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Rev. martin LOVERING 


The Ttttti^b Compant, Fxtblishebs 

Sill! jKhtUs Ciig ^»M ■ 


To the memory of Hannah (Bailey) Lovejoy 
of Andover, Mass., bom Dec. 13, 1776, 
died Dec. 23, 1875, the author' s grand- 
mother, at whose knee when a boy he sat 
many an hour, listening to stories, not only to 
those having the savor of Life unto life, but 
also to those of the time when the nation was 
young, and to the customs of the times of yore, 
to the mode and training of home life that 
makes for peace, this volume is affectionately 

Scotland, Ct.,-May 1, 1915. 


He who would write the history of a town must have not 
only the historic insight but an abounding sympathy for its peo- 
ple. He should be a lover of humanity and enter as completely 
as possible into the civil and social life of the people, deeming 
nothing too trivial for notice if it only brings to the reader 
more clearly the life of the town as it really was in the period 
covered. As it is the history of a small region it will necessarily 
be local, yet its local color may add greatly to its historic interest 
and charm if it be properly used. Men in town and domestic 
life where they are known intimately by their neighbors, and 
take their places in the shifting panorama of town life during 
a period of nearly one hundred and fifty years, "having their 
entrances and their exits," form a picture that has charm to it 
for the student of human life, and especially so when some of 
them were pioneers and the first white men to settle in the 
region, the picture seems like the changing portraiture of life 
as it is frequently put upon the stage. 

Now and then one runs across an item in the town records 
that bears upon state or national history and not a matter for 
town deliberation at all. Yet the action taken reveals the local 
feeling upon the qilestions at issue, and may reflect a state of 
feeling nation-wide, although the vote may seem to be ridiculous- 
ly out out of place now. But such votes impress one with a 
sense of our democratic institutions and show vividly how they 
are the outgrowth of public sentiment and feeling and are ser- 
vants of the public will. What the state owes to its small towns 
like Holland is a matter hard to estimate, but that the town has 
borne a brave and honorable part in the development of the 
state and nation, her history affords ample proof. 

The History of Holland, ]Mass. 

The present work is a product of spare hours employed for 
relaxation and diversion from pastoral duties. Its possibility- 
was suggested through historical research rendered necessary 
in the preparation of an historical address delivered Aug. 25, 
1912, in the Congregational Church of Holland. That a work 
of this kind should be free from all errors is too much to be 
expected. That they shall be as few as possible has been the 
author's wish and aim, and to that end he has spent many an 
hour weighing conflicting evidence. That the work will prove 
equally satisfactory to all its readers is not to be expected. 
He has selected such material as seemed to him to be important 
and available and he hopes that nothing vitally important in 
the town's history has been omitted. Tradition has not been 
ignored, but it has not been allowed to set aside, or contradict, 
recorded facts. Until a better history of the town be produced, 
he hopes the present work will find a place upon the shelves of 
all interested in local history. 

Many of the valuable facts of Holland 's history are already 
lost. But to prevent more being lost is the compiler's excuse 
for undertaking such a work. Children of Holland families are 
now scattered about all over the Union, and bearing an honor- 
able part in state and national life. It emphasizes the value of 
the small town in the building of a nation, with free institutions 
for the development of a noble Christian manhood and woman- 
hood. The land the pioneers settled was a howling wilderness 
(hints of this fact are found in the family records) aYid under 
the sway of England, the mother country, which required toil 
and courage to subdue. They left it a free land to their children, 
which time proves to be a howling success, to which fact recent 
events in Europe give emphasis. 

The author will feel that his work has accomplished much 
if it creates interest in local history and leads to something 
better. He has consulted the state archives freely, and wishes 
to acknowledge his obligations to the custodian thereof, the 


Honorable James J. Traeey and his assistants, for aid rendered 
in getting at facts of early history, as also to the state Librarian 
and his corps of assistants. He wishes also to express his appre- 
ciation of the kindly aid and suggestions of the residents of 
the town who have contributed to its success. Of these the 
aid of Mrs. Ursula MacF. Allen Chase, in the genealogies, has 
been very helpful. Also Mrs. Ellen M. Webber, whose work in 
genealogies has been helpful and whose acquaintance with local 
tradition and history has been inspiring. Mr. T. J. S. Parsons 
and Mr. D wight E. Webber and wife have given aid in, the way 
of tradition and local customs that always enter into town life 
and give it interest and character. Mr. Harry E. Back's 
"Sources of the Quinnebaug River" we have freely quoted and 
found valuable. We have also used freely " Evert 's His- 
tory of the Connecticut Valley" and Copeland's "History of 

Hampden County." 

Martin Lovebing. 
Scotland, Conn., May 1, 1915. 

Map of town, the Inscription; the preface. 

CHAPTER I. . 21 

Early history and general description — Boundaries — 
Ponds, etc. 


Sources of history — First settlers — Difference between 
town and district — Causes for incorporation of new 
districts — Petition of inhabitants of southeast part of 
Brimfield to be made a district — The act of incorpora- 
tion of South Brimfield — -Church organized — Efforts to 
build a church — Petition to General Court relating 
thereto — Petition of the opposite faction — The church 
built north of David Bugbee's tavern — Also the church 
begun between Grandy Hill and Rattlesnake Mt. — 
Petition of Joseph Blodgett et alii — Petition of James 
Lawrence and John Moulton — Act creating the East 
and the West parishes — Joseph Blodgett et alii agree- 
ment with the Baptists— The Stamp Act, and David 
Anderson's tax warrant — Court of Justice and Honor 
— General Act by which So. Brimfield became a town 
Aug. 23, 1775— Tax list of the East Parish, So. Brim- 
field and board of assessors for year 1782 — List of 
Selectmen of So. Brimfield 1762-1783. 


Petition to divide So. Brimfield — Certificates of General 
Timothy Danielson and Capt. Nehemiah May — East 
Parish made a district July 5, 1783 — ^Act of Incorpora- 
tion. The name Holland — First town warrant and the 
first town meeting — ^Second town meeting Sept. 8, 1783, 
and division into school districts — Wardens and tith- 
ingmen — Later customs. 

Contents. 11 


Trouble over So. Meadow road — Shay's Insurrection. 
— Conventions at Hatfield and Hadley and the delegates 
— Jethro Story — Perambulations of town bounds — 
Assessment roll 1798 — Constables' birth — The Embar- 
go Act and the Boston petition — ^Division of Hamp- 
shire County — Alliance with France — Petition about 
deeds — Voted not to send a representative 1837 — Com- 
mittee to preserve good order — The causeway — Efforts 
for a Town Hall — Southbridge arid Palmer R. R. — 
Holland's care of her poor — ^Pounds — Cemeteries. 

CHAPTER V. . . . . . 108 

Roads of Holland, Map— South Meadow Road 1731— 
Road from Nehemiah May's to Benjamin Perrin's, 1759 
— South Meadow Road as a factor in settling the region • 
— Trouble over the road, 1783-1795 — Holland takes one 
mile, two hundred and ten rods — The stone monuments 
set up 1829 — ^The Hartford and Worcester turnpike, 
1803— For other roads, see map of Holland with prob- 
able date of construction. 

CHAPTER VI. . . , . . 118 

Manufactures of Holland — ^Source of the Quinnebaug 
and its remarkable power— E. G-. Fuller's mill— Joseph 
Belknap's mill — Bliphalet Janes' et alii, and now 
Alexander's mill site— Harvey Janes— Paddock's forge 
and mill — Prizell's mill: — Hamilton Reservoir, — Ste- 
vens mill; — Storage Dam (?)^Grist mill— Butterworth 
batting mill ; his saw and gristmill and silk mill— Wick- 
ing mill — ^Storage Dam — Munger's mill — Marcy's mill 

Morris mill — Hiram Wallis' mill — Gardner Wallis' 

mill — Tan yard — ^Brickmaking — Pottery — Powder Mill. 


Stores of Holland — Mr. Brown's store — Col. Alfred 
Lyon's — Isaac Partridge, Chase and "Ward— Others— 
Willard "Weld and Son — Taverns — David Bugbee's, 

12 The History op Holland, ]\Iass. 

Alfred Lyon's, Isaac Partridge's, Hollowell Perrin's, 
David ilarey's, Elisha Kinney's and Holland Inn — 
Holland mail service — ^Postmasters — E. F. D. 


The schools of Holland — Discussion of facilities for 
schooling prior to 1783 — Division into four school dis- 
tricts, and school sites with a list of the patrons. School 
improvements 1803— Three districts and their bound- 
aries — The four districts restored — School law changed 
— School Consolidation — School superintendents — 
School registers for 1847-48 — School now in the town , 
hall — Town Hall, how obtained — Baptist meeting house 
a gift. 

CHAPTER IX . . 158 

Holland Public Library — Subscription Library — Vote 
to accept of provisions of State Library Commission 
and secure state fund — First Librarian — Vote to build 
a public library April, 1911 — Committee on plans — 
Jlr. J. R. Coolidge, architect — 'Plans presented to town 
for acceptance July 31, 1911 — Building committee — 
The money voted — Soliciting committee — Total cost — 
Dedication Aug. 24, 1912 — Addresses, see "Old Home 
Day" sermon preached Aug. 25, 1912, in State Library, 
Boston, Mass. 

CHAPTER X. . 176 

Holland Congregational Church — Formation — Benja- 
min Couchelin — Rev. Ezra Reeve — ^Confession of Faith 
— The Covenant and subscribers to it — Items fromi 
Jason — Morse's Annals of Brimfield Church — Addi- 
tions made to the church roll (adults) 1781-1817 — A 
snake story — Right of church to require confession — 
Suit by Baptists — ^The church moved on to the plain, 
1793, as result of effort to repair it — Sundry votes relat- 
ing thereto — Old church torn down, 1839 — The town 
Common, as a training field — ^Vote to accept of the 
treaty with Great Britain — Paying Col. Lyon — Tax 

Contents. 13 

list for 1793 — Vote about a singing school ; a Lottery — 
Request of pastor Reeve — 'Committee to assist chosen 
— Pastor Reeve ill, 1812— Supply committee— Eiforts 
of Baptists and their success — ^D*eath of pastor Reeve, 
Apr. 28, 1818— Council of ministers — Committee to 
raise a fund— The appeal ; the subscribers ; the amount 
raised — Rev. Enoch Burt called, and agreement vrith 
So. Brimfield, 1820— Parsonage built 1822— Parsonage 
well — Cistern — Rev. Enoch Burt dismissed — Efforts at 
union with Baptists, 1827 — Rev. Jas. Sandf ord ; admis- 
sions — NeAV church erected 1835 — Sale of pews — Form 
of a deed — Clocks, Noon and Curfew bells — ^Church 
_ burned Apr. 3, 1858— Baptists offer to sell for $200— 
Vote to build Apr. 10, 1858— List of church members 
Feb. 3, 1842 — Sale of pews with plan of church — List 
of pastors — Biographical sketch of each — List of dea- 
cons — Biographies. 

CHAPTER XI. . . 248 

Holland Baptist Church organized 1817 — ^Articles of 
organization— List of subscribers — List of Baptists with 
date of declaration or admission — Forms of declaration 
— Quotation from Evert 's "History of Connecticut 
Valley" — Petition of 1831 and the subscribers — Rev. 
Joseph Glazier — See Glazier Genealogy — Rev. Wash- 
ington Munger, ordained 1832— Left 1839'-^ther pas- 
torates — List of Baptist Pastors — Holland Methodist 
Church started 1859 in the unused Baptist church- 
Rev. John Carpenter, pastor. 


Vital statistics — Intentions and marriages — Births — 


War — Introductory to French and Indian War — Rea- 
sons for giving same in the history of Holland — ^Cap- 
tains in French and Indian War who commanded Brim- 
field soldiers — Brimfield soldiers in that war — Intro- 


The History op Holland, Mass. 

ductory matter relating to the Revolutionary War — 
Captains in the Revolutionary war whose companies 
contained So. Brimfield men — List of South Brimfield 
men in the R^volutiofi — List of Revolutionary soldiers 
from South Brimfield, whose homes were in the part 
that became Holland 1783— The war of 1812— List of 
men — Military Drill — The war with Mexico — Militia 
list of 1846— The Civil War— Militia list for year 1861 
Abraham Lincoln — List of Holland men with their mil- 
itary record — Address of J. Brainerd Hall — War with 
Spain, 1898. 


Town officers. 



Holland's physicians with biographical sketches. 





Genealogies of the following families :- 


















Curtis [seeLilley] 












De Estrees 

































Explanations for Interpreting the Map. 

Abandoned roads and bridle paths are marked thus : ===== 

House sites with house now gone thus: © 

House sites with house still standing thus: O 

Mill dams are marked with Roman numerals: I. etc. 

Roads now in use are marked thus : =^=^= 

Public buildings if gone are marked thus : El 

Public buildings or grounds now in use : D 

Houses close to the town line are marked : a etc. 

1 Joseph Blodgett, Sr. John PoUey. 

2 John Anderson. David Anderson. 
2^ Jonas Blodgett. Elijah Blodgett. 

3 Jeremiah Sherman. 
3^^ Caleb Blodgett. 

4 Albert Rice. 

5 David Wallis, Sr. 

6 Dea. David Wallis. 

7 William A. Robbins 

8 Archibald Graham. ^ 
8^ James Fuller ( ?) 

9 Nehemiah Allen. Abel Allen. Col. Ezra Allen. 

10 Eliphalet Janes. Ichabod Goodell. John PoUey. 

B. Morse. 

11 Kimball Webber. Louis Shumway. 

12 Henry Webber. Nath'l Alexander. 
12^ Rev. John Carpenter's Store. 

13 Tenement house for B. G. Fuller's mill. 

14 Rinaldo Webber. Later a tenement house. 

15 John Carpenter's store. 

16 James A. Lynn. 

16 The History of Holland, Mass. 

17 Abijah Pierce. 

18 John Webber. Edward Blodgett. Dr. B. J. Hitchcock. 

19 Dea. Benjamin F. Wilson, Edwin Damon, Fred Blod- 


20 Zebinah Fletcher, Henry J. Switzer, Ernest Bennett. 

21 John Belknap, John Weaver, Geo. L. Webber, Wm. 

21^ Timothy Anderson. 

22 Joseph Blodgett, Jr., Solomon Blodgett, Mr. Gaudette. 

23 Jloses Clark, Lurvey Clark. 

24 Henry Webber, Reuben Webber, R. A. Bennett, Bax- 

ter C. Bennett. 

25 Unknown. 

26 Ernest A. Biekford's summer cottage, the N. W. 

school house remodelled. 

27 Elijah Janes (?) 

28 Israel Janes, P. L. Burley, John F. Hebard. 

29 Linger Longer | 

30 Oak Lodge J Summer cottages. 

31 Lake View J 

32 John Webber, Dea. Sherebiah Ballard, Willard Wood, 

W. A. Webber. 

33 Trenance, Erastus, Albert, Charles Webber. 

34 Dea. Samuel Webber, Ezra Webber, Dwight B. 


35 Dea. Samuel Webber, Jr. (?), Harris Cutler, Alvin 

Goodell, Wm. Morse. 

36 John Ballard, Abner Blodgett, Mr. Warrington. 

37 James Frizell. 

38 Summer cottage of 0. L. Hewlett. 

39 William Frizell, Dea. P. B. Blodgett. 

40 C. B. Drake, Ebenezer Darling. 

41 John Butterworth. 

42 Asahel Pierce, Betsy Humes. 

43 Hiram Towne. 

44 Willard Weld's store, post office. Ruel Williams. 

45 John Paddock. 

46 Freeland Wallis (new house), Warren A. Wallis. 

47 Freeland Wallis (old house). 

Explanation op Map 17 

48 Calvin Frizell 

49 Eli Kendriek. 

50 Alvin GoodeU. 

51 Alfred Lyon, Benjamin Church, Willard Weld, Alon- 

zo Mason. 

52 Mrs. John Carpenter. 

53 Washington Munger. The Baptist parsonage. 

54 Andrew Webber, Mrs. Henry Brown. 

55 Lucinda Wood, Francis Wight, Louisa M. Howlett. 

56 Isaac Church, Charles Roper, A. P. Blodgett. 

57 Sewall Glazier, Edward Blodgett, F. E. Kinney. 

58 Rev. Ezra Reeve, James Webber, Silas Fletcher. 

59 Benjamin Reeve. 

60 Wyles Williams, Edward Wakefield. 

61 Edward Blodgett, Otis Williams. 

62 Amasa DeWolf, Freeland Lynn, Mirs. Bradean. 

63 David Bugbee, Dr., David B. Dean, William Lilley. 

64 John Webber (?) 

65 Joseph Bruce, Reuben Stevens, L. C. Howlett. 

66 Antipas Bruce. 

67 HoUowell Perrin, David Marcy. 

68 Isaac Foster, Jonathan Blanchard, Isaac Partridge. 
68^ Dr. Seth Smith. 

69 Ephraim Bond. 

70 Benjamin Perrin, Asarael Perrin, Neh. Underwood. 

71 John Perrin (?), Ambrose Perrin. 

72 — Smith. 

73 Lemuel Chandler. 

74 Amasa DeWolf, Sr., John Hinds. 

75 Benjamin Beal. 

76 — ' Rockwell. 

77 John Nelson, Dr. Nathan Burnap, James Marcy. 

78 Elisha Marcy, B. W. Marcy. 

79 Thomas Nally, Lewis M. Howlett. 

80 Toll House, Freeland Lynn, Michael Flannigan. 

81 Olney Brown. 

82 Henry Haradon, Fred Rice, Erwin Bennett. 

83 Ruel Williams. 

84 James Walker, Levi Steward. 

85 John C. Butterworth. 


18 The History of Holland, Mass. 

86 Dwight E. Butterworth. 

87 George Harradon. 

88 John Hunger, Simeon Munger, Benjamin Parsons. 

89 John Smalladge. 

90 Robert Henry. 

91 Carlos Bond. 

92 Thomas Dorral. 

93 James Marey, Loring Marcy. 

94 Ataos Fletcher. 

95 Mrs. Eli Damon. 

96 Levi Smith, Thomas Williams. 

97 Darius Hinds. 

98 Edward B. Knapp, Sylvester Hewlett. 

99 Ephraim Colburn. 

100 Hayes, Lemuel Colburn. 

101 Benjamin Smith. 

102 Benjamin Franklin, Perry Burley. 

103 Gardner Wallis, William Harris, Chas. Wells. 

104 Rinaldo Wallis, Nancy Wallis. 

105 Dr. Thomas Wallis. 
105^ Bradley Webber. 

106 Zuriel May. 
106^ Alanson Wallis. 

107 Grosvenor May. 

108 Capt. Nehemiah May, Neh. May, Jr., Judah Back. 

109 John C. Butterworth (?), Hiram Wallis. 

110 Leonard M. Morris. 

111 Ebenezer Morris. 

112 Perley Dunton. 

113 Nehemiah May, Jr. (?), Merrick Vinton. 

114 Rufus May, Smith Adams, Loring C. Howlett. 

115 Mark Stacy, Albert Butterworth. 
115^ Reuben Allen (?). 

116 Old house site. 

117 Calvin Glazier, Chas. Sands, Clarence Vinton. 

118 Chandler Webber. 

119 Ebenezer Stone. 

120 lehabod Goodell, Nathan Badger, Truman Davis. 

121 Gershom Rosebrooks. 

Explanation of Map 19 

122 Unknown, but probably the Ames homestead. 

123 "Widow Eunice Halladay. 

124 Dr. Daniel Mason, Henry Vinton. 

125 Asa Dana, Asa Kimball. 

126 E. G. Fuller, A. G. Childs, Thos. KeUey. 

127 E. G. Fuller, C. B. Drake. 

128 William Belknap. Old house site. 

Mill Dams. 

I Dam for Elbridge G. Fuller's mill. 

II Joseph Belknap 's mill. Eliphalet Janes. 

III Alvin and Harvey Janes. 

IV James Paddock, foundry and blacksmith shop. 

V Calvin Frizell, Henry Wood, Rev. John Carpenter. 

VI Hamilton Reservoir Dam. 

VII Stevens' mill. 

VIII A storage dam probably. 

IX Grist mill (?). 

X Cotton batting. J. C. Butterworth. 

XI Saw and grist mill. J. C Butterworth. 

XII Silk mill. Candle wicking. 

XIII Butterworth storage dam. 

XIV The Hunger mill. 

XV The Marcy mill. Uriah Marcy. 

XVI Ebenezer Morris' mill. 

XVII John C. Butterworth. Hiram Wallis. 

XVIII William Eaton, Gardner Wallis, and Col. Sessions. 

Public Buildings and Grounds. 

A Baptist meeting house. Town Hall since 1870. 

B Public Library. 

C Congregational Church Parsonage. 

D Congregational Church. 

E Pouud. 

E^ The first Pound. 

F Cemetery. 

G Hotel 

H Site of Congregational Church erected 1764. 

20 The History of Holland, Mass. 

I Site of Northeast school house. 

J Site of Northeast school house built 1847. 

K Site of Fuller Factory. 

L Northwest school site (1800). 

M The later site, now B. J. Bickford's summer cottage. 

N Southwest school site (1800). 

The later site. 

P The Southeast school site. 

Q The Congregational Church site 1793-1835. 

R The Sholes Cemetery. 

S Hunger and Marcy Cemetery. 

Non-residents but closely identified with Holland people. 

a William Wallis. See perambulation of, 1789, page 

b William Lumbard and later gate house, 

c Jeremiah Sholes. Felix Bouvier. 

d Mr. Snow. 

e Mringer. 

f Fletcher. 

g Benjamin Needham. 

h Dea. Nathaniel Munger. Jas. Henry Walker, 

i Unknown. 

j Site of church begun 1764, by the west faction (?). 

k Mr. Thompson. 

1 Site where Washington Munger lived, who became pas- 

tor of Holland Baptist Church, 

m Capt. Joseph Browning. 


General Description of Holland. 

The small town known as Holland is situated in the south- 
eastern corner of what is now Hampden County, but it formed 
a part of Hampshire County until the division Feb. 28, 1812. 
It is bounded on the north by Brimfield, on the east by Stur- 
bridge, on the south by Union, Conn., and on the west by 
Wales. Originally it was the southeast corner of Brimfield 
and some of the settlers obtained their grants of the same 
propietary owners as did the settlers of Brimfield. The others 
bought of the Winthrop heirs. The town is in the form of a 
quadrilateral, the east and west lines extend north and south, 
while the north and south boundaries extend approximately 
east and west. The area of the town is about four miles 
square, giving an area of approximately sixteen square miles. 
It appears from the history of Brimfield that "the settlement 
of Brimfield was greatly hindered by the large extent and un- 
certain tenure of land claimed by the Winthrop heirs, lawful 
heirs of Gov. John Winthrop." Gov. Winthrop had secured 
a deed of land ten miles round about the Black Lead mine 
situated in Sturbridge near the eastern boundary of Holland. 
We give a copy of this Indian Deed given by two Nipmuck 

Liber W. Folio 54. 

County Eecords. 

This is to Testifj'e to whom it may concern that I, Webomscom 
and Nodowahunt, For and in consideration of Sundry Goods I 
have received do give to John Winthrop ten miles round about 
the Hills where the mine is, that's called Black Lead, and for 
Mr. Winthrop 's enjoyment of it we bind ourselves and Heirs 
forever to the free performance of the premises, to which I 
set my hand this present Day and Date, Sealed and Delivered 


The Histoey op Holland, Mass. 

in the presence of us, 8th day of 8th month 1644. 
The Mark X of Webomscom and (SEAL) 
The Mark X of Nodowahunt and (SEAL) 
Witness the mark X of Sundach. 

Thomas King 
Stephen Day 
Kichard Smith 

Received 24th of June 1752, and recorded from the original. 
By Edward Pynchon Registrar. (See Miss Lamed' s History of 
Windham County, Vol. I, page 16. We think that she had not 
seen a copy of this deed.) 

Form Of Thc Orioinal St//?i/£y 

— COPY OF — 



General Description op Holland 23 

*It comprised parts of Brimfield, Holland, Wales, Stur- 
bridge, Southbridge in Mass., and of Woodstock, Union and 
Stafford in Conn. This would make a part of those towTis a 
part of Massachusetts. Judging from subsequent history of 
the claim, it consisted of about ten square miles round about 
the lead mine. The region was called Tantuisque by the In- 
dians. John Winthrop did nothing with the land. When 
Brimfield came to be settled, the settlers encroached upon land 
claim:ed by the Winthrop heirs for by the orginal plan the 
land extended northwesterly and included the land on which 
Brimfield centre now stands. This led the Winthrop heirs, 
led by the son, Waitstill Winthrop, to petition the G-'eneral 
Court for redress of grievances. The matter was adjusted by 
laying out an equivalent of the Winthrop heirs' claim in the 
form of a square, four miles on a side,the old form was very 
irregular. We give the report of the surveyor and his assis- 
tants to the General Court. 

"Pursuant to an order of the General Assembly of the 7th day 
of June 1728 we have reformed the survey of 10,240 A. of land 
at Tantuisque or the black lead m)ines, being the contents of 
four miles square belonging to the heirs of the late Hon. Major 
General Winthrop deceased, and have laid it out in a square 
figure, including said mine as the subsequent map shows. The 
pricked line AB was the last bounds of Brimfield, new grant. 
The survey as now made extends westward one mile and a half 
into said grant, viz. the dark line cd. It bounds south on the 
colony line, west on Brimfield; north, partly on Brimfield and 
partly on province land and east on province land; and as we 
judge is a full equivalent for his former survey." 


The dotted line ab coincides with the east boundary of Hol- 

*See Miss Lamed 's History of Windham County, Vol. I., pages 487-495, 
for discussion of boundary dispute between Massachusetts and Conn- 


The History of Holland, Mass. 




/ '/x AIILC8 






land; while the line cd is known as the "Cram Line," because 
it formed the western boundary of a claim sold by the "Win- 
throp heirs to Humphrey Cram, and others, and the line bd 
is part of the town line of Holland today, north side, for the act 
of the General Court incorporating Holland makes the line bd 
coincident with the north boundary of Thomas Lechmere's 
farm, (said Lechmere was one of the Winthrop heirs) and the 
point d its northwest corner. It will be noted that the line 
cd cutting through Siog Lake does not show the west half of 
Holland. The dotted line ab conforms very nearly with the east 
boundary of Holland today. Map shows the reformed survey of 


1728. We refer our readers to the history of Brimfleld pp. 250- 
255 ; also to pp. 26, 27, foot notes giving the home sites of pio- 
neers on some of this land. We may feel assured that these hills 
and valleys were heavily covered with wood and timber, that the 
ponds and streams were well stocked with fish, and that all 
the materials and conditions for home-making were here, and 
it is no wonder that settlers from Connecticut came north to 
take up land as well as others from Brimfleld, and nearby set- 
tlements, so that the region about "Siog Lake," or "Kesioge 
region" was furnished with settlers soon after Brimfleld be- 
gan to be settled, for the earliest grant of land to a settler 
in what is now Holland was made in 1730 to Joseph Blodgett. 
What is now known as the Policy Place. 

Joseph Blodgett is believed to be the flrst settler in the 
region now known as Holland. The records show that he 
bought land there in 1730. The IMass. Archives reveal the fact 
that Brimfleld had twelve men who were scouts as early as 1725* 
Joseph Blodgett was received into Brimfleld church 1724. He 
was married 1719, and it seems probable that he went from 
Lexington to Brimfleld soon after the time of his marriage. 
It seems manifest that what became Holland began to be set- 
tled with the other parts of Brimfleld, which then included 
Holland, Wales, Monson, parts of Palmer and Warren as well 
as what is now Brimfleld. 

It shows that the region was occupied by white men and 
had received its name, Brimfleld. The hills of Holland are 
high enough to give it a beautiful and picturesque scenery. 

*Wliile Brimfield was being settled there was a body of twelve men in 
command of Sergt. Joseph Knowlton whose duty it was to defend 
the settlers. Most of the men came from Springfield, but the fol- 
lowing came from Brimfield and are so enrolled. The time of service 
was from July 1 to October 30, 1725. Mass. Archives. 

Benjamin Warner 

Azariah Cooley 

Micha Towsley 

Bezalael Sherman 

26 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Blodgetts mountain, named after the first settler is in the 
northwest part, an elevation of 900 ft.,* while south of it is an 
elevation called Williams Hill, named for like reason, and 
south of that is an elevation called Rattlesnake Mt., because 
specimens of that reptile were found there by the early set- 
lers, the height being 1000 feet. Still father south is Needham 
Mt., named after a family of early settlers, with its summit 1100 
ft. above sea level, forming the highest point of land in Holland 
and with the preceding mountains forming a natural barrier 
on the west. In the southeast part of the town is a precipitous 
elevation 900 ft. high known as Great Hill Mt. in 1795, 
since named Howlett's Mt., while north of it is a rough 
and broken tract near the lead mine of about the same 
altitude, while farther north is Blake Hill, an elevation 
of 1000 ft. and north of it is Lumbard's Hill of which the 
west slope is in Holland. Thus the town is buttressed on its 
east and west lines by a range of mountains, while between 
them is the valley of the Quinnebaug River with other smaller 
valleys. Prom Blake Hill the finest view in town may be 
secured for while other elevations are as high, the view is not 
as unbroken for they are covered with forest. But Blake Hill 
is not wooded at the summit and is so situated with the others 
as to afford a fine prospect. The larger part of the town lies 
at one's feet. The various flecks of white nestling among the 
trees mark the sites of the homesteads, while the smooth 
fields about the houses denote the thrift of the occupants. In 
the foreground is Holland common, with the public buildings, 
the most conspicuous being the church with its index finger 
pointing toward that other home bright with fields "fairer 
than day" the home of men's hearts' and spirits' longings. 
The soul expands as one gazes. Brimfield center is plainly 
visible, \Tith its cluster of neat homes and its church spire the 

*Heights are given from Map issued by the U. 8. Geological Survey. 

General Description of Holland 27 

central object of the group, historically the mother church ol 
the one first mentioned. The broad valley stretching away 
northwesterly to Brimfield attracts the eye and we see the 
Quinnebaug River, its blue waters sparkling in the sunlight ly- 
ing in it sinuous, like a huge serpent, with the lakes which 
make Holland famous in its course, concealing, as it were por- 
tions of its body. Beyond Brimfield village is Steerage Rock 
with its watch-tower, and other elevations equally noted for 
scenery. The large area visable is dotted with markings of 
white in strong contrast to the green, showing the positions 
of remote homesteads and now and then a group indicating a 
village. Northward the eye roams and Monadnoek m New 
Hampshire looms up in the distance and easterly from it Watatic 
and still easterly, Wachusett with its summit house, can be dis- 
tinctly seen. In the east we see the hiUs of Charlton, while to 
the southeast and south we see the northern hills of Rhode 
Island and Connecticut. Thus besides viewing a wide expanse 
of Massachusetts, we see portions of four other states. Faith 
grows as we gaze. The "everlasting hills" and "the strength 
of the hills" as descriptive of Omnipotence have new force and 
meaning. Omnipotence was directed by beneficent purpose 
here. Variety, beauty, utility, pleasure for the eye, means to 
supply the wants of the body, inspiration for the soul are here 
in lavish profusion, and all incite due faith and homage. The 
soul responds to its clearer vision, its nobler impulses, its 
spiritual longings. Care and toil are forgotten, and we lose 
ourselves in contemplation of that home and of that land, 
"where cares and toil shall end," as the natural home for men. 
But if the visit to Blake Hill is made when earth has put on 
her beautiful garment, and is decked in all the glory of her 
autumn coloring, the scene is grand to a degree that defies des- 
cription. Mountain, hill, and valley, are one vast mass of 
mingled color; profusion of color without confusion, richness, 
without a suggestion of gaudiness, separate trees of the forest 

28 The History of Holland, Mass. 

by their coloring attract the eye, conspicuous as if to invite 
admiration, and the lover of nature has his attention attracted 
over the vast landscape now here, now there. Lake, river, 
cloud, sunlight, add to the glory of the scene. Admiration and 
wonder possess the soul. Earth with its vision of beauty and 
glory is beneath; the infinite space in which it moves above 
and all around. Into the soul there comes the question, which 
is the more natural, the more reasonable to man, faith or un- 
belief? The living soul responds with feelings of adoration 
and praise, the expression of a faith it is happy to own. 

Minor hills stand between the two border ranges before 
mentioned, one of which is Indian Field Hill, but the hills 
large or small did not deter the pioneer settler from coming. 
The beautiful and varied scenery of their wooded slopes rather 
invited them. The valleys between afforded ample lands for 
tillage, while their rugged slopes when cleared of wood and 
timber yielded excellent pasturage for herds of cattle. In- 
dustry and love of home are written in the stonewalls laid by 
those early homemakers, for we find them extending over the 
highest ridges and most inaccessible places, bearing silent yet 
eloquent testimony to the builders' life and purpose. 

All the hills of Holland are elongated elevations with their 
major axes extending north and south and this makes the 
longitudinal valleys extend in the same direction while the 
transverse valleys extend east and west. The valley of the 
Quinnebaug is the great longitudinal valley of the town; and 
the valley through which flows Stevens brook, better named 
South Meadow brook (for it is the natural drainage outlet of 
South Meadow, and the name would then have the sanction of 
Geography and History both, and would be permanent) is a 
good case of transverse valley, and the valley of May brook 
is another. One of the attractions that brought settlers to 
this region was the fitne fish with which the ponds and streams 
were stocked. Siog Lake was a name applied to it by the 

GteNEKAL Description op Holland 29 

Indians probably because of the fine pickerel to be caught 
from it, Siog being an Indian word for that fish, and the lake 
has always been noted for its fine specimens, and the abun- 
dance of supply. Kesioge was the name applied to that region 
about Siog Lake and that term probably came to be applied 
to the lake itself, which originally meant the territory about 
it. We find the name spelled Quesiog and Quosiog also. 

The soil of Holland was called good being more easily 
plowed and worked on account of its sandy or loamy charac- 
ter. Under the soil it shows the signs of its origin, in its lack 
of bedding, the character of the material and the bowlders, 
frequently found alien to the region, proving that they were 
brought from a distance. Deposits of glacial drift are seen on 
every hand and form most of the surface except on the hills 
and where native ledges outcrop. The ledges are mostly a 
coarse granite and gneiss with some shales, while in places 
the sand and gravel contain considerable hematite and in 
other places is ochreous, yet iron ore has not been found in 
quantity sufficient to work profitably. The vein of graphite, 
called plumbago, or black lead, used in making pencils, found 
in Sturbridge near Holland line, would, if traced out, extend 
into Holland; yet no effort has been made to trace it or to 
work it in Holland. The quality of the graphite is fine, but 
the cost of mining and transportation to cars has discouraged 
efforts to mine it. No other minerals of any value are found 
in Holland, but the glacial drift makes fine filter material for 
water, so that the water from Holland's springs and wells is 
of the very best for man or beast, as the various streams of the 
town bear testimony by their clear and limpid waters. The 
Quinnebaug (meaning "Long Water") River rises* in Masha- 
paug (means "Great Water," see History of Union) Lake, 
Connecticut, and fiows north, entering Holland near its south- 
easterly corner, and, by a serpentine course, flows the whole 
*See early maps and plans. State Archives, Boston, Massachusetts. 

30 The History of Holland, Mass. 

length of the town from south to north and entering Brim- 
field turns easterly by almost a right angle and furnishes at 
East Brimfield the only water power of any account that Brim- 
field possesses. But its course through Holland, besides afford- 
ing hundreds of acres of most valuable river-bottom land, 
afforded ample water power to saw the lumber and to grind the 
grain of the early settlers. Ruins of four mill dams being 
found between Siog Lake and the Reservior, which with the 
reservoir dam makes five dams in less than a mile. Nor is this 
all. Stevens Brook, named after the abutting owner, now 
called "Howlett Brook" has seven dams; May Brook, so called 
from the abutting land owner has four; and Lumbard Brook, 
one; Marcy Brook, one; showing how readily the pioneers util- 
ized the water power to saw the lumber. For the old "up and 
down" saw the power was adequate but with the invention of 
the circular saw, power in some of them was lacking, and with 
the shortage of lumber and the portable mill, they went out o£ 
use and then to decay. But we may readily believe that the 
abundance of water power aided in the rapid settlement of 
"Kesioge region." For a further discussion of the various 
dams we refer our readers to the chapter upon the manufac- 
turers of Holland. Of course it is not to be supposed that 
they were all built or in operation at any one time. They 
were built according to need and to avoid hauling the 
logs long distances. The D. E. Butterworth mill is the only 
one that remains, a relic of days gone by. Being built about 
1835, it is far from being the oldest mill in town, for the Mun- 
ger mill erected on the place later known as the "Parson's 
place" was much older. Joseph Belknap is believed to have 
built a mill still earlier, at or near the site of Alexander's dam 
for his son Jonathan, who sold his saw mill to Jno. Graham and 
Alfred Lyon 1781, "which was on the dam with Eliphalet 
Janes' grist mill." The former at the west end of the dam 
and the latter at the east end. 


The Quinnebaug river in its course through the town emp- 
ties into a natural basin and forms the beautiful Siog Lake, 
which has already been mentioned. This lake is about three 
quarters of a mile long and would average about one quarter 
of a mile wide. It has always been famous for its fish, and 
fishing parties have come from far and near to try their luck, 
and, if skillful, seldom went away without a good catch. Evi- 
dence is not wanting that the swampy tract northwest and 
north of it was at one time a part of it, and that the ledge at 
East Brimfield, wore away so as to let the water down leaving 
the old shallow lake bed in part a swamp. However, Siog 
Lake has many fine beaches for bathing and boating, while 
the abutting land owners are using their shore property for 
summer cottages. Mr. John F. Hebard has three cottages on 
its shore. Mr. 0. L. Howlett has two. Mr. A. J. Bagley has 
one cottage, which was formerly an old homestead. These 
three gentlemen are residents of Holland. Mr. Lynch, a non- 
resident abbuttor has built one. It seems evident that the 
shore of this fine lake will soon be fully occupied with summer 
cottages for others are building. The lake known as "Siog" 
has always been famous for its pickerel, a nice and gamey fish, 
the delight of sportsman. But Mr. Chas. S. Allen, who is at 
work on a map which will show the position of the home- 
steads of the early settlers of Brimfield, has in his researches 
found proof that they gave it another name also, that name 
being Pequiog. Rev. Jason Morse in his "Annals of Brimfield 
Church" has a map in which, what is known as "Graham" 
pond, later known as "Gould" pond, is given the name "Pe- 
quiog" pond. Mr. Morse is manifestly in error by the follow- 
ing, quoted from a deed from William Nelson of Brimfield to 
David Wallis of Woodstock, of a tract of 259 acres of land 
north of, and joining "Pequiog pond." It is the deed by 
which the elder David Wallis acquired possession of his home. 

■32 The History op Holland, Mass. 

"Beginning at Pequiog pond thence north in Winthrop's line 
(sometimes called Cram line) to Winthrop's northwest corner; 
thence northerly, westerly, southerly on John Anderson, thence 
easterly on Joseph Belknap to the river, thence up the river to 
said pond, thence on the pond to bound first mentioned." 

Pequiog as well as Siog was therefore an Indian name for 
this beautiful lake. Pequiog means "cleared or broken land." 
{See B. A. Douglass — Lithgow's Dictionary of Indian proper 
names), and as applied to the lake by the Indians would mean 
"the lake in the region of cleared land." Nor is the evi- 
dence lacking that the region near this lake was a loved home 
for Indians because of the fish in pond and streams as well as 
game in forest. Arrow heads are found in abundance in this 
region giving evidence of occupation by the aborigines, and 
the fact that Indian wigwams stood on or near the shores of 
this pond to which they looked for a never failing supply of 
food, and the cleared patches about it being of a sandy or 
loamy soil and easily worked, were used by the squaws for 
raising a supply of corn and beans, may be regarded as confirm- 
ing both history and tradition. How apt are the two names 
of this lake then? An Indian village is said to have been on 
Indian Field Hill, and we presume that was why an Indian 
cemetery was on Elisha Marcy's farm. 

Miss Louisa M. Hewlett asserts that arrow heads were 
found so plentiful on the east bank of the river opposite her 
father's home as to suggest that the Indians had a battle there 
before the time of occupation by whitemen. No record ot it 
as a fact exists. The arrow heads may have been the remains 
of ungathered weapons used in hunting expeditions on Morgan 
Meadow, which would be splendid grazing ground for deer, 
and other game. This may be the reason for so many being 
found there. Tradition has it that a natural cavity in a ledge 
in the northwest corner of Holland was used as a pot for cook- 
ing by heating the stone. 

GteNEEAL Description of Holland 33 

Graham pond, north of Siog Lake, lies partly in Holland 
and partly in Brimfield. It derived its name from one Archi- 
bald Graham who was a soldier in the French and Indian War 
appearing in a muster roll of 1758 and lived near Brimfield 
line on the Bast Brimfield road. Early plans of the region 
show that it lies in the two towns aforesaid but some later 
maps fail to show this fact. The pond later came to be called 
Gould pond, after a man who owned, for a time, the Graham 
homestead. It is a natural sheet of water and fish of the usual 
varieties abound in it. It has an outlet to the river in a 
northerly direction. 

Mud pond was a small natural pond lying just west of the 
Quinnebaug channel, on the Partridge homestead. It was sup- 
plied by water from the brook which flowed across the road at 
the foot of Amber Hill. It had a small outlet into the river 
and was about four acres in area. It was completely sub- 
merged when the reservoir dam was built. Holland Reservoir 
is another lake, artificial in origin, made and owned by the 
Hamilton Woolen Company of Southbridge for storage pur- 
poses. It is a shallow lake about three miles long and aver- 
ages about a quarter of a mile wide. It was a very great mis- 
fortune to the town when the land was taken from the abut- 
ting landowners for such a purpose. The loss of that river- 
bottom land injured the adjacent farms more than the diminu- 
tion in acreage would imply, for that bottom land produced 
hay which kept the uplands in good condition and enabled 
those farms to keep large herds of cattle. With that land 
flooded tbe farms were crippled. Lewis C. Howlett sued the 
Hamilton Woolen Company, not being able to agree to their 
terms, and secured his price, but the price even then was in- 
adequate considering the damage done both to individuals 
and to the town. The land flooded had been called "Beaver 
Dam Meadow" and farms holding strips of it had been counted 
good for years. The Company were empowered to do it by 


34 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

virtue of an old flowage law, intended to encourage the build- 
ing of saw and grist mills to accommodate the farmers. The 
wrong inflicted in this case soon led to the repeal of the law. 
Much of the water is lost by evaporation (about one-half) be- 
fore it reaches the Company's pond at Southbridge owing to 
long distance, to shallow water, and to the large area of the 
reservoir so that it has never come up to the Company's ex- 
pectations in utility. But the value of the property has great- 
ly increased in the fifty years. Its value as a site for an elec- 
tric power station is enhanced with each succeeding year. 
May it soon be utilized for that or some other purpose. As 
there is about ninety feet fall between the level of the reser- 
voir and the level of Siog Lake, the whole would furnish 
power for a fine electric plant. Fish of the same species as 
those found in Siog Lake, abound in the Reservoir. 


General Foemative History. 

The sources of history of the region that became Holland 
are very meagre, covering the period of its settlement, for the 
records of Brimfield were destroyed by fire about 1748, and 
the records of Wales are partially lost. That it was settled 
about as early as the rest of the town seems evident. The 
first settler within the territory of what is now Holland was 
Joseph Blodgett if record of purchase be proof, who came to 
Brimfield from Lexington probably soon after his marriage 
in 1719, for the records of Brimfield church* show that he was 
taken into the church there by letter 1724. The lure of a new 
region had called him and his young wife west, and he received 
his allotment as shown on tjje Proprietor's Book as follows: 
90 A. on South Meadow Road April 15, 1730. 20 A. on South 
Meadow Road April 16, 1730. This lay south of the first pur- 
chase and was probably the house site occupied, as we shall see 
later, by Joseph Blodgett Jr., now by Mr. Gaudette. Nov. 26, 
1730, he bought 10 A. of South Meadow. Where he had lived 
the six years since being taken into the church we have found no 
way of ascertaining. When he bought he was the father of 
six children. His home was northwest of Blodgett 's hill 
named after him and the number of his lot was No. 14. His 
homestead became known as the PoUey place later and this 
family are by, representatives still remembered. Joseph Blod- 
gett must have been a man of resolute will and dauntless spirit, 
essential to a pioneer for his house at that early date was liable 
to attack by Indians. Down past his home came men and 
teams from Brimfield settlement on the way to South Meadow, 
always in company, to cut the swale hay that grew in abun- 
dance there. When they arrived at the meadow, pickets were 

*See Morse's "Annals of Brimfield Church." 

36 The History op Holland, Mass. 

posted to guard against surprise by Indians (so tradition de- 
clares) while the rest went to work cutting and curing the 
hay. Toward night a train of teams loaded with hay would 
return ahvays together, for mutual protection. There is no 
record of attack by Indians but the precaution taken proves 
the danger. In any ease settlers from BrimfieM settlement 
moved south while others from Woodstock and Union moved 
north attracted by the new region (Ke-siog-e country), as it 
was called. Thus the region that became Holland did not 
remain unsettled long. History shows that it was settled 
along with the rest of Brimfield. Woodstock, which belonged 
to Massachusetts until 1750, by a map published in 1869, shows 
names which will be immediately recognized and connected 
vidth some of Holland's earliest settlers. Brown, Browning, 
Bugbee, Chandler, Foster, Goodell, Lyon, May, Marcy, Perrin, 
and Phillips. Union also had its quota, as also Brimfield and 
Sturbridge not to mention towns more remote. All of them 
men of principle, a force in church and town, just the brain 
and brawn out of which to build a town. While they were 
adventurous they were not adventurers. They did not roam 
for the love of adventure. When they found the place suited 
to their need and ideas, they took root, and became fixtures 
in the community, and grew with it. It is a good indication 
when a man making his home in a community takes interest 
in its welfare and bears his part cheerfully in its burdens 
as a corporate body. That these men had high aims and noble 
purposes is shown by their industry and thrift. The stone- 
walls enclosing their holdings, in some places exceedingly dif- 
ficult to build, bear silent yet eloquent testimony to their life 
and purposes. They were emphatically home makers. Of 
English, Scotch and Irish descent mostly they had all the in- 
tensity of feeling for home and the home circle peculiar to 
those people. To own a home however humble and to care for 

General Formative History. 37 

the loved ones in it, giving them the best training and such 
comforts as they could afford was their highest aim and most 
earnest endeavor, as it must ever be to every true man. Hovr 
true the words of the poet Longfellow ; which applies to their 
homes for most of them doubtless were very humble: 

"We may build more splendid habitations, 
Fill our rooms with paintings and with sculpture, 
But we cannot 
Buy with gold the old associations." 

The springs of their life and character flowed from their 
faith in God, and in the comfort and training of the Christian 
Church. Ample proof of this is found in their regular attend- 
ance and hearty support of it, even when the distance was 
great. They knew the source of all civic virtue and worth, 
the bulwarks of the state, and they had no delusions about it. 
Distance to church was a more potent factor in subdivision of 
towns than any other. The history of Brimfield proves this. 
It led to the rapid formation of new towns. Each new 
tovni incorporated had early the right by Charter of Mass. 
Bay Colony to send a representative to General Court. The 
English government had taken offense and alarm at the in- 
crease of the representative element in the Massachusetts Legis- 
lature; the incorporation of more new towns was forbidden 
unless they would consent to forego the privilege of repre- 

King George III was especially narrow-minded and jealous 
of the royal prerogative. He was deeply interested in stop- 
ping the growth of the representative element in the colonial 
legislatures and especially so in Massachusetts Bay Colony. It 
was at his behest that this right was taken away. New com- 
munities could be incorporated into a district, but that carried 
with it no right to an independent representative in the 
Colonial Legislature. A district could be yoked vnth a town 
in this right. In all other respects it had the same privileges 

38 The History op Holland, Mass. 

and obligations as the mother town. Thus we find that Mon- 
son was incorporated into a district in 1760, notwithstanding 
the earnest protests of Joseph Blodgett, the representative for 
Brimfield that year, and instructed to present Brimfield's ob- 
jections to a division of her territory and population. In like 
manner South Brimfield, what is now Wales and Holland, was , 
set off from Brimfield in 1762 as a district. The real motive 
for incorporation was to have church privileges nearer to their 
homes, proof of this is in their petition to be incorporated. 
We give a copy of the petition of the inhabitants of the south- 
east part of Brimfield to be incorporated into a district. 
What is now Wales was also included, but, being provided 
with church privileges they were not so desirous of it as the 
southeast part, as is proved by the signatures, all of whom, 
or nearly all are residents of that section. The settlers in 
what is now Wales were mostly Baptists. Only a few people 
of the "standing order" had settled there. The Baptists had 
already built a church by private enterprise (in 1736) nearly 
thirty years before. Residents of the southeast part of Brim- 
field had a long distance to go to get to church. November 
16, 1761, Brimfield voted to give the southeast part of the town 
three pounds, 10 shillings to hire preaching, which proves the 
growing dissatisfaction. It was inevitable that they should 
seek relief. If a death occurred a minister must be brought 
from Brimfield four miles away to speak the visual words of 
comfort and hope to mourning friends and relatives, and in 
addition, if interment took place in a public burying ground 
at Brimfield, it necessitated a long drive, which in winter or 
times of muddy traveling was an especial hardship. For that 
reason many families buried their dead in some spot on the 
homestead, and in, view of the long sad journey to Brimfield 
and back is it cause for wonder? This was the reason why in 
1763, soon after South Brimfield was incorporated, an acre of 
ground in the east parish was set apart for a burying ground, 

General Fobmative History. 39 

as to some families it was distasteful to bury their dead near 
their homes. We can easily understand the feelings of the 
early settlers in their desire for a separate corporate existence, 
as expressed in the following petition : 


To his Excellency Francis Bernard Esq., Capt. General 
and Commander-in-chief of His Majesty's Province of Massa- 
chusetts Bay. To the Honorable His Majesty's Council and 
Honorable House of Representatives. The petition of the in- 
habitants of the Southeast part of Brimfield in the County of 
Hampshire humbly sheweth: 

That your petitioners for a long time have labored under un- 
known difficulties in attending public worship, from time to 
time have made incessant, unwearied application to the said 
town and have been so favored as to obtain your Honor's in- 
spection of a petition, that we might be made a district, or that 
we might have the meeting house centered, which would entirely 
commode us, or that we might have our ministerial tax toward 
the charge of hiring a minister amongst us. In all which we 
have been unsuccessful and still remain in the same melancholy 
circumstances; being obliged either to be without the adminis- 
tration of God's Word; the distance of the way is so great, or 
pay two ministers, which we are utterly unable and unwilling 
to do. We, your most humble petitioners, most humbly implore 
that your Excellency and Honor would take into consideration 
our distressing circumstances and grant this as your great wis- 
dom directs, that we might have a committee of your Excel- 
lencies and Honors' appointment to look into our situation and 
circumstances, in the most critical manner ; Then if your Excel- 
lency and Honors will, that we must not be a district, nor have 
a centre of the meeting house, nor the benefit of our ministerial 
money to hire a minister in the winter, then we shall add to 
our subscription, by being all obedience to your Excellency's 
and Honors' determination. But our prayer is, that your Ex- 
cellency and Honors would afford us the great favor of such 
committee, and as bound in duty shall ever pray. 

Brimfield June 2, 1762. 

40 The History of Holland, Mass. 

John Webber Daniel Thomson 

David Wallis Simeon Burk 

Jonathan Burk James Frizell, Jr. 

Joseph Belknap Jonathan Burk Jr. 

James Frizell Benjamin Webber 

James Marey Ethelbert Child Lyon 

Edward Webber Samuel Webber 

Nehemiah May Trenanee Webber 

John Kosebrook Israel Janes 

John Danielson, Jr. Isaac Foster 

Jonathan Janes SUas Smith 

Robert Jennings Benjamin Perrin 

Robert Dunklee John Anderson 

John Nelson Elijah Janes 

William Janes William Belknap 

John Bishop John Bishop Jr. 

Humphrey Cram Henry Webber 

In the House of Representatives, June 11, 1762. 

Read and ordered that the petitioners serve the clerk of the 
town of Brimfield with a copy of this petition, that so they 
shew cause, if any they have, on the second Thursday of the 
next sitting of this Court, why the prayer thereof should not 
be granted. Sent up for concurrence. 

Timothy Ruggles, 


In council June 11, 1762. Read and concurred. 

Jno. Cotton, Dep. Secretary. 
Mass. Archives, Vol. 14, page 326. 

We give now the act incorporating the district of South 
Mass. Archives, Province Laws 1762, Chapter 15, page 601. 
Act of Incorporation. 

Whereas the inhabitants of the south part of Brimfield in the 
county of Hampshire, have represented to this court the great 
difiiculties and inconveniences they labor under in their present 
situation, and have earnestly prayed that they may be incor- 
porated into a district, — 


Be it therefor enacted hy the governor, Council and House 
of Representatives: — 

[Sect. 1) That the said south part of Brimfield, bounded 
as follows, viz., beginning with the first bounds in the colony line 
at the southwest corner of Sturbridge, being the southeast corner 
of Brimfield; from thence, to run first, north in the line be- 
tween said Brimfield and Sturbridge to the north line of the 
farm called Winthrop's farm, being four miles; thence, to run 
west about eight degrees north, in the north line of said farm, 
to the northwest corner thereof and so to extend, the same 
course or a parallel line with the colony line, to the east line of 
Monson district, being about six miles and an half ; then to turn 
and run south, in the line between said Brimfield and Monson, 
to the colony line, being four miles; and from thence, in said 
colony line, to the first mentioned boundary, — be and is hereby 
incorporated into a distinct and separate district by the name of 
South Brimfield; and that the said district be and hereby is 
invested with all the privileges, powers and immunities, that 
towns in this province do, and by law may enjoy, that of sending 
a representative to the general assembly only excepted; and 
that the inhabitants of said district shall have full power and 
right, from time to time to join with the town of Brimfield in 
the choice of a representative or representatives ; in which choice 
they shall enjoy all the privileges which the inhabitants of the 
several towns within this province are entitled to ; and that the 
selectmen of the town of Brimfield, as often as they shall call 
a meeting for the choice of a representative, shall give season- 
able notice to the clerk of said district, for the time being, of 
the time and place of said meeting, to the end that the said 
district may join them therein; and the clerk of said district 
shall set up, in some public place in said district, a notification 
thereof accordingly: which representatives may be chosen in- 
differently from said town or district; the pay and allowance 
to be borne by said town and district, and the district of Monson 
in proportion as they shall, from time to time, pay to the prov- 
ince the tax. 

And he it further enacted: — 

(/Sec#. 2) That the said district shall pay their proportion 
of all town, county and province taxes, already set on, or 

42 The History of Holland, Mass. 

granted to be raised by said town of Brimfield as if this act 
had not been made. 

And he it further enacted: — 

{Sect. 3) That Josiah Dwight, Esq., be and hereby is em- 
powered to issue his warrant, directed to some principal inhab- 
itant in said district, requiring him to notify and warn the 
inhabitants of said district, qualified by law to vote in town 
affairs, to meet at such time and place as shall be therein set 
forth, to choose all such officers as shaU be necessary to manage 
the affairs of said district. 

Passed and published Sept. 18, 1762. 
The first town meeting of South Brimfield was held Oct. 
5, 1762. Humphrey Gram was elected moderator, and the dis- 
trict clerk was Joseph Blodgett, who had been town clerk of 
Brimfield several terms. The first board of selectmen for the 
new district was as follows : 

Humphrey Needham 

Humphrey Cram 

Anthony Needham, Jr. 

Nehemiah May 

John Moulton 
Less than three weeks have elapsed since the district was 
incorporated when it has its quota of officers and starts off as a 
distinct municipality. 

South Brimfield is, by act of General Court, incorporated 
into a district now. About one month elapses and from the 
records of South Brimfield is the following entry.* Oct. 
19, 1762. Voted to hire preaching." This was by vote of 
men of the standing order. It was further voted that 
"preaching be kept at the house of Issac Poster (the Part- 
ridge place) in the east part and at the house of Dr. James 
Lawrence in the west part." It was voted to choose a com- 
mittee to agree with Mr. Benjamin Conchelin to preach with 
us. Mr. Conchelin therefore has a double parish practically 
to begin vsdth. To fuse the two into one church was difficult. 

•Morse's "Annals of Brimfield Church." 


A controversy arises where to put the church. March 14, 
1763, we find the entry "Voted that preaching be kept at Capt. 
Joseph Blodgett's house." Also April 19, 1763, Voted William 
Ayres, Edward Davis and Jacob Dresser, Esqrs., be a com- 
mittee to fix upon a place to set the meeting house. The site 
chosen by them is not known, but Rev. Jason Morse thinks it 
was near Dr. Dean's where it was afterward built. As he had 
access to historical records not available to us we concur. 
June 10, 1763 it was voted not to build upon the place fixed by 
the church committee. This overruled the labor of Messrs. 
Ayres, Davis and Dresser. Oct 17, 1763, we find leave was 
desired to build on Moses Lyon's plain, which is the plain 
where the town common now is, and where the church was 
placed later. This was defeated. Feb. 16, 1764, it was voted 
to build in the center of the district, and, as we learn, the two 
factions had agreed to the selections of a disinterested commlit- 
tee to say where the centre is. This committee was composed 
of John Morse of Sturbridge, Joseph Colton and Joseph Crafts 
of Monson. 

The following men were chosen a committee to see the 
house built: Jonathan Burk, Joseph Blodgett and Robert 
Brown. The committee of disinterested men chose a site 
about eighty rods from the site selected before by Messrs. 
Ayres, Davis and Dresser. Just where the site chosen was, is 
not ascertainable, but if the first committee .selected the site 
above Dr. Dean's house, this one could not have been on South 
Meadow road. Each faction declared that it would not accept 
the proceedings of the other. We submit here the petition of 
the east side faction asking the General Court to use its 
authority in their behalf. 

Mass. Archives, Vol. Id, page 326. 

To his Excellency Francis Bernard, Commander-in-chief, 
in and over his Majesty's province of Massachusetts Bay, and 
to the Honorable Court and House of Representatives, — Gtentle- 

44 The History of Holland, Mass. 

men — We, the subscribers, inhabitants of South Brimfield hum- 
bly beg leave to inform your Honors of our great difficulty 
which \^'e labor under relating to the settling of the Gospel 
among us. Some time since your Honors saw fit in your wis- 
dom to set us off a separate district from Brimfield Town, with 
a society of Anabaptist?, which have all gospel privileges by 
themselves and are cleared by law from paying anything toward 
setting up or maintaining the gospel any other way and are 
debarred from voting in any such afifair. They live in the west 
part of the district and are well accommodated with meetings of 
their own, and the chief part of the other people live in the 
east part of the district. 

But we labor under a great difficulty by reason of a few 
families that have settled themselves among the Baptists and 
a few families that live nearest the centre of the whole district 
which plead for the interest of the west part in which they plead 
their own interest. We have been trying to come to an agree- 
ment many ways; we have chosen several places for a meeting 
house and reconsidered them again to try to satisfy them, but 
all in vain. At last they made an offer to choose a committee of 
indifferent disinterested men to come and settle a place for a 
meeting house, that if the east part would agree to that, that 
they might have justice done, then they would be easy and con- 
tented and bound themselves by proving that they would never 
make any more trouble. Then for peace's sake the east part 
agreed to choose a committee, and then the committee came and 
viewed all our situation and circumstances and affixed a place 
about eighty rods from the place we generally agreed for and 
have now buUt' upon (notice this) and when the committee was 
heard of in town meeting they were more uneasy than before 
and said that they had rather it had been in any other place 
than there and cast reflections on the committee and said that 
they were biased and did not act their own judgment and said 
they would not abide by it. Then we proceeded by a major 
vote of the district and chose a place and" raised money to build 
a meeting house and have got it done so far as to meet in. 

But there are some persons that are well accommodated 
with it, that have set up so much wiQ, that they will not come 
to hear preaching in it, but are still striving to make contention 

Genbeal Formative History. 45 

amongst us. The Anabaptists, for the sake of their own private 
interests joining with them got a major part of the selectmen 
and the assessors of the Baptists and- they have the rule of the 
town meeting and will call no town meeting but what they will 
put in some article that they can act in and so have a right to 
choose a moderator and will always choose one that will be on 
their side; and the aggrieved part have been to the Baptist 
selectmen unbeknown to the other selectmen and got a warrant 
for a town meeting to go to the General Court for a committee 
to come and settle the contention and controversy amongst us, 
and haA'e got a vote by the help of a number of m«n that had 
not estate of their own to make them voters, but there being 
several men that live in Brimfield, old tovm, that their farms 
lay partly in this district, they gave leases to them to make 
them voters for that day and they brought their leases to the 
moderator and he counted them voters which we think was not 
lawful, and disputed the votes and the house was divided and 
we disputed its being a vote then. But the moderator declared 
it a vote without giving satisfaction to any man. The clerk 
asked whether he counted the polls, and the moderator told him, 
"It was none of his business" but declared it a vote; and so 
have chosen a man to go to court (April 23, 1764, Capt. Trust- 
rum Davis was chosen) for a committee as aforesaid, which 
we think needless charges for a committee to come. 

Therefore we humbly pray your Honors to determine that 
in the negative. We have built our meeting house in the most 
convenient place to accommodate the whole congregation ex- 
cepting four families in the northwest comer of the district . 
which live remote from the centre and are convenient to Brim- 
field, and one family in the southwest corner whose farm lies 
partly in Monson and expects no privileges with us. We would 
inform your Honors that the centre of the district is so broken 
and mountainous that we cannot build a meeting house there, 
neither can we settle but very few inhabitants near it and there 
is but few Congregationalists west of it, but our greatest con- 
tention and controversy is with a few men, that live in the east 
part of the district and nearest to the centre which plead for 
the meeting house to be as near to the centre as the mountains 
will admit of. Which will no ways convenience them fairly 

46 The History op Holland, Mass. 

in the west part but will lay them under a great burden of 
setting the gospel where they can have no benefit of it and leave 
no room for a remedy for them. 

We are willing that so many of them as can be best con- 
vened to any other place should do their duty where they may 
receive benefit and be freed from the charge of building with 
us. We would inform your Honors that another difficulty is 
with the Baptists, that many of them strive to bring our meeting 
house as near to them as they can under the pretence of favor 
to the Presbytery amongst them. But we can see nothing but 
their own private interest in it. Although they have no right 
to vote in ministerial affairs, yet they will manage things so as 
to make a great deal of trouble, when we have voted to raise 
money to build a meeting house, we cannot get it assessed on 
the town for our assessors are chiefly Baptists. 

We would pray your Honors not to send a committee ac- 
cording to their request now brought to your Honors, but if 
your Honors should think best to send a committee, pray give 
them orders to divide us, or set off some families, or make 
alterations as they shall think best to be done for the health 
of the district. So we desire to commit our case to your wisdom, 
praying for your favor and subscribe ourselves your humble 

petitioners. ^ , , 

Dated June 5, 1764. 

Names of Petitionees. 

David Wallis Jacob Wiebber 

Robert Dunkley John Belknap Jr. 

John Webber Joseph Belknap 

Trenanee Webber John Bishop Jr. 

Henry Webber Edward Webber 

WiUiam Belknap Joseph Bacon 

William WaUis John Rosbrook 

John Belknap Gershom Rosbrook 

James Frizell Jr. Robert Jennings 

Samuel Frizell Silas Smith 

Benjamin Webber Daniel Thompson 

Daniel Belknap Benjamin Perrin 

Samuel Webber Isaac Foster Jr. 

Humphrey Cram Isaac Foster 


James Frizell . James Marcy 

Jonathan Wallis James Rosbrook 

Nehemiah May Nathaniel Bradley 

Andrew Webber Bthelbert Child Lyon 

The petition to the General Court of the east faction, calls 
for a committee to center the district, South Brimfield. A 
problem develops by study. "We think that if the petitioners 
had studied the problem more, before drafting their petition, 
it would have taken a slightly different form. They would 
have asked for a committee to select for them a church site 
most convenient for those who would attend it. Selfish in^ 
terest may enter in to influence choice because real estate 
especially in rural communities, is enhanced in value, by prox- 
imity to a church. The legislative committee naturally would 
act in accord with the petition and select a spot at or near the 
centre of figure and it is manifest that that would be west of 
the mountains. But, as far the greater part of those who 
would attend it, resided east of said mountains, to place it as 
petioned for would work hardships, would not accommodate 
either side, in fact the more remote families would be about 
as inconvenient to church as they had been before South Brim- 
field was set off. The west faction had obtained a vote for com- 
mittee from the General Court. The rebutting petition of the 
west faction is here given. 

Mass. Archives, Vol. 14, pages 379-392. 

To his Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. Governor and 
Commander-in-chief in and over his Majesty's Proviuce of 
Massachusetts Bay, to the Honorable his Majesty's Council and 
Honorable House of Representatives now sitting. 

The petition of Joseph Blodgett, Jonathan Burk and 
Trustrum Davis and sundry others, inhabitants of the district 
of South Brimfield in the Comity of Hampshire humbly shew- 
eth : — ^Whereas there has been for a long time a controversy in 
our district with respect to a place to erect a meeting house 
upon, which controversy continued until at length a party in 

48 The History of Holland, Mass. 

the east part proceeded without any legal vote of the district 
and set up a frame of a meeting house and set it within about 
one mile and a half of the east end of the district, or thereabouts, 
and have part covered said frame, whereupon the major part 
of said district being much dissatisfied at their proceedings 
called a town meeting and obtained a vote to send to this Hon- 
orable Court for a committee as aforesaid and prayed that the 
committee's determination might be decisive, and in answer to 
our petition this Honorable Court was pleased to grant us our 
request and sent* the Honorable Timothy Paine Esq., John 
Murray Esq., and Moses Marcy Esq., as a committee to view 
our circumstances and affix a place for to build a meeting house 
and to make report of their doings. 

And now our humble petition and prayer to this Honorable 
Court is, that the place prefixed by said committee might be 
established and confirmed, that so there might be a final settle- 
ment and end put to our controversy in that respect. We 
would inform this Honorable Court that that party which have 
set up a meeting house in the east part of said district although 
the committee declared to them that they had no regard to that 
house and it should not, in their opinion be a house for the 
district, yet notwithstanding they using means can hold their 
house in that place, and to make the whole district pay for the 
building of it, and to accomplish their scheme having the 
assessors and many of the Baptists on their side, three of said 
assessors being Baptists and said assessors being the selectmen. 
When we applied ourselves to them for a town meeting in order 
to get a vote for to build a meeting house (which was in the 
month of July last) they put us off from time to time knowing 
that we had the majority of voters upon the last years valua- 
tion (as the gentlemen of the committee are able to inform this 
Honorable Court) for when they were with us they took an 
account of the estates upon the valuation and they told us that 
there was between one and two hundred pounds lawful money 
more upon the estates against that house than there was for it 
and the estates and polls stand even as they were then excepting 
one turned from that side to our side, and one family came into 
our side and it appeared evident to us in case we could have a 
town meeting then we should get a vote to build a meeting 
house on the spot the committee prefixed. But being put off 

General Formative History. 49 

till the first of August, then the assessors went about and took 
a new list, even before the tax act came and made a new valua- 
tion and set up voters on their side, some that never were known 
to have but little or no estates before, and one that was not 
twenty-one years of age. And our side put down or disallowed 
of some that put their lists and estates enough to make them 
voters, and by so doing they made a majority of voters on 
their side, then they called a town meeting, put in the articles 
we before requested and at said meeting negatived our voting to 
build a meeting house as aforesaid. 

After this we consulted amongst ourselves what method to 
take, supposing if we lay still and did nothing towards building 
until the General Court should sit, might be, it would be near 
or quite winter and by that means it would be another year 
before we should get a house built for public worship, and 
having no convenient house to worship in, besides then having 
a minister in our view for settling who urged us to get a house 
built fit to preach in before winter if possible, telling us if he 
did settle with us he would have it done before winter; and 
upon all these considerations supposing withal that the spot 
which the committee had prefixed for us to build upon was so 
just that the Honorable Court would establish and confirm 
the same, it being exactly upon the line which all parties who 
heretofore have insisted upon a division always concluded to 
divide by. And upon all these considerations, together upon 
a consideration of what the ill consequence of delaying might 
accrue in the present state we were in. 

We, your humble petitioners, relying alone upon the mercy 
and goodness of this Honorable Court (for without it we see 
no remedy) have presumed to build a house for public worship 
for the whole district and have got the frame set up upon the 
spot where the committee prefixed for us to build upon, which 
we, your petitioners, humbly beg and pray that his Excellency 
and this Honorable Court would establish, and confirm the same 
as in your great wisdom and goodness may think fit. 

We would further inform this Honorable Court that that 
party to strengthen themselves by their majority (as they call 
it) did on a sudden just before the sitting of this Court, viz. 
on the eighth day of this instant October grant a warrant for 


50 The History op Holland, Mass. 

a town meeting to be held the next day, viz. on the ninth day 
at eleven o'clock in the forenoon to raise money to furnish 
their meeting house in the east part of said district (the people 
not heing duly warned) the east with their new made voters with 
three Anabaptists voting with them at that meeting got a vote to 
raise one hundred pounds lawful money to finish that house 
withal, which meeting and votes our party entered our dissent 
and signifying that neither meeting nor voters were legal nor 
lawful, before the unjustness and unreasonableness of the money 
being granted for that use. 

We would further inform this Court that our assessors have 
hurried and made an assessment upon the inhabitants of our 
district of money granted as aforesaid together with sixty 
pounds more granted before in like manner for the building 
and finishing the meeting house in the east part as aforesaid 
without any vote for the assessment, which grant and assess- 
ment we look upon as unjust and unreasonable and humbly 
pray that this Honorable Court in their wisdom would put a 
stop to that assessment. 

Furthermore your petitioners humbly pray that his Excel- 
lency and this Honorable Court would be pleased to take our 
circumstances into your wise consideration and grant us a land 
tax and assess as much per acre as this Honorable Court shall 
think necessary for our building a meeting house withal (in 
case this Honorable Court confirms what we have done) for as 
our present situation is and the regulations in our district is in 
as to our town ofQcers and the present voters they have made, 
we cannot get any money raised to build a meeting house withal, 
and so must be obliged to live without preaching for want of a 
convenient house, and if it please this Honorable Court to grant 
us a tax that your Honors would likewise appoint assessors for 
us, not only to make and collect said tax, but also for our district 
assessors to make a just valuation for us and to make our 
assessments thereon. 

"We would further inform this Honorable Court that the 
new set of voters have got a vote (as they call it) to have 
preaching held forever at the east end of the district, and in 
ease we cannot have a just valuation and just voters made, the 
greatest part of our district must suffer wrong. We further 

General Fobmattve History. 51 

beg leave to inform this Honorable Court that one of those 
Baptists, and the senior of them all, who joined with the east 
party in all their voting respecting building their meeting 
house and granting of money for the same, we are credibly in- 
formed and it can be proved that he said that he would have a 
Baptist settled in the meeting house in the east part of the 
district within the space of two years.) All the foregoing we 
humbly submit to the wise consideration of this Honorable 
Court as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

Dated South Brimfleld, Oct. 22, 1764. 

Signers to the Above Petition. 

Robert Andrews William Gardner 

William Bishop Asa Fisk 

John Davis Joseph Blodgett 

James Hovey Jonathan Burk 

Samuel Blodgett Trustrum Davis 

Benjamin Davis Jacob How 

Jesse Barker Ebenezer Bishop 

John Nilson (Nelson) John Danielson 

Josiah Burk John Nilson Jr. 

Solomon Burk William Nilson 

Charles Gardner Joseph Blodgett Jr. 

James Anderson William Fenton 

John Anderson Jonathan Burk Jr. 

Benjamin Blodgett Simeon Burk 

Ebenezer Bishop Jr. Humphrey Gardner 

We, who have hereafter set our names, being non-residents, 
have ratable estates in the district of South Brimfield enough to 
make us voters in ease we lived in the place do sign to the 
within petition. 

Joseph Davis, Joseph Browning, George Shaw. 

The site above Bugbee tavern (Dr. Dean's) which was 
used to erect a church upon, was selected by a major vote of 
the two factions. 

This being done they, the east faction, proceeded to build 
a church in conformity to the vote. 

52 The History of Holland, Mass. 

The west faction began to build a church on the site 
selected by the committee sent by the General Court to centre 
the district. This site was approximately in the centre of 
figure of the district and was on the west side of South 
Meadow road between Grandy Hill and Rattlesnake Mt. 
This statement is supported also by a statement in Absalom 
Gardner's book on the history of Wales. We believe the site 
is at or near a row of stones which give evidence of being 
placed for a foundation, and lie between the junction of the old 
road by Erwin Bennett's house round the north side of Rattle- 
snake Mt. with South Meadow road and the junction of an 
old road from Wales with South Meadow road. This site would 
make it convenient for those coming from any of the four 
points of the compass. 

When the southeast part petitioned to be incorporated 
they also petitioned to have the district centered for a church, 
but when the vote was taken to build there, the west faction 
had certain men, Jos. Belknap, Jno. Belknap and Benjamin 
Perrin, who had declared themselves Baptists, vote with them 
in order to secure a majority. The east faction object and 
Sept. 26, 1764 vote to send a committee. Timothy Danielson 
and Nehemiah May are sent to General Court to advise non- 
acceptance of its committee's choice and the illegality of the 
vote. The General Court declared the vote illegal and ordered 
the constable to cease collecting the tax, one hundred sixty 
pounds, and refused to support the action of its committee. 
The east faction went on with their building. Tradition has 
it that the building by the west faction was advanced so that 
they had begun to hold service in it. "It was finally taken 
down and removed to Westford, a village in the town of Ash- 
ford, Conn." says Morse's "Annals of Brimfield Church." 

Miss E. M. Larned's History of Windham County, Conn., 
says that the precinct or district known as Westford in the 
town of Ashford after its citizens had secured by deed of gift 

Generali Formative History. 53 

from Capt. "Ward a meeting-house green so long as they should 
need it for a church site, "Negotiations were then opened with 
certain proprietors in Brimfield and a convenient meeting 
house frame purchased for thirty pounds, provided the same 
could be taken down without damage." Voted June 2, 1767 
"that the meeting house frame purchased in Brimfield should 
be brought to Westford by June 13." 

"Who the minister was, which the west faction had in view, 
as stated in their petition, we cannot determine. But there is 
strong probability that it was the Eev. Ezra Reeve, who was 
installed over the church above Dr. Dean's Sept. 13, 1765, 
three years after South Brimfield was incorporated. The 
seed for another division had been sown in this, which was to 
ripen into the formation of another district. Agitation over 
the questions that led to the "War of the Revolution absorbed 
the people's energies and deferred efforts to secure that result. 
The Revolution had not been formally ended when agitation over 
the question began, which ended in a separation. 

Mass. Archives, Vol. 14, page 402. 

To his Excellency Francis Bernard Esq., Governor and 
Commander-in-Chief, in and over his majesty's Province of 
Massachusetts Bay to the Honorable, the House of Representa- 
tives, and the Honorable his Majesty's council. 

The petition of Joseph Blodgett, Jonathan Burk and others, 
inhabitants of the district of South Brimfield in the County of 
Hampshire humbly sheweth: — 

Inasmuch as this Honorable Court has, from time to time, 
been informed of our circumstances and contention with respect 
to a spot to build a house upon for public worship, we humbly 
conceive there is no occasion to spend time and paper, and 
trouble this honorable court with introducing the point we are 
about to insist upon, but with humble submission shall shew 
this honorable court our petition and request which is, that 
this honorable court in their wisdom and goodness, to decide 
and settle our controversy, would be pleased to give us your 

54 , The History op Holl.and, Mass. 

petitioners, a rehearing, or to have a reconsideration of the 
petition that was put into this honorable court at their last 
session which was in October last or thereabouts, which petition 
was to see if this honorable court would accept of and confirm 
the report of the committee which this honorable court sen^ to 
us to consider our circumstances and aflSx a place for us to 
build a meeting house upon, which we in our petition for said 
committee prayed — that their determination and report might 
be decisive. 

But the honorable court was not pleased at that time to 
accept of and confirm said committee's report by reason of our 
town clerk's sending a copy that there was not a legal vote of 
our district for that committee, which is a very great mistake 
in the clerk as we can sufficiently prove to the contrary to this 
honorable court in case we may be favored with an opportunity. 
Therefore our humble prayer and petition is that this honor- 
able court would grant us a rehearing, or otherwise relieve us 
in our present situation, as in duty bound shall ever pray. 
Dated South Brimfield, Jan. 23, 1765. 

Petitioners' Names. 

Solomon Burk Joseph Blodgett 

Ebenezer Bishop Jr. Jonathan Burk 

James Hovey Trustrum Davis 

John Nilson Jonathan Burk Jr. 

Jesse Barker John Nilson 

Benjamin Blodgett John Danielson 

Samuel Blodgett Ebenezer Bishop 

Jonas Blodgett William Bishop 

Joseph Blodgett Jr. Simeon Burk 
Beriah Grandy 

After deliberation by the General Court the petition was 
ordered dismissed Feb. 14, 1765. The General Court would 
not support its committee owing to report of the town clerk. 
One cannot help but sympathize with Mr. Blodgett and the 
other petitioners, but with the church situated on South 
Meadow Road it would have left the east end of the town 

General Formative History. 55 

destitute of church privileges. They would have been but 
little better off in that particular than when they were a 
part of "Old Brimfield." The east faction, who the year be- 
fore (1764) had erected a church above Dr. Dean's, found 
later that it was placed too near to the west side of the town, 
for those whose homes were on or near the mountain would 
not attend it, so that the inconvenience as well as other reasons, 
chief of which was the desire for a better training field led 
to its removal on to the plain in 1793, being placed where now 
is the common. Unable to defeat the church placed north of 
Dr. Dean's the west faction petitions to have So. Brimfield 
divided into two parishes. 

Petition op James Lawrence etc. to Divide So. Brimfield 

INTO Two Parishes. 

Mass. Archives, Vol. 14, pages 443-446. 

To his Excellency Francis Bernard Esq., Governor and 
Commander-in-chief, in and over his majesty's province of 
Massachusetts Bay ; to the Honorable House of Eepresentatives 
now assembled. 

The petition of James Lawrence and John Moulton in 
behalf of the inhabitants of the district of South Brimfield in 
the County of Hampshire humbly sheweth :— Whereas we have 
been for a long time contending and quarreling about a place 
to erect a meeting house upon for public worship, and have 
been using all means that we could think of to get a meeting 
house set so as the whole district might be accommodated, but 
cannot agree upon a place to build upon that so the whole dis- 
trict may be accommodated. We have called the assistance and 
had the advice of three committees to afSx a place for us to 
build upon, one from the General Court and two of our own 
choosing, but such is our unhappy temper that we cannot agree 
to abide by none of their judgments as to any of the places 
that they "perfixed" for us to build upon. But such was their 
wisdom' that they denied doing anything for us of that nature, 
but left us to fight it out amongst ourselves, which we have 
done almost to our final ruin and destruction. 

56 The Histoey op Holland, Mass. 

We would "enform" his Excellency and this honorable 
court as we heretofore have done that the east faction have got 
the frame of a meeting house set up and part covered and have 
set it within about one mile and a half of the east end of the 
district, and it was set there with a desire to accommodate a 
division of the place which has all along been the design and 
intent of a great part of the inhabitants of the place, yea, even 
from and before we were "set" off for a district, for before we 
came to this court to be set off, a great part of the inhabitants, 
both in the east and west parts agreed together, that they 
would join together and go to the General Court and get "sett" 
off as we now are, and then after that they would divide into 
two societies amongst themselves, for they thought they could 
do that without the General Court; and since we have been set 
off, a great many both in the east and west parts have all along 
been striving for a division and have been more than once to 
this honorable court to try and get it effected; but the middle 
part have all along opposed it, so that they could not get it 

But since things are got along to this pass and the meeting 
house set up in the east end of the place and a minister settled 
there, and we cannot get it removed, and there being a Baptist, 
meeting house set up in the west part and a regular Baptist 
minister settled there, both houses being set well to accommodate 
a division, and since the east party have got a majority of votera 
they will not let the east meeting house be moved, but insist 
upon all the west part coming and paying to that house unless 
there be a division made, and the west part knowing it to be 
so unjust and imreasonable for them to pay their money to 
build a meeting house and settle and maintain a minister to 
accommodate the people in the east part with a meeting house 
even at their own doors, and many of them in the west part must 
travel six or seven miles to meeting, and some, and a great part 
of the west part are better accommiodated to go the old town 
(Brimfield) to meeting than to go to the east meeting house 
by reason of the mountains and difiSculty of travelling, — and 
now seeing and considering all these things many of these 
people that live near the middle of the district who have here- 
tofore opposed a division do now join with all earnestness to 


have one, seeing there is no prospect of there ever being any 
peace in the place unless there be a division made, but we must, 
for aught we can see, live in a continual contention all our lives 
long to our utter ruin and destruction. 

We would inform his Excellency and this honorable court 
that our contention has all along been so warm that in the year 
1763 there was almost a universal agreement made and a great 
majority of a vote upon the agreement for a division; and in 
the year 1764 another for the same division; and again in the 
year 1765 another vote for the same division all which votes 
stand good and have never been revoked, or discontinued as 
this honorable court may see by the copy of the record of said 
votes. It may be this honorable court may think we are too 
small or too poor to maintain the gospel with maintaining two 
ministers, but we humbly conceive that it is easier for us to 
maintain two ministers in peace than to maintain such a con- 
tention as we live in and are likely to live in all our days unless 
we can get divided. 

We would further inform his Excellency and this honorable 
court that the Baptist minister that is settled in the west part 
of our district is a good, regular preacher; that the "Congre- 
gationals" that live in that part of the district and will be 
included in the proposed west division have almost all of them 
signed an agreement that they will in general attend meeting 
with the Baptist minister till such time as they can have a min- 
ister of their own persuasion or be provided for elsewhere. 

And now upon a consideration of all these things together 
with a consideration of the benefit of having peace amongst the 
people in the district and quarrelling and contention and strife 
might cease that so we might live together in love as a good 
neighborhood ought to do, together with many other pleas, 
reasons and good arguments that your humble petitioners are 
ready to offer in case this honorable court will be pleased to 
favor us with an opportunity, we, your poor petitioners, huin- 
bly pray that his Excellency and this honorable court will in 
your great wisdom and goodness divide the district of South 
Brimfield into two districts or societies as in your wisdom shall 
think best, viz. by a division made by the road called the South 
Meadow Road, beginning at the colony line where said road 

58 The History of Holland, JWass. 

crosses said line and to extend northward in said road to the 
north line of said district, or, to Brimfield south line, including 
and taking into the west division Joseph Blodgett and Joseph 
Blodgett Jr. and their home lots, they living on the east side 
of said road. We further humbly pray that each society or 
division bear their own charges of building their own meeting 
house and settling and maintaining their own ministers, and 
not to pay anything to that division where they do not belong, 
which is according to former agreement and votes, that were 
made by the inhabitants of said district for said division, mean- 
ing only meeting house and ministerial charges, in case we only 
divided into parishes or societies. 

And now upon the whole with what we have further to 
offer, may we be favored with an opportunity, we, your humble 
petitioners earnestly and humbly pray, and pray that we may 
not be denied as ever that we live at peace amongst ourselves, 
that the above petition might be granted — as in duty bound 
shall ever pray. 

Dated South Brim^eld January 23, 1766. 
James Lawrence] 
John Moulton j^Committee. 
Read in the House of Representatives and ordered that 
Capt. Thayer, Capt. Brown, and Mr. Taylor of Westfield and 
others be a committee to consider and report. Their report was 
favorable and liberty was given to bring in a bill for the pur- 
pose therein mentioned. 
Januarj- 31, 1766. 

A bill was presented which was passed dividing South 
Brimfield into two parishes. The following is a copy of the 

Mass. Archives, Chap. 31, Acts of 1765-1766. 

Whereas the dividing the district of South Brimfield in 
the County of Hampshire into two parishes would serve very 
much to remove many difficulties and inconveniences which the 
inhabitants of said district at present labor under. 

Sect. 1. That the district of South Brimfield aforesaid be 
divided into two separate parishes, in manner following, viz. — 
the dividing line shall be by the road called South Meadow Road 

General Formative History. 59 

beginning at the colony line where said road crosses said line 
and to extend northward in said road to north line of said dis- 
trict, or Brimfield south line (including and taking into the 
west division Joseph Blodgett and Joseph Blodgett Jr. and 
their home lots, they living on the east side of the road; and 
that the lands lying in said district of So. Brimfield westward 
of the above dividing line be and hereby are made a parish, by 
name of west parish in the district of So. Brimfield aforesaid; 
and that the inhabitants westward of the said dividing line 
above described, be and hereby are invested with all the powers 
and privileges, and subjected to all the duties, that parishes in 
this province by law are invested with, and subjected to: and 
lands eastward of said line, etc. [Then follows a similar bound- 
ing of the east parish which we omit as unnecessary being easily 

Sect. 2. Inhabitants of the west parish shall not be liable 
for taxes for the new meeting house in the east parish. 

Sect. 3. That the annual March meetings to be held in 
said district for the future, shall be alternately held in the said 
east and west parishes. Dated Feb. 21, 1766. > 

Joseph Blodgett and Joseph Blodgett, Jr., had got them- 
selves incorporated into the West Parish but it did not end 
their troubles. When he discovered that his petition had been 
overruled by the General Court, he neglects to pay his minis- 
terial tax to the west parish, and is distreined of goods by the 
assessors for minister tax for 1766. This was for the sup- 
port of Rev. James Mellen according to an agreement which he 
had signed. 

James Lawrence's petition states that the "Congroga- 
tionalists" in the west part had signed an agreement" that 
they will in general attend meeting with the Baptist minister 
till such time as they can have a minister of their own per- 
suasion, or be provided for elsewhere." From State Archjves 
Vol. 27, pages 336, 337, Joseph Blodgett and thirteen others 
signed agreement to support the Baptist church. South Brim- 
field, and paid one year's church tax to support Rev. Jas. 

30 The History op Holland, Mass. 

Mellen (1765), but refusing the second year were distreined 
md then brought suit against the assessors. James Lawrence 
petitions as agent for the west parish. He prays for explana- 
tion* of jurisdiction by the west parish, also that action be 
stayed pending action by the General Court. Col. Bdson, Col. 
Marcy, Mr. Nash, Col. Milliken and Capt. John Brown, also 
Nathaniel Sparhawk, Thomas Plucker, Royal Tyler and Samuel 
Dexter were added as a committee to consider the matter. 
Joseph Blodgett had also petitioned the General Court for re- 
lief. Both the Blodgett and Lawrence petitions were dis- 
missed June 21, 1768. This left Joseph Blodgett without re- 
lief from paying the church tax, according to agreement which 
ae had signed. 

Petition of 

Edward Webber acting as agent for the east parish petitions 
;he General Court for an explanation of the act dividing the 
district So. Brimfield into parishes and sets forth, that there 
ire large tracts of land in the east parish which have been 
idvaneed in value by means of their building a meeting house 
md setting up a minister, toward which said land has paid 
10 tax, and asking for a tax of (3d) three pence per acre for 
;hree years on all lands in said east parish. Date June 21, 1768. 

The agitation over the Stamp Act was now raging. 

The period of the Revolutionary War was a period when 
;he all absorbing topic was the progress and success of the 
yar. Local rivalries and feeling abated under the stress of 
;hat contest, nor have we been able to get hold of much 
naterial in way of records for the period of that war. That 
South Brimfield did her duty in that war is shown in her 
nuster roll of which Bast Parish (Holland) sent the major part. 

'By act of the General Court it was ordered that the inhabitants of the 
west parish are not freed from any charges that arose in said dis- 
trict by hiring preaching previous to dividing said district into sepa- 
rate parishes and previous to the settling of a minister in that part 
of said district. 

General Formative History. 61 

By permission of Major John Anderson of Belchertown, 
Mass., one of Holland's boys and a lineal descendant of the 
David Anderson mentioned in the following document we are 
able to give a copy of a tax warrant issued by the Hon. Harri- 
son Gray Esq., Treasurer and Receiver-General for His Ma- 
jesty's said Province Massachusetts Bay. 

The Hon. Harrison Gray, Esq., Treasurer and Receiver- 
General for His Majesty's said Province. 

To David Anderson, Constable or Collector of South Brim- 
lield. Greeting: 

Whereas the Great and General Court or Assembly of this 
Province did in their Session in October One Thousand Seven 
Hundred and Seventy grant unto His Most Excellent Majesty 
a tax of Twenty-seven Thousand five Hundred Pounds to be 
levied on Polls and Estates both real and personal within this 
Province ! And Whereas the Great and General Court or Assem- 
bly at their session in May, One Thousand Seven Hundred and 
Seventy-two, did not agree to levy and apportion a Tax of 
Twenty-seven Thousand five Hundred Pounds, which by the 
Act aforesaid they were empowered to do; and Whereas in 
Obedience to the Act aforesaid made and passed in October, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy, I issued out my 
Warrants directed to the Selectmen or Assessors of the several 
towns and districts within this Province, to assess the Sums 
laid upon them respectively as their Proportion of the said 
Sum of Twenty-seven Thousand five Hundred Pounds. 

These are in His Majesty's Name to will and require you 
to collect all and every the Sums of Money mentioned in the 
List or Lists of the Tax or Assessments of your Town, District, 
Parish or other Place, made by the Assessors or Selectmien of 
the said Town, District, Parish or other Place and committed 
to you to collect : amounting in the Whole to the Sum of Twen- 
ty-three pounds Sixteen shillings and Pour Pence. 

Then follows a long and wordy description of how the 
sum is to be levied which we omit. But we give the closing 
lines of the document as worthy of note : 

62 The History op Holland, Mass. 

"Given under my Hand and Seal at Beaton, the Thirty- 
first Day of December, 1772, in the Thirteenth Year of, the 
Keign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, of Great Brit- 
ain, etc.. King. 

H. Gray. 

'^You are strictly ordered to 'bring in the money iy the 
Time; as it will be out of my Power to shew that Lenity which 
I have hitherto done." 

Is there any v?onder there was revolution? 

In the turbulent times just before the Eevolution when 
the people had lost faith in and respect for the courts of law 
and the usual legal processes, we find that such method as the 
following was resorted to insure order. 

Court of Justice and Honor to decide questions and con- 
troversies in the District of South Brimfield; then follows the 
list of men constituting the court which were as follows : 

VNehemiah May* Thomas Parker 

V Jacob How V Jonathan Wallis 

Nathaniel Munger V Benjamin Blodgett 

Asa Fisk V Edward Webber 

Anthony Needham VAbel Allen 
Daniel Winchester Joel Rogers 

Dated Sept. 5, 1774. 

We next give a copy of the act by virtue of which South 
Brimfield became a town with full rights, passed in 1775 about 
two months after the battle of Bunker Hill and while the 
British were holding Boston. The Legislature was convened 
at Watertown. 

Whereas there are divers acts or laws heretofore made and 
passed by former general courts or assemblies of this colony, 
the incorporation of towns and districts, which against common 
right and in derogation of the rights granted to the inhabitants 
of this colony by the charter, contain exception of the right 

•Those having the mark V were certainly from the part that became 
Holland. Six from each parish. 

General Formative History. 63 

and privilege of choosing and sending a representative to the 
great and general court or assembly. — 

Be it therefore enacted and declared iy the Cowncil and 
House of Representatives in General Court assembled a/nd ty 
the Authority of the same: — 

{Sect. 1) That henceforth every such exception contained 
in any act or law heretofore made and passed by any general 
court or assembly of this colony for the erecting or incorporat- 
ing any town or district, shall be held and taken to be altogether 
null and void; and that every town and district in this colony, 
consisting of the number of thirty or more freeholders and 
other inhabitants, qualified by character to vote in the election 
of a representative, shall henceforth be held and taken to have 
full right, power and privilege to elect and depute one or more 
persons, being freeholders and resident in such town or district, 
to serve for and represent them in any great and general court 
or assembly hereafter to be held and kept for this colony, ac- 
cording to the limitations in an act or law of the general assem- 
bly (entitled "An Act") for aseertaiaing the number and 
regulating the house of representatives; any exception of that 
right and privilege contained or expressed in the respective 
acts or laws, for the incorporation of such town or district 

{Sect. 2) And be it further enacted and declared by the 
authority aforesaid. That every corporate body in this colony 
which in the act for the incorporation thereof is said and 
declared to be made a district, and has, by such act, granted 
to it, or is declared to be vested with, the rights, powers, privi- 
leges or immunities of a town, with the exception above men- 
tioned of choosing and sending a representative to the great 
and general court or assembly, shall henceforth be, and shall 
be holden, taken and intended to be, a town to all intents and 
purposes whatsoever. 

Passed Aug. 23, 1775. 

Thus early do we find the Colony of Massachusetts Bay 
in General Court, setting aside a royal decree and bidding de- 
fiance to the royal will. This act was made valid by the Revo- 
lution. South Brimfield made a district Sept. 18, 1762, by 

64 The History op Holland, Mass. 

this act became a township Aug. 23, 1775, and was entitled to a 
representative in the General Court. We therefore find that 
she had had three representatives before Capt. Nehemiah May, 
who was representative from South Brimfield in 1783, when 
Holland was incorporated. 

But with the war over, the old differences would come up, 
and they would lead to a division^ of the town, South Brim- 
field, for she became a town as noted by act of Aug. 23, 1775. 
But before we enter upon that period we will give the follow- 
ing list of taxpayers in the east parish. South Brimfield, for 
year 1782 and the Board of Assessors the year before the sep- 
aration, as a study in family history. 

Taxpayers in the East Parish, So. Brimfield, 1782, and the 
Board op Assessors. 

David Anderson Trenance Webber 

Capt. Jos. Browning John Wallis 

John Anderson Lt. Edward Webber 

John Belknap Jonathan Wallis 

Joseph Ormsbee David Wallis 2d 

Henry Webber Ashabel Graham 

John Ballard Archibald 

Daniel Thompson Abel Allen 

Wm. Wallis John Graham 

Daniel Belknap Wm. Belknap 

Jonathan Belknap Lt. David Bugbee 

James Frizell Lt. Daniel Burnap 

William Frizell Thomas Belknap 

Ichabod Goodell Peter Haynes heirs 

Samuel Webber Solomon Moulton 

We give a copy of the instructions from the Board of As- 
sessors for that year (1782) to David Anderson one of the 
Surveyors and Collectors of the highway rates. 

Your part of this tax is the sum of sixteen pounds, two 
shillings, ten pence, which you are to collect in labor on the 
highways within your limits; and you are to "compleat" and 
make up the whole of your work at or before the first day of 

General Formative History. 65 

September. Your limits are as follows: — You are to inspect 
all the roads in this parish west of Elijah Janes and west of 
the meeting house and south of Marcy's brook unto the brook 
west to the county road or the bridge at this side John Mun- 
ger's. Easterly on the road from the meeting house to Abel 
Allen's and including all the roads west and north in this 
parish ; and you are to allow to a single man two shillings per 
day, and to a man and team four shillings per day and so in 
proportion for a greater or "lesser" sum. 

So. Brimfield, April 4, 1782. 

Wm. Belknap, Joseph Needham, Abner Needham, 

Assessors of So. Brimfield in 1782. 

The road by the parsonage and church above Mr. Lilley's' 
house was known as the ' ' South Eoad. ' ' It was begun in 1735 
and extended from Mr. Agard's down by Edwin Hall's (David 
Anderson's) and later by where Ernest Bennett and also Fred 
Blodgett now live and up over the shoulder of the hill back 
of Mr. John Hebard's house where is a cellar hole and is 
probably the place where Elijah Janes lived. Extending 
down through the Devil's Elbow, so called, it extended up by 
the church and just east of Henry Curtis' bam, the old road 
now abandoned being part of it and up over Indian Field Hill 
and by where the old southwest school house stood and on 
southward to the Hind's place. It is not known when this 
south road was built. It evidently was in existence when the 
church was built in 1764. But no record of it has been found. 

It is interesting to note the men who had held the import- 
ant town offices 1762-1783 of South Brimfield, and especially 
the men from that part of South Brimfield that became Hol- 
land. We give the list. 

The first town meeting for So. Brimfield was held Oct. 5, 


The moderator was Humphrey Cram. 
The district clerk was Joseph Blodgett. 


66 The Histoky of Holland, Mass. 

The selectmen were Humphrey Needham, Humphrey 
Cram, Anthony Needham, Jr., Nehemiah May, John Moulton. 

List of Selectmen of South Brimfield from 1762-1783 which 
then included Holland. 

1762-1765 Humphrey Needham — , Humphrey Cram, Anthony 
Needham Jr., Nehemiah May, John Moulton. 

1766. Joseph Blodgett, Anthony Needham, John Moulton, 

Dr. James Lawrence, Samuel Munger. 

1767. Joseph Blodgett, Dr. James Lawrence, Humphrey 


1768. Humphrey Cram, Himiphrey Needham, Dr. Jas. Law- 


1769. Humphrey Cram, Joseph Blodgett Jr., Edward Webber. 

1770. Humphrey Cram, Joseph Blodgett Jr., Anthony Need- 


1771. Asa Fisk, Joseph Blodgett Jr., Nehemiah May. 

1772. Anthony Needham, Daniel Winchester, Nehemiah May. 

1773. Anthony Needham, Asa Fisk, Nehemiah May. 

1774. Anthony Needham, Dan'l Winchester, Humphrey Cram. 

1775. Anthonj' Needham, Asa Fisk, Humphrey Cram. 

1776. Humphrey Cram, Dan'l Winchester, Anthony Needham, 

Joseph Munger, Edward Webber. 

1777. Dan'l Winchester, Nehemiah May, Jonathan Wallis. 

1778. Nehemiah Needham, Sherebiah Ballard, Benj. Blodgett. 

1779. Thomas Bond, Darius Munger, Wm. Belknap, Abner 

Needham, Joseph Needham. 

1780. Jas. Blodgett, Wm. Belknap, Darius Munger, Jonathan 

Cram, Joseph Needham. 

1781. Jonas Blodgett, Wm. Belknap, Darius Munger, Alfred 

Lyon, Joseph Needham. 

1782. Joel Eogers, Wm. Belknap, Joseph Needham, Abel Allen, 

Darius Munger. 
Town clerks of South Brimfield, 1762-1783. While Hol- 
land was a part of it were: 

Capt. Joseph Blodgett 1762, '63, '66, '67, '69, '74, 
Humphrey Cram 1764 and 1768. 

General Formative History. 67 

Prom the foregoing list of selectmen, the reader will ob- 
serve that Messrs. Cram, Blodgett, Belknap, May, Webber, 
Ballard, Allen, were residents of the east parish or what be- 
came Holland in 1783. Also, that of the town clerks for the 
21 years 1762-1783 a resident of the east parish had the office 
12 years. The east parish had a fair share of official honors 
surely in those twenty-one years. 


Holland Incoeporated 

Thus far our work has been introductory, for towns do 
not spring into being by legislative fiat. They become towns 
by legislative enactment, but only after a period of settlement 
and development having a history. To show something of the 
history, and the causes that produced a separation and the 
formation of a new district is our excuse for the preceding' 
chapter. "We now give a copy of the petition to the General 
Court of the east side residents to be incorporated into a dis- 
trict. Notice who is governor, and the changes in the form of 

Petition to Divide South Brimfield. 

To his Excellency, John Hancock, Capt. General and Gov- 
ernor in chief in and over the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives in 
General Court assemibled. The petition of the town of South 
Brimfield humbly sheweth: 

Whereas the inhabitants of the town of South Brimfield 
for a number of years having suffered many disadvantages by 
continuing together as a town are very desirous of being divided 
into two towns. Their reasons for such a division are as fol- 
loweth: 1. the figure of the town is properly a long square, 
which being divided by the county road, usually called the 
South Meadow road would reduce each part to an equilateral 
form nearly, which we humbly conceive would render each 
part much more commodious and agreeable. 2. The town at 
present is divided into two parishes having respective meeting 
houses and ministers, which lays a foundation for several 
things, not only disagreeable in themselves, but really burden- 
some and destroying, especially as such a period as the present : 
1. By order of a former Court our annual town meetings are 
held alternately in each parish which occasions no inconsider- 

Holland Incorporated 69 

able travel to the inhabitants ; and what increases the difficulty is 
a ridge of mountains situated in the middle of the town, and be- 
side the land in the middle of the town is so broken that 'tis not 
likely it ever will be settled and this difficulty must ever remain 
unless we be divided. 2. To transact the business of the town 
and parishes necessarily requires two days. Whereas by a divi. 
sion of the town all the same purposes might be answered in 
one, and the saving of time, although it were but one day in a 
year, we humbly conceive to be an argument of some weight, 
especially at such a time as the present when the united voice of 
public and private interest calls for frugality in husbanding 
time and diligence in business. 3. The situation of the town 
being such at the present the number of officers is necessarily 
increased which adds to the burden and makes it more pressing. 
These disadvantages with others that might be offered, 
were it necessary, are such as we conceive can only be removed 
by a division of the town. Sensible of this and desirous of 
relief, a considerable number of the inhabitants belonging to 
each parish petitioned the selectmen to put an article into the 
town warrant granted for their annual town meeting, to see 
if the town would divide into two towns, which petition was 
granted accordingly. When this petition for a division was 
put to a vote, it passed in the affirmative, which the records of 
the town will certify, the dividing line to be the above men- 
tioned County road, usually called the South Meadow road. 
In consequence hereof we beg leave to present our humble peti- 
tion to the Honorable Court praying they would take it into 
their consideration, and we doubt not but on mature delibera- 
tion, they in their wisdom will see the reasonableness of our 
petition and condescend to indulge us in favor of a division 
into two towns, as in duty bound we shall ever pray. 

Joseph Needham 
Abner Needham 
William Belknap J- Selectmen. 
Abel Allen J 

Dated South Brimfield, March 21, 1782. 

The selectmen were ordered to bring in a bill agreeable 
to said petition. It is interesting here to give the original 

70 The History op Holland, Mass. 

minutes as found in the town records as entered by the town 
clerk, with the original numbering. 

At the annual town meeting held at South Brimfield, March 
11, 1782. 

171y. Voted to divide the town into two towns and the 
dividing line to be the County Road leading from Brimfield 
along by *Deacon Nathaniel Munger's to Union, commonly 
called the South Meadow Road. 181y. Voted and chose Mr. 
Joseph Bruce to go to General Court to get the division con- 

A true copy from the town records. 
Attest David Bullen 
Town Clerk 

Dated South Brimfield Feb. 13, 1783. 

The following is a certificate from the pen of Gen. Timo- 
thy Danielson of Brimfield. He Was a graduate of Yale 1756, 
for his father had intended him for the ministry, but the Revo- 
lution drew him into the struggle for he was an ardent pa- 
triot. He won military distinction as Colonel and was ap- 
pointed later Major General. In 1783 he was the senior Majoi 
General of the state militia. We give a copy of his certifi- 

Boston, Oct. 12, 1783. 

This is to certify that at the last session of the General 
Conrt, I saw in the keeping of the agent of the east parish of 
South Brinfield a certificate under the signature of the town 
clerk of said South Brimfield, purporting that at a legal town 
meeting in said town, the inhabitants thereof had voted that 
the east parish there should be incorporated into a town at the 
South Meadow Road so called, the now dividing line between 
the parishes, and have no doubt of the authenticity of such 
attestation, as the same was the common report when I was last 
at Brimfield, that South Brimfield had voted to divide. 
Attest T. Danielson. 

*Where Jas. Henry Walker lives. 

Holland Incorporated 71 

"We next find a certificate from Capt. Nehemiah May, a 
resident of the east parish, and who this year, 1783, was repre- 
sentative to the General Court from South Brimfield. 

To the Honorable Senate of the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts, in General Court assembled, this second day of July, 
1783. Humbly shews Nehemiah May, Representative of South 
Brimfield in the county of Hampshire in said state, that he 
has been, previous to his coming from home, instructed by the 
said town, if the east Parish there would not be made a town, 
to petition the General Court to be formed into a separate dis- 
trict, which verbal representation he made to the Honorable 
House of Representatives, and in consequence thereof a bill has 
there passed to be engrossed for that purpose. Your petitioner 
prays that in consequence of the same verbal injunction, your 
Honors would be pleased to reconsider your vote on the afore- 
said biU and pass a concurrence with the Honorable House that 
the said East Parish may be relieved from their difficulties by 
being made a district, and as bound in duty shall ever pray. 

Nehemiah May. 

It is evident that the Representive from South Brimfield 
saw that the General Court would oppose the proposition to 
incorporate the East Parish into a township but would incor- 
porate it into a district. We find that before the Revolution 
the King, jealous of the growing representative element in 
the Massachusetts Colony due to the formation of new towns, 
decreed that new settlements might be incorporated into dis- 
tricts provided they would forego the right of representa- 
tion in General Court. The East Parish could not be incor- 
porated into a town for it did not have the legal number of 
polls, the law requiring fifty. It was incorporated a district 
and remained so till May 1, 1836 (53 years nearly) when it 
became a town. Twenty-one eventful years South Brim- 
field had been one municipality. She had reached her ma- 
jority. A liberal quota of her sons, 135, had fought to make 
the Revolution a success. We give in another chapter a 
list of South Brimfield men who served in that war. Many 

72 The History of HoLiiANo, Mass. 

(84) of the names will be recognized as men living in the east 
part which became Holland. "We give the full list for in some 
cases it is difficult to decide in just which part some did live. 
"With the act of incorporation the east part became the dis- 
trict, called Holland, while the west part retained the name 
South Brimfield, until by reason of a legacy of $2000 from one 
of her citizens, James Lawrence Wales, the name was changed 
Feb. 20, 1828, to "Wales. 

Holland Incorporated. 
In the year of our Lord 1783. 

An Act to Incorporate the East Parish of South Brimfield 
in the County of Hampshire into a district by the name of 

"Whereas the inhabitants of the East Parish in the said 
South Brimfield have represented to this Court the many in- 
conveniences they labor tinder, arising from their connection 
with the said South Brimfield. For remedy thereof, B'e it 
enacted by the Senate and House of Eepresentatives in General 
Court assembled and by the authority of the same, that aJl the 
lands and inhabitants of South Brimfield aforesaid lying and 
being on the east side of the county road leading from Brim- 
field to Union in the state of Connecticut, caUed and known 
by the name South Meadow road there, be and hereby are incor- 
porated into a "District by the name of Holland, and invested 
with aU the powers, privileges, and immunities that districts 
in this Commonwealth are entitled to according to law, or do, 
or may enjoy. 

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that 
Abner Morgan Esq. of Brimfield be and he hereby is empowered 
and required to issue his warrant directed to some principal 
inhabitant within the said district of Holland directing him to 
warn the inhabitants of the said district qualified to vote in 
town affairs to assemble at some convenient time and place in 
the same district to choose all such town officers as by law are 
to be chosen annually in the month of March. 

Provided, nevertheless, the inhabitants of the District of 
Holland shall pay their proportionable part of all such town, 
county, and state taxes as are already or may hereafter be 

Holland Incorporated 73 

assessed on the town of South. Brimfield aforesaid, until the 
said district of Holland shall agree upon the proportion of 
public taxes the said district of Holland and the said town of 
South Brimfield shall respectively pay and until the General 
Court shall lay a tax upon the said district of Holland. 

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that 
the inhabitants of the said district of Holland be entitled and 
they hereby are enabled to demand and receive of said town of 
South Brimfield their just proportion of arms and ammunition 
and town stores and of all public moneys that have been 
assessed or collected for schooling or otherwise for public use 
of said town of South Brimfield as have not been expended for 
the purposes designed. 

And it is further enacted that the Selectmen of said South 
Brimfield fifteen days at least before the time of choosing a 
representative for the said town shall give notice of the time and 
place by them ordered for that purpose, to the Selectmen of 
the said district of Holland in writing under their hands to the 
intent the selectmen of the said district may issue their warrant 
to the constable or constables of the said district to warn there- 
of to meet with said town of South Brimfield at time and place 
appointed for the choice of a representative. 

This act passed July 5, 1783. 

Holland derived its name, so all agree, from Lord Hol- 
land, who, as Charles James Fox, won America's love as an 
eloquent defender of her rights, but who subsequently became 
an ardent royalist and for that reason was elevated to the 
peerage and given the title of Lord Holland. But we do not 
find a particle of recorded evidence to prove the claim. That 
there was a British statesman, a commoner, who brilliantly 
defended the claims of the American colonies, and who after- 
wards was raised to the peerage on account of his eloquent de- 
fense of the royal prerogative is a matter of English history. 
But recorded evidence that Holland was given its name in his 
honor, while probably true, we have not been able to find. We 
therefore concur for the name itself in presumptive evidence. 
Abner Morgan, Esq., of Brimfield upon receiving notice from 

74 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

the General Court that the East Parish of South Brimfield had 
been incorporated into a district named Holland, issued the 
following warrant : — 

Hampshire S. S. To Joseph Bruce one of the inhabitants 
of the (town) district of Holland in the said county of Hamp- 
shire, Greeting. — In the name of the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts you are hereby required forthwith to notify and warn 
the freeholders and the inhabitants of said town qualified to 
vote in town meetings, to assemble at the meeting house in 
town on Thursday, the twenty fourth day of July instant at 
one of the clock in the afternoon, then and there to act on the 
following articles, viz. First, To choose a moderator. Second- 
ly, To choose all such town officers as towns are directed to 
choose annually in the month of March. Thirdly, To hear 
petitions and act thereon. Hereof -fail not and make due return 
of this warrant with your doings thereon at the time and place 
above mentioned. 

Given under my hand and seal this fifteenth day of July 
in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and 
eighty-three. Abner Morgan, Justice of Peace. 

In obedience to the within warrant, I have warned the 
legal voters to meet at the time and place, and for the purposes 
within mentioned. 

Joseph Bruce. 
Holland July 22, 1783. 

It is very interesting to note the proceedings of this the 
first district meeting, and we give it in full: — 

Holland July ye 24, 1783. At a meeting duly warned and 
legally convened, — 

1. Voted and made choice of Mr. Joseph Bruce for the 

2. Made choice of Eliphalet Janes for district clerk. 

3. Voted to choose three selectmen. 

4. Made choice of Capt. Nehemiah May for the first 

5. Made choice of Lt. Jonas Blodgett for second selectman. 

6. Made choice of Lt. Alfred Lyon for third selectman. 

Holland Incoepoeated 75 

7. Made choice of Mr. Jonathan Wallis for district 

8. Voted that the selectmen serve as assessors for the pres- 
ent year. 

9. Made choice of Mr. Daniel Thompson for constable. 

10. Voted that the old surveyors of the highways serve 
the year out. 

11. Voted that Daniel Thompson and John Wallis serve 
as wardens and sworn accordingly. 

12. Made choice of John Perrin for tything man and 
sworn accordingly. 

13. Made choice of David Bugbee and Abel Allen for 
fence-viewers and sworn accordingly. 

14. Voted that the constables warn town meetings by post- 
ing up a copy of the warrant on the meeting house door. 

15. Made choice of Reuben Webber for hogreaf. 

16. Voted that swine run at large being properly lawed 
(i. e. ringed and yoked). 

17. Voted to choose a committee to reckon with the town 

18. Voted that Deacon Sherebiah Ballard, John Wallis, 
and David Anderson serve for the aforesaid committee. 

19. Voted a committee be chosen to help in making a 
settlement with the selectmen of South Brimfield. 

No committee is specified. 

20. Made Choice of Deacon Sherebiah Ballard for sealer 
of weights and measures. 

21. Made choice of Henry Webber for leather sealer. 

22. Voted that the annual town meetings be held on the 
first Monday of March. 

Then the meeting was dissolved. 

Attest Eliphalet Janes, 

District Clerk. 

We deem the meetings of the district for this its first year 
of existence of such great interest that we give a full report 
of them all. Education was of vital interest to these men and 
we see how soon they took up this question. 

Holland, Sept. ye 8, 1783. At a meeting legally warned 
and convened. 

76 The History op HolIjAnd, Mass. 

1. Voted and made choice of Jonas Blodgett for moderator. 

2. Voted to choose a committee to view the situation of the 
district of Holland to divide the same into proper school 

3. Voted that Jonathan Wallis, Jonathan Cram, Jonas 
Blodgett, Abel Allen and Gershom Rosebrooks serve for the 
aforesaid committee. 

4. Voted this committee shall divide the district and say 
how many school districts there shall be, and bring in their 
report to the district. 

5. Voted that there be two committee men more to assist 
the other committeemen in the aforesaid business. 

6. Voted that Alfred Lyon and John Wallis be the men to 
assist the others. 

7. Voted that this committee shall determine whether Mr. 
Joseph Smalladge, Joseph Smalladge Jr. and John Munger shall 
carry their school money into South Brimfield for the use of 
schooling there, or whether they shall be considered otherwise. 

8. Voted that all the lands within the district of HoUaoid 
belonging to Deacon Nathaniel Munger, Capt. Jehiel Munger, 
Jonathan Munger, Jesse Munger and Humphrey Needham Jr. 
shall be freed from paying taxes to the district of Holland. 

9. Voted that Eliphalet Janes, Asa Partridge, Cyprian 
Stevens, Jonathan Gibbs, John Rosebrooks, Gershom Rosebrooks, 
William Rosebrooks, Asa Dana, Rufus May, Alfred Lyon, David 
Bugbee, John Wallis, William Wallis, David Wallis, and Jonas 
Blodgett, have liberty to build them some pews in the meeting 
house, each side of the broad alley. 

Then the meeting was adjourned to Monday Sept. 22, at 4 
o'clock in the afternoon. 

Sept. 22, 1783. Pursuant to the adjournment the district 
met and voted to accept the report which the committee pre- 

The committee recommended that the district be divided 
into four school districts and the following names are given as 
householders in each school district. 

John Graham Andrew Webber 

Archibald Graham John Perrin 

lehabod Goodell Joseph Bruce 

Holland Incoepoeated 


James Frizell 

William Belknap 

Jonathan Belknap 

Joshua Clark 

Abel Allen 

Eliphalet Janes 

James Paddock 

Alfred Lyon 

Ethel Lyon 

Asa Dana 

Daniel Thompson 
to be one school district at 
the northeast quarter of the 

Valuation 742 pounds, 5 

Jonathan Blanchard 

Benjamin Perrin 

Antipas Bruce 

Capt. Nehemiah May 

Rufus May 

Lt. John Rosebrooks 

Gershom Rosebrooks 

James Ames 

Capt. Phillips 

Benjamin Webber 

Dr. Thomas Wallis 
to be the southeast school 

Valuation 734 pounds, no 

James Marcy 

Lt. Daniel Burnett 

Capt. Jacob How 

Silas Smith 

Benjamin Smith 

John Hinds 

Darius Hinds 

Joseph Smalladge 

Joseph Smalladge Jr. 

Joseph Marsh 

Lt. Jonathan Cram 

Lt. Edward Webber 

David Bugbee 

Benjamin Beal 
to be the southwest school 

Valuation 622 pounds, 7 

John Wallis 

Henry Webber 

Samuel Webber 

John Ballard 

Daniel Thompson 

Jonathan Wallis 

William Wallis 

David Wallis 

John Belknap 

John Belknap Jr. 

Reuben Webber 

Asa Partridge 

David Anderson 

Caleb Blodgett 

Solomon Blodgett 

Lt. Jonas Blodgett 
to be the northwest district. 
Valuation 805 pounds, 3 

By way of petition: Voted that Mr. John Wade's house 
is found to be within the bounds of South Brimfield; then the 

78 The History of Holland, Mass. 

said John Wade's lands that are in Holland are to be taxed to 
the said South Brimfield. 

Adjourned, Eliphalet Janes, District Clerk. 

We notice that at the first town meeting that Holland had, 
wardens are mentioned as town officers to be elected and that 
Daniel Thompson and John Wallis are chosen to that office 
and qualify. No such office as that now exists. The following 
explanation of their duties is quoted from the Charter of the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony, province laws passed in the reign 
of William and Mary and revised in 1759, first year reign of 
George the third. 

Town Wardens, the Office, Duties, Penalties, etc. 

Act of the General Court 1760, regulating the observance 
of the Lord 's Day. Among other things it enacts as follows : — 
Be it further enacted, That each town and district within this 
province, shall at the time of choosing town and district officers, 
annually and every year choose certain persons, being of good 
substance and of sober life and conversation to be wardens of 
such town or district, of which officers the town of Boston shall 
choose twelve, viz. — one for each ward in said town, and every 
other town or district shall choose any number not less than 
two, and not exceeding six ; and all such wardens shall be under 
oath, and to serve in such office. Every such person in the town 
of Boston shall be liable to the penalty of ten pounds; and in 
any other town or district to the penalty of five pounds; and 
every town or district shall forthwith proceed to the choice of 
other or others in room of any person or persons so refusing 
or neglecting, and so toties, quoties. 

Their Powers and Duties. 

1. They had the right to enter, and were obliged to inspect 
Inns, or houses of public entertainment on the Lord's Day and 
in the evening. 

2. To examine persons suspected as unnecessarily travel- 
ling on the Lord's Day. 

Holland Incorpoeated 79 

Warden's oath shall be deemed full and sufficient evidence 
in any trial for any offence against this act, unless invalidated 
by other evidence. 

3. Wardens shall not be compelled to serve only once in 
five years. 

4. Wardens shall be exempt from military duty the year 
of service. This was called "privilege" of wardens. 

5. Wardens were to carry a white wand not less than 
seven feet long as a badge of his office, and may command 
assistance, and anyone refusing shall be fined forty shillings. 

6. Parents and guardians and masters of servants could 
be fined by wardens. 

7. Profaning the Lord's Day or Christian sabbath, made 
the offender liable to jail sentence of five to ten days. 

8. No sherifi;, grand juror, tithingman, constable or other 
officers or persons shall be exempted. 

9. This act shall be read in every town or district by town 
or district clerk at the March meeting every year and imme- 
diately before the choice of wardens. 

10. The fine for neglecting to read this act shall be twen- 
ty shillings. 

Enacted Anno Regni Regis Georgii III Primo. 

From the Charter of 1759, Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

Charter of Reign of William and Mary revised. 

This proves that our ideals of liberty and of worship have 
undergone a radical change. Has anything really valuable to 
the commonwealth, or essential to genuine public worship been 
lost by the change? 

From Charter of William and Mary, 1759. 

Tythingmen were to have a black staff two feet long tipped 
at one end with brass about three inches as a badge of his office ; 
to be provided by the selectmen at charge of the town. Refusal 
to serve as tythingman subjected the offender to a fine of forty 
shillings, or to jail till it be paid, with charges for levying. 

Tythingmen were allowed the benefit of informers, i. e. 
part of the fine, in 1698. 

80 The History of Holland, Mass. 

The following is the tythingman's oath which he was re- 
quired to take. 

You, John Smith, being chosen a tythingman within the 
town of Holland for one year next ensuing and until another 
be chosen and sworn in your stead, do swear, that you will 
faithfully endeavor and intend the duty of your office, so help 
you God. 

The office of tythingmen dates from the time of Alfred the 
Great. Originally they were assigned the care of ten families 
to see that they attended church regularly, paid their dues and 
maintained proper decorum in church. They could arrest 
strangers driving through tovni, or others believed to be break- 
ing the proper observance of the Lord's Day. To maintain 
order in church came to be their chief function. The children 
sat, not as now, in pews with their parents but in stall pews 
or box pews, the boys in one side of the church, and the girls 
on the other. Naturally they would get to playing in sermon 
time and then the tythingmen would rise and shake the staff 
at them as a warning. If that proved insufficient for restoring 
order and maintaining it the refractory boy was summarily 
taken out of his stall, sometimes over the side and given a les- 
son in decorum by laying on of hands, not apostolic, but pro- 
phetic of a change in him in the immediate future. Some de- 
clare that a cord and tassel was tied to the tythingmen 's staff. 
No mention is made of it in the above charter. It was probably 
a later custom. In Holland we find tythingmen elected an- 
nually until about the time the Baptist church was started, 
1817, when the town neglected to elect them. But they were 
restored again, for in 1823 we find Nehemiah May (Jr), Judah 
Back, Benjamin Eeeve and Elbridge G. Fuller, elected tything- 
men. Two were Gongregationalists and two were Baptists. 
Tythingmen were elected as recently as 1858. 

But there were other quaint customs which obtained in the 
memory of some now living. Mr. J. T. Shepard Parsons who 
lived in Holland when a boy says," An old custom in Holland was 

Holland Incorpokated 81 

to have the cobbler come in the fall to mend or make the footwear 
for the household. His pay included board. His stay in the house 
might last from one to three weeks. Two straight lasts was 
his supply of forms to fit the entire family from baby to grandpa. 
The leather used was the hide of the animal slaughtered the 
year before to supply the table with meat. The product of the 
cobbler's art was like himself, "Fearfully and wonderfully 
made." They would attract attention, if not admiration, any- 
where today and were about as comfortable as the wooden 
shoes used in some European countries. Nicholas Aldrich was 
the cobbler when he was a boy and the custom was styled 
"whipping the cat." 

The cloth for the family-clothing was spun and woven 
from the wool of the flock; the spinning and weaving being a 
part of the good housewife 's task, and when her task was done 
the cloth was taken to Mr. Stevens' mill to be dressed which 
put a nap or finish on the cloth. Before it went there the 
cloth was dyed with the juice of butternut bark or sometimes 
in the dyepot that stood in the chimney corner, which yielded 
a rich indigo blue to whatever was put therein, and a most of- 
fensive odor to whatever was taken out, to one that had sense 
of smell, especially when a fresh product had been abstracted. 
"We were always told that one of the articles composing the dye 
was indigo blue, or indigo, but the other, the solvent, we beat 
a retreat without asking. The seamstress came in the same 
way as the cobbler, and mother produced the web of cloth from 
which the various suits were to be made. Comments were 
made over the quality of the cloth and cautions were given by 
the mother "to be sure and cut large enough for the boys 
would grow to their garments," and many a boy had a prob- 
lem in proportion when on Sunday morning he tried on his 
suit, to ascertain how long, at his present rate of growth, it 
would be before his suit would fit him. However, there was 
no shoddy in the cloth and the boy did sometimes "grow to 
the suit." 



Holland's General History. 

In the act of incorporation we have seen that the east side 
of South Meadow Road was made the boundary between South 
Brimfield and Holland. Holland naturally declined all juris- 
diction and responsibility over said road. This inevitably led 
to a dispute, to say nothing of questions arising over the just 
proportion that Holland should pay of the town, county, and 
state taxes, until such time as the act of incorporation could be 
rendered effective. Arms and ammunition, town stores, and 
taxes, had to be divided by local official agreement, for the 
act of incorporation did not designate what the just propor- 
tion would be. For example, at a meeting held March 15, 
1784, it was voted "that the selectmen of Holland do reckon 
and settle all the accounts and arrearages with the selectmen 
of So. Brimfield." On May 3, 1784 a town meeting was held 
and ]\Ir. Joseph Bruce, Capt. Nehemiah May and Capt. Alfred 
Lyon were appointed a committee to examine all debts brought 
against the town and district, and to give security for what 
they find the district indebted to said town as "our just pro- 
portion." On July 19, 1784, 150 pounds were voted to pay 
"our just proportion," Jan. 10, 1785 it was voted to reconsider 
the vote of May 3, and appoint a new committee. Capt. Ne- 
hemiah May, Ldeut. Jonas Blodgett, and Capt. Alfred Lyon 
were elected a committee to assist the selectmen of Holland in 
making a settlement with So. Brimfield, and 160 pounds are 
mentioned, to be assessed immediately. Tn a warrant for town 
meeting April 4, 1785, Art. 3 reads: — "To see if the district 
will raise their proportion of 160 pounds which So. Brimfield 
have voted to defray the debts which lie against said town. ' ' At 
the meeting Fifty-six pounds were yoted. But a discrepancy had 

Holland's General History. 83 

been found in the books of the town constable*, and that 
caused Holland to rescind its vote of 56 pounds. This led to 
a contention which was not fully adjusted for ten years. 

The records of the town impress the reader with this fact 
whatever faults of grammar or of spelling or lack of elegant' 
phrase, that the purpose has been to tell the exact truth. They 
bear in their wording the evidence of absolute sincerity, in 
which the reader may put absolute confidence. When the 
town was incorporated, matters of detail were left by the Gen- 
eral Court to mutual agreement between the officers of the 
new district and the officers of what was left of South Brim- 
field (now Wales). Questions as to division of the year's tax 
levy and the just proportion each should have, required ad- 
justment. What served to complicate the situation, was the 
fact that the constable, Solomon Hovey, of South Brirafield 
before division was faulty in his accounts and Holland natur- 
ally was loath to assume her legitimate part of the account 
until she knew what it was. In addition, the act of incorpora- 
tion had put the whole of South Meadow road into South Brim- 
field, which they naturally charged upon Capt. May, the repre- 
sentative for the year 1783 when Holland was incorporated. 
That reason more than any other prevented Holland from hav- 
ing a representative till the matter had been rectified, John 
Policy being the next representative in 1798. 

Daniel Shay's insurrection agitated the region greatly and 
appeals were made by circular letters for each town and 
district to send delegates to a county convention to be held at 
Hatfield, 1786. "Massachusetts was the most heavily in debt of 
any of the states. An average of two hundred dollars apiece was 
the debt and no money was obtainable with which to pay it. 
They were willing to pay but could get nothing to pay with. 
Seizure of goods or prison drove many to desperation." Letters 

"The town constable was Solomon Hovey. 

84 The History of Holland, Mass. 

were sent out inviting towns to send delegates to a county con- 
vention. It is manifest that Holland received such letters for 
Abel Allen was chosen to go to the convention at* Hatfield, 
and Joseph Bruce was sent to Hadley for the same purpose 
and both were paid twelve shillings for expenses. 

How they voted on the questions presented we have no 
means of knowing but we may assert that these men were 
warm friends of law and order. 

We notice that in 1789 the district vote that the constable 
warn Jethro Story and family to leave town. They were stop- 
ping in the house of Abijah Shumway. What the reason was 
for such action we are not informed, but we find him later a 
resident of the town. Here is the perambulation of the town 
lines made in 1789. It is given as being of interest for sev- 
eral reasons. 

The boundaries on the north line of Holland, betwixt Brim- 
field and Holland by a perambulation in May 1789 made by Lt. 
Aaron Myghill of Brimfield, and David Wallis and John PoUey 
of Holland, is as f olio ws :— viz., Beginning at a large black oak 
tree marked and stones, being the northeast corner of said 
Holland from thence running westerly on the same line to a 
walnut stump and stones from thence to a black oak tree and 
stones in the northwest corner of Abel Allen 's land, from thence 
to a pitch pine treef and stones in the road north of John 
Graham's house. From thence to an old black oak stump in 
the northwest corner of the land formerly owned by Win- 
thropt- From thence to a white pine stump and stones the 
south side of the road near William Wallis' house, from thence 
to a large rock and stones in the road north of David Ander- 
son's house; from thence to a stake and stone on the §east side 

*See J. G. Holland's "History of Western Massachusetts" for the re- 
sults of these conventions. 

