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The Elmwood Eatons 



1 he Elm wood Eatons 


Rev. Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton, B. A. 



Privately Printed 

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Printed b1 Thr Advertliicr Olllce, Kentville, Nova Scutia 


I he CImwood Eatons 

THE estutc of Elmwood at Keiitville, in tho (Jouiity ot Kiii>,'.s 
Xovii Scotiii, comprising a Imndrod iiiid fifty iioros, wimo into' 
possesHioii of our mother's family iti 1808. In"l852 our futlior, 
Wiliiiim Eiitoii, purchased it from the heirs of our grandfather, the 
hite Otho Hamilton, and at hisdeatii in 1893, it came into the hands 
of Leslie-Seymour Eaton, his youngest son. It is a i)ictures<,ue 
place, well wooded with elms, oaks, maples and other nativ.. Xova 
Scotian trees, and uttording many delightful views. The Kentville 
hrook winds through it, and the tides of Minas Basin Howing uji 
the ancient Habitant river leave their rieli deposits on its dyk'i's. 

William Eaton, Esquire, tho founder ot this distinct l.nnudi of 
the Eaton timiily, was the second son ot Ward Eaton, Es(,nire, Jus- 
tice of tho Peace, Ac, *c., for tho township of Cornwallis. He was 
horn in Cornwallis, September thirtieth, 1828, and died at Elmwood, 
Kentville, May third, 1893. 

In the monograph published by his family at his death and de- 
posited in many libraries in this country and abroa.l, the details „t 
his public; life are toM. His tombstone in " T}ie Oaks " Cemetery 
boars the following inscription : 

" For nearly fifty years ho was a respected member ol this i-orn- 
munity, where ho held many public positions, both local an<l pro- 
vincial Upright, sincere, kindly, courteous, he did his duty in the 
fear of God, ami won for himself an abiding place in the hearts of 
his fellow men. " 

The following pages contain a brief record of the family he 
fou?ided and its immediate connexions. 



William Eaton, Esquire, second sou of Ward and Debcrali-Eatoii 
Eaton, born September 30, 1823, died. May 3, 1893. He married 
February IS, 1H4!>, at 8t. James' Olinrch, Keiitville.Rev. Jobii Storrs, 
Rector, Anna-Augusta-Wiliougbby Ilnniilton, fifth and youngest 
daughter of Otho and Maria-Starr Hamilton, born September 11, 
1828. died September 23, 1883. Former Residence: Elmwood! 
Kentville, Xova Scotia. 


Arthur-WentworthHamilton, b. Dec lo, 1849 

|H. A. HiT-ard) 

KrancUHerbert •• July 29, 1851 

[ B. A. Harvard ] 

Anna-Vlorton " Jan'y i, 1853 

Rufus-William •• Aug. ^3, 1856 

Ilarryllavelock •• Jan'y 23, 1858 

I-eslie-.Seymour " .May 17, 1865 

Emily-MariaHamiltun " Feb'y 14, 1868 

A memorial sketch of William Eaton, Esq., giving an account 
of his lite ami paidic services, was printed at the time of bis deiitli 
and may be found in all the loading libraries. Of bis sons, Artbur- 
Wentvvorth-Hamilton, B. A. Harvard, is a clergyman of the Episco- 
pal Church, of the Diocese of Xcw York, and an author; Francis- 
Herbert, B. A. Harvard, M. A. Acadia, has filled important e.lucii- 
tional positions; Rufus-William ( took a partial course at Acadia 
College ) is a successful merchant ; Harry-Havelock ( also to„k 11 
partial course at Acadia College) studied law and was admitted 
the Bar ottlie State of Illinois. He is now a lawyer and I'ro.secutiiia- 
Attorney in ! be State of Washington. Leslie-Seymour residi'.s at 
Elmwood. George-Albert Laytou, the husband of Anna-Morton 
Eaton, is in the Customs department of the Camidian (^ivi! Service. 
He is a well known provincial shot and was at one time on the fnni- 
oiis Camidian Wimbledon Team. 

Anna-Mortos EATON,born January, 1,1853, was married at Elm- 
wood, December «, 1882, to George-Albert Laytou, eldest son of ' 
Francis Laytou, Esq.* ( Francis', Francis' ) Residence : Ravens- 
wortli, Truro. Xovii Scotia. 

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Francis-Paut. Hamilton b. April 13, 1888 

RuFUS-WiLLUM Eaton, born August 23, 1856, married Septem- 
ber 11, 1888, in St. James' Church, Kontville. Rev. John-Owen 
Ruggles, Rector, officiating, Anna-Laurie Sutherland, born June 8 
1863, only daughter of Kenneth-Roualdaon Sutherland, formerly of 
Edinburgh. Residence : Dunrobin, Kentville, Nova Scotia. 


b. April 30, 1890 
bap. July 14 " 

b. Sept. a;, 1891 
bap, Dec, a, '• 

b. May 30, 1894 
bap. July 31 " 

Leslie-Seymour Eaton, horn May 17, 1865, marrie<l June 16 
1887 ( at Mrs Thome's house, Kentville), Rev. Arthur- Wentworth- 
Hamilton Eaton and Rev. )ohn-Owen Ruggles officiating, Augusta- 
Bilhng Thome, bom Jan'y 26, 1866, third daughter of James-Hall 

and Mary-Piper Thome. Residence : Elmwood, Kentville, Nova 

Kenneth -Sutherland 
Jean ■Hamilton 


Emily-Augusta-Thome b. March 7, 1889 

bap. May 2, •• 

Helen-Wentworth Hamilton " J«4y-i«, 1891 
bap. July 20, '• 

a^ 2/ 

Emily-Maria-Hamilton Eaton, born February 14, 1868, died at 
Elmwood, May 2, 1871, of croup, and was buried in the ' Familv 
Burial Lot at " The Oaks." 

Of the American Eatons five distinct families are known in New 
England and one in New Jersey. That there is any close connexion 
between our own, the family of John and Anne Eaton of Hnverhiil, 
and either of the others has never been shown, nor has it so far 
been possible to discover from what county in England our ancestor 
came. He first appears in the Haverhill, Massachusetts records in 



June, 1640, aiul wo know absolutely nothing about hint prior to 
that time. Nor wouhl it perhaiis be at all an easy task to trace his 
family tar in England if we could know. Tiio name "Eaton" is of 
Anglo-Saxon origin { Ea or Aa-tun ), and means "the town or vil- 
lage by the river, " and it is believed that families of Eiitons, taking 
their name from the little river-towns in which they lived, arose in 
many different parts of the country. There wore Eatons all over 
the midland counties of England, from Suffolk and Kent to Cheshire 
ni the time of Queen Elizabeth, many ot them bearing arms which" 
as a rule, however, aro so entirely <lifferent as to make it impossible 
by their means to trace descent. A record of these arms will of 
course be found in Burke's General Armory, Two Eaton families 
at least, the Cheshire and Shropshire families, may be traced to a 
very early period, but no general classification of the English Eatons 
has ever been made. Of Jo/m Eatons, the ancient English wills that 
have been brought to light show that there were probably as many 
as fifty living in England in the time of James I. 

Our great-great-grandfather, David Eaton, who in 17(J0, remov- 
ed from Tolland, Connecticut, to Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, was a great- 
groat-grandson of John and Anne Eaton, whose names firsc appear 
ill New England records, in Juno, 1640. David Eaton was born in 
Haverhill, Massachusetts, and from there in early life went to Con- 
necticut, where he married in his twenty-third year, October 10 
1751, Deborah, daughter of Mr Thomas White, a descendant of Mr' 
John White one of the first settlers of Cambridge, who owned part 
of the land on which the buihlings of Harvard College now stand. 

