupied by Rufus Choate, Esq., and 
has remained in the name from the beginning, a period of two hundred years and, more. 

It is a singular fact that no Choates exxept the lineal descendants of the so-called 
■• Gov. Thomas Choate" have ever lived on the Island. The other sons of Sergt. John 
Choate, the immigrant, settled on the mainland of Chebacco, and the youngest of 
them in King.stonli'N. H. Their descendants, like those of "Governor Thomas," have 
scattered into all parts of the United States and Canada. 

There have been eighty persons of the Choate name born on the Island, which 
henceforth will be known as " Choate Island." These births cover a period ot more 
than a hundred years, from 1691 to 1805. The names and dates of Ijirths are as 
follows : — 

List of Births on Choate Island. 
.•\nne, [28] dau. of Thomas and Mary (Varney) Choate, b. May 22, 1691. 
Thomas, [29] son of Thomas and Mary (Varney) Choate, b. June 7, 1693. 
Mary, [30] dau. of Thomas and Mary (Varney) Choate, b. March 18, 1695. 


John, [31] son of Thomas and Mary (Varney) Choate, b. July 25, 1697. 
Abigail, [32] dau. of Thomas and Mary ('Varney) Choate, b. Oct. 20, 1699. 
Francis, [33] son of Thomas and Mary (Varney) Choate, b. Sept. 13, 1701. 
Rachel, [34J dau. of Thomas and Mary (Varney) Choate, b. Nov. iS, 1703. 
Ebenezer, [35] son of Thomas and Mary (Varney) Choate, b. March 10, 1706. 
Sakah, [36I dau. of Thomas and Mary (Varney) Choate, b. July 24, 170S. 
JosiAH, [80] son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, b. Sept. 16, 1715. 
Thomas, [81] son of Thomas and EUzabeth (Burnham) Choate, b. Oct. 8, 1718. 
Humphrey, [82] son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, b. Nov. 9, 1720. 
Elizabeth, [83] dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, b. Aug. 2, 1723. 
Jeremiah, [84J son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, b. July 16, 1725. 
Stei'HEN, [85] son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, b. Nov., 1727. 
Francis, [94] son of Francis and Hannah (Perkins) Choate, b. Feb. 27, 1728. 
William, [95] son of Francis and Hannah (Perkins) Choate, b. Sept. 5, 1730. 
Mary, [86] dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, b. June 20, 1 73 1. 
Abraham, [96] son of Francis and Hannah (Perkins) Choate, b. March 24, 1732. 
Isaac, [97] son of Francis and Hannah (Perkins) Choate, b. Jan. 31, 1734. 
Abigail, [87] dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, b. July 18, 1734. 
Jacob, [98] son of Francis and Hannah (Perkins) Choate, b. Aug. 19, 1735. 
John, [99] son of Francis and Hannah (Perkins) Choate, b. Nov. 10, 1737. 
Susanna, [185] dau. of Thomas and Abigail (Haskell) Choate, b. Sept. ig, 1743. 
Jacob, [186] son of Thomas and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Oct. 11, 1746. 
Abigail, [187J dau. of Thomas and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Aug. 21, 174S. 
Thomas, [188J son of Thomas and Dorothy(Proctor) Choate, h. Nov. 10, 1751. 
Sarah, [195] dau. of Humphrey and Abigail (Burnham) Choate, b. 
Humphrey, [196] son of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. 1754. 
Dorothy, [189] dau. of Thomas and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. .Sept. 22, 1755. 
Rachel, [197! dau. of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. 1755. 
Francis, [254] son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, b. July 13, 1756. 
Ruth, [198] dau. of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. Aug. 11, 1756. 
William, [230] son of Wm. and Mary (Giddings) C'hoate, b. Oct. 18, 1756. 
David, [231] son of Wm. and Mary (Giddings) Choate, b. Nov. 29, 1757. 
Hannah, [255] dau. of Isaac and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, b. Dec. 10, 1757. 
Anner, [190] dau. of Thomas and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Jan. 19, 175S 
NEHEMLiMi, [199] son of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. 1758. 
William, [232] son of Wm. and Mary (Giddings) Choate, b. Aug. 10, 1759. 
Isaac, [256J son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, b. Sept. 9, 1759. 
Solo.mon, [igij son of Thomas ani Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Nov. 19, 1760. 
Jonathan, [257] son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, b. Jan. 19, 1761. 
James, [200] son of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. 1761. 
George, [233] son of Wm. and Mary (Giddings) Choate, b. Feb. 24, 1762. 
Hannah, [258] dau. of Isaac and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, b. Sept. 23, 1762. 
Hannah, [201] dau. of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. 1763. 
MiRi.AM, [192] dau. of Thomas and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. June 29, 1763. 
Margaret, [234] dau. of Wm. and Mary (Giddings) Choate, b. March 8, 1764. 
Sarah, [259] dau. of Isaac and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, b. .Vug. 14, 1764. 
Susanna, [202] dau. of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. 1765. 
Joe, [235 J son of Wm. and Mary (Giddings) Choate, b. March i, 1766. 
Caleb, [260] son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, b. May 28, 1766. 
Benjamin, [193] son of Thomas and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Sept. 8, 1766. 
Abigail, [203J dau. of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. July 29, 1767. 
Mary, [236] dau. of Wm. and Mary (Giddings) Choate, b. Nov. 17, 1767. 
Joshua, [261] son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, b. March 11, 1768. 
Samuel, [194] son of Thomas and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. March 18, 1769., [204] son of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. 1769. 
Susanna, [373] dau. of Jacob and Hannah (Burnham) Choate, b. 1769. 
Elizabeth, [262] dau. of Isaac and EUzabeth (Low) Choate, b. Feb. 5, 1770. 
Hannah, [237J dau. of Wm. and Mary (Giddings) Choate, b. Nov. 20, 1 770. 
H.annah, [374] dau. of Jacob and Hannah (Burnham) Choate, b. 1772. 
Lucy, [205] dau. of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. 1772. 
Sarah, [238] dau. of Wm. and Mary (Giddings) Choate, b. Sept. 26, 1772. 
Lydia, [239] dau. of Wm. and Mary (Giddings) Choate, b. Sept. 24, 1774. 
Solomon, [206] son of Humphrey and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, b. Oct. 20, 1776. 
Charles, [387] son of Solomon and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Sept. 25, 1785. 
Abihail, [388J dau. of Solomon and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. March 2, 1787. 


Infant DAUt:HTER, fsoo] dau. of George and Susannah (Choate) Choate, b. Oct. ii, I7f59. 
Charles, [389] son of Solomon and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Oct. 21, 1789. 
William, [501] son of George and Susanna (Choate) Choate, b. Oct. 26, 1790. 
Asa, [390] son of Solomon and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Oct. 14, 1791. 
Maky, [482] dau. of David and Miriam (Foster) Choate-, b. Oct. 3, 1792. 
Hannah, [483] dau. of David and Miriam (Foster) Choate, b. Aug. 12, 1794. 
Benjamin P., [391] son of Solomon and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. March 15, 1795. 
David, [484] son of David and Miriam (Foster) Choate, b. Nov. 29, 1796. 
Clarissa, [392] dau. of Solomon and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Sept. 3, 179S. 
RuFUS, [485] son of David and Miriam (Foster) Choate, b. Oct. i, 1799. 
Elizabeth, [393] dau. of Solomon and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Aug. S, iSoo. 
Solomon, [394] son of Solomon and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, b. Oct. 27, 1802. 

The above children belonged to eleven different families. 

List of Births on the Old Choate Farm. 

Nine to the family cf Gov. Thomas Choate [6J, vi/,. : Anne, Thomas, Mary, John, Abigail, 
Francis, Rachel, Ebenezer, and Sarah. 

Six to the family of Esc|uire Francis Choate [33 1, viz. : Francis, William, .Abraham, Isaac, 
Jacob, and John. 

Ten to" the family of Capt. W'illiam Choate [95], viz.: William, David, William, George, 
Margaret, Job, Mary, Hannah, Sarah, and Lydia. 

Nine to the family of Isaac Choate, Esq. [97], viz.: p'rancis, Hannah, Isaac, Jonathan, 
Hannah, Sarah, Calel), Joshua, and Elizabeth. 

Two to the family of George Choate [233], viz : An infant daughter and William. 

Four to the family of David Choate [231], viz. : Mary, Hannah, David, and Rulus. 

List of Births on the Marshall Farm. 

Eight to the family of Lieut. Thomas Choate [29], viz.: Josiah, Thomas, Humphrey, 
EHzabeth, Jeremiah, Stephen, Mary, and Abigail. 

Ten to the family of Capt. Thomas Choate [81], viz. : Susanna, Jacob, Abigail, Thomas, 
Dorothy, Anner, Solomon, Miriam, Benjamin, and Samuel. 

Twelve to the family of Humphrey Choate [82], viz. : Sarah, Humphrey, Rachel, Ruth, 
Nehemiah, James, Hannah, Susanna, .Abigail, Nathan, Lucy, and Solomon. 

Two to the family of Jacob Choate [185], viz.: Susanna and Hannah. 

Four to the family of Solomon Choate [190], viz. : Charles, Abihail, Charles, and .\sa. 

List of Births on the Burnham Farm. 

P'our to the family of Solomon Choate Li9°l> ^^^o removed from the Marshall Farm in 
1795, viz. : Benjamin P., Clarissa, Elizabeth, and Solomon. 


Gov. Tlionius Clujatc settled on the island in i6yo. and removed to the main land 
about 1725. 

Esquire Francis Choate. born on the island in 1701. removed to the main land 
in 1738. 

CaiJt. William Choate. born on the island in 1730. died there in 1785. but was 
taken to the main land for burial. 

Mr. Isaac Choate. born on the island in 1734. removed to Leicester. Mass.. in 1770. 

Mr. George Choate, born on the island in 1762. removed to the main land in 1790. 

David Choate, Esq., born on the island in 1757. removed to the main land in 1800. 

Lieut. Thomas Choate. born on the island in 1693. removed to the main land 
about 1750. 

Capt. Thomas Choate. born un the island in 171S. removed to Boscawen. N. H.. 
about 1788. 

Ensign Humphrey Choate, born on the island in 1720. died there in 1795. but 
taken to the main land for burial. 

Mr. Jacob Choate, born on the island in 1735. removed to Enfield about 1785, and 
to Canada in 179S. 

Mr. Solomon Choate. liorn on the island in 1760. removed from the Marshall to 
the Burnham Farm in 1795. and early in 1805 to Enfield. N. H. 


Forty of the eighty Choates born on the Island were born on the old Choate Farm, 
thirty-six on the Marshall, and four were born on the Burnham Farm. Among them 
were two wives of ministers, seven deacons, two military captains, three sea captains, 
seven magistrates, tw^o members of Governor's Council, six representatives to the 
General Court of Massachusetts, two State senators, one United States senator, one 
Judge of Court of Common Pleas and Probate Court, and many others filling subordi- 
nate offices in the town, state, and army. There were many Choates in the army of the 
Revolution . 

The aggregate years of service of the Choates born on this island in the Massa- 
chusetts Legislature amount to nearly seventy. 

There were thirty-seven daughters born on the Island. Several died in infancy, 
and one in earlv maidenhood : the rest were all married, and some of them twice or 
three times. These young ladies were intelligent and attractive, and as wives and 
mothers brought scarcely less credit to the name of Choate than did the young men, 
their brothers, who won honors in the state and nation. 

Tiie last born of the name in the old Choate homestead on the Island was the 
H(i.\. RuFus Choate, late of Boston. 

The picture of Choate Island accompanying this sketch was taken by the artist 
standing on " Corn Island," at the south or southeast, a third of a mile away. The 
buildings seen at the extreme right mark the " Burnham Farm," of which the present 
proprietor is Lamont G. Burnham, Esq. Those midway of the picture belong to the 
"Marshall Farm," and were erected in 1764 by Capt. Thomas Choate. The place is 
now owned by Nehemiah Choate Marshall. The buildings at the left, nearly hidden 
by the trees, arc on the original "Choate Farm," and erected about 1725 by Klder 
Francis Choate. The old of "The Governor" stood a few rods in the rear of 
the present house; the site is still distinctly marked. There appear, a little to the 
left of the " Choate house," " Tower Cottage " and " Omaha Cottage," summer resi- 
dences erected within a few years to accommodate visitors, by the jiresent proprietor 
of this farm, Rufus Choate, Esq. 

It may here be stated that although so many Choates have been born within this 
island precinct, and so many have been married here, yet no person of the name h:is 
ever been buried on the Island. 



Sarah- Choate (Jnhii^), daughter of John [1] and .Anne Choate, was born 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, April 13, \bc)T„Johit Burnham, son 
of John and Elizabeth (Wells) Burnham. He was born April 8, 1671, in Che- 
bacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Burnham died 1746. Mrs. 
Burnham died. 


John, m. 1723, Rachel Smith ; d. 

Thomas, d. 

Daniel, b. 1699; m. (piti. Aug. 4, 1720) Mnry Stiinpson : A. 

Benjamin, m. Oct. 16, 1732, Jane Hadlock ; d. 

Joseph, d. 

Elizabeth, d. 

Sarah, d. 


Mr. Burnham was the grandson of Thomas Burnham, who, with his two brothers, 
John and Robert, came to America when young men. in 1635, on board the ship 
" Angel Gabriel," which was under the command of their uncle, Robert Andrews. 
Thomas and John settled in Chebacco. Ipswich. Mass. Robert .settled in Dover. N. H. 
There are few. if any. of the descendants of John and Sarah (Choate) Burnham 
now living in Essex, Mass. Their second son. Thomas Burnham. removed to York 
County, Me. 

Vid. Burnham Genealogy, pp. 311, 312, 314, 492. 


The Buriihams came to America on the same unfortunate ship which brought to 
these shores John Cogswell and family, and was wrecked off the coast of Maine near 
Pemiquid, or Bristol. For an interesting account of the passage, 

Vid. Cogswells in America, pp. xvi-xxi. 

"John Secundus, married Elizabeth Wells June 9 l66g . . . had John, born 
April 8"' 1 67 1." Vid. Hainniatt Papers, p. 41. 

The above John Burnham, the .second, was not Jolin Burnham, Jr., but the second 
John born in 1648, and the son of Thomas and Mary Burnham. 

John Burnham, the son of Deacon John Burnham. was not born, probably, prior 
to 1660. 

It was John Burnham, the son of John the Second, whom .Sarah Choate. daughter 
of John Choate. immigrant, married. /. e.. the grandson of Thomas Burnliam and not 
the son of Deacon John Burnham. the immigrant. There has occurred some confusion, 
as the latter's wife's name was .Sarah. 


Joseph- Choate {Jolm^), son of John [1] and .^nne Choate, was born, 

1678, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, 1702, Rebeaa . They 

resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate 
died Feb. 9, 1746- 


Rebecca, [37] m. Dean : d. 

Susanna, [38] b. 1704. She died at the age of fifteen years, 1719. i 

Daniel, [39] m. Feb. 26, 1728, Mary Adams : d. 


Mr. Choate settled on the old homestead given to him by his father, a farm near 
the parish boundary between Chebacco and Ipswich. His son, Daniel Choate. suc- 
ceeded to the same estate. Mr. Choate owned, also, some land on Thompson's Island. 

Joseph Choate, Nov. 28, 1706. sold to his "brother John Choate and Nathaniel 
Goodhue" certain lands, etc. Vid. Savage, Vol. \,p. 382. 



Benjaillill- Choate {Jolin^), son of John ( i ) and .'\nne Choate, was born 
1680, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, June 12, 1707, Abigail Burn- 
ham. She was born 1691, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in 
Kingston, N. H. Rev. Mr. Choate died Nov. 26, 1753. Mrs. Choate died 
Jan. 9, 1776. 


Jonathan, [40] b. May 31, 1708; m. May 2, 173S, Elizabeth Moody ; d. Jan. 9, 1752. 

Abigail, [41] b. June 2, 1710. She died in infancy, Nov. 19, 1710. 

Abigail, [42] b. Sept. 16, 1711. She died in childhood, April 15, 1717. 

Benjamin, [43] b. Dec. 30, 1713. He died in infancy, Dec. 7, 1714. 

Benjamin, [44] b. Aug. 7, 1715; m. Dec. 22, 1741, Rudi Edwards ; d. June 30, 1758. 

Lucy, [45] h. Dec. 13, 1717. She died the same day, Dec. 13, 1717. 

Ruhamah, [46] b. Dec. 22, 1718; m. .Sept. 15, 1747, David French ; d. 

Jeremiah, [47J b. Aug. 12, 1721. He died in infancy, May 25, 1722. 

Abigail, [48] b. March 27, 1723. She died in girlhood, March 20, 1736. 

Joseph, [49] m. Susanna ; d. 


Be.N'JAMIN Choate, the youngest son of John Choate. the immigrant, fitted for 
college under the instruction 'of Mr. Daniel Rogers, at the Ipswich Grammar School, 
and graduated from Harvard College in 1703. He was appointed, by the Colony of 


Massachusetts. Chaplain of tlie garrison stationed in Deerfiekl, Mass., from November. 
1704, to November, 1706. two )ears, while Rev. John Williams was a captive to tlie 
Indians. He was paid from the public treasury. Mr. Choate was ordained as an 
E\-angelist, and was employed to preach in 1707 by the town of Kingston, N. H. 

"Oct 1707,'" there is a record of an agreement -to pay a salary to Rev. Mr. 
Benjamin Choate of ^50 a year : ^30 current silver money and ^20 in labor and 
provisions pav : also a grant of land." There appears from time to time the record 
of a vote. '■ That the town give Rev. B. Choate forty cords of wood this year." 

April 16, 1716, a committee was chosen to confer with Mr. Benjamin Choate 
••upon terms of continuance amongst us in the work of the ministry," also a vote to 
adtl /lo to the salary, making the whole ^60 ; at the end of two years £s more, yearl)-, 
•■ if he continues with us in the work of the ministry." Also a vote tha*. ^^40 shall be 
presented to him when he builds a house in the town. Five voters entered a dissent 
to this vote. 

Just how long Mr. Choate continued in the work of the ministry is not known, 
but a call was extended Feb. 16. 1720. to Mr. William Tomson. who accepted the 
same, yet further than this no record or tradition exists in proof that such a nuin as 
Mr. Tomson ever preached in the town. 

There seems to have been no church organization during Mr. Choate's ministry, 
but Sept. 29. 1725. a church was organized, and on the same day Rev. Ward Clark 
became its pastor, but died May 6, 1737. 

Mr. Choate continued to reside in Kingston after he retired from his ministry. 
He uas empIo\ed somewhat as a teacher. ser\ed as moderator of their town meetings, 
and was a survevor of lands. It was whispered sometimes •■ That he used too much 
strong drink." This habit was doubtless induced by the custom" of those times to 
serve wines and various liquors to the minister when on his roimd of pastoral calls. 

Rev. Mr. Choate died at the age of seventy-three years. Mrs. Choate survived 
him and all her children, living to be eighty-five years old. 

The deaths of their children are recorded in the town records of Kingston. N. H. 
For mention of Rev. Mr. Choate. yid. Savage, Vol. i,p. 3S2, 

Ipswich Anii(/ua>ian Papers, July, 1882,^. 3, and 

The History of New Hampshire Churches, pp. 83, 84. 


Alllie^ Choate {John-. John^), daughter of John [a] and Mrs. Elizabeth 
(Ciiddings) Choate, was born in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Nov. 
29, 1706, George Martin, son of George Martin. He was born in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Martin died. Mrs. Ma; tin died prior to 1735. 

Elizabeth, b. Jan. 17, 1708; m. Aug. 2, 1726, David Preston; d. 


•' George Martin and Anah Chote, both of Chebacco were published 25 Sep- 
tember." Vid. Old Parish Record. 

The marriage of above parties was consummated Nov. 29, 1706, by Rev. John 
Wise, of Chebacco. 

Elizabeth, daughter of George Martin, Jr., by Anne his wife, was born "Jan' 17. 
1707/8" as appears by a record attested by -W'"- Giddings. Chebacco Ipswich." 

"Dec. 9"' 1734 David Preston and wife Elizabeth of Windham Connecticut 
received of Robert Choate ^20. legacy from John Choate [2] father of Robert to his 
grand daughter Elizabeth Preston, only child of liis daughter Anne Martin decea,sed." 

Vid. The Hammatt Papers, p. 53. 

David Preston, son of Jacob and .Sarah (Wilson) Preston, was born in .'\ndover. 
Mass. He went, between 171S and 1724. to Windham. Conn. There seem to have 
been no descendants. 



Robert^ I'hOilte {Jo/m-, /ohn^), son of John [s] and Mrs. fi^lizabeth 
(Ciiddings) Choate, was born April 27, 1691, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 
He married (////'. Jan. 7, 17 15) ^Eunice Perkins, daughter of Jacob and ^Sarah 
(Kinsman) Perkins. She was born March 14, 1691, in Ipswich, Mass. They 
resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Mrs. Eunice Choate died Nov. 23, 1755. 
Mr. Choate married {puh. July 8, 1758) -Mrs. Mary {Dear) Knoivlton, widow 
of Isaac Knowlton. She was born in Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Che- 
bacco, Ipswich, Mass. Capt. Robert Choate died Sept. 26, 1763. Mrs. Mary 
Choate died in 1795. 


Daniel, [50] h. 1716; m. Nov. 21, 1738, Mrs. Hannah Pitman: d. June 28, 1747. 

John, [51] b. May 30, 1718. He died in infancy, Oct. 27, 1718. 

Ebenezer, [52] li. Nov. 3, 1719; m. March 28, 1750, Elizabetli Broum. 

Nehemiah, [53J b. Nov. 5, 1 721. He died in childhood, March 24, 1723. 

Elizabeth, [54] b. May 15, 1724. .She died in infancy, June 2, 1724. 

Elizabeth, [55] h. Sept. 29, 1726; m. Feb 5, 1746, Michael Farley ; d. July 6, 1795. 

Eunice, [56 J b. June 17, 1729. .She died in infancy, July 29, 1729. 

Nehemiah, [57J b. Dec. 6, 1730; m. March 29, 1755, Susanna Brmnn ; d. Jan. 24, 1797. 

Eunice, [58J b. Feb. 17, 1734; d. 


Mr. Choate and his wife, Eunice, united with the church April 6, 1717, in I'iowley, 
Mass., and were dismissed April 19. 1719, to Chebacco. Ipswich, Mass. Their little son 
was baptized June 3, 17 18. Vid. Church Records, Rowley, Mass. 

Mr. Choate settled on his father's place. He was known as '• Capt. Choate." He 
was the moderator at the seceders' meeting, Jan. 13, 1746, when a separation took place 
from Rev. Mr. Pickering's church. He was one of the proprietors, in 1750, of lands in 
New Ipswich, N. H. ]'id. History of New Ipswich, N. H.,p. 54. 

There is found the following uni(|ue obligation on record, duly signed and 
witnessed : -^ 

" I the under written Robert Choate hereby bind & oblige my Selife to pa\- or 
Cause to be paid unto the Selectmen of Ipswich for the time being, for the use of the 
poor of tlie said Town the Sum of Five pounds currant money of new England on 
Condition that if at any time within Seaven Years from the Date hereof, I the said 
Robert Choate shall be clioosen to the office of Constable within said Town & do not 
accept the Trust of said Office & take the Oath by Law prescribed for said office, when I 
shall be thereto clioosen & required. In Witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand 
& Seal on the above written penalty of Fi\-e pounds the third day of May in the Eighth 
Year of His Majeste's Reign Anno Domini 1722. 

Robert Choate. 
Witnesses : 

1 hovias Norlon 
Samuel Wallis, jri" 

J'id. Antiqttarian Papers, .ipiil, 1884. 

Isaac Knowlton, son of John and Sarah Knowlton, married (^pub. Oct. 12. 1723) 
Mary Dear. Mr. Knowlton died 1758. Vid. Antiquarian Papers, May, 1883. 

Robert Choate and Samuel Choate, May 16. 1747, were in "[possession of land 
formerly belonging to our grandfather Mr. John Choate sen'r." 

\'id. Hammatt Papers, p. 53. 
Mr. Choate, previous to his marriage to Mrs. Mary (Dear) Knowlton, purchased. 



Julv I. 1758. a dwelling house which was left to her by her former hvisband. This he 
bL'c|ueatlied to his daughter. Mrs. Elizabeth Farley, and it remained her property until 


her death in 1795. It then passed successively into the hands of Aaron Wallis and 
.Amos Jones. Last of all it was purchased by the Heards. and the Town House now 
stands on its site. I'iif. Ilammatt Papers^ p. 51, and 

Essex Co. Register, Vol. 2, p. 6. 

■• Isaac, son of Isaac & Mary Knowlton d. X'"" 17"' 1731. et. 2 yrs. 5 mos." 
••Capt. Robert Choate & Mrs. Mary Knowlton. /?//'. H July 1758." 

Vid. Ipsiuicli Records. 



SamueP Choate (.S>?;////;7-', _/;//;/'), son of Samuel [4] and Mary (Williams) 
Choate, was born Jan. 10, 1692, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, 
.May 31, 1716, ^Mary Drown, daughter of John and Harlnah Brown. She was 
born July 3, 1685, in Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mrs. Mary Choate 
died Oct. 27, 1728. Mr. Choate married, March 4, 1729, -Mrs. Damaris 
Martin. Mr. Choate died .Vpril 9, 1758. Mrs. Damaris Choate died. 


Ei.iZABErii, [59] /lapl. Jan. 26, 1717; m. Jeretiiiah Je'iUett : d. 

Mary, [60] li. Nov. 22, 1719. .She died in infancy, Sept. 13, 1721. 

Mary, [61J hapt. .Sept. 3, 1721; m. Jan. 25, 1738, James Davis ; d. 

Hannah, [62] ni. Nov. 22, 1744, Nathan Btirnham ; d. March I, 1805. 

Anne, [63J bapt. July 9, 1727. She died in infancy, Aug. 18, 1727. 

Lucy, [64] hapt. April 12, 1730. .She ilied in infancy, .\pril 30, 1730. 

Sarah, [65] hapt. May 2, 1731; puh. Jan. 5, 1757, John Tilton : d. 

Samuel. [66] bapt. Feb. I, 1733; m. Aug. 23, 1759, Susanna Pierce ; A. May 2, 179S. 

.\NNE, [67] bapt. Oct. 7, 1735; m. Noyes ; d. 

William, [68] hapt. Aug. 9, 1741; m. Deborah Yarrington : d. 1816. 
Solomon, [69] bapt. Nov. 18, 1744; d. 


Mr. Choate was one of more than sixty persons who petitioned to be set off from 
the First Parish in Ipswich, Mass., and incorporated by favor of the General Court into 
a distinct and separate parish. ■■ In consideration that the erecting a public meeting- 
house on the Green or Level on the said South side between the dwelling house of 
John Choate E.sq and Mr. Increase How and settling therein M' John Walley whose 
personal qualifications we had good taste oiTor some other like Godly person of Equal 
qualifications." Under date of Dec. 2. 1746. 

Vid. Antiquarian Papers, Nov., 18S0. 


•'Samuel Choate & widclo. Damaris Martin lioth of Ipswicli m. March 4 1728/g." 
Samuel Choate died April 9, lysS- l^id. Ipswicli Records. 

Administration on Samuel Choate"s estate granted to his son. Samuel Choate, 
May 8. 1758. Inventory taken June 26, 1758, ;/;542, y. Sd. 


Stephen-' Choate {SamiieP,John'^), son of Samuel [*] and Mary (Williams) 
Choate, was born Sept. 26, 1699, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, 
Feb. 4, 112,1, Rebecca Bowman, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Andrews) 
Bowman. She was born Jan. 10, 1709, in Cambridge, Mass. They resided in 
Roxbury, and in 1737 in Dorchester, Mass. Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died. 

Stephen, [70] b. March 29, 1732; m. Bathsheha Neieton : A. Jan. lo, 1775. 
Rehecca, [71] ID. Dec. 13, 1758, ^John Holhrook : m. Dec. 21, 17S1, -Jcilediah hi!;iills ; 
d. Feb. 9, 1808. 

Samuel, [72] m. Abigail ,■ d. 

Hannah, [73] m. Nov. 27, 1764, Sainucl Pool : d. 

" Stephen Cho.4TE of Roxbury and Mrs. Rebecca I5owman of Cambridge married 
Feb. 4'" 1 730/1 by Nehemiah Walter." 

Samuel Bowman, son of Francis and Martha (Sherman) Bowman, was born Aug. 
14, 1679, and married, Nov. 21, 1700, Rebecca Andrews, daughter of Thomas and 
Martha (Eccles) Andrews. Mr. Samuel Bowman died in 1746. Mrs. Rebecca 
(Andrews) Bowman died Nov. 18, 1713. The heirs of Samuel IJowraan's estate were 
" Sam," a grandson, Rebecca Choate, Martha Cutter, Deborah Kidder. Abigail Win- 
ship. Samuel Choate signed a paper in which he is called an heir. 

Mrs. Rebecca (Andrews) Bowman received from her father's estate, /. e.. Thomas 
Andrews' estate, before she was married, property located on the east side of North 
Avenue, Cambridge, Mass., afterward occupied by Oxias Morse. 

Mr. Samuel Bowman was representative to the General Court in 1741. 

Hannah Choate married Samuel Pool. No further record. 

Vid. Town Records of Sudbury^ Mass. 


Elizabeth-' Choate {Samt/el-,/ohn'^), daughter of Samuel [4] and Mary 
(Williams) Choate, was born Dec. 9, 1706, in Ipswich, Mass. She married, 
Nov. 2, 1726, Pelatiah Fitch, son of Samuel Fitch. 

|tJ nit or antra. 

Pelatiah Fitch married. 1723. M-Hizalieth Haskell, and Elizabeth Choate was his 
second wife. 

mar<;arkt ( iioatk. 


Margaret^ Choate {Samuer-, John^), daughter of Samuel [4] and Mary 
(VVilliaiTis) Choate, was born June 3, 1709, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She 
married, Dec. 2, 1728, Benjamin Crafts, son of Benjamin and Abigail (Harris) 
Crafts. He was born Dec. 13, 1706, in Ro.xbury, Mass. They resided in 
Manchester, Mass. Mr. Crafts died in the spring of 1746, in Louisburg, Cape 
Breton. Mrs Crafts married, Nov. 7, 1757, Joiin Andrews. He was born in 
Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Andrews died. Mrs. Andrews died, 1799, in Manchester, 



Abigaii,, /'«//. Nov. 21, 1731; d. 

Maky, bapl. 1736; m Jan. 3, 1760, William Felloios ; A. 

Ken'JAMIN, bapl. ( )ct. 9, 1737; m. Uec. 18, 1760, Anna Lee : il. I'V-li. 27, 1S23. 

Francis, bapl. April 12, 1741 ; m. March 22, \-jbi\,'^Joaitua Osiiioiil : m. June 15, 1775, ''pjllur 

Ilerrick: d. Jan. 2S, 1794. 
El.KAZEK, /«//. July 31, 1743; m. Jan. 6. 1767, Mrs. lUi ..abeth {Allen) .Sample : d.Sept. 20, 1793. 


Mr. Ckai-'T.s was in the expedition against Louislnuj;. C. IS., from whence he wrote 
to his wife " Fel.) 17. 1746 — Keniember niy love to Lieut Choate and family, to 

Francis Choate and family and luother ale and lamilv." Mr. Crafts' (lealh 

occurred soon after. 

Mrs. iMargaret (Choate) Crafts. -After the ileath of her second husband John 
.■\ndre\vs. lived with his children."" 

Mr. and Mrs. Eleazer Crafts resided in Manchester. Mass. He was a lieutenant- 
colonel in the Revolutionary army. 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Allen) Sample, wlio became the wife of Col. Eleazer Crafts, was 
the dauj;hter of David and Mary (Hibbard) Allen and widow of Ca])t. .Samuel .Sample, 
of Manchester. Mass.. where she was born Oct. 16. 1734. and died March 16. 1824. 

Vid. Historical Collections of Essex Institute, April., 1S61. 

Tliere is a Journal of the .Seij;e of I.ouislnuj;. C. li.. in the .^ppendi.v of "the 
Crafts Family." 


Johll'' Choate {Samuel ',John^), son of Samuel [4] and Mary (Williams) 
Choate, was born Jan. 19, 1712, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married 

Al'igail . They resided in Norwich, Conn. Mr. Choate died in 1759. 

Mrs. Choate died. 


Jahez, [74] m. Eunice Cither : cl. Ei.iZABiaii, [76] d. .Stephen, [78] d. 

Mary, [75] d. John, [77J d. Wh.i.iam, [79] d. 


.Mr. Choate when a lad subscribed to the following; ; — 

"1. John Chote. a minor aged about 16 yrs. son of Samuel Choate of Ipswich 
husbandman decea.sed and son in law to Samuel Story late of Ipswich deceased have 
made my Uncle John Williams of Ro.\bury yeoman, my guardian to take possession of 
estate which accrues to me in right of iiiy father aforesaid deceased : 
"Dec. 22, 1729 John Choate & seal 

William Tucker 
John Boyall Regr" Vid. Suff. Wills, Vol. 27, />. 403. 

The career of .Mr. Choate and the history of his family are cjuite unknown. It 
a|jpears that he made his will September. 175S. and it was i)robated November. 1759. 
Mrs. Choate survived her husband. 



Anne'* Choate {T/wmas^, John^), daughter of Thomas [e] and Mary 
(\'arney) Choate, was born May 22, i6gi, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She 
married, Oct. 21, i-j 10, John Buinham, son of John and Sarah Burnham. He 
was born in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mrs. Anne Burn- 
ham died Aug. 15, 1739. Mr. Burnham married ^Mrs. Elizaheth Goodhue. 
Mr. Burnham died. Mrs. Elizabeth Burnham died. 



John, m. May lo, 1733, Mary Burnham ; d. 173S. 
Samuel, m. Nov. 17, 1743, Martha Story: d. 
Jeremiah, m. Dec. 2, 1736, Abigail Andrews: d. 
Ann, 111. ,-Vpril 3, 1740, Josiah Burnham ; d. 
Mary, /«/'. Dec. 19, 1741, jfokn Andrews: d. 
.'\BIGAIL, 111. No\-. 24, 1743, Unniphrey Choate: d. 
Sarah, d. 

NEHEMiAH,d. fttEmorauUa. 

Mr. Burnham was a grandson of John Burnham, immigrant, who. with his two 
Ijrothers, Thomas and Robert, came over in 1635, in the ship "Angel Gabriel," in 
command of their uncle. Captain Andrews, and in company with John Cogswell and 
family. Captain Andrews' sister, Mary Andrews, married Robert Burnham, their 
father. John and Thomas Burnham, immigrants, settled in Chebacco, Ii:)swich, Mass. 
Robert Burnham, immigrant, settled in Dover, N. H. Mr. Burnham was a brother of 
Elizabeth Burnham, who married Thomas Choate [29] . 

Vid. Burnham Family^ p. 190. 

Major John Burnham, of the Revolution, who knew personally General Washington, 
Hamilton, Gen. Benjamin Pierce, and others of distinction in that day. was a grandson 
of John and Anne (Choate) Burnham. He was the father of Mrs. Jonathan Ireland, 
lately deceased, of Dunbarton, N. H. 

Deacon Samuel Burnham, a brotlier of Mary Burnham. and son of Samuel and 
Martha (Story) Burnham, was grandson of Jolin and Anne (Choate) Burnham. He 
lived in Dunbarton, N. H. Among his children were Rev. Abraham Burnham. D. D., 
of Pembroke, N. H., Rev. Amos Wood Burnham, D. D., of Rindge, N. H., and 
Bradford Burnham, Esq., of Dunbarton, N. H. Henry E. Burnham, Esq., a well-known 
lawyer of Manchester, N. H., son of Henry L. Burnham, Esq., is a grandson of Brad- 
ford Burnham. of Dunbarton, N. H.. and a lineal descendant of John and Anne 
(Choate) Burnham. 

Prof. Charles (niilford Burnham, author of Burnham's Arithmetic, who died in 
1866 in Haverhill. Mass., was a grandson of Deacon Samuel Burnham, of Dunbarton. 
wliose grandparents were John and Anne (Choate) Burnham. Prof. Charles G. 
Burnham left six children, viz., .Samuel Oliver. Charles A., Mary E., who married 
Charles A. Stearns, Esq., John D., Helen M., and Emily Caroline. The late William 
A. Burnham, of Manchester, Vt., was of this line. 

Samuel Mosely Burnham, born July 7, 1825, great-great-grandson of John and 
Anne (Choate) Burnham, now of West Gloucester. Mass.. is said to be the only living 
descendant who resides in the vicinity of the old homestead. 

Vid. The Burtihatn Fainily, pp. 199-208. 



Thomas^ Choate {Thomas-, Jolm^), son of Thomas [6] and Mary 
(Varney) Choate, was born June 7, 1693, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He 
married '^ FJizabclh Burnham, daughter of John and Sarah Burnham. She was 
born in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mrs. Elizabeth Choate 
died, and Mr. Choate married, Oct. r, 1738, -Afis. Sarah Marshal/. Mrs. 
Sarah Choate died, and Mr. Choate married, May 11, 1769, '^Mrs. Rachel 
Lufkin, ne'e Riggs, the widow of Thomas Lufkin, and the daughter of John and 
Ruth (Wheeler) Riggs. She was born Aug. 30, 1704, in Gloucester, Mass. 
Captain Choate died Aug. 22, 1774. Mrs. Rachael Choate died. 

the children WERE: 
JosiAH, [80] b. Sept. 16, 1715; m. Nov. 11, 1736, Fa/ience Koherls : A. Aug. 26, 1798. 
Thomas, [81] 1). Oct. 8, 171S; ni. Dec. 7, 1742, ^Abigail Hashed : 111. Oct. 22, 1745, ''Dorothy 

Proctor : d. Oct. 20, 1798. 
Humphrey, [82] b. Nov. g, 1720; m. Nov. 24, 1743, ^Abigail Burnham: m. July 9, 1752. 

'^Ruth Lu/kin ; d. Aug. 25, 1795. 


Elizabeth, [83] b. Aug. 2, 1723; m. Jan. 25, 1744, Joseph Perkins ; d. Oct. 4, 1800. 
Jeremiah, [84] b. July 16, 1725; m. Jan. 24, 1751, Eunice Giddings ; d. October, 1798. 
Stephen, [85] b. Nov. i, 1727; m. Nov. 23, 1751, 'Mary Low: m. June 7, 1770, *Mrs. 

Elizabeth Potter; d. Oct. 19, 1815. 
Mary, [86] b. June 20, 1731 ; m. Jan. 23, 1751, 'John Foster: m. Dec. 21;, i-jbb, -Samuel 

Lo-L' : m. Dec. 19, 1797, ^ Enoch Haskell : d. 
Abigail, [87] b. July 18, 1734; m. Dec. 28, 1752, Danid Low : d. 1788. 

Mr. Choatr is mentioned as Lieutenant Clioate. Vid. History 0/ Essex, p. 162. 
Elizabeth Burnliam. liis first wife, was tlie granddaughter of Dea. John and Mary 
Burnham. Pid. Buriiharn Family , p. 189. 

John Burnham. who married Anne Choate [28]. w-as a brother of Elizabeth Burn- 
ham, the wife of Thomas Choate [29]. who was a brother of Anne Choate. John and 
Elizabeth Burnham were grandchildren of the immigrant, Dea. John Burnham. 

Thomas Lufkin. whose widow Thomas Choate married for his third wife, was a 
son of Thomas and .Sarah (Downing) Lufkin. He was born in 1685, and married, 
Dec. 8, 1720. Rachel Riggs. 


Mary^ Choate {Thomas'^, yo/m^), daughter of Thomas [6] and Mary 
(Varney) Choate, was born March iS, 1695, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 
She married, December, 1716, Parker Dodge, son of Samuel and Mary (Parker) 
Dodge. He was born about 1690, in Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Hamlet 
Parish, Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Dodge died Aug. 28, 1742. Mrs. Dodge died 
March 6, 1767. 

Parker, b. Oct. 31, 1717. He probably died young. 
Elizabeth, b. April 3, 1719; d. July 8, 1758. 

Nkhemiah, b. Nov. 16, 1720; m. Feb. 3, 1742, Elizabeth G rover : d. August, 175S. 
Mary, li. March i, 1723; m. July 31, 1747, /iV?'. John Cleaveland : A. Ajiril 21, 1768. 


Parker DoDfJE married, finst, Elizabeth , who died Dec. 25. 171 5, at the age of 

twenty-four years. Parker and Elizabeth Dodge had one child. Nehemiah, b. Dec. 18, 
1 71 5, who died young. Mr. Dodge died comparatively early. "His will was dated 
Aug. 18, 1742, and proved Sept. 27. 1742."' Vtd. Dodge Family., p. 43. 

Henry F. Dodge, successor of the late Thomas O. H. P. Burnham, in the book 
establishment in the basement of the Old South Meeting House. Boston, Ma,ss., is a 
descendant of Parker and iVlary (Choate) Dodge. 

John* Cleaveland {Josiah^, Josiah-. Moses^). son of Josiah and Abigail (Paine) 
Cleaveland, was born April 11, 1722. in Canterbury, Conn. Rev. and Mrs. Cleaveland 
resided in Chebacco, Ip.swich. Mass. Mrs. Mary Cleaveland died April 21, 1768. 
Rev. Mr. Cleaveland married. September. 1769, ^Mrs. Mary (Neale) Foster, widow of 
Capt. John Foster. He died April 22. 1799. She died April 19. 1810. in her eightieth 
year, in Topsfield, Mass. 

Rev. John and Mrs. Mary (Dodge) Cleaveland had eight children, viz. : — 

Mary, m. Jonathan Proctor ; d. Dec. 4, 1 804. 

John, b. 1750; m. 'Abigail Adams : xa. - Elizabeth Evans: d. l8l8. 

Parker, b. Oct. 14, 1751; m. Aug. 2, 1773, 'Elizabeth Jaciman ; m.^ Abigail Cleaveland; 

d. Feb. 10, 1826. 
Ebenezer, b. March 19, 1754; m. March 25, 1777, Mrs. Mary {Rust) Cogswell ; d. March 

30, 1780. 
Elizabeth, b. 1757; m. Abraham Channell ; d. Nov. 21, 1828. 
Nehemiah, b. Aug. 26, 1760; m. Oct. 6, 1787, 'Lucy Manning; m July i, 1792, -Experience 

Lord; d. Feb. 26. 1837. 
Abigail, b. Dec. 28, 1762; m. May 31, \-]?,%, Joseph Cogswell; d. April 11, 1S25. 
Lord and Eunice (twins). They died when a few days old. 

the choates in america. 27 

Rev. John Cleaveland. 

Mr. Cleaveland had a natural fondness for books and a taste for study. At tlie 
a!?e of nineteen years, in 1741. he entered Yale College, but was e.xpelled his senior 
vear, 1745, for attending, during his vacation, a religious service conducted by a 
••New-light preacher,'" i. e.. a follower of Whitefield. who officiated where his parents 
worshipped: a painful reflection on the bigotry of those times. But the college, some 
twenty years later, in 1764, unsolicited, conferred upon Mr. Cleaveland his degree and 
entered his name-among the graduates of his own of 1745. thus doing him a tardy 
justice. He preached for two years in Boston, Mass., but declined a call to settle. 
Soon after, however, he accepted a call to the '-newly-gathered Congregational Church,'" 
in Chebacco, and was ordained and installed as their pastor at the age of twent)'-five 
vears. He continued in this pastorate for iifty-two years, being absent occasionally on 
special dutv in the army. 

He was Chaplain of a Provincial Regiment at Ticonderoga, and was on the battle- 
field when Lord Howe was killed. He served in a like capacity in an expedition 
against the French at Louisburg. He was also Chaplain of a regiment in 1775 at 
Cambridge, and tlie next year on a short campaign in New York. 

Rev" Mr. Cleaveland was a man about six feet tall and very erect : lie had a florid 
complexion and blue e\es. He was a person of great muscular strength and activity 
with a large share of moral courage. He rarely wrote his sermons, except those which 
were published, but they were carefully prepared and uttered with distinctness and 
rapidity. His voice was stentorian, his gestures natural and expressive, and he was 
considered one of the most popular and pow^erful preachers of his time. Dr. N. 
Emmons, of Franklin, said of him, " He was a pattern of piety and an ornament to the 
Christian and Clerical profession. He stood high among the first of faithful preachers 
of the Gospel and zealous promoter.s of the cause of Christ and the good of souls." 
He died on his birthday at the age of seventy-seven years after a short and painful 
illness. The Rev. Joseph Dana, second pastor of the South Church in Ipswich, 
preached his funeral sermon, taking for the text, ''And Elisha saw it, and he cried. My 
father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof J ''^ — 2 Kings ii. 12. 
Vid. Felt's History of Ipswich, Mass., pp. 263-66, 

The History of Essex, Mass., pp. 245-53, ""'^ 

Sewall's History of Woburn, pp. 603-6. 

Rev. Ebenezer Cleaveland a younger brother of Rev. John Cleaveland. 
John Cleaveland, the eldest son of Rev. John and Mary (Dodge) Cleaveland. was 
a minister. 

Parker Cleaveland, M. D. 

Dr. Parker Cleaveland, son of Rev. John and Mary (Dodge) Cleveland, was 
born Oct. 14, 1751. in Chebacco, Ipswich. Mass. He received a medical education, and 
commenced practice as a physician in Byfield, Mass., at the early age of nineteen 
years. In the Revolution he was regimental surgeon. Dr. Cleveland repeatedly 
represented the town in the General Court. He was member of the two State conven- 
tions, one of which formed, the other revised, the Constitution. He was an acting 
magistrate for forty years. He wa,s a good Christian, vigorous thinker, and keen 
theologian. He died Feb. 10. 1826. in Byfield. Mass. 

Vid. History of Essex, pp. 202-3. 

Horace P. Chandler, of 87 Devonshire Street, Boston,, is a grand.son of Dr. 

Prof. Parker Cleaveland, LL. D.. late of Bowdoin College. Brunswick, Me., and 
the Rev. John P. Cleaveland, D. D., late of Billerica. Mass., were sons of Dr. Parker, 
the former by his first wife, Mrs. Elizabeth (Jackman) Cleaveland, the latter by his 
second wife, Mrs. Abigail (Cleaveland) Cleaveland, of Byfield, Mass. 

Vid. History of Essex, Mass., p. 303. 

Prof. Parker Cleaveland was born Jan. 15. 1780, in Byfield, iMass. He married, 
Sept. 9, 1806, Martha Bush, who was born Aug. 19, 1787, in Boylston, Mass. They 
had five sons and three daughters. Professor Cleaveland died Aug. 15, 1858, in 
Brunswick, Me. 

Vid. History of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell, Me., pp. 718-25, 


Nehemiah Cleaveland, M. D. 

Dr. Nehemiah Ci.ka\elani). son of Rev. John and Mary (Dodge) Ck-aveland 
\va.s l)orn Aug. 26. 1760. in Cliebacco. Ip.swich, Mass. He married, Oct. 6, 1787. 'Luc)' 
Manning, daugliter of Dr. John and Lucy (Bowles) Manning. She was born in 
Ipswicli, Mass. Tliey resided in Topsfield, Mass. Mrs. Lucy Cleaveland died June 
6. 1791. leaving no children. Dr. Cleaveland married. July I. 1792. -Experience Lord. 
daughter of Dr. Elisha and Mrs. Tamersine (Coit) Lord, nee Kimball. She was born 
Dec. 16. 1764. in Pomfret. Conn. They resided in Topsfield. Mass.. where Dr. Cleave- 
land died Fell. 26. 1837. iMrs. E.xperience Cleaveland died Jan. 21. 1S45. '" Manchester. 


Nehemiah, b. June 11, 1793. He died young, April 11, 1796. 

Experience, b. April 11, 1795. She died in infancy, .\pril 27, 1795. 

Nehemiah, b. Aug. 16, 1796; m. Sept. S, 1823, ^Abby P. Manning; ra. Nov. 25, 1842, 

''Katharine A. Means; d. April 17, 1877. 
William Neai.e, b. .\pril 6, 1798; m. May 25, 1829, Harriet Perley ; A. Feb. 10, 1872. 
Lucy, b. March 12, 1800; d. Dec. 5, 1838. 

Mary, b. Feb. 12, 1S02; m. Nov. 8, 1843, Rev. O. A. Taylor : d. Aug. 29, 1872. 
John ") (111. Aug. 15, 1837, "" F.llen Maria Stone; m. Feb. 10, 1S47, 

\h. Feb. 29, 1804.^ -Harriet /{oyt; d. Dec. 12, 1863. 

EbenezerJ ( He died in infancy, March 20, 1804. 

Elisha Lord, b. April 25, 1806; m. June 7, 1S36, Cornelia Williams ; d. Feb. 16, 1866. 

Dr. Cleaveland. of Topsfield, Mass., was a physician of eminence in his profession, 
and with a wide practice in the town and its vicinity. 

Harriet Perley was a daughter of Aaron Perley, of Bo.xford, Mass. Ellen Maria 
Stone was a daughter of William Stone. Harriet Hoyt was a daughter of Ebenezer 
Hoyt, of Norwalk, Conn. Cornelia Williams was a daughter of Solomon Williams. 

Nehemiah Cle.wel.vxd. LL. D. 

Mr. Nehemiah Clean-eland, son of Dr. Nehemiah and E.xperience (Lord) Cleave- 
land, was born Aug. 16. 1796. in Topsfield, Mass. He married, .Sept. 8, 1823, Abby 
Pickard Manning, daughter of Dr. Joseph and Elizabeth (Pickard) Manning. She 
was born April 15, 1794. in Ipswich. Mass. They resided in Byfield, Mass. Mrs. 
Abl)y P. Cleaveland died July 2, 1836. Professor Cleaveland married, Nov. 25. 1842. 
Katharine Atherton Means, daughter of Col. David McGregor and Katharine 
(Atherton) Means. She was born May 22, 1817, in Amherst, N. H. They resided in 
ISyfield. where Mrs. Katharine Cleaveland died Aug. 27. 1846. Dr. Cleaveland died 
April 17. 1877, in Westport, Conn. 

THE children were: 
Joseph Manning, b. July 22, 1824; m. Oct. 17, 1877, Cornelia F. Barcelo. 
George Nehemiah, b. Feb. 16, 1826; d. Oct. 30, 1879. 
Henry William, b. Dec. 17, 1827. 

Twin Daughters, b. July 15, 1829; one lived two days and the other five days and died. 
Aery Elizabeth, b. Dec. 16, 1832. 

Mary Lord, b. May 28, 1835. She died in infancy, Sept. 30, 1835. 
Katharine Lawrence, b. March 6, 1845; ™- J""^ 3°- 1870, Dr. Robert M. La-urence. 

Mr. Cleaveland fitted for college in Dummer Academy. Byfield. Mass., then in 
charge of the Rev. Isaac Smith. He entered Bowdoin College, Sejjtember, 1S09, from 
which he graduated with honors, at the age of seventeen years, in 1813. Having spent 
the ne.xt year in the Andover Theological Semin.ary, he then entered upon his life work 
as a teacher. He taught in Dedham. Mass.. Gorham, Me., and in Portland, Me. In 1817 
he was called to a tutor's chair in Bowdoin College, where for three years he taught the 

He then became the Principal of Dummer Academy, where he had fitted for 
college when a lad. He was at the head of this institution for nineteen years, and 
fulfilled a very successful and honorable service. Retiring from this position he 
became the Professor of Languages in Phillips Academy, E.xeter, N. H. Subse- 
quently he became the Head Master of the High school in Lowell, Mass., and later he 
completed his long and useful service as a teaclier by filling, for a time, the position of 
Principal of a seminary for young ladies in I5rooklyn, N. Y. 

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Dr. Cleavelancl was a fine classical scholar, a careful and wise educator, and a 
teacher who won the esteem of, and was held in the warmest regard by, his pupils. He 
visited Europe in 1851, and again in 1858. In his later life he retired to the old home- 
stead in Topsfield, Mass., where, amid the scenes of his childhood, he gave himself 
up to his favorite studies, and extended to his friends and jnipils a most generous 

Dr. Cleaveland was a graceful public speaker, with something of the poetic in his 
nature. He was often called to give college orations and commemorative discourses, 
which were rendered in the highest degree interesting and attractive by his graceful 
style, wealth of culture and literary resources, and the delicate play of his fancy. 

Dr. Cleaveland was very attractive in person and gentlemanly in his mannens. 
His form compact, of medium height, his movements elastic and graceful, neat in his 
dress, .musloiind to society, with' rare conversational gifts, given to humor, and with an 
ine.\li,iii>liM' liiiid of fresh anecdotes for ready use, he was remarkably fascinating 
socialK .iinl iKiiii him one parted with regret. He united in 1856 with the Congrega- 
tional Church in Byfield, Mass., from which he never removed his membership. The 
last few years of his life were spent with his son and daughter in Westport, Conn., where 
he died April 17. 1877, having attained the age of fourscore years. Dr. Cleaveland, it 
is said, was especially proud of his connection with the Choate family. 

Miss Abhv E. Cleaveland, daughter of the lamented Nehemiah Cleaveland, LL.D., 
residing in Poughkeepsie, N. Y.,has in her possession some ancestral valuables. 
Among these is a plain gold ring, a memorial of Mrs. Mary (Varney) Choate. inscribed 
on the inside, "M. Choate Ob. 1734." and also a curious ring with a dull whitish, cotifin 
shaped stone, which is inscribed. "N. Dodge ob. 1758," a memorial of a grandson of 
Mrs. Choate. 

Robert Means La-wrrtice, M. D., wlio married Dr. Cleaveland's youngest daughter, 
was a son of Wm. and Susan (Dana) Lawrence. 


John^ Choate {Thomas'^, John^), son of 'lliomas [e] and Mary (Varney) 
Choate, was born July 25, 1697, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, 
March 3, 17 18, Miriam Fool, daughter of John and Abigail (Ballard) Pool. 
She was born Oct. 13, 1695, in Gloucester, Mass. They resided in Ipswich, 
Mass. Hon. John Choate died Dec. 17, 1765. Mrs. Choate died March 1,1769. 

Sarah, [88] b. April 24, 17 19. She died in infancy. 

Nehemiah, [89] baft. July 4, 1720. He died in childhood, Sept. 30, 1726. 
Sarah, [go] bnpi. May 6, 1722. She died in girlhood, 1735. 
John, [gi] bafl. Feb. 16, 1726. He died in boyhood, 1735. 
Abigail, [92] bapt. Nov. 23, 1729. She died in infancy, April 30, 1730. 
Mary, [93]. She died in childhood, April 6, 1736. 

Mr. Choate was the earliest of the family to enact a distinguished part in public 
affairs. The record he made for himself, in the halls of legislation, in military cam- 
paigns, in finance and in all kinds of public business, plainly shows that he was a man 
of commanding talent, rare sagacity, and great executive ability. 

The author of this volume wishes here to acknowledge his great indebtedness to 
Isaac Bassett Choate, Ph. D., of Boston, Mass., for valuable papers on three of the 
most eminent, now deceased, of the Choate name. These are appropriately designated 
as John Choate. the Commoner : Stephen Choate, the Councillor : and Rufus 
Choate, the Advocati; . These papers are inserted in their natural places, and first 
in order is, — 

John Choate, the Commonkk. 

The public life of Col. John Choate covers some thirty years almost directly pre- 
ceding the Revolution. He was actively engaged, witli equal zeal and judgment, in 


tilt niilitar_v. the financial, the civil, the educational, and the ecclesiastical afTairs of the 
Province in his day. Colonel Choate was elected to the (general Court, as member for 
Ipswich, for the lirst time in 1731. and he was re-elected in 1732. '33. '35, '41, '42. '43, 
'45. '46. '47. '48. 49, "54, '57, and "60. serving in the House of Representatives for fifteen 
years, and for fi\e \ears he was a member of the Council. His part in public affairs is 
shown from the records of the General Court. 

June 10, 1735. John Choate was one of a committee appointed by the House to lay 
out a township, granted to Lieut. .'\l)raham Tilton and tiftv-nine others, all but eight 
from Ipswich, and known as Ipswich Canada, afterwards as Winchendon. Mass. 

Vid. History of Aslibiirnham^ p. 45, and History of Ipswich^ Mass., p. 71. 

"1735, Apr. 27"'.— Rev. Mr. Fisk (who was the father of Gen. John Fisk of 
Revolutionary fame) headed a mob to get the pulpit from Mr. Mather who had been 
hired to preach. On May 2, Col. Wainwright. Col. Berry, Mr. Hale. Mr. Choate. 
Esquires Dutch and Abbott came here by order of the Court to enquire into this 
disturbance on the Sabbath ; a complaint being entered against Mr. Fisk. he was 
bound over to his good behavior." Copied from an interleaved almanac for 1735. by 
James Jeffrey, Esq., of Salem, Mass. Vid. Essex Inst. Hist. CoL, Vol. 2, p. 65. 

After a few years' absence from the Cleneral Court. Mr. Choate was again in his seat 
in 1741. The first session of that year was short and unimportant. At the opening of 
the second session. July 8. Mr. Choate was chosen Speaker of the House. Upon the 
Speaker-elect being presented to the Governor for that functionary to approve or dis- 
approve the choice made by the House, his Excellency peremptorily disapproved. The 
reason for the disapproval is plainly seen in the light of the political history of that 
time. Jonathan Belcher was governor, and these were the last days of his administra- 
tion. His unpopularity was not wholly personal, as may be gathered from the historv 
of the period. 

Under date of Sept. 30, 1852, Ellis Ames, of Canton, writes to Hon. Rufus Choate. 
of Boston, somewhat relating to the public life of Col. John Choate, and of this incident 
he writes as follows : — 

"The elections of May. 1741. in the House, were displeasing to Gov. Belcher; so 
much so, that on the second or third day of the session Gov. Belcher sent in a message 
as follows : 

■■ • Gentlemen of the House of Representatives, the management of the elections 
made yesterday discover to me so much of the inclination of your House to support the 
fraudulent pernicious scheme commonly called the ■• Land Bank," condemned at Home 
by his Majesty and both Houses of Parliament of Great Britain ; that I judge it 
derogatory to the King's honor and service, and inconsistent with the peace and welfare 
of the people that you sit any longer in General Assembly, and I have therefore 
directed Mr. Secretary Willard to declare the Court dissolved. 

May 28"', 1 74 1. J. Belcher.' 

" Court was dissohed accordingly. Forthwith precepts were issued and a new- 
election was held. The new House was made up of the same members e.\cept in 
fourteen instances out of one hundred and eleven. It met on July 8, 1741, and we 
have seen what action was taken. The House subsequently electee! John Hobson, of 
Rowley, Speaker, and this action was approved." 

In regard to Governor Belcher's charge that the Land-bank scheme was fraudulent, 
it may be said that the records of Middlesex County show that John Choate and his 
associates held one hundred and thirty-one parcels of real estate in that county alone 
as a part of the basis of security for the redemption of the notes. Among these asso- 
ciates were Samuel Adams and others who were forced to oppose royalty. 

Three days after the disapproval of Governor Belcher. July 11, Mr. Choate was 
made one of a committee to communicate to William Shirley the congratulations of the 
court upon his appointment as Governor of the Province. 

July 24, he was made one of the committee to meet the commissioners of Rhode 
Island and settle the disputed boundary between the two Provinces. It mav have been 
the work of this commission that was ridiculed with characteristic raillery bv Rufus 
Choate, Esq., about a century later. 


1743. June I. John Choate was appointed one of a committee -to inquire who 
were formerly sufferers, as Quakers, or on account of Witchcraft ; and what satisfac- 
tion has been made by this Court to such sufferers ; and report what may be proper to 
do thereon." 

1744. Mr. Choate is found serving on committees on bills of credit, to ascertain 
their rate with gold and silver ; on bills of credit of other provinces, on the payment of 
taxes, and other financial matters. 

1745 was a busy year. In January. Mr. Choate was on four different committees 
relative to the expedition against Louisburg. One of these was to go to Connecticut, 
New York, and the Jerseys to solicit help. He does not appear to have been in 
attendance at court from Feb. 27, when he was made one of a committee to prepare an 
address to the King relative to the proposed expedition, until the close of the session, 
in May. It is reasonable to suppose that he was absent upon the commission to 
Connecticut and New York. 

June I, John Choate was commissioned by Governor Shirley Colonel of the Eighth 
Massachusetts Regiment. The court records for that date read, "Capt. Choate inform- 
ing the House tliat he proposed to go to Cape Breton with the recruits now to be 
raised, desiring liberty to be absent, etc. 

'' Resolvecl that he have liberty to be absent from the House whilst the recruits 
are raising and during the expedition against Louisburg, and liberty to take his seat in 
this House on his return." 

June 20, he was commissioned by Peter Warren, Esq., of the fleet, and by William 
Pepperell. Esq., of the land forces. Judge Advocate of a Court of Admiralty at Louis- 
burg. "July 5"', 1745. Green Hill; This day arrived Col. Choate from Boston with a 
company of men." Vid. Crafts^ Journal of Siege of Louisburg. 

He served as Judge Advocate until Dec. 3. when he resigned, and on the thirteenth 
following he was in his seat in the House. That day he was made one of a com- 
mittee to draft a letter of congratulation to Lieutenant-General Pepperell, upon occasion 
of that officer being knighted. 

1 746 opened with negotiations between the Province and England in regard to the 
payment of the expenses of the expedition against Louisburg. These matters were 
not finally adjusted until the end of the Revolutionary War. Colonel Choate served 
on most of the committees having this business in charge. 

1747 opened with talk of another military expedition, — this one against Crown 
Point. Of the various committees on which Colonel Choate served, was one to which 
he was appointed Oct. 16. This was a committee "On encouraging manufactures and 
other industries of the Province." This was one of the earliest general standing com- 
mittees mentioned in our Provincial history. 

1748, June 16, the Governor informed the Court that he proposed to effect an 
exchange of prisoners with Canada. The following day John Choate was chosen by 
the two houses commissioner to meet the Six Nations of New York. He was paid fifty 
pounds towards expense of a journey to Quebec. On the 24th inst. he was ordered by 
the Court to pay into the treasury thirty pounds, and thereupon to be discharged of the 
fifty pounds. It will appear later that this commission probably took him to Albany 
only. In this year there was a great disturbance at Haverhill, Mass., and the General 
Court interfered, ordering a new town meeting to be called, and appointing John 
Choate, Esq., to be moderator thereof. Accordingly a meeting was holden on the 
22d of November, 1748, when Mr. Choate presided, and the same persons were for the 
third time chosen town officers. Is there another instance in New England history of 
a town meeting presided over by a moderator not of its own choosing, and not an 
inhabitant of the town? Vid. Chase's History of Haverhill., p. 331. 

1 749, June 6, Colonel Choate was appointed one of a committee " to consider of 
some proper Encouragement for improving of the Natural Advantages of the Soil & 
Climate & better improving the Fishery & Employing the Inhabitants of this Province 
to the best Advantage, and for having a proper Duty upon Commodities imported 
unnecessary to the Inhabitants of the Province." This was the revival of the commis- 
sion of Oct. 16, 1747, with enlarged scope of action. Its duties were preci-sely those of 
the Home Government, if the Home Government proposed to have any part in the 
affairs of the Province. We need not suppose that it had any prophetic or monitory 
significance on either side of the water in order to give this commission prime historical 

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importance. It is to be regarded as an infantile step by a people just learning to 
go alone. In this year. Colonel Choate was made chairman of a committee "to 
enquire who were formerly Sufferers, as (2uakers. or on account of Witchcraft.'^ This 
was the same matter that was before the court in 1743. Mr. Choate was the only 
member of that earlier committee who was appointed to serve on this later one. It 
was a delicate matter, and the committee was reluctant to act. In the temporary 
absence of Mr. Choate, Nathaniel Oliver was appointed to service in his place. 

On Sept. 14. 1749. Rev. Thomas Smith, of Falmouth, now Portland. Me., wrote 
in his journal. •• The Commissioners came to town, viz., Hutchinson, Choate. Williams, 
Theodore Atkinson and John Downing and Otis." These were Gov. Thomas Hutch- 
inson, Col. John Choate. Col. Israel Williams. Theodore Atkinson, and John Downing, 
of New Hainpshire. and Col. James Otis, of Barnstable. They were in Falmouth to 
negotiate a treaty with the Penobscot Indians. The treaty was signed Oct. 16, 1749. 

From the closing of the court in May. 1750, to the session beginning May 29. 1754, 
Colonel Choate's name does not appear in connection with the affairs of the Province. 
Subsequent records make it higlily probable that in this interval he was employed in 
treating with New York and the Six Nations relative to the Crown Point expeditions. 

1754. Oct. 22 and Nov. i. Colonel Choate was one of committees to whom were 
referred communications from Lieutenant-Crovernor Delaney, of New York, on Indian 

1755. Jan. 9. Colonel Choate was made chairman of a committee "on matters in 
Difference between the two Houses respecting the Letter to Mr. Agent BoUan which 
relates to the Excise Act pas.sed this Session."' The entry made on the following day. 
taken in connection with many other records, shows the conservative character of Mr. 
Choate, as well as his 'full appreciation of the delicacy of the financial relations between 
the Province and the Home tiovernment. The record reads : " A message was brought 
up from the House to his Excellency 1)_\' Col. Choate and others to signify that tlie 
matters contained in his speech of this day and his Message: referring to the Treasurer 
are of such moment that the House have desired the consideration thereof till the 
next Session."' 

On Feb. 18. 1755, Colonel Choate was made one of a committee to present an 
address from the House of Representatives to his Excellency relative to an expedition 
against Crown Point. Oct. 28, Colonel Choate was elected one of three commissioners 
to repair to Albany on the affairs of the expedition. Nov. 6, these commissioners were 
empowered by the General Court to raise and equip troops, and provide for their 
subsistence, etc. This expedition failed. 

1756. April 4. it was voted "that John Choate, Esqr., l)e of the committee lately 
appointed to reside at or near Albany to take care of the transportation of provisions 
and stores from Albany and Lake George for the use of the army now raising for the 
intended expedition against Crown Point." 

In this year Colonel Choate was appointed fifth Judge of Probate of Essex County, 
and continued in that otifice till his death. 

'757? Nov. 26. Colonel Choate was one of a committee appointed to consider the 
message of Governor Pownal in regard to quartering officers in Boston for recruiting 
troops to serve in Nova Scotia. The Selectmen of the town had refused the requisition 
made upon them by the British admiral, the Earl of Loudon. A little later. Jan. 6. 
1758, Colonel Choate was member of a committee of the House to present to the 
Governor a message in relation to the Earl of Loudon's letter. This question of 
authorit)' between the Selectmen of Boston and the British Admiral wa.s one of the most 
entertaining and instructive preliminaries to the Revolution. 

1758. Jan. ID. Colonel Choate was made one of a committee on the petition of 
French Acadians of Methuen, and other places in the Province, who complained to the 
General Court of the insufficiency of provision for their .support. On the 24th of 
January he was appointed one of five commissioners who were to meet and confer with 
commissioners from the other New England colonies. Connecticut was the only other 
colony represented in the meeting at Bo.ston. With these an agreement was made 
which was to continue in force for three years. The agreement consisted of eighteen 
articles, relating chiefly to measures to be taken against the French. The articles were 
signed by the commissioners Feb. 8, 175S. 

During this year. 1758. Colonel Choate became involved in a matter which lay 
outside his ordinary public duties, but which claims notice here. It brought him into a 


position in whicli lie felt called upon to declare and maintain his opinions. In the 
growing divergence of religious views, he appeared as the sturdy champion of orthodoxy- 
As he there put himself on record in print, the controversy enables us to see the truly 
Puritan nature and character of the man himself. 

Sept. 19. 1758. there was held at West Haverhill a council of nine churches to 
examine charges made against tlie Rev. Samuel Bacheller. The charges were formu- 
lated in twenty articles, all of which, except one, related to matters of doctrine. Chief 
among them was this, that Rev. Mr. Bacheller declared "that the work of Redemption 
was finished when Christ cried, "It is finished ! ' " Mr. Choate was a lay member of the 
council. The action of the council, exculpating and sustaining the accused, was signed 
by sixteen members. Mr. Choate, April 17, 1759, entered his dissent to certain votes 
on the record. Tlie following year, 1760. his •■ Reasons of Di.s.sent from the Judgment 
of the Council respecting the Doctrine of Rev. Mr. Bacheller" were printed bv 
D. Towle. at Portsmouth, in a pamphlet of seventeen pages. 

Vid. Mass. Hist. Soc. Lify. 

This pamphlet closes with the following paragraph : " Very like this performance, 
as to manner and method, may appear very clefective in the eyes of the learned ; but I 
depend on the weight and force of tlie matter ; and expect, at present, that in that 
regard it will bear the test of Truth, and fair reasoning ; if not, let it go. I shall be 
thankful to him. that from these sources sliows it."' Becominglv modest is tliis first 
appearance of the Choates in the literature of the New World. 

The discussion already opened was continued by the Rev. Willard Hall, whose 
"An.swer to Col. Choate's 'Reasons of Dissent'" was printed, probably, in 1760. 
This "Answer" was followed by a pamphlet of twenty-seven pages, printed at Boston, 
N. E., 1761, and entitled "Remarks on the late printed 'Answer to Col. Choate's 
" Reasons of Dissent."'" This is a .spirited defence, if it does not rather deserve to 
be called an attack. The writer does not spare the respondent out of regard for his 
clerical office. In his prefatory remarks Colonel Choate says, " To hold him up to the 
view of the world, in the ridiculous light his performance has placed him. is all that in 
justice he had to expect. I shall gratify him by remarking on some of his defects : 
and I shall leave the rest unnoticed." So much space has been given to an account 
of these pamphlets because they constitute the only contributions to our literature, 
bearing the name of Choate. during the first two centuries of our history. 

1 761, May 27, Colonel Choate was cho.sen a member of the Council, and he con- 
tinued to hold this place in tlie upper house of the (leneral Court throughout the rest 
of his public life. 

With his other public duties, Colonel Choate had served as treasurer of Essex 
County, for we find this entry in the records of the General Court: "June 11"', 1761, 
The account of John Choate Esqr., Treasurer of the County of Esse.x, to March, 1761, 
was allowed." 

1762, Feb. 22, Colonel Choate was one of a committee appointed to prepare an 
address to his Majesty, most humbly representing the great importance of retaining the 
Conquests in Canada, and of annexing them to his Majesty's other American Dominions. 

From this time on, John Choate was employed upon the higher interests of the 
Province until June 17. 1764, when his account as treasurer was again allowed as being 
"right cast and well vouch't.'' He was now absent from the Council until the 27th of 
October. It must have been within this time that he superintended the building of the 
stone bridge at Ipswich, he being chairman of the bridge committee. Bv order 
of the Court of Sessions this bridge was inscribed. "Choate Bridge, built 1764." 

Vid. History of Essex, p. i88. 

The low stone arches of this bridge stand to the present dav, and they bid fair to 
stand for centuries to come, as an enduring monument to the trustworthiness of this 
Pontifex Maximus of \\-\^ gens C/ioateia. 

It was upon the suggestion of Colonel Choate that the Town and County, at a joint 
reference, decided to build this bridge. Many of his fellow-townsmen were opposed 
to the plan. They prophesied failure and loss to the public. Great obloquy was 
incurred by him for "this spending of the people's money on a foolish project." The 
indignation of the nial-contents was expressed in these doggerel lines : — 

" Colonel Choate, in his great folly, 
Built Ipswich Bridge and turned out Whalley." 



But we have this rejoinder in a bit of verse of the same date, which is just as good 
doggerel as the other : — 

' Behold this bridge of lime and stone 1 
The like before was never known 
For beauty and magnificence, 
Considering the small expense. 

' How it excels what was expected, 
VyioD tlie day it was projected I 
When faithful men are put in trust. 
They '11 not let all the money rust. 

' But some advance for public good 
Is by this fabric understood; 
And after this it will be wrote 
In honor of brave Colonel Choate. 

'' It was his wisdom built the same. 
And added lustre to his fame. 
That filled this country with renown, 
.\nd did with' honor Ipswich crown.' 

The above lines composed by Mr. Clark, a blind man of Rowdey, in 1764, were 
recited by him on the bridge, in the presence of Colonel Choate and several other 
persons, before the ground walls were done, although the bridge was so far finished as 
to be passable. Among the spectators was Nathaniel Dutch, then a lad, who heard the 
verses recited, and repeated them from memory. December. 1 831. previous to whicli 
time it is not known that they were ever penned. 

M ._■* apw 

THE CHOATE BRIDGE, 1764. (Upper Side ) 

The bridge itself is, however, the best possible testimony to the capacity and 
honesty of the builder. The opponents of tlie plan e.xpccted to see the bridge fall 
when the supporting timbers were remo\ed from under the arclies, and it is said that 
the crowd remained watching till niglit-fall to see the bridge collapse. 

This bridge deserves a particular notice, because it was the first of such construc- 
tion in the country, and hence was so wonderful wdiile being built, and because it has 
been so substantial and serviceable ever since. The Town and County built it in equal 
shares of the expense. The contract called for a width of not less than twenty feet, 
a length between the abutments of si.xty-eight feet, one pier twenty by eight feet, a 
water passage beneath each arch of thirty feet, and guards three feet high, fifteen 
inches thick at bottom and nine at the top. The building committee were Hon. John 
Choate. Aaron Potter. Esq., and Joseph Appleton, Esq. It was completed in 1764. at 
a cost of £996. 10s. 6d. 2if; and named as above as a compliment to the chairman 
of the building committee. 

This bridge was widened in 1836-37. In 1836, May 16, the town chose a com- 
mittee and conferred upon it " full power to contract and agree with the County 
Commissioner,'' in the matter of widening it. providing the cost to the town did not 
e.\ceed Si. 200. This was accomplished, as seen on the opposite page. 

1765. May 30. Colonel Choate was elected to the Council. He kept in attendance, 
with the exception of a few days, until Saturday. June 15, when his name appears upon 
the records of the General Court for the last time. The life work of the tried old 



public servant was now done, and he left the Council Chamber approved as having his 
accounts -right cast and well vouch't." His death occurred Dec. 17, 1765. 

This brief outline of his career shows what manner of man John Choate was in 
public life. A few incidents may be added to help us see him as he lived among 
neighbors and friends. Oct. 4. 1747, he entertained the Ecclesiastical Council of si.xty 
gentlemen, assembled for the settlement of the Rev. John Whalley, first pastor of the 
South Congregational Church of Ipswich. Colonel Choate is described as wearing on 
this occasion a scarlet cloak, and a sword with a silver hilt. This Whalley is the one 
who has already been referred to above as having been turned out by the Colonel. 
The manner of effecting this is characteristic of the man. After some years the parish 
became desirous of a change in the pastorate. On occasion Rev. IVlr. Whalley com- 
plained that he had not a sufficient salary, and he asked Colonel Choate how he had 
better proceed to have it increased, saying. '' Colonel, would you in my place ask for a 
dismissal as a threat?" "Yes," said the Colonel, •• that will do it." Thereupon the 
parson asked for a dismission which, to his great surprise and chagrin, the Church and 
Parish immediately granted. 

The Colonel bore the reputation in his day and among his associates of having 
■• honored Christ by his profession and practice of Religion." 

yid. Feli's History of Ipswich, Mass., p. 180, 

Tlie History of Essex, pp. 1S7, \W>,and 

History of Essex County. Vol. \,pp. 630, 631. 

THE CHOATE BRIDGE, 1837. (Lower Side.) 

But notwithstanding this eminently respectable position in the community, there 
have been expressed serious doubts whether Colonel Choate was "as pious as the 
times required." And this suspicion was based upon the following circumstance : 
When the Colonel was living on the farm which he afterward bequeathed to his 
nephew. Stephen Choate. Esq^, he had a neighbor named Tilton. of Tilton Hill Farm, 
who would occasionallv pass an evening with the Colonel, playing a game of cards. 
One very dark night Tilton started for home, and reaching a pair of bars which stood 
on a dyke, in the boundary fence between him and the Colonel, he saw with dismay 
a head with horns, and with eyes glaring at him through the rails. He felt guilty 
about the card playing, and ran at full speed to the Colonel's door. " What 's the 
matter?" a.sked the Colonel. ''Colonel Choate!" .said Tilton. "we must stop this! 
The Devil has come!" "Where did you see him?" "At the dyke bars." '-Stop 
a moment. Tilton : I will go with vou and see him." When they reached the fence 
he was still there, but the" Colonel' soon discovered that the Devil was no other than 
one of Tilton's o.xen looking through the bars. 

The colonel's education was imperfect ; his advantages had been limited. Espe- 
cially was he weak in his spelling, but it must be borne in mind that our ancestors of 


that day enjoyed larger liberties in this matter than have been enjoyed since our 
national independence was secured. It can be said that he bore the taunts of illiteracy 
with perfect good nature, for there is told the story that •' while Choate was a member 
of the House, he sent to the speaker's desk, on one' occasion, a report, or other writing, 
in his own hand, so badly written, and containing so many blunders in spelling, that 
the speaker declared his 'inability to decipher it. and added that it did not contain a 
single word properly spelled : whereupon Clioate rose, and after repeating the words of 
the speaker, said. • Now the paper before you contains the word the — t-h-e — which I 
think is spelled quite right. If you cannot read it, pass it to me. and I will read it 
myself.'" Vid. Essex Inst. Coll., Vol. Z-iP- "• 

The present writer will add that a letter written by Colonel Choate, from Louis- 
burg, in 1745, and now on hie in the Archives of Massachusetts, does not show any 
marked literary deficiency on the part of its author. 

In his controversy with the Rev. Willard Hall, which has already been mentioned. 

Ijlainly with reference to some slur upon him for his illiteracy that he quotes the 


'To Athens goun'd he goes, and from that school 
Returns, unsped, a more instructed fool." 

His appreciation of learning and his interest in education are to be seen in liis 
service on committees dealing with the affairs of Harvard College. The inventory of 
his estate proves that he was possessed of such books as John Flavel's Works, Leland's 
''View of Deistical Writers," and Edwards on the "Freedom of the Human Will." 
The reading of books calls for a good degree of intellectual training and it yields 
still more. 

By his will, Colonel Choate emancipated his two slaves. Binah and Jane, making 
provision for their support. 


AbigaiP Choate {Thanuis-, John^), Aaugh\.ex of Thomas [g] and Mary 
(Varney) Choate, was born Oct. 20, 1G99, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She 
married {pii/>. Nov. 27, 1720) John Boardmau, son of 'i'homas and Sarah 
Boardman. He was born Feb. 13, 1697, in Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. 
Capt. John Boardman died Oct. i, 1760. Mrs. Boardman died. 

John, m. Mary Baker : d. March 9, 1755. 
Abigail, b. 

Thomas, m. Elizabeth Haio. 
Sarah, b. She died in childhood, Nov. 3, 1737. 
Mary, b. She died in childhood, Nov. 3, 1737. 
Lucy, b. She died in childhood, Nov. 3, 1737. 
Francis, b. Me died in childhood, Nov. 5, 1 737. 
Sarah, b. 1738; m. Daniel Noyes ; d. Aug. 20, iSoi. 
Mary, m. Nov. 6, 1760, ^ James Kinsman ; pub. .\ug. 17, 1765, "Samuel Bragg ; d. 


Mr. Boardman was a sea captain. We find the following records : "Capt. John 
Boardman d. i Oct. 1760." •■ Sarah, Mary, Lucy, daus. of Capt. John & Abigail Board- 
man died of the sore-throat distemper 3 Nov. 1737, Francis ditto 5 Nov. 1737." 

Vid. Records of Ipswich, Mass. 

" Novem' th 3 and 5 1737 when John Bordman lost four of his children." 
•'Daniel Noyes married Sarah daughter of John Boardman. She died Aug 20, 1801. 
aged 63." ' Vid. Felts' History of Ips-wich, Mass., pp. 186, 1S7. 

Thomas and Elizabeth (How) Boardman had a son who settled in Lyndeljorough. 
N. H.. and other children who settled in Marblehead. Mass. 

Mrs. Mary (Kinsman) Bragg, nee Boardman, was living Sept. 30, 1784, in Dover. 
N. H. Vid. Kinsman Family, p. 78. 



Frauds^ Choate {Thomas', Jo/iii^), son of Thomas [6] and Mary 
(Varney) Choate, was born Sept. 13, 1701, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He 
married, .\\>x\\ 13, 1727, Hannah Perkins, daughter of Isaac and Mary (Pike) 
Perkins, She was born April 4, 1708, in Boston, Mass. They resided in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Elder Choate died Oct. 15, 1777. Mrs. Choate 
died Oct. 2, 1778. 


Francis, [94] b. Feb. 27, 1728. He died when a lad, 1740. 

William, [95] b. Sept. 5, 1730; m. Jan. 16, 1756, Mary Giddings : d. April 23, 1785. 

Abraham, [96] b. March 24, 1732; m. Sarah Poller : d. April 23, iSoo. 

Isaac. [97] b. Jan. 31,^734; m. F.lizabeth Low: d. May 30, 1813. 

Jacob, [98] liafil. Aug. 17, 1735. Probably died young. 

John, [99] b. March 13, 1737; m. Nov. 14, 1760, 'Mary Evelelh : m. April 16, 17S9, "Mrs. 

Sarah Newman: d. July 7, 179 1. 
Hannah, [100] li. April l, 1739; m. Nov. 10, 1757, Ktifu^ Lathrop : d. .\pril iS, 17S5. 
Francis, [ioi] b. .Sept. 18, 1743. He died while young, 


Mr. Choate, while a young man, learned the trade of a blacksmith, of his brother- 
in-law, Isaac Martin. This acquired art he jjul to a practical It is said that he 
made all the iron-work for three schooners which he liuilt in company with his brother. 
Thomas Choate, and also that with the assistance of his slave, Cassar, he sawed out by 
hand all the plank used in the construction of vessels. While not himself a sea- 
faring man he was much interested in maritime affairs and owned and chartered man\" 
vessels engaged in fishing and in the coasting trade. Not long after his marriage an 
event occurred which seems to have made a profound impression on the minds of this 
young man and his wife, just fairly settled in their new home on the Island. Oct. 29, 
1727, " On tlie Sabbath Day at night, about ten of y= clock there was a great earthquake 
throughout the Province which shook the houses and threw down the tops of chimneys 
in many places." And Mr. Felt, the local historian, remarks: "It so affected the 
minds of people, that it was a means used by the Holy Spirit to produce a very powerful 
revival of religion in the Ipswich parislies. The same desirable result was e.xperienced 
throughout New England." 

What this startling event had to do with their conversion does not clearly appear, 
hut Mr. Choate and his wife Hannah joined tlie church very soon after the great 

"Esquire Francis." as Mr, Clioate was called. l)ecame prominent in church as well 
as in the town. For many years he held the office of a Ruling Elder, It is said uf 
him that he was a tower of strength in the "Whitefield movement." and to the close 
of his life the right-hand man of his pastor, the Rev. John Cleaveland. 

Like many of his day he was a slave-holder. His slave '• Ned " Ijecame interested 
in religion before his master, who reprimanded him for leaving the Island so often to 
attend religious meetings, but later Esquire Francis confessed that he did not wonder 
now that Ned loved to go to the meetings. 

This Ned married a negress Sabina. called 'Binah. and she had a large famih' of 
children. Three of them, James, Violet and Titus, were baptized Oct. 24. 1742. Two 
of the daughters, when nearly grown up, took cold by exposure in the barn at a husking 
and died. They were buried on the Island. The spot is marked b}- a pine-tree. 

Mr. Choate was kind to his slaves, and in his will provided for their freedom, or 
for their comfortable support, should they become aged, and unable to work. Ned 
chose to remain in the Choate family on the Island. When quite old the birth of 
David Choate's oldest child, Mary, occurred, in 1792, and "Old Ned" was greatly 
ve.xed because she was not a boy ; and later, in 1794. when the second child, Hannah, 
was born, he was again disappointed, and e.xpressed his feelings by saying. ■■ David's 
wife is no fool ; she '11 look out for herself first." Old Ned lived to the age of ninety 
years, and died Sept. 27, 1800, 

Esquire Choate, about 1739. purchased a faini on the main land, known as the 



"John Kurnham place." to whicli he soon after removed, altliiiugh he still retained and 
carried on the "Island Farm," upon which later, about 1755, his sons William and 
Isaac settled, to whom their father gave a full title in 1769. The ne-xt year, 1770, Isaac 
sold out his half for £666. to his brother William, and with his faniily removed to 
Leicester. Mass. 

Among the few^ books of that day in Esquire Choate's bookcase was Flavel's work 
■■ On Keeping The Heart," which, with various Law and Custom House papers, is still 
preserved. .Some years before his death he lost his right hand by a cancer. On his 
dying bed he called his children about him and gave them all his paternal counsel and 
blessing. To his son John he said: "Don't let the world run away with you. John." 
And later it is said, " That as Elder Francis Choate lay dving, his minister, the Rev. 
John Cleaveland, jumped upon his horse and flew to liis liedside saying, • Burgoyne 
has surrendered ! ' The dying man waved his hand, with patriotic joy lighting up his 
face, but was too far gone to speak." 

John Choate, Esq., his son, in recording the death of his parents in his journal, 
writes of them this tribute : — 

" They were eminent for their piety and religion and left their dving testimonv to 
the truth of it. May their posterity imitate their virtues." 

Viii. History of Essex, Mass., p. 219. 

Mrs. Choate wa.s a descentlant of John i'erkins. who came from Newent. 
(;ioucestershire, England, to this country, in 1631. on board the .shij) " L)on." and who 
had for a fellow passenger the afterw.a'rd famous Roger Williams, of Rhode Island. 
She was the daughter of a see captain, and a woman of sterling qualities. .She survi\ed 
her husband less than a year, and died Oct. 2. 1778. 

P^iii. The Perkins Family ,1 pp. 44, 45. 64. 

It has been said "That among all the Choate ancestrv none were so illustrious for 
their piety as were Esquire Francis and his good wife Hani'iah." 



Near the river, at the foot of the easterly slope of " Choate Island." there stands 
to-day a well constructed farm-house, finely situated, modern in appearance, with an 
agreeable outlook and an extended prospect' of land and sea, which was erected about 
1 725 by Francis Choate. then a young man soon to be married and making ready a 
suitable home for his bride from the citv of Boston. After these one hundred and 



seventy years, this dwelling is not only well preserved externally, but the white oak 
posts and braces, and the heavy timbers throughout, are still undecayed and strong, 
capable of withstanding the winds and storms of yet other centuries. 




It was in tlic front corner chamlier to tlie left, in lliis ver\ house, that was born, 
almost a hundred years since, one of the world's most gifted and renowned orators, 
Hon. Rufus Choate, of Boston. 



RacheF Choate {Tlwmas-, John^), daughter of Thomas [e] and Mary 
(Varney) Choate, was born Nov. 8, 1703, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She 
married, Jan. 16, 1724, ^Joseph Rust, son of Nathaniel and Joanna (Kinsman) 
Rust. He was born March 22, 1696, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They 
resided in Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Rust died Feb. 3, 1734. Mrs. Rust married, 
March 2, T737, ■•/>■(?(?<;■ Martin. Mr. Martin died. Mrs. Martin died March 

IS. 1783- 


Joseph, b. Oct. 14, 1726; m. March 9, 1749, Mary Evelelli ; d. Sept. 10. 1771. 
Lucy, b. Jan. 18, 172S; m. March i, 1746, JeremiaJi Andrews ; d. 
Mary, b. Nov. 15, 1729; ra. Oct. 12, 1749, Jonatlian Burnliam : d. 
P'rancis, b. May 23, 1731; m. Dec. 25, 1753, Sum/i Giddings : d. Oct., 17S3. 
Robert, b. 1733; m. Oct. 21, 1762, Afrhi/n/ite Fistce ; d. 

Abigail, bap/. Jan. i, 173S. 
Elizabeth, Oafit. June 17, 1739; n 
d. April 29, 1814. 
Hannah, bapt. Oct. 19, 1740. 
Eunice, bap/. July 11, 1742. 
Rachel, bap/. Sept. 9, 1744. 

m. June 7, 1770, "Stephen Clioa/e [85]; 


Mr. Rust was descended from Henry Rust, immigrant, in 1634, to Hingham, iMass. 

I'ici. The Jiiist Genealogy, pp. i, 35, 54, 55. 



Precinct Records of Chebacco contains tlie following: -Joseph Rust and 
Rachel Choate both of Chebacco entered and posted 
up Aug. 24. 1723. 

William (Iiddlngs. Clerk of Pan's/i.'' 

The marriage ceremony was doubtless by the Re\-. 
John Wise. The marriage of Isaac Martin' and Mrs. 
Rachel Rust, March 2, 1737. is recorded in the hand- 
writing of Rev. Theophilus Pickering. The list of 
children is copied from the baptismal I'ecord in the 
church book of Chebacco by Rev. Mr. Pickering and 
liis successor. Rev. Nehemiah Porter, with the addition 
ot Robert of the first marriage. It varies somewhat 
from the record of children given in "The Rust 
( lenealogv." 

Joseph Rust, the oldest son. who married Mary 
ICxeleth, was the father of Dr. Parker Russ. How the 
name became changed from Rust to Russ is unknown. 
IJr. John Denison Russ, son of Dr. Parker Russ. was 
the eminent philanthropist, distinguished for his services 
their struggle against the Turks, and who left manv 
thousands of dollars for a public library to the town of Essex, Mass. 

yid. Ri(st Genealogy, p. 142, and 

The History of Essex, Mass., pp. 29S-300. 

Mr. Martin was descended from Abraham Martin, who. with his wife and others, 
were prosecuted for erecting a meeting-house in 1679 in Chebacco. 

Hon. John Prince, a prominent citizen of Essex, and for many years a resident of 
Washington. 1). C was of this lineage. 

Vid. The History of Essex, J/ass., pp. 338-42. 


rendered to the (Ireeks 


Ebenezer^ Choate (Thomas^, Jokn^), son of Thomas [e] was born 
March 10, 1706, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, Sept. 3, 1730, Eliza- 
beth Greenleaf. She was born in Newburyport, Mass., where they resided. 
Mr. Choate died about 1766. Mrs. Choate died Feb. 8, 1798. 

THE children WERE: 

Tamozin, [102] b. Oct. S, 1731. She died in infancy, Jan. 4, 1732. 

Benjamin, [103] b. Nov. 15, 1732; m. .\ug. 10, 1754, Anna k'na/tp; d. 

Thomas, [104] b. Jan. 19, 1734; /«/.. ,\ug. 16, 1794, Molly K'emtrick : d. 

Ebenezer, [105] b. April 27, 1735. He died in boyhood, Feb. 26, 1744. 

Mary, [106J b. June i, 1736; pub, Sept. 20, 1760, John Lakeman : d. Dec. 22, 1771. 

John, [107] b. Aug. 5, 1738. lie died in infancy, Dec. i, 1738. 

Elizabeth, [108] b. Oct. 16, 1739. 

Sarah, [log] b. Aug. 5, 1741. She died in childhood, April 12, 1743. 

Joseph, [iio| b. 1742; m. A/ary ; d. 

Ebenezer, [hi] b. Dec. 4, 1744. He died in infancy, Dec. 17, 1744. 

John, [112] b. Dec. 27, 1745; m. Jan. 8, 1767, Abigail Tyler; d. 

Ebenezer, [113] b. April 16, 1748; m. Jan. i, 1784, Anna Pillshury : d. Nov. 2, 1801. 


Mr. Choate was an inn-holder. I'nder date of IJec. 31, 175 1, he petitioned to 
the General Court in regard to his bond a.s inn-holder. He sold wine in 1740 to the 
church committee for an ordination in Boscawen, N. H. 

Vid. The History of Boscawen, N. H.. p. 31. 
He was also Notary Public and Coroner. 

Vid. Boston News Letter, June 17, 1744. 


There is the following record: •'20 Dec 1742 Gov. Thomas Choate gave his house 
in Newbury, in which his son Ebenezer lives to Ebenezer's Children, but to be used by 
Ebenezer and wife during their lives The children then were Benjamin. Thomas 
Joseph. Mary, Elizabeth and Sarah." Tamozin and John had died, and at that date 
Joseph was the youngest child. Ebenezer had died in infancy : John and Ebenezer 
were born later. ' p:iizabeth. their daughter, it is quite prol)able, married. May 14, 1765. 
William Babson. son of John and Hannah (Hodgkins) Babson. who was born Oct. 12. 
1721. in Gloucester. Mass.. and who married July 24. 1744, 'Mary Williams. 

Vid. Early Settlers, Gloucester, Mass., Part /.,/. 7. 


Sarah-' CllOato {'I'honms'-, Jolm^), daughter of Thomas [e] and Mary 
(Varney) Choate, was born July 24, 1708, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She 
married, .Vpril 5, 1736, Rev. Ames Cliecver, son of Rev. Samuel and Ruth 
(Angier) Cheever. He was born Oct. 24, 16S6, in Marblehead, Mass. They 
resided in Manchester, Mass., where Rev. Mr. Cheever died Jan. 15, 1756. 
Mrs. Sarah Cheever died. ^^^ ^^,^-^,^^^ weue : 

Thomas, b. Jan. 15, 1737; d. Dec. 27, 1781. 

John, b. Aug. 7, 1739; m. June 15, 1769, ^arah Buller : d. Dec. 25, 1821. 

EZEKIEL, b. May 27, 1741; n;. Dec. 6, 1770, Siisniiixj Butler : A. July 14, 1S26. 

Samuel Choate, h. Xov. 4, 1744, lie died young. 

Sarah, b. 1746. .she died in early life, July 22, 1774. 


Mr. CHEEVEii graduated in 1707 from Harvard College. In 171 1 he was called, 
on a salary of ^50 yearly, to settle as the first pastor of the church in Dracut. Mass. 
This call he declined, and subsequently became the first minister of Manchester, Mass. 
Sarah Choate was his third wife. She died in early womanhood, and Rev. Mr. Chee\er 
married, in his later life, Sarah Davis, a daughter of Deacon James Davis, of (",loucester. 
Mass. She was a voung lady whom his s"on. Josiah Cheever. of a previous marriage, 
had fallen in love with, and her marriage to his father was \-ery disastrous to the young 
man. She survived her husband more than fifty years, and died Oct. 27, 1808. aged 
eighty years. Vid. History of Gloucester, Mass., pp. 77, 329. 

Rev. Samuel and Ruth (.Angier) Cheever. his parents, were married June 28, 1671. 
Rev. Samuel Cheever was the son of Ezekiel and Ellen Cheever. Ezekiel Cheever. 
tlie famous Boston Latin School master, w^as the grandfather of Rev. Ames Cheever. 
He was born Jan. 25. 161 5. in London. England, and died Aug. 25. 170S. in Boston. 
Mass. It is said Ezekiel Cheever w^as a" teacher for seventy years. He was the 
principal of the Ipswich Grammar School from 1650 to 1660. ten years; he then 
removed to Charlestown, Mass., and afterward, 1671, to Boston, where he taught to 
the end of his life, in 1708. He published a Latin grammar, which passed through 
twenty editions. Mr.s, Ellen Cheever, wife of Ezekiel Cheever, died Sept. 10. 1706. 
in Boston, Mass. They had a daughter Elizabeth Chee\'er. wlio married Samuel 
Goldthwait. who was the grandfather of Col. Thomas (loldthwait. and father of 
Capt. John Goldthwait, of Boston. Mass. Samuel Goldthwait. wlio married Elizabeth 
Cheever, was a son of Thoma.s Goldthwait. an early settler of Salem. Mass.. first found 
at Roxbury. Mass.. as a member of Rev. John Eliot's churcli. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Cheever Gould, who was born Jan. 7. 1825, in Manchester, died 
Nov. 17, 1893. in Chelsea, Mass. The mother of the poetess. Miss Elizabeth Porter 
Gould, was a direct descendant of the famous Boston teacher. Ezekiel Cheever. 

Re\-. .Ames Cheever married. Nov. 6. 1733. Mary Sanders. The ceremony was 
performed bv Rev. Joseph Sewall, D. D. Mr. Cheever's maternal grandfather was the 
Rev. William Ames, a learned Divine of the Church of England, who became a Puritan 
and intended to come to America, but went to Holland where he died. Mr. Cheever 
received his Christian name, Ames, in memory of this grandparent. Deacon Samuel 
Cheever, who died July 7, 1892, aged seventy-eight years, in Manchester, Mass., was a 
descendant of Rev. Ames Cheever. 



DanieV' Choate {JoscpJi-^John^), son of Joseph [8] and Rebecca Choate, 
was born in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, Feb. 26, 1728, Maij 
Adams. They resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Choate died. Mrs. 
Choate died. 


Daniel, [114] b. Jan. 19, 1729; m. ; d. March 4, 1S20. 

Adams, [115] 1'. Feb. 20, 1732. 

Mary, [116]. She died in childhood, Feb. 16, 1736. 

.\Ir. Choate received from his father's estate the old homestead of his grand- 
father. John Choate, where he .spent his days in quiet and contentment. Both of his 
sons were in the service of tlie Revolution. Adams Choate was on board the brigantine 
•' Fancy ■■ and was taken pri.soner when she was captured. Aug. 7. 1777. Captain Lee 
commanding. He was taken to England and committed to •' .Mill Prison " in Plymouth. 
England, where he was still a prisoner Feb. 7. 1779. 

There were fifty-six men captured on board the •' Fancy "' : eleven escaped, two 
died, none joined British ships, and forty-three remained in prison. 

Vid. Charles Herbert's Journal,' Re/ic of the Revolution, pp. 250, 25S, and 

Rolls of the Revolution. 


Jonathan'' Choate {Bcnfamiifi, John^), son of Rev. Benjamin [9] and 
Ahigai! {Biiniliam') Choate, was born May 31, 1708, in Kingston, N. H. He 
married. May 6, 1738, Eli-.abcth Moody. She was liorn in Exeter, N. H. They 
resided in Kingston, N. H. Mr. Choate died Jan. 9, 1752. Mrs. Choate 
[JToliably married again. 


Jeremiah, [117] b. Aug. 19, 1739. 

Jonathan, [118] b. Nov. 4, 1741. He died in infancy, Aug. 3, 1742. 

Jonathan, [119] b. Nov. 6, 1743; m. .Mary Reati : d. .\pril 25, 1S37. 

Ahigail, [120] b. May 26, 1747- 

Elizabeth, [121] b. Dec. 11, 1749. 

.\NNIE, [122] b. Dec. 20, 1 75 1. 


"Jonathan Choatt" and his father. ••Benjamin Choatt." appear in a list of 
eighty-four ••Kingston .Mens Names -Sworn to K g-' 1727." He buys of his father. 
Rev.' Benjamin Choate. in 1732. house, furniture, etc.. and Jan. I. 1737. they jointly 
convcv to lienjamin Choate. Jr.. ••estate of inheritance." 

Vid. Records in Office of Register of Deeds, Exeter, N. II. 

.Mr. Choate and his brother, Benjamin Choate, Jr.. appear in 1738 among eighty- 
one petitioners for a grant of land. 

-To his E.xcellencv Jonathan Belcher Esquire Commander in Chief in and over 
his Majesties Province of New Hampshire and to the Honorable his Afajesties Council ; 
— The Humble Petition of us Inhabitants of Kingstown : — Most Humbly sheweth. 

"That with Earnest desire of Enlarging the dominion of tlie Supreme of the 
English Territories: and to Accommodate our Posterity under the most happy .Admin- 
istration on Earth. WE have e.xjjosed our Persons and Families Goods and Fortunes 
to tlie Ravage and Insults of a barbarous I-Inemy. and many of our dear Friends and 
Relatives have lost their Lives in the Enterprize. and Others undergone a long and 
Sore Captivity and some of them redeemed with vast Labour and -difficulty and great 
Expence which has so impoverished many of us that We have been Obliged to sell 
much of our Lands to the Inhabitants of Other Towns in which distressing and 
Calamitous Wars we have been their Barrier, and thro' the Unhappy Disputes arising 


between this and the adjacent Province much of our Lands lias been Seized and 
Settled by the Inhabitants of the neighboring Province which has caused Some of us 
Inhabitants great Tryalls and Perplexities in being harrassed with Uncomfortable & 
Chargeable Lawsuits : 

'■ On These and several other Motives we did humbly Request a Tract of Land 
near adjoining to Ammiskeeg Falls which has laid upon File near Fourteen Years thro" 
the unsettled state of this Province in respect to the Line. 

"We Have been at the Charge of sending a Number of Men to view the Inland 
and to give us a plan of a suitable Tract of Land which may be indisputable and thro' 
the^ Guidance of Providence they have found such a spot between Winnepescoklee & 
Pemissewassett Rivers. We Therefore humbly Request the favorable and Compas- 
sionate consideration of your E.xcellency and Honours in the Grant of a Township 
there of Ten miles square or of such other Dimensions and Quantity as in your Wisdom 
may seem meet and your Petitioners as in duty bound shall e\er Pray &c — ." 

Vid. Early Town Papers, N. H., Vol. XI I., pp. 335-7. 

This petition with its humble request, like the preceding one. must have lain upon 
file quite as long ungranted, for we find Jonathan Choate and Benjamin Choate. Jr.. 
with others of Kingston inhabitants, again making petition to His E.xcellency Benning 
Wentworth. Esq.. Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over the Province of New- 
Hampshire, for the grant of a •■ Township to the Northward of & joining to No. 4. so 
called. & bounding on the East side of Connecticut River." This was under date of 
•■Kingston. lo"^ Sept' 1750."" 

Vid. Early Town Papers, N. H., Vol. XI I., pp. 337, 33S. 

.Mr. Choate served as a soldier in the campaign against Louisburg. This appears 
from the following: "Jona Choate sick." Louisburg, Nov. 20, 1745, Captain Prescott's 
Company, Colonel Moore"s Regiment. 

Vid. Report of Adjutant-General of N. II., Vol. II., p. 66. 

There is no mention that he profited by any grant of land petitioned for. but his 
son became one of the four first settlers of Tamworth, N. H. Mr. Choate died before 
he was fifty years of age. Letters of administration were taken out in Rockingham Co., 
March 3. 1757, for the e.state of Jonathan Choate, of Kingston, N. H. The inventory 
was rated June 14, 1757, ^1.34°. The administrator of his e.state sold at auction. 
Jan. 15, 1758, land to Elizabeth Bridgman. This deed gives the impression that the 
grantee was the widow of Jonathan Choate. who had married a second time. 


BpUJamiU'' Choate {Benjamin-, John'^), son of Rev. Benjamin [9] and 
Abigail (Burnham) Choate, was born .Aug. 7, 1715, in Kingston, N. H. He 
married, Dec. 22, 1741, Riitli Edwards, daughter of Rice and Ruth (Young) 
Edwards. She was born Oct. 18, 172 1, in Salisbury, Mass. They resided in 
Kingston, N. H. Mr. Choate died June 30, 1758. Mrs. Choate died. 

.\MMi, [123] b. Sept. 15, 1742. 

Benjamin, [124] b. Oct. 19, 1744. He died in childhood, Jan. ig, 1749. 
Joseph, [125] b. Jan. 17, 1747, "and died ye i8<h of the same." 
Simeon, [126 J h. Jan. 14, 1748; m. May 29, 1770, ^Rvth Thompson; ful>. April 9, 1797, 

'Hnnnn/i Norton ; d. .Sept. 22, 1829. 
Ruth, [127] b. Aug. 5, 1750; m. Oct. 15, 1771, Benjamin Judkins ; d. March 7, 1814. 
Benjamin, [128] b. Aug. 8, 1754; m. Oct., 1774, Jane Bradbury : d. 


Mr. Choate died in the prime of manhood. His estate was appraised at 
j/;3,476, 5J-., Aug. 28, 1758. Mrs. Ruth Choate, widow of Benjamin, of Kingston, N. H.. 
settled his estate in 1761. and charges for the .support of one child, whether boy or girl 
is not stated, from four ^ears old to seven years of age. 

Vid. Probate Records, Exeter, N. H. 


Rice Echvaids and Ruth Younj; were married Dec. 12. 1720. by Rev. Joseph 
Far.sons, pastor of the second church in Salisbur}-. IVIass. 

There is the following record: "The 15 day of March 1777. ue Ammi Choate, 
Simeon Choate. Kenj" Choate & Benj" Jtidkins. Ruth Judkins wife of Benj" Judkins, 
the said Ammi of the town called Brownstown in the County of York, yeoman, the 
said Simeon of the town of Salisljury in the County Hillsborough & Benj" Choate of 
Kingston & Benj" Judkins & Ruth judkins of Kingston in the County Rockingham, 
joiner yeoman for & in consideration of . . . paid l)y Ebenezer Stevens of Kingston 
. . . and one acre in the lot of land that was laid out to Thomas Webster that was set 
off to the said Benj" Choate ; about fifteen acres more or less, it being the s'^ Benj" 
ap. s"* estate of his late father and the widow's dower in sakl home place to have & to 
hold &c " Vid. Records in the office of Register of Deeds, Exeter, N. H. 

Mrs. Abigail Choate. widow of Rev. Benjamin Choate. survived all her children, 
and died in 1776. The above Ammi. Simeon, Benjamin, and Ruth, children of her 
deceased .son. Benjamin Clioate. Jr.. were heirs to their grandmother's estate. 


lUllianiilll'' Choate {Benjiimin-, John^), daughter of Rev. Benjamin [9] 
and Abigail (Burnham) Choate, was born Dec. 22. 1718, in Kingston, N. H. 
She married, Sept. 15, 1747, Da-oid Frcncli. He was born in 17 19 m Kingston, 
N. H, where they resided. Mr. French died Oct. 20, 1792. Mrs. French 
died Jan. 4, 1808. 


RuilAMAll, bapt. March 26, 1749. Sarah, hapl. July 12, 1754. 

John. hnpl. June 30, 1751. .Anir.AlT., Impl. f)ct. 22. 1758. 



Joseph'' Choate {Benjamiifl, /ohii^ ), son of Rev. Benjamin [0] and Abigail 

(Burnham) Choate, was born in Kingston, N. H. He married Susanna . 

They resided in Newbury, Mass. Mr, Choate died. Mrs. Choate died. 


Joseph, [129] b. Sept. S, 1758. 


.Mr. Choate in 1745 wa,s at Louisburg. and commissioned by the Commanding 
General, Sir William Pepperell, to lead the advance battery May 17. 1745. Surgeon 
Choate's regiment is mentioned under date of July 11, 1745. Col. John Choate writes 
a letter, October, 1745, in which he speaks of " The Doctor'' giving no name. 

There w-as a Joseph Choate from Newburyport, Mass., who was taken prisoner on 
board the ship " .-Vlliance " and committed June, 1777, to " Mill Prison," Plymouth. 
England. This may have been Mr. Choate's .son Joseph, then a young man of nineteen 
years. Vid. Charles Herberts Journal, Relic of the Revolution, p. 243. 


Daniel'' Choate {Robert-^ John-,Johit'^), son of Robert [ i3 ] and Eunice 
(Perkins) Choate, was born in 1716 in Ipswich, Mass. He married, Nov. 
21, 1738, Mrs. Hannah (I'roctor) Fitman, widow of John Pilinan. She was 
born in Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Choate died June 28, 1747. Mrs. Choate died 
.'Vug. 27, 1799. 



Daniel, [130] bnpt. Sept. 30, 1739. He was lost at sea prior to 1769. 

Susanna, [131] Impt. Nov. 1,1741; m. Dec. I, 1763, John Andre%m : d. 

Hannah, [ 132J /'"/'/■ Nov. 20, 1 743 ; m. Nov. 23, 1 765, ^ Lucas Pierce : m. ".Matkaiiiel '/'upper ; 

d. 1 8 10. 
Eunice, [133] bnpt. Feb. 2, 1746; ni. Dec. 22, 1768, Nathan Story : d. 

JWrmoi* .intra. 

The marriage of Daniel Choate anil Widow Pitman and the baptism.s of their four 
children are recorded. Vid. Church Records of Chebacco Parish. 

Robert Choate. [13] was made guardian of Daniel. Susanna; Hannah, and Eunice, 
children of Daniel Choate. July 9. 1750. "Widow Daniel Choate died Aug. 27. 1799.'' 

Vid. Ipsiuich Records. 

Mr. Choate had an only son. Daniel, who was a boy of eight years when his 
father died. He was lost at sea when about thirty years of age, and his estate was 
settled Feb. 28, 1769, and there ajjpear the following brothers and sisters, viz., John 
Pitman. Susanna Andrews, Hannah Pierce, Eunice Story, and Mary Wheeler. John 
Pitman and Mary Wheeler were doubtless the children of Mrs. Hannah Choate Ii\- her 
first husband. John Pitman. 

"The children of Hannah, widow of John Pitman inherited 1 of the estate of 
Daniel Choate, 1769 who was lost at sea." Vid. Probate Records, Salem, Mass. 

Mrs. Choate, before her first marriage, was Hannah Proctor, as appears from the 
following: "Nov 30"' 1730 John Pitman of Marblehead and Hannah Proctor of 
Ipswich " among the marriages. Vid. Church Records of Essex, Mass. 


Ebenezer' Choate {Robert'^, John-, John^), son of Robert [ la ] and 
Eunice (Perkins) Choate, was born Nov. 3, 1719, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 
He married, March 28, 1750, Elizabeth Brown. She was born in 1728. They 
resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died 
Feb. 8, 1798. 


Ekenezek, [134]. He probably died young. 

Robert, [135] m. Jan. 6, 1781, Atrs. Mary {Cogsioell) Cleavclaml, nee Rust ; d. 

Betsey, [136 J in. Davis ; d. 


Mr. Choate was clerk of the troop of horse under the command of Capt. Richard 
Manning, that marched Aug. 17. 1757. from Ipswich to Springfield, Mass., for the relief 
of Fort William Henry. " Vid. State Archives, Vol. 6s, p. 551- 

Mr. Choate, after Mrs. Choate"s death, sold the old homestead, and probably went 
to be with his son, Robert Choate, who the year before had removed to Lunenburg, Mass. 

Under the record of deaths we find: "Feb. 8 1798 Elizabeth, wife of Ebenezer 
Choate. of various disorders in lier 71'' year." Vid. History of Essex, Mass., p. 464. 


Elizabeth^ Choate {Robert'^, Johrfi,John^), daughter of Robert [is] and 
Eunice (Perkins) Choate, was born Sept. 29, 1726, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 
She married, Feb. 5, 1746, Michael Farley, son of Michael and Elizabeth 
(Baker) Farley. He was bapt. ."Vpril 24, 1720, in Ipswich, Mass., where they 
resided. General Farley died June 20, 1789. Mrs. Farley died July 6, 1795. 



John, /«/>/. Oct. 5, 1746: m. about 1770, Sarufi Dennis ; d. ( let. 20, 1812. 

Ebenezer, bapl. Nuv. 27, 1748; d. 

Elizabeth, bapt. Jan. 14, 1750. She died in early 1 fe, .Sept. 28, 1769. 

Michael, dafl. Dec. 3, 1752; d. 

Jabez, bapl. Oct. 13, 1754; m. Sept. 8, 17S0, ^Liuy Jiogcrs : m. Jan. 28, 1790, -Susanna 

S-MOzey ; d. April 5, 1836. 
Eunice, 1>. Oct. 26, 1756; pub. June 22, 1776, Dr. Elisha Wliilney : d. May 11, 1809. 
Robert, bapt. Feb. 4, 1759. He died in infancy. 

Robert, bapt. April 27, 1760; m. Xov. 30, 1786, Susanna Kendall ■_ d. July 20, 1823. 
Susanna, bapl. Jan. 17, 1762. She died in infancy. 

Susanna, b. Feb., 1764; m. Dec. 14, 1786, William Burleigh; d. prior to 1799. 
Thomas, b. Feb. 21, 1766; d. about 1810. 
Sarah, b. July 16, 1769; m. Dec. 9, 1792, James Phillips : d. 

Gkn. IMichaf.l Faklicv. by occuiiation. was a tanner during his eventful and 
hnnoralilc life. ISut while carrying on this bvisiness he was called to fill important 
]]ositions in tlie town, the Commonwealth, and in the army. Besides other town offices, 
he filled the office of Town Treasurer for many years. He was Feoffee of the Grammar 
School, Representative to the General Court for nine years, from 1766 to 1774 inclusive. 
He was a member of the Provincial in 1774 and 1775, and again of the (len- 
eral Court five years, from 1775 to 1779 inclusive. He filled the office of High ShcrifT. 
and was a lirigadier-Major-Gcneral of the .Militia. 

General Farley was very active in raising \oIunteers for the army and in fitting them 
out with clothes, provisions, and arms. Three of his own sons went into the service 
and fulfilled honorable careers in the army of the Revolution. When one of them, a 
lad of sixteen years, was starting for the front, his mother, Mrs. Farley, helped him to 
put on his equipments and charged him to '• IJehave like a Man." On one occasion, 
when a regiment were expecting to meet the enemy, this patriotic woman with her own 
hands filled each man's jjowder horn with powder which was stored in the garret of her 
own house. 

When Lafayette arrived in this country to offer his services in the Revolutionarv 
contest, he came' to Ipswich and was received and treated by General Farley with every 
mark of a generous respect and hospitality. It is said that in taking off his hat to 
salute the noble Frenchman he pulled otThis wig also in his enthusiasm of respect. In 
writing home to France as to the manners of the American jjeople. Lafayette mentions, 
doubtless having in mind the General's great civility, that some of them were so polite 
that they not only bowed with their hats off, but with tlieir wigs off. too. And when 
Lafayette was here in 1824, the Nation's guest, he visited Ipswich and in some remarks 
to the people he alluded to his former visit, and made reference to General Farley, 
who then was long since dead, and alluded to this incident of his taking off both his 
hat and his wig in the expression of his great respect. 

General Farley was a patriotic, noble-minded, and eminently hospitable man. He 
gave to his hosts of friends the freedom of his house, and entertained them with a 
gracious urbanity and an unstinted hospitality. 

The Rev. Levi Frisbie, his pastor, who conducted his funeral service, truly said of 
General Farley, " He was a useful and valuable member of society, employed for many 
years in various ofifices of honor and imi)ortance, the duties of which he discharged 
with fidelity and to general satisfaction. He was generous, public spirited, humane, 
and impartial ; a great loss to the town and country." 

Vid. FeWs History of Ipswich, Mass.,pp. 183, 1S4. 

A stone erected to mark the burial place of Gen. Michael Farley is inscribed 
as follows : — 

" Erected to the memory of the 


General of the Militia and SheriiT 

of the County of Essex : \vho died 

June 20"' 1789 Aet. 70" 



" With a mind open, honest and generous, with a heart alive tu humanity and com- 
passion, he served for many years, in various stations, private, publicly and honoralile, his 
friends, his neighbors and his country, with such integrity, zeal and diligence, as merited an 
extensive approbation and rendered his death justly regretted." 

" Here mixed with earth his ashes must remain 
Till death shall die and mortals rise a^'ain." 


Consort to the late Gen'l Farley, who died 

July 6'!' 1795 Aet. 69." 

Michael Farley, tlie tliird .son of (General Farle\-. was an officer in the army of the 
Revolution, and after the close of the war went South, where he died. Robert Farley, 
another .son, had .some of the military spirit of his father, and served as an Aid to 
General Lincoln in the Shay's Rebellion, and afterwards was a Colonel in the army 
of the United States. 

Susanna Farley, a daughter, married Capt. William Burleigh, of Boston. .Mass. 

Thomas Farley, the youngest son, was a physician, and settled in Marietta. Ohio, 
where he remained until about 1790, when he visited his old Ipswich home, and did 
not return to the then Territory. His subsequent career is unknown. 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Baker) Farley, General Farley's mother, was a daughter of 
Thomas and Priscilla Baker, of Topsfield. Mass. 

John Farley. -A brother of General Farley, married, Sept. i, 1761, Eunice Cogswell. 

Vid. The Cogswells in America, p. 43. 

The Town of Ipswich, H/ass., Nov. 21, 1774, voted unanimously to approve the 
proposals and resolves of the Continental Congress. 

■■ '775 J'l"- 3''- Voted that Michael Farley be a delegate to the Provincial Con- 
'i^ress to be held at Cambridge on the i'' of February. Jan. 19"" Instructions to him. 

" i". To use his influence so that Congress appoint an early because of 
degeneracy from the good ways of our fathers, and of increasing wickedness and 
infidelity in Great Britain. 

" 2<i. To inquire if any towns have 
neglected the resolves of the Provincial 
Congress, and, if so to publish them ; and 
if any persons have not complied with the 
Association agreement to have their names 

•■ 3'!. While enemies among ourselves 
say, that we are seeking after independence, 
when we are not, endeavour that the Con- 
gress alter the government so as to agree 
with our last charter. 

" 4'ii We approve of the wise recom- 
mendations of the late Provincial Congress 
as to our manufactures. 

•• We should like some particular meth- 
od pointed out for promoting them." 

Vid. Felt's History of Ipswich, 

Mass., p. 133. 

General Farley was one of the •• E.xecu- 
tive Council '" which exercised the function 
of Government during the Revolutionary in- 
terregnum. 1775-80. 

Litcy Farley, a granddaughter of Gen- 
eral Farley, and a daughter of Col. Robert 
and Susanna (Kendall) Farley, widow of 
Mr. Williain Do'dge, married for her second husband. March 26. 1834. Abraham Ham- 
matt, the eminent genealogist and scholar, and the author of " The Hammatt Papers. 
Ipswich, Mass." 

Mr! Hammatt was born in Plvmouth, Mass.. and was of Pilgrim descent. He 



once wrote. '• I have succeeded in tracing my ancestry to six of the passengers in tlie 
•Mayflower' and six who came in the -Anne."'' He was a rope-maker by trade, and 
carried on the business in Bath, Me., where he resided for more than thirty years. He 
remained a bachelor until more than fifty years of age, accumulated a good estate, and 
made himself know^n as the most learned man in Bath. 

Mr. Hammatt. after his marriage, took up his residence in Ipswich. Mass., where 
he died Aug. 9. 1854. at tlie age of seventy-four years. Mrs. Hammatt is described as 
a lady of (|ucenly bearing and holding a high 'position in the cultivated society of 
Ipswich. I'id. The Hatnmatt Papers, pp. S, (i. 

•• tune 29. 1774. — Daniel Noyes. Dea. .Stephen Choate^ Captain Michael Farley. 
John Choate. and Nathaniel Farley were voted a Committee to see what could be 
done in the distressing state of affairs." Vid. History of Essex County, p 616. 

••1780. Dec. 3'' Michael Farley, John Choate Daniel Noyes and John Cogsvyell 
were chosen to meet in Boston 1^ Wednesday of Jan. 1 781 to consider the Constitution 
of the United .States as proposed by the National Convention.'" 

Vid. 1 he Cogswells in America, pp. 74, 105. 

This Constitution was adopted in 1788. 

James Phillips Farley, a great-grandson of tJeneral Farley, is a resident and well- 
known lawyer in Boston. He is the son of James Phillips and Chloe Swift (Calott) 
Farley, born Nov. 12. 1847, in Chelsea. graduated from Harvard College in 1868. 
and from the Harvard Law School in 1871. Since admitted to the Bar he has practised 
his profession in Boston. He married. May 16. 1876, Mary Eliot Wells, daughter of 
Hon. John and Sophia (Dwight) Wells. She was born Aug. 7. 1851. in Chicopee. 
Mass. Their residence is No. 54 Bellevue Street, Boston. They have four children, 
viz., John Wells, b. June 15. 1878: Louis Calott. b. Dec. 19, 1882: Kliot. b. .-\ug. 2. 
1884, and Elizabeth Dwight, b. 1886. 

Hon. John Wells. Mrs. Farley's father, at the time of his death, in 1875, held the 
office of Judge of the Suijrcnie Court of Massachusetts. Her mother was the daughter 
of Edmund'and Mary (Eliot) Dwight. and her grandmother. Mrs. Dwight was the 
daughter of Samuel Eliot, of Boston. 


Nehemiah' rilOate {Kohrt-^, Johifl, John^), son of Robert [ 13 ] and 
Eunice (Perkins) Choate, was born Dec. 6, 1730, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 
He married, March 29, i-j^c,, Si/sunnu Brown. She was born in 1734. They 
resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Choate died Jan. 24, 1797. Mrs. 
Choate died .\pril 17, 1817. 


Nehemiah, [137]. He died in early life, 1778. 

William, [138J. He died in tady life, 1782. 

Eunice, [139] b. Nov. S, 1762; m. June 6, 1802, Jncoli AnJre^us ; d. Oct. 28, 1812. 

EHENEZEK, [140] b. .^pnl 21, 1765; m. May 26, 1792, Elizabeth Choate, [461J; d. April 

30, 1852. 
Solomon, [141] b. Oct. !i, 1767; m. Sept. 7, 1794, Lucy Choate, [205]; d. Aug. 7, 1S50. 

Susan, [142] m; .4 ml r cms ; d. 

John, [143] b. 1773. He died in boyhood, May 7, 1788. 


Mk. Choate's oldest son. Nehemiah Choate. was one of the sixty-nine Ipswich 
soldiers enrolled in Capt. Thomas Burnhanrs company w^ho marched to Lexington on 
the alarm of April 19, 1775. He received pay for three days" service, and for fifty miles" 
marching. He was also in Captain Wade's company at the Battle of Bunker Hill. 
June 17. 1775. He finally died, while in his country's service, of small-pox. in the 
Bellevue Hospital. Another son. William Choate. next younger, died June 22. 1782. 
while in the army in Pennsylvania. Mr. Choate's youngest son, John Choate. was 
killed by a fall from a horse. ' A few moments before he was thrown from his liorse he 
was overheard singing, " Thine earthly Sabbaths, Lord, we love." 

tiik ciioates in a.mkimca. 49 

rlizabp:th choatk. 


Elizabeth'' CllOate {SanmcP, Samuel-, Jo/m^), daughter of Samuel [20] 
and Mary (Brown) Choate, was born {/>apt. Jan. 26, 17 18/9) in Ipswich, Mass. 
She married Jeremiah Jewett, son of MaximiHan and Sarah Jewett. He was 
born Sept. 11, 1720, in Rowley, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Jewett died 
(about) 17S5. Mrs. Jewett died. 


Jeremiah, b. J.-in. 10, 1745. 

Samuel, b. March 11, 1747. 

Elizabeth, b. Jan. 5, 1750; m. May 19, 1774, Richard iVcbbcr ; d. 

Seth 1 . -c- u , (He (lied in infancy. 

ANN [b. Feb. 20, ,753. I 

Seth, b. Jan. 31, 1756. 
William, b. Oct. 15, 1760. 


jMk. Jkwictt and his chikhcii. uxccpt the younuest. arc mentioned in the town 
records of Rowley, Mass., but Maximillian appears in his father's will. 

Richard Webber, who married Elizabeth Jewett. is said to have been a relative, 
perhaps a cousin, of Pies. Samuel Webber. D. D., of Harvard College. 

Samttel Webber., son of John and Rachel (Harris) Webber, was born. 1759. in 
Byfield. Mass., and graduated from Harvard College in 1784. He was elected, in 1789. 
Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy in the same institution, and continued to fill 
that position until in 1806 he was chosen President of the College, which office he held 
until liis death which occurred in 1810. He had a younger brother, John Webber, born 
May 5. 1762. who graduated in 1792 from Dartmouth College. Ijecame a clergyman, and 
died Oct. 9. 1852. at the age of ninety years, in Carlisle. O. 


Marj"* Clioafe {Samiicr-\ Samuel-, Johu^), daughter of Samuel [20] and 
Mary (Brown) Choate, was born in Ipswich, Mass. She married, Jan. 25, 1738, 
fames Davis, son of Elder James and .'\bigail (Metcalfe) Davis. He was born 
|an. 9, 1716, in Beverly, Mass. 


Mr. Davis was a grandson of Isaac and Lydia Davis. Vid. Driver Family, p. 409. 

He married. March 25, 1732, bMrs. Martha Smith, who lived only two or three 
years, and Miss Mary Choate was a second wife. Captain Davis of Colonel Doolittle's 
regiment, April 19, 1775. was doubtless the same person. 



Hauuali'' Choate {SamucP, 5rt;«//f/-, /«'/;«'), daughter of Samuel [20] 
and Mary (Brown) Choate, was born in Ipswich, Mass. She married, Nov. 
22, 1744, Nathan Biirnham, son of Thomas and Susanna Burnham. He was 
born in Chebacco; Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Lieutenant Burnham 
died July 9, 1758, in Ticonderoga, N. Y. Mrs. Burnham died March i, 1S05, 
in Dunbarton, N. H. 


Hannah, b. Nov. 3, 1745; in. Nuv. 3, 1768, Jacob Choate, [186]; d. 
Nathan, b. May 31, 1747; m. April 14, 1768, Hannah Marshall ; d. 1S21. 
Susanna, b. March 26, 1749. 