+The pitch pine tree mentioned in this perambulation was out by James 
Roberts, November 1, 1913 on road to East Brimfield. It had been 
dead for a number of years. 

tTo this point the town line is coincident with north line of Winthrop's 
farm; See page 17, act incorporating South Brimfield. 

$Now the west side of the road, by agreement of 1796. 

Holland's General History. 85 

of the country road a little south of Capt. Browning's house 
and barn, it being the northwest corner of Holland. 

David Wallis, Clerk. 

The boundaries on the east side of the district of Holland 
by a perambulation in May 1789 betwixt Holland and Stur- 
bridge, beginning at the northeast corner of said district at a 
heap of stones and running from thence to a large black oak 
tree marked, from thence to a chestnut tree marked, from thence 
to a gray oak marked, from thence to a heap of stones on a rock 
in Simeon Allen's land, from thence to a white pine stump and 
stones, from thence to a stump and stones by said Allen's door, 
from thence to a heap of stones in Allen's orchard east of the 
road, from thence to a chestnut tree marked in Steven's land, 
from thence near to a white oak staddle in Steven's pasture, 
from thence to an oak stump and stones, from thence to a white 
oak tree in Lechmere's land, from thence to a stake and stones, 
it being James Gibbs' northwest corner, from thence to a heap 
of stones, from thence to a chestnut tree marked, it being said 
Gibbs' south Avest comer, from thence to a white pine stump 
and stones by the county road, from thence to a hemlock tree 
marked in the edge of the swamp, from thence to a white ash 
tree marked in the swamp, from thence to a red ash marked in 
the swamp, from thence to a red ash marked in the swamp, 
from thence to a white pine marked in the swamp, from thence 
to a large white pine tree marked, from thence to a hemlock 
tree marked, from thence to a white oak marked, from thence 
to a white pine marked, from thence to a white pine marked, 
from thence to a large red oak marked, from thence to a large 
red ash marked, from thence to a black ash marked, from thence 
to a large hemlock stake marked by the root of a hemlock tree 
that is blown down, that being the southeast corner of the dis- 
trict of Holland, according the perambulation, which is on the 
state line. 

David Wallis, Clerk. 

Dated May 1789. 

This roll of taxpayers with a brief description of property 
assessed with the total assessment was obtained from the 

86 The History of Holland, Mass. 

records of Brimfield for that year, 1798. Since the selectmen 
acted as assessors also, we may feel assured that David Wal- 
lis, John Policy, and William Belknap were the men that made 
up the roll. This roll as compared wi+h the preceding list 
affords much material for comparison and study. Some of 
the non-resident tax-payers of 1793 have become resident tax- 
payers in 1798, showing that they had built homes meanwhile, 
while some disappear altogether. Did they die or move away? 
We hope that the posterity of the families may find answer. 


Bounded north on Cyrus Janes. 

East on Simeon Allen. 

South on Cyprian Stevens 

West on James Fuller 

Barn 40 x 50 feet 2200 


Bounded south on Colony line. 

West on Rufus May 

North on Mark Stacey 

East on county line 400 


Bounded north on David Anderson 

East on John Belknap 

South on Reuben Webber 

West on John Policy 

Barn 40x28 feet 1000 


Bounded north on Brimfield line 

East on Jeremy Sherman 

South on Timothy Anderson 

West on Joseph Browning 

Bam 30x40 feet 1000 

Holland's General History. 87 


Non resident land 24 


Non resident land 136 


Non resident land 300 


Bounded north on John PoUey 

East on Jacob Thompson 

South on Bbenezer Weatherbee 

West on Asa Houghton 

Barn 30 x 40 feet 1300 


Bounded north on Rinaldo Webber 

East on James Paddock 

South on James Prizell 

West on a pond 

Barn 26 x 38 feet 1600 


Bounded north on Andrew Webber 

Bast on Quinnebaug River 

South on Hallowell Perrin 

West on Ephraim Bond 

Barn 30 x 40 feet 

Corn barn 14 x 12 feet 1300 

Wood lot, north on Isaac Partridge 

Bast on Sarel Perrin 

South on Alanson Wallis 

West on Sewall Webber 300 

88 The History of HolliAnd, Mass. 


Bounded north on the road 

East on Edward Webber 

South on James Marcy 

West on Bbenezer Morse 

Barn 30 x 40 feet 1500 


Bounded north on Alfred Lyon 

East on Joseph Browning 

South on Alfred Lyon 

West on Ezra Webber 

Bam 28 x 36 feet 500 


Bounded north on Isaac Partridge 

East on Thomas Wallis 

South on the road 

West on Darius Hinds 

Barn 28 x 36 feet 500 


Bounded north on Ezra Reeve 

East and south on the road 

West on Reeve 115 


Bounded north on Samuel Webber 

East on Alfred Lyon 

South on said Lyon 

West on Quinnebaug River 

Woodlot called Belknap lot 206 

Bounded north on Thomas Wallis 30 

Holland's Genekal Histoby. 89 


Bounded north on Jacob Thompson 

East on Samuel Webber 

South on Trenance Webber 

West on Eeuben Webber 

Earn 30 x 40 feet 

Barn 25x36 feet 1200 


Bounded north on Alfred Allen 

East on Abel Allen 

South on Rinaldo Webber 

West on Moses Graham 

Bam 30 x 50 feet 1900 


Bounded north on William Belknap 

Bast on James Paddock 

South on Alfred Lyon 

West on Samuel Webber 

Barn 30x40 feet 800 

Mountain lot, bounded north on Timothy Anderson 

containing 30 A. 150 


Bounded north on Gershom Rosebrooks 

East on Calvin Glazier 

South on Rufus May 

West on Gershom Rosebrooks 

Bam 30x40 feet 900 

Woodlot bounded north on Zephaniah Gibbs 170 


Bounded north on David Wallis. 

East on James Fuller 

South and west on the road 

Bam 26x25 feet 

Joiners shop ^^^ 

90 The History of Holland, Mass. 


Bounded north on Chandler Webber 

East on the county line 

South on Mark Staeey 

West on Ichabod Goodell 

Barn 18 x 36 feet 420 


Bounded south and east on the road 355 


Bounded north, east, south and west on John Smalledge 

Barn 24 x 30 feet 340 


Bounded north on James Paddock 

East on John Holbrook 

South on Ezra Webber and Jonathan Ballard 

West on Trenanee Webber 

Barn 30 x 40 feet 

Barn 30 x 40 feet 

Barn 28 x 36 feet 

Horse shed 22 x 26 feet 

Woodlot bounded north on Jonathan Ballard 

East on the road from stone 

South on Gershom Rosebrooks 

West on Ezra Webber 

Pasture called "Blodgett Farm" bounded 

North on Perez Bradford 

East on Moses Clark 

South on Joseph Browning 

West on the road 3850 


Land on which now stands a powder mill 130 

Holland's General History. 91 


Bounded north on Ephraim Bond 

East on the road 

South on the Rockwell land 

West on Simeon Hunger 

Barn 25 x 36 feet 3000 


Bounded north on "Sarel" Perrin 
East on Rufus May 
South on colony line 
West on Zuriel May 

Barn 18 x 24 feet 1200 



Bounded north on Sarel Perrin 

East on Nehemiah May 

South on the colony line 

West on Alanson Wallis 

Barn 28 x 36 feet 1200 


Bounded north on Ichabod Goodell 

East on Mark Stacy 

South on Asher Badger 

West on Nehemiah May 

Barn 28 x 38 feet 1400 


Ebenezer Morris on the farm 

Bounded north on Nehemiah May 

East on said May 

South on the colony line 

West on Zuriel May 

Barn 18 x 24 feet 

Blacksmith shop 400 

92 The History of HoujANd, Mass. 


Bounded north, on Ezenezer Morse 

East on said Morse 

South on John Munger 

West on road 

Barn 26x36 feet 230 


Bounded north on Rev. Ezra Reeve 

East and south on James Marcy 

West on Simeon Munger 

Barn 28 x 38 feet 

Corn mill and set of stones 1400 


Bounded north on Joseph Bruce 

East on the Quinnebaug River 

South on Isaac Partridge 

West on Joseph Bruce 

Bam 30 x 40 feet 1200 

Janes lot 300 


Bounded north on Seth Smith 
East on Quinnebaug River 
South on Nehemiah May- 
West on Joseph Bruce 
Barn 30 x 40 feet 1000 


Bounded north on HaUowell Perrin 

East on the Quinnebaug River 

South on Seth Smith 

West on James ]\Iarcy 

Barn 30 x 40 feet 1000 

Holland's Geneeal Histoey. 93 


Bounded north on Joseph Browning 

East on Timothy Anderson 

South on Perez Bradford 

West on the highway. 115 A. 

Bam 26 x 35 feet 1200 


Bounded north on William Belknap 

East on the road 

South on Alfred Lyon 

West on James Frizell 

Barn 20x26 feet 

Blacksmith shop 250 


Non resident land 650 


Farm same on which said Reeve now lives 

Improved by the settled minister. Woodlot 

bought by Daniel G. Haynes Not assessed 


Bounded north on the road 

East on Ebenezer Morse 

South on said Morse 

West on said Morse 

One bark house (including tanyard) 

20 X 28 feet 260 


Bounded north on Ezra Webber 
East on Chandler Webber 
South on Ichabod Goodell 

94 The History of Holland, Mass. 

West on Quinnebaug River 

Barn 28x40 feet 

Barn 28 x 36 feet 1700 


Non resident land 400 


Non resident land 600 


Bounded north on Isaac Partridge 

East on pond 

South and west on road 

Barn 18 x 20 feet 50 


Bounded north on Thomas Wallis 

East on Rinaldo Wallis 

South on colony line 

West on Robert Henry 250 


Bounded north on Ezra Reeve 

East on Edward Webber 

South and west on the road 45 


Bounded north on Calvin Glazier 

East on the county line 

South on Rexiben Allen 

West on Rufus May 300 

Holland's Geneeal History. 95 


Bounded north on Dorral land 

East on Robert Henry 

South on eelony line 

West on the road 

Barn 28 x 26 feet 

Cooper shop 700 


Bounded north on Zephaniah Gibbs 

East on Peter Belknap 

South on Chandler Webber 

West on the road 

Barn 30 x 40 feet 1000 


Bounded north on Thomas Wallis 

East on the Quinnebaug River 

S(>uth on Jacob Thompson 

West on David Anderson 

Barn 30 x 40 feet 1300 


Bounded north on Jeremy Sherman 

East on Quinnebaug River 

South on David Pay 

West on Thomas Wallis 

Barn 30 x 40 feet ^^^ 

Lot, north on Reuben Webber 

East on David Fay ^^^ 


Bounded north on James Fuller 

East on the road 

South on William Belknap 

West on the pond 

Barn 30 x 40 feet °"" 

96 The History of Holland, Mass. 


Bounded north on David Fay 

East on Samiael Webber Jr. 

South on Trenanee Webber 

West on the road 

Bam 25 x 35 feet 400 

Leehmere land 250 


Boimded north on Alfred Lyon 

East on said Lyon 

South on Joseph Bruce 

West on Edward Webber 

Barn 20 x 30 feet 500 


Bounded north on David Fay 

East on Samuel Webber 

South on Ezra Reeve 

West on Timothy Anderson 

Barn 30x40 feet 1000 


Bounded north on the road 

East on David Fay 

South on said Fay 

West on David Wallis 500 


Bounded north on Isaac Partridge 

East on Joseph Bruce 

South on Isaac Partridge 

West on James Marcy 

Bam 26-X28 feet 180 

Houland's General History. 97 


Bounded north on Widow Stone's 

East on the county line 

South on Calvin Glazier 

West on the road 200 


Bounded north on Ezra Reeve 

East on Andrew Webber 

South on Ephraim Bond 

West on the road 

Barn 26 x 30 feet 930 


Bounded north on James Frizell 

East on said Frizell 

South on Alfred Lyon 

West on Samuel Webber 

Bam 30 x 36 feet 700 


Bounded north on the road 

East on Alanson Wallis 

South on Rinaldo Wallis 

West on the road 

Bam 26 x 34 feet 600 


Bounded north on Alfred Lyon 

East on Jonathan Ballard 

South on Gershom Robert 

West on said Lyon 600 


98 The Histoet of Holland, Mass. 


Bounded north on Brimfield line 

East on Moses Graham 

South on said Grraham 

West on the road 

Barn 27 x 40 feet 700 


Bounded north on Brimfield line 

East on David Wallis 

South on said Wallis 

West on Quinnebaug Kiver 

Barn 28 x 34 feet 

Bam 27 x 37 feet 800 

Bliphalet Janes' lot 

Bounded west on Ezra Keeve 

North on Trenanee Webber 200 

Lot bounded north on road 

East on Alanson Wallis 

South on Bradley Webber 

West on Darius Hinds 500 


Bounded north on Sarel Perrin 

East on Zuriel May 

South on Rinaldo Wallis 

AVest on Thomas Wallis 

Bam 28x36 feet 700 


Bounded north on Bradley Webber 

East on Zuriel May 

South on colony line 

West on Benjamin Smith 

Barn 30x38 feet 800 

Holland's General History. 99 


Bounded north on Joseph Browning 

Bast on Ebenezer Morse 

South on John Wade 

West on the road 200 

The greater part of these homesteads will be easily located 
by one acquainted with the town. 

The constable's berth was one not very desirable and used 
to be auctioned off to the lowest bidder. The occasion was 
time for considerable jollity and not a little banter. Some- 
times liquid refreshments were on hand to give zest to the 
occasion, for we find ten shillings voted for liquors in vendue- 
ing the constable's berth. Holland, however, has been a tem- 
perance town. 

By reference to the map it will be observed that a few 
families were situated close to the town line, in the south- 
west school district and would be more conveniently accom- 
modated, if they were allowed to send their children to the 
"meadow district" in South Brimfield. We consequently find 
a vote to that effect, which also enables us to decide who lived 
on the house sites there. In 1808 we find record of a muster 
at Hadley when forty dollars was voted to the soldiers who 
went. 1808 was the year of distress owing to the effect of 
the Embargo Act of President Jefferson, which prevented 
trade with Europe. This period of distress is reflected by the 
choice of a committee to draft a petition to the president about 
that act. The committee to draft the petition were: Jacob 
Thompson, Ezra Webber and Capt. Benjamin Church. It is 
manifest that Boston had prepared a petition, for the district 
votes that "the substance of the Boston petition be ours," 
and the selectmen are made a committee to forward it. We 
note that in 1809 the votes to give town land to Luther Carter, 

100 The History of Holland, Mass. 

provided he builds a tavern, and the land offered was a part 
of the common lying west of Brimfield road and north of road 
to Andrew Webber's. 

In 1811, the question of dividing Hajnpshire County was 
before the people. Holland was opposed to such division. 
Probably their opposition was based upon the ground of ex- 
pense. William Putnam, who lived on what later became the 
Geo. L. Webber place and who was Holland's representative 
to General Court for 1812 was chosen delegate to a county 
convention called to consider the matter. The convention 
voted to divide the county giving to the eastern part the name 
of Hampden, while the western part retained the name of 
Hampshire. Holland therefore became a part of Hampden 
County with Springfield as its shire town. This is why the 
records at Springfield do not antedate 1812. 

The town warrant for special meeting July 11, 1812, ha^ 
the following article. 

Secondly. "To take the minds of the district respecting 
an alliance with France, or act anything they think proper re- 
specting said business when met." 

Thirdly. "To choose a delegate, or delegates, to meet in 
county convention to be holden at Northampton on Tuesday 
the 14th day of July inst. at two o'clock in the afternoon to 
petition the President and Congress that war may be averted and 
peace restored to our country." John PoUey was chosen dele- 
gate to sit in the convention. 

They also chose Capt. Benjamin Church, Jacob Thompson, 
Esq., and James A. Lynn for committee to draft resoltions. 
The war of 1812 was not a popular one with New England, 
especially at first. England's acts on the high seas were in- 
tolerably tyrannical, and done to drag the United States into 
another fight whereby she hoped to win back what she had 
lost by the Revolution. England and France being at war, 
and, the United States anticipating war with England, natur- 
ally the U. S. would turn to her old ally, France. 

Holland's General History. 101 

In 1819, Holland by unanimous vote petitions the General 
Court for the privilege of having their deeds recorded with 
the district clerk. Why such a petition as this should be sub- 
mitted to the legislature is not made clear. Convenience of 
entry for their deeds, as well as ease in consulting them may 
have had an influence. Perhaps it was the outcropping of an 
opposition to the division of Hampshire County which went 
into effect seven years before. The evils that such permission 
would have invited are better imagined than described. Land- 
owners should be protected by all the safeguards of definite 
and permanent bounds, careful, permanent, and disinterested 
registry. This could never be secured in a town registry. 
Town records have been too frequently destroyed, and law- 
suits over land-ownership are too frequent, as it is. The select- 
men in whose name the petition was sent were : — Samuel Web- 
ber, E. G. Fuller, David B. Dean. Leave to withdraw the 
petition was granted June 3, 1819. 

Towns, finding it a rather expensive luxury to send a 
representative to General Court, used to neglect to elect one 
now and then. Consequently, General Court would sit minus 
many representatives. They could do this for the representa- 
tive was paid out of the treasury of his town at this time. 
The evil grew until finally an act was passed imposing a 
heavy fine upon towns thus neglectful, and many towns were 
fined. The law was again changed making the pay of repre- 
sentatives a charge upon the state treasury which has held 
ever since. Because of the old law we find Holland, in 1837, 
voting not to send a representative to General Court. Hol- 
land's list of representatives shows that her civic life has been 
active in all her history although now the small town seldom 
gets a chance to send a representative. 

By a meeting held Nov. 9, 1846 we find the following: 

102 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Voted to choose a committee of four to preserve good order 
in society. 

Chose Benjamin Wilson Jonathan Sikes 

Ezra Allen John Wallis 

Voted to choose five in addition to the above named com- 

Grosvenor May Preeland Wallis 

Squire J. Ballard Wm. A. Bobbins 

Adolphus Webber 

Also that the above named committee serve without pay. 

What had happened to destroy good order in society we 
are not told. That no revolution such as threatened the very 
existence of civil and social order such as there was in 1774 
(see page 62) did not then exist is very manifest. Will the 
oldest inhabitant please rise and explain? 

When the Hamilton Woolen Manufacturing Co. construct- 
ed the dam for the reservoir they were required to construct 
the road or causeway across it. It was constructed a little 
south of where the road had been, the old abutments being 
visible at low water. The causeway was built so poorly that 
the town voted to "post" it to avoid responsibility in case of 
accident, and has not accepted it to this day. 

In 1869, voted to see what could be done to secure the 
Baptist church with good title for a town hall. A committee 
was appointed for that purpose. 

Committee : 

Orrin W. Brown, 
Lewis C. Hewlett. 

The Church was obtained by deed of gift under nominal 
restrictions, it being left free to use for religious purposes. 
It was then voted to repair the church at a cost not to exceed 
$500, and to be done by Oct. 1, 1870. The committee to repair 
it was: Geo. L. Webber, Wm. A. Bobbins, and 0. W. Brown. 

The tovim was agitated over the Southbridge and Palmer 
railroad in 1870. The town voted to invest $7,200 in it with 

Holland's G-eneeal Histoey. 103 

conditions, but soon reconsidered its vote and instructed its 
treasurer not to pay anything whatever to the S. & P. R. R. This 
viras a wise move, and recent events in railroad management 
give emphasis to the vote. 

Holland's Pooe 

One of the things that is a Christian duty incumbent upon 
a town is the care and relief of her poor, and that this be 
done in a Christian manner. It was the custom in the early 
days of Holland to auction off to the lowest bidder the care 
of those who were partially or wholly town charges. Other 
towns did the same but it grew into disfavor as perhaps, 
savoring too much of the auction block of a slave mart. The 
more respectable way, for the town to have a farm which is man- 
aged by a keeper, under direction of "overseer of the poor" 
is certainly a more dignified way of dealing with the town poor, 
and especially so where the town is large and has a consid- 
erable number of those who need such help. But where a 
town is small and has few, if any paupers, such a method is 
very expensive. Some states use the county system, while 
others use the district system wherein towns agree to unite 
for mutual advantage, one of the towns having the farm and 
each sharing the expense according to the number of paupers 
it has in the home. Holland wisely consented in 1904 to form 
part of such a district thereby securing less cost to herself 
and better service for her poor. 

The story is told that at town meeting years ago when 
the questibn of expense and care of the poor was up for dis- 
cussion, one of her citizens, seated in the rear who had been 
very reticent during the discussion, got up and said, "I have 
positive proof that the moon is not inhabited; for if it were, 
some of them would come down to Holland and claim residence 
here, we treat our poor so well. ' ' 

Mrs. Eunice Halladay is mentioned as one whose needs, 
in addition to her own efforts, had to be met by the town. 

104 The History of HoliLand, Mass. 

She lived on house site No. 123 on the map and her house was 
repaired or built periodically. She was helped hut never had 
her keep put up at auction. How she avoided such indignity is 
not made clear. Euth Swinnerton was a town pauper for a 
long series of years, and auctioned off to the lowest bidder. 
We read "struck her off" for fifty-five cents per week except 
liquors and doctoring. She became heir to a legacy which the 
town instituted proceedings to secure but we judge without 
avail. She died in 1828. 

One cannot read the records without surprise and regret 
to learn that Eliphalet Janes who was Holland's first district 
clerk, in his old age became a dependent of the district. He 
sold his farm and mill and moved to Western, now Warren. 
What misfortune overtook him to reduce him to this necessity 
we have not discovered. He made a good town clerk, writing- 
with clear, plain hand and interesting style. Holland insti- 
tuted legal proceedings to secure his support. 

Benjamin Smith, who lived on house site 101 on the map, 
and who was a revolutionary soldier, also became a town 
charge, with his wife. The town assumed ownership of his 
farm to reimburse itself. His son, Levi, started the homestead 
later known as the Thomas Williams' place, No. 96 on the 

"May 12, 1802. Voted to give Jonathan Ballard two 

dollars a week for keeping Mrs. <, exclusive of doctor's 

bill and 'sperits,' till the first of next March if she lives," is 
an entry we find, interesting and suggestive. 


Towns from early da:te have found a pound in which to 
confine unruly animals, of which their owners were neglect- 
ful a necessity. The first pound built in Holland was placed 
on the hill south of the church,, and on the east side of the 

Holland's General History. 105 

road above the Bugbee tavern, later Dr. Dean's home. It was 
built of stone and the foundation outline is still traceable. 
"When it was built no one knows, probably about the time the 
church was built, 1764. When the church was moved on to 
the plain, or soon after, a new pound was built on the com- 
mon. In 1797 the district voted four pounds and 15 shillings 
to build a pound and Col. Alfred Lyon and Lt. Ichabod GoodeU. 
were given the contract. It must have stood at or near the 
southwest corner of the present library grounds by the de- 
scription of the turnpike road when laid out from Hartford 
to Worcester, 1803, and when the parsonage came to be built 
was found too close thereto and a committee was chosen to 
select a place for the pound. The committee chosen were: 
Ezra Allen, Reuben Stevens, Dea. Samuel Webber, E. G. 
Puller, and Luther Brown. This committee recommended that 
it be removed to the southwest corner of the common and 
finally fixed upon the present site, where it was built, a not 
wholly outgrown instrument of peace and neighborly good 
will to this day. 

Cemeteries of Holland 

The first settlers of Holland, at least some of them, buried 
their dead on their homesteads, a custom very general here 
in New England. This led to the loss of all knowledge where 
many were buried, whom it would be of interest to know their 
resting place if it could be determined. The Indians had a 
burying ground in what is Holland, being on land of the home- 
stead of Elisha Marcy in the pasture back of the house. Trad- 
ition says that they have been known to come there to visit 
the graves of their dead. 

Soon after South Brimfield was incorporated we find it 
voted in 1763, that an acre of land for a burying ground, north 
of John Bishop 's land, be provided. Here are the oldest graves 

106 The History of Holland, Mass. 

of white settlers in the town. But this ground has been en- 
larged by other purchases, a vote being obtained in 1855 for 
that purpose which was later rescinded but in 1859 a purchase 
was made of Nehemiah Underwood south and east of the yard ; 
deed bears date Feb. 25. Wm. A. Webber sold land for the 
same purpose, 1859. Loring B. Morse also, 1859. 

It is deeply to be regretted that no plan of the cemetery 
was made to show position of graves and who was buried in them. 
Many revolutionary soldiers' graves are lost thereby, so that 
only eight graves for soldiers of that war are known, to say 
nothing of other graves which it would be of interest to know. 

The hearse house now stands on the east side of the yard. 
But the old one stood on the north side of the roadway not 
far from gate, inside. This one was sold and moved up to 
Baxter C. Bennett's. It was built in 1836. In 1866 we find 
the following: "Voted to buy a good decent hearse forth- 

In the southwest part of the town is the highest land in 
the town. It is known as Needham Hill, after the Needhams 
that lived nearby. Upon the northwest shoulder of this hill 
are a few graves marked with stones, some broken down and 
others tumbled down. It was known as the Hunger burying 
ground. Here were buried members of that family and also 
of the Marcy family, for upon a stone there we learn that the 
first wife of James Marcy was buried there, 1802. His first 
wife being Mary Shaw of South Brimfield. It is a pity that 
this yard should be allowed to go neglected. There was at 
one time some building nearby as a foundation close by bears 

In the southeast quarter of the town is a private yard, 
carefuUy walled in, close to the Connecticut line. It was the 
burying place of a family named Sholes who lived where Mr. 
Felix Bouvier now lives. The house is in Union, Oonn. Jere- 

Holland's General History. 107 

miah Sholes was a revolutionary soldier; he and a numerous 
progeny are buried there. Although the yard is in Holland, 
Mass., Union takes care of the yard and honors the grave of 
her patriot soldier, May 30, each year. It should be cleared 
of brush. 

It would be a good plan if the graves upon the various 
homesteads could be moved to the cemetery, that their graves 
might be preserved from desecration by the ploughman or 
any other cause. In one case the author was told of the graves 
of a well-known Holland family on the homestead being 
plowed over by a subsequent owner and the ground planted. 
Here is a community interest which all those interested in the 
welfare of Holland have a share, to obviate the possibility of 
such desecration by the method above suggested or some other. 
The Munger-Marcy burying ground could be bought for a 
nominal sum and fenced in, thereby preserving several graves 
of two of Holland's most noted families to say nothing of 
others that may be buried there. Was this started as a ceme- 
tery for the church built between Grandy Hill and Rattle- 
snake Mountain? There are some very old graves there. "Who 
will start a cause so worthy? 


Holland Roads 

The most difficult part of the work in writing the history 
of Holland has been this topic of roads. The difficulty has 
been increased by the loss of the early records of Brimfield and 
South Brimfield now Wales. When the town votes to discon- 
tinue the road from the "Maple tree to the Gilacer (Balm of G-il- 
ead) tree" without further explanation as to where said Maple 
and Gilacer trees stand, it is somewhat of a problem to decide 
where the road was. It may have been definite enough to the men 
of the time, but it becomes very indefinite to subsequent gen- 
erations. So also a road from a staddle of one kind to a stad- 
dle of another kind may be definite in the minds of thoset 
laying it out, but it becomes very indefinite to those of later 

Holland like many towns was forced by circumstances to 
make changes in her roads, and the changes in many cases are 
very indefinitely expressed, the dates given on the map are 
taken from the records and in some cases are certainly cor- 
rect, in others they approximate to it as near as we could 
determine. What was once a well-kown town road has since 
become in some places only a pasture lane. In some cases no 
record is found to show when the road was laid out. The 
road from the Wales line by the Marcy Place and across the south 
end of Holland is an example. It was a public highway, 1795, 
(See map in Mass. Archives) but how much earlier we have 
nothing to determine. The road over the north side of Rattle- 
snake mountain must have been in existence in 1764 when the 
west faction started to build the church between Grandy Hill 
and Rattlesnake mountain but certainty as to when it was 
laid out seems impossible, yet over this road it was expected 
that many of the east faction would travel to get to church. 

Holland Roads. 109 

If anyone desires more positive and accurate history of the 
roads we refer them to the records and wish their success. That 
a great deal of labor and money has been spent in building 
and maintaining the roads is very apparent. The assistance 
that the state renders to the good roads movement now will 
benefit Holland very much and already is much appreciated. 

The first road through the region of what is now known 
as Holland, according to an old survey and map made in 1728, 
{Mass. Archives) was a road from Woodstock, Conn., to 
Brimfield. It cut across the southwest comer of Sturbridge, 
passed up near the lead mines and crossed the Quinnebaug 
Eiver at a point about half way between Mud Pond (Partridge 
Pond) and Siog Lake. The crossing must have been at or 
near where now is the bridge near the reserA-^oir dam. It was 
probably only a fording place. Thence northwesterly by a 
course that agrees well with the present road to Edwin Hall's 
and so on to Brimfield. It is not to be supposed that this 
road was much better than an Indian trail adopted by white 
men for convenience sake. It is probable that many of the 
settlers from "Woodstock came over this trail. Tradition has 
it that one prospective settler, a woman, came as far as the 
ford near the dam, looked over the river but finally turned 
back and settled in Sturbridge. The first road to be laid out 
for territory that became Holland was South Meadow Road 
in 1731, a road to Union, Conn., from Brimfield. It was given 
this name because it passed by the large tract of meadow land 
where grew in great profusion the swale hay so necessary to 
the settlers until they could get other land cleared. Joseph 
Blodgett had the year before (1730) bought land on this road 
and also ten acres of South Meadow. The road undoubtedly 
was built to open up the region to settlers, and other settlers 
soon followed, of which Munger, Needham, Smalledge, Dunk- 
ley, are names well-known in the early history of Brimfield 

110 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

and South Brimfield as settlers on or near this road. Kev. 
Jason Morse's "Annals of Brimfield Church" gives the date of 
this road. (Brimfield Records page 46), 

A highway laid out in Brimfield by us the subscribers: 

Some way beyond and against Benjamin Lovejoy's begin- 
ning from a walnut staddle marked, and so northwest by a white 
oak marked, and so to another marked; and so on to James 
Thompson's northwest comer stake of his first division lot, and 
so on to a black oak tree marked on the westerly side of said way ; 
and so on to another white oak tree marked; and so on north- 
west to a white oak tree marked ; and so on more northerly to a 
little white oak tree marked : and so on to a great red oak tree 
marked ; and so on to a white oak tree marked ; and so on to 
yellow oak tree marked, etc, etc. This formed the northerly 
section of South Meadow Road. 

Year 1731. 

Mr. Charles S. Allen says this road was laid in three sec- 

We, the subscribers, have laid out a highway two rods wide 
from the former highway at Daniel Thompson's alias John 
Hinds' corner as followeth: viz. Upon the line between Jona- 
than Burk and said Hinds to a walnut stump with a stake in 
said stump, thence to Silas Smith's corner; thence upon the line 
between said Smith and Hinds to Fitch's corner; thence through 
said Smith's land between the ledge of rocks and the marked 
trees to a chestnut marked H. in Ebenezer Cooley's land; thence 
to a white oak marked H.; thence to a black oak marked H. in 
Deacon Cram 's land ; thence to a black oak staddle with a heap 
of stones on ye Union line. Said highway lying on ye East 
side of all ye marked trees: 

March 9, 1751 

John Bishop 
Trenance Webber 
Voted and confirmed by the town. Ebenezer Bishop 

March 18, 1751. 

Brimfield records, page 130 
The return of a highway from the Gireat Brook a little 
southeast from Nehemiah May's until it comes into the road 

Holland Roads. Ill 

between Mr. John "Webber's and Trenance Webber's laid out 
(2) ? rods wide, and marked as foUoweth : Beginning at a hem- 
lock tree marked standing by said brook being a corner of Mr. 
WUliam Lyon's land, thence running northwesterly to the west 
end of said Nehemiah May's barn; thence northerly to a large 
flat rock and stones upon; thence bearing northwesterly to a 
white oak marked standing on a brow a little west of a valley ; 
thence, turning and running to a white oak; thence, to a small 
black oak ; thence to a small walnut on the east side hill ; thence 
to a white oak ; thence, to a small black oak ; to another black oak ; 
thence, to a large white oak standing by the old path ; thence, to 
a large hemlock standing by a little run ; thence, to a white oak ; 
to another small white oak ; thence, to a heap of stones two rods 
from the west end of Benjamin Perrin's house; thence, to a 
small black oak standing at the south end of Daniel Thompson's 
field; thence, in the now trodden path until it comes to Morgan's 
Brook (so called) later Stevens' Brook; thence, running north 
on the line between Mr. Moses Lyon and John Bishop Jr's. 
lands, one-half on said Lyon's and one-half on said Bishop's, 
until it comes to said Bishop's northeast corner; thence bearing 
northwesterly and running in the most convenient place along 
down a valley into the old path that goes from Mr. "Webber's 
towards Mr. Moses Lyon's; thence, running northwesterly in 
the now trodden path until it comes to the other between the 
said John "Webber's and Trenance "Webber's. All the above 
said trees are marked with the letter H on the west side to said 

By order of the Selectmen 

March 12, 1759. Joseph Blodgett. 

The above petition read and voted and accepted provided 
the several owners of the land it runs through give their right 

to same. 

John Sherman, Town Clerk. 

The first settlers were anxious to settle on this road, i. e., 
South Meadow Road. They settled there doubtless that they 
might have easy access to the swale hay that grew on South 
Meadow. Even before their homes were established there 

112 The History of Holland, IMass. 

were men who used to go there from Brimfield so tradition 
says with teams in a considerable company and armed. When 
they arrived at the meadow, pickets were posted to avoid sur- 
prise by Indians, while others proceeded to the labor of cutting 
and curing the hay. No record is found of an actual attack, 
but their precaution proves the reality of the danger. It in- 
vited settlers to the region, and played an important part in 
the early history of Holland. A church was begun, 1764, on 
the west side of that road as we shall see. That road formed 
the greater part of the boundary between the east and west 
parishes of South Brimfield by legislative enactment in 1766. 
and when Holland was incorporated in 1783 the east side of 
that road was designated as the west boundary line for Hol- 
land, which put the whole of the road from Brimfield, south 
line to the Connecticut line into South Brimfield to keep in 
repair. Capt. Nehemiah May was representative for that year 
and men charged him with being responsible for the injustice 
and justly. It led to a dispute. South Brimfield naturally 
objected while Holland declined all responsibility for it as 
being outside her territory. "We find that Holland voted, 1789, 
to petition the General Court to be annexed to Brimfield in 
choice of a representative. South Brimfield was keeping Hol- 
land from sending any representative to General Court. From 
record of a town meeting held Dec. 21, 1795, it was voted to 
treat with South Brimfield in regard to South Meadow road, 
and by a meeting held Jan. 11, 1796, it was voted to accept of 
South Brimfield 's terms. The terms were that Holland was to 
take two fifths of South Meadow road and have two-fifths of 
the representation at General Court that the town and district 
were entitled to have. 

This agreement was arrived at through work of a com- 
mittee. But Asa Fisk in behalf of South Brimfield petitioned 
the General Court, Jan. 16, 1789, that a part of South Meadow 

Holland Roads. 113 

road be set off to Holland and the district clerk of Holland 
was ordered to show cause why the prayer of the petitioner 
should not be granted. This petition failed, probably as not 
coming from the right source, but June 8, 1795, a petition of 
the Selectmen of South Brimfield prays that a just part of 
South Meadow road be annexed to the district of Holland and 
the Selectmen of Holland are ordered to show cause why the 
prayer should not be granted. 

Certificate of Asa Dana, District Clerk of Holland. 

This certifies that Joseph Bruce, Col. Alfred Lyon and 
Deacon David Wallis be a committee to settle with So. Brim- 
field with regard to So. Meadow Road. Full power is given to 
the committee. 

Dated Monday Dec. 1, 1795. 

Certificate of Oliver Wales, town clerk of So. Brimfield. 
At a town meeting this day held for the purpose of choosing a 
committee to settle with the district of Holland in respect of the 
support of the county road that divides said town and district, 
and chose Oliver Wales, Joel Rogers and Darius Munger, Esq., 
with power to settle with said district, provided they, the said 
district would agree to have two-fifths (2-5) of said road an- 
nexed to be made a part of the district. 

A true copy from the records. 
Oliver Wales, 

Town Clerk. 
Dated Dec. 30, 1795. 

South Brimfield, January 12, 1796. 
We, the committee of South Brimfield and the District of 
Holland, chosen to settle the dispute that hath arisen between 
said town and district in regard of the support of the county 
road that divides said town and district are agreed upon by us 
the said committee, that one mile two hundred and ten rods of 
the north end of said road shall belong to and become a part of 
the said district forever hereafter, and we further agree that the 
district of Holland shaU have two-fifths of the representatives 
in future forever hereafter, and that we further agree that we 


114 The History of Holland, Mass. 

will begin in the following order: The first shall be chosen in 
So. Briitifield, the second in said district of Holland, the third in 
South Brimfield, the fourth in Holland, the fifth in So. Brimfield, 
when any is chosen, and so in rotation forever hereafter. And 
it is agreed by the said committees that a record of this agree- 
ment shall be recorded in said town and district by their town 
and districts clerks. 

We, the subscribers. Selectmen of the town of So. Brim- 
field and of the district of Holland hereby certify that we have 
measured off the one mile two hundred and ten rods^ of the 
county road beginning at Brimfield line being Holland's pro- 
portion of said road, agreeable to a late act of Court, and have 
erected a stake and a large heap of stones on the west side of 
said road, being the corner of said district, said heap of stones 
stands nigh the south end of Abijah Potter's pasture." 

Witness our hands, 

John Hunger, 
Samuel Shaw, 
John Policy, 
Joseph Bruce, 

Selectmen of So. Brimfield and Holland. 
Attest Asa Dana, District Clerk. 
Dated April 25, 1796. 

Amendment op the Act of Incorporation. 

"Commonwealth of Massachusetts." 

In the year of our Lord one Thousands Seven Hundred and 
ninety-six — An act in addition to an act passed in the year of 
our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-three, in- 
corporating the East Parish of South Brimfield into a district 
by the name of Holland. 

Whereas difficulties have arisen respecting supporting the 
public road which is by said act the dividing line between So. 
Brimfield and the district of HoUand. For the remedy of 
which — Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa- 
tives in General Court assembled and by authority of the same, 
that from and after the passing of this act, one mile two hundred 

Holland Roads. 115 

and ten rods of the before mentioned road beginning at Brim- 
field south line and running southerly shall forever hereafter 
belong to and become part of the district of Holland. 
Passed. February 4, 1796. 

Oliver Wales, 
Joel Rogers 
Darius Hunger 

South Brimfield Committee. 

Joseph Bruce, 
Alfred Lyon, 
David Wallis 

Holland Committee. 
Attest, Asa Dana, District Clerk. 

This question, vrhich had been a bone of contention since 
1783, vpas now settled. The distance was measured off for Hol- 
land 's part and a stake and heap of stones on the west side of 
South Meadow Road marked the limit of Holland's part, and 
a stake and heap of stones on the east side of the road directly 
opposite marked the beginning of So. Brimfield 's part. Stone 
monuments now take the place of the stake and stones in each 
case, they being put in place by mutual agreement, 1829. It 
is interesting to note that more than half of Holland's part 
is still a public highway, while much of So. Brimfield 's part 
has been discontinued, due to time's changes, and the building 
of a new piece of road which acts as substitute for part of the 

This question of the upkeep of South Meadow road being 
now settled we find that John PoUey of Holland was elected 
to represent South Brimfield and Holland at General Court for 

By the same authority, Jason Morse, we know that a road 
was laid out, 1735, from near Mr. Argard's down the hill 
southeasterly to where Edwin Hall now lives. It simply improved 

116 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

a piece of the old Indian trail before mentioned. This old 
road can still be traced. It led settlers to occupy land in that 
vicinity of which John Anderson was a later purchaser. See 
the Anderson genealogy. This road was known as "South 

This road was extended as need for it was demanded by 
new settlers coming in, and just when the road was built by 
where the church was built in 1764, we have not ascertained. 
It was known as the "South Boad." See page 65. Also for 
mention of other roads as existing in 1782. 

After Holland was incorporated in 1783, new roads and 
changes in position of roads are frequent, and so indefinite in 
their wording that it is difficult to designate the change. When 
it is voted to build a road from the chestnut staddle to the 
oak staddle, or to discontinue the road from "the Maple tree 
to the Gilaeer of Balm tree," it may have been definite enough 
to the town clerk then, but such description becomes very in- 
definite to the reader fifty or a hundred years later. 

The Eclipse Line 

In 1803 the stage turnpike through Holland was built. It 
was part of a stage line from Hartford to Worcester. Over 
this line the mail for Holland used to be brought. The turn- 
pike was built by a company, Avhich used to charge a fee of 
those passing over it. Toll gates were established two miles 
apart with gatehouse in which the gatekeeper lived. One 
such house is the place where Michael Flannigan now lives. 
Another gatehouse was the William Lumbard place which was 
situated on the town line, east side. It did not prove to be a 
paying enterprise. The company wanted the town to take 
some shares of stock, 1807, but the town declined to invest. 
This road was a real benefit to the town, but financially it was 
a failure. Finally it was taken over as a county road, 1835, 
and the town voted to repair it. It seems evident that the 

Holland Roads. 117 

first regular mail service Holland ever had was over tliis turn- 
pike and stage line, and the first postmaster that Holland ever 
had was David Marcy, who received his appointment as post- 
master, 1812. He had just built Holland hotel. This stage 
line created the need of one in Holland and the town had 
made the offer of part of the common to Luther Carter if he 
would build one of the size prescribed. Over this turnpike 
came Lafayette, 1824. He is said to have stopped over night 
in "Windham, Conn., and then proceeded on towards Worcester 
next morning probably reaching Holland for dinner as stated. 
From the church site on the hill north of Dr. Dean's, a 
road extended easterly down the hill through Otis "Williams' 
pasture where Benjamin Reeve lived, across the flat east of 
the hill and up through the cemetery proceeding easterly 
through the woods, and crossing the road to Bast Brimfield 
extended across Mr. A. F. Blodgett's pasture and made the 
road bed of the present road from a point about 20 rods east of 
HoUand common to the bridge. When the Hartford and Wor- 
cester stage road was built, 1803, it put this road out of com- 
mission except a little piece from the East Brimfield road to 
the cemetery and the other parts were soon discontinued. For 
further study of Holland roads we refer our readers to the map, 
and to the town records. 


Manufactures of Holland 

By an old map in the Mass. Archives made in 1728, the 
Quinnebaug River rises in Mashapaug Lake, Conn. It is evi- 
dent that the Indians regarded that lake with the brooks that 
flowed into it as the source of that river. For a river of its 
size it is remarkable for the amount of power it furnishes. 
This is true not only for Massachusetts but also in its course 
through Connecticut. It was a potent factor in getting the 
region settled, for prospective settlers could see that the power 
could be used to saw the heavy growth of timber with which 
much of the region was covered. Dams were built and the 
power utilized for this purpose and for grinding the farmers' 
grain. But when the mills could not be used for this purpose 
the owner tried some other, always failing of success for lack 
of transportation facilities being unable to compete with those 
that had it after railroads came to be built. 

The most important m;anufacturing plant ever built in the 
town of Holland was what was known as the Puller factory, 
built by Elbridge Gerry Fuller in 1833. It was situated about 
1,500 feet east of Siog Lake. Only the foundation is left to 
mark the site. In this factory Mr. Fuller employed about 35 
hands, says Harry E. Back, Esq., whose admirable booklets 
on the head waters of the Quinnebaug River we have read and 
valued. Some of the men and women employed by Mr. Fuller 
are still living. "The mill was 80 ft. x 30 ft., built of brick, 
and had four floors. The brick was probably made on the 
farm of Sumner Janes, which is now owned by Mr. Warrington, 
situated about half a mile south of the factory site. The mill had 
thirty looms and two pairs of mules operated by four spinners. 
Water power drove the machinery. Thread was first manu- 
factured being put in skeins. Afterward print cloth was made. 

Manufactures op Holland. 119 

then yard-wide sheeting, which did not prove profitable, and 
the mill took up the manufacture of print cloth. The mill was 
burned July 11, 1851, being struck by lightning. About the 
mill there had grown up a small vUlage known as PuUerville 
or Fuller Is village. It was to accommodate the children of 
this village that this school site was chosen, 1847-8, near where 
Mrs. Freeman Blodgett now lives, instead of the old site near 
the four corners below the town hall. The village consisted of 
tenement houses, warehouses, store, and blacksmith shop. 
Drake and Darling leased the mill of Mr. Fuller for about 
three years. About 500 feet upstream east from the mill was 
the dam which held the water for the power. A canal con- 
ducted the water down to the mill to gain power. At the 
north end of the dam about 1815 a sawmill was built. Mr. 
Fuller transformed this into a shingle mill in 1830. Nothing 
remains of this either. Fuller factory was built in 1833. It 
naturally exercised an influence in the town's politics as 
well as in its population. Holland became a town in 
1836 by an act of the General Court enabling districts 
formed prior to 1785 to become towns with full rights. See 
Revised Statutes 1830-1835, Chapter 15. The foUowing is the 
United States' Census of Holland as it appears on the official 
record, State House, Boston : 

1790 U. S. 428 1870 U. S 344 

1800 " 445 1875 state 334 

1810 " 420 1880 U.S. 302 

1820 " 453 1885 state 229 

1830 " 453 1890 U.S. 201 

1840 " 423 1895 state 199 

1850 " 449 1900 U.S. 169 

1855 state 392 1905 state 151 

1860 U. S. 412 1910 U. S. 145 
1865 state 368 

120 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

In John W. Barber's Historical Collections, 1839, in the pas- 
tor's library of Brimfield Church we find the population of 
Holland given as 495 for 1837. That is larger by 72 than the 
census of 1840. What caused the falling off? It was natural 
that the owner and operator of a cotton mill should have con- 
siderable influence in town politics. Mr. E. G. Fuller filled 
most of the town offlces, and was representative to General 
Court three times, being Holland's representative in 1832, 1834, 
1847, just the period of greatest activity of his mill and when 
Holland became a town, with enlarged powers. He was prom- 
inent as a supporter of the Holland Baptist church; and al- 
though opposition to him was bitter, yet he was prominent in 
town affairs and was representative more than any other man. 
Barber's "Historical Collections" declares that "Mr. Fuller's 
mill in 1837 had 1,024 spindles. That it used annually 20,902 
pounds of cotton ; that it manufactured 104,512 yards of cloth 
valued at $10,451.20. Males employed, 12; females employed, 
17. Capital invested, $15,000." Clement B. Drake, son-in-law 
to Mr. Fuller, was superintendent of the mill for a while, and 
then in company with Mr. Darling under the company name 
of "Drake and Darling" carried on the business, for about 
three years, leasing the mill of Mr. Fuller. It is a great pity 
that the mill could not have been a permanent institution of 
the town growing in wealth and using the water power that 
has been running to waste all these years. 

See Map — I. 

About half a mile upstream from Fuller's mill-site is an- 


Other dam. It is probably where Joseph Belknap built the 
first saw mill in town. It is the site where Eliphalet 
Janes, Holland's first town clerk had a grist mill when Hol- 
land was incorporated, 1783. History has it that he lived upon 
the Eleazer Moore place, now owned by Joseph Fales. Mr. 
Back says that "it was built by Abijah Pierce about 1803." 

Manufactures of Holland. 121 

If so, it is probable that Mr. Pierce simply repaired the dam. 
William Moore was the next owner and in 1834, built the mill, 
still standing, about 100 yards down stream bringing water 
to it by a canal which men of the town dug for greater fall 
that they might have a mill. This building was used by Ed- 
ward Blodgett for grinding the lead taken from the Sturbridge 
lead mine. Upon the easterly end of the dam stood a grist 
mill long since gone. Subsequent owners were Clement B. 
Drake, WilUiam E. Penner, Henry Webber, and Nathaniel 
Alexander. Mr. Drake built a saw mill at the west end of the 
dam about 1850. Nothing is left there now but ruin. The 
rushing waters mark only the flight of time and the changes 
it brings. See II. 

Into the pond formed by the Drake dam flows a rivulet 
called Janes' brook or Lumbard's brook. Upon this brook 
Mr. Back states "Alvin and Harvey Janes built a saw mill, 
about 1840. The building was sold to Uriah Marcy and he 
moved it to the brook on his farm in 1860." See III. 

About 500 yards further up stream we come to another 
dam, now in ruins. Here is where James Paddock ran a 
foundry. He tried to manufacture iron from ore found near- 
by. His home stood on a cellar hole on a bluff above the 
river, one of the most beautiful and romantic house sites ii 
Holland. It was on the old road from the stage turnpike to 
the bridge near Alexander's dam. Mr. Paddock had the pro- 
gressive spirit, but lack of facilities for such work, and the 
fact that the iron ore of New England is of poor quality, for 
many have tried it, the work was finally abandoned. We find 
reference to Mr. Paddock's forge in a vote about that road in 
1798, so conclude that he was at work there then; how long 
thereafter is not known. The abutments to the bridge are 
there but the dam just above is a ruin. A map in the 
Archives drawn, 1795, shows a bridge at this point. See IV. 

122 The Histoey of Houl>ai^d, Mass. 

About 500 yards further upstream is another dam built 
by Oalvin Frizell in 1839. He was somewhat of a genius hav- 
ing the spirit and aptitudes of a born mechanic so those who 
remember him declare. He sold the property to a son of par- 
son Wood who tried to manufacture water wheels and wagons. 
Those who remember his efforts say facetiously, "that he got 
one water wheel so that it would almost turn." Rev. John 
Carpenter finally bought the property. The house site where 
Calvin Frizell lived is just east of the dam. A cellar is all 
that marks the site. (See V.) Tradition says that the house 
was taken down to make Carpenter's store at Drake's bridge 
or near Fuller's bridge. 

Proceeding upstream we find the dam built by the Hamilton 
Woolen Co., in 1865, for storage purposes, which has already 
been described. See VI. 

Into the Quinnebaug from the west flows Morgan's brook, 
later called Stevens' brook, now sometimes called Howlett's 
brook. It should be called "South Meadow Brook." Upon 
this brook just west of the bridge, of the road to Union is 
a dam where was a mill called Stevens' Mill. Here cloth was 
dressed ; the farmers bringing the product of their home looms 
to receive the final dressing that would put a nap or soft sur- 
face to the cloth before being made up into garments. Card- 
ing was also done here, so that housewives were not compelled 
to card by hand. Tailoring was also done. Leavens Stevens 
was the proprietor, assisted by his son, Jarvis. The mill is 
gone now. See VII. 

About half a mile up this stream is another dam in ruins ; 
for what purpose built we have not been able to determine 
unless for storage purposes. The dam is near a house-site 
once occupied by Ephraim Bond, an early resident of Holland 
and it may have been built for a saw mill. See VIII. Near 
the bridge over this brook on the "Old South Road," (discon- 

Manufactures op Holland. 123 

tinued from William Lilley's barn to the old southwest school- 
house site in 1828) is another dam where tradition has it that 
a mill stood. One by the name of Ohandler lived there on a 
house-site nearby; but whether he ever run the mill we have 
not been able to discover. See IX. Further up the stream 
we come to a dam built by Col. John Buttenvorth in 1849, 
where he built a small mill and made cotton batting. See X. 

A few rods farther up the brook Col. Butterworth built 
in 1835 a saw mill, for lumber and shingles also a grist mill. 
It still survives, a relic of bygone days, the only one of all 
the many that once did that work in the region. The property 
is now owned by D. E. Butterworth, grandson of the original 
proprietor. See XI. 

Across the road northwest of this mill is a mill-site where 
it was expected and intended to manufacture silk. It was 
built about 1850 by Col. Butterworth, Sqtdre, and Charles P. 
"W. Fuller. So far as we have been able to learn no silk was 
ever manufactured there, yet a few kept silk worms to raise the 
silk but gave it up. But candle wicking and cotton cloth are 
said to have been made there for a time, the water being con- 
ducted in a long canal to the mill from a reservoir farther up- 
stream where the dam built for storage, now in ruins, marks the 
place. XII and XIII. 

Further up the stream and north of what is known as 
the Parson's house-site is another mill dam. Here was erected 
probably the second saw mill in the territory that became 
Holland. The homestead was known as the Hunger home- 
stead. John IVTunger lived there, son to deacon Nathaniel 
Munger, who lived on the place now owned by James Henry 
Walker. Simeon Munger, son to John Munger, lived there 
in the early days of Holland and raised a numerous family 
recorded in the town records. Here, we may believe, the lum- 
ber was sawed with which the west faction built the church 
between Grandy and Rattlesnake mountains, in 1764, or at a 

124 The Histoby op Holland, Mass. 

dam near Nathaniel Hunger's house. No one now living re- 
members the time when a mill stood there, by Simeon Hunger's, 
but evidences of its being a mill site are not lacking, and 
"Hunger's mill" is spoken of, in the town records of early 
date. Joseph Blodgett was first owner of the land but he did 
not build the mill. See deed of Joseph Blodgett to John 
Hunger. XIV. 

Eetracing our steps to the Uriah Marey homestead we 
find a brook fiowing into South Headow brook, known as 
Harcy's brook. It has its rise among the hills at the south 
end of the town. About half a mile south of the house on this 
brook, Uriah Marcy had a mill and dam built in 1860. His 
son, Hallowell Harey, doing much of the work. It was here 
that he got the experience that enabled him to become the 
successful lumber merchant he is now. As before stated the 
wheel and machinery were brought from the mill on Janes' 
brook. The wheel was of the "overshot" type, and drove an 
"up and down" saw. A mass of ruins now marks the place. 

See map number XV. 

Passing to the south end of the town we find the brook 
emptying into the Quinnebaug River near the south end of 
the reservior. It is called Hay's brook (Great Brook, in 1759) 
in honor of Capt. Nehemiah Hay through whose farm it flowed. 

Passing up this brook, an ideal trout stream, we come to 
a dam where Ebenezer Morris (brother of Judge Horris of 
Springfield, Hass.), who was a blacksmith by trade did busi- 
ness. He married Capt. May's daughter, Lorinda, and lived 
at the foot of the hill below Capt. Hay's house toward Hash- 
paug village. Besides doing the general work of blacksmith- 
ing, he manufactured scythes and axes. His shop was estab- 
lished prior to 1798. He was a man influential in town affairs 
and his name is frequently met in the early part of the last 

Manufactures of Holland. 125 

century in the town records. His contemporaries speak of 
him as a good workman and of progressive ideas. See XVI. 

Proceeding up the stream a few rods we find another dam 
and mill-site. Harry E. Back, Esq., in his historical booklet 
on the "Sources of the Quinnebaug River," states that Col. 
John May built this mill about 1825. It had an "undershot" 
wheel, "up and down" saw, which mill besides sawing lumber, 
did grinding and bolting, and later a circular saw was put 
in and a center vent wooden "wheel to furnish power." Gol. 
John May sold this property to Grosvenor May, who later sold 
it to Gardner Wallis." Hiram Wallis, Gardner's brother, ran 
the mill for a while and some speak of it now as the Hiram 
Wallis mill. It is still owned by a representative of the Wallis 
family; George Wallis, son to Gardner Wallis, holding the 
record title. Mr. D. E. Butterworth claims that Col. John 
B'utterworth had an interest in this mill at some time, either 
in way of repairs or of building the house. No. 109 nearly op- 
posite. Mr. Butterworth bought land (11 A.) of Zuriel May 
"with right to build a dam 16 feet high" in 1824. See deed 
of Zuriel May to John Cox Butterworth, 3824, Registry of 
Deeds, Springfield, Mass. John C. Butterworth soon, 1825, 
sold his claim to Abijah Pierce. See Registry. 

Harry E. Back has some interesting notes about this mill. 
He says: 

My great grandfather, Judah Back, Jr. (He bought the 
Capt. Nehemiah Mky place) lived upon the hill just north of 
this mill. While Mr. May was developing the power, Mr. Back 
was sceptical, did not believe there was sufficient water to grind 
corn and ridiculed the builder. When the mill was completed, 
just to make merry with the miller and demonstrate the short- 
comings of the mill, Mr. Back sent his boy, Harding Gates Back, 
(my great uncle) down to the mill with a peck of corn to be 
ground. He was greatly surprised when little Harding soon 
returned with the meal and he had to admit that the mill could 
grind. That was the first grist which came to the new miU." 
In another note he says: "My great uncle, Harding Gates 

126 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Back and Gardner Wallis quarreled. They agreed never again 
to speak one to the other. Shortly after, Mr. Back was cross- 
ing this mill pond upon the ice and broke through. He was 
unable to get out of the cold water. Looking around he saw 
Gardner Wallis in his yard above the pond. He remembered 
their agreement never to speak to one another. Rather than 
drown he shouted to Mr. Wallis for assistance. Mr. Wallis 
rescued him and the two men were staunch friends. Uncle 
Harding in telling of the affairs in after years, would close the 
narrative in "Sam Lawson style" as follows: "Don't never 
say you won't say nothing to nobody for you don't know how 
soon you may have to." See XVII. 

About one mile up May brook from the last mill is another 
dam, away from any highway and almost upon the state line. 
"The mill here," says Mr. Back, "was built by William Eaton, 
Gardner Wallis and Ool. Sessions in 1810," a saw mill with 
an "up and down" saw and a 'float' (under shot) wheel. It 
was run until the timber of the neighborhood was used up 
and then rotted down. Ruins of the dam mark the spot. 
Other mills were upon this brook but as they are not in the 
tovm of Holland we omit their history. This mill was called 
the "Gardner Wallis" mill. See XVIII. 

It seems strange that vsdth all the water power the tovsm 
of Holland possesses no manufacturing company with adequate 
means and ample business has ever settled here to utilize it. 
Tradition has it, that the company that later bought at Staf- 
ford Springs, Conn., made overtures to Mr. Drake to buy his 
property, offering what seemed a liberal price. Mr. Drake 
refusing, they bought at Stafford Springs. What a power to 
develop the town and the region it would have been had they 
bought ! 

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at 
the flood, leads on to fortune." — Shakespeare, 

It seems a pity that all the water power which Holland pos- 
sesses should run to waste, when that power transformied 

Manufactures op Holland. 127 

into electric power could be easily conducted wherever needed 
and used. May that time soon come. 

Near the silk mill-site at one time was a tan yard, run by 
Mr. Haradon who also made boots and shoes. The machine- 
made articles probably put him out of business. In the town 
records mention is made of a powder mill situated on the road 
near the house owned by Mr. Alexander of Worcester. It was 
assessed to Jacob Thompson and others in 1798 by the assess- 
ment roll for that year. It was a partnership enterprise. Mr. 
Charles S. Allen says, "the partners were Jacob Thompson, 
Alfred Lyon, and Timothy Anderson of Holland, Joseph 
Browning and Thomas Bliss of Brimfield. Jacob Thompson 
bought out the other partners in 1802. B. G. Puller bought 
the powder-mill site of Jacob Thompson in 1818 for $150. It 
later became the factory site." 

The records of the town reveal the fact that brick were 
made, and burned in Holland. The pioneer in this work was 
the owner of the homestead where M>. John P. Hebard now 
lives, Israel Janes. The clay was obtained from the bed of 
Siog Lake near shore, and the bricks were burned on shore 
near the site of Mr. Hebard 's cottages. It is probable that the 
bricks for the northwest school house, built 1800, were burned 
here. Later, Sumner Janes engaged in the manufacture of 
brick. He lived on the farm now owned by Mr. Warrington, 
and made brick. The pit from which he got the clay is still 
visible. It is believed that the brick for E. G. Fuller's mill 
was obtained from here. 

Articles of earthernware for household use were made 
also in HoUand by Edward Blodgett, who obtained the clay 
he needed from the bed of Siog Lake. His home at the time 
was what is now the Bagley cottage. John Hands also worked 
at this business for a while. He is said to have lived on the 
old road from Dr. Dean's to the southwest school house. Map 
No. 74 or 75. 


Stores op Holland 

We have shown how customs have changed in regard to 
preparation of wardrobe for a household. But no less changes 
have come in regard to supplying food for the table. In those 
early days the grocer's wagon, butcher's cart, or fish peddler 
did not call in the morning bringing their commodities to the 
door to give the farmers a fresh supply. The farmers' meat 
was from a barrel of salted beef or pork laid down the fall 
before except when a beef or pig was slaughtered in the spring 
with a chicken or fowl according to need. In case the animal 
slaughtered furnished more meat than he needed, a ready sale 
for the surplus was found among the neighbors. Fish was caught 
out of the ponds and streams consisting of trout, pickerel, and 
perch. These with game from the woods were the source of 
supply for his table one hundred years ago and more. But 
Holland in those days was not, as now, without the conveni- 
ence of a grocery store.* The farmers had a place where they 
could go and dispose of eggs and butter for molasses and 
other articles such as their needs demanded. Evert 's "His- 
tory of the Connecticut Valley" declares that Holland's first 
grocery store was kept on the Eleazer Moore place by a Mr. 
Jno. Brown in 1788. His stock of goods must have been very 
limited. A barrel of molasses, a barrel of pork, a barrel of 
rum and a hundred pounds of saleratus made the grocer well- 
stocked ready for business. Pork and rum were the usual 
staple articles for sale, according to most accounts. Alfred 
Lyon kept store as well as tavern near the reservoir dam and 
town meeting used to adjourn at noon hour to his tavern after 
the church was moved on to the plain. If Col. Lyon's motive 

*Mr. Jno. F. Hebard has recently entered into the grocery business. 


Manupactuees op Holland. 129 

for change of church site was better field for drilling the mil- 
itia, it is probable that he also had in mind improved conditions 
for trade at his store and tavern by having it there. Isaac 
Partridge also kept a store for a time at his place and also 
kept tavern for a while after Col. Lyon moved to Brimfield. 
Chase and Ward kept store (1813) in what now forms the 
ell to the hotel. Their store was undoubtedly a great con- 
venience to the town, and carried the usual line of goods for 
country store. 

Luther Brown succeeded him as proprietor and was prom- 
inent in town affairs. Dr. Josiah Converse kept store in the 
building near the hotel and SeweE Glazier followed him. 
Clement B. Drake was his successor and was doing business 
there in 1848. About 1850, Elisha Kinney had a store there 
a number of years. 

Orlando Anderson kept a grocery store near Fuller fac- 
tory in 1833, and enjoyed a reputation for honesty and fair 
dealing. Lynn and Co. were Mr. Anderson's successors in 
the same place. 

About 1847, Willard Weld had a store in Fullers village 
under the firm title of "Weld & Son," Stephen C. Weld. In 
1848, Jonathan Sykes had a store on the opposite side of the 
road above the bridge, while Rev. John Carpenter kept store 
on the corner north of the bridge, in 1860, moving the house 
in which Oalvin Frizell had lived (see map No. 48) to that 
site for his store building, and when it was closed in 1870 for 
the last time it ended the grocery business as a local enter- 
prise until recently. 

In fact the local needs and trade would not support one, 
while the farmers going out of town for a market for their sur- 
plus produce could easily stock up with groceries before re- 
turning, on better terms than a local store could afford to 
sell them. 


130 The History of Holland, Mass. 

When Holland was incorporated into a district, the col- 
onies had just secured their freedom from England. It was 
natural that they should be jubilant over it. In celebrating 
an event so significant, so glorious, it was natural that they 
should celebrate the event not with explosives only, but with 
that which would tend to hilarity. In colonial times England 
had kept her colonies weU supplied with rum and molasses 
from her West India colonies, and the grocers well knew what 
commodity they could sell readily and realize a goodly profit. 
Testimony is not lacking in regard to the general use of alco- 
holic stimulants, especially rum, at celebrations. Fourth of 
July, Cornwallis Day, Election Day, muster, church raisings, 
and the like, when many of the gathering would be in a condi- 
tion not strictly sober. Pastors on calling days would return 
home in a condition which showed that they had taken ' ' some- 
thing hot," while the adage "like pastor like people" proved 
too often to be true. 

But for all this we feel assured that many men looked 
with disapproval upon its use, and seldom if ever touched it. 
Holland had its quota of such men. Men, prominent in the 
church, were against its use as is shown by various discus- 
sions and votes and neither pastors nor deacons were exempt 
from criticism or removal if found weak in this particular. 
Christian men began agitation in favor of temperance, and in- 
struction in regard to the evils of intemperance has progressed 
through the efforts of temperance organizations until both 
public reason and public conscience condemn the use or sale 
of intoxicating liquors as a beverage, while most of our rural 
towns now vote "no license," and the liquor dealer sells it in 
defiance of his God, his conscience, the best interests of his 
own family, and the best interests and sentiment of the com- 
munity. He and his family feel ashamed of the traffic under 
any conditions, and Holland does well to vote "no license" 
as a question of finance as well as of morals. 




Stores op Holland 131 

Taverns or Inns 

Many are the old homesteads in Massachusetts and all 
New England that can boast that they were originally taverns 
where the tired horses and more tired passengers of the stage 
line could be refreshed and where they could be accommodated 
for the night if a snow storm or other cause prevented their 
making the next relay. Travelling by stage rendered such 
inns necessary, indispensable even, and some of them became 
popular resorts because of the good cheer dispensed therefrom. 
Holland had its taverns where horses and men were refreshed. 
The first tavern mentioned in the records of Holland is that 
of David Bugbee, which is the place now occupied by Mr. Wm. 
lilley and family. Town meeting used to adjourn frequently 
about noon from the church which stood a few rods north, 
where it had been convened. After the church was moved on 
to the plain in 1793, in what is now the grove, they used to 
adjourn to Col. Alfred Lyon's tavern near the reservoir dam. 
This was later a regular relay station where the mail horses 
were changed, and old residents remember now when the place 
was so used. Ool. Alfred Lyon was a man of varied interests, 
and prominent in town affairs, his tavern became a resort dur- 
ing the noon hour on the day of the annual town meeting and 
other times too, for it was not far from the church after it was 

Hallowell Perrin kept tavern at top of what is now known 
as Amber Hill. 

Holland Inn. 

"A region of repose it seems, 

A place of slumber and of dreams, 

Remote among the wooded hills! 

For there no noisy railway speeds, 

Its torch-race scattering smoke and gleeds; 

But noon and night, the panting teams 

132 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Stop under the great oaks, that throw 
Tangles of light and shade below, 
On roofs and doors and window-sills. 
Across the road the barns display 
Their lines of stalls, their mows of hay. 
Through the wide doors the breezes blow, 
The wattled cocks strut to and fro, 
And, half effaced by rain and shine. 
The Bed Horse prances on the sign." 

H. W. Longfellow. 

"Tales of a Wayside Inn." 

David Marey, who married Sybil Perrin (1811) began 
keeping tavern on the Perrin place south of the present How- 
lett farm. It was probably a desire to get located on the turn- 
pike that led to his buying land, and building the present Hol- 
land Inn (1812). He had married and desired a place more 
favorable for business. The town had voted to sell to Luther 
Carter the strip of land west of the road and north of the 
road to Andrew Webber's house, provided he would build a 
hotel on it of given dimensions. The vote was fortunately 
reconsidered. David Marcy after building and running his 
hotel for two years disposed of it to John Webber who ran 
it several years. Mr. Bridgham followed him as proprietor. 
In 1820 it was run by Allen Tiffany, says Evert 's "History." 
Then Luther Brown, Elbridge Gr. Fuller, Baxter Wood and 
Mr. Benson. In 1836 it came into ownership of Elisha Kinney, 
whose wife was Mary Ann, daughter of David Marcy, the 
builder thereof. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kinney were energetic, 
tactful, capable and business-like. They soon built up a large 
business and a fine reputation for the good cheer their table 

Hunting parties, sleighing parties and parties of various 
kinds, kept the house well patronized. The writer has been 
inquired of in places remote from Holland, in Massachusetts 

Store® op Holland 133 

and out of it, about the "Holland Inn" and has been told of 
the merry sleighing parties to it and suppers and dances 
attended there by them. Mrs. Kiuney was an ideal hostess. 
It was marvelous with what celerity she would prepare food 
and set it before her guests, while all agreed that her cook- 
ing could not be excelled, and the wide circle of her patrons, 
all of whom bear testimony to her skill, was ample proof of 
her power. Kind and obliging, generous, helpful and public 
spirited, she had hosts of friends all around. Many speak now 
of her kindly and charitable life. Her work did not terminate 
with the round of duties necessary to keeping a public inn. 
The beautiful grove of trees on the Town Common is a monu- 
ment to her public spirit and foresight. At her own expense, 
as stated by Harry E. Back, Esq., Old Home Day, 1812, she 
frequently hired persons to go and trim the growing trees and 
clean the grounds, and acted as a guardian, self-appointed, 
to them. Citizens now declare that the grove in which they 
derive so much pleasure is largely due to her loving care and 
forethought. A noble monument to a noble woman. 

Mr. Kinney, busied with the labor of raising the pro- 
visions for the table of Holland Hotel, left to Mrs. Kinney's 
judgment and skill the internal management. Evidences are 
not wanting to the fact that he was an energetic and skillful 
farmer and made the large farm produce the greater part of 
the foods needed. Both were well fitted to the calling and 
their grandchildren are natural restaurateurs in which they 
are extensively engaged in various cities of the United States. 
Their restaurants known as the "Waldorf" in cities East and 
West, feed multitudes every day, yielding health and pleasure 
to patrons and a fair profit to themselves. It seems to be a 
gift, a heritage passed from sire to son and grandsons even. 
Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Kinney were not members of the church, 
yet they manifestly believed in it as a conservative and con- 
structive force in society. They knew the mental, moral and 

134 The Histoey op Holland, Mass. 

spiritual stimulus of public worship as the expression of faith 
in God, and it was their custom to be in their pew Sunday 
morning at the hour of worship. They knew the quieting, 
comforting influence of the sanctuary and their neighbors tell 
how reverent they were and especially was this true of Mrs. 
Kinney, whose sincerity and devotion to the church and what 
it stood for was worthy of imitation, and she contributed 
generously to its support". She was anxious that the gates of 
public worship should be kept open and to that end her purse 
was ever open. The helping hand went out to the widows 
and orphans in their affliction, which is faith expressed in life. 
Little wonder then that their circle of friends in town was 
large and extended all over the state and out of the state. 
After Mrs. Kinney's death, the son. Prank E. Kinney, carried 
on the business successfully until his untimely death by 
drowning made it expedient to dispose of the hotel property, 
and it passed into the hands of others. This family was much 
loved by the people of the town. Kind, warm hearted, sym- 
pathetic and true, they held the respect and affection ai all 
that knew them, and wielded an influence encouraging and 
helpful. Many a poor man in the town laboring to pay for his 
home, and support his family found market for his surplus 
fruits and vegetables at Holland Inn, and went home encour- 
aged because he had turned his produce into cash at a good 
price. This encouraged industry and the desire to produce 
the best. 

We here present a document which we learn was found 
by Oscar Kinney, grandson of the above, in an old Bible in his 
possession, which we insert as an item of deep interest to their 
many friends. 

To all persons whom it may concern: 

' ' This is to certify, that Mr. Elisha Kinney of Union, County 
of Tolland, State of Connecticut, and Miss Mary Ann Marcy of 
Holland, County of Hampden and Commonwealth of Massa- 

Stores op Holland 135 

chusetts, were joined in marriage at Holland agreeably to the 
laws of the Commonwealth, on the twenty-fifth day of August 
in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and 
thirty-three, by me, "Washington Munger, Pastor of the Bap- 
tist Church, Holland." 

When our government was established, roads were poor 
and communication difficult. With the establishment of the 
stage lines, intercourse between places remote became easier 
and consequently more frequent. Relatives living far apart 
seldom heard from each other. Means of communication by 
letters was very infrequent and postage was high. When the 
Hartford and Worcester stage line, known as "The Eclipse 
Line," was started, and the turnpike built through Holland, 
it gave the town for that time means of communication, it has 
not enjoyed since. It was in this period Holland had its first 
post office started. David Marcy who had kept tavern about 
half a mile south of the church saw an opportunity to do more 
business if he located on the turnpike. This led to his build- 
ing the Holland Inn in 1812, and we find that he was the first 
regularly appointed postmaster Holland ever had, receiving 
a commission bearing date July 1, 1812. We can readily 
understand how anxiously the citizens would gather at the 
hotel when the stage was due to get the news about the second 
war with England" which had been declared eleven days be- 
fore. The utility of an established mail service could not be 

We give below the list of postmasters that Holland has 
had, appointees of the department at Washington: The list 
being from the Postmaster General's office. 

Office Postmaster Bate of Appointment 

Holland, Mass. David Marcy (est.) 1 July, 1812 

" " Luther Brown 15 June, 1821 

E. G. Fuller 30 June, 1824 

136 The History op Holiand, Mass. 

Oiflce Postmaster Date of Appointment 

Holland, Mass. Baxter Wood 29 May, 1828 

E. T. Benson 27 May, 1885 
E.G. Puller 22 Apr., 1836 
Benj. Ober 25 July, 1849 
Elisha Kinney 28 Aug., 1850 

F. E. Kinney 9 June, 1865 
Charles Roper 17 July, 1882 
H. E. WaUis 14 Dec., 1889 
Wm. L. Webber 2 Oct., 1893 
Lorinda A. Blodgett 14 Nov., 1905 
Discontinued 30 Aug., 1907 

We observe that many of the postmasters were propri- 
etors of Holland Inn. The postmastership was held by the 
Kinney family thirty-two years. One of the postmasters, 
Benjamin Ober, was pastor of the church, and had the post 
office at the parsonage. The list will doubtless bring many 
reminiscences to the old residents of the town. After the 
stage line was abandoned, trouble was experienced in having 
regular and efficient mail service. This is seen in various votes 
of the town, and appropriations therefor. It was brought for 
years from Brimfield by Mr. Wm. Lilley who has recently 
died, aged 80. He was a veteran of the Civil War, public 
spirited, giving to the town, under nominal restrictions, the 
right to pipe water down onto the common for public use, from 
a fine spring on his homtestead. It will be noted that Holland 
post office was discontinued Aug. 30, 1907, at the request of a 
majority of citizens. Siace then Holland has had her mail 
delivered by R. F. D. from Southbridge, it proving to be much 
more convenient to have the mail delivered once a day at or 
near the door, than by the old system. 

A centre of social interest, where local politics may be 
discussed, where the village storyteller may spin his yarns, 
and the village gossip may peddle his stock of local rumors 

Stores of Holland 137 

and cheap talk, displaying his taste for that article, is the vil- 
lage hotel, store and post office. Holland was not unlike other 
towns in this particular. She had her wag who readily saw 
the ludicrous in human nature. To the hotel, store, and post 
office he would go after chores were done and meeting there 
kindred spirits, would while away the long winter evenings, 
Having a natural gift for rhyming, he would entertain the 
crowd with his latest local hits, while isolation tends to foster 
those idiosyncrasies that mark the man, and furnish material 
for the wag. 


The Schools of Holland 

The Southland boasts its teeming cane. 
The prairied West its heavy grain, 
And sunset's radiant gates unfold 
On rising marts and sands of gold! 

Bough, bleak, and hard our little State 
Is scant of soil, of limits strait; 
Her yellow sands are sands alone, 
Her only mines are ice and stone! 

From Autum frost to April rain, 
Too long her winter woods complain; 
From budding flower to falling leaf. 
Her summer time is all too brief. 

Yet, on her rocks, and on her sands, 
And wintry hills, the school-house sta/nds, 
And what her rugged soil denies, 
The harvest of the mind supplies. 

The riches of the commonwealth 

Are free, strong minds, amd hearts of health; 

And more to her than gold or grain. 

The cunning hand and cultured brain. 

For well she keeps her ancient stock 
The stubborn strength of Pilgrim Rock 
And still maintains, with milder laws. 
And clearer light, the Good Old Cause! 

Nor heeds the sceptic's puny hands, 

While near her school the church-spire stands; 

Nor fears the bUnded bigot's rule, 

While near her church-spire stands the school! 

J. &. Whittier. 

The Schools op Holland 139 

Be it a weakness, it deserves some praise, 

We love the play-place of our early days; 

The scene is touching, and the heart is stone 

That feels not at that sight, and feels at none. 

The wall on which we tried our graving skill. 

The very name we carved subsisting still; 

The hench on which we sat while deep employed, 

Though mangled, hacked, and hewed, not yet destroyed; 

The little ones, unbuttoned, glowing hot. 

Playing our games, and on the very spot; 

As happy as we once, to kneel and draw 

The chalky ring, and knuckle down at taw; 

To pitch the ball into the grounded hat. 

Or drive it devious with a dexterous pat; 

The pleasing spectacle at once excites 

Such recollection of our own delights, 

That, viewing it, we seem almost to obtain 

Our innocent, sweet, simple yewrs again. 

This fond attachment to the well-known place, 

Whence first we started into life's long race. 

Maintains its hold with such unfailing sway, 

We feel it e'en in, age and at our latest day. 

William Cowpei 


Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way. 
With blossomed furze unprofitahly gay, 
There, in his noisy mansion, skilled to rule. 
The village master taught his little school. 
A man severe he was and stern to view, — 
I knew him well and every truant knew; 
Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace 
The day's disasters in his morning face; 
Full well they laughed with counterfeited glee 
At all his jokes for many a joke had he; 
Full well the busy whisper, circling round, 
Conveyed the dismal tidings when he frowned. 

Oliver Goldsmith. 

140 The Histoey op Hollakd, Mass. 


Ah me! full sorely in my heart forlorn, 
To think how modest worth neglected lies; 
While partial fame doth with her blast adorn 
Such deeds alone as pride and pomp disguise; 
Deeds of ill sort, and mischievous emprise; 
Lend me thy clarion goddess! let me try 
To sound the praise of merit ere it dies; 
Such as I oft have chanced to espy, 
Lost in the dreary shades of dull obscurity. 

In every village marked with little spire, 

Embowered in trees, and hardly known to fam^, 

There dwells, in lowly shed, and mean attire, 

A matron old, whom we schoolmistress name; 

Who boasts unruly brats with birch to tame; 

They, grieven, sore, in piteous durance pent, 

Awed by the power of this relentless dame; 

And ofttimes on vagaries idly bent 

For unkempt hair, or task unconned, are sorely shent. 

William Shenstone. 

What facilities for schooling had the children of the East 
Parish enjoyed, as a part of South Brimfield? That Holland 
proceeds to redistrict her territory is proof that she regarded 
the old districts as inconvenient and inadequate. That this 
question came up so soon after she was incorporated proves 
the importance of good school facilities in the minds of the 
patrons and voters. No question is more vital to the progress 
of a town. At a meeting held Sept. 8, 1783, two months after 
Holland was incorporated, it was voted "to choose a committee 
to view the situation of the district of Holland to divide the 
same into proper school districts. ' ' The committee chosen was 
Jonathan WalHs, Jonathan Oram, Jonas Blodgett, Abel Allen 
and Gershom Rosebrooks; to which was added at the same 
meeting, Alfred Lyon and John Wallis. These committeemen 

The Schools op Holland 141 

were to divide the district into school districts and say how 
many there should be. They reported in favor of four; the 
northwest, the northeast, the southeast and southwest. This divi- 
sion was a wise one and was accepted without opposition. Now 
comes the proof that the East Parish of South Brimfield before it 
was incorporated into Holland had only two school districts. At 
a meeting held Oct. 27, 1783, it was voted, "that the two 
south school districts and the two north school districts shall 
dispose of the two old school houses as they think most con- 
venient and proper." This proves that Holland had two school 
districts prior to its incorporation. One in the north part and 
one in the south part. But where did they standi Residents 
on the east side of South Meadow road were allowed to send 
their children to Meadow District, South Brimfield and pay 
their school tax there. Joseph Smalledge, Joseph Smalledge, 
Jr., and John Munger were allowed this privilege. No doubt 
that was where their children had been going before. This 
eliminates these families as to school site even when they built 
the old building, and would allow its being placed further 
eastward. In 1789 we find a vote to build a "bridle road from 
Dr. Thomas Wallis' to the south school house." A road was 
built, it is conceded, from Dr. Thomas WaUis' to where later 
the southeast school house stood, and we are inclined to be- 
lieve the school houses referred to in the vote of Oct. 27, 1783, 
one of them stood at or near the site near the Underwood 
place. The north school house, we. believe, stood near the 
corner west of Dwight E. Webber's place for an old map, 1795, 
gives a road from that point to a point near Alexander's dam, 
and a statement from an old record gives that impression. 

But where does the district now build its four school 
houses? At the meeting, Oct. 27, 1783, it was voted : "That 
each school district shall have ye libertye to prefix places and 
build their own school houses." Also voted "that each dis- 
trict may choose a committee to transact business for said dis- 

142 The Histoey op Holland, Mass. 

trict, and build, or cause to be built, such school houses as 
said districts shall agree upon." Here is surely the freedom 
of pure democracy. But where each district did build its 
school house is not designated, nor have we any means of 
knowing to a certainty except in one case, viz.: The south- 
east district. When later, 1803, it was voted to build a new 
building in this district it was voted to build upon the old 
site. When the four school districts built their school houses 
according to vote of Oct. 27, 1783, the buildings were of wood 
and not being painted soon became antiquated by wear of the 
weather upon the outside ; and by rough usage from the inside. 
Only by this means is it explicable why the district should re- 
build its school houses again so soon, for we find them at work 
on this problem in 1800. It is probable that the sites of those 
built in 1783 were as follows: The southeast district near 
Benjamin Perrin's house; the southwest district on the old 
road near what became the Eockwell farm ; the northwest dis- 
trict near Henry Webber's place and the northeast school 
house at the four comers below the town hall. 

Fortunately for historical reasons, the town clerk incor- 
porated in his minutes, the allotment of families as fixed by 
the committee, together with valuation of each district. 
Whether these represent all the households in the district, or 
only those who had children to attend is not stated. They make 
a total of fifty-eight families. The assessed valation is also 
given for each school district. 

Southwest Northwest 

James Marcy John Walls 

Lt. Daniel Burnett Henry Webber 

Capt. Jacob How Samuel Webber 

Silas Smith John Ballard 

Benjamin Smith Daniel Thompson 

John Hinds Jonathan Wallis 

The Schools op Holland 



Darius Hinds 
Joseph Smalledge 
Joseph Smalledge Jr. 
Joseph Marsh 
Lt. Jonathan Cram 
Lt. Edward Webber 
David Bugbee 
Benjamin Beal 

to be the southwest school 


Valuation 622 pounds, 7 



John Graham 

Archibald Graham 

Ichabod Goodell 

James Frizell 

"William Belknap 

Jonathan Belknap 

Joshua Clark 

Abel Allen 

Eliphalet Janes 

James Paddock 

Alfred Lyon 

Ethelbert C. Lyon 

Asa Dana 

Daniel Thompson 
to be the northeast school 

Valuation 742 pounds, 5 


William Wallis 

David Wallis 

John Belknap 

John Belknap Jr. 

Reuben Webber 

Asa Partridge 

David Anderson 

Caleb Blodgett 

Solomon Blodgett 

Lt. Jonas Blodgett 
to be the northwest school 

Valuation 805 pounds, 3 


Andrew Webber 
John Perrin 
Joseph Bruce 
Antipas Bruce 
Jonathan Blanchard 
Benjamin Perrin 
Capt. Nehemiah May 
Rufus May 
Lt. John Rosebrooks 
Gershom Rosebrooks 
James Ames 
Capt. Phillips 
Benjamin Webber 
Dr. Thomas Wallis 

to be the southeast school 


Valuation 784 pounds, 


With the advent of a new century and the demands of a 
real need Holland agitates the question of improved school 
facilities ; the southwest district had set in motion the question 

144 The Histoet op Holland, Mass. 

by getting a vote of $500, and it little dreamed that it would 
become the victim of a vote that would terminate, temporarily, 
its separate existence, for Holland was divided again into school 
districts, viz. — northwest, northeast and southeast; and this 
lasted for two or three years, but the four districts were restored 
in 1803. But the frequent meetings in those years and the con- 
stant agitation of the question proves the opposition to the 
three-district plan. 

There seems to have been a misunderstanding, and a con- 
flict of authority which led to appeal to the court to settle. 
We find that the school districts had appealed to the town to 
aid them in building their school houses and the town had 
voted money for that purpose. The northeast district had by 
itself made a contract with James Puller to build its school 
house and it was being built when Holland assumes charge of 
the construction and James Puller builds both the northeast 
and southeast district school houses. The price for southeast 
was forty-five pounds, twelve shillings, to be paid in live stock 
good and merchantable at cash price. It was voted to sell the 
old building near Sarel Perrin's house at auction, and Nehem- 
iah IVCay bid it off for $6.75, and it was voted to divide the 
proceeds between the northeast and southeast districts for 
their new school buildings. 

The plan was proposed of putting one school house on the 
common near the church but this was defeated, not being cen- 
tral enough to its patrons, and we judge that the northeast 
building was erected in the northwest corner of the four 
corners below the present town hall. 

The northwest school building was erected at this time 
and stood on a ledge south of the present road about fifteen 
rods from Bickford cottage. It was built of brick with the 
ends north and south, with an extension upon the north end, 
for woodshed and entry, the door to the entry being on the 

The Schools of Holland 145 

east side, and the road passed the north end of the school 
building then. What fine times the school children must have 
had playing around that little pond, sailing boats in summer 
and skating in winter. Convenient for the children it must 
have been a source of great amusement. 

The floor of the school room was inclined, or built like 
an amphitheatre, the seats at the south end being highest, 
while each row of desks being one step higher than the row 
in front, while the teacher's desk stood near the door at the 
north end of the room. Mr. D wight E. Webber began his 
school days in this building and gave us this description. The 
road passed the north end of the building eastwardly down 
the hill joining the present road where now is a gravel pit. 
When this building was abandoned, the new wooden building 
north of the present road had been built. The brick used for 
the building were probably made in Holland and burned near 
where Mr. Hebard's summer cottages now stand. 

The old red school house as we knew it stood on the brow 
of the hill. It was built in 1847. Not many remember when 
this was built, but pupils now living who attended it hold it 
in affectionate remembrance. This district always was finan- 
cially stronger than either of the others and enjoyed a prestige 
therefrom. The old school house has recently been sold (1912) 
to Ernest A. Bickford of Worcester, who has moved it north- 
easterly a few rods and transformed it into a summer cottage, 
having been abandoned for school purposes by vote of the 
town in 1883. 

The northeast school district as before stated had a new 
building in 1800 erected at the four corners below the town 
hall. In 1828 it Was regarded as advisable to build again and 
the building was put a few rods north of the old site on the 
same side of the road. This is the building wherein the Rev. 
Washington Munger taught and the one shown on a map, 1830, 
at the state archives. When this building was given up, 1847, 


146 The Histobt of Holland, Mass. 

the new one was erected near where Mrs. Freeman B. Blodgett 
now lives, east side of the road, to accommodate the children 
of Fullers village. Freenian B. Blodgett attended school in 
it as shown by the school register for 1848. He later became 
an efScient teacher in the schools of Holland serving many 
years in that capacity. His strong point was arithmetic and 
many of those who were his pupils speak affectionately of his 
worth as a teacher. This building was sold in 1901 at auction 
to Freeman B. Blodgett for $2.00. It had not been used for 
some years. 

The southeast school building of 1803 has been described. 
In 1828, the district had its new building and again in 1847. 
This is the only building that now (1913) remains as it was 
built as to its exterior. It was sold in 1897 by vote of the 
town. It has been transferred again and Oliver L. Howlett is 
the present owner. 

The southwest school district lost its identity by vote of 
the municipal district from 1800 to 1803, when by a vote it was 
restored. This was done by voting that Thomas Dorral, 
Robert Henry, John Smalledge and Simeon Munger should 
have their school money to send their children to Meadow Dis- 
trict, South Brimfield. These families lived (see map) at Nos. 
92, 90, 89, 88. It is interesting to notice how they divided the 
district into three school districts, so we give the recorded 
bounds with related votes. 

The northwest district, beginning at the northwest corner 
of James Fuller's land in the Brimfield line, thence on said 
Fuller's west line to the pond, thence southerly to the south- 
west corner of the burying ground, thence south to the road 
thence westerly in said road to the old meeting house spot, 
thence westerly td the southwest corner of Ebenezer Weather- 
bee's land on South Brimfield (Wales) line, thence northerly 
to Brimfield line, thence easterly on Brimfield line to the first 
mentioned bounds. 

The Schools of Holland 147 

The northeast district is bounded as f oUoweth : Beginning 
at the bridge east of Simeon Hunger's in the road between said 
Hunger's and Ebenezer Morse's, thence running easterly and 
bounded on a brook until it strikes the Quinnebaug River so- 
called in Morgan Meadow; thence a straight line to Mrs. Hol- 
lowday's house; thence northeasterly in the road that leads to 
Zephaniah G*ibbs' to the Sturbridge line; thence northerly on 
said Sturbridge line to Brimfield line ; thence westerly on Brim- 
field line to the northwest corner of James Fuller's land; 
thence bounding on northwest district until it comes to South 
Brimfield line, thence bounded on said line and the road from 
thence to Holland to the first mentioned bounds on the bridge 

Committee for dividing Holland into school districts: 

Ool. Alfred Lyon, St. HoUowell Perrin, Ensign David Pay, 
Robert Henry, Lt. Abel Allen, Timothy Anderson and Ger- 
shom Rosebrooks. 

Southeast District. 

All the rest of the District of Holland to be in the south- 
east district of schooling, except James Marcy, Thomas Dor- 
ral and Simeon Hunger. 

Meeting Maech 9, 1801. 

Voted to have the District of Holland in three school dis- 
tricts according to the before mentioned bounds in the before 
mentioned warrant. 

Voted that the before mentioned Thomas Dorral, Simeon 
Hunger and James Marcy have their money annually to carry 
to South Brimfield or any other place for the purpose of school- 
ing their children, where they can be better accommodated than 
they can be in Holland, and also be excused from building any 
school houses in Holland. 

Voted, to raise 135 pounds, twelve shillings, to pay for 
school houses now built in this (town) district, and cost of suits. 

Voted, that the northeast and southeast districts have an 
equal proportion of money that shall be raised annually. 

148 The History op Holland, Mass. 

The four districts were restored by vote of the town at 
meeting- held April 25, 1803. 

Voted that the three school houses now built in town be 
school district houses. 

It is probable that adverse judgments in lawsuits men- 
tioned brought the town to vote a restoration of the south- 
west district, as above stated, and the school building was 
erected probably on the site near what later became the Rock- 
well homestead. See map, No. 76. The town returned to its 
duty and the agitation ceased. One of the teachers that the 
southwest district secured was Daniel H. Chamberlain, who 
later became governor of South Carolina during re-construc- 
tion days. It was his first effort at teaching, and he was regarded 
as a success by the patrons. He came to town and visited the 
scene of his early efforts, greeting the friends of early days 
with great cordiality. One unacquainted would never believe 
that a school house stood on the spot where he taught for 
the site is part of a forest now. The site was changed to a posi- 
tion back of Elisha Marcy's house in the pasture and on the 
Stafford turnpike. In 1891 the building was sold and ruins of 
the foundation are all that remain to mark the spot. 

The old school district system, while it accomplished much, 
did not meet the need of our modern life. It fostered neigh- 
borhood broils and rivalries and each school district was a 
petty political centre. It was upon the whole a wise move, 
educationally, when the state by legal enactment abrogated the 
, prudential committee for each district and placed the schools 
solely under the care and jurisdiction of the town committee. 
Some towns sought to evade the law by having as many town 
school committeemen as they had school districts, one of this 
committee being elected from each district. Holland reluc- 
tant to part with her cherished school system used this means 
to evade the law. Finally a more stringent law was passed, 
which outlawed the old district system in toto. About this 

The Schools op Holland 149f 

time (1869) a committee was appointed to see if a good title 
to the Baptist ehurcli could be secured for a town hall. (See 
town hall.) In 1877 it was voted to have the southeast, south- 
west, and northeast schools taught for the summer in the town 
hall; and in 1883 it was voted to put the four schools into one 
to be taught in the town hall. This completed the consolida- 
tion of the schools. 

With consolidation of the schools effected, the district 
school houses stood empty, relics of days gone by. Unused 
they would soon go to ruin. We find effort made soon to sell 
them. The school house for the southwest district was sold, 
1891. The school house for southeast district was sold, 1897. 
The northwest school house, 1912. The northeast school house 
was sold, 1901. 

Goodby to democracy carried to excess; but "with all her 
faults we love her still." 

In a town warrant, April 2, 1894, Article 19, we find the 
following: — To see if the town will vote to unite with Brim- 
field, Monson and Wales or with one or more of them to em- 
ploy a superintendent of schools and appropriate money fo'r 
the same according to Chapter 431 of the Acts of 1888, and 
the subsequent amendments. 

The above question was re-opened April 6, 1896, article 
17, when it was: — Voted, to accept the provisions of Chapter 
431, acts of 1888, and subsequent amendments relating thereto. 

The town committee, occasionally visiting the school, 
could not possibly do the work, i. e., supervision. It would re- 
quire a man professionally trained for the work, or one who 
had had long experience in the classroom as well as in adjust- 
ing the different grades. 

For small towns this could be done by forming superin- 
tendeneies, two or more adjacent or nearby towns being under 
the same superintendent, when neither alone could afford to 

150 The Histoey op Holland, Mass. 

have his service. Warren, Wales, and Holland united for that 
purpose and have had the following superintendents: 

First, Albert Robinson in 1899. 

Prom 1899 to 1903 no superintendent. 

1903-1906 0. H. Adams 

1906-1910 Parker T. Pearson 

1910-1913 Wesley E. Nims 

1913-1915 Albert J. Chidester 

, The old district schools as such are antiquated and out- 
lawed. They served their day and generation well. They 
would have served the public better had they not been hornet 's 
nests of faction, which trained politicians among the voters, 
but often defeated instruction for the pupils. When hai'mony 
prevailed under wise and efficient teachers, good progress was 
made, otherwise chaos reigned. Young men from seventeen 
to twenty years frequently attended in the winter, and young 
women too, and this made the district school a social as well 
as educational centre, which, with its school exhibitions, de- 
bates, etc., furnished mental stimulus for young and old near 
home, and the tender memories of pleasant and profitable 
hours spent in that way formed ties that held the young in 
their native town. Nor were the school houses always strangers 
to the voice of worship. Neighborhood prayer meetings were 
sometimes held in them with benefit to many and the strength- 
ening of the church. It satisfied the normal social cravings 
of the young and obviated the isolation of rural life as it now 
is ; and it is a fair question whether this be not the great cause 
for deserted rural homes. It certainly has been eontributive 
to that lamentable condition now existing. Our sociologists 
and legislators should find a substitute for it as powerful, as 
helpful, and as attractive. Until it be found the young men 
and young women of the farm will seek the larger towns and 
cities for the social life and opportunity which they crave. Thus 
consolidation of the district schools with the evil and dis- 
comforts of transportation, has not been an unmixed good. 

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Yet we would not have the old district school system back 
again. It would be pitable now to see young men and young 
women of sixteen to twenty years floundering along in sub- 
jects that boys and girls of twelve to fourteen years of age 
in our grammar grades easily master, due to regular attendance 
and careful grading as well as the increased length of the 
school year, and improved methods of teaching. Time is now 
too precious ; life is too short. Holland wishes to give her scholars 
a good grammar school education. This is her aim and a wise 
one. When that ia done many of her pupils should seek en- 
trance into Brimfield Academy, or other schools doing high 
school work. For this, the preparation should be ample. Many 
pupils from Holland in years gone by, having graduated from 
that academy or elsewhere have found entrance into class 
rooms as teachers and proved their value in that work. That 
this shall continue to be the case is the purpose of Holland's 
school committee, and to that end no means or effort will be 
spared. "We give as matter of interest to our readers, a photo 
of a group of Holland teachers, taken Old Home Day, Aug. 
24, 1913, when renewing old acquaintances and associations, by 
kindness of Mr. John H. Noyes of Brimfield. 

Following is a list of the names of the persons in the 
teachers' photo taken Aug. 24, 1913. 

Back row, left to right — Mr. John H. Noyes, Mrs. Addie (Hor- 
ton) Hewlett, Mrs. Mary (Wallis) Thresher, Mrs. Emma 
(Blodgett) Moore, Mrs. Blvie ("Wallis) Roper, Mr. Eliot 
H. Brown, Mr. Fred Bissell, Mrs. Olivia (Parker) Kinney, 
Miss Martha Cutting. 

Middle row, left to right— Mrs. Mary (Webber) Church, Mrs. 
Caroline (Carpenter) Colburn (Died), Mrs. Harriet (Rob- 
bins) Back, Mrs. Caroline (Howlett) Macallister, Mrs. 
Nancy (Shumway) Webber. 


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Charles A. MeFarlin. 



D wight B. Webher 



WiUiam Butler 



Charles Cutler 



James PoUey 



Mary "Wilson 



Mary Boyle 


Front row, left to right— Miss Mabel G. Fuller, Miss Louisa M. 
Hewlett, M*rs. Fannie (Butterworth) Parker, Mrs. Ella 
(Blodgett) "Webber, Mrs. Ada (Blodgett) Hebard. 

The following is a copy of the school register for the term 
and year given. 

Northwest District 
Yrs. Mos. Yrs. Mos. 

John R. "Wallis 
Horace "Wallis Jr. 
Henry "W. Orcutt 
John A. Orcutt 
"William Q. Orcutt 
William A. "Webber 
"William H. H. Bennett 6-5 
Samuel P. Jennison, teacher 
Length of term, 3 months 
"Wages of teacher $13 per 
Year 1847-48. 

Northeast District 
"Winter term (Dec. G-Mat. 28) 1847-48. 

Yrs. Mos. 
Eunice B. Fuller 19-5 
Augusta A. Fuller 18 
Freeman B. Blodgett 16-7 
Joseph C. Kendriek 16-7 
Auldin L. Fletcher 
Charles B. Babcock 
Jarad L. Lamb 
Salem T. Weld 
Eliza A. Ballard 
Mary Anderson 
Elizabeth C. Moore 
Calvin M. Moore 
Mary Z. Sykes 
Sarah A. Sykes 
Mary J. Robbins 












Caroline W. Kendriek 11-6 

Josephine Drake 
Mary A. Darling 
Charles D. Ballard 
George T. Ballard 
Elbridge G. Drake 
Clement F. Drake 
Asahel Darling 
John Cutler 
George H. Cutler 
Wilber Davis 
Henry M. Howard 
George H. Ober 
Minerva Weaks 
William 0. Ljmn 
Joseph P. Sykes 
Emeline M. Lynn 

Yrs. Mos. 




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Yrs. Mos. 

Mary A. E. Kinney 13-2 

Judson H. Town 13-7 
James M. Frizell 9-2 

Hariet L. Frizell 8-4 

Ezra Bowin 12-3 

Charles E. Putnam 10-11 

Wniis P. Williams 14-7 

Wyles W. Williams 10-7 

Wesley Williams 10-7 

Jno. R. Davis 10-4 
Francis Ober 8-4 

Francis E. Kinney 6-8 
Oliver P. Kendriek 8-4 
Emily E. Sykes 8-2 

Louisa W. Sykes 11-2 
Harriet E. Bobbins 7-4 

Yrs. Mos. 

Anna M. Ober 10-6 

Julia W. Hyde 16-4 

John Gates 16-6 

Phebe Webber 8-8 

Eliza P. Weaks 12-7 

Albert Sykes 3 

Randolph Davis 9 

John Adams 7 

HoUowil Marcy 7 

Wealthy Fletcher 11 

John W. Robinson, Teacher 
Wages $18 per month 
Average attendance, 36% 
Length of term 17 weeks. 

Southeast District 

Yrs. Mos. 

Mary Ann E. Kinney 12-10 

Sophronia May 11-11 

Harriet C. Howlett 10-8 

Eliza A. Ballard 10-3 

Josephine Drake 9-1 

Sarah Moore 9-2 

Jane P. Butterworth 5-2 
Susan E. Butterworth 3-5 

James B. May 9-11 

Charles C. Church 10-10 

William W. Howlett 8-3 

Merrick C. Brackett 9 

Grosvenor May 7-5 

Francis B. Kinney 6-5 

Hollowil P. Marcy 6-6 

George T. Ballard 6-2 

Charles D. Ballard 3-4 

Oscar C. Marcy 4-11 

Henry A. May 5-1 

Yrs. Mos. 

David S. Corban 11-2 

Albert Corban 8-2 
Caroline A. Corban 5-11 
William E. Baker 6-9 

Newton Wallace 6-1 

John J. Corban 3-7 

Joanna Corban 13-5 

Eunice M. Fletcher 12 
Wealthy S. Fletcher 9-2 
Elizabeth Fletcher 7-10 
James C. Fletcher 4-10 
Mary R. Baker 4-8 

Mary J. Howlett Teacher. 

Term Aug. 16-Nov. 19, 1847 

Wages of teacher $6.00 per 


Length of term 3 months. 


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Yrs. Mos. 

Yrs. Mos. 

Aurelia Colburn 


Nelson B. Olds 3 

Betsy Colburn 


Isaac Burley 5-5 

Lucinda Olds 


Blbridge Colburn 15 

Caroline Howlett 


Martin Williams 5 

Elizabeth Marcy 


Emeline Back 5 

Caroline Butterworth 10-7 

Mary A. B. Kinney 13-9 

Ellen E. Haradon 


Francis E. Kinney 7 

Almedia Colburn 


Palmer S. Underwood 12-7 

OUve B. Olds 


Willard Butterworth 5 

Elizabeth Fletcher 


David Butterworth 9 

Amelia Olds 


Gilbert Williams 10 

Sarah Marcy 


Year 1848 

Mary WilUams 


June 12-Aug. 22 

Lucy T. Marcy 


Caroline E. Haris, 

Myra Williams 



Caroline Marcy 


Length of term, 10 weeks. 

Melloyn Haradon 


Total enrollment, 33. 

William Howlett 


Average attendance 27. 

Merrick Brackett 


Wages of teacher $5 per mo. 

HoUowell Marcey 


Board was given by the 

Oscar Marcey 



James C. Fletcher 


By comparison of the registers it will be observed that 
there was disregard of school district lines. 

Town Hall 
The first town meeting of the district of Holland after 
its incorporation, was July 24, 1783. It was held in the church 
on the hill above the old parsonage (Mr. Silas Fletcher's) as 
indicated by the town warrant. The church was the great 
centre of social, political, moral and spiritual life of towns in 
those days. And yet a meeting of that sort seems strangely 
out of place in a church today, because the voters are so 
diverse in feelings and opinions. Towns have felt the neces- 
sity of having a town building or hall in which the voters 

The Schools of Hollakd 155 

could meet and transact the town business. Diversity of sym- 
pathies, of opinions, and of faith, rendered this inevitable. 
Some towns held to the custom of meeting in the church much 
longer than others. This was especially true of towns not sub- 
ject to radical change in population. Towns where home- 
steads pass from sire to son and remain for generations in the 
same family name are conservative. This conservatism may 
act as a preservative of the best life of the town. 

Such we believe was the case with Holland. It held to 
the custom of holding its town meetings in the church for 
nearly one hundred years, simply because there was no decided 
demand for a town hall, nor do we find an indication that one 
was wanted for about sixty years after it was incorporated. 
After the new church was built (1835) the old church stood on 
the common unused. Naturally the question of converting 
that into a town hall would come up when one or more town 
meetings had been held there. A committee was appointed to 
investigate the condition of the building and report, 1837. 
Their report was adverse for we find a vote (1838) to build a 
town house. It did not materialize, however. Town meeting 
was held in the Baptist church sometimes. 

Building a town hall was avoided by holding town meet.- 
ings at Holland Iim, paying one dollar for the privilege, 1839. 
This led to the sale of the old church building, 1839, to "Willard 
Weld for ten dollars. Town meeting was held once in a while 
in the Baptist church and in 1842 a town meeting was held 
in a horseshed. In 1848 the Baptist church was closed to use 
as a Baptist church for lack of support. They tried, ten years 
later, 1858, to sell it to the Congregationalists after their 
church was burned but failed to effect a sale. 

An article was in the town warrant for a meeting, April 
5, 1869, "to see if the town wiU vote to build a town house or 
take means to obtain the Baptist meeting house and convert 
the same into a town house; or act anything relating thereto 

156 The History of Holland, Mass. 

when met." At the meeting the town took action as follows: 
Voted, "To build a Town House using the old Baptist meet- 
ing house as far as it will go, if it can be legally and lawfully 
obtained." Further discussion of the probable cost led to a re- 
consideration of the above vote, for we find "Voted, to recon- 
sider the above vote." Also: — "Voted, to pass over taking 
means to obtain the Baptist meeting house." 

At a town meeting held Nov. 2, 1869, at Kinney's Hall it 
was — "Voted, to accept the report of the committee that were 
chosen to see if they could obtain a good title to the Baptist 
meeting house." Prom the report it is evident that the Baptist 
society had to reorganize before their meeting house could be 
transferred. When reorganized, the society passed the follow- 
ing vote. "Voted to give the Baptist meeting house with the 
land belonging to the same to the town of Holland if said town 
will repair and convert it into a town house, provided anyone 
in said town could have the privilege of holding meetings in said 
house when not occupied for town purposes ; or for schooling. 

Orrin W. Brown, 
Lewis C. Howlett, 
At a meeting of the town, it had been voted to buy the 
Baptist meeting house property if it could be secured for a 
sum not to exceed $200. 

Through the work of its committee the town secures it 
as a gift with nominal provisions. This indicates splendid 
work on the part of the committee.' At the same meeting it 
was — "Voted, to accept the Baptist meeting house as a gift 
from the Baptist Society. ' ' Also ' ' moved that a vote of thanks 
be extended to the Baptist Society for the gift of the Baptist 
meeting house." Carried. The said meeting house became 
town property by deed of gift, April 4, 1870. 

At a meeting held March 25, 1870, and in anticipation of 
the Baptist meeting house becoming town property it was — 

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"Voted to raise two hundred dollars to aid in defraying the 
expense of repairing the meeting house." 

At the town meeting held April 4, 1870, it was voted to 
choose a committee of three to superintend the repairing of the 
old meetiag house and not to expend over $500, and to be 
finished by Oct. 1, 1870. 

George L. Webber, 
Wm. A. Bobbins, 
0. W. Brown, 

Committee of Repairs. 

Holland had now a town house, and the use of part of it 
for school purposes was a result, the product of circumstances. 

Much credit was due to the committee who secured such 
an acquisition for the town on such terms. Lewis C. Hewlett 
was chairman of the purchasing committee and it was regarded 
as due to his tact and foresight that it was secured as a gift. 
A vote of thanks was passed for the gift and for the service 
of the committee. Holland had been eighty-six years without a 
town hall and of that eighty-six years the churches had sup- 
plied the need nearly sixty years. The next thing was to re- 
pair the building and bring it into condition for town use. 

It is to be regretted that no picture of the building as 
it was when used as a church is now available; but we are 
told that it had a belfry without steeple built outside of and 
attached to the front end of the building and that it never 
had a bell, but that the deck for the bell extended some higher 
than the ridge pole. The entrances to the church were at the 
base of the tower. 

When repairs were made to use it for a town hall, the 
tower was removed and a floor has been put in making it a 
two story building, of which the room up stairs is used for 
town hall. The room down stairs is used for a school room 
now as noted in Chapter on Schools. Recently an outside stair 
way has been put on to avoid accident in case of fire. Thus 
what was the Baptist Church is meeting now a two-fold need. 

Holland Public Library 159 

by the state aid, as well as by gifts from friends, that the 
town soon had the nucleus of a very useful library. So much 
interest was felt in the library as a valuable asset to the town 
that when an article was inserted in the town warrant for the 
annual meeting in April, 1911, "To see if the town will build 
a public library," it was voted unanimously to build a public 
Library, and the selectmen were chosen a committee to appoint 
a committee of three to investigate cost, inspect plans and re- 
port at an adjourned meeting to be convened at the call of 
the committee. The selectmen gave the following as their 
selection for committee upon plans : — John F. Hebard, Arthur 
F. Blodgett, Andrew J. Bagley, all of them well qualified for 
the work in hand. The work of getting plans for a building 
suited to Holland's needs was a task of no small proportions. 
The visiting of libraries in other towns, and the inspection of 
plans seemed only to make the question more complex, until 
the services of the State Architect, Mr. J. R. Coolidge, Boston, 
Mass., were sought. He recommended to the committee the 
plans which were finally presented to the town, July 31, 1911, 
for acceptance, and which the town wisely accepted. A build- 
ing committee was now chosen, consisting of John F. Hebard, 
Oliver L. Hewlett, and Andrew J. Bagley. It was voted unan- 
imously to empower the town treasurer to borrow the sum of 
$1,800 for the purpose of erecting a new library building in 
the town of Holland. This sum together with cash in hand 
available for such purpose amounted to about $2,200. The 
town also voted to pay the sum of $200 on the principal and 
all accrued interest until the $1,800 be fully paid. It was also 
voted that a committee of five be chosen to solicit funds for 
the library foundation, grading, etc. Oliver L. Hewlett, John 
F. Hebard, E. M. Bennett, Louisa M. Hewlett, Andrew J. Bag- 
ley. This committee secured a sum adequate to the purpose 
from the sons and daughters of Holland for the foundation, 
and the building committee made a contract with Mr. John A. 

160 The History op Holland, AIass. 

Conway of Warren, Mass., for erecting the building, which is 
the pride of the town and the admiration of all who have seen 
it; so appropriate to the town, to its purpose, and to its sur- 
roundings, that it has been much admired. Its total cost was 
$2,104.62, and contains now (1915), over 1,600 volumes. It 
was dedicated August 24, 1912, at an "Old Home Day" cele- 
bration, the occasion bringing together many friends of the 
town. Mr. J. R. Coolidge, the architect, made remarks ex- 
planatory of his reasons why he planned such a building for 
Holland, which were heartily appreciated. Unexpended bal- 
ance of appropriation, $20.38. Miss Zaidee M. Brown of the 
Massachusetts Library Commission, who had been in town for 
a few days cataloging the books made a few remarks explain-, 
ing the method of cataloging, how simple it would be to find 
the book wanted, and expressing the hope that Holland would 
continue to increase her library material, and suggesting 
methods of doing it. Now that the town had such a fine 
library, she hoped the citizens would make good use of it. 

Dr. Edward Hitchcock gave a short address, which for 
suggestive points made and genial good fellowship is worthy 
of note. He spoke as follows: — "To be allowed to speak be- 
fore an assemblage of this kind, would be a distinct honor for 
anyone. To me it is especially so because the occasion is so 
essentially Holland's, their old home-coming day, and to be 
allowed to speak here, we of the little brown house by the 
pond feel that in this way you are showing a willingness to 
take us in as Hollanders. And we have been taken in by you, 
and we are grateful to those who have accepted us and have 
given us the glad hand of welcome. 

We are here today to dedicate a library; a library well- 
built, comfortable, attractive and located just where it should 
be, between the church and the townhouse, and overlooking 
the town. It should influence your Sunday services, your local 
government and your home lives; all shoiild be the better for 

Holland Public Libeaey. 161 

it; and if you are not better Christians, better citizens and 
better workers because of it, the sooner you realize the fire 
insurance it carries the better. 

It is not necessary, you know, to read many books. Pres. 
Elliott says that a good working library for any man can be 
held on a five foot shelf, and yet there are but few books written 
from which we cannot get some good. Books may be resolved 
into two kinds: those which mainly interest, please and amiuse, 
and those which instruct. Both have their place. To the farm- 
er, who wishes to know the experience of others in rotation of 
crops, the value of commercial fertilizer, or how to raise sheep 
to profit, the latter is a necessity, for I care not how old you are 
in your business there is no man or woman who cannot profit 
by the experience of others, and he is a fool who thinks he 

But this same man who realizes his need for help to ac- 
complish the purpose of his work, has times when his mental 
machinery won't operate; when he is head-tired as well as foot- 
tired and it is then that a chapter or two of a novel, a bit of 
Mark Twain, or of phonetic Josh Billings will make him forget 
to feel tired. 

Yes, a library is a fine thing for every town and I know of 
no better use to which the cost of this one could have been put — 
only use it. Pretty as it is, it would be a miserable waste if 
you do not use it. As a business matter, the erection of this 
building and equipping it with books is a good venture. It 
shows that the Hollanders know the beauty of their surround- 
ings and are anxious that its material advantages should be 
equal to or better, than those towns less favored by nature. It 
shows the awakening of a public spirit and furnishes a central 
. interest in which every man, woman and child should share. 
We do not all think alike ia religious matters, and in politics we 
have individual preferences (although I think to Holland be- 
longs the distinction of being the only town of the state to send 
in a solid vote for one Presidential candidate at the recent pri- 
mary;) but in the library we shall all find what we want. 

So it stands here not as a building of stones, clapboards 
and slates. It stands for more than these. It stands for the de- 


162 The History of Holland, Mass. 

sire of the people, — ^the builders, — for growth. It stands for 
education, advance, and healthy relaxation. It calls for a 
bigger, better town. It demands better enforcement of thie 
laws. It calls for better citizenship and for a closer man-to-man 
touch. You have built your library. You have in so doing 
advertised your intentions. Now let us live up to the building 
on the hill. 

You remember old Rip Van Winkle who went off in the 
woods and slept for years, and returning, did not recognize 
his old home town, so much had it improved. I wonder, if in 
years to come, could we then look back — but we leave that 
thought unfinished and in closing, I give Rip's toast which he 
gave to Sleepy Hollow while drinking the Schnapps a kindly 
hand had offered, "Here's to you all; your wives and children. 
May you live long and prosper." And then we'll add may 
this day be the best in Holland's history." 

The dedicatory address was by Rev. Martin Lovering, 
pastor of Holland Congregational Church. 

Welcome to the visiting friends and all who wish the pros- 
perity of Holland. Another year has gone by, a year of en- 
couragement and promise as well as achievement. Gratitude 
is felt for kindly gifts received from our friends for the library. 
We still need more, and if our friends have it in their hearts to 
give more, it will be thankfully received. The soliciting com- 
mittee, of which Mr. Hebard, I believe, is chairman, will talk 
with those who wish about it. 

Whereas last year only stakes indicated the place of the 
library, today you see the finished structure. I congratulate the 
architect for the excellent taste shown in the position and plan 
of the building, its harmony with its sister buildings about it, 
its neat and tasteful simplicity, with just enough of ornament to 
enhance its modest beauty. Step inside, the interior is splendid- 
ly adapted to the uses to which it is to be put. Its appointments 
are commodious, comfortable and convenient. It is Holland's 
contribution to 20th century enlightenment and progress. I 
congratulate her that not one doUar of a millionaire has been 
donated for its construction. It is the expression of her own 

Holland Public Library. 163 

spirit to the progress of the time, and, considering the re- 
sources of the town-it is a generous one. 


But if anyone be inclined to criticize it and say, "It is onlj 
a widow's mite in the treasury of public good, and public ser- 
vice," let it be said that just here is where Holland may taKe 
satisfaction. Of her it may be said as it was said of one who 
rendered a loving service to our Lord, "she hath done what she 
could," and done it nobly, and its value is enhanced by the spirit 
that prompted it. 

However, Holland is widowed and poor because of what she 
has given to other towns and cities, of her sons and daughters, 
and can there be a more precious gift, and one to her more cost- 
ly? Many have gone out from here and become identified with 
the life and activity of other places. They have made good, too, 
to use the modern expression, which proves how great a loss it 
was to her when they went. Regrets are useless. Going or 
staying she has only good will and a "God bless you" for all her 
children. Yet Holland was poorer in wealth and population by 
what she had given to the growth of others. She was giving her 
own strength her own living. When railroads put out of busi- 
ness the old stage coaches that used to pass between "Worcester 
and, Hartford and passed through here to and fro, Holland lost 
easy and regular communication with the outside world and 
much of the power and prestige that attracts prospective citizens 
went also. She suffered the decline that other towns for a like 
reason have suffered. But with the railroad now in process of 
construction, she will have better facilities of transportation. 
Signs multiply that she is beholding the dawn of a brighter day. 
All honor to those who in the days of her decline had the courage 
and the patience to maintain her an independent township. It 
will be a source of satisfaction to them now to see her growth, 
which I think the coming years will surely bring. Then will 
other hands build upon the foundations which we have laid, and 
other hearts lovingly and appreciatingly take up the work and 
carry it on until it joins that river of human good which empties 
into the ocean of human advancement whose boundaries, if in- 
deed there be any, only the Infinite Creator knows. 

164 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Generous and Loving Spirit 

We are about to dedicate this building for a free town , 
library. But in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "we cannot 
dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground" 
or the building which stands thereon. The generous and loving 
public spirit of the forefathers of Holland has already done 
that, and the building has already taken on the sacred charac- 
ter of its surroundings. The exposition of God's word, prayer 
and praise have been heard in this place for nearly 120 years. 
Yonder stood the church, to which they bent their steps at the 
hour of worship, and when that became unfit or unsuited to 
their need yonder stood the new church which became the 
center of their social and religious life, and when that was 
destroyed by fire they replaced it by another, of which and its 
blessings we are the natural heirs. But some preferred to wor- 
ship God by loyalty to a faith expressed in slightly different 
terms, and by a different form of baptism and they built yonder 
building, a church then and from it came forth the voice of 
Christian worship as loyal and fervent as the other. But 
through no fault of theirs, lack of worshipers and supporters 
compelled them finally to close its doors to worship, but they 
gave it to the town for Christian uses, a hall for civic purposes 
and Christian education of which we are the natural heirs also. 
This library building then has already taken on a sacred charac- 
ter and purpose by association with her sister buildings, and 
from this hallowed ground, donated by the forefathers and set 
apart for civic and sacred purposes, we can but ratify, what the 
hallowed lives and memories of more than a century has already 
done. Let us with reverent and thankful hearts consecrate 
ourselves to the forefathers' ideals of civic life and Christian 
duty, and devote this building to the glory of God and the 
service of man. 

The dedicatory prayer was offered by Rev. C. B. Bliss, 
pastor of the Hampden Congregational Church, and son of a 
former pastor of the Holland Congregational Church. 

The Old Home Day for 1913, Aug. 24, and 25, was also a 
very pleasant affair, bringing a crowd together. The Spring- 
field Republican had a reporter on the ground and we give 

Holland Public Libeaky. 165 

the days' proceedings as reported in that paper. The speech 
of Major John Anderson will be of special interest for he has 
since then passed away and that was his last visit to Holland, 
which, although not his birthplace, yet was the home of his 
boyhood and young manhood, and Holland will cherish his 
memory, not only for what he was and what he achieved, but 
for his well-known and respected ancestry, residents of Hol- 
land in its early history. The following is the report of Sat- 
urday's exercises, Aug. 24. 


Renewal of Old Friendships 
- Address by John A. Scheuerle 

Bright skies and favoring weather smiled on the celebra- 
tion of old home day yesterday in Holland, a town small in 
numbers but great in its hospitality and in the quality of its con- 
tributions to the world in the men and women it has sent out. 
Although the township stretches over a goodly area the popu- 
lation has decreased to less than 150 inhabitants, who have 
contended with the disadvantages of remoteness from the 
railroad and centers of industrial life. But in spite of its de- 
cadence in numbers and wealth and its isolated situation, the 
town has sturdily maintained its essential character as a type of 
the best New England life and as a staunch political unit in the 
maintenance of state and national government. 

In spite of difficulties and vicissitudes Holland has never 
been discouraged and has faithfully guarded its heritage from 
an ancestry of industrious God-fearing lives imbued with the 
spirit of local loyalty and patriotic devotion. Town affairs have 
been conducted with punctilious care even when there have been 
scarcely anyone of the descendants of the Blodgetts, the Wal- 
laces, the Webbers and Howletts, who formerly nearly populated 
the town to fill the town offices; the church has been loyally 
supported, even when many pews have been vacant ; the schools, 
reduced from four to one, have bad excellent instruction, and 

166 The History of Holland, Mass. 

the little collection of books forming its public library was 
begun by early taking advantage of the assistance offered by the 
state. The town has not only shown persistent fortitude in the 
face of disadvantages; it has also displayed the spirit of enter- 
prise and progress. The erecting last year by self-taxation for 
a period of years on a valuation there less than $100,000 of a 
building to house its library and town offices evinced remark- 
able courage. Also the fact that the people invited the secretary 
of the newly-formed Hampden county improvement league to 
give an old home day address showed their estimation of values 
and the habit, the forward look. The observance of yesterday 
seemed to celebrate the new Holland as well as commemorate 
the old. It is even new in its outward aspect, for the little 
library building placed between the old colonial church and the 
town hall and harmonizing with their architecture has made a 
notable civic group, facing the town common with its classic 
grove. It was the library building that had long been needed 
to complete a visible town center. In the new Holland there is 
to be improved and prosperous farming, whose beginnings are 
being made under the guidance of the county league; for the 
soil is good and there are wonderful possibilities in general 
farming and fruit-growing. The beauty of its scenery and 
quiet attractions are bringing in new residents. The grove 
where the exercises were held yesterday is a possession which 
distinguishes Holland above other towns, for it is a stately 
grove of native white pine, forming a part of its common. Yes- 
terday its fragrant wooded aisles, so still save for the notes of 
birds on other summer days, were resonant with voiced memories 
of the past and prophecies of the future, — sentiments as noble 
and important as the utterances in the academic grove of 
ancient Athens. Seldom is there a more visible manifestation 
of the classic quality that has been perpetuated in New England 
democracy and life. 

Every effort had been made by the committee in charge 
to make the day a success and all details had been carefully 
attended to, and it seemed as if all the inhabitants of the wooded 
hiUs and vales had sprung to heroic action on the rallying cry 
of old home day. Visitors were met by private teams at the 
trolley line, two miles distant, and conveyed to the stamping 

Holland Public Library. 167 

ground on the common. The dinner tables, at which a large 
number sat down in the town hall, were laden with substantial 
and toothsome viands contributed from homes throughout the 
township. In the intervals of renewing old associations the 
people visited the library, admiring its artistic interior, fine 
equipment and choice selection of books, and also went into the 
historic old church. 

At 2:30 o'clock all assembled in the grove to listen to 
speaking appropriate to the occasion and the excellent music 
furnished by the American band of Piskdale. Kev. Martin 
Lovering presided. Owing to the necessity of an early depart- 
ure, the first speaker was John A. Seheuerle, secretary of the 
Hampden county improvement league, who gave a spirited and 
impressive address on the Holland of the future. Mr. Seheuerle 
said in part: Old home days should be epoch-making days. 
They should not only glorify the heroism and fine life of the 
past, but should lay special emphasis upon the opportunities 
of the present and the possibilities of the future. Old home 
day calls for serious attention to the problems of the town — 
how Holland is to be made more happy, more beautiful, m,ore 
prosperous. The first condition to be considered in solving 
these problems is the economic question. These hills and val- 
leys must produce more than they are producing, and the prod- 
ucts must bring better returns in money. Upon these returns 
depend better roads, better homes and surroundings, better 
schools, a more fully equipped library and a better church. 
Better roads will contribute to better economic, civil and social 
conditions and to larger school attendance. Such attendance 
is from 20 per cent to 30 per cent larger where there are good 
roads. Towns are to be assisted in this matter by the Hampden 
county improvement league, which expects to secure a good 
engineer to confer with the town road comjmissioners and 
selectmen, and plans to furnish field commissioners to confer 
with farmers and suggest in regard to the construction and 
maintenance of roads. By taking advantage of these oppor- 
tunities Holland will begin to solve the problem of highways. 

The league will assist in developing improved agriculture 
by furnishing advisers who will visit the town from time to 
time and who will give demonstrations in agriculture, dairying 

168 The History of Holland, Mass. 

and the care of orchards. With co-operation on the part of 
the town its resources will be doubled. The league will under- 
take the education of the young people by organizing the entire 
county into an association of Hampden county volunteers in 
which every school pupil should be enrolled. Honors will be 
given for scholarship, for gardening, agriculture, home beauti- 
fying, domestic arts and civic improvement. The one obtain- 
ing the highest number of points in the county will hold the 
ofSce of president of the association, and those holding the 
highest in each town will be directors. There will also be town 
organization. Thus a young person in Holland will stand as 
good a chance in this association of volunteers as one in a large 
place like Springfield. 

The friends of the town who have come back on old home 
day can stimulate endeavor by offering prizes to amjbitious boys 
and girls. Holland already has the distinction of having two 
boys who are competing for the prizes offered by the Massa- 
chusetts agricultural college extension department and no bet- 
ter field of corn can be seen than that which yonder represents 
one of these projects. The new agricultural school in Brimfield 
for which Holland is furnishing one pupil will be of great ad- 
vantage to this town and community. It will help make it 
worth while for boys to stay on the farm. 

The Massachusetts agricultural coUege is planning to fur- 
nish a landscape architect who will visit towns and give advice 
on the layout and beautifying of home and public grounds. It 
is to furnish also a woman in its extension department for the 
promotion of domestic science and hoone making, especially 
workng with the girls. "With all these agencies the Hampden 
county improvement league is co-operating so that Holland, 
together with other towns, will have the assistance of the league 
in association with the Massachusetts agricultural college, the 
state board of agriculture and the federal bureau of agriculture. 
To obtain the benefit from these combined agencies the town 
must develop co-operation with them and local co-operation 
among its citizens. 

The next speaker was Maj. John Anderson, a retired army 
officer, who though not a native was brought up in Holland 
and whose ancestors for four generations lived on the old farm 

Holland Public Libeaey. 169 

located on the northwest corner of Holland, now owned by 
Edwin Hall. He spoke in part as follows: — 

I am always glad to come back to this dear old town where 
my ancestors settled nearly 200 years ago. My great, great 
grandfather, by the name of John Anderson, settled on the old 
farm located in the northwest corner of Holland adjoining the 
Brimfield line, now owned by Edwin HaU. Here my father, 
grandfather and great-grandfather were bom, lived and died. 
The farm was never owned out of the family until after the 
death of my father in 1864. I was not bom in Holland, through 
no fault of mine as I was not consulted in the matter. If I 
had been, I would have asked to be born on the dear old farm 
in Holland. This misfortune has been the means of leading 
me into a wandering life and becoming the black sheep of the 
family which went many years without one. At last I filled the 
bill and saved the family record in that respect, as every well- 
regulated family needs one black sheep to vary the monotony. 