The circumstances of David Eaton's removal with his family to 
Nova Scotia, have been so often incidentally told in print that I 
need only allude to them here. Together with our Starr, De- 
Wolf, Bliss, and Rand great-great-grandfathers, and the progenitors 
of nearly all the other Kings County families of note,he came in 1700 
by invitation of the Nova Scotia Government to settle on the vacant 
lauds of the exiled Acadians. He received bis own large and valu- 
able estate in Cornwallis, and at his death, by a will which may be 

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seen i.i the Probate Office at Kentville, divi.led it anions his seven 
sons. His second wife was Alice-English, widow of Dr. Samuel 
Willoughby, but by her he had no family. From two of his sons, 
John and Elislia, we are descended, our Grandfather Ward a son of 
John, having married his first cousin, our Grandmother Eunice- 
Deborah, daughter of Elisha. The wife of John Eaton was Tabitha 
Uand, a daughter of John and Catherine Rand, of an honourable 
Massachusetts family ; and the wife of Elisha was Irene Bliss, a 
daughter of Nathaniel and Eunice Bliss, who also came to Nciva 
Scotia from Connecticut, and of whom I shall have something more 
to say. 

Our grandparents, Mr and Mrs Ward Eaton, we remember with 
affection and pride. Thej were recognized in this county as people 
of the greatest worth, and their social position was unqualified. 
Nothing but pleasant memories remain to us of them. Thev lived 
in great comfort, and their hospitality was so refined and generous 
that it has passed into a tradition. Our Grandfather, " the Squire, " 
as he was usually called, had strong political convictions, and was' a 
great friend and ardent admirer of Judge Johnstone and the other 
Tory leaders, of the most interesting period of the political history of 
Nova Scotia. At his house we saw the most eminent Nova Scotiails of 
theday,and there were few of them who did not entertain for their 
genial host the same respect with which we now remember him. Of 
our dear Grnudmother we can never say too much. She was a iioble 
woman, firm where firmness was necessary, yielding where it was 
right toyield,tenderand thoughtful towards all who approached her, 
and as free from faults, I believe, as it is possible for any one to be! 
Her memory is a benediction,, and our only regret is that we were 
not sufficiently mature when she was alive to appreciate her as we 
now could do. 

It is with our grandmother's immediate connexions alone, in 
the Eaton family, that we have ever had much intercourse. One of 
her nephews was Daniel Lewis Eaton,a graduate of Bowdoin College 


Ill 1851, wlio wa8 Paymaster of the American Army during part of 
the late war and at his death was Cashier of the Second National 
Bank, in Washington, D. C. Another is Clement Belcher Eaton a 
prominent merchant of St.Stephen,New Brunswickjand still another 
was the late Mr George Eaton, of St. John, one of whose sisters mar- 
ried into the Portsmouth Cutts family, one becoming the wife 
of Rov. Thomas D. Howard, a Unitarian clergyman of Boston, and 
a graduate of Harvard. Oar Grandmother's nephew, Brentou Hal- 
liburton Eaton is a well known lawyer of Halifax ; a grand-nephew 
the Hon. George Wheelock Burbidge, has been Deputy Minister of 
Justice for the Dominion of Canada, and is now an honoured Judge 
at the Canadian Court of Exchequer; and still another grand-nephew 
Dr^ Theodore Harding Rand, was for years Chief Superintendent 
ot Education for the Province of Xova Scotia, an.l then for New 
Brunswick. Of our own first cousins, Dr. Benjamin Rand is con- 
nected with Harvard College, and his brother, Mr Frederic C Rand 
has .succeeded his father as Collector of Customs for Kings County' 

An important person in the family, three generations ago, was 
Mr John Wells, who represented the County of Kings in the Pro- 
vincial legistatnre for thirteen years. His wife was Prudence-Eaton 
a sister of our great-grandfathers Elisha and John, and he was the 
grandfather of the present High Sheriff of Kings County Mr 
Stephen Belcher. Mr. John Manning,of Falmouth, married Deborah 
Eatou, another of our Father's great-aunts, and he also was for seven 
years in the Provincial legislature, as member for the Township of 
talmouth. One of our most honoured relations to-day is Wyatt Eaton 
the painter, who belongs to a l)ranch of the family that remained in' 
the United States ; another is General John Eaton, the late Com- 
missioner of Education, at Washington. D. C. ; and another is Rev 
Dr. Wilham Hadley Eaton, a New Hampshire clergyman 

Our Grandmother's brother William, married, in 1809, Nancy 
De Wolf, a niece of the Hon. Bonjamin Do Wolf, ot Windsor unil 
first cousin of Mrs Eraser, the mother of LadvGore, wife of General 

the Hon Sir Charles Steplien Gore, whose daughter is the Countess 
of Lrroll, one of the La.lies-in-Waiting of Her Majesty the Queen 

Our Grandmother's brother David n.arrie.l,i„ 1814, Susannah Strong 
and her brother James, in 1822, Hannah Strong, who were seco.ul 
cousins of Lady Gore. Our cousin Brontou Halliburton Eaton, who 
18 related to us on our Father's, and through the DoWoIfs also on 
our Mother's side, is therefore a tliird cousin of the Countess of Er- 
roll, who IS through the DeWoIfs, our sixth cousin 


Few more distinguislr'farnih-es are represontod in America than 
the Ol.vestob Hnmilto.m. With the exception of Major Otho Hamil- 
ton, and his sons John and Otho, who were long connected with the 
military government of Xovn Scotia, the father late in life assuminjf 

the governorship of Placentia in Newfoundland, our grandfather and 
his children have been the only representatives of the family in this 
province. Unfortunately with t'- death of our two unmarried aunts 
in 1802 the Hamilton name among the descendants of our great- 
grandfather, became extinct in America. Of the grandchildren of 
Henry Hamilton Ist, our great-grandfather, but throe are now livin« 
Mary-Ehzabeth-Hamilton Merr.l'.only daughter of Henry Hamilton 
2d.; and our two aunts, Marguret-Maria and Josephine-Collins, who 
are mentioned farther on. 

Hk.nry HAMii,To>f,of the Olivestol. Ilamiltons, born in Soothin.l 
in 1747, m. in Berwick, Maine, October 5, 1780, Eunice, daughter 
of Jeremiah and Sarah-Grant-Mamilton Lord, bap. Juh"'" 17(51 
He died Febnary 21, 1819. She died June 8, 1793. Former Resi^ 
dence : Sanford, Maine. 



••^arah b. 25 Oct., 


Olho " 2 May, 


Jeramiah " 8 Vlay, 


Henry " 2 Not., 


Margaret " 7 Aug., 


Simeon " 22 Nov., 


Archibald " 11 Feb'y, 


Otho Hamiltov, b. 2 May, 1784, m. in Horton,Nova Scotia, Jm.e 
1!^, 1813, Rev. Robert Norris, Rector of St. John's Church, Corn- 
walim officiating, Maria, only daughter of Samuel and Lvdia-De- 
Wolf Starr b. Jan'y 1, 1795. Mr. Hamilton d. Muy 21, 1831, 
Mr. i fnmilton d. Jan'y 3, 1872. Former Residence Kentvilie 
JNova Scotia. 


Susan b, 









Josephine Collins b. 

Anna Augusta Willoughby b. 