Asa, b. March 19, 1751; m. Elizaheth Cutler : d. Jan. 27, 1S31. 
Sarah, b. March 25, 1753. 
Thomas, b. May iS, 1755. 
Elizabeth, b. Nov. 12, 1757. 


iViR. BuRNHAJl wa.s shot July 8. 1758. in the attack on Ticondcroga. and died the 
ne.xt day. July 9. 1758. After his death. Mrs. Burnham removed to Dunbarton, N. H. 
His son. Asa Burnham. settled on a farm ne.xt to that of David Story, and became a 
prominent citizen. 

Zaccheits Burnham, son of Asa and Elizabeth (Cutler) Burnham, of Dunbarton, 
N. H.. married. Feb. i. 1801. Betsey [380] Choate, daughter of Jacob [186] and Hannah 
(Burnham) Choate. of Enfield. N. H.. and resided in Coburg, Canada. 

Vid. The Burnham Fafinly, p. 321, and 

History of Dunbarton, N. H., pp. 234-39. 


Sarah'' Choate {Sami/cP, 5«;«//c/-, _/<)/;«'), daughter of Samuel [20] and 
Damaris (Martin) Choate, was born {bapt. May 2, 1731) in Ipswich, Mass. 
She married {pub. Jan. 5, I'l^"]) John Tilton. He was born in Ipswich, Mass., 
where they resided. Mr. Tilton died. Mrs. Tilton died. 

• ifttcmoranUa. 

Sak.aii Choa'it-: was probably John Tilton's second wife, as there is a record of 
"Sarah wife of John Tilton died Aug. 29'", 1756." Vid. Ipswich Records. 

John Tilton and Samuel Choate bought land, in 1763, in Sudbury, Mass. 


Saimiel' Choate {SamueP, S.wiuel-, Jokii^) son of Samuel [^J"] and 
Damaris (Martin) Choate was born in 1730 {bapt. Feb. i, 1733) in Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, Aug. 23, 1759, Susanna Pierce, daughter of James and 
Mary (Prentice) Pierce. She was born Oct. 12, 1737, in Charlestown, Mass., 
where they resided. Mr. Choate died !May 2, 1799. Mrs. Susanna Choate 
died Feb. 7, 1793. 

the children were : 
John, [144] bapt. June i, 1760; m. March 30, 1784, Eunice Welch; d. September, 1806. 
Samuel, [145] "j f He died in infancy, Jan 10, 1764. 

James, [146] \\>. Aug. 10, 1763. \ He died in infancy, Aug. 12, 1764. 

Susannah, [147] j i 

Rebecca,. [148] b. 1765; m. Dec. 14, \-]f)i, Samuel Crafts ; d. May 4, 1837. 
Samuel, [149] baft. Aug. 14, 1768. He died in infancy. 

Samuel, [150J bapt. Aug. 16, 1770; m. May 15, 1793, Margery l-Vyman ; d. .\pril 7, 1813. 
Polly, [151J. She died prior to May 2, 1798. 
Nancy, [152]. She died prior to May 2, 1798. 
MiLLE, [153]. She died prior to May 2, 1798. 


Mr. Cho.ate was a housewright. He served in 1760 a.s a soldier in Brigdon's 
Company. He had various transactions in lands and buildings in Charlestown. ^Iass.. 
in 1768, 1772-73. 1788. and in 1792, with Ezra Welch, of Boston. Nehemiah Rand, of 
Lynn, John Stone and James Pierce, of Charlestown, Mass. Vid. Record of Courts. 


Mr. and Mrs. Choate attended church, and tlicir children were baptized, in Old 
Cambridge. Mass. 

Robert Callay, school-master, of Charlestown. made an entry in his diary of the 
following ; •■ Choate, Mr. Samuel's wife brot to bed with 2 boys and a girl Aug. lo 1763. 
Sam". James. Susannah. Mr. Choate's children bapt Aug. 14., Choate's Child buried 
Jan. 13. 1764. Mr. Choate's child buried Aug. 15. 1764." 

Vid. Historic, Genealogical Register, Vol. 16,/. 36. 

In the census of 1789 were enrolled Samuel. Rebecca. Susannah, Polly, Nancy, and 
Mille. cliildren of Samuel Choate, but only Samuel, Rebecca, and Susannah were heirs 
at his deatli. in 1798. Vid. History of Charlestown, Mass., pp. 214, 215. 


William' Choate {Samuel^, Samuel-, John'^), son of Samuel [ so ] and 
Damaris (Martin) Choate, was bapt. Aug. g, 1741, in Ipswich, Mass. He 
married Deborah Yarrington. They resided in Cornish, N. H. Mr. Choate 
died in 1816. Mrs. Choate died in 182 1. 


Phebe, [154] b. [uue u, 1771; m. ^Archibald White; m. Nov. 29, 1825, -Ru/us Day; 

'a. March 3, 1838. 
Cynthia, [155] m. David Dudley : d. 

Deborah, [156] b. 1779; m. 1802, Oliver Jackson; d. 1807. 
Betsey, [157] m. IVilliam York: d. Sept. 9, 1859. 

Amos, [158J h. March 7, 17S6; m. Oct. 12, 1815, Betsey Rayiner ; d. June 19, 1859. 
William, [159]. He died on brig " Bavaria," St. Petersburg. 
Nahum C, [160] b. 1791. lie died in early life, June 28, 1813. 

Mr. Choati: settled in Cornish between 1780 and 1785. He is mentioned as one 
who came from (.)Ut of the State. There is uncertainty as to his previous residence. 
His name receives freciuent mention in the records of Cornish, showing that he was a 
man of public affairs for a period of many years in that town. 

Vid. Town Papers. N. H., Vol. \\,pp. 452, 461, and Vol. 13,/. 204. 

Mr. Choate had seven children. The order of their births is uncertain as many of 
the dates are unknown. His son William appears with his father and other petitioners 
in 1798 for the establishment of a Congregational .Society in Cornish where they lived. 
But later he died on sliipboard in the port of St. Petersburg, Russia. Nahum C. 
Choate, the youngest son, died at the age of twenty-two years, while away from home 
with relatives, in Lansingburg, N. Y. 

David Dvidle}', who married Cynthia Choate, son of Abel and Sarah Dudley, was 
born Jan. i, 1771, in Sutton, Mass. He w-as known as '' Lame David." He had children 
bv a previous marriage. His death was by accidental drowning. 

Hannibal Choate, Esg., a successful merch.ant in Winona. Minn., is a grandson of 
Mr. Choate. And alluding to his ancestors he writes. •' 1 know nothing back of William 


Stephen"' Choate (Stcp/u-n''', Samia-/^, John^),ion oi Stephen [ '-JS ] and 
Rebecca (Bowman) Choate, was born March 29, 1732. He married Bathsheba 
Newton, daughter of Uriah and Patience (Newton) Newton. She was born 
Sept. 12, 1730, in Marlboro, Mass. They resided in Lancaster, Mass., New 
Ipswich, N. H., Colerain, Deerfield, and Shelburne, Mass. Mr. Choate died 
Jan. 10, 1775. Mrs. Choate died July 6, 1810, in Wardsboro, Vt. 



Patience, [i6i] b. Jan. I, 1755; m. 1780, Samuel Duncan : tl. Nov. 9, 1825. 

William, [162] b. Feb. 15, 1757; m. April 12, 17S1, Elizabetlt Garner ; d. Nov. 20, 1830. 

Bathsheba, [163] b. May 27, 1761; d. Aug. 27, 1846. 

Rebecca, [164] b. Nov. 20, 1763; m. May 17, 1785, Samuel Kelly ; d. Feb. i, 1792. 

Lucy, [165] b. May 15, 1766; m. April 2, 1790, William Plimpton; d. March 3, 1859. 

Eunice, [166] b. April 13, 1768; m. Sept. 25, 1792, ^Samuel Kelly : m. April, 1815, -Levi 

Newell ; d. Dec. 22, 1833. 
Stephen, [167] b. March 12, 1773; m. Jan. 6, 1795, Polly Harry : A. May 22, 1812. 

Stei'HEN C'HdATE and wift weio admitted. Nov. 17. 1754. to the church in 
Lancaster, Mass., and were dismissed and recommended. April 15. 1764. to the church 
in New Ipswich, N. H. They were received into the church in 1773. in .Shelburne, Mass., 
from which Mrs. Choate was dismissed in 1775, after the death of her husband. 

The Shelburne record reads as follows : '• Stephen Choat died June 13, 1775 ae 41 " 
and was " the third person buried in the new burying ground." Mrs. Choate remoxed 
to Wilmington in 1790. and later to Wardsboro, Vt. 

Bathsheba Choate, the second daughter, remained unmarried, and after her 
mother's death she made her home with a }ounger sister, Mrs. William Plimpton. 
.She lived to be aged, and became totally blind. She was familiarly known as 
■• Aunt Basha." 


Rebecca'' Choate {Stfphnfi, Samuel ',Johii^), daughter of Stephen [33] 
and Rebecca (Bowman) Choate, was born in Roxbury, Mass. She married, 
Dec. 13, 1758, "^John Ho/hroflk, son of Ebenezer and Mehitable (Warner) 
Holbrook. He was born April 29, 1729, in Pomfret, Conn., where they resided. 
Deacon Holbrook died July 31, 1778. Mrs. Holbrook married, Dec. 21, 1781, 
-Capt. Zebadiah Iiiga/ls. He was born in 1729. They resided in I'omfret, 
Conn. Captain Ingalls died in 1800. Mrs. Ingalls died Feb. 9, 1808. 

the children were: 
Henry, b. April 17, 1760. Me died in boyhood, Jan. 26, 1770. 
WiLLARD, b. Oct., 1761. lie died in boyhood, Feb. 7, 1770. 
Nehemiah, b. July 10, 1763. He died in boyhood, Feb. 18, 1770. 
Mary, b. May 19, 1765. She died in gidhood, Dec. 29, 1772. 
Samuel, b. Aug. 17, 1766. 
Anna, b. March 18, 1768. 

John, b. Dec. 31, 1769; m. Sept. 15, 1799, Lttey Kingsbury ; d. April 24, 1862. 
Mary, b. Oct. 6, 1771. 

George, b. Jan. 2, 1774; m. April 17, 1800, Piilh Field; d. Aug. 9, 1S56. 
Rebecca Choate, b. Aug. 28, 1776; m. Oct. 23, 1805, IchaboJ Bliss ; d. ( let. 17, 1S64. 
Sarah, b. March 13, 1778; d. Feb. 14, 1817. 


Mr. Holbrookes parents were married April 13. 1719. and lived in Pomfret, Conn. 
They had thirteen children, viz. : — ^ 

John, b. Jan. 22, 1720; d. July 11, 1720. Sarah, b. Aug. 28, 1733. 

Mary, b. Sept. 3, 1721. Martha, b. (Jet. 14, 1735; d. Sept. 14, 1762. 

Mehitable, b. March 12, 1723. Esther, b. July i, 1737. 

Ebenezer, b. Jan. 24, 1724; d. Nov. 6, 1762. Ruth, b. Aug. 6, 1739. 

Elizabeth, b. Jan. 13, 1726. Anna, b. March 14, 1741; d. Nov. 6, 1762. 

John, b. April 29, 1729. Jesse, b. Oct. 19, 1744; d. Oct. 5, 174S. 

Hannah, b. May 19, 1731. 

Deacon Ebenezer Holbrook died Jan. 6, 1768. Mrs. Mehitable (Warner) Holbrook 
died Feb. 3, 1789, in the ninety-first year of her age. 

Vid. Town Records of Pomfret, Conn. 


Mr. Holbrook succeeded his lather as Deacon in the Cluirch of Pomfret and 
continued in that otifice until his death, July 31. ly/S- 

Although not found recorded there is little doubt that Mrs. Rebecca (Choate) 
Holbrook was a daughter of Stephen and Rebecca (Bowman) Choate of Rcxbury, Mass. 
John Holbrook. her son, says : " My mother was from Roxbury. Mass." It is said tliat 
Miss Rebecca Choate, of Roxbury, was of an aristocratic family, and was a young lad\ 
with all the dignity and grace' which that term implies. Her grandmother was a 
Williams, a near relative of Rev. Mr. Williams, of Roxbury, and of Rev. John Williams, 
of Deerfield. Mass. 

Captain Ingalls. who married Mrs. Rebecca (Choate) Holbrook for his second wife. 
commanded the Pomfret Militia and was in Cambridge, iVIass.. at the time of the Battle 
of Bunker Hill. A detail from his company under Lieutenant Grosvenor w'as engaged 
in the light. It was stated by Hon. John Holbrook, son of Deacon John and Rebecca 
Holbrook, that his mother's sister married Colonel Davis of Boston, and that while the 
British troops held the town, his cousins, daughters of Colonel and iMrs. Davis, of 
Boston, came to Pomfret, Conn., and made their home at his father's house. 

Vid. The Driver Family^ p. 409. 

Charles Osgood. Ksq.. late of Abington. Conn., married Lucy Holbrook, a grand- 
daughter of Deacon John and Mrs. JRebecca Holbrook. Mr. Osgood was born 
March 20, 1811, and died Dec. 5, 1888. He passed almost his entire life on the old 
Osgood homestead, which had been in possession of the family since 1747, in Abington, 
Conn. He was a man of fine personal figure, l^earing, and manners. His ability and 
integrity brought to him many positions of public trust and honor. He was for twenty 
years Acting School Visitor, one of the founders, and for several years the Correspond- 
ing Secretary, and afterwards the President, of the Windham County Agricultural 
Society. He was commissioned by Governor Buckingham to go south and receive tlie 
votes of the Connecticut regiments in 1864, previous to the presidential election. He 
represented the town in the State Legislature for five terms, and proved himself an 
inriuential member. He was chairman of the committee on the State prison, and 
prepared and introduced a bill, which passed the Legislature, giving to the prisoner a 
deduction of five days from his term of sentence for each month of go5d behavior. 
Mr. Osgood was a public-spirited man, interested in all that had to do with the 
material, social, educational, and religious welfare of his native place. He was an 
active and generous supporter of the church, of which he was a member. 

Mrs. Osgood, the daughter of Judge John Holbrook, of the Windham bar, died in 
1885. Mr. and Mrs. Osgood left two sons and three daughters. One of the daughters 
is Miss Ellen E. Osgood, for some years a successful teacher in the higher schools 
and academies. 

A memorial volume was printed of William N. Sherman, who married Miss Mary 
M. Bliss, a granddaughter of Mrs. Rebecca (Choate) Holbrook, and daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Ichabod Bliss. This volume was for private distribution among friends. 

Mrs. Sherman has an ancient platter engraved with what is thouglit by some to be 
the "Choate Crest," and the initials of her grandmother, " R. C," the motto being 
■• F"ortune de (iuerre." 

Mrs. Sherman, in later years, resided with her daughter, Mrs. Mead, in Rutland, Vt. 

An •• In .Memoriam of Charles Osgood, Esq.," appeared in the Putnam Patriot of 
Dec. 14. 1888, pul)lished in Putnam, Conn. 

Captain Ingalls had twelve children by a previous marriage. 


Samuel'' CllOate {Stephen-^ Samue/-, John^), was the son of Stephen 

[33] and Rebecca (Bowman) Choate. He married Al'ik^ail . They 

resided in Sudbury, Mass. Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died. 


Samuel, [168] b. April 2, 1763. He died in childhood. 

Abigail, [169] b. Dec. 5, 1764; m. Dec. 17, 1790, Jesse Sanborn: d. 

Samuel, [170] b. May 9, 1767. 

Seth, [171] b. Aug. 31, 1769. 



Mr. Choate appears in Sudbury. .Mass.. June i. 1763. He and Jolni Tilton pur- 
chased some land there at that date: 'and later. /\pril 15, 1766, Mr. Choate bought land 
in the "Ely" (i. e.. easterly) -side of the river." In 1768. he agrees with John Mer- 
rick, of Weston, as to a fence-line; and Feb. I. 1769. .Samuel Choate. of Sudbury, is 
mentioned in Court of Records.. He appears as Ensign in " Troop of Horse," in 1771 : 
and April 17, 1781, makes sale of his lands in East Sudbury, which was a part of Sud- 
Dury, incorporated in 1780 under that name, but now Wayland. Little is known of this 
family. To wliat place thcv removed from Sudbvu'v has not been ascertained. 


Jabez^ Choate {yohn,-^ Snmu,-/-, yohn^), son of John [ a7 ] and Abigail 
Choate, was born in Norwich, Conn, He married, about 1762, Eunice Culver. 
They resided in Norwich, Conn. Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died. 

THE rilll.IiREN WERE: 
AnuiAH., [172] b. March 4, 1764. 
Anna, [173] b. Dec. 14, 1765; m. Daniel lord. 
Jabez, [174] b. lune 10, 1772. 


.Mr. Choatic entered May 16. 1776, from Norwich, Conn., the naval .service of the 
Revolution on board the galley " Shark." He w^as married in the residence of Mr. 
Samuel Tracy by Rev. Benjamin Lord. Their children were baptized April 24, 1774. 
by Rev. John Tyler of Christ's Epi.scopal Church. Mrs. Choate survived her liusband. 
and removed with Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Lord to Bridgeport, Conn. 


John^ Choate {JoJufi, Samuel -, /uliii^), .son of John \_~~~\ and Abigail 
Choate, was born in Norwich, Conn. 


Mr. Choate enlisted July 15. 1775, a,s a private in Company Eight from Norwich, 
Conn., Capt. Joseph Jewett's Company, Col. Jedidiah Huntington's Regiment, and was 
discharged Dec. 17, 1775. 



Josiah'' Choate {Thomas^, Thomas-, Jflhn^), son of Thomas [29] and 
Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, was born Sept. 16, 17 15, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass He married, Nov. 11, 1736, Patience Roherls, daughter of John and 
Patience (Haskell) Roberts. She was born Dec. 2, 17 15, in Gloucester, Mass. 
They resided in VVest Gloucester, Mass. Deacon Josiah Choate died Aug. 26, 
1798. Mrs. Choate died Oct. 23, 1813, 


Ephraim, [175] b. Jan. 8, 1738. He died in infancy. 

Elizabeth, [176] b. Sept. 20, 1740; puh. April 23, 1759, ^Josiah Haskell ; m. Nov. 14, 1765, 

'^Zebulon Haskell; <1. 1 825. 
Ephraim, [177] b. Feb. 2, 1743; m. Dec. 5, 1765, Judilh Haskell : d. Oct. 31, 1784. 
Sarah, [178 I b. July 28, 1745; pub. Nov. 21, 1763, Moses Rusl ; d. Nov., 1S31. 
Josiah, [179] b. Oct. 20, 1747; pub. Dec. 26, 1772, ^Hannah Koberls : m. Nov. 28, 1817, 

"Mrs. Lucy {Lord) Loi^'e ; d. March 30, 1822. 


Thomas, [i8o] b. Feb. 26, 1750. 

Patience, [181] b. Nov. 28, 1752; m. July 25, 1773, William Lufkin ; d. 

Ruth, [182]. 

William, [183] b. Jan. 22, 1756. Lust at sea; rl. 

Judith, [184] I). Aug. 10, 175S; m. Dec. 21, 17S0, Thomas Lufkin ; d. 



Thomas^ Choate {Thomas^, rhovias-, Jolin^), son of Thomas [29] and 
Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, was born Oct. 8, 17 18, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, Dec. 7, 1742, "^ Abigail Haskell, daughter of Jacob and 
Abigail (Maxey) Haskell. She was born Jan. 27, 1724, in Gloucester, Mass. 
They resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where Mrs. Abigail Choate died. 

Mr. Choate married, Oct. 22, 1745, '^Dorothy Proctor, daughter of and 

Anner Proctor. She was born in September, 1724, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., 
where they resided, but removed about 17S8 to Boscawen, N. H. Captain 
Choate died Oct. 20, 1798. Mrs. Dorothy Choate died Tune 14, 1808, in 
Enfield, N. H. 

Susannah, [185] b. Sept. 19, 1743; m. Nov. 20, 1766, Thomas Herrick ; d. Oct., 1830. 

Jacob, [186] b. Oct. 11, 1746; m. Nov. 3, \li&, Hannah Burnham ; d. Oct., 1828. 
Abigail, [187] b. Aug. 21, 1748; m. Nov. 20, 1766, Joseph Goodhue ; d. June 12, 1831. 
Thomas, [188] b. Nov. 10, 1751 ; m. Sept. I, 1774, ^Mary Proctor ; m. Jan. 31, I'i^.o', -Dorolliy 

Emerson ; d. Oct. 20, 1 830. 
Dorothy, [i8g] b. Sept. 22, 1755; m. Oct. 2, 1777, Thomas Low. 
Anner, [igo] b. Jan. 19, 1758; m. May 10, i-jqc^, Ezra AMiotl ; d. 179S. 
Solomon, [igi] b. Nov. 19, 1760; m. .April 7, 17S5, Dorothy Proctor ; d. March 28, 1831. 
Miriam, [ig2] b. June 29, 1763; m. Feb. 24, 1783, David Choate. [213]; d. Jan. 12, 1847. 
Benjamin, [ig3] b. Sept. 8, 1766; m. Nov. 20, i-^gT,, Mekitablc Plummer ; d. April 7, 1859. 
Samuel, [194] b. March 18, 1769; m. Nov. 7, 1793, ^Betsey Kimball; m. April 26, 1795, 

^Nancy Jackman : pub. Sept. 19, \%io,'^ Mary Loomis : d. June 12, 1847. 

Capt. Thomas Choate served in the e.xpedition of 1745 against Louisburg. He 
was a cooper by trade. On his removal to Boscawen, N. H., he settled on High Street, 
where his grandson, Samuel Choate. Esq., son of Col. Benjamin Choate, resided in 
later times. The text used at the funeral service of Capt. Thomas Choate was. "Blessed 
are the dead who die in the Lord" etc. — Rev. xiv. 13. 

Mrs. .-\bigail Choate was dismissed from the Second Church, in Gloucester. 
March 11. 1744. and recommended to the church in Chebacco. Ipswich, Mass. 

Capt. Thomas Choate received his commission as captain, by royal authority, from 
Francis Bernard. Esq., Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief over His Majesty's Prov- 
ince of the Massachusetts Bay, in the first year of the reign of King George the Tliird. 
Oct. 29. 1761. This royal commission is in the possession of his great-grandson. 
Samuel Choate, Esq., of Boscawen, N. H., by whose courtesy a copy is here inserted ; — 


Province of The ' Captain General and Governor in Chief, in and over LLis Majesty^s 
MASSACHUSETrs BAY "J Proinnce of the Massachusetts-Bay in Neii) England, and Vice 

FRA. BERNARD. '- Admiral of the Same. 

To Thomas Choate Ji'n. Gent^ Greeting. 

By Virtue of the Power and Authority in and by His Majesty's Royal Commission 
to Me granted to be Captain General &c over this His Majesty's Province of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay aforesaid, I do by these Presents (reposing especial Trust and Confidence 
in your Loyalty, Courage and good Conduct) constitute and appoint you the said 


Tliomas Clioate Jun' tu l)e Captain of a .Military Company of Fort in Chebacco. in 
tlie Third Regiment of Militia, in the County of Essex, whereof Daniel Appleton Esq. 
is Colonel. 

You are therefore carefully and diliijently to discharge tlie Uuty of a Captain, in 
leading, ordering and e.xercising said Company in Arms. Ijoth inferior Otificers anil 
Soldier.s and to keep them in good Order and Discipline and they are hereby com- 
manded to obey you, as their Captain. And you are yourself to observe and follow 
such Orders and Instructions as you shall from time to time receive from \-our Colonel, 
or other your superior Officers according to Military Rules & Discipline. Pursuant of 
the Trust reposed in you. 

Given under mv Hand and Seal af Arms at ISoston the Twenty Ninth Dav of 
October In the First Year of the Reign of His Majesty. King GEOR(',E the THIRD. 
Annoq : Domini. 1761. 

By His I'^xCKr.LEN'CV's Coniiiiand 

In"' Cotton Dep : Scch'v 

\0n the reverse of tlie parchvient ii'as the folhnvint^ .] 

EssE.v \ ll'SWicH Octolier 29"' 1761 — 

Then Cap" Choate Jun' tool< tlie Oath appointed by Act of Parliam' and Subscrilied 
the Test. He also took the Oath respecting Other Governments Rills 

Before Dan'l Appleto.v \ Impow' 

• .Sami'icl RogI';ks \ by 

Thomas Den.nis J DiuiMi's. 


Hlimplirey' Clioate {Thomas'-^ Thomas-, John^), son of Thomas [20] 
Elizabeth (Burnhaiii) Choate, was born Nov. 9, 1720,111 Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, Nov. 24, 1743, ^Abigail Biirnham, daughter of John and 
.\nne [ "s ] (Choate) Burnham. She was born in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., 
where they resided. Mrs. Abigail Choate died. Mr. Choate married, July 9, 
1752, -Ruth Lii/kin, daughter of Tlioinas and Rachel (Riggs) l.ufkin. She was 
born (bapt. Oct. 26, 1729) in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Ensign Choate died 
-Aug. 25, 1795. Mrs. Ruth Choate died. 

Sarah, [195] ni. Dec. 22, 1763, Slepheti T.ufkin : d. 1788. 

HuMl'HREV, [196] bapl. Oct. 13, 1754. 

Rachel, [197] bapl. Feb. 23, 1755; m. [uly 30, 1772, Neluntiah Cogi'.atl : il. Nov. 5, 1840. 

Ruth, [198] b. .\ug. 1, 1756; m. Jan. 21, 1779, ycremiah Choate, [209]; d. Nov. II, 1837. 

Nehemiah, [199] bapt. Aug. 17, 1758. He ilied in early life, March 15, 1779. 

James, [200] I'apt. April 23, 1761 ; m. Nov. 16, 1786, Abigail Per/tins ; A. July 23, 1846. 

Hannah, [201] bapt. May 29, 1763; m. June 21, 1781, Moses Marshall; A. July 7, 1854. 

Susanna, [202] bapt. Aug. 1 1, 1765; m. Aug. 19, 1784, William Choate [232] : A. 

.\BiGAn., [203] b. July 29, 1767; m. March 29, 1789, Benjamin Cogswell ; A. 

N.^than, [204J bapt. June 4, 1769; m. .\pril 10, 1794, Mary Perkins ; A. July 3, 1832. 

Lucy, [205] bapt. 10, 1772; m. Sept. 7, 1794, Solomon Choate [141]; d. Feb. 24, 1861. 

Solomon, [206] b. Oct. 20, 1776; m. July 10, 1799, Joanna Choate [462]; d. May 14, 1832. 


Mr. Choate was once returning t'rom a fishing trip with a -pink-stern .schooner"" 
well loaded with fish, and had been Ijcating against a head wind for four days, making 
very little progress, when the old man's jiatience gave out, and putting his vessel square 
around he roared out, •• Now see if you can go." For mention of Mr. Choate 

yid. Burnham Family, p. 191. 

the ciioates in amrrioa. .')7 

elizabp:th choatk. 


Eliziibetlr' Clioate {'T/iomas'-', T/u>//ias-, /d/i/i') , daughter oi Thomas [ s9 ] 
and Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, was born Aug. 2, 1723, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. She married, Jan. 25, \']^,i„ Joseph Perkins, son of Abraham and Abigail 
(Dodge) Perkins. He was born March 12, 1720, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., 
where they resided. Mr. Perkins died .Vpril 4, 1805. Mrs. Perkins died 
Oct. 4, 1800. ' 


Elizabeth, I>. Nov., 1744; m. March 5, 1764, Satnuel Cogr.vell : d. May S, 1814. 
yoSEI'H, b. Sept. 3, 17.S2; 111. Dec. 5, 1771, Mary Foster : <\. Fel). I, 1806. 


.Mn. Perkins was a mariner, and captain of a trading vessel on the coast. After 
leaving the sea he engaged extensively in tanning and shoemaking. Later in lite he 
kept a public house, and was known as an " Innholder." 

Mr. Perkins was active in the church, lieing clerk and treasurer from its organi- 
zation, for se\'eral )-ears. He was a man highly respected by his townsmen. 

I'ld. The Perkins Faniily, pp. 63, 64. 

Mr. and .Mrs. Samuel Cogswell lived in .\iidover. Mass. 

Vtd. 'I he Cogiivells in America, p. 84. 

Joseph Perkins, the son of the above, married his cousin, daughter of John and 
Marv (Choate) P'oster. They had twelve children. He was a tanner, and a shoe 
and boot manufacture!'. 

His granddaughter, the daughter of Aaron and Mary (Cilbert) Perkins. Mary 
Ann Catherine Perkins, niarried,"March 18. 1847, Rev. Leonard Jarvis Li\ermore. of 
Milford, N. H. They had four children. The oldest. AUina Mary. b. .April i. 1H4.S. 
married. Dec. 13. 1876. Rev. Pitt Dillingham, and died March 23. 1881. 

Vid. The Perkins pn/i/ily, pp. 64, 75, 138. 



Jereniiillr' (Jlioate {Thomas^, Thomas'^, John^), son of Thomas [20] and 
Elizabeth (ISurnham) Choate, was born July 16, 1725, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, Jan. 24, 1751, Eunice Giddings, daughter of Daniel and 
Mary (Butler) Giddings. She was born {bapf. May 26, 1728) in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., and in London- 
derry, N. H. Mrs. Eunice Choate died April 12, 1793. Mr. Choate married, 
Nov. 21, 1794, -Mary Story. Mr. Choate died in October, 1798. Mrs. Mary 
Choate died. 


Eunice, [207] b. Nov. 3, 1751; m. Nov. 25, 1773, ^Benjamin Marshall: m. Jan. 12, 1777, 

'Enoch Pearson ; d. June 30, 1840. 
Lois, [208] b. Aug. 19, 1753; m. Dec. "30, 1774, Jeremiah Kimball : d. Dec. 7, 1825. 
Jeremiah, [209] bapt. 1755; m. Jan. 21, 1779, Ruth Choate, [198]; d. May 31, 1799. 
JON.iTHAN, [210] bapt. July 17, 1757; 111. 
Lydia, [211] bapt. April 29, 1759. 

Aaron, [212] b. March 23, 1861; m. Oct. 31, 1782, Eunice Perkins: d. April 28, 1807. 
David, [213] b. Feb. 16, 1763; m. Feb. 24, 1783, MiriamChoale, [192]; d. April 30, 1851. 
Catharine, [214] bapt. March 10, 1765; m. Nov. 26, 1788, Nathaniel Goodhue; d. Sept. 

13, 1830. 
Pkiscilla, [215] bapt. Aug. 23, 1767; m. April II, 1787, John Story. 
An Infant, [216] b. March 23, 1779, who died in infancy, March 24, 1779. 




.Mr. CiioATH was b\' trade a blacksmith. 

From an old record: ''Aug. y'" 21'' 1745. This Day Jer. Choate taken ill."' 
"Aug. y' 30. 1755 being Fryday Jer. Choate is got Aboute Again."' 

The Giddings family, of Ipswich, Mass.. was from Hertfordshire. England. The 
great St. Albans. 1635. 

Jonathan Choate. tlie second son. was married, but no record of his family appears, 
except that he had no son. He was doubtless the Jonathan Choate who, after Dec. 29. 
1775. received of Capt. Abraham Dodge twenty-five shillings for a coat, being of his 
company in the Continental Army. Vid. Antiquarian Papers, Sept., 18S1. 


Stephen'' Choate {Thomas^, T/iomns-. yohii^), son of Thomas [as] and 
Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, was born Nov. i, 1727, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, Nov. 23, i7St, Mary Li>70, daughter of David and Susanna 
■Low. She was born April 24, 1726, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Mrs. Mary 
Choate died Aug. 22, 1769, in Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate 
married, June 7, 1770, -Afrs. Elizalicth Potter, nee Martin, daughter of Isaac 
and Rachel (Choate) [ 34 ] Martin; she was born in 1739. They resided in 
Ipswich, Mass. Deacon Choate died Oct. 19, 1815. Mrs. Elizabeth Choate 
died April 29, 18 14. 


Stephen, [217] I). Nov. 2, 1752; m. Feb. 13, 1772, Iiliza/n//i Patch ,-_<i. May 19, 1816. 

Mary, [218] b. Sept. 3, 1754; m. Nuv. 28, 1771, Neliemiah Brown ; d. 

Elizabeth, [219] b. Dec. 22, 1757; m. Dec. 31, 1786, Nalhaniel Kinsman ; d. July 18, 1834. 

Lydh, [220] b. 175S; d. 

Martha, [221] b. Aug. 14, 1760; m. Thomas Hodgkins ; d. May 8, 1849. 

Susanna, [222] b. Sept. i, 1762; m. Jan. i, 1789, George Choate [233]; d. Aug. 13, 1827. 

John, [223] b. Feb. 5, 1765; m. ^ F.lizaheth Baiter : m. "Mary Cogswell; d. Jan. 23, 1838. 

David, [224] b. May 11, 1767; m. July 18, 17S9, Sarah Applelon : d. 1814. 

Miriam, [225] b. June 19, 1769. She died Aug. 25, 1850. 

Amos, [226] b. ,\ug. 28, 1771. He died in boyhood, Aug., 1775. 

Isaac, [227] b. Oct. 20, 1772; m. Afrs. Elizabeth (Dyer) Bradley : d. 

Amos, [228] b. Dec. 10, 1775; m. 1801, ^Lucy Smith: m. May 26, 1833, -Meliitable Neat: 

A. Aug. 7,1844. 
LviiiA, [229] b. Sept. 29, 1777; m Ephraun Kendall; d. May 7, 181 7. 


The following paper was prepared by Bassett Choate. Ph. D.. of Boston. 


Stephen Choate. Councillor. 

We read in the " History of Essex County." Vol. i. p. 616. that .Stephen Choate. 
of Ipswich, was chosen. June 29. 1774. on a Committee of Correspondence. The 
peculiar services of these committees at that time need not be set forth at length. 
The bare record given above enables us to identify the good deacon of the second 
precinct of Ipswich with the cause of American Independence at an early stage in the 
struggle between the Colonies and England. This membership of the committee did 
not of itself constitute admission to public life, but it no doubt served in this instance 
as a preliminary step to the long and honorable career in the General Court of the 
Province and State. 

Deacon Choate entered the General Court, as a representative from Ipswich. 
May 29. 1776. The Court held its session of this year in Watertown. since Boston 
had too recently been in the hands of the British soldiers. Ipswich was represented 
for that year by five members, and the representation of other towns was in the same 
proportion. Tlie members of this Court were the first that had been elected in the 
Province without warrant of the King. It was the first time the Court was in session 



for tlie Conimoinvealth and not for the Province. In looking over the records of this 
Court one cannot fail to obser\'e liow large a proportion of its members had served in 
previous years. This circumstance alone is enough to show how directly the govern- 
ment of the Province tended to shape itself into the government of the State. 

But .Stephen Choate came to the General Court at this session a new memljer. 
He had secured the confidence of his fellow-townsmen, we may suj^pose. by his services 



on the Committee of Correspondence. That their confidence was well sustained by 
his action in the Court is made certain by the fact that he was returned as representative 
fioni Ipswicli the following year, 1777, although the town sent but two members that 
year. He continued to represent the town in the lower House until 1779; from that 
time he was a member of the Senate. 

Aug. 9, 1779, the town of Ipswich elected five delegates to the Convention to be 
held at Cambridge for the purpose of framing a new Constitution of the State. Among 
these delegates were Stephen Choate. Esq.. and Col. Jonathan Cogswell. 

Vid. History of Essex, Mass., p. 223. 

The name of Stephen Choate first appears upon the Records of the General Court 
as a member of the upper House, or Council, as it was then called, June 6, 1 780. We 
may note here that so full of anxiety for the members of the Court were those days, 
that on the Saturday preceding, June 3. they had adjourned to meet at 8 A. M., the next 
morning to consider intelligence from the army. Accordingly, the records show that 
on June 4. Sabbath Day. the two Houses met at 8 A. M., and considered letters received. 
Just what had detained Mr. Choate from coming to the Council previous to June 6 can 
be conjectured only from the fact that on the 5th of May preceding he was appointed 
'• a Committee to examine into the situation of the Light House at or near Gloucester, 
and make return thereof to the Honorable Council." This was, perhaps, the very first 
step towards the formation of the Lighthouse Board under the Federal Government. 
On the 23d of June, 1780, the examination ordered May 5, having been made and 
reported to the Council as required, "Hon. Stephen Choate Esq was authorized, 
empowered, and directed, in behalf of the State to take under his care the property of 
the State on Thatchers Island."' The next entry relating to this matter is ot date June 



8. 1781, and to the effect that the Ceneral Court ■•ordered that the Hon. Stephen 
Choate be discharged of monies received by him for articles sold belonging to the Light 
House on Thatcher's Island." Tliat this order of the Court did not operate as a 
discharge in full of all responsibilities under the commission is plain from the fact that 
on Feb. 9. 1784. Stephen Choate was ordered -to ]3ay into the Treasury the rents from 
Thatcher's Island." 

Since 1781, the upper House of the (jcneral Court has been called the Senate, 
and its members have been chosen b}- the peo])le. Kssex County was entitled to four 
members in this body, and Stephen Choate was elected one of the' four. He continued 
to serve as Senator from this time until 1797, when he was made Councillor. To this 
place he was elected by the General Court successively until 1803. Thus he gave to 
the State a continuous service in the General Court from the beginning of popular 
government, in 1776, until 1803, a tertn of twenty-se\-en years. 

Of the part which was borne by the Hon. Stephen Choate in the routine business 
of the Legislature in these years we have space only to follow out one matter which 
throws additional light upon the record of Col. John Choate, who died in 1765. The 
records for Nov. 17, 1785, show '• that on petition of Stephen Choate, Esqr., setting 
forth that pursuant to a grant of the Great and General Court unto the late John 
Choate, of lixswich, there was surveyed and laid out a tract of land containing two 
hundred and fifty acres in Methuen, and confirmed in April, 1734; that the said Jolm, 
li\- his deed with warrantv, sold the same to Benjamin Greenleaf of Newburv."" The 
petition continues to recite that when the boundary between Massachusetts 'and New 
llampsliire was, later, established by survey, this tract of land was found to be within 
the limits of the latter province. Of course, Greenleaf's title failed with the failure of 
tlie original grant. He had recourse, howe\-er, under the warrant\-, to the heirs of 
John Choate for satisfaction. They, in turn, could appeal, as they did, to the honor 
of the Commonwealth to m.nke good its intent in the grant of 1734. In response to 
this call for relief, the General Court gave to Greenleaf, or his heirs, a grant of seven 
hiindred acres of land, to be located in Cumberland County or Lincoln County, in the 
District of Maine. The location was made in the township of New Gloucester, in 
Cumberland County. 

This petition, presented by Stephen Choate, in 1785, calls our attention to the 
particular service of John Choate for which the original 
grant \va,s made by the Province in 1734. A reference 
" to the records of the (ieneral Court for that year shows 

that, on Feb. 8, there was presented to the Court a 
•• i)etition of Mr. John Choate, one of the Committee 
tor North Yarmouth, showing that he has spent much 
time and made many journe\s in tlie service of the said 
town, for which they are not able to make him any sat- 
isfaction," etc. ; and praying for a grant of two hundred 
and fifty acres of land, the same to be located within the 
limits of the tow'n of Methuen. This petition was 
granted by the Court, and was approved by J. Belcher. 


The .services to the town of North Yarmoutli. re- 
ferred to in the petition of John Choate, consisted in 
sur\eying the township, laying out the lots, and selling 
these to settlers. It is evident that the General Court 
had e.xpected the inhabitants of the town to pay for services. In town meeting assembled the inhab- 
itants did not repudiate the claim upon them, but thev 
simply pleaded their inability to ])ay it. 

In addition to his long-continued service to the 
.State in the capacity of Representative. .Senator, and 
Councillor, Stephen Choate also served the County of 
Esse.\ in various offices. He was elected Treasurer of 
the County in the Court of Sessions, at Salem, in 1793. 
For how long time he held this office the writer has no 
data at liand for determining, but he can reach a reasonable conclusion. The records 
of the General Court tor 1813 show that, on Jan. 30. of that year, -Upon the petition 

,i,e MARTIN. 


of Stephen Choate. late Treasurer of the County of Essex, stating that he had received 
certain sums of money therein specified, in bills which have since depreciated, and 
praying relief; the Treasurer of this Commonwealth was authorised to receive these 
bills as money." From this circumstance it seems not unlikely tliat his term of service 
as treasurer of Essex County ended in 1812. 

There can be little doubt that Stephen Choate had been largely concerned in town 
affairs before he took his seat as a member of the tieneral Court, in 1776. He contin- 
ued these more local duties and responsibilities while he served the County and the 
State. For many years he was a feoiiee of the grammar school of Ipswich — an insti- 
tution which was made perpetual by Act of the General Court. Feb. 14, 1787. 

Hon. Charles Augustus Choate [926]. a great-grandson of the Hon. Stephen Choate. 
now living in Jacksonville, Fla.. has in his possession "The Book of Record of Actions 
Commenced agreeablv to Act passed Feb"y 15"'. I787-" This record covers the period 
from May. 1787. to July. 1790. It appears to have been kept by Stephen Choate as one 
of the justices of the courts. 

Mr. C. A. Choate. of Jacksonville, has also the original will of the Hon. Stephen 
Choate. dated Jan. 4. 1799. giving his property to his "beloved wife. Elizabeth, and to 
his children, John, .^mos, Miriam. David, Lyd'ia (Randall), Mary (Brown), Elizabeth 
(Kingman), Martha (Hodgkins), Susannah, Isaac, and Stephen: also, to Betsey Day 
and Sally Potter, the daughters of his wife." It has been thought that Elizabeth, the 
wife of Stephen Choate. was previously the widow of Capt. John Potter. 

Vid. History of Ipswich, Mass., p. 1 86. 



Mary'' t'lioale {Thomas^, Thomas-, John^), daughter of Thomas [so] ahd 
Elizabeth (Bnrnham) Choate, was born June 20, 1731, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. She married, Jan. 23, 1751, Vohii Foster, son of John Foster. He was 
born Aug. 7, 1724, in" Ipswich, Mass. Mr. John Foster died, and Mrs. Foster 
married, Dec. 25, 1766, -Saiiiiiel Low. He was born .\ug. 7, 1724. Mr. Low 
died, and Mrs. Low married, Dec. 19, 1797, '■'•Enoch Haskell. Mr. Haskell 
died. Mrs. Haskell died. 

Mauy, b. March 13, 1752; m. Dec. 5, 1771, Joseph Psi-kiiis ; d. Aug. 5, 1802. 


Joseph Perkins was born Sept. 3. 1752. son of Joseph and Eliz,abeth (Choate) 
[83] Perkins. He was a cousin to his wife, Mary Foster. 

I'id. Essex Institute Hist. Collections, l^ol. 20, p. 266. 


Abigail'' Choate {7Itomds\ Thomas-, John^), daughter of Thomas [29] 
and Elizabeth (Burnham) Choate, was born July 18, 1734, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. She married, Dec. 28, 1752, David Lozo, son of David and 
Susannah Low. He was born {bapl. May 5, 172S) in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 
Captain Low died in August, 1782. Mrs. Low died in 1788. 


David, b. 1755; m. May 26, 1778, Hannah Haskell. 

Eleazer, m. Sept. 25, 1 788, Sarah Perkins. 

Jonathan, m. Nov. 23, 1 783, Judith Haskell. 

Eunice, m. Feb. 20, 1794, Nathaniel Cogswell ; d. Aug. 26, 1825. 

Elizabeth, m. May 31, 1777, James Eveleth ; A. before 1782, 



Mr. Low was a sea captain. David, his son, married Hannah Haskell, whose 
parents were Nathaniel and Hannah (White) Ha.skell. Seth Low, son of David and 
Hannah Low, married Mary Porter. Abiel Augustus Low, son of Seth and Mary Low, 
married Ellen Dow. Seth Haskell Low, son of Abiel A. and Ellen Low, married 
Rebecca Ann Cutler, ancrresided irrNew- York. Hon. Seth Low. President of Columbia 
College, is of this family lineage. Eleazer and Sarah (Perkins) Low and Nathaniel and 
Eunice (Low) Cogswell have descendants. 

I'id. The Cot^swells in A7nerica,pp. 171, 172, 319, 320. 


William' Clioate {Francis^, Thomas-, Joh 11^), son of Francis [ 3S ] and 
Hannah (Perkins) Choate, was born Sept. 5, 1730, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 
He married, Jan. 16, 1756, Afa>y GiMiiigs, daughter of Job and Margaret 
(Low) Giddings. She was born March 27, 1732, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., 
where they resided. Captain Choate died April 23, 1785. Mrs. Choate died 
Nov. I, 1 810. 

William, [230] b. Oct. iS, 1756. He died in infancy, Nov., 1756. 
David, [231] b. Nov. 29, 1757; m. June 24, 17S4, ^Ma>y Cogswell; m. Oct. 15, i-]<)l,"Afiriam 

Foster : d." March 28, 1808. 
William, [232] b. Aug. 10, 1759; ni. Aug. 19, 1784, Susautui Choate, [202]; d. Jan., 1835. 
George, [233] b. Feb. 24, 1762; m. Jan. i, 1789, Susanna Choate, [222J; d. Feb. 8, 1826. 
Margaret, [234] b. March 8, 1764; m. May 25, 1786, John Crocker ; d. 
Job, [235] b. March i, 1766; m. .April, 1797, ^Lydia Christophers : m. "Margaret Adams: 

A. Dec, 1813. 
Mary, [236] b. Nov. 17, 1767; ni. ( let. 6, 1791, Thomas Baker : d. Jan., 1S52. 
Hannah, [237] b. Nov. 20, 1770; m. Jan. 10, \'jr)j„ Satintel Smith: il. March 5, iSio. 
Sarah, [238] 1). .Sept. 26, 1772. She died Dec. 26, iSoi. 
Lydia, [239] b. Sept. 24, 1774; m. Feb. ig, 1801, John Perkins : d. Dec. 14, 1839. 


Mk. Chiiate was fitted for college in Salem and his father desired him to graduate 
and become a minister, but his own tastes were in another direction, yet the influence 
of his education is plainly seen among his descendants to this day. Among his studies 
at Salem may have been na\igation, for he was a master of that science. He was the 
captain of a ship when twenty-five years of age. He followed the sea to southern ports 
winters, and carried on the farm during the summers. He owned vessels as well as 
commanded them. He taught school on Hog Lsland, and when he was not the regular 
teacher he sometimes taught an evening school. He instructed his four sons in the art 
of navigation. They all followed the sea more or less. His son David Choate [231] 
went to Spain, when a \'oung man, and also to southern ports ; his son William [232] 
went to sea eight or ten years before his removal to Derry. George was a captain 
before he came from the Lsland, and Job wa.s a captain between Europe and America 
for twenty years. It is said that Captain William gave his family a good education, 
and that although they lived on the Island they were better educated than most families 
in town. Mr. Rufus Choate, of Essex, the proprietor of the old homestead on the 
Island, has an arithmetic with problems and rales in geometry, trigonometry, and navi- 
gation, in the handwriting of Capt. William Choate, which is finely e.xecuted. 

It is said of him that he was •■ The handsomest man on the Island, tall with black 
hair and dark complexion." Captain Choate was disinclined to public life; he was. 
however, collector and treasurer of the parish during the Revolutionary War. Although 
not himself a member of the church his letters show him to have been a thoughtful 
and serious-minded man. 

Mrs. Mary Choate, in the matter of family government, it is said, used to bring the 
influence of bears and other wild animals to operate upon her children and grand- 
children, especially when they indulged in plaving on Sundays. Then she would tell 
them "that the bears would be after them." This would not especially terrify them 


until after sundown, but then they were afraid to go to bed, and were persuaded only 
when their grandmother assured them that '• the bears were all gone away down to 

Mr. Rufus Choate, of Choate Island, has in his possession letters written by 
Captain William to his son, David Choate [231], which were written w^hile the son was 
in the Continental Army. These letters were addressed " David Choate, Light Infantry 
Capt. John Burnham's Company, Col. Gimat's Reg'. The Hon. Marquis La Fayette's 
Division Continental Army." 

An incident is narrated of Mrs. Mary (Giddings) Choate. It appears that a 
British frigate was seen off the bay, and twelve men were stationed on Hog Island to 
prevent their landing. Her boats were seen approaching the Island, apparently for 
the purpose of landing, whereupon all on the Lsland fled e,\cept the wife of Capt. 
William Choate, who declared she would stay and keep house if all the otliers ran. 
Accordingly she remained with her two children, without harm. 

Vid History of Essex, p. 219. 

The Old Family Bible belonging to Capt. William Choate came into the pos- 
session of his grandson William Choate, whose widow, Mrs. Lucretia Choate, gave it 
to Dr. George Choate of Salem, Mass., and it is now, 1894. in the possession of 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate of New York City. The family record is as follows : — 

"William Choate, (Son of Francis Choate) & Mary Giddings, (Daughter of Job 
Giddings) were married Jan'y i6ih, 1756, &, October i8>li 1756 had a son born who lived but 
about four weeks. — Since had other children born (viz.) 
David Choate was born Novm 29<li, 1757 Tuesday in y= morning. 
William Choate was born Friday Aug. lo'li 1759 at high water 
George Choate was liorn Wednesday Feb 24'ti 1762 Low water in ye morning 
Margaret Choate was born Thursday March 8ih 1764 in the forenoon 
Job Choate was born Saturday March ist iy66 in the forenoon 
Mary Choate was born Tuesday Nov. lyih 1767 in the morning 
Hannah Choate was born Tuesday Nov. 20ih 1770 in the evening 
Sarah Cho.ate was born Saturday Sept. 261I1 1772 in the morning 
Lidia Choate was born Saturday Sept 24'h 1774 in the morning" 

The Choate on -The Island"" was struck by lightning Aug. 12. 1780. at 
about eight o'clock in the morning. There were six persons in the kitchen, one in the 
chamber, and four in the attic. The shock was seriously felt by them all, and Lydia. 
the youngest child, was thought to be dead, but her mother breathed into her mouth 
and after some time brought her to life. This stroke of lightning was the means of 
Margaret's conversion. 


Abraham^ Choate {F}-ands-\ Thomas-, Jo/m^), son of Francis [33] and 
Hannah (Perkins) Choate, was born March 24, 1732, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married Sarah Potter, daughter of Aaron and Sarah (Appleton) 
Potter. She was born in Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Balltovvn, after 1772 
in Wiscasset, and in Whitefield, Me. Mr. Choate died April 23, 1800. Mrs. 
Choate died iniSii. .^^^ children were: 

Nehemiah, [240] b. March 2t„ 1757. He died at sea, 1775. 

Abraham, [241] b. Feb. 24, 1759; m. Abigail Norris ; d. April 12, 1S37. 

Sally, [242] b. Nov. 26, 1761. She died April, 1827. 

John, [243] b. Jan. i, 1763. He died .'\pril 2, 1800. 

FRA^■Cls, [244] b. May 12, 1764; m. Susnuiin/i Heath : d. Sept. 2, 1799. 

Aaron, [245] b. Feb. 7, 1766; m. Elizabeth Acorn ; d. March 18, 1853. 

Moses, [246] b. Aug. 9, 1767; m. July 22, 1797, Margaret Fountain ; d. Jan. 17, 185 1. 

Rufus Lathkoi', [247] b. March 5, 1769. He died in infancy, June 26, 1769. 

Rufus Lathrol, [248] b. May 21, 1770. He died in infancy, Jan. 15, 1771. 

Rufus L.vrHRor, [249] h. Feb. 28, 1772; m. Betsey IMaynarJ : d. Oct. 17, 183b. 

Hannah, [250] b. April 26, 1774. .She died in infancy, July 25, 1774. 

Hannah, [251] b. Aug. 11, 1777; m. May 30, 1798, Jeremiali Norris ; d. Sept. 13, 1873. 

Polly, [252] b. Oct. 6, 1779; m. Feb. 18, 1798, Isaac Maish ; d. 1859. 

Ebenezer, [253] b. March 21, 1783; m. 1806, Barhary Fountain ; d. Dec. 13, 1876. 



Ar.KAiiAM CmiATE. f)f I])s\vicli. Mass.. was one of tbt ijrantees of the town ol 
Stockbiidne. N. H.. July 22. 1761. 

Nehemiah Choatc. the eldest son. sailed on a privateer, and was killed at sea at 
the age of eighteen years, early in the Revolution. 

John Ciioaie, the third .son, left a will which was probated June 2, iSoo. He was 
resident of Halltown. in the county of Lincoln and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 
now Whitefield, Me. He mentions his sister .Sally, his father and 'mother, and consti- 
tutes his l)rother. Abraham Choate. his executor. his 

Signed JoHX X CiioAT 
Witnessed Ijy "'"'' 

Abrahajn Choate jr. 
Moses CJioat 
Jeremiah Acorn's jr. 

Vi(/. /'robatr /Records of Lincoln County, pp. 351, 352. 

IS.\.\< CIIO.VTK. 

Isaac* Choate {Franeis*, Thomas-, Johii^), son of Francis [33] and 
Hannah (Perkins) Choate, was born Jan. 31, 1734, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 
He married Elizabeth Low, daughter of Jonathan and Sarah (Perkins) Low. 
She was born .April i, 1736, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided, 
but removed in 1770 to Leicester, Mass., thence about 1788 to Lansingburg. 
N. Y., and later to Pownal, Vt. Mr. Choate died May 30, 1813. Mrs. Choate 
died about 181 7, in Lansingburg, N. V. 

l-'R.\NCls, [254J b. July 13, 1756; in. July 22, 1781, Elizabeth Lyon; d. Oct. i, iSio. 
Hannah, [255] b. Dec. 10, 1757. -She died in infancy. 

Isaac, [256] b. Sept. 9, 1759; m. Jan. 4, 1783, Patty Craig : d. .Vug. 4, 1S22. 
Jonathan, [257] b. Jan. 19, 1761; m. Jan. 14, 1790, ^Lois Browtiin^'; m. March 3, )8ib, 

-Martlia Brcnun : d. Feb. 23, 1843. 
Hannah, [258] b. Sept. 23, 1762. 

Sarah, [259] b. Aug. 14, 1764; m. Feb. 12, 1785, h'athan Craig; <\. .Xug. 21, 1S20. 
-Calei!, [260] b. May 28, 1766. 
Joshua, [261] b. March 11, 1768; m. May 16, 1798, Betsey Warn; A. Oct. 2, 1828. 
Elizabeth, [262] b. Feb. 5, 1770. 
P01.1.Y, [263] b. Feb. 10, 1772. 

Jacob, [264] b. Dec. 20, 1773; ni. Oct. 6, 1799, Rosamond Parmalee ; d. June 6, 1818. 
.\iiic.AiL, [265] b. Aug. 18, 1775; d. July 10, 1843. 
.Vnna, [266] b. Dec. 24, 1777; d. Sept. 4, 1847. 
John, [267] b. March 26, 1780. 



"Mr. Isaac Choate wa,s born on Thursday evening at 9 o'clock Jan. 31. 1733/4." 
"Mrs. Elizabeth (Low) Choate was born April the first Thursday 1736." 

The Family of Isaae and Elizabeth {Low) Choate. 
" Francis Choate was born July the 13''' a Tuesday morning 1756 
Hannah Choate was born December 10, a Saturday morning 1757 
Isaac Choate was born September the 9'li a Sabbath night 1759 
Jon.\than Cho.\te was born January 19'h Monday night 1761 
Hannah Choate was born September 23d Thursday 1 762 
Sarah Cho.a.te was born August H'h on Tuesday night 1764 
Caleb Choate was born May 28'li on Wednesday 1 766 
Joshua Choate was born March ii'h, Friday 1768 
Elizabeth Choate was born February y^ Wednesrlay 1770 
Mary Cho.ate was born February io>h on Monday 1772 


Jacob Choate was born December 20 on Monday 1 77 j 
Abigail Choate was born August iS'l', on Friday, 1775 
Anna Choate was born December 24, on Wednesday 1777 
John Choate was born March 26tli on Sabbath 1780." 

"Jonathan Low was born September the 15"' 1708/' 
"Sarah Perkins was born December the 6"' 1710."' 

Th,: Family «f Jonathan and Sarah {Perkins) Low. 
■' Benoni Low was born August the six on a Sabbath day 1732. 
-Sarah Low was born October the 1 1 Tuesday 1733 
Sakah Low was born October the I7<li Sabbath day morning 1734 
Ei.iZABK-rH Low was born April the first, Thursday 1736 
Nehemiah Low was born February the iQih Friday 1738 
Mary Low was born January the ii'li on Friday 1740 
Abigail Low was born January the I7<h Sabbath day 1742 
Hannah Low was born July the lirst, a Sabbath day 1744 
Joanna Low was born June the 1 7<h a Tuesday 1 746 
Jonathan Low was born August 131I1 Saturday 174S 
William Low was born October 31 a Wednesday 1750 
Abigail Low was born February 11 Thursday 1753 
Abraham Low was born March 29, Thursday 1 755 
Francis Low was born January 23d Sabbath day 1757 
James Low was born February the Sih Thursday 1759 " 

Mr. Choate was a tanner, and lived on "The Elliot Farm" in the north part of 
Leicester. He was chosen in 1774 one of the Selectmen of the Town. He was also a 
deacon in the Congregational Church. The history of Leicester confounds Iiim with 
liis son and .seems to mention but one Isaac Choate! whereas there were father and son 
by the name of Isaac. Seven of their children were baptized in April, 1770. Mr. 
Choate marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775. with his company, as a Sergeant, as far 
as Cambridge. In 1776 he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant of Militia. 

" The negro Edward, son of • Ned." belonged to Isaac Choate of Leicester, Mass." 
Vid. Revolutionary Rolls., Lexington Alarms, Vol. 13, p. 28, and 

Books, Militia Officers, etc., I'ol. 38,/. 107. 


Jolin-" Choate {Fraiids-\ r/i(7/iuis-, Juhn^), son of Francis [33] and 
Hannah (Perkins) Choate, was born Nov. 10, 1737, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
}ilass. He married, Nov. 14, 1760, KMary Ei'eleth, daughter of Joseph Eveleth. 
She was born in 1738 in Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mrs. Mary 
Choate died Aug. 8, 1788. Mr. Choate married, April 16, 1789, "Mrs. Sarah 
(Johnson) Newman, widow of Joseph Newman, of Newburyport, Mass. They 
resided in Ipswich, Mass. John Choate, Esq., died July 7, 1791. Mrs. Sarah 
Choate married, Oct. 24, 1792, ^Bradstreet Parker. Mrs. Parker died Aug. 
15, 1820. 


John, [268J b. Aug. 14, 1761. He died in eady life, Nov. 30, 1786. 

"Mary, [269] 1). Nov. 7, 1762. She died in early life, Nov. 15, 1789. 

Lucy, [270] b. Sept. 15, 1764; m. Oct. 6, 1785, IVi/liamBuriiham ; d. July 2, 1787. 

Hannah, [271] b. May 4, 1767. She died in eady life, Jan. 4, 1784. 

Christian, [272] b. June 20, 1769. 

Elizabeth, [273] b. June 25, 1771. She died in early life, Oct. 16, 1790. 

.\bigail, [274] b. Feb. 13, 1773. She died in infancy, Dec. 16, 1773. 

Abigail, [275] b. Sept. 7, 1774. She died in eady life, July 4, 1798. 

Francis, [276] b. Dec. 3, 1776. He died in early life, March 30, 1793. 

Sarah, [277] b. July 2, 1778. She died in infancy, Sept. 17, 1778. 

Joseph, [278J b. Jan. i, 17S0. He died in infancy, March i, 1780. 

Sarah, [279] b. May 27, 1781. She died in infancy. 

Sarah, [280J bapl. June 3, 1784. 



.Mr. Ciioatk. as the storv goes, when a lad. was thiinvn from a horse and struck 
on his head, which seemed to cure his natural stupidity, and he became a very bright 
man. He was quick in temper, but after saying what his feelings prompted he would 
soon cool off. He lived in the house now owned by Mrs. Abby P. Choate, widow of • 
Hon. George F. Choate. in Essex, a picture of which appears on a subsequent 

"1791 Julv John Choate Esq. died of consumption in his tiftytourth year.'' His 
wife, Mary, died Aug. 8. 1788, in her lifty-lirst year. He frequently held town otifices, 
was feoffee of the grammar school, representative in 1781, 1783. 1785, 1786, 1788, and 
justice of the Sessions Court. " A man highly respected in public and private life for 
his abilities and integrity." Vid. Felt's History of Ipsivich^ Mass., p. 184, and 

History of Essex, Mass., pp. 238, 242. 

iVIr. Choate, together with Daniel Noyes. of Newbury, Michael Farley, and John 
Cogswell, was .sent, Dec. 3. 1787. delegates to the convention that ratified and accepted 
the Federal Constitution. Essex County Institiite. Vol. t^,p. [04. 

John Choate, the oldest son, was imprisoned June 3, 1780. He was later the 
captain of a brig, and lost, Nov. 30, 1786, on the coast of France. 

Francis Choate, the second son, died of fever, aged seventeen years. 

Hannah Choate, the third daughter, died of consumption at the age of seventeen 
years, at the house of her aunt, Mrs. Lathrop, in Norwich, Conn. The following 
inscription is found on her tombstone in the cemetery of Norwich, Conn. : — 

•• In Memory of MISS HANNAH CHOATE, 

daughter of John Choate Esq., of Ipswich & Mrs. Mary his \vite. 

who departed this life June 4"' , 1784 

in y" 18"' year of her age.' ' 

" A grassy turf o'er spreads my head 
The neighboring lillies dress my bed 

And shed a sweet perfume 
Here I put of the chains of death 

My sold too long has worn. 
Friends : I forbid one groaning breath 

Or tear to luet my Um." 

■■ March 4"' 1767, Mr. Joseph Newman of Newbiiryport hath informed of his inten- 
tion of marriage with Sarah Johnson of said Newburyport," which prior to 1764 was 
Newbury, Mass. ■■ Married April 16"' 1789, by Rev. John Andrews (Unitarian), John 
Choate, Esq. to Sarah Newman." Mrs. .Sarah (.Newman) Choate, «#f Johnson, became 
the third wife of Bradstreet Parker, of Grovcland, M;iss. 

Vid. Records of Newburyport, Mass. 

Mr. Parker was the great-great-grandfather of Mrs. Abby Parker (Cogswell) 
Choate, who now resides in the house where John Choate, Esq.. once lived. 

One of the family name playfully writes to another as follows : — 

" Sarah Newman Choate-Parker was evidently a noted character, but she had no 
business to be married three or four times even if she was handsome. She evidently 
was a woman of vaulting ambition and meant to rival the woman in .Scripture, who had 
seven husbands, and no doubt she confounded all the Sadducccs in Esse.x County as 
to whose wife she would finally turn out to be. 

" She also understood the dower business and made the most of it. She was the 
widow of Capt. Joseph Newman of Newburyport and of course had the Newman dower 
in her pocket, when she married Esquire John Choate. She went out of Chebacco 
with another monstrous dower, as Esquire George Choate could have testified with 
tears in his eyes. Whether she outlived and outwitted your ancestor, Bradstreet 
Parker, I know not, but I suppose death stepped in at some time and put a stop to 
further proceedings. She bewitched m\- grandfather so that he went to Newburyport 
to see her married to Esquire John. I hope that now- -after life's fitful fever she 
sleeps well.' '' 

•' Sarah Parker died Aug. 15. 1820 aged 72 y. 9 mos.'' 

Vid. Family Bible of Eleazer Johnson. 





Hannah^ Choate {Francis^, Thomas-, JoluA), daughter of Francis [33] 
and Hannah (Perkins) Choate, was born April r, 1739, '" Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. She married, Nov. 10, 1757, Kujus Lathrop, son of Col. Simon and 
Martha (Lathrop) Lathrop. He was born Oct. 29, 1731, in Norwich, Conn., 
where they resided. Mrs. Hannah Lathrop died April 18, 1785. Mr. Lathro]i 
married, before 1788, '-Zcrriah Latlirop, his cousin, daughter of Capt. Ebenezer 
and Lydia (Leifingwell) Lathrop. She was born May 6, 1738. Mr. Lathrop 
died Aug. 18, 1805. Mrs, Zerviah Lathrop died Jan. 4, 1795. There were no 

Mr. LATlim)!' was a descendant of (Jovernor Hunlingtou. uf Connecticut, and 
inherited some of his property. His father was a distinguished officer in the army of 
the Revohition. His sister. Martha Lathrop. married the Rev. Ebenezer Devotion, and 
after his deatli the Re\ . James Cogswell, D. D.. of Scotland Parish. Windham. Conn. 

]'id. The Cogswells 171 Atnerica, pp. 11 7-1 20. 

.Mr. Lathrop wu.s a iiuui of wealth and leisure, of frail physical strength, liiit of 
]3leasant disposition, and a lar<;e ,ind generous heart. W'lien a young man. on a visit 



to Rev. Mr. Cleaveland. of Chebacco, who was an acquaintance and friend, he was 
invited, with the minister of the parish, to take tea at Esquire Francis Choate's one 
afternoon, where he met for the first time Mr. Choate's lovely daughter, Miss Hannah 
Choate, in whom he at once became interested, and so much so, that before leaving, 
after tea, Mr. Lathrop asked if he could see the young lady alone. To his great 
astonishment she invited him into the kitchen, which was really the only unoccupied 
room at that time in the small house, as some of the family were ill, and the parlor 
was occupied by the rest of the familx- and the minister. However, Miss Choate was a 


well-educated and attractive younj; lady in dress and manners, as well as personal 
beauty. This interview was the beginning of a courtship which at length resulted in a 
happy marriage. Mrs. Lathrop was a superior woman, and very much esteemed in 
Norwich society, as well as beloved by her fond husband. 

She had a wide acquaintance in Boston and elsewhere. Mrs. Grifilin. the wife of 
Rev. Dr. Griffin, pastor of Park Street Church, was an intimate friend. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lathrop had their portraits painted in oil. These were for a long 
time retained in the old homestead in Norwich. Conn., but recently were presented by 
a grand-niece of Mr. Lathrop's, Miss Lucretia Huntington Grace, to Mrs. Abby P. 
Choate, widow of Hon. George F. Choate. of Essex, Mass. These paintings now 
hang in Mrs. Choate's house, which stands next to the house in which Mr. Lathrop 
took an afternoon tea, and where he found his lovely bride. 

It is said that the old Lathrop house in Norwich, Conn., is now a ruin. 

A grand-niece of Mr. Lathrop quotes the following lines : — 

" I seem liUe one who treads alone 
In bani|uet halls deserted, 
Whose lights are lied, whose garlands deail, 
And all but me departed." 

I'u/. Old Houses of the Ancient Toivn of Norwich. 


" In Memory of RUFUS LATHROP, ESQ., 

who departed this life Aug. iS^^ 1805 

in the 75''' year of his age." 

" Here lies interred MRS. HANNAH LATHROP, 

Consort of Rufus L. Esq. 

who departed this life April y« 18"" 1785 

in the 46'^ year of her age." 

" No pain nor grief nor anxious fear 
Invade thy bound. No mortal woes 
Can reach the lovely sleeper here 
And .Angels watch her soft repose 
So jFesus slept : God's dying son, 
Past thro, the grave &' blest the bed. 
J^est here fair saint 
Till from his throne 
The morning breaks and pierce the shade." 



Beiijainiil^ Choate {Ebenezet^, Thomas^, Jo/ui^), son of Ebenezer [as] 
and Elizabeth (Greenleaf) Choate, was born Nov. 15, 1732, in Newburyport, 
Mass. He married, Aug. 10, 1754, Aniiah Knapp. They resided in Newbury- 
port, Mass. Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died. 


Annah, [281] b. July 7, 1756. 

Ebenezer, [282] b. July 24, 1758; m. Feb. 10, 1778, Mary Kindness ; d. 


Mr. Choate and Miss Annah Knapp were married by Rev. John Lowell. 

Mrs. Annah Choate (Knapp) Foster, daughter of Samuel Knapp, was born in 1776 
in Salem, Mass., ancl was one of ti\e yoimg ladies in that cit\' who had been named in 
infancy Annah Choate, for a lady living in Newburyport, a friend of the Knapp family, 
who at that time was doing a great deal of good and making herself quite famous. 

Vid. Driver Family, p. 116. 



Thomas'' Cboate (^E he neze !■■'■, Thomas-, Johii^), son of Ebenezer [35] 
and Elizabeth (Greenleaf) Choate, was born Jan. 19, 1734; married (////'. 
Aug. 16, 1794) Afo/ly Kendrick, daughter of Samuel and Mary Kendrick. She 
was born Jan. 15, 1775, in Amesbury, Mass. 



Mary' CllOate {Ebenezcfi, Thomas", John^), daughter of Ebenezer [ ''ir. ] 
and Elizabeth Greenleaf, was born June i, 1736, in Newburyport, Mass. She 
married (pi/h. Sept. 20, 1760) Johti Lakeman, son of John and Mary Lakeman. 
They resided in Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Lakeman died. Mrs. Lakeman died 
Dec. 22, 1771. 

".Mr. Joh.n LakeM-iVN jr. and Mrs. Mary Clioate pub. 20 Sept. 1760."" -Widow 

.Marv Lakeman," prob. his mother, " died 13 April 1754," and •■ Wid. Mary Lakeman 

d. 22 Dec. 1 77 1 "' '»('. Ipswich Records. 



Joseph^ Choate {Ehenezcr'^, Thoiims-, fohn^), son of E^benezer [ 35 ] and 

Elizabeth (Greenleaf) Choate, was born in 1742 in Newburyport, Mass. He 

married Mary . They resided in Newburyport, Mass. Mr. Choate died 

Jan. 27, 1802, in Thetford, Vt. Mrs. Choate died. 


George Gore, [283] b. March 6, 1767; m. Joanna Sillowny : A. 
Robert, [284J b. Sept. 6, 1770; m. Apphia Worlhen : d. 
Sarah, [285J b. April 7, 1773. 

Joseph Cho.vtk was mentioned among the children of Ebenezer Choate, of 
Newburyport. under date of '• 20 Dec. 1742," by Thomas Choate, of Ipswich, Mass. 

Joseph Choate, merchant, and wife Mary gave a deed Oct. 6. 1782, of land in 
Londonderry, N. H., to Humphrey Morse, of Newbury, Mass. 

Mr. Choate in his Later life went to live with his son, Robert Choate, in Thet- 
ford, Vt.. where he "departed this life January 27, 1802." 

Fid. Town Record, TJietford, \'t. 


Johll^ Choilte {Ebenezer'', Thomas-, John^),i,on of Ebenezer [35] and 
Elizabeth (Greenleaf) Choate, was born Dec. 27, 1745, in Newburyport, Mass. 
He married, Jan. 8, 1767, Abigail Tyler. They resided in Newburyport, Mass. 
Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died. 

the only child was : 
John Tyler, [286] b, July 11, 176S; m. Hannah Pearson ; d. Feb. 20, 1844. 


Mr. Choate's marriage to Abigail Tyler is found in the town records of New- 
buryport, Mass. There is also record^^sd the' marriage of a John Choate of Newburyport, 
Oct. 2, 1 771, to Joanna O'Sullivan. It may be that Mrs. Abigail Choate died, and that 
Mr. Choate married a second time. 



Ebenezei"' Vhoate {£/'e/!fze>^, Thonms-, JoJm''), son of Ebenezer[35] 
and Elizabeth (Greenleaf) Choate, was born April i6, 174S, in Newburyport, 
Mass. He married, Jan. i, 1784, Anna Pilhbiiry, daughter of Enoch and 
Apphia (Currier) Pillsbury. She was born July 18, 1760, in Newburyport, Mass., 
where they resided. Captain Choate died No\-. 2, 180 1, in (iaudaloupe. 
Mrs. Choate died June 16, 1804. 

Anna, [287] b. Nov. 11, 17S4; m. Nov. 3, 1803, William Iluse : A. March 5, 1S06. 
Enoch, [288J b. .-Xug. 27, 1786; m. Mrs. Margaret Willoughhy : d. Sept. 27, 1833. 
Mary, [289] b. Nov. 8, 1788; m. April 15, 1813, Richard Picket ; d. March 8, 1840. 
Ebfnezkr, [290] b. Oct. 2, 1790. 

Annar, [291] b. Oct. 22, 1792; m. Nov. 7, 1816, William Rogers; d. 
TilOiMAs, [292] b. Nov. 22, 1795; m. Susan Maine : d. Nov. 10, 1840. 
Benjamin, [293] b. April 16, 1798. He was lost at sea. 
John, [294] b. Jan. 3, 1800. He died in early life, Dec. 13, 1S18. 


Mr. Choatic and Anna Pillsbury were married by the Kev. Thomas Gary. Four 
of their children, viz., Mary, Ebenezer, Annar. and Thomas, between 1799 and iSoi. 
were enrolled among the pupils of the famous schoolmaster. Hezekiah CoIIjv. Mr. 
Choate and all his sons followed the .sea,s. John Choate. the youngest son. died of 
jellow fe\'er. and was Inu'ied in Portsmouth. Va. 


DauieP Choate {Danier\ Joseph-, Johii^), son of Daniel [39] and 
Mary (Adams) Choate, was born Jan. 19, 1729, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 

He married . They resided in Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Choate died 

March 4, 1820, in I])swich, Mass. Mrs. Choate died June 7, 1767, in Ipswich, 


John, [295] m. May 11, 1793, Mary Nichols; d. 1804. 
Hannah, [296] m. Nathaniel Cross ; d. about 1825. 
Polly, [297] d. 1840. 


Mr. CHO.A.TE lived to be an aged man. He survived his wife more than fifty years, 
and was a conspicuous personage in the town in his old age by reason of his quaint 
attire. Mr. Newman, of Portland. Me., a few years since, .spoke of remembering in his 
boyhood this '• Old Mr. Choate," and how he was impressed by his presence on the 
street, wearing knee buckles and a black cockade hat. In the Ipswich record of deaths 
are found the following : "Wife of Daniel Choate June 7"' 1767."' — ■■ 1820 .March 4. 
Mr. Daniel Choate 91 "" Vid. FeWs History of Ipswich, Mass., p. 192. 


Jonathan'' Choate {Jonathaifi, Benjamin^, John^), son of Jonathan [40] 
and Elizabeth (Moody) Choate, was born Nov. 6, 1743, i" Kingston, N. H. 
He married Mary Bean. They resided in Tamworth, N. H. Mr. Choate 
died April 25, 1837. Mrs. Choate died. 

Bagley, [298] b. 1790; m. Than if 111 p. Scrilmer ; d. Sept. 15, 1835. 


Mr. Choate, when a lad of fifteen years, in 1757. entered the army, and served 
three years in the French and Indian War. He became one of the first four settlers, 
in 1 77 1, of Tamworth, N. H. Jonathan Choate appears in the roll of officers in 
Colonel Kadger"s Tenth Regiment, returned to the Committee of .Safety for the colony 
of New Hampshire, as the first lieutenant of Thirteenth Company in Tamworth. This 
return was dated March y 5, 1776. 

.Mr. Choate lived to the age of ninety-five years. 

Viii. Early Town Papers, N. //., Vol. 12, p. g. atid I'ol. 13,/. 53S. 


Ainini^ ('hoate {Bcnjamiifl, Benjamin", Jo/m^), son of Benjamin [ ■»« ] 
and Ruth (Edw.irds) Choate, was born Sept. 15, 1742, in Kingston, N. H. 


Mr. Choate in Captain Johnson's Company of Greenland, N. H., and served 
si.x months in 1760 in the French and Indian War. 

Vid. Adjuiant-Generars Report, I'ol. 2, p. 246. 

.'\bout 1770 ab.atenient of ta.xes was made in favor of the Town of Haverhill, N. H., 
for service rendered the State bv Ammi Choate. This would indicate his residence at 
that date. 

Mr. Choate sold, April 10. 1773, ten acres of land belonging to his father's estate 
in Kingston, N. H., to Benjamin Judkins of that town. This land once belonged to 
his grandfather, the Rev. Benjamin Choate. Mr. Choate at that date resided in 
Brownstown, County of York, Province of Massachusetts. 

March 10, 1777, he sold, jointly with his brothers. Simeon Choate, Benjamin 
Choate, and his brother-in-law and his wife, i. e., Benjamin and Ruth (Choate) Judkins, 
fifteen acres of land to Ebenezer Stevens, of Kingston, N. H.. this being his grand- 
father's widow's dower in the home place. 

This tran.saction was acknowledged hy Josiah Barileit.J. P. 

He conveyed, Sept. 8, 1779, certain real estate in Brownsfield to Thomas Proctor. 
Vid. Records in Alfred, Me., Book \ii,p. 222. 

He enlisted July 14. 17X0. from Cilmanton. N. H., in Capt. Samuel RunnelPs 
Company, Whitcomb's Rangers, for si.x months, to serve in the Continental .\rmy at 
West Point. He served on "Western Frontier," and was discharged Dec. 21, 1781. 

He gave an order dated " Gilmanton March y* 21*' 1782"' on the State of New- 
Hampshire to pay the town of Gilmanton for service, 1781, in the Continental Army. 

There is no mention of Mr. Choate as being married, where he lived after the war, 
nor of the time and place of his death. There is a tradition that he died unmarried, 
in Brentwood. N. H. 

Simeon'' Choate {Benjamufl, Benjamiifl, John^),^o\\ of Benjamin [44] 
and Ruth (Edwards) Choate, was born Jan. 14, 1748, in Kingston, N. H. He 
married May 29, 1770, ^Ruth Thompson. They resided in Salisbury, Brent- 
wood, N. H., and in Salisbury, Mass., where Mrs. Ruth Choate died. Mr. 
Choate married {pub. April 9, 1797) "Hannah Norton. She was born in Sea- 
brook, N. H. They resided in Weare, N. H., and in Salisbury, Mass. Mr. 
Choate died Sept. 22, 1829. Mrs. Hannah Choate died Feb. 23, 1838. 


Benjamin, [299] b. Dec. 30, 1770; m. April 23, 1796, Jayie True ; d. Sept. 15, 1854. 

Ruth, [300] b. Nov. 1771; m. Enoc/i Morrill; A. Jan. 5, 1865. 

RuHAMAH, [301] b. Sept. ig, 1773; ra. Jan. i, 1798, Asa Deaborv : d. July 21, 1847. 


Khoda, [302] b.; m. June lo, 1805, Atkins TodJ ; A. 
Simeon Buknham, [303] b. He was lost at sea. 

Betsey, [304] b. 17S6; m. April 6, iSoS, Jaiiies Dennett ; d. June 16, 1SS73. 
Judith, [305] b. Feb. 15, 17S8; m. May 5, 1S05, Micajah Peaslee : d. Aug. 24. 1852. 
[acob THdMI'SON, [306] b. Jan. 5, 1791; m. \Mrs. Freeman: m. Feb. 5, 1S28, -Susan //. 
Dihmih : d. June 12, 1S67. 


Mr. Choate served in the war of llie Revolution, as sert;eant under Washington. 
He was by trade a cabinet maker. His marriage to Ruth Tliompson is recorded in 
the records of the First Church in Salisbury. Mass. They settled in Salisbury. N. H.. 
wliere his name appears on the ta.\ list of 1775-76. Later, their house being consumed 
by fire, they made their home, in 1788. in Salisbury. Mass.. where Mrs. Ruth Choate 
died, and Mr. Choate married for his second wife Hannah Norton, of Seabrook. N. H. 
They removed, and appear in 1802 as residents of Weare. N. H.. where they remained 
a few years. A small stream flowed near where they lived, which was long known as 
•■ Choate Brook." It empties into the Piscatequaog River a little Ijelow East Weare. 
The house in which they lived ha.s gone to decay ; the old cellar remains near the 
place called the "Pea.slee Stand." They probably returned to Salisbury, Mass., about 
1818. for tlie transfer of his pension is recorded: "United States Pensioner Simeon 
Choate, Sergeant 181S transferred from New Hampshire to Massachusetts, aged 68 
years." \'id. Essex County Register ^ p . 58. 

.Mr. Choate was a tall man. of fine bearing and handsome person. He dressed 
his liair in a queue, and wore short breeches with knee buckles, after the style of 
Washington, and men of that day. 

His large family of children were all by the first marriage, and among their 
descendants are .Morrills, Lowells. Todds. Dennetts. Dearborns, and Peaslees. names 
still familiar in Salisbury. Mass. .Mr. Choate's death was sudden ; he was driving 
some cattle that had strayed, belonging to a neighbor. Benjamin Joy, when he fell dead 
in the road, and his body was found about eleven o'clock the same evening by Dr. 
Carter, of Amesbury, Mass. Mrs. Hannah Choate survived him about ten years. The 
town record of Salisbury has this entry: "Simeon Choate Departed this life Sept. 22 
1829 Aged 79 years." 

Rrill CHOATK. 

Ruth' (Jboate {Bcnjamiifl, Benjamin-, John^) , daughter of Benjamin [ ** ] 
and Ruth (Edwards) Choate, was born Aug. 5, 1750, in Kingston, N. H. She 
married, Oct. 15, 1771, Benjamin Judkins, son of Joel and Mehitable (Elkins) 
Judkins. He was born April 18, 1749, in Kingston, N. H., where they resided, 
and later in Brentwood, N. H. Mr. Judkins died May 18, 1790. Mrs. Judkins 
died March 7, 1814. 


Peter, b. Aug. 6, 1772. 

Ebenezer Hills, b. Dec. 6, 1774. 

Rhoda, b. Nov. 19, 1776;, m. Coker Marble ; d. March 4, 1864. 

Benjamin, b. Sept. 9, 1779. 

Moses, b. May 24, 17S1. He died in childhood, March 3, 1783. 

Ruth, b. Aug. 13, 1783; m. Nov. 14, 1808, Moses Ftnt'ler ; d. Sept. 3, 1833. 

Levi, b. Sept. 11, 17S5. 

Ursula, b. March 7, 1789; m. Jan. 17. 1S09, Ebenezer Stevens : d. i860. 


Mr. Judkins was the eighth child in a family of nine children. His parentage, 
and the names of his brothers and sisters, appear on the records of the First Church. 
Kingston, N. H. Vid. History of Salisbury, N. H.,p. 646. 

Peter Judkins and other brothers went to Norway, or Palmyra. Me. 

Moses H. Fowler. Esq.. son of Moses and Ruth (Judkins) Fowler. 1896. is 
President of the Ocean National Bank, Newburyport, and a prominent citizen of 
that citv. His father died Nov. 7. 1862. aged seventy-si.x years. 


Mr. Ebenezer Stevens, who married Ur.sula Judkins. was born in 1781. He 
became one of the first .settlers of Montville, Me., where he resided for more than fort\ 
years, and died .Sept. 28, 1851, aged seventy years. In announcing his death, a local 
jjaper remarks : '■ He was universally esteemed, and will long be remembered for his 
many e.xcellent traits of character, especially for that humane and benevolent disposi- 
tion,' which made him the benefactor and friend of those around him in times of mental 
distress or pecuniary want." Mrs. Stevens died in i860 in Montville, Me. They had 
ten children. Their oldest .son, Ebenezer, born Dec. 11, 1809; m. Aug. 27, 1835, Eli/a 
Currier; d. 1881. They had .seven children. The oldest daughter of Ebenezer and 
Eliza (Currier) Stevens,' Eliza J., b. Oct. 7, 1842 ; m. April I2, 1866, Daniel Low, who 
was born Feb. 13. 1842. in Salem, Mass., where they resided. They had three 
children, viz.: Seth F.. b. July 17, 1867; Harry Cham'berlain, b. Aug. '5, 1870. and 
Florence, b. Nov. 23. 1875. There is a family tradition concerning their great ancestor, 
the Rev. Benjamin Choate. of Kingston. N. H.. ■■ Tliat he never kept a family Thanks- 
giving, but always invited the poor." 

George W. Stevens, Esq., a son of ]-;benezer and flrsula (Judkins) Stevens, is a 
prominent citizen of Bangor, Me. 


Beujaiilill'' Choate {Benjamiifl, Benjamin-, John^), son of Benjamin [ 4* ] 
and Ruth (Edwards) Choate, was born Aug. 8, 1754- in Kingston, N. H. He 
married, Oct. 15, I'm, Jane Brad/'ury. They resided in Springfield,- N. H. 
Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died. 


Mr. Choate was doubtless one of the fifty-four grantees of Salisbury. N. H.. 
many of whom became settlers, who were from Kingston, N. H. He appears as a 
resident of Salisbury, N. H., June 25, 1778, and is designated as "blacksmith." The 
ne.\t year, Nov. 24, 1779, John Wendall, a gentleman, living in Portsmouth, N. H., gave 
to Mr. Choate seventy-five acres of land in Protectnorth, N. H., as an inducement for 
him to set up a shop as a blacksmith in that place, which he did, and became an active 
citizen in the development of the new town, which was incorporated Jan. 23, 1794, and 
named Springfield. Vid. Early Town Papers, N. H ., Vol. lZ,Pfi- 443.448- 



Susainiillr' CllOate (Daniel*, Robert^, John-, John^), daughter of Daniel 
[50] and Hannah (Pitman) Choate, nee Proctor, was born {bapt. Nov. i, 1741) 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Dec. i, ii6^,JoIin Andrews, son of 
Deacon John Andrews. He was born in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They 
resided after 1783 in Arundel, now Kennebunkport, Me. Mr. Andrews died. 
Mrs. Andrews died. 


Hannah^ Choate {Daniel'^, Robert^, John-, John^), daughter of Daniel 
[50] and Mrs. Hannah (Pitman) Choate, n'ce Proctor, was born {bapl. Nov. 20, 
1743) in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Nov. 23, 1765, ^Lncas Pierce. 
Mr. Pierce died about 1770. Mrs. Hannah Pierce married -Deacon Nathaniel 
Tnpper. They resided in Campton, N. H., where Mrs. Hannah Tupper died 
about 1810. Deacon Tupper died about 1832, in Thornton, N. H. 


Hannah, b. 1766; m. Woodbury ; d. 1S37. 

Susannah, b. 1771; m. Daniel Blaisdell: d. 1852. 

Rebecca, h. 1776; m. Isaac Fo.x : d. i860. 

Mary, b. June 17, 1781; m. Oct. 12, 1803, Israel Spencer : d. April iS, 1870. • 

Nathaniel, b. 1786; m. Olive Moulton ; d. 1862. 


Deacon Nathaniel Tupper was of Georgetown. .Mass. Mrs. Tupper was 
buried in tlie cemetery of the Congregational Cliurch in Campton. N. H. Deacon 
Tupper was married again and removed to Tliornton. N. H. 

Mr. Woodbury, who married Hannah Tupper. was of Newburyport. iVIass. They 
resided in Albany, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Blaisdel. Mr. and Mrs.' Fox, and Mr. and 
Mrs. Spencer, were all residents of Campton, N. H. 

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer had eight children, four sons and four daughters, a famil_\- 
of sweet singers. Eliza Spencer, the youngest daughter, married a Mr. Kimball, whose 
son. C. H. Kimball, resides at No. 280 Pearl .Street. Manchester, N. H. 

Mrs. Cliarles .Stickney. of Auburn. N. H.. was a granddaughter of Mrs. Hannah 

Deacon Nathaniel Tupper. it is said, "was a man of (iod and was highly esteemed 
for his work's sake." 

They were in Cam])ton onlv three years after the first settlement of the town. 

yid. Centennial of Campton, N. H., in 1S68. 

Nathaniel Tupper. Jr.. was called "Uncle Nat." He abounded in native wit. 
When being married the minister said, "Now you. Nathaniel Tupper" — when Nat 
interrupted him, and .said, ", sir, add the • Junior ' as this is not the Deacon." 
Uncle Nat lived to good old age. He was a resident of Ellsworth, N. H. 

Davis Baker, of Washington, D. C, married Statira Spencer, daughter of Israel 
and Mary (Tupper) Spencer. Mrs. Statira (.Spencer) Balier died Jan. 10, 1887, at 
No. 1330 Twelfth Street. N. W.. Washington. D. C. She was the mother of Mrs. 
Clara (Baker) Smith, and .M. D. Baker. Esq. 


Eunice'' ChOJlle (Danicfi, Koba-t''',Jtihn-,John^), daughter of Daniel [so] 
and Hannah (Pitman) Choate, ne'e Proctor, was born {//apt. Feb. 2, 1746) in 
Ipswich, Mass. She married, Dec. 22, 1768, Nathan Story. He was born 
in Manchester, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Story died. Mrs. Story died. 


Natii.^n, 1). -Xug. 27, 1769. Ei'NicF,, b. Nov. 5, 1771. Makv, b. .Sept. 22, 1773. 


It is tlunighl that .Mr. and Mrs. Stcir\ removed from .\lantliester. as no further 
mention is made of them or their children in the town records. 


Robert-'^ Choate {Ebenezer^, Robert^, John-, John^), son of f^benezer [ bs ] 
and Elizabeth (Brown) Choate, was born in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He 
married, Jan. 6, 1781, Mrs. Mary {Cogswe/t) Cleaveland, nee Rust, daughter of 
Joseph and Mary (Eveleth) Jlust. She was born in December, 1753, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided until, in 1797, they removed 
to Lunenburg, and subsequently to Fitchburg, Mass., where Mr. Choate died. 
Mrs. Choate died July 25, 1844. 

Robert, [307] b. Dec. 25, 17S1; m. Eiiitue Cushman ; d. Dec. 22, 1853. 
Polly, [308] b. Jan. 13, 17S5; m. Feb. 15, 1807, Samuel Lilch ; d. March 9, 1879. 
Betsey, [309] bapl. Dec. 3, 1786; m. Marshall Hastings ; d. 
EnENEZER, [310] bapt. Sept. 7, 1788; m. 18 13, Hannah Smith; d. 
Lucv, [311] baft. Feb. 27, 1791. She died in childhood, Oct. 31, 1794. 
Jonathan, [312] bapt. June 16, 1793. 
Joseph, [313] bapl. K\i.g. 2, 1795. 
Daniel, [3 14 J b. 
A SON, [315] b. 

/P^ 0^^ 


(Vv/^'J- (jQlie^nejeL Q^A&tz/e 


Mr. Choate and family were a week on their way when they removed, in 1797. 
to Lunenburg, from Old Ipsw'ich. ]'id. The Cogswells in A}nerka,pp. 167, 500. 

kbknp:zkr ciioatk. 

Ebeiiezer^ Choate (Ar/icmiah'^, Kohnt'^^Johi}"-, Jokii^),mn of Nehemiah 
[57] and Susanna (Brown) Choate, was born April 21, 1765, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married. May 26, 1792, ElizabcUi [46i], daughter of 
Stephen [3i7] and Elizabeth (Patch) Choate. She was born Nov. 2, 1773, in 
Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., and in Bridgton, 
Me. Mr. Choate died April 30, 1852. Mrs. Choate died May 27, 1857, in 
Lynn, Mass. 

Lois, [316] b. Sept. 2S, 1793; m. June 8, 1809, Asa Barker: d. Nov., 187S. 
EuzAliETH, [317] b. March 26, 1795; m. Sept. 2, 1816, Thomas Kipley : d. Jan. 21, 1845. 
Ebenezek, [318] b. Nov. 19, 1796; ra. May 23, 1824, Eliza Barker : d. March 10, 1883. 
Nehemiah, [319] b. Feb. 26, 1799; m. July 6, 1829, Rebecca Kilhorn ; d. March 23, 188S. 
Makv, [320] b. Sept. 9, 1800; m. Sept. 21, 1835, Stephen Cole : A. Sept. 18, 1888. 
Joanna, I321] b. Jan. 28, 1802. She died Oct. 5, i860. 

Francis, [322] b. Aug. 19, 1803; m. July i, 1826, Malinda Fern: d. Jan. 18, 1852. 
John, [323] b. April 2, 1805 ; m. Dec. 2, 1830, ^Betsey Walton : m. Dec. l8, 1884, -Mrs. Sarah 

B. [Nutting] Lawretue : d. Aug. 23, 1893. 
Almira, [324] b. Oct. 7, .1806; m. Oct. 8, 1826, IVilliam Estes : d. May 19, 1S85. 
Alden, [325J b. Feb. 5,' 1809; m. Sept. 3, 1837, '^/"O' ^"" Sherman: m. May 4, 1848, 

^Irene Lee. 
Leander, [326] b. March 18, 181 1; m. Nov. 5, 1843, Harriet IV. Sno7,' : d. Feb. 15, 1S90. 
Eunice, [327] b. Fell. 11, 1S13; m. 1833, Jonathan Haskell: d. 1S37. 
Lucretia, [328] I I . . , Of- ( m. 1836, Charles Webb : <1. aliout 1S65. 

Lucinda, [329] i " ' \ She died in infancy, April. iSi 7. 


EliENEZER Choate. a lad of fourteen years, shiiiped on the ■• Vengeance " in its 
expedition of 1779 '" the Penobscot. He eiitered the army of the Revolution later in 
the same year, and served to the end of the war. a period of three years. 

Mr. Choate sub.sequently to the Revolution follow^ed the sea.s for several years, and 
in 1800 removed to Bridgton. Me., then a wilderness. He felled the primeval forests, 
reclaimed the land, and established himself on a large farm, where he spent the 
remainder of a long and useful lite. 

Mrs. Choate shared with her husband the perils and hardships of a frontier life. 
She was a brave-hearted and strong-handed woman, facing the dangers from exposure 
to bears and panthers witli which the woods were alive, while she assisted in rolling 
and burning logs, in clearing the land, and in building the cabin which sheltered her 
increasing family of little ones. She survived lier husband and died at the age of 
eighty-three years. 

s(>r><):>i<)N C'lio.VTK. 

Solomon"' Choate {Nehemiah'^, Robert'^, John-, Johii^), son of Nehemiah 
[sr] and Susanna (Brown) Choate, was born Oct. 11, 1767, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married. Sept. 7, 1794, Lucy [205], daughter of Humphrey 
[83] and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate. She was born (hapl. Aug. 10, 1772) in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided until late in life, when they 
removed to Henniker, N. H. Mr. Choate died Aug. 7, 1850. Mrs. Choate 
died Feb. 24, 1861. 


Lucy, [330] b. April 2, 1796; d. Sept. 8, 1843. 

Susan, [331] b. May l, 1798; m. Jan. 17, 1820, Jonathan Co,i.'.miell : d. April 12, 18S6. 



Mr. Chdatk settled on his father's fanii in Chebacco. Ipswich. Mass.. where he 
spent his active life in cultivating the ancestral acres. 

.lOlIN ( IIO.VTK. 


John"' Choate {Samtu-/'', Sa»uit'/'-\ Samuel'^, John^), son of Samuel [ fic ] 
and Susanna (Pierce) Choate, was born in 1760 {bapt. June i, 1760), in 
Charlestown, Mass. He married, March 30, 1784, Eunice Welch, daughter of 
P^lkanah and Mercy (Skilton) Welch. She was born Aug. 4, 1767, in Woburn, 
Mass. They resided in Charlestown, Mass Captain Choate died in September, 
1806. Mrs. Choate (probably) married, May 29, 1814, Richard Sherwin, of 
Boston, Mass. 

the chu.dren .werk: 
John, [332]. 
KzRA, [333]. 
George, [334] b. 1787. He died in boyhood, .Sept. 30, 1796. 


.Mr. Ch().\te was a sea captain, and lost his life in early manhood. 

"May 11"' 1807 Eunice Choate. widow of John Choate of Charlestown. Marinei", 
petitioned for administration, as administratri.x, saying that her husband had died 
within eight months.'" Vid. History of Charlestown, Mass.,pp. 214, 215. 

Ki:iJK< < A t'HOATK. 

Rebecca* CllOate (Samuel'^, Samiier-\ Satnucl-, Johii^), daughter of 
Samuel [ 60 ] and Susanna (Pierce) Choate, was born in 1764 in Charlestown, 
Mass. She married, Dec. 14, 1797, Samuel Crafts, son of Samuel and Rebecca 
(Parker) Crafts. He was born June 12, 1765, in Newton, Mass. They resided 
in Cambridge, Mass., and in Jay, Me., where Mr. Crafts died, Nov. 3, 1827. 
Mrs. Crafts died May 4, 1837, in Cambridge, Mass. 

THE nNI.V cnn.M WAS : 

Kehecca, 1). 


,Mk. Crafts died in Jay. .Me. Mrs. Crafts, after his death, returned to Cambridge 
with lier daughter. Vid. Crafts family, p. 243. 


Samuel-'' Choate {Samuel'', SamucP, Samuel'^, John'), son of Samuel [ 6G ] 
and Susanna (Pierce) Choate, was born {hapl. Aug. 16, 1770) in Charlestown, 
Mass. He married, May 15, 1793, Margery IVyman, daughter of Jonathan 
and Abigail (Wright) Wyman. She was born Oct. 24, 1766, in Charlestown, 
Mass. They resided in Lynn, and in Charlestown, Mass. Mr. Choate died 
April 7, 1813. Mrs. Choate died. 


Joseph Piekpont, [335] b. Feb. 27, 1794. He died in early life, April 11, 1815. 

Samuel, [336] b. Oct. 21, 1795; m. Sept. 20, 1818, Kebtica Mansfield : d. .Sept. 4, 1840. 

Catharine, [337] b. April 7, 1797; m. July 25, iSiy, Joseph Parroll ; A. May 16, 1865. 

George, [338J h. Aug. 24, 1799; m. Maria Abbolt. 

Harriet, [339] b. Dec. 11, iSoi; m. December, 1820, Benjamin Ireson ; d. March 7, 1888. 

William Tl fts, [340] b. May 16, 1804; m. Dec. 6, 1825, Sarah W. Levering; d. Aug. 13, 1853, 


Charles, [341] b. Sept. 16, 1S06; m. May 24, 1832, 'A/artha Parker: m. .Sept. 14, 1840, 

"^Lydia G. Dow: il. Fel). 15, iSSj. 
Sarah Ann, [342] b. June 4, 1809; m. Nov. 29, 1827, Sidiiiy Ittgalh : li. May i, 1869. 


Mr. Choate vva.s a house and ship carpenter. Mrs. Choate was granted letters nf 
administration on her liusljand's estate. .May 13. 1813. 

Viet. History of Charlestown, Mass., p. 214. 

Feb. 5, 1794, mention of a "Deed of Samuel Choate of Cambridj;e and .Samuel 
Choate of Charlestown." 

■■Mrs. Margery Choate, of Lynn, bought land in 1817, in Charlestown, Mass. 

"The name Wynian is of German derivation and was formerly written VVevman. 
The first reference to them in America is in the records of Charlestown. under date 
Dec. 1 8, 1640. 

" They were signers of the town orders, coeval w itli tlie settlement of Woburn, and 
were the progenitors of the larger portion of people bearing the Wyman name in this 
country. Their descendants are nuinerous. and are mainly incorporated with the sturdy, 
substantial, and excellent yeomen of the nation apostrophized by the poet in the lines : — 

" ' Hearts of the people ! Working men ! 
Marrow and nerve of human powers; 
Who on your sturdy back sustain, 

Through streaming time, tliis world of ours.' 

■• Lieut. John Wyman settled in Woburn in 1642. He married, Nov. 5, 1644, Sarah 
Nutt. His son Jonathan Wyman, his grandson Jonathan Wyman, his great-grandson 
Jonatlian Wyman, who served in the army, and who was the father of Margery, wife 
of Samuel Choate, and mother of Charles Choate. were all of the .social class who. 
without affectation or pretence, may in truth be called the bone and sinew of the 
American people, the firmest element of their strength, and the .surest basis of their 


Phebe^ Choate ( IViiiiam'^, Sawm-P, Samiict~,Johii^), daughter of William 
[68] and Deborah (Yarrington) Choate, was born June 11, 177 i. She married 
^Archibald White. He was born in Windsor, Vt. They resided in Cornish, 
N. H. Mr. White died in the spring of 1825. Mrs. White married, Nov. 29, 
1825, "Rufiis Day, son of Pelatiah and Mary (Knapp) Day. He was born 
May 3, 1770, in Norton, Mass. They resided in Cornish, N. H. Mr. Day 
died Nov. 16, 1838. Mrs. Day died March 3, 1S38. There were no children. 


Mr. Day's parents. Pelatiah Day and Mary Knapp, were married April 17, 1766. 
William York, of Cornish, deeds to Phebe Choate certain lands in Cornish for the 
sum of $70, under date of May 9. 1807. 


Deborah^ Choate {IVHIiani'^, Samuel'-^, .Sainnel-, John^), daughter of 
William [ 68 ] and Deborah (Yarrington) Choate, was born in 1779. She 
married, in 1802, Oliver Jackson, son of Benjamin and Lydia Jackson. He 
was born in Cornish, N. H., where they resided. Mr. Jackson died Sept. 9, 
1859. Mrs. Jackson died in 1807. 


Phebe, b. 1803; m. Sept. 23, 1830, ^Horace Mitchell : m. Sept. 20, 1854, -Samuel J. Aldeii. 
Deborah, b. 1807. She died in infancy, 1808. 



Mk. Jac ksdx. after his wife's deatli. married Esdier Jolinson. Slie died Sept. i6. 
1846. The_\ liad five cliildren. viz.. Deljorali. h. 181 1 ; Mary. b. 1813; George, b. 1815 : 
Harris, b. 1817. and Millee. b. 1820. 

Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell were married at her Inutlier (leorge Jackson's house, in 
Cornish, N. H. They had four children, viz.. .Sarah H.. now Mrs. Way. living at 
No. 1 1 10 Twenty-fourth Avenue, North Minneapolis. .Minn.: I.eland, who died in 
infancy: Belle, who died at the age of eightden years, in Claremont. .\. U. : Eiunia .M.. 
now wife of William R. Hazen, Esq.. of Topeka, Kansas. 

Mr. Hazen was born in Sunnian, Ind. He was a student in the University of 
Indiana, and later graduated from Moore's Hill College. He commenced, in 1878. the 
practice of law, in Topeka, Kansas. He was appointed. April. 1880. a justice of the 
peace, elected to the same office in 1881, and re-elected in 1883. His law practice is 
large, and he is an esteemed and valued citizen. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hazen were married October, ' 1878. They have one child. Effie 
Pearl. Their residence is No. 627 Fillmore Street, Topeka, Kansas. 

Samuel J. Alden was a descendant of John Alden of the "Mayflower.'" 


Betsey^ Choate ( IVil/him'', Siuiun-P, S<!»i//t/-,/(>/i//'), daughter of William 
[68] and Deborah (Yarrington) Choate. She married IVil/iaiii York. He was 
born in 1758. They resided in Cornish, N. H. Mr. York died Feb. i, 1849. 
Mrs. York died Sept. 9, 1859. There were no children. 


Mr. York was a soldier in the war of the Revolution and drew a pension. He 
lived to the age of ninety-one years. Mrs. Betsey York was a second wife. There 
were children by the previous marriage. Hiram York and John Q. York are the 
grandsons of Mr. York and now reside in South Cornish. N. H. 

.\M<)S CHO.VTK. 

Ainos''' Choate ( William'^, SamueP, Samuel-, Job n^), son of William [ 68 ] 
and Deborah (Yarrington) Choate, was born March 7, 1786, in Cornish, N. H. 
He married, Oct. 12, 1815, Betsey Raymcr, daughter of Frederick and Jenny 
(LaDue) Raymer. She was born Nov, 23, 1794, in Pittstown, N, Y. They 
resided in Claremont, N. H., and in Carthage, N. Y. Mr. Choate died June 19, 
1859. Mrs. Choate died Dec. 27, 1849. 


William Frederick, [343] b. Dec. 30, 1S16; unm.; d. Oct. 30, 1866. 
Matilda Catherine, [344] b. Oct. S, 1818. She died in infancy, May 10, 1819. 
Nahi'M Chase, [345 | b. March 19, 1820. He died in infancy, Jan. 5, 1S21. 
Charles Baktleti, [346] b. March 13, 1822; d. Sept. 24, i860. 
George RaViMER, [347] b. March 23, 1S25; in. Dec. 29, 1856, Caroline Wilion. 
Loulsa Wright, [348] b. March 23, 1828. 

Abigail NoicrHRUi', [349] b. Aug. 2, 1830. She died in early life, June 9, 1857. 
Hannibal, [350] b. April 28, 1835; ra. March 9, 1889, Mrs. Harriet Rebecca Donovan, 
nee Stewart. 


Mr. Choate was a drummer in the war of 1812. He carried on the harness 
business in Amsterdam, Albany, and Carthage. N. Y. He resided in Carthage. N. Y.. 
some thirty years. The only daughter living, Miss Louisa Wright Choate. resides in 
Winona, Minn. 





Patience'' Choate {Stephen'^, SUfhciP, Samuel^ Jo/iii^), daughter of 
Stephen [to] and Bathsheba (Newton) Choate, was born Jan. i, 1755, in 
Lancaster, Mass. She married, in 1780, Samuel Duncan, son of Simeon and 
Bridget (Richardson) Duncan. He was born Feb. 28, 1747, in Worcester, 
Mass. They resided in (kulford, and removed, in 1782, to r3ummerston, Vt. 
Mr. Duncan died July 28, 1820, in 'I'ownshend, Vt. Mrs. Duncan died Nov. 9, 
1825, in Dummerston, Vt. 


Betsey, b. March 24, 17S1; in. Oct. 14, iSoo, James Clark : d. Sept. ij, 1S32. 

Simeon, b. July 26, 1782; ni. Nov. 30, 1806, Eunice Wilder ; d. Nov. 21, 1842. 

Arathusa Esther, b. Feb. 8, 1784; m. Aug. 3, 1806, Barnard Salisbury ; d. Dec. 27, iSj2. 

Fanny, b. Oct. 29, 1785; m. June i, 1810, James Salisbury : A. 

AZUBA, b. June I, 1787; m. Nathan Salisbury ; d. Jan. I, 1844. 

Electa, b. Jan. 13, 1790; m. Jan. 20, 18 14, Anson Mallby : d. July 4, 1858. 

Samuel, b. March 22, 1793; m. Be/sey Marsh ; d. 1830. 

Rebecca, b. Dec. 7, 1794; d. Feb. 8, 1855. 

Nancy, b. Oct. 15, 1796. She died young in life. 


Mr. Du.ncan was married first to ISetsey Stevens, and had two children, viz., 
Lucretia. b. Aug. 3. 1773; m. Dec. 26. 1S02,' Noah Hill, of Stratton. Vt. : Jonas, 
b. Sept. 6. 1775. They were born in Worcester, Mass. 

Patience Choate was a second wife. Mr. Duncan was a miller. He died while on 
a visit to his daughter, Mrs. B. Salisbury, and was buried in Wardsboro\ Vt. 

Mr. Duncan's parents, Simeon and Bridget (Richardson) Duncan, were married 
Aug. 22. 1743. 

Mr. and Mrs. James Clark had five children, viz., Cyrene. Artena. James F.. 
Newton, and Sullivan. The oldest, Cyrene, married a Mr. Chapin. and in 1S88 was 
living at an advanced age at No. 557 Superior Street, Toledo, Ohio. Her son. T. C. 
Chapin, was of the firm Blass & Chapin. Nos. 20 and 21 Produce Street. Toledo. Ohio. 
Mrs. Clark was born in Guilford, Vt. 

Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Duncan had five children, viz., Mary Ann. b. Feb. 2g. 1808 ; 
d. Feb. 14. 1890. Anson M.. b. Aug. 28, 1810; m. June 10, 1840, Angeline L. Warner: 
d. in Los Angeles, Cal. Electa, b. Jan. 12, 1814: in iSrji resided in Sandv Creek. Rich- 
land, N. V. George W., b June 
13, 1821 ; d. July 28, 1827 Cla- 
rissa Susan, b. Nov. 16, 1830 d 
1854. Mrs. Duncan was bom 
July II. 17SS. She died ttb 2 

Mr. and Mrs. Bernaid Sails 
bury resided in Townshend, \ t 
where Mrs. Salisbury died Dee 
27, 1832. Mr. Salisbuu wis 
born March 30, 1786. and died 
July 4, 1854. in, N \ 
They had ten children, \i/ , W il 
liam, b. Sept. 2, 1807; m 18327 
Phcebe Cronk ; d. March 31, 1839 
Orison, b. Nov. 9. 1809: m Jan 
13, 1847, Mary G. Canheld d 
Philomelia. b. April 14, 1812 d 
Mav 12, 1839. Amanda, b Apiil 
2, 181 5; m. Mav 22, 1840. Par- 
don T. Kimball; d. June 5. 1858. Lucina. b. April 21. 1817: d. Feb. 18. 1857. 
Alphonso. b. April 5, 1819; d. April 4, 1830. Clark W.. b. Oct. 10, 1821 ; m. Dec. 30. 
1857, Sarah W. Brintnall. d. March 4. 1868. Arathusa E., b. Jan. 21. 1824: m. May i. 



1S62. Rev. J. S. M. Merwiii. Harriet M.. b. .Vu^. 2. 1827; m. Nov. 10. 1S50. Charles 
Fisher. Henry C, b. July 6. 1829; m. May 22, 1856, Alice Harrington. 

Mr. and Mrs. James Salisbury had five children, viz.. Lysander, b. May. 181 1. 
Charlotte, b. Dec, 1814: m. Oct.. 1834. John Russell. Lovina, b. Feb.. 1819. Fanny, 
b. June. 1821 : m. 1844, 'C. lii.xby : ni. -.S. Lindley. Lucinda. I). March. 1825 : m. 1843. 
Zenas Marsh. 

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Salisbury had two children, viz.. Janette. b. .March 24. 181S ; 
m. Hon. Orin Earle. Samuel D., b. Aug. 28. i8ig: m. Smith. 

Mr. and Mrs. Anson Maltby had three children, viz.. Desalvo. m. Martha Nichol.'.. 
Lafayette, m. Miss Marshall; Mosia, m. Mr. Hose. 

Mr. and Mrs. Saimiel Duncan had two daughters. 

Mrs. Sarah \V. (Brintnall) Salisbury, the widow of Clark W. Salisbury, who was a 
grandson of Patience Clioate. has been for many years the proprietress of the Franklin 
House, on Church Street. Saratoga. N. Y. FtW. the previotts page. 



William'' Choate {Shp/u-n^, S/epheifl, Samiui-, John^), son of Stephen 
[70] and Bathsheba (Newton) Choate, was born Feb. 15, 1757, in Lancaster, 
Mass. He married, .\pril 12, 1781, Elizahelh Garner, daughter of Williatu 
Garner. They resided in Wilmington, Vt., removed in 1787 to Shelburne, 
Mass., and after a few years to Blenheim, N. Y. Mr. Choate died Nov. 20, 1830. 
Mrs. Choate died Oct. 5, 1823. 

TH1-. ( illl r>KUN WEKK : 

Eliz.-^beth, [351] b. Dec. 28, 17S1; in. Feb. 19, 1801, Thomas Maynard: d. April 13, 1854. 
CHARLOTrE, [352] 1). March 29, 1783; m. John WilJdnson Champlin : d. 
William, [353] b. Oct. 6, 1784; m. Feb. 11, 1804, Ruth Cook; cl. Nov. iS, 1S72. 
Louisa, [354] b. Jan. 29, 1787; m. John Hackett : d. Dec. 14, 1823. 
-Vnna, [355] b. Nov. 21, 17S9; m. Orin Beach; d. Jan. 15, 1849. 


.Mk. ClKiATl-;. at the age of eigliteen years, in 1775. entered the army of the 
Revolution, a soldier from Slielburne. Mass. His early patriotism was but poorly 
rewarded by the town he served, when in his later life, by the authorities, as the record 
runs, " Feb. 6. 1790 William Choate, Klizabeth his wife and four children, also Mrs. 
Bathsheba Choate and Bathsheba Choate her daughter were warned out of Shelburne. 
Mass." This was an ancient method to prevent them from becoming a public charge. 
It is recorded, " He died at the age of .seventy-three years and ten months." 


Rebecca-'^ Choate {Stephen^, Stepheifi, Samuel'^, John^), daughter of 
Stephen [ '<> ] and Bathsheba (Newton) Choate, was born, Nov. 20, 1763, in 
Lancaster, Mass. She married. May 17, i-]S.i, Samuel Ke//y, ion of William 
and Mary (Russell) Kelly. He was born March, 1760, in Dummerston, Vt., 
where they resided. Mrs. Rebecca Kelly died Feb. i, 1792. Mr. Kelly mar- 
ried, Sept. 25, 1792, her sister, Eunice Choate [lee]. 


Bela, b. March 12, 1786. Eunice, b. Dec. 25, 1789. 

Richard, b. Nov. 5, 1787; d. 1835. Francis, b. Dec. 29, 1791. 


Mr. Kelly married Rebecca Choate for his second wife. The above are children 
of this second marriage. An ancient record reads: •• Rebeckah Kelly died Feb. r' 
1792 aged 28 years 2 months and 1 1 days." 



Luey^ Choate {Sfif/tm^, SUflu-ifl, Sanuu-r', Johu^), (laughter of Stephen 
fro] and Bathsheba (Newton) Choate, was born May 15, 1766, in Coleraine, 
Mass. She married, April 2, 1790, William Plimpton, son of Abner and Esther 
(Mann) Plimpton. She was born Oct. 24, 1768, in Sturbridge, Mass. They 
resided in Wardsboro', Vt. Mr. Plimpton died June 18, 1858. Mrs. Plimpton 
died March 3, 1859. 


Electa, b. Oct. 18, 1792; m. March 24, 1839, Selh Miller ; il. Dec. 18, 1S46. 

Jared, b. Oct. 12, 1794. He died young, Aug. 8, 1814. 

Emmiins, b. Sept. 12, 1796; m. June 2, 1S22, Fanny Byidi;e5 : A. 

UNTrv, b. May 4, 1799; m. Oct. 18, 1S21, Timothy Knowllon : d. Feb. 10, 1S26. 

Stephen Newton, b. Jan. 12, 1801. He died young, Feb. 21, 1805, 

IIadassah, b. Dec. 9, 1S03; m. April 19, 1825, Elia/> Scolt: d. March 13, 1S47. 

.Stephen, b. Nov. 9, 1805. lie died in childhood, Aug. 26, 1807. 


,Mk. Plimpton was a farmer: his wife hefort- marriage was a school teacher. F"()r 
mention of descendants of .Mr. and .Mrs. Plimpton, 

Vid. The Fliiupton Family, pp. loS, 135, 174. 



Eunice'^ Choate (Stephen^ Stephen^, .S'a;«//^/-,/rV///'), daughter of Stephen 
[70] and Bathsheba (Newton) Choate, was born April 13, 1768, in Coleraine, 
Mass. She married, Sept. 25, 1792, KSa7niiel Kelley, son of William and Mary 
(Russell) Kelley. He was born in March, 1760, in Dummerston, Vt. They 
resided in Wardsboro', Vt. Mr. Kelley died in June, 18 14. Mrs. Kelley 
married, April, 1815, '^Levi Nnvell. He was born Nov. 27, 1762, in Dudley, 
Mass. They resided in Wardsboro', Vt. Mr. Newell died Nov. 27, 1842. 
Mrs. Newell died Dec. 22, 1833. 

the children WERE; 

Harriet Ashley, b. Oct. 30, 1794; m. Feb. 23, 1823, George Soiile ; d. Feb. 8, 1861. 
•VusTlN, b. July 28, 1796. He died when young. 
Uriah, b. Sept. i5, 1799. He died when young. 

Benjamin Franklin, b. April i, 1806; m. June 25, 1827, ^Puah Chambcrhnn : m. June 25, 
1S45, "Sarah S. Eager : A. Jan. 30, 1896. 


.Mr. Kellev married Eunice Choate as his third wife. Mr. NewelPs parent.s lived 
in Dudley, Mass. jMr. Benjamin F. Kelley's first wife, Puah Chamberlain, was horn 
Dec, 1S06. She died .-Xug. 2. 1844. Sarah S. Eager, his second wife, was of Newfane, 
Vt. She died March 27, 1885. Her daughter, Miss Lucia F. Kelley. reside.s in 
Brattleboro\ Vt. Mr. Kelley has two sons in the real estate lousiness, who reside in 
Minneapolis. Minn. Mr. George -Soule was born in 1796 in Blenheim. N. Y. They 
resided in Rochester, Wis., where he died in 1872. Eugene Soule. Esq.. a son. resides 
in Palo Alto, Cal. 

Mary Russell, according to a family tradition, was of English birth, tlie daughter 
of wealthy parents, was stolen from her home in England when a young girl and brought 
to America. When grown to womanhood she married William Kelly. It is further 
said, that later she held communication with her friends in England, and that they sent 
her many valuable presents, among which were a beautiful writing desk and a large box 
most exquisitely carved. 




Stephen-'"' Choate {S/i-p/im^ Steplu-ifi, Sainud", foil 11^), son of Stejihen 
[70] and Bathslieba (Newton) Choate, was born March 12, 1773, in Shelburne, 
Mass. He married, Jan. 6, 1795, Polly Barry. She was born Jan. 6, 1775. 
They resided in North Wardsboro', Vt., where Rev. Mr. Choate died May 22, 
1S12. Mrs. Choate died Marrh 31, 1852, in Orland, Ind. 


Jah(US, [356] b. I'eb. 29, 1796. IIl- died in childhood, Oct. 23, 1797. 

Cynthia, [357] b. March 11, 1798; m. April 7, 1853, Oliver Siinlh : d. Feb. 12, 1S82. 

Cyrus, [358) b. March 16, iSoi; ni. Dec. 26, 1824, Mary Cliapin ; d. March 30, 1S43. 

Orrilla, [359] b. Feb. 16, 1S04; m. Oct. 2, 1S22, Calvin Taylor ; il. July 18, 1874. 

Almerin, [360] b. Jan. 6, 1S07. .She died in early womanhood, Sept. 10, 1836. 

Stephen Newton, [361] b. Feb. i, 1S09; m. Dec. 12, 1833, Sylvia UntUr-ivocI ; d. Dec. i, i85i. 

Isaiah Matteson, [362] b. April 25, iSi i ; m. Sept. 26, 1841, Mitierva Bell ; d. April 15, 1873. 


Mr. Choate became a minister of the jjospcl and was ordained. Oct. 29-30, 1805. 
the first pastor of the liajjtist Church in Wardsboro', Vt. He had a small farm wliich 
is still known as "The Choate Place." Besides his ministerial labors, he managed his 
farm and also fulfilled the ofificial duties of a surveyor for the county. 

In tlic autumn of 181 1 Rev. Mr. Choate gave up preaching, and in the May follow- 
ing, his lamented death was recorded. He was only thirty-nine years of age. and in the 
midst of his usefulness. He died leaving a wife and six small children, the oldest only 
fourteen years of age. and the youngest an infant in his mother's arms. There were 
two children, besides those given above, who died in infancy. 

.Mr.s. Polly Choatk removed in 1836 to Orland. Ind!. where she died at the age 
(if seventy-seven years. 

.Mr.s. Cvrene (Clauk) Cuai'LN. a grandniece of Ke\ . .Mr. Choate. was living, at 
the age of eiglity-scven year.s, in 1888, in Toledo. Ohio. 

Elliott Newton Choate. a grandson of Rev. .Mr. Choate. lixing in Kitchburg. 
Mass.. has his grandfather's diary, in which, under date of Februarv. 1807. mention is 
made of a visit to his brother in Blenheim. X. \. This nuist ha\e been his brother 
William Choate. 



Abigail-" Olioate {SanuKi^, Sffphcn^, Samuel-, Jo/in^), daughter of Samuel 
[72] and Abigail Choate, was born Dec. 5, 1764, in Sudbury, Mass. She 
married, Dec. 17, \-]C)0, Jesse Sa?il>oni, son of Moses and Elizabeth (Mitchell) 
Sanborn. He was born Dec. 18, 1764, in Kensington, N. H. 'I'hey resided 
in Kensington and London, N. H. 

THE children WERE: 

MosEs, b. Aug. 25, 1791; m. April 20, 1815, Esther Kinsman; cl. May 17, 1870. 

Samuel, b. 

William, b. 

Betsey, m. Bachelder. 


Mr. Sanborn was the youngest child of his parents. His father was baptized 
March i. 1717, and married. Jan. 7. 1742, Eliz.abeth .Mitchell. His grandparents, 
Enoch .and Elizabeth (Dennett) Sanborn, lived in Hampton, N. H. His grandfather. 
Enoch Sanborn, was a descendant of the Rev. Stephen Hachiler. the first pastor of 
Hampton, N. H. Vid. Hisfojy of Hampton., N. H.,pp. 343-8, 949. 


Moses Sanbiini married Esther Kinsman, dauj^hter of William and Esther 
(Knowlton) Kinsman. She was born July i, 1793, in Hamilton. Mass. He was born 
in Kensington. N. H. They resided in Salem. Mass.; in 1839, they removed to 
Newark. Ohio, and later to Cleveland. Ohio, where he died May 17. 1870. Mrs. Sanborn 
died Oct. 14. 18S8. 


Esther, h. .Vpril 20, 1816. She died in infancy, Dec. 22, 1S16. 

William, b. Oct. 9, 1817. He died in infancy, Oct. 10, 1S17. 

William, b. Jan. 15, 1819; m. Aug. 20, 1S43, Hannah S. Prime ; res. Cleveland, Ohio. 

Esther A., b. Dec. 10, 1S20. She died May 10, 186S. 

Henry, b. Nov. 10, 1822. He died in childhood, May 17, 1821;. 

Charles, b. Dec. i, 1824. He died in infancy, Dec. 4, 1825. 

Henry, b. Sept. 15, 1826; ni. Louisa Downey ; res. Chicago, 111. 

Charles, b. April 7, 1828; m May 31, 1867, Lizzie Roland. 

Mary J., b. Dec. 6, 1829; in. Feb. 7, 1849, George LI. Smith : res. Newark, Ohio. 

George L., b. Nov.. 16, 1S32; m. April 2, 1863, Marian Ilohtein : res. Denver, Col. 

Carrie A., 1). Dec. 13, 1834; m. Dec. 27, 1859, JoAn C. LLale : res. Cleveland, Ohio. 

Hattie M., b. Nov. 18, 1837. 

Eva, b. Nov. 22, 1839; m. Dec. 16, 1863, EJ%i<in C. Jewel/,: res. Elizabeth, N. J. 


Mr. Moses Sanborn had a well-established business, but by signing notes for other 
people he lost heavily in the panic of 1837, and became financially embarrassed. In 
consequence he suffered from brain-fever, from the effects of which he did not fulK 
recover until aliout a year liefore his death. Vni. T/ie I\jnsman Family , pp. 91, 118. 



Anna'5 Choate {Jabed^, Johifl, Sa 11111,1"', Johti^), (laughter of Jabe/, [ 74 ] 
and Eunice (Culver) Choate, was born Dec. 14, i7f)5, in Norwich, Conn. She 
\w\x\'\&A Daniel Lord. They resided in Norwich, and removed to Bridgeport, 
Conn. Mr. T.ord died. Mrs. Lord died. 


Francls, A//A March 17, 1793. 
Benjamin, hapl. March 17, 1793. 
Jaeez Choate, bapt. Feb. 8, 1795. 


Mr. and Mrs. Lord, with her mother. Mrs. Eunice Choate, removed, about 1795. 
to Bridgeport. Conn. The three children mentioned above were baptized by Kev. 
John Tyler, and a|)pear on the baptismal record of Christ's Episcopal Church, of 
Norwich, Conn. 



Elizabetll-''' (!hoate {Josiah'^, Thomas^, Thomas-, Joliii^), daughter of 
Josiah [80] and Patience (Roberts) Choate, was born Sept. 20, 1740, in 
Gloucester, Mass. She married {puli. April 23, 1759) ^J'^siah Haskell, son 
of Josiah and Mary (Collins) Haskell. He was born Sept. 17, 1730, in 
Gloucester, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Josiah Haskell was lost at sea 
in 1764. Mrs. Haskell married, Nov. 14, 1765, "Zehiilon PPaskell, son of Jacob 
and Abigail (Maxey) Haskell. He was born Oct. 17, 1734, in Gloucester, Mass., 
where they resided. Mr. Zebulon Haskell died June S, 1S19. Mrs. Haskell 
died in 1825. 



Betty, b. June 14, 1762. 

JOSIAH, b. June 7, 1766; m. Nov. 23, 1795, Kncliel farr ; d. 

Susanna, b. March 9, 176S. 

Zebulon, b. May 29, 1770; m. March 16, 1797, Jiidilh Ih-irick : d. [uly 20, 1S63. 

Jacob, b. Feb. 6, 1773. 

For some mention of the Haskells. 

Vid. Early Settlers of Gloucester, Mass., Part \,pp. 36, 37. 


Eplirailll'' CllOate {Josiah^, Thomas', Thomas', John'') , son of Josiah [ so ] 
and Patience (Roberts) Choate, was born Feb. 2, 1743, in (Gloucester, Mass^ 
He married, Dec. 5, \ii>'^, Judith Haskell, daughter of William and Jerusha 
(Bennett) Haskell. She was born July 29, 1746, in Gloucester, Mass. They 
resided in West Gloucester. Mr. Choate died Oct. 31, i 784. Mrs. Choate died. 