My father brought me to Holland when I was a small boy, 
which came near being my redemption, and here I lived and 
learned to love the old town. It was here that I formed those 
early associations which I love to think of in later years, asso- 
ciations closely linked with traditions that have come down to 
me from my ancestors. I left home when only a lad in my 
teens and went out into the great highway of life, encountering 
many fierce storms, but receiving more of the sunshine that 
comes to all who respond to it. The great civil war broke out 
in all its horrors, and I, like other boys from this town, heard 
the call, saw the need and enlisted in the 1st Michigan sharp- 
shooters in which regiment I did not know a soul. The service 
was severe and arduous, with none of the comforts that the 
soldiers of our army enjoy today. I was dreadfully homesick 
and would gladly have crawled into some obscure comer in the 
attic of the old home and buried myself beneath the cobwebSr 
I made up my mind that I had missed my calling and was not 
born to be a soldier, but then I realized that it was all for my 
country and, inspired by the patriotism that I had inherited 
and that had been taught me in our district schools, I stuck to 
it and did my best as a soldier which, in time, brought its 
reward in the shape of promotion and a transfer to a Massa- 

170 The History of Holland, Mass. 

chusetts regiment in which I served to the credit of this town 
and had the honor of commanding a company from the "Wilder- 
ness to Petersburg and at the close of the war to be appointed 
to a lieutenantcy in the regular army in which service I have 
remained ever since, though not, at the present time, on active 

"Whenever, at long intervals, I come back to the old home 
town and look upon the familiar landscape, the old rocks and 
hills, the old homesteads and the winding roads all seem to 
speak to me in silent fellowship of times that are long past 
but of memories that are dear, while the babbling brooks con- 
tinue to sing the same sweet songs they sang in my boyhood 
days, saying in the words of Tennyson, "For men may come 
and men may go, but I go on forever." And the old homes, 
what memories cluster around them, what stories they could 
teU of fc enes that are past of a life that never comes back. In 
wandering through the old cemetery, we read the names of 
those who were brought from the old homestead and laid to 
rest whUe the old church bell tolled its solemn requiem. Above 
those silent graves we read the history of this town, they still 
speak to us from out of the past, their lives were worthy cf 

My feet have wandered many a weary mile since boyhood 
days with golden dreams of the great outer world, but how 
often in my wanderings have my thoughts turned back to the 
dear old heme in Holland, how often as I have been lying upon 
the cold ground often in a beating stonn, or under the drifting 
snow, too cold for sleep, have my thoughts traveled back to 
the sheltering roof of the old home and the scenes of my boy- 
hood. The love of home, friends and country has an abiding 
place in the heart of every true man. In all my wanderings I 
have never seen a country more beautiful than the United States 
of America, no town that I love more than this old town of 
Holland, and no spot dearer to me than the old farm of my 
boyhood. My father loved it and so do I. 

The last speaker was Shepard Parsons of Bast Hadley, a 
native and former resident of Holland, who is 89 years old. 
He spoke feelingly of his associations with the town and said 

Holland Public Library. 171 

that he realized his age when he looked upon the tall pines of 
the grove which were small trees when he was a boy. 

Rev. Martin Lovering stated that he was preparing a history 
of Holland, and subscriptions were needed in advance in order 
to insure its publication. Letters were received from Mrs. 
Charles Blair of Warren, Mary L. Charles of Melrose and Rev. 
and Mrs. J. G. "Willis of Wilbraham. A group photograph was 
taken of the former teachers in the Holland schools present. 
It included Mrs. Mary Webber Church of Windsor, Ct., Mrs. 
Carrie E. Colburn of Stafford, Mrs. Harriet Robbins Back of 
Southbridge, Mrs. Caroline Howlett Macallister of Bast Brim- 
field, Mrs. Nancy Shumway Webber of Holland, Mrs. Olivia 
Parker Kinney of Rochester, N. T., Miss Martha Cutting of 
Southbridge, Mrs. Ada Blodgett Hebard of Holland, Mrs. Mary 
Wallaee Thresher of Stafford, Ct., Mrs. Fannie Butterworth 
Parker, Miss Mabel Fuller of Monson, Mrs. A. L; Roper of 
Palmer, Miss Louisa Howlett of Holland, John H. Noyes of 
Brimfleld, Frederick Bissell of Brimlfield. A photograph was 
also taken of some of the old residents, those living in town and 
visitors present. It included Dwight E. Webber, J. T. S. Par- 
sons, Roscius Back, Merritt A. Towne, Edwin Wright, Rev. W. 
B. Graves, HoUowill Marcy and Rev. Martin Lovering. 

The committees who arranged the celebration were: Rev. 
Martin Lovering, president of the association ; secretaries, Mrs. 
Ella Webber and Miss Louisa Howlett; treasurer, Oliver How- 
lett. Dinner committee, Emory Hebard, Oliver Howlett, Her- 
bert Bagley. Program committee. Rev. Martin Lovering, Lor- 
ing C. Howlett, Baxter Bennett, Fred Blodgett, A. J. Bagley. 
Music committee, Andrew Bagley, Mrs. C. F. Adams, James 
Roberts. Sports committee, Emory Hebard, Herbert Bagley, 
James Roberts. Transportation committee, Arthur Morse, Oli- 
ver Howlett, Otis Williams. 

Sunday, Aug. 25, was Old Home Day for the church. Rev. 
Martin Lovering gave a talk upon the early families of Hol- 
land, dwelling especially upon the history of Benjamin Church 
as a Life Guardsman to General Washington, for which see 
his biography. The text for his talk was taken from Joel II- 

172 The History of Hoij-.and, Mass. 

21. "Fear not, land; be glad and rejoice; for the Lord 
will do great things." 

More hearts than the ancient Jews yearn over their native 
land. We, as a people, are and ought to be solicitous for our 
country. It was bought with a price ; that price being the self- 
sacrifice of her citizens. Our country was started as a land 
of homjes. Its territory was settled by people fond of home 
life, and had grown and had achieved its independence of the 
mother country by reason of its love of home and home ideals. 
Holland had sent a large quota of her men into the struggle 
for freedom. Their record proved their worth as soldiers. But 
Holland had been honored as the residence for twenty-seven 
years of a man, Benjamin Church, who made his home there 
as one of them, whom the records proved had been a member 
of General Washington's Life Guard. Mr. Lovering then gave 
the proof of his membership as a life guardsman, his pro- 
motion to that body, etc., etc. See his biography. 

In connection with the "Old Home Day" celebration of 
1913, we received the following kindly note, which for its 
hearty good will, and kindly rememberance of Holland, and 
especially for the incident mentioned, which came very near 
being a drowning accident, we deem worthy of a place in 
Holland's history. It reads as follows: 

203 Fairmount Avenue, Hyde Park, Mass.,, Jan. 1, 1914. 
Dear Mr. Lovering, 

I have just learned that you are writing the history of the 
town of Holland, Mass. I am only too glad to subscribe for a 
copy. I hope you remember me at the celebration last August, 
which was one of the most enjoyable of my life, and if I never 
have another holiday I shall remember it as long as I live. I 
lived in Holland for two years, so the Holland people are very 
dear to me and the recollections of those days are the happiest 
of my life. 

I have always wanted to go to some of the celebrations 
each year, but have been prevented until this year. Some of 
the people I have kept up with, but some of them I had not 

Holland Public Library. 173 

seen until this reunion. I was mueli pleased to think I was so 
specially remembered and think it was because when a boy of 
thirteen I saved Nellie M. Alexander, sister of Warren Alex- 
ander of Worcester, from drowning in Holland pond. It would 
now be considered a very brave act and would probably be 
given a medal. I have never mentioned it here until recently. 
I have always wondered how I came to do it. Although at the 
age of adolescence I had to remove my clothes and swim to the 
drowning girl. I never thought of my person, but rather that 
a life was to be saved. At the reunion I met two that were 
in the boat, Fred Blodgett (and it is not a pleasant recollection 
to him) and his sister, Mrs. Ada (Blodgett) Hebard, and Mary 
(Wallis) Spencer. 

Mrs. Hebard confirms the statements above given in regard 
to Nellie Alexander's danger and thinks that but for the effort 
of her brave companion she would have lost her life. They 
were on the way home from school and found a boat loose on 
the west shere of the pond and concluded to save distance by 
its use. Landing near Mr. Bagley's house they all got out but 
Nellie, while she drifted away from shore. Finding herself 
removed from her companions and unable to return, she lost 
her presence of mind and leaped overboard, followed by the 
rescue as stated. 

Water on to the Plain. 

The matter of securing a supply of water on the plain oc- 
cupied the attention of the people of Holland soon after the 
church was moved there in 1793. When the parsonage was 
built in 1821, a well was begun. In 1822 it was voted that 
Capt. Leonard M. Morris and Lt. John Wallis be a committee to 
circulate a subscription paper to complete the parsonage well. 
To this committee Luther Brown was added. Digging this well 
must have been expensive and laborious. Mr. Dwight E. 
Webber declares that after digging down nearly one hundred 
feet they came upon a bed of quicksand which rendered 
futile all the expense and labor, for when they tried to stone 
it up the stone work kept sinking, and they were compelled 

174 The Histoet of Holland, Mass. 

to abandon the plan. In 1834, an article was in the town war- 
rant to see if the town would appropriate money for piping 
water on to the plain, but nothing was done. In 1839, Sept. 
30, it was voted to take the avails from the sale of the old 
meeting house materials to build a cistern to accommodate 
the parsonage. Ezra Allen, Adolphus Webber, John Wallis, 
Harris Cutler, and Grosvenor May were chosen committee to 
build the cistern. This was sure to be unsatisfactory for the 
cistern would leak. It must have been very inconvenient for 
the pastor to get water in those days. Hauling water from 
Stevens' Brook for washing, and fetching it for cooking and 
drinking from the well where Mrs. Henry Brown now lives, 
must hs,ve been a task of such serious proportions as would 
make the question come up again. The cistern served for a 
while, but was sure to fail and be a source of vexation in time. 
In 1896 it was voted to choose an agent to ascertain the cost 
to drive a well, or bring running water to the common. Mr. 
Wm. L. Webber was chosen agent. Nothing was done. In 
1897, it was voted to leave the question of water on the com- 
mon in the hands of the selectmen, to report at an adjourned 
meeting. They evidently reported in favor of cleaning out the 
well at the foot of Sand Hill in Francis Wight's pasture, and 
put in a chain pump. An agreement was made, under condi- 
tions recorded, whereby the town was permitted to use the 
well. But the water was found or believed to be unwholesome 
for the scholars to drink. Finally the dissatisfaction led to an 
article being inserted in the town warrant, April 4, 1904, con- 
taining this question, "Shall running water be put into our 
town hall, into such part known as the school department," 
the expense of same to be paid from unappropriated money 
in the treasury ? The vote was by ballot, yes or no, and when 
taken it was found that the vote stood. Yes, 18 ; No, 16. A. F. 
Blodgett, Wallace P. Moore, and Wm. L. Webber were chosen 

Holland Public Library. 175 

committee to put the water into a tub, piping it down from a 
spring in Mr. William Lilley's field, he giving the town right 
to do so, in perpetuo, a very public-spirited gift and one that 
will prove a blessing as long as the need exists. The water 
was put into the school entry by piping as well as to a trough 
on the common. 

Thus the old question (agitated for 100 years, says Mr. 
A. P. Blodgett) of water on the common that came up not 
long after the church was moved on to the plain in 1793, was 
finally settled. It must have been a grievous burden to the 
pastors of the church to get an adequate water supply, and it 
is little wonder that the pastor, Rev. Josiah G. Willis, felt it 
a duty to cast his ballot in favor of the plan, in order that his 
successors might be relieved of the burden, it being the only 
vote he ever cast in Holland on a local question and needed 
to avoid a tie. The parsonage is now supplied with the best 
of spring water; a comfort to the occupants. 


The Chubches of Holland. 

the congregational church. 

The complete separation of church and state as we now 
see it was not contemplated by the early settlers of our state. 
The Pilgrim Fathers that settled at Plymouth were out and 
out Separatists from the Church of England. But the Puri- 
tans who settled Boston and Salem were not separatists. They 
wished to purify its customs, its laws, its worship. They had 
no intention of withdrawing from it. The greater freedom 
inevitable, due to distance from the source of civil and ecclesi- 
astical authority, made the difference between Pil^m and 
Puritan soon to disappear, which was also aided greatly by 
the successes of Cromwell and the founding of the common- 
wealth in England according to his idea, which was that of a 
religious commonwealth, the church being supported by the 
power of civil law. How tenaciously the idea that the church 
would fall to decay unless supported by legal enactment and 
legal process is shown by its duration. Nor was the church of 
"the standing order" alone in it. We have seen how Joseph 
Blodgett was distreined of goods to meet a Baptist church tax to 
which he had conditionally subscribed. How the Congrega- 
tional church of Holland (sometimes called Presbyterian 
Church in the records) came into being we have already 
shown. Its formation as a church was so closely allied with 
the early civil formation of So. Brimfield into a district that 
it seemed the wiser plan to put its formative history there. 
The need of a church to accommodate the inhabitants east 
of South Meadow Road and the dispute growing out of it led 
to forming the church, Sept. 12, 1765. It was a product of 
the east faction. The west faction formed a church organiza- 
tion, but after the removal of the church on South Meadow 


The Chubches of Holland 177 

Eoad, to "Westford village in Ashford, Conn., it never owned a 
building so far as known. The Wales ' records show that Con- 
gregationalists had an organization, and had an interest in 
the new church built there in 1803. See Biography of Enoch 

As before stated Rev. Benjamin Conehelin was the first 
pastor, hired by vote of Oct. 19, 1762. Mr. Conehelin minis- 
tered to two groups of worshipers. One meeting at the house 
of James Lawrence, the other at the house of Isaac Forster, 
Oct. 19, 1762. This group changed their place of worship for 
the east part to the house of Joseph Blodgett, March 14, 1763. 
The dispute arising over a site upon which to erect a church 
was probably the cause of his short pastorate. We have no 
record of his resignation or dismissal. 

In February, 1763, Rev. Ezra Reeve was invited to preach 
in South Brimfield (probably as a candidate) coming from 
Long Island. He preached for a time on probation, and his 
work being satisfactory, the church under his direction was 
duly organized, Sept. 12, 1765, and tbe next day (13) he was 
installed over it. The church records state that "the Congre- 
gational Church of Christ in Holland was embodied Sept. 12, 
A. D. 1765." We give the confession of faith adopted by the 
church at that time, which we presume, is largely, if not 
wholly, a product of his mind. 

Confession of Faith, used as the fundamental doctrine of 
the church. 

"We believe there is one God, the Creator, upholder, gov- 
ernor, and disposer of all things and that he is a being self- 
existent without beginning of days or end of life, also that 
he is perfectly possessed of all other divine attributes and 
excellencies ascribed to Him in the holy scriptures. We like- 
wise believe the existence of three persons in the being of this 
one God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and that these three 
are united in the essence of this one God. We believe the 
scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the word of 


178 The History of Holland, Mass. 

God and the only rule of faith and practice to which rule as a 
professing people we ought to subject ourselves. 

We believe that God created man holy and innocent and 
entered into a covenant of life with him but man did not con- 
tinue to fulfill his part of the covenant but transgressed and 
broke the same for which reason he became a meet subject for 
punishment denounced by God against disobedience and as 
he stood a federal head for his posterity, so in him we all fell 
and have our natures depraved through and by the apostasy 
of man. 

We believe that God in his infinite wisdom and mercy 
did appoint and send his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus 
Christ, the second person in the Trinity, very and essential 
God, to take upon him the human nature and so in the body 
to undergo the punishment due to sin and aU this was done of 
free grace that man might live through and by the vicarious 
suffering of the Son of God, who, we believe, hath satisfied 
divine justice which must otherwise have been satisfied in the 
punishment of man. We believe that faith and repentance are 
necessary to a participation of the blessings and benefits pur- 
chased by Christ. 

We believe the supernatural agency of the Holy Ghost 
necessary to sanctify and apply the benefits of Christ's death. 
We believe man is justified by the righteousness of Christ 
alone. We believe the sacraments of the New Testament, Bap- 
tism and the Lord's Supper, that they ought continually to 
be observed and come up to as they are the seals of the cove- 
nant of grace. 

We believe that Jesus Christ who was once offered on earth 
to put away sin shall again appear to judge the world. We 
believe there shall be a resurrection both of saints and sinners 
and that all shall be gathered before the tribunal of God to 
receive their final and decisive sentence according to the deeds 
done here in the body." 

Here are the fundamentals of our evangelical faith to- 
day. The wording might be objected to, but in the essentials 
of our faith, how far have we drifted from them as stated here? 
The following is the Covenant which they adopted. 

The Churches of Holland 179 

The Covenant. 

"We, whose names are hereunto subscribed being called of 
God into a church state of the gospel, in the fi^st place do. confess 
ourselves unworthy to be so highly honored of the Lord and ad- 
mire the rich free grace of him who triumphs over so great un- 
worthiness and then with humble reliance, on the aids of grace 
therein promised to them that in a sense of their inability to 
do any good thing and do wait on him for all. 

We now thankfully lay hold of his covenant and would 
do those things that would please him. We declare our serious 
belief of the Christian religion as contained in the sacred writ- 
ings of the Old and New Testaments heartily resolving to con- 
form ourselves unto the rules of this holy religion as long as we 
live. We give up ourselves to the Lord Jehovah, Father, Son 
and Holy Ghost, and avouch him to be our God and Father and 
Leader, and receive Him as our portion forever. We give up 
ourselves also to the blessed Jesus who is the Lord Jehovah 
and adhere to Him the head of His people in the covenant of 
grace and rely upon him as our prophet, priest and King to 
bring us unto eternal blessedness. We acknowledge our ever- 
lasting and indispensable obligations to glorify God in all the 
duties of a sober and religious life and very particularly in the 
duty of the church state as a body of people, associated in 
obedience to him in all the ordinances of the gospel and we 
therefore depend for his gracious assistance for our faithful 'dis- 
charge of the duties incumbent on us. We desire and intend 
and, with reliance on his promised grace, we engage to walk 
together as the church of Christ in the faith and order of the 
gospel so far as we shall have the same revealed unto us, con- 
stantly attending the public worship of God, the sacraments of 
the New Testament, the discipline of his kingdom and all His 
holy institutions in communion with one another watchfully, 
avoiding sinful stumbling blocks and Contentions as a people 
whom the Lord hath bound up together in the bundle of life. 
At the same time we do also present our offspring to the Lord, 
promising vdth his help to do our part in the method of a re- 
ligious education that they may be the Lord's. And this we do 
flying to the blood of the everlasting covenant for the pardon of 


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our many errors and praying that the glorious Lord who is the 
great Shepherd would prosper and strengthen us for every good 
work to do His will working in us that which is well pleasing in 
his sight to whom be glory forever and ever, — Amen. ' ' 

We give below a list of the subscribers to this covenant as 
they appear on the records. They had been copied from older 

Rev. Ezra Reeve, pastor 
*Dea. Humphrey Cram 
Dea. Moses Lyon 
Robert Dunkley 
Isaac Foster 
Robert Jennings 
Nehemiah May 
Trenanee Webber 
Daniel Thompson 
Joseph Bacon 
Edward Webber 
Nathaniel Bradley 
Dea. James Frizell 
Silas Smith 
Henry Webber 
James Hovey 
Solomon Hovey 
John CoUis 
Thomas Wallis 
Jonathan Wallis 
Dea. Sherebiah Ballard 
Joseph Ormsbee 
Oliver Wales 
Isaac Foster Jr. 
Thomas Bond 
Joseph Phillips 
Asa Partridge 
WiUiam Gardner and wife 
Benjamin Ward and wife 
Elizabeth Wales 

Hannah Cram 
Martha Dunkley 
Hannah May 
Abigail Foster 
Prudence Webber 
Elizabeth Webber 
Elizabeth Bishop 
Hannah Webber 
Submit Smith 
Anna Bishop 
Margaret Rosebrooks 
Catharine Bishop 
Mary Frizell 
Sarah Dodge 
Lois Smith 
Allmena Wallis 
Rachel Wallis 
Keziah Ballard 
Mary Ormsbee 
Mary Bradley 
Alfiedy Janes 
Elizabeth Foster 
Lydia Bond 
Mrs. Phillips 
Mrs. Beals 
Sarah Partridge 
Rachel Partridge 
Deborah Coy 
Wife of Mr. Nutting 
Jacob Webber and wife 

*See list of deacons with date of election. Dea. Cram and Dea. Lyon 
were chosen to that ofBce January 16, 1766. 

The Chukches op Holland 181 

William Leach and wife Benjamin Beal 

Elizabeth Moulton Mr. Fisk and wife 

John Burroughs and wife William Bishop 

Eliphalet Janes Sylvia Cheney 

Arthur McNeal and wife Sybil How 
Andrew Webber 

These parties owned the covenant and had children bap- 
tized. Thus the new church with the foregoing church mem- 
bers and supporters started on its work. It is of interest to 
note what part of these came from the mother church in Brim- 
field. We, therefore, give a list of names gleaned from Rev. 
Jason Morse's "Annals of Brimfield Church." We think 
those given were Holland people but some of them never iden- 
tified themselves with Holland Church. Those who did are 
marked. It should be borne in mind that Wales and Holland 
were then called South Brimfield. 

Items of interest gathered from Rev. Jason Morse's An- 
nals of Brimfield Church." 

1724 by letter Joseph Blodgett Died 1783 

1724 by letter Sarah, wife of Jos. B. Died 1735 

1752 by prof Joseph Blodgett Jr. Died 1775 

1752 by prof Hannah, wife of Jos. 

B., Jr. 
1752 by prof Robert Dunklee Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 

1752 by prof Sarah, wife of R. D. Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 

1752 by prof , wife of Jno. 

Bishop Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 

1752 by prof , wife of Jno. 

Webber Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 

1752 by prof , wife of Tren- 

nance Webber Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 

1752 by prof Ebenezer Bishop Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 

1755 by prof -, — , wife of Benj. 

Blodgett Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 

1756 by prof Ann Bishop Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 


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1757 by prof 

wife of Henry 

Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 
1758 by prof Isaac Forster (Foster) 

Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 
1758 by prof wife of Isaac Foster Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 
1760 by prof , wife of Mbses 

Lyon Dism. to So. Brimfield 1766 

1766 by prof Jacob How 
1766 by prof , wife of Jacob 

1768 by prof Abner Blodgett 
1768 by prof Elizabeth, wife of A. B. 
1785 by prof John Brown 
1785 by letter Levina, wife of Jno. B. 
1789 by prof , wife of Wm . 

1798 by letter David Bugbee 

1798 by letter Anna, wife of D. B. 

1799 by prof Daniel Blodgett 
1799 by prof Betty, wife of Dan'l B. 
1831 by prof Mareia (Goodale) Web- 

Died 1761 
Dism. to Holland 1793 
Dism. to Holland 1793 

Died 1823 aged 58 

Dism. to Holland 1840 

Worthy of note also are the additions made to the church 
roll in those early years of the church life. We find the fol- 
lowing entries: 

1781 Aug. 1 
Hannah Bruce 
Sybil Bruce 

Aug. 29 
Mr. Weatherbee 
John Perrin 
Millicent Perrin 
Oct. 29 
Thankful Wallis 
Mary Lyon 
Sybil Crawford 
Persis Bosebrooks 

Jonathan Blanchard 
Sarah Blanchard 
Nov. 5, 1781 
Alfred Lyon 
Lydia Lyon 
William WaUis 
Irena Anderson 

Dec. 2 
John Rosebrooks 
Sarah Rpsebrooks 

Dec. 23 
Peggy Reeve 

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Dee. 30 
David Wallis 

1782 Feb. 3 
John Wallis 
John Ballard 
Lucy Janes 
David Anderson 

Feb. 24 
Elizabeth Blodgett 
Sarah Towne 

April 4 
James Frizell 
Mrs. Jas. Frizell 
Ruth Webber 

May 4 
Hannah Thompson 
Mrs. Webber 
Mary Tiffany 

June 2 
Elizabeth Crawford 

July 7 
Prudence Webber 

Aug. 4 
Jonathan Belknap 
Olive Belknap 

Dec. 8 
Lydia Rosebrooks 
Jan. 26, 1783 
Mr. Davison 

Nov. 23 
Rufus Miay 
Eunice May 

March 6, 1785 
Lucy Bishop 

Sept. 4 
Amasa DeWolf 

Oct. 30 
Asa Fisk and wife 

June 11, 1786 
Silas Barnes 

Dec. 3 
Prudence Coats 

Sept. 28, 1787 
Joseph Marsh and wife 

Dec. 9, 1792 
*Joseph Glazier 

Jan. 20, 1793 
Samuel Webber Jr. 

May 18, 1794 
Lucy Pierce 

Aug. 31, 1794 
John Brown and wife, Lavina 
Sept. 7, 1794 
James Gribbs 
Asa Dana and wife 
Joseph Bruce 
Joseph Smalledge 
Jan. 14, 1795 
Sarah Webber wife of Reuben 
Oct. 1, 1797 
James Wheeler and wife. 
May 30, 1802 
Lucy Wallis, wife of Alanson 
March 10, 1893 
Lucena Rosebrooks 
Aug. 31, 1806 
Martha Goodell 

Nov. 30, 1806 
Jabez Goodell 

Apr. 8, 1810 
David White 

Sept. 2, 1810 
Willard Pike and wife 

*Becaine first pastor of the Baptist Church. 

184 The History of Holland, Mass. 

July 17, 1816 fferusha Lynn 
Mrs. Moses Clark Oct. 26, 1817 

May 18, 1817 Simon Janes 

Ezra Webber Elizabeth Brown 

Keziah Webber Hannah Frizell 

James A. Lynn Mary Reeve 

The names up to this point are members gathered in by 
the first pastor, Rev. Ezra Reeve, so far as the records show. 
The total is 158, averaging almost three for every year of his 
labor which is a splendid record considering the field of his 
labor. He was a man of broad sympathies as is shown by his 
power to subdue opposition. He held his people together as 
long as he lived. No movement to divide the church was suc- 
cessful until he was too ill and infirm to attend to his pastoral 
duties. He must have known of the efforts of some to form 
a Baptist church. The question had been agitated for 
years as the town records abundantly show, but Mr. Reeve's 
tact had delayed its consummation. He was fond of a joke and 
made himself very companionable. "He served as chaplain of 
the Brimfield militia for a long series of years," says the his- 
torian of Brimfield. Many now remember him and his wig as 
he appeared for duty and for dinner. The story is told, per- 
haps apoeraphal, that one hot morning in summer, one of his 
parishioners, not very pious in habit, went up on Rattlesnake 
Mountain after a load of wood. While loading, he was bitten 
by one of those reptiles which at that time infested the moun- 
tain. Knowing the dangerous nature of such a bite he took 
the horse and drove post haste for home. Arriving there, he 
informed his wife of what had happened and begged her to 
get the minister there as soon as possible, as well as the doctor. 
Mr. Reeve hastened to the bedside of his parishioner to find 
him much agitated over the misfortune and lamenting his 
errors and long-continued indifference to his spiritual condi- 
tion. The pastor while regretting his sinful life, hoped it was 

The Churches op HoijLand 185 

not too late, wicked as he was, for him to secure |orgiveness, 
holding out hope that the doctor might do something to arrest 
the progress of the venom in his system when he should come. 
The man was soothed in mind by these ministrations and Mr. 
Keeve returned home after receiving assurances that if the 
sufferer were allowed to live, his spiritual condition should be 
of the first importance. The next Sunday morning in his pas- 
toral prayer Mr. Reeve, while lamenting his own weakness in 
getting men to see their lost condition, thanked the Lord for 
, snakes, and prayed that more might be sent until the ungodly 
were all in the fold. This is a modern instance illustrating 
the power of snake-venom to inspire faith, and if, as unbe- 
lievers sometimes jocosely remark, that "Adam and Eve were 
snaked out of Eden," this might be called snaking them in. 
The man recovered; but how lasting was the experience upon 
his moral and spiritual life, available history doth not reveal. 
July 11, 1806. At a meeting of the church after looking 
up to God for his blessing and direction and aid, the following 
question was proposed by the Moderator : 

"Whether the church has a just right according to the 
sacred scriptures to require a public confession of any person 
for any sin he or she may have committed before they belonged 
to the church. After deliberating on the question for some time, 
it was unanimously agreed the church has no such right, so far 
as it appeared to them from the sacred word, and that when a 
person appeared in their judgment to have those qualifications 
which the sacred scriptures make necessary the omission of such 
public confession should be no bar in the way. 

In this case the members were interrogated singly and the 
unanimous voice was, the church has no right to require such 
public confession. 

Attest — Ezra Reeve, Moderator." 

It is probable that the examination of candidates and the 
questions asked, suggested the need of such a meeting. 

186 The History op Holiuand, Mass. 

The town records reveal how regularly the salary, sixty 
pounds of Mr. Reeve was voted at town meeting. Church 
affairs and town affairs are all recorded together. Church 
and state were not separate then. The ministerial tax was a 
part of the annual tax levy. In some cases for reason it might 
be voted "to sink" (not collect) the minister's tax for that 
year for a given party, possibly due to some misfortune the 
party had suffered. Not long after the new district was in- 
corporated it was deemed advisable to appoint an agent to de- 
fend the district against a lawsuit by the Baptists on account 
of paying a ministerial tax when they had no use of the church 
building and for an allotment of sabbaths of it to their own 
use. The matter was adjusted without the formation of an- 
other church organization. It was due to Mr. Reeve's tact 
and ability that put it off so long as well as to the efforts of 
Dr. Thomas Wallis, agent. Six pounds, two shillings and nine 
pence were then paid, and eighteen shillings for the agent's 

As long as Mr. Reeve lived the parsonage was the house 
where Mr. Silas Fletcher now lives, but the house has been 
remodelled to some extent. In fact, that homestead was part 
of the compensation for settling as pastor of the church. With 
the church on the hill above the house on west side of the 
road to Dr. Dean's (now Wm. Lilley's) it was quite conve- 
nient for the pastor. But when the church was moved onto 
the plain in 1793, where now is the town common, occupied 
by the beautiful grove, it must have been a task for his de- 
clining years to get to church and back, besides preaching 
and especially so the last ten years of his life. He must have 
viewed the change with reluctance but no word of opposition 
or expostulation is on record. The prime mover in that enter- 
prise was Col. Alfred Lyon, who made the offer of a gift of 
land abundant for church site, horse sheds, training field, etc.. 

The Churches of Holland 187 

etc., for he was a military, man, and was anxious to secure a 
better field for that purpose than the old common was. 

We have seen how the building was erected in 1764, amid 
a storm of opposition. This building was rectangular as re- 
gards its ground plan, with roof of usual form and without 
steeple or bell and probably never was painted. A post for 
notices stood in front of it. That such a building should soon 
get out of repair is not surprising. 

In 1787, we find the following votes: — 

"Voted to build pulpit, deacons* seats, pews and body seats 
below the breast work, and two seats round the 'gallerys' and re- 
pair 'flowars' and windows." Abel Allen, John PoUey and 
Capt. Alfred Lyon were the committee to get the work done. It 
is evident that the building was in a condition that made repairs 
urgent for in 1788 an article was in the town warrant about re- 
pairing the church but no action was taken. 

In 1790, a vote was obtained awarding to Abel Allen a 
contract to repair the church. The price stipulated was the 
pew ground and forty pounds. It is manifest that opposition 
to this plan arose, so strongly as to defeat any effort at re- 

An effort was made to have the meeting house built on 
Moses Lyon's plain, in 1764. But it was felt that if it were 
tried to place it there, so far east, it would defeat the purpose 
of having a church east of the mountains. This opposition 
took form in the project to remove the meeting house on to 
the plain, and a meeting was called for March 5, 1792, at the 
meeting house, when it was : — 

(3) Voted not to remove the meeting house. 

(4) Voted not to build a new meeting house. 

(5) Voted to finish the meeting house outside and in, 
where it now stands. 

(6) Voted and contracted with Maj. Alfred Lyon to fur- 
nish said meeting house outside and in for the sum of two hund- 
red ninety-nine pounds. Abel Allen and Dea. David Wallis 
were his bondsmen. What became of the contract with Abel 

188 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Allen made by virtue of a vote of pew ground and forty pounds 
in 1790 we are not informed, but presume that vote was re- 
scinded. We find also the following vote : 

"Voted that Maj. Alfred Lyon be allowed what 'indif- 
ferent' judicial workmen judge it is more 'caust' to build the 
pews than to build the seats agreeable to the obligation. ' ' 

"Voted to have two seats each side of the broad alley below, 
and two seats round in the ' gallerays ', the rest to be pews as is 
now agreed on." 

At a meeting held June 18, 1792, at the meeting house, Asa 
Dana being moderator, the following vote is recorded. 

"Voted libertye to Col. Alfred Lyon to remove the meeting 
house on to. the plain at or near a board stake set up for the 
purpose of placing said meeting house at, if removed, on the 
following conditions, viz : That the said Alfred Lyon first give 
and secure to the district of Holland a sufficiency of land on or 
about the plain for all conveniences of roads to set said meeting 
house, training field and all other accommodations necessary 
about or for a meeting house, the aforesaid privileges to be layed 
out by the selectmen as they think best and most convenient for 
the district ; and likewise that Col. Alfred Lyon is to remove the 
meeting on to said plain at his own risk and expenses and to 
finish of said meeting house when removed by the same time and 
in the same manner and for the same sum as he is obliged to do 
by his obligations in the place where it now stands. And on 
his promising to fulfill the above conditions, voted and recon- 
sidered that vote that was passed to finish the meeting house 
where it now stands. 

At a meeting held Aug. 28, 1792, at the house of Samuel 
E. Bond, Asa Dana being moderator, the following vote was 
passed : — 

Voted to adjourn the meeting on to the plain for half an 
hour. Met according to adjournment. 

Voted to remove the meeting house about ten rods south- 
west from the board stake, there to be set up and finshed as the 
district hath agreed with Col. Alfred Lyon. 

The Chueches of Holland 189 

At a meeting held April 5, 1793, it was voted that the 
"old sash" be retained if good as new, and allowance be made 
to town by Col. Alfred Lyon. 

A committee was chosen to place horse sheds for the new 
church site. The following men composing the committee: — 
Joseph Bruce, Gershom Rosebrooks, Dea. David Wallis, Rin- 
aldo "Webber, and Ephraim Bond. Oct. 2, 1794, voted to have 
the horse sheds stand as far north as the north end of the 
meeting house, and as far east as the west side, of the meeting 
house and forty feet from the meeting house. 

"We also find the. following interesting vote: — 

""Voted to 'except' (accept) of the meeting house on the 
following conditions, viz: That the outside of said meeting 
house be 'maid' good 'ass' soon as the season will admit, and the 
'brest work,' 'pillers* and Pulpit to be 'couUoured' a good 'han- 
some' 'pee' green 'dun' workmanlike in the course of the next 
summer by said Col. Alfred Lyon. Joseph Bruce and Abel 
Allen promise to the town (district) that they as seeurityes for 
said Lyon will see that all the above work should be 'dun' by 
the times 'perfixt' for the town (district) as above said." 

The site where it stood before removal, was above where 
Silas Fletcher now lives on the west side of the road near a 
large pine tree at the top of the hill. Col. Lyon put it on the 
plain in what is now the common where the grove is. The 
outline of building may still be 'traced. Both sites should be 
marked by a stone. The one on the hill bearing date, 1764- 
1793. The one on the common bearing date 1793-1839. Prom 
1835 to 1839 it stood but was not used. 

Mr. Dwight B. "Webber declares that he was told in his 
boyhood that Col. Alfred Lyon cut the church into two parts 
and then moved each part separately. He also avers that when 
set up on the plain, it was a plain bamlike structure on the 
outside, without steeple or bell. He also asserts that he re- 
members when it was taken down and sold at auction to suit 
purchasers. One man hitched a yoke of oxen to a corner post 

190 The History of Holland, Mass. 

and tore the post away, bringing much of it down with a 
crash. Some pieces of this building were saved as souvenirs. 
"We now find that the "Baptis" are about to bring a "law- 
sute" against the town to recover damage on account of min- 
ister tax. Proposals are "maid" by Jno. Smalledge, but are 
not stated. 

The Common. 

It will be seen that it was through the church that Hol- 
land had its gift of a common, 1793. When the old church 
Avas torn down in 1839, there was scarcely a bush or tree on 
it. They must have begun to grow soon after, for in 1864 we 
find a vote to cut all pine trees on the common. Mrs. Kinney, 
however, tradition says, had the foresight to know their value 
and interceded in their behalf so effectually that the vote was 
reconsidered. Harry B. Back, Esq., in his address, Old Home 
Day, 1912, declared, "that it was Mrs. Kinney's efforts that 
saved the trees on the common which now make the beautiful 
grove which is the pride of the town." The deed is recorded 
at Springfield. Bk. 41, page 140. Deed was drawn Aug. 30, 
1792, and received and recorded April 14, 1802. 

Col. Alfred Lyon gave the district a deed of land on which 
the church was placed. It covered more ground than is now 
held by the town as a common, because of an exchange made 
with Capt. Benjamin Church. The description makes it a 


We can almost see Col. Lyon putting his militia men 
through the evolution teaching them the maneuvers employed 
in the military drill of those days and probably the drilling 
was specially rigid and persistent in the years immediately 
following, for we find a vote, May 9, 1796, recorded as fol- 
lows : "Voted to ' ' except" (accept) of the treaty between the 
United States of America and Great Britain." King George 
III must have slept soundly that night when the news arrived. 

The Chueches of Holland 191 

The treaty referred to here was probably what was known as 
"Jay's treaty." The special meeting at which the above vote 
was taken was called, "To hear the circular letters and act 
thereon as the district think best when met." Perhaps these 
circular letters were sent out to ascertain what the public 
opinion was concerning Jay's treaty, as opposition to it was 
very bitter. If so, the vote was a very appropriate one. But 
just imagine such a thing now ! Was it a sort of referendum ? 

The district had some difficulty in getting a settlement 
with Ool. Lyon for moving the church. We are of the opinion 
that settlement satisfactory to both parties was not accom- 
plished. Reference to it is repeatedly met. Col. Lyon's orig- 
inal contract was for two hundred and ninety-nine pounds. 
It may be interesting to our readers to see at this juncture a 
list of the men who, it may be inferred, paid the bill, as well 
as for other reasons, but perhaps not all of it that year. 

List of taxpayers of Holland for year 1793. 

Abel Allen Amasa DeWolf 

David Anderson Calvin Eaton 

Alfred Allen James Frizell 

Joseph Bruce William Frizell 

John Belknap David Fay 

WiUiam Belknap Michael Foster 

Daniel Belknap Daniel Foster 

Elijah Belknap Ichabod Goodell 

Benj. Beal Widow Mary Graham 

John Blodgett Widow Mary Graham 2d 

John Brown Moses Graham 

Epraim Bond Calvin Glazier 

Jonathan Ballard Robert Henry 

Perez Bradford Widow Judith Hind 

Charles Brown Darius Hind 

Stephen Child Samuel Hail (Hale) 

Asa Dana Timothy Johnson 

John Dexter Col. Alfred Lyon 

Leonard Dexter Moses Lyon 


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Capt. .Nehemiah May 
Nehemiah May Jr. 
Eufus May 
James Marcy 
Joseph Marsh 
Lt. Jasper Marsh 
Ebenezer Morse 
Bbenezer Morris 
Asa Partridge 
Asa Partridge Jr. 
Malachi Partridge 
James Paddock 
John Paddock 
Oliver Paddock 
John PoUey 
HollowUl Perrin 
Asarael Perrin 
Levy Pierce 
Joel Pierce 
Ephraim Pendleton 
Gershom Rosebrooks 
Benj. Reeve 
John SmaUedge 
Dr. Seth Smith 
Levi Smith 
Daniel Thompson 
Benj. Smith 
Asa Thompson 
Ezra Tiffany 
Simeon Tiffany 
Edward Webber 
Henry Webber 
Samuel Webber 
Andrew Webber 
Samuel Webber Jr. 
Rinelder Webber 
Reuben Webber 
Suel Webber 
Chandler Webber 

Trenanee Webber 
Dr. Thomas Wallis 
John Wallis 
Dea. David Wallis 
Alfred Wallis 
Rinelder Wallis 
Alanson Wallis 
Amasa Anderson 
Joshua Barrett 
John Williams 
Jonathan Upham 
Nathan Badger 
Isaac Partridge 

90 resident taxpayers 

Non-resident taxpayers for 
year 1793 

Aaron AUin 
Simeon Allen 
Timothy Anderson 
Joseph Browning Esq. 
Lt. Thomas Bond 
James Puller 
James Johnson 
Ezra May 
Jonathan Munger 
John Munger 
Humphrey Needham Jr. 
Manasseh Perry 
Josiah Perry- 
Nathaniel Rockwell 
Abijah Shumway 
Cyprian Stevens 
John Tarbel Jr. 
Bradley Webber 
Wm. Janes Jr. 
Mark Stacy 
20 names 

The Chueches op Houjand 193 

Soon after church was moved on to the plain a movement 
to have better music at church was inaugurated, for we find 
a vote that Joel Pierce and Asa Partridge, Jr., act as chor- 
isters and but little later it was voted to instruct the youth 
in psalmody. A Mr. White was engaged to "teateh" singing 
but violent opposition to the plan arising, after several special 
meetings it was abandoned. About the year 1800, Benjamin 
Eeeve was engaged for instruction in singing psalms. As by 
the following vote: "Voted to raise seventeen dollars to pay 
Mr. Benjamin Reeve for teatching a singing 'school!' this 
winter." Thereafter, money was now and then appropriated 
for this purpose and William A. Robbins is frequently men- 
tioned as engaged for this purpose, and is remembered by some 
of his pupils still living. 

In 1804, an article was in the district warrant "To see if 
the district will vote to apply to the legislature of this common- 
wealth at its next session, for to raise by lottery a sum of 
money sufficient, the interest of which to be (used) to support 
a regular Presbyterian minister of the gospel, and choose a 
committee to petition for the same or do anything relative to 
said lottery they think proper when met." Suffice it to say 
that no lottery was formed for that purpose or any other so 
far as the records show. 

The church grew in power and maintained its influence 
in the community and it is remarkable how firmly the pastor 
holds his church and the love and respect of the district. In 
1811, we note recorded a request that a committee be chosen 
by the district to assist him in the examination of schoolmas- 
ters and mistresses and in visiting the schools. The district 
chose James A. Lynn, Ebenezer Pike and Preeland Wallis for 
that committee. Pastor Reeve at this time was about 77 years of 
age. He alone, so far as the records show, had carried this 
burden since 1783, or earlier. 


194 The History op Holland, Mass. 

The next year Mr. Reeve had a serious illness that keeps 
him from his pupit. The church votes a committee of twelve 
men to hire a minister as supply. The following is a list of 
the committee: — Jacob Thompson, Dea. David Wallis, Lt. 
Ichabod Goodell, Lt. Wm. Putnam, Capt. Benjamin Church, 
Lt. Ezra Allen, Willard Pike, Edward Blodgett, Nehemiah 
May, Ebenezer Howard, John PoUey, Dea. Samuel Webber. 

Nothing is recorded of the man who supplied. 

Their pastor recovered so as to resume his work but with 
dimished vitality. He toils on till 1817, when he is ill again, 
when the following men are appointed "to arrange for supply 
and to lay out with Mr. Eeeve such a part of his salary as 
he shall relinquish.". He was soon to relinquish the whole. 
Dea. David Wallis, Dea. Samuel Webber, Capt. Ezra Allen, 
Oapt. Hollowell Perrin, Lt. John Weaver, Capt. Benjamin 
Church, Capt. Ezra Webber. It is doubtful if all served. 

It is manifest that this aged and faithful pastor's work 
and life are drawing to a close. Just what wa^ done, if any- 
thing we have no record to tell us. 

A movement to form a Baptist society soon takes form and 
request that the use of the church building be divided between 
the "Presbyterians" and the Baptists. It was voted down in 
public meeting, for a time, but the questioh was so persistently 
before the public that it was finally voted to proportion the 
use of the church building till March 1, 1819, the "Presbyter- 
ians" to have it three sabbaths and then the Baptists three 
sabbaths alternately. But as the articles of organization for 
the Baptist church were drawn in April, 1817, it is manifest 
this was an expedient to accommodate the Baptists pending 
the erection of their church building, which was erected in 
1818 and dedicated, 1819. 

Rev. Ezra Reeve died April 28, 1818, in the 85th year of 
his life. Perhaps if he had relinquished his pastorate at the 
time of his first illness, 1812, it would have been better for the 

The Churches of Holland 195 

church ; but many could not think of pushing him aside in his 
old age who had served them so long. He had toiled hard and 
long and had not the means to live in idleness. He had mort- 
gaged his home to the district to pay expenses, which must 
have been a trial to him, and after his death at the settlement 
of his estate, Messrs. Walker and Horton of Union, presented 
a claim for $125 loaned, all which the district, much to its 
credit, assumed. His pastorate of nearly fifty-three years was 
remarkable for duration, for tactful administration, for work 
accomplished. In a sparsely settled community he, out of dis- 
sension had formed a united church; had kept the flock to- 
gether against divisions ; had received one hundred fifty-eight 
members, had baptized children; had married many couples 
and performed all the duties pertaining to his sacred office. 
His church had steadily received members by the slow process 
of natural development. "Whether he had experienced power- 
ful revivals in his church or not we do not know. There is 
nothing to indicate it. There is nothing to prove that it had. 

The church meeting held March 2, 1819, must have been a 
sad one. Several of the members had become Baptists and 
others that had supported the church now allied themselves 
with that organization as is evinced by the list of names on 
that church roll. How a town that had with difficulty sup- 
ported one church was going to support two now was the 
problem. At the meeting it was decided to invite a council 
of neghboring ministers to advise with the church respecting 
what was best to do. It was voted to invite three for said 
council. Mr. Porter of Belchertown, Mr. Ely of Monson, and 
Mr. Snell of North Brookfield. It was voted to have Thurs- 
day, March 25, set apart as a day of humiliation, fasting and 
prayer, and the council was to meet on that day. There being 
some doubt as to Mr. Porter's attending. Rev. James Vail of 
Brimfield was added to the list. Something prevented the 
meeting called for March 25, for we find under date of March 

196 The History of Holland, Mass. 

30, 1819, a vote to call on the same ministers as before and the 
council was called for May 6, and a committee consisting of 
David Wallis, Ezra Webber, Jas. Lynn and Ezra Allen were 
to be committee of arrangements. 

At a church meeting held March 27, 1820, it was resolved 
that David Wallis, Esq., Deacon James A. Lynn and Col. Ezra 
Allen be and they are hereby appointed the prudential com- 
mittee of this society, whose duty shall be to use means for 
the purpose of raising a fund from abroad, the income of 
which shall be appropriated to the support of a Congregational 
ministry in this place; and for pledging this society to the 
faithful appropriation of the same; also to conduct the pru- 
dentials of this society. 

Also it was voted to raise two hundred dollars for the 
support of Rev. Enoch Burt the ensuing year, provided he may 
be obtained. 

The alacrity with which the above committee took up 
their duty is shown by the following document, a copy of 
which is here presented : — 

"To the christian and benevolent public — Greeting: 
We, the Congregational Society and Church of Christ in 
Holland, County of Hampden, Mass., though originally few in 
number and weak did by united exertion support the ordinances 
of the gospel among us for many years. Our worthy pastor at 
length oppressed with years sunk under infirmities of age and 
thus became unable to discharge his pastorial duties for a con- 
siderable time except occasionally, when it pleased the head of 
the church to remove him by death. During his infirmities G-od 
in his holy providence permitted the seeds of discord to be sown 
among us, which shortly after his death, (which event happened 
about two years since) sprang up and produced a formal separa- 
tion of part, say one-half of the society, who organized them- 
selves under the name of a Baptist Society. Thus weakened, we 
have since been unable with our utmost exertions to establish 
gospel ordinances among us enjoying only occasional preaching 
and under this unhappy state of things we are compelled to an- 

The Churches of Holland 197 

ticipate a total loss of our Christian privileges unless Giod is 
pleased graciously to interfere in our behalf. We feel and deep- 
ly deplore the loss of our former gospel advantages both in our- 
selves and in our children, and under an overwhelming sense 
thereof are constrained to make one more vigorous effort 
to regain our privileges. We may be able to raise among our- 
selves the sum of two hundred dollars, consenting to a min- 
isterial tax two-fold greater than usual, which we are pre- 
pared to do, but this of itself will not put us in possession of a 

Remembering that the Christian public sympathizes with 
its suffering members, and confiding in the G-od of Providence 
and Grace, who infuseth his own divine benevolence and charity 
into the hearts of his people and then crowneth the liberal soul 
with fatness, we are constrained and encouraged to address the 
lovers of benevolence and charity in our behalf. We feel that if 
we could, by the help of its interest on which we could ever cal- 
culate with certainty, be able with our utmost exertions to 
settle at this time a gospel minister whom God might bless to our 
increase and establishment as well as to our spiritual and im- 
mortal interests, all would be well. Such a prospect now 
brightens before us, but whether we shall ever realize it or a sad 
reverse seems to depend on the result of this appeal to the benev- 
olent public. As a perfect security to those hearts the Lord may 
open to our necessities, that their charity shall reach the ob- 
ject, we sacredly pledge ourselves that every dollar contributed 
shall be vested in stock most productive with permanent security 
and its interest exclusively applied toward the support of a Con- 
gregational minister in Holland under the penalty of refunding 
the sums to the donors, their heirs, administrators, or assigns, 
if otherwise applied, with interest from the time of such misap- 
plication and to put the means of covering this penalty into the 
hands of the donors (if incurred) we direct our agent to give a 
certified copy of this address and of the subscriptions accom- 
panying it to the subscribers or whomsoever they may appoint 
and that another copy attest shall be entered on the parish 
clerk's book. DAVID WALLIS, 



Parish Committee. 

198 The Histoey op Holland, Mass. 


Attest — John Wallis, Parish clerk. 
Dated Holland March 29, 1820. 

This petition to the public was evidently circulated for 
we find the following record: — 

The following is a list of subscriptions received by the Con- 
gregational society in the district of Holland, on a solicitation 
circulated by them in the neighboring towns which subscrip- 
tions are to be laid out for the purposes and under the penalty 
in case of misapplication therein specified. 

From individuals in the town of Monson. . 

Joel Norcross 


Alfred Ely 


Kufus Flynt 


Timothy Packard 


Amos Norcross 


George Bliss Jr. 


Abraham Hascal (Haskell) 


Royal Merrick 


Gideon Merrick 


Augustus Merrick 


Sarah Hyde 




From Palmer 

Calvin Ward 


Benjamin Converse 


William Mason 


William Jr. and T. Mason 


Mary Keep 




From Western (now Warren) 

Levi Brown 


John Patrick 


Samuel Blain 


The Churches of Holland 199 

Danforth Keyes 
Munson C. Gailord 
Isaac Bliss 
Samuel Tidd 
Jonathan Bush 
William Patrick 

Total $20.00 

From Brookfield 

Eliakim Phelps 10. 

Lucy Upham 3. 











From Sturbridge 
Alvan Bond 


Abishai Howard 


Eli Wheelock 


E. S. G-riswold 


Zenas Dunton 


Ephraim M. Lyon 
Elias Holbrook 


Thomas P. Wallis (formerly of Holland) 
Zephaniah G-ibbs 
Daniel Plimpton 
Perez "Walker 


David Wight 


Total $30.00 

Prom Cambridge 

Thomas B. Gannett 3. 

James R. Chaplin 3. 

Winthrop Ward 3. 

N. Livermore 3. 

Luther Gay 3. 

Samuel Cutler 2. 

A. Holmes ' 4 . 

200 The Histobt op HoiiLAND, Mass. 

A well wisher 1.50 

A well wisher 3. 

A well wisher 1. 

Katherine KendeU 3. 

James D. Famsworth 2. 

Total $31.50 

Prom Brimfield 

I. E. Trask 100. 

Marquis Converse 10. 

Joseph Vail 10. 

Lewis Williams 10. 

Simeon Hubbard 10.00 

Aaron Bliss 5. 

I. D. Browning 5. 

Jacob Bishop 2. 

Samuel Brown 3. 

Jesse Hitchcock 5. 

Widow Perse Williams 1. 

Orsamus Janes 5. 

Levi Bliss 3. 

Daniel Burt 5. 

Lyman Bruce 1. 

Lemuel Lumbard 3. 

Elijah Tarbell 1. 

Joseph Griggs 5. 

Ebenezer Williams 2. 

John Wyles 10. 

Elias TarbeU 1. 

Julius Burt 2 . 

Elijah Tarbell Jr. 2. 

Walter GoodeU .50 

Samuel Tarbell 1. 

Samuel Patrick 1. 

Zenas Holbrook 2. 

Leonard Upham 2. 

Brimfield Total $207.50 

The Chubches op Holland 201 

Other Towns 254.50 

Total collected $462.00 

This money obtained by subscription from other towns 
was used to buy the ground and erect a parsonage thereby 
fulfilling the pledge given as to its use. The ground and 
parsonage has manifestly enabled the church to have a minis- 
ter when otherwise none would be available. 

After the death of Mr. Keeve the church had occasional 
service only for two years, for at a meeting held Sept. 4, 1820, 
we find articles of association between Holland church and the 
South Brimfield society for the purpose of enjoying gospel 
ordinances under the same pastor in the manner and on the 
following terms: — 

Resolved: — That the associated churches of Holland and 
South Brimfield commune together sis times each year, four 
times in Holland and twice at So. Brimfield. 

Resolved: — ^That stated preaching on the sabbath be in 
each town in proportion to what each town shall obligate and 
become responsible for, and all donations received from charit- 
able societies be divided in the above ratio and the preaching be 
apportioned accordingly; also any expense incurred in obtain- 
ing aid in 'support of the ministry from charitable societies be 
apportioned on each society according to the proportion of 
preaching on the sabbath in each society. 

Each society was to have its own confession of faith and 
the pastor was to preside at church meetings and the associa- 
tion was to last only as long as they mutually agreed upon a 
pastor. Both societies extended a call to Rev. Enoch Burt 
to become their pastor, Sept. 7, 1820, and the salary offered 
was five hundred dollars. Mr. Burt was installed over the 
associated churches, May 9, 1821. Members of the council 
were as follows: — 

202 The History of Holland, Mass. 

So. Wilbraham 

Rev. Moses Warren, pastor. 

Dea. Daniel Isham, delegate. 

Rev. William Storrs, pastor. 1 w tf rl P 

Dea. WiUiam Walker, delegate. 

Rev. Alfred Ely, Pastor. 1 ^ 

Dea. Absalom Shaw, delegate. 

Rev. Gyrus W. Gray, pastor. 1 ttt d^ ^ j r^ 
T> A 1 J -D^ A fJ J ^ 4. \^- Stafford, Conn. 
Dea. Alden Blodgett, delegate I 

Rev. Joseph Vail, pastor. 1 r " fi Irl 

Dea. Samuel Tarbell, delegate, j 

Rev. Alvan Bond, pastor. 1 (^ , . , 

Rev. Otis Lane, delegate. j 

Holland church had a pastor now, but there was no par- 
sonage. Unless they could provide one, there was small chance 
of his remaining long. That his pastorate was no longer was 
probably due to failure in securing a water supply, which, 
until recent years, has been a persistent handicap to the pas- 

When the church was moved on to the plain (1793). Mr. 
Reeve's labor was greatly increased by the distance of the 
church from his home, the parsonage. His home had been 
given him as a settlement together with sixty pounds as an- 
nual salary. No word of expostulation from him is on record 
as against the moving the church notwithstanding the greater 
inconvenience it would be to him of which he must have been 
fully cognizant. Yet he was then in his sixtieth year, and 
had nearly twenty-three years of service yet to render. 

At Mr. Reeve's death April 28, 1818, the need of a home 
for future pastors must have been forced upon the attention 
of the church. The need of a parsonage was urgent. At a 
meeting held April 3, 1821, it was voted "that the prudential 
committee use the fund raised in 1820, or any part thereof, 
to purchase land and build a parsonage thereon" and Isaac 
Partridge was keeper of this fund. The parsonage land was 
purchased of Col. Ezra Allen, and the main part of what is 

The Churches of Holland 203 

now the parsonage was built, the ell forming the kitchen was 
a later acquisition. 

Its general plan was according to the wishes of Rev. Enoch 
Burt, the pastor. We presume th§ lumber was contributed by 
members of his parish. It must have been a great trial to get 
the water necessary for household use. There was no well, 
and water from the well, where now Mrs. Henry Brown lives, 
had to be brought both for cooking and drinking, while water 
for all other purposes had to be hauled from Stevens Brook 
except such rain water as could be caught. It is no wonder 
that we find earnest and repeated efforts made to secure a well 
for the parsonage. Mr. Dwight B. Webber declares that they 
dug down about one hundred feet, but were obliged to encase 
it -as they dug. At last they came to quicksand saturated with 
water, but when they tried to stone it up, the stone work kept 
sinking into the quicksand, while the quicksand kept working 
upward from the pressure of the surrounding mass. The 
difSculties and dangers of the work compelled them to desist 
and then the plan of having a cistern was formed, and a part 
of the excavation made for the well was used for the purpose. 
This probably accounts for the attempt made in 1834 to pipe 
water down from a hill. It failed, but it was an augury of 
the present public water supply. A part of the hole dug for 
a well was reserved for a cistern, or at any rate a cistern 
was built where they had dug for the well asserts Mr. Dwight 
Webber. We find a vote of the church, Sept. 30, 1839, to take 
the avails of the sale of the old meeting house materials to 
build a cistern to accommodate the parsonage. Chose Ezra 
Allen, Adolphus Webber, John Wallis, Harris Cutler and 
Grosvenor May, committee to put in the cistern. The cistern 
was built and used for some time, but proved unsatisfactory 
and unreliable in supply, for it frequently leaked and allowed 
the water to run away to say nothing of failure due to dry 

204 The History of Holland, Mass. 

weather. It is no wonder that it was a vexing problem to 
the pastors as they came, and to the people realizing the diffi- 
culty the pastor had in obtaining adequate water supply. 

But in 1834, previous to the finishing of the cistern, an 
article had been in the town warrant to see if the town would 
vote to pipe water on to the plain from &, hill west, but no 
action was taken. Later a proposition was considered to drive 
a well on the common but that was abandoned also. 

When the parsonage was built the main part was built 
with a small ell on the north side. It was the plan to have 
the well just outside near door of the ell. The well failed as 
already stated and a cistern was built. When Rev. Alden 
Southworth came (1864) the ell was enlarged forming the ex- 
tension as it now is and bringing the kitchen over the cistern. 
The water being brought by pipe as it now is, has led to the 
cistern being discarded (1911), a great improvement both as 
regards health and convenience. 

Under date of March 5, 1823, Rev. Enoch Burt was dis- 
missed from the pastoral care of the associated churches by 
most of the members of the council called for the purpose, 
and most of them were the gentlemen that installed him. This 
terminated also the association of the two churches. J. G. 
Holland says the church was closed, 1823-1832. 

It is apparent that there was a period now when the 
church had no settled pastor. April 4, 1825, we find record 
of a vote to have Rev. Otis Lane move into the parsonage for 
one year if an agreement can be made with him for that time. 
Mr. Lane was delegate from Sturbridge when Mr. Burt was 
installed. We have discovered no record to show whether Mr. 
Lane actually moved into the parsonage or not, but we find 
note of two church admissions where the covenant was read, 
by Rev. Mr. Lane. One, Nov. 21, 1824, the other, Jan. 16, 
1825. In 1827, April 80, Ezra Allen, Leonard M. Morris, and 

The Churches op Holland 205 

John Wallis, were chosen a committee to confer with the Bap- 
tist society to see whether a union could be effected. "We find 
nothing to show that anything came of it, but with the history 
of the two societies before us, we cannot but feel a deep re- 
gret that union was not possible then as being better for both. 
A long period of fragmentary pastoral work followed. On 
April 7, 1831, we find a vote to raise money by subscription and 
that the money be for Rev. Mr. Hall. The church book has 
notice of Eurilla May, wife of Grosvenor May, admitted Jan. 
17, 1830, and the covenant was read by Rev. Mr. Hall, Rev. 
James Sanford is the next mentioned and a vote was passed, 
Feb. 20, 1832,* offering him a salary and use of parsonage. 
The offer was by the year. Mr. Sandford came and his pas- 
torate was one in which the church was greatly strengthened. 
Under his ministry many were admitted. Jan. 22, 1832, we 
find the following admissions : — 

John Wallis 

Lucj' Wallis 

Horace Wallis Admitted 

Calista Wallis Jan. 22, 1832. 

Mary Howlett 

Esther Louisa Lynn 

Mary AUen Webber 

Lorinda Adalaide Webber Covenant read by 

Blvina Caroline Webber Rev. James Sandford. 

Chloe Fidelia Webber 

Deborah D. Pease 

Eliza Clark 

Sarah Underwood by letter 

Eleazer Webber Admitted 

Erastus Webber Mar 25, 1832. 

Nancy Webber 


It was the same year that Rev. Washington Munger was installed over 
the Baptist Church. 

206 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Roxana Allen Covenant read by 

"William Ainsworth Webber Rev. Mr. Sandford 

Joseph Trenance Webber 
Jonathan Parker Webber 

The last entry by Rev. James Sandford was made Dec. 12, 
1843, in the church book. 

In 1834, the old church which stood in what is now the 
grove was so much out of repair that at a meeting held Dec. 
29, a committee consisting of Adolphus Webber, John Wallis, 
Levans McFarlin, Isaac Partridge and Ezra Allen were chosen 
to examine and report a spot to build a meeting house for the 
Orthodox Congregatioal Church and Society in said Holland. 
Said committee agreed upon and reported a spot west of the 
parsonage house on the line between the parsonage land and 
Ezra Allen's land, to stand twelve feet on said parsonage land 
and the remainder on said Allen's land at a suitable distance 
from the turnpike. 

In 1835 a new church building was erected. The descrip- 
tion of site given above indicates that it stood about thirty 
feet nearer the parsonage than the present building. Wm. 
Orcutt was the builder, and the building in size, plan and 
general appearance was very much like the present building. 
The building was erected during the pastorate of Rev. James 
Sandford, whose work for the church was very helpful. He 
strengthened and encouraged the membership and drew others 
into the fold, making possible the new church edifice. He 
evidently was a man with evangelistic power for the number 
of additions to the church is noteworthy. He was just the 
man for the time. We give a list from a sale of pews in the 
new church building. The sale occurred Jan. 7, 1835. 
Sale of pews in church erected 1835. 
Slip No. 1 to Ezra AUen for $45. 

a II ^ " " " " 47 . 

4 " John Wallis for 46. 

" 5 " Ezra Allen for 50. 

The Churches op Holland 




. 6 

to Harrison Allen for 



Adolphus Webber 



Abner Webber for 



Horace Wallis for 



Grosvenor May for 



Baxter Wood for 



James Sandford for 



Pascal M. Lynn for 



Horace Wallis for 



Abijab Pierce for 



Isaac Patridge for 



Wm. A. Bobbins for 



Adolphus Webber for 



Abner Webber for 



Adolphus Webber and I. 


Jan. 13, ; 


the following slips were sold : — 





Lurvey Clark for 



Sumner Janes for 



Widow R. Blodgett and ch. 

for 21. 


Wm. Moore for 



John Wallis for 



Asaph Webber for 



John Dixon for 



Levans McFarlin 



Horace Wallis and L. McFar- 

lin for 






Erastus Webber for 


The total amount recorded as received 


When a vote was taken to see if the society would build, 
it was voted to build a meeting house. A building committee 
was chosen consisting of Ezra Allen, Adolphus Webber and 
John Wallis. Then the meeting adjourned to Jan. 20. At 
this meeting Ezra Allen and Adolphus Webber were consti- 
tuted a special committee to confer with the builder to exam- 
ine the timber provided, and select such as was suitable. Isaac 

208 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Partridge and Grosvenor May were added to the building com- 
mittee. At a meeting held Feb. 2, 1835, the building committee 
reported a contract made with William Orcutt, the builder, 
for $1,325, and it was voted to ratify the contract. One-third 
of the money was to be paid from sale of slips when the frame 
was raised. John Wallis bid off the work for the under- 
pinning for $20, and was to be allowed the $20 on his account 
for slips, and Ezra Allen was chosen agent to give deeds for 
slips when paid for. By act of meeting held Oct. 12, 1835, 
it was voted "that deeds of slips in Orthodox Congregational 
Meeting house in Holland executed by Ezra Allen, appointed 
for that purpose, shall be a legal title by being recorded in 
the parish clerk's book." We find therefore recorded several 
deeds of which we give the following as a sample: — 

"Know aU men by these presents that we, the Orthodox 
Congregational Church and Society in Holland, County of 
Hampden and State of Massachusetts for and in consideration of 
Forty-two dollars paid us by Grosvenor May of Holland afore- 
said the receipt we do hereby acknowledge, do give, grant, sell 
and convey unto the said Grosvenor May the slip No. 10, in the 
meeting house built by said church and Society in Holland the 
season past, to have and to hold the aforesaid granted slip to 
him the said May, his heirs, and assigns to his and their use for- 

In witness whereof we have by our agent hereunto set our 

hand and seal this 29 Oct. A. D. 1835. 


James Sandford ) ttt-. 

, , TA- f Witnesses. 

John Dixon ^ 

Hampden S. S., Oct 29, 1835 

Then the within named Ezra Allen appeared before me and 

acknowledged the within to be his free act and deed before me. 

John Wallis, Justice of the peace. 

Holland Apr. 19, 1841. Wm. A. Webber, parish clerk. 

In the early days, clocks were not a universal article of 
household furniture. Grandfather's clock did sometimes adorn 

The Churches of Holland 209 

the front hall or the kitchen and kept the family posted as to 
the flight of time. But they were few in number, many having 
nothing with which to tell the time of day. Housewives grew 
expert in telling time of day by the position of the sun, but 
on cloudy days, hunger was their only clock. When church 
bells came into common use, the people would vote or sub- 
scribe money and hire the sexton to ring the church bell at 
noon and also the curfew bell at nine in the evening. Some 
towns, for moral reasons ring the curfew bell now to warn 
parents and children, that the latter must be off the streets 
unless with their parents. 

But another use was made of the church bell besides that 
of calling together the worshippers sabbath morning and eve- 
ning, or at the noon hour and the curfew, the latter being an 
old English custom, beautifully alluded to in Gray's Elegy: — 

"The curfew tolls the knell of parting day; 
The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea; 
The plotvman homeward plods his weary way, 
And leaves the world to darkness and to me." 

It was used to announce a death, the age being indicated 
by the number of strokes. This knell has brought sadness to 
many a home as the church bell announced the sad news, and 
the inhabitants counted the strokes as they pealed forth, 
bringing man's mortality home to his consciousness with a 
power far beyond that of any preacher. 

The old church on the hill north of Bugbee tavern had 
no bell, nor was a bell added to it when it was moved on to 
the plain (1793). When the new church was built in 1835, 
or not long after, a bell was made a part of its equipment for 
we find a vote, Oct. 8, 1852, as follows: — "Voted to make an 
effort to increase the weight of the bell one hundred pounds." 
How was it done? The bell was exchanged for a heavier one. 
The new bell had been in place only a short time when the 
church was burned. The cause was supposed to be incendiary. 


210 The History op Holland, Mass. 

Various votes of the town with a small appropriation, 
show how much the inhabitants relied upon the church bell to 
mark the flight of time, and Holland soon adopted the cus- 
tom after it had a church bell. We wonder why it was that 
the town ' ' voted, April, 1859, to sell the land west of the par- 
sonage at auction when the sun was one hour high." No 
record is found of the sale. Perhaps to raise money for the 
church which was burned April 3, 1858. The Baptists offer 
to sell their church property, which had now been out of use 
for ten years, for two hundred dollars. Notwithstanding, we 
find under date, April 10, 1858, they vote not to buy it. 

At any rate it bespeaks the courage and hopefulness of 
the people. After a little time taken for deliberation, plan- 
ning and raising money they are ready to build another church. 
William Orcutt who built the preceding one is given the con- 
tract. Rev. Mr. Wood's work in behalf of the church must 
have been a power at this time. What, within reason, is be- 
yond the power of a people when united in faith and purpose? 

The following is a list of church members taken Feb. 3, 
1842. It is interesting as showing the church membership of 
many, bearing the family name of many in the early history 
of the town and church: — 

Males, 16 

Ezra Allen Brastus Wtebber 

Moses Clark Joseph T. Webber 

Grosvenor May John Wallis 

Dea. David Wallis Abijah Pierce 

Dea. Horace Wallis Marshall McFarland 

Adolphus Webber Abner Webber 

Blearier Webber Lorin Park 

Jonathan Webber Wm. A. Webber 

Females, 39 
Lucena Allen Widow Keziah Webber 

Harriet Allen Miranda Blodgett 

The Churches of Holland 


Mrs. Moses Clark 

SaUy Clark 

Persa Cutler 

Mary Hewlett 

Bethiah Moore 

Eurilla May 

Lucena Rosebrooks 

Eunice Rosebrooks 

Sarab Sandford 

Eleanor J. Sandford 

Alvira Wallis 

Widow Prudence Anderson 

Calista Wallis 

Nancy Webber 

Sylvia Webber 

Polly Webber 

Lucy Wallis 

Melinda Wallis 

Beulah Pierce 
Martha Pierce 
Elizabetb Pierce 
Adelaide McFarland 
Persa Butterworth 
Widow Abigail Colburn 
Lucy Webber 
Lois Wiallis 
Persa Wallis 
Widow Pike 
Hannah Prizell 
Esther Wallis 
Susan Underwood 
Deborah Pease 
Mrs. Isaac Partridge. 
Lucena Hobbs 
Hannah Park 

By means of a rude sketch which the parish clerk, H. A. 
McFarland, made at the sale of pews for the year 1860 we are 
able to give a diagram of the slips with their numbers and 
also with the names of those that bought, inserted in the num- 
ber which each bought. As the meeting was held Saturday, 
March 31st, the diagram represents the way they sat with 
their families if they were present Sunday morning, April 1st, 
1864, for it is presumed the numbers had not been changed 
between 1860-64. 


Wm. A. Webber 


Albert Webber 


Geo. L. Webber 


Lurvey Clark 


John Wallis 


Wm. E. Cook 


Elisha Kinney 


Jas. A. Webber 


Amos Munroe 


Asaph Webber 


Eleazer Moore 


Wjn. A. Lynn 


Francis Wight 


Nehemiah Underwood 


Warren A. Wallis. 


H. J. Switzer and Mrs. 


S. J. BaUard 



Grosvenor May 


C. B. Drake 

212 The History of Holland, Mass. 

35 Harrison Allen 21 Lucinda "Wood 

1 Ezra AUen 40 Louis C. Howlett 

11 Horace Wallis 

The following persons are named as supporters but no pew 
number is given: — U. P. Marey, Eleazer Webber, Reuel A. 
Williams, Horace Wallis, Jr. 

The church stands just west of the spot occupied by thef 
other and some of the stones used in the foundation, were in 
the foundation of the one burned. The church- is but little 
changed, the only change being the position of the choir loft, 
the pews in the northeast corner have been removed, and the 
choir loft established there, and the rear row of pews has also 
been removed. But the change has proved to be one of doubt- 
ful utility. 

This church has been the centre of the town's moral, relig- 
ious and social life from 1765 to the present time. It has given 
spirit and purpose to its ci^ac life. For what it has done and 
for what it is, it deserves the loyal support of all Holland 
people, especially as it is the only church now in the town. 
We give a list of the pastors the church has had from 1763- 

Part II. 
A List of the Pastors of Holland Congregational 

Church, together with a brief biography of each, so far as ob- 
tained, who were pastors one year or more. 

1 Rev. Benjamin Conehelin 1762-1763 

2 Rev. Ezra Reeve Sept. 13, 1765-1818 

3 Rev. Enoch Burt Nov. 19, 1820-1823 

4 Rev. James Sandford Feb. 20, 1832-1847 

5 Rev. Benjamin Ober 1847-1851 

6 Rev. Alvah C. Page Aug. 22, 1851-1854 

7 Rev. Horace R. Grannis 1854-1856 

8 Rev. Francis Wood June 1, 1856-1862 

9 Rev. Ogden Hall 1862-1864 

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10 Rev. Alden Southworth 1864-1868 

11 Rev. Daniel J. Bliss 1868-1874 

12 Rev. J. W. C. Pike 1874-1877 

13 Rev. Solomon Bixby 1878-1890 

14 Rev. F. P. Williams 1890-1891 

15 Rev. Oscar Bissell 1892-1896 

16 Rev. Josiah G. Willis 1896-1905 

17 Rev. Samuel Eaton 1905-1906 

18 Rev. John C. Hall 1906-1907 

19 Rev. Francis S. Child 1907-1910 

20 Rev. Martin Lovering 1911-1913 

The follovnng is a brief biographical sketch of each pas- 
tor so far as obtained. 

1. REV. BENJAMIN CONCHELIN was the first man 
hired 'to preach to the people of the "standing order." He 
was hired according to vote of Oct. 19, 1762, when it was 
voted to hire preaching. At the same meeting it was voted to 
hold preaching in the house of James Lawrence in the west 
part, and in the house of Isaac Poster in the east part. It will 
be noticed that this vote is taken just one month from the date 
of the act of incorporating the new district. James Lawrence 
lived almost opposite the old Baptist church in Wales now 
used for a town hall. Isaac Poster lived on what later became 
known as the Partridge place. This place of worship was 
changed, by vote of March 14, 1763, to the house of Joseph 
Blodgett, later known as the PoUey place. Mr. Conchelin had 
a double parish to begin with, and the two bodies of worship- 
pers proved to be an unruly span. Just how long he served 
them, we cannot tell. But we find a vote in February, 1763, 
wherein it was voted to invite Rev. Ezra Reeve to preach 
(probably) with a view to settlement. Mr. Conchelin was 
doubtless drawn into the question of site for a church and dis- 
pleased some. Just how his labor there ended is not known. 

214 The History of Holland, Mass. 

What his history was previous to this work, or following it, 
we have no means of knowing. 

2. REV. EZRA REEVE. We give a few facts about the 
life of this worthy man and pastor obtained from "Yale 
Biographies and Annals, 1745-1763. Vol. II, By F. B. Dexter," 
through favor of the Alumni Registrar, Edwin Rogers Em- 

"Ezra Iteeve, the eldest son of Abner Reeve (Yale College 
1731) was bom on Jan. 27, 1734, in Southold, Long Island, the 
native place of his father who was theji studying for the minis- 
try there. When he was eight years old, his mother died, and a 
few years later his father's ministerial career was for a tim£ in- 
terrupted by intemperate habits. ' ' 

At the time of Ezra's graduation (Yale, 1757,) his father 
was settled ■ over a Presbyterian church at Moriches, on the 
south side of Long Island, in the township of Brookhaven; 
and on Oct. 10, 1759, the son was ordained and installed by 
the Suffolk Presbytery, at "Old Man's Village," now known 
as M>)unt Sinai, in the sam& township on the north side of the 
island; at the installation it was found that the church had 
not been duly organized, and after delays interposed by the 
mother church in Setauket, this was accomplished on Sept. 3, 
1760. Two years later he was censured by the Presbytery for 
having left his people without a regular dismission, which fol- 
lowed, however on Oct. 25, 1763 ; and in the following Febru- 
ary he was invited to preach in South Brimfield, Massachusetts, 
which had recently been set off from Brimfield; perhaps the 
invitation was due to acquaintance in College with Timothy 
Danielson, of Brimfield, of the class of 1756. After due pro- 
bation he received on May 2, 1765, a call to settle there on a 
yearly salary of sixty pounds. This call he accepted, and he 
was installed on Sept. 13, 1765, a church being gathered the 
same day. 

The Churches of Holland 215 

The parish was at first known as the east parish of South 
Brimfield, but was incorporated as a separate district called 
Holland, in 1783, and erected into a township by the same 
name in 1836. Under date of Dec. 21, 1818, we find the 
following resolution in the church records: — ^Resolved that 
a record of our late pastor and teacher , the Eev. Ezra 
Eeeve be drafted and entered on the church records Avhich 
shall be our appreciation of his life, character, and work. A 
committee of three was chosen to make the resolution effective 
and Deacon David Wallis, James Lynn and Freeland "Wallis 
were chosen to draft it. The church met Jan. 4, 1819, and 
voted to accept the draft prepared by the committee and that 
Dea. David "Wallis and James A. Lynn be a committee to in- 
sert the same in the church records. We give a copy of the 

The Memory of the Just is Blessed. 

In condolence for the loss of our late venerable and worthy 
pastor Rev. Ezra Reeve, we, the church of Christ in Holland 
feel it a tribute of respect due from us, to have the death and 
character of so worthy a man and servant of Jesus Christ in- 
serted in the church records, for the purpose of perpetuating his 
memory to the church and our posterity in future generations. 

Mr. Reeve was bom on Long Island Jan. 27, 1734. He was 
graduated at Yale College, New Haven, entered into the marriage 
state on said Long Island, from whence he removed with his 
family to Holland, which was then connected with South Brim- 
field and was installed over the church and people of HoUand 
Sept. 13, 1765. He died April 28, 1818, in the 85th year of his 
age and 53d year of his ministry over said people. 

Rev. Ezra Reeve we believe, was a man of exemplary piety 
and who lived in the denial of worldly gratifications; who 
coveted not the wealth, the honors, or applause of the world, 
but appeared contented with the humble station in which Prov- 
idence had placed him. He appeartd to bear with Christian 

216 The Histoet op Holland, Mass. 

fortitude and resignation all the evils of life, at the same time 
he possessed very tender and sympathetic feelings for his 
friends and fellow mortals both with respect to their temporal 
and spiritual distresses. Mr. Reeve, though a man of a dig- 
nified character, was not raised above any one in his deport- 
ment but was easy of access to communicate, of a very social 
disposition, sometimes facetious, yet never suffered himself to 
degrade his ministerial character or to bring a stain on the 
Christian profession. 

He was a person very tender of the character of others, 
and very careful of making animadversions on persons or 
things. H^e possessed we believe, a great degree of christian 
charity which led him to hope all things and believe all things 
and was eminently a peacemaker. As a preacher he was ortho- 
dox in his composition and labored hard to impress the truths 
he delivered, on the minds of his hearers, and it was his fer- 
vent desire that his people might be found walking in the 
truth, order, and fellowship of the gospel united in the bonds 
of christian love and that they might have a gospel minister 
placed over them was a subject he much insisted upon, and 
endeavored to bring about in his life time, to supply his place. 

Mr. Reeve retained his mental faculties surprisingly for 
a man in his advanced age, which he employed in counselling 
and comforting his friends and people of his charge. To con- 
clude, he was a tender and affectionate parent, a true and 
faithful friend and a well-wisher to precious and immortal 
souls. He sustained, we believe, an unblemished character and 
kept himself so unspotted from the world that even his enemies 
were constrained to speak well of him, and to acknowledge he 
was a christian. Thus lived and died this worthy character 
we have attempted to describe. May we all endeavor to cher- 
ish his virtues and live the life of the righteous, that our last 
end be like his." 

The Chueches of Holland 217 

The following lines are very appropriate here : — 

■'I would express him simple, grave, sincere; 
In doctrine uncorrupt; in language plain, 
And plain in manner; decent, solemn, chaste, 
And natural in gesture; much impressed 

himself, as conscious of his awful charge. 
And anxious mainly that the flock he feeds 
May feel it too; affectionate in look, 
And tender in address, as well becomes 
A messenger of grace to guilty men." 

William Cowper. 

The following is a copy of his will found in the records of 
the probate court at Springfield. 

In the name of God amen. 

I, Ezra Reeve, of Holland, County of Hampden, Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, clerk, being of a weak and frail body, 
but by the blessing of God of a sound mind and memory, yet 
calling to mind my own mortality, I have thought it my duty to 
set my house in order and signify my will in regard of myself 
and children. 

1. I commit my soul into the hands of God who gave it, 
and my body to the dust to be buried in a decent and plain 
manner. Ajid touching such wordly estate as it hath pleased a 
holy God to bestow upon me, it is my will it should be disposed 
of in the following manner : Viz : — 

2. It is my will that all my just debts should be justly and 
honestly paid ; it is my will that whatever is due me be collected ; 
and it is my will : 

3. That all my lands west of the road or highway that goes 
by the house where I now live (except two pieces or parcels of 
land which may be hereafter mentioned) should be sold at the 
discretion of my executors hereafter named and whatever may 
remain after my debts are paid shall be equally divided "be- 
tween" (among) my children, Benjamin, Mehitable, and Joseph 
or their heirs. 

4. My son Ezra, having been deranged in his mental 
powers, lived with me between two and three years: I asked 

218 The History of Holland, Mass. 


for no compensation for my trouble (except a bill should be 
brought against my estate). I therefore think he hath had his 
full proportion of my estate ; however it is my will that his son 
have two dollars. 

5. My daughter, Peggy, being deceased hath left no heirs 
of her own body to demand any right in the estate. 

6. My daughter, Mary, hath lived with me from her in- 
fancy and hath been my housekeeper mjore than thirty years, 
and as a compensation for her services, it is my will she should 
have all my land east of the road or highway which goes by my 
house, together with the buildings standing theteon, and all my 
property they contain, also all the fanning utensils, also twenty 
acres of land on the west side of the aforesaid highway, bounding 
together with the buildings standing thereon, and twenty acres 
of land on the west side of the aforesaid highway, bounding 
east on the said highway north and west on land belonging to 
the estate of the late Trenance "Webber, and my own, to extend 
far enough to the south to take twenty acres; also six acres of 
wood land where she shall choose to have it set off to her, with 
the advise and consent of my executors hereafter named; also 
all the stock of horse, kine, neat cattle, sheep and swine I may die 
possessed of, provided the land above mentioned should pay 
all the debts and expense of settling the estate. 

Lastly, I do make, constitute and appoint William Walker 
Esq., of Ashf ord in the County of Windham, State of Conn., and 
Ezra Horton of Union in the County of Tolland, State of Conn., 
to be my sole executors, to this my last will and testament in wit- 
ness whereof, I the said Ezra Reeve, do hereunto set my hand 
and seal this fifth day of December 1817. 

Signed, sealed proclaimed, and decliired by the said Ezra 
Reeve to be his last will and testament. 

Ezra Reeve. (SEAL) 

In presence of 

Gershom Rosebrooks 

Hannah Frizell J- Witnesses. 

Elizabeth Brown 

The appraisers of the estate were: David Wallis, James 
A. Lynn and Ezra Webber. The appraisal is dated May 14, 

The Chueches of Holland 219 

1818. Estate was appraised at $2,238.33. John Hooker was 
Judge of Probate. 

So unselfishly had this pastor toiled and lived, that when 
he died, his estate was encumbered, and Messrs. Walker and 
Horton called upon the town to meet certain bills, which the 
town, much to its credit, paid. 

3. REV,. ENOCH BURT was born at Long Meadow and 
graduated at Princeton College in class 1805. He was, for his 
day an ingenious machinist and worked for a time at that 
trade before he entered the ministry. His pastorate was from 
1820-1823. He had a double pastorate being over a congrega- 
tion in South Brimfield also, taking the service on the sabbaths 
when the Congregationalists were entitled to the church by 
agreement with the Baptists in South Brimfield. He went 
from Holland to Manchester, Conn. We have tried to learn 
more of his history but have failed. 

4. REV. JAMES SAKPORD'S biography is given us by 
his granddaughter, Mary E. Sandford of Ware, Mass. She 
writes as follows: 

"My grandfather, Rev. James Sandford, was born at Bush- 
hy, Mass., May 7th, 1786. . He was the oldest of eight children, 
six of whom were sens and five of them entered the ministry. 
He was graduated from Brown University in 1812. August 22, 
1817, he married Sarah Starkweather of Northhampton, and 
they had three children, the oldest son being my father, Addison 
Sandford, born at Antwerp, New York in 1821, where grand- 
father had a parish. I have the impression that his first parish 
was at a place called Pabius also in New York state. I know 
he lived in Holland when my father was a little boy, and think 
after he left there he preached in GiU, Mass., where he at one 
time had a parish also. I do not know how long any of the 
pastorates were, but my first memory of him was back again in 
New York in a place called Ox Bow, which may have been in 
the town of Antwerp though I do not positively know. 

They came to Mass. to live in the early 60 's and lived here 
until his death Aug. 22, 1865 at the age of seventy-nine. 

220 The History of Holland, Mass. 

We are glad of this brief sketch of a man who made a very 
successful pastor judging from the church records. 

5. REV. BENJAMIN OBBB was born at Beverly, Mass., 
Apr. 4, 1805. Prepared for college at Andover. He was in 
Amherst College, 1828-29. He studied at Andover Theological 
Seminary being ordained to the gospel ministry, Jan. 1, 1834. 
He was pastor of First Church, "West Newbury, 1834-36 ; West 
Attleborough, 1836-38 ; West Woodstock, Conn., 1839-46 ; Hol- 
land, Mass., 1847-54; Alstead, N. H., 1854-57; Saxton's River, 
Vt., 1857-59; Wardsboro, 1859-62; Fayetteville, 1863-68; was 
called to East Long Meadow, Mass., but declined and was pas- 
tor, Windsor, 1868-70; Petersham, 1870-78; Brattleboro, Vt., 
from 1878; he died Sept. 7, 1888. {From the seminary records.) 

Rev. Benjamin Ober is spoken of as a man of splendid 
gifts. He is spoken of as a man fond of fast horses. We have 
heard of the minister who, fond of a fast horse, was driving 
on the road when one day he fell in with one of his parish- 
ioners, perhaps deacon, who owned a pretty speedy animal 
and was then out exercising the ' ' critter. ' ' Going in the same 
direction they chatted along, but somehow the "critters" con- 
cluded 'twould be a good time to try each other's speed and 
wind. In a few minutes the parson's horse was giving the dea- 
con's "critter" the dust and the parson looking around, over- 
heard the deacon ejaculating that "he would never get to 
heaven on that pace." But he had to get a new pastorate 
ere long. 

6. REV. ALVAH CUSHMAN PAGE, son to Phineas and 
Lynthe (Macomber) Page, was born in Hawley, Mass., March 
17, 1806; fitted for college at Sanderson Academy, Ashfield. 
Studied theology with Rev. P. Freeman of Plymouth, 29-31; 
ordained as an evangelist at Charlemont, Nov. 8, 1831; He 
served as supply at Montague, Rutland, Bethany and Pem- 
broke, N. Y. Pastor at Norwich (now Huntington) Tyring- 

The Churches op Holland 221 

ham, East Elstead, N. H., Pelham, Holland 51-54. West Staf- 
ford, Oonn. Supplied for a year at Udina, 111., after which he 
became a farmer at Elgin, 111., 59-77. He was thrown from 
his carriage and instantly killed at Elgin, 111., Sept. 1, 1877. 
He was married (1) Jan. 8, 1833, to Mary Ann, daughter of 
Jonathan Blake, Jr., of Warwick, who died Nov. 20, 1833. 
(2), June 16, 1835, to Esther, daughter of Abraham Williams 
of Ashfield, who died Nov. 3, 1843. (3), Nov. 5, 1844, to Mary, 
daughter of Eleazer Everett of Franeestown, N. H., who died 
Aug. 26, 1856. (4), Oct. 8, 1857, to Hannah Wade, daughter 
of Col. William Brown, of Lyons Farm, N. J. He had two 
children. {From records of Amherst College.) 

7. REV. HORACE ROSCOE GRANNIS became pastor of 
Holland Church in 1854; and his pastorate ended in 1856. 
Mrs. L. B. Chase, of Sturbridge, when a girl, acted as govern- 
ess to the children, and she gives the facts given below. Her 
impression is that they both had been students of Oberlin Col- 
lege, Oberlin, Ohio. The children were born in the order 
given, and about the years given, there being only about a year 
between each birth. When he left Holland, he went west and 
engaged in Home Missionary work. Where in the west he 
went or what his subsequent history, we know nothing. 

Rev. Horace Roscoe Grannis, M. Electa . 

Children : 
Lily b about 1847 
Willie b about 1848 
George b about 1849 
Frank b about 1851 

By a letter of inquiry sent to Oberlin College we are able 
to give the following additional facts: — Mr. Grannis entered 
Oberlin College in 1837 and graduated, 1842. He then entered 
Oberlin Theological Seminary, 1842, and graduated in 1845, 
obtaining also the A. M. degree, 1845. He died at Lodi, Ohio, 
July 2, 1889. 

222 The History op Holland, Mass. 

8. REV. FRANCIS "WOOD came to Holland and began 
work the last Sunday in March, 1856, and his services for the 
church ended April 13, 1862. He was, therefore, pastor of the 
church in the trying period of loss by fire in the spring of 1858. 
It speaks much for him that he held the people together and 
rallied them to the work of securing a new building erected, 
1859. It proves him to have been a good administrator. His 
wife was a support to him being a woman of excellent char- 
acter, able and tactful she made the parsonage homelike to 
all who came within its precincts. She made and held many 
friends, while his work in the pulpit and out of it was con- 
structive and helpful. Where he obtained the training neces- 
sary for the sacred office we have not ascertained. 

9. REV. OGDEN HALL was the ninth minister to be 
called to the Holland Congregational Church. He was educated 
in the District school of his native town ; before he had reached 
his majority he had qualified as a teacher and was employed 
as such at "Wallingford and New Haven, Conn., as well as at 
Natick, Walpole and Barnstable, Mass. 

In 1848, he gave up teaching for a time and located at 
New Haven, Conn. "Was one of the first, if not the first, in 
New England to engage in the making of pictures by the 
Deguerreotype process. About 1850, he started manufactur- 
ing Deguerreotype cases and found employment for about 180 

About 1854, he removed to "Worcester, Mass., and in 1856 
was principal of the Nichols Academy at Dudley, Mass. It 
was while there that he completed his studies and was licensed 
as a minister by a Conference of churches at North Brook- 
field, Mass. 

His first pastorate was at Granville, Mass., from there he 
went to East Hartland, Conn., and it was after a pastorate 
at Poquonoek, Conn., of about two years, that he was called, 

The Churches of Holland 223 

in the early summer of 1862, to Holland and remained until 
the last of August, 18'64. At time of his death, May 6, 1872, 
he was living at Chatham, Mass. 

Eev. Ogden Hall was born in "Wallingford, Conn., Septem- 
ber 13, 1815. His parents were Deacon Josiah and Martha 
R. Hall, both were lineal deseendents in the 4th and 5th gener- 
ation of John Hall of Boston-New Haven-Wallingford, Conn., 
who died at Wallingford in 1676. 

Three of the sons of John Hall senior, — John, Thomas and 
Samuel, — signed the 1669-70 Wallingford Plantation Covenant. 
Deacon Josiah Hall was a descendent of Thomas, and Martha 
R. of Samuel. Her father was a brother of Rev. Lyman Hall, 
M.D., who entered Yale College when he was but 16 years old ; 
he graduated in 1747 ; Pastor of First Congregational Church 
of Bridgeport in 1749; practicing medicine at Dorchester, 
S. C, in 1752, and with about 40 New England families, the 
same year, founded the town of Sunbury near the mouth of 
the Medway river, Parish of St. John, Province of Georgia, 
and where he was a very successful physician. 

In March, 1775, the Parish of St. John voted to wait no 
longer for the Province to act as a colony, and sent Dr. Hall 
to represent them in the General Congress at Philadelphia, 
May 13, 1775, he was admitted to a seat, but not to a vote, when 
Congress voted by Colonies. In May 1776, Dr. Hall presented 
his credentials as a delegate of the Georgia Colony ; he at once 
took an active part in support of the motion of Hon. Richard 
Henry Lee of Virginia, for Independence and voted for it on 
July 4, 1776, the day it was signed by John Hancock of Mass- 
achusetts, the President of Congress, and with his name alone 
it was first sent forth to the world. After the Declaration, had 
by order of Congress been engrossed upon the journals of Con- 
gress, Dr. Hall was one of the fifty-five who on August 2, 1776, 
signed the engrossed Declaration that the thirteen colonies 

224 The History of Holland, Mass. 

were free and independent states. Dr. Hall remained in Con- 
gress until 1780. When the G-eorgia Constitutional Convention 
met in 1784, he was appointed Governor of the state of 

Rev. Ogden Hall was twice married. His first wife was 
Miss Harriet, daughter of Lieut. Josiah and Sally "Walker of 
Natick, Mass., and a lineal descendent of Samuel Walker, the 
Woburn courier. By her there were six children. His second 
wife was Miss Martha Custer, daughter of Capt. Isaiah and 
Nancy Howes of Dennis; by her there were four children. By 
his son J. Brainerd Hall. 

10. REV. ALDBN SOUTHWORTH, A. M., was born at 
Thetford Vt., Nov. 4, 1809. He spent a year at Harvard Col- 
lege and then went to Dartmouth College from which he 
graduated in 1840. Then he entered Bangor Theological Sem- 
inary from which he graduated in 1843. He taught school at 
Woodstock, Conn., and from the record of his life must have 
been an early pioneer to California, '49- '53. He was back in 
Woodstock in 1856, and so far as known, made his home there 
until he began preaching for Holland Church in 1864 and was 
ordained May 3, 1865. His pastorate terminated in 1868, after 
which he resided in Woodstock until his death. He died at 
South Woodstock, Feb. 7, 1889. 

11. DANIEL J. BLISS, son of Samuel Hopkins Bliss and 
Lucy Hitchcock, was born in Warren, Mass., near the Brim- 
field line, Oct. 21, 1833. His early days were spent on the 
farm, until he became interested in the work of the church 
and made up his mind to get an education which would make 
it possible for him to preach the gospel. He was fitted for 
college at the Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N. H., and 
graduated at Amherst College in 1858 and at Andover Sem- 
inary in 1861. 

The Churches of Holland 225 

He was ordained by the Andover Association at North 
Andover, Feb. 12, 1861; but the Civil War called him away 
from the work upon which he had set his heart. 

He was enrolled in the 34th regiment of Massachusetts 
Volunteers, July 31, 1862, and mustered out of the service, 
June 27, 1865. He was wounded in the battle of the New Mar- 
ket, Sunday, May 15, 1864, — the first battle his regiment was 
in. He wrote an interesting description of his army life in 
a lecture entitled, "Up and Down the Shenandoah," which he 
used as a lecture at various times, but never printed. 

After the war he stayed at home with his father and took 
charge of the farm until 1867, when he entered the service of 
the Congregational churches as minister and pastor. He was 
married April 20, 1866 to Seraph A. Bemis of "Warren. The 
official record of his work for the churches, as prepared by his 
son for the Congregational year-book of 1904, runs as follows : 
Pastor at Triangle, N^ Y., Oct. 15, 1867 to April 1, 1868 ; Hol- 
land, Mass., May 1, 1868, installed there Dec. 9, 1868, dismissed 
May 9, 1874; Hamilton, Minn., January to March, 1875; Peru, 
Mass., Dec. 25, 1875 to April 1, 1880; Harperfield, N. Y., 
April 24, 1880 to April 12, 1884 ; Abington, Conn., May 1, 1884 
to May 1, 1890 ; Lebanon, Conn., Exeter church, Sept. 1, 1890 
to Jan. 7, 1901. At that time he was obliged to give up his 
work on account of failing health, and moved to Hockanum, 
in East Hartford, Conn., where he made his home until his 
death, April 30, 1903. He fell a victim to the world-wide 
scourge of cancer, in spite of the X-rays, and the resources of 
St Luke 's Hospital on Momingside Heights in New York City, 
both of which afforded temporary relief, and the constant care 
of his devoted classmate, Dr. Horace Puller, then alive in 

The fact of his residence in Bast Hartford at the time was 
one of circumstances responsible for the coming of his son 
diaries to Hartford to finish his Seminary course, after four 


226 The History op Holland, Mass. 

years work as professor of Experimental Psychology in New 
York University. This son is now pastor of the Congregational 
church in Hampden, Mass., where he has been livng with 
his mother and two sisters, Seraph and Alice, for the past ten 
years. He is Scribe of the Congregational churches of Hamp- 
den county, with an interest in all of them — and is working 
away on the problems of Psychology which concern the work 
of the churches. By his son, Bev. C. B. Bliss. 

12. REV. J. W. C. PIKE assumed charge of Holland 
church in the fall of 1874, and his labors ended July 1, 1877. 
He is represented as a good man and desirous of doing good 
but his home life was unpleasant due to the demands made 
upon his slender salary, so tradition says. He is represented as 
a man of family, and that Holland was his last pastorate. 
Where he obtained the training needful to the pastoral office 
we have not been able to discover. Tradition has it that he 
did not live long after his pastorate in Holland terminated. 

13. REV. SOLOMON BIXBY, pastor of the church in 
Holland from 1877 to 1889, was bom in Norridgewock, Me. 
Dec. 9, 1821, the oldest son of Dea. Rufus Bixby, and the 
second child in a family of fourteen children. He was a direct 
descendant of Joseph Bixby of Boxford, Mass., who was one of 
the early emigrants to Massachusetts from England coming to 
this country in 1638. 

He was a graduate of Waterville College now Colby Uni- 
versity graduating in 1849. He was a classmate of Rev. S. A. 
Dennen, Hon. Mark DunneU of Minnesota and Prof. Mitchell 
of the University of Louisana. It was a class of exceptional 
men, and was long known in college as the "immortal class 
of '49." 

He graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary in June 
1852, and settled at once in Henduskey, Me. He married Oct. 
11th of the same year. Miss Mary H. Peet, youngest daughter 

The Chubches of Holland 227 

of Rev. Josiah Peet who was pastor of the Congregational 
church in Norridgewock, Me., nearly forty years, his only 
charge. She died in Holland June 20, 1889, after which he 
resigned his pastorate there. 

He was a faithful, earnest and efficient minister of the gos- 
pel, fearless in preaching his views of right even if somewhat in 
advance of his times. 

He held various pastorates in Maine, Vermont, New Hamp- 
shire, and Massachusetts, for about forty years, coming to 
Holland from Petersham, Mass., where he labored until the 
death of his wife. 

He afterward preached in Horsley, Mass., for a year or 
two, until blindness compelled his retirement from his beloved 
work. He was totally blind his last year of life, but cheerful 
and resigned, retaining an active interest in all that was going 
on in the world, but waiting with patience the call to the life 

He died April 28, 1900 aged 78 years and four months. — 
By Ms son, J. P. Bixby, M.D., Woburn, Mass. 

14. We are called upon here to record the unfortunate 
fate of one of Holland's pastors who was burned to death in 
the Weeks House, Palmer, Mass. Aug. 3, 1891. The Palmer 
Journal of Aug. 7, 1891, furnishes us with the best biographi- 
cal sketch of anything available. 

"The body of Rev. Francis F. Williams was found about 
8:00 o'clock in the ruins just inside the stone step which had 
led to the front entrance. It was horribly burned and dis- 
figured, only the trunk remaining. It is not known why he 
was not saved, as he was called with the rest, and got up "but 
the probability is that he remained too long to dress and the 
hall became so full of smoke that he was suffocated in trying to 
find his way to the second floor balcony, being overcome just 
as he had almost reached the air. He was a Congregational 

228 The History of Hoi^and, Mass. 

minister and had recently preached at Holland, but was not 
in good health and was resting from his labors. He was 67 
years old, of a retiring disposition, and made few acquaint- 
ances. The remains were taken care of by undertaker Cooms, 
and Monday night were taken to Kennebunk, Me., by his 
brother Henry "Williams of Boston. Mr. Williams was born 
at Kennebunk, Me., in 1824, and was graduated from Bow- 
doin Qollege in 1845, going from there to the Theological In- 
stitute of Conn., at East "Windsor HJll, now the Hartford The- 
ological Seminary, where he graduated in the class of 1851. 
Mr. "Williams first preached at Milton, Conn., and was or- 
dained pastor of the second Congregational church at Man- 
chester, Dec. 7, 1853, being dismissed in January 1856. From 
that time till June 1864 he was acting pastor of the churches 
at Gjilead and Shelman, Conn., Rochdale and Scituate, Mass., 
and "Westminster, Conn. From Nov. 1864 to July 1865 he was 
on duty with the army as a member of the Christian Com- 
mission. Subsequently he was acting pastor at East Marsh- 
field, Mass., Lacon, and other towns in lUinios till 1874, after 
which he preached at Boyleston and Assonet, Mass. 

For a time he lived at No. 40 IJpton St., Boston, and in 
1890 was installed as pastor of the church at Holland. So far 
as is known Mr. Williams never married, no mention being 
made of his family in the brief autobiography of him which 
appears in the Alumni records of Hartford Seminary. He was 
the author of several published sermons and reviews in quarter- 
lies." {Favor of Mr. 0. P. Allen of Palmer, July 8, 1914.) 

The records of the church at Holland show that Mr. 
Williams was pastor there about a year. 

15. REV. OSCAR BISSELL was born December 20, 1822 
in Litchfield, Oonn. On his father's side it is probable that 
he was of Huguenot ancestry. He prepared for college in the 
district and private schools of his native town, and graduated 
from Yale CoUege in the class of 1849, being a classmate of 

The Ohueches op Holland 229 

ex-president Timothy Dwight of Yale and ex-president Frank- 
lin Fiske of Chicago Theological Seminary. Mr. Bissell 
graduated from the East Windsor Theological Seminary, 
which is now Hartford Theological Seminary in 1853. His 
first pastorates were in Westmoreland and Dublin, N. H., 
wliere he preached for about nine years. He next preached in 
Warwick, Mass., and Ellsworth, Conn., spending about a year 
in each place. He was pastor in Marlboro, Conn., from 1871 to 
1877. From there he went to Westford, Conn., where he re- 
mained for thirteen years, his longest pastorate. His last 
pastorate was in Holland, Mass., from 1890 to 1896. After 
leaving Holland, he settled in Brimfield, Mass., on a small 
farm where he died Jan. 16, 1910. He was twice married, first 
to Miss Alma Cole of Westmoreland, N. H., May 8, 1860. Mrs. 
Bissell and an infant daughter Alma died in 1867. He mlar- 
ried Miss Augusta M. Ward of Warwick, Mass., Nov. 1, 1869, 
by whom he had three children, Frederick, William F. and 
Alma W. His son Rev. William F. Bissell is now pastor of the 
church in Vershire, Vermont. In memory of his father, he 
has this year published a small volume of his father's best 
sermons. By his son. Rev. Wm. F. Bissell. 

16. REV. JOSIAH G. WILLIS is a native of Ejifield, 
Hartford County, Conn. His parents lived in Springfield 
when he was a child. He acquired his early education in 
several of the public schools of that city and in schools in 
other places. Having a passion for writing he spent many 
vacations in the , editorial departments of several daily and 
weekly newspapers, reporting for prominent papers, while 
preparing for professional life. One of his poems, called 
"Golden Rule Religion," appears in a book called "the Poets 
of Essex County." Being converted he was called of God to 
the sacred office of the ministry and entered the Divinity 
School of Harvard University in 1869. He was graduated 

230 The History op Holland, Mass, 

from that institution in 1872. The autumn of the same year he 
entered the Theological Seminary in Hartford, Conn., where 
he pursued special studies, graduating with said class in May 
1873. He received his license to preach the gospel from the 
Suffolk North Association in Boston in 1871. His first public 
sermon afterwards was preached in the historic Old South 
Church in Boston, of which the late Kev. George Blagden was 
then pastor, Mr. Willis was ordained as pastor of the Congre- 
gational church Guildhall, Essex County, Vt., Oct. 10, 1876. 
He labored as pastor of Congregational churches in Connecti- 
cut and Massachusetts and did some mission service in New 
York state. He is registered, possessing a practioner's cer- 
tificate, a physician of the regular system of medicine from the 
Mass. board of registration. For many years he has been a 
member of the Hampden Association of ministers. 

Holland was his last pastoral charge. He began his duties 
there in April 1896 having come from the care of the church 
in Dana. His pastorate of the Holland church ended in the 
spring of 1905, and in Novenlber of the same year he moved 
to Wilbraham Centre, where Mr. and Mrs. Willis now have 
their home ; an affection of the eyes compelling relinquishment 
of all active work. Autobiography. 

17. EEV. SAMUEL EATON was pastor of Brimfield 
church when he was invited to serve as pastor of the Holland 
church also. His preparation for the ministry was largely 
obtained under the guidance of private instructors, some in 
England and some in America, his mother was English, He 
received his degrees from Oskaloosa, Iowa. His knowledge 
of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew was obtained under private 
tutors. Both churches regarded him as a sincere and efficient 
pastor. Autobiography. 

18. REV. JOHN COLEMAN HALL was born in Wash- 
ington, Knox County, Maine, March 19, 1859. On his mother's 

The Churches op HoijLand 231 

side he is descended from the Colemans, Howes, and Winslows, 
of early Massachusetts families. On his father's side he be- 
longs to the famous Dover line of Halls. At the age of twelve 
he entered the public schools of Bangor, where he was fitted 
for Bowdoin College, entering in the autumn of 1880, he be- 
came a member of the class of 1884. Owing to ill health he 
was obliged to abandon study for one year, graduating in 
June 1885. Many of his classmates have become famous in 
their chosen work. Only one beside Mr. Hall chose the minis- 
try. After graduating Mr. Hall taught as principal of a 
school in Minnesota and again in Indiana where his scholarly 
tastes and thorough training gave him a reputation. But his 
choice of work was the ministry. With preliminary study in 
Hebrew under Dr. W. E. Harper, and in Greek with Rev. W. H. 
Bushnell, he entered the middle class of Bangor Theological 
Seminary and graduated in 1889. Since graduating, Mr. Hall, 
beside doing pastoral work, has continued his Hebrew and 
Greek studies, being an earnest advocate of all that is good. 
In 1902 he was called to be pastor of Bethany Congregational 
Church, South Portland,Main€. Not feeling equal, on ac- 
count of health, to so exacting a work, he declined, and ac- 
cepted a call to the Congregational church of Sturbridge, 
Mass. Here as pastor in a rural town he served nine years. 
It was while pastor of the Sturbridge church that he filled the 
pulpit of the Holland Congregational church. His sermons, as 
models of lucid reasoning and scholarly thought, are still 
remembered. Bowdoin College has honored Rev. John Cole- 
man Hall with the following degrees. A. B. 1885. A. M. 1889. 
Bangor Theological Seminary B. D. 1913. 

19. REV. FRANCIS S. CHILD, was the fourth child and 
only son of Prof. Francis James Child, Ph.D., A.M., LL.D. and 
Elizabeth EUery Sedwick, his wife. Francis S. Child received 
his elementary instruction in private schools. His advanced 

232 The History of Houl-and, Mass. 

studies were pursued at Harvard University, Lawrence Scien- 
tific School and Bussey Institute. Twenty years a charity 
specialist, ten years in the ministry as supply and pastor, 
author of articles on Boys' Clubs, child saving, charities and 
correction and church work. Now pastor of First Congrega- 
tional church, Griswold, Conn. 

20. REV. MARTIN LOVERING- was born at Harvard, 
Mass., Aug. 15, 1853. His parents were Jonas Lovering born 
in Sudbury, Mass. 1807 and Rebecca Hildreth (Lovejoy) Lover- 
ing born in Andover, Mass. 1814. Mr. Lovering received the 
elements of his education in the public schools of his native 
town. Subsequently he attended Lawrence Academy, Groton, 
Mass., Appleton Academy, New Ipswich, N. H., from which he 
graduated in 1877. From thence he attended Phillips Academy, 
Andover, Mass. one year, graduating in June 1878, with the 
centennial class of that institution. 

He entered Yale College in Sept. 1878 and graduated with 
his class in 1882, maintaining a creditable scholarship and 
drawing the regular A. B. degree. 

He then devoted himself to teaching, serving as instructor in 
Treemount Seminary, Norristown, Pa., and as principal in the 
public schools of New York state, and for five years was dean of 
Talladega College, Talladega, Ala. It was during his period 
of service in that institution that it became a college in fact 
as well as in name, granting the A. B. degree to students who 
successfully completed the collegiate course. Mr. Lovering 
was instructor in Latin as well as dean and the last year had 
full charge of all work in that language. In 1896 his health 
demanded a rest for a year, at the expiration of which he 
began teaching again in the public schools of New York state. 
In 1910 he applied to the Woburn Conference of Congrega- 
tional clergymen for license to preach and was examined and 

The Ohukches op Holland 233 

accepted Sept. 6, 1910. The Lowell Courier Citizen speaks of 
him as follows : 

The Woburn Association of Congregational Ministers 
held an interesting meeting in Boston on Tuesday, 
Sept. 6. Martin Lovering, who for many years has desired to 
enter upon the work of the gospel ministry, but who has been 
prevented by circumstances from so doing, applied to the as- 
sociation for a license to preach. The applicant gave a clear, 
concise statement of his reasons for desiring to enter upon the 
work of the ministry, and of his belief in the fundamental prin- 
ciples of Christianity. 

After due deliberation in executive session, the association 
voted unanimously to grant Mr. Levering the license requested. 
The members extended to him a hearty welcome into the ranks 
of the ministry, and expressed the hope that Grod will prosper 
him in the great work which he is about to take up. 

Mr. Lovering was graduated from Yale University in 1882. 
For 17 years he was a successful teacher in several institutions 
of learning; and, as a professor and dean in Talladega college, 
he rendered efficient service. During his six years' residence in 
Carlisle, he has constantly endeavored to use his influence for 
the right. As a member of the school committee he has rendered 
the town valuable service. He will be much missed by his many 
friends, but they wish him success in the new life of usefulness 
upon which he is entering. Mr. Lovering will enter at once 
upon his work as a minister of the gospel. 

He received a call to become pastor of Holland Congre- 
gational Church, Holland, Mass., to begin Jan. 1, 1911 which he 
accepted. He resigned his pastorate Nov. 1, 1913. He re- 
ceived a call to the Congregational Church, Scotland, Conn., 
call to begin Feb. 1, 1914, which he accepted and is now at 
work there. 

Deacons op Holland Congregational Church 
and date of election of each. 

1. Humphrey Cram Jan. 16, 1766 

2. Moses Lyon Jan. 16, 1766 

234 The History op Holland, Mass. 

3. James Frizell Oct. 25, 1768 

4. Sherebiah Ballard May 20, 1779 

5. David Wallis Sept. 24, 1787 

6. Samuel Webber Sept. 4, 1794. 

7. James A. Lynn Dec. 12, 1818 

8. Horace Wallis May 16, 1841 

9. Benjamin F. Wilson' Feb. 17, 1848 

10. William A. Webber Mar. 5, 1863 

11. William H. Harris Mar. 5, 1863 

12. George L. Webber April 7, 1881 

13. Freeman B. Blodgett Jan. 4, 1890 

14. Wallace P. Moore Mar. 7, 1907 

DEA. HUMPHREY CRAM. From the state archives we 
learn that Holland began to be settled as early as 1720. Blod- 
gett, Lyon, HoUoway, Belknap, Cram, Nelson, Bond, are the 
names given as early settlers. By an old deed in Worcester 
we learn that he bought of Thomas Lechmere about 800 or 900 
A. more or less, for forty-one pounds four shillings, lawfuJ 
money of the province. Date 1759. A rude plan of the pur- 
chase is also given. Mr. Lyman Moore of Union, Conn, thinks 
that Humphrey Cram lived where Nehemiah May lived. But 
when the old road was laid out (1759) from Nehemiah May's 
to Benjamin Perrin's the wording shows that Nehemiah May 
was then living there, March 12, 1759. We think that he lived 
in S. W. district where Jonathan Cram lived later. The his- 
tory of Union states that when the church at Union was to be 
dedicated 1741 Humphrey Cram was asked to offer prayer, but 
James McNall objected, declaring that no man not a land- 
holder in Connecticut should have that honor Humiphrey 
Oram evidently had a claim and a home on it prior to the above 
purchase and that it was in Massachusetts just over the line. 
When the church above Dr. Dean's was organized 1765, he 
was elected deacon Jan. 16, 1766 with Moses Lyon. He had 
served his country in the French and Indian War, 1755, and 
that he served the church well is proved by the progress made 

The Chueches of Holland 235 

and the loyal support of the pastor. "When he died we do not 
know. But his wife Hannah died Jan. 17, 1776, aged 66. Jon- 
athan Cram is listed as a resident of the southwest district 
1783, a son to Dea. Humphrey Cram. Sarah Cram who mar- 
ried Lt. John Rosebrooks was a daughter. {See Genealogy.) 

2. DEA. MOSES LYON was born Feb. 14, 1737, son to 
Ebenezer and Rebekah (Throop) Lyon. When Brimfield 
church was seated 1757, he was assigned a seat in the north- 
west corner. His. wife was received into the church by profes- 
sion in 1760, and was dismissed to the church in South Brimfield 
1766, t)robably when her husband was chosen deacon. Moses 
Lyon was owner of the land east of the road and north of 
Morgan's Brook (South Meadow Brook), and was owner of 
"the plain" where the common is now, as is shown in the 
effort to get the church built there 1763. His son Ethelbert 
was a Revolutionary patriot and father to Col. Alfred Lyon, 
prominent in Holland's early history. Dea. Moses Lyon served 
his God and the church well. When he died we do not know. 
James Frizell was the next man to be chosen Oct. 25, 1768. 

3. DEACON JAMES FRIZELL, elected 1768, bought 
his homestead of the Winthrop heirs and was a pioneer settler, 
coming from Woodstock, Conn. His land lay east of Siog 
Lake, and its position shows that it must have been the home- 
stead south of where Mrs. Freeman Blodgett now lives. He 
was not- a soldier in the French and Indian War but Samuel 
Frizell (probobly a brother) is found in Brimfield 's quota for 
1760. He evidently had a family, for the name is persistent 
in the town's history but historical facts are meager. He 
died Jan. 24, 1813, aged 82. His wife Mary died 1824, aged 87. 
Hannah Frizell was a witness to Rev. Ezra Reeve 's will. The 
Frizell 's are a very old family of Woodstock. (See genealogy.) 

4. DEA. SHEREBIAH BALLARD was elected to that 
oflSce May 20, 1779. He was town clerk of So. Brimfield in 

236 The History op Holland, Mass. 

1778. He does not appear as holding any of the important 
town offices and yet his name is mentioned among those doing 
the work of the town. A Sherebiah Ballard is mentioned on 
a muster roll of the Kevolutionary War and as coming from 
"Western (now Warren) and a Sherebiah Ballard Jr., is fomid 
also in Capt. Walbridge's Company, Col. Brewer's Regiment, 
John Ballard too, Oapt. Webb's Co. When he resided in Hol- 
land, he lived on the place now owned by Charles Adams. 
When he sold out, he sold to Alfred Lyon. The earliest record 
of him as being of So. Brimfield is 1777. He probably came to 
So. Brimfield soon after his return from the war. 

He was elected deacon of the church when the country 
was convulsed by the Revolution, but the church evidently 
kept its hpld on the interest of the people and maintained its 
power, and grew in the people's affections, as well as in num- 
bers to its roll by the ministries of pastor Reeve. 

5. D.EA. DAVID WALLIS was elected to that office 
Sept. 24, 1787. Being brought to the town as an infant in his 
mother's arms as told by the family genealogist and spending 
his boyhood and young manhood days near the lakes and 
stream that then fairly swarmed with fine fish and the forest 
with game, it is no wonder that his young heart should re- 
spond to the tender memories of home, and that in his man- 
hood days he should be a patriot of his country, loyal and true 
to the noblest sentiments of our social and civic life. When he 
was brought to his grandfather's house, the country was in the 
stress of the French and Indian War. If he was brought there 
in 1755 as some say, he was brought there the very year his 
grandfather was away. When the Revolutionary war broke 
out he was a young man and we find him enrolled in Capt. 
Nehemiah May's Company 1777 from Brimfield for service at 
Crown Point. We may rest assured that his duty as a soldier 
was performed with the fidelity that marked all his subsequent 

The Churches of Holland 237 

labors. He became a taxpayer of South Brimfield in 1782, 
perhaps earlier, and it is noteworthy that he married Persis 
Rosebrooks that year, and established a home on the estate of 
his grandfather. His grandfather had been an interested 
party in having the church established on the hill north of 
Bugbee Tavern (Henry Curtis place), and we may feel assured 
that he was an interested party in the division of South Brim- 
field and the formation of the district Holland. 

When Holland was incorporated 1783, he was a young man 
just married; but we soon find him serving the public. 
Elected deacon in 1787, he was elected selectman 1788, servittg 
for twelve years but not consecutively. He was moderator of 
the annual town meeting eight times ; of special town meetings 
twenty-five times, town clerk twice, school committee nine 
times, and represented Holland and South Brimfield in 1806, 
at General Court. He was equally efficient in church work and 
we doubt not that pastor Reeve found in him a man of sound 
judgment, a warm-hearted friend, a sincere christian. This 
is attested by his hearty support and work on various com- 
mittees, especially that of 1822 when a fund was raised which 
was used to build the parsonage; notice also his work at the 
death of his pastor in the memorial to his worth 1818. 

Here is a type of public servant worthy of imitation. He 
was the father of ten children, five sons and five daughters, 
whose names and work are written in all the varied activity 
of municipal life. Dea. David Wallis died Jiily 11, 1843, aged 
85, and the emblem of the country he helijed to found, and 
which he loved and served so faithfully waves over his grave. 
(See Wallis Genealogy.) 

6. DBA. SAMXJELL "WEBBER was born July 18, 1736, 
son of Trenance Webber. We find his name on the muster roll 
also of soldiers in the French and Indian War, 1758 being the 
year of his service. He married in 1760, Mehitable Frizell. 

238 The History op Holland, Mass. 

Elected deacon 1794 the riper years of his life, it reA'eals the 
confidence with which he was held when, 1803, he was elected 
town treasurer, and held that office five years, four of them in 
succession. He also served the district as school committee. 
His name is frequently met in the varied affairs of town life, 
and being elected deacon in the constructive period of the 
church's life after its removal to the plain, we conclude that 
his work was helpful and formative in church and town life, 
just the same as his patriotic service had tended toward the same 
result in our state and national life, he also was representative 
to General Court in 1821. 

7. DEA. JAMES A. LYNN became owEer of the Rinaldo 
Webber homestead (where Mr. Thomas Kelley has 1914 recent- 
ly bought), the deed bearing date April 13, 1803. This was 
a few days after his marriage to Jerusha Allen, daughter of 
Abel Allen. He was town treasurer for 1813, moderator of 
annual town meetings 1816-17, and of special town meetings 
1814- '23- '31. Town clerk 1809- '11- '12- '13. He served also 
repeatedly on the school committee; other /town business 
proves the public regard in which he was held. Elected dea- 
con Dec. 12, 1818, his period of service was in a trying period 
of the church's existence, and judging from his work as a 
member of various committees having important church busi- 
ness to do he was an efficient church officer. He died 1839, 
about 65. {See Lynn Genealogy.) 

8. DEA. HORACE WALLIS was born April 14, 1796, 
son to Dea. David Wallis. He had the benefits of a christian 
home and christian parentage under tutelage of a father 
possessed of many gifts. His home was on the ancestral estate, 
now the home of Mr. Morse, and made, we judge, a good farmer. 
But his activities were not confined to his home. He was 
Capt. of Militia in his early days, when he was married by Rev. 
John M. Hunt to Calista Wood in 1823, Oct. 16. His name is 
frequently met with in the annals of the town, holding various 


The Churches of Holland 239 

town offices, being sent to the legislature 1841. It was also 
the year in which he was elected deacon. He had a very re- 
tentative memory as is attested by historians frequently con- 
sulting him upon local history. He died June 15, 1886, leav- 
ing a record of extensive and varied service in behalf of the 

9. DBA. BENJAMIN F. WILSON was elected to that 
office Feb. 17, 1848. The church roll of 1842 does not contain 
his name. He was appointed on an important committee in 
1846, and was selectman in 1851, besides holding other offices. 
He has the credit of building the house where Mr. Fred Blod- 
gett now lives. Tradition has it that he did not work well 
with the people of the church and finally sold his place and left 
town. He does not appear as connected with the church in 
any way when the church was built 1858, 

elected to that office March 5, 1865. A sketch of his life has 
been prepared by his daughter, Mrs. Ellen M. Webber, which 
we gladly submit to our readers. 

William Ainsworth Webber was bom at Holland, Mass., 
June 24, 1818. At the age of thirteen he joined the Congre- 
gational Church and lived a consistent life for half a century, 
officiating as deacon during the last fifteen years. His in- 
fluence as instructor and friend of the young was inestimable. 
He filled positions of trust in the town and county of which he 
was a life long resident. March 19, 1843, he married Sarah 
Damon, a lady greatly esteemed for her many virtues, her 
maternal grandmother, Lucy Alden, was sixth generation from 
John and Priscilla who were rendered immortal by the poet, 
Longfellow; she died Jan. 4, 1868. Mr. Webber married 
Josephine H. Church, of Wales, Mass., Nov. 1870. Mrs. Church 
was of irreproachable character and seemed eminently fitted 
to be the helpmate of such a man as Mr. Webber. An obituary 

240 The Histoet of HoiiLAND, Mass. 

notice in the Springfield Eepublican, reads thus: — Dea. 
William A. "Webber who died in Holland on the thirteenth at 
the age of 62, was in many respects a notable man. He was a 
wise and judicious councilor and his advice and presence 
were always welcome of a cheerful and happy temperament, 
his sympathetic nature made him always ready to assist in 
bearing others' burdens. His was a forcible illustration of 
the apostolic injunction "Not slothful in business, fervent in 
spirit, serving the Lord." His death is a serious loss to the 
town as well as to the church, and is a grievous affliction to 
his family, who have in their great sorrow the sympathy of 
the community where Dea. Webber's life has left a fragrant 
and grateful memory. He was succeeded by his son, Wm. L. 
Webber, who was a notable and worthy man, and assumed the 
many duties his father left as a legacy to a son in every way 
worthy of such a trust. Dea. William A. Webber died March 
13, 1881. William L. Webber, the son, died Sept. 1, 1905. 
These lines were oft repeated by Wm. A. Webber, my father. 
They fitted his case and he loved the lines. 

I live for those who love me. 

Whose hearts are kind and true; 
For the heaven that smiles above me 

And aivaits my spirit, too; 
For all human ties that bind me. 
For the bright hopes left behind me 
For the task by God assigned me. 

And the good that I can do. 

I live to learn their story, 

Who've suffered for my sake; 

To emulate their glory, 

And follow in their wake; 

Bards, patriots, martyrs, sages. 

The noble of all ages, 

Whose deeds crown history's pages 
And time's great volume make. 

The Churches of Holland 241 

/ live to hold communion 

With all that is divine, 

To feel there is a union 

'Twixt nature's heart and mine; 

To pro-fit by affliction 

Reap truths from fields of fiction. 

Grow wiser from conviction, 

And fulfill each' grand design. 

I live to hail that season 

By gifted minds foretold, 
When men shall live hy reason 

And not alone for gold; 
When man to man united, 
And any wrong thing righted, 
The ivhole earth shall ie lighted 

As Eden was of old. 

I live for those who love me, 

For those who know me true, 
For the heaven that smdles above me, 

And awaits my spirit too; 
For the cause that lacks assistance 
For the wrong that needs resistance 
For the future in the distance 

And the good that I can do. 

11. DBA. WM. H. HARRIS was born in Oxford, Mass. 
He moved with his parents to Holland where he married 
Augusta, daughter of Gardner and Elvira Wallace. He 
settled upon the farm owned by his wife's fathers, which is 
the farm now owned by Mr. Chas. "Wells in the south part of the 
town. He managed the farm quite successfully, and taught 
school winters sometimes. He held various town oflces, and 
was a member of the church for years before he was elected 
deacon. He was created deacon March 5, 1863. He had one 
daughter Adelle E. He died at the age of 84 years. {By 
Newton Wallace.) 


242 The History of Holland, Mass. 

bom in Holland, Nov. 8, 1821 in the house where he lived 
throughout his life. His parents were Adolphus and Annis 
Webber. He was educated in the schools of his native town 
and when twenty-one years of age learned the wheelwright 
trade which he followed for thirty years. His shop was 
located on his home place. The last twenty-five years of his 
life were devoted to caring for his farm. In 1851 he married 
Sarah Streeter of Sturbridge. They became acquainted while 
he was serving on the school committee and she was teaching 
one of the local schools. Eight children were born to them, of 
whom three, Eugene Mason, Nellie Rebecca, and Herbert 
Livingstone died in infancy and one Ella Sarah in her six- 
teenth year. Four daughters, Mrs. Flora N. Hunt, Mrs. Fan- 
nie 0. Cowan, Mrs. Ada E. Wallis and Miss Edith G. Webber 
are now living. His wife died Feb. 12, 1913. 

He was closely identified with church activities through- 
out his life. He helped support it and served as deacon of the 
Holland Congregational Church and superintendent of its 
Sunday school. He held nearly all of the important town 
offices during fifty years of practically uninterrupted service. 
In 1870 he represented his district in the General Court. He 
was elected deacon Apr. 7, 1881. His interest in local affairs 
was maintained until his death, which occurred Nov. 19, 1896. 
{By Franklm L. Hunt.) 

We take the privilege of adding an appendix to the fore- 
going sketch, for that life was grandly supported by the noble 
woman he had called from the school room, to the school 
of life with him, to help him bear its burdens and its sorrows, 
to share its joys and successes. Those who recall her pleasant 
winsome ways in home and church life, unitedly bear testi- 
mony to the value of her life as a power in her home and in 
the community. Not every young lady would give up what 



The Churches op Holland 243 

she did of future promise and hope, and humbly, patiently, 
take up the toil and retirement of farm life, make a home for 
herself and those she loved, and with the years win her way 
into the hearts of all about her, and make easier the road 
to success for her husband. Patiently and unconsciously she 
did it. Her labor yielded happiness and success to both, ' ' and 
her works still follow her." "We have recently been called 
upon to mourn her death. She rests among those whom she 
loved and served. {By the Historian.) 

13. FKBE'MAN B. BLODGETT, son of Edward and 
Miranda (Pierce) Blodgett was born in Holland Mar. 27, 1831, 
and died Mar. 18, 1909, having always lived in town ; the last 
fifty-three years of his life in the house which he bought in 1856, 
and situated south of what was formerly Fuller's factory village, 
and near where the northeast schoolhouse was situated. 

He attended the public schools of the town, a private 
school and Monson Academy. He began to teach when a 
young man, teaching in all the schools of the town and also in 
Sturbridge, the entire time covering a period of about forty 
years. The school houses in Holland during most of thos6 
years were well filled and the average of the scholars much 
greater than at present. There are many now living but widely 
scattered who remember those days in the school-room when 
under his charge. Also many teachers who will recall his 
visits to their schools as a member of the committee. He 
was always deeply interested in the schools as well as every- 
thing else connected with Holland. He served as town clerk, 
town treasurer, selectman, assessor, overseer of the poor, school 
committee, cemetery commissioner and library trustee, holding 
most of these offices many years. In 1885 and again in 1895 
be took the state census in Holland. 

He was very much attached to his native town. In his 
earlier years tempting offers came to him from other places 

244 The History op Holland, Mass. 

which he refused, because of a disinclination to leave his home 
town. All its hills and valleys, meadows and brooks were 
familiar to him, for as a boy and young man he engaged to 
a considerable extent in trapping fur-bearing animals. But 
later refrained from that work on account of the growing feel- 
ing that he could not take the life of anything if it could be 
avoided. He was always ready to help in every good cause 
and being young in spirit was a friend of the boys and in- 
terested in their sports. When the young men wished to form 
a debating society he was ready to aid them, taking an in- 
terest in the details of the work. 

Some of the older people may remember him as connected 
with the lead mine in Sturbridge, for in his early life he with 
his father had the contract to work the mines and for several 
years through the summer and fall months he was engaged 
there. After a few years it became so dangerous, the mine 
was abandoned. 

He was a republican in polities and a member of the 
Congregational church, being one of the deacons at the time of 
his death. He married Miss Laura E. Towne on April 5, 1853, 
and quietly observed their golden wedding anniversary April 
5, 1903. {By Mrs. Caroline Blodgett Webster.) 