Minetta Bath 

Henry Starr 

Margaret Maria 

■o March, 
17 Feb'y, 
15 March, 
13 Feb-y, 
■ 8 August, 
9 May, 
« Feb'y, 
2 Aug., 
24 March, 
II Dec, 
M Sept., 
23 Sept., 


Mah(}arkt-Mahia Hamilton, b. Feb'y 6, 1821, m. Feb'y 19 
18S7, toBrGnton-Halliburton, fifth son of Hon. James-Delap (M L 
C.) and VVilholmina-\Veiny88-Campbell Harris, born March 3 183]' 
N-o children. He died January 5, 1868. Residence : Kentvilie', Nova 



JosEPHrNE-OoLLiN-8 Hamiltov, 1,. December 11, 182f5, m. Decein- 
l>er 1,1849 (Rev. John Storrs officiating) to Jolni-Rutus Euton 
tliird son of Ward and Del)oral.-Eaton Euton, b. July 3 182ti' 
d m Boston. Xov. 4, 1851. Former Residence: ClieleeH,' .Massa- 





h. 1 2 January, 185 1 
(). 8 June, 
Grace-Hunnewell b. n March, 1852 

Josepbine-CoJiins-Uamilton Katon ni ( 2 ) at St Ja 
Cburoh Kentville, by Rev. Jobn 0^ven Rug^Ien. August o,' I863T 
Davu -^tuart Hamilton, B.A., son of Jobn and Anne-Ricbard^on- 
Marsbftll Kam.Iton, born September 1. 182:,, Knulnate<l at Kin^. 
ColIep:e, Windsor. Jnno 30, 1847. In 1868 be received tb.- degree 
of D. C. L. from tbe Fniversity of Bedford nt Sbelbyville, TenneLe 
and May 18. 1873, at Mobile, Alabama, was ordained deacon in tbe 
Protestant Episcopal Cburcb, be bnving originally intended to take 
Holy Orders, He died suddenly at Tuscaloosa, Abiba-nH, .May 4 


Harold Harris b. 6 May, ;S64 

^^ary Stuart •• ,3 April, 1S65 

Jnnet Gordon " 12 Oct., 1867 

Victor I'rescotI •• 19 Keb'y, 1870 

Charlei Frederick " 8 Nov., 1872 

<<• 5 May, 1873 

a«ArK-Hr.VN™x EATON(daugbter of Jobn Rufusand Josepbine 
ColI.ns-IFamdton Eaton) b. ^rnrcb 12, IS.-i^, m. October 7 187-' to Porter, son of Judge Josepb I'orter, of WatertWrd 
New Jersey. He died October 28, 1882. 

WilllamnamiltDi) U. 5 Dae., 1871 
KrankUugKle'* " 27 Keb'y, 187ft 


Grace-Hunnewcll-Eaton Porter m. ( 2 ) Inno 2q isan . q* 
Jan.s' Church, Atlantic Cit,, New Jer^^^^lf '/Z'r-We t 
worh Hampton Eaton, to WiUbrd-Henry, born M.rch 21 
1853 only son of Leverett deVeber and Nancy-Moore Chipma..' 
Residence: Kentville, Nova Scotia. ^nipman- 


Leverett-deVeber b. 17 April, ,891 

bap. 12 July, <• 

Reginald. Wemyss b. 5 June, ,892 

bap. 7 Aug, .. 

Harold-Harris HAMaxoN (son of Rer. D. Stuart and Josephine- 

of gI^/h "'^"";t' ^"'" ''^'''' Winnifred-RebecciZgh er 
of Goorge-Henry and Mary Adams, ot Concord, New Hampshire. 


Stuart-AJams b. 17 April, 1893 
Beatrice b. 29 July. ,894 

in. clZr H°"°°r, "*""■'"""''"«'■"" "f ■*"■■ ^ smart a„d J„ 


Janet- Hamilton b. June 3, ,888 

William-Stuart b. Augu.l 18, 1890 


Arm, of ,h. Oli^lob Hamilton, registered i„ 1678 : Gules a 
martlet between three „i,„„ef„iU .rge„, within a borjnr, .mb.t,L 

lanuiy will be found in manuscript in t le library nf the .\ev. |.'n»Un I u . ,. 

ogical Society in Bo.ton. »y"itlic .New L-nglanJ His tone -CJeneal. 



Tlie Starr tatnily, from wl.ioh we are .lesce.ulo.l tlirougl, f,„r 
Qrandniothor Ilatnilton, traces to Ashfonl, anciontly the Manor ot 
I'^«l.eteHfor,l, „ear Canterbury, in Kent, forty-five miles south east 
of Lon.ion. " The eonspicuous object to the traveller a« h« 
imsses through, on his way toor from the continent, " says the author 
of the Starr Oeneah.nj, "and the most interesting to all who love our 
name, is the grey old parish chur,'!. of Ht. Mary, a large building 
with a transept, three aisles, three chancels, and a beautiful grey 
stone tower. Its age is unknown. It had already stood for centuries 
wlien early m the seventeenth century, our ancestor. Dr. Comfort 
Starr, worshipped ^^ithin its walls an.l brought his children to its altar 
for baptism." 

The well known arms of the Starr family are : Az.ure, a pair of 
scales or balances within an orle of eight estoiles, or. Crest, A liot> 
couchant, or, charged with an estoilp gules. 

Our first American ancestor, Dr. Comfort Starr, was bon, in 
Ashford ; and came to America in 1634. His wife Elizabeth died in 
Boston, Juno 25, 1658, aged sixty-threo, and he died there January 

;' ,"'"f\„ ,'*'■• ^^'"'^ ''"'' '"" ^^''^« ''"•' «'ff''f ^I'Sl'lren all born in 
England : Thomas. Elizabeth, Comfort, Mary, Job,., Samuel ( buried 
in Ashtord churchyard), Hannah, and Lydia. Of these children 
our ancestor Dr. nonu,>, the eldest, like his father was a Physician • 
Comfort gra.luate.! at Harvard College in 1647,returned to England' 
and became an Independent Minister; John married Martha, .laugh' 
tcr ot fJenrge Bunker, who owned Bunker mil, in Bosto.> ; and 
Han.u.h became the wite of .Nfr )ohn Cutts. of Portsmouth. Dr 
Comfort Starr practised i)oth in Englan.l and in America. 

Tin, Cluncl, ,o S.. Mary th, Vi,gi„, ,U„,f,.„m ,l,e reign of Henry HI .n,l, the,,le of ...e ,Mr,ecn,h een.ury. h i. . fin, cruet™ 
«.n.M,„con....ryKn«l.,..,rchi,ec,u,e, ,,,. fee, in len«.h. i.s lo.,,e., ,..r, ,00 ,. 




Our first Novji Scotia Starr uiicustor was David, youngest child 
l)iit oii(«, of Sanuicl and Aiiii-l?nsliiifll Starr, ot Norwidi, Comioc- 
ticut, a gruat-groat-graiidsoii ot Dr. Tlionias Starr,80ii of Dr. Comfort. 
Ho was our grcat-grwit-grandfatlior, was born in Xorwioh, October 
Ki, 1742, canio to Nova Scotia about 1760, and niarric<l August 5, 
1770, Susaiinali, dauglitcr of Henry and Martiia Potter, born in Hali- 
fax, April, 1752, died, N-oveniber 5, 1817. He bad tliirtoon child- 
ren, ot whom our great-grandfather Samuel was tlie These 
were Samuel and Henry, twins ; born, August fifth, 1771 ; Elizabeth 
born in 1778; John, Anne, Sarah, Josei^h, Hannah, Susannah, David, 
"William, James, and Daniel, almost all of whom founded families ot 
considerable importance. Our great-grandfather Samii,-/, married 
in 17ft4, our groat-grandmother Ly«lia, daughter of Jehiol Sr. and 
rhobe-Cobb Do Wolf, who died at KentviluC in ISoO, aged eighty- 
one, and was buried at The Oaks, where the later gouoratioiisofoiir 
family also lie. Tliey had but two children, Maria, our grandmother, 
and Henry, who died unmarried in the West Indies, in 1822 ; where , 
as it singularly happened, his father also did in 1801. The place of 
the latter's death was Januvica, but where the son died I do not know. 
llo liad gone for his health to the West Fiidies and died of tever 
rather suddoidy. Our great-grandmother Ly<lia was married twice 
after her first husband's death, ami by her second marriage acipiirod 
the estate which was so long owned i)y our F'atlier. Our great- 
grandmother, Mrs Samuel Starr, was a fine commanding looking 
woi.ian, with frosli complexion, and light hair and eyes. She and 
her relative and intimate frien<l. Mrs Stephen DeWolf. were often 
spoken of as two of the moU attractive women in the county. In 
appearance she resembled the I)e Wolfs, while imr grandmother, her 
daughter .Maria, was more like the Starrs. Her last days wore spent 
at Kentville, with her daughter and grandchildren, all of whom had 
(or lier the utmost Inveand ri>verenci!. Our Mother and Aunts have 
HO often ilescrihed iier, that her personality stands out to me tar more 
distinctly than that of any other of our ancestors of her generation. 
She was a woman of superior sense and of u nnignetic and generous 