IHE children WERE: 

I'lENjAMlN, [363] b. Sept. 19, 1766. He died by drowning, Oct. 31, 17S4. 

Beity, [364J b. Sept. 22, 1770. 

Adoniram, [365] b. Sept. 22, 1772; m. Nov. 30, 1795, Hanihih Sleelc : A. June, 1835. 

Judith, [366] h. 

Josiah, [367] b. 1779; m. 1803, Sarah Hu/diinson ; i\. Oct. 25, 1806. 

William, [368] b. Dec. 25. 1780: m. Oct. 25, i^oi, Sara/i Soper Marshall : <\. March iS, 1859. 

Ierusha, [369]. 


Mr. Choate followed the seas, and lost his life in the anj^ry waves. Among 
remarkaljle events, as given by Mr. Fell, is this mention: -At night two boats with 
nine men coming ashore from a fishing vessel were overset and eight of them drowned.'" 
.Mr. Clioate and his oldest son wei'e of those who found a watery grave. The darkness 
of the night and something unusual in the tide caused Mr. Choate, whose boat led the 
way, to lose his reckoning and, running aground, Captain Herrick's boat, following 
closely behind, ran upon the other and both boats were stove in and all on board 
perished, except Richard Jatines. tlie least sailor of any. who came ashore on a plank. 

Vid. Felt's History of Ipswich. Mass., p. 203. 


Sarah'' Choate {/osiah"^, Tlwmas^, T/wmas", John^), daughter of Josiah 
[so] and Patience (Roberts) Choate, was born July 28, 1745, 'n Gloucester, 
Mass. She married {pub. Nov. 21, 1763) Moses Rust, son of Samuel and 
Anna (Proctor) Rust. He was born June 19, 1740, in Gloucester, Mass., 
where they resided. Mr. Rust died Oct. 10, 1827. Mrs. Rust died Nov., 1831. 

THE children WERE: 
Sarah, b. Jan. 12, 1764; m. Dec. 28, 1784, Isaac Day ; d. Sept. 8, 1851. 
Moses, b. Oct. 6, 1765; m. Feb. 27, 1794, Patience Lufkin; d. at sea, about 1797. 
Polly, b. Jan. 9, 1769; m. Aug. 30, 1789, Jonathan I'ulsifer ; d. Sept. 29, 1862. 
Samuel, b. Nov. i, 1772. Lost off Grand Banks with Moses, his brother, about 1797. 
Benjamin, b. Sept. 20, 1774; m. Aug. 13, 1803, lydia Pugh ; d. April 13, 1876. 
Nancy, b. June 4, 1776; m. ^Philip Milletl ; m. ^Ebenezer Burpee ; d. March i, 1854. 
Judith, b. June, 1780; m. June 2, 1802, Benjamin Ellery ; d. July 5, 1858. 
William Choate, b. Nov. 16, 1783; m. Nov. 23, 1805, Cliartotle Bahson : d. May 23, 1870. 
John, b. May 10, 1787. He was lost at sea off Grand ISanks about 1797. 
Betsey, bapt. April 3, 1791; m. John Moore ; d. 



Mr. Rust follo\VL-d thu seas for snme VLars. In latur life he was a fai'mer. 
During the War of the Revolution he fulfilled military service in the harbor. His three 
sons. Cai:)tain Moses. Samuel, and John, were lost at sea off Grand Banks about 1797. 
For mention of Rust. Day. Pulsifer. Millett. Burpee. Ellery, and Moore families. 

Vid. Rust Family, pp. 66-71, 1 26-29, 224-26, 337-39, 445, 446. 
Mrs. Nancy (Rust) Millett inarried. second. Mr. Ebenezer Burpee. Their young- 
est daughter, Adaline C. Burpee, born Aug. 
2, 1836. married, Nov. 5. 1858. Rev. Ben- 
jamin F". Bowles, son of Thomas and 
Abiah E. Bowles. He was born March 
4. 1824, in Portsmouth, N. H., and died 
Jan. I, 1892, in Abington, Mass. Their 
children were: Louise Isburgh. b. Dec. 
31. 1859; Frances Ida, b. May 28. 1866. 
and Percv Keeler Bowles, b. F"eb. 15. 

Rev. Mr. Bowles was a clergyman of 
some eminence, holding pastorates in Man- 
chester. N. H.. Worcester and Cambridge. 
Mass.. Philadel])hia. Pa., and in -San Fran- 
cisco. Cal. 

Mrs. ISowles was not less distin- 
guislieil than her husband as a preacher. 
antl as a lecturer on temperance and 
other modern reforms. She had a fine 
presence, a magnetic voice, a cultured mind, 
and was a most pleasing and persuasive 

Mrs. Bowles, now of Gloucester, Mass.. 
has in lier possessioii a pewter platter and 
an ancient bureau once belonging to her 
great-grandmother, Mrs. Sarah (Choate) 
Rust. She has erected recently a fine 
Gloucester. Mass. 


residence on the spot of Iier birth 

josiAH choatp:. 

[179] • 
Josiah'^ Choate {Josiah*, Thomas^, Thomas-, John^), son of Josiah [so] 
and Patience (Roberts) Choate, was born Oct. 20, 1747, in Gloucester, Mass. 
He married (////'. Dec. 26, 1772), ^Hannah Roberts, daughter of John and 
Mary (Lane) Roberts. She was born May 8, 1748, in Gloucester, Mass., where 
they resided. Mrs. Hannah Choate died June 13, 1817. Mr. Choate married, 
Nov. 28, 181 7, '-Mrs. Lucy {Loni) Loui, widow of Nathan Low, of Boxford, 
Mass. She was born Aug. 25, 1746, in Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Choate died March 
30, 1822. Mrs. Lucy Choate died Sept. 10, 1833. 


.■\n Infant, [370] !>., who died in infancy, Oct. 19, 1773. 

An Infant, [371] b. July, 1774, who died in infancy, Nov. 4, 1774. 

Nancy, [372] b. 177S; m. James Tappan : d. Feb. 10, 1S55. 


Mrs. Lucy (Lokd) Low was married. Jan. 17. 1765. to her first husband, Nathan 
Low. He was born Oct. I, 1741, in Boxford, Mass., where they resided, and where he 
died July 24, 1804. Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Low had ten children, viz., Nathan, b. Oct. 
18, 1765; Caleb, b. Dec. 24, 1767; James, b. June 17, 1770; Daniel, b. Oct. 20. 1772: 


William, b. June 20, 1775 : Jeremiah, b. April 6, 1777, d. ; Jeremiah, b. Aug. 6, 1779; 
Siilcimon, b. April g. 1782; Joseph Lord, b. Dec. 28, 1784; Lucy, b. Oct. 19, 1786. 

Solomon -Low, the eighth son. became prominent in military affairs. He was an 
e.xcellent officer, and served as a General of the Massachusetts militia. 

Mrs. Lucy (Low) Choate, nee Lord, after Mr. Choate's death, returned to Loxford, 
Mass., where she died. 

Patience^ Choate (Josiah*, Thotnas'^, Thomas-, John'^), daughter of 
Josiah [so] and Patience (Roberts) Choate, was born Nov. 28, 1752, in 
Gloucester. She married, July 25, 1773, William Liifkin, son of Thomas and 
Eunice (Story) T.ufkin. He was born (hapt. Nov. 3, 1751) in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. 'I'hey resided in West Gloucester, Mass. Mr. l^ufkin died. 
Mrs. Lufkin died. 

P.vriENCE, bapl. Jan. 29, 1775; '"■ l'^''- 27. I794i ^Moscs Rusl ; m. -Daniel Puhijer ; d. 
Eunice, b. April 14, 1776; m. Sept. 24, 1807, josiah Bray : d. 
TiiANKEUi., b. March 22, 1778; pub. Jan. 12, 1798; d. 
JosiAH, b. July 23, 1780; m. Feb. 7, 1802, Susanna Kttsl ; A. 
Levi. h. Jan. 26, 1783; d. Nov. 25, 1809. 
Lois, b. Oct. 30, 1785. 
AisiCAlL, b. Jan. iS, 1789. 

Biirry, b. Nov. 13, 1791; m. Sept. 12, iSil, Epes Proctor Pulsi/er ; d. 
William, b. July 28, 1794. 
Thomas, b. July 16, 1797; m. July, 1824, Eliza Haskell: A. 

Mk. Lufkin was the son of Thomas Lufkin, who was the oldest son of Thomas 
and Rachel (Riggs) Lufkin, and who was born in 1722, and married in 1744, 'Abigail 
Haskell. She died Aug. 10. 1747; and he married, Dec. 27, 1750, -Eunice Story. 

.Moses Rust, who married Patience Lufkin, was master of his own vessel, which 
went down in a storm with all on board. Vid. Rust Fatnily^p. 126. 

Their youngest son, Thomas Lufkin. had a son Eben H. Lufkin, who is a black- 
smith on Western .Avenue. Gloucester, Mass. 



Judith^ Clioate {Josiah'^, Thomas''\ Thomas'-, John^), daughter of Josiah 

[so] and Patience (Roberts) Choate, was born Aug. 10, 1758, in Gloucester, 

Mass. She married, Dec. 21, 1780, Thomas Liifkiit, son of Thomas and Eunice 

(Story) Lufkin. He was bapt. Feb. 17, 1754, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 

They resided in West Gloucester, Mass. Mr. Lufkin died Feb., 1842. Mrs. 

Lufkin died. , , 

the children were (seven at least) : 

Thomas, bapt. Sept. 16, 1781; m. Nov. 9, 1820, Lucy Plummer : A. June 13, 1869. 

A Daughter, b. Feb. 18, 1784. 

Lemuel, b. Jan. 7, 1787. He died in boyhood, Sept., 1797. 

Eunice, b. Jan. 10, 1790; m. ; d. 

Michael, b. Dec. 16, 1792; m. ; d. 

Patience, b. May 10, 1795; pub. Aug. 16, 1814, Abraham Boyd; A. 
Lemuel, b. Aug. 26, 1798. He died in infancy, Oct., 1798. 
Isaac, b. May 25, 1800; m. ; d. 


William and Thomas Lufkin were brothers and married two sisters, Patience 
and Judith Choate. The children were baptized in the Second Parish of Gloucester, 
now West Gloucester, Mass. 



Susillllilh'' Choate {Thomas*, Thomas^, T/iomas-, John^), daughter of 
Thomas [si] and Abigail (Haskell) Choate, was born Sept. 19, 1743, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Nov. 20, 1766, Thomas Hcrrick, son 
of Thomas and Abigail (Eveleth) Herrick. He was born Feb. 8, 1733, in 
Gloucester, Mass. They resided in Gloucester, Mass. Mr. Herrick died. 
Mrs. Herrick died Oct., 1830. 


Thomas, m. Sept, 1805, Sarah Minor : d. 


Mr. Hekku.k's son Thomas was a mariner, and lived in Duxbury, Mass. No 
children recorded. \'id. Town Records of Duxbury^ Mass. 

Thomas Herrick and Abigail Eveleth were married Feb. i. 1732. Their children 
were Thomas, b. Feb. 8. 1733 ; Abigail, b. Sept. 13. 1734, and Sarah, b. April 18, 1736. 

•• Thomas Herrick jr. and Susanna Choate of Ipsw'ich intend marriage Nov. i. 1766." 

Vid. Town Records of Gloucester^ Mass. 


Jacob'' CllOate {Thomas*, Thomas'^, Thomas-, Johii^), son of Thomas [ si ] 
and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born Oct. ^\, 1746, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, Nov. 3, \'](i'i,Hannali Burnham, daughter of Lieut. Nathan 
and Hannah (Choate) [ 6-i ] Burnham. She was born Nov. 3, 1745, in 
Chebacco, Ij^swich, Mass., where they resided, but removed in 1772, to Enfield, 
N. H., and in 179S to Cilanford, Canada, where Mr. Choate died Oct., 1828. 
Mrs. Choate died. 


Susanna, [373] bapt. Oct. 9, 1769; ra. Benjamin Fiji eld ; d. 1859. 
Hannah, [374] bapt. April 26, 1772; m. Jonathan Farnham : d. 
Thomas, [37s] b. Jan. 23, 1773; m. July 10, 180S, Anna McCarler : d. March 7, 1859. 

James, [376] m. ' Mc Chary ; m. '^Elizabeth Hoffman ; d. March 28, 1832. 

Jacob, [377] I1. Jan. 28, 1777; m. Jan. 26, iSoo, Fahnr Marshall Burnham ; d. Nov. 29, 1S40. 

Nathan, [378] d. 1813. 

Rachel, [379] b. ; m. Benjamin Fi/ieltl; d. Jan. 7, 1S64. 

Betsey, [380] b. Dec. 28, 1780; m.' Feb. r, 1801, Zaccheus Burnham; d. June 27, 1863. 

Dolly, [381]. 


AIk. CnoATii, when a small boy, five years old, |)erformed a feat of horsemanship 
by riding horseback from •• The Island '' to the head of the creek and back again alone, 
a'distance of at least a mile and a half, the road always being partly under water. This 
showed the metal of the lad. 

He went to sea in earlv life, and when twenty-one was known as Captain Choate. 
.\bout the time of his marriage, he took charge of a vessel, and soon became its owner. 
He was for a few years very successful in the East Indian trade ; and one fine Sunday 
morning, in full view of his fathers house, where were his wife and two little children 
waiting his return from a sea voyage, his ship, with a large cargo of rum, sugar, molasses, 
and rice, all his own, was becalmed and went to the bottom, he and his crew barely escap- 
ing in their small boat. The vessel was old and unsafe, and he had intended this as 
his last voyage, having planned to convert his cargo and ship into land and become a 
farmer ; but on arrival home, he found himself even with the world and ready to begm 
again. He engaged in tanning and shoemaking and was prospered, so that soon he 
made some investments in land in Boscawen, N. H. 


About the time of the collapse of the Continental money, he was visited by a man 
on horseback who wished to purchase his place, which he then sold ; and on completion 
of title and receipt of the money, the purchaser informed him that the bills were wortli- 
less on the sea-coast, and advised him to mount his horse and do as he had done, hasten 
to some place where the money was current. He went subsequently to Enfield, N. H.. 
visited Canada in 1796, and on his return sold out to a Boston wholesale merchant by 
the name of Oliver Holden for $15,000, to be paid in goods for the Canada trade. He 
went down for his goods, found Holden bankrupt and in jail, got one thousand dollars' 
worth of codfish, and went in 1797 to Canada. He located in Glanford, nine miles from 
the city of Hamilton, with his four sons. Thomas. Jacob, Nathan, and James. Nathan 
died in 1813. The others left a goodly number of descendants, many of whom are 
living to-day in Canada and in the United States. 

In the War of the Revolution. Mr. Choate seems to have joined an expedition to 
Rhode Island. Aug. 9 to Aug. 27. 1778. He was a private in Col. Moses Kelly's Regi- 
ment and Capt. Joshua Bagley's Company. Captain Bagley was of Hopkinton, N. H. 
Vid. A^eiv Hampshire Revolutionary Rolls, Vol. 2, p. 548. 

Mr. Choate was a man of great physical power. He was six feet and three inches 
tall, and weighed two hvmdred and fifty pounds. It is narrated that on one occasion he 
went overboard to lielp raise a mast, and stayed in the water two hours on a cold 
March day. 

Once his ship was filling with water, the men pumped until all were exhausted, 
and every one lay down but himself: and he tlirew the boat over alone which it took 
four men to handle, then threw the whole crew into the boat, jumped in himself just as 
the vessel went down, and brouglit them all safely to land. 

He purchased fifteen hundred acres of land in Enfield, N. H., became involved, 
lost e\'er\thing ; even his horse was attached, and jjlaced under a keeper. Mr. Choate 
threw the keeper down the scuttle, took the horse, and rode off. 

Having some trouble in Chebacco he escaped to Boscawcn. N. H. Tliree men 
went after him, but returned as tliey went, he refusing to go back alive. 

Jacob Choate signed a petition dated June 3. 1779. for tlie town to liave its old 
name of Enfield, instead of Kelhan, which was granted. 

Vid. Town Papers, AK H., Vol. 11, pp. 612, 616. 

"Jacob Ciioatk emigrated to Canada with his family in 1798. He started from his 
home in New Hampshire in the depth of winter, and before their arrival in Canada 
passed through a series of difliculties and dangers scarcely understood and appreciated 
in these days of quick and hixurious locomotion. 

•■ They journeyed with ox-teams and sleighs, and came west through the northern 
])art of New York State, until they reached the Niagara River. Above the Falls the 
stream was found to be frozen over, but it being late in the day on arriving there, 
Mr. Choate concluded to wait until morning before crossing. At daybreak what was 
their dismay to find the ice on which they depended for a safe and easy passage of llie 
river had disappeared during the night ! But the head of the famil\- did not desjjair. 
Having a little knowledge of the sailor's art, he determined to attem])t the ford by 
means of an old flat-bottomed boat moored to the bank a short distance up the ri\er. 

" He cut a long pole and lashed it firmly across the craft, letting the ends of 
the pole extend over the sides of the boat. This done, he drove an ox-team into the 
river, one on each side, up to the pole ends, which he fastened to the heads of the 
oxen, and b\- making them swim the river, the boat was thus projjelled. the wliole 
arriving in safety on the Canadian shore." Vid. Early Settlers in Canada 


Abigail'' CllOate {Thomas'^, Thomas'^, Thomas-, John^), daughter of 
Thomas [ 81 ] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born Aug. 21, 1748, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Nov. 20, \-]66, Joseph Goodhue, son 
of Joseph and Rachel (Story) Goodhue. He was born Oct. 17, 1744, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided, but removed about 1800 to 
Enfield, N. H., where Mr. Goodhue died in 1826. Mrs. Goodhue died 
June 12, 1831. 



Abigail. She died in girlhood. 

Joseph, b. 1771; m. Miriam Cloiigh ; d. Feb. 21, 1847. 

Dorothy, m. Jan., 1795, Moses Jones : d. 

Thomas, b. 1774; m. April 3, 1S03, Saru/i Currier; d. Nov. 7, 1850. 


William, b. Oct. 7, 1779; m. 1807, Nancy Sawtelle ; d. July 7, 1825. 

Susan, b. 1781; m. Jo/in Perley ; d. Dec. 26, 1S63. 

Oliver Appleton, b. April 9, 1785; m. March, 1809, Melnlahle Joluison ; d. Oct. 23, 1865. 


"These arms appertaineth to the name of Coodhue being first granted to Lord 
Vis Count (Joodhue of the West England in the year 

I Mr. tloodhue's paternal ancestry were Joseph*. 

I Joseph'^ William'^, and William^ Goodhue. 

♦j -' Thomas Goodhue, a son. was a minister, and it 

^J ' V is said that sometimes in his sleep he took a te.xt and 

^^ C( ^"^v preached a sermon. 

C .tK. /\. i c? William Goodhue, another son. was a Methodist 

^.'■SiiV \/ / clergyman. He lived in Fairfa.x, now Albion. .Me. 

Y^' ^\ I Oliver A. Goodhue, in 1845. "lOved West. 

I N. \^ I Airs. Goodhue was a devoted Methodist, and a 

/ N. \^ y " ^*^ woman of great energy. It is said of her that .she 

J /K \. &r\ \ pulled the wool from a sheep, prepared the yarn. 

^ VL' \.^-^^V *^ spun it. and knit mittens for her son, who was going 

^ f^ \' \^ into the army, all in a few hours. 

V^ ^ The story is told that some of her relatives 

^""v^""^ ]5aid her a visit about the time she was preparing a 

' wedding outfit for a daughter. At evening the good 

GOOtJHUE ARMS. woman led the family devotions and her guests retired. 

but her linen wheel was heard Inizzing nearly all night. 


Thomas-"' t-hoate {Thomas'^, Thomas^, Thomas', Johii^), son of Thomas 
[ 81 ] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born Nov. 10, 1751, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, Sept. i, 1774, ^Mary Proctor. She was born in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mrs. Mary Choate died Aug. 
7, 1819. Mr. Choate married, Jan. 31, 1820, -Dorotliy Emerson. She was 
born in 1797. They resided in Essex, Mass. Mr. Choate died Oct. 20, 1830. 
Mrs. Dorothy Choate died Sept. 30, 1854. 

Rachel, [382] kipt. June 23, 1776; ni. Jan. 4, 1796, David Burnhani ; d. 
Thomas, [383] bapt.]AV\. 26, 1777; d.Dec. 21, 1854. 
Polly, [384J liapl. Match 30, 17S3; d. 
PIephzibah, [385] hapt. Feb. 18, 17S7; d. 
Abner, f386] b. 1793. He died in early life, Oct. 17, 1818. 


Dorothy^' (Jhoate {TJiomas^, Thomas'^, Thomas-, John^), daughter of 
Thomas [si] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born Sept. 22, 1755, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Oct. 2, 1777, Thomas Low, son of 
Caleb and Abigail (Varney) Low. ^he was born {bapt Feb. 24, 1745) in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Low died in 1S23. Mrs. 
Low died. 



niliani : d. 

Cogswell ; A. May 2i, 1849. 

Joshua, m. Sept. 12, 1819, Mary /S. 

Jeremiah, m. Goodhue : d. 

AniGAiL, b. Dec. 22, 1781 ; m. Jan. i, 1807, Zaeclu 

Thomas, m. Story ; d. 

Jonathan. He was lost at sea. 

JosiAH, m. • Giififiiigs ; d. 

Mary, Dec. 8, 1789; ra. Oct. 10, 1815, Charla C/ioale [389]; d. Oct. 8, 188,;. 
Caleb, m. . 


"The Vakn'EV Fakm is near the centre of Essex, and the parsonaj^c was in the 
centre of it." This Varney Farm passed into the hands of Thomas Low and the 
children of Dorothy Choate were all born in the old slanting roofed house. This 
was displaced l)y a large, square house built by Josiah Low. whose son now owns it. 

Mr. and Mrs. Zaccheiis Cogswell inherited the farm near the Ipswich line on which 
John Choate [2], .son of the immigrant John Choate. built his house. The first John 
Choate built his on the now John Low Farm, but a short distance from tlie spot 
occupied by his son. John Choate. Darius Cogswell, son of Zaccheus. was the late 
owner, and it is now in the liands of his widow and his two sons. 

Vid. The Cogswells in Ai/urka, p. 376. 

Joshua Low's wife, Mary ISurnham. Iiorn Nov. 21, 1794. was a sister of the "Old 

Boston Bookseller,, Burnhani." 

Vid. The Burnhatn Family, p. 365. 

A\\KI{ < IIO.VTK. 

Aliuer' Choate ( Thomas'^, Thomas^, Tlioiiias-, Johii^), daughter of Thomas 
[81 ] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born Jan 19, 1758, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. She married, May 10, 1795, F.zia Abhot, son of George and 
Sarah (Abbot) Abbot. He was born .Aug. 2.4, 1756, in Concord, N. H., where 
they resided. Mr. .\bl)ot died I-'eb. 21, 1.S37. Mrs. Abbot died in 1798. 

the onev chh,i> was: 
.\nner, b. March 2, 1798. She died in infancy, June 12, 1798. 


Mr. Abbot was with (ien. John Slarl< in the Battle of Bennington. Aug. 17. 1777, 
and served in several other campaigns of the Revolution. He was taken prisoner at 
Fort Cedars May 19. 1779. and lost his equipments and the most of his clothing. 

Mr. Abbot married, Nov. 21, 1782, 'Betty Andrews, daughter of Thomas and 
Mary (I5urnhani) Andrews. She was born May 12, 1762. Their children were Lucy, 
who was born April 5, 1784; married Feb. 17, 1835, Diah Hutchinson, of Warner, N. H. 
Harriet, Robert B., and Rose. After Mrs. Anner (Choate) Abbot's death Mr. Abbot 
married, Nov. 15, 1798, ^Jane Jackman. daughter of Benjamin and Jane (Woodman) 
Jackman. She was born Dec. 20. 1767. The children of thi.s third marriage were 
Betsey, Anner. George. Jane W.. Benjamin J., and Sarah. 

Vid. History of Concord, N. H.,p. 623. 

S<)I.«):\H)\ CIIO.VTK. 


Solomon^ Choate {Ihomas^^, Thomas^, I'homas-, John^), ion of Thomas 
[ 81 ] and .Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born Nov. 19, 1760, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, April 7, 1785, Dorothy Proctor. They resided in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., until 1805, when they removed to Enfield, N. H. 
Mr. Choate died March 28, 1831. Mrs. Choate died. 




Charles, [387] b. Sept. 25, 1785. He died in childhood, Dec. 16, 17SS. 

Abihail, [388] h. March z, 17S7; m. March, iSlI, Conslaiilhic C/ioate [453]; d. 

Charles, [389] b. Oct. 21, 1789; m. Oct. 10, 1815, Alary Low ; d. Sept. 14, 1875. 

Asa, [390J b. Oct. 14, 1791; m. Polly Burnhaiii ; d. March 25, 1S72. 

Benjamin Proctor, [391] b. March 15, 1795; m. Olive Burnhani ; d. 

Clarissa, [392] b. Sept. 3, 1798; d. 

Elizabeth, [393J 1). Aug. 8, 1800. She died in early life, 1822. 

SoLo.MoN, [394] b. Oct. 27, 1802; d. 

Lewis, [395] b. Dec. 6, 1805; m. Dec. 25, 1828, Fidelia Burnhain : d. 


Mr. Choate served in the Army of the Revolution. Three of his sons married 
sisters, who were the daughters of his near neighbor, David Burnham, in Enfield, N. H. 

Mrs. Anne (Choate) [784] Baljbitt and Miss Arabelle Choate [785]. daughters of 
Benjamin Proctor Choate [391], and granddaughters of Mr. Choate, reside in the old 
homestead. Joseph Warren Choate [787], a grandson, lives near them. 


Beiljamill'' Choate (7'hoi/ias^, Thomas'^, Tlu»)ias-,Juhii^), son of Thomas 
[8i] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born Scjit. 8, 176O, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, Nov. 20, \']()t„ Mchitahlc /%//«/«(>/-, daughter of 
Nathan and Elizabeth (Dustin) Plummer. She was born Feb. 25, 1772, in 
Boscawen, N. H. They resided in Enfield, N. H., where Colonel Choate died, 
April 7, 1859, and Mrs. Choate died Dec. 17, 1858. 

the children WERE; 

Nathan, [396] b, Nov. 19, 1794; m. 1815, Susan Carter; d. 1834. 

Samuel, [397] li. March 9, 1797; m. Nov. 11, 1824, Anner Choate [407]; d. March 12, 1S82. 

Thomas, [398] b. July 5, 1799; m. Feb. 12, 1828, Maria Choate [408]; d. May 10, 1876. 

Mehitable, [399] b. June 20, 1802; m. 1826, George IV. fiJle/,1 ; d. April 21, 1863. 

Benjamin, [400J b. Jan. 25, 1806; m. Feb. 18, 1834, Eli:a Ann IVhilteinore ; d. Sept. 27, 1875. 

Betsey, [401] b. Nov. 10, 1808; m. April 9, 1832, Luther /-/owe ; d. July 2, 1S55. 

George Washington, [402] b. Dec. 21, 1811; m. Jan. 13, 1841, Sarah A. Gerrish ; d. March 

23, 1863. 
Mary Jane, [403] 1>. May 5, 1815; m. Feb, 4, 1840, Nathaniel Howe ; A. Aug. 4, 1850. 


Mr. Choatk in his early manhood went from his Island home with his parents 
and younger brother in 1788 to Boscawen, N. H. They located only a few miles 
from the memorable spot where Mrs. Hannah Dustin, in January, 1697, so heroically 
dispatched her Indian captors and escaped the savages. A lineal descendant of this 
brave woman became the wife of this young pioneer in the woods of New Hampshire. 

Mr. Choate before leaving Chebacco had learned the Idacksmith's trade of his 
older brother, Thomas Choate [188]. 

He was twenty-seven years old when he married the }oung lad}-, who it is said was 
charming in person and lovely in character. And soon after they removed still further 
into tlie country, and settled in Enfield, N. H., where Mr. Choate owned a large tract 
of land on what is known as "George Hill." As years went on he became a thriving 
farmer, having many wide acres under the best of cultivation. 

He kept a large stock of cattle, sheep, and horses ; had barns, wood and carriage 
houses, all in keeping with his e.xtensive farming operations. He had also shops for 
blacksmithing, for the manufacture and repairs of tools, carts, sleds, and all sorts of 
mechanical work necessary in carrying on the farm, these various buildings presenting 
quite a village-like appearance. 

Mr. and Mrs. Choate betrayed of what stock they were by their spirit and fidelity in 
all the religious ways of the Puritans. For years they were accustomed to go on horse- 
back six miles to attend church in Springfield, N. H. Their children, as they grew 


older, often walked the entire distanee. His family all became members of the Congre- 
gational Church. And when at length a church was organized in Enfield, the town in 
which they lived, it was constituted quite largely of Colonel Choate and his family. 

He was a man ot commanding personal appearance, above the medium height, 
and well proportioned ; of a muscular and robust build, but not corpulent ; had a high 
and massive foreliead. and a deep chest tone of voice, low in common conversation, but, 
when used with its full force, stentorian in its power, and ha\'ing that peculiar qualitv 
of being distinctly heard at long distances, even when it did not seem loud to those 
immediately about him. Like many of the Choates of that time, he had great decision 
of character and a strong will, though always kept in perfect control by a sound judg- 
ment and the precepts of religion. He was grave and dignified in demeanor, had a 
fine presence, and, as has been .said of another, "his very presence in an assembly 
seemed a call to order." He had an accurate judgment, was quick of apprehension, 
possessed a good memor}-. and had he enjoyed the benefits of a lil^eral education could 
not have failed to have been found among the most eminent of the land. Even in old 
age his reasoning was clear and logical, and his language choice. 

Mr. Choate was a Justice of the Peace and Colonel of militia at a time when the 
war with England of 1812 caused the people to take great pride and interest in military 
matters, and the Militia Muster, or general training in the fall, and the .March .Meeting, 
or town election in the spring, divided honors with Fourth of July and Thanksgiving 
as holidays, at which all. great and s?nall, rich and poor, met to show tlieir patriotism, 
celebrate the day, eat gingerbread, and have a social, and sometimes liikarious. visit 
with friends and neighbors. 

It was on one of these occasions, probably tow n meeting, that an incident occurred 
which shows the ])Ower which Colonel Choate's commanding jiresence and powerful 
voice had over a boisterous and unruh' crowd. A numlier of tlie rougher sort, who 
liad probabl)' taken a fancy to mi.\ tlieir gingerbread with too much New England rum. 
became ver\' loud in their discussions, and commenced to use arguments more muscular 
than intellectual, when another Justice of the Peace, a man of small stature with an 
cfleminate soprano voice, commenced to hop around among them, trying to quell the 
riot, crying out in liis thin wiry voice, "'Don't fight, boys, don't fight! don't fight!! 
don't fight ! ! ! " Init they fought all the more, answering his well-meant efforts with jeers 
and shouts of derision. At this time Colonel Clioate appeared on the scene of action, 
and vociferated in tones like distant thunder. " 1 command you in the name of the 
.State of New Hampsliire to disperse ■'.' .'" Immediately all was still ;is death, such 
awe and terror e\en did his \oice and cliaracter inspire in e\il-doers. Ever afterward 
•• fJon't fight, don't Jij>ht.'^ was a liy-word with "the boys.'' 

Another story is told of the power of his voice which is more difficult of belief, 
though the person who told it insisted it was literally true. He said that being himself 
on East Hill, in Enfield, one general training day, he distinctly heard the Colonel give 
the word of command while drilling his regiment on Canaan .Street, fully five miles 
distant. Whether true or not, it shows the prevailing opinion of the Colonel's vocal 
powers. Yet he was one of the coolest and most even tempered of men, seldom show- 
ing any irritation, and never giving others any just cause for any. He very rarely 
punished any of his children, the simple word "boys," uttered in his peculiar tone, 
being generally sufficient to subdue any rebellious or turbulent spirit among them. 
1 have heard his son Samuel say that he never struck him but one blow, and that, as 
it proved, without cause. Some tool or implement could not be found, and each boy 
denied anv knowledge of it, when he gave each a single blow, probably not ver)' heav)'. 
and doubtless soon repented of, for I think he found the article had been mislaid, and 
the boys were not to blame. 

Colonel Choate's wife was every way his equal. She was a most amiable, capable, 
and beautiful woman. She was a descendant of the Pilgrims, and reared almost within 
sight of the Island in the Merrimack River, where her ancestress, the heroic Mrs. Hannah 
Uustin, slaughtered with her own hand the cruel savages, who had carried her captive 
from Haverhill,,, through forests and deep trackless snows, and made good her 
escape. Mrs. Choate was brought up tinder the ministry of the venerable Dr. Wood, 
and early converted to Christ. .She became a fine example of Christian womanhood, a 
faithful wife, and a devoted mother. Colonel and Mrs. Choate, in their early married 
life, were characterized as the handsomest cou]jle in the town ; their eight children all 
lived to grow up, and, like their parents, were exemplary Christians. The married life 


of this amiable pair extended o\-er the long period of si\ty-fi\-e years. They were 
respected and beloved by all who knew them. They both died in the old house where 
they had lived so long; Mrs. Choate. in the eighty-seventh year of her age, and Colonel 
Choate, a few months later, at the great age of ninety-two years and se\en niontlis. 
They were buried in the family burying ground in Enfield, N. H. 

" The tnemory of the just is blessed.'^ — I'ro\'. x. 7. 

Samuel"' Choate {Thomas'^, Thomas'-^, Thomas-, John^), son of Thomas 
[ »i ] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born March 18, 1769, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, Nov. 7, 1793, ^Betsey Kimball, daughter of Peter 
and Elizabeth (Thurston) Kimball. She was born April 24, 1772, in Boscawen, 
N. H., where Mrs. Betsey Choate died September, 1794. Mr. Choate married, 
April 26, 1795, -Natuy Jaikman, daughter of Samuel and Anna (Fowder) Jack- 
man. She was born in 1777, in Boscawen, N. H. Mrs. Nancy Choate died 
July 22, 1S09. Mr Choate married, Sept. 19, 1810, '^Ahiry Loomis, daughter of 
Beriah and Mary (Benton) Loomis. She was born Oct. 17, 1776, in Thetford, 
Vt. They resided in Boscawen, N. H., where Mr. Choate died June 12, 1847. 
Mrs. Mary Choate died Nov. 15, 1837. 


Isaac Chandler, [404] b. Aug. 15, 1794; m. Oct. 10, 1819, Ilannali Noyes ; A. Jan. 5, 1S60. 

Royal, [405] b. June 12, 1796; m. Feb. 28, 1827, ^Hannah Sawyer; m. March 23, 1844, 

'^Mrs. Elha Mavers ; d. March 27, 1882. 
Betsey, [406] b. Dec. 22, 1798; d. Jan. 8, 1827. 

Anner, [407] b. April 13, iSoo; m. Nov. 11, 1824, Samuel Choale, [397]; d. Aug. 28, 1862. 
Maria, [408] b. Aug. 12, 1S02; m. Feb. 12, 1828, Thomas Choate, [398]; d. March 30, 186S. 
Nancy, [409] b. Oct. 22, 1804; ni. Jonathan Currier : (b April, 1859. 

Mary, [410] b. iSii. She died in early life, Jan. 7, 1827. 
Samuel, [411I b. 1815. He died in infancy, 1815. 
Soi'HIA, [412] b. 181S. She died in infancy, iSio. 


Samuel Choate removed with his father. Thomas Clioate. in 1788. from the 
Island, Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., to Boscawen. N. H. The original farm is now 
occupied by a grandson, Samuel Choate. 

Mr. Choate received from Gov. John Langdon, of New Hampshire, two commis- 
sions, duly signed, in 1805. These documents, one for Lieutenancy and the other for 
Captaincy, are in the possession of his grandson. Samuel Choate. of Boscawen. 

Mr. Samuel Choate was known as "Captain Choate." 

Mrs. Nancy Choate had her five children and the oldest son baptized at her dying 
bedside. This so impressed these children that it liad an important influence in 
leading them afterward to Christ. 


Sarah-"' Clioate {Humphrey'^, Thomas'^, 1'liomas-, Joliii^), daughter of 
Humphrey [ R3 ] and Abigail (Burnham) Choate, was born in 1744/5, '" 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Dec. 22, 1763, Steplwii Lvfkiii, son of 
Jeremiah and Mary (Low) Lufkin. He was born {hapt. July 22, 1733) in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Chester, N. H. Mr. Lufkin died 
July 9, 1803. Mrs. Lufkin died in 1788. 


Abicaii., b. March l6, 1765; m. Benaiah Lane: d. 
Daviu, b. Oct. 5, 1766. He died at sea. 

Sarah, b. July 17, 1768; m. Forsaith. 

Rachel, h. Alarch 17, 1771; m. Moses Underhill. 

Susannah, b. April 5, 1773; m.Jokn Dearborn. 

Humphrey, b. March 5, 1775; m. Dec. 4, 1798, Lois March; d. June iS, 1842. 

Molly Blaizdel, b. Sept. 8, 1777; m. .)/uJge/i : d. 

Nehe.viiah, b. April 14, 1780; m. March 17, 1S05, Rachel Currier : d. May 15, 1864. 

Ruth, b. March 9, 1782; m. Easlinan : d. 

Stephen, b. Sept. 23, 1784. He was lost at sea. 

J.ACOB, b. Aug. 12, 1787; m. Sept. iS, 1S20, Lucina Fiirrar ; d. Nov. 20, 1S24. 


AIk. Ll'FKLN. ill early niaiilioud. fullowcil the- seas. l!ut after his second marriage 
he purchased a farm of .Moses Marsliall and settled in Cliester, N. H. He \va.s among 
the first, in April. 1776. to put his name to the following paper: — 

•• We, the subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage and promise, that we will to the 
utmost of our Power, at the Risque of our Li\es and Fortunes, with Arms, oppose tlie 
Hostile Proceedings of the British Fleets and Armies against the United American 

And in 1777 we find Mr. Lufkin making good his promise by service under Captain 
lUodgett in the Army of the Revolution. And again he was among troops raised 
julv I, 1780. A few years after the war Mrs. Sarah Lufkin died. Mr. Lufkin survived 
her some fifteen years. 

.Mr. Lufkin first married. March 27. 1755. Taliitha liall. of C.loucestcr. Mass. 
There were two children of this marriage, both born in ("iloucester. Mass. : Klizabeth, 
b. Dec. 22, 1755: Stephen, b. March 7, 1759. ^^^ died young. Mrs. Tabitha Lufkin 
died soon after the birth of little .Steplien. 

Benaiah Lane, son of John and Mary (Colby) Lane, born in 1764. married Abigail 
Lufkin. and resided in Chester. N. H., where they died. 

Mr. and Mrs. Forsaith removed into the country. Underbill, son of Captain John and Joanna (Healey) Underhill. was born 
Feb. 2, 1749. He inarried ^Patty Knight. -Nabby Elliot, and 'Rachel Lufkin. as aljove. 
There was a large family of children. They lived in Chester, a little west of the brick 
.schoolhouse. Mr. LInd'erhill died Feb. 8. 1838. 

John Dearborn, .son of Kbenezer and Edith (Philbrick) Dearborn, was liorn in 
Chester. N. H., married Susannah Lufkin, as above, and removed to Corinth. .Me. 

.Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey Lufkin lived on the homestead. 

Mr. and Mrs. .Mudgett removed to Weare. N. H. 

.Mr. and Mrs. \eheniiah Lufkin lived in Chester. \. H. She died in T857. 

.Mr. and Mrs. Eastman removed to Corinth. Me. 

Jacob Lufkin followed the seas. Vid. The History of Chester, A'. //., pp. 553, 557. 


Rachel' Clioate {Humphrey'^, Tliomas^, Thomas-, JohiA), daughter of 
Humphrey [ 83 ] and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, was born {Impt. Feb 23, 1755) 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, July 30, 1772, Nehemiah Cogswell, 
son of Jonathan and Mary (.Appleton) Cogswell. He was born in 1749 in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Boscawen, N. H. Mr. Cogswell 
died Dec. 4, 1837. Mrs. Cogswell died Nov. 5, 1840. 


Rachel, b. Oct. 9, 1773; m. May 31, 1792, Efhraitn Pliimmer ; d. Dec. 29, 1S53. 
SUSANN.A, b. Dec. 17, 1774; ni. Feb. 19, J795, Pliinehas Eastman ; d. Aug., 1846. 
Maroaret, b. Dec. 3, 1776. She died while young. 

Nehemiah, b. Nov. 33, 1778; m. Nov. 17, 1S07, 'App/tia Coffin; m. Aug. 17, 1836, ''Judilh 
Morrill; m. June 11, 1841, 'Mary Grecnough ; d. March 16, 1843. 


John, b. July 21, 17S1; m. May 19, 1821, ^Mary Pearson: m. 1824, -Mrs. Betsey Choatt- ; 

m. 1840, 'Maria McGregor ; <\. May 28, 1856. 
Mary, b. Sept. 28, 1784; ni. Nov. 20, 1817, ''Jereiniah Gerrish ; ni. April 23, \%}io,- James 

Greenougli : d. 
RuiH, b. June 12, 1786; 111. March S, 1S06, A^ev. Sai?niel W. Collnirn : d. May 21, 1874. 
Sarah, b. ( let. S, 1790; m. May ,?, 1814, Neheiniah Choali- [413]; d. June 19, 1879. 

Vid. 7/ie Cogswells in A7>ierica, p. 166. 


James'' Choate {Humphrey'^, Thomaf\ Thomas-, Johii^), son of Hum- 
phrey [82] and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, was born {bapt. April 23, 1761) in 
Checacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, Nov. 16, 1786, Abigail Perkins, 
daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Butler) Perkins. She was born June 25, 
1764, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Londonderry and Derry, 
N. H. Mr. Choate died July 23, 1846. Mrs. Choate died Aug. 15, 1838. 

Nehemiah, [413] b. Dec. 10, 17S7; m. May 4, 1814, Sarah Cogsiuell : d. July 21, 1870 
Betsey, [414] b. July 8, 1789; m. March, 1814, ''Robert BoyJ : m, 1S24, -Joint Cogsi.'el/ : 

d. Sept. 23, 1839. 
James, [415] b. Aug. 29, 1791; m. June 5, 1817, Abigail Cogswell ; d. Oct. 4, 1S61. 
Ahigail, [416] b. Sept. 2, 1793. She died in early life, April 15, 1809. 
Humphrey, [417] b. Nov. 8, 1796; m. April 20, 1820, Betsey Low: d. Oct. 11, 1870. 
Isaac Perkins, [418J b. Nov. 29, 1798; m. Nov. 13, 1S23, Eliza J. Harper : d. Oct. 26, 1826, 
George, [419] b. Dec. 10, 1800. He died in childhood, Dec. 13, 1803. 
Georce, [420] b. March 13, 1805; m. Sept. 22, 1841, ^Lucy A. Choate [430]; m. \ov. 13, 

1843, '^I.ucy A. Baker ; d. July, 30, 1882. 
Francis, [421] b. Sept. 12, 1809. He died in early life, Sept. 25, 1826. 


Mr. Choate was one of the picked men who rowed (General Washington and 
staff over to New York from Brookl\n on the evacuation of Long Island. 

He was elected a selectman in 1793. 1803. 1807-9. and 181 1. of Londonderry. N. H. 


Haiinall''^ Choate {Hinnpkrey^, Thomas-\ Thomas-, Jflhii^), daughter of 
Humphrey [ 88 ] and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, was born May 19, 1763, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, June 21, 1 781, Moses Marshall. They 
resided in Chcliacco, now Essex, Mass. Mr. Marshall died June i, 1S30. Mrs. 
Marshall died July 7, 1854. 

Susan, b. Jan. ii, 1782. 
MosES, b. Sept. 22, 1783; d. July 11, 1S54. 
Caleb, b. Aug. 20, 1 785. 

Francis, b. June 16, 1787; m. Nov. 12, 1810, Ayma Holmes ; d. Sept. 3, 1826. 
William, b. Aug. 21, 1789; m. Oct. 13, 1815, ^Lucy Butler ; m. Nov. 26, 1840, -Martha But- 
ler: d. March g, 1862. 
Hannah, b. Nov. 10, 1791 ; m. April 10, 181 1, Noah Biirnhani : d. Sept. or Oct., 1870. 
Polly, b. Feb. 8, 1794; m. Dec. 26, 1814, Ira Bumhavi : d. Nov. 30, 1S74. 
Thirza, b. Feb. 6, 1796. She died in infancy, Dec. 7, 1796. 
Joseph, b. Jan. 26, 1798; m. July 22, 1821, Sarah Biirnhani. 
Nehemiah Choate, b. June 26, 1800; d. June 2, 1832. 
Randall, b. Feb. 10, 1802. He died in childhood, Dec. 25, 1804. 

Thirza, b. April 20, 1805; m. March 21, 1825, Jonathan Liifldn, Jr. : d. Dec. 27, 1856. 
Matilda, \ , ,, _ „ „ f m. Nov. 20, 1834, Oliver Burnham ; d. [uly 15, 1843. 

Sophronia, i ■ "^^^ '"' '^°''' \ She died in childhood, March 21, 1810. 



linncM tabic. EaiU in the afteinoon the 
rtii it was lit;lil. hut eldudv with a yellow, 
ilaik very last and the e\enins; was more 

lelt. Some ot our taniilv who tried to go 


Miss Hanxah Choate was a young lady of seventeen years, when occurred. May 
19. 17S0. Friday, the famous " Dark Day." The following is her account of it : — 

'• The sun rose clear, but soon began to be lowery with some showers. Tow'ard 
nine o'clock, it seemed to be breaking away ; but everything had a yellow appearance. 
.Soon after nine, a dark lieav\' cloud was seen rising from the northwest, which gradually 
spread itself until it covered the whole heavens, except a narrow space near the liorizon. 
About ten, this was also covered, and the darkness increased so that we had to light a 
candle. All the folks out of doors left tlieir work and came in. Fear and anxiety were 
manifest on every countenance. 

•'It was quite dark when we set our ( 
darkness began to abate, and before .sundn 
brassy appearance. After sundown it grew 
remarkable than the day. 

■• It seemed like darkness tliat might I), 
to the neighbors had to come back. We sat u)) (luile late, knowing that the moon rose 
at nine, and expecting it would make some difference as to the darkness, but it did not 
till after eleven o'clock, wlien some glimmer of light began to appear from it." 

Vid. History of Essex, Mass., pp. 224-5. 

.\Ir. Marshall bought, in uSi,, the so-called •• Marshall Farm," on Choate Island, 
which is now owned bv a lineal descendant. Nchemiah Choate Marshall, of .Manchester. 


Abiji^ail"' CllOate {//niiiphrey'^, 'J'lwmas^, Thomas'', John^), daughter of 
Hum])hrey [ sa ] and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, was born July 29, 1767, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, March 29, 1789,' j9<?/y'rt/«/« Cogs^vell, 
son of Jonathan and Mary (Appleton) Cogswell. He was born Aug. 15, T766, 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Cogswell died Jan. 17, 
1841. Mrs. Cogswell died. 


An Infani', 1). June 14, 1790, and died the same day. 

Makv, h. July S, 1791; m. Dec. 17, 1818, Winlhrop Low; d. 

Sarah, 1). Sept. 22, 1793; m. Feb. 14, 1822, Diiniel Cogs-veil : d. May 8, 1825. 

Jonathan, b. Jan. 12, 179!). He <lied in infancy, April 2, 1797. 

Jonathan, I). April 2, 1798; m. Jan. 17, 1820, Sicsan Choate [331]: d. Feb. 3, 1890. 

Humphrey Choate, b. Sept. 8, 1800; m. July 19, 1825, 'Sarah II. Burnham ; m. Sept. 18, 

i860, "Mrs. Maria Cogswell, n}e McGregor : d. May 7, 1862. 
Abel, b. Nov. 3, 1802. He died in infancy, March i, 1S03. 
Abigail, b. Nov. 10, 1807. She died in girlhood, March 15, 1819. 


Cai'T. WiNTHKoi' and M.\i!V (C()(;swi;i.i,) Luw. had two children, viz.. Daniel 
Winthrop and Abigail. The daughter married Capt. ICdward Lakeman and died 
leaving one son. Viii. The Cogswells in America, pp. 171,317, ««</ 

The History of Essex, A f ass., pp. 352-5. 


Nathan^ Choate {Humphrey'^, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, Jolin^), ^ow of Hum- 
phrey [»«] and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, was born {bapt. June 4, 1769) in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, April 10, 1794, Mary Perkins, daughter 
of Abraham and Sarah (Cogswell) Perkins. She was born {hapt. April 23, 
1769) in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate died July 
3, 1832. Mrs. Choate died Sept. 30, 1838. There were no children. 



Mr. Choate was a prominent and niucli-esteemed citizen. He was elected town 
treasurer at the first town meeting after tlie incorporation of Essex, held March i, i8ig. 

Vid. The History of Essex, Mass., p. 282. 



Solomon'' Choate {Hninphny'^, TIwmas-\ TJiomas~,John>), ?,ox\. of Hum- 
phrey [ s'2 ] and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate, was born Oct. 20, 1776, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, July 10, \i<^(), Joanna [-102] Choate, daughter of 
Stephen [^si"] and Elizabeth (Patch) Choate. She was born June 22, 1776, 
in Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Rockport, Mass. Mr. Choate died May 14, 
1832. Mrs. Choate died Aug. i 1, 1830. 


.SoLiiMoN, [422] b. May 6, iSoo; m. May 13, 1824, Lucy C. JeuwU ; (I. June II, 1S34. 

Joanna, [423] b. Ni.v. 10, 1801 ; m. Dec. 25, 1S28, Iliraiit Elkitis; H. Jan. 18, 1S35. 

Nathan, [424] b. Fct>. 22, 1803. He died in early manhood, -Sept. iS, 1S26. 

Hannah, [425] b. Aug. 17, 1S04. She died in infancy, Nov. 20, 1805. 

AiililsoN, [426J b June 30, 1S06; m. Dec. 28, 1833, lydia Ctiffor<t ; d. Oct. ig, 1870. 

Stephen, [427] li. Dec. 25, 1S07. He died in early life, Aug. 3, 1S38. 

.Duin.EY, [428] b. Feb. 4, 1810; m. May 16, 1S33, yJ/an- Pot/ar,/ ; A. April 2, 1S85. 

Hannah, [429] b. Nov. 3, iSii; m. Sept. 19, 1833, Jeremiah Cogsivell ; d. April 3, 1872. 

Lucy, [430J b. Oct. 23, 1813; m. Sept. 22, 1841, George CItonte [420]; d. Ian. 13, 1843. 

Foley Pekkins, [431 J b. May 23, 1S15. She died in early life, Jan. i8, 1835. 

Emily, [432] b. April 17, 1817; m. Dec. ig, 1S37, ^Jaincs Pool : m. Sept. 29, 1849, -Jaco/' Bacnn. 

Rebecca Jewett, [433J li. .May 24, 1821; m, Dec. 16, 1S41, Solomon Pool; d. Aug. 28, 18S7. 



Eunice-''' Choate (Jeremiah'^, 71wmas-\ 7ho/nas', John^), daughter of 
Jeremiah [ s* ] and Eunice (Giddings) Choate, was born Nov. 3, 1751, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Nov. 25, 1773, ^Benjamin Alarsliall, 
son of Benjamin and Sarah (Rust) Marshall. He was born in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Dunbarton, N. H. Mr. Marshall died in 
1775 '" Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Mrs. Marshall married, Jan. 12, 1777, 
-Enoch Pearson. He was born in Newbury, Mass. They resided in Ipswich, 
Mass. Mr. Pearson died March 8, 1S13. Mrs. Pearson died June 30, 1840. 


Benjamin, b. Oct. g, 1774; in. Jan. S, 1802, Elizalteth Goodhue: d. Feb. 25, 1S58. 

Eunice, b. Oct. 31, 1777; m. Jan. 27, iSoi, il'illinin Dennis: d. 

LvDiA, b. July 19, 1779; m. Oct. 14, 1800, Richard Manning: d. Sept. 12, iSog. 

Hannah, b. May 19, 1781 ; m. Jan. 3, 1S03, Jolm Holmes Harris : d. Jan., 1852. 

Mary, b. July 9, 1784; m. Aug. 8, 1S09, Caleb Warner ; d. Oct. 5, 1S17. 

Sarah, b. Oct. 15, 17S7; m. Sept. 25, iSio, A'aihauiel Rogers Ear ley ; d. Nov. 26, i86g. 

Mehitable, b. March 7, I7g3; m. ')ct. iS, 1813, David Andrems. 

Itlcmof antra. 

Mr. Marshall settled in Dunliarton. N. H. Soon after the birth of their little 
son. Benjamin, he was called away to attend to the affairs of his father, who was ill, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. While there he also was taken ill, and shortly died. 


Mrs. Marshall, on receiving the sad intellioence. took her infant bov on horseback, and 
unattended rode over the rough roatls and through the forests from Dunbarton to 
Cliebacco. A few years later, while on a \'isit to her grandfather Giddings. she met 
Enoch Pearson, a very worthy man. who shortly after became her husliand. and a 
family of children grew uj) abonl thcni. lienjamin Marsliall. the little son of the first 
marriage, when grow'n to man's estate, married and settled on the old place in 
Dunbarton. N. H. I'i//. llie History of Ditnhartoti, N. H., p. 253. 

Mrs. .Sarah (Rust) Marshall. -Mi-. Marshall's mother, was a daughter of Joseph 
and Rachel (Choate) Rust. I'id. Nust Genea/ooy, p. 55. 

Nathaniel Rogers Farley, w'ho married .Sally Pearson, was a grandson of Rev. 
Nathaniel Rogers, of Ipswich. Mass. 

I'id. Felt's History of Ipswich, Mass., pp. 219-21. 



Lois'' Clioate {Jeremiah'^, Thomas'^, Thomas'-, Jphn^), daughter of Jeremiah 
[84] and Eunice (Giddings) Choate, was born Aug. T9, T753, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. She ntarried, Dec. 30, -iiiiX, Jeremiah Kimhall, son of Jeremiah 
and Sarah (I>ord) Kimball. He was born June 11, 1750, in Ipswich, Mass., 
where they resided. Deacon Kintball died Feb. t, 1831. Mrs. Kimball died 
Dec. 7, 1S25. 

niK CUn.liREN WEKK: 

JliUl.MIAH, 1). Dec. 25, 1775; /a/'.March 23, 1799, ^Marv Spoffonl ; ni. April 30, 1S3.1. "Mar/ha 

IVilleli : d. Feb. 17, 1843. 
Lois, I). Fcl). 2, 1777; m. Oct. 18, 1804, Daniti Haskell: d. Feb. 23, 1858. 
Eunice, b. Aug. 8, 1778; m. Dec. 20, 1804, Kalhaniel Lord; d. .\pvil 9, 1837. 
John, b. July 2, 17S0; m. Dec. 25, 1806, Susanna Lord; d. Nov. 10, 1871. 
JoNATH.\N CiioATK, b. Nov. II, 1782; m. Feb. 13, 1807, Mary Lord: d. Fel). 27, 1862. 
Priscii.i.a, li. Aug. 22, 1784; m. Nov. 29, 1815, lienjamin Kiuiball : d. Dec. 18, 1S72. 
JosiAii, b. July 30, 1786; m. Nov. 30, 1815, Ifannak l\oss ; A. Dec. 5, 1868. 
Cata, b. Aug. 10, 1788; m. Nov. 25, 1813, William Heard : d. Nov. 13, 1S85. 
Samuel, b. May 23, 1791; m. Nov. 14, 1816, '^Hannah Goodhue ; m. Oct., 1857, "-Mrs. Sarah 

L^ollard, nh Stenens : d. March 20, 1868. 
Daniel, b. Aug. 15, 1794. He died in early life, June, 1818. 
Sarah, b. .\ug. 25, 1796; m. Feb. 8, 1824, Joseph Jewett; d. July 3, 1873. 
Charles, b. Dec. 24, 1798; m. Nov. 19, 1829, Mary Ann Oulein : d. Nov. 30, 1S80. 


Richard Kimisall. the great ancestor of Mr. Kimball, set sail April 10, 1634, 
with his wife and seven children for America. They came on board the ship 
•■ IClizabeth." and settled first in Watertown, hut in 1637 removed to Ipswich. Mass.. 
where to the present time his descendants have been numerous and ])romincnt in town 
and church. 

Mr. Kimball, who married Lois Choate. w;i.s a much-respected citizen, and an 
otificer of the South Church, in Ipswich. Mass. They reared a large famil\- in the 
godly ways of the fathers. It is said " that he sat with eleven of his children in the 
choir, while his twelfth child, with its mother, wa.s an appreciative listener in the family 
pew." Many of these twelve children lived to a remarkable age. so that the aggregate 
of their ages was eight hundred and eighty-si.x years, an average of nearly seventy-four 
years. Mrs. Cata (Kimball) Heard was the last .survivor. She died Nov. 13. 1885. at 
the age of ninety-seven years. 

Jeremiah and Lois (Choate) Kimbairs descendants, in number about eighty, met 
in 1888 in old Ipswich to observe the one hundred and thirty-eighth anniversary o\ 
their ancestor Jeremiah Kimball's birth, who was born June 1 1. 1750. 

THE wv'-' T": — - 

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In response to a sentiment relative to the future of the family, among otliers offered 
on the occasion, some lines were read of which an extract runs as follows : — 

" I have been asked to prophesy, 
< k I should better say to try. 
And make the seer's prediciion 

^Vs to what 
The tribe of Jeremiah 
In the future may aspire, 
( )r hold as their heart's desire 

And all that. 

' If the records can be trusted. 
And the virtues have not rusted. 
Which were our inheritance; 

I should say 
That the tribe ol Jeremiah 
■Will be able to stand fire. 
E'en as ilid their worthy sire 

Any day. 

' If rectitude and Godly fear 
Won for our race the iio^i/ lie !;iier> 
Of the ' Royal Famdy,' 

We should be 
Worthy and illustrinui heirs 
Of the kingdom which was theirs, 
Holding it in equal shares. 

Should not we ? 

' We are children of that mother. 
Purer, holier, lived no other 
Than our sainted ancestor, 

Mother Lois; 
Consecrating her whole line. 
Till the very end of time. 
To a service all divine; 

This her choice. 

' With due reverence for our sires. 
And the race of Jeremiahs, 
.Still like them we would not be 

While we live. 
Buried in the out-grown past. 
Holding creeds and dogmas fast. 
Out of which the life has passed. 

Naught to give. 

•' But with reverent waiting ear. 
Listen that we too may hear. 
As the prophets did of old, 
Truth's decree. 
For the last word is not said; 
All the prophets are not dend; 
Nor have all the m.artyrs bled. 
We shall see." 

LoWEI.l, CliiiATK. 

The descendants of this family observed their fourth triennial reunion Sept. 29. 
i8gi. at the beautiful summer residence of David B. Kimball, Esq., a grandson of 
Deacon Jeremiah Kimljall, in Manchester by the Sea. There were present on llie 
occasion seventy-nine of the more than two hundred surviving descendants. This 
reunion was most enthusiastic and pleasurable. The number of grandchildren was 
only fourteen, and of these several have died in the intervening five vears. 

Nathaniel Loiin, wlio married Eunice Kimball, was the son of Isaac and 
Susannah (Lord) Lord. He wa,s born Sept. 25, 1780, in Ipswicli, Mass.. and graduated 
in 1798 from Harvard College. Mr. Lord for many years was the Register of Probate 
f(.ir Essex County. His sons were eininent men, viz.. Nathaniel James Lord. Esq., 
Hon. Otis Phillips Lord, and George R. Lord, Esq. 

Nathaniel James Loru. E.sq. 

Nathaniel J.a.mes Lord, E.sq., was an able lawyer, a man of eminent learn- 
ing and commanding ability in his profession. At the Essex Bar he stood in the 
front rank with such men as Saltonstall and Choate. A written sketch of this eminent 
man is not at hand. The reader must be content with what is inscribed on his noble 

Hon. Olis P ■ Lord, a younger brother of the foregoing, was regarded b\ Hon. 
Rufus Choate as the ablest lawyer in E.ssex County. 

George R. Lord, Esq., who survived his two brothers, was an estimable inan of 
ability, and much respected in the community. He was for some years the Assistant 
Clerk of Courts in Essex County. 

.Samuel Kimball \\3.9, a prominent citizen of Dunbarton, N. H. Deacon Charles 
Kimball, late of Concord, N. H.. and David B. Kimball, Esq.. a well-known lawyer of 
Salem, iVIass., were his sons. 

Col. Charles Kimball, the joungest son of Jeremiah and Lois (Choate) Kimball, 
was a resident of Ipswich, iVIass., and much engaged for inany jears in the Probate 
business of Essex County, with an office in Salein, Mass. Judge White, of the 
Probate Court, said of him, '• No man was better fitted than Colonel Kimball for Judge 
of Probate." Vid. History of Essex County, Vol. l,pp. 661-3. 


Otis Phillips Lord. LL. I). 

Otis Phillips Lad. son of Hon. Nathaniel and Eunice (Kiml)all) Loitl, was lioru 
July J I. 1812. in Ipswich. Mass. He fitted for college at the Dummer Academy. Byfield. 
Mass., and entered Amherst College in 182S, graduating in 1832. subsequently receiving 
the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of flaws from his Alma Mater. He graduated 
from the Harvard Law Schcuil in 1836. lia\ing been admitted to the liar in the I^ecem- 
ber of 1835. 

He commenced the practice of the law in Ipswich, his nali\e town, but in 1844 
removed to .Salem, where he had an extensive law practice until his appointment upon 
the liench. He served in the House of Representatives five years, the last year. 1854. 
being elected .Speaker, and one year in the State Senate. In 1853 he was a member of 
the Constitutional Convention. Upon tlie organization of the Superior Court, in 1859. 
Mr. Lord was appointed by (jov. N. P. Banks as Associate Justice. Tliis position he 
held until appointed by (Governor Gaston, in 1875, as Associate Justice of the Supreme 
Judicial Court, which office he held until compelled. Dec. 8. 18S2. liy ill health, to resign, 
judge Lord died on Thursday, March 13, 1884. 

On the following day the E.ssex Bar Association met and appointed a conmiittee to 
prepare a Memorial of the lamented dead, to be presented to the Supreme Judicial 
Court at its ne.\t meeting, which was presented, April 24, 1884, by Mr. Alfred A. Abliotl. 
in behalf of the committee. Chief Justice Morton presiding. This was followed by 
highly eulogi.stic remarks by other legal gentlemen, of whom were Messrs. William D. 
Nortliend, Charles P. Thompson, Daniel Saunders, and Chief Justice Morton. The 
Memoi-ial was ordered to be placed upon the records of the Covn't. 

This Memorial recites briefly the incidents of his life, positions filled, and then says : 
"Judge Lord was' cast in a large and heroic mould. All the powers of his natuie were 
upon a broad scale. Even his prejudices, emotions, and passions were after the strong 
t) ])e of his intellectual faculties. And he had his nurture in a grand .school. Beginning 
his practice in a neighborhood, then somewhat famous for its litigation, and the nature 
of which required a delving among the very roots of the common law. and graduall) 
working his way into causes which involved the larger issues and more liberal princi]ilrs 
of the iaw merchant, he soon came to measure his strength witli a band of law \ers. com- 
petition with whom could not fail to arouse all his latent energies, and who. as we look 
back upon them, now loom up in the past in almost colossal proportions." 

The Memorial then enumerates Messrs. Leverett Saltonstall. Nathaniel J. Lord, 
an older lirother of the deceased, Joshua II. Ward, A.sahel Huntington, and Kufus 
Choate. -These were the teachers of Judge Lord, in daily conflict witli whom lie had 
his professional training, and under the ins])iration of whose exam|)le every faculty of 
his nature found its full development." 

Perhaps of all those who in times past have been foremost at the Essex Bar. and 
those whose fame rests upon their laurels won here. Judge Lord, liy general consent, 
stands primus inter pares, whether we consider the extent and \ariety of his practice, 
his ample learning, his union of tact and skill with energy and force, his marvellous 
ability to deal with and .solve the most complicated questions of law and fact, his 
control o\cr tlie minds of men by the might of pure reason enforced by a vehement 
and fervid eloquence, or by the signal success which crowned his work. He had a 
Scotch acumen and keenness of perception, and .at the same time a cajjacity for the 
broad view', the wide comprehension, and the firm grasp of the largest outlines of a 
.subject, his strength lav in the well-balanced combination and signal discipline of all 
his mental gifts. 

But whatever may have been the intellectual .secrets of his .success, they gained 
added eftcct from the moral qualities of the man. His moral honesty was organic, and 
it was transparent. Judge Lord was a great lawyer, a powerful advocate, a wise legis- 
lator, a strong, sound judge, a firm friend, and an honest Christian man. 

Vid. Ill Memoriaiii of Otis P. Lord. 

The Bar of the Comnu>nwealth. before the Supreme Federal Court in Boston, 
passed resolutions and eulogistic remarks. March 22. 1884. which were entered upon 
the records of the court. 




,iKKi;:>iiAn ( iioatk. 


Jereilliilh"' Clioalp ( ftrcmiah^, Thomas'', Tlioiiiai'-,Jolui^), son of Jeremiah 
[84] and Eunice ((biddings) Choate, was born {Impt. 1755) in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, Jan. 21, 1779, Ruth [iss] Choate, daughter of 
Humphrey [ S'-^ ] and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate. She was born Aug. i, 1756, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate died May 31, 1799. 
Mrs. Choate died Nov. 11, 1837. 


Jkremiaii, [434] li. .\ug. 10, 17X2; m. Maiy Choate [463]; d. Dec. 25, 1S17. 
losEi'il, [435 I b. Aug. 17, I7iS4; m. 1806, Sarah Cuiiuniiigs ; i1. Sfpt. 20, l868. 
LiicY, [436] b. May 2, 17S6; m. Jan. 17, 1S05, William Cogswell ; A. Feb. 5, 1876. 
loiiN, [437J b. .\piil 2, 1788; pull. Sept. 7, 181 1, Eli'Aihith Cinnniiiigs : A. Oct. 17, 1863. 
Dudley, [438] b. April 17, 1790; m. Sept. 28, 1817, Sarah Channcll : d. Oct. 11, 1S52. 
LvDLV, [439] b. Nov. II, 1792; m. May 20, 1827, Daniel Norton ; A. Jan. 12, 1S68. 
Infa.nt .Sun, [440] li. Sept. 29, 1794. Tie died in infancy, Oct. 2, 1794. 
riuMi'HKEV, [441] b. Fel). 27, 1796. lledied at sea. Sept, 5, 1S24. 
S.\K.\ii, [442 I b. Dec. 24, 1797; m. March 9, 1S20, Jasper Lumiiias ; A. .\ug. 6, 1845. 

Mk. Chiiatk wa.s a soldier of the Rc\()lution. Mrs. Sally Lunimas. his daughter, 
liad the old family nilde. She lived in Eunice, rcini. 



Aiiroil"' Choilte ( /tiri/iiah^, T]iomai-\ 7'hoiiuis', Johii^), ion of Jeremiah 
[ «4 ] and Eunice (Giddings) Choate, was born March 23, 1761, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, He married, Oct. 31, 1782, Eunice Perkins. She was born 
Jan. 21, 1759, in Chebacco, Ipswich. Mass. They removed, May 21, 1794, to 
Londonderry, N. H Mr. Choate died April 28, 1S07. Mrs. Choate died 
Feb. 24, 1809. 


JoN.viHAN, [443] b. July 31, 1783; m. {pub. July 3, i8io) Anna C. Welch ; A. March 26, 1814. 

An Infant, [444] b. Nov. i, 17S5, who died in infancy. 

Aaron, [445 | b. Dec. 2S, 17S6; m. iSig, Sophia Chase: A. 1848. 

.\.ME1 lA, [446] b. Dec. 20, 1788; m. Nov. 13, 1S15, Samuel Burnhain ; A. .\pril 12, 1822. 

Isaac Perkins, [447] 1>. Dec. 9, 1790. He died in early life, June 5, 1810. 

James, [448] b. July 20, 1792. He died in early manhood, Fel). 18, 1819. 

Jeremiah, [449] b. .\pril 7, 1794; m. Nov. iS, 1S36, Rhoda S. Crary : A. July 14, 1842. 

Va.vlk, [450] b. April 2, 1797; m. John Cross: A. Dec. 28, 1847. 


Mr. Cho.ATE served in the War of the Revolution. He was for three years. 
1S04-6, a selectman of Londonderry. N. H. Isaac Perkins, his son, died at sea. 
James Choate. another son. was a |)hysician. He died in Ipswich, Mass. 

f'/r/. The History of Ipswich, A/ass., p. 187. 


David-'' Choate { /erc/niahK TJtoinas'^, Thomas'-, John^), son of Jeremiah 
[84] and Eunice (Giddings) Choate, was born Feb. 16, 1763, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, Feb. 24, 1783, Miriam Choate [i93], daughter of 
Thomas [81] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate. She was born June 29, 1763, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Enfield, N. H. Mr. Choate died 
.April 30, 1851. Mrs. Choate died Jan. 12, 1847. 




David, [451] b. July 21, 1785; ni. June 27, 181 1, Mrs. Khcidn I^Sawyer) JMaislon ; d. July iS, 

Mh(IAM, [452] b. June 29, 1787. She died in infancy. 

CONSTANIINE, [453J b. Apnl 8, 17S9; m. March, 1811, AInhail Choalc I388J ; d. Oct., 1857. 
Doi.LY, [454] d. June 7, 1829. I 

Eunice, I455I d. June 27, 1841. 
MiKlAM, [456] m. Joseph Kiiitinill : d. Jan. 26, 1853. 
Anner, [457]. She died in infancy. 
Anner, [458] m. Jesse Ross: d. April I, 1852., [459]. She died in infancy. 
Drusilla, [460] b. June 23, 1805; d. Jan. 5, 1863. 


Mr. CllciAll- wus a soldier in the Wai c.l tlie KeMihition. I'id. Mass. Rolls. 

He appears as selectnian. in 178S. of Knfiekl, N. II. 

Vid Town I'apcrs of N. H.., \'ol. 12, p. 167. 

The order of the children's liirths is not fully known. 


Ciltliarilic' (_!hoal,e { /I'lrmiah^, l'/ioiiias-\ Tlwmas', Jolui^), daut^'hter of 
lereiiiiah [ st ] anil I'hinicc "(Giddings) Choate, was born {bapl. Marcli 10, 1765 ) 
in Chcbacco, IpswitJi, Mass. She married, Nov. 26, 17S8, Natlian'uP Goodhue, 
son of Jacob and Joanna (Story) Goodhue. He was born Feb. 7, 1762, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in IJow, N. H., where Mr. Goodhue 
died Dec. 6, 1835. Mrs. (ioodhue died Sept 13, 1830. 


Jamks, b. May 8, 1789; m. ; d. 1851. 

Nathaniel, i). July 9, 1791; m Judith Bi-o^mii : d. Jan., 1833. 

Joanna, b. July 10, 1793; m. WiUiaiii Stnnv ; d. 

Asa, b. Sept. 10, 1795; m. Mary Gould; d. 

Eunice, b. Feb. 4, 179S; m. Aaron Nichols; d.OcL 6, 1886. 

Nancy, b. June 20, 1800; \\\. William Boswell ; d. 

Walter, b. Oct. 8, 1802; ni. Esther Shilliday ; A. 1S80. 

Mk. (mkiiihuk's paternal ancestors were Jacob''. Wiljiain-, and William' Ooodhue. 

Mr. Aaron Nichols was born .May 7. 1791. Me lived one lumdred years, eiglit 
month.s, twenty-one days, and died Jan. 28, 1892. in Bow. N. 11., where his son, John 
Nichols, is now, l8g6, living. 


Prisciila^ Choate {Jeremiah'^, Thoinas'\ Thomas-, Johii^), daughter of 
Jeremiah [84] and Eunice (Giddings) Choate, was born {/>apl. Aug. 23, 1767) 
in Ipswich, Mass. She married, April 11, 1787, John Story. Mr. Story died. 
Mrs. Story died. 

the children were: 

Dec. 22, 1809, 

John, b. Dec. 17, 17S7; 

Sally Hovt; d. 
Lydia, b. Sept. 8, 1789. 
Job, b. Aug. 6, 1791. 
George, b. Dec. 19, 1793. 
Hannah, b. Oct. 4, 1796. 
Lois, b. Oct. 25, 1798. 

Ei'PES, b. Nov. 3, 1800; m. March 25, 182 

Eunice Burjiham. 
Mary, b. Dec. 13, 1802. 
Ira, b. Oct. 29, 1804. 
Asa, b. Nov. 11, 1806. 
Eli, b. Nov. 21, 1S08. 
ZiBA, b. Aug. 7, iSlo. 



The Story families in Ipswich, Mass., and vicinity, arc numerous.- but their records 
remain in obscurity. John and Priscilla (Choate) .Story had not less than twelve 
children, but of their descendants we know very little. 

John Story, their oldest son, married Sally Hoyt, and had eight children, viz.. 
Jeremiah Hoyt, b. Nov. 15, 1810; Sophronia V., b. Dec. 25, 1812; Priscilla C 
b. June 3. 1816; John, b. Dec. 10, 1818; Hannah P., b. Oct. 4, 1820: Sarah A.. 
b. Feb. IS, 1825 ; Ira C'., b. Oct. 22,1827; Alden, b. July 21, 1830. 

Mrs. Hannah Stuart married Jereiiiiah H. Story. Her grandson, F. W. Shepherd- 
son, Esq.. of Granville. Ohio, is the President of the Granville Historical Society. 


StepheU' Clioalo {Sh:p/ien'\ Thomas'-^ Thoinai', John^), son of Stephen 
[ H5 ] and Mary (Low) Choate, was born Nov. 2, 1752, in Ipswich, Mass. He 
married, Feb. 13, ■^1772, Elizabeth Patch, daughter of John and Abigail (Patch) 
Patcli. She was born in Hamilton, Mass. They resided in Ii>swich, Mass. 
Mr. Choate died May 19, 1816. Mrs. Choate died. 

Elizabeth, [461] b. Nuv. 2, 1773; m. May 26, 1792, Ehenezer Clioate [140]; d. May 27, 1S57. 
|oANN.\, [462] b. June 22, 1776; m. July 10, 1799, Solomon Choalc [206]; d. .^ug. 11, 1830. 
Makv, [463] b. Jan. 2, 1779; m. Jeremiah Choate [434J; d. 

John PArcH, [464] b. Jan. 22, 1781; m. March 18, 1802, Lucreiia iAi^swell : d. June 23, 1S63. 
Sl'El'JlEN, [465] b. March 30, 17S3; d. 

IIeuvky, [466] b. Sept. 2, 1785; m. Ilephzibah Quarks; d. May 29, 1S63. 
AiiioAlL Patch, [467] b. June 26, 1789; m. Jan. 26, 1809, Eheiiezer Pool : d. Sept. 20, 1S25. 
Ei'ES, [468] b. June 5, 1792. He died in infancy. 

Francis L., [469] b. Feb. 12, 1794. He died in infancy, Dec. 16, 1794. 

Maugarei, [470J b. May 12, 179O; m. 1816, ^George Dennisoii : m. Dec, 1839, -yohii Golt : 
m. Nuv., 1852, -^John Pars,'iis ; d. Feb. 20, 1859. 


Mr. Choate was one of the corporators, Marcli i, 1S02, of •• The Ipswich Turn- 
pike." Stephen Choate, his second son, went to St. John, N. B., and was never heard 
from again. John Patch, Mrs. Choate's father, owned the olcl place of (Jov. John 
Winthrop and "Castle Hill." He was known as "The Governor.'' .-Vt his death. 
Dec. 18, 1799, he left a hundred and fourteen descendants and a large estate. 
Vid. Antiquarian Papers, Sept., 18S3, and 

7 he History 0/ Ipswich, Mass., p. 185. 


Mary^ Oioate {Stephen'^, Thomas^, Thomas-, John^), daughter of Stephen 
[85] and Mary (Low) Choate, was born Sept. 3, 1754, in Ipswich, IVIass. She 
married, Nov. 28, 1771, Nehemiah Brown, son of Elisha and Lydia (Brown) 
Brown. He was born July, 1745, in Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. 
Brown died June, 181 2. Mrs. Brown died. 


Mary, b. 1772; m. John Patch: d. 1838. S.ALLY, b. 1785; m. Withaiu ; d. 1826. 

Nehemiah, b. 1774. He died in early life, 1793. Betsey, 1). 1788; m. Chamberlain ; d. 1814. 

,\MMI, b. 1776; m. Hannah Baker : d. 1827. John, b. 1791; m. Lydia Raymond: d. 1823. 
Michael, b. 1778; m. Potty Baker : d. 1S39. Nehemiah, b. Feb. 18, 1795; ni. July 20, 1S19, 
D.wiD, b. 1780; m. Hannah Preston : d. 1803. Susannah Smith; d. Nov. 30, 1859. 

William, b. 1783; m. Dorcas Baker ; d. 1833. Martha, b. 1796. She died in infancy. 



Capt. William Brown was in the War of 1S12. He bought half a brig for the 
West India trade, procured Spanish papers, and toolc a Spaniard. Blanco, by name, 
as nominal captain, while Brown himself shipped as a passenger. The Spanish 
American Revolution was then in progress. Their vessel was captured by a privateer 
of the insurgent states, as a Spanish vessel. Papers all right, a ]jrize, and ordered 
her to the nearest Mexican port for adjudication or condemnation. Brown and Blanco, 
were allowed to remain on board, as prisoners to be landed, the rest of the crew were 
enlisted on the privateer. Confined to the steerage, they were so quiet that in a few 
days they were allowed to go on deck under restrictions. They planned a scheme to 
retake the ship; noticing the arising of a sudden "flaw" striking the foresail, and all 
the crew and captain having rushed forward to save it, Brown and Blanco stepped 
into the cabin, armed themselves, returned on deck, and hailing the prize captain 
allowed him three minutes to decide whether he would surrender the shiji or fight. He 
chose to fight, but with axes and handspikes against pistols and cutlasses, it was 
unequal, and in a short time the shijj was surrentlered and carried to Boston, where it 
was kept to the close of the war. 

William Brown and his brother, John Brown, were sea captains and Ijoth died 
at sea. 

Nehemiah Brown, the youngest son of Nehemiah and Mary (Choate) Brown, 
married Susannah Smith, who was born Dec. 21, 1796, in Ipswich, Mass., where they 
resided. .Mr. Brown died Nov. 30, 1859. Ammi Brown, their 'son, was born Aug. 11, 
1825. He married, March 9. 1861, Esther Galbraith, daughter of Samuel and Emily 
(Taggart) (Jalbraith. She was born Feb. 27. 1S32. in Belfast. Me. Their children 
wereT Maud S., b. Nov. 1, 1862; d. July 17, 1865. Alice C, b. Aug. 31, 1864; 
m. June 3, 1892, iVof. Dana Prescott Bartlett. Ralph G., b. Aug. 31, 1868. 

Professor Bartlett is in the Department of Mathematics in the School of Tecli- 
nology. Boston. Mass. 

kliz.\iji<:tii cuoati:. 

, [21 9J 

Elizabeth' Clioate {SU-plu-n'^, Thomafi, Thontas', Jokii^), daughter of 
Deacon Stephen [ 85 ] and Mary (Low) Choate, was born Dec. 22, 1757, in 
Ipswich, Mass. She married, Dec. 31, 1786, Cap/. Naihaniel Kinsman, son 
of Pelaliah and Jane (Farley) Kinsman. He was born {bapt. March 20, 1747) 
in Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Captain Kinsman died June 30, 1S07. 
Mrs. Kinsman died July 18, 1S34. 


John CuoArE, b. July 5, 1789; m. Anna Lord : d. 
Ei.i/.AiiETH, b. July I, 1791. She died in girlhood, March i, 1804. 
Mary, b. Jan. 7, 1795. She died in early life, .Aug. 6, 1820. 
Martha, b. Fel). 2, 1798. She died in early life, Dec. 16, 1S21. 

Elizabeth Choate was the second wife of Capt. Nathaniel Kinsman. He 
married. March 12, 1772, 'Priscilla Treadwell. daughter of John and Priscdla (Burn- 
ham) Treadwell. She was born (bapt. March 5, 1748) in Ipswich, Mass. The 
children of this marriage were: Pri.scilla, b. Oct. 6, 1773: m. Aug. 27. 1795, Thomas 
Hodgkins. Nathaniel, b. Nov. 24, 1775 ; m. March 10, 1797. Deborah Webb; d. Nov. 
17. 1808. Hannah, b. Dec. 8, 1777: m. John P. Bartlett; d. May 25. 1857. Michael, 
b. Aug. 9, 1780; d. Dec. 12, 1781. Alichael, b. April 3, 1783: d. Feb. 11, 1800. 
Mrs. Priscilla Kin.sman d. Jan. 10. 1786. Vid. The Kinsman Fainily^^pp. 84. loi. 

John Choate and Anna (Lord) Kinsman resided for thirty years in Ipswich, Mass. 
She was the daughter of Nathaniel and Lucy (Smith) Lord. He wa.s a ship master for 
many vears, but in 1838 removed to Salem. and carried on business in Boston. 
Mass. .Mrs. Kinsman died Feb. 21. 1874, in S.alem. Mr. Kinsman wa.s living in 1876. 
Thev had eight children. Vid. T/ie Kinsman Fa'nitv.p. 102. 



Susan Choate Kinsman, their fourth child. Ijorn Jan. 5. 1S17. married, Oct. 20, 1S34. 
Israel Foster Crafts, of Manchester. Mass. They resided in Charlestovvn, Mass. Mrs. 
Crafts died Jan. 11, 1861. Mr. Crafts married, Nov. 27, 1862, Mrs. Emelinc E, 
(.McLallan) Spense. Mr. Crafts died April 2. 18S5. There were twelve children of 
the first marriage. /'/(/. The Crafts Family ^ pp. 433, 434. 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hodjikins. and Mr. and .Mrs. John P. Bartlett resided in 
Portland. Me. ^fr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Kinsman resided in Salem. Mass. 


Marlhil' Choate {Stcplun'^, 7'hoin,n-\ Ikomas', JoJin^), daughter of 
Stephen [ ss ] and Mary (Low) Choate, was born Aug. 14, 1760, in Ipswich, 
Mass. She married Iltoinas Hodi^kins. He was born in Salem, Mass. They 
resided in Woolwich, Me. Mr. Hodgkins died. Mrs. Hodgkins died May 
8, 1S49. 


/// A/aiiis : m. Jan. 2i, 

1840, '-Catharine Moulton Mains 

Neiiemiah, \k 1796; m 

d. Feb. 14, 1874. 
Makv, m. TJwtnas Stinson ; d. Aug., 1825. 
Betsey, b. 1S04. She died March 21, 1844. 


.Mr. HouiiKiN's has a granddaughter. iMiss Martha .A. Hodgkins. residing in 
Bath. Me. She has a family relic, an "old painting, purporting to be the Choate ,-Vrms. 
It is very old, and has been handed down from 
generation to generation, without proof of its 
genuineness or even a tradition of its origin. 
But from the peculiar form of the shield and' the 
great delicacy of the workmanship, it might be 
classed as the production of Nathaniel Hurd, 
who from 1750 to the time of his death, in 1777. 
was one of the most prominent Colonial engrav- 
ers engaged on lieraldic subjects ; or, possibly it 
may belong to those arms totally devoid' of 
authority which were manufactured by one John 
Coles, of Boston, who, it is said, '■ jjrobably as 
early as 1776, undertook to supply all inquirers 
with their family arms at a moderate cost." 

Vid. Eletnents of Heraldry, pp. 72-7. 

Mr. Hodgkins was doubtless a descendant 
of. or relative of. Col. Joseph Hodgkins, of 
Ipswich, Mass. The will of Thomas Hodgkins. 
who may have been his father, dated Sept. i. 
1797, makes his beloved w^ife. .Martha, his sole 
executri.x. leaving her his dwelling-house and 
land in Ipswich, bounded on one .side by land 
of Dr. Manning and Mrs. Cogswell, and a third 
part of personal estate, the other two thirds to 
be equally divided between all his children. Vid. Hamiiiatt Papers, pp. [35, 136. 

Miss Martha A. Hodgkins'smother. the second wife of Nehemiah Hodgkins. died 
March 7, 1875. 

Mr. Thomas Siinsnn. who married Mary Hodgkins, was born in 1 795. and died 
Oct. 22, 1861. They had five children, viz.. George, Washington. Flmira. Lucv. and 
.Martha H. Three of them are living in 1895.- 

Ceorge, b. Jan. 16, 1818; m. Dec. 21, 1846, Louisa Hawthorne. Thev have two 
children living, viz., Frederick A., b. April 18. 1848; m. Mary Villars ; res. in New- 
Orleans, La. George M.. b. Feb. 7. 1856: m. April 6. 1880. .-Mice (L Trott : res. in 
Woolwich, Me., and have two children livini;. viz.. Harrv M.. h. Sept. 1 v 1887: Marcia 
M.. b. Feb. 12. 1889. 





John-' Choate {Stephen'^, 'J'liomas'^, Thomas'', Joliu^), son of Stejjhen [ »5 ] 
and Mary (Low) Choate, was born Feb. 5, 1765, in Ipswich, Mass. He married, 
Feb. 4, 1786, ^Elizabeth Baker, daughter of John and Eunice (Pope) Baker. 
She was born in 1761, in Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mrs. Elizabeth 
Choate died Sept. 13, 1829. Mr. Choate married {pub. Oct. 27, 1832) ^Afary 
Cogswell, daughter of Jonathan and EHzabeth (Wise) Cogswell. She was born 
Feb. 28, 1778, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate 
died Jan. 23, 1S38. Mrs. Mary Choate died June 28, i860. 


Inkani Son, [471] 1). .April 28, 1794. He died the same day, .April 2S, 1794. 

John, [472] 1). Mareli 4, 1796; 111. April 4, 1822, Mary Aim Baker : d. Jan. 17, 1S31., I 473] li. March 29, 1799. He died in childhoud, June 25, 1803. 

Thomas Bakkk, [474] 1>. -April 18, iSoi. He died in infancy, April 23, r8o2. 

Charles, [475] h. Feb. 12, 1S03; m. .\ug. 16, 1832, lifnry Ann Howard: d. June 17, 1S74. 

Geokge Washington, [476] b. June 2, 1S05. He clieil in boyhood, Nov. 29, 1816. 


AIk. Choatk had very limited athaulages of education in the public .schools. But 
he wrote a good hand, used language correctly, and acquired much facility in doing 
business. He kejjt to his fathers farm until twenty years of age, and acquired habits of 
industry and strength of muscle. He engaged in fishing and in the West India trade 
until the business was interrupted by the War of 1812. 

By his thrift he added to his landed estate so that his farm embraced the original 
home place l)e(|ueathed by Col. John Choate to Deacon Stephen Choate, Hovey's Island, 
the Boardman place, and one half of Tieadwell's Island, once owned by (jovernor 
Treadwell. He also owned in part, or wholly, several .schooners. 

He was a Justice of the Peace, Selectman, Overseer of the Poor, and in 1816, 1819, 
1820. and 1823, four years, a Rei)resentative to the (General Court. His abilities were 
recognized and he had much to do in public affairs. He was a strong partisan of the 
Federal School, and associated much with Josiah Quincy. Mr. Phillips, and other 
prominent men of the State. 

When his maritime business was interrupted by the Kmbargo Acts he was trjing 
to dispose of his shipping. With the assistance of his neighbors he succeeded in 
sending two of his vessels out of port with some foreign destination. These transac- 
tions were said to be -'outside of the law." One vessel, called the ''Dove,"' was at 
night tied up to a bridge at the mouth of Boardman's Creek. In the morning she was 
gone, and the popular word passed around was that she had sunk in ■■ the deep hole " 
over which she was moored. But Capt. William Brown had taken her out in the night 
with a cargo for Bermuda, or some of the West Indies. After some weeks Cajjtain 
Brown returned, but great secrecy was maintained and it was not known whether he 
sold the ship or she was taken by some government cutter. Another vessel, the 
■■ Brittania," was loaded at the landing for the West Indies, hauled into the offing, and 
should have sailed at once. But too high wind kept her at anchor until the Custom 
House Officers boarded her and she was obliged to return to the landing, where she lay 
under bond until the embargo was off. and then sailed. Mr. Choate. it is said, was on 
board, and seeing the Officers of Revenue approaching, .seized an a.\e and rushed 
forward to cut the cable, for he preferred any hazard to being held up by the officers. 
The captain and crew, however, interfered and overpowered him. and so prevented him 
in his purpose. 

Mr. Choate. while of resolute will, was a wise and good man, careful in word and 
deed, able, useful, and upright. He ruled his children, and those within his influence 
and power, stricth'. but not more strictl)- than he ruled his own s]5irit. And whatever 
he did he acted from a high motive and for a valuable end. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Choate was a very estimable woman. Her father, John Baker, son 


of Colonel John and Mary Baker, died June 9, 1785. Her mother, Mrs. Eunice (Pope) 
Baker, lived to the age of ninety-four years, and died Jan. 10. 1S21. 

" Here let the weary pilgrim rest 
Till God shall call; and be that goodness blest 
Which so prolonged her useful life 
And gave her peace midst * Nature's <lying strife.' '" 

Mrs. Choate was buried in the Choate tomb, in the South Cemetery, Iijsvvich, Mass. 

Mrs. Mary Choate came into possession of the house built and once occupied by 
the Rev. Theophilus Pickering, the successor of Rev. John, which her father. 
Col. Jonathan Cogswell, bought in 1791. Her mother was a granddaughter of the 
Rev. John Wise. Mrs. Mary Choate survived her husband more than twenty years. 
Mr. Charles Choate, a son of the first marriage, speaking of her, says: "Whom I 
regard as the best of stepmothers." Mr. Choate and Mrs. Mary Choate were buried in 
the Cogswell tomb in the Essex Cemetery. l/i'rf. History of Essex, Mass., p. 2S7. 

Rev. Mr. Pickering, mentioned above, was visited in the same house lj\' the noted 
Rev. George Whitfield, and engaged in a long discussion with Iiim, but refused Mr. 
Whitfield admittance to his pulpit. 



Davi(F Choate {Stcp/u-n\ Thomas'^, 77u>i>iits-,Jij/in^), son of Stephen [ s.'s ] 
and Mary (Low) Choate, was born May 11, 1767, in Ipswich, Mass. He 
married, July 18, 1789, Sarah Appleton, daughter of William and Sarah 
(Kinsman) Appleton. She was born {bapt. Jan. 4, 1767) in Ipswich, Mass., 
where they resided. Mr. Choate died in 1814. Mrs. Choate died Sept. i^, 1843. 


Sarah, [477 J b. June 29, 1790. .She died Oct. 2, 1S62. 
John, [478J b. ^Iarch, 1794; m. ; A. Feb. 3, 1S49. 

Mr. Choate and Sarah Appleton were married by Dr. Joseph Dana. It is gen- 
erally understood by the old people of Ipswich that Mr. Choate left hotne and spent 
the last years of his life in the South. i\lrs. Choate died in Ipswich, Mass. 

Sarah Choate. the daughter, was remarkable for her personal beauty. 

William Appleton and Sarah Kinsman were pub. April 21, 1764. She was the 
daughter of John and Hannah (Burnham) Kinsman, and was bapt. Oct. 20, 1745. 
John Kinsman and Hannah Burnham were married Jan. 31. 1733. 

]'id. Rctords of Ipswich, Mass. 



Isaac'' Choate {Stephen'^, Thomas'^, 71wmas~, Johii^), son of Steplien 
[ 83 ] and Mrs. Elizabeth (Martin) Potter, was born Oct. 20, 1772, in Ipswich, 
Mass. He married Mrs. Elizabeth Clark {Dyer) Bratilcy. She was born May 
S, 1777. in Paris, Me. They resided in Paris, Me. Mr. Choate died. Mrs. 
Choate died. 


Elizabeth Bradley, [479] b. Aug. 20, 1798; ni. Oct. 16, 1S25, Eiijali L. Hamlin: d. 
Aug. 28, 1 886. 




Mr. Choate, it is tlioujjht. was lost at sea. And then his daughter was adopted 
1)V tier uncle, Amos Choate [228]. of Salem, Mass. 

Charles MacDonald, Esc]., Attorney at Law, St. John. N. B.. is a grandson of iVIrs. 
Elizabeth C. (Dyer) 15radley. 

.\M()S < IIOATK. 

Ainois'' Choate (Stf/>heii'^, 'J'/iomas'-', Thomas-, John'^), son of Stephen [ 85 ] 
and .Mrs. Elizabeth (Potter) Choate, nee Martin, was born Dec. 10, 177s, in 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, in 1801, 'Zz/ij Smith, daughter of Aaron and 
Lucy (iiaker) Smith. She was born Jan. 7, 1780, in Ipswich, Mass. They 
resided in Ipswich and in Salem, Mass., where Mrs. Lucy Choate died Jan. 10, 
1833. Mr. Choate married. May 26, 1833, -Mchilabk Ncal, only daughter of 
Jonathan and Mehitable (Kden) Neal. She was born Nov, 1783, in Salem, 
Mass. Mr. Choate died .\ug. 7, [844. Mrs. Mehitable Choate died Oct. 
20, 1856. 


Aui;i'srus, [480] b. Nov. 28, iSoj. lie ilied in early life, -Aug. 2, 1828. 
Ei>\VAHI), [481 J b. July 10, 1805. He died in infancy, Oct. 27, 1805. 


aduated in 1795 from Harvard College. He taught school in 
IScverly, and later, from 1800 to 1806, he was inaster 
of the' Ipswich Latin School. He studied law. but. 
from a distaste, did not ])ractice his profession. 

Mr. Choate succeeded Mr. Timothy I'ickering 
in the office of Registrar of Probate in -Salem, Mass.. 
and fdled the position for twenty-tive years. 

Vid. History of Ipswich, p. 86, and 

Essex Institutes, Vol. 4, p. 79. 

AuGU.STL'S CnoATE, his son. graduated in 1823 
from Harvard College. Dr. Charles Choate [475] 
w;is his classmate. Later he studied for the ministry 
with Dr. Abbott, of Heverly, Mass. 

He was a very gifted and promising young man. 
but called away in early life from a career of great 

Being thus bereft of his only son and left 
childless. Mr. Choate bequeathed his property to 
Ids nephews and nieces, and to public charity. Dr. 
Charles Choate [475] received the homestead, which 
he occupied as late as 1S70. He left five thou.sand 
dollars for the support of the in.sane poor, one 
thousand dollars for the benefit of the Sunday school, 
and one thousand dollars in aid of the poor of the 
REV. AUGUSTUS CHOATE. W North Church, Salem. Mass. 

Mk. Choate gr 


Lydiil-^ Choate {Stephen^ Thomas'-^ Thomas'^, John'^), daughter of Stephen 
[8,-.] and Mrs. Elizabeth (Potter) Choate, lu'e Martin, was born Sept. 29, 1777, 
in Ipswich, Mass. She married Ephraim Kendall. They resided in Ipswich, 
Mass. Mr. Kendall died in 1846. Mrs. Kendall died May 7, 181 7. 



Isaac Choate, b. 


AIk. Kexdall. it is said, was a gracluate. in 17S7. Ironi Haivaril College. His son. 
Isaac Choate Kendall, in 1870. was living in New \<nk Cit\ . 


David'' Choafe ( William'^, Frands^, Thomas-, John^), son of William 
[!)n] and Mary (Giildings) Choate, was born Nov. 29, 1757, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, June 24, 1784, ^Mary Cogswell, daughter of 
Jonathan and Mary (Appleton) Cogswell. She was born Dec. 19, 1760, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mrs. Mary Choate died Aug. 
21, I 784. Mr. Choate married, Oct. 15, 1 79 1 , -Miriam Foster, daughter of Aaron 
and Ruth Foster. She was born Nov. 28, 1771, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 
Mr. Choate died March 28, i8o8. Mrs. Miriam Choate died Jan. 14. 1S53. 


Mary, [482] b. Oct. 3, 1792; m. -\.)V. 2S, 1813, Thomas Sewidl : A. March 29, 1S55. 
Hannah, [483] !'• Aug. 12, 1794; m. Sept. 2, 1822, Riv. Robdrt Crowell : d. Feb, 9, 1837. 
David, [484] b. Nov. 29, 1796; m. Jan. 14, 1828, Elizaheth VVnde : d. Dec. 17, 1872. 
Rri-us, [485] b. (let. I, 1799; m. March 29, 1825, Helen Olcolt : A. July 13, 1859. 
Washinotdn, [486] b. Jan. 17. 1803. He died in early life, Feb. 27, 1822*. 
Job, [487] b. Dec. 25, 1S06. lie died in childhood, March 10, iSo8. 


iMR. Choate on his twcnty-lirst birthday commenced keeping a journal, and from 
its pages is reflected something (if liis life, covering a ijcriod of nearlv the next ten )ears. 

A Journal kept by David Choate. 
Begun November .?<?''', f7~S, 

Which date completes twenty one years of my age. I have been in a low state of health 
about two years, not able to do any work in the Summer lime since Ju'y ime thousand seven 
hundred & seventy seven. 

I agreed aliout this time viz: Nov. 177S, to keep school in Chebacco for four months; 
boarded two months at uncle John Choat's then one at Mr. Jonathan Cogswell's; the fourth 
month at uncle's again, in March the school broke up; & I agreed to go a fishing the ensuing 
season in my uncle John Choate's lioat, aliout this time a large number of people had the small 
pox at Col. Jonathan Cogswell's house; and Nehemiah Choate of Hog Island died of that dis- 
temper the nineteenth of March. 

Ai'ulL, 1779. — We began upon the aforesd. fishing voyage; 

221I. — Sailed out of Chebacco river bound to the Kastward. 
■Sat. 24. — We arrived at Kennebcck river where we expect to procure our bait for the trip. 

June 2d. — .'Vbout 11 o'clock P. M. sailed for Chebacco river. 

Sat. 51I1. — We got into Chebacco liver; Burnam got into the river from Ipswich; lately 
from the West Indies; in Fsq. Choate's schooner. 

Sunday, 6it>. — I got home to Hog Island. 

.Mr. Choate mentions two trips to the Eastw.ard. and then says: — 

5'h (j. e. Aug.). — Sailed .again for Eastward. 

71I1. — We got down to Danimerils Cove; can make 110 hand of fishing here there is so 
many cruisers about, we were drove up Kenntlieck river, got down again after a few days & 
made the best of our way home, got home aliout the last of this month; conclude not to go to 
the Eastward again on account of the English Privateers being so thick on that shore. The 
boat goes a freighting & I work at a spell, prove not so healthy as a fishing; I am advised by 
the Doctor to go to Europe fur my health; accordingly I agreed to go in the ship " Rambler," 
Benjamin Eovett, Commander, bound to Spain. I got my clothes & adventure on board; but 
was taken sick just before the ship sailed so that I could not go the voyage. 


A Journal kept by David Choate. 

Begutt November the 2<f'' A. D. i77g, in Name of GOD Amen. 

This (lay was at my uncle John Choate's instructing his son, John, in the Mariners' Art. 
Dec 201I1. — ISegun to keep school at home at my honored father's house & had 15 scholars. 
7<1|. — Monday, begun to keep school at Ensign Humphrey Choate's. 
Saturday, January ist, 1780. — Moved the seats & tables over to Mr.' Proctor's. 

Mr. Clioate continues teaching until .M.ircli 19. He niention.s. — 

May igili. — A remarkable dark day. 

He sa\s. — 

I went III work on the farm until June when there was a call for a number for to go a six 
month's campaign, June the 17'''. they begun to engage tS: ye 241'' I engaged to go. 

.\ J()i:UNAI. ol' a CaMI'AIcIN in ITIE CONTINEN'IAI. .\l!MV, .A. D. 1 7S0. 

Wednesday, June y' 28'1i. — Wil"'. r.urnam, David Choatc Nehemiah Cleaveland, Aaron 
Choate, Moses Marshall, James t'hoatc \ Thomas Foster begun our march from Chebaccb for 
West Point. Marched to Danvers. 

Th. 291I'. — Marched from Danvers to Waltham. 

F. 30tli. — Marched from Waltham to West I'.orough. 

Sat. July ye im. — Marched from West Borough to Leicester. 

Sl;ndav, 2(1. — Stayed at uncle Isaac Cho.itc's at l.eiccster. 

M. jd. — Marched from Leicester. 

I". 4'li. — Was joined by Thos. I'lUrnam, John liutler & Samuel Pulciphcr. 

W. 5'!'. — .\rrived at Springlield. Passed muster, and joined Capt. Frothingham's parly 
of 150 men & marched from there for head-i|uarters at West Point. 

"r. 1 1"". — Arrived at West Point. 

Til. 13U'. — Passed muster. 

F. i4'li. — Joined Colo. Michel Jackson's Regiment. 

Sunday, lO'li. — Heard Mr. Hitchcock preach. 

M. 171'!. — See two men run the "ganlclope " through 500 Hies of men for desertion. 

Sunday, 23(1. — Was inspected by Haron de Stuben, and David Choate, Nehemiah Cleave- 
land, Moses Marshall and John Butler was draughted into Capl. John Burnam's company of 
Light Infantry. 

W. 26'!'. — See two men shot for desertion. 

Tit. 27. — Wrote home by Thomas Cheever 

SuND. 301I1. — Had orders for marching. 

M. 3is>. — Drew arms, crossed the river — marched towards the Pickskill. 

T. AuGU.ST IS'. — The Light Infantry marched to \erplanks Point, were reviewed by his 
Excellency & a number of other general oHicers — and then marched back two miles. 

W. 2(i. — Marched 3 miles below N'erplanks Point : joined Col. Cimats Reg. in Gen Poor's 
Briggade in the Hon. Mar(|uis dc la Fayette's Division of Light Infantry. 

E. 4<''. — Dccamp'd; recrossed the N. River at King's Ferry and marched to Haverstra* 
& encamped. 

M. 71I1. — Decamp'd; marched to Clark's Farm in New Jersey State & encamped. 

Sat. I2i'i. — Nehemiah Cleaveland & I went to the Grand Army on a pass. 

F'rom Aug. 20 to Sept. 20. Mr. Clioate mentions a visit from John Cleaveland. 
marching and plundering the town of liergin for cattle and forage, on the way seeing a 
man hanged on a tree for plundering the inhabitants of household goods. Aaron 
Choate visits them from the main army. 

W. 20 of Sept. — They are encamped at Tappand. 

M. 25 {i.e. Sept.l. — A Tre.\si)N of the blackest Dye was discovered & the infamous 
General Arnold ring-leader thereof made his escape to the enemy and Adjutant General Andre, 
a spie from the enemy was made prisoner in attempting to return to New York. 

On the 26th and 27th .Mr. Choate speaks of midnight alarms. 

M. Oct. 2d. — M^r*. Aaron & James Choate came from the main .Vrmy & told us they 
see Andre, the British spie hanged at 12 o'clock this day. 


Mr. Clioate speaks of various marches, receiving letters tVom liome, and of writing 
letters to friends, John Butler's reco\-ery from ten days' illness and return to the ranks, 
a visit from Aaron and James Choate, writing letter to James Choate. of Leicester. He 
mentions that Monday, Dec. 4 (1780), Moses Marshall and Thomas Foster got dis- 
charged and set out for home. He speaks <if drawing neither bread nor Hour for^several 
days. And adds tliat on — 

Tii. Dec. 14. — Nehemiah Cleveland, Aaron Choate, James Choate & I got our discharges 
& set out for home. Went 1 7 miles and put up on the Fishkills. 

.Mr. Choate then went twenty-five miles to Danbury. Ct.. twenty-three miles to 
Woodbury, twenty-one miles to Cheshire, — where Aaron and Jame.s' Choate left the 
party. — twenty-two miles to Durliam, crossed the Connecticut River at Modus Landing, 
went fifteen miles to East Haddam, five miles to his Uncle James Perkins's, in Lyme. 
Conn., and four miles to his Uncle Abraham Perkins's, then twenty-five miles to' his 
Uncle Lathrop's, in Norwich, where he spent several days ; then thirteen miles to John 
Cleveland's, in Canterbury, thence twenty-six miles to Douglas. Mass.. twenty-five miles 
to HoUiston, forty-two miles to .Salem. 

SuNnAV 31M (/. i-. Dfx. 1780.) — Came from .Salem home, Chehacco 12 miles found our 
friends all well at home. Amen. 

April i I'h 1781 (Wed.)— Cousin John Choate got home out of captivity 

M.\Y 3<l 1781. — General Fast throughout the U. S. of America. 

July 30 17S1. — Went to Mrs. Goodhue's Funeral. 

Oct. 27 " — Heard that Lord Cornwallis & all his army was taken liy G. Washington. 

Dec 30ih 1781 Sunday.- Sailed for H,avana, with Capt John Choate for Commander: 
arrived in Havana Feb. 3d 1782 : the capt. sold the vessel. 

June 2J 17S2. — Sailed for Cadiz Spain on the ship Rambler Benjamin Lovett Commander. 
Arrived in Cadiz, July 13111. Sailed for Tenariff, and returned to Havana; arrived Oct. 20<h 1782. 

Jan 23d, 1783. — Sailed from Havana on the lirig Mackarona, Philip Brown Comder of 
Baltimore, Md. ; arrived. 

Fed. 14, 1783. — p>om Baltimore sailed to Philadelphia, thence by stage to Norwich Conn, 
and so to Ipswich; arrived March 24111 1783. 

His brother William, in his absence, had made three trips to the West Indies. 

Al'RIL 29, 1783. — Peace celebrated in Ipswich. 

Aug. 5111 1783. — John Choate jun got home from London after a year's absence. 

Ocr. 22d 1783.— Went to Ipswich Town tV bought a barrel of N. E. rum to carry to the 

Nov. 6. — Visited M. Abraham Choate's on the Kennebeck River, Me. 

Mrs. Lufkin wife of Moses I.ufkin jun. buried March 3d 1784. 

June 24111 17S4. — I was married to Polly Cogswell 

.\tin. 2 1 SI 17S4. — This day my wife departed this life. 

Aug. 23d 1784. — This day attended the Funeral. Oh God would be pleased to 
sanctify this bereavement to me for my everlasting good. 

()CT._ 1st 1784. — This night a melanchoUy accident happened .it the mouth ol Chehacco 
river — viz : 

Ephraim Choate in a Jigger & Capt Thomas Herrick in a Boat went to come into the river 
.V got ashore, lost both vessels with eight men viz. Thomas Herrick, Ephr.aim Choate A: his 
son Benjamin Choate William Collins, John Rider .Samuel Avery, John .Vvery & Tristam Lufkin 

all of Mr. Fuller's parish, Init Rider Richard Jaquith swam ashore at " Low Penny Loaf." 

seven bodies found Benj Choate not found. 

Dec. 26 1784. — Went to meeting over the New Bridge built lay the post. 

Al'RIL 23d 1785. — This day my Honored Father departed this Hfe, after a long illness in 
the fifty-fifth year of his age. Oh that God would sanctify his death to all surviving relatives 
& friends. 25th. — Attended the funeral of our departed friend. 

June 24, 1785. — I, David Choate payed my brother George his Legacy left by our Father. 

Oct 25, i7S6.--David Choate, and Benjamin Cogswell went from Ipswich, through Rowley 
Newbury, Bradford Haverhill, Atkinson & put up. at Wm. Choate's Londonderry 

27111. — Went from there through Dunstalile Groton Lunenburgh put up at Widow Job. 

2SU1. — Went from there through Leominster Sterling Worcester to Mrs. Isaac Choate's in 

30*. — Isaac Choate & I went to Rutlaml stopped at Mr. Cogswell's in Paxton. 


31st. — Went to Mr. Craynes in Spencer. 

Nov I 1786. — Went to Mr. Kent's in Leicester. 

2J. — From Mr. Charks in Leicester to Mr. McKeans in Boston and to home — Nov. 
4'lJ 1786. 

17S7. — I have spent the winter as usual That is in tending the cattle, dressing Hax 
threshing Barley, sleding wood Xc. 

Mr. Choale was married a second time in the tall of 1791. and the ne.xt spring. 
.\Iav II. 1792, established his home on the Island, where he continued to live until 
.A]3ril 9. 1800, when he removed to the main land to a place which he had purchased, 
once owned bv the Rev. Mr. Cleaveland. There he spent the few years that remained 
to him of life. He died in the full maturity and strength of his manhood at the age 
of fifty years. A very just and appreciative notice of Mr. Choate by Dr. Reuben D. 
.Muzzey was published in the Salem Gaaelte of that date as follows : — 

•• Mr. Choate was a man of uncommon intellectual endowments. To a quick and 
accurate perception, a ready and full recollection, he added a judgment ever ready to 
decide, and was never under the necessity of making more than one decision on the 
same subject. From childhood, books were among his dearest companions, and though 
denied the advantages of a regular education, he arrived at a degree of improvement 
olten unattained Ijy men of the present opportunities and possessed talents which would 
have been an honor to a statesman. 

•• In the social circle, none were his superiors. Without any efforts to draw atten- 
tion, he had the admiration of all around him: and if envy herself ever raised a sigh at 
his power of pleasing, slie immediately lost it in a less ungenerous emotion, — the love 
of being pleased. 

•■ The learned found instruction and amusement in his comijany. and the ignorant 
went away satistied that they were jjersons of information because they had been 
conversing easily on subjects before unknown to them. His friendship was firm and 
unabating. The man who ])ossessed his confidence had a .safe deposit for the inost 
important facts, and .such facts gained much in value by being thrown into such a deposit. 

•■ As a husband he was all that the best of wives could desire, as a father, all that a 
fine familv of children could need. He lived the friend and supporter of virtue, order 
and steady lialjits, and died in hope of a happier .state througli the mercy of a Redeemer. 
.-X widow, tue children and the whole town lainent his death.'" 

This exalted triliute was descr\ed. .Mr. Choate was a man wlioin e\'eryone was 
glad to iTieet. Esquire Lord, father of the late Judge Lord, once said to Dr. Sewall, 
•• If you go to Chebacco. be .sure to .see Mr. David Choate. as he is the only man there 
is there." 

Had Mr. Choate's life been spared he would doulilless have been brought much 
into puljlic life. His townswcn had fixed upon him :is their next Representative to the 
General Court. Ijul before the time came for his election he was taken ill and died. 

While not a member of the church, he a per.son of deep religious impressions. 
.'\nd when death was near some one asked him how he fell in the near jirosiject of 
death. He replied that "the hope he had cherished for a long time grew stronger and 
Iirighter.'" / 'id. The History of Essex, Mass , pp. 266-8. 

Washington Choate, son of Mr. Choate, died al the age of nineteen years, while a 
member of the Junior Class in Dartmouth College. Young Choate "gave evidence of 
deep pictv and was a scholar of extraordinary promise." 

Vid. History of IpS7^'ich, Mass., p. 275. 

Rev. Dr. Dana styled him -the finest youth in New England." 

Vid. History of Essex, Mass., pp. 295-7. 

Mrs. Miriam Choate was the youngest child of Capt. Aaron and Ruth Foster. She 
had eight lirolhers and sisters, viV... Ruth. li. Oct. 19. 1754: d. Oct. 5. 1774. Mary. b. 
Aug. 16. 1756; d. March 24. 1S37. Aaron, b. Oct. 7, 1758; d. June 7, 1762. Mcses. 
b. Nov. 4, 1760; d. Nov. 20. 1812. Thomas, b. April 9. 1763; d. Nov.. 1809. Aaron, 
b. Sept. 10, 1764; d. .^pril 13. 1798. Zebulon. b. Aug. 2. 1766: d. Jojinna. b. Nov. 
27. 1768; d. Aug. 10. 1S22. 

Captain Foster died Dec. 25. 181 1. aged eighty-seven. .Mrs. Ruth Foster died 
-March 24, iSii. aged eighty-three. 



William-''' CllOate {WiZ/iam'^, Fra/m's'^, Thomas-, Johii^), son of William 
[9r>] and Mary (Giddings) Choate, was born Aug. lo. 1759, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, Aug. 19, ^•J^,^, Si/sanna C/zcrf/c [20a], daughter 
of Humphrey [82] and Ruth (Lufkin) Choate. She was born {/>a/>f. Aug. 11. 
1765) in Londonderry, N. H. They resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass", and 
removed, Sept. 2, 1785, to Londonderry, N. H., where Mr. Choate died Jan. 4, 
1835. Mrs. Choate died .li^ril 11, 1829. 


William, [488] b. April 18, 1785; m. Dec. 28, 1S15, Afary B. Pinkerlon : c\. Oct. 7, 1S70. 

Susanna, [489] b. Aug. 21, 1786; m. Feb. 29, 1817, IVilliatn Anderson: d. Oct. 7, 1S2S. 

John', [490J b. May 13, 1788. He tlied at Sca, Oct. 21, 1817. 

Sally. [491] Ix April 11, 1790; m. Feb. 17, 1S17, Benjamin HnzrI/on : <]. May 6. 1864. 

Lydia, [492] b. April I, 1792. She died in infancy, May 7, 1792. 

Na1!ry, [493J b. March 21, 1793. She died in early life, Sept. 10, 1S18. 

Daviii, [494] b. March 30, 1795. lie died at sea, Oct. 21, 1817. 

Geiikce, [495] b. June 23, 1797. He died in infancy, July 6, 1797. 

Mary, [496J t). Oct. 6, 1798; m. Benjamin Morrill : d. Aug. 16, 1865. 

Nathan, [497] b. June 30, 1801 ; m. May 6, 182S, Louisa Kimball: d. June i^, 1S74. 

Hannah, [498] b. May 27, 1S04. She died June, 1862. 

(JEOkcE Washington, [499] b. Dec. 12, 1S06. He died in New Orleans, La., Feb. 2, 1S36. 


Mr. Choate .sold his half of the farm on the Island to his brother, George Choate. 
He removed, Aug. 30. 1785. and settled in Londonderry. N. H.. where he became a 
leading citizen, and active in town affairs. He was chosen a selectman si.x years, viz.. 
in 1794. 1797. 1800-1, and 1817-18. He was sent to the State Legislature to represent 
the town in 1796 and 1707. 

His sons. John and David, were drowned at the Indies in a hurricane. John 
was captain of the vessel ''Caesar." and David a subordinate officer. 

(iK<)i;<;K <'K. 

George-"' Choate (//////rfW', Fnuu-iP, Thomas-, John^), son of William 
[95] and Mary (Giddings) Choate, was born Feb. 24, 1762, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, Jan i. i-jSq, Stisaiiiia (?/;(?«/<' [222], daughter of 
Stephen [ ss ] and Mary (Low) Choate. She was born Sept. i, 1762, in 
Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Choate died 
Feb. 8, 1826. Mrs. Choate died Aug. 13, 1827. 


Infant Daughter, [500] b. Oct. 11, 1789. She died the same day, Oct. 11, 1789. 

William, | 501] b. Oct. 26, 1790; ni. Dec. 14, 1819, Lucretia Burnham: d. April 24, 1829. 

John, [502] 1). July 16, 1792; m. Nov. 9, 1819, Sarah G. Fairfield : d. 1S23. 

George, [503] i). Nov. 7. 1796; m. Dec. 6, 1825, Mari;arel Manning Hodges : d. June 4, 1880. 

Francis, [504J b. Dec. 30, 179S; d. Jan. 20, 1882. 

Sarah, [505] b. July 19, 1803. She died in childhood, Feb. 20, 1805. 


Mr. Choate was a man of recognized ability and character. He was called to fill 
many public offices, and much employed by his fellow-townsmen in the management of 
their affairs, and had their fullest confidence and esteem. He was a Justice of the 



Peace. Representative from Ipswich in icSi4,'i5. 'i6. '17. and from Kssex in i8ig, to tlie 
(Jeneral Courts, and sustained various otlier oflices in tlie town. At tlie time of liis 
deatli tlie following tribute was paid to his wortli : — 

" To a strength and purity of mind, there was united a quiet, peaceful, and amiable 
disposition, which greatlv endeared him to his friends and acquaintances; so mindful 
was he of the rights and feelings of others, that as he never made an enemy, so certainly 
he has not left one : and we cannot but admire and wish to imitate that discipline of 
mind and feeling, which he so eminently manifested, and which enabled him to perform 
the duties, and sustain the fatigues and ills of life without a murmur or complaint. The 
virtues of honest fidclitv and benevolence will not perish with the body — for the upright 
and faithful there remainetli a rest." " His life was useful and his death lamented." 
V'id. 'Ilie Jlisiory of Ipswich, Mass., p. 275, and 

History of Essex, Mass., pp. 301, 302. 

Coi'iKi) i-ROM AN Ancif.nt Kini.E Family REConn. 

'(George Choate, Son of ("apt. Williai 




he left it. He was for many \ears a me 
for his scrupulous honestv. 

1 Choate & Susanna Choate Daughter of Stephen 
Choate, Esii' were married Jan'y i'' 17S9 — 
and Sunday Oct 11"' 1789 had a Daughter 
still horn — and since that had other chil- 
dren (Viz). 

William (^iioate w,as horn Tuesilay Oct. 26"' 
1790 about eight o'clock in the evening. 
Low water. 

loHN Choate was born Monday July i6"> 1792 
about 4 o'clock in afternoon and about Low 

CiEOKGE Choate was born Monday Nov. 7"" 
1796 at 9 o'clock evening about four hours 

I'KANCis Choate was born Sunday Dec. 30"' 179S 
about 4 o'clock afternoon. 

Sakaii Choate was born Tuesday July 19"' 1S03 
at four afternoon. Said Sarah departed 
this Life on Wednesday Feli. 20"' 1805 at 
four 1'. M." 

FitANc IS Cho.\tk. the son. w,as 
born on a cold December day. It was so 
liitterly cold that a tradition is rehearsed of 
the little fellow being well nigh frost bitten. 
But, cold as the world was at his liirth. ,\Ir. 
Choate by his great kindliness of disposition 
and large-hearted beneficence did his ]jart in 
making it warmer, in the best sense, before 
reliant in .Salem. M, and a man distinguished 

-MAKiiAKKT ( UO.VTi;. 


Margaret-^ Choate {IVilliam^, Francis-^ Thomas-, John^), daughter of 
William [ 95 ] and Mary (Criddings) Choate, was born March 8, 1764, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, May 25, 1786, John Crocker, son 
of Deacon John Crocker. He was born March 13, 1760, in Ipswich, Mass. 
They resided in Londonderry, N. H. Mr. Crocker died July 15, 18 14. Mrs. 
Crocker died. 


Mary, b. Aug. 26, 1787; m. May 23, 1826, f. Proctor ; d. April 15, 1827. 
Hannah, b, Aug. 9, 1790; m, Dec, 24, 1822, Dr. George Farrar ; d, Dec, 1859. 
Margakei, b. July 18, 1792; m. June 22, 1819, Rn. Willard Holbrook : d. 1864. 


Mehitable, b. Aug. 9, 1795; m. June 16, 1835, Moses C. Pillshurv. 

Sarah Choate, b. Aug 17, 1797; m. Sept, 17, 1835, Elihu IValcotI : <\. 1S42. 

El.IZATiETH, b. Au?. II, iSoo; m. June 30, 1835, James Palmer. 

Lydia, b. Aug. 26, 1802. She dicil in childhood, March 3, 18^4, 

John, b. Aug. 2. 1804; m. Aug 20, 1S28, Maiy Neal PUlsbury : d. April 6, 1879. 

LVDIA, b. Nov. 20, 1808. She died in childhood, Dec. iS, 1810. 


.Mr. CROCKEli had but one son in bis lai;;c f.amily. Six ot his eight daui;liters 
li\fd to womanhodd and were married. Mrs. Proctor. .Virs. Farrar. and .Mrs. PilTshurv 
had no children. 

Mr. Holbrook, who married Margaret Crocker, son of Stephen and Mary (Penni- 
man) Holbrook, was born Jan. 6, 1794, in Sutton, Mass. He fitted for college in the 
.Academy, Leicester, Mass., graduated, in 1S14, from Brown University, and in 181 7 
from Andover Theological Seminary. He was settled, July 22, 1818, tlie pastor of the 
Congregational Church in Rowley, Mass : resigned May 12, 1840, and installed, Aug. iS. 
1841, in Blackstone, Mass. He resigned thi.s" pastorate Feb. 19. 1S50, and returned to 
reside in Rowley. He died in i860. Mrs. Holbrook died in 1864. They bad 
six children, viz., Amory, b. Aug. 15, 1820; m. Aug. 30, 1847, Mary Hooper Brougfiton : 
d. Sept. 26, 1866. John Crocker, b. Aug. 27, 1822; d. July 26, 1829. Willard 
Rogers, b. March i, 1824; m. June 5. 1856, Mary Eliza Al)bott. 'Mary Ehina, b. May 
12, 1826: d. Aug. I, 1826. Mary Crocker, b. Jan. 23. 1S29: d. Feb. 24. 1829. Sarah 
Elizabeth, b. June 7. 1831 ; d. Sept. 15. 1831. 

Rev. Mr. Hollirook's oldest son, Amory Holbrook. was born in Rowley, Mass. 
He won academic honors in IJummer Academy, graduated a superior scholar. 'in 1841. 
from Bowdoin College. Brunswick. Me. He studied law witli Hon. Rufus Choate. was 
admitted to the l)ar of Suffolk County in 1844, entered, in 1847. into partnership with 
Hon. J. C. Perkins, of .Salem, Ma,ss. Mr. Holbrook was appointed. Dec, 1849, United 
States Attorney for the Territory of Oregon, one of the first corps of officers appointed 
by the General Government. He removed with his family to Oregon City, which was 
then the capital, but in 1863 be settled in Portland. Ore., \vhere he died in'tlie prime of 

.Mrs. Hollirook was born July 31, 1823. in Marblehead. Mass. They had two 
cliildren. viz., Willard Amory, b. Sept. 5, 1848; d. Feb. 23, 1875. Anna floopcr, 
li. Jan. I, 1850; m. Oct. 10, 1S72. George Edward Withington. He was born Jul\ 9. 
1850. in Northumberland. Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Withington resided in Portland. Ore. 
They have three children, viz., Amory Holbrook, b. July 7, 1S73: Elizabeth Forsvtbe. 
b. Jan. 17, 1877: Mary Couch, b. March 16, 1884. 

Rev. Mr. Holbrookes second son. who lived to maturity. Willard Rogers Holbrook. 
was born in Rowley. Mass. His wife was born in Burlifigton. Vt. They resided in 
New York City. They had two children, viz.. John Abbott, b. 1857 ; d. Aug. 14. 1859. 
Margaret, b. Dec. 19, 1865. 

Elihu Wolcott, who married Sarah Choate Crocker, son of Samuel and Jerusha 
(Wolcott) Wolcott, was born Feb. (2. 1784. in East Windsor. Conn. They resided 
in Jacksonville, 111. Mr. Wolcott died Dec. 2, 1858. They had two child'ren. viz.. 
Sarah Elizabeth, b. May 12. 1837; d. Sept. 6, 1838. Richmond, b. Jan. 10. 1840: 
m. July II, 1865, Jennie V. V. Salter. iMr. and Mrs. Richmond Wolcott had three 
children, viz., Cordelia Leland. b. May 9. i865. Lucy Salter, b. Nov. 13. 1867; 
m.. May 21, 1889, Mr. Ryan, of Springfield, 111. Ella' Richmond, b. July 5. 1873; 
d. Feb. 3. 1875. 

Mr. James Palmer, who married Elizabeth Crocker, had a son. James Henr\ 
Palmer, who married Hannah Sturtevant. daughter of President Sturtevant. of Illinoi's 
College in Jack.sonville. III. 

John Crocker, the only son. married Marv N. Pillsbury. daughter of Moses C. and 
Lois (Cleveland) Pillsbury. They resided in 'Derry, N. H.,' Jacksonville and Maroa, 111., 
where he died. Mrs. Crocker died April 29, 1879, in Jacksonville. 111. They had five 
children. The oldest, John Holbrook, b. July 9, 1829; m. Jan. 23. 1855, Louise \'. 
Philbrook ; res. in Maroa, 111., where he died Feb. 10, 1890. They had seven children. 
The second .son, John, b. Aug. 2, 1857 : m. Dec. 20, 1893. Arabella' Baird. of .Maroa. 111., 
where they resided. They have one child, Ruth, b. March 12. 1895. 




Job-'' Choate {W'ilUum'^, Fram-is-\ 77iomas-, Jnhii^), son of William [ or> ] 
and Mary (Giddings) Choate, was born March i, 1766, in Chebacco Parish, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, .-^pril, 1797, ^Lydia Chtistophcrs, daughter of 
Joseph and L)'dia (Mumford) Christophers. She was born Dec. 27, 1775, '" 
Liverpool, Nova Scotia. They resided in Wiscasset, Me., where Mrs. Choate 
died Dec. 23, 1799. Mr. Choate married -Margaret Adams. They resided in 
Baltimore, Md. Captain Choate died Dec, 1813. Mrs. Margaret Choate died 
about 1847, in Waddington, N. Y. 