One of Mr. Blodgett 's pupils wishes to pay the following 
slight tribute to his memory and many virtues : 

He was a man respected for his moral worth, loyalty to truth 
and justice, learning and abilities, and for his conduct and exam- 
ple. Those who come after him will know of his public services, 
of the work he did, of the places he filled in the history of the 
town ; but we also remember, and shaR never forget, the honesty 
of heart and mind, the simplicity and purity of life, the humor, 
the love of books and sound learning, and, above all, the kind- 
ness which never failed and the loyalty which never faltered. 
We can confidently say, others will come to take up and carry 

The Ohueches of HoUjANd 245 

on tlie work to which his life was given, but the place which 
the tried and trusted friend left empty in our hearts cannot 
again be filled. 

DEA. FREEMAN B. BLODGETT was born in Holland 
March 27. 1831. He was the son of Edward and Comfort 
Miranda Blodgett, and was one of the best known men the town 
has produced within the last century. At the early age of 
three he attended the public school which in those days began 
the Monday after Thanksgiving. Ferdinand S. Burley taught 
the school and at its close presented him with a reward of 
merit, which he has always kept. Later Kev. James Sandf ord 
taught a private school, Mr. Blodgett being one of the pupils. 
Still later he attended Monson Academy. Back in those days 
the town of Holland, not unlike the neighboring towns, had 
its school districts, Holland being small in area, had four dis- 
tricts only, the schoolhouses being located as nearly as might 
be in the four quarters of the town. The districts were the 
northwest, northeast, southeast, and southwest. 

In the fall of 1849 there seemed to be a feeling on the part 
of the committee that a teacher of considerable ability, physi- 
cally as well as mentally, was to be desired, and, particularly 
in the southwest district, as commonly called, the Uriah P. 
Marcy district. After due deliberation, U. P. Marcy hired 
Mr. Blodgett to teach the school, paying him the fabulously 
high price of $15 per month, 26 days constituting a month, and 
as was customary, he taught every other Saturday. Fifty- 
four scholars were crowded into that small schoolroom that 
winter. The other districts having proportionate numbers. 
A few who attended that winter are Holowell P. Marcy of 
Palmer, Mrs. C. H. McAllister of East Brimfield, Andrew J. 
Howlett of Ashford, Conn., and the late Betsey J. Switzer of 
Holland. Mr. Blodgett taught in after years in all the above 
mentioned districts, many times in most of them. When taken 

246 The History of Holland, Mass. 

into account that he taught in the fall of 1849, teaching almost 
continually until 1889, a period of 40 years. To attempt a men- 
tion of all his pupils cannot well be undertaken. A few how- 
ever, living ia this vicinity are: J. M. and E. B. Drake of 
Warren, L. M. and L. C. Howlett, H. E. and C. A. Vinton of 
HoUand, Albert Roscius and Chas. Back of Southbridge, J. D. 
Underwood and Mrs. J. F. Hebard of Sturbridge (now of Hol- 
land), the late Luther S. Howlett, brother of L. M. and L. C. 
Howlett, of Holland, was a particularly interesting pupil, and 
one of the brightest students ever under Mr. Blodgett 's charge. 
Mr. Blodgett taught several terms in the town of Stur- 
bridge. Some of the families sending pupils were Gifford, 
Hookers, Davises, Marcys, Vintons. One secret of his success 
was in the fact that while he always maintained strict dis- 
cipline during school hours, he was ever ready, when school 
was not in session, to engage in any of the sports prevalent in 
those days. In his early life, in company with his father, he 
worked in the lead mine situated in the town of Sturbridge. 
Here he was engaged during the summer months, it being 
worked only during the summer and fall, from 1848 until the 
winter of 1853, when accidents frequently occurring, it being 
so dangerous the mine was abandoned. On April 5, 1853, Mr. 
Blodgett married Miss Laura B. Towne. Four children were 
born to them. He is survived by his widow and three children, 
Mrs. Chas. R. "Webster, of Union, Conn., Miss Delia M. and 
Mr. A. F. Blodgett, of Holland. Mr. Blodgett had held almost 
every town office, being a man who never sought office, but 
held it by the will of the people. He voted the republican 
ticket from the formation of that party and had been secre- 
tary of the republican town committee for many years and was 
holding that office at the time of his death. Since his health 
failed, he had taken a less active part in town affairs, yet, he 
was one of the library trustees, cemetery commissioner and 
one of the overseers of the poor.. He was a member of the 

The Chueches of Holland 247 

Congregational Cliurch and one of the deacons when he died, 
being elected to that office Jan. 4, 1890. He died Mar. 25, 
1909." {From the Spring-field. Republican.) 

14. DBA. WALLACE P. MOORE was elected to that of- 
fice March 7, 1907, and is still serving the church in that office. 
He is therefore writing his biography in terms of service and 
that it will be well-written is manifest, for, although he is a 
resident of Brimfield, he yet attends faithfully to his duties 
in Holland church, four miles away, whenever the service of 
a deacon is needed. 


Holland Baptist Chukch 

The town records of Holland from its earliest date show 
plainly that a few Baptist families in Holland were anxious to 
establish a church of their own persuasion there. Suits by the 
Baptists were repeatedly threatened. In one case, suit was 
actually brought, and the district voted to appoint an agent 
to defend the suit. Doctor Thomas "Wallis and Joseph Bruce 
were appointed. The matter was settled by the payment of 
six pounds, two shillings, and nine pence. Denominationalism 
was very strong then. None of the churches of the Protestant 
faith considered long the practical question of how two 
churches were going to be supported in a town where one had 
had a precarious existence, if only a second could get started 
with likelihood of success. Little real sympathy and no fel- 
lowship existed between churches of different denominations. 
Division of So. Brimfield was inevitable for the mountains 
geological and the mountains theological would bring it about. 
Only the tactful policy, ability and worth of Rev. Ezra Reeve 
kept it from being organized earlier. With him weighed down 
with years, too feeble for pastoral work, those anxious for a 
division met less opposition to the plan. It was sure to come, 
however. Efforts were made for a division of the use of the 
chui^jh on the common, between the Baptists and Congrega- 
tionalists, allotting to each society its proportional part of the 
sabbaths in the year, which was at first bitterly opposed but 
finally a vote was obtained to grant it. It did not heal the 
difficulty nor prove satisfactory as we shall see. 

The most energetic man in this movement as well as the 
most influential, as we judge, was Benjamin Church. It was 
at his home where the men interested in forming a Baptist 
Church first met, April 12, 1817, and he formed one of the 



Holland Baptist Chuech 249 

charter members as shown by the list. On the homestead was 
plenty of lumber and we are informed that Benjamin Church 
gave much, if not all of the lumber needed for the church 
building erected by that organization. At any rate the Baptist 
church inaugurated a trail of good to the town which widens 
and lengthens with the flight of years. We give the articles 
of organization: — 

Baptist Church. Articles of Organization. 

We, the subscribers, professing ourselves friendly to the 
Baptists and being desirous to maintain the worship of Almighty 
God together according to the Baptist faith and order, do on this 
12th day of April 1817 hereby form ourselves into a society by 
the name of the First Baptist Society in Holland, and agree to 
observe the following articles, viz. 

Our annual meetings for the choice of society officers, and 
transacting society business, are to be held some time in the 
months of March yearly at some convenient place appointed by 
the committee. 

2. The officers to be chosen are a Moderator, a Clerk, Com- 
mittees and other officers as may be necessary to take care of 
the prudentials of the society, warn society meetings, etc. 

3. The society when duly warned and met, shall have 
power to make all suitable rules, votes and regulations that may 
be necessary or useful for the well-being of said society as these 
may by their major vote determine and enact — except that this 
society is in no manner to interfere with or contravene the acts 
or doings of the church should there be one established and con- 
stituted, which by their articles of faith and covenant have the 
exclusive right and power of voting and acting in especially the 
choice of ministers or elders for church and society. 

4. Said society are not to levy or grant taxes to be collected 
by force of civil law, nor to make use of such law to extort 
money from any person or persons unless on a voluntary per- 
sonal written contract or obligation. 

5. It is agreed by this society to be the duty of every 
member thereof to contribute according to his ability, towards 
defraying the expenses of the society, as, one ought not to be 
eased and another burthened; all money contributed as afore- 


The History op Holland, Mass. 

said for the use of the ministry is to be given into the treasury, 
and to be given out to such ministers of the Gospel as labor with 
them in word and doctrine under the direction of the committee. 
6. The conditions of membership of this society are a 
compliance with the foregoing articles, and so long as such 
member of society adheres to the same and demeans himself a 
peaceable member of society, he is to be entitled to the privileges 

List op Baptists by Book No. 1. 

Samuel Webber 
William Wood 
Loring Webber 
Joshua Barrett 
Uriah Marcy 
Jonathan Fitz 
Jonathan Ladoit 
Oshea Webber 
Bradley Webber 
Stephen Lyon 
Benjamin Franklin 
Rinaldo Wallis 
Sarel Perrin 
Elisha Marcy 
John Weaver 
Lyman PoUey 
John Anderson 
Thomas Gould 
Lyman Gould 

Samuel Frizell 
Ebenezer Lyon 
Parley Lyon 
Joseph Glazier 
Smith Adams 
William Webber 
Calvin Policy 
Benjamin Church 
Judah Back 
Samuel Church 
Willard Weld 

Dated HoUand Aug. 19, 1817 
David B. Dean, Society Clerk. 

Holland Aug. 19, 1817. 
Registered by 

Freeland WaUis, 
District Clerk. 

Elbridge G. Fuller 

The list of charter members gives many of those promin- 
ent in the life of the town. They formed an organization as 
strong in members, wealth, influence, or character as the other. 
Yet with the feeling for church affiliation as strong as it is 
today such division would be impossible. Could they have 
seen into the future only a few years they would, we believe, 
have desisted. However, great good came of their labor, faith 
and prayers, and the place became more sacred by reason of 

Holland Baptist Chubch 


the devout hearts that assembled in the two churches. We 
give a list of Baptists obtained from the book where early mar- 
riages were recorded. Some of these were recorded as Bap- 
tists long before Holland Baptist church was organized. But 
most of them are new members as indicated by date of admis- 
sion, won to their faith by the power of gospel preaching. The 
following is a list, many of them early converts. 

Baptists. Book of Maeelages. 

Archelaus Hinds 
John Smalledge 
Humphrey Needham 
Nehemiah May 
Elam Henry 
Amos Fletcher 
Blbridge G. Fuller 
Rineldo Wallis 
Judah Back 
Nathaniel Conant 
Levi Janes 
David Marcy 
Baxter Wood 
Jedediah Healey 
Wright Woodward 
Elisha Willis 
Hannah Harwood 
Lyman Policy 

Form of declaration that the person named within attends 
and contributes to the support of some church other than that 
of the "standing order." 

So. Brimfield, Sept. 3, 1778 
This may certify that Mr. Nehemiah May of Holland does 
attend the public worship of God in this place and does 
generously support the gospel here. 

Blijah Coddington, 

Pastor of the church in said 
South Brimfield 


Asa Williams 



Bbenezer Pike 



Andrew Webber 



WUliam Lumbard 



Cornelius Maloney 



(Methodist) of Ware 


Ambrose Perrin 



Henry Allen 



Silas Thompson 



Freeland Wallis 



Lyman Stevens 



Reuben Stevens 


date not 



Eli Webber 


Dexter Wood 



WiUiarri A. Haynes 



Jeremiah Sherman 



Elizabeth Back 


252 The History of Holland, Mass. 

So. Brimfield, Oct. 27, 1814. 
"We, the subscribers, certify that Mv. Amos Fletcher of the 
District of Holland is a member of the religious society in the 
town of said South Brimfield called Baptist. 

Jeremiah Babcock ) „ ... 
Shubael Wales (Committee. 

This was done to avoid taxation by and for the Congre- 
gational church. We have given one of early date and an- 
other of later date as interesting facts in connection with 
church taxation and as related to a petition soon to be given. 

From Evart's "History of the Connecticut Valley." 

This church was made up of Baptists in Holland, the edge 
of Sturbridge, So. Brimfield, Southbridge and Thompson. They 
sent a letter stating that twenty persons wished to form a 
church, ten brothers and ten sisters, asking them to send their 
pastors and two or more brothers to sit with them in coun- 
cil on June 25, 1817, at house of Benjamin Church to consult 
upon said matter. The letter was signed by Samuel Webber 
and Walter Lyon, committee. 

The council convened at time and place specified. A 
church was organized composed of twenty members and twelve 
were added during the rest of the year. July 12, 1817, Samuel 
Webber and Walter Lyon were chosen deacons. The first regu- 
lar, or settled, pastor was Joseph Glazier, of a Holland family, 
who was ordained by a council of churches, August 25, 1823. 
Elder John M. Hunt was admitted a member of the council 
the same day and had the pastoral care of the church for a 
time. Sept. 5, 1832, Washington Hunger was installed pastor. 
The church was supplied by John Payne, Linas Austin, and 
others, but the records do not show that any others were regu- 
larly in charge of the church besides Mr. Glazier and Mr. Hun- 
ger. Amos Babcock was the last to preside over the church. 
The date of the last entry contained in the records is August 

Holland Baptist Chuech 253 

21, 1845. Between that and 1850 (1848 by Copeland's history) 
the society dissolved. It had included during its existence, 
212 members, eighty being probably the highest number con- 
nected with it at any one time. The building was erected, 
1819-20, and dedicated August 25, 1820. It was 36 x 40 feet. 
It has, under restrictions, become the town hall and school- 
house. See those topics. 

Petition that support of religion be not compulsory but 

To the Senate and House of Representatives of the Com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts in General Court assembled. 

The subscribers, inhabitants of the town of Holland, beg 
leave to petition your honorable body that the Constitution of 
this Commonwealth may be so far altered that religion may be 
supported by the voluntary contributions of the citizens and not 
by legal process or compulsion. We would respectfully state 
the reasons why we think the third article of the Bill of Rights 
should be annulled ; — 

First. Religion to be genuine must flow from a right spirit 
and not from the requirements of men — such requirements we 
verily believe have a tendency to corrupt and debase m^n and 
opens a door for strife and persecution. 

Second. Jesus Christ, who came into the world to seek and 
to save that which was lost, never applied to the civil authority 
to aid Him in His work, nor has He left any directions to His 
followers so to do. 

ThirdJ Religion will be abundantly supported without 
human compulsion as to rights and ceremonies. People are will- 
ing always liberally to support their own views. 

We believe your honorable body on giving this subject your 
serious consideration wiU take the measures to bring about the 
desired alteration in our constitution, — And as in duty bound 
will ever pray. 

HoUand, Dec. 19, 1831. 

Names of Petitioners 

Freeland Wallis Reuben Stevens 

David Marey Wright Woodward 

254 The History of Holland, Mass. 

E. G. Fuller Eeuben Underwood 

Levi Janes Gardner Wallis 

Baxter Wood John C. Butterworth 

SewaU Glazier Merrick R. Stevens 

Lyman Gould Daniel Howard 

Edward Blodgett Zebina Fletcher 

Louis Shumway Jeremiah Sherman 

Amasa DeWolf David B. Dean 

George M. Glazier Isaac Church 

Dexter Janes Eoswell Blodgett 
Willard "Weld 

Few men of whatever dhade of Christian belief would dis- 
sent now from the views expressed in this petition. That the 
views of the petitioners were held by a majority of the Senate 
and House, needs no assertion. Many of the signers to the 
petition were men who were members or supporters of the 
Baptist church in Holland, as will be observed by a comparison 
with pages foregoing. The wisdom and general spirit of this 
petition is a credit to those who signed it. 

We deeply regret that the records of the Baptist church 
have not been available for our inspection nor have we been 
able to discover any traces of them. We feel sure that if they 
were available, they would furnish much valuable historical 


1. EEV. JOSEPH GLAZIER is spoken of as the first 
settled pastor the Baptist Church of Holland had. In the list 
of marriage intentions we find one of Joseph Glazier and 
Philura Plimpton, said intention was published, April 13, 1817. 

This Joseph Glazier is identical with the one that took 
out the marriage intention, identical with the Joseph Glazier 
that became a charter member of the Baptist Church. He was 
ordained pastor of the church Aug. 25, 1823, and had been mar- 
ried about six years. Tradition has it that the house on reser- 

Holland Baptist Chuech 255 

voir road was built especially for a parsonage. If so, it was 
probably for him. How long lie was pastor we have not dis- 
covered. He went from Holland to Ware. There were other 
persons of that family name in Holland. He was a young man 
of good principles and abilities and for that reason was made 
pastor. Perley Glazier, a soldier in the war of 1812, was a 
brother to this Joseph. Calvin Glazier was a Holland tax- 
payer, 1793, and lived in the southeast district (Sand's place) 
and was father to Joseph and others. {See Glazier Genealogy.) 

2. REV. WASHINGTON HUNGER was the son of Amasa 
Hunger who was the son of Elnathan Hunger who was a 
brother of Dea. Nathaniel Hunger, one of the first settlers of 
what is now Wales. Dea. Nathaniel Hunger lived on the home- 
stead now occupied by Jas. Henry Walker, and when he died, 
he was buried south of the house but the exact site is lost. 
Rev. Washington Hunger preached in the Holland Baptist 
Church from 1832 to 1839, being ordained and settled over the 
church. He was born in Wales (then South Brimfield) Oct. 13, 
1800. (See Gardner's "History of Wales.") He married Louisa 
Nichols, daughter of Jacob Nichols of Brimfield, who was 
born Jan. 13, 1805. Of this marriage there were born in Hol- 
land, a son, William in Nov., 1833, who died in 1835 and is 
buried in Holland cemetery. Ai son, Charles, born Aug. 1, 
1835, who died in Waterford, Conn., Dec, 1908. A daughter, 
born Jan. 23, 1838, (now Hrs. H. Wales lines of Heriden,; 
Conn.), she having married June 23, 1861. Of Washington 
Hunger's family of eleven children, four were still living in 
1911, three of them in Waterford, Conn., Wm. S. Hunger, Hrs. 
L. E. Hatthews, Hrs. A. P, Daniels. "Priest Hunger" as he 
was affectionately called here, added to his pastoral duties, 
that of a schoolmaster and taught the northeast district school 
when it stood near the cross roads at the foot of the hill below 
the town hall. He lived in the Baptist parsonage which stood 

256 The History op Holland, Mass. 

by the road leading from the cross roads mentioned to the 
reservoir dam. (No. 53 on the map.) Only a few survive who 
recall him as a teacher. He is portrayed as a good teacher, 
stem in discipline, yet naturally kind at heart. As a preacher 
he was considered fair, of a devout spirit, steadfast faith and 
earnest of purpose, he did much good. Holland was his first 
pastorate. "We give below a copy of the documents pertaining 
to his ordination: 

The Baptist Church in Wales to the Baptist Church in 

Dear Brethen: 

I. This may certify that Brother Washington Hunger is 
a member in good standing in the Baptist Church of Christ in 
Wales, being impressed that it is his duty to labor, as much as in 
him lies for the Glory of God and good of souls, we do grant him 
the liberty in thus doing, where God in his Providence, shall 
open the door for his usefulness. 

Done in, by a vote and in behalf of the church. 

Attest: Joseph C. Royce, Church Clerk. 
Wales, March 3, 1832. 

II. Dear Brethren, 

Whereas Brother Washington Hunger and his wife, 
Louisa have requested a letter of commendation to unite with 
you, they are hereby recommended to you as members in good 
and regular standing with us, and when united with you and we 
are informed of the same, we shall consider them dismissed from 

In behalf of the church, 

Joseph C. Royce, Church Clerk. 
Wales, Sept. 4, 1832. 

III. Copy of Washington Hunger's Certificate of Ordina- 

This may certify, to that Church it may concern : 
That at the ecclesiastical council, held at HoUand Sept. 5, 
1832, when Elders, Linus Austin, Abiel Fisher, Addison Parker, 

Holland Baptist Chuech 257 

and Tubal Wakefield were present, that by them Washington 
Hunger was in Gospel Order set apart to the work of the minis- 
try by a regular ordination. 

Walter Lyon, Church Clerk. 
Holland, May 1, 1835. 

After leaving Holland he had the following pastorates. 
Stafford, Westford, Ashford, Mystic and Waterford, Conn. 
He held pastorates almost continuously from 1832 until his 
death in Waterford July 16, 1873. His wife died Jan. 29, 1892, 
in Meriden, Conn. 

Three children, William, Charles and Sarah (Mrs. Lines) 
were bom in Holland. 

We have been informed that he lived in Wales in the 
"Meadow District," which was settled largely by the Mun- 
gers. He belonged to a sturdy race and family. The muster 
roll of So. Brimfield's revolutionary patriots reveals thirteen 
men bearing the name Munger, and the records of the town, 
so far as we have inspected them, prove that men of that name 
held the confidence of the town and bore an honorable part in 
its history. Prom the Munger family of Wales, Rev. T. T. 
Munger, D.D., sprung, a prominent Congregational clergyman, 
author and moralist. 

We regret that we have not found the material for a bio- 
graphical sketch of every man of the following list who served 
as pastor of the Holland Baptist church taken from Evart's 
"History of the Connecticut Valley." 

Baptist ministers: — ^Pirst settled pastor, Joseph Glazier, 
Elder John M. Hunt had the pastoral care of it a while, Sept. 
5, 1832, Washington Munger was installed pastor. Records 
do not show that any but Joseph Glazier and Washington Mun- 
ger were ever installed. John Payne and Linus Austin also 
had the pastoral care. Amos Babcoek was the last to preside 
over the church. It had 212 members in its existence, eighty 


258 The Histoby op Holland, Mass. 

being the largest at any one time. The Baptist Church became 
defunct, 1848. (Copeland's History.) See topic Town Hall. 

The deacons of the Baptist Church were as follows: 

Elected July 12, 1817. 

Date of election not discovered. 

Dea. Alvin Goodell, after the dissolution of the Baptist 
Society, worshipped with the Congregationalists, and for years 
was a much loved teacher in the Sunday school and a faithful 
attendant at church service. His home for years was where 
Mr. William Morse now lives. 

Holland Methodist Church. 

After the church building had ceased to be used as a 
Baptist Church, it was opened and used as a Methodist church 
for about three years beginning in 1859. The pastor was Rev. 
John Carpenter, who is spoken of as a man of fervent piety and 
earnest in his work, being described as an eloquent and fluent 
speaker by those who remember him. Lack of support com- 
pelled him to desist. He owned the homestead where Benjamin 
Ghurch had lived, farming and preaching at the same time. 
Later he kept store for two years near the bridge below the 
Drake farm. No records of the Methodist Church as an organ- 
ization are available, nor have we been able to make a list 
of its members or supporters. That its work and influence 
was helpful is conceded by all. {See Carpenter Genealogy.) 

Secret Organizations. 
Humanity Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons was 
formed in Holland in 1811. It was quite loyally supported; 

Holland Baptist Chuech 259 

but who were members of the lodge when it started we have 
not been able to ascertain. The lodge had its meetings in Hol- 
land for about two years, and then, for a larger field and 
greater usefulness, it was transferred to Brimfield. Supported 
there for a series of years, its membership as well as its in- 
fluence gradually diminished. The last meeting, prior to dis- 
solving the organization, was held Jan. 15, 1834. 

Patrons of Husbandry. 

Holland has always been a farming community. In a 
town of such citizenship it would be strange if a society of 
Grangers was not formed. Such an organization was formed, 
but lacking support after awhile it disbanded. We have seen 
no records of the organization. 


Vital Statistics 

We deeply regret that we cannot go back, in the vital 
records, to the time when Holland church was organized, 1765. 
The earliest recorded marriage being in 1781, copied from 
notes made by pastor Reeve. It is evident that the notes are 
very incomplete or else that many enterics have been lost. The 
same is true of the baptisms. But what has been preserved, 
proved to be of great value in tracing the genealogies, and 
they have answered many questions of family origin. Many of 
the families left town early in its history and became lost to 
memory, and the place removed to for a new home forgotten, 
a great loss in more senses than one. In some cases it was ex- 
tremely difficult to read the writing notvdthstanding the ef- 
forts of the state to renew it. 

How vitally important the church or churches of a town 
are to the town is made evident by the history of this little 
rural town. The desire for convenient church privileges 
brought South Brimfield into being and the quarrel over a 
church site rendered inevitable another division. Holland had 
her birth then in a church dispute, to say nothing of other 
contributing causes. To her records we must look not only 
for those forces that give vitality and direction to its municipal 
life, but for those vital statistics which are of such deep in- 
terest to the posterity of the families mentioned therein, now 
scattered, not only in the state itself of which they formed 
a part, but to the various states of our union. Interest is grow- 
ing in the vital records of towns and it emphasizes the neces- 
sity and importance of having them as complete as possible. 
"We give the following chapter on the vital statistics of Hol- 
land as being of deep interest to our readers. 

Vital Statistics. 261 

Inten. Married. 

James Fuller Jr. and Molly 

May, both of So. Brimfield Apr. 22, 1781 
Jacob Blaneliard and Elizabeth 

Crawford Apr. 6, 1784 

Rineldo Webber and Elizabeth 

Belknap Apr. 8, 1784 

John Paddock and Triphena 

Barrett Sept. 14, 1784 

Luke Ballard and Cynthia 

Janes Oct. 21, 1784 

Jonathan Ferry and Anna Beal Aug. 25, 1785 
Joseph Browning and Hannah 

Munn Oct. 12, 1785 

Hollowill Perrin and Sybil 

Bruce Dee. 1 • 1785 

Joseph Bruce and Lucy Janes Dec. 15, 1785 

Nov. 27, 1784 Ezra Horton of Union, Conn., 

and Olive May of Holland Dec. 15. 1785 

Dec. 25, 1785 James Steward of South Brim- 
field and Sarah How of Hol- 
land Mar. 16, 1786 

Feb. 5, 1786 Benjamin Reeve and Rachel 

Partridge, both of HaUand Mar. 2, 1786 

Mar. 12, 1786 John Coats of Pomfret and Pru- 
dence Ballard of Holland Mar. 20, 1786 

Mar. 12, 1786 Zechariah Smalledge of Hol- 
land and Esther Munger of 
So. Brimfield Mar. 30, 1786 

Feb. 11, 1787 Ephraim Ballard (?) of Wood- 
stock and Sarah Burnett of 

Feb. 25, 1787 Suel Webber of Holland and 

Hannah McNeel of Sturbridge Mar. 20, 1787 

Feb. 25, 1787. Zephaniah Gibbs and Lucinda 

Janes, both of Holland Dec. 20, 1787 

Archelaus Hinds and Mary 
Hem (?), name not legible. Dec. 1787 

262 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Feb. David Lumbard of Brimfield 

and Tirzah Anderson of Hol- 
land June 12, 1788 
Andrew Webber of Holland and 

Sarah Shaw of So. Brimfield July 24, 1788 

Jan. 18, 1789 Ezra Reeve, Jr. and Sarah 

Rosebrooks, both of Holland Feb. 5, 1789 

Feb. 22, 1789 Daniel Webber of Methuen and 

Prudence Webber of Holland Oct. 27, 1789 

Mar. 1, 1789 Ebenezer Morris and Rinda 

May, both of Holland Mar. 12, 1789 

May 7, 1789 Chandler Webber of Holland 

and Beulah Coy of Brimfield Aug. 20, 1789 

June 14, 1789 Samuel Willard and Polly Wil- 
lis of South Brimfield July 9, 1789 

Jan. 19, 1790 Asa Thompson and Nancy 

Gray, both of Holland Jan. 19, 1790 

Feb. 21, 1790 Joseph Fairbanks of Brimfield 
and Phoebe Paddock of Hol- 
land Oct. 21, 1790 

Feb. 21, 1790 Isaiah Dow of Western (War- 
ren) and Jemima Lyon of 

Mar. 7, 1790 Justan Chapman of Monson and 
Mehitable Webber of Holland 

April 25, 1790 Simeon Munger and Eunice 
Needham, both of Holland 

June 6, 1790 Daniel Burnett Jr. and Eliza- 
beth. Belknap, both of Holland Feb. 10, 1791 

Aug. 8, 1790 Thomas Belknap of Holland and 
Chloe Lumbard of Brimfield 

Jan. 23, 1791 Asa Darling of Palmer and 

Susannah Smith of Holland May 26, 1791 

Mar. 20, 1791 Joab Howard (?) of Sturbridge 
and Anna Paddock of Holland 

Mar. 21, 1791 Solomon Burnett of Holland 
and Persis Nelson of South 

July 3, 1791 John Wallis and Widow Mary 

Lyon, both of Holland July 28, 1791 

Vital Statistics. 263 

Sept. 25, 1791 Trenance Webber and Elizabeth 

Anderson, both of Holland Sept. 25, 1791 

Dec. 11, 1791 John Williams and Mary 
Hinds of Holland 

Jan. 1, 1792 John Eosebrook and Mehetable 
Reeve, both of Holland 

JVIar. 29, 1792 Alfred Wallis and Zeporah 

Cady, both of HoUand Apr. 26, 1792 

Apr. 1, 1792 Moses Bates and Patience Pad- 
dock of Holland 

Ezra Smith and of 


Mar. 20, 1792 Asa Marsh of Holland and 
Parthena Weatherbee of So. 

Sept. 30, 1792 Abel Allen Jr. and Experience 
Parker, both of Holland 

Oct. 7,1792 Edward Adams Jr. of Mon- 
son and Sarah Webber of 
Holland Nov. 29, 1792 

Nov. 4, 1792 Alfred Allen and Luceba Bal- 
lard, both of Holland Nov. 25, 1792 

Jan. 6, 1793 Asa Partridge Jr. of Holland 

and Polly Bates of Brimfield Mar 21, 1793 

Feb. 10, 1793 D. and Olive Plimpton 

Eliphalet Janes and Mary Pike Feb. 21, 1798 
Timothy Anderson of Brimfield 
and Lurana Partridge of 
Holland Mar. 21, 1793 

Mar. 20, 1793 Rinaldo Wallis of Holland and 

Sarah Brooks of Sturbridge Apr. 21, 1793 

May 5, 1793 John Treat of Granvale and 
Elizabeth Prizell of Holland 

June 23, 1793 Nathan Badger of Holland and 
Joanna Davis of So. Brimfield 

July 26, 1793 Joseph Browning Esq. of Brim- 
field and Mary Lynn of Hol- 
land Aug. 21 1793 

264 The Histoet of Holland, Mass. 

Sept. 15 1793 David Anderson of Brimfield 

and Elfreda Belknap of Hol- 
land Nov. 7, 1793 

Sept. 22, 1793 Ebenezer Weatherbee of So. 
Brimfield and Chloe Fay of 

Nov. 17, 1793 Nehemiah May Jr. of Holland 

and Martha Strong of Union Jan. 16, 1794 

Feb. 23, 1794 Jonathan Ballard of Holland 
and Sarah Browning of 
.Brimfield Mar. 2, 1794 

Asarael Perrin and Huldah 

Goodell, both of Holland July 25, 1793 

April 6, 1794 Benjamin Smith of Holland 
Margaret Moore of Union 

April 17, 1794 Zuriel May and Hannah Stacy 

both of Holland May 18, 1794 

May 11, 1794 Stephen Rogers of South Brim- 
field and Polly Dorrall of 
Holland Aug. 28, 1794 

Aug. 3, 1794 Elijah Belknap and Thankful ' 

Lake, both of Holland Sept. 7, 1794 

Bradley Webber and Sybil 
Allen of Sturbridge Apr. 10, 1794 

Nov. 2, 1794 Perez Bradford of Holland and 
Anna Howard of Woodstock 

Nov. 23, 1794 Joshua Barrett of Monson and 

Sarah Wallis of Holland Dec. 21, 1794 

April 26, 1795 Isaac Partridge of Holland 
and Celia G-roves of Mbnson 

Aug. 16, 1795 Reuben Webber and Jerusha 
Blodgett, both of Holland 

Oct. 18, 1795 Moses Graham and Calista 

Belknap, both of Holland Nov. 19, 1795 

Mar. 27, 1796 Rufus Chapin and Alice Wal- 
lis, both of Holland 

June 26, 1796 Leonard Dexter of Holland and 
Miriam Howard of Sturbridge 

Vital. Statistics. 265 

July 24, 1796 Pliny PoUey of Cumberland, 
R. I., and Elvira Lyon of 

Sept. 11, 1796 John Paddock and Naomi 
Broughton, both of Holland 

Sept. 18, 1796 Alanson Wallis of Holland and 
Lucy Hyde of Monson 

April 2, 1797 Thomas Chapman of Ashford, 
Conn., and Ammarilla Bel- 
knap of Holland Nov. 30, 1797 
Nehemiah Underwood of Wood- 
stock and Polly Shaw of 
Brimfield May 19, 1797 

Sept. 17, 1797 Ezra Webber of Holland and 
Kezia Parker of Partridge- 

Jan. 14, 1798 Amasa Hunger of Cazenovia, 
N. Y. and Sarah Dorrall of 
Holland Jan. 22, 1798 

Jan. 21, 1798 Amasa Anderson and Lueena 

Belknap, both of Holland Mar. 1, 1798 

Jan. 21, 1798 Levi Beal and Sarah Marcy, 
both of Holland 

Feb. 10, 1798 Charles Rosebrook of Lancas- 
ter, N. H. and Peggy Reeve 
of Holland Feb. 10, 1799 

Oct. 28, 1798 Artemas Lane and Lucy Ander- 
son, both of Holland Nov. 29, 1798 

Nov. 11, 1798 Rufus Roode and Rebecca His- 
cock, both of Holland 

July 7, 1799 James Marcy Jr. of Holland 
and Polly Shaw of So. Brim- 

Jan. 5, 1800 Nathan Bond of Holland and 
Lavina Needham of So. Brim- 

May 4, 1800 Amasa DeWolf (Deoulph) of 
Holland and Susannah Walk- 
er of Union 

266 The History of Holland, Mass. 

May 11, 1800 James Browning of Brimfield 
and Lueinda Smith of Holland 

Nov. 27, 1800 John Anderson of Holland and 
Polly Wight of South Brim- 

Oct, 11, 1801 Aaron Graves of Palmer and 

Rachel Partridge of Holland Oct. 28, 1801 

Oct. 25, 1801 Nicholas Howard and Peggy 
Sherman, both of Holland 

Nov. 27, 1800 Jacob Thompson of Holland 
and Hadassa Stone of Monson 

Dec. 1, 1800 William Anderson of Brimfield 
and Sarah Webber of Holland 

Feb. 21, 1802 Hollowil Perrin of Holland and 
Elizabeth Nichols of Brimfield 

Apr 4, 1802 Jonathan Lyon of Holland 

and Hannah Smith of Stur- 

Apr 18, 1802 Ebenezer Morse of Holland 
and Martha Blood of South 

May 30, 1802 John Webber of Holland and 
Betty Parker of Partridge- 

June 27, 1802 Elisha Webber of Holland and 
Polly Parker of Sturbridge 

Dec. 26, 1802 Asahel Stacy of Brimfield and 

Cynthia Wallis of HoUand Feb. 17, 1803 

Jan. 16, 1803 Perley Webber of Holland and 

Polly Wheeler of So. Brimfield Feb. 5, 1803 

Jan. 23, 1803 James Lynn and Jerusha Allen, 
both of Holland 

Jan. 30, 1803 Walter Rosebrooks of Holland 
and Mars'- Strong of Union 

April 7, 1803 Silas Henry of Holland and Su- 
sannah Fosket of Stafford 

July 24, 1803 Almarin Janes of Dorchester 
and Polly Fay of Holland 













Vital Statistics. 267 

Sept. 18, 1803 James Marey of Holland and 
Sarah Flint of Windham 

Nov. 13, 1803 Ezra AUen of Holland and Polly 
Marcy Needham of So. Brim- 

Aug. 19, 1804 Zenas Dunton of Sturbridge 
and Elizabeth Wallis of Hol- 
land Oct. 8, 1804 

Sept. 16, 1804 Thomas P. WaUis and Sophia 

Haynes, both of Holland Oct. 25, 1804 

Sept. 16, 1804 Eliphas Webber of Holland 
and Susannah Kendrick of 
Brookfield Nov. 18, 1804 

Sept. 16, 1804 Benjamin Fay and Anna Web- 
ber, both of Holland Nov. 29, 1804 
• Sept. 23, 1804 Joseph Chafee of Holland and 
Clarissa Dunham of Brimfield 

Oct. 14, 1804 Stephen Lyon of Holland and 
Sarah Stephens of Sturbridge 

Jan. 12, 1805 Lemuel Coburn of Sturbridge 

and Nabby Stratton of Holland Mar 12, 1805 

Feb. 17 1805 Kimball Webber and Sile Tay- 
lor, both of Holland Mar. 28, 1805 

Mar. 10, 1805 William Chandler of Monson and 

Polly Webber of Holland May 2, 1805 

June 2, 1805 Sewell Glazier and Rinda M. 

Fiiller, both of Holland June 24, 1805 

Sept. 22, 1805 William Rosebrooks and Pru- 
dence Lyon, both of HoUand Nov. 28, 1805 

Sept. 29, 1805 Willard Gould of Charlton and 

Asenath Bond of Holland Nov. 28, 1805 

Oct. 20, 1805 Daniel Burt Jr. of Brimfield 

and Eliza Sherman of Holland Nov. 29, 1805 

Dec. 15, 1805 Calvin Morse of Sturbridge 

and Abigail Webber of Holland Jan. 26, 1806 

Mar. 2, 1806 Alvin Marcy of Woodstock and 

Betsy Marey of Holland Mar 26, 1806 

April 3, 1806 Philip Tincom (?) of Stafford 
and Phoebe Smith of Holland 

268 The History of HoujAnd, Mass. 

Feb. 1, 1807 Thomas P. Wallis of Holland 

and Kezia Hamant of Stur- 

Mar. 15, 1807 Moses Wallis of HoUand and 

Abigail Merrick of Monson 
Sept. 27, 1807 Joshua Barrett of Holland and 

Lucy Bishop of Brimfield 
Nov. 8, 1807 John Williams and Betsy 

Smith, both of Holland Dec. 31, 1807 

Jan. 10, 1808 Elisha Marcy of Holland and 

Lucy Chandler of Monson 
April 24, 1808 Willis Walker of Union and 

Phoebe Smith of Holland 
May 22, 1808 Noah Butterworth Jr. and Per- 

sis Stevens, both of Holland July 5, 1808 
Nov. 16 1808 Benjamin Reeve and Persis 

Sherman, both of Holland Oct. 23, 1808 

Nov. 15, 1808 Joshua Barrett and Rhoda Pol- 
ley, both of Holland Dec. 1, 1808 
Feb. 4, 1809 Elisha Willis of So. Brimfield 

and Amy Harwood of Holland 
April 2, 1809 Ezra Parker and Lucy Web- 
ber, both of HoUand June 1, 1809 
April 23, 1809 Loring Baker and Lucy Blod- 

gett, both of Holland 
May 21, 1809 Dr. Gideon Kibbe of Holland 

and Fidelia Munn of Monson 
Oct. 15, 1809 Eleazer Webber and Marsylvia 

Parker, both of Holland Nov. 12, 1809 

Oct. 22, 1809 Parley Glazier of Holland and 

Sarah Harris of Sturbridge July 1, 1810 
Jan. 7, 1810 Lemuel Chandler and Erepta 

Pike, both of Holland Jan. 21, 1810 

Aug. 12, 1810 Josiah Hobbs of Holland and 

Lucy Green of Spencer 
Jan. 6, 1811 Ebenezer Lyon Jr. and Rebecca 

Upham, both of Holland Jan. 31, 1811 

April 13, 1817 Joseph Glazier of Holland and 

Philura Plimpton of Stur- 

Vital Statistics. 269 

Mar. 10, 1811 Freeland Wallis and Esther 

Allen, both of Holland Apr. 22, 1811 

Mar. 10, 1811 David Marey and Sybil Perrin, 

both of Holland Mar. 24, 1811 

April 7, 1811 Adolphus Webber of Holland 

and Sarah Needham of So. 

Brimfield May 12, 1811 

July 14, 1811 Lemnel Hinds and Olivia Hen- 
ry, both of Holland Sept. 12, 1811 
Aug. 18, 1811 Isaac Church and Eunice 

Sherman, both of Holland Aug. 25, 1811 

Feb. 2, 1812 Samuel Webber Jr. of Union 

• : . I i and Roxana Glazier of Holland Feb. 19, 1812 
Mar. 8, 1812 Ambrose Perrin of Holland and 

Lucy Darbe of So. Brimfield 
April 12, 1812 Elijah Spencer and Betsy 

Ainsworth, both of Holland 
Oct. 4, 1812 Willard Weld and Mary 

Church, both of Holland Oct. 18, 1812 

Nov. 2, 1812 Walter Lj^on of Holland and 

Lucretia Morse of Stur- 

bridge (made Dea. 1817 in 

Bap. C.) 
Nov. 22, 1812 Leonard M. Morris and Nancy 

Paddock, both of Holland Dec. 2, 1812 
Nov. 22, 1812 Blbridge G. Fuller and Nancy 

Perry, both of Holland Nov. 29, 1812 

Nov. 26, 1812 Nicholas Braard and Eunice 

Harwood both of Holland Dec. 6, 1812 

Jan. 31, 1813 Lyman PoUey of Holland and 

Abigail Nichols of So. Brim- 
Mar. 14, 1813 Julius Burt of Brimfield and 

Prudence Sherman of Holland Apr. 6, 1813 
April 8, 1813 David Healey of Dudley and 

PoUey Harwood of Holland Apr. 27, 1813 
Mar. 28, 1813 Ezra Allen of Holland and 

Lucena Fuller of Union, 


270 The History op Holland, Mass. 

June 6, 1813 Jonathan Fits and Laurinda 

Hobbs both of Holland June 13, 1813 

Oct. 24, 1813 Loring Webber and Sally Up- 

ham, both of Holland Nov. 25, 1813 

Jan. 2, 1814 Erastus Child of Monson and 

Irene Anderson of Holland Jan. 19, 1814 
Jan. 2, 1814 Philo Rosebrook of Holland 

and Sarah "Wight of So. 

Brimfield Jan. 19, 1814 

Jan. 2, 1814 Wright Woodward of Charlton 

and Clarissa Harwood of Hol- 
land Apr. 28, 1814 
Feb. 6, 1814 James Brigham of Holland and 

Mareia Hastings of Brookfield 
Aug. 28, 1814 David B. Dean and Avilda 

Pike, both of Holland Sept. 11, 1814 

July 11 1815 Lyman Stevens of Holland and 

Chloe Perry of Monson Sept. 4, 1815 

Mar. 3, 1816 Erastus Webber and Mary 

Haynes, both of Holland Mar. 26, 1816 

Aug. 15, 1815 George Shaw of So. Brimfield 

and Patience Patten of Holland Nov. 25, 1815 
Sept. 10, 1815 Monday Hector (Negro) of Hol- 
land and Rachel Jackson 

(Indian) of Sturbridge 
Jan. 7 1816 Jerry Mclntire of Holland and 

Alice Willis of So. Brimfield 
Feb. 25, 1816 John Wallis and Chloe Parker, 

both of Holland Apr. 2, 1816 

Feb. 25, 1816 Calvin PoUey and Chloe Wood 

both of Holland Apr. 4, 1816 

Feb. 25, 1816 William Webber of Holland 

and Bathsheba Upham of 

Mar. 31, 1816 Shubael Baker and Lucinda 

Mclntire, both of Holland June 11, 1816 
April 21, 1816 Nathan Searl of Southampton 

and Elizabeth Webber of 

Holland June 11, 1816 

Vital Statistics. 271 

June 26, 1816 Eli Kendriek of North Brook- 
field and Martha Church of 
HoUand June 26, 1816 

June 28, 1816 Parley Lyon of Holland and 
Phoebe Preston of Ashford, 

Jan. 5, 1817 HoUowill Perrin of Holland and 
Sarah Faulkner of Sturbridge 

Mar. 30, 1817 Augustus Moore of Providence 

and Anna Morris of Holland May 8, 1817 

Feb. 15, 1818 "Warren Plimpton of Stur- 
bridge and Semantha Part- 
ridge of Holland 

Feb. 15, 1818 Harvey Rosebrock and Pru- 
dence Webber of Holland Mar. 3, 1818 

May 1, 1818 Lyman Gould of Holland and 

Mary Marble of Charlton May 1, 1818 

April 1, 1819 Emorj' Pierce and Eliza Blod- 

gett, both of Holland Apr. 11, 1819 

July 24, 1819 Samuel Webber of Union and 

Lydia Glazier of Holland Aug. 8, 1819 

Sept. 24, 1819 Hosea Webber of Holland and 
Lucinda Cleveland of Union, 

Mar. 9, 1820 Monday Adams (?) of Holland 
and Mary Anthony of Stur- 

Dec. 12, 1819 Joel Fletcher and Fanny 

Webber, both of HoUand Dec. 30, 1819 

Moses M. Clark and Almira 
Haynes, both of Holland Sept. 1, 1819 

Dec. 26, 1819 Reuben Stevens and Betsy 

Wells, both of Holland Jan. 20, 1820 

Mar. 4, 1820 Ebenezer Pike and Anna Maria 

Richardson, both of Holland Mar. 26, 1820 

Mar. 11, 1820 Edward Rlodgett Jr. and Com- 
fort M. Pierce, both of Hol- 
land Apr. 10, 1820 

272 The History op Holland, Mass. 

Nov. 22, 1820 Albigence Newell of Holland 

and Blmeda Lumbard of 

Dec. 9, 1820 Adolphus "Webber and Annis 

Webber, both of Holland Dec. 26, 1820 

Dec. 22, 1820 Roswell Blodgett and Charity 

Fletcher, both of Holland Jan. 12, 1821 

Feb. 3, 1821 Cyprian Stevens and Abigail 

Blashfield, both of Holland Mar. 4, 1821 
Mar. 1, 1821 Waterman Smith and Nancy 

Williams, both of Holland 
Mar. 5, 1821 William A. Haynes and Lucy 

Anderson, both of Holland Mar. 21, 1821 
April 13, 1820 John Anderson of Holland and 

Mary Wicker of Brimfield 
Aug. 26, 1820 Harris Cutler of Guildhall, Vt. 

and Persa Wallis of Holland Sept. 23, 1821 
Oct. 23, 1821 Baxter Wood and Melicent A. 

Perry, both of Holland Nov. 25, 1821 

Nov. 4 1821 William Negus of KaatsMU, 

N. Y. and Orril Webber of 

Holland Dec. 6, 1821 

Perley Stone and Lorinda Glazier 1822 

Capt. Horace Wallis and Callista Wood 1823 

Dr. Abial Bottom and Diana Perrin 1823 

Thomas Hines and Sophia R. Green 1825 

Simon Janes and Chloe Shumway 1826 

Josiah Hobbs and Lurana Webber 1824 

Maturian Gardner and Abigail D. Morgan 1825 

Adin Underwood and Abigail Hines 1827 

Ruel Williams and Abigail Wyllis 1827 

George Goodwill and Sally Wells 1827 

EU B. Williams and Betsy F. Pratt 1827 

Joseph Famum and Betsy Marcy 1827 

Benjamn D. Weld and Mrs. Miranda Partridge 1828 

Perley Walker and Mrs. Clarissa Jackson 1829 

Jeremiah Williams and Bdnah Simons 1828 

Levi Stewart and Rebecca Harwood 1828 

Henry Converse and Sarah Anderson 1828 

Vital Statistics. 273 

Sylvester Robbins and Polly Needham 1831 

Isaac P. Hyde and Maria Gould 1830 

William A. Robbins and Mary Wallis 1830 

Samuel P. Cushman and Dorinda Lumbard 1830 

Luther Webber and Cynthia Hovey 1830 

Miner Hall and Eliza Webber 1831 

Asa WiUiams and Margaret Anderson 1831 

Lewis Shumway and Eliza Webber 1832 

Joseph W. Olds and Deborah Harwood 1833 

Leonard B. Wight and Lucy Marcy 1833 

Elisha Kinney and Mary Ann Marcy 1833 

Sullivan Underwood and Fannie Lyon 1833 

Samuel K. Bailey and Emeline A. Stevens 1834 

Bbenezer Jackson and Clarissa Stewart 1834 

Marshall McFarland and Lorinda A. Webber 1834 

Rufus Waterman and Hannah M. Webber 1834 

Orrin A. Buxton and Maria Marcy 1835 

Wm. Lee and Almira Hobbs 1835 

Charles Church and Emily Marcy 1835 

John Wheelock and Mary Frizell 1836 

Prescott S. Belcher and Mary Needham 1836 

George W. Walker and Almira Moore 1836 

Sumner Janes and Mary A. Webber 1836 

William Frizell and Lucina Goodell 1836 

Chas. A. Allen and Mary A. Prime 1836 

Gilbert Rosebrooks and Betsy Town 1837 

Merrick Anderson and Lucina Janes 1837 

Crawford Braekett and Annis Blodgett 1837 

Reuben M. Stevens and Susan Weld 1837 

Royal S. Pierce and Tirzah Janes 1838 

Joseph Stone and Roxana Allen 1838 

Uriah P. Marcy and Mary Ann Fisk 1838 

Otis Jackson and Hannah Frizell 1838 

Clement B. Drake and Rinda M. Fuller 1838 

George Underwood and Jane Parsons 1838 

Horace Kinney and Millicent B. Mlarcy 1838 

Freeman M. Brown and Lucy M. Damon 1839 

William Baker and Diana Reeve 1840 

Harrison Allen and Harriet A. Partridge 1840 


274 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

Stephen S. Jackson and Lodisa Woodard 1840 

Elisha W. Marcy and Mary S. Prince 1840 

Isaac U. Wood and Lotheria B. Goodell 1839 

James Young and Frances Weld 1840 

Levi B. Hathaway and Abigail A. Wilson 1841 

James A. Webber and Delphia S. Parsons 1842 

Nehemiah Underwood and Deborah Pease 1842 

Elias Smith and Wealthy Ann Church 1842 

George B. Cole and Catherine Niles 1842 

Warren A. Wallis and Alvira C. Webber 1839 

Rodney A. Bennett and Martha M. Webber 1839 

Abraham Charles and Esther L. Wallis 1841 

Bleazer Webber and Augusta Wallis 1843 

Lucius I. Parks and Persa C. Wallis 1843 

Rodney A. Bennett and Emily E. Webber 1844 

William Webber and Sarah Damon 1843 

Lyman Gould and Betsy EUis 1839 

Andrew B. Thorington and Mary E. Haskell 1840 

Albert S. Butterworth and Amanda Allen 1841 

John B. Gould and Olive M. Moulton 1845 

Willard Weld and Betsy C. Gould 1847 

Chas. B. Blodgett and Amelia C. Colbum Sept. 14, 1856 

Andrew J. Howlett of Holland and Amelia H. 

Lawton of Chaplin, Conn. Nov. 27, 1856 
Samuel A. McAllister of Montville, Me., and H. 

Caroline Howlett of Holland May 3, 1857 
Eleazer Webber of Wales and Laura Blodgett 

of Holland Dec. 3, 1857 
David A. Needham and Lydia A. Shaw of Wales Feb. 11, 1858 
Abel Miller of Sturbridge and Sarah S. Robbing 

of Mansfield, Conn. Feb. 14, 1858 
Andrew J. Wales of Union, Conn., and Mrs. 

Roxana Sheldon of Brimfield Mar. 3, 1858 
Dwight Lumbard and Emmeline M. Carleton of 

Brimfield Jan. 20, 1858 
William W. Howlett of Holland and Miss Laura 

A. Graves of North Foster, R. I. July 2, 1858 
Elijah Allen of Brimfield and Ursula McFarland 

of Holland July 18, 1858 

Vital Statistics. 275 

Cyrus Tniesdale of Monson and Mary C. Webber 

of Holland Aug. 10, 1858 

George Walch and Sarah J. Cbickering of Stur- 

bridge Oct. 24, 1858 

Henry C. Prizell and Mary E. Morse of Stur- 
bridge Sept. 28, 1859 

Chas. E. Ward and Julia A. Rud, both of Warren Oct. 4, 1859 

John Whittemore of Sturbridge and Mary C. 

RusseU of Brimfield Oct. 26, 1859 

B. F. Barnes and Lucy M. Mason, both of Hol- 
land Nov. 12, 1859 

Reuben P. Whitney and Mary L. Wallis, both of 

Sturbridge June 10, 1860 

William S. Fuller and Julia Childs, both of 

Sturbridge Oct. 18, 1860 

Seth Walker of Ashford, Conn., and Mary A. 

Howlett of Holland Nov. 8, 1860 

Franklin B. Pond and Myra Ann Cram, both 

of Warren July 7, 1861 

Record of Bieths from Book No. 9 Town Records. 
Allen, Abel and Jerusha Tarbell 


1. Abel, b. March 30, 1767. 4. Jerusha, b. Sept. 11, 1775. 

2. Alfred, b. Apr. 24, 1768. 5. Esther, b. Oct. 2, 1784. 

3. Ezra, b. Sept. 6, 1773. 

Allen, Ezra and Marcy Needham; (2) Lucena Fuller. 


1. Mary Calista, Nov. 11, 1804. 

2. Harrison, Apr. 18, 1814 ; m. Harriet A. Partridge, 1840. 

3. Joseph Lothrop, Sept. 24, 1811. 

Anderson, David and (1) Irene, (2) Elfleda Belknap. 


Lyman, Apr. 21, 1789. Almanda, Sept. 17, 1799 by (2). 
Anderson, William and Sarah Webber. 

Prudence, Oct. 7, 1813. 

276 The History op Holland, Mass. 

Anderson, Timothy and Lurana Partridge. 


Baystie| Timothy, Sept. 22, 1801. 

Melina jMar. 18, 1797. Laura, Feb. 20, 1805. 

Louisa, Dee. 30, 1899. 
Anderson, John and Mary "Wight. 


Lucy, Oct. 13, 1801. Susannah P, May 15, 1801 

Hiram, Mar. 8, 1803. Shepherd, Oct. 27, 1809. 

See Anderson Genealogy. 

Notes from Northampton Probate Court. 

John Belknap. 

Jeremiah Sherman appointed administrator to estate of 
John Belknap, which was distributed to children. 

1. John. 5. Eunice m. (Sherman) Jere- 

2. Joseph. miah. 

3. Thomas. 6. Abigail, m. (Janes) Wm. 

4. Elijah. 7. Prudence. 

8. Betsy m. Burnett, Daniel. 
Dated Feb. 13, 1812. 

Ballard, Jonathan and Sarah Browning. 


Horace, Aug. 26, 1791. Luke, Mar. 6, 1799. 

Winthrop, Feb. 20, 1797. Jonathan, Jan. 20, 1801. 

Ballard, Joshua and Parthenia. 


Lovina, Nov. 6, 1798. 
Barnes, Silas and Mehitable. 

Achsah, Oct. 4, 1785. 
Belknap, Elijah and Thankful Lake. 

Minerva, Apr. 27, 1795. 

Vital Statistics. 277 

Belknap, John and Levine. 


John, Apr. 12, 1784. Caphire, Aug. 12, 1788. 

Levine, Apr. 5, 1786. Forris, Aug. 12, 1788. 

Blodgett, Edward and Eebecca Moffatt. 

Roswell, June 13, 1797. 
Bliss, Henry and Prudence. 

Plancey, Mar. 23, 1784. 
Bruce, Antipas and Hannah. 

Leetia, Sept. 16, 1783. Roxia, Sept. 1, 1788. 

Lyman, Mar. 16, 1785. Dexter, Aug. 10, 1790. 

Sybil, Nov. 30, 1786. Antipas, June 27, 1792. 

Barrett, Joshua and Sarah Wallis. 

Hiram, June 29, 1801. 
Brown, John and Lovina. 


Oril, Oct. 3, 1784. Statira, Mar. 12, 1789 

Loring, Oct. 17, 1786. Almira, Jan. 3, 1792. 

Bugbee, David and Hannah. 


Hannah, June 18. 1777. Lora, July 19, 1783. 

Lucy, Dec. 14, 1779. Lucretia, Jan. 10, 1787. 

Charles, June 26, 1782. 
Burnett, Daniel and Elizabeth Belknap. 

Erasmus, Sept. 13, 1791. 
Brigham, James and Marcy, 

Lucia Experience, Feb. 14, 1811. 

278 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Chapin, Rufus and Elizabeth Wallis {See Int. 1796.) 

Erasmus, Feb. 13, 1797. 
Church, Isaac and Eunice Sherman. 

Elizabeth, Jan. 23, 1812. 
Dana, Asa and Eunice Town, June 9, 1777. 


Hannah, Apr. 14, 1785. Sardis, Sept. 24, 1791. 

Brastus, June 23, 1787. Achsah, July 5, 1794. 

Federal, Sept. 15, 1789. Lorenzo Nov. 18, 1797. 

The greatest loss that Holland experienced in her early- 
history is the removal of this man and his family from town. 
Whither he went, we have not discovered a trace. He was a 
school teacher, and if his work in that line was as good as 
his work in the office of town clerk, which he held for the 
years 1794-5-6-7, he was a capable instructor. He lived on 
the Kimball Hill road, we judge, by the wording in the descrip- 
tion of that road when laid out, 1796, and he bore an honor- 
able part in the life and activities of the town and church, 
as is proved by his name being frequently met in connection 
with both. He removed 1797 out of the state. Perhaps he 
went to New York State, where many did go about this time. 

By the Sturbridge records we find that he had lived there 
and that the following children, were born there: — 

Hannah, 1778. 

Elijah, 1779. 

Jacob Adams, 1783. 
Fay, David and Mary Perrin. 

Luseba, Mar. 9, 1792. Dosha, June 13, 1800. 

Perrin, Feb. 2, 1795. David, July 1, 1803. 

Alvan, Sept. 19, 1797. 
Fuller, Elbridge G. and Nancy Perry. 

Vital Statistics. 279 


Mary Matilda, Mar. 6, 1814. 
Fuller, James and Mary May. 


Mary, Feb. 21, 1795. 
Graham, Archibald and Mary. 


David, Oct. 29, 1779. Louis, June 25, 1784. 

Euhamah June 3, 1782. 
Graham, Moses and Calista Belknap. 


Anson, Apr. 9, 1797. Electa, Feb. 19, 1799. 

Goodell, lehabod and Martha Webber. 


Huldah, Oct. 3, 1771. Jabez, Nov. 27, 1776. 

Mary, Aug. 5, 1774. Persis, Aug. 3, 1780. 

Glazier, Calvin and Lydia 


Shepherd, Sept. 9, 1793. Alice, Oct. 8, 1795. 

Glazier, Sewall and Rinday M. Fuller. 

Edmond, Nov. 13, 1809. George Merrick, Aug. 27, 1811. 
Howard, Moses and Betsy ■ — 


WiUiam Kendrick, Oct. 7, 1803.^ 
Hartshome, Ebenezer and Lydia. 


Rachel, Apr. 26, 1786. Lucy, July 17, 1788. 

Hinds, Darius and Marcy. 

Lemuel, Apr. 29, 1791. 

280 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Janes, Almarin and Mary Pay. 


Alfleda, Oct. 25, 1804. 
Elijah Janes and wife Lucy. 

Lucy Janes appointed guardian to children. 

Abel. Liberty. 

Mary. Property. 

Timothy Janes and wife Mary. 


Sarah. Jonathan Janes and William 

Louisa. Janes, Executors of will. 

(Not sure Jonathan and "Wil- 
liam were sons of Timothy.) 
Janes, Walter and Cynthia. 


Theresa, June 3, 1803. Alphonso, Dec. 31, 1804. 
Johnson, Timothy and Fanny 


Grosvenor, Aug. 19, 1792. 
Kimball, Asa and Hepzibah — 


Washington Smith, Jan. 24, 1804 
Lyon, Ebenezer Jr. and Rebecca Upham. 


Leonard, Nov. 18, 1811. Calvin Upham, Jan. 25, 1816. 

Willard, Dec. 18, 1813. 
Lyon, Stephen and Sarah Stevens. 

Fanny, Mar. 3, 1812. 
Lynn, James A. and Jerusha AUen. 


Esther Louisa, Nov. 13, 1805. James Freeland, July 23, 1810. 
William Allen, June 15, 1808. Haschal Merrick, Feb. 24, 1813. 

Vital Statistics. 281 

Bthelbert Child Lyon and wife Mary. 


Mary (12 yrs.), 1776. Alfred (4 yrs.), 1784. 

Aaron (9 yrs.), 1779. Bthelbert (11 mos.), 1787. 

Nellie (6 yrs.), 1782. 

Through a guardianship recorded in the probate court at 
Northampton we are able to give the foregoing list of children 
of Bthelbert Child Lyon, who was a Revolutionary soldier. We 
cannot declare that the list is complete, but they are all those 
mentioned in the guardianship. He died probably early in 
1788, for the document was dated Oct. 7, 1788, and the guard- 
ianship speaks of these children as the children of Bthelbert 
Child Lyon, late of Holland, deceased. From the ages of the 
children stated in the document we deduce the year in which 
each was born, the age stated in the certificate of Guardian- 
ship being in parentheses. 

Col. Alfred Lyon was born March 4, 1753; d. Dec. 5, 1813; 
m. Lydia Ballard, Jan. 23, 1777 ; she was b. Nov. 18, 1756 ; d. 
Dec. 29, 1822. 


Elvira, b. Oct. 21, 1777 ; m. Pliny Polly, Int. July 24, 179'6. 
Orril, b. May 19, 1779 ; m. Calvin Brown, Sept. 1, 1802. 
Budocia, b. Aug. 19, 1781 ; m. Elias Carter, May 25, 1807. 
Roxey, b. Dec. 7, 1783; m. Charles Chamberlain, Jan. 20, 

Sophia, b. July 9, 1785 ; m. Marquis Converse, Apr. 27, 1808. 
Prudence, b. Oct. 21, 1787 ; m. Abel Burt, March 17, 1811. 
Lt. Washington, b. Jan. 1, 1790; d. Aug. 29, 1824; m. 

Blvira Warren, July 12, 1812. 
Horatio, b. July 15, 1792 ; d. May 15, 1799. 
Lydia, b. May 22, 1794; m. John Wyles, Mar. 19, 1816; 

d. May 8, 1861. He was b. July 31, 1792 ; d. Oct. 19, 

Alfred, b. Dec. 12, 1796. 
Horatio, b. July 31, 1801. 

The Lyon family moved from Holland to Brimfield about 


The History op Holland, Mass. 

Col. Washington, son of Alfred, b. Jan. 1, 1790; d. Aug. 
29, 1824 ; m. Elvira Warren, July 12, 1812. 


Charles Warren, d. March 1, 1813. 
Julia Ann, b. Feb. 2, 1815 ; m. Horatio L. Carter. 
Harriet Morgan, b. July 15, 1818 ; d. Oct. 11, 1818. 
Maria Wyles, b. about 1820 ; m. Mr. Cleveland. 
Harriet, b. 1823 ; d. June 21, 1825. 

{By Ella J. Webber.) 

May, Nehemiah and Hannah Lyon. 


William, died young. 
Zuriel, m. Hannah Stacey. 
Chester, m. Lucy Wales. 
Rufus, m. Eunice Wales. 
Nehemiah Jr., m. Martha 

May, Zuriel and Hannah Stacey. 


Lathrop, Nov. 17, 1802. 
May, Rufus and Eunice Wales. 


Olive, m. Ezra Horton. 
Hannah, m. Abijah Sessions. 
Mary, m. James Fuller. 
Lorinda, m. Ebenezer Morris. 
Ezra, m. Lyon. 

Lida, Oct. 12, 1782. 
Lucy, Apr. 7, 1785. 
Linas, Aug. 26, 1786. 
Esther, July 18, 1788. 
Marcy, James and Mary Shaw; 

Anna, Jan. 2, 1793. 
Roxy, Sept. 29, 1794. 
Rufus, Feb. 2, 1800. 
Eunice, Sept. 9, 1802. 
(2) Sarah Flint. 

James, Aug. 24, 1800. Mary, by Sarah, Sept. 15, 1804. 
Loring, Nov. 7, 1805 ) 

Sarah, Apr. 22, 1810 \by Sarah. 

Vital Statistics. 283 

Melntire, Abram and Lydia. 

Lod, Jan. 11, 1808. 
Munger, Simeon and Eunice Needham. 


Susannah, Aug. 3, 1790. Sybil, Jan. 2, 1801. 

Lancey, Aug. 7, 1792. Elmira, Dec. 12, 1802. 

Salla, Jan. 6, 1795. John, Aug. 30, 1804. 

Austin, May 23, 1796. Anthony, Apr. 8, 1807. 

Irene, Dec. 2, 1797. Semantha, Feb. 15, 1809. 

Morris, Bbenezer and Lorinda May. 


Leonard May, Jan. 10, 1790. Laura, Feb. 5, 1798. 

Anna, Oct. 14, 1795. 

Morris, Leonard May and Nancy Paddock. 

Lindorf, Sept. 17, 1813. 
Walstein Fits Alvin, Nov. 1, 1816. 
Savater, May 21, 1818. 
Walstein Fits Alvin, Oct. 13, 1819. 
Perrin, Benjamin and wife Mary 

John, m. Mary Goodell (?). 
Marcy, m. Nathan Pay. 
Mary, m. David Fay. 
HaUowell, m. Sybil Bruce. 

Sarel, m. Huldah Goodell. 
Partridge, Isaac and Celia Groves; Int. Apr. 26, 1795. 

Mary, May 1, 1796. HaUowell, Sept. 19, 1804. 

Miranda, Oct. 29, 1797. Seth, Aug. 12, 1806. 

Semantha, Mar. 9, 1799. Truman, Sept. 29, 1808. 

Martha, July 26, 1800. Celia, Oct. 9, 1810. 

Propperty, Nov. 25, 1803. 

284 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Partridge, Asa and Mary Bates, m. Mar. 21, 1793. 


Eli, Jan. 2, 1794 Parmela, Jan. 12, 1796 
Putnam, William and Mary — 


Harriet Wordsworth, Feb. 5, 1810. 
William Hutchinson, Feb. 2, 1812. 
Pierce, Levy and Persis. 

Levy, Oct. 14, 1794. 
Perrin, Asarael and Huldah Goodell. 


Phila, Mar. 11, 1793. Fatima, July 10, 1802. 

Martin, Sept. 4, 1795. Saphira, July 8, 1804. 

Milicent, Mar. 14, 1797. John G., Oct. 28, 1806. 

Horatio, Feb. 14, 1799. Eliza, Oct. 30, 1808. 

Elmira, Oct. 10, 1800. Mary Huldah, May 11, 1811 

Wm. Jabez Goodell, Apr. 
26, 1813. 
Perrin, Hallowell and Sybil Bruce. 


Lucy, Sept. 17, 1786. Amasa, Dec. 10, 1794. 
Joseph, June 20, 1788. Millicent, June 27, 1797. 
Ambrose, June 20, 1789. Diana, Sept. 20, 1799. 
Sybil, Feb. 22, 1791. 
Rosebrooks, Gershom and Jenny ■ 

Prudence, Apr. 20, 1769. Lucena, Mar. 10, 1776. 

Walter, June 25, 1771. Willard, June 11, 1778, 

Polly, Nov. 2, 1773. Eunice, July 9, 1781. 

Rosebrooks, Walter and Mary. 

Clementine, Dec. 14, 1803. Mary, Dec. 5, 1809. 

Walter Lyman, Feb. 5, 1807. 
Stevens, Reuben and Nabby. 


Vital Statistics. 285 


Emmeline Nabby, June 24, Eliza Ann, Feb. 10, 1815. 

1809. J'itz Henry Richardson, July 

Reuben Merrick, Aug. 24, 1811. 22, 1817. 
Steward, James and (1) Adams; (2) Abigail Harrington. 


James. Silas. 

Paul. Levi. 

Lucretia. Benjamin. 

Lois. Abigail (by wife No. 2). 

For further genealogy of Stewarts, see A Gardner's book, 
on the history of Wales in hands of town clerk. 
Stone, Moses and Elizabeth. 

Moses, Oct. 4, 1795. Chester, Oct. 1, 1797. 

SmaUedge, John and Mary Goodhue. {See Hist, of Union.) 

John, Feb. 18, 1791. 
Towne, Merritt A., m. Abigail A. Pratt. 


Austin Pratt Towne, b. Mar. 14, 1869. 
Thompson, Daniel and Anna. 

Mary, July 5, 1778. Daniel, Jan. 12, 1784. 

Luke, Feb. 3, 1781. Anna, Jan. 12, 1784. 

Taylor, John and Elizabeth. 


Thomas Jefferson, Aug. 10, 1804. 
Thompson, Jacob and Hadassa Stone. 


Vernon, Dec. 9, 1801. Addison, Oct. 26, 1806. 

Caroline, Jan. 30, 1804. 
Tiffany, James and Mary. 

Bela, Oct. 7, 1785. Ruby, Dec. 6, 1791. 

286 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

Upham, Jonathan and Sarah. 


Sarah, Jan. 18, 1794. Alvin, Aug. 1, 1799. 

Erastus, Sept. 1, 1796. Diantha, May 4, 1802. 

Wallis, David, b. Sept. 13, 1758, and Persis Rosebrook, b. Sept. 
10, 1760. 


Melinda, Nov. 28, 1783. Otis, Mar. 31, 1794. 

Freeland, Dec. 5, 1785. Horace, Apr. 14, 1796. 

Sarah, July 15, 1788. Persa, Mar. 4, 1800. 

John, Aug. 11, 1789. Mandana, May, 21, 1802. 

David, Feb. 3, 1792. Mary, Apr. 11, 1805. 

Wallis, Freeland and Esther Allen. 


Warren Allen, Mar. 5, 1812. Freeland Orlando, Mar. 14, 
Caroline Augusta, Mar. 29, 1818. 

1814. Esther L. 

Wallis, William, of Columbia, N. H., and Melinda Wallis of 


Carlos, Apr. 1, 1807. William, Apr. 24, 1813. 

Philinda, Feb. 5, 1811. 
WaUis, P. Thomas and (1) Sophia Haynes, Oct. 25, 1804; (2) 
Keziah Hammond, Int. Feb., 1807. 


Sophia Haynes, Jan. 5, 1806. Austin, Feb. 23, 1794. 

Wallis, Alfred and Zeporah Cady. 


Chancey, June 26, 1792. 
WiUard, Samuel and (1) Prudence; (2) Polly Willis, 1789, 


George Ransom, Jan. 14, 1787. 
White, David and Mary. 

Galen, Apr. 13, 1808. Mandana, Dec. 3, 1809. 

Vital Statistics. 287 

Weatherbee, Ebenezer and Chloe Fay. 


Elvira, Feb. 16, 1796. Blmira, Jan. 4, 1810. 

William, Oct. 15, 1797. Ozra, Dec. 10, 1811. 

Matilda, Oct. 6, 1800. 

Webber, Andrew and Ruth; (2) Sarah. 


Amasa, Sept. 17, 1767. Louisa, Sept. 22, 1783. 

Parley, July 2, 1774. Clement, Apr. 27, 1786. 

Abigail, Sept. 27, 1778. Annis, Jan. 5, 1790. 

Joel, Oct. 2, 1780. Sarah, July, 10, 1792. 

The last two by Sarah. 

Webber, Reuben and Sarah; (2) Jerusha, wd. John Blodgett, 
m. 1795. 


Sarah, Nov. 3, 1778. Erastus, Jan. 15, 1790. 

Francis, Aug. 28, 1780. Lurana, Mar. 3, 1792. 

Abner, June 3, 1782. Prudence, June 2, 1794. 

Adolphus, Jiuie 2, 1784. Reuben, Jan. 16, 1797. 

Eli, Jan. 26, 1786. Harvey, Oct. 5, 1799. 

Asaph, Feb. 6, 1788. The last two by Jerusha. 
Webber, Samuel and Mehetable Frisbie or Frizell (?). 


Ezra, Nov. 7, 1772. John, Mar. 23, 1779. 

Webber, Rinaldo and Elizabeth Belknap. 


Anna, Oct. 6, 1784. Julius, May 19, 1791. 

Arsenal, Mar. 25, 1789. 
Webber, Suel and Hannah McNeel. 


Lyman, Dec. 14, 1789. Charles, Nov. 25, 1799. 

Anna, Jan. 19, 1794. 

288 The History of Holland, Mass. 

"Webber, Adolphus and Sarah Needham; (2) Annis Webber; 
(3) Nancy Belcher. 

Mary Allen, Feb. 19, 1812. Wm. Ainsworth, June 24, 1818, 
Lorinda Adalaide, Jan 26, by Annis. 

1815. Geo. Livingstone, Nov. 8, 1821. 

"Webber, Samuel Jr. and Sarah Kimball. 

Eliphas, Nov. 24, 1781. Lucy, Dec. 1, 1787. 

Kimball, Nov. 7, 1782. "William, July 23, 1790. 

Eleazer, Aug. 23, 1785. Loring, Feb. 16, 1791. 

"Webber, John and Betsy Parker of Partridgefield. 

Semantha, Sept. 12, 1803. Caroline, Mar. 26, 1810. 

Parker, June 23, 1805. Lutima Keziah. 

Delosia, Nov. 19, 1806. Hosea. 

Grafton, Aug. 19, 1808. 
"Webber, Eliphas and Susannah Kendrick, Nov. 18, 1804. 

Thomas Kendrick, Feb. 9, 1809. 

"We give a record of baptisms by Eev. Ezra Reeve taken 
from his records beginning with the year 1781. 
John Perrin and Persis Rosebrook Oct. 29, 1781 

Joseph Aug. 8, Elizabeth Nov. 12, children of 

Hannah Bruce Oct. 29, 1781 

Charles, John, Sarah, Uriah, Jonathan, Irena 

and Hannah, Children of Lt. Rosebrook Dec. 26, 1781 

Mary, John, Moses and Aaron, children of Mr. 

"Weatherbee Jan. 23,1782 

Nellie, child of Mary Lyon Feb. 24, 1782 

Ezra, child of Israel Janes Apr. 14, 1782 

Hannah, wife of Daniel Thompson May 4, 1782 

Mehetable, Hannah and Samuel, children of Jas. 

Frizell May 10, 1782 

Joseph, child of Jonathan WaUis May 26, 1782 

Mary, child of John Perrin Aug. 18, 1782 

Polly, Kate, Olive, Lois, children of Jonathan 

M _l 

Vital Statistics. 


Belknap Sept. 8, 1782 

Edward, child of Lt. Webber Sept. 29, 1782 

Nathan, child of Jonathan Blanchard Nov. 10, 1782 
James, Dolly and William, children of Lydia 

Rosebrook Dec. 8, 1782 
Mehetable, Sarah, Elizabeth, Ezra, Mara, Elisha 

and John, children of Mrs. Webber June 27, 1782 

Charles, chUd of David Bugbee June 30, 1782 

Lucy, child of John Wallis July 7, 1782 

Mary, child of Solomon Hovey July 7, 1782 

Almarin, child of William Wallis July 21, 1782 

Jonathan Belknap Aug. 4, 1782 

Dexter and Lyman, children of Mary Tiflney Aug. 1783 

Electa, child of Hannah Bruce Sept. 12, 1783 

Zida, child of Rufus May Nov. 23, 1783 

Roxanna, child of Capt. Lyon Dec. 14, 1783 

Alfred, child of Mary Lyon Apr. 11, 1784 

Cynthia, child of Dr. Wallis May 31, 1784 

Lucy, child of David Bugbee July 25, 1784 

Bradford, child of Eliphalet Janes Aug. 22, 1784 

Lydia, child of Benjamin Ward Sept. 11, 1784 

Dexter, child of Mrs. Nutting Sept, 11, 1784 

Sybil, child of John Perrin Nov. 7, 1784 

Lyman Bruce Apr. 24, 1785 
Lucy, child of Rufus May, Bap. by Mr. Paine June 5, 1785 

Sophia, child of Alfred Lyon July 17, 1785 

Sarah, child of Elizabeth Sherman Alig. 14, 1785. 

Sarah, child of Lydia Rosebrook Aug. 21, 1785 

Irenia, child of Nathan Session Oct. 9, 1785 

Freeland, child of David Wallis Dec. 11, 1785 

Achsah, child of Silas Barnes Dec. 18, 1785 

Barsha, child of Edward Webber Apr. 30, 1786 

Clemenee, child of Andrew Webber Apr. 30, 1786 

Dolly, child of Jonathan Wallis May 14, 1786 

Lynus, child of Rufus May Sept. 10, 1786 

Lucy, child of Sybil Perrin Oct. 29, 1786 

Erastus, child of Prudence Coats Dec. 31, 1786 

Lucretia, child of David Bugbee Feb. 11, 1787 

Sophia, child of Dr. WaUis Feb. 25, 1787 



The Histoey op Holland, Mass. 

Sybil, child of Hannah Bruce Mar. 11 

Grace, child of Wm. Wallis April 1 

Bathsheba, child of Israel Janes June 10 

Nabby, child of Silas Barnes June 24 

Phineas, child of Lydia Eosebrook July 15 

Pruda, child of Capt. Lyon Dec. 30 

Erastus, child of Ezra Horton (Union) Dec. 30 

Sally, child of Dea. David Wallis July 27 

Ambrose, child of Sybil Perrin Aug. 9 

John, child of Deacon "Wallis Sept. 13 

Ethelbert, child of "Widow Mary Lyon Sept. 21, 

Roxy, child of Hannah Bruce Oct. 12 

Grosvenor, child of Dr. Wallis May 24 

Lyman, child of David Anderson May 24 

Philena, child of Ezra Horton July 26, 

Sally, child of Eliphalet Janes Aug. 9 

Sylvester 3hild of Lt. Webber Dec. 20 

Washington, child of Capt. Alfred Lyon Jan. 3 

Dexter, child of Hannah Bruce Aug. 29 

Federal, child of Asa Dana Sept. 5 

Pliny and David, children of Mrs. Thomas Dec. 12 

Sybil, child of Sybil Perrin May 1 

David, child of Dea. David Wallis Apr. 1 

Almira, child of John Brown May 6 

Horatio, child of Capt. Lyon Sept. 30 

Hannah, child of Prudence Webber Sept. 30 

Roxy, child of Calvin Glazier Dec. 9 

Antipas, child of Hannah Bruce Jan. 9 

Samuel Webber Jr. Jan. 20 
Eliphas, Eamball, Eleazer, Lucy William and 

Loring, children of Samuel Webber Jr. Jan. 20 

Austin, child of Dr. Wallis Feb. 23 

Shepherd, child of Calvin Glazier Nov. 

Otis, child of Dea. Wallis May 18, 
Horace and Harvey, children of Lucy Pierce May 18 

Lydia, child of Col. Lyon Jtine 22 

Achsah, child of Asa Dana Aug. 17 

Vialy, child of Capt. John Brown Aug. 31 
Sally, Abner, Francis, Eli, Asaph, Erastus, 



Vital Statistics. 291 

Lucena and Prudence, children of Keuben 

Amasa, child of Sybil Perrin 
Ezra, child of Dea. Webber 
Alice, child of Mrs. Glazier 
Horace, child of Dea. Wallis 
Miranda, child of Capt. John Brown 
Alfred, child of Col. Alfred Lyon 
Eben and Davis, children of Prudence Coats 
PoUey, and Diedamias, children of James 

MiUicent, Child of Sybil Perrin 
Lorenzo, child of Asa Dana 
Erastus, child of Mrs. Upham 
Loranda, child of Mrs. Glazier 
Diana, child of Sybil Perrin 
Persa, child of Dea. David Wallis 
Samuel, child of Mrs. Robertson 
Elven, child of Mrs. Upham 
Amasa, child of Mr. A. Deaolph 
Almira, child of E. Horton of Union 
Horatio, child of Col. Lyon 
Mandana, child of Dea. D. WaUis 
Amherst, child of Mrs. Robertson 
Lendel, Semantha and Laury, children of Mrs. 

Lucy Wallis 
Diantha, child of Mrs. Upham 
Lucena Rosebrook 
Semantha, child of Betsy Webber 
Mary, child of Dea. D. Wallis 
Olive, child of E. Horton 
Parker, child of Betsy Webber 
George, child of Amasa Deaolph 
Horace, child of Mrs. Upham 
Jabez Goodell 

Delosha, child of Betsy Webber 
Grafton, child of Betsy Webber 
Polly, wife of David White and Mandana, her 

child Apr. 8, 1810 

Jan. 15, 


Apr. 5, 


Sept. 27, 


Nov. 15, 


June 12, 


Nov. 20, 


May 14, 


Sept. 17, 


Oct. 1, 


Oct. 15. 


Mar. 5; 


Mar. 5, 


June 9, 


Nov. 17, 


May 4, 


May 4, 


Oct. 26, 


Mar. 1, 


Sept. 6, 


Oct. 11, 


June 27, 


June 27, 


Sept. 5, 


Nov. 21, 


Mar. 10, 


Oct. 23, 


June 16, 


July 7, 


Aug. 18, 


Oct. 13, 


Oct. 19, 


Nov. 30, 


Apr. 26, 


Dec. 14, 


292 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Hiram, Duleenia, Galen, children of David White Apr. 20, 1810 
Caroline, child of Betsy Webber July 1, 1810 

Lutina Keziah, child of Betsy Webber Apr. 17, 1814 

Diantha, child of Mrs. Haynes May 27, 1814 

Esther, William, James, and Pascal, children of 

James and Jerusha Lynn, Bap. by Rev. Vail July 1, 1817 
Elizabeth Brown Oct. 26, 1817 

Edward Blodgett, Schuyler Howard, Lucretia 

Clark, Bap. by Rev. Jas. Vail Nov. 8, 1818 

Mary Calista, Joanna Lorin, Roxana, Adelpha, 

Bap. by Rev. Alfred Ely of Monson 
Harrison, Joseph Lathrop, children of Col. Ezra 

Allen Dee. 9, 1818 

Comfort, Miranda, Martha, Maria, Elizabeth 
Miller, Bap. by Mr. Ely of Monson, children 
of Abijah Pierce Dec. 9, 1818. 

Sarah, Prudence, Bap. by Mr. Ely, children of 

William Anderson Dec. 9, 1818 

Norman, child of William Webber Dec. 9, 1818 

Parley Lyon, Sally Webber, Persa Goodale, 
Polly Rosebrooks, Eunice Rosebrooks, Bap. by 
Rev! Mr. Knight of West Stafford Dec. 20, 1818 

Hannah May, Grosvenor May, Diantha Reeve, 

Bap. by Rev. Mr. Dickerson Apr. 18, 1819 

Sophrona, child of William Webber, Bap. by 

Mr. Burt July 23, 1819 

Mary Allen, Lorinda Adalaide, Wm. Ainsworth, 
children of Adolphus Webber, Bap. by Rev. 
Mr. Ely Aug. 13, 1820 

Joseph Trenance, Marcus Waldo, children of 

Erastus and Mary Webber, Bap. by Rev. Ely, Aug. 13, 1820 
Eliza, child of Lucretia Clark, Bap. by Rev. Mr. 

Burt Aug. 20, 1820 

Chloe Phidelia, Jonathan Parker, Edwin Bal- 
lard, children of Eleazer and Marsilvia Web- 
ber, Bap. by Mr. Burt Aug. 20, 1820 
Warren Allen,, Caroline Augusta, Preeland Or- 
lando, children of Freeland and Esther Wallis 
Bap. by Mr. Burt Aug. 20, 1820 

Vital Statistics. 


Warren White, William Spooner, children of 
Perley and Phoebe Lyon, Bap. by Mr. Burt 

Leonard, Nancy, children of Capt. Leonard 
Morris. Covenant read by Mr. Burt 

Mary Bearing, Sophia Ann, children of Harding 
and Almira Clark 

Charles Searles, child of Erastus and Mary Web- 

Rachel Ann Pierce, by Rev. Jas. Vail 

Miranda Delia, child of Miranda Blodgett 

Edward Pierce, child of Miranda Blodgett, and 
Oeorge Clinton, child of Marsilvia Webber, 
Bap. by Mr. Lane 

Sally Clark, Bap. Mr. Lane 

Benj. Haynes, Bap. by Mr. Lane 

Caroline, child of Moses Harding and Almira 
Clark, Bap. by Mr. Lane 

Marcus Waldo, child of Erastus and Mary Web- 
ber, by Rev. Otis Lane 

Sarah, child of William and Bathsheba Webber, 
by Eev. Otis Lane 

Eurilla, wife of Grovenor May 

Lucy Wallis, Calista Wallis, Mary Howlett, 
Elvira Caroline Webber, Bap. by Rev. Jas. 

Nancy Webber, wife of Adolphus Webber 

Prudence Belknap, wife of Joseph Belknap 
Joseph Belknap 

Molly Puller, wife of James Fuller 
Benjamin Webber 
MoUy Webber 
James Frizell, 82 
Mrs. Anna May 
Trenance Webber 
Mrs. Reuben Stevens, 37 
Mrs. Ezra Allen, 30 
Mrs. Adolphus Webber, 28 
William Frizell, 54 

Sept. 3, 


Sept. 10, 



Aug. 25, 


Sept. 7, 


Sept. 7, 


Oct. 3, 


Nov. 21, 


Jan. 7, 


June 26, 


June 26, 


July 10, 


Jan. 17, 


Jan. 22, 


Mar. 25, 


Jan. 7, 


July 20, 


Nov. 3, 


June 29, 


Dec. 21, 


Jan. 24, 


Mar. 23, 


Dec. 21, 


July 31, 


Feb. 8, 


Feb. 12, 


May 4, 


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Mary Prizell, 87 Mar. 4, 1824 

Oliver How Sept. 23, 1783, 

Levine PoUey, daughter to John Jan. 7, 1787 

Mrs. Samuel Willard Feb. 6, 1787 

Sally Wallis, daughter to David Aug. 11, 1788 

Austin Munger, son to Simeon May 14, 1788 

Sybil Munger, daughter to Simeon Apr. 27, 1802 

Elmina Munger, daughter to Simeon Jan. 2, 1803 

Propperty Partridge, son to Isaac Apr. 5, 1804 

Sophia Wallis, wife to Thos. P. Wallis Jan. 19, 1806 

Dea. Samuel Webber 1825 

Gershom Rosebrooks 1825 

Ebenezer Lyon 1825 

Lyman Wallis 1826 

Ichabod Goodell 1826 

Persis Goodell, aet 45 1826 

Ruth Swinnerton 1828 

Jerusha Allen, aet 88 1828 

Judah Back, aet 88 ' 1828 

Nehemiah May, Jr. 1828 

John Polly, aet 87 1828 

Thomas Gould 1829 

Willard Rosebrooks 1831 

Jane Rosebrooks 1831 

Bradley Webber, aet 72 1833 

Elizabeth Church, aet 70 1834 

Benjamin Church, aet 78 1833 

Benjamin Reeve, aet 74 1838 

Cyprian Stevens, aet 91 1839 

Dea. Jas. A. Lynn, aet 65 1839 

Zuriel May, aet 68 1840 

John Anderson 1841 

Lydia Howlett 1841 

Hannah May, wife of Zuriel May 1841 

Lyman Gould, aet 54 1841 

Anna May, aet 69 1841 

Dea. David WaUis, Esq. aet 84 1843 

Rebecca (Moffitt) Blodgett aet 74 1845 

Dea. Samuel Frizell, aet 70 1845 

Nicholas Aldrich, aet 76 18^8 


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I abhor 

And yet how sweet 

The sound along the marching street, 

Of drum and fife, and I forget 

Broken old mothers, and the whole 

Bark butchery without a soul. 

Without a soul — save this bright drink 

Of heady music, sweet as hell; 

And even my peace-abiding feet 

Go marching with the marching feet. 

For yonder, yonder, goes the fife. 

And what care I for human life! 

The tears fill my astonished eyes 
And my full heart is like to break; 
And yet 'tis all embannered lies — 
A dream those drummers make 

Oh, it is wickedness to clothe. 

Yon hideous grinning thing that stalks 

Hidden in music, like a queen. 

That in a garden of glory walks, 

Till good men love the thing they loathe! 

But not an infamy like this, 
Art, thou hast many infamies, 
Oh, snap the fife and still the drum. 
And show the monster as she is. 

Richard le Gallienne. 

Some nations have their rise from the debris of decayed 
or destroyed empires. Out of the mulch there springs a more 
vigorous, virtuous people or one that fulfills the purposes of 

296 The History of Holland, Mass. 

God better. The new nation absorbs the valuable, the worth- 
while material of the old and grows to prominence and power, 
only to run its course and suffer a like fate. Fragments, frag- 
ments, is the final issue, and it will ever be thus until the 
preservative be applied not as a beautifying veneer but as a 
leavening, vitalizing force. That preservative is the teaching 
of the Prince of Peace, transformed into life and action, in- 
dividual and national. 

"When the white man came to America, conquest was the 
only way by which it could ever be a home to them. Two 
peoples so diverse in life and ideals would inevitably clash, 
with the result that the stronger would build upon the ruins 
of the weaker. The aborigine taught the white man how to 
cope with the rigors of life here. He found it a howling wild- 
erness full of wild beasts whose dangerous and destructive 
habits demanded their extermination. It soon resounded with 
the war cry of the savage more cunning and cruel than wild 
beasts. Subjugation could be complete only with extermina- 

The struggle for existence here was severe but it produced 
a people inured to hardship and danger. In addition it taught 
them self-reliance. The free life here so far from the home 
government together with their ultra protestant faith gave 
them a new vision of freedom, and the legislation of the mother 
country grew irksome, and when it was found that that legis- 
ation was dictated not by love, but by greed and love of power, 
the time was drawing near for the "birth of a new nation 
conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all 
men are created equal," and fusion of the colonies into a 
national unit had been rendered possible by common hard- 
ships and common dangers, as well as common ideals. 

To demonstrate what one little town has done to trans- 
form a howling wilderness into a howling success, the abode 
of peace and plenty, the Good Samaritan of the world, the ideal 

Holland's Military History. 297 

of its hopes, is a part of our duty. It required a brave, ener- 
getic and law-abiding people. None other could have done it. 
To maintain our heritage is a G-od-given duty, which the 
present condition of Europe is bringing home to us with em- 
phasis. Shall "fragments, fragments," be the issue with us? 
Assuredly not if our forefathers' vision of God and regard' 
for man and ideals of personal duty be maintained. 

The French were settling the region about the St. Law- 
rence river while the English were settling the Atlantic coast 
region to the south. The French made little effort to raise 
their food supply from the soil owing to the climate, and to 
the fact that their efforts were directed toward securing vast 
regions to France by means of erecting forts for garrisons and 
establishing trading posts with the Indians, as the region 
abounded with furbearing animals. Their purpose was to 
keep the English settlements east of the Appalachian Moun- 
tains while they established forts from the Great Lakes to the 
Gulf of Mexico. But forts provisioned with food brought 
from the home country, three thousand miles across the sea, 
and garrisoned with soldiers thus provisioned are not as strong 
a means of defence as a sturdy yeomanry fighting for their 
homes and drawing supplies from their home farms. 

The English had been a race of home builders, settling and 
raising their own supplies, they were taking possession but 
little faster than they could occupy. 

The various petty colonial wars were indications of the 
struggle that would eventually come. With the breaking out 
of hostilities in 1754 that struggle began. Brimifield had not 
been lacking in duty in those earlier colonial wars. Ample 
proof of this is found in the state archives. The pioneer fam- 
ilies of Brimfield were fine material from which to levy soldiers. 
As men from that part of Brimfield which was later incorpor- 
ated into the district called Holland, formed a considerable 
fraction of Brimfield 's quota, we have deemed it a matter of 


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interest to our purpose to get a list of Brimfield's soldiers in 
this war from the Mass. Archives so as to trace the more 
accurately the family names of Holland when it was incor- 
porated and also in its later history. The labor has been very 
considerable, and we hope the reader will find the following 
list a matter of deep interest and study. We give the year of 
service, the rank and the captain of the company. 

P. — private; Cent. — centinel or sentinel. The other abbre- 
viations of rank are well known. 

The captains under which Brimfield's soldiers served are 
given and the towns from which they came. Of the twenty- 
five captains only five are Brimfield men. Capt. Joseph Blod- 
gett lived in the part that became Holland. Captains Davis 
and Moulton, being men who resided in the part that became 
Wales, Capt. Moulton having served as pastor of the Baptist 
Church there. His son, Freeborn Moulton, was a captain in the 
Revolution. Many of the soldiers enrolled in this war are also 
found enrolled in the American Revolution. 
Captains in French and Indian War and Towns from 

Whence They Came. 

Daniel Burt, Brimfield 
Joseph Blodgett, Brimfield 
Jonathan Ball, Springfield 
Luke Bliss, Springfield 
John Bancroft, Springfield 
John Burk, Bernardstown 
Edmund Bemis, Spencer. 
William Bemis, Spencer 
Jonathan Carver, Montague 
Trustrum Davis, Brimfield 
Benjamin Day, Springfield 
Robert Field, Needham 
John Fox, Springfield 

James Gray, Stockbridge 
Timothy Hamant, Medway 
Moses Hart, Lynn 
John Johnson, Boston 
John Lane, Biddeford 
Bleazer Melven, Concord 
James Mirick, Brimfield 
Ebenezer Moulton, Brimfield 
Samuel Robinson, Hardwick 
William Shepard, Westfield 
Jas. Thompson, New Braintree 
Aaron Willard, Lancaster 

Abbott Nathaniel 
Ainsworth Jacob 

Year Rank 

1758 P. 

1759 P. 

Trustrum Davis 

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Allen Abel* 



Timothy Hamant 

Allen Daniel 



Trustrum Davis 

Allen Samuel 



Trustrum Davis 

Ames Ebenezer 



Anderson James 



Anderson John 



Trustrum Davis 

Anderson Thomas 



Trustrum Davis 

Alpin Isaac 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Babcoek Jonathan 



Trustrum Davis 

Bates Asa 



Robert Field 

Belknap Asa 



Trustrum Davis 

Belknap John 



James Mirick 

Belknap Joseph 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Belknap William 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Bishop Asa 

Bishop Ebenezer 



Trustrum Davis 

Bishop John 



Joseph Blodgett 

Bishop John Jr. 



Daniel Burt 

Bishop Richard 



Daniel Burt 

Bishop William 



John Bancroft 

Bliss Ebenezer 



John Bancroft 

Bliss Isil 



Bliss Isaac 



Daniel Burt 

Bliss Jedediah 



James Mirick 

Bliss Peletiah 



Bliss Samuel 


Bliss Thomas 



Moses Hart 

Blodgett Abner 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Blodgett Archippus 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Blodgett Benjamin 



Daniel Burt 

Blodgett Joseph 


Blodgett Samuel 



Trustrum Davis 

Blodgett Thomas 



Trustrum Davis 

Blashfield John 



Joseph Blodgett 

Brightman John 



Joseph Blodgett 

•Inserted here owing to his long residence in Holland and prominence 
there as also his posterity. He enlisted from Sturbridge. 


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Brightwell John 



Daniel Burt 

Brown Jonathan 



Daniel Burt 

Brown Robert 



John Bancroft 

Browning John 



Joseph Blodgett 

BuUen John 



John Bancroft 

Bullen Samuel 



John Bancroft 

Burt Daniel 



Col. Williams 

Burt David 



Benj. Day 

Burt Henry 



James Miriek 

Burt John 



Daniel Burt 

Burk Simeon 



Joseph Blodgett 

Carpenter Benjamin 



Daniel Burt 

Carpenter Deliverance 



Daniel Burt 

Chandler Samuel 



Daniel Burt 

Cheedle John 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Charles John 



John Bancroft 

Clark Reuben 



Wm. Bemis 

Clark Stephen 



WuL Biemis 

Cobb Edward 



Trustrum Davis 

Cody Jabez 



Benj. Day 

Collins Daniel 



John Bancroft 

Collins Nathaniel 



James Miriek 

Cooley Adonijah 



Trustrum Davis 

Cooley A^ariah 



John Pox 

Cooley David 



James Miriek 

Cooley Ebenezer 



Sam. Robinson 

Cooley Gideon 



Sam Robinson 

Cooley Nathaniel 



Sam Robinson 

Crafts Joseph 



James Miriek 

Crafts Joseph 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Cram Humphrey 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Converse Josiah 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Cross John 



Trustrum Davis 

Crossman Simon 



Trustrum Davis 

Crosby Samson 



Eleazer Melven 

Crafford Joseph 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Colton Timothy 



William Shepard 

Dady William 



Ebenezer Moulton 

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Danielson John Jr. 



James Mirick 

Danielson Nathaniel 



William Shepafd 

Davis Benjamin 



Joseph Blodgett 

Davis John 



Timothy Hamant 

Pavis Joseph 



Daniel Burt 

Davis Trustnim 



Trustrum Davis 

Davis Trustrum Jr. 



Trustrum Davis 

Darbe Benjamin 



Joseph Blodgett 

Deering Samuel 



Timothy Hamant 

Dimiek Gideon 



Daniel Burt 

Dingy Phineas 



John Bancroft 

Dunkley Robert Jr. 


Dunham Thomas 

Durkee Phineas 



Ebenezer Moultcn 

Penton William 



James Miriek 

Fleming "William 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Foot Joseph 



James Miriek 

Prizell Samuel 



Trustrum Davis 

Frost Aaron 



John Bancroft 

Frost Ebenezer 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Frost Jonathan 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Frost Noah 



Daniel Burt 

Frost Samuel 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Fuller Abraham 



Robert Field 

T'uller Peter 



James Mirick 

Gary William 



Trustrum Davis 

Gardner William 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Graves Aaron 



Ebenezer Moulton 

Graves Daniel 



John Burk 

Graves Moses 



John Bancroft 

Graves Phineas 



Daniel Burt 

Graham Archibald 



Daniel Burt 

Groves Joseph 



James Mirick 

Groves Peter 



Daniel Burt 

Harkness John 



Daniel Burt 

Haeek Benjamin 




Hatch Stephen 




Harris John 





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Hartman Matthias 




Haynes Benjamin 




Haynes David 




Healey Abijah 




Hill John 




Hinds John 




Hinds Lemuel 




Hitchcock David 




Hitchcock Joseph 




Hitchcock Moses 




Hitchcock Paul 




Hitchcock Peletiah 




Holbrook Asa 




Holbrook Josiah 




Holbrook John 




Hoar Edmund 




Hoar Leonard 




Hoar Reuben 




Hubbard Simeon 



Hubbard Thomas 




Hutchinson Benjamin 




Janes David 




Janes Israel 




Janes William 




Jordan Richard 




Jennings Stephen 




Keene Simeon 




Keep Caleb 




Keep Jabez 




Keep Josiah 




Keep Simeon 




Kilborn Jonathan 




Kilbom Samuel 




King Benjamin 




King Jonathan 




King Jotham 




Lamberton John 




Larkin George 




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Lee Samuel 




Lilley Reuben 




Livermore Samuel 




Loomis Caleb 




Lumbar d David 




Lumbard Stephen 




Lumbard ThomaK 




Lyon Henry 




Mace John 




Marsh Perez Jr. 




Martin Abraham 




Marshall John 



Meacham Ichabod 



Merrill Asa 




McClellen Samuel 




McConnel James 




McDaniel Edward 




McMasters Robert 




Mighill Aaron 








Mighill Elijah 




Mighill James 




Mighill John 




Mighill Nathaniel 




Mighill Samuel 




Mighill Thomas 




Mighill William 




Miles Elijah 




Miles John 




Mirick Aaron 




Miriek Gideon 




Mirick James 


Capt. Mirick, 

Col. Williams 

Mirick Phineas 




Moffatt Aquila 



Gray , 

Moflfatt Daniel 




MofiPatt Jonathan 




Morgan Benjamin 




Morgan John 





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Morgan Jehiel 




Morgan Joseph 




Morgan Reuben 




Moss John 




Moulton Ebenezer 



Moulton Freeborn 




Moulton Jonathan 




Moulton Joseph 




Munger Elnathan 




Hunger Ichabod 




Munger Jehiel 




Munger Joseph 




Munger Nathaniel 




Munger Samuel 




Munn Benjamin 




Mund Isaac 




Mund Isaiah 




Mund Nathaniel 




Murray Ezekiel 




Needham Anthony 




Needham Daniel 




Needham Humphrey 




Needham Jasper 




Needham Nehemiah 




Bristo (Negro) 




Nelson Aaron 




Nelson Benjamin 




Nelson James 




Nelson Robert 




Nelson Samuel 




Nelson "William 




Nichols Jabez 




Nichols Samuel 




Norris Jonathan 




Parker Jabez 




Parker Thomas 




Parsons Noah 




Patterson Joseph 




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Pease Stephen 




Pike Samuel 




Post John 




Eandall Caleb 




Kice Benajah 




Eke James 




Eidley Thomas 




Eoaeh Edward 




Eosebrooks John 




Eunnels James 




Kussell Adonijah 




Eussell Joseph 




Eussell Joshua 




Scott Ebenezer 




Scott Isaac 




Shaw George 




Shaw John 

1758 _ 



Shaw Joshua 




Sherman Beriah 




Sherman Daniel 




Sherman James 




Shields John 




Smith David 




Smith Josiah 




Smith Nathaniel 




Smith Samuel 




Stebbins Benjamin 




Stebbins Ebenezer 




Stockwell Stephen 




Tackles Hugh 




Thomson Daniel 




Thomson John 




Thomson Jonathan 




Thomson Joseph 




Torrey David 




Torrey Jonathan 




Townsley Eeuben 




Trask Benjamin 






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It should be borne in mind that many of the men enlisted 
several times in the years while the war lasted, and may be 
found serving under two or more different captains in the 
period, 1754-1763. For example, David Wallis is ensign in 
Capt. Ebenezer Moulton 's Company in 1755. We also find him 
an ensign in Capt. Joseph Blodgett 's Company in 1756. 

We give below Joseph Blodgett 's roll for 1756, of which 
he was captain. 



Turner James 



Tyler Moses 



Walbridge William . 



Walker Israel 



Walker Timothy 



Wallis David 



Wallis Isaac 



Wallis Jonathan 



Wallis John 



Wallis William 



Walton Andrew 



Walton Thomas 



Warriner Hezekiah 



Warriner John 



Warriner William 



Webber Benjamin 



Webber Francis 



Webber Henry 



Webber Jacob 



Webber John 



Webber Samuel 



Wedge Dennis 



Weeks Samuel 



Wells John 



White Ephraim 



Wolcott Benjamin 

Worthington Samuel 



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John Browning 
John Burt Jr. 
Richard Bishop 
Stephen Lambert 
Edward Roach 
John Anderson 
David Wallis (Ensign) 
Joseph Belknap 
William Belknap 
Asa Belknap 
John Danielson Jr. 
Abner Blodgett 
Adonijah Russell 
James Thompson 
Humphrey Cram 
Henry "Webber 
Jonathan "Wallis 
Samuel Deering (negro) 
Deliverance Carpenter 
Joseph Patterson 
Abner Blodgett 
Francis "Webber 

"William Dady 
Joseph Russell 
"William Gordon 
Jonathan Brown 
"William Janes 
Daniel Moffatt 
Simeon Burk 
Elijah Mighill 
John Brightman 
John Mighill 
Dennis "Wedge 
Samuel Livermore 
John Thompson 
John Bishop 
John HoUowell 
Ebenezer Scott 
Thomas Blodgett 
Joseph Davis 
Jehiel Munger 
Thomas Walton 
Asa Merritt 
Robert Dunkley 

45 men 

Trustrum Davis (Ensign) 

The muster roll gives many names of men, residents of the 
part of Brimfield that became Holland. Nearly half of them 
are men from that region, showing how loyal they were to the 
English crown, which emphasizes the folly of George the third 
and his advisers twenty-five years later. 

The total number that Brimfield sent into the war was 291, 
five of whom were captains, Burt, Blodgett, Davis, Mirick, and 

We leave our readers to make the selection of the men, 
whose homes were in the part of Brimfield that became Hol- 
land. It should be borne in mind that Brimfield then incliided 
what is now Holland, Wales, Monson, part of Palmer and War- 
ren. But even then it is a fine showing. 

The splendid record of Brimfield in the French and In- 

308 The History of Holland, Mass. 

dian "War should prove that her sons were loyal subjects of 
the English crown. The men of her colonies had proved them- 
selves efficient soldiers in all the colonial wars before 1754. 
But with the outbreak of hostilities that year it was well 
understood that it would be a struggle to decide whether 
America should be French or English so far as its northern 
continent was concerned. Consequently the colonial soldiers 
on the English side were anxious for success, for defeat would 
have made the colonies dependencies of the French crown. 
England's colonies here did Tnore than their part toward the 
success of English arms in that contest. The repeated slights 
and open insults of the English army and its commanders, 
supported by the home government, irritated the American 
contingent and left a feeling in the American heart that could 
ill bear the burden of an unlawful and unjust tax, about which 
they could have nothing to say, either in method or amount. 
And when they found their protests and expostulations treated 
with the same spirit of contempt and open insult which had 
been manifest twenty years before, there is little wonder, being 
English, that they should seek redress in revolution. 

Holland during this period, 1762-1783, was a part of South 
Brimfield. If it had not been for the stress of this period Hol- 
land would have become a corporate municipality sooner. 
Scarcely was the war over and before the terms of peace were 
definitely settled, Holland was incorporated. Nobly had the 
men citizens of her territory contributed their service to the 
grand result. "We give the list' of men from South Brimfield 
who were soldiers in the Revolution, as also the list believed 
to be exclusively Holland men. 

The list invites much study and reflection on the part of 
the reader. Many of the men who served their country in the 
Revolution had fought in the French and Indian war. Their 
patriotism passed through the fiery trial and baptism of blood 
twice. Men of this stamp value highly the prize, liberty under 

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Holland's Military History. 309 

law, for which they hazarded their lives. Here is ample 
proof that the inhabitants were a sturdy people, loyal and true ; 
just the material out of which to build a nation whose corner 
stone should be the self-evident truth that, "All men are created 
equal." Abel Allen and Benjamin Church are included for 
reasons well known. The record is highly creditable to the 
town in that many family names are represented by several 
members, as notice: — Ames, 3; Belknap, 3; Bishop, 5; Blod- 
gett, 14, with possibly two more; Davis, 3; Jackson, 3; Janes, 
4; Moulton, 5; Hunger, 12; Needham, 5; Rogers, 6; Thomp- 
son, 3 ; Webber, 6. 

"Warren's Address at Bunker Hill 

The Spirit of the Revolutionary War. 

Stand! the ground's your own, my braves ' 

Will ye give it up to slaves? 

Will ye look for greener graves? 

Hope ye mercy still. 

What's the mercy despots feel? 

Hear it in that battle peal! 

Read it on you bristling steel! 

Ask it — ye who will. 

Fear ye foes who kill for hire? 
Will ye to your HOMES retire? 
Look behind you! they're a-fire 
And before you, see 
Who have done it! — Prom the vale 
On they come! — and will ye quail? 
Leaden rain and iron hail 
Let their welcome be! 

In the God of battles trust! 
Die we may and die we must: 
But, 0, where can dust to dust 
Be consigned so well, 


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As where heaven its dews shall shed 
On the martyred patriots' s led, 
And the rocks shall raise their head, 
Of his deeds to tell? 

— John Pierpont. 

Captains in the Revolutionary War, whose companies con- 
tained South Brimfield men : 




Loammi Baldwin 


Jos. Browning 

Hamp. Co. 

John Bliss 

Aaron Charles 


Tim. Robinson 

Charles Colton 



Abner Cranston 

Hamp. Co. 


Caleb Gibbs 

Newport, R. I. 

John Glover 

Elisha Gilbert 



Caleb Keep 



Nehemiah May- 

So. Brimfield 


Jonathan Maynard 



John Mills 



Freeborn Moulton 



Reuben Munn 



Anthony Needham 

So. Brimfield 


William Park 



Isaac Pope 



William Pritchard 



John Santford 



John Sherman 

Springfield (?) 


John Thompson 



William Toogood 



Amos Walbridge 

Stafford (?) 


William Warner 



G«orge Webb 



Daniel Winchester 



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The following list is compiled from the muster rolls, pay 
rolls, etc., of Massachusetts soldiers of the Revolutionary War 
and published by the state, copies of which are in the Holland 
Library : 



Captain Colonel 




Abel Allen 


Danielson Monson 



Samuel Allen 


So. Brimfield I 

Benjamin Ames 



James Ames 


Leonard ' ' ' 


Zenas Ames 


Nixon ' ' ' 

' I 


Ludin Andrews 


Brewer ' ' ' 



Robert Andrews 


Brewer ' ' ' 



Gideon Badger 
Josiah Badger 


Shepard ' ' ' 


John Baker 


Bliss ' ' ' 


Joseph Baker 


Leonard ' ' ' 

' I 

John Ballard 


Sherebiah Bal- 

lard, Jr. 


Brewer ' ' ' 



Daniel Belknap 


Danielson ' ' ' 

' I 


John Belknap, Jr. Moulton 

Danielson ' ' ' 



John Belknap 


Iieonard " ' 


Hooper Bishop 


Paterson ' ' ' 



Isaac Bishop 


Robinson ' ' ' 

' II 


Solomon Bishop 
Sylvanus Bishop 


Porter ' ' ' 

' II 


Wm. Bishop 


Brewer ' ' ' 

' II 


Abner Blodgett 


Danielson ' ' ' 



. Admatha Blodgett Toogood 

Nixon ' ' ' 



Benj. Blodgett 


Danielson ' ' ' 

' II 


David Blodgett 


Leonard ' ' ' 



Ephraim Blodgett Sherman 

Burt " ' 

' II 


Henry Blodgett 


Leonard ' ' ' 



James Blodgett 


Leonard ' ' ' 



John Blodgett 


Burt " ' 



Jonas Blodgett 


Porter ' ' ' 

' II 


Joseph Blodgett 


Danielson ' ' ' 


Lud m Blodgett 


Bliss " ' 



Nathan Blodgett 


Cushing ' ' ' 



Eufus Blodgett 


Bliss \ " ' 

' II 


Samuel Blodgett 


Whiteomb ' ' ' 



Solomon Blodgett Toogood 

Nixon ' ' ' 

' II 

Sergt. Thomas Blodgett 


Leonard ' ' ' 



Adamatha, Solomon, and Rufus Blodgett were taken ] 

orisoners. They 

all made their 

Bscape. (See 

Vol. II.) 


Robert Brown 


Danielson So. BrL 

mfield II 

*It was since this list was made up that the history of Benjamin Church 
has come to the author's knowledge. It is not as the soldier that 
Holland primarily can lay claim to Benjamin Church, but as citizen 
for 27 years, his marrying a Holland lady for his second wife, and 
the fact that both are now at rest in Holland cemetery. His ser- 
vice is worthy of a monument erected by the state or nation. (See 
the "Commander-in-Chief's Guard," ly C. S. Godfrey, in the State 
Library, Statehouse, Boston, Massachusetts. 


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Captain Colonel 

Samuel Brown Gilbert 

Corp. Ebenezer Bugbee May 

Samuel BuUen Gilbert 

P. Timothy Cauliss Keep 

P. Lemuel Chapman Browning 

Thomas Chapman Winchester 

*Benj. Church Gibbs 

P. Eeuben Clark May 

P. Isaac Coady Keep 

P. Samuel Coady Keep 

P. John CoUis Walbridge 

P. David Craft Warner 

Beuj. Davis Winchester 

David Davis Winchester 

Samuel Davis Keep 
Sam. Deering, neg 

Nathan Durkee Mills 

Jordan Fanning Winchester 

Hezekiah Fisk Colton 

Isaac Fuller Keep 

Charles Gardner Needham 

Joseph Gardner Keep 

Daniel Giles Walbridge 

Henry Graham Thompson 

Beriah Grandy May 

Aaron Green Walbridge 

Amos Green Munn 

John Harris Thompson 

James Hovey Winchester 

Oliver How Munn 
Jeremiah Jackson May 

John Jackson Charles 

Matthew Jackson May 

Champ Janes (?) May 

Elijah Janes, Jr. May 

Cornet Elijah Janes May 

Eliphalet Janes Sherman 

James Laflin Munn 

Aaron Lumbard May 

Absalom Lumbard May 
Ethelbert C. Lyon May 






Ezra May 

P. Chester May May 

Capt. Nehemiah May May 

Sergt. Thomas MeClure May 

Joel Mofatt Walbridge 

Judah Mofatt May 

P Solomon Molton Keep 

P. Beuj. Moulton Needham 
P. Ebenezer Moulton Walbridge 

Corp. John B. Moulton Moulton 
P. Jonathan Moulton Walbridge 

Lt. Jehiel Munger Walbridge 

Sergt. Joseph Munger Winchester 

I'. Aaron Munger Winchester 

P. Billie Munger Walbridge 

P. Daniel Munger Walbridge 



ro with David Wallis 


Wo'odbridge Tyler 


So. Brimfield 









































































J .., 

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Bank Name Captain 

P. Elnathan Hunger Walbridge 
P. Ichabod Hunger Keep 
Sergt. Jonathan Hunger Needham 
Sergt. Joseph Hunger Needham 
P. Jos. Hunger Winchester 

P. Nathan Hunger Hay 

Nathaniel Hunger Gilbert 
P Samuel Hunger Needham 
P. Abner Needham Houlton 
Capt. Anthony Needham Needham 
Sergt. Anthony Needham Needham 


Jasper Needham Needham 
Jonat'n Needham Gilbert 







1 Lt. 









































P. James Nelson Hay 
P. Oliver Parks Needham 

P. Eobert Parks Needham 

Sergt. Beuben Perry 'W albridge 

Ezra Preston Santford 

Joel Bogers Hunn 

Ptolemy Bogers Webb 

Ishmael Bogers Walbridge 

Nehemiah Rogers Walbridge 

Eobert Bogers Pritchard 

Stephen Bogers Haynard 

John Eosebrooks Houlton 

Thomas Sebbliss Keep 

Thomas Sibbles Hay 

Thomas Sibbles Webb 

Joseph Smalladge 

Benj. Smith Hunn 

John Sutton Winchester 

Daniel Thompson May 

Alphaeus Thomson Hay 

Asa Thomson Hunn 

Walter Wakefield Colton 

Eleazer Wales Keep 

David Wallis Hay 

Benj. Webber Walbridge 

Bradley Webber May 

Edward Webber May 

John Webber May 

Einaldo Webber Keep 

Suel Webber May 

Moses Winchester Gilbert 

Samuel Willard 
P. Zebedee Young Walbridge 

Capt. Nehemiah May had 31 
The following is a list of men which Wales concedes be- 
longed to Holland. This gives Holland 83 without Benjamin 
Church who came to Holland about 1807. 

Holland's Revolutionary Soldiers. 
Abel Allen Jordon Fanning 

Samuel Allen Joseph Gardner 

Benj. Ames Daniel Giles 




























of the above list in his company. 


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James Ames 

Zenas Ames 

Gideon Badger 

Josiah Badger 

John Ballard 

Sherebiah Ballard 1779 ( ?) 

Sherebiah Ballard Jr. 

Daniel Belknap 

John Belknap Jr. 

John Belknap 

Hooper Bishop 

Isaac Bishop 

Solomon Bishop 

Sylvanus Bishop 

William Bishop 

Abner Blodgett 

Admatha Blodgett 

Benj. Blodgett 

David Blodgett 

Bphraim Blodgett ( ?) 

Henry Blodgett ( if) 

James Blodgett 

John Blodgett 

Jonas Blodgett 

Joseph Blodgett 

Ludim Blodgett 

Nathan Blodgett 

Eufus Blodgett 

Samuel Blodgett 

Solomon Blodgett 

Thomas Blodgett 

Ebenezer Bugbee 

Benjamin Church 

Eeuben Clark 

Isaac Cody 

Samuel Cody 

John CoUis 

David Craft 

David Davis 

Nathan Durkee 

Henry Graham 
John Harris 
Oliver How 
Jeremiah Jackson 
John Jackson 
Matthew Jackson 
Champ Janes 
Elijah Janes 
Elijah Janes Jr. 
Eliphalet Janes 
James Laflin 
Aaron Lumbard 
Absalom Lumbard 
Ethelbert Child Lyon 
Ezra May 
Chester May 
Capt. Nehemiah May 
Sergt. Thomas McClure 
Aaron Munger 
Oliver Parks 
Robert Parks 
Ezra Preston 
John Rosebrook 
Joseph Smalledge 
Benj. Smith 
John Sutton 
Daniel Thompson 
Alphaeus Thompson 
Asa Thompson 
Walter Wakefield 
David Wallis 
Benj. Webber 
Bradley Webber 
Edward Webber 
John Webber 
Rinaldo Webber 
Sewall Webber 
Samuel Willard 
Zebedee Young 
Holland 84. Wales 51. 

Holland's Military History. 


South Brimfield sent into the Revolution, 134 men. Ben- 
jamin Church enlisted at Cambridge and was born at Freetown, 
now Fall River, Mass. He came to Holland buying the Alfred 
Lyon place in 1806, and making his home there tiii 1833 when 
he died. Counting Benj. Church, he makes Holland number 

Admatha, Rufus and Solomon Blodgett were taken pri- 
soners and we judge escaped and rejoined their companies. 
Of these, Admatha was a son to Joseph Blodgett, Sr., the other 
two were grandsons. Also of the Blodgetts on this list, six 
were sons and six were grandsons with two doubtful. 

From Mass. Archives 

List of men in Capt. Nehemiah Miay's Co., Col. David 
Leonard's Regiment, copied from the original pay roll, sworn 
to and signed by Capt. Nehemiah May, So. Brimfield, May 6, 

Nehemiah May, Capt. 
Jonah Brown, Lt. 
Jonathan Coy, Lt. 
Abner Needham, Sergt. 
John Harris, Sergt. 
Thomas McClure, Sergt. 
Daniel Livermore, Corp. 
Joel Green, Corp. 
Nathan Cook, Corp. 
Ebenezer Bugbee, Corp. 
James Blodgett Fifer 
James Ames, P. 
John Belknap, P 
Robert Brown, P. 
Henry Blodgett 
Joseph Baker 
Charles Colton 
Abner Cooley 
Benj. Crouch 

Reuben Clark 
Timothy" Danielson 
Calvin Danielson 
Luther Danielson 
Noah Frost 

Abel Gennins (Jennings) 
Samuel Haynes 
Chauncy Janes 
Champ Janes 
Joseph Knight 
Absalom Lumbard 
Aaron Lumbard 
Ethelburt Lyon 
Richard Lull 
Ezra May 
Judah Moffet 
Elijah Molton 
Joel Moffet 
Joseph Mixter 

316 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Nathan Hunger Daniel Thompson 

Samuel Hunger Alpheus Thompson 

Joseph Hunger Jacob Towsley 

Chester Hay Icanor Towsley 

James Nelson Shubael Wales 

Ebenezer Rogers David Wallis 

Abner Stebbins Suel "Webber 

Benj. Stebbins Bradley "Webber 

Jothem Stebbins Nathan Warner 
Bethuel Stebbins 

War of 1812. 

New England had thrown herself heart and soul into the 
revolution, men from this section of our country formed a 
large part, at times of Washington's Army. But England", 
although defeated then and yielding us our independence, 
hoped that opportunity would come when she could retrieve 
what she had lost, through another war. When she was at 
war with Napoleon, her own needs and our weakness seemed 
a favorable opportunity. Her need of seamen and insolent im- 
pressment of men for that purpose, taking them from our ships 
on the high seas, until the press of Great Britain insultingly 
declared that the Americans "could not be kicked into a war," 
made war inevitable. But war was not then popular in New 
England for the redress of grievances. Hence the town war- 
rant for a meeting July 11, 1812, which has the following 
article, is not the sentiment of Holland only, but was the sen- 
timent of a strong party here in New England, mistaken how- 
ever, in its conception, and harmful in its results. There was 
nothing rebellious or treasonable in the movement but it was 
unfortunate for it encouraged our enemy. The article reads 
as follows : 

2. To take the minds of the district respecting an alliance 
with France, or to act anything they think proper respecting 
said business when met. 

Holland's Military Histoey. 317 

3. To choose a delegate or delegates to meet in county con- 
vention to be holden at Northampton on Tuesday the fourteenth 
day of July inst. at two o'clock in the afternoon to petition the 
President and Congress that war may be averted and peace re- 
stored to our country. 

At this meeting they voted, Capt. Benjamin Ohurch, Jacob 
Thompson, Esq., and James A. Lynn, a committee to draft 
resolutions. They also chose John PoUey, Esq., as delegate to 
attend the Northampton convention. "What resolutions were 
drafted by the committee can only be conjectured and the same 
is true concerning Mr. Policy's vote and voice in' the conven- 

But New England was represented in that war by her 
sons. If reluctant to engage in war, she was loyal to her 
country and its flag, when she found war inevitable, only her 
support was not so hearty and generous as in the revolution, 
giAdng of her sons according to her belief and understanding 
of the need. The articles above are in the nature of a refer- 
endum so much discussed now. 

The Spieit of the Men op Wae op 1812 


Isaac did so maul and rake her 
That the decks of Captain Dacre 
Were in such a woful pickle 
As if death, with scythe and sickle, 
With his sling or with his shaft, 
Had cut his harvest fore and aft. 
Thus in thirty minutes ended 
Mischief that coidd not be mended; 
Masts and yards and ship descended 
All to David Jones' locker — 
Such a ship in such a pucker! 


318 The History of Holland, Mass. 


Better not invade; recollect the spirit 
Which our dads displayed and their sons inherit. 
If you still advance, friendly caution slighting, 
You may get, by chance, a belly -full of fighting. 
Pick-axe, shovel, spade, crowbar, hoe and barrow, — 
Better not invade; Yankees have the marrow. 


The public records (original) of the Massachusetts militia 
for the war of 1812, have been placed in the hands of the War 
Department at Washington. Only copies are available now at 
the State House in Boston. Mr. Baker has written up the mat- 
ter in a book entitled, "Records of Massachusetts Militia in 
the "War of 1812-1814." From his work we glean the following 
names as soldiers which from the names would indicate that 
they came from Holland. They all enlisted in the Ware mil- 
itia company under command of Capt. Ephraim Scott, Lieut. 
Colonel Enos Foot's Regiment, Brigadier General Bliss' brig- 
ade. This Ware company was raised at Ware and vicinity. 
The names will be noticed as names found in the records of 
Holland: — Time of service, Sept. 10 — Nov. 7, 1814, and place 
of service was Boston and vicinity. 

The following is a list of those who served in the war 
of 1812, believed to be from Holland :— 

Abel Damon ( ?) Asa Kimball 

Perley Glazier Asa Thompson 

William Graham (?) Kimball Webber 

Sylvester Howlett 

Those with (?) are not fully proved to be Holland men 
but the names are those of well-known Holland families, and 
it is very probable that they belonged in Holland's quota. 

War of 1812 

Muster roll of Capt. Ephraim Scott's Company, Lt. Col. 
Enos Foot's Regiment. Time of service, from Sept. 10, to Nov. 

Holland's Military History. 


7, 1814. Raised at Ware and viemity. 
to Brigadier Gen. Bliss' brigade. 

Said regiment belonged 

Officers of the 
Bphraim Scott, Capt. 
Joseph Shaw, Lt. 
Ezekiel Boyden, Ensign 
Allender Brackenridge, Sergt. 
Heron Wright, Corp. 
Phineas Converse, Musician 
John Grant, Musician 


Jonathan Coolidge Jr., 

Evander Darby, Sergt. 
Foster Marsh, Sergt. 
Calvin Murray, Corp. 
Officers, 11. 


Adolphus Abbey 
Waters Allen 
King Baldwin 
Josiah Barton 
Ozel Boyden 
Samuel Carrier 
Benjamin Cleveland 
Sylvanus Collins 
Eber Cutter 
Cyprain Cutting 
Abel Damon 
Samuel Demon, Jr. 
Darius Eaton 
Daniel Eddy 
Ira Eddy 
John Eddy 
Asa Pisk 
Perley Glazier 
William Graham 
Elijah Harvey, Jr. 
Andrew Harwood, Jr. 
Stotham Hinckley 
Sylvester Howlett 
Asa Kimball 
Philip D. Lake 
James F. Lamberton 
Reuben Lamberton 

Reuben LazeU 
Charles Levins 
Benjamin Lewis 
Abial Lumbard 
David Lumbard 
William Mason 
Saul May 

Jonathan Maynard 
John Mcintosh 
Isaac Merritt 
Perley Moulton 
Abner Needham 
Jonathan Needham 
Reuben Nourse 
Isaac Osborn 
Levi Osborn 
Ebenezer Pratt 
Jonathan Pratt 
Pliny Richardson 
Rufus Richardson 
Daniel Ryder 
Earl Sherman 
Joseph Simmons 
William Spear 
Jesse Squire 
Emory Stricklin 
Lyman Thayer 


The History op Holland, Mass. 

Asa Thompson Joel Wright 

Kimball Webber Privates 58 

Lyman Woolcot 

. B. G. Fuller was drafted for this war but furnished a sub- 
stitute, writes his grandson, E. G. Drake. 

Since no militia list is available during the War of 1812- 
15, a tax list for 1812 is not without interest, not only for 
showing who the residents of the town were, but for tracing 
the enlistments from the town for this war. It should be borne 
in mind, however, that the enlistments would be mostly from 
the young men as yet without estate. The tax list is as fol- 
lows : — 

Abel Allen, Lt. 
Ezra Allen, Lt. 
David Anderson 
John Anderson 
Smith Adams 
Walter Ainsworth 
Joshua Barrett, Capt. 
Edward Blodgett 
Judah Buck 
Loring Baker 
Shubaal Baker 
Lemuel Colburn 
Moses Clark 
William Chapin 
Benjamin Church, Capt. 
Samuel Church 
Isaac Church 
Amasa Deoulph 
James Frizell 
William Frizell 
lehabod Goodell 
Sewell Glazier 
Shepard Glazier 
Joseph Glazier 
Ebenezer Lyon 
Ebenezer Lyon, Jr. 

Stephen Lyon 
Walter Lyon 
James Lyon 
James A. Lynn 
James Marcy 
Uriah Marcy 
Elisha Marcy 
David Marcy 
Calvin Marcy 
Nehemiah May, Jr. 
Zuriel May 
Ebenezer Morris 
Leonard Morris 
Abram Mclntire 
Elijah Munger 
Ebenezer Harwood 
Eleazer Howard 
Ichabod Hyde, Dr. 
David B. Dean, Dr. 
Asa Kimball 
Wm. Putnam 
John PoUey, Esq. 
Lyman PoUey 
Calvin PoUey 
HoUwill Perrin, Capt. 
Ambrose Perrin 

J dl 

Holland's Military History. 