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spirit. \..t ,.,ily i.>.r -.•aM.lrlnMivn. I.nt ail lu-r ofl.oth 
tl... iK.Wuiranrl Starr fi,inili,.s, a.lmin..l and lovo.l her, an.I some of 
tli.-M.,„,i.sfa.,tly visitors at lioiiso. SIi.Mii.Mi of i-an.'cr, aftor 
f l-Mi-nn,! fryi..- illness, fl.n.ugl, which our Mother an.I Aunts 
tenderly nursed her. 

Our jrreat-unele, Henry Starr, luinie.l for his father's twin hrotlr 
<■'•, i.'^ tli..ii,i,'ht to have been en,tca.,n.,l to Nfary, -hunrhter of his fourth 
eous.n, Jnd.ire Elisha DeWolf, win. after his .leath heeonje the wife 
of Rev. John flark. at one time Rector of St. John's Chureii, Corn- 
wallis. Hut it was also believed by some that lie was cngaired to 
Harriet diuigliter of tlio Loyalist Col. William Moore. Whatever 
may liave been the truth, the liandsom.. yoiinsr fellow went for his 
his liealth on a voyajre to the West Indies, with a eonnexion of the 
family.Mr. James Rateliford .if I'arrsb.irou.-h, an.I there die.l of fevor 
at the a-rc of twenty-six. His sister, our gran.lrnother Maria, thus 
be.'ame the sole surviving .les.-endant of her father, Samuel Starr, and 
the el.lest representative of our branch of the Starr family in Xova 
Scotia, the chil.lren of her aunt. Klizal)eth Willoughby, rankiufr 
next in seniority, and the ehil.lren of her un.^le, the Hon. John Starr, 
next, ft will thus be seen that .)ii her M.>thor's side, our .Mother 
had no first cousins. From our great-grandmother, Lydia-DoWolf 
Starr, I inherit a Family Bible, an.I irynin Hook, while among 
various nier-ibers of the family was .listributed by our Aunt Minetta, 
before iier .leath, a beautiful oi.l china tea set, which she had had 
t'r.)ni her gian.lmother. 

A7/,:(A,.//, si'irr. our grail. Imotlier's aunt, was married, March 
sixth, 17!t4, to Augustnr., s..n of Dr. Samu.'land Alice-English Wil- 
loughby, b. Feb'y. secon.l, 1771, at ('ornwallis. Their ehii.lren were 
.Minetta, .Seraphina. Lucretia, Samuel-Augustus, Elizabeth, (Marissa, 
ami Susannah-Alice, all baptize.! in St. John's parish, CornwalliB. 
Of this family, our gran. Ini.nher's cousin, Sn,ini,-l-Aii.iH^lu« \V ;iliui,ihl„i 
i). Jan'y. first, ISOil, move.l to Mro.,klyn, \ew Vork, where he mar- 
ried, (1) Margaretta DufKel.l, daughter of Dr. John Duffield.of Virgi- 
nia, and Margaretta-Debevoisc, a la.iy of wealth, ami ha.l two .huigh- 


tors wlio lived, Aunn.Aufluxta ( for whom our Mother, lier sccotid 
ooiiBiii, wns iiiimed), who bccaniL' tlio wife of tlie Rev. George Diif- 
tit'hl, D. 1). ; and Mnriiai-ettn, who heeame the wifeof tlie lion. Judge 
Eihviirds Tierrepoiit, D. V,. L. ( Oxoii. ), of New Yori<, Attorney 
(lonerai of the United States, and from 1876 to 1878, Minister Pleni- 
potentiary of tlie United States at the Court of St. James. Mrs 
Picrrejioint, is still living, but Judge Piorrepont died, March sixtii, 
1892. Their only son Edward, a graduate of Ciirist Church, Oxford, 
of 1882, in 1884 was appointed Secretary of the United States Lega- 
tion, at Rome, and on the resignation of Mr William-Waldorf Astor, 
shortly after, Chm-i/e d'Affum'» o\' t\w United States, in Italy. lie 
died in Rome, greatly lamented, in April 1885. Their only daughter 
Mar;i'in-ff,i]\'!l!iiii<//i/,i/, is tlie wife of Mr Leonanl-Forhes Bookwith, 
C. E., of Xew York. 

Su,iuirl-Au;/iixfn.i Willomjliliii ni. (2) Mrs Estello-r.*iusette Cook, 
and had by her, one son, IIugh-Lau.sette Willoughby. Both he and 
his mother are living, their residences being in Newport and Phila- 
delphia. Samuel-Augustus Willoughby died at Saratoga in 1880. 
Through his sisters we are related to the Baths and Fellows', of 
Bridgetown, tiie Shannons of Halifax, the John Lawrences, of Brook- 
lyn, and the Ballisters of Newton, .Mass. Judge S. L. Shannon mar- 
ried our Mother's second cousin, Anna-Starr Fellows, and the lato 
Mr J. F. Ballisteran undo of e.x-Governor Russell, of Massachusetts, 
married Mrs Shannon's sister, Minctta-Bath Fellows. .Mr Samuel- 
Augustus Wiilonghhy, who founded a i>ank in Brooklyn, and gave 
bis name to a street, \Vilh,H<jl,l,ii Armw, was long the owner of a fine 
olil estate on Fulton Avenue. A liict of .some interest to us, as I 
have already slated, is timt our great-grear-grandfather David Eaton, 
the first of our name in Xova Scotia, married for his second wife, 
Alice-Knglish, widow of Dr. Samuel Willoughby, and grandmother 
of Samuel- August us V-'illoughby. 