Warren C, [506] h. Aug. 27, 1799; m. Aug. 12, 1S39, Susan G. Drr,v : d. Sept. 2, 1S74. 

David Jon, [507] h. June 24, 1S13; ni. July 2, 1S45, Amniuia C. FJmngh : d. Oct. 28, 1892. 


Mk. Choate followed the seas ami liecaiiic master of a ship. While in port with 
his vessel in Baltimore, iMd., Captain Choate died. Warren ChristO]jliers. his oldest 
.son. was brought up l.)y his grandparents, his mother dying soon after his birth. 



Mary'' ('IlOate ( William'^, Fraucis-\ Thomas^, Joliu^^, daughter of William 
[i>n] and Mary ((liddings) Choate, was born Nov. 17, 1767, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. She married, Oct. 6, 1791, Thomas Baker, son of John and 
Eunice (Pope) P^aker. He was born July 21, 1763, in Ipswich, Mass., where 
they resided. Mr. Piaker died Nov. 21, 1799. ^^"i^- Baker died Jan., 1.S52. 


Thomas, b. Feb. 23, 1793. He died in Concord, N. H. 

Uavid, b. March iS, 1795; m. Mrs. Cheevtr : d. 

Mary Ann, b. Aug. 4, 1797; m. April 4, 1822, John Choate [472]; d. Nov. 6, 1857. 
Nathaniel Putnam, b. Sept. 29, 1799. He died by drowning, July 17, 1833. 


Mr. Baker when a young man crossed the creek to Hog Island on a courting 
e.xpedition. There were at that time no less than si.\teen marriageable \oung ladies on 
the Island by the name of Choate. "all exceeding fair." With no little embarrassment 
the young man looked about, and making a bold push, said to one of the fond mothers 
at last : '■ I 've come a courting, which girl shall 1 take ? "' The goodly matron, scanning 
him somewhat closely, replied, after the manner of Laban of old, •• I guess you might as 
well take Mary as she is the oldest now." But in this -instance the oldest, although 
Mary b\' name, for black eyes and beauty was a very Rachel indeed, so that Thomas 
did not demur, but accepted the choice made for him and proceeded to make love to 
the beautiful maiden. He was successful in his suit and in due time there was a 
wedding, and the happy pair rode off in a two-wheeled chaise, the first vehicle of the 
kind ever seen on the Island. 

This was in 1791. and within no very long period fifteen other spruce young men 
paddled across the creek from Ipswich town, each in turn to find in this isolated ])lace a 
ros)-clieeked damsel for a wife, showing that in their judgment the sweetest fruit grows 
on the outermost bough. Indeed, so fashionable was it at that period to go to the 
Island for a wife that when these si.xteen pretty girls were all married, one old 



])atriarcli. who had seen liis seventh and last dauj^htui' wedded and carried off. it is 

iaid, with great emotion exclaimed : •• I d( 

IVIr. Balier was a silversmitli, or as then 
called a ''whitesmith." He manufactured 
silver spoons and the like. Some of his 
make are .still in e.xistence. He died in 
early manhood from lockjaw, occasioned by 
an injury to his foot with an axe. 

Mrs. Baker survixed her husband for 
more than fifty years, outli\ed all her brothers 
and sisters, and was the last one of the chil- 
dren of Capt. William Choate to pass away. 
•• Her memory is blessed." 

There is an oil-painted portrait of lier 
in the possession of her grandson. J(]lin 
Choate, Esq., of Fitchburg, Mass. 

David Baker, the second son, married a 
Mrs. Cheever, of Salem, Mass. He was 
a manufacturer of nautical instruments for 
many years in New Bedford, Mass. He died 
sitting in his chair. 

Nathaniel P. Baker was a wholesale 
dealer in drygoods in Boston, Mass. 

There is an ancient family Bible, from 
which are copied the following inscrip- 
tions : — 


for my wife next." 

"Ipswich. Jan. 175 J. This Book Was 
Given by Father Low to His four Dafters that 
is Story, Low, Giddinge and Low." 

" Mary Choate Her hand, Mother Giddinge 
Gave me her i Part of this Book when She 
went to Luneing Burge." 

" Mary Baker was born 1767. She inherits 
this book from her Mother Choate's right." 

"John Choates Book Given him by his Grandmother Baker, for a New Year's present 
1S50, January ist." 




Haimall-'' t^hoilte {ll'i//iam\ Fnincis\ Thoinas', John^), daughter of 
William [ 95 ] and Mary (Giddings) Choate, was born Nov. 20, 1770, in 
Chebacco, liJswich, Mass. She married, Jan. 10, 1793, Samuel Smith, son of 
Isaac and Eunice (Adams) Smith. He was born July 29, 1763, in Ipswich, 
Mass., where they resided. Mrs. Smith died March 5, iSio. Mr. Smith 
married twice afterwards, and died July 15, 1850. 


Hannah, b. June 4, 1794; m. Langlev Broi^m : A. Mav 3, 1830. 

El'HKAIM, b. July 24, 1796; m. Betsey Elkoell Williams : d. Sept. 30, 1829. 

Abigail, b. Sept. 10, 179S; m. Epes' Sargent. 

Joanna, b. May 4, iSoo. She died in early Ufe, July 5, 1S2S. 

Eunice, b. Aug. 10, 1803; m. Nov., 1S28, Daniel Cogswell ; d. Sept. 7, 1S29. 

fsAAC, b. Oct. 22, 1805. He died in childhood, Oct. 6, 1809. 

William Choate, b. Dec. 24, 1807. He died in infancy, March 5, iSoS. 

Nancy, b. Aug. 26, 1809; m. Frederic Hazelton : d. Sept. 12, 1861. 

There were no children of the second marriage; but there were four of the third marriage, 
viz., Isaac Stevens, b. .\ug. 31, 1817. Elizabeth Caldwell, b. Jan. 26, 1820; m. Alfred Kimball 
Samuel Adams, b. Jan. 8, 1822, and Mary Ann, b. .\pril i, 1824. 



Mu. SMnii iif Ipswicli was the accepted lover of another of the sixteen lovely 
maidens whose homes were on the Island. The wedding day dawned Jan. lo, 1793. 
l)Ut a violent storm was raging, and the heaving tide and the floating ice in the river 
rendered things quite inicertain. The bride that was to be. her wardrobe being in 
readiness, having an industrious s])irit. common in those days, put herself down lo her 
footwheel, plied her busy hands and feet initil she had spun her twenty knots, and 
midday had come. The clouds then broke away, the sun came out, and shortly the 
bridegroom. Parson Cleaveland. and the wedding (larty ])ut in ajipcarancc. and all went 
merry as a marriage bell. 

The bride was rosy and lu'autiful. and none thought the less of her for the 
morning's work, but more : and to this day it is told as a memorial of her how the 
lovelv llannah made the footwlieel spin on her wedding day. 

l.^ i>i V ciiovri;. 

L.vdia^ CllOate (Il't//uim'\ Fra//c-iy', Thomas'-, Johii^), daughter of 
William [ M ] and Mary (Giddings) Choate, was born .Sept. 24, 1774, in 
("hebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Feb. 19, i<Soi, /olin Perkins, son 
of Joseph and Mary (Foster) Perkins. He was born June 7, 1774, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass., where tiiey resided. Mr. Perkins died May 23, 1856. Mrs. 
Perkins died Dec. 14, 1839. 


Thomas, 1). Xov. 29, 1801 ; m. April 22, 18:9, Elhabelh Proctor : il. Oct. 1 1, 1S57. 

M.\i<Y, b. July 10, 1803. She died in infancy, July 2, 1804. 

Mauv, b. May 20, 1S05; m. Nov. 24, 1825, Uriah Cai;e SfofforJ : d. July, 1S90. 

.Sakaii CuoArii, b. April iS, 1807; ni. Dec. 2, 1824, John liurnliaiii. 

LvDlA, 1>. July 10, iSoy; m. Aug., 1839, Joint Crcssy : d. March 27, 1S74. 

Ci.AUA, b. Nov. 4, 181 1 ; m. May 5, 1832, Kobcrl IV. Burnltani : d. Oct. 20, 1S70. 

llAKKii'.r v., b. Oct. II, 1815; ui. Dec. 19, 1844, Oliver Buriihaiii : d. Oct. 20, 1S47. 


Lvr)LA Choate, who became Mrs. Perkins, when a small girl, was one of the 
eleven persons who were struck by the lightning in the old Choate house on the Island. 
Slie was one of the five in the attic, and w;is carried down-stairs by her brother to her 
mother with these words, " Lydia is dead ! "' Her mother, however, by most persistent 
efforts, succeeded in bringing her back to life. 

Mrs. Perkins was a woman of gentle and retiring disposition, possessed of an 
excellent judgment and of great firmness of character. Her Christian influence was a 
great inspiration to her husband and very potent with her children, creating in them a 
deep and lender reverence. Mr. and I\Irs. Perkins resided, during their early married 
life, in the old house called the " Martin House,"' on the ancient farm of John Choate ; 
Ihe house long since was taken down. Later they removed and occupied a house near 
the Congregational Church. 

Mr. Perkins was a manufacturer of leather and shoes, and was associated with his 
brother, James Perkins, in that business for many years. 

y/tf. The Perkins Family, Part /. , /. 97-S. 

Uriah G. SpolTord, who married Mary Perkins, was a carpenter and builder. Capt. 
Prescott Sijofl'ord, their oldest son, was born Aug. 15, 1826. He married, Dec, 1852. 
Elizabeth C. Burnham. They had two children, a son, who was accidentally and 
instantly killed when a young lad. and a daughter. Caroline, a young lady of great love- 
liness of person and character, who died in early life. Mrs. Spofford survived her 
husband and children, and died Jan. 25, 1892. Jacob Perkins Spofford, their second 
son, was a ship-builder. He was born Sept. 29, 1829; married Mary B. Parker, of 
Dedham. i\Ie.. and died Sept. i, 1873. in Salisbury Point, Mass. He wa,s a man of 
noble qualities and Christian character. Mrs. Mary B. Spofford. his widow, married. 


some years later, Myron G. (Hlmore, Esq., a banker. Tliey resided in San Diego, Cal. 
Laura Spofford, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Uriah G. Spofiford, born May 20, 1835: 
married, Nov. 26, 1857, James T. Reeve, M. D. He was a graduate in medicine and 
surgery, and lias had a \-ery successful practice for many years. They reside in 
Appleton, Wis. Mrs. Reeve's parents, in later life. remo\'ed from the East and made 
their home with her in Appleton, Wis. In 1885 they celebrated the si.\tieth anniversary 
of their marriage, and a few weeks later JVIr. Spofford died, at the age of eighty-six 
years. .Mrs. Spofibrd died July, 1890. 

Dr. and Airs. Reeve have three children living, vi/,., James Spofford, graduated 
from Lawrence L'niMTsit\. ApiilL-toji. Wis., in 1885. and in 1890 from the College of 
Physicians and Sur^;' "iis in W w ^ nik. He was for a year and a half connected with 
the Methodist EpisLii|).il lidspil.d. Lruoklyn, N. Y., travelled and studied abroad for a 
year; and is in practice witli his father in Aj^pleton, Wis. He married, in 1891, Alfreda 
B. Noyes, of Georgetown, Mass. Katharine Mary, their only daughter, is a senior, 
class of 1896, in Lawrence University. Howard Dickin.son, the younger son, is a 
sophomore, class of 1S98. in Vale College. In 1894 Dr. Reeve and family spent a year 
in Europe. Vid. The Perkins Family, Part I., p. 135. 

John Biwnham, who mairied Sarah Choate Perkins, was the son of Francis and 
.Anna (Goodhue) Burnham. They resided in Esse.v, Mass. There were seven children. 
John Howard Burnham. the oldest son, graduated July 4. 1861, from the State Normal 
L'niversitv, 111. He went at once into the army, and was soon commissioned Cajjtain 
of Company A, Thirty-third Regiment, Illinois Infantry. After two years" service 
he resigned, and became Superintendent of the public schools of Bloomington. III. 
In 1S65 he assumed the editorship of the Bloomington Paniagra-bh, and for the last 
twenty-eight years he has been contracting agent for the King Bridge Company, of 
Cleveland. Ohio. He married, in 1866. Almira S. Ives, of Bloomington. 111., where 
thev reside. They have no children. 

Gilbert Ornc Burnham. the youngest of the family, is a lawyer, with an office at 
No. 23 Court Street, Boston. Mass. He married. May 15. 1877, Jean D. Campbell. 

Mrs. Sarah Choate I'lurnliam. the mother, is living in a smart old age of nearly 
ninety years, in Essex, Mass. Vid. The Perkins Family, Part I., p. 135. 


Abraham'^ Clioate {Abraham'^ , Frauds'^ , Thomas' .Jidui^ ), son of .Abraham 
[ fM> ] and Sara!) (Potter) Choate, was born Feb. 24, 1759, in Ipswich. Mass. 
He married Aln^ail Norris, daughter of Jeremiah and Hannah (Zollj Norris. 
She was born in Whitefield, Me., where they resided. Deacon Choate died 
April 12, 1837. Mrs. Choate died Jan. 24, 1845. 


AKKAM, [508J b. March 7, 1789; m. Lyt/ia Norris ; d. .\ug. 25, l856. 


Abraham Choatk was born in Ipswich. .Mass.. and removed to Balltown. Me., 
with his father, about 1776. Balltown became Whitefield. Me. 

fkaxcis choate. 

Francis^ Choate {AhraJiam'^, Francis^, Thomas-, John'^), son of Abraham 
[ 96 ] and Sarah (Potter) Choate, was born May 12, 1764, in Ipswich, Mass. 
He married {pub. Dec. 21, 1790) Susanna Heath, daughter of Jonathan and 

(Glidden) Heath. She was born in Balltown, now Whitefield, Me. ,where 

they resided. Mr. Choate died Sept. 2, 1799. Mrs. Choate married -Samuel 
Hilton, Jr. 




Mary, [509] b. Dec. iS, 1791 ; m. Asa Fo-vlcs : d. Nov. 28, 1873. 

Anna, [510] m. yohn Heath. 

Sam.v, [511] b. Dec. 13, 1796; m. May 6, \%\'],yonnthnn Greeley ; A. Dec. 11, 1883. 

Rui'US, [512] b. March 2, 1798; m. Oct., 181S, Mariah Jones. 


Among Intention.s of Marriage in Lincoln County. Me., is tlie following: "Dec 21, 
1790 Mr Francis Clioat, Miss Susanna Heath of Ball Town.'" 

Vid. N. E. H. Gen. Register, Vol. 37,/. 13. 

Francis Choate, late of Balltown. Susannah Choate, Administratrix, March 25, 1800. 
Account filed Jan. 5. 1S07. at which time Mrs. Choate had become the wife of Samuel 
Hilton, Jr. Vid. Probate Records of Lincoln County, Me., p. 348. 

Samuel Hilton. Jr.. by his wife. Mrs. Susannah Choate. had four children, three 
daugliters and a son. John Hilton, of North Whitefield, Me. 


AarOU-'' Choate {Abraliam'^, Francis"^, T/iomas'-, Johii^), ion of Abraham 
[06] and Sarah (Potter) Choate, was born Feb. 7, 1766, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married Elizabeth Aconi, daughter of John Acorn. She was born 
in Waldoboro', Me. They resided in Whitefield and Windsor, Me. Mr. Choate 
died March 18, 1853, in China, Me. Mrs. Choate died in 1844 in Windsor, Me. 


Nehemiah, [513] 1>. 17S9; m. 1S16, Lois Stiles : d. April 30, 1859. 

Aaron, [514] b. May 17, 1792; m. A/aiy Peri-ins ; d. June 21, 1874. 

Sarah, [515] b. 1793; m. Aaron Dudley: d. 

John, [516] m. Jl/ary Marsh; d. March 8, 1861. 

Jane, [517]. 

Poi.LY, [518]. 

ALMn;A, 1 519] ni. Thomas Wain. 

Daniel Lathkoi-, [520] b. 1803; puh. June 22, 1839, Marimla Ann Gri;;i;s : d. Sept. 22, 1879. 

Mosia, [521] b. .\pril 16, 1805: m. Mcrlila Stone. 

Eliza, [522] m. — — Stune^; res. Augusta, Me. 


Mr. Cho.^vte lived in a place named Malta, but in 1820 named Cerry. and in 1822 
called by its present name. Windsor, Me. It was on the east boimdary line of Augusta, 
four miles from the Kennebec Ki\er. 

There is a thrilling incident told in connection with the purchase and .survey ot 
the lot on which Mr. Choate lived. It was Sept. 8, iSog. when he was engaged witli 
others in the survey and fi.xing the topography of a brook. Choate walked a short 
distance ahead, when he was surprised b\- several armed men. in the disguise of Indians. 
A pistol was placed at his breast, and his silence ordered on pain of instant death. A 
few minutes later Paul Chadwick of Malta, one of the chain bearers, appeared in view. 
Word being given. " Fire low," three guns were discharged, and Chadw ick fell, mortally 
wounded. He died two days later. No hostility was shown to Choate. It appeared 
subsequently to have been the fact that the murdered man, Chadwick, was one of a 
band associated under the name of " Malta Indians," who were bound by an oath, 
written and signed with blood, to prevent surveys and resist proprietors in enforcing 
claims to the lands, and, because of this, was regarded as a traitor, deserving death, 
because of having violated his oath. There were eight persons tried as concerned in 
this crime, but on some technicality were discharged. But there was enacted a State 
statute making it a high crime for any person to di.sguise himself in the likeness of an 
Indian with intent to molest a sheriff or surveyor in the discharge of his duties. But 
the disgrace which attached to "Malta" so ashamed the inhabitants that in 1820 they 



induced the first Legislature of tlie Slate to change its name to Gerry, and in 1S22. to 
obhterate the old disgrace more completely, they had the name changed to Windsor. 

Vid. The Green Bag, Vol. 7, //. 476-cS. 



Moses"' Choate {Abraham'^, Francis^, Thoiiuis-, John^), son of Abraham 

[ 9G ] and Sarah (Potter) Choate, was born Aug. 9, 1767, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 

Mass. He married, July 22, 1797, Margaret Fountain, daughter of Barnabas 

Fountain. She was born Jan. 5, 1774, in Marshfield, Mass. They resided in 

Whitefield, Me. Dea. Choate died Jan. 17, 1851. Mrs. Choate died Nov. 22, 


niK ciiii.iiKKN wkkk: 

Hannah, [523] 1). Jan. 18, 1799. She died in early life, Oct. 4, 1822. 
Francis, [524] b. Aug. 20, 1800. He died in early manhood, April 15, 1838. 
Susanna, [525] b. .''lug. 2, 1S02. She died in early life, March 7, 1823. 

Rachei. ]!., [526] b. Jan. 22, 1S04; m. June 25, 1835, Johnson Burhank ; d. Nov. iS, 1S54. 
Moses, [527] b. Sept. 19, 1805; ni. Sept. 26, 1832, Sarah Smith Fo^'x ■ d- May 28, 1851. 
JOSEl'H, [528] b. May I, 1807. He died Aug. 25, 1858. 
Ei.iZA A., [529] b. April 3, 1809. She died March 3, 1873. 

ElJENEZKK, [530J b. Oct. 13, 181 1 ; ra. June 26, 1S38, jfaiie J. Chlsai/i : d. June 27, 1876. 
Mary J., [531] b. Sept. 19, 1813. She died in girlhood, June 29, 1S21. 

James M., [532] b. Nov. 10, 1816; m. Nov. 27, 1852, Caroline Cohord Choalc [554]; 
d. Oct. 29, 1853. 


Rufus Latlirop-'^ Clioate (Alnaham'^, Francis-\ Ihomas-, John^), son of 
Abraham [ !>r, ] and Sarah (I'otter) Choate, was born Feb. 28, 1 772, in White- 
field, Me. He married Flizabeth Maynard. She was born Nov. 23, 1784, in 
Norwich, Conn. They resided in Windsor, Me., where Mr. Choate died Oct. 
17, 1836. Mrs. Choate died March 18, 1863, in Hallowell, Me. 

Kui'US Lathkoi', [533] 1). Oct. 7, 1S06; m. March 28, 1S2S, Livonia Ncrcross. 
Eliza .\nn, [534] b. Ecb. 9, 1808; m. Hiram Safford : d. March 15, 1894. 
Maria, [535] b. ( )ef. 4, 1810; m. James Carpenter ; d. July 3, 18S1. 
Diana, (536 | b. Dee. 6, 181 1; m. Oliver J). Norcross : A. 
Chakloitk, [537] b. April 20, 1813. She died in gidhood, Jan. 20, 1822. 
Geokoe Washington, [538] b. June 3, 1815; m. May 21, 1843, Susan Day. 
Thomas Maynard, [539J b. March 6, 1817; m. Oct. 20, 1845, Jnlianna de Clifford Paine. 
.Mary, [540] b. Fel). 8, 1819; m. Simeon Morton; res. in Windsor, Me. 
Emei.ine, 1 541] b. June 27, 1821; m. Riehard Harvey : res. Passumpsie, Vt. 
Hannah J., [542] b. June 20, 1825; m. Jan. i, 1850, Peter Turney ; d. Feb. 15, 1870. 
Cordelia, [543J b. March 15, 182S. She died in childhood, April 30, 1832. 

iViK. Choate was for a time in his early life with his uncle. Rufus Lathrop, Esq., 
of Norwich, Conn., from whose estate he received sixteen hundred dollars. He settled 
in Windsor, Me. 

Hiiniiah^ Choate {Abraham^, Francis^, Thomas-, John^), daughter of 
.\braham [ !•« ] and Sarah (Potter) Choate, was born Aug. 11, 1777, in White- 
field, Me. She married, May 30, i-]()?,. Jeremiah Norris, son of Jeremiah and 
Hannah (Zoll) Norris. He was born Sept. 11, 1774, in Whitefield, Me., where 
they resided. Mr. Norris died May 2, 1825. Mrs. Norris died Sept. 13, 1873. 

122 THE CHOATE8 IN a:\iekica. 


Sarah, b. Jan. ii, 1 799. She died in early life, Oct. 26, 1822. 

Jkuemiah, 1). Oct. 5, iSoi; m. Nov. 14, 1826. Elisabeth Murphy : d. Jan. 9, 18S9. 

Rurus, b. May iS, 1803. Me died in early life, Feb. 10, 1S25. 

Abraham, b. Feb. 28, 1805; m. Oct., 1S45, Clarissa Clark : d. Dec. 5. 1S74. 

Abigail, b. May 17, 1807; m. July i, 183S, Kice Kivg. 

Hannah Cho\te, b. May 31, i8og; m. March 5, \?,^S, Daniel 'Loring : d. Sept. 20, 1882. 

Maky Ann, b. April 26, 181 1; m. March 7, 1837, Alvin Piper: d. Feb. 14, 1S90. 

James M., b. Nov. 4, 1S13. He died in early life, Jan. 12, 1835. 

Lucy, b. Sept. 8, 1815; m. 1854, Harrison Marsh ; d. Aug. 8, 1883. 

George Washington, b. Mav 16, 181S; m. June 6, 1857, Ann Maria Brazer. 

Sakah, b. Feb. 8, 1S22: m. April, 1845, Harrison Marsh: d. Dec. 20, 1850. 


Mrs. NoKKis reared a large family of children, and lived to great age. She had 
passed lier ninety-sixth Ijirthday l)y a month and more when she met with a fall which 

caused her death. This good woman had 

lieen an exemplary member of the liajjlist 

Churcli for more than seventy years. She 

retained her faculties remarkably, and to 

the last attended to light household duties. 

She made and gave away thirty patcli- 

worI< quilts after she was eighty years of 

age. Her lil'e was not only long, Init verv 

y~*^||St^ useful. 

y^^^mS Mr. Rice Kim;, who married Abigail 

/^r^^^\ Norris, son of Benjamin and Ruth (ilidden 

fF^i^ jt^' King, was born May 11. 1809, in Nortli 

' \ 5 f ■ Whitetield, Me., where they resided. Mr. 

•^- I '"^'"^ '^'''^'' ^"^'^^ ~5' 1865.' They had six 

"**-> , eliildren, viz.. infant daughter, b. June 18. 

'S-^ - 'i^39; <1- Ji-'"'; i8- '839- Albert Henry, 

%■ \^ b. April 15, 1841 ; res. in Seattle. Wash. 

/-,*.■ ' J. ■ . .■ ■ Martin Luther, b. April 21, 1843; m. Aug. 

;/,-iaffkJ*r'' , 10. 1870, 'Annie Eliza Tibbetts : m. Oct. 

' ^ 'w' I 17. 1894, -Margaret Ann Tibbetts; res. in 

Somerville, Mass. Charles Harrison, b. 

March 11, 1845; d. Feb. 11. 1847. Harriet 

Louisa, b. Jan. 21, 1848: d. Jan. 18, 1888. 

Charles Rice. b. June 17. 1850: m. April 

2. 1875. Tlieresa Stevens Til)betls, res. 

.Somerville, Mass. 

Mrs. King resides with her sons in .Som- 
erville, Mass. She is a vigorous old lady of 
nearly ninety years, in full possession of Iter 
faculties, spending her summers in White- 
liekl. Me., where she formerly resided. 

Mrs. Annie Eliza King, the first wife of 
Martin Luther King, died Dec. 22, 1887. 
Daniel Lorini;. who married Hannah Choate Norris, son of James and Mary 
(Freeman) Loring, was born Feb. 8, 1807, in Duxbury. Mass. They resided in 
Gardiner, Me. They had five children: Mary Frances, b. Nov. 22. 1839; '■"• f^^b. 24. 
1874, Albert Webster; res. No. 11 Townse'nd Street, Roxbury, Mass. Lucy Alia, 
b. July 17, 1S42; res. in Gardiner, Me. Henrietta, b. March 2, 1845 ;.™- Dec. 3. 1881. 
Benjamin Johnson, .son of Daniel and Eliza (Waite) Johnson; res. in Gardiner. Me. 
James Madison, b.' Dec. 28. 1848: d. Feb. 10, 1850. Sarah M.. b. May 19. 1851 : 
d. Feb. 22, 1852. Mr. Loring died Feb. 26, 1878. Mrs. Loring died Sept. 20, 18S2. 
The event of her death was noticed in a local paper as follows : — 

"Recently deceased in Gardiner, Me., Mrs. Hannah Loring, at the age of seventy- 
three. It is needless to sav manv words in praise of Mrs. Loring. for her character was 



fell wherever she was known, and the recollections of all friends and neighbors speak 
loudest in her praise. Of Puritan stock, a member of the celebrated Choate family, of 
Ipswich, Mass., where are many mementos of her forefathers, and the name is one 
which will be always held in esteem in that community. Mrs. Loring, was well known 
in Gardiner, and her very name brings before us the vision of a Cjutet woman, with a 
beauty of soul that shone in her face ; with a peaceful disposition, as free from wrong 
intention as that of a child, combined with prudence and industry rarely excelled. She 
was (uic will, understood in her religious experience the saying.'The ])ure in heart shall 
.see God.'" 

Alvin Piper, who married Mary Ann Norris. son of Edmund Murphy and Elsie 
(Jones) Piper, was born Aug. 13. 1812. in Jefferson, Me. They resided in Whitefield 
and Damariscotta, Me. Mr. Piper died May 21, 1S78. Mrs. Piper died Feb. 14, 1890. 
They had four children, viz., James Henry, b. Nov. 3, 1838; m. 'Lauretta Brown ; m. 
April, 18S0, -Mrs. Marion Wall. Abbie Ellen, b. March 28. 1843; m. 1869. Capt. 
Clarendon Jackson. Charles E.. b. Sept. 7, 1845; m. July 29. 1879. Carrie A. Hall. 
Krancesca, b. Oct. 4, 1849; "i- 1^*^^. 26, 1875, Jesse White. 

Harrison married KSarah Norris: their only child was Helen Louisa, b. 
Jan. 2. 1846: d. Oct. 23. 1893. He married -Lucy Norris, a sister of his first wife. 
They had three children, viz., Charles H. and Lucy Etta Gertrude died in infancy. 
George H., b. Aug. 13. 1856; m. Aug. 23. 1880, Eliza Sullivan. Mr. Marsh died 
Jan. 4, 18S4. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gcorse IV. Norris had one child, viz. : (leorgianna. b. Sept. i \. 
1859; m. Sept. 13. l894.'William S. Atwell. They resided in Cha'rlestown. Mass. 



Polly^ Choate {Aliraliam^, Francis'-^, Thomas'^, Johii^), daughter of 
Al)raham [oe] and Sarah (Potter) Choate, was born Oct. 6, 1779, in White- 
field, Me. She married, Feb. iS, 1798, Isaac Marsh. He was born June 12, 
1775, in Windsor, Me., where they resided. Mr. Marsh died in 1839. ^Irs. 
Marsh died in 1S59. 

THE CHn,DRKN Wl.Uli : 

x\BRAHAM, b. Nov. 21, 179S; m. Lois Tibbetls ; d. 1S75. 

Mary, b. Oct. 9, 1800; ni. John Boynton : d. 1S6S. 

Hannah, b. Srpt. 25, 1S02; m. Oliver Goodwin : d. i87y. 

Isaac, b. July 31, 1S04. He went to sea and was never heard fiuin. 

Rurais, b. Aug. 5, 1S06. He died in boyhood, 1S12. 

Wakhen, b. Sept. 4, iSoS; m. ' -^ ; m. V;///y/ Lincoln : d. 1S67. 

Hknry, b. Nov. 21, 1810; d. 1S51. 

KUKUsC.b. Feb. 25, 1813; m. '£liza Geyer : m. Sept. 17, 1840, "Sarah Choate [550]; d. July 

4, 1 883. 
Harrison, b. May 20, 1815; m. April, 1845, ^Sarah Norris: ni. 1S54, "Lucv Norris; 

d. Jan. 4, 1SS4. 
•Sakah, b. Aug. 8, 1817; m. Samuel yolinson. 
Fkancis, b. July 20, 1819; d. 
Chakles, b. Dec. 20, 1821; m. Eliui Tyler. 
Emma Jane, b. Aug. 20, 1825- She died in childhood, 1S31. 



Ebenezer'' (llOJlte {A/jrahain\ Francis''^, I'/wmas-, John^), son of Abraham 
[96] and Sarah (I'otter) Choate, was born March 21. 1783, in Wiscasset, Me. 
He married, A]5ril 20, 1806, Barbara Fountain, daughter of Capt. Jacob ami 
Elizabeth (Sproul) Fountain. She was born Oct. 6, 1784, in Bristol, Me. 
They resided in Bristol, Me., and afterward in North Whitefield, Me. Mr. 
Choate died Dec. 13, 1876. Mrs. Choate died Feb. 14, 1871. 



Mr. Ebenezer Choate, youngest son of Abraham Choate, was probably 

the last survivor of the fifty grand- 
children of Francis Choate [33] of 
Ipswich, Mass. He was a good 
farmer, citizen, and Christian. 


.•\lbert Temple, [555] b. May 


Ei.MiKA, [544] h Feb. 22, 1807; m. Dec. 23, 

1833, Joseph King : d. March 4, 1880. 
KiiENEZEK, [545] b. Ai)ril4, 1808. He died 

in infancy, April 10, 1808. 
Eunice H.m.l, [546] b. May 4, iSog; m. 

Feb. 5, 1834, Awlircse Ciidden ; d. May 

18, i8gi. 
Ebenezer, [547] b. March 10, 181 1. He 

died in infancy, March 16, 181 1. 
T.\NE Fountain. [548] b. July 20, 1812; 

m. July 9, lS6i;, Aiiios 'Merrill: d. 

May, 1886. 
Harrison, [549] b. April 23, 1814. He 

died in infancy, Feb. 16, 181 6. 
Sarah, [550] b. Feb. 26, 1816; m. Sept. 

17, 1840, Rtifus C. Marsh. 
Elbkidiie G., [551] b. May 27, i8iS; m. 

July 12, 1846, Martha Kincaid. 
Elizabeth F., [552] b. May 27, 1821; m. 

July, 1844, 'Jason Keith; m. Oct. 20, 

1 85 1, -Capt. Elisha Wiley. 
Su.SAN, [553] b. Sept. 10, 1823; m. June 29, 

1856, Thomas P. Sawyer ; d. Aug. 15, 

Caroline Colcord, [554] b. Sept. 20, 1825; 

m. Nov. 27, 1852, 'James Munroc 

Choate [532] ; m. Nov. 14, 1856, "Dan- 
iel P. Neuvom/,. 
died in infancy July 23, 1828. 



Francis'' Choate {Isaac^, Fminis*, Thomas-, John''), son of Isaac [ 9t ] 
and F^lizabeth (Low) Choate, was born July 13, 1756, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, July 22, ii'ix, Elizabeth Lyon. She was born March 24, 
1760. They resided in Leicester, " Elliot Farm," Mass., removed prior to 1796 
to Lansingburg, N. Y. Mr. Choate died Oct. i, 18 10. Mrs. Choate died Aug. 
18, 1826, in Oppenheim, N. Y. 

THE children WERE; 

Sally, [556] b. April 20, 1782. She died in early life, Nov. 6, 1S02. 

Susan, [557] b. March 20, 1784; m. 1809, Ezekiel Belditif; ; d. Jan. 15, 1863. 

John Francis, [558] b. March 6, 1786, m. 1811, Elizabeth Nelson: d. May 24, 1854. 

Elizabeth, [559] b. May 18, 1788; m. Dec. 11, 1808, Kev. Nathaniel Kendrick : d. Oct. 11 

Mary, [560] b. Nov. 26, 1790. She died in childhood, Oct. 30, 1796. 
Francis, [561] b. Dec. 9, 1792. He died in childhood, Sept. 28, 1795. 
Benjamin L., [562] b. June 11, 1796; m. Jan. 28, 1824, Lydia Coman; d. March 28, 1S83. 
Nancy, [563] b. July 17, 1798; m. 1830, Loyal Ward : d. June 28, 1837. 
Francis, [564] b. Feb. 11, 1802; m. Sept. 14, 1S42, Chloc Luther : d. June 10, 1883. 
Isaac, [565] b. June 6, 1806. He died in infancy, May 10, 1807. 


Mr. Choate was bul a lad when his fatliL-r iL-nuned with his tainily from Clieljacco. 
Ipswich, to Leicester. Mass. He passed his youth upon the farm, and later learned the 
manufacture of card-clothing, which was made quite a business by the Choates in 
Leicester, and afterward in "Lansingburg. N. Y. They used machines for perforating 
the leather and gave out the wire to be" in.sertcd by hand, thus giving employment to 
manv families. 

'in the autumn of 1790 Mr. Choate and his firothcr Isaac, with others, thirty-six 
young men in all, from the various towns of that region, formed an association called 
"The Ohki Laxd CimvAW." with the design of making a settlement in the State 
of Ohio. 

The location selected was called •' Big Bottom," on the eastern bank of the 
Muskingum River, about thii'ty miles above'the present site of Marietta. This tract 
of land extended along the river a distance of five miles, reaching back a half or three 
quarters of a mile to the base of hills. It was a choice and fertile spot. 

On their arrival Mr. Choate and his brother commenced operations immediatel}', 
although advised to wait until spring by those who knew the habits of the Indians, 
whose war-path from .Sandusky to the mouth of the Muskingum River passed directly 
tlirough this country : and along the ridge on the western bank of the river, tliis chosen 
spot for the new settlement w-as in full view. 

The first work was to build a large block-house as a place of protection and 
defence from the Indians. This was constructed of beech and birch logs, and being 
completed the Choates put up a cabin for themselves about twenty rods awa\- to the 
north, and back from the river, and then proceeded to clear their lots. 

James Patton and a hired man, Thomas Shaw, lived with the Choates in their 
cabin. A few rods south of the block-house Asa and Eleazar Bullard had fitted up 
and occupied a cabin that had been deserted. There had been organized no system 
of defence, not even an alarm guard. The river had become frozen over, and the 
second day of January, 1791, was mild and pleasant. A band of some twenty-five 
Indians were on their way to destroy the "Waterford settlement." unaware of the new 
beginning made in Big Bottom Ijy the white men. Following their war-path along 
the ridge on the west bank of the river tlie new settlement came into their view. 
Moving up the river a short distance they crossed on the ice, and entering unobserved 
they came down suddenly upon the young men while at supper, quite unsuspecting of 
such intrusion. They entered the door of the Choates" cabin first and made prisoners 
of the four occupants. While this was being done others of the Indians attacked the 
block-house. A tall, stout Indian opened the door and planted himself against it. 
At the first discharge of guns by the Indians several fell dead ; resistance was out of 
the question ; the men were unprepared and helpless. But a strong, resolute back- 
woods Virginia woman, the wife of Isaac Meeks, seized an axe and struck the tall 
Indian who stooG at the door. He turned his head and thus saved his skull, but the 
axe passed down through his cheek into his shoulder, making a hideous gash ; but 
before the blow could be repeated the brave woman was shot down and the Indians 
rushed in and killed all who remained except a lad of sixteen years, Philip Stacey, 
who hid himself under the bed-clothes. He was discovered, however, soon after, and 
as the Indians raised their tomahawks to kill him he threw himself at the feet of the 
chief and begged him to spare his life. Touched with ]iity. the Indian warrior saved 
the lad's life. 

While this terrible massacre was going on the two Bullards in the soutli cabin 
managed to escape, and fled to the next settlement, a distance of four miles, and gave 
the alarm. It was a dreadful night among the settlers all along the Muskingum River. 
The people either made hasty Sight, or when that was impossible put themselves in a 
state of defence, and, half dead with terror, watched until the morning came. 

The Indian to whom Mrs. Meeks gave such a blow with the axe was severely 
wounded, and he was the only one of the band that was injured. It was uncertain 
whether he would live or die. But according to their custom, before proceeding on 
their march with their prisoners they cast lots to see who should be doomed to die in 
case the wounded Indian should not recover. Their law was to offer up the life of an 
enemy for a life taken, as a sacrifice to the spirit of the Indian, and so have their 


They cast lots and it fell upiin Isaac, tlie youiiiier Ijiotlier of Francis Clioate. His 
clothing was taken of!" and put upon the wounded Indian, and the clothes of the Indian, 
covered with blood, were put upon him. Before leaving, the Indians fired the block- 
house and cabins, burning up the bodies of the slain. Then the long dreary march to 
the northwest corner of Ohio commenced. 

Isaac Choate. the doomed man, was compelled to walk between two of the Indian 
warriors, some ways behind, but sometimes in sight of the rest of the company. The 
wovmded Indian was carried, carefully nursed, and finally recovered, so that the life of 
Israel Choate was spared, but he remained a captive. Thus they journeyed, and after a 
wearisome march they reached the British Rapids on the Maumee River, where the lad, 
Philip Stacey, died. 

It is stated as a fact of history that at this place Colonel McKee, the Indian agent, 
redeemed Francis Choate for about seventy dollars, he taking special interest in his case, 
as Francis Choate was a lirother Mason. Soon after he was sent to Detroit, from thence 
to Niagara on board a sloop, and from there he travelled to his home in Leicester, Mass. 

Isaac Choate was taken to DeU'oil liy the Indians, and he per.suaded a lunnane 
citizen, who traded with the Indians, to advance the ransom money demanded, prom- 
ising to remain in Detroit until he earned the amount, whicli he did in the course of a 
few months, and having refunded the money to his benefactor he returned down the 
lake and so back to his home. Colonel Brandt afterward redeemed Thomas Sliaw. 
while James Patton was retained in an Indian family until peace was declared in 1795, 
when he was released. 

The names of those who were killed in this massacre, as given, were: John Stacey, 
Kzra I'utnam. John Camp. Zebulon Thorp. Jonathan Farwell. James Conch. William 
James. Jolin Clark. Isaac Meeks, his wife and two children, twelve in all besides the 
young lad Stacey. who died on the way. The jjrisoners were all loaded heavily with 
the plunder on their tedious march, and it is said that their sufierings and injuries were 
so great that Francis and Isaac Choate never recovered from them so as to have good 
health. Tliere is a traditional version of this captivity still narrated by the descendants 
of Isaac Choate. I'iti. JIil<lrelh''s I'ioiieer History of Ohio, p. 275, 

History of Waterford, Ohio, ami 

History of Leicester, Mass., />/>. 133, 134 

RiiCKii'TS Corir.i) which lUii.oNOKU to Francis Choate. 
" Recil of Mr. Francis Choate five pounds eight shillings for transporting a number of 
invalids of Genl Hurgoynes Army from Leister to Worcester. 

I.KICESTEK June lo'li, 1778. W>'. IIicnshaw." 

" Recti of Mr. Francis Choate forty live pounds six shillings for providing Ilay, wood &c. 
for Gen' Burgoynes Army. 

Leices-ier June 10, 177S. W" IIenshaw." 

Ciii'iES or Receiits Relating to Franxis Choate's Redemption from the Indians. 

" Received at Hartford this ao"" day of December 1792 in Behalf of the widow Abigail 
Choate of Isaac Choate for the redemption of Francis Choate among the savages fourteen 
pound L. M. on a note of Hand. Hy me Seth Ciio.\te 

per Abigail Choate." 
" Leicester Oct. S'li 1792. 

Received of Francis Choate the sum of three Pound Lawful! Money in Behalf of ihe widow- 
Abigail Choate, it Being in Part for said Francis Choate ' Ransum ' which I promised to Deliver 
to her son Seth Choate and Deliver the widow Abigail Choate's Receipt for the same. 

Attest JoN* Choate. I say received by me Joshua Choate." 

"Sir — Pleas to pay to the Widow Abigail Choate the sum of fourteen pounds Lawful 
Money which is the amount of Mr. Israel Roland Bill and her Receipt shall be your discharge 
in full. from your Hunble Servant Samuel Cho.vle. 

Montreal, Agust the 24111 1791 to 
Mr Francis Choate in Lester Massachusetts State." 

Ezekiel Belding. who married Susan Choate [557]. the second daughter, was born 
in Lenox, Mass. They had, it is said, a daughter and seven sons, and died in Oppen- 
heini. N. Y., where some of their descendants are said to reside. 


Mr. and Mrs. Ward resided in ]Uacl< Rock. N. Y. Tlie_v had three children, a son 
and two daughters. Parents and cliildren are all dead. 

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Choate [564] resided in .McGregor. Iowa. Mrs. Choate 
died March. 1S81. There were no children. 


Isaac'' Choate {Jsaac^, Francis'^, T//<v;ias", /t^/i/?^), son oi Isaac [07] and 
Elizabeth (Low) Choate, was born Sept. 9, 1759, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. 
He married, Jan. 4, 1783, Afarf/ia Craig, daughter of Dr. Robert and Martha 
(f'.reen) Craig. She was born April 4, 1763. in Leicester, Mass. They resided 
in Leicester, Mass., Hartford, Conn., Pownal, Vt., and in Milan, Ohio. Mr. 
Choate died Aug. 4, 1822 ; Mrs. Choate died Jan. 23, 1847. 


Hannah, [566] h. Jan. 26, 17.S5. She died in childhood, Jan. 28, 1790. 

Pnl.i.Y, [567] b. Nov. 15, 17S7; m. Feb. 5, 1809, Nallian Cran,' ; d. May 27, 1830. 

C.KoKGK Washinc.ton, [568] b. July i, 1789; ni. Feb. 10, 1814, Arnry Bahboiii ; d. Oct. 6. 18411. 

Ta-itv, [569] b. Feb. 22, 1794. She died in infancy, Aug. iS, 1794'. 

Betsey, [570] b. Nov. 18, 1795; m. April 14, 1822, Moses Kimball; d. Nov. 21, i86t. 

Olive Ckaig, [571] b. Aug. 26, 1797; m. June i, 1810, Eetihen IVilmot : d. Sept. 4, 1881. 

Martha Green. [572J h. Oct. 22, 1799; m. June 3, 1819, Gm>x,: Oakrs : d. July 28, 1879. 

Charles, [573] b. March 4, 1S02; d. Sept. iS, 18S8. 

-Sarah, [574] b. 1804. She died in early life, Sept., 1S22 

Clarissa, [575] b. Feb. 4, 1S07; d. 1S73. 


.Mr. Choate. as well as his lather, served in the Army of the Revolution. 

Vid. M assachiisetts Rolls of the Revolution. 

X few years after the war closed he and his brother Francis Choate joined a 
company of pioneers for tlie settlement of a fertile tract of country in the State of 
Ohio, which was then the "Far West." A thrilling story of adventure and 
suffering, as told by his granddaughter, is something as follows : — 

Isaac Choate. while resident and doing business in Hartford. Conn.. Ijy the dis- 
honesty of his partner, became a bankrupt. Thereupon, with his brothel' Francis, 
he joined a company which was formed to settle a new country in Soutliern Ohio. 
.Accordingly, leaving his family vi'ith friends, he proceeded with the others westward. 
When they arrived in the place wliere they were to locate they at once set about 
making the necessary arrangements for protection against the Indians, and also clear- 
ing the land for planting the ne.\-t spring. They had not been at work long when the) 
were suddenly surprised by the Indians, overcome, and all massacred excepting the 
Choates and a lad seventeen years old. The boy was spared by clinging to the chief 
and piteously beseeching him to save his life. He was prepos.sessing in person, and 
his youth and beauty captivated the Indian chief, so that he spared the lad's life. 

Isaac Choate the savages tied to a tree and piled fagots about him for burning : 
but in some way he got loose from the fastenings. Thev caught him, however, and. 
stripped of his clothing, they made him run the gauntlet between two rows of Indians, 
each Indian being armed with a stick and giving him a heavy blow as he passed. He 
stumbled down t\\ ice. luit regained his feet, and at last reached the end of the line, 
where he fell, completely exhausted. The Indians nursed him back to life and tied 
liim again to the tree to be burned; and this time, before they were ready to carry out 
their horrible purposes, they became alarmed by the near ajijiroach of troops, so they 
i-eleased their captive from the tree, and tying his hands behind him compelled him to 
march along with theii^in great haste through the wilderness. They were reduced 
in their progress to great want, so that for days a few grains of corn for each one was 
all they had to eat. 

The Indians went through the Sandusky country to Detroit, where they sold 
.Mr. Choate to a while man. who ga\e him clothing and set him at liberty. Thereupon 


he started to make liis way, as best he could, back to his family, wlio meantime had 
heard of the massacre of the colony, and that all had been killed.' 

As it happened, after a wearisome journey, on reaching the town where his family 
were, lie overtook his wife and little boy on their way home from a neighbor's house. 
The meeting was \'er\- une-xpected and exciting, as the wife had supposed lier husband 
was dead. The little lioy not recognizing, in the stranger, his father, became very 
indignant at him, and ordered him to "let his mother alone." 

His health was much broken by the hardships and suffering lie had endured. 

After several years he remo\ed with his family to Milan, Ohio, where a son liad 
settled, and there remained till liis death. He liked the Ohio country, but cherished 
great aversion to the Indians a.s long a.s he lived, so much so that he could not bear 
the sight of one. If an Indian made his appearance at the house he would peremptorily 
order him to leave, saying, with a stamp of his foot, •' The red devil cannot be trusted."" 

In one version of this affair it is said that after running the gauntlet and being 
almost killed. Isaac Choate was traded off to a Scotchman by the name of McDonald, 
who took him to Detroit. They then sent out pioneers to find Francis Cho.ite, for 
whom they were obliged to pay a ransom of two hundred dollars. Then the two 
brothers found their way back to New England as best they could, having suffered 
terriljle hardships. 

Isaac Choate appears in the list of ckaimants for compensation, reimbursements, 
etc.. in 1802. 

Mr. and Mrs. Crane resided in Jeft'erson Countv. N. V. They had a large family 
of children. 

Sarah Choate. daughter of Mr. Choate. was boin in liennington. \'t. She died in 
.Milan. Ohio. 

Charles Choate. the youngest .son. was unmarried. He resided in Fremont, Ohio. 
He made money in the woollen and cloth business, retired and made investments in 
lands in Iowa. He was a very fine man of kind and lovable disposition. He lived to 
the age of eighty-six years. In Fremont Cemetery .stands a beautiful Scotch niarlile 
monument, which marks the spot of his burial. His motto was: "If one wishes anv- 
ihing well done, he must do it him.self."" 

Clarissa Choate. his youngest daughter, was born in Dorset. Vt. She died in 
Carthage. N. V. 

Dr. Kobert Crnii;, Mrs. Choate's father, studied medicine with Dr. Thomas (Ireen. daughter. .Martha, he married in 1753. They lived in the south part of Leicester. 
.Mass. He gave up the practice of his profession and became a manufacturer of 
spinning wheels. On account of deafness he was accustomed to sit in the pulpit on 
Sundays. He died in 1S05 at the age of seventy-five years. Amos Craig lived on the 
old i)lacc. Nathan Craig, who married Sarah Choate [259] , wa.s a son of Dr. Robert 
Craig. Vid. History of Leicester, Mass., pp. 191, 352, 369. 


[2.57 J 

Jonatlian^ Choate {Isaac\ Francis^, Thomas-, Johii^), son of Isaac [ 07 ] 
and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, was born Jan. 19, 1761, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, Jan. 14, 1790, ^Lois Browning, daughter of Joseph and 
Lois (Warriner) Browning. She was born Oct. 4, 1763, in Brlmfield, Mass. 
They resided in Leicester, Mass., and after 1798, in Lansingburg, N' V. Mrs 
Lois Choate died April 8, 1815. Mr. Choate married, March 3, i?,i6, "Mart/ia 
Bnnun. Mr. Choate died Feb. 23, 1843. Mrs. Martha Choate died Aug., 1851. 


Joseph, [576] b. Dec. 9, 1790; m. July 6, 1816, Sarah Nelson; (I. Nov. 29, 1876. 

Lois, [577J b. Oct. 6, 1792: m. March 30, 1823, Jonas Bro^on ; H. May 12, 1876. 

Betsev, [578J h. July 30, 1794. She died in infancy, March 30, 1796. 

LrcY, [579! I>. Oct 3. 1798; m. Jan. 27, 1823, /i'<t'. James C. Gohle : d. June 21, 1850. 

Emily, [580] b. Jan. 20, i8oo;ni. Thomas Nelson ; d. Sept., 1839. 

Eliz.'V, [581] b. Nov. 30, 1801; m. Feb. 26, 1S21, Martin Rjissell ; d. April 10, 1877. 



.Mk. Choate was in tht- war of tht Revolution, although very young. He used 
to lull liis children about Lafayette gi\ing him a pistareen for a drink of water out of 
his canteen, and expressed regret that he 
had not kept the coin for a relic. He 
served, also, in the War of 1812. 

Mr. Choate was a man of indomitable 
perseverance. In person he was erect 
and commanding. His habits were regu- 
lar. He was an early riser, and ver\ 
industrious. If he had been liberall'v 
educated he certainly would have been 
distinguished. He was vigorous in old 
age, and when eighty years of age could 
walk three miles without weariness. 


An Axxient RI'Xord. 

"Jonathan Choat was born on the 
19"' day of Jairuary A. D. 1761, on 
.\Ionday at night in Ipswich. i\Iassachu- 
setts, or Boston State. 

" Lois Browning was born the 4"' of 
October 1763 in Broomfield Massachu- 
setts, or Boston State. 

"Jonathan Choat was married to 
Lois Browning on the 14"' day of January 
A. D. 1790 at Broomfield Massachusetts'. 

"Jonathan Choat was married to 
Martha Brown on the 3'' day of March 
1S16 by Elder Barber at Greenwich. 

'• Lois Choate. wife and consort of 
Jonathan Choate died on the 8"' of April 
A. D. 1 81 5 on Saturday morning. 5 
o'clock. Aged 51 years 6 months and 4 

"Jonathan Choate died at his resi- 
dence in Lansingburgh on the 23'' of Februar\ 
Aged 82 years 12 days and 12 hours. 

"Martha Choate second wife of Jonathan Choate died Augaist 1851. 

"3"' Betsey Choat was born 30"' of July 1794 Wednesday morning. 5 o'clock 
Albany York State 

" Betsey Choate died on the ^o"' of March A. D. 1796 on Wednesday morning in 
Lansingburgh State of New York." Vid. Jonathan Choate' s Old Family Bible. 


,\. D. 1843 Thursday at 12 o'clock. 


Sarall^ Choate (/saai-\ Frauds'^, Thoiiiafi, /<;/;//i), daughter of Isaac 
[97] and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, was born Aug. 14, 1764, in Cheb.icco, 
Ipswich, Mass. She married, Feb. 12, 1785, A'alhan Craig, son of Dr. Robert 
and Martha (Green) Craig. He was born June 11, 1754, in Leicester, Mass. 
They resided in Spencer, Mass., where Mrs. Sarah Craig died Sept. 13, 1804. 
Mr. Craig married, Jan., 1806, Mrs. Betsey Whitmorc, widow of Mr. Whitmore, 
of Rutland, Mass. Mrs. Betsey Craig died Aug. 21, 1820. Lieut. Craig died 
April 2, .1852. 

Polly, b. .Sept. i, 1786; m. Oct. 10, iSii, ^Samuel Watson, Jr. ,■ d. 
Sally, b. Feb. 4, 178S. She died in childhood, Sept. 26, 1795. 
Nathan, b. May 8, 1795 ; m. April 21, 1836, Duhina Huniitigton ; d. 



Mr. Craig entered the Army of the Revolution in June. 1775. He was in the 
•• Battle of Bunker Hill.'" a member of the Leicester Company, in command of Capt. 
Seth Washburn, wlio was afterward Colonel Washburn. 

He was at the Surrender of General Burgoyne. and was commissioned Lieutenant 
in 1 78 1. After receiving his commission as Lieutenant he served in Rhode Island. 

At the close of the War he retired upon a farm in the .southeast part of Spencer, 
near the boundary of Leicester, Mass. He was a man of great worth and respectabilitv. 
and died in his ninety-eighth year. 

During his long and useful life as a citizen of Spencer, Mass., he served the town 
as Selectman, Treasurer, and in other offices of trust and responsibility. During the 
last twenty years of his life he received a pension from the General Government. 

He was a man of patriotic spirit, intelligence, and great e.xecutive ability. He was 
conscientiouslv and infie.xibly "an honest man, the noblest work of God." 

Vid. History of Spencer, pp. 1S9-90. 

Nathan Craig, Jr., lived on a farm once occupied by Jonathan Newhall. 
Dr. Robert Craig married, in 1753. Martha Green, daughter of Dr. Thomas Green. 

I 'id. The Hislory of Leicester.^ p. 369. 

Joshua'' Choate {haac^, Francis-'', Thomas'^, Jnhn^), ion of Isaac [ 9' ] 
and Elizabeth (Low) Choate, was born March 11, 176S, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, May 16, i'i<)^, Betsey iVarn. They resided in Lansing- 
burg, N. Y. Mr. Choate died Oct. 2, 1828, in Clarence, N. Y. Mrs. Choate 
died Feb. 23, 1848, in Clarence, N. Y. 

Is.\AC Warre.n, [582] b. March 24, 1794; m. Feb. 20, 1S20, Mehitahh Blanchard : A. July 

•7. 1^53- 
AiilGAii., [583] b. Nov. 7, 1795; ID. Sherman Ladd ; A. Dec. 29, 1873. 
John J., [584J b. Nov. 13, 1797. He died in early life, Jan., 1S16. 
Jacob G., [585] b. March 26, 1799. He died in childhood, July 2, 1803. 
KoXANNA, [586J b. March i, 1801; m. March 12, 1820, 'Emer Hill ; m. Dec. 15, 1833, 'i^enza 

Hamlin: A. March 14, 1S77. 
Anna, [587] b. Sept. 12, 1802. She was blind; d. Oct., 1842. 
Fanny, [588] b. May 24, 1804; m. Gilbert Burdick ; A. Feb. 16, 1S37. 
David T., [589] b. Oct. 28, 1805; d. Dec. 11, 1854. 

Sarah E., [590J 1). July 25, 1807; m. 1829, Samuel Hun/ ; A. .Vpril, 1S51. 
Eli Warn, L59i] b. May 3, 1810; m. March 9, 1836, ^Fidelia E. Sheldon; m. Nov. 2, 1848, 

''Anna Brimmer : A. April 10, 1872. 


Mrs. Cho.ate was brought up in some other family and did not remember her own 
parents. She was of Hartford. Conn., but there is no record of her parentage or birth. 
She was a lovely woman and spoken of most highly. 


Jacob* t'lioate {Isaac*, Francis^, Thomas-, John^), son of Isaac [ st ] and 
Elizabeth (Loiv) Choate, was born Dec. 20, 1773, in Leicester, Mass. He 
married, Oct. 6, 1799, Rosamond Parmalee, daughter of Alexander and Mary 
(Davis) Parmalee. She was born Feb. 9, 177 1, in Walpole, N. H. They 
resided in Windsor and in Newbury, Vt. Mr. Choate died June 6, 1818, in 
Danville, Yt. Mrs. Choate died May 19, 1853. 



Mary Ann, [592] b. Jure 29, 1800; m. June 29, 1819, /imos Paul : d. Jan. 25, 1843. 
Catharine, [593] b. March 17, 1804. She died in early life, Feb. 2, 1825. 
Harriet, [594] b. Dec. 30, 1S05; m. Uec. 6, 1S27, Samuel Bulkley Mattocks : A. Sept. 19, 1S72. 
.Amelia, [595] b. July 8, 1S09. She died in infancy, Aug. 23, iSio. 


Llicy^ Choate {Jc>/ih\ Francis'^, Thomas', Johii^), daughter of John [99] 
and Mary (Eveleth) Choate, was born Sept. 15, 1764, in Ipswich, Mass. She 
married, Oct. 6, 1785, William Burnham, son of Thomas and Judith (Lord) 
Burnham. They resided in Ipswich, Mass. Mrs. Burnham died July 2, 1787, 
and Mr. Burnham married, Aug. 29, 1789, Christiana Pierce. Mr. Burnham 
died Sept. 26, 1820. Mrs. Christiana Burnham died Sept. 28, 1825. 


Hannah, b. Jan. 26, 1787. She died in infancy, 1787. 


Mr. Burnham was a successful navigator. N(j vessel under his command was 
ever wrecked or dismantled. His judgment in all maritime affairs was very much 
valued. After following the seas some years he retired, and engaged in ship-building, 
a business almost hereditary in the Burnham famil\'. He was a man of great phvsical 
strength. Before his death he became totally blind. There were nine children of 
the second marriage. I'td. The Bunihain Fainily^p. 32S. 


George tlore-'^ Choate {Joseph^, Ehnu-zfr\ Thmnas-^John^), son of Joseph 
[110] and Mary Choate, was born March 6, 1767, in Newbiiryport, Mass. He 
married Joanna Silloway. They resided in Newburyport, Mass. Mr. Choate 
died, and Mrs. Choate married Elijah Dunham, as his second wife. 

the children were : 

John, [596]. He sailed to the West Indies and was never heard from. 

George Greenleak, [597] ; m. ^Elizabeth Johnson ; m. ^Betsey Small ; d. June 24, 1858. 

Betsey, [598J; m. 'yn/m Carman ; m.'^yerejniak Stover: d 1S52. 


Robert'' Choate {Joseph'*, Ehcnczer'^, Thomas-, Johii^), son of Joseph 
[110] and Mary Choate, was born Sept. 6, 1770, in Newburyport, Mass. He 
married Apphia Worthen. She was born Sept. 4, 1772, in Chester, N. H. 
They resided in Thetford, Vt. Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died Aug. 26, 
1809, in Thetford, Vt. 

the children were: 

George Gore, [599] b. A^ril 15, 1797. He probably died young. 

William Seallon, [600] b. Dec. 14, 1799; m. June 29, 1822, Harriet Thompson ; d. Jan. 22, 

Ann Buckingham, [601] b. March 10, 1801; m. Leonard Keith : d. Sept. 5, 1853. 
Mary Burton, [602] b. Jan. 31, 1804; m. March 10, 1835, /)/-. Leonard Dodge: d. May 

12, 1866. 
Samuel Parker, [603] b. Jan. 25, 1806; m. Sept., 1833, Harriet Sias ; d. July 4, 1867. 
David Worthen, [604] b. Feb. 12, 1808; m. 1834, Aurilla Ingraham. : d. July 14, 1894. 



Mr. Choate appears under date of Dec. 7. 1796, among petitioners in Concord. 

N. H., a.slving the Legislature to grant to tliem a tovvnsliip of land in the northern or 

northeastern part of the State as an encouragement to them to settle in New Hampshire. 

Vii/. Early Town Papers, A. H., Vol. \\,p 406. 

Robert and A])phia Choate, of Concord, N. H.. in 1800 gave a deed to George \V. 
Rogers, of Newhuryport. Mass. 


John Tj'ler'' Clioatc {Jolui'^, Ebenezcr^, Thomas-, John''), son of John 
[113] and Abigail (Tyler) Choate, was born July 11, 1768, in Nevvburyport, 
Mass. He married Ilannali Pearson. She was born July 15, 1770, in New- 
buryport, Mass. They resided in Hopkinton, N. H., where Mr. Choate died 
Feb. 20, 1844. Mrs. Choate died in Underbill, ^'t. 


Susanna, [605] b. March 22, 1790; m. \linoi Johnson: m. May 22, \%y>, -James DoJgc ; 

d. Aprils, 187c. 
Naiikv, [606] b. Oct. 4, 1791. She died in infancy, Dec. 10, 1791. 
luiiN TvLEK, [607"! b. Oct. 21, 1792; m. ^Abiah SlanlcY : ni. March 17, 1863, 'Mrs. LyJia 

Lincoln, nle Powell; d. Aug. 18, 1871.' 
MiciiAKL, [608] b. Aug. 12, 1794. He died in infancy, Aug. 14, 1794. 
Isaac Newion, [609] b. June I, 1795; ni. ^.Amarilla Boslwick : m. 1857, -Eliutbeth N. t'luun- 

beiiain; A. Feb. 23, 1872. 
PoLLV, [610] b. April 6, 1797. She died in early life, April I, 1829. 
Okokge, [611] b. Jan. 5, 1799; m. March, 1832, Betsey Duvis ; d. Sept. 13, 18SS. 
Thomas, [612] b. Sept. 8, 1800; m. Jan. 24, 1825, Harriet Swan ; d. March 13, 18S5. 
KiiENEZER, [613] b. April 15, 1802; m. 1845, '■'^'l'''- Phabc (^Hanson) Lull: m. 1857, "^Betsey 

Harvey ; d. April, 18S2. 
TuiRZA, [614] li. Nov. 24, 180 j; m. Sept. 26, 1S44, Marshall Morse ; d. March 28, 1885. 
BENJA^HN, [615] h. June lO, 1S05; m. Margaret Stearns ; d. March 15, 1858. 
.\AKiiN [616J 1). Nov. 28, 1807; d. Jan. 3, 18S8. 
I.ANGDoN, [617] Sept. 7, 1810; m. Sept., 1839, Deborah V. Jones. 
Whliam PeaksoN, L618] b. Feb. 10, 1812; m. 1S36, Martha Bailey; d. Oct. 29, 1S79. 


Mk. Choate was a blacksmith. His son, Aaron, learned the same trade. In later 
\ears this son was much disabled by lameness. He was a very industrious man, and 
for some thirty years he lived with Daniel Gregg, Esq., of New Boston, N. H., where 
he died. 

Miss Polly Choate. the third daughter, lived and died in her native town, Hopkin- 
ton, N. H. ' 

The foregoing family record was furnished by a son, Langdon Choate, of Hamilton. 
111., who writes : '■ This is a copy of the Record recently received from New Hampshire.'' 


Anna^ Choate {Ebenczer*, Ebenezer^, Thomas-, John^), daughter of 
Ebenezer [us] and Anna (Pillsbury) Choate, was born Nov. 11, 17S4, in 
Newburyport, Mass. She married, Nov. 3, 1803, William Huse, son of Samuel 
and Sarah (Hale) Huse. He was born Nov. 30, 1778, in Newburyport, Mass., 
where they resided. Mr. Huse died Aug. 8, 1809. Mrs. Huse died March 5, 

Anna, b. Nov. 3, 1804; ra. March 9, 1823, Charles Knapp ; d. Aug. 10, 1882. 


Mr. Huse and his wife both died and left an only daughter in infancy. When she 
was eighteen years of age she married Mr. Knapp, son of Anthony and Betsey (Cook) 
Knapp, who was born March 9, 1801, in Newburyport. Mass., wliere they resided. Mr. 
Knapp died Jan. 27, 1876. They had fourteen children, viz., Sarah S.. b. Oct. 25. 
1824: d. July 20, 1825. Thoma.s'. h. .Sept. 19, 1826; m. Nov. 26, 1849. Hannah F. 
Holmes. Anthony, b. April 15. 1828; m. July 31, 1851. ^Jane Elizabeth Woodman; 
she died Dec. 8. 1859: m. Sept. 16, 1S60, -Elizabeth Noves Adams; he died Aug. 9, 
1875. Anna Choate. b. i:)ec. 23, 1829; m. April 7, 1853. Henry P. Toppan. Sarah, !>. 
Jan. 10, 1832 ; m. John H. Richardson: d. Nov. 28, 1867. Frances, b. Nov. 19, r833: 
ni. Charles Parkhurst ; d. Aug. 2, 1895. Charles, b. Aug. 23, 1835; d. Sept. 12. 1837. 
Albert W., b. 1837; d. June 15, 1S37. Charles, b. 1838; d. April 7, 1839. Charles. 
1). July 30, 1839; m. Oct. 4, 1866, Lydia Ann Dixie. Mary Picket, b. June 8, 1841 ; 
m. Leonard W. Parkhurst. Alfred, b. 1843; d. 1843. Florence, b. Oct. 19, 1844; m. 
Walter B. Thayer. Ella G.. b. Dec. 2, 1847; m. Aug. 28, 1876. Samuel Newcomb. 

Mr. Toppan, who married Anna Choate Knapp, son of Henry and Mary (Brook- 
ings) Toppan. was born Dec. 30, 1822, in Newburyport, Mass., where they resided. 
Tliev had four children, viz., Mary Anna. b. Oct. 2,' 1854. Carrie, b. June'i6, 1857: 
d. Oct. 8. 1858. Alice White, b. Jan. 25, 1863. Henry Choate. b. Feb. 12. 1865 ; m. 
Lucetta Stevens. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Choate Toppan' have one child. Helen Stevens, 
b. June 24. 1892. 

ExocH choatp:. 

Enochs Choate (^Ebenczcr,'^ El>eiiezer\ Thomas-, Jolin^), son of Ebenezer 
[113] and Anna (PiJlsbury) Choate, was born Aug. 27, 1786, in Newburyport, 

Mass. He married Mrs. Mnfi^aret ( Canii) U'i//oi/gh/iy, daughter of and 

Sarah Cann, widow of Dr. Thomas Willoughby, of England She was born 
Sept. 9, 1786, in Portsmouth, Va., where they resided. Ca])tain Choate died 
Sept. 27, 1833. Mrs. Choate died March 6, 1837. 


James Cann, [619] b. 1S22; m. Dt-c. 11, 1845, E/izahe/h Jn}ie Tabh ; d. June 25, 1S68. 
l?ENJA^nN, [620J I). 1832. He died in early life, .Vpril 28, 1S56. 


Mr. Choate followed the seas, and became a ship master and large owner in a 
line of merchant vessels between this country and otlier points in England. He finally 
retired, and settled down in Portsmouth, Va., where he. his wife, and two sons, lie 
entombed in the family burying-ground. There are found the following inscriptions : — 

" In Memory of CAPT. ENOCH CHOATE. 

a native of Newburyport, Mass. 

Born Aug. 27. 1786. Died Sept. 27, 1833 

a highly respected citizen of this Town." 

■ In Memory of MRS. MARGARET, relict of CAPT. ENOCH CHOATE 

Born in this town Sept. 9, 1786. Died March 6"' 1837 

Deeply lamented by a numerous circle of relatives and friends." 


Mary-' Choate {Ebencze)-^, Ebenezer'^, Thomas-, John^), daughter of 
Ebenezer [us] and Anna (Pillsbury) Choate, was born Nov. 8, 1788, in 
Newburyport, Mass. She married April ij, \?>\t^, Rirhai-d Picket. He was liorn 
in Newburyport, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Picket died Jan. i, 1847. 
Mrs. Picket died March 8, 1840. 



Ebenezer Choate, b. F'eb. 25, 1S13. He died in New Orleans, La. 

Richard, b. Jan. 19, 1S15. He was lost on the " Lexington " from Boston to New York. 

Margaret Ann Choate, b. Aug. 29, 1819; ni. Isaac Fry,- : d. 


Mr. Isaac Fryi-; was on the editorial staff of the llostoii Herald. His daughter 
lives in the vicinity of Boston. Mass. 


Allliai'"' Choate {F.heiwzey^, Elicnezcy-\ Thomas^, Johii^), daughter of 
Ebenezer [ii»] and Anna (Pillsbury) Choate. She was born Oct 22, 1792, 
in Newburyport, Mass. She married, Nov. 7, 1816, William Rogers, son of 
Robert and Sarah Rogers. They resided in Newburyport, Mass. Captain 
Rogers died. Mrs. Rogers died. 

the children weke: 
Mary .\nn, b. 1 let. 2, 1S16; d. Anna, b. Feb. 27, 1824; d. 

William, 1). May iS, 1S18; d. Sept. 15, 1S19. Thomas, b. Nov, 19, 1825; d. 


Thomas Rogkks, one of the sons, rLsidcd in Lawience. Mass. 

TllOIlias' ('lioate (Ehencer^, Kl>eiii'zcr\ Thomas'-, Jolui^), son of Ebe- 
nezer [113] and Anna (Pillsbury) Choate, was born Nov. 22, 1795, in Newbury- 
port, Mass. He married Susan Maiiit', daughter of John and ^Iargaret Warren 
(Confers) Maine. She was born April 11, 1806, in Charleston, S. C, where 
they resided. Capt. Choate died Nov. lo, 1840, in Newburyport, Mass. Mrs. 
Choate died Feb. 20, 1867, in Charleston, S. C. 

THE children were: 
Florence, [621] b. Feb. 20, 1S24; m, June 14, 1842, Dr. James C. JerTey ; d. June 9, 1894. 
ScsAN Maine, [622] b. Oct. 28, 1825; m. June 16, 1850, Dr. William E. Jervey. 
Mariann,\, [623] b. March 6, 1S28; m. Frank Boniuur : d. 1S64. 
Sarah, [624] \ . p- b 10 i8'>q ' ^''^ '''^'^' '" infan>;yi April 20, 1829. 

Elizabeth, [625] j' ^- ^ • > -9- "[she died in infancy, April 20, 1829. 
Henry Ebenezer, [626] b. April 22, 1S31 ; d. Oct. 12, 1864. 
Thomas, [627] 1). Feb. 16, 1834; m. April 5, 1866, Mary Edwards Jervey. 


Mr. Chc^vte had a somewliat e\cntfiil life. When a lad he was captured on a 
Privateer in the War of 1812, and confined for nearly three years in the famous Dart- 
moor Prison, England. When released he made his way on board of some ship bound 
for Boston, Mass. On his arrival a gentleman was struck by his youthflil appearance 
and his ragged condition, and asked him his name. '■ Tom Choate," the lad replied. 
•• Any relation to my old friend. Ebenezer Choate, of Newburyport ? "' asked the gentle- 
man. -'Yes, sir," answered Thomas. ''He is my father." "Then come with me." 
said the stranger. The gentleman then took him to a tailor's shop and asked him 
■• what sort of a suit of clothes he wanted." The boy. true to the instincts of the .sailor, 
which afterward made him the noljle commander of a ship, that he was. replied, " The 
suit of a sailor boy." Later on he reached Newburyport after a long absence of hard- 
ship, cruelty, and want ha\ing found very timely assistance through the good old name 
of Choate, which he bore . 


Mr. Choate was engaged in the Marine Service between Charleston, S. C, and 

Havre. France. After years of absence and travel Captain Choate returned to his native 

town, Newburyport, Mass., where he was much respected and his death deeply lamented. 

Mrs. Choate, it is said, was beautiful in person and lo\-ely in character. ' 

Henry Ebenezer Choate, their son. was a brave Confederate soldier, and died of 

wounds received in the battle of Secessionville, Oct. 12, [864, in Cliarleston. .S. C. 


John''' Clioate (Daniel'', Daniel'^, Josiflfl, fohn^). son of Daniel [114] and 

Choate, was born in Ipswich, Mass. He married, May 11, 1793. 7J/(7;j 

Nuhols, daughter of John and Lucy (Milk) Nichols. She was born June 9, 
1774, in Portland, Me., where they resided. Mr. Choate died in 1804. Mrs. 
Choate died Feb. 11, 1855. 


Maky, [628] h. Sept. S, 1794; m. iSlo, Williniii iVorris ; d. Ufc. rf), 1 S73. 

John, [629] b. (Jet. 10, \■]^b. He went to sea and was never heard from, 1S19. 

EHEN^ZRR Deering, [630] 1>. April 12, 1799; m. Tulv 11, 1824, Sarak Hart: d. Aug. 13, 1S74. 

Damei, Lnn.E, [631] h. Feb. 12, 1S04; m. Aug. S, 1833, Cnroliiu- Kiwball : d. Mar^h 12, 1S70. 


Mr. Cho.-vte followed the seas, antl wliile on a voyage he was struck by liglitning 
on shipboard and instantly killed. 

Mrs. Choate was a granddaughter of Deacon John Milk, of Portland. Me., who 
was one of the early settlers of that town. He was born in 171 1 in Boston, by trade 
a ship carpenter; married, 1735, Sarah Brown; reared a large family: was selectman 
of Portland si.xteen years : for a long time a deacon in the First Church, and died 
Nov. ID, 1772. W his funeral his pastor. Rev. Mr. Smith, preached from the words. 
'■■ Behold an Israelite indeed in whntn there is no ^^nile.^' — JOH.\ i. 47. 

Vid. History of Portland, Me., pp. 431, 453, 465, 466. 


lJiie;le.V" Choale {Jonathan'^, Jonathaii^, Benjamin-, John^), son of 
Jonathan [<i9] and Mary (Bean) Choate, was born in 1790 in Sandwich, N. H. 
He married Thankful P. Scribner. daughter of Benjamin and Huldah (Tappan) 
Scribncr. She was born in 1783 in Sandwich, where they resided. Mr. Choate 
died Sept. 15, 1835. Mrs. Choate died Dec. n, 1S60. 

HuriiAii .^NN. [632] b. Oct. 13. 1S12; ni. Nathattiel Stevens : d. Sept. 27, 1857. 
JiiN.vrHAN. [633] b. June 14, 1S16; m. Oct. 13, 1S39, Sarah A'ini,v .S/mniioti : d. Jan. 25, 1S65. 


Mrs. Huldah (Tapi'Ax) Scrii'.nek was a daughter of Christopher Tappan of 
Sandwich. N. H. 



Benjamin-'^ Choate (Simeon\ Benjamin^, Benjamin'^, John^), son of 
Simeon [i-fi] and Ruth (Thompson) Choate. was born Dec. 30, 1770, in 
Salisbury, N. H. He married, April 23, iTqG, Jane True, daughter of Dudley 
and Sarah (Evans) True. She was born Oct. 2, 1774, in Salisbury, Mass. 
They resided in Newburyport, Mass. Mr. Choate died Sept. 15, 1854. Mrs. 
Choate died Dec. 16, 1856. 



Ruth, [634] b. Jan. 25, 1797; m. Aug. 16, 1S15, Nicholas Blaisdell ; d. Aug. I, 1833. 

Jane Evans, [635] b. .March 24, 1799; m. April 3, 1822, ^Ephraim II. Gooilwin : m. "Stephen 

N. Sargent ; d. 
Benjamin Evans, [636] b. June 29 iSni; m, .Aug. 7, 1.S27, Harriet Crane: d. Aug. 28, 1S58. 
Dudley, [637] b. Oct. 18, 1803. lie died in infancy, June 4, 1S04. 

True Burnham, [638] h. June 16, 1805; m. Jan. 27, 1S31, Afary I'ilhbury ; d. March 2, 1867. 
Sarah Ann, [639] h. July 5, 1807; m. Dec. 31, 1827, William Teel ; d. Feb. 26, 1874. 
Ezekif.l True, [640] b. Dec. 4, 1809; m. May 11, 1837, Catherine Maee : d. Nov. 29, 1864. 
Thomas, [641] b. Nuv. 14, 181 1; m. July 28, 1833, Martha I. IVhittier : d. /Vug. 29, 1S79. 
Mary, [642] b. Jan. 16, 1814. She died in infancy, May 29, 1814. 
James, [643 | b. May 29, 1815; m. Oct. 25, 1S43, lliith /,. Rahson. 
William, [644J b. Sept. 4, 1817; m. Aprd 28, 1839, Mary (i. Hickoh. 
Stephen Pili.sbury, [645] b. Feb. 28, 1S20; m. \uv. 14, 1S44, Mahala K. Dockum. 


.\1r. Chu.vte was a shi]) huildti-. He was a iViciid (if popular education, as appears 
from the following : — 

" Salisbury .April 25, 1793 — Whereas there is very great necessity that the School-house 
at Salisbury Point should be speedily furnished, for that purpose and also for providing a con- 
venient stove — : 

'* We the subscrilicrs promise to pay the sums of money severally affixed to our names : 
Benj. Choat 6-0 " with others. 

licnjaniin Choate and wife. Jane, sold land in i8og in Po|jlin. N. H. 

]''id. Anrient L)ocui/ie?i/s of Snli.K/mry, Mass. 



Rullr' Choate {Slmt<>n'^, Bt-njatniifl, Beiija»ii/i'~, Johii^), daughter of Simeon 
[136] and Ruth (Thompson) Choate, was born Nov., 1771. She married Enoch 
Morrill, son of Jacob Morrill. He was born in Salisbury, Mass., where they 
resided. Mr. Morrill died in 1813 on the I^akes. Mrs. Morrill died Jan. 5, 1865. 


Sally, b. Dec. 3, 1795; m. Edward Iloyt : d. 1884. 

Polly, b. Jan. 27, 1798; m. Gunnison ; d. 

liETSEY, b. July 8, iSoo; m. Willia/n 'J'e^i'keshury ; d. 

Ruth Jane, b. \ov. 23, 1802; m. March 2. 1S24, Daniel I.o'.Kiell : d. March 29, 1S84. 

Mariah, b. Dec. 10, 1804. She died in childhood, 1812. 

Harriet, b. Dec. 21, 1S07; m. yohn Gushing. 

Clarissa, b. March 22, 1811; m. George W. Osgood: d. Dec. 2, 1846. 

Susan, b. April 10, 1812; m. John S. f.oivell: d. Feb. 2, 1854. 


There were 110 sons in this family. Se\en daughters lived to womanhood and all 
were well married. 


Ruhamah^ Choate {Simeon^, Benjamiifl, Benjamin'', John^), daughter of 
Simeon [126] and Ruth (Thompson) Choate, was born Sept. ig, 1773, in Salis- 
bury, Mass. She married, Jan. i, 1798, 'Asa Dearborn, son of Jeremiah and 
Hannah (Locke) Dearborn. He was born ."^ug. 12, 1771, in Kensington, N. H. 
They resided in Portsmouth, X. H. .Mr. Dearborn died June 8, 1829, in 
Boston, Mass. Mrs. Dearborn died July 21, 1847, in Portsmouth, N. H. 




Oilman, b. April lO, 1799; m. Feb. 17, 1823, Sara/i Sargent Berry ; d. April 18, 1S62. 

Frances, b. May 19, 1801; m. Sept. 11, 1823, A'ev. J/oies How ; A. Jan. 21, 1876. 

Irene, b. April 15, 1S03; m. Oct. 15, 1827, ^Daniel IPnlc/ron ; m. N .v. 24, 1859, ''Dr. George 

Oileh : d. .\ug. 15, 1S70. 
RUHAMAH, h. March 25, 1S05; m D c. 13, 1827, ^Juhn A'eiit : m. Oct. 7, 1S5S. -yosep/i A. 

IVnlker; d. July 13, 18S7. 
Julia Ann, b. Nov. 27, 1806; m. Nov. 30, 1834, Davison Webster ; d. Oct. 15 1882. 
Catherine, b. Feb. 10, iSoS. She died in infancy, Feb. 24 1808. 
Mary, b. Sept. 23, 1809; m. Oct. 10, 1844, jfo/in //. Chapman; d. May 15, 18S5. 
Daniel Goss, b. Aug. 24, 1811; m. .April 22, 1S51, Jncim/a Berger : d. Uec. 6, 1887. 

HHemtiv antra. 

Mr. De.\rhorx"s father, Jeremiah Dearborn, was a nephew of General Dearborn, 
of Revolutionary fame. He was born Aug. 29. 1743. He married Hannah Locke. She 
was born April 22, 1747. Mr. Jeremiah Dearl)orn died April 18. 1816. Mrs. Hannah 
Dearborn died October. 1820. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dearborn resided in the '• Old Dearborn Mansion.'" on ■■ Christian 
.Shore."' Portsmouth. N. H. His family Bible, about a hundred years old. is in the pos- 
session of his grandson. Charles William Dearborn, of Oakland, Cal. 

Mr. Dearborn died at the under a surgical operation. There is a MS. 
•' Dearborn Genealogy "" in the Library of the New England Historic, Genealogical 
Society. No. 18 Somerset Street. Boston, bv the late Edward B. Dearborn, of Boston, 

Mr. and Mrs. Gilman Dearborn resided in Portsmouth. N. H.. where Mrs. Dear- 
born was born. They had no children. . 

Rev. Moses How. who married Frances Dearborn, son of Isaac and Lois (Ayer) 
How, was born Aug. 22, 1789. in West Parish. Haverhill, Mass. He was a clergyman 
of the Christian denomination, and was settled two years in Salem, Mass., eight years 
in Portsmouth. N. H.. and thirty-si.\ years in New Bedford. .Mass.. where he died 
June 28, 1881, in the ninety-second year of his age. 

Rev. Mr. How, it is said, preached over eight thousand times, solemnized nineteen 
hundred marriages, and conducted twenty-five hundred funeral services. He preached 
nine ordination sermons, and was often called to preach occasional discourses. His 
parents. Lsaac and Lois (.'^yer) How, were married June' 5, 1784. Mrs. Lois How died 
Jan. 9, 1837, in Cambridge. Mass. Rev. and Mrs. Moses How had three children, viz.. 
Moses G., b. Aug. 14. 1826; m. Aug. 2, 1853, 'Lydia W. Varnum ; m. Oct. 10, 1867. 
■^Mary B. Varnum; m. July 7, 1881. ''Abby Whitney. William S., b. Nov. 9, 1831 : 
d. May 22, i860. Lyman B., b. Feb. 25, 1838 ; m. Oct. 10. 1866. Mary Taylor. 

Moses G. How, Esq.. is a lawyer, No. 47 Court Street, Boston, and resides in 
Cambridge. .Mass. Lyman B. How is a physician, and resides in Manchester, N. H. 

Daniel 11 'a/tfron, who married Irene Dearborn, son of Isaac Waldron, was born 
March 4, 1796. in Barrington. N. H. They resided in Greenland, N. H.,and in Acton. 
Me., where Mr. Waldron died Oct. 7. 1843. Mrs. Waldron then married Dr. George 
Odell of Greenland, N. H. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Waldron were. viz.. 
Asa Dearborn, b. Dec. 13. 1829; m. Jan. 22, 1863, Annie G. Edwards; d. Dec. 12. 1879. 
Daniel Gilman. b. April 16, 1833; m. June 3, 1861, Sarah A. Dodge. .Sarah Frances, 
b. June 20, 1837 ; m. March 8, 1864, Dr. Frederick H. Leet. 

Mrs. Asa D. Waldron is a widow and resides in Camden. Me. .Mr. and Mrs. 
Daniei G. Waldron reside at No. 538 California .Street. .San Francisco. Cal. Dr. and 
Mrs. Fred. H. Leet reside in Greenville, Pa. 

yo/in Kent, who married Ruhamah Dearborn, was Ijorn in Barnstead. N. H. 
They had an only son, John Horace Kent, who married, had one son, and is dead. 
Mrs. John Horace Kent resides on Islington Street, Portsmouth. N. H. Mrs. Ruhamah 
Kent married -Joseph A. Walljer, of North Barnstead. N. H. Mr. Walker died July 
15, 1863. Mrs. Walker died in Portsmouth, N. H. 

Darnson Webster, who married Julia Ann Dearborn, son of Davison and Lucy 
(Drew) Webster, was born in Newfield. Me. He died Jan. 7. 1844. in Wakefield. .\. H. 
They resided in Dover. .Straflord. Portsmouth, and Wakefield. N. H. Mrs. Webster 


died Oct. 14. 1882. in Portsmouth. N. H. Tliey had five children, viz.. Annette 
Augusta Perry, b. Dec. 21, 1835 ^ ™- Sept. 26. 1863. John Henry Tomlinson. Mary 
Helen Mar. b. Jan. 7. 1838: m. May. 1865. Leander M. Ormsby. Henry Carroll, b. 
Nov. 10. 1839. He died in the Union Army. Sept. ii. 1862. Frank Davison, b. Sept. 
4. 1841 : m. 1865. Mrs. Helen M. Fine, nee La Rongatelle. Georgine Hillman. m. 
Dec. 2. 1863. Frederic G. 

J/r. and Mrs. Tomlinson reside at No. 62 Thirty-first Street. Chicago. 111. She 
was born in Dover, N. H. He from Boston. Mass. Henry Webster Tomlinson. 
their .son. graduated in i8g6 from Cornell University. Ithaca, N. Y. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ormsby resided in .Mercer. Pa. Slie was born in .Strafford. N. H. 
He was from Sharpsville. Pa. 

Henry Carroll Webster was Ijorn in Strafibrd. N. H. He was wounded on board 
ship in the War of the I'nion. and died Sept. 11. 1862. of his wounds, in the hospital, 
Plymouth. N. C. He was Acting Master on ship. -'Commodore Perry." He was pro- 
moted for gallantry, but died just after promotion. 

Frank D, Webster was liorn in Portsmouth. N. H. His wife was of Boston. Mass., 
and afterward of Philadelphia. Pa. He was Captain in the United States Navy. 

Mr. and Mrs. Moses resided in Portsmouth. N. H.. where he was born. .She was 
born in Wakefield. N. H. 

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Chapman had no children. He was born July 18. 1803. 
in New Bedford. Mass., where they resided. Mr. Chapman was a sail-maker. 

Daniel G. Dearborn married Lucinda Kerger, daughter of George and Salome 
(Swartz) Berger. She was born July 21, 1829. in Ml. Plea.sant. Pa. They resided in 
Oakland, Cal.. where he died. He was a tanner. Mrs. Dearborn resided after his 
death in East Oakland. Cal. Their children were : 

Charles William, b. Feb. 29. 1852 : m. June 6, 1876. Kittie Douglass Hall, daughter 
of William T. and .Martha (Douglass) Hall. She was born Feb. 27, 1857, in Toledo, 
Ohio. He w:is in the Oakland Bank of -Savings : they had Edith Anna. b. Nov. 24. 
1879. Walter, b. Aug. 17. 1884. Ruth. b. Sept. 15. 1890. 

Mary Ella, b. June 5. 1854: m. Charles Spencer Goodman, son of Don Alonzo 
and .Angelina .A.nn (Pitkin) (loodman. He was born in Williamsburg, Mass. They 
resided in East Oakland. Cal. His inisiness was printing works. They had Charles 
Dearborn, b. .March i. 1886: .Arthur Kali)h. b. Nov. 6, 1887; George William, b. Aug. 
7. 1890. 

Sarah De Etta, b. Jan. 6. 1857 : m. .Samuel Ingraham Merrill,' son of Jerome and 
Jane Merrill, was born in Buffalo, N. Y. They resided in Los Angeles. Cal. He was 
a merchant. Thev had Grace Edith, b. Jan. 9, 1889: Charles Arthur, b. Oct. 26. 1890: 
Wallace Dearborn, b. Aug. 26, 1892. 

Oilman Walter, b. Feb. 19, 1859: m. Aug. 16, 1888. Kittie May Carrick, daughter 
of D<avid S. and Marv Angelina Carrick. was born Dec. 4, 1861. in Oakland. Cal. His 
business was insurance. They liad Irene Minnie, b. .May 27. 1890; Norma, b. Sejit. 
20, 1892. 

Frances Howe, b. Oct. 29. 1865: m. William .Marion Bristol, of East Highlands. 
Cal.. where they resided. He was a fruit-grower. The\- had one son. Howard Dear- 
born, b. Dec. 12, 1893. 


Khoda* Choate (.Simeon'^, Bc!ijamin'\ Benjamin", John^), daughter of 
Simeon [126] and Ruth (Thompson) Choate. She married, June 10, 1805. 
Walter Atkins Todd, son of Jeremy and Mary Todd. He was born Jan. 7, 
1783, in Newburyport, Mass., where they resided. Captain Todd died. Mrs. 
Todd died. 


Mary Atkins, b. Aug. 23, 1809; m. .Sept. 7, 1836, Ilhamar Warren Beard; A. Feb. 20. 1S53. 
Abigail Brown, b. July 8, 181 1 ; m. Dec. 25, 1832, Hon. Moses Norris ; d. 1870. 
As.A. De.\rborn, b. He died in Havana, Cuba. 



Mr. Todd was a sea captain. He is said t(i have been tlie Captain Tocld wliom 
Mr. Garrison cliarged with being engaged in the Soutliern Slave Trade. There is a 
tradition that he was lost at sea. 

Tlie two daughters were brought up at tlieir uncle Asa Dearliorn's. in Portsmouth. 
N. H. Capt. Asa Dearliorn Todd, the son. was master of one of his father's vessels. 
••The Brigantine Essex." He died of yellow fever in Havana. Cuba. 

Mr. and Mrs. Beard left a son. Ithamar Warren Beard, who was born Feb. 23. 
1S40, in Pittsfield. N. H. He graduated in 1862 from Harvard College, studied law, 
was admitted to the .Middlesex Bar in 1865. He was elected Register of Deeds in 1867. 
in the Middlesex North District. This position he filled for six years. With the 
ministry in view, he was ordained June 15. 1873. a Deacon in the Episcopal Church, and 
a year later, 1874. as a Priest. He served as Rector of the St. James Episcopal Church 
in South Groveland, until Nov., 1876. when he became Rector of the St. Thomas 
Church, in Dover. N. H.. where he still fulfils his ministry. The Rev. Mr. Beard 
married Mary Foster. They reside at No. 11 Spring Street. Dover. N. H. They have 
six children, one son and five daughters. 

Mr. Moses Norris, who married the second daughter. .-Xbigail Brox\ n Todd, was 
descended through Moses'', Moses^, James^, Moses,- from Nicholas' Norris. who was 
of English origin, born in Ireland about 1640. Tradition reports him as a "stowaway'' 
immigrant when a lad of fourteen years. He settled early in Hampton. N. H., married 
Sarah Coxe, " 11 mo 21*' day 1663,'" and removed to Exeter, N. H., where he lived for 
fifty-seven years. His house was near the meeting-house. He was fond of athletic 
sports, an e.xpert in the use of his hands, a kind neighbor, and a good citizen. 

Vid. The Norris Faiiii/v^p. 17. 

Hon. Moses Nokkis, I'. S. Senator. 

Hon. Moses Norris, son of Moses and Comfort (Leavitt) Norris. was born 
Sept. 16. 1799, in Pittsfield, N. H. His father was a soldier in the Revolutionarv War. 
He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1828: read law with Isaac O. Barnes. Esq., 
of Barnstead, N. H., where in 1831 he commenced practice, but in 1833 removed to 
Pittsfield. N. H. He was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives 
five years, i. e., in 1837. '38. '39. '40. and '47, being elected Speaker two \ears, i. e.. in 
1840 and 1847, a member of the Governor's Council in 1841, a Representative to Con- 
gress in 1844-45, ''"cl a United States Senator for New Hampshire from March. 1849. 
to the time of liis death. He died of heart disease on Thursday- night at half past 
ele^•en o'clock, Jan. 11. 1855. in Washington. D. C. Friday. Jan. 12. Senator Toucev 
of Connecticut announced the event on the floor of the Senate, and pronounced a 
eulogy to his memory. Eulogy was also pronounced by Gen. Lewis Cass, senator from 
Michigan. Also in the national House of Representatives eulogies were pronounced 
by Morrison of New Hampshire, and Bagley of Virginia. His remains were taken to 
Manchester, N. H., for burial. The funeral service was in the Episcopal Church on 
Sunday afternoon. I'id. The Norris Fatuity ., pp. 100, loi, and 

Alumni of Dar/ mouth College, p. 244. 

Hon. Moses and Mrs. Norris resided for two years in Barnstead, latei' in Pittsfield. 
and in 1849 they removed to Manchester, N. H. Mrs. Norris died in Meriden. N. H.. 
at her daughter's house, about 1870. Their children w-ere : — 

Walter Atkins Todd Norris, who left the position of Chief Clerk in one of tlie 
Divisions of the Post OflJice Department in 1861. to join the fortunes of the Confederacy. 
He was on the staff of Gen. Albert Pike and later on the staff of Gen. Robert E. Lee. 
and was holding his position on General Lee's Staff, at the time of the .surrender at 
Appomattox. After the war he returned to Manchester. N. H., his wife died, and after 
some years of misfortune he died in 1884 or 1885 in the Boston City Hospital. He left 
no children. 

Fannie Ellen Norris, the oldest daughter, died in early life, in the autumn of 1871. 

James Buchanan Norris, the second son. served in tlie Union .Army, and died 
about 1868 or 1869. in Savannah. Ga. 

Henry Clav Norris, tlie third son. married, Feb., 1873, Mary Elvira Lakin. She 
was born Sept. 6. 1848. and was the daughter of John and Betsey (Merrill) Lakin of 


Sanbornton. N. H., and granddaughter of Samuel and Hannah (Howe) Lakin of 
Hooksett, N. H. Mr. Norris died Nov. 15, 1875. i" Hill. N. H. .Mrs. Norris subse- 
quently married -Osman S. Wilbur, of Hill. N. H. 

Caroline Norris, the second daughter married Irving Austin Hurd. He was born 
July 9, 1840, in Clareniont. N. H.. where they for a time redded; but removed to 
.Meriden, N. H., where Mrs. Hurd died Oct. 11. 1873. Their son Henry Norris Hurd. 
born March 6. 187 1, is a printer and lives in Claremont. N. H. 

Mary A. Norris. the third daughter, the youngest child, and only one surviving, 
resides in Cornish Flats. N. H. 



Betsey'' Choate {Simeon^, Bcnjamiir, Benjamin-, Jo/in'^), daughter of 
Simeon [120] and Ruth (Thompson > Choate, was born in 17S6 in Newburyport, 
Mass. She married, .April 6, 1808, James Dennett, son of George and Elizabeth 
(Boyd) Dennett. He was liorn in 17S1 in I'ortsmonth, N. H., where they 
resided. Mr. Dennett died in 1870 in Somerville, Mass. Mrs. Dennett died 
June r6, 1873. in Dorchester, .Mass. 

riHc cnn.iiRKN were: Bovn, li. 1809; m. Oct. 12, 1837, Kehecca Jc>tm77gs : d. 1S91. 

ELi/.AiiETH, l>. 1810. she (lif<l in childhood, 1814. 

James, b. 1813; m. 1843, llnrriel To/'or ; il. ^t sea, abnul 1S47. 

Eeizaheth, h. 1S14. She died in early life, 1836. 

Ei'HRAiM H., h. 1815; ni. 1845, Sarah \Vis;gin. 

Mary Jane, li. 1S16; m. 1S62, 'Etija/i B. Kus^ell. 

HiiRNUA.M CuoAiE, 11. lSi8; 111. 1S43, llarriet Deverson : d. Aug. Id, 1SS2. 


iMk. DiCNXi'.Ti' was a ship builder, and owm-d a shipyard on ■■ Christian .Shore." 
Portsmouth. i\'. H. His marriage to Betsey Choate was solemnized by Rev. Mr. 
liuckminster, of Portsmouth, N. H. They both lived to great age. and their graves 
are side by side in the old cemetery of his native city. 

Charles Boyd Dennett was the oldest printer in Chicago. 111. For some years he 
was the night editor of the Chicago times, and after he retired from that position, he 
still kept to his business, and at the age of eighty years, he walked to his office and back 
again, a distance of two miles, daily. He had never been ill or lost a day's work, e.xcept 
by accident, in his life. He retained every tooth he ever had. and his faculties of mind 
were as quick and active as ever. He died in i8gi at his residence on Ann Street, 
Chicago, III. Mrs. Dennett was from Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Miss Elizabeth Dennett, daughter of James and Betse\- (Choate) Dennett, was a 
person of very sujierior mind. She was engaged to be married to a Missionary, under 
appointment to Calcutta, but died at the age of twenty-two years. 

Ephraim H. Dennett resides at No. 38 Palmer Street. Roxbury. Mass. His sister 
next vounger. Mrs. Russell, resides in Fast .Stoneham. .Me. 



Judith'' Choate {Simeon^, Benjamin-'', Benjamin-, Jo/iii'^), daughter of 
Simeon [120] and Ruth (Thompson) Choate, was born Feb. 15, 178S, in 
Salisbury, Mass. She married. May 5, 1805, Micajah Peaslee, son of John and 
Susannah (Huntington) Peaslee. He was born Aug. 20, 1783, in Weare, N. H. 
They resided, after March 20, 1839, in Nashua, N. H. Mr. Peaslee died June 
30, 1853. Mrs. Peaslee died Aug. 24, 1852. 



WllJ.lAM, b. Nov. 12, l8 6; m. June I, 1S31, Sophia IVilliaiiis Gunnison. 

Asa Dearhurn, b. Nov. 16, 1S07; ni. Oct. i, 1832, Hannah J/oltsou ; d. Nov. 21, 1869. 

Susannah, b. Sept. 20, 1809. 

Lydia, b. March 6, 1812. She dietl April 22, 1855. 

Simon Ayres, b. Feb. 9, 1814; m. Emily Robinson ; d. Aug. 17, 1S77. 

Riioda, b. Oct. 3, 1815; m. John P. Dodge. 

Elijah, b. Sept. 26, 1817. He died in childhood, July 4, 1823. 

Mary Jane, b. .^pril 29,1819; m. June 29, 1842, Horace C. BarUclt. 

Elizabeth, b. March 11, 1822. She died in childhood, Sept. 19, 1823. 

Caroline E., b. Sept. 20, 1823; ni. Nov. 5, 1S46, Rev. Solomon Cole. 

BuRNHAM. b. June 2, 1825. He died in infancy, Nov., 1825. 

SrtrHEN liEAN, b. Oct. 3, 1826; m. 1845, Eliza J. Davis. 

Julia Ann, b. Nov. 4, 1828. She died in infancy, Dec. 31, 1829. 

Charles I!. UioNNErr, b. July 18, 1831 ; m. June, 1853, .SV;;v/// ShalUul; : d. Jan. 29, 18S6. 

Oliver Micajah, b. June 22, 1833; ni. Sept. 6, 1864, AJJie E. Walts. 


Mk. Pea.slek had a sister wlio married a Mr. Johnsmi. and resided in Weare, N. H. 
Edmund Johnson, their son. had four daughters. Three of these daughters, one a 
widow, and two maiden ladies, resided at "Oak Knoll,'' Danvers, Mass. John G. 
Whittier, the poet, made his home with them in his later life. They were his cousins 
on their mother's side. Miss Caroline C. Johnson was one of these three sisters. 
The}' were persons of wealth, and travelled widely in California and Alaska. 

IVilliajn Peaslee lived in Napa City, Cal. Mrs. Peaslee was born July ig. 1810. 
and died Feb. 18, 1873. They had Elizabeth G., b. March 9, 1832; d. March 18. 1832. 
Ellen Elizabeth G., b. May 16. 1835 : d. Jan. 22, 1849. Mary Francis G., b. Sept. 19. 
1838; m. Sept.. 1858, Richard Ford Piatt. They resided in Stillwater. Cal., and have 
a son, R. H. Piatt, Esq., who was appointed, at the age of twenty-two years, post- 
master of Napa City. Cal., which office he still filled in 18S8. He was the first post- 
master appointed by President Cleveland in California. Mr. William Peaslee's wife's 
brother, Capt. J. W. Gunnison, was a governmental engineer, and spent several years 
in surveys of the Western States. He was sent in 1853 to survey the Pacific Railroad 
route, and Oct. 27 was massacred by the Indians, about eighty miles from Salt Lake 
City. Gunnison, Utah, was named for him, also a lake and river in California. 

ISIiss Susannah Peaslee was living, in 1889, with her sister, Mrs. liartlett. on 
Abbott Street, Nashua, N. H. 

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Dodge resided on Abbott Street, Nashua, N. H. 

Rev. Solomon Cole was a Free Will Baptist minister, and resided in Lebanon. N. H. 
He was in company with his son. W. B. Cole, under the firm name " S. Cole & Son." 
and, ha\ing attended to business through the week, would often go out into destitute 
neighborhoods and preach on Sunday. They had si.\ children. S. Viola married 
Mr. J. C. Paine and resided in Boston, Mass. Mary Belle married a Mr. Spencer of 
the firm, Spencer Brothers. 

Stephen Bean Peaslee resided in Nashua, N. H. 

Oliver Micajah Peaslee was born in Gorham, N. H. His wife, daughter of 
William B. and Julia A. Watts of Winchester, Va., was born March 11. 1842, in Daven- 
port, Iowa. They resided corner Wabash Avenue and No. 1077 East Fifty-first Street. 
Chicago. 111. He was a railroad engineer. They had children, viz., Ida May, b. June 
10, 1865 ; graduated in 1 886 from the Cook County Normal School, and is a teacher in 
Chicago, 111. Flora Blanch, b. Nov. 30, 1868 ; graduated from the Cook County Normal 
School, and is a teacher in Chicago, 111. Eva Belle, b. April 17, 1872. 



Jacob Thompson'' ('lioate {Simeon'*, Benjamiifl, Benjamin-, Jclin^), son 
of Simeon [126] and Ruth (Thompson) Choate, was born Jan. 5, 1791. in 
Salisbury, Mass. He married ^Mrs. Freeman, who died, and Mr. Choate 


married, Feb. 5, 1S2S, -Susan Hat/on Dihoor/h. She was born Sept. 29, 1804, 
in Petersburg, Va. They resided in Milledgeville, Macon, and Talbotton, Ga. 
Mr. Choate died June 12, 1867, in Perry, (la. Mrs. Choate died Feb. 20, 1855, 
in Talbotton, Ga. 


James Dearbor.m, [646] b. Jan. 6, 1830; m. July 18, 1858, Cornelia S. Roquemoyc ; d. Oct. 

14, 1887. 
Julia Annie, [647] b. July 4, 1S32; m. July 15, 1849, Rev. W. M. Crumley. 
Martha Frances, [648] b. .\ug. 26, 1836; m. Jan. 3, i860, Oliver /'. Henry. 
William Dilwoktu, 1 649] b. June 14, 1839; m. 1874, Lmy Koijuemore. 
Charles Thomtson, [650] b. June 29, 1842; ni. March 31, 1864, Ann Jordan Roqtieinare. 
Augustus Edwarh, [651] b. itpt. 5, 1S45; m. Jan. 28, 1872, Addie Rennick. 


Mr. Choate was a man of decided view.s. He was often styled a Puritan. He 
was very strict and almost severe in liis ideas, highly honorable, social in his habits, 
and one of the purest of earth. He was a nrtble Christian man, and endeared himself 
to all who knew him. After the death ot Mrs. Choate he made his home with his 
son, James D. Choate, where he died, and was buried in Perry, Ga. 

" He slept on earth and waked in Heaven." 

.Mr. Choalc was an architect (jf .superior ability, and was employed in the con- 
struction of the l^enitentiary and State House in Milledgeville, and the Wesleyan 
Female College in Macon, (ia. His first wife, Mrs. Freeman, was the daughter of a 
minister in Tennessee. .She Jiad three children of a previous marriage. There was 
one child of this maniajie. who died witli the mother. 


Kobeii'' CllOilte {Robert-', FA'cnczcr^, Robcrt'-\John', Johii^), son of Robert 
[i3s] and Mrs. Mary (Cogswell) Cleaveland Choate, nee Rust, was born Dec. 
25, 1781, in Ipswich, Mass. He married in 1804 Eunice Cushman, daughter of 
Rev. Job and Eunice Cushman. She. was born in 1785 in Hebron, Me. They 
resided in Montville, Me. Mr. Choate died Dec. 22, 1853. Mfs. Choate died 
in 1863. 


Thomas, [652] b. 1808; m. Louisa Randall ; d. 1856. 

William, [653] b. 1810. 

Robert, [654] b. Aug. 12, 1S12; m. 1831, Sophronia Ripley ; d. Jan. 31, 1890. 

Lucy, [655J b. 1814; m. Davis : d. Feb. 24, 1889. 

Mary K., [656] b. Feb. 25, 1816; m. April 24, 1834, ^Orange Gray: m. Nov. 27, 1848, 

''Samuel Webb. 
Ebenezer, [657] b. 1818; m. 1866, Annie L. Broivn. 
Betsey, [658] b. 1821; m. 1842, Alfred Sheldon : d. March, 1856. 
John Cleaveland, [659] b. Aug. 29. 1823; m. Feb. 6, 1847, \Mary Jane Cilson; m. Sept. i, 

i860, ''Keziah Thompson. 
Sarah, [660] b. Nov. 2, 1826; m. 1848, Abel Wright: res. in Belfast, Me. 


Polly'' Choate {Robert^, Ebenezer'^, RoherP, John-, John^), daughter of 
Robert [135] and Mrs. Mary (Cogswell) Cleaveland Choate, nee Rust, was born 
Tan. 13, 1785, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Feb. 15, 1807, 

Samuel Liteh, son of John and (Stewart) Litch. He was born May 9, 

1783, in Lunenburg, Mass, They resided in Lunenburg and in Fitchburg, 
Mass, Mr. Litch died Jan. 25, 1835. Mrs. Litch died March 9, 1879. 



Ebenezek Choate, b. Nov. 27, 1807; m. Lydia Arnold ; d. Feb. 21, 1850. 

Ei.iZABETn, b. March 1 1, 181 1 ; m. Oct. 15, 1835, Jonathan Pond. 

Mary, b. April 8, 1S13; m. Nov. 6, 1834, ^B. Carver Phillifs : m. 1839, -/rancis Phillips ■ d 

Dec. 2, 1853. 
John Dennison, b. Nov. 9, 1815; m. 1836, Elmira Forestall ; d. July 27, 1840. 
Sakah, b. May 22, 1S17; ni. Oct. 10, 1838, Alfred White. 

Martha, b. April 8, 1819; m. May, 1839, IVillunn C. Damon; d. March 23, 1868. 
Ll'cy Jane, b. April 11, 1821 ; m.'i848, Lovell T. Kichardson. 
.\lmira, b. Jan. 17, 1823; m. May i, 1845, Thomas Flint. 
Samuei., b. Jan. :8, 1825. He died in infancy, June 8, 1826. 
Susanna W., b. Sept. 22, 1S27; m. Jan. 23, 1849, Alonzo P. Williams. 
Samuel, b. July 4, 1829; m. 1850, \4lmira .Indrews : m. 1863, -Afarv Carter. 


.Mk. Litch was soiiicthini; ol" ;i inilitaiy character. Mrs. Litch, at the age of 
ninety-three years, says of him : ■■ M_\' hu.sband was as fine looking an officer as ever 
commanded the Fitchburg Company." The old lady continues, "I used to do up his 
rutlled shirt bosoms just as nice as I could, and I never saw as handsome a ruffle in the 
training field as he used to wear. Well, he has been dead forty-three years this month 
(Jan.. 1 878), and God has never told me to get married again. We had' eleven children, 
four boys and seven girls. These were, all my children, born on the Freeman Place, in 
Lunenburg, after we mox'ed there. I have lived here where I am now about fifty years, 
aiid I was meditating, — I was thinking I had heard say • that every generation grows 
wiser and wiser ' ; but I don't see what in. unless it is in servin' the devil.'" 

Mrs. Litch was a young girl of twelve years when her father mo\-ed with his 
family to Lunenburg. They were a full week on the journey from Ipswich. Mass. She 
was married, and settled on what was called '■ Tlie Arnold' Place," near the boundary 
line on the road from Fitchburg to Lunenburg, Mass. .She lived to be the oldest 
person in Fitchburg. One who visited her in 1878, when ninety-three years of age. 
wTites as follows : — 

'•As we rose to bid the old lady good-by. she asked us if we knew how to pray. 
We would advise sinners to learn to pray Ije'fore calling upon her. She will give a 
specimen of her singing to ex-erybody. If tliere is a clergyman within fifty miles who 
wants to hear as sublime a prayer as ever fell from mortal lips we say wit'hout hesita- 
tion, go and call on .'\iuit Dolly Litch. She asserted that God sent friends to call upon 
her and cheer her. with an earnestness that was touching ; and she tells of her trust in 
him. with a sincerity that moves. She refuses to have any one live with her to take 
care of her, saying. 'God takes care of me. He has done it ninety-three years. 
What do I want more ? " 

"In answer to the urgent solicitation of her children to come and live with them 
she say^ firmly, ' No, indeed ! I am not going to trouble any one when I can do my 
own work.' Though her form is bowed with years and her lips quiver in conversation 
she casts a keen, unwavering look that convinces one that she possesses strong reso- 
lution and determined purpose, as well as depth of intellectuality. She has made, 
from childhood, a careful study of the Bible, and can correctly repeat a large portion 
of both the Old and New Testaments. 

"As a remarkable specimen she is worthy the study of theologians of whate\er 
school, and no teacher of religious truth can be in her presence fifteen minutes without 
finding in her a compendium of Biblical knowledge as surprising as it is complete." 

Vid. 'Ihe Fitchburg Daily Sentinel of Feb. 4, 187S. 

Mrs. Litch's children, some of them, were located as follows: Mr. and Mrs. 
Ebenezer C. Litch resided in Ashburnham, Mass. ; Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Pond. Mr. 
and Mrs. Alfred White, and Mr. and .Mrs. Alonzo P. Williams resided in Fitchburg. 
Mass. ; Mr. and Mrs. William C. Damon resided in Holden. Mass. : Mr. and Mrs. 
Lovell T. Richardson resided in Auburn. N. Y. ; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Flint resided 
in San Francisco, Cal., and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Litch resided in Westminster. Mass. 

Capt. John Litch, Mr. Litch's father, planted on the memorable " Dark Day," May 
19, 1780, when it was so dark that people could not see to read at noon-day, and many 
persons supposed that the Day of Judgment had come, two elm-trees in 'front of the 


residence once occupied bv Stephen Marsli in Lunenburg, whicli stood until brolven 
down by tlie ice storm of Jan. 6, 1889. a period of nearly one hundred and nine years. 
The elevated position of these trees made them a conspicuous landmark for full three 
generations. I'td. The Boston Evening Joiirtial of Jan. 15, 1889. 



Ebenezfir'' C'hoate {Roln-rt-', Ebenczcr'^, Jiiibcrt'-^, John-, John'^), son of 
Robert [i35] and Mrs. Mary (Cogswell) Cleveland Choate, ne'e Rust, was born 
(/hijt- Sept. 7, 17188) in Ipswich, Mass. He married, in 1813, Hannah Smith, 
daughter of Ebenezer and Hannah Smith. She was born Oct. 22, 1791, in 
Lunenburg. Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died 
Nov. 29, i<S59. 

1111; Cllll.liKKN WKKE: 

Makv Rlsl, [661J b. O^t. S, 1S15; ni. iJcc. 31, 1835, Henry Batikvin ; d. July 15, 1856. 
Hannah, I662J h. June 12, 1818; ni. Nov. 14, 1861, Samuel Marsliall ; A. Nov. 25, 1S80. 
TiioMA^i James, [663] 1). Nov. 13, 1821; m. Jan. 29, 1846, Martlia Turner. 
IIenky ALiiKKi, [664] 1). (_)cl. g, 1832; m. Nov. 25, 1857, J-'raiues E. Linsco/t ; d. Sept. II, 18S9. 


Lois'" Clioalc {F.bcnezcr^, Ncliemiah'^, Robert'-^, John', Jokn'^), daughter of 
Ebenezer [i-io] and Elizabeth [ic] (Choate) Choate, was born Sept. 28, 1793, 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, June 8, 1809, Asa Jiarkcr, son of 
Asa Barker. He was born .\]iril 14, 1788, in Andover, Mass. They resided in 
Bridgton and Naples, Mc. Mr. liarker died May 5, 1850. Mrs. Barker died 
Nov. 8, 1877. 


.MEunAin.K, !•. June 14, 181 1 ; ni. July 4, 1829, John Davis. 

Ia.mes Snow, Ii. June 24, 1S15; m. April 14, 1837, ^Mary Whittier ; m. "TabUha Thrasher : 

(1. 1880. 
Catharine, b. March 24, 1819; ni. Sept. I, 1837, ^hben Giltnan; m. ''Friend Peaslee. 
Nathan, b. April 3, 1820; m. Aug., 1841, Susan Coburn; d. March, 1885. 
Asa, b. Nov. 29, 1S22; in. Nov. 8, 1845, ^I'n'ra iVeldon ; d. Dec, 1883. 
Ebenezek Choate, b. Oct. 10, 1826; m. Jan. 31, 1847, J''ne Brooks. 
Lucy R., b. May 1 1, 1829; m. Dec. 10, 1S49, Joltn Jones ; d. May II, 1879. 



Elizabeth^ l-hoale ( JUxnczer^, Nehcmiah'^, Robot'^jjohn-, John^), daughter 
of Ebenezer [1*0] and Elizabeth [•161] (Choate) Choate, was born March 26, 
1795, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married Sept. 2, 1816, 'Ihomas Ripley, 
son of Daniel and Emma (Smith) Ripley. He was born Feb. 23, 1792, in 
Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Bridgton, Me., and afterwards in Lynn, Mass., 
where Mr. Ripley died Sept. 13, 1854. Mrs. Ripley died Jan. 21, 1845. 


Eunice S., b. Dec. 12, 1S17. She died in childhood, Aug. 8, 1819. 

Elizabeth C, b. Sept. 10, 1819; ni. Aug. 21, 1837, Robert Plummer. 

Thomas, b. Nov. 20, 1820; m. Apiil 22, 1841, Sarah Jones ; d. Sept. 17, 1874. 

Hannah K., b. Oct. 20, 1822; m. Sept. 3, 1843, Samuel Tozzer. 

Daniel C, b. Nov. 25, 1824; m. Sept. 25, 1848, Olive McLaughlin: d. Jan. 18, 1870. 

Eunice M., b. Nov. 23, 1826. 


Martha E., b. Feb. ii, 1828; m. April, 1850, Moses //. Pratt. 
Henry K., b. (Jet. 19, 1S32; m. Sept., 1858, Emily McLaughlin. 
Charles B., 1). May 18, 1837. lie died in infancy, Xuv. 20 1837. 

.Mk. Ripley served in the War of 1812. 
Tliomas Ripley, Jr., died at China Camp. Cal. 



Ebeuezer'' CllOale {Ebciu-zcr', Nclicmiah'^, Robcrfl, John-. Joliii^), son of 
Ebenezer [i4o] and Elizabeth [46i] (Choate) Choate, was born Nov. 19, 1796, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married. May 23, 1824, Eliza Barker, daughter 
of William and Sarah (Kimball) Barker. She was born Oct. 15, 1804, in Bridg- 
ton, Me. They resided in Lynn, Mass., and Naples, Me. Mr. Choate died 
March 10, 1S83. Mrs. Choate died March 31, 1885. 


William AuiiUSTUs, [665] b. Dec. 12, 1824. He died in early life, April 19, 1841. 
Charles, [666] b. April 8, 1826; m Dec. 10, 18S4, Mary E. Choate [679]. 
Isaac Bassett, [667] b. June 8, 182S. He died in childhood, Sept. i, 1S32. 
Ruth Bassett, [668] b. March 12, 1830; m. June i, 1851, David La rrahcc. 
Isaac Bassei't, [669] b. July 12, 1833; m. Sept. 25, 1866, Sophia Pole Thompson. 
Lucy Barker, [670] b. May 29, 1S36. She died in early life, Oct. 25, 1865. 
Ebenezer, [671] b. .\ptil 17, 1839. He died in boyhood, July 15, 1845. 
Eunice, [672] b. June 6, 1S41. She died in infancy, May i, 1842. 
Eunice, [673] b. Nov. 23, 1843. She died in infancy, June 27, 1844. 
Adeline, [674] b. Sept. 4, 1845. She died in infancy, Jan. 25, 1S46. 
William, [675] b. March 4, 1847. He died in infancy, Dec. 25, 1847. 


Mr. Chuatk. when a child ot three years nf age. was taken by his parents, in the 
spring of 1800, to liridgton. Me. All his earlier impressions were of a home upon the 
frontiers. He had almost no advantages of schools. Being the oldest boy in a large 
family, he earl\- took his part in contributing to their support. When fourteen years old. 
lie was apprenticed to Benjamin Radford, a cabinet maker in Portland. Shop life proved 
distasteful, and he soon returned to the farm and to lumbering. He was all his life an 
out-of-door man. When about twenty years of age. he worked two years on the farm of 
his uncle, John P. Choate. of E.ssex. Later, he managed for some years the farm of Isaac 
Bassett, at Lynn. It was here that he married Eliza Barker, who was also from Bridgton. 
The young couple evidently preferred the independence of a home in Maine. A partially 
cleared lot of land in South Otisfield, now Naples, was bought, and on this they made 
their home. The record of the births and the deaths in their family shows how full of 
hopes and of cares the many years of their wedded life were filled. Following, appar- 
ently, the calling of his boyhood's choice, this member of the family devoted the acti\'e 
years of his life to the farm and to the forest with a not unsatisfactorv degree of success. 
He studiously avoided public affairs, but was always warmly ali\'e to the interests of the 
community around him. His wife was no less kindly sympathetic with those in povertv 
or suffering. 

Mr. Choate was known for his firm adhesion to principle. He was bred to habits 
of frugal, temperate living, and he early espoused the cause of total abstinence. As 
early as 1844 he notified the men who applied to him for employment that he should 
furnisl". no liquors to his help, not even in haying-time, nor should he ijermit the use of 
liquors on his premises, even if the men provided it for themselves. He was at first 
promptly told that his grass would stand uncut till it dried in the field. "Then." was 
the laconic and firm rejoinder, "it will burn witliout difficulty."" 

For about a year, during the War of the Union, lie was left alone in the manage- 



nient of his farm by the absence of his elder son in the army, and the younger engaged 
in teaching. He was then advanced in years and his health poor. He needed help 
and was known to be anxious to employ it. A draft was held in the town for a small 
number of men. The quota was subsequently filled so that none of the drafted men 
were required to serve. One of the number, however, who had received from the 



examining surgeon a certificate of disability, and who had expressed unpatriotic senti- 
ments, ofiered his services to Mr. Choate as a farm hand. He was C|uestioned with 
regarci to the matter of the draft, but explained it all by quoting the opinion of the 
surgeon. "AH the work on my farm." said Mr. Choate, -'which is not more burden- 
some than military duties, I can do without help. It is jjlain the remainder of the work 
is too heavy for you, and that _\ou can be of no service to me." 


Nehemiah'' Choate (Ehenczci-', Nchctniah'^, Robert'^, John-, John'^),%on 
of Ebenezer [i^o] and Elizabeth [46i] (Choate) Choate, was born Feb. 26, 1799, 
in I])svvich, Mass. He married, July 6, 1829, Rebcica KimbaH, daughter of 
Jacob and Mary (Harker) Kimball. She was born Feb. 11, 1799, in .\ndover, 
Mass They resided in Bridgton, Me. Mr. Choate died March 23, 1S88, in 
Naples, Me. Mrs. Choate died April 5, 1863, in Bridgton, Me. 

Charles IIe.nry, [676] b. April 10, 1832; m. Jan. I, 1889, Eliza A/. l-Vkite ; d. April 13, 1S92. 
I.EANUEK, [677] b Nov. 17, 1S34; m. Dec. 19, 1858, Adeline Pratt Choate [693]. 
Jacob Barker, [678] b. Jan. 11, 1836. He died Dec. 18, 1862. 
Mary Elizabeth, [679] b. April 15, 1840; m. Dec. 10, 1884, Charles Choate [666]. 
Joseph Bradley, [680J b. Aug. 28, 1842; m. Nov. 13, 1867, Elizabeth Llewellyn. 


Mr. Nehe.miah Choate, the second son of Ebenezer Choate, took his part in 
the work of supporting the numerous family into which he was born. He must have 
been a youth of unusual strength and vigor, for although he was known as a hard- 
working man among the hard-working people with whom he lived, the writer of this 
has heard him say that he never knew what it was to feel tired until he was upwards 



of sixty years of age. He worked as a farm hand summers, and spent the winters 
in the logging swamp. Every spring lie was upon the ponds and rivers driving 
logs. There was no form of hard- 
ship, privation and e.xposiu'e in 
the wilderness with which he was 
not perfectly familiar, and which 
he did not seem to find on the 
'vhole rather enjoyable. When 
he settled in life he bought a lot 
of land adjoining his father's, and 
made a farm now occupied b}- 
Charles Choate [666] . The farm 
embraces a hill, the highest in 
Bridgton, known as '■ Choate Hill." 
On this farm Nehemiah Choate 
lived until after the death of his 
wife. Later, he sjjent one year 
with his .sons in Oshkosh. Wis. 
Upon the marriage of his daiigh- ■ 
ter. he went to live with her upon 
the farm which had belonged to 
his brother Ebenezer, at Naples, 
and this was his home for the rest 
of his life. He retained to the 
time of his death, at a great age. 
full possession of his faculties, and 
kept his habitually cheerful out- 
look upon the world about him. 

IVIr. Choate was the last sur- 
vivor of the original, or charter 
members, of the South Parish in 
Bridgton, iVIe. He was also a 
member of the Congregational 
Church of that Parish for many 
years. He died in his ninetieth 
year, a venerable and much re- 
spected citizen. 

Jacob Barker Choate, Mr. Choate's third son. entered the Union Army and died 
early in the war, from wounds which he received in battle. 



Mary^ {%<SSiASi {Ebenezer>, Nehemiah'^, Robert"^, John-, John>), daughter 
of Ebenezer [»4o] and Elizabeth [46i] (Choate) Choate, was born Sept, 9, 
1800, in Bridgton, Me. She married Sept, 21, 1835, Stephen Cole, son of Tobias 
and Lydia (Gray) Cole, He was born Dec. 17, 1810, in Hiram, Me. They 
resided in Saccarappa, town of Westbrook, Me. Mr. Cole died. Mrs. Cole 
died Sept. 18, 1888. There were no children. 


.Mr. and Mrs. Cole resided fur more than half a century in Saccarappa. a village 
of Westbrook. Me. 


Francis'^ Choate {Ebenezer-', Nehemiah'', Robert^, John-, John^), son of 
Ebenezer [i4o] and Elizabeth [^ei] (Choate) Choate, was born Aug. 19, 1803, in 
Bridgton, Me. He married, July i, 1826, Malinda Fern, daughter of James 


and Eunice (Fogg) Fern. She was born Sept. 15, 1804, in Lynn, Mass. They 
resided in Boston, Mass. Mr. Choate died Jan. 18, 1852. Mrs. Choate died 
Sept. 10, 1852, in California. 


Anoemne, [681] b. NiiV. 10, 182S. .She ilied in early life, Sejit. 8, 1852. 

Wn.i.iAM v., [682] li. Jan. 4, 1831. He died in infancy, June 12, 1S32. 

Eliza A , [683J 1). Oct. 5, 1832. .She died in childhood, May 20, 1840. 

Lyman Tiiursjon, [684J b. Jan. 22, 1836; m. March 31, 1857, Aint Alaria Parrotl. 

iliRAM Stephen, [685] b. Dec. 28, 1838; res. in Lynn, Mass. 

WiLEARD Francis, [686] b. March 22, 1841; m. Nov. 27, 1866, AcJnah A. Kicli. 

Ki.lZA Ann, [687] b. June 15, 1844; m. Jacoh I'hillips : d. Sept. 20, 18S0. 

Eunice II., [688] b. .\ug. 7, 1840; m. (.'eorgc Cook ; res. in Worcester, Mas-s.; d. Feb. 13, 1865. 

Mk. Choatk left home- early in life, aiui mkhi eniijloyed by Mr. liyam. of 
Charlestown, Mass.. in the manufacture uf lucifer matches. It was at the beginning of 
that industry, and the poisonous character of phosphorus was not then known. In the 
course of a few years a peculiarly ]jainful disease manifested it.self in the lower jaw and 
in the bones of the face. It was the first case of the kind that came to the knowledge 
of the medical faculty, and they liad no theory as to tlie cause of the di.sease or the 
treatment to be given it. Mr. Choate died at the Massachusetts General Hospital after 
havina: suffered all that a strong and vigorous constitution could endure. 