John Rosebrooks 
Stephen Rogers, Capt. 
Augustus L. Fuller 
Jeremiah Sherman 
Benjamin Smith 
Cyprian Stevens 
Reuben Stevens 
Samuel Shuniway 
Jacob Thompson, Esq. 
Dea. David Wallis 
Riaaldo Wallis 
John Weaver, Lt. 
Freeland Wallis 
Willard Wood 
Bbenezer Weatherbee 
Blisha Willis 
Andrew Webber 
Dea. Samuel Webber 
William Webber 
Capt. Ezra Webber 
Bradley Webber 
Reuben Webber 
Trenanee Webber 
Bleazer Webber 
Francis Webber 
Abner Webber 
Cyril Perrin 
Isaac Partridge 
Samiiel Patten 
Abijah Pierce 
Willard Pike 
Ebenezer Pike 
Gershom Rosebrooks 
Willard Rosebrooks 

Adolphus Webber 
Eli Webber 
Erastus Webber 
Willard Weld 
Elijah Spencer 
John Wallis 
Gordon Taylor 
Molly Fuller 

Non-Resident Taxpayers 
Aaron Allen 
Joseph Browning, Esq. 
Asher Badger 
Noah Butterworth 
Wm. Lumbard 
Lt. John Holbrook 
Dea. John Munger 
Humphrey Needham 
John Perry 
Mieah Perry 
Nathaniel Rockwell 
Abijah Shumway (heirs) 
David McFarlin 
John Tarbell 
Moses Wallis (heirs) 
David Brown 
Joseph Bruce 
James Fuller 
Mary Rosebrooks 
Othiel Brown 
Cyrus Janes 
Darius Munger Esq. 
Jabez Chapin 
Dated May 29, 1812 

The above list is a fine source of history. 

This tax list is given as a means of computing the highway 
tax the above year. The total tax was $250.18. The highway 
surveyors were: Dea. Samuel Webber, $63,17; Reuben 
Stevens, $75.96 ; Trenanee Webber, $59.27 ; Uriah Marcy, $51.78. 
Total $250.18. 


322 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Military Drill. 

England has been a nation of fighters. Her situation com- 
pelled her to be, as well as virile blood and love of freedom, 
all impelled her to value military training. Her military 
leaders have been trained soldiers, and the man in the ranks 
was trained to obey and to act in unison with his comrades 
to add to the efficiency of the whole. "We inherited the cus- 
toms, laws, and ideals of the English. Military drill was made 
compulsory with us after the Revolution, because it was be- 
lieved to be necessary, and it undoubtedly was. But after the 
war of 1812, the danger of external attack decreased and fin- 
ally led to the abandonment of compulsory military drill due 
in part also to its irksomeness. But while they lasted they 
were gala days, for the militia of a region were called out in 
uniform and with arms and were put through the evolutions. 

We have noted how parson Reeve was chaplain of a Brim- 
field company, and Col. Lyon doubtless gave the present com- 
mon that he might have a better training field upon which to 
drill the men from Holland. The men were reluctant to take 
the drill, so to stimulate interest in the drill, the town in 1808 
voted forty dollars to her soldiers who attended the muster at 
Hadley. It was a dangerous precedent however. A move to 
give them their poll tax in 1831 was defeated. These training 
days were times when the young men were full of jokes and 
pranks especially when off duty. Boxing matches, wrestling 
matches, various feats of strength were in order, to say nothing 
of feats of the mind in quick wit and ready repartee. 

Tradition has it that on one of these training days one 
of the men of a neighboring town came up to a Holland re- 
cruit who was a natural wag as well as rhymester and said, 
"You have the reputation of making rhymes offhand upon any 
subject given you. Now my name is Right. I challenge you 

Holland's Military History. 


to do it with my name. ' ' The Holland recruit straightened up 
and instantly replied : — 

Right, it is a very good name 
Saints and angels bear the sarnie. 
But 'tis as wrong to call YOU Bight 
As 'tis to call a Hack hog white." 
He received no more challenges. . 

The militia list for the year 1840 is the first given in the 
town records. It will be of interest to many families for 
various reasons, chiefly as a source of history from which a 
little study and reflection will yield much. 


Lyman Adams 
Wm. Anderson 
Harrison Allen 
Roswell Blodgett 
Lucius Back 
Albert Butterworth 
Elwell D. Burley 
John Butterworth 
Dwight Burley 
Winthrop B. Blodgett 
Crawford Brackett 
Alden W. Blodgett 
Edward Blodgett 
Rodney A. Bennett 
Orrin W. Brown 
Sherman Church 
Zebinah Fletcher 
Calvin W. Prizell 
Wm. Prizell 
Jno. Gould 
John Glazier 
George Haradon 
Stephen Jackson 
Andrew B. Thorington 
John W. Kidder 

List for 1840 

John Lilley 
Uriah P. Marey 
Albert Marcy 
Elisha W. Marcy 
David Needham 
Loring Parks 
Willard Parks, Jr. 
Charles PoUey 
Reuben Patrick 
Riley Parsons 
Stephen Williams 
Jonathan Williams 
Wm. A. Webber 
Geo. L. Webber 
James Webber 
Preeland 0. Wallis 
Warren A. Wallis 
Stephen Weld 
Charles Webber 
Isaac U. Wood 
Walter M. Blodgett 
Gardner Walls 

47 Men 

John Wallis, town clerk 


The History op Holland, Mass. 

The Wak with Mexico. 

This war had its origin in the desire and determination on 
the part of the slave-holding states to extend the slave-holding 
territory of our eonntry. That war was not a popular one in 
New England. Opposition to slavery was increasing year by 
year, from the social, economic and moral standpoints. It 
was regarded as harmful alike to master and slave, and des- 
tructive to the best interests of the country. Holland sym- 
pathized with the sentiment of New England in this matter 
and therefore no soldier of Holland is on the records of that 

"We give a list of the names of those liable to military duty 
for the year 1846, of whom, some, doubtless would have been 
enrolled, had duty and necessity called. If towns had been 
required to make and keep a roll of those liable to military 
duty it would be a simpler matter to trace the men enlisted 
from a given town. But 1840 is the first year, in which we 
find such a list. 

Militia List op Holland por 1846 

Harrison Allen 
Seymour S. Allen 
Alanson C. Allen 
Lyman Adams 
Rodney A. Bennett 
Orrin W. Brown 
Dwight Butterworth 
Roswell A. Blodgett 
Albert S. Butterworth 
Ransom Badger 
Loring Badger 
Lucius Back 
Amasa Coy 
Henry S. Dean 
Andrew Darling, Jr. 
Ebenezer Darling 

Horatio N. Drake 
Wm. Frizell 
John B. Gould 
Perley G. Green 
Nathan Green 
John Hall 
Lewis Hewlett 
Horace Haynes 
Harvey Johnson 
Cheney Janes 
Elisha Kinney 
James F. Lynn 
Jared S. Lamb 
Wm. A. Lynn 

(given for historical reasons) 

Holland's Military History. 325 

Paschal M. Lymi Nehemiah Underwood 

Uriah P. Marcy Henry Eobinson 

Loring Marcy Jefferson F. Webber 

John C. MHUer Warren A. Wallis 

Eleazer Moore Isaac U. Wood 

Joshua Corbin Wm. A. Webber 

Edmund Niles Geo. L. Webber 

Wm. Orcutt Jas. A. Webber 

John C. PoUey Stephen Williams 

Wm. Pratt Jonathan Williams 

Hamilton Reeve Hiram Wallis 

Charles Sands Ruel Williams 

Jonathan Sikes Emerson Webber 

Elias Smith Horace WaUis 

Leii^is Upham Edwin Damon 

Civil War. 

The firing upon Port Sumpter in April, 1861, united 
northern opinion and gave life and motive to northern senti- 
ment. Discussion of states' rights and human rights soon 
passed into the question of national unity and how it should be 
preserved. The dictum, "The Union must and shall be pre- 
served," was the only solution of the situation. President Lin- 
coln's statement, "that the Union could not exist half slave 
and half free," was coming to be a manifest truth. Peace with 
disunion was likewise impossible. Fugitive slaves would be 
the constant bone of contention in disunion. A civil war to 
settle the question and restore the Union was the only alter- 

To enlist in this war many circumstances urged the young 
men, viz. — the brutal assault made upon a Massachusetts sen- 
ator (Chas. Sumner) in the discharge of his duty and the lion- 
izing by the slave-holders and their sympathizers of his coward- 
ly assailant; the taunts of cravenheartedness on the part of 
northern young men as against the valor of southern young 
men; also the eternal p'rinciple of human brotherhood which 

326 The Histoby op HoUjAnd, Mass. 

poets and moralists of the day were constantly presenting to 
an awakened public conscience. All these, and many more, 
could not but bring the thoughtful and patriotic northern 
young men to a sense of the duty he owed his country and his 
God. Under a sense of that duty the young men of Holland, 
with thousands of others, placed their lives upon the altar of 
sacrifice, and went forth to vindicate the spirit and philan- 
thropy of our country's founders, a heritage more precious 
with the flight of years, to which recent events in Europe add 
worth and glory. 


We owe allegiance to the state, "but 

deeper, truer, more. 
To the sympathies that God hath set 

within our spirit's core; 
Our country claims our fealty; we grant 

it so, but then 
Before Man made us citizens, great 

Nature made us men. 

■' He's true to God who's true to men; 

Wherever wrong is done 
To the humblest and the weakest, 'neath 

the all beholding sun. 
That wrong is also done to us; and they 

are slaves most base. 
Whose love of right is for themselves, 

and not for all their race. 

God works for all. Ye cannot hem the 

hope of being free 
With parallels of latitude with mountain 

range or sea. 
Put golden padlocks on Truths lips, be 

callous as ye will. 
From soul to soul, o'er all the world, 

leaps one electric thrill. , 

Jas. Russell Lowell. 

Holland's Military History. 327 

Is true Freedom but to break 

Fetters for our own dear sake, 

And with leathern hearts forget 

That we owe mankind a debt? 

No! true freedom is to share 

All the chains our brothers wear, 

And, ivith heart and hand to be 

Earnest to make others free! 

They are slaves who fear to speak 

For the fallen and the weak; 

They are slaves ivho will not choose 

Hatred, scoffing and abuse. 

Bather than in silence shrink 

From the truth they needs must think; 

They are slaves who dare not be 

In the right with ttvo or three. 

— Jas. R. Lowell. 

It was in attempting to make slave-catchers of the people 
of the North that the power of slavery received its first serious 
cheek. No Congress, no Supreme Court, no President, nor all 
combined could suppress in the hearts of the men of the North 
the instincts of manhood and the natural feelings of humanity. 
Against these the power of slavery dashed and broke in vain, 
as vainly as the ocean billows dash and break against the rugged 

cliffs of a rockbound coast. 

— Daniel F. Howe. 

Militia List foe Holland fob Year 1861. 

Lyman Adams Wm. E. Cook 

Edward P. Blodgett Albert Webber 

Freeman B. Blodgett .Dwight E. Webber 

Roswell A. Blodgett Henry W. Webber 

Chas. B. Blodgett Edwin P. Damon 

T. D. Butterworth Wm. E. Fenner 

George Barnes James PrizeU 

Merrick Brackett George Ballard 

Henry Bennett Herbert A. McFarland 

Henry Burnett Jobn B. Gould 

328 The History of Holland, Mass. 

James Groves C. W. Parsons 

Wm. Groves Chas. Sands 

Wm. Harris Henry J. Switzer 

Henry Haradon Wm. S. Wallis 

George A. Haradon Harris C. Wallis 

Hollowell P. Marcy Horace Wallis, Jr. 

Oscar C. Marcy Wm. A. Webber 

Oscar Lynn James A. Webber 

Albert Mason Ruel A. Williams 

Loring B. Morse John Williams 

Ashable C. Meacham Wyles Williams 

Tributes to the Leading Soldiee, Abraham Lincoln. 

Shrewd, hallowed, harassed, and among 
The mysteries that are untold, 
The face we see was never young 
Nor could it ever have been old. 

— Anon. 

Simple and strong and large, type of the plan 

Great Nature offers when God builds a Man! 

Great frame, great aim, great soul, great heart were thine, 

A chosen vessel for a task divine. 

—Henry C. McGook. 

The following is the military record of the boys from Hol- 
land, being born here, or in whom for some reason Holland 
had a deep interest. Some of them were men whose parents 
had lived in Holland but had recently moved away. We had 
the assistance of two veterans of the civil war, James H. Walk- 
er and J. Brainerd Hall, working independently of each other. 
Sometimes one is more complete in his report and sometimes 
the other. What each furnished in the following record is in- 
dicated by their respective initials. The order is alphabeti- 
cal: — 

John Anderson, Co. B. 1st Michigan Sharpshooters, Mustered 
Jan. 5, 1863, for 3 years, age 22. 2nd Lieut. 57th Mass. 
Infantry mustered February 4, 1864, and for 3 years, age 


HoliiAkd's Military History. 329 

23. Gunshot left arm and shoulder July 30, 1864, at the* 
Crater, front of Petersburg, Va. 1st Lieut. March 13, 1865, 
and Captain by Brevet. March 25, 1865, and Lieut. 20th 
Veteran Reserve Corps. Entered Regular Establishment as 
2nd Lieut. 25th United States Infantry August 10, 1867 ; 
1st Lieut. 18th U. S. Infantry October 17, 1878; Captain 
June 21, 1890; U. S. Army, retired, June 6, 1894. Present 
rank, Major, U. S. Army, Retired. Residence, Belchertown, 

J. B. H. 

BELCHERTOWN— Retired Army Officer Dies.— Maj. 
John Anderson, United States Army, passes away at "The 

Maj. John Anderson, United States army, retired, died 
at his home, ' ' The Bivouac, ' ' yesterday morning at 4 o 'clock 
after a long and painful illness. Maj. Anderson was born 
in Monson and entering the army in January, 1863, served 
as a private 11 months in the 1st Michigan sharpshooters. 
In 1864 he received a commission as 2d lieutenant in the 
57th Massachusetts volunteers and served with that regi- 
ment in its many battles through Virginia. He was brev- 
etted for brave conduct and meritorious service in the 
battles before Petersburg, Va. 

He was wounded at the battle of the Crater, July 30, 
1864. At the close of the war he entered the regular army 
as 2d lieutenant and served through the different grades, 
holding various staff offices to the rank of major. He was 
in the campaign in Montana against the Sioux Indians 
under their chief. Sitting Bull, in 1881. 

Maj. Anderson retired from active service in 1894, 
owing to ill health incidental to the service, making his 
summer home at Belchertown. He leaves a widow and 
daughter, the wife of Maj. F. D. Evans, adjutant to G-en. 
Punston at Mexico ; a niece. Miss Annie D. Ward, who has 
been a member of his family from early childhood; and a 
sister in Springfield. The most of his service was in the 
18th infantry, regular army. Maj. Anderson was 50 years 
in the United States army. 

330 The History of Hodland, Mass. 

Aside from the distinguished military career of Maj. 
Anderson was the social character of the man. Genial, with 
an ever-ready courtesy, quick sympathy and an intense love 
for humanity, Maj. Anderson has left a wide circle of 
friends. Children appealed to him and each Memorial day 
until his illness, he was always in earnest in addressing the 
schools and his coming was largely anticipated. 

Funeral services will be held at the home to-morrow at 
1.30 p. m. The burial will be in Arlington cemetery, Wash- 
ington, D. C. {Springfield Republican, Aug. 28, 1914). 

Albert Back, Enlister at Worcester Sept. 8, 1862 in Co. F 51st 
Mass. Reg't. Discharged July 28, 1863, at Worcester, at 
the expiration of service. His father was Lucius Back and 

his mother's name was Hatch. He was born in 

Holland in 1838 but credited to Sturbridge. 

J. H. W. 

George Barnes, — age 44 years — Enlisted Aug. 27, 1862, and 
served in Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry. Discharged July 

29, 1863. — Expiration of service. Died in Scituate, R. I. 
in 1887. He was born in Sturbridge, Mass. 

J. H. W. 

Baxter C. Bennett, age 18 years. Enlisted Aug. 27, 1862. 
Served in Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry. Discharged May 

30, 1863, on account of disability. Son of Rodney A. Ben- 
nett and Emily (Webber) Bennett. 

J. H. W. 

Henry H. Bennett, age 21 yrs. Enlisted Aug. 26. 1862, and 
was assigned to Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry. Discharged 
June 17, 1863, on account of disability incurred at the 
battle of Goldsboro, N. C. Died at Warren, Mass., July 1, 
1899. Born in Holland in 1840. 

J. H. W. 

Orderly Sergt. Charles D. Cutler— age 30 yrs. Enlisted at 
BucMand, Mass., June 21, 1861, into Co. H, 10th Reg't 
Mass. Infantry and was killed at the battle of Fair Oaks, 
Va., May 31, 1862. J H W. 

Holland's Military History. 331 

Corp. Clement F. Drake, age 20 yrs. Enlisted June 21, 1861. 
Assigned to Co. H, 10th Reg't. Mass. Infantry. Discharged 
Feb. 21, 1864, to re-enlist. Re-enlisted Feb. 21, 1864. Trans- 
ferred June 19, 1864, to Co. B, 37th Reg't.. Mass. Infantry. 
Transferred June 21, 1865, to Co. C, 20th Mass. Infantry. 
Discharged July 26, 1865, by order of War Department. 

J. H. W. 

Gunshot wound of left hip in battle of Wilderness. 
Residence, Weisner, Idaho. Late Commander of Depart- 
ment of. Idaho, G. A. R. 

J. B. H. 

John Franklin, age 22. Enlisted July 12, 1864, but never 
joined for service. 

J. H. W. 

James L. G-roves, age 29' yrs. Enlisted Aug. 19, 1861, and was 
assigned to Co. I, 21st Mass. Infantry. Discharged Jan. 14, 
1862, on account of disability. Enlisted Aug. 31, 1864, 
and was assigned to Co. D, 2nd Mass. Heavy Artillery. 
Discharged June 26, 1865. Expiration of service. Was 
then in Co. H, same reg't. Died in Brimfield Sept. 24, 
1886. He was carried on the records as James L. Graves. 
He was born in Millbury, Mass., Aug. 13, 1832. 

J. H. W. 

Also counted in the quota of Sturbridge. 

J. B. H. 

Josiah Brainerd Hall, 1st Conn. Infantry. Enlisted April, 1861, 
for 3 months, not mustered. Declined Commission October, 

1862, in 22nd Mass. Infantry. Enlisted December 30, 

1863, Co. B, 57th Mass. Infantry. Mustered January 4, 

1864, for 3 years. Age 21. Gunshot wound of abdomen 
May 6, 1864, Wilderness, Va. Transferred September, 1864, 
Co. A, 14th Reg't. Veteran Reserve Corps. By reason of 
wound on January, 1865, declined Commission of President 

■ Lincoln U. S. Colored Troops, and an appointment as Sur- 
geons' Steward U. S. Navy. Residence, 26 McKinley 
Road, Worcester, Mass. 

J. B. H. 

332 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Josiah Brainerd Hall, oldest son of Rev. Ogden and Har- 
riet Walker Hall, became of age while his father was a resi- 
dent of Holland and served in the civil war as a part of the 
quota of the town. Immediately after his discharge from the 
army he was appointed clerk in the Claim Agency Department 
at Boston, of the New England Branch of the United States 
Sanitary Commission. In the summer of 1873 he joined the 
Editorial staff of the Worcester Evening G-azette ; for some 12 
years or more he was its Court reporter and Editor of the 
weekly edition, and was City Editor when in July, 1889, his 
wounds received at the battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864, 
forced his resignation. March 1, 1890, he resumed active 
practice in the Departments at Washington and has since 1893 
been the senior member of J. Brainerd Hall & Son, Peusion 
Solicitors and Claim Agents, with the main office at Worcester. 

In 1895-6 he was Adjutant General of the Massachusetts 
Department of the Union Veterans' Union, and in 1902 was 
elected Colonel of Gen. William S. Lincoln Command No. 18, 
U. V. U. of Worcester, Mass. He is also a member of the Sons 
of the American Revolution. The Society of the Army of the 
Potomac. The New England Association of Survivors of 
Southern Prisons and The Massachusetts Association of Pris- 
oners of the War. 

Geo. A. Haradon, born in Holland, 1834. Age 28 yrs. Enlisted 
at Brookfield, Mass., July 31st, 1862, and was assigned 
to Co. A, 34th Mass. Infantry. Discharged Oct. 10, 1862, 
for disability. Dead. 

J. H. W. 

John Harding, age 21 yrs. Enlisted July 10, 1864. Served 
in Co. H. 1st Mass Cavalry. Discharged June 26, 1865. 
Expiration of service, as absent from company sick in 


J. H. W. 

John B. Blodgett, bom in Holland in 1840, enlisted from Stur- 
bridge, son of Winthrop and Elizabeth (Brackett) Blod- 

Holland's Military History. 333 

gett. He enlisted Jan. 5, 1864, for three years and was 
mustered into service of United States on the day of his 
enlistment. He died of disease Feb. 25, 1865, at New 
Berne, North Carolina. His occupation is given as a 
farmer. He served in Co. B, 17th Reg't. Mass. Volunteer 

^^^""*^- E. J. (B.) W. 

Henry B. Blodgett of Dudley, aged 21, a shoemaker, bom in 

Holland, enlisted 26th May, 1862, in Co. D, 25th Reg't 

Mass. Volunteer Infantry for three years, and was mustered 

into service of the United States May 26, 1862. He was 

discharged on the 18th day of March, 1863, for disability. 

Henry B. Blodgett of Southbridge, age 22, telegrapher, 

enlisted and mustered Aug. 22, 1864, for one year in Co. 

D, 4th Reg't. Mass. Vol. Heavy Artillery. Mustered out 

June 17th, 1865. . j • . x ^ i 

Adjutant General. 

Isaac L. Burley, aged 20 yrs., enlisted at Cherry Creek, N. T., 

into a reg't. belonging to that state and killed at the battle 

of Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863. A headstone bearing 

his 'name and date of death has been erected in Holland 

cemetery. He was born in Holland in 1843. His father 

moved to Carry, Pa., in 1857 or 1858. His parents were 

Perry and Charlotte (Partridge) Burley. 

J. H. W. 

Sergt. John C. Burley, aged 25 yrs. Enlisted at Worcester, 
Mass., Sept. 8, 1862, and served in Co. F, 51st Mass. Infan- 
try. Discharged July 27, 1863. Expiration of service. 
Died at Wales, Feb. 14, 1905. Bom in Wales, Aug. 17, 
1839. Father was Ferdinand L. Burley. Mother was 
Louisa (Colburn) Burley. 

J. H. W. 

Orson L. Burley, aged 28 years. Enlisted at Worcester, 
Mass., Sept. 8, 1862, and was assigned to Co. F, 57th Mass. 
Infantry. Discharged July 27, 1863. Expiration of service. 
Enlisted at Auburn, Mass., Aug. 15, 1864, into Co. F, 
4th Mass. Heavy Artillery. Discharged June 17, 1865. 
Expiration of service. Died in Wales July 12, 1904. 

J. H. W. 

334 The History of Holland, IIass. 

Charles J. Clapp, age 18 yrs. Enlisted Sept. 28, 1861, and 
served in Co. K 23d Mass. Infantry. Discharged Dec. 2, 
1863 -to re-enlist. Re-enlisted as from Mansfield, Mass., 
Dec. 3d, 1863, in the same company and reg't. Discharged 
June 25, 1865. Expiration of service. 

J. H. W. 

David Clapp, Jr., age 26 yrs. Enlisted Aug. 27, 1862, and 
served in Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry. Discharged July 
29, 1863, at Springfield, Mass. Expiration of service. 

J. H. W. 

Capt. Gteorge Harison Howe, born in Wales. Age 22. Enlisted 
at Monson, Mass. Aug. 26, 1862, served as first lieutenant 
of Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry. Discharged July 29, 1863. 
Expiration of service. Enlisted Nov. 2, 1863, and was com- 
missioned first lieutenant of Co. — , 57th Mass. Infantry. 
Commissioned Capt. of Co. — , in same reg't. Jan. 25, 1864. 
Killed July 30, 1864, in an assault on Petersburg, Va. 

J. H. W. 

Sergt. Jason Lewis, age 21. Enlisted at Springfield, Aug. 15, 
1862. Mustered in Sept. 25, 1862. Service Co. A, 46th 
Mass. Infantry. Discharged at Springfield, July 29, 1863. 
at expiration of service. 

J. H. W. 

William Lilley, age 27, enlisted at Medway, Mass., Aug. 23, 
1864, into Co. B, 4th Mass. Heavy Al'tillery. Discharged 
June 17, 1865, expiration of service. He was bom in Union, 
Conn., 1837. Father, John Lilley; Mother, Hannah (Co- 
vey) Lilley. His paternal grandfather was a Revolution- 
ary soldier. He died Oct. 6, 1914, aged 80, and was buried 

in Holland. 

J. H. W. 

John Lowns, age 34, enlisted Nov. 1, 1862, and was assigned 
to Co. B, 42d Mass. Infantry. Discharged Aug. 20, 1863. 
Expiration of service. Of him it is written that he served 
to the credit of Holland in the 42d Mass. 

J. H. W. 

Holland's Miutart Histoet. 335 

Burnett E. Miller, age 21. Enlisted at Springfield, Mass., Oct. 
15, 1862, and served in Co. A, 46tli Mass. Infantry. Dis- 
charged July 29, 1863. Expiration of service, at Spring- 
field, Mass. 

J. H. W. 

Henry M. Moore, age 22, enlisted Aug. 28, 1862, and served in 
Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry. Discharged May 28, 1863, on 
account of disability. Bom in 1840. 

J. H. W. 

Julius Warren Rice, born Oct. 14, 1830, son to "Warren and 
Eliza Rice. Co. K, 1st Reg't. Conn. Heavy Artillery. En- 
listed at Brookfield, Mass., May 23, 1861, and mustered in 
same day as corporal. Promoted to Sergt. Jan. 11, 1863. 
Re-enlisted as veteran Nov. 26, 1863. Mustered out Sept. 
25. 1865. 

Charles F. Roper, Co. G, 46th Mass. V. M. Mustered Oct. 15, 

1862, for 9 mos. Age. 18. Re-enlisted Co. A, 2nd Mass. 
Heavy Artilery. Mustered July 28, 1863, for 3 yrs. Age 
19. Residence, Lake Pleasant, Mass. 

J. B. H. 

Salem T. Weld, Leader of Band, 22nd Mass. Infantry. Age 
31. Born in Holland, but enlisted at Westboro. 

Merritt A. Towne, age 23. Enlisted at Worcester, Mass., Feb- 
24, 1862, and was assigned to Co. P, 15th Mass. Trans- 
ferred July, 1863, to 14th Veteran Reserve Corps. Dis- 
charged Feb. 24, 1865, expiration of service. He was born 
in Union, Conn., in 1839. Father was Hiram Towne, 
mother Betsy (Wales) Towne. 

J. H. W. 

Corp. Albertus H. Walker, age 17. Enlisted Aug. 27, 1862, and 
served in Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry. Discharged May 29, 

1863, to re-enlist. Re-enlisted May 29, 1863, and was 
assigned to Co. D. 2nd Mass. Heavy Artillery. Dis- 
charged by reason of nmster out of service, by virtue 
of special Order No. 154, Part 3. Headquarters Dept. of 
North Carolina Army of the Ohio, Raleigh, N. C, Aug. 16, 

336 The History of Holland, Mass. 

1865, at Smithville, N. C, Sept. 3. 1865. Corp. A. H. 
Walker was bom in Union, Conn., Aug. 30, 1845, of James 
M. Walker and Mary Hiscock Walker. 

J. H. W. 

Corp. James H. Walker, aged 20. Enlisted Aug. 28, 1862 and 
served in Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry. Discharged May 29, 
1863 to re-enlist. Re-enlisted May 29, 1863, and was as- 
signed to Co. D, 2nd Mass. Heavy Artillery. Discharged at 
Smithville, N. C, Sept. 3,1865, mustered out by virtue of 
Special Order , No. 154, Part 3. Headquarters Dept. of 
N. C. Army of the Ohio, Raleigh, N. C, Aug 16, 1865. 

J. H. W. 

Corp. Newton E. Wallace, age 20. Enlisted Oct. 15, 1861, and 
was assigned to Co. I, 27th Mass. Infantry. Discharged 
Oct. 29, 1864. Expiration of service. Corp. Newton E. 
Wallace was born in Holland in 1841. 

J. H. W. 

Harris C. Wallis, age 44. Enlisted Aug. 27, 1862, and served 
in Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry. Discharged July 29, 1863. 
Expiration of service. Died in the west. Born in Holland 
in 1818. 

J. H. W. 

Corp. Henry W. Webber, age 20. Enlisted Aug. 27, 1862 and 
served in Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry. Discharged July 
29, 1863. Expiration of service at Springfield, Mass. Corp. 
Henry W. Webber was born in Holland in 1842. Father, 
James Webber ; Mother, Delphia Parsons Webber. Resides 

in Worcester, Mass. 

J. H. W. 

Edward F. Carpenter, Co. G, 42nd Mass. V. M. Mustered July 
21, 1864, for 100 days. Age 19. Residence, Falmouth 

Heights, Mass. 

J. B. H. 

Joel Henry, Co. H, 1st Mass. Heavy Artillery. Mustered 
August 18, 1864, for 3 years. Age 35. 

J. B. H. 

Holland's Military History. 337 

William C. LyIl^, Co. B, 2nd Mass. Heavy Artillery. Mustered 
September 3, 1864 for 3 years. Age 20. Transferred 
January 17, 1865, to Co. E, 17th Mass. Infantry. 

J. B. H. 

The Holland Chapter, Vol. 2, Evert 's History of Connecti- 
cut Valley, gives a list of a part of the names of Holland soldiers 
who, we know, were in Massachusetts Regiments. Its list in- 
cludes the names of 

Anson Williams, native of Union, Conn., Co. F, 4th Mass. Heavy 
Artillery. Age 34, quota of Brookfield. He died in Wales, 

J. B. H. 

Unknown — Carpenter, Aug. 20, 1864. Discharged June 17, 

George W. Bagley, Musician Co. H, 9th Vermont Infantry, 
quota of Craftsbury, Vermont, July 7, 1862. Mustered 
out June 13, 1865. 

J. B. H. 

Nathaniel Alexander, Co. C, 15th Mass. Infantry. Age 40, 
quota of Lancaster, Mass. Died April 4, 1891. Enlisted 
Dec. 17, 1861. Discharged Oct. 15, 1862, for disability. 

Salem T. Weld, Leader of Band, 22nd Mass. Infantry. Age 
31, quota of Westboro, Mass. 

J. B. H. 

John E. Grout, Co. H, 57th Mass. Infantry. Age 33. From 
Spencer Dec. 19, 1863. Discharged July 1, 1864. 

Alexander B. Murdock, Co. I, 27th Mass. Infantry. Mustered 
Sept. 20, 1861, quota of Ware, Mass., for 3 years. Age 35. 
Died, Andersonville, Ga., Feb. 8, 1865. 

J. B. H. 


338 The History op Hou^and, Mass. 

In the town records bearing date May 1, 1863, we find the 
following note: — "A list of those that are now or have beai 
in the service of the United States : — 

John Anderson Henry Moore 

Henry Bennett Julius Rice 

Baxter Bennett Charles F. Roper 

Albert Back Merritt A. Towne 

George Barnes Newton "Wallis 

David Clapp, Jr. Harris C. Wallis 

Charles Clapp James Henry Walker 

Clement B. Drake Albertus Walker 

James Groves Henry W. Webber 
George A. Haradon 

Here are nineteen of the names to be found in the fore-" 
going list and the war only about half over. 

THE CIVIL WAR OF 1861-1865. 

How the Town of HOLLAND Responded. 

Address by J. BRAINBRD HALL. 

Survivor of Co. B, 57th Massachusetts Infantry. 

Member of George H. Ward Post 10, Grand Army of the Re- 
public, Worcester, Mass. 

The Society of the Army of the Potomac. 

New England Society, Survivors of Southern Military Prisons. 

Late Colonel Gen. William S. Lincoln, Command 18, and 

Adjutant General Massachusetts Department, union Veterans 

Memorial Sunday, May 25, 1913. 

Fellow Citizens of Holland: 

You have gathered here this morning, because it is the 
Lord's Day and His house ; also, in accord with the time honored 
custom, for the people of this nation, to meet to prepare the 
way — as it were — ^for the approaching Memorial Day. The 
soldier's Sabbath Day, a day when a grateful people of a 

Holland's Miutaey History. 339 

redeemed union of states, assemble in large numbers to pay 
Honor to those who fought and those who died during the Civil 
War of 1861-1865, or since, for One Country, One Constitution, 
One Flag, also to 

"Thank God for deeds of valor done! 
Thank God for victories won! 
That such as you need never know, 
The anguish of those days of woe: 
For time and peace, old wounds have healed, 
And flowers now strew the battlefield." 

It is not my purpose at this time to discuss or consider the 
causes which led up to the Civil War; a war so different from 
any of the greater wars in the world's history; a war that called 
out and developed a depth of patriotism, a devotion to principle 
and a sense of duty, never before witnessed; a war that called 
millions into service. 

Think, realize if you can, the magnitude of that struggle; 
the loyalty and courage of those millions, as they unhesitating- 
ly marched to the outer ridge of the battlefield and into the 
jaws of death, and for what? That this nation should not be 
dissolved; that the union of state should be preserved. 

My desire this morning is to give' you as complete a pen 
picture, as far as it is possible at this remote period from that 
war to draw, of the part Holland had, when they heard the 
agonizing cry of the nation, and its response, 

"We are coming, Father Abraham." 

then, if time will permit, to draw a few object lessons of the war 
and Memorial day. 

The United States census of 1860 tells one that the popula- 
tion of Holland that year was 419 ; by the records at the State 
House, Boston, we learn that there were in the town in 1861, 
100 male persons who were 21 years old or more, while the 
number who were of the military age was much less. 

We find that many, very many of those who were promi- 
nently identified with the Town during those stirring times of 

340 The History of Holland, Mass. 

1861-65, are no more. This makes the task of securing any- 
where near a complete roster of Holland's sons in the war, a 
difficult one, yet there are some who still recall, that 

"Long ago, on a summer's day, 
Over the kills they marched away — 
Kinfolks, friends, and the boys we knew 
In childhood's blossoms and fields of dew, 
Changed in that hour to full-grown men, 
When the song of the bugle rang down the Glen 
With its wild appeal and its throb and thrall. 
And they answered 'yes' to their country's call. 

"We watched them go, with their guns agleam, 
Down past the Mill and the winding stream.. 
Across the meadows with clover deep, 
By the old stone wall where the roses creep. 
We watched them go until they climbed the hUl 
And they faced about, as the drums grew still, 
And they waved their caps to the vale below 
With its beating hearts that loved them so." 

Those who thus marched away enrolled as of Holland, to- 
gether with sons of the town, counted on the quota of other 
places, in alphabetical order, are: — 

1. John Anderson 15. Clement F. Drake 

2. Nathaniel Alexander 16. John Franklin 

3. Alber Back 17. James L. Groves 

4. George P. Bagley 18. Josiah E. Grout 

5. George Barnes 19. Josiah B. Hall 

6. Baxter C. Bennett 20. George A. Haradon 

7. Henry H. Bennett 21. John Harding 

8. Isaac L. Burley 22. Joel Henry 

9. John C. Burley 23. George H. Howe 

10. Orson L. Burley 24. Jason Lewis 

11. Edward F. Carpenter 25. William Lilley 

12. Charles J. Clapp 26. John Lowns 

13. David Clapp 27. William 0. Lynn 

14. Charles D. Cutler 28. Burnett E. Miller 


Holland's Military History. 341 

29. Henry M. Moore 35. Newton E. "Wallace 

30. Julius Warren Rice 36. Harris C. Wallis 

31. Oharles P. Roper 37. Henry W. Webber 

32. Merritt A. Towne 38. Salem T. Weld 

33. Albertus H. Walker 39. Anson Williams 

34. James H. Walker 

Not all these men were born in Holland; but the majority 
of them were. And those who were not born in Holland were 
those in whom Holland had a deep interest for one reason or 
another, which entitled them to a place on the roll. 

By the Town records it appears that John Wesley Williams 
was drafted in 1863; Albert William Webber, Rev. John Car- 
penter and James Madison Prizell were drafted in 1864, and 
paid the Commutation fixed by the government in lieu of per- 
sonal service. Charles Ballard was also drafted in 1864 and 
procured a substitute who served in the Navy. 

A present resident of Holland is Wm. Lilly, veteran of Co. 
B, 4th Mass. Heavy Artillery. At the age of 27, he was mus- 
tered for one year, quota of Medway, Mass. 

Prompted by many predictions that by reason of life in the 
armj', the survivors had become unfitted for a return to civil 
life, Gen. Schouler, Adjutant General of Massachusetts, in 
December, 1865, sent a letter of inquiry to the Mayor of each 
city and the Selectmen of each town, for their opinion of the 
returned men who had been the life blood of the nation when it 
most needed a friend. A fair sample of a majority of the 
answers follows: 

"The habits of the returned soldiers are as good and 

even better than when they entered the army." — (Signed) 

William A. Webber, Chairman Selectmen of Holland. 

On March 8, 1881, Hon. John D. Long, Governor, approved 
an act of the Massachusetts Legislature, by which in this Com- 
monwealth, the 30th day of May each recurring year, was made 
a legal and public holiday. On May 30th that year, Gov. 
Long said to the Boston Posts of the Grand Army, that Massa- 
chusetts by recent enactment "has made the day you celebrate 
to be ONE OP HER HOLY DAYS, a day sacred to the mem- 
ory of her patriot dead, and to the inspiration of patriotism to 

342 The Histoet of Holland, Mass. 

her living; henceforth she emblazons it upon her calendar 
of the year, with the consecrated days that have come down 
from the Pilgrim and Puritan, with Christmas day and the 
birthdays of Washington and American Independence." 

Friday of this week is the next recurring May 30th. On 
that day at Lima, Peru; Montreal, Dominion of Canada, and 
at Honolulu, Sandwich Islands, where are Posts of the Grand 
Army of the Republic, as well as all over this broad' union of 
states, the solemn roll of the muffled drum, and the re-echoing 
silvery notes of the bugle will be calling all who believe in 
American Freedom, to pause in their daily labor and reverently 
visit and decorate the graves of those men ; who, I do not think 
it is unreasonable to believe, have, for what' they did and for 
what they dared in that war, been promoted to some one of 
God's many mansions. 

My Friends: On Friday 

"In reverence tread near the spot where they lie 

And deck them ivith garlands the fairest; 
Let tears like the dews that are wept from on high 

Refreshing its verdure, the rarest; 
For nearest to heaven of all earth is the sod 

Where dust of our irave boys reposes, 
And nearest their souls to the great throne of God 

When death their proud history closes." 

"So true was their worth and their deeds so sublime 
Their fame brighter grows in the fiction of time. 
And shows in its glow that shall ever increase 
A nation united in sweetness of peace." 

These two annual recurring memorial days are great days 
of remembrances. Did you ever stop on Memorial Sunday or 
Memorial Day and look backward down the vista of years gone 
by and recall those trying times of 1861-65? It is hard to 
realize that it is more than 52 years ago that the tocsin of war 
rang out from the battered walls of Sumter; that nearly as 
long ago, in the blush of his lusty young manhood, Clem. F. 
Drake was the first of the sons of Holland to leave the quietude 
of the home circle to actually battle for the life of this nation. 


Holland's Militaey Histoet. 343 

It is more than 48 years ago since the red curtain of war 
was rung down at Appomattox; quickly followed by the order 
to about face, and the homeward march for some of us from the 
ensanguined front became a reality. 

By the solemn services of these two May days of each 
reeurmg year, the people all over this land are in no uncertain 
manner reminded that whatever stability of government we 
have ; whatever protection to our lives, property and homes, we 
today enjoy; whatever blessings of education and the comforts 
of the Christian religion we have, is by reason of this being 
a nation redeemed by those who fought and those who fell in 
the civil war. 

The monument of Liberty and Protection began in the war 
of the Eevolution; was nearly completed in the civil war; the 
war with Spain added the capstone, and from' it floats "Old 
Glory" forcing all nations to acknowledge that we are the most 
wonderful as well as powerful of them all. 

It was four long years of war, and why? Those who went 
forward in that war, from the South as well as the North, were 
the flower of the youth of this nation, and it was American 
manhood, American courage, American endurance, American 
skill, continually pitted against American manhood, courage, 
endurance and skill. 

"Go, tell the Spartans, thou that passest iy, 
That here, obedient to their laws, we lie." 

— Simonedes, translated by Sterling. 

are the words upon the monument at Thermopylae, where 300 
were slain as they guarded the pass, while the bulk of the army 
retreated to safety. 

Each monument upon the battlefields of this great republic 
is entitled to have emblazoned upon it a greater, grander " 
eulogy, to-wit: 

"Traveler; tell to the world that we fell not in obe- 
dience to law, hut to the promptings of Patriotism, Loyalty 
and Love of Country." 

344 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Could those you today, and on Friday next will honor, 
speak to you, one feels sure they would ask you to rejoice that 
they were considered worthy for the sacrifice they made. But 
for the death of those men, the flag of our country would today 
be a despised emblem of the past; now, the sun never sets on 
the stars and stripes while carrying liberty and protection to 
the whole world. 

"There are flags of many lands 
There are flags of many hues; 
But there is no flag quite so grand 
As our own Bed, White and Blue." 

As you on Friday stand by those passionless mounds, pause 
for a moment and think of 

"* * * the graves of which no man knows! 

Uncounted braves, which never can he found; 
Graves of the precious 'missing' where no sound 

Of tender weeping will — 6e heard, where goes 

No living step of kindred. 

But nature knows her wilderness; 

There are no missing in her numbered ways; 
In her great heart is no forgetfulness, 

Each grave she keeps, she will adore, caress. 
We cannot lay such wreaths as summer lays. 

And all her days are Decoration days." 

United States Senator Bradley, on a recent Memorial day 
at Arlington National Cemetery, described a scene he witnessed 
on a Memorial day in his native state, and as follows: 

"In a secluded spot in a Kentucky Cemetery, was noticed 
a grave on the headstone of which was rudely carved the words 
'A FEDERAL SOLDIER.' An aged lady kneeling by it, 
seemingly in silent prayer; as she arose she placed a wreath 
of flowers upon the grave. 

"Is that the grave of your son?" a gentleman asked. With 
tears coursing down her withered cheeks, she said, 

"No! My boy was a Confederate soldier and died in a 
Northern Prison. I was unable to bring his remains home ; he 
sleeps among strangers. 

Holland's Militaey History. 345 

On every Decoration day, a sainted northern mother, who 
has a soldier son sleeping somewhere in an unknown grave in 
southern soil, 

'Places flowers on the grave of my boy.' 

It may be her boy is buried here, and as long as God gives 
me strength I shall come every Decoration day and place flow- 
ers on that grave. 

In the 83 National Cemeteries there are 152,103 just such 
unknown "FEDERAL SOLDIERS" graves. To their mem- 
ory; to the memory of the "precious missing" who sleep some- 
where in the star lit abby, pause on Friday next and stand 
uncovered a moment in silence to their memory. 

Remember they were mostly boys of 1861-65, and when I 
say boys, I speak advisedly. Comparatively few today realize 
that it was not the Regular army and the men of the loyal north 
that fought that war to a finish. 

Five of the Holland volunteers were but 18 years old. Five 
were 19; Four were 20, and six were 21 years old when mus- 
tered into the military service of the United States. 

In the entire State of Massachusetts, of those mustered into 
the United States service as Massachusetts volunteers, three 
were 12 years old ; 7 were 13 ; 49 were 14 ; 92 were 16 ; 253 were 
16; 548 were 17; 13,633 were 18; 10,001 were 19; 8,964 were 20; 
and 14,290 were 21 ; a total of 47,840 not over 21 years of age. 

The records of the War Department show that in the entire 
Federal Army, 25 were but 10 years old when they were mus- 
tered in, and that 1,387,267 were not over 18 years when they 
entered the service and only 634,583 of the 2,778,304 mustered 
into service were over 21 years old when mustered. 

Thus, my friends, you will see, as I have already said, it 
was the flower of the youth of those days who bared their breasts 
to the storm of shot and shell and the cruel saber cut. It was 
the boys of 1861-65 that fought the good fight that kept the 
faith, that added to liberty; that increased opportunity; that 
advanced justice; that served mankind in the greatest war that 
ever shook a continent. It was the greatest not only in numbers, 
but also in the good it accomplished for all mankind. 

Thus far, the pages of history have failed to teU the full 
meaning of that war and its results. Except on occasions like 

346 The History of HoLLA^rD, Mass. 

this, the present generation seldom stop to think what that war 
accomplished; what it made possible. 

That war demonstrated that for all time the American 
citizen soldier is always ready when duty calls ; that he is the 
bulwark of the Union of States; its means of protection; its 
safety in time of need. 

That war settled great questions when Presidents as well as 
Congress had failed, and it settled them right. If the settle- 
ment had not been then, think you it would have been ratified 
as it has been by our common country? 

That war made each one of you a living legatee of every 
Union soldier, their wills were written with the blood, of not 
far from 364,116 who fell in defense of this Union, and was 
probated in the Court of War. In that war they saved the land 
for which they died; saved it for you and your children's chil- 
dren; saved it for the millions yet to come. 

By reason of that war we are today a united country, and 
seditional discord of half a century ago has passed and gone, 
never to return; already since the surrender at Appomattox, 
since brother was slain by brother, has the call to Patriots gone 
forth. The south as well as the north, the east and the west, 
responded as one man, and those who once wore the gray, as 
well as their sons, have given undisputed proof that they are 
full fledged Americans, and Old Glory is theirs forever more. 
Yes! we heard the death knell of sectionalism from the Heights 
of San Juan Hill, when neither the foe or the burninng July 
sun of a tropical day, could wither the love for one Flag, one 
Country, one Constitution. 

As the crimson tide of battle rolled back, there in the em- 
brace of death lay sons of those who once wore the blue as well 
as the gray. Soon after, in one of the Southern states, one of 
the dead of that battlefield is taken to his last resting place; 
just look where they are about to lay him; read the inscription 
upon a rude stone nearby; it tells where sleeps a Confederate 
soldier wrapped in his confederate gray, and, about him, the 
flag for which he fought. 

By the open grave stands the once young wife, now an 
aged mother; twice life has been darkened to her by its sad 
pilgrimage to this hallowed spot. Now it is the son, who, on 

Holland's Military History. 347 

her last visit was a babe at her breeist. As the casket is opened, 
that all that is earthly may receive a mother's kiss, her tears 
bedewing, not the grave, but the stars and stripes. By the 
ashes of a confederate father, they lay away all that is mortal 
of a Union Soldier. Side by side we leave them, the blue and 
the gray, father and son, bathed with a devoted wife's and 
miother's tears, they will sleep till summoned to answer the 
final call. 

"There we leave them, Father and Son, 

Quietly asleep in the city of the dead. 
_ Under the one the Bhie — under the other the Gray, 

Under the Laurel the Blue—^nder the Willow the Gray. 

Under the Roses the Blue — under the Lillies the Gray. 
Under the sod and the ^dew 

Wet with the rain the Gray — wet with the rain the Blue. 

With a touch impartially tender 

Sadly and yet without upbraiding 

The generous deed was done 

And banished forever was our anger 

When they latoreled the graves of our dead. 

So under the sod and the dew we leave them 

Waiting the Judgment Day. 
Love and tears for the Blue. 

Tears and love for the Gray." 

These two annually recurring May days are brimful of 
great, grand and sad remembrances. I have already described 
an unknown grave in Kentucky. Another incident in a nearby 
city comes to my mind. Being a newspaper man, I was watch- 
ing my Comrades, loaded with the choicest flowers of spring- 
time. They were on their way to the Cities of the Dead. The 
street was deeply lined with women and children, many of them 
widows and orphans of my fallen comrades. 

' ' Daughter ! look at the man in command of the next com- 
pany ; he was with your father at Andersonville when he died. ' ' 
I heard a woman remark to the young lady by her side. What 
an ob.iect lesson that was to her. What an object lesson to all 
who look at that moving column of battle-scarred veterans. 
How grandly, at the tap of the drum, my comrades touched 

348 The History of Holland, Mass. 

elbows that day; the veteran sway was just as in 1861-1865, 
except for a waver all along the line; it was not the outcome 
of old age as much as the consequential results of the strenuous 
service they had rendered for you and yours. It was because 
those men by reason of service rendered their country. 

We're nearing, truly nearing- 

Their eternal camping ground. 
It was because their lamp of life 

Was lowly burning as they 
Wait for taps to sound their last roll-call. 

Deaths messenger is very busy in the ranks of the Union 
defenders. It is hard, now, to find a survivor who is not aged 
beyond his years, and where the absence of indications of activ- 
ity and muscular powers are not very marked. The eye once lit 
up with patriotism and loyalty, is growing dim. The pulse 
which once beat so rapidly to the battle cry of freedom, is fast 
growing weaker. For the last three fiscal years of the Pension 
Bureau, once in a few seconds less than 12 minutes, a Union 
Volunteer has reported to the Creator, the Commander-in-chief 
of us all, for final muster. 

Like clouds that rake the mountain summit, 
As waves that know no guiding hand, 
So swiftly is Comrade following Comrade 
From sunshine to the sunless land. 

that soon there will be no living memorial of the civil war ; soon 
there will only be records and memories of those whose life's 
blood has cemented this nation into an indissolvable 


"While I do not think one can say too much commendatory to 
my comrades and the service they rendered, yet am often asking 
myself, as I now ask you, Is there not, in addition to the fallen 
soldier and sailor, another whose memory a nation of chivalrous 
and gallant men, should not suffer to wane and die 1 

Think of the suffering of that great army of noble women as 
they daily and almost hourly looked to the God of Battles asking 
to be given strength to bow in meek and humble obedience, as the 
loved ones responded to duties call. 

Holland's MajTAET History. 349 


Who tries to conceal her grief as to her breast her first-bom 
she presses, as she breathes a few brave words, then kissing the 
patriot's brow as she bids him. good-bye with none but her God 
to know the grief that weighs upon her. 


As she girds her -husband's sword, and though her heart be 
rent asunder, she too bravely tries to speak a cheering word as 
she says good-bye to the father of her little ones who are looking 
on and weeping and wondering. 


Beneath her drooping lash a starry tear drop hangs £ind 
trembles, as with a forced smile, that in part her pain dissembles, 
she binds her warrior's sash, then loaning on her young lover's 
breast she receives one kiss; tis the last ere his soul is at rest. 

THE GIRLS OF 1861-65: 

God bless those girls: memories of them. Mother, Wife, 
Sweetheart, are rising up all around us and like Holy Incense 
are filling the recollections of war, with a rich and rare perfume 
which Whittier writes: 

When the grass is green above us, 
And they who know us now and love us, 

Are sleeping at our side, 
Will it avail iis aught that men 
Tell the world with lips and pen. 
That we have lived and died? 

My Friends: Now is the time to tell the story of those 
girls; tell it while they are still with us; tell it while my com- 
rades are still living witnesses of their worth. Let them know 
that the sacrifices they made were appreciated and are still 

I feel confident that I only voice the sentiment of every 
American Patriot when I express the hope that some son of 
genius wUl yet arise whose divinely gifted soul, kindled at the 

350 The History op' Holland, Mass. 

alters of patriotism and poetry, shall inspire the noblest epic of 
the age, which shall carry on wings of immortal song and to end- 
less generations, the story of the services and sacrifices of our 
women of the war. 

Oh ! brave women heroes, your faith and your pride, 
Have urged to the. conquest, have cheered those who died ; 
Your prayers have lit the rough paths of defeat, 
Till glory blazed over the lines of retreat. 


The time will come, and speedily, when the last survivor of 
that Grand Army of the Civil War will shoulder his crutch or 
cane no more. When he will lie down to rest for the last time 
with no comrade left to shed a tear or place a flower on his grave. 

Already those men are moving slowly, with a weary and 
heavy tread; they are aU, over the crest, and well down the 
western slope of life's journey; the bright sunset is in their 
faces; soon they will reach the vaUey through the very middle 
flows, we are often told, a roaring torrent, wide, which must be 
crossed. But I have faith to believe that there is a pontoon 
down there that will reach to the other shore, where is a glorious 
camping ground, where my comrades will stack their guns for 
the last time. 

Soon to your keeping, young men, will be left the flag of 
the richest, the greatest, the grandest and the most powerful 
nation on God's footstool. A flag that has never been lowered in 
defeat or humiliated at the termination of any war. A flag that 
has done more for mankind ; for liberty and humanity, than all 
other flags that wave between the earth and the sky above it. A 
flag which triumphantly floats over a nation knitted together by 
oceans of blood of its boys, and rivers of tears of the girls of 
1861-65. A nation, which since March 4, 1861 has increased in 
wealth from 16 to 150 billions of dollars, and in population from 
30 million to nearly 100 million. 

• To you will be left an untarnished flag, with its colors 
borrowed from the heavens ; a flag that tells to the world of the 
red blood of American Patriots and their deeds of valor from 
Bunker Hill to Manila Bay. From Lake Erie to the plains of 

Holland's Military History. 351 

Mexico, Santiago Harbor and San Juan Hill. The flag of those 
who are to follow you until the Ruler of the Universe 

Who layeth the beams of His chambers in the waters 
and who rideth on the wings of the wind 

shall sound the last note of time. 

The one flag, the great fl'ag, 

The flag for me and you, 

The Red, the White, The Blue. 

Young men, Old Glory will be left to you fully believing that 
you will defend it whenever and wherever duty calls. That 
you will never disgrace or desert it. 

That you will swear by it. Pray for it. Live for it. 


"War With Spain 

The war with Spain in 1898 was of such short duration and 
minor importance that no soldier of Holland so far as known 
was enrolled. Not lack of patriotism, but lack of need was the 


Town Officers 

Representatives during the period 1762 to 1783, while Holl- 
and was part of South Brimfield. 






1767-8 Hon. Timothy Danielson 

1769-70 Hon. Timothy Danielson 

1770-71 Hon. Timothy Danielson 

1771-72 Hon. Timothy Danielson 

1772-73 James Bridgham Esq. 

1773-74 Timothy Danielson 

May 25, 1774 to June 1774 Timothy Danielson 

1775 Anthony Needham 


1777 Timothy Danielson 


1779-80 Delegate in Constitution Convention Nat'l "Wm. 

1780 Mr. D. Butler of So. Brim£eld 



1783 Capt. Nehemiah May 

1788 Capt. Asa Fisk was delegate of So. Brimfield and Hol- 

land in the state Constitutional convention. 

1. Delegate to county convention at Hatfield, Abel Allen, 1786. 
Delegate to county convention at Hadley, Jos. Bruce, 1786. 

2. Delegate to county convention held at Belchertown, 1811, 

over division of Hampshire County, William Putnam. 

3. Delegate to county convention held at Northampton, over 

war of 1812 John PoUey 

4. Delegates to convention held at Brookfield 1792, Wm. Belk- 

nap, Major Alfred Lyon, John Brown. 

Tov?N Ofpicees. 



TO General Court from Hotj^and 

Capt. Nehemiah May 


Elected by South Brimfield 

John PoUey 


Rinaldo "Webber 


*Dea. David Wallis 


Jacob Thompson 


Wm. Putnam 


John Weaver 



- Elected by South 

Dea. Samuel Webber 


Brimfield and Hol- 

Leonard M. Morris 



John Wallis 


Elbridge G. Fuller 


'34, '47 

Lyman Gould 


Dea. Horace Wallis 


Willard Weld 


Elected by 

Harris Outler 


Holland alone. 

Dea. Wm. A. Webber 


Wm. A. Robbins 


Dea. Geo. L. Webber 


Elected by 

Wm. L. Webber 


First Hampden District 

Horace E. Wallis 


Delegate from Holland who sat in constitutional conven- 
tion (State) 1853, Capt. Freeland WaUis. 

Towns frequently neglected to elect a representative to 
General Court in order to avoid the expense. They could do 
it for the representative drew his pay from the town treasury 
by which he was sent. The trouble grew until a heavy fine 
was imposed upon towns which neglected to elect and send 
a representative, and the law was changed making his salary 
a charge upon the state treasury. Even then, many towns 
were fined. Of the above list of representatives, five were 
deacons in the congregational church. 

Selectmen op Holland 

1783 Nehemiah May, Jonas Blodgett and Alfred Lyon. 

1784 Wm. Belknap, Daniel Burnett, Jonathan Cram. 

*For biographical sketch of the deacons see Chapter X. 

354 The History op Holland, Mass. 

1785 Jonas Blodgett, Daniel Burnett, Nehemiah May. 

1786 Joseph Bruce, Daniel Burnett, Wm. Belknap 

1787 Jonas Blodgett, Asa Dana, Wm. Belknap. 

1788 David Wallis, Asa Dana, Wm. Belknap. 

1789 David Wallis, Asa Dana, John PoUey. 

1790 Wm. Belknap, Alfred Lyon, John Brown. 
1791-3 Wm. Belknap, Asa Dana, David Wallis. 

1794 Alfred Lyon, Ichabod Goodell, David Wallis. 

1795 Alfred Lyon, Wm. Belknap, David Wallis. 

1796 Joseph Bruce, John PoUey, Hallowell Perrin. 
1797-8 David Wallis, John PoUey, Wm. Belknap. 

1799 David Wallis, Gershom Rosebrooks, Rinaldo Webber. 

1800 Wm. Belknap, Ichabod Goodell, Rinaldo Webber. 

1801 David Wallis, Ichabod Goodell, Jonathan Ballard. 

1802 David Pay, Ichabod Goodell, Bbenezer Morris. 

1803 Jacob Thompson, Ichabod Goodell, Ebenezer Morris. 

1804 Jacob Thompson, Ichabod Goodell, Rinaldo Webber. 

1805 Jacob Thompson, John PoUey, David Wallis. 
1806-7 Zuriel May, John PoUey, David WaUis. 

1808 Ebenezer Morris, Ezra Allen, Ezra Webber. 

1809 Ebenezer Morris, Jacob Thompson, Samuel Webber. 

1810 David Wallis, John Weaver, Ezra Webber. 

1811 Edward Blodgett, Jas. A. Lynn, Wm. Putnam. 

1812 Edward Blodgett, Jas. A. Lynn, Reuben Stevens. 

1813 Edward Blodgett, Ezra Webber, Leonard Morris. 

1814 Sarel Perrin, Jas. A. Lynn, Edward Blodgett 

1815 John Weaver, David Wallis, Ezra Allen. 

1816 John Weaver, Edward Blodgett, Ezra Webber. 

1817 Benj. Church, Freeland Wallis, John WaUis. 

1818 Samuel Webber, Freeland WaUis, Reuben Stevens. 
1819-20 Samuel Webber, Elbridge G. PuUer, David B. Dean. 

1821 Samuel Webber, Freeland WaUis, David B. Dean. 

1822 Benj. Church, Freeland WaUis, David B. Dean. 

1823 Isaac Partridge, Freeland Wallis, John Wallis. 
1824-5 David B. Dean, Freeland WalUs, Benj. Church. 

1826 Adolphus Webber, Freeland WaUis, Loring Webber. 

1827 Reuben Stevens, David B. Dean, Loring Webber 

1828 Leonard M. Morris, John WaUis, Baxter Wood. 
1829-31 Freeland WaUis, David B. Dean, WiUard Weld. 
1832 Adolphus Webber, Loring .Webber, WiUard Weld. 

Town Officers. 355 

1833 Willard Weld, Adolphus Wfibber, Elbridge G. Fuller. 

1834 Freeland Wallis, Adolphus "Webber, Lyman Gould. 

1835 Freeland Wallis, Willard Weld, David B. Dean. 

1836 Freeland Wallis, Lyman Gould, Gilbert Rosebrooks. 

1837 Willard Weld, Horace Wallis, Isaac W. Wood. 

1838 Willard Weld, Horace Wallis, Freeland Wallis. 

1839 Willard Weld, Levans McFarlin, Freeland Wallis. 

1840 Adolphus Webber, Horace Wallis, Grosvenor May. 

1841 Adolphus Webber, David B. Dean, Warren A. Wallis. 

1842 Freeland Wallis, David B. Dean, Harrison Allen. 

1843 Adolphus Webber, Willard Weld, Uriah P. Marcey. 

1844 David B. Dean, Adolphus Webber, Harrison Allen. 

1845 Freeland Wallis, Nehemiah Underwood, Harrison Allen. 

1846 Wm. A. Webber, Nehemiah Underwood, Harrison Allen. 

1847 John Wallis, Stephen C. Weld, John B. Gould. 
1848-9 Wm. A. Webber, Warren A. Wallis, Wm. Frizell. 

1850 Nehemiah Underwood, Uriah P. Marcy, John B. Gould 

1851 Benj. F. Wilson, Alvin Goodell, John Wallis. 

1852 Eleazer Moore, Warren A. Wallis, John Wallis. 

1853 Wm. A. Webber, Nehemiah Underwood, Roswell A. Blod- 


1854 Wm. A. Webber, Nehemiah Underwood, Uriah P. Marcey. 

1855 Alvin Goodell, Eleazer Moore, Geo. L. Webber. 

1856-7 Wm. A. Webber, Warren A. Wallace, Clement B. Drake. 

1858 Wm. A. Webber, Harrison Allen, Wm. H. Harris. 

1859 Warren A. Wallis, Geo. L. Webber, Eleazer Moore. 

1860 Ferdinand L. Burley, Clement B. Drake, Wm. H. Harris. 

1861 Ferdinand L. Burley, Wm. A. Webber, Warren A. Wallis. 

1862 Ferdinand L. Burley, Geo. L. Webber, Warren A. Wallis 

1863 Wm. A. Webber, Horace Wallis, Roswell A. Blodgett. 

1864 Ferdinand L. Burley, Uriah P. Marcey, John Ballard. 

1865 Wm. A. Webber, C. B. Drake, J. A. Webber. 
1866-70 Wm. A. Webber, C. B. Drake, U. P. Marcey. 
1871-2 F. B. Blodgett, Harrison Allen, U. P. Marcey. 

1873 C. B. Drake, F. B. Drake, Wm. S. Wallis. 

1874 Wm. A. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, R. A. Blodgett. 

1875 Wm. A. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, Wm. S. Wallis. 

1876 Uriah P. Marcy, F. B. Blodgett, Frank Wight. 

1877 Wm. A. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, Henry Vinton 

356 The History op Holland, Mass. 

1878 Wm. A. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, Henry Vinton 

1879 Wm. A. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, Henry Vinton 

1880 Geo. L. Webber, Frank Wight, A. L. Roper. 

1881 Geo. L. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, A. L. Roper. 

1882 Frank Wight, F. B. Blodgett, A. L. Roper. 

1883 Frank Wight, Wm. L. Webber, R. A. Blodgett. 

1884 Frank Wight, R. A. Blodgett, A. L. Roper. 
188.5 Frank Wight, R. A. Blodgett, A. L. Roper. 

1886 R. A. Blodgett, A. L. Roper, G. L. Webber. 

1887 G. L. Webber. Wm. L. Wallis, F. B. Blodgett. 

1888 G. L. Webber. Wm. L. Wallis, F. B. Blodgett. 

1889 G. L. Webber. Wm. L. Wallis, F. B. Blodgett. 

1890 F. Wight, R. A. Blodgett, Wm. S. Wallis. 

1891 F. Wight. Wm. S. Wallis, F. B. Blodgett. 

1892 F. Wight, Wm. S. Wallis, F. B. Blodgett 

1893 G. L. Webber, J. S. Glazier, H. E. Wallis. 

1894 G. L. Webber, H. E. Wallis, Frank Wight. 

1895 F. B. Blodgett, Frank Wight, Wm. S. Wallis. 

1896 F. B. Blodgett, Wm. A. Webber, B. C. Bennett. 

1897 F. B. Blodgett, D. E. Butterworth, B. C. Bennett. 

1898 F. B. Blodgett, A. F. Blodgett, D. E. Butterworth. 

1899 F. B. Blodgett, Lewis M. Howlett, H. E. Vinton. 

1900 A. F. Blodgett, Lewis M. Howlett, C. A. Webber 

1901 L. M. Howlett, Francis Wight, C. A. Webber. 

1902 Wm. L. Webber, Francis Wight, A. J. Bagley. 

1903 Wm. L. Webber, C. A. Webber, D. E. Butterworth. 

1904 Wm. L. Webber, D. E. Butterworth, Carl F. Howlett. 

1905 Wm. L. Webber, D. E. Butterworth, C. A. Webber. 

1906 C. A. Webber, Loring C. Howlett, H. B. Vinton. 

1907 C. A. Webber, Loring C. Howlett H. E. Vinton. 

1908 Lewis M. Howlett, A. J. Bagley, L. C. Howlett. 

1909 Lewis M. Howlett, A. J. Bagley, L. C. Howlett. 

1910 Oliver L. Howlett, Wm. F. Horton, Arthur E. Morse. 

1911 Arthur E. Morse. 0. L. Howlett, Wm. F. Horton. 

1912 Wm. F. Horton, John F. Hebard, 0. L. Howlett. 

1913 John F. Hebard, Wm. F. Horton. 0. L. Howlett. 

For convenience in copying the original order of names 
has not always been observed. 

Town Ofpicees. 357 

Selectmen Served as Assessors from 1783-1826 

1826 Leonard M. Morris, Lyman Gould, Baxter "Wood. 

1827 E. G. FuUer, Preeland Wallis, Baxter Wood. 

1828 Freeland Wallis, Adolphus Webber, Calvin PoUey. i 

1829 Adolphus Webber, Calvin PoUey, John Wallis. 

1830 E. G. Fuller, Baxter Wood, Leonard M. Morris. 

1831 E. G. Fuller, Calvin PoUey, Baxter Wood. 

1832 Freeland Wallis, David B. Dean, Zebina Fletcher. 

1833 Preeland Wallis, David B. Dean, Zebina Fletcher. 

1834 Calvin PoUey, Baxter Wood, Zebina Fletcher. 

1835 Adolphus Webber, David B. Dean, John Dixon. 

1836 Adolphus Webber, David Marey, Horace Wallis. 

1837 John Dixon, Adolphus Webber, David B. Dean. 

1838 Adolphus Webber, David B. Dean, Zebina Fletcher. 

1839 Adolphus Webber, Zebina Fletcher, Horace Wallis. 

1840 Samuel Frizell, Nehemiah Underwood, Otis Wallis. 

1841 Freeland Wallis, Lyman Gould, Calvin PoUey. 

1842 Adolphus Webber, John WaUis, Freeland WaUis. 

1843 David B. Dean, W. A. WaUis, EUsha Kinney. 

1844 Horace Wallis, Stephen C. Weld, Nehemiah Underwood. 

1845 Freeland Wallis, Nehemiah Underwood, Eleazer Moore. 

1846 Horace WaUis, A. S. Butterworth, B. G. Fuller. 

1847 E. G. FuUer, Horace Wallis, A. S. Butterworth. 

1848 E. G. FuUer, Horace WaUis, A. S. Butterworth. 
1849. Freeland WaUis, Calvin PoUey, Uriah P. Marcy. 

1850 Nehemiah Underwood, Uriah P. Marcy, John B. Gould. 

1851 Horace WaUis, Harrison Allen, W. A. WaUis. 

1852 Nehemiah Underwood, EUsha Kinney, Wm. A. Webber. 

1853 John WaUis, Eleazer Moore, Geo. L. Webber 

1854 David B. Dean, Alvin GoodeU, Freeland WaUis. 

1855 Nehemiah Underwood, Eleazer Moore, Geo. L. Webber. 

1856 John WaUis, E. G. FuUer, James A. Webber. 

1857 Warren A. WaUis, Eleazer Moore, Geo. L. Webber. 

1858 John B. Gould, Horace WaUis, Jr., C. B. Drake. 

1859 John B. Gould, Uriah P. Marcy, Lyman Adams. 

1860 B. G. FuUer, Horace WaUis Jr., Wm. FrizeU. ' 

1861 Nehemiah Underwood, U. P. Marcy, Jas. A. Webber. 

1862 Nehemiah Underwood, Jas. A. Webber, Eleazer Moore. 

1863 John WalUs, Alvin GoodeU, Geo. L. Webber. 

358 The History op Holland, Mass. 

1864 John Wallis, Jas. A. Webber, R. A. Blodgett. 

1865 Geo. L. Webber, Wm. S. Wallis, Eleazer Moore. 

1866 Geo. L. Webber, Alvin Goodell, Eleazer Moore. 

1867 Geo. L. Webber, Jas. A. Webber, Warren A. Wallis. 

1868 W. A. Wallis, F. B. Blodgett, Lyman Adams. 

1869 W. A. Wallis, Jas. A. Webber, Horace Wallis, Jr. 

1870 Geo. L. Webber, Jas. A. Webber, R. A. Blodgett. 

1871 C. B. Drake, Eleazer Moore, W. A. Webber. 

1872 Jas. A. Webber, Horace Wallis, Jr., Olney W. Brown. 

1873 Jas. A. Webber, Horace Wallis, Jr., R. A. Blodgett. 

1874 Uriah P. Marcy, Geo. L. Webber, R. A. Blodgett. 

1875 Geo. L. Webber, Horace Wallis, Jr., Henry Vinton. 

1876 Horace Wallis, Jr., W. L. Webber, Henry Vinton. 

1877 Horace Wallis, Jr., W. L. Webber, R. A. Blodgett. 

1878 Horace Wallis, Jr., W. L. Webber, R. A. Blodgett. 

1879 W. L. Webber, R. A. Blodgett, F. B. Blodgett. 

1880 W. L. Webber. R. A. Blodgett, Wm. S. Wallis. 

1881 R. A.. Blodgett, W. L. Webber, Wm. S. Wallis. 

1882 R. A. Blodgett, 0. W. Brown, Henry Vidton. 

1883 Geo. L. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, Henry Vinton. 

1884 W. L. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, Henry Vinton. 

1885 W. L. Webber, 0. W Brown, Wm. S. Wallis. 

1886 W. L. Webber, Wm. S. Wallis, H. E. Wallis. 

1887 W. L. Webber, R. A. Blodgett, Henry Vinton. 

1888 W. L. Webber, R. A. Blodgett, Henry Vinton. 

1889 W. L. Webber, H. E. Wallis, Albert Back. 

1890 H. B. Wallis, Geo. L. Webber, H. J. Switzer. 

1891 R. A. Blodgett, Henry Vinton, F. B. Blodgett. 

1892 W. L. Webber, Henry Vinton, F. B. Blodgett. 

1893 W. L. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, W. A. Webber. 

1894 W. L. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, W. S. Wallis. 

1895 W. L. Webber, W. A. Webber, A. F. Blodgett. 

1896 W. L. Webber, W. A. Webber, C. A. Webber. 

1897 W. L. Webber, A. F. Blodgett, D. B. Butterworth. 

1898 W. L. Webber, C. A. Webber, A. F. Blodgett. 

1899 W. L. Webber, C. A. Webber, A. F. Blodgett. 

1900 W. L. Webber, C. A. Webber, Joseph Pales. 

1901 F. B. Blodgett, C. A. Webber, H. E. Vinton. 

1902 Wm. L. Webber, F. B. Blodgett, Joseph Fales. 

1903 Wm. L. Webber, Joseph Fales, F. B. Blodgett. 

Town Officers. 35S 


Wm. L. Webber, Henry : 

E. Vinton, Oliver L. Howlett. 


Wm. L. Webber, Henry 

E. Vinton, Oliver L. Howlett. 


H. E. Vinton, Loring C 

. Howlett, Oliver L. Howlett. 


Loring C. Howlett, 0. I 

1. Howlett, A. P. Blodgett. 


A. F. Blodgett (3 years) 

0. L. Howlett, Praneis Wight. 


Arthur E. Morse. 


Oliver L. Howlett. 


A. P. Blodgett. 


Arthur B. Morse. 


0. L. Howlett. 

Town Treasurers 


Jonathan Wallis 


Dea. Samuel Webber 


Alfred Lyon 


Willard Wood 


Alfred Lyon 


Willard Pike 


Alfred Lyon 


James A. Lynn 


Alfred Lyon 


Reuben Stevens 


Alfred Lyon 


Pre eland Wallis 


Alfred Lyon 


Preeland Wallis 


Alfred Lyon 


Willard Pike 


Alfred Lyon 


Willard Pike 


Alfred Lyon 


David B. Dean 


Alfred Lyon 


David B. Dean 


John Brown 


David B. Dean 


Malachi Partridge 


David B. Dean 


Rufus May 


Luther Brown 


Ephraim Bond 


Loring Webber 


Ephraim Bond 


Loring Webber 


William Belknap 


Samuel Frizell 


David Pay 


Samuel Prizell 


David Pay 


Samuel Prizell 


Ezra Allen 


Baxter Wood 


Dea. Samuel Webber 


Baxter Wood 


Dea. Samuel Webber 


Sewall Glazier 


Dea. Samuel Webber 


Sewall Glazier 


Dea. Samuel Webber 


Sewall Glazier 


Joseph Baker 


Sewall Glazier 


HoUowel Perrin 


Sewall Glazier 


Hollowel Perrin 


Sewall Glazier 


The History op Holland, Mass. 


Sewall Glazier 


F. E. Kinney 


Sewall Glazier 


F. E. Kinney 


Sewall Glazier 


F. E. Kinney 


John Wallis 


F. E. Kinney 


John Wallis 


F. E. Kinney 


Willard Weld 


F. E. Kinney 


Alvin Goodell 


F. E. Kinney 



m. A. Webber 


F. E. Kinney 


Wm. A. Webber 


F. E. Kinney 



arren A. Wallis 


F. E. Kinney 


Alvin Goodell 


F. Wight 


Alvin Goodell 


Wm. L. Webber 


John Ballard 


Wm. L. Webber 


Alvin Goodell 


Wm. L. Webber 



m. A. Webber 


Wm. L. Webber 


Alvin Goodell 


Wm. L. Webber 


Warren A. Wallis 


Wm. L. Webber 


Warren A. Wallis 


Wm. L. Webber 


John Ballard 


Wm. L. Webber 



B. Blodgett 


Wm. L. Webber 



B. Blodgett 


Wm. L. Webber 



B. Blodgett 


Wm. L. Webber 



B. Blodgett 


Wm. L. Webber 



B. Blodgett 


Wm. L. Webber 



B. Blodgett 


Wm. L. Webber 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 





A. F. Blodgett 



E. Kinney 

Town Officeks. 361 


Annual Meeting 


Joseph Bruce 


Benjamin Church 


Jonas Blodgett 


Benjamin Church 


Jonas Blodgett 


Leonard M. Morris 


Nehemiah May 


Preeland Wallis 


Joseph Bruce 


Preeland Wallis 


Jonas Blodgett 


Leonard M. Morris 


Eliphalet Janes 


Preeland Wallis 


Asa Dana 


Leonard M. Morris 


Asa Dana 


John Wallis 


Asa Dana 


Preeland Wallis 


Asa Dana 


Preeland .Wallis 


Asa Dana 


Preeland Wallis 


David Wallis 


Preeland Wallis 


Joseph Bruce 


Willard Weld 


Asa Dana 


Willard Weld 


lehabod Goodell 


Adolphus Webber 


Ichabod Goodell 


John Wallis 


John PoUey 


Preeland Wallis 


David Wallis 


David B. Dean 


David Wallis 


David B. Dean 


Jacob Thompson 


Willard Weld 


Jacob Thompson 


Preeland Wallis 


Jacob Thompson 


Clement B. Drake 


John PoUey 


Preeland Wallis 


David Wallis 


C. B. Drake 


David Wallis 


Willard Weld 


Jacob Thompson 


Preeland Wallis 


David Wallis 


C. B. Drake 


David Wallis 


Stephen C. Weld 


Benjamin Church 


C. B. Drake 


Edward Blodgett 


B. P. Wilson 


Benjamin Church 


C. B. Drake 


David Wallis 


Alvin Goodell 


James A. Lynn 


Alvin Goodell 


James A. Lynn 


C. B. Drake 


Benjamin Church 


C. B. Drake 


Benjamin Church 


C. B. Drake 


Benjamin Church 


C. B. Drake 


The History of Holland, Mass. 


Amos Monroe 


P. B. Blodgett 


Wm. A. Bobbins 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Alvin Goodell 


H. E. Wallis 


Alvin Goodell 


H. E. Wallis 


C. B. Drake 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Alvin Goodell 


Wm. S. Wallis 


F. L. Burley 


H. B. Wallis 


Ci. B. Drake 


P. B. Blodgett 


C. B. Drake 


P. B. Blodgett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


P. B. Blodgett 


G. B. Drake 


P. B.' Blodgett 


"Wm. S. WalUs 


P. B. Blodgett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


P. B. Blodgett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


A. P. Blodgett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


P. B. Blodgett 


C. B. Drake 


Wm. L. Webber 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Wm. L. Webber 


H. Wallis, Jr. 


Prancis Wight 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Lewis M. Howlett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Lewis M. Howlett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Lewis M. Howlett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


P. B. Blodgett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Lewis M. Howlett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Lewis M. Howlett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Lewis M. Howlett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


John P. Hebard 


Wm. S. Wallis 


John P. Hebard 


Wm. S. Wallis 

Moderators of 

Special Meetings. 


Jonas Blodgett 


Joseph Bruce 


Jonas Blodgett 


Joseph Bruce 


Jonas Blodgett 


Joseph Bruce 


Nehamiah May 


Joseph Bruce 


Daniel Burnett 


Joseph Bruce 


Alfred Lyon 


Jonas Blodgett 


Jonas Blodgett 


Jonas Blodgett 


Jonas Blodgett 


Jonas Blodgett 


Jonas Blodgett 


David Wallis 


Nehemiah May 


David WaUis 

Town Officers. 363 


Asa Dana 


Ichabod Goodell 


Asa Dana 


Ichabod Goodell 


Asa Dana 


Ichabod Goodell 


Asa Dana 


David Wallis 


Asa Dana 


David Wallis 


Asa Dana 


Jacob Thompson 


Asa Dana 


Ichabod Goodell 


Asa Dana 


Calvin Glazier 


Asa Dana 


Ichabod Goodell 


Asa Dana 


Jonathan Ballard 


Asa Dana 


Ichabod Goodell 


Asa Dana 


Jacob Thompson 


Asa Dana 


Zuriel May 


Asa Dana 


David Wallis 


David Wallis 


Jacob Thompson 


David Wallis 


Robert Henry 


Wm. L. Belknap 


Jacob Thompson 


Abel Allen 


Jacob Thompson 


David "Wallis 


David Wallis 


Joseph Bruce 


David Wallis 


Alfred Lyon 


David Wallis 


Joseph Bruce 


Jacob Thompson 


John PoUey 


John Polley 


John Policy 


Ezra Allen 


Asa Dana 


David Wallis 


David Wallis 


John Polley 


John PoUey 


John Polley 


HolloweU Perrin 


Jacob Thompson 


Wm. Belknap 


David Wallis 


David Wallis 


Ebenezer Morris 


David Wallis 


Jacob Thompson 


David WalUs 


Jacob Thompson 


James Puller 


Ebenezer Morris 


Ichabod Goodell 


Jacob Thompson 


John PoUey 


Jacob Thompson 


David Wallis 


David Wallis 


John Polley 


Ezra Webber 


Abel Allen 


David Wallis 


David Wallis 


Reuben Stevens 


The History op Holland, Mass. 


John Polley 


Rueben Stevens 


Rueben Stevens 


Preeland Wallis 


Ichabod Goodell 


Reuben Stevens 


Ezra Allen 


Leonard M. Morris 


Ezra "Webber 


Preeland Wallis 


Ezra Webber 


Leonard M. Morris 


James A. Lynn 


Leonard M. Morris 


James A. Lynn 


Leonard M. Morris 


Ezra Allen 


Blbridge G. Puller 


David Wallis 


Preeland Wallis 


Ezra Allen 


Willard Weld 


David "Wallis 


Leonard M. Morris 


David "Wallis 


James A. Lynn 


Ezra Allen 


Leonard M. Morris 


Benjamin Church 


Freeland Wallis 


Ebenezer Morris 


Blbridge G. Puller 


Isaac Partridge 


John Wallis 


John Weaver 


Willard Weld 


David B. Dean 


John Wallis ; 


David Wallis 


Willard Weld ; 


Rueben Stevens 


Willard Weld " 


Nehemiah May, Jr. 


Willard Weld \ 


Benjamin Church 


Freeland Wallis 


Reuben Stevens 


Preeland Wallis 


Isaac Partridge 


Isaac Partridge 


Benjamin Church 


Blbridge G. Fuller 


Isaac Partridge 


Preeland Wallis 


Blbridge G. Fuller 


Clement B. Drake 


Preeland Wallis 


Freeland Wallis 


Reuben Stevens 


Preeland Wallis 


David Wallis 


David B. Dean 


Freeland Wallis 


David B. Dean 


Isaac Partridge 


Zebina Fletcher 


Preeland Wallis 


John Dixon 


Preeland Wallis 


Preeland Wallis 


James A. Lynn 


Blbridge G. Puller 


John WaUis 


Adolphus Webber 


James A. Lynn 


Freeland Wallis 


Freeland Wallis 


Preeland Wallis 


Officers. 365 


John Wallis 


John Wallis 


John Wallis 


Wm. A. Webber 


C. B. Drake 


F. J. Ballard 


David B. Dean 


Wm. A. Webber 


David B. Dean 


C. B. Drake 


David B. Dean 


Wm. A. Webber 


Warren A. Wallis 


Wm. A. Webber 


David B. Dean 


C. B. Drake 


Willard Weld 


Alvin Goodell 


Freeland Wallis 


C. B. Drake 


Alvin Goodell 


C. B. Drake 


Alvin Goodell 


Wm. A. Webber 


Jonathan Sikes 


C. B. Drake 


John Wallis 


Wm. S. Wallis 


C. B. Drake 


Wm. S. Wallis 


C. B. Drake 


C. B. Drake 


Freeland Wallis 


Alvin Goodell 


Benjamin F. Wilson 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Benjamin F. Wilson 


C. B. Drake 


B. F. Wilson 


Wm. A. Webber 


Alvin Goodell 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Alvin Goodell 


Wm. A. Webber 


Alvin Goodell 


Wm. A. Wallis 


Alvin Goodell 


Alvin Goolell 


Alvin Goodell 


Wm. S. Wallis 


E. C. Fuller 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Wm. A. Robbins 


F. B. Blodgett 


Alvin Goodell 


F. Wight 


Amos Munroe 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Alvin Goodell 


F. Wight 


Amos Munroe 


F. Wight 


Amos Munroe 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Warren A. Wallis 


G. L. Webber 


Wm. A. Webber 

' 1894 

F. B. Blodgett 


Alvin Goodell 


G. L. Webber 


Alvin Goodell 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Wm. A. Webber 


F. B. Blodgett 


Wm. A. Webber 


F. B. Blodgett 


Wm. A. Webber 


F. B. Blodgett 


Wm. A. Webber 


The History of Holland, Mass. 

Town Clerks. 


Eliphalet Janes 


David B. Dean 


Eliphalet Janes 


David B. Dean 


Eliphalet Janes 


David B. Dean 


Eliphalet Janes 


Luther Btown 


Wm. Belknap 


David B. Dean. 


Wm. Belknap 


David B. Dean 


Wm. Belknap 


John Wallis 


David Wallis 


John Wallis 


Wm. Belknap 


John Wallis 


Wm. Belknap 




Wm. Belknap 


Samuel Frizell 


Wm. Belknap 


Samuel Frizell 


Asa Dana 


Samuel Frizell 


Asa Dana 


Freeland Wallis 


Asa Dana 


Freeland Wallis 


Asa Dana 


Freeland Wallis 


Jonathan Ballard 


E. a. Fuller 


Jonathan Ballard 


John Dixon 


Jonathan Ballard 


John Wallis 


Jonathan Ballard 


John Wallis 


Jonathan Ballard 


John Wallis 


David Wallis 


John Dixon 


Ezra Webber 


John Dixon 


Ezra Webber 


Wm. A. Webber 


Ezra Webber 


Wm. A. Webber 


Ezra Webber 


Wm. A. Webber 


Ezra Webber 


Warren A. Wallis 


James A. Lynn 


Wm. A. Robbins 


Ezra Webber 


Wm. A. Robbins 


James A. Lynn 


Wm. A. Robbins 


James A. Lynn 


Wm. A. Robbins 


James A. Lynn 


Wm. A. Robbins 


Reuben Stevens 


Wm. A. Robbins 


Freeland Wallis 


Warren A. Wallis 


Freeland Wallis 


Warren A. Wallis 


Freeland Wallis 


F. B. Blodgett 


Freeland Wallis 


F. B. Blodgett 


David B. Dean 


F. B. Blodgett 

Town Officers. 367 


F. B. Blodgett 


F. E. Kinney 


P. B. Blodgett 


P. E. Kinney 


F. B. Blodgett 


P. E. Kinney 


F. B. Blodgett 


F. E. Kinney 


F. Wight 


F. E. Kinney 


F. "Wight 


F. B. Kinney 


F. Wight 


F. E. Kinney 


F. E. Kinney 


P. E. Kinney 


F. E. Kinney 


P. B. Kinney 


F. E. Kinney 


F. B. Kinney 


F. E. Kinney 


Wm. L. Webber 


P. E. Kinney 


Wm. L. Webber 


F. E. Kinney 


Wm. L. Webber 


F. E. Kanney 


Wm. L. Webber 


F. B. Blodgett 


Wm. L. Webber 


F. B. Blodgett 


Wm. L. Webber 


F. E. Kinney 


Wm. L. Webber 


F. E. Kinney 


Wm. L. Webber 


F. E. Kinney 


Wm. L. Webber 


F. E. Kinney 


Wm. L. Webber 


F. B. Kinney 


Wm. L. Webber 


F. E. Kinney 

1901-14 A. F. Blodgett 


F. E. Kinney 

School Committees 


See other notes. 


Dr. Thomas Wallis, Wm. Belknap. Lt. Jonas Blodgett. 


John Perrin, Lt. 

Daniel Burnett, Asa Dana, 17 Apr. 1786 

"to see if the district will appoint a man in each 
school district to take care and see that school money 
is 'schooled out' " 



Alfred Lyon, Ichabod Goodell, Bphraim Bond, Asa Par- 
tridge. Committee to supply wood. 

Alfred Lyon, Hollowill Perrin, Ebenezer Morse, Asa 

368 The History of Holland, Mass. 

1794 Alfred Lyon, N. E., HoUowill Perrin, S. B., Ephraim 

Bond, S. W., John PoUey, N. W. 

1795 Ebenezer Morse, Jos. Bruce, Dea. D. Wallis, Alfred Lyon, 

Eph. Bond. 
1799 David Wallis, Gershom Rosebrook, A. Lyon, John Polley, 

Rineldo "Webber, Ebenezer Morse, Hollowell Perrin. 

To district the town. 
1801 Col. Lyon, HoUowill Perrin, David Fay, Robt. Henry, 

Abel Allen, Timothy Anderson, 6. Rosebrook. To 

district the town. 

1805 Voted a committee of 2 to assist Mr. Reeve to inspect 

(examine) schoolmasters. David Wallis and Dea. 
Samuel Webber. 

1806 Perez Bradford, Ebenezer Morris, Robt. Henry, Timothy 


1808 Voted not to choose a school committee. Apr. 4, the vote 

was rescinded and Jonathan Lyon, S. E., Samuel 

Webber, N. E., Edward Blodgett, S. W., Jacob 
Thompson, N. W. 

1809 Voted to choose a school committee. Benj. Church, 

Jonathan Lyon, Lemuel Chandler, Jacob Thompson. 
School finance com., Ezra Allen, Zuriel May and 
Robert Henry. 

1810 Benj. Church, Reuben Stevens, Robt. Henry, John Polley, 

(finances Jas. A. Lynn, Ebenezer Morris, Abraham 
Mclntire, David Wallis. 

1811 John Polley, Edwin Blodgett, Wm. Putnam*, Jas. A. 


1812 Dea. D. Wallis N. W., Benj. Church N. B., Wm. Putnam 

S. E.. Lemuel Colburn S. W. Voted to choose a 
committee to assist Mr. Reeve in inspecting school- 

Town Officers. 369 

masters and mistresses. Dea. David Wallis, Free- 
land Wallis, Leonard Morris, B. G. Fuller. 

1813 Jas. A. Lynn, Bbenezer Morris, Bradley Webber, Dea. 

David Wallis. 

1814 Ebenezer Morris, Eleazer Howard, Willard Wood, Ezra 

Allen, Leonard Morris, E. G. Fuller, David Wallis, 
Freeland Wallis (to aid Mr. Reeve.) 

1815 Freeland Wallis, Leonard Morris, Ebenezer Pike, David 

Wallis, (to aid Mr. Reeve). John Weaver, Isaac 
Partridge, Benj. Church, Elisha Marey. 

1816 E. G. Fuller, Ebenezer Pike, Leonard Morris, John Wallis 

(exam, com.) J. A. Lynn, Jno. Weaver, Lemuel 
Coburn, Leonard Morris, prudential committee. 

1817 Freeland Wallis, John Wallis, David B. Dean, Leonard 

Morris, Samuel Webber, John Weaver, Isaac Part- 
tridge. (P. Com.) 

1818 Willard Rosebrook, David B. Dean, John Anderson, E. G. 

FuUer, (P. Com.) E. G. FuUer, Leonard Morris, 
David B. Dean, Jno. Wallis, (examining committee.) 

1819 Willard Rosebrook, Edward Blodgett, Freeland Wallis, 

Allen Tiffany (P. Com.) Ebenezer Pike, Leonard 
Morris, Baxter Wood, Freeland WaUis. 

1820 Voted to have one committee hire and examine teachers 

and visit schools. Leonard Morris, Freeland Wallis, 
Ebenezer Pike, John Wallis, committee. 

1821 Reuben Stevens, Elisha Marcy, Levi Janes, Luther Brown. 

1822 Reuben Stevens S. E., Jno. Anderson, N. W., E. G. 

Fuller, N. E., Amos Fletcher S. W. 

1823 Leonard Morris, Freeland Wallis, Calvin PoUey, Smith 


1824 Reuben Stevens, S. E., Sam. Frizell, N. E., John Ander- 

son, N. W., Baxter Wood, S. W. 

1825 Reuben Stevens, Lyman Gould, Calvin PoUey, Elisha 


1826 Jas. A. Lynn, Freeland Wallis, Zebina Fletcher, Adolphus 


1827 No record. 

1828 Same as 1826. 

1829 Willard Weld, John Wallis, David B. Dean, Isaac Part- 



370 The History of Holland, Mass. 

1830 Lyman Gould, Leonard H. Morris, Amos Fletcher, Horace 


1831 E. G. Fuller, D. B. Dean, Leonard Morris, Zebina 

Fletcher, Baxter Wood. 

1832 Freeland Wallis, D. B. Dean, Leonard Morris, Zebina 

Fletcher, John Wallis. 

1833 Jas. Sandford, Washington Munger, Baxter Wood, Ze- 

bina Fletcher, Freeland Wallis, John Wallis. 

1834 E. G-. Fuller, Gilbert Rosebrook, Ephraim Colburp, Levi 

Janes, Jas. Sandford, W. Munger, Baxter Wood, F. 
Wallis, D. B. Dean, exam. 

1835 Jas. Sandford, W. Munger, John Dixon, John Wallis, 

Baxter Wood. 

1836 Ezra Allen, Gilbert RoSebrook, Loring Marcy, Adolphus 


1837 W. Munger, Jas. Sandford, D. B. Dean. F. Wallis, John 

Dixon, Exam. 

1838 John Wallis, Zebina Fletcher, D. B. Dean. 3 by vote of 


1839 Jas. Sandford, Zebina Fletcher, D. B. Dean. 

1840 John WaUis, E. G. Fuller, Wm. A. Webber. 

1841 Waren A. Wallis, Stephen C. Weld, Wm. A. Webber. 

1842 Warren A. Wallis, Willard B. Parks, Wm. A. Webber. 

1843 Geo. L. Webber, Jas. A. Webber, Wm. A. Webber. 

1844 W. A. Wallis, Stephen C. Weld, Wm. A. Webber. 

1845 Jas. Sandford, Amos Babcoek, W. A. Robbins. 

1846 John WaUis, Henry S. Dean, W. A. Robbins. 

1847 Wm. A. Webber, Stephen C. Weld, Freeland Wallis. 

1848 Benj. Ober, Chas. P. W. Fuller, Henry S. Dean. 

1849 Amos Babcoek, Chas. P. W. Fuller, Jas. A. Webber, 

1850 W. A. Robbins, W. A. Webber, Jas. A. Webber. 

1851 John R. Wallis, W. A. Webber, D. B. Dean. 

1852 A. C. Page, W. A. Robbins, Jas. A. Webber. 

1853 Alvah C. Page, F. B. Blodgett, Jas. A. Webber. 

1854 W. A. Robbins, F. B. Blodgett, W. A. Webber. 

1855 Wm. H. Harris, F. B. Blodgett, W. A. Robbins. 

1856 John Wallis, Horace Wallis, Jr., W. A. Rabbins. 

1857 Francis Wood, Francis Wight, Geo. L. Webber. 

1858 Francis Wood, F. B. Blodgett. F. L. Burley. 

Town Ofpicees. 371 

1859 Rev. P. "Wood, J. B. Gould, Geo. L. Webber, "Wm. E. 

Cook, A. Butterworth. 

1860 W. A. Robbias, F. B. Blodgett, Francis "Wood (excused 

later) . 

1861 "W. A. Robbins, E. P. Blodgett, U. P. Marcy, Richmond 


1862 "Wm. A. Lynn, "Wm. S. "Wallis, S. D. Butterworth. Hiram 


1863 F. L. Burley, S. J. Ballard, Horace "Wallis, Jr., E. "W. 

Marcy, Richmond Young. 

1864 F. D. Blodgett, Alvin Goodell, U. P. Marcy, R. A. Blod- 


1865 W. A. "Wallis, E. P. Blodgett, S. D. Butterworth, R. 


1866 F. B. Blodgett, C. B. Drake. A. "W. "Webber, 0. W. Brown, 

R. A. Blodgett. 

1867 Rev. A. Southworth, C. Roper, "W. S. "Wallis, J. F. Lynn, 

L. C. Howlett. 

1868 C. B. Drake, "W. A. Webber, 0. W. Brown, R. A. 


1869 Rev. D. J. Bliss. 

1870 F. B. Blodgett. 

1871 Wm. H. Harris, C. B. Drake, H. Vinton, E. W. Marcy, 

E. P. Blodgett. 

1872 A. W. Robbins. 

1873 F. B. Blodgett, Wm. L. Webber. 

1874 J. A. Webber, R. A. Blodgett, T. D. Butterworth, Wm. 


1875 J. A. Webber. 

1876 F. B. Blodgett. 

1877 George L. Webber 

1878 Solomon Bixby 

1879 Wm. H. Harris. 

1880 F. B. Blodgett. 

1881 Mrs. F. B. Kinney (3 yrs.) 

1882 Albert Back. 

1883 F. B. Blodgett. 

1884 H. E. Wallis. 

1885 Mrs. F. E. Kinney. 


The Histoby of Holland, Mass. 


L. H. Howlett. 


F. B. Blodgett. 


Frank Wight. 


Wm. S. Wallis. 



Albert Back. 


F. B. Blodgett. 


Lyman H. Howlett. 


Willie A. Webber. 


Mrs. Wm. L. Webber (1 yr.), Rev. Oscar BisseU (2 



F. B. Blodgett (1 yr.), Ella J. 

Webber (3 yrs.) 


C. A. Webber. 


F. Wight. 


A. F. Blodgett. 


C. A. Webber. 


Francis Wight. 


A. F. Blodgett. 


EUa J. Webber. 


Francis Wight. 


Otis W. Williams. 


C. A. Webber. 


Francis Wight. 


A. F. Blodgett, Chas. Lawrence. 


Wallace P. Moore. 


Wm. F. Horton. 


Carlos F. Howlett. 


A. F. Blodgett. 


Wm. F. Horton. 


0. L. Howlett. 



Abner Morgan 1788 

Alfred Lyon 


Daniel Thomson 1788 

Abel Allen 


Da,niel Thomson 1789 

Abel Allen 


Asa Partridge 1789 

Ichabod G-oodell 


Asa Partridge 1789 

Thomas Wallis 


Ezra May 1790 

Thomas Wallis 


Ezra May 1790 

Alfred Lyon 


Thomas Wallis 1791 

Asa Partridge 


Thomas Wallis 1791 

Alfred Lyon 


Alfred Lyon 1792 

Ichabod Goodell 

Town Officers. 373 


Jasper Marsh 


John WalUs , 


Ichabod Goodell 


John Wallis 


Hallowell Perrin 


Grosvenor May 


Hallowell Perrin 


Leonard M. Morris 


Ichabod Goodell 


Leonard M. Morris 


Sarel Perrin 


Leonard M. Morris 


Sarel Perrin 


Leonard M. Morris 


Asa Dana 


Isaac Partridge 


Asa Dana 


Isaac Partridge 


Jas. Puller 


E. G. Puller 


Levi Beal 


Isaac Partridge 


Ichabod Goodell 


Nelson Works 


Keuben "Webber 


Nelson Works 


Reuben Webber 


Levans McParland 


Reuben Webber 


E. G. Fuller 


Reuben Webber 


E. G. Puller 


Reuben Webber 


Adolphus Webber 


Isaac Partridge 


Adolphus Webber 


Isaac Partridge 


U. P. Marcy 


Isaac Partridge 


U. P. Marcy 


Nehemiah May 


Jas. A. Webber 


Nehemiah May 


Jas. A. Webber 


Isaac Partridge 


E. G. Puller 


Isaac Partridge 


Horace Wallis 


Isaac Partridge 


Horace Wallis 


Sarel Perrin 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Isaac Partridge 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Isaac Partridge 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Isaac Partridge 


Grosvenor May 


Isaac Partridge 


Squire J. Ballard 


Isaac Partridge 


Squire J. Ballard 


Isaac Partridge 


Edward P. Blodgett 


Isaac Partridge 


Horace Wallis, Jr. 


Isaac Partridge 


Horace Wallis, Jr. 


Isaac Partridge 


Wm. E. Oook 


Isaac Partridge 


Wm. B. Cook 


David B. Dean 


S. J. Ballard 


Isaac Partridge 


Chas. Roper 


John Wallis 


S. J. Ballard 


The History of Holland, Mass. 


Charles Eoper 


Richmond Young 


S. J. Ballard 



E. Butterworth 


Wm. S. Wallis 



L. Howlett, 


Wm. S. Wallis 


F. Blodgett 


Wm. S. Wallis 



L. Howlett, 


W. S. WalUs 


P. Blodgett 


Wm. S. Wallis 



L. Howlett, 


Wm. S. Wallis 


P. Blodgett 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Edward M. Hall, 


Edward P. Blodgett 


E, Butterworth 


Wm. S. Wallis 



F. Blodgett, 


Wm. S. Wallis 


L. Howlett 


A. L. Roper 



P. Blodgett, 


A. L. Roper 


L. Howlett 


A. L. Roper 



P. Blodgett, 


A. L. Roper 


L. Howlett 


A. L. Roper 



P. Blodgett, 


Wm. S. Wallis 


L. Howlett 


L. H. Howlett 



P. Blodgett, 


L. H. Howlett 


L. Howlett 


Wm. S. Wallis 



P. Blodgett, 


Wm. S. Morris 


L. Howlett 


Wm. S. Morris 



P. Blodgett, 


Wm. S. Morris 


L. Howlett 


L. H. Howlett 


Arthur G. Child, 


L. H. Howlett 

Edwin M. Hall 


Wm. S. Wallis 


Arthur G. Child, 


Lambert B. Ferry 

Wm. A. Morse 


B. C. Bennett 


John F. Hebard, 


Wm. S. Wallis 


G. Childs 


B. C. Bennett 



L. Howlett, 


B. C. Bennett 


P. Blodgett 


A. F. Blodgett 

Justices of the Peace with date of appointment, beginning 
with year 1775, when So. Brimfield became a town. 

{From State Records.) 

Timothy Danielson Aug. 20, 1775. 

Abner Morgan Sept. 20, 1781. 

Town Officers. 375 

Timothy Danielson Mar. 26, 1788. 

Jacob Thompson Feb. 9, 1811. Holland's first 


Ezra Webber Feb. 22, 1820. 

Luther Brown Feb. 8, 1821. 

Elbridge G. Fuller Feb. 22, 1825. 

Ezra Webber Jan. 11, 1827. 

Luther Brown Jan. 26, 1828. 

John Wallis Feb. 11, 1830. 

David Wallis Apr. 24, 1832. 

John Wallis Feb. 4, 1837. 

David B. Dean Mar. 4, 1840. 

John Wallis Feb. 3, 1844. 

John Wallis Apr. 16, 1851. 

John C. PoUey Sept. 21, 1854. 

Wm. A. Webber Feb. 28, 1855. 

John Wallis Apr. 2, 1858. 

Ferdinand L. Burley Apr. 30, 1860. 

David B. Dean Jan. 23, 1861. 

Wm. A. Webber Mar. 5, 1862. 

John Wallis Apr. 4, 1865. 

David B. Dean Jan. 23, 1868. 

Wm. A. Webber Mar. 17, 1869. 

Wm. A. Webber Mar. 22, 1876. 

Wm. A. Webber May 11, 1881. 

Wm. L. Webber May 2, 1888. 

Wm. L. Webber May 9, 1895. 


Holland's Resident Physicians and Others Mentioned in 
Town Records. 










Dr. Nathan Burnap. 1780-1786 

Dr. Thomas Wallis 1789 

Dr. Seth Smith 1800 

Dr. Joseph &rout 1800 

Dr. Gideon Kibbe 1809 

Dr. Ichabod Hyde 1812 

Dr. Joshua Richardson 1812 

Dr. David B. Dean 1814 

Dr. Chileab B. Merrick 1819 

Dr. Josiah Converse 1824 

Dr. Abial Bottom 1823 
(He came from Thompson, 

Dr. B. C. Babock 
Dr. Daniel Mason 

Dr. Josiah G. Willis* 1896-1905 










1786. DR. NATHAN BURNAP is spoken of as a physi- 
cian of Holland. By record of a deed we find that John Nel- 
son sold his farm to Nathan Burnap, a physician, in 1779. 
Also that Dr. Nathan Burnap sold his farm to James Marcy, 
Oct. 23, 1780. Dr. Burnap is spoken of as of Hopkinton, Mid- 
dlesex Co., Mass. Price was one hundred thirty pounds. This 
must have been the second James Marcy, who lived on the farm 
now owned by Carl Howlett. In 1782 Dr. Nathan Burnap is 
mentioned in a deed as being of Greenwich Hampshire Co., 
Mass. We judge that he was the first (?) resident physician 
Holland ever had. 

DR. THOMAS WALLIS was the second ( ?) resident phy- 
sician that Holland had. Son to first David Wallis, he was 
uncle to Dea. David Wallis. What means he had of acquiring 

*8ee list of pastors. 

Physicians and Other Pkominent Men. 377 

knowledge of medicine we have no means of knowing. He 
was a man of progressive ideas and probably had read some- 
thing of Dr. Jenner's discoveries in vaccination for smallpox, 
for Dr. Jenner was treating this disease by inoculation with 
cow pox, thereby intentionally giving to the patient a mild 
type of the malady known as varioloid which acts as a prophy- 
latic against the genuine smallpox. Dr. "Wallis was evidently 
experimenting along this line. His critics say that he used 
virus taken from genuine smallpox patients. "We have no 
means of judging from facts. If so, there is little wonder if 
his townsmen became alarmed. For this malady was the 
terror and the scourge of the military camp and sometimes a 
household would fall victims to it. On one occasion, a family 
in Holland was attacked with this pestilence, and entirely 
wiped out. A member of the afflicted family went near enough 
to a neighbor's house to call, and told them of the calamity 
that had overtaken the household, saying "that some of them 
were already dead, others were sick, and that it would be only 
a few days before all would be dead. They requested that 
food be left for the living at a specified place, and that some- 
one who had survived an attack of it be procured to render 
assistance and bury their dead." Food was left at the place 
named, but when assistance of one who had had the malady 
was obtained, the family were all dead. The putrefying 
bodies were buried in the garden near the house and the build- 
ings destroyed with fire. Tradition has it that another family 
met a similar fate, but not at the same time. Can there be 
any doubt as to value of vaccination as at present practiced? 
The first family is said to have lived on the cellar hole marked 
No. 72 on the map, and that the family who lived there was 
named Smith. Many families of that name lived in Holland 
in this period. The other family so afflicted, lived on site No. 
122, so tradition states. 

378 The Histokt of Holland, Mass. 

Dr. Thomas Wallis doubtless was anxious to advance in 
his profession and gain power to save human life. We find an 
interesting vote recorded at town meeting Nov. 5, 1792. "Voted 
to see if the town will provide a place wher.ein to have the small- 
pox by way of inoculation or otherwise." At the meeting the 
town, (2) "Voted not to receive the smallpox by way of inocu- 
lation, or any other way, if it can be avoided." (3) "Voted 
that Dr. Thomas "Wallis should not receive or suffer any person 
or persons to come into his house to have the smallpox under 
any pretense whatever, as the selectmen had forbid his taking 
or harboring any person or persons to have the smallpox before 
this meeting." 

This evidently terminated Dr. Wallis' efforts with the 
selectmen. We presume that he is back of the special meet- 
ing called for Dec. 27, 1792. The town Warrant reads. Arti- 
cle 2, as follows : — 

"To see if the district will vote to appoint a pest house 
and set up inoculation of the smallpox in some convenient place 
that the district shall agree upon when met." How the doctor 
thought that he could overcome the sentiment of the district 
expressed in the preceding vote is not easy of conjecture. It 
seems manifest that he intended to make explanation and appeal 
to the town for the establishment of a pesthoiise. B'jt we 
further read as follows: 

(3) "Then to act or order anything in regard to the 
smallpox that the district thinks best when met." It would be 
very interesting reading if we could know just what the doctor 
said in explanation . and as reasons why a pesthouse should be 
established in the district. To article 2, we find the following 
vote: (2) "Voted not to set up 'anoculation' of the smallpox 
or suffer it to be set up anywhere within the district." 

(3) "Voted and ordered that the selectmen prosecute all 
breaches of the law in regard to the smallpox within this district 
on the cost of said district." 

(4) "Voted and ordered that the selectmen immediately 

Physicians and Other Prominent Men. 379 

limit (quarantine) those at Dr. Thomas Wallis'; that no 
persons be exposed by them." 

This was a direct defeat to Dr. Wallis. One cannot help 
but feel a sympathy for his efforts and daring in conquering 
the dreadful scourge. If his efforts were with the virus from 
the disease direct, we cannot wonder that the people voted it 
down. The doctor lived on site No. 105 on the map. Later he 
lived at No. 6. We judge that he died in Holland. We think 
it was his son, Thomas P. Wallis who lived and practiced 
medicine in Sturbridge, and who did not forget Holland's 
needs later, for his name is among the subscribers of Stur- 
bridge to the fund that enabled Holland church later to have 
a plot of land and erect a parsonage, 1822. In regard to the 
elder doctor's efforts to establish a pesthouse in Holland, 
we find that Wales at a meeting Dec. 3, 1792, voted to provide 
a place to have the smallpox in, and that those taking the in- 
fection repair within the lines. We find also that Brimfield 
was agitated over the same question in 1793. 

It is probable that an epidemic of that malady was raging 
all over the state and that the people were alarmed iu the 
three towns. Old people declare that there was such an epi- 
demic. Dr. Thomas P. Wallis practiced for a while in Holland. 
Btit losing his wife, by death, he married a Sturbridge lady, 
1807, and we find record of his family in the records of that 
town. He was undoubtedly a brother of Rinaldo Wallis and 
others in the south part of the town and left Holland for 
larger practice and so as to live in the home town of his 
second wife. 

1814. DR. DAVID B. DEAN (see marriage intention) 
was a prominent character in Holland's history. He is first 
mentioned in the town records in 1814. Dr. Dean's marriage 
intention was Aug. 28, 1814. His marriage was Sept. 11, 1814. 
His bride was Avilda Pike. Both of Holland. He lived on the 
place formerly the Bugbee Tavern, now owned by William 

380 The History of Holland, Mass. ■ 

Lilley. Tradition says that the doctor was postmaster too. If 
so, it was voluntary. He was regarded as a skillful physician. 
Where he got his medical knowledge, we do not know. He 
was unique in character, genial and sympathetic in nature. 
He made many friends and held about all the offices the town 
had to bestow except that of representative, holding them re- 
peatedly thereby showing that he held the confidence of his 
fellow townsmen. Holding office and serving on many important 
committees he proves himself to have been a trusted and a very 
useful citizen. His son, Henry S. Dean, became a physician 
also, and practiced in Coventry. (See genealogy.) 

1800. DR. SETH SMITH is mentioned in the town 
records in 1800. He lived nearly opposite the Partridge house. 
Where he got his medical knowledge is not known, nor scarce- 
ly anything of his practice. He may have been a relative of 
other families of that name in Holland. 

1800. ( ?) DR. GROUT is mentioned as attending John ' 
Webber about the same year, but what his qualifications were 
for such work nothing is known. He lived in east part of 

1812. DR. JOSHUA RICHARDSON is also mentioned in 
1812, but facts about him are not obtainable. We judge that 
Dr. Thomas P. Wallis' departure from town left an opening 
which several doctors sought to fill. 

1819. DR. CHILEAB B. MERRICK is mentioned in 1819, 
but nothing about him is known. He lived in Wilbraham and 
practiced in Holland only by special call. 

1824. DR. JOSIAH CONVERSE is mentioned in 1824, 
but of him nothing is known. He also kept store in the Glazier 
house for a time. 

1809. DR. GIDEON KIBBE. Among the records of mar- 
riage intentions we find the following bearing date May 21, 

Physicians and Other Pbominent Men. 381 

1809 :— Dr. Gideon Kibbe of Holland and Fidelia Munn of Mon- 
son. He probably made his home in Wilbraham. 

A doctor who is mentioned in the annals of Holland is 
Dr. Abial Bottom. In 1823 he married Diana Perrin, daughter 
of HoUowill Perrin. Mrs. Kinney, aunt to his wife, considered 
him a fine man and physician. After his marriage, not having 
sufficient practice in Holland he moved to So. Wilbraham, 
now Hampden. Some of his descendents still live there. 

DR. DANIEL MASON lived on the place later occupied 
by Henry Vinton. He is spoken of as a good, kind-hearted 
man and physician; but of his fitness for such work we have 
no data. His father, Joshua Mason, came from Sturbridge to 

1896-1905. DR. JOSIAH €1^. WILLIS was a man who had 
the right to preach and the power to practice, being a minis- 
ter and physician both. As pastor of the church he did faith- 
ful work and as a practicing physician, he was efficient, being 
well informed and thoroughly prepared for practice in a rural 
community. Advanced years and affiicton of the eyes hinder- 
ed his work in Holland. He is now (1914) living at North 
Wilbraham, Massachusetts. 



The Allen Families. 

Of all the families of Holland, prominent and influential 
in town affairs as the records abundantly prove, none held of- 
fice so little as did the Allen family. Btit the town annals 
emphatically prove that the judgment and discretion of the 
father, ABEL ALLEN, was prized by his townsmen in the 
stormy period of the towns early history. When Shay's in- 
surrection was a menace to the peace of New England, he was 
sent as delegate to the county convention held at Hatfield, 
1786, to discuss and devise measures that would afford finan- 
cial relief as the people were in great distress. What part 
Abel Allen bore in that convention we do not know, but the 
patriot of two wars in behalf of his country would not be likely 
to advocate or vote for measures that would distress the 
country he had served. His influence would be on the side of 
law and order. His country, now free, held out to him too 
glorious hopes willingly to see it rent by faction. Abundant 
evidence is found of the power of his influence in town and 
church affairs, but in both it was the power not due to office, 
but the power of sound judgment and personal worth. This 
is proved by his frequent appointment on important commit- 
tees. {See the Allen Genealogy.) 

COL. EZRA ALLEN, his son, was very much like his 
father. The list of town officers contains his name but few 
times, yet his name is frequently met on committees where 
sound judgment was needed, both in church and town business. 
He was a warm friend of the church and it was due to his 
efforts and help that the church was kept open so constantly. 
He is remembered still with much affection, as he sat in his 


pew with quiet dignity. His reverent attention with his years 
and the colonial style of dress and method of hair dressing 
gave him added dignity and charm that had power with young 
and old. He left a memory respected and loved for its genuine 
worth. Tradition says that a part or all the land now owned 
hy the church was his gift. 

JOSEPH LATHROP ALLEN, son of Col. Ezra Allen, he- 
came famous as the inventor and manufacturer of musical in- 
struments for hrass bands. Before his day, instruments of that 
kind were almost all of German make. He so improved the 
quality of tone that his instruments soon displaced those of 
foreign make. He was also successful in other fields of in- 
vention. Living to be over ninety, he proved himself a worthy 
scion of a well-known and much respected family of Holland. 

MEMoras OP THE Allen Family Homestead. 
By Miss Mary L. Charles 

The beautiful farmstead in Holland, Mass., where my grand- 
father, Ezra Allen, was born and lived and died, was made up 
of four buildings; the dwelling, a big, rambling structure; the 
barn, also big and partly built of oak, having long and roomy 
eUs running out at either end, enclosing the barn yard; the 
carriage house on the upper floor of which corn was stored, and 
the shop. My great grandfather was a carpenter and grand- 
father's tools and bench were there in my girlhood. It was 
,, as large as a small stable and by a ladder which always stood 
ready one climbed to the loft. We youngsters were forbidden 
to go up, lest, when up. we fall between the boards loosely laid 
on the beams. * 

The shop had two windows, not large, but sufficient to light 
the interior. To this shop, about 1768 or 69, came my great 
grandfather, Abel Allen, bom 1736, his wife, Jerusha Allen, 
born a Tarbell — John Tarbell lived in Sturbridge and is buried 
there. He married Sarah Grosvenor of Pomiret, Conn. Grosve- 
nor is the family name of the Duke of Westminster. The 
Grosvenors stood up with the Cromwell during the Civil War 

384 The History of Holland, Mass. 

in England. One lies under a gray stone in Euster St. Burying 
Ground, Boston. On that stone is cut his Coat of Arms — See 
History of Brimfield. The family were, besides the parents, 
the two little boys, Abel and Alfred, and Towser, the big wolf- 

Wolf-dog is the name given to sheep-dogs in the Pyrenees, 
where wolves to this day live and breed. The name was also 
given to the big wolfish animals kept by the early New England 
colonists. These animals had the small, pointed ears of wolves. 
They were courageous and excellent watchdogs, never affec- 
tionate nor safe to be cared for by women and children. 

The family had been living on the "Curtis Place" on the 
road from Piskdale to Brookfield, then South Brookfield. Great- 
grandfather had spent the two summers, preceding their moving 
on the land which we had taken up, building the shop, which 
was his house, and the carriage house, which was the small barn 
for his live stock. They moved in the spring. Great-grandpa's 
bench and tools were in the shop. There must have been a 
fire-place, a bed, a table and some other housekeeping articles. 
I know there was a cradle and in one corner a bag of shavings 
for Towser. Where all these were placed is beyond my imagina- 
tion. My uncle once told me that the Great-grandpa and Great- 
grandma slept in the loft, going up the ladder. They must have 
spread their bed on the loose boards. 

The two children slept in the bed below, tied in no doubt, 
and Towser was outside or inside according to the weather. 
Any unusual noise would summon the parents quickly. Still, 
my Uncle was a merry man and I then distrusted his twinkling 
eyes and do now. 

All the drinking water was brought by Great-grandpa from 
a spring at quite a distance. He had a "yoke" which fitted 
his shoulders and from either end of the yoke could be sus- 
pended a bucket. He carried the com by means of this yoke 
over to Bast Comer, now East Brimfield, a distance of, say, a 
mile, to be ground into meal, a bag being suspended to either 
end of the yoke. The way led through the woods and, though 
not unsafe, was dark and uneven. A thunder storm came up 
one afternoon while he was away on this errand and he did 
not return when expected. Great-grandma supposed the storm 

Biographical. 385 

delayed him. As time wore on and the delay continued and 
the shower had settled into a continuous rain-fall and darkness 
came on, she became anxious. So she opened the door and 
taking Towser, reposing on his bed of shavings, by the collar, 
ordered him to "Go, quest." Now Towser was a wolf-dog of 
courage. My mother always insisted that there were wolves 
then about Allen Hill. There were, I know, wild cats and bears 
and other creatures of doubtful friendliness. Towser did not 
hesitate to chase and to drive, to a distance, these intruders. 
Once a wild cat dropped ou the back of a cow and began some 
serious clawing. Towser leaped up too, in some way he got his 
sharp nose under the savage beast's body, got hold of its throat 
and held on till Great-grandpa got out his gun and shot it. 
Towser had to have a slit in his shoulder plastered up, yet he 
never hesitated to stop at a tree on which was one of the spitting 
fierce animals and bark till he was hoarse and if the cat had 
dropped on him she would have been punished. 

However, like all dogs, Towser dreaded a noise which had 
no body, no throat which he could seize nor any flanks into 
which he might sink his long, white fangs. He still reposed, 
when called, on the shavings where he had lain during the 
electric discharges. He had no intention of "questing." 
Great-grandma took him by the collar and tried to pull him on 
to his feet. He growled and drew back his thick black lips, and 
showed his white teeth. Great-grandma sat on him, beat him 
about his head and ears and on his sensitive nose with her fists. 
No doubt she did the beating thoroughly. She was a woman 
of great resolution and had a fine temper of her own as befitted 
one whose forbears had stood up with Cromwell. My mother 
was not affectionate to Great-grandma. From all I have heard 
of the latter, she inspired a respectful fear in her family. She 
had her good qualities and was stubborn in carrying out her 
plans. She was fond of Aunt Roxanna, left motherless when 
almost a baby and a delicate child. The four girls braided 
straw for which they got money to buy, in part, their clothes. 
Great-grandma used to do Roxanna 's braiding for her sometimes. 
This naturally did not win the love of the other girls, as the 
favor was limited to Roxanna. 

Great-grandma had to subdue Towser, who was terrified 
by the shower which added to his terror, Her quickness of 


386 The History op Holland, Mass. 

attack, I do not doubt, together with her fierce blows, confused 
him, at first, and then rendered him submissive. Towser, after 
a while, recognized her authority, whined, got up and shook 
from his rough coat the loose shavings. Then she got him 
something to eat and left him for a period of reflections. She 
tied into the wooden cradle the "tew little boys," lighted two 
candles and set them in the window, for night was come, put 
over her head and shoulders a little wool blanket which she 
pinned with a thorn — I know for my mother some years after 
pinned the little shawl which she wore to school with a thorn — 
took the big bell and the horn and opened the door, calling 
Towser. The food and his sore nose had their effect and he 
followed reluctantly. When she had carefully shut and hasped 
the door and Towser had looked around and not seen the crea- 
ture which had made the terrific noise, his courage rose and 
he "quested" in an earnest and diligent fashion, running out 
into paths which lead into dark places and barking with might 
and main. 

She ran along the main path, now tooting the horn, now 
ringing the beU. I can imagine her. She was a little woman, 
small hands and feet. She did not run as we do, feet close to 
the ground. Her heavy nailed shoes showed beneath her woolen 
skirt; the blanket over her head and shoulders waved as she 
raced up and down the path, keeping as near Towser as she 
could, tooting and ringing. Presently the tone of Towser 's 
bark showed discovery and soon Great-grandpa's voice was 
heard. Coming honie, a tree, blown down by the storm, had 
fallen on him and pinned him to the ground. Encumbered by 
his yoke and his bags he could net extricate himself. Great- 
grandma went back to the house, got a crowbar and by means 
of it lifted the heavy branches and Great-grandpa wormed his 
way out, not sacrificing the valuable bags of com meal. The 
yoke was left till the next day. 

They walked to the house, Towser, barking and running ofi 
to "quest" whenever he saw any movement in the woods. Un- 
doubtedly he believed he was the rescuing party and the terrific 
noise was a "figment of the imagination." 

JOHN COX BUTTBRWORTH was the first of the Butter- 
worth family to come to Holland, coming from Sturbridge W 

Biographical. 387 

1824 and buying about eleven acres of Zuriel May ' ' with right to 
build a dam 16 feet high, but not to interefere with Ebenezer 
Morris' shop and rights." He sold this property to Abijah 
Pierce, 1825. He is described as a millwright and evidently 
had the spirit of enterprise for we find him in many business ven- 
tures. He was a young man in the prime of life. He also 
bought land south of Ezra Allen's homestead and the descrip- 
tion makes it extend to an island in the mill pond, which was 
where Mr. Alexander now owns. Mr. Butterworth while not 
the first mill-owner that Holland had, for the Belknap mill and 
the Munger mill antedate Mr. Butterworth 's time by about 
fifty years, yet for persistence of effort and variety of business, 
he did more to develop the waterpower of Holland than any 
other man. It is a pity his labors did not produce a plant that 
would be a worthy monument to his efforts. Time may yet see 
the fruition of his hopes, the fulfilment of his fondest dreams. 
(See Butterworth Oenealogy.) 

JOSEPH BLODGETT, SR.. is believed to be the first white 
man to live in that part of Brimfield which later became Hol- 
land. He bought land in Brimfield in 1729. Born in 1696, 
and married in 1719, the lure of the west invited him to come 
and occupy it with his young wife who was Sarah Stone of 
Concord, Massachusetts. The family genealogist makes him 
come to Brimfield, 1735, but we differ, for Jason Morse's An- 
nals of Brimfield give him and his wife, Sarah, as admitted to 
church by letter, 1724. There are reasons for believing that 
he made his home in Brimfield soon after his marriage. The 
records show that he owned land there before 1730. Where 
he lived it is impossible to say. If he did not make his home 
in Brimfield till 1735, why was he and his wife admitted to 
church privileges there 1724? He drew Lot 14 northwest of 
Blodgett Mountain, named after him, and made his home 
there. He entered into all the hopes and interests of the town, 
taking up land in various parts of the town. He was a man 

388 The History of Holland, Mass. 

of good ability. He became surveyor to the proprietors of 
Brimfield and their Book records his land purchases. His 
abilities won him recognition and we find him serving as as- 
sessor, 1731, '33, '35, '36, '38, '41, '42, '43, '44, '47, '48, 
'50, '52. Moderator of annual town meetings, Brimfield, 1746, 
'47, '53, '55, '57, '58, '59. He was town clerk, 1761, '62. 
Selectman, 1735, '38, '42, '44, '48, '50, '53, '54, '55, '56, '57, 
'58, '59, '60, '62, which was the year So. Brimfield was incor- 
porated. As a citizen of So. Brimfield he held the following 
offices :— Selectman, 1766, '67, '69, '70. Joseph Blodgett pre- 
sented Brimfield 's protests to General Court against the div- 
ision of Brimfield 's territory and population in the formation 
of the district Monson. In this he was defeated, Monson was 
incorporated, 1760. He was fine material out of which to 
form a town. He had a family of seventeen children and the 
service of his family in the French and Indian and the Eevol- 
utionary wars would make it famous. See Blodgett record in 
those wars. Five sons in the F. and I. war; and six sons and 
six grandsons in the Kevolution. One son, Admatha, and two 
grandsons, Rufus and Solomon were taken prisoners of war 
by the British, but made their escape. He must have, felt dis- 
appointed in the outcome of the dispute over the church site 
in 1764. He had hoped that his property being near the cen- 
tre of the town of So. Brimfield, the church to be established 
for the newly incorporated town would be somewhere on South 
Meadow road. The division of So. Brimfield into two parishes 
with Joseph Jr's., home site and his own in the West parish 
did not help the matter. It rendered inevitable another div- 
ision when the two parishes would be separate towns. Div- 
ision did not take place during the life of Jos. Blodgett, Sr., 
for he died in spring of 1783, and Holland was incorporated 
July 5, 1783. 


Will- of Joseph Blodgett, Sk. 

In the name of God, amen. The fourth day of February 
Anno Domini 1780. I, Joseph Blodgett, of South Brimfield in 
the County of Hampshire and State of Massachusetts Bay in 
New England, yeoman being of perfect mind and memory, 
thanks be given to God therefor, calling to mind the mortality 
of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die, 
do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is 
to say, principally and -first of all I give and recommend my 
soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body to the dust 
to be buried in a decent and christian manner at the discretion 
of my executors, nothing doubting but that at the general resur- 
rection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of 
God. And as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased 
God to bless me with in this life, I give demise and dispose of 
the same in the following manner and fornu: — 

Imprimis: I will and give to my son, Joseph Blodgett 's 
heirs out of my estate the sum of forty shillings to each of 
them an equal share thereof. 

Item, I give and will to my son, Benjamin Blodgett, the 
sum of forty shillings. 

Item, I will and give to my son, Abner Blodgett 's heirs the 
sum of forty shillings to each of them an equal share thereof. 

Item, I give and will to my son, Thomas Blodgett the sum 
of forty shillings and after my debts and funeral charges are 
' paid, my will is, that all the rest of my estate both real and 
personal shall be equally divided amongst the rest of my chil- 
dren, viz. To my sons, Samiiel Blodgett, Jonas Blodgett, Caleb 
Blodgett, Elijah Blodgett, Nathan Blodgett and Admatha Blod- 
gett, and to my daughters, Viz. Sarah Blodgett alias Sarah 
Williams, wife to John Williams, to Anna Blodgett alias Anna 
Sherman, wife to Thomas Sherman, to Abigail Blodgett alias 
Abigail Gates, wife of Samuel Gates; to Ruth Blodgett, alias 
Ruth Danielson, wife to John Danielson; to Lydia Blodgett 
alias Lydia Hubbard, wife to Simeon Hubbard ; to Aehsah Blod- 
gett alias Winslow, wife to AshbeU Winslow ; to each and every 
one of them last mentioned six sons and six daughters, my will 
is that "them" twelve shall each and every one of them have 
an equal share of my estate besides what is willed before. To 

390 The History op Holland, Mass. 

the four first mentioned I do constitute make ordain and ap- 
point my sons Samuel Blodgett and Jonas Blodgett to be exe- 
cutors to this my last will and testament. And I do hereby 
utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other testa- 
ments, wills or legacies by me in any wise made, ratifying and 
confirming this to be my last will and testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal 
the day and year above written. 

Joseph Blodgett 

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced, and declared by t)ie 

said Joseph Blodgett as his last will and testament. 

In presence of -, . . _,.™ 

Benjamin Tiftany 

Benjamin Tiffany, Jr. 

Jacob Tiffany. 

Jonas Blodgett presented the will for probate. It was ad- 
mitted and ratified by Bleazer Porter. 

Judge of Probate. 
Entered Oct. 1, 1783. 

Joseph Blodgett, Sr., died Jan. 16, 1783. 

It will be noticed that all his children are mentioned in 
at)Ove will except Marsena. He had probably died. Evidence 
in favor of this conclusion is found in the fact that C'aleb 
Blodgett names one of his sons Marsena after his uncle prob- 
ably. It should be noted that the heirs of Abner Blodgett 
are mentioned. Who were they? 