Our grandmother's uncle, //./» ./.,lnt SI. in-. Iiecamo a wealthy 
merchant and ship-ow ner in Halifax, and lor some time represented 
the County of Kings in iji,. House of Assembly. His eommereial 









i^nj!, nse.l by tlie family for more tluiii half a ceiiturv, was white, 
witli a I)Iiie star in the centre. In the Colie,i,'e of Anns, London, lie 
rogistere.1 a separate coat of arms, which is carved on his monument 
in Halifax. \ lino portrait of him may he seen in the Starr Gene- 
alogy. Flis wife was Desiah Gore, (hinghter of Moses and Mollie- 
Xewcoml. (Jore. I lis family left the Church of England and became 
Wesh-yan .Methodists, thus helping establish for that body the pres- 
tige it has ever since held in Halifax. They lived at " I'oplarGrove," 
a place formerly owned by the Wontworth family, and the street 
since cut through the estate is known as "Starr Street." Hon. 
John Starr died, December 80, 1827. His wife died 15 .May, 184;J. 
OftJicir thirteen children : M<ir.iar,-t-Sn,,l,ia became the wife of the 
Hon. James Ratchford, .\I. L. C. Hon. JnhnUmuhr, M. L. C, who 
lived handsomely in Halifax, in 1829 was commissioned Col. ot 
the ;!d Regt. ot .Militia ; in 1887 was appointed aide-de-camp to Gen. 
Sir Colin Campbell, and afterward ai<le-de-camp to Lord Falkland, 
(Tovcrnors of Xova Scotia ; and later was made a member of the 
Legislative Council. WHien in England with his second wife he was 
presented at court.and ill Paris dined with Louis-Philippe, by special 
invitation, the King thus recognizing the kindness he as Provincial 
Aide-de-Camp, had shown tlie Frencli princes some years before, 
when tlioy had visited Halifax in a French man-of-war. His first 
wife, whom lie marrie.l Xov. 1, I82:{, was .Mary-Sophia Ratchford, 
sister of Hon. James Ratchford. His second wife, whom he nuirricd 
I)ec. 22, 18;50, was Frances-Barbcrie, dau. of William and Catherine 
Throckmorton, ot New Jersey. WilUam-Jitseih m. (1), l(j Xov. 1880 
in IJormuda, .Mathilda, dau. of the Hon. Riehard and Frances-Peni- 
ston-Peniston, of Peniston-Hall, Poniston, Uermnda, (2), September 
25, 1848, .Mrs Harriet,widow of Thomas Hartlett, Esq., and daughter 
of Timothy Ruggles, Esq., President of the Congress of 17(35, ot 
the United American Coloiiies.and afterward a general in the British 
army. Mnrn-Kllza was m. October 17, 182G, to Elisha, son of Judge 
Elisha and .Margaret-ltatcbford DeWolf Su>>an-Ar,Lh,-lhi became the 


wife of Admiral William-Henry Jervis, R. N., (afterwards knighted), 
a relation of the Earl of St. Vincent. Lucretia-Jaue was married to 
the Hon. Judge Charles Young, LL. D., of Prince Edward Island, 
son ot the Hon. John Young, M.P. and brother of the late Sir Wil- 
liam Young, of Halifax. Fredwlck-Itatchford, who married (1) Marj'- 
Jane Jarvis, of a Loyalist family, of New Brunswick, ( 2 ) Henrietta- 
Maria, daughter of John and Henrietta-Mariu-Coffin Atwood, of 
Philadelphia, was the owner of "Echo Farm," the widely known 
dairy farm ot Jersey stock, at Litchfield, Conn. 

Our grandmother's aunt, Anne Starr, was married to Walter, son 
of Ezra and Mary-Watrous Reid, of Cornwallis. Her aunt Sara/t was 
married February sixth, 1800, to Benjamin Belcher of Coniwallis,(2) 
April 17, 1805, to Walter C. Manning, and by her first marriage 
had a son, Clement- Horton Belcher, b. March 5, 1801, who m. June 
6, 1826, his first cousin, Mary-Jane, born December 19, 1806, daughter 
of Joseph and Mary-Qore Starr. Her uncle Joseph married (I), Feb- 
nary 25, 1804, Mary, daughter of Moses and Moilie-Newcomb Gore, 
born January 29, 1778, at Cornwallis ; (2) April 4, 1843, Mrs. Mar- 
garet-Maria Calkin, daughter of Judge Elisha and Margaret- 
Ratchford DeWolf, b. September 22, 1793, at Horton. Joseph 
Starr's children byw his first marriage were: {a) John-Kdtoard, b. 4 
Feb'y, 1805 m. 11 Nov., 1828, Mary-Anne ,dau. of James-Russell and 
Ann-Lousia-Chipman Lovett [ Children : Rev. Jogeph- Herbert Starr ; 
Elieaheth-Anne, widow of Dr. Douglas-Nicholas Tucker, Surgeon R. 
N. ; AUda Ellen, wife of Frederick-Newton Qisbonie, C. E. ; Mary- 
Qore, ^iec^&iQA, wife of Israel Longworth, Barrister, of Truro; and 
Reginald- Heher-Starr, D. D., a clergj-maii of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church of the United States] ; (b) Marii-Jan,- b. December 19, 1806. 
m. to her cousin Clement-Horton Belcher. 

Our grandmother's aunt, Suxannah, was married March, 1811,to 
Rev. James Irish Wesleyan minister. Her uncle David, 
a prominent Halifax merchant, m. February 1811, Lavinia, dau. of 
Joseph ( Samuel, Samuel, Jonathan, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Comfort ) 





Rtid Joaiina-Leffingwell Starr, iind hud : Saruh-Elizabeth ; Joanna, 
wife of Rev.RoIand Morton; Mary Sophia; Fanny-Laviiiia,wife of Rev. 
Dr.Samuel Dwight; Harriet-AugUBta.wite of Rev.Dr.CharleH Stewart; 
David-Henry, and John, two well known merchants of Halifax. 

Her uncle William married, January 31, 1815, Harriot, daughter, 
of Francis and Bathsheba-Rugglcs Hutchinson. Her uncle Jam^t. 
married May 19,1813, Xancy.daughter of Miner and Martha- Walker 
Huntington, and had two daughters : Mary-Elizabeth, wife ot Thomas 
Allen, and Susan-Martha, wife of the late Sheriff William-Kaines 
Dudman, of Yarmouth. Her uncle, Daniel m. Septembers, 1825, 
Sarah-Alice, daughter of Daniel and Lydia-Kirtland-Harris Do Wolf, 
born July 29, 1802, at Horton,and had six children,of whom George- 
Herbert was his father's successor in the British Vice-Consulate at 
Portland Me., and Caroline-Jane, was the first wife of Dr. Israel- 
Thorndike Dana, of Portland, a brother of Mrs William Lawrence, 
of Longwood, Mass. Joseph, the youngest, married Alice Merkel of 

It will thus he seen that we are in the line of the eldest son of 
Dr. Comfort Starr, and that we and the children of our aunt Joseph- 
ine, are the sole representatives in this generation, of the eldest 
branch of the Nova Scotia David Starr's family. 

To the Starrs of our line are of course closely allied the descend- 
ants in Nova Scotia and elsewhere of Major Samuel Starr, the eldest 
brother of our ancestor David Starr. Major Samuel Starr, son of 
Samuel and Ann-Bushnell-Starr, of Norwich, a very prominent man, 
was one of the committee appointed and sent by the intending New 
England settlers, to Nova Scotia, to survey and report on the Acad- 
ian lands. His own valuable estate was at Starr's Point, Cornwallis, 
and the Starrs of that place, including, of course, John-Edward Starr, 
who married our aunt Martha Eaton, and his sister Pauline-Starr, who 
■ was the wife of our uncle, Leander Eaton, are his dependants. 


De wolf 

Our first American DeWolf ancestor was Balthazar DeWolf, 
who with his wife Alice appears in Wethersfield, Connecticut, iil 
1664, and then in Lyme in 1668. His ancestry was no doubt Con- 
tinental, though Mr and Mrs Salisbury, of New Haven, the emi- 
nent genealogists ot the DeWolf and many other Connecticut 
families, tee! convinced that he came directly' from Ensfland to 
Connecticut. His family consisted of six children :*E(hvurd, 
8imon, Stephen, Mary, Susannah, and probably Joseph ; of whom' 
Edward and Stephen have descendants in Nova Scotia. We 
are descended from Stephen, whose grandson Je/>M { h Ijc- 
tween 1727 and 1731, m. Phebe Cobb) in 1761, came with his 
second cousin 6Vw«,«, a grandson of Ar/man/, and his second cousin, 
once removed, Nathan, a great-grandson of AV<;w«/vi, to Horton. Nova 
Scotia. The intermarriages of the children and grandchildren ot 
Balthazar DeWolt; in Connecticut, with the Lees, Griswolds, Water- 
mans, Mathers, and other families of note, is indicated in the second 
volume of the magnificent "Family Histories and Genealogies," ,.f 
Mr and Mrs Salisbury, and in the first of their two DeWolf charts. 
To Mary DeWolf belongs the honour of having been the grandmother 
of Mathew Griswold, a noted governor of Connecticut. 