John'' I'hoalc {Ebcnczcr'-', Nehemiah*, Robert'^, John-, Johii^), son of 
Ebenezer ['4o] and Elizabeth t^ei] (Choate) Choate, was born .\pril 2, 1805, 
in Bridgton, Me. He married, Dec. 2, 1830, '^Betsey Walton, daughter of 
Flbenezer and Elizabeth (Tarbox) Walton. She was born May 19, 1807, in 
Lynn, Mass., where they resided. Mrs. Betsey Choate died Nov. 16, 1873. 
Mr. Choate married, Dec. 18, 1884, '^Mrs. Sarah R. (Nn/drii;) Latcrcnce, 
daughter of Reuben and Sarah (Walton) Nutting. She was born April 4, 1822, 
in Jaffrey, N. H. Mr. Choate died .'\ug, 23, 1893. Mrs. Sarah R. Choate 


Wn.i.iAM B., [68g] b. Sept. 20, 1831. He died in childhood, May 25, 1833. 

John Whi.iam, [6go] b. March 18, 1834; m. Dec. 28, 1858, yaK*- Stockman ; d. June 27, 1862. 

Charles W., [691] b. Sept. 26, 1837. H"^ ^^^^ '" infancy, Sept. 27, 1837. 

Ellen Makia, [692] b. .\ug. 18, 1845; m. Sept. 15, 1868, Charles N. Barker ; d. Oct. 20, 1884. 



Alniira^ Choate (Ebenezer'", Nchemiah*, Robert'-^, John"^, John^), daughter 
of Ebenezer [i4o] and Elizabeth [-tei] (Choate) Choate, was born Oct. 7, 1806, 
in Bridgton, Me. She married, Oct. 8, 1826, William Estes, son of Ezekiel and 
Mary (Breed) Estes He was born July 20, 1806, in Lynn, Mass., where they 
resided. Mr. Estes died Feb. 17, 1838. Mrs. Estes died May 19, 1885. 


Almika, b. June 5, 1827; ra. Nov. 27, 1850, Bisliop Johmon. 
Alden, b. Oct. 8, 1832; m. .A.pril 21, 1858, Annie Gott. 
Mary, b. Nov. 22, 1835; m. Oct. 21, 1856, Simon E. Fltmney. 


THE NE\7 YCFa f 




ij^XcCi^L^ ^y^^^^-^i-'^— V. 



Aldeu'' Ohoate {F./uin- :.,■/'>. Nc-hcmiah'^, AV/'cv/-', Joliii-, /(>//;/'), son of 
Ebenezer [I'lo] and Isli/.abelh [i*!'] (Choate) Clioate, was born Feb. 5, 1809. 
in Bridgton, Me. He married Sept. 3, 1837, ^ Mary Ann Sliernuiii, daughter of 
Benjamin and Tlieresa Sherman. She was born Aug. 2, 18 14, in Lisbon, N. H. 
I'hey resided in Lynn, Mass. Mrs. Mary Ann Choate died Jan. 18, 1847. Mr. 
Choate married, May 4, 1848, "^Ircnc Lee, daughter of Ezekiel and Mehitable 
(Lee) Lee. She was born May 3, 1815, in Moultonborough, N. H. They 
resided in Lynn, Mass. 


Adeline Pkait, [693] !'• Oct. 2, 1839; m. Dec. 19, 1S58, Lcamier Choate [677]. 
Laura Rliza, [694J b. March 11, 1S44. She died Dec. 25, 18S7. 
Ebenizer, [695] b. Sept. 1. 1846. He died June 5, 18S2. 

Mary Ann, [696] b. Dec. 29, 1S52; in, Juno i.S, i.S;;, Wili'iniii F. Gohhiiiith. 


Alden Choatk, being one of the younger sons of a large famih', was made to 
contribute to the support of the household, in the only way he could possibly help as a 
child, by "going out to live,"' as it was called in those days. He was for five years, 
from the age of nine to fourteen, in the family of William Barker of Bridgton. the 
father of Eliza Barker, who afterwards married liis oldest brother. Ebenezer. He is 
probabh' the only person now living who retains a recollection of this woman in Iter 
girlhood. After lea\iiig this home with the Barkers. Alden Choate worked at home 
and as a farm-lwnd among the neighbors for a year or two, and then for one year he 
entered the employ of Luther Fitch, a lumberman, of Baldwin. Me. His ne.xt move 
was to Lynn, where his brother Ebenezer was living. He obtained employment, first 
with Isaac Bassett, and afterwards widi Micajah Pratt, in the making of shoes. Having 
learned this trade, he followed it for several years until failing health obliged him to 
seek other business. He now established a wood, coal, and lumber business in Lynn, 
which he continued for several years. About 1856 he sold out this business and 
removed to Oshkosh, Wis., where for a number of years he engaged successfullv in 
lumbering. He made extensive purchases on the Wolf, the Wisconsin, and the 
Chippeway. His operations were conducted wjtli enterprise and business sagacity. 
He here laid the fovnulalion of a respectable fortune. No doubt the training of his 
early life stood him in good stead among the pineries of Wisconsin. Wliile hving at 
Oshkosh he was a member of the Board of Aldermen, and was otherwise prominentl)' 
identified with the interests of the growing city. About 1867 Mr. Choate returned to 
Lynn and re]3urchased his old wharf. He still continued for some years his business 
relations with Wisconsin. These were gradually closed, and with the growing infirmi- 
ties of years he was forced to witlulraw from active life. He is now living at Lynn with 
his wife, and with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W'illiam F. Goldsmith, the 
onlv survivor of his generation, and oiu- of the few living sons of the .-\merican 

lieailder'' CllOiVte {Jihou-zcr^ Nchemiali'^, Rohfrt'^, John'', Jolni^), son of 
Ebenezer [140] and Elizabeth [*6i] (Cho.jte) Choate, was born March i8, i8ti, 
in Bridgton, Me. He married, Nov. 5, li^-^, Harriet /F. ^//(W, (Laughter of 
William and Elizabeth (Bacon) Snow. She was born Dec. iS, 18 iS, in 
(rorham, Me. They resided in Bridgton, Me. Mr. Choate died Feb. 15. 1890. 
Mrs. Choate died. 


Sarah Dinsmori', [697] b. Au^. 24, 1844 She died in early life, .Aug. 26, 1S59. 
Cl.AKA Elli-:n, [698J b. Sept, 10, 1847; m, June 25, 1872, Mai-shall Jiigalls. 



Mr. Choate was the youngest of the boys of the old Revolutionary soldier, 
Eljenezer Choate. of Bridgton. Me., and often in his boyhood had he listened with 
eager attention to the recitals of army experiences and Revolutionary scenes through 
which his father had passed. For Ebenezer Choate. at the age of fifteen years, fired 
by the spirit of patriotism, had enlisted in the army to join his regiment at White 
Plains, and after a wear\- march arrived in camp only to find that his older brother, 
Nehemiah Choate, had died the week before of small-pox in the hospital. Then fol- 
lowed three \ears of service with all its hardships of march and picket duty, with its 
suffering, its destitution of food and clothing, its experiences and alarms, but with its 
instruction and discipline also. For this young soldier in later life would tell of his 
management to obtain, while in camp, lessons in writing, arithmetic, and keeping 
accounts. How he exchanged his rations of whiskey for so many hours of teaching 
with a soldier who was only too fond of double rations along that line. How when in 
the long night on picket duty he challenged the approach through the bushes of some 
supposed hostile intruder, and receiving no answer he fired, with deadly effect, and the 
next morning discovered that he had shot not a red-coated British soldier, but onlv 
a cow .' 

The three years of incident and camp life, and marching and cold and destitution, 
at length were ended. The war closed and the boy soldier was mustered out in the 
spring of 17S2. His receipt for pay being dated May 10. 1782, may be found at the 
State House. 

It may lie stated here that Mr. Choate's father, Ebenezer Choate, of Bridgton, Me.. 
was one of the one hundred and seven survivors of the Revolution wlio were present at 
the dedication of the Bunker Hill Monument. He then seventy-eight years old. 
but there were in the ranks only two men who were younger. 

It .somehow fell to Leander Cho.ate. the youngest of the boys of this old soldier, 
partly, perhajjs. because he was the youngest, and partly, also, it may be. because he 
was less robust than his brothers, it fell to his lot, to remain upon the homestead, the 
stay of his parents in their declining years. This farm, which was first occupied by 
Ebenezer Choate in the year 1800, remained the home of Leander until failing health 
compelled him to sell it, and to remove to a home in the village. The old homestead 
passed into other hands, and in the course of a few years the house and all the build- 
ings except the barns, were burned to the ground. They have not been rebuilt, and 
the place is now marked most conspicuously by its noble elms, which were planted by 
the older children of Ebenezer and Elizabeth Choate. and immortalized by their grand- 
son in verse : — K/V/. Picture [6g8]. 
Ancestkai, Treks. 

Firm-rooted, sending far and wide .\long the lane, ranged side by side, 

Their mooring lines on every side. Their branches reaching far and wide, 

These sturdy elm-trees stand; .\ noble brotherhood. 

Uplifting branches, waving high, 

Told out against the evening sky Beneath this deep and ample shade 

With butiressed columns grand. ' lave troops of happy children played, 

Careless, without annoy. 

Low-whispered tones the passing breeze Few now are left whose memory chimes 

Sends through the foliage of the trees With laughter of those merry times 

In summer soft and bland; When living was a joy. 

The boughs are tossed with easy grace 

As flaxen locks round childish face By few eyes would this path be traced 

By breath of morning fanned. Along which, grave and thoughtful, paced 

That venerable one 

But when these branches, stripped and bare. Who served in youth his country well, 

Hard stiffened in the frosty air Whose eyes had known that magic spell, 

.^s if in metal cast, The eyes of Washington. 

Hang loaded down with ice and snow, 

Lcud creaking, thev swing to and fro Live long, ye elms, whose arches fair 

Driven by the wintry blast. Remind us of the prudent care 

That set you in this place; 

-Mone these stanil, <if all the last, Remind us to our latest years 

.Above the spot where in the past Of ancestors who were your peers 

A broad-roofed farm-house stood; In dignity and grace. i. u. c. 




Eunice'' Choate {Ebenczer^, Nehemiah'^, Robert'^, John-, John'^), daughter 
of Ebenezer [i4o] and Elizabeth [461] (Choate) Choate, was born Feb. 11, 
18 1 3, in Bridgton, Me. She married, i&t,2,. Jonathan Haskell, son of Jonathan 
and Rebecca (Harris) Haslvell. He was born in 1S17, in Ipswich, IVIass. 
They resided in Lynn, Mass. He died May ig, 1S84, and Mrs. Hasliell died 
in 1837. There were no children. 



Lucretia'' Choate {F.hcnczcr', Ncliemiak''', Rol>CT-t'^,John^,John^), daughter 
of Ebenezer [i-io] and Elizabeth ["ii] (Choate) Choate, was born Feb. 13, 
1816, in Bridgton, Me. She married, in 1836, Charks Wrbh. They resided 
in Claremont, N. H., and in Lynn, Mass. Mr. Webb died. Mrs. Webb died 
in 1865 in Philadelphia, Penn. 


Lavinia, li. July, 1S41 ; m. Dec. 25, 1S60, IVilliam Reynolds ; il. June 10, 1S62, in Lynp, Mass. 
Charles, b. 1843; cl. 
Harvey, h. 1S46: cl, 



Slisau^ ('hoate {Solomon'\ Nehemiah^, Robcrl'^, Jo/ui-, John'^) , (\\\\.er of 
Solomon [1*1] and Lucy [305] (Choate) Choate, was born May i, 1798, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Jan. 17, 1820, Jonathan Cogs^vell, son 
of Benjamin and Abigail [203] (Choate) Cogswell. He was born April 2, 1798, 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Henniker, N. H. Mr, Cogswell 
died Feb. 3, 1890. Mrs. Cogswell died April 12, 1SS6. 


Washington C, b Feb. 21, 1S22; m. Feb. i, 1855, 'Mary//. Clement; m, March 22, iSbo, 

■Mari,i Colliy ; <i, March 13, 18S4. 
IIanuel C, b, April 1, 1824, lie died in boyhood, Jan. 26, iSj!. 
Sarah Maria, Ix March 9, 1826; m. May 10, 1869, Josiah A/orse. 
Henry Martin, b. Oct. 21, 1S28. He died in childhood, Oct 2, 1832. 
Susan Choate, b. Oct. 26, 1835; m. Sept, 29, 1859, George Moulion, 
Lucy Mary, b Aug. 3, 1838; m. Nov. 17, 1870, Gawn IViliins ; d, Oct,, 1879. 


Mr, Cocswell was a well-known and substantial citizen of Henniker. N, H, He 
was Captain of MiHtia and lived to the great age of ninety-two years. 

Mrs. Choate was a loving and devoted wife and mother, a valued and much-esteemed 
neighbor and friend. She was an humble and consistent member of the Congregational 
Church, of which she was a member fifty-five years. The faith she professed became 
an abiding trust in the Lord Jesus, which never faltered amid the severest trials, and 
which held her as an anchor to Him, when consciously passing through the dark valley 
and shadow of death. The familiar hymn, " He Leadeth Me." suggested many comfort- 
ing thoughts, and was often on her lips in health, thus : — 

" — But when the storms lieat loudest, and I cry 
.Moud for help, the Master standeth liy. 
And whispers to my soul, ' Lo, it is I. ' " 


And. when far clown the valley. h\ her own request, the fifteenth chapter of John was 
read to her. it seemed to stay lier soul '■ in perfect peace." Among her last words were. 
■• Blessed Jesus ! What could I do without Him now ! " 

Mr. Morse was a merchant in Manchester, N. H. .Mr. Wilkins was a wheel- 
wright and trader. He was. for ten years, postmaster of Henniker. N. H. He died 
February, 1883. I'ltf. The Cogswells in America, pp. 317, 318. 


Samuel'' (llOate [Sumi/t-/^, Samuel'^, SaiiiiicP, Sa iii iwl -, John^), aon of 
Samuel [iso] and ^Margery (Wyman) Choate, was born Oct. 21, 1795. He 
married, Sept. 20, 1818, Rebecca Afansfiehl, daughter of Ebenezer and Rebecca 
(Curtin) Mansfield. She was born Aug. 8, 1797, in Lynn, Mass., where they 
resided. Mr. Choate died Feb. 4, 1840. Mrs. Choate married a Mr. Carney. 
Mrs. Carney died May 30, 1867. 

Samuel Waldo, [699] b. .\ug. 22, 1819; m. May i, 1843, Isabel Stover : A. 1846. 

('.Vril.VKIXK < 1I<).\TK. 

Catharine'' Choate {Samuel^, Samuel^, Samiiel'-\ Siuiiini-, Jo/in^), 
ilaughter of Samuel [iso] and Margery (Wyman) Choate, was born April 7, 
1797, in Somerville, Mass. She married, July 25, 1819, Joseph Panott, son of 
Joseph and Hepsy (Howard) Parrott. He was born April 18, 1795, in Lynn, 
Mass., where they resided. Mr. Parrott died May 9, 1856. Mrs. Parrott died 
May 16, 1865. 


Ei.iZAiiETH, b. June 29, 1820. .She died in infancy, Nov. 12, 1S21. 

Eliza S., b Feb. 27, 1S22; ni. Dec. 19, 1841, Daniel Katiisdell : d. Jan. 24, 1S55. 

Joseph, b. .May 15, 1824. 

Rachel Alley, b. April 17, 1826. 

Sarah Ann, b. April i, 1828. She died in chil<lh()ud, April 26, 1832. 

IIakriet, 1). Aug. 14, 1830. She died in infancy, Sept. 4, 1830. 

Joseph Merrh.l, b. Dec. 3, 1831. He died in early life, March 6, 1849. 

AllGUSTA, 1). 

Sarah Ann, b. Jan. 3, 183S. 



George'' Choate {Samiier\ Samuel'^, SamiteP, Saviue/-, Johii^), son of 
Samuel [iso] and Margery (Wyman) Choate, was born .•\ug. 24, 1799, in 
Charlestown, Mass. He married Maria Ahhott. They resided in Boston, 
Mass. There were no children. 


Harriet" ChOflte {Samiiel'\ Samuel'^, SamiicP, Samuel-, John'^'), daughter 
of Samuel [iso] and Margery (Wyman) Choate, was born Dec. 11, 1801, in 
Charlestown, Mass. She married, Dec. 3, 1820, Benjamin Jreson, son of 
Benjamin and Susan (Burrill) Ireson. He was born Dec, 1799, ''^ Lynn, Mass., 
where they resided on Ocean Street. Mr. Ireson died Aug. 3, 1873. Mrs. 
Ireson died March 7, 1888. 



Julia A., b. Sept. i8, 1S21. She died Feb. 14, 1S90. 
Benj.\m1n, b. July 10, 1S24. He died in infancy, Jan. 20, 1S25. 
H. Isabel, !>. Jan. 25, 1826. 
Helen M., b. May 3, 1829. 

Annie S., b. Jan. 26, i8j2; m. May 26, 1856, Amos P. 'I'aphy. 
Maky a., b. Sept. 8, 1S34; m. May 22, 1856, William Lewis. 
Emma D., b. Feb., 1842; m. Dec. 12, 1884, I.ucien Ntiohall. 
K.A.TIE C'HOATE, b. Oct. 2S, 1845. 


The Lynn Hospital received by the will nf the late Julia Ireson $1,000. and the 
.Associated Charitie.s $500. 

\^id. Nooks and Coiners of New England Coast, pp. 253, 254. 


William Tufts'' Choate {Samuel^, Sanniel'^, Samiic/''^, Saiiuif/'-, Joliii^), 
son of Samuel [iso] and Margery (Wyman) Choate, was born May 16, 1804, in 
Sonierville, Mass. He married, Dec. 4, 1825, Sarah White Lovering, daughter 
of Benjamin, Jr., and Sally (Swasey) Lovering. She was born Feb. 4, 1807, in 
E.xeter, N. H. They resided in Woburn, Mass. Mr, Choate died Aug. 13, 
1853. Mrs. Choate died April 26, 1891. 


Sarah Maria, [700] ; m. Dec. 22, 1854, IVilliain D. Slratlon. 

William Manseielh, [701] li. lune 10, 1845 (adopted); ni. Sept. 27, 1865, Cai-otiii^ E. Riilal : 
d Feb. 22, 1885. " I'ul. [1291 i'. 

.\Ir. Choatk. about 1838. wa.s Deiiuty Sheriti' of .Middlesex County, .Mass. 
He adopted William .Mansfield Choaie [1291]. the son of his nephew. Samuel W. 
Choate [6gg] . 

Charles Choate. Esq.. a younger lirother. was executor of his will. 



Charles'' Choate {.Samiie/-\ Samuel^, Samucl'-\ .Sawi/fr-, Joh?i^), aon of 
Samuel [is"] and Margery (Wyman) Choate, was born Sept. 16, 1806, in 
Charlestown, Mass. He married, May 24, 1832, ^Martha Parker, daughter 
of Henry and Abigail (Hutchinson) Parker. She was bom in Woburn, where 
they resided. Mrs. Martha Choate died June 23, 1834. Mr. Choate married, 
Sept. 14, 1840, -Ziv/w G. Dow, daughter of Stephen and Lydia (Gove) Dow. 
She was born Nov. 17, 1816, in Weare, N. H. Colonel Choate died Feb. 15, 1883. 


Marth.v Parker, [702] b. May 12, 1833; m. Aug. 9, 1S55, Osi^ood Johnson. 


Mr. Choate spent his early boyhood in the public schools of his native town. 
Charlestown, Mass. When ten years of age he went to Petersham and li\'ed in the 
family of an uncle, under whose care he remained for nearly two years. He then went 
to Lynn, where for seven or eight years he was employed in the shoe business. At 
twenty years of age. with a desire for a better education than his opportunities had 
aflorded. he became a student for a year or two in the academy in Hampton. N. H. 


His studies were selected witli some reference to a business career. On leaving the 
academv he became a clerk in a general country store, in Exeter. N. H., of which his 
older brother. William T. Choate [340]. was the proprietor. This was an admirable 
training for his subsequent business life. Later he settled in VVoburn. Mass.. where he 
soon commenced the shoe manufacturing business for himself, which he carried on suc- 
cessfully until, in 1844. he removed to Boston, where he extended his manufactures in 
the same line. In 1S48 he retired from active business, but in 1S52 resumed it under 
the firm name of Alley. Choate & Cumming.s. having manufacturing establishments in 
Woburn. .Mass.. and in Lowell. -Me. In 1864 the firm was dissolved and .Mr. Choate 

Although a busy man he always took a reasonable interest in political affairs, and 
served, more or the public in official positions. He was a State Senator three 
years, in 1845. 1846. and in 1849. He was placed on some important committees, where 
iie served with great efficiency. He was on the staff of Governor Briggs. and hence his 
militarv title of Colonel. He held many local offices of trust and honor. He was a 
director of the .Shoe and Leather Insurance Company in Boston. 

.Mr. Choate was a member of the L'nitarian Church in \Vobiu"n. and for many years 
identified with its work in promoting the moral and religious welfare of the community. 

Colonel Choate was a man of very commanding presence, being over si.\ feet in 
height, and well proportioned. He wa,s very genial and interesting in conversation, and 
universally respected. 


Sarah Ann'' Choate (Azw/^<-/=, Samuel'^, SamnfP, Sainin-/-, Johii^), 
daughter of Samuel ['i^o] and Margery (Wyman) Choate, was born June 4, 
1809, in Somerville, Mass. She married, Nov. 29, 1827, Si(/iiey IiigaNs, son of 
Richard and Sallie (Clark) Ingalls. He was born Aug. 24, 1806, in Lynn, Mass., 
where they resided. Mr. Ingalls died Sept. 16, 1848. Mrs. Ingalls died 
May I, 1869. 


Richard, b. June 2j, 1S29. He died in infancy, Sept. 5, iSjo. 

Ir.NATlus P., b. .Aug. 16, 1831. 

An.n Makia, b. Jan. 25, 1834; m. Xov. 29, 1857, Alexander McC. Stetson; A. Ndv. 7, 1S59. 

CllARLts Sii).\EV, b. March 19, 1S37; m. ''Lucy Tapley ; m. ''Caroline Pitman. 

Kkances .Sarah, b. May 22, 1840. 

William Choate, b. March 14, 1S43. 

Edward Aigustus, b. May 20. 1846. He died in childhood, Nov. 10, 1S49. 

Sidney, b. Oct. 21, 1848; m. Oct. 2, 1874, Frantcs R. A'eat. 


Mrs. Lucv (T.\ri.i:v) Ixti.ALLs was the daughter of Phillips Tapley. of Lynn. Mass. 
Mrs. Caroline (J'tlmait) Ingalis was the daughter of Samuel Pitman, of Swamp- 
scott. Mass. 



George Raymer'^ Choate (Amos''', IVMaw*, Samuel^, Samue/-, John'), 
son of Amos, [iss] and Betsey (Raynier) Choate, was born March 23, 1825, in 
Kerne, N. Y. He married, Dec. 29, 1856, Caroline Wilson, daughter of John 
and Sarah Wilson. She was born Aug. 9, 1825, in Lancaster, Pa. They 
resided in New York City, and in Rocklord, 111. Lieutenant Choate died 
Aug. 8, 1893. There were no children. 


(iEORGE R. Choate served through the war. and came out of the army at the 
close as First Lieutenant. 





HannibaF Choate (Amos^, Williatn'^, Samue/'^, Samuel-. John^), son of 
Amos ['■'">«] and ]letsey (Raymer) Choate, was born April 28, 1835, '" Carthage, 
N. V. He married, March 9, 1889, Afrs. Harriet Rel'eeca Donovan, nee Sfetvarf, 
daughter of Cyril Leach and Harriet (Cavenor) Stewart. She was born Feb. 
23, 1853, in Granville, i\. Y. They resided in Winona, Minn. 

TIIF. Cini.riRF.N WERE: 

Hannibal, [703] b. Oct. 20, 1891. 
Charles Akers, [704] b. Nov. 7, 1S94. 



'I'" 1 j^Tl^ Rjii,J 



Mk. Chdati-; commenced his Ijiisiness career as a dry-goods merchant Dec. ii. 
1862, in a small store, as represented on the previous page. His success has been 
marked by a continuous growth, until his business house is one of the largest, as well 
as one of the oldest, under one management within the State of Minnesota. 

He owns a large store on Third and Centre streets, and has a wholesale store on 
Fourth -Street. Mr. Choate is a man of extraordinary business capacity, and has 
accumulated a good property. Vid. p. 155. 

He is the President of " The Mei-chants' Bank of Winona,"" which was organized 
under the State Law. Winona. Minn. Vid. American Ancestry, Vol. 6, p. 185. 

i:i,iz Aisinii < iioA ri:. 

Elizabeth'^ Choate (Wi/iiam'', S/fpiif>r\ S/,p/ifn'\ Sam//,-/-, /o/i/t'), 
daughter of William [•<'>2] and Elizabeth (darner) Choate, was born Dec. 28, 
1781, in Wilmington, Vi. She married, Feb. ig, :8oi, Thomas Maytiard, son 
ot Stephen and Rebecca (Coley) Maynard. He was born April 6, 1781, in 
Gilboa, N. V., where they resided. Mr. Maynard riied June 1, 1852. -Mrs. 
M.iynard died March 13, 1854. 


Wu.l.IAM (i , 1). Dec. 16, iSoi ; m. Nov. i t, 1822, IJannah Parsons : il. .May 13, 184 '. 
RiaucCA C, b. Oct. 30, 1803; m. Jan. 27, 1825. Simeon Parsons. 
.\i.MKKiN, b. Sept. 14, 180;; m. Caroline Rickey ; <1. 
AURIl.LA, l>. .\pril 2, 1807; m. Aaron Parsons ; d. 
LoNSON, li. May 18, 1809; ni. AitaU}>e Benton ; A. 

Eliza Ann, 111. Walter Slepliens : d. Ai.rucw, ni. ; d. 

Ki.lZABKTH, 11. Elvira, m. Cahin Hammond : d. 

JosKi'H, b. Lot-ISA. 1). 


Mr. Si.meon P.vrsoxs was born April 4. 1800. and died Jan. 5. 1880. Mrs. Parsons 
was residing, in 1891. with her grand.son in Cannonsville. N. Y. She wrote, in fair 
hand, two pages of letter to the author under date of Jan. 20. i8gi. in her eighty-eighth 
year. They had three children, a .son and two d.iughters. 

E. W. Parsons is a grandson : he resides in Unadilla. \. \'. C. K. W. .Maynard 
resides in Rondout. \. V. 

Mr. and Mrs. Stephens lia\e a daughter. .Mrs. .Martha .Smith, a widow, residing iii 
Hackensack. N.J. 

< ii.vKLorri; < hoatk. 


Charloile'' Clioale {lViNiam-\ Stephen'^, Slcp/ien-*, Samite/-, Johii^). 
daughter of William [Jfis] and Elizabeth (Garner) Choate, was born March 29, 
1783, in W'ilmington, Vt. She married yi'//;/ Wilkiiisoii C/ictmplitt, ion ol ]ei{Tty 
Chaniplin. He was born in Providence, K. \. They resided in Gilboa, N. \'. 
Mr. Cbamplin died Dec. iS, 1883. Mrs. Cham])]in died Oct. 26, 1861. 

Eliza. She died in infancy. 

Anna, b. Dec. 17, 1812. She died .\pril 22, 1886. 
Nathan. He died in infancy. 

John, Ii May 3, 1817; ni. Oct., 1S52, Eliza J. Simonson; d. Nov. 27, 1884. 
Harriet. She died in infancy. 
Benjamin, b. April 5, 1821; m. Oct. 15, 1848, Maria Oslerhaudt. 


Bexjamix Chami'UX, a son. ifsickcl at No. 17 I'iiic Street. Onennta. N. Y. Mr. 
Charles Champlin, a descendant, resided in Sdutli (iilhua. N. Y. 


Williillll'' Clioaie {William'', Stephen'^, Strphciv\ Sai/iiui-, Jclni^), son of 
William [lu-] and I'llizabeth (Garner) Choate, was born Oct. 6, 17S4, in Blen- 
heim, N. V. He niarrietl, Feb. 19, 1804, Riilh Cook, daughter of Job and 
Sally (Thomas) Cook 'I'hey resided in Blenheim, now Gilboa, N. Y. Re\. 
Mr. Choate died Nov 18, 1872. Mrs. Choate died June 25, 1875. 


GakDiNKR Tilii.MAS, [705J b. Sept. 19, 1S06; m. Nov. 17, 1S31, Selinna Goodrich. 
Sally Ak.n, I706J b. Oct. 4, 1S07. She died July 20, 1853. 
DUKINDA, [707J 1). Feb. 19, 1813. She died jiarch II, 1845. 
Dakius, [708J tj. May 20, 1823; 111. IViebe BrexosUr ; d. Jan. 5, 1856. 


Mi;. Choate was a Baptist clerij;ynian. 


Louisa'' Choale ( Williavfi, Stephen'^, Skpltcifi, Samiici-,Johii'^), daughter 
of William [nia] and Elizabeth (Garner) Choate, was born Jan. 29, 1787, in 
\\'ilmington, Vt. She married }o/iii Ilackctl. He was born March 7, 1787. 
They resided in Blenheim, N. Y. Mrs. Louisa Hackett died Dec. 14, 1823. 
Mr. Hackett removed to Oneonta, N. Y., and married -Anna D. Simonson. 
She was born Aug. 17, 1797. Mr. Hackett died May 4, 1852. Mrs. Anna D. 
Hackett died Sept 13, 1872. 


William Hackett. a son, married, had two suns and two daughters, and is dead. 


Anna'' Choate ( William-', Slephm'^, Stephen^, Samuel'^, John^), daughter of 
William [i«-] and Elizabeth (Garner) Choate, was born Nov. 21, 1789, in 
Shelburne, Vt. She married Orin Beach. They resided in Oneonta, N. Y. 
Mrs. Beach died Jan. 15, 1849. 


Chancelor, b. Orin Newell, b. CiiARLorn-:, b. 


Cynthia" Choate {Stephen^, Stephen'^, Sfiplu)r\ Sanuni-,Jo/in^), daughter 
of Rev. .Stephen [is^] and Polly (Barry) Choate, was born March 11, 1798. in 
Jamaica, Vt. She married, April 7, 1853, Oliver Smith. 'J'hey resided in 
Wardsboro', Vt., and in 1836 removed to Orland, Ind. Mr. Smith died May 27, 
i86s, Mrs Smith died Feb. 12, 1882. There were no children. 



Cyrus'' Clioate {Sh-pheifi, Stephen'^, Stepheifl, Saniiic/-, Johii^), son of 
Rev. Ste]ihen [i67] and Polly (Barry) Chotate, was born March i6, 1801, in 
Wardsboro', \"t. He married, Dec. 26, 1824, jSIary Cluipiii, daughter of Josiah 
and Nancy Chapin. She was born Dec. 7, 1806, in Jamaica \'t. They resided 
in Wardsboro', Vt., until 1836, when they removed to Orland, Ind. Mr. Choate 
died March 30, 1843. Mrs. Choate died Se]5t. 10, 1855. 

I UK I nil.nUF.N WKKK: 

l.UKA Mersvlvia, [709] 1>. .-Vug. 21, 1825; m. Jan. 25, 1842, .b'. D. RidiarJson, .1/. D. 

Mary CuAKLorrK, [710] b. .\ug. 15, 1827; m. 1849, ^Israel V. Willinnis ; m Dec. 29, 1S52, 

'H'rof. John Bennilt. M. D. 
Dascum N., [711] 1). Sept. 6, 1S31. He died in early life, June 22, 1847. 
SARAH Orrm.i.a, [712] b. Sept. I, 1833; m. Sept. 20, 1861, Edwin I.. I'arkcr. 
Maria, [713] li. .Aug. 3, 1835. She died in ohildhoud, Nov. 24, 1838. 
.\RI.F,rrK, [714] b. .\ug. I, 1837. She died in childhiMid, Aug. 15, 1S39. 

CvKls C'iKi.Ml-, u.Ls a l.ul <)l i)iit thirtffii years when liis lather, Re\'. Stephen 
Chiiate, died. Tlie imly inliei itancc left the family was a small farm on the hills of 
Wardsboro', \'t. Cyrus, being the oldest, became his mother's |)rincipal hel|)er in 
providing for her family of si.\ small children. Mrs. Choate managed well, and when 
lier son Cyrus was married his honse liecame the home of tlie whole family. 

Mr. Choate. in 1830, took the contract for constructing a turnpil<e road over the 
monutain from .Slratton to .Arlington. \'t. This undertaking occujiiecl thiee years in its 

He became in early life a member of the Church over which his father had been 
Pastor, and was chosen Deacon, in which office he served for several years. Deacon 
Choate and all his family were active workers in the cause of temperance and strongly 
anti-slavery in their sentiment. 

In 1834. in com])any with four or five townsmen, he ioiirne\ed to what was then 
the far West, prospecting for land upon which to settle and make homes for their 
children. They finally located in the northea-stern part of Indiana. Deacon Choate. 
with his family, his mother, a sister and her husband, in the sjjring of 1836 removed in 
their own conxeyances to this distant place. It was a journey of weeks and man\' 
hardships, but at last accomplished. 

This little colony from \'ermont were delighted to establish New England institu- 
tions and customs in this new country. They very soon provided church privileges, 
established public schools, and the place became known as •' The Vermont Settlement." 
But on the establishment of a post-office the place was called Orland. It was a station 
on the underground railroad in the da)s when slaves left their masters for homes in 

Deacon Choate was a Justice of the Peace in Orland as long as he lived. He was 
a man much respected, and his death, at the early age of forty-two years, was deeplx" 

Orrilla" Choate {Stephen'-', Stephen^, Stepheifi, Samuel'-, Johii^), daughter 
of Rev. Stephen [i67] and Polly (Barry) Choate, was born Feb. 16, 1804, in 
Wardsboro', Vt. She married, Oct. 2, 1822, Capt. Calvin Taylor, son of 
Ebenezer Taylor. He was born Feb. 22, 1798, in Wardsboro', Vt., where they 
resided. Mrs. Taylor died July 18, 1874. 


Joseph E , b. Aug. 29, 1823. He died in childhood, March 28, 1825. 
James T., b. Jan. 21, 1825. He died in infancy, April 6, 1825. 


EvANDER M., b. Dec. 26, 1826; m. 1849, Caroline OrcuU ; d. Dec. 9, 1851. 

Elliott J , b. Jan. 10, 1828. He died in early life, Dec. 9, 1S48. 

Sylvan D., b. Feb. 27, 1830; m. 1855, /. yl/. A'ewelt. 

Augusta M., b. Jan. 2i,' 1832; m. 1852, J. P. Parkhursi. 

Eben N., b. March 23, 1834; m. 1882, Emma IVakly : d. March 18, 1882. 

Francis E., b. Dec. 18, 1835. He died in early manhood, May 24, i860. 

Mary C, b. March 22, 1838; m. 1859, Fred RicggUs ; d. Oct. 21, 1878. 

Erastus O., b. Feb. 29, 1840; m. 1868, Nellie Page; d. Nov. 13, 1S72. 

Lizzie C, b. Oct. 17, 1842; m. 1871, H. J. IVard. 

Eugene, 1 , , -i ^ .0 . f He died in infancy, Sept. 16, 1S45. 

Eugene S., b. Oct. 19, 1847; '"• • 


Stephen NewtoilR Choate iSfcphnf', Stephcn\ Stcphafi, Samuel-, John^), 
son of Rev. Stephen [i67] and Polly (Barry) Choate, was born Feb. i, 1809, in 
Wardsboro', Vt. He married, Dec. 12, 1833, Sylvia D. Undcnvood, daughter of 
Henry and Mary (De.xter) Underwood. She was born in Wardsboro', Vt., 
where they resided. Mr. Choate died Dec. i, 1861. Mrs. Choate died Nov. 
8, 1861. 


Elliot Newton, [715J b. Dec. 5, 1834; m. April 12, 1S60, ^iVary /•;. Pu[lcr : m. Feb. 20, 1873, 

■Plleii A. Smith. 
Henry Madison, [716] b.Nnv. 17, 1S36; m. Feb, 21, 1863, Jennie P. Bivgas : d. May 13, 1S90. 
Mary E., [717J b. May 5, 1839: m. June 1, 1859, Franklin Pohbins : d. Sept. 30, 1862. 


Mk. Cho.^TE was a fanner, ami a liii;lil\ reN|jcttL'd Christian citizen in tlic 



lisaiali MatleSOU" Choate {SUphciv', Skphcir\ Stephen-', Samuel-, John^), 
son of Rev. Stephen [107] and Polly (Barry) Choate, was born April 25, 1811, 
in Wardsboro', Vt. He married, Sept. 26, 1841, Minerv.t Bell, daughter of 
Simeon and Charity (Lawrence) liell. She was born July 15, 181S, in Wayne 
County, Ohio. They resided in Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, and Minnesota. Mr. 
Choate died April 15, 1873, in Kedron, Minn. Mrs. Choate died Jan 14, i860, 
in Henderson County, 111. 


A.MANDA Maria, [718] b. Jan. 4, 1844. 

Edwin Fulton, [719] b. Nov. i, 1845. He died in childhood, Nov. 28, 1S47. 

Laura Fidelia, [720J b. Aug. 19, 1847; ">• March 29, 1873, Rev. John C. Mc Reynolds : 

d. Oct. 2, 1878. 
Clarinda J., [721J b. Aug. 4, 184.; m. March 29, 1873, Charles P. Gregory ; d. Dec. 20, 1878. 
EnENEZER Lawrence, [722] b. June 30, 1851 ; m. 1883, .-Innie ilcyl ; res. Huron, Dakota. 
Augustus Bunyan, [723] b. .\ug. 3, 1853. 

Cynthia Clarriette, [724] b. Nov. 27, 1854. She died in early life, Jan. 18, 1S83. 
Piiebe Antoinette, [725] b. April 28, 1856. 
Flora Emeline, [726] b. July 5, 1858. hhe died in early womanhood, May 16, 1.SS5. 


Mr. Choate was a school teacher in Iowa, which at that time was a Territory. 
The voung lady he married was also engaged in the same employment. They were 
both active members of the Baptist Church. 


Amanda M. Choate. their oldest daughter, was of a hterary turn, and a frequent 
contributor to the newspapers and other periodicals. She resided on Second Avenue. 
South MinneapoHs. Minn. 

Augustus B. Choate, a son, was a lawyer, and practised in Exxelsior. Minn. 

Phebe A. Choate, a younger daughter, was a Vice-Director in a Normal School in 
Ro.sario, Argentine Republic, S. A. 

Adoilil'ilin'' (.'lioale {F.phrainfi, Josiah'^, 7'/ioiiiai\ Thomas'-, John''), son 
of I^ihraini [!'■?] and Judith (Haskell) Choate, was born Sept. 22, 1772, in 
AVest Gloucester, Mass. He married, Nov, 30, 1 795, Hannah Steele, daughter 
of John and Betsey Steele, They resided in Gloucester, Mr. Choate 
died June, 1S35. Mrs. Choate died. 

rilK ( llU.liKKN WERE: 

Ki'HKAiM, [727 I m. . I.osl at sea, 1826. 

Makv, I728J b. .April II, iSoo; 111. James //. KcnJnll : d. Jan. 25, 1S92. 

l.rrv l.iiw, I 729] 111. Ehcntzer Haskell ; d., [730 I li. Feb. 25, 1S03; m. David 11. Caldwell; il. Jan. 15, iSi)2. 

Hannah, [731] I). 

JosiAM, [732 j' m. Mary Jeffs. I.osl at sea. 

JEKUSIIA, [733] 111. J-'.zra f/asl-ell. 


Josiall'' ChOilte {F.phralm'', Josia/r^, 'Jhomas'*, Thomas-, John^), son of 
F.phraim [n*] and Judith (Haskell) Choate, was born in 1779, in Gloucester, 
Mass. He married, 1803, Sarah Hutchinson. She was born in Salem, Mass., 
where they resided. Mr. Choate died Oct. 25, 1806. .Mrs. Choate died. 

Sakah, [734] 1). I 'ct. 9, 1S04; 111. June, 183}, Samuel Chase ; d. May 16, 1874. 

.Mr. Choate was a shoe-maker by trade. Later he kept a retailer's shop on Long 
Wharf. He was prosperous and much esteemed, but died in early manhood, at the age 
of twenty-seven years. 

\\ii.i,i.\:m < iio.vtk. 
William^ Choate (Ephraim-\ Josiafi^, Tliomas'-\ Thoma^-, John^), son of 
Ephraim [m] and Judith (Haskell) Choate, was born Dec. 25, 1780, in West 
Gloucester, Mass. He married, ( )ct. 25, iSoi, Sarah Sopcr Marsliall, daughter 
of Benjamin Soper and .Anna Baker (Oaks) Marshall. She was born Aug. 3, 
1777, in Sandy Bay, now Rockport, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate 
died March i8, 1859. Mrs. Choate died April 15, 1864. 


Mary, [735] l>. May 23, 1S02. .She died in early life, Oct. S, 1819. 

Sally, [736] li. June 15, 1803; m. Jan. 19, 1824, George J. [Vebster ; d. Jan. 6, 1892. 

Wn.i.iAM, [737] b. Oct. 18, 1804. He died in infancy, Sept. 14, 1805. 

William, [738J b. Dec. 27, 1805. He died in early manhood, Aug. 7, 1828. 

Benjamin, [739] b. July 17, 1807; m. Jan. 3, 1833, Rhoda Clark; d. Oct. 22, 1857. 

John SxEfLE, [74°] b. Nov. 22, 1808. He died in infancy, Oct. 21, 1809. 

John Steele, [741 J b. Jan. 10, iSio; m. Dec. 25, 1833, Lie/a Tarr ; d. April 3, 1889. 


Prentiss, [742] b. April 4, iSii; m. (_)ct. 23, 1S34, Lydia Haskdt ; d. March 4, 1874. 

CALEii Strung, [743] b. Dec. 8, 1812; 111. March 4, 1S48, Mary Coas ; d. Dec. 8, 1S94. 

Paul, [744] b. 1 )ct. 8, 1814; m. March 27, 1852, Mary Call ; d. April 8, 1881. 

Al'ULLcis, [745] b. Feb. 2, 1816; 111. Feb. 24, 1842, Rhoda Tarr ; d. May 3, 1S68. 

Alfked Buchanan, [746J b. July 4, 1817; m. July 20, 1S43, I^l'~" H'- Pool ; d. May 27, 1895. 

Daniel Fulleu, [747] 1). Feb. 13, 1819. He died in infancy, July 2, 1820. 

Davih Leonard, [748] li. Dec. 13, 1S21 ; ni. Dec. 26, 1852, Emily Bahson : d. March 18, 1859. 


.Mk. Choate and his sons were all carpenters, and the sounds of hammers, saws, 
and jjlanes made tlie " music of the Choate family " in Rockport. 

Mrs. Choate was a sister of the late Thomas O. Marshall, Esq. 

Mr. and Mrs. Choate were members of the First Congregational Church, Rockport. 
And when a new church was formed in Lanesville. a village two or three miles distant, 
they, with Mr. Matthew S. Giles and some others, were designated to join the infant 
church in order to strengthen it. .Mr. Choate and Mr. Giles became the first deacons 
of the new church. l^i'd. Gt'/i's Memoiial^pp. 358, 359. 


Nancy'' Choate {Josiali'\ Josmh'^, Thomas^, Thomas', John'^), daughter of 
Josiah [179] and Hannah (Roberts) Choate, was born in 1778. She married 
James Tappan, son of James and .Abigail (Gale) Tappan. He was born Dec. 
12, 176S, in East Kingston, N. H. They resided in Gloucester, Mass. Mr. 
Tapiian died Feb. 5, 18c;';. Mrs. Tappan died Fed). 10, 1855. 

the children were : 
"William, b. 

LuciNDA, m. Uriah Deam: : res. in Claremont, N. II.; d. 
Nancy, m. IVilliaiii Chonle Williams: res. in Newburyport, Mass. ; d. 
Hannah Ciioate, b. 

Sarah Weare, m. Frank Hilton ; res. in Gloucester, Mass.; d. 
James Morse, ni. Emily Church : res. in Bennington, Vt.; d. 
Mary Morrill, m. James Davis : res. in Gloucester, Mass. 
Josiah Choate, b. He died at the age of sixteen years. 
Auoi'srA, m. Benjamin Currier ; res. in Gloucester, Mass.; d. 
John, b. i8lo. He died in infancy. 

John So.mes, b. Nov. 30, l8ll; m. Nov. 12, 1844, Hannah Maynard Shaw. 
.\DEi.iNE, b. 1813. She died in infancy. 

Adeline, b. May 20, 1S14; m. May 17, 1840, Weeden Cole ; res. in Beverly, Mass. 
Sophia Dearrorn, b. April 29. 1815; m. May 7, 1835, Andrnu Parker ; res. in Gloucester, Mass. 
George, b. F"eb. 22, 1822. He died in New York Harlior in 18S0. 

There were si.x other children whose names are not given. 


Mr. Tai'PAX was at one time the tcicher of Daniel Webster, and there are some 
amusing anecdotes told of him. He was one of the ■■ grander "" style. 

Vid. Life of Daniel Webster. 

John Somes Tappan married Hannah M. Shaw, daughter of .Xenophon Hector 
and Eliza (Haskell) Shaw. She was born Jan. 4, 1S22, in Salem, Mass. They resided 
on Mason Street, Gloucester. Mass. They had nine children, viz.. Frank, b. Oct. 23, 
1846; died at sea in 1S64. Ida, b. April 23, 1848. Herman, b. Sept. 5, 1849. 
Evelyn, b. April 20, 1852; m. Sept. 14, 1875, Rev. Edward K. Chandler; res. Clinton. 
Ky. ; d. Nov. 7, 1879. Charles Sumner, b. Sept. i5, 1853: m. June 16, 1885, Ella 
Stetson; res. in Gloucester, Mass.; they have a son, Paul, b. Dec. 4, 18S6. Lillian, 
b. June 3, 1855 ; m. Dec. 31, 1878, Rev. David N. Beach, lately of Cambridge, Mass., 
now of Minneapolis, Minn. Lucy, b. Nov. i, 1857. Waldo Maynard. b. May 6, 1861 ; 
d. Jan. 17. 1862. Annie, b. Dec. 6. 1861 : d. July 21. 1S79. 



James Tatpax. Mr. Tappan's father, son of John and Martha Tappan. was born 
March 15. 1702, in Salisbury, Mass. He was a grandson of Abraham and Susanna 
(Goodale) Tappan, from Yarmouth. England, who came in 1637 to America and settled 
in Newbury, Mass. Vid. Cnffiti's History of Ne^vhury, Mass , p. 320. 


Susaniia'' Clioatc {Jacob-', Thomas^, Thomas'-^ Thomas-, John^), daughter 
of Jacob [186] and Hannah (liurnham) Ciioate, was born in 1769 {kipt. Oct. 9, 
1769) in Chebacco, I])swich, Mass. She married Benjamin Tificld, son of 
Benjamin and Hannah (Peters) Fifield. He was born Oct. 4, 1754, in Salis- 
bury, N. H. 'I'hey resided in Salisbury, in Enfield, and in Ckafton, N. H., 
where Mr. Fifield died in 1823. Mrs. Fifield died in 1859, in Providence, 111. 

Meuitaklk, m. Dec, 1S23, O. hrael Bean ; d. 1836. 

Ckokge WASlllNtnoN, 1 , |, n , ( m. 182b, .I/d7«/aZ'/£' C7/on/c [399]; d. Oct. 8, 1867. 

Thomas Hai.k, f "' J"'^ '5. >»02; \ ,„ ju„e 24, 1823, ^ Alice CarUr; m. Sept. 25, 1S45, 

"^Mrs. Susan Choah; nh Carter; m. Sejit. 30, 1850, "('n/«Ai //. Johnmn : 

d. Fcl). 24, 1874. 
Su.sanna, b. She died in Valparaiso, Ind. 
.\i.mira, ni. Benjamin F. i'haih^'ick : A. 
Betsky, 1). She died in childhood, asjed live ycais. 

.Mr. Fii'Uiu) was a 
was Ins second wife. .She 


oldier in tlie War of 1812. Mrs. Su.sanna (Choate) Filield 
survived him more than thirty years, and received a pension. 
Mehitable liean, his first wife, daughter of 
Sinkler and Shuah (Filield) IJean. and twin 
sister of Nathaniel liean. was liorn Nov. 21. 
1761. in Salisbury, N. H. 

Mrs. Hannah (Peters) Fifield. .Mr. 
Fifield's mother, died March 8, 1794. 
/ 'id. The History of Salisbury . 

A'. /i',//. 468,469. 573- 
Afehttable Fifield, the eldest daughter, 
married O. Israel liean, son of Phinehas and 
Judith (Snow) Bean. He was born .May 11. 
1789. in .Salisbury, N. H., and died in 1875. 
.She was the second of his three wives. They 
had si.\ children. 

/ 'id. 7 he History of Salisbury, 

N. H.,pp. 472.473- 
rhoinas Hale Fifield w;is born Jid\ 
15. 1S02. His wives were all from Enfield. 
N. H. The first two were sisters, the second 
being the widow of Deacon Nathan Choate 

Mr. Fifield. under date of July 17, 18S8. 

writes as follows : " I was eighty-si.\ years of 

age last Sabbath, have never used ghisses, 

can read the finest print, enjoy good health, 

and .suffer none of the infirmities of old age. 

could do a pretty good day's work, if I had anything to do ; have been a farmer all ni) 

days, never used tobacco in any form, or drank a glass of whiskey ! '" 

He resided in South Bend, Ind. 

There were nine children, si.\ of whom were living in 1888, viz., Mrs. Mary (Fifield) 
Saunders, of Los Angeles. Cal. : Col. Benjamin Fifield, Porter County, Ind. : Mrs. 



Bessie (Fifield) Durrell, Lavvndale. Cliicajio. 111. ; Capt. Z. ]i. Kifickl. St. Paul. Minn. : 
Mrs. Jane E. (Fifield) Beach, Valparaiso, Ind. These were of the first marriajje. and 
Mrs. Abbie J. (Fifield) Campbell, South Bend. 

The three children who died prior to 1888 were ; An infant daughter ; Sarah, wlio 
died at the age of seventeen years ; and Almira. who died March 26, 1863, at the age 
of twenty-seven years, in the Hospital No. i, Paducah. Ky.. while engaged in nursing 
the sick and wounded soldiers of the Union Army. iVIiss Fifield was a graduate from 
the New England Medical College, Boston, Mas.s. Her diploma was dated March 26, 
1S59. " '^h'^ died a noble martyr to the cause of Freedom and Humanity."' 

Mrs. Almira (Fifield) Chadwick was Ijorn in Enfield, N. H. She spent her last 
days in Boston, Mass. 

nAxxAH ciioAri:. 


Haunall*^ Choate {Jacolfi, Thomas^, Thomas-\ Thomas-, folin^), daughter 
of Jacob [186] and Hannah (Burnham) Choate, was born {baft. April 26, 1772) 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married Jonathan Farnham. They resided 
in Enfield, N. H. Mr. Farnham died. Mrs. Farnham died. 


Lucy, b. April 20, 1794. Betsey, m. May 2, 1827, John I'urnout. 

James, b. .Sept. 10, 1796. David, b. 

William, b. Oct. iS, 179S. Jonathan, b. May 26, 1805; ni. Aug. 24, 1S26, 

Nathan, b. March 25, iSoi ; m. Sept. 8, 1833, " Pliehe B. Stevens. 

Lydia Colby. 


Fakxh.^im signifies ■• Fern-home." or •• Home of the Ferns." 

Vid. History of Salisbury, N. H, pp. 555, 573, 574. 



TllOinas'' Choate {Jacob-', Tliomas"^, Thomas'-', Thomas-, Johii^), son of 
Jacob [i>*'J] and Hannah (Burnham) Choate, was born Jan. 23, 1773, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, July 10, 180S, Airna Ale Carter, 
daughter of Isaiah and Mary (Laud) McCarter. She was born Aug. 13, 1789, 
in Pleasant Valley, N. B. They resided in Glanford, Ontario. Mr. Choate died 
March 7, 1859. Mrs. Choate died Nov. 29, 1863. 

rHE children were: 

Hannah, [749] b. Jlay 20, 1S09. She died in infancy, Oct. 20, 1S09. 

Jacob, [750] b. Aug. 11, 1810; m. Feb. 5, 1835, Maria Jane Bunnell : d. April 15, 1877. 

Elizabeth, [751] l>. May 3, 1812; in. Jan. 3, 1833, Jtnoh Terryberry : d. Aug. 11, 1876. 

Nathan, [752] b. Feb. 23, 1814; m. Sept. 22, 1837, ^^'"^ Curtis. 

John McCariek, [753] b. April g, 1816; ni. Nuv. 20, 1844, Helen Perky. 

Abicail, [754] b. Ve\>. 27, 1S18; IT.. 1839, yohn Clart ; d. 1879. 

James, [755J b. Jan. 11, 1S20. He died in infancy, Jan. 18, 1820. 

Thomas, [756] b. Feb. 24, 1821 ; iti. 1S41, Eleanor A. Graham ; d. Aug. 20, 1889. 

Joseph Birney, [757] b. March 12, 1823; m. Sept. 15, iS^b, Etizabel/i Malice : d. April 14, 1881. 

David Kern, [758J b. Dec. 2, 1824; m. 1846, Nancy King; d. Feb. 19, 1854. 

Asa, [759] b. Jan. 22, 1S27; m. Oct. 20, 1849, Almira Smitli. 

Mary Ann, [760] b. Jan. 21, 1829; m. Feb. 25, 1848, ^William Bell; m. March 12, 1862, 

^O^ven Cornell. 
Samuel, [761] b. Jan. 11, 1831. He died in infancy, Jan., 1831. 
Zaccheus Burnham, [762] b. Aug. 11, 1732; m. Oct. 24, 1855, Margaret Bales. 
Makia Jane, [763] b. March 3, 1835; ni. 1S53, Thomas i,/ia7i.'. 


Mk. Choatr. in 1796. iii.kK- liis \\a\ thrciiiL;li an almost unbrokc-n vviklerness to 
Canada. Ho bccamt an officcT in tlii.- (.'anadian Army in the War of icSi2. and in tlie 
course of his life accumulated a substantial property. The h)lloxvinj; is — 

,\ i\Ai<i<Ai'i\'j', oi' I'lii-. (_'ii(iAri:s. 
Given by Zaccheiis Biiinliani C/ioa/e, of Hui/iil/oii, Onlaiio. 

TllK ClIOATE Famu.v were Huguenots, who tied from France in 1572. the year of 
tile -St. Bartholomew .Massacre, and settled in iCnjjland. where the city of Liverpool 
now stands. From that place came John Choate with a brother, in 1645. to Chebacco. 
Ipswich, Mass. The brother retiu-ned the following year. 1646. 

After the revocation of the edict of Nantes more of the Choates left France antl 
settled in some of the midland counties of ICngland ; of these the writer has no knowl- 
edge, save that he once had a communication from .some official in that neighborhood, 
making inquiry for the next of kin to Sir Joseph Choate. who. it appears, died without 

My great-grandfather, Thomas Choate [81]. boin in Chebacco (now ICssex). Mass.. 
Oct. 1 1, 1 71 8, resided for a time on "Hog Island." but removed to •■ Clioate's Hill." 
Boscawen, N. H., where he lived the remainder of his days. 

Lieut. Thomas Choate's oldest son, Jacob Choate [186], my grandl'.ither. Ijorn Oct. 
II, 1746, followed the seas for some years, but having lost his vessel, he left the seas 
and went to farming. In 1785 Jacob Choate removed to New Hampshire and setded 
in the town of Enfield, N. H. At that time my father was twelve years old. 

In 1796 my father, Thomas Choate [375], had become dis.satisfied with tlie laws ol 
the country in which he lived, his father, by some trickery, having been robbed of all 
he owned, concluded to go to Canada. Accordingly he made his way through Vermont 
and New York .States, then an almost unbroken wilderness, to Niagara. He found the 
laws of Canada much more to his liking, and determined to make that country his home, 
doing westward some fifty miles from Niagara, he selected a location for his settlement. 
This place afterward became tilanford, in the County of Wentworth. In 1797 he cleared 
a few acres of land and jjlanted it with corn and potatoes. His nearest neighbor to the 
north was four miles away, and to the south, twelve miles distant. 

After hoeing his ground, and seeing his corn and potatoes in a fine growing condi- 
tion, he returned on foot to Knfield, N. IL, to arrange some business for his father, 
and then walked back to Canada in time to har\est his crojis. which were quite good. 
He then returned on foot again to New Hampshire. 

Early in the sjiring of 1798, Thomas Choate and his three brothers, Jacob, James, 
and Nathan Choate, with two cousins of the name of Burnham, started for Canada, 
taking with them a yoke of oxen, which were driven singly because the Indian foot-path 
was narrow. These oxen were loaded on their backs with tools, provisions for the 
journey, etc. 

On reaching the Mohawk Kiver they undertook to replenish their stock of food for 
the rest of the way. On going into'a house they found the people all sick and as it 
proved with the sniall-p.o.x. liaving thus been exposed they concluded to stay where 
thev were until it was all over. To hasten the matter they hired a shanty and 
inoculated themselves with the small-pox virus. Having reco\-ered. and smoked their 
clothing, they went on their way. And on arriving at the location they at once went 
to work to carve out homes for themselves. Taking ad\-antage of the free grant of one 
hundred acres of land secured to each actual settler, they added to this as rapidly as 
possible by purchase. 

My uiicles, Jacob. James, and Nathan Choate, did not remain long near where my 
father settled. But my uncle, Jacob Choate. settled near where the town of Port Hope 
now is, on the north shore of Lake Ontario. My uncles. James and Nathan Choate, 
went to the westward some sixty miles, near where the city of London now is. 

My grandfather, Jacob Choate, came into this country in 1800. He came through 
on horseback, there being no roads over which a wagon could pass. He spent a part 
of his time with my uncles, James and Nathan Choate, in the county of Oxford, but 
died in 182S, at my father's house. 

Thomas Choate. who settled in Canada, soon carved out for himself a home in the 


wilderness, and became a successful agriculturist. He was among the first to engage 
in butter and cheese making in upper Canada. He was mucli interested in hLs cattle 
and horses, and in improved stock. 

During the War of 1812 he .served as a soldier, being attached to the Forty-ninth 
Regiment of British Regulars. He fought at yueenstown. and in other engagements. 
He rcse to the rank of a captain, and commanded a companv during the troubles in 
Canada in 1837-38. 

Mrs. Choate was descended from Loyalists in the time of the Revolution. Her 
grandfather was a Mr. Laud, who lived somewhere on the -Susquehanna River, and was 
supposed to have been killed early in the war, but made his escape, and reached a 
British military post on the Niagara, and from there made hi.s wav to the head of Lake 
Ontario, and was the first white man to settle in the place where the city of Hamilton 
now stands. Mr. Lauds wife was .Margaret Scott, of \'irginia. and an aunt of Colonel, 
afterward General. Winfield Scott. U. S. A. 

At the close of the Revolution she, .Mrs. .Margaret (Scott) Laud, with her family, 
removed to New Brunswick, where h<;r daughter was married, and her granddaughter. 
Anna McCarter. was born in 1789. About this time the old ladv. .Mrs. Laud, heard 
that a man by the name of Laud was living alone in Canada, at the head of Lake 
Ontario, whom she believed was lier husljand. although all others belie\ed her husband 
to be dead. It transpired that he had believed that his familv were all killed at the 
time of his e.scape. as he had returned some nights after the' fighting and found his 
house tt ith its contents all Ijurned and his familv gone ; so he made his escape to Canada, 
while his family had removed to the State of New York. 

Mrs. Laud, determined to find out who this .Mr. Laud might be. despatched one of 
her sons in search of the person of whom she had heard. On reaching the place the old 
lady's suspicions were .verified : the man was indeed her husband. The son returned to 
New Brunswick and brought the rest of the family to Hamilton. Canada. 


James'' Choatet ( /acoP, T/wmas*, Tlwmas-\ T/wm„s^-, JoJin^), aon of 
Jacob [1.S0] and Hannah (Burnham) Choate, was born in Enfield, X. H. He 
married ^Miss McChaiy. They resided near Ix)ndon. Ontario. Mrs. Choate 
died. Mr. Choate married ^Elizabeth Hoffman. Thev resided in Dorchester. 
Ontario. Mr. Choate died March 28, 1832. Mrs'. Elizabeth Choate died 
April 8, 1832. 


William, [764] li. fJec. 16, 1807, m. ' S-cuarlz ; m. ; <\. 1861. 

Jacob, [765 ] h. Aug. 11, iSio. He died m earlv life, April 8, 1832. 
Nathan, [766J b. Feb. 14, 1S15; m. Caroline Gitbs : <L Jan. 7, 1875. 
Christophkk. [767] b. June 12, 1817. 

Hiram, | 768] b. .Vpril 23, 1821 ; m. March 19, \^^, Margare/ Ward. 
Gertrude, [769] b. May 17, 1827; m. Aug. 1844, Patd Shaver. 


There is some uncerfciinty in regard to tlie above record of this familv. It has 
been said that .Mr. Choate was married but once, and that he and Mrs. 'Elizabeth 
Choate dietl on the same day only a few hours apart. It appears from the above record 
that Mrs. Choate died a few days after her husband, and on the same day with the son, 
Jacob Choate [765] . All attempts for confirmed data proved in vain. 


Jacob'' Choate (Jacob'', Thomas'^. Thomas'^, Thomas"-, John^), son of 
Jacob [180] and Hannah (Burnham) Choate, was bom Jan. 28, 1777, in Enfield, 
N. H. He married, Jan. 26, 1800, lanny Marshall Burnham, daughter of 


Nathan and Hannah (Marshall) Burnham. She was born Sept. 27, 1780, in 
Dunbarton, N. H. They resided in Port Hope, Ontario Mr. Choate died 
Nov. 29, 1840. Mrs. Choate died Sept. 7, 1865. 


F.\NNY, [770] b. Nov. 3, iSoo; m. May 4, 1828, Patrick Maguire : A. Feb. 6, 1883. 

J.ACOB, [771] b. Dec. 25, 1S02; m. 1825, Masgaret Bunker : d. Sept. 27, 1831. 

Nath.-\n, [772] b. March 9, 1S05; m. May 9, 1827, ^Cliarlotle Bedford; m. May 20, 1S35, 

■Milliccnt Boyr,- ; m. Julv 13, 1840, ■'A/rs. Mi7r//ia (A/asoii) /lyre: m. July 

20, 1848, *A/ary Ann Lukey ; d. July 10, 1891. 
.\ari)N, [773] b. Nov. 4, 1806; m. X(,v. 19, 1841, Mary imiit/i : d. Sept. 22, 1877. 
Thomas, [774] b. April 3, 1809; m. Oct. 3, 1830, ^Mary Wri^lit : m. Sept. 16, \8/\o, -Eliza 

iVrii^hl : m. Feb. 18, l8i,6, ■'Hannah Graver. 
Anka Maria, [775] b. July 2, 1820; m. May 30, 1842, Edward Bates ; d. Nov. 27, 1S95. 

ittcmor antra. 

.Mr. Choate was l)orn in Entiekl. N. H. When about twenty-ime years old he 
emigrated with his three brothers to Canada, and located at first near the site of the 
city of Hamilton. Ontario; later he removed to a place near Cobourg. and in 1812 
settled in Port Hope. Ontario, where he engaged in hotel business. 

•• Becoming tired of hotel-keeping he ])urchased a large tract of timber land in 
that district, which he improved besides building a large saw-mill. He lived on this 
property until his death in 1842, having during his lifetime ])assed the greater portion 
of it among those eventful scenes with which the early history of the Province is 


Rachel'' Choate (Ja(olf\ Thomas^, T/i(>mai\ Thomas", John'^), daughter 
of Jacob [i8<'>] and Hannah (Burnham) Choate, was born in Enfield, N, H. 
She married Benjamin FifieU, son of Obadiah Peters and Sarah (Bean) Fifield. 
He was born .\ug. S, i 777, in Salisbury, N. H., where they resided, and removed 
in 1837, to Wilmot, N. H. Mr. Fifield died Jan. 10, 1842. Mrs. Fifield died 
Jan. 7, 1864. 


Mary, b. Oct. 2, 1801 ; m. 1820. Samuel Currier : d. Dec. 8, 1884. 
.•\sa N., b. April 27, 1816; m. ^I.ydia Eastman ; m. 'Afrs. Sarah Bailey. 
.\B1(;ail, b. 1817; m. Jonathini Bean. 
Sakah, b. Feb. 11, 1824; m. Thomas Addison : d. Feb. 17, 1864. 


.Mr. and .Mrs. Asa N. Fifield had one child. Rose M.. b. Sept., 1842: m. Mr. 
Hardy: res. in Springfield. N. H. .Mrs. Lydia Fifield died .April 26. 1865. Mr. Fifield 
resided in Danbury, N. H. 

Mr. and Mrs. Addison resided in Weare. N. H. 

Vid. History oft Salisbury. A'. H..p. 574. 


Betsey* Choate {Jacolr>, Thomas*, Thomafi, Thomas-, Johti^), daughter 
of Jacob [186] and Hannah (Burnham) Choate, was born Dec. 28, 1780, in 
Enfield, .\. H. She married, Feb. i, 1801, Zaccheus Burnham, son of .-\sa and 
Elizabeth (Cutler) Burnham. He was born Feb. 10, 1777, in Dunbarton, N. H. 
They resided in Cobourg, Ontario. Mr. Burnham died Feb. 25, 1857. Mrs. 
Burnham died June 27, 1863, 


Elizabeth, b. April ii, 1S02; m. Richard Birdsall : d. 1826. 
Mark, b. July 12, 1S04; m. Hetty S. Boshvick ; A. May 17, 1S77. 
AciISAH, b. Jan. 31, 1S09; m. Ed-oard Emantinger ; d. 18S0. 
Maria, b. July 2S, 1812; m. Ja/nes G. Ropes : d. 
Affa, b. Aug. S, 1814; m. Rev. E. R. Stiinpsoii. 


Hon. Zacchei's Hurnham wa.s a man of great distinction, known as "Judge 
liurnliam." Thomas Choate [756] writes: — 

'• Mr. and Mrs. Z. Burnham settled in tlie woods of Canada, near where Cobourg 
now is, about the year 1800. and by honorable industry and perseverance soon made 
themselves and children a very comfortaljle home. Mr. Burnham was one of the most 
enterprising farmers in the Province of Upper Canada, was early appointed a Justice of 
the Peace, and elected a Member of Parliament, held and acquitted himself well in 
\arious offices until his death, accumulated and left to his lieirs a large amount of 
property. He was also a Senator many years." 

Hon. Zaccheus Burnham's father was a brother to Hannah Burnham. who married 
Jacoii Choate [185]. so that he was an own cousin to the three sons of Jacob Choate. 
who settled in Canada. 

Lieut. Nathan Buniham, who was shot July 8, 1758. and died of his wounds the 
next day. Julv 9. 1758. was Judge Burnham's grandfather, and the lamented husband 
of Mrs. Hannah [62] (Choate) Burnham, wlio died March I. 1805, in Dunbarton. N. H. 

Hon. Zaccheus Burnliam was a man of great prominence and large wealth. He 
was for many years a member of the Canadian Parliament, also a member of the County 
Legislative Council and -Treasurer of the Count}' for a long period. Mark Burnham. 
his only son, was an Episcopal Minister, and is said to have been worth a million of 
dollars. The widow of the late Rev. Mark Burnham was living, at last accounts, in 
Peterborougli, ( Intario : also Mrs. Affa (Burnham) Stini]ison. Judge Burnham's youngest 
daughter: llie other children are all dead. 


Kacliol'' Choate {Thomas^, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, Thpiiins-, JoIiii^),Aa.\ig\\\.tv 
of 'I'homas [iss] and Mary (Proctor) Choate, was /'«//. June 23, 1776, in Ipswich, 
Mass. She married, Jan. 4, 1796, David Bitrnham. He was born in Ipswich, 
Mass. They resided in Enfield, N. H. Mr. Burnham died. Mrs. Burnham 


PriI.LY, m. .lia Choate [390]; d. March 22, 1872. 
Olive, m. Benjamin I'. Choate [391]: d. 
FlUKLIA, m. Dec. 25, 1S28, /.t'7.7.t Clioale [395J ; d. 


Mr. BlMJNHAM lived to Ije nearlv one hundred vears of age. There were four 
other daughters besides those named al)o\e. three of whom were married, and an only 
son. wlio was married. It is said that these children all settled upon the same road in 
Enfield, N. H., and those farthest from each other were scarcely a half a mile apart. 
The line of road was called " Burnham's Row." Before the death of any one of these 
eight children their average age was seventy years, but names and further data could 
not be obtained. 


Charles'' CllOate {Sclpinon-', Thomas*, Thomas'', Thomas-, Johii^), son of 
Solomon [loi] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born Oct. 21, 1789, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, Oct, 10, 1815, Mary Lmv, daughter of 


Thomas and Dorothy [isa] (Choate) Low. She was born Dec. 8, 1789, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resirleil. Captain Choate died Sept. 14, 
1S75. Mrs. Choate died Oct. 8, 18S3. 

Mary Low, [776] b. I'eli. 3, 1816; m. 1X40, Kicliard Sutloii. 
Gkorc.i- Lewis, [777] I). June 9, iSiS; m. Dec. 24, 1S64, ^Mary Archer : m. June 16, 1876, 

-Afiirin S. Bro'on. 
Lydia Maria, [778] h. Nov. 24, 1S21; m. 1842, John Hcnvard Dodge : H. July 7, 1S43. 
JnN.\THAN Low, [779] li. Jan. 10, 1S25; m. Aug. iS, 1849, ^Mary B. Souther ; m. May 15, 1856, 

•' Louisa Buck ; m. Aug. 14, i860, '■'Aniic E. Raymotnl. 
Edward Washington, [780] 1). Aug. 14, 1S30; ni. June 14, 1855, Mariha Kussell. 


Mk. Choate was a shiii-lniildcr. and known as Ca|)tain Choate. Mrs. Choate's 
niothcr was the woman who. on occasion, would straighten herself up and say. — "I 
would have you know that there is Proctor and V'arney hlood in my veins." 

Mrs. Choate was a remarkable woman. .She lived to the great age of ninety-four 
years, but kept up with the news of the day until her death. 

Vid. Salem Register ^ Sept. 27, 1875. 

.VS.\ ( HOATK. 


ASil'' €hoate {So/omon-', Thomas*, Thomas-^, Tlumias-, Jolni^), son of 
Solomon [191] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born Oct. 14, 1791, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married Polly Rurnhain, daughter of David and 
Rachel [:i«2] (Choate) Burnham. She was born in Enfield, N. H., where they 
resided. Mr. Choate died March 25, 1S72. Mrs. Choate died March 22, 1872. 


HiXEN, [781!; ni. Leonard Miner : d. Wasiiinoton, [783] b. lie died in infancy. 

.\aron, [782]. 

Mrs. Choate's death wa,s noticed as follows : — 

"Mrs. Polly, wife of Asa Choate. who died at Enfield (X. H.), on the 22d ult.. 
followed by her husband on the 25th ult.. \va,s the daughter of Mr. David Burnham. who 
died at luitield only a few years ago. at the age of almost one hundred years, and was 
the father of eight children. — seven daughters and one son. 

•• Three of the daughters married three brothers by the name of Choate, all of 
Entield : three more married and settled in Enfield, and the son also married and li\ed 
on the old homestead until the death of his father, and one daughter is unmarried. 

•• .-^t the time of the death of Airs. Choate above referred to. every one of the family 
of children was li\ing. the average of their ages being seventy years, she being the 
oldest and first to be taken away. Five of the sisters lived continuous neighbors on tlie 
same road, and until a few years the brother and other two sisters also lived on the same 
road with no intervening neighbors, and even now they all reside in Enfield, the most 
distant not being over one lialf mile apart. The descendants of this family number 
more than fift\ . most of whom reside in tlie immediate vicinity." 

Vid. The Boston Evening Transcript of April d, 1S72. 

Benjamin Proctor'' ("lioate {Solomon-', Thomas^, Thomas-^, Thomas-, 
/ohii^), son of Solomon [i9i] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born March 
15, 1795, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married Olive Biirjiham, daughter 
of David and Rachel [ass] (Choate) Rurnham. She was born in Enfield, N. H., 
where they resided. Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died. 


Anne, [784] m. Frank Babbill ; res. in Enticld, N. H. 
Arabeli.e, [785] b. 
LAFAYE:TrE, [786J. He died young. 
Joseph Warren, [787] li. 1837; ni. Dec. !^, 1865, Mary E. Sullon. 


Mr.s. Uabhitt and her sister. Araliellu Clinate. occupy the old home place which 
was bought bv their grandfather. Solomon Choate [191]. 


Lewis'' Choate {Solomon^, Thomas'^, Tlwrnas^, Thomas-, Johii^), son of 
Solomon [i9i] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate, was born Dec. 6, 1805, in 
Enfield, N. H. He married Dec. 25, 1828, Fiticlia Biirnhani, daughter of 
David and Rachel [sss] (Choate) Burnham. They resided in Enfield, N. H. 
Mr. Choate died. Mrs. Choate died. 

THE ONI.Y child WAS : 

Don C, [788] 1.. 1829; res. in Enfield, N. II. 


Nathan'' Choate {Bctijamhfi, Thomas'^, Thmnas^, Thomas", John^), son of 
Benjamin [lo.-i] and Mehitable (Plummer) Choate, was born Nov. 19, 1794, 

in Enfield, N. H. He married, 1815, .SV/.f(7« Carter, daughter of and 

Sarah (Hoit) Carter. She was born in 1799 in Enfield, N. H., where they 
resided. Mr. Choate died in 1S34. Mrs. Choate married, Sept. 25, 1845, 
Thomas Hah Fifie/d, son of Benjainin and Susanna [.sts] (Choate) Fifield. 
He was born July 15, 1802, in Salisbury, N. H. They resided in South Bend, 
Ind. Mrs. Susan (Choate) Fifield, m'e Carter, died Nov. 10, 1849. 

.Susan, [789] h. March 3, l8l6; m ^Joltn Currier; m.' IVillinm Wiltcnmeyer. 
N.vniAN Pi.u.MMER, [790] b. March 26, 1817. He died when a lad, 1831. 
Royal, [791] h. Aug. 17, 1819. He died in boyhood, Jan. 14, 1S29. 
William, [792] b. Aug. 8, 1821. He died in boyhood, Jan. 6, 1829. 
MEinT.Mii.E, [793] b. Feb. 24, 1824. She died in infancy, July 18, 1825. 
Benjamin, [794] b. Dec. 30, 1826. He died while young. 
John Cal\in, | 795] 1). Aug. 29, 1S29; ni. Jan. 11. 1854, Olive J. 


Mr. Choate was a man of attracti\e person and winning manners. He was a 
devoted Christian, a deacon of the Congregational Church iri Enfield, N. H.. and 
universallv resjiected. Mr. Fifield's mother was a daughter of Jacob Choate [186], 
of Enfield. N. H. 

SamueF' Choate {Benjamin^, Thomas'^, Thpmas-\ Thomas-, John'^), %on 
of Col. Benjamin [if».3] and Mehitable (Plummer) Choate, was born March 9, 
1797, in Enfield, N.H. He married, Nov. 11, 1824, Anner [407J Choate, daughter 
of Capt. Samuel [m*] and Nancy (Jackman) Choate. She was born April 13, 
1800, in Boscawen. N. H. They resided in Enfield and Meriden, N. H., and 
in Tiskilwa, III. Mr. Choate died March 12, 1882, in Valimraiso, Ind. Mrs. 
Choate died Aug. 28, 1862, in Tiskilwa, 111. 



Ann, [796] b. Jan. 5, 1S26; m. Apvil 10, 1S49, Darius Cognuell ; il. March 10, 1S56. 

Mehitabi.e Pi.UMMtR, [797] b. Sept. 5, 1827. She died in early life, Oct. 21, 1S56. 

Saml'ei. LciOMis, [798] i>. June :o, 1832; m. March 23, 1864, Dilhe //. Scovitl : d. Jan., 1895. 

Hannah Augusta, [799] ''• Jan. 2, 1836. She died July 7, 1877. 

Martha Jank, [800] b. Jan. 7, 1841. She died in infancy, Feb. 20, 1841. 

.Sophia J. Currikk, | 801] |i. Nov. 20, 1842. 

.Mk. Choate pos.scs.scd unconmiDn nat\ir;il al)ilit\. a slroiii; thirst lor knowledge, 
and was an untiring student, otten spending tlie entire nii;ht. after tlie labors of the 
dav were done, in study, investigation, and writing, and coidd lie have had the advan- 
tages of a collegiate education, which he so much desired, would have become very 
eminent for his learning, and yet by means of these qualities he. in great measure. 
.sup])lied the want of tlie advantages of the higher schools, and by his own e.xertions. 
almost unaided mastered the common and many of the higher branches of an English 
educaiion. including surveying, wliicli he practised during his subsequent residence in 
New England. He had a more familiar and practical acquaintance with the intricate 
and irregular surveys of the section of country where he lived than any other person at 
that time. He taught school during the winters for several years, alternating in summer, 
between surveying and the farm. 

He was a consistant and devoted Christian, and earlv identified himself with the 
Congregational Church of his native town, of wliich he was one of the founders, and its 
clerk during his entire .subsequent residence there. He, with a few others of his father's 
family, furnished the means to build and pay for one half of the large and commodious 
church edifice in wliich they worshipped : he was also a generous contributor to the 
minister and other church expenses, .and to all charitable ,ind benevolent objects. 
Reing desirou.s of giving his children better advant.ages for an education than he himself 
had enjoyed, he .sent them to Kimball I'nion .-Xcademy. at Meriden. N. H.. and in 1S55 
removed there, remaining long enough for them to complete their course of studies, 
when he returned to the farm in Kntield. He for many years a Justice of the 
Peace, and also one of the -Selectmen of the town, but his naturally modest and retiring 
disposition and disinclination for jiublic life, prevented his ever seeking any position to 
which his merit would have entitled him. 

In 1862 he moved to Tiskilw.T. 111., to wJiicli place most of his children had pre- 
ceded him : here his wife died, a t.alented, beautiful, and conscientious woman of good 
education, who had been an invalid for a long time. She was buried in Providence. 
111. Mr. Choate. with his two daughters, in 1863. removed to \'<alparaiso, Ind.. where 
he died, at the age of eighty-five, full of years and of trust in the Cod of his fathers. 

.\Ir. Choale's daughters were educated in the public schools of their native town and 
in Kimball Union .Xcadeniy. Meriden, N. H. The three younger ones became teachers. 

Meliitable I'liitnmer Choate died in the midst of her usefulness. Slie was a fine 
scliolal'. successful teacher, and a devoted Christian. 

Hannah AugKsta Choate graduated in the class of 1858 from Kimball Union 
.Academy, taught public schools in New England, and later in Illinois and Indiana. 
She died in \'alparaiso. Ind. 

Sophia J. turner Choate was forthree years a student in Kimball Union Academy. 
1855-58. .She taught school for .some time, and later made her home in \'alparaiso. Ind. 

I IK m AS CH().\TE. 


Thomas'' CllOale {Benjamiifi, Thomas*, Thomas-*, Thomas'-, John^), son of 
Benjamin ['93] and Mehitable (Plummer) Choate, was born July 5, 1799, in 
Enfield, N. H. He married, I'eb. 12, 1828, Maria Choate [408J daughter of 
Sainuel [iw] and Nancy (Jackman) Choate. She was born Aug. 12, 1802, in 
Boscawen, N H. They resided in Knfield, N. H., until April, 1845, then 
removed to Lebanon, N. H. Mr. Choate died May 10, 1876. Mrs. Choate 
died March 30, 1868. 




Mary Loomis, [802] b. Jan. 20, 1S33. She died Jan. 22, 1892. 
Nancy, [803] li. May 29, 1S35. ^'"^ <^'^'l '" childhood, July 15, 1S40. 
Nathan Pi.ummer, [804] b. June 24, 1S37. He died in infancy, .Aug. 9, 1838. 
Annie Maria, [805I b. Oct. 11, 1839; m. March 2, 1S64, Oscar IV. Baldwin. 
Nancy Jane, [806) b. April 9, 1842. She died in childhood, Aug. 18, 1S45. 

Mr. Cho.vte was named for his graiKlfatlK-r. Tliomas Choate [81] from wliom he 
inherited some ■• silver shoe buckles," which were afterward exchanged tor a large silver 
spoon. Mr. Choate was a very earnest Christian. Learning devotional hymns and 
religious truths from his mothers lips in childhood, and accustomed to walk si.x miles 
to Springfield to meeting, he became a follower of Christ so early that he could not 
remember the time when l-'e did not find enjoyment in prayer. One of the first 
members of llie ahvays small Congregational Church in Enfield, N. H.. he gave his 
earnest support to it. and was ever constant in attendance upon religious ordinances. 
Upright, consistent, honest, conscientious, and of excellent judgment, he gained the 
respect of all. He was quiet, sensitive, unobtrusive, and faithful in all the relations ot 
life, but it was in the home where his character shone in all its excellence. 

Mrs. Choate was naturallv more sunny in temperament, but of a like spirit and 
Christian character. They were one in their aims and in their eflxirts : their life was 
harmonious, and tlieir children honor and revere their memory. 

Mary Looviis Choate. the oldest daughter, who passed out of life here, Jan. 22. 
1892, into the heavenly life, was much beloved and universally lamented. The local 
paper, a few days later, speaks of her 
as follows : — 

•• One week ago last Sabbath ilay. 
with simple but touching services con- 
ducted by her pastor of the Congrega- 
tional Church, was laid to rest the 
form of a royal-hearted Christian 
woman. Not by robe and crown was 
the royalty of her nature manifest, nor 
by sceptre of temporal power ; but by 
the all potent sceptre of love, whose 
exercise in prayer and kindl\' minis- 
trations among the poor and the 
sorrowing clothed her with beauty in 
their eyes, and crowned her a child of 
the King. Trained in some of the 
best of our schools for the high posi- 
tion of teacher, she never lost her 
deep interest in the welfare of the 
young, though feeble health kept her 
much from their midst, and from 
mingling in the busy .scenes of life 
outside her home. Naturally she was 
retiring, but when duty summoned her 
to action, in the strength of her .Sav- 
iour she answered to the call, and in 
his name sought to do what she could. 
Her loss falls especially heavy upon 
her sister, from whom, since the da\s 
of education in certain particular 
branches, she has scarcelv ever been ,,.dv/ i ^ur^.Tc 

, ; , , -. , , MARY L. CHOATE. 

separated, and who remains the last 

survivor of a family of five children. But they had one faith and one Master, and the 
consolation of the one and the love of the other are all sufficient to hearts that mourn 
and are lonely. We have said to Mary L. Choate our last good-night. In the shadow- 
less land loved ones have bidden her good-morning." 

I'icl. Granite State Free Press, Lebanon, N. H., Feb. 5, 1892. 


Miss Choate was a graduate from the Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, N. H. 
She spent six months aljroad acquiring the French language, and was thoroughl)- 
equipped for teaching, which she pursued successfully until obliged, by an organic 
disease, to relinquish her loved occupation. She was a verv tine scholar, liut of a 
retiring disposition : a person of great aniialiility and uni\crsally beloved. 


Mellital)le'' ('lioate {Benjamin^, Thomas^, Thorn is-^, I'homas-, John^), 
daughter of Col. lienjamin ['9^] and Mehitable (Plummer) Choate, was born 
Jane 20, 1S02, in luifield, N, H. She married, in 1826, Gro/xr 11'. Fifield, son 
of Benjamin and Susanna [373] (Choate) Fifield. He was born July 15, 1802, 
in Salisbury, N. H. They resided in Crafton and Enfield. N. H., in \'alparaiso, 
]nd., and Providence, III. Deacon Fifield died Oct. 8, 1867, in Clintonville, Mo. 
Mrs. Fifield died .\pril 21, 1863, in Hilda, 111. 

I UK cnil DKTN WKU1-. : 

Mehitable Ciio,\Tii, li. May 11, iS2y: m. July 26, 1S51, F.ilifin IVclh Slitkiu-y. 

Hp;tsey Ann, h. May 3r, 1S31; m. .March, 1S53, Atanson Miller. 

Susanna, b. Sept. 10, 1S34; m. June 30, 1857, Geor-^,- Barrmtis : d. July 21. 1S8S. 

El.I.EN Jane, b. Dec. 6, 1S36; m. 1S54, ^James Calvin ; m June 4, 1S56. -Williiiiii Diinlap; 

d. Jan. S, 1864. 
GEOKcai W., h. Aug. 25, 1S41. He did in childh.i.Kl, Aug. 2S, 1.S44, 


.Mr. Kn n-.i.i) removed with his family Irom .\o\v Hampshire in 1850, to the West. 
They settled first in Union, Ind.. but in 1853 removed to Providence. III. Mr. and 
.Mrs. Kifield were from early life active members of the Congregational Church. He 
filled the office of deacon tor many years. 

Mr. and Mrs. Stickney were among the early settlers of Elk Ciro\'c. Cal.. and 
they did much by their earnest Christian lives to mould the character of the place. 
Their children, three daughters and a son, were finely educated. The daughters were 
married, and two of them settled near their parents, and the second resided in Oak- 
land, Cal. They were all active workers in the church. Mr. Stickney, a son of .Samuel 
and Betsey (Wells) Stickney, was born Dec. 25. 1825. in I.ebanon. N. II. liefore 
removing {o Klk (irove. Cal.. Mr. and Mrs. .Sticknex' resideil in Wheeler, hid., and in 
Providence. 111. Their children were: — 

Mary liva. b. Nov. 26. 1852 : m. .Sept. 14. i86g. John Lelioyd.son of Charles and 
Susan LelSoyd, wdio was born Aug. 25. 1840. in Kentucky. The\' had three children. 
Ruth S., b. July 31. 1870: Paul V"., b. Aug. 15. 1871 ; Winthrop, 1). Fell. 25. 1875. 

Effie L . 1). Oct. 17. 1856: m. 1879, W. F. Kroll. who was born 1847 in Iowa. 
They resided in Oakland, Cal.. where, in connection with the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. 
Kroll did much for the education and Chri.stianization of the Japanese of the place. 
Thev had children, viz.. Clifton H.. b. Feb. 10. 1880: FJTie K.. b. Nov. 7. 1882; and 
Fred W., b. Dec. 8, 1884. 

Emily v., b. Feb. 3. 1S63; 111. Oct. 8. 1883. J. X. Polhemus. who born .\pril. 
1859, in Cedar Rapids. Iowa. They liveil in l-',lk (hove. Cab. and had children, viz.. 
Edwin C, b. Sept. 14. 1884; Clinton A., b. Julv 7. 1886: d. Nov. 14. 1S87: and 
Elbert V..b. Feb. 14, 1888. 

George E. Stickney. b. Feb. 6. 1865. 

Mr. Miller, who married Betsey .4nn Fifield. son of Frederick and .Minerva (U.\\ ) 
-Miller, was born March 11, 1818. in Pot.sdam. N. V.. They resided near Buda, 111., 
where .Mr. Miller died, .^ug. 24. 1874. Mrs. .Miller removed to Oberlin. where she was 
living in 1886, and her son a student in Oberlin College. There were three children, 
viz.. Ella .M., b. July 28. 1854: 111. Feb. 28, 1876. M. C'. Hatch, resided in Kent, Iowa, 
and had three children. Frederick A., b. June 5, 1858: d. Jan. 13. 1877. Edward A., 
b. May 19. 1866; m. June 25. 1S88. P>ertha (i. McCord. 

Air. Barrows, who married .Susanna Fifield. son of Otis Barrows, was born in 

ty. L. iiiu 

nton ; 

m. Nov. 17 



Rockland, Me. There were several children : George, Otis, Clarence. Edwin, Nellie. 
Irccneus, and Walter. They resided in Carthage, Dakota, where Mr. Barrows died. 
Dec. 7, 1S87, and Mrs. Barrows died July 21. 1888. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap had three children, viz.. Lulu. b. 1859: William Arthur, 
b. 1861, and Emma Jane. b. 1863. 

15KN.) a:\iix choatk. 

Beiljaillill'' Choilte {Bnijainiiv', l'hotiHis\ Thoiiuis'-^, Tho nuts', [oh 11^), son 
of Col. Benjamin [I'Js] and Mehitable (Plummer) Choate, was born Jan. 25, 
1806, at "George Hill," Enfield, N. H. He married, Feb. iS, 1834, Eliza Ann 
Whittcmorc, daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Cunningham) Whitteniore. 
She was born June 6, 1809, in Pembroke, N. H. They resided in Enfield and 
in Lebanon, N. H. Mr. Choate died Sept. 27, 1S75. ^^^s. Choate died July 
6, 18S9, in Boscawen, N. H. 

rilK CHlI.liKKN WERE: 

JuHN \Vas11INc;, [807] li. l-cb. 13, 1S35. He died in chddlioud, July 13, 
Makv Ei.lZABEril, I808J b, Dec. 25, 1S36; m. Nuv. 20, 185S, Ktv. Uciiiy 

d. .May i, 1S90. 
James IIenky, [809] I). July 4, 1839. He died in early life, Dec. 31, 1861. 
Emily Majieda, [810] b. Nuv. 30, 1S41. 
Benjamin Bukge, [811J b. Dec. 22, 1844; m. Nov. 14, 1865, ^MaryM. AllarJ : 

-//a/tie An?! Rice : d. June 3, 1896. 
Hakkiet Eeeen, [812] li. March 3, 1S47. .She died in early life, Sept. 9, 1869. 
Makgaket Ann P'uancks, [813] h. July 24, 1S49. 


Mr. Choate was a substantial citizen and a faithful Christian man. 

Mrs. Choate .survived her husband several years. Her death was noticed in a local 
paper witli an appreciative obituary. 

Vid. Granite Inec Press, July 26, 1S89, Lebanon, N. H. 

Miss Emil\ .M. Choate resides in Boston, and her sister, Margaret A. F. 
Choate. resides in Springfield. .Mass. 


Betsey" CllOale {Benjamin^, 'lluunai^, 'llwnias^, IJwmas-, John^), 
daughter of Col. Benjamin [I'Ja] and Mehitable (Plummer) Choate, was born 
March 10, 180S, in Enfield, N. H. She married, April 9, 1832, Luther B owe, 
son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Fitts) Howe. He was born Nov. 17, 1803, 
in Enfield, N. H., where they resided. Mr. Howe died Jan. 15. 1884, in 
Amesbury, Mass. Mrs. Howe died July 2, 1855, in Enfield, N. H. 


Elizabeih Eiits, 11 Feb. 3. 1833; m. March i, i860, Alvin A/. IValerlwme. 

Edward Pavson, b. July 13, 1S38; m. Manh 9. 1863. Anna B. Kandlclt : d. July 28, 1S63. Edwin, b. (_)ct'. 1, 1845; in. Nov. 16, 1881, Emma Florence Hall. 


Mr. Whitehouse, who married Elizaljeth F. Howe, son of Daniel and Mary 
(Mabury) Waterhouse, was born Jan. 28. 1828, in Parsonsiield. Me. They resided in 
West Amesbury. now Merrimac, Mass. Mr. Waterhouse was a carriage painter. They 
had eight children, viz.. Edward Lincoln, b. March 4, 1861 : d. Oct. 11. 1863. Louisa 
Anna, b. Sept. 7. 1864; d. July 29. 1866. Alvin Mabury. b. Aug. iS. 1866; d. Aug. 18. 
1866. and Alice Mehitable, b.'Aug. 18. 1866; d. Oct. 10, 1867, twins. George Howe, 
b. Nov. 3, 1868: d. May 7, 1S75. Charles Luther, b. April 23. 1870. Ernest Clarence, 
b. July 12. 1874. Porter Howe. b. Jan. 21. 1877. 


Edward Payson Howe married Miss Kandlett, of Manchester. N. H. They 
removed to Marengo. Iowa, where he died. Mrs. Howe returned to Manchester and 
married -George K. Haines, of that city. Mrs. Haines died April lo. 1871. 

Charles Edwin Howe married Emma Florence Hall, daughter of Nathaniel and 
Mchitable Hall. She was born Oct. 20. 1854, in Plaistow, N. H.. where they resided. 
Mrs. Howe died Oct. 12. 18S6. Their only child was Edward Bunker, b. Sept. 8. 1882. 


George Wiishillgton" Clioate {Bciijami)f', llioiiias\ 'Jlioinas-^, Thomas-, 
John'^), son of Benjamin [ii>3] and Mehitable (Plumnier) Choatc, was born 
Dec. 21, 1811, in Enfield, N. H. He married, Jan. 13, 1841, Sarah Ames 
d;7-;7.f/;, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (.-^mes) (ierrish. She was born Feb. 1, 
1819, in Boscawcn, N. H. They resided in Elnfield, N. H. Mr. Choate died 
-March 2^, i86-!. 


IIenky CJERKisii, [814] b. May 6, 1842; m. Jan. y, 1866, Luey M. Codinan. 
I.i/.ziE TuTNAM, 1 815] I). Jan. 22, 1844; m. June 28, 1866, Alfred Leims Clark. 
Sak.\h a., [816J 1). June b, 1846. She died in early life, Sept. 21, 1867. 
Josui'll Gkrrisii, [817] b. Dec. 25, 1847; '"■ ■'^cpt. 26, 1869, Fannie Wiggin. 
El.I.A M., [818J li. Dec. 14, 1855; m. .■Xpril 5, 1S77, Oscar A. Noyes. 
Georuu WASIlINuruN, [8ig] b.'jan. 15, 1S59; m. Nov. 24, 1887, Nellie llaslingi. 


Mks. Ciio.ATK, after her liusband's tleath, resided for .several years in Brattlcl)oro. 
\'t.. and in 1888 removed, with her youngest son, to Orange. Mass. 

M.VKv .i.wi; < iio.vri;. 

Mary JaiK^'' CllOate, (/icnjamiifi, Thomas^, Thomas'-^ Thomas-, John^), 
daughter of lienjamin [lo^] and Mehitable (Plumnfer) Choate, was born May 5, 
1815, in iMilicld, X. H. She married, Feb. 4, 1840, Nalhaiiiel Hozof, son of 
Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Fills) Howe. He was born May 24, 181 1, in Enfield, 
N. H., where liiey resided. Mr. Howe died Dec. 15, 1895. Mrs. Howe died 
.Aug. 4, 1850. 


Eliza Jane, b. Sejil- 12, 1S41 ; m. July 4, 186S, David Noyes. 
.Sakau Plu.m.mer, b. .'^iiril 27, 1S43; "'• March 12, 1874, Boijainin Carlos Lcaeli. 


.Mk. .\oVES, who married Eliza J. Howe, a son of Samuel and Rebecca (Hatch) 
Noyes, was born in Beverly. Mass. They resided in Enfield, N. H. (P. O. West 
Canaan. N. H.). Their children were: Frederick Howe, b. June 8, 1870; Frank 
Henry, b. Sept. 28, 1875 : Arthur Percy, b. Nov. 26, 1880. The oldest son is a farmer, 
the second is in the Junior year of the Class of 1897 in Dartmouth College, and the 
youngest is preparing to enter College in Kimball Union Academy. Meriden, N. H. 

Mr. Leach, who married .Sarah P. Howe, a son of Benjamin F. and Apphia (Baker) 
Leach, was born Nov. 3, 1837. in Enfield. N. H.. where they resided. They had two 
children, viz., Mary Jane. b. June 10. 1877 : Susie Alice, b. Jime 15, 1879. 


Isaac Chandler'' Choate (Samuel^, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, John^), 
son of Samuel [194] and Betsey (Kimball) Choate, was born Aug. 15, 1794, in 
Boscawen, N. H. He married, Oct. 10, 1819, Hannah Noyes, daughter of Ben- 


jamin and Sarah Noyes. She was born in 1804 in Hebron, N. H. They resided 
in Concord, N. H. Mr. Choate died Jan. 5, i860. Mrs. Choate died Jan. 
27, 1879. 


Samuel Kimball, [820] 1>. Dtx. 23, 1819; m. May 17, 1854, ^Martha Jane iVaUron : 

ni. Nuv. 27, 1S73, ''Mary N. Moors : d. May 27, iSgo. 
Betsey, [821] b. 1824. .She died young, 1826. 


Ro.Vill" Choate {Sami/eP, Thomas'^, Thomafi, Thomas", John^), son of 
Samuel [104] and Nancy (Jackman) Choate, was born June 12, 1796, in Kos- 
cavven, N. H. He married, Feb. 28, 1827, ^Hannah Saioycr, daughter of Isaac 
and Rebecca (Pettengill) Sawyer. She was born Jan. 3, 1801, in Salisbury, 
N. H. They resided in lioscawen, N. H. Mrs. Hannah Choate died July 31, 
1833. Mr. Choate married, March 23, 1844, 2J/«. Eliza {Mardcii) Mcivcrs, 
nee Hiickins, widow of I.uke Mewers, and daughter of Samuel and Jane (Heron) 
Huckins. She was born Oct. 6, 18 12, in New Hampton, N. H. They resided 
in Boscawen, N. H. Mr Choate died March 27, 1882. Mrs. Eliza Choate 
died Dec. 26, i88r. 


David S., [822] b. Nuv. 28, 1827. lie died in boyhood, Feb. 21, 1833. 
.Samuel, [823] b. Feb. 24, 1830; m. Nov. 3, 185(1, Caroline M. I'crkins. 
Nancy Jackman, [824] b. Nov. 5, i8j2; m. March 27, 1855, Moses C. Sanhorn. 

Royal, [825] b. April 25, 1846; m. Dec. 26, 1S77, Nellie IVehster. 
Lucy A., [826J b. Oct. 3, 1849; '"■ May 3, 1873, John F. Colby. 


.\lK. CHI1.4TE was Mrs. Mewers' third husband. Her (irst husband was .Samuel 
Marden. She was from Cilmanlon. N. II. 



Nancy'' Choate {Samucr-', llu>m„y\ Thomas^ 77/";;/,?^-, /,;////'), daughter 

of Samuel [194] and Nancy (Jackman) Choate, was born Oct. 22, 1804, in 

Boscawen, H. N. She married Jonathan Currier. He was born in Candia, 

N. H., where they resided. Mr. Currier died. Mrs. Currier died April, 1859. 


Neheiliiah'^ Clioate (James-; Humphrey'', Thomas'; Thomas\ John^), son 
of James [aoo] and Abigail (Perkins) Choate, was born Dec. 10, 1787. in 
Derry, N. H. He married. May 4, 1814, Sarah Cogsweil, daughter of Nehe- 
miah and Rachel [197] (Choate) Cogswell. She was born Oct. 8, 1790, in 
Boscawen, N. H. They resided in Derry, N. H. Mr. Choate died July 21, 
1870. Mrs. Choate died June 19, 1879. 

Viii. The Cogstvc/is in Amcriea, p 2,01. 


James C, [827 | b. Julv 28, 1815. He died in early manhood, Nov. 20, 1S40. 

Abigail C, [828], b. Oct. 7, 1S17. She died Nov. 19, 1876. 

Mary G., [829] b. Jan. 1=;, 1823; m. Aug. 21, 1849, Kev. Charles Du Moresque Pigion. 



Betsey'' Choate ( A'McS^, Bumphtey*. Thi^mas^,7'ki>mas^, John'^) . daughter 
of lames [^«»>] and Abigail (Perkins) Choate, was born July S, 17S1). in Lon- 
donderr\', N. H. She married, March, 1814, ^Rofrert fioyii, son of William Boyd. 
He was K>rn in 17S9, in l.ondonderr>-, N. H., where they resided. Mr. Robert 
Boyd died Mav 19, iSi6. Mrs. Boyd married, in 1S24. -/< hn Cix^-^cW/, son of 
Nehemiah and Rachel [is*] (Choate) Cogswell. He was bom July 21, 17S1, 
in Boscawen, N. H. They resided in Derry, N. H. Mr. Cogswell died May 
2S, 1856. Mrs, Cogswell dieii Sept. 23, 1S39. 

r/J. The CogS7i.'ilh in America, p. 306. 


Jaiues'^ rhoate ( famefi, Humphrey*. I'/ti'mns^, Thoma^, John^). son of 
James [sow] and Abigail (Perkins) Choate. was bom .Aug. 29. 1791, in Derry, 
N. H. He m;irrievl, June 5. 1S17, Al'igail Cogsxfe/f, daughter of Joseph and 
Abigail (CleaveUmd) Cogswell. She »-as bom Oct. 25, 1795, in Derry, X. H., 
where thev resided. Deacon Choate died Oct. 4, 1S61. Mrs. Choate died 
-Aug. Q, 1S55. 


H.\KKiET, [830] b March 13, iSiS: 
m. March 1. 1S42, FriUerici 11/^. 

CH-Wiuis, [831] h, Mav 9, iS33: 
m. Feb. 7. 1S4S, .Vary HasieL 

Cak 'LINE, [S32] b. .April S, 1S23; 
^ II, 1S52, yoiutiAan 

• [833] b. Jan. 26, 
...I.:, lS4S. i'iaiiUeiis 

--;.i b. July S. 1S27: 
■ri. \. V. 10, 1S69, Oc'r^-i C. 

" ' AKV Jant. [835] b. .\.ug. 25, 1S29: 
^' ;i. iS^j, BeM/jmiit F. 

. S36]b.July20. 1S33. 

.\:tj Uaxken, [837] bl Jaly 29, 
1S3S. He Jieti in childhoou, 
.April 3. 1S42. 


a carpt: 

1 _ _^;c<i lor hii 

-•x>-. accmute 

L ..--.---- - - strict integ- 
rity. He was prvKninent aod induential in the direction 01 town a&irs. He was a 
Justice of the Peace, a sekctman in 1839. 1S30, and 1S44. and in 1S59-60 he repre- 
sented his fellow townsmen in the State Lesrislature. 


is CHCi'E rERSY 


In middle life he became a member of the Presbrterian Church in Denrv. then 
under the pastoral care of Rev. Edward L. Parker, by whom he was much valued in 
the government of the church for the faithfulnes.s and efficiency with which he dis- 
charged his duties in the office of deacon, to which he had been chosen. 

yid. The Cogswells in Amerua, pp. 314, 315. 

Deacon Choate's sons. Charles and George Isaac Choate. are much respected and 
prominent citizens of Derry. N. H. His five daughters married sub.stantial and repre- 
sentative men. 

fll •*ll'Hl;j.'i < FKl \ J H. 

Huiiilihrey'^ Choate {Jaines^, Humphrey^, Thomafi, Thomas-, John^), 
son 'A lames l^oo] and .\bigail (Perkins) Choate, was bom Nov. 8, 1796, in 
Londonderry, X. H. He married, .April 20, 1820, Betsey Low, daughter of 
Eleazer and Sarah (Perkins) Low. She was born .Sept. 8, 1796, in London- 
deny, \. H. They resided in Derr)', X H. Deacon Choate died Oct. 11, 
1870. ilrs. Choate died Feb. 20, 1881. 


Maby A., [838J b. Jan. 6, 1822; m. 

Feb. 5, 1S45, -^Ivah AUxan- 

der: d. Jan. 8, 1SS9. 
ELlZAJiEiH P., [839] b. May 1, 

1823; m. .-Vug. V, 1851, Nel- 
son Ordiaay. 
Lydla G, [840J b. Jan. 8, 1825. 

She died in early life, June 

I, 1846. 
SAtAH Helev, [841] b. Jan. 31, 

1827. She died .Vpril ta, 

•893. sfr dcm fi^ 

Isaac FtASCis, [842] b. Jan. 12, 
1836; m. SepL 7, 1859, Fan- 
nU O. Sanborn; d. Julv 2, 

Ai;;; Mai ,a:..ct, [843] b. X v. 
15. 1^37; res. in East Derry. 


""■^- , 


ifR. Cho.\TE «:as borr. 
the original Choate homes:-. 
Londonderry, now Derr»-. X . 
He remained there through \ 
ocmpying what is now the l 
est house in the town, althou.;: 
still in good repair. 

In connection with the maxi- 
agement of a large &rm, he 
was, for many- years, successfiillv 

engaged in teaching singing ::£a-1:. -.!..?.-. = =: ;.-ca-£, ; = ?.= : :.. r-. 

sdiools, and for manv vears was 

the Chorister of the First Parish Church Choir. He was a captain in the State Militia. 
and in 1861-62 represented the town in the State L^islature. 

In the First Church Jilr. Choate was a deacon for many years. He was a man of 
wisdom and great firmness, and his influence in the church and its afeirs was highlv 



Isaac Perkins'' Ohoate (Janus'-', Ilumplwcy'^, Tliomas'-^, 7'hoinas^, Jolin^), 
son of James [200] and Abigail (Perkins) Choate, was born Nov. 29, 1798, in 
Londonderry, N. H. He married, Nov. 13, 1823, Eliza J. Ha7pc>\ daughter of 
Jolin A. and Susan (Thorn) Harper She was born July 3, 1804, in Sanborn- 
ton, N. H. They resided in Waltham and in Methuen, Mass. Mr. Choate 
died Oct. 26, 1826, in Londonderry, N. H. Mrs. Choate married -William 
Ciniiniii^ham, and died in 1889. 


Eliza Jane, [844] b. Sept. 26, 1824. She died Dec. 4, 1892. 

Makcia I'ekkins, [845] b. May 23, 1S27; m. Aug. 16, 1848, Caleb Emery. 

Mr. Choate. at the time of liis mairiagc. was a busintss man hi Waltham, Mass., 
where, in 1823, he jjurchascd a lot of land of Mr. Nathaniel P. Hanks. But soon after 
he removed to Methuen, Mass., where he was the agent of the mills built at that time. 
Mr. Choate's health failed and he soon died. 

Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham had three sons, viz.. William, who died some years 
since: Henry, who is an Episcopal clergyman, and John L.. whose office is at No. 77 
State Street,'Hoston, Mass. 

<;i:oK«iK < iio.vri;. 


GeOl'Re'' Choate ( /ames-', Humphrey'^, 'jyiomas'^, Thomas-, John^), son of 
James [aoo] and Abigail (Perkins) Choate, was born March 13, 1805, in Lon- 
donderry, N. IL He married, Sept. 22, 1841, ^Liicy Choate [4:<o], daughter of 
Solomon [soe] and Joanna [^02] (Choate) Choate. She was born Oct. 23, 
1813, in Rockport, Mass. They resided in Lowell, Mass. Mrs. Lucy Choate 
died Jan. 13. 1843. Mr. Choate married, Nov. 13, 1843, ~Lucy A. Baker, 
daughter of Silas and Dorothy (Templeton) Baker. She was born March 22, 
1821, in Holliston, Mass. They continued to reside in Lowell, Mass. Mr. 
Choate died July 30, 1882. 


Lucy, [846] b. (_)ct. 13, 1842; m. March 30, 1868, Dr. Selden S. Staples : d. I'cb. 12, i86g. 

Emily, [847] b. Sept. 8, 1844. She died in childhood, .\ug. 19, 1849. 

Frances, [848] b. March 21, 1847; m. April 22, 1867, Roberl //. Clarke. 

James Aijuison, [849] 1). Aug. 4, 1S48. He died Dec. 22, 18S1. 

Georoe Washington, 1,850] b. .\prii 5, 1851. He was drowned in early life, June 16, 1S70. 

William Henry, [851] b. Oct. 11, 1853; m June 13, 1888, habdla Margaret Gallant. Josephine, L852J b. Feb. 25, 1856; m. Sept. 8, 1886, Howard J. Folger. 

Mary Abbie, [853] b. .May 3, i860; m. May 18, 1881, Ralph II. Sha-v. 

Susan Elizabeth, [854] b. Aug. 5, 1863. 


Geokgk Choate was a timid boy and enjoyed the home fireside more than the 
evening recreations and entertainments of the village young people, and consequently 
was considered unsocial. His fondness for study suggested to his parents the idea of 
educating him for the Christian ministry, but his great timidity seemed an obstacle in 
the way. 

He completed the course in Derry Academy, and then went to a trade. At twentx- 
one years of age he had completed his apprenticeship for the fuller's trade. This 
business was soon superseded by woollen manufactures. .Mr. Choate. however, in the 


spring of 1828. went to Lowell and was employed in a small mil! called ■• Hurd's Mill," 
which subsequently expanded into the •■ Middlesex Corporation." For thirty-nine 
years he labored faithfully, and was advanced step by step until he became master of 
the finishing department. 

Mr. Choate served the city two years. 1S44 and 1845, in the Common Council from 
Ward Three. He was an active member of the John Street Congregational Church, 
and was a man universally respected and esteemed for his sterling integrity and 
Christian principles. He was a gentleman of "the old school" and made the world 
better by living in it. 

Mrs. Lucy A. Choate was of a literary turn of mind. She contributed various 
articles of interest to the Lowell Offeriiif^, aiid other local publications. 

Little Emily, who died in childhood, came as a transient sunbeam into the home to 
gild it for a moment and then pass away into heaven, where " Their angels do always 
behold the face of their Father." 

Miss Susan E. Choate graduated, in 18S0. from the High School and resides in 
Lowell, Mass. 

Janus Addison Choate, the oldest son. was an in\alid from his infancy, but his 
ill health seemed to develop in him a remarkable patience which beautitiecl his life. 
He was fond of books, and had a great passion for music. His attachment and devo- 
tion to his father were equalled only by his father's fondness for him. They were 
companions, and their mutual attachments were like those of David and Jonathan. 
■•They were lovely in their lives," and death did not long sejjarate them. The father 
survived the son but a few months. 

George Washington Choate, the second son. a young man of noble Christian 
character and of unusiial promise, was drowned at the age of nineteen years. The 
accident occurred on a Thursday afternoon, June i5, 1870, off Ipswich' lighthouse. 
Young Choate and four others about his age were spending a few days of recreation 
on the coast, making their headquarters on Grape Island. As three of the young men 
were out pleasvuing in the boat, for some reason it sunk under them at a distance of a 
half a mile from the shore. They were all good swimmers, but the tide was going out, 
and it appears that when he had swam about half of the distance young Choate, in the 
attempt to divest himself of his clothing, lost the free use of his limbs, and was 
drowned. His companions, after an hour's stniggle with the wayes, reached the shore, 
not aware of the sad fate of Choate, who, in response to their call a little before as to 
how he was getting along, had said, ■' All right." 

A local paper characterizes the accident -'as one of the saddest that has been 
recorded here for many years, and the loss of this young man, so loved and respected, 
is a source of deep sorrow to many friends, as well as of unutterable anguish to his 
parents and relatives." 

The stricken mother tried to comfort her Ijroken heart by saying, •' For nineteen 
beautiful years we had him with us.'' 

I'id. Obituary iXotices in Local Papers of that Date. 


Solomon"^ Choate {Solomon,^ Humphrey,'^ Thomas'-^, Thomas-, John^), son 
of Solomon [206] and Joanna [468] (Choate) Choate, was born May 6, 1800, 
in Rockport, Mass. He married, May 13, 1824, Zz/rv C. Jeivett, Aa.nghXei of 
Jacob C. and Hannah (Bartlett) Jewett. She was born May 30, 1803, in Goshen, 
N. H. They resided in Rockport, Mass. Mr. Choate died June 11, 1834. 


Lucy Ann, [855] b. March 22, 1825. She died in early life, Sept. 20, 1841. 

Adeline Augusta, [856] h. April 4, 1829 ; m. Oct. 24, 1862, Zeno A. Appleton : A. Aug. 16, 1874. 


Mr. Choate died in early manhood. Mrs. Choate married. June 27, 1842. William 
Whipple, son of Mathew and Elizabeth Whipple. He was born in Hamilton. Mass. 



JuilUUil'' Choilte {So onwifi, Humphrey'^, Thomas-^, Tkouias'-, Jokii^), 
daughter of Solomon [200] and Joanna [402] (Choate) Choate, was born Nov. 
10, iSoi, in Rock])ort, Mass. She married, Dec. 25, 1828, Hinim S. Elkins, 
son of Peter and Huldah (Buswell) Elkins. He was born iSoi, in Hawke, 
N. H. They resided in Rockport, Mass. Mr. Elkins died May i, 1S32. Mrs. 
Elkins died Jan. 18, 1835. 


N/VinAN, 1>. Nuv. 24, 1S29. He died in early life, June i, 1S57. 
JuANNA, b. May 3, 1S31. She died in early life, Nuv. 17, i8i;9. 


Mr. Elkins went in early life to Rockport, Mass. He married Joanna Choate, 

the ceremony being performed by Rev. David Jewett, of (iloucester, Mass. They both 

died, and tlieir children were ado])ted by their mother's brothers, but died in early life. 

I'ici. History of Sanbornton, N. H., Vol. 2. /. 264. 


Addison" Choate {Solnmon^, Humphrey'^, Thomas'-^, Thomas-, Johii^), son 
of Solomon [aoo] and Joanna [4'">'-J] (Choate) Choate, was born June 30, 1806, 
in Rockport, Mass. He married, Dec. 28, 1833, Lydia Clifford, daughter of 
Samuel and Lydia (Lee) CJlifford. She was born in March, 1S08, in Salem, 
Mass. They resided in Rockport, Mass. Mr. Choate died Oct. 19, 1870. 


An. EN, I857J li. Marcfi 26, 1S36; m. Jan. 2, 1S62, ElUn K IlaU ; d. Nov. 27, 1S88. 
Emily Pool, [858] b. Keb. 16, 1S39; m. Dec. 25, 1874, Henry C. Davis. 
Solomon. [859] b. Aug. 10, 1S4O; m. Nuv. 26, 18O6, .Vary Ellin Chase. 


Dudley'' i'lioato (Solomoifi, Humphrey^, TJwmas'-^, Thomas", Jokn^), %on 
of Solomon [-ioc] and Joanna [-lea] (Choate) Choate, was born Feb. 4, 1810, 
in Rockport, Mass. He married. May 16, 1833, Alaty Pollard, daughter of 
Clark and Mary (Foster) Pollard. She was born Nov. 10, i8ic, in Boston, 
Mass. They resided in Rockport, Mass. Mr. Choate died .\pril 2, 1885. 
Mrs. Choate died Jan. 17, 1896. 


Seth .\mams, [860] b. Oct. 26, 1839; m. Oct. 8, 1873, Ida M. Wliitnry. 


.Mrs. Choate was a sister of tlie Lite .Mrs. Caroline (Pollard) Adams, widow of 
Seth Adams, of Newton, Mass. Mr. Adams was born at •■ Adams Corner," Rochester. 
N. H. Isaac Adams, his brother, was the inventor of the famous "Adams Print- 
ing Press," and the two brothers were associated in the manufacture of these printing 
presses. Mr. Adams acquired large wealth. He founded the "'Adams Nervine 
Asylum," in Newton, Mass.. to which much of his property was bequeathed. He lies 
buried in the new cemetery of his native town, the spot being marked by a granite 
monument bearing his portrait in a finely finished bas-relief 

Mrs. Choate and her son, Seth Adams Choate, received liberal bequests from her 
sister's estate. 




Hannah^ Choate {Solotnon-', Humphrey*, Thomas^, Thomas'^, John^), 
daughter of Solomon [soc] and Joanna [462] (Choate) Choate, was born Nov. 
3, I Si I, in Rockport, Mass. She married, Sept. :g, 1^2,7,, Jeremiah Cogswell, 
son of Wilham and Lucy [*36] (Choate) Cogswell. He was born Sept. 11, 
1807, in Chelsea, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Salem, Mass. Mr. Cogswell 
died Jan. 3, 1861. Mrs. Cogswell died April 3, 1872, in Essex, Mass. 

\'id. The Cogswells in America, p. 497. 

Francis, b. 1S35. lie died in boyhood, 1S44. 


Emily'' Choate {Solomon-', Humphrey'*, Thomas'-'^, Thomas'^, Jolni'^), 
daughter of Solomon [200] an<l Joanna [4C3] (Choate) Choate, was born April 
17, 1817, in Rockport, Mass. She married, Dec. 19, 1837, ^James Pool, son of 
lames and Mary (Smith) Pool. He was born Oct. 28, 1814, in Rockport, Mass. 
They resided in Gloucester, Mass. Mr. Pool died Sept. 11, 1847. Mrs. Pool 
married, Sept. 29, 1849, '-Jacob Bacon, son of Samuel and Ruth ( Durkee) liacon. 
He was born Feb. i, 1808, in North Yarmouth, Me. They resided in Gloucester, 

Mary Lnw, 1). April 15. 1S46; m. Feb. 15, 1S72, Eihmird O. Unrlom. 
James PfioL, b. Jan. i, 1S54; ni. Sept., 1872, hamiie IVal. 


Jame.s Pool FjACON is a iciMirtcr nf (Iil- Iloston A(k>ertiser d.wA resides in North 
Camliridge. .Mass. 

llehecca Jewetf' CllOate {Solomon^, Humplu-ey*, Thomas^, 77wmas-, 
John^), daughter of Solomon [20(i] and Joanna [■1G2] (Choate) Choate, was born 
May 24, 1821, in Rockport, iMass. She married, Dec. 16, 1841, Solomon Pool, 
son of James and Mary (Smith) Pool. He was born Oct. 11, 1819, in Rock- 
port, Mass., where thev resided, but afterward removed to Gloucester, Mass., 
then to Saccarappa, Me. Mrs. Pool died Aug. 28, 18S7. 


Lucy Choate, b. Oct. i8, 1843; m. Dec. 16, 1863, Jolm J. Pew ; d. Jan. 23, 1890. 
Rebecca Jewett, li. Jan. iS, 1S4S; m. June i, 1871, Frank Haskell. 
Mary Ciwatk. b. Dec. 11, 1854; m. May 14, 1879, Lemuel Lane. 
Wn.LiAM WhiI'I'LE, b. Oct. 29, 1856, m.'Scpt. 13, 18S3, Susan J. Parker. 


Jeremiah'' Choate { Jcremialfi, Jeremiah*, Thomas^, Thomas-, John"^), son 
of Jeremiah [20!)] and Ruth ['os] (Choate) Choate, was born Aug. 10, 1782. 
He married Mary Choate [4<">3], daughter of Stephen [3i»] and Elizabeth 
(Patch) Choate. She was born Jan. 2, 1779, in Ipswich, Mass., where they 
resided. Captain Choate died Dec. 25, 1817; lost at sea. Mrs. Choate died 
in Rockport, Mass. 


Jeremiah, [86i] b. Dec. 3, 1S06; m. July 15, 1832, IlannaJi Edwards : .1. June 6, 1887. 
Richard, [862] b. Ruth, [864! ; m. (,'eorxe Rohimon : <i. 
Edward, [863] ; m. Stismi S/oy. i'i.emk.ntina, [865] ; m. S/anley: d. 


Captain Choate is said to liave descendants in Wenhani, Mass., \m\. the data 
obtained of this family are very meagre. Ricliard Choate [862] settled in Illinois. 
Edward Choate [863] resided in Baltimore. Md.. and Mr. and Mrs. .Stanley [865] 
resided in Rockport, .\lass. 

Joseph'' Choille (Jen-muih'', Jeremiah,^ Thomas'^, Thomas', John^), son 
of Jeremiah [309] and Ruth [i98] (Choate) Choate, was born Aug. 17, 1784, 
in Chebacco, I])swich, Mass. He married, 1806, Sally Ciitmnings, daughter of 
Jonas and Heph/.ibah (Knowlton) Cummings. She was born 1788, in Tops- 
field, Mass. They resided in Essex, Mass. Mr. Choate died Sept. 20, 1868. 
Mrs. Choate died June 29, 1876. 

the children WERE: 

Caroline, [866] b. Sept., 1807; m. March g, 1834, John Dexler. 

Ei.lZAIIETH, [867] b. May, 1S12; m. Nehemiah Dodge. 

Mary Ann, [868] b. Jan. 4, 1817; m. June 6, 1844, George H. Shefhetd. 



LllCj''' (^hoate {Jeremiah^, Jeremiah'*, Thomas^, Thomas", Jbht!^), da.nghier 
of Jeremiah [209] and Ruth [los] (Choate) Choate, was born May 2, 1786, in 
Chebacco, Jpswich, Mass. She married, Jan. 17, 1805, William Cogswell, son 
of William and Lucretia (Burnham) Cogswell. He was born in 1772 in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Cogswell died Sept. 7, 1829. 
Mrs. Cogswell died Feb. 5, 1876. Vid. The Cogswells in America, p. 376. 


William, b. Nov. 29, 1805 ; m. .Sept. 10, 1834, Rachel Johnson, d. April 17, 1S66. 
Jeremiah, b. Sept. 11, 1807; m. .Sept. 19, 1833, Hannah Choale [429]; <1- Jan. 3, 1861. 
Francis, b. May 4, 1810; m. Dec. 25, 1877, Keliirah Cook ; A. Dec. 19, 1S78. 
Washington, I). Feb. 3, 1814. He died in childhood, July 7, 1818. 
Addison, b. Nov. 11, 1S15; m. Jan. 6, i88r), Eh'ira Dike : d. July 6, 1895. 


.Addison Cocswell. his youngest son. was a man of a rcmarkalily keen mind. 
His mental endowments were of a high order. He wielded the pen of a ready writer, 
and whether he descrilied natural scenery or sounded the depths or shoals of theological 
subjects, he revealed natural gifts, which with a liberal education would have made him, 
some one has said, a Professor Park of Andover. 

Vid. HurSs History of Essex County, Vol. 2,f>p. 1208-10. 


John'"' Choate {Jeremiair-", Jeremiah'*, Thomas-\ Thomas", John*), son of 
Jeremiah [309] and Ruth [i98] (Choate) Choate, was born April 2, 1788, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married {piih. Sept. 7, 181 1) Elizabeth Cum- 
mings, daughter of Jonas and Hephzibah (Knowlton) Cummings. She was 
born Nov. 20, 1791, in Topsfield, Mass. They resided in Esse.x, Mass. Mr. 
Choate died Oct. 17, 1863. Mrs, Choate died Jan. 30, 1855. 



Harriet, [869J h. March, 1S13. She died young, Oct. 27, 1S24. 

Abigail C, [870] li. April 13, 1S15; m. April, 1844, John Proctor : il. Dec. 22, 1S69. 

Mary Cogswell, [871] ) i m. Nov. 23, 1845, ^Obed Curler Kinsman: m. 

p). June 30, 1817; \ Sept. 30, 1851, •^John C. Wells. 

Susan F., [872] J \m. \%\t,, Daniel Norlon. 

Elizaretii C, [873I b. July i, 1S23; m. June 17, 1854, John B. I.ane. 
Francis, [874J h. .Vug. 28, 1829; m. March 9, 1854, iMarlha Broiun. 
John Cummings, [875] h. Feb. 7, 1S32; m. May 10, 1854, Afariaiiah Silvester. 



Dudlej''' l^llOate {Jeremiak-\ Jt-remiali'', 21wmas'\ Thomas-, John'^), son 
of Jeremiah [309] and Ruth [los] (Choate) Choate, was born Ajiril 17, 1790, 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mas^. He married, Sept. 28, 181 7, Sara/i Clianiiell, 
daughter of Abram Fitz John and Abigail (Burnham) Channell. She was born 
Aug. 10, 1793, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Essex, and after 
a few years removed to South Boston, Mass., where Mr. Choate died Oct. 11, 
1S52. Mrs. Choate died Sept. 13, 1849. 


George, [876] b. Sept. 3, 1818; m. Dec. 29, 1S41, Maria Sprague : d. Sept. 16, 1S56. 
David, [877] h. Sept. 9, 1S20; m. March 26, 1839, Liuinda Smith: d. April ii, 1861. 
Dudley Friz, [878J b. July 6, 1823; m. May 25, 1847, flenrietta I.. M. Cartley. 
Elizabeth Tucker, [879] b. Aug. 25, 1825.' She died in girlhood, June 25, 1836. 
Humphrey, [880] b. Dec. 11, 1829; m. Oct. 6, 1857, Mary Elizabeth Clancy ; A. July 30, 1888. 
Francis Cogswell, [881] b. July 26, 1832; m. .Sept 30, 1863, Jane F. Lane: d. Nov. 16, 1881. 


Mr. Choate was the tirst postmaster of Esse.x. Mass., after its incorporation as a 
town in 1819. He was one of the Essex Milk Company, incorporated in 1822, with a 
capital of $10,000. Vid. The History of Essex, Mass., p. iqj. 