JOSEPH BLODGETT, JR., was born in 1721 and undoubt- 
edly received the greater part of his preparation for the work 
of life from his parents. He was acquainted with surveying 
and became surveyor to the proprietors of Brimfield for a 
while after his father gave it up. '<He made his home south of 
his father "where Mr. Gaudette now lives. For proof, see act 
dividing So. Brimfield into two parishes, 1766. He held the 
following offices in Brimfield. He was assessor, 1758, '59, '60. 
Of So. Brimfield he was town clerk, 1762, '63, '66, '67, '69, '70. 
Selectman, 1771. His service as town officer was undoubtedly 


Biographical. 391 

hill above David Bugbee's tavern. (Dr. Dean's.) He had un- 
doubted ability, but lacked the tact to deal with men. He had 
served his country well in the French and Indian War, becom- 
ing captain in campaign of 1756. When Holland was incor- 
porated, 1783, South JVteadow road was made the boundary 
line and the house sites of Jos. Blodgett, Sr., and Jr., being 
on the east side of said road they became a part of Holland. 
The division of Holland into school districts, 1783, reveals 
three Blodgett patrons in the northwest district. In 1793, the 
tax list gives John Blodgett as the only Blodgett, a taxpayer 
in the district. Caleb had died, Jonas had moved to Brimfield, 
Solomon had gone too. 

ROSWELL ABNER BLODGETT, son of Roswell and 
CJharity (Fletcher) Blodgett, was born in Holland, Massachu- 
setts, April 7, 1825 ; died, June 29, 1891. His ancestor, Joseph 
Blodgett, born 1696, was one of the original proprietors of 
Brimfield, drawing Lot No. 67 in what was afterward named 

Mr. Blodgett, the subject of this sketch, was born on the 
parental homestead where Loring Howlett now resides. His 
grandfather, Edward, built the house in 1814. The site of the 
first meeting house in Holland is very near. Here his boy- 
hood was passed, like the typical boy of his generation, work- 
ing on his father's farm and, during the short winter terms, 
attending the district school. At one time he had as a tutor 
the Rev. Washington Munger, installed pastor of the Baptist 
Church. Later, his father purchased the Partridge farm, 
south of the center, bordering on the Quinnebaug river and 
on the highway leading to Union, Connecticut. 

As a boy Mr. Blodgett was early trained to habits of in- 
dustry, frugality and preseverance, (traits which were the 
strongest characteristics of the sturdy people of that day. 
Upon becoming of age he purchased his father's farm and, by 

392 The Histobt op Holland, Mass. 

careful and judicious management, was able to reap good re- 

When the Hamilton reservoir was to be built, about 1865, 
he sold it and purchased another large farm one-half mile 
north of the church. He was an energetic and prosperous 
farmer, and, by active and systematic labor, mjade this farm one 
of the best in town. 

He held various town offices as prudential committee of 
schools, commissioner of highways, and for many years select- 
man and overseer of the poor. 

In polities he was a Republican and took an active inter- 
est in all the moral reforms of his day. 

He was a consistent member of the Congregational Church 
from early manhood and contributed freely of his time, 
strength and means to its support. 

The following tribute to his memory came from one who 
knew him all his life in his home and in his dealings with his 
neighbors and towns-people: — 

Mr. Blodgett was one of Holland's best men, modest and 
unpretending in his manners, always exemplary in his conduct 
and strictly honest in his dealings. Thereby he secured, in a 
high degree, the love and respect of his fellow men. To those 
who sought his advice he gave it with a clearness and sound 
judgment which was convincing and satisfactory. 

He never did anything for the town that was not done to 
its credit as well as his own. He held official positions in the 
town without austerity. 

He left, as the richest legacy within the power of man to 
leave, the influence and memory of a life nobly lived. 

Mr. Blodgett married Mary J. Robbing, daughter of Wil- 
liam A. and Mary (Wallis) Bobbins, November 27, 1855. 

Their children were Ella J., born April 16, 1857, Fred 
Abner, born Oct. 13, 1859, Mary Ada, born Nov. 19, 1863 and 
Harriet Rebecca born June 13, 1868. 

(See Blodgett Genealogy.) 



RICHARD CHURCH, the first one of that name to come 
to America, came over in the Mayflower. He evidently was 
splendid material for pioneer work and life, with a wife 
equally hardy and courageous. He married Elizabeth War- 
ren before emigrating to America. By her he had fifteen 
children. Benjamin Church, the soldier, the Indian fighter, 
and leader of King Philips "War was the third child. We find 
that Nathaniel, the fifth child was the next in line as the 
progenitor of the Benjamin Church who lived in Holland, buy- 
ing the Alfred Lyon homestead near the Reservoir dam in 
1806. The generations from Richard Church to Benjamin 
Church of Holland are as follows: — 

Benjamin (5), Charles (4), Charles (3), Nathaniel (2), 
Richard (1). Beginning with Charles (4) Church family, 
father of Benjamin, we give the following genealogy: — 

Charles (4) Church m. Frances Turner. 













Benjamin m. Mehitable Triby. 
town, Mass. 

He was born at Free- 





Of these eight children our interest is in the sixth child 
born Nov. 27, 1756. 

The following letter explains why Benjamin Church should 
be prominent in the History of Holland. 

394 The Histoey op Holland, Mass. 

Washington, D. C, Dec. 10, 1901. 
Mr. Salem T. Weld, Brimfield, Mass. 
Dear Sir, 

I have been informed that you are a descendant of Benja- 
min Church, a Revolutionary soldier and a pensioner, who was 
residing at Holland, Massachusetts, as late as Oct. 4, 1832, and 
who was born at Freetown, now Fall River, Massachusetts. If 
I am correctly informed, I would advise you that Benjamin 
Church enlisted Jan. 1, 1776, a private in Colonel Moses Little's 
Regiment, from which he was transferred to the Commander- 
in-chief's Guard, sometimes known as Washington's Life 
Guard, Revolutionary War. For several years I have given 
much time in gathering and preparing a history of the Com- 
mander-in-Chief's Guard which will be published next February, 
and to follow out a principle of the work, I write to inquire if 
you will inform me when and where Benjamin Church was 
born and died ; when, where and to whom he was married, when 
and where the wife was born and died; the names of their im- 
mediate issue, when and where they were bom and died, and 
when, where and to whom they were married. I desire to 
incorporate the desired data with the military record of the sol- 
dier in the Commander-in-chief's Guard, which will not only 
serve as an identification but a tribute to the soldier, which' 
also may be of much use to present or future generations. If 
I can have you insert the data called for in the form I herewith 
enclose and return to me by an early date, I shall be much 
gratified, as my manuscript is very nearly ready for the pub- 

If you will, I would also be pleased to have you inform 
me the name and address of some of the living descendants 
of the soldier, so the publishers may give them notice of the 
appearance of the work in the event they should desire a copy, 
as it will be sold only upon subscription. 

Trusting I may hear from you by an early mail, I am 
Very respectfully, 

728 Fourth St., S. B. 

Washington, D. C. 

Biographical. 395 

BENJAMIN CHURCH enlisted Jan. 1, 1776. Cambridge, 
Mass., for one year as a private Twelfth Eeg't., Continental 
Infantry, commanded by Col. Moses Little and transferred to 
Major General Charles Lee's Guard, commanded by Ensign 
Benjamin Gould; transferred to Major General Artemas "Ward's 
Guard, March 7, 1776; transferred, Port Washington, N. Y., 
August, 1776, to Captan Edward Burbeck's Co., Colonel Henry 
Knox's Eeg't., Continental Artillery; at Battle of White Plains 
N. Y., Oct. 28, 1776 ; transferred, White Plains, N. Y., Oct. 30, 
1776 to the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, commanded by Cap- 
tain Caleb Gibbs; at battle of Trenton, N. J., Dec. 26, 1776; 
battle of Princeton, N. J., January 3, 1777 ; discharged Morris- 
town, N. J., Feb. 10, 1777. Born at Freetown, now Fall River, 
Mass., Nov. 27, 1756 ; residing at Holland, Mass., Oct. 4, 1832. 
From the "Commander-in-Chief's Guard," Revolutionary War. 

By C. E. Godfrey. 

A private in Commander-in-Chief's Guard drew six and 
two-thirds dollars per month in 1778. 

The last member of the guard died at New Windsor, N. Y., 
July 10, 1856. 

Here is General Washington's order for the formation 
of the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, quoted from the above 
work by C. E. Godfrey: — 

Headquarters, Cambridge, March 11, 1776. 

The General is desirous of selecting a particular number 
of men as a guard for himself and baggage. The colonel or com- 
manding officer of each of the established regiments, the artillery 
and riflemen excepted, will furnish him with four, that the num- 
ber wanted may be chosen out of them. His Excellency depends 
upon the colonels for good men, such as they can recommend 
for their sobriety, honesty, and good behavior. He wishes them 
to be from five feet eight inches to five feet ten inches, hand- 
somely and well made, and as there is nothing in his estimation 
more desirable than cleanliness in a soldier, he desires that par- 
ticular attention may be made in the choice of such men as are 
clean and spruce. They are all to be at headquarters tomorrow 

396 The History op Holland, Mass. 

precisely at 12 o'clock at noon, the number wanted will be 
fixed upon. The General neither wants them with uniforms 
nor arms, nor does he want any man to be sent to him that is 
not perfectly willing or desirous of being of this Guard. They 
should be drilled men. 

This guard as originally selected was composed of fifty 
men. To be of this guard was regarded as an honor, and a 
sloop taken from a Tory was named "the Life Guard," which 
furnished the name. Caleb Gibbs was made Captain, and 
George Lewis was made Lieut. Officers of this guard , had 
special distinction as shown by the following order. — 

Headquarters, New York, May 16, 1776. 

Any orders delivered by Caleb Gibbs and George Lewis 
Esquires, — officers of the General's Guard, are to be attended 
to in the same manner as if sent by an aid-de-camp. This order 
raises them to that rank. 

In order to stimulate courage and fidelity to duty, there 
were two badges adopted: (1) The Badge of Merit; and (2) 
the Purple Heart. 

Benjamin Church was transferred to the Commander-in- 
Chief's Guard Oct. 30, 1776. He had only about two months 
to serve before his enlistment would expire. About Jan. 1, 
1777, some of the men were discharged. But about thirty of the 
Guard at General .Washington's request remained for an extra 
six weeks of service, as he wanted their aid for a special effort 
which he was planning. It was no less than the sudden attack 
at Princeton. Jan. 3, 1777, for which Washington was asking 
their aid, and our hero was there as given in his military record. 
On Feb. 10, 1777, he was discharged at Morristown, N. J.; 
probably all of the Guard whose time had expired. 

He had experienced a service such as few could boast. It 
was the year of greatest discouragement and depression for 
the army and its commander. Plots were many to capture 
Washington and turn him over to the British or to destroy him 
by poison. The Life Guard was no exception. One Thomas 

Biographical. 397 

Hickey, a member of the Life Guard was hung by Court Martial 
June 28, 1776, General Washington approving the sentence. 
He conspired to poison his Commander by a plate of green peas. 
The housekeeper was his confidant and she warned the General. 
Here is the warrant directed to the Provost Marshal for his 

By his Excellency, George Washington, Esquire, General 
and Commander-in-Chief of the army of the United American 

Whereas, Thomas Hickey, a soldier enlisted in the service 
of the said united colonies, has been duly convicted by a gen- 
eral court martial of mutiny and sedition, and also of holding 
a treacherous correspondence with the enemies of said colonies, 
contrary to the rules and regulations established for the gov- 
ernment of said troops; and the said Thomas Hickey, being so 
convicted has been sentenced to death, by being hanged by the 
neck till he shall be dead; which sentence, by the unanimous 
advice of the general ofSeers of said army, I have thought 
proper to confirm. 

These are, therefore, to will and require you to execute 
said sentence upon the said Thomas Hickey, this day at eleven 
o'clock in the forenoon on the ground between the encampments 
of the brigades of Brigadier Generals Spencer and Lord Stirl- 
ing; and for so doing this shall be your sufficient warrant. 

Given under my hand this twenty-eighth day of June in 
the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six. 

George Washington. 

Headquarters New York, June 28, 1776." 

It is needless to say that he was executed at the time and 
place above specified. He maintained a defiant manner to the 
end and declared that General Greene would meet that fate if 
he did not beware. Others were found implicated in the plot 
for which Hickey died and evidence points to a similar fate 
for them. The following order found in General Washington's 
own orderly book is worthy of note. 

398 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Headquarters, New York, June 28, 1776. 

The unhappy fate of Thomas Hickey executed this day for 
mutiny, sedition and treachery, the General hopes will be a 
warning to every soldier in the army to avoid these crimes, 
and all others so disgraceful to the character of a soldier and 
pernicious to his country, whose pay he receives and bread he 
eats. And in order to avoid those crimes the most certain 
method is to keep out of the temptation of them and particu- 
larly to avoid lewd women, who, by the dying confession of 
this poor criminal, first led him into practices which ended in 
an untimely and ignominious death. 

This event shows that even the Life Guard was not ex- 
empt from the taint of treasonable influences and in a subse- 
quent order, instructed that only native born men be chosen. 

Not long after Benjamin Church's discharge, the Life 
Guard was re-organized (April 30, 1777). 

The uniform of a life guardsman is interesting for it will 
give us an idea of how our townsman looked in uniform as a 
private. "He wore a dark blue coat, collared, faced, cuffed, 
and lined with buff; the bottom cut square and full behind, 
Vidth a fold on each back skirt; pocket flap on either side of 
the waist line; ten large gilt buttons on each lapel, four on 
each cuff, and four below each pocket flap, to button or hook 
as low as the fourth button on the breast, and to be flaunted at 
the bottom. 

Vest ; red, high cut, single-breasted, with twelve small gilt 
buttons and pocket flaps with four similar buttons below each. 

Buckskin breeches fitting to the shape with five small gilt 
buttons at the ankle and strapped under black shoes. "White 
bayonet and body belts; black stock and tie for the hair and 
black hat bound with white tape. 

This was the uniform, says Mr. Godfrey, from the earliest 
period. The officers had a uniform of similar material but of 
more tasty and showy design. General Washington declares 
that the uniform is modelled after his own. 

Biographical. 399 

General Washington believed in rewards of merit. He 
established the Badge of the Purple Heart. Badge for non- 
commissioned officers three years or more of service. A nar- 
row piece of white cloth fixed to left arm of uniform coat. 

Non-commissioned officers, service more than six years, 
two strips. Severe penalties were laid down for those who 
should assume these badges without warrant. 

Major Caleb Gibbs who had commanded the "Commander- 
in-Chief's Guard" since it was organized, was transferred Jan. 
1, 1781 to 2nd Massachusetts Regiment, and Lieutenant Wil- 
liam Colfay became senior officer in command. {See work by 
C. 8. Godfrey, State Library.) 

The history of "the Commander-in-chief's Guard is in- 
tensely interesting to Holland people not only from the fact 
that Benjamin Church was a memtber of it but from its general 
makeup. Formed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 12, 
1776, it was mustered out on Constitution Island, opposite 
West Point, N. Y., December 20, 1783. Of the 339 Officers and 
Men in the Guard during its existence, 81 were from Massa- 
chusetts, 49 from New Hampshire, 8 from Rhode Island, 31 
from Connecticut, 9 from New York, 41 from Pennsylvania, 
18 from New Jersey, 7 from Maryland, 67 from Virginia, 11 
from North Carolina, and 17 unknown. This emphasizes the 
loyality of the state Massachusetts to Gen. Washington, the 
devotion of her men to the patriot cause, and their value as 

The preceding pages give the biography of Benjamin 
Church before he became a resident of Holland. Why he 
bought and made his home in Holland is a question hard to 
answer. Doubtless the homestead that he purchased had at- 
tractions for him, to say nothing of the desire to get away from 
Newport, the scenes and associations of his double bereave- 
ment, the loss of a son and wife so near together. It is be- 
lieved by some that he had met in Newport, after his wife's 

400 The Histoky of Holland, Mass. 

death, at the house of a friend, Elizabeth Phillips, who later 
became his wife, and that she was the attraction that brought 
him to Holland. Be that as it may Holland was fortunate in 
having so worthy a man choose and make his home there. 
Buying in the Autumn of 1806, some of his family were young 
men and women when he came. 

The papers were passed from James Perry to Benjamin 
Church, a merchant of Newport, Ehode Island, Nov. 4, 1806. 

The deed was recorded June 12, 1807, and conveyed 372 
A, 51 rods of land, also a pew in Holland Church and horse- 
shed near the same. The price was $7,000. As a member of 
the Commander-in-Chief's Guard he had to take his turn as 
sentry and guard his commander's life. In battle, on the field, 
in camp, in his tent, night and day, his General must be guard- 
ed, against poison in his food or drink, against capture by the 
enemy, or assassination especially while sleeping, against the 
loss or inspection of his commander's private papers by any 
unauthorized person, that might reveal what his plans were, 
thereby giving the enemy an advantage. Benjamin Church 
had a position of no little responsibility and from the charac- 
ter of the man we may well believe that he did it well. In 
fact, by special request of General Washington, the Command- 
er-in-Chief's Guard was requested to remain in service a few 
weeks after their term of service had expired, as he had 
formed plans which he wished to carry out. Benjamin Church 
had enlisted for one year. He should have been discharged 
Jan. 1, 1777. He was not discharged until Feb. 10, of that 
year. Meanwhile the battle of Princeton, N. J., was fought. 
That he was a good soldier and a patriot, needs no proof other 
than his military record. His position in that guard, won as 
it was by service, although a private in it, would probably 
entitle him to the rank of captain, and by that title he was 
known in Holland. 

Biographical. 401 

He was no less useful as a citizen than he was as a soldier. 
We soon find his name in the official list of Holland. Many, 
however, surpass him in the number of ofSces and persistency 
of holding them. He was on the school committee, 1809, '10, 
'12, '15. Moderator of special town meeting, 1818, '19, and 
selectman, 1817, '24, '25. His work on committees for special 
town business is noteworthy. He was member of the commit- 
tee to draft a petition to the president about the embargo act, 
appointed Sept. 9, 1808. He was one of a committee to hire a 
minister as a substitute when pastor Reeve was ill, 1812. "We 
give the names of that committee: — Jacob Thompson. Dea. 
David Wallis, Lt. Ichabod Goodell, Dt. William Putnam, Capt. 
Benjamin Church, Dt. Ezra Allen, Willard Pike, Edward Blod- 
gett, Nehemiah May (Jr.), Ebenezer Howard, John PoUey, 
Dea. Samuel Webber. Whom they hired to serve the church 
as minister during Mr. Reeve's illness we do not know, but 
the committee was a thoroughly representative one. 

Benjamin Church was also appointed on the committee to 
arrange with Mr. Reeve an allowance from his salary when 
he was taken with his last illness, 1817. That committee was 
made up as follows : — Dea. David Wallis, Dea. Samuel Webber, 
Capt. Ezra Allen, Capt. Hallowell Perrin, Lt. John Weaver, 
Capt. Benjamin Church, Capt. Ezra Webber. We are inclined 
to believe that this committee radically disagreed over the 
course to be pursued. It was voted "that the committee lay 
out such a part of Mr. Reeve 's salary as he shall relinquish. ' ' 
Their old and faithful pastor was soon to relinquish the whole 
of it. The records do not show the action of this committee, 
but we find the committee reorganized with only three mem- 
bers: — Dea. David Wallis, Ebenezer Morris, and John Weaver. 
Soon there is a call for a town meeting with an article asking 
for an allotment of sabbaths in the use of the meeting house 
proportionate to the ministers tax paid by the Baptists. It 


402 The History of Holland, Mass. 

was defeated, as also a similar article in other town meetings 
following. But in 1818, it was voted to divide the use of the 
meeting house, evenly until March 1, 1819, first one society 
three sabbaths and then the other three sabbaths. 

Just what part Benjamin Church had in these proceedings 
we cannot say, but the records show that the first meeting 
held to organize a Baptist society was held at his house. It 
is also claimed by some and it is generally conceded, that 
Benjamin Church gave the site on which the Baptist meeting 
house was built and that most of the lumber, if not all of it 
used in its contruction was his gift. He was like his fore- 
fathers. They were men of pronounced opinion and conviction. 
We admire such when their opinions and convictions are rooted 
in the truth. Of course the old church was much weakened 
by the loss of about half its members, and half its revenue. 
It was a sad experience to them no doubt; but they recovered 
from it in due time, while the Baptist church organization set 
in action forces that still bless the town, for it owns its town 
hall as a gift from that body, and is, in a sense, a monument to 
Benjamin Church the citizen and the christian. But the man 
who rendered such distinguished service to his country, and 
especially the year of its greatest trial when the patriot cause 
was weakest, and most dubious as to the outcome, is worthy 
of another monument, more lasting than wood, that shall com- 
memorate his service as a soldier and patriot, viz. ; a monument 
of stone with bronze tablet suitably inscribed, said tablet the 
gift of the Sons of the American Revolution. This we hope 
will soon eventuate. 

HARRIS CUTLER was elected by Holland as its repre- 
sentative in the state legislature for 1853. He lived on the 
place now owned by "William Morse. He was much loved and 
respected. He does not seem to have held any other town office. 
He and Mrs. Cutler are stiU remembered with much affection. It 

Biographical. 403 

was a great compliment to him, that, although he had held no 
other important town office, he should yet be the town's choice 
for this one, the most important of any that a town can bestow, 
while the living still bear testimony to the fact that he was 
worthy of the trust. 

ELBRIDGE GERRY FULLER was the son of James and 
Mary (May) Puller. He was born July 9, 1789. His father 
owned half interest in the mill on what later became the Par- 
sons' place, buying the interest that Esquire Weld of Charlton 
bought in 1805. He was a carpenter and builder for he built 
the new school houses for the northeast and southeast school 
districts in 1803. Probably it was from his father that El- 
bridge G. acquired his experience in building, and ability to 
turn his hands in various callings. At one time he owned and 
ran Holland Inn, 1824-28 and seems to have been postmaster 
durng that time. It was while he was landlord of Holland Inn 
that General Lafayette stopped on his way to Boston and took 
lunch, 1824. People came from all the surrounding country to 
see him on horseback and greet him because of his aid in the 
Revolution. In 1827 he bought the Wm. Belknap homestead, 
and built the present Drake house on the new road disposing 
of the old house which stood on the old road, back and a little 
south of the present site. We think there was a saw mill there 
then and the dam possibly increased in height was used to 
form the reservoir for his brick cotton mill which grew to be 
quite important. It was as owner of this mill that Esq. Puller, 
as he was called, wielded his greatest influence in town. Around 
that mill there was built a number of tenements for the mill 

He was an attendant at the Baptist church, and wielded 
an influence that enabled him to be elected to represent Hol- 
land and Wales at General Court 1832 and 1834 and Holland 
alone, 1847, Holland having become a town in 1836, and by the 

404 The History of Holland, Mass. 

method then in force entitled to a representative of its own. 
This gives him the distinction of being three times representa- 
tive, while John Weaver held that honor twice. E. 6. Fuller 
was postmaster from 1836-1849, but where the post office wa^ 
we cannot say unless somewhere in Puller's village. He held 
town office being selectman in 1819, '20, '33. Assessor, 1827, 
'30, '31, '47, '48, '56, '60. Town clerk, 1836, and other minor 
offices as well as receiving appointment as Justice of Peace, 
1825. Opposition to him was very decided, based upon political 
and personal grounds, and although his cotton factory was 
running in the heyday period of that industry in ISfew England, 
yet a mass of ruin is all that remains. Railroads were being 
built, giving the mills upon their lines a decided advantage 
against which no amount of care and economy on the part 
of the owner of a mill situated as Mr. Fuller's was, could make 
it profitable. The house and land south of the river was sold, 
and the cottage and land north of the river, where Arthur 
Childs lived, recently purchased by Thomas Kelly, became his 
home, and where his last days were spent. 

{See manufacturers of Holland and the Fuller Genealogy.) 

LT. ICHABOD GOODELL'S name is frequently met in 
Holland annals. We believe that he came from Woodstock 
to Holland although the vital records of that town fail to place 
him. He married Martha Webber (about 1770), daughter of 
Trenance Webber, and an old deed indicates that he owned 
land in Holland about 1780, the Eleazer Moore place. He is a tax- 
payer of So. Brimfield in 1782, and by a division of Holland into 
school districts in 1783, he is placed in the northeast district. He 
was a man whose judgment was held in high esteem for he 
held office repeatedly — constable five years, moderator of an- 
nual town meetings ; also special meetings ; and selectman for 
six years, 1794, 1800, '01, '02, '03, '04. He sold his home above 
mentioned and bought the place on the hill in the southeast 

Biographical. 405 

district, later known as the Badger place, where we find him 
by the assessment roU of 1798. His eldest child, a daughter, 
born 1771, married Asarael Perrin, son of Benjamin Perrin and 
had a large family, while another daughter, Mary, married 
John Perrin, brother to Asarael, and had thirteen children, 
but most of them were born in Monson. Ichabod Goodell died 
in 1826 and his daughter Persis did also, who was never mar- 
ried. Her age is given as fifty-five years. 

JABEZ GOODELL, only son of Ichabod Goodell, went to 
New York state and became a school teacher. He invested his 
savings in a farm the land of which was where now the city of 
Buffalo now stands. The date of Ms going to Buffalo we do not 
know but probably when a young man. He married Diadamia 
Day but had no children. He adopted his wife's niece, Dia- 
damia Culley, and this lady married and left issue. A street 
was built through Mr. Goodell 's farm and the name "Goodell 
Street," was given to it in his honor. He kept a Tavern on 
the corner of Main and Goodell Streets for years. When the 
British took Buffalo in 1812 they burned the town, and the 
home of Jabez Goodell was burned also. He^built again at the 
corner of Goodell and Oak Sts. In his later years, he gave ten 
acres of land to the Buffalo Female Academy, taking ten 
thousand dollars stock in the institution. He died September 
26, 1851, aged 75 yrs. In his will five hundred dollars was given 
to the Buffalo Female Academy. From this bequest and from 
his stock the Academy realized $10,500. When the trustees of 
the Academy erected a building for the institution, they named 
it "Goodell Hall" in memory of Jabez Goodell whose bequests 
to it, after sale of scrip, etc., came to the total of $15,500, the 
building cost about $18,000, and still stands, although put to 
other uses, the school having removed to more modern quarters 
some years ago. His property at the time of his death was 
valued at $400,000. He made many public bequests and at the 

406 The History of Holland, Mass. 

time of his death was the largest public benefactor who had 
lived in Buffalo. He left $500 to Holland, Massachusetts, the 
town where he was born, the income of which is used for the 
perpetual care of the cemetery. Local tradition would imply- 
that he had other benevolences in mind for Holland, but did 
not carry them out. Mrs. Goodell died March 10, 1854, aged 
63. Jabez Goodell was prominent in the affairs of his home 
city, Buffalo, and was an attendant and generous supporter of 
the First Presbyterian Church there, and was made an elder. 
See Goodell and Perrin Genealogies. 

By Frank H. Severance, Secretary, 
Buffalo Historical Society, 
Buffalo, N. Y. 

LYMAN GOULD was elected as representative to General 
Court for 1837 for Holland and Wales being the last man 
to be elected by the old method. He lived on the farm north 
of the Bagley homestead on the road to East Brimfield. "We 
find his name on the list of selectmen for 1834, '36. Assessor, 
1826, '41. School committee 1825, '30. He does not leave 
a record for an extended sketch, but his record is such that 
we may declare that he made a good citizen and town officer. 
From the records we infer that he met bitter opposition in 
his election as representative, but succeeded, .and no doubt 
made a good one. His homestead was considered one of the 
best farms in Holland in his day, the soil being easily worked 
and fruitful. 

LEWIS C. HOWLBTT was born in Sturbridge, Massa- 
chusetts, Oct. 6, 1820, the son of Sylvester and Mary (Abbe) 
Hewlett. He was educated in the schools of his native town. 
At seventeen years of age he was driving a four horse team 
between Sturbridge and Worcester. At twenty-one he was 
partner in the trucking firm of Scott, Flagg and Howlett. 



Some of the work done then will stand many years, as for ex- 
ample the stone pillars to the Court House. 

September 4, 1848, he married Lorinda Chapin of Stur- 
bridge. He bought the farm, now owned by his son, Lewis M. 
Howlett, in 1846, and lived in Holland until his death May 19, 
1888. He served the town in various offices notably as road- 
commissioners and was a pioneer in the good-roads movement. 
He was one of the committee to secure the gift of the present 
town hall and school building from the Baptist Society. He 
was a public-spirited citizen interested in all that concerned the 
welfare of the town. He reared a family of eleven children. 
(See the Mowlett Genealogy.) 

Lewis M. Howlett, son of the foregoing, has been almost 
a lifelong resident of Holland and a much valued citizen. As 
town officer he has stood for the higher ideals of town life, 
and his sons now prominent in town affairs are doing the 

FEANOIS E. KINNEY, was born Feb. 14, 1841, son to 
Elisha and Mary Ann (Marcy) Kinney, who for years were 
proprietors of Holland Inn, and who made that country hotel 
famous in the state and out of it. The son received the rudi- 
ments of his education in the public schools of his native town 
as the school registers of the town bear ample proof. He also 
attended Brimfield Academy. 

That his school days were well spent and that he was 
faithful to his school duties, is manifest by the clear and effic- 
ient manner in which he executed the duties of the offices with 
which the town honored him. He does not appear in many 
offices. He was town clerk continuously from 1874-1889 in- 
elusive; and town treasurer from 1875-1885 inclusive. His 
clear, bold penmanship as tovm clerk is a striking contrast to 
some of the early records and closely resembles copper plate 
for beauty of finish, and clearness of expression. The testi- 

408 The History of Holland, Mass. 

mony of his fellow townsmen is that he made a splendid and 
efficient town officer, and undoubtedly would have received 
in due time any honor that the town could bestow. Mr. Kin- 
ney married Olivia M. Parker, representative of a well-known 
and respected family in Brimfield. They were the proprietors 
of Holland Inn, since his parents were fallen asleep, and sur- 
rounded by hosts of friends, with a goodly family growing up, 
with a good business and ample means with enlarging usefulness 
in view, he could meet the flight of years with hope and cour- 
age. He had evenything to live for; wife, home, family, 
friends. But man cannot count any years his. Man's days are 
subject to the will of his Creator. 

The winter of 1890 was an open winter. Little or no ice 
had been secured and Mr. Kinney was anxious to secure a 
supply for his business, and for family use. On March 10, 
1890, he was engaged in cutting ice when one of his sons, 
a lad who was around with the men, broke through, but was 
rescued immediately by the men placing a support to keep 
him out of the water. Mr. Kinney observing his son's pre- 
dicament rushed to the rescue, and against the protests of all 
the men, and the warning cry of his son declaring that he 
was in no danger, he rushed to his son's side broke through 
and was up to his neck in ice water. He could touch bottom, 
and spoke encouragingly to those standing by. But before 
he could be rescued he was overcome by the ice water and 
when finally taken out, life was extinct. His sad and untimely 
death cast gloom over the whole tovsm, and all hearts went 
out in sympathy with the afflicted family. But sympathy 
avails not to restore the loved one departed. In due time it 
was deemed expedient to dispose of the hotel property, and a 
sale being effected, the hotel passed into the hands of others. 
Mr. William A. Hopkins is the present owner. But the mem- 
ory of years gone by, and of the warmhearted and business- 


like family who lived there, still clusters about the place, and 
is treasured by the townspeople as a hallowed memory. 

CAPT. NEHBMIAH MAY'S name is often found in the 
records of Holland. He came from Woodstock, Connecticut, 
and bought the west half of William Lyon's farm in Brimfield, 
March 12, 1752. The homestead was the one Judah Back 
bought in 1811, situated in the south part of the town. We 
find that Nehemiah May was living there in 1759, when the 
road was laid out from the brook near his house, called "Great 
Brook" (later "May Brook"). He is a signer to the petition 
to get South Brimfield incorporated into a district (1762), and 
is a member of the first board of selectmen elected by said 
district. He is a signer to the petition (1764) praying that 
the church be located east of the mountains. He is also a 
member of the "Court of Justice and Honor" for So. Brim- 
field in 1774. In the twenty one-years that Holland formed 
a part of So. Brimfield (1762-1783) he was seven times select- 
man. When Holland was incorporated a district (1783) Capt. 
Nehemiah May was elected first selectman of the board of 
selectmen for that year. We also find that he was repre- 
sentative to Gteneral Court for South Brimfield for 1783. 
While he favored placing the church east of the mountains 
(1764) he yet, for some reason, declared himself a Baptist in 
1778. See declaration signed by Elijah Coddington. 

When Holland was incorporated the east side of South 
Meadow road was made the west line of Holland and Capt. 
May was held responsible for the injustice of putting all of 
that road within South Brimfield 's limits. It seems scarcely 
possible that Ciapt. May did not realize the injustice it would 
be to the people west of the line. South Brimfield took care 
that no other Holland man was representative until that wrong 
was righted, which was accomplished in 1796. But Capt. May 
had died in 1793. 

410 The History of Holland, Mass. 

We judge that his part in the road matter was why he 
did not hold office in Holland more. He was a Revolutionary 
patriot, the father of a large family, and his influence in town 
was good. He led a company into the Revolutionary War, a 
list of which we submit to our readers. His headstone in 
Holland cemetery informs us that he was born in Woodstock, 
Jan. 31, 1730. Died Dec. 27, 1793. His first child, William, 
was bom in Woodstock. 

His Epitaph. 

Behold my friend as passing hy 
This stone informs you where I Ue 
B>ememher then that soon you'll have 
Like me a mansion in the grave. 

His widow died March 24, 1818. She was Anna Lyon of 
a well known Woodstock family. 

LEONARD MAY MORRIS born Jan. 10, 1790, was son of 
Ebenezer and Loriada (May) Morris and grandson of Capt. 
Nehemiah May. He married Nancy Paddock of Holland, Dee. 
2, 1812. He held many town offices. Constable 1829, '30, '31, 
'32; school committee 1815, '16, '17, '18, '19, '20, '23, '30, '31, 
'32. Moderator (annual) 1823, '26, '28. Moderator special 
town meetings 1826, '28, '31. Assessor 1826, '30. Selectman 
1813. '28. Representative .1826. His many and repeated of- 
fices are an indication of efficient service, while election to 
represent Holland and South Brimfield at General Court would 
mark him as a much respected man where he was known. 

BENJAMIN PERRIN was an early settler in the region 
that became Holland, coming from Woodstock. He bought 
his farm of Rev. Ebenezer Moulton situated south of Mud 
Pond. The deed bears date Nov, 2nd, 1752 and the price paid 
was £66-13s., the farm containing 133A. The Rev. Ebenezer 

Biographical. * 411 

Moulton was first pastor of the Baptist church in Wales. Ben- 
jamin Perrin was one of several that had declared themselves 
Baptists prior to the incorporation of South Brimfield and hy 
that act had disqualified himself from voting on the questions 
of a church of the "standing order" east or west of the moun- 
tains. It was his vote, with others, that made the meeting 
illegal (see chapter II), and Rev. Jason Morse's Annals of 
Brimfield church. He is a signer of the petition to have South 
Brimfield incorporated, and although he is a signer o£ the 
petition presented to the General Court by the East faction yet 
we judge that later he became a supporter of the west faction. 
He doubtless was a conscientious man and one that had con- 
victions. Woodstock vital records do not inform us whom he 
married, but he, we believe, had not been long married when 
he bought the farm 1752. He had several children and the 
home near the southeast schoolhouse was a center of influence 
for good. Benjamin Perrin died in Woodstock, Conn, in 1807, 
and the homestead became property of his son Asarael Perrin. 
{See Perrm Genealogy). 

Will of Benj. Perrin. 

Wife Mary is given $20 

John Perrin is given $100 

Mary Perrin wife of Nathan Fay $100 

'Marcy Perrin, wife of David Fay $100 

Hallowell Perrin, m. Sybil Bruce $160 

Amasa Perrin $100 

Sarel Perrin, m. Huldah Goodell $20 
Dated July 1807. 

ASARAEL PERRIN married Huldah Goodell July 25, 
1793, making his home on the farm formerly owned by his 
father. His name is frequently met in the town records of his 
time, not so much in holding prominent office, but in ways that 
show he wielded an influence for good. He reared a large 
family, eleven children, and we have recently learned that the 

412 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Hon. Marcus Perrin Knowlton, for the past twenty years Ohief 
Justice of the. Supreme Court of Massachusetts, is a grandson 
of Asarael Perrin and Huldah Goodell. This is a fact, of 
which, Holland people may well feel proud. Hollanders, hats 
off to the noted grandson of a Holland sire ! 

His brother, HoUowell Perrin, married Sybil Bruce Dec. 1, 
1785, and became prominent in town affairs, holding the office 
of constable, school committee, moderator of town meetings, 
town treasurer and selectman. As a citizen he was much 
liked. He had a family of seven children. His daughter 
Diana, married Dr. Abiel Bottom, who practiced his profession 
in South Wilbraham, now Hampden, and their descendants 
now live there. 

JOHN POLLEY is first mentioned in the annals of Holl- 
and in 1786. But the registry of deeds reveals the fact that 
he came from Monson and bought the homestead later known 
as the Eleazer Moore place in 1784, buying of Eliphalet Janes, 
Holland's first town clerk. He is a taxpayer of Holland Dy 
the list of 1793. He must have lived . on the place about 
eleven years for he did not buy the Joseph Blodgett Sr. farm 
till 1795, buying of one John Brown credited as being the first 
grocer that Holland ever had. It is with the Blodgett home- 
stead that the Policy family is identified. He was interested 
in the church and its work, and was appointed a committee to 
repair the church 1787. "We find that the town elected him 
selectman 1789, and 1796, '97, '98, 1805, '06, '07. Moderator of 
the annual town meeting 1806 ; of special town meetings, 1796, 
'98. As a member of committee for doing town business, his 
judgment was prized and he was the first man elected to repre- 
sent South Brimfield and Holland at General Court after the 
latter was iacorporated a district, serving in that office 1798. 
He was sent as a delegate to Northampton July 14, 1812, to 
deliberate over plans, prospects, etc. of war with Great Britain. 

Biographical. 413 

The Policy family was long and favorably known in Holland, 
but none of that name is now there. The sons, Calvin and 
Lyman, were Baptists. 

"WILLIAM PUTNAM was prominent in Holland for a 
short time. He served on the school board and was selectman 
in 1811. The same year the question' of dividing Hampshire 
County was agitating the people and he was elected delegate 
to a county convention to discuss the matter and he was in- 
structed to oppose it. The county was divided however, said 
division going into effect 1812, and Springfield became the 
county seat for Holland. 

He was elected to represent So. Brimfield and Holland in 
the Mass. legislature in 1812. He was also chosen one of a 
committee to hire a minister to serve during Mr. Reeve's ill- 
ness in 1812, whereby we infer that he was interested in the 
work of the church. His name soon drops out of the list of 
Holland's ofScers from which we conclude that he soon left 
town. When in town he lived in the southeast district, but 
which was the homestead he occupied, we have not ascer- 

JOHN WALLIS, or as he was familiarly called Esquire 
John Wallis, was a son of Dea. David Wallis, born 1789. He 
held in his career about all the ofSces that the town could be- 
stow. So varied and persistent are they, that they prove the 
esteem in which he was held, and we refer our readers to the 
chapter on that subject. He began as school committee and 
his last was that of moderator of a special town meeting held 
1863. He received appointment as Justice of Peace six times, 
whereby he won his title. He was representative for Holland 
and South Btimfield in 1829. His work as town officer was 
always well-done and he is mentioned, by those who remember 
him, with affection. His last appointment as Justice was in 
1865. He died in 1870. 

414 The History of Holland, Mass. 

PREELAND WALLIS, son of Dea. David Wallis, was 
born Dec. 5, 1785. He married Esther Allen, daughter of 
Abel Allen, one of Holland's early settlers, April 22, 1812. 
He lived on a farm about one and half miles east of the church 
on the Sturbridge road leading to the lead mines. He was 
chosen 1812 one of a committee to aid pastor Reeve in "in- 
specting" (examining) school masters and mistresses. His name 
is repeatedly mentioned in connection with this department 
of public service showing that his efforts were appreciated. 
He was town clerk 1815, 16, '17, '18, '33, '34, '35.- Moderator 
of special town meetings for 1822, '24, '27, '30, '32, '36, '38, 
'40, '41, '42, '48, '50. Moderator of annual town meetings 
1824, '25, '27, '30, '31, '32, 33, '38. '42, '44, '47. Town 
treasurer 1815, '16. Assessor 1827, '28, '32, '33, '41, '42, 
'45. '49, '54. Selectman 1817, '18, '21, '22, '23, '24, '25, 
'26, '29, '30, '31, '34, '35, '36, '38, '39, '42, '45. Here is 
a statement of public service that reflects great credit upon 
him as a public servant. His frequent appointment to work 
on special committees for town service shows how much his 
judgment was prized. He bears a unique honor, for he is the 
only resident of Holland who ever sat as a delegate in a con- 
stitutional convention called to amend the state constitution. 
Capt. Preeland Wallis sat as delegate from Holland in the con- 
stitutional convention 1853. He surely was a worthy son of a 
worthy sire. He was identified with the Baptist church. 

HORACE E. "WALLIS, born Nov. 3, 1862, was the sixth 
generation from the David "Wallis who was one of the first 
settlers of the region that became Holland, and, therefore a 
member of the family that has left such a splendid record in 
Holland's social, religious and political life. "When elected to 
represent Holland, he was living on the farm now owned by 
Mr. Arthur Morse, which was the home of Dea. David "Wallis. 
Horace B. Wallis married Ada B. Webber, daughter of Geo. 



Biographical. 415 

L. "Webber Mareb 22, 1888. He served his native town as 
selectman, assessor, moderator of town meetings, school com- 
mittee, postmaster, etc. He served as representative for the 
First Hampden District at General Court for 1895. That he 
served his district well needs no proof. In 1896 he sold the 
homestead that had been owned continuously by representa- 
tives of the family for one hundred and forty years. He re- 
moved to Waltham with his family and engaged in mercantile 
business. When he went, the last of this family so long identi- 
fied with the social, political, and religious life of the town 
disappeared from the records and from the native heath. He 
is the last man from Holland to serve First Hampden District, 
and the only one still living, he being the fourth of that family 
name to win that honor in less than ninety years. 

JOHN WEAVER, came to Holland from Hampton, Conn., 
buying (1806) the homestead of Timothy Anderson which lay 
west of the Geo. L. Webber place. He evidently was a man of 
good judgment and soon had the confidence of the town. We 
find his name on the list of selectmen for 1810, also 1815, '16. 
He represented Holland and Wales at General Court 1814 and 
again in 1817, which proves the confidence which his towns- 
men reposed in him. Not long after his second term of of&ce 
he must have sold out and returned to Hampton, Conn., for by 
a deed to Asaph and Eli Webber dated 1824 he is again des- 
cribed as of Hampton, Conn. This also shows that he bought, 
while in Holland, the Geo. L. Webber place. He left a good 
record as citizen and town officer. 

A. and Sarah (Damon) Webber, was born in Holland, Mass., 
June 16, 1845; d Sept. 1, 1905. He received his early educa- 
tion in the public schools and afterward attended Brimfield 
Academy. He added to his academical knowledge a liberal 

416 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

store of general information from personal reading and ob- 

In his early life he assisted his father on the large farm, 
and at the death of his father in 1882 he purchased the home- 
stead of about 200 acres where he afterward lived. 

Mr. Webber was held in high esteem by his townsmen and 
had confided to him honorable and responsible positions of 
trust. He frequently acted as executor of wills and adminis- 
trator of estates. He was deeply interested in the welfare and 
advancement of the commimity and always took an active 
part in the administration of town affairs, holding many offices. 
He was chairman of the board of assessors twenty-five years, 
town clerk and treasurer 15 years, selectman and overseer of 
the poor, school committee, cemetery committee, and moderator 
of the town meetings for many years. He was a bank trustee, 
justice of the peace and was appointed postmaster of Holland 
in 1890 which position he held at the time of his death. 

Mr. Webber was a Republican in politics and well in- 
formed regarding current events. He represented his district 
in the Mass. legislature in 1881- '82, serving with credit to him- 
self and to the town. 

He was simple in his tei/Stes, scrupulously honest, unsus- 
picious and open hearted, sincere in action and expression. 

Mr. Webber was a member of the Congregational society 
and was an attendant and liberal supporter of the church. 

His religion was a real living fact of every day life and 
experience, and the golden rule was his infallible guide in all 
dealings with his fellow men. 

He married Ella J. Blodgett, daughter of Eoswell and 
Mary J. (Bobbins) Blodgett May 14, 1884. She was a grad- 
uate of Brimfield Academy and taught twelve years in the 
public schools. 


RINALDO WEBBER, is a mEin found among those who 
represented Holland at General Court. The year of such ser- 
vice being 1803. Mr. "Webber was a scion of one of Holland's 
earliest settlers. He had served his country in the Revolu- 
tionary "War and came of a family whose record for military 
service is splendid. The "Webber family had six representa- 
tives in the French and Indian "War, proving a loyalty to the 
land of their birth as well as to the English Grown. "When 
the great struggle between England and her colonies came to 
an end, we find six names bearing the name of Webber whom 
we can easily identify as from families of that part of South 
Brimfield that became Holland, four of them rendering service 
under Capt. May. For such service it was natural that Hol- 
land with South Brimfield should elect to the highest municipal 
ofSee which they could bestow, a representative of that family. 
It was not the only office that he held. He was on the school 
board of Holland for 1799, and was selectman for 1799, 1800, 
1804. He married Elizabeth Belknap, daughter of William 
Belknap and lived north of the river on the homestead later 
owned by James A. Lynn. His house probably stood on the 
ledge east of the house recently burned where Mr. Arthur 
Childs lived, the road at that time passed his house, and the 
Belknap house, which stood near the well back of the B. G. 
Fuller house, which is of later construction. The probability 
is that Rinaldo Webber died or moved away soon after 1804, 
for he does not appear as holding town office after that date 
and his homestead was purchased by Jas. A. Lynn, the deed 
bearing date April 13, 1803. He may have moved to South 
Brimfield (Wales) whither his wife's father lived for a period. 
{See Gardner's "Annals of Wales.") Tradition has it that the 
house that stood on the ledge aforesaid was moved on to the 
ledge where now the Lynn house stands. 


418 The History of'Holland, Mass. 

WILLARD WELD was son of Caleb Weld, Esq., who came 
to Holland from Charlton and bought a half interest in the 
Simeon Hunger mill on what was later known as the Parsons 
place, shown by deed bearing date 1805. Willard, his oldest 
child, was born April 15, 1789 and therefore was about sixteen 
years old when his father came to Holland. We do not think 
that Esq. Weld remained long in Holland. He sold his half 
interest in saw mill to James Fuller. Willard Weld the sub- 
ject of this sketch was a taxpayer in Holland as per list 1812. 
He married his wife, Oct. 18, 1812, ,and both are given as of 
Holland. She was a daughter of Benjamin Church. We infer 
that, after his marriage, he made his home with his wife's 
people most of the time for we find a deed conveying to Wil- 
lard Weld a tract of land on the east side of the Quinnebaug 
river "on which said Weld had recently built a house." The 
deed bears date June 19, 1833, and is signed by Benjamin 
Church, Book 90 page 108. By a will probated 1834, Benjamin 
Church gives Willard Weld the land he owns west of the river 
with all its appurtenances. He was an extensive dealer in 
real estate as indicated by the number of his deeds on record. 
He bought out Sewell Glazier's grocery store 1839. He owned 
land in what became Puller's village. In 1847, Willard Weld 
was keeping store at Pullers village, under the firm title of 
"Weld & Son," the son being Stephen 0. Weld. His business 
and qualifications for it, gave him influence and office in town. 
He was a member of the school committee 1829. Also select- 
man 1829, '30, '31, '32, '33, '35, '37, '38, '39, '43. Moderator 
of annual town meeting 1834, '35, '41, '46. Special town 
meetings 1830, '34, '35, '47. Town treasurer 1842, and also 
representative to General Court. He was an attendant at the 
Baptist Church. The record of his work for the town would 
place him in the list of her best citizens. His work whether 
as town official or committee for special business was always 



good and is proof of the esteem in which he was held. {See 
Weld Family Genealogy.) 

FRANK "WIGHT is a man worthy of special mention 
because of the service he rendered the town in the recent years 
of its history. His marriage with Miss Mary Ann E. Kinney, 
daughter of Elisha and Mary Ann (Marcy) Kinney led him to 
make his home in Holland. He came from Sturbridge. He 
bought the home now owned by Louisa M. Hewlett. His first 
town office in which we notice him as serving the community, 
was as school committee, in 1857, and holding it for six years 
but not consecutively. He was town clerk three years con- 
secutively. Moderator of town meeting four times; town 
treasurer fourteen years, thirteen years consecutively; and 
selectman 1876, '80, '82, '90, '94, '95, 1901, '02. He is men- 
tioned with great respect and affection by those who remem- 
ber him. 



The author presents the following genealogies of families 
that at some time resided in Holland. Many of them have 
been prepared by others, either relatives, or persons who knew 
the families. Others have been prepared from the town records 
and from the Vital Records of other towns where data could 
be obtained that would add facts to make the genealogies as 
complete as the facts available would permit. We have not been 
able to trace all the families, for sufficient data was not at hand, 
but we have endeavored to give something about those families 
who were prominent in the social, political, and religious life 
of the town. It is not to be expected that they are complete 
and that no errors will be found. It is a work of great labor, 
involving much research and extensive correspondence with de- 
lays frequent ; and some facts were lost to family tradition even 
which needed original and careful research to bring the genealo- 
gies to the condition in which they are offered. The author 
wishes to thank all those who have submitted genealogies for 
publication, and, while he has carefully read them all, so as to 
correct statements that were impossibilities, he feels that respons- 
ibility for error must rest with the family genealogist who had 
the original data in hand. 

No particular system of presenting the genealogies has been 
adopted. In a few cases the genealogy has been re-written and 
brought into the conventional form, but the greater part are in 
the form presented. In some cases facts known to the author, and 
manifestly unknown to the family genealogist have been in- 
serted without comment. 

422 The History of Holland, Mass. 

By B. M. Webber. 

1. DanieP Ainsworth and wife Alice, natives of England, 
Settled in Roxbury, Mass., where she d. in 1685, childless. He 
sent to England for his nephew, Edward, and made him his heir. 

2. Edward^ Ainsworth appears to have been a sea-faring 
man. He m. Joanna Hemmingway, Jan. 11, 1687-8. 

Children by Joanna (Hemmingway) Ainsworth. 

3. I. Joshua^ b. Jan. 22, 1688-9 ; lived three days. 

4. n. Hannah^ b. Jan. 21, 1690, m. John Green of 

Brookfield, Massachusetts. 

5. HI. Edward^, b. Aug. 18, 1693; m. Joanna Davis of 

Roxbury, Massachusetts. 

6. IV. Elizabeth^ b. Nov. 18, 1695, m. John Johnson of 

Brookfield, Massachusetts. 

7. V. DanieP, b. Oct. 7, 1697. 

8. VI. Joanna^ b. 1699. 

9. VII. Joanna^ b. Oct. 5, 1700. 

10. VIII. Judith^ Hemmingway, b. Jan. 25, 1702, m. James 


11. IX. Smith^ b. March 25, 1712, unm. 

5. Edward^ Ainsworth, Jr. (Edward), m. Joanna Davis. 

I. Abigail*. 

Edward*, b. 1728, m. Sybil Child. 
William*, Ainsworth, b. 1729, m. Mary, dau. of 
Benjamin and Mary (Corbin) Marcy, he d. 
Nov. 14, 1805 at Wales, Massachusetts. 

16. William* Ainsworth (Edward^ Edward^), of Wood- 
stock, Ct. 

Children of Mary (Marcy) Ainsworth. 

17 I. Laban^ b. July 19, 1757, m. Mary Minot; d. 

Mar. 17, 1858. 
18. II. Marsylvia', b. Aug. 1759, m. David Needham of 
. Wales, Massachusetts ; she d. May 20, 1853. 











The Ainsworth Family 423 

19. III. Louisa^ m. Paul, of Newport, New Hamp- 


20. IV. Andrew^ b. Mar. 17, 1766, unm; d. July, 1796. 

21. V. OUver=. 

22. VI. Imke'^; d. young. 

17. Laban^ Ainsworth (William*, Edward^ Edward^), m. 
Dec. 4, 1787, Mary Minot, dau. of Jonas Minot, of Concord, 
Mass. She d. Feb. 3, 1845. He studied under Nathaniel Tis- 
dale, of Lebanon, Ct., and entered Dartmouth College as Sopho- 
more in 1775; graduated in 1778; studied Theology with Rev. 
Stephen West of Stockbridge. Pteached for two years at Spen- 
eertown, on the Hudson ; was for some months chaplain in Major 
McEJinstry's Corps. Ordained pastor of the church in Jaffrey, 
N. H., Dee. 11, 1782; and continued the service for nearly 
fifty years. 


23. I. Sarah°, b. Mar. 23, 1789; m. Isaac Parker; she 

d. May 29, 1857. 

24. II. William^ b. Aug. 24, 1792, m. Mary Morse 

Stearns ; d. June 14, 1842 ; he graduated from 
Dartmouth College in 1811; studied law; 
was representative in N. H. Legislature three 
years; was cashier of Manufacturers' Bank 
in New Ipswich till his death. Mr. Ainsworth 
was a man whom the people delighted to 
honor. He loved his fellow citizens; and in 
the practice of his profession he did all in his 
power to prevent litigation; modest and un- 
pretending in his manners ; strictly honest in 
his dealings. He lived beloved and died la- 
mented, and will be remembered with love and 
gratitude by the inhabitants of his native 

Children of William Ainsworth and Mary Morse 
(Stearns) Ainsworth: 

25. I. Frederick^ Smith, b. Apr. 11, 1820, m. Mary Har- 


26. II. Mary' Minot, b. Feb. 26, 1822, m. Theodore P. 

Green, U. S. Navy. 

27. III. William' Parker, b. Dee. 22, 1825 ; killed in bat- 

tle at Port Royal, Va., 1862. 
28 IV. Josiah', b. Aug. 14, 1832; d. Oct. 23, 1833. 

424 The History op Holland, Mass. 

25. Frederick S. Ainsworth, son of Wm. and Mary M. 
(Stearns) Ainsworth, graduated at Dartmouth College in 1840; 
studied medicine at Harvard Medical school. Graduated M.D. 
in 1844; was two years in Paris, France, pursuing the same 
studies; began practice in Boston, and was there in 1873; was 
for a time Professor of Physiology and Pathology in Berkshire 
Medical school at Pittsfield, Mass., and a surgeon in the U. S. 
service in the War of the Rebellion. 

18. Marsylvia^ Ainsworth (William*, Edward^ Edward^), 
b. Aug. 1759; m. David Needham of Wales, Mass., he being 
sixth son of Anthony and Rebecca (Munger) Needham. He 
was b. Apr. 22, 1755, at Stafford, Ct. 


26. I. Luke^ b. May 27, 1780. 

27. n. Polly' b. Apr. 12, 1782, m. Ezra Allen of Holland 

Nov. 13, 1803. 

Their Children. 

I. Mary', m. Truman Charles, 
n. Roxanna', m. Joseph Stone. 
Alfred', b. Feb. 15, 1784, m. Sally Pratt. 
Anthony', b. Feb. 24, 1786; d. Apr. 17, 1819. 
Oliver', b. Mar 8, 1788. 
Sally', b. June 4, 1790, m. Adolphus Webber, 

Apr. 7, 1811. 


I. Mary' Allen, b. Feb. 19, 1812. 
n. Lorinda' Adelade, b. Jan. 26, 1815. 
. HI. William' Ainsworth, b. June 24, 1818. 

32. Vn. William', b. Mar. 18, 1792 ; died early. 

33. Vni. Rebecca', b. May 20, 1794, m. Silas Perry, Apr. 


I. Oliver' A., b. Sept. 17, 1820. 
• n. Winthrop' b. Aug. 17, 1826. 

III. Marsylvia', b. Mar. 31, 1828, m. William 
S. Wallis of Holland, Mass. 

34. IX. William' A. Needham, b. May 5, 1796, m. Orinda 

I. Wm. Minot Needham, b. Feb. 27, 1820. 









The AmswoETH Family 425 

35. X. Lorinda" Needham, b. Nov. 9, 1798, m. Daniel 


36. XI. Andrew^ A. Needham, b. Sept. 1, 1800, m. (1) 

Derdamia Walbridge, (2) Nancy Ann Bel- 


I. Chloe' M., b. Feb. 2, 1830. 
II. David' A., b. Jan. 14, 1836. Taught 
school in Holland. 
(See Webber Genealogy.) 

426 The History of Holland, Mass. 

By Mrs. Chase. 

Abel* Allen (Nehemiah^, Joseph^, James^ b. in Eng.), b. 
Mch. 3, 1736 ; d. 1820 ; m. May 9, 1765, Jerusha Tarbell, dau. of 
John Tarbell, who d. Nov. 27, 1804, in his 95th year (death 
recorded in Sturbridge). Abel Allen went to Holland from 
Sturbridge in 1770. 

Children: first two b. in Sturbridge, last three in Holland. 

1. I. AbeP, Mch. 30, 1766. 

2. n. Alfreds Apr. 24, 1768. 

3. HI. Ezras Sept. 6, 1773. 

IV. JerushaS Sept. 12, 1775; d. 1865; m. Apr. 7, 
1803, James Lynn, b. 1773.* 
{*See Lynn Genealogy.) 
V. Esther", Oct. 2, 1784, m. Capt. Freeland Wallis. 
(See Wallis Genealogy.) 

Fifth Generation. 

1. AbeP AUen (Abel*, NehemiahS Joseph^ James^), b. 
Mch. 30, 1766; d. July 6, 1827; m. 1792, Experience Parker. 
She d. Mch. 22, 1836, age 68 years. 


I. HarmonyS Dec. 26, 1793 ; d. June 13, 1844. 
II. Horace', May 2, 1796; d. 1852; m. Oct. 23, 1830, 
Maria Upham, she d. 1834. 

I. Wm. Horace^ b. May 23, 1832; d. Mch. 

III. Adeline AugustaS June 20, 1801; m. Horace 


IV. BetseyS Jan. 19, 1804, m. May 10, 1843, Phineas 

E. Gregory. 
V. Hariot" Oct. 6, 1806, m. Sept. 5, 1835, Jesse B. 
4 VI. Charles GrosvenorS May 21, 1809 ; d. 1891. 

2. Alfred" Allen (AbeP, NehemiahS Joseph^ James'-), b. 
Apr. 24, 1768; d. Sept. 22, 1854; m. 1791, Lucebia Ballard of 
Holland, dau. of Sherebiah Ballard; she d. Sept. 9, 1863, age 
92 yrs. 

The Allen Family 427 


I. Augusta", Feb. 24, 1793 ; m. N. C. Martin of Mil- 
II. Orestes", Nov. 27, 1795; m. Lovinia Ljily of 

Homer, N. Y. 
III. Pliney", Feb. 18, 1799 ; ;ji. Alvira Norcross. 

5. lY. Parsons", Feb. 16, 1802. 

V. Oheney Ballard", Sept. 3, 1805 ; d. Apr. 23, 1886 ; 
m. A. A. Winshipi. He was a merchant in 
VI. Esther Lueebia", Sept. 9, 1810; m. 1835, Jona- 
than P. Curtiss, b. July 2, 1807. 
VII. Norman Waldo", Oct. 9, 1812; d. 1816. 

3, Ezra^ AUen (Abel* Nehemiah^, Joseph^, James^) b. 
Sept. 6, 1773; d. Oct. 30, 1866; m. (1) 1802, Mary Marcy Need- 
ham, b. June 4, 1790, d. Feb. 8, 1811; (2) abt. 1813. Mrs 
Lucena; (Loring) Fuller, d. June 9, 1873, age 90 years. 


6. I. Mary C", Nov. 12, 1804. 

II. Roxanna", Aug. 24, 1809; d. Feb. 12, 1868; m. 

May 19, 1838, Joseph Stone of Brookfield. 

I. Harlan P.' Stone, b. Dec. 1, 1840. 

III. Harrison", Apr. 18, 1814; d. Feb. 25, 1892; m. 

int. Feb. 9, 1840; m. Meh. 12, 1840, Harriet 
A. Partridge, b. 1815; d. Dec. 5, 1873, age 
58 years. 
IV.. Joseph Lathrop", Sept. 24, 1815; m. 1839, Phebe 
S. Partridge. 
Mrs. Lucena (Loring) Fuller previous to her marriage 
with Ezra Allen had two daughters. 

L Joanna Fuller, Feb. 11, 1807; m. Capt. Wm. 

II. Adelpha Fuller ; m. James of New Haven. 


4. Charles Grosvenor" Allen (AbeP, Abel*, Nehemiah', 
Joseph^ James^), b. May 21, 1819; d. 1891; m. Nov. 26, 1834, 
Mary Dunton, b. Mch. 12, 1810, d. 1880, age 70 yrs. 


I. Charles Hamant^ Sept. 21, 1837; d. 1895; m. 
Marietta Brown of Holland. 

428 The History op Holland, Mass. 

II. Julia Dunton^ Dec. 7, 1840; d. 1900; m. 1865, 
■ Daniel Webster Wight, b. Feb. 14, 1836; d. 
1903. Served in the Civil War. 

I. Charles W.** Wight, b. Oct. 24, 1868; m. 
1896, Agnes Kerr. 

(a) Everett Allen^ Wight, b. Meh. 

11, 1897. 

(b) Elinor Adeline" Wight, b. Apr. 

5, 1903 ; d. 1907. 
(e) Esther Agnes" Wight, b. Dec. 1, 

(d) Marion Kerr" Wight, b. Oct. 13, 
II. Alpheus B.« Wight, b. June 10, 1871; m. 
1898, Edna Merrill. 
Elizabeth L. Wight, b. Sept. 24, 
III. Mary A." Allen, b. Nov. 26, 1846 ; m. 1869, Levens 
Wight, b. Nov. 24, 1842; d. 1870. Served in 
the Civil War. 

Sixth Generation. 

5. Parsons" Allen (Alfred^ Abel*, Nehemiah^, Joseph^, 
James^), b. Feb. 16, 1802; d. Sept. 10, 1878, age 76 yrs. 6 m. 
24 days; m. Nov. 18, 1829, Lucy Brown, b. Jan. 8, 1800, d. July 
6, 1871, dau. of Col. Issacher and Gratis (Bishop) Brown. {See 
Bishop Genealogy.) 


I. Edwin B.^ June 29, 1831; d. Aug. 28, 1858; m. 
1856, Salina Fuller, she d. Oct. 6, 1861. 

Harlan Preston^ b. Nov. 11, 1855; was a 
dentist and m. and d. in Ohio. 
II. Dwight Parsons'', Apr. 22, 1832; drowned Dec. 
30, 1884; m. (1) Nov. 29, 1860, Mrs. Salina 
(Fuller) Allen, she d. Oct. 6, 1861. (2) Nov. 
23, 1864, Josephine L. Shaw. 


1. Waldo Ballard', b. Jan. 12, 1866 ; d. 1889. 

2. Edwin B.^, b. July 18, 1876; m. 
III. George Oilman^ Jan. 18, 1840. 

The Allen Family 429 

6. Mary C." Allen (Ezra^ AbeP, Nell.emiall^ Joseph^ 
James^), b. Nov. 12, 1804; d. May 3rd, 1899, aet. 94 yrs., 7 mos.; 
m. Oct. 27, 1830, Truman Charles of Brimfield, b. Meli. 29, 1804, 
d. May 6, 1880, aet. 77 yrs. 


I. Jane E.^ Charles, b. Dec. 10, 1832; d. 1914; m. 
Oct. 24, 1855, William H. Skerry of Brook- 


1. Alice W.^ Skerry, b. Apr. 5, 1862. 

2. Charles Henry' Skerry, b. July 14, 1865. 
II. Mary L." Charles, Sept. 17, 1839 ; unm. 

III. Sarah F.'' Charles, Apr. 28, 1841 ; m. 

IV. Dwight A.' Charles, May 10, 1843 ; d. y. 
V. Edward 0.^ July 3, 1849 ; d. y. 

430 The History of Holland, Mass. 

By Maj. John Anderson. 

John Anderson and his wife, Mary, came to South Brim- 
field, now Holland, about the year 1728, coming originally from 
Scotland, and settled on the farm now owned by Edwin Hall in 
the northwest part of the town. The land was purchased from 
Eleazer Foot. There were no buildings on the land at that time. 
The deed, dated November 6th, 1732, called for 120 acres. This 
property was never owned outside the family until after the 
death of Hiram Anderson, great grandson of John Anderson, 
in Nov., 1864. John Anderson erected buildings on this land 
immediately after the purchase. The first house was built by 
him near the west brook which was later replaced by another 
near where the present house stands, this in turn was taken 
down and some of the timber used in the construction of the 
house now standing which was erected in 1802, and iu which 
Hiram Anderson was born (1803) and in which he died (1864). 
The house has been considerably changed of late years. 

The children of John and Mary Anderson were Margaret, 
John, Elizabeth, James, Thomas and David. Their father died 
in 1745 leaving all the children under legal age, hence the 
mother was appointed guardian by John Stoddard, Esq., who 
was judge in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. The above 
named David Anderson remained on the old place and was 
commissioned by the Honorable Harrison Gray, then Treasurer 
and Receiver General of his Majesty's Province of Massachu- 
setts Bay and in the name of George the Third of Great Britain, 
Constable and Collector of South Brimfield and directed to 
collect the sum of twenty-three pounds, sixteen shillings and 
four pence from the said South Brimfield "and hereof you are 
not to fail upon the penalties and pains as may in such cases 
by law be inflicted on you." It further adds, "Tou are strictly 
ordered to bring in the money by the time set and it will be 

*The author has reviewed Major Anderson's family records compar- 
ing his work with the town records and bringing the vital statistics into 
the conventional form. The following is the result. We give his work 
also for its historical value, and deeply regret his decease ere this 
history could be published. 

The Ajstderson Family 431 

out of my power to show that lenity which I have heretofore 

As the collection of taxes in the colonies for the King of 
Great Britain in those days was not very popular it would 
appear that David Anderson had a rather difficult and unde- 
sirable task to perform. The records do not show how he suc- 
ceeded. This commission is dated December 31, 1772, the original 
is in possession of his great grandson, Major John Anderson. 

David Anderson, son of John, was born in Holland, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1744, and died March 5, 1817. His whole life 
was spent in Holland. He married Irene Janes November 27, 
1766 ; -she died June 28, 1819 ; she was born August 10th, 1745, 
the daughter of Jonathan and Irene Bradford Janes and great 
great granddaughter of Governor William Bradford of 
Plymouth. No records of the other children of John and Mary 
Anderson extant. 

Children of David and Irene Janes Anderson. 

Tirzah, horn in Holland, Oct. 25, 1767 ; died Oct. 25, 1822. 
Elizabeth, born in Holland Mch. 28, 1769; date of death un- 
Irene, born in Holland Oct. 10, 1771 ; date of death unknown. 
Lucy, born in HoUand Mch. 2, 1774; died Nov. 23, 1840. 
John, horn in Holland, June 4, 1779 ; died Feb. 14, 1841. 
Lyman, born in Holland Apr. 2, 1789 ; died Apr. 8, 1853. 

Of the above named children of David and Irene Janes 
.Anderson : — 

Tirzah married David Lombard of Brimfield. She was 
the mother of twelve children. 

Elizabeth married Trenance Webber, 1st husband; a Mr. 
Searle of Southampton, 2d husband. 

Irene married a Childs of Monson. 

Lucy married Artemas Lane of Monson. 

John married Polly Wight of Wales, first wife, and Mary 
Wicker of Leicester, second wife. 

The grandfather of Polly Wight was Peter Wight, who 
was a soldier in the Eevolutionary War, a member of Captain 
Josiah Fuller's Company, in Colonel Wheelock's Regiment 

432 The History of Holland, Mass. 

which marched from Medway to Providence, R. I. on the Alarm 
December 8, 1776. 

Lyman married Betsy Adams. 

None of the above named daughters had children. 

John and Polly Wight Anderson had four children, named 
below : — 

Lucy, bom Octc-ber 18th, 1801, in Holland; she married 
William A. Haynes. 

Hiram, born in Holland Mch. 8, 1803; died in Holland 
Nov. 17, 1864. 

Shepherd, born in Holland Oct. 27, 1809; died unmarried, 
Dee. 12, 1881. 

Mary Ann, daughter of John and Mary Wicker Anderson, 
was born in Holland December 26th, 1820, married John Hall 
of Stafford, Conn., and died Mch. 23, 1846, leaving no children. 
Of the children of John Anderson, Lucy (Haynes) had two 
children, Artemas Lane and Irene. Artemas Lane was born in 
Monson, Jan. 8, 1825, died Jan. 22, 1889. He married Sarah L. 
Miner of Manchester, Conn. She died . 

Children of Artemas L. and Sarah M. Haynes. 

William Miner Haynes, born Apr. 2, 1856 ; died 

Charles Porter Haynes, born Aug. 12, 1865. 

Melville Northrop Haynes, born Sept. 8, 1863 ; died 

Irene, daughter of William and Lucy Anderson Haynes, 
was bom in Holland in 1822 and died in Monson in 1845. She 
married George Howe. They had two children, George Harrison 
and Larene. George Harrison was born in 1839 and educated 
at the Wilbraham Academy. Early in the Civil War, he vol- 
unteered in the service pf his country and was appointed first 
lieutenant of Co. G, 46th Mass. Infantry, commanded by Capt. 
Lincoln of Brimficld. This company was raised in Brimfield, 
Wales and Holland. At the expiration of his term of service, 
young Howe again volunteered in the service of his country, 
raising a company in Palmer, Monson, Brimfield and Holland, 
which became Company B of the 57th Mass. Veteran Volunteers, 
of which he was appointed captain. The regiment was assigned 
to the army of the Potomac and Howe was appointed Inspector 

The Anderson Family 433 

General of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division of the 9th Army Corps, 
and was killed in the battle of the Crater before Petersburg, Va., 
July 30, 1864, while gallantly leading a charge of the brigade, 
and thus, with his young life, sealed his devotion to the cause 
of his country. From Holland ancestry Holland may well be 
proud of such names as George Harrison Howe, although his 
birthplace was Monson. 

Larene, daughter of George and Irene (Haynes) Howe, 
was bom Aug. 21, 1844, married Timothy D. Potter of Wilbra- 
ham and died leaving no children. 

Hiram Anderson, son of John, married Clarinda Blodgett 
of Palmer, who died in Stafford, Conn., 1845. He married 
again, Clarissa Eaton of Tolland, Conn. No children by second 
wife. Hiram and Clarinda had the following named children, 
Harriet, Amelia, John and Senaea. The latter died at the age 
of about one year. 

Harriet, born July 25, 1838, now living at No. 986 State 
Street, Springfield. Her early life was spent in Holland, where 
she taught school for several terms. As a girl she attended school 
at the little red school house on the hill in the northwest district 
of Holland, and at the Monson Academy. She married James 
B. Burlingame of Palmer Nov. 25, 1862. He died Dee. 12, 
1870; she died Oct. 2, 1914. She married again to William 
Talmadge, of Palmer, who died July 19, 1903; there were no 
children by her second marriage. She had two children by her 
marriage to James B. Burlingame, viz: Angle Almira, born 
April 14, 1865, married March 12, 1887, to Milton H. Grant 
of Springfield both living and reside at 986 State St., Spring- 
field, Mass. James Anson Burlingame, son of Harriet and James, 
bom Feb. 15, 1869, married Avis Cordelia Stiekney, June 1, 
1892, both living in West Springfield and have no children. 

Barle Alexander Grant, son of Milton and Angle, bom 
June 30. 1890, married Maude E. Harris of Springfield, both 
now living in Springfield, Mass. They have no children. 

John Anderson, the third one of that name from Holland, 
son of Hiram and Clarinda, was bom Jan. 9, 1841 ; he was mar- 
ried April 3, 1867, to Ella C. Denny of Worcester, Mass. As a 
boy he attended school in the old northwest district of Holland 
and the Brimfield Academy. Early m the Civil War he enlisted 


434 The History of Holland, Mass. 

in Company B of the 1st Regiment of Michigan Sharp Shooters, 
in which organization he served over a year, when he was hon- 
orably discharged in order to accept a commission in a Massa- 
chusetts Regiment, having been appointed by Governor Andrew, 
a lieutenant in the 57th Mass., counting on the quota required 
from Holland. As a lieutenant he commanded Company E 
of that regiment in the wilderness campaign of the Army of the 
Potomac, spring and summer of 1864, and was in all the battles 
from the Wilderness, May 6, 1864, down to the battle of Peters- 
burg, Va., known as the battle of the Crater, July 30, 1864, in 
which he was wounded and sent to hospital in Washington. He 
received the appointment of Captain by brevet, signed by the 
President of the United States, for "Gallant and Meritorious 
Service" in this battle. He was honorably discharged from the 
army January 21, 1865, on account of disability arising from 
his wound, but soon after re-entered the service for the third 
time, having been appointed a lieutenant in the Veteraa Re- 
serve Corps U. S. Volunteers and assigned to the 20th Regiment, 
in which capacity he served until after the close of the Civil 
War, when he was honorably mustered out of the volunteer 
service and appointed second lieutenant in the regular army, 
assigned to the 25th Infantry and later transferred to the 18th 
Infantry in which latter organization he served over twenty-five 
y€ars, receiving promotion to the grade of first lieutenant and 
captain, retiring from active service on account of physical 
disability contracted in the line of duty, June 1894, but a few 
years later he returned again to active duty and was detailed 
Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the Massachusetts 
Agricultural College, Amherst, Mass., upon which duty he re- 
mained six years, when he was transferred to recruiting duty 
in New Haven, Conn. His total active service in the army having 
been nearly forty years. By act of Congress dated April 23, 
1904, he was promoted to the grade of Major on the retired list 
of the U. S. Army. John and Ella D. Anderson have one child, 
Winona Denny, born in Humboldt, Tenn., June 3, 1868, married 
June 7, 1893, to Lieutenant Frederic Dahl Evans, U. S. Army. 
He graduated from the West Point Military Academy July 
1, 1887, served as adjutant of the 18th U. S. Infantry during 
the Spanish War, was in the assault and capture of the city of 

The Ajstderson Family 435 

Manila, P. I.; at present, 1913, adjutant general U. S. Army, 
with the' rank of Major. 

Susannah Paine Anderson, daughter of the second John 
Anderson, was born in Holland, May 14th, 1804, married David 
Shaw of Monson, first husband; after his death she married 
Artemas Lane of Monson ; after his death she married Hardin 
Clark. She died July 21, 1870. By her first husband, David 
Shaw, she had one child, Mary Eliza, born February 10, 1828, 
died September 18, 1902. She married Andrew Jackson North- 
rop of Vermont, who died July 31, 1899. 

Children of Andrew Jackson and Mary Eliza Northrop. 
Herbert Andrew, bom in Monson July 20, 1851. 
Olin, bom in Monson Dee. 20, 1854; died, unmarried. Sept 5, 

Delbert WUlis, born Aug. 12, 1860. 

Herbert Andrew Northrop, married Josephine Mariah 
Keith, Jan. 15, 1874, at Palmer, Mass. She was bom in Palmer 
May 6, 1851. Children: Ola Mae Northrop, bom in Palmer, 
Dec. 26, 1878. She married Clarence Morton Wing of Palmer, 
Sept. 19', 1899. Children: Josephine Abigal Wing, born at 
Palmer, June 6, 1903. 

Delbert Willis Northrop married Miss Lillian Wiag of 
Jefferson, Maine. They have the following named children: 
Gladys, bom in Boston, Nov. 21, 1892. 
Donald Wesley, born in Brookline Nov. 23, 1894. 

Children of Lyman and Betsy Anderson. 

Charles, bom in Wales Sept. 4, 1812, married Sophia M. Mixter. 

David Janes, born in Monson July 13, 1814, married Henrietta 

Harriet Fuller, born in Monson July 18, 1816, married Ray- 
mond Toplift. 

Eliza Searle,-born in Monson, Oct. 27, 1818, married Augustus 

Adaline Lane, bom in Monson, Feb. 25, 1822, married Rev. 
Levi Warriner. 

Almas, born in Monson Apr. 11, 1824, married Sarah Root. 

436 The Histoky of Holland, Mass. 

David Janes Anderson died in Monson, leaving no children. 
Charles Anderson had the following named children: 

Adaline E. and Eliza M. 

Adaline married Jason Palmer and died leaving no children. 

Eliza M. married Alonzo Moore, first husband ; they had two 
children, Charlotte C, born March 31, 1862, never married, 
and Nettie H., born Dee. 1, 1864. After the death of Alonzo 
Moore, Eliza married Prank Orcutt. By her second husband, 
Orcutt, Eliza had one child, Charles A., who married and has 
three children. Nettie Moore married Charles P. Haynes, son 
of Artemas Haynes and great grandson of John Anderson of 
Holland. Eliza Anderson (Orcutt) died Dec. 10, 1897. Almas 
Anderson died Nov. 24, 1910. His wife, Sarah Root, died Oct. 
11, 1896. 

Children of Almas and Sarah Root Anderson. 
Charles Lyman, born in Monson, Nov. 11, 1849; died Sept. 25, 

May Etta, born in Monson March 16, 1855. 
Sarah Jane, born in Monson May 18, 1857 ; died Sept. 11, 1873. 
Elizabeth Maria, born in Monson June 8, 1863. 

Mary Etta Anderson married Horatio L. Converse of Brim- 
field, April 14, 1874. They have the following named children : 
Florence Wyles, born in Monson, Oct. 3, 1875 ; died Sept. 11, 

Harry Raymond, born in Monson March 6, 1878. 
Frank Anderson, born in Monson Jan. 31, 1880. 
Sophy Converse, born in Monson Sept. 16, 1882. 
Horatio Lyon, born in Brimfield Oct. 10, 1884. 

Harry R. Converse, married at Holyoke, Dec. 4, 1901, to 
lone L. Warner; they have the following named children: 
Arminia E. born April 17, 1903. 
Marjorie M., born Nov. 8, 1908. 
Harriett W. 
Louella E., born May 31, 1910. 

Frank Anderson Converse married in New York, June 20, 
1911 to Quunie Maxon of Fresno, California. They have one 
child, Beatrice M., born in Springfield, April 27, 1912. 

Horatio Lyon Converse married Marian L. Davis of Spring- 
field, April 27, 1912. 

The Anderson Family 437 

Among the Andersons who were identified with the early 
history of Holland are found the names of Timothy and Wil- 
liam, who were grandsons of the first John Anderson. They 
were bom in Holland but there are no records extant to show 
whose sons they were, only they were not the sons of David, 
neither is there anything to show what became of them except 
a family tradition that some of the descendants of the first 
John Anderson migrated to the great west and settled in what 
was then a wilderness. It is quite probable that Timothy and 
William were among the number, and as means of commluniea- 
tion were, in the early days, both meager and difficult, it is not 
strange that in course of time all trace of them should be lost. 
There are many Andersons now living in the west who were 
early pioneers to that section and who trace their ancestry back 
to Massachusetts where, in most eases, it becomes indefinite. 
Wherever found in the west the Andersons have shown that 
spirit of energy and enterprise in the progress and welfare of 
the country which is typical of early life in New England. 

There are many incidents of early life in Holland that 
have come down from generation to generation; among others 
it is related that Mary, wife of the first John Anderson, went 
to the pasture one day for the cows w^hen she discovered a large 
bear quietly sleeping in a fence comer not far from her. It 
is unnecessary to say that Mary retreated rapidly without 
disturbing the peaceful slumbers of Sir Bruin, but what became 
of him after that the incident does not seem to relate. None of 
his descendants appear to be living in Holland at the present 

Church going was considered a Christian duty and a reli- 
gious obligation. John and Mary Anderson attended church 
service in Monson, going on horse back, and were very regular in 
attendance. With all the plain living and hard struggles of 
those ancient days, the early settlers of Holland found time to 
build churches, schools, highways, and even the old stone walls 
that are now giving way to the ugly looking wire fences. They 
were a sturdy, law-abiding people prosperous and happy on 
their farms, devoted to their church and loyal to their country. 
Railroads, steamboats and automobiles had not come to disturb 
their quiet lives or to lure them from the old homestead. Al- 

438 The History op Holland, Mass. 

though those times seem long, long ago when we look back from 
our present journey of life, yet we have an abiding love stretch- 
ing all the way back to the scenes which have been portrayed 
to us in story as we gathered around the hearthstone of the 
old home and have never been forgotten. We still treasure 
those memories as a sacred tie connecting the present with the 
past. The sons and daughters who have gone out from the dear 
old town cling fondly to this home love that neither time nor 
distance can efface and which grows stronger and dearer with 
the passing years. We look upon the same old hills and vales 
where our ancestors lived and died, and we bow with reverence 
over the grassy mounds underneath which they peacefully sleep 
in the old cemetery, hallowed ground, from which our thoughts 
turn sadly back, across the "bridge of yesterday," to the old 
homestead and to the life that once was there. 

"Blest ie the tie that binds." 

The Anderson Family 439 

By Lovering 

John^ Anderson m. Mary; died 1745. His wife Mary was 
made guardian of the children. 

David^ b. Feb. 24, 1744; d. March 5, 1817. 

David^ Anderson m. (1) Irene Janes, Nov. 27, 1766; (2) 
Elfreda Belknap. 

Tirzah^ b. Oct. 25, 1767 ; d. Oct. 25, 1822. 
Elizabeth^ b. Mar. 28, 1769; m. Trenance Webber; (2) Mr. 

Searle ; d. . 

Irene^ b. Oct. 10, 1771 ; m. Mr. Childs of Monson ; d. 

Luey^ b. Mar. 2, 1774; d. Nov. 23, 1840; m. Artemus Lane 

of Monson. 
John^ b. June 4, 1779 ; d. Feb. 14, 1840 ; m. Mary Wight. 

Children, 2nd Wife. 
Lyman^ b. Apr. 2, 1789; m. Betsy Adams; d. Apr. 8, 1853. 
AlmandaS b. Sept. 17, 1799 ; d. . 

*Timothy^ Anderson, m 1793. Luraua Partridge. 
Baystic* and Melina*, Mar. 18, 1797. 
Louisa^ Dec. 30, 1799. 
Timothy*, Sept. 22, 1801, 
Laura*, Feb. 20, 1805. 

By administration of the estate of John Anderson Jr. we 
learn that he had the following sons : — 
John Anderson, m. Margaret. 

Timothy, m. Lurana Partridge. 

Amasa, m. Lucena Belknap. 
William, m. Sarah Webber. 

*He was son of Johns. 

440 The History of Holland, Mass. 

The administration paper was dated July 2, 1792. 

Jonas Blodgett of Brimfield, David Wallis, William Belk- 
nap of Holland, Admr's. probate records. 

Amasa Anderson m. 1798, Lucena Belknap. 

Amasa Anderson died, and wife Lueena was made guard- 
ian of the children. — Probate records. 

Tirzah Anderson m. (1788) David Lumbard. For children 
see History of Brimfield. 

Amasa Anderson m. (1798) Lucena Belknap. 


Lucy^ Anderson m. (1798) Artemus Lane; d. 1889; moved 
to Monson. 

John^ Anderson m. 1800, (1) Mary Wight. (2) Mary 


Lucy*, b. Oct. 13, 1801. 

Hiram^ b. Mar. 8, 1803 ; d. 1864. 

Susannah^ P., b. May 15, 1804; m. (1) David Shaw of 

Monson; m. (2) Artemus Lane; m. (3) Hardin 

Shepard* b. Oct. 27, 1809 ; d. 1881, Dec. 12. 
Mary Ann*, b. Dec. 26, 1820. By wife No. 2. 

William' Anderson m. (1800) Sarah Webber. See note 
about Timothy Anderson, baptized 1818. 


Prudence*, Oct. 7, 1813. 

Lucy Anderson* m. (1821) Wm. A. Haynes. 
Artemus L.=, b. Jan 8,. 1825; d. Jan. 22, 1889. 
Irene", b. 1822 ; d. 1845. 

Artemus^ L. Haynes m. Sarah L. Miner. 

The Anderson Family 441 

William Miner, b. Apr. 2, 1856 ; died. 
Melville Northrop, b. Sept. 18, 1863 ; died. 
Charles Porter, b. Aug. 12, 1865. 

Irene' Haynes m. George Howe. 
George Harrison", b. 1839; d. July 30, 1864. Killed 

in battle. 
Larene", b. Aug. 21, 1844; m. Tim. D. Potter. No 

Hiram* Anderson m. (1) Clarinda Blodgett. (2) Clarissa 

Children. All by first wife. 
Harriet^ b. July 25, 1838. 
Amelia' - 

John', b. Jan. 9, 1841. 
Seneca', died young. 

Harriet' Anderson m. (1) James B. Burlingame; m. (2) 
Wm. Talmadge. 

Angle Almira®, b. Apr. 14, 1865. 
James Anson", b. Feb. 15, 1869. 

Angle Almira" Burlingame m. (1887) Milton H. Grant. 
Earle Alexander Grant, b. June 30, 1890; m. Maude 

B. Harris. 
James Anson Burlingame m. (1892) Avis Cordelia 

Stickney. No children. 
John' Anderson, b. Jan. 9, 1841; m. Ella C. Denny, 
Apr. 3, 1867 ; d. 1914. 

Winona Denny, b. June 3th 1868; m. Lt. Frederic D. 
Evans, U. S. A. 

Susannah* Paine Anderson m. (1) David Shaw; (2) Art- 
emus Lane; (3) Hardin Clark. 

Mary Eliza' Shaw, b. Feb. 10, 1828 ; d. Sept. 18, 1902. 

Mary Eliza' Shaw m. Andrew Jackson Northrop. 
Herbert Andrew", b. July 20, 1851. 

442 The History op Holland, Mass. 

01iIl^ b. Dec. 20, 1854; d. Sept. 5, 1878. 
Delbert ■Willis^ K Aug. 12, 1860. 

Herbert Andrew^ Northrop, m. (1874) Josephine Mariah 

Ola Mae^ b. Dee. 26, 1878. 

Delbert "Willis" Northrop, m. Lillian "Wing. 
Gladys^ b. Nov. 21, 1892. 
Donald Wesley^ b. Nov. 23, 1894. 

Ola Mae^ Northrop, m. (1899) Clarence Morton "Wing. 

Josephine AbigaiP, b. June 6, 1903. 

Lyman' Anderson m. Betsy Adams. 
Charles*, b. Sept. 4, 1812; m. Sophia M. Mixter. 
David Janes*, b. July 13, 1814; m. Henrietta Orcutt. 
Harriet Puller*, b. July 18, 1816 ; m. Raymond Toplift. 
Eliza Searle*, b. Oct. 27, 1818 ; m. Augustus Lovett. 
Adaline Lane*, b. Feb. 25, 1822; m. Rev. Levi War- 

Almas*, b. Apr. 11, 1824 ; m. Sarah Root. 

Charles* Anderson m. Sophia M. Mixter. 

Adaline^ E. ^ m. Jason Palmer. No children. 

Eliza^ M. m. (1) Alonzo Moore; (2) Prank Or- 

Charlotte C", b. Mar. 31, 1862. Never married. 
Nettie H.^ b. Dec. 1, 1864. 

Charles' A. (Orcutt). He married and has three 

Nettie* H. Moore m. Charles P. Haynes. 

Almas* Anderson m Sarah Root. He d. 1910. She d. 1896. 
Charles Lyman^ b. Nov. 11, 1849. 
May Etta', b- Mar. 16, 1855. 
Sarah Jane^ b. May 18, 1857. 
Elizabeth Maria' b. June 8, 1863. 

The Ajstdeeson Family 443 

May Etta^ Anderson m. (1874) Horatio L. Converse of 

Florence "Wyles*, b. Oct. 3, 1875 ; d. Sept. 11, 1877, in 

Harry Raymond", b. Mar. 6, 1878 in Monson. 
Frank Anderson", b. Jan. 31, 1880 in Monson. 
Sophy Converse", b. Sept. 16, 1882 in Monson. 
Horatio Lyon", b. Oct. 10, 1884 in Brimfield. 

Harry R." Converse m. (1901) lone L. Warner at Holyoke. 
Arminia E.^ b. Apr. 17, 1903. 
Marjorie M.', b. Nov. 8, 1908. 

Harriett W.^ b. . 

Louella E.'', b. May 31, 1910. 

Prank Anderson" Converse m. (1911) Queenie Maxon of 
Fresno, Cal. 


Beatrice M., b. Apr. 27, 1912. 
Horatio Lyon Converse m. Marion L. Davis, Apr. 27, 1912. 

444 The History op Holland, Mass. 


By Harry E. Back 

The first records of the Back family in this country are 
found in the vicinity of Preston, Connecticut. George, Daniel, 
Elijah and Judah Back, perhaps all brothers, served in the 
French and Indian wars from this locality. George and Judah 
Back were of the same company, Judah serving from May 17 to 
November 20, 1758, under Colonel Samuel Coit, of Preston, in 
the Second Regiment; George from April 2 to October 15 of 
the same year (see Vol. II. French and Indian War Rolls, Conn. 
Hist. Society.) Daniel Back served in 1755 in Stonington, 
Preston and vicinity. Elisha and Simeon Back were soldiers 
in the Revolution. Evidently Judah was the only one to remain 
in Connecticut, and for a time all of the family lived in Con- 
necticut except the family of his son Judah. 

(1). Lieutenant Judah Back, the first of this family, was 
a soldier in the French and Indian war in 1758, and was born 
in 1737. He settled at Hampton, Connecticut, and died there. 
He married Priseilla Gates, December 30, 1761, at Hampton, and 
she also died in that town. She was born in 1740. 

(II.) Judah (2), son of Lieutenant Judah (1) Back, was 
born August 26, 1768, in that portion of Hampton, Connecticut, 
that is now the town of Chaplin. He was a farmer. He settled 
at length in Holland, Massachusetts, and became the owner of 
considerable land there. In stature he was small, but very 
energetic and successful. He married, November 22, 1801, at 
Hampton, Elizabeth Abbee or Abbey, of an old Windham 
County family. She died at Holland when over 90 years old. 

(III.) Lucius, son of Judah (2) Back, was bom at Hamp- 
ton, Connecticut, May 26, 1803, died at Holland, Massachusetts, 
September 18, 1879. He came to Holland with his parents when 
only four years old. He was a very extensive farmer for his 
time, was industrious and energetic, blessed with good health, 
and attained success. In politics he was a Democrat, but never 
an office-seeker. He was grand juror for his town several times. 



The Back Family 445 

His probity and good judgment were so universally recognized 
that he was frequently called upon to settle' estates. He lived 
in Holland, just across the line from Union, Connecticut. He 
married (first) January 27, 1835, Sophia, born December 12, 
1802, died July 15, 1852, daughter of Samuel Moore (see Moore 
III) . lie married (second) September 3, 1855, Sarah daughter 
of Levi Richardson of Willington, born March 31, 1821, died 
October 2, 1879. His death occurred in Holland as the result 
of a runaway accident, in which he was thrown from a wagon 
and so injured that he lived but four days. Children of first 
wife. (1.) Martin Van Buren, born November 13, 1835, Holl- 
and; now living in Webster, Massachusetts; has been active in 
local politics; married (first) November 6, 1860, Mary Eliza- 
beth Upham, of Sturbridge ; (second) March, 1870, Jane Bruce, 
of Sturbridge. (2 and 3) Rosetta (twin), February 4, 1837; 
Roscius (twin), mentioned below; Rosetta married (first) June 
10, 1862, Nathaniel W. Plimpton; (second) April 19, 1889, 
William H. Harris, a farmer in Holland, Massachusetts. 
(4.) Albert, March 6,. 1839', Holland; married November 2, 
1865, Julia Butterworth, now of Southbridge, Massachusetts. 
(5). Elizabeth, June 6, 1841; died July 11, 1842. (6.) Adna, 
March 26, 1844; married, March 10, 1869, Mary E. Young of 
Mansfield, Connecticut; died December 20, 1887; an overseer in 
the Florence (Massachusetts) Silk Mill for a number of years. 
(7.) Charles, October 12, 1845; married (first) August 7, 1876, 
Sibyl Zulette Marcy, of Hdland; (second) Sept. 14, 1910, 
Lizzie M. McEverly ; he is now living in Killingly, Connecticut, 
a mechanic and farmer. (8.) Marietta, August 10, 1847; 
married December 26, 1871, Freeman A. Brown, formerly of 
Storm Lake, Iowa, where he was wholesale and retail grocer and 
editor of the Storm Lake Gazette; next of Wall Lake, Iowa, 
editor of the Wall Lake News; now of Aishland, Oregon. 
Children of second wife: (9) Ellsworth, September 17, 1858; 
married December 16, 1884, Ellen F. Vinton of Holland; a 
farmer, died in Woodstock, Connecticut, April 16, 1900. 
(10) Grant, August 9, 1863; married, February 26, 1885, Mary 
Moriarty, of Woodstock, a farmer. 

(IV.) Roscius, son of Lucius Back, was born February 4, 
1837. He was educated in Holland and the Mashapaug Dis- 

446 The History of Holland, Mass. 

trict, in Union. He remained at school until he was twenty-one 
years of age, and after that assisted his father in his agricul- 
tural and lumbering interests. For a time he worked at Colt's 
Armory at Hartford. March 27, 1862, he went to Mashapaug, a 
village and school district in the town of Union, and purchased 
an interest in the mattress factory and grist mill in association 
with Albert E. Weld. The firm name was Weld & Back, Mr. 
Weld having previously been the proprietor of the business. This 
business was the manufacturing of excelsior mattresses and run- 
ning of a grist mill. It continued in a flourishing condition 
until destroyed by fire, October, 1864, which brought great loss 
to the owners and to the industrial interests in the community. 

After his retirement from the mill, Mr. Back, until 1908, 
was actively engaged in farming and the management of this 
lumber business. He was one of the leaders in this line in the 
town, which is a pine lumber section. He owiled hundreds of 
acres of timber both in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and 
occupied himself with his lumbering during the winter and his 
farming and dairying interests in the summer. He had about 
seventy -five acres under cultivation and in pasture. In 1865 he 
built his Union residence and lived there until 1908, when he 
built a house in Southbridge and removed to the latter town. 
Since 1908 he has disposed of his large holdings of real estate in 
Union, Holland and Sturbridge. In politics Mr. Back has for 
many years been a prominent Republican. In the term of 1891- 
92 he represented his town in the legislature and served through 
the noted dead-lock session. He was a member of the agricul- 
tural committee, was constant in his attendance, and stood faith- 
fully by his party during the continual contests of that exciting 
two years' session. In 1907 he again represented the town and 
served on the roads and bridges committee. He has also been 
assessor, constable,' tax collector and upon the board of relief. 
From 1890 to 1906 he served as clerk and treasurer of the Union 
Congregational Church, of which he is a consistent member. 
He was a member of Mashapaug Grange, No. 101. He has 
always shown a public-spirited interest in all matters pertaining 
to the progress and advancement of his section. 

He married, August 31, 1863, in the village of Thomdike, 
town of Palmer, Massachusetts, Harriet Cutler, daughter of 


The Back Family 447 

"William A. and Mary (Wallace) Robbins, of Holland", Massa- 
clmsetts, bom June 2, 1840. Mrs. Back was for forty years a 
leader in the social, religious and musical life o# the town of 
Union. She was organist of the Congregational church there 
for nearly forty years. Before her marriage she taught school 
for many years in HoUand, with marked success, her work being 
specially complimented in the reports of the town school com- 
mittee. Children, bom in Union: Roscius Harlow, May 28, 
1865 ; Harry Eugene, July 8, 1869. 

(V.) Roscius Harlow, son of Roscius Back, was bom May 
28, 1865, in Union, and was educated in the district schools of 
Mashapaug, the Hitchcock Free High School, of Brimfield, Mass- 
achusetts, from which he graduated in 1885, with a post-graduate 
course there the following year, and the Boston University Law 
School, from which he graduted in June, 1889, with the degree 
of LL. B. After that he opened a law office at No. 24 Congress 
St., and still later at 40 Water St., Boston, where he practiced foi 
eight years. He was then obliged to leave the city on account 
of ill health. He was attorney for the executor in the famous 
litigation over the will of the late Blvin Dean Hall, once trea- 
surer of the Standard Sugar Refining Company. For nearly a 
year he lived in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, and when his 
health was restored, opened an office at Athol Massachusetts, 
1898, and carried on a large practice there until 1903. He was 
considered one of the reputable, reliable and leading lawyers of 
northwestern Worcester county. November, 1903, he went to 
the Pacific coast and has spent most of time since at Vancouver, 
Washington, where he has made for himself a position of emin- 
ence as an advocate, attorney and counsellor. In 1908 he was 
elected city attorney. In 1912, he was elected judge of the 
Superior Court for Clarke County, Washington, for a term of 
four years. While a student at the Boston University Law 
School he was for two years one of the school's librarians. He 
was a charter member .of and one of the first presidents of The 
Park Street Club, connected with the Park Street Church, in 
Boston. As a young man he had served as school visitor in 
Union, and in Boston had been one of the active forces in Repub- 
lican politics in Ward 10. In Boston and Athol he directed his 
political efforts to placing others in office, rather than seeking 

448 The History of Holland, Mass. 

office fot himself. He married (first) December 1, 1888, Kathe- 
rine Elizabeth Hart, born May 3, 1865, in Manchester, England. 
He married (second) October 2, 1906, Ann Phillips. Children 
of first wife: Koscius Harlow, Jr., March 17, 1894; Helen 
Bobbins, July 30, 1896 ; children of second wife : Harriet Eliza- 
beth, July 29, 1907; Ann Bruce, March 18th. 1914. Roscius 
Harlow Back, Jr., is now in the Washington State University 
at Pullman, "Wash., in the class of 1918. 

(VI.) Harry Eugene, son of Roscius Back, was born July 
8, 1869, in Union. His early education was received in the 
common schools of his native town, and he prepared for college 
at the Hitchcock Free High School, Brimfield, from which he 
graduated in 1888. He then went to the College of Liberal Arts 
of Boston University, from which he graduated in 1892 with the 
degree of B.A. During his college life he took a leading posi- 
tion among his fellow students. In his freshman year he was 
secretary of his class and was elected associate editor from Upsi- 
lon Chapter of Boston Universitj^ of the national catalogue of the 
Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Prom his sophomore year on through 
the remainder of his college course, he was the Boston Univer- 
isity reporter upon the Boston Globe. As a sophomore he was 
toastmaster at the sophomore-senior banquet; a director of the 
Boston University Athletic Association; business manager of 
the University Beacon, the college paper, and a director of the 
University Beacon Association. When a junior he was business 
manager of the college annual; treasurer of the University 
Beacon Association ; President of the University Debating Club ; 
local editor of the University Beacon; secretary and later vice- 
president of the Upsilon Chapter of the Beta Theta Pi, and 
delegate to the national convention of the latter fraternity at 
Chautauqua, New York. When a senior he was made editor-in- 
chief of the University Beacon; president of Upsilon Chapter, 
and a member of the Monday Club of Boston University, an 
honorary literary society of the college. After graduation he 
was made alumni director of the Boston University Athletic 
Association. After graduating from college he became a news- 
paper man, and served as reporter on the Boston Globe, city 
editor of the New Hampshire Republican (Nashua), telegraph 
editor of the same paper, and managing editor of the Worcester 

The Back Family 449 

Evening Post. In the fall of 1893 he entered the Boston Univer- 
sity Law School, took a three years' course in two years and 
worked at the same time on the Boston Globe to pay his School 
expenses. In the fall of 1895 he returned to newspaper work 
as night editor of the Lowell, Massachusetts, Mail, where he 
remained until July, 1896, when he returned to Union. In the 
fall of 1896 he was elected to the Connecticut legislature from 
the town of Union, and during the session of 1897 made the 
acquaintance of people who induced him to go to Danielson in 
the town of Killingly to open a law office. May 1, 1897, he was 
appointed prosecuting attorney for Killingly and held that 
office by reappointment until May 6, 1901. August 5, 1897, he 
was appointed prosecuting agent for "Windham county for a 
term of two years. April, 1899, he was appointed by Governor 
Lounsbury commissioner of the bureau of labor statistics of 
Connecticut for a term of four years. By the legislature of 1901 
he was appointed judge of the town court of Killingly for two 
years, an appointment which took effect May 6 of that year. By 
the succeeding legislatures he has been reappointed and still 
holds the office. During his term in the legislature he origi- 
nated, drew, introduced, and took the lead in securing the 
passage of the bill creating the office of attorney-general. He 
has been also a member of the Republican state central com- 
mittee from the Twenty-eighth senatorial district. Since settling 
in Danielson he has had an extensive corporation practice, 
especially railway law. Upon November 3, 1914, he was elected 
to the Connecticut General Assembly of 1915 by the Town of 
Killingly. He is a member of the law firm of Back & Chase, 
with offices at the Connecticut Mutual Life Building, Hartford, 
engaged in a general practice of the law. He has served as a 
director in the People's Tramway Company, the Danielson & 
Norwich Street Railway Company, the Webster & Dudley Street 
Railway Company. He was one of the organizers and original 
directors of the Thompson Tramway Company, the name of 
which was later changed to the Worcester & Connecticut Eastern 
Railway Company, and later still to the Consolidated Railway 
Company. He is active in all efforts for civic betterment in his 
community and has been a director in the Danielson Young 
Men's Christian Association and the Danielson Free Public 


450 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Library, and a burgess of the Borough of Danielson. Prom 
1904 to 1909 he was a private in Company M, Third Regiment, 
Connecticut National Guard. He is a . member of the local 
Grange, order of Masons, Blue Lodge, Chapter, Council and 
Commandery ; Order of Odd Fellows ; Knights of Pythias ; Order 
of Elks, and the Bohemian Club. He is a member of the Con- 
gregational church ; he was appointed by Governor Holcomb up- 
on May 13, 1915; a member of the commission to revise the 
statutes of the State of Connecticut. 

He married January 8, 1902, Ella Davenport, daughter of 
the late Dr. Samuel Hutchins, who was one of the most skillful 
surgeons of his day in the state. Children: Samuel Hutchins, 
born January 9, 1903 ; Harry Eugene, Jr., August 3, 1904. 

The Moore Line. 

(1.) James Moore, immigrant ancestor, was born in the 
north of Ireland and came to this country with the early Scotch- 
Irish pioneers in 1717-18. He died in the eighty-third year of 
his age, during the revolution. He settled at Union, Connecti- 
cut. He married in Ireland and his widow died at Union, 
January 22, 1785, ninety-eight years. 

(II.) John, son of James Moore, was born "on the passage 
to America," 1717-18, died at Union, Connecticut, May 22, 1787. 
He married Sarah Bliss, whose ancestors were early settlers of 
Springfield, Massachusetts. She was bom in 1734, died at 
Union, August 12, 1818. 

(III.) Samuel, son of John Moore, was bom at Union, 
baptized there July 14, 1771, and died there. He married Jan- 
uary 30, 1798, Amy Whiton, a native of Ashford, Connecticut. 
She died at Union. Their daughter Sophia married Lucius 
Back. (See Back III.) 

The Back Family 451 


Lieut. Judah Back, born 1737 ; died Feb. 12, 1821. 
Priscilla Gates, born 1740 ; died Feb. 17, 1829. 

Married Dec. 30, 1761 
One of their several children was 

Judah Back, born Aug. 26, 1768 ; died Sept. 21, 1828. 

Elizabeth Abbey- 
Married Nov. 22, 1801 
Two of their children were 

Lucius Back, born May 26, 1803 ; died Sept. 18, 1879. 

Harding Gates Back, born Oct. 6, 1816; died 

Lucius Back, born May 26, 1803 ; died Sept. 18, 1879. 
Sophia Moore, born Dec. 12, 1802 ; died July 15, 1852. 

Married Jan. 27, 1835. 
Martin Van Buren Back, born Nov. 18, 1835. 
Rosetta Back, born Feb. 2, 1837. 
Roscius Back, born Feb. 4, 1837. 
Albert Back, born March 6, 1839. 
Elizabeth Back, born June 6, 1841 ; died July 11, 1842. 
Adna Back, Born March 26, 1844; died Dec. 20, 1887. 
Charles Back, born Oct. 12, 1845. 
Marietta Back, born Aug. 10, 1847. 
Lucius Back, 
Sarah Richardson, born March 31, 1821; died Oct. 2, 1879. 
Married Sept. 3, 1855. 
Ellsworth Back, born Sept. 17, 1858 ; died April 16, 1900. 
Grant Back, born Aug. 19, 1863. 

M. V. B. Back, born Nov. 13, 1835. 

Mary Elizabeth Upham, born Feb. 25, 1844 ; died Oct. 27. 1867. 
Married Nov. 6, 1860. 
Ida E. Back, born Oct. 30, 1861 ; died Nov. 4, 1897. 
Ellen E. Back, born April 24, 1864. 
M. V. B. Back, 
Jane M. Bruce, 

Married March , 1870 

"William D. Hayer, born July 25, 1856. 
Ida E. Back, born Oct. 30, 1861 ; died Nov. 4, 1897. 
Married May 14, 1884 

Emma Ethel Hayer, born Sept. 26, 1889. 

Gladys Lucy Hayer, born June 3, 1891. 

452 The History op Holland, Mass. 

Albert Edgar Hewlett, Jr., born August 9, 1886. 
Gladys Lucy Hayer, born June 3, 1891; 

Married Nov. 27, 1913 

Eosetta Back, born Feb. 2, 1837. 

Nathaniel W. Plimpton, born Jan. 18, 1833 ; died June 29, 1869. 

Married June 10, 1862. 
Eosetta B. Plimpton. 
'William H. Harris, born Mar. 1, 1822 ; died April 24, 1904. 

Married Aprill9, 1889. 
Eoseius Back, born Feb. 4, 1837. 
Harriet C. Bobbins, bom June 2, 1840, 

Married Aug. 31, 1863. 
Eoseius Harlow Back, born May 28, 1865. 
Harry E. Back, born July 8, 1869. 

E. H. Back, born May 28, 1865. 
Katherine E. Hart, born May 3, 1865. 

Married Dec. 1, 1888, Divorced 1905 

Eoseius Harlow Back, Jr., born Mar. 17, 1894. 

Helen Eobbins Back, born July 30, 1896. 
E. H. Back, 
Ann Phillips 

Married Oct. 2, 1906. 

Harriet Elizabeth Back, born July 29, 1907. 

Ann Bruce Back, born March 18, 1914. 
Harry Eugene Back, born July 8, 1869. 
Ella Davenport Hutchins, bom Aug. 1, 1869. 
Married Jan. 8, 1902. 

Samuel Hutchins Back, born Jan. 9, 1903. 

Harry Eugene Back, Jr., born Aug. 3, 1904. 

Albert Back, born Mar. 6, 1839. 
Julia Butterworth, born Oct. 17, 1845. 

Married Nov. 2, 1865 
Adna Back, bom March 26, 1844 ; died Dec. 20, 1887. 
Mary E. Young, born Dec. 8, 1843 ; died June 30, 1889. 
Married March 10, 1869 

Mary Adella Back, born June 17, 1871 

Lucius Back, born Aug. 18, 1874; died Nov. 17, 1878. 

Ernest Adna Back, born Oct. 7, 1880. 

Vera Ethel Back, born Feb. 24, 1882. 

Prank Manley Eeadio, born Nov. 20, 1860. 
Mary Adella Back, bom June 17, 1871. 

Married Oct. 24, 1893 
Dorothy Eeadio, born Oct. 26, 1894. 

The Back Family 453 

Roger Prank Readio, born Sept. 17, 1896. 
Philip Adna Readio, born Dec. 18, 1897. 
Marian Adella Readio, born Dee. 19, 1901. 

Charles Back, born Oct. 12, 1845. 

Sibyl Zulette Marcy, born July 10, 1851 ; died Dec. 16, 1906. 
Married Aug. 7, 1876 

Lena Sibyl Back, born July 1, 1879 ; died Oct. 20, 1895. 

Lucius Uriah Back, born Jan. 2, 1881. 

Erwin Girover Back, born Nov. 6, 1882 ; died April 30, 1909. 

Myra Etta Back, born Feb. 8, 1887 ; died Feb. 15, 1910. 
Charles Back, 
Lizzie M. McEverly, 

Married Sept. 14, 1910 ; divorced Sept. 18, 1914. 

Lucius Uriah Back, born Jan. 2, 1881. 
Annie May Day, born July 1, 1886. 

Married June 29, 1912 

Marietta Back, born Aug. 10, 1847. 
Freeman A. Brown, born Feb. 10, 1846. 

Married Dee. 26, 1871 

Arthur A. Brown, born Feb. 24, 1880. 

Orange L. Brown, bom Feb. 23, 1883 ; died Feb. 7, 1887. 

Silvia Brown, born Jan. 8, 1888. 

Arthur A. Brown, born Feb. 24, 1880. 
Eunice "Waters, born March, 1884. 

Married Sept. 21, 1909. 

Eunice Kathryn Brown, born Sept. 21, 1909. 

Arthur Freeman Brown, born Nov. 20, 1913. 

Ellsworth Back, bom Sept. 17, 1858 ; died April 16, 1900. 
Ellen F. Vinton, born Dec. 3, 1856. 

Married Dec. 16, 1884 

Ellsworth Back, Jr., born Feb. 7, 1887. 

Ellsmere Ellery Back, born April 17, 1889. 

Grant Back, born Aug. 19, 1863. 
Mary Morarty, bom March 8, 1868. 

Married Feb. 26, 1885 

Lucius Grant Back, bom Oct. 1, 1890 ; died Oct. 1, 1890. 

Sarah Elizabeth Back, bom May 19, 1893. 

Harding Lucius Back, born Nov. 9, 1897. 

Mary Mariva Back, bom Mar. 6, 1901 

Judah Albert Back, bom Aug. 8, 1909. 

Lincoln Grant Back, bom Sept. 12, 1911. 

454 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

Harding Gates Back, born Oct. 6, 1816, died 
Elizabeth Colburn, born Nov. 10, 1824, died 
Married May 15, 1842 

Sarah E. Back, born Aug. 28, 1844 ; died Nov. 11, 1885. 

George H. Back, born Nov. 12, 1846 ; died Sept. 7, 1880. 

Orin Colburn Back, born Sept. 18, 1855 ; died July 25, 1867. 

Sarah Emeline Back, born Aug. 28, 1844; died Nov. 11, 1885. 
George Lanphear, born March 24, 1840; died. 
Married May 10, 1866 

Emma Elizabeth Lanphear, born March 25, 1867. 

Orin Elliott Lanphear, born Jan. 8, ,1868 ; died Apr. 8, 1870 

Edna Sarah Lanphear, born May 8, 1869. 

Mansir George Lanphear, born June 8, 1876. 

Emma Elizabeth Lanphear, born March 25, 1867. 
Charles S. Holt. 


George H. Back, born Nov. 12, 1846 ; died Sept. 7, 1880. 
Susie A. Perry, born Feb. 21, 1858. 

Married Nov. 17, 1875 
Bertha E. Back, born Aug. 10, 1875 ; died. 

The Bobbins Family 455 

By Harry E. Back 

The earliest mention of the Bobbins* family in America is 
of Bobert Bobbins, who arrived about 1650. He had served as 
Lieutenant in the army of King Charles I, in Scotland, retain- 
ing his rank until Charles was beheaded (1648), when he 
crossed the seas, settled in Boxbury, Mass. and married Mary 
Maxwell. His son Nathaniel moved to Killingly, Conn., and 

married Miss Levins. Nathaniel afterward removed to 

Hampton, Conn. His son John (of Hampton) married Bebecca 
Farnham of Andover, Mass. They had thirteen children, of 
whom Ebenezer, the patriot, was the sixth. 

The children of John and Bebecca Farnham Bobbins were: 
Mary, Alice, Patience, John, Solomon, Ebenezer, Hannah, 
Nathaniel, Abigail, Jeremiah, Bebecca, Olive, Bufus. 

Ebenezer Bobbins was bom at Hampton, "Windham County, 
Conn., February 24, 1758, and died at Ashford, Conn., October 
6, 1849. He married first Esther Alworth ; second, Zeruah Car- 
penter of Willington, Conn. Of the eight children born to Eben- 
ezer Bobbins, five were living in 1889, at the time of the D. A. B. 
organization. Two, Esther, the sixth child, and Mary J. Bob- 
bins, the seventh, became honorary members of Connecticut 
chapters, D. A. B. 

Ebenezer Bobbins responded to the Lexington Alarm, under 
Col. Knowlton, as Sergeant from Ashford, serving twenty-three 
days. In the list of Ashford men who served in the Lexington 
Alarm, the first name of a man named Bobbins is not given. 
Tradition affirms that Ebenezer Bobbins served in this company, 

hence the belief that the name Bobins in this list is his. 

He re-enlisted July 19, 1775, in the Eight Begiment under 
Colonel Jedediah Huntington (Norwich) 

Captain Daniel Lyon (Woodstock), Seventh Company, 
which served on Long Island Sound and in Boston camps, and 
was discharged in December (1775). This regiment was re- 
organized in 1776. Ebenezer Bobbins served also in the Militia 
Regiment commanded by 

Colonel Samuel McLellan ("Woodstock) 
1 Captain Abner Bobinson. 

456 The History op Holland, Mass. 

raised for one year's service from March, 1778, "till Mar. ye 1, 

"This regiment appears to have served in Brigadier-Gen- 
eral Tyler's Brigade, under Sullivan in Rhode Island" (August- 
September, 1778). 

The list of Knowlton's Rangers in the Records is incom- 
plete, but there is no doubt that Bbenezer Robbins was one of 
them, although his name does not appear. His late daughter 
Mary J. Robbins' testimony goes to prove this. She often heard 
him speak of being near Colonel Kinowlton, — of hearing his 
order to the men to lie flat upon the slope of the hill as the enemy 
advanced upon the opposite slope before the skirmish, and of 
seeing him carried from the field mortally wounded at Harlem 
Heights. Knowlton's Rangers consisted of picked men, and 
Ebenezer Robbin's service in this company is pretty sure 
evidence of his youthful courage, endurance, and trustworthi- 

In 1778 he was in Rhode Island, having enlisted for one 
year's service. He was also at Princeton, Trenton, and in the 
retreat through New Jersey. At the Crossing of the Delaware 
he served his country in a unique manner — probably amusing 
to all but himself. As the skifEs were loading he made a flying 
leap for one near by. His gun landed in the boat, he landed 
in the icy waters, and was clutching desperately at the rail, 
when he felt a foot upon his shoulder and instantly a soldier 
tumbled over his head into the boat. Others followed with such 
regularity that this bewildered human bridge could but submit 
until his services were no longer needed, when he was hauled 
into the boat by his grateful and dry-shod comrades. On 
another occasion he and six others on furlough were passing 
through Jersey; a horseman without uniform, of whom they 
asked the way to Morristown, directed them to follow certain 
blazed trees to which he pointed. They soon halted at a farm- 
house, where they learned that Morristown lay in quite another 
direction, and that the trail which they were following would 
lead them into a British encampment at Brunswick, whose offi- 
cers came daily to the farm. The rider proved to be a Tory of 
the locality. These "rebel" soldiers therefore faced about and 
soon left the author of this treachery far in the rear. 

The Bobbins Family 457 

Ebenezer Bobbins served probably during the war. Tradi- 
tion afBrms that he responded to the Lexington Alarm, and he 
was also with the army when it disbanded. His name is on 
the Pension Lists, also on the War Becords, and his daughter 
remembers hearing him say more than fifty years after the war 
that he could at any time obtain more evidence of service, if it 
were necessary. 

His brother Eufus served as a private in the Connecticut 
Light Infantrj'. His brother John was also in service — as is 
shown in the Becords and verified by the late Miss Bobbins; 
Nathaniel Bobbins wintered at VaUey Forge, and Jeremiah was 
one of the crew of the frigate Confederacy. 

Ebenezer Bobbins was a member of the Congregational 
Church at Ashford, and so consistent was his life with his pro- 
fession that as his daughter states, "profanity was seldom ven- 
tured upon in his presence. ' ' He was as conscientious a citizen 
as he was brave as a soldier. Although living seven miles from 
the "polling place," yet he was never absent from a town meet- 
ing if a vote were to be cast. He was a Federalist, Whig, and 
Free Soiler, always opposing slavery and prophesying that it 
would end in civil war. 

The children of Ebenezer Bobbins, by his first marriage 
(Nov., 1804) to Esther Alworth (born 1784 and died Feb. 26, 
1817), were 

William Alworth Bobbins, born October 2nd, 1805, and died 
September 16, 1887, and married on September 26, 1830, Mary 
Eosebrooks Wallis (bom April 11, 1805 and died March 9, 
1885) — see below. 

Mary Bobbins, born 1807 ; died February 24, 1817. 

Nelson Bobbins, born December 5, 1810. He went North 
as a "Yankee Peddler," when a young man, and never was 
heard from. It was reported that he was murdered and robbed 
in Vermont. 

Edwin Bobbins, born July 12, 1813, and died February 16, 
1891, married (1) Elizabeth Ann Goodsell December 17, 1843; 
she died September 23, 1845; he married (2) Elizabeth North- 
rop. He had one son, Edwin Bobbins, Jr. 

Bufus Bobbins, born April 25, 1816 ; died March 23, 1899 ; 
married (1) May 14, 1842, Almira Whiting, who died July 16, 
1873; he married (2) Harriet Whiting. 

458 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

The children of Ebenezer Robbins by his second marriage, 
October 5, 1817, to Zeruah Carpenter of Willington (born July 
13, 1787; died July 31, 1855) ; were 

Esther Robbins, born May 20, 1820 ; married George Tyler 
(who was born March 19, 1810, and died February 5, 1882) and 
resided in Union City, Michigan. They had six children of 
whom four Were living in 1900. She was an honorary member 
of Susan Carrington Clarke Chapter, D. A. R. of Meriden, Conn. 

Mary J. Robbins, born October 26, 1822; died July 17, 
1901 ; was an honorary member of Katherine Gaylord Chapter, 
D. A. R. of Bristol, Conn. 

Ebenezer Robbins, Junior, born October 23, 1825; died 
July 4, 1898 ; married Esther P. Stiles, December 13, 1847. 

WiUiam A. Robbins, whose life after reaching maturity 
was passed in Holland, was a carpenter by trade. Even, to- 
day, there stands in Holland and adjacent towns, many a 
building which is a monument of his toil, such as the Hitchcock 
Free Academy building in Brimfield. He was a man of more 
than usual ability. He was a musician and as such "led" the 
the Congregational church choir for decades. He taught old- 
fashioned, country singing schools for generations in Holland 
and surrounding towns. He was a school teacher, also, and 
taught in every district in Holland at some period of his life. 
There are living today very many who testify to his influence 
upon their careers through the singing and day schools. Mr. 
Robbins also was active in political life. He was a member of 
the Republican party and of the parties which were its forerun- 
ners. For a number of years he was town clerk, selectman and 
school visitor of Holland. He also held numerous minor offices 
in that town. In the session of 1862 he served in the Massachu- 
setts State Legislature as a representative of the Southern 
Hampden districts of which Holland was a part. The de- 
scendants of WiUiam Alworth Robbins are as follows : 

"William Alworth Robbins, born at Westford, Connecticut, 
October 2, 1805; d. at Holland, Mass., September 16, 1887; m. 
Mary Wallis of Holland, Mass.. Sept. 26, 1830. She was b. 
April 11, 1805 ; d. March 9, 1885. {See Wallis Genealogy.) 


The Robbins Family 459 

Children of William Alworth and Mary "Wallis Robbins 

Persis Wallis, born January 16, 1832 ; died June 14, 1833. 

Mary Jane, born April 24, 1834 ; died August 25, 1900. 

Otis Edwin, b. Nov. 5, 1836 ; d. Aug. 31, 1845. 

Harriet Cutler, born June 2, 1840. 

Albert William, bom December 7, 1846; died March 30, 

Mary Jane, b. April 24, 1834; d. August 25, 1900; m. Ros- 
well Abner Blodgett Nov. 27, 1855. He was bom April 7, 
1825; died June 29, 1891. 

Children of Mary Jane and Roswell Abner Blodgett were : 

1. Ella Jane, born April 16, 1857 ; married William Lafay- 

ette Webber May 14, 1884; he was born June 16, 
1845 ; died September 1, 1905. 

2. Fred Abner, born October 13, 1859; married Mary E. 

Thayer of Warren, Mass., August, 1886; (2) married 
Bessie May Pease of Wilbraham, June 29, 1907; she 
was bom October 4, 1870. 

3. Mary Ada, born November 19, 1863 ; married John Fair- 
banks Hebard of Sturbridge, Mass., June 20, 1888; 
he was born October 2, 1859. 

Children of Mary Ada and John Fairbanks Hebard were: 

a. William Everett, born March 14, 1889. 

b. Emory Blodgett, born January 8, 1892. 
e. Franklin Adrian, born June 20, 1897. 

4. Harriet Rebecca," born June 13, 1868. 

Harriet Cutler, bom June 2, 1840; married Roscius Back, 
August 31, 1863. (See Back Genealogy.) 

Children of Harriet Cutler and Roscius Back were : 

Roscius Harlow, born May 28, 1865. (See Back Gen- 

Harry Eugene, bom July 8, 1869. (See Back Gen- 
Albert William, born December 7, 1846 ; died March 30, 1882 ; 

married Elizabeth L. Drake, January 22, 1870. 

Children of Albert William and Elizabeth L., were: 

George Albert, born April 14, 1872 ; m Mary Frances Man- 
derville Herbert, June 2, 1895 ; she was born June 30, 

Child of George Albert ; Ethel Winifred bom in Millbury, 
Mass., July 24, 1896. 

460 The History of Holland, Mass. 

By Mrs. Chase. 

Griles^ Badger with two brothers, NathapieP and Richard^ 
came from England abt. 1635 and in 1647 they were all living in 
Newbury, Mass. 

Giles' had a son John^ called "Sergeant"; John= Badger 

who m. (1) Elizabeth , they had four children; he m.. (2) 

Hannah Swett by whom he had nine children; his third son, 
NathanieP, m. Mch. 27, 1693, Mary Lunt, they lived in New- 
bury until after the birth of their ninth child when they went to 
Norwich Farms Ct. now the town of Franklin where their 
youngest son Henry* was born Mch. 23, 1717. 

Their third son, Capt. Daniel* Badger was of the first 
settlers of Union, Ct., he built the first house and dug the first 
well, on land which he bought of Wm. Ward (the home lot No. 2) 
the sale was dated May 21, 1736. "When he was digging the 
well his little children came to its brink crying for bread. He 
came up from the well and went thru what seemed like a wilder- 
ness to Brimfield to buy food for his little ones ; this account is 
true because his daughter Patience who married Elias Arm- 
strong was one of the hungry children and she told the story to 
the mother of Rev. Charles Hammond who was the compiler of 
the history of Union, Ct. Mr. Hammond said that he could just 
remember Mrs. Armstrong. 

The subject of the above sketch: Capt. Daniel* Badger, 
(NathanieP, John^ Giles') b. Mch. 27, 1698, d. Feb. 22, 1769; 
m. (1) Sarah Roath (2) June 28, 1727 ; Patience Durkee, she d. 
Sept. 28, 1793 ; he had ten children the youngest, Jeremiah", b. 
Dec. 13, 1742; m. Jan. 15, 1767, Zeruiah Peake, he owned a saw 
mill in Mashapaug and was a Rev. soldier; he had eight children, 
the fourth Asher« Badger, m. Polly GoodeU of Holland. They 
lived where Felix Bouvier has since lived. They had ten child- 
ren, the seventh, Lorrin^ or (Loren) Badger (Asher», Lieu. 
Jeremiah^ Capt. Daniel*, NathanieP, John^ Giles'), b. Mch. 12, 
1809; m. int. Feb. 14, 1848, Sarah Learned; Nathan Badger of 
HoUand, m. int. prob. June 23, 1793 and Joanna Davis of Holl- 
and. The relation between Nathan and the above is not found. 
For full record of the Badger family, {See Hist, of Urdon, Ct.) 

The Ballard Family 461 


By Mrs. Chase. 

Of the Ballard family in Holland little connected history 
can be found. Perhaps the little may assist someone to find 
a due to his ancestry. 

William^ Ballard, b. in England 1603, came to America in 
the ship "James," in 1635, and settled in Andover. He m. 


William^, went to Lynn. Afterward to Andover. 

Later he went to Framingham. 
John^, m. Rebecca Hooper. 
Others probably, 

"William^ Ballard m. Grace 

Zacheus and Timothy, twins. Zacheus went to 
Thompson, Conn. 

1. John Ballard, b. Jan. 17, 1653; d. Dee. 18, 1715. age 
about 62 yrs. Lived and died in Andover; m. Nov. 16, 1681, 
Rebekah Hooper, d. Dec. 1, 1715. 

Children born in Andover. 
I. John, b. Dec. 16, 1682, lived in Oxford, mill- 
II. Rebekah, b. Jan. 28, 1684. 

III. Jonathan, b. Dec. 9, 1686; d. 1763 in Oxford, 
mill Wright. 
2. IV. Sherebiah, b. Nov. 14, 1688. 

V. Ruth, b. Feb. 18, 1693-4; d. Dec. 2, 1715. 

VI. Sarah, b, May 6, 1696; d. Nov. 27, 1715. 

VII. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 29, 1699 ; d. Dec. 9, 1715. 

2. Sherebiah^ Ballard, b. Nov. 14, 1688, son of John and 
Rebekah Hooper; m. in Andover, Jan. 2, 1716-17, Lydia, b. 
Sept. 1, 1695, dau. of Christopher and Sarah ( ) Osgood. 

Children born in Andover, Mass. 

I. John^ b. Feb. 15, 1719-20; m. March 1, 1743-4, 
Sarah How, b. Feb. 7, 1721-22. 

462 The History of Holland, Mass. 


1. IsraeP, b. Feb. 4, 1747-48. 

2. Sarah^ b. Feb. 22, 1749-50. 

3. Sherebiah^ b. May 9, 1745. . ^ , n-^ 
II. Sherebiah=, b. Sept. 24, 1722. -- My-*^ o^^,^ 

III. Euth, b, Apr. 17, 1724; m. July 3, 1744. 

Thomas Evans. 

IV. Lydia, b. Nov. 27, 1726. 

V. Jonathan, b. Nov. 25, 1729; m. Sept. 4, 1760; 
Priscilla, b. Mch. 24, 1740-41 ; d. Oct. 25, 1784. 
He died Feb. 1, 1764. 

Sherebiah, b. Mch. 12, 1764. 

III. Sherebiah^, was a housewright in Lancaster in 1749. 
Since there is no record of him after that time either in Lan- 
caster or Oxford, it seems probable that he was the Sherebiah 
who came to Holland. In 1766 Sherabiah and Keziah (proba- 
bly his wife) were among the first on the list of subscribers to 
support the church in Holland, and either he or his son Shera- 
biah was chosen deacon of the Cong. Church in 1779. His 
children as far as known were: — 

I. Sherebiah*. 
II. John*. 
2. III. Jonathan*. 

IV. Lydia*, b, Nov. 18, 1756; d. Dec. 29, 1822; m. 
Jan. 23, 1777. Col. Alfred Lyon, b. Mch. 4, 
V. Prudence*, b. abt. 1766 ; m. John Coats of Pom- 
fret, Ct. 
VL Lucebia*, m. int. Nov. 4, 1791 ; m. Nov. 25, 1791. 
Alfred Allen, b. 1768, lived in East Brim- 
VII. Ephraim* m. 1789, Sarah Burnett of Holland. 
There may have been others, and the order 
of births is unknown. 