In each of the three Nova Scotia families of DeWolf are some 
well known names, and in every generation there has been much 
friendly intercourse among the families. The pretty college town of 
Wolfville, in sight of the Basin of Minas and the famous Grand Prfe, 
is perhaps the family's best monument, for it was in that historical 
locality that its earliest members settled, and it is there that it hais 
left its most abiding traces. It is impossible for me to follow the 
families in detail, but in the Salisbury Genealogies and in the manu- 
scripts of Dr. James Ratchford DeWolf and myself, which are care- 
fully preserved, will be found complete records of the family, to our 
own time. 




Our own ancestor, Jeliiel DeWolf, wlio avnu' directly from 
Killingworth, Connecticut, to Nova Scotiii in 1761,marrieil, us I have 
said, about 1752, Pheiie Cobb.daughter of Elisha and Mary-Harding 
Cobb of Easthani, Massachusetts. Their children were : Pliehe, 
Jehiel, Jr, Margaret, Olirer, Daniel, Jerusha, Eunice, and L'/diu. 
These daughters all married in to well known Kings County families, 
but intimacy between tlieir descendants and our grandmother Lydiu's 
family ceased, for the most part, at the lattor's death. With the 
families of Jehiel, Oliver, and Daniel, the three sons, wo have had 
more to do. Jehiel, Jr, was a ship-owner, and died, I believe, 
in Xew York. His son Aaron dying without is.sue, the DeWolf 
name in his branch of the family became extinct, but he had several 
daughters, Anna-Eliza, wife of Daniel Harrington; Elizahefl,, who d. 
young; A/un/, who m. Josiah Dana, of Eastport, Maine, and had one 
son William DeWolf, for many years in the Treasury Departmon 
at Washington; Hannah, who m. Jonathan Bartlett, a cousin of the 
poet Longfellow's mother, and had, among other children, Annu- 
Maria, who became the wife of Daidel T. Granger, of Saco, Maine; 
Phclw, who was III. to John-Si go urney Webster; and CUarUtftr, who 
was married in New York, first to a Mr. Brower, and then to a Mr. 
Vanderpoel. In the Harrington family, children and descendants 
of Anna-Eliza DeWolf, daughter of Jehiel, Jr, there have been matiy 
persons well known in this province. The two eldest .Miss Harring- 
tons, daughters of Anna-Eliza, were Charlotte-Leonora, who mar- 
ried Dr. Alexander McDomild; and Eliza-Caroline, who married 
in Eastport, Me., Samuel H. Wadsvvorth, uncle of the poet Long- 

Of the family of Ullvvr, the relation whom we know i)est is 
Mrs. Anna-Augnsta-Fitch Brown, of Newburyport, Massachusetts. 
Among Oliver's descendants there are a few persons of the DeWolf 
name living, but very few. 

The most prominent of the DeWolf uncles of our grandmother 
ITamilton, was Dani,l, born May 28, 1701, m. Lydia Kirtland Harris, 





and d. January 31, 1837. He was a large land-owner, liaviiig an 
estate at Wolt'ville, on whicli he lived, and a great deal of property 
besides. For many years he held tlie office of Justice ot the Peace, 
and from 1806, for several years represented the Township of Hor- 
ton in the Provincial Assembly. His children were: Daniel Kirt- 
land, who died unmarried; Thomas Cochran, Caroline Sophia, who 
became the wife ot Thomas Ratchford, of Parrsborough; Robert 
Dickson, who m. Sophia Dennison; Sarah-Alice, who wan m. Sept. 3. 
1825, to our ijrandim)the.r'g uncle vn her/ather'n nide, Daniel Starr, und be- 
came the mother of Mrs. Israel T. Dana, of Portland, Me.; Cat/ieriue- 
Antie, who m. John Scott, and whose daughter Anne became the 
second wife of Eldward Lawson, of Halifax; and Lucilla-olii>,\ who 
became the second wife of Winckworth Chipman.Esq., of Kentvilie. 
Li/dla, the youngest of the eight children of Jehiel DeWolf, Sr, was, 
as I have said, onr mother's grandmother; her first husband, our 
great-grandfather, was Samuel Starr, to whom she was ni. in 1794. 
The most prominent of the sons of Nathan DeWolf s was Jyd;i<i 
Elinha DeWolf, of Wolfville, who m. Margaret, dau. of Capt. Thomas 
Ratchford, of Comwallis, He was for many years an Assistant 
Judge of the County Court, and held other important officep. His 
place at "Wolfville was one of the handsomest in Kings County, or 
indeed in Nova Scotia, and there were few families in the Province 
better known than his. His son Thoman-Andrew-Strani/e, who ni. 
Nancy Ratchford, also a well known man, was the father of our 
valued friend. Dr. James-Ratchford DeWolf of Halifax. His daugh- 
ter Olivia married Captain Joseph Barss, his daughter Sophia 
married Simon Fitch, his daughter Margaret-Maria (for whom our 
Aunt Margaret was named) married (1) James Calkin, and (2) Ji>.'<ej>l, 
Starr; and his daughter Mary Lucilla m. the Rev. John Clark. The 
exact relationship of our grandmother to Judge Elisha DeWolf, was 
fourth cousin; and thus our mother was fifth cousin to Mr. Thomas. 
Andrew-Strange DeWolf, and we are sixtli cousins to Dr. James- 
Ratchford Do Wolf. An older son of Judge Elisha was William, whc 




in. Amelia Fitch, and had a daughter Mary, who became the wife 
of Zechariah Chipman, of St. Stephen, X. B., a brother of Mr. 
Winckworth Chipman, who was aiso related to us through the 
Simeon DeWolf* family. Their (laughter, Alice-Starr-Chipman, \h 
Lady Tilley, wife of Hon. Sir Samuel-Leonard Tilley;and their daugh- 
tor, Laura, was married to a son of Sir William Howland. Lady 
Tilley's mother isour sixth cousin; and she is of course our sixth cous 
in once removed. The " Stephen DeWolts " of WoUvillo, repre- 
sented now in Kentville by Melville G. DeWoIt and his wife, are 
likewise of this family, and so are our distant cousins. 