-Abraham Fitz John Channell, Mrs. Choate's father, was born in 1759 in Bradford- 
shire, England. He came to America in 1777, and married. Dec. 9. 1779. Abigail 
Burnham, who was born April 17. 1754. in Chebacco. Ipswich, Mass.. where they 
resided. Mrs. Abigail Channell died Dec. 9. 1794. Mr. Channell married -Wealthy 
Cox. who was born in Haverhill. N. H. He died Jan. g. 1S58. in Georgeville. Ontario. 
There were six children of the first m.arriage. of whom .Mrs. Choate was one. 


Lydia'' ('lioate {Jeremiah^, Jeremiah'^, Thomas'^, Thomas-, John^),dmgh\.tx 
ol Jeremiah [31)9] and Ruth [o«] (Choate) Choate, was born Nov. 11, ^792, 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Nov. 20, 1827, Daniel Norton, son 
of George and Sarah (Appleton) Norton. He was born in April, 1784, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Norton died Sept. 20, 1862. 
Mrs. Norton died Jan. 12, 1868. 


Harriet, bapt. June 26, 1831; m. Jan, 3, 1854, .Aaron Kno-.i'lton ; d. Jan. 3, 1875. 
Edward, b. Oct. 11, 1S35; ™- April 16, 1865, Jennie S. Brown. 



Mr. Norton married. Jan. 8. 1S05. 'Hannah Story of Ipswich. Mass. Mrs. 
Hannali Norton died July 11. 1S25. Tlie cliildren of tliis first marriage were, Hannah, 
m. Daniel Whipple ; Caroline, m. Elias Andrews : Sarah, m. Elias Burnham ; Anstice. 
m. David Knowlton ; George, m. Lucinda Burnham; Daniel, m. 'Polly Cogswell. 
-Susan F. Choate [872] : Oliver, m. Elizabeth Patch, d. Oct. 5. 1892. 

Mrs. Lydia (Choate) Norton was a second wife. Edward Norton, the only son of 
the second marriage, graduated in 1861 from Dartmouth College, and in 1864 from 
Andovcr Theological Seminary- He was ordained to the Christian ministry, and 
installed. Dec. 28, 1864, over the Congregational Cliurch in Montague, Mass. 

Rev. Mr. Norton, about 1870. was settled as the pastor of the Congregational 
Church in Ouincy, Mass. His health failing, he retired from the active pastorate after 
a very ])o]iuIar and successful ministry of twenty-five years. He still resides in Quincy, 
and as his health allows supplies the pulpit in Atlantic, a small suburb of Ouincy. He 
is a man of learning, an eloquent jireacher. a faithful minister, and a highlv esteemed 


Sally'' CllOille ( Ji'irmia}v\Je}rminh'^, Thomas^, Thomas'^, John^), daughter 
of Jeremiah [soo] and Ruth [if**] (Choate) Choate, was born Dec. 24, 1797, 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, March 9, 1820, Jasper Liimmiis, 
now spelled Loomis, son of Porter and Susanna (Ashley) Lummus. He was 
born Feb., 1798, in Claremont, N. H. They resided in Auburn, Penn. Mr. 
Lummus died Sept. 23, 1848. Mrs. Lummus died Aug. 6, 1845. 


Susan A., 1). Dec. 2, 1820; m. Sept. 2j, 1840, Pauiti T. Stirling. 

Washington C, b. Aug. 2, 1S22. He died when a lad, March 31, 1835. 

Al.MA, b. July 4, 1824; m. Sept. 16, 1S47, Thomas F. A'e/ley. 

Lucy C, b. Oct. 20, 1S26; m. Oct. 20, 1855, Clar/; E. Davis. 

Otis II., b. Aug. 20, 1833; m. Jan. 21, 1880, Elizabelh S. Mi'Kune. 

Horatio Porier, b. July iS, 1835; m. March iS, 1859, Hannah SheUon. 


Mr. <ind Mrs. Sterling reside in Me.shoppen. Penn. Their son. A. A. .Sterling, 
is in Wilkes Banc, Penn. 

Mr. and Mrs. Z'rtwj reside in Eunice, Penn. .Mrs. Davis has in her possession 
the old family Bible of her grandmother Choate. -She .says her fathers name was 
s])elled Lummus until she was about twelve years old, in 1838. when one of the name 
living in New York commenced to spell his name Loomis, and soon all the rest did the 
same, except her grandfather, who spelled it the old way as long as he lived. For 
more than fifty years in this family it has been spelled Loomis. 

Mr. and Mrs. Utis H. Loomis resided in Meshoppen, Penn. 

Mr. and Mrs. Horatio P. Loojnis resided in Lemon. Penn. 


Jonathan'' Choate {Aarotfi, Jerentiah^, Thomas^, Thomas^, Johti^), son 
of Aaron ["12] and Eunice (Perkins) Choate, was born July 31, 1783, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married (/«/>. July 3,1810) Anna C. Welch, 
in Londonderry^ N. H. They resided in Newport, N. H. Mr. Choate died 
March 26, 1814. Mrs. Choate died. 

Louisa, [882] ; m. Samuel A. Robinson : res. Bronkline. Mass.; d. 




Aaron'' Choate (^Aarorfi, Je?emiah^, Thomas^, Thomas'^, Jo/iti^), son of 
Aaron [312] and Eunice (Terkins) Choate, was born Dec. 28, 1786, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, in 1819, Sophia Chase, daughter of 
Daniel and Abigail (Currier) Chase. She was born in 1796, in East Haverhill, 
Mass., where they resided, but removed to .'Atkinson, N. H., and to Salisbury, 
Mass. Mr. Choate died in 184S. Mrs. Choate died Nov. 15, 1832. 


AUKIE, [883] h. April 17, 1S20; m. Nov. 27, 1845, ^yHHam P. Furness. 
James Pkrkixs, [884] h. .April 2, 1S30. lie diel in early life, April 30, 1850. 



Amelia'' Choate (Aaron-', Jeremiah'^, Tliomas^, Thomas-, /ohn'), daughter 
of .iXaron [sia] and Eunice (Perkins) Choate, was born Dec. 20, 1788, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Nov. 13, 1815, Samuel Biirnham, son 
of Wesley and Molly (Woodbury) Burnham. He was born Oct. 28, 1787, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Burnham died Nov. 18, 
1873. Mrs. Burnham died April 12, 1822. 

THE children WERE: 

Lucy Andrews, b. Dec. 12, iSiC; m. April 28, 1836, Charles C. Canity. 

Samuel, b. Jan. 11, 1818. He died in childhood, April 13, 1822. 

Choate, b. Dec. 6, 1819; m. Nov. 24, 1S42, ^Eliza M. Stanley : m. April 12, 1846, "Adeline 

A. Stanley : d. Oct. 31, 1S92. 
.•\MELIA, b. Nov. 10, 1S21. .She died in infancy, Nov. 15, rS2i. 


.Mr. and .Mrs. Coxlev resided at Xc>. 455 West Broadway. Soutli Hoston. Mass. 
He a dealer in real estate. The}' five children, viz.. Charles Everett, b. March 
29, 1839; d. April 28, 1855. Samuel Burnham. h. Dec. 23. 1840. Lucv Amelia, 
b. Nov. I. 1846; d. March 20. 1S49. Albert, d. in infancy. Albert Francis, b. Aug. 
15. 1848. Vid. The Burnha7it Family, p. 373, 

Choate Burnha.m, the only son who lived to manhood. wa.s educated in the 
public schools of his native town, and with his father, while a young man, engaged in 
ship building. He went in 1842 to South Boston. Mass. ; was married in the autumn 
of that year, and plied the trade of a carpenter for several years. He then engaged in 
the real estate business, and later became a large dealer in wood and coal. He was a 
very successful bu.siness man. 

His home was in South Boston with the exception of ten years, from 1846 to 1S56, 
which he spent in Hamilton. Mass. While resident there he was elected to the House 
of Representatives. He was a member of the Board of Aldermen of the cit}- of Boston 
in 1876-77, and served at various times on the School Committee for more than twenty- 
five years. Mr. Burnham was a delegate to the Republican Convention in Chicago 
which nominated Garfield and Arthur for President and Vice-President of the United 
States. He was One of the incorporators of the South Boston Savings Bank, of which 
he was also a trustee, connected with the Howard Benevolent Societw and identified 
with all the benevolent and local institutions of the city where he lived. 

Mr. Burnham was active iii all Christian efforts. He united with the Phillips 
Congregational Church on first going to South Boston, and during his entire residence 
there was actively identified with all her interests. He was chosen a deacon in 1859. 
and at the time of his death was the senior deacon of the church. For a period of 
fourteen years. 1858-72. he was a most efficient .Superintendent of the Sundav School. 


Deacon Burnham. at the time of his decease, was a member of the Executi\'e Committee 
of the Congregational Clulj, the Senior Trustee of the United Society of Christian 
Endeavor, and Treasurer of the (lolden Rule Company. His interest in the Chris- 
tian Endeavor movement was most enthusiastic. To his heart)' co-operation Dr. Clark 
owed much for the sudden and large success of this new departure in Christian work. 
He was a wise and able officer of the church and was greatly beloved by both the old 
and the young. The Phillips Churcli sustained a great loss in his deatli, and his 
memory will long continue an abiding treasure and inspiration. 

Deacon Burnham was a descendant of patriots : his ancestors on both sides were 
soldiers in the Revolution and in tlie War of 1812. In the latter liis grandfather was 
taken prisoner liy the British and confined to its close in "Mill Prison." His residence 
was 292 West Broadway, .South Boston. Mass. His first wife died a few years after 
marriage, and he married her si.ster. They were daughters of Zachariah Stanley, Esq., 
of Hamilton, Mass. Tlicre were three children, viz., Eliza Matilda Stanley, b. May 4, 
1845; m. Feb. 26, 1873, George W. Mills; res. Boston, Mass. Stanley Choate, 
b. April 2. 1848; m. Oct. 2, 1872, Lsabel Gallagher: d. Feb. 10, 1877; res. South 
Boston, Mass. Their children were, Choate Stanley, b. Oct. 4, 1873: d. Nov. 14, 1882. 
Emily Gallagher, b. Sept. 13, 1875; d. Oct. 2, 1886. Allan Winslow, b. July 9, 1850: 
ni. March 3. 1880, Mrs. Isabel (Gallagher) Burnham: d. Aug. i, 1894. i\irs. Isabel 
Burnham resides at No. 35 Thomas Park, .Soutli Boston, Mass. The only child was 
Kingsley .A.l!an. b. Dec. 13, 1880. 

Deacon Burnham's widow, his daugliter. .Mrs. .Mills, his son's widow, and a grand- 
son, are all of his family who now survive. 


Jeremiah'' Chonte i^Aaroifi, Jcnmiali^, 'J'hoi/ias'\ T/ii>/>ii7S~, //i/i/i^), son 
of Aaron ['-'■'] and Eunice (Perkins) Choate, was born April 7, 1794, in 
C'hebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, Nov. 18, 1836, Rlwda Sawyer Crtiiy, 
daughter of Josejjb Bentley and Katharine (Sawyer) ("rary. She was born Nov. 
15, 1 81 2, on Brigadiers Island, Searsport Harbor, Me. They resided in Brooks 
and Munroe, Me. Mr. Choate died July 14, 1842. 

C.VTMEUINK .\MEI.1A, [885 | 1). .'\ug. 18, l8j7; m. June 4, i860, James E. Marlyn. 
.•\milK Ki.iZA, [886] li. Sepl. 22, 1838; ni. Dec. 17, 1858, Henry W. Edwards ; <1. Dec 26, 1893. 
May ANToiNEirE, [887] I), .\pril 28, 184O; m. Feb. 5, 1885, James L. Ilarivay. 
JEKEMIAH BENri.KV, [888] 1). Kcli 8, 1842; m. Oct. 29, 1S6S, Clara A. IVriglU : A. Feb. 28, 1876. 


Mrs. Choate was spending her later life, at the age of eighty-three year.s, in 1896, 
witli her youngest daughter, Mrs. Harway, of No. 1995 Seventh Avenue, New York City. 


Eliza'' Clioate i^Aaron^, Jeremiah'^, 21wmas\ Thomas", John^), da.\ig\i\.eT 
of Aaron [s's] and Eunice (Perkins) Choate, was born April 2, 1797. She 
married /()/;« Cross. He was born in Derry, N. H., where they resided. Mrs. 
Cross died Dec. 28, 1847. Mr. Cross married again. 


Mrs. Cross \va,s remarkable for her personal beauty. She was also highly intel- 
lectual and an earnest advocate of moral reform. After her death, when some years 
had elapsed, Mr. Cross married a second time, and selected a most estimable lady. 
They had one child, a daughter, who resides in the West. 



David" ('hoiite {David'', Jeremiah'^, Thuiiias'-^, Thomas'^, Johii^), son of 
David [2i:i] and Miriam [102] (Choate) Choate, was born July 21, 17S5, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass, or Enfield, N. H. He married, June 27, 181 1, 
Mrs. Rhoda i^Sauiyer) Marston, daughter of Moses and Lydia (Flood) Sawyer, 
and widow of Nathaniel Marston. She was born Oct. 10, 1784, and married, 
May 31, 1804, Mr. Marston. They resided on Chebacco Street, Enfield, N. H. 
Mr. Choate died July 18, 1851. Mrs. Choate died Jan. 8, 1869. 


Dorothy Pkoctok, [889] b. April 17, 1S12; m. Aug. 3, 1S48, John llopkim : d. 
Rhoda, [8go] I). March 11, 1815; m. Aug. 6, 1850, E^ekiel lVii«ht Lynn : d. June 27, 1869. 
Mah.\la, L891] I). May 25, 1818; ni. Sept. 14, 1S42, Ed~cuaril R. Adams : d. July 9, 1843. 
Abel, [892] b. March 11, 1S20; m. ^ EH-m Ann I'aine : m. Aug. 31, 1857, ''KJioda C. Taicott. 
Moses S , [893] b. March 31, 1825; m. March 8, 1S49. Hannah C. Mailin ; d. June 28, 1S71. 
Lucy, [894] b. March 21, 1827; m. Sept. 25, 1853, Geoxe 'J horn a s : rl. ( )ct. 7, 1854. 



Coiistailtine'' ChOilte {David-', Jeremiah'^, Thomas-\ Tliomas'-, Jo/m^), 
son of David [213] and Miriam [las] (Choate) Choate, was born Aprils, 1789, 
in Enfield, N. H. He married, March, 1811, Ahihail Choate [sss], daughter of 
Solomon [i9>] and Dorothy (Proctor) Choate. She was born March 2, 1787, 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in pjifield and Barrrington, N. H. 
Mr. Choate died Oct., 1857. Mrs. Choate died June 21, 1851. 


.•\SA, [895] b. Nov. 23, 181 1; m. March 25, 1835, Kl'^'^ Chapman. 

Aaron, [896] b. April 9, 1813; m. Oct. 8, 1837, Kath Clark : d. Aug. 16, 1S92. 

El.lZA. [897] b. Aug. 10, 1815; ni. John H.'-lVinkley. 

Mary, [898] b. March 11, 1817. She died in infancy, April 10, 1817. 

Mariah, [899] b. March 11, l8ig; m. Nov. 4, 1839, Benjamin /■'. Clark : d. March 6, 1883. 

Davhi, [900 I b. Aug. 21, 1821; d. 

Emh.y. I901J li. Jan. 11, 1823; m. April 5, 1843, Benjamin E. Eeleh : d. lune 25, 1845. 

J<iHN PRocrnR, [902I b. (une 28, 1S25; m. Aug. 8, 1846, 'Jane Bla'isdell : July 5, 1861, 

■' Abigail' Clark. 
Clara, [903] b. June 27, 1S2S; m. Dec. 8, 1849, J"^'" Goodwin. 



Miriail)'' Clioate { David ■% Jfremiah^, Tiiamas^, T/wmas'^, /a/i/A), daughter 
of David [3'-'5] and Miriam [192] (Choate) Choate, was born in Enfield, N. H. 
She married Josepli Kimlmll. Mr. Kimball died. Mrs. Kimball died Jan. 
26, 1853. 


Jane, b. DAvrn, b. IIiel, b. Burgess, b. 


Aniier^ Choate {David^\ Jercmiali'^, Thomas^, T/iomas-, Johii^), daughter 
of David [~'3] and Miriam [»9~] (Choate) Choate, was born in Enfield, N. H. 
She married Jesse Ross. They resided in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Ross died 
April I, 1852. 



Eunice, b. Hiel, b. luiius, 1 , ~ . 

Leonard, b. Emily, m. Howard. jri.lET, j l«^ns. 


John Patcll" Choate (S /<-/>// <->!■>, Steplicu'^, Thomas^, T/wiiins~, Jo/in^), son 
of Stephen [2i~] and Elizabeth (Patch) Choate, was born Jan. 22, 17S1, in 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, March 18, 1802, Lucretia Cogswell, daughter of 
William and Lucretia (Burnham) Cogswell. She was born Aug. 30, 1781, 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where they resided, now Essex, Mass. Mr. Choate 
died June 23, 1863. Mrs. Choate died Sept. 28, 1S48. 

LlCRF.TIA, [904] b. July 7, 1S03; m. Nov. 26, 1826, Elias Savai;e ; d. Oct. 30, 1829. 
John, [905J b. Dec.25, 1S04; m. Nov. 14, 1832, Anslice M. Smith : <1. March 28, 1S53. 
.Marv Low, [906] li. March 25, 1806; m. Elias Sa-^age ; d. Feb. 11, 1884. 
.'Kbicail I'aicii, [907] b. Mav 25, 1S09. She died in earlv life. May 19, 1S34. 
Claka, [908] li. Dec. 15, 1810. She died April 9, 1 888. 

Epes, [909] b. Dec 21, 1812; m. |an. 14, 1845, Ann li. Kennard : d. July, 1869. 
Caroline, [910] b. Oct. 8, 1S15; m. April 13, 1865, F.J-uard K. Lee; d. Feb. 29, 1888. 
Ika, [911] ''• J"'.v 24, 1817; m. Nov. 12, 1S40, Surah /■.'. .S'. Kennard. 


Mr. Choati-; owned ihc farm which Deacon Stephen Choate bequeathed to liis 
son. John Choate. 

HplTPy'' riioate {Stephen^, Stephen'^, Thomas'^, 'J7iomas~, Jolni^), %on of 
Stephen [an] and I'.lizabeth (Patch) Choate, was born Sept 2, 1785, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married Ilephzibah Quarks, daughter of Rev. Francis and 
Polly (Hutchinson) (^uarles. She was born Sept. 26, 1780, in Hamilton, Mass. 
They resided in Beverly, Mass. Captain Choate died May 29, 1863. Mrs. 
Choate died Dec. 16, 185S. 


Francis II. , [912I li. Sept. 6, 1805. He <lied at sea in 1S51 or 1852. 

AuoLisiLis II., [913] 1>. Nov. 23, 1807. lie died in childhood, Dec. 14, iSlo. 

Adai.ine a., [914] li. July 24, 1S09; m. Feb. 22, 1827, Kev. Franeis Nor-,Mod. 

.•\NTiioNV \V., [915] b. March 30, 1813. He died in early life, Jan., 1831. 

Frederick William, [916] b. June 7, 1815; m. April 20, 1842, '£/;:« Maria Breck : m. Nov. 

24, 1855, 'Olive Eleanor yohnson: A. .\pril 4, 1891. 
Clarissa T.,[9i7j b. .Vug. 22, 1820; m. Slay n, 184^1, Amasa D. Bacon, M. D.: d. Aug. 

I, 1S64. 


.Mr. Choate was a sea captain. For many years he made \oyages from Salem. 
Mass.. to the West Indies. It is said he wa,s a most genial, cheerful, and social man. 
His return from a sea voyage was hailed with delight by the children of his neighbor- 
hood, for he brought to them troijical fruits and presents from remote places. He gave 
interesting descriptions of the Islands and of the natives. He told marvellous stories 
of the sea. .'\nd .says one, .sdll living, who was among the children of the ne.xt house, 
that welcomed the return of Captain Choate si.\ty years ago. " For us his presence 
always had a romantic charm." 

In "An account of the Armed Vessels, privateers belonging to Salem. 
during the War of 181 2." Capt. Harvey Choate appears as the commander of the 
schooner. •■ Swift."" which was manned by a crew of twenty-five men. 

Vid. Essex Institute Historical Collections, Vol. 2, p. 58. 


Captain Choate"s oldest son. Francis H. Clioate. was lost at sea on the passage 
from California to the Isthmus. 

Kev. Francis Quarles, Mrs. Choate's father, graduated, in 1777, from Brown 
University, R. I. He held several offices in the town, and was for a long time a preacher. 
He died at the age of eighty-one years, Feb. 15, 1831, leaving an only daughter, who 
was Mrs. Choate. l^id. History of Ipswich^ Hamilton, Mass., p. 292. 


Abigail ralch'^ Choate {Stephnfi, Stcphac\ 71wmas\ Thomas-, John^), 
daughter of Stephen [ssi^J and Elizabeth (Patch) Choate, was born June 26, 
17S9, in Ipswich. Mass. She married, Jan. 26, 1809, Ebeiiczer Pool, son of 
Ebenezer and Sally (Grover) Pool. He was born July 16, 17S9, in Gloucester, 
Mass. 'I'hey resided in Rockport, Mass. Mr. Pool died .April 13, 1877. 
Mrs. Pool died Sept. 20, 1825. 

\Vn.i.iAM Choate, b. July 23, iSio. He died April i, 1891. 
Abigah, Delia, b. Oct. 19, iSii; m. Feb. 24, 1S33, I'^l'enczer Trask. 
Ebenezek, b. Jan. 21, 1S14; m. Sept. 14, 1S37, 'I.ydia Gott ; m. 1840, -P/iel'e Jane Pool : 

m. May 9, 1S43, ^Unnnah Florimla Pratt ; A. April 24, 1S56. 
Sarah 1'age, b. Aug. 22, iSi6; ni. May 24, 1838, IVilliaiit Henry A'orwooJ : d. Oct. 24, 1840. 
JuDsoN, b. July 21, 1818; m. Dec. 19, 1850, Mary Jane Miller. 
Alfred Carey, b. Jan. 30, 1821 ; m. March 15, 1847, Lyclia F. Burns. 
Harvey Choate, b. June 26, 1S23; m. Jan. i, 1849, Laura Marshall. 
Infant Daughter, b. .\ug. 31, 1825. She died in infancy, Sept. 13, 1825. 


Margaref' Choate {Stepheifi, Stephen:'^, Thomas'-^, Thomas-, John^), 
daughter of Stephen [-"] and Elizabeth (Patch) Choate, was born May 12, 
1796, in Ipswich, Mass. She married, in 18 16, ^ George Dcnnison, son of Isaac 
Dennison. He was born Nov. 20, 1792, in Gloucester, Mass., where they 
resided. Mr. Dennison died July 2, 1838. Mrs. Dennison married, Dec, 1839, 
'-Joint Gott. He was born Nov., 1780. Mr. Gott died Nov. 24, 1845. Mrs. 
Gott married, Nov., 1852, '^John Parsons. He was born Dec, 1793. Mr. 
Parsons died Dec, 1881. Mrs. Parsons died Feb. 20, 1859. 

the children were: 
Margaret Ann, b. June 17, 1S17; m. Jan. 3, 1839, Newell Burnkain. 
George, b. Nuv. ig, 1818. He died when a lad, Dec. 18, 1830. 


Mr. Denxison's father was a soldier of the Revolution, and died at the age of 
eighty years. June 21, 1841. Vid. History of Gloucester, HI ass., p. 29S. 

Mr. and Mrs. Newell Burnliain resided in Rockport, Mass. They had live 
children, viz., Elizabeth, b. Oct. 2. 1839; d. June 17, 1841. George Newell, b. Jan. 21. 
1844: d. Sept. 21. 1863. Margaret Choate. b. Aug. 25. 1846. Emma. b. Dec. 13. 
1852. Mary Moore, b. March 20, 1859. 


John'' Choate {John^, Stephen^, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, John^), son of John 
[223] and Elizabeth (Baker) Choate, was born March 4, 1796, in Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, April 4, 1822, Mary Ann Baker, daughter of '1 homas and 


Mary [ase] (Choate) Baker. She was born Aug. 4, 1797, in Ipswich, Mass., 
where they resideii. Mr. Choate died Jan. 17, 1831. Mrs. Choate died Nov. 
6, 1S57, in Kitchburg, Mass. 


W.-iSHlNGToN, [gi8] b. Feb. 20, 1S2J. lie died in infancy, Mareh 12, 1S2J. 

(Ieukgk \V., [919] b. May 13, 1S24: m. Xuv. 23, 1S56, Mary E. Cranston: A. Oct. 26, 1884. 

THOMAb Baklk, [920] b. June 3, 1826. He died in Stockton, Cal., Sept. 11, 1878, 

Maky Ei.iZAHtrn, [921] b. Jan. 22, 1829. She died in Fitchbuig, Mass., Feb. 6, 1SS7. 

John, [922J b. Jan. 13, 1S31; ni. Feb. 24, 1857, Priscilla B. Mahon. 


Cliaiie.s'' Choate {Johii'>, Stephen^, 'J'/umuis-^, Thoiiuis-, Jnhii'^), son of 
John [223] and Elizabeth (Baker) Choate, was born Feb. 12, 1803, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. He married, Aug. 16, 1832, Mary Anne Hmoaid, daughter of 
Jonathan and Joanna (Rust) Howard. She was born Sept. 12, 1803, in Boston, 
Mass., where they resided until 1838, when they removed to La Harpe, 111., 
and subsequently to '' Riverside," Montebello, 111. Dr. Choate died June 17, 
1874. Mrs. Choate died July 19, 1876. 


Eleanor Means, [923] b. May 28, 1833; m. Oct. 5, 1 861, /Jr. William M. Cox ; d. Nov. 30, 1864. 

Makv .Amelia, [924] b. Jan. 7, 1837; ">• ^^P'- '91 'S67, Dr. William M. Cox ; d. Dec. 6, 1S73. 

KoiiEKT lldWARii, [925] h. Dec. 29, 1839. 

(J AuiU'STis, [926] b. Sept. 16, 1842; m. Nov. 16, 1869, Nannie Ragland. 

MiKlAM Lt)\v, [927] b. March i, 1S46; m. Dec. 22, 1870, Charles B. Kockivell. 

Mr. CliuATK was educated in Harvard College. He belonged to the famous 
Senior Class of 1823. which was e.\pelled for demonstrating their disapprobation of an 
obnoxious fellow student. The epistle of the President, explaining to young Choate's 
father the circumstances, and giving the reasons for the expulsion of his son, is a very 
formidable document, expressed in very dignified and formal language, speaking in 
the third jierson. for the (lovernment of the luiiversity. and signed, — 

•'/. T. Kirkland, President, June 30." 

Mr. Choate received his diploma some years later, although he had been entered 
and graduated, in 1823, from liowdoin College. He taught the Ipswich Grammar 
School for a year, and having completed his medical studies, he settled in the practice 
of medicine in Boston, Mass., where he remained until 1839, when his health failed and 
he went West to a small town named La Harpe, 111. -Subsecpiently he removed to a 
place on the Mississippi River, about two hundred miles above St. Louis. His residence 
was on a bluff o\erlooking the great river for many miles, and from which the eve 
could rest upon the borders of three States, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa. An appre- 
ciative sketch of Dr. Choate appeared in a local jjaper at the time of his death, which 
reads as follows : — 

•• Dr. Choate. an old and well-known citizen of Hancock County, died at his resi- 
dence at Riverside, in Montebello township, on June 17, 1874. 

"He was born in Ipswich, Mass., Febniary, 1803. and was consequently in the 
seventy-second year of his age. He received his education in Bo.ston. having entered 
college at sixteen years of age. 

"Dr. Choate removed to and settled in La Harpe. in Hancock County, in 1839. 
where he continued to reside, engaged in the successful practice of medicine for about 
fifteen years, when he settled at a beautiful spot on the Mississippi Bluff, in Montebello 
township. Here he relinquished practice and devoted his time to the cultivation of a 
farm. Twelve or fifteen years ago he met with a fall which disabled him for life, so 
that he was compelled to resort to the use of crutches, and which rendered his later 
years burdensome and painful. 


" Dr. Choate was a Democrat of the old school, sincere in his convictions and 
unswerving in his support of the party. He never sought office, which he was well 
qualitied to till. In 1847 'le was nominated, with four others, Ijy the anti-Mormon party 
as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of Illinois. Said delegates were chosen 
from both political parties, and were all elected. Dr. Choate receiving not only the anti- 
Mormon vote, but tliat of the straight Democratic ticket. 

"In private life Dr. Choate was respected by all who knew him. He was affable 
and courteous, quiet and unpretentious in his manners, a good thinker and talker, a Liiiiip.iniun. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn his loss, two 
i;laui;likrs li.uing gone before. One son resides in California, the other in Georgia; 
the vciuii;;i^t .laughter is Mrs. C. B. Rockwell, of Montebello, 111." 

Mrs. Clioate's father was for many years a merchant in Boston, Mass., Howard 
Street of that city being named for him. 

Robert Howard Choate. the oldest son, has been interested in mining enterprises in 
California and in Arizona. 

Hon. Charles Augustus Choate receives mention on a subsec|uent page. 


Jolin'^ Choate {David'-', Stephen*, Thomas-^, Thomas-, JohtA), son of 
David [~~-i] and Sarah (Appleton) Choate, was born March, 1794, in Ipswich, 

Mass. He married . They resided in Coffceville, Miss. Mr. Choate 

died Feb 3, 1849. '^Irs. Choate died. 


.Angelina .\., [928] b. 1S20; m. Tanner. Jane, [931] b. 1827; d. 184S. 

Math, DA, [929] b. 1S22; il. 1852. Hakkiet, [932] b. 1S30: cl. 1853. 
JuliN, [930] b. 1824; il. 1S44. Sailv a., [933]; m. Porter. 


Mk. Choate first went to Nathez. .Miss. Little is known of him or his family. But 
in 1866 Mrs. Angelina Tanner and Mrs. Sally A. Porter, of Caldwell, Texas, apjieared 
in Ipswich, Mass., as the only surviving heirs of Miss Sarah Choate [477], their 
father's sister, who died in 1862, making no will but leaving an estate of some f.14,000. 
which these strangers from Texas claimed and received without any contest bv the 
northern friends of the deceased. 



Elizabeth Bradley" Choate (Isaafi, Stephen^, Thomas'^, Thomas", John^), 
daughter of Isaac [aat] and Mrs. Elizabeth Clark (liradley) Choate, nee Dyer, 
was born Aug. 20, 1798, in Ipswich, Mass. She married, Oct. 16, 1825, Elijah 
L. Hamlin, son of Dr. Cyrus and Anna (Livermore) Hamlin. He was born 
March 7, 1800, in Livermore, Me. They resided in Columbia, and in Bangor, 
Me. Hon. Elijah L. Hamlin died July 16, 1872. Mrs. Hamlin died Aug. 
28, 1886. 


Adaline, b. .\ug. II, 1826; m. Nov. 13, 1845, Hon. George Stetson. 
Elizabeth \ , h. Jan. 4, 1S28. 

Augustus Chuate, b. Aug. 28, 1829; m. Dec 31, 1857, //elen Agnes Cutting. 
Julia, b. Feb. 27, 1832; ni. Veh. 27, 1856, Sai/iuet /!. Carter, En/. 


Dr. Cvkts Hamlin. Mr. Hamlin's father, married .Anna Livermore. a daughter of 
Deacon Elijah Livermore. who was an original owner of the town which bears his 
name. Dr. and Mrs. Hamlin settled here, but later removed to Paris Hill. Me. 



Dr. Hamlin died Ftb. 2, 1829. .Mrs. .-Vnna Hamlin died Aug. 25. 1S52. They had 
eight children, viz.. Elijah L.. b. Dec. 30, 1798: d. April 6, 1799. Elijah L., b. March 
7, 1800; m. Eliza Choate : d. July 16, 1872. Cyrus, b. July 16, 1802: graduated 1828 
from Maine Medical School; d. a few years later in Galveston. Te.xas. Eliza, b. April 
4, 1804; d. in Paris, Me. Anna. b. July 11, 1805: m. Daniel Brown; res. Paris, Me. 
Vesta, b. June 6. 1808; m. Dr. Job Holmes; res. Calais, Me. Hannibal, b. Aug. 27. 
i8og: m. 'Sarah J. Emery and -Ellen V. Emery, daughters of Judge Stephen Emery. 
Hannah L.. h. Oct. 10. 1814: m. Dr. Thomas I!. Townsend : res. Machias. Me. 

Hon. Elijah Livermoke Hamlin. 

Mr. Hamlin graduated, in 1818, from Brown University, read law with Governor 
Lincoln. He practised his profession in Waterford and Columbia until 1835, when he 
removed to Bangor, Me., where he resided the rest of his life. 

He was. in politics, an ardent Whig, and took an active and prominent part in the 
affairs of the jjarty. He was elected many times to the Legislature of Maine, both in 
the House and the Senate, from Washington and Penobscot counties and the city of 
Bangor. Also Land Agent of the Slate in 1838 and 1841. He was appointed, June 5, 
1854. by the President, Commissioner of the United States under the Reciprocity 
Treaty, with Great Britain. He was the Whig candidate for Governor of Maine in 
1848 and 1849, and received the full vote of the party. In 1854 he joined the Repub- 
lican party, and was prominent in its councils until his death. 

He had a great love for historical and scientific investigations, and contributed 
largely to the scientific and antiquarian collections of the country. He discovered in 
his student days the famous Mt. Mica at Paris, Me., which is probably one of the most 
remarkable deposits of minerals of the lithia group known in the world. 

The tourmalines from this place are unsurpassed in beauty, value, size, and arrange- 
ment of color, .some of which are indeed marvels of the mineral kingdom. 

•• The rare and valuable group of minerals found at Mount Mica by Elijah L. 
Hamlin have a reputation among mineralogists the world over. . . . The iVIount Mica 
tourmalines are in many respects unique, ;is admitted by all good judges." 

Vid. His lory of Paris, Me., pp. 85, 86. 

Elijah Livermore Hamlin was an older brother of Hon. Hannibal Hamlin, Vice- 
President of the United States. He was regarded by his fellow-citizens with the 
utmost confidence in his unswer\ing integrity, and honored by them, at various times, 
with positions of great responsibility. .Mr. Hamlin was a man of marked appearance 
and distinguished personal bearing. At one of President Lincoln's receptions in 
Wa.shington it is said that he divided the honor for good looks with Secretary Chase, of 

Mrs. Hamlin, at the time of her death, was mentioned in the local papers with 
highly api)reciatory obituary notices, and spoken of as well known and actively con- 
nected w ith the charitable and philanthropic institutions of the city. 

Hon. George Stetson, who married Mr. Hamlin"s oldest daughter, was one of the influential and wealthy citizens of Bangor, Me. He was President of the First 
National Bank of that cit\' for more than a cjuarter of a century. His death occurred 
June 15, 1 891, at the age of eighty-four years. His widow and two sons survived him. 

Samuel R. Carter, Esq., who married Mr. Hamlin's youngest daughter, was a son 
of the late Timothy J. Carter, Member of Congress. He is a lawyer of prominence in 
O.xford County, and resides in Paris, Me. 

.Augustus Choate Hamlin, M, D. 

Augustus Cho.ate Hamlin was born in Columbia, Me., but since 1835 Bangor 
has been his home. He graduated in Belles Lettres at Bowdoin College in 1851, and 
in Medicine at Harvard University in 1854, after passing nearly two years in observation 
and study in Europe. 

At the outbreak of the Civil War he raised a company of infantry, but was 
appointed, in May, 1861, Assistant Surgeon of the Second .Maine V'olunteers. which 
was the first regiment to leave the State for the front. He participated as a volunteer 

«*-^*'^2-«-^^*'<U5>-^>Ce!> C^^y<::iScje^ 


with the First Massachusetts and Twelfth New York in tlie tight at Blackman's Ford, 
and with the Second Maine in the first Bull Run. and in the campaign ending with the 
fall of Yorktown. 

In April, 1862, he was appointed Brigade Surgeon, and sent to the Army of 
W'estern \'irginia, commanded by General Fremont. There he was assigned as chief 
of the Medical Staff of the Advance Guard, commanded by Col. Gustave P. Cluseret, 
a distinguished French officer, one of Garibaldi's honored lieutenants, and afterwards 
celelirated as the Secretary of War under the early days of the Commune, in Paris, 
France. With Fremont he participated in the campaign of Western Virginia, and in 
the pursuit of Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley, ending with the battle of Cross Keys, 
in which he received special mention. He then formed the well-known Flying Hospital, 
which took part in all the engagements of Pope's cam]3aign, commencing with the 
battle of Cedar Mountain, and ending with the second Bull Run and Chantilly. After 
the formation of the Ele\'enth Corps from the wreck of the Army of Western Virginia 
and other organizations he was selected by General Sigel as its Medical Director, and 
remained with that corps until after the battle of Fredericksburg. 

In February, 1863, he was appointed by the President i\Iedical Inspector in the 
Regular Army, with rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, and assigned to the supervision of 
the great hospital system at Washington, which provided for more than twenty thousand 
disabled .soldiers at a time. 

In July, 1863, he was ordered to the supervision of the Army of the South, then 
operating against Chaileston under the command of General Gillmore, and took part in 
the memorable conflicts connected with the capture of Fort Wagner, and the destiTiction 
of Fort Sumter. He was then recalled to Washington, where he remained until near 
the close of the year 1864, and during the terrible campaign of the Wilderness and the 
Hank marches toward Richmond, during which period the Ho.spital System received and 
Lined lor nearly one hundred thousand sick and wounded soldiers. He was then 
assigned as Chief Medical Inspector of the Armies of the Southwest commanded by 
(ien. George H. Thomas, with w'hom he remained until the close of the war. In 
November, 1S65, he was mustered out of service, and returned to his home somewhat 
broken in health, having served throughout the war and in the campaigns of McDowell. 
McClellan, Fremont, Sigel, Pope, Hooker, Gillmore, and Thomas. 

Since the war he has occupied but little of his time in the practice of his profes- 
sion, but more in .scientific pursuits and studies, and has published at times many pajjers 
relating to the different .subjects of his inquiry. His account of Andersonville was the 
first to inform the world of the heroism of our soldiers under the cruel treatment of 
W' irz. Winder, and others. Among his other publications on various subjects are : " The 
Salmo Toma, etc." ; " Transfusion " ; " Tetanos .-Alimentation, in a Rational View '" ; 
■■Transmission of Diseases," etc. ; ''The Tourmaline Lei.sure Hours among the Gems." 

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of 
which he was the General Secretary at the Hartford meeting in 1874. also a member 
of the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, of the Royal Society of Antiquarians of 
Northern Europe, and other .societies. 

In 1879, fo'' hi-'' attention and kindness to the Russian officers at Washington, 1864, 
and to those who came to the coast of Maine in 1878, in the steamer " Cimbria," to take 
charge of the cruisers constructed for them at Philadelphia, he was made by Alexander 
II. a Chevalier of the Imperial Order of Russia, with the honors and rights thereto 

In 1877 and 1878 he was twice elected Mayor of the city of Bangor. He has been 
interested with the Grand Army of the Republic from it's formation, and has been 
honored with important positions in the Order. In 1879 he was chosen Commander of 
the Dei^artment of Maine. 

He was chosen Commissioner of Maine in 1 881, to represent the .State in the York- 
tow-n Centennial Celebration. He was Surgeon-General of the Militia of Maine from 
1882 to 1886. 

Dr. Hamlin is a great favorite with the veteran soldiers of the State and stands well 
with the laboring classes, to whom he has ever been friendly. He has always been an 
active worker for the Republican party but has never sought political preferment, 
although his friends have twice made him Mayor of Bangor by the largest majorities 
ever cast in that city, and in 18S7 his name was freelv mentioned as a possible candidate 
for the office of Governor, which his lionored father -so narrowlv missed. 



Dr. Hamlin has been engaged on a " History of the Eleventh Corps at Chancel- 
lorsville." which he has completed, with notes and carefully prepared maps showing the 
several positions of that Corps and of the Union and the Confederate forces during the 
first da)'s battle, with a view to right a great wrong done the men who composed the 
Eleventh Corps on the first day at Chancellorsville. This work is now in press. 

He has just issued an attractive volume, and very unique in character, entitled ''The 
History of Mount Mica."' And to him has been given the honor of having a newly 
discovered rhombohedral mineral named " ' Hamlinite,' in view of his life-long interest in 
the development of the mineral resotncesof the .State and particularly of O.vford County.'" 
wliere are found some of the most beautiful minerals known to science. 

Dr. Hamlin suffered an unspeakable and irreparable loss in the sudden death, Nov. 
30, iiSgi, of his only son, Frederick Cutting Hamlin, a young man nearly eighteen years 
of age, and of unusual promise and ability, possessing all noble qualities and com- 
manding virtues. 

Mrs. Ham/in, a daughter of Hon. Jonas and Lucretia Holland (liennoch) Cutting, 
was born Sejjt. cS. 1839. in ISangor. Me. Her fadier was Judge of tlie Supreme Court 
of .Maine. Her mother was an own cousin of Frances Bennock, an English jioet of 
London, luigland. 

Helen I/amlin, their daughter, and now only child living, born June 17. 1861. 
She married. Dec. 31. 18S9. Edwin Hamlin, of lioston. He was born April 3, 1862. 
Tliey reside in lirookline, 

There occurred a little incident in the girlhood of Helen Hamlin which recalls a 
familiar fact of historv concerning Bonnivard. the Prior of St. \'ictor. who became 


obno.xious to the Duke of Savoy, was imprisoned in the Castle of Chillon in 1530. and 
remained in confinement for si.\ years. This Bonnivard ha.s been immortalized by 
Byron's " Pri.soner of Chillon.'" In 1879 '^''■'^^ Hamlin presented to the poet Longfellow 
an iron pen. made from a bar of the iron gate of the prison of Chillon Castle, in which 
Bonnivard was confined, the handle made from the timber of the frigate " Constitution," 
and bound with a circlet of gold inset with three precious stones from Siberia, Ceylon, 
and M.iine. This beautiful gift is commemorated by Longfellow in the lines of a 
sonnet entitled "The Iron Pen.'' 

These graceful stanzas were sent to Miss Hamlin by the poet with the following 
autograph letter : — 

Cambridge, June 20th, 1879. 

Dear Miss J/amlin, — You will have thi>ught mc very ungrateful or very negligent or 
tioth, that I have not sooner written to thank you once more for your beautiful present. The 
truth is that since you were here I have been so much interrupted l>y visitors, and so much 
occupied with matters from which I could not disentangle myself, that I have not been able tj 
write what I wanted to, in the way I wanted to. To-day I send you some lines, not written 
with the Pen, but about the Pen. I find that my hand is fettered by the bit of Bonnivard's 
chain, and moves more easily with a lighter quill. With kind remembrances and regards. 

Yours sincerely, 

Henkv W. Longffxlow. 

P. S. — Perhaps at some future day if you have 
lines in the " Atlantic." 

1 objection, I may like to publish these 



The concluding lines of the poem are as follows 

' I shall hear the sweet low tone 
Of a voice hefore unknown, 

Saying, ' This is from me to you — 
From mc, and to ytm alone.' 

' And in words not idle and vain 
1 sliall answer and thank you again 

For the gift, and the grace of the gift. 
O beautiful Helen of Maine! 

" And forever this gift will lie 
As a blessing from you to mc, 

As a drop of the ilew of your youtli 
On the leaves of an aged tree." 

Vii/. Poetical Works of Hciirv IV. Longfello-cV. pp. 286, 287. 



Mary" (Jlioale {D:ivid'\ WillLim'', Franci.<:'-\ Tliomas", Jolin^), daughter of 
David [2'«'] and Miriam (Foster) Clioate, was born Oct. 3, 1792, in Chebacco, 
Ipswich, Mass. She married, Nov. 28, 1813, Thomas Sewall, M. D , son of 
Thomas and Friscilla (Cony) Sewall. He was born April 16, 1786, in Augusta, 
Me. 'I'hey resided in Washington, D. ('. Dr. Sewall died April 10, 1845. 
Mrs. Sewall died March 29, 1855, in Rockville, Md. 

THE ONLY cnii.n was: 
Thomas, h. April 28, iStS; m. Nov. 19, 1844, Julia Kli-Mhetli lV,iUrs : d. Aug. II, 1870. 


.\Ir. Sew.\ll comnicnced his medical -.tiidic 

his native place, continued 

with Ur. JetTries, of Boston. Mass., and in I'hil.idelphia. Penn.. receivm 
26. 1812, from Harvard College. He com- 
menced practice in Chebacco. Ipswich. 
Mass., but removed, in iSig, to Wash- 
ington, D. C. He soon had a practice 
unrivalled in extent and lucrativeness. In 
1821 he wa.s appointed Professor of ^^ 
Anatomy in the National Medical College. (\ 
and retained a chair in it during his lit^e. f 
Dr. Sewall was distinguished in his pro- 
fe.ssion and exemplarv in all the relations 
of life. 

Vt'ti. The History of Esse.v, Mass.. 

pp. 322-4. 

Thomas Sicwall, only son of Dr. and Mrs. Sewall. graduated, in 1842. from Mid- 
dletown College, Conn., travelled abroad and entered the ministry of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church. He was considered a fine speaker, and his abilities commanded the 
best pulpits in the country. He was at different times under appointment in Washing- 
ton, D. C, Winchester, V^a., Baltimore, Md.. and Brooklyn. N. Y. Among the 
incidents of liis life was a race with an Arab while travelling in the East. 

Vid. History of Essex, Mass., pp. 445, 446. 

,\Irs. Sewall. his wife, daughter of Freeborn G. and Matilda Waters, was born in 
Baltimore, Md., where she now resides. No. 1 61 7 Linden Avenue. They had seven 
children, viz., Mary Matilda, b. .Sept. 10, 1845; d. Sept. 22, 1845. Helen Choate, 
b. April 21, 1847, d. Feb. 26, 1849. Alverda, b. Jan. 3, 1849 ; d. Aug. 4. 1849. Thomas 
Colby, b. Nov. 11, 1850. Miriam, b. Aug. 12, 1852; m. Dec. 16, 1873, John A. Rich- 
ardson, of Baltimore, Md. Henry, b. May 25, 1855 ; m. .Sept. 21, 1887, Isabel Josephine 
Vickers, daughter of J. J. Vickers, Esq., of Toronto, Ontario. Douglas, b. Oct. 18. 1857 ; 
became a physician, and died May 14. 1889, in I3altimore. Md. 


Prof. Henry Sewall. M. D. 
Henry Sewall. son of Re\. Thomas and Mrs. Julia E. Sewall. graduated in 1876 
from the Wesleyan University, Middletown. Conn., where his father had graduated 
forty-four years before. After graduation he was engaged for si.x years as Assistant 
Fellow and Associate Professor in the Hiological Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins 
University. Then he filled the Professorship of Physiology for .seven years in the 
University of Michigan. His health failing in 1890. Professor Sewall removed to 
Denver. Col., where he is engaged in the practice of medicine, and as Acting Professor 
of Physiology in the University of Denver, Col. 


Haiinnh'' ('llOate (David'', Willmin^, Francis'-'', Thflmas', JpIui^ ), (laughter 
of David [8."!i] and Miriam (Foster) Choate, was born Aug. 12, 1794, in 
(,'hebacco, Ipswich, Mass. She married, Sejit. 2, 1822, Rev. Robert Crowell, son 
of Samuel and Lydia (Woodbury) Crowell. He was born Dec. 9, 1787, in 
Salem, Mass. They resided in Essex, Mass. Rev. Dr. Crowell died Nov. 
10, 1855. Mrs. Crowell died Feb. 9, 1837. 

,, , , , I, THE CHILDREN WEKK : 

Mary LorisA, b. June 21, 1023. 

Washington Choate, b. Nov. 15, 1825. lie died in infancy, Nov. 21, 1S25. 
Washington Choate, b. .Sept. 11, 1826. He died in early life, Dec. 7, 1846. 
Hannah Choate, h. Sept. 12, 1828. She died in infancy, Sept. 17, 1829. 
Edward Payson, Sept. 7, 1830; m. Aug. 13, 1861, Mary II. Warner. 
Catharine Choate, b. Jan. 7, 1834; m. .April 12, 1.S59, William Stonaker. 


.Mr. Crowell graduated, in 181 1. from Dartmouth College. Among his class- 
mates were the Hon. Amos Kendall. LL. D., Postmaster-General of the United States 
from 1835 to 1840: Hon. Joel Parker, Chief Justice of the Superior Court of New 
Hampshire, and afterward Ko\all Professor of. Law in Harvard University, Cambridge, : the Rev. Daniel Poor. D. D.. for many years a distinguished missionary of the 
-American lioard, and the Rev. William Cogswell. D. D.. Professor of History in Dart- 
mouth College, and later President and Professor of Theology in the (iilmanton 
Theological .Seminary. Vid. Class of 181 1, Dartmouth College, New llampihire. 

.Mr. Crowell, after graduation, taught for a year in Salem, then studied 
divinity with Rev. Dr. Samuel Worcester of that city, and was ordained to the Gospel 
ministry and in.stalled. -Aug. 10, 1814, as pa.stor of the Congregational Church, in 
Esse.x,, where his ministry extended over a period of forty years, and was 
terminated only by his death. He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1850 
from Dartmouth College. Some of his occasional sermons and addresses were pub- 
lished, and he wrote a history of E.sse.x, from 1634 to 1814, which was com- 
pleted by other hands, and published in 1868. 

Rev. Mr. Crowell married. Aug. 29, 1814. Hannah H. Frost, daughter of William 
Frost, of Andover, who died Dec. 1 1, 1818. He married four years later Hannah 
Choate. They had si.x children, three of whom died in infancy. The only .surviving 
son. Edward Payson Crowell, for many years has been Professor of I^tin in Amherst 
College. He married the daughter of Professor Warner, of the same institution. 
Vid. Alunnii of Dartmouth College, p. 153, and 

The History of Essex, Mass., pp. ix-xx. 


David'' Choate {David'' , William^ , Francis^, Thomas-, John^), son of David 
[23iJ and Miriam (Foster) Choate was born Nov. 29, 1796, in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
Mass. He married, Jan. 14, 1828, F.lizabeth Wade, daughter of Col. Thomas 
and Elizabeth (Merrifield) Wade. She was born Oct. 24, 1804, in Ipswich, 
Mass. They resided in Essex, Mass, where Mr. Choate died Dec. 17, 1872. 




Davu), [934] li. Nov. 27, 1828; m. Jan. i, 1856, Susan E. Kimball. 

Helen Maria, [935] b. Sept. 16, 1831. She died in early life, Nov. 24, 1851. 

RuFUs, [935] 1). .March 24, 1834; ni. Sept. 7, 1880, Sarah E. Burnham. 

Hannah E., I937J b. July 20, 1S40. 

William Cowpek, [938] b.Jan.6, 1843; m. May 18, 1869, ^Lydia Marin Gai;e ; m. May 13, 1893, 

"^Elizalielh M. Norlon. 
Washington, L939] b. Jan. 17, 1846; m. Sept. 21, 1875, Grace R. Whilon. 


Mr. Choate wa.s a lad of but elevtii year.s when his lather died. His opportuni- 
ties for an education were limited to the district school, one term, under Preceptor Vose. 


in the .'Xtkinson Academy, New Hampshire, supplemented by access to a village library 
of a few hundred volumes, mostly biographical and historical, and association with some 


residents of the town who were cultured and schohvrly. among whom were Drs. Mussey 
and Scwall and Rev. William Cogswell. 

ISut ]jossessed of rare intellectual gift.s and having a great enthusiasm for study, 
even with these limited means of education, he was able, at the age of nineteen years, 
to enter upon his chosen life-work of teaching; and for twenty-seven years, at times 
under great physical disability, he prosecuted his work in the school-room and did 
much to inaugurate and develoj) the local High School in public education, which in 
later years has become its crowning glory. Mr. Choate's ability and success in teaching 
gave him a recognized prominence among educators. 

In 1840 he was invited to take the position of the Princiijal of the New York 
Normal .School in Albany, which on account of his ill health he was obliged to decline, 
and for the same reason, two years later, to give up teaching altogether. He was a 
progressive and efficient member of the School Committee of the town, and for the 
most part its Chairman, for thirty years. He was one of the founders of the Essex 
County Teachers' As.sociation, acting at different periods as one of its Counsellors, 
Corresjjonding Secretary, Vice-President, and President. He was one of the seven 
men who were the pioneers and advisers of Mary Lyon in establishing the Mount 
Holyoke Female Seminary, and was one of its trustees from its incorporation, in 1836, 
for eight years, and gave to it his hearty support as long as he lived. He was a trustee 
also for ten years, 1840-50, of Dummer Academy, Byfield, While in the State 
Legislature for three years, 1S39-41, he was a member of the Committee on Education, 
and when in the Senate, 1841, was its Chairman. As a Justice of the Peace for manv 
years he fulfilled his duties with good judgment, firmness, fidelity, and with acknowl- 
edged ability, fairness, and kindness. 

Mr. Choate on various occasions showed rare oratorical ]]ower. It has been said 
of him, •• His skill in adapting himself to the occasion and the auditors, his grasp of 
the subject, his exhaustive gathering up of materials and ingenuity in grouping them, 
his fertility in illustration, his keen dis.section of an opponent's argument, the sparkle 
of wit and i)lay of the imagination, too, — the sword of Damascus lilade, liut wreathed 
in mvrtle, — were just such as characterized his distinguished brotlier." 

iMr. Choate took a life-long interest in agriculture, and was identified as a member 
and an officer in the\ County .Agricultural Society. Under its direction he made, 
in i860, a surve)'. and prepared an elaborate paper of nearl)' a hundred pages, embody- 
ing the results, entitled •• An Agricultural and Geological Survey of Essex County.'" 
'I'liis was published, by order of the society. 

During his whole life he was an admirable example of what an American citizen 
should be. His rhetorical ability was frequently put to in the .service of the town. 
He was an earnest and unfailing supporter of everything conducive to the public welfare, 
whether in the sphere of industrial activities or of intelligence, morality, and virtue. 

He had a passionate love of music, from boyhood played the base viol, for years 
taught singing schools, and for a period of nearly half a century led the church choir. 
1 le served as a deacon for about fifty years, and was an energetic and successful 
.Superintendent of the Sunday School for about thirty-five years. As a testimonial of 
their appreciation of his long service, and a memorial of this godly man, the Sunday 
school erected an apjjropriate monument which marks the spot of his burial. 

Deacon Choate, by his sterling character, and his services in educational, civil, and 
religious work, earned a high place in the esteem of his fellow townsmen, and com- 
manded the respect and love of all who knew him. 

yi<i. Congregational Quarterly, October, i&j^,pp. 481-505, ami 

Life of Hon. Rufiis Choate (lirown), pp. 493, 494. 

.Miss Hannah E. Choate. 

Deacon Choate"s only surviving daughter has been, for many years, the much- 
esteemed Principal of the Hentley Grammar School for Girls in Salem, Mass. Her 
services as a teacher and disciplinarian are highly appreciated by the School Board 
and by the citizens. She is a careful .scholar, a person of dignity and great self-control, 
and having a quick sense of wise and efficient methods of instniction. She is a 
graduate of Mount Holyoke Seminary, and retains many of the ideals and secures 
many of the results which Mary Lyon set before her pupils a.s alone worthy of the 
women of the nineteenth century. She made a brief vacation trip to Europe in 1890. 


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Hllflis" Choale {David^, William'^, Francis^, Thomas", John^), son of 
I)a\iil [-^31] and Miriam (Foster) Choate, was born Oct. i, 1799, in Chebacco, 
l|)swich, Mass. He married, March 29, 1825. Helen Okolt, daughter of Hon. 
Mills and Sarah (Porter) Olcott. She was born March 29, 1804, in Hanover, 
N. H. 'I'hey resided in Boston, Mass. Hon. Rufus Choate, LL. D., died July 
13, 1859, in Halifa.\, N. S. Mrs. Choate died Dec. 8, 1S64, in Dorchester, Mass. 


Catiiekink Bei.l, [940] b. May 26, 1826. She died in childhoud, .May 24, 1830. 

Inkanl, [941] b. Oct. 25, 1828, and died in infancy, Oct. 25, 1828. 

Helen O1.C0TT, [942J li. May 2, 1830; m. June 2, 1852, Jiw//; /I/;7A 5f//.f fe . .'. l^sl. 

Sakaii Blake, [943! b. Dec. 15. 1831. .She died in early wumanhood, March 11, 1875. ('^tf\ 

Rufus, [944] b. May 14, 1834. He died in early manhood, Jan. 15, 1866. " 

Miriam Kostek, [945] b. 1 )it. 2, 1S35; m. Sept. 23, 1856, Edward Elhrton Pralt. 

Caroline, [946] b. Sept. 15, 1S37. she died in childhood, Dec. 12, 1840. 

The foUowini; ]jai)er was prepared hy Is.uic Dassett Choate, of Ijoston, Mass. : — 

KuFus Choate. Advocate. 

It was every way desirable that one who had personal recollections of Rufus 
Choate should prepare this sketch of his life and character. All the more was this the 
case inasmuch as the genius and the efforts of this man contributed so largely to 
the history of the family. There must yet be living many who can recall the charm of 
his ijcisoiiality and of his e!oc|uence. Less than twenty years ago a writer remarked : 
•• Ijostoii swarms to-day with, admirers of Choate." The present writer was never 
privileged to meet the great ad\-ocate. His eyes never watched those rapid and forceful 
gestures by which tlie soul sought to give expression to its passionate thoughts and 
feelings ; his ears never drank in the music of that voice which charmed as the fabled 
lyre of old. It can only be imagined, the reluctance with which he undertakes to write. 
There is but one reflection to lead him to take heart of grace in this attempt. If those 
who knew the man. who saw him daily in court and at his home, who listened to his 
impassioned pleadings and to his familiar table-talk, if they despaired of being able to 
give us any adequate idea of their conception of his learning, his power, his genius, his 
worth, it certainly will not be expected of one who never stepped upon the vantage 
ground of personal intercourse that he should be free from misgivings in regard to his 
ability to bring into near and distinct view the shining quaUties of a mind so highly 
gifted, of a character so nobly grand. I cannot but regret for myself the unfulfilled 
desire of my youth, but no doubt those for whom I now write can draw from the ample 
sources to which I am compelled to resort a better, a truer, a nobler idea of the man 
than I could have conveyed had I written under the most favorable circumstances. 
I recall that in the year of his death one of his biographers, Mr. Edward G. Parker. 
said : '• After all that those who knew and loved Mr. Choate can do, he will be forever 
unknown to those who never saw and heard him.'' Still later on, Mr. Edwin P. 
Whipple wrote : ■• It is difficult for those who knew him to convey to a younger 
generation, which never passed • under the wand of the magician,' the effect which he 
produced on their own minds and hearts." How then can a writer who comes to this 
work as I must come, when he reads these admissions on the part of those who wrote 
from within the circle of personal friendship, — how can he have confidence in anvthing 
except in the benevolent indulgence of his readers? 

It must be matter of profound satisfaction to us all that those who have written 
worthily of this member of our family have done so with manifest aflection and esteem. 
They have shown us, as Mr. Whipple has shown us. " the effect which he produced on 
their own minds and hearts." I remember that Mr. Samuel Oilman Brown told me 
when his '■ Life of Rufus Choate" was completed, in 1862. that the work had been one 
of interest and love. Mr. Joseph Neilson said of the many contributors to his volume of 


•■ Memories " that •' a loving spirit moved tliem, and presided over their worl<." The 
part which Mr. Neilson himself took in the preparation of that work abundantly proves 
his own affectionate devotion to the memory of a brother in professional life. 

Rufus Choate was born on Choate Island. Chebacco Parish, the second precinct of 
Ipswich, " Tuesday, October i, 1799, at 3 o'clock, p. m.," as the event was carefully 
recorded by his father in the family Bible. This place of his birth remained one of 
his homes as long as he lived. One of his homes, we say, because when he was only 
about six months old his father purchased a house in the village of Chebacco, still 
retaining possession of the farm on the Island. The summers of the lad were likely 
to be spent at the island home, the winters on the mainland. The situation of the 
farmhouse is well shown in a view of the Island presented on an earlier page. Accord- 
ing to the writer's recollection, the house stands facing about south by east, to speak in 
the nautical language which ought to be almost our mother tongue. The slope in 
front, somewhat steep, a thick-matted sward always green, runs down fifteen or twenty 
rods, perhaps, to the broken bank of the creek. There is a fringe of bass-wood and 
other native trees along the shore. The near view is of marshes at low water, with a 
tidal stream winding and broadening down to the bay. At high water all that field 
is as a quiet lake. Its shelter from the sea is afforded by two bare arms of sand, — 
the Loaf, or. in the of earlier times. Two-penny Loaf, — stretching up from the 
south towards Castle Neck, which is extended from tlie north. The whiteness of the 
sand of which these barriers to the sea are fornied, and the rounded heajxs into which 
it is drifted by the winds, deceive the imaccustomcd eye with the ajjpearance of snow. 
Between the two points there is left an open space through which one looks out upon 
the limitless sea. The character of the scene is sculpturesque. Its beauty consists in 
clearness and grace of outline, in boldness of relief, and in its setting of untarnished 
blue. We dwell thus particularly upon the outlook from the home of the boy, because 
a nature so sensitive as his must have received impressions from the surroundings in 
his early years that went with him througli life. Those impressions were an essential 
part of his intellectual furnishing. They will account for the intensity and the con- 
stancy with which he loved the sea, for the magic of that charm which the sea always 
had for him. 

That sensitiveness to which allusion luis just now been made must have been a 
marked characteristic of the boy. So much would justly be inferred from the highl)- 
emotional nature of the man, but this point is not left to conjecture. In Mr. Brown's 
•• Life " is given a personal reminiscence of his driving home the cows. ■• He has said 
that more than once, when he hatl thrown away his switch, he has returned to find it, 
and has carried it back, and thrown it under the tree from which he took it, for, he 
said, 'Perhaps there is, after all, .some yearning of nature between them still."" Lljjon 
only a single point should I question the correctness of his biographer's report of this 
incident. I should doubt the lad's having thrown the switch under the tree from 
which it had been broken. It is more natural to conceive of him tenderly layitti; the 
twi" on the spot which it had overhung in its growth. This loving sympathy with 
Nature was never lost, never weakened even, in the midst of the engrossing cares and 
responsibilities of later public and jjrofessional life. Mr. E. P. Whipple says of him, 
•• No one ever enjoyed Nature more intensely, but he never sojourned with her." 
There was marked out for him in his childhood a life of the most strenuous intellectual 
elfort. These early impressions of nature, however, were to live in the memory of the 
man, as appears from the remark which he made to a friend whom he once met when 
on his way to take the train to Hanover, that he was going into the country to see if 
the birds were still singing as sweetly as they used to sing when he was a boy. 

The training of home and of school began early with the bright, intelligent youth. 
Judge Neilson has said of him that ■■ At an age when boys are expected to care for 
none of these things, he had a thirst for knowledge, a fondness for reading, and a fine 
sense of the use of words."' It is reported of him that at six years of age he had " devoured 
the Pilgrim's Progress," and that before he was ten he had read most of the books in 
the \illage library. Of this earlier education the writer just now quoted says, ■• Benefi- 
cent influences, acting on a delicate, docile, susceptible, emotional nature, — a nature 
easily chilled, if not perverted, by contact with the world, — had been at work in advance 
of the schools. Thus it was that, in due time, the boy went out from those schools mature 
in moral and intellectual strength, prepared to exercise the manly patience given to his 
riper studies."" Rev. Richard S. Storrs also said of this Chebacco school-boy: "He 


was a scholar by instinct and by the determining force of his nature." The philosophical 
habit of the present time would lead one to look upon this instinct as being a part of his 
inheritance. We should expect to find its .source in the character and in the lives of 
his ancestors. In the direct line, on the paternal side, none of these l^d enjoyed the 
privileges and the benefits of a liberal education. The first of the name in this country 
had witnessed to his appreciation of what the value of a collegiate course might be by 
leaving funds for the expenses of his youngest child at Harvard. The older sons, from 
one of whom Rufus was descended, were forced by circumstances to start in life with no 
such advantage. Four generations had served the province and the town, in civil and 
in military life, with faithfulness and ability. They had employed tongue and pen upon 
matters of public interest. They had. no doubt, felt keenly the want of proper training 
fur their work. The father had entered the Continental Army at the age of nineteen. 
For him the camp was college and professional school. He left it to follow the seas. 
At the birth of his son these longings had been suppressed, these hopes had been 
deferred, these high views had been maintained for more than a hundred and fifty years. 
They became the impelling forces of the generation to which Rufus belonged. There 
had, we may well suppose, been passed down the line from the founder of our family 
upon these shores the tradition that at some time, when private needs were not too 
pressing, when public demands were not too urgent, there should be some of the lineage 
called to show what strength of reason, what power of imagination, what nimbleness of 
fancy had been busy in the active brain of the past. In the case of this gifted child 
reason, ambition, and conscience were fused into a fine and noble enthusiasm for learning. 
Had he been born into the life of ancient Greece he would have been the darling of the 
Muses, bred by them to the genial pursuits of taste ; but born as he was into a Puritan 
family in Puritan New England, lie was trained to the practice of virtues at home, at 
school to a knowledge of such things as the schools could teach. It was for him, later ■ 
on, to show to the world, in the purity of his professional life, in the patriotism of his 
public service, in the wisdom of his statesmanshi]), in the beauty of his own home, the 
high worth of the Puritan training of his boyhood. 

Rufus Choate was admitted to the Freshman Class of Dartmouth College in the 
summer of 1S15, before he was yet quite sixteen years of age. His preparatory studies 
must have been carried on in no ver)' systematic way ; but he had the advantage of 
liaving received from several different teachers the best that they had to give in the wa\- 
of instruction, and this, to a boy like him, was worth much. It is reported that he 
began the study of Latin, under Ur. Thomas Sewell, at the age of ten. During the 
next six years his studies were continued for a few months yearly under the direction of 
the minister of the parish, Rev. Mr. Holt, or the teachers of the district school. Among 
these latter was the Rev. Dr. William Cogswell, then an undergraduate. In January of 
181 5, the boy was sent as a pupil to the academy in Hampton, N. H., to finish his 
preparatory course. At Dartmouth he was admitted to a class of which only two mem- 
Ijers were younger than he. How the yoimg collegian impressed his fellows may be 
learned from the recollections of his associates. Dr. Boyden, of Beverly, wrote on this 
point as follows : "'We entered college together in 1815. He was between fifteen and 
sixteen years of age, very youthful and engaging in appearance, modest and unpreten- 
tious in manner. Several students, fresh from Andover, entered at the same time. 
They were more fully prepared than he, and. at the start, showed to better advantage in 
their recitations. But by and by some of these began to fall from their first estate, and 
it was remarked about the same time that ' That young Choate in tlie corner recited 
remarkably well.' Before the end of the first term he was the acknowledged leader of 
the class, and he maintained that position until graduation, without apparent difficulty. 
No one pretended to rival him, nor did he invite comparison. He paid little attention 
to the proficiency of his fellow-students. His talk was of eminent scholars of other 
countries and of former times, and they seemed the objects of his emulation." In this 
last clause we may easily discover the secret of his great success. There were no limi- 
tations of his efforts simply to meet the requirements of the college or the expectation 
of those about him. His studies were carried far beyond the prescribed course. He 
entered the list with the orators of Athens to compete with them for the crown. This 
was he able to do by grace of that imagination which enabled him to realize the 
proudest traditions of the past. He, unconsciously no doubt, revealed this source of 
his power as a student and as an orator to his son-in-law when, pointing to a rockv, 
cavernous knoll as they were driving from Ipswich to Essex, he said, •■ There is the 


descent to Avernus." We may feel pretty certain tliat this remark was nothing more 
than the recalling an identification which had been made Ijy him when he read Virgil 
in his boyhood. It was this familiar and constant play of the imagination which made 
him delight in tbe acquisition of learning; it gave him uses for all that he acquired. 

Of his student life at Hanover we get a glimpse in the recollections of Hon. 
Nathan Crosby, who was his junior in college by one year. The account is that 
"Mr. Choate was sociable as well as studious, but did not care for play. He found 
exercise in walks over the hills around the college, and up and down his room while 
pursuing his studies. Choate's room was of ready access to his mates, and was a sort 
of centre of mirth and wit : but when sport was over lie turned to his studies witli 
avidity." This avidity for study e.\plains the lack of interest in athletic games. It 
was the ruling passion. To a painful degree it accovmts for the Iiaggard look his 
features wore in later years. Such tasks as the young student w;is then setting for 
himself and was in good faith performing were too much for his strength, liefore his 
college course was completed it is reported that " his place in the recitation-room was 
often vacant, his condition a .source of anxiety and alarm." At his graduation he was 
the valedictorian of his class. Mr. Crosby describes liis appearance on that occasion : 
•• He advanced slowl)- and feebly, as if struggling to live and to perform this as a last 
scholarly duty. Tall and emaciated, closely wrapped in his black gown, with his black, 
curly hair overshadowing his .sallow features, he tremblingly saluted the trustees and 
officers of the college, and proceeded in tremulous and subdued tones with his address, 
which was full of beautiful thoughts couched in chaste and elegant language." The 
closing sentences of that valedictory carry with them the impression that the speaker 
himseTf anticipated no great length of days as his inheritance. "(Jo," said he, "go 
forward, my classmates, with all _\our honors and all your hopes. You will leave me 
behind, lingering or cut short in my way: Ijut I shall carry to niv grave, however, 
wherever, whenever 1 shall be called lience. the deliglittul remembrance of oiu' joys and 
of our love." 

The vear following his graduation was sjient liy .Mr. Choate as tutor in the college. 
Professor IJrown has characterized this year as being one that was " to him, and almost 
equally to his pupils, a year all sunshine." In that warm and mellow sunshine was 
ripened to delicately flavored fruit the learning which he had acquired in his under- 
graduate course. Or to go out from tlie garden upon the dusty track and taking our 
language from that of the Grecian games, we may say that he had set the pace for his 
running mates, and he now had a chance to watch the keen emulation which his career 
had excited. 

His professional studies were begun at the Dane Law School of Harvard, in 1820. 
and they were continued there for the first year. In the following year he entered the 
law office of William Wirt at Washington. This step seems very likely to have been 
taken upon the advice and through the good offices of his brother-in-law. Dr. Sewall. 
who was then residing in that city. He there had opportunities to hear the most 
eloquent advocates of the country. It is not unreasonable to suppose that so far as 
his style of .speaking was the result of study and imitation of any modern models it 
was formed upon what he heard that year at the nation's capital. But before the 
winter was over he was recalled from that jjleasant field of study and of observation by 
the death of his younger brother, Washington, who died Feb. 27, 1822. Those studies 
so painfuUv interrupted were resumed with Mr. Asa Andrews, of Ipswich, and were 
later pursued with Judge Cummings, of Salem, until the young student was admitted 
to the bar in September, 1S23. He began the practice of his profession at South 
Danvers, now Peabody, where he remained four or five years. In these years he twice 
represented the town in the Lower House of the General Court, and was one year in 
the Senate. In 1825 he married Helen Olcott. the daughter of Mills Olcott, Esq., of 
Hanover, N. H. This marriage was naturalls' the outcome of an earlier acquaintance- 
ship formed in the undergraduate da}s of his college life. His biographer has spoken 
of it as being " one of the many felicitous circumstances of Mr. Choate's early career. 
It brought him sympathy, encouragement, and support." 

That professional career already entered upon with success was to be followed for 
almost forty years with an imflagging enthusiasm. It was to be interrupted by few 
\acations other than those which he himself described as the intervals occurring between 
the question of the examining counsel and the answer of the witness. It was varied 
only by terms of arduous public service in the two Houses of Congress and in the Con- 


stitutional Convention of the State. It was relieved by studies critical and profound 
upon questions of governmental policy. One short visit to Europe waS the only relaxa- 
tion allowed, and even that brief respite from toil was dedicated to the favorite pursuits 
of his youth. The contests of the courts were engaged in as the games were entered 
u]3on at Olympia, they were fought out as the gladiatorial combats were fought at Rome. 
The rights of his clients were sacred as were the rights of a herald of old. To secure 
tliose rights with the safeguards of law were bent all the energies of that mind trained 
to bring its forces into eft'ective action. There was no stint of knowledge, wit, or 
strength. All the stores of learning were e.xhausted, all the graces of speech were 
displayed, all the gifts of eloquence were lavished to win Victory over to his side. 
When he died it was said that •' the sunlight faded from the forum," that " his loss took 
from the profession its most stimulating example, its most splendid and charming 

The great reputation of Rufus Choate as an adxocate was won in the courts of law. 
in conducting the everyday actions of assinnpsit, contract, and debt, replevin, trover, 
and tort. Here was his chosen field of activity. This was the work for which he had 
fitted himself, and in which he found his delight. From the nature of the case that 
reputation must be almost wholly traditional. No reports of cases contain the argu- 
ments of counsel ; and if they did. tliey would help us little towards realizing the 
impassioned ardor with which the pleadings were made. Few of Mr. Choate's briefs 
have been preserved. In his '' Reminiscence)," Mr. P arker devotes about a hundred 
pages to these " Forensic Arguments," as he calls them, and to those pages the reader 
is referred. Upon this portion of the volume its author remarks : " His jury appeals 
are mostly preserved only in loose MS., and can be found nowhere else than here." 

Rufus Choate was elected to the Twenty-second Congress, and he took his seat in 
the House of Representatives Dec. 5. 1831. Two years later he was re-elected to the 
Twenty-third Congress by an increased majority. He served through the first session 
of this Congress, when he resigned his seat and returned to the practice of his profes- 
sion. Thus the term of his service in the Lower House extended from Dec. 5, 1831, to 
|une 30, 1834. The resignation of Mr. Choate must be regarded as purely a matter of 
choice. It was in keeping with his well-known vieV that the bar was the place for him. 
His laying aside the office does not necessarily imply any lack of public interest or of 
lialriotism. There was at the time nothing in the way of his keeping the seat or giving 
it up. There would be no occasion to say a word about his retirement here had not 
certain persons tried to account for it as they would account for their own withdrawal 
from public office. He resigned this place as he at times declined a seat upon the 
bench. Tlie claims of his family, the strong prepossession of his mind in favor of 
studies which he could not pursue in public life, appear to have determined his action. 

Once more, however, some ten years later, he entered public life again. This time 
it was to serve out the unexpired term of Daniel Webster in the Senate. Mr. Webster 
had entered the Cabinet of President Harrison, and had continued to hold his portfolio 
under the administration of President Tyler. This service of Mr. Choate's in the 
Senate lasted from March i. 1841, to March 3, 1845. I' ^'''^ '" 'h^ first year of this 
term. July 2, 1841, that Henry Clay and Mr. Choate came into sharp collision in debate. 
The matter was in itself of trifling importance ; but it has, in these later years, been 
made use of to show that the Massachusetts Senator was lacking in moral courage, — 
that he was browbeaten and cowed b\' the great Whig leader. The debate was upon 
the Fiscal Bank Bill. Mr. Clay wanted the bill to i:)ass without amendment. Mr. 
Choate intimated that the bill, unless amended, would be vetoed. Clay then pressed the 
speaker to give the source of his information. His object was to make it apjjear that 
Mr. Webster was using his position of confidential counsel to influence, legislation 
improperly. The debate may be found reported at length in the Congressional Record 
of the day. We quote the closing passages of the colloquy : — 

"Mr. Choate. I gave my conviction. The Senator from Kentucky asked me 
what grounds I rested my belief upon. I replied that I had based it on facts and deduc- 
tions I did not think proper to disclose. I did not, in giving convictions from a belief 
I could not control, imply that I had any executive authority for what I stated. 

"Mr. Clay. Will the gentleman say that he did not, in answer to my direct 
interrogatory, state that he could not disclose the source of his convictions without a 
breach of privilege and violation of parliamentary rule ? 

"Mr. Choate again attempted to explain, but was interrupted by .Mr. Clay. 


■• Mr. Clay. That, sir, is not the thing. Did you not say that you could not, 
witliout breach of privilege and violation of parliamentary rule, disclose your authority ? 

■• Mk. Ciio.ATE. 1 insist, sir. on mv riijht to explain wliat I did sav. in my own 

•• Mr. Clay requested a direct answer to the question proposed by him. 

■• Mr. Choate said he would have to take the answer as he i^ave it to him. 

•' Mr. Preston [of South Carolina] rose and called the Senators to order." 

It is enough to add that the ne.xt morning, in the Senate chamber, Mr. Clay offered 
an explanation in the nature of an ajjology for his rudeness. Mr. Choate harbored no 
feeling of resentment, and there the matter was dropped so far as the two participants 
were concerned. Choate frec|uently spoke of Clay with admiration for that statesman's 
character and eloquence. Years after the debate, he wrote to Mr. Parker from England, 
saying, "They have no Henry Clay here in this House of Commons." That he could 
have answered Clay in a tone as imperious as the latter had used is shown by his speech 
in the Senate, replying to Mr. McDuffie. He preferred simply to shield Mr. Webster, 
as he was in honor and friendship bound to do, by maintaining strict silence even at the 
risk of being misunderstood. We should not liave given the incident this prominence 
had not Mr. Hugh McCuUough and others made it the ground of their opinion that Mr. 
Choate lacked the courage needed by a ])olitical leader, — as though he were forced out 
of public life by men who, if the truth were told, would be known to have admired and 
loved him. We can l)elieve that his language was sincere wlien he sviid, •' If a man goes 
much into politics with law, lie will have no leisure for much cultivation and gratification 
of tastes." His tastes and ])redilections were stronger than liis political ambition, and 
his retirement from public life was entirely in accordance with his desires and his plans. 

It was in the Senate that Mr. Choate delivered those speeches by which he is best 
known. Of the speeches on the Oregon question, on the Annexation of Te.xas, the 
TaritT, and the United States Courts, Mr. Parker says, •' They were carefully prepared 
as I very well know." These are to be found in Urown's "Life and Works of Rufus 
Choate." It is not without interest for us to see how those volumes were received b\ 
the literary critic at the time of their first publication, in 1862. AUiljone's Dictionary 
quotes from "The Nation" as follows: "Two-thirds of this collection are historical or 
literary addresses called forth by special occasions; the rest are political speeches. 
The latter, contrary to what would be expected, are much the best. All are disfigured 
Ijv a very bad style." We are ready to admit that if we take the style of the ordinary 
literary critic as the standard, that of Rufus Choate was flagrantly vicious ; but if we 
bear in mind the words of Webster, "After all, say I, he is an orator that can make 
nie think as he thinks, and feel as he feels," and take into account the times and the 
places in which these orations were delivered, the purposes which they were designed 
to accomplish, and which from the lips of the .speaker they were made to acconiphsh, 
that style is found to be every way admirable. It was. however, the orator's own. It 
courted no rivalry, it was proof against the skill of the counterfeiter. It baffles all 
attempts to characterize or define. In reading these addresses, however, we are made 
conscious that they are the exact counterpart of the mind which produced them. They 
reveal to us the working of the orator's thought, the play of his fancy, the mood of his 
feeling. We choose for an example of his work, not from those carefully prepared 
political speeches which " The Nation " has pronounced his best, but from the Fourth 
of July oration delivered in the Tremont Tenii)le, at Boston, 1858. This was his last 
public effort to which he came witli any preparation. We quote a few of its opening 
sentences : — 

" It is well that in our )ear, so busy, so secular, so discordant, there comes one 
day when the word is, and when the emotion is, • our country, our whole country, and 
nothing but our country.' It is well that law — our only sovereign on earth — duty, 
not less the daughter of God. not less within her sphere supreme — custom, not old 
alone, but honored and u.seful — memories, our hearts, have set a time in which, scythe, 
loom, and anvil stilled, shops shut, wharves silent, the flag — our flag unrent — the flag 
of our glory and commemoration waving on mast-head, steeple, and highland, we may 
come together and walk hand in hand, thoughtful, admiring, through these galleries of 
civil greatness ; when we may own together the spell of one hour of our history upon 
us all ; when faults may be forgotten, kindnesses revived, virtues remembered and 
sketched unblamed ; when the arrogance of reform, the excesses of reform, the strifes 
of parties, the rivalries of regions, shall give place to a wider, warmer, and jiuster senti- 


ment ; when turning from the corners and Hark places of offensiveness, if such the 
candle lighted by malignity, or envy, or censoriousness. or truth, has revealed an\- 
where ; when, turning from these, we may go up together to the serene and seci'et 
mountain top, and there pause, and there unite in the reverent exclamation, and in the 
exultant prayer. ' How beautiful at last are thy tabernacles ! What people at last is like 
unto thee ! Peace be within thy palaces and joy within thy gates ! The high places 
are thine, and there shalt thou stand proudly, and innocently, and securely.' " 

In this one paragraph the orator mounts " to tlie height of this great argument'' 
for national unity and peace. The unfolding of his theme recalls the boldness of a 
Pindaric flight. It justifies to our credulity tlie boast of Horace that he felt the pinions 
springing on his shoulders. If we have ever seen the easy grace of that upward move- 
ment rivalled it has been when we in the wonderland of childhood were watcliing the 
flight of an eagle as he mounted into the skie.s. .soaring by means no more discoverable 
than his path through the viewless air. swinging from side to side of that spiral wa\' 
which led beyond our sight, not the sign given of any etfort made, not the curx'ing of a 
wing perceptible, at one time flashing his silver crown in the open sunlight, at another 
time \anishing in the enxeloping shadow of a cloud, to be watched for and waited for 
b)' the patient, spell-bound eye at a point in that symmetrical curve where that ever 
lessening form should again reappear bathed in the splendor of day. relieved against a 
background of night, until, raised above the region of clouds, in the cold, thin asther of 
the heavens, it rested through a summer's noontide heat, rocked as it were on the 
billows of air. 

After a long, earnest, impassioned plea, a plea for harmony, for peace, order, and tlie 
reconciliation of rights ; a plea for union, — for the Union of the States. — such a plea 
as on occasion he had made in the courts a few \ears before for the sanctity of the 
marriage tie. when he came to the close of his oration with words of hope, of high 
courage, of whole-souled devotion to his countr)-, to the country of his listeners, 
expressions of fullest confidence in the patriotism of the people, in the genius of liliert)-. 
of boundless faith in the pro\idence of God. these words so breathed the trusting spirit, 
the calmed emotions, the reflecti\'e thoughts, that they slowly sank, gently, softly, 
musically, into the low. sweet cadence of an evening song. 

" 15ut why. at last." said he. '' do 1 exhort, and why do 1 seem to fear, on such a 
day as this? Is it not the nation's birthday? Is it not this country of our love and 
hopes which celebrates it ? This music of the glad march, these banners of pride 
and beauty, these memories so fragrant, these resolutions of patriotism, so thouglitful. 
these hands pressed, these congratulations and huzzaings. and tears, this great heart 
throbbing audibly, — are they not hers, and do they not assure us ? These forests of 
masts, these singing workshops of labor, these fields and plantations whitening for the 
harvest, this peace and plenty, this sleeping thunder, these bolts in the closed, strong 
talon, — do not they tell us of her health, her strength, and her future ? This shadow that 
flits across our grasses and is gone, this shallow ripple that darkens the surface of our 
broad and widening stream, and passes away, this little perturbation which our telescopes 
cannot find, and which oiu- science can hardly find, but which we know cannot change 
the course or hasten the doom of one star. — have these any terror for us ? ."Ind He who 
slumbers not. nor sleeps, who keeps watchfully the city of His love, on whose will the 
life of nations is suspended, and to whom all the shields of the earth belong, our father's 
God, is He not our Ciod ? And of whom, then, and of what shall we be afraid ? " 

'•This shadow that flits across our grasses and is gone" was an allusion easily 
understood when we recall that those words were spoken only three years before the 
breaking out of the Civil War. It was. then, not because the orator failed to appreciate 
the gravity of the situation that he treated this as a trifle ; it was his purpose to reassure 
the hearts of all with the firm belief that somehow the American Union w'as going to 
withstand the fury of that storm whose shadow was even then flitting across our 
grasses. He had for some time foreseen the coming crisis. In Mr. Neilson's 
••Memories." p. 2oi, there is reported a conversation between Mr. Choate and his 
son-in-law. Mr. Edward Ellerton Pratt, in the summer of 1856. ••They were sitting 
on the rocks at Marblehead. and looking over the waters in which the frigate ' Con- 
stitution ' was chased by British cruisers in the War of 1812-14. Mr. Pratt .says, ' In 
speaking of that war. the question arose as to the next struggle in which this countr\- 
might be engaged. Mr. Choate said. •' I shall not probably live to see it, but I fear 
there will ere long be a civil war between the North and the South." I expressed my 


horror at such an idea, and asked how -that could be possible. Said he, "It is a very 
easy thing to get up such a conflict when one large section of the country, inflamed by 
interest, pride, and resentment, is hostile and united. We at the North, if we wished, 
could bring it about; so could they of the South: and the adverse feeling is getting 
so bitter that one side or the other may provoke the issue. If the Democrats, now 
about to elect Buchanan, ha\-e prudence and good temper, they can tide the trouble 
over for a while, perhaps until there may come a better understanding and more friendly 
feeling. But I fear they will not show such moderation and prudence.'' Mr. Choate 
appeared to think it probable that within ten years a ci\'il war would break out, and 
told me that it would be my duty, the duty of all, to do what was po.ssible to maintain 
the Union, whether war could or could not lie averted.' " 

Mr. Choate was spared the realization of these an.\ious fears. Elsewhere in this 
\(ihmie will be told what his only son, and wliat the husband of his oldest daughter 
did •• to maintain the Union,"' when war could no longer be averted. Had he lived he 
would cheerfully have made the great sacrifice. 

In all his previous life Rufus Choate had Ijcen closely identified with the old Whig 
|)ail\. lie liad served it witli fidelity, had joined in its rallies, and rejoiced in its 
victories: at its hands had he received his civic honors. In the Senate and on the 
stump had he advocated the measures which tliat p;trty upheld. When, therefore, he 
decided to vote for Buchanan, — his conversation reveals the misgivings with which that 
vote was to be cast, — the course which he then took led him apart from most of his 
former associates. It was an early instance of indejiendent voting, a feature of our 
politics which has become familiar in later times. It e.xixjsed him in the last years of 
his life to much harsh, censorious criticism. To this William Winter lately referred 
when lie said, "During the Latter jiart of Choate's life, and at the time of his death, 
detraction, always busy with shining names, was audible in liis disfavor." But time 
has .softened the feelings of men, has refined anci mellowed their judgment, until now 
they can find in his speeches the wisdom of the statesman : in his conduct the self-.sacri- 
ficing devotion of the patriot. Most beautifully is this latter character recognized in 
•' The Patriot's Birthpl.ace," a poem which its distinguished author, Mrs. James T. Fields, 
tells nie was written with direct reference to that old homestead on Choate Island : — 

" Wide across the t'ontinent 

Speaks the patriot's deathless word; 
lllossoms on the rocky hills, 
In the vales is heard. 

" ' I will give the Morning .Star 

To him,' the Lord saidi, ' who shall keep 
.My work unfailing lo the end, 
.\or ever slothful sleep.' 

" Built up of our larger hope. 

Of e(iual laws and equal right. 
His home shall only oceans bind, 
iVor ages c|uench his light." 

.Mong with the public service of .Mr. Choate in must be classed his labors 
in behalf of the Smithsonian Institution. He had devised and advocated what was 
known as the " Library Plan." This provided for a collection of books, of objects of 
art, ancient and modern, worthy the nation's capital. In urging this plan he was fol- 
lowing the bent of his literary, scholastic, and artistic tastes. He had long appreciated 
the real condition of literature and art in this country. As early as 1823 he wrote, 
•• How wretchedly adapted is our American liberal education and our subsequent course 
of life, to form and m;tture a mind of so much depth, taste, and beautiful enlargement. 
How vulgar and untaught we generally are with all our uncjuestionable natural capacity." 
With these strong sentiments for liberal training, he elected a member of the first 
Board of Regents of the Smithsonian in 1846. In the course of a few ye<irs the man- 
agement of the Institution fell into the control of those who favored the claims of 
science over those of literature. In 1S54 Mr. Choate resigned. 


There can be no doubt that it had long been a fondly-clierished plan of the advo- 
cate to devote some portion of his maturer years to literature. When he was abroad in 
1S50, attracted l.iy more than the Europe of this century can offer, he defined this 
purpose, "to gather up these moments, consolidate and mould them into something 
worthy of myself, which may do good where I am not known, and live when I sliall liave 
ceased to live — a thoughtful and soothing and rich printed page." And at another 
time he wrote, '• Some memorial I w'ould leave yet, rescued from the grave of a mere 
professional life, some wise, or beautiful, or interesting page. — something of utility to 
Ainerica, which I love more every pulse that beats." 

This sentiment of patriotism, this love for his country, as of his home, the hoine of 
his kindred and friends, a yearning for the familiar scenes of his earlier and his later 
life, breathes in all he wrote while he was abroad in 1850. He was evidently contem- 
plating, if not preparing, some treatise — po.ssibly upon the early history of our free 
institutions. He left these plans unaccomplished w-itli regret : but he needed not to 
entertain any fear of •' the grave of a mere professional life." What he himself said of 
the orators of the Revolutionary period can now, witli perfect propriety, be said of him ; 
•• Of that series of spoken eloquence all is perished ; not one reported sentence has 
come .down to us. The voice through which the rising spirit of a young nation sounded 
out its dream of life is hushed. The great spokesman, of an age unto an age, is dead. 
And yet, of those lost words is not our whole America one immortal record and 
reporter? Do ye not read them, deep cut, defying the tooth of time, on all the marble 
of our greatness ? How they blaze on the pillars of our Union ! How is their deep 
sense unfolded and interpreted by every pa,ssing hour! how do thev come to life, and 
grow audible, as it were, in the brightening rays of the light he foresaw, as the fabled 
invisible harp gave out its music to the morning! " 

Two years ago it was reported that l^y the will of Mar\- W. H)de. of Xew York, 
the city of Boston was to receive the sum of fourteen thousand dollars for the purpose of 
erecting a statue of Rufus Choate. When the intent of the testator shall be carried out. 
we may liope to see the presentment of tlie man as described by William W. Story, 
the poet and tlie artist. — to see — 

"... the clustering liair 
And Hashing eyes of Choate, whose rare 
Full-worded elot|uence had power to thrill 
And move and mould his hearers at his will." 

Then once more, in visilile form, in enduring bronze, will Clioate be grouped with 
Webster and with Everett, here, in the city of his love. — of their love. — amid tlie 
scenes of their unenvying rivalry in learning and in eloquence, as Mr. Story has so 
picturesquely grouped them in his verse : — 

" In Massachusetts of our later years 
Three men have lived pre-enainent in fame. 
Your statesmen they; 77iis one the kingly name 
(){ our Defender won, when doubts and fears 
Shook our sad hearts; 77/(7/, as the morn appears 
Through lustrous clouds; and on his silvery tongue 
Sweet, rich and full, persuasive accents hung: 
The ( )riiER, as amid the flaming spheres 
A constellation, gliltering with the light 
Of many a star, illuminates the night : 
Living, they were the lions of their kind; 
Dead, as they rest, each in his honored grave. 
Though creatures at iheir memory rave. 
Stand, and will stand, three monuments of mind." 

Early in the spring of 1859 iVIr. Choate was forced by increasing to witli- 
draw from the practice of his profession. He had been failing for many montlis, 
possibly for some years, a sulTerer from Bright's disease, then little understood. He 
fancied that a short residence in England — the Isle of Wight seemed most attractive 
to him — might alleviate liis disorder., Passage was secured on a steamer which was 
to leave Boston about the middle of Ma\'. Not feeling himself equal to the voyage at 


that time he deferred his departure. On the 24th of May he went to the home of his 
son-in-law, Mr. Bell, in Dorchester. Here he spent a month in quiet rest. -'Never 
had he seemed to enjoy every object with a keener relish. • What can a person do ? ' he 
once said, after looking long at a beautiful landscape. 'Life is not long enough.'" It 
soon became necessary for him to decide if he would go abroad that summer. On the 
29th of June he took passage on the '• Europa." He could not have been unaware ol 
his critical condition, that he was probably embarking on a longer voyage than that 
across the Atlantic. The weariness of travel pro\'ed more than he had strength to 
bear, and at midnight of the 30th he was landed with his son at Halifax. Here, under 
the care of the surgeon on board the flag-ship of the Admiral of the British fleet, he 
\\aited patiently for the end. His window overlooked that beautiful harbor, and from 
it he watched the ships, with his old love of the sea. "If a schooner or sloop goes 
bv." he once said, when dropping into a doze, "don't disturb me. but if there is a 
square-rigged vessel, wake me up. ' He remained constantly cheerful and hopeful. 
On the 1 2th of Julv the doctor encouraged him that he would soon be able to go home. 
He had been better that day. but l)efore night he .said to his son that he felt faint. 
These were his last words. At twenty minutes before two o'clock the next morning it 
was all o\er. The voyage was ended, and the great square-rigged vessel swung round 
tu her anchor in the home port. 

Mrs. Choate survived her lamented husband a few years. She was a woman of 
most rare and interesting qualities of mind, heart, and life. This is well reflected by 
the |jublished mention made of her at the time of her death, of which an example is the 
follow ing : — 

.■\n OiuTrARV ni-' Mks. Hklen Olcott Choate. Oecemher. 1864. 

Died (il Koxbtiry, on tlit Slh imt., Ihlen OUiitl, wii/ow of /he In/e 
Hon. Rii/iis Choate. 

It is not fit to permit the announcement of the death of Mrs. Choate to be the sole 
record of one who has left behind her the recollection of so many endearing qualities of 
heart and mind. 

Mrs. Choate was the daughter of Hon. Mills Olcutt of Hanover. N. II.. of whom 
his biogra])her wrote that the ideal of the perfect gentleman could scarcely "find itself 
more adcquatelv embodied than in him." His home wa.>i one of the most delightful it 
was ever our good fortune to be familiar with, characterized by the tone of 
politeness, gentle courtesy, and regard for the of others. It was amidst the 
attractions and healthful influences of such a fireside, that the character of Mrs. Choate 
unfolded and matured. Her clear reason, united to a spirit of repose and .self-control, 
which were manifested by uniform serenity and cheerfulness, gave to her living presence 
its life-long, distinguishing power. The calm and loving influence of Christian faith, 
which seemed to have been born in her, no doubt helped to lay the foundation of this 
self-sustaining element of her character. No pressure of trial or calamity could stir the 
deep currents of her spirit. Always firm, always .serene, she was the sheet-anchor of 
strength and hope to all who clung to her for happiness and courage through life. To 
her husband, amidst the exhausting and harassing weariness of his long and arduous 
professional career, she was. — 

"The he.irt which like a staff was one 
For him to lean and rest upon. 
The strongest on the longest day 
With steadfast love." 

To her children and to those who came within the .sanctuary of her aflTections. w ho 
can overestimate her exalted merit, or fully appreciate their irreparable loss? Language 
is powerless to express for them our sympathy, a.s the grave closes over one of those 
who may be classed among the pure in heart who shall see God. B. 

V'id. Life of Hoti. Rufiis Choate {Brown)., Appendix, pp. 489, 490. 


Capt. Rufus Choate. 

RuFus Choate, only son of the late Hon. Rufus Choate, was born May 14, 1834, 
in Boston, Mass., and died Jan. 15, 1866, in Dorchester, Mass. His death is'noticed as 
follows : — 

"Another victim of the late Civil War has passed away. One more family mourns 
the loss of a brother, brave and gifted. Yet their mourning is not without gladness, nor 
is their loss without compensation. Death cannot take all. The fond and happy mem- 
ories of love given and returned: of the happy days of childhood with no cloud' in the 
sky, when the family circle was still unbroken, and before sorrow, suffering, or death 
had entered in at the door ; of that later and proud day when the only son and brother 
offered his life for the cause, — these all remain forever and forever. 

" When our Civil War broke out Mr. Choate was in the practice of law in this city, 
having, for a young man just started in his profession, a large clientage. Everything 
looked prosperous for him. There was every inducement — selfishly speaking — for 
liim to remain at home. But the echoes from Sumter had scarcely ceased before he 
had offered his services to the Government — ' for the w'ar." 

•' He was determined, to use his own language, ' to see the thing through,' and for 
this reason, among others, joined the Second Massachusetts Regiment, which was, we 
believe, the first in the country organized for that length of time. Mr. Choate remained 
with his regiment till the autumn of 1862. when the disease which attacked him shortly 
after he joined the army compelled him to resign his commission. He returned to his 
home hoping that in a few months his health would be sufficiently restored to enable 
him to again join his regiment. But this hope was not to be realized. The disease 
contracted, or at least greatly aggravated, by the exposure he was subjected to in the 
malarious Virginia swamps held on to him with frightful tenacity that nothing could 

" His sufferings during the last four years have been almost uninterrupted and 
almost incredible. Death is to him literally a release. Yet during the whole time he 
showed the same sweetness of temper, the same patience, the same uncomplainingness 
that had always characterized him. 'And yet they say / sutTer,' .said he, when the 
horrors of Andersonville were read to him. Through those four long and dreary years 
he completely ignored his own sufferings, except when he tried to show their lightness 
when compared with those of others. 

" The testimony of his brother officers, as well as of all who had ever known him 
well, is unanimous as to his wit, his humor, and his unfailing humanity. And, indeed, 
the son of his father took these by inheritance. When he resigned his commission one 
of them wrote : ' Choate has left, and with him goes the life of the regiment. No more 
fun now, but simple duty.' 

"At the battle of Cedar Mountain he and three other officers of the same regiment 
were so ill that none but themselves thought of their taking part in the impending con- 
flict. Not so they, however. They were helped or carried on to the field. One 
present wrote ; ' All our officers behaved nobly. Those who ought to have stayed 
away would n't. Goodwin, Cary, Choate, and Stephen Perkins were all quite ill, but 
would not stay away from the fight. Choate is the only one of the four not killed. 
It was splendid to see those sick fellows walk right into that shower of bullets as if it 
were so much rain.' 

'•The reveille has now sounded for the last of the noble four, and he has gone to 
join his comrades and answer to his name when the roll is called." 

Vid. Life of Hon. Rufus Choate {Brown)., Appendix. pp. 490, 401. 

An OnrTUARv of Sarah Blake Choate. 

Died in Boston, on March 11, jSyj, Sarah Blake Choate, daiis^hter of the late 
Hon. Rufus Choate. 

Gone from us ! gone love and gentleness, and womanl)- grace and charity, and all 
that makes life worth dying for, — or, better still, worth living for. 

No one ever came within her influence and went awav uncharmed. From her, 
goodness seemed to radiate, — was diffused, — so that one could scarcely be with her 
half an hour without feeling that on the whole the world was better than he thought — 


that the presence of one such was a suggestion of what we may become. An invahd 
the greater part of her hfe, her circle, of course, was not large, nor was she known in 
what is generally called society ; but to those who knew her, she was a magnet of 
never-ceasing power, and their love for her grew and grew, even to the end. Her 
charity was unobtrusive and unknown except to its recipients. She gave what almost 
all begrudge the most, her time, and taught the poor and friendless that in her they 
had a friend indeed. By gentle solicitations and for His name's sake, she lured them 
on to higher thoughts and higher deeds, and by her teaching, and, better still, by her 
example, showed that we were all of one blood and of one Creator. 

To say that she was witty and wise is to say that she was her father's daughter, 
and from him she inherited her love for all scholarly pursuits. Also she took by 
inheritance that rarest of gifts, a rich, tender, melodious voice. Her speech was music, 
gentle and alluring, so that when pleading for the wretched and forlorn, by some 
subtle influence of voice or manner or magnetism, or combination of these, her cause 
was won before her statement was ended. In these respects those who knew her 
father will recognize his daughter. 

But what a loss we have in her. yet is hers the gain. She has lived a life of perfect 
right, as she understood the right to be. 

She has jjasscd from us with " no slow gradations of decay," but with faculties 
undimmed and love and ho|)es uncliillcd. To lier the rest and the exceeding great 
peace have come. P- 


William'' Choate ( U'i//ianfi, William^, Francis^, 'J'homas-, John^), son of 
William [sss] and Susanna [aoa] (Choate) Choate, was born April i8, 1785, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Me married, Dec. 28, 1815, Mary Burnett Pinkcrtflii, 
daughter of James and Elizabeth (Nesmith) Pinkerton. She was born May 10, 
1 791, in Derry, N. H., where they resided. Mr. Choate died Oct. 7, 1870. 
Mrs. Choate died Dec. 29, 1873. 

rilF. rilll.DKKN WKKK: 

Jamks Pinkektijn, [947] b. Oct. 10, 1S16. He dieil in infancy, (Jet. 3, 1S17. 

Susan A., [948] b. Aug. 3, 181S; m. Jan. 28, 1S41, Samuel C. Crombie : d. March 19, 1857. 

Clarissa Pinkkktcjn, [949] b. Dec. 3, 1S20. She died in early life, March 25, 1840. 

Mary 1-'., [950] b. Dec. 5, 1822; m. Sept. 23, 1847, /vV;'. Clirhlopher Ciishiiijy ; d. July 31, 1882. 

Jane Aiken, [951] b. May 23, 1825. 

Sarah Elizabeth, [952] b. Sept. 12, 1828. She died in childhood, Jan. 25, 1830. 

Mk. Choate seems to have inherited a passion for the sea. and at twenty years of 
age. against the wishes of his father, he became a sailor. With a small bundle under 
liis arm he left his home, walked to Newburyport, Mass., and shipped " before the mast "" 
on tlie merchant ship •• Reward,"' on a three years' voyage. If possible to dissuade him. 
his father had told him that he should claim his wages until he was twenty-one. At the 
end of the three years the young sailor returned to his father's house, brought his earn- 
ings in coin, and having shaken hands with his father he tossed the money on the table, 
saying : " There, father, are my wages." The tender-hearted parent walked to the 
window and wiped away his tears, but took none of the money. Mr. Choate still fol- 
lowed the seas until he became master of the vessel on which he first sailed. The War 
of 1S12 so endangered the business that he sold his ship in a foreign port and returned 
home on a French vessel. Shortly after, the ship " Reward " was captured by a British 
privateer and burned. Thus ended his career on the ocean, although his love for the 
sea remained, and he always read with delight the one hundred and seventh Psalm 
which delineates so vividly a ship on the billows of the ocean. It is narrated that, 
when in England, he was once summoned as a witness at a court over which Lord 
Ellenborough presided. To the various inquiries of his lordship he answered simply. 
"Yes, sir," "No, sir." As the term "Sir" in England is thus used in addressing an 
inferior, a lawver engaged in the case became excited, and indignantly asked, "What 


country were you born in. that you presume to answer his lordship ' Yes. sir.' and • No, 
sir? ■ " Mr. Choate, nearly six feet in height, with a physique of one hundred and eighty 
pounds avoirdupois, an eye blaclc as a coal and sparkling as a fixed star, and a voice 
clear as a silver trumpet, turned upon the attorney and said. " I was born in a country 
where there is but one Lord, and that is the Lord in the heavens." The scene was too 
much for the gravity of Lord EUenborough. and he shook with laughter until the powder 
from his wig gave a gray tinge to his judicial robe. 

Mr. Choate, retvirning to Londonderry, engaged for many years in mercantile 
pursuits, and afterwards, besides conducting the work on a farm, devoted himself to 
public affairs. He represented the old town of Londonderry two years in the Legislature, 
and the town of Derry, after the division, in 1839 and 1839. He was one of the select- 
men of Londonderry two years, and of Derry one. He had remarkable powers as a 
presiding officer, and was elected moderator of the town meeting four years in London- 
derry, and fifteen in Derry. He held this oflnce fourteen years in succession. In the 
most exciting scenes he never lost control of the a.ssembly'. When the question arose 
as to the division of the town, in the midst of an angry debate at midnight, suddenly 
every light in the house was extinguished. He was presiding on the occasion, and 
above the uproar the clarion notes of his \-oice were heard ordering every man to keeji 
his seat until the lamps should be relighted, and every man obeyed. 

When he was teaching a scliool. a parent came in and angrily called him to account 
for -whipping his boy." Captain Choate, as he was familiarly called, ordered the man 
to take a seat, and so commanding was his air, that the man was overawed, and took a 
seat. Mr. Choate then put a book in his hand and kept him there to the close of the 
school hours, and then said to him. •■ The next time you come to school bring your own 

For five years he was a director of the Derr)^ Bank. For forty-three years he was 
a trustee of the Pinkerton Academy, continuing in ofiice until his death, and for sixteen 
years he was treasurer of that institution. 

After his decease the trustees entered a minute upon their records in which they 
say, '■ Mr. Choate. from its origin, was deeply interested in the prosperity of the institu- 
tion. He, with another, joint owner with himself, gave the valuable landed property 
now held by the board, and on which the academy building stands. But his interest 
in, and his efforts for. the welfare of the academy ceased not with this donation. 
Always, to the very last, he was its firm and zealous friend, ready to lend his time and 
labor and influence for its good. As a trustee, he was earnest, faithful, persevering ; as 
treasurer, true to the pecuniary interests of the academy, wise and. prudent in his 
suggestions for the management of its property." 

Mr. Choate, his wife, and three daughters made public confession of their faith on 
the same day. March 4, 1838, and unified with the First Congregational Church in 
Derry, N. H. He was a man of kind and generous impulses and Christian character, 
a good neighbor and patriotic citizen, and a noble type of manhood. 

Mrs. Choate survived her liusband after a married life of fifty-five years, and died 
at the age of eighty-two years. Her mother. Mrs. Elizabeth (Nesmith) Pinkerton, was 
a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Reid) Nesmith. 



Susanna'^ Choate {William^, IVmam*, Francis^, Thomas^, John'^), 
daughter of William [233] and Susanna [202] (Choate) Choate, was born Aug. 
21, 1786, in Londonderry, N. H. She married, Feb. 29, 1817, William 
Anderson, son of William and Agnes (Clark) Anderson. He was born Sept. 
16, 1779. in Londonderry, N. H., where they resided. Mr. Anderson died 
Feb. I, 1819. Mrs. Anderson died Oct. 7, 1828, in Derry, N. H. 


Susan Choate, b. Feb. 16, 1819; m. July 31, 1838, '^James Augustus Parker ; m. Feb. 2, 1859, 
-Joseph Graham ; A. Aug. 16, 1890. 


Mr. ANnERSON"s father was born June 1 7. 1 741 : his mother was born June 20. 1S46. 

Mr. and Mrs. Parker had four children, viz., Frederick A., b. Aug. 3, 1839. Mary 
Tenney. b. Aug. 18, 1845; res. Brookville, Pa. Lucy Mussey, b. May 28, 1848; res. 
Deposit, N. Y. James Augustus, b. Oct. 20. 1851 ; res. New York City. Mr. Parker 
died Jan. 3, 1852, in Greenville, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Graham resided in Pittsburg, 
'• Shady Side."' East End, Pa. After a happy married life of more than thirty years 
Mrs. Graham died. She was beautiful in person, gifted in every way, a tender and 
loving step-mother, and none knew her but to admire and love. 


Sally'' CllOate {William-', William'^, Fnincis^, Thomas'^, Jolt n^), Aawghxtr 
of William [asa] and Susanna [203] (C'hoate) Choate, was born April n, 1790, 
in Londonderry, N. H. She married, Feb. 17, 1817, Benjamin Hazclton, son of 
Benjamin and Susanna (Richardson) Hazelton. He was born Feb. i, 1786, 
in Chester, N. H. They resided in Orford, Londonderry, and Chester, N. H. 
Mr. Hazelton died Feb. 7, 1850. Mrs. Hazelton died May 6, 1864, in 
Manchester, N H. 


Susan C, b. Dec. 27, 1S17; m. March 15, 1873, Luke Hoyt : d. June 26, 1873. 

AiiiiY Ei.i.EN, b. Aug. 9, 1 82 1; m. l'"eb. i, 1844, William Henry Wihon. 

Sakah Ei.lZAHBlH, b. June 22, 1823; ni. Dec. 3, 1846, Milo Scot/; d. May 21, 1894. 

Wu.l.lAM Cno..\Ti;, b. May 26, 1827; m. Nov. 5, 1854, '/.izzie Thompson; m. March 5, 1856, 

^Emeline Mudgell ; d. June 25, 1881. 
Esther Bartlkv, b. Sept. 17, 1832; m. Jan. 7, 1858, ./. //. Grout; d. .\ug. 23, 1863. 


Mk. Hazf.i,ton' w;is a farmer, and a nuicli-rcspected citizen. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson resided corner of Elm and Blodgett streets. Manchester, 
N. H. They had three children, viz., George Kenney, b. June 27, 1847; d. Sept. 
19. 1847. Abbie Ellen, b. Sept. 19. 1854. Laura Mary Ann, b. May 22. 1859; 
m. C. A. Smith. Vid. The Hazelton Genealogy , pp. 48, 49. 

Mary'' Choate {William'-', William^, Francis^, Thomas-, John^), daughter 
of William [s3a] and Susanna [203] (Choate) Choate, was born Oct. 6, 1798, in 
Londonderry, N. H. She married Benjamin Morrill, son of Samuel and Sarah 
(Atkinson) Morrill. He was born Jan. 16, 1794, in Hoscawen, N. H., where 
they resided. Mr. Morrill died April 21, 1857. Mrs. Morrill died Aug. 16, 1865. 


Franklin Choate, b. March 24, 1835; m. June 22, 1S69, .Annie G. Miinroe. 

Mary Frances Choate, b. Aug. 24, 1844. She died Nov. 27, 1882. 


Mr. Morrill lived in a house built by his grandfather, Rev. Robie Morrill, on 
Boscawen Plain. He was a clock and scale maker, a man of great ingenuity. At one 
time he manufactured melodeons and seraphines. His first wife was a Miss Eastman ; 
they had one daughter, Lucretia, who married a Mr. Donaldson and lived in Illinois. 
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin C. Morrill resided in Manchester, N. H. 

Samuel and Sarah (Atkinson) Morrill were married April 28, 1785. She died Feb. 
27, 1844. He was a son of Rev. Robie and Elizabeth (Hobson) Morrill, born in Salis- 
bury, Mass. ; died Oct. 14, 1846, in Boscawen, N. H. 

Vid. History 0/ Boscawen, JV. H.,pp. 469, 588. 



Nathail«= Choate {JVilHam^, William^, Francis^, Thomas^, John>), son of 
William [as?] and Susanna [203] (Choate) Choate, was born June 30, 1801, 
in Londonderry, N. H. He married, May 6, 1828, Louisa Kimball, daughter 
of Daniel and Deborah (Emer.-,on) Kimball. She was born April 29, 1805, in 
Derry, N. H. They resided in Adrian, Mich. Mr. Choate died June 13, 1874. 
Mrs. Choate died Feb. 13, 1882. 


William K., [953] !>. April 23, 1829; m. April 10, 1S55, Mary E. Gitletl. 

Caroline I.., [954] b. March 29, 1832; m. Sept. 5, 1854, /'. A. Bury: d. F'cb. 28, 18S2. 

Adaline K., [955] b. July 14, 1838. She died in childhood, March 27, 1842. 


William" Choate {George^, William'^, Francis^, Thomas'^, John^), son of 
George [ass] and Susanna [saa] f Choate) Choate, was born Oct. 26, 1790, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, Dec. 14, 1819, Luactia Bnrnham, 
daughter of Francis and Annie (Goodhue) Burnham. She was born Dec. 10, 
179s, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Essex, Mass. Mr. Choate 
died April 24, 1829. Mrs. Choate died July 27, 1877. 


George Francis, [956] b. Feb. 9, 1822; m. Sept. 13, 1855, ^Rebecca IV. Greoileaf ■ m 
Oct. 20, 1859, -^Ahhy Parker Cogs'wefl : d. July 11, 18S8. 


Mr. Choate lived in a house built, about 1760, for John Choate, Esq. He died 
in early manhood. Mrs. Choate survived her husband forty-eight years. She was a 
most worthy and estimable lady, and highly respected in the community. At her death 
she was in her eighty-second year and left a brother, Mr. John Burnham, at the age of 
seventy-nine years, and a sister, Mrs. Betsey Low, widow of Enoch Low, Esq.. at the 
age of eighty-three years. Her funeral service was attended in the Congregational 
Church, in Essex, and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Cdeason. of Manchester. Mass. 


JollU'' Choate {George-\ ]rilliam\ Frauds^, Ihomas'^, John^), son of 
George [sss] and Susanna [222] (Choate) Choate, was born July 16, 1792, in 
Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, Nov. 9, 18 19, Sat ah Gardner Fair- 
field, daughter of John and Martha (Hubbard) l^airfield. She was born Nov. 
8, 1797, in Salem, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate died at sea in 1823. 
Mrs. Choate died in 1856, in Boston, Mass. 

Martha Hubbard, [957] b. Aug. 16, 1820; m. June 4, 1S46, Israel M. Spelman. 
Caroline C, [958] b. Dec. 15, 1822; m. Oct. 14, 1844, Francis D. Darling. 


Mr. Choate embarked on the brig •• Cheruh " for a South American port and was 
never heard from. He was a member of the Esse.x Lodge of F. .A. IVL, in 1816, in 
Salem. Mass. Vid. Esstx Institutes, Vol. 3,/. 211. 

Mrs. Choate's father was born Feb. 8, 1772; her mother was born Dec. 2, 1772. 
They were married June 29. 1795. 




George'^ Choate {George^, William'^, Francis^, Thomas^, folin^), son of 
George [333] and Susanna [222] (Choate) Choate, was born Nov. 7, 1796, in 
(Chebacco) Ipswich, Mass. He married, Dec. 6, 1825, Margaret Afaiim'ng 
Hodges, daughter of Gamaliel and Sarah (Williams) Hodges. She was born 
Jan. 25, 1805, in Salem, Mass., where they resided, but removed to Cambridge, 
Mass. Dr. Choate died June 4, 1880. Mrs. Choate died Oct. 5, 1887. 


George Chevne Shaituck, [959] b. March 30, 1827; m. Nov. 11, 1852, Susan O. Kil- 

tredge ; d. June 28, 1896. 
Charles Francis, [960] b. May 16, 1828; m. Nov. 7, 1855, Elizabeth IVa/ermait Cariile. 
-Sarah Elizabeth, [961] b. Sept. 24, 1829. She died May i, i860. 
William Gakdnkr, [962] b. Aug. 30, 1830; m. June 29, 1S70, Mary Lyman Atwaler. 
Joseph Hodces, [963] b. Jan. 24, 1832; m. Oct. 16, 1861, Caroline D. Sterling. 
Caroline, [964] li. ( )ct. 16, 1834; m. Dec. 6, i860, Bruno de Gersdorff; d. Nov. 4, 1889. 


Dr. (}EOR(ac Choate was for nearly a half century one of the most beloved and 
distinguished physicians of -Salem, Mass. In his youth he studied Latin under the 
tuition of the late Rev. Dr. William Cogswell, then master of the North District 
School, in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Afterward he spent a year of study in Duminer 
.•\cademy, Byfield, and another in Atkinson Academy. He entered Harvard College 
in 1 8 14, and graduated in the Class of 1818, which numbered eighty-three members, 
of whom only eight survived Dr. Choate. 

After graduating he spent two years as master of the Feoffees" Latin School in 
Ipswich, stud\ing medicine at the .same time with Dr. Thomas Manning. Two years 
more he passed in the oflice of Dr. George C. Shattuck, of Boston, and in 1822 he 
received his medical degree and commenced practice in Salem. Here he always sus- 
tained a high rank in his profession and took an active interest in public affairs. He 
was President of the Esse.x South District Medical Society and of the Salem Athena;um 
for many years. He represented Salem in the General Court, served efficiently as 
chairman of the School Committee, and was an active member of the City Government 
in the Board of Aldermen. He joined, in 1825, the Esse.x Lodge of Free Masons, and 
became its Master in 1828 and 1829. 

Dr. Choate took a lively interest in all local and public affairs and was especially 
devoted to the cause of education. He was warmly attached to the Church with which 
he worshipped. He officiated as chairman of the committee at the installation of 
Rev. Thomas T. Stone, after the manner adopted by the brethren at the installation 
of Higginson and Skelton in 1629. 

Dr. Choate's health having become seriously impaired, he removed, about the year 
1867, to Cambridge, where he spent the remainder of his days in retirement. He died, 
greatly lamented, at the advanced age of eighty-three years. His funeral service was 
attended in the First Church. Salem, Mass., thevRev. Dr. George W. Briggs officiating, 
and the burial took place in Harmony Grove Cemetery, 

Mrs. Choate survived her lamented husband. She was a woman of superior abili- 
ties and character, a devoted wife, and a prudent, industrious, and faithful mother. At 
eighty years of age she wrote very interesting letters, and retained her faculties to the 
last. She died at the age of eighty-two years. 

Dr. Choate's four sons were all distinguished for their scholarshi]) and excellence 
of character throughout their school and college life, and possessed those qualities which 
have led them all to positions of eminence. The daughters were not less worthy and 
brilliant. The elder died in early womanhood. The younger, the wife of Dr. de Gers- 
dorff. died a few years since. 

Mrs. Choate's mother, Mrs. Sarah (Williams) Hodges, was a daughter of Capt. 
William Williams, a master mariner of -Salem, Mass. 




Warreu Christophers'' Choate i_lob'\ Ulliiam*. FrandP, Thomas-, John'^), 
son of Job [235] and Lvdia (Christophers) Choate, was born Aug. 27, 1799, in 
Wiscasset, Me. He married, Aug. 1;, 1S39, Sr/sanna/t G/uvas £>r&7o, daughter 
of Solomon and Elizabeth (Gluyas) Drew. She was born Aug., 1S13, in Red- 
ruth, Cornwall, England. They resided at No. 310 Indiana Avenue, Washington, 
D. C. Mr. Choate died Sept. 2, 1874. Mrs. Choate died March 19, 1889. 


Lydu EUZ.4EETH, [965] b. June 19, 1S40; m. Oct. 19, 1863, Maa Xoseni'cix. 

W.nRREN, [966] h. June 15, 1842; m. Nov. 29, 1S64, K'ate M. Kagan. 

CoLi-MBUS, [967] b. Nov. II, 1S44. He died in childhood, lune 15, 1S48. 

RlFls, [968] b. Jan. 31, 1S47; m- *^ct. 7, iSS^. Ellen O. Sraz'ey 

M.\KV .\N.N, [969] b. Sept. 10, 1S49; ni. Sept. 29, 1S70, IVilliam .4. De CainJr^': d. 1SS7. 

George Washington, [970] b. March 10. iS^i; m. Feb., 1S80, Annie IV. Finln: 

CoUTMWS Drew, [971] b. Ocl. 2, 1S55; m. bet. 2, 1SS4, EUa Bitzer. 


.Mr. CH0.4TE followed the seas for twelve years, and then took up his re.sidence in 
Washington, D. C. He went to sea on a merchant vessel. .ser\ed on the I'nited States 
Frigate " Constitution.'" and was 9?. one time hospital steward. 

Mrs. Choate is mentioned in a local paper, at tlie lime of lier deatli. in a most 
appreciative maiiner. as follows : — ■ 

"The announcement of the deatli of Mrs. Susan G. Choate will be read by many 
here and elsewhere witli a feeling of personal loss to tliem. Her long life of usefulness 
in tliis communit\- is known to a large circle, and manv persons in sickness and U-ouble 
have been cheered and helped by her kind ministrations. During the war her house 
was always open to receive a sick or wounded soldier, without pay or question .as to 
rank or need. At one time she had as many as twenty-duee officers and pri\-ates sick 
or wounded in her house, caring' for them, getting her reward only in the love and 
esteem of die men. and in her own conscience. Her bright and tender manner was 
always a help to any who came into her own presence. 

"She leaves tiiree brothers. Edward M. Drew. Col. William O. Drew, both of tiiis 
city, and Hon. Columbus Drew, of Jacksonville. Fla. : also four sons, Warren Choate 
and George W. Choate, residing here; Dr. Rufus Choate. of Rockville, Md. ; C. D. 
Choate, of Hemdon, \'a. ; also a daughter. Mrs. L. E. Rosenberg." 

1)A\ 11> ,IOB CHOATE. 


Dayid Job'"' Choate {Jol^'', li'il/iam*, J^ra?i4is^\ 7/101/1,7^-, John^ ), son of 
Job [-Jas] and Margaret (Adams) Choate, was born June 24, 1S13, in Balti- 
more, Md. He married. July 2, 1S45, Amanda Conulia Ehaugh, daughter of 
Rev. Joseph and Elizabeth (Krebs) Ebaugh. She was born Dec. 31, 1S31, 
in Carlisle, Pa. They resided in New York City. Mr. Choate died Oct. 28, 1892. 

the children were : 

Edward Rufus, [972] b. May 2S, 1S47; ™- Nov. 20, 1S67, Sarah Emily KiersUtl. 

Florence Anna, [973] b. June 10, 1S49; m. Nov. 13, 1S74, Henry Clay Harney. 

John William, [974] b. Nov. 23, 1S50; m. March 1, iSSo, .4nnii M. yo'inson^ 

Elk^nor Roger.s, [975] \ u y-v , ,, ,0 ) m- Sept. 13, 1S77, IVi/Jiam David I/oUhkiss. 

Ei.LEN Krebs, [976J j °- *■'"• ' J' '^^J' J She died in childhood, June 16, 1S55. 

Henry Hart, [977] b. March 16. 1S56. He died in boyhood, March 31, 1S65. 

ZlTTELL.\ Euz.A, [978 J b. July 4, 1S5S. 

Freukkick Cornelius, [979] b. Oct. 5, 1S60. 

Charles Arthur, [980] b. June 6, 1805; m. March, iSSS, Maylu Hycr. 



Mr. Choate. wliL-n a latl of nine years, went to Waddington. N. V. Havint; 
spent Ills youth and received his education in a country village, he went, in 1836, to 
New York City. He Ijouglit an interest in a large carriage manufacturing company 
and established himself in business. Later he studied medicine with Dr. Bostwick. 
and opened an establishment of .sulphur fume baths. He travelled much in Canada, 
in the Eastern States, in New York, and south a.s far as Virginia. 

Mrs. Choate now resides with her daughter, Mrs. Hotchkiss, in Kent Street. 
Brooklyn. N. Y. 



Ahram'' Choato {Altraham^, Abf-aham'^, Francis'^, 77i<'»ias-, Jo/iii''), son 
of Abraham [341] and Abigail (Norris) Choate, was born March 7, 1789, in 

Whitefield, Me. He married Lydia Korris, daughter of Benjamin and 

(Carter) Norris. She was born Aug. i, 1791, in Whitefield, l\Ie., where they 
resided. Mr. Choate died k\i%. 25, 1866. Mrs. Choate died May 27, 1857. 


Isaac C, [981] b. Sept. 25, 1813; ni. June 6, 1838, ''Sarah A. KiinaiJ: ni. Oct. 31, 1S44, 

-/■aiiiiy 'I'ihbetts. 

Belinda, [982] h. May 9, 1816; m. ; A. Oct., 1856. 

Mary Ann, [983] b. June 5, 1821; m. May 28, 1840, Ohed Ware. 

ABRAM, [984J 1). July "9, 1824. He died Nov. 12, 1852. 

Sarah Ann, [985J b. Dec. 14, 1826; m. Dec. 26, 1852, Silas C. Tihliel/s : A. Oct. 14, 1893. 

Benjamin Fkanklin, I986J b. June 14, 1S29; m. Jan. 21, 1855, Beriha A. Lewis. 

John (J. A., [987] b. Feb. 21, 1832; 111. Feb. 26, i".S62. '//arrtel I.. Ware; m. April 27, 1S78, 

-,r/ary IVilkins. 


Mu. CiioATK was a carpenter by trade, but spent much of his life on a farm. He 
was a selectman, and for more than twenty years the clerk of the town where lie lived. 
He \v;is an active Christian man, and for thirty years a deacon in the Baptist Church. 
He was ever a •^Living Epistle known and read 0/ all men." 



Mary^ Choate {Francis^, Ahraham'^, Francis^, Thomas'^, Jn/tn^), daughter 
of Francis [^**\ and Susan (Heath) Choate, was born Dec. 18, 1791, in 
Whitefield, Me. She married Asa Fowles, son of Samuel and I.ydia (Hutchins) 
Fowles. He was born in Whitefield, Me. They resided in Searsmont, Me. 
Mr. Fowles died May 31, 1870. Mrs. Fowles died Nov. 28, 1873. 


Francis Cho.4TE, b. Dec. 24, 1813; m. Ahliie Staiidish : d. 

Abial, b. Sept. 10, 1 815; m. ; res. in Warren, Me. 

Sarah, b. March i, 1S17; m. ^Elisha Philbrick ; m. ^George Partridge ; d. 1874. 

Asa, b. June 7, 1819; m. Susan yohnson. 

Samuel, b. March 8, 1821; m. Lucy Herrick ; d. 1887. 

Albert, b. Oct. 13, 1822; m. . 