2. Johnathan*, m. abt. 1793, Sarah . 

I. Horace^ b. Aug. 26, 1794. 
IL ■Winthrop^ b. Feb. 20, 1797. 
III. Luke^ b. Mch. 6, 1799. 
rV. Joshua'. 

3. V. Squier Jefferson Ballard was presumably son 

of Jonathan*, he was probably b. a,bc. 1812 
and would be one of the younger children in 

The Ballard Pauilt 463 

the family. There . seems to be no other 
family to place him in. 
Squier Jefferson^ Ballard (Jonathan*, Sherebiah^, 

John^ Wm.^); b. abt. 1812; d. ; 

m. Francis A. , prob. abt. 1836. 


I. Ann Eliza', b. 1837 ; d. Sept. 22, 1853. 
II. George Tyler", b. abt. 1839; was a physician in 
Hampden; m. and left two sons. 

III. Charles", b. 1844; d. Dee. 15, 1867, aged 23 yrs. 

IV. Albert", b. in Holland, birth not recorded, lives 

in Hampden. It has been impossible to get 
family records from him. He was several 
years younger than Charles and the only one 
living of the Holland family. 

Ann Tucker of Dor- 




Gloucester n 










dau. (name unknown.) 


dau. ( 

name unknown.) 


1. Isaac^ Ballard (Jacob^) ; m. Sally Fuller of 

Pomfret, Ct. Isaac was a soldier in the war 
of 1812; d. 1830. 

I. Jacob^. 
II. Theodora^ 

2. III. Squier Jefferson^ b. Sept. 23, 1811, Killingly, 

IV. Isaac B.^ 
V. Sally Ann; d. unmarried. 

2, Squier Jefferson^ Ballard (Isaac^, Jaeob^), b. in Kill- 
ingly, Ct., Sept. 23, 1811 ; d. in Hampden, Mass., May 27, 1886, 
aet. 74 yrs. 8 m. ; buried in Holland. He. m. at "Westerly, E. I., 
Frances Ann Sisson, dau. of John Sisson and Hannah (Davis) 
of "Westerly, R. I. She was born July 10, 1813, d. Hampden, 
Mass., Jan. 29, 1892, and buried in Holland. 

464 The History of Holland, Mass. 


I. Eliza. Ann*; b. in Killingly, Ct., May 18, 1837; 

d. Sept. 22, 1853, in Holland. 
3. II. George Tyler* ; b. June 15, 1841, in Holland. 

III. Oharles Dwight*; b. Mch. 27, 1844, in Holland; 

d. in Sturbridge Dee. 15, 1867 (in Fiskdale 

IV. Albert Francis*, b. Dee. 21, 1854 in Holland; 

m. Sept. 18, 1878, Rose, dau. of Henry Eogers 
of Monson. 


1. Grace^ ; b. Dec. 31, 1870 ; d. Sept. 1880 in 


2. Walter Henry" ; b. July 22, 1881 in Ware ; 

m. July 2, 1906, Sarah, dau. of Ab- 
salem and Mary Drew. 

Madeline Elvira"; b. Feb. 26, 1908, 

3. Robert Dwight^ b. Apr. 12, 1892 in 


4. Roger Harold^ d. Apr. 10, 1898. 

3. George Tyler* Ballard (Squier J.*, Isaac^ Jacob^), b. 
June 15, 1841 ; d. in Hampden, July 17, 1908. He was a physi- 
cian in Hampden ; m. June 8, 1870, Delia, dau. of Solomon Clark 
and Martha (West) SpeUman; she was b. in Wilbraham, Oct. 
6, 1847. 

I. Charles SpeUman'^; b. in Wilbraham Apr. 25, 
1875; he is an attorney in Springfield; 
m. Oct. 30, 1901, Isabell; b. June 25, 1874, 
dau. of Newton E. and Annie (Tigh) Hitch- 

Charles Hitchcock" ; b. Aug. 18, 1902. 
II. Howard Thompson^ b. Dee. 19, 1877 in Wil- 
braham, is an attorney in Chicago, 111.; m. 
Oct. 3, 1908, at Chicago, Adna, dau. of George 
Ezra Mann"" Pratt and Emma (Runyan) 
Pratt, she was b. Aug. 17, 1885. 

I. George Pratt"; b. Aug. 13, 1910, Chicago. 

II. Morris Spellman"; b. Aug. 6, 1913, Chicago. 

The Belknap Family 465 


By Mr. Levering. 

Joseph^ Belknap m. Prudence Morris, she died Jan. 7, 1780, 
he died July 20, 1788. 

Williai];!^ m. Elizabeth McNall Nov. 17, 1762. 
John^, Eev. soldier m. Levine. 

DanieP, a Rev. soldier. 
William^ Belknap m. (1) Elizabeth McNall Nov. 17, 1762; m. 
(2) Anna Burke, Mar. 27, 1766. 

Elizabeth^ b. Mar. 31, 1767 ; m. Rinaldo Webber 
Apr. 8, 1784. 
Rizimah^ b. Apr. 20, 1769. 

Amarilla^ b. July 24, 1771; m. Thomas Chap- 
man Nov. 30, 1797. 
Elfleda^ b. June 16, 1773 ; m. David Anderson. 

Callista^, b. Aug. 8, 1775; m. Moses Graham. 
Lucena^, b. Sept. 27, 1777; m. Amasa Anderson. 

Mar. 1798. 
Morris^ b. June 25, 1780. 

John^ Belknap m. Levine . 

John^. Obtained from a will dated Feb. 13, 


Thomas', m. Chloe Lumbard, Int. Aug. 8, 1790. 
Elijah', m. Thankful Lake, Aug. 28, 1794. 
Eunice', m. Jeremiah Sherman. 
Abigail', m. William Janes. 

Betsy', m. Daniel Burnett. 
(See record of births page 275 for others prohably.) 

Jonathan^ Belkniap m. ; he was baptised Aug. 4, 1782. 

Mary', baptised Sept. 8, 1782. 
Kate', baptised Sept. 8, 1782. 
Oliver', baptised Sept. 8, 1782. 
Lois', baptised Sept. 8, 1782. 


466 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Thomas^ Belknap m. Chloe Lumbard, Int. Aug. 8, 1790. 

Elijah^ Belknap m. Thankful Lake, Sept. 7, 1794. 

Minerva*, b. April 27, 1795. 

Callista* Belknap m. Moses Graham. 

Anson* b. April 9, 1797. 
Electa*, b. Feb. 19, 1799. 

Elfreda Belknap m. David Anderson, Nov. 7, 1793. 

The Bennett Fqmilt 467 

Mrs. Chase. 

Rodney A.^ Bennett, b. Sept. 19, 1816 ; d. Sept. 22, 1881 ; 
m. (1) May 9, 1839, Martha, b. Feb. 7, 1820, d. Aug. 15, 1843, 
dan. of Asaph and Hannah (Green) Webber; (2) Mch. 22, 
1844, Emily, b. May 9, 1822, d. June 20, 1893, dau. of Asaph 
and Hannah (Green) Webber. 

I. Henrys L., Nov. 22, 1840 ; d. July 1, 1899 ; m. Feb. 
2, 1864, Ann Holden; she d. Dee. 1, 1912. 
No children. 

1. n. Baxter C.S Oct. 6, 1846. 

2. HI. Merton W.^ Apr. 23, 1848. 

. 3. IV. Martha E.^ Aug. 31, 1854. 

Second Generation. 

1. Baxter C.^ Bennett (Rodney^) b. Get. 6, 1846 ; m. Nov. 
19, 1866, Diana A. Olds. 


4. I. Charles M.', b. Dee. 9, 1869. 
II. Nellie A.^ ; b. May 1, 1872. 

III. William Merton^ b. Mch. 22, 1874; d. Apr. 11, 


IV. Walter Olds' ; b. Mch. 15, 1876 ; d. June 20, 1896. 

5. V. Ethel Irene^ b. May 28, 1879. 

VI. Everett W.\ b. Oct. 11, 1882; d. Sept. 5, 1883. 
VII. Edward M.^ b. Oct. 11, 1882; d. Sept. 3, 1883. 

6. VIII. Ernest M.^ b. Nov. 19, 1883. 

7. IX. Erwin W.^ b. Aug. 13, 1886. 

2. Merton Warren^ Bennett (Rodney^), b. Apr. 26, 1848; 
d. Oct. 1914 ; m. July 30, 1873, Victoria Harrington of Webster. 

I. Frank Merton^ b. Apr. 8, 1877 ; m. Nov. 9, 1910, 
Lela B. Sloan of Mansfield, Ohio. 

I. Elizabeth Sloan*, b. Nov. 30, 1911 in 
Flushing, N. Y. 
II. Grace Idella^ b. Sept. 7, 1880 in Putnam, Ct. 

468 The History of Holland, Mass. 

3. Martha Emily^ b. Aug. 31, 1854; m. July 2, 1874, 
Andrew Jackson Bagley, b. Mch. 22, 1850. 

I. Andrew Eddie' Bagley, b. May 8, 1875. 
8 II. Fred Otto' Bagley, b. Jan 31, 1877. 

III. John Chitman' Bagley, b. Mch. 1, 1879. 

IV. Maria May' Bagley, b. Apr. 8, 1881. 
V. Sarah GoodelP Bagley, b. Mch. 31 1883. 

VI. Herbert De Forrest', Bagley, b. Dec. 8, 1884. 

9. VII. Frank Edwin' Bagley, b. Dec. 1, 1886. 

VIII. Andrew Jay' Bagley, b. Nov. 18, 1892. 

IX. Ann Florence' Bagley, b. May 16, 1894. 

Third Generation. 

4. Charles M.' Bennett (Baxter C.^ Rodney A.^), b. Dec. 
9, 1869 ; m. Feb. 7, 1906, Jennie L. Smith. 


I. Floyd S.*, b. Feb., 1907. 

II. Verna L.% b. June 15, 1908. 
III. Mona H.*, b. Sept. 12, 1909. 

5. Ethel Irene' Bennett (Baxter C.^ Rodney A.^) b. May 
28, 1879 ; m. Walter Alvin Hyde. 

I. Alvin Manning*, b. Feb. 7, 1904. 
II. Florence Adna^ b. May 21, 1906. 

III. Louis*, b. Apr. 12, 1909. 

IV. Edward Baxter*, b. June 17, 1911. 

Q. Ernest M.' Bennett (Baxter C.^ Rodney A.^), b. Nov. 
19, 1883 ; m. Apr. 15, 1909, Mary E. Battersby. 

I. Bernice May*, b. Nov. 22, 1910. 
II. Merle Irene*, b. Sept. 11, 1912. 
III. Marion Anna, b. .March 23, 1915. 

7. Brwin W.' Bennett (Baxter C.\ Rodney^), b. Aug. 13, 
1886 ; m. June 21, 1907, Carrie L. Shaw. 

I. Ruth E*, b. Mch. 3, 1908. 
II. Myrna L.*, b. Feb. 7, 1909. 

III. Charles W.*, b. June 6, 1910. 

IV. Franklin E.*, b. Dec. 31, 1911. 

The Bennett Fqmily 469 

8. Fred Otto= Bagley (Martha E.= Bennett, Eodney A.^), 
b. Jan. 31, 1877; m. Aug. 8, 1900, Jennie Grroves. 

I. Edna* Bagley, d. y. 
II. Ralph* Bagley, d. y. 

III. Robert* Bagley, b. July 23, 1907. 

IV. Harold* Bagley, b. May 6, 1910. 
V. Olive* Bagley, b. June 30, 1912. 

VI. Oliver* Bagley, b. June 30, 1912. 

9. Frank Edwin^ Bagley (Martha E. Bennett^ Rodney^), 
b. Dee. 1, 1886 ; m. Jan. 29, 1913, Elizabeth M. Brown of Spring- 

470 The History op Holland, Mass. 

By Mrs. Chase. 

Richard^ Bishop was husbandman in Salem and died there 
Dec. 30, 1674. The earliest record we find of him is when he 

m. before 1635, Dulzebella , b. 1607, d. in Salem Aug. 24, 

1658. He m. (2) July 22, 1660, Mary Gould, b. 1611. She 
m. (2) Mch. 11, 1674-5, Thomas Robbins of Salem. 

I. Mary=, b. abt. 1635; m. (1) June 18, 1661, John 
Barrett; (2) before 1680, John Darling, a 
fisherman of Salem, and who was living 
there in 1686. 
2 II. Thomas^, b. in Salem; m. Lydia. 

III. Nathaniel, d. 1686 at L. I., N. Y. He m. and we 

find record of one son. 

DanieP, who in 1686 lived in Basthampton, 
L. I. 

IV. John^, was a husbandman and in 1686 was living 

at Southhampton, L. I., N. Y. 

Townsend^ Bishop, prob. brother of Richard^, was among 
the first settlers in "Salem Village." He was admitted free- 
man in 1635. The town of Salem made a grant of 300 acres of 
land to Townsend Bishop Jan. 16, 1636. The mansion in which 
he lived is standing to-day. He sold his 300 acres, Oct. 18, 1646, 
to Henry Chickering, who sold it Oct. 4, 1648 to John Bndicott 
(late Gov.). John Endieott, May 10, 1662, conveyed it by deed 
to his son John, Jr., as a wedding present. Gov. Bndicott died 
in 1665. John, Jr. d. 1668, without children, leaving his estate 
to his widow, who m. Aug. 31, 1668, Rev. James Allen of the 
first church of Boston, to whom on the death of his wife the 
Bishop property passed. Allen sold the farm to Francis Nurse 
of Salem for £400, Apr. 29, 1678. The wife of Francis Nurse 
was convicted of witchcraft and executed July, 1692. Francis 
d. Nov. 22, 1695. Townsend Bishop was a judge, a deputy to 
the Gen. Court, a very bright, accomplished man. After selling 
his property he did not remain in Salem. The Nurse house is 

The Bishop Family 471 

Second Generation. 

2. Thomas^ Bishop (Richard^), b. in Salem; d. in Man- 
chester, Oct. 15, 1694; m. Lydia . He was a wheelwright 

and lived in Manchester as early as 1660. 

Children born in Manchester. 
I. Hannahs b. Mch. 14, 1661 ; m. before 1702, Man- 
ning Day. 
H. MaryS b. Aug. 5, 1664; m. before 1702. 

Children born in Bisco. 

3. HI. JohnS b. Oct. 17, 1677 ; m. before 1695, Annah. 
IV. Richards b. Dec. 25, 1669 ; d. at sea Oct., 1703. 

V. Josephs b. Feb. 27, 1691 ; was living 1702. 
VI. LydiaS b. Mch. 1, 1673 ; m. Francis Peirce. 
VII. Elizabeths b. Sept. 6, 1676 ; m. Nov. 1, 1705, John 

VIII. RebekaS b. June 16, 1678 ; unm. in 1702. 
IX. ThomasS b. Apr. 7, 1680 ; was living 1702. 

Thied Geneeation. 

3. John^ Bishop (Thomas^, Richard^) was a husbandman 
and a cooper in Manchester. He was b. in Manchester Oct. 17, 
1677, and died there in 1730 ; he m. before 1695 Ann or Annah 

Children born in Manchester. 

I. Hannahs Oct. 5, 1695; she m. Apr. 30, 1718, 

George Wallace. 
II. Rachels Dee. 13, 1698; m. Nov. 12, 1718, Solo- 
mon Driver. 
III. LydiaS Aug. 8, 1701; m. Dec. 24, 1724, Robert 

4. IV. JohnS Nov. 22, 1703 ; m. Aug. 9, 1729, Elizabeth 

Hooper; d. 

5. V. MaryS July 24, 1706 ; m. Jan. 25, 1727-8, Samuel 

VI. Sarahs Sept. 15, 1708. 

VII. Prudences May 21, 1713 ; m. Jan. 28, 1731, Tren- 
ance Webber. 
{See Weiber Genealogy.) 
WII. JemimaS June 17, 1715; d. Apr., 1760; unm. 
IX. Richards Sept. 22, 1717. 
X. Elizabeths July 10, 1720. 

472 The History op Holland, Mass. 

Fourth G-eneratiOn. 

4. John* Bishop (John^, Thomas^, Richard^), b in Man- 
chester, Nov. 22, 1703. He was a husbandman, fisherman and 
coaster in Manchester. He came to Holland, m. Dec. 9, 1729, 
Elisabeth Hooper, d. 

Children bom in Manchester. 
I. John*, Sept. 13, 1730. 

6. II. EiehardS Aug. 9, 1732. 

7. III. Anna', Apr. 1, 1736. 

IV. Elizabeth', Nov. 19, 1738; d. y. 
V. Elizabeth', Jan. 15, 1739-40. 

5. Mary* Bishop (John^, Thomas^, Richard^), b. June 24, 
1706 ; d. in Manchester, 1782 ; m. Jan. 25, 1727-28, Samuel Bear 
of Manchester. He d. before Apr. 11, 1748, as at that date Adm. 
was granted on his estate. Adm. was granted on his widow's 
estate Oct. 7, 1782. 


I. - Mary', Aug. 21, 1728 ; m. Feb. 27, 1746, Ambrose 

II. Jerusha', June 21, 1730; was unm. 1752. 
III. Hannah', Aug. 17, 1732; unm. in Gloucester, 

rV. Aimee, Aug. 23, 1736 ; m. 1755, Andrew Masters. 
V. Rachel, Jan. 21, 1741 ; m. 1764, Joseph Day. 
VI. Elizabeth', Dec. 6, 1744. 
VII. Samuel', Sept. 18, 1746; m. 1769, Sarah Mills. 

Fifth Generation. 

6. Richard' Bishop (John*, John^ Thomas^ Richard^), b. 
in Manchester, Aug. 9, 1732; d. 1806. He was a yoeman and 
was a resident of Holland and moved to Monson, where he was 
living in 1778. The following record is copied from his own 
handwriting as written in his family Bible which he "bought 
in Boston, Jan. 17, 1788." 

"I was married to Sarah King Jan. 20, 1757." 
I. Solomon^ was born Apr. 20, 1758. 
II. Sarah' was born Sept. 19, 1760. 

Sarah my wife died Apr. 24, 1763, in her 31st 

The Bishop Family 473 

I was married to Rachel Lee, Feb. 2, 1764. 

III. Rose" was born Nov. 22, 1765. 

IV. RacheP was born, Apr. 10, 1766. 

V. Betsy" (Elizabeth) was born Apr. 5, 1768. 
VI. Thomas" was born Dec. 8, 1769. 

Rachel my wife died, Dec. 22, 1769, in her 31st 

I was married to Peggy Goodell, Feb. 22, 1771. 
VII. Jacob" was born Apr. 6, 1773; m. Lucy Webb. 
Jacob" Bishop and wife Lucy (Webb) 
Bishop, owned and perhaps built the house 
in Brimfield, since owned by Dea. D. Brown 
and Dea. Edward Brown. Lucy d. abt. Aug., 
VIII. Abigail" was born Sept. 13, 1774. 
IX. Gratis" was born Nov. 5, 1778 ; m. Mch. 8, 1778, 
Issaeher Brown and was ancestor to John H. 
Noyes of Brimfield. 
X. Richard" was born Mch. 19, 1780 ; m. Sally Blod- 
XL Lucy" was born July 4, 1782. 
XII. Oalvin" was born July 4, 1782. 
Xin. Matilda" was born Nov. 30, 1785; m. Aug. 6, 
18'07, Abner Nutting; she d. Nov. 15, 1815. 
These were ancestors to Dea. Edward Brown. 
XIV. Rufus was born Jan. 18, 1787. 
XV. Harrison was born Sept. 12, 1789. 
His wife Peggy died 1826. 

7. Anna" Bishep (John*, Joh^^ Thomas^ Richard^) of 
S. Brimfield (Holland), b. in Manchester, Apr. 1, 1736; m. int. 
Jan. 10, 1768, Dea. Joseph Baker of Sturbridge. He lived near 
the place now owned by Edward Douty. The Baker house has 
been removed. He d. Dee. 15, 1783, in his 76th year. His widow 
m. (2) Dec. 15, 1784, James Johnson of Sturbridge. He d. 
Apr. 1, 1788, in his 77th year. 

Children born in Sturbridge. 
I. Stephen" Baker, still born, June 2, 1769. 
II. Anna" Baker, b. Nov. 23, 1770; m. Nov. 20, 1790, 
Josiah Hayward, Jr., b. 1766; d. Sept. 8, 
1845. One child recorded in Sturbridge. 
Benjamin Baker^ Hayward, b. Apr. 22, 1791. 
III. Dinah" Baker, Oct. 2, 1771; d. May 30, 1776. 
8. IV. Joseph" Baker, July 5, 1773. 

V. Benjamin" Baker, Dec. 31, 1774 ; d. May 23, 1776. 

474 The History of Holland, Mass. 

VI. Elizabeth' Baker, Nov. 11, 1777; d. Nov. 13, 

Sixth Generation. 

8. Joseph" Baker (Anna (Bishop) Baker', John*, John', 
Thomas^, RJehard^), b. July 5, 1773; d. Dec. 29, 1839; m. Aug. 
31, 1794, Hannah Janes, b. Mch., 1770; d. May 6, 1847. Moved 
from Holland to Brimfield Apr., 1809. 

Children; first four born in Holland. 
I. Elvira' Baker, May 25, 1795 ; m. Jan. 1820, Lem- 
uel Allen; she d. Aug. 26, 1831. 
n. Betsy' Baker, Mch. 7, 1797; d. Oct. 12, 1819; 
m. May 5, 1819, Daniel Hodges of Warren, 
ni. Lovina' Baker, May 29, 1799 ; d. Nov. 20, 1801. 
IV. Marsena' Baker, Nov. 3, 1803 ; d. Mch. 14, 1889. 
V. Lovina' Baker, Feb. 7, 1806; d. May 2, 1847; 
m. May 5, 1829, Backus Henry of Parnums- 
ville, N. Y. 
VI. Colvin' Baker, Sept. 20, 1809 (in Brimfield); 
m. Jan. 17, 1839, Olive H. Draper ; he d. Jan. 
4, 1873 ; had seven children b. in Brimfield. 
VII. Olive' Baker, Aug. 8, 1814; d. Nov. 5, 1856; m. 
May 22, 1839, John W. Browning; had two 
. daughters; 

1. Delia», m. (1) Arthur H. Smith; (2) 
Joseph Goodhue. 

2. Clara* Browning, m. Joseph Goodhue. 
Child: Clara" Goodhue. 

The BijOdgett Family 475 

By Mrs. Ella Blodgett Webber 

The Blodgett Family in America is of English origin. In 
the great tide of immigration between 1630 and 1640 came 
Thomas Blodgett, a "glover" by trade, aged 30, and his wife 
Susan, aged 37, with two young sons, Daniel, aged 4, and 
Samuel, aged 1 1-2. They "embarqued in the 'Increase' from 
London, April 18, 1635," and arrived in Boston in due course. 

Thomas settled in Cambridge where he was one of the origi- 
nal members of "Rev. Thomas Shepard's Company," which 
founded what is now the "Shepard Memorial Church." He 
was allotted land the same year, and made a Freeman in 1636. 
A daughter, Susanna, was born in 1637. Thomas, the father, 
died in 1642 and his will' was probated in 1643. His widow 
married again and lived in Woburn, Mass. 

On reaching adult age, the elder son, Daniel, settled in 
Chelmsford, Mass., where his descendants became numerous. 
About 1710 one of them moved north a few miles and settled at 
Nottingham, now Hudson, N. H., at a time when he had to live 
in a garrison for protection from the Indians. A son of his was 
the first white male child bom in that town. A member of the 
same generation from Chelmsford went to Windsor, Conn., and 
was the progenitor of numerous descendants in Windsor, Am- 
herst, Mass., etc. From Hudson a detachment went to Ply- 
mouth, N. H. Several families also settled at Dorchester, N. H., 
where they abode two generations. 

The younger son, Samuel, settled at Woburn, whence went 
descendants to Lexington and Brimfield, Mass., and spread to 
Stafford, Conn., Randolph, Vt., etc. 

At the beginning of the nineteenth century they were wide- 
ly scattered through New England. At present the name is 
found in every state of the Union, in Canada, in British Colum- 
bia, in Mexico, even in far-off Hawaii. Like all the earliest 
settlers of New England they endured the hardships incident 
to the creation of fruitful fields out of a savage wilderness. 

They were a patriotic race. They served in the French and 
Indian Wars ; at siege and capture of Louisburg ; in the invasion 

476 The Histoey of Holland, Mass. 

of Canada; and the names are preserved of nunierous Revolu- 
tionary soldiers. 

1. Thomas^ born in England 1605 ; died 1642 ; m. Susan 

in England. 

DanieP, b. 1631. SamueP, b. 1633. Susanna^ b. 1637. 
He sailed from London 1635, died in Chelmsford, 

Mass., Jan. 28, 1672. 
He was twice married; (1) Mary Butterfield, Sept. 

15, 1653, 7 children; (2) 

2. SamueP, b. in England 1633 ; d. July 3, 1687 ; m. Ruth 

Ingleden, Dec. 13, 1655. 

Ruth^ b. Dec. 28, 1656. 
SamueP, b. Dec. 11, 1658. 
ThomasS b. Feb. 26, 1660.- 

Sarahs b. Feb. 17, 1667. 
MaryS and MarthaS b. Sept. 15, 1673. 

3. Thomas^, son of Samuel, b. Feb. 26, 1660; m. Rebecca 

Tidd, Nov. 11, 1684 ; removed to Lexington, Mass, 
about 1699. 


Thomas*, Jr., b. Aug. 5, 1686. 

Rebecca*, b. June 5, 1689. 

Joseph*, b. Sept. 17, 1696. 

Abigail*, b. Nov. 13, 1698. 

Samuel*, b. June 17, 1702 ; m. Mary Russell. 

4. Joseph*, son of Thomas, b. at Woburn, Mass., Sept. 

17, 1696; m. Sarah Stone b. at Lexington, Mass., 
Nov. 7, 1700 ; d. May 8, 1735 ; m. (2) Sarah Inger- 
soU June 29, 1738; she was bom at Springfield, 
Mass., May 17, 1718. 

The Blodgett Family 477 


Joseph^ Blodgett, the pioneer settle^ of H,olland; m. (1) 
Sarah Stone, 1719; died May 8, 1735; (2) Sarah 
Ingersoll, June 29, 1738. 

Children by Sarah Stone. 

1. Joseph^ born Apr. 17, 1721. 

2. Sarah^ born Nov. 12, 1722. 

3. Anna^ born Apr. 10, 1724. 

4. AbigaiP, born July 18, 1726. 

5. RuthS born Mar. 1, 1728. 

6. Benjamin^, born June 9, 1730. 

7. Abner^ born June 6, 1732. 

8. Thomas^ born Sept. 26, 1784. 

Children by Sarah Ingersoll. 

9. SamueP, born May 17, 1739. 

10. LydiaS born Feb. 7, 1741. 

11. JonasS born Nov. 12, 1743. 

12. Azubah (Achsah)^ born Apr. 12, 1746. 

13. Caleb^ born Nov. 24, 1748. 

14. Marsena^, born Mar. 4, 1754; d. y. probably ( ?) 

He was living 1770. 

15. Nathan^ born Nov. 3, 1756. 

16. Admatha^ born Dec. 15, 1758. 

17. Elijah% born Oct. 25, 1761. 

11 sons, 6 daughters. 
Joseph^, Jr., b. April 17, 1721; d. Sept. 14, 1775; m. 

Hannah Haynes, Aug. 25, 1743; she was b. Mar. 

13, 1723. 
Sarah°, b. Nov. 12, 1722; m. .(1) Reuben. Townsley, 

Aug. 6, 1741; (2) John Williams. 
Anna', b. Apr. 10, 1724; d. Dec. 10, 1808; m. Thomas 

Sherman, Sept. 12, 1751. 
AbigaiP, b. July 18, 1726; m. Samuel Gates. 
Ruth=, b. March 1, 1728; d. Feb. 4, 1807; m. John 

Danielson, Jr., Aug. 30, 1750. 
Benjamin'', b. June 9, 1730; m. Rebecca Haynes, Oct. 

2, 1754; she was b. Dec. 29, 1738. 

Benjamin*, b. Feb. 5, 1755. 
Rebecca", b. Jan. 13, 1757. 
Darkos" (Dorcas), b. Feb. 5, 1760. 
Abner°, b. June 6, 1732; m. Elizabeth Webber, Feb. 

478 The History op Holland, Mass, 

11, 1752; she d. Feb. 4, 1761; m. (2) Beulah 

Haynes, Jan. 16, 1763; she was b. Dec. 29, 1738. 
Thomas^ b. Sept. 26, 1734; m. Margaret Webber, 

Sept. 30, 1756. 


Mary, b. Sept. 4, 1757. 

Elizabeth, b. July 26, 1759. 
SamueP, b. May 17, 1739 ; m. Elizabeth Haynes, Apr. 

5, 1763; she was b. Apr. 8, 1725. 
Lydia^ b. Feb. 7, 1741 ; m. Simeon Hubbard, Oct. 14, 

1762; he was b. July 16, 1735; d. Feb. 13, 1804. 
Jonas=, b. Nov. 12, 1743 ; d. Apr. 18, 1839 ; m. Rhoda 

Dady, Jan. 14, 1773; she d. Apr. 18, 1825; m. (2) 

Mrs. Hannah Bugbee, Dec. 21, 1825; she d. Jan. 

24, 1845. 


James", b. Aug. 31, 1773. 

Dady", b. Mar. 12, 1776. 

Persis", b. No date given. 

Sally", b. No date given. 

Chester", b. No date. 

Loamini", b. No date. Died Sept. 23, 1803. 

Tommy", b. 1789 ; d. Aug. 1, 1829. 

William", b. Apr. 15, 1794. 
Achsah^, b. April 12, 1746 ; m. Ashbell Winslow. 

Oaleb^ b. Nov. 24, 1748 ; m. Ruth 

Elijah^ b. Oct. 25, 1751. 

Marsena°, b. March 4, 1754. 

Nathan'', b. Nov. 3, 1756; m. Abigail Bliss, June 7, 

Admatha^ b. Dec. 15, 1758. 

5. Joseph^, Jr., son of Joseph, b. April 17, 1721; d. 1780; 
m. Hannah Haynes Aug. 25, 1743; she was b. 
March 13, 1723. 

Joseph", b. May 19, 1745; d. 1819. 
Hannah", b. Aug. 10, 1747. 
Sarah", b. July 31, 1749 ; m. Daniel Haynes, March 24, 

David", b. July 19, 1751. 
Mary", b. Oct. 20, 1753; m. Levi Sherman, July 13, 

Solomon", b. April 4, 1756; d. May 21, 1844; m. Hep- 

zibah Brown of Brimfield, Mass., Sept. 19, 1781 ; 

she was born March 26, 1759 ; died Feb. 17, 1793. 

The BxiOdgett Family 479 

They went from Brimfield to Oneida County, N. 
Y., then to Gorham, Ont., N. Y. in 1806. m. (2) 
Thankful Blair ; she was born Oct. 16, 1763 ; died 
July 15, 1841. Solomon had 11 children. 

Beulah^ b. Apr. 30, 1759. 

Rufus^, b. July 19, 1761 ; m. Bathsheba Hubbard ; she 
was b. Nov. 22, 1762. They went from Brimfield, 
Mass. to Clinton, Oneida County, N. Y., then to 
Plattsburg, Steuben County, N. Y. Rufus has 
three children on record. 

Ludim", b. Apr. 23, 1764; d. July 25, 1849; m. Annis 
Hitchcock, July 4, 1786 ; she was b. May 31, 1765 ; 
d. Sept. 11, 1790; m. (2) Submit Barnes, she was 
b. Oct. 15, 1765; d. April 7, 1831; ra. (3) Thank- 
ful Clark, b. Aug. 29, 1773. Ludim and his first 
wife went from Brimfield, Mass. to Oneida 
County, N. Y., then to Gorham, Gates County, 
N. Y. Ludim had ten children. 


Probate Court Records. 

Edward Bliss Jr. is nominated and allowed to be guardian 
unto Ludim Blodgett, Rufus Blodgett and Beulah Blodgett who 
are above fourteen years of age, heirs of Joseph Blodgett late of 
Brimfield in the county of Hampshire, died intestate and bond 
is taken for his faithful performance of said trust. May 22, 1780. 

Joseph Blodgett, Jr's estate 1-3 to wife. 

Joseph, David, Solomon, Rufus, Ludim, Beulah. The 
order as given in a distribution of his estate. Dated May 7, 

Blodgett Caleb^ m. Ruth . 

Aaron^ m. Esther Perkins, 1800; Marsena^, m. Lucy Bug- 
bee, 1803; Joseph". All above 14 years. 

Phila", Lucy", Sophia", Sally", Lydia", all under 14 years in 
1795, Nov. 6 ; wife, Ruth, was a«ppointed administratrix. 

480 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Dates of birth not given. 

This Marsena Blodgett was probably named after his uncle, 
Marsena, who we judge had died without family, for no men- 
tion of him or any family is made in his father 's will. 


Joseph Lumbard is nominated and appointed to be guardian 
to Phila Blodgett,- Lucy Blodgett, Sophia Blodgett, Sally Blod- 
gett and Lydia Blodgett, minors under the age of fourteen 
years, and Marsena Blodgett and Joseph Blodgett, upwards of 
fourteen years of age, children and heirs of Caleb Blodgett 
late of Brimfield in the county of Hampshire, deceased and bond 
is taken for his faithful performance of said trust, Nov. 6, 1795. 

Caleb Blodgett and Ruth. 


Aaron Marsena, Joseph, Pila, Lucy, obtained from a 
settlement. Sophia, Sally, Lydia, estate was valued at £100 12s 
4 l-2d, costs were £3 4s 0. 

Each received £14 Is 6 3-4d. 

The homestead lay between the PoUey place and the Brim- 
field line, as did Elijah, Jonas, Solomon, and Caleb's. 

6. John" Blodgett m. Jerusha Webber, b. July 17, 1753; 
d. 1815; he died 1793. She m. Reuben Webber 
Int. Aug. 16, 1795. 

Edward^ b. 1772 ; d. Sept. 7, 1822. 

Abner^ b. Jan. 25, 1779; d. June 9, 1807; m. Esther 
Morris Aug. 6, 1800. 

All efforts to trace the parentage of John Blodgett have 
failed. He appears in Brimfield history on a pay roll as one 
that marched to Springfield at time of Shays Insurrection. 
He is sexton of Holland church in 1790, and a taxpayer of Hol- 
land in 1793. He died 1793, and his widow married Reuben 
Webber 1795. As positive proof of his parentage seems to be 
lacking from the records and the Blodgetts of present time in 
Holland trace their origin to him, the author offers the following 

The Blodgett Family 481 

as grounds for belief that John Blodgett was a child of Abner 

1. The persistence of the name Abner in his descendants. 

2. Joseph Blodgett Sr. in his will, mentions heirs of his 
son Abner, which probably implies that Abner was then dead, 
and proves the fact that he had heirs. The will was drawn in 
Feb. 1780. He married Elizabeth Webber Feb. 11, 1752. Eliza- 

.beth Webber daughter of John Webber was baptized April 10, 
1731 and would be of marriageable age 1752, and the "Webber 
Genealogy" reveals no other Elizabeth Webber that would be, 
and since he was born 1732 they were nearly of the same age. 

3. Elizabeth (Webber) Blodgett died Feb. 4, 1761. Her 
period of coverture was about nine years, and a son born in this 
period might be given the name John after his maternal grand- 

4. Such a son would be of military age at the period of 
Shay's Insurrection and satisfy all conditions of his history so 
far as known. — Author. 

7. Edward^ son of John, b. 1772; d. Sept. 7, 1822; m. 

Eebecca Moffatt, Nov. 1, 1795, she was bom 1771 ; 
died Feb. 4, 1845. 

RoswelP, b. June 13, 1796. 

Edward', b. at Sturbridge, Mass., March 5, 1798. 
Eliza«, b. 1800; d. Sept. 25, 1876; m. Emory Pierce; 

m. (2) James White. 
Laura^ b. 1805 ; d. Jan. 1, 1871 ; m. Eleazer Webber, 

son of Deacon Samuel Webber, Dec. 30, 1857. 
Jerusha', b. Dec. 31, 1806; d. June 22, 1889. 
Winthrop^ b. 1812; d. Jan. 12, 1890. 
AnnisS b. 1813. 

8. RoswelP, son of Edward, born June 13, 1796; died 

Sept. 21, 1877; m. Charity Fletcher, Feb. 22, 
1820 ; she was born Sept. 24, 1793 ; died Feb. 11, 


Caroline', b. Dee. 11, 1822. 

RoswelP Abner, b. Apr. 7, 1825. 

Adeline Jerusha», b. Nov. 20, 1830. 

Bmeline', b. May 11, 1833; d. Oct. 12, 1835. 


482 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Caroline', daughter of Eoswell, b. Dec. 11, 1822; d. 

Dec. 2, 1859; m. Edward M. Lyman of Spring- 
field, Mass. 


John", b. July 12, 1853; d. July 24, 1857. 

Gilberti", b. Feb. 2, 1856; d. July 22, 1864. 
9. RoswelP Abner, son of Roswell, born Apr. 7, 1825; 

died June 29, 1891 ; m. Mary Jane Bobbins, Nov. 

27, 1855 ; she was born April 24, 1834 ; died Aug. 

25, 1900. 

Ella Jane", b. Apr. 16, 1857; m. William Lafayette 

"Webber, May 14, 1884; he was born June 16, 

1845 ; died Sept. 1, 1905. 
Fred Abner", b. Oct. 13, 1859; m. Mary E. Thayer 

of Warren, Aug. 6, 1886 ; she was born 1869 ; m. 

(2) Bessie May Pease of Wilbraham, June 29, 

1907; she was born Oct. 4, 1870. 
Mary Ada", born Nov. 19, 1863 ; m. John Fairbanks 

Hebard of Sturbridge, June 20, 1888. 

William Everett^^, born in Sturbridge, March 14, 

Emory Blodgett^^, born in Sturbridge, Jan. 8, 

Franklin Adrian^\ born in Sturbridge, June 20, 

Mr. Hebard is of a very early family of Windham, 
Harriet Rebecca", daughter of Roswell Abner, born 

June 13, 1868. 
Adeline" J., daughter of Roswell, b. Nov. 20, 1830; 
d. June 28, 1902 ; m. Albert W. Webber, Nov. 27, 
1855; he was b. July 15, 1831; d. Nov. 13, 1868. 

Ida Cordelia", b. Aug. 29, 1856 ; d. Nov. 18, 1888. 
Willie A.", b. Dec. 11, 1857; m. Ella L. Agard, 

June 17, 1885 ; she died Jan. 25, 1889. 
Charles A.", b. Apr. 14, 1859 ; d. 1913, Feb. 27. 

m. Lilla N. Agard, Nov. 27, 1889. 

Gladys", Lilla, b. Jan. 5, 1893. 

Edward', Jr., son of Edward, born at Sturbridge, 
March 5, 1798; died at Holland Apr. 8, 1886; m. 

The Blodgett Family 483 

Meranda C Pierce, Apr. 16, 1820; she was born 
at Grafton, Mass., July 18, 1801 ; died at Holland, 
March 21, 1871. 

Adelia M.», b. May 12, 1821 ; d. Nov. 18, 1871. 
Edward' P., b. at Norwich, N. Y., Feb. 7, 1824. 
Freeman B.», b. March 27, 1831. 
Son—", b. Dec. 19, 1832; d. Jan. 9, 1833. 

Adelia", M., daughter of Edward Jr.; m. Emmons S. 
Kenney of Worcester, July 2, 1848 ; he died Aug. 
9, 1909. 

Ida^" A. E., born Dec. 9, 1850. 
Frank^" M., born Dec. 5, 1856; died Feb. 3, 1897. 

Edward" P., son of Edward Jr., b. Feb. 7, 1824; d. 
at East Brimfield, Oct. 19, 1886; m. Fidelia E. 
Humes, Apr. 8, 1846 ; she d. Feb. 27, 1895. 

Emma" F. E., b. May 6, 1852; m. Lyman Moore 
of Union, Conn., July 1, 1872. 

Lyman Moore and Emma^" F. E. Blodgett (b. May 6, 
1852,) m. July 1, 1872. 

Fred A.", b. Jan. 21, 1874; m. Ida Green, Sept. 

12, 1904, 
Lizzie M.", b. June 22, 1875; m. Harrison G. 

Royce, Sept. 19, 1912. 
Belle F.", b. July 22, 1877 ; m. Duane B. Williams, 

June 24, 1913. 
Bessie G.", b. July 15, 1883. 

Fred A.", Moore and Ida Green, m. Sept. 12, 1904. 
Lawrence" R., b. Jan. 12, 1906. 
Esther Belle", b. Jan. 27, 1908. 
Ruth Irene", b. Nov. 14, 1910. 

Freeman B.°, son of Edward Blodgett, Jr., b. March 
27, 1831 ; d. March 18, 1909 ; m. Laura B. Towne, 
Apr. 5, 1853. 

Carrie M.", b. Feb. 15, 1855 ; m. Charles R. Web- 
ster of Union Ct., Feb. 9, 1884. 
John M.", b. Aug. 12, 1857 ; d. Feb. 28, 1864. 

484 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Delia M.", b. Aug. 24, 1861. 
Arthur F.^°, b. Aug. 31, 1865. 

Charles R. and Carrie M. (Blodgett) "Webster, b. Feb. 
15, 1855. 

Marion G.", b. Aug. 10, 1890. 

Arthur Freeman^" Blodgett, b. Aug. 31, 1865 ; m. Alia 
S. Carter, Oct. 12, 1887; she d. Sept. 25, 1888; 
m. (2) Lorinda A. Howlett, Feb. 22, 1897. 

Theodore B.", b. April 30, 1898. 
Laura A.", b. Oct. 21, 1900. 
John B.", b. Dee. 1, 1901. 
Blizabeth B.", b. July 26, 1904. 
Lewis F.", b. May 16, 1910. 
Wendell R.", b. May 30, 1912. 
Dean A.", b. May 10, 1914. 


1. Bliza^ daughter of Edward, b. 1800; d. at Brimfield, 
Sept. 25, 1876 ; m. Emory Pierce of "Ware, Mass. ; 
he was b. July 4, 1796 ; d. in Southbridge, Mass., 
Nov. 13, 1848. 

Alfred E.", b. Sept. 3, 1819 ; d. Feb. 10, 1875. 
George A.^ b. Apr. 30, 1830; d. Sept. 1863; m. 
Clarissa E. Brown, Aug. 29, 1853. 
A son Augustus" "W., b. June 4, 1854. 

Alfred E.", son of Emory and Eliza Blodgett Pierce, 
b. Sept. 3, 1819; d. Feb. 10, 1875; m. Margaret 
Dunn, June 25, 1839. 

"William Henry", b. Sept. 8, 1840. 
Charles B.", b. Jan. 31, 1842; supposed to have 

been killed in the battle of Fredericksburg, 

Va., Dec, 1862. 
Mary Eliza", b. May 8, 1848; d. Feb. 26, 1886; 
m. Andrew Dunsmore, he d. Apr. 13, 1901. 


Andrew M. Dunsmore m. Mary Eliza^" Pierce, May 
15, 1867. 

The Blodgett Family 485 


Catherine" M., b. Dec. 31, 1867; d. 1907. 

Margaret E.", b. Oct. 17, 1870. 

Charles Andrew", b. July 29, 1876; d. Dec. 22, 

Mary Prances", b. Aug. 20, 1878. 
Helena Pierce", b. Dec. 6, 1881. 

Winthrop* B., son of Edward, b. 1812; d. June 22, 

1889 ; m. Elizabeth Brackett ; she was b. 1814 and 

d. Aug. 22, 1851. 


Charles B.», b. Aug. 27, 1837 ; m. Almeda C." Col- 
bum, Sept. 14, 1856; she was b. Aug. 14, 
1837; d. June 7, 1868. 

John', b. in Holland 1840 ; m. Susan Tower, Apr. 
3, 1862; she was b. in Dudley, 1842. John 
enlisted from Sturbridge in the War of the 
Rebellion 1861-1865, in Co. A., 17th Mass. 
Inf. and served as Clerk for Gen. Poster. 
Died at Newberne, North Carolina, Peb. 25, 

Henry', served in the War of the Rebellion. See 

his military record. Chapter 

Children of Charles*, b. Aug. 27, 1837 and Almeda 

Colbum ; 

George S.^", b. 1859, Mar. 10; m. Nellie Warren 
of Westfield. 

Prank S." and Pred S.", b. July 8, 1863; Pred 
S." d. Jan. 20, 1871. 

Lizzie A.^», b. May 27, 1868. 

George S. Blodgett m. Nellie Warren of Westfield. 
Richmond, b. Dec. 16, 1890; 
George, b. Nov. 1897. 

Annis, daughter of Edward, b. 1813 ; d. May 10, 1890 ; 
m. Crawford Brackett of Sturbridge, Int. July 
15, 1837. He was b. 1812; d. Nov. 29, 1859; (2) 
m. Orin W. Brown, Int. Nov. 23, 1861. 
Children of Annis and Crawford Brackett; 

Merrick C, b. in Sturbridge, Sept. 1, 1838; d. in 
Southbridge, Oct. 11, 1906; m. Hattie A. 
Davis of Southbridge ; she was b. in Ashf ord, 
Ct. in 1839. 
Children of Merrick C. and Hattie A. Davis ; 

Jessie Maria, b. June 21, 1857; d. Dec. 6, 1862. 
Eva P., b. Dec, 1862; d. Dec. 26, 1868. 

486 The History op Holland, Mass. 


By Elliott H. Brown. 

Arthur^ Brown migrated from Berfordshire, England; m. 
whom and when not known. 

Ohad'^ Brown, b. 1600. He became a minister. 

Rev. Chad^ Brown came to America in 1638. He was a 
companion to Roger "Williams and as such was banished going 
to Rhode Island and was first minister of the first baptist 
church of Providence compact, and a signer, and ancestor of 
the Brown who founded Brown University. 

Rev. Chad^ Brown m. 

Chad' Brown b. 1730. He became Colonel in the 

Johns b- 1630. 

John' Brown, m. 

Obadiah*, b. 1675 ; m. 

id° Brown 
army ; m. 

OthnieP, b. April 25, 1759 at Smithfield, R. 
I. His first wife was Sybil Olney of the 
same line as Richard Olney of Cleve- 
land's cabinet. His second wife was 
Nancy Lyons of "Wales, Mass. He enlist- 
ed in the Revolutionary Army in 1775 
and served till Feb., 1776. The following 
Sept. he re-enlisted in the marine ser- 
vice and was captured at Charleston, S. 
C, and kept prisoner until paroled. He 
d. Sept. 28, 1843, at Union, Conn., and 
was buried in "Wales, Mass. 

OthnieP Brown, b. April 25, 1759 ; m. 

By Sybil Olney. 
OlneyS b. Nov. 4, 1788. 

The Brown Family 487 

Mary^ b. Aug. 14, 1790. 
AbigaiF, b. Apr. 18, 1792. 
David^ b. Mar. 13, 1793. 
Cbad\ b. Jan. 8, 1795. 
OthnieF, b. Apr. 1, 1796. 
John^ b. Sept. 12, 1798. 
Isaac^ b. May 21, 1801. 

By Nancy Lyons. 
John Adams', b. Oct. 22, 1831. 
Martha Jane', b. May 3, 1833. 

Olney' Brown, b. Nov. 4, 1788; m. Sarah Converse. 
Orin«, W., b. Aug. 16, 1815. 

SybiP, b. 

Celinda^ b. Apr. 28, 1821. 
OthnieP Olney, b. July 9, 1825. 

Orin Washington^ Brown m. Marion Bread, Oct. 10, 1843. 
George Washington", b. Aug. 29, 1844. 
Freeman Arthur", b. Feb. 10, 1846. 
Elliott Herbert", b. Oct. 14, 1847. 
Marietta Orine", b. Oct. 19, 1849. 
Celinda Eugenia", b. Dec. 20, 1852. 
Orin Monroe", b. Nov. 5, 1854. 
Emma Hattie", b. Dec. 25, 1856. 
Francis Joseph", b. May 24, 1859. 

488 * The History of Holuand, Mass. 

By Lovering. 

Joseph^ Bruce m. Lucy Janes, Dec. 15, 1785. 


Susannah.^, m. Thos. Kendrick. 
SybiP, m. HoUowell Perrin. 

Antipas^ Bruce m. Hannah Bruce abt. 1782. 
I. Leetia' (Electa), b. Sept. 16, 1783. 
II. LymanS b. Mch. 16, 1785. 

III. SibbelP, b. Nov. 30, 1786. 

IV. Maria^ b. Sept. 1, 1787. 

V. DexterS b. "Aug. ye 10th," 1790. 

VI. Antipas% Jr., b. June 27, 1792. 

VII. Elizabeth^ 

VIII. Electa^ 


David Bugbee m. Hannah 

I. Hannah, b. June 18, 1777. 
II. Lucy, b. Dec. 14, 1779 ; bp. July 25, 1784. 

III. Charles S., b. June 26, 1782; bp. June 30, 1782. 

IV. Lora, b. July 19, 1783. 

V. Lucretia, b. Jan. 10, 1787; bp. Feb. 11, 1787. 

The Butterworth Family 489 

By Mrs. Chase. 

Noah^ Butterworth, b. in Eng. ; d. in Holland, 1850, very- 

1 I. Noah^ b. in Wrenthan, Sept. 22, 1783. 

2. II. John Cox^ b. in Wrenthan, Dec, 1792. 

Second Generation 
1. Noah^ Butterworth (Noah^), b. Sept. 22, 1783, in Wren- 
tham; d. 1859 in Holland; m. Jan. 8, 1808, Peircey Stevens, b. 
Oct. 9, 1787 in Sturbridge; d. in Holland, Dee. 27, 1842. 


3. I. Leoranda^ Mch. 15, 1809, b. in Holland. 

4. II. Albert Stevens', Jan. 31, 1811, b. in Attleboro. 
III. Lucebia^ Mch. 25, 1814, b. in Attleboro. 

m. Albert Davis of Thompson, Ct. 


1. Jerome Davis. 

2. Mary Davis. 

3. Vernon Davis. 

5. IV. StillmanS Mch, 20, 1817, b. in Wrentham. 

V. RacheP, Jan. 24, 1819, b. in Wrentham. 

m. Calvin Vinton. 
VI. Nancy Maria^ Feb. 8, 1824, b. in Sturbridge. 
m. Davis Vinton. 

John C. Butterworth, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Dec, 1792 
came to Holland about 1824; lived on the Eleazer 
Moore place; had 2 children b. there. He built the 
saw mill called Alexander Mill (on the Moore place) 
and ran it several years; moved from there to near 
the Grosvenor May Brook and put up another mill 
and the Grosvenor May house; had several children 
b. there. He next went to the "Bradd Place" and 
built another mill in which he made cotton batting, 
then Leander Bradd carried on the business, 
and Mr. Butterworth moved to what was called the 
Harridon place and built another mill and made 
candle wicking which he sold in Hartford, Ct. On 
that place above the new wicking mill he and his son, 
Dwight, put up the mill now standing, and lived and 
died there. Col. John, d. 1862. Dwight, in 1891. 

490 The History of Holland, Mass. 

2. Col. John Cox= Butterworth (Noah^) ; b. in "Wrentham, 
Dec. 1792; d. March 4, 1862; m. July 30, 1814, Martha Vinton; 
b. July 2, 1794; d. Jan. 12, 1863. 

I. WiUiam^ Oct. 31, 1815; d. Sept. 2, 1833. 

6. II. John^ Jr., Oct. 4, 1817; d. Sept. 12, 1861. 

7. III. Martha^ Jan. 20, 1820; d. 1900. 

IV. Lewis^ Dec. 9, 1822; d. Apr. 20, 1824. 
V. Mary M..\ June 12, 1825; d. Apr. 7, 1857; m. 
Sept. 3, 1848, Benjamin F. Barnes. 

1. Mary Barnes, b. 1850; m. Charles Brig- 

8. VI. Timothy DwightS Dec. 13, 1827; d. July 25, 

VII. Emily PemeliaS Apr. 20, 1830 ; d. June, 1908 ; m. 
Sept. 2, 1848, Horace P. Branch. 

1. Albert Eugene* Branch, Feb., 1854; m. 
May, 1879, Delia M. Church. 

2. Ida E.* Brantfh, Dec, 1866 ; m. May, 1888, 
"Ward Hinckley. 

VIII. Williams Dec. 6, 1833; d. Aug. 26, 1836. 
. IX. Caroline CS Jan. 29; d. July 21, 1913; m. Mch. 
10, 1864, Lyman A. Fiske. 


3. Loranda' Butterworth, (Noah^, Noah'^) ; b. March 15, 
1809 ; m. George Haridon of Holland. 

I. Sarah Peircey*. m. (1) Linus Leanard of Stur- 
bridge; (2) Henry Amidon of Southbridge. 


1. Zenas" Leanard, M.D. 

2. Henry' Leanard, M.D. 

II. George Albert* Haridon ; m. Mary Irish of South- 

III. Ellen* Haridon ; m. Arnold Williams of Holland. 

IV. Melvin* Haridon ; m. Mercy of W. Brook- 


4. Albert Stevens' Butterworth (Noah^ Noah^) ; b. Jan. 
31, 1811 ; m. March 31, 1841, Amanda Allen of West Brookfield, 
dau. of Isaac and Rachel Allen. 

The Butterwoeth Family 491 

Children b. in Holland. 
9. I. Jane Peircey*, Apr. 6, 1842. 

II. Susan Eliza*, Feb. 12, 1844. 

m. June 4, 1890, Dwight Chamberlain of 
III. Julia Frances^ Oct. 17, 1845; m. Nov. 2, 1865, 
Albert Back. (See Back Genealogy.) 

10. IV. Anson Allen*, Aug. 28, 1847. 

V. Albert Clinton*, July 26, 1849 ; unm. 
VI. Clara Abigail*, Feb. 24, 1853; unm. 

11. VII. Lucy Amanda*, July 23, 1854. 

VIII. George "Woodruff*, Aug. 15, 1857; m. Annie 
Rogers of Southbridge. 

5. Stillman' Butterworth (NoahS Noah^) ; b. Mch. 20. 
1817 ; m. Apr. 3, 1844, Jane Brigham of Brookfield ; b. June 11, 

I. Henry S.*, Apr. 17, 1845. 
II. James T.*, June 6, 1847. 
. III. Frank S.*, Nov. 26, 1849. 

6. John* Butterworth Jr., (John C.^ Noah^) ; b. Oct. 4, 
1817; d. Sept. 12, 1861; m. June 13, 1841, Eliza Hart. 

I. Wm. H.*, Mch. 28, 1842. 
II. David* N.*, Jan. 16, 1844; lives in Springfield. 

III. Martha E.*, June 7, 1845. 

IV. John L.*, July 7, 1847. 
V. Samuel T.*, Sept. 7, 1849. 

VI. George C.*, July 28, 1851. 
VII. Mary Jane*, Sept. 26, 1853. 
VIII. Sarah*, Oct. 14, 1856 ; d. 1866. 
IX. Loranda*, July 28, 1859. 
John* Butterworth Jr., went from Holland to Wales in 1855, 
In 1861, he went to "Warren; he was a carpenter and fell from 
a building in Leicester which caused his death. 

7. Martha* Butterworth (John C.^ Noah"^) ; b. Jan. 20, 
1820; d. 1900; m. George Barnes, Sept. 27, 1845; he was b. 1817. 

I. Ella* Barnes; m. 1865, Raymond Rathburn. 
1. Byron". 

492 The History of Hollanq, Mass. 

2. George''. . 

3. Raymond A.° 

II. Dwight* Barnes, b. Mch. 3, 1853 ; m. Laura Pat- 



1. Raymond". 

2. Lena". 

III. Carrie M.* Barnes, b. May 7, 1857 ; m. Rev. Har- 

land P. Smith. 


1. PauP. 

2. Helen'. 

IV. John C.^ Barnes, b. Apr. 24, 1859; m. in Chico- 


8. Timothy Dwight'' Butterworth (John C.^ Noah^) ; b. 
Dec. 18, 1827; d. July 25, 1891; m. Jan. 9, 1851, Esther W. 


I. Dwight Everett*, Apr. 1853; m. 1883, Adella 


1. Maude L.=, b. 1884; m. 1902, Fred Al- 
berty; eh. Ruth^ b. Oct. 31, 1903. 

2. Everett E.^ b. 1886. 

3. Ella E.», b. 1891. 

II. Fanny M.^ Feb. 4, 1856 ; m. 1881, Dorno Parker. 

III. Mary A.*, Mch. 29, 1860 ; m. Arthur F. Huse. 

1. Forest' Huse, b. 1884. 

IV. John^ Oct. 24, 1865 ; m. Eva Spooner, 1890-1. 
V. Ida L.*, Sept. 7, 1867-8; m. 1904, Wilson Gard- 

9. Jane Peircey* Butterworth (Albert S.^ Noah^ Noah^)', 
b. Apr. 6, 1842, in Holland ; m. July 3, 1862, Melvin Shepard of 



I. RoUin Melvin', b. Apr. 10, 1864; d. Jan. 24, 

II. Allen Everett', b. June 24, 1869. 

III. Harry Clinton', b. May 22, 1872. 

The Buttebworth Family 493 

10. Anson Allen* Butterworth (Albert S.' Noah^ Noah^) ; 
b. Aug. 28, 1847; d. Nov. 21, 1883; m. Apr. 2, 1879, lola M. Con- 
verse of Douglass. 

I. Florence G., Oct. 7, 1880 ; m. Feb. 28, 1908, Clar- 
ence F. Morse of Southbridge. 

1. Buyl F. Morse, b. Dec. 2, 1908. 

2. lola Morse, b. June 25, 1912. 

II. Albert J., b. Aug. 3, 1882 ; m. June 2, 1914, Eliz- 
abeth M. Small. 

11. Lucy Amanda* Butterworth (Albert S.', Noah^, 
Noah^) ; b. July 23, 1854; d. Sept. 12, 1886; m. Sept. 17, 1874 
Ezra C. Barnes of W. Brookfield. 

I. Effie= Barnes, July 30, 1875 ; m. Dec. 12, 1899, 

George Francis Sessions, b. in Hardwick. 
II. Edna, Nov. 10, 1877; m. June 22, 1898, George 
Stanley Prouty of Hardwick. 

1. Stanley Barnes Prouty, b. Sept. 5, 1899. 

2. Thornton Henry Prouty, b. Oct. 11, 


3. Lawrence Howard Prouty, b. Apr. 28, 


4. Francis Benson Prouty, b. June 19, 1905. 
m. Myra, June 16, 1880; m. June 21, 1910, Oliver 

Francis Roberts, in Los Angeles, Cal. 

494 The History of Holland, Mass. 

By Mrs. E. M. Webber. 

Simeon^ Carpenter m. Sally Blanchard. 

I. John^ Carpenter. 

n. Simon^; m. Fannie Rich. 

ni. Prudence^; m. Rich. 

IV. Sally^ ; m. Larned. 

v. Leonard^; m. 

VI. David^ b. 1794; d. May 28, 1886. 

VII. Matilda^ b. 1800; d. Dec. 1, 1891. 
VIII. Tyler^, b. 1805; d. Mar., 1884. 

John^ Carpenter, son of Simeon, m. 


Simon^ Carpenter m. Fannie Rich. 
I. Reuben^ Carpenter. 
II. Linus' Carpenter. 

III. Nancy' Carpenter. 

IV. Abigail' Carpenter. 

V. Elijah^ Carpenter, b. 1834; d. 1912. 
VI. Sophronia' Carpenter. 

Prudence^ Carpenter, m. Elijah Rich and had child;:'en. 

Sally^ Carpenter, m. Lamed; child Sarah. Sally 

and husband are buried in Holland. 

Leonard^ Carpenter, m. 

I. Henry' Carpenter. 
II. Hannah'. 
III. Horace'. 
rV. Jane'. 
V. Seth'. 

David^ Carpenter, b. 1794; m. Lucy Waters (1) in 1812; 
she was b. 1792; d. Oct. 15, 1830; m. (2) Abigail Rich, 
b. 1796 ; d. Oct. 5, 1873 ; m. in 1831. 

The Carpentke Family 495 

Children of David^ Carpenter and Lucy "Waters. 

I. LucjH', b. 1812 ; m. Otis Eddy, 1856 ; she d. Sept. 

7, 1902. 
II. David^ b. 1815; m. Harriet Stockwell; he d. 
Feb. 22, 1907. 

III. John^ b. 1820; d. July 12, 1824. 

IV. John^ b. 1825; m. Clementine H. Mclntire; he 

d. Mar. 14, 1873. 
V. Caroline' Eliza, b. 1829 ; d. Dec. 3, 1848. 

Children by Abigail (Rich) Carpenter. 
Rev. Estes Rich' Carpenter, a Methodist Episcopal Minis- 
ter. He m. Orissa A. Hill. 
I. Charles Rich*. 

II. Wilder Nichols*, b. 1858; d. 1862. 
III. Estes Rich*, b. 1859. 

Charles Rich* Carpenter m. Hattie "Wakefield; they had 
one son. 

Estes Rich* Carpenter m. Nichols; they had one 


Matilda^ Carpenter m. (1) Stephen "Waters in 1822; m. 
(2) Rev. "Willard Fuller, a Baptist minister in 1867. 
Mr. Waters b. 1797 ; d. Sept. 22, 1850. 

Children of Matilda and Stephen Waters. 

I. Jason' Waters, b. in West Sutton, 1824. He 

went to General Court in 1862, '63, '64. He 

was a great singer and singing teacher. 

Editor of the Fall River Times. 
II. John' Carpenter, b. 1831; d. Nov. 20, 1900; m. 

Mary A. Abbott in 1856. 

III. George', b. 1834; d. Sept. 28, 1834. 

IV. Andrew Jackson, b. 1836; d. Aug. 26, 1900; m. 

Susan 0. Aldrich in 1882. 
V. Hannah Putnam, b. 1826 ; d. June 8, 1830. 
VI. Nathan Putnam, b. 1838; d. Sept. 6, 1839. 
VII. Julia Matilda, b. 1840; m. Henry M. Phelps in 
Tyler'' Carpenter, b. 1805; m. Betsey Waters, 1832; b. 
1804; d. Nov. 5, -1863. 

\ Children. 

I. Harriet', Mary b. 1833 ; d. 1859. 
II. George' Waters, b. 1834. 

496 The History of Holland, Mass. 

ni. Lewis^ Tyler, b. 1836; m,. Caroline V. Inman in 

IV. Julia' Nabby, b. 1839 ; d. Feb. 20, 1840. 
V. Richard' J. W., b. 1841; d. July 28, 1851. 
VI. Vuiett Julene, b. 1843 ; d. Jan. 2, 1886 ; m. Chas. 

J. Lange, 1865. 
VII. Cbarles, b. 1847; d.-Aug. 11, 1847. 

David Waters Carpenter', b. 1815; d. Feb. 22, 1907; m. 
1841, Harriet White Stoekwell, b. 1819; d. Sept. 23, 

I. Harriet Augusta^ b. 1842 ; d. April 1, 1845. 
II. David Franklin*, b. 1844 ; d. March 21, 1845. 

III. Harriet Eliza*, b. 1846 ; d. June 1, 1856. 

IV. David Brainerd*, b. 1850; d. Aug. 14, 1856. 
V. Ella Althea*, b. 1852; d. Feb. 14, 1854. 

VI. Emma Charlena*, b. 1854. 
VII. Abbie Russell*, b. 1858; d. Jan. 15, 1889. 
VjIII. Elmer Elsworth*, b. 1862. 

Emma Charlena* (dau. of David Waters), b. 1854; m. 
Milton Herbert Sears in 1878. He b. 1854. 
I. Mabel Harriet^ b. 1879. 
II. Herbert Franklin', b. 1880. 

III. Winthrop Sylvanus', b. 1882. 

IV. Willarette Carpenter', b. 1882. 

V. Burton RusselP, b. 1888 ; d. Sept. 6, 1888. 
VI. Carmyn Ella' and 
VII. Oola Abbie', b. 1890. Tvrins. 

Herbert Franklin Sears m. ; one son. 

Winthrop Sylvanus Sears m. ; one child. 

Elmer Ellsworth Carpenter*, son of David Waters Car- 
penter; m. Matilda Estella Cassidy, 1884, she b. 1859. 

I. Florence Abbie', b. 1885. 
II. David Ellsworth', b. 1889. 

Florence Abbie (dau. of Elm,er) m. Frank Berlin Stam- 
baugh, 1912. 

Rev. John Carpenter', (son of David^, son of Simeon) b. 
in Charlton City, Mass. in 1825; d. in Holland, Mass. in 1873. 

The Carpentee Family 497 

He attended the Wesleyan Academy at North Wilbraham, Mass. 
He became a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church and 
was stationed at Locks Village Shutesbury, Mass., South Deer- 
field, Mass. He came to Holland, Mass. in 1859" where he was 
pastor for three years, preaching in the old Baptist Church. He 
kept a store in town for two years, and finally purchased a 
farm of 125 acres adjoining the reservoir and dam, and dwelt in 
the large old house that had once been a tavern in the old stage 
coach days, where Alfred Lyon, Col. Church, Willard "Weld, 
John Gould, and Amos Monroe and families had all lived 
before him. Mr. Carpenter lived the remainder of his life 
there, preaching and farming in Holland, West "Woodstock 
and Mashapaug, Conn., ever fulfilling his calling by doing good. 
He married Clementine Harris Mclntire, dau. of Bleazer and 
Bathsheba (Detray) Mclntire in 1844. {See Betray and Mc- 
lntire Genealogy.) 

I. Edward Francis*, b. 1844; m. and lives Florida. 
II. Caroline Eliza*, b. 1848 ; m. and lives in Stafford, 

III. Mary Cordelia*, b. 1858 m. and lives in "Worces- 
ter, Mass. 
I"V. John Butler*, b. 1860; m. and lives in Boston, 

V. Rosa Liila, b. 1868; d. 1884; b. and d. in Hol- 

Edward Francis* m. (1) Sarah Jane Newhall, (2) Mary 
Elizabeth ■ (Smith) Trefry. Child, Vinne Annabelle=, b. 
1874; m. Charles Warner Hurst, 1894, and had one child, Leo 
Warner Hurst^ b. 1894. 

Caroline Eliza*, dau of Rev. John, m. Ezra Samuel Colburn 
1874. Children, Myra Lillian', b. 1879 m. Wm. Archie Thomp- 
son, 1900 he b. 1866. 

I. Merton Lyle Thompson', b. 1901. 
II. Loretto Valette Thompson', b. May 9, 1913. 

Mary Cordelia Carpenter* (dau. of Rev. John) m. Frank 
Shufelt Miller, 1887. 

I. Harlow Archie, b. 1888. 


498 The History op Holland, Mass. 

n. Raymond Edile, b. 1891. 

III. Irving Willard, b. 1892. 

IV. Ina Mildred^ b. 1894. 
V. Lura Evelyn^ b. 1896. 

Harlow Archie m. Evelyn Louise Vyett, 1912; she was b. 

John* Butler Carpenter (son of Rev. John) m. (1) Lizzie 
Ellen Plimpton, 1881; (2) Martha Ann Howard, b. 
1881; m. 1907. Wife (1) b. 1862; d. Sept. 21, 1905. 

Lena Florence^ Carpenter, b. 1882; d. Sept. 17, 1884. 
Tyler Ernest^, b. 1883. 
Lula Orla=, b. 1887 ; d. March 13, 1897. 
Otis Eddy^ b. 1888. 

Tyler^ (son of John Butler) m. Florence Louise Hines, 
1907 ; she was b. 1883 

Alden Plimptou Carpenter^ b. 1908. 
Otis Eddy=, m. Elizabeth Henrietta Frider, 1908, b. 1887. 
I. Dorris Etta", b. 1908 ; d. 1909. 
II. Myrtle Vinne^ b. 1909. 
III. Ellen Vivian", b. 1911. 

The Church Family 499 


By Mr. Levering. • 

Richard^ Cliurch b. in England 1608, came to America in 
the fleet with John Winthrop 1630. He settled in Hartford, 
Conn., where he was an original proprietor in 1637. In 1660 he 
moved to Hadley, Mass., where he died Dec. 16, 1667. One 
writer makes him one of the party that came over in the May- 
flower. He had married Elizabeth Warren before emigrating 
to America. By her he had fifteen children. Benjamin 
Church the Indian fighter and leader in King Philips War was 
his third child, while Nathaniel was his fifth child. No better 
material for the pioneer life to which they came could be found 
anywhere than Richard and Elizabeth (Warren) Church, and 
they left a posterity hardy and courageous, that has achieved 
much for their country. The following genealogy is taken in 
part from John C. Church's admirable book en the genealogy 
of the Richard Church Family, to which the reader is referred. 
Benjamin Church who lived in Holland was the fifth generation 
from Richard Church, which the following plan will indicate 
for we wish to give only that part that became indentified with 
Holland's history: — Benjamin'', "Charles*, Charles^ NathanieP, 
Richard^ Those who wish to study it further are referred to 
the above mentioned book. Benjamin^ Church bought the 
homestead where Alfred Lyon had lived near Reservoir dam, 
as is proved by a deed bearing date 1806. The deed describes 
him as a merchant of Newport, R. I. His children were all 
bom before he came to Holland. 


By Charles Nutt. 

1. Richard Church immigrant ancestor, came to New 
England in the fleet with Winthrop in 1630; was admitted a 
freeman Oct. 19, 1630; removed from Weymouth to Plymouth, 
where he was again admitted a freeman, Oct. 4, 1633. He was 
in Duxbury in 1637. In 1649 he sold his land at Plymouth and 
located at Eastham, Mass. He was a sergeant in the Pequot 

500 The History op Holland, Mass. 

War. He was at Charlestown in 1653 and at Hingham in 1657. 
At Sandwich, 1664, he deposed that he was 56 years old. He 
died at Dedham, Dec. 27, 1668. His will was dated at Hingham, 
Dee. 25, 1668. He married Elizabeth Warren, daughter of 
Eichard Warren, who came in the Mayflower. His son Ben- 
jamin was the famous Indian fighter of Plymouth colony. 


2. Nathaniel Church, son of Richard, lived in Scituate 
on the North River. He married in 1666 Sarah Barstow, 
daughter of William. 

3. Captain Charles Church, son of Nathaniel, was born 
March 11, 1683-4 ; d. March 9, 1726-7. He settled in Plymouth 
and later in Freetown, Mass ; a miller and mariner ; was drowned 
in the bay opposite FaU River. He married, Sept. 11, 1686, 
Mary Pope, daughter of Seth and Deborah of Dartmouth. 

Benjamin, b. Nov. 1, 1706. 
Deborah, b. Jan. 12, 1707. 
Charles, mentioned below. 
Rebecca, b. April 15, 1715. 
Joseph, March 20, 1715-6. 
Sarah, b. Feb. 26, 1717-8. 
Mary, b. 1719. 
Susanna, 1721. 
Hannah, 1723. 
Seth, 1724. 
Alice, 1726. 

4. Captain Charles Church, son of Charles, was bom at 
Plymouth in 1710; died May 6, 1762. He married in 1735 
Frances Turner . He was a captain in the expedition against 
Canada and took part in the expulsion of the French from 
Arcadia at Grand Pre. 

Charles, b. 1740. 
Joseph, 1742. 
Mary, 1744. 
Hannah, 1746. 
Seth, March 1, 1749. 
Benjamin, mentioned below. 

The Church Family . 501 

5. Benjamin Church, son of Capt. Charles, was bom at 
Freetown, Nov. 27, 1756 and died at Holland, Mass. in 1833. 
He was a soldier in the Eevolution, in the 12th regt. Continental 
army, Jan. 1, 1776; served in 1776 in General Artemas Ward's 
guards; was later at Ft. Washington, N. Y. ; also in Capt. 
Edward Burbeek's company, Col. Henry Knox's regt. and took 
part in the Battle of White Plains, Oct. 30, 1776 ; also took part 
in the Battles of Trenton and Princeton; discharged Feb. 10, 
1777; pensioned. He was a trader at Freetown and Newport. 
He married, first Mehitable Triby, b. 1757; d. May 24, 1804. 
He married, second. May 24, 1807, Eliza Phillips, b. 1764. d. 
Feb. 1, 1834 at Holland, Mass. 

Children by first .wife. 
William, b. June 25, 1779. 
Charles, March 24, 1781. 
Mehitable T., April 24, 1783. 

Benjamin, June 30, 1785; drowned May 17, 1804. 
Samuel, Sept. 6, 1787. 
Isaac, Apr. 1, 1789 ; mentioned below. 
Mary P., March 24, 1791. 
Martha L., May 30, 1793. 
Susanna, March 18, 1795. 
Robert L., March 22, 1797. 
George B., April 27, 1799. 
Charles, Dec. 7, 1800. 

6. Isaac Church, son of Benjamin, was bom at Newport, 
Sept. 6, 1789 and died Dec. 15, 1848. He married at Holland, 
Mass., Aug. 31, 1811, Eunice Sherman, daughter of John, des- 
cendant of Rev. John Sherman, pioneer at Watertown, Mkss. 

Elizabeth, b. 1812 ; m. Nathan Fletcher of Holland. 
Wealthy, m. Blias Smith. 
James Sherman, mentioned below. 
Isaac, b. 1824; d. 1826. 

7. James Sherman Church, son of Isaac, was bom at 
Holland in 1820; d. in Wales, Mass., Feb. 7, 1855. He was a 
farmer and shoemaker. He married Josephine Shaw of Wales, 
b. June 3, 1827 ; d. at Worcester, Mass., Oct. 11, 1908. 

1. HoUis, b. May 29, 1847 ; living at So. Windsor, Ct. ; 
m. Mary Webber. 

502 The History of Holland, Mass. 


2. Adela Josephine, b. 1849 ; m. Nov. 18, 1869, Henry 
E. Shaw, dealer in cigars and tobacco, manu- 
facturer and wholesaler, in business in "Worces- 
ter since 1881. Res. 1017 Main St. Store, 144 
Front St., Worcester. No Children. 

3. Bradford, died young. 

4. Prancena, died young. 

By Lovering. 

Benjamin Church^ b. Nov. 24, 1756 at Freetown now Fall 

River, Mass.; d. in Holland, Mass., Nov. 25, 1833; m, 

(1) Mehitable Triby, b. 1757; d. May 24, 1804 at New 

port; (2) Elizabeth Phillips, b. 1764; d. Feb. 1, 1834 

Children were all by first wife. , 

I. William^ b. June 25, 1779; m. Sarah Phillips, 

Sept. 30, 1804; he d. Oct. 12, 1812. 
II. Charles^, b. March 24, 1781; d. Aug. 31, 1789 
he was drowned. 

III. Mehitable" T., b. April 24, 1783; m. 1806, 

"Wm. Samuel Westgate, Jr. 

IV. Benjamin", b. Jan. 30, 1785; d. May 17, 1804 

V. SamueP, b. Sept. 6, 1787; d. Nov. 10, 1849; m 

Ruth Brewer. 
VI. Isaac", m. April 1, 1789; d. Dec. 15, 1848; m, 
Eunice- Sherman. 
VII. Mary" P., b. May 24, 1791; d. Nov. 26, 1846; m 

Willard Weld. 
VIII. Martha" L., b. May 30, 1793; d. Sept. 12, 1848 
m. Eli Kendrick. 
IX. Susannah", b. March 18, 1795 ; d. March 12, 1803 
X. Robert" L., b. March 22, 1797 ; d. Oct. 3, 1826. 
XI. George" B., b. April 27, 1799; d, Dec. 6, 1865 
m. (1) Hannah Ingalls, (2) Phoebe Carr. 
XII. Charles", b. Dec. 7, 1800; d. Dec. 17, 1861; m, 
Emily Marcy. 
William" Church m. Sarah Phillips, Sept. 30^ 

The Church Family 503 

Mehitable" T. Church m. Wm. Samuel Westgate, 

Jr., 1806. 
Benjamin', b. Jan. 30, 1785; d. May 17, 1804. 

The Newport Mercury said of him, "Drowned from on 
board ship Anger onia- (Capt. Isaac Burdiek) of this port on her 
passage from Charlestown, Mr. Benjamin Church, Jr., son of 
Mr. Benjamin Church of this town in the twentieth year of his 
age. In the death of the young man, his surviving parents and 
brothers and sisters will mourn the bereavement of a son and 
brother, endeared to them and esteemed by all who knew him 
for the affability of his manners and the sweetness of his temper 
and disposition. His faithful and intimate friends trill be- 
wail the loss of ail affectionate friend and the community will 
regret the privation of enterprise and growing usefulness." 

"Escaped from earth, safe on that calm shore, 
Where sin and pain and passion are no more; 
So, soft remembrance drops a pious tear 
And holy friendship sits a mourner there." 

"One death in a family is apt to produce another," finds 
verification here, for we find the following quoted from the New- 
port Mercury, issued Saturday, May 26, 1804, respecting his 
mother : — 

Died in this town, very suddenly, on Thursday evening, and 
evidently occasioned by the untimely end of her son, Mrs. 
Mehitable Church in the forty-fifth year of her age.. It is due 
to the merits of this lady to say she possessed many eminent vir- 
tues. As a wife she was kind, faithful and endearing; as a 
mother tender, affectionate, and discreet; as a friend beloved, 
esteemed, and respected. By her acquaintance, long will she be 

"All, all is right hy God ordained or done; 
And who Jiut God resumed the friend he gave?" 

5. SamueP Church m. (1) Betsy Thayer, 

(2) Ruth Brewer. 

6. Isaac' Church m. (1811) Eunice Sher- 


504 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Elizabeth^, b. 1812 ; m. Nathan Fletcher. 
Wealthy' b. 1818 ; m. Elias Smith. 
James' S., b. 1820; m. Josephine Shaw 

of "Wales. 
Isaac' Jr., b. 1824; d. Aug. 11, 18—. 

7. Mary" P. Church m. Willard Weld, Oct. 

18, 1812. (See Weld Genealogy.) 

8. Martha" L. Church m. Eli Kendrick 1816. 

9. Susannah" Church; d. young. 

10. Robert" L. Church. 

11. George" B. Church; m. (1) Hannah In- 

galls, Sept. 15, 1841 ; m. (2) Phoebe 
S. Carr, Nov. 1, 1854. 

12. Charles® Church m. Emily Marcy. 

Charles' who d. when a young man. 

Isaac" Church m. Eunice Sherman 1811, Aug. 25. 
Elizabeth', b. 1812; m. Nathan Fletcher. 
Wealthy', b. 1818; m. Elias Smith. 
James' S., b. 1820; m. Josephine Shaw of 

Wales, Mass. 
Isaac', Jr., b. 1824; died 1826. 

Martha" L. Church m. Eli Kendrick Jupe 26, 1816. 
Thomas', b. March 24, 1820 ; m. Ann Bennett. 
George', b. July 29, 1822; m. Louisa Smith; 

1 child. 
Robert' L., b. Dec. 17, 1824; m. Caroline De- 
land Pourch. 
Martha Ann', b. Dec. 9, 1826 ; m. Brightman 

Sargent; they had four children. 
Mary Lucy', b. Jan. 18, 1829; m. Richard 

Hamet; no children. 
Joseph Eli', b. Jan. 20, 1831; m. Louisa 

Driden; they had two children. 
Ebenezer' P. b. Oct. 19, 1833; d. March 14, 

Caroline' W., b. Apr. 20, 1836; m. Adia 

Thayer. One child. 
Oliver' P., b. June 1, 1839; m. Mary Ann 

Bennett; they had four children. 

The Church Family 505 

James^ S. Church m. Josephine Shaw of Wales, 1845. He 
died Feb. 7, 1855. 

Bradf ord« S., b. 1845 ; d. Nov. 2, 1846. 
Hollis^ b. May 29, 1847; m. (1) Susan Var- 

ney, (2) Mary M. Webber. 
Adela^ b. Sept. 5, 1849 ; m. Henry E. Shaw 
of Wales. 

Francena* R., b. ; d. young. 

Jas. S. Church's widow married Dea. Wm. 
A. Webber. 
5. HoUis' Church (James S., Isaac, Benj.) ; b. May 
29, 1847; m. (1) Susan Vamey, b. in Stur- 
bridge, (2) Mary M. Webber b. Nov. 21, 1852. 
I. Josephine Mary", b. June 14, 1881; m. Sept. 22, 
1907, Cyrus Ordway. 

1. Sherman Church^" Ordway; b. Jan. 22, 


2. Josephine Priscilla^" Ordway; b. July 5, 

3. Robert Francis Shaw^" Ordway, b. Apr. 
, 1914. 

n. Elsie Adela" Church, b. Dec. 24, 1883. 

III. Ruby Maud" Church, b. Feb. 14, 1888. 

IV. Hollis Payette" Church, b. Oct. 5, 1891. 

506 The History op Holland, Mass. 

By Mrs. E. M. Webber. 

1. Moses^ Clarke m. Jemima abt. 1785. 

I. Cynthia^ b. 1787 ; d. May 27, 1863, unm. 
IL Lucretia^ b. 1789; d. Feb. 10, 1841. 

2. HL Moses= Harding, b. 1793; d. Nov. 24, 1871. 

3. IV. Lurvey^ Clarke, b. Aug. 12, 1800; d. Mar. 14, 

V. Eliza Clarke, b. 1812; bpt. 1820; d. Aug. 21, 

2. Moses^ Harding Clarke (Moses) m. Almira Haynes 
(dau. of Benjamin and Polly Haynes of Holland) Sept. 1, 1819. 

L Mary' Dearing, b. abt. 1821. 
II. Sophia' Ann, b. abt. 1823. 

III. Caroline'', bpt. June 26, 1825. 

IV. Julia^ b. . 

3. Lurvey'' Clarke (Moses^) m. Dorcas Maria Moore, of 
Springfield, Mass., Sept. 16, 1843, wife b. Apr. 10, 1810; d. Aug. 
26, 1895. 


4. I. Barton' S. Clarke, b. Sept. 17, 1844. 

IL Everett' H., b. Feb. 9, 1846 ; d. Apr. 17, 1861. 

5. m. Geo. N.'Briggs Clarke, b. Nov. 25, 1848; d. Dec. 

2 1905 ^ 

IV. William' S., b. May 2, 1850; d. Apr. 11, 1861. 

6 V. Charles', b. Dee. 16, 1853 ; d. . 

VI. Alice', b. Nov. 25, 1859; m. Samuel Colburn of 
Stafford, Ct. ; no issue. 

4. Barton' S. Clarke (Lurvey", Moses^) m. Mary Jane 
Elizabeth Clarke Dee. 31, 1866 ; she d. Oct. 12, 1899. 

Josephine* Augusta, b. Nov. 7, 1878; m. 
William Edward Balmer, M.D., Apr. 18, 

I. Elizabeth' Ray, b. Apr. 27, 1907. 
II. Eleanor 'Clarke, b. Jan. 29, 1910. 

The Clarke PAMiiiY 507 

5. George^ Briggs Clarke (Lurvey^, Moses^^) m. Ellen Eliza- 
beth Needham of Wales, Mass. Apr. 1, 1868. 

6. Charles' Clarke (Lurvey^ Moses^) m. Ella . 

I. Etta*. 
II. MabeP. 

III. Fannie*. 

IV. George*. 

Moses Clarke admitted to Church June 10, 1832. 
Moses Clarke's wife admitted to Church, July 7, 1816. 
Sally Clarke, bpt. Nov. 21, 1824. 

Ohauncy D. Thompson of Brookfield m. Julia Clarke of 

508 The History of Holland, Mass. 

By Mrs. E. M. Webber. 

The founder of the Colburn family in America was 
Nathaniel Colburn, who came from England in 1637 and 
settled in Dedham, Mass. He was admitted to the Church Nov. 
29, 1640 and made a freeman June 21, 1641. He married May 
25, 1639, Priseilla Clark. She was admitted to the church Aug. 
3, 1640. 

Nathaniel Colburn was a man of importance in Dedham 
holding town offices, the records showing his frequent partici- 
pation in the legal affairs of the town. An interesting example 
of the evolution of a name is observed in the variously spelled 
signatures; as follows: "Nathaniell Coleburne," in a list of 
signers of the "covenant" connected with the organizing of the 
town, ("we petition to the court for the land was on the 10th 
day of ye 7 month 1636," according to the town records of 
Dedham.) In these same records we find "Nat. Colberne," in 
1637, "Na;t Colbome" 1638, also "Colbearne," "Nath. Coul- 
bourne," 1641, Nath. Coalbourne," 1650, Nath. Coalburne, 
1651, and 1676, among other autograph signatures to a 
paper of importance. 

The name has become Nathaniel Colburn, we herewith give 
the facsimile of the handwriting of the first Colburn in 

^<ifk<tiy\jd. CoUqrn- 

In 1646, Nathaniel Colburn 's barn and seventeen tons of 
hay, one horse, and several swine, in the West Parish were 
destroyed by lightning. The loss was two thousand dollars. 

On Jan. 11, 1670, Nathaniel Colburn represented to the 
town that a great part of the mill creek, "being digged for the 
purpose of supplying the corn mills with water ' ' was within his 
land and therefore that he was entitled to remuneration in 
some other land, this petition was granted. 

NathanieP and Priseilla (Clark) Colburn had eleven child- 
ren as follows : 

The Colburn Family 509 

Second Generation. 

I. Sarah^ b. Feb. 15, 1640. 

II. Rebecca^ b. Dee. 17, 1642. 

III. NatbanieP, b. Jan. 1, 1644. 

IV. PriseiUa^ b. Feb. 1, 1646; m. Nov. 12, 1668, 
Joseph Morse. 

V. John=, b. May 29, 1648. 

VI. Mary^ b. Nov. 21, 1650. 

VII. Hannah^ b. Nov. 20, 1652. 

VIII. SamueP, b. Nov. 25, 1654. 

IX. Deborah^ b. Nov. 28, 1656. 

X. Benjamin^ b. July 24, 1659. 

XI. Joseph^ b. Oct. 1, 1662. 

John= (NathanieP), b. May 29, 1648, in West Dedham, 
. ; m. in 1672, Experience Leland ; he d. in 1708. They had 
seven children as follows: 

Third G-eneration. 
I. John^ b. Dec. 14, 1675 ; d. 1732. 
II. Ebenezer=, b. Oct. 21, 1677. 

III. Deborah^ b. Mar. 14, 1680. 

IV. Hannah^ b. Sept. 16, 1683. 
V. Bertha^ b. Feb. 28, 1686. 

VI. DanieP, b. Aug. 4, 1689. 
VII. Experience^ b. Mar. 16, 1692. 

DanieP Colburn (John^, NathanieP), b. Aug. 4, 1689, in 
West Dedham, went to Stafford, Conn, in 1718, and settled there 
on what has since been known as Colburn Hill. From, him 
descended all the Colburns of that town and those who lived in 
Holland, Mass. He had two wives and six children. 

Fourth Generation. 
I. DanieP. 
II. Joseph*. 

III. John*- 

IV. Ebenezer*. 
V. Mittee. 

VI. Samuel. 

DanieP (DanieP, John^, NathanieP) ; m. and had three 
children as f oUows : 

Fifth Generation 
I. DanieP. 
II. Reuben^. 
III. Soloman". 

510 The History op Holland, ]\Iass. 

DanieP (DanieP, DanieP, John^, NathanieP), m. Elizabeth 
Moulton. They had thirteen children as follows : 

Sixth Generation 
I. Lourinda', m. Paris Carpenter had children 

Lotia^, Hammond^, Diana', Nancy', Mary', 

Ira', Clarissa', Charles'. 
II. Polly^ m. Alfred Miller; they had children. 

Eliza', Zuba', Sally', Billings', Frank', 

Prank', Jasper', Elvira'. 

III. John" m. Eliza Carrington, had children 

GeoTge', John', John', Charles', Grace', 
William', Edward', Charles'. 

IV. Erastus" m. Polly Van Hoover; they had child, 

V. Daniel", m. Fanny Etheridge had children, 

Clarisa', George' D., Sumner' N., Ledyard'. 
VI. Leonora", d. at 12 years of age. 
VII. Ephraim" m. Candace Hodges, they had children, 

Amelia', Aurelia', Betsey', Elbridge', Alme- 

VIII. Horace", b. May 26, 1797, m. Mar. 6, 1823, 

Cynthia Rogers, she was b. Feb. 14, 1803; d. 

May 1874; had children, Horace', Danforth', 


IX. Josiah", m. Susan Clark, they had children, 

Susan', Benjamin', Adella', Howard', Char- 

X. Elvira", m. Gardner "Wallace, Mar. 7, 1823, had 

children, Elizabeth', Augusta'. 
XI. Sullivan", m. (1) Martha Hull, (2) Hannah Hull; 
they had children. Richard', Frank', 
Mary', Gardner', Annah'. 
XII. Sylvester", (twin to Sullivan) m. Elizabeth 
Hull, had children, Frederick', Arthur', 
Hull', Armour', Anjanette', Daniel'. 
XIII. Laura", m. Marquis Ball, had children Chauncy', 
Redmond', Sarah', Cornelia', Hiram', Emily'. 

Ephraim" Colburn (DanieP, Daniel*, DanieP, John', 
NathanieP) was b. in Stafford, Conn., in June, 1802, was m. 
abt. 1825 to Candace" Hodges of Stafford; b. Feb. 1805. She 
was a great grandchild of DanieP Colburn, as also was her hus- 
band Ephraim. The descent of Candace is as follows : Samuel* 

(son of DanieP, and brother to DanieP) ; m. — Patterson. 

He d. in Stafford 1826. They had three children. 

The Colburn Family 511 

I. Sarah', m. Joseph Rogers and had dau. Cynthia. 
II. Irene". 

III. Samuel, Jr.', m. and had large family in Staf- 

Irene' m. Hodges, he d. in Canada, his wife Irene d. 

in Stafford at the home of her brother Samuel Jr. now the home 
of Ezra Colburn who m. Caroline Carpenter. {See Carpenter 

Irene' and Mr. Hodges had three children. 
I. Elbridge"- 

II. Betsey", m. Drake and had two children, 

Hiram' and Harlow'. 
III. Candace", m. Ephraim Colburn abt. 1825. 

The Hodges family of this country originated in Taunton, 
Mass., the first comer being William Hodges, there in 1643, from 
what place is not known. Ephraim^ Colburn d. Nov. 24, 1847, 
and Candace m. (2) Elijah Lombard of Brimfield, Apr., 1853. 
Candace died at the home of her dau., Betsey Switzer, in Hol- 
land, Dee. 13, 1876. Ephraim* and Candace Colburn had five 
children as follows : 

Seventh GteNEEATioN. 

I. Amelia', b. Sept. 14, 1827; d. June 9, 1836. 
II. Aurelia', b. Oct. .22, 1828; m. Edwin Damon 
Mar. 3, 1851, she d. Feb. 16, 1905, he d. June 
8, 1910. 

III. Betsey', b. Nov. 16, 1831; m. J. Henry Switzer 

Nov. 26, 1857. (See Switzer Genealogy.) 

IV. Elbridge, b. Apr. 5, 1834; m. Grace Baldwin 

Nov. 25, 1855 of New Haven, Ct. ; he d. May 

11, 1864. 
V. Almeda, b. Aug. 14, 1837; m. Sept. 14, 1856, 

Charles Blodgett, they had four children 

(See Blodgett Genealogy), she d. June 7, 

Going back to the sixth generation we find the twins 
Sullivan* and Sylvester", brothers of Ephraim" ; their likeness to 
each other was so complete that no one except their mother 
could distinguish between them. Their father to make sure 
of a response invariably addressed each twin son, as Sul- 
Sylvester. A story is told of their youthful days when together 
they went to pay court to the Hull sisters whom they afterwards 
married. One of the brothers asked the young lady of his 

512 The History op Holland, Mass. 

choice how she knew the one from the- other as they not only 
looked alike but dressed alike. She replied that it was through 
a slight difference in their vests which she had observed. The 
lovers changed vests before making the next call and so changed 
sweet-hearts to the discomfiture of the young women when the 
joke was discovered. 

The Colburn twins combined the dowers bought them 
respectively by their wives in a profitable business and amassed 
immense fortunes. Arthur^ Colburn son of Sylvester was 
established in the spice business in Philadelphia. He too ac- 
cumulated a great fortune, many times that of his father and 
uncle. His spices were brought from foreign lands in his own 
ships and at this writing Colburn 's spices can be found in some 
grocery stores, he having been dead some years. His death 
was a tragedy; out in his yacht with his family for a sail on 
Long Island Sound, he was struck by a gale and his boat cap- 
sized, all of his family were drowned excepting his blind wife 
who was at home and a daughter who was able to float and was 
rescued. Of the seventh generation Aurelia Colburn and her 
husband Edwin Damon lived in the South part of the town for 
some years, then removed to the north of Holland where they 
lived and died. Mr. Damon was a big hearted, quiet, scholarly 
man, highly respected. Mrs. Damon was known and loved by all ; 
netvidthstanding years of ill health she abounded in cheery 
words, kind deeds and benevolences unknown to any save the 

Elbridge^ Colburn was a captain and quartermaster in the 
62nd Connecticut Cavalry in the civil war. He died May 11, 
1864, while home on a furlough. 

From History of Umon, Conn. 
Dea. Humphrey^ Cram married Hannah 


garah^ ; m. John Rosebrooks, Apr. 10, 

Mehitable^ b. Apr. 15, 1745 ; m. Jonah Loomis, 

Oct. 18, 1764. 
(Jonah?) Jonathan^ b. March 9, 1747. 
Chloe^ b. Nov. 25, 1750 m. Peter Faulkner Sept. 12, 1778. 

The Damon Family 513 


By Mrs. E. ML Webber 

The Damons were early settlers in America. They were 
from an ancient and illustrious family of French origin : They 
emigrated to England at an early date, about the 13th or 14th 
century. A coat of arms with motto, Pro Rege, Pro Lege, Pro 
Grege proves they were a family of substance and standing. A 
number of families of the name came to America as early as 
1650, among them Thomas^ Damon, who settled in Wayland. 
He was the ancestor of the Ludlow, Granby and Holland Damons, 
and other families. The Rev. Jude Damon was a near relative who 
was a graduate of Harvard College in 1776 and was ordained 
at Truro in 1786. Thomas^ Damon (son of Thomas^) was b. 
Jan. 31, 1659, and d. Oct. 20, 1723 and m. May 16, 1683, Lucy 
Ann Emerson dau. of Rev. Joseph Emerson of Mendon. 
Children of Thomas^ and Lucy Ann Damon : 

Lucy^ Ann, b. May 20, 1684. 

Joseph^ b. Sept. 28, 1686. 

Ebenezer', b. Mar. 12, 1690; d. May 24, 1703. 

Blizabeth^ b. June 26, 1693. 

Hannah^ b. Sept. 16, 1695. 

Mehitable^ b. Nov. 20, 1699. 

MaryS b. Aug. 31, 1701. 

ThomasS b. Dee. 25, 1703 ; m. Abigail Rice. 

John^ b. May 10, 1709 ; m. Gleason. 

AbigaiP, b. Nov. 29, 1713. 

10. Thomas' Damon (Thomas^ Thomas^), b. Dec. 25, 1703, 
removed from Reading to Wayland, where he d. Mar. 6, 179'6, 
aged 92; he m. Abigail Rice, whose grandfather was one of 
the first settlers of Wayland. 

11. John= Damon (Thomas^ Thomas^), was b. May 10, 
1709 ; went to Brookfield, in 1758 ; bought land in Warren, then 
called Western. He went in Col. Jedediah Foster's Reg't, which 
marched to Roxbury, Apr. 21, 1775, in response to the alarm 

given at Lexington ; he m. ' Gleason ; children were Peter*, 

John*, Jude*. 

12. Peter* Damon (John^ Thomas^ Thomas^), b. in War- 
ren, Mass., in 1740 ; d. in Granby, Nov. 27, 1818 (his house and 






















514 The History of Holland, Mass. 

farm lying part in Ludlow, part in Granby. The town line 
running right through the house) ; he went to war with his 
father John ; he removed from Warren to Ludlow after marriage 
and before his three youngest children were bom, (between 
1776 and 1777) as his three youngest children were b. in the 
Ludlow Granby house. Peter Damon m. Aug. 9, 1766, Lydia 
Putnam, b. in 1744 and d. May 28, 1809, dau. of Capt. Josiah 
Putnam and niece of Gen. Israel Putnam. 

Children of Peter and Lydia Damon . 

I. Lucinda'', b. Nov. 25, 1767; m. Sherwood Beebe 

of Ludlow. 
II. LydiaS b. July 10, 1769 ; m. Orlando Chapin of 
New York. 

13. in. Asa=, b. Apr. 21, 1771; m. Catherine Wright; d. 

IV. Pattie', b. Jan. 30, 1773. 

14. V. Henry', b. May 6, 1776; m. Ruby Winchester 

and d..l857. 
VL Sally^ b. in Ludlow 1777; m. Josiah Simms of 
New York. 
VII. Roxy^ b. in Ludlow, 1779; unm. 

15. VIII. Eli^ b. in Ludlow 1783 ; m. Bathsheba Fletcher, 


15. Eli» Damon (Peter*, John^, Thomas^ Thomas^), b. 
1783 J sold his property, the Ludlow Granby farm, which he 
bought of his father in 1814-15 about 1825 as he moved to Holl- 
and in the Spring of 1826 and died the following August leav- 
ing a wife and four children. Soon after his death Mrs. Damon 
bought the place in the south part of Holland of her Uncle 
James Lawrence Wales of Wales, Mass., receiving the deed in 
1827. She lived there until 1856 when she sold the property 
and bought the place in the north part of town known as the 
Benj. Wilson place. She was a lady highly esteemed by all 
who knew her. The family lived 54 years in their new home. 
Mrs. Damon died Apr. 1865 ; her son Edwin" Putnam and dau. 
Laura continued to live there until death. 

Children of Eli' and Bathsheba Damon. 
I. Lucy" Maria, b. 1817 in Granby, Mass.; d. Apr. 

1, 1869. 
II. Laura" Matilda, b. 1819 in Granby, Mass.; d. 
Feb. 5, 1905. She was ever alert to do good 

The Damon Family 515 

with the money she always considered a gift 
of God and used it freely to extend the Gos- 
pel to all nations never forgetting the little 
Home Church in Holland, altho she was a 
member of the Methodist Church. 

III. Edwin" Putnam, b. 1822, in Granby; d. June 8, 


IV. Sarah" Damon, b. June 16, 1824 in Granby; d. 

Jan. 4, 1868. 

Lucy" Maria Damon, b. 1817 ; m. Freeman M. Brown of 
Stafford, Ct., Jan. 1, 1838 ; he d. June 1, 1903. 

I. Maria^, b. 1841 ; was accidentally shot in 1847. 
II. Lena^ Hortense, b. July 12, 1843; d. June 10, 

III. Freeman^ M. Brown, Jr., b. 1852 ; lives in Detroit, 
Mich.; three children born to them died in 

Edwin" Putnam Damon m. Aurelia Oolburn, Mar. 31, 1851. 
(See Coliurn Genealogy.) 

Sarah" Damon, b. June 16, 1824; m. "William Ainsworth 
Webber, Mar. 19, 1843. (See Welber Genealogy.) 

516 The History of Holland, Mass. 

By Curtis Dean. 

Dr. David Buck Dean was born at Killingly, Conn. Sept. 
4, 1787 ; Avilda Pike Dean, wife of David Buck Dean, was bom 
at Brooklyn, Conn., Marcb 13, 1798; David Buck Dean and 
Avilda Pike were married at Holland, Mass., Sept. 11, 1814. 

Henry S. Dean was born at Holland, Mass. July 20th, 

Ann Jennette Dean was born at Holland, Mass. Oct. 15, 

Erepta Maria Dean was born at Holland, Mass. May 18, 

Avilda Pike Dean died at Eastford, Conn. Nov. 10, 1861 

aged 63 years. 
Dr. David Buck Dean died at Coventry, Conn. March 1, 

1866, aged 78 years. 
Dr. Henry Spalding Dean died at Coventry, Conn. Janu- 
ary 15, 1898, aged 74 years. 
Ann Jeanette Dean Sessions died at Boston, Mass., Aug. 
8, 1899, aged 73 years 9 months. Left a son, Arthur 
D. Marcy, now living in Boston, Mass. 
Erepta Maria Dean Seagraves died at "Worcester, Mass. 
somewhere between 1876 and 1880. Had a son Chas. 
who died before she did. 

Henry Spalding Dean m. Charlotte Curtis at South Coven- 
try, Conn., their son Curtis Dean is living and practicing law 
in South Coventry and Willimantie, Conn. 

Dr. H. S. Dean practiced niedicine in South Coventry and 
surrounding towns for a period of forty five years. A graduate 
of Jeif erson Medical School, Philadelphia, Pa. 

The Deteay Family 517 


By Webber. 

Jean Baptiste^ Antoine Pierre De Bstrees was born in Paris, 
France, 1756. He was the only son but had two sisters, Emily 
and Arsula. His family was of the nobility and very wealthy. 
He camie to this country with the Marquis de Lafayette, an in- 
timate friend of his, at the time of the Revolutionary War. 
He was appointed commissary General. He took part in the 
battle of Yorktown and never returned to his native land. His 
parents and sisters are supposed to have been guillotined at 
the time of the French Revolution. He married Olive Carpen- 
ter daughter of Sessions Carpenter of Kiillingly, Conn, and 
kept the first silk store in Providence, R. I. He died suddenly 
at Woodstock, Conn., in 1824, a few weeks before Gen. Lafayette 
visited this country and whose visit he was anxiously anticipat- 

Jean^ B. A. P. De Estrees m. Olive Carpenter. 
I. Anthony^ b. 1779 ; d. in 1846 ; m. Amy Mathew- 
II. Nancy^ b. 1784; d. in 1869; m. (1) Wiley Bar- 
rett, (2) Joel Mclntire, b. 1789, d. 1862. 

III. Emily^ b. 1786; d. in 1860; m. Levi Mclntire, 


IV. Peggy^ b. 1791; d. in 1859; m. (1) Rufus Mcln- 

tire of Charlton, Mass., (2) EHis Thayer. 
Rufus Mclntire was in the war of 1812 and 
died 1813. 
V. Bathsheba Detray^ b. July 7, 1793 ; d. 1880 ; m, 

Eleazer Mclntire. 
VL Francis, b. 1798; d. 1875 in Ohio; m. Calista 

Emily Detray^ m. Levi Mclntire. 
I. Liberty McIntire^ b. 1806; d. Graftsbury, Vt., 

in 1887. 
II. Estes MeIntire^ b. 1808; d. 1889. 

III. Levi Jun Mclntire^ Jr., b. 1813 ; d. in Charlton, 

Mass., in 1874. 

IV. Elijah McIntire^ b. 1821; d. 1885. 

518 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Liberty Mclntire^ m. 

I. Emily Melntire*, b. 1834; d. 1891. 
II. Mary J. Mclntire^ b. 1836. 

III. Melntire*, d. early. 

Estes Mclntire' m. (1) Abigail Bachelor of Vt.; (2) Eliza- 
beth Maud of England. 

I. Rufus Nelson Melntire*, b. 1837 ; m. Sarah Bond, 
Sturbridge, Mass. 

II. Frances McIntire^ b. 1842 ; d. 1844. 

III. Frank W. Mclntire*, b. 1850; d. 1865. 

IV. Winnifred Etta Mclntire*, b. 1872;. m. (1) 

Pease; (2) Grenash, 1 child. 

Levi Jun Melntire, Jr., m. Julia Ann Richards of Stur- 
bridge, Mass. ; she was b. 1828 ; d. — 1905. 


L Ella Sophia Melntire*, b. 1848; m. Knight; 

1 child. 
II. Eva Lewis McIntireS b. 1853 ; d. 1904 ; m. Avery 
Grosvenor of Worcester; Mass. 2 children, 
Edith and Charles. 

Elijah Melntire^ m. Mary Eliza Doughty. 

I. Samuel Bainbridge Melntire*, m. 

II. Alice E. Melntire*, b. 1850 ; d. 1868. 

Peggy Detray^ m. (1) Rufus Melntire in 1810; he d. in 
1813; (2) m. Ellis Thayer. 
I. Mary W. Thayer^ b. 1815; d. 1885; m. Elisha 
Thayer, 1834. 
Children of Mary (Thayer) Thayer and Elisha Thayer 
of Worcester. 
L Sarah C. Thayer*, b. 1835; d. Worcester, Mass., 

II. Mary Sophronia Thayer*, b. 

III. Martha L. Thayer*, b. 1840; d. 1846. 

IV. Andrew B. Thayer*, b. 1843; d. 1844. 

Sarah C. Thayer* m. Seth Carpenter, 1854. 
I. Marcus W. Carpenter, b. 1860; m. Emma D. 
Baker of West Stafford, Ct., in 1883 ; had 1 
son Harry W. Carpenter, b. 1885. 

The Detrat Family 519 

II. Martha E. Carpenter, b. 1863 ; m. ^ Wood. 

III. Willie B. Carpenter, b. 1868; d. 1869. 

Kufus Nelson Mclntire* (son of Estes^) m. Sarah Bond of 
Sturbridge, Mass. 


I. Henry Mclntire 

II. Nettie Mclntire 

III. Flora Mclntire 

Bathsheba Detray^ m. Eleazer Mclntire 1815 ; she was the 
daughter of John Baptiste Anthony Peter Detray and Olive 
(Carpenter) Detray. Nancy Detray her sister lived in Holland 
some years with her niece, the Rev. John Carpenter's wife, 
Bathsheba, spending her last years with her daughter and d. 
here in 1866. {See Mclntire Genealogy.) 

520 The History op Holland, Mass. 


By Mrs. E. M. Webber. 

The name Fletcher was originally written Fladger also 
Flechier : some infer French extraction. All traditions however 
concur in making our early ancestors of English or Welsh stock 
and Yorkshire is named as the spot whence they emigrated to 
America. The name is and has been common there. Rev. 
Elijah Fletcher of Hopkinton, N. H., b. 1774; d. 1786 (whose 
dau. Grace married Daniel Webster) was first to make a genea- 
logical collection of the family. He believed our great Ancestor 
Robert Fletcher came from Yorkshire. 

1. Robert^ Fletcher settled in Concord, Mass. in 1630 
In which year seventeen ships arrived in Massachusetts Bay and 
Plymouth. He had then three sons and was himself 38 years of 
age. It was five years later that Concord was organized. He 
was a wealthy influential man ; he died at Concord Apr. 3, 1677, 
aged 85 years. Children, Luke^, William^, SamueP, Francis* 
and Carrie^ 

2. Francis^ b. in Concord 1636 ; m. Elizabeth, dau. of Geo. 
and Katherine Wheeler ; he remained with his father in Concord 
and became a great land owner. He was reported ' ' In full com- 
munion with ye Church in Concord," in 1677 and admitted 
freeman the same year. At that time he owned 17 lots of land 
in Concord amounting to 437 acres. His wife Elizabeth d. June 
14, 1704. 


SamueP. Sarah=. 

Joseph^. Hezekiah'. 

Blizabeth^ Hannah^ 

John^ Benjamin\ 

The Fletcher Family 521 

3. SamueP Fletcher (Francis^, Robert^, corporal) ; b. Aug. 
6, 1675, m. Elizabeth Wheeler Apr. 15, 1682. He was selectman 
of Concord in 1705-07-12-13 ; d. Oct. 23. 1744; wife survived him 
three days. 

Children born in Concord. 

Samuel*. Ruth*. 

Joseph*. Rebecca*. 

Elizabeth*. Samuel*. 

Sarah*. Benjamin*. 

John*. Timothy*. 

4. Timothy Fletcher* (SamueP, Francis^ Robert^), b. in 
Concord Aug. 28, 1704 ; m. Elizabeth . 

Children born in Concord. 

Elizabeth". Benjamin". 

Timothy". Ephraim". 

Sarah". ' Lydia". 

John". Joel". 

James". SamueP. 


5. Ephraim" Fletcher (Timothy*, SamueP, Francis^, 
Robert'), b. Feb. 5, 1740; m. Sara Davenport, b. Oct. 1, 1739; m. 
Dee. 7, 1762 ; he d. at Newport N. H., Jan. 1, 1836. 


I. Sarah", b. 1763; m. Jonathan Wakefield. 
n. Ephraim^ b. Nov. 23, 1767 ; m. Jael Morse. 
6. HI. Amos«, b. Mar. 2, 1770 ; m. Lucy Alden. 

IV. Polley", b. July 7, 1771; m. James Lawrence 

Wales, for whom Wales, Mass., was named. 
V. Lydia", b. Dec. 21, 1774; m. Alburgenee Griggs, 

Brimfield, Mass. 
VI. Timothy", b. July 14, 1778; m. Lois Metcalf of 
Newport, N. H. 
VII. Anna", b. Jan. 8, 1781 ; m. Pliny Wight of Wales, 

VIII. JoeP, b. Oct. 9, 1783; m. DiUa Rogers of Wales, 
IX. Benj.", b. Aug. 6, 1788; was drowned May, 1857. 

522 The History of Holland, Mass. 

6. Amos* Fletcher (Ephjraim'', Timothy*, SamueP, 
Francis^, Robert^) ; lived in Holland, Mass. several years prior 
to 1840 when his wife died and he went to live with the Enfield 
Shakers where he remained until death and is buried there, he 
m. Lucy Alden, May 29, 1793. She was a descendant of John 
Alden of Mayflower fame. Amos d. Dec. 31, 1857. 

1st generation; John Alden, b. 1599; d. 1687; m. Priscilla 
Mullens, 1623. 

2nd generation; Joseph Alden m. Mary Simmons. 

3rd generation ; Dea. Joseph Alden m. Harriet Dunham. 

4th generation; Samuel Alden m. Sarah Edson. 

5th generation; Josiah Alden m. Bathsheba Jones. 

6th generation; Amos Fletcher m. Lucy Alden. 

Children of Amos" and Lucy Fletcher. 

L Charity^ b. Sept. 24, 1793; d. Feb. 11, 1858; m. 
Roswell Blodgett, Feb. 22, 1821. (See Blod- 

H. Bathsheba^ b. Sept. 24, 1793; d. Apr. 23, 1865; 
m. Eli Damon in 1813. (See Damon Gene- 

7. HI. JoeF Fletcher, b. Mar. 16, 1795; d. Sept. 28, 

1841 ; m. Dee. 28, 1819, Fanny Webber. (See 
Webber Genealogy.) 

8. IV. Erastus^ b. Nov. 20, 1797 ; d. Nov. 27, 1883 ; m. 

(1) Mary Marcy; (2) Sarah Marcy; (3) El- 
mira Hersey. 

9. V. Zebina', b. Mar. 8, 1802; d. Nov. 28, 1858; m. 

(1) Nancy Sherman; (2) Betsey 

VI. Louisa^ b. Feb. 11, 1804; d. June 3, 1805. 

10. Vn. Amos', b. Feb. 20, 1806; d. June 9, 1864; m. 

Charlotte Cooper. 

11. VIII. Nathan^ b. Dec. 28, 1808; d. Sept. 5, 1857; m. 

Eliza Church. 

7. Joel Fletcher' (Amos',. Ephraim', Timothy*, Sam', 
Frances^, Robert^) ; m. Fanny Webber (dau. of Julius) Dee. 28, 


I. Loring' Fletcher, b. Oct. 23, 1820; d. Mar. 17, 

. 1877 ; m. Mary Bixby. 
II. Louisa', b. July 30, 1822; d. Dec. 9, 1887; m. 
Merrick Groves. 

III. Sarah', b. Nov. 20, 1825 ; d. May 3, 1877 ; unm. 

IV. Harriet' b. Mar. 25, 1828 ; d. July 11, 1908; unm. 

The Fletcher Family 523 

V. CharlesS b. Dee. 18, 1830; d. Apr. 21, 1832. 
VI. ^ Andrew^ Porter, b. Feb. 26, 1835 ; d. Oct. 7, 
1873; m. Margaret Garretts. 

8. Erastus' Fletcher (Amos^, Epbraim', Tim*. Sam^ 
FrancisS Robert^), m. (1) Polly Marey, b. Nov. 20, 1804; d. 
May 8, 1838; m. Mar. 19, 1826; m. (2) Sarah Marcy, b. Apr. 22, 
1808; d. Sept. 8, 1839; m. (3) Elmira Hersey of Boston July 21, 
1840; b. Dec. 20, 1814; d. Dee. 31, 1897. 

Children of Erastus and Polly (Marey) Fletcher. 

I. Lyman^ Washington, b. Nov. 12, 1828; d. Aug. 
4, 1838. 

12. II. MaryS Luran, b. Feb. 17, 1830; d. Sept. 19, 1906. 

13. III. Lyman^ Flynt, b. Apr. 18, 1831; d. Feb. 28, 


14. IV. Orrin' Lincoln, b. Aug. 10, 1832; d. June 20, 


15. V. John^ D. L., b. Dec. 14, 1836. 

Children of Erastus and Elmira (Hersey) Fletcher. 

16. VI. Geo.' Nelson, b. Apr. 30, 1841; d. June 2, 1913. 

17. VII. Harriet' Elmira, b. Aug. 27, 1842. 

18. VIII. Charles' Wesley, b. Nov. 19, 1844. 

19. IX. Maria' Emeline, b. Aug. 22, 1846. 

20. X. Wilbur' Fiske, b. Jan. 10, 1848 ; d. Sept. 19, 1854. 

21. XL Ellen' Eliza, b. Sept. 2, 1849. 

22. XII. William' Franklin, b. July 2, 1851. 

XIII. Sarah' Amelia, b. Aug. 10, 1853 ; d. Oct. 13, 1853. 

23. XIV. Herbert' Hersey, b. Aug. 10, 1855. 

XV. Edward', b. Feb. 17, 1858; d. in infancy. 

24. XVL Harlan' Foster; b. Nov. 10, 1860. 

12. Mary' Luran (Erastus^, Amos°, Ephraim", Timothy', 
SamueP, Francis^, Robert^), m. Harvey Pratt, Jan. 15, 1850. 

I. Mary' Esther, b. Dee. 25, 1850; d. 

II. Harvey' Sylvester, b. Nov. 18, 1851; d. 

in. Lucy» Elmira, b. May 24, 1853 ; d. 1853. 

IV. William' Spencer, b. Aug. 25, 1855 ; d. 1875. 

V. Fanny' Eliza, b. July 14, 1856 ; d. 1856. 

VI. Lemuel' Erastus, b. d. 

VII. William' Fletcher, b. d. 

VIII. Dwight', b. 1868; d. Sept. 6, 1903; m. 

Dwight has three children living. 

524 The History of Holland, Mass. 

13. Lyman' Flint (Brastus^, Amos", Ephraim', Timothy*, 
SamueP, Francis^, Robert^) ; m. Miriam Coomer, Dee. 17, 1857; 
she b. Jan. 23, 1834. 

I. Jennie Francis, b. Jan. 9, 1862. 

14. Orrin* Lincoln (Erastus^ Amos°, Ephraim', Timothy*, 
SamueP, Francis^, Robert^) ; m. (1) Mary Jennette Worthing- 
ton ; (2) Maria Orcult Pasco, Nov. 23, 1865 ; she d. Apr., 1913. 

I. Wilbur" L., b. Sept. 13, 1858; m. Nettie Moore 

of Stafford, Ct. 
n. Everett" L., b. Aug. 14, 1864; m. Mattie S. 
Cooly of Stafford, Ct. 

III. Eva" Jennette, b. Sept. 8, 1870; m. Artemus Kel- 


IV. Herbert" 0., b. Aug. 7, 1872; m. — ; had 1 


15. John' D. L. (Erastus^, Amos", Ephraim", Timothy*, 
SamueP, Francis^, Robert^) ; m. Tabitha Story Devereau, Nov. 
13, 1859 ; she d. Apr. 3, 1904. 

L Harley" P., b. Feb. 2, 1861 ; d. Feb. 17, 1865. 
II. Walter" Irving, b. Dee. 20, 1864; d. Jan. 4, 1898, 
at White Rock, Westerly, R. I. ; he has two 
sons living. 

iv! Alfrel"'. } *^^"^ ^- ^®''- 2> 1866; d. 1866. 
V." Luey Alden", b. 1868; d. 1868. 

16. Geo.' Nelson Fletcher (Erastus', Amos", Ephraim', 
Timothy*, SamueP, Francis^, Robert^) ; m. Mary Chapman, Apr. 

17, 1870; b. Apr. 4, 1848. 

Elizabeth" Elmira, b. Apr. 21, 1871, Granby, Mass. 

17. Harriett' Elmira Fletcher (Erastus', Amos', Ephraim", 
Timothy", SamueP, Francis^ Robert^) ; m. Henry C. Bouton of 
Paterson N. Y., Aug. 23, 1866 ; he d. 1814. 

I. Henry" P., b. May 30, 1867 ; d. Sept. 5, 1867. 
II. Clarence" E., b. Mar. 1, 1869; d. Dec. 1, 1878. 
IIL Louis" E., b. Oct. 7, 1871. 


The Fletcher Family 525 

18. Charles' Wegley Fletcher (Erastus^, Amos", EphraiIn^ 
Timothy*, SamueP, Francis^ Robert^) ; m. (1) Francis Bart- 
lett, Nov. 24, 1870, (2) Mary Glen. 


I. Luella» May, b. June 24, 1873 ; d. July 3, 1873. 

II. Bessie' Bartlett, b. Mar. 19, 1882. 
III. Francis" M., b. May 3, 1884. 

Bessie* Bartlett, b. Mar. 19, 1882; m. Herbert Demming 
Fargo, July 2, 1907. 

Charles" Herbert, b. Aug. 15, 1911. 

19. Maria' Emeline Fletcher (Erastus^, Amos", Ephraim^ 
Timothy*, SamueP, Francis^, Robert^) ; m. Charles H. Cooper, 
Dec. 12, 1868. 

Eva» Gertrude, b. Nov. 26, 1871; d. Sept. 26, 1872. 

21. Ellen' Eliza Fletcher (Erastus', Amos^ Ephraim^ 

Timothy*, SamueP, Francis^ Robert^) m. John Sparks, July 10, 



Minnie" Estelle, b. Jan. 5, 1871. 

22. William' Franklin Fletcher (Erastus', Amos", Eph- 
rairn", Timothy*, SamueP, Francis^ Robert^) ; m. Ada Mills 
Oct. 1, 1879 ; Ada" b. Feb. 10, 1855. 

I. William" Rockwell, _b. Sept. 11, 1880. 

II. Grace", b. Oct. 7, 1882. 

III. Raymond" Mills, b. Oct. 1, 1885. 

9. Zebina' Fletcher (Amos', Ephraim% Timothy*, 
SamueP, Francis^ Robert^) ; m. (1) Nancy Sherman, (2) Betsey 

; Nancy d. Mar. 12. 1852. 

I. Mary' E., b. Mar. 6, 1826 ; m. (1) Joseph Cornish ; 
(2) A. K. Adams of Rome, N. Y. She had 
two dau. ; both m. ; one to J. S. Wardwell of 
Rome, N. Y. ; and S. H. Beach, President of 
the Bank in Rome, N. Y. Mrs. A. K. Adams 
d. Dee. 25, 1907. 
II. Joseph' Alden, b. Mar. 4, 1828; m. Augusta 
Fuller of Holland, Nov. 27, 1851. 

526 The History of Holland, Mass. 

I. Mary» Eva, b. Nov. 29, 1852. 
n. Ida" May, b. Aug. 21, 1858. 

Mary' Eva m. (1) Arthur Newton Brush, July 15, 1873. 


I. Carl^" Fletcher Brush, b. Oct. 27, 1874. 
II. Qliff^" Gerry Brush, b. Dec. 10, 1876. 

Mary" Eva m. (2) Clarence TEdwin Bondy, Oct. 10, 1888. 

III. Harold^" D. Bondy, b. Apr. 7, 1881. 

IV. Evangeline'* Corinne Bondy, b. Dec. 31, 1897. ' 
CarP" F. Brush m. Dean Neff, Jan. 1, 1902. 

Cliff" Gerry Brush m. Mae "West, Jan. 4, 1904. 
III. Delosia^ b. 1836; d. July, 1838. 

10. Amos' Fletcher (Amos°, Ephraim'', Timothy*, Samuel', 
Francis^ Eobert') ; m. Charlotte Cooper Sept. 27, 1829, she b. 
June 6, 1804; d. Jan. 6, 1871. 

I. Mary« Mortellett, b. Oct. 27, 1834; d. Sept. 5, 

II. Mary' Fletcher, b. June 3, 1836; d. Mar. 24, 

25. III. Charlotte' Amelia, b. Apr. 19, 1838 ; d. Feb. 21, 


26. IV. Maria' Cooper, b. Oct. 5, 1841; d. Dec. 2, 1860. 

27. V. Calvin' Cooper, b. Sept. 3, 1843 ; d. Jan. 7, 1868. 

25. Charlotte' Amelia Fletcher (Amos', Amos', Ephraim", 
Timothy*, Samuel', Francis^, Robert') ; m. Wm. F. Kenison, 
June 27, 1861. 

I. "Wm.° F. Kenison, Jr., b. Sept. 6, 1862 ; m. Sarah 
Ellen Thrift. 


1. Charlotte'" Francis, b. July 5, 1886. 

2. Mabel" Ernestine, b. Jan. 9, 1888. 

II. Walter' Ernest Kenison, b. July 14, 1867; m. 
Minnie Hall, June 11, 1889. 

The Fletcher Family 527 


1. Elsie" Florence, b. 

2. Ralph^" Kenison, b. 

III. Howard^ Fletcher Kenison, b. Mar. 27, 1871 ; d. 

Nov. 19, 1876. 

26. Maria* Cooper Fletcher (Amos^, Amos", Bphraim% 
Timothy*, SamueP, Francis^, Robert^) ; m. Charles Kenison. 

I. Emma', b. Sept. 8, 1859 ; d. . 

27. CaMn» C. Fletcher (Amos^ Amos", Ephraim% 
Timothy', SamueP, Francis^ Robert^) ; m. Ellen F. Morse July 
1, 1866. 

Edward" Henry, b. Nov. 29, 1867; d. Mar. 29, 1868. 

11. Nathan^ Fletcher (Amos", Ephraim', Timothy*, 
SamueP, Francis^, Robert'^) ; m. Eliza Church, b. in Holland 
Jan. 23, 1812; Mar. 22, 1830. 


28. I. Alden' L., b. in Holland, July 18, 1831 ; d. Mar. 

6, 1897. 
II. Benj. C.«, b. Sept. 30, 1833, in Belehertown, 
Mass. ; d. Sept. 17, 1834. 

29. III. Eunice' M., b. Sept. 14, 1835, in Belehertown, 

Mass. ; d. Mar. 3, 1904. ' 

IV. Wealthy* S., b. Oct. 11, 1837; m. Charles S. 

Smith, Nov. 7, 1883, b. in Belehertown, Mass. 

V. Elizabeth*, b. Dec. 5, 1839, in Belehertown, 

Mass. ; d. Oct. 1, 1862 ; m. W. W. Snow, Mar. 
22, 1860. 

30. VI. James*, b. June 19, 1843 in Wales, Mass. 
VII. George* B., b. Oct. 28, 1850 in Palmer, Mass; d. 

Jan. 26, 1874. 

Alden*- L. Fletcher (Nathan'', Amos", Ephraim', 
Timothy', SamueP, Francis^, Robert^) ; m. (1) Lauarett Bourn 
of Three Rivers, May 26, 1859, (2) Lottie Reed of Belehertown, 
Nov. 21, 1861, (3) Olive B. Knowlton of Springfield May 4, 
1865 ; he had four children all but one dying in infancy. 

I. Mary° Eliza, of Alden and Olive (Knowlton) 
Fletcher, b. Oct. 29, 1870. 

528 The History op Holland, Mass. 

Eunice' M. Fletcher (Nathan^, Amos", Ephraim", Timothy*, 
SamueP, Francis^, Robert^) ; m. Emory Paine, Nov. 25, 1857, in 












James* C. Fletcher (Nathan', Amos^ Ephraim", Timothy*, 
SamueP, Francis^ Robert^) ; m. (1) Sarah Torrey, (2) Mary 
Damon in Northampton, Mass. 



First Generation. 

Capt. Richard^ Davenport born in "Weymouth, Dorchester, 
England about 1606, with the John Endicott Party embarked 
at Dorsetshire on the ship Abigail, June 16, 1628, arriving in 
Salem, Mass. Sept. 6, 1628. He married Elizabeth Hawthorne, 
sister of Major Wm. Hawthorne, the Salem Witchcraft 
Judge and ancestor of Nathaniel Hawthorne, the novel- 
ist. (Major Hawthorne came over in the Arbella with 
John Winthrop in 1630. He first settled in Dorchester and later 
in Salem. He was Deputy Speaker of the House, Assistant and 
Major Commanding in Indian Wars; he died in 1681, age 74.) 

Capt. Richard^ Davenport removed to Boston in 1643, was 
made freeman Sept. 13, 1634, Ensign in Nov. 1634, Lieutenant 
in 1636. In 1637 he was Representative to the General Court. 
In 1639 he was a member of the artillery Co. In Nov. 13, 1644, 
he was offered the Captaincy of Castle on Castle Island, in 
Boston Harbor, which he accepted. In 1645 the General Court 
granted him 650 acres of land which lay in Lancaster, Boylston, 
West Boylston and Shrewsbury. His descendants still occupy 
portions of it. He was a man approved for his faithfulness and 
sMU. In 1665 he was struck by lightning. His wife Elizabeth 
died June 24. 1676. 

The Fletcher Family 529 

Second Generation 

^Bleazor^, NathanieP, 'Truecross^, ^Experienced, ^John^, 
'SamueP, ',Sara^ «Elizabeth^ «William^ 

JohD^ Davenport was born in Salem, Sept. 19, 1641 ; he m. 
Bridgett Watkins of Dorchester, Mass., Nov. 1, 1667. 

Third Generation. 
. Richard' and John'. 

Richard' Davenport was born in Boston Nov. 13, 1670; he 
m. Abigail Newcomb; she was bpt. March 25, 1677. He was 
representative from Bridgewater in 1716-1719, 1721-1724, was 
appointed coroner 1724; removed to Shrewsbury in 1731 to the 
Ancestral Grants. His second wife was Abagail Hancock, b. Aug. 
23, 1675, daughter of Nathaniel Hancock of Cambridge, great 
aunt to John Hancock and sister of Rev. John Hancock who was 
minister at Lexington, Mass. during 52 years previous to the 
war of the Revolution. He died in Sutton Centre, Mass., July 
18, 1762 ; his widow died 1767. 

Fourth Generation 
'Richard*, ^William*, 'Nathaniel*, ^Elizabeth*, ^Eleazor*. 
"William* Davenport, b. in Bridgewater, Mass. in 1730; m. 
Sara Richards. He was selectman in 1749-1751. 