Simeon DeVVoIf*, the third of the earliest Nova Scotia DeWolfs, 
was a second cousin of our great-great-grandfather Jehieb. He m., 
in Connecticut, Parnell Kirtland, and had six children: Klizaheth, 
who m. William Andrews, and was the grandmother of Winckworth 
and Zechariah Chipman, and the great-grandmother of Judge John- 
I'ryor Chipman, of Kentville; Hon. lii-njamin, who settled in Windsor 
and m. Rachel Otis.of the Massachusetts Otises; /o/i«; Jamen; CharlM; 
and Luetic who m. Jonathan Wilson, and was the grandmother of 
the third Mrs. Winckworth Chipman. The marriage of the Hon. 
Benjamin DeWoIf, at Windsor, to Rachel Otis, allied his family 
closely to that of the famous " Sam Slick," Judge Thomas-Chandler 
Haliburton, and his family were all well known. His daughter 
Sarah-IIersey-Otis m. Major Xathaniel-Ilay Thomas, a cousin of Sir 
John (or Lady) Wentworth, his daughter Rachel OtU married the 
iron. James Fraser, M. L. C, and became the mother of .S'(mi//-yf(«;/(W, 
wife of Gen. the Hon. Sir Charles-Stephen Gore; and his daughter 
Harriot-Sophia m. the Rev. W. C. King, of Windsor. Lady Gore's 
daughter, Eliza-Amelia, is the CountimK o/ Erro/I (wife ot William 
Henry Hay, Baron Kilmarnock and Karl of Erroll), one of the 
liadies-in-waiting ot the Queen. Ijudy Gore's sister, Catharine, was 
the wile of the Rt. Rev. Thomas-George Suther, Bishop of Aber- 
deen, Scotland. Latli/ Gon and licr nutir werf aecordinijlij imr mot/iir't 
Ji/t/i rfumitm, and theCoiinitim 11/ Krroll in i,ur Kixth eamin, Mrs. Henry 






Almon, late of Windsor, anil her brother, Judge Edgar DeWoU', 
and tlie late Mr. Harry King, were thus also our relatioiiB. 

To the DeWolfrt of Bristol, Rhode Island, we bear a similar re- 
lationship. The founder ot that prominent family, Mark-Anthony 
DeWolf 5 was our great-grandmother Lydia's third eousin, as he was 
also third cousin to Nathan DeWolf s and the Hon. Benjamin De- 
Wolf ' of Windsor. Mark-Anthony DeWolf had thirteen children, 
from the eldest of whom, Charles, are descended the Bristol Colt 
family; and from the fourth, Abigail, Bishop Mark- Anthony-De- 
Wolf Howe. Attorney-General Samuel-Pomeroy Colt, his wife 
Elizabeth-Bullock, and his brother. Judge LeBaron-Bradford Colt, 
of this family, are our eighth cousins once removed. Mrs. Mary- 
Amory Howe, wife of the Rt. Rev. William-Hobart Hare, Bishop 
of South Dakota, and daughter of the Rt. Rev. Mark-Anthony- 
DeWolf Howe, is the same relation to us, as is also, of course, liis 
brother the Rev. Reginald-Heber Howe, their father being our 
eighth cousin. Professor John DeWoh; who m. (1) Elizabeth James 
known as the "goddess of beauty," and (2) Sylvia, daughter of the 
lu Rt. Rev. Alexander-Viets Griswold, is our mother's seventh 
cousin; and Mrs. Lloyd Aspinwall and the Hon. William-Frederic 
DeWoU, are our eiglith cousins. 

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Our great-grandmother, Irene-Bliss, wife ot Elislm Eaton, was 
a daughter of Nathaniel and Eunice Bliss, and fifth in descent from 
Thomas Bliss, born in Belstone Parish, Devonshire, England, and 
died in Norwich, (Connecticut, in 1688, a nephew of Lady Elizabeth 
Calcliffe, wife of Sir John Calclifte, of Belstone. It is rather curious 
that Dr. Samuel Willoughby's descendants, to whom we are related 
through the Starrs, on our Mother's side, are also our relations 





through the BHsses. Dr Samuel Willonghl)y'8 inotlier, Thankfiil- 
Bliss, was tliinl in descent from Thomas Bliss, and accordinglv tiie 
late Mr Samuel-Augustus Willoughby, of Brooklyn, was our 
Grandmother Eaton's fifth cousin, as he was our brand mot her 
Hamilton's first cousin. Mrs Edwards rierrepont,Mr8 Dr Dufiield, 
and their half brother, Mr Hugh Wilioughhy, were therefore our 
Father's sixth cousins, as they were our Mother's second cousins. 
In another line, the Hon. Chief Justice Jonathan Bliss, a noted 
Loyalist, of Fredericton, New Brunswick, was our great grand- 
mother Irene's fourth cousin, hia son, the well known Judge Wil- 
liam-Blowers Bliss, of the Supreme Bench of Nova Scotia, was our 
Grandmother Eaton's fifth cousin, his daughters Mrs Odell, ol 
Halifax, Mrs Binney, wife ot the late Lord Bishop of Nova Scotia, 
and Mrs Kelloy, wife of the late Bishop of Newfoundland, are our 
father's sixth cousins, and consequently the late Major Henry Odell, 
of the British Army, and his sisters are our seventh cousins. In 
still another line. Judge John-Murray Bliss, of Fredericton, was our 
great-grandmother Irene's fourth cousin; and his great-graiuisons, 
Bliss Carman, and Professor Charles-Georgo-Doughis Roberts, two 
well known young Canadian poets, are our seventh cousins. Sir 
Lemuel-Allan Wilmot, the first governor of N'ew Brunswick under 
Confederation, whose mother was Hannah Bliss, a sister of Judge 
Jolin Murray Bliss, was our Qrnndmother Eaton's fifth cousin. A 
well known representative of the family in New York, Mr. Cor- 
nelius N. Bliss, is likewise our eighth cousin. 


There are several finnilios from whicii we are descended that I 
have been unable to discuss in this monograph, such as the White, 
LohD, and Grant families. On our Father's side, as I have shown, 
we have a White ancestry, and on our Mother's we have very hon- 
ourable Lord and Grant ancestries. Our great-grandfather Henry 
Hamilton ofOlivcstob, married in Berwick, Maine, Eunice Lord, 
daughter of Jeremiah and Sarah-(;rant-Hamilton Lor<l. Jeremiah 
Lord was the seventh son of Captain Abraham Lord, a very notable 


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person in Kittery, Maine, and Sarali-Grant-Hamilton was a daugli- 
ter of Peter Grant, Esquire, also of Kittery. The i,est known faniil- 
les of Lords in New England, probably, are those descended from 
our ancestor, Captain Abraham, and his elder brother Captain 
Samuel Lord, who married Martha, daughter of Paul Wontworth 
The perpetuation of the name Wkntworth in our family is sufficient^ 
ly Justified by tlie many alliances between members of the Lord and 
Wentworth families in New England in successive generations 
Soon after the Revolutionary War, Sir John Wentworth, Bart., of 
the New England family, was made Governor of Nova Scotia, which 
position he held for many years. 

[ By the recent marriages of three of the children of William Eaton. Esquire con- 
nexion has been established between the Elmwood Eaton, and the families of I.ayton, 
Sutherland, and Thome ]. ■' 

The earliest ancestor of the Nova Scotia Layton, was Francis Lavton-, who was born 

'.ofT .k' v"' c*^' ■" '^!^' ■""""' '"• P'°'"''''yi" '772. Elizabeth West, and came 
to ralmouth Nova Scotm. about ,776. liy his first marriage he had four sons, of whom 
nanc„>. w-ho was born in England in April. .773. „as the eldest. Francis^ marrie.^ 
March s. .80.. Ab,ga,I S.evens.of Onslow, of a Loyalist family, and had among other 
children, Fn,nc,s3 born May .8, .808. died Nov. 2,, ,87.. The wife of Kranciti, was 
Mary-Anne. daughter of Joseph Crowe, Esq. of a North of Ireland family, and their 
children were: Helen-Maria, Oeonje-Alher,. Sarah-Crowe. and Norman-Joseph. George 
Albert Layton. Esq. married December 6, 1882, Anna-Morton Eaton of Elmwood The 
baptisms of at least two of Francis' - sons are found in the Register of St. Paul's Parish 
Halifax. Francis 2 was undoubtedly baptized in England, 

Arms of the I ayton, of Fast and West Layton : Argent, a fesse between six cross 
crossle ts fitchee sabl.. Crest : Out of a mural coronet tsvo wings expanded argent, each 
charged with a cross crosslet fitchee sable. Motto: /« „„„„„ ,,„r„lus. 