Warren, b. July 20, 1824; m. Harriet Levenseller. 

Darius, I3. Nov. 29, 1826; m. Susan Choate [990J. 

Mary A., b. Feb. 6, 1829; m. Jan. 30, 1S56, George Jones Choate [994]. 

Louisa S., b. Aug. 8, 1830; m. ^ Henry Skinner; m. ''Woodbury Davis. 

Hartson B., b. July 28, 1834; res. in Sonera, Cal. 


Mr. and Mrs. P'raxcis C. Fowlks icsiclc in 'I'honuiston. Me. They have four 
children. Mr. and Mrs. Darius Fuwles reside in North Whitefield, Me. Mr. and 
Mrs. Davis reside in Searsmont. Me. Asa. Albert, and Warren Fowles went West. 


Sally'"' Choate {Francis^, Abraham'^, Francis^, Thomas^, JoJin^), daughter 
of Francis [■'**] and Susan (Heath) Choate, was born Dec. 13, 1796, in White- 
field, Me. She married, May 6, \%\i. Jonathan Greeley, son of Jonathan and 
Maria Oreeley. He was born Jan. 15, 1797, in Palermo, Me., where they 
resided. Mr. Greeley died July 12, 1867, in Chelsea, Me. Mrs. Clreeley died 
Dec. II, 1883, in Chelsea, Me. 


Laura Ann, b. Oct. 17, 1S21; m. 1846, Thomas Winter. 

Emily Melville, b. Jan. 17, 1824; m. 1855, Freeman Turner : d. 

Joseph Benson, b. March 18, 1826; m. 1850, Sarali Prescott : d. Sept. 20, 1S53. 

William Oliver, b. Sept. 3, 1828; m. 1858, Mrs. Sarali {Prescott) Greeley. 

Barzillai Brown, b. Jan. 18, 1831; m. 1S60, .Artlmsa B. Grinnell; d. 1864. 

Jonathan Clakk, b. July 6, 1833; m. 'LyJia y. Forward ; ni. 1867, ''/.enora Keep. 

Maria Foy, b. Sept. 13, 1835; m. 1852, George Winter : d. June 20, 1878. 

Susan F., b. Jan. 29, 1841 ; m. J. 0. Crommett ; d. 


Mr. and Mrs. Tho.mas Winti:r had six children, viz.. Sarah J., m. Mr. Cun- 
ningham; res. in Edgecomb, Me. Emily, m. F. F. Farrington ; res. South China. Me. 
Frank, m. Emily France; res. Augusta, Me. Carrie F., m. William Luce; res. Read- 
field, Me. Ida May, m. C. W. Cole; res. Hallowell, Me. Clark, res. Chelesa. Me. 

Jonathan Clark Greeley reside.s, in Jacksonville, Fla. He married, first, Lydia J. 
Forward. Mrs. Lydia Greeley and her little son. Willie, were lost at sea in October, 
1865. Mr. Greeley married, second, Lenora Keep. They had three children, viz., 
Allen, b. Jan. 29, 1871 ; Florence, b. Sept. 17. 1874: Mellen C, b. Feb. 14. iSSo. 
Mrs. Lenora Greeley died April 3, 1886. 


Rufus'' Choate {Francis^, Abrahatn'^, Francis^, Thomas-, Jo/in'^), son of 
Francis [244] and Susan (Heath) Choate, was born March 2, 1798, in W'hite- 
field. Me. He married, Oct., 1818, Mariah Jones, daughter of Jonathan and 
Abigail (Weeks) Jones. She was born Oct. 6, 1798, in Damariscotta, Me. 
They resided in Whitefield, Me. Mrs. Choate died May 20, 1876. 

THE children WERE ; 
Sarah, [988] b. Feb. 26, 1S19; m. May 26, 1839, Nathaniel Colby. 
Abigail, [g8g] b. April 15, 1821; m. Dec. 6, 1S47, ^"'brose Carlton. 
Susan, [990] b. March 15, 1S23; m. Darius Fowles. 
Mary Ann, [991] b. Feb. 20, 1825; m. ( )ct. 5, 1852, Amori Benson. 
Francis Augustus, [992] b. Feb. 16, 1827; m. April 2, 1871, Georgianna Choate [1052]; 

d. April 26, i8go. 
Ann, [993] b. Nov. 12, 1828. She died in childhood, Oct., 1831. 
George Jones, [994] b. April 10, 1831; na. Jan. 30, 1856, Mary A. Fowles. 
Warren Filer, [995] b. March 17, 1834; m. Dec. i, 1856, Mary Tiblietts ; d. July 29, 1887. 
Rufus Lathrop, [996] b. March 10, 1836. 

Ann Maria, [997] b. Nov. 17, 1S39. She died in childhood, May, 1841. 
Myrick Weeks, [998] b. Aug. 11, 1841; m. 1866, Rachel Belcher. 
Annie Elizaiseth, [999] b. June 30, 1843; ™- J^"- 25, 1867, Jatnes Noyes. 



Mr. Choate. under date of May 20. 1S96. is leported as safely past his ninety- 
eighth birthday, and in a vigorous, well-preserved condition, as able to be out of doors 
and make himself generally useful. 


Neheilliah'' Choate {Aamu^, Abraham'^, Francis-\ Thomas'-, John'^), son 
of Aaron [245] and Elizabeth (.Acorn) Choate, was born in i7<S9 in WhitefieKl, 
Me. He married, in 18 16, Lois Stiles, daughter of Josiah and Sophia (Somers) 
Stiles. She was born in Dorchester, N. S. They resided in Milltown, Me., 
and in Mohannas, N. R. Mr. Choate died April 30, 1859, '" ^'orth Lake, N. B. 
Mrs. Choate died Dec, 1S43, in Mohannas, N. B. 

Sophia, [iooo] b. She died in infancy. 

JosiAii Stiles, [iooi] b. March 10, 1S20. He was drowned, June 16, 1849. 
Iane, [1002] b. April 4, 1822; m. Aug., 1869, Jokn Harnwn : d. Sept. 25, 1892. 
Nehemiah, [1003] I). April 6, 1824; m. 1856, ^Harriet Jave jFoms : m. Dec, 1875, ''Afrs. 

Jane {Osborne) Miinson ; d. June 16, 1886. 
Mary. [1004] b. Jan. 22, 1S27; res. on Coral Street, Lowell, Mass. 
Lavinia, [1005] b. March 13, 1830; m. Aug. 31, 1856, Michael Mitchdl. 
.Almika, [1006J li. Dec. 25, 1S34; m. Dec. 7, 1S56, Robert I.eeman. 

Sophia Somkks, [1007] b. May 11, 1S38; in. Sept., 1866, John G. Stedman : d. Sept. 3, 1892. 
Marima .\n.n, [1008] b. July 25, 1S41 ; ni. Feb. 5, 1S70, Ceori^e K. Sledman. 


Mr. Choate's children were all born in Milltown, Me., e.xcept the last two. 
Sophia Somers was born in Baileyville, Me., and Martha ."Vnn in Mohannas, N. li. 


AarOIl^' Choate {Aaroiv', Abraham^, Francis'^, Thomas'^, John'^), son of 
.\aron [s^s] and Elizabeth (Acorn) Choate, was born May 17, 1792, in White- 
field, Me. He married Mary Perkins, daughter of John and Mary (Gowdy) 
Perkins. She was born Dec. 17, 1794, in Bristol, Me They resided in Windsor, 
Me. Mr. Choate died June 21, 1874. Mrs. Choate died Oct. 7, 1872. 

THE children WERE: 
Maria, [1009J b. July 3, 1817; m. Samuel Trask : d. May 14, 1867. 
Mary Jane, [ioio] b. Feb. 17, 1819. She died in early life, Feb. 8, 1843. 
Eliza, [ioii'' b. Nov. 17, 1821; m. July 13, 1851, Daniel Vining ; d. Dec. 8, 1861. 
Clarissa, [1012] b. Jan. 3, 1823; m. Elbridge Choate [1019]; d. Sept. 22, 1869. 
John, [1013] b. Jan. 24, 1825; m. April I, 1856, Sophia Young. 
LoRANiA, [1014] b. Jan. 21, 1827; m. March 20, 1853, Thornton A. Worthing. 
AliRAM, [1015] b. Nov. 25, 1829; m. Sept. 21, 1S58, Mrs. Adaline {Moody) Clari. 
Horace, [1016J b. Jan. 25, 1831; m. Nov. 28, 1865, Mrs. Apphia Coombs I/all, uie Asli/ord. 
Ira, [1017] b. March 2, 1834; m. Dec. 11, 1859, Emily L. Moody. 
Julia Ann, [1018] b. Aug. 13, 1S36. She died in childhood, June 21, 1843. 


Sarah'' Choate (Aaroifi, Abraham^, Fra/uis'^, T/iomas^, John^), daughter 
of Aaron [s^s] and Elizabeth (Acorn) Choate, was born in 1793, in East 
Pittston, Me. She married Aaron Dudley, son of Samuel and Sarah (Young) 
Dudley. He was born, in 1782, in East Pittston, Me., where they resided. 
Mr. Dudley died Jan. 10, 1870. Mrs. Dudley died in 1877. 



Jonathan, b. June 15, 1S12. He was drowned, in 1834. 

Aaron C, b. Dec. 25, 1814; m. Hannah Emery ; d. in 1855. 

Jane, b. July 12, 1S16. She Hied young. 

Samuel, b. Oct. 23, 1818. He was drowned in 1834. 

Jane M., b. Jan. 4, 1822. 

Caroline, b. May 26, 1824; m. Samuel Crocker. 

Edmund, b. Aug. 18, 1826; m. Elizabclh Htintinglon : d. March 22, 1S87. 

Marv Taylor, b. March 13, 1828; m. Sannul Mariner. 

Lewis H., b. May 4, 1835; m. Thoinpsoii. 


Jonathan and S.amuel Uudi.kv wltc tlrowned in Eastern River. al)out 1S34. 
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Crocker resided in East I'ittston, Me. 

I'lcl. The Dudley Genealoi^y, pp. 461, 462. 


John'' Choate {Aarotfi, Abraham'^, Francis'^, Thomas", Johti^), son of 
Aaron [--is] and Elizabeth (Acorn) Choate, was born in Whitefield, Me. He 
marrieil Marv Marsli. They resided in China, Me. Mr. Choate died March 
8, 1 86 1. Mrs. Choate died July 21, 1S46. 


Elbridge, [ioiq] ''■ O"-'' '5- '825; m. Clarissa Choate [1012]. 

MosES, [1020] li. March 4, 1S27; m. Nov. 11, 1S50, .4lmira Piisliee : d. Nov. 4, 1879. 
Daniel, [1021] b. .Sept. 9, 182S; m. Aug. 18, 1853, Sarah Lavinia Wilson. 
LoREN, [1022] b. June 12, 1830. He died in early life, 1858. 

Nehemiah, [1023] b. May 25, 1833; m. ., [1024] b. April 2, 1835; m. ■; . 

Marv, [1025] b. Oct iS, 1837. She died in early life, April 6, 1862. 

Charles Franklin, [1026] b. July 30, 1S40; m. . 

John, [1027] b. March 2, 1842; m. • . 


Several of the above family reside in the village of Weeks Mills, South China, Me. 
Data of family record may be found in an old family Bible in the possession of 
William H. .Storey, San Diego. Cal. 


Daniel Lathrop'' Choate {Aaron'' , Abraliam'^ , Francis^, Thomas-, John^), 
son of Aaron [«45] and Elizabeth (Acorn) Choate, was born in 1803 in White- 
field, Me. He married {pub. June 22, 1839) Marinda Anii Griggs, daughter 
of William and Sarah (Bartlett) Griggs. She was born Feb. 24, 1821, in Mill- 
town, Me., where they resided. Mr. Choate died Sept. 22, 1879. Mrs. Choate 
died April 14, 1865. 

THE children WERE : 

Charles Fairfield, [1028] b. Jan., 1843. He died from wounds in battle, Nov. 10, 1864. 

Aldana, [1029] b. Feb. 27, 1845; m. July 4, 1869, John Dudley. 

William L., [1030] b. Aug. 6, 1847; puh. Dec. 26, 1871, Isora M. Dudley : d. July 14, 1S90. 

Sarah Morrison, [1031] b. May 6, 1849; m. May 4, 1868, Albert llart. 

Daniel Lathroi', [1032] b. 1851. He died in childhood. 

Minerva Adalaide, [1033] b. June 30, 1853; m. Aug. 5, 1874, William J. Milligan. 

Peter Morrison, [1034] b. 1S55. 

George Fiianklin, [1035] b. .\ug. 11, 1857; m. Dec. 24, 1887, Mray G. Marshall. 


RuKUS Milton, [1036] h. 1859. 

EvF.KEIT SllF.ri.EY, [1037] b. Sept. 9, 1S62; m. l-)ec. 30, 1S92, Surah 'J Morrison. 

Damki., [1038! I'. 1.S63. He died in infancy, July 30, 1864. 

Fki-munt, [1039], 


Charles Fairfield Choate was a mumlicr of Company K. Twelfth Regiment 
Maine Volunteers, First Brigade, Second Division, Nineteenth Army Corjis. He was 
woimdcd at the Battle of Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864, and died Nov. 10, 1864, in 
the National Hospital. Baltimore, Md., aged twenty-tw'o years, ten months. The above 
battle was the one of General Sheridan's famous ride. General Early took the Union 
troops by surprise, and many of the brave soldiers were left dying on the field. Young 
Choate was robbed and stripped of his clothing by the rebels. They took his pants, 
drawers, coat, boots, stockings, everything but his shirt. When thev pulled his boots 
off they dragged him around by his feet, swearing and kicking him roughly. He lay on 
the field from early morning luitil late at night, naked and bleeding. Had he not been 
woimded, the exposure must have proved fatal. It was just three years to an hour from 
the time he left home to his being brought back a lifeless corpse. He was buried 
'•under arms" in his native place, Milltown. Me. 



Mosps'' Choate {Aaron'' , Abraham^, Francis'^, Thomas-, Johii^), son of 
Aaron [-■«.'">] and Elizabeth (.\corn) Choate, was born April 16, 1805, in 
Whitefieki, Me. He married Merlita Stone, daughter of Warren and Sarah 
(Church) Stone. She was born in .\ugusta, Me. They resided in Windsor, 
and in Augusta, Me. 


Nehemlmi, [1040] b. March 22, 1829. He died in infancy, Sept. 8, 1S29. 
Ceoroe B., [1041] b. June 8, 1831; m. Oct. 11, 1856, Ma'rlha Wi.xsu)!. 
HiRAM K., [1042J b. July 7, 1834; m. Nov. 22, iSbo, Sarah C. Morse. 

KACIIKI. \\. I llO.VTi;. 


Itilt'licl IJ." Choate {Moses^, Abraham^, Fratuis'\ 'J'/ioinas-, John^), 
daughter of .Vloses [246] and Margaret (Fountain) Choate, was born Jan. 22, 
1804, in Whitetield, Me. She married, June 25, \9>^^, Johnson Btirbaiik, son of 
William and .\bigail (Reede) Burbank. He was born Feb. 27, 1806, in 
Beverly, Mass. They resided in Jefferson, Me. Rev. Mr. Burbank died Aug. 
12, 1SS3. Mrs. Burbank died Nov. 18, 1854. 


William Harrison, b. Sept. 6, 1840; m. April 4, 1869, Arobine Bean. 
Ann Eliza, b. Oct. 3, 1843: m. Oct., 1862, Samuel McCurdy. 


.Mr. BuRli.WK was for a number of yvius .1 Baptist preacher. His two children 
reside in South Jefferson, Me. He married again. .March 19, 1856. -Hannah A. Ranvel. 
They had four children, three sons and a daughter. One son. Rev. Nelson Burbank. 
is pastor of First Baptist Church in Revere, Mass. Two sons have died. The only 
daughter resides in Revere, Mass. 



Moses^ Choate (Afoses'^, Abraham^, Francis^, Tfianas^, /ohii^), son of 
Moses [''46] and Margaret (Fountain) Choate, was born Sept. 19, 1805, in 
Whitefield, Me. He married, Sept. 26, 1832, Sarah Smith Fogg, daughter of 
Dudley and Nancy (Gove) Fogg. She was born March 24, 1809, in Readfield, 
Me. They resided in Whitefield, where Mr. Choate died May 28, 1851. Mrs. 
Choate died April 14, 1882. 

Priscilla Smith, [1047] b. Jan. 21, 1834; m. Sept. 4, 1858, Efhraim Hatch Clarke. 
Margaret Ann, [1048] b. June 23, 1836; m. Jan. 20, 1858, Kiifus A. Ware. 
Charles Francis, [1049] b. May 27, 1838; m. Sept. 16, 1865, Ccliiuia A. Hunt. 
Georgianna, [1050] b. May 15, 1840. She died in childhood, May 5, 1842. 
Perfenda Fogg, [1051] b. June 6, 1842; m. Nov. 16, 1865, Roswell S. Partridge. 
Georgianna, [1052] b. Dec. 2, 1844; ni. April 2, 1S71, Frnuis A. Choate [992]. 
Sankdrd Kingsbury, [1053] b. .Xug. i, 1847; res. Areata, Cal. 

Mr. Choate was a deacon in the F"rL'e Will Church in Whitefield, Me. 



Ebenezer'' CllOale {Moses^, Abraham'-, Francis^, Thomas-, John^), son 
of Moses ['-2-J6] and Margaret (Fountain) Choate, was born Oct. 13, 181 1, in 
Whitefield, Me. He married, June 26, 1838, Jane J. Chisam, daughter of 
William and Susan (Labaree) Chisam. She was born June 25, 1816, in Aina, 
Me. They resided in Whitefield, Me., where Mr. Choate died June 27, 1876. 


William Henry, [1054] \ . r iS-'o- ' '"' ^^^- '> '^74i Sarah A. Shryock. 

Mary Jane, [1055] ) '' • ' •'"' \ m. Jan. 4, i860, ElbriJge Gerry Baker. 

Ellen Augusta, [1056] b. March 9, 1842. 

Marcellus Turner, [1057] b. Feb. 15, 1848; d. Nov. 20, 1870. 

WlNEiELD Scott, [1058] b. April 15, 1850; m. Nov. 27, 1877, Charlotte K. Wyinan. 


Mrs. Choate resides in North Newcastle. .Me. Her father. William Chisam, was 
a tanner by trade, and of Dutch descent. Her mother, Susan Labaree. was of French 

James Munroe^ Choate {Moses^, Abraham'^, Francis^, Thomas", Johii^), 
son of Moses ['~*6] and Margaret (Fountain) Choate, was born Nov. 10, 1816. 
He married, Nov. 27, 1852, Caroline Colcord Choate [554], daughter of Ebene- 
zer [353] and Barbara (Fountain) Choate. She was born Sept. 20, 1825, in 
Whitefield, Me. They resided in Eath, Me. Mr. Choate died Oct. 29, 1853. 
Mrs. Choate married, Nov. 14, 1856, Daniel P. Newcomb. 

THE ONLY child WAS: 
Caroline M., [1059] b. .Sept., 1S53. She died in childhood, Sept. 28, 1857. 


Mr. Newcomb, whom Mrs. Choate married, son of Hezekiah and Sarah (Pepper) 
Newcomb, was born Sept. 13, 1813. in Wellfleet, Mass., whete they resided. He died 
Dec. 23, 1875. After his death. Mrs. Newcomb resided in East Pittston, Me. 




Rllfus Lathrop^ Choate {Rufus Lathrof\ Abraham^, Francis^, Thomas-, 
Johii^), son of Rufus Lathrop [249] and Elizabeth (Maynard) Choate, was 
born Oct. 7, 1806, in Norwich, Conn. He married, IVIarch 28, 1828, Livonia 
Norcross, daughter of Nathaniel and Lydia (Lane) Norcross. She was born 
Aug. 22, 1809, in Richmond, Me. They resided in Hallowell, Me. Mrs. 
Choate died ,'\ug. 9, 188S. 


CuAHLES Rui'US, [1060] h. Jan. 25, 1833; m. June 2[, 1856, Siisnn A. Gould. 
Lydia Helen, [1061] li. .Aug. 12, 1834. She died in early life, May 31, 1853. 
James, [1062] 1). .-^pril 9, 1836; m. Nov. 22, 1868, Mary E. Tahor. 

lloKAi E Kui;enk, [1063I h. Dec. 25, 1837; m. ; d. Jan. 7, 18S6. 

riiEDijDKK HuUDLEi, [1064] 1>. Nov., 1840. He died in early life, March 14, 1S57. 
AiiiKKr Fka.\ki,in, [1065J b. Dec. 12, 1841; m. May 14, 1867, Lucy P. Roberts. 
John Fremont, [1066] l>. Feb. 12, 1856; m. July 31, 1S84, Rose Jackson. 

(;i;<)i{«iK w.\siiin<;to\ ( hoatk. 


Georije Washins^tOU'' (lioato {Rufus Lathrop^, Abraham'^, Francis^, 
Thomas", JoJtn^^. son of Rufus l.athrop [3*9] and Elizabeth (Maynard) Choate, 
was born June 3, 1815, in Windsor, Me. He married, May 21, 1843, Susan 
Day, daughter of Levi and Rebecca Day. She was born July 3, 1821, in Litch- 
field, Me. They resided in Hallowell, Me. 


Hannah J., [1067] b. Feb. 28, 1S46; m. Oct. 6, 1880, George L. White. 
(JEORCE WASHiNcrniN, ( 1068] b. July 5, 1849; m. Jan. 26, 1879, Nellie Jones. 
Benjamin Frank, [1069] b. Oct.'i, 1S54; m. Nov. 16, 1881, Ad,lie Carter. 



Thomas MaynarcF Choate (Rufus Lathrop^, Abraham^ Fraiiiis'-\ 
Thomas", fohn^), ion of Rufus Lathrop [^■•g] and Elizabeth (Maynard) Choate, 
was born March 6, 181 7, in Windsor, Me. He married, Oct. 20, \%\'^, Julia 
Anna Dc Cliff'orii Paine, daughter of Paschal and Ruth Hudson (Bowen) Paine. 
She was born March 17, 1S24, in Boston, Mass. They resided in Ashburnham, 


FAMILY Frances, [1070J b. Feb. 8, 1849. She died in early life, Dec. 21, 1869. 

Ci.ara Ann, [1071] b. Jan. 25, 1854. She died in early life, May 21, 1868. 

Julia Thomas, [1072] I) June 7, 1858. 

Nellie Josephine, [1073] b. March 3, 1862. 

Benja.min Franklin, [1074] b. Oct. 2, 1863. He died in childhood, Sept. 8, 1S68. 


Mr. Choate has followed the occuijation of a painter in the chair shops. His 
daughters reside in Ashburnham, Mass. 

Mrs. Choate"s parents, Mr. Paschal Paine, died June 24, 1866, and Mrs. Ruth H. 
Paine, died May 11, 1878, in Ashburnham, Mass. 

Mr. Choate and family felt very deeply the death of their daughters. The following 
lines are taken from others which were written on the death of the oldest, Emily 
Frances Choate : — 


In Memoriam. 

Yes, dear Emma, thou hast gone. The spirits of the sainted dead 

And left loved ones thy loss to mourn. Keep watchful vigils o'er our heads. 

Like the sweetest summer flower 
Bright hopes were blasted in an hour. jhen let us twine a wreath of love 

To wear among the saints above, 
But thus it is the fairest flower Whose floweis of amaranthine bloom 

That e'er is culled 'neath Flora's bowers Will shed their fragrance round thy tomb. 

Is first to wither first to die. 
And leaves us but a parting sigh. >X jg hard to part with one so rare. 

So young, so lovely, and so fair; 
But while its fragrance lingers yet So bright a pearl, so pure a gem. 

And memory ne'er its sweet forget. But God has called. Why weep ye then? 



Hannah J.'' Choate {Rufus Latlimp'', Abraham^, Francis^, Thomas'^, 
_/(^///;'), daughter of Rufus Lathrop [349] and Elizabeth (Maynard) Choate, was 
born June 20, 1825, in Windsor, Me. She married, Jan. i, 1850, Peter Tuniey, 
son of Peter and Mary Turney. He was born March 28, 1825, in Windsor, 
Conn. They resided in Norfolk, Va. Mrs. Turney died Feb, 15, 1870. 


George Henry, b. June 28, 1858. He died in early life. May 10, 1875. 


Mk. Turnky was left an orphan at the age of two years. He lias been a successful 
and much, respected man. He resides, i8g6, at No. 172 Bank St., Norfolk, Va. 
The following inscription is found on Mrs. Turney's tombstone, in Elmwood Cemetery, 
Norfolk. Va.T — 

"Sacred to the memory of HANNAH J. CHOATE, 

wife of Peter Turney, 

Born in Winsor, Me. June 20, 1825, 

Died in Norfolk, Va, Feb, 15 1870." 

" Oh .' may -oc in that world afar. 
Meet, sec, and know each other /here." 

Vid. N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, Vol. 48,/', 337. 



Elinira" Choate (AV'cv/c-g;'/-^, A/>raJiam'^, Francis'^, Thomas-, John^), daughter 
of Ebenezer [253] and Barbara (Fountain) Choate, was born Feb. 22, 1807, in 
Whitefield, Me. She married, Dec. 23, I'i^,^, Joseph King, son of Benjamin 
and Ruth (Glidden) King. He was born April 18, 1807, in Whitefield, Me., 
where they resided, but removed in 1852 to Brewer, Me., in 1855 to East 
Boston, Mass., in 1857 to Cedar County, Iowa, in 1877 to West Liberty, Iowa, 
where Mrs. King died March 4, 1880. 


Zelotes N., b. July 13, 1834; m. Dec. 25, 1S60, Anna A\ Campbell 
Mary Ann Clark, b. Jan. 21, 1S3S; ra. Sept. 3, 1861, T. J/. Campbell. 
Elbridge H., b. Sept 10, 1843; ">■ Dec. 5, 1S67, Florence Elliotl. 



Mr. King was a master ship carpenter, having charge of Nicholas Cooper's yards 
in West Pittston. Me., and later of Charles Cooper's yards in Brewer, Me., on the 
Penobscot. In 1857 he removed to Iowa, and became a successful farmer. Mrs. King 
died at the age of seventy-three years. 

Mr. Zelotes N. King is a merchant in West Liberty. Iowa. He had four children; 
two are living. 

Mrs. Campbell is a widow, with two children. Her husband was a druggist in 
West Liberty, Iowa. 

Elbridge H. King, M. D.. is a practising physician in West Liberty, Iowa. 


Eunice Hall" Clioate {Ebouzei^, Abraham'', Francis^, Thomas-, John^), 
daughter of l<;benezer [^53] and Barbara (Fountain) Choate, was born May 4, 
1809, in AVhitefield, Me. She married, Feb. 5, 1834, Ambrose Gliddcn, son of 
Charles and Flizabeth (Pulcifer) Glidden. He was born Sept. 25, 1805, in 
\Vhitefield, Me., where they resided. Mrs. Glidden died May 18, 1891. 

niK ciiH 1)I<i-:n wkuk : 
GAHK[iiLi,E D. I!., b. Oct. 31, 1S34; m. 1854, Jonathan G lines : d. Dec. 2y, 1854. 
Baubara J., b. Oct. 2, 1836; m. Orrin iVeymoulh. 
Hannah A., b. Feb. 14, 1839; m. Cyrus A. Blinn ; d. Dec. 10, 1881. 
Mu.lis A., b. .Sept. 23, 1845. He died in boyhood, Jan. 3, 1855. 


Jane Fountain'"' Choate ( Ebenczer', Abraham*, Fraiuis'^, Thomas-, 
John^), daughter of Kbenezer [253] and Barbara (Fountain) <Jhoate, was born 
July 20, 181 2, in Whitefield, Me. She married, July 9, 1865, Amos Merrill, 
son of John and .Annis (Barker) Merrill. He was born July 8, 1805, in Greene, 
Me. 'Fhey resided in East Pittston, Me. Mr. Merrill died Nov. 27, 1881, 
Mrs. Merrill died May, 1886. There were no children. 


Sarah" Choate {Ebenezer^, Abraham'^, Frauds'^, Thomas-, John'^), daughter 
of Rbenezer [tissj and Barbara (Fountain) Choate, was born Feb. 26, i8i6, in 
Whitefield, Me. She married, Sept. 17, 1840, Riifiis C. Marsh, son of Isaac 
and Polly [a-v^] (Choate) Marsh. He was born Feb. 25, 1813, in Windsor, 
Me They resided in Boston, Mass., where Mr. Marsh died July 4, 1883. 

Emma J., b. May 18, 1841. She died in infancy, July 27, 1841. 
Ei.BRllJGE C, b. July 1 1, 1842. He died in infancy, Feb. 14, 1843. 
Harriet E., b. Dec. 14, 1843; "i- Oct. 15, 1868, George B. RUe. 
.\BEY L., b. Aug., 1845. .She died in infancy, .-^pril i, 1846. 
Charles F., Feb. 26, 1847; m. April 16, 1S79, Ella G. Boynton. 
Louisa D., b. Dec. 11, 1S48. She di^d in chddhood, Jan. 3, 1850. 
Jason K , b. Sept. 18, 1850. He died in childhood, May 20, 1852. 
RuFUS C, b. Oct. 29, 1852. 

E. Wiley, b. May 28, 1856; m. Nov. 17, 1881, M. Louisa Schaffer. 
(Jabriei.le G., b. Sept. 11, 1858; m. .\ug. 26, 18S5, Jesse G. 'I'aft. 


Mrs. Marsh survived her husband. -She wa.s his second wife, and is now, 1896. 
living. Her son. Charles K. .Marsh, resides in Xewton, Mass. 



Elbridge Gerry" Choate (Elienczci*, Abi-aham^, Francis^, Thomas-, 
John^), son of Ebenezer [ass] and Barbara (P'ountain) Choate, was born May 
27, 1818, in Whitefield, Me. He married, July 12, 1846, Martha Kincaiii, 
daughter of Wilhani and Harriet (Lambert) Kincaid. She was born in White- 
field, Me. They resided at No. 36 Princeton Street, East Boston, Mass. Mrs. 
Choate died Feb. 23, 1889. 


Newell P., [1075] b. June 21, 1847. 

Fred Eucene, [1076] b. Sept. 5, 1S52; m. Oct. 24, 188S, Mary Helen Thnkher. 

Mariha Lueita, [1077] li. Jan. 24, i86j. 


Mr. Cho.\te was a ship carpenter bv trade. His daughter was a teacher in the 
Adams School. East Boston, Mass. 



Elizabeth Fouutilill'' Choate {Ebenezer^, Abraham'*, Francis-\ Thomas-, 
John^), daughter of Ebenezer [a.^s] and Barbara (Fountain) Choate. She was 
born May 27, 182 1, in Whitefield, Me. She married, July, 1844, ^Jason Keith. 
He was born in Augusta, Me. They resided in Wellfleet, Mass. Mr. Keith 
died Feb. 5, 1846, in Whitefield, Me. Mrs. Keith married, Oct. 20, 1851, 
-Capt. Elisha Wiley, son of Elisha and Betsey (Atvvood) Wiley. He was born 
Oct., 1794. They resided in Wellfleet, Mass. Captain Wiley died Nov. 4, 1880. 


Susan'' Choate {Ebenezer^, Abraham'', Francis'^, Thomas^, John^), daughter 
of Ebenezer [253] and Barbara (Fountain) Choate, was born Sept. 10, 1823, 
in Whitefield, Me. She married, June 29, 1856, Thomas P. Sawyer, son of 
libenezer and Elizabeth Sawyer. He was born June 6, 1818, in Sedgwick, Me. 
They resided in South .Acton, Mass , where Mr. Sawyer died, April 27, 1883. 
Mrs. Sawyer died .Aug. 15, 1881, in Boston, Mass. 

Henrietia F., b. Feb. 25, 1S62; m. Eiin'ant IVooJ : d April 21, 1S83. 


Mrs. Henrietta F. W()(.)I) left an only daughter. Henrietia. b. April 14. 18S3. 
who resides with her father, in Woburn. Mass. 


John Francis'' Choate {Francis^, Isaae'*, Francis^, Thomas-, Johii^), son 
of Francis [254] and Elizabeth (Lyon) Choate. was born March 6, 1786, in 
Leicester. Mass. He married, i8i i, '* Elizabeth Nelson, daughter of Thomas and 
Mrs. Sarah (Martin) Nelson. She was born in 1791, in Armagh, Ire. They 
resided in Lansingburg, N. Y. Mr. Choate died May 24, 1854, in Eaton, 
N. Y. Mrs Choate married -Rev. Isaac Crabbe. She died July i6, 1866, in 
Detroit, Mich. 



Frances Elizabeth. [1078] b. March 17, 1813; m. rhilip fhurher : d. Nov. 25, 18S4. 
William Nelson, [1079] b. Sc-pt. 19, 1815; m. May 19, 1S36, iMarnlla Sackctt. 

Rev. Mr. Crabbe, whom Mrs. Choate married, was born in 1797. He died Martli 
29, 1866. in Madison, Mich. Mrs. Choate. it is .said, was a descendant of Lord Nelson. 



Elizabeth'' (!hoate {Framis'", Isaac^, Fraihis-\ Thomas^, John'^), daughter 
of Francis [-n-j] and Elizabeth (Lyon) Choate, was born May t8, 17S8, in 
Leicester, Mass. She married, Dec. \i, \%a%. Rev. Nathaniel Kendrick. He 
was born April 22, 1777, in Hanover, N. H. They resided in Bellingham, 
Mass , Lansingburg, N. Y., Middlebury, Vt., Eaton and Hamilton, N. Y. Rev. 
Dr. Kendrick died Sept. 11, 1848, in Hamilton, N. Y. i\Irs. Kendrick died 
Oct. II, 1815, in Middlebury, Vt. 


Silas N., b. Jan. 19, 1814; il. Jan. 14, 1859. Eliza. She Hied in early life. 


Mr. Kendrick vva,s limited in his early opportunities for an education. He was 
employed largely on his father's farm until twenty-one years of age. He then felt 
called of God to preach the Gospel ; and after some year.s of study he was licensed in 
1803. In personal appearance he was very commanding, being erect, six feet three 
inches in height, and well proportioned. 

He commenced preaching in Bellingham, Ma,ss.. then went to Lansingburg, N. Y., 
and afterward to Middlebury. Vt. He received the degree of A. M. in 1813 from the 
University of Vermont, and of D. D. in iSig from lirown University, R. L 

In 1823 he became a professor in the Theological Department of Madison 
Lfniversity, Hamilton, N. Y. In 1836 he was chosen president of the same institution. 
This office and honor he declined, although for some time he fulfilled the duties of 
a president. 

When elected to the office of President of the University he persistently declined, 
remarking, with his usual blending of modesty with humor, that he knew of no other 
ground for the choice they had made of him than that on which Saul was elected to be 
King in Israel, namely, that he was head and shoulders taller than his brethren. 

But there was about the man a certain moral loftiness that gave tone to his every 
word and act. Vid. McClintock and Strong's Cyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 39, 

.SpragJie's Annals, Vol. 6. pp. 482-7, and 

Appleton's Am. Cyclopedia, Vol 10, p. 185. 



Benjamin Lyon^ Choate {Franeis^, Isaac*, Frauds'^, Thomas'^, Jolui^), 
son of Francis [334] and F^lizabeth (Lyon) Choate, was born June 11, 1796, in 
Lansingburg, N. Y. He married, Jan. 28, 1824, I.ydia Coman, daughter of 
Windsor and Keziah (Smith) Coman. She was born June 6, 1804, in Eaton, 
N. Y. They resided in Morrisville, N. Y. Mr Choate died March 28, 1883. 
Mrs. Choate died March 9, 1866. 



Susan C, [1080] b. July 18, 1825. She died in early womanhood, May 16, 1S54. 

Ei.i/.AiUiTH, 1 1081] b. April 16, 1828; m. Aug. 24, 1S48, Cliauncey Button : d. June 19, 1881. 

t'oMAN, [1082] b. Aug 25, 1S30. lie died in early life, March 11, 18^0. 

Lydia Ann, [ 1083I b. Nov. 8, 1832; m. Feb. 26, 1852, Sidney Cole: d. Feb. 13, 1884. 

George Lyon, [ 1084] b. Jan. 19, 1840; m. April 10, 1867, Jennie West. 

Francis, [1085] b. Dec, 184S. He died in early life, Nov. 21, 1870. 


George Wasllilli^toilH!hOilte {Isaac-\ haac^, Francis'^, Thomas^, Jn/in^), 
son of Isaac ['^so] and Martha (Craig) Choate, was born July i, 1789, in Leicester, 
Mass. He married, Feb. 10, 1814, Alary Baldwin. She was born July 30, 
1789, in Dorset, Vt. They resided in Rutland, N. Y., and removed in 1821 to 
Milan, Ohio. Colonel Choate died Oct. 6, 1S46. Mrs. Choate died Dec. 23, 1854. 

THE children WERE: 

Louisa, [1086] b. May 5. 1S15; m. 1835, James C. Loekzijood : d. June 20, 1876. 

Charles Baldwin, [1087] b. Sept. 21, 1818; 111. May 6, 1S54, Ann Riley; H. Jan. 11, 1886. 

George Craig, [1088] b. Jan. 9, 1822. He died Jan. 7, 1871, in Laramie, Wyo. Ter. 

Julia Fkancls, [1089] b. June 29, 1826; m. Jan. 10, 1849, John IV. S/yrn^tie ; d. May 24, 1S86. 

Green, [logo] b. Nov. 16, 1829. He died Oct. 24, 1879, in Chicago, 111. 

Waynk, I 1091 ] b. Nov. 7, 1832; m, Nov. 27, 1862, Elizabeth Ellen MeBride. 

Mary Ijikena, [1092J b. July 28, 1836; m. March 6, 1861, Charles D. Smith : d. Feb. 13, 1883. 


.Mr. Choate served in the War of 1812. He was first commissioned as a captain, 
but was promoted until he became the Colonel of a regiment. 


Betsey^ Choate {haafi, Isaat^, Frauds^, Thomas", yir;/;;/' ), daughter of 
Isaac [256] and Martha (Craig) Choate, was born Nov. 18, 1795, in Hartford, 
Conn. She married, April 14, 1822, Moses Kimball, son of Nathaniel and Lucy 
Kimball. He was born Dec. 24, 1795, in Preston, Conn. They resided in 
Norvvalk, Ohio, where Mr. Kimball died Sept. 19, 1837. Mrs. Kimball died 
Nov. 21, 1861, in Shiawassee, Mich. 

THE children WERE: 

Nathaniel, b. Feb. 23, 1823. 

William, b. April 17, 1825. 

Sarah Elizabeth, b. Oct. 8, 1828; m. Sept. 23, 1863, George Colt. 

Ellen, b. Oct. 12, 1833. 


Mr. Kimb.all went to Huron County. Ohio, in early life. He was elected to the 
office of countv auditor in 1822, and tilled that position for eight years. Subsequently 
he was a merchant in Norwalk, Ohio. He bought largely of Western lands, and was 
one of the founders of the town of Lima, Ind., and of Shiawassee, Mich. He was taken 
ill in Shiawassee, but returned and died shortly after in Norwalk, Ohio. He was a 
good, honest, correct, and persevering man. His life was sacrificed to the care of a 
friend who was very ill in Shiawassee, Mich. His large fortune was lost to his family 
by the unfaithfulness of those in charge, and the panic of 1837. 

Mrs. Kimball, with her children, removed to Shiawassee, Mich., and suffered all 
the hardships of pioneer life. Slie was a noble woman. " Her children rise up and 
call her blessed." 

Mr. and Mrs. Colt reside in Owosso, Mich. They have two children, viz., Georgia 
Ellen, b. Feb. 6, 1867, and Henry Dutton Nathaniel, b. Feb. 16, 1871. Miss Ellen 
Kimball resides in Owosso, Mich. 




Olive Craig'' CllOate (/saac^, Isaac'', Francis^, Thomas^, Juliii^), daughter 
of Isaac [256] and Martha (Craig) Choate, was born Aug. 26, 1797, in Leicester, 
Mass. She married, June i, 1810, Reuben IVilmot, son of Asher and Rebecca 
(Russell) Wilmot. He was born May 30, 1798, in Champion, N. Y. They 
resided in Carthage, N. Y. Mr. Wilmot died Oct. 8, 1851. Mrs. Wilmot died 
Sept. 4, 1 88 1. 


Sarah Jane, b. Nov. 22, 1822; m. Sept. 21, 1843, ^Albert G. Bailer: m. .\pril 27, 1868 

-A. 7'. Stewart. 
Carlos V., b. Nov., 1825; d. Aug. 3, 1873. 
Charles Eugene, b. July, 1828. 
George Tracy, b. 1834; d. May, 1861. 



Martha tSreen'' Choate {Isaac'', Isaac', Francis'^, Thomas", John'), 
daughter of Isaac [256] and Martha (Craig) Choate, was born Oct. 22, 1799, 
in Pownal, Vt. She married, June 3, 1819, George Oakcs. He was born June 
13, 1790, in Coleraine, Mass. They resided in Black River, N. Y. Mr. Oakes 
died Oct. 12, 1857. Mrs. Oakes died July 28, 1879. 


William B., b. May 11, 1829. He died, a soldie: in the Union .\raiy, Aug. 20, 1863. 

Helen M., \>. April 9, 1832; m. Charles Huntington ; d. July 12, 1885. 

Charles C, b. May 13, 1834; m. Mary J. Shatluck. 

Gkdrge p., b. Aug. 7, 1836; m. Martha Thurston. 

KLMiiALL, b. May 3, 1838; m. Clara Wood. 

Martha J., b. May 18, 1S40; m. Everett A. Dexter. 

Caroline E., b. July 4, 1844. She died in infancy, Sept. 9, 1845. 



Josepll'' Choate {Jonathan^, Isaac'', Francis'-^, Thomas", John'), son of 
Jonathan [257] and Lois (Browning) Choate, was born Dec. 9, 1790, in Leicester, 
Mass. He married, July 6, 18 16, Sarah AWsou, daughter of Thomas and Sarah 
(Martin) Nelson. She was born Dec. 25, 1794, in Parish of Kilniore, County 
of Armagh, Ireland. They resided in Lansingburg, and after 1837, in Auburn, 
N. Y. Mr. Choate died Nov. 29, 1876. Mrs. Choate died June 17, 1881. 

the children were : 

Louisa, [1093] b. Sept. 4, 1817; m. Oct. 31, 1844, John M. Easterly; d. April 10, 1866. 

Sarah Ann, [1094] b Jan. 20, iSig; m. Oct. 26, 1848, Joseph Allen Haskell; d. Nov. 10, 1883. 

Amanda Elizablih. [1095] b. April 28, 1820; m. July 12, 1838, Alonzo Cornell. 

Helen Mar, [iog6J b. Oct. 29, i82r; in. Jan. 14, i860, Alfred IV. Upham ; d. June 10, i8go. 

Joseph Horatio, [1097] b. Feb. 5, 1823; ra. May 22, 1848, Harriet Emetine Dyer. 

Jonathan, [1098] b Oct. 25, 1824; m. Jan. 7, 1851, Kaihel Chapell. 

Thomas Nelson, [1099J b. March 15, 1827. 

James Harvey, f iioo] 1). Feb. 25, 1829. He died in childhood, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 1833. 

George Rufus, [hoi] b. Jan. 20, 1831; m. Nov. 27, 1871, Margaret Weager. 

Emily, [1102] b. Jan. 31, 1833. 

Mary Frances, [1103] b. May 22, 1835; ■"■ ^'^'^- '9- 1862, Henry Homer ; d. Feb. 14, 1868. 

Edward, [1104] b. Jan. 30, 1838. He died in childhood, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1841. 



Mr. Choate was a noble Christian man. lie is described as quicl< in liis move- 
ments, having an o\al face with prominent features, dark complexion, and black hair 
and eyes. There are preserved these records ; " Joseph Choate w-as born 9"' day of 
December A. D. 1790. Thursday morning at i o'clock in Leicester, Massachusetts 
State." "Joseph Choate was married to Sarah Nelson on the 6"' July 1816 at Lansing- 
burgh." Joseph Choate, son of Jonathan Choate, died Nov. 29, 1876, aged eiglity-si.\ 
)ears. Vi'ii. yonathan Choale's Old Faintly Bible. 



Lois'' Choate {Jouatkan-', Isaac*, Francis^, Thomas'^, Johii^), daughter of 
Jonathan \^->~~\ and Lois (Browning) Choate, was born Oct. 6, 1792, in 
Leicester, Slass. She married, March 30, xizT,, Jimas Bjvw7i. They resided 
in Auburn, N. Y. Mr. Brown died. Mrs. Brown died May 12, 1S76. 


Lois Anna, m. Rev. Mr. Hill. She ,Ue.l in 1S87. 


"Lois Choat was born tlie 6"' (la\ of Dctoljer 1792 on Saturday at 12 o'clock in 
Leicester Massachusetts State " " Lois Brown daughter of Jonathan Choate died May 
12"' 1S76. Aged 84 years and 6 months." Vid. Jonathan Choale's Old Faintly Bible. 

Rev. Mr. Hill, when last heard from, was in Pasadena, Cal. 



Lucy'' Choate {Jonathan'', Isaac'^, Francis'^, Thomas'^, John^), daughter of 
Jonathan [3'>~] and Lois (Browning) Choate, was born Oct. 3, 1798, in Lan- 
singburg, N. V. She married, Jan. 27, 1823, Rni. James C. Gnhlc. They 
resided in Washington, N. J. Rev. Mr. Goble died. Mrs. (joble died 
June 21, 1850. 


RuNY, h. Jonathan, b. Julia, b. 

Harvey, b. Eliza, b. 


"Lucy Choat was born the 3'' day of October A. D. 1798 Monday morning 
10 o'clock in Lansingburgh state of New York." 

"Rev. James C. Goble was married to Lucy Choate, Daughter of Jonathan Choate, 
Anno Domino 1823." 

" Lucy Goble, daughter of Jonathan Choate died June the 21*' 1850 aged 52." 

Vid. Jonathan Choate' s Old Family Bible. 



Emily''' CllOate (yc'«^/'/'(3:«^ Isaac*, Frauds'^, 77;(5;;/aj-9, _/(V/«'), daughter 
of Jonathan [ssi] and Lois (Browning) Choate, was born Jan. 20, 1800, in 
Lansingburg, N. Y. She married Thomas Nelson. They resided in Lansing- 
burg, N. Y. ^[r. Nelson died. Mrs. Nelson died Sept., 1839. 



Martha, b. Lois, ni. Smi//i P. S/i/es. 


•'Emily Croat was bora the 2'' day of Januai\ A. IJ. 1800, Monday morning at 
10 o'clock Lansingburgli, state of New York " 

•• Emily Nelson daughter of Jonathan Choate died Sept. 1839 aged 39 years " 

Vid. Jonallinii i /mate's Old Faintly Bible. 


Eliza'' Choate {Jonal/mifi, Isaac'^, Francis'-, Thomas-, Johii^), daughter of 
Jonathan [sn~] and Lois (Browning) Choate, was born Nov. 30, 1801, in 
Lansingburg, N. Y. She married, Feb. 26, 1821, Mnrtiii Riisse/l, son of 
Jeduthan Russell. He was born Aug. 20, 1799, in Walpole, N. H. They 
resided in Troy, N. Y. Mr. Russell died Oct. 7, 1870. Mrs. Russell died \\)n\ 
10, 1877. 


John D., b. ."Vpril 22, 1S22; m. .Vpril i, 1861, .Snni/i : d. Aup;. 3, 1882. 

Emily, b. Jan. 27, 1824; m. July 21, 1857, Henry Slunheig : d. .\pril 6, 1S69. 

Lois, b. March 14, 1829. She ciied the same day, March 14, 1829. 

Martin, b. Jan. 4, 1831 ; m. 1865, ^Maggie Hicks: 111. 1878, "^Sarah Liviitgslone. 

Ceorge, b. May 29, 1834. He died in childhood, .'\ug. 6, 1839. 

Eliza Frances, b. July 30, 1837. She died in childhood, Jan. 19, 1839. 

Julia F., b. June 14, 1843; m. July 20, 1862, ' W. E. S. Goss ; m. Sept 19, 1S83, -E. Skulls. 


•• Elu.\ Choat was born the 30"' of November .^V. U. 1801 Monday morning at i 
o'clock. Lansingburgh. State of New York." 

"Martin Russell was married to Eliza Choate on the 26"' Eeb. 1821 at Lansing- 
burgh, Ijy Elder Suniers " 

"Eliza Russell davighter of Jonathan Choate died Tuesday April 10, 1877 aged 75 
years 4 months and 10 days" yid. Jonathan Choate'' s Old Family Bible. 

Mk. Kussell was the youngest of eleven children. His mother died when he 
was three weeks old, and his oldest married sister brought him up. His father died 
when he was a lad of ten years of age. 

Martin Russell, a son, resides on Eighth Street, Troy, N. Y'. 

Mr. W. E. S. Goss, who married the youngest daughter, was a son of Ephraim 
and Elizabeth B. (Stevens) Goss. They resided in Troy, N. Y. Mr. Goss died Nov. 
22, 1878. They had four children, viz., Clarence, b. May 18, 1863; Herbert, b. Feb. 
12, 1866; Howard, b. Jan. 7, 1871, and Florence, b. June 5, 1878. 

Mrs. Goss married a second time, .Mr. E. Shults. They reside at No. 596 Benson 
Street, Camden. N. J. She has a piece of ancient needlework, done in 1754, by her 
great-grandmother's sister, Sarah Low. 


Isaac Warren'' Choate (Joshim^, Isaac^, Francis'-'', Thomas-, John^), son 
of Joshua [861] and Betsey (Warn) Choate, was born March 24, 1794, in 
Lansingburg, N. Y. He married, Feb. 20, \%2o, MehitaHe Blanchard, daughter 
of H. P. Blanchard. She was born . Vpril 8, 1797, in Preston, Conn. They 
resided in Pownal, Vt., and in Petersburg, Clarence, Alden, Rochester, and 
Portage, N. Y. Mr. Choate died July 17, 1853, in Clarence, N. Y. Mrs. 
Choate died Nov. 5, 1873, in Williamsville, N. Y. 



Eliza U., [1105J b, Dec. 27, 1820; m. Dec 31, 1840, Ralph Van Brant: d. March 3, 1S47. 
William D., [1106] b. Aug. 22, 1822; m. Nov. 22, 1849, ^Cornelia J. ToM : m, Feb. 28, 1871, 

-Mary J. A. Edwards. 
Julia An.m, [1107] b. Aug. 13, 1824; m. Jan. i, 1844, William Welch. 
AI.ONZO B., [1108 I b. Oct. 10, 1826; m. Feb. I, 1S52, ^Adelaide M. Brazier : m. .Aug. 16, 1874, 

-Clara Bell Reeder. 
Joshua Davih, [nog] Ij., March 25, 1829; m. ,'Vpril 9, 1855, Eliza A. Brink. 
JIenry a., [ii:oJ b. Jan. 19, 1S33; m. July 20, 1863, Frances Rowen 
IlARRIiiT DuAl'EK, [iiil] b. Aug. 6, 1835; m. March 24, 1864, Byron Chaffee. 
Emer Harry, [1112J b. May 21, 1838; m. Dec. 25, 1S62, Mary Billington ; d. May 6, 186S. 
RUFUS MOK-IIMER, ["13] b. (.)ct. 5, 1 840 ; IT. April 10, 1866, Ellen Slriekler. 
Homer, [1114] b. .-Vug. 22, 1843; m. Sept 11, 1867, Helen E. McCoy. 


Mr. Chdatk was a carpcMitcr by trade, a prDiiiincnt Kiee Mason, a good Christian, 
and a kind father. 



Altigcail" (llioate {Joshua^, Isaac'^, Francis^, Thomas-, JoJui'^), riaughter 
of Joshua [afii] and ISetsey (Warn) Choate, was born Nov. 7, 1795, '" l>ansing- 
burg, l\. Y. She married Rev. Shennan Ladd. He was born July 6, 1786. 
They resided in Pownal, Vt. Rev. Mr Ladd died May 10, 1858. Mrs. I.add 
died Dec. 29, 1873. 


Benjamin, b. Dec. 20, 1815; d. Dec. 14, 1862, 

James, b. Feb. 2, 1817; m. Dec. 18, 1835; d. Dec. 10, i8f)5. 

John, b. Dec. 16, 1818, m. June, 1846. " 

AHIGAIL, b. Nov. 10, 1820. She died in early life, Jan. 19, 1S53 

Joshua, b. Oct. 4, 1822; m. March, 1847. 

Sherman, b. Sept. 3, 1824; m. Jan. 5, 1S48. 

!f2':5'|b.Feb.8, .826;i"'-'^53- 

Aaron, J ' ' (^ m. 1S52. 

Sarah S., b. Feb. 9, 1829; m. Aug. 6, 1854. 

Mary, b. May 7, 1830. She died in early life, .Vug. 18, 1S47. 

Miriam, b. Nov. 8, 1831. She died in childhooil, [an. 27, 1834. 

Eunice, b. Dec. 2, 1834. 

Elizabeth, b. Oct. 21, 1837; '"■ .Tu'y 6, 1S60. 



Koxaiina'' Choate {Joshua-\ Isaac'^, Francis'', Thomas-, Johii^), daughter 
of Joshua [aei] and Betsey (Warn) Choate, was born Marcli i, 1801, in 
Lansingburg, N. Y. She married, March 12, 1820, '^ Emer Hill. He was born 
March 16, 1797. They resided in Clarence, N. Y. Mr. Hill died May 16, 
1826, in Pownal, Vt. Mrs. Hill married, Dec. 15, 1833, -Lciiza Hamlin, son of 
David and ReJiecca Hamlin. He was born Aug. 29, 1793. They resided in 
Clarence, N. Y. Mr. Hamlin died Jan. 13, 1S83. Mrs. Hamlin died March 
14, 1877- 


Mary Choate, b. Dec. 9, 1820; m. April 8, 1840, Joshua Beeman. 

Harriet A., b. Feb. 3, 1822; m. May, 1845, 'Alexander Golzvall : d. June 16, 1883. 

Henry Warn, b. Feb. 3, 1823. He died in childhood, May 13, 1829. 


Fanny J., 1). March i6, 1S24; m. May, 1S45, Graha?n Lee ; d. Aug. 14, 
Sallie a., h. Aug. 14, 1S25. She ilied in infancy, March 12, 1S27. 

Ikving W., I). Oct. 7, 1834; d. March 27, i860. 

John William, b. May 3, 1836. He died in infancy, Apiil 17, 1837. 
Lorenzo S., b. Sept. 3, 1837. He died in early life, April 20, 1855. 
Al.oNZu G., li. March 7, 1839. He died in childhood, June 2, 18+5. 
Eliza C, b. June 1 1, 1840. She died in early life, Oct. 27, i860. 
Julia a., b. June 6, 1841. She died in childhood, Jan. ib, 1843. 
Georcje a., b. April 15, 1S43. He died in the Army, March 13, 1862. 



Siirsill E '' Clioate {Joshua^, Isaac'^, Francis'^, Thomas^, Jo/iti^), daiighter 
of loshua [-<"] and Betsey (Warn) Choate, was born July 25, 1807. She 
married, 1S29, Samuel IJiiiit. They resided in Hunt's Corners, East Clarence, 
N. V. Mr. Hunt dietl. Mrs. Hunt died April, 1851. 


re5. Akron, N. V. 



Eli Warn'' Choate {Joshua'^, Isaac^, Francis'-^, Thomas-, Jchn'^), son of 
Joshua ['-JOi] and Betsey (Warn) Choate, was born May 3, 1810, in Lansing- 
burg, N. Y. He married, March 9, 1836, ^Tidelia Ermenile Sheldon. She was 
born May 23, 1814, in Clarence, N. Y. 'I'hey resided in Lancaster, N. \'. Mrs. 
Choate died May i, 1847. Mr. Choate married, Nov. 2, \'&i,^.,~Anna Brimmtr, 
daughter of Daniel and Abigail (Moon) Brimmer. She was born Oct. 13, 1817, 
in Petersburg, N. Y. They resided in Lancaster, N. Y. Mr. Choate died April 
10, 1872. Mrs. .\nna (Choate) Wallen, died Jan. 12, 1892, in Marshall, Minn. 


Francis D.vviij, [1115] b. May 4, 1837. He died in early life, Jan. 2, 1859. 
Jerome Cyrenus, [1116J b. Jan. 22, 1840; ni. 1861, Kale l.omse h'elley. 

Emma Fidelia, [1117] b. Oct. 6, 1849; ™- l"=l'. 23, 1826, Charles Brimmer. 
Heman Eli, [1118J b. Aug. i, 1853; m. Nov. 8, 1876, Laura D. Chapman. 


Mrs. Anna Choate married a second time, -Mr. Wallen. He was step-father of 
.Mrs. Fidelia E. Choate. Mrs. Wallen made her home, the last ten years of her life, 
with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Brimmer, in .Marshall, .Minn. 



Mary Alin'' Choate {Jacoh-', Isaac*, Francis^, Thomas-, Johti^), daughter 
of Jacob [20+] and Rosamond (Parmalee) Choate, was born June 29, 1800, in 
Windsor, Vt. She married, June 29, 1819, Amos Paul, son of James and 
Elethear (Jewett) Paul. He was born March 11, 1793, in Northfield, Vt. 
They resided in Windsor, Newbury, and Danville, Vt. Mr. Paul died May 7, 
1835. Mrs. Paul died Jan. 25, 1843. 



Jacob Choate, b. June 6, 1820. He died in early life. 

Amelia E., b. Jan. 3, 1S22. She d ed in childhood, Oct. 23, 1S29. 

Edward Alexander, b. Oct. 5, 1S23; m. 1845. InJiana Ailetia Sniilh. 

George Howard, b. March 14, 1826; m. May i, 1849, ^Caroline E. S/rong : m. Nnv 9, iSi;^, 

^Piirmela S. Joy: A. May 19, 1S90. 
Catherine Rosamond, b. March 18, 1828; ni. Sylvamis CndmnllaJir ; d. 1856. 
Harriet Amkma, b. Sept. 2, 1831; m. 1866, J/enry E. Stiles: d. Oct., 1870. 
Maky Isabella, b. Dec. i, 1833; m. Oct. 10, 1S57, Sylvanm Caii-val/ader. 


Mr. Paul's oldest son, Jacob Choate Paul, was born in Danville. V't. He learnecl 
a printer's trade, and was last heard from in October, 1837, at No. 77 Washinijton Street. 
Boston, Mass, 

Edward A. Paul was captain of Company F, New England Regiment, in the 
Mexican War. He was in the war for the Union as a correspondent for the New \'nrk 
Times. He was for many years in the Treasury Department of the United States, 
having his residence in Washington, D. C. ' 

George H. Paul was born in Danville. Vt. He graduated, in 1847, from the Uni- 
versity of Vermont. His first wife was from Burlington, Vt. His second wife was from 
Racine, Wis. Mr. Paul published the Burlington >,entinel (Vt.), and later, for fourteen 
years, the Daily News, of Milwaukee, Wis. He was postmaster of Burlington, Vt., and 
of Kenosha, Wis. For four years he was a member of the Wisconsin Senate. He was 
also President of the Trustees of the Milwaukee Insane Asylum. Vice-president of tlie 
Wisconsin Academy of Science, and postmaster of Milwaukee, Wis. He died in Kansas 
City, Mo. It is said that he had a thousand pages in manuscri|)t of the descendants of 
William Paul. 1637, Taunton, Mass. 

Mrs. Caroline E. (Strong) Paul, daughter of Timothy F. and Olivia (Clark) Stroni-^ 
was born Dec. 2. 1830, and died Marcli 4, 1854, in Kenosha. Wis. " 

Mr. Henry E. Stiles was of .Milwaukee, Wis. 

Mi\ and Mrs. Cadwallader reside in Springfield, Mo., and have two daughters in 
Drury College. 



Harrief^ Choate {Jacoh-\ Isaac^, Fmiids-\ Thomas^, John^), daughter of 
Jacob [804] and Rosamond (Parmalee) Choate, was born Dec. 30, 1S05, in 
Windsor, W. She married, Dec. 6, 1827, Samuel Biilkky Mattocks, son 
of Samuel and Lucy Sage (Smith) Mattocks. He was born Dec. 14, 1802, in 
Middlebury, Vt. They resided in Danville and in Lyndon, Vt. Mr. Mattocks 
died Feb. 28, 1887. Mrs. Mattocks died Sept. 19, 1872. 


Martha Amelia, b. Sept. 16, 1S2S; m. Feb. 21, 1S49, George //. Weeks. 

John M., b. Sept. 12, 1830. He died in childhood, Oct. 2, 1833. 

Henrietfa R. C, b. Jan. 22, 1832. She died in childhood, Oct. 2, 1833. 

John Henry, b. Jan. 19, 1834. 

James Bell, b. Jan. 24, 1836; m. Nov. 19, 1863, Augusta M. Weeks. 

Esther Newell, b. Feb. 6, 1838; m. Sept. 6, i860, tenuis P. Brown : d. July 25, 1863. 

Caroline Cornelia, b. Jan. 22, 1840; m. Sept. 16, i860, Daniel JV. Trull, M. D. 

Samuel Smith, b. April 3, 1842; m. Nov. 4, 1869, Mary Lizzie Skinver. 


Mr. Mattocks was a descendant of James Mattocks, one of the settlers of 
Boston. Mass., who came in 1634 from Totness. Devonshire, England. The descend- 
ants of James Mattocks of Boston have resided largely in Connecticut and Vermont, 
and have been prominent in professional and pubHc life. There have been anion-^ 
them twent)-three lawyers, judges, and sheriffs, and one member of Congress. 



Mr. Mattocks graduated in 1821 from Middlebury College. Vermont. He studied 
law with his uncle, William Mattocks, Esq., of Danville, Vt., and was admitted to the 

Bar in 1826. He practised a few years, 
was elected Judge of Probate in 1836, and 
lield that position eleven years. 

He was the cashier of the Bank of 
Caledonia several years, and of the Lyndon 
Hank for nearly twenty years, but resigned 
on account of ill health in 1874. 

He was a man of strict integrity, and 
commanded universal respect. It has been 
said of him, " He was an exemplary Chris- 
tian, a courteous gentleman in all his 
business relations, kind to the poor, an 
alTectionate husband and fatlier. and a 
wortliy citizen." 

When eighty-tliree years of age. 
under date of June 20. 1885, Mr. Mattocks 
w riles : — 

" Vou ask, where I got the name Bulkley? 
From my mother's ancestors. I have a record 
which I copy: ' Peter Bulkley, the Puritan one 
of the liist settlers of Massachusetts, Clergy- 
man. Dr. Edwartl Bulkley of Bedfordshire, 
Kngland, came to New England 1658 or 9, 
Clergyman. Rev. Cershom Bulkley son of 
Peter and Grace Chetwood married Sarah 
Chauncey daughter of Presiilent Chauncey of 
Harvard College. Edward his son married 
Dorothy Prcscott of Concord, Charles his son 
married Mary Sage of Middletown, Conn. . . . 
Sarah daughter of Charles married Cephas 
Smith of Stielfield, Conn. . . .' So you per- 
ceive, my mother, daughter of my grandfather (Cephas Smith and his wife Sarah Bulkley, gave 
me the name Bulkley. I have also the Bulkeley Coat of Arms. .Accept my sincere thanks for 
your sympathy, and may our (lod and Savior bless and prosper you. 

"Yours, S. B. Mai locKS." 

The Rev. Peter Bulkeley was the first pastor of the church in Concord, Mass., 
organized July 5. 1636. Vid. The Butkeiey Genealogy, pp. 35-S. 





George Greenleaf" Choate {George Gorc'\ Joseph'^, Ehenezer\ 77u>iiias-, 
/<i/in^), son of George Gore [ass] and Joanna (Silloway) Choate, was born in 
"Newburyport, Mass. He married ^Elizabetli Johiuon, daughter of James and 
Martha (March) Johnson. She was born in Newburyport, Mass. They resided 
in Deer Isle, Me. Mrs. Elizabeth Choate died June i, 1809. Mr. Choate 
married "Betsey SmaN, daughter of Thomas Small. They resided in Deer Isle, 
Me., and removed to Bluehill, Me. Mr. Choate died June 24, 1858. Mrs. 
Betsey Choate died .April 5, 1S62. 


Eliza, [iiig] h. July, 1801; m. Samuel Halt ; d. Aug. 4, 1887. 
Mary, [1120J h. March 6, 1803; res 1S96, in Old Ladies' Home, Boston, Mass. 
Lavinia, [1121J b. Aug. 10, 1805; m. April 9, 1829, Thomas Hasietl; d. Nov. 22, 1879. 
loANNA, [1122]: m. Samuel Hall ; d. aged 21. 

Marlha, [1123] b. Feb. 23, 1809; m. Jan., 1829, 'Amos Carter; m. 'flev. Samuel Macomber ; 
d. June 23, 1890. 


Thomas S., [1124] b. March 14, 181 1; m. Hannah Marshall: d. 1852. 

Anna Webster, [1125] b. May 11, 1S13; m. Nov. 9, 1831, Joseph M. Bragdou : d. June 9, 1892. 

John, [1126]; m. ; d. 

Sarah K,, 1 1127J 1). July 5, 1S18; m. K-1M S. VoToiies ; m. - ^ Dunham : d. June 13, 1886. 

Mr. Choate, tradition says, was a person remarkable for his readv wit. We find 
in print the following .sketch : — 

"George G. Choate came, not far from the beginning of the present century, from 
soine place in the county of Essex, in the State of Massachusetts. By trade he was a 
house-carpenter. He first married a Miss Johnson, a daughter of'the last wife of 
Mr. Ezra Howard, and by her had five daughters, two of whom were the wives of Mr. 
Samuel Hall, of this place, but who, many years ago, removed to Long Island in the 
town of Bluehill. Another was the wife of Mr. Thomas Haskell, son of Deacon Joshua 
Haskell, a master ship-carpenter, who lived here until a few years ago, and then removed 
to Boston, where he died not long after his removal. He had been married before, and 
had a family of eight childi'en. His first wife was a daughter of Courtney Babbidge. 
The remaining daughter of Mr. Choate by his first marriage was Miss Mary Choate, who 
now resides in Boston. The second wife of Mr. Choate was Miss Betsey, daughter of 
Mr. Thomas Small, Sr. They had two sons. One was the late Mr. Thomas S. Choate 
who resided here, and died several years ago. The other was Mr. John Choate, who, 
when quite a joung man, left this place and went to New Orleans, and before the 
Reliellion commanded a steamer on the Mississippi River. Of the daughters we know 
nothing, as they did not remain here. Mr. Choate formerly resided in a house near the 
Town House, which, after liis removal from here, was purchased by Jonathan E. Welib, 
Esq., and removed to the Northwest Harbor. It is now the property of Captain John 
W. Green. Not far from 1830 Mr. Choate removed to Bluehill, where he resided till 
his death, which took place not far fi-om i860. He was a great wit, and man\ of his 
expressions are well remembered, both in this place and in Bluehill." 

Vi/i. Historical Sketch of the Town of Deer Isle, Me., pp. 175, 176. 

"Captain Johnson, Mrs. Choate's father, followed the seas. He was l)orn in 
Scotland. Soon after the birth of Elizabeth, his youngest child, he was three days out 
on a voyage from Newburyport, Mass., when he was washed overboard and drowned. 
On receiving this sad intelligence his widow became deranged, and continued so the 
remainder of her life." This account was given Sept. 27, 1892, by the second daughter. 
Miss Mary Choate, who is living. July 14, 1896, in her ninety-fourth year, and e.xpects to 
go on a picnic next Monday. She resides in the Old Ladies' Home, Boston, Mass. 


Betsey'' Choate {George Gore^, Joseph'^, Ehenezer'^, Thomas'^, Johii^), 
daughter of George Gore [ass] and Joanna (Silloway) Choate, was born in 
Newburyport, Mass. She married ^John Carman. They resided in Deer Isle, 
, Me. Mr. Carman died. Mrs. Carman married '-Jeremiah StoTcr. They resided 
in Deer Isle, and removed to Bluehill, Me. Mr. Stover died. Mrs. Stover died 
in 18^2. 


" The wife of Mr. John Carman was a Miss Choate, a sister of Mr. George G. 
Choate, who was a native of Essex County, Massachusetts, who lived here many years 
and is well remembered by the older people among us for his wit. He removed to 
Bluehill, where he died. Mr. John Carman and wife were the parents of three sons 
and six daughters. The sons were the present Mr. Levi Carman and Mr. Frederick 
Carman, and John Carman, who died when a young man. The daughters were the 
wives of Mr. John Ferguson, who, at the time of his marriage, lived in Massachusetts-; 
of the late Mr. Solomon Haskell, of this town ; of the late Jonathan E. Webb, Esq. ; of 
Mr. James Clough, of Bluehill; of Dr. Charles N. Briggs, a dentist, a native of Rhode 
Island ; and of a Mr. Trowbridge ; with one or two exceptions they are now dead. The 
widow of Mr. Carman married Mr. Jeremiah Stover, who came here from Penobscot, 
whom she survived, and died not far from 1852, at an advanced age." 

Vid. Historical Sketch of the Town of Deer Isle, Me., p. 77. 




William Seallon'^ Clioate {Rohcrf', Joseph'^, E/>eiuser\ Thowas-, John'^), 
son of Robert [-«■»] anil Apphia (VVorthen) Clioate, was born Dec. 14, 1799, 
in 'riietford, Vt. He married, June 29, 1822, Jlarriet Thompson, daugiiter of 
Aaron and Rlioda (Lamb) Thompson. She was born July 18, 1801, in 
Peacham, Vt. They resided in North Montpelier, Vt. Mr. Choate died Jan. 
22, 1865. Mrs. Choate died Jan. 28, 1885. 


1)..\\||) \V..Killi.N, [1128] b. May 5, 1S25; m. Dec. 29, 1852, Dorothy Ham. 

KiiwiN R., [1129I I). .\pnl 12, iSjJ; m. Oct. 29, 1864, Mary Griffin ; res. No. Montpelier, Vt. 

Makia, [1130] li. May 4, 1835; m. July 4, 1866, George C. Tabor. 

Makiu.n, L1131] !'■ Uec. 17, 1843. She died in early life, .'Vpril 20, 1863. 

AW !!!( lilN<;iIA.>l (IIOATK. 

Ann ltlickin^;liaill'' Ciioatc {Rohcrf',JosepJi'', Ebenrzer^, 'l'homas-,John^), 
daughter of Robert ['■*«'»] and A])phia (Worthen) Choate, was born March 10, 
1 801, in Thetford, Vt She married J.eonaiil Keith. Mr. Keith died in Cleve- 
land, Ohio. Mrs. Keith died Sept. 5, 1853, in Barre, Vt. 


Orvis. I). Wii.l.iAM, li. lie (lieil. iM.iZAHKru, b. She dieil young, Jan. i, 1850. 

.Mr. Keith w.ns killed in being thrciwu iVom a carriage by a frightened horse. 
Elizabeth, the daughter, tiled when about eighteen years of age. 

>1.V1{V UrUI'ON < IIO.M'K. 


Mary Burton'' I'hoate {Robert-', Joseph^, Ehenezer^, Thomas'^, Joh/i^), 
daughter of Robert [''**■*] and Apphia (Worthen) Choate, was born Jan. 31, 
1804, in 'i'hetford, Vt. She married, March 10, 1835, Dr. Leonard Dodge, son 
of Rev. Nathaniel Brown and Sally ((iale) Dodge. He was born Jan. 14, 1805, 
in Undcrhill, Vt. They resided in Little Osage, Mo., where Dr. Dodge died 
.March 10, 1864. Mrs. Dodge died May 12, 1866. 


Wu.EiAM lUiKroN, b. Jan. 2, 1S39. He died in infancy, July 3, 1839. 

Makv Ann Burton, b. Sept. 24, 1S40; m. June 8, 1859, Dr. Wesley Melick. 

Sarah .Adai.ine A., b. June S, 1842; m. April 19, 1864, Joseph //. Warden ; d. Nov. 12, 1876. 


.Mr. Doikh; studied medicine and commenced practice in 1826. As a physician 
he had few equals in the region where he lived. He was beloved by all who knew liini 
lor his manifest integrity, his firmness and energy, and his love of right and justice. 
He was a strong friend of the temperance cause. 

Vid. The Dodge Family, pp. 197, 2S9, 290, 394. 




Samuel Parker''' Choate (^tf/'tv-/^, _/:w//i'', Ebcnezcfi, Thomas", John^), 
son of Robert [3«4] and Apphia (Worthen) Choate, was born Jan. 25, 1806, in 
Thetford, Vt. He married, Sept., 1833, Harriet Sias, daughter of Nichelaus 
and Mary Sias. She was born Aug. 29, 1809, in Danville, Vt., where they 
resided. Mr. Choate died July 4, 1867. Mrs. Choate married again. 


Franklin Deming, [1132] b. July 19, 1S34. lie died in early life, Aug. 19, 1851. 

Harriet, [1133] b. Sept. 21, 1836. 

IVlAKy AlilJA, [1134] b. May 8, 1843; m. Jan. 22, 1862, ; d. Jan. 8, 1875. 



David Worthen''' Choate {Robert^, Josepli-^, F.bcnezer^, Thomas-, John^), 
son of Robert [284] and Apphia (Worthen) Choate, was born Feb. 12, 180S, in 
Thetford, Vt. He married, in 1834, Aiirilla Ingrahain, daughter of Paul and 
Thankful (Sears) Ingraham. She was born March 21, 1806, in Peacham, Vt., 
where they resided. Mr. Choate died July 14, 1894. Mrs. Choate died Jan. 
17, 1S89. 

the children were : 

Mary BukioN, [1135] b. Nov. 30, 1834; ni. 1865, Asa S. livings/on ; d. 1882. 

Charles A., [1136J b. March 30, 183S; m. Nov. 19, 1868, 'Alice M. IVai/s : m. Aug. 20, 1891, 

-Lucy E. Waits. 
Elsie Ann, [1137] b. Feb. 2, 1842; m. Dec. 29, 1868, David Merrill, M. D. 
Schuyler Merkill, [1138] 1>. June 15, 1846. He died in early life, April 21, 1S75. 


Susanna'' (Jlioate {John Tyk-r^, John'^, Ebcnczei^, Thomas", Johii^), 
daughter of John Tyler [asc] and Hannah (Pearson) Choate, was born March 
22, 1790, in Newburyport, Mass. She married ^Amos Johnson, son of Amos 
and Judith (Putney) Johnson. He was born June 19, 1792, in Weare, N. H., 
where they resided. Mr. Johnson died June 19, 1817. Mrs. Johnson married. 
May 22, 1850, "James Dodge. They resided in Goffstown, N. H., where Mr. 
Dodge died Jan. 12, 1855. Mrs. Dodge removed to Warner, N. H , where she 
died April 6, 1870. 

illE children WERE: 

Moses, b. Aug. 21, 1813; m. Oct. 22, 1837, Mary Putney : d. Dec. 6, 1838. 
John, b. May 8, 1816; m. Dec. 7, 1837, Persis D. Fowler. 

John Johnson's wife, Persis D. Fowler, daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Stearns) 
Fowler, was born April 18, 181S, in Warner, N. H. They resided in Henniker, 
Springfield, Hopkinton, and Warner, N. H. They Iiad ten children, viz.. Moses, b. 
Sept. 7. 1838; m. Lizzie A. Johnson. Mary S., b.'jan. 6, 1840; m. James H. Morgan. 
Susan P., b. Feb. 26, 1842. John M., b. July 29, 1843 ; m. Clara A. Ela. Henry L., 
b. March 16, 1845; m. Florence Fareline. Emma J., b. March 2. 1847; m. Edgar C. 
Cole. Charles S., b. Aug. 9, 1849; m. Olive Fowler. Frank P., 1). June i, 1851 : m. 
Lizzie Freeman. Clara A., b. Oct. 31, 1854. Nettie P.. b. Dec. 14. 1857: m. Henry 
H. Maxon. 



John Tjier'' Cboate {John Tyler', Jolin'^, Ebcnezcr^, Thomas-, John^), 
son of John Tyler [sse] and Hannah (Pearson) Choate, was born Oct. 21, 1792, 
in Hopkinton, N. H. He married ^Ahiah Stanley, daughter of Joseph and 
Betsey (Davis) Stanley. She was born Feb. 1, 1794, in Tunbridge, Vt. They 
resided in Underhill, \'t. Mrs. Abiah Choate died Feb 20, 1862. Mr. Choate 
married, March 17, 1863, -Mrs. Lydia Lincoln, ne'e Powell, daughter of 'I'ruman 
and Chloe (Morse) Powell, and widow of Holland Lincoln, of Underhill, Vt. 
She was born Jan. 28, 1800, in Cambridge, Vt. Mr. Choate died Aug. 18, 1871. 
Mrs. Lydia Choate died July 17, 1878. 


Caroline E., [1139] b. June 20, 1S20; m. April 26, 1S46, Walter H. Cilley ; d. July 11, l886. 
Mary \ , [1140] h. June 20, 1822; m. Jan. 14, 1848, Myron Bronson ; A. Nov. 17, 1861. 
Jane K., [1141J 1>. May 23, 1S24; m. Aug. 7, 1859, Francis Story ; d. March 17, 1866. 
On\'H.l.E, [1142] h. Feb, 13, 1827; m. .Sept. 19, 1852, ^J.ucinda French: m. -Mary Cttnn. 
CoKIiEl.lA A., [1143] b. .k\>n\ 15, 1830; m. Jan. 25, 1855, Hiram F. Lyon. 
Oi.iVE Sknei.iia, [1144] b. May 24, 1S40; m. Oct. 17, 1S64, IVilliam Fuller. 


Mk. Ciuiatf, wa.s in lliu War uf 1812. His death is announced as follows; — 

.\N Old Settler Coxe. 

John T. Choate, Esq., was born in Hopkinton, N. H., in 1792. He enlisted in the 
army wlien he was nineteen years of age as a drummer, marched with his regiment 
from his native jilacc to Plattsbiu'g, N. Y., where he served fourteen months in the War 
of 1812. Upon his discharge he returned to New Ilanip.shire, and in a few years after 
came to Underhill, antl located on the farm which he occupied for fifty-five years. He 
was honored by his fellow citizens with the ofifices of Selectman, Overseer of the Poor, 
and Justice of the Peace for many years, performing the several duties of each with 
fidelity and satisfaction. He was Postmaster at Underhill Center for seven years. He 
was alwavs a Democrat and subscriber to the Sentinel from the time he went to Under- 
liill till that paper ceased to e.xist, and since of the Argus atid Patriot till his death. 
He was always consistent and earnest in his politics, giving a firm support to his country 
during the rebellion, regretting that his age hindered him joining the army of tlie 
Union. He was a member of the li.aptist Church, a sincere Christian, and respected as 
a citizen, a friend, a father, and a neighbor. He died at Underbill Center, Aug. 18. 
1 87 1, and was followed to his last earthly resting place by a large circle of mourning 
relatives and tViends. 


Isaac Newton^ Choate {John Tyler>,John*, Ebenezer^, 'Ihomas-, John^), 
son of John Tyler [ase] and Hannah (Pearson) Choate, was born June i, 1795, 
in Hopkinton, N. H. He married ^Amarilla Boslioiek, daughter of Nathaniel 
and Miriam (Baker) Bostwick. She was born July 24, 1798, in Jericho, Vt. 
They resided in Underhill, Vt Mrs. Amarilla Choate died Oct., 1839. Mr. 
Choate married, 1857, -Elizabeth N. Chamberlain. They resided in Lowell, 
Mass., Manchester, Goffstown, and Dunbarton, N. H. Mr. Choate died Feb. 
23, 1872. Mrs. Elizabeth N. Choate died. 


Caroline, [1145J b. April iS, 1821; m. Jan. i, 1843, Ira Bloilgetl. 

Harriet, [1146J b. April 12, 1823; res. No. 2 Douglas Place, Cambridge, Mass. 

WnxiAM UssiAN, [1147] b. 1825; m. 1854, Emma Seymour King ; d. Sept. 18, 185&. 

Mary Jane, ["48] b. May 26, iS 9; m. 1861, George Bostwick ; d. Aug., 1862. 

Ann Eliza, [1149] b. 1831. She died in childhood, 1838. 

John Tyler, [1150] b. 1835. He died in infancy. May, 1838. 



Mk. Choate was a soldier in the War of i,Si2. He was by trade a lilacksmith. 

l^ii/. Boitwick Genealogy. 
CJK()K(iK fllOATK. 
George'' Choate {John Tylcr\ John'-, Ebenczer^, Thomas'^, Johii^), son 
of John Tyler ['480] and Hannah (Pearson) Choate, was born Jan 5, 1799, 
in Hopkinton, N. H. He married, March, 1S32, Betsey Davis, daughter of 
Abraham and Priscilla (Currier) Davis. She was born March 8, 1808, in 
Hopkinton, N. H. They resided for two years in Henniker, and afterward 
in Hopkinton, N. H. Mr. Choate died Sept. 13, 1888. Mrs. Choate died 
Feb. 8, 1880. 


Horace Leroy, [1151] b. April 20, 1833; m. Dec. 10, 1863, 'Mary M. Healh ; m. Dec. 10, 18S3, 

'^Frances Evinia Coomcs. 
Lizzie .Vnne, [1152] h. Sept. 13, 1839; m. Dec. 10, 1S73, ,\'a/!i,in S. Smi//i ; d. Jan., 1890. 


Mr. Choatk was a mason, blacksmith, and farmer. He was a Major of the Militia, 
and a famous musician upon a fife. 

Viii. The History of Hopkinton, N. H., pp. 335, 336. 

The local paper of Sept. 21, 1888, announces his death as follows: "George 
Choate, one of our oldest residents, died on the evening of the thirteenth, aged eighty- 
nine. The deceased was a celebrated fifer of ancient militia days, and in company 
with the late Jonah Campbell, a famous drummer, used to perform at public festivals 
when both were aged men. In the death of Mr. Choate the town loses another of the 
personal landmarks of a social system that exists more and more only in history." 


Thomas" C'hoate {John TyIer^,Jo]in'^, E/>enezer\ Thomas-, fohn^), son of 
John Tyler [ise] and Hannah (Pearson) Choate, was born Sept. 8, 1800, in 
Hopkinton, N. H. He married, Jan. 24, 1825, Harriet Sioan, daughter of 
Joseph and Betsey (Danforth) Swan. She was born Dec. 23, 1801, in Concord, 
N. H. They resided in Underbill and in Jericho, Vt. Mr. Choate died March 
13, 1885. Mrs. Choate died Dec. 15, 1879. 


Martha A., [1153] b. March 23, 1826; m. Dec. 23, 1847, 'J'/uviias Robinson. 

Mary Eliza, [1154] b. March 3, 1S28; m. Nov., 1853, El'er A. Hill. 

George, [1155] b. Oct. 17, 1S30; in. Jan. I, 1852, .l/rj. Relief {Roberts) Sicarns. 

iW tin or antra. 

Mr. Choate served an apprenticeship to a Mr. Davis until he was twenty-one 
years of age . 



Ebeiiezer'5 Choate (John Tykr\ John*, Ebenezer^, Thomas"^, John^), son 
of John Tyler [-ixu] and Hannah (Pearson) Choate, was born .April 15, 1802, 
in Hopkinton, N. H. He married, 1845. ^Mrs. Pluvbc (Hanson) Lull. She 
was born in Weare, N. H. They resided in Hopkinton, N. H. Mrs. Phoebe 
Choate died, 1850, in Boscawen, N. H. Mr. Choate married, 1857, "^Betsey 
Haivey, daughter of Jabez Harvey. Ihey resided in Weare, N. H. Mr. Choate 
died April, 1882, in Boscawen, N H. Mrs. Betsey Choate died,i879, in Weare, 
N. H . There were no children. 




Thirza^ Choate {John Tyler^,John^, Ebcnczefi, 77ioiiias-,Johii^) , daughter 
of [ohn Tyler [sse] and Hannah (Pearson) Choate, was born Nov. 24, 1803, in 
Hopkinton, N. H. She married, Sept. 26, 1844, Marshall Morse, son of Levi 
and Hannah (Davis) Morse. He was born in Mason, N. H. They resided in 
(Joffstown, N. H. Mr. Morse died. Mrs. Morse died March 28, 1885, in 
Manchester, N. H. 

■|"HK CHll.l'KEN WERE: 

Annie, m. Albert Real. Sarah, m. George M. Giliiian. 


Mk. Morse's parents lived in Mason, X. H. His mother. Mrs. Hannah Morse, 
(lied Feb. 6, 1853, and liis father. Levi Morse, in the fall of 1866. Mrs. Reed, the older 
daughter resides on Central Street, Manchester, N. H. 



IJeiljilinill'' Choate ( John T\kr\ John'', Khcnezcr'^, 7homas~,John^), son 
of |ohn 'I yler [sse] and Hannah (Pearson) Choate, was born June 16, 1805, in 
Hopkinton, N, H. \\t m&rx\c(\ Margaret S/carns. She was born in 1798, in 
Coflstown, N. H. They resided in Dunharton and in Hooksett, N. H, Mr, 
Choate died March 15, 1858, Mrs. Choate died Nov. 15, 1864. 


Mary S,, [1156] I). June 2, 1S36. She died in early life, May 15, 1857. 
Hannah J., [1157J b, Sept. 30, 1837, She died Jan. 31, 1866. 

i.A.\<;i>().\ ( no.MK. 


Lailgdon'' Choate (John Tyler,-' Jvhn,'^ Ebcnezer^, Thomas-, John^), ion 
of John Tyler [asc] and Hannah (Pearson) Choate, was born Sept. 7, 1810, in 
Hopkinton, N. H, He married, Sept., 1839, Deborah V. Jones, daughter of 
Cornelius and Rachel Jones. She was born Nov, 10, 1824, in Tarrytown, N. V, 
They resided in Columbus and in Hamilton, 111, 


Hannah Louisa, [1158] b. Sept, 20, 1840; m. Thomas Jiug^les ; d. July 18, 1872. 
Andrew J.\ckson, ["59] h, Jan, 27, 1843; "i- J*"- '3> 1881, Frances Grubb. 
Martha Alice, [1160] b. Oct, 25, 1849; m. Aug, 13, 1876, John I. Spence. 



William Pearson'' Choate {John Tyler^, John^, Rbenezer^, Thomas-, 
John'^), son of John Tyler [ase] and Hannah (Pearson) Choate, was born Feb. 
10, 1812, in Hopkinton, N. H. He married, 1836, Martha Bailey, daughter of 
Robert and Deborah (Maxfield) Bailey. She was born March 28, 181 7, in 
Warner, N. H. They resided in Warner and in Bradford, N. H, Mr, Choate 
died Oct. 29, 1879, Mrs. Choate died Nov, 6, 1875, 



Laura A., ["61] b. Aug. 16, 1837. She died in early life, Sept. 26, 1S54. 
Mary [., [1162] b. Feb. 18, 1840; m. Dec. 13, 1867, Binjumiii F. Abhott. 
John F., [1163] h. Nov. 23, iS^i. He died in early manhood, June 13, 1S65. 
Charles C, [1164] b. July 6, 1845. lie died in boyhood, Oct. 6, iSOi. 
Thom.\s a., [1165] b. March 17, 1847. He died in early life, Aug. i, 1865. 
Susan V.. [1166] b. Sept. 24, 1849. She died in infancy, Nov. 24, 1850. 

William G.. | 1167] b. Dec. 19, 1851 ; m. Muzzcy. 

Frank E., [1168] b. June 15, 1854; m. Emma L. Cressey. 

Albert E., [1169] b. April 3, 1858; m. 1881, Fannie ll^arJ. 

Angie W., [1170] b. Dec. 17, i860. She died in early life, April 13, 1887. 



James Cillin'' Clioafe {Eiwclfi, FJn-nczn-*, Ehcnczci'^, Thomas-, Johii'^), 
son of Enoch | ■;.><•; | and Mrs. Margaret (VVillougliby) Choate, n,'e Cann, was 
born in 1S22 in rortsmouth, Va. He married, Dec. 11, 1^4^, E/izal'eth Jane 
Tahb, daughter of Maurice Langhorne and Love (Tatem) Tabb. She was 
born in 1822, in Portsmouth. Va., where they resided. Mr. Choate died June 
25, 1868. Mrs. Choate died July 23, 1870. 

the children were: 

Margaret Tabb, [1171] b. Oct. 5, 1846. She died in childhood, July 31, 1849. 

Florence Jekvey, [1172] b. March 23, 1848. She died in infancy, Aug. 10, 1849. 

James Cann, [1173] b. July i, 1849; d. 

Virginia, [1174] h, Feb. 4, 1851; m. May 5, 1868, William Abner Wright. 

Anna Rodcirs, [1175] b. March 5, 1852. She died in childhood, Nov. 26, i860. 

Mary Iveson BaI :<;h, [1176J b. Aug. 27, 1853; m. Jan. 6, 1S75, Charles Bartholoninv Fiiisoly. 

Eliza Susan, [1177] b. Nov. 9, 1S55. She died in early life, Oct. 19, 1883. 

Thomas Tabb, [1178] b. Feb. 13, 1857. He died in childhood, Nov. 26, i860. 

Frances Park, [1179] b. Feb. 25, 1S59; m. Nov. 6, 1879, Dr. Virginius B. Bilisoly. 

Henrietta Kemi'E White, [ii8o| b. May 15, 1S60. 

Stonewall Jackson, [1181] b. Nov. 3, 1862. He died in infancy, March ig, 1863. 

Robert Lee, [1182] b. Dec. 19, 1S63. He died in infancy, June 8, 1864. 


Mr. CHt)ATE was a man of very fine physique, tall, well formed, and handsome; 

had \ery dark brown, almost black, hair and eyes, and beautiful teeth. He was a man 

of considerable mental calibre, cultured and refined : a de\-oted husband, a kind and 

• indulgent father, a brave soldier, a good churchman, a topical Virginian, a gentleman 

in the best and highest sense. 

His associates were those of the best families of Portsmouth, Va. He was the life 
of the social circle, and his polished and gentiemanly manner was acknowledged by all. 
He was perfectly reliable in every department of business and private life, no one hesi- 
tating to aid him in any particular, if necessary. 

At the age of twenty-one or two he opened business for himself; this, however, did 
not prove very lucrative, and he was offered a situation in the bank of Portsmouth, which 
was accepted and retained for several years, but abandoned, as failing health admon- 
ished him of a necessary change. Shortly after giving up this position, by the advice of 
his physician, the late Dr. Thos. Williamson, U. S. N., he purchased a farm pleasantly 
situated on the Elizabeth River, a few miles from Portsmouth, Va., with the view of 
being benefited, if not entirely restored to health, by the salt air, together with the 
frequent drives about the surrounding country. The change proved to be a great 
benefit, and, doubtless, prolonged his life for quite a number of years, and had the 
eftect of entirely dispelling the sad impression of filling a consumptive's grave. He was 
hospitable and kind, and all visitors at his house met with not only a joyous welcome, 
but the wannest demonstrations of aftection. 



Florence'' Cboate {Thomai-', Ebcnezo-^, Ebcnczcr\ Tliomas-, Joliii^), 
daughter of Thomas [292] and Susan (Maine) Choate, was born Feb. 20, 1824, 
in Charleston, S. C. She married, June 14, 1842, Dr. James Chceves Jenvy, 
son of Thomas and Pauline (Chauguion) Jervey. He was born June, i8ig, in 
Charleston, S. C, where they resided. Mrs. Jervey died July 9, 1894. 



Snsail Maine'' CllOate {Thomas^, Ebcnezer'^, Ebcnezei^, I'homns-, Jolui^), 
daughter of Thomas [202] and Susan (Maine) Choate, was born Oct. 28, 1825, 
in Charleston, S. C. She married, June 16, 1850, Dr. William E. Jerrey, son 
of Thomas and Pauline (Chauguion) Jervey. He was born March 6, 1825, in 
Charleston, S. C, where they resided. Dr. Jervey died Jan. 5, 1879, in New 
York City. 


Mary Congers, b. March, 1853; m. Oct. 1883, Frank Selmu Baldwin. 
■Susie Lee, b. Nov., 1863. 


Mk. and Miis. Fuank S. Baldwin have one son and one daughter. They reside 
in Kidgc .Sjiring, S. C. 


Marianna" Choate {Thomas^, Ebem-zer^, Ebenezet^, Thomas'^, Johii^), 
daughter of Thomas [292] and Susan (Maine) Choate, was born March 6, 1828, 
in New York City. She married Capt. Eranl; Boniicau, son of Semms and 
Charlotte (Ingraham) Bonneau. He was born in Charleston, S. C, where they 
resided. Mrs. Bonneau died in 1864. 


Mary CllARLonE, b. Oct., 1853; m. 1873, Albert Magill. 
Katie Johnson, b. July, 1S59; m. 18S4, Felix WarUy Holmes. 


TllElOi; were other children, who died young. 

Mr. and Mrs. Magill resided in Gorham, N. N'. Tliey liad several children. 
Mr. and Mrs. Holmes resided in Charleston, S. C. They had one son and one 


Thonias" Choate {Thomas^, Ebeneze?^, Ebeneset^, Thomas-, Johti^), son 
of Thomas [292] and Susan (Maine) Choate, was born Feb. 16, 1834, in New- 
buryport, Mass. He married, .'\pril 5, 1866, Maiy Eihvards Jersey, daughter 
of Thomas Hall and Angelina (Donell) Jervey. She was born Dec. 16, 1842, 
in Christ Church Parish, S. C. They resided at No. 63 Ashley Avenue, 
Charleston, S. C. 


Susie Maine, [1183] b. Jan. 29, 1867. 

Angelina Jervey, [1184] b. June 6, 1869. She died in infancy, June 12, 1869. 

Marianna Sinclair, [1185] b. June 16, 1871. 



Mr. Choate u:is in the ConfL-dcrate SL'r\ ice until tlie close oftlie war. 

He says. •• 1 have never I<no\vii any one of the Clioates wlio was anything but an 
honorable man or woman. I remember," he continues. ■' when a child, my fatherT Thomas 
Choate, was parting with the two boys of his brotlier, Enoch Choate. then orphans, he 
held the hand of each, saying, ' Remember in all your lives, whenever temptation comes 
to you to do evil, that you have a name tliat is without a lilemish : do irot be the first to 
soil the name of Choate.' " 


Mary« Clioate {John^. Dnttiel^, Daniel^, Joseplfl, John^), daughter of 
John [335] and Mary (Nichols) Choate, was born Sept. 8, 1794, in Portland, Me., 
She married, in 1810, Will'am Noms, son of Jonah and Lydia Norris. He 
was born in 1786 in Limerick, Me. They resided in Portland, Me. ('a])tain 
Norris died May 2, 1861. Mrs. Norris died Dec. 16, 1873, in Chicago, III. 


WiiaiAM, b. 1812; m jfiilia lily ; il. Oct. 27, 1856. 

.Vn.s Nn.H'iEs, b. .She died in infancy. 

John Cho.vii:, b. He died in infancy. 

M.VKV Choate, b. April 20. 1817; m. .'Vpril, 1842, 6',w/;-,/ //. k'enJalt : d. Ian. 27, 1SS8. 

Charles Thayer, 1). He died in infancy, 1820. 

Sarah Ellen, b Dec. 24, 1822; m. Sept. 3, 1846, EJimird Byam M.irtin. 

Albert LirrLE, b. 1S27. He died in early life. 

Edward, b. 1832. He died March 20, 1882. 


Cai'T. Norris's oldest .son, William Norris. was drowned in Lake .Superior. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kendall are both dead. Their son, Frederick C. Kendall, is a clerk 
in the ofifice of the Chamber of Commerce. Boston, Mass. 

Edwai-d B. Martin, who married Sarah Ellen Norris, son of Nathaniel and Rhoda 
Ann Martin, was born April S, 181 1. in Camden, Me. They resided in Florence, .Ala. 
Mr. Martin died April 22, 1862, in Chicago. They had six children, viz., Ellen M., 
b. July 6. 1847; m. Sept. 30. 1869. Charles Henrotin. Kate Byam. b. June 2, 1849." 
.Mary Choate, b. 1853: d. in infancy. Edward Byam. b. July 11. 1854; m. Dec. 27. 
1892. Florence Norris, b. Jan. 10. 185S: m. Nov. 27. 1891. Dr. Belcham Keves. 
Maude Lydia. b. June 24, i860. 

Mrs. Martin resides at No. 30 Walton Place. Chicago, III. 

Mr. Charles Henrotin was Consul General of Belgium. Mrs. Henrotin is a 
lemarkably gifted woman. She was chosen. May 11, 1893, at the World's Fair, Presi- 
dent of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, by a unanimous vote. She accepted 
the position of honor with a graceful speech. The following was published at the time : 

'■Mrs. Henrotin is the wife of the well-known Chicago broker. Charles Henrotin. 
In Chicago she is well known as one of the leaders of the best society. During the 
World's Fair Mrs. Henrotin gained for herself an international reputation through her 
efforts in behalf of the woman's branch of the World's Congress Au.xilliary, of which she 
was vice-president. In that capacity her services to the undertaking were invaluable, 
and to her as much as to any other person is due the great success which crowned the 
efforts of the ladies in that line. In literary and educational circles Mrs. Henrotin is 
also prominent. She is the author of several books that have attracted general atten- 
tion. Notable among her writings is a defence of Chicago societv against the attacks 
of Ward McAllister. 

^•Chicagoans and other western people here naturally rejoice over Mrs. Henrotin's 
election. But her triumph is not looked upon as sectional. The lady's own worth, and 
not the section whence she came, brought to her this signal honor." 

Miss Kate Byam Martin is the principal of a flourishing Young Ladies' School, in 
Chicago, 111. While the family lived abroad for seven years the children were edu- 
cated, and this daughter was for a time a teacher in a boarcling-school in Liege, Belgium. 


Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery Morse have been residing tlie past few years in New 
York City. Mr. Morse has an estate in Aughnacloy. a marl:et town of Ireland. Ulster. 
Count)- of T)rone. Parisli of Carreteel. 

Dr. and Mrs. Belcham Keves reside in Cliicago. 111. 



Ebeiiezer Deering'' Choate {John^, Daniel^, DanieP, Joseph-, Jolm^'), 
son of John [aiis] and Mary (Nichols) Choate, was born April 12, 1799, in 
Portland, Me. He married, July 11, 1824, Sarah Hart, daughter of Francis 
and Sarah (IJaker) Hart. She was born Jan. 31, 1802, in Portland, Me., w-here 
they resided. Mr. Choate died Aug. 13. 1874. Mrs. Choate died March 
23, 1885. 


Sarah Ellen, [1186] b. Dec. 24, 1825. She died in infancy, Sept. 10, 1S26. 

Daniel, [1187] b. Dec. 6, 1S27. 

Charles Henry, [1188] b. June 21, 1830. 

EnENEZER, [ii8g] b. Nov. 27, 1831. He died in childhood, Dec. 2, 1832. 

Lucreiia a., [1190] b. Jan. 31, 1833; m. Sept. 6, i862, C«pl. William Burgess. 

Eliza Furher, [1191] b. Sept. 30, 1835; m. May 10, 1859, Allien Q. Leaeh : d. Sept. iS,' 1SS6. 

Ebenezer S., [1192J b. March 16, 1838. He died in infancy, Aug. 9, 1838. 

Henry, [1193] b. May 16, 1840. He died in infancy, July 6, 1S40. 

Sarah H., [1194J b. Dec. 26, 1842; m. Aug. 18, 1871, Nathaniel G. Cram. 


Mr. Cho.vtk met in l.cnidon a .Mrs. Mary .Xnn Choate. and also visited lier luis- 
band's sister. .Miss Hannah Clioate. of Ipswich. Kngland. He came away with tlie 
impression that John Choate. the immigrant, was probably from that town. 



Daniel Little^ Choate {Jolufi, Danir/*, Daniel'-^, Joseph-, Johii^), son of 
John [8!)5] and Mary (Nichols) Choate, was born Feb. 12, 1804, in Portland, 
Me. He married, Aug. 8, 1833, Caroline Kimball, daughter of Jeremiah and 
Mary (Tucker) Kimball. She was born Dec. 10, 1807, in Portland, Me., where 
they resided. Captain Choate died March 12, 1870, in San Rafael, Cal. 


Caroline, [1195] b. May 7, 1834; m. 1858, Albert G. Hall; res. Washington, D. C. 

Ellen M.-VRIA, [1196] b. Sept. 23, 1835; ™- April 2, 1863, ^David Keazer : m. Feb. 9, 1882, 

''Henry A. Jones. 
Daniel, [1197] b. June 16, 1S37. He died in infancy, Sept. 19, 1837. 
Albert Little, [1198] b. Dec. 26, 1838. He died in childhood, Sept. 23, 1841. 
George Albert, [1199] b. Jan. 15, 1842. He died in boyhood, Jan. 31, 1850. 
Alice, [1200] b. April 6, 1848. 


iViR. Choate being out of health, sailed. \ia Panama, in I-'eb.. 1870. for California, 
and lived only a week after his arrival. He felt the death of his only surviving son \ery 

iVlrs. Caroline Choate, with her two daughters, Mrs. Jones and Miss Alice Choate, 
resided, in 18S8, in the old homestead on Park Street, Portland. Me. 




Hllldilll Ann'' Clioate {Baglcf, Jonathan'^, Jonathaifl, Benjamin-, Joliii^), 
daughter of ]tagley [sos] and Thankful P. (Scribner) Choate, was born Oct. 
13, 181 2, in Sandwich, N. H. She married Nathaniel Stevens. He was born 
in Sandwich, N. H. They resided in Boston, Mass. Mrs. Stevens died Sept. 
27, 1 85 7. Mr. Stevens married again, and died in Jaffrey, N. H. 




Jonathan^ Choate {Bagle\->, Jonathan'^, Jonathan-\ Benjamin-, John^), 
son of Bagley [aus] and Thankful P. (Scribner) Choate, was born June 14, 
18 16, in Sandwich, N. H. He married, Oct. 13, 1839, Sarah Rim/ge Shannon, 
daughter of Dr. Thomas and Margaret Vaughan (Moses) Shannon. She was 
born June 29, 1820, in Pittsfield, N. H. They resided in Sandwich, N. H. 
Mr. Choate died Jan. 25, 1865, in Sandwich, N. H. 


Susan Frances, [1201] 1). April 24, 1841; m. Jan. S, 1862, Edzuin F. Brown. 
Mary Eloisa, [1202] b. Oct. 14, 1843. "^^^ died in childhood, March 7, 1847. 
Jonathan Sewall, [1203] b. Jan. 28, 1845. ^^ ^^'^^ ™ ^^r'y ''fe, Oct. 28, 1862. 
Thomas Bagley, [1204] b. Aug. 13, 1S48; m. Feb. 27, 1873, Mary W. Blackey. 
Mary Isabelle, [1205J b. Nov. 16, 1852. She died in early life, Aug. 27, 1872. 
Huldah Annie, [1206] b. Sept. 15, 1854; m. Aug. 15, 1874, George F. Whiting. 
Frederick Shannon, [1207] b. July 8, 1861 ; m. July 30, 1885, Elizabeth Solaris. 

Mrs. Choate was living, in 1890. in i\Ioultonborough, N. H. 

Jonathan Sewall Choate was a soldier in the Union Army. He belonged to 
Compan)' D., Eighteenth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, and died in City 
Point, Va. 



Ruth'' Choate {Benjamin-', Simeon*, Benjamin^, Benjamin"^, Jolin^), 
daughter of Benjamin [299] and Jane (True) Choate, was born Jan. 25, 1797, 
in Newburyport, Mass. She married Aug. 16, 181 5, Nicholas Blaisdcll, son of 
Joseph and Nancy Blaisdell. He was born in Salisbury, Mass. They resided 
on Monument Street, Charlestown, Mass. Mr. Blaisdell died Aug. 12, 1854, 
in Hebron, N. H. Mrs. Blaisdell died Aug. i, 1833, in Charlestown, Mass. 


Charles, b. May 31, 1816; m. Maria Smith ; d. Jan. 17, 1884. 

Albert, b. March 18, 1S18; m. Hannah Low ; A. June 6, 1S86. 

Ruth Ann, b. May 27, 1820; m. W. W. Low ; d. 

James, b. Oct. 12, 1822. He died in boyhood. May 2, 1834. 

Joseph W., \l,, .., „fm. Jan. 25, 1849, Sarah .Ann Cutler. 

Sarah Jane, / °- •"^'■'-° -"' '^-S; \ „,, y^^/ t;„y,„ond; A. Aug. 3, 1S76. 

Nicholas, b. .-Vug. 14, 1827. 

Mary Elizabeth, b. Sept. 3, 1831. She died Dec. 8, 1889. 


Mr. Blaisdell's children. Charles. Albert, and Ruth Ann, were born in New- 
buryport. Mass., Nicholas in Charlestown, and the others in Boston, Mass. 

Mr. and i\Irs. Joseph W. Blaisdell reside in Darlington. Wis., they had eleven 
children, si.x of whom are living, viz., William H., b. March lo, 1853. in Charlestown, 
Mass. : Charles A., b. March 21. 1857 : George N.. b. July 4, i860 : Nancy E., b. .'Vug. 
24. 1862 ; Edwin H., b. Oct. 3, 1865 : and Ruth E., b. A'ug. 4, 1867 ; all'but the first 
born in Darlington, Wis. 

Five have died, viz., Joseph W., d. March 24, 1850, and Sarah Ann. aged five 
months, died in Charlestown, Alass. ; Jane Herbert, Joseph, aged one year, and Lizzie, 
aged twenty years, died in Darlington, Wis. 

Mr. IJlaisdelFs parents died in Salisbury, Mass. Joseph Blaisdell, his father, died 
Feb. 14, 1849, aged seventy-eight years, and Nancy Blaisdell, his mother, died Oct. 12. 
1846. aged sevent_\-three years and seven mouths. 


Jane Evans'"' Clioate {Bcnjamirfi, Simeon'^ , Benjamiifl, Benjamin-, Johii'^) , 
(laughter of Benjamin [299] and Jane ('rrue) Choate, was born March 24, 1799, 
in Nevvburyport, Mass. She married, .^pril 3, 1822, ^Ephraiiii II. Goodwin. 
He was born in Newbury, Mass. Mr. (Goodwin died. Mrs. Goodwin married 
-Stephen N. Sargent, son of Stephen Sargent. They resided in Pleasant Valley, 
Amesbury, Mass. Mrs. Jane E. Sargent died Nov., 1848. Mr. Sargent married 
again. He died Feb., 1880. Mrs. Mary Sargent died Oct. 5, 1881. 

Till-; ONLY CHH.I) WAS: 

Martha ."Vn.n', b. 1832. She .Hed July 6, 1892. 


Benjamin Evans" Choate {Benjamin^, Simeon*, Bcnjanii?i-^, Benjamin-, 
John^), son of Benjamin [299] and Jane (True) Choate, was born June 29, 
1801, in Nevvburyport, Mass. He married, Aug. 7, 1827, Harriet Crane, 
daughter of Hezekiah and Prudence (Lake) Crane. She was born July 31, 
1803, in Eden, N. H. They resided in Charlestown, Mass. Mr. Choate died 
Aug. 28, 1858, in Springfield, 111. Mrs. Choate died April 10, 1846, in 
Charlestown, Mass. 


Harriet Jane, [1208] b. 1829. She died in childhood, 1835. 
Edward Henky, [1209] b. July 6, 1830; m. Aug 7, 1862, judilh Anna A'orris. 
Mary Maria, [1210] b. Oct. 28, 1832; m. April 27, 1852, William O. Spinney. 
Harriet Jane, [1211] b. July 31, 1835. She died in early life, May 26, 1851. 
Sarah Prudence, [1212] b. S<^pt. 17, 1837; m. May lo, 1866, Christopher B. Marsh. 


True Burnhani^ Choate {Benjatnitfi, Simeon*, Benjamin-^, Benjamin^, 
John^), son of Benjamin [2yi»] and Jane (True) Choate, was born June 16,^1805, 
in Newburyport, Mass. He married, Jan. 27, 1831, Mary Pillslntry, daughter 
of Stephen and Sally (Moody) Pillsbury. She was born Dec. 11, 1809, in 
Newbury, Mass. They resided at No. 3 Oakland Street, Newburyport, Mass. 
Mr. Choate died March 2, 1867. Mrs. Choate died Feb. 23, 1889. 

THE CHOATEs IN a:\ierica. 247 

George A., [1213] b. July 23, 1832: m. Aug. 14, 1853, Harriet K. Tiltoii : d. April 16, 1867. 
Leonaki), [1214] b. March 29, 1835; ™- July 29, 1S57, Ejiteline M. Cook. 
Calvin, [1215] b. Dec. 21, 1S36; m. Nov. 23, 1887, Sarah Lizzie Knox. 
Mary, [1216J b. 1S46. She died in infancy, 1S46. 


Sarah k\\\\^ Choate {Benjamiifi, Simam*, Benjamiifi, Benjamin", fohii^), 
daughter of Benjamin [-299] and Jane (True) Choate, was born July 5, 1807, in 
Newburyport, Mass. She married, Dec. 31, 1827, William Ted, son of John 
and Sarah (Chase) Teel. He was born in Haverhill, Mass. Mr. Teel died 
in 1828. Mrs. Teel died Feb. 26, 1874. 


William, m. ; d. Nov. 25, 1S.S5. 


Mr. Teel was drowned in the Merrimac River. William J. Teel and Nellie J. Teel 
are his grandchildren, and. it is thought, reside in West Medford and Salem, Mass. 



Ezeklel True''' Choate {Benjamin^, Simeon'^, BenjamiiP', Benjamiifi,Johit^), 
son of Itenjamin [299] and Jane (True) Choate, was born Dec. 4, i8og, in 
Newburyport, Mass. He married, May 11, 1S37, Cathcritic S. Mace, daughter 
of William and Catherine Mace. She was born Aug. 27, 1812, in Newburyport, 
Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate died Nov. 29, 1864. Mrs. Choate 
died June i, 1877. 

Horace, [1217] b. June ig, 1840; m. Maria Holmes. 
Clarence, [1218] b. He died in infancy. 

Catiieuine S., [1219] b. June iS, 1846. She died in infancy, Sept. iS, 1S46. 
Clarence S., [1220J b. Jan. 23, 1S49. He died in. boyhood, .\ug. 20, 1S53. 


Thomas'' Choate {Benjamin^, Simeon'^, Benjaiiiiifl, Bcnjamiii^, Johii^), 
son of Benjamin [299] and jane (True) Choate, was born Nov. 14, 181 1, in 
Newburyport, Mass. He married, July 28, 1833, Martha Lydia Whitlier, 
daughter of Ezekiel and Sally (Brown) Whittier. She was born March 25, 18x5, 
in Newburyport, Mass, where they resided. Mr. Choate died .Aug. 29, 1879. 

THE children WERE: 

Joseph Whitiiek, [1221] b. Aug. 25, 1834; m. Sept. 9, i?,^?,, Hannak B. Brown. 

Ezekiel W., [1222] b. July 22, 1838; m. Jan. 30, 1855, ^Caroline E. Coffin: m." Ellen B.Kezar. 

Martha, [1223] b. 

Henry Thomas, [1224] b, Feb. 27, 1847. He died in infancy, Fel). 28, 1847. 


James'' Choate i^Bcnjamiiv', Simeon*, Benjamin'^, Benjamin-, John^), son 
of Benjamin [a9«] and Jane (True) Choate, was born May 29, 18 15, in Newbury- 
port, Mass. He married, Oct. 25, 1843, -A'///// L. Babson, daughter of Abraham 
and Lydia Babson. They resided in Moseley Avenue, Newburyport, Mass. 



Malvina, [1225] b. 1847; d. 1S47. Lydia Jane, [1226] b. Jan. 26, 1855; d. 


Williaill" Choate (^Benjamin'', Simeon^, Benjamitfi, Benjainin'', Jolut^), 
son of Benjamin [2'J9] and Jane (True) Choate, was born Sept. 4, 181 7, in 
Newburyport, Mass. He married, April 28, 1839, Mary G. Hickok, daughter 
of William and Susan (Wescott) Hickok. She was born Aug. 13, 1817, in 
Newburyport, Mass. They resided in Charlestown and in Maiden, Mass. 


Abby Bi.anchard, [1227] b. March 19, 1840. 

Sarah Teel, [1228J 1>. May 13, 1842. 

William Frederick, [1229] b. June 25, 1S54; m. .Sept. 8, 1879, Juslina Chancy. 


Stephen Pillsbury'' CllOate {Be>ijam!tv>, Shneon*, Benjamitfi, Benjamin-, 
John^), son of Benjamin [-^uy] and Jane (True) Choate, was born Feb. 28, 
1820. He married, Nov. 14, 1844, Mahalu K. Dpckiim, daughter of John and 
Phebe (Kaime) Dockum. She was born Sept. i, 182 1, in Barnstead, N. H. 
They resided on Merrimac Street, Newburyport, Mass. 


Edwin Ferdinand, [1230] b. Sept. 2, 1845. He died in childhood, Oct. 20, 1846. 

Emma Jane, [1231] b. May 30, 1850. 

Edgar Ernest, [1232] b. Aug. 26, 1853. Me d'ed in larly life, Xov. 11, 1S72. 


Mr. and .Mu.s. Choate celebrated tlicir jinlden wedding on Wednesday. Nov. 14. 
1894. .\ large number of friends called at their pleasant home to congratulate tlieni on 
the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. 


James Dearborn'' Choate {Jacol> Thompson^, L-imcon^, Bcnjamiifl, 
Bcnjainiifi,Jo]in^), son of Jacob Thompson [306] and Susan Hatton (Dihvorth) 
Choate, was born Jan. 6, 1830, in Milledgeville, Ga. He married, July 18, 1858, 
Cornelia S. Roijueiiwre, daughter of James A. and Ann (Dupree) Roquemore. 
She was born July 19, 1840, in Perry, Ga. They resided in Perry, Macon, and 
Hawkinsville, Ga. Mr. Choate died Oct. 14, 1887. 


James Dilworth, [1233] b. Nov. 9, 1859. 

Walter Birch, [1234] b. Sept. 13, 1862. He died in infancy, June 29, 1863. 

Walter Roijuemore, [1235] b. July 23, 1864. He died in early life, Sept. 16, 1884. 

CORALIE, [1236] b. March 18, 1866. 

Jacob C, [1237] b. Oct. 26, 1869 (at sea). 

Nellie Dearborn, [1238] b. May 27, 1S79. 

Leonora Bartlette, [1239] b. .\ug. 20, 18S2. 


Mr. Choate was a man of noble qualities; he was gentle, tender, and loving in 
disposition. Christ must have had him in mind when he said, " Blessed are the pure 
in heart." His death was a great bereavement. 

Mrs. Choate has two ancient familv Bibles in which there are Choate records. 





Julia Allllie'^ Choate {Jacob Thompsotfi, Simeon'^, Bcnjainiifi, Bcnjaiimi-, 
John^), daughter of Jacob Thompson [see] and Susan Hatton (Dilworth) 
Choate, was born July 4, 1832, in Talbotton, Ga. She married, July 15, 1849, 
RcT'. William M. Crumley, son of W. S. and Elizabeth (Monroe) Crumley. He 
was born Feb. 29, 18] 6, in Lawrence Court House, S. C. They resided in 
Atlanta, Ga. Rev. Mr. Crumley died April 24, 1887. 


Howard Lee, h. March 29, 1860; m. May 26, 1S87, Susie E. Joliinlon. 


Rev. Mr. Crumley was a pastor of churches of the Methodist denomination in 
the different cities in the State of Georgia. 

Howard L. Crumley, the son, is also a minister. Mrs. Crumley resides in 
Atlanta. Ga. 



Martlia Fraucess'^ Choate {Jacch llwmpsou-', Simeon^, Benjamin'-^, Ben- 
jamin-, John^^, daughter of Jacob 1 hompson [30c] and Susan Hatton (Dilworth) 
Choate, was born ."Xug. 26, 1836, in Milledgeville, Ga. She married, Jan. 3, 
i860, Oliver P. Henry, son of Joseph and Rhoda (Barnes) Henry. He was 
born July 10, 1832, in Columbus, Ga. They resided in Union Parish, La., and 
in Dade City, Fla. 


Arthur Uh worth, b. Oct. 5, 1S61. Anna Eugenia, b. Jan. 20, 1S71. 

Ella Deardorn, b. March 26, 1S66. She died Walter Howard, b. Oct. 6, 1S73. 

in childhood, Oct. 2S, 1873. RUEUS Guy, b. Sept. 25, 1S75. 

Cora Lie, b. March 17, iS6g. 


William Dihvortll'' Choate (.Jacob Thompion^, Simeon'^, Benjamin^, 
Benjamin-, John^), son of Jacob Thompson [soe] and Susan Hatton (Dilworth) 
Choate, was born June 14, 1839, in Milledgeville, Ga. He married, in 1S74, 
Lucy Roquemorc. They resided in Kaufman, Te.xas. 

Nina, [1240] b.. 

THE children WERE: 

Lois, [1241] b. 



Charles Thompson*' Choate {Jacob Thompson^, Simeon'^, Benjamin^, 
Benjamin-, John^), son of Jacob 'f'honipson [are] and Susan Hatton (Dilworth) 
Choate, was born June 29, 1842, in Milledgeville, Ga. He married, March 31, 
1864, Ann Jordan Roqiiemore, daughter of James A. and Ann (Dupree) 
Roquemore. She was born Jan. 9, 1844, in Perry, Ga. They resided in 
Perry, Hawkinsville, and Macon, Ga. 



Charles Emward, [1242] b. Aug. 31, 1865. 

William R(_«jUEM(ikk, [1243] 1). Dec. 18, 1866. He died in infancy, July 20, 1867. 

Annie May, [1244] li. Sept. 20, 1S68. 

Julius McMurray, [1245] b. Marcli 13, 1870. He died in infancy, ( let. 9, 1S70. 

Herbert Emery, [1246] b. Feb. 22, 1872. 

George Milton, [1247] li. Sept. 3, 1873. He died in infancy, Dec. 10, 1873. 

Susie Dilworth, [1248] 1). March 20, 1S75. 

Florine Jelks, [1249] b. Feb. 21, 1877. 

Frederick Earnesi, [1250] b. Dec. 28, 1879. 

LiLLlE Jordan, [1251] b. Feb. 20, 1881. She died in infancy, Nov. 29, 18S1. 

Maitie Ethel, [1252] b. Sept. 22, 18S3. 


Mr. Choate resided in 1888 in Macon. Ga. He is a good, upright man, indus- 
trious, and regular at his employment in a railroad shop. His oldest son is a minister 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and all the children promising. 


Augustus EdWiird'"' (;i<Oate (/<"■"/' Thompson->, Simeon'^, Benjamin?, 
Benjamin-, John^),'iow of Jacob Thompson [.'Joo] and Susan Hatton (Dilworth) 
Choate, was born Sept. 5, 1845, '" Milledgeville, Ga. He married, Jan. 28, 
1 872, Addie Pennick, daughter of S. R. and Martha A. (Booker) Pennick. She 
was born Dec. 12, 1854, in Houston City, Ga. They resided on Whitehall 
Street, Pulaski City, Ga., until 1887, then removed to Atlanta, Ga. 

the children \tERE: 

Adnah Augusta, [1253J b. Nov. 27, 1874. Edgar [1254] b. May 10, 1876. 


Thomas" Choate {Roherf^, Robert^, Elienezer^, RoberP, Johrfi, John^), 
son of Robert [so;] and Eunice (Cushman) Choate, was born in 1808 in 
Montville, Me. He inarried Louisa Randall. They resided in Napoleon, Ohio. 
Mr. Choate died in 1856. 


William Alden, [1255] b. Louisa, [1255a] b. Hannah E., [1255b] b. 


Mr. Choate's son, William Alden Choate. was a promising young lawyer in 
Napoleon, Ohio. At the breaking out of the Rebellion he entered the Union Army, 
and became a colonel of an Ohio regiment. He was killed in battle on •• Sherman's 
march to the sea," near Atlanta. Ga. 


Robert" Choate {Robert^, Roberfi, Ebenezer^, Robert^, John^,Jo/tn^), %on 
of Robert [sot] and Eunice (Cushman) Choate, was born Aug. 12, 1812, in 
Montville, Me. He married, in 1S31, Sophronia Ripley, daughter of William 
Ripley. She was born May 7, 1814, in Poland, Me. They resided in Montville, 
Me., where Mr. Choate died Jan. 31, 1890. 




Albert, [1256] b. Feb. 15, 1834; ra. July 29, 1865, Elvira D. Young. 

Thomas A., [1257] b. June 12, 1835; d. 1863. 

RosiNA, [1258] I). July 15, 1837; d. May 16, iSgo. 

Rhoda a., [1259] b. Sept. 12, 1S39; m. April 22, 1871, E. E. Sawyer. 

William R., [1260] b. March 26, 1841. He died in childhood, Sept. 15, 18 

George W., [1261] b. July 4, 1S43; "'• J""^ '7> 1874, A. I.. BartUa. 

Sarah E., [1262] b. Nov. 6, 1S45. She died young, ( let., 1S65. 


Mary R.' Choate {Robert^, Rol>crt-\ Ebcnczcr'^, Robert^, John^, Jofiii^), 
daughter of Robert [ao;] and Eunice (Cushnian) Choate, was born Feb. 25, 
[816, in Montville, Me. Site married, .'Xpril 24, 1834, ^Orange Gray. Mr. 
Gray died in 1844. Mrs. dray married, Nov. 27, 1848, '-Samuel Webb. They 
resided in Unity, Me. , 


Francis, b; res. Morrill, Me. 
Amanda, b. 
A Daughter, b. 
Jefferson, b. He died in the 

Mary Etta, b. 
Clara, b. 
Wesley, b. 

These three were of the second 



Ebenezer' Choate {Robert^, Robert-', Ebentzer\ Robert'-'', Johifi, John^), 
son of Robert [307] and Eunice (Cushman) Choate, was born in 1818, in Mont- 
ville, Me. He married, in 1866, Annie L Brown. She was born in Bangor, 
Me. They resided in Montville, Me. 

the children were: 

William Boynton, [1263J b. Aug. 7, 1867. John Linwood, [1266] b. April 30, 1876. 

Marie'ita, [1264] b. Sept. 20, 1871; d. April .\LICE Mildred, [1267] b. June 6, 1S79. .She 

4, 1890. died in girlhood, May 12, 1895. 

RuFUs Lowell, [1265] b. May 17, 1874. Frederic Rohie, [1268] b. July 21, 1SS3. 



Betsey' Choate {Robert^, Robert"-', Ebenezer^, Robert'^, Johrfi, John^), 
daughter of Robert [307] and Eunice (Cushman) Choate, was born in 1821 
in Montville, Me. She married, in 1842, Albert S/ieblon. They resided in 
Waldo, Me. Mr. Sheldon died in 1872, in Morrill, Me. Mrs. Sheldon died 
in March, 1856, in Rockland, Me. 

Frank, b. 1842. 

Mei.inda, \i. 1S45; m. Sept. 25, 18 

THE children WERE 


Mr. and Mk.s. Smith had nine children, viz., Abner F.. b. ,'\ug. 13. 1865. .Mary M.. 
b. Jnne lo, 1867. Cora F., b. Aug. 19, 1S70. Leslie A., b. Sept. 8, 1872. Alfretta E.. 
b. May 30, 1875. Robie P.. b. July 19, 1878. Frank H.. b. Oct. 13. 1881. Fred O., b. 
Hannah B., b. 






John Cleavelaild'' Choate {Rp/n-rt^', Roln-rt^, Ebouzer'^, Robert'-'', Jolufi, 
Johii^), son of Robert [307] and Eunice (Cushnian) Choate, was born Aug. 29, 
1S23, in Montville, Me. He married, Feb. 6, 1847, ^M<j>y Jane Gilson. She 
was born in Helfast, Me. They resided in Montville, Me. Mrs. Choate, in 
1855, took her little daughter, Adelia, and forsook her home. Mr. Choate 
married, Sept. i, i860, -Kcziah Thompson, daughter of Jacob and Rachel 
(Flanders) Thompson. She was born Oct. 12, 1827, in Burton, N. H. They 
resided in .Amesbury, Mass. Mrs. Keziah Choate died (Jet. 10, 1889. 


James IIenrv, [1269] h. Sept. 17, 1849; ™- ''^^l'- '3. >SSl, I'-Ua M. Sawyer. 

Adelia, [1270] b. Sipt. 1, 1S51. 

JosEi'H Leunaku, [1271] I). Feb. u, 1854; m. Jan. i, 1876, I/arru-t E. Webster. 

fA(uli TuoMi'SoN, [1272] I). Feb. 21, lS6l; m. Oct. 19, iSSg, J>oiiim M. Turner. 


Mrs. Keziah Choate was a brave, enerjjctic. and independent woman, devoted in 
her family, respected by her neighbors, and for her fidelity and worthy service iininoi- 
talized by one of America's greatest poets. "Wx. .Samuel T. Fickard, the biograjjlier of 
Mr. Whittier, says : — 

" The following incident illustrates Mr. Whittier's kindness and consideration for 
those employed liy liim. His washerwoman. Mrs. Choate, by industry and thrift, had 
been enabled to build for her family a comfortable house. When it was ready for 
occupancy there was a house-warming, attended b)- all the neighbors, who brought sub- 
stantial tokens of their good-will, including all the furniture needed in her new parlor. 
Mr. Whitticr's hand was to be seen in the whole movement ; he was present at the 
festivity, and made a little speech congratulating Mrs. Choate upon her well-deserved 
success in life, and said he would read a piece of machine poetry which had been 
intrusted to him for the occasion. These are the lines, which were, of course, his own 
composition : — 

' Of rijjhts and uf wrongs 
Let the feminine tongues 

Talk on — none forbid it. 
Our hostess liest knew 
What her hands found to do, 

."^skeil no i|ueslions, but did n. 

'Thanks, then, to Kate Choate! 
Let the idle take note 

What their fingers were made fur; 
She, cheerful and jolly, 
Worked on late and early, 

And bought — what she paid for. 

' Mere the lesson of work, 
Which so many folks shirk. 

Is so plain all may learn it. 
Each brick in this dwelling. 
Each timber is teUing, 

If you want a home, earn it. 

' Never vainly repining, 
Nor begging nor whining, 

The morning star twinkles 
On no heart that 's brighter, 
As she makes the world whiter 
And smooths out its wrinkles. 

' The question of labor 
Is solved by our neighbor. 

The old riddle guessed out; 
The wisdom sore needed, 
The truth long unheeded, 

Her fiat-iron's pressed out. 

' So long life to Kate ! 
May her heirs have to wait 

Till they're gray in attendance; 
And her fiat-iron press on, 
Still teaching its lesson 

Of brave independence I ' " 

Vid. Life and Letters of John Greenleaf Whittier. Vol. 2, pp. 557, 55S. 



M.ary Rust" (lioate {Ebenezer^\ Robert'\ lil'cuczer'', Rol>ert'-\Johifi,John'^), 
daughter of Ebenezer [;«<»] and Hannah (Smith) Choate, was born Oct. 8, 
1815, in Lunenburg, Mass. She married, Dec. 31, \%2,^, Henry Baldwin, 'ion 
of Ohver and Lucy Hosley (Patten) Baldwin. He was born Nov. 9, 1807, in 
Lancaster, Mass. They resided in Lunenburg, Mass. Mrs. Baldwin died 
July 15, 1856. 


Maky, b. Oct. 31, 1836; m. March iS, 1S57, Charles H. HilJyelh. 

CuAKI.ES IlENKV, b. Sept. 5, 1838; m. June 27. 1867, Mary A. Barry. 

Aur.y Maria, b. May 17, 18+2; m. Dec. 22, 1880, Dean Conrwell. 

Hannah Catherine, h. March 30, 1S46; m. Nov. 20, 1S66, John Franh Boynlou. 

George Edwin, b. Aug. 22, 1851. lie died in childhood, April 11, 1S53. 

.Mk. and Mrs. Charles Henry ISaliavin have two cliildren. viz., Henry V"., 
b. April 26. 1S68. and R. Marion, b. June 4. 1873. 


Hilimah'' Choate {Ebenezer^, Robcrt-\ Ebenezer^, Robcrt'-\ John-, Jokn^) , 
daughter of Ebenezer [s'o] and Hannah (Smith) Choate, was born June 12, 
1818, in Lunenburg, Mass. She married, Nov. 14, 1861, Samiwl Marshall, son 
of Samuel and Betsey Marshall. He was born May 13, 1803, in Lunenburg, 
Mass. Mr. Marshall died April 12, 1863. Mrs. Marshall died Nov. 25, 1880, 
in Boston, Mass. There were no children. 


Thomas James" Choate {Ebenezer'K Robcrfi, Ebemzcr'^, Robert'^, John-, 
Juhn^), son of Ebenezer [sio] and Hannah (Smith) Choate, was born Nov. 13, 
1 82 1, in Lunenburg, Mass. He married, Jan. 29, 1846, Martha 'Turner, 
daughter of Clarkson and Lydia (Hatch) Turner. She was born Sept. 30, 1817, 
in Dresden. .Me. They resided in Lunenburg, Cambridge, and Winchester, Mass. 

t^EiiRGE Henry, [1273] b. Feb. 22, 1847. He died in infancy, March iS, 1847. 
Martha Ellen, [1274] b. Oct. 7, 1851. She died in infancy, Oct. 18, 1851. 
Anna Parker, [1275] b. Dec. 9, 1854; m. Oct. 25, 1876, James A'. Lombard. 
LiLLlE Frances, [1276] b. Dec. 23, 1S57; m. Dec. 17, 1S79, Samuel Bulterjield. 

Mr. Choate was a book-binder. His business was at No. 150 Congress Street, 
Boston, Mass. The oldest child was born in Lunenburg, the others in Cambridge, 

Henry Albert" Choate {Ebenezer'^, Robert'", Ebenezer"^, Robert'-'', John-, 
fohn^), son of Ebenezer [sio] and Hannah (Smith) Choate, was born Oct. 9, 
1832, in Lunenburg, Mass. He-married, Nov. 25, 1857, Erances E. Linscott, 
daughter of Wingate Linscott. They resided in Boston, Mass. Mr. Choate 
died Sept. 1 1, 1889, in Swampscott, Mass. 




Alice Frances, [1277] b. 

Arthur Henry, [1278J b. ( )ct.. 1S62. He died in early manhood, March 23, 1S93. 

Harry Wincate, [1279] b. 


Dr. Henrv a. Choate commenced business as a druggist in 1849 in a store 
under tlie Revere House, lioston, Mass. The liotel was opened in June, 1847, and 

about two years later Dr. Choate estalj- 
lished himself, where he .spent forty 
year.s of liis life. His sign became one 
of the old landmarks of the West End. 
During this period all the business 
places about him have changed hands, 
some of them manv times, so that there 
remained no one in the vicinity who 
was there when he commenced busi- 
ness, and only one man in the Re\ere 
House who had been there as long as 
he, when, Aug. 26, i88g, he retired, 
and sold out to a syndicate, known 
since as the " Clioate Drug and Chemi- 
cal Company." This company still 
continues the business under the old 

sign of HkNRV a. ClIOATK. 

Dr. Choate, having closed up his 
affairs, was intending to visit Europe 
antl take a long rest from active busi- 
ness ; but while pa.ssing a few days in 
.Swampscott, Mass., by the seaside, he 
was seized by congestion of the brain, and after a short illness died, on Wednesday, 
Sept. J I, 1889. The hoaion Journal of the ne.\t day speaks of him as follows : — 

•• He was liighly respected in all his relations of life, and was regarded an able 
business man. With friends his disposition was of a warm-hearted, genial character, 
while his liberality was widely bestowed. His loss, therefore, will be widely felt on 
personal grounds by many who enjoyed his acquaintance. . . . The connection wliich 
Dr. Choate enjoyed with the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and the 
Veteran Tigers kept him associated with many of the older citizens of the community, 
as well as with the younger generations, whose friendship he gained by his pleasant 
ways. He leaves a widow and three children.'" 

Vtd. Boston Journal, Thursday Evenings Sept. 12, 1889. 
Dr. Clioate's oldest son survived his father but a few vears. and died in the prime 
of manhood. 

.Mrs. Choate. with Iter son and daughter, spend nuich time in travelling, and when 
in Boston thev board at the Parker House. 


ciiAiiLKS cuoatp:. 

Charles" Clioate {Ehem-zer^, Ebenezer=', Nehcmiah^, /io/'cri^, Jo/iifi, 
John^), son of Ebenezer [sis] and Eliza (Barker) Choate, was born April 8, 
1826, in I.ynn, Mass. He married, Dec. 10, 1884, Mary Elizabctli Choate [679], 
daughter of Nehemiah [319] and Rebecca (Kimball) Choate. She was born 
April 15, 1840, in Bridgton, Me. They resided in Naples, subsequently in 
South Bridgton, Me. There were no chiklren. 


Mr. Choate, from the fifteenth year of his age, had the burdens and the responsi- 
bilities of the oldest son in a large familw He remained upon the farm, caring for his 
parents until their death at an advanced age. In October, of 1862. he was mustered into 



the service of his country in Company H of the Twenty-fifth Regiment of Maine Volun- 
teers for nine months' service. This regiment was stationed at Chantilly. Va., to guard 
the Capitol. Mr. Choate was detailed from tlie ranks to hospital duties, and served 
the term of his enlistment as hospital steward. 

While residing at Naples, Mr. Choate took little part in public affairs, altliougli he 
served the town as assessor, selectman, and in other offices. I'pon his removal to 



liridgton, about 1887, he was soon pressed into the service of that town as a meml)er of 
the board of selectmen, of assessors, of overseers of the poor, and of road commissioners. 
His active life has made him familiar with the affairs of the town, and his trustworthi- 
ness has been recognized in the community as it was recognized in the army. 

The old house built by Mr. Choate's grandfather, Ebenezer Choate [140], about 
1816, in Bridgton, was burned down on the morning of July 4, l88g. Mr. Choate now 
occupies the house and farm which belonged to his uncle and father-in-law, Nehemiah 
Choate [319]- The homestead of his father in Naples, Me., has passed out of the name 
into other hands, so that this is the only homestead of the olden times in the State 
which now belongs to this branch of the family. 


Ruth Bassett" Choate {Ebenezer''-, Ebenezer', Nehemiah'^, Robert'-\Jolufi, 
/tiy^/;'), daughter of Ebenezer [sis] and Eliza (Barker) Choate, was born March 
12, 1830, in Otisfield (now Naples), Me. She'married, June i, 1851, David 
Larrabce, son of Benjamin and Sarah (Lamb) Larrabee. He was born Feb. 9, 
1830, in Westbrook, Me. They resided in Westbrook, Gorham, Bridgton, and 
Windham, Me. Mrs. Larrabee died May 20, 1886. 


Samuel, b. June ii, 1853; m. Aug. 18, 1877, L. Legrow. 

Sarah Eliza, b. April 12, 1855; m. June 30, 1896, Charles T. Anus ; res. Westbrook, Me. 



Isaac Bassett' ('hoate {Ebcnezcr^\ Ehenczcf', Nehemiah'^, Robert'^, J oh ip-, 
/o/iii^), son of Ebenezer [ais] and Eliza (Barker) Choate, was born July 12, 
1833, in South Otisfield, now Naples, Me. He married, SeiJt. 25, 1S66, Sophia 
Pok Thompson, daughter of Joshua and Eleanor (Pote) Thompson. She was 
born Nov. 24, 1844, in Raymond, Me. They resided in Bridgton, Me., Akron, 
Ohio, and in Boston, Mass. There were no children. 


Till': following paper was prepared liy Hon. F. M. Ray, of Westbrook. Me. 

Isaac Bassett Cho..\te. 
The region of liills and valleys where Isaac Bassett Choate first saw the light is 
quite as picturesque and well adapted to the unfolding of genius as the famous '■ Lake 
Country." made immortal by the residence of Wordsworth and his literary neighliors. 
In a piece of word-painting, in every way worthy of the great laureate wlio dwelt at 
Rydal Mount, Mr. Choate thus alludes to the home of his boyhood : — 
" I have in mind a farmstead 'mongst the hills, 
A broken region rich in ponds and rills, 
With mountain ranges on the north and west. 
And on the sjulh a lonely lake at rest." 

He was a frail child, and all his early life was divided between hooks, for which he 
had a passionate fondness, and the sick-bed. which gave his parents much anxiety for 
his future. Because of his constitutional weakness and the isolated situation of the 
farm, his early ojjportunities for regular study were few. The method ultimately ado])ted 
for testing his fitness for further living was unique in the last degree. In his twenty- 
second year, when his voice, never too strong, had left him with little prospect of ever 
returning, the sickly youth was sent, by advice of the physicians, to achieve health or an 
early grave, on the malarial plains of Kansas, then in the midst of those border conflicts, 
that may now be regarded as the beginning of the great Ci\'il War. Two years later he 
was back in Maine, none the worse for his rough experiences, engaged in the heroic 
endeavor to pursue the trade of a house-joiner. This last experiment was a fortunate 
one, for it fully admonished the youth, whose endowments of brain had always been so 
nuich in excess of brawn, in what direction his true vocation lay. He now turned his 
attention in good earnest to his books, and in one year had accomplished the woik 
usually allotted to three, entering the Freshman Cla,ss of Bowdoin College in the 
autumn of 1858. Here, however, his old time enemy still continued its relentless pur- 
suit, and he was precluded by ill health from reviewing a single term's study with his 
class. Nevertheless, when the rank was made up he was found to be among the fore- 
most, and was accorded the highest honors for scholarship. 

After graduating, in 1862, Mr. Choate read law in the office of the late Senator 
Fessenden, and in due time was admitted to the bar, teaching, meanwhile, in the classical 
departments of the seminaries at Westbrook and Gorham, and in the academies at 
Yarmouth and Bridgton. Then, for one year, he took charge of the Portland Public 
Library. After this he filled college professorships at Galesburg, 111., and Akron, Ohio. 

Fifteen or more years ago Mr. Choate took up his permanent residence in Boston, 
where he has taught many private pupils, and contributed prose and verse to many of the 
leading periodicals. A book from his pen, entitled ■• Wells of English,'' has been received 
with marked favor by thoughtful readers. In 1895, he published a dainty \olume of verse, 
'■ With Birds and Flowers." He is a valued contributor to the good old Hovie J.mrnaL 
of New York, which was established in 1846, by the poets, Morris and Willis, and wrote 
one of his best lyrics for the recent '• Jubilee " number of that paper. Like all true 
artists, Mr. Choate lives in the hope of better things yet to be done. Were he more . 
of a Bohemian he might, perhaps, have achieved a more superficial and hasty, but not 
more enduring, reputation. He has never indulged in any literary buffoonery, nor 
affected bad English, which nobody speaks, under the pretence of writing "dialect." 
In short, he has never attempted anything that he did not do well, and the intelligent 
reader is alwavs sure of entertainment and instruction in the perusal of his pages. 



Charles Henry" Choate {Nehetnialfi, Ehenczcr^, Nehemiali^, Rohcrt^, 
/i)hir\ Ji'hii^), son of Nehemiah [3i9] and Rebecca (Kimball) Choate, was 
born April lo, 1832. in iiridgton, Me. He married, Jan. i, i88g. E/iza Mary 
White, daughter of Henry and .Anna Maria (Berry) White. She was born May 
24, 1842, in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. They resided in Omaha, Neb., and 
other localities. Mr. Choate died April 13, 1892, in St. I.onis, Mo. I'here 
were no children. 


lieamler" Choate {h'clu-inialfi, Ebenezcr'', Nchemiali'^, Rol'crt'^, JoluP, 
Joliii^ ), son of Nehemiah [■'iio] and Rebecca (Kimball) Choate, was born Nov. 17, 
1834, in Bridgton, Me. He married, Dec. 19, 1858, Adeline Pratt Ciwatc [co:i], 
daughter of Alden [335] and Mary Ann (Sherman) Choate. She was born 
Oct 2, 1839, in Lynn, Mass. They resided in Oshkosh, Wis. 


loi.A Amelia, [1280] b. June 10, 1860. She died in childhood, Dec. 24. 1S62. 
Frank, [1281] h. May 21, 1864. He died in early life, Dec. 29, 18S8. 
C.EdKc.E, [1282] h. Aug. 25, 1S67. He died in boyhood, July 27, 1877. 
Lulu, [1283] b. Oct. 30, 1S75. .She died in early life, May 16, i88g. 
Ona Ikicnk, [1284] b. Nov. 13, 1S78. She died in girlhood, Nov. 12, 1S88. 

Leanijer Choate. Esq. 

Mr. Cho.^te passed his boyhood days upon his father's farm, which was adjoining 
that of his grandfather, Ebenezer Choate [140], one of the first settlers. 

The educational and social advantages of the town in that day were limited. He 
attended school only a short term in tlie winter, and the rest of the year lie was kept 
busy upon the farm. His father had by that thrift and economy characteristic of New 
England paid for his farm, and maintained his growing family free from debt, when 
unfortunately his dwelling was burned. The rebuilding of the house involved an 
expenditure over and above the insurance, .so that the father found himself in debt to 
the amount of two hundred and fifty dollars. This debt the son undertook to pay, 
upon condition that he be allowed to act for himself. From that time he began his 
business career as a boy of about seventeen years of age negotiating for a man's work 
and a man's pay upon a farm. The debt was paid in full ; but at twenty years of age. 
upon recovery from a long illness, the destined favorite of Fortune was without a dollar. 

At the age of twenty-one Leander Choate entered the employ of Choate and 
Tolman, dealers in wood, coal, and lumber, at Lynn, Mass. The senior member of 
this firm was Alden Choate, his uncle. He remained in this employment for a year 
and a half, when lie purchased a package e.xpress route between Boston and Charles- 
town. This business was conducted with a fair degree of success'. 

In 1857 Choate and Tolman determined to remove to the West. Flattering otTers 
induced Leander Choate to accompany them. They located at Oshkosh, Wis., and 
engaged in the lumber trade. This has continued to be the leading interest of the 
sul5ject of this sketch. From the Wisconsin volume of the -Representative Men of 
the United .States." we quote some account of the business conducted by Mr. Choate 
in that State ; — 

•' Choate and Tolman purchased the interests of Danforth and Carter, of the 
lumber firm of Bray, Danforth and Carter, and the business was conducted under the 
name of Bray, Tolman and Company until 1862. Leander Choate was an employe al 
this firm, and he superintended their operations in the woods. In 1862 Mr. Matt. 
Bray and Leander Choate bought out the firm of Bray, Tolman and Company, and 
established the firm of Bray and Choate. Mr. Choate had no money then, but his 
business ability, even at that time, was appreciated. The father of Matt. Bray assisted 


the young men, and they entered upon a partnership which has continued up to the 
present time, and which death alone can sever. Mr. Choate was young, ambitious, and 
energetic. The new tirni was sviccessful from tlie outset. At various times they owned 
mills on the Oconto and the Wisconsin rivers. In i8go the business became known 
as the Oshkosh Log and Lumber Company, and was incorporated with a capital of 
? Of this corporation Mr. Choate is president. The company operates mills 
in the northern peninsula of Michigan, and cuts about forty million feet a year. Mr. 
Choate is also president of the Lake Shore Lumber Company, of Tomahawk Lake. 
Wis., which cuts twelve million feet a year. In addition to the above lumber com- 
jjanies, he has an interest in the firm of Bray. Clioate and Company, which also cuts 
about twelve million feet a year. Mr. Choate is also vice-president of the Bray and 
Choate Land Company, which operates extensively in pine lands, and owns about one 
hundred and fifty million feet of .standing timber in the Northwest." 

One of the largest and best equipped of all the lumber mills in the Northwest is 
that which is located at Choate. i\Iich. 

•• Mr. Choate has also become conspicuous as a financier. He is now vice-president 
of the First National Bank of Oshkosh : president of the First National Bank of 
Rhineland. which is capitalized for $50,000, and has a surplus of $10,000. He was 
formerly president of the First National Bank of Merrill, of which Bray and Choate 
are the largest stockholders. He is also a director of the First National Bank of 
Marshfield. Wis. He was for some time identified with the water-works system of 
Oshkosh. and was also one of the organizers of the street railway." 

It is evident enough that Leander Choate has had business upon his hands that 
would keep almost an)one out of practical politics. He has served the city two years 
as alderman, and. in 18S2. he was the Republican candidate for mayor. Although he 
failed of an election, it is to be noted that the usual Democratic majority was materially 
reduced by his candidacy. 

■• Mr. Choate owes the position which he now holds in the community entirely to 
his own etTorts. He has confined himself to legitimate business transactions, has 
axoided speculation, and the fortune which he has accumulated is but the natural result 
of sound business principles and steady application. As a man of business no citizen 
of Oshkosh stands higher. As a citizen he is public spirited and is always in sympathy 
with those movements that tend to increase the prosperity of the city." 

Mrs. Choate, a woman of most e.vcellent qualities of mind and heart, has ever been 
an inspiration and help to her husband, making home attractive, restful, and interesting, 
and in times of heavy bereavement, lighting up the darkness by her presence and words 
of consolation. Few homes have been more sadly stricken with sorrows. 

The eldest of their five children, a little daughter, died in early childhood. George, 
a promising boy of nearly ten years of age, was drowned in the Manistee River. 
Manistee. Mich. The other three children followed each other in rapid succession. 

The voungest of the family, the idol of the home, a girl of sweet disposition, and 
full of aflectionate thoughts and deeds, ever busying herself with the welfare and happi- 
ness of others, after a wasting illness, made beautiful by her cheerful submission, 
passed out of this life on the eve of her tenth birthday, and si.v weeks later the only 
surviving son. a young man of noble qualities, whose business abilities already had 
appeared to be of high order, was taken suddenly ill, and died at the age of twenty-four 
\ ears. And then the only remaining child, a girl of thirteen years, of sweet promise 
and beautv. was called away. So that within a period of hardly more than si.\ months 
these stricken parents followed their third and last child to burial. Their children all 
gone, what a desolation of the fondest hopes ! 


Joseph Bradley" Choate (Nehemiah^, Ebenezer^, Aehemiah^, Robert^, 
John'-, Jo/in^), son of Nehemiah [319] and Rebecca (Kimball) Choate, was 
born Aug 28, 1S42, in Bridgton, Me. He married, Nov. 13, 1867, Elizabeth 
L/c-LL'./Iyn, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Williams) Llewellyn. She was bom 
April 6, 1S48, in Glamorganshire, Wales, They resided in Lincoln, Iowa, and 
in Oshkosh, Wis. 




Charles Henry, [1285] b. Jan. 6, 1869. 

Arthur Llewellyn [1286] b. Aug. 23, 1870; m. June 26, 1895, Martha E. GraUan. 

Joseph Bradley, [1287J b. Aug. 24, 1S73. 

Mr. Cho.\te is engaged in tlie lumher lousiness. He is a man of great industry 
and uprightness. 

i\[r. Choate's three son.s, here presented, were all horn in Lincoln, Iowa, and are 




the only surviving grandchildren of Nehemiah Choate [319], and the only surviving 
male descendants, bearing the Choate name, of the old Revolutionary pioneer, Ebenezer 


Clioatc [140]. who. with his ijood wite. carved out a homestead and reared a taniily of 
fourt-een chilchen in the woods ol Maine. The descendants in the fourth generation, 
tliat is. the great-grandchildren of this ancient and prolific pair, now snrviving, the 
oldest not yet forty years of age. number only seven persons. 

Charles Henry Clwate [1285] resides in Mallby. .Snohomish Co.. Wash. Arthur L. 
Choate and Joseph 15. Choate. his younger lirothers. reside in Oshkosh. Wis. 



Lyman Tluirston" Choate {Friwcis'', Kheiiezer\ Nehcmia¥, RobcrP, 
Jo/ui", /('//«'), son of Francis [.isa] and Malinda (Fern^ Choate, was born Jan. 
22, 1836, in Methticn, Mass. He married, March t,\,i?>z^-], Ann Maria Parroll, 
daughter of Archelaus and Huldah (Hachellor) Parrott. She was born Oct. 6, 
1838, in I,ynn, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate died Dec. 16, 1894. 

ruK, cmi.DHKN werk: 

1'kank Wh.i.ard, [1288] b. Aug. 15, 1864. He died July 19, 1890. 
;\NGEi.i.NE Helena, [1289] b. May 18, 1868; m. Dayton Stackpole. 

iiii;a:»i stkimikn choatk. 


Ilirani StepllPir Choate (Francis'', El>enczer'\ Ncheiniali'^, Robert^, 
Jolufl, Jolm^), son of Francis [323] and Malinda (F'ern) Choate, was born Dec. 
28, 1S38, in Canaan, N. H. Me married, Dec. 12, 1873, Elizahctli Fuller. She 
was born Dec. 19, 1850, in Peabody, Mass. They resided in Lynn, Mass. Mrs. 
Choate died Dec. 12, 1884. There were no children. 


.Mk. Choatk was in the war for the Union three years. He belonged to the 
Twenty-second Regiment of Ma.ssachiisetts Volunteers. 

WII.I.Ain> 1 K.\N< IS CHOATE. 


Willard Francis'' Choate {Francis^, Ebcnezer', Nchemiah'^, Robert''', 
John-, John^), son of F'rancis [.322] and Malinda (Fern) Choate, was boru 
March 22, 1841, in Lynn, Mass. He married, Nov. 27, 1866, Achsak A. Rich, 
daughter of Elisha and Achsah (Cobb) Rich. She was born Sept. 26, 1847, in 
South Truro, Mass., where they resided, and in 1872 removed to Lynn, Mass. 
There were no children. 


Eliza Ann** Choate {Francis'^, Ebenezer-', Nehemiah'^, Robert''', John-, 
/alin^), daughter of P>ancis [sag] and Malinda (Fern) Choate, was born June 
15, 1844, in Methuen, Mass. She married, Jan. 25, i860, Jaeob Phillips. They 
resided in Plaistow, N. H. Mr. Phillips died Sept. 11, 1887, in Sandown, N. H. 
Mrs. Phillips died Sept. 20, t88o, in Plaistow, N. H. 

rilE children WERE: 

Mh,lard, b. 1S63. He died in infancy, in 1864. 

Jacob, b. Oct., 1S64. He is married and res. in Sandown, N. H. 

BE.NJAMIN, b. May, 1867. He is married and res. in Lynn, Mass. 



Eunice Helena^ ChOilte {Francis^', Ebenezcr'->, Nehemiah'^, Robert^, Jolui^, 
Johii^), daughter of Francis [333] and Malinda (Fern) Choate, was born Aug. 
7, 1846, in Boston, Mass. She married Gcon^c Cook. They resided in 
Worcester, Mass. Mrs. Cook died Feb. 13, 1865. 


Fkancis W., b. Feb. 12, 1865. 


John William' Choate (Johtfi, Ebenczer^, Nehemial^, RoberP, Jolin^, 
Johii^), son of John [333] and Betsey (Walton) Choate, was born March 18, 
1834, in Lynn, Mass. He married, Dec. 28, i?,^?,, Jane Stockman, daughter 
of Henry and Grace (Angell) Stockman. She was born in 1832 in Devonshire, 
England. They resided in Lynn,' Mass. Mr. Choate died June 27, 1862. 


Caroline S., [1290] b. Oct. 28, 1859; m. Sept. 20, 1874, Wilbur B. Eastman : d. Feb. 12, 1879. 


Mr. Choate was a member of Company A, Twenty-second Massachusetts Volun- 
teers, and served under McClellan in the Army of the Potomac. He was killed in the 
advance on Richmond, in the Battle of GaincsMills. 

Mary Ann- Choate {Al,/cif\ Ebenezer'-', Nehcmiah^, Robt-rfi, John", 
John^), daughter of .^Iden [335] and Irene (Lee) Choate, was born Dec. 29, 
1852, in Lynn, Mass. She married, June 18, 1S73, William F. GoldsmHh, son 
of Edward and Lydia (Estes) Goldsmith. He was born July 14, 1849, in 
Lynn, Mass., where they resided. There were no children. 


.Mr. Goldsmith is of Quaker parentage. His mother belonged to the early 
Colonial Estes family. All his life has been passed in Lynn, the place of his birth. 
Trained to business pursuits, he went into trade as a dealer in carpets. He has always 
enjoyed the confidence of the community, and has earned for himself a high character 
for business integrity. Without having any active part in practical politics, he has 
been called to the service of his city as a member of its Board of Aldermen. With 
his wife, Mrs. Mary A. (Choate) Goldsmith, he has been the stay of a bright and 
cheerful home for her aged parents in the declining years of their lives. 


Clara Ellen" Choate {Leandcr^, Ebenezer^, Nehemiah^, Robert^, John^, 
John^), daughter of Leander [336] and Harriet W. (Snow) Choate, was born 
Sept. 10, 1847, in Bridgton, Me. She married, June 25, 1872, Marshall Ingalts, 
son of Ebenezer and Irene (Gray) Ingalls. He was born Dec. 28, 1847, '" 
Bridgton, Me. They resided for nine years in Chicago, 111., and subsequently 
in St. Paul, Minn. There were no children. 




IMrs. was the last of the Clioale f.wnih^ tn nrciipy the ancient hmiiestead 
of her graiKh'atlur, i:i>ene/.T t.'linate [140]. aii.l mi li'ei iviii.A.d fmni it llie |i],i. .■ pa-.d 


into Other hands, and subsequently the house was burned ; but the trees remain,5holding 
their graceful branches up against the sky, and are still objects of great interest to the 
few survivors of the family. Vid- P- 150- 



Ancestral Trees. 
The •' Ancestral Trees " are four elms that were planted by the four oldest children 
of Ebenezer and Elizabeth Choate, Lois, Elizabeth, Ebenezer and Nehemiah, on 
the homestead at Bridgton, in the early years of this century. They are shown here 
as they were seen from the house. They are not in a line, for they were planted in 
pairs on opposite sides of a log fence which at that time separated the enclosure of the 
buildings from the fields and pastures of the farm. The house and the barns stood 
several rods apart, and tlie path between them, worn by the feet of three generations, 
during seventy-five years, was shaded by tliese elms. 

'i-S-«>--B>-^i-(-0-C>--<>-^i-->-^^C^--V^-«-^X.^ . 


Siliniiel Waldo^ Choate {Samuel^, Samuel^, Samud\ Samiu-/'\ Samiie/-, 
Johii^), son of Samuel [3:ic>] and Rebecca (Mansfield) Choate, was born Aug! 
22, 1819, in Lynn, Mass. He married. May i, 1843, Isabel Stover. She was 
born in Maine. 'Lhey resided in Lynn, Mass. Mr. Choate died in 1846. 


WiLLIA.M M., [1291] lj. June 10, 1S45; m. Sept. 27, 1S65, Caroline E. Rittal ; d. Feb. 22, 18S5. 



Sarah Maria" Choate {William liifts'', Samuel'^, Sam/tcl\ Samuel'^, 
Samiter-,John^), daughter of William Tufts [sio] and Sarah White (Lovering) 
Choate, married, Dec. 22, 1854, ?f V/Z/V?/// D. Strait, 11. They resided in Newton 
Highlands, Mass. Mr. Stratton died Oct. 21, 1892. There were no children. 



Martha Parker'' CllOate ( Charles'^, Samuel^, Samuel'^, SamiieP, Samuel^, 
John^), daughter of Charles [.34i] and Martha (Parker) Choate, was born May 
12, 1833, in Woburn, Mass. She married, Aug 9, 1855, Osgood Jotnison,i.o\i of 
Osgood and Lucretia (Bly) Johnson. He was born July 31, 1831, in Andover, 
Mass. They resided in Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Johnson died .^pril 13, 1857. 

Helen Osgood; m. Dec 


1S93, hanc Spra:;ue, Jr. 


Mr. Johnson graduated from Dartmouth College in the class of 1852 ; was princi- 
pal of the Woburn Academy, and master of the High Scliool in Worcester in 1S52 and 
1853 ; studied theology in Andover Seminary in 1854 and 1855, and became principal of 
the High School in Cambridge, Aug., 1855, where he continued until his lamented 
death. His father graduated from Dartmouth College in 1828, and was principal of 
Phillips Academy at the time of his death, in 1837. His sister, Lucretia O. Johnson, 
married, Jan. i, 1863, Rev. Wm. B. Wright, D. D., who graduated from Dartmouth 
College, in 1857, and was for many years a popular preacher and a successful pastor of 
the Berkeley Street Church, in Boston. .Mass. 



Gardner Thomas" Choate ( U'iUiavi^, Wil/iafu-', Stephen*, Stepheifl, 
Siii)n/i/-,JoIni^), son of Rev. William [353] and Ruth (Cook) Choate, was born 
Sept. 19, 1806, in Blenheim, N. Y. He married, Nov. 17, 1831, Sc/iihfa Goodrich, 
daughter of James and Susan (Howard) Goodrich. She was born July 11, 
1812, in Gilboa, N. Y. They resided in Roxbury and in Jefferson, N. Y. Mrs. 
Choate died Nov. 23, 1881, in South Gilboa, N. Y. 


Emily Durinda, [i292]b. May 5, 1834; m. May 25, 1853, Edward Grant ; d. Dec. 26, 1S67. 

Cordelia Melissa, [1293] b. June 10, 1836; m. Aug. 26, 1861, lli>am Howard. 

.\LiMiNA Selinda, [1294] h. Dec. 25, 1847; m. Jan. 7, 1867, yo/iii S. Mahan : d. Jan. 29, 1S72. 


Darius'' Choate {WiKam'", William'\ Stephen'^, Stephen'-^, Samiu'/-,/oh/i^), 
son of Re\-. William [3.53] and Ruth (Cook) Choate, was born May 20, 1823, in 
Blenheim, N. Y. He married Phebe Brewster, daughter of Iram and Betsey 
(More) Brewster. She was born 1826, in South Gilboa, N. Y., where they 
resided. Mr. ('hoate died Jan. 5, 1856, in Newton\ille, N. Y. 

Emma, [1295] b. 1S56; m. 18S2, James //. Yerl;ei. 


Lui'a Mersjivia' I'lioale ( Cyrus!'', Stephen^, Stephen'^, Stephen-^ Samuel-, 
John^), daughter of Cyrus [358] and Mary (C-hapin) Choate, was born Aug. 21, 
1825, in Wardsboro', Vt. She married, Jan. 25, 1842, Silas Daniels Richardson, 
M. D., son of Orlo and Nancy (Wild) Richardson. He was born Dec. 10, 
1816, in Chesterfield, N. H. They resided in Orland, Ind. ; Centreville ami 
Three Rivers, Mich. ; Davenport, Long Grove, Iowa; and at No. 143 Oakwood 
Boulevard, Chicago, 111. 


Orlo Wright, b. Jan. 5, 1844; m. .'Vug. 27, 1868, Catliarine A. Tiffany. 

Marie Louise, b. June 27, 1S47; m. Dec. 25, 1867, Adoniram J. .Montague. 

Frances Arleite, b. Sept. 23, 1850. 

Mary Choate, b. Sept. 6, 1853; m. Aug. 27, 1874, Charles F. Gates. 

Edwin Chaitn, b. Dec. 19, 1855. 

John Milton, b. May 31, 1859. He died in childhood, Oct. 8, 1861. 

Lcka Bell, b. April 18, 1863; m. Dec. 27, 18S3. 


Dr. Richardson', when resident of Long Grove. Iowa, was postmaster, railroad 
station agent, and a merchant. 


Mary I'liarlolte" t'hoate {Cym^, Stephen^, Stephen*, Stephen^, Samuel'^, 
yb////' ), daughter of Cyrus [358] and Mary (Chapin) Choate, was born Aug. 15, 
1827, in North Wardsboro', ^'t. She married, in 1849, ^Israel V. Williams. 
Mr. Williams died April, 1850. Mrs. Williams married, Dec. 29, 1852, -Prof. 
John Bennett, M. D., son of David and Rebecca (Norris) Bennett. He was 
born March 24, 1830, in Pultney, N. Y. They resided in Centreville, Mich., 
and removed, March, 1867, to No. 126 Kennard Street, Cleveland, Ohio. 



Clara E., b. Dec. 4, 1849. 

Jennie A., b. Sept. 24, 1853; m. Sept. 19, 1878, John F. Taylor. 
Fredkika Adeli'HA, b. Oct. 30, 1855. She died in infancy, Nov. i, 1856. 
Frederick Adeli'HOS, b. Nov. 20, 1857. He died in childliood, Jan. 20, i860. 
Freddie, b. April 20, i860. He died in infancy, May 20, 1861. 
Hattie Clarke, b. Dec. 27, 1862. She died in childhood, Aug. 2, 1867. 
Ellen Rehecca, b. Oct. 22, 1865. 
Maky Choate, b. 



Sarah Orrilla" CllOate {Cyms^, Stephen-', Stephen'^, Stcphcifl, Samuel-, 
John'^), daughter of Cyrus [••tos] and Mary (Chapin) Choate, was born Sept. 1, 
1833, in Wardsboro', Vt. She married, Sept, 20, 1861, Eihoin L. Parker, son 
of Matthew and Ismena Parker. He was born Jan. 3, 1841, in Hillsboro', 
N. H. They resided in Orland, Ind. 

THE ONLY child WAS: 

Edward C, b. May 15, 1S64. 



Elliot Newton" Choate (^Stephen Newton^', Stephen-', Stephcn\ Stephen'-^ 
Samuel'^, Johti^), son of Stephen Newton [3«i] and Sylvia D. (Underwood) 
Choate, was born Dec. 5, 1834, in Wardsboro', Vt. He married, April 12, i860, 
'J/<?/;v -£■. jP/z/fcv-, daughter of James and Lucy (Jones) Puffer. She was born 
April 25, 1835, in Fitchburg, Mass , where they resided. Mrs. Mary E. Choate 
died July 31, 1871. Mr. Choate married, Feb. 20, 1873, ''Ellen A. Smith, 
daughter of Reuben and Charlotte (Hall) Smith. 


Irving Newton, [1296] b. Feb. 22, 1S61; m. Aug. 2, 1881, Ai;n£s M. Ho-vland. 
Melville Elliol, [1297] li. May 18, 1868; m. Oct. 24, 1895, •''«'"' FH'" Sanford. 

Mr. Choate, at the age of twenty years, went, Aug. 14, 1854, to Worcester, and 
Oct. 4 of the same year to Fitchburg, Mass. He entered the store of Mr. Charles Ide, 
grocer, as a clerk, and remained in his employment for five years. In 1859 he engaged 
in the grocery business for himself in the same town. A short time later his brother 
was taken into partnership, and they did business under the firm name of E. N. & H. M. 
Choate until May, 18S2, when the business was disposed of on account of the ill health 
of H. M. Choate. 

Mr. Choate joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in Fitchburg in 1855. He has 
been a member of the official board of the church for over thirty years. At one time 
he was the Superintendent of the Sunday school. 

He was an assessor of the town in 1871 and 1872, and of the city from 1883 to 
1889. He has been a trustee of the Worcester North Savings Institution since its 
incorporation in i868, and a member of the investment committee for the last six years, 
also for several years a director of the Fitchburg Co-operative Bank. He was a member 
of the Board of Health for three years, 1893-95, and Water Commissioner of the city 
from 1895 to the present date, has been a trustee and clerk of the Burbank Hospital 
since its incorporation in 1892, and also for the last five years a trustee of the Sterhng 
Camp Ground Association. Vid. Fitchburg, Mass., Past aitd Present, p. 297. 




Henry Madison'' Clioate {Stephen Newton^', SU-phcn^, Stephen^, Slcphcifl, 
Saiiuir/'', Jo/in^), son of Stephen Newton [«<">i] and Sylvia D. (Underwood) 
Choate, was born Nov. 17, 1836, in Jamaica, Vt. He married, Feb. 21, 1863, 
/ntnic 'Jhompson Burgess, daughter of Jonathan and Emily A. (Howe) Burgess. 
She was born Feb. 2, 1843, in Ashburnham, Mass. '1 hey resided in Fitchburg, 
Mass. Mr. Choate died May 13, 1890. 

IIIK riin.DKEN WliKE: 

Mauki. Bl'kckss, [i2g8J li. Aug. 25, 1867; 111. Feb. 23, 1S9J, Frank Comslock Hoyt. 
IIakkv .SiKri I kn, [1299] b. April 22, 1S72. 
I'UKi) Rri'us, [1300] b. Nov. y, 1879. 

I\Iu. CiioATi: spent Ills early life on .1 lanii. In the spring of 185S, he went to 
ISaltiniorc, iMd., where for a year and a half he was employed as .salesman in a whole- 
sale bakery. In .September of 1859, he went to Fitchburg, Mass., and engaged in the 
grocery business with his brother, Mr. Elliot N. Choate. .'Vfter a business career of 
more thiin twenty vears. in 1882. his health compelled him to retire from its activities 
and cares. 

.Mr. Choate servetl in the Common Council two years, 1881-82, and as alderman in 
1886 and 1887. He was a Director for .several years in the Fitchburg Co-operative 
Hank. ^b■. Choate was a man of the strictest integrity, and much respected by all who 
knew him. Ah's. Choate survived him and resides at No. 61 Day Street, Fitchburg, 
Mass. \'id. Fitc/iliiirj;, Mass., I'asl and Present, p. 41. 

i..\i i{.\ i'ii>i:m.\ < iio.vtk. 


Laura Fidelia" Clioate {Isaiah Mattcrsoifi, Stephen^, Stephen'^ Stephen^, 
Samuel-, Jt'hii^) daughter of Isaiah Matterson [302] and Minerva (Hell) C'hoate, 
was born .Aug. 19, 1847, in Wooster, Ohio. She married, March 2.9, 1873, 
Rev. John C. A/eReymMs, son of S. D. and Eliza E. (Craig) McReynolds. He 
was born May 31, 1846, in Cynthiana, Ind. They resided at Howard Lake, 
Minn. Mrs. McReynolds died Oct. 2, 1878. Rev. Mr. McReynolds now, 1896, 
resides in Danville, Va. 

I 111; CIlll.DKEN weke: 
Paul, \i. Kcb. 10, 1874. Scorr Oni'.Ki.iN, b. March 8, 1S76. 



Clarinda Josephine" Choate {/saiah Afatterson^', Stephen^, Stephen', 
Stephen'^, Samuel'', Jc>hn^), daughter of Isaiah Matterson [soa] and Minerva 
(Hell) Choate, was born August 4, 1849, in Wooster, Ohio. She married, March 
29, 1873, Charles P. Gregor)', son of G. W. and Harriet (Phelps) (Iregory. He 
was born June 24, 1849, in Racine, Wis. 'Jhey resided in Forest, Wis. Mrs. 
Oregory died Dec. 20, 1878. 

rilE ClIll.llKEN WERE: 

IIattie Eva Laila, b. I-eb. 22, 1875; m. June 16, 1892, flomer A. Tryon. 
Lawrence AucubTUS, b. Sept. 29, 1876. 




Eheiiezer Lawrence' Clioate {Isaiah Mattersoifi, Stephen-', Stephen*, 
S/epheif\ Saiiii/el-, Johii^), son of Isaiah Matterson [363] and Minerva (Bell) 
Choate, was born June 30, 1S51, in Wooster, Ohio. He married, Oct. 25, 1883, 
Annie E. Edwards, daughter of A. L. and M. T. L, (Hoyt) Edwards. She 
was born Sept. 18, i860, in Sioux Cit\', Iowa. They resided in Huron, S. D. 
Mr. Choate died Sept. 2, 188S. 


Marj''' Choate {Adoniranfi , Ephrainfi,Josiah^, Thomas'^, Thomas^, John'^), 
daughter of Adoniram [acs] and Hannah (Steele) Choate, was born April 11, 
1800, in Gloucester, Mass. She married yi/wt'-f H. Kendall, son of Asaph Ken- 
dall. He was born Jan. 23, 1S03, in Haverhill, Mass. They resided on Milton 
Street. Beverly, Mass. Mr. Kendall died .■\pril 28, 1877. Mrs. Kendall died 
Jan. 25, 1892. 


James II., b. March 6, 1829; m. Nov. 26, i.Sfio, Martha Picketl. 


Mrs. Kendall survived her sister, Mrs. Caldwell, only ten days. She had almost 
reached her ninety-second birthday. The local paper .speaks of her as follows : — 

" She was bright and active, pleasant in conversation, and her dejoarture will be a 
great sorrow to the son, who was devoted and kind to the good mother whom he so 
dearly cherished. Few women have lived in our midst with more e.xcellent traits of 
character than she possessed. Through her long life her whole thought has been to 
aid and counsel those in trouble or distress ; in sickness she was always ready to do her 
part in making the patients' burdens lighter. Hers was a truly Christian life, wliich 
spoke in deeds as well as words. She never grew old, so that very many hearts are sad 
that no more on earth can they hold sweet converse with her. She was devoted to her 
church, the First Parish, where she always e.xerted an influence for good." 

Vid. Beverly Paper. 'Jan. 27, 1892. 

Mrs. Martha (Pickett) Kendall died Sept. 21. 18S6. Her husband, Mr. James H. 
Kendall, resides on Milton Street. Beverly. Mass. 



Lucy Low" Choate {Adoniram^', Ephrainfi, Josiah'', Thomas'-'', 77wwas~, 
John^), daughter of Adoniram [so.'.] and Hannah (Steele) Choate, was born 
in Gloucester, Mass. She married Ehenezer Haskell, son of Stephen and 
Hannah Haskell. He was born in Gloucester, Mass., where they resided. 
Mr. Haskell died. Mrs. Haskell died. 


ErilRAIJI, b.; vis. in East Boston, Mass. Al.BEKr, m. Lufkin ; A. 


Ellielilie' Choate {Ailo/iiranfi, Ephrainf^, Josiah*, Thomas-'', Thomas-, 
John^), daughter of Adoniram [365] and Hannah (Steele) Choate, was born 
Feb. 25, 1803, in Gloucester, Mass. She married David H. Caldzcell, son of 


David and Eunice Caldwell. He was Ijorn Oct. 9, 1804, in Ipswich, Mass. 
They resided in Danvers, Mass. Mr. Caldwell died Jan. iS, 1868. Mrs. 
Caldwell died Jan. 15, 1892, in Beverly, Mass. 


Kmeline, b. Sept. 28, 1827; m. J. S. EveUtli : d. July 21, 1872. 

David, b. Dec. 4, i82(_). He died in boyhood, July 9, 183S. 

Lucy M.-vkv, b. Jan. 30, 1832. She died in childhood, Jan. 11, 1835. 



Josiilir Clioate {.-I i/iwim ///'', F.plinunfi, Josiah'^, Thomas^, 7'komas-, 
folui^), son of Adoniram [scs] and Hannah (Steele) Choate, was born in 
Gloucester, .Mass. He married Mary Jeffs, daughter of Mitchell Jeffs. She was 
born in Cloucester, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate was lost at sea. 

Makv, [1301] b. I.VDIA, [1302] b. 

Mrs. Choate married, in 1844, -Henry Buxton. He was born June 26, 1803, and 
married, Oct., 1S27, 'Deborah Saltmarsh. daughter of Seth and Ruth (Andrews) Salt- 
marsh. Mr. l!u.\ton died Oct. 17, 185S. 



Jeruslia" ('hOil(e (^Adoniranfi, Ephraim^, Josiah*, Thomas'^, Thomas-, 
/iilin^), dauiihter of .Adoniram [3«a] and Hannah (Steele) Choate, was born in 
(Gloucester, Mass. She married Ezra Haskell, son of .Abram and Betsey 
Haskell. He was born in Gloucester, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Haskell 
died. Mrs. Haskell died. 


Betsey, m. Joseph Lufkin ; d. .-Xhkam, m. Sarah Burroughs. 

LeCY MarV, m. Ehenezcr Currier : d. 


Mk. Haskell's sun resided in East Boston. Mass. There were two grand- 
daughtcrs married and settled in Gloucester. .Mass. 



Sarah" Choate {Josialfi, Ephraim^, Josiah^, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, Johri^), 
daughter of Josiah [36~] and Sarah (Hutchinson) Choate, was born Oct. 9, 
1804, in Salem, Mass. She married, June, 1834, Samuel Chase, son of 
Benjamin and Elizabeth (Beckford) Chase. He was born Oct. i, 1802, in 
Beverly, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Chase died Sept. 24, 1879. Mrs. 
Chase died May 16, 1874. There were no children. 

the ciioate8 in america. 269 

SAIjLY choatk. 

Sally~ Choafe ( Willianfi, Ephrainv\ Josiah*, 'J'hotnas^, Thomas^, Johii'^), 
daughter of \Villiam [sgs] and Sally S. (Marshall) Choate, was born June 15, 
1803, in Rockport, Mass. She married, Jan. 19, 1824, Grorgc Jackson U'e/is/rr, 
son of Joshua and Esther (Poole) Webster. He was born June 29, 1796, in 
Rockport, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Webster died May 2, 1843. Mrs. 
Webster died Jan. 6, 1892. 


George Jackson, b. Oct. 17, 1S24. He died in cliildhood, Oct. 14, 1S26. 

Mary Chuate, 1). Sept. 26, 1826. She died in early life, Sept. 9, 1848. 

Sally Cho.\te, b. June 7, 1828. She died in early life, May 6, 1845. 

Esther, b. April 6, 1S30. She died in early life, .\ug. 31, 1849. 

William Choate, b. Feb. 12, 1832; m. June, i8s8, Atinie Green. 

GEORfsE, b. Nov. 2, 1833. He died in boyhood, Oct. 7, 1843. 

Jane Blatchforii, b. May 13, 1835; ™' J^"- 3°> i^53> P>'ederic F. Larw. 

Louisa Gale, b. June 17, 1838; m. Dec. 16, 1858, Juvenal Ornellas. 

Davii) Choate, b. Nov. 6, 1839; m. Aug. 28, 1866, Mary E. Sinclair : d. May 27, 1S79. 

.Mr. Or.nkllas was a native of .Madura. Inilia. He was a soldier in the Union Army, 
and died Jan. 3. 1863. 

Beujainin" Choate (U'l/lianfi, Ephraiiii'\ Josinh^, Tho]nas-\ Thomas'-, 
Jokn^), son of William [sr.s] and Sally S. (Marshall) Choate, was born July 
17, 1807, in Rock])ort, Mass. He married, Jan. 3, 1833. Rlunla Clark, daughter 
of Moses P. and Rhoda (Tarr) Clark. She was born in Rock]iort, Mass., where 
they resided. Mr. Choate died Oct. 22, 1857. Mrs. Choate died Jan. 2, 1892, 

in Petaluma, Cal. 

' the only chii.ii was: 

KiUiiiA Clark, [1303] b. Feb., 183S; m. Nelson IViswell. 

JOHN stp:klk choatk. 

John Steele' Choate {WilUaJif', Epliraim-', Josiah'^, Thomas'^, Thomas", 
Johii^), son of William [•■ios] and Sally S. (Marshall) Choate, was born Jan. 10, 

1810, in Rockport, Mass. He married, Dec. 25, 1833, Lie/a Tarr, daughter 
of Charles and Nancy (Lane) Tarr. She was born Sept. 9, 18 14, in Rockport, 
Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate died April 3, 1889. Mrs. Choate died 
Jan., i8qc. 

•^ ' ^^ the children WERE: 

John Newton, [1304] b. Nov. 9, 1834; m. Nov. 8, 1857, Marllia Woodbury Ilaskins. 

ELIZABErH Ann, [1305] b. Nov. 21, 1837; m. May, 1859, Amos Ro~,oe. 

George Edwin, [1306J b. Nov. 12, 1850. He died in early life, July 22, 1868. 


Prentiss'' Choate ( William^; Ephraim'=', Josiah^, Thomas^, Thomas'^, 
Jolin^), son of William [ses] and Sally S. (Marshall) Choate, was born April 4, 

181 1, in Rockport, Mass. He married, Oct. 23, 1834, Lyi/ia Haskell, daughter 
of Thomas and Betsey (Stanwood) Haskell. She was born May 6, 1817, in 
Gloucester, Mass. They resided in Rockport, Mass. Mr. Choate died March 
4, 1874, in Belmont, Mass. Mrs. Choate died May, 1894. 



Lydia, [1307] b. June 28, 1837; m. Dec. 24, 1863, John Cram Tlill. 

Prk.ntiss EiiwiN, [1308] li. Sept. 12, 1839. He died in early life, Oct. 17, 1863. 


Mr. Ciidatk was a master nu-clianic. Ik- died while on a \isit to his (laii<;hter. 
Mrs. Hill, in Belmont, Mass. Mrs. Choate. alter her husband's death, resided on lli:;h 
Street, Medford. Mass. 


Caleb S<rOII}j;'^ Choate {\\'illia»fi, Ephraiiifi,J<mah'^, Thomas^ 77ioiitas~, 
Johu^), son of William [:!«*<] and Sally S, (Marshall) Choate, was born Dec. 8, 
1812, in Rockport, Mass. Me married, March 4, 1848, Alary Coas, daugltter 
of WilliaiTi and Polly (Knights) Coas. She was born Aug. 6, 1820, in Kockport, 
Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate died Dec. 8, 1894. 


JosKI'll StroNc;, [1309] !'• J"'y 3. ■''^4^; m. A/argarel McClough. 

Frank, [1310] h. Nov. 6, 1S50; m. Nov., 1884, flora Phillips. 

Ann'ik Laiira, [1310a] b. Sept. 29, 1861. She died in early life, Feb. 21, 18S6. 


Mks. I'oi.l.v Coas was a daughter of William and Hannah Knights, of Rockport, 
.Mass. She died a widow. May 11. i<S89. aged ninety years, nine months, and twenty- 
three days. 

I'aill" Choale ( \\'Ulmiif\ F.phraiin-\ Josiah\ Tlwmai\ Thomas-, John^), 
son of William [snsj and Sally S. (Marshall) Choate, was born Oct. 8, 1814, in 
Rockport, Mass. He married, March 27, 1852, Mary Call, daughter of Samuel 
and Marv (White) Call. She was born April 23, 1827, in Richmond, Me. 
'Ihcy resided in Rockport, Mass. Mr. Choate died April 8, 1881. 

Mary, b. [1311J b. Feb. 17, 1853. 

Ck.orc.e Wh.i.ia.m, [1312] b. ,\pril 19, 1858; m. Jan. 15, 1885, Annie J\ Aorivooi/. 
Freueuick, [1313] b. Dec. 9, 1859. 


Apollos' Choate ( // 'illiam^\ Ephraivv',Josiah^, Thomas^, Thomas"-, John^), 
son of William [:'"*<] •^'''tl Sally S. (Marshall) Choate, was born Feb. 2, 1816, in 
Rockport, Mass. He married, Feb. 24, 1842, Rhoda Tan; daughter of Henry 
and i:sther (I'arsons) 'I'arr. She was born in Rockport, Mass., where they 
resided. Mr. Choate died May 3, 1868. There were no children. 


Alfred Biifhaiiair Choate {William^, Rphraim'\ Josiah\ Thomas^, 
Thomas^, John^). son of William [sos] and Sally S. (Marshall) Choate, was born 
luly 4, 1817. in Rockport, Mass. He married, July 20, 1843, Eliza IV. Pool, 
"daiighter of Zebulon and Betsey (Woodbury) Pool. She was born March, 
1824, in Rockport, Mass., where they resided. Mr. Choate died May 27, 1895. 
Mrs. Choate died Feb. 16, 1887. 



WH.LIA.M, [1314] b. 1853. He died Aug. 20, 18S6. 


Mr. Cho.atk died quite suddenly, and in making the announcement a local paper 
adds : " For some years he has been in feeble health, but Saturday evening found him 
at his usual place at the Co\e. In common with the rest of the family, he was a house 
carpenter, and a good workman, doing some very nice work throughout Essex County. 
One brother. David, is the last of a family of fourteen." 

I'uf. Cape Ann Bit-t-ze, May 28, 1895. 



David Leonard" CllOate ( IVilUanfi, Ephraim^,Josiah'^, Thomas\ Thomas-, 
John^), son of William [3<is] and Sally S. (Marshall) Choate, was born Dec. 13, 
1821, in Rockport, Mass. He married, Dec. 26, 1852, Emily Babson, daughter 
of Horatio and Mary liabson. She was born Feb. 8, 1833, in Rockport, Mass., 
where they resided. Mr. Choate died March 18, 1859 


David Edcak, [1315] b. July 24, 1S59;, m. Louise Afalanlor ; res Rockport, Mass. 


Jacob" CllOale {Tliomas^', Jacoh^, Thomas*, Thomas'-^, Thomas-, John^), 
son of Thomas [srsj and Anna (McCarter) Choate, was born Aug. 11, 1810, 
in Glanford, Ontario, Canada. He married, Feb. 5, 1835, Maria Jane Bunnell, 
daughter of Enos and Sarah (Weir) Hunnell. She was born Aug. 22, iSog, in 
Urant County, Ontario They resided at " Beechwood Farm," near IngersoU, 
Ontario. Mr. Choate died .April 15, 1877. Mrs. Choate died Oct. 16, 1876. 


Emeline F., [1316] b. Oct. 23, 1S41. She died in early life, Apiil 24, 1S69. 

Euwakd, [1317] h. Dec. 25, 1842. lie died in infancy, Jan. 30, 1843. 

Ann Elizabcth, [1318] b. 1S43. 

Henky, [1319] b. .Sept. 17, 1S45; ™- ^"o^- 3> 1^75' -^nne habelln Griffil/is. 

.Sakah .Vuglista, [1320] 1). Dec. 13, 1S47. 

Maria Jane. [1321J b. Feb. 10, 1^49; m. .Sep'. 5, 1S76, A/arivooii A. Gill>erl ; d. .'\pril 21, 1SS4. 

Clara, [1322J b. April 19, 1851. 

Helen, [1323] b. April 21, 1S53. 

Alexander Bunnell, [1324] b. p"cb. 20, 1S54; m. June 5, 1SS9, Anna Elizabeth Thompson. 


Elizabeth" Choate {Thomas^, Jacob^, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, 7homas-,John^). 
daughter of Thomas [sis] and Anna (McCarter) Choate, w'as born May 3, 1812, 
in Glanford, Ontario. She married, Jan. 3, 1833, Jacob Icriyberry, son of 
Christopher and Mary Ann (Young) Terryberry. He was born July 11, 1812, 
near Jersey City, N. J. They resided in Glanford, Ontario. Mrs. Terryberry 
died Aug. ii, 1876. 

the children W'EKE: 

Louisa Ann, b. Oct. 4, 1S33; m. May 28, 1857, William A/ariyn : d. .April 4, 1869. 
Frances, b. Dec. 18, 1835; ni. Jan., 1859, Henry Almas ; d. Feb. 25, 1878. 
LoRE'lTA, b. Feb. 4, 1838; m. Dec. 15, 1857, Norris Humphrey. 


EleNi-)RA Antoinette, b. Jan. 26, 1840; m. Dec. 15, 1859, Brnilhwaite Leemin:;. 
Henrietta, b. Veh. 18, 1842. She died in infancy, May 24, 1842. 
VVliXTAM Thomas, b. April 18, 1843; m. Jan. 20, 1869, Atiiiie Martyit. 
Jacob Kekn, b. (Jet. 15, 1845. He died in childhood. Nov. 7, 1848. 
Charles, !>. Apiil 17. 1848; m. Jan. 19, 1878, Agnes Burns. 
Robert S.Mrm, b. Aug. i, 1S50; m. \lay 28, 1870, Margaret Saunders. 
Elizabeth, b. IJjc 31, 1852; m. Dec. 24, 1877, Hiram Frazer. 
Christopher, b. June iS, 1855; ni. Oct. 25, 18S1, Agnes Eiubank ; d. 1883. 


Nathan' Choate {Thnmas^, Jacolfi, Thomas'^, Thomas^, Thomas-, Johii^), 
son of Thomas [s^s] and .Anna (McCarter) Choate, was born Feb. 23, 1814, 
in North Glanford, Ontario. He married, Sept. 22, 1837, Etta Curtis, daughter 
of David and Sarah (Olds) Curtis. She was born Oct. 19, 1814, in West 
Oxford, Ontario, where they resided. Mrs. Choate died Jan. 5, 1875. 


David, [1325] b. Nov. iS, 1838; ni. March 31, 1864, Annie Eliza Bo.\. 

'I'lioMAs, [1326] b. Sept. 13, 1840; m. March 30, 1870, Anna Maria Dygart. 

Anna, [1327] b. Keb 8, 1844; m. Oct. 28, 1S73, Ifarman DelVilt Li tile : d. Sept. 26, 18S5. 

.lOIIN >!<•( MtTKi: ( IIO.VTK. 

John McCarter' Choate {Thomas^, Jacob-', Thomas^, Thomas''', 7'homas-, 
John''), son of 'I'homas [S7r,] and Anna (McCarter) Choate, was born April 9, 
1816, in North Clanford, Ontario. He married, Nov. 20, 1844, Hekn Pi-iley, 
daughter of Charles S. and Klsie (McCall) Perley. She was born Dec. 4, 1822, 
in Vittoria, Ontario. They resided in Burford, Ontario. Mrs. Choate died 
May 18, 1888, at Brookfield' Farm, Ontario. 


John Fked, [1328] b. Jan. 27, 1851; m. Oct. 8, 1879, Georgiana Skinner. 
Thomas Allan, [1329] b. April 7, 1854. He died in boyhood, March, 1859. 
Charles A., [1330] b. Oct. 6, i860; m. March 21, 1888, Annie Rroell. 


Al)i£;ail' Choate {Thomas^, Jacob^, Thomas^, Thomas'^, Thomas-, John^), 
daughter of Thomas [375] and Anna (McCarter) Choate, was born Feb. 27, 
18 18, in Glanford, Ontario. .She married, in 1839, /Mw Clark. He was born 
in 1 817. They resided in Canada, and in the Southern States, and died in 
Greensboro', N. C. Mr. Clark died Oct. 22, 1872. Mrs. Clark died in 1879. 
There were no children. 


Thomas" Choate (57'''Wj'',/<i''^^\ Thomas'', Thomas'-^, Thomas-, John^), 
son of Thomas [sts] and .\nna (.McCarter) Choate, was born Feb. 24, 1821, 
in Glanford, Ontario. He married, in 1841, Eleanor A. Graham, daughter of 
Andrew and Elizabeth (Terryberry) Graham. She was born Aug. 15, 1825, 
in Palmyra, N. Y. They resided' in North Glanford, Ontario. Mr. Choate 
died Aug. 20, 1889. Mrs. Choate died Aug. 4, 1876. 


Eliza A., [1331] b. April 12, 1843; m. F. N. Young. 
Ei.iilN S„ [1332] li. Feb. 19, 1S49; m. Jane French. 
Asa, [1333] b. July 16, 1S59; m. June 24, iSSl, Araria Trainer. 

Mr. Chdate was a man of retiring dispositidn. Init of many excellent qualities, 
and greatly respected. His early educational privileges were limited, but his love of 
knowledge, his perseverance in acquiring it, his rare reasoning powers, gave him a 
jMactical education far superior to the average man. His integrity and knoAvn Christian 
character gave him the confidence of all who knew him. In municipal matters he was 
much consulted. For forty-two years he was the Clerk of the township, and for forty 
years its honored Treasurer. He was sometimes called the father of the township of 


Joseph Birney" (Jhoate ( Thoinas^\ Jacob'-', Thomas'', Thomas'^, Thomas''-, 
Jolin^), son of Thomas [.-nr.] and Anna (McCarter) Choate, was horn March 
12, 1823, in Glanford, Ontario. He married, Sept. 15, 1846, Elizabeth Maficc, 
daughter of Solomon and Jane (Stewart) Matice. She was born in t82s, in 
York, Ontario. They resided in Glanford, Oxford, and Hamilton, Ontario. 
Mr. Choate died April 14, 1881. 


Ann Jane, [1334] b. Aug. 15, 1848; m. Sept. 5, iSfiy, IVjIliatn Sco(fin : ,1. Oct. 12, iS.Sr,. 

Ai>a E. A., [1335J b. April 28, 1851. 

Zaccheus J. J., [1336] b. Sept. 13, 1859; m. Kale Hnnler : res. East, ( intari". 


David Kern'' Choate {Thomas^>, Jacob^, Thomas'-, Thomas'^, Thomas-, 
Jolin^), son of Thomas [375] and Anna (McCarter) Choate, was born Dec. 2, 
1824, in Glanford, Ontario. He married, in 1846, Nancy King. They resided 
in Glanford, Ontario. Mr. Choate died Feb. 19, 1854. Mrs. Choate ip.arried 
Samuel Marshall. They reside in Hall's Corner, Ontario. 

the children WERE: 

Bertha, [1337] b. 1S47; ™- — 1\ Beemer. 
David, [1338] b. Jan., 1S54; nl. Kaiy French: d. 


Mr. Choate"s son, David Choate [1338]. left a family of three little girls. Nothing 
further could be learned of this family. 


Asa^ Choate {Thonias^\ Jacob'\ Tliomas"^, Thomas^, Thomas'^, Johii^), 
son of Thomas [37.'-.] and .Anna (McCarter) Choate, was born Jan. 22, 1827, in 
Glanford, Ontario. He married, Oct. 20, 1849, Almira Smitii, daughter of 
Noble and Elizabeth Smith. She was born June 14, 1827", in Munroe County, 
New York. They resided in Glanford, Ontario, and in March, 1871, removed 
to Spartansburgh, Pa. 



Washin(;ton Irving, [1339] b. May 22, 1861. 
RuFUs, [1340] 1). Feb. 24, 1S63; m. Nov. 12, 1882, Liuv Maire. 
Stei.i.a, [1341] b. Feb. 22, 1S65; m. Sept. 17, 1882, John Behi rotter. 
Asa BuNii, [1342] b. April 4, 1870. - 



M.ary Ann" Choale ( Tliomas^\ Jacob'', Thomas'^, 'J'homas'^, Thomas'-, 
_/()/;;;'), daughter of Thomas [375] and Anna (McCarter) Choate, was born Jan. 
2r, 1S29, in Glanford, Ontario. She married, Feb. 25, 1848, '^William Bell, son 
of Thomas and Mary (Robson) Bell. He was born June 4, 1823, in Northum- 
l)erland, England. They resided, from March 21, 1848, to Nov. 20, 1853, in 
Oneida, Ontario, then removed to Olanford, Ontario, where Mr. Bell died Dec. 
7, 1857. I'^ Nov., 1858, Mrs. Bell removed back to Oneida with her four 
children, where she married, March 12, 1862, -Oicen E. Cornell, son of Moses 
and Mary (Goodhue) Cornell. He was born May 26, 1820, in Ancaster, 
Ontario. They resided in Townscnd, Ontario. 


John II,, b. Sept. 16, 1849; m. F'eb. 25, 1875, ^Joanna Hurley; m. Nuv. 7, 1886, -Opha 

y oh It son. 
Maria Jane, b. Sept. 2, 185 1 ; m. Oct. 8, 1874, James Hunter Elliott. 
Thomas William, b. June 7, 1S53; m. May 10, 1889, Mary Jane Hall. 
Mary Ann, b. Nov. 13, 1857; ni. Dec. 21, '1881, John McKerlie. 

Joseph Lake, b. Nov. 28, 1862; m. April 20, 1887, Elizabeth Roberts. 

IIarvev Choate, b. March 30, 1867. 

Harriet Abigail, b. March 22, 1869; m. March 28, 1888, Cecil La Birch. 



ZaCClieUS Hnrnhaiir Choate {'J'homa/', Jacoh^, Thomas^ Thomas-\ 
Thomas^, John^), son of Thomas [■''75] and ."Xnna (McCarter) Choate, was born 
Aug. II, 1832, in Glanford, Ontario. He married, Oct. 24, 1855, Margate/ 
Bales, daughter of James and Susan (Smith) ]]ates. She was born July 27, 
1835, in Glanford, Ontario, where they resided for a time, and removed to 
Hamilton, Ontario. 

the children were: 

Rebecca Ann, [1343] b. Oct. 7, 1S56; ni. Jan. 12, i886, John B. Hunter. 
F'rederick, [1344J b. Oct. 17, 1858; m. May 15, 1886, Mamie E'rezteg. 
Edward, [1345] b. Nov. 8, i860; m. Jan. 19, 1887, Hannah McLennan. 
James Z.\ccheis, [1346] b. Sept. 12, 1863. 
Margaret .Vbigail, [1347] b. Jan. 11, 1866. 


Mr. Choate says : "Our family is an old one in the industry of America, and in 
looking back we find them filling places of prominence and trust. As pioneers they 
proved themselves to be a hardy and energetic race, and as citizens of any country, as 
far as my knowledge extends, their conduct has been such as to entail no expense for 
jails or State prisons." 

Mr. Choate was engaged in building roads for the Government, and invested large 


amounts of money in such enterprises, for whicli he was not rL-inilmrsed as promptly 
as was desirable. From the latest accounts he had removed from Hamilton, Ontario, 
to some place in British Columbia. 

The children are widely scattered. IVlrs. Hunter, the oldest daughter, resides in 
Fairmount, Fla., where Mr. Hunter was postmaster. He is by trade a bridge builder. 
Frederick Choate [1344] is also a bridge builder, and resides in Cameroon, Idaho. 
Edward Cho.ate [1345] resides in Vancouver, British Columljia, is one of the most bridge builders in the country. James Z. Choate [1346] is in the same business 
with his older brother in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tlie youngest daughter is with 
her parents. 


Maria Jane' Choate {Thomas'^, Jacoh^, Tluvinu'^, Thomas^, Thomas-, 
yM«'), daughter of Thomas [375] and Anna (McCarter) Choate, was born May 
3, 1835, in Glanford, Ontario. She married, in 1853, Thomas Shaw, son of 
Thomas and Abigail (Clark) Shaw. He was born in 1831, in Glanford, 
Ontario, where they resided for a number of years, antl then removed to Brant 
township, and in 1889 removed to British Columbia. 


Wll.MAM, m. 18S4, Mary pile. ALLAN, b. 

Emma, ni. iSSo, Algernon Palmer. Frederic, b. 

IIkadlev, m. 1888, Milihell. Edward, b. 

Pearson, li. 


William Shaw, the oldest son, and his lirother. Pearson .Shaw, were last reported 
as in Los Angeles, Cal. 

Mr. and Mrs. Palmer were reported as in British Columbia, and Headley Shaw as 
on Manitoudin Island, in Lake Huron, Ontario. 


Williaill" Choate {Jamc $'■'>, Jacob^, Thomas^, Thomas'^, Thomas-, John"^), 

son of James [srfi] and (McCleary) Choate, was born Dec. 16, 1807, 

near London, Ontario. He married • Swartz. She was born in Paris, 

Ontario. They removed about 1858 to Lansing, Mich. Mrs. Choate died. 
Mr. Choate married again. They resided in Lansing, Mich. Mr. Choate died 
in 1 86 1. 

THE children WERE: 

Henky, [1348J (1. 1852. Betsey, [1351] m. 

Nelson, [1349] d. Celia, [1352] \ , -p. 

Maria M., [1350] m. /)««(•(?« AWv;-/io«. Sarah, [1353] ( ' 


NalliaiL Choate (/aw«°, Jacob-', Thomas'^, Thomas''', Thomas'^, Joliii^), 

son of James [376] and (McCleary) Choate, was born Feb. 14, 1815, near 

London, Ontario. He married Caroline Gibbs, daughter of Oremill and 
Hannah (Vanhoose) Gibbs. She was born Aug. 7, 182 1, near Three Rivers, 
Ontario. They resided in Ingersoll, Dorchester, Ontario, and in Kiddville, 
Mich. Mr. Choate died June 7, 1875, in Smyrna, Mich. Mrs. Choate died 
July 13, 1859, in the same place. 



James Kdwin, [1354] b. lie clieil about live years of age. 

William David, [1355] b. April 26, 1840; d. April r, 1870. 

George Washing ion, [1356] b. lune 12, 1842; m. Oct. 14, 1865, Etla Garth Mitchell. 

Hannah M., [13571 ^- March 25, 1844; m. Feb. 17, 1859, ^Americ Joslyn; m. April 28, 1866 

"Or en PurJy. 
Ai.iiNzo Freeman, [1358] b. March 2, 1846; m. Dec. 30, 1866, Esther M. Baker. 
.Sarah Elizabeth, [1359] b. March 26, 1848; 111. May ^, 1871, Paul P. Magher. 

(Caroline KrrA, [1360J b. Aug. 12, 1850; m. Madison; res. Cando, No. DaW. 

Charles Nathan, [1361] b. May 3, 1854; m. ; res. Harbor Springs, Mich. 

Oremill Henrv, [1362] b. April i, 1856; ni. Dec. 4, 1882, Bell Gould ; res. Smyrna, Mich. 

iiii;\:»i < iio.VTE. 

Hiram' OllOate {Jame^, Jacolr\ Thomas'^, Thoinas-\ Tliomas", Jolin^), 
son of James [376] and Elizabeth (Hofman) Choate, was born April 23, 1S21, 
in L'piJcr Canada. He married, March 19, 1844, Margaret Ward, daughter of 
William and Nancy (Boomer) Ward. She was born in England. They resided 
in Canada until 1H54, when they removed to Grand Rapids, Mich. 


William E., [1363] b. Jan. 11, 1S45; m. April 3, 1869, Viola Wilt. 
James, [1364] b. May 13, 1847. He died in early life, March 2, 1864. 
CiiRisTDi'iiER, [1365I b. May 14. 1849; m. Sept. 4, 1871, I.itcy Hanks. 
Maria J., [1366] b. Oct. 24, 1851; m. April 25, 1872, William .Anderson. 
ZaCiiieus 11., [1367] b. Jan. 24, 1854; m. .^ug. 22, 1876, Carrie Seeley. 
John F., [1368J b. April 16, 1S56; m. July 16, 1882, Jennie Welch. 
Agnes F,., [1369] b. Sept. 22, 1S58. She died in childhood, Jan. 10, 1S63. 
Adelia E., [1370J b. Aug. 9, 1862; m. May 30, 1880, Freeman Wood. 
Carrie E., [1371] b. March i, 1865. She died in childhood, March 23, 1S67. 
Maggie E., [1372 J b. June 30, 1867; m. May 2, 1886, James McGinley. 

Mn. Ch(>.\te must have removed prior to 1896, as letters fail to reach liiiii in 
Grand Rapids, Mich. 

William E. Choate [1363] resides in Belding. iMich., and has two sons and two 
daughters. Christopher Choate [1365] has no children. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have 
one son and one daughter. Zaccheus H. Choate [1367] has one daughter. John F. 
Choate [1368] h;is one son and one daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Wood have two sons and 
one daughter. Mr. and Mrs. McGinley have one son. 


Fanny" Choate {Jacob^, Jacob^, Thomas^, Thomas^, Thomas^, John^), 
daughter of Jacob [37t] and Fanny Marshall (Burnham) Choate, was born Nov. 
3, 1800, in (ilanford, Ontario. She married, May 4, 1828, J'atrick Maguire, 
son of Lawrence and Margaret (Smith) Maguire. He was born April 3, 1797, 
in Westmeath County, Ireland. They resided in Cavon, Ontario. Mr. Maguire 
died Jan. 28, 1884, in Warsaw, Ontario, where Mrs. Maguire died, Feb. 6, 1883. 

the children WERE: 

James Thomas, b. March 4, 1830. He died in childhood, July 1 1, 1832. 
Jacor Choate, b. Jan. 15, 1S32; m. Oct., 1887, Emma Louisa Crane. 
Frances Charloite, b. Sept. 19, 1833; m. Sept. 18, 1873, Sidney Payne. 
Anna Margaret Victoria, b. Oct. 27, 1838. She died in early life, June 6, 1861. 
Aaron Smith, I , , 1,, ,0 , j m. Dec. 2^, iSj^, Anna Sukey Lamsi/en. 

Albert Burnham, f " '^P"' "• ■»42; | ,„ jjgj. i6_ ,868, .-Inn Eliza Wallace. 



Jacob" Choate {Jacob^, Jacoh^, Thomas'^, Thomas^, Thomas^, John^), son 
of Jacob [.'stt] and Fanny Marshall (Burnham) Choate, was born Dec. 25, 1802, 
in Hamilton, Ontario. He married, in 1825, Margaret Bunker, daughter of 
Jeremiah and Susan (McLellan) Bunker. She was born in New Jersey. They 
resided in Glanford. Ontario. Mr. Choate died Sept. 27, 1831. Mrs. Choate 
died April, 1871, in Cathcart, Ontario. 


David Thomas, [1373] b. Dec. 3, 1827; m. March 3, 1856, Anna Eliza Choate [1390]. 
William Burnham, [1374] b. Nov. 15, 1829; m. Mary Jane Humphrey : res. Aurora, 111. 

Mk. Choate, il is said, "lived beloved and died lamented." Jn very early life he 
was an earnest worker in the Methodist Church. So much confidence was placed in 
him that when but eighteen years old he was a class leader in the church. Having 
throughout his brief life witnessed a good confession he left this world in the fullest 
expectation of an eternal home in Heaven. 

Mr. Choate, although he died in early manhood, at the age of only twenty-eight 
years, left many most interesting evidences' of the e.xcellent qualities of both liis head 
and his heart. His neighbors, and those who knew him, never weary of recounting 
his deeds of skill and goodness. His educational advantages, when the country was 
so new, and almost a wilderness, must have lieen vei'y limited, but in some way he 
managed to obtain a remarkable knowledge of mathematics, and won the honor of 
erecting the first machinery for grinding and sawing in that section of the country. 
His ready ingenuity enabled him to manufacture his own tools as he wanted them for 
use. He was the first man within a radius of a hundred miles to advocate temperance 
and organize a temperance society. His short life was well devoted to industrial 
improvements and the moral elevation of his fellowmen. 



Nathan' Choate {Jaeoli^,Jacoh^, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, Thomas-, John^), son 
of Jacob [377] and Fanny Marshall (Burnham) Choate, was born March 9, 1805, 
in Hamilton, Ontario. He married, May 9, 1827, ^Charlotte Bedford, daughter 
of Jonathan and Anna (Bunnell) Bedford. She was born May 17, 1810, in 
Hope, Ontario, where they resided. Mrs. Charlotte Choate died July 5, 1832. 
Mr. Choate married, May 20, 1835, -Mi//ieent Boyee, daughter of Jehoiada and 
Mary (Purdy) Boyce. She was born May 21, 1814, in New York. Mrs. 
Millicent Choate died Feb. 12, 1839. Mr. Choate married, July 13, 1840, 
'^Mrs. Martha (Mann) Ayre, daughter of Emanuel and Lucy (Jackson) Mann. 
She was born May 23, 181 1, in Yorkshire, England. Mrs. Martha Choate died 
Sept 24, 1845. Mr. Choate married, July 20, 1848, ^Mary Ann Lukcy, 
daughter of Sampson and Ann (Roe) Lukey. She was born Aug. 25, 1823, in 
county of Cornwall, F:ngland. Mrs. Mary Ann Choate died May 5, 1883. Mr. 
Choate died July 10, 1 891, at Bellmont F^arm, Hope, Ontario. 


Charlotte Elizabeth Hannah, [1375] b. March i, 1829. 

Nathan Bedford, [1376] b. June 10, 1832; m. Dec. 10, 1S56, Ellen P. I.effingwell. 

Millicent Mary Augusia, [1377] b. .^pril 16, 1836; m. P"eb. 16, 1858, Weston Leroy 

Herriman, M. V. ; d. Aug. 19, i860. 
Millard Thomas, [1378] b. Feb. 4, 1839; d. June 22, 1868. 



Martha Achsak, [1379] b. Aug. 22, 1841; m. March 13, 1862, lUtsl&n Ltroy Htrri- 

vtan, Af. IJ. 
f.ccv Eu.RN, [1380] b. Oct. 19, 1842; m. Oct, 5, 1875, IViliiam Meeking. 
Asa, [1381] b. Aug. 27, 1845; >"• '^'''^- '2' ''*''^' ''^f'"'y /Iwilla Kelly. 


Aaron' thoate (Jacol/', Jacob'-, Thomas^, 77iomas''-, 7Tiomafi,/okn^),'r,on 
of Jacob [stt] and Fanny Marshall (Burnham) Choate, wa.s bom Nov. 4, 1806, 


in Hamilton, Ontario. He married, Nov. 19, \^^\,Mary Smith, daughter of 
Ixjthrop and Lucy (Culver) Smith. She was \Xirti Aug. 10, 1816, in Haldi- 
mand, Ontario. They resided in Perrytown, Ontario. Mr, Choate died Sept. 
22, 1877. Mrs. Choate was living, in 1892, in Maxwell, Ontario. 


Fanny, [1382] b. Nov. 30, 1843. She flied in infancy. 

Jacob Smith, ri383] b. Aug. 12, 1846; m. Sept. 15, 1868, Elltn McMotry. 

I.tcY A.MRl.rA, [1384] b. Feb. 28, 1848, She died in early life, April 30, 1862. 

MiRANKT, r.385])h. sept.8, 1850. 

.Marie, [1386] / v > :i 

Mary Ltjuisa Victoria, ( 1387] b. June 17, 1855; m. June 21, 1888, Ktv. Waller Legoit. 

EiiWARi) Jackson, [1388]' b. Oct. 10, 1858. He died April, 1883. 



Thomas' Choate {Jacob'-, Jacob^, Thomas'^, Thomas^, Thomas-, John^), 
son of Jacob [377] and Fanny Marshall (Burnham) Choate, was born April 3, 
1809, near Cobourg, Ontario. He married, Oct. 3, 1830, ^ Alary Wright, 
daughter of Richard and Ann (Stuart) Wright. She was born May 26, 1810, in 
Skiberene, County of Cork, Ireland. They resided in Port Hope, and in 
Dummer, Ontario. Mrs. Mary Choate died June 30, 1839. Mr. Choate 
married, Sept. 16, 1840, -Eliza Wright, daughter of Richard and Ann (Stuart) 
Wright. She was born June 5, 1815. Mrs. Eliza Choate died May 12, 1845. 
Mr. Choate married, Ffb. 18, 1846, '■^Hannah Graver, daughter of Jonah and 
Lucia (Baldwin) Grover. She was born Dec. 25, 1809. Mrs. Hannah Choate 
died April 29, 1885. Mr. Choate, in 1892, was living in Warsaw, Ontario. 


Thomas George, [1389] b. April 14, 1832; m. Feb. ii, 1856, Christianna KiJd. 

Ann Eliza, [1390] b. Dec. 31, 1S33; m. March 3, 1856, David Tliomas Choale [1373]; 

d. Nov. 16, 1885. 
Mary Jane, [13903] b. Sept. 22, 1835. She died in childhood, Feb. 25, 1845. 
Richard Marshall, [1391] b. Aug. 12, 1837; m. Tune 23, 1S62, Julia I.ucritia Mors;aii : 

d. April 14, 1866. 
Jacob Stuart, [1392J b. May 25, 1839. He died in infancy, Oct. 7, 1839. 

Harriet Burnham, [1393] b. Aug. 31, 1841; m. Jan. 30, 1&62, James Bing/iam : d. June 7, 1S72. 
Mary, [1394] b. June 25, 1844. She died in infancy. May 8, 1S45. 

Celestia CHAKi.dTTE, [1395] b. May 25, 1848; m. March 8, 1876, Jo/iti Moore. 

James Grover, [1396] I). Nov. 15, 1850. 

Arthur Francis, [1397] h. Aug. 15, 1852; m. Oct. 8, 1879, Vida E. Smitli. 


■• Mr. Cho.ate came to the coiintv of Peterboro' and settled in the township of 
Dummer, in 1836, and in this year opened the first store in the municipality. He also 
took charge of a saw-mill in what is now the village of Warsaw. He continued in the 
milling business until 1858, then carrying on a general store until the present time. 

'•In 1842 Mr. Choate was successful in getting a post-office established in Warsaw, 
and suggested its name, which it has ever since continued to bear, besides having him- 
self been postmaster since its establishment, and is now one of the oldest in the 
Province, holding the position the last forty years." Vid. Early Settlers of Canada. 


Anna Maria" ('lioate {Jacob^,Jacob^, Thomas^, Thomas^, Thomas-, John^), 
daughter of Jacob [-77] and Fanny Marshall (Burnham) Choate, was born July 
2, 1820, in Port Hope, Ontario. She married. May 30, 1842, Edward Bates, 
son of Jacob and Fanny (Pridham) Bates. He was born July i, 1817, in Hart- 
land, England. They resided in Port Hope and in Cardiff, Ontario. Mr. Bates 
died June 26, 1876, in Port Hope, Ontario. Mrs. Bates died Nov. 27, 1895, 
in Warsaw, Ontario. 

THE children WERE: 

EnwARD Richard, b. April 23, 1844; m. Aug. 15, 1867, Seplima Chatman. 

Jacob Choate, b. Dec. 12, 1845; ■"■ April 15, 1882, Katie Harrington. 

Frances Elizabeth, b. Nov. 3, 1846. 

Anna Maria, b. April 8, 1848; m. Dec. 27, 1865, Josepli Harvey. 

Sarah H. B., b. Jan. 15, 1850; m. April 6, 1876, John Sanderson; d. Aug. 21, 1880. 

Mary Victorla, b. April i, 1852; m. July i, 1873, Jabez Gander. 


Chaklo'ITE Aucusta, b. April ii, 1855; m. Oct. 8, 1872, John Sanderson ; d. Aug. 12, 1873. 
William Pkidham, b. April 8, 1857; m. June 26, 1884, Jenny Herrick. 
Nathan Ciioatk, b. March 7, 1859; m. July 14, 1886, Sarah Martin. 


Mary Low'' Clioate ( Charles^, Solomoii'\ Tliomas'', Thomas'^, Thomas-, 
Johii^), daughter of Charles [3«9] and Mary (Low) Choate, was born Feb. 3, 
1816, in L'hebacco, Ipswich, JNIass. She married, in 1840, Richard Sutton, son 
of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Low) Sutton. He was born July 18, 1813, in Plum 
Island. They resided in Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Sutton died Feb. 17, 1876. 


Mary K., b. Oct. 3, 1840; m. Dec. 8, 1865, Joseph Warren Choale [787]. 
LvDiA Makia, b. May 28, 1843; m. Feb. 3, 1868, James S. Glover. 
Perry, b. .Sept. 21, 1845. lie died in childhood, Sept. 14, 1848. 
Annie, b. Nov. 22, 1847; m. June 10, 1880, William II. Jewell. 
Susanna E., b. May iS, 1851. 

|H em or antra. 

Ar.i. the thiklieii in tliis family, except Mrs. Choate, reside in Ipswich, Mass. 
.None of them have chikh'cn, except Mrs. (Hover, who has one (laughter. Louisa S., Ij. 
.Sept. 15. 1875. 


George Lewis' Choate ( Charles'', Solomon-', Thomas'^, Thomas''^, Thomas^, 
/ohn^), son of Charles [.389] and Mary (Low) Choate, was born June 9, 1818, 
in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. He married, Dec. 24, 1864, ^Afary B. Archer, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Mary Archer. She was born Jan. 12, 1834, in 
Danvers, Mass. They resided in Ipswich, Mass. Mrs. Choate died June 12, 
1875. Mr. Choate married, June 16, 1876, '^Maria S. Bro^im, daughter of 
Moses and .Annie Brown. She was born April 8, 1833, in VVolfboro, N. H. 
They resided in Ijjswich, Mass. 

THE children WERE: 

Lizzie, [1398] b. Nov. 5, 1S65. She died in infancy, July 30, 18OO. 
IIenkv, [1399] b. May 7, 1867; m. April 2, 1889, Jennie F. Hayes. 



Lydia Maria" Choate ( Charkfi, So/omoifi, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, Thomas-, 

John'^), daughter of Charles [^89] and Mary (Low) Choate, was born Nov. 24, 

1821, in Essex, Mass. She married, in \?>\2, John Ihncard Dodge, son of 

.Manning Dodge. They resided in Ipswich, Mass. Mrs. Dodge died July 7, 


the only child was: 

lIoWAKD C, b. He resides in Ipswich, Mass. 


Joiiathau Low" Choate {Charkfi, Solotnorfi, Thomas'^, Thomas^, Thomas'^, 
[ohn^), son of Charles [389] and Mary (Low) Choate, was born Jan. 10, 1825, 
in Essex, Mass. He married, .Aug. 18, 1849, '^ Mary B. Souther, A2M.^X.%i of 


Timothy and Eliza (Greenough) Souther. She was born Oct. 26, 1826, in 
Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Boston, Mass. Mrs. Mary B. Choate died 
June 14, 1850. Mr Choate married. May 15, 1856, -Louisa Buck, daughter of 
Dr. Ephraim and Betsey (Thompson) Buck. She was born June 9, 1S21, in 
Maiden, Mass. Mrs. Louisa Choate died May i, 1858. Mr. Choate married, 
Aug. 14, i860, '^ Annie Elizabeth Raymond, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth 
(Kendall) Raymond. She was born July i, 1832, in Templeton, Mass. They 
reside on Tudor Street, Chelsea, Mass. 


Harry Raymond, [1400] b. Sept. 27, 1862. He died in childhood, Aug. 19, 1864. 
Charles Buckingham, [1401] b. Feb. 10, 1866; m. Sept. 29, 1890, Alice B. Churchill. 


Mr. Cho.\te remarks upon the Choate family as follows : — 

"The Choate family are a mixture of English, French, and Dutch, and the three 
races crop out in all the families. Hon. Rufus Choate and his brother David were more 
French than the natives. Solomon Choate's sons, Solomon and Benjamin, were also 
French, while Lewis, .-^sa, and Charles were short, thick Dutchmen. My sister Lydia 
was a good Frenchwoman, brother Edniimd a little that way. while Lewis. Mary, and 
myself are good stolid, stupid Dutch chunks. I have often wished the Dutch left out. 

'■Mv mother was a schoolmate of Rufus, and my father took him to college when 
he entered ; that makes us quite near relations. David was my school-teacher, and 1 
am surptised to see how nearly he came, fifty \ears since, to the most advanced teaching 
of the present day. And I ha\'e no doubt that the large number of professional men 
who have gone out from that small, old-fashioned town, Esse.\, in proportion to its pop- 
ulation, is largely due to his influence, the inspiration he imparted to them. There were 
Judge Perkins, Judge Choate, Rev. Mr. Mears, Rev. Mr. Burnham, Rev. Mr. Norton, 
Professor Choate, Professor Crowell, besides many more I do not know. .A.11 out of a 
small unattractive town with little or no culture." 

Mr. Choate is a very fine looking man, and when asked to allow his likeness to 
appear in this book, replied : — 

•• An old writer has said : • Better that a statue should not be raised than that people 
should ask, •' /^(7r a//;<7OT .? And why?"' My life has been simple and quiet. Never 
held an office of any kind in state or church, and don't wish for one. That, so far as I 
know, is m\' otily distinction. So \ou ".ill at once see the reason why I could not have 
an engraving put in the history."' 



Edward AVasllingtoil' Choate {Cha7lcs^\ Sokwion^, Thomas^, Thomas''', 
Thomas", John^), son of Charles [ssa] and Mary (Low) Choate, was born 
Aug. 14, 1830, in Essex, Mass. He married, June 14, 1855, Martha Russtil, 
daughter of Foster and Martha (Hodgkins) Russell. She was born Nov. 15, 
1829, in Ipswich, Mass., where they resided. There were no children. 



Joseph Warreir Choate (Benjatnin Proctor'^, Solomon^, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, 
Thomas', John^), son of Benjamin Proctor [391] and Olive (Burnham) Choate, 
was born in 1837, in Enfield. N. H . He married, Dec. 8, 1865, Mary E. Sutton, 
daughter of Richard and Mary Low [776] (Choate) Sutton. She was born 
Oct. 3, 1S40, in Ipswich, Mass. They resided in Enfield, N. H. There were 
no children. 




Susan' {^'XuMiie (Nathatfi, Beajamiifi, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, Thomas', John^), 
daughter of Nathan [396] and Susan (Carter) Choate, was born March 3, 1S16, 
in Enfield, N. H. She married ^John Ciirrier. He was born in 1812 in 
Enfield, N. H. They resided in Wheeler, Ind., where Mr. Currier died Oct. 
16, [S60. Mrs. Currier married -IVilliaiii IVittcnmeyer. They resided in 
Chicago, 111. Mr. Wittcnmeyer died. 


John,!). He died at seven years. Calista, m. Z);-. Small. 

Nathan Tlummer, m. . Maria, m KJdy. 

Mrs. \\' ITTEN.MEVER, after her husband's death, resided in Chicago, 111. 

Mr. and Mrs. N. P. Currier reside in Wheeler, Ind., and have si.\ children. Dr. 
and Mrs. Small have five children. Mr. and Mrs. Eddy have one son. They reside 
in Chicago, 111. 



John Calvin' Choale (Nathaifi, Bcujamiifi, Thomas'^, Thomas^, Thomas-, 
_/(V///'), son of Nathan [3<t«] and Susan (Carter) Choate, was born Aug. 29, 
1829, in Enfield, N. H. He married, Jan. 11, 1854, OH'i'cJ. Ba/i/7oiii,dii\ig\\\.e.r 
of John H. and Sally P. (Birge) Baldwin. She was born June 24, 1831, in 
Milton, Conn, They resided in Woodstock, 111. 


Frank B., [1402] h. .Vug. 15, 1S5S. 

SusiE K , [1403] I). April 17, 1S60; m. June 22, 1S87, /■'rank IV. S/reets. 
Alice L., | 1404] b. Dec. 29, 1S62. She died in childhood, Feb. 29, 1866. 
Florence .\., [1405] b. Dec. 31, 1864. She died in infancy, July 25, 1865. 
Emma L., [1406] b. Jan. 29, 1867. She died in early life, May 30, 1884. 
Flora .^- , [1407J b. IJec. 25, 1S73. 


Mk. Cho.^te is a fine-looking man. and has a very pleasing manner. He is a suc- 
cessful merchant, a person who is much interested in the natural sciences, and a promi- 
nent citizen. He has a cultivated family, who are active in society and in the church. 



Ann" Choate, (Samue/^, Benjamhfi, Thomas^, Thomas'^, Thomas-, John^), 
daughter of Samuel [397] and Anner [*07] (Choate) Choate, was born Jan. 5, 
1826, in Enfield, N. H. She married, April 10, 1849, Darius Cogswell, son 
of Zaccheus and Abigail (Low) Cogswell. He was born Aug. 2, 181 2, in 
Esse.x, Mass., where they resided. Mrs. Cogswell died March 10, 1856. Mr. 
Cogswell died Oct. 15, 1866. 


Mary Anna, b. Feb. 17, 1850; m. Feb. 23, 1876; d. June 2, 1878. 

Darius Choate, b. Dec. 9, 1852. 

Edward, b. Dec. 11, 1854. He died in infancy, June 23, 1855. 




Mr. Cogswell, after the death of his wife, married. July 3, 1859. Caroline N. 
Foss. There were four children of this marriage. After Mr. Cogswell's death 
Mrs. Cogswell married Josiah Low. Mrs. Low, now a widow, with her two sons, 
(ieorge E. and William A. Cogswell, own and cultivate the original Choate farm once 
occupied by John Choate, the immigrant, and by his son, John Choate. 

Mrs. Ann Cogswell was well educated, and before marriage was a school teacher. 
She was an amiable and capable w-oman, a true and faithful wife, an affectionate mother, 
and a consistent Christian, a member of the Congregational Church, and was beloved 
by all who knew her. Vid. The Cogswells in America, p. 49S. 



Samuel Loomis'' Choate [Samuc/^, Benjamin-', lliomas'^, T/wmas'^, 
Tlionias", Jolin^), son of Samuel [39J] and Anner [407] (Choate) Choate, was 
born June 20, 1832, in Enfield, N. H. He married, March 23, 1864, Dillie 
Harriet Scovill, daughter of Hiram and Mary (Higby) Scovill. .She was born 
March 25, 1841, in Stowe, Ohio. I'hey resided in Buda, 111, and in Colton, 
Cal. Mr. Choate died Jan., 1895. 


Walter Addison, [1408] b. March 23, 1865; m. 
Bertha, [1409] b. Aug. 15, 1S7L 


Mr. Choate's younger years were spent on the farm in Enfield, N. H., e.xxept 
short periods, when he was with his brother-in-law, Mr. Darius Cogswell, in Esse.x, 
Mass., and clerking in a dry-goods store in Boston, and about three years at Meriden, 
N. H.. where he was a member of the "Class of "58, at K. U. A." In the winter of 
1858 he went West, and engaged in mercantile pursuits at Buda, 111., since which time 
he has continued in that business in Kansas, Te.xas, and Dakota, till the winter of 
1884-5. After that he resided in Colton, Cal., until his death. 


Annie Maria'' Choate ( Thomas'', Bcnjamiiv', Tliomas'^, Tliomas'^, Tlioiiias-, 
Jolui^), daughter of Thomas [398] and Maria [4o»] (Choate) Choate, was born 
Oct. II, 1839, in Enfield, N. H. She married, March 2, 1864, Osear Welling- 
ton Baldwin, son of Benjamin and Caroline (Howard) Baldwin. He was born 
June 5, 1840, in Jamaica, Vt. They resided in Lebanon, N. H. 


Alice Mary, h. Nov. 6, 1S66; m. Sept. 13, 188S, J. IVari-en Broum. 


Mr. Baldwin is a dealer in groceries, crockery, glass ware, etc., Baldwin's Block, 
Lebanon, N. H. 

Mr. and Mrs. Brown reside in the same town with her parents. They have a 
little son, Oscar Choate, b. Oct. 29, 1893. 

Mrs. Baldwin is a cultivated Christian woman. She is the last of her lathers 
family. She writes : " The goodly lives and fervent prayers of those near and dear who 
have gone on before are to me a priceless heritage, and I am constrained to quote 
Cowper's lines : — 

' My boast is not that I derived my birth 
From loins enthroned, and rulers of the earth; 
But higher far my proud pretensions rise, 
The child of parents passed into the skies.' " 



Mary Elizabeth" Clioate {Bcujamufi, Benjamin^, Thomas'^, Thomas^, 
Thomas-, Jolin^). daughter of Benjamin [400] and Eliza Ann (Whittemore) 
Choate, was born Dec. 25, 1S36, in Enfield, N. H. She married, Nov. 20, 185S, 
Rev. Henry Warren Lyman Thurston, son of Nathaniel and Martha (Hall) 
Thurston. He was born Nov. 20, 1823, in Hartford, Vt. They resided in 
Boscawen, N. H. Mrs. Thurston died May i, 1890. 


\ 1). Jan. 30, 1867 

Letitia Delia, 

Celeste Elizabeth, / "' ■'"'■ •^"' '""' ' \ m. Oct. i, iSgo, Fred I.. Pnrk/iursl. 

Key. Mr. Thukstox sjient inore lilt) years of his life as a farmer, mechanic, 
and merchant. He then felt called to the tlospel ministry, and was ordained Aug. 25, 
1 875, in Goslien, N. H.. where he preached for two years. He was for about the same 
len^iith of time in Harrisville, in Sullivan, and in Chichester, N. H. In 1884 he returned 
to (joshen for a year, and in 1885 became pastor of the Congregational Church in 
Moscawen, N. H. While there Mrs. Thurston died, and was taken for burial to 
Lebanon, N. H. The ne.xt year, in 1891, Mr. Thurston removed to Wilniot, where lie 
still labors in the ministry, preaching also in Andover Centre on the afternoon of each 
Sunday. He is a faithful servant of Je.sus Christ, and successful in his ministry. 

Mr. Thurston rtiarried Miss Choate as his second wife. He was married first. 
April 12, 1848, to Eliza Ann Burnham, daughter of Josejili and Nancy (Sawyer) Burn- 
ham. She was born Aug. 12, 1824. in Hanover, N. H. She died April 2. 1857. The 
children of the first marriage were: Charles Henry, b. Marcli 7. 1850; d. Nov. 10. 1868. 
Klzina Maria, b. Se|)t. 13. 1854: m. March 16. '1871. .Almon H. Walker; res. West 
Lebanon, N. H. 

Tliere were no children of the second marriage, but twins w'erc adopted at the age 
of two weeks, and became as their own children. Celeste Elizabeth married Mr. 
I'arkhurst. They reside in Everett. Mass. They have one child, Anne Letitia, 
1). June 20. 1893. 



Elllll.V 3Ialil(Ia" Choate {Benjamin^, Benjamin-', Thomas*, lliomas\ 
Thomas-, John^), daughter of Benjamin [400] and VAv/.a. Ann (Whittemore) 
Choate, was born Nov. 30, 1841, in I'.nficld, N. H. She married, Dec. 26, 
1892, Charles //'. Morse, son of Sylvanus and Harriet (Jenks) Morse. He was 
born Dec. 21, 1846, in West Boylston, Mass. They reside on Wrentham Street, 
Ashmont, Mass. 


Benjamin Burge" Choate {Benjamhfi, Benjamin^, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, 
Thomas", John^), son of Benjamin [400] and Eliza Ann (Whittemore) Choate, 
was born Dec. 22, 1844, in Enfield, N. H. He married, Nov. 14, 1865, ^Mary 
AT. Allard, daughter of Lemuel and Mary (Gould) AUard. She was born Sept. 
19, 1847, in Springfield, Vt., where they resided. Mrs. Mary M. Choate died 
July 22, 1867. Mr. Choate married, Nov. 17, i2,6?,,-Hatfie A. Rice, daughter 
of Charles H. and Cynthia ( Randall) Rice. She was born Oct. 6, 1850, in Spring- 
field, Vt. They resided in Lawrence, Mass. Mr. Choate died June 3, 1896. 


Eva M.\y, [1410] b. June 4, 1867. She died in infancy, March, 1868. 


Nellie Mabel, [1411] b. Aug. 30, 1S69. 

Charles Henry, [1412] b. Sept. 11, 1S71. 

Ernest Walton, [1413] 1). Dec. 11, 1875. I'e 'I'"' '" childhood, Aug. 7, 1877. 

Edmund Burgf, [1414J b. Dec. 5, 1S7S. 


Mr. Choate was connected with different manufacturing companies in Springfield, 
\'t., and in Lawrence, Mass. He was tlie inventor and manufacturer of the Gem Music 
liook Holder and the Gem Wire Book Rest, doing business at No. 60 Crescent Street, 
Lawrence. Mass. He died at the age of fifty-one years, and some one has said: "He 
left to his family the rich legacy of a consecrated life and a sweet Christian spirit." 

Vid. Spriagjie/d, 17., Reporter ^ Jufte 19, 1896. 


Henry Gerrish" Choate (George lldsJiini^foifi, Benjamin^, Thomas^, 
Thomas'', Ihotnas^, Joliii^), ■?,oVi of George Washington [J<i«] and Sarah Ames 
(Gerrish) Choate, was born May 6, 1842, in Enfield, N H. He married, (an. 
9, 1866, Lucy M. Codman, daughter of VVilHam and Mary (Noyes) Codman. 
-She was born Feb. 21, 1845, i" Enfield Centre, N. H. They resided in 
Lebanon, N. H. 


Mary L., [1415I b June 17, 186S. 
L. Addie, [1416] b. Sept. 15, 1871. 
Edith L., [1417] li. Nov. 11, 1S78. 
Lizzie Agnes, [1418] b. Feb. 19, 1880. She died in infancy, July ji, 1880. 


Lizzie Putnam" CllOate (George Washington^', /benjamin-', Thomas'^, 
Thomas'^, Thomas", John^), daughter of George Washington [402] and Sarah 
Ames (Gerrish) Choate, was born Jan. 22, 1844, in Enfield, N. H. She married, 
June 28, 1866, Alfred Lewis Clark, son of Charles L. and family A. (Nye) 
Clark. He was born .April 22, 1842, in Barre, Vt. They resided in Rrattle- 
boro, Vt., and removed, in 188S, to Ashton, III. 


Charles L., b. Dec. 21, 187J. 


Mr. Clark owns a grain elevator, and is one of the firm of A. L. Clark & Co.. 
dealers in grain, seeds, and feed, Ashton. 111. 



Josepll Gerrisll" Choate (George Washington^, Benjamin'^, Thomas^, 
Thomas'^, Thomas", yohn^), son of George Washington [403] and Sarah Ames 
(Gerrish) Choate, was born Dec. 25, 1847, in Enfield, N. H. He married, 
Sept. 26, 1869, Fannie Wiggin, daughter of Oliver and Harriet (Fernald) 
Wiggin. She was born Sept. 4, 1853, in Loudon, N. H. They resided in 
Concord, N. H. Mr. Choate died Nov., 1895. 


Guv W., [1419] b. July iS, 1S70. Lena M., [1420] I1. June 25, 18S0. 



Mr. Ch(1ATE was by trade a painter. He lived on Fremont Street. Concord. N. H. 
His son. Guy W. Clioate [1419]. lives on West Street in the same city. 



Ella M." Choate ( George Washingloif', Jh-iijaini/r', Thomas'^, Tlwntas'^, 
Thomas-, Jolui^), daughter of George Washington [^os] and Sarah Ames 
(Gerrish) Choate, was born Dec. 14, i8i;5, in Enfield, N. H. She married, 
April 5, 1877, Oscar A. Ah'yes, son of Nathan and Emeline (Emery) Noyes. 
He was born Nov. 11, 1851, in Chelsea, Vt. They resided in Brattleboro, Vt., 
where Mr. Noyes died, Feb. 12, 1884. 


Arthur CjERRIsh, b. June 24, 1880. He died in childhood, April 7, 1SS5. 



George Washington'' Choate ( George Washingtoifi, Bcnjamiir', Thomas'', 
Thomas'^, Ihomas-, Johii'^), son of George Washington [403] and Sarah Ames 
(Gerrish) Choate, was born Jan. 15, 1859, in Enfield, N. H. He married, 
Nov. 24, 1887, Nellie Hastings, daughter of John F. and Florence A. (Colby) 
Hastings. She was born May 24, 1867, in l^rattleboro, Vt., where they resided, 
but removed in 1888 to Orange, Mass. 

riii-; o.NLV CHii.ii w.\s : 
Arthur E[.i;kki, [1421] !>. Sept. 12, iScjo. 


Mr. Choate removed with his family, his mother, Mrs. Sarah Choate, and his 
sister, Mrs. Noyes [818]. to Orange, Mass. .Mrs. Sarah Choate died in the spring of 
1895. ' Vid.p. 174, [402]. 


Samuel Kimball' Choate (Isaac Chamiler^, Samuel'^, Thomas^, Thomas''', 
Thomas'^, John^), son of Isaac Chandler [404] and Hannah (Noyes) Choate, 
was born Dec. 23, 1819, in Boscawen, N. H. He married. May 17, 1854, 
''Martha Jane Waldron, daughter of Robert and Hannah (Drown) Waldron. 
She was born Feb. 3, 1833, in Rye, N. H. They resided in Boscawen and 
Concord, N. H. Mrs. Martha Jane Choate died Feb. 28, 1870. Mr. Choate 
married, Nov. 27, 1873, -Mary M. Moors, daughter of .\lbert and Lucretia 
(McKay) Moors. She was born Feb. 5, 1840, in Calais, Me. They resided in 
Penacook, N. H. Mr. Choate died May 27, 1890. There were no children. 


Samuel" Choate (Royal^, Samuel^, Thomas'^, Thomas^, Tho?nas^, John^), 
son of Royal [405] and Hannah (Sawyer) Choate, was born Feb. 24, 1830, in 
Boscawen, N. H. He married, Nov. 3, 1869, Caroline M. Perkins, daughter of 
Samuel and Mahala (Marden) Perkins. She was born Oct. 10, 1835, in (George- 
town, Mass. They resided in Boscawen, N. H. 



Mary Hannah, [1422] b. July 20, 1S63. Lizzie Mahala, [1423] li. fan. 10, 1865 


Mr. Choate has in his pussfssion tlic cunimissiuns of his grandfather. Samin;! 
Choafe [194]. as Lieutenant and as Cajitain, signed lay John Langdon, Governor of 
New Hampshire, dated 1805. He has also the Royal Commission of his great-grand- 
father. Thomas Choate [81], as Captain, in 1761. Vid. p. 55. 


Naucy Jiicklllilll' Choate {Royal^\ Samuel^, Thomas'^, Thomas^, Thomas? 
John^), daughter of Royal [405] and Hannah (.Sawyer) Choate, was born Nov. 
5, 1832, in Boscawen, N. H. She married, March 27, 1855, Moses C. Sanborn, 
son of John and Rebecca (Coffin) Sanborn. He was born May 19, 1829, in 
Webster, N. H. They resided in Concord, N. H. 


Davhi, b. July 21, 1856. SHADDiE,b. M.irch t, 1S70. He died in infancy, 

Newton S., b. Aug. 21, i860. May 4, 1871 

Ella M., b. March 6, 1S65. 


Lucy AJ CllOale {Royar>, Samuel-', Thomas'^, Thomas'^, Thomas", John^), 
daughter of Royal [405] and Mrs. Eliza (Mewers) Choate, was born Oct. 3' 
1849, in Boscawen, N. H. She married. May 3, iS']T„John F. Colhy, son of 
Osgood and Levina (P'andy) Colby. He was born April 4, 1841, in Salisbury, 
N. H. They resided in Boscawen, N. H. Mr. Colby died Nov. 8, 1892. 
There were no children. 


Mary Gerrish'' I'hoate {Nehemialfi, James^, Hnmphrcf, Thomas'^, 
Thomas-, John'^), daughter of Nehemiah [413] and .Sarah (Cogswell) Choate, 
was born Jan. 15, 1823, in Derry, N. H. She married, Aug. 21, 1849, TP^-z/. 
Charles Du Moresque Pigeon, son of Henry Pigeon. He was born Nov. i, 1789, 
in Newton, Mass. They resided in Auburndale, Mass. Rev. Mr. Pigeon died 
Oct. 16, 1872. 


Charles Henry, b. June 5, 1850. He died in boyhood, Jan. 16, 1859. 

James Cogswell Du Moresque, b. .Sept. 13, 1854; m. March 18, 188b, Emily Smith. 

Mary Abby, b. May 20, 1859, She died in childhood, April 4, 1868. 


i\lK. PiGEOX' was of Huguenot descent. His parents both died before he was 
tour jears old. He graduated at the age of nineteen years from Harvard College, and 
took the course in the Theological Seminary, Andover, Mass. For several years he 
preached in different places, but was never a settled pastor. He was for some time tlie 
associate editor with Rev. Leonard Woods, of Andover, afterwards President of Bowdoin 
College, Maine, of a Literary and Theological Review, and later he was the editor of 
the Panoplist. Rev. Mr. Pigeon, with his pen and money, contended earnestly for the 
'■'■Faith once delivered to the saints.'" Vid. The Cogswells in America, p. 307. 


James Cogswell Dv Moresque Pigeon graduated in 1874 from Princeton Col- 
lege, N. J., and after teaching several years he studied medicine, and graduated in 1883 
from the Harvard Medical School. He resides, and is a practising .physician, in 
Roxbury. Mass. 



Harriet' CllOate {Jaiiies'~',Jinncs'\ Humphrey'^, Thomas-, Thomas^, John^), 
(laughter of James [4ir.] and Abigail (Cogswell) Choate, was born March 13, 
1818, in Derry, N. H. She married, March 2, 1842, Frederick IF. Coffin, son 
of Thomas and Hannah (Kilburn) Coffin. He was born May 28, 1815, in 
Boscawen, N. H. They resided in Boscawen and Derry, N. H., and in 
Chicago, 111. 


Warken CilciArE, b, Feb. 25. 1844; nn. April 3. 1873, S<irali S. Hnniia. 
IIarriet Newell, b. Sept. 26, 1846. She died in early life, Feb. 23, 1S61. 
Henry Russell, \i. Aug. 15, 1S51. He died in early manhood, Ocl 9. 1870. 

.Mr. Coffin was an older brother of the late lamented Hon. Cliarles Carlton Coffin, 
of Boston, Vid. The History of Boscawen, N H., pp. 337-41, 393. 

Warren Choate Coffin, Colonel Coffin's oldest son, is a teacher of music and resides 
in Chicago, 111. He married Miss Hanna, of Castile. N. Y. They had two children, 
viz.. Henry Warren, b. Jan. 6, 1S74; d. Aug. 2. 1874. Frederick V'ork, b. Dec. 12, 1874. 

Colonel Coffin's only daughter died in lieloit. Wis.., and his younger son died in 
Chicago. 111. 



('liarles" Choate { Janes'", James'\ Humphrey^, Thomas'^, Thomas-, Joh 11^), 
son of James [415] and .Abigail (Cogswell) Choate, was born May 9, 1S20, in 
Derry, N. H. He married, Feb. 7, 1848, Alary Haskell Cogs7vell, daughter of 
David and Hannah (Haskell) Cogswell. She was born July 13, 181 7, in 
Henniker, N. H, They resided in Derry, N. H. Mrs. Choate died July 3, 
1878. Vid. The Cogsivells in America, p. 470. 


Clemmie Isabel, [1424] b. Nov. 3, 1849. 

Arthur Llewellvn, [1425] b. Feb. 17, 1851. He died in infancy, April 17, 1S51. 

Arthur Leroy, [1426] b. March 11, 1852. He died in early life, May 13, 1872. 

Roger Leandek, [1427] b. June 17, 1S54; m. F.ffie Kohlmytr. 

Charles Llewellyn, [1428] b. April 7, 1856; m. Dec. 24, 1887, Annie Fuller. 

Anna Frances, [1429] b. Sept. 24, 1857. 

Harriet' Coffin, [1430] b. Sept. 25, 1.S60. 



Caroline' Choate {James^,/ames^, Humphrey*, Thomas'^, Thomas'^, John^), 
daughter of James [iis] and Abigail (Cogswell) Choate, was born April 8, 1823, 
in Derry, N. H. She married, Nov. 11, i?,s,2, Jonathan McAllister, son of 
Isaac and Sarah (Harriman) McAllister. He was born March 12, 1817, in 
Londonderry, N. H., where they resided. 


GliORGE Isaac, b. Dec. II, 1S53; m. Dec. 22, 1S86, Mattie M. Hayes. 

Mr. McAllister is of Scutch descent, ancestors came through the North 
of Ireland on their way to America, and were therefore known as ''Scotch Irish," but 
not because of any Irish blood in their veins. They were pure Scotchmen, as were the 
MacGregors, the Jamesons, the MacCauleys. and the whole company of early immigrants 
to Londonderry, N. H. Vid. The History of Antrim, TV. H. pp. 5S1-9. 

George Isaac AfcAllister, the son, graduated, in 1877, from the Chandler Depart- 
ment of Dartmouth College, N. H. He studied law. and is a lawyer of excellent stand- 
ing in Manchester. N. H. He was appointed Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue in 
the Third New Hampshire District, and was the Democratic candidate for Solicitor in 
Hillsboro' County. He married the daughter of the late Hon. John M. Hayes, of 
Manchester. N. H. Thev have two children, viz.. Bertha Haves, b. .Sept. 27, 1887. 
Harold Cleveland, b. March 28. 1893. 


Maria Abigair Choate (Ja/iu's^\ James-', Humphrey'^, Thomas^, Thomas'^, 
Jc/in^), daughter of James [4»6] and .\bigail (Cogswell) Choate, was born Jan. 
26, 1825, in Derry, N. H. She married, Oct. 12, 1848, Th'iddeus B. Whcclcr, 
son of George and Fanny (Bartlett) Wheeler. He was born May 18, 1820, in 
Littleton, N. H. They resided in Waterford, Vt. There were no children. 


Frances^ Choate {Jamcs'^, James-', Humphrey^, Thomas'^, Thomas'- ,Johu^), 
daughter of James [^is] and Abigail (Cogswell) Choate, was born July 8, 1827, 
in Uerry, N. H. She married, Nov. 10, 1869, George O. Dinsmore, son of 
John T. G. and Mehitable J. Dinsmore. He was born July 7, 1828, in Wind- 
ham, N. H. Thev resided in Cherry Point, 111. There were no children. 


Mr. Dinsmore married first, Oct. 12. 1852, Annette E. Hazelton, of Chester, N. H. 
They settled in Cherry Point. 111., where he held various public offices, and cultivated a 
large and improved farm. There were si.x children. Mrs. Annette E. Dinsmore died 
Nov. 8, 1867. Vid. The History of Windham, N. H., p. 496. 


Mary Jane~ Choate {Jamefi, Jamcs^, Humphrey*, Thomas''', Thomas-, 
John''), daughter of James [4i5] and Abigail (Cogswell) Choate, was born 
Aug. 23, 1829, in Derry, N. H. She married, May 31, 1855, Benjamin F. 
McMiirphy, son of Benjamin and Susan (Cobb) McMurphy. He was born 
July 8, 1826, in Londonderry, N. H. They resided on Pickman Street, Salem, 
Mass. Mr. McMurphy died Aug. 6, 1895. 


Lizzie H., b. Jan. 13, 1S59. She died in infancy, Sept. 13, 1859. 
Willie C, b. July 24, i860. He died in boyhood, Nov. 2, i866. 
Fannie W., b. July 16, 1862. 




George Isaac" Choate ( Jame^,James^, Humphrey^ , Thomas^, nomas-, 
Jcihn^^, son of Tames [lis] and Abigail (Cogswell) Choate, was born July 20, 

1S33, in Dem", N. H. His 
mother was a daughter of 
Joseph and Abigail (Cleve- 
land) Cogswell. 




.Mr. Cho.\te has passed 
the greater portion ot his life 
n the farm where he was bom. 
' >rHcially he has ser\ecl his 
native town as Selectman in 
1 866. "67. "68." 69 : Representa- 
tive in the New Hampshire 
legislature in 1873-4: Trustee 
i the Librar\' in 1S93. '94. "95. 
j6 : Collector of Ta.xes in 1 893. 
1S95-6: and a member of the 
Koard of Education, in 1S95-6. 
He is fond of good music, 
;nd. with his cousin. Isaac Fran- 
is Choate [842]. was largely in- 
strumental in establishing, in 
I >54. the first organized brass 
and in Derry. X. H. For 
.in\ }ears his was a promi- 
: • :..:niliar voice in the 

:r. the Sabbath 
n numerous ftmeral 
' ccasions. 

Mr. Choate has alwaj-s 
:aken an active interest in what- 
ever pertained to the welfare 
G£CK of Derry. and while many of 

his old-time friends have passed 
away, it is to him a source ot satisiaction to witness the increasing thrift and attractiie- 
ness of the town of his birth. Mr. Choate has never married. 

t.^ ^ 

MAUV .\. ( HOATE. 

Mary A.' Choate (Humphrey^, Ja me fi, Humphrey*, Thomas^, Thoma^, 

fohn'), daughter of Humphrey [4i'] and Betsey (Low) Choate, was bom Jan. 
6, 1822, in Derry, N. H. She married, Feb. 5, 1845, Atah Alexander, son of 
Moses and Nancy (Hemphill) .Alexander. He was bora Aug. 3. 1S12, in 
Londondeny, N. H. They resided in Deny, N. H. Mr. .Alexander died Jan. 
II, 1892. Mrs. .Alexander died Jan. 8, 1889. 


George .Albert, b. July 6, 1847; ™- J"""^ '5> 1871, Effie M. Carr : d. Sept. 23, 1886. 
jAitES Alvah, b. Nov. 10, 1S4S. He died in infancy, Feb. 14, 1S49. 
Elw^i'n Herbert, b. May 13, 1S5I; m. SepL 27, 1SS6, Ella A. ll'kile. 
Frank Coring, b. r>ct. 15, 1S60; m. Oct. 15, 1890, Ada H. Bir^en. 
Helen Elizabeth, b. July 11, 1S63; m. May iS, 1892, jcsefh »'. White. 



Gf.okge a. Alexander resided in iiradlord. .Mass. His uil'c died Oct. ii, iSS6. 
less than tliree weeks after his death occurred. Thev had three cliildren. viz!. Ada 
Anne. b. Jan. 15, 1875. Bessie Choate. b. Nov. 9. 1876; d. Jul)- 21. 1891. Allen 
Herman, b. Sept. 2, 1879. 

Frank L. Alexander resided in Derry. N. H. They had two children, viz.. Albert 
Francis, b. Sept. 24. 1893. Clarence Bowen. b. Nov. 16, 1895. 

Mr. and Mrs. White resided in Derry. N. H. She was born in Hampstead, N. H. 
They have one child, Herbert Joseph, b. June 14, 1893. 



Elizabeth P.' Choate {Humphref, Jamcs^, Humphrey'^, Thotiias^, 
Thomas-, Jo/iii^), daughter of Humphrey [417] and Betsey (Low) Choate, wa.s 
born May i, 1S23, in Derry, N. H, She married, Aug. 21, 1851, Nelson 
Ordway, son of John and Eliza T, (Chase) Ordway. He was born July 31, 
1821, in Hampstead, N. H , where they resided. 


Infant Son, b. July 26, 1852. He infancy, July 28, 1852. 

Henry Choate, b. Aug. 8, 1856; m. Oct, 20, 1885, Fannie Haines Sciuider. 


Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Ordway reside in Chicago, 111. They have four 
children, viz.. Philip Scudder, b. March 4, 1887. Elizabeth Irving, b. Dec. 30, 1S88. 
Katharine Lewis, b. July 26. 1890. Helen Frances, b. Oct. 2, 1893. 



Marcia terkins' Choate, {Isaac Perkins'^\ Jamcs'->, Bumphrcy*, Thomas'^, 
Thomas-, John"^), dmghXer of Isaac Perkins [.4i8] and Eliza Jane (Harper) 
Choate. was born May 23, 1827, in Derry, N. H. She married, Aug. i6, 1848, 
Ciilch Emery, son of William and Elizabeth (Emery) Emery. He was born 
March 18, 18 13, in Sanford, Me. They resided on Marion Street, Brookline, 


William, b. Nov. 13, 1849. He died in eady life, Dec. 22, 1869. 
Marcia, b. Dec. 11, 1854. 



Lucy' {^AlQ&te {George^', Ja7nes^, Hinnphrcy'*, Thomas'^, Thomas^, John'^), 
daughter of George [42o]and Lucy A. [430 ] (Choate) Choate, was born Oct. 13, 
1S42, in Lowell, Mass. She married, March 30, 1868, Dr. Seldcn S. Staples, 
son of Edwin and Janet (Fish) Staples. He was born, 1S3S or 1839, in Chelsea, 
Yt, They resided in San Francisco, Cal. Mrs, Staples died Feb. 12, 1869, 

Lucy Janet, I). Feb. 12, 


9, and died the same day, Feb. 12, : 



Mrs. StaI'LES was a graduate from the Lowell High School in the class of 1863. 
an attractive young lady, of a loving disposition and Christian character. She was a 
member of the John Street Church, in Lowell, Mass. Her home after marriage was in 
the Sunset Land, where she was respected and beloved by those who knew her, and her 
early death greatly lamented. 

Her husband, Dr. Staples, remained a widow'cr seven years, and then married 
a Miss Rider, who was born in New Bedford, Mass. They reside in Santa Cruz, Cal. 
There were several children of the .second marriage. 



Frances" Choate {George^, James=, Humphrey'^, Thomas^, Thomas-, John'^), 
daughter of Cieorge [4*0] and Lucy A. (Baker) Choate, was born March 21, 
1847, in Lowell, Mass. She married, April 22, 1867, Robert H. Clarke, son of 
Samuel and Eliza (Gregg) Clarke. He was born Nov. 8, 1844, in Derry, N. H., 
where they resided. 


C.EORGE CiiOATE, b. April 22, 1S69. Ei)rri[ Lucy, b. Jan. 14, 1882. 

Lii. I.IAN May, b. Aug. 6, 1873. Emma Josei'IHNE, b. April 14, 1S84. 

E.MiLV Bertha, b. Eel). 19, 1876. 



William Henry' {^\\'(i^i^{Georgi*,Jaines=, Humphrey^ Thomas-\ Thomas-, 
Joliii^), son of (leorge [*20] and Lucy A. (Baker) Choate, was born Oct. 11, 
1853, in Lowell, Mass. He married, June 13, 1888, Isabella Margaret Gallant, 

daughter of Henry Edward and Isabella Swapp (Monroe) Gallant. She was 

born March 23, 1867, in Lowell, Mass., where they resided. 


Marc.aret, [1431] b. Oct. 4, 1891. Mary Elizaheth, [1432 aj b. Ian. 11, 1895. 

George IIumi'hkey, [1432] b. Aug. 25, 1S93. 


Mr. Choate holds a responsible position as color mi.xer in the Hamilton Print 
Works. He is a leading Christian man in the city, and very much respected. He 
resides on Loring Street, and his mother makes her home in his family. 



Enuna Josephine' Choate {Georgfi, James'-', Humphrey'^, Thomas-^, 
Thoma^-,John^), daughter of George [420] and Lucy A (Baker) Choate, was 
born Feb. 25, 1856, in Lowell, Mass. She married, Sept. 8, 1886, Howard J. 
Folgcr, son of Capt. William and Mary (Fisher) Folger. He was born June 9, 
1863, in Foxboro, Mass They reside in Franklin, Mass. 


Mr. Folger's father. Capt. William Folger, was connected with one of the Arctic 
e.vploring expeditions. He returned home in safety, but died September, 1886. 


Mrs. Folger was a graduate of the Lowell High School in 1870. She taught school 
for a year, was pay-mistress in the Shaw Hosiery, and later a cleik in the store of 
Folger & Co.. South Framingham. Mass. 



Mary Abbie" ('hoate (Grorgc'''', Jciw<s-\ Humph iry^, Tlwiiias-\ Thomas^, 
Johii^). tlaiighter of George [■*«<>] and Lucy .A. (Kaker