Fifth Generation 
^AbagaiP, ^Anna^ 'Elizabeth^, *William', ''Mary', «Sara^ 
Sara Davenport^ b. in Shrewsbury, Oct. 1, 1739 ; m. Eph- 
raim Fletcher, Dec. 7, 1762. She is the ancestress of the Fletchers 
who once lived in Holland, Wales, Granby and other towns. 


530 The History of Holland, Mass. 

By Levering. 

James Frizell bought the land for his homestead of the 
Winthrop heirs. He came from Woodstock, Ct., and of a very- 
old family. His farm therefore lay east of the line as shown 
by the map. It is described as situated east of Siog Lake in 
the old deed and is the homestead south of where Mrs. Freeman 
Blodgett now lives, the house being gone. He is a signer to the 
petition of June 5, 1764; also James Frizell, Jr. and Samuel 
Frizell. In the list of subscribers to the church covenant when 
it was organized in 1765, we find James Frizell and Mary Fri- 
zell. In the record of additions to the church bearing date April 
4, 1782, we find Jas. Frizell and Mary Frizell, which must have 
been Jas. Frizell, Jr., and wife, for James Frizell, Sr., was 
elected deacon Oct. 25, 1768. In the tax list of the Bast Parish 
for 1782 we find James Frizell and William Frizell as taxpayers 
and the same are taxpayers in 1793; and James Frizell is a 
taxpayer in the list of 1798 and his land is bounded. That he 
and his family were church going people is beyond question, as 
weU as that he had a family, for we find in the baptisms for 
May 10, 1782, Mehitable, Hannah and Samuel. 

James^ Frizell m. Mary 

James^, b. Apr. 15, 1704; m. Elizabeth Chandler. 

James^ b. April 12, 1731. Settled in Holland. 
Elizabeth, Aug. 30, 1733. 
Mary, May 21, 1736. 
Mehetable, May 14, 1738. 
Sarah, Nov. 14, 1740. 
Samuel, Dec. 5, 1742. 
Hannah, Mar. 3, 1744-5. 

(From Woodstock vital records.) 

Dea. of Cong. Church, James* (?) Frizell, d. Jan. 24, 1813; 
m. Mary ; she d. Mch. 4, 1824, age 87 years. 

I. Mehitable, bpt. May 10, 1782; d. Oct. 19, 1831, 
age 64. 

The Fkizell Family 531 

II. William, d. May 4, 1815, age 54 years. 

III. Hannah, bpt. May 10, 1782; admitted to the 

church, Oct. 26, 1817. 
2. IV. Samuel, bpt. May 10, 1782. 
V. Thomas. 
Order of births is not known. We think that he was 
son of the preceding. 

2. Dea. of Baptist Church SamueP Frizell (James^, Dea.), 
b. 1769 ; d. Sept. 23, 1845, age 76 yrs. ; m. 1801, Sally, b. 1780, 
d. Oct. 9, 1828, age 48 yrs. 

• I. Calvin Washburn^ Mch. 28, 1802. 

II. SamueP, Jr., 1803. 

III. Mary Stanton^ Apr. 29, 1805 ; m. Jan. 17, 1836, 
John Wheeloek; her son, Jared Lathrop 
Frizell m. Sept. 9, 1850, Mary Sikes of Stur- 

IV. Sally, May 9, 1807; m. Dea. Alvin Goodell. 

V. Hannah, 1809; m. Nov. 11, 1837, Otis Jackson. 
VI. Lorenzo, May 25, 1812. 
VII. William, Aug. 3, 1815; m. Lucina Goodell, Dec. 
1, 1836. 


1. James, b. 1837. 

2. Harriet, b. 1840. 
VIII. James, May 9, 1817. 

532 The History of Holland, Mass. 


By Levering. 

James^ Puller m. Abigail Youmans. 

Hezekiah^ Puller m. Margaret Tyler. 
James' Puller m. Mary May. 

The Puller family originated in Woodstock, Ct. (See 
vital records of Woodstock, Conn.) 

James^ Puller m. Mary May, April 22, 1781. 
Porter*, b. July 23, 1783. 
Binda* M., b. Sept. 26, 1785 ; m. Sewell Glazier, June 

24, 1805. 
OrriP, b. Aug. 8, 1787. 
Elbridge G.*, b. July 9, 1789 ; m. Nancy Perry, Nov. 29, 

James J.*, b. Apr. 22, 1791. 
Augustus L.*, b. Mar. 4, 1793. 
Mary*, b. Peb. 21, 1795. 

Elbridge* G. Puller m. Nancy Perry, Nov. 29, 1812. 
Mary Matilda^ b. Mar. 6, 1814; m. (1) Mr. John Bull 

of Buffalo, N. Y. ; (2) Mr. Rogers. 
Augusta^ m. Joseph Pletcher (son of Zebina), Eyota, 

Rinda M.=, b. Dec. 6, 1820; m. (1) Clement B. Drake, 

1838; (2) John Glazier. 
Maria'' m. Rev. W. R. Parsons, Worthington, Ohio. 
Eunice^ b. July 24, 1827 ; m. Horace Wallis, Jr. 
Charles^ d. in 1848; m. Dr. Dean's daughter. 
William', d. in infancy. 

Clement B. Drake m., 1838, Lorinda May' Puller, b. Dec. 
6, 1820. He b. June 29, 1812. 

Clement Puller", b. Jan. 27, 1841. 
Elbridge Gerry", b. Apr. 19, 1843. 
John Milo", b. Oct. 2, 1846. 
Rinda Maria*, b. Jan. 22, 1850. 
Mary Eunice*, b. Oct. 12, 1854. 
Bertie* (adopted) b. Oct. 3, 1862. 

The Glazier Family 533 


By Lovering. 

The name of Glazier is quite frequently met in the early 
records of Holland. In the tax list for 1793, we find the name 
of Calvin Glazier. But his name is not on the list for 1782, 
neither is he mentioned in the school list when the town, newly 
incorporated, was divided into school districts. By the assess- 
ment roll of 1798 we conclude that his home was what was later 
known as the "Sands Place." He had quite .a family. Only two 
have their births recorded.. The order is inferred. 

Calvin^ Glazier m. Lydia 

I. SewalP m. Rinday M. Fuller, 1805 
II. Perley^ m. Sarah Harris, 1810 and moved to New 
York state. 

III. Joseph^ bp. 1792; m. Philura Plimpton, 1817. 

IV. Lydia^ m. 1819, Samuel Webber of Union, Ct. 
V. Roxana^ bp. 1792 ; m. 1812, Samuel Webber, Jr. 

VL Alice^ b. Oct. 8, 1795 ; bp. 1795. 
VII. Shepard^ b. Sept. 9, 1793; bp. 1794; went to 

Salt Lake City; lived with the Mormons. 
VIII. Lorinda^ bp. 1799 ; m. Perley Stone, 1822. 

Sewall, Shepherd, and Joseph were taxpayers by the list of 
1812. The son, Joseph, was the Rev. Joseph Glazier 
who became the first settled pastor of the Baptist Church, 
who later went to Ware, Mass. 

SewelP Glazier m. Lorinda M. Fuller. 
Edmund', b. Nov. 13, 1809. 
George Merriek^ b. Aug. 27, 1811. 
Louisa', b. about 1830; m. (1) Dr. Daniel Fiske; (2) 
Mr. Beckwith. 
Wm.* H. Glazier, grandson to Sewall, lives at 191 Rox- 

bury St., Roxbury, Mass. 
Mrs. W. A. Allen, granddaughter to Sewall, lives in Spen- 

Dr. Emory Glazier m. 


534 The History op Holland, Mass. 






Perley Glazier m. Sarah Harris. 

Albert, b. Nov. 28, 1810. 
Laura, b. June 19, 1812. 


By E. M. Webber. 

Ichabod'^ Goodell came from Woodstock, Conn., to Holland 
at an early date. He was b. 1752; d. 1826, age 74. He m. 
Martha Webber of Holland, then So. Brimfield. He had four 
children : — 


HuldahS b. 1771. 
MaryS b. 1774. 
JabezS b. 1776. 
Persist b. 1780. 

LjTnan Goodell, b. Nov. 24, 1774, came from Woodstock to 
Brimfield; married about 1795, to Candace Carpenter. 

Children b. in Woodstock. 

I. Persis C, b. March 31, 1797 ; m. Martha Mason, 

Feb. 26, 1829. 
n. Laura, b. Nov., 1799 ; d. Feb., 1858. 

III. Mary, b. June, 1802; m. Loring Clark of Hol- 

land, Apr. 13, 1828. 

IV. Alden, b. June 19, 1804; m. (1) Lucinda Goodell, 

Dec. 6, 1827 ; she d. Nov. 29, 1858 ; he m. (2) 
Widow Mary (Austin) Smith, Oct. 25, 1859; 
she d. May 12, 1872. 

The Goodell Family 535 

V. Dea. Alvin Goodell, b. May 1, 1806 ; d. 1902 ; m. 
the daughter of Dea. Samuel Frizzel, Apr. 
2, 1829. Mr. Goodell was a man of many- 
cardinal virtues, was a deacon of the baptist 
church; when they no longer had services 
in their church, he attended the Congrega- 
tional Church and acted the part of a con- 
sistent member, helping to support the Gos- 
pel, and for many years held the position of 
a Sabbath School teacher. He had a large 
class of married ladies. He was an instruc- 
tive as well as faithful teacher, and was be- 
loved by old and young. In his home a con- 
genial companion and everyone alike were 
welcomed by the deacon and his worthy wife 
to their pleasant home. 

VI. Marsha Goodell, b. July 17, 1809 ; m. Ezra Web- 
ber, son of Kimball Webber of Holland. 
VII. Lucina, b. Sept., 1811; m. William Frizzel, son 

of Dea. Samuel Frizzel. 
VIII. Lafira B., b. July, 1813; m. (1) Isaac Wood, son 
of Willard Wood of Holland; m. (2) Rev. 
Addison Parker; m. (3) Mr. Hamlin. She 
had two children by her first husband. 
Emma Wood, b. 1846. ' 
Charles Wood, b. 1848-9. 

IX. Lois Goodell, b. Apr. 16, 1818 ; m. Lathrop Lyon. 
X. Perry Goodell, b. Sept. 21, 1822; m. Minerva 

536 The Histoet of Holla,nd, Mass. 


By Mrs. Charles B. Blair. 

The Gould Line of the Town of Holland. 

Thomas^ Gould married Hannah "Williams, Feb. 10, 1782, 
in Pomfret, Conn. 

Eufus^, b. in Charlton, Dee., 1782 ; probably d. in Paxton 

in 1866 ; he m. Mary Henry of Oakham in 1822. 
Lyman=, b. in Sturbridge, Sept. 19, 1787 ; d. June 18, 1841 ; 

he m. Mary Marble, May 26, 1818; she d. Jan. 12, 

1838. Marriage intention gives him as of Holland, 

and she is recorded as of Charlton. 
Horace-, d. in young manhood. Dates of birth and death 

not given. 
Mary^ E., d. Nov. 19, 1840, aged 18 yrs. ' 
Louisa^ S., d. Nov. 7, 1842, aged 18 yrs. 
Maria^, m. a Mr. Hyde and lived in Southbridge. 
Betsy^ m. a Mr. Lamb. Their history unknown. 

Rufus' Gould m. Mary Henry, 1822. 

Charles^, d. aged 20 yrs, at Oakham. 

(Rev.) George^ b. in 1827; d. in Worcester, 1899. 

■William^ b. in Webster, 1832 ; d. in 1890. 

(Rev.) Edwin^, now living in Providence, R. I. 

John' Gould, b. June 12, 1840. 

Mary' Ann, b. in 1830. 

George', m. Nellie Grant. 


Rev. Edwin' m. Phebe Gladding. 

Dr. John' Gould, b. June 12, 1840; m. Nellie Morrison, 
Nov. 29, 1877. 


Mabel I., b. Sept. 9, 1878 ; d. Oct. 19, 1897. 

Rufus H., b. Jan. 26, 1880. 

Mary E., b. July 13, 1885. 

Helen M., b. Feb. 9, 1887 ; d. Jan. 25, 1888. 

Sarah F., b. June 8, 1890; d. July 24, 1895. 

John W., b. May 22, 1893 ; d. Sept. 13, 1908. 

Mary' Ann, b. 1830; m. Darwin Boynton; d. 1879. 

The Gould Family 537 

Lyman^ Gould, b. Sept. 19, 1787; m. Mary Marble. 
Laurene* D., m. Thomas Norris ; b. 1817 ; he d. 1875. 

John' Bisbee, b. Nov. 8, 1820; m. Olive M. Moulton; 
d. Nov. 17, 1890. 

Jerome* M., b. Dec. 9, 1846. 
Elmer* T., b. Sept. 4, 1847. 
Mary* L., b. Dec. 28, 1850. 
Frank* J., b. Apr. 10, 1853. 
Lizzie* L., b. Dee. 9, 1856. 
. Carrie* J., b. Apr. 28, 1858. 

Olive* N. M., b. Apr. 9, 1861 ; d. March 20, 1888. 
Lottie* B., b. Apr. 6, 1864, in Warren; d. May 5, 

Cora* M., b. July 2, 1867 in Warren. 


Jerome* M., b. Dec. 9, 1846 ; m. Julia A. Tyler. 

Nina T., b. Aug. 4, 1872 ; she m. John Ware. 

Elmer* T., b. Sept. 4, 1847 ; m. Lizzie F. Lathe ; d. Feb. 22, 

1902. Killed by gas. 


Rose M., m. William Fraill. 
Mary* L., b. Dec. 28, 1850 ; m. Charles B. Blair of Warren, 

Sept. 7, 1875; she d. April 7, 1915, aet. 64. 

Carl M., b. Jan. 27, 1877 ; m. Clara Dakin. 

Florence M., b. Oct. 31, 1879 ; m. Rufus H. Dix. 

Bertha N., b. March 9, 1885 ; d. Nov. 1, 1889. 

Frank* J. Gould, b. April 10, 1853; m. Mary A. Low of 

John= B., b. May 3, 1878. 
Nella" M., b. Jan. 25, 1881 ; d. July 30, 1881. 
Carrie' L., b. Oct. 24, 1884. 
Mable'^ B., b. Feb. 10, 1887. 
Grace' D., b. Mar. 30, 1892. 
Frank' W., b. Dec. 27, 1895. 
Irl' R., b. Jan. 30, 1898. 
Ruth' M., b. Feb. 24, 1903. 

538 The History of Holland, Mass. 

John^ B., b. May 3, 1878; m. Annie D. Scott of Cambridge. 
Doris^ b. Jan. 25, 1903. 
Marjorie', b. Dec. 10, 1911. 

Carrie L. Gould, b. Oct. 24, 1884; m. Howard Tuttle. 
EtheP M., b. Jan. 1, 1905. 
Frank" H., b. March 22, 1908. 
Howard" G., b. Jan. 31, 1910. 
Charles" R., b. Dec. 17, 1912. 

Grace D., Gould, b. March 30, 1892; m. Charles Combs. 

Lizzie* L. Gould, b. Dec. 9, 1856 ; m. Geo. H. Burbank of 
Warren; he d. March 21, 1904. 

A daughter^ b. ; d. Sept. 8, 1882. 

Walter C.=, b. Dec. 10, 1876 ; d. May 28, 1906. 
Abbie^ 0., b. Nov. 7, 1878 ; m. Ernest M. Ide, Jan. 11, 

George" H., b. Oct. 5, 1880. 
These three were all born in West Brookfield. 

Abbie^ 0. Burbank m. Ernest M. Ide, Jan. 11, 1909. 

Natalie" B., b. Sept. 7, 1911, in Springfield, Mass. 

George" H. Burbank m. Alice P. Sterling. 

Glen Marvin, b. Dec. 10, 1911. (A son.) 
Mrs. Burbank d. Feb. 29, 1912. 

Carrie* J. Gould, b. Apr. 28, 1858; m. Wm. H. Blake of 

Olive L., b. Feb. 22, 1886, at Warren. 
Corinne I., b. Oct. 21, 1888 ; m. Carl C. Davis. 
Ruth A., b. Aug. 19, 1895, at Fitchburg. 
Winchester, b. Apr. 14, 1899, at Fitchburg. 

Corinne I., b. Oct. 21, 1888 ; m. Carl C. Davis, at Jamaica 

The Horton Family 539 

By Wm. F. Horton. 

Joseph Stevens Horton, b. Mar. 11, 1836, Brookline, N. H., 
son of Otis and Nancy (Gilson) Horton. His maternal ancestor, 
Joseph Gilson, the emigrant, was one of the original proprietors 
of the town of Grotton, 1660. His great grandfather, Dea. Blea- 
zor Gilson, was one of the early settlers in Brookline, N. H., and 
was the first school teacher, a deacon in the first church, one of 
a committee to locate the first church, selectman for several 
years and served in the Revolution ; was at the battle of Bunker 

Mr. Horton at an early age learned the blacksmith trade, 
working at Milford, N. H., No. Shirley, So. Ashbumham, and 
Chelsea, Mass. In 1867 he established in business at East Pep- 
perell, Mass., removed to Hollis 1872, and has since carried on 
business in Shirley, Jaffrey, and Worcester, Mass. In 1907 
came to Holland and purchased the farm formerly owned by 
George L. Webber, where he has since resided. 

He married, 1st, Amelia Ann, daughter of John and Ann 
(Lakin) Lawrence of Groton, Mass., and a descendant of John 
of Watertown, the emigrant. One child, Augustina, b. Oct. 
12, 1864, Chelsea, Mass., m. Richard ,S. Joumeay, Boulder, Colo., 
Nov. 1, 1890, and died Oct. l6, 1899, Brookline, N. H. 

M., 2nd, May 3, 1870 Augusta Maria, daughter of Jonas 
Woods and Mary Jewett (Austin) Jaquith, b. May 6, 1842, 
HoUig, N. H., eighth generation from Abraham Jaquith of 
Charlestown and Woburn, 1643. Her paternal great grand- 
mother, Lydia Hobart, was third generation from Rev. Gershom 
Hobart, third mlinister of Groton and son of Rev. Peter Hobart 
of Hingham, 1635. Rev. Gershom graduated from Harvard 
College 1667, married Sarah, daughter of Dea. John and Sarah 
(Elliott) Aldir of Dedham, granddaughter of Col. Philip Elliott 
of Roxbury, brother of Rev. John Elliott, apostle to the Indians. 
Her maternal grandmother was Betsy Jewett, a descendant of 
Joseph Jewett of Rowley, Mass., 1632. The family were prom- 
inent in town and colonial affairs; were from Bradford, York- 
shire, England. 

Six of her ancestors served in the Revolution. 

540 The History of Holland, Mass. 

I. William Franklin, b. Apr. 30, 1871, Pepperell, 

Mass. , 

II. Hattie Eloise, b. Sept. 6, 1873, HoUis, N. H. 

"William F. Horton was educated in the public schools at 
HoUis, N. H., and previous to coming to Holland was in the 
employ of the Damon & Gould Co., hardware dealers, Fitchburg, 
Thompson Hardware and Smith & Lawrence Co., of Lowell and 
was a partner in the latter firm. 

Came to Holland in 1908 and in 1909 was elected a member 
of the school board and Library trustee, serving on both six 
years. In 1910 chosen one of the selectmen and served as clerk 
of the board for five years; also a member of the Republican 
town committee for five years. 

The Howlett Family 541 


By Lovering. 

Sylvester Howlett, son of John Howlett, born in Wood- 
stock, Conn., the latter part of the eighteenth century. He was 
old enough to enlist for service in the war of 1812, his name 
appearing in the Co. from Ware and vicinity. His work was 
for the protection of Boston and vicinity the muster roll being 
dated 1814. See Chapter XIII. He probably married soon 
after his return from the war for we note that his son Lewis C. 
Howlett was born iii 1820, his third child. In 1837, Feb. 11, 
he bought the farm in the south part of the town that for years 
has been known as the "Howlett Farm^" buying it of one 
Edward B. Knapp, and is mentioned in the deed as coming' 
from Sturbridge. Mr. Knapp had purchased it of one Hiram 
Chase. Mr. Howlett made this his home for a long series of 
years, rearing a family of which his son, Lewis C. Howlett, was 
for years identified with- Holland, buying his home of. one 
named Parks, which, when Holland was incorporated, was the 
homestead of Joseph Bruce mentioned in the warrant for the 
first town meeting of HoUand. Lewis C. Howlett 's son, Lewis 
M. Howlett, has long been identified with the town 's best inter- 
ests and is well and favorably known. 

By Louisa M. Howlett. 

The first of the name of Howlett to live in Holland was 
Sylvester Howlett, son of Didymus and Mary (Marey) How- 
lett, bom in Woodstock, Conn. He married Mary Abbe. 

Didymus^ Howlett m. Mary Marey of Woodstock, Conn. 

Sylvester^, b. 

Sylvester^ Howlett m. Mary Abbe. 

1. Harriet* L. 

2. Warren' M. 

542 The History of Holland, Mass. 

3. Lewis' C, b. Oct. 6, 1820. 

4. Mary' J. 

5. Didymus' Freeman. 

6. Andrew' J. 

7. H.' Caroline. 

8. William' W. 

Lewis' C. Hewlett, b. Oct. 6, 1820, in Sturbridge ; m. Sept. 
4, 1843, in Worcester, Lorinda Chapin, b. June 4, 1826, 
in Sturbridge. 

I. Lewis* M., b. Oct. 26, 1844. 
II. Luther* S., b. July 20, 1846. 

III. Lyman* H., b. Mar. 11, 1848. 

IV. Loring* C, b. May 1, 1850. 
V. Lorinda* A., b. Mar. 27, 1853. 

VT. Louisa* M., b. June 4, 1855. 

VII. Lydia* A. W., b. Dee. 25, 1857. 

VIII. Ellen* C. P., b. May 6, 1861. 

IX. Lemuel* E., b. Aug. 12, 1863. 

X. Louvan* C, b. July 13, 1866. 

XI. Larene* M., b. Mar. 22, 1869. 

Lewis* M. Hewlett, b. in Worcester, Oct. 26, 1844 ; m. Dec. 

1872 at Brimfield, Abbie A. Groves. 

I. Lorinda^ A., b. Dee. 5, 1873, in Worcester. 
II. Carlos^ F., b. Feb. 13, 1875, in Worcester. 
III. Oliver^ L., b. Dec. 4, 1877, in Holland. 

Luther* S. Hewlett, b. July 20, 1846, in Holland ; m. May 

1872, in Worcester, Ellen Frances Gorton. 

I. Zena= H., b. Mar. 12, 1873, in Worcester. 

(II. Myra^, b. Aug. 1879, in Louisville, Ky. 

Luther* S. Hewlett died in Seward, Alaska, Feb. 

1905 ; U. S. Commissioner of Justice. 

Lyman* H. Hewlett, b. Mar. 11, 1848, in Holland; m. Nov. 
1, 1872, in Stafford, Ct., Dianna P. Baker. 

Ealph B.°, b. May 14, 1874, in Holland, Mass. 
Barle S.^ b. June 20, 1876, in Holland, Mass. 
Cora M.^ b. Nov. 16, 1879, in Holland, Mass. 

Lering' C. Hewlett, b. May 1, 1850, in Holland; m. Jan. 
1, 1877, in Stafford, Ct., Lucia C. Vinton. No children. 

The Howlett Family 543 

Lorinda* A. Howlett, b. Mar. 27, 1853 ; d. Nov. 12, 1866. 

Louisa* M. Howlett, b. June 4, 1855. Unmarried. 

Lydia* A. W. Howlett, b. Dec. 25, 1857 ; m. at Trempelean, 
"W. S., Edwin F. Goodhue. 

Ellen* C. P. Howlett, b. May 6, 1861 ; d. Jan. 31, 1915 ; m. 
in Holland, Otis W. Williams. 
I. Blanche^ E., d. in infancy. 
II. Willis^ E., d. in infancy. 

III. Bertha= S., b. 

IV. Myra'' 0., b. 

Lemuel* E. Howlett, b. Aug. 12, 1863 ; m. in Holland, Sarah 
L. Webber. 

L Loring Chandler^, b. Oct. 19, 1889. 
n. Lemuel Victor^ b. Oct. 8, 1890. 

Louvan* C. Howlett, b. July 13, 1866 ; m. in Mansfield, Ct., 
Charles Neff; (2) Nathan Bourn, at So. Hadley. 

I. Clinton Howlett^ Neff, b. 

2nd Marriage. 
II. Gladys' L. Bourn. 

III. Beatrice" H. Bourn. 

Larene M. Howlett, b. Mar. 22, 1869 ; m. in Holland, Nov. 
7, 1887, Ernest F. Hanson. 

Louis W., b. March 22, 1889. 

Lorinda" A. Howlett, b. Dec. 5, 1873; m. at Holland, Feb. 
22, 1897, Arthur F. Blodgett. (See Blodgett Gene- 

Carlos" F. Howlett, b. Feb. 13, 1875; m. at Holland, Jan. 
1, 1900, Bertha Rice. 

L Martha« R., b. Nov. 26, 1905. 
II. Levins', b. Apr. 4, 1908. 
in. LemueP F., b. Apr. 22, 1909. 

IV. Leonard" F., b. Apr. 22, 1909. 

544 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Oliver" L. Hewlett, b. Dec. 4, 1877 ; m. at Holland, Adallne 

I. Mason« M., b. Sept. 16, 1900. 
II. Abbie« M., b. Aug. 1, 1902. 

III. Doris« L., b. Sept. 18, 1904. 

IV. Lewis' E., b. Aug. 20, 1906. 

V. Helen" A., b. Apr. 1, 1908; (died). 
VI. Elinor", b. July 16, 1912. 

The Janes Family 545 


By Chase. 

The Janes family is descended from the emigrant, William' 
Janes, who settled in New Haven, Ct., 1637, where he taught 
seventeen years. In 1656 he went to Northampton, where he 
also taught school and was teaching elder,. 1671. He was one of 
the petitioners for the settlement of Squakeag (Northfield) . 
After Squakeag was destroyed by Indians in 1675 he returned 
to Northampton, where he died 1690. 

William^ Janes, b. in Essex Co., Eng., about 1610; d. in 

Northampton, 1690; m. in Eng. Mary . She d. Apr. 4, 

1662; m. (2) Hannah, dau. of Thomas Bascom and widow of 
John Broughton. She d. Mch., 1681. 

I. Joseph^ b. 1636. 
II. Elisha=, b. 1639. 
III. NathanieP, b. 1641. 
2. IV. AbeP, b. 1646. 
V. AbigaiP, b. 1647. 

VI. RuthS b. Feb. 15, 1650; d. Nov. 2, 1672; m. 
July 3, 1667, John Searl. 
VII. Jaeob^ b. 1652. 
VIII. Wm.^ b. 1654. 
IX. Rebecea^ b. 1656. 
X. Jeremiah^ b. 1658; d. 1675. 
XI. Ebenezer^ b. 1659 ; killed by Indians at North- 
field, Sept. 2, 1675. 
XII. Jonathan^ b. 1661; killed by Indians at North- 
field, Sept. 2, 1675. 

XIII. SamueP, b. Oct. 9, 1663. 

XIV. Hephzibah^ b. Feb. 13, 1666. 
XV. Hannah^, b. Oct. 5, 1669. 

XVI. Benjamins b. Sept. 30, 1672. 

In 1704, Easthampton had but five families, two of which 
were those of SamueP Janes, b. 1663, and Dea. Benj. Janes, b. 
1672. The wife and three children of Samuel Janes were killed 
by Indians May 13, 1704 0. S., and four of Dea. Benj. Janes' 
children were killed and his wife scalped and left for dead ; but 
the whites soon found her and she recovered and lived to be 
80 years old. 


546 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Second Generation. 

2. AbeP Janes (William^), was also a petitioner for the 
settlement of the town of Northfield, and a soldier in the "Falls" 
fight. He lived most of the time in Northampton until 1706, 
when he went to Lebanon, Ct. He was b. 1646; d. Dec. 18, 
1718; m. Nov. 4, 1679, Mary Judd, d. Apr. 24, 1735. 


I. Mary^ b. Oct. 8, 1680; m. (1) Benj. King; (2) 

Jonathan Graves. 
II. RuthS b. June 5, 1682 ; m. Dec. 1, 1702, Ebenezer 
Chapin of Springfield. 

III. Elizabeth', b. July 22, 1684. 

IV. Sarah^ b. 1689; m. Waitstill Strong. 

3. V. William^ b. 1692. 
VI. Esther^ b. 1695. 

VII. Noah', b. Nov. 30, 1697. 
VIII. Rachel, b. Mch. 26, 1700. . 

IX. Bathsheba, b. Apr. 8, 1703. 

Third Generation. 

3. William' Janes (AbeP, William^), b. 1692; m. June 5, 
1712, AJbigail Loomis. She d. Mch. 9, 1752. 

William' went from Lebanon, Ct., to Brimfield, where he 
bought 500 acres of land. His name does not appear among 
the original proprietors and as his youngest son was bom in 
Lebanon in 1734 it is probable that he came from Lebanon to 
Brimfield soon after that date. The land that he owned was 
on what is now called Janes Hill in East Brimfield. Holland 
was then included in Brimfield. 


4. I. Jonathan*, b. Mch. 12, 1713. 

II. Abigail*, b. Dee. 8, 1714. 
IIL Timothy*, b. June 10, 1716. 
IV. Mary*, b. Oct. 6, 1720. 

V. Abel*, b. Apr. 24, 1724. 

5. VI. Wm.*, Jr., b. Oct. 30, 1726. 

6. VII. Elijah*, b. May 6, 1729. 

VIII. Sarah*, b.. Jan. 2^, 1731. 

7. IX. Israel*, b. Jan. 26, 1734. 

Fourth Generation. 

4. Jonathan* Janes (WiUiam', AbeP, William^), b. Mch. 

The Janes Family 547 

12, 1713; m. Irene Bradford, great granddaughter of Governor 

. 11. I. David^ b. Dee. 25, 1736. Served in the Revolu- 

tionary "War. 

II. Jonathan', b. Jan. 28, 1739; d. March 16, 1752. 
III. Irene^ b. Apr. 5, 1741 ; d. 1743. 

12 IV. Eliphalet', b. Feb. 23, 1743. 

V. Irene^ b. July 30, 1745 ; m. Nov. 27, 1766, David 

Anderson of Holland. 
YI. Solomon^ b. June 20, 1748 ; d. Apr. 10, 1812 ; m. 
Jan. 27, 1780, Bulah Fiske, b. Apr. 16, 1757 ; 
he served in the Revolutionary War. 

13. VII. DanieP, b. Mch. 17, 1751. Served in the Rev- 

olutionary "War. 
VIII. Mary', b. Apr. 28, 1753. 

IX. Jonathan', b. Jan. 8, 1756; m. Mch. 4, 1781, 

Pattee Plympton. 
X. Abigail', b. Jan. 24, 1759; d. Feb. 12, 1759. 
XL Ann', b. Dec. 12, 1761; d. Oct. 27, 1779. 

5. "William* Janes, Jr. ("William^ AbeP, "William^), b. Oct. 
30, 1726 ; d. May 15, 1810 ; m. Dec. 22, 1757, Hanah Cheney, d. 
Apr. 13, 1806. 


8. I. "William', b. Oct. 3, 1758. 

9. II. Peleg Cheney', b. Dee. 2, 1760. 

III. Cynthia', b. June 23, 1763. 

IV. Hannah', b. Sept. 6, 1766 ; d. June 1, 1767. 
V. Nathan', b. June 20, 1768. 

VI. Hannah', b. Mch. 8, 1770; m. Aug. 31, 1794, 
Joseph Baker. 
VII. Elizabeth', b. Aug. 29, 1772; m. int. Apr. 27, 
1794, Ananiah Dodge. 
VIII. Lovina', b. Nov. 1, 1775. 
10. IX. Simon', b. Oct. 22, 1781. 

6. Elijah* Janes ("William^ AbeP, William^), b. May 6, 
1729 ; d. June 21, 1788 ; m. Dec. 9, 1756, Lucy Crocker. 

I. Elijah', Jr., b. July 8, 1758; served in Revolu- 
tionary "War. 
IL Israel C, b. Aug. 26, 1760. 
IIL Isaac', b. Dec. 26, 1762; d. May 6, 1785. 

14. IV. Cyrus', b. Mch. 5, 1765. 

548 The History of Holland, Mass. 

V. Luey=, b. Nov. 10, 1766. 

VI. Parthema^ b. June 30, 1768. 

VH. AbeP, b. July 18, 1770. 

VIII. Molly^ b. Apr. 15, 1772. 

IX. Blisba^ b. June 4, 1774. 

X. Liberty^ b. Apr. 19, 1776. 

XI. PropertyS b. Apr. 4, 1778; d. in Shaftsbury, Vt. 

7. Israel* Janes (William^ AbeP, William^) lived on the 
place now owned and occupied by John F. Hebard; he and his 
sons made brick, digging the clay from the edge of the pond 
near the house. It was in one of these clay-pits that Frank 
Kinney was drowned a few years ago while gathering ice. 
Israel Janes was born, Jan. 26, 1734; m. May 2, 1764, Abigail 
Pay. She d. Aug. 14, 1808. 

I. Chloe=, Jan. 20, 1766; d. Sept. 15, 1767. 

15. II. Orsamus^ Aug. 28, 1767. 

III. ThankfuP, July 18, 1769; m. May 27, 1792, 

Amos Shepard. 

IV. Sarah^ Aug. 26, 1771; m. Feb. 23, 1797, David 

V. Chloe^ July 12, 1773; m. Feb. 5, 1794, Abel 

VI. AbigaiP, July 2; 1775; m. Dec. 7, 1800, Joseph 
Lumbard, 3rd. 
iVII. IsraeP, Jr., Apr. 29, 1777; d. Feb. 1, 1826. 

16. VIII. LevP, Mch. 14, 1779. 

IX. Ezra^ 
X. Bathsheba^ 

Fifth G-enebation 

8. William' Janes (William, Jr.*, William^ AbeP, Wil- 
liamf), b. Oct. 3, 1758; d. Dec. 31, 1841; m. Abigail Belknap 
of Holland. She d. Apr. 28, 1827. 

I. Caphira^ Feb. 15, 1782; m. (1) Dec. 29, 1801, 
Jacob Sherman of Holland ; (2) John Bond. 
18. II. Albon«, Sept. 16, 1783. 

III. Sophia^ Aug. 14, 1785; m. Bezalael Sherman. 
IV. Dexter", Nov. 13, 1787; moved to Virginia; d. 

Oct. 3, 1813. 
V. Hannah", Mch. 19, 1790; m. Mr. Putnam. 
VI. Betsey", Jan. 27, 1792; d. Feb. 3, 1816. 

The Janes Family 549 

VII. OrriP, July 8, 1794; d. Oct. 23, 1824. 

VIII. Norman', Apr. 29, 1796 ; d. Oct. 13, 1798. 

IX. Eudocia«, Sept. 25, 1798 ; d. Apr. 11, 1876. 

X. H:arriet^ Dec. 13, 1800; d. Nov. 22, 1865. 

9. Peleg Cheney^ Janes (William, Jr.*, William', AbeP, 
William^), b. Dec. 2, 1760; d. June 25, 1834; m. Jan. 24, 1784, 
Patty Coy, of Eoyalton, Vt. She d. June 25, 1861. 


17. I. Augustus^ May 12, 1787. 

II. Cynthia', Feb. 19, 1789; m. Apr. 26, 1810, Or- 
lando Griggs. 

III. Timothy', Apr. 28, 1791. 

IV. Flavilla', Apr. 15, 1793 ; m. May 7, 1815, Julius 

V. Eudocia', Mch. 18, 1795; d. 1797. 
VI. Clementina', July 24, 1802 ; m. Jan. 1, 1828, Ed- 

VII. William C, July 5, 1805; d. in Saginaw, Mich. 

10. Simon= Janes (William, Jr.*, William^ AbeP, Wil- 
liam^), b. Oct. 22, 1781; d. Dec. 28, 1849; m. Mch. 19, 1826, 
Chloe Shumway. She d. Sept. 5, 1867. 

T. Elijah', Oct. 17, 1828. 
II. Lewis', Aug. 28, 1830. 

III. Edward W.', Sept. 5, 1833. 

IV. Elbridge G.', Sept. 5, 1833. 

11. David^ Janes (Jonathan*, William^, AbeP, William^), 
b. Dec. 25, 1736; m. Feb. 10, 1762, Jemima Vorce. 

I. David', Aug. .9, 1762. 
II. Phebe', May 17, 1764. 

III. Timothy', Feb. 26, 1768. 

IV. Susanna', Aug. 6, 1770. 
V. Irene', Jan. 22, 1774. 

VI. Jemima', July 16, 1776. 
VII. Timothy', Jan. 31, 1779. 

12. Eliphalet' Janes (Jonathan*, William^ AbeP, Wil- 
liam') was the first town clerk in Holland, b. Feb. 23, 1743; d. 
Feb. 23, 1826; m. (1) about 1768, Elfleda Lyon of Woodstock, 
Ct. ; (2) Jan. 25, 1793, Mrs. Mary Pike of Sturbridge. 

550 The History of Holland, Mass. 

I. Lucinda", Meh. 11, 1769; d. July 12, 1843; m. 
int, Feb. 25, 1788, Zephaniah Gibbs of Stur- 
bridge ; d. Apr. 30, 1826, age 65 yrs. 

1. Patty^ Gibbs, Dec. 24, 1788. 

2. Elfleda^ Gibbs, Aug. 18, 1792. 

3. Alfred' Gibbs, Feb. 21, 1796. 

4. Cynthia' (Sintha) Gibbs, Aug. 12, 1802. 

5. Lucinda' Gibbs, March 23, 1805. 

6. Armeda' Gibbs, June 28, 1807. 
n. Roxalina", Nov. 29, 1770. 

III. Marsilva», June 14, 1772. 

IV. Alfred^ Meh. 7, 1775. 

V. "W"alter^ Feb. 27, 1778; m. abt. 1801, Cynthia 


1. Theresa', b. June 3, 1803. 

2. Alpheus', b. Dec. 31, 1804. (Perhaps 

VI. Almira«, July 11, 1781. 
VII. B■radford^ May 6, 1784. 
VIII. Sally", Dee. 1, 1788. 

13. DanieP Janes (Jonathan*, William', AbeP, William^), 
b. Meh. 17, 1751; d. Meh. 20, 1809, in Richford, Vt.; m. July 
25, 1776, Anna Saunders. 

I. RacheP, May 2, 1777. 
II. Charles", June 5, 1779; d. 1785. 

III. Annie", Oct. 10, 1782 ; m. T. J. Shepard. 

IV. Jeremiah", Jan. 2, 1785. 

V. Charles', Meh. 14, 1787 ; d. 1803. 

VI. DanieP, Sept. 25, 1789. 

VII. Ira«, Apr. 30, 1794. 

VIII. Irene", m. Mr. Allen. 

IX. Lydia", Feb., 1799 ; m. Mr. Cook. 

14. Cyrus= Janes (Elijah*, ■William^ AbeP, William^), b. 
Meh. 5, 1765; d. Feb. 10, 1858; m. May 7. 1791, Lovina Hol- 
brook; she d. Jan. 30, 1819; m. (2) Electa Williston ; she d. Dec. 
30, 1836. 

I. AbeP,' Aug. 3, 1794. 

II. Horace", June 9, 1796 ; d. in N. T., May 5, 1844. 
He was a Wall Street broker. 

The Janes Family 551 

III. Alven^ Apr. 5, 1798 ; d. Oct. 25, 1799. 

19. IV. Alven°, Jan. 19, 1800. 

V. Austin^, Sept. 18, 1801; d. Oct. 28, 1829, at 

Macon, 6a. He was a physician. 
VI. Velina, July 24, 1803 ; m. Oct. 5, 1831, Nathan 
Hitchcock; (2) William Tucker. 

20. VII. Harvey, Jan. 15, 1806. 

VIII. Sophia, Jan. 18, 1809 ; m. Abraham Cutting. 

15. Orsamus' Janes (IsraeP, William', AbeP, William^), 
b. Aug. 28, 1767; d. Sept. 22, 1846; m. Apr. 7, 1803, Ruth Shep- 
hard of Warren. She d. Apr. 12, 1871. 

I. Mary Eliza^ Aug. 18, 1805; m. Aug. 8, 1827, 

Frederic H. Purington of Bristol, Ct. 
II. Nancy Elmira", Aug. 26, 1807 ; m. Nov. 19, 1829, 
John Ross. 

III. Eunice C", Dec. 7, 1809 ; m. Apr. 8, 1834, Jona- 

than Emerson. , 

IV. Ruth Calista", Jan. 21, 1812; m. Nov. 29, 1845, 

Polaman Moon of Brimfield. One son, Frank 

V. WiUiam Shephard", Sept. 2, 1815 ; d. Oct. 3, 1815. 

VI. Lucy Elinor", Sept. 4, 1816; d. Sept. 4, 1820. 

16. Levi= Janes (Israel*, William^ AbeP, William^), b. 
Mch. 14, 1779 ; d. Feb. 19, 1836 ; m. ; Jan. 1806, Mary Lombard, 
bp. May 14, 1786, d. Aug. 14, 1808, dau. of Joseph, Jr., and 
Mary Lombard. 


21. L Sumner", Dec. 26, 1806; d. May 8, 1857, in 

Cochecton, N. Y. 
n. Chloe M.», Sept. 17, 1809; m. Mr. Osgood; she 
d. Sept. 20, 1868. 

III. Dexter", May 22, 1811 ; d. Aug. 7, 1856 ; m. Sept. 

17, 1839, Rhoda C. Pratt. 

1. George Andrew'', June 22, 1840. 

2. Mary M.'', m. Francis Gerould of Stur- 
bridge, b. Apr. 17, 1839 ; son of Joshua 
and Amanda Gerould. No children. 

IV. Thirza", May 22, 1811 ; d. Aug. 7, 1856. 

22. V. Lyman", Sept. 20, 1814; d. Jan. 8, 1902. 

VI. Lucena", May 18, 1816; m. June 25, 1804, Mer- 
rick Anderson of Holland. 
VII. Cynthia" M., June 5, 1818. 

552 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Vni. Mary M.», Feb. 20, 1820; d. Feb. 23, 1854; m. 
Nov. 28, 1839, Ezekiel Hovey. 
IX. Maria; m. Nathan Kelly. 


1. Frank Kelley^, d. in service in Civil War. 

2. Anna M. Kelley', July 9, 1849. 

3. Mary Kelley', July 8, 1851. 

Sixth Generation. 

17. Augustus" Janes (Peleg C.^ William, Jr.^ William^ 
AbeP, William^), b. May 12, 1878; d. June 18, 1863; m, Feb. 
19, 1818, Betsey Bingham of Royalton, Vt.. d. May 16, 1870. 

I. Thomas B.^ Jan. 3, 1819. 
n. Lucy Ann', Sept. 16, 1821. 
in. Henry B.\ June 1, 1823. 
IV. Adeline A.'', Nov. 7, 1824 ; m. Aug. 5, 1856, David 

V. Edwin Augustus', Dec. 9, 1826 ; d. Dec. 8, 1897 ; 
m. Aug. 18, 1857, Mrs. Carrie (Moore) Wal- 
lis, b. Sept. 3, 1836; d. Mch. 30, 1905. 

1. Dr. Gteorge H. Janes, b. Dec. 1, 1862; m. 
Jan. 25, 1898, Minnie L. Cadwell. 

1. Dorris Augusta, b. Aug. 24, 1899. 

2. Edward Cadwell, b. Jan. 19, 1908. 

These born in Westfield. 
VI. Timothy C, Aug. 25, 1830. 

18. Albon« Janes (William^ William, Jr.*, WUliam', 
AbeP, William^), b. Sept. 16, 1783; d. July 1, 1859; m. Apr. 23, 
1812, Mary Bliss. She d. Jan. 1, 1875. 

I. Abigail', Jan. 17, 1813 ; d. Feb. 4, 1813. 
II. Abigail B.', Feb. 28, 1814; d. July 8, 1839; m. 
• May 8, 1833, Aaron B. Fairbanks. 

III. Elvira', Mch. 10, 1816 ; d. Apr. 27, 1841. 

IV. Mary Ann', Sept. 13, 1818 ; d. June 14, 1838. 
V. Sarah K.', Nov. 19, 1820; d. Apr. 11, 1847; m. 

Oct. 7, 1845, Miner Andrews. 
VI. Sophia', Dee. 18, 1822; d. July 13, 1860; m. 
Sept. 26, 1849, William Wight of Sturbridge. 

The Janes Family 553 

VII. "William S.', Meh. 8, 1826 ; d. abt. 1909 ; m. Sept. 
24, 1851, Lucy M. BoUes; she d. Mch. 30, 
1856; m. (2) Feb. 18, 1857, Harriet E. Bix- 


1. WiUiam Albon", June 13, 1858; d. 1899. 

2. Alice M.^ May 16, 1864; d. Jan. 12, 1871. 
VIII. Elizabeth^ Dee. 9, 1829 ; d. Apr. 6, 1831. 

IX. Harriet^ Dec. 22, 1833 ; d. Oct. 15, 1868 ; m. Jan. 

1, 1857, Edgar G. Phelps. 

X. Caroline B.'', Feb. 10, 1838; m. Nov. 14; 1865, 

Charles 0. Brown. Had five children. 
Eugene D.», Lillian^ Alberts Fred^ and 
James Walter' Brown. 

19. Alven» Janes (Cyrus', Elijah*. William', AbeP, Wil- 
liam^), b. Jan. 19, 1800; d. Feb. 28, 1872; m. Dec. 28, 1825, Mary 
Hoar, b. May 23, 1802, d. Feb. 2, 1887, dau. of David Homer 
(the name Hoar having been changed to Homer). 

23. I. David W.^ Feb. 1, 1827. 

II. Catherine P.^ Oct. 5, 1829; d. Meh. 16, 1874; 

m. Apr. 16, 1856, Charles A. Clark. 
III. Charles A.', June 21, 1833 ; lived in Holland on 
the Gould place; m. (d. abt. 1908), Elizabeth 
Stone, b. 1841; d. in West Brookfield, Jan. 
22, 1914. 

20. Harvey* Janes (Cyrus=, Elijah*, William', AbeP, Wil- 
liam^), b. Jan. 15, 1806; d. May 27, 1893; m. Feb. 10, 1841, 
Sarepta Harding, d. Aug. 1, 1889. 

I. Horace E.^ June 18, 1845; m. May 21, 1871, 
Carrie R. Wallis of Holland; one child: 

Lizzie Emma', b. Nov. 25, 1873; d. June 
18, 1891. 

21. Sumner' Janes (Levi', Israel*, William', AbeP, Wil- 
liam^). Mr. Janes went to New York, then commonly called 
"York State," when that locality was considered "away out 
West"; in fact, it was thought to be near the "jumping off 
place" of the earth. He cleared land and built a log cabin, 
which served for a home for himself and his wife until he could 
build a permanent "framed house." He made large quantities 
of maple sugar, boiling the sap in a kettle set up on a stone 

554 The History of Holland, Mass. 

foundation in his maple forest, drawing the sap on a "drag," 
what is now known as a stone-boat, with oxen. He was killed 
by a young horse throwing him from his wagon. He was born 
Dec. 26, 1806; d. May 8, 1857, in Coehecton, N. Y.; m. (1) Jan. 
1, 1836, Mary, b. Feb. 19, 1812, dan. of Adolphus and Sallie 
(Needham) Webber. She d. in Coehecton. He m. (2) and (3) 
in Coehecton, and left children. 

22. Lyman" Janes (Levi^ Israel*, William^ AbeP, "Wil- 
liam^), b. in HoUand Sept. 20, 1814; d. Jan. 8, 1902; m. Nov. 
23, 1840, Harriet Towne, b. May 10, 1821, in Southbridge, d. 
Apr. 4, 1895. 

I. Edward E. h.\ b. Oct. 26, 1841; m. (1) Mary D. 
Chamberlain; (2) Inez MacNeal. 

1. Vernon^ 

2. Florence I.^ b. Apr. 10, 1882. 

3. Emily M.«, b. Oct. 13, 1892. 

4. Irene EvelynS b. Oct. 5, 1897. 

II. Emily F.'', Dec. 2, 1848 ; m. June 1, 1870, David 
Brainard Wight, b. Apr. 4, 1849, in Stur- 

1. David EarP Wight, b. Aug. 9, 1873; d. 
Aug. 21, 1878. 

III. Frederick G.', Dec. 24, 1851 ; m. Leila Wales. 


1. Lyman Wales^. 

2. Ruth Lena Wales^ b. June 17, 1892; m. 
W. H. Cambell. 

IV. Louise M., Aug. 24, 1854; m. June 2, 1873, 

George Richards of Sturbridge, b. Sept. 26, 

1. Grace Richards, b. Jan. 10, 1888 ; m. Nov. 
28, 1908, Harold Smith of East Brimfield. 

Seventh Generation. 

23. David W.'^ Janes (Alven«, Cyrus=, Elijah*, William', 
AbeP, William^), b. Feb. 1, 1827 ; m. Nov. 1, 1853, Janette Hitch- 
cock of Westfleld, Vt. She d. July 10, 1907. 

The Janes Family 555 

I. Frank Augustus^ Oct. 12, 1854 ; d. Mch. 14, 1857. 
24. II. Jennie Alice^ Dee. 19, 1857. 

III. Anna Francis^ Oct. 19, 1860 ; d. July 24, 1910 ; 

m. Nov. 26, 1885, John H. Tunison of Worces- 

IV. Frederic Horner^ July 13, 1864; d. Sept. 8, 1864. 
V. Louis H.8, Apr. 26, 1867; m. May 20, 1890, L. 

Josephine Billings of West Boylston. Resi- 
dence, Worcester, Mass. 

1. Marion Jenette" Janes, b. Dee. 23, 1900. 
VI. Oora^ Sept. 1, 1871. Resides in Worcester. 

Eighth Geneeation. 
24. Jennie Aliee^ Janes (David W.', Alven^, Cyrus% Eli- 
jah*, William^ AbeP, William^), b. Dec. 19, 1857; m. Dec. 21, 
1881, Charles D. Lloyd. 

I. Edna A." Lloyd, Oct. 3, 1882 ; m. June 17, 1908, 
Harold B. Larned of New York City. 

1. Ruth B.i", Larned, May 7, 1910. 

2. Janette" Lamed, June 22, 1913. 
II. Kenneth Janes' Lloyd, Mar. 20, 1900. 

III. Gertrude' Lloyd, July 3, 1901; d. Aug. 23, 1901. 

556 The History of Holland, Mass. 


By Lovering. 

Elisha^ Kinney, b. in Union, Ct., Oct. 11, 1805 ; d. in Hol- 
land, Mass. Aug. 23, 1888 (83) ; m. Mary Ann Marcy of Hol- 
land, b. Feb. 7, 1813, d. Feb. 5, 1881 (aet. 68). 

I. Mary Ann B.^ b. Nov. 9, 1834 ; d. Oct., 1891. 
II. Francis E.=, b. Feb. 14, 1841; drowned March 
■ 10, 1890. 

Mary Ann^ E. Kinney m. Francis Wight of Sturbridge. 
George Ormer^ b. Sept. 9, 1855 ; d. Sept. 15, 1855. 
Everett E.^ b. July 10, 1858 ; d. March 7, 1860. 

Francis B.= Kinney, b. Feb. 14, 1841; d. March 10, 1890; 
m. Olivia M. Parker of Brimfield. 

1. Mabel Parker^ b. Jan. 22, 1871 ; d. Jan. 29, 1871. 

2. Oscar Francis^ b. Oct. 7, 1872. 

3. Walter Earle^ b. Sept. 7, 1874. 

4. Grace Millicent^ b. Dec. 9, 1876; d. March 29, 


5. Sumner Parker^, b. July 13, 1880. 

6. Frank Milton^ b. Oct. 28, 1882. 

Oscar Francis' Kinney m. Lotta Mae Cooley of Spring- 
field; she d. Dec. 22, 1902; m. (2) Mae Cox Willard 
of Worcester. 


Katherine 01ivia^ b. Dec. 25, 1900. 


Grace Millieent' Kinney m. Percy E. Woodward of 

Parker SearsS b. March 28, 1909; d. March 28. 

Sumner Parker' Kinney m. Mabel Dawn Sutherlin of Port- 
land, Oregon. 

Frank Milton' Kinney m. Ida Martha Sharkey of North 
Yakima, Wash. 

The Lilly Family 557 


By Mrs. Henry Curtis. 

John Lilly came to Holland from Union about 1860. He 
first occupied the Dr. Dean place. When his son, William, 
bought the place, the father moved to the gate house, now occu- 
pied by Mr. Flannigan, where he died. William Lilly lived on 
the Dean place and was twice married. He was a soldier of the 
civil war. In 1889 he became mail carrier between Holland and 
Brimfield, doing the work with great regularity and efficiency 
during the eight years of his service. He was also sexton of 
the church for a number of years. He served his country in the 
civil war, and became a loyal member of the G. A. R. to which 
he belonged. In 1904 he was disabled by an accident and then 
transferred the homestead to his eldest daughter, Mrs. Henry 
Curtis, with whom he lived till his death in 1914. 

1. John^ Lilly, b. Nov. 14, 1806 ; m. about 1827-8, Hannah 
Corey, b. July 24, 1808. He d. July 4, 1881, aged 76. She d. 
Oct. 29, 1880, aged 72. 


2. I. Dexter^ b. July 19, 1829 ; d. Aug. 29, 1834. 

3. IL Isaac^ b. Oct. 25, 1831 ; d. Jan. 25, 1903, a. 72. 

4. m. William^ b. May 21, 1834; d. Oct. 5, 1914, a. 80. 

5. IV. John^ b. June 11, 1836; d. Jan. 23, 1912. 

6. V. Mary^ b. May 18, 1839 ; d. 

7. VI. Sarah^ b. Apr. 9, 1843 ; d. Jan. 1, 1914. 

8. VII. Lucinda=, b. Apr. 24, 1845. 

9. VIII. Alma=, b. Mar. 14, 1849 ; d. July 15, 1912. 

10. IX. Blijah^ b. Mar. 4, 1853; d. Jan. 19, 1882. 

3. Isaac^ Lilly (John^), m. 


4. William^ Lilly (John^), m. (1) Harriet M. B. Barrows, 
Oct. 7, 1856; b. 1834. She died Mar. 18, 1883. Mr. Lilly m. 
(2) Mary Devine, b. 1844, d. Aug. 4, 1906. 


11. L Harriet Elizabeth, b. May 21, 1856. 

12. IL Franeena Jenette, b. Nov. 14, 1860. 

Both b. in Medway, Mass. 

558 The History of Holland, Mass. 

5. John^ Lilly, Jr. (Jolin)\ m. (1) June 30, 1859, Ann 
Lucas, b. 1840, d. June 7, 1869. 

I. Mary^ Jane, b. Mar. 29, 1862. 
John^ Lilly m. (2) Emma MeParland Gillespie about 1870. 
I. John' Wesley, b. June 5, 1871 ; m. Ellen Avery. 

n. Geo.' Livingston, b. 1875 ; d. Sept. 5, 1901. 

HI. Edith', b. Apr. 17, 1877 ; m. Robert Watson. 
IV. Albert', b. Mar. 1, 1884; m. Elfrida Nichols. 

'8. Mary- Lilly (John^). m. July 4, 1858, Anderson Wil- 

Charles' P. Williams, b. Sept. 5, 1872. 

7. Sarah^ Lilly (John^), m. (1) Edwin Crouch, b. 1834, 
d. May 20, 1864, in the Civil War. 

I. Roena' Crouch, b. Dee. 11, 1862; m. (2) John 

Gray, b. ; d. ; m. (3) John 

Smith, b ^; d. ; m. (4) William 


8. Lucinda^ Lilly (John^), m. (.1) Dr. Hodgkins, Rock 

Hill, Ct.; m. (2) William North of Hartford, Ct. 

Grace Hodgkins, she m. Dr. Murphy, Hartford, Ct. 

9. Alma^ Lilly (John^), m. (1) Charles Washburn; m. 
(2) John Pamum. 

Edith' Washburn, b. 

10. Elijah^ Lilly (John^), m. Mar. 18, 1880, Ada Plank. 

11. Harriet' Lilly (William^ John^), m. Mar. 24, 1880. 
Henry I. Curtis, b. November 17, 1860. 


21. L Arthur* L. Curtis, b. May 7, 1885; m. Sept. 1, 

1904, Bessie Aldrich; b. Aug. 28, 1881; no 

22. II. William* H. Curtis, b. Oct. 1, 1888. 

The Lilly Family 559 

23. III. Nettie* M. Curtis, b. Feb. 4, 1890; m. Dec. 25, 

1909, Farrar Worth; b. July 23, 1884; no 

22. "William H.* Curtis (Hattie^ William^ John^), m. Jan. 
28, 1908, Ola "Willis, b. Mar. 9, 1890. 


24. I. Elmer= Henry Curtis, b. Oct. 3, 1910. 

25. II. Mildred' Hattie Curtis, b. June 4, 1912. 

26. III. Florence' Viola Curtis, b. Mar. 6, 1915. 

12. Francena^ Jenette Lilly (William^, John^), m. (1) 
June 7, 1893, "Wm. E. Merrifield, b. 1862, d. Apr. 26, 1894. 
Francena m. (2) Albert B. Hopkins, Jan. 1, 1904. 

13. Mary Jane* Lilly ( John^ "William^, John^), m. John 
Farnum, 1914. 

1. Mr. John^ LiUy's sister, Nancy (Lilly) AUard, lived 
with him several years in Holland and died May 1, 1876, aged 

560 The History of Holland, Mass. 

By Chase. 

Dea. James A.^ Lynn, b. Oct. 23, 1773 ; d. Jan. 27, 1839, in 
his 66th year; m. Apr. 7, 1803, Jerusha, dau. of Abel and 
Jerusha (Tarbell) Allen, b. 1776, d. Jan. 16, 1865. 

Children b. in Holland, bp. by Rev. Joseph Vaille of Brim- 
field, July 1, 1817. 

L Esther Louisa^ b. Nov. 13, 1805. 

1. n. William Allen^ b. June 15, 1808. 

2. HI. James Freeland^ b. July 23, 1810. 

IV. Paschal Merrick^, b. Feb. 24, 1813; d. Nov. 16, 
1846; age 33 yrs., 8 mos., 22 dys. 

1. William A.^ Lynn (James A.^), b. June 15, 1808; d. 
Nov, 18, 1892; m. Dee. 13, 1842, Mary Ann Flint of Thomp- 
son, Conn., b. Oct. 3, 1820 ; d. May, 1900, age 79 yrs., 7 mos. 

Children born in Holland. 

I William Osear^ b. Sept. 4, 1843; m. (1) Nov. 22, 
1868, Annie Julia Bacon; d. abt. 1872, (2) 
Dec. 25, 1873, Nellie S. Rice. 

Children born in Holland 

1. Nellie Frances*, d. Jan. 23, 1876; age 7 

yrs., 2 mos., 18 dys. 

2. Annie L.^ b. Feb. 22, 1871; d. Mch. 31, 

1892; was adopted by A. H. and L. 
M. Bump of East Brimfield; she m. 
Oct. 7, 1890 C. H. Wesson of South- 

Albert Calvin Wesson, b. June 10, 
n. Allen Walbridge^ b. Jan. 5, 1846; d. Nov. 26, 
1862 at one o'clock in the afternoon; age 16 
yrs. 10 mos. 21 dys. 
HI. Mary Evelyn% b. Apr. 12, 1849; d. Mch. 2, 

1864; age 14 yrs. 11 months. 
IV. Lucebia Lovina\ b. Apr. 2, 1851; m. (1) July 
16, 1870, John S. Leland of Union, Ct. ; he d. 
Jan. 28, 1879, age 35 yrs. 3 mos. 17 dys; (2) 
Oct. 20, 1882, Alexander McGregor. 

The Lynn Family 561 


"Life hath its barren years, 

When blossoms fall untimely down, 
When ripened fruitage fails to crown 
The summer's toil; when nature's frown 

Looks only on our tears. 

Life has its faithless days, — 
The golden promise of the morn, 
That seemed for light and gladness born, 
Meant only noontide wreck and scorn 

Hushed Jmrp instead of praise. 

Life has its valleys, too. 

Where we must talk with vain regret. 

With mourning clothed, with wild rain wet, 

Toward sunlight hopes that soon must set, 

All quenched in pitying dew. 

Life hath its harvest moons. 

Its tasseled corn, its purple weighted vine, 
Its gathered sheaves of grain, the blessed sign 
Of plenteous ripened bread and pure, rich wine. 

Full hearts for harvest tunes. 

Life hath its hopes fulfilled. 

Its glad fruitions, its best answered prayer. 
Sweeter for waiting long when holy air. 
Indrawn to silent souls, breathes forth its rare 

Grand speech, by joy distilled. 

Life hath its Tabor heights. 
Its lofty mounts of heavenly recognition. 
Whose unveiled glories flash to earth, munition 
Of love and truth and clear intuition; 

Hail mount of all delights!" 

Composed by William A. Lynn when 80 years old. 
Holland, Dec. 25, 1888. 


562 The History of Holland, Mass. 

I. William Edward* Leland, b. Apr. 24, 1874, in 
New York City. 
3. V. George Ervin\ b. Dee. 12, 1853 ; d. Jan. — , 1907. 
VI. Eugene G.\ b. May 8, 1856; d. Feb. 19, 1878; 
age 21 yrs., 9 m.o^, 11 dys., (hemorrhage of 
the lungs). 
Vn. Jennie Annette', b. Nov. 9, 1858; d. Nov. 5, 

1869; "age 11 yrs. wanting 4 days." 
Vm. Lydia Adella^ b. Oct. 29, 1861. 

2. James Freeland^ Lynn (James A.^), b. July 23, 1810; 
d. Dec. 24, 1892, age 82 yrs.; m. int. Apr. 27, 1834; m. May 20, 
1834, Maria Ainsworth of Brookfield; (2) int. Aug. 1, 1856; 
m. Aug. 10, 1856, Hannah Parey (Ferry?), b. Jan. 26. 1819, 
d. July 23, 1889, age 70 years. 

Children of second marriage born in Holland. 

I. Adelaide', b. July 1, 1858; m. May 19, 1878, 
Frank "W. Fenton of Brimfield; b. Aug. 12, 


1. Lottie Louise* Fenton, b. Dec. 15, 1880; 

d. Aug. 23, 1889. 

2. Alta Francis* Fenton, b. Oct. 27, 1857; 

d. Aug. 25, 1889. 
II. Elizabeth C, b. Sept. 4, 1861; m. Dee. 21, 1901, 
John T. Havens of New Jersey, and live in 

3. George Ervin' Lynn (William A.^, James A.^), b. Dec. 
12, 1853 ; d. Jan. 22, 1907 ; m. prob. 1896, Lilla Aligusta Leno, 
b. , d. Jan. 24, 1908, dau. of David and Mary (Allen) Leno. 

Children bom in Holland. 
I. Edith Lucy Lynn, Nov. 4, 1897. 
II. Nellie May Lynn, Aug. 6, 1901. 

III. Irene Gertrude Lynn, Aug. 16, 1902. 

IV. Eugene Ervin Lynn, May 1, 1905. 
V. Mildred Amelia Lynn, Sept. 10, 1907. 

The Lyon Family 563 


1. William^ Lyon of 'Woodstock, Ct., m. Mary ; had 

son: — 

Ebenezer^ Lyon, b. in Woodstock, Ct., who m. Rebekah 
Throop of Bristol, R. I. 

I. Amos'. 

2. II. Ebenezer^ b. June 10, 1743. 

III. Wareham'. 

IV. Moses'; in 1757 when the "meeting house was 

seated Moses Lynn was given a seat in the 
Northwest comer." 

V. Fanny'; m. Chandler of Woodstock. 

VI. Rebecca Throop'. 

Thikd Generation. 

2. Ebenezer' Lyon (Ebenezer^, William^), b. June 10, 
1743 ; d. Dec. 28, 1825 ; m. April 7, 1774, Prudence Bugbee, b. 
in Muddy Brook, Woodstock, Ct., May 27, 1751. They moved 
to Holland about 1781 prob. 


I. Rebekah Throop*, b. Jan. 31, 1775, in West Wood- 
stock, Ct. ; m. 1797 her cousin Throop Lyon ; 
she d. 1832 ; he d. Sept. 1827. 

3. IL Ebenezer*, b. Aug. 17, 1776. 

4. HI. Jonathan*, b. Aug. 22, 1778. 

5. IV. Stephen*, b. Sept. 19, 1780. 

V. Prudence*, b. Sept. 15, 1782 in Holland; d. Feb. 
1852 in Holland ; m. Nov. 1807, Willard Rose- 
brooks; he d. in Sturbridge, July 28, 1831. 
VL James*, b. March 10, 1785; d. 1736. 

VII. Perley*, b. Aug. 18, 1788; d. Mch., 1846; m. 
Phebe Preston of Union, they had 7 children. 
{See History of Union.) 

VIIL Walter*, b. Aug. 19, 1790; m. Oct. 24, 1823, 
Lucretia Morse; had five children, ^Win^ 
throp°, ^Lathrope°, 'Amos^ *Bmerson'', 

25. Col. Alfred^ Lyon (Bthelbert*, Moses', Ebenezer^ 
William^) b. Mch. 4, 1753, in Holland. He moved from Holland 

564 The History op Holland,. Mass. 

to Brimfield about 1800 ; d. Dec. 5, 1813 ; m. Jan. 23, 1777. Lydia 
BaUard, b. Nov. 18, 1756, d. Dec. 29, 1822. 

Children born in Holland. 
I. Elvira^, b. Oct. 21, 1777 ; m. Int. July 24, 1796, 

Pliny Polly. 
n. OriP, b. May 19, 1779; m. Sept. 1, 1802, Calvin 
III. Eudotia«, b. Aug. 19, 1781; m. May 25, 1807, 
Blias Carter. 

IV. Koxey', b. Dec. 7, 1783 ; m. Jan. 20, 1805, Chas. 


V. Sophia", b. July 9, 1785 ; m. Marquis Converse, 

Apr. 27, 1808. 
VI. Prudence", b. Oct. 21, 1787; m. March 17, 1811, 
Abel Burt. 
26. VII. Washington", b. Jan. 1, 1790. 

VIII. Horatio", b. July 15, 1792 ; d. 1799. 

IX. Lydia", b. May 22, 1794; m. March 19, 1816, 

John Wyles. 

X. Alfred", b. Dec. 12, 1796. 

XI. Horatio", b. July 31, 1801; went to Monson 
where his record may be found. 

26. Col. Washington" Lyon (Col. Alfred', Ethelbert*, 
MosesS Ebenezer', William^), b. Jan. 1, 1790; d. Aug. 29, 1824, 
m. July 12, 1812, Elvira Warren. 

I. Charles Warren^, d. March 1, 1813. 
II. Julia Ann'', b. Feb. 2, .1815; m. Horatio L. 

III. Harriet Morgan', b. July 15, 1818; d. 1818. 

IV. Maria Wyles', b. 1820 ; m. Mr. Clelland. 
V. Harriet, b. 1823; d. 1825. 

Fourth Generation. 
3. Ebenezer* Lyon (Ebenezer^, Bbenezer^, William^), b. 
Aug. 17, 1776 ; d. Jan. 1849 ; m. Jan. 10, 1810, Rebecca Upham, 
dau. of Jonathan and Sally Upham. 

Children, not in order of birth. 
I. Leanard^ Dec. 21, 1821. 
II. Calvin'; he went to Methuen. 

III. Willard'. 

IV. Diantha'. 
V. Samantha'. 

VI. Esther^ b. July 23, 1818. 

The Lyon Family 565 

4. Jonathan* Lyon (Bbenezer', Ebenezer^, William^), b. 
Aug. 22, 1778, in W. "Woodstock, Ct. ; d. in Sturbridge, Apr. 4, 
1863 ; m. May 2, 1802, Hannah, b. in Sturbridge, Oct. 21, 1781, 
dau. of Abijah Smith, b. in Lexington, Sept. 8, 1750, and his 
wife Mary (Damon) Smith, b. in Reading, Nov. 7, 1752, who 
were m. July 7, 1772. Mr. Smith d. July 25, 1826 ; his wife d. 
July 26, 1821. 


6. L OriP, b. Oct. 10, 1803. 

7. II. Abijah Smith^ b. Apr. 2, 1805. 

8. III. Lonzo=, b. Jan. 19, 1807. 

9. IV. Lorin=, b. Jan. 19, 1807. 

10. V. Prudence^, b. in Holland Dec. 21, 1809. 

11. VI. Jonathan", b. Oct. 5, 1812. 

12. VII. Merrick', b. Apr. 7, 1813. 

13. VIII. Lucius% b. Apr. 1, 1817. 

14. IX. Emory", b. April 23, 1819. 

X. Hannah", b. July 12, 1821 ; unm. ; d. 1842. 

5. Stephen* Lyon (Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, William^), b. 
Sept. 19, 1780; d. June 11, I860; m. 1803, Sally Stevens (See 

I. Salome", b. 1804; d. 1852; m. Eev. Urijah Under- 
II. Orrin", b. 1808; d. Mch. 10, 1885; m. Sept. 3, 
1837, Matilda Snow; d. Aug. 25, 1868. 

1. Emily D.^ b. Sept. 10, 1838 ; d. 1842. 

2. Mariamne M.^ b. Jan. 20, 1842; d. 1885. 
a. Harriet L.^ b. Oct. 20, 1844; m. (1) 

Myron Balcom (2) Mason Balcom. 

4. Nancy H.«, b. Mch. 8, 1846; m. Horace 


5. George M.»,'b. Aug. 22, 1848. 

III. Walter", m. Hannah Snow; moved to Ellington, 
Ct., 1877. She d. Oct. 1, 1874. 


1. Martha A.^ b. 1840; d. 1848. 

2. Sarah Salome^ b. May 21, 1843 ; m. Gur- 

don Chaffee. 

IV. Fanny", b. 1812; m. Sullivan Underwood. 

V. Cyprian Stephen", b. July 3, 1814; d. July 6, 

1868; m. 1842, Malinda Ingalls, b. Mch. 7. 
1816 at Hampton, Ct. ; she m. (2) Seaver Gif- 
ford of Sturbridge. 

566 The History of Holland, Mass. 


1. Emily M.^ b. Oct. 25, 1844; m. 1886, Rev. 

L. L. Goodell. 

2. Olive M.«, b. Mch. 27, 1846; d. 1864. 

3. Emmogene L.^ b. 1847; m. 187^ Henry 


4. Albert P.^ b. Apr. 25, 1849. 

5.. Henry T.^, b. Oct. 6, 1851 ; m. 1882, Alice 

6. Oliver A.^ b. July 22, 1853 ; m. 1886. 

Seaver Gifford, farmer in Holland, m. (1) Sept. 12, 1836, 
Mary Ann Sabin; (2) Mrs. Malinda (Ingalls) Lyon, wid. of 
Cyprian Stephen Lyon of Union. 

Children by First "Wife. 
I. Mary Ann Eliza Gifford, b. July 4, 1839. 
n. Horace Seaver Gifford, b. Aug. 15, 1841. 

III. Jane Frances Gifford, b. July 31, 1845. 

IV. Helen Gifford, b. May 2, 1849 ; m. Lowell Wilcox. 

Fifth Generation. 

6, OriP Lyon (Jonathan*, Ebenezer', Ebenezer^ Wil- 
liam^), b. Oct. 10, 1803; d. Aug. 1876; m. in Sturbridge, Sept. 
7, 1823, Simeon Mason Streeter, b. Mch. 17, 1800, d. Aug., 1876. 


15. I. Leanard^ Streeter, Oct. 24, 1824. 

II. Lueena» Streeter, Aug. 25, 1826 ; d. July 16, 1852. 

III. Rebecca" Streeter, Oct. 8, 1828 ; d. Mch. 15, 1903 ; 

m. Oct. 15, 1851, Geo. Washington Otis of 

IV. ,Sarah» Streeter, July 6, 1830; d. Feb. 12, 1913; 

m. Oct. 15, 1851, Geo. L. Webber. (See 
Weiier Genealogy.) 
V. OriP Streeter, Feb. 10, 1832; d. in Lynn, Feb. 
29, 1895. 

16. VI. Merrick Lyon« Streeter, Apr. 28, 1836. 

VII. Simeon Mason" Streeter Jr., Aug. 22, 1834; d. 
Jan. 12, 1836. 

17. VIII. Emory Smith' Streeter, Aug. 12, 1838. 

IX. Lucius Henry" Streeter, Apr. 27, 1841 ; d. 1843. 

X. Albert Cooke" Streeter, Apr. 27, 1845; d. Mch. 

1, 1893 in Boston. 

7. Rev. Abijah Smith' Lyon (Jonathan*, Ebenezer', Eben- 
ezer^ William^), b. Apr. 2, 1805, in Woodstock, Ct., d. Sept. 13, 

The Lyon Family 567 

1871, at Newport, Minn. ; m. in Sturbridge, May 2, 1838, Caro- 
line Phillips dan. of John Phillips, b. Apr. 14, 1813, d. July 
19, 1871. 


18. I. Edward Phillips^ Jan. 21, 1840 in N. Oxford. 

II. Mary Annah^ b. Dec. 3, 1841 ; d. Dee. 11, 1904 ; m. 

Feb. 14, 1867, Rev. Elias H. Johnston; no 

III. Albert Jonathan^ July 11, 1848; d. Mch. 15, 

1878 in Burmah, India, was a missionary; 
m. Sept. 5, 1877, Lida A. Scott; b. Jan. 19, 
1852 in Plymouth township, Wayne Co., 
Mich.; no children. 

8. Lonzo' Lyon (Jonathan*, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, Wil- 
liam^), b. Jan. 19, 1807; d. Dec. 23, 1839, at N. Brookfield; m. 
in Southbridge, Nov. 20, 1834, by Rev. Addison Parker, Caro- 
line Brown Jencks, b. Mch. 8, 1813, d. Aug. 7, 1887, Prov., R. I. 

I. Elizabeth Caroline^ Oct. 12, 1835, Keene, N. H. ; 

d. Feb. 11, 1840, in North Brookfield. 
IL Wm. Lonzo«, July 8, 1837, W. Boylston; d. Feb. 

14, 1840. 
III. John P.^ b. July 29, 1839, N. Brookfield; d. Feb. 
25, 1840, N. Brookfield. 

9. Lorin° Lyon (Jonathan*, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, Wil- 
liam^), b. Jan. 19, 1807, in Woodstock, Ct.; d. Jan. 27, 1867, in 
Leicester; m. Mch. 17, 1829, Cynthia Patch, b. Worcester, Nov., 

I. Sarah Jane", 1830, Sturbridge; d. Apr. 2, 1846, 

in Leicester. 
IL Frederic Augustus^ Dec. 18, 1831, Hadley; d. 

July 11, 1832. 
III. Hannah Smith", Jan. 10, 1833 ; d. May 1, 1864 in 
Leicester; m. Mch. 15, 1854, in Leicester, 
Lyman D. Thurston, b. in Paxton, Aug. 28, 
1832 ; d. in Leicester, June 26, 1911. 

1. Newbirt A.'' Thurston, May 21, 1855; d. 

Sept. 2, 1855. 

2. Joseph Lyman^ May 23, 1859; d. 1864. 

19. IV. Frederic Augustus^ Oct. 8, 1835; d. Nov. 17, 


568 The History of Holland, Mass. 

V. Lucina P.^ b. March 8, 1839 ; d. May 29, 1840. 

20. VI. Elizabeth Ellen, b. Jan. 14, 1843, Leicester; d. 

Sept. 30, 1908. 

10. Prudence' Lyon (Jonathan*, Ebenezer', Elbepezer^, 
William^), b. in Holland, Dec. 21, 1809; d. Nov. 26, 1850 in 
Hadley; m. Nov. 20, 1834, in Sturbridge, Alfred Hunt Cooke, 
b. Apr. 10, 1810, d. Meh. 17, 1882. 

I. Martha Hunt Cooke, b. Sept. 7, 1835; d. Apr. 
16, 1866, in Hadley. 

21. IL Alfred Lyon« Cooke, Dec. 1, 1836. 
m. Lucy Warner' Cooke, Sept. 10, 1838. 
IV. Ellen Elisabeth' Cooke, May 7, 1840. 

V. Elmira Fay" Cooke, Nov. 9, 1841; d. Aug. 10, 
1900 in Hadley. 

22. VI. Henry Robert' Cooke, Sept. 10, 1843; d. Dec. 

29 1913. 
VII. Herbert Jonathan' Cooke, May 18, 1845. 
VIII. Lucius Lyon' Cooke, Nov. 16, 1846; d. Jan. 1, 
IX. Emory Lucius' Cooke, June 12, 1848. 

11. Jonathan' Lyon, Jr. (Jonathan*, Ebenezer', Ebenezer^ 
William^), b. Oct. 5, 1812; d. Aug. 5, 1870, in Worcester; m. 
Sept. 2, 1836, Evelina Patch, b. Sept. 19, 1814. She d. June 9, 

I. Sarah Ann', Feb. 2, 1838; m. Oct. 28, 1856, 
Augustus Bisco Prouty; b. Oct. 5, 1831; d. 
July 19, 1897, Providence, R. I. 

1. Anna Evelyn' Prouty, July 28, 1861 in 
IL Wm. Lonzo', Sept. 2, 1841 ; d. July 20, 1876 in 
Boston; m. Sept. 2, 1872, Abbie Jane Stoyle; 
b. Sept. 4, 1843; d. Sept. 26, 1892 in Wor- 

Walter Stoyle' Lyon, March 27, 1873, 
Philadelphia; d. in New Rochford, North 
Dakota, April 12, 1904; m. Oct. 12, 1903 in 
Minneapolis, Minn., Mary Elizabeth Cromb; 
b. Feb. 26, 1881, Worcester. 

The Lyon Family 569 

George Walter' Lyon, July i, 1904 
in Minneapolis, Minn. 
III. Caroline Elizabeth", July 14, 1843 ; d. March 20, 
1897; m. Jan. 3, 1877, Worcester, Thomas 
Benj. Cowan; b. Dee. 11, .1846; he m. (2)' 
Fannie 0. Webber. {See Webber Gene- 

12. Merrick^ Lyon (Jonathan*, Bbenezer^, Bbenezer", 
William^), b. Apr. 7, 1815; d. Aug. 11, 1888, in Providence, 
R. I.; m. Aug. 23, 1842, in E. Brookfield, Mrs. Caroline' B. 
(Jencks) Lyon, b. May 22, 1845, d. Aug. 7, 1887. 

I. Carrie Hannah", b. May 22, 1845; m. June 10, 
1868, James Carleton Goff; b. Mch. 14, 1841, 
d. Jan. 20, 1906, in. Providence, R. L 

1. Mabel C." Goff, Feb. 20, 1869; d. Aug. 

18, 1869, Providence, R. I. 

2. Merrick L.' Goff, July 11, 1870; m. Jan. 

5, 1899, Alice Luther; b. May 19, 


(a) Luther^ Goff, Sept. 27, 1899. 
(6) Carleton' Goff, Feb. 9, 1902. 
(c) Godfrey^ Goff, Mch. 4, 1904. 
id) DixwelP Goff, Oct. 31, 1905. 
(e) Virginia Goff, Dec. 12, 1907. 
II. Mary Elizabeth", Feb; 16, 1847 ; m. Dec. 5, 1906, 
George Leanard Barnes, Providence, R. I. 

13. Lucius' Lyon (Jonathan*, Bbenezer', Ebenezer^, Wil- 
liam^), b. Apr. 1, 1817; d. June 21, 1892, in Providence, R. I.; 
m. Jan. 10, 1867, Caroline Frances Haile. 

14. Emory' Lyon (Jonathan*, Ebenezer', Ebenezer^, Wil- 
liam^), b. Apr. 23, 1819; d. Oct. 31, 1904, Providence, R. I.; 
m. (1) Dec. 4, 1848, Mary Caroline Burrage, d. Sept. 23, 1852; 
(2) Aug. 15, 1854, Susan Nelson Stevens, b. July 31, 1833, in 
Eastport, Me. 

I. Emma Caroline", Nov. 26, 1849 ; d. June 4, 1850. 
II. Edith Maria", Dec. 28, 1857; m. June 15, 1880, 
in Providence, R. I., Elias Mattison Johnson. 

570 The History of Holland, Mass. 


1. Isaac Gale' Johnson, Feb. 21, 1882, in 

Spuyten Duyvil, N. Y. ; d. Feb. 9, 1893. 

2. Emory Lyon' Johnson, Aug. 1, 1884. 

3. Hope' Johnson, Dee. 9, 1896. 

III. Emory StevensS June 26, 1863. 

IV. Mary Caroline", Sept. 4, 1867; d. Apr. 28, 1872, 

Providence, R. I. 

Sixth Genekation. 

15. Leanard" Streeter (OriP (Lyon) Streeter, Jonathan*, 
Ebenezer% Ebenezer^, William^), b. Oct. 24, 1824; d. Apr. 20, 
1881; m. Mch., 1856, Caroline Ammidown, b. Mch. 8, 1826, in 
Southbridge, d. July 8, 1893, in Worcester. 

I. Ada Oril' Streeter, Nov. 14, 1856; d. June 21, 
1880; m. Jan. 30, 1879, Charles W. Macken- 
zie; b. Dee. 11, 1854; d. Feb. 17, 1880. 
IL Emma', b. abt. 1860; d. 18 mos. old. 
III. Mabel Caroline' Streeter, Dee. 26, 1870 ; m. June 
27, 1893, Frank Roe Batchelder; b. July 24, 


1. Marey^ Batchelder, Jan. 18, 1896, in 
Washington, D. C. ; d. Feb. 8, 1896. 

2. Roger' Batchelder, June 5, 1897. 

3. Alice Batchelder, Jan. 10, 1904. 

4. Theron Batchelder, Apr. 13, 1913. 

16. Merrick Lyon^ Streeter (OriP (Lyon) Streeter, Jona- 
than*, Ebenezer=', Ebenezer^ William^), b. Apr. 27, 1836; d. 
Apr. 12, 1893, in Brimfield ; m. Nov. 8, 1870, in Concord, N. H., 
Harriet Augusta Butters, b. July 13, 1841. 

I. Carl Butters' Streeter, Aug. 30, 1871. 
II. Wm. Thomas' Streeter, Jan. 5, 1873; d. 1873. 

III. Agnes Carter' Streeter, Aug. 24, 1874; d. 1875. 

IV. Harold Spaulding' Streeter, Sept. 3, 1876. 

V. Sarah Josephine' Streeter, Sept. 1, 1878; d. 
VI. Richard Stoyle' Streeter, Jan. 2, 1880; m. Dec. 
7, 1902, Carrie Lamont of Belmont. 
VII. Merrick Lyon' Streeter, Jr., Dec. 25, 1881; m. 
Sept. 7, 1910, Mary Wealthy Hall; b. Sept. 
15, 1886. 

The Lyon Family 571 

1. Harriet* Nov. 29, 1913, in Tavoy, Bur- 
VIII. Florence Fannie' Streeter, Sept. 22, 1884; m. 
Jan. 1, 1904, in Cambridge, Charles Fesseri- 
den Metcalf; b. May 5, 1875. 

1. Dorothy Hope* Metealf, March 6, 1906. 

2. Elsie Roe^ Metcalf, Dec. 9, 1907. 

3. Marion Lois* Metcalf, Jan. 10, 1910. 

17. Emory Smith® Streeter (OriP (Lyon) Streeter, Jona- 
than*, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, William^), b. in Sturbridge, Aug. 
12, 1838 ; m. June 12, 1861, Hannah Smith Eedding, b. Oct. 12, 
1841, d. in Worcester June 13, 1903. 

I. Arthur Livingston^ Streeter, b. Jan. 29, 1865; 
m. (1) June 18, 1890, Lena Bragg; b. Nov. 
19, 1854; d. Oct. 19, 1897 in Worcester; (2) 
May 16, 1905, Emily S. Marsh, b. Feb. 14, 
1861, in Saunemin, 111. 
II. Frank Irving' Streeter, July 6, 1867 ; d. July 4, 

III. Clarence Redding' Streeter, b. Feb. 4, 1874; m. 

Jan. 22, 1902, Hattie Pearse Hixon; b.' Oct. 
31, 1877, in Woonsocket, R. I. 

1. Helen* Streeter, b. Feb. 24, 1903. 

2. Marjorie* Streeter, b. June 6, 1908. 

3. Clarence Redding* Streeter, Jr., b. Nov. 
11, 1911. 

4. Elisabeth* Streeter, b. May 23, 1913. 

IV. Wilfred Alberto' Streeter, b. Oct. 25, 1878; m. 

Sept. 28, 1904, Jessie Oxlsy Fulton ; b. Sept. 
28, 1881 in Nova Scotia. 

18. Edward Phillips* Lyon (Abijah S.^, Jonathan*, Eben- 
ezer», Bbenezer^, William^), b. Jan. 21, 1840; m. Oct. 14, 1879, 
Helen Jane Swain, in Janesville, Minn. She was b. Aug. 10, 
1852, in Dunn Township, Wis.; d. Apr. 16, 1897, in Elysian. 

I. Edith May'', b. May 19, 1881, Newport, Minn.; 
m. July 4, 1906, Forrest Lewis Williams, b. 
March 13, 1878 at Elysian, Minn. 

572 The History op Holland, Mass. 


1. Kathryn 0^iana^ b. May 6, 1908. 

2. Helen Arlene^ b. Nov. 6, 1910. 

II. Arthur Steen^ b. May 5, 1883, Newport, Minn. ; 
m. Sept. 6, 1911 at Brimfield church, Gert- 
rude Loraine Andrews; b. May 31, 1887 at 
Meadville, Pa. 


1. Dorothy Andrews^, b. Aug. 2, 1912. 

2. Barbara Swain Lyon, b. Nov. 21, 1914. 
III. Stella Caroline^ b. May 9, 1885. 

IV. Clara EtheF, b. July 26, 1887. 
V. Winnifred Minnie Luella', b. Feb. 8, 1892. 

19. Frederic Augustus® Lyon (Lorin^ Jonathan*, Eben- 
ezer^ Ebenezer^ William^), b. Oct. 8, 1835; d. Nov. 17, 1888, 
in Leicester; m. Jan. 15, 1860, Frances Anna Lamb, b. Sept. 
25, 1838, in Oxford, d. Jan. 26, 1895. 

I. Hannah Jane^ Nov. 15, 1864; m. Jan. 23, 1890, 
Walter "Warren of Leicester ; b. Jan. 29, 1855. 
II. George Frederic', Oct. 21, 1867; m. Feb. 27, 
1893, Charlotte Maria Gould ; b. Feb. 27, 1872, 
in Eastman, P. Q. 

1. Elmer Frederic^ Mch. 12, 1896. 

2. Evelyn Gertrude^ Nov. 24, 1898. 

3. Mary Francis^ Jan. 6, 1902. 

4. Florence Jane*, Aug. 3, 1905. 

5. Walter Harold', June 4, 1912. 

20. Elisabeth Ellen' Lyon (Lorin'', Jonathan*, Ebenezer', 
Ebenezer^ WiUiam^), b. Jan. 14, 1843; d. Sept. 30, 1908, in 
Leicester; m. Nov. 28, 1860, Charles Morrison Marsh, b. Nov. 
11, 1835, in Rutland. 

I. Edith Maria' Marsh, June 23, 1866 ; m. June 28, 
1893, Loriston Kendrick Amsden, b. May 17, 
1864 in Athol. 


1. Dorothy' Amsden, June 8, 1894. 

2. Olive' Amsden, Dec. 11, 1895. . 

3. Kendrick Marsh' Amsden, Aug. 15, 1897. 
II. Alice Elizabeth' Marsh, Sept. 13, 1868; d. Sept. 

12, 1899 ; m. May 16, 1890, in Leicester, Fred- 

The Lyon Family 573 

eriek Darville Libby; b. Aug. 3, 1863, in 
Gardiner, Me. 

Ellen^ Libby, Meh. 24, 1898, in Leicester. 
ni. Joseph Lorin' Marsh, May 16, 1870 ; m. in Athol, 
Sept. 22, 1899, Mary Newell, b. Feb. 25, 1878, 
Manchester, N. H. 

1. Elizabeth' Marsh, Feb. 18, 1899, Athol. 

2. Ralph NewelP Marsh, Aug. 17, 1902, 


3. Alice Gertrude^ Marsh, Sept. 7, 1908, 

IV. Mabelle^Marsh, May 9, 1875; m. Oct. 26, 1898, 
Arthur Converse Longley; b. Aug. 20, 1862, 
Peterboro, N. H. 

1. Phillip Morrison' Longley, Dec. 11, 1899. 

2. Rachel Converse' Longley, Oct. 20, 1901. 
V. John Ernest^ Marsh, May 29, 1879 ; m. July 21, 

1909, Augusta Brown; b. Oct. 24, 1886. 

1. John Ernest" Marsh, Jr., May 13, 1912; 
d. Apr. 4, 1913. 
VI. Anna Maude^ Marsh, May 17, 1880 ; m. June 24, 
Charles Francis CoUyer, b. Dec. 21, 1872, Rock- 
land Lake, N. Y. 
Madeline Lyon' CoUyer, b. Mch. 17, 1909, 

Montclair, N. J. 
21. Alfred Lyon* Cooke (Prudence' (Lyon) Cooke, 
Jonathan*, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, WiUiam^) ; b. Dec. 1, 1836 ; d. 
March 5, 1890; m. Apr. 7, 1880, Mary A. Sayre, b. Sept. 14, 
1854 ; d. Jan. 2, 1890, Hadley. 

I. Robert Henry^ Cooke, Apr. 24, 1881. 
II. Ellen Elizabeth' Cooke, Feb. 8, 1883; m. Aug. 
8, 1912, in Chester, N. J., Danforth Fletcher 

III. Mary Sayre' Cooke, Dec. 31, 1885. 

IV. Herbert Alvord' Cooke, d. Jan. 1888. 

23. Ellen Elizabeth" Cooke (Prudence'' (Lyon) Cooke, 
Jonathan*, Ebenezer=, Ebeneze^^ William^) ; b. May 7, 1840; m. 

574 The History of Holland, IVIass. 

(1) July 8, 1868 in Hadley, Theodore Topping; b. Nov. 1818, in 
Chester, N. J. ; d. Nov. 13, 1873, (2) Oct. 8, 1878, Lyman Harvey 
Pierson ; b. Sept. 10, 1837, in Westfield. N. J. ; d. Aug. 23, 1892. 

I. Eliza Lyon' Topping, July 12, 1869. 
II. Ernest Lyman' Pierson, Mch. 1, 1882 ; m. July 15, 
1910, Florence Martin, b. in Santa Ana, Cal. 
22. Henry Robert' Cooke (Prudence' (Lyon) Cooke, 
Jonathan*, Ebenezer% Ebenezer^, William^) ; b. Sept. 10, 1843 j 
d. Dec. 29, 1913, in Hadley ; m. Jessie Reynolds, b. Jan. 23, 1862 ; 
d. June 29, 1909. 

L Helen May' Cooke, July 21, 1885; m. Oct. 27, 

1909, Wm. D. Bowen; b. Sept. 30, 1886, 
T^Tendell Mass. 

II. Lulu Pierson' Cooke, Aug. 10, 1887, m. Sept. 9, 

1910, Clifford M. Horton; b. Apr. 6, 1886. 

24. Herbert Jonathan' Cooke, (Prudence^ (Lyon) Cooke, 
Jonathan*, Ebenezer^ Ebenezer^ Wm.') ; b. May 18, 1845 in 
Hadley; m. Aug. 23, 1870 in Geneva, N. Y., Matilda Chapelle 
Metcalfe ; b. March 5, 1846 in Lenox. 

1. Edith Matilda' Cooke, Nov. 27, 1876. 
•2. Theodora Lyon' Cooke, July 27, 1879 in 
Coldwater, Mich. 

The Maecy Family 575 

By Mrs. Ellen M. "Webber. 

1. Jobn^ Marcy was the son of the high sheriff of Lime- 
rick, Ireland. He was born about the year 1662 ; joined Elliot's 
Church in Roxbury, Mass., March 7, 1685. Among his descend- 
ants are the late Secretary of State, "William Larned Marcy, 
General Randolph B. Marcy and Erastus E. Marcy M. D., now 
well known to our history and literature. 

De Marcy, or simply Marcy, is now a name quite common 
in France and its colonies. The name appears to have come into 
Normandy with RoUo (A. D. 912) thence it went to England 
with William the Conqueror (A. D. 1068) and became very 
common in Cheshire, where the orthography is now universal- 
ly Massey or Massie. In this form (Massey) it is common in 
the English and Irish Peerage. 

In evidence that the present French form of the name ob- 
tained somewhat in England, I find in "The Patents of King 
John" A. D. 1208 mention made of one "Radus de Marcy." 
In April 1686, John Marcy with twelve other men took 
possession of Quatosett ("Woodstock, Conn.), granted (1663), by 
the colony of Massachusetts to the town of Roxbury. He mar- 
ried Sarah Hadlock, daughter of James and Sarah (Draper) 
Hadlock, of Roxbury. She was born Dec. 16, 1670. They 
lived and died in "Woodstock. He died Dec. 23, 1724, aged 62 
years, she died May 9, 1743, aged 73. 

i L Anna^ b. in Roxbury, Oct. 11, 1687; m. Ebene- 

zer Grosvenor of Pomfret. 
John^ b. Nov. 17, 1689; m. Colburn. 
James^ b. Feb. 26, 1691 ; m. Ainsworth. 
Edward^ b. June 28, 1695; m. Haskins. 
Joseph^ b. Sept. 18, 1697; m. Throop. 
Benj.^ b. Mar. 11, 1699 ; m. Corbin. 
MosesS b. Apr. 18, 1702; m. Morris. 
SamueP, b. July 28, 1704; m. Russell. 
Sarah^ b. Feb. 8, 1707 ; m. Johnson, 1728. 
Ebenezer^ b. June 6, 1709 ; m. Martha Nicholson. 
Elizabeths ^- Nov. 8, 1711. 

2. John^ (John^) was bom in "Woodstock, Ct., Nov. 17, 
1689. He was married to Experience Colburn, Jan. 14, 1712, by 



















576 The History of Holland, Mass. 

the Rev. Josiah Dwight. He was executor of his father's will 
which is still extant. He was a farmer in "Woodstock ; his wife 
owned the covenant, Apr. 6, 1727. 


10. I. IsraeP, m. Abigail Puller, 
n. Debora^; m. Harris. " 

ni. '; m. Sanders. 

IV. John^ bpt. 1727; d. Apr. 11, 1801, at Windsor, 

Vt.; aged 77. 

V. Sarah^ bpt. July 23, 1728. 

VI. Sarah^ bpt. April 19, 1730. 

VII. Graces bpt. Feb. 4, 1733. 

VIII. James', bpt. May 12, 1734. 

3. James^ (John^) was born in "Woodstock, Conn., Feb. 
26, 1691. He m. Judith Ainsworth, dau. of Edward and Joan- 
na (Hemmingway) Ainsworth, who was born Jan. 25, 1722. 
He died Jan. 29, 1765. They had : 

11. I. James^ bpt. Feb. 2, 1729 ; m. Sarah Robbins. 
II. Uriahs bpt. May 9, 1731. 

12. III. Reubens b. 1732 ; m. Rachel Watson. 
IV. EUshaS bpt. Jan. 2, 1735. 

V. JudahS ra. Lord. 

VI. Anna', m. Underwood. 

VII. Loria', m. Lyon. 

VIII. JeruiahS bpt. 1739. 

4. Edward^ (John^) ; was b. at Woodstock, Conn., June 

28, 1695. He m. — Haskins. 

I. Dolly', m. Dresser. 
II. MaryS m. (1) Remington (2) Babbitt. 

III. Mariah', ni. Plympton. 

IV. Miriam', m. Thomas Newell. 
V. Mehitable', m. John Newell. 

5. Joseph^ (John^) ("Capt.") was b. in Woodstock 
Sept. 18, 1697, where he d. Oct. 18, 1795, aged 88 years. He m. 
Mary Throop, sister of the Rev. Amos Throop pastor of the 
church in Woodstock ; she died Feb. 12, 1790 aged 85 yrs. 

L Joseph', b. May 9, 1729; killed by Indians in 
Vermont, May 24, 1746. 

13. IL Stephen' ("Capt"), b. Sept. 4, 1730; d. Dec. 4, 


The Maecy Family 577 












Esther^, b. Jan. 26, 1732, m. Perrin; d. May 16, 

NathanieP, b. Feb. 25, 1733; m. Grosvenor; d. 

Nov. 29, 1798. 
Rebecca^ b. Nov. 27, 1736. 
Ichabod^ b. Dec. 27, 1737. 
Hadlock^ b. Jan. 30, 1739; d. 1821. 
Smitb^ b. Oct. 28, 1742; d. Aug., 1829. 
Lydia^ b. Sept. 23, 1744; m. Dr. Morse of W. 

Woodstock, Ct. 
X. ThomasS b. Apr. 9, 1746, d. July 4, 1769 ; Mlled 

by frightened horses. 

6. Benjamin^ (John^), was b. March 11, 1699. He m. 
Mary, dau. of James and Hannah (Eastman) Corbin. 

They had: 
I. Lois^, m. Jabesh Hendrick of "Wilbraham. 
i II. Hannah*, m. (1) Isaac Skiimer, (2) Samuel 

18. III. Benjamin*, m. Loisa Gilbert. 

rV. Elizabeth*, m. Thomas Tiffany, of Ashford, Ct. 
V. Mary*, b. 1733; m. Capt. Wm. Ainsworth; d. 

Nov. 23, 1815. 
VI. Eunice*, m. Dodge. 

19. VII. Asahel*, m. Priscilla Dunham. 

VIII. Dolly*, m. Samuel Munger of Brimfield, Mass. 

7. Moses^ (John^) "Col.," was b. Apr. 18, 1702. In 1723 
he m. Prudence Morris. He moved to Sturbridge, Mass., in 
1732, where he became "the principal man in the colony." See 
History of Sturbridge, Mass., by the Bev. Joseph S. Clark. 
He was the first Justice of the peace; the first representative to 
the general court from the town; was moderator at 70 town 
meetings; during the French War he fitted out soldiers for the 
Army at his own expense, but was afterwards remunerated by 
the town. At a meeting of the church, held March 18, 1752, to 
compromise with the "Separatists" Moses Marcy was moderator, 
and the historian speaks of the "excellent spirit displayed by 
the excellent and venerable moderator." He died Oct. 9, 1779, 
"leaving an honorable name, a large estate, and numerous 
family." A list of persons married by himself includes 
55 marriages. The list beginning in 1755 and ending 1776, a 
period of 21 years. In this list we have the following probably 
his children: 


578 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Mary Marcy', m. Westbrook Remington, July 

4, 1755. 
Martha Marcy*, m. Gershom Plympton, Mar. 2, 

Merriam Marcy^, m. Timothy Newell, Jan. 1767. 
Daniel Marcy', m. Hannah Morris, March 3, 

Mehitable Marey^ m. Jonathan Newell, May 12, 

Martha Marcy', m. Jared Freeman, Dec. 22, 

They had also : 

20. I. Jedediah', m. Mary Healy; d. in Dudley, 
II. Moses^, unm. 

21. III. Elijah^ m. Stacy. 

22. IV. DanieP, m. Hannah Morris. 

8. SamueP (John^) b. in Woodstock, Conn., July 28, 
1704; m. Mary Russell of Ashford, Feb. 13, 1724. They had: 

23. I. William^ bpt. May 24, 1730. 

24. II. Zebediah*, bpt. Aug. 27, 1732 ; m. Priscilla Morris. 
III. Tabitha^ bpt. Sept. 19, 1734. 

25. IV. SamueP (?), b. Oct. 19, 1739; m. Esther Peak; 

d. Feb. 1820. 
V. Zariah', m. Paul. 
VI. SybelP, bpt. Mch. 24, 1745. 

9. Ebenezer^ (John^) ; b. at "Woodstock, Conn. June 6, 
1709; m. Martha' Nicholson, July 25, 1738; lived in Dover, 
Duchess Co., N. T. ; d. Dee. 10, 1808. Farmer. 

I. MehitabeP, m. Ward. 
II. Dolly^ m. Hodgkis. 
III. Jerusha', m. Conitt. 

26. IV. Griffin^ 

V. Joseph^, umn. 

27. VI. Ebenezer', m. Martha Spencer. 

28. VII. Zebulon^, m. Jerusha Conet. 
VIII. Sarah^ m. Marey. 

IX. Ambrose L.^, lived in Greene, Chenango Co., 

New York. 
X. Benjamin^. 

11. James' (James^, John^) ; m. Sarah Robbins of East- 
ford, Conn. They had 

29. I. James*, b. Sept. 1, 1772; m. (1) Polly Shaw, (2) 

Sally Flint. 

The Marcy Family ■ 579 

II. Uriali*, unm ; d. June 8, 1856 ; b. in HoUand 1774. 
III. Sarahs 

30. IV. Elisha*, b. Jan. 24, 1784; m. Lucy Chandler. 

31. V. David*, b. 1786; d. Dec. 18, 1859; m. Sybell 

VI. Betsey*, m. Oct. 7, 1827, Joseph Farnum of Will- 
ington, Ct. 
VII. Job*. 

12. Keuben^ (James^, John^), b. 1732; m. Rachel Watson 
of Barrington, R. I.; he was a farmer in Ashford, Ct. 











Simeon* (M. D.), b. Aug. 19, 1770; d. Dec. 6, 
1853, at Canajoharie, N. Y. 

29. James* (James^, James^, John^) was b. Sept. 1, 1772; 
d. Feb. 22, 1845; m. (1) Polly Shaw, 1798, (2) Sally Flint, b. 
1771 ; d. Sept. 18, 1853 ; m. in 1803. 


34. I. James^ b. Aug. 24, 1800 ; m. Betsey Lyon. 

35. II. Polly^ b. Sept. 15, 1804; m. Brastus Fletcher. 

{See Fletcher Genealogy.) 

36. III. Loren', b. Nov. 5, 1805; m. Eliza Adams of 

IV. Sally=, b. Apr. 22, 1808; m. Erastus Fletcher, 
Dec. 4, 1838 and d. Sept. 11, 1839. (See 
Fletcher Genealogy.) 

30. Elisha*, (James^ James-, John^) was b. Jan. 24, 1784; 
d. Feb. 7, 1882; m. (1) Lucy Chandler abt. 1807, (2) Minerva B. 
Wheelock, Apr. 7, 1857 ; she d. Apr. 28, 1858 ; Elisha and Lucy 

I. Samantha^ b. May 15, 1809, d. Dec. 25, 1823. 
n. EmilyS b. Oct. 8, 1810; m. Charles Church. 
(See Church Genealogy.) 

III. Diantha=, b. July 19, 1812; d. Aug. 16, 1812. 

IV. LucyS b. May 1, 1814; m. Leonard B. Wight, 

Feb. 3, 1833. 

37. V. Elisha Washington% b. May 13, 1816; m. (1), 

Mary Prince; (2), Sarah Baker. 

580 The History of Holland, Mass. 

38. VI. Albert', b. May 16, 1820; m. (1) Ann Jennette 

Dean, Jan. 12, 1845, (2) Mary Halt. He 


VII. Sarah=, b. July 2, 1822; d. March 2, 1824. 

31. David* (James', James^ John^) ; b. 1786; d. Dec. 
18, 1859 ; m. Sybell Perrin, Mar. 24, 1811 ; she was b. 1791 ; d. 
Jan. 13, 1871. 

I. Mary' Ann, b. Feb. 7, 1813; d. Feb. 5, 1881; m. 
Elisha Kinney. (See Kinney Genealogy.) 

39. II. Uriah' P., b. Nov. 26, 1814; m. Mary Ann Fiske 

of Pomfret, Ct. 

III. Millieent' B., b. May 24, 1818 ; m. Horace Kin- 

ney bro. of Elisha, March 9, 1839. 

IV. Job', b. — ; d. -^ 

36. Loren', Marcy (James*. James', James^, John^), b. 

Nov. 5, 1805; d. '; m. Eliza Adams, Feb. 18, 1827; she 

d. Aug. 24, 1859. 


40. I. Geo.« L., b. 1828; d. Aug. 21, 1880. 

41. II. Emeline" C, b. June 1, 1830; d. Sept. 26, 1911. 

42. III. Mary« M., b. 

IV. Elizabeth", b. 1836 ; d. Dee. 19, 1858 ; unm. 

43. V. Sarah", b. 

44. VI. Caroline" C, b. 

40. Geo." L. Marcy (Loren', James*, James', James^, 
John^), m. (1) Sarah Prince Aug. 1853; she d. Apr. 1859; Geo. 
m. (2) Maria Corbin in 1863; he d. Aug. 2. 1880. 

Children of Geo. and Sarah (Prince) Marcy. 

45. I. Geo.' Munroe, b. June 18, 1855. 

46. II. Albert' GrifSn, b. Apr. 26, 1857. 

III. Infant', b. 1858. 

Children of Geo. and Maria (Corbin) Marcy. 

IV. Martha' Jane, b. Dec, 1865; d. April 21, 1880. 
V. Isaac' Corbin, b. Mar. 16, 1867; d. 

41. Emeline" C. Marcy (Loren', James*, James', James^, 
John^) ; m. Wm. Harrison Bugbee; b. Apr. 16, 1828 at Union, 
Ct. ; he d. at Monson Nov. 9, 1902. 


47. I. Nelson' A. Bugbee, b. Aug. 8, 1852; m. Julia 

C. Chapin of Hampden, Mass.; b. Aug. 7, 
1856; m. May 21, 1873. 

The Marcy Family 581 

Children of Nelson and Julia (Chapin) Bugbee. 
I. WilUam^ H., b. Dec. 5, 1874; d. Nov. 5, 1878. 
II. Geo.* N., b. Sept. 10, 1877. 
III. Florence^ M., b. Dec. 2, 1879. i 

42. Mary" M. Marcy (Loren'*, James*, James', James^, 
Jobn^), b. Dee. 12, 1832; m. Orrin F. Lincoln, Dec. 31, 1854; 
he was b. Jan. 30, 1825. He is still living aged 90, nearly. 

Edward Everett, b. Nov. 29, 1857. 
Alma Maria, b. May 29, 1859. 
Both married but are not given with their families. 

43. Sarah" Marcy (Loren^ James*, Jamas'*, James^, John^) 


44. Caroline" C. Marcy (Loren', James*, James', James^, 
John^), m. (1) Albert L. GoodeU June 21, 1862. 

I. William' GoodeU, b. about 1863. 
II. Alva' Meron GoodeU, b. Sept. 17, 1864-5. 
Caroline" m. (2) 

37. Elisha' Washington (Elisha*, James', James^, John^), 
b. May 13, 1816; d. Dec. 20, 1894; m. (1) Mary S. Prince of 
Thompson (b. 1821; d. Aug. 22, 1855), March 23, 1840. 

I. A son not named b. Oct. 18, 1843; d. Nov. 23, 

II. Lucian" P., b. Nov. 19, 1841. 
III. Charlie" B. W., b. June 1, 1846; d. Oct. 28, 1848. 

48. IV. Charles" S., b. Sept. 2, 1849. 

49. V. Mary" E., b. Aug. 22, 1855. 

37. EHsha" Washington-; m. (2) Sarah A. Baker of Ell- 
ington, Ct., (b. March 19, 1834; d. Apr. 5, 1895), March 31, 


50. I. Mabel" L., b. Sept. 22, 1858. 

51. II. Albert" Anson, b. May 26, 1860. 

52. III. Nettie" Ora, b. Aug. 27, 1864. 

48. Charles" S. (Blisha^, Elisha*, James', James^ John^), 
b. Sept. 2, 1849 ; m. Maria BuzzeU of East Rindge, N. H. 

582 The History of Holland, Mass. 

I. A dau. d. in infancy. 

n. Eddie'' Marcy, b. 

III. Eva'' Marcy, b. 

49. Mary" E. Marcy (Elisha^, Blisha*, James^ James^ 
John^), b. Aug. 22, 1855; m. Edward Mclntire, N. H. The 
husband and wife d. March 20 and 21, 1893 leaving three child- 


Everett^, b. ; m. Ora F. "Webber. (See Webber 


Martin^, b. ; m. ; had five children. 

Ora' Mclntire, b. ; m. Arthur Bruce of Gard- 
iner, Mass., June 10, 1911. They have twin sons, 
b. Nov. 1, 1912. They live in York State. 

50. MabeP L. Marcy (Elisha', Elisha*, James^ James^ 
John^), dau. -of Elisha W. and wife Sarah; b. Sept. 22, 1858; 
m. (1) Henry C'ady Keet of Staffordville, Ct., Jan. 1, 1880; m. 
(2) Lester C. Stebbins, Sept. 29, 1894, at Stafford Springs, Ct. ; 
no issue. 

Children of Henry Cady Keet and Mabel (Marcy) Keet. 

I. Albert^ Earnest, b. Nov. 8, 1884; d. Feb. 3, 1890. 
n. Ora' Celia, b. Jan. 19, 1889. 
Henry Cady Keet, d. June 17, 1892. 
Ora' Celia Keet m. Geo. R. Davis of Monson, Mass., Sept. 
29, 1908. 

I. Harlan^ Burr Davis, b. Mar. 23, 1911. 

51. Rev. Albert" Anson Marcy (Elisha^ Elisha*, James', 
James^ John^), b. May 26, I860; joined the Northwest Iowa Con- 
ference Sept. 22, 1886 at Webster City, Iowa and preached 20 
years within the bounds of that conference. At present is in his 
ninth year in West Wisconsin Conference. On July 28, 1891, 
he m. Miss Edith M. Lawrence ; b. May 30, 1865 ; two children 
born to them. 

I. MerrilF L. Marcy, b. May 17, 1892. He is a 
graduate of Lawrence College, Appleton, 
Wis., musical department. Is now a Prof, 
in the musical department of Morningside 
College at Sioux City, la. 

The Maecy Family 583 

II. Lucille' M. Marcy, b. Nov. 1, 1894. Is a senior 
in Lawrence College at Appleton, Wiscon- 
Rev. A. A. Marcy is in Colfax, "Wis., September, 1914. 

52. Nettie" Ora Marcy (Blisha", Elisha*, James', James^, 
John^), b. Aug. 27, 1863; m. Wilbur H. Symonds, Nov. 24, 1886; 
he d. Oct., 1892. 

I. William' Marcy Symonds, b. at Stafford Springs, 
Ct., Apr. 17, 1886; m. Apr. 13, 1911, Sarah 
Ann Brearley of Potter Hill, R. I. 

1. J. Wilber^ Symonds, b. May 25, 1913, at 
Stafford Springs, Ct. 

39. Uriah'' Marcy (David*, James', James^, John^), b. 
Nov. 26, 1814; m. (1) Mary Ann Fiske, of Pomfret, Ct., Mar. 
25, 1838, m. (2) Betsey Rosebrook, Feb. 1873; he d. Nov. 18, 
1884; his first wife d. Feb. 5, 1871. 

Children of Uriah and Mary Ann Fiske. 

I. David" H., b. June 7, 1839 ; d. June 23, 1843. 

53. II. HolowelP P., Jan. 10, 1841. 

54. III. Oscar" C, b. Sept. 9, 1842 ; d. Jan. 21, 1901. 

IV. Lucy" Louisa, b. May 3, 1844; d. Jan. 26, 1867. 
V. Charles" U., b. May 26, 1846; d. Oct. 8, 1869. 
VI. David" W., b. Dec. 10, 1847 ; d. Apr. 4, 1848. 
VII. Sibyl Z.", b. July 10, 1851; m. Charles Back, 
Aug. 7, 1876; d. Dec. 16, 1906. (See Back 
VIII. Frank" F., b. Dec. 22, 1852; m. Clara Harvey 
of Monson, May 1, 1879 ; d. Oct. 1, 1910. 

53. Holowell" P. Marcy (Uriah^ David*, James', James^ 
John^), b. Jan. 10, 1841; m. (1) Nellie E. Baker of EUington, 
Ct., Apr. 22, 1863 ; she was b. Apr. 29, 1841 and d. Jan. 6, 1908 ; 
m. (2) Mts. Mary A. (Stewart) Devenport (wife of W. S. 
Devenport), July 22, 1909. 

Child of Holowell and Nellie B. Marcy. 
Omer' W. Marcy, b. June 1, 1867; m. (1) Lottie L. 
Hobbs of Monson, Oct. 7, 1896; she d. Aug. 
1, 1901; m. (2) Mary J. Hobbs of Monson, 
June 24, 1902. 

I. Arthur' Raymond, b. Mar. 8, 1899. 

584 The History of Holland, Mass. 

n. Walter^ Howard, b. May 15, 1900. 
III. Kenneth^ Hobbs, b. Dec. 3, 1908. 

54. Oscar" C. Marcy (Uriah°, David*, James*, James^, 
Jobn^), b. Sept. 9, 1842; m. (1) Sarak V. Patton of Stafford, 
Ct., Aug. 18, 1870; she d. Nov. 7, 1871; m. (2) Clara M. Sumner 
of Palmer, Dec. 3, 1871. 

David^ Eugene, b. July 11, 1871 ; m. Elsie A. Lewis of 
Monson, (b. in Cherry Valley, Nov. 7, 1871), Oct. 
16, 1895. 

Children of David and Elsie Marcy. 

Lewis Eugene, b. in Palmer, Nov. 13, 1896. 
Sibyl Louise, b. in Palmer, Oct. 21, 1897. 

The Mat Family 585 

By Lovering. 

Nehemiah^ May (Nehemiali^), came from Woodstock, Ct., 
buying his farm in 1752. It was the west half of "William Lyon's 
claim and lay in the southeast part of Brimfield. He married 
Anna or Hannah Lyon daughter of one known as "Monk Lyon." 
For further particulars see biography. He was b. Jan. 31, 

Nehemiah^ May m. Mar. 18, 1752, Hannah Lyon; she d. 
Mar. 23, 1813; he d. 1793. 

Nehemiah May^, Jr. (Nehemiah^). {See Woodstock vital 


William^, d. young; was b. in "Woodstock, Ct., Oct. 

10, 1752. 
ZurieP m. 1772, Hannah Stacey. 
Chester' m. Lucy "Wales. 
Eufus^ m. Eunice Wales. 
Nehemiah, Jr.' m. Martha Strong. 
Olive' m. Ezra Horton. See Hist. Union, Ct. 
Hannah' m. Col. Abijah Sessions. See Hist. Union, 

Mary' m. James Fuller. 
Lorinda' m. Ebenezer Morris. 
Ezra' m. Lyon. 

ZurieP May m. Hannah Stacy, May 18, 1794; he d. in 
1840; she d. 1841. 


Lothrop*, b. Nov. 17, 1802. 

This is the probable oi'der of birth. 

Rufus' May m. Eunice Wales. Moved from Holland to 
Wales in 1804. 

Lida*, b. Oct. 12, 1782. 

Lucy*, b. Apr. 7, 1785. She became Mrs. Steward. 
Linas*, b. Aug. 26, 1786. 
Esther*, b. July 18, 1788. She became Mrs. Palmer. 

586 The History of Holland, Mass. 

Anna*, b. Jan. 2, 1793. She became Mrs. Tuttle. 

Eoxy*, b. Sept. 28, 1794. She became Mrs. Wilber. 

Rufus*, b. Feb. 2, 1800. 

Emily*. She became Mrs. Morse. 

Eunice*, b. Sept. 9, 1802. She became Mrs. Wilcox. 

Olive*. She became Mrs. Morse. 

This family moved to New York state, Madison 
Co. His will was probated at Springfield, 
Mass., March 12, 1832. 

Nehemiah May^ Jr., m. Martha Strong of Union, Jan. 16, 

Samuel*. By will dated Dec. 4, 1821, Samuel makes 

his father sole legatee. 
Laura M.* 
Nehemiah May, Jr., d. in 1828. 

Grosvenor* May m. Eurilla Comstock. 

No children. 
He was baptized Apr. 18, 1819. Eurilla his wife Jan. 17, 

His brother Lothrop lived with him. 

Lothrop May* never married. 

The MacFaeland Famii,y 587 


By Chase. 

"Tell to those who have one drop of McFarlane blood in 
their veins of their noble origia." 

Mrs. C. M. Little. 

An old Philosopher has said: — "AJl men who have done 
anything of value ought to record the history of their lives. 
Eventful periods occur rarely in the lives of men most dis- 
tinguished, but there are few whose lives are not marked by 
some experiences which are sufficient to excite interest and exert 
an influence for good in the spectator. ' ' 

Origin of the name MacFarlane, MacFarlin, MacFarland 
and other forms. 

Aluin 2nd Earl of Lenox, who was descended in direct male 
line from Kenneth III., King 'of Scotland, left among other 
progeny three sons, Malduin who became his successor as 3rd 
Earl of Lenox, Auly, who founded the family of Foslane and 
Gilchrist who was ancestor of the Laird MacFarlane. His son 
Duncan was named in old charters as "Duncan Filius Gilchrist" 
meaning son of Gilchrist. Malduin had a son Parthelon (Gfelie 
for Bartholemew) . Parthelon soon came to be written Pharlan or 
Pharlane, his son was called Mac Pharlane, meaning son of 
Pharlane, then the Ph was changed for F making it MacFarlane 
and this was taken for the Clan name, altho for three genera- 
tions they had been known as Mae Gilchrist. 

There are many now who retain the name of Gilchrist or 
MacGilehrist who claim to belong to the MacFarlane family. 
Sir Walter Scott in Waverley and in Rob Roy spells the name 
Maefarlane and in Cadyon Castle speaks of the "Wild Mac- 
farlane's plaided Clan." Those of the Clan who fled to Ireland, 
and emigrated to America, a century after, by a peculiar pro- 
nunciation of the Irish which gave the final "e" the sound of 
"d" adapted their spelling of the name to the Irish form mak- 
ing it MacFarland. The branch of the family that we are 
tracing descended from Purthe (which could easily have been 
a corruption of Parthelon) who came directly from Scotland to 

588 The History of Holland, Mass. 

America and as far as can be ascertained was the first MacFar- 
lane to stand on American soil. One branch of the family spell 
the name MacFarlin, but this was brought about by carelessly 
pronouncing the last syllable. 

The MacPharlane coat-of-arms according to Robert Ronald 
Maclan, before they received the crest was "Argent, Saltire en- 
grailed, cantonned with four roses gules" and above the device, 
the name MacPharlan . This was also the Arms of the old Lenox 
family. The Lairds and chiefs of MacPharlane were given two 
supporters, "two Highlanders in their native garb, armed with 
broad swords and bows, proper." 

The crest, a demi savage holding a sheaf of arrows in his 
dexter hand and pointing with the sinister to an imperial crown 
or motto, ' ' This I '11 defend. ' ' On a compartment below are the 
words "Loch Sloy," which is the MacFarlanes' "Slughorn" or 
war cry. The motto was: "Harmonia et Pax." The badge 
of the clan was the "Cranberry." 

Arrochar at the head of Loch Long, in the Highlands of Scot- 
land was the hereditary possession of the chiefs of the MacFar- 
lane Clan for 600 years. Their strongholds on the Island of 
Loch Lomond are now in ruins. This Clan is the only one ex- 
cept Clan Donachie which is fortified by a charter now extant. 
The founder of the Clan was directly descended from the 
family and Earls of Lenox, through Aluin, a younger son of 
Kenneth III., King of Scotland. 

Scottish history says that "in the neighborhood of Fetter- 
cairn and Fenella's Castle, Kenneth III. was murdered by 
means of a statue which threw arrows when a golden apple 
was taken from its hand. The route beyond lies by the famous 
Cairn o'Mounth road, past Kenneth's Castle of Kincardine and 
by the romantic Clotterin Brig to the village of Faldoun. 

This Clan took part in the battle of Flodden in 1513, where 
their chief was killed. The members of this Clan were noted for 
their untamable spirit, and suffered severely from frequent re- 
pressive measures taken against them ; on account of which their 
large estate was obliged to be sold in 1784. Wm. Wallace Mac- 
Farlane, who by constant tradition is said to be the great 
grandson of the Laird of MacFarlane who sold Arrochar in 

The IMacFaeland Family 589 

1784, and was great grandson of Hugh Norman MaeFarlane 
who after the sale of Ajrrochar came to America and settled in 
the western part of New York. Later he bought a large tract of 
mountainous land in Chenango Co. and built a log house where 
he lived as nearly as possible according to the manners and cus- 
toms of Scotland. "He was large of stature of statelj"- pre- 
sence, of great physical strength and of a stearn and domineer- 
ing temper. He acted the chief tho he had no clan. ' ' His oldest 
son, Andrew, married Edna Symonds; their son, Wm. Wallace 
MacFarlane, bom July 22, 1834, in the absence of documental 
evidence is without doubt the present chief of the Clan MacFar- 
lane. He studied law and began practice in 1857. He married 
Sarah Bailey of Middletown, Ct. In 1859 he became Law- 
partner of ex-Gov. Hubbard of Hartford, Ct. ; 1880 he went to 
New York and entered the law firm known as "Bowdfiin, 
Larocque and MacFarlane." "He has a large and beautiful 
residence on Riverside Drive, N. Y. 

On the walls of his drawing room, he has a fine painting of 
old Arrochar in Scotland. He also has other much valued heir- 
looms from the chiefs in Scotland; and if old Arrochar were 
redeemable, "Wm. Wallace MacFarlane could accomplish it by a 
stroke of his pen." 

MacVarlo, Mackfarlin, MacFarlane, MacPharlane, MaeFar- 
lin, MacFarland and other forms. 

This branch of the MacFarlane (MacFarlin) family trace 
their line of descent from Purthe MacVarlo (Mackfarlin) who 
emigrated from Scotland abt. 1660, d. in Hingham, Dec. 2, 1721 ; 
m. July 3, 1667 in Hingham, Patience; b. 1647; d. Mch. 22, 

1723-4, dau. of George and Mrs. Jane (James) Russell, 

who were m. Feb. 14, 1640. 

According to Hobart's diary, "Jane was the widow of 

Philip James who came in 1638 with wife and four children 

from Old Hingham in England and settled in New Hingham. 

• Philip dyed soon after he came. ' ' See James Genealogy— History 

of Hingham. 


George Russell had a grant of five acres of land on South 
Street, nearly opposite Thaxter's Bridge. About 1646 he left 
Hingham and went to Scituate, and remained twenty years; 

590 The History of Holland, Mass. 

then he returned to Hingham and died there May 26, 1694, aged 
99 years. His wife Jane d. Feb. 22. 1688-9 aged 83 years. The 
name of the first wife of George Eussell is not given in Hingham 
Records; he had by her two sons, and four daughters by wife 

I. Mary Russell, b. Apr. 1, 1641. 
n. Elizabeth Russell, b. Feb. 12, 1642-3. 
in. Martha Russell, b. Oct. 9, 1645. 

IV. Patience Russell, b. 1647; m. Purthe 

MaeVarlo (Macfarlin), July 3, 1667. He 
was a farmer and resided off east, near Hull 
St. (Hist, of Hingham.) 
Children of Purthe' Mack Varlo (Mackfarlin) and 
Patience (Russell) Mackfarlin. 
I. Patienee^ b. July 3, 1668. 

1. II. Margaret^ ,b. Dec. 28, 1669. 

III. Martha^ b. Jan. 15, 1671-2; m. Dec. 20, 1698, 
Matthew Keen of Duxbury. 

2. IV. Johns b. Mch. 7, 1673-4. 

3. V. JamesS b. Aug. 11, 1675. 

VI. MaryS b. July 2, 1667; d. Oct. 29, 1686. 

4. VII. Hannahs b. Mch. 23, 1678-9. 

VIII. Sarahs b. Mch. 7, 1681-2; d. Nov. 2, 1686. 

5. IX. AbigaiP, b. Feb. 10, 1683-4. 

X. RacheP, b. Mch. 28, 1686; d. Mch., 1714. 

XI. MaryS b. Apr. 1689; m. "James Churchill was 

married to Mary Maekfarling, Duxbury, Dee. 
27th, 1716, by Mr. Isaac Gushing" Plympton 
town records. 

6. XII. Solomons bp. Nov. 8, 1691. 

Second Generation. 

1. Margaret' Mackfarlin (Purthe^), b. Dec. 26, 1669; d. 
May 7, 1691, m. May 26, 1690, Daniel Stodder (Stoddard.) 

I. Margaret^ Stodder, bp. June 7, 1691; m. (1) in 
Boston, May 27, 1717, Israel Lincoln, he d. 
Nov. 2, 1726, age 42 yrs; (2) Apr. 29, 1729, 
John Stowell; she d. Nov. 22, 1777. Resided 
off West St. 

1. Margaret* Lincoln, b. Feb. 11, 1717-18; 
d. 1759 (?) ; m. Jan. 24, 1738-39, Israel 
Gilbert. He was a soldier in the French 









The MacFaeland Family 591 

and Indian Wars, and d. in service, Sept. 
1756, age 44 yrs ; they had nine children. 
(Hist, of Hing.) 

2. Lydia* Lincoln, b. June 27, 1720. 

3. Israel* Lincoln, b. Apr. 3, 1723. 

4. Joseph* Lincoln, b. Sept. 14, 1725; d. 


2. Joim" Mackfarlin (Purthe^), b. March 7, 1673-4; m. 
(then of Diixbury), Dee. 25, 1705, Martha Berstow or Bestoe, 
bpt. June 16, 1678, dau. of "William and Martha Berstow; m. in 

Children born in Duxbury. 
John^ b. Feb. 11, 1706-7; bp. June 8, 1707. 
Hannah^ b. June 4, 1709; bp. Aug. 7, 1709. 
Isaac^ bp. June 28, 1713. 
Williams bp. July 4, 1714. 

3. James' Mackfarlin (Purthe"), b. Aug. 11, 1675; d. 
July 9, 1755; m. June 6, 1710, Sarah, b. in Hingham, Dec. 12, 
1683; d. Apr. 30, 1780, dau. of John and Sarah (Beal) Lane. 
He resided at the paterual homestead in Hingham, Feb. 15, 1715- 
16, his house was burnt, subsequently a new one was built on the 
same site. 

Children born in Hingham. 
I. Sarahs Mch. 2, 1710-11; d. Jan. 29, 1775; m. 
June 12, 1729, Jeremiah Stodder, widr., b. 
in Hingham, Nov. 7, 1719; d. July 2, 1790. 
( Shipwright. ) Resided on "Side Hill Road. " 
They had fourteen children. (See Stodder 
Gen., Hist. Hingham.) 
IL JamesS May 11, 1713; d. Apr. 7, 1733. 
m. Isaac', May 12, 1715. 

11. IV. RacheP, 1717. 

V. Patiences 1720; d. unm., 1798. 

4. Hannahs Mackfarlin (Purthe^), b. Mch. 23, 1678-9; 
m. abt. 1704, Elias Magoun a Scotchman, son of John and 
Rebecca Magoun and resided in Duxbury. 

I. David= Magoun, June 22, 1705. 
II. Mary^" Magoun, June 22, 1705. 
m. Elias' Magoun, Jr., b. 1707; d. Aug. 7,