The Yorkshire Laytons are all descended from Odardus de Layton or Laton. who 
as we learn from the Domesday Book, in the time of King Henry I. (.,00-1.35) owned an 
immense estate in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Shortly after the Domesday survey the 
lord of the manor divided his lands between his two elder sons. John and Henry, giving the 
eastern portion, afterward, known as Layton, or East Layton. to hi, eldest son, John, and 
the western portion, afterwards known a. West Layton. to his second son, Henry. In the 
first volume of the magnificent history of Yorkshire by Marshal-General Plantagent-Hnrri- 
...n «; be found a very full account of this, one of the oldest and once most important 





Yorkshire families, as also engravings of the arms of the family, which were borne by both 
branches alike, and of the ancient manor houses. There was a third brother. Sir William 
Layton, who was the ancestor of a well known family in Cumberland. Durham, and North- 
umberland. The representatives of this branch of the family bore the honour of knight- 
hood for five successive generations. 

The Nova Scotia Laytons are undoubtedly descended from Henry Uyton (who is called 
in the time of King Henry II. " Henry de West Layton " ), the name Krancis transmitted 
in the family to the present time, being introduced into it in the time of Henry VIII. or 
Eluabeth. This name was first given in the family by Roger Layton and his wife Clara 
daughter and heiress of Giles liurgh of their son, possibly in com' 
phment to 1-rancis Lascelles of Brakenburgh, whose daughter Margaret became the wife of 
John Layton, Roger's brother. The first Krancis Layton married his cousin Anne Layton 
daughter ofjohn, and died October 26, 1609, aged seventy. He is called " of Kirkby 
Ravensworth"; his second son Krancis, who married Margaret, daughter of Sir Hugh 
Hrowne of London, being a resident of Newington Butts, Surrey. 

„„n^^"'^ ""'°fy°'; Yorkshire, by Marshal-GeneralPlantagenet-Harrison; and my 
3h Zro"."] "" ^'°" ^ ^' '" "" P°""''°" °'^""^' ^- ''"^'°"' "f ^^''^'- 



One of the New York Loyalists who came to Nova Scotia after the Revolution- 
ary War, was Stephen Thorne4 ol Long Island, who was baptised in St. George's I'arish 
Hempstead, L. I., 21 Keby, 1725, and married (I) Sybil, daughter of Edward Samis (2)' 
Jane-LelTerts Rapalje, widow of Jeromimus Rapalje, of New York. By his first marriage 
Mr. rhorne had five sons, by his second, one, Jamess, who married Anna, daughter vf 
Stephen Sneden and his wife Margaret-Townsend. A son of Jamess was Stephen-Snedene 
who married in Granville, Nova Scotia, Mehitable-l'nton Hall, and from 1836 until 1854 
represented the county of Annapolis in the House of Assembly. During a portion of his 
eighteen years of public service as a Representative, he was a member of the Government as 
Chairman of the Board of Public Works. He and his wife are both buried in Camp Hill 
Cemetery, Halifax. StephenSneden ThorneC had four children: James-Halb b Sept 
38, 1818; Stephen;, b. July 18, 1821; Havilah-Jane?, b. April .8, 1823; Anna Sneden , b." 
July 15, 1825. Of the daughters, Havilah-Jane was m. to TimothyUwiglit Ruggles, l;;'sq., 
»,). C, of Bridgetown; Arna-Sneden was m. to Ur. I.ewis Johnstone. 

JaMKs-HallThornf.7, Barrister, b. Sept. 28, 1818, was graduated at Kings College 
Windsor, in 1840, and in 1844 was called to the Nova Scotia Bar, where he rose to the 
position of Master of the .Supreme Court. He was created a Notary Public, April 30, 1847 
in the lieutenant-gover-.orship of Sir John Harvey; and August 15, 1863, .luring the ad- 
ministration of the Earl of Mulgrave, was made Deputy Provincial Secretary, Chief Clerk in 
the Secretary's OfTice, and Clerk of the Executiw Council, which combined olfices he held 



until his next appointment in 1879. August 10, 1863, he was also created Registrar of 
the Court of Marriage and Divorce, which office he held until his death. June 30, 1879, in 
the governorship of Sir William-Kenwick Williams, he was made Superintendent of the 
Money Order Office at Halifax, a position which he ably filled until the office was finally 
abolished. After his retirement from public life Mr. Thorne removed from Dartmouth, 
where he had lived for many years, to Kentville. He married, October 13, 1847, Mary, 
daughter of Dr. Silas and Rhoda-Hurgess Piper, and died at Kentville, May 8, 1887, his 
burial being in Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax. His children were: Lydia-Anne, married 
to John li. Gray, James-Hall, Stephen-Sneden, Edward- LetTerts, Livingston-Morse, Sanc- 
ton, Sarah-Krances-Almon, and Auijux/aHillinij, born January 26, l866, married to Leslie 
Seymour Eaton ofElmwood. 

The Thorne family in America is descended from William Thome", who first appears 
at Lynn, Massachusetts, May 2, 1638, In 1645 ^* ^^"^ °"s °f 'he eightean patentees of 
Flushing, on the north side of Long Island, two of the ancestors of the New York Lawren- 
ces, John and William, and the ancestor of part of the New York Tdwnsends, John Town- 
send being among the other patentees. In 1646 he took up land also in Gravesend, and in 
1657 in Jamaica, Long Island. His wife's Christian name I believe was Sarah, but further 
than that I know nothing of her except that she bore her husband four sons and one daugh- 
ter, all of whom married and had families in Long Island. 

The children of William' and Sarah Thorne were, William^, Johni, Joseph^, Samuel', 
and Susanah', who married John Kissam and became the ancestress of the well known 
Kissam family of Hrooklyn and New York. 

IVil/iam Thorne 2 m. Winifred, dau. of Henry Linington (whose will was made in 
1691), Krom him is descended Major Richard ThorneS of the ReTolutionary army, a son of 
Richard 4 and Alicia-Van Wyck Thorne of Long Island, whom, in St. George's I'arisli, 
Flushing, January 9, 1768, Sarah Waters of Far Rockaway. 

John Thorut^ m. Mary, dau. of Nicholas and Sarah I'earsall. From their youngest 
son Joseph 3 are descended Wil/iam- Knapp Thome, 8, who m. for his second wife Emily A. 
Vanderbilt, a daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the elder ; L'oimrit Morlimtr Thonit s. 
his brother, for many year* a member of the well known firm of Garner •St' Company ; 
Fmineei-Oartier-FMwrencf '°, Lady Vernon, wife of the Seventh Lord Vernon (whn>e 
mother was a dau. of the Earl of Litchfield , a grand-niece of Leonard M. Thorne ; and 
Florence-Josephine Garner, a first cousin of Lady Vernon, who was m. in 1891 to Sir 
William-Gordon-Cumming, Hart. From John Thorne •' are also descended the late Mrs. 
Wm. Waldorf Astor, and her brother, Mr. James W. Paul of Philadelphia. 

Jof'.ph Thorn f m. at Flushing, L I., Mary, dau. of John Bowne, b. in 1660, and 
had twelve children, eight of whom were, From Joseph 3, the second of these sons, 
comes the Nova Scotia family, and a well known New York family, the Thornes of Mill- 
brook, Dutchess County. 

Snmne.l Thome'', of Flushing died in 1732. He had at least eight children, who and 
whose children were intermarried with the Motts, .Sands, Kissams, Townsends, Willetts, 
Suvdams, Van Wycks, Hicks' and HolTmans, One of Samuel Thome's descendants was 
Cdnnel Ilennan Thorne, who married Jane-Mary, niece and adopted daughter (it William 